Friday, January 30, 2009

Parsha Bo, War Stories, Miracles, News, Good Shabbos Story

Rabbi Pauli, just this morning i said to my husband, i think we are in hell! He said no such thing is hell, I said it sure seems like it,

we are constantly being put through the fire, not literally, but every day struggles, such a beautiful world Hashem created and people like you and me, and creation in general, then you have people destroying it then lying about it, then making up things, then changing there minds, then all kinds of rubbish, so Rabbi are we in Hell? are we being punished by God and being tested some how?

Yes your husband is correct as there is no full Hell on earth. Hell in the Jewish sense is a soul repair shop that sort of overhauls the sins this can be only after death and trial by the Beis Din shel Maalah. If the heavenly court decrees repairing the soul it can be for an hour, day, week, month and up to twelve months. As for our times now, we are undergoing a terrible time the black hours before the dawn of Moshiach. The Northern Hemisphere is warming up and the Southern Hemisphere is cooling down. Madness is possessing investors, nations and lunatics are making a Jihad on the world. These are the darkest hours before the dawn. There was no real reason for the mad rise in the price of crude oil or the plunge down deep. There was perhaps a reason for correction in the economic markets and a reason for caution in the lending a few years ago but everything was here and now in this world and instant gratification. It did not matter if it is Jihad now, Peace now, Money now, diet now, eat now, drink now, body gratification now, it is a world gone wild and crazy. Some of this does not even need a heavenly adversary to try a man like the story of Iyob. It is a Yetzer that works on a hairpin trigger. A few Tzaddikim have a Yetzer larger than Everest and they conquer it. We are in a period of test and tribulations right before Moshiach.

Nowadays we have houses not like that of the Shunamit Woman from the Bible II Melachim (Kings) that exists in Kfar Shunam until this day but short term stadiums, short term computers, cell phones, cameras, cell phones etc. They come and go quickly. Nothing is built to last any more. There are toys that my friend Carl and I have from out youth that are still good. My electric train’s motor rusted because I wrapped it in newspaper that absorbed humidity but otherwise it would be working today. Can we say that for recent products? It is obvious to me that there is about to be an upheaval to change everything.

It is a matter of life and death that we pray for rain. I can afford to let my grass die but need a minimum amount to save my fruit trees especially the Esrog. The Kenneret is way below what used to be the red line and we have just about reached the black line when we can pump no more water and if we go below this we may be dealing with a dead and dry lake soon. The last few years, we used water as if it was going to rain enough. Our politicians did not supply the money for the desalinations plants necessary to provide potable water for Israel. Instead we kept over-using our only reservoir and this year with less rain are just draining it further and further and this is before the summer in the heart of winter. We need the Kinneret to rise something like 8 meters of the course of the next few seasons to get back to the maximum. However, the rain is weak and far between this year. Please add the prayers for stoppage of rain as in the Shomaya Tephillah prayer.

If you don’t have the proper wording pray for income for your fellow Jews and life giving water for Yisrael.

Parsha Bo

Last week I did not write about the first seven of ten plagues. The question our Sages had for G-D, being Omnipresent, could have made all the plagues in one and freed the Bnei Yisrael (children of Israel). If so why break down the plagues into ten different ones? (Similar to Perkei Avos question about the creation of the universe in 10 commands instead of one.) The answer given by the Sages is to make a Kiddush HASHEM (praise of the L-RD) among the Egyptian population. As we saw in the hail storm that “Those that feared G-D brought their cattle into shelters”. In Israel from time to time we get hail the size of golf balls that knocks branches off of trees, ruins green houses and even the thick windshields of cars have been shattered. In Texas hail the size of baseballs have been recorded and these can easily kill both humans and animals. Imagine such a storm for hours or more than a day over Egypt.

10:1 The Lord said to Moses: "Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, in order that I may place these signs of Mine in his midst.

Come to Pharaoh. and warn him. that I may place. Heb. שִׁתִי, lit., My placing, that I may place. — [after the targumim]

The word “Bo” or come is the proper translation and is used here. It is wrong to translate the Chumosh as go unto Pharaoh. The come means that HASHEM is there already to harden the heart of the king and in order to make the Kiddush HASHEM and make the Egyptians believe in G-D and stop thinking that Pharaoh is an incarnation of the L-RD on earth. Such was the ways of kings. The Americans in their peace treaty with Japan did not want to remove the divines of the emperor but Hirohito voluntary gave up on his divineness after the war. Regarding about standing before G-D: 1 Kings 22:19 And he, Micaiah, said: 'Therefore hear thou the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on his left.’

2 and in order that you tell into the ears of your son and your son's son how I made a mockery of the Egyptians, and [that you tell of] My signs that I placed in them, and you will know that I am the Lord."

I made a mockery. Heb. הִתְעַלַלְתִּי, I mocked, like “Because you mocked (הִתְעַלַלְתִּי) me” (Num. 22:29); “Will it not be just as He mocked (הִתְעַלֵל) them” (I Sam. 6:6), stated in regard to Egypt. It is not an expression meaning a “deed and acts (מַעִלָלִים),” however, for were that so, He would have written עוֹלַלְתִּי, like “and deal (וְעוֹלֵל) with them as You have dealt (עוֹלַלְתָּ) with me” (Lam. 1:22); “which has been dealt (עוֹלֵל) to me” (Lam. 1:12).

Jews do not educate their children on how to blow up as homicide bombers or glory vengeance. Instead we educate our children of the lessons and miracles of the past. To quote Dr. Phil: “Past behavior is a good indication of future behavior.” The lessons of history are most important as often it repeats itself. One can note that the King James and the JPS 1917 Version have a different translation that does not match the Rashi. The whole purpose up to this pre-nation status of the plagues from a Bnei Yisrael standpoint appears to be educating future generations in Torah. There is no other practical purpose of the stories unto now except education.

3 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him: 'Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before Me? let My people go, that they may serve Me.

to humble yourself. Heb. לֵעָנֹת, as the Targum [Onkelos] renders, לְאִתְכְּנָעָא, and it is derived from עָנִי. You have refused to be humble and meek before Me.

Prophets are not diplomats and Moshe is no exception. He talks straight eye to eye with Pharaoh and tells him exactly what G-D says. The ‘divine’ Pharaoh has a hard time trying to be humble. He is perhaps not even the first and certainly based on the behavior of the governor of Illinois recently certainly not the last arrogant leader.

4 Else, if thou refuse to let My people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring locusts into thy border;

There is a saying in the Israeli army that the corporals and sergeants yell at the new recruits: “If it does not go into your heads, it will come to you via your feet”. Then usually one or all the group has to run up the hill and back. It is part of discipline and part of physical training. G-D is showing Pharaoh who is in command. OK, you want to play divine Pharaoh with me, I’ll play your game and beat you at it to a pulp and pass MY Judgements on the land and people of Egypt too for not accepting my first born, Yisrael.

I wrote this three years ago but it is appropriate to repeat now as each king or prime minister has advisors. Even according to the Midrash and Zohar during the creation process THE KING OF KINGS consulted his internal Midos (Compassion, Justice, Severity, etc.) before creating mankind. Pharaoh’s intelligence failure: Moshe warned him and the grasshoppers, crickets, locusts came and eat up the remainder of crops that was not destroyed by the hail. Pharaoh was enraged at his spies and intelligence service. His advisors failed to predict more plagues. Let us look at what has happened so far: Plagues 1. 2. 4. 5, 7 were announced by Moshe. Plagues 3 and 6 came suddenly. Each plague lasted 7 days and then there were 23 days of reflection and normal life without plagues. If you were an intelligence officer working for Pharaoh what possible conclusions could you draw when Moshe announces that there is going to be an 8th plague? The answer is quite simple, the intelligence officers became “Yes men” to Pharaoh and were afraid to think for themselves. I had this at work – the Torah tells me to give my all to the Baal Habeis. When I was working in the electronics branch, my boss quoting his boss was spouting ‘company policy’(which I am not so sure was policy but that of thoughts of the boss) that often injures itself. I did not play it the company way all the time so perhaps the raise got delayed but sometimes I saved the company thousands of dollars by working together with purchasing and storage in logistics. (Somebody in Standards Engineering had filled out a nice chart but no one in the world could produce a 14 mm screw that was 3mm long one could not get a thread on it. The fellow who made the chart was an expert on integral circuits, transistors, etc. but not mechanical engineering.) Prior to the Yom Kippur War, an acquaintance of mine was in military intelligence. The commander prepared the unit for war and passed his assessment up the chain of command. The top of the chain of command wanted to impress Moshe Dayan and Golda Meir as a result a surprise attack on Yom Kippur. How about the failure of military intelligence and the Shin Bet to predict a Hamas victory in the Arab elections? Just by learning Pshat from the charity that the Hamas gave out to the other Arabs, the Hamas ‘victory’ in Gaza and the corruption, anybody with a few months of Talmudic training could have predicted the out come without any raw intelligence data. Surprise! Surprise! Pharaoh did not wake up to see the truth before it became too late. (When I told this to Rav Mimran Shlita, he said, “Certainly! They are all Hamas as it is stated by HASHEM regarding Yishmael: ‘He will be a wild-jackass of a man, his hand upon everything’.”) What is funny as I read this is history repeating itself with another “Hamas victory” only three years later.

5 and they shall cover the face of the earth, that one shall not be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remains unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which grows for you out of the field;

Heb. עֵין הָאָרֶץ, the view of the earth. and no one will be able. Heb. יוּכַל lit., and will not be able. The seer [will not be able] to see the earth, but [the text] speaks briefly.

This time the translation into English has to be covering the face of the earth and not taking the Hebrew literally. The plague was so horrendous that the advisors to Pharaoh were so shaken up they stopped being yes men.

