Thursday, March 10, 2011

Parsha Vayikra, Halacha, Stories of our Sages

Prayers for ill people on Friday the soul of Shlomo ben Edith came to rest and removing Yosef David ben Feige Perel has been recovering for about 9 months now and is not in any danger so I am making way for seriously ill.

MEN: Asher ben Malka, Avraham ben Devorah, Zvi Yechezkiel ben Leah, Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Bentzion Michael ben Chaya Zipporah, Zvi Moshe ben Miriam Rachel, Naphtali Moshe ben Tzipporah, Chanan ben Shlomit, Yoel ben Esther, Avraham Yehida ben Esther Zev ben Rachel, Adin Yisrael ben Sarah, Yehonatan ben Malka, Aharon ben Rishol, Yacov David ben Gittel, Moshe Yosef ben Chaya

WOMEN: Keren Neshama bas Esther Ruth, Chaya Melecha Rachel bas Baila Alta, Zviah Simcha bas Devorah Yached, Bryna bas Gina Sarah, Rachel bas Chana, Fiege Rachel bas Taube, Hodaya Nurit bas Mazel, Chana bas Simcha, Pearl bas Feige Rivka,

New: Leah Nikia bat Berta Sarah for a long time, Miriam Esther bas Golda Chaya for two weeks in the meantime.

Error Correction: I was reading a back issue for getting the Rashi in English which I used with the Halacha and it said Parsha HaChodesh and I had Rosh Chodesh in my head. In the Drasha was Parsha Shekalim but the title was off. I found the error about two minutes after the mailing went out.

The quote of the week or the month came from me regarding Purim Torah: “When the children of Israel entered the land they found the Palestinians in the days of Yehoshua ben Nun and the Palestinians were entertaining the Leprechaun and Tooth Fairy delegations to their country.”

Parsha Vayikra

Recently you might have noticed that a month or two ago Chabad stopped publishing the Rashi Translation in English. I have gotten a bit bothered by it to such an extent that I stopped using Rashi in the Drasha almost completely. I have now found via Aish HaTorah the following site for the Rashi Commentary

Vayikra means calling. It is the calling of Moshe and the Cohanim. It is called by many as Toras Cohanim. This week we start off with the Mishkan completed and being dedicate. Moshe was about to complete his role as Priest as well as King and from now on only King and Prophet while Aaron and sons would be Priests. As for prophecy some others such as Eldad and Medad would also receive prophecy.

Last week as Moshe finished the construction of the Mishkan: Shemos 40:34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of meeting, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle

1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying:

After the cloud has filled the Mishkan now THE HOLY ONE BLESSED BE HE CALLS UPON MOSHE TO COME IN:

Rabbi Elazar says: Shir HaShirim 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. Therefore come in my beloved Yisrael.

Rabbi Shimon says: Shir HaShirim 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; There are no songs but Psalms and prayer.

Taking all the Rashi for this Pasuk you can see that now I have some meat to work with in English again.

And He called to Moshe.

For all "speakings"1 and all sayings2 and all commands a calling preceded3--- an expression of love,4 an expression which the Ministering Angels use, as it is said, "One called to the other."5 But to the gentile prophets He revealed himself with an expression of happenstance6 and uncleanness, as it is said, "G-d happened upon Bilaam."7

And He called to Moshe.

The voice8 proceeds and reaches his ears,9 [but] all Israel do not hear [it].10 Perhaps even for the paroshoh-breaks there was a call?11 The verse states, "He spoke"--- for a speaking there was a calling, [but] not for breaks. What [purpose then] did the breaks serve?12 To give Moshe a breathing space to reflect between each paroshoh and between each matter.13 How much more so for an ordinary person who learns from an[other] ordinary person!14

To him,

to exclude Aharon [from receiving the paroshoh]. Rabbi Yehuda ben Beseiroh says: Thirteen "speakings" are recorded in the Torah [directed] to Moshe and Aharon, and thirteen exclusions corresponding to them, [in order] to teach you that they were not said to Aharon but to Moshe for him to tell Aharon. And these are the thirteen exclusions: "[when Moshe came into the Tent of Meeting that] He might speak to him, [he heard the voice] uttering itself15 to him [from above the cover of the Ark of Testimony from between the two cherubim,] speaking to him,"16 "and I will meet with you" ( {Hebrew Ref} ),17 all of them as [interpreted] in Toras Kohanim.18 Perhaps they heard the sound of the calling, [though not the exact words]? The verse states: [instead of] "the voice [uttering itself] to him" ( {Hebrew Ref} ), [it states] "the voice [uttering itself] to him ( {Hebrew Ref} ) 19--- Moshe heard but all Israel did not hear.20

From the Tent of Meeting.

This teaches that the voice broke off and did not leave the tent.21 Perhaps [this was] because the voice was low? The verse states: "the voice." What is "the voice"? This is the voice which is explained in Tehillim, "The voice of Ad-noy is powerful, the voice of Ad-noy is glorious, the voice of Ad-noy breaks the cedars."22 If so, why is "From the Tent of Meeting" stated?23 This teaches us that the voice broke off [and did not leave the Tent]. Similarly, "The sound of the wings of the cherubim were heard as far as the outer courtyard [of the Temple]."24 Perhaps the voice was low? The verse states: "Like the voice of Almighty G-d when He speaks."25 If so, why does it state, "As far as the outer courtyard?" Because once it reached there it broke off.

This teaches us the spiritual barrier kept the sound from traveling further like a complete sound-proof wall.

From the Tent of Meeting, Saying.

Perhaps [the voice sounded] from the entire sanctuary?26 The verse states: "From over the cover."27 Perhaps from the entire cover? The verse states: "From between the two cherubim."28


Go and tell them sobering30 words: It is for your sake that He speaks to me, for we find that all thirty-eight years that Israel was in the desert, as people who are excommunicated, from [the time] of the spies onward, the prophetic Word had not come to31 Moshe, as is stated: "When all the men of war ceased to die, G-d spoke to me, saying."32--- "To me" was the speaking. Another interpretation: "Go and tell them My words and answer Me [as to] whether they will accept them, as is stated, "Moshe reported the words of the people."33

When one wants to check a foot note reference please go to the above mentioned url.

From Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlita Perceptions at the Torah Org. on this stop:

It is Divine Providence, Not Coincidence

And God called to Moshe, and spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting, saying...(Vayikra 1:1)

There is no such thing as chance or coincidence, only Divine Providence, or in Hebrew, Hashgochah Pratis. As the Nefesh HaChaim explains at the very beginning of his sefer, every second God is recreating Creation anew, and directing all of it every second. We may have free-will, but even that is heavily influenced by events that God creates and circumstances into which He puts us.

Others would beg to differ. They have no proof for their point of view, but surmise it based upon their understanding of history and their own personal life experience. They say, “If there was a God, then shouldn’t Event A have occurred, and Event B, not have happened?” It’s as if they say, “If I were God, I would do X, and I certainly would not do Y!” Since God does not fit into their understanding of what God should be like, they think that He must not exist.

I was recently directed by a reader to view a short clip by a Murray Gell-Mann on the topic of Emergence. Murray Gell-Mann, born September 15, 1929, into a family of Jewish immigrants, is an American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He is currently the Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine at the University of Southern California. Clearly he is a highly intelligent person.

His main point of the presentation that I saw was that “you don’t need something more to get something more.” For example, he says, “life can emerge from physics and chemistry—plus a lot of accidents. The human mind can arise from neurobiology—and a lot of accidents.” And when a reader of his book asked him, “Isn’t there something more beyond what you have there?” presumably something supernatural, he laughed at the question and said, “Anyways, there isn’t.”

It never ceases to amaze me how people with such great minds can make such great mistakes. But then again, I’ve dealt with this issue before many times, and it is the basis of the introduction to my book, “The Big Picture: Thirty-six Sessions to Intellectual and Spiritual Clarity.” The assumption is that if someone like this is so smart, he ought to be able to see God if He is in fact there. If he is so smart, the assumption continues, and he doesn’t see God, then God must not be there.

