Thursday, January 3, 2013

Parsha Shemos, stories and Halacha

Prayers for Men: Eliezer David HaCohain ben Naomi, Asher ben Esther Malka, Avraham ben Devorah, Zvi Yechezkel ben Leah, Aharon ben Rishol, Chaim Zev ben Faige Tova, Naphtali Moshe ben Tziporah, Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Yoel ben Esther, Zev ben Rachel, Binum Benyamin Tuvia ben Chana Friedel, Yehonatan ben Malka, Aaron ben Sara Chana, Aharon ben Miriam, Aiyahu ben Sonia Silvie

Women: Karen Neshama bas Esther Ruth, Chaya Melecha Rachel bas Baila Alta, Rachel bas ChanaHodaya Nirit bas Mazel, Rivka bas Idit, Kayla Rus bas Chaya Rachel, Aharona Aliza bas Chaya, Chava Malka bas Chaya, Zahava bas Sara, Adina bas Sara, Esther bas Tziporah, *Miriam bas Irene Taita Malka (see below)

I want to say that I check up on the names that I ask to be to pray for and when I did not receive answers regarding two women this week, I removed them from the list: Here is a letter that I got in French and via Bing Translator have posted it: To answer your question about my health. Unfortunately, my condition worsened! A surgery operation, would have to take place October 25, 2012. This could not be done, my state of health is very weakened. There was a risk of mortality, too important, to support the operation. Now, B "H, I could be facing a new hospital and surgeon in Paris. He is Dr. Philippe SELLAM, took over my medical records in hand. I stabilize me in order to be made Blieder, Monday, January 14, 2013. This time, I hope if God want, this operation will be performed as expected, and that I would survive Amen. While knowing that it is planned to operate on me 3 or 4 times to remove me all that is undesirable and sickens in my body. Can not remove me all at once, it's too risky! I hope that you understand the nature of the steps of these procedures, to which I hope not only survive if God want it, but hand me completely, to be present to raise my daughter Abigail 11 year-old ve amen Amen. So I still need your prayers and let me remember my name my mother also: I am (Myriam) daughter of IreneTaita Malka. Thank you for your prayers and your support. Still me more than my mom, who is a lot of concern for me. God forgive me for inflicting such suffering to my mom and my daughter Amen. May God bless you and protect you, you and your family Amen Amen ve. Thank you from the heart.

Two miracles a woman who vomited for 7 months during pregnancy gave birth to a normal and healthy boy. An infant saved by a miracle

Parsha Shemos

When we were in Egypt, it became a task of Pharaoh to trick the Bnei Yisrael into a national service. The tribe of Levi which was the Priestly Class as he was the last brother to die had religious exemption. (Sound familiar in today’s Israeli Politics) Eventually the voluntary national service for Pharaoh became obligatory until eventually it became slavery.

I took part of Rabbi Pinchas Winston’s Shlita Drasha and incorporated it here.
So, they weren’t punished for their fear, or for being nervous to go to war against the 31 kings of Canaan and to take the Land. They were punished because, in their panic, they closed their minds and the door to Eretz Yisrael and, in effect, had outlived their usefulness. By rejecting Eretz Yisrael when they had, they rejected God’s plan for Creation, and signed their own death warrants.
This is why the Jewish people are praised for not changing the language, their clothes, and the food they ate, which does not sound like much of deal. After all, they had fallen down to the 49th level of spiritual impurity, so what difference did it make that they still had something to distinguish them from the Egyptians all around them?
It made all the difference in the world to Heaven, and was the merit they needed to be saved from spiritual oblivion. God knew their souls, and the test that was Egypt, and though they failed to maintain the high spiritual level on which they ancestors descended to Egypt, after 210 years it was pretty significant that they maintained anything at all, from God’s perspective.
Likewise it says about the final generation in advance of the Messianic Era:
I will remember the land, which will have been left behind by them, enjoying its Sabbaths, lying desolate without them. The transgression of despising My judgments and detesting My laws, will [also] have been atoned for. In spite of all of this, even though they live in the land of their enemies, I will not discard them, or detest them to the point of annihilating them, or void My covenant with them, for I am God, your God. For their sake, I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt before the eyes of the nations, to be their God. I am God. (Vayikra 26:40-45)
Why shouldn’t God discard us, knowing how much we have assimilated into foreign cultures? Because, He knows our souls, and our circumstances, and how difficult the test it, and He takes it all into account. Not everyone may survive, but at least those who try the best they can to be the best they can be, will have a special place in God’s plan at the end of history.

1:1 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came into Egypt with Jacob; every man came with his household:

And these are the names of the sons of Israel: Although [God] counted them in their lifetime by their names (Gen. 46:8-27), He counted them again after their death, to let us know how precious they are [to Him], because they were likened to the stars, which He takes out [From beyond the horizon] and brings in by number and by name, as it is said: who takes out their host by number; all of them He calls by name (Isa. 40:26). [From Tanchuma Buber, Shemot 2; Exod. Rabbah 1:3]

2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; and Joseph was in Egypt already. 6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph.

