Chaya Yachet Elka returned her soul to her maker last week but I received the news too late to send out.
This past week was my mother’s third Yahrzeit since her passing. I dedicate this Drasha to the Memory of Charlotte Jacqueline bas Yosef HaLevi.
This is an updated prayer list for the ill.
Please pray for: Men
Asher ben Malka
Avraham ben Devorah
Aaron Yehoshua ben Chaya Shoshana
Shemayahu Yosef Chaim ben Peshiya Miriam
Ahron Yehuda Lieb en Gittel Feige
Zev ben Miriam
Shalom Charles ben Gracia
Eliyahu ben Rosa
Chaim Pincus ben Yaspa
Zvi Yechezkiel ben Leah
Avraham ben Leah
Aharon Michael ben Leah
Yehuda ben Chava Rivka
Bentzion Michael ben Chaya Zipporiah
Yitchak Moshe ben Shoshana
Eli ben Merel
Yechiel Yehuda Leib ben Spritza
Rafael Chaim Simcha Benyamin ben Devorah Aliza (I received a few fwd fwd about this fellow – I think his name has gone around the world twice or three times)
Yulia (Julie) bas Naomi Sarah
Keren Neshama bas Esther Ruth
Chaya Melecha Rachel bas Baila Alta
Zviah Simcha bas Devorah Yached
Sarah bas Yehudit
Bryna bas Gina Sarah
Rachel bas Chana
Esther bas Chana
Fiege Rachel bas Taube
Nurit bas Mazel
Bracha Zehava bas Baila Leah
Miriam Rivka bas Adina Leah
Esav vs. Yacov and it all started in the womb but catalyzed over food. It is weird that the whole blessing of Avraham which is spiritual is based on two incidents with food and one with a Shidduch. The Medrash stated that when Rivka passed by an idol Cult, she felt the child in her womb kick and when she passed by the Beis Medrash of Shem, she felt a kick in her womb. She was wondering if her child was going to be schizophrenic or go around like Yisro to try out every religion. So she enquired with Shem and was told that she had twins in her womb. Will become mightier than the other kingdom: They will not be equal in greatness; when one rises, the other will fall, and so [Scripture] states (Ezek. 26:2): “I shall become full from the destroyed city.”
We jump ahead to the day that Avraham passed away. Esav is out hunting and Yacov is tending the flocks. And the youths grew up, and Esau was: As long as they were small, they were not recognizable through their deeds, and no one scrutinized them to determine their characters. As soon as they became thirteen years old, this one parted to the houses of study, and that one parted to idol worship. — [From Gen. Rabbah 63:10; Tanchuma, Ki Theze 4] who understood hunting: [He knew how] to trap and to deceive his father with his mouth and ask him, “Father, how do we tithe salt and straw?” His father thereby thought that he was scrupulous in his observance of the commandments (Tanchuma, Toldos 8).
25:27 And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Yacov was a “Tam” in Hebrew meaning plain and simple – what you saw on the outside is what you got on the inside but Esav was the cunning type – what you saw on the outside was different on the inside.
There two personalities at the age of 15 are already formed. Esav on that day kills Nimrod, rapes a betrothed woman, does something with idols, and steals something – that is the pre-Deluge mentality. Yacov on the other hand is trying to comfort Yitzchak after the burial and prepares a mourner’s meal of lentils and beans (something round to symbolize the cycle of life and perhaps reincarnation). Esav comes from field famished but not exactly on his death bed from all his shenanigans. He is truly not about to die but he feels that way so Yacov tests him. Esav has three options 1) To refuse to sell to Yacov and look for other food. 2) To ask to split the first born with is brother or 3) To sell something that was of no value to himself like the blessing of Avraham. 21:12 And God said unto Abraham: 'Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall seed be called to thee. Esav had the choice to be part of this but instead Esav goes and gives it up. 25:30. And Esau said to Jacob, "Pour into [me] some of this red, red [pottage], for I am faint"; he was therefore named
The second incident is Yitzchak’s desire to bless his oldest son and Yitzchak wanted to do it with the most tasty and pleasurable food so that he would be in a good mood to bless during such a moment. We must remember that Esav was very pedantic on honoring his father to his face; behind his back was a different story. Yacov was a far second in honoring his father. However, Esav had little respect for the Mussar of his mother while Yacov’s test was to listen to her order to take the blessing against the honor that Yacov had for his father.
