Quote from Dr. Harry: "Who is truly free, and not a slave to themselves or other?" "Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks?" - Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), Resistance Leaflet 3, 1942.
From James: " Experience has shown that even under the best forms of Government, Those entrusted with power, have in time, and by slow operations perverted it into to tyranny." (Believe Thomas Jefferson )
The Holy Zohar starts this Parsha with how much delight HASHEM takes in man. So why then did he let the two sons of Aaron die? For this we have to go back to the design and purpose for man in creation. Man was created in the “Image of G-D”. Man was created male and female attached together. It was for this reason that when the sons of Aaron entered the Kodesh HaKodashim they were consumed by fire because I abstracted that Ish (Aleph Yud Shin) aka man without Isha (Aleph Shin Hey) aka woman is missing the Yud Kay or G-D’s name and the only thing that remains is Aish or fire. Gematria was told to me in a private Shalom Beis lecture by Rabbi Yacov Cohen Zal some 42 years ago. A Cohain not only as the Pshat goes should not serve the Mizbayach drunk or in the holiest of places unless he is married. For the Shechina rests only upon a married man! An unmarried man can receive sparks of holiness but is incomplete without the complete union of husband and wife as the original creation.
9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; 2 and he said unto Aaron: 'Take thee a bull-calf for a sin-offering, and a ram for a burnt-offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. 3 And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying: Take ye a he-goat for a sin-offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt-offering; 4 and an ox and a ram for peace-offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meal-offering mingled with oil; for to-day the LORD appears unto you.' …
10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said unto Aaron: 'This is it that the LORD spoke, saying: Through them that are nigh unto Me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.' And Aaron held his peace. … 8 And the LORD spoke unto Aaron, saying: 9 'Drink no wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tent of meeting, that ye die not; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 10 And that ye may put difference between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 11 and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.'
As Moshiach approaches (see Gog and Magog news below) I have taken a updated intelligence briefing along with a quote from Devorah L.
However, without Shabbos Observance, Kashrus and Family Purity it will be harder and harder to survive.
Therefore, this year I devote more time to the Kosher Animals, Fish and Birds listed below so as to reawaken our knowledge.
11:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them:
to say to them: [Whom does “to them” refer to?] The Lord said that [Aaron] should tell Eleazar and Ithamar. Or perhaps it means only to tell the Israelites? However, when [Scripture] says (verse 2),“Speak to the children of Israel,” speaking to Israel is already mentioned. So how do I understand “to say to them”? [That Aaron was to say] to his sons, to Eleazar and to Ithamar [who, in turn, were to tell the children of Israel the laws that follow]. — [Torath Kohanim 11:61]
This is one instance that the tradition was missing from Rashi and he was uncertain to whom was Moshe supposed to speak to.
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: These are the living things which ye may eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
Speak to the children of Israel: God made them all [namely Moses, Aaron, Eleazar, and Ithamar] equal messengers for [relaying] the following speech. [And why did Aaron and his sons deserve this special honor?] Because they all equally remained silent, accepting the Omnipresent’s decree [to put Nadab and Abihu to death] with love.
For when it came to teaching Kashrus, it was important to publicize the laws quickly and equally in all of Am Yisrael.
There are two ways of looking at Kashrus one is negative. You cannot eat so and so but this is not the way of the Torah. The way of the Torah like in Gan Eden with the forbidden tree is what you can eat. Chava was set upon by the snake with the idea why it was forbidden and to deceive her. I don’t eat bear, rattlesnake, elephant, whale, monkeys, rhinoceros, mosquitos, shellfish, etc. not because it does not taste good or for health reasons but rather because the Torah told me what is good to eat. I can sort of hear Mama London telling the Yeshiva Bochurim, “Drink your juice it’s very good for you!”
