What does the Torah have in common with a bee? More than you might imagine! Add this pinch of seasoning to your Torah study and discover the message encoded into the initial letters of the five books of the Torah.
These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness …
אלה (elah )
ב ו ו ו א
בא (bo) = “come”
אב (av) = “father”
Deuteronomy 1:1 These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness …
Deuteronomy 1:44 Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as the bees would do and struck you down in Seir as far as Hormah.
דברה (devorah) = “Deborah” = “bee”
HONEY + STING
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Exodus 16:31 Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
If one is deserving, the Torah becomes a potion of life for him. If one is not deserving, the Torah becomes a potion of death for him… For one who is skillful in his study of Torah and immerses himself in it with love, it is a potion of life; but for one who is not skillful in his studies, it is a potion of death. (b.Yoma 72b)
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