Thursday, August 14, 2008

Parshiyos Devarim, Ve'athanan, Stories, News

(The photo on the blog was just before last Thanksgiving
in my backyard of my son Chaim.)
Letter of the week from a modest woman regarding the crazed
modesty patrols:
I expected "modesty patrols" about 15 years ago.
I also expect one day Jewis
h women will cover their faces. Mark my
words! Police need to really crack down on
"modesty patrols" before it gets out of hand. – Rhonda

Rebbitzen Mimran is looking for candidates for a new girl’s seminary

in Kiriat Sefer. Contact for more information.


Disgusted at false reporting

Last week, my Swiss cousins visited me. They told me that the news of us saving the 180 PLO members from Gaza was misreported on purpose. They show us taking the PLO members who had been armed stripped to their shorts and blind folded for questioning. Hmm they might have been terrorist the day before and here we are saving their lives. This from Seth is basically how they really report it was meant as a joke but unfortunately this is very close to the truth:

A biker was riding by the zoo, when he saw a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabbed her by the cuff of her jacket and tried to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
The biker jumped off his bike, ran to the cage and hit the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumped back and let go of the girl. The biker then took her to her terrified parents, who thanked him endlessly.
A reporter saw the whole scene, and addressing the biker, said, 'Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I saw a man do in my whole life.'
'Why, it was nothing,' said the biker, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.'
'I noticed a patch on your jacket,' said the journalist.
'Yeah, I ride with an Israeli motorcycle club,' the biker replied.
'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist with The New York Times, you know, and tomorrow's papers will have this on the front page.'
The following morning the biker bought the paper to see if it indeed brought out the news of his actions. On the front page was the headline:

Sometimes self-Mussar and re-evaluation is good for Tshuvah

1) During the course of close to 41 years of praying with the Siddur, I improved from small sections in English to the main prayer in English to Hebrew to Korbanos.

However, there is always room for improvement. I re-evaluated my praying not only for kavanah (intensive feeling) but also for little things that I still miss out on. Most of us come to Schul and flip on the Tallis and Tephillin with just the blessings especially if we have to run to work or even to Kollel or even to answer questions on the internet. There is a little foreword prayer before blessing – “Here I am prepared to except the mitzvah of the Tallis” or the Tephillin it adds a minute to the prayer. Or if you are like me and work at Torah until exhaustion, you might not complete the going to sleep prayer because you are sort of out of it and drop off to sleep immediately after saying a paragraph or two. For this work-alcoholic has no solution yet but there is room for improvement. There comes a point also when we get stuck with the Hebrew as a foreign language. My next story on Ye’ush is also based on evaluation. One can do Tshuvah anytime, one need not wait the remaining 6 weeks for the high-holidays to repent.

Ye’ush or giving up

2) In the Talmud we see that if a person forgets something without a designating sign on it, he may search for it where he thinks he left it but if he doesn’t find it we call it ye’ush. When I first came to Israel, I thought that I would learn the prayers very well with time. Most of the high holiday prayers that I pray are 99.8% clear to me as I had an English translation when I learned them. There are two sections of prayer that I have problems with. Both are poetic Hebrew and without time and quick concentration (which I don’t necessarily have since a head injury from a traffic accident). I kept passing over parts of the Kinos of Tisha B’Av such as “When I left Egypt and when I left Yerushalayim” that I do understand and many words I don’t understand in the Selichos and Kinos. I decided that I needed a good English Hebrew version or translation at least. It is never too late to learn but if we need help we should not be embarrassed to ask for it as is written in Perkei Avos. An embarrassed person does not learn and a too strict person cannot teach. Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t understand poetic and flowery words in a language that native to you. Even the other week I learned a new word in Hebrew – Shichok or hiccup from none other than my ten year old granddaughter. I have ordered the books from “One Stop Judaica Shop” and I will have them here before we say Selichos.

3) From Jillian Michaels Sports Trainer: "Six weeks ago, my ‘Torah & Mussar’ class started with 22 people. Tonight it finished with 2. And guess what? I was one of them! A year ago, 6 months ago, hell 3 months ago, I would have been one of those people who walked out after the demo session because it was so hard, even though I paid for it. But I stuck out EVERY class. I did everything he asked of me. I killed myself each week. I never, not once, quit. I didn't give up, I didn't walk away, I didn't say 'That's too hard.' None of it. I was there each week and I did it. And not only did I do it until I was literally red in the face, but I survived. I'm still here to talk about it. I'm still breathing (not standing so much at the moment, but I'm still breathing, LOL). I was almost the last one standing (which terrified me... me and him in a room for an hour? gulp!) But the other girl ended up coming a few minutes late (thankfully!) So it was two girls who were the only two left standing at the end of this 6 week course. How awesome is that? I can't tell you how proud I am of myself for not quitting.

Tonight I learned that if I put my mind into it, I can do it. Things are hard, it's tough, but it's worth it. 20 people are unable to say that they did what I did. 20 people can only say that they gave up because it got too hard. Not me. I was there even though it was hard. I was there BECAUSE it was hard. And I'm thankful for every minute of it. It made me stronger and it showed me that quitting isn't an option. Quitting doesn't get the results. Hard work and determination does. And I am not above bragging about my accomplishments. Because tonight I feel like I am on top of the world. As hard as the work out was, that really isn't what my proudest moment is right now. My proudest moment is that I used to be a quitter and now I can officially erase that word from my vocabulary and focus on being a winner. Woohoo!"

Parsha Devarim

The whole book of Devarim takes place from Rosh Chodesh Shevat 2488 to Adar 7, 2488 it is a series of farewell Drashos and Mussar with over 200 new Mitzvos or previously unwritten old Mitzvos from Moshe Rabbaynu.

1:1 These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel beyond the Jordan; in the wilderness, in the Arabah, over against Suph, between Paran and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Di-zahab.

In modern Israel, Di-zahav (enough gold) is near Eilat. However there is a hidden meaning to these words. Aravah is the desert between Eilat and the Dead Sea or Prairie area that extends to the other side of the Yarden. In Israel today, some Xtian Missionaries have built settlements there and try either to live like in Biblical times or capture Jews with their Jews for Cheeses and Messianic 2nd while they have a concession stand or two on the way. Suph is physically reeds and this would be by a spring along the way. Such springs existed during times of more rainfall and even through Roman times but recently the clogging of the Kinneret with a Dam and modern Israel and Yarden trying to capture all water near civilized areas have dried up some of the previous springs. Paran is located in the area not far from Kibbutz Sde Boker. But the words like Mussar (ethics) seem and Tophel (addition such as the hot dog is the Eikar the bun is the Tophel) seem to indicate a spiritual and ethical meaning to these names. Rashi brings down:

These are the words. Since these are words of rebuke and he [Moses] enumerates here all the places where they angered the Omnipresent, therefore it makes no explicit mention of the incidents [in which they transgressed], but rather merely alludes to them, [by mentioning the names of the places] out of respect for Israel (cf. Sifrei). to all Israel. If he had rebuked only some of them, those who were in the marketplace [i.e., absent] might have said, “You heard from [Moses] the son of Amram, and did not answer a single word regarding this and that; had we been there, we would have answered him!” Therefore, he assembled all of them, and said to them, “See, you are all here; if anyone has an answer, let him answer!” - [from Sifrei] in the desert. [At that time]they were not in the desert, but in the plains of Moab. [Accordingly,] what is [the meaning of] בַּמִּדְבָּר, in the desert? It means that he rebuked them for their having angered Him in the desert by saying, “If only we had died [by the hand of God]” (Exod. 16:3). in the plain. in the plain [He rebuked them] regarding the plain, for they had sinned with [the worship of] Baal-Peor at Shittim in the plains of Moab (Num. 25:1-9). [from Sifrei] opposite the Red Sea. [He rebuked] them regarding their rebellion at the Red Sea. When they arrived at the Red Sea, they said, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt [that you have taken us to die in the desert?]” (Exod. 14:11) Likewise, [they sinned] when they traveled from the midst of the sea, as it is said, “and they were rebellious by the sea, by the Red Sea” (Ps. 106:7), as is found in Arachin (15a). Between Paran and Tofel and Lavan. Rabbi Yochanan said: We have reviewed the entire Bible, but we have found no place named Tofel or Lavan! However, [the explanation is that] he rebuked them because of the foolish things they had said (תָּפְלוּ) about the manna, which was white (לָבָן) , saying “And our soul loathes this light bread” (Num. 21:5), and because of what they had done in the desert of Paran through the spies. [from Eileh Hadevarim Rabbah , Lieberman] and Hazeroth. Concerning the insurrection of Korach [which took place in Hazeroth] (Eileh Hadevarim Rabbah , Lieberman). Another explanation: He said to them, “You should have learned from what I did to Miriam at Hazeroth because of slander; [nevertheless,] you spoke against the Omnipresent” (Sifrei). and Di-Zahav. (lit., enough gold). He rebuked them for the calf they had made as a result of their abundance of gold, as it is said: “and I gave her much silver and gold, but they made it for Baal” (Hosea 2:10). (cf. Sifrei ; Ber. 32a, Eileh Hadevarim Rabbah , Lieberman). Note: I left the Hebrew letters which may appear gibberish but it will come out in the blog if you want to see it.