These are the creatures: [The word חַיָּה, “living creature”] denotes חַיִּים, “life.” [In the context of this passage, which sets out the clean and unclean creatures, the meaning is expounded as follows:] Since the Israelites cleave to the Omnipresent and are therefore worthy of being alive, accordingly, God separated them from uncleanness and decreed commandments upon them [so that through these commandments Israel would live]. For the other nations, however, He prohibited nothing. This is comparable to a physician who went to visit a patient [who was incurable, and allowed him to eat anything he wished, whereas when he went to his patient who was to recover, the physician imposed restrictions on his diet that would ensure that the recoverable patient would live. So too, the nations and Israel…], etc. as is found in the Midrash of Rabbi Tanchuma (6 These are the creatures: [When the verse says “These are…,” the word זֹאת] teaches us that Moses would hold up an animal and show it to the Israelites, saying, “This one you may eat,” and “This one you may not eat.” “You may eat the following!” (verse 9) even with the creatures of the water-he held up [one] of every species and showed it to them. And likewise with birds [as stated in verse 13], “you shall hold these in abomination….” Similarly with creeping creatures, (שְׁרָצִים) [as stated in verse 29], “these are unclean….” - [Torath Kohanim 11:62] These are the creatures…among all the animals: [The word חַיָּה, although usually denoting an undomesticated animal, such as a deer, also has the meaning of “living (חַי) creatures” in general; the word בְּהֵמָה, usually denoting domesticated animals like cattle, also has the meaning of large land animals, or mammals. We see this in our verse, for it says here, "These are the creatures (חַיָּה) that you may eat among all the animals (בְּהֵמָה) on earth, thus,] teaching that [the term] בְּהֵמָה is included in [the more general term] חַיָּה. - [Torath Kohanim 11:66; and see Rashi Chul. 70b]
3 Whatsoever parts the hoof, and is wholly cloven-footed, and chews the cud, among the beasts, that may ye eat.
Recently there was a scandal in Europe about horse meat. A horse and donkey are also more passive animals as they eat grass but don’t ruminate like cows, sheep, deer and goats but they do not part the hoof. So if you hear a Jew telling you that the animals that are permitted to eat are tame animals it is more than that. It is animals that are defined by the ALL MIGHTY as permissible via the foot and the cud.
which has a cloven: Heb. מַפְרֶסֶת. [Although resembling the following word, פַּרְסָה, the word, מַפְרֶסֶת, is to be understood] as the Targum [Onkelos] renders it: סְדִיקָא, “split.” hoof: Heb. פַּרְסָה, plante in French [meaning “ sole” or “hoof.” Thus, מַפְרֶסֶת פַּרְסָה means: “split or cloven hoof”]. that is completely separated into double hooves: Heb. וְשֹׁסַעַת שֶׁסַע [meaning that the hoof] is completely separated [i.e., split] from top to bottom, into two nails, as the Targum [Onkelos] renders it: וּמְטַלְפָא טִילְפִין, meaning “split into hooves” [i.e., split into two hoof sections,] because there are animals whose hooves are split at the top, but are not completely split and separated [into two hoof sections], since the bottom [sections of the hoof] are connected. which brings up its cud: It brings up and regurgitates the [ingested] food from its stomach, returning the food to its mouth, in order to thoroughly crush it and grind it thoroughly. cud: Heb. גֵּרָה. This is its name. [I.e., the name of the food that an animal regurgitates.] It possibly stems from the root [נגר, “to drag” or “flow,” as in the verse] “and as water which has flowed (הַנִּגָּרִים) ” (II Sam. 14:14), for the regurgitated food “flows back” to the mouth. Targum [Onkelos] renders the word גֵּרָה as פִּישְׁרָא, dissolved, since, through its being regurgitated, the food is dissolved and melted. among the animals: Heb. בַּבְּהֵמָה, lit. in the animal. This is an extra word from which to derive that [if a pregnant animal is slaughtered properly,] the fetus inside its mother’s innards is permitted [to be eaten]. — [Torath Kohanim 11:67] that one you may eat: but not an unclean animal. However, is this [negative inference] not already included in the [explicit] prohibition [stated in verse 4, “…you must not eat…”]? Notwithstanding, [this positive statement is included here] so that [one who eats an unclean animal] transgresses a positive and a negative commandment [i.e., a negative inference of a positive commandment]. — [Torath Kohanim 11:69]
4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that only chew the cud, or of them that only part the hoof: the camel, because he chews the cud but parts not the hoof, he is unclean unto you.
These animals ruminate but don’t have cloven hooves. Now the family of uncle Yishmael ben Avraham love camel milk and it is liked in Belgium for improving their milk chocolates and camel meat can feed the whole Arab family clan for it is a large animal. However, the Torah forbids this along with the badger and rabbits (which the Germans consider very tasty with pepper). We are a holy nation and therefore must refrain from them as the Torah did not permit them to us.
5 And the rock-badger, because he chews the cud but parts not the hoof, he is unclean unto you. 6 And the hare, because she chews the cud but parts not the hoof, she is unclean unto you.