We had a very long power black out in the Modiin through Modiin Illit area which caused me to fail to complete this theme. I leave you stranded in suspense on how this will earn Yacov the blessing of Avraham and G-D willing I will have this post out before Thanksgiving Day next week. Here is the homework information for next week:
29:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him: 'Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of
Suddenly Esav realizes that running around with (non-approved) women does not go over big with his parents. In the meantime he is busy with the creation of Amalek.
Halacha and Mitzvos by Danny Shoemann
Found this post in my in box during fall cleaning and also the Halacha below: It's a Mitzvah to not consider the existence of any other god besides for Hashem. One who – G-d forbid - entertains the existence of other deities, or entertains the existence of Hashem having partners, or considers Idol Worship to have any power, has denied a fundamental concept of Judaism. One may not say or write anything which implies any of the above false possibilities. One must be prepared to die - or lose all ones money - rather than agreeing to any of the above. Applies to everybody, all the time, everywhere. Pasuk: You shall have no other gods besides Him (2nd of the Ten Commandments - Shemos 20:3) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvot HaKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 8
One may not marry somebody who is not Jewish. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always. Pasuk: "Do not get married with them" (Devarim 7:3) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 19
One may not do any favors for an idol worshipper. If he's drowning one may not jump in to save him, and if he's sick one may not heal him gratis. If one is paid, then one may. It's forbidden to kill idol worshippers, except during a war. One may not give them free gifts, nor sing their praises. Applies to everybody, everywhere, all the time. Pasuk: "Don't be gracious to them" (Devarim 7:2) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvot HaKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 20
It's a Mitzvah to not imitate the Goyim. One should not follow their fashions in dress, hair style and shaving. Somebody who needs to dress like them to appear before their royalty may do so. Pasuk: "and in their statutes don't walk" (Vayikra 18:3) Applies to everybody, everywhere, always. Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvot HaKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 21 – Just imagine a Jew who emulates Yishmael like Adam Gdansk or Esav like Bernie Madoff. I rest my case.
It's a Mitzva to read the 3 chapters of the "Shema" twice daily; once in the morning and again at night. The first chapter (Shema) mentions the Mitzvot of Hashem's oneness, loving Hashem and learning Torah. The second chapter (VeHaya) mentions accepting the responsibility of keeping all the Mitzvot. The third chapter (VaYomer - Tzitzit) mentions keeping all the Mitzvot as well as recalling the Exodus from
It's a Mitzva to affix a Kosher Mezuzah on all ones door posts. The Mezuzah includes the first 2 chapters of the Shema. Whenever one passes by a Mezuzah one should think about its content; the oneness of Hashem and our obligation to love Him. The result should be an awakening to concentrate on doing Mitzvot and ignore the trivialities of this world. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always. Pasuk: "And write it and affix it to the doors of your home and gates" (Devarim 6:9)
Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvot HaKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 12
One may not write a Pasuk (verse in the Torah) in Hebrew on paper without lines. Some say one should not write mundane things in the special script used for a Sefer Torah. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 28:12
Some years the Jewish calendar has 12 months, the rest (7 out of 19) are leap years with 13 months. Jewish months alternate between being 29 and 30 days long.
