Friday, July 30, 2010

Some Torah, halacha, looking for the 10 lost tribes

A week ago marked the 2nd anniversary of the blogspot on line when I went from private to public from about 1000 readers to untold numbers but again thanks is due to a lady in Canada with a lot of patience – Tsila Kahane may she have a long healthy life.

It is also 5 years since the brutal removal of people from Gush Katif a few days after Tisha B’Av they are still sitting and mourning like Tisha B’Av for housing and income that they no longer have from their hot houses. Some of them were Holocaust Victims who never expected a Jewish State to treat them like it did. Some of the youth were ruined as their faith crushed. I have no idea what happened to the three Cohen children who lost limbs in a terrorist attack on a school bus. What do we have for this a miracle in Ashkelon this morning as a Katuysha lands in central Ashkelon and only 4 people treated for shock just this very morning.

A few words are in order.

Because of the nature of Jewish Weddings a Ketuba and the signing of it and acquiring a wife with a wedding ring, Jews do not marry on Shabbos. Neither are mixed marriages permitted ever! The Conservative Rabbi refused to marry Hillary Clinton to a Jew and he was the Rabbi of the Groom’s Parents. Recently PM Netanyahu has blocked the compromise Conversion Bill because of pressure from the Shabbos Violators. The bill would have made it much easier for non-Jews to convert via Orthodox Rabbis as was the case from the Hebrew year 2448 up until about 200 years ago when the abuse of Judaism by the Reform brought upon delays and bureaucracy in the Conversion process.

I believe the freeze on this is the last fling of the Satan and the anti-Torah elements. What type of car would you rather have if I gave you a choice and full payment. A BMW or Porsche on once side or on the other side a Russian Dashe or a... Chinese Car. The same is for a Convert who wants to come to Judaism. A type of Judaism that is based on 5770 years of experience or a product of the 1800's socialism before or around the revolution of 1848 CE. Less than 200 years with atheistic, interfaith Rabbis and violators of Lev.18:22 and chapter 20. Such a group - the L-RD will not suffer forever!

What is the ALL MIGHTY’S standard:! – Thanks to Rabbi Asher Meza

Parsha Ekev

Olam Haba person vs. Olam HaZeh person – Moshe is living out his last week and is basically reminding and instructing people on the ways of Torah in this world as a preparation for the next world. On the other hand a person who only thought about Gashmiyus in this world would leave it something like this which was not hip hop or gangster rap but a song from my childhood:

7:12. And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform, that the Lord, your God, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.

8:1. Every commandment that I command you this day you shall keep to do, that you may live and multiply, and come and possess the land that the Lord swore to your forefathers.

As we know that the Torah does not mince words and HASHEM is not a politician giving a long winded double talk speech so why the repetition of a sort here? What are we to learn from this? To understand better let us read Rashi on both Pasukim.

7:12 And it will be, because you will heed: Heb. עֵקֶב, lit. heel. If you will heed the minor commandments which one [usually] tramples with his heels [i.e., which a person treats as being of minor importance]. That the Lord, your God, will keep: He will keep His promise to you.

8:1 Every commandment: [This is to be understood] according to its simple meaning. A midrashic explanation is [“the whole of the commandment… you shall keep”]: If you have started a mitzvah, finish it, because it is attributed only to the one who completes it, as it is said, “And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up from Egypt, they buried in Shechem” (Josh. 24:32). But did not Moses alone occupy himself with them to bring them up? [See Exod. 13:19.] However, since he did not complete the mitzvah [of burying the bones], and [the children of] Israel did, [this mitzvah] is accredited to their name. — [Tanchuma 6]

We see that Rashi saw each sentence differently one to emphasize the importance of minor commandments and the other every commandment. For if we say that letting the mother bird go and keeping the younglings we would be minor so maybe we can get around it a bit then the next thing you know we will get around a more and more important Mitzvah until in the end we violate Shabbos, Family Purity, Kashrus, Murder, Adultery. Rashi foresaw the possibility and therefore warned us. Why Shabbos with Murder and Adultery because they are linked in the ten commandments – why Family Purity and Kashrus with Murder and Adultery because by violating the first you deserve Kares and Kashrus can reach that proportion if one eats Chelev (forbidden fat), Aliya (tail fat), Dam (blood) and parts or all of Korbanos that don’t below to the average man.

13 and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy body and the fruit of thy land, thy corn and thy wine and thine oil, the increase of thy cattle and the young of thy flock, in the land which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee. 14 Thou shalt be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness; and He will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee, but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. 16 And thou shalt consume all the peoples that the LORD thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them; neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee. …

9:1 Hear, O Israel: thou art to pass over the Jordan this day,

It is obvious that “this day” does not mean now within an hour as they listened to Moshe until he passed away and mourned him 30 days. Obviously, it mean according to Rabbi Aaron Michelson Shlita that you are basically ready today to cross the Yarden and conquer the land but it will be very soon now so be prepared. Sort of like a prelude to D-Day or some other battles.

to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, but don’t be afraid for HASHEM is with you. The L-RD will fight your battles to save you.

My friends and readers, perhaps the triple digit heat in the Modiin area or about 50 personal requests by readers or the upcoming marriage of my niece has over loaded me this coming week. I have therefore postponed to next week the rest of the commentary that I did not write. I didn’t even have time to read other Rabbis to sort of add something to my own this week. Most of my writings this week have been associated with other things and my continuing search for the lost tribes of Israel see below. A lot of work and research went into some of the posting of sites given below. To my blog readers please cut and paste. Watching the search for the 10 tribes I found fantastic although I knew very well about the Cohanim of Tunisia for years. Still is Zevulon, Yisaschar or Asher still hidden among the Native American Tribes or among the Jews of China?

Mitzvos and Halachos by Danny Shoemann

It's a Mitzva to return the collateral to the borrower , if and when he needs it. Items needed at night - like bedding - must be returned at night and can be taken back in the morning. Tools needed for his trade must be returned in the morning and can be taken back at night. One who does not return the collateral when required loses this Mitzva and has also transgressed a prohibition, as per Mitzva #92 -
Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "You shall surely return to him the collateral" (Devarim 24:13)
Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 63

One may not remarry one's divorcee if she was married to somebody else since the divorce. If they do get remarried, Bet Din force them to get divorced. If she had an affair after the divorce, the original couple are allowed to get remarried. (A Cohen may not marry a divorcee; even his own divorcee.) Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "Her first husband make not remarry her... since she was wed to another" (Devarim 24, 4) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 134

If a person dies without children, his widow is now allowed to marry anybody except for one of her late husband's brothers. If somebody other than a brother marries her, they have both transgressed. The prohibition applies until she does Chalitzah with one of the brothers, as per positive Mitzvah #140 - "Chalitzah, an alternative to Yibum" ( Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "...the widow shall not be allowed to marry a non-brother..." (Devarim 25:5)Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 135

If a male who's reproductive system has been injured - such that he can no longer beget children - marries a regular Jewess, they both get 39 lashes by Beth Din. Such a person is allowed to marry a convert - even if he is a Cohen. A man who was born with a non-functional reproductive system is not included in the above prohibition.
Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not marry into the congregation..." (Devarim 23:2)
Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 136

A Mamzer may marry another Mamzer or a convert - and their children will be Mamzerim - but they may not marry a regular Jew. A Mamzer is defined as:
- a child born from a forbidden relationship where the punishment is Kares, with the exception of Niddah.
(They are called ben or bas Niddah)
- a child who has a parent who is a Mamzer.
A child found in the market whose parentage is unknown, or the child of an unmarried mother who doesn't know who the father is or she refuses to tell us who he is, is considered a Safek Mamzer and the child may only
marry converts. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "A Mamzer may not marry into the congregation..." (Devarim 23:3) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 137

For 3 years after planting a tree, one may not eat its fruit, nor derive any benefit from the fruit, peels or pits. This is a Torah prohibition and applies to trees planted anywhere on the planet by anybody. How to count these 3 years:
- Trees planted until Tu B’Av (tomorrow - 15th of the month of Av; 45 days before Rosh Hashana) have their first birthday on Rosh Hashana, and 2 years later they turn "three years old".
- Trees planted less than 45 days before Rosh Hashana need to count three years from their first Rosh Hashana.
The laws of Orlah apply to trees grown from shoots or pits, and sometimes to trees that have been replanted. A tree that has was cut and its stump is less than 1 Tefach (about 9 cm) high becomes Orlah again. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 173:1,3,4

One does not say Tachanun on Tu B'Av, nor at Mincha the afternoon before. The bride and groom do not fast on their wedding day if it's on Tu B'Av.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 22:8, 146:2

A number of joyous events happened over the years on Tu B'Av.
- It was the day the Generation-of-the-Wilderness realized that the sin of the spies had been forgiven, in the year 2488.
- It was the day that the tribes were allowed to intermarry, including orphaned daughters (as per Bamidbar 36:8) once all those who conquered the Land had passed away.
- On the same day the tribe of Binyamin were allowed to intermarry with other tribes, after the scandal of Give'ah (as per Shoftim 19 - 21), around the year 2524.
- It was the day that King Hoshea ben Elah removed the blockades that the wicked King Yerav'am ben Nevat had placed on the roads, preventing the Jews from going to Jerusalem for the Festivals about 75 years earlier, around the year 3040.
- It was the day the Romans allowed those massacred by the wicked Hadrian in Beitar to be buried, sometime after he died in 138 (C.E).
- It was the day they stopped chopping wood for the altar in the Bet Hamikdash every year, as it marks the end of "summer" (as per Rashi on Breishis 8:22) and the start of the 2 months of "heat". The wood had to be worm free to be used on the altar, and had to be fully dried before the rainy season.
This gave everybody more time for learning Torah - and therefore Tu B'Av is the Joyous Day of Increased Torah Learning (and one does not say Tachanun on Tu B'Av.) Source: The Book of our Heritage, Vol 3 page 307-313

Orlah is the Torah prohibition of eating fruit from tress less than 3 years old, as per Sunday's Halacha. In the 4th year the fruit is called "Neta Revayi" and needs to be "redeemed" by transferring its status onto a coin. The coin needs to be worth at least a "Peruta" (0.22 grams of pure silver; currently less than 2 US pennies.) One says "I am redeeming the Neta Revayi into this coin". The coin is then destroyed and disposed of. Instead of a coin one can use fruit worth 2 pennies, which then needs to be destroyed.
After redeeming them, the "Neta Revayi" (4th year fruit) can be eaten, anywhere by anybody. Sources: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 173:2, Mishna Orlah, 3:9

Fresh fruit is always Kosher, however it may have an Orlah problem, as per yesterday and Sunday's Halacha. When in doubt if the tree is less than 4 years old:
- In Israel the fruit from such a tree is forbidden. (This is one of the reasons that fruit needs Rabbinic Supervision in Israel. Other issues include Shmita, "Neta Revo'i" and the separation of Terumah and Maaser.)
- Outside of Israel the fruit is allowed, as long as you don’t pick it yourself. This is the way Moshe was given the Halocho at Har Sinai.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 173:2, Mishna Orlah, 3:9

Orlah is the Torah prohibition of eating fruit from tress less than 3 years old, as per Sunday's Halacha. In the 4th year the fruit is called "Neta Revayi" and needs to be "redeemed" by transferring its status onto a coin. The coin needs to be worth at least a "Peruta" (0.22 grams of pure silver; currently less than 2 US pennies.)
One says "I am redeeming the Neta Revayi into this coin". The coin is then destroyed and disposed of. Instead of a coin one can use fruit worth 2 pennies, which then needs to be destroyed. After redeeming them, the "Neta Revayi" (4th year fruit) can be eaten, anywhere by anybody. Sources: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 173:2, Mishna Orlah, 3:9

Smearing non-edibles on Shabbat is forbidden, including wax, plaster, tar, putty, clay and creams. One may not put wax or similar into holes on Shabbat, to seal them.
One may not dab a small amount of the above on a book or wall as a placeholder. One may smear food; butter onto bread for example.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 80:58, Orach Chaim 321:19
If one has a bad rash or an infant a diaper rash or needs an anti-biotic cream, one may dab on the cream but not smear it. The child moving around may cause the diaper to smear it but it is Koach or strength of your original dabbing and has come about without you purposely working it into the skin like in smearing.

The Question that I had of two weeks ago (see Parsha Devarim )

I once was driving along US 5 in Washington State and say big 60 cup hot water heaters with Tetley Tea or Taster's Choice plastic spoons and one time cups, and either sugar or sweetener. I found nothing wrong with the Kashrut but the coffee was sponsored by the local parish. Any ideas about this? (The problem being if I am getting enjoyment from an Akum place of worship or if I give a quarter and they make more than a Peruta’s worth am I donating to their worship? This is similar to using a Baal Peor House for a toilet?

I talked to retired Col. Dr. Rabbi Aaron Michelson Shlita and we were the implications of the drinking of coffee from a church by a Jew and contributing something for a cup of coffee or tea. We first had to establish if modern Protestants or Catholics are idol worshippers or not. (A Jew is forbidden to believe in any partner with HASHEM but is a Goy forbidden – I have discussed this about using the Shechina of G-D as a separate entity or the internal image of G-D the Neshama – daughter as a mistake but perhaps not for a non-Jew) So their beliefs are not Avodah Zara per sec. What about the Statue of the image of a man in a church and people kneeling down during the service? The answer is that this statue is a symbol of worship and contrary to idol worship – the worshipper does not attribute power to the statue but to HASHEM. {The Chet HaEgel – golden calf – was the mixed multitude taking one of the Holy Chayos that they saw pulling HASHEM’s Throne and worshipping that and that was supposed to be an Image of HASHEM)

Was the church then specifically looking for worshippers and contributors or to convert Jews? The church volunteers were out there giving out coffee to people driving along route 5 seeing that there was no services other than restrooms at the rest stops. The majority of travelers on the highway are non-Jews so they are not doing this specifically to missionize Jews. The chance of somebody dropping by their church on the long haul is pretty small. The church was interested in preventing accidents and deaths in their area similar to the Mitzvah of accompanying somebody safely to the road to prevent having to later bring the Egel Arufa or the bullock that has his neck broken with the confession of the elders that they did not murder him.

Having established this the money matter still remains and since they are supplying hot water and tea bags, plastic spoons and cups, sweetener or sugar and the time to purchase and drive out to the highway and their labor and if I were to get off the road at a place where there might be a gas station open at that hour I would essentially be paying more if they had open at night a facility for making coffee. (Let us say a $1 instead of a quarter) Therefore since paying the small amount of money was not going really to make their church rich and they would give away the coffee without money – there is no proof that one is enjoying or donating even indirectly to non-Jewish worship. Some Jews go into churches known for their art work the Cysteine Chapel in the Vatican while others like myself don’t. Neither would I enter a church for a wedding or funeral but to wait on the stairs or in a reception hall inside where there are no services. However, if a Jew entered a church and then had a medical emergency I would go in to save his life.

Lastly, a few years ago I discussed the extra Chumra going around the Charedi world with the natural hair wigs from India. Some people burned them over $1000 a piece for the hair was cut off to some Hindu god in some Temple. The leading Rabbis ruled that since cutting the hair in another room as a donation to the idol is not the normal way of idol worship it was not idol worship and one could use the natural hair wigs. It should be noted that since the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed, the holiness went down in the world so did the anti-holiness of Avodah Zara go down. Like it or not monotheistic religions sprang up among the Goyim. Even the initial Buddhism as practiced by Prince Buddha appears to have been influenced by Jews fleeing the destruction of the first Temple.

Miracle in Ashkelon

A rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun exploded in the heart of a populated area in the southern city of Ashkelon on Friday morning. Four people suffered shock. Two empty floors of an apartment building, several cars and a nearby pavement sustained damage. Many windows were shattered. Police dispatched to the rocket's landing site urged the residents to stay in their homes for fear of additional rockets.

"We heard the siren and ran into the fortified room," says Dudi Ben-Shlush, who lives on the fourth floor of the building hit by the rocket. "We heard the loud explosion only after we came out. The entire building trembled, windows were shattered, and the shutters were damaged. "When we went downstairs, we saw that our two cars were completely damaged and their windows were shattered. It was very scary; we thought the entire building was going to collapse."

Nechama Carmi, who lives in the same building, was washing her car when she heard the siren. "I ran into the stairwell and waited there. When I came out I heard the loudest explosion I've heard since Operation Cast Lead. It was very strong and terrifying."

Ilana Asulin, another neighbor, was cooking the Shabbat meal. "I shut the stove, we went into the fortified room and then we heard a very loud explosion."

Mayor: Fortification must continue

Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin, who arrived at the landing site, said that "this is a very serious incident, the worst since Operation Cast Lead. There is no doubt that such a hit inside the city is an escalation. "He added that "most educational institutions, schools and kindergartens have not been fortified, and we demand that the defense minister continue the fortification of the schools and kindergartens. We will convene all the security elements in the city for consultations on our next move." The Parents association is striking the school system until $20 million NIS promised for fortification is authorized and fortification completed. RABBI PAULI ASKS A STUPID IDIOTIC DUMB QUESTION WHY NOT SEND PAMPLETS TO BET HANOUN TELLING THE RESIDENTS TO GET OUT AND THEN PRACTICE BOMBING THE PLACE LIKE WE WANT TO DO WITH IRAN’S NUKES IT WOULD KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE AND GET A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET IN ASHKELON OR GAZA WILL BE TURNED INTO RUBBLE. GEE I KNOW HOW THE ARABS SPEAK CLEARLY TO ONE ANOTHER LIKE THE HAMAS SHOOTING 20 BULLETS INTO EACH DEAD FATACH MEMBER.

Teddy, a local resident, told Ynet the rocket landed not far from his house. "We grabbed the baby and ran into the fortified room. There was a loud explosion." Matan Tshuva, 18, said that after hearing the air raid siren, "we went down two floors according to the Home Front Command's orders. We have no fortified room and we are on the last floor, so such a room would not have helped us anyway. We heard the explosion only after we got back into the house, about 30 seconds after the siren. "I went to the window to see what it was, and saw a cloud of black smoke behind a building facing the sea. I called the firefighters' department and informed them of the location. They got there immediately. There was a lot of pressure," he added.

A total of four rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel last Saturday, causing no injuries. An initial examination revealed that one of the rockets, which exploded near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, was manufactured using professional means, most likely outside of the borders of the Gaza Strip.The city of Ashkelon sustained was hit by many rocket barrages during Operation Cast Lead about a year and a half ago. "We are becoming like Sderot," Tshuva added. "There they suffered much more, but we are also hit occasionally.",7340,L-3927241,00.html

Miracle in Bronx NY

Since my son Asher was struck by lightning from his phone at work via his ear he is sensitive to these stories:

She was asked for a buzz and got the shock of her life. A Bronx mother of four survived being struck by lightning during a raging thunderstorm Friday night, sources and the resilient woman said. Laverne Cook, 39, was working as a security guard at an East Tremont apartment building when she pushed the button to buzz in a resident who was ducking from the rain at about 8:40 p.m., she said.

"The lightning struck the gate as I pressed the button," Cook told the Daily News. "It threw me back," she said. "The current went through my right arm." It took Cook several moments to get to her feet, and she said her initial cries for help went unheard. "Nobody was out there because [it was] pouring down with rain," she said. Fortunately, her boss walked by moments later and called 911 when he saw her swollen, red arm.

She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital at about 9 p.m. and was allowed to go home a few hours later when doctors determined she had no life-threatening injuries. "I had no feeling in my arm for two or three hours," she said. "It was just crazy. I've never experienced anything like that. I thank God." Cook said the limb still tingles, but expects to make a full recovery. The gate and buzzer, however, are in need of repair since the high-charged bolt struck. Cook was zapped just moments before a man was hit by lightning in Brooklyn.

The 54-year-old was in critical condition after he was hit by a bolt as he walked under a line of trees on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

Eliyokum sent me this on anti-Semitism:

A must watch for people who never met the prince who converted. I wrote about him a few years ago. I heard him speak in Hebrew view all six:

From Elizabeth a 3 minute film by Lori:

Regarding Conversion for my newer readers look into the Book of Ruth:

When I was growing up both Jews and non-Jews were brought up on moral principle this son was on the hit parade:

Yemen a continuing Jewish Saga:,7340,L-3925453,00.html

Does an Elevator Require a Mezuzah? By Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

Many people will smile when they see this question. Others will frown. And everyone will gain from reading this article -- since this question provides an opportunity to discuss many aspects of the laws of mezuzah.

Let us start from the very beginning: “I live in an apartment building in New York. My building does not have a mezuzah; why should my elevator?”

The questioner is, of course, correct. Assuming that his building has both Jewish and non-Jewish residents, most authorities contend that there is no requirement to install a mezuzah (Rama, Yoreh Deah 286:1; quoting Mordechai). The commentaries provide two reasons why no mezuzah is required in this instance, some explaining that the Torah never required a mezuzah on a building unless all its residents are obligated in the mitzvah (Taz, 286:2). Others absolve these buildings from mezuzah out of concern that suspicious non-Jewish residents may think the Jew is hexing them with the mezuzah (Shach 286:6). Although some recognized authorities contend that one must place a mezuzah even in a building shared by non-Jewish residents (Aruch HaShulchan, quoting Rashba and several others) the accepted practice is not to.


However, a building with exclusively Jewish residents must have a mezuzah on every entrance to the building as well as on any other doorways inside the building, even if some of the residents are not yet observant. This is true notwithstanding that no one lives in the hallway or foyer.

... The Rabbi Shlita explains at this point what constitutes the right side for posting the Mezuza for stair wells etc.

Just as a properly functioning elevator lifts us to great heights, so the properly fulfilled mitzvah of mezuzah takes us far higher. We touch the mezuzah whenever we enter or exit a building to remind ourselves of Hashem’s constant presence, and it is a physical and spiritual protective shield. Whenever passing it, we should remind ourselves of Hashem’s constant protection.

Parable from R’ A.L.: The Baal Shem Tov used to spend many hours in prayer. His disciples would finish their prayer earlier and then wait for their Rebbe. While waiting they spent their time studying Torah or reciting passages of the Psalms. Only after the Baal Shem Tov was finished, would they go home and have their Shabbos meal.

One Shabbos, the disciples decided to go home, have their meal and return to the synagogue before their Rebbe finished his prayers. However, to their amazement, when they returned, the Baal Shem Tov had already finished his prayers and was waiting for them.

They asked the Baal Shem Tov, "Why did the Rebbe finish his prayers so much earlier this Shabbos??"

The Baal Shem Tov replied, "I will explain this with the following parable. Many people were standing near to a tree, on the top of which there was a beautiful bird. In order to catch the bird, they decided that each person will stand on the other's shoulder, until the one on top will reach the bird and catch it."

"The same is with us," said the Baal Shem Tov. "The only way I can reach to the higher spiritual sphere is when I place each one of you one on top of each other (in a spiritual sense), and thus, with your help, I could get to where I want to reach. However, when you all left, I lost your support and thus the ability to reach the spiritual heights."

Lost Tribe Alert from Debbie are in 3 parts:

I know a number of Bukharans could they be Naphtali’s descendants:

Gog and Magog Alert: Normally I place E. Winston-s articles under the Inyanay Diyoma area. This one falls more in the Torah column so I placed it on the border between the sections.

CENTCOM Plans for Dayton's Army? forwarded with commentary by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator

Since President Barack Hussein Obama was elected, many - including me - have identified him as a Left-Leaning Arabist of Muslim extraction. As Commander-in-Chief he, along with the hostile Arabist State Department have used their privileged offices to subvert the Jewish Nation/State of Israel at every possible level.
Although the Arab and Muslim nations have proven they are the enemies of the Free West, including America, Israel and Europe, the Arabists in American government have bonded with the Terrorist Muslim nations in a Faustian bargain with the devil of oil.
Even as they kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq and America - as on 9/11/01, Obama - as Commander-in-Chief - issues orders to first Gen. Dayton and now to Centcom (Central Command) to build the Muslim Arab Palestinian Army (known to be Terrorists) who without question will attack the Jewish Nation/State, using American-taught technology and arms - including secret intelligence, communications skills, as well as sleeper cells placed in sensitive positions.
Clearly, President Obama does not represent the American people or the American Congress who support Israel’s right to defend herself and maintain her sovereignty as a Jewish nation.
Given what Obama is doing to bring America to her knees in national bankruptcy and his personal biased hostility to the only democracy in the Middle East, he deserves nothing less than impeachment as a clear and present danger to the American nation and the Jewish Nation/State.
The following analysis by JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) explains Gen. Dayton’s role and his replacement - all at the hands of President Obama.

JINSA Report #1009 July 23, 2010

CENTCOM Plans for Dayton's Army?

JINSA has long expressed concern about military skills being transmitted by the U.S. to a Palestinian Authority military force while the Palestinian government remains openly hostile to Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East. The Israelis tell us, "The more they do against Hamas, the less we have to do." The Americans tell us, "Everything we do is coordinated with our friends in Israel."

We believe them both, while remaining enormously skeptical about the ultimate wisdom of the plan and right now have a queasy feeling about the future of what has been called "Dayton's Army."

LTG Keith Dayton, USA, who for the past five years was the U.S. Security Coordinator for the Palestinians, is being replaced by MG Michael Moeller, USAF (who will receive his third star along with the assignment). Interestingly, while LTG Dayton's career in the Army centered on EUCOM, the European Command of which Israel is a member, MG Moeller comes to the job from CENTCOM, which specifically does not involve itself in matters involving Israel or the Palestinians.

Until now?

MG Moeller, currently director of strategy, plans and policy at CENTCOM, is said to have had no contact with the Palestinians to date, but is it possible that the U.S. is thinking that Americans working with a Palestinian army should be integrating their thinking with CENTCOM - an operationally largely Arab command - while the Americans working with the IDF continue to be EUCOM? Is someone thinking that a Palestinian army should not be partnered with the IDF, but with Arab armies?

Yes, we are channeling a report from January that said overtures had been made to move the PA to CENTCOM - to which Gen. Petraeus said such overtures had not been made, and we believed him. Yes, we are also channeling a report that said CENTCOM was "red teaming" the idea that the U.S. should engage Hamas (and Hezbollah). The reports were by the same person, and refuted by people we trust, but still, it is hard not to think that somewhere in the U.S., military people are taking the approach that Hamas (and Hezbollah) is not an enemy of the U.S., but only of Israel. From there, they can "solve" the "Palestinian problem" with the "two-state solution" and declare victory.

In fact, Hamas is an avowed enemy not only of Israel, but of Fatah, Israel and America's current Palestinian partner and the object of Dayton's army's training.[1] It is impossible to consider American engagement of Hamas while training the army that wants to destroy it- unless you are training a PA army for national purposes regardless of what the future Palestinian government decides to do with it, for example, use it against Israel, not Hamas.

MG Moeller will take over a force with three immediate issues - one Palestinian and two American.

1) Over the past several months, reports of Palestinian dissatisfaction with LTG Dayton have surfaced along with increased resistance to his management. Fatah clearly wants American money and training, but then wants us out of the way. Salam Fayyad, the American governments' favorite Palestinian, said LTG Dayton is involved in "training and only training," and "does not interfere in the security mission of the Palestinian Security Services." The PA appears to believe LTG Dayton is too "hands on."

2) The U.S. GAO, on the other hand, believes he is too "hands off." On 10 July, GAO issued a critical report entitled, "U.S. Assistance Is Training and Equipping Security Forces, But the Program Needs to Measure Progress and Faces Logistical Constraints." The report says, "Although U.S. and international officials said that U.S. security assistance programs for the PA have helped to improve security conditions in some West Bank areas, State and USSC have not established clear and measurable outcome-based performance indicators to assess progress." The report, quoting State Department officials, notes the failure of the NSF (the "army") to coordinate with the PCP (the civil police) "despite U.S. programs that encourage NSF units to work with the police and other security forces."

Perhaps because they have different end games in mind.

3) The third problem is definitional - Americans often state Palestinian goals in terms that work for the US, not necessarily for the Palestinians (see Andrew Shapiro's definition of Palestinian national goals in JINSA Report #1008). The GAO notes, "[Documents] for the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem identify performance indicators... however, the targets they set to measure progress toward these indicators focus on specific program outputs, such as the number of battalions or personnel trained and equipped, rather than on broader program outcomes such as helping the PA meet its Roadmap obligations to achieve the transformation of its security sector and create a professional, right-sized PASF [Palestinian Authority Security Forces]."

Has anyone ASKED the Palestinians if they PLAN to meet their Roadmap obligations? Has anyone ASKED the Palestinians if they WANT to create a "right-sized PSAF" and what "right-sized" means to them? We didn't think so, but if you don't know that, the PALESTINIAN emphasis on "specific program outputs" unrelated to the UNITED STATES considers the political goals of the Palestinian Army is precisely what we've been worried about.

And the fact that MG Moeller's focus on American security issues is CENTCOM-oriented makes us worry that the Palestinian force will be disconnected not only from American policy goals, but from the IDF that currently shares its obsession with Hamas, but which may find itself with a Palestinian army relating to Arab state armies on its borders.

[1] And similarly, Hezbollah is an avowed enemy Israel, a multi-ethnic and democratic Lebanon AND of the United States and a forward arm of Iran.

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More on Gog and Magog:

Anti-iranian and Bin Laden drill that was super dangerous:

I read the first few paragraphs suggest you skim through the rest of this long editorial:

Did you see Hannity with the Iran-Damascus-Caracas flights? Bye - bye American Pie.

Not everything goes smoothly in training exercises:

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Help me find the following in the USA today: TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. Have you that big brother feeling recently and the Soviet Way about things? – RP

Finishing with M. Wolfberg’s – Meaning of Life story:

Good Shabbos Everyone. The Torah this week spells out the rewards for living a life dedicated to mitzvahs. As it states in the opening verse of the Parsha, "This shall be the reward when you listen to these laws, and you observe and perform them; Hashem, your G-d will safeguard for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers. He will love you, bless you and multiply you... You will be the most blessed of all the peoples..." (Devorim 7:12-14)
Hashem has given us a limited number of days on this earth. Happy is the man who realizes the purpose of life and uses his limited time wisely. The purpose of life is happiness in growing closer to Hashem, through the performance of mitzvahs. We must therefore use our time wisely in this world by focusing on Torah and mitzvahs.
There once was a man named Yankel who planned to travel from Eretz Yisroel to America by ship. A month before the sea voyage, Yankel noticed on the ship's itinerary that the ship would stopover in France for one day.
Yankel was very excited at the possibility of visiting France. He immediately began to learn French, spending all of his free time mastering the language. Yankel also went to a tailor and had the tailor fashion for him a suit in the latest French styles.
When it finally came time for the ship to sail, Yankel realized his mistake: Yankel had spent all his free time preparing for his one day in France, but he had neglected his final destination of America. It was too late; he boarded the ship without a word of English and with no clue of American customs.
The ship soon arrived in France. Yankel's fellow passengers were envious of Yankel as he came down off the ship like a perfect Frenchman. Yankel was able to talk to the locals in their language and he was able to shop in stores.
By the next day, it was already time for the ship to set sail. Yankel had enjoyed himself, but he dreaded the last leg of journey, because he was not prepared at all for life in America. (adapted from The Midrash Says)
Hashem should be kind to us and grant us long lives; however, we must know that our ships can sail at any moment to our final destination. This world is merely a preparation for the world to come, as the Mishnah says "this world is similar to a lobby before the world to come, prepare yourself in the lobby in order to enter into the banquet hall." (Avos 4:21) It is ironic that we often envy those whose success is in based on their wealth! We would do better to envy those who are spiritually successful, because those people are best preparing themselves. In this world we do mitzvahs which bring us closer to Hashem and prepare us for the World to Come.
One of the most powerful mitzvahs we can do in this life is the study of the Torah. In fact, the study of Torah is greater than all other mitzvahs of the Torah! Why is that so? Because it is only through learning Torah that we will know the correct path to take in life. We therefore must utilize as much time as possible in life learning Torah. The following amazing true story illustrates the importance that one great Torah leader placed on the use of one's time wisely on this earth to learn Torah.
He was a relatively young man; however, Naftali Trop's legendary ability to dissect a topic in the Talmud was enough of a qualification for the Chofetz Chaim to hire the young man as the Rosh Yeshivah of the Radin Yeshivah. Reb Naftali was was commonly known as the "Granat" (an acronym for Gaon Reb Naftali Trop). The young men in the yeshivah loved their rebbi and eagerly drunk in every word of Torah that he spoke, always thirsting for more.
Sadly, Reb Naftali's was struck with illness, and his physical condition began to deteriorate to the point where he was no longer able to teach as he had for over twenty-five years. The young men of the yeshivah, his devoted students, stormed the gates of Heaven, beseeching Hashem to grant Reb Naftali a complete recovery.
But it was to no avail, as his condition worsened. Shifts were arranged for groups of students to recite Tehillim - Psalms for the recovery of their beloved rebbi.
One group of young men even went so far as to take up a most unusual collection — asking fellow yeshivah boys if they would donate time from their own lives, to give to their rebbe. The boys quickly responded. Some gave days, other weeks and some were even willing to give up to a year.
All tolled, the amount of time they had accumulated was over five years' worth of life. And now they wanted to approach the Chofetz Chaim, Reb Yisroel Meir Kagan, for a pledge.
They knocked on the door to the Chofetz Chaim's room and presented their idea to the venerated sage. The Chofetz Chaim listened and then placed his hand over his forehead. The furrows of his forehead bore evidence of the burden of this critical decision. Reb Naftali was considered one of the "oros Shel olam" (lights of the world) and no one knew that better than the Chofetz Chaim.
After a few moments the Chofetz Chaim looked up and announced that he had come to a decision. The young men waited breathlessly. "I've thought about it. Because of Reb Naftali's greatness I am willing to give — one minute of my life to Reb Naftali!"
Had they heard correctly? They were astonished! The Chofetz Chaim blessed them and thanked them for their noble work on behalf of Reb Naftali. They exited the room and walked back to the beis medrash - study hall. But one notion dominated their thoughts. There is absolutely no one in the entire world who is more sensitive and giving than their rebbe, the Chofetz Chaim. And there is no one who is more aware of Reb Naftali's greatness than he. Yet all he would give was one minute of his life!
How precious, then, is time! How precious is life! Perhaps what the Chofetz Chayim was teaching the bochurim - yeshiva students is that the greatest merit for Reb Naftali's recovery would be for them to use their time properly.
They returned to the beis medrash, related what had transpired, discussed it and agreed to return to their learning with a new understanding of what a moment of Torah learning can accomplish. (Reb Yechiel Spero, Touched by a Story 2, p. 214)
A Torah lifestyle is a rewarding path for every Jew. Let us therefore take advantage of every minute, especially to perform the greatest mitzvah, the study of Torah which leads to happiness, mitzvahs and goods deeds. Good Shabbos Everyone.

M. Wolfberg’s stories are sponsored by: Refuah Shleima to Mordechai Menachem Mendel ben Tziporah Yitta Refuah Shleima to Tsviah bas Bracha Leah Refuah Shleimah to Chana Ashayra bas Dodi

Have a wonderful Shabbos, rest and reflect on the creations and miracles of G-D.

Rachamim Pauli

Friday, July 23, 2010

Parsha Va-etchanan, halacha, short and sweet

My father-in-law (89 years old) needed Oxygen this week for a while please pray for him until further notice – Mordechai Menachem ben Mindel. Yoel ben Esther sent me a prayer request for his own illness.

Mazel Tov to Yael Pasternak on the occasion of her bas Mitzvah from grandfather Pauli

Parsha Va-etchanan

The Zohar HaKadosh speaks of Moshe’s prayers and how the gates of prayer were shut before all his supplications. Usually HASHEM will even hear the worst of the wicked as HE did with King Manasshe who called on all the idols in the world to save him. Only when he called upon HASHEM was he saved. Now why was this so, in order to make a Kiddush HASHEM. So now the question arises was Moshe worst off than Manasshe?

The answer is in two steps. Step one: It is known in heaven that the kingdom of one person does not over-ride or coincide with the kingdom of another. G-D would have preferred one minute more of learning or Psalms from David than 1000 Korbanos of Shlomo but when it came time for him to die there was no choice but for Shlomo to start ruling. Step two: Each of the following people completed their task to bring about the Moshiach but it was not their job to finish the work. In Mesectas Avos it is written – Not upon you to finish the work. Avraham did his part, Yacov was complete and yet could not be Moshiach and the same with Yehuda. Moshe was the Moshiach from Egypt but not the Moshiach that we long for and Nachshon ben Ammiadav and David completed more and more and yet could not be the Moshiach. Then comes along others who look for Moshiach in people like the Lubavitcher Rebbe and others even to the extent that some boors and Am HaAretz called him godly (not upon us). Normal people recognized him as a great scholar and thinking and a person wishing for Moshiach.

For Moshe the gates of prayer and repentance were closed as there would never be a Prophet as great or humble as him. He had completed his reign and now it was time for Yehoshua the conquer to obtain the land of Eretz Yisrael and divide it into an inheritance for the tribes.

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

Read and learn from this. There are many people living in the States who could come to Israel and do not. Let it be known that if Moshe prayed so hard to enter the land so why not retire here if you can’t find work here?

… 4:21 Now the LORD was angered with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance; 22 but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but ye are to go over, and possess that good land. 23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, even the likeness of anything which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. 24 For the LORD thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

Nowadays we have photographs of people and they are allowed but nobody thinks of worshipping them. However, if one makes an image of an Angel or human form of G-D that is specifically forbidden. The Golden Calf was the legs and a face the sinners saw from the Divine Chariot as it passed out of Egypt over the split sea. We all learned what happened to this mixed multitude I rest my case.

25 When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have been long in the land, and shall deal corruptly, and make a graven image, even the form of any thing, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke Him;

Moshe is learning out from HASHEM’s dictation a Cal v’homer (from the easy to the difficult). If in my generation that witnessed the ten plagues, left Egypt with tremendous wealth, ,heard the voice of G-D on Har Sinai but failed to live up to the Torah all the more so for a generation twice, thrice or more removed who witnessed none of these.

26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over the Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

This is not a fire and brimstone warning but a fact. For those of us who made it to be born Jewish today means that somewhere our forefathers followed the Torah well and despite the hardships continued observing Judaism and believing.

27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the LORD shall lead you away.

Inquisitions, Pogroms, Holocaust you get the works to keep you small in numbers.

28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29 But from thence ye will seek the LORD thy God; and thou shalt find Him, if thou search after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 30 In thy distress, when all these things are come upon thee, in the end of days, thou wilt return to the LORD thy God, and hearken unto His voice; 31 for the LORD thy God is a merciful God; He will not fail thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He swore unto them.

At the time of the second Temple there were 1,200,000 Pessach Korbanos of Yehuda, Benyamin and Levi for the rest of the tribes were exiled and never returned. Each Korban had 35 to 50 men on them and this did not count women, children or the sickly elderly. Where are they now?

32 For ask now of the days past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? 33 Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 34 Or hath God assayed to go and take Him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 Unto thee it was shown, that thou might know that the LORD, He is God; there is none else beside Him.

This is a warning for Messianic JEWS and not non-Jews. It might be that a non-Jew can believe in Angelic or a soul helping the CREATOR and maybe not violate the 7 commandments of Noach. But a Jew cannot have (see below) other gods besides ME. For a Jew cannot put anybody next to HASHEM – not a prophet like Moshe, not the Shechina of HASHEM that rests upon him, not his DIVINE SOUL from within. Adon Olam – translated from an old Siddur to be – The L-RD of the world HE reigns alone! There are no equals – Samael aka the devil is only a prosecuting Angel with no free will (See the first chapter of Iyob). He merely reports to HASHEM Yisborach. In fact all Angels are lower than man because they existed before the physical world and man creates his own negative and positive angels. As for your own Neshama (daughter of G-D) it is pure but polluted by your body.

36 Out of heaven He made thee to hear His voice, that He might instruct thee; and upon earth He made thee to see His great fire; and thou didst hear His words out of the midst of the fire. 37 And because He loved thy fathers, and chose their seed after them, and brought thee out with His presence, with His great power, out of Egypt, 38 to drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day; 39 know this day, and lay it to thy heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none else.

Just One and only One!

40 And thou shalt keep His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou may prolong thy days upon the land, which the LORD thy God gives thee, forever.

Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Turks, British and Arabs may occupy the land for short periods of time while you are in the Galus but eternally Eretz Yisrael is for Am Yisrael forever and ever.

5:1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4 The LORD spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire-- 5 I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare unto you the word of the LORD; for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount--saying: 6 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

No idol, no Buddha or anybody else.

7 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, even any manner of likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 8 Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate Me,

I once watched in India a statue of an Elephant who by gravity *sucked* milk and everybody was bringing it milk. Not far from Rachel’s Tomb is a building that has a very-very low entrance so that one must enter bowing. Rabbi Eliezer Weissfish Shlita visited the building and walked in backwards and there was a pessel facing the entrance from the inside. I was in Prague and there is a statue of some local woman whom people waited on the Carl’s Bridge to kiss the statue and pray there. It out did the Madonna for the local prayers. A number of years ago, people were afraid to buy and even burnt natural hair wigs because the hair was cut and offered as a donation to some statue in India. The Rabbis ruled that cutting of a hair in front of an altar is not idol worship as it is not the way people worship idols and perhaps that it is sent by the temple for processing immediately and not left there. That is good for a person who is not-Jewish but a Ben/Bas Yisrael is forbidden under any circumstances from doing this and should choose death rather than do these things even if forced.

9 and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments.

It is this mercy which allows families who are non-religious and lost their way to have children who return unto Torah.

10 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.

This is why I write: L-RD, G-D, ELOKIM, YOD KAY VAV KAY where the K should be hay, etc. I have heard many times Goyim swearing cheeses H. C. and other nasty words. We are extra careful in any language: G-TT, D in French, etc. I got into a debate with other religious Jews over this. I even heard in the background of a phone call – a 14 year old explain OMG a midget instead of the blessing – who has produced changes/variations in creation.

11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD thy God commanded thee. 12 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 13 but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou. 14 And thou shalt remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day

Unlike the Bnei Noach who glorify creation, we are to complete refrain from Melacha which is a creative act like sowing, sewing, building, carrying where there is not Eruv, cooking, travelling even by foot more than 2,000 Amos from the city. If you go according to the standard length of the nations of approximately 18 inches or 45 cm or the Chazon Ish measurement of half a meter the variance at the end of your trail is between 900 meters and one kilometer. (That is a little longer than an American Football field)

15 Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God commanded thee; that thy days may be long, and that it may go well with thee, upon the land which the LORD thy God gives thee.

This goes also to your Rabbis. There were two Roshei Yeshiva in Grodno In Ashdod. Rabbi Zvi Drapkin Shlita was like an older brother to me very strong and mild in Torah. Rabbi Dov Zvi Korrelenstein Shlita who was full of the fire of Torah when he screamed about what was going on around us on the streets of the non-religious world he would shout to heaven that one could hear him from most of the Gimmel section in Ashdod to the Vav section in Ashdod. He would scream about the emptiness of immodesty, Shabbos violation, not observing family purity, the wasting of time by watching television, putting ones faith in other countries to help us instead of the Torah Kedusha and Mitzvos and how the Yeshiva World would have to extra careful outside. One Rosh Yeshiva complemented the other inspired both love and fear of the L-RD. The late righteous Rabbi Tovia Wein would teach me and later another Baal Tshuvah Torah but he used to display anger at our butchering of the Hebrew in the Tanach. He was one of the last students of the great Chofetz Chaim. The parents and teachers have this job to – And you shall tell thy son on this day saying. (Shemos and the Haggada of Pessach) The one who brings us life in this world and the one who brings us life in the next world deserves honor just after HASHEM.

16 Thou shalt not murder.

Not the killing done by a soldier or somebody defending his home or his own life. The involuntary manslaughterer is taken up elsewhere with the cities of refuge.

Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

Not only that Maumzerim can be produced by this act but it just like homosexuality undermines the whole foundation of creation and society. For a man with a married woman it is also a violation of love thy neighbor as thyself. For a woman who has a husband who is not performing his duty, she has to go to consulting with her husband and not look at another man to console her earthly desires. It is a logical reason for a divorce. A man with an unmarried woman is looked upon in the Torah as lewdness.

Neither shalt thou steal.

The reference here is to steal a free man or woman for slavery. Elsewhere in the Torah is reference to a thief who sneaks in when one is away or asleep and a robber who holds up people with threats and if one can defend his life, he should do so even killing the robber. I am uncertain to this day if Yoran Van Der Sleuth murdered or sold Natalie Holloway or not. The Arabs would come into Africa and steal blacks and sell them into slavery. The irony of the whole situation is that instead of turning towards Judaism as it was many Jews who fought the civil rights battle, many are embracing Islam the religion of their inslavers.

Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbor.

In capital trials one could get the death penalty for perjury that would endangered an accused life.

17 Neither shalt thou covet thy neighbor's wife;

For her beauty, intelligence and/or money etc. for had she been your Besheart – the L-RD would have given her or will give her to you eventually.

neither shalt thou desire thy neighbor's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor's.

Maybe he has done something in a past life or this life to deserve this or maybe he is wicked and will get his portion in this world while you suffer and get your portion in the next world.

18 These words the LORD spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice, and it went on no more. And He wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me.

The original Luchos HaBris were written in Hebrew willed by HASHEM Yisborach.

19 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

The fear was so great that the soul left the body and Angels had to return each soul.

20 and ye said: 'Behold, the LORD our God hath shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God doth speak with man, and he lives. 21 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die. 22 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 23 Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God may say; and thou shalt speak unto us all that the LORD our God may speak unto thee; and we will hear it and do it.' 24 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spoke unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have spoken. 25 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear Me, and keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! 26 Go say to them: Return ye to your tents. 27 But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.' 28 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 29 Ye shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

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

We say the Shema in the morning introductory prayers with the Korbanos, the morning and evening prayers and before we go to bed. However it should be ingrained in us.

What does the L-RD think about mixed marriages? … 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, I have wondered if these are the Shite Muslims? and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 2 and when the LORD thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them;

In case you ever thought by accident or in some LSD dream of a Palestinian or Arab or other State alongside Yisrael. Let not your heart be troubled. Rabbi Meir Kahane HY”D wrote many years ago thanks to Tzipora: When Hashem, your G-d, will bring you to the Land to which you come to possess it, and He will thrust away many nations from before you [...], you shall not seal a covenant with them nor shall you show them favor (“lo techanem”). (Deut. 7:2)

[Regarding this we find in] Avodah Zarah 20a:
“You must not give them any consideration” (Deut. 7:2): Do not give them a foothold [“chanayah”] on the land
. Alternately: Ascribe to them no charm [“chen”. Rashi: “Do not say, 'How fine this non-Jew is!'”]. Alternately: Give them no free [“chinam”] gift.

Later on the Talmud concludes, “All are valid.”
An additional restriction appears in Rambam, Hilchot Avodah Zarah 10:3,4:
We do not sell them houses and fields in Eretz Yisrael... neither do we lease fields to them... Why were our sages strict regarding fields? It is because [leasing them to non-Jews] has two [negative results]: It diminishes the tithes and gives non-Jews a foothold on the Land. We are allowed to sell them houses and fields outside the Land because it is not our land.

It is thus clear that there are two reasons for the Torah prohibition against selling houses, or even leasing fields, to any non-Jew, even if he be one of the righteous gentiles [a Ger Toshav].
Rambam mentioned both in discussing the prohibition against leasing fields (Hilchos Avodah Zarah 10:4): “It diminishes the tithes (1) and gives them a foothold on the land (2).”
(1) Since Eretz Yisrael is holy and we are duty-bound to sanctify its soil through tithes (besides all the other mitzvot that are dependent on the land), how can we dare sell or lease land to any non-Jew
? A non-Jew is not bound by tithes, and by our action, we diminish the scope of the mitzvah, and, so to speak, the holiness that is thereby added to this soil.
(2) A non-Jew, by buying or renting land in Eretz Yisrael, takes a portion of the land and has a sort of ownership over it, and it is forbidden to give him this foothold. What, after all, is this “foothold”? Surely it is the
feeling in the non-Jew's heart that he has found a place to live, a place to call his own.
Rambam wrote explicitly (Ibid.):
Why do we not sell to them? It says, “Do not give them any consideration” (Deut. 7:2). Give them no foothold on the Land.
As long as they have no land, their residence there is temporary.

3 neither shalt thou make marriages with them: thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 4 For he will turn away thy son from following Me, that they may serve other gods; so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and He will destroy thee quickly.

Converts are a different story and I will not go into Conversion here but see Yehoshua 2 and Ruth.

Mitzvos and Halachos by Danny Shoemann

It's a Mitzva to lend money to the poor. This Mitzva is greater than giving charity. If one has the money and refuses to lend it to the needy, one has sinned (as per Devarim 15:9).
Applies to everybody, everywhere, always. Verse: "When you lend money to the poor..." (Shemot 22:24) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 62

It is forbidden to have relations with a Niddah until she has gone to the Mikveh. Included in Niddah are women who have given birth, had a period or are staining. The Niddah phase continues for 7 days after no blood is seen, and until she dips in a Mikveh under supervision of a trained Mikveh-lady. The laws of Niddah are one of the few Mitzvot for which one should give up one's life rather than transgress. A couple may not get married until they have studied the Halachot of Niddah. Applies to everybody, always, everywhere Verse: "Do not draw close to a woman when she is a Niddah..." (Vayikra 18:19) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 132

It is forbidden to have relations with an unmarried woman who is promiscuous, unless one marries her; both him and her transgress. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always
Verse: "There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel" (Devarim 23:18) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 133

On 9 B'Av (from sunset today - Monday afternoon - until nightfall on Tuesday evening) almost everybody needs to fast. Pregnant and nursing mothers need to fast on 9 B'Av even if it causes them discomfort, unless it's dangerous to their health. When in doubt, consult your LOR (Local Orthodox Rabbi). During the first 7 days after childbirth, a mother is not allowed to fast. Anybody who isn't healthy should only fast for a few hours. This includes a mother between 7 and 30 days after childbirth unless she feels up to fasting. When in doubt, consult your LOR. Children are not allowed to fast. Those who are not fasting should limit their food intake to the bare minimum; only bread and water if possible. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124:6 MOST RABBIS OF LARGE CONGREGATIONS RULE TODAY THAT ONE CAN EAT AND DRINK AS USUAL DUE TO A MEDICAL CONDITION OUTSIDE OF JUST PLAIN TAKING ANTI-BIOTICS. HOWEVER, IF ONE USUALLY EATS DESERTS THAT WOULD BE FORBIDDEN UNTIL AFTER THE FAST.

We mourn and fast on 9 B'Av since the Bet Hamikdash was burned to the ground. The fire was ignited on 9 B'Av in the afternoon and burned throughout the 10th of Av.
Therefore the restrictions of "the 9 days" continue until after midday on the 10th of Av (today - Wednesday). The custom is to refrain from eating meat and wine, bathing, doing laundry, shaving and haircuts, saying Shehechiyanu and listening to music until Wednesday after noon. One may make a Seudat Mitzvah (like a Brit) in the morning, with meat and wine. (When 9 B'Av is on Thursday - as will happen in 10 years time if the Bet Hamikdash is not yet rebuilt - then these Halachos are slightly different.)
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124:20-22

Usually the Haftarah is connected to the weekly Torah Reading. During the 7 weeks following the fast of 9 B'Av we read the Seven Haftarot of Consolation from Yishayahu.
This Shabbat is named after the opening words of the first of the Seven Haftaros of Consolation: נַחֲמוּ נַחֲמוּ עַמִּי - Hashem instructs the prophet Yeshayahu to "Console, console My people". (Isaiah Ch. 40) Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 128:4, 22:8,

Inyanay Diyoma

The return of Jewish Pride:

War of Gog and Magog news:



From Gail - Too dangerous for main stream media to print it will make Israel look non-racist:

Bob sent me this: This is the famous news article that Russell Pearce sent to his supporters. When the news media found out, he apologized and said he read only a paragraph or two and didn't know what he circulated, but anyone reading this quickly realizes there's no way to glance at this and not know what it is!

Am I forgetful or is there a hypocrite here? She voted to cut half a billion dollars to Medicare now listen to her:

This might not work too well for a 63 year old Rabbi to do but it could work for a much younger person these exercises.

(Coral Springs, FL) Americans Against Hate (AAH), an anti-bigotry, terrorism watchdog group, is calling for CNN to end its relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that has a number of ties to terrorist organizations, specifically Hamas.

CAIR was created by Hamas operatives in June 1994, and in recent years, CAIR was linked by the U.S. Justice Department to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.

On Sunday, July 18th, Ibrahim Hooper, the National Communications Director of CAIR, was featured on CNN’s Faces of Faith show, which is hosted by T.J. Holmes.

During the show, Holmes referred to CAIR as a “Muslim civil rights advocacy organization.” At the end of his interview with Hooper, Holmes stated to the CAIR rep, “I hope to have you back” and “[W]e appreciate having you.”

In January 2007, while being interviewed on CNN, Hooper refused to condemn either Hamas or Hezbollah.

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, “CNN and T.J. Holmes should understand that there is nothing worthwhile about trying to legitimize a group associated with overseas terrorism. CAIR is a Muslim extremist organization that should get no airtime whatsoever, no matter what the issue is. It is never okay to legitimize terror or those who support terror.”

Joe Kaufman

Our Parsha walks about Moshe pleading so M. Wolfberg entitled his story – Pleading the fifth.

Good Shabbos Everyone. In this week's portion VaEschanan, the Torah repeats the Ten Commandments. Being that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of Jewish belief, let us focus in on one of the Ten Commandments in order to strengthen our observance of the fundamentals of our faith. We will concentrate our discussion this week on the Fifth Commandment: Honor your Father and Mother.
The mitzvah of honoring parents is very dear to Hashem. As the commentator the Chinuch explains, if one is meticulous in honoring his parents, he will come to honor Hashem.(Mitzvah 33) Because, one who appreciates his parents who give him his material needs, will surely come to appreciate and honor the One who gives the Universe its spiritual needs. Because, if Hashem were to "pull the plug", the Universe would cease to exist. Thus the mitzvah of honoring one's parents is dear to Hashem because it is a mitzvah which leads to honoring the Master of the Universe.
Hashem therefore promises us that if we honor our parents, we will live long, as the verse states, "You shall honor you father and mother as Hashem your G-d commanded you, in order that your days be lengthened…" (Devorim 5:16) It is as if Hashem sees one who honors his parents and says, "This person is worthwhile to keep alive for a while, because he appreciates the good that he receives." Everyone loves to hear "thank-you," while everyone despises an ingrate.
The following touching true story illustrates the extent to which one man was willing to go, in order to honor his parents.
In the summer of 1994, Rabbi Stavsky, an orthodox rabbi in Columbus, Ohio, received a telephone call. The call led to events that were as remarkable and moving as any he had witnessed and participated in all his years in the rabbinate. The caller spoke in Yiddish and said, "Rebbe, ich ruf eich mitt ah tzubrochin hartz (Rabbi, I am calling you with a broken heart.)" The man explained that he had come to Ohio a year ago from Kiev, Ukraine. He had a painful personal problem and he wished to discuss it privately. Rabbi Stavsky invited him to come over at once.
When Michel Darshevsky (not his real name) came to Rabbi Stavsky's office, he broke down as he explained the events of the past year. When he had first come to the Columbus area, he became a member of a local Reform temple. "How then can I help you?" asked Rabbi Stavsky. Michel's demeanor changed as he went on with his story. In 1941, Ukraine's German conquerors, with their Ukrainian henchmen (such as John Demjanjuk, may Hashem erase his memory), forced hundreds of Jews and gentile enemies of the state, to march to a field outside the city. Included among those were Jews Michel's parents. The German animals forced the helpless people to dig a huge mass grave and then lined them up and murdered them all. Michel had been able to run away from the group, and thus his life was spared. Knowing where his parents were buried, Michel went there regularly and recited the few Hebrew prayers he remembered. He was constantly plagued, though, that his parents were eternally buried together so disrespectfully and with gentiles.
When Michel realized that he would be coming to America, he went to the field in the Ukraine where his parents were buried and dug up some of the earth and put it in a jar. To him, this earth represented the remains of his beloved parents, and his dream was to honor their memory by burying it in a Jewish cemetery.
One day, after having settled in the Columbus, Ohio area, he went to see the rabbi of a local Reform temple. Michel told him how his parents had been murdered, and that he now wanted to bury their symbolic remains in a Jewish cemetery. The rabbi assured him that it would be done. Soon after, Michel buried the earth-filled jar in the Reform temple's cemetery. A few weeks after the burial, Michel came to the Reform rabbi and told him that the time had come to put up the monument for his parents. Proudly, he told the rabbi that he had saved up money and had purchased a small monument with his parents' names engraved in Hebrew and in English.
The Reform rabbi looked at Michel with astonishment. "You can't have that monument put up in our cemetery," he said. "That's not the way we do things here. Our cemetery allows only for a flat slab of marble, engraved with the name of the deceased, to be placed on top of the grave. Nothing more. We don't consider monuments aesthetic."
Michel protested, saying that monuments were traditional and that was the way graves had been identified for generations. The rabbi explained that the expansive rolling hills of the cemetery were beautiful and that the monument would interrupt the gracious panorama of the terrain. He tried to make Michel understand that things were done differently in America; Ohio was not the Ukraine.
Michel became angry and told the rabbi that if he couldn't put up the monument, he would dig up the jar and bury it somewhere else. The rabbi was not intimidated and told Michel that he could do so if he pleased but that the temple could not change its policy for one person, no matter how much he liked Michel.
Michel had finished telling Rabbi Stavsky about his experiences with the Reform rabbi. The Russian Jew's eyes now swelled with tears as he looked worriedly at Rabbi Stavsky. "Please, Rebbe," he said, "do you have a Jewish cemetery where I could bury my jar with the earth of my parents and then put up the matzeivah (monument)?"
Rabbi Stavsky was overwhelmed. Tenderly he assured Michel that the burial and the placement of the monument would be arranged with dignity and respect. A few days later, Rabbi Stavsky and a minyan of 10 men went to his shul's cemetery. A small grave had been opened for Michel's jar. Before they placed the jar in the earth, Michel sat down and wrote in Yiddish on a piece of paper: "Dearest Father and Mother, I will never forget you. Your loving son, Michel."
Michel put the slip of paper in the jar and the people gently buried the jar of earth. Rabbi Stavsky led everyone in the recitation of some chapters of Tehillim (Psalms) and he helped Michel say Kaddish. As they were driving home from the cemetery, Michel turned to Rabbi Stavsky and said in Yiddish with palpable relief, "Tonight, I can sleep. For all these years, I was so concerned and troubled that my parents were not in kever Yisrael, a Jewish grave. But tonight I know they rest in peace." (Echoes of the Maggid , Rabbi Pesach Krohn p.145) Hopefully, our parents will live long and healthy lives so that we can honor them in life at least as much as Michel honored his parents after their unfortunate deaths.
By being meticulous in the mitzvah of honoring our parents, we may be able to pay them back just a little for all that they have done for us in this world. Then we will come to a realization of how much we owe Hashem, for all that He does for us in this world and in the World to Come. Good Shabbos Everyone.

M. Wolfberg’s stories are sponsored by: In Memory of Leah bas R' Dovid Edlen (Wolfberg) Refuah Shleima to Mordechai Menachem Mendel ben Tziporah Yitta Refuah Shleima to Tsviah bas Bracha Leah Refuah Shleimah to Chana Ashayra bas Dodi

Have a wonderful Shabbos, rest and reflect on the creations and miracles of G-D, again A useful and easy fast וצום מועיל וקל

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