But, it is more like being a top physicist, with little or no knowledge of classical music, and listening to a piece by Bach while sitting next to a maestro. In spite of his intelligence and expertise in physics, more than likely he will not be able to appreciate the recital on the same level as the expert musician, and any comment the physicist may make will probably fall short.

“How about you stick to you area of expertise,” the maestro might politely tell the scientist, “while I stick to mine.”

However, I find it fascinating that while explaining how “life can emerge from physics and chemistry,” Gell-Mann is quick to add the words, “and a lot of accidents.” When saying, in a mocking tone that “the human mind can emerge from neurobiology,” he finishes off by repeating, “and a lot of accidents.”

A lot accidents? Is that not a contradiction of his initial premise that “you don’t need something more to get something more”? Are the accidents not something more you need to allow neurobiology, chemistry, and physics to do their things?

In other words, what we call Hashgochah Pratis—Divine Providence—Gell-Mann calls ‘accidents,’ or more specifically, random events that occur merely as a function of physical creation and nothing more. They either happen or they don’t happen. If they do, then something wonderful can result. If they don’t, then it won’t, and that’s just life in this world.

But, though he may be an expert physicist, he possesses a mind that is committed to deal with laws of Creation only as they emerge from physical Creation. More than likely he is a firm believer that “what you see is what you get,” and no more. If it is not visible to the eye, measurable by accepted scientific methods, and reproducible in a laboratory, then it is off his grid, and that of many of today’s greatest scientists.

And, many people laugh along with him (and did on the video). For they figure that since both Gell-Mann and Creationists deal with the origins of existence and the physics of everyday reality, they are talking about one and the same thing. And, since such physicists bring proof for their theories from the world around us, while Creationists allow faith to be their guiding principle in life, a self-honest intellectual, many believe, must side with the physicist and at least be skeptical about the existence of God and a Divine purpose to Creation.

A tragic mistake, as this week’s parshah explains. And, the point is both simple and yet fundamental. Indeed, it is represented by a small letter Aleph at the end of the first word of this week’s parshah—vayikra—the primary letter of the Aleph-Bais. Its message is very deep.

As Rashi explains, it is the Aleph of vayikra that stands between the Moshe Rabbeinus and Bilaams of history. For the Moshe Rabbeinus, God is not only Omnipresent, He is accessible. This is the word vayikra, with the Aleph, indicating the continuous relationship that Moshe Rabbeinu enjoyed with the Master of the Universe.

For the Bilaams of history, not only is God not Omniscient (Rashi, Bamidbar 22:9), but He is completely inaccessible, unless He chooses otherwise. This is the word vayikar—without the Aleph—from the word mikreh, which means, to borrow the words of Gell-Mann, “a lot of accidents.” It is the perception of events being random, as opposed to the result of a specific will of God.

I can’t say for sure, but it almost seems as if the basic premise of the atheist is, if God really existed, He’d want us to see Him, and rather easily. Therefore, if it is not perfectly clear to us that He is here, then it must be that He isn’t. “Why,” the Atheists seem to ask, “would God exist and hide—which includes bad things happening to good people and good things happening to bad people—His Presence from mankind?”

It also includes nature, which is cause-and-effect based. It’s as if life should be either natural or supernatural, but that it can’t be both. For the skeptic, there is no such thing as the supernatural reality of the natural world. “The human mind can arise from neurobiology—and a lot of accidents,” which, for the believer means Divine Providence, but which for the doubter means weird events we haven’t quite figured out yet.

Based upon this, I’d like to offer an additional pshat for the small letter Aleph in this week’s parshah. The first four letters—Vav-Yud-Kuf-Raish—like the everyday physical world that they represent, are quite visible. The last letter, the Aleph, like the invisible spiritual world it represents is small and elevated, and far less visible than the previous letters, especially from a distance.

Yet, it controls all of the letters before it, determining their overall value. With the Aleph, they are part of a Godly and eternal experience. Without the Aleph, they are empty and tenuous, associated with a spiritually-void world, the world of physicists like Stephen Hawkings and Murray Gell-Mann. They can see the Vav-Yud-Kuf-Raish perfectly well, perhaps even better than most, but they are blind to the Aleph.

The question is why, and than answer is alluded to by the Aleph itself, and described quite well by the following quote:

Among the causes of this scientific tunnel vision I would like to discuss two that result from the nature of scientific tradition. The first of these is the issue of methodology. In its laudable insistence upon experience, accurate observation and verifiability, science has placed great emphasis upon measurement. To measure something is to experience it in a certain dimension, a dimension in which we can make observations of great accuracy which are repeatable by others. The use of measurement has enabled science to make enormous strides in the understanding of the material universe. But by virtue of its success, measurement has become a scientific idol. The result is an attitude on the part of many scientists of not only skepticism but outright rejection of what cannot be measured. It is as if they were to say, ‘What we cannot measure, we cannot know; there is no point in worrying about what we can’t know; therefore, what cannot be measured is unimportant and unworthy of observation.’ Because of this attitude many scientists exclude from their serious consideration all matters that are—or seem to be—intangible. Including, of course, the matter of God … The other development that is assisting us to escape scientific tunnel vision is the relatively recent discovery by science of the reality of paradox. A hundred years ago paradox meant scientific error to the scientific mind. But, exploring such phenomena as the nature of light, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and relativity theory, physical science has matured over the past century to the point where it is increasingly recognized that at a certain level reality is paradoxical.” (The Road Less Traveled, III Growth and Religion, Scientific Tunnel Vision; Simon and Schuster, 1978)

Measurement, explains Kabbalah, was also a creation. Indeed, it was one of the first phases of Creation, to make possible a spiritual environment that would support free-will and therefore, spiritual growth. But, prior to that, there was only Ohr Ain Sof, the unlimited, non-measurable light of God. At that stage, nothing physical had been created, and even spiritual entities such as angels couldn’t even exist. Just the infinite light of God.

And, even after the sublime will of God resulted in the creation of the world by constricting the Ohr Ain Sof, making possible the reality of measurement, still the Ohr Ain Sof remained the spiritual ‘backbone’ of everything. As a result, everything physical that exists has a core of supernatural reality; everything measurable has a non-measurable essence that exists beyond the realm of the physical brain and concrete laboratories.

This is what the Aleph is telling us in this week’s parshah. It is saying that, what you see is not all that you get. Beyond that which you can see is something invisible. Beyond that which you can measure is something that cannot be measured. The random reality that you think you perceive is really a very well-orchestrated system run by Heaven with tremendous precision. The randomness and chaos of daily life in our vast universe is perfectly controlled.

What the Aleph is also saying is that you have to choose to see this for yourself. Just as you have to look a little more carefully at the Sefer Torah to see the smaller Aleph than the rest of the letters, likewise you have to look more carefully in everyday life to see the hand of God behind all of it.

That is not just a part of life, that is life itself. That is when you connect to God on a sublime and eternal level, and fulfill your destiny. It is the essence of what it means to serve God, and ultimately, to serve yourself. For, the study of physical Creation is a fascinating hobby, but nothing is more fulfilling than being able to see God behind every aspect of life, and to be able to call on Him when you need to. And, nothing speaks more highly of a person than for God to be able to call on Him whenever He wants to. Text Copyright © 2011 by Rabbi Pinchas Winston and brought down with previous permission to use by both the and Rabbi Winston Shlita you can Google his books for purchasing.

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When any man of you brings an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd or of the flock. 3 If his offering be a burnt-offering of the herd, he shall offer it a male without blemish; he shall bring it to the door of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD.