However, the months of Marcheshvan and Kislev sometimes both have 30 days (a full year), sometimes both have 29 days (a missing year) and sometimes follow the regular order with Marcheshvan having 29 days and Kislev 30. As a result, Chanukah (which starts on 25 Kislev and lasts 8 days) sometimes ends on 2 Tevet and sometimes on 3 Tevet. This year is a "full" year; Marcheshvan has 30 days, Kislev has 30 days and Chanukah ends on 2 Tevet. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 221:4
On Rosh Chodesh one should add Ya'aleh Veyavo during the Amida and Birkat Hamazon. If one forgot to add Ya'aleh Veyavo during the Amida at night one does not need to make amends. During the day one needs to go back to רצה. If one forgot Ya'aleh Veyavo during Birkat Hamazon (during the day or night), and one remembers before starting the last Bracha, one can say: רוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר נָתַן רָאשֵׁי חֳדָשִׁים לְעַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל לְזִכָּרוֹן If one only realizes after starting the last Bracha, or one does not have the above Bracha handy, one does not need to make amends. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 19:10, 44:14
Men wear Tefillin (phylacteries) every day during Shacharis (morning prayers) except for Shabbat and Yom Tov. Rosh Chodesh has some aspects of a Yom Tov, yet work is permitted. Tefillin are worn on Rosh Chodesh during Shacharis, Hallel and the Torah reading. They are removed before starting Mussaf.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 10:19
If one gets caught in rain on Shabbat one can continue on home even if ones clothes are soaked; however one may not squeeze out the water.
Once one gets home and removes them, one may not hang them up to dry. One may also not dry them by standing near a source a heat while wearing them.
The same applies to clothes that are soaked from sweat. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 80:35 – This comes from the Av Melacha (39 Av Melachos mistranslated as work) of washing and wringing out garments. We fear this with swimming regarding a swim suit and a towel but are more lenient on the Mikvah using a large dry towel.
I usually say, “Bye-bye have a nice day” but sometimes my head is so full of Torah or something like my cold or whatnot that I forget. Gene sent me this:
When R' Simcha of Kelm was very old he had great difficulty walking. Once, after he had walked quite a distance from home, he asked the young man accompanying him to come back with him to his home. "Rabbi", said the young man, "I know it's difficult for you to walk back. Let me go back to the house for you and fetch whatever you need. You can wait for me here." R' Simcha though insisted on walking back with him.
When he came home, he went over to his wife and apologized to her profusely, because unlike his usual practice on leaving his home, this time he had forgotten to say goodbye to her.
At the conclusion of every 16-hour work day in the hell called
The meal at the end of the day consisted of old dry bread, filthy watery soup and a pat of something like margarine made from vegetable fat.
The margarine was scooped out of a large tub, and after the meal had been distributed and the tub was empty, the commander allowed the starving prisoners to jump into the empty tub and lick the remaining margarine from the walls of the tub. The sight of starving Jews liking up bits of margarine provided nightly entertainment for the commander and his guards.
One prisoner, however, refused to be a part of the commander’s show. Though like all the rest he was withered, starving shadow of a man aged far beyond his years, still he would never allow himself to scavenge for a lick of margarine. The other prisoners called him Elijah. In some unspoken way, the others drew strength from Elijah’s refusal to join the frenzy.
Then, one night, something happened that seemed to shatter whatever spirit remained in the prisoners. Elijah cracked. All at once he threw himself into the greasy vat and furiously rolled around like a crazed beast.
And how the commander howled. It was a deep belly laugh of satanic satisfaction. The last of the Jews had been broken.
Later, after the guards left and the Jews were in their barracks, Elijah took off his shirt and began to tear it to shreds. The others looked on in silence. Had Elijah gone mad?
He would study the shirt for a moment, carefully looking it over, as if searching for some exact location, and then tear that area into a strip. He looked up. His eyes were on fire.
“Do you know what tonight is?” he demanded. “Tonight is the first night of Hanukah.”
Elijah studied the shirt again, finding another choice spot to tear. A spot he head purposely saturated with grease from his roll in the margarine tub.
That night Elijah led the others in the lighting of the Hanukah flames. The wicks came from the strips of his shirt, and the bits of margarine Elijah had furiously scavenged was the oil.
Elijah’s light continues to shine.
Binyamin Jadidi – thanks to Gene Alberts
A story or parable from Rabbi A. L.
