In Israel, Shavuot was on Friday; on Shabbat we already read Parshat Naso. This coming week we will read Parshat Beha'alotcha - בהעלותך. This divergence continues for the next 5 weeks, at which time in Israel we will read Parshat Balak - בלק, while in the Diaspora they will read the double Parsha of Chukath-Balak - חוקת-בלק. From then on we will be reading the same Parsha again for almost 3 years, until after Pessach 2012 - ה'תשע"ב when we will diverge again for 6 weeks. (Pessach will end on Friday on Israel and on Shabbat in the Diaspora.) - Danny
יְבָרֶכְךָ ה', וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
יָאֵר ה' פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
יִשָּׂא ה' פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
Before giving the blessing, the Cohanim remove their shoes. Then they wash their hands - up to their wrists - from a cup, but do not say a Bracha on the washing.
It's the Levi's privilege to pour the water over the hands of the Cohanim. If no Levi is present, a firstborn (from his mother; one who qualifies for Pidyon HaBen) may wash the Cohanim's hands. If no Levi and no firstborn is present, the Cohanim wash their own hands. Source: Kitzur S hulchan Aruch 100:1, 5-6 - Danny
The Parsha continues now with the dedication of the Mishkan and the gifts of the Princes. The Parsha takes a long time to read to show that all tribes are equal but each prince essentially brings the same gifts and sacrifices.
7:1 And it came to pass on the day that Moses had made an end of setting up the tabernacle, and had anointed it and sanctified it, and all the furniture thereof, and the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them and sanctified them; 2 that the princes of Israel, the heads of their fathers' houses, offered--these were the princes of the tribes, these are they that were over them that were numbered. 3 And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen: a wagon for every two of the princes, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle. 4 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 5 'Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tent of meeting; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.' 6 And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites. …
It's forbidden to squeeze fruit on Shabbat, in order to use the juice. Therefore one may not squeeze lemons into water to make lemonade. One may not squeeze out grapes to make grape juice. There are opinions that even sucking out the juice from the fruit is forbidden. If one has no use for the juice, then there is no prohibition squeezing it out. Therefore one may squeeze out cucumbers - and pickles - if the juice will be thrown out. One may squeeze out the juice from fruit into solids. For example, one could squeeze out lemons into a salad. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 80:12, Shulchan Aruch 120:4 Shabbat Shalom, - Danny
PRACTICAL HALACHA: If one has a bottle of grape juice or lemon juice and wants to add the former to wine to dilute it or the later to a glass of water and the bottle was bought or prepared by Friday before the entrance of the Holy Shabbos, one may use the lemon juice for example tea or orange juice with his meal. However, the squeezing of the fruit other than on to a solid object such as lemon juice on lettuce and tomatoes, fish or schnitzel would be forbidden. One may however slice a lemon to put in slices into water, tea or a cocktail as long as he does not squeeze it in anyway into the liquid.
From Golani to Kabul's killing fields: Friends and colleagues of an Israeli-American intelligence contractor killed in Afghanistan saw him laid to rest on Tuesday at in Virginia.
Shawn Pine, a former US Army Ranger working as a Afghan army soldiers, was killed in a roadside bomb in
last month. A lieutenant-colonel in the Kabul US Army Reserves, he also served in the IDF and wrote extensively on military policies of Middle Eastern nations and . The blast also killed another Jewish officer, First-Lt. Roslyn Schulte, 25. Israel
But the solider refused and when his officer saw his stubbornness he started to hit him and punish him cruelly.
The Jewish solider did not give in but he decided to write a letter to the head general. In his letter he complained about the army forcing him to eat foods that were against his religion.
A few weeks passed and one morning during roll call his officer called the Jew over. Terrified, the Jew went over to his officer. The officer asked him
“Was it you who sent a letter to the head general”? and before the Jew can answer him he asked
“Was it you who complained that we don’t give you food which is permitted by your religion”?
The Jew answered
“If so”, the commander continued in a loud voice “I will read you the general‘s answer in front of everyone”
Everyone was quiet.
“I received your letter regarding the complaint of not receiving food permitted by your religion, and that you are refusing to eat the food you are given. If so, I do not permit such behavior in my army! All the officers have an obligation to provide you with kosher food. Specifically your officer is responsible to provide for you kosher food, and if he cannot obtain any he must find a way to bring them from afar. And if he still cannot acquire any for you he must transfer you to a different camp where there kosher food can be obtained.And he ende d off by saying
It is forbidden for any man to harm you”!!!
The mitzvot (commands) are the representitives of Hashem the same way when you buy a special manufactured item or a top brand clothing or a special model car you get a different respond and attention from people - according how well known,expensive or famous that product is.
In the same way when you do the mitzvot you represent Hashem becouse thats what his products are (613) and thats what He wants us to follow.
DO THE COMMANDS THEN PEOPLE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO RESPECT AND LISTEN TO YOU.
Many times in life we often forget who the boss is and who our real savior is. We tend to turn to doctors, lawyers, etc, believing that they will bring us our savior. Of course we should turn to them in times of need, however we should not forget that they are only an INTERMEDIATE !
We must ask Hashem to give them the right wisdom in which they can help us and also plead to Hashem that we woul d be DESERVING of redemption. We should not think that these intermediates are the cause of our savior.
It would be very funny to think that a little rat can make so much dust!
It might get dusty, but surely does not cause the dust
THE DEATH OF
From Caroline Glick, deputy editor and op-ed writer for the
More ominously, Glick reports (likely from sources high up in the Israeli government) that the Obama administration has all but accepted as irreversible and unavoidable fact that
She goes on to write that the Obama administration is desperate to stop Israel from attacking Iran writing that "as far as the [Obama] administration is concerned, if Israel could just leave Iran's nuclear installations alone, Iran would behave itself." She notes that American officials would regard any harm to American interests that flowed from an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities as
In classic Stockholm Syndrome fashion, the Obama administration is empathizing more with the Iranian leaders who are holding
Obama's end-of-the-year deadline for Iranian talks aimed at stopping its progress toward nuclear weapons is just window dressing without the threat of military action. As Metternich wrote "diplomacy without force is like music without instruments." By warning only of possible strengthening of economic sanctions if the talks do not progress, Obama is making an empty threat. The sanctions will likely have no effect because
All this means is that
Those sunshine Jewish patriots who voted for Obama must realize that we, as Jews, are witnessing the possible end of
Because one thing is increasingly clear: Barack Obama is not about to lift a finger to stop
Obama may have held the first White House cedar, but he's not planning to spend next year in
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Shimon Shiran, 57, of Haifa, seriously wounded in the 31 March 2002 terror bombing of the Matza restaurant, died of his wounds on April 11, 2009, having remained hospitalized for seven years.
Just after 2:30 PM on Sunday afternoon, during the Passover holiday, the terrorist entered the popular Matza restaurant in the Neve Sha'anan district near the Grand Canyon mall. The explosion tore the roof off the one-story building, and blew out the windows, instantly killing 14 people, and leaving horrific scenes of people on fire, and people with lost limbs. Over 40 people were injured.
Shimon Shiran, an engineer and owner of a plastics company, was eating lunch with his wife Hili and their daughter Adi. Adi was killed in the blast; both parents were seriously injured. While Hili eventually recovered, Shimon, who suffered a serious head wound, remained hospitalized for seven years until succumbing to his wounds on April 11, 2009.
Shimon Shiran was buried in Haifa on the day of the seventh memorial ceremony of the victims of the bombing. He is survived by his wife Hili, his son Eyal and daughter Anat.
A woman's head covering is the source of great holiness for the woman and all those who are around her. As the Sages tell us, "The head is king over all the limbs." (Ibid., citing Shabbos 61a) Thus, metaphorically speaking, a kosher head covering cause holiness to permeate her entire being. Let us now tell an inspirational story on the topic of head coverings.
Josh and Ruthie are ba'ale teshuvah who were married a few years ago. While they were considering the shidduch (the match), Josh and Ruthie discussed a wide range of practical matters, such as where they would live, how they would run their home and what they would expect from each other. And of course, they spent many hours discussing religious views.
They disagreed on one issue, however, and it eventually became a point of contention between them. Josh had always expected that his future wife would cover her hair, as is required according to Jewish law. Just as he always wore a yarmuike, he practically took it for granted that his wife would wear a wig or a headscarf after marriage.