2 It is eleven days journey from Horeb unto Kadesh-barnea by the way of mount Seir.

Mt. Seir is the mountain of Esav and will be judged as predicted by Novi Ovadiah at the end of days. Novi Ovadiah is a concise Novi only one Perek and yet he packs a powerful punch. What was his merit that he does not judge the people of his time during the wicked Ahav but instead he hides under the nose of the King and sustains 50 Noviim each in two caves. Nobody knows the names of these 100 Noviim but larger than all the other Prophets is the man who sustains them and for this he was given the future Prophecy not of gloom and doom but the days of the Moshiach.

Rashi: It is eleven days journey from Horeb. Moses said to them: “See what you caused! There is no shorter route from Horeb to Kadesh-Barnea than the way through Mount Seir, and even that is a journey of eleven days. But you traversed it in three days!” For they traveled from Horeb on the twentieth of lyar, as it is said, “And it came to pass in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth of the month [… the children of Israel traveled…]” (Num. 10:11-12). And on the twenty-ninth of Sivan, they sent out the spies from Kadesh Barnea, (an interval of 40 days; cf. Ta’anith 29a). Subtract from them the thirty days they spent at Kivroth Hataavah (Graves of the Glutens who were swallowing raw quails) (Num. 11:34), where they ate the meat a “month of days,” and the seven days they spent at Hazeroth for Miriam to be confined [as a mezora’ath] (Num. 12:15); we find therefore, that this entire journey [from Horeb to Kadesh-Barnea] took [only] three days. And to such an extent did the Shechinah exert itself to hasten your arrival to the land of Canaan, but because you sinned, He made you travel around Mount Seir for forty years. [from Sifrei]

3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;

Rashi’s question on these few Pasukim is in modern language: How come Moshe did not rebuke except on a few occasions on the spot during the 40 years. Rashi then brings down biblical proof for rebuke from fathers to sons only on their death bed and explains the reason. Besides perhaps having a rebellious child all their life, they might have a even an enemy. Therefore a father or leader should set an example to his children and strive for them to come closer to that rather than slap their face with the back of their hand.

And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month [… Moses spoke]. This teaches us that he rebuked them only a short while before his death. From whom did he learn [to do] this? From Jacob, who rebuked his sons only a short while before his death. He said, “Reuben, my son, I will tell you why I have not reproved you [for your shortcomings] during all these years: So that you would not leave me and join my brother, Esau.” And for four reasons, one should not reprimand a person except shortly before one’s death: So that one should not rebuke and again have to rebuke him, so as not to cause his friend to feel ashamed when he sees him; etc. These appear in Sifrei . And similarly, Joshua rebuked Israel only shortly before his death (cf. Joshua 24:1-29), and so, Samuel, as it is said, “Behold, testify against me” (I Sam. 12:3) and so, also, David rebuked his son Solomon only shortly before his death (see I Kings 2:1-10).

4 after he had smitten Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who dwelt in Ashtaroth, at Edrei; 5 beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, took Moses upon him to expound this law, saying:

Continuing with the rebuke theme from the previous Pasuk, Rashi then explains the question why now still five weeks before Moshe’s death:

After He had smitten [Sihon]. Moses said: If I rebuke them before they enter [at least] part of the land, they will say, “What [claim] has this [man] on us? What good has he ever done for us? He has come only to vex us and to find some pretext, for he does not have the power to bring us into the land.” Therefore he [Moses]waited until he had defeated Sihon and Og before them and had given them possession of their land, and [only] afterwards did he rebuke them. [Sifrei] Sihon… who dwelt in Heshbon. “Even if Sihon himself had not been powerful, but had dwelt in Heshbon, he would have [nevertheless] been powerful because the city was a powerful one; and even had it been another city, and Sihon had dwelt in it, it would have [also] been powerful because the king was powerful. How much more so now, since both the king and the city were powerful!” [Sifrei] [And Og…] who dwelt in Ashtaroth. [Here, too,] the king was powerful, and the city was powerful. [Sifrei] Ashtaroth. This is an expression denoting sharp cliffs and strength, just as “Ashteroth-karnaim” (Gen. 14:5) [the hard rocks of Karnaim]. And the Ashtaroth [referred to here] is indeed that same Ashteroth-karnaim where the Rephaim [the giants] were, whom Amraphel smote, as it is said, “And they smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim ” (Gen. 14:5). And Og escaped from them, and that is the meaning of that which is stated, “And the fugitive came” (Gen. 14:13), and Scripture states (further, 3:11)“For only Og, king of the Bashan, remained from the remnant of the Rephaim.” in Edrei. the name of the kingdom. [Sifrei]

6 The LORD our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying: 'Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain; 7 turn you, and take your journey, and go to the hill-country of the Amorites and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the Arabah, in the hill-country, and in the Lowland, and in the South, and by the sea-shore; the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.

Rashi now comes up with specifics of where the borders of the land are and which cities are mentioned. Even though Sidon (Tyre) through north Lebanon is not mentioned in this conquest nor up to Har HaHor on the Turkish border, we will possess these in the Messianic era.

This is the way to Arad and Hormah. and come to the mountain of the Amorites. This is to be understood literally. and to all its neighboring places. Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir. in the plain. This refers to the forested plain. on the mountain. This is the king’s mountain. and in the lowland. This is the southern lowland. and in the south, and by the seashore. [This refers to] Ashkelon, Gaza and Caesarea, etc., as is stated in Sifrei . until the great river [the Euphrates]. Since it [the Euphrates] is mentioned [in association] with the Land of Israel it is referred to as “great.” A popular parable says: A king’s servant is a king. Associate yourself with the ruler, and [people] will bow down to you; attach yourself to an person anointed [with oil] and you will become anointed [with oil yourself] (Shevuoth 47b).

8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.' 9 And I spoke unto you at that time, saying: 'I am not able to bear you myself alone; 10 the LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.-- 11 The LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as He hath promised you!-- 12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

We have an important principle here not mentioned by Rashi or other commentaries that I have read. The principle is that we have to trust in HASHEM for Moshe could not bear the burden of Yisrael, but as we say when we finish Aleynu at the end of the prayers. “I am HE, I will be with you until old Age, I will tolerate (or bear) you.” We are a nation with merits and errors and sins numerous as stars and ideas and fads. It is only HASHEM that can bear our cumbrance, burden and even internal strife. Rashi takes the Pshat as a rebuke and not the hidden positive force which I wrote about:

This is what I have already said to you, “Not by my own decision do I tell you [that I am unable to bear your trouble], but by the command of the Holy One, blessed is He.” your trouble. This teaches us that the Israelites were troublesome [people]; if one saw his opponent in a lawsuit about to win, he would say, “I have [other] witnesses to bring, [more] evidence to introduce, I [will exercise my right to] add judges to you [in your tribunal]”. and your burden. This teaches that they [the Israelites] were heretics: If Moses was early leaving his tent they would say, “Why does the son of Amram leave so early? Perhaps he is not at ease inside his house?” If he left late, they would say, “Why does the son of Amram not leave? What do you think? He is [probably] sitting and devising evil schemes against you, and is thinking up plots against you. [Other editions of Rashi have” commandments and reckonings."] and your strife. This teaches that they [the Israelites] were contentious (Sifrei).

Remember there are 70 ways of interpreting Torah, all agree that Rashi is right, but I am maybe a naïve optimist and see the hidden Hashgacha of HASHEM YISBORACH watching over HIS people hidden from view. Also in Aleynu “they will plan a thing (against us) but it shall not come to pass as we have a G-D.”

13 Get you, from each one of your tribes, wise men, and understanding, and full of knowledge, and I will make them heads over you.' 14 And ye answered me, and said: 'The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.' 15 So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men, and full of knowledge, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens, and officers, tribe by tribe.

I said to Rabbi Mimran Shlita, I don’t want any more to be a judge. Judges are human and they make mistakes. If I make a mistake in a divorce trial and think that there will be Shalom Beit perhaps the children will be psychologically damaged by the constant strife or the husband / wife will injure or maim the other or worst. If I act too fast then I might have caused irreparable damage to all. The same with monetary concerns perhaps the two will come before me and I will judge towards the con-artist while I cause untold damage to the truthful man. Perhaps I will not be careful in my examination or forget a point and rule in error against an innocent man. Could I cause an innocent man or woman to lose faith in true and Torah-wise judgement because of my faults. Rashi puts it nicely that it becomes on the head of the judge and a G-D fearing judge must remember this every second that court is in session.

[Rabbi Yose said] "A wise man is like a rich money changer: When people bring him dinars to examine, he examines them. When they do not bring [money] to him, he sits doing nothing. An understanding man, however, is like a merchant money changer: When they bring him money to examine, he examines it, and when they do not bring it to him, he goes out and brings his own [money- i.e. he does not wait for people to come to him-he goes to them] (Sifrei) well-known among your tribes. Men whom you recognize, for if one were to come before me wrapped in his tallith, I would not know who he is and of what tribe he is, and whether he is suitable. But you know him, for you have raised him. Therefore, it says, “well-known among your tribes.” (Sifrei) and I will make them heads over you. As chiefs and respected persons over you, i.e., you should act towards them with respect and reverence.[The word] וַאֲשִׂמֵם lacks a י [after the שׂ; our editions, however, have it]: This teaches us that Israel’s transgressions (אָשָׁם) are hung over the heads of their judges, since they [the judges] should have prevented them [from sinning], and directed them along the right path (Sifrei).

16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying: 'Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.