I have been searching what to say about the Korbanos (sacrifice/offering) to renew what I wrote in the past on the subject and add to it. Kayn offered the first animal sacrifice recorded. It was rejected by G-D for any one of the following reasons which are unclear to us as the Torah did not mention specifically what it was. 1) The Korban was not of the choicest animal as was Hevel’s from the choicest fruit. (2) The Korban had a blemish or defect vs. the best looking fruit from the tree and ground. (3) The intent to offer the Korban was lacking. (4) There was a defect in the intent of the offering (What we call Mashavas Pigul – which in our Temple times was out of the time limit, not the specific offering or being offered up or eating outside of the Temple or Yerushalayim.) (5) Or a combination or disgusting act or rite accompanying the Korban.

17 And if any one sin, and do any of the things which the LORD hath commanded not to be done, though he know it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity. 18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, according to thy valuation, for a guilt-offering, unto the priest; and the priest shall make atonement for him concerning the error which he committed, though he knew it not, and he shall be forgiven. 19 It is a guilt-offering--he is certainly guilty before the LORD.

What does this mean ‘know it not’ – he did something and then either became aware of it through the middle of the action, after the action or somebody mentioned to him after he had completed it that it was forbidden. Note this like all the atonement sacrifices are for an ‘error’ in the person’s actions for it they were done on purpose, he/she would not be atoned through a Korban alone. More on the Korbanos soon – no vow intended.

Many “humanitarians” and “animal rights” come out against Jewish Ritual Slaughter like PETA did with the slaughterhouse and Rubashkin in Iowa. My problem involves with people when they put animals on the level or higher than humans. Humans are the prime creation and one should love everything but humans are superior. In a message to a friend of mine, she wrote: I get emotional about the critters but I never forget they are not on the same level as humans. They do not have souls but they do have feelings.
Like most everything G-d created He made them for our benefit :-) but the inhumane way that so many of them are treated is disturbing to me.
Judaism has rules called the laws of Tzar Baalei Chaim (cruelity to animals) which go back to the Noachide Laws.


"Parshas Vayikra"

(Lev 1:1-5:26)

The animal sacrifice is the act by which we are taught the idea of subordination of nature to the Creator. The sacrificed beast, the wood to feed the flame on the altar and the salt which accompanies every sacrifice symbolize the animal, plant and mineral realms, everything converges with the aim of serving the Al-mighty and only exists for this purpose.

Furthermore, the animal sacrifice replaces the sacrifice of man himself. The person who offers the sacrifice must picture the sacrifice of the animal part of him, of his brute instinctive will, and nullify it before the Almighty's will. In this way, we can arrive at desiring only what is agreeable to G-d. Ultimately our wishes will not aspire to anything but His will.

Only with such a disposition of mind can we assimilate the substance of the Commandments. Otherwise, how is it possible, for example, to fulfill the precept of "do not covet"? How can one control jealousy or covetousness? The answer is that the prohibition of stealing must be so self-evident, so deeply felt by us, that we could not come to steal even in thought by a covetous desire. Attaining this spiritual level is tantamount to the sacrifice of our animal nature. We identify ourselves with G-d's will and we only act in accordance with it.

Sacrifice is acceptable only if it comes from a person dedicated to his brothers as well as to G-d. But he who is self-centered and aims at always taking for himself and giving nothing to others is unable to fulfill the essential condition of a sacrifice, which symbolizes the total offering of his being. His offering cannot be a sincere one and is therefore of no value.

This is the difference between the person with spiritual aspirations and the person whose motivations are only materialistic. By definition, the material world is the world of the limitations, of dualism, of discord, and contradictions. He who bases his life on the values of that world is fatally limited and always lacking something. He thinks that what he is lacking is possessed by his brother, and he seeks his satisfaction at the expense of others.

In the spiritual realm, on the other hand, unity and perfection govern. No chaos here in the realm. Unlimited riches are available to all without competition, without interference of opposite interests. Raised above the limitations of materialism, man can devote himself entirely to the Eternal and receive infinite treasures as reward.

Sources: Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra, M. Hassan.

Pray for the peace of Israel, Yaffa

Halachos from Danny Shoemann

It's a Mitzva to visit sick people, irrelevant of the social standing of the visitor or the patient. Close friends and family may visit immediately, but others should wait until the 4th day, so as not to aggravate the patient's Mazal and give them the "sick" title. However, if a person becomes very ill very suddenly then all may visit immediately. One may visit numerous times a day - as long as it doesn't bother the patient. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 193:1

When visiting the sick who is lying on the floor, one may not sit on a chair, in deference to the Shechina (Divine presence) which is above the sick person's head. If he's in a bed, one may sit on a chair. The main point of visiting the sick is to find out if one can help him in anyway, so that he feels he has friends who care about him, and in order to pray for him. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 193:2-3

On a regular Shabbat, a Kaddish is said after reading the Parsha, before the Maftir is read. When 2 Torah scrolls are used - like this coming week - then the second Torah scroll is put on the Bima next to the first one and the Kaddish is said over both. Then Hagba is done on the first Sefer Torah and the second one is read. No Kadish is said after the second reading. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 79:1
This last week was Shabbat Shekalim and 2 Torah Scrolls were taken out. (Facebook had a glitch and I did not receive Danny’s posts) First we read the regular Torah Reading - Parshas Pekudei, after which we will say "Chazak" concluding Sefer Shemos. We then read the beginning of Parshas כי תשא (Shemos Ch. 30, Verses 11-16) in the second Sefer Torah. This is followed by the Haftorah for Shekalim from Melachim-2 Ch.11 Shabbat Shekalim reminds us of the half-Shekel that everybody donated yearly to finance the daily sacrifices in the Bet HaMikdash, may we merit to see it rebuilt, speedily in our days. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 140:1
One increases joy when Adar begins because Adar and (next month) Nissan historically have been full of miracles, including the redemption from Egypt and (nearly a millennium later) the miracle of Purim. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 141:1,
The second Bet HaMikdash was dedicated - 3 Adar - about 2356 years ago. (Ezra 6: 15) After the destruction of the Temple, Chazal (the Sages of blessed memory) instituted that at all joyous occasions we remember the destruction, including:
- At festive meals one should leave out one serving dish
- A woman should not wear all her jewelry together
- At the engagement a plate is broken - though it should be a damaged plate
- At the wedding a glass cup is broken
- The bride's veil shouldn't have gold or silver threads
- The groom has ashes placed on his hair (where he places his Tefillin) before the wedding
This way we fulfill the verse "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem...if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy." (Psalms 137: 6-7) Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 126:1-2

Covering a chimney on Shabbat: A chimney or exhaust pipe which comes out of the wall may be covered on Shabbat, since that is considered adding to an existing wall, which is allowed on Shabbat. A chimney or exhaust pipe which comes out of the roof may only be covered with its lid, if the lid is connected to... the chimney or roof by hinges. If one does not have a hinged cover, then one may not cover the chimney one Shabbat, because one is forbidden to make a roof on Shabbat. These Halachos apply to Yom Tov also.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 80:79 Shabbat Shalom - Danny

Lighting Shabbos Candles

Question: Is it permitted to light one Shabbos candle from another?

Discussion: Yes, it is permitted. While it is not permitted to use a lit Shabbos candle to ignite a match or to melt the bottom of another candle so that it should adhere to the candlestick, it is permitted to use a lit candle to light another candle[1]. The best way to do this is to pick up the unlit candle, light it, and then put that candle back into its candlestick[2].

Question: Is it preferable to kindle the Shabbos lights with olive oil rather than with wax candles?

Discussion: Many early sources speak about olive oil as being the preferred medium for the Shabbos lights[3], as the flame that it produces is the clearest and the purest. On Shabbos, when we want to avoid anything that could lead to tampering with the wicks or adjusting the light source, the Sages preferred the use of olive oil because the light it casts is superior to that of other oils. Nowadays, however, when wax candles cast as good — or even better — a light as olive oil, there is no halachic advantage to using olive oil rather than candles[4].

