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the Messiah is the Torah made flesh and dwelt among us.
of 3 Nephi 15:9 & John 1:14
my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel?
thou wilt, save Israel by mine hand.
verily I say
unto you, that it is my will that you should hasten to translate my
scriptures, and to obtain a knowledge of history, and of
countries, and of
of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of
will I not hold my peace, and
for Jerusalem's sake
I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as
brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ,
the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.
from Book of Mormon Title Page
gave him (Joseph Smith) power from on high, by the means which were
before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;
contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of
Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;
Doctrine & Covenants 20:8-9
my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of
Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given; and all
things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world,
unto man, are the typifying of him.
Wherefore, the Jews
shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon shall be
destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations.
And after they
been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations
for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to
generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son
of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind-- and when
that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the
Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not
forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will
come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these
And as I spake
concerning the convincing of the
that Jesus is the very Christ . . .
Gentiles, have ye
remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people?
2 Nephi 29:5
it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the
Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the
Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of
Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the
Nephites and the Jews.
2 Nephi 29:13
it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall
begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the
face of the land.
2 Nephi 30:7
charity for the Jew.
2 Nephi 33:8
intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him.
the prophets, and the priests, and the teachers, did labor diligently,
exhorting with all long-suffering the people to diligence;
teaching the law of Moses, and the
intent for which it was given; persuading them to look forward unto the
Messiah, . . .
Is it not as necessary that the plan of redemption should be made known unto this people as well as unto their children?
also that the Jews, the covenant people of the Lord, shall have
other witness besides him whom they saw and heard, that Jesus, whom
they slew, was the very Christ and the very God.
... all things which are hid must be revealed upon
behold, they (The Book of Mormon teachings) shall go unto the Jews; and
for this intent shall they go -- that they may be persuaded that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring
about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in
restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their
inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the
fulfilling of his covenant;
ye that ye are of the
house of Israel.
none can have power to
bring it to light save it be given of him of God;
God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the
welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.
the stone that was cut
out of the mountain without hands ...
the eternal purposes of
the Lord shall roll on,
until all his promises shall be fulfilled.
none can stay
our plates had been sufficiently large
we should have written in Hebrew....
saith the Lord:
unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you
how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation
of the world.
The Book of Mormon is the instrument that God
designed to "sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out [His]
elect." (Moses 7:62)
Ezra Taft Benson,
Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, Ensign, November 1988.
And the gospel must first be published among all
And all thy
shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy
thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy
speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one
that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall
whisper out of the dust.
The Book of Mormon
has a familiar spirit.
Ancient prophets recorded it on golden plates which were
buried in the ground.
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of
as the waters cover the sea.
I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand
forget her cunning.
unto the Jews I became as a
Jew, that I might gain the Jews.
1 Corinthians 9:20
I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles
the house of Israel.
Doctrine & Covenants 14:10
again, (seek diligently to turn) the hearts of the Jews unto
the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the
whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.
& Covenants 98:17
therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that
Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;
the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;
the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst
give to Abraham, their father.
may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the
ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the
Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.
& Covenants 109: 62-64, 67
ye dispersed of Judah,
Join in the theme and sing
With harmony unceasing
The praises of our King,
Whose arm is now extended,
On which the world may gaze,
To gather up the righteous
In these the latter days.
Come, All Ye Saints of Zion, LDS Hymn no. 38
And the Holy
Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them
1 Nephi 10:22
seen and heard all this; and will ye not declare them?
O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light;
and whatsoever is light, is good.
The phrase "House of Israel" is given
122 times in the Book of Mormon,
and 160 times in the Bible KJV.
The Book of Mormon
also references the following phrases
"House of Jacob" is given 15 times
of Israel" is
given 8 times
of Israel" is given 6 times
is given 76 times
is given 22 times
Law of Moses" (translated as Torah) is
given 43 times
of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob" is given 8 times, including variations
is given 154 times
The Jews have
carried their Torah scrolls as they fled burning villages.
the Torah, as engraved on the "plates of brass," across the ocean to
the New World.