6 and thy houses shall be filled, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; as neither thy fathers nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day.' And he turned, and went out from Pharaoh. 7 And Pharaoh's servants said unto him: 'How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God, knows thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?'

Don’t you yet know. Heb. הִטֶרֶם תֵּדַע, do you not know yet that Egypt is lost?-[Rashi and Rashbam from targumim]

For a few minutes the heart of Pharaoh was softening but being a skilled negotiator he wanted to still do things under his conditions. However, Moshe being a prophet wanted to do things G-D’s way. (The GOI aka Government Of Israel does not realize that with the Jihad, we are dealing with the tenaciousness of a prophet and the USA does not realize that with Yehuda and Shomron they are dealing against the L-RD G-D KING of the Universe. Now you know why I bless every day that I was not made the Government of Israel.) With the mentality of dealing with a normal state, Pharaoh failed to see the religious aspect of the Bnei Yisrael.

8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh; and he said unto them: 'Go, serve the LORD your God; but who are they that shall go?' 9 And Moses said: 'We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds we will go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.' 10 And he said unto them: 'So be the LORD with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones; see ye that evil is before your face. 11 Not so; go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that is what ye desire.' And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence. 12 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch out thy hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.'

8. were brought back. They were brought back by a messenger, whom they [the Egyptians] sent after them, and they returned them to Pharaoh.
10. just as I will let you… out. and surely I will not let the flocks and the cattle out as you said. See that evil is before your faces. [Understand this] as the Targum [Onkelos] renders it. I have [also] heard an Aggadic Midrash, however [which explains the passage as follows]: There is a star named Ra’ah [i.e., רָעָה meaning evil]. Pharaoh said to them [Moses and Aaron], “With my astrology I see that star ascending toward you in the desert [where you would like to go], and that is a sign of blood and slaughter.” When the Israelites sinned with the calf, and the Holy One, blessed be He, sought to kill them, Moses said in his prayer, “Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With Ra’ah He took them out…?’” (Exod. 32:12) This is what he [Pharaoh] said to them, “See that Ra’ah [evil] is opposite your faces,” [implying that their blood would be shed in the desert]. Immediately, “The Lord repented of the Ra’ah [the sign of the star]” (Exod. 32:14), and He turned the bloodshed [symbolized by this star] into the blood of the circumcision, for Joshua [in fact] circumcised them. This is the meaning of what is said: “This day I have rolled away the reproach of the Egyptians from you” (Josh. 5:9), for they were saying to you, “We see blood over you in the desert.” -[from Midrash Shir HaShirim, Wertheimer 1:2]
11. Not so. as you have said [that you want] to take the young children with you, but let the men go and worship the Lord. — [from Jonathan] for that is what you request. ([meaning] that worship) you have requested until now, [telling me,] “Let us offer and sacrifice to our God” (Exod. 5:8), and young children do not usually offer up sacrifices. — [from Exod. Rabbah 13:5] And he chased them out. This is elliptical, for it does not specify who the chaser was.

For good or for bad the Greeks when they put idols in the Temple saw the value of educating the children and they placed on the cow horns (baby bottles of their days) wording against G-D. The Hamas educates their children to become homicide bombers in the name of Allah. I received photos of what the foreign press shows on the news and what Al Jezera shows on their news. To the west these are lovely children to us they are 12 year old shields carrying mines, RPG’s, bullets, guns, etc. {see below}. The terrorist targeted 123 dead children and thousands maimed in the last eight years as they know the value of children which them propagandize. Spain instead of the fighting the war on terror along with Belgistan, England and others have courts that want to put on trial Israeli soldiers for war crimes for killing terrorist.

13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all the night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the borders of Egypt; very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left; and there remained not any green thing, either tree or herb of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said: 'I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat the LORD your God, that He may take away from me this death only.' 18 And he went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the LORD. 19 And the LORD turned an exceeding strong west wind, which took up the locusts, and drove them into the Red Sea; there remained not one locust in all the border of Egypt. 20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.

19. west wind. Heb. רוּחַ-יָם, a west wind. — [from targumim] into the Red Sea. I believe that the Red Sea was partly in the west, opposite the entire southern boundary, and also east of the land of Israel. Therefore, a west wind thrust the locusts into the Red Sea [which was] opposite it [the west wind]. Likewise, we find this [written] regarding the boundaries [of Israel] that it [the Red Sea] faces the east [of Israel], as it is said: “from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines” (Exod. 23:31). [This signifies] from east to west, because the sea of the Philistines was to the west, as it is said concerning the Philistines, “the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of Cherithites” (Zeph. 2:5). [Rashi is apparently referring to the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Eilat, which are both branches of the Red Sea and thus are included in the expression “Red Sea.” The latter is the eastern boundary of the Holy Land, while the Gulf of Suez is Egypt’s eastern boundary. Since the Philistines dwelt on the Mediterranean seacoast, the Red Sea mentioned in that context was surely the Gulf of Eilat. The Red Sea mentioned here is the Gulf of Suez, where the locusts were deposited.] Not one locust remained. Even the salted ones [locusts] which they [the Egyptians] had salted for themselves [to eat]. — [from Exod. Rabbah 13:7; Midrash Tanchuma, Va’era 14]

The stupid idiotic dummies in the GOI negotiating with the Arabs are mostly non-religious especially the policy makers like Olmert, Livni and Barak. These people can’t see what is clear as a bell to every student of the Bible that just as with Moshe, you remove the pressure from Israel and G-D, you are back to square one. Take to heart history is repeating itself before our eyes in Gaza, Yehuda & Shomron and with the Nations of the world. We win a battle but it is not decisive against the enemy, the enemy returns again and again to fight us. Even when they holler uncle like Pharaoh, it is only temporary.

Just as the 3rd and the 6th plagues came unannounced, so too the ninth plague.

21 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch out thy hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.' 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days; 23 they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

21. and the darkness will become darker. Heb. וְיָמֵֹש חֹש, [signifies] and the darkness will become darker upon them than the darkness of night, and the darkness of night will become even darker (וְיַאֲמִישׁ). will become darker. Heb. וְיָמֵשׁ, [should be interpreted] like וְיַאִמֵשׁ. There are many words which lack the “aleph” ; since the pronunciation of the “aleph” is not so noticeable, Scripture is not particular about its absence, e.g., “in and no Arab shall pitch his tent (יַהֵל) there” (Isa. 13:20), יַהֵל is] the same as וְיַאִהֵל; “For You have girded me (וַךְתַּזְרֵנִי) with strength” (II Sam. 22:40) is like וַךְתְּאַז ְרֵנִי (Ps. 18:40). Onkelos, however, rendered it וְיָמֵשׁ as an expression of removal, similar to “He did not move (לֹא-יָמִישׁ) ” (Exod. 13:22): [Onkelos thus understands the verse to mean] “after the darkness of night turns away,” when it approaches the light of day. But [according to Onkelos] the context does not fit with the “vav” of וְיָמֵשׁ because it is written after “and there will be darkness” [and the darkness will turn away, and there will be darkness]. The Aggadic Midrash (Exod. Rabbah 14:1-3) interprets it וְיָמֵשׁ as an expression [related to] “grope about (מְמַֹשֵשׁ) at noontime” (Deut. 28: 29), for it [the darkness] was doubled, redoubled, and thick to the degree that it was tangible.
22. and there was thick darkness… for three days, etc.. Thick darkness in which they did not see each other for those three days, and another three days of darkness twice as dark as this, so that no one rose from his place. If he was sitting, he was unable to stand, and if he was standing, he was unable to sit. Now why did He bring darkness upon them [the Egyptians]? Because there were among the Israelites in that generation wicked people who did not want to leave [Egypt]. They died during the three days of darkness, so that the Egyptians would not see their downfall and say, “They too are being smitten like us.” Also, the Israelites searched [the Egyptians’ dwellings during the darkness] and saw their [own] belongings. When they were leaving [Egypt] and asked [for some of their things], and they [the Egyptians] said, “We have nothing,” he [the Israelite] would say to him, “I saw it in your house, and it is in such and such a place.” -[from Jonathan; Tanchuma, Bo 3; Tanchuma, Va’era 14; Tanchuma Buber, Bo 3] three days. Heb. שְׁלשֶׁתיָמִים, a triad of days [a group of three consecutive days], terzeyne in Old French, and similarly, שִׁבְעַתיָמִים everywhere means a seteyne of days [a group of seven consecutive days]. 24. shall be left. Heb.
יֻצָּג, lit., shall be placed. Shall be left in its place.

The Midrash tells us that the darkness came from Gehenna (hell). The Rambam explains it like a thick fog. The fact that it could be felt would imply a sandstorm of epic proportions and the movie the Ten Commandments (if my memory serves me) explains it as volcanic ash. Actually it could be all and even more like a meteor striking the Sahara during a sandstorm causing something that one cannot imagine. Almost everybody has seen photos of sandstorms in Iraq and we even had a small one last week in Israel where visibility was down to between 100 to 200 meters at times. We have had fog here with visibility down to ten or twenty feet so if there were dark clouds in the sky, standard lanterns could not light the way further than a small amount past ones arm certainly not meters in front. Rashi on line 22 explains the Midrash and so upon exiting the Egyptians would loan the jewels, gold and silver to the Bnei Yisrael. Elsewhere Rashi explains that during the plague of Darkness 80% of the Bnei Yisrael died – those who were unworthy of redemption. The puzzle in my mind exists, is if they were worthy of redemption how could they make the golden calf (even half of a percent)? I can only explain it that at the time of redemption they were worthy and at the time of the golden calf they ruined things for themselves. (P.S. There are readers in Eugene OR and perhaps Portland who remember the St. Helens eruption or read this: )

24 And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said: 'Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed; let your little ones also go with you.' 25 And Moses said: 'Thou must also give into our hand sacrifices and burnt-offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. 26 Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.' 27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. 28 And Pharaoh said unto him: 'Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in the day thou see my face thou shall die.' 29 And Moses said: 'Thou hast spoken well; I will see thy face again no more.'