Of all the species of animals in the world only these three ruminate and do not have cloven hooves – Rabbi Yacov London TzZal.
7 And the swine, because he parts the hoof, and is cloven-footed, but chews not the cud, he is unclean unto you. 8 Of their flesh ye shall not eat, and their carcasses ye shall not touch; they are unclean unto you.
This is the only animal in the world that stretches out its hooves in front of it when it rests as if to say I am kosher but swallows its food – Rabbi Yacov London.
You shall not eat of their flesh: I know only [that] these [animals possessing one sign of cleanness are prohibited to be eaten]. How do we know that any other unclean animal, which has no sign of cleanness altogether [may also not be eaten]? Here, we can infer from a kal vachomer [i.e., an inference from minor to major]: If those animals that have part of the signs of cleanness are prohibited, [how much more so are those animals that lack both signs of cleanness!]- [Torath Kohanim 11:69] of their flesh: The [Scriptural] prohibition applies [only] to the “flesh” [of an unclean animal], but not its bones, sinews, horns, or hooves. — [Torath Kohanim 11:74] and you shall not touch their carcasses: One might think that Israelites are prohibited to touch a carcass. Scripture, however, says, “Say to the kohanim …[(a kohen) shall not defile himself for a (dead) person among his people]” (Lev. 21:1); thus, kohanim are prohibited [from defiling themselves by human corpses], but ordinary Israelites are not prohibited. Now a kal vachomer can be made: Since in the more stringent case of defilement by a human corpse, only kohanim are prohibited, then in the more lenient case of defilement by animal carcasses, how much more so [should only kohanim be prohibited! If so,] what does Scripture mean by, “you shall not touch their carcasses”? [It means that Israelites may not touch animal carcasses] on the Festivals [since at those times they deal with holy sacrifices and enter the Temple]. This is what [the Sages] said: A person is obligated to cleanse himself on Festivals. - [R.H. 16b, Torath Kohanim 11:74]
9 These may ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them may ye eat.
I heard from Rabbi Eliezer Weissfish Shlita and others that if the fish has scales it also has fins. There is supposedly an eel that has scales in the water but drops them when it reaches land. However, since we do not see before us the scales, we cannot permit it no matter how tasty it is. We also have Oral Torah which tells us that a fish that gives live birth is also forbidden this would include guppies, whales, dolphins, etc.
fins: Heb. סְנַפִּיר. These are [the wing-like appendages] with which it swims [namely, fins]. scales: Heb. קַשְׂקֶשֶׂת. These are the scales that are affixed to it, as it is said: “And he was wearing a coat of mail (קַשְׂקַשִּׂים) ” (I Sam. 17:5), [lit. armor of scales]. — [Chul. 66b]
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that swarm in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are a detestable thing unto you,
My wife and I were visiting San Diego and there was a store with live lobsters in tanks. Besides the stench the creature looked detestable to my wife and I saw sea horses and shrimps swimming in the waters of Eilat by the fish observatory as creatures of HASHEM they looked nice and are food for other creatures but to us detestable.
creeping creatures: שֶׁרֶץ. Anywhere this [term] appears [in Scripture], it denotes a low creature that slithers and moves on the ground.
11 and they shall be a detestable thing unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses ye shall have in detestation.
And they shall be disgusting: [The statement is repeated] to prohibit their mixtures [i.e., if the flesh of an unclean water creature was mixed with food of another type,] if there is enough [unclean flesh] to impart its taste [to the mixture]. — [See Torath Kohanim 11:82] [You shall not eat] of their flesh: [Only their flesh is prohibited,] but one is not prohibited [to eat] the fins or the bones. — [Torath Kohanim 11:82] and their dead bodies you shall hold in disgust: [This clause comes] to include midges (יַבְחוּשִׁין) that he has filtered out [of water or other liquids. One may ingest these creatures together with water, but once they have been separated from their original source, they are prohibited]. יַבְחוּשִׁין are moucherons in French, midges. — [Torath Kohanim 11:83]
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that is a detestable thing unto you.
Although they are part of HASHEM’s creatures and play a role in the food chain from creation, as a Jew they should be detestable to me. Israel has a kosher version of “shrimps” which imitate the taste and McCormick makes Bac N’ Bits in the States to imitate Bacon so that we do not miss out on tasty things but again the fish or animal in the original form is spiritually damaging to Am Kadosh.
Any [(creature)] that does not have [fins and scales in the water is an abomination for you]: What does Scripture come to teach us here? [In verse 10, Scripture has already stated, “any (creatures) that do not have fins and scales…are an abomination for you.” However, without this verse] I might think that [a water creature] is permitted only if it brings up its signs [of cleanness, namely fins and scales,] onto dry land; but if [it sheds them in the water, how do we know [that the creature is still permitted]? Scripture therefore, says here, “Any [creature] that does not have fins and scales in the water….,” but if it had them while in the water, even if it shed them in its emergence [onto dry land], it is permitted. — [Torath Kohanim 11:84]
13 And these ye shall have in detestation among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are a detestable thing: the great vulture, and the bearded vulture, and the osprey;
They shall not be eaten: Heb. לֹא יֵאָכְלוּ. [Scripture is telling us that] one may not feed them to minors. [We derive this from the passive voice, “be eaten,”] meaning that these birds may not “be eaten” through you. Or perhaps it is not so, but [it is telling us that in addition to not eating them,] one may not derive any benefit from them? Scripture, therefore, states: “you shall not eat (לֹא תֹּאכְלוּ),” (Deut. 14:12) [in the active voice to teach us that] one is prohibited to eat them but permitted to derive benefit from them. Now, in every [mention of] birds where Scripture says לְמִינָהּ, לְמִינוֹ, לְמִינֵהוּ [“ to its…species,” it does so because] within that species, there are some that resemble each other neither in appearance nor in name, but they are [nevertheless] all one species.
14 and the kite, and the falcon after its kinds; 15 every raven after its kinds; 16 and the ostrich, and the night-hawk, and the sea-mew, and the hawk after its kinds;
the sparrow hawk: הַנֵּץ, esprevier in Old French, [epervier in modern French]. [Note that, according to some editions of Rashi , the reading is ostor, which is translated by Greenberg as goshawk, autour in modern French. This is corroborated by other editions that render הַשָּׁחַף in verse 16 as esprevier..]
17 and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl;
the gull: Heb. הַשָּׁלָ Our Rabbis explained: “The שָׁלָ is a bird that draws up (שׁוֹלָה) fish out of the sea” (Chul. 63a). And this is the meaning of Onkelos’ translation [of שָׁלָ]: וְשַׁלֵינוּנָא, “fish catcher.” The owl… and the little owl: Heb. כּוֹס וְיַנְשׁוּף. These are chouettes [in French, i.e., “birds”] that shriek at night, which have cheeks like those of a human. There is another [bird] similar to it called hibou [in French].
18 and the horned owl, and the pelican, and the carrion-vulture; 19 and the stork, and the heron after its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat.
There are 4 signs of Kosher Birds but these birds and the mammal bat are singled out as being non-kosher. These birds eat carrion and we see from the dream of the cook in Yosef that the birds were pecking upon him. Note quail, turkey, chicken, pigeons, etc. are not mentioned here as permissible it is later on in the Torah.
20 All winged swarming things that go upon all fours are a detestable thing unto you.
Essentially all insects except the ones mentioned below.
Among all the flying insects: These are the delicate and small creatures that crawl on the ground, like flies, hornets, mosquitoes, and locusts.
21 Yet these may ye eat of all winged swarming things that go upon all fours, which have jointed legs above their feet, wherewith to leap upon the earth;
on four: on four legs. above its [regular] legs: [“Above,” meaning high up on the creature’s body, namely] near its neck, it has two leg-like extensions besides its [regular] four legs. When it wishes to fly or hop from the ground, it bolsters itself firmly with these appendages and flies. [In our regions,] we have many of this sort [of flying creature] called langouste [in Old French] (sea-locusts), but we are no [longer] proficient [in identifying] which ones [are clean and which are unclean. And what is the specific problem we have with this identification?] There are four signs of cleanness enumerated regarding these creatures: a) four legs, b) four wings, c) קַרְסוּלִים, which are the jointed leg-like extensions described above, and d) wings that cover the majority of its body (Chul. 59a; Torath Kohanim 11:91). All of these signs are indeed found in the creatures among us today, but some [creatures] have long heads and some do not have tails, [according to Maharsha (Chul. 66a), the reading is, “and some have tails”] and they must bear the name חָגָב (Chul. 65b). Concerning this [requirement namely, which type is officially called חָגָב and which is not], we no longer know how to distinguish between them
22 even these of them ye may eat: the locust after its kinds, and the bald locust after its kinds, and the cricket after its kinds, and the grasshopper after its kinds.
I had a locust on my property Motzei Chag which the southeast wind brought up from Sinai and Talmon at a higher elevation than I had even a few more. In Arab countries they are a delicacy to eat. Yemenite Jews eat them to this day. As westerners most of us would pass on this. However, the French eat anything that is not tied down.
23 But all winged swarming things, which have four feet, are a detestable thing unto you.
This includes flying lizards.
.But any [other] flying insect [that has four legs is an abomination for you]: [In verse 20, it already says, “Any flying insect that walks on four is an abomination for you.” Why is this repeated here?] It comes to teach us that if it has five [legs], it is clean.
24 And by these ye shall become unclean; whosoever touches the carcass of them shall be unclean until even. 25 And whosoever bears aught of the carcass of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
Of any of these animals, birds, fish and insects that fall within these categories. Not mentioned are snails, crabs, octopus, squid and shell fish specifically but they are included.
And anyone who carries their carcass: Any place in Scripture that mentions טֻמְאַת מַשָּׂא [uncleanness acquired by carrying (נוֹשֵׂא) an unclean item], it is more stringent than טֻמְאַת מַגָּע [uncleanness acquired by touching (נֹגֵע) an unclean item], insofar as it requires immersion of the garments [in a mikvah, in addition to the immersion of the person].
26 Every beast which parts the hoof, but is not cloven footed, nor chews the cud, is unclean unto you; every one that touches them shall be unclean. 27 And whatsoever goes upon its paws, among all beasts that go on all fours, they are unclean unto you; whoso touches their carcass shall be unclean until the even.
Dogs, cats, hamsters, squirrels, snakes, scorpions, etc. are also forbidden to eat.
[Any animal that has] a cloven hoof that is not completely split: for instance, a camel, whose hoof is split on the top, but on the bottom it is connected. Here [Scripture] teaches you that the carcass of an unclean animal defiles, while in the section at the end of this parashah (verse 39), [Scripture] explains [that a carcass of] a clean animal [defiles as well. However, Scripture deals with these separately since there is a difference between the two: in the case of a clean animal, its carcass defiles only if it dies, but if it was slaughtered properly, even if it was a טְרֵפָה, i.e., it had a fatal disease or injury, its carcass does not defile. This is derived from verse 39, which reads, “If an animal that you (normally) eat dies…” i.e., only when it dies, its carcass defiles].
28 And he that bears the carcass of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even; they are unclean unto you. 29 And these are they which are unclean unto you among the swarming things that swarm upon the earth: the weasel, and the mouse, and the great lizard after its kinds, 30 and the gecko, and the land-crocodile, and the lizard, and the sand-lizard, and the chameleon.
Chabad translates this as follows: The hedgehog, the chameleon, the lizard, the snail, and the mole. He goes according to what Rashi wrote of old French and in this one case the modern Hebrew has hedgehog as KIPOD and mole as HAVHAVFERET which obviously is not is not the Hebrew written here. It could be that Rashi had never heard of a gecko or chameleon and therefore based on his Rabbanim in Europe took their tradition. *(See below regarding the size of an olive)
31 These are they which are unclean to you among all that swarm; whosoever doth touch them, when they are dead, shall be unclean until the even.
Now get a list of detestable creatures to eat of the rodent family and they defile food if their carcasses come in contact with food.
32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherewith any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; then shall it be clean. 33 And every earthen vessel whereinto any of them falls, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean, and it ye shall break. 34 All food therein which may be eaten, that on which water cometh, shall be unclean; and all drink in every such vessel that may be drunk shall be unclean. 35 And everything whereupon any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean; whether oven, or range for pots, it shall be broken in pieces; they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you. 36 Nevertheless a fountain or a cistern wherein is a gathering of water shall be clean; but he who touches their carcass shall be unclean. 37 And if aught of their carcass fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it is clean. 38 But if water be put upon the seed, and aught of their carcass fall thereon, it is unclean unto you. 39 And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die, he that touches the carcass thereof shall be unclean until the even. 40 And he that eats of the carcass of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even; he also that bears the carcass of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
We must avoid them. Since we don’t have Tuma today, one can play with a pigskin football but preferable not on Shabbos or Yom Tov as it is unclean.
41 And every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth is a detestable thing; it shall not be eaten. 42 Whatsoever goes upon the belly, and whatsoever goes upon all fours, or whatsoever hath many feet, even all swarming things that swarm upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are a detestable thing.
Snakes of all sorts, worms, multiples, centipedes, etc.
43 Ye shall not make yourselves detestable with any swarming thing that swarms, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.
This include beetles, frogs and other creatures not mentioned.
44 For I am the LORD your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am holy; neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of swarming thing that moves upon the earth.
You should not eat them as you are holy and eating worms, roaches, etc. which is done on reality TV is a detestable act.
45 For I am the LORD that brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
I am Kadosh and you are MY people therefore you too shall be Kadosh.
46 This is the law of the beast, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that swarms upon the earth; 47 to make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.
The Zohar distinguishes Am Yisrael as coming from the right side and non-converts and non-Jews from the left side. The right side of the spiritual forces is always positive even if a person sins and the left side is generally negative unless a person gives charity, saves lives and does many good deeds. Both can get into heaven but the non-Jew has a lot of spiritual negativity to overcome and the eating of non-kosher and unclean animals hinders him/her even if permitted to them as their spirit has more to overcome. The right side is to be a light unto the nations.
*We have an olive’s bulk of corpse causing Tuma of the dead and we have to eat an olive’s bulk for Shabbos. However, the large size of almost an egg came from northern Europeans who had never seen an olive. The Rabbis of Eretz Yisrael, Italy, Spain and the other Sephardim have a tinier Shiur not like close to the size of an egg. For Pessach the Sephardic way is more lenient on the elderly but stringent on Jews that might taste by accident a strip of bacon. For according to the Ashkenazim one could accidentally eat a strip of bacon and be exempt from an offering while according to the Sephardim with the smaller olive it would be next to nothing. My recommendation don’t go out and try to sin. As told to me by David Cohen of Chashmonayim in the name of Rabbi Itamar Auerbach Shlita.
27, 1944 from Marnie H.
DAY IN HOLOCAUST HISTORY, 1944: As the Red Army approached Riga, Kovno and
Vilna, Germany picked up the pace with actions against the surviving inhabitants
of the ghettos. Children everywhere were being seized and driven off to their
death. "The Children's Action" in Kovno resulted in the death of thousands of
children under the age of 17. Most of them were shot. In order to spare their
children from such horrors, some parents poisoned them. In Lodz, a mother killed
her severely handicapped boy with a lead pipe across the head instead of
allowing him to meet his fate with the Germans.
Color Pictures of the liberation of Dachau story http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166580#.UVK_0lf8LIV and new photos and film: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299219/The-colour-darkness-Vivid-pictures-Nazi-concentration-camps-chilling-insight-dawn-Holocaust.html For YouTube View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vr__cbN2a0I
Wait until the day of Judgement on this just started watching as this is a long documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EYug7hTvI-s#!
News of a British execution without trial of an Israeli Jew told at the occasion of the death of the woman who hid him HY”D: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4362629,00.html
Neo-Nazis kill a DA in Texas and are looking to finish off the Jews world-wide – Gantz: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4363625,00.html link to movie: http://www.youtube.com/user/NilitzikChen?v=QIO9LW3h52w you can click for the English or Russian Version
It happened one Yom Kippur base on a story from “The Torah as our Guide”
There is the story of a Jew brought up by Goyim who decided to check out his heritage. He could have inherited wealth from the landowner and noble who had taken him in and had brought him up Catholic as his own son. However, he came across something his parents had left him. A Siddur, Machzor, Tephillin and Tallis and he realized that he was Jewish. He began to search the Jews in the Neighborhood and was told that they were travelling to the area of the Baal Shem Tov. The youth set out on the long journey after he saw that the Jews had left the area. He came to the Schul of the Baal Shem Tov on Yom Kippur in the afternoon. The usually joyous Baal Shem Tov was worried as there was a decree in heaven against Am Yisrael which he and his congregation had not tipped the scales to annul. The youth reached the Schul during the Neila (closing) Prayer. He did not know how to say HASHEM-HASHEM-KAIL-ERECH-ARPAYIM-RAV-CHESSED V' EMMET ... instead he said in this native language G-D you know that I don't know the prayers but I can whistle let me whistle and you expect the prayers of mine as if I prayed in Hebrew like the greatest Rabbi. The Congregation was ready to lynch the youth but the Baal Shem Tov asked him to continue. It was then he said that scales were tipped in favor of Am Yisrael by the whistling from the heart. Let me advise all here that prayer is talking to G-D therefore if you are stuck with the Hebrew pray in your native language with intent and feeling. (There is another version which appears more logical to me that the youth held the prayer book upside down and said, “L-RD, YOU know that I don’t know how to read your holy prayers please accept this as if I could pray properly for I know not what to say”.