The Book of
Mormon is a volume of scripture derived from the Torah and the Nevi'im.
The Book of
Mormon conveys the prophecies of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt.
It also gives
the prophecies of the Hebrew prophets Neum, Zenock, and Zenos.
The House of
Israel is the Olive-tree. The people of the Book of Mormon are a branch
of this tree.
The Hebrew translation
is given in PDF format. Each verse is given in both Hebrew and English.
Guests who have the
DavkaWriter Hebrew word processor may download: BofM_Hebrew.dwd
verses given in the PDF documents are taken from project Gutenberg via:
This is a work in
progress which may take many years to complete.
Verses will be added on
a regular basis until the entire Book of Mormon is posted. Revisions
will occur in parallel.
suggestions and corrections.
need volunteers to proofread the translation!
I am learning Hebrew, in part through this translation effort. My tools
are computer software, Hebrew textbooks and dictionaries, as well as a
stubborn desire to bring forth this Hebrew translation of my own free
will and choice, if only one verse at a time.
Book of Mormon title page twice sets forth the moral imperative that we
must convey the Book of Mormon to the Jews. This imperative is repeated
several times throughout the Book of Mormon.
on the side of initiative.
Be a Nahshon!
Tikkun Olam & Chidush-Torah!
majorem Dei gloriam inque hominum salutem,
Nehemiah, who was charged with building a wall to protect Jerusalem.
Some wanted him to come down and compromise his position, but Nehemiah
refused. He was not intolerant of others; he simply explained, “I am
doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work
cease … ?
Elder Robert D.
Strong in Holy Places,
Conference, April 2013
live in times of great challenges and great opportunities. The Lord is
seeking men like Nehemiah—faithful brethren who fulfill the oath and
covenant of the priesthood. He seeks to enlist unfaltering souls who
diligently go about the work of building the kingdom of God—those who,
when faced with opposition and temptation, say in their hearts, “I am
doing a great work and cannot come down.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, We Are Doing a Great Work and Cannot Come Down
General Conference, April 2009
it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the
fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language,
through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration
of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of
the time is at hand that whosoever bringeth forth not good fruit, or
whosoever doeth not the works of righteousness, the same have cause to
wail and mourn.
1832, as some early missionaries returned from their fields of labor,
the Lord reproved them for treating the Book of Mormon lightly. As a
result of that attitude, he said, their minds had been darkened. Not
only had treating this sacred book lightly brought a loss of light to
themselves, it had also brought the whole Church under condemnation,
even all the children of Zion. And then the Lord said, “And they shall
remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new
covenant, even the Book of Mormon”
President Ezra Taft Benson, The
Book of Mormon - Keystone of Our Religion, Ensign, November 1986
have been provided divine attributes to guide our journey. We enter
mortality not to float with the moving currents of life but with the
power to think, to reason, and to achieve.
- President Thomas S. Monson, April 2012 General Conference
My dear friends, today there are more ways than ever for us to open our
mouths and share with others the joyful news of the gospel of Jesus
Christ. There is a way for everyone—even the hesitant missionary—to
participate in this great work. We can each find a way to use our own
particular talents and interests in support of the great work of
filling the world with light and truth. As we do so, we will find the
joy that comes to those who are faithful and courageous enough “to
stand as witnesses of God at all times” (Mosiah 18:9).
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, February 2013, First Presidency Message
Moroni 5:1-2 on June 28, 2008 on the Hill Cumorah: Translation_2.jpg
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable
goals; idealistic without regard to practicality - American
if not now, when? - Rabbi Hillel the Elder
Who Will Let Me? but Who Will STOP Me? - Ayn Rand
God, please, don't let me be normal!
Monologue from The Fantasticks
among all the variety of
human expression, a thread of connection, a common mark can be seen:
that urge to look into oneself and out at the world and say, "This is
what I am. I am unique. I am here. I am.”