25. You too shall give. Not only will our livestock go with us, but you too shall give [of your livestock or something else to sacrifice].
26. hoof. Heb.
פַּרְסָה, the sole of a foot, plante in French. — [from Targum Yerushalmi, Rome ms. cited by The Pentateuch with Rashi Hashalem] do not know how [much] we will worship-. How intense the worship will be. Perhaps He will ask for more than we have in our possession. — [from Exod. Rabbah 18:1]
29. You have spoken correctly. You have spoken appropriately, and you have spoken at the right time. It is true that I shall no longer see your face. — [from Mechilta on Exod. 12:31]

11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Yet one plague more will I bring upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence; when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. 2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let them ask every man of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.' 3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people. 4 And Moses said: 'Thus says the LORD: About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt; 5 and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sits upon his throne, even unto the first-born of the maid-servant that is behind the mill; and all the first-born of cattle. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there hath been none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog whet his tongue, against man or beast; that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. 8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down unto me, saying: Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee; and after that I will go out.' And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Pharaoh will not hearken unto you; that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.' 10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh; and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12: 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: 2 'This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.

2. This month. Heb. הַחֹדֶשׁ הַזֶה, lit., this renewal. He [God] showed him [Moses] the moon in its renewal and said to him, “When the moon renews itself, you will have a new month” (Mechilta). Nevertheless, [despite this rendering,] a biblical verse does not lose its simple meaning (Shab. 63a). Concerning the month of Nissan, He said to him, “This shall be the first of the order of the number of the months, so Iyar shall be called the second [month], and Sivan the third [month].” This. Moses found difficulty [determining] the [precise moment of the] renewal of the moon, in what size it should appear before it is fit for sanctification. So He showed him with His finger the moon in the sky and said to him, “You must see a moon like this and sanctify [the month].” Now how did He show it to him? Did He not speak to him only by day, as it says: “Now it came to pass on the day that the Lord spoke” (Exod. 6:28); “on the day He commanded” (Lev. 7:38); “from the day that the Lord commanded and on” (Num. 15:23) ? Rather, just before sunset, this chapter was said to him, and He showed him [the moon] when it became dark. — [from Mechilta]

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying: In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household; 4 and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbor next unto his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man's eating ye shall make your count for the lamb.

3. Speak to the entire community. Heb. דַּבְּרוּ, [the plural form]. Now did Aaron speak? Was it not already stated [to Moses]: “You shall speak” (Exod. 7: 2) “and you speak to the children of Israel, saying” (Exod. 31:13)]? But they [Moses and Aaron] would show respect to each other and say to each other, “Teach me [what to say],” and the speech would emanate from between them [and it would sound] as if they both were speaking. — [from Mechilta] to the entire community of Israel, saying, “On the tenth of… month” -. Speak today on Rosh Chodesh [the New Moon] that they should take it [the lamb] on the tenth of the month. — [From Mechilta] this. The Passover sacrifice of Egypt had to be taken on the tenth, but not the Passover sacrifice of later generations. — [from Mechilta, Pes. 96a] a lamb for each parental home. [I.e., a lamb] for one family. If [the family members] were numerous, I would think that one lamb would suffice for all of them. Therefore, the Torah says: “a lamb for a household.” -[from Mechilta]
4. But if the household is too small for a lamb. And if they are too few to have one lamb, for they cannot eat it [all], and it will become left over (see verse 10), “then he and his neighbor… shall take.” This is the apparent meaning according to its simple interpretation. There is, however, also a midrashic interpretation, [namely that this verse comes] to teach us that after they were counted on it, [i.e., after they registered for a certain lamb,] they may diminish their number and withdraw from it and be counted on another lamb. If, however, they wish to withdraw and diminish their number, [they must do it]
מִהְיוֹתמִשֶׂה [lit., from the being of the lamb]. They must diminish their number while the lamb still exists, while it is still alive, and not after it has been slaughtered. — [from Mechilta, Pes. 98a] according to the number of-Heb. בְּמִכְסַת, amount, and so “the amount of (מִכְסַת) your valuation: (Lev. 27:23). according to one’s ability to eat. [This indicates that only] one who is fit to eat-which excludes the sick and aged-who cannot eat an olive-sized portion [can be counted among the group for whom the sacrifice is killed]. — [from Mechilta] shall you be counted. Heb. תָּכֹסוּ [Onkelos renders:] תִּתְמְנוּן, you shall be counted.

Since the Bnei Yisrael would not be allowed to leave their houses all not long, they were to have enough to eat for the whole greater family. It is obvious that on a tribal hierarchy, the Patriarch of the family would gather the sons and their children and children’s children together under one roof. A family like that of Rav Ravitz Zal who passed away this week leaving 12 children and 77 grandchildren would have the sons and their families under his roof and the daughters would probably go with other families but if they ate together in the same house, they would need more lambs. Smaller families like mine would have to do it with others like that of my son-in-law and perhaps more greater family. The sacrifice should be from the choicest animals without blemish as this is being slaughtered before G-D.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats; 6 and ye shall keep it unto the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at dusk. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and put it on the two side-posts and on the lintel, upon the houses wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; its head with its legs and with the inwards thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; but that which remains of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

the flesh. but not sinews or bones. — [from Mechilta] and unleavened cakes; with bitter herbs. Every bitter herb is called מָרוֹר, and He commanded them to eat bitters in commemoration of “And they embittered their lives” (Exod. 1:14). — [from Pes. 39a, 116b] You shall not eat it rare. Heb. נָא Something not roasted sufficiently is called נָא in Arabic. or boiled. All this is included in the prohibition of You shall not eat it. — [from Pes. 41b] in water. How do we know that [it is also prohibited to cook it] in other liquids? Therefore, Scripture states: וּבָשֵׁל מְבֻשָׁל, [meaning boiled] in any manner. — [from Pes. 41a] except roasted over the fire. Above (verse 8), He decreed upon it [the animal sacrifice] with a positive commandment, and here He added to it a negative [commandment]: “You shall not eat it except roasted over the fire.” -[from Pes. 41b] its head with its legs. One should roast it completely as one, with its head and with its legs and with its innards, and one must place its intestines inside it after they have been rinsed (Pes. 74a). The expression עַל כְּרָעָיו וְעַל-קִרְבּוֹ is similar to the expression “with their hosts (עַל-צִבְאֹתָם) ” (Exod. 6:26), [which is] like בְּצִבְאֹתָם, as they are, this too means [they should roast the animal] as it is, all its flesh complete.

Even though in the Haggadah of Pessach we give a reason for eating bitter herbs, the reason here is a command and that is sufficient. Below are more of the foundation for the laws of Pessach.

11 And thus shall ye eat it: with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste--it is the LORD'S Passover. 12 For I will go through the land of Egypt in that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; howbeit the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses; for whosoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 And in the first day there shall be to you a holy convocation, and in the seventh day a holy convocation; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you. 17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore shall ye observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance for ever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eats that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a sojourner, or one that is born in the land. 20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.'

We say in Hebrew “Sof Maaseh b’machshava tehilla” [the end of the deed is based on the first plans] as we are told about the first and seventh days of the Chag before the L-RD passed over Egypt and before there would be a sea split on the seventh night. Below are one time commandments for Pessach in Egypt and not for all the generations. I would like to explain to you that the Hyssop or “Asof” in Hebrew Marjoram in English and “Zata” in Arabic is found in the damper climate of Israel and often grows small and is harvested during the rainy season by Arab women and children. However, if somebody is lazy like myself and waits until it grows just before flowering, it can obtain a height of 18 or more inches 45 to 50 cm and these taller plants are used for the sprinkling of the blood. Being a spice you can imagine the search by the elders and their followers for the best of the longer plants as one chooses an Esrog nowadays. Also we see the foundation of the Mezuzah for protecting the home. Rashi explains the plant thus and how it was sprinkled: hyssop. Heb. אֵזוֹב. A species of herb that has thin stalks. a bunch of hyssop. Three stalks are called a bunch. — [Sukkah 13a] that is in the basin. Heb. בַּסַּף, in the vessel, like “silver pitchers (סִפּוֹת) ” (II Kings 12:14). [from Mechilta] the blood that is in the basin. Why does the text repeat this? So that you should not say that [Scripture means] one immersion for [all] the three sprinklings. Therefore, it says again: “that is in the basin,” [to indicate] that every sprinkling shall be from the blood that is in the basin-for each touching an immersion [is necessary]. — [from Mechilta] and you shall not go out, etc.. This tells [us] that once the destroyer is given permission to destroy, he does not discriminate between righteous and wicked. And night is the time that destroyers are given permission, as it is said: “in which every beast of the forest moves about” (Ps. 104:20). — [from Mechilta] The growth and taste of the plant is very similar in nature to Oregano. {For homework Google them both and compare.}

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side-posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as He hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you: What mean ye by this service? 27 that ye shall say: It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S Passover, for that He passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.' And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went and did so; as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 29 And it came to pass at midnight, that the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the first-born of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first-born of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night and said: 'Rise up, get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 32 Take both your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.' 33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, to send them out of the land in haste; for they said: 'We are all dead men.' 34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading-troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they asked of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment. 36 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And they despoiled the Egyptians. 37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual. 40 Now the time that the children of Israel dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the host of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It was a night of watching unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt; this same night is a night of watching unto the LORD for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron: 'This is the ordinance of the Passover: there shall no alien eat thereof; 44 but every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. 45 A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat thereof. 46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shall not carry forth aught of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. 49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourned among you.' 50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 51 And it came to pass the selfsame day that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

13: 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Sanctify unto Me all the first-born, whatsoever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast, it is Mine.' 3 And Moses said unto the people: 'Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place; there shall no leavened bread be eaten. … 14 And it shall be when thy son asks you in time to come, saying: What is this? that thou shall say unto him: By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast; therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that opens the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem. 16 And it shall be for a sign upon thy hand, and for frontlets between your eyes; for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.'

This is the basis of singling out the first born and the first mention of Tephillin and where they are placed on the body. Mystically they are placed above what the Buddhist call “The third eye” or spiritual section of the brain.

A war story

In case I run out of stories B”H somebody always sends me something. What is interesting to me is that the lady writing this has the first and last name of my Grandmother of blessed memory. Thanks to Phyllis: My son came home From: Ilene Bloch-Levy, Shaarei Tikvah.

My son came home from Gaza just a few minutes ago. He came home as we had sent him off, only more tired, worn and dirty. Thank you Hashem for bringing him home. To his wife, his brothers and sisters and his loving brood of nieces and nephews. All of us have been waiting patiently these past three weeks to hold him in our arms.

Barely able to wait to embrace him, I ran across the highway where his ride had dropped him off. I grabbed him in the middle of the road and cars driving into my Yeshuv had to veer around this sight of me standing on tiptoes reaching for my tall, handsome son's face. The drivers waved at us. A few rolled down heir windows to say "Todah – thank you" to my son. I whispered Todah again to Hashem.

I helped him toss his heavy bags into the trunk of the car. The heaviest among them being the one weighted down with foodstuffs that Israel's citizens sent to our
soldiers. Tens of thousands of kilograms of food poured into the bases in the south. Cartons upon cartons of instant soups, nuts, pretzels, cookies and nosh of every kind. All sent by individuals, families, schools and businesses from throughout the country. We could barely lift his 'booty' and we both shared a laugh as we flung it onto the back seat.

The words that had been in my heart for so long melted on my tongue. My eyes drank him in, tall, bearded now and his face and soul, a bit darker than before he left us that Sunday morning. He reached his hand to his head and apologized for the fact that he was bareheaded. In the midst of everything his kippa had fallen off. "No matter – easy enough to replace," I said as his hand slipped into mine. I reached up to grab his neck and felt his lips touch my cheek, and I knew that his presence, like this, was all that I had prayed for each day since he packed his bags and left before the sun even rose that cold morning.

I pulled in front of his apartment, a few kilometers from my home, and as we descended the steps I heard him speak gently and lovingly with his wife at work, telling her how anxious he was to see her. He turned on the boiler and laughingly told me "I'm not getting out of this shower for the next hour." The bags fell to the floor and he leaned against the kitchen counter to untie his boots swiftly flinging them aside and letting his bare feet rest on the tile floor. He was exhausted and I hesitated to start with the barrage of questions that had been streaming through my head every day, every hour for these past few weeks. He smiled as he opened the bag of goodies and told me about the elementary school children from Mevasseret Zion who had attached notes with their gifts. He spoke with three of them to
thank them personally. One child wrote a three page letter and the soldiers in my son's unit were grateful to learn more of this 8-year old's daily life, his favorite subjects and his fondness for playstation. When they called to speak with him, he was overwhelmed and kept calling them "gibborim" heroes.

"Ima" he said, "I'm tired now, but I have to tell you how extraordinary this nation is. The children who wrote to us, the people who sent their good wishes with their packages of food, the businesses that sent truckloads of goods. The soldiers I served with, each one caring deeply about the other one. Zahal who made sure that we were well trained and well equipped for our mission. But mostly. Mostly.

This was a war that was guided by the Hand of G'd. Everyday we felt His presence -- whether deciding to enter a building by smashing down the back wall rather than entering through the front door, only to discover that the front door had been booby trapped, or searching rooms in a house and uncovering a tunnel under a bed we had lifted where tens of Hamas terrorists were hiding in the hopes of kidnapping one of us, or dozens more stories."

I looked at this child's face and saw the extraordinary young man he had become. Filled with faith. Feeling a passion for those values that have held this nation together for thousands of years. And, his very presence. His very modesty. His deep felt pride at being part of this nation. All of this wrapped around my heart and left me humbled. Humbled and grateful.

"And I will lift up my eyes unto the mountains, from where my strength will come." - Ilene Bloch-Levy

From Ellen: My brother forwarded this from a Steve Katz: Shalom! It took me a few weeks to get the permission I needed from a bunch of different Israeli army officials to make this video, but, thank G-d, it finally exists. It's about Major David Shapiro, the hero of the Merkaz Harav massacre, and today a hero leading troops in Gaza. I want to get it's inspirational message about Israel's soldiers out to the world.
or, to bypass You Tube

Saved twice from 9/11 and the Pizza Shop Explosion (I wrote about it but now the film):

A non-Jewish pro-life woman asked me what is the Torah opinion on abortions? I replied that if the embryo which is an uncertain life and the mother’s life which is a certain life is endangered by the embryo an abortion could be performed. Otherwise, if there is a case of rape and an unwanted pregnancy a woman could as the Talmud says take “Ekarim” or in modern terms the morning after pill to prevent conception. As the soul does not go into the embryo until the 40th day after conception. All this is based on many Gemaros such as Sanhedrin (Rodef = pursuer that wants to kill), Niddah, etc. and that is how we Poskin today based on Psak Dinim of many great Rabbis in the last half a century.

There was a 22 year old Sephardi young man who had some Rabbi friends on facebook, right leaning politicians in Israel and other people whom I knew so when he requested to be a friend, I accepted his offer. After a few posts by him mostly poetry, he started writing implying that he was the Moshiach or Yeshu was Moshiach. After a two posts of this type, I removed him along with another Jew for Cheeses. Just watch out for them they appear to be religious and right wing pro-Yisrael but they have enough problems to fill an institution.

Some Stories:

Ruth sent me the full text: Sunday, January 25, 2009 Thoughts on the Operation

In the past week, Israel terminated an operation after having reached a state of cease-fire with a cowardly and murderous foe. I wanted to briefly discuss the feelings and thoughts that I pulled away, and hope from here someone, somehow can pull hope, strength or even the means to understand why from the words I write now.

We were first called up on a Shabbos, immediately at the end of ten months of regular training and an extra two months of specialized training with the whole brigade on the Golan Heights. We were told that Israel was preparing for a possible conflict with Gaza. We were allowed to stay in phone contact at the beginning, and we listened for news from our families, always better informed than the army, to give us news. We heard the bombs falling near the Strip, and readied our gear. And we waited. And waited. Every day another rumor came in.
"We're going today" "We're going today"
We waited a week. And they surprised us by sending us the following shabbat.

The first time we came back out, after the first twenty four hours, our unit was under the impression that all the other units would be coming out as well. A little R and R, and then back in. But only our soldiers arrived at the base. The others were in till the very end.

The next two weeks we were deployed over and over again into neighborhoods whose names are as ingrained as if from childhood memory, and told to ready ourselves for the final operational steps the army was preparing.

Thank g-d, for us, it never came. After fighting through less densely packed urban neighborhoods and villages, we never had to, as an army, enter the tightly packed urban nightmares of the inner cities.

A cease-fire was signed, and we pulled out with hatches open on our vehicle, waving flags and flashing the peace symbol even though no one was there to photograph it. After all, we were one of hundreds of squads returning. There was no way to record every tank and APC that came home. But it was cathartic, and made it official.

I saw many things. I heard things.

I saw soldiers who were virulently anti-religious put on tzitzit under their bullet-proof armor. As one soldier put it, "Why do I put it on now, if I never wore it before? When do you ask your father for help? When you need it."

I saw heroes. Boys just out of high-school, young men who should have been playing sports or starting families or going to college, were loading weapons and placing armor on their fragile frames, securing helmets, and checking gear. They suppressed the fear the threatened at the edges of their minds, and as a unit swept across the fence and planted unwavering lines of boots in the soil of Gaza. I watched them fight like grown men against the evil. The first night we went in, we were unable to wear bullet-proof armor in my unit, and had to settle for flak vests. My young commander, who had an easy load to carry that wouldn't interfere with his vest, still left without bulletproof armor. "If my men don't, I don't". I told him the next day, I would have followed him through the entire Arab world if need be, my respect for him was so. I saw my brave wife, Chana, who came down to volunteer, just to be close to me, braving rockets and missiles to do so, and watched her help soldiers by handing out desperately needed winter gear and food. I watched Chabadniks who came to us every day and inspired the soldiers with song and mitzvot. I saw heroes praying for our safety, and feeding us, and caring for us.

I saw pain. Just today, I ran into yet another friend from another unit, who tells me, when asked how he is, "I am fine from the neck down." Sixteen of his friends were injured in a blast on the first night. He lost many more until the end. He is still sweet, still charming, but his laugh is more weary, and his eyes are sadder. Another friend in a different unit lost two-thirds of his whole platoon when a bomb destroyed their house. He says he walked in, and he saw limbs moving or laying still, and bodies unattached to them, hurting, dead. He still hasn't pulled back completely.
A former commander of mine died, and a friend lost his arm and use of his legs, and is still in a coma.

I saw lies. The world is already trying to fault Israel, telling everyone that civilians died here, and Israelis murdered there, But I was there. My feet were on the ground and I saw the truth. I saw that warnings were given, I saw the enemy that fought us. I saw the twelve year olds with missiles and RPGs strapped to their backs. I saw that it was with sadness and great anger Israeli troops saw the need to fire on people who crossed the red line, the danger zone which meant they saw us, and knew where they were. Old people mined with bombs, children armed with detonators, tunnels that opened in the ground to swallow soldiers of ours. I watched my commanders passing out all of our food to the children who were taken prisoner. I received the commands "closed to fire on the right" if our intelligence had reported civilians in the area. I watched us, more often then not, taking cover when supposed civilian positions fired on us from the right. Yet the world thinks it can bend the truth. We were not allowed to fire on schools. We were told not to loot. We watched in anger as our bombs, so as not to fall on large civilian centers, fell on our own troops, so that we could tell the world we were attempting to scare the enemy while limiting civilian losses. Yet they won't say that in the press.

I saw cowardice. We listened with concern when Hamas threatened to use snipers and bombs on us, to fight us every step of the way with their fifteen thousand man army, and we watched videos of full brigades parading, waving their weapons and threatening Israel. But as we invaded, they fled. They would attack in small groups, hit us with missiles and sniper fire, and then flee. The 'warriors' of Hamas were brave when their rockets fell unanswered on the schools of children and the homes of elderly, but they did not stand when the enemy called them up to answer for their crimes.

I saw miracles. Rockets that blazed past our houses, bullets that scarred the outside of windows we were watching from. A unit near ours that was walking in had RPGs pass straight between their ranks without hitting a single soldier. Mines that didn't explode, mortar rounds that landed next to friends that didn't explode. RPGs that blazed into the earthen barrier directly in front of our APC, detonating before penetration. The night walk through a neighborhood that wasn't on the map, that was full of snipers and mines, according to reports, that we walked through unawares, by accident, without harm or incident. And that was just a taste of what we knew.

Every time I entered, every time I squeezed the trigger, every time a missile landed near by, I was struck by fear. It is a deep fear, hard to explain, but I will try. Your body shivers as if you are frozen to the core. You find yourself staring at the ground, trying to adjust to the ringing in your ears. You freeze, and unless someone slaps you, or you manage to shake yourself, your eyes stay downcast, and you lay numb on the earth, waiting without realizing. Eventually, training pushes your awareness to full, your gun snaps up, and adrenaline hides the signals of fear and hurt. You roll on fearlessly, or at least with adrenaline telling you that you are invincible.

But I have felt that weakness. I have felt my supposedly mighty muscles shudder, felt my devastatingly powerful weapon shake in my hands, felt my heart hammer against my armor, felt my soul and mind search for some way to avoid pain and the nightmares that were becoming real. I would have been lost, but for the words of my Rebbe. "Ein od Milvado" The mere utterance strengthened limbs, and a surge of faith and hope carried me, without fear throughout the invasion, without terror through the detonations and whistling of ricocheting rounds and falling bombs. For I knew, for once KNEW and understood absolutely that I was in the hands of the greatest general on Earth. A veteran of every war and every conflict, the ultimate warrior and defender of his people. I remember the joy that swept through the lines when they said the head commander was entering the field, because of his experience and strategies, everyone felt safer. Yet, it reminded me that an even greater commander had been there all along. I understood the words of Tehillim 147, "Not in the strength of the horse does he desire, and not in the legs of man does he favor. Hashem favors those who fear him, those who hope for his kindness." My strength had failed me, yet when I begged G-d to allow me to be a conduit for his strength, to be his shield and sword for his people, I was able to stand and fight. Those nights, my body was there, but G-d fought on that field.

What was my other strength? I am not free of sin, and was by no means worthy of the miracles that befell me. That g-d aided me, that my entire battalion walked out, against all odds, while every other unit suffered losses, without serious casualty or mental scarring, was a miracle beyond any. That I was able to feel his strength replace mine, a gift for which I was undeserving. I would like to thank, with every fiber of sincerity and joy in my body, the thousands of people who davened for me, who prayed for the wellbeing of the army, who cried for the return of the fragile and precious Jewish youth who fought like lions where men twice there age would have fled. You are the reason we returned. You are the reason I am alive. You, the people who daven and cry and feel you are not the front lines, are truly the army of Hashem. The IDF, as people should see, is merely the physical arm of what your prayers accomplish. You are the ones in the battle. We are the holding action, delaying the physical evil while you battle to clear the path for Moshiach. Never again will I feel a yeshiva student who learns all day is not brave for being with us on this field. Because I watched the words and letters that he learned and prayed march ahead of us, thousands deep, and millions strong, absorbing the bullets and metal meant for me.
I thank you, humbly, warriors of my heart and faith. You let me come home to my wife.

I want to thank the people who aided us. During this war, we received a tremendous outpouring of love and support; letters, donations, food, and clothing. In specific, because I know them, although without diminishing the greatness of all the people I don’t know, I want to thank my mother and her tireless blogging efforts, my family for their support and letters, my wife for being brave beyond any woman or man I have ever known. I want to thank Congregation Tiferes Yisroel for remembering an old neighborhood kid, and multiplying that to help all my brothers in uniform. I want to thank all of the community in Baltimore for the davening and love that we felt even in the heart of darkness. I want to thank the little six year old who wrote, "Dear IDF, I am proud of you." I cried on that letter, my tears running through the pain and stress as we recovered from Gaza. I want to thank the people who donated money for the vests that saved our lives, the people that gave us clothes to warm our bodies, candy to warm our hearts, and letters to warm our souls. You cannot know what one pair of socks, one chocolate bar, or one hastily written sentence can do to save the minds and hearts of your children from despair.

I am not as gifted with words as my mother, nor a hero as great as those who marched beside me or filled the air with prayer around me, but I hope from this letter, from my fumblings and my emotions you can draw for yourself the love and hope I am trying to convey.

I have seen this people, my people, at it's best and at it's worst, but through any time, I can see why Moshiach will come soon. As a nation, we drew together. Disunity, differences in Kippas or sects fell away, and everyone reached out to help as best they could. No one said, "I have no part" or "This isn't my war". May Hashem see the greatness of his holy, beautiful people, and allow me to sing that old song to my child, with absolute truth and great joy:
"I promise, my little one, that this is the last war."

Dear everyone,
Just wanted to keep you posted on the progress of Yair and his friends.
Yair is fine, baruch Hashem, and returned to the army today. They are no longer stationed in Aza, they are up North.
Nechemya is doing well, but he can't be in the sun for six months because of his facial burns. He has to go back to the army soon, they will most likely give him a desk job.
Aharon is still in ICU at Beilinson. Last week they lowered the sedation, and he was moving and seemed to recognize friends and relatives. Unfortunately, he has developed a fever which they have to treat, and they had to increase the level of sedation again
. I heard Rav Karov speak on the radio a short while ago and he reported that today there was an improvement in Aharon's condition. Aharon put on tefillin for the first time since his injury, with his father's help, indicating that he wanted to put the shel yad on his left hand even though it was connected to an IV and other things. The doctor's were very impressed with his progress and decided to let him try to take a few steps, and he was able to walk a short distance with a walker. Aharon still has a long way to go, but the doctors are calling him "mispar echad" saying that they have not seen this kind of progress in many years in someone with the degree of injury that he incurred. He still needs lots of tefillot: Aharon Yehoshua ben Chaya Shoshana.
Thanks you all for your support and tefillot throughout this tough time. If I hear of any changes I will let you know.

Another War Miracle thanks to Chabad

The soldiers wanted to find a resting place so they found a building that was not wired up by the terrorist. For some reason, the Commander did not feel secure staying too long in one place so they went across the street. Terrorists came to where they originally saw the soldiers enter but there were not soldiers. A homicide bomber came behind them and thinking that they were Israelis blew himself up inside the building on the terrorists. (This is similar to the story Rabbi Unsdorp Zatzal told me about the Yom Kippur war where the Egyptians shelled their own tanks thinking they were ours coming to rescue the Rav and the soldiers.)

Report on the Jerusalem Conference

This past week, there was a conference in Yerushalayim of mostly right wing politicians and scholars but a few from Labor and Kedima also spoke.

Benyamin Netanyahu spoke about the indivisibility of Yerushalayim and how it has been in our prayers for 2000 years. He spoke almost like a religious lecturer on the love and dreams of the centuries for Yerushalayim. Avigdor Liebermann spoke about the treason of the Arab Political parties and how the police and prosecution come after him and his family for 12.5 years already and have found nothing but just because he is right wing and how his campaign manager, lawyer and financial support all sit in house arrest in order to prevent him from campaigning for the elections on Feb. 10th. Yacov Katz, a pioneer, war hero and builder of Israel. During the Yom Kippur War, while serving in the elite Shaked commando unit, Ketzaleh lost his left leg after taking a direct hit from an Egyptian RPG. As a founder and leader of Gush Emunim, he was the driving force behind the building of many Jewish communities throughout Judea, Samaria, the Gaza region and greater Jerusalem, serving as a senior advisor to then Housing & Construction Minister Ariel Sharon. Ketzaleh has also played a crucial role in affording the national camp a voice in the Israeli media by founding Arutz 7 and continuously working to keep it independent. As a frequent guest to Diaspora communities, Ketzaleh serves as a representative of the Jewish state and works to strengthen the bond between Jews in Israel and abroad., from the National Union spoke about how we need to love our fellow Jews and the land and unite against a common enemy and not fight within. Zevulun Orlev also spoke but I did not hear him. Pines-Paz spoke about Yerushalayim our capital. I did not hear Tzipi Livni. General Boogey Ya’Alon spoke about being strong against terrorism and not finishing off the job in Gaza and the Iranian threat. Dore Gold spoke about the diplomatic and news offensive need in the world. One can only conclude that we are a nation of lambs surrounded by seventy wolves who stand upon us waiting to destroy us. If it were not for the HOLY ONE BLESSED BE HE, we would be swallowed up and only HE saves us from their designs. – Pessach Haggadah.

From R’ A.L. :

From Doris: Martin Luther King, Jr.

From “Martin Luther King Jr.’s special bond with Israel,” by John Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2002:

Long before the plight of the Jews in the Soviet Union was on the front pages, he raised his voice. "I cannot stand idly by, even though I happen to live in the United States and even though I happen to be an American Negro and not be concerned about what happens to the Jews in Soviet Russia. For what happens to them happens to me and you, and we must be concerned."

During his lifetime King witnessed the birth of Israel and the continuing struggle to build a nation. He consistently reiterated his stand on the Israel- Arab conflict, stating " Israel's right to exist as a state in security is uncontestable." It was no accident that King emphasized "security" in his statements on the Middle East.

On March 25, 1968, less than two weeks before his tragic death, he spoke out with clarity and directness stating, “peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy.

Men should make an effort to pray thrice daily with a minyan. Even when not praying with a minyan, it's appropriate to pray at the same time when a local minyan is praying. We learn this from the verse in Tehillim (69:14): וַאֲנִי תְפִלָּתִי לְךָ ה' עֵת רָצוֹן My prayer to You Hashem, in an acceptable time.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 12:7,12 - After the morning meal - and a nap, if needed - one should set aside time on Shabbat to learn Torah. This is especially important for people who do not spend much time learning Torah during the week. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 77:24 - Danny
(The Hebrew is now left on for the blogspot and taking a nap on Shabbos to recharge one’s spiritual batteries for the week ahead at least for me with a type A personality is a big Mitzvah.)

From Rhonda: Nice story of an Indiana and South Florida young man in the Israeli Army:

From R’ A.L. Batya Berg “You be my Kaddish”:

Inyanay Diyoma

An Arab film on: How Hamas kills other Arabs thanks to Seth: and I found this:

Assad: Hamas defeated Israel in Gaza : In meeting with Hamas leaders in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulates Palestinian people for 'resistance victory' in Gaza Strip; Khaled Mashaal says Syria a 'partner in victory',7340,L-3661074,00.html

Iranian Arms:

Don’t say that we are Tzaddikim and have not sinned:,7340,L-3660625,00.html

Hamas wartime rockets missed US anti-Iranian missile radar near Beersheba DEBKA-Net-Weekly Exclusive Report January 26, 2009, 5:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Following orders from Tehran, the Palestinian Hamas used the cover of the 22-day Gaza conflict to aim rockets at the American Forward-Based X-band Transportable (FBX-T) anti-missile radar system lodged at Israel's big Nevatim air base east of the Negev capital Beersheba, DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed last week. Destruction of the FBX-T, which was installed last November to intercept incoming Iranian Shehab-3 ballistic missiles, would have crowned Hamas' offensive with success.

Jan. 18, two days before joining Israel's unilateral ceasefire, Hamas tried to hit the American facility with a salvo of 3 Grad rockets. They missed their aim, landing on empty ground west of Beersheba, without triggering the city's siren. The windy conditions that day may have spoiled their aim.

Our military sources reveal that the American X-band radar, which can track the path of any missile fired in the Middle East, worked hard during Operation Cast Lead, feeding the Israeli command with accurate advance information on the missiles and rockets aimed from Gaza at southern Israel and their trajectories.

It also tracked the rockets fired at Nahariya and Kiryat Shemona from Lebanon and kept watch for possible missile action from Syria and Iran.

But the American radar facility at Nevatim also kept Washington abreast of Israel's aerial, naval and missile activity in the course of the conflict. It was the first time the US knew what was going on in an Israel-Arab battle arena without recourse to outside electronic tracking devices.

2008: Divorces cross 10,000 threshold Trend of increase in separations continues in 2008, with 5% rise in divorces across country. Tel Aviv holds record number of split-ups: 817 in past year,7340,L-3661854,00.html

From Tsila: BS"D

Fitna the movie

Los Angeles Times: MIDDLE EAST: Maker of Dutch film "Fitna" to face trial
(Islam at work in with their persecution)

Greert was one of the speakers in Jerusalem on islam a couple of months ago.

Subject: Dutch court orders prosecution of Geert Wilders

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Dear Tsila,

In a stunning decision, a Dutch court has ruled that Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has committed criminal “hate speech” due to his public criticisms of Islam, and should be prosecuted. (See the International Free Press Society release below).

When a court takes such a step in a country as “progressive” as the Netherlands, every person who cherishes liberty and the right of free speech should shudder.

Mr. Wilders has, at the risk of his own life, courageously spoken out against Islamofascism and everything that comes with it. The decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals is a crushing blow to free speech and a victory for radical Islamists who are bent on suppressing any public criticism of their ideology.

This is why we keep issuing warnings and action alerts to you about how politically correct governmental actions, in league with radical Islam, are moving us ever closer to the day where we cannot speak out against an evil that has produced 270 million deaths and caused untold suffering over the past 14 centuries.

This is why we must build a powerful, informed and organized citizen action network that will stand in unity against the evil of Islamofascism and the political correctness that aids and abets it. Whether we are Democrats, Independents or Republicans…conservatives, moderates or liberals…there is no choice. We cannot allow America to sink to a place where an American prosecutor would obtain an indictment against a Member of Congress for criticizing Islam.

If you would like to help us further this effort, whether by making a contribution or helping to start or get involved in a local chapter, please log on to www.actforamerica
.org today.

While the Dutch court seeks to censor, through unjust criminal prosecution, the kind of political speech that has been the hallmark of free countries, it looks the other way when radical Muslims in its country call for the death of infidels and praise Hitler for what he did to the Jews.

The message is clear. It’s okay for a radical Muslim to call for your death, but don’t you dare criticize the Muslim for doing so.


The International Free Press Society

Defend Geert Wilders and Freedom of Speech
January 22, 2009 - Washington, DC and Copenhagen, Denmark: A Dutch court yesterday ordered the criminal prosecution of Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian and leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), for his statements - written, spoken and filmed -regarding Islam. The Amsterdam Court of Appeals has deemed such statements "insulting," declaring that they "substantially harm the religious esteem" of Muslims.

Clearly, the effect of this Dutch court order is to set new limits to public debate in Dutch society, in this case about the highly controversial but nonetheless crucially important subject of Islam. This makes the prosecution of Geert Wilders an unacceptable breach of the sanctity of freedom of speech in Western society.

Having ordered a criminal prosecution for the opinions of a duly elected leader of a legitimate political party, Dutch authorities have dealt a devastating blow to political expression. While Dutch prosecutors prepare their indictment and Geert Wilders' future hangs in limbo, who in The Netherlands will dare discuss political and cultural matters related to Islam - Islamic law, Islamic integration, Islamic crime, Islamic policy - openly, freely and fearlessly? The chilling effect is instantaneous. If, indeed, Wilders is ultimately convicted, free speech will cease to exist in the heart of Europe.

The International Free Press Society believes this court-ordered prosecution against Geert Wilders, a central figure in the fight against the Islamization of the West, amounts to a dangerous concession to the strictures of Islamic law, which prohibits all criticism of Islam, over Western traditions of, and rights to robust and unfettered debate. As such, it is tantamount to a surrender to totalitarian influences that undermine all Western freedoms. And as such, it must be resisted.

It is important to recall recent history. Two Dutchmen, Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, have been murdered for their outspoken opposition to Islamization in The Netherlands. Another Dutch politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has been infamously forced into exile. Wilders alone now carries this debate over Islam in Dutch society forward - forcefully but logically, outspokenly but reasonably, and always peacefully. In order to do so, this member of Dutch parliament lives in a virtual prison, consigned to 24-hour guard by Islamic death threats against his life. Now, Dutch authorities have ordered him to be prosecuted for the Orwellian crime of committing "insulting" words.

As Wilders puts it, "If I have to stand trial, I will not stand trial alone, but also with the hundreds of thousands of Dutch people who reject the Islamization of The Netherlands." He will also stand trial with those in The Netherlands and beyond who reject government prosecutions of free speech. In recognition of this dire situation, the IFPS immediately calls on every supporter of free speech to come to the aid of Geert Wilders. To assist in this effort, the IFPS has launched an international campaign in defense of Geert Wilders and his freedom of speech.

Plea for Yemenite Jews From Tsila:

We are told that whomever says a statement in the name of the originator brings redemption to the world. Although I don’t claim a patent to the English Language, at least Emmanuel Winston gave me the proper credit. But my original e-mail and statement have nothing to do with this except the stolen title. So much for bring the Moshiach now! I will give Seth credit for sending this to me. If you check my post and blog from last week, you will see that I originate the statement. Emmanuel added the “Again”! Then the credit goes to others.

Anatomy of Israel's Cease Fire Declaration: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory David Bedein!analysis

Analysis: The IDF War in Gaza
Arlene Kushner!assessment

Where Hamas Gets Its Money
Rachel Ehrenfeld
Director of the American Center for Democracy
Author of "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It"!tragedy1

Hamas' dead baby strategy
Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz
Harvard Law School Faculty, Cambridge, Mass.!

WHY ARENT JEWS SMARTER? by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East analyst & commentator

How did we Jews get such an exaggerated reputation for our advanced thinking?

Just because we have so many Nobel Prize winners, out of proportion to our numbers?

Just because we value education based on our thousands of years of living by the Torah which requires constant study?

Well, today the analysts of military accomplishments or losses are busy configuring the recent 22 days of War in Gaza against 8 years of Hamas launching from 8,000 to 10,000 Rockets, Missiles and Mortars against Israel’s civilians. Many are blaming the "Three Stooges": Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (resigned due to imminent criminal indictments - but, still in power); Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (a sycophant of the former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice); and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (known for running away from combat, leaving his soldiers and allies wounded and vulnerable) for quitting too soon and not finishing Hamas off. The smuggling tunnels are already being refurbished and running new weapons into Gaza, with Egypt keeping its eyes closed.

The future course for Israel will likely be entitled: "How to Abandon Victory and Lose a Nation".

How did Olmert, Livni and Barak manage to stage another blunder after the 2006 Lebanon War against HezbAllah blunder?

Both Hamas and HezbAllah are proxies of Iran and Syria, from whom HezbAllah and Hamas receive their advanced weaponry.

In a recent conversation with a world traveler and deep thinker, we discussed the thousands of Rocket and more advanced long-range Grad Missiles still in the hands of Hamas and HezbAllah. Our question was: Why did Hamas not score more hits on substantive targets?

My friend opined that the "unguided" Missiles supplied by Iran through Syria (often made by China or North Korea) deliberately did not yet come with guidance systems and, therefore, what Hamas fired was their pre-practice for their next saturation Missile attack when they launch a real war with guidance-controlled Missiles.

In other words, Iran did not want Hamas to be accurate. Their 8 years of launching Rockets, Missiles and Mortars was just "practice" for the real thing - and to terrorize the civilian population of Israel.

Clearly, if more important strategic targets were hit prematurely and obliterated (not "just" civilians), even the reluctant Leftist leaders and population of Israel would have to retaliate with devastating attacks on Iran and Syria - before Iran’s nuclear weapons are ready.

But, if Iran, Syria, HezbAllah, Hamas and the internal Terror groups of Muslim Arab Palestinians were to be effective in a future attack, they needed launch crews who were sufficiently trained to fire advanced Missiles with accurate guidance systems. The inept leaders of Israel have not grasped what is happening, nor can they understand their own incoming Intelligence adequately to know what they must do - pre-emptively.

Coincidentally, the prominent military journal, U.S. DEFENSE NEWS of January 5 had a front page article by Barbara Opall-Rome on this very subject. The title was "HAMAS LONGER-RANGE ROCKETS THREATEN ISRAELI COMPANIES" (1). This was skillfully written from a military point of view (not political), outlining many of Israel’s defense firms in the South of Israel within the current 40- kilometer range from Gaza’s hidden and/or mobile launching pads. The DEFENSE NEWS article was accompanied by a map, showing where Israel’s most important defense manufacturing firms near Gaza were located as follows:

1. Aeronautics Defense Systems (Yavne): Oafs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), C41 systems

2. Elbit Security Systems (Sderot): Homeland Security and defense systems.

3. IAI’s Elta Systems (Ashdod): Radars and imaging processing

4. IAI’s Ramta Division (Beer Sheba): Patrol boats, minefield breaching systems, armored vehicles.

5. IMI Ashot Ashkelon (Ashkelon): Transmission and drive systems.

6. Labock Technologies (Ashdod): Bullet-resistant glass, tactical vehicles and armor kits.

7. Mikal Group’s Saymar (Ashkelon): Armored vehicle upgrades.

This article did not specify the civilian industry nor civilian targets like schools, hospitals, government buildings, mosques, etc. in the target range. Nor did it outline military targets in the Center or North - of which there are many. These are also vulnerable to guided Missile attack by HezbAllah and Iran.

But clearly, this stage of "practice" launching was to do modest damage and not provoke a full scale retaliatory strike against Iran and Syria. However, launching unguided missiles is excellent practice for a future launch of guided munitions. The guidance systems which are well-advanced now, would come from China, Russia and North Korea, with a high degree of accuracy. Keep in mind that Russia has sold Iran and Syria its most sophisticated guided ground-to-air Missiles, which come with training on how to maintain guidance systems to target. And the nuclear weapons' site Israel bombed in Syria on September 6, 2007 (Operation Orchard) was known to have come from North Korea.

In a saturation missile attack they (Hamas and/or Hebz'Allah) could take out all government buildings in Jerusalem - to include but not limited to, the Prime Ministers complex, the Knesset and military bases all well marked and located via satellite imagery.

Five or ten thousand long range guided missiles could destroy Israel’s military capability, including her government leaders and institutions. (Granted - no doubt, some would think Israel would be better off without her current incompetent leadership but, the losses would be far greater than losing a few dimwits.)

One must presume that when (not if) Iran decides to unleash Syria, HezbAllah with its now 40,000 Katyushas and Hamas (replenished after Gaza), Iran will also likely launch nuclear weapons on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

As observed by military professionals, Israel (under the weak guidance of Olmert, Barak and Livni) caved in to US and European pressure. They did not finish off Hamas, even though then President George Bush expressed his support for Israel's defensive actions in the 22 day War against Hamas in Gaza. Most of the Hamas personnel and stockpiles of Missiles escaped unscathed.

US DEFENSE NEWS of January 5, 2009 also featured 2 other articles: "In Gaza, Both Sides Reveal New Gear: Better ISR, More Planning Back Israeli Strikes" and "Elbit Wins Israel’s Contested Mini-UAV Award", all by Barbara Opall-Rome <>. When you read these articles and US DEFENSE NEWS regularly, then you can understand why the professionals in America consider Israel to be a really valuable strategic ally.

However, the Israeli government launched an internal propaganda campaign, telling her people that the government had achieved its goals when, in fact, they only succeeded in capturing fringe territory and impressing Gazans with blown up buildings. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) were ready to finish the job in Gaza but, Israel’s current leadership displayed cowardice - a yellow streak - for which they’ve become infamous.

Iran is ready to die for its radical Muslim beliefs while the Jewish State, who does not believe in National Suicide, nevertheless seems to be accepting such a fate at the behest of her leaders. No doubt, Israel will be able to launch some nuclear missiles in a second strike retaliation, unless of course, Shimon Peres, Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and/or Tzipi Livni gives the order to stand down any retaliation and accept surrender. Hamas proclaimed victory based on the facts that they had survived - even though they left hundreds of civilian casualties dead and wounded by hiding behind Hamas' own "human shields".

As an added thought, it is unlikely that US Intel would warn Israel of Iran’s plans lest Israel move to strike Iran in a pre-emptive hit. It could be like the 1973 Yom Kippur attack and American insistence that Israel not pre-emptively hit Egypt and Syria whose plans of a surprise attack against Israel on Yom Kippur were known.

Before George W. Bush left office, he stymied any Israeli plans to strike Iran's nuclear weapons' facilities before it was completed and chose to stand down any U.S. force.

The number of guided and unguided missiles that could be launched in a saturation missile attack is incalculable. Would a mix of a hundred thousand of every imaginable missile be an exaggeration? I dont think so.

I havent even factored in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, both of which have huge inventories of guided missiles, rockets, mortars and, of course, advanced aircraft and remain hostile.


1. Hamas Longer-Range Rockets Threaten Israeli Companies [with map] by Barbara Opall-Rome U.S. DEFENSE NEWS January 5, 2009

Comment Debka mentioned that Hamas was trying to knock out the X Radar system manned by the USA in the Nevatim Air Base South of Beer Sheva.

New Hamas Greetings for a peace plan:

From Seth- IDF says we had no intention of winning. Time to go to Las Vegas instead: As Emanuel Winston put it: But, the "Three Stooges" Olmert, Barak and Livni called off the advancement before Hamas was destroyed - leaving the job undone. It will have to be done over again.

AMERICA PAYS A PRICE by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East analyst & commentator

Each time former President George W. Bush and his Jew-hating Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice moved against Israel in deference to the Muslim Arab Terrorists, terrible things happened to America. When he and Rice worked with the aberrant-minded Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (resigned due to imminent criminal indictments, but still in power) to drive the Jews out of their homes in Gush Katif/Gaza - along came Katrina to devastate the Gulf Coast and drive Americans from their homes.

The more they conspired with the Muslim and Arab oil nations, the more America’s economic crisis deepened. The American people supported the fight that the Jewish nation was waging against radical Muslim Islamist Terror but, American leadership supported the hatred those Muslim oil nations had for Israel. The worst was and is Iran.

We watched as the American/multi-national oil companies conspire with the Arab Muslim oil companies to drive the price of oil to astronomical heights.

In the short term, they profited but their greed started the slide toward a global recession/depression even before the so-called housing mortgage blister burst and the pus spread over the world’s financial markets.

All the while, creatures like Rice and the unholy U.S. State Department continued to harass Israel’s weak leadership to cease its fight against Palestinian Muslim Arab Terror Rockets.

The more these evil institutions which did NOT represent the true spirit of the American people subverted Israel, the worse grew America’s economy. Like other long gone civilizations in history that allowed Jew-hating to exist, America has begun to spiral down from the once great nation with a thriving economy.

This age-old hatred that permeated Europe and the nations of Ishmael, that of Jew-hatred is once again flaring up. The ancient fiery teachings of the Church and that of Islam, joined together - despite the fact that each hated the other. Both wanted the Jews gone so they could present their claims to G-d for a new Covenant, naming Christians or Muslims as G-d’s chosen servants on earth. But so far, they believe several things stand in their way as G-d’s surviving heirs.

First, the Jews, who received the perpetual Covenant with G-d at G-d’s own Hand and Voice on Mt. Sinai are their primary obstacle.

Then they have the problem of finding this invisible G-d in His dwellings in order to present their claim.

Since they have not yet been able to meet face-to-face (so to speak) with G-d, they move to whatever course they think is open to them, namely to rid themselves of all Jews who are reachable.

The Christians adopted a dead Jew hanging on a Roman torture instrument and proceeded to teach and practice Genocide against his Jewish family. They built grandiose edifices, wear spectacular apparel, wrote gospels of little authenticity (years after their adopted Jewish lord was killed by the Romans), orchestrated gorgeous liturgical music meant to stir the collective hearts and minds of their flocks - and tried to claim their righteous replacement of the Jewish people. Thus we see the nation of Europe once again foaming at the mouth as they did during the Hitlerian Nazi era and for decades before that.

Eurabia (i.e., Europe becoming dominated by the Muslims pouring in) is well on its way to becoming a fact, with America starting its own descent as Islam moves toward its one goal: a Global Caliphate for and under Islam.

Joining the orgy of hate, we find the Ishmaelites murdering globally but, in lock-step with Christians who are already themselves becoming victims of the radical Islamists in their own European nations.

This follows the same path that Hitler took. He too undertook world conquest and, in spite of brutally invading Europe, he was able to recruit these so-called Christian nations to work with him against their mutually hated enemy, the Jewish people. All over Europe, supposedly civilized nations jumped to the task of turning in their Jews for elimination or simply killed their Jewish citizens themselves. Now these same nations are in a white hot rage that the Jews of Israel dared to attack their Muslim Arab tormenters after 8 years of 10,000 unrelenting Rockets, Missiles and Mortars exploding against their civilian populations.

How dare these Jews kill their killers!!

Haven’t they learned they are supposed to accept death, torture, fear with silence and obedience?

How dare they fight successfully to survive when they should bow to Genocide as their designated role before Christianity and Islam?

So why is retribution coming upon all these nations as their currency collapses, as terrible weather decimates their crops through unseasonable freezing and burning heat, drought and devastating floods?

Why are incurable diseases ramping up? The Bubonic Plague has killed thousands of Al Qaeda Terrorists recently.

Why are people turning on each other in riots as their food supplies dry up or becomes exorbitant in price - not even understanding why their minds resort to hacking each other to pieces?

Perhaps our new President and his advisors believe that the continuing failure of America’s banking system, despite massive injections of newly printed dollars is merely an "accounting problem".

Perhaps he also believes the rapid failure of America’s ecological system is merely a problem of man, poisoning his own air, water and soil.

Perhaps it’s all of this but, with G-d stirring this murky soup simply because He is mad as Hell - because earth people have once again ramped up their rage at his selected messengers for no other reason than they, in envy and jealousy, want what the Jews have been charged with.

On a closing note and a personal message to President Obama: You claim you are a dedicated Christian who, as all other Christians, worships a Jew whom you believe to be the son of the one G-d you call the Father.

Do you recall that it was G-d (the Father) who selected the Jews to be to be a "Light Unto The Nation" - to teach them about G-d’s Laws - through His Covenant in perpetuity?

That small sliver of Land (300 miles long and 50 miles wide) called Israel, was bequeathed by G-d to the Jewish people for all time. Your predecessors strived to cancel G-d’s contract with the Jewish people and transfer the Land to a barbarous people who swore on their pagan god Allah to not only take ALL the land but to destroy ALL the Jewish people to every man, woman and child.

Now comes President Obama who assembles a team of advisors and emissaries most of whom have a well-documented record of being supportive of Arab pagans who are hateful to the Jewish nation. Who are these leaders that feel it is their obligation to continue the task of enforcing a imaginary "quit claim deed", transferring ownership of the Land of Israel to the Arab Muslims?

As a Christian, you seem ready to confront your Jewish Lord and G-d, the Father - unless, of course, your early teachings of the Koran in Muslim schools have claimed its own obligation. Does it come as any surprise that America’s finances are crashing and all sorts of seemingly natural phenomena come crashing down on America, as well as the nation’s who have behaved so inhumanely against His People....the Jews of the His Covenant?

Retribution takes time but, that time seems to have come. You may have some time to reverse a sentence as exemplified in G-d’s Message to Abraham: "I will bless those who bless thee and curse those who curse thee."



THE GATHERING OF THE NATIONS #8 & THE PHONY WAR CRIMES ACCUSATION by PROFESSOR ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ forwarded with comments by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East analyst & commentator

For many years I have been writing a series of articles entitled "The Gathering of the Nations". It seemed clear that Israel would be entitled to the benefits of the Laws under which the nations accommodated each other.

The nations continue to gather and one day they will invade Israel under the guise of bringing peace to the region. But, it will be similar to the Crusades wherein the Jews and Muslims were slaughtered. From today’s point of view it will clearly fulfill the concept of Armageddon.

With today’s nuclear armaments the idea of Global War initially concentrated upon Jerusalem is highly likely.

As you read Professor Dershowitz’s analysis, think about the ramped up Jew-hatred thriving in Europe and among the world’s radical Islamists.


This article can be read at: Copyright © 1995 - 2009 -

Also from Emanuel - Caroline Glick’s article on who Senator Mitchell really is:

From Ayelet:

The Righteous of the Nations for Am Yisrael: Today in the news: the global level of anti-Semitism is up 300% in the last 2 weeks. What must we do?

Immediately send a select group of Christian leaders to witness the Truth in Israel, and so equip *ourselves* to stand firm against this growing tide of lies and hate.

My Israeli friend, Linda Olmert, has put together a carefully worded itinerary for a Christian Leaders Briefing Tour of Israel.

We need at least 15 people to make this happen.

At the same it has become clear that those who attend must be screened.

Please read the itinerary Ms. Olmert has composed. It is an encrypted pdf available online at

For a few this a drop-everything-and-do-it-now opportunity. Want to come? Contact me today.

For the rest it is a chance to transfer wealth into a vault impervious to thieves and moths and rust. The Bible calls it, "laying up treasure in heaven."

You can do that very thing by helping underwrite the cost of Christian leaders who need this on-site briefing.

Want protection from deception? Want to be equipped to stand as one with G-d’s Chosen

Send Christian leaders on this trip. Contact me today.

Test the spirits. Read the itinerary for yourself. Is this an imperative from G-d, or not?

What do you think?

Baruch Hashem (Blessed is/be The Name)


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People in weeks and months ahead?

Updated on Tuesday - Comment - - Report Note

Israel's Soglowek Industries announced that it intends on bidding for the controlling interest in Agro Processors, the largest kosher meat manufacturer in the United States. Agro Processors' turnover in 2008 came to $300 million, mostly derived from sales in the ultra-Orthodox market in the US. Nevertheless, the company has recently encountered some financial difficulties, and has gone into receivership, hence the sale.

So far, 12 companies have entered bids in the Agro Processors tender. Soglowek has reportedly employed a special team in the US, performing financial due diligence on Agro Processors. The final offers for the company have to be handed in by March. Should Soglowek be the one to win the tender, this would be a significant breakthrough into the US market for the Israeli company.

The move is being spearheaded by the company's CEO Eli Soglowek. "We are in the early, financial due diligence phase of the Agro Processors deal. We intend to pursue it along with a long-time US partner of the company, who will be providing some of the financial backing.

Politics in comic books:

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Now for M. Wolfberg's Good Sabbos Story: "Pray up"

Good Shabbos Everyone. In this week's Parsha, we read about the beginning of the redemption from slavery in Egypt. Hashem speaks to Moshe telling him"...I have heard the groan of the Bnai Yisroel whom Egypt enslaves..." We see here that the redemption was largely due to prayer. The following true story will inspire us all to pray with feeling.
From here we can see the power of prayer. Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heschel, the Rebbe of Kopischnitz (1888-1967) was a lover of his people. In post-WWII America, he carried the pain and suffering of countless individuals on his weak and frail shoulders. Indeed, often when he heard the problems of others he would break down in uncontrollable weeping. The grief of his fellow Jews tormented him much more than his own afflictions, and countless times the Rebbe put his name and honor at risk in an attempt to help others.
Once a broken survivor of the Nazi inferno showed up at the Rebbe's door. He had just arrived from Europe and was hoping to settle in America. His wife, however, had been refused entry due to her ill health and was on Ellis Island awaiting imminent deportation. The man was inconsolable and indicated that if his wife was indeed deported, he wouldn't think twice about taking his own life. "Don't worry, please don't worry," implored the Rebbe. "I promise you that by next week your wife will be here together with you!"
Upon hearing the Rebbe's words an immediate feeling of calm overtook the distressed man, and greatly relieved, he went away a new person. Rabbi Morgenshtern, one of the Rebbe's disciples who had witnessed the scene, gathered up his courage and asked the Rebbe how it was possible for him to make an outrageous guarantee like that with such ease. It was no less than promising a miracle!
"You saw how desperate the poor man was," the Rebbe replied. "My first concern was to calm him down and thank G-d, I succeeded. At least for the next week he will feel better. If after a week he sees that I was wrong and his wife was deported, he will say, 'Avrohom Yehoshua is not a real Rebbe, Avrohom Yehoshua is a liar.' But at least for a week I succeeded in bringing some peace into his life."
With that the Rebbe took his Tehillim (book of Psalms) and began to recite its verses with intense emotion. As the tears were streaming down his face he could be heard pleading, "Please, G-d, please, see to it that Avrohom Yehoshua didn't say a lie. I was only trying to help a Jew in a pathetic situation. Please don't let me be a liar..." In this fashion his prayers continued long into the night. The Almighty heard his prayers. The woman was granted permission to stay in America, and was reunited with her husband and they lived "happily ever after." The Rebbe's prayers were answered! Good Shabbos Everyone.

Mr. Wolfberg' s stories not mine are sponcered by: In memory of Shosha Malka bas R' Avrohom 21 Cheshvan Refuah Shleimah to Chana Ashayra bas Dodi

Have a wonderful Shabbos and a safe & peaceful one.

Rachamim Pauli

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