Question: What should a woman do if, after lighting the candles, a gust of wind blows them out, or they tip over and are extinguished?

Discussion: That depends on the particulars:

  • If some or all of the candles blow out before the woman recites the blessing over them, she should relight the candles and recite the blessing[5].
  • If some or all of the candles blow out after the blessing is recited, she should instruct a household member who did not yet “accept” Shabbos to rekindle the candles on her behalf[6]. No blessing is recited over the second lighting.
  • If there are no household members available who can kindle the lights for her, or if the candles blow out after sunset (or even before sunset but after Shabbos has begun for the entire community), she should do nothing[7]. If, however, she will be distressed or even merely upset about not having lit candles for Shabbos, she may instruct a non-Jew to relight the candles on her behalf[8].

Question: Last week we mentioned that women customarily observe all Shabbos restrictions upon lighting candles, even though they are lighting well in advance of sunset. Is this custom mandatory or is it optional, i.e., may a woman stipulate that she is not “accepting” Shabbos when she lights candles?

Discussion: This is a matter of dispute among the Rishonim. Some maintain that Shabbos begins automatically with candle lighting, and women have no choice in the matter. Accordingly, any stipulation that they may make to the contrary is invalid. Others, however, hold that women may stipulate that they do not “accept” Shabbos when lighting candles[9]. The final halachic ruling is a compromise between the two views. Under normal circumstances, not “accepting” Shabbos when lighting candles is forbidden. But if a special need arises, then an exception is made and a woman is allowed to make such a pre-condition — either verbally or mentally — before lighting candles[10]. It is difficult to define what exactly falls under the “special needs” category and what does not. When in doubt, one should consult a rabbinic authority[11].

Question: Must all members of the household “accept” Shabbos when the lady of the house kindles the Shabbos lights?

Discussion: Not necessarily. The basic halachah holds that Shabbos begins with the lighting of candles only for the lady of the house who is lighting the Shabbos candles. All other household members, including any girls in the house who do not light candles, are not obligated to begin observing Shabbos until sunset, or at a designated earlier time when the entire community “accepts” Shabbos[12]. The poskim stress, however, that it is highly praiseworthy for all members of the household to make every effort to begin Shabbos when the ladies light candles[13]. There are two reasons for this:

  • There is a minority view among the Rishonim that Shabbos actually begins about fifteen minutes before sunset[14]. Although most poskim do not rule in accordance with this view, it is still advisable to attempt to satisfy this opinion as well[15].
  • Waiting until the last minute before sunset places one in great danger of “missing the deadline” and inadvertently desecrating the Shabbos[16].

In addition, Rav M. Feinstein writes that he undertook a personal stringency not to ride in a car after candle lighting time, since it appears to some people as a desecration of Shabbos[17].

Question: Are all Shabbos restrictions in full effect once the lady of the house has lit candles?

Discussion: A number of exceptions apply in the interim period between candle lighting and the onset of Shabbos:

  • The lady of the house may instruct any other person — Jew [who has not yet “accepted” the Shabbos] or non-Jew — to do anything on her behalf that is needed for Shabbos[18].
  • If, after lighting candles, she realized that she forgot to wrap a towel around the soup pot (in order to retain its heat), some poskim permit her to do so[19], while others are more stringent[20].

· If she is very thirsty, she may drink some water to quench her thirst[21].

Some poskim hold that, b’diavad, she may daven Friday’s Minchah even after lighting Shabbos candles[22].

1. Mishnah Berurah 263:4.

2. To satisfy the opinion which holds that once lit, Shabbos candles should not be moved; see Discussion for Tishrei 21.

3. See Tosafos, Shabbos 23a (s.v. mereish), Sefer Chasidim 272 and Ma’asei Rav, quoting the custom of the Gaon of Vilna.

4. Mishnah Berurah 264:23. See Az Nidberu 3:4.

5. Rav S.Z. Auerbach (Shemiras Shabbos k’Hilchasah 4, note 183).

6. O.C. 263:17.

7. She would not be required to add an additional candle in subsequent weeks, since her failure to light candles was not her fault.

8. Based on Beiur Halachah 263:1 (s.v. lehadlik).

9. Both views are quoted in O.C. 263:10. There is a minority view that permits women to accept Shabbos “partially,” i.e., accepting it for certain restriction and not for others. See, however, Har Tzvi, O.C. 139, who rejects this opinion.

10. Mishnah Berurah 263:44.

11. For instance: Praying at the Kosel is definitely an uplifting and inspiring experience. Yet Rav S.Z. Auerbach (Shemiras Shabbos k’Hilchasah 43, note 137) ruled that a woman may not stipulate that she is not accepting Shabbos in order to travel there after lighting candles, as this is not considered a “special need.”

12. Rama O.C. 263:10.

13. Mishnah Berurah 261:23.

14. This is the view of Sefer Yere’im, and it is quoted as halachah by the Bach and the Magen Avraham.

15. Sha’ar ha-Tziyun 261:21 and Beiur Halachah (s.v. m’tchilas); Igros Moshe, O.C. 4:62.

16. Mishnah Berurah 263:16.

17. Igros Moshe, O.C. 1:96.

18. O.C. 263:17.

19. Rav S.Z. Auerbach (Shemiras Shabbos k’Hilchasah, 43, note 113).

20. Igros Moshe, O.C. 4:74, hatmanah 1.

21. Da’as Torah, O.C. 271:4.

22. See Shemiras Shabbos k’Hilchasah 43, note 128. From Rabbi Daniel Neustadt of the via Rabbi A. L.

Stories from our Sages from the Mishnah written by me from memory

Rabbi Akiva: Akiva was a Shepherd for Kalba Savua and was a complete boor v’ Am HaAretz. He had come from Gerim (some say from Rachav of Yericho fame). Rachel the only child of Kalba Savua had a crush on Akiva. She said to him – why don’t you learn Torah and if you did, I would marry you. Akiva was one day tending the sheep and he brought them to an area where there was a stream to drink from. He was still thinking about what the beautiful Rachel said. He saw a rock under some dripping water with a rounded out hole in it. He thought if the drip-drip-drip of water could make an indentation on the rock then surely he could learn one letter at a time to read and write. He married Rachel and Kalba Savua (one of the three richest men in Eretz Yisrael) disinherited her and fired Akiva from his job. He began to learn Torah and in no time he could read and write. Rachel, the spoiled rich girl, had to settle for a measly income and to sleep on the floor on straw. After she had given birth and her hair was full of straw. Akiva was about to give up on his Torah learning and go out to work. Eliyahu HaNovi disguised as a young poor man knocked on the door of Akiva and Rachel saying, “My wife just gave birth and I was told that you have some straw and we need straw to swaddle the baby.” This make Akiva feel that there were Torah scholars worst off than he was and he decided to continue. He left his wife after she gave birth to a few children and went away for 24 years. For 12 years he learned the entire Tanach and Oral Torah and became a Rabbi and for 12 years he taught until he had 24,000 students and was famous throughout Yisrael.

At the end of 24 years he returned home accompanied by his students and this woman covered with straw came before him to greet him and his closest students blocked him from being hugged by this woman who looked more wretched than beat willows on Hoshana Rabbah come near him. Rabbi Akiva stopped the students and told them. Let her come close for all my Torah and all of my learning and your learning comes from the merit of this great woman.

In the meantime, after many years Kalba Savua heard that the Gadol HaDor was in his area. He had vowed not to leave his daughter a penny but now as he had aged, he regretting dismissing her without a penny even if she was married to a boorish man. He came to the great Rabbi to ask for a Heter for his Neder. Rabbi Akiva opened the Heter as follows if you were to know that your daughter’s husband had become a Torah Scholar would you have disinherited her? He said “No” and Rabbi Akiva said, “Your vow is annulled as he has learned a little Torah in the meantime.” Rachel could no longer refrain herself and in tears embraced him saying “Papa this Rabbi is Akiva your shepherd who married me years ago.” [What did Kalba do that he deserved such a son-in-law that will be our story some other time based on Tractate Tanis]

Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes (the miracle worker) was one of the five students of Rabbi Akiva who survived the Bar Kochba rebellion also known in literature at the plague for so many Jews died as if the plague hit them. Today I will write not of his many miracles but about his boasting from the Talmudic Literature.

1) Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel (the sixth generation of Hillel Princes of Israel) was not so learned in Torah and Rabbi Natan and Rabbi Meir were revolting against this poor scholar to be head of the Sanhedrin. They decided to hit him with questions from Mishnayos Utzkin (stalks and Tuma). A learned elder overheard their plot and sat next to the row of the Nasi (Prince) he started saying out loud the laws of Utzkin. Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel took the hint as in a previous revolution his father had been temporarily ousted and Rabban Eleazar ben Azariah had been put in as Rosh HaSanhedrin on a temporary basis. The next day he was asked questions about Utzkin and knew all the answers. Rabbi Natan and Rabbi Meir were kicked out of the Academy and could only learn at the entrance for their punishment. However, since he did not know all the laws like they did, the students would slip them a note. For their punishment Rabbi Meir was called “Acherim Omrim” (others say) and Rabbi Natan was called “Yesh Omrim” (it is said). Eventually the students began to sit outside of the Beis Medrash for the Torah was outside so they were let back in. But all the Yesh Omrim and Acherim Omrim I the Talmud refers to these two great scholars who chose to rebel against the authority of the Nasi. – Moed Katan.

2) Rabbi Meir once was in a Purim type of mood (see Purim Torah below) and to insult the King Menashe. For Menashe had worshipped idols. Honor was given to the previous generations (Sotah 49 A for in the previous generations they were like Angels and our teachers like students and we are like donkeys of the lowest level – my interpretation) [This story is in Tractate Sanhedrin though]. He called Menashe ‘our friend’. That night Menashe appeared to Rabbi Meir in a dream. “Had you been in my generation before Rabbi Shimon HaTzaddik killed the Yetzer Hara for Avoda Zara {the evil inclination to worship idols} you would have grabbed on to my gown to help you get to worship them. Furthermore you don’t even know the Halacha of cutting Challah on Shabbos.” Rabbi Meir then asked “And where do we cut the Challah, I will mention the Halacha in your name.” The King replied, “From the spot where the crust first forms.”

3) Once Rabbi Meir with all his miracles asked for HASHEM to try him like David HaMelech was tried and he was sure that he would not fail like with David and Bat Sheva. The Satan saw a chance with his over inflated ego to teach him a lesson. He got permission from HASHEM to tempt him but not cause him to sin. The Satan then appeared in the form of a young maiden on the other side of a stream who was a mere 42-24-36 with looks that could stop Rabbi Meir in his tracks and put all of the Hollywood beauties into her little purse. Rabbi Meir let off from what he was doing as he was overwhelmed. He began looking for planks to make a raft to ford the stream. She then disappeared from the other side and appeared in her true Satanic Form. Rabbi Meir was then given Mussar about his inflated ego by the Satan. (That is also an example of a person who deserve miracles as the Satan could not injure him despite himself.)

Purim Torah 101: Rav Yosef Ber Soleveichik gave a Purim Torah on a Rambam and a dispute with the Sages which lasted an hour and everybody took it seriously only to find out at the end that there was no such Rambam. In Machetes Megillah there is Purim Torah too: Haman had been a barber prior to becoming Prime Minister and the day that Mordechai was to go through the streets the King decreed it a National Holiday and all the Barbershops were closed. He had no choice but to give Mordechai a haircut in front of the all the Ministers of the King. Then he led the parade through the town on foot. When the parade passed by his house, his daughter thought it was Mordechai pulling Haman and threw the potty contents at him. (It is written ‘Rosh Ha phooey’) Haman looked up at her and she lost her balance in the window and she fell down head first and one less Amalek. Some Jews take this like the non-Jews take the Gospel and others with a few grains of salt.

I do somethings like Kiddush for Chag HaShickerim (Holiday of the Drunks) My Kiddush goes “Chag HaShickerim in the days of Ashverous was a large drinking party and everybody in Babylon was plastered and drunk to the gills as they could not distinguish any more between the sun and the moon, wine and whiskey, beer and gin, tequila and ale nor a Burka and a mini-skirt as a remembrance of Haman being hung on the gallows. Thou has distinguished us between the Nations of the world for all the Jews combined with their drinking is like one Shicker Goy lying in a drunk stupor on the land and sanctified us in the commandments and has given us the blessing over (wine or whiskey etc.). Baruch … over your preferred drink.

In truth the best Purim Torah and Purim Spiel is made over a cup of wine or whiskey for then the Rabbi is in a jolly moon. Unfortunately there is one Congregation Rabbi who cannot hold is liquor and the poor Rebbitzen feels like being buried under the floor when he starts.

Regarding the Egyptian Peace Treaty and the reneging of Sinai: The Rabbis Approved it except for the Lubavitcher Rebbe at the time the Rabbis said. Tehillim 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn with Meshech that I dwell beside the tents of Kedar! 6 My soul hath full long had her dwelling with him that hate peace. 7 I am all peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

Fighting Intermarriage: When a couple intermarries it is more than just two cultures coming together. We see Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews marrying each other or Litvaks and Chassidim marrying or German (Yeke) Jews marrying with Yemenite Jews and the two culture blend as the religion is the same and the holidays are the same. However, in someone does not convert or can’t convert (a non-Jew and a Cohain) the presents a problem. The children of such a union can convert but upon meeting the family of the non-Jew they get confused. There are many positive things when Gerim come into Yisrael such as the Gene Pool being enlarged and they are usually very good at following Mitzvos. Even when the person converts there can be conflicts with the children. The convert has to be aware of Halloween, Xmas, Easter with the parents and siblings of the Ger or Giores or non-observation of circumcision among the first cousins that can lead to conflict in the mind of the child. This can lead to confusion that the child is neither here nor there.

We were told that someone named Zvi Chetrit (alt. spelling Shi-rit) has been collecting in South Florida for "Chasdei Bat Sheva" and/or other causes. He does not have our Vaad card, and hasn't applied to us for one now, and at least in many years. At one time he had a certificate from a Boro Park organization that admittedly does not investigate people in a thorough manner.

The person who tipped us off, a well-known Rabbi, had actually met this person, and confirmed the collector's appearance matched the pudgy, middle-aged, non-bearded subject shown in a fax letter that was sitting in our files for a long time. The letter stated that the person was working for "Jews for J."

We have reason to believe he could still be in the area, so as with other collectors not having the "orange card", we would urge you to insist that he must show you a valid certificate from us!!

Inyanay Diyoma

The Arabs now know how to text to each other where the Israeli road blocks or out posts are. They are not working on Facebook for another Intifada.

And another new and more dangerous threat has to be taken into account:,7340,L-4040060,00.html

This may be old news by the end of the week but: and the latest:

Yehuda and Shomron according to Netanyahu and Ehud Barak does not below to HASHEM or the Jewish people:

The question remains if this meteor was spewed from a volcano on earth into the atmosphere and returned to earth? Came from another planet or an organism found its way into the meteorite years ago?

Wouldn't we expect that biological material is heat sensitive? What I remember about meteoroids is that coming in is a hot, hot, hot experience. So I'd expect that biological material has been picked up Earth-side. Otherwise wouldn't it be carbon ash? I'm a little out of phase -- but I have some memories of the Planetarium in NY. Cheers, Curt

PS Reminds me of a saying: to the question, is there intelligent life on other planets, the one questioned asks, is there intelligent life on this planet? After seeing the behavior of certain politicians both sides of the ocean I think this is a valid question – especially in lieu that they were elected by the people.