- Saul Bass, "Why Man Creates"
We are what we
therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
better is it to
dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by
failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither
much nor suffer
because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
"To Kill a Mockingbird," Atticus tells Jem that courage is "when you're
licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no
grows great when old men plant trees whose
they know they shall never sit in.”
someone needs a project... but is unable to help with the Hebrew
translation.... we still need to translate the Book of Mormon into
Latin! Let's do this for our Catholic brothers and sisters!
Tyndale (1494 - 1536) translated the Bible into English
directly from Hebrew and Greek texts.
was the first person to take advantage of Gutenberg's movable-type
press for the purpose of printing the scriptures in the English
declared to a clergyman who opposed his work:
God spare my life ere many years, I will cause the boy that drives the
plow to know more of the scriptures than you!"
D. Todd Christofferson spoke of William Tyndale in his April 2010
simple goal is to translate the Book of Mormon from English to Hebrew
so that the Jewish boy or girl on a kibbutz may know as much of this
book as any teacher or leader in the LDS faith.
Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
k'vod malkhuto l'olam va'ed.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.
high priests recited the shema in
Solomon's Temple. See also Deuteronomy 6:4 and Mark
The restoration of the fullness of the gospel is a work in
progress. The day will come when the Sons of Levi do again
an offering unto the Lord in righteousness within a temple at Jerusalem.
Learned from Translating the Book of Mormon into Hebrew
is used instead of Christ.
Both titles refer to the "anointed one."
But the name Christ
is Greek. The authors of the Book of Mormon would have been
unfamiliar with Greek. Furthermore the Jews are well
acquainted with the concept of a Messiah.
for Jesus is: Yeshua, which means "He
who saves." (See Matthew 1:19-21)
subtitle is changed to: Another
Testament of Jesus the Messiah, Son of David, Son of God,
or Yeshua HaMashiach,
The purpose is to emphasize that Jesus was Jewish and
of the lineage of David, following the example of Matthew 1.
Jesus the Messiah is the Torah made flesh and dwelt among us. Synthesis
of 3 Nephi 15:9 & John 1:14.
is used for Lord. YHWH is a form of the
Hebrew Hayah (I AM)
pronounced as Yahweh. The
in English is Jehovah. See Exodus 3:14.
is plural, meaning Gods.
7. The condescension
of God is
explained using a Hebrew phrase for God
will lower himself to mortal life. This
the single most important concept for the Jews
to understand. (1
Jacob bids farewell using the term adieu (Jacob
or peace, is used for adieu.
(Hoshea na) - Hebrew for Please
save or save now. See 3 Nephi 11:17.
Suph, the Sea of Reeds, is substituted
for the Red Sea, per Jewish tradition.
11. The law
of Moses is
translated as the Torah of Moses. (1 Nephi 4:15
means listen and obey.
This verb is used throughout the translation.
most common commandment in the
Book of Mormon is to Behold, given 1651
Lord commands us to be baptized "that ye
numbered with my people who are of
the house of Israel." See 3
15. Lashuv meets
to return and repent. See Jacob
3:8 & elsewhere.
16. Teshuvah is
for return and repentance.
Adam also means man.
The children of men is translated as the children
of Adam. The
name Adam comes from the Hebrew adamah,
Genesis 2:7, Then
the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
is Miriam in
Hebrew. See Mosiah 3:8.
phrase I would that ye should remember appears 15
times in the Book of Mormon. See 2 Nephi 31:4 and elsewhere.
Some of the Isaiah verses are quoted multiple times in the Book of
Mormon. For example, Isaiah 52:9 is quoted four times:
forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the
Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;
12:23, Mosiah 15:30, 3 Nephi 16:19, 3 Nephi 20:34.
The phrase how
beautiful upon the mountains are
the feet is used five times in the Book of Mormon,
starting with Mosiah
The imperative lift up your heads is given five
times in the Book of Mormon beginning with 2 Nephi 9:3. It is
followed by phrases such as rejoice and be
means charity, and the
religious obligation to perform charity. It
is based on the root tzedek which is
justice. Tzedek also means
The phrase as
the Lord liveth is given 17 times, starting with 1 Nephi
The phrase keep
the commandments is given 39 times.