Understanding Pshat (simple meaning) in our times: When Zachariah says "On that Day" and Yeshaya says "It will be said on that day here is our G-D"                                              Are we surprised when this happens and people don’t know or remember or even want to politically remember? In recent history in the times of Balfour the United Kingdom said one thing and England and France were our allies in the Sinai Campaign in early 5617 but now they are chattering about building in E1 portion of Yerushalayim. A lot of people are telling me Gematria and Bible Codes of Capitols of the world that will cease to exist by “THAT DAY” and among them are places dear to the hearts of all Britain and France. Those who understand will understand and make Aliyah.

Another explanation is that a new Dynasty took over Egypt – Rav Eliyahu Schatz Shlita or like my wife discussed with me similar to what is happening in Mitzrayim today that Morsi is eliminating the peace that his two predecessors made with Yisrael and it looks like in the future the Jihad will be at war with us again and this time perhaps we will conquer Sinai for the third time and annex it!

9 And he said unto his people: 'Behold, the people of the children of Israel are too many and too mighty for us;

Look they control all the money (banking) and they will join with our enemies in time of war to over throw us. They have dual loyalties one to Pharaoh and one to Yisrael.

10 come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there befalls us any war, they also join themselves unto our enemies, and fight against us, and get them up out of the land.' 11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were adread because of the children of Israel.

Man proposes G-D disposes. Plan number one back fired so now in Pasuk 15 we see plan number two and finally in Pasuk 22 plan number three.

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field; in all their service, wherein they made them serve with rigour. 15 And the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah; 16 and he said: 'When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, ye shall look upon the birthstool: if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.' 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.

But they enabled the boys to live: They provided water and food for them. [From Sotah 11b] [The word וַךְתְּחַיֶּיןָ is found in verse 17 and again in verse 18.] The first is translated וְקַיָּמָא, and they enabled to live, and the second וְקַיֵּמְךְתִּין, and you enabled to live, because in Hebrew, for the feminine plural, this word and others like it are used as the third person past tense and the second person past tense, e.g. “And they said (וַךְתֹּאמַרְןָ), ‘An Egyptian man מִצְרִי) (אִישׁ ’” (Exod. 2:19), the past tense, like וַיֹּאמְרוּ for the masculine plural; you have spoken (וַךְתְּדַבֵּרְנָה) with your בְּפִיכֶם (Jer. 44:25), an expression like וַךְתְּדַבֵּרְנָה, the equivalent of דִבַּרְךְתֶּם for the masculine plural. Similarly, You have profaned (וַךְתְּחַלֶּלְנָה) Me before My people (Ezek. 13:19), the past tense, an expression like חִלַּלְךְתֶּם, the equivalent of וַךְתְּחַלּלוּ for the masculine plural. If it was necessary to supply the infants with food, Ohr Hachayim asks why the midwives did not do it prior to Pharaoh’s decree. He answers that the Torah means that despite Pharaoh’s decree, the midwives continued their previous practice, that is, supplying needy children with nourishment. He suggests further that they particularly sustained the male children lest one die and they be suspected of being responsible for his death. Rashi explains that in the Hebrew, there is a conversive vav, (turning past into future and future into past). Therefore, since the future forms of the feminine plural, both in the second person and in the third person, are identical, the same is true for the past forms with the conversive vav. [Mizrachi] In Aramaic, however, since there is no conversive vav, the two past forms are different. [Divrei David]

18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them: 'Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive?' 19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh: 'Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwife come unto them.' 20 And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. 21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that He made them houses. 22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying: 'Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.'

All his people: He issued this decree upon them as well. On the day Moses was born, his astrologers told him [Pharaoh], Today the one who will save them has been born, but we do not know whether from the Egyptians or from the Israelites, but we see that he will ultimately be smitten through water. Therefore, on that day he issued a decree also upon the Egyptians, as it is said: Every son who is born, and it does not say: who is born to the Hebrews. They did not know, however, that he [Moses] would ultimately suffer because of the water of Meribah (Num. 20:7-13) [i.e., that he would not be permitted to enter the Holy Land]. [From Sotah 12a, Exod. Rabbah 1:18, Sanh. 101b]

Without a good Yiddisher Kopf, Pharaoh and his advisors were foolish or at best stupid. Think about it kill the males and you kill your labor but keep the females alive and they can reproduce with an older male with more than one wife. The basic education in Judaism has always been with the mother from cradle to and through the ages of kindergarten until the child was old enough to be in a real classroom type of environment with a teacher.  