You can tell if this is good or bad for the Jews by who cheers what is going on:,7340,L-4038454,00.html

Didn’t I read somewhere in the Tanach “On the Mountains of Yisrael you shall fall”?

When in doubt show your superiority as Meister Race and yell “The Jews are our misfortune!”

From Sam F. - The happiest man in the USA based on a Gallop Poll is an Orthodox Jew:

I believe that I reported on this a few weeks ago. Lynette sent me this from the USA:


Smart phones and putting your child in grave danger:

Do you know why I don’t like mainstream media news and only Fox:

FL wakes up to Sharia:

Can you imagine what could be done if 10% went to charity:

Israel Considers Military 'Upgrade' By Richard Boudreaux and Bill Spindle Wall St. Journal

Forwarded with major commentary by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator


As I was reading the WALL ST. JOURNAL of March 8th I came upon an article entitled “Israel Considers Military 'Upgrade'’ By Richard Boudreaux and Bill Spindle.

The article (below) spoke of Israel obtaining more and improved weapons. After a few paragraphs, I knew how it would end.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would use the opportunity to request an upgrade in budget flow from President Barack Hussein Obama for a trade.

As expected, I knew the end of this story. Israel asks and gets some equipment. But then, Obama asks for in trade and gets the abandonment of Judea, Samaria, and the sacred Jewish Holy sites of Jerusalem to the Muslim Palestinian Terrorists for a launching missile site - as happened when Israel abandoned the 10,000 Jewish men, women and children in Gush Katif/Gaza and 4 communities in Northern Samaria.

This was reminiscent of then Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordering the run out of the South Lebanon Security Zone in the middle of the night, abandoning Israel’s Christian Lebanese allies to the tender mercies of Hezb’Allah. Barak made a deal for $800 Million with then President Clinton for this betrayal. (The blood money was never paid.) Barak ordered the “run” at midnight, leaving allies, armor, artillery and pallets of shells. After he did his Leftist double-cross, the abandoned area quickly filled with Hezb’Allah who caused the 2006 Second Lebanon War - firing missiles into Northern Israel, hitting Haifa, Safed and many small towns and villages.

The casualties were 43 Israeli civilians (including 18 Israeli Arabs) and 117 to 119 soldiers killed; 33 seriously wounded; 68 moderately wounded; 1388 lightly wounded. In Lebanon according to the Washington Times of September 27, Israel had the actual names of 532 Hezb’Allah fighters killed –(estimates 800 Hezb’Allah killed), approximately 512+ soldiers wounded; 46 civilians killed. Foreign civilian casualties in Lebanon 51 dead and 25 wounded.

The costs to Israel’s economy were $1.6 Billion; the war cost Israel $5.3 Billion; over 1 million Israelis lived in bomb shelters; 6,000 homes were hit by Hezb’Allah rockets; 300,000 Israelis were displaced; Israel’s forests (618 acres) burned by rocket fire are expected to recover in 50-60 years; 6,178 acres of grazing land in Israel were burned…… [Check Google to get the full report of “Casualties of the 2006 Lebanon War”. Editor note]

Today Hezb’Allah has twice as many rockets and missiles (estimated at more than 60,000) ready to saturate the Land of Israel.

In 2005 then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (like Barak in 2000) abandoned 10,000 Jewish men, women and children, 21 Jewish communities from Gush Katif/Gaza plus 4 from Northern Samaria. Neither Sharon nor Barak were ever brought to trial for their destruction of Jews and their homes.

So, as I came to end of the Wall St. Journal article and, sure enough as anticipated, the two current perfidious leaders of Israel will ask for $20 Billion so that America’s only reliable and democratic ally in the Middle East can defend herself from Arab Islamists armed by Washington Arabists. Will this be a negotiated trade for what the Muslim Palestinians want – namely, another Gaza-like Terror Base – as mandated by Obama?

Hopefully, these two Left-leaning scoundrels will also be rejected, as all the other Muslim dictators who were sent into oblivion by their people.



Israel Considers Military ‘Upgrade’ By Richard Boudreaux and Bill Spindle WALL ST. JOURNAL March 8, 2011

JERUSALEM—Israel will need to boost military spending and may seek an additional $20 billion in U.S. security assistance to help it manage potential threats stemming from popular upheavals in the Arab world, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday.

Still, he said Israel shouldn't fear changes in the region or the risk of offering bold concessions in a renewed bid to achieve peace with the Palestinians.

"It's a historic earthquake...a movement in the right direction, quite inspired," Mr. Barak said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, surveying the youthful revolts in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Gulf. "It's a movement of the Arab societies toward modernity."

In the short term, however, Israel worries that adversaries Iran and Syria "might be the last to feel the heat" of regional unrest, he said, and that public pressure could push new leaders in Egypt away from that country's 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish state.

"The issue of qualitative military edge for Israel becomes more essential for us, and I believe also more essential for you," said Mr. Barak, a former prime minister. "It might be wise to invest another $20 billion to upgrade the security of Israel for the next generation or so....A strong, responsible Israel can become a stabilizer in such a turbulent region."

Defense analysts say Israel spends about 9% of its gross national product on defense, or roughly $17 billion per year. U.S. military assistance accounts for $3 billion of that. Mr. Barak said Israel faces no imminent threat but would have to increase its spending over the long-term.

He said it was too early to judge whether Iran is exploiting the regional unrest to its benefit. But before the revolts erupted in January, he said, "You could see Arab leaders starting to hedge their bets on who is the strongest leader here, Iran or the United States."

He said he believes Egypt will respect the peace treaty and continue security cooperation with Israel "for the time being." He said he has spoken by telephone with his Egyptian counterpart, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, chief of the military council that replaced President Hosni Mubarak.

Messrs. Tantawi and Barak met about 15 years ago and discovered that they had fought on opposite sides in a fierce tank battle in the Sinai desert during the 1973 war. Mr. Barak said he told the Egyptian leader on the phone last month that "we have a responsibility to avoid that our young people fight again."

In the interview, Mr. Barak described a recent warning from another prominent Egyptian, whom he didn't name, that Israel could expect a different attitude unless it moved to make peace with the Palestinians. "He told me, 'We're going to have a really open election....Civic parties will hire advisers from the U.S. and Europe and find immediately that what can bring them voters is hostility to America and Israel.'"

Mr. Barak raised Israel's concerns with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington last month and is due to meet him again in Israel in late March. With the Obama administration pressing Israel and the Palestinians to resume U.S.-mediated talks that broke off last September, Mr. Barak said Israel could not seek pledges of additional military aid without making a "daring" peace offer.

Israeli officials are debating elements of a peace initiative, he said, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce one soon. Mr. Barak said Mr. Netanyahu is likely to offer the Palestinians a provisional state with temporary borders before tackling other core issues of the conflict, such as the fate of Palestinian refugees and rival claims to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority officials said they would reject such an offer. Mr. Barak, a dovish gadfly in a conservative-led government, said Israel or the United States would have to assure the Palestinians that a full-fledged agreement on statehood is in the offing.

Corrections & Amplifications

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, "The issue of qualitative military edge for Israel becomes more essential for us, and I believe also more essential for you." An earlier version of this article incorrectly quoted Mr. Barak as saying "qualitative military aid for Israel."

Write to Richard Boudreaux at and Bill Spindle at

IS OBAMA’S COMMITMENT TO ISLAM SHOWING? by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator

If you ever had any doubts about President Barack Hussein Obama’s commitment to Islam, observe his reluctance to engage Moammar Gadhafi, even as Gadhafi’s army and hired mercenaries slaughter Libyan civilians. But, Obama, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice said they would “keep their eyes on the situation.” Obama said he would consider imposing a no-fly zone over Tripoli, which could knock down any jet fighters or armed helicopters strafing the civilian crowds.

