Matthew 5:8 Part 2 of 5

Matthew 5:8 Part 2 of 5 Rabbi Michael Weiner

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Last time, we dealt with what it means to (and by what means we) have a clean heart. Today, I want to deal with the other part of the verse. Matthew 5:8b … for they shall see God. Also last time, we…
Read more

Matthew 5:5 part 1 of 2 Rabbi Michael Weiner

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. What’s this? The meek shall “shout out with delight (Ashre)?” Doesn’t sound like meekness to me. The Greek word is transliterated Praus, meaning “mild or gentle.” The Hebrew word chosen by Delitzsch is HaAnavim, meaning “the humble.” The transliteration looks like the Hebrew…
Read more

Matthew 5:3 part 2 of 3 Rabbi Michael Weiner

The “big sermon” (the Sermon on the Mount) starts with 7 “blessed are …” statements. There are really 8 of them, but the 8th one is different. The first 7 are attitudes (‘be’ attitudes, as opposed to ‘don’t be’ attitudes). These attitudes come from within the believer. The 8th “blessed are …” statement is not…
Read more

Matthew 5:3 part 1 of 3 Rabbi Michael Weiner

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This verse and the following 8 verses start with the word “Blessed”. The meaning of the Hebrew word Baruch is “to bend the knee” or “bow down”. It is how we start our Hebrew blessings, but that word is not…
Read more