2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bore a son; and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child therein, and laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river; and her maidens walked along by the river-side; and she saw the ark among the flags, and sent her handmaid to fetch it. 6 And she opened it, and saw it, even the child; and behold a boy that wept. And she had compassion on him, and said: 'This is one of the Hebrews' children.' 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter: 'Shall I go and call thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?' 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her: 'Go.' And the maiden went and called the child's mother. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her: 'Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.' And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

This is around the time of the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Glixman (what a hidden Tzaddik) and I remember him talking about this and laughing. See how HASHEM works Pharaoh is afraid of the Moshiach of the Bnei Yisrael so HASHEM has the events take place that the redeemer grows up in Pharaoh’s own household under his patronage.

10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses, and said: 'Because I drew him out of the water.' 11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown up, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

He turned this way and that way: He saw what he [the Egyptian] had done to him [the Hebrew] in the house and what he had done to him in the field (Exod. Rabbah 1:28). But according to its simple meaning, it is to be interpreted according to its apparent meaning, i.e., he looked in all directions and saw that no one had seen him slay the Egyptian. and he saw that there was no man: [I.e., he saw that] there was no man destined to be descended from him [the Egyptian] who would become a proselyte [i.e., a convert]. [From Exod. Rabbah 1:29]

No good would ever arise from this individual. The Medrash says he used THE NAME but that does not make sense with 3:17 so it is just not so rather it appears like the Pshat indicates that he dealt the man a blow or argued with him that he had a heart attack. There is a Medrash too that he had conquered an African Country and had a wife from there and the “Black woman” mentioned by Miriam in Bamidbar 12:1 was his queen from there and not Tziporah but this is only speculation and the Pshat seems to indicate that Tziporah was his only wife.

13 And he went out the second day, and, behold, two men of the Hebrews were striving together; and he said to him that did the wrong: 'Wherefore do you smite your fellow?' 14 And he said: 'Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Do you think to kill me, as thou didst kill the Egyptian?' And Moses feared, and said: 'Surely the thing is known.'

The Bnei Yisrael could easily Pshat who the killer of the Egyptian was. For the Bnei Yisrael feared the Egyptian and the only one who it possibly could be was somebody who had the possibility of getting close to him and that would be Moshe.

15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

Dathan and Aviram were the Bnei Yisrael Kapos of their day and they wanted the reward money for squealing on whom the killer of the Egyptian was. It became clear to Moshe that he had better flee if he wanted to keep his head. He grabbed his supplies and set off on his own as fast as he could by his own mode of transport.

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

Now the chief of Midian had: Heb. וּלְכֹהֵן מִדְיָן, i.e., the most prominent among them. He had abandoned idolatry, so they banned him from [living with] them. [From Exod. Rabbah 1:32, Tanchuma, Shemos 11] the troughs: Pools of running water, made in the ground.

Based on the Rashi here and the statement that he was also the Priest of Midian one can conclude that they had a double or triple role among his people. 1) King (2) Priest and finally (3) Medicine man as in many tribes the Priest is also the Medicine Man. We have our own example not of king but as Talmud Chacham Medicine Man in the Rambam. Even today we have Rabbi and MD Zev Vilna, Cardiologist of Tel HaShomer Hospital and Rabbi MD Shalom Friedman, Surgeon in Hadassah Hospital and many more. The top of the list is Rabbi Firer Shlita who is not a Dr.; but the whole Jewish World and then some contact him for medical advice and whom to turn to in almost every country in the world. This week the former head of Israel National Security was featured for the first time after his liver transplant thanking Rabbi Firer.

You could only guess what the Shepherds were thinking but they feared the head of the tribe to lay their hands on his daughters but to tease them they did as good bullies do and Moshe who had been trained in war tactics and combat under Pharaoh had no problem driving these local Yokels away.

17 And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. 18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said: 'How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?'

The Medrash notes that Yisro had 7 names one was listed here and elsewhere Hobab etc. Some of the names might be titles like this one could seer or  perhaps lover of or brotherhood of G-D and a title.

19 And they said: 'An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock.' 20 And he said unto his daughters: 'And where is he? Why is it that ye have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.'

Why have you left the man: He recognized him [Moses] as being of the seed of Jacob, for the water rose toward him. [From Exod. Rabbah 1:32, Tanchuma Shemos 11] and let him eat bread: Perhaps he will marry one of you, as it is said: except the bread that he ate (Gen. 39:6) [alluding to Potiphar’s wife]. [From Exod. Rabbah 1:32, Tanchuma, Shemos 11]

We must recall that Midian learned hospitality from Avraham Avinu listed in Beresheis 25:2 and Divrei HaYamim I 1:32.

21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses Tziporah his daughter. 22 And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said: 'I have been a stranger in a strange land.'

A wise man sees a nice catch for his daughter he takes him in as a guest and she gets to his heart via his stomach.

23 And it came to pass in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died; and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

When Pharaoh died they really cried but not like the Kim Jong Ill cries but for freedom.

24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God saw the children of Israel, and God took cognizance of them.

This is the rule everytime the Bnei Yisrael cry unto HASHEM in sincerity, HE listens!

3:1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the farthest end of the wilderness, and came to the mountain of God, unto Horeb.