“Events which are currently unfolding in the Middle East are a consequence of the behind-the-scenes work of Islamic advocates within the Administration.”

by Anthony Martin, Examiner

An ex-CIA agent and counter-intelligence expert has revealed in a special report that Barack Obama has quietly appointed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to key posts within the Administration. Dr. Clare Lopez, professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, wrote a policy paper in December of 2009 which details the systematic appointment of Sharia-friendly advocates within the State Department and other government agencies.

For example, the Tehran-born Dr. Vali Nasr was appointed to co-direct Obama foreign policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Former Saudi Arabian supplicant Charles Freeman was appointed by Obama to chair the Administration’s National Intelligence Council, but withdrew his name when it was revealed he issued a 2-page screed in which he postulated a conspiracy theory claiming he had been ‘victimized’ by American supporters of Israel. In addition, John Limbert was appointed to direct U.S. policy toward the Islamist regime in Iran. Limbert, who was taken hostage during the Iranian upheaval of the late 70s-early 80s, is an Iranian sympathizer who advocates negotiation with one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. (1)

Next, examine Obama’s key Czars and Czarinas for their backgrounds in ‘questionable’ events.

Any scholar or history expert can speak with authority about mankind killing each other, from the days of the primitive tribes through to today’s years of the Nation/States.

No cruelty was too horrible to unleash against perceived enemy. While the general populace of nations was not necessarily anxious to go to war, some sort of charismatic leader could always stir their people into frenzy to justify arming and attacking. The ‘leader’ invariably evinced numerous reasons to satisfy his visceral need to find an enemy and kill them.

Often one ‘exciting’ reason was always religion – urged on by the leader(s) and the priest cults to defend their gods who were claimed to make life better for the aggressors. If there was no ‘real’ enemy available, the attacker(s) would conjure one up.

That phenomenon was well-explained by the famous psychiatrist Carl Jung. The aggressor would simply claim that it was his intended victim who had plans to attack. The Aggressor, therefore, was ‘simply defending himself and his people, his nation and his (their) gods.

In the end, it all circles back to the individual leader aggressor. Whether it was Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, Gadhafi, Nasser, Saddam Hussein or Kings in past centuries, Viking barbarians attacking for loot or honor, Church leaders sending out armies to enforce the rule of their god while looting those they conquered, there has been no limitation on cruelty – other than human imagination of how to perpetuate conquest, domination and cruelty.

One is reminded of Obama’s policies toward Iran in allowing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to continue building his nuclear bomb capability. When the Iranian people rose up and rioted in the streets in the streets, Obama offered no support except his usual psychobabble that he and his crowd would keep a careful eye on the situation. He kept that promise as his eye watched the slaughter of the Iranian people who wanted Ahmadinejad and his Ayatollahs gone.

Clearly, Obama is no protector of the American people but makes elegant speech about what a great warrior he is in protecting America and the institution of Democracy. Surely, such an incompetent leader follows the path of past Quislings ready to betray their nations.

How did an extraordinarily bumbling Chicago politician who never accomplished anything as a Junior Senator attract so much money from the Muslim people, the Muslim nations and bond with Communists, Socialists and the political scum of Chicago like Anthony Rezko, a Syrian but now in prison?

Obama reached out for the worst of the Muslim dictators like Bashar Assad of Syria who, like Iran, was found to be building nuclear facilities in their desert. Israel blew it up but, later information indicated that Syria, with the aid of Iran, Russia, and North Korea was building a second facility (or more).

Since America has an Intelligence mechanism ‘par excellence’, surely Leon Panetta, head of the CIA was fully informed but, his boss – Obama, did nothing. He left it up to Israel to solve the problem and, of course, to endure the rage of the Muslim nations.

Islam demands the fall of America, unless Capitalism has eliminated the Sharia Law imposed against the American Democratic Capitalistic nation which Obama has sworn to serve and protect.

Clearly, it seems a family trait but, he does it very well. I don’t think such treachery comes from greed for money but for higher levels of purpose – such as establishing a Global Caliphate where only Islam rules.

So, under the deft touch of Obama, the economy of America has drunk from a poisoned cup of delusion and we are drunk and reeling from its effects. Regrettably, Americans have left their destiny in the hands of weak political charlatans gathered around a perfidious man of extreme evil.


So, what is the solution – other than to permit the annihilation of peoples on to the elimination of the human race?

I recall an interesting adventure novel by Col. Oliver North entitled: “ASSASSINATION”. While the story line was supposedly fictitious, one could tell that a message was being delivered by a real-live warrior hero who had seen battle and understood the underlying reasons for human conflict. The SOLUTION, told within the fiction of a war novel seems an excellent way to deliver the message.

North’s story went something like this: Two allied groups wished to rid the world of aggressor leaders who were provoking wars and who were well-known cruel dictators even to their own people. One group was composed of retired judges of quality. They reviewed the record of the Aggressor Leader. The second group would be composed of those some would call Special Ops or Black Ops forces who qualified as well-trained assassins. They would kill only on orders from the Judicial Group who, having decided the aggressor leader was incorrigible and would never change his ways of committing mass murder. The group of assassins would then plan and carry out the elimination of the aggressor leader. (2)

Examples of such aggressors would be Hitler or Stalin in their time. Today it would have been Saddam Hussein and his sons; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Moammar Gadhafi, Osama Bin Laden and such other identified personalities that start wars for profit or are simply prone to aggression.

Clearly, Oliver North’s novel of fiction is well-grounded in fact. No point allowing millions to be killed waiting years for the Aggressor Leader to die of old age.


2. “The Assassins” by Oliver North and Joe Musser HarperCollins Publishers Avon Books NY 2005

WHO WILL WIN? THE PEOPLE FOR LIBERTY OR RADICAL ISLAM? by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator

As long as President Barack Hussein Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are in power, America’s influence in the Middle East is weak – if not lost. Then America and the rest of Free West will have lost a vital energy resource to China and other developing nations.

Two Iranian ships traversed the Suez Canal on February 23rd without any diplomatic or military objection by America, Israel, the rest of the Free West or Egypt. These are the first Iranian ships to cross the Suez since before the Iranian revolution in 1979. One was a protecting warship and the other a large freighter, capable of carrying tonnage of missiles. Having off-loaded their weapons’ cargo, the two Iranian ships returned through Suez, according to today’s Media-Line MidEast Daily (

You see the ongoing uprising of the people against their own tyrannical dictators – all across what I have called “The Poisoned Necklace” of countries Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.


Social Network Users Call for Days of Rage in Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Algeria

by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have not been spontaneous but, were planned, funded, organized and armed by the Muslim Brotherhood – probably in sync with a nuclear Iran.

The “Social Networks” have done too good a job. They intend to reach their declared goal of a Global Caliphate for Islam by implementing their own form of “Shock-and-Awe” – a forced project by consecutive and sequential “Days of Rage” in every Muslim country in the encircling ring around the Middle East and North Africa.

They have laid out their plans precisely in “Facebook” with ‘pretty pictures’: DAYS OF RAGE to be held in YEMEN, February 3 and 11; BAHRAIN: February 14; LIBYA: February 17; ALGERIA: February 4, 11, 17 and 25. [As of today, these have occurred and are still in full Civil War in Libya.]

We have previously written about these Muslim countries labeling them: “THE POISONED NECKLACE”. Count them left-to-right: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. That numbers 17 or 18 Muslim countries in a row, a “POISONED NECKLACE” ready to rumble for a Global Islamic Caliphate.

A total of 57 Muslim countries in the world are likely to join if any or all of these countries are successful in initiating a successful world uprising. Provoking an uprising against their own Arab/Muslim dictators is not that difficult, given their dictatorial leaders’ brutal treatment of their own people. The trick is to follow-up a popular uprising by riding in on the back of those rioting in the street, thinking they are going to get freedom, only to find that they have fallen into the hands of predatory Islamist/Jihadists who will rule them with even greater brutality in the name of Allah. The pattern was set by Iran and, so far it’s being repeated perfectly.

When the history of this colossal blunder is written, it will be laid correctly at the feet of an inexperienced man-child president, a pro-Arab State Department and America’s vaunted 16 Intelligence Agencies who either failed to detect the Islamic build-up or were ignored if they tried to alert a president who is appeasing Islam.

What do the countries of the Free West have ready to stop the imminent threat of Islamic Shari’a Law to the democratic, freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and pursuit of happiness?

First, they need to understand what they’re up against. That means that they must commence an urgent, in-depth study of Islam and its well-known M.O. (Modus Operandi).

Second, they must unite in common purpose to defend our way of life and liberty.

Third, they must thoroughly internalize that this is a religious war.

Fourth, they must know that this is literally a fight for life or death. [2/17/11]


I would add to this, with great regret, that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are also responsible. They gave away their power to Iran and Russia in the Mediterranean.

Of course, you should expect Russia to use Syria’s port of Latakia to accommodate a large fleet of Iran’s promised growing fleet of warships. Israel and the rest of the world ‘allowed’ the first two to traverse the Suez Canal and settle in the Mediterranean on Syria’s coast (ostensibly).

Let us remember that it was Netanyahu and Barak who allowed – or failed

to stop – the first two Iranian ships from going through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean without any military or diplomatic effort to stop those ships. They set a very dangerous precedent.

The untrustworthy Egyptian military also gave permission for the ships to go through the Suez Canal – as long as that nation was not (yet) at war with Iran. Strangely, Iran’s leaders have always viewed Egypt as an adversary to be tolerated only as long as they respected the ways of full Islamic Shari’ah Law.

America’s fleet in the Mediterranean and Israel will now be dangerously challenged by Iranian and Russian warships.

Clearly, Obama is a weak leader and too unskilled in the ways of the Muslim military world ethic. He is also afraid or unwilling to show that America is still a World SuperPower. As for Netanyahu and Barak, they have demonstrated their own brand of submission and weakness. I am sure that they will only order an attack on Iran when Iranian missiles are saturating the skies over Israel and then it will be too late. These missiles will probably be nuclear by the Iranians or chemical from the Syrians.

I wonder if the American people will have had enough of a weak President and have him pack his luggage for a long stay in Kenya or Indonesia when America has suffered sufficiently under his limp guidance.

As for Netanyahu and Barak, I wonder what nation will issue a visa for permanent residency when the Nation/State of Israel has suffered enough of their perfidious weaknesses.


P.S. March 7, 2011: The Internet reports that the two Iranian warships left Syria and re-traversed the Suez Canal south. Therefore, the heads-up written below carries greater weight, literally. That is, the Iranians delivered their cargo, which was their original intention. GRAPE describes their likely

Fears that Netanyahu is planning to surrender Judea-Samaria by Ryan Jones, Forwarded with commentary by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East Analyst & Commentator,

If indeed Netanyahu, in collaboration with Ehud Barak and President Barack Hussein Obama is planning to swindle the Jewish people out of Judea and Samaria, he should be accommodated – as was Mubarak, possibly Gadhafi, if they can catch him – and always Saddam for his collection of victims. We already know that Obama and the State Department want Israel to go back to an infertile desert. We also know that Netanyahu is a weak leader and ready to give up any part of Israel to advance his career IF the people do not eject him first.

Perhaps Bibi has already forgotten the retribution that Arik Sharon has had to suffer for giving up Gaza. I am sure that Arik has room in his bed for two more.,


Israel today Magazine

You've read the news. Now understand it. Fears that Netanyahu is planning to surrender Judea-Samaria by Ryan Jones, Monday, March 07, 2011

The Israeli media has been abuzz about a secret initiative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly planning to unveil in May should the Palestinians continue to refuse to negotiate a bilateral peace. Israelis have heard this sort of thing before, and are justifiably concerned. Netanyahu himself has not spoken directly about a new diplomatic plan, but has indicated that if the Palestinians continue to make excuses to not negotiate, Israel must be ready to initiate a unilateral plan of its own, in order to avoid an internationally-imposed resolution to the conflict. While such an Israeli initiative would likely fall well short of what the Palestinians are demanding, it could also lay the groundwork for increased international pressure and hostility on Israel, even as Israelis are promised that their “sacrifices” will give the Jewish state the upper hand. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to a similar decision, and made similar promises to Israeli before unilaterally surrendering the Gaza Strip and uprooting every Jew living there. But far from convincing the world that Israel is the party truly interested in peace, leaving Gaza has made the territory more of a thorn in Israel’s side than ever it was. Members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party are hoping he is not foolish enough to try the same thing in Judea and Samaria, and that Gaza has proven to him that merely “disengaging” from the Palestinians will not satisfy the Arabs or the international community.

Pressure is mounting on Netanyahu from within the Likud to be more transparent about what he is planning, but the prime minister has been conspicuously quiet of late. He cancelled a meeting with Likud ministers on Sunday, and has not convened his inner cabinet in several weeks. The only person Netanyahu is apparently working with is Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who on Monday told Israel Radio that he is urging the prime minister to come forward with and implement his plan much sooner than May.

“This is the time to take risks in order to prevent international isolation,” said Barak. “This is the time for leadership. We have no choice, we need to separate from the Palestinians for our own interests.”

Now for M. Wolfberg’s Good Shabbos Story “Yiddish Anyone”

Good Shabbos Everyone. The Torah tells us this week how Moshe Rabeinu set up the Mishkan (the Holy Tabernacle). At the conclusion of the account of setting up the Mishkan, the Torah tells us how the Shechina - Hashem's holy spirit filled the Mishkan.
The Torah tells us that the Shechina dwelt on the Mishkan (the Holy Tabernacle) of the Bnai Yisroel "throughout their journeys." (Shemos 40:38) Because we know that the lessons of the Torah are eternal, we can learn out an inspirational lesson from this verse. Namely, that wherever the Bnai Yisroel will travel in exile, the Holy Shechina will escort them, as is hinted to in the verse "throughout their journeys." The following amazing true story shows how the Shechina escorts even those Jews who are the farthest from Hashem.
Ohr Somayach, both in Monsey, New York and in Yerushalayim is one of the foremost Yeshivas for Ba'aley Teshuvah, those who are returning to their Jewish roots. Every student at Ohr Somayach has his own special story of how Divine Providence led him back to his roots. The story of Jonathan Goldberg (not his real name) revolves around a T-shirt with some Yiddish letters on it.
It all goes back to a Jew in Massachusetts who watched with pain as refugees who had arrived in the U.S. after World War II daily threw away Yiddish newspapers and books as they stopped speaking and reading Yiddish in order to assimilate into the American culture. Appalled by this abandonment of Jewish culture he began collecting the material left on the curb by his neighbors, and eventually established the International Yiddish Book Library in Boston.
Jonathan Goldberg's parents had little knowledge of Orthodox Judaism but were curious to see what went on at the book fair hosted by this library. For their son they bought a souvenir T-shirt, with the library’s name and logo imprinted on it in Yiddish.
Years later, Jonathan begrudgingly attended a Sunday morning class in a Conservative Hebrew School in the southern community to which they had moved. The class was taught by the wife of the rabbi of the local Orthodox synagogue. Jonathan wore the Yiddish T-shirt to the class. The teacher was curious about the T-shirt and she began to speak the young man. The conversation about the T-shirt led to a relationship with the family, which eventually resulted in the entire family becoming observant and sending their son to Ohr Somayach. (From Rabbi Mendel Weinbach)
Good Shabbos Everyone.

M. Wolfberg’s stories are sponsored by: Mazal Tov to Reb and Mrs. Yanky Leib Cantor on the occasion of the birth of their son 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 and remember to get ready for Tanis Esther on Thursday and purchase things for Purim gifts with some money available for charity.

Rachamim Pauli