The Lord declares "I am Alpha and Omega" in 3 Nephi 9:18.
The Hebrew is "Ani aleph v'tav." Aleph and Tav are
first and last letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet, respectively.
The phrases out
of bondage and from
bondage are used a total of 33 times.
bands of death is given 12 times. Christ will
break of loosen the bands of death. See Alma 7:12 and
The phrase come
is given 37 times. In most of these cases, the Lord is
to come unto him. See Ether 4:13-18 and elsewhere.
The phrase plan
of redemption is given 17 times. See Alma 29:2
The phrase to
the knowledge of the truth is given 14 times.
See Jacob 7:24 for example.
The phrase stand before
God is given 8 times, each in reference to
judgment. See Alma 5:15 and elsewhere.
The phrase from the
foundation of the world is given 22 times, starting with 2
The following is from the Midrash, a
collection of Jewish stories and teachings which expand upon the Torah.
When the Jews arrived at the Red Sea, with
the Egyptian Army in hot pursuit from behind and the sea in front,
there was an argument in the Heavenly Court if the Jews were worthy of
being saved or not.
While Moses was praying to God for help,
Nahshon ben Aminadav decided to take matters into his own hands and
leaped into the sea. Nahshon’s action tipped the scales in
the Jews’ favor.
Then God said to Moses, “Stop praying
already! Turn around and look at what your friend Nahshon has done.
While you stand here praying he is taking some action!” Only then does
God part the sea so that the Israelites can cross.
This is what Rebbe Nachman of Breslev calls
d’kedusha, or boldness for holiness.
The popular Yiddish saying to be
a Nahshon means to be an initiator.
* * *
Nahshon was appointed by Moses, upon God’s
command, as prince of the Tribe of Judah. He was, through
Boaz, the ancestor of David.
Nahshon is mentioned several times in the
He brought forth an offering at the
dedication of the Tabernacle.
And he that offered his offering
the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah.
Nahshon’s name is also given in the New
Testament in the genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth. (Matthew 1:4 and Luke
lists his Eight Levels of Giving, as written in the Mishneh Torah,
Hilkhot Matanot Aniyim (Laws about Giving to Poor People), Chapter
1. Giving an interest-free loan to a
person in need; forming a partnership with a person in need; giving a
grant to a person in need; finding a job for a person in need; so long
as that loan, grant, partnership, or job results in the person no
longer living by relying upon others. The Paamonim organization in
Israel is based on this principle and provides financial mentoring to
families in need.
2. Giving tzedakah anonymously to an
unknown recipient via a person (or public fund) which is trustworthy,
wise, and can perform acts of tzedakah with your money in a most
3. Giving tzedakah anonymously to a known
4. Giving tzedakah publicly to an unknown
5. Giving tzedakah before being asked.
6. Giving adequately after being asked.
7. Giving willingly, but inadequately.
Giving "in sadness" - it is thought that Maimonides was referring to
giving because of the sad feelings one might have in seeing people in
need (as opposed to giving because it is a religious obligation; giving
out of pity).
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And I will
bless them that bless thee. Genesis 12:3
comfort ye my people, saith your God. Isaiah 40:1
And if thou
draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then
shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
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working poor: Kiva
- (pl. Chasadim) - an act of kindness. It was said by Shimon HaTzaddik
(Simon the Righteous) that the world continues to exist because of
three things: Torah Study, the worship of Hashem, and the performance
of "gemilut chasadim," "acts of kindness."
Orech Chayim 429:7, the Aruch
HaShulchan writes: "All of the nation of Israel has the custom (in the
month of Nissan) to collect 'Ma'os Chittim' - to
purchase flour for the poor for Pesach, or to give them money so they
can purchase it for themselves."
custom of contributing
"Ma'os Chittim," literally "money for wheat," is widespread.
Not only do we contribute money to provide for the flour (and therefore
Matzos) of the poor, but to provide as well for all the needed Pesach
Rosh Hashanah, or the
Feast of the Trumpets
Rosh Hashanah began on
the evening of September 21, 1827. This is the Jewish New Year.
That evening, prayers
were said pleading that God would remember his Covenant People in
The Shofar, which is a
trumpet, was blown the following morning in Jewish communites
throughout the world. The
shofar heralded the period of repentance and preparation for The Day of
Atonement, or Yom Kippur.
Joseph Smith received
the golden plates on this same day that the shofar was sounded,
September 22, 1827. The Book of Mormon was taken from these plates.
Prophet Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith wrote,
"Those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of
Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and
have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious
effusions . . . He [the Lord] will endow you with power, wisdom, might,
and intelligence, and every qualification necessary; while your minds
will expand wider and wider, until you can circumscribe the earth and
the heavens, reach forth into eternity, and contemplate the mighty acts
of Jehovah in all their variety and glory" (History of the
This quote is from a
letter to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, dated 14 May 1840.
Prophet Joseph Smith
man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his
family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the
whole human race."
Russell M. Nelson
can invite a friend to read the Book of Mormon. Explain that it is not
a novel or a history book. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. Its
very purpose is “to the convincing of the Jew and
Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself
unto all nations.”
exemplary follower of Jesus Christ can become an effective member
missionary. Members and full-time missionaries may walk arm in arm in
bringing the blessings of the gospel to cherished friends and
neighbors. Many of them are of Israel, now being
gathered as promised. This is all part of the preparation for the
Second Coming of the Lord.
Prophet Joseph Smith said "that the Book of Mormon was the most correct
of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would
get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
The Book of Mormon teaches of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is the
instrument by which God will fulfill His ancient promise to gather
scattered Israel in these latter days.
Thou an Example of the Believers, October 2010 General Conference)
Elder Jeffrey R.
so many ways, Jerusalem ... constitutes the scene, the setting and the
circumference of our religious heritage," Holland recently told a new
group of 44 students at the church's Jerusalem center. "The origins of
our sacred texts all focus us here."
(Reference: LDS leaders
find acceptance in Israel, Visit
far different from 1987 opening of center, By
Marshall Thompson, Associated
Press, Saturday, March
George Albert Smith
admonish you, O Israel, search the scriptures; read them in your homes;
teach your families what the Lord has said, and let us spend less of
our time reading the unimportant and often harmful literature of the
day, and go to the fountain of truth and read the word of the Lord.
Oct. 1917, 41)
Elders of Israel," Hymn 319.
a Jew has no one to quarrel with, he quarrels with God, and we call it
theology; or he quarrels with himself, and we call it psychology. Or he
quarrels with the psychoanalyst, and we call it literature.
Jews and three opinions are better that three Jews with no opinions.
Passionate arguments are better than passionless acceptance.
that the name Israel literaly means struggled with God.
debated the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah with God.
wrestled with an angel.
the Lord threatened to consume the children of Israel after the golden
calf incident, Moses countered, then "blot me out of thy book which
thou hast written."
Tevye the milkman in Fiddler on the Roof declared to God: "Sometimes I
think, when it gets too quiet up there, You say to Yourself, 'What kind
of mischief can I play on My friend Tevye?' " Tevye remained a friend
to God even as he and his family and neighbors were driven out of their
come to know God through their struggles and quarrels with God.
a robust religion that encourages and thrives on spirited debate.
has a continuous history 3000 year history.
during the so-called Dark Ages, Judaism had great rabbi-philosophers
such as Rashi, Maimonides and Nachmanides.
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collective consciousness of society moves and evolves through time,
perhaps blinded with this idea that now we have it all figured
then there are the people who see things a little differently. The
people who can see what other people do not see. And these are the
heretics, the brave souls who drive the collective consciousness
The world needs free thinkers to help it to evolve, no matter how hard
it pushes back.
In speaking your truth, you will likely meet resistance.
There will be
people who will feel threatened by what you have to say. Keep on saying
In being true to who you are, there will be people who will be
threatened by your courage…be who you are anyway.
Have faith in who you are. Have faith in what you have to say. You are
the salt of the earth, the breath of fresh air, and the balancing force
of the world.