As I mentioned above Reuel is now Yisro. The Pshat seems to be that Yisro already knew this mountain as a holy site and there is no reason not to believe so. Rashi holds differently from the Pshat.

To the mountain of God: [Mount Horeb is called “the mountain of God”] in view of the [events of the] future.

2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

in a flame of fire: Heb. בִּלַבַּת אֵשׁ, in a flame of (שַׁלְהֶבֶת) fire, the heart (לִבּוֹ) of fire, like “the heart (לֵב) of the heavens” (Deut. 4:11), “in the heart (בְּלֵב) of the terebinth” (II Sam. 18:14). Do not wonder about the tav [in לִבַּת], for we have [an instance] similar to this: How degenerate is your heart (לִבָּתֵ) (Ezek. 16:30).

3 And Moses said: 'I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.' 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said: 'Moses, Moses.' And he said: 'Here am I.'

I assume the double Moshe is because if one hears words, one expects to see a person in the flesh and blood calling the name and not from the midst of the burning Sneh!

5 And He said: 'Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou stand is holy ground.'

Like the Cohanim in the Beis HaMikdash who went barefoot.

6 Moreover He said: 'I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. 7 And the LORD said: 'I have surely seen the affliction of My people that are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their pains; 8 and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me; moreover I have seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. … 14 God said to Moses, "Ehyeh asher ehyeh (I will be what I will be)," and He said, "So shall you say to the children of Israel, 'Ehyeh (I will be) has sent me to you.'"

“Ehyeh asher ehyeh (I will be what I will be)”: “I will be” with them in this predicament “what I will be” with them in their subjugation by other kingdoms. He [Moses] said before Him, “O Lord of the universe! Why should I mention to them another trouble? They have enough [problems] with this one.” He said to him, “You have spoken well. So shall you say, etc.” -[from Ber. 9b] (Not that Moses, God forbid, outsmarted God, but he did not understand what God meant, because originally, when God said, “I will be what I will be,” He told this to Moses alone, and He did not mean that he should tell it to Israel. That is the meaning of “You have spoken well,” for that was My original intention, that you should not tell such things to the children of Israel, only “So shall you say to the children of Israel,” ‘Ehyeh [I will be] has sent me.’” From tractate Berachoth this appears to be the correct interpretation. Give this matter your deliberation.) [Annotation to Rashi] [There appears to be no indication of this interpretation in tractate Berachoth.]

The bad English translation I AM only guarantees the present just as I WAS would guarantee what happened with Avraham, etc. but I WILL BE guarantees the future which is most important to the nation.

15 And God said moreover unto Moses: 'Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you; this is My name forever, and this is My memorial unto all generations. 16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, hath appeared unto me, saying: I have surely remembered you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have said: I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. 18 And they shall hearken to thy voice. And thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him: The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, hath met with us. And now let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. 19 And I know that the king of Egypt will not give you leave to go, except by a mighty hand. 20 And I will put forth My hand, and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in the midst thereof. And after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. And it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty; 22 but every woman shall ask of her neighbor, and of her that sojourned in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.'

4:115 And you shall speak unto him, and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people; and it shall come to pass, that he shall be to thee a mouth, and thou shalt be to him in God's stead. 17 And you shalt take in thy hand this rod, wherewith thou shalt do the signs.' … 21 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'When you go back into Egypt, see that thou do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in thy hand; but I will harden his heart, and he will not let the people go. 22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus says the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born.

Once there was a Jew who came from a non-religious house. His mother pleaded to him with no avail and he was going to leave to convert to a different religion. She came to Rabbi Glixman and asked him to intervene. The chances were slim and the members of that group were waiting on the lawn and in cars to take him to their area. He was given all their propaganda to debate with Rabbi Glixman. Then came the clincher what about HE gave HIS only son? This is one of the basis for their belief and not for the belief of the Bnei Noach or Am Yisrael. Rabbi Glixman calmly opened up the Chumash with the Hebrew on one side and the English on the other to the above Pasuk. The fellow turned red with anger at his friends and went out and took his belongings from the car shouting at them with the Holy Scriptures in hand “You lied to me that man was not HIS only son.”

23 And I have said unto thee: Let My son go, that he may serve Me; and thou hast refused to let him go. Behold, I will slay thy son, thy first-born.'—

Either Pharaoh would let the Bnei Yisrael go or he would lose his heir apparent and then let the people go. It was Pharaoh’s free will at this point.

24 And it came to pass on the way at the lodging-place, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

On the way, in an inn and sought to put him to death: [I.e., He sought] Moses, because he had neglected to circumcise his son Eliezer. Because he neglected it, he was [to be] punished with death. It was taught in a Braitha: Rabbi Jose said: God forbid! Moses did not neglect it, but he reasoned: Shall I circumcise [him] and go forth on the road? It will be dangerous for the child for three days. Shall I circumcise [him] and wait three days? The Holy One, blessed be He, commanded me, “Go, return to Egypt.” [Moses hurried to Egypt intending to circumcise Eliezer upon his return.] Why [then] was he to be punished with death? Because first he busied himself with [the details of] his lodging. [This appears] in tractate Nedarim (31b). The angel turned into a sort of serpent and swallowed him [Moses] from his head to his thighs, and then [spit him out and] swallowed him from his feet to his private parts. Tziporah therefore understood that it was because of [the failure to perform] the circumcision [that this occurred]. — [from Ned. 32a, Exodus Rabbah 5:5]

The snake is often used as a messenger of HASHEM. This snake was the snake from Gan Eden and really an Angel but not to test Moshe but to bring a message. For had it been a real Python, Moshe would have first been strangled to death but here it was only a hint on the lack of a Bris! The Bnei Yisrael went 40 years in the desert without circumcision so why was Moshe circumcising his son different? Because he was to be an example to all.

25 Then Tziporah took a flint, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet; and she said: 'Surely a bridegroom of blood art thou to me.' 26 So He let him alone. Then she said: 'A bridegroom of blood in regard of the circumcision.'

Then the snake slithered off or became a Malach and flew back to heaven. [Recall the story of the Jewish American who fought in the ‘80’s with the Taliban against the Russians and the cobra stood against him for 8 hours until it slithered away and when he arrived at the encampment found everybody in his group dead – it would take a while for him to get the message and become a Baal Teshuva.]  

27 And the LORD said to Aaron: 'Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.' And he went, and met him in the mountain of God, and kissed him.

Perhaps Moshe had doubts about what was happening to him if he was not a delusional 80 year old. When Aaron shows up, he cannot think that he had delusions of grandeur for two people in two different places do not get the same delusions at the same time.

28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD wherewith He had sent him, and all the signs wherewith He had charged him. 29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. 30 And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had remembered the children of Israel, and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Aaron being a religious authority convinced the people to believe. However, things went only straight forward for a short time and upon meeting Pharaoh, things turned sour and the conditions before the redemption worsen to the extent that most of the people turn against Moshe. At this point Moshe cries unto HASHEM and then receives the following reply:

6:1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand shall he let them go, and by a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.'

Editorial – A crazy planet full of crazy people

In India an incident similar to the Pilegesh of Givah Shoftim (Judges) all of Chapter 19 with the exception that the Indian woman did not play the harlot and she was probably a virgin. In both horrible cases a woman was raped to death. Since the Kinsey Report in 1948, the world has become more and more immoral and promiscuous. Women and men are instead of being moral giving in to the basest of instincts. We have always had sin because Vayikra 18 – 20 are filled with forbidden things and comes along Kinsey and they become permissible. I would sound like a cheap novel if I iterated them and bestiality is the next barrier that the Yetzer plans to break down in the last days before Moshiach. What was normal in 1947 and moral in 1947 is a thing of the past in many societies. It is time to return to G-D for if not we will find ourselves being swept away in the war of Gog and Magog.

A so-called Baal Teshuva move into my area but the man does not want to work, but to freeload off of people. His behavior is criminal so I assume that he “repented” partially for his earlier behavior. He has rented in the last close to a dozen years 10 apts. What does he do? He rents from people and pays rent for a few months and then stops paying the rent, electricity and water on the hands of the owner of the building. He lives in Charedi areas where most of the people who rent do so because they need every penny. My friend rented out his downstairs and had to shut off the water and use rainwater for the toilets and washing and get from the Synagogue regular water and bathe in a Charedi swimming pool & shower. He also had to come to people like myself for doing his wash. The character still refuses to remove his furniture from the house or pay the back rent, water or electricity and until the Israeli courts can deal with this, it is stuck. It may be this man who borrowed from a charity and refused to pay back an non-interest loan. Also this is in the Israeli Courts.    

Not that there is real justice when treason can prosper: High Court judges Israeli Arab MK Zouabi eligible for re-election DEBKAfile December 30, 2012, 11:33 AM (GMT+02:00) An expanded High Court bench of nine judges overruled the Central Election Committee’s decision to disqualify MK Hanan Zouabi of the Balad party from running for reelection on Jan. 22. The High Court will disclose it reasons at a later date. A number of parties demanded Zouabi be disqualified because she was aboard the Turkish Mavis Marmara and collaborated with the attempt mounted by the Turkish IHH terrorist group to break the Israeli naval blockade against the Gaza Strip.

The Mezuzah and the cost (A short general guide not full Halachos)

Only a qualified scribe can write a Mezuzah. Some scribes go to the Mikvah before they start writing. A Mezuzah can only be written on parchment from a kosher animal and prepared only from a certain part of the skin called Klaf in Hebrew. The ink is prepared from certain ingredients. The writing instrument is made by the Sofer who sharpens it from time to time. Not everybody is capable of writing a Mezuzah. Rabbi S. W. took a course for months only to be told that his writing was not good enough. Unlike a Megilla or Sefer Torah; both Tephillin and Mezuzos cannot have a mistake in them (not an ink problem that can be corrected) but if a word is skipped or misplaced or some other mistake that cannot be corrected, the Mezuzah is Pasul and must be thrown out or if it has a NAME, buried. All this drives up the cost of Mezuzos. A Stam Sofer usually has another Sofer check over his work to make sure that it is perfect. All this adds to the cost. Purchasing a Mezuzah from the Sofer can cost starting a $45 a Mezuzah. My son in his book story usually negotiates for a lower price and makes a few dollars on each one so he keeps his stock low and Tephillin he orders special upon demand. People complain about the high cost but after the Klaf, ink, inspection and per the time it takes to write properly and possible loss via a mistake, the poor Sofer does not have that much from his labor. The putting up of the Mezuzah on the door posts can be done by a woman who makes the blessing.

Halacha 17
When one leaves the bath, he should dress and cover his head in the outer room [of the bathhouse], so that he not catch a chill. He should take this precaution even in the summer.
After leaving [the baths], he should wait until he regains his composure, and the warmth [from bathing] has receded, and then eat.
A nap before eating, after the bath, is very beneficial. One should not drink cold water on leaving the baths and it goes without saying, that he should not drink while bathing. If he should be thirsty upon leaving the bath and cannot refrain, he should mix the water with wine or honey, and drink.
It is beneficial for one to rub himself with oil at the baths, during the winter, after he has rinsed off.
Halacha 18
One should not accustom himself to constant bloodletting. He should not be bled unless there is an extreme necessity. He should not be bled in the summer or winter, but slightly in Nisan and slightly in Tishrei.
After the age of fifty, he should not be bled at all. He should not be bled and go to the baths on the same day, or leave on a journey after being bled; nor should he be bled on the day on which he returns from a trip.
He should eat less than usual on the day of a bloodletting. He should rest on that day, not exert himself, nor exercise, nor stroll.
Halacha 19
Semen is the strength of the body, its life [force], and the light of the eyes; the greater the emission [of sperm], [the greater] the damage to the body, to its strength and the greater the loss to one's life [span]. This was implied by Solomon in his wisdom: "Do not give your strength to women" (Proverbs 31:3).
Whoever is steeped in sexual relations, old age springs upon him [before its time], his strength is depleted, his eyes become dim, a foul odor emanates from his mouth and his armpits, the hair of his head, his eyebrows, and eyelashes fall out, the hair of his beard, armpits, and legs grows in abundance, his teeth fall out and he suffers many pains beyond these. The wise of the doctors have said: One of a thousand dies from other illnesses and a thousand from excessive intercourse.
Therefore, a person must take care in this mater if he wishes to live in good [health]. He should not engage in intercourse except when the body is healthy and particularly strong, when he has many involuntary erections, the erection is still present even when he makes an effort to think of something else, he finds a heaviness from the loins and below, the tendons of the testicles seem to be stretched, and his flesh is warm. Such a person needs to engage in intercourse and it is medically advisable.
He should not engage in intercourse on a full or empty stomach, but after the food has been digested. He should examine himself to see if he needs to move his bowels before and after intercourse. He should not engage in intercourse while standing or sitting, nor in the bathhouse, nor on a day on which he goes to the bathhouse, nor on a day on which he lets blood, nor on the day he departs on a journey or arrives from a journey, nor [on the day] before or afterwards.
Halacha 20
Whoever conducts himself in the ways which we have drawn up, I will guarantee that he will not become ill throughout his life, until he reaches advanced age and dies. He will not need a doctor. His body will remain intact and healthy throughout his life.
One may rely on this guarantee] unless [his body] was impaired from the birth, he was accustomed to one of the harmful habits from birth, or should there be a plague or a drought in the world.
Halacha 21
All of these beneficial habits which we have stated apply only to a healthy man. In contrast, a sick person, or one who has a single organ which is not healthy, or one who has followed a harmful way of life for many years, each of these must choose different patterns of behavior in accordance with his [particular] illness as it is explained in the medical literature.
Any change from the conduct which one normally follows is the beginning of sickness.
Halacha 22
Where there is no doctor available, neither the healthy nor the sick man should budge from all the directions given in this chapter for each of them ultimately brings to a beneficial result.
Halacha 23
A Torah Sage is not permitted to live in a community which does not have the following: a doctor, a blood letter, a bathhouse, a latrine, an available source of water such as a river or a spring, a synagogue, a teacher of children, a scribe, a charity supervisor, a rabbinical court empowered to impose corporal punishment and jail sentences.

Watch out what you dish out: A newspaper printed a list of legal registered guns in New York and the address of the owners. The owners posted kindly for criminals who wish to rob a pushover the addresses of the newspaper editors and author of the post all over the internet. Congratulations on stupidity and violation of privacy all the way around. I wish they would have published that I have an armory with security cameras and tear gas and 6 hungry Rottweiler dogs trained to maim or kill.