Ruthie, on the other hand, was not at all comfortable with the idea of covering her hair after marriage. Every new mitzvah she accepted, as she was becoming religious, was a major struggle for her. Even if she had come to terms with almost all of the halachos (Jewish law) of an Orthodox lifestyle, the mitzvah of covering her hair was something which Ruthie just could not accept. Ruthie felt that to cover her hair would be too confining and restrictive. In addition, she felt it would compromise her appearance too much. Finally, she felt that covering her hair would be "making a statement" that she was more stringent than she really saw herself to be. So when Josh brought up the subject for the first time just before they got engaged, she made it clear to him that it was one mitzvah she was not ready to accept upon herself.
Josh was not fazed by Ruthie's resistance. He hoped in his mind that she would probably change her mind as the wedding approached. To his dismay and disappointment, however, she did not budge. Josh was deeply committed to marrying Ruthie, in spite of her refusal to accept upon herself the mitzvah of covering her hair.
When the Sheva Brachos week was over, they each went back to work. The evening following that first day back at work, Ruthie greeted Josh with the surprising news that she had decided to cover her hair! Josh was so thrilled that he wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. He was speechless.
Ruthie then told him what had happened to her on the way to work, earlier that morning. In the elevator on her way up to her job, Ruthie met Sabrina, a non-Jewish co-worker. Sabrina candidly said to Ruthie, "I see you are not wearing anything on your head. I thought all Orthodox married women cover their heads - am I mistaken about this?"
Ruthie was put on the spot. She responded, "Uh, well, most Orthodox married women do wear some head covering, but not all. Anyway, I don't plan on doing it myself."
"Really? I always thought it was required and not optional..." Said Sabrina. Ruthie took a deep breath and said: "Look, Sabrina, let me explain something to you. The reason Orthodox married women wear something over their hair is because a woman's hair could be attractive to men. Once a woman is married, it is considered immodest for a woman to have her hair uncovered in front of any man other than her husband." Ruthie reached up and ran her fingers through her hair to demonstrate her point. Then she continued. "Now I ask you, Sabrina, look at my hair. It's s o oily, drab, and unmanageable. What man could possibly find my hair appealing? So, you see, since my hair looks like this, it really isn't necessary for me to cover it."
At the 17th floor, the elevator doors opened and in walked a young man in a finely tailored, pinstriped suit. The man was unfamiliar to both Sabrina and Ruthie. As soon as he entered, the young man began to stare at Ruthie.
Ruthie pretended that she did not notice that the man in the pinstriped suit was staring at her. She deliberately looked in the other direction. Nevertheless, she kept checking with her peripheral vision to see if he was still staring at her... and he was.
At the 20th floor, the man in the pinstriped suit was the only other person in the elevator besides Ruthie and Sabrina. At that point he furrowed his brow and began to apologize. "Please excuse me for staring at you," he began, looking straight at Ruthie. "I really didn't intend to make you feel uncomfortable. But it's just that you have the most beautiful hair I've ever seen." With those words, the man picked up his briefcase and got off the elevator at the 21st floor.
Neither Ruthie nor Sabrina had ever seen that man before. Ruthie was speechless. Her face turned red and she felt her mouth go dry. She avoided eye contact with Sabrina and barely managed to mumble,
All day long, Ruthie kept replaying the elevator episode over in her mind. How could the man have possibly known what she had said to Sabrina just before he entered the elevator? As the day progressed, Ruthie realized that the comment made to her by the man in the elevator could not be dismissed as merely a coincidence. It was a message from Heaven. How else could she explain the uncanny timing of the comment? Thus, she accepted upon herself the mitzvah of covering her hair. (Adapted from "Zorei'a Tzedakos," by Dr. Meir Wikler, p. 181)
Every Jew is a member of the Royal Jewish Nation. Just as Jewish men crown themselves with a yarmulke, so too do Jewish woman crown themselves with a head covering. Let us all be encouraged and let us encourage those around us to cover their heads properly, thereby demonstrating membership in the Royal Jewish Nation. Good Shabbos Everyone.