An eye witness account from
A lady approached the young boy and said, "My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window?"
"I was asking G-D to give me a pair of shoes, 'was the boy's reply.
The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.
She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.
By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks... Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes...
She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, you will be more comfortable now".
As she turned go to, the astonished kid caught her by her hand and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her. "Are you G-D's wife??"
A touching letter to me from a German
I wrote on a Face Book group wall 1,000,000 gegen Nazis in German the story of my family losing our fortune and the torture of my grandfather for 3 days until he got a heart attack and was let alone to die or be weakened for life.
I received this touching letter translated by via Google so there are some errors that have crept in. The story of your grandfather has touched me deeply. As in
The foster father was a world war veteran and later a National Socialist, and so did my Grandpa Helmuth in the Hitler Youth. He played good football has given me a friend of him says. At 20 he married my Grandma Lena. And the wedding picture the two still hanging in the same place on your bed table, later Grandpa was able to play for the work of the fc Fa.Junkers in
The end of the "master race" has not seen since our grandfather Helmuth in 1940 with 25 years died of a Lung inflammation.
Since my dad Emil was 3 years old. My brother Michael and I would have liked him met. My father, Emil never talks about him. I think he has very Him missing. My daughter Emily is now 4 years old and it is his whole Sun Shine. My daughter's mother is Polish and has given me a lot about how It has been previously treated by some classmates when searching for
We now have a bissl "multi-culti" are. I've told you the story,
because earlier I often wondered what if the ideology my grandfather never
get their hands on, and he is not the lung on a windy airfield
rausgehustet for Brandy & Homeland hätte. Grandfather Helmuth would now be almost 100th A biblical age. And so I beg your forgiveness for all the lies and the pain of your family through this wahnsinn was then added.
Thanks for moving lines in this terrible time. You have me very
Sincerely & with best regards
Deborah sent me this article: Islam from a German's View: Don't Look the Other Way
This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. The is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist:
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'
We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts--the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Martin Nemoeller, a decorated U-Boat Captain, first supported Hitler’s rise to power. He learned his lesson too late. Here is what he said:
“They came first for the communists, and I did not speak up because I was not a communist; And, then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up because I was not a trade unionist; And, then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up because I was not a Jew."
Gog and Magog and
The article is written by Louis René Beres and supplied to me by Scott W.
The core of
For the moment, things seem to be looking good. Test results for the Arrow continue to be significant and promising. Indeed, they indicate not only the substantial mutual benefits of ongoing strategic cooperation between
Yet, there are also some very important and underlying conceptual problems. Still faced with a steadily nuclearizing
The meaningful answer lies in certain untenable assumptions about any system of ballistic missile defense.
Operational reliability of intercept is a distinctly “soft” concept, and any missile defense system – however successful in its test results – will have “leakage.” Of course, whether or not such leakage would fall within acceptable levels must ultimately depend largely upon the kinds of warheads fitted upon an enemy’s incoming missiles. In this connection, the Arrow’s commendable test successes might not necessarily be reproducible against faster and more advanced Iranian missiles.
In evaluating its rapidly-disappearing preemption option vis-à-vis
A fully zero leakage-rate would be necessary to adequately protect
International law is not a suicide pact.
Israel must continue to develop, test and implement an Arrow-based interception capability to match the growing threat dictated by enemy ballistic missiles. Simultaneously, it must also continue to prepare for certain possible preemptions, and to suitably enhance the credibility of its nuclear deterrent. Regarding such enhanced credibility,
Arrow is necessary for Israeli security, but it is not sufficient. To achieve a maximum level of security,
Together with the U.S,
The Arrow-based ballistic missile defense is indispensable for
Copied from Rabbi Twerski’s site: http://www.abrahamtwerski.com/index.php/component/content/article/58-hashkafah-issues/70-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-misery
Shabbos on Sunday – Thanks to Esther: http://www.tog.co.il/en/Idea.aspx?id=134
Three more weeks to shop before Chanucha: Be well and have a great Shabbos,