Put a painting of Hitler where Jews died to aggravate people:

Third intifada: A female soldier was hurt Saturday near Neve Tsuf and the civilian motorist driving on the 443 highway to Jerusalem near Maccabim – both by flying rocks thrown by Palestinians. IDF and Border Guard troops were also attacked with bottle bombs in three parts of the West Bank. Saturday night, the Nahal  Bazelet battalion detained two Palestinians south of Nablus in possession of a pistol, two knives, a bottle bomb and instructions for their use.

HASHEM Yisborach watches over all creation: I have a humor list that I send out to a number of close friends of which for every about 30 posts I get, I read about 20 plus or minus and mail out one or two or combine one or two to my friends. From Chaim B. Subject: FW: Israel - Dead Sea - IBEX-this is an unbelievable education

Not the survival of the fittest but the defenses that HASHEM has given to the weak.

Shalom Rachamim:
My wife tells me I repeat stories and happenings.  So perhaps I have told this this before.  In brief, a bunch of Ibex head up a steep mountain pass, being followed at 1/2 hour behind by a snow leopard.  The leopard had the ability to jump maybe 30 feet.  Even an Ibex cannot do that.  The male goat leads them to a gap near the top of the mountain pass.  There is another mountain just past the gap, but it is not obvious that the little kids could jump the gap.  In any event, the leopard certainly could, so I didn't understand why the lead goat stopped.  About 20 minutes later, with the leopard closing in, the lead male Ibex starts running back and forth in the group.  They are all watching him now.  Then he heads for the gap between the two mountains.  The gap defines a vertical cliff between the two mountains. 

The head male goat jumps, but it is obvious he jumps short.  He's not going to make it across.  But he wasn't planning to make it across.  He lands on a nib of a rock on the face of the cliff, rotates 180 degrees, and jumps back to the other face of the cliff.  And this behavior continues, as the Ibex runs down the cliff from side to side.  But even more amazing is that the other goats follow him, nib to nib.  Even the young kids follow him.  The snow leopard, once 30 minutes behind, then only 10, now finds that it must go down the mountain the way it came up -- it is a full hour behind.

Shalom, Laib

A year after stroke, Kirk climbs Capitol steps

For Mark Kirk, there was no white light, no tunnel.
What Illinois' junior U.S. senator experienced was three angels standing at the foot of his bed.
"You want to come with us?" Kirk was asked.
"No," he told them. "I'll hold off."
The Highland Park Republican, who plans to return to the Senate when Congress convenes Thursday, recounted the story in his first in-depth interview since he suffered a massive stroke nearly a year ago.
Awakening from what he says might have been a dream, a side effect of medication or a near-death experience, Kirk found himself lying in a hospital bed in Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, hooked up to monitors and tubes.
He had no way of immediately knowing what had transpired in the days after he suffered an ischemic stroke on Jan. 21, 2012; that doctors had put him in a coma and performed several surgeries, temporarily removing a 4-by-8 inch portion of skull to allow his brain to swell and heal.
What Kirk did know was how close he had been to death.
"A thing goes off in your head that this is the end," he remembered.

Some people have values and others no love for their fellow frum Jews:,7340,L-4326163,00.html

Something is wrong with the population estimate. In Israel there are approximately 1,500,000 Orthodox Jews and in the diaspora much more than half a million more.:,7340,L-4326173,00.html

Israeli training accident leaves a female cadet seriously wounded:,7340,L-4327836,00.html

Wishful thinking poll perhaps the very rightwing party will get in but not 8 mandates and the Likud I think less and Shass more as for National Union it could be but it looks too much too to me it appears more like Ron Paul supporters and the poll:

Israel like all countries with large companies and large unions is not exempt from corruption:,7340,L-4327943,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma

Yehuda and the Shomron to another Gaza:,7340,L-4325541,00.html

My name’s Cliff drop over any time $1 extra in aid to Egypt:

Abbas threatens to resign I am not waiting with baited breath:

Devil and Daniel Webster now as the Devil and Syria a modern sequel:


Infiltrating the USA with Coke terror:,7340,L-4325850,00.html

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or "extremely obese" has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

Rumors about the real “sickness” and accident of Hillary Clinton:

You have up to two months of not much worry financially but then???

Where are the remains of Eli Cohen?

Moshe Feiglin proposes paying half a million dollars to each Arab family will to leave Israel:,7340,L-4327557,00.html

Shimshon fell for a woman and lost his strength.

This has nothing to do with Syria???

Clamping down on the third Intifada before it gets too far out of hand (although I think it is already on its way),7340,L-4328045,00.html

Now for M. Wolfberg’s Good Shabbos Story “Next Year in Yerushalayim”

Good Shabbos Everyone. Many people say “Next Year in Jerusalem... and the year after that, how about a cruise?” “Next Year in Jerusalem” does not refer to vacation plans. Next Year in Jerusalem means that we must believe that Moshiach will come at any minute and redeem us.
        The Rabbis tell us that Hashem actually intended man to live a life of total enjoyment in the paradise of the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, we were temporarily banished from paradise after the sin of Odam and Chava. Even so, Hashem has promised us that our final destiny is to once again experience the happiness and tranquility of the Garden of Eden. (When Moshiach Comes, R.Y. Chayoun, R.Y.M.Rappaport trans.) The coming of Moshiach is an important milestone in our road back to the Garden of Eden.   
        Belief in Moshiach is a basic point of belief in our religion. As we recite daily in the 13 Principles of Faith according to the Rambam: “I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Moshiach, even though he may delay, I anticipate his arrival every day.”
        The Torah speaks about Moshiach in our parsha this week Vayechi. As the verse tells us: “The scepter shall not depart from Yehudah nor a scholar among his descendants until Shiloh arrives and his will be an assembly of nations.”(Bereishis – Genesis 49:10) Rashi explains that this verse is referring to Moshiach who will be a Jewish King from the tribe of Yehudah.   When Moshiach comes, the Nations will gather around him to seek the wisdom of Hashem.
        When Moshiah comes, the entire character of civilization will change. (Ibid,citing Rav Sadia Gaon Emunos ve’Deos 8:6) As we read in the Haftara for the last day of Pesach “The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie with the kid.... They shall do no evil, nor will they destroy... for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of G-d, as the waters cover the sea.” (Ibid, citing Yishayahu 11:6-9) The world will be a better place for everyone; suffering, violence, corruption, and evil will be replaced by universal brotherhood, peace and fellowship.
        In 1777, Reb Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk led a large group of Chassidim to Eretz YisroeI, where they established a community in Tiberias. Some time after his arrival, some enterprising fool climbed up the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and blew a mighty blast from his shofar. The simple folk who heard it assumed in their innocence that this was the long-awaited shofar of Moshiach, heralding the good news of the Redemption. But when the rumor reached Reb Menachem Mendel, he opened the window, looked around at the world outside, and said: "No. I do not feel that there is anything new in the air."
        All of the strife in the world will disappear with Moshiach and the United Nations will be out of business forever. For this reason, we must long for the coming of Moshiach. The Midrash in fact tells us that “A generation which longs for the reign of Moshiach will be redeemed immediately.” (Ibid,citing Yalkut Shimoni, Eicha) The Sages also teach us that when a Jew is called to give a reckoning of his deeds before the Heavenly Court at the end of his life, the first question put to him will be: “Did you anticipate the redemption?” (Ibid, citing Shabbos 31a)
        Reb Moshe of Rozvidov, the son of Reb Eliezer of Dzikov, was once talking of Moshiach in the company of a group of his chassidim. They came to discuss the different dates of the arrival of Moshiach which had been calculated by various tzaddikim. The Sages tell us that the world will last for a maximum of 6000 years. Out of all the years remaining until the six thousand years elapse, there are certain times when Moshiach was predicted to come.
        "Believe me, my brothers," said Reb Moshe, "that even if the nine hundred and ninety-ninth year of the sixth thousand year comes around and we reach sunset of the last day of that year, right before the last minute, and Moshiach has not yet come - I will not despair, G-d forbid. I will confidently await his coming." (Sipurei Chassidim al HaTorah, p.158, Reb S.Y. Zevin, R.U. Kaploun trans.)
        Reb Yaakov Yitzchak, the Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin, was once discussing these same calculations of the arrival of Moshiach. Those who predicted when Moshiach would come often based their predictions on a verse from the Torah. The Chozeh commented that even though the predictions proved to be not true, the intentions of those who made the predictions may be understood, and even encouraged.
        "Jewish Law," explained the Chozeh, "teaches that if a son sees his father acting against the Torah (heaven forbid), the son is not allowed to correct his father outright, because of the mitzvah to honor his parents. Instead, the son should show his father the law, and say: 'Father, thus it is written in the Torah.'
        Certain tzaddikim would like to get the message across to our Father in Heaven that in their opinion it is time for Him to have compassion on His children, and to bring about the Moshiach. How do they go about doing this? They calculate some date or another, connect it to some verse in the Torah that speaks of the Redemption, and thus hint to the Almighty: 'Father, thus it is written in the Torah.’(Zevin, p.158)
        We conclude with the blessing we say three times a day: “Sound the great shofar for our freedom, raise the banner to gather our exiles and speedily gather us together to our land from the four corners of the world to our Land. Blessed are you Hashem, who gathers the dispersed of His people of Israel.” “Father, that is how it is written in the Torah.”
Good Shabbos Everyone. M. Wolfberg is sponsored by: In memory of R' Yaakov ben Naftoly, of blessed memory In Memory of Tziporah Yita bas Mordechai Mendel Refuah Shleima to Reb Mordechai Menachem Mendel ben Tziporah Yitta Refuah Shleima to Tsviah bas Bracha Leah

Shabbat Shalom,
Rachamim Pauli