Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Megillas Ruth, Shevous and a story

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From Rivka: Update: Many thanks to all of you who have been davening for the complete recovery of Henach Avram Ben Pesa--when I spoke to him and told him of your concern and prayers he was so moved he began to cry. What's more is that his healing has already begun! It looks as though his kidneys are beginning to recover.

After Shavous delete him and add Yosef ben Chava

It is nice to know that my effort pays off.


I want to thank you for the continued lessons. I thought I would share with you how I use what I learn. This weekend the Las Vegas Jewish Committee on Scouting is hosting a Shavous Hike Sunday. The Sefer and Parsha you sent flesh out the little script we made for the kids to read on the Hike for all our adult volunteers.

I know that our More observant members know the story already but some of our Scouts are Jewish children from community troops that haven't had any exposure to Torah, it's stories, the history and the lessons learned from there.

When I have a moment more after the hike I will share an update on our progress. David, whom you met on your last visit, is now committee chair and sends his regards.

Good Shabbos!


This week due to Shevous there will be no Parsha Naso it will appear belatedly next week as we cover the Book of Ruth instead.

(The Book of) Megillas Ruth or Mother of Royalty or Progenerator of Moshiach

Chag Shavous (weeks or the 50th day), Chag HaBikurim (first fruits) or Chag HaAtzeres (gathering) is the Yahrzeit of David Melech Yisrael. He was born and died on this day and descended from Ruth.

1:1 And it came to pass in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the field of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

On the surface without the Oral Torah, it would appear that Elimelech was a smart man – get out from the famine and save himself as the 3 Avos had problems with water and planting crops. However, when the tradition comes to light, things look a lot different.

Elimelech was the Gabai of the community and in charge of distributing food, clothing and other needs to the many starving and poor people. In lieu of this fact, it is not surprise that the tables first turned on himself and then his family as he fled from responsibility. Instead of stepping up to the task, he tried to avoid it at all cost including his own life.

2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. And they came into the field of Moab, and continued there.

It is as if I asked for a visa to live and visit Cuba, North Korea or Syria. Moav was a sworn enemy of Am Yisrael all the way back to when Moshe when Moav attack Am Yisrael. In fact Moav was from the incest of Lot’s daughter with her drunken father.

3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

Why did Elimelech die young? His two relatives Tov and Boaz had longevity so there must be a reason. We could do an autopsy to find out the physical cause but that would not answer our question. Assuming that Elimelech was a Tzaddik so much that he had become the Gabai of Beislechem (guttural ‘CH’ lit. the house of bread) so he could not have received Kares. The only thing that could possibly be that the accuser would attack his Din (Judgement) on Rosh HaShanah would be the fact that he abandoned the men of little, thin or no means to find food in a famine and rather than do the task that he was assigned in this world. Once he had no useful spiritual purpose or Tikun (repair)

4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth; and they dwelt there about ten years. 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died both of them; and the woman was left of her two children and of her husband.

Sworn enemy of Yisrael from the time of Moshe that a male of the people of Moav was forbidden to enter into the congregation of Yisrael forever but just at the time of Boaz the Rabbinical interpretation was a male no but a female who did not attempt war with Yisrael yes. For if Lot had not moved to Sodom, his daughters or one of them would have married Yishmael and perhaps somebody else Yitzchak. However having the seed of Haran who died on Kiddush HASHEM and Lot made them worthy of some place in the future world.

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the field of Moab; for she had heard in the field of Moab how that the LORD had remembered His people in giving them bread. 7 And she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

Her husband and family had moved to live among these people but she longed for the land of her nativity and her greater family.

8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law: 'Go, return each of you to her mother's house; the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. 9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband.' Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

From these passages we learn that one must try to deter a Convert 3 times and this is the first.

10 And they said unto her: 'Nay, but we will return with thee unto thy people.' 11 And Naomi said: 'Turn back, my daughters; why will ye go with me? have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

For levirate marriage = Yebum in Hebrew and in modern simple English the Mitzvah of the brother to build up a name for the late brother in his land.

12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say: I have hope, should I even have an husband to-night, and also bear sons; 13 would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye shut yourselves off for them and have no husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes, for the hand of the LORD is gone forth against me.' 14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth cleaved unto her.

This is the 2nd time. A stronger plea!

15 And she said: 'Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her god; return thou after thy sister-in-law.'

This is the third rejection!

16 And Ruth said: 'Entreat me not to leave thee, and to return from following after thee; for whither thou go, I will go; and where thou lodge, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;

She not only wants to be part of the people but accepts G-D no idol or any factor strange to Judaism or recognition of a partner in creation or some self proclaimed ‘prophet’ from Mecca.

17 where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried; the LORD do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.' 18 And when she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, she left off speaking unto her. 19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was astir concerning them, and the women said: 'Is this Naomi?' 20 And she said unto them: 'Call me not Naomi, call me Marah;

Hebrew for instead of Naomi as pleasant Marah is bitter or embittered.

for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full,

with a husband, two sons, chattel and a tidy sum of cash;

and the LORD hath brought me back home empty; why call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?' 22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, who returned out of the field of Moab--and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of valor, of the family of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz.

Some identify him as the Judge Ibzan and others a leader in military and Torah ranks.

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi: 'Let me now go to the field, and glean among the ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find favor.' And she said unto her: 'Go, my daughter.'

They were poor enough to collect the Peah, Lecet and Shichacha. (The gleanings from the corner, falling behind gains and the uncollected stalks of the barley crop.)

3 And she went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and her hap was to light on the portion of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. 4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers: 'The LORD be with you.' And they answered him: 'The LORD bless thee.' 5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers: 'Whose damsel is this?'

What interest does an 80 or 80+ year old man have in a very young woman? What made him notice her behavior or looks over the other women? After all Ruth was from Lot and generically like the Bnei Yisrael. The commentators answer these questions as follows. Most of the women would bend over so that their dresses would ride up in the back or raise their dresses by packing in more and more loose grain but this woman was extremely modest that put all the other women to shame. For she rose above them all in modesty.

6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said: 'It is a Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the field of Moab; 7 and she said: Let me glean, I pray you, and gather after the reapers among the sheaves; so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, save that she tarried a little in the house.' 8. And Boaz said to Ruth, "Have you not heard, my daughter? Do not go to glean in another field, neither shall you go away from here, and here you shall stay with my maidens.

Boaz knew the fear of sin and fear of him of his workers that would not harm Ruth. In another field nobody might be able to guarantee her safety or honor.

9. Your eyes shall be on the field that they reap, and you shall follow them; have I not ordered the youths not to touch you?

She might be from Moav and from Lot’s daughter but she is not some tart that one starts up with. She was the daughter of King Eglon of Moav and handles herself with dignity .

And [if] you are thirsty, you may go to the vessels and drink from that which the youths draw."

You are a guest of mine in my field and shall have the hospitality of food if you want and drink to your hearts delight as at the time of the barley harvest (approximately late April to the beginning of June) and the temperatures are very warm.

10 "Why have I pleased you that you should take cognizance of me, seeing that I am a foreigner?" 11. And Boaz replied and said to her, "It has been told to me all that you did for your mother-in-law after your husband's death, and you left your father and your mother and your native land, and you went to a people that you did not know before.

This was genuine love for the sake of heaven.

12. May the Lord reward your deeds, and may your reward be full from the Lord God of Israel, under Whose wings you have come to take shelter." 13 Then she said: 'Let me find favor in thy sight, my LORD; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken to the heart of thy handmaid, though I be not as one of thy handmaidens.' 14 And Boaz said unto her at meal-time: 'Come hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.' And she sat beside the reapers; and they reached her parched corn, and she did eat and was satisfied, and left thereof.

Even though she was very poor, she would not beg for food as it is written, “A youth I was and now I have become old and I have not seen a Tzaddik deserted by HASHEM or his {her} seed begging for bread. …”

15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying: 'Let her glean even among the sheaves, and put her not to shame.

Do not joke about that a daughter of a King in Moav is a pauper in Yisrael. Do not use the terms ‘Goya’, ‘Shicksa’, or anything to remind that she is not one of us.

16 And also pull out some for her of purpose from the bundles, and leave it, and let her glean, and rebuke her not.'

She has just become Jewish and religious don’t make fun of her ideas or other things that she grew up with.

17 So she gleaned in the field until even; and she beat out that which she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up, and went into the city; and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned; and she brought forth and gave to her that which she had left after she was satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said unto her: 'Where hast thou gleaned to-day?

You gleamed more that what is found usually in the field as many times people are not fully committed to the Mitzvah of leaving the forgotten behind. Also the field was blessed with such a good crop.

and where have you toiled? May he who took heed of you be blessed." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and she said, "The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz."

Up until now, Naomi treated the affair as a matter of good luck or a blessing from HASHEM for returning to the land.

20. And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "Blessed be he of the Lord, who did not leave off his kindness with the living or with the deceased."

Now Naomi realized that HASHEM was guiding her not only for sustenance but was building a Shidduch for Ruth. It would take the 4th after Boaz before the start of Malchus David.

And Naomi said to her, "The man is our kinsman; he is one of our near kinsmen."

He is capable of giving you a son to inherit the land of Elimelech and redeem the name of Machlon your husband.

21. And Ruth the Moabitess said, "He also said to me; You shall stay with my youths until they finish my entire harvest." 22. And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maidens, so that they do not molest you in another field." 23. And she stayed with Boaz's maidens to glean until the completion of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest, and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

She was an obedient daughter-in-law.

3:1 And Naomi her mother-in-law said unto her: 'My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?

Naomi is planning a Shidduch for Ruth so that the young widow will not be alone in the future.

2 And now is there not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens you were? Behold, he winnowing barley to-night in the threshing-floor.

Octogenarian or not, he is going to be there and sleep as a guard over his crop. He does not delegate this defense of his property to surrogates.

3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the threshing-floor; but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

Go to the Mikvah to purify yourself as no marriage is needed for Yibum as Machlon’s Ketubah is enough according to Halacha to make you his wife in the eyes of G-D and man. As odd as this may seem to the modern man, Ruth saw Boaz not as an old man but as a Chacham with Yechus in Yisrael and worthy of siring future G-D fearing Jews (example Yeshai one of Jews who never sinned and died only because of the sin of Adam). True story that occurred in the 1970’s in Yerushalayim. A convert 36 had a series of dreams to marry one of the Dayanim of the Beis Din of Edis Charedis. At the same time one of the Dayanim who had lost all his family in the Shoah 87 also had a series of dreams to marry the Giyores. They went before the other Dayanim and told their story and married. The story made the news in all the papers in Yisrael.

4 And it shall be, when he lies down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.'

Let nature take its course as people in the summer time during those days had no money or use for pajamas. For you deserve by the Torah to be his wife.

5 And she said unto her: 'All that thou say unto me I will do.'

This also belongs to Shavous when the people said be for Har Sinai “We will do and we will listen.”

6 And she went down unto the threshing-floor, and did according to all that her mother-in-law bade her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn; and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. 8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was startled, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

80 year old widowers are not used to find women at their side.

9 And he said: 'Who art thou?'

Perhaps she is a demon (negative spiritual force) trying to obtain his seed as an accuser as perhaps his days are numbered and he was not a person who scattered his seed.

And she answered: 'I am Ruth your handmaid; spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.'

No I am a human and I am here to help you with the Mitzvah of Be Fruitful and Multiply and to build up a name for Machlon and Elimelech.

10 And he said: 'Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter; thou hast shown more kindness in the end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou didst not follow the young men, whether poor or rich.

She had made a name for herself with helping Naomi for the sake of heaven. Although she was dirt poor, she would take the food off of her plate to feed somebody hungrier than herself. But to have compassion on an eighty year old man while she was young was above and beyond the wildest imagination of a Tzaddik like Boaz.

11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that you say; for all the men in the gate of my people do know that thou art a virtuous woman.

A woman of Valor as Shlomo HaMelech searched for. For Shlomo never among his 700 wives or 300 concubines was able to find one woman on the level of Ruth. And here she was at the feet of Boaz waiting to marry him. However … 12 And now it is true that I am a near kinsman; howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part; but if he be not willing to do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD lives; lie down until the morning.'

He swears unto her in the NAME OF HASHEM that he will not rest until her case is resolved and is so righteous that he over comes his own physical urges for the sake of the correct performance of the Mitzvah.

14 And she lay at his feet until the morning; and she rose up before one could discern another. For he said: 'Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor.'

This was long before David Melech Yisrael expounded in Psalms: “Who is a man who desires life? Turn your lips from being deceitful or your tongue from speaking poisonously.” The gadabouts will be wagging their tongues at us. These low lives have nothing to do but to put their tongues between other peoples legs.

15 And he said: 'Bring the mantle that is upon thee, and hold it'; and she held it; and he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her; and he went into the city.

He knew that Naomi had sent her and he understood besides his past Chessed that Naomi needed a lot of Tsedduka (charity) to make it through the year.

16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said: 'Who art thou, my daughter?' And she told her all that the man had done to her. 17 And she said: 'These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me: Go not empty unto thy mother-in-law.' 18 Then said she: 'Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall; for the man will not rest, until he have finished the thing this day.'

Now I know for sure that he is the Gadol HaDor (greatest in Torah of this generation) and one of the 36 Righteous upon which the world continues to exist.

4:1 Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat him down there; and, behold, the near kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by; unto whom he said: 'Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here.' And he turned aside, and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said: 'Sit ye down here.' And they sat down. 3 And he said unto the near kinsman: 'Naomi, that is come back out of the field of Moab, sells the parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's; 4 and I thought to disclose it unto thee, saying: Buy it before them that sit here, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it; but if it will not be redeemed, then tell me, that I may know; for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee.' And he said: 'I will redeem it.'

To redeem the land, this man had no problem for he would inherit it for his family after Naomi was 120 years.

5 Then said Boaz: 'What day thou buy the field of the hand of Naomi--hast thou also bought of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance?'

However, you will have to marry Ruth from Moav.

6 And the near kinsman said: 'I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance; take thou my right of redemption on thee; for I cannot redeem it.'—

His own children will be furious after his death if he marries this Moabite and her child inherits with them there will only be fighting and no peace in the family. Another commentary talks about ruining his Yechus from Nachshon ben Ammmiadav. He was forgetting the whole story of Yehuda and Tamar with the birth of his ancestor Peretz and the Messianic line.

7 Now this was the custom in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all things: a man drew off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was the attestation in Israel.-- 8 So the near kinsman said unto Boaz: 'Buy it for thyself.' And he drew off his shoe. 9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people: 'Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I acquired to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place; ye are witnesses this day.'

Now there will be no tongue wagging before the people of Beis Lechem as the marriage has been acknowledged by the elders in a public ceremony and the word will spread throughout the city – a Kosher and straightforward Mitzvah.

11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said: 'We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel; and do thou worthily in Ephrath, and be famous in Bethlehem; 12 and let thy house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.'

So Boaz silenced the gadabouts and by his personal restraint acquired a Bracha from both G-D and man.

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in unto her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.

Now they were married and publically blessed.

14 And the women said unto Naomi: 'Blessed be the LORD, who hath not left thee this day without a near kinsman, and let his name be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of life, and a nourisher of you old age; for thy daughter-in-law, who loves thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, has borne him.' 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying: 'There is a son born to Naomi'; and they called his name Obed; he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

He was blessed by all the people of Beis Lechem and now follows the lineage of the Moshiach.

18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 and Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 and Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon; 21 and Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 and Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David

Halachos and Mitzvos from Danny Shoemann

It's a Mitzva to slaughter all animals and birds that one wants to eat. (Note slaughter but not kill them in a non-kosher way) The laws of slaughtering the Kosher way - Shechita - were given to Moshe on Mt. Sinai as part of the Oral Law. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "Slaughter your sheep and cattle... as I have commanded you" (Devarim 12:21) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 48

\One may not eat insects that do not fly, including snakes. One who eats an olive-size worth of insects or snakes, or one who eats an entire insect or snake - even if less than an olive-worth deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "Creepy crawling bugs are disgusting, do not eat them" (Vayikra 11:41)
Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 97

One may not eat insects that grow in fruit, vegetables or grain.

One who eats an olive-size worth of such insects, or one who eats an entire insect deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "All creepy thing on earth don't eat" (Vayikra 11:42)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 98

One may not eat aquatic insects including frogs and crabs.

One who eats an olive-size worth of aquatic insects, or one who eats an entire aquatic insect deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "Don't defile yourselves with any worm" (Vayikra 11:43)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 99

One may not eat creatures produced by parthenogenesis; meaning they do not come from a male and female mating.

One who eats an olive-size worth of such creatures deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "Do not defile yourselves with parthenogens which crawl on the ground" (Vayikra 11:44)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 100

Bread made from grain that sprouted roots before the 2nd day of Pessach may be eaten as soon as it's harvested.

Bread made from grain that was not planted before the 2nd day of Pessach, or had not yet taken root, may not be eaten until the after the 2nd day of Pessach

Applies to the 5 types of grain, traditionally translated as "wheat, barley, spelt, oats and rye".

At the time of the Bet Hamikdash, new grain becomes permitted after the Omer sacrifice is brought on the 2nd day of Pessach.

Nowadays, until the Bet Hamikdash is rebuilt, new grain is forbidden the entire 2nd day of Pessach.

Applies to everybody, always, everywhere according to some opinions; in Israel-only according to other opinions

Verse: "And bread and roasted kernels and fresh grain do not eat until this day" (Vayikra 23:14)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 101

The Torah prohibits wearing clothes made of both wool and linen - this is know as Sha'atnez.

Even a single woolen thread in a linen garment is Sha'atnez, and a single linen thread in a woolen garment is Sha'atnez.

Threads made of a mixture of linen and wool may not be used.

Woolen garments with linen patches are also forbidden.

However, clothes made of leather - even if the wool is still attached - can be sewn with linen.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 176:1-2

One cannot cover oneself with Sha'atnez (wool & linen).

One may not sit on Sha'atnez.

If a wagon or convertible has a Sha'atnez cover then one has to be careful not to lean on the cover.

Hand towels, beach towels, tablecloths, pillows, blankets, slippers, mattresses and curtains all have to be Sha'atnez free.

However, the Parochet covering the Aaron HaKodesh can have Sha'atnez, as nobody would warm themselves with it.

One may create, own and sell Sha'atnez.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 176: 4-8

On the 2nd day of Sivan in they year 2449 - a few days before Matan Torah - Hashem informed us that we're a chosen nation:

וִהְיִיתֶם לִי סְגֻלָּה מִכָּל-הָעַמִּים, כִּי-לִי כָּל-הָאָרֶץ
(Shmos 19:5)

As a result, 2 Sivan is often referred to as the Pedigree-Day; Yom-Hameyuchas.

No Tachanun is said during the first part of Sivan; until Isru-Chag Shavu'ot (or a week later - depending on local custom).

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 22:8, 198:14

The Kotel ("Wailing wall") is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount where the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) stood until it was destroyed over 1,900 years ago.

The Kotel "plaza" is outside the Temple Mount. Every prayer of ours - Amida and Birkat Hamazon - includes a supplication to once again be able to serve Hashem on the other side of the Kotel; from inside the rebuilt Bet Hamikdash.

When seeing the place where the Bet Hamikdash stood, one needs to do Kri'a; tear ones clothes in the same way that mourners do.

One only needs to tear Kri'a if one hasn't been in Jerusalem for 30 days or longer.

Source Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 561

The prevalent Yerushalmi custom is not to tear Kri'a on days one doesn't say Tachanun, including Friday afternoons.

The Minhag is to eat food made from milk products on the first day of Shavu'ot, for various reasons.

One should also eat foods made with honey since the Torah is compared to honey.

One should also eat meat, since - like every Yom Tov - there's a Mitzva to eat to meat on a Chag.

One needs to plan the meals carefully since one may not eat milk after meat, and one may not eat both together at the same meal.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 103:7

In the time of the Bet Hamikdash (may it be rebuilt speedily in our days) all men above Bar Mitzva have a Mitzva to appear in the Bet Hamikdash thrice yearly; during the Yom Tov of Pessach, Shavuoth and Sukkoth.

This Mitzva includes offering 2 sacrifices; a Korban Re'iya ("appearance sacrifice") which was completely burnt, and a Korban Chagiga ("festive sacrifice") which was eaten.

These sacrifices cannot be offered on Shabbat.

Preferably this Mitzva should be fulfilled on the first day of each Yom Tov. If the first day of Yom Tov is Shabbat, or if the person has other reasons to delay, then the Mitzva can be done during the remaining days of Sukkoth and Pessach.

Even though Shavuoth is only one day long (in Israel) this Mitzva can be fulfilled during the 6 days following Shavuoth. This is the reason why some congregations do not say Tachanun during the entire week following Shavuoth.

Source: The Book of our Heritage, Vol III, Page 50

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A guide to Chag Shavous: http://www.gochabad.org/TheCommunityVol12Issue25.pdf

After the 49 days of Counting the Omer, after ... See More having fully achieve dinner renewal by merit of having assessed and developed each of our49 attributes, we arrive at the fiftieth day. On this day we celebrate the Festival of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah (MatanTorah). After we have accomplished all we can through our own initiative, then we are worthy to receive a gift (matan) from above which we could not have achieved with our own limited faculties. Wereceive the ability to reach and touch the Divine; not only to be cultivated human beings who have refined all of our personal characteristics, but divine human beings who are capable ofexpressing ourselves above and beyond the definitions and limitations of our beings. Happy Shavuot from all of us here at the mlc | Meaningful Life Center! Excerpt from The Spiritual Guide to Counting the Omer, by Simon Jacobson. ©Copyright The Meaningful Life Center, 2010. All rights reserved. www.meaningfullife.com http://www.meaningfullife.com/

Inyanay Diyoma

Terrorists infiltrating terrorists and smuggle in weapons into the USA: http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html

Debbie, the author of this piece is much more of a centrists than anything else and she wrote: http://www.debbieschlussel.com/12489/eric-holder-the-muslim-extremists-in-detroit/

The above came from Nancy along with this:


Three information articles regarding the next war: http://www.debka.com/article/8788/ http://www.debka.com/article/8778/ http://www.debka.com/article/8780/

Disclaimer the following article on Iran is from a non-Jewish source I only approve of the top half of the post so please skip the bottom of the post which supports a partnership with HASHEM in creation and is contra-to Judaism. http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/

Diplomatic treachery: http://www.debka.com/article/8790/

From Nancy: http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2010/05/obama-trying-to-undermine-bibi-again.html

And to think that the majority of the Jews will back him and his lackey candidates upsets me to no end. Brothers open your eyes to the Torah and the Truth!

From Major General Paul E. Valley: What happened at the Miss America Pageant? Did Donald Trump’s show get rigged? Did Rima Fakih win because she openly supports Hezbollah? Did Morgan Elizabeth Woolard get the “here’s how you lose” question?

From Mindy: HR 1388 PASSED
You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; housing, food, the whole enchilada.

Something happened... H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it... It wasn't mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen.

Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that didn't make the headlines...
By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .

The "presidential determination," which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Now we learn that he is allowing thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.
These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:

THE PALESTINIAN LIE by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator

The Brits during their Mandate always called the Jews, "Palestinians" and they called the Land "Palestine". Arabs were simply Arabs and the British made little attempt to maintain a census of which Arab State they came from. (1)

It wasn’t until 1964 (before the 1967 Six Days War when Israel liberated and united Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and Jerusalem) that Egypt (having lost two major wars to the small in number, lightly armed Jews of Israel) created the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization). Shortly afterwards, Yassir Arafat became the Terror Leader of the Century, taking over as Head of the PLO.

The Arab League liked the idea of the PLO, an organization for all the mix of Muslim Arabs who had moved from all the surrounding Arab Muslim countries into area of Eretz Yisrael for the work and health benefits the Jews had provided since the 1800s when they began their modern immigration back into their ancestral lands of two thousand years past.

So the Arab League and Arafat wanted to give them an identity. Arafat called them Falastinians, which is Palestinian with an accent.

In brief, Arafat created a false identity for his non-people. It is an accepted custom that whatever words leave the mouth of an Muslim Arab, no matter how inaccurate or absurd, becomes instant reality - both to the speaker and those who hear their claims.

So, Jewish Palestinians- long before the Arabs stole the name, had their name erased and stolen by Arab Muslim nations - except for what they make up to suit their needs. Remember the Jews published the Palestine Post Newspaper, created and ran the Palestine Banks, etc.

History is irrelevant to Muslim Arabs except for what they make up to press their claims.

Imagine, nations like Great Britain, France, Russia and America who not only document their history but, expect all other nations to recognize their documents and claim on History.

But, when it comes to exactitude of Arab Muslim claims and history, they simply accept without challenge - lest they insult the vaunted pride and honor of an Muslim Arab caught in a lie.

Not so the Muslim Arabs. They make up what they wish to make up but, they expect the Revisionists of History to go along and accept their claims where and when no truth exists.

Presently, the West is discussing Islam and Muslim Terror as if it just occurred recently, on December 25th, or May 1st. However, as desert dwellers, Arab Muslims raided, looted, raped and slaughtered their captives. This was also true whether their captives were "Infidels" or Muslims from a different tribe.

"The San Remo Conference decided on April 24, 1920 to assign the Mandate [for Palestine] under the League of Nations to Britain. The terms of the Mandate were also discussed with the United States which was not a member of the League. An agreed text was confirmed by the Council of the League of Nations on July 24, 1922." Their declared purpose was "to establish in Palestine a national home for the Jewish people."(2)

The San Remo Agreement and subsequent ratification by the League of Nations was never revoked and thus is still legally binding.

The killing of Jews by Arab Muslims began long before the official stamp of approval by the League of Nations and later the United Nations in 1947 for the Jewish people in the Land called Israel on May 14, 1948. But, how quickly the nations accepted the name and false claims made by Yassir Arafat in 1964. How anxious they all were to join the lie that Arafat’s "Falastinians" actually had a past and a history.

The only historical truth in depth was that the Muslim Arabs lived by the sword and Terror was their history.

So, here we are today, with Falastinians backed by President Barack Hussein Obama claiming that Jerusalem must be divided and shared by the Jews with a non-people who have no history - let alone any existence or historical claim on Jerusalem as a Capital.

What nation would willingly divide their Capital because others demanded it?

Granted, conquerors don’t ask, they just take.

Nations, however, have their own interests and bias which is why the Christian nations of Europe, themselves persecuting Jews, found no difficulty in joining the Arabs against the Jews in the Land of Israel. Keep in mind that the European nations considered Muslims as lowly pagans, not worth of occupying Jerusalem and thus mounted several Christian Crusades from 1095 to 1291 C.E. to ‘rescue’ Jerusalem from the Muslims - killing many Jews along their journeys to Jerusalem.

The European nations managed to overcome their aversion to Arab Muslim when it came to pursuing oil and persecuting the Jews of Israel whose capital of Jerusalem was 3000 years old and eternal.

So, if it means sacrificing little Israel to a pagan people for whatever it brings in profits, oil or whatever, these nations will lie, cheat, steal, betray - all without conscience or feelings of guilt.

The lie is the rule - not the exception.


1. "From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine" by Joan Peters Harper & Rowe NYC 1984

2. "San Remo Convention - From World War I Document Archive" http://wwilib.byu.edu/index.php/San_Remo_Convention"

This has nothing to do with politics or Moshiach but just for your info: http://www.pcworld.com/article/196410/facebook_privacy_secrets_unveiled.html?tk=nl_wbx_h_crawl1

Now for M. Wolfberg’s Good Shabbos Story – the Story “Dutch Treat” was received 2 weeks ago. I did not remember that I had this last week so enjoy it now.

Good Shabbos Everyone. On the first day of Chol Hamoed Sukkos over 25 years ago, Reb Moshe Holczler, Z”L and his wife received a carefully wrapped package in the mail. They opened the package and discovered an old book with Hebrew writing. The book was a Sukkos Machzor, printed in Lineville, France about two hundred years ago. On the front flyleaf of the prayer book, a Jewish father had carefully listed the births of his nine children, born between 1835 and 1851. On the rear flyleaf, the father had listed the Yahrzeits of his ancestors who died between 1851 and 1894.
The wife of a German lawyer had sent the prayer book to the Holczlers. The Holczlers had recently met with the German lawyer to discuss Holocaust reparations. What was the story behind the prayer book? How did the Sukkos prayer book end up in the hands of the gentile German lawyer and his wife? How did the Germans know to send the prayer book during Sukkos?
We will try to answer our questions by looking into some of the deeper meanings behind our double portion this week Behar-Bechukosai. The Torah tells us this week, “If you will follow my decrees and observe my commandments and perform them… I will walk among you and I will be a G-d unto you and you will be a people unto Me.” (Vayikra 26:3,12)
The commentator Sforno explains that Hashem is telling us: Be good, keep my mitzvahs, and I, Hashem will go with you the Jewish nation wherever you go in exile. Our lesson for this week is therefore the following: As long as we stay loyal to Hashem, He will walk with us; even if some of the sheep may get lost, the flock will remain intact, no matter how dark this exile may seem. As Dovid Hamelech tells us “Hashem is my shepherd, I shall not lack anything…”(Tehillim 23:1)
We can now begin to understand how and why our friends the Holczlers happened to visit Germany. In the summer of 1974, Reb Moshe Holczler and his wife had traveled to Germany to meet with a certain lawyer to discuss reparations. Reb Moshe, of blessed memory, had represented many Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who were seeking compensation for their suffering and for their lost and stolen property as the result of German persecution during the war.
The Holczlers were uncomfortable about traveling to the land of hatred, however they had the interests of their clients in mind when they arrived in Germany. The Holczlers were surprised when they received a warm reception from the German lawyer and his wife. Weeks later, they were even more surprised to receive an old Sukkos Machzor (Yom Tov prayer book) from Germany. The Holczlers could not figure out why the German lawyer and his wife had sent them a Sukkos prayer book.
The answer came two days later, in the form of a letter in German written by the wife of the lawyer:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Holczler,

I had a dream two nights in a row that I had given you the Hebrew books which my mother had saved from Krystallnacht in November, 1938. As you probably know, [Krystallnacht] was the shameful night when on orders of the Nazi government, all Jewish synagogues were vandalized and burned throughout Germany. All Jewish prayer books and other holy volumes [which had been seized] were piled up and publicly burned.

My mother, who is a very brave woman, somehow had an urge to run out to the plaza in Koeln and grab two Hebrew books, before they could be consumed by the flames. [My mother] said that millions of broken glass chips of the synagogue windows covered the ground, like crystals in the flickering flames of bonfires of Hebrew books. That is why it was called “Krystallnacht.” My mother gave me these books for safekeeping, and somehow I felt they were like a good luck charm in our house.

[After dreaming] a second time that I gave them to you, it was about 3 in the morning. I got up and made a note so that I should not forget it in the morning. When I woke, I decided to keep the one with a German translation from which I often pray, because I enjoy the depth of your prayers and I feel that all prayers go the same place. The other one I mailed to you. I do not know what this book is about, but you will surely know how to use it. I feel that with you it will be in the right place.

With regards…

The Holczlers finished reading the letter and marveled at the Divine Providence which had brought the Sukkos prayer book into their hands just in time for the Yom Tov of Sukkos.
Hashem was walking with the Holczlers as they traveled to the house of that German lawyer. The Holczlers themselves had experienced amazing miracles in being saved from the hands of the German monsters during World War II. During those war years, Hashem walked with the Holczlers. So too, Hashem is walking with all of us. Good Shabbos Everyone.

Mr. Wolfberg’s Shabbos sponsored by: Refuah Shleima to Mordechai Menachem Mendel ben Tziporah Yitta Refuah Shleima to Tsviah bas Bracha Leah

In memory of Shosha Malka bas R' Avrohom 21 Cheshvan Refuah Shleimah to Chana Ashayra bas Dodi

Have a great Chag Shavous Samayach followed by Shabbos. Be well,

Rachamim Pauli