Monday, April 16, 2018

Ponderings of the Perkei Avot 1:18

RaYBaSH’s Ponderings of the Perkei Avot
Chapter 1:18
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr

Rabbi Shimon the son of Gamliel would say: By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace. As is stated (Zachariah 8:16), "Truth, and a judgment of peace, you should administer at your [city] gates.''

Law, Torah keeps things civil and since Psalm 119 says Torah is Truth (among other things) no malcontention can rise when truth is present and therefore we have Shalom, Peace.

The Torah also known as the Chumash, meaning Five, representing the five books of Moshe has three Hebrew letters. Move the letters around and you get Moshiach! These same three Hebrew letters rearranged once more spell Simcha, Joy. So if you have no Chumash (Torah) you have no Messiah and with no Torah or Messiah you have no Joy.

-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr