This week in all of Yisrael both in Eretz Yisrael and in Galus we make the Eruv Tavshilin I am relying on Danny Shoemann Shlita to write the Halachos and Blessings. Before Sukkos and Simchas Torah in Eretz Yisrael we only observe one day so it will be Chol HaMoed for us or Motzei Chag while in the Diaspora an Eruv will be required because of two days of Yom Tov.
Every male who is kosher and has at least one Yechus Jewish Parent has the right to Judge in this world. (This means that a pork eater, Shabbos violator, professional gambler, etc. cannot be a Judge.) However, not everybody with knowledge of Choshen Mishpat even with Semicha is capable of being a Judge. For example: according to the original Halacha from the Mishnah: If a man sold his fellow man a house he has not sold the key – Baba Basra Chapter 4. If he judges this way in modern times he is a fool and not qualified to judge a cat and if he goes and makes fun of the Judges and Sages today because of this he is even a bigger fool. For we have certain business and real estate customs in place today. A Judge has to put his brain into gear before giving a Psak Din.
We are our own strongest Judge. Last week in a rush to get out my Drasha/blogspot I copy and pasted the Good Shabbos Story as it was without looking it over as a result when I came to open up this week’s Dvar Torah, I could not help but see the name Helen misspelled like the word for Gehenna. Nobody wrote me about that and essentially it would not be fair to me as I try my best to write correctly and correct the spelling of my own work. We all make mistakes and these are called sins by Shogeg. For Example a person knows that it is Shabbos but does not know that it is forbidden to remove fruit from a tree on Shabbos and he sees in his back yard a ripe pomegranate and he picks it on Shabbos. Or a person knows it is forbidden to pick fruit on Shabbos. However, he picks the fruit on Shabbos not because he did it on purpose but because he forgot that today was Shabbos. Or he knows that Melacha is forbidden on Shabbos but never learned that it is forbidden to carry an object from a private domain to a public domain. All these violates of Shabbos are accidents and require a Korban Chatas. Now we shall go from the earthly courts to the heavenly court on Rosh Hashanah where there are no foolish Judges and where there is no forgetfulness. We have as Perkei Avos says: We have a watching eye, all deeds are recorded in a Sefer and there is no forgetfulness before HIM.
Sometimes we are not even judged by what we are doing or what we did but by intent. Saturday night one of the usual recipients of my Tzeduka came to my house. I usually give him a sum that I can take off my Israeli Taxes this time, I only gave him less than a quarter of that. I told him that times are hard and I took some lumps this year. He told me a story of a 90 year old man who wrote checks to charity 5 years in advance. What did he do that for – because it is a Segula (treasury of G-D) for long life. I am a pay as you go man. Whatever it is we give charity. Therefore it is an extra Mitzva to help push you into Sefer HaChaim for you to give charity now and even in checks for the future. We have to man an effort to pay and donate what best we can and try to make it 10% of our take home pay. Unemployed people should still give a little here or there but something like a dollar or so to a beggar who come to the Schul or a quarter in the charity tin at the Schul once a day. Let us not forget people who are worse off than us such as an unemployed person in his early sixties who has health issues and jobs are not running after him.
On Rosh Hashanah the whole world is judged. Out of curiosity I began speculating on the coming of the Moshiach
I have been think about a number of Random things over the year. On Shabbos an old memory thought entered my mind. I was in the Airport In Washington DC, I think it was National aka Reagan Airport. There I met a black man behind the bar/coffee counter named Forges. It might not have meant anything to the average person but it got the wheels ticking in my brain. You see the F and the P and the B are often phonetically interchanged. My father’s mother was a Porges and his aunt a Borges. They traced their roots back to Spain and perhaps Nachmanides aka the Ramban. Since in Hebrew it is a matter of Pey or the Fey according to the dot inside or not – the man whom I met had a love for Yisrael and had played for the Jazz Festival here and had met with Israeli leaders. The only question was if he was a descendant of a Spanish Jew who moved to Haiti or from a black slave who became free and took on his master’s name? Or from an African Jewish tribe who married a Jew or a Marrano and eventually became a non-Jew?
On Facebook, I encountered a young woman named Reyes who converted to Judaism and thought that she had real Jewish Roots in Spain. The name in Spanish means Kings. Was her family roots from David HaMelech? We have many Sephardi Jews with names that are known to be from David.
So I asked myself what about these people. When the Moshiach comes everybody will eventually know his roots either on the spot or through the resurrection of the dead that have not been reincarnated. How are all the Anusim from Spain and Portugal judged – here they are most likely Catholics like my ‘Aunt Marie’ who was pretty sure that she had Jewish roots prior to the inquisition. Or some of the Protestants that I met on the net who are really Glatt kosher Jews through their maternal ancestry but obviously have never practiced Judaism. The answer is that these people are judged move favorably than a Jew who knows that pork is forbidden and more and yet finds the need to go out and buy some ham and bacon. (Don’t get me wrong the later tastes great but can be duplicated with friend smoked turkey and eggs in Israel) It is a matter of not health reasons although often they are existing and not a matter of taste but rather a matter of obeying commandments. By abstaining from eating bacon and smacking our lips on the friend sliced smoke turkey, we are obtaining a Mitzva and by making the blessing over it all the more so. That is all that G-D asks of us.
Last week we saw an environment nut (no more human polluters) place a building into lock-down until the police took him out. PETA and other animal rights groups step on human rights and anti-fur people breaking all rules of modesty. One thing is to be a vegetarian and I know in my friendship circle at least half a dozen if not more. And another thing to be a zealot and step out of bound. Today some Rev. C. Bruce sent me and I assume many other Rabbis listed a form letter about the Jewish Holidays and that a certain Jew who was murder either 2100 or 1970 some odd years ago was my Moshiach. He was not a friend of mine nor on my mailing list. When I write to non-Jews I don’t force my beliefs on them. Why step on somebody else’s beliefs. When the Moshiach comes, we shall see what will happen. Brother and Sister Jews return to the Torah way now while you still have a good chance to be inscribed in the book of life (Sefer HaChaim).
Now the real question is …
Where and I and where are you on the scales. Have we more Mitzvos than Avairos? Do we tip the scales in favor of Am Yisrael or must we go Avinu Malkaynu (our Father our King) we have no deed do unto us Chessed (mercy/charity) and save us? We have a few days to give Charity, do Mitzvos, Repent and Pray. Don’t stand idly by your neighbors blood as written in the Torah but the blood here may be your own. Fellow Jews don’t expect your Judgement to be as easy as Mr. Forges (he pronounces it For-Jay the French way while my family would pronounce it the American and German way). So a Jew or non-Jew he can win but for us we have to work a little harder and sincerely regret breaking the Mitzvos and the Torah Law. We may slip again here and there but over-all we must try to keep ourselves on the right path.
Ktiva Vechatima Tova.
Parshiyos Nitzavim Vayelech
It is written in Perkei Avos: It is not (the yoke) upon you to finish the work (of HASHEM and bring about the redemption of Am Yisrael). It is time for me to move on into this week. It is not a matter of letting others down it is a matter of letting down my three main critics: Me, Myself and I and I feel bad about that but when time is precious and limited one must move on.
29:9 Ye are standing this day all of you before the LORD your God: your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel, and the day of Judgement is at hand with all the terrible and awesome feelings one gets when one’s life and income and family is being Judged.
Remember the days of old, understand the many generations that have passed. Ask your father, and he will tell you; your elders, and they will say it to you. (Devarim 31:17)
Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlita wrote on his site and in Torah.org Perceptions for Hazinu:
A couple of weeks ago I got into an interesting discussion with a friend of mine at shul. He was about to begin giving a course in history, and we were discussing, based upon the above verse why it is not one of the 613 Mitzvos to learn history. After all, since those who forget are doomed to repeat, and the Torah warns us not to, you'd think that it would be a mitzvah to learn history.
But it is not. So, where does the above verse come in? Is it merely just good advice? It seems to be much more than that, and certainly should be, considering that the future of the Jewish people, and therefore, the world, depends upon its fulfillment. Is it in a category of its own, and if so, which one?
Personally, I have always loved history. I have always found it fascinating, in spite of the fact that so much of it is simply details. I can't say that I have been good at memorizing a lot of those details, as some may be, but even just a general knowledge of what once happened, where, when, and when possible, even why it occurred, I find empowering. Like self-knowledge, it allows us to better understand ourselves.
However, history is only meaningful and not simply entertaining (for those whom it is), if it is patterned. Who cares about one's family history unless it has something to say about our own personal history? We want to enjoy life as much as possible, but there are obstacles to a life of bliss, such as health issues, for one. Therefore, anything we can know that can give us the upper edge when it comes to controlling our health, as much as is humanly possibly, we find fascinating at the least.
The same is true for financial issues. Money may not be able to buy everything, but it buys an awful lot, and can certainly assist a person to be happier in life. Therefore, any historical information that can allow us to be more protected from financial loss and more able to increase financial gain, is crucial to know. People pay lots of money to hear speakers talk about historical patterns in the market place, and how it can affect personal income.
The main point about patterns is that they suggest, quite strongly, that there is method to the madness. Life can appear quite random, and if it is, the conversation can end here, because there is nothing that history can teach us except what can happen sometimes, though we may never be able to predict when it will. The concept of randomness makes all of us victims, and life becomes a matter of ducking punches.
You cannot prepare for the unpredictable. Therefore, people who have decided that there is no rhyme or reason to history, feel little or no need to heed the lessons of the past, and feel free to throw caution to the wind. They have no problem turning on their friends and backing up their enemies, if that is what will work best for them at the moment. And, that is precisely what is going in the West today, especially in America with respect to Israel.
From Torah Tidbits: Mitzvos - The Chinuch does not count any Mitzvos in Hazinu; Rambam counts 1 - YAYIN NESECH. This is the only Mitzva on Rambam's whole list of 613 Mitzvos that the Chinuch does not count.
32:1 Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
These are called upon as witnesses for or against Am Yisrael in the future. If you recall the story from Gemara Niddah that my great-grandfather wrote into his book Sippurim about the Weasel and the Pit. So here too is the inanimate bearing witness. Rabbi Yehuda Yosefi Shlita told an audience the story about the two butchers who caused much suffering because of their trafe meat. Then they did Teshuva and the first one who died after the 30th day came back to his friend in a dream. “I saw even the walls of one’s house being called upon to give testimony either for or against somebody in the Beis Din shel Maalah.”
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.
Am Yisrael was to learn this song like an National Anthem as one Rabbi wrote this week.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
We shall start off with a Kiddush HASHEM.
Rabbi Shraga Simmons wrote: I have a friend who once counted how many times he said God's name over the course of one day. Between prayers in the synagogue, blessings over food, and Torah study - he pronounced God's name 900 times in one day! Figured over a lifetime, that's about 25 million chances to give proper honor and respect to God! http://www.aish.com/print/?contentID=48970046§ion=/tp/i/ky
4 The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is He.
Praise unto HASHEM Yisborach and the truth and righteousness.
5 Is corruption His? No; His children's is the blemish; a generation crooked and perverse.
Shape up or ship out is the message here and it is very appropriate that this is read before Yom Kippur in most years.
6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? Is not He thy father that hath gotten thee? Has He not made thee, and established thee?
See my diatribe below.
7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee, your elders, and they will tell thee.
You don’t know the laws and traditions or customs of Am Yisrael so you have whom to ask so that there will be no excuse to remain ignorant.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of men, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.
Thus Am Yisrael was designed and destined for Eretz Yisrael but first had to be molded and hardened in the Kiln of Egypt.
9 For the portion of the LORD is His people, Jacob the lot of His inheritance. 10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness; He compassed him about, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
Yermiyahu was to write: Thus says the L-RD I found grace in the desert. …
11 As an eagle that stirs up her nest, hovers over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her pinions— 12 The LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with Him. 13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he did eat the fruitage of the field; and He made him to suck honey out of the crag, and oil out of the flinty rock; 14 Curd of cattle, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and he-goats, with the kidney-fat of wheat; and of the blood of the grape thou drank foaming wine.
The blessings for Am Yisrael in the land if they observe the Mitzvos.
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked--thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross--and he forsook God who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation.
Check out my diatribe below for this one.
16 They roused Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations did they provoke Him. 17 They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods, gods that they knew not, new gods that came up of late, which your fathers dreaded not.
Atheism falls under this category and the behavior and mockery by the ignorant non-religious Jews is no excuse.
18 Of the Rock that begot thee you were unmindful, and didst forget God that bore thee. 19 And the LORD saw, and spurned, because of the provoking of His sons and His daughters. 20 And He said: 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faithfulness. 21 They have roused Me to jealousy with a no-god; they have provoked Me with their vanities; and I will rouse them to jealousy with a no-people; I will provoke them with a vile nation. 22 For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burns unto the depths of the nether-world, and devours the earth with her produce, and settles ablaze the foundations of the mountains.
Check out my diatribe below.
23 I will heap evils upon them; I will spend Mine arrows upon them; 24 The wasting of hunger, and the devouring of the fiery bolt, and bitter destruction; and the teeth of beasts will I send upon them, with the venom of crawling things of the dust. 25 Without shall the sword bereave, and in the chambers terror; slaying both young man and virgin, the suckling with the man of gray hairs. 26 I thought I would make an end of them, I would make their memory cease from among men;
This is no laughing matter with tens of thousands of missiles ready to throw upon us. It is enough to form great misery and suffering unless we return to HASHEM and save ourselves from our own arrogance and stupidity.
27 Were it not that I dreaded the enemy's provocation, lest their adversaries should misdeem, lest they should say: Our hand is exalted, and not the LORD hath wrought all this.' 28 For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them. 29 If they were wise, they would understand this, they would discern their latter end. 30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had given them over and the LORD had delivered them up?
In the Shemona Esrey we say KING who kills and revives the dead and blossoms salvation, we have a choice of now of being killed or revived and saved. On which side are we going to be?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter; 33 Their wine is the venom of serpents, and the cruel poison of asps.
Here is the hint of Yayin Nesek. That is why any wine without a Heckshir or even kosher wine that has been handled by a non-Jew is forbidden. The Gezara does not apply to strong liquor. The reason that wine is mentioned is that it was used on the Mizbayach and anything that goes on the Altar has a special Din.
34 'Is not this laid up in store with Me, sealed up in My treasuries? 35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, against the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that are to come upon them shall make haste. 36 For the LORD will judge His people, and repent Himself for His servants; when He sees that their stay is gone, and there is none remaining, shut up or left at large. 37 And it is said: Where are their gods, the rock in whom they trusted; 38 Who did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink-offering? let him rise up and help you, let him be your protection. 39 See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me; I kill, and I make alive; I have wounded, and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of My hand. 40 For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say: As I live forever, 41 If I whet My glittering sword, and My hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine adversaries, and will recompense them that hate Me. 42 I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh; with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.'
It does not matter if they are skin heads or super short Hezballah Characters.
43 Sing aloud, O ye nations, of His people; for He doth avenge the blood of His servants, and doth render vengeance to His adversaries, and doth make expiation for the land of His people.
44 And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun. 45 And when Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said unto them: 'Set your heart unto all the words wherewith I testify against you this day; that ye may charge your children therewith to observe to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing ye shall prolong your days upon the land, whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.'
If you follow the commandments and observe the Mitzvos, then you shall preserve your days on the land. Otherwise !!!
You have learned the song now and the knowledge contained within the words. The Torah is a tree of life to those who fasten on to it.
48 And the LORD spoke unto Moses that selfsame day, saying: 49 'Get thee up into this mountain of Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession;
This is Moshe’s last trip up the mountain he will proceed to enter a cave pass away and the entrance and where about will be sealed forever in a rock slide caused by an earthquake in the Syrian-African fault line. The whole reason for the earthquake is to make the site of the crypt of Moshe unknown to the whole world forever.
50 and die in the mount whither thou go up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people.
Just as your brother Aaron died. [God said to Moses:] “Die with the same death that you witnessed and longed for, that Moses removed Aaron’s first [i.e., upper] garment and dressed Eleazar [Aaron’s son] with it. Then, Moses did the same with the second garment, and the third. Aaron then saw his son in his glory [of his new office]. Moses then said to him: ”Aaron my brother! Go up onto the couch,“ and Aaron went up. ”Stretch out your hands,“ and Aaron stretched [out his hands]. ”Stretch out your legs,“ and Aaron stretched [out his legs]. ”Close your eyes,“ and Aaron closed [his eyes]; ”Close your mouth,“ and Aaron closed [his mouth], and he passed away. Thereupon, Moses said, ”Fortunate is the one who dies a death like this!" - [Sifrei 32:49]
By a kiss from HASHEM via the Shechina - A normal human would be shaking in his boots from a command from G-D saying now you are going to die but Moshe had seen the other world in one form or other and knew what life after life entailed better than man on earth that followed him. According to Kabbalah his soul would reincarnate in Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the Arizal.
51 Because ye trespassed against Me in the midst of the children of Israel at the waters of Meribath-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified Me not in the midst of the children of Israel. 52 For thou shalt see the land afar off; but thou shalt not go thither into the land which I give the children of Israel.'
So he viewed the land perhaps once more and then went into the cave to die. Just before heading up the mountain Moshe will make a parting gesture to Am Yisrael by blessing each of the twelve tribes.
Mitzvos and Halachos by Danny Shoemann
It's a Mitzva to rebuke a sinner by informing him which action was improper and that it's in his best interest to improve his ways, in order that he merit eternal bliss in Olam Haba - the world to come. However, one may not embarrass the sinner, by rebuking them in the presence of other people. One need only rebuke those people who might listen to the rebuke and stop sinning. Conversely, it's a Mitzva to accept rebuke and to love the person doing the rebuking. Applies to everybody, always, everywhere
Verse: "You shall surely rebuke your fellow man" (Vayikra 19:17) Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 72
One may not do any Melacha (work as defined by the Rabbis) on the 8th day of Sukkoth; Shemini Atzeres (the original name from the Chumash name for outside of Yisrael while we have Simchas Torah). Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "And the 8th day... all work you shall not do" (Vayikra 23:36)
Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 154
Any behavior which causes a Chillul Hashem - a desecration of Gcd's name - is forbidden. There are 3 aspects to this prohibition:
1. If one is being coerced to sin with the intention of profaning one's religion, then one has to be prepared to be killed rather than sin. In the case of idolatry, adultery and idol worship, even if the intention is not religiously oriented one has to be prepared to die rather than sin. One who sins rather than dies has done a Chillul Hashem.
2. One who does any sin merely for the sake of rebelling against Gcd, and not because he will benefit from the sin, has done a Chillul Hashem.
3. When a person who people look up to (like a Rabbi or teacher) does something which most people assume is wrong (even if technically it's permitted) then he has done a Chillul Hashem.
The sin of Chillul Hashem - desecrating Gcd's name - is so severe that Teshuva (repentance) and Yom Kippur are not sufficient to eradicate it; and only death completes the atonement. Applies to everybody, everywhere, always Verse: "Do not desecrate My Holy Name" (Vayikra 22:32)
Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar; Prohibition 155
The blast of the Shofar should remind us to awaken from our spiritual slumber and start taking our Torah study and Mitzvah observance seriously. Hearing the Shofar being blown on Rosh Hashanah is a Torah commandment! This crucial detail should not be forgotten when reflecting on the various symbolic reasons given for Shofar blowing.
One should not talk after hearing the Bracha on the Shofar until after hearing 100 blasts from the Shofar so as not to interrupt between the Bracha and fulfilling the Mitzvah as prescribed by Chazal. This means not talking until after Mussaf. (As a general rule one shouldn't ever talk during prayer services. On Rosh Hashanah there's another reason why not to so.) At a minimum one should be careful not to talk after the Bracha until hearing the first set of 30 Shofar blasts.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 129:15
At the Rosh Hashanah evening meal it's customary to eat foods that symbolize a Good New Year. The bread from Motzei is dipped in honey and after eating it the Yehi Ratzon is said praying for a sweet new year. יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְפָנֶיךָ שֶתְחַדֵש עָלֵינוּ שָנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה
Then one dips an apple in honey, says the Bracha on the apple ("Borei Pri HaEtz") and eats some. One then says the Yehi Ratzon again. There are various other foods that are eaten with their appropriate Yehi Ratzon; one may even add new ones. One tries to have only sweet items on the menu; no food cooked in vinegar, for example. The custom is to not eat nuts. One should remember to learn some Torah at the Yom Tov meals; some learn a chapter of Mishna-Rosh-Hashanah, which has 4 chapters; one for each meal.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 129:9
There is a Segula (hidden treasure) to eat different items like dates, pomegranates, black eyed pea stalks, gourd, leeks, beet stalks some in carrots too, fish and instead of a head of fish, I eat tongue to be a head and not a tail and to guard my tongue throughout the year.
One may not prepare from Yom Tov to Shabbat unless one does Eruv Tavshilin before Yom Tov. Since Rosh Hashanah is on Thursday & Friday, every household needs to do Eruv Tavshilin on Wednesday. One takes Matza and a cooked or baked food that will be eaten on Shabbat and one says the Bracha:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל מִצְוַת עֵרוּב
One continues with the following, which must be said in a language one understands:
בַּהֲדֵין עֵרוּבָא יְהֵא שָׁרֵא לָנָא לַאֲפוּיֵי, וּלְבַשּׁוּלֵי, וּלְאַטְמוּנֵי, וּלְאַדְלוּקֵי שְׁרָגָא, וּלִמֶעְבֵּד כָּל צָרְכָּנָא מִיּוֹמָא טָבָא לְשַׁבְּתָא
"With this Eruv we are permitted to bake, cook, keep things warm and light fire and do all that is needed from Yom Tov to Shabbat".
The Matza and food should be kept in a safe place; it they are eaten before Shabbat, a Rabbi should be consulted how to proceed. Even those who don't have to cook for Shabbat, still need to do Eruv Tavshilin in order to light Shabbat candles on Friday before sunset (from an existing flame). Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 102
Ktiva Vechatima Tova; wishing you a year with lots of time to learn Torah, Danny
The Play’s the thing in which I’ll capture the conscience of the KING – Hamlet by Shakespeare
A diatribe before the Day of Judgement
I just feel frustrated like Yermiyahu right before the first destruction. He wrote two chapters of Eicha (Lamentations) prior to the ripping up and laughing at his Prophecy. When I wrote my Mussar above, I was writing for people who will listen to reason and repair their deeds before Rosh Hashanah or before the writing of the Judgement on Yom Kippur. But there is a different class the mockers and groups that purposely scuff and scorn the Torah because they think that they are smarter than G-D because of them whom you might know I write this below. As you know I am not one who lightly throws around fire and brimstone.
The whole theme of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is HAMELECH (the KING) is sitting on his throne or as Yechezkel wrote the DIVINE CHARIOT. This week in Israel one of the theatrical companies decided to put on a play called “Oh OKIM” which sends HAMELECH to a psychiatrist. Taking passages of the Tanach and mocking the Holy Scriptures. A member of the Knesset and two of his assistants went to protest of course they brought along members of the press inside. Now I don’t want to advertise where such a thing took place but to let this filthy use of HASHEM’s ability and the Scriptures cannot pass lightly especially right before the whole world is judged both Jew and Goy and all forms of life and forms like viruses that we don’t understand. From the Domem (silent literally) or inanimate, Tzemach or plant kingdom, Chai or living the rest of all moving creatures and Midaber (literally talking) or mankind. An example of the first is sun spot activity, closeness of asteroids and comets and where will be earthquakes. An example of the second extinctions of species or protection of them and the third basically the same as the second and then finally human beings are judged. I was watch this week the prophecies of the American Indians aka Native Americans. Their philosophy is similar to that of my own father how the earth maintains its own balance of nature and man must live in harmony with the creatures that G-D placed on this earth to serve us. It is too bad that greed of the moment is endangering the Rhinos and Elephants or Tigers and that once the American Bison aka Buffalo only numbered about 50 before they were protected. According to the population estimate of scholars, the Native American population was 28,000,000 at the time of the independence of the United States while somehow the Indian Tribes came up with 60,000,000. Someday somebody is going to pay for this. There is a measure for measure in the Talmudic and Kabbalistic World and after the abuse becomes too much or the misbehavior has a price tag. Do you think the burning of the Talmud around 1296 in Paris and others in Berlin, Rome and the Inquisition will go unpunished? How about other anti-Semitism and burning of Jews in the Synagogue in France or Pogroms and other things in Poland and Russia will this go free? How about the slaughter of Tibetan Monks in Burma and other places? Somebody is already paying the price for the abuse of auto-unions. The Civil Service pay and pensions is about to explode in our faces and that of our children. False prosperity led to Fannie and Freddie and the housing crises. I have no understanding, rhyme or reason from a non-reincarnation standpoint to explain why our generation was chosen to have the upcoming hardships and the joy of the Moshiach. BUT A DAY WILL COME WHEN THE WICKED GOVERNMENTS AND RULERS WILL PERISH LIKE A CLOUD OF SMOKE.
