"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

By Frances

Q. What is the good and evil inclination?

A. The evil inclination is that which tempts us, the good inclination is what we use to fight the ‘evil inclination’ I am pretty sure that I mentioned to you some time back about Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker went into the cave to fight an enemy he had to defeat, before he was ready to take on the other enemies like Daarth Vader and the “Evil Emperor’ and his armies. Yoda’s wording is based on how it would be written in Hebrew.

The enemy that Luke Skywalker had to defeat was himself. Inside the cave he met himself and did battle with a ‘Light sabre’, and won, that other ‘self’ was his evil inclination. As you are no doubt aware, the author of the Star Wars story was a Jew and the friend who taught Luke Skywalker was known as Yoda. Yoda in Hebrew means ‘knowledge – know’, so Yoda gave Luke the knowledge he needed to have in order to Fight the Evil Empire, using ‘The Force’. The Force is the ‘Good inclination’ given to us by HaShem. The Jedi were those who had ‘the knowledge’ Jedi and Yoda are cognate words in Hebrew.

In our case as b’nai Noah we need to have the correct knowledge to not only fight our own evil inclinations but we need to call on ‘The Force’ i.e., the power of G-d to do so. The Light Sabre’ is the ‘Sword of Truth.’

If you never saw Star Wars movies, I recommend that you get a copy on DVD or BluRay and watch it.


(Ohr Tzaddikim – Ma’ayana shel Torah)


V’Zocharto Ess Kol Haderech Asher Holichecha Hashem Elokecha…Simloscho Lo Volsoh MeiOlecha V’Raglecho Lo Botzeika Zeh Arbo’im Shonoh. V’Yoda‘ato Im L’vovecha Ki Ka’asher Yiyaser Ish Ess B’no, Hashem Elokecha Miyaserecka.

And you shall know with your heart

Yoda: Stopped they must be; on this all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now – if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did – you will become an agent of evil.
Obi-Wan: Patience.
Luke: And sacrifice Han and Leia?
Yoda: If you honor what they fight for? Yes.
Obi-Wan: If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. I cannot interfere.
Luke: I understand. R2? Fire up the converters.
Obi-Wan: Luke! Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side.
Yoda: Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.
Luke: I will. And I’ll return, I promise. 

Quote of the Week

Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’
— Yoda (‘The Empire Strikes Back’)



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