Rashi: And I commanded your judges. I said to them: “Be patient in passing judgment. If a case comes before you once, twice, three times, do not say, ‘This [case] has already appeared before me several times,’ but debate it over again.’” (Sifrei)

This reminds me of my Component Engineering days. Before I set the standards for the projects, I worked directly with Engineers and Technicians. I often knew the answers so well that I knew the component and its eight digit number in the stores of the company by heart. I came up with certain unique solutions by thinking outside of the box on military projects because I saw things from the prospective as an Engineer, Soldier, Designer, etc. when things were new. Here is an example of an impatient judgement: David was a salesman for a military wire company. His wires were used in the Merkava Tank. A complaint went out to him that his wires were coming off the electrical connectors to various equipment in the Tank. He went into the tank and went down with the soldiers. What did he see? He saw the soldiers could not get in or out of the height of the tank because of the lack of a step so they stepped on the wires to get to the turret. The solution was simple put in a few later rungs that also protected the wires and lo and behold it was not the fault of the company that David was the sales representative.

17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; ye shall hear the small and the great alike; ye shall not be afraid of the face of any man; for the judgment is God's; and the cause that is too hard for you ye shall bring unto me, and I will hear it.'

You shall not favor persons in judgment. This refers to the person who appoints judges, that he should not say, “So-and-so is handsome or strong; I will appoint him as a judge” [or] “So-and-so is my relative; I will appoint him as a judge in the city,” even if he is not expert in the laws, and consequently he condemns the innocent and acquits the guilty. [God says:] I will hold it against the one who appointed him [this judge] as though he [himself] had shown partiality in judgment (Sifrei). You shall hear the small just as the great. A case regarding a perutah [small coin] should be as important to you as [a case] regarding a hundred maneh [a large sum], so that if it [the former] is presented before you first, do not postpone it for last (San. 8a). Another explanation of “You shall hear the words of the small as you do those of the great,” as per the Targum [The words of the small you shall hear like the words of the great]: You shall not say: “This is a poor man, and his friend [opponent] is rich, and it is a mitzvah to support him [the poor man]. I will favor the poor man, and he will thus be supported respectably.” Another explanation: You shall not say, “How can I affront the honor of this rich man because of one dinar ? I will favor him now and when he goes outside [leaves the court] I will tell him, 'Give it to him [to the poor man], for you really owe it to him!’” (Sifrei) You shall not fear any man. Heb. לֹא תָגוּרוּ, meaning you shall not fear. Another explanation: You shall not gather in [stifle] your words because of any man. As in (Prov. 10:5),“It gathers (אוֹגֵר) in summer.” (See Sifrei.) for the judgment is upon the Lord. Whatever you unjustly take from one, you will oblige Me to return to him. Consequently you have perverted a judgment against Me (San. 8a). [And the case that is too difficult for you] bring to me. Because of this [presumptive] statement, Moses forgot the law regarding the daughters of Zelophchad [in Num. 27:1-5](San. 8a). Similarly, Samuel answered Saul and said (I Sam. 9:19),“I am the seer.” Whereupon, the Holy One, blessed is He, said to him, “By your life, I will let you know that you do not [always] see [with the holy spirit].” And when did He let him know [this]? When he came to anoint David, “And he saw Eliab [and] he said, ‘Surely, before the Lord is His anointed’ ” (I Sam. 16:6-7). The Holy One, blessed is He, said to him: “Did you not say, ‘I am the seer?’ Look not upon his appearance.” (Sifrei)
See my editorial below about bigotry vs. discriminating tastes that are preferences but not iron rules that are unbendable. So one has to over come all preconceptions and personal preferences in order to judge a case.

18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do. 19 And we journeyed from Horeb, and went through all that great and dreadful wilderness which ye saw, by the way to the hill-country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20 And I said unto you: 'Ye are come unto the hill-country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God gives unto us. 21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath spoken unto thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.' 22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said: 'Let us send men before us, that they may search the land for us, and bring us back word of the way by which we must go up, and the cities unto which we shall come.' 23 And the thing pleased me well; and I took twelve men of you, one man for every tribe;

23. And the matter pleased me. “It pleased me, but it did not please the Omnipresent.” But if it pleased Moses, why does he mention it in his rebukes? This may be compared to a man who says to his friend, “Sell me this donkey of yours.” He replies to him, “Yes.” “Will you give it to me to test it?” He replies, “Yes.” “May I test it on mountains and hills?” Again he replies, “Yes.” When he sees that his friend does not withhold anything from him, the purchaser thinks to himself, “This man is certain that I shall not find any defect in the donkey,” and he immediately says to him, “Take your money; I need not test it now.” I too, consented to your words, thinking that you would perhaps reconsider when you saw that I do not withhold it from you, but you did not reconsider (Sifrei). so I took… from you. from the select that were among you, of the finest that were among you (Sifrei). twelve men… one man for each tribe. [This] tells [us] that the tribe of Levi was not with them. (Sifrei).
24. [And they came] to the valley of Eshkol. [This] tells us that it [here it was so called] on account of a future event [that the spies took from there a cluster (אֶשְׁכֹּל) of grapes]. (Sifrei). and [they] spied it out. This teaches us that they traversed through it along four lines, along the length and the breadth (Sifrei.).
25. and brought it down to us. This tells us that the land of Israel is higher than all other lands (Sifrei). And they said, The land… is good. Who were the ones who spoke about its goodness? Joshua and Caleb (Sifrei.).

24 and they turned and went up into the mountains, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and spied it out. 25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us back word, and said: 'Good is the land which the LORD our God gives unto us.' 26 Yet ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God; 27 and ye murmured in your tents, and said: 'Because the LORD hated us, He hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 28 Whither are we going up? our brethren have made our heart to melt, saying: The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.' 29 Then I said unto you: 'Dread not, neither be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God who goes before you, He shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31 and in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bore thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came unto this place. 32 Yet in this thing ye do not believe the LORD your God, 33 Who went before you in the way, to seek you out a place to pitch your tents in: in fire by night, to show you by what way ye should go, and in the cloud by day.' 34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and swore, saying: 35 'Surely there shall not one of these men, even this evil generation, see the good land, which I swore to give unto your fathers, 36 save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children; because he hath wholly followed the LORD.' 37 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying: Thou also shall not go in thither; 38 Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before thee, he shall go in thither; encourage thou him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

Sad but true one of the faults of a democracy is that the majority rules but sometimes the minority (in our case Calev and Yehoshua) could be right and the majority learns this after a catastrophic mistake.

39 Moreover your little ones, that ye said should be a prey, and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. 40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.' 41 Then ye answered and said unto me: 'We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us.' And ye girded on every man his weapons of war, and deemed it a light thing to go up into the hill-country. 42 And the LORD said unto me: 'Say unto them: Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.' 43 So I spoke unto you, and ye hearkened not; but ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and were presumptuous, and went up into the hill-country. 44 And the Amorites, that dwell in that hill-country, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and beat you down in Seir, even unto Hormah. 45 And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD hearkened not to your voice, nor gave ear unto you. 46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.

Chapter two deals with history mainly but one interesting point is that even though Moav instigated the attempted cursing, war etc. the people were not killed and for the sake of lot also the Bnei Ammon as shown below.

2:37 Only to the land of the children of Ammon thou came not near; all the side of the river Jabbok, and the cities of the hill-country, and wheresoever the LORD our God forbade us.

3:1 Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Edrei.

Then we turned and went up. The whole northern direction [from the wilderness toward Canaan] is an ascent.

2 And the LORD said unto me: 'Fear him not; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shall do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.'

Og had merits as pointed out by Rashi: In the case of Sihon [however] it was not necessary to state, “Do not fear him.” But [in the case of Og,] Moses feared lest the merit that he [Og] had rendered service to Abraham might stand by him, as it says, “And the fugitive came” (Gen. 14:13), and this was Og.

3 So the LORD our God delivered into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people; and we smote him until none was left to him remaining. 4 And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we took not from them; threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

This is some province on the Golan Heights eastward but Rashi just brought it down by a name from Megillas Esther and is unknown to me.

5 All these were fortified cities, with high walls, gates, and bars; beside the unwalled towns a great many. 6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying every city, the men, and the women, and the little ones. 7 But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey unto ourselves. 8 And we took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of Arnon unto mount Hermon-- 9 which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir—

The Sidonians call Hermon, etc.. But in another passage, it states, “Until Mount Sion, which is Hermon” (Deut. 4:48). So we see that it had four names [Hermon, Sirion, Senir, and Sion]. Why was it necessary for all of them to be written [in the Scriptures]? To extol the praise of the land of Israel, that there were four kingdoms priding themselves in it-one saying, “It shall be called by my name,” and another saying, “It shall be called by my name.” Senir. This means “snow” in German and Slavish. (See Berliner, p. 427.)

10 all the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.-- 11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.-- 12 And this land we took in possession at that time; from Aroer, which is by the valley of Arnon, and half the hill-country of Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites;

And this land, which we possessed at that time. The one mentioned above, “from the brook of Arnon to Mount Hermon” (verse 8). from Aro’er, which is by the brook Arnon. This is not to be connected with the beginning of the verse [defining “this land”], but with its conclusion, [namely,] “I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites.” Regarding the possession, however, that was“[from the brook of Arnon] to Mount Hermon” (verse 8).
Now from the Pasukim above, I can conclude that Eliyahu HaNovi aka Gileadi was from the tribe of either Reuven or Menasha.

13 and the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half-tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob--all that Bashan is called the land of Rephaim. 14 Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, unto the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called them, even Bashan, after his own name, Havvoth-jair, unto this day.-- 15 And I gave Gilead unto Machir. 16 And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the valley of Arnon, the middle of the valley for a border; even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 17 the Arabah also, the Jordan being the border thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah eastward.