Until that time and to save our own lives we must do Teshuva, Tefilla and give Tzeduka. Tzeduka can be loaning a friend a few shekels in the grocery store to pay for corn flakes it comes in many forms. There exists 28% of the population of Israel that is really poor according to statistics. If you notice the Israeli government helps them only to limited extent while soup kitchens and charities take over the burden to supply basics. We have a limit too how much we are to give because Yossele Rosenblatt sinned against his family by giving almost all his money away a sample of his singing is here from the Jazz Singer where Al Jolson listens and decides to sing Kol Nidrei for his dying Cantor Father: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1HURXWH9FA
Do the Mitzvos and correctly and don’t go overboard. G-D only wants you to live by the Mitzvos as he does that the Goyim follow the 7 Mitzvos of Noach.
What does Castro, Morales and Chaves have in common? http://www.debka.com/article/9012/
Crime Magazine supports new blood libel: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139492
Israel gearing up for ‘mother of all flotillas’ http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=187363
The left criticizes anybody from the right who says that it will take a few generations (if heaven forbid the Moshiach doesn’t come) to make peace they praise this cursed Arab: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139532
A reminder of my prayer list:
Men on my prayer list:
Asher ben Malka, Avraham ben Devorah, Zvi Yechezkiel ben Leah, Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Bentzion Michael ben Chaya Zipporah, Eli ben Merel, Zvi Moshe ben Miriam Rachel, Yosef Moshe ben Perel, Naphtali Moshe ben Tzipporah, Chanan ben Shlomit, Shaul ben Sirrel, David Yosef ben Feige Perel, Yosef ben Chaya Rash-sha Yaakov Dovid Ben Chaya Gittel is taking oncology treatments. Avraham Dovid Ben Baila, Yoel ben Esther, Asher ben Zvia, Avraham Yehida ben Esther, Zev ben Rachel an Yisrael Saidel ben Yetta
Keren Neshama bas Esther Ruth, Chaya Melecha Rachel bas Baila Alta, Zviah Simcha bas Devorah Yached, Sarah bas Yehudit, Bryna bas Gina Sarah, Rachel bas Chana, Fiege Rachel bas Taube, Hodaya Nirit bas Mazel, Miriam Rivka bas Adina Leah, Chana bas Simcha, Chaya Miriam bas Leba Rivka, Rivka Avra bas Yehudit
My family and I wish all of you as if I could individually send you a healthy, happy, blessed, wonderful, joyous, prosperous, successful, enjoyable, fruitful and Torah and Mitzva filled New Year and the Moshiach very soon. Ktiva Vechatima Tova,
מייַן משפּחה און איך ווינטשן אַלע פון איר ווי אויב איך קען ינדיווידזשואַלי שיקן איר אַ געזונט, גליקלעך, ברוך, ווונדערלעך, פריידיק, בליענדיק, געראָטן, ענדזשויאַבאַל, פרוכטיק און תורה און מיטזוואַ אָנגעפילט ניו יאָר און דעם משיח זייער באַלד. ...א גוט רייטינג און סיינינג,