This story has a very personal and emotional effect on me. The date was Yom Kippur 5728; I was at the family Bungalow in Greenwood Lake, NY. I had hitched a ride for Rosh Hashanah to the local Synagogue in town at the beginning of my return to Judaism from nothing. However, these folks did not travel on Yom Kippur so I was at home on the porch reading stories that Rabbi Klayman of the Ocean Ave. Synagogue had lent me with his guiding hand for my “Bar Mitzvah” to take place on my next birthday. Yom Kippur was too holy for my College Studies so I read the “Torah as our Guide”. Rosh Hashanah had a great story of the Chevron (Chet – guttural) Community and the 10th man on Rosh Hashanah and then the story above about the youth and the Baal Shem Tov. When I finished the second story, I was crying as that the youth in the story on that Yom Kippur was me!
And I didn’t do it my way. (What seems to be bad can turn out eventually good)
I could not help the Shabbos before Pessach to reflect back on my life. For Erev Shabbos, prior to Pessach, I learned that another of my friends from kindergarten passed away. Considering that I lost contact with at least 95 to 98% of the children that grew up with me this was essentially was a big blow to me. Marvin Reich a Dr. of Chemistry, a traditional Jew, who had done Pharmaceutical research and had seen the world passed away without a wife or child. A very shy book-worm who just did not know how to win women and influence them despite being tall, handsome and with a nice salary he was survived by his sister and family.
My thoughts went back to the 6th grade when we parted ways but kept in touch. I was one of the brighter children in the class and was supposed to take the test for the Special Progress Class. Came along Larry with a pushy mother and they threw me out of the test. I was angry and very so at my mother who did not demand that I be tested or sue the school. But then hindsight is better than foresight and perhaps the highway or the school of hard knocks was better than my way.
Instead of skipping a grade I was stuck in perhaps the brightest class but the school put in a few trouble makers in my class for us to influence. Ace was one of them. He was the fellow who sat 7 seats away from me in the row with orders to copy off of my history and science tests. I would get a 95% and Carl would change one answer to get a 90%, Arthur 85% until Ace got a 65% and nobody wanted to be on the wrong side of his switchblade or Karate. There were other rough characters in the class so the best fellows usually hung out together on our lunch break. After a few months I tried out for the music class to get away from them but got the trumpet which must have had some germs inside. Besides getting sick, I did not have the lips for the instrument. My parents did not want to hear me playing the noise in the house so after six months, I was back with Ace, Danny and Frank. But on the other hand, my kleptomaniac friend Eldridge, stop influencing me to for good on our breaks.
In the 8th grade along with other fellows from the class 8 of the 9 fellows that tried made Brooklyn Technical High School and the reign of terror of Junior High was over. I began to think what would have happened if I had gone to the SP class and continued on with Marvin and the others. He went to Stuyvesant High School and I most likely would have gone on to Bronx High School of Science. I don’t know if I would have come across an Orthodox Jew. I would have finished College a year earlier and maybe would have gone on to Viet Nam or married a tolerant Protestant Girl or become a bit of a playboy.
Instead I went to Brooklyn Tech., would meet through a friend in the Astronomy Club a few more right wing Jews like my friend Howard Dyckoff would introduce me to his mother who would convince me to make a Bar Mitzvah properly through an Orthodox Rabbi. In turn, I would become a truly Frum Jew and leave the world of assimilation and unlike a few friends, got married early so that by the time I was 49, I was a grandfather.
All this reflection taught me that sometimes the bitter pill and tougher life is the better life. So today I am writing this Drasha instead of perhaps a J-Street Blog or lost entirely to Judaism.
Information from my son: Quinoa for Pessach. Last year I got a question regarding this and did not know the answer. It seems that only one type of quinoa is kosher for Pessach and it is the type that grows only in the mountains of Bolivia. It does not mix with other species of grains.
IN PAST YEARS I HAVE WRITTEN HERE RABBI SIMON JACOBSON’S OMER GUIDE: Here it is in full there is also an Omer App for the smart phone: http://www.aish.com/h/o/t/48969716.html
We start learning Perkei Avos again I have taken from Chabad only the text as I have commented on this over the years: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/682498/jewish/English-Text.htm
Chapter 1 Mishnayos are numbered by Chabad.org
1. Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly. They [the Men of the Great Assembly] would always say these three things: Be cautious in judgment. Establish many pupils. And make a safety fence around the Torah.
2. Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness.
3. Antignos of Socho received the tradition from Shimon the Righteous. He would say: Do not be as slaves, who serve their master for the sake of reward. Rather, be as slaves who serve their master not for the sake of reward. And the fear of Heaven should be upon you.
4. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah, and Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem, received the tradition from them. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah would say: Let your home be a meeting place for the wise; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink thirstily of their words.
5. Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem would say: Let your home be wide open, and let the poor be members of your household. And do not engage in excessive conversation with a woman. This is said even regarding one's own wife--how much more so regarding the wife of another. Hence, the sages said: One who excessively converses with a woman causes evil to himself, neglects the study of Torah, and, in the end, inherits purgatory.
6. Joshua the son of Perachia and Nitai the Arbelite received from them. Joshua the son of Perachia would say: Assume for yourself a master, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every man to the side of merit.
7. Nitai the Arbelite would say: Distance yourself from a bad neighbor, do not cleave to a wicked person, and do not abandon belief in retribution.
8. Judah the son of Tabbai and Shimon the son of Shotach received from them. Judah the son of Tabbai would say: When sitting in judgement, do not act as a counselor-at-law. When the litigants stand before you, consider them both guilty; and when they leave your courtroom, having accepted the judgement, regard them as equally righteous.
9. Shimon the son of Shotach would say: Increasingly cross-examine the witnesses. Be careful with your words, lest they learn from them how to lie.
10. Shmaayah and Avtalyon received from them. Shmaayah would say: Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government.
11. Avtalyon would say: Scholars, be careful with your words. For you may be exiled to a place inhabited by evil elements [who will distort your words to suit their negative purposes]. The disciples who come after you will then drink of these evil waters and be destroyed, and the Name of Heaven will be desecrated.
12. Hillel and Shammai received from them. Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron--a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah.
13. He would also say: One who advances his name, destroys his name. One who does not increase, diminishes. One who does not learn is deserving of death. And one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish.
14. He would also say: If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
15. Shammai would say: Make your Torah study a permanent fixture of your life. Say little and do much. And receive every man with a pleasant countenance.
16. Rabban Gamliel would say: Assume for yourself a master; stay away from doubt; and do not accustom yourself to tithe by estimation.
17. His son, Shimon, would say: All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence. The essential thing is not study, but deed. And one who speaks excessively brings on sin.
18. Rabbi Shimon the son of Gamliel would say: By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace. As is stated (Zachariah 8:16), "Truth, and a judgement of peace, you should administer at your [city] gates.''
The Government of Israel better known as GOI is out of their minds paying $1,000,000 to each terrorist killed aboard the Turkish Ship. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166662#.UVffGlffrIU
Besides the genocide
on 1.5 to 1,800,000 Armenians in 1917; Reuven K. reminded me of this:
is from Primawan Mardianto, posting on the Prophecy Forum 2013, on Facebook.
HOWEVER, THIS IS HISTORY, NOT PROPHECY. Whenever you see some whiny pack of BS
about "Israelis guilty of ethnic cleansing" or any other such garbage about
"Israel being a war Criminal", REMEMBER WHAT THE TURKS DID TO SMYRNA! AND
REMEMBER THE RESPONSE OF THE SO-CALLED "CIVILIZED WEST"!!!
a minor statistic compared to systematic genocides committed in India, Persia
and in various other countries, Smyrna was in some ways unique. The torching of
that Greek city, now renamed Izmir (Turkey), and the massacre and dispersal of
its 300,000 citizens was probably the worst single atrocity committed in the
name of Allah, at least considering the brief period of its commission, a matter
of only five days. As such, it deserves separate treatment from the thousands of
other acts of Muslim genocide. It was also one of the best documented of the
20th Century, as it was observed by Diplomats and Naval Officers of four Western
nations, France, England, Italy, and the United States. Twenty-seven warships of
those countries were anchored in the bay of the city, including three American
was an ethnic cleansing ordered in September of 1922 by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk),
the founder of modern Turkey. The approaching genocide was known well in advance
by the Western Powers. The Naval Forces present were under orders to not
intervene, to protect trade interests with Turkey. They were present only to
evacuate diplomats and other important citizens of their respective governments.
City had been founded in 3,000 B.C., and was later restored by Alexander the
Great. Previously to the massacