Preface by Author
I am honored to present to brothers the people of Israel
My small gift, Minhat Yehuda, mixed with oil. These
Ideas which I developed and expanded when reading the
Bible, are the way to understand the text. These thoughts
Were hidden and concealed by me since the month of Adar, 5672 .
Recently, on Tuesday, the 7th of Kislev, 5693 , I completed with
God s help my commentary to the Etz Haim, titled Beit Lehem Yehuda,
I then had free time and returned to this work in order to perfect it and enhance it with gilded crown and crest. To these I have added several verses interpreted literally and allusively.
Along with the allusive meaning I also explain sometimes the meaning of dreams and their interpretations, so that a person may thereby recognize and distinguish a particular dream if it came by of an angel, or by demons, or destroyers. He will also be able to understand and interpret that dream without needing to consult experts on dream interpretation, all of which is explained in our commentary to the portion of Miketz [chapter 47].
This work also elucidates the topic of the World to Come, the resurrection of the Dead, the reward granted for observing the commandments, and the nature of the physical pleasure experienced by a righteous person who occupied himself with the Torah and its laws, as explained at the end of the portion of Va et hanan [chapter 69].
Also addressed is the topic of the reincarnation of souls in the mineral, vegetable, animal and human kingdoms, the blessing for trees, the order in which the sacred sparks ascend and are purified, and the meaning of Satan s question, Where is the Torah? All this is explained in the beginning of the portion of Ekev [chapter 70].
Also explained is the occurrence of plague and pestilence, see the commentary to Isaiah 26 [chapter 81]. Also explained is the matter of Hell, which is not mentioned in the Bible,
And the reincarnation of Nathan of Gaza the author of the book Hemdat Yamim , and how he was rectified. In the course of the discussion, the matter of rectifying naked souls will be addressed, see the commentary to Isaiah 30[chapter 82].
Also explained is the issue of spirits which possess people and cause them to have seizures, may the Merciful One protect us, about which I recorded a number of stories in great detail.
The matter of the beating in the grave is also described, that a person is asked their name in the grave, the purpose of that question, and what happens to a person after the beating in the grave. How he is presented to the Heavenly Court to give an account and reckoning of his actions. The benefits of repentance, the Pouch of the Slingshot, the reincarnations in the mineral, vegetable , animal and human kingdoms, the calculation of sentence in Hell, the entire sequence what befalls a man from the moment of his death until he merits to enter the Garden of Eden. Which actions are beneficial and useful to the soul of the deceased, to deliver and succor him from the suffering imposed on him by the Heavenly Court. Which subjects should be studied on the grave of the deceased, the implication of a deceased person appearing to his relatives in a dream, the angels of destruction appointed over a person, their facial features, the form of their bodies and what they eat, that a newborn child must not be named after a deceased person , unless he was clearly a righteous person, upright and honest, or at least to effect a rectification for that deceased before naming a child after him, also the text of the confession for a repentant man for the sins committed by his soul. as detailed in the commentary to Ezekiel 37[chapter 88].
These are the words of the most insignificant of all living, the novice
Yehuda Moses Joshua Fetaya
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Rabbi Yehuda Fetaye was born in Bagdad on 2nd Shevat 5619 [7th January 1859] to a prominent rabbinical family. Yehuda followed the example set by his ancestors and applied himself assiduously to his studies. In the course of his learning he covered the entire range of Talmud and codes, as well as the mystical writings of the Zohar and the works of Rabbi Issac Luria, known as the Ari. Whilst still a young man, he acquired a thorough and broad knowledge of this text, so that when he was just seventeen years old Rabbi Abdallah Somekh, one of the greatest rabbis in Baghdad, granted him the title of rabbi. After Rabbi Somekh passed away in 5649 , Rabbi Yehuda succeeded him as head of the Bet Zilkah yeshiva.
Besides for his being a wonderful scholar, Rabbi Yehuda was also famous for his gentile kindness. In fact, he placed other people s physical welfare ahead of his own spiritual progress. The Jews of Baghdad knew that Rabbi Yehuda s home was always open to them. When the river Tigris flooded its banks and several Jewish families who lived near the river lost all they had, several of them moved into Rabbi Yehuda s home and one family even stayed for more than a year. During all this time, Rabbi Yehuda supported the families both financially and emotionally.
After three attempts Rabbi Yehuda succeeded in emigrating to Israel. He quickly became famous for his saintliness and kindness. Many unfortunate persons frequented his home. Widows, orphans and those who were unwell found a listening ear and sage advice. Rabbi Yehuda wrote many amulets which were celebrated for his effectiveness. On the day he wrote an amulet he would fast.
Rabbi Yehuda prayed intensively for the welfare of the Jewish people. Often, with great discomfort to him self, he would travel to pray at Mearat Hamachpelah, at the graves of the patriarchs and to Kever Rachel where the matriarch Rachel is buried. After Hitler s ascend to power he prayed ardently for the Jews trapped in Europe.
Rabbi Yehuda passed away at the age of 83 on 27th Av 5702 [10th August 1942]. He was accompanied to his final resting place on the Mount of Olives by a large crowd, who were led by the rabbis and dignitaries of Jerusalem.
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