From Kinneret. This was on the western side of the Jordan, and the inheritance of the children of Gad was on the eastern side of the Jordan; so the width of the Jordan adjoining their territory fell within their lot, and in addition, the land on its opposite bank until the Kinneret. This is what it says, “And the Jordan and the border” of the Jordan and beyond it.

18 And I commanded you at that time, saying: 'The LORD your God hath given you this land to possess it; ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all the men of valor. 19 But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle--I know that ye have much cattle--shall abide in your cities which I have given you; 20 until the LORD give rest unto your brethren, as unto you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God gives them beyond the Jordan; then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you. 21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying: 'Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings; so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou goes over. 22 Ye shall not fear them; for the LORD your God, He it is that fights for you.'

Parsha Vaetchanan

3:23 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying: 24 'O Lord GOD, Thou hast begun to show Thy servant Thy greatness, and Thy strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth, that can do according to Thy works, and according to Thy mighty acts? 25 Let me go over, I pray Thee, and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that goodly hill-country, and Lebanon.' 26 But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and hearkened not unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto Me of this matter. 27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold with your eyes; for thou shall not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shall see.' 29 So we abode in the valley over against Beth-Peor.

Moshe was like a child saying “pretty please can I” to his father. The L-RD said let go of me even though physically Moshe could not hold HIM but his spiritual pleas were angering G-D.

But command Joshua. Regarding the bother, the burdens and the quarrels [inherent in leadership]. and strengthen him and encourage him. with your words, so that he will not be discouraged, saying, “Just as my teacher was punished, so will I be punished because of them.” I assure him [says God] that he will cross over [before this people] and he will make [them] inherit [the land]. (cf. Sifrei) for he will cross. If he crosses before them, they will inherit the land, and if not, they will not inherit [it]. So, indeed, we find that when Joshua sent some of the people against Ai and he remained behind, “the men of Ai smote of them” (Josh. 7:5). And when he fell on his face, God said to him, קוּם-ל‏ָ : written קֻם [without a “vav”, so that it may be read קָם], i.e., it is you standing in your place and sending My children out to war [that brought about this defeat]. Why do you fall on your face? Did I not tell this to your master, Moses, “If he [Joshua] crosses, they will cross, but if not, they will not cross”? (Sifrei)

4:1 And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you. 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Do not add. For instance, by inserting five sections into the tefillin [instead of four], by using five species for the [commandment of] lulav [on Succoth] instead of four], or by attaching five fringes [instead of four]. And so too, וְלֹא תִגְרְעוּnor diminish [from it i.e., three instead of four].

Oink, I will not tell you all the detractions the Reform Movement have done to the Torah or the abominations or lewdness that they defend!

3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did in Baal-peor; for all the men that followed the Baal of Peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from the midst of thee. 4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. 5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the midst of the land whither ye go in to possess it. 6 Observe therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that, when they hear all these statutes, shall say: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

Wisdom and understanding as Rashi points out come from Torah Study but we must possess the land as G-D commanded. Remember we must: cleave unto the LORD (y)our God! That is what we must do and if so we shall be answered by HASHEM.

7 For what great nation is there, that hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is whensoever we call upon Him? 8 And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which your eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children's children; 10 the day that thou stood before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me: 'Assemble Me the people, and I will make them hear My words that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.' 11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 12 And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire; ye heard the voice of words, but ye saw no form; only a voice. 13 And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even the ten words; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone. 14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. 15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves--for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire-- 16 lest ye deal corruptly, and make you a graven image, even the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the heaven, 18 the likeness of any thing that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 19 and lest thou lift up your eyes unto heaven, and when thou sees the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the host of heaven, thou be drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath allotted unto all the peoples under the whole heaven. 20 But you hath the LORD taken and brought forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. 21 Now the LORD was angered with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance; 22 but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but ye are to go over, and possess that good land. 23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, even the likeness of any thing which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. 24 For the LORD thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

The above I rebuke and from 25 onwards is a warning for future generations. Note this ends in line 40 does anybody see a reference to the land of Oz or the land of Palestine, or Ho Hum land in the following?39 know this day, and lay it to thy heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none else. 40 And thou shall keep His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou may prolong thy days upon the land, which the LORD thy God gives thee, for ever. I still can find Palestine in this Pasuk can you? Now Moshe does a final Mitzvah for Eretz Yisrael - 41 Then Moses separated three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 42 that the manslayer might flee thither, that slays his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in time past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live: 43 Bezer in the wilderness, in the table-land, for the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites. 44 And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel; 45 these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, when they came forth out of Egypt; 46 beyond the Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, when they came forth out of Egypt; 47 and they took his land in possession, and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 48 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of Arnon, even unto mount Sion--the same is Hermon-- 49 and all the Arabah beyond the Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the Arabah, under the slopes of Pisgah.

Now comes the reiteration of the Ten Commandments but with a different wording such as before it was remember the Shabbos and now it is guard/observe the Shabbos thus clarifying the Mitzvah further.

5:1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4 The LORD spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire-- 5 I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare unto you the word of the LORD; for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount--saying: 6 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shall have no other gods before Me. 7 Thou shall not make unto thee a graven image, even any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 8 Thou shall not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate Me, 9 and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments. 10 Thou shall not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain. 11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD thy God commanded thee. 12 Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work; 13 but the seventh day is a sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shall not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou. 14 And thou shall remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. 15 Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God commanded thee; that thy days may be long, and that it may go well with thee, upon the land which the LORD thy God gives thee. 16 Thou shall not murder. Neither shall thou commit adultery. Neither shall thou steal. Neither shall thou bear false witness against thy neighbor. 17 Neither shall thou covet thy neighbor’s wife; neither shall thou desire thy neighbor’s house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbor’s.

Rashi goes further that the negative commandments of the ten Moshe says it in such a way that you should not even desire to murder, steal, commit adultery etc. Rashi reminds us that contrary to the Xtian idea about a married man committing adultery with any woman such as a widow, divorcee or bachelorette; Rashi reminds us that: Adultery applies only [to relations] with a married woman.

18 These words the LORD spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice, and it went on no more. And He wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me. 19 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 20 and ye said: 'Behold, the LORD our God hath shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God doth speak with man, and he lives. 21 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die. 22 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 23 Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God may say; and thou shall speak unto us all that the LORD our God may speak unto thee; and we will hear it and do it.' 24 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spoke unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have spoken. 25 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear Me, and keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! 26 Go say to them: Return ye to your tents. 27 But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.' 28 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 29 Ye shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Note that the trembling fear of G-D upon seeing the mountain on fire and hearing HIS voice was only temporary. Within a short time they made the golden calf and the other 10 trials in the desert. Some of the older children through the age of 19 would remember all this 40 years later to testify to the generation entering the land.

6:1 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it-- 2 that thou might fear the LORD thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath promised unto thee--a land flowing with milk and honey.

Even before the Shema, we must first educate the next generation in Torah then we can prepare them with the acceptance of the yoke of heaven. Note the Pasuk mentions the responsibility of a parent not only to his child but to his grandchild as well.

4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 And thou shall love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; 7 and thou shall teach them diligently unto thy children, and shall talk of them when thou sit in thy house, and when thou walk by the way, and when thou lie down, and when thou rise up. 8 And thou shall bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 9 And thou shall write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.

4. The Lord is our God; the Lord is one. The Lord, who is now our God and not the God of the other nations-He will be [declared] in the future “the one God,” as it is said: “For then I will convert the peoples to a pure language that all of them call in the name of the Lord” (Zeph. 3:9), and it is [also] said: “On that day will the Lord be one and His name one” (Zech. 14:9). (see Sifrei)
5. And you shall love [the Lord]. Perform His commandments out of love. The one who acts out of love cannot be compared to the one who acts out of fear. If one serves his master out of fear, when the master sets a great burden upon him, this servant will leave him and go away [whereas if out of love he will serve him even under great burden] (Sifrei 6:5). with all your heart. … 6. And these words… shall be. What is this“love” [referred to in the previous verse]? It is that these words [the mitzvoth] shall be upon your heart, and through this, you will come to recognize the Holy One, blessed be He, and will [consequently] cling to His ways. (Sifrei 6:6) which I command you this day. they should not appear to you as an antiquated edict (דְּיוּטַגְמָא) which no one cares about, but as a new one, which everyone hastens to read. The word דְּיוּטַגְמָא means: a royal edict which comes in writing.(Sifrei)
7. And you will teach them. Heb. וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם. This is an expression of sharpness, meaning that these words should be sharply impressed in your mouth, so that if a person asks you something, you will not have to hesitate about it, but you will tell him immediately. (Sifrei ; Kidd. 30a) to your sons. These are your disciples. We find everywhere that disciples are termed “sons,” as it is said: “You are children to the Lord your God” (Deut. 14:1), and it says: “The disciples [lit. sons] of the prophets who were in Bethel” (II Kings 2:3). So too, we find that Hezekiah taught Torah to all Israel and called them children, as it is said: “My sons, now do not forget” (II Chron. 29:11). And just as disciples are called “children,” as it is said “You are children to the Lord your God” so too, the teacher is called “father,” as it is said [that Elisha referred to his teacher Elijah by the words] “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel…” (II Kings 2:12) (Sifrei 6:7). and speak of them. That your principal topic of conversation should be only about them; make them the main topic, not the secondary one. (Sifrei) and when you lie down. Now this [latter verse] might lead one to think [that the obligation to recite the “shema” is] even if one lies down in the middle of the day. Therefore it states; “and when you rise up” ; now this [latter verse] might lead one to think [that the obligation to recite the “shema” is] even if you arise in the middle of the night! It says therefore,“When you sit in your house, and when you walk on the way.” The Torah is thus speaking of the usual manner of conduct: The [usual] time of lying down and the [usual] time of rising up. (Sifrei)
8. And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand. These are the tefillin of the arm. \b and they shall be for ornaments between your eyes \b0לְטֹטָפֹת. These are the tefillin of the head, and because of the number of the Scriptural sections contained in them [namely four], they are טֹטָפֹת - totafoth, forטַט - tat in Coptic means“two,” פַּת - path in Afriki (Phrygian) [also] means“two.” (San. 4b)

Here is part of the Hagada of Pessach and we end with the condition that we must observe the commandments. 20 When thy son asks thee in time to come, saying: 'What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? 21 then thou shall say unto thy son: 'We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his house, before our eyes. 23 And He brought us out from thence, that He might bring us in, to give us the land which He swore unto our fathers. 24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25 And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as He hath commanded us.'

Chapter seven warns about idolatry and other things that disturb the soul. Now if we observe whole heartedly the Mitzvos and be diligent about them: 7:12 And it shall come to pass, because ye hearken to these ordinances, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep with thee the covenant and the mercy which He swore unto thy fathers, 13 and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy body and the fruit of thy land, thy corn and thy wine and your oil, the increase of thy kine and the young of thy flock, in the land which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee. 14 Thou shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness; and He will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou know, upon thee, but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. 16 And thou shall consume all the peoples that the LORD thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them; neither shall thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

A Rabbi Saadiah Gaon Story

Avraham wrote: How is the concept of revelation consistent with the immutability of Torah ? And what distinguishes these changes from reformation ?

I will try to answer this with a story of the Saadiah Gaon (Gaon was conferred by the Exilarch that he was the Rosh Yeshiva of the Sura Academy). Around the month of Elul or between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; a student of the Gaon found the Torah leader rolling on the floor asking forgiveness from G-D.

The student was puzzled and asked Rav Saadiah you are the Tzaddik of this generation and you are acting like a newly reformed sinner. The Gaon replied: Yesterday, I knew HASHEM's greatness to such and such a degree but today I have learned more of the L-RD's greatness so I want to repent for not showing more honor and love.

ONCE a political opponent of the ruler wanted to destroy the heir to the throne of the ruler of the country. He murdered the son and blamed the Jews. Rav Saadiah was called before the ruler on Shabbos as the body lay before the ruler. A pogrom was about to break loose even though the ruler had a good relationship with the Jews. Rav Saadiah said let the dead boy tell us who killed him. He then wrote on the forehead the word Aleph Mem Tav and used the DIVINE NAME and the boy arose and spoke the name of the murderer and how it was done. Immediately in fine Arab tradition the murderer was confronted and confessed. He was killed and the Jews were saved. The Gaon then erased the Aleph and the boy returned to his natural state – Mem Tav = Hebrew for dead.

From the Wikipedia: Early life

Saadia, in "Sefer ha-Galui", stresses his Jewish lineage, claiming to belong to the noble family of Shelah, son of Judah (see Chronicles 1 4:21), and counting among his ancestors Hanina ben Dosa, the famous ascetic of the first century. Expression was given to this claim by Saadia in calling his son Dosa (this son later served as Gaon of Sura from 1013-1017). Regarding Joseph, Saadia's father, a statement of Aaron ben Meir has been preserved saying that he was compelled to leave Egypt and died in Jaffa, probably during Saadia's lengthy residence in the Holy Land. The usual epithet of "Al-Fayyumi" refers to Saadia's native place, the Fayum in upper Egypt; in Hebrew it is often given as "Pitomi," derived from a contemporary identification of Fayum with the Biblical Pithom (an identification found in Saadia's own works).

At a young age he left his home to study under the Torah scholars of Tiberias. At age 20 Saadia completed his first great work, the Hebrew dictionary which he entitled Agron. At 23 he composed a polemic against the followers of Anan ben David, particularly Solomon ben Yeruham, thus beginning the activity which was to prove important in opposition to Karaism, in defense of rabbinic Judaism. In the same year he left Egypt and settled permanently in Palestine.

Dispute with Ben Meir

In 922 a controversy arose concerning the Hebrew calendar, that threatened the entire Jewish community. Since Hillel II (around 359 CE), the calendar had been based on a series of rules (described more fully in Maimonides' Code[2]) rather than on observation of the moon's phases. One of these rules required the date of Rosh Hashanah to be postponed if the calculated lunar conjunction occurred at noon or later. Rabbi Aaron ben Meir, the Gaon of the leading Talmudic academy in Israel (then located in Ramle), claimed a tradition according to which the cutoff point was 642/1080 of an hour (approximately 35 minutes) after noon.[3] In that particular year, this change would result in a two-day schism with the major Jewish communities in Babylonia: according to Ben Meir the first day of Passover would be on a Sunday, while according to the generally accepted rule it would be on Tuesday.

Saadia was in Aleppo, on his way from the East, when he learned of Ben Meir's regulation of the Jewish calendar. Saadia addressed a warning to him, and in Babylon he placed his knowledge and pen at the disposal of the exilarch David ben Zakkai and the scholars of the academy, adding his own letters to those sent by them to the communities of the Diaspora (922). In Babylonia he wrote his "Sefer ha-Mo'adim," or "Book of Festivals," in which he refuted the assertions of Ben Meir regarding the calendar, and helped to avert from the Jewish community the perils of schism.

Appointment as Gaon

His dispute with Ben Meir was an important factor in the call to Sura which he received in 928. The exilarch David ben Zakkai insisted on appointing him as Gaon (head of the academy), despite the weight of precedent (no foreigner had ever served as Gaon before), and against the advice of the aged Nissim Nahrwani, a Resh Kallah at Sura, who feared a confrontation between the two strong-willed personalities, David and Saadia. (Nissim declared, however, that if David was determined to see Saadia in the position, then he would be ready to become the first of Saadia's followers.[4])

Under his leadership, the ancient academy, founded by Rav, entered upon a new period of brilliancy.[5] This renaissance was cut short, though, by a clash between Saadia and David, much as Nissim had predicted.

In a probate case Saadia refused to sign a verdict of the exilarch which he thought unjust, although the Gaon of Pumbedita had subscribed to it. When the son of the exilarch threatened Saadia with violence to secure his compliance, and was roughly handled by Saadia's servant, open war broke out between the exilarch and the gaon. Each excommunicated the other, declaring that he deposed his opponent from office; and David b. Zakkai appointed Joseph b. Jacob as gaon of Sura, while Saadia conferred the exilarchate on David's brother Hassan (Josiah; 930). Hassan was forced to flee, and died in exile in Khorasan; but the strife which divided Babylonian Judaism continued. Saadia was attacked by the exilarch and by his chief adherent, the young but learned Aaron ibn Sargado (later Gaon of Pumbedita, 943-960), in Hebrew pamphlets, fragments of which show a hatred on the part of the exilarch and his partisans that did not shrink from scandal. Saadia did not fail to reply.

Latter years

He wrote both in Hebrew and in Arabic a work, now known only from a few fragments, entitled "Sefer ha-Galui" (Arabic title, "Kitab al-arid"), in which he emphasized with great but justifiable pride the services which he had rendered, especially in his opposition to heresy.

The seven years which Saadia spent in Baghdad did not interrupt his literary activity. His principal philosophical work was completed in 933; and four years later, through Ibn Sargado's father-in-law, Bishr ben Aaron, the two enemies were reconciled. Saadia was reinstated in his office; but he held it for only five more years. David b. Zakkai died before him (c. 940), being followed a few months later by the exilarch's son Judah, while David's young grandson was nobly protected by Saadia as by a father. According to a statement made by Abraham ibn Daud and doubtless derived from Saadia's son Dosa, Saadia himself died in Babylonia at Sura in 942, at the age of sixty, of "black gall" (melancholia), repeated illnesses having undermined his health.

Science of Beresheis:

Bigotry - an editorial – it’s not just black and white – it’s not just Jew and Gentile

TSU wrote: As for the fool who refuses to date someone based on their background. When I was converting to Judaism a young man became interested in me. His parents were baalei teshuva. His rabbi encouraged him to think about what marrying me (as a convert) would do to his family's status in the community. He relayed this to me, perhaps having no idea how much that would hurt to hear. I regard this as one of the great moral failings of religious Judaism - that some women are less valuable than others due to no fault of their own and that nobody ever blushes to mention it. But maybe that's just me. One could say that I'm biased.


Today I am a Rabbi and Rosh Kollel for Dayanim and other Roshei Kollelim come to me for donations. However, when I was a baal Tshuvah 40 plus years ago, I was looked down like a leper as the worst of worst for marrying off daughters. I was given dates with cripples (nice girls), ugly girls, etc. I finally married somebody with other problems and after 12 years we got divorced because her temper was endangering the health of the children. This time I was already a Talmud Chacham and had a track record in Judaism so that even with 3 children finding a normal frum wife was easier than a bachelor with potential energy. I have found that
many Gerim are well worth marrying.

It is funny as the so-called girls looking at me - they did not like the fact that my parents were non-religious. But I am from great Rabbis and today my parentage could put the snobs in my back pocket. Even more so, my ancestor married Ruth the Giyoret and she was the only woman in the history of Judaism that was called "A woman of valor" (Aishes Chayil). So can somebody tell me if a Giyoret is good enough to be the mother of royalty so do I need some idiotic snob to tell me that she is no good???

Dr. Aryeh wrote: As for the Cheredim not intermarrying with Chozrei Teshuva, I have never understood why anyone would want to deal with such people. The willingness of the Sephardic Cheredim to tolerate them is even more amazing considering their open racism in excluding even mixed marriages from their schools.
As for meeting people, I find it a lot easier to remember a person by the place he lived or her profession than their names. At meetings, I might meet a hundred or so people over a week. Anyway who can remember a Thai name. I can remember Thai and cervix.

Unfortunately it does not stop here: It turns own that Sephardic girls the daughters of Sephardic Rabbis are looked upon my some Cheredim like they have the plague. In Kiriat Sefer there are 47 such girls.

The seminary starts from class Chet (grade 8) and goes on for 6-7 years. It will have a well experienced staff. Rabbi Mimran will be the initial administrator. The menahalet will be the Rebbitzen Mimran accompanied by a segan menahelet yet to be appointed. – This is on condition that there are enough girls to fill the classes. Why the bigotry? Coming from the States, I just can’t see being bigoted against people who are fit to marry me or my family and have blood ties back centuries. Our Chabad in Ganei Modin is run by Rabbi Ben Zion Yisraeli a Persian Jew and in Ramat Modin by Rabbis Ephraim and Barak Kokavi not the original Jews from Russia running Chabad and the love is there. The only reason that there are two Chabad Schuls is that there is a large distance involved.

If a person comes from India and has a different philosophy from somebody from Argentina who thinks differently than somebody from Poland or Russian who thinks differently than a German Jew or an American Jew are they less Jewish or sub-Jewish? I can’t comprehend this. I new a lovely girl who liked me but she wanted somebody learning in Lakewood and nobody would help me as a Baal Tshuvah get into Lakewood. So what happened she married somebody in a Yeshiva that was good at learning but after the marriage he quit and became a locksmith. I became a Rosh Kollel to Dayanim all because she could only see the here and now of a Baal Tshuvah and not his potential. Remember that according to laws of physics potential and kinetic energy are interchangeable. If your head is stuffed up with bigotry either by color, place of origin, education or Torah learning get your brains cleared in the clearing house of the Mussar Books.

There is also a difference between bigotry and personal discriminating tastes. For example coming from a German/Czech Jewish background, I naturally would tend prefer an American woman with the same background but that would not prevent me from marrying a Romanian Jew or a Yemenite Jew.

If a missionary gets on your back from a former Xtian Theologian:


(There is no need for this section if one never has to face off against missionaries.)

From an Ex Christian may the truth always be known and spoken

Error #1 Yeshu is the way to God


Torah shows us that this is Idolatry there is no mediator between Us and God. No other God to be worshiped. One of the 10 commandments says:
Not to worship any one but Hashem. There shall be no other gods besides ME.

If one study torah and know this truth and goes to the Christian teachings way it would be fatal

#2 Yeshu was the only Son of God
Wrong All Jews are sons and daughters of God Exodus: 4:22 And thou shall say unto Pharaoh: Thus says the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born. 23 And I have said unto thee: Let My son go, that he may serve Me; and thou hast refused to let him go. Behold, I will slay thy son, thy first-born.'

#3 if you don’t believe that Yeshu is our Lord and savior You will not have a place in the world to come! You should only hear what the Moslems say if you don't convert their way!


This is Idolatry again if you believe that he was the Lord God And you have had the opportunity to know the Torah {which we all have this opportunity} its the opposite.

If one refuses to hear the truth or still does not want to know it or accept it Then God will judge that person, but really there is no excuse before Moshiach comes for anyone to get to know who God is to know really the truth through Judaism the truth of who God is and who he isn’t. there is no excuse for ignorance is not bliss. be prepared sort of speak.

#4 Christianity teaches that it doesn’t matter what you eat or drink it wont kill you! it matters more what you speak because that is what will kill you


There is no Godly wisdom in that what so ever It is proven that some foods cause cancer, illnesses, diseases Strokes, heart attacks, and more. The torah teaches also which foods to avoid for good health So it is very important what you eat and drink as well as what you speak. Note Kashrus has to do with spiritual health. - RP

#5 another teaching is You must forgive no matter what Even your worst enemy regardless of there repentance or not! If you don’t then you will not have a place in the world to come!


Torah teaches forgiveness requires a heartfelt repentance and an action to make a change as to not to repeat it. "Day of atonement" and Repentance teaches these truths
And is a great healing tool for life! Such wisdom found in Gods Torah that Judaism teaches!

#6 Christianity teaches that just believing that Yeshu is the Lord You will be saved period


No one can save you or die for you so that you have a place in the world to come! That it’s up to you!! and God!!

The creator of the universe will determine your personal destiny According to your own personal knowledge, actions, deeds, lifestyle, purity of heart condition, cleanliness, willingness to change, and proper forgiveness, Works, faith, goodness, charity, intentions, actions, and love!

According to God and only God. And anyone who is aware of this Is lucky, blessed mazel tov!

Any more you'd like to add to make it more real to those who doubt Even in Judaism there are doubters’ I’m afraid to say. Some are falling away and are believing in lies..

There definitely needs to be reassurance to those ones and everyone who has doubts. God always wants us to speak truth and stand for what is true and right!
And more importantly be a light unto the nations!

Take care

Inyanay Diyoma

While checking to see if my blog made Google Search Engine under “Rabbi Pauli” I couldn’t find it, but I came across a comment on a news item of mine from Erev Shabbos with other comments about Gog and Magog. I became Rahamim instead of Rachamim with the guttural CH as the German word for also “Auch”. But the comments above my own on Gog and Magog was an interesting analysis.

The fervently pro-US, pro-Israeli Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, has decided to hold out no longer. He has thrown in his lot with the most extreme pro-Syrian, pro-Iranian, anti-Israel force in Lebanon, the Shiite Hizballah, which has gained veto power over the government in Beirut unopposed. DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources disclose that over last weekend, Jumblatt quietly signed a “defense cooperation pact” with Hassan Nasrallah, affording Hizballah a strong foothold in the Lebanese Druze bastion of Mt. Chouf. Drawing the hostile noose around northern Israel ever tighter, Lebanese president Michel Sleiman was due in Damascus Wednesday, Aug. 13, to celebrate the thaw in relations between the two countries.

Neither Israeli ministers, sunk in an acrimonious contest over the succession to Ehud Olmert, nor the United States in the dying days of the Bush presidency, have lifted a finger to arrest Lebanon’s swift slide into the Iranian-Syrian orbit. Jumblatt, after watching pro-Western strategic positions crumble in his country, decided to join forces with Hizballah to shield his ancestral mountain domain from Syrian domination.

The Druze and Hizballah militias agreed to set up a joint commission for coordinating military operations. Hizballah is represented by its security and intelligence commander, Wafiq Shafa (who was in change of the recent prisoner swap with Israel) and the Druzes by Akram Shahaib. The joint security patrols for the Druze communities of the Chouf, will also give Hizballah a military presence on its third strategic Lebanese peak, after Mt. Sannine and Jebel Barukh. - (I have been warned by army buddies who were born in Israel that the Druze tend to show loyalty to whom is in power)

From Shimon - Home Center Israel: It seems odd but Home Center seems to have a political agenda as in addition to the Arab only discounts (does it apply to Native Americans as well) they also don't deliver over the green line and perhaps worst of all they are open on Shabbat. While I am not in general in favor of boycotts it would seem that this particular chain has gone too far to alienate us as customers.

From about Israeli recycling

Majority of Votes rule in a Democracy

SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. — Angela Tuttle has won an election, but she won’t have to spend a lot of time thanking the people who voted for her. Tuttle was running for constable of Hancock County, Tennessee, as a write-in candidate. Nobody else was vying for the position and Tuttle says her father encouraged her to give it a go. County election officials says only 131 people voted in Thursday’s district elections and there was only one vote in Tuttle’s constable race. It was her vote and, yes, she voted for herself. Tuttle is a certified nursing assistant and the mother of a 10-year-old son and will be sworn as constable December 1st. Duties include serving warrants and patrolling neighborhoods. Tuttle’s father is a longtime constable in another district and won reelection. She says he’ll “show her the ropes.”

The following question entered my mind: Did the war of Gog and Magog break out on the 7th of Av? We know from our history that the breech was made in Yerushalayim on the 7th and both Beitei Mikdashim were destroyed on the 9th of Av. On the 9th of Av the Jews were expelled from Spain and WWI broke out. Could the war in Georgia just be a local war for control of the oil pipelines for Russia or part of a larger strategy to take back the Ukraine, Baltic States, Moslem States etc. that became independ countries. Now with the United States bogged down and no manditory draft of civilians both Russia and Iran are flexing their muscles. In both cases tiny Israel is standing up with medical supplies and in the second case with internation pressure at this time. But who will stand up for us? We cannot expect better when the Nations go blah blah blah and thousands die, raped and robbed in the Dafur region. If we don't stand up for people being murdered because they are black or from the wrong tribe then how can we expect people to stand up for Jews being murdered?

War in Georgia: The Israel Connection by Arie Egozi

For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Georgian army to preparer for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice

The fighting which broke out over the weekend between Russia and Georgia has brought Israel's intensive involvement in the region into the limelight. This involvement includes the sale of advanced weapons to Georgia and the training of the Georgian army's infantry forces. Israel began selling arms to Georgia about seven years ago following an initiative by Georgian citizens who immigrated to Israel and became businesspeople.

"They contacted defense industry officials and arms dealers and told them that Georgia had relatively large budgets and could be interested in purchasing Israeli weapons," says a source involved in arms exports. The military cooperation between the countries developed swiftly. The fact that Georgia's defense minister, Davit Kezerashvili, is a former Israeli who is fluent in Hebrew contributed to this cooperation.

"His door was always open to the Israelis who came and offered his country arms systems made in Israel," the source said. "Compared to countries in Eastern Europe, the deals in this country were conducted fast, mainly due to the defense minister's personal involvement." Among the Israelis who took advantage of the opportunity and began doing business in Georgia were former Minister Roni Milo and his brother Shlomo, former director-general of the Military Industries, Brigadier-General (Res.) Gal Hirsch and Major-General (Res.) Yisrael Ziv.

Roni Milo conducted business in Georgia for Elbit Systems and the Military Industries, and with his help Israel's defense industries managed to sell to Georgia remote-piloted vehicles (RPVs), automatic turrets for armored vehicles, antiaircraft systems, communication systems, shells and rockets. According to Israeli sources, Gal Hirsch gave the Georgian army advice on the establishment of elite units such as Sayeret Matkal and on rearmament, and gave various courses in the fields of combat intelligence and fighting in built-up areas.

'Don't anger the Russians'

The Israelis operating in Georgia attempted to convince the Israeli Aerospace Industries to sell various systems to the Georgian air force, but were turned down. The reason for the refusal was "special" relations created between the Aerospace Industries and Russia in terms of improving fighter jets produced in the former USSR and the fear that selling weapons to Georgia would anger the Russians and prompt them to cancel the deals.

Israelis' activity in Georgia and the deals they struck there were all authorized by the Defense Ministry. Israel viewed Georgia as a friendly state to which there is no reason not to sell arms systems similar to those Israel exports to other countries in the world.

As the tension between Russia and Georgia grew, however, increasing voices were heard in Israel – particularly in the Foreign Ministry – calling on the Defense Ministry to be more selective in the approval of the deals with Georgia for fear that they would anger Russia. "It was clear that too many unmistakable Israeli systems in the possession of the Georgian army would be like a red cloth in the face of a raging bull as far as Russia is concerned," explained a source in the defense establishment.

For instance, the Russians viewed the operation of the Elbit System's RPVs as a real provocation. "It was clear that the Russians were angry," says a defense establishment source, "and that the interception of three of these RPVs in the past three months was an expression of this anger. Not everyone in Israel understood the sensitive nerve Israel touched when it supplied such an advanced arms system to a country whose relations with Russia are highly tense."

In May it was eventually decide to approve future deals with Georgia only for the sale of non-offensive weapon systems, such as intelligence, communications and computer systems, and not to approve deals for the sale of rifles, aircraft, sells, etc. A senior source in the Military Industry said Saturday that despite some reporters, the activity of Georgia's military industry was extremely limited. "We conducted a small job for them several years ago," he said. "The rest of the deals remained on paper." Dov Pikulin, one of the owners of the Authentico company specializing in trips and journeys to the area, says however that "the Israeli is the main investor in the Georgian economy. Everyone is there, directly or indirectly."

Georgian minister: Israel should be proud

"The Israelis should be proud of themselves for the Israeli training and education received by the Georgian soldiers," Georgian Minister Temur Yakobashvili said Saturday.

Yakobashvili is a Jew and is fluent in Hebrew. "We are now in a fight against the great Russia," he said, "and our hope is to receive assistance from the White House, because Georgia cannot survive on its own.” It’s important that the entire world understands that what is happening in Georgia now will affect the entire world order. It's not just Georgia's business, but the entire world's business." One of the Georgian parliament members did not settle Saturday for the call for American aid, urging Israel to help stop the Russian offensive as well: "We need help from the UN and from our friends, headed by the United States and Israel. Today Georgia is in danger – tomorrow all the democratic countries in the region and in the entire world will be in danger too."

Jewish Agency evacuates hundreds from Georgia war zone:,7340,L-3580022,00.html

After establishing contact with Jewish community in war-torn South Ossetia, Agency coordinates evacuation to capital city of Tbilisi. As death tolls crosses 2,000, West announces delegation of EU, US, NATO officials en route to broker ceasefire

ROME, Italy (AP) -- Police broke up a suspected terror cell Saturday and arrested five North Africans, including the alleged leader who Italian officials said recruited Islamic extremists for attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authorities also suspect the cell sent tens of thousands of euros (dollars) to groups in Bosnia that offer training and logistical support to Iraqi and Afghan terror organizations, said Claudio Galzerano, head of the Italian police force's international terrorism division. Police arrested the five suspects -- four Tunisians and one Moroccan -- in Bologna and the nearby towns of Faenza and Imola, Galzerano said. They were accused of international terrorism, but have yet to be formally charged, he said. A sixth suspect was still being sought.

Galzerano said those arrested include alleged Tunisian ringleader Khalil Jarraya, a veteran of Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and four others he allegedly recruited for suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq. Galzerano said Jarraya, who also has received Bosnian citizenship, may have recruited others already sent abroad. The arrests followed a three-year investigation based on wiretaps and on training material found in previous searches of the suspects' homes.

"In the telephone intercepts they always were extremely satisfied when someone blew himself up," Galzerano told The Associated Press by telephone from Bologna. "These are people who were radicalized in the West and declared themselves ready to become 'martyrs' for jihad." Galzerano said the cell sent tens of thousands of euros (dollars) to Bosnian groups linked to terrorist organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the money came from the legitimate work of the group's members as well as from insurance scams, for which a charge of fraud was added to the arrest warrants. The cell was not part of any specific terrorist organization, but saw itself as close to al-Qaida, Galzerano said. Investigators have long considered Italy a logistical base where terror groups seek recruits and financing. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the country introduced the charge of international terrorism, which can carry a sentence of up to 15 years jail.

Israel is getting on Magog aka Putin’s nerves from our help in this war. Here is a list of traitors and carpetbaggers in Israel. (Believe it or not it us up to you!)

George Clooney has condemned Israel and is very pro-Palestinian. He is one of the main fund raisers and political advisor to one of the candidates for the U.S. Presidency. May I suggest that you go check it out if you are interested.

If you have ever traveled to Arches National Park or plan to do so, read this:,2933,401068,00.html I may even have a photo somewhere in my Albums of me under or by the arch.

A little TU B’Av humor that I shall call Olmert’s three top advisors and the beer scandal: Short clip male players only for Haredi readers:

My Letter to the Soldier and Her Reply (from Naomi) From Robert the Preacher:

My Letter to the Soldier and Her Reply: You were sinned against as well
Dear Soldier,
This was a brave and moving letter. You were a soldier. Those who sinned were the ones who sent you. They sinned against the whole nation, those who were thrown out of their homes, and those that were used to throw them out. They need to ask forgiveness from you both. Work to change the political system. Get them out of power.
God bless you.
From: the soldier (imsorry)
Thank you for writing Naomi. I'm trying to respond to all the e-mails that I received. I am trying to help the people of Gush Katif through the letter that was published, especially by bringing to people's awareness the voice that up until now has not been heard. I hope this will influence soldiers in the future not to repeat this tragedy.
Hillel Fendel wrote in, that the weekly B'Sheva newspaper found the Ethiopian family from Kfar Darom described in the soldier's letter. They are living in the temporary site in Shomeriya. The father, Avraham Simon, was asked to comment on the soldier's request for forgiveness, and said: "We're not yet in our
permanent homes; we have not yet reached our 'rest and inheritance.' To come and say to us 'we're sorry' without doing something to repair what they did, has no meaning. The soldiers who feel bad about what they do have to tell their commanders in that well-oiled machine that they will not take part in another expulsion, and they must go the people they threw out of their homes and see what they can do for them, and they must educate their future children not to take part in something like this."
This is not an issue of an individual soldier, Avraham said, "but rather a national correction that must be made. The Nation of Israel has to know that if someone destroyed an area in the Land of Israel, it doesn't get solved just by saying 'sorry.' When it comes to the destruction of the Land of Israel, there is no forgiveness!"

The crisis in Georgia revealed to me: The Democratic Party in my opinion chose a politician but not the best they had to run for president. I don’t necessarily agree with Retired General Wesley Clark but he would be the best Candidate for the job and Richardson as his running mate would have made the best and strongest team for the Democratic Party.

From Nitzana: Reported on YNET: 11 injured in anti-fence protest in Naalin

Palestinians report demonstrators wounded by rubber bullets, Swedish national breaks her leg. Member of West Bank village's anti-fence committee arrested Wednesday night

Ali Waked Published: 08.14.08, 14:09 / Israel News

Eleven demonstrators were injured Thursday afternoon during an anti-fence demonstration in the West Bank village of Naalin, near Modiin. According to the Palestinians, most of the protestors were wounded by rubber bullets, while a Swedish national was beaten and her leg was broken. She was evacuated for medical treatment at a village clinic.

Dozens of demonstrators -- Palestinians and Israeli and foreign left-wing activists -- took part in the rally in protest of the separation fence being constructed on the village's lands. One protestor was arrested. A Border Guard official said that the issue was being looked into and that when rubber bullets were fired, no injuries were spotted and no ambulances were seen in the village. The official added that people taking part in violent riots should anticipate the possibility of being injured.

Palestinians claimed that Ibrahim Amira, a member of the village's "anti-fence popular committee" was detained by security forces on Wednesday night and was apparently taken in for questioning by the Shin Bet. The Palestinian reported that 10 protestors were injured in a similar demonstration in Naalin on Wednesday. A Border Guard officer was lightly wounded by a stone thrown at him. Members of the anti-fence committee vowed to continue their protest activities "despite the violent oppression" of the rallies.
On Friday, security forces began using a new crowd dispersal means dubbed "Skunk". Use of the "Skunk" is by means of an especially foul-smelling liquid spraying machine. Until now, forces used rubber bullets, tear gas and shock grenades in order to disperse crowds who burned tires and threw stones at soldiers. The police searched for a solution in order to deal with riots and simultaneously reduce the number of injuries. Thus, it was decided to "enlist" the "Skunk" for dispersing riots.

Due to a number of protests I received, I have put the following in smaller print for those who wish to skip over to I believe it reflects existing anti-Torah, anti-Am Yisrael and anti-Eretz Yisrael Jews or false Jews among us.

THE NAME GAME by Barry Chamish

Poor Shirley Ellis. She had a top five song in 1964 called The Name Game. The game was played by replacing the first name of the player with another consonant. Sadly, the songwriter foolishly made F one of the consonants, so Shirley gave up performing the song with crowds when every player's name was magically Chuck or Bart.
But such is not the fate of the phoney Jews bringing down Israel. We can trace the names and ultimately prove their association with the Council On Foreign Relations, the Vatican and the Sabbatains. But we are jumping way ahead.
I do not use the Debka File as a source, since I was burned by them years ago with false information. However, if the following report IS true, then Israel trained the Georgian forces at war with Russia:

DEBKAfile discloses Israel's interest in the conflict from its exclusive military sources, Aug.8:

Last year, the Georgian president commissioned from private Israeli security firms several hundred military advisers, estimated at up to 1,000, to train the Georgian armed forces in commando, air, sea, armored and artillery combat tactics. They also offer instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime. Tbilisi also purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel.
These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian army's preparations to conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday.In recent weeks, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was "defensive."This has not gone down well in the Kremlin. Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in South Ossetia, Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention.

This is not the first time I have claimed that fake Jews have interfered in Russian affairs, to the ultimate near ruination of real Jews. Recently I reported that Stalin had three Jewish wives and that all his progeny were legally, Jews:

Stalin had three wives, all of them Jewesses.

The first was Ekaterina Svanidze who bore him one son, Jacob. His second wife was Kadya Allevijah. She bore him a son Vassili, and a daughter Svetlana. His second wife died in mysterious circumstances, either by committing suicide, or murdered by Stalin. His third wife was Rosa Kaganovich, the sister of Lazar Kaganovich, who was the head of Soviet industry.

Stalin's daughter (who in 1967 fled to the USA) then married Lazar's son Mihail i.e. her step-mother's nephew. Svetlana Stalin had a total of four husbands, three of them Jewish.

Stalin's vice-president Molotov was also married to a Jewess, whose brother, Sam Karp, runs an export business in Connecticut. Just to complicate things even more, the Molotov's (half-Jewish) daughter also called Svetlana was engaged to be married to Stalin's son Vassili.

More information on Stalin, Trotsky, Lenin, and others is available on-line the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at

Georgia, sadly, is not the only place on earth targeted for ruin by the Sabbataians. Now we enter the realms of the real Name Game. Let's begin, naturally enough, with George. The man who hates the Israeli settlers and the Right, so puts his money into causing an uprising in the former Burma. And the game is on with lots of dead.

George, George bo Beorge
Banana Fanna Fo Feorge, Fee Fi Fo Meorge

Now Daniel: Shimon Peres' financial partner and co-defendant in the murder of Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, is spreading harmony and death in the Middle East.

Daniel, Daniel bo Babaniel
Banana Fanna Fo Faniel, Fee Fi Fo Maniel

Now Mark. From the folks who brought a Nazi pope into a synagogue, a big hand for Mark who spreads Ethic Understanding. Everybody, Mark:

Mark, Mark bo Bark
Banana Fanna Fo Fark, Fee Fi Fo Mark

And for the finale, a tough one, Madeleine: Who forgot that her whole family is Jewish and is now making up for it by setting up bloody puppet governments.

Madeleine, Madeleine bo Badeleine
Bana Fanna Fo Fadeleine, Fee Fi Fo Madeleine

Read the names below, not a kippa-wearer in the lot. All undermining Israel fatally by destroying the "settlers," all ultimately working for the CFR, and all engaged in undermining nations by supporting unwanted movements which kill en masse to effect their changes in the existing order.

Open Society Institute,
Founder/Billionaire Moneybags: George Soros (CFR)

U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon, "Golden Circle" members include: Elliot Abrams (CFR), Salo Aizenberg, Eleana Benador, David Chazen, Alain Gabriel Courtines, Rachel Ehrenfeld, Michael Eisenstadt, Eliot Engel, Philip Epstein, Gil Feiler, Douglas Feith (CFR), Leonard Getz, Richard Greenfield, Richard Hellmann (CFR), Irwin Hochberg, Michael Ledeen, Matthew Levitt, Daniel Lubetzky, Richard Perle (CFR), Daniel Pipes (CFR), Scott Rosenblum, Nina Rosenwald (CFR), Michael Rubin, Eric Silverman, David Steinmann, Jonathan Usher, Stanley Weiss (CFR), David Wurmser (CFR).

Committee for the Liberation of Iraq,
Chairman of the Board: Maurice R. Greenberg (article: 2001) (CFR)
Chairman of the Executive Committee: Richard C. Holbrooke (CFR)
To meet the increasing demand for greater awareness and understanding of Asia and its dynamic relationship with America, the Asia Society extensively renovated and expanded its world headquarters in New York City. The $30 million initiative substantially enhanced the Asia Society's museum galleries, as well as its public facilities and programs, and strengthened the Society's role as the only institution in North America addressing the intersection of the arts, economics, politics, and society throughout the Asia-Pacific region." This building is called The Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Building.

President: Randy Scheunemann (?)
"The president of the Committee is Randy Scheunemann, Trent Lott's former chief national-security adviser. Last year Scheunemann worked for Donald Rumsfeld as a consultant on Iraq policy ... The Committee is little more than an extension of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), an 'educational' organization packed with neocons such as William Kristol (CFR) and Robert Kagan."

World Medical. Association,
Chairman of the WMA council: Y. Blachar
"Physicians for Human Rights (Israel) have lambasted the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) for its silence in the face of these systematic violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention against the Palestinian people], which guarantees the right to health care and the protection of health professionals as they do their duty. Remarkably, IMA president Dr Y Blachar is currently chairperson of the council of the World Medical Association (WMA), the official international watchdog on medical ethics. A supine BMA appears in collusion with this farce at the WMA." -- D. Summerfield, British Medical Journal, October 2004

" BKSH is the name of leading-edge government relations consultancy for the 21st century. Created by the world's largest communications agency, Burson-Marsteller, it enables clients to mount US, pan-European and transatlantic campaigns."
Managing Director: K. Riva Levinson
"Ms. Levinson has been the U.S. representative for the Iraqi National Congress (INC) since 1999. This group, funded by the United States State Department, will form the nucleus of the new democratic Iraqi Government. For four years, Ms. Levinson managed the INC’s communications initiatives as the voice of the Iraqi people in exile. Since the country’s liberation, Ms. Levinson has worked with the INC at its headquarters in Baghdad to conduct programs to support democracy and the building of civil society. Beyond Iraq, Ms. Levinson runs a number of projects to build democracy around the world, including managing the Coalition for Democracy in Iran and supporting the Liberian opposition parties."

Foundation for the People of Burma,
President and CEO: Harold C. Nathan

Washington Kurdish Institute,

Executive Director: Mike Amitay -- the son of former head of AIPAC (the massive Jewish American lobbying organization for Israel), Morris Amitay

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding,
Founder and President: Rabbi Mark Schneier

Coalition for Democracy in Iran,
"Supporter": Michael Ledeen

The Burma Project,
a division of the billionaire George Soros (CFR) empire

American Himalayan Foundation,
Chairman: Richard Blum (CFR), husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Member of Board of Directors: Leon J. Weil, Ambassador to Nepal

Maltese-Czech Society,
President: Lawrence Attard Bezzina

Central Asia Institute,
President: Julia Bergman
Public Relations Director: Susan Neubauer

Center for Islamic Pluralism,
Executive director: Stephen Schwartz

Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation,
Chairman: S. Daniel Abraham (CFR)

Council on Foreign Relations,
President: Leslie Gelb (CFR) (Succeeded by Richard N. Haass (CFR), also Jewish)
Vice President: Abraham Lowenthal (CFR)

9-11 Commission (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States),
Executive Director: Philip Zelikow (CFR) (see also above)
"January 27, 2003: Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History and Director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the '9/11 Commission.'"

National Democratic Institute For International Affairs,
Chairman: Madeleine K. Albright (CFR)
Vice Chairman: Rachelle Horowitz
President: Kenneth D. Wollack (CFR)
[Contributor's note: This organization "specializes in setting up puppet governments."]

May we all find comfort soon with a rebuilt Temple.

A wonderful and peaceful Shabbos to all especially the Jews in Grusia (Georgia).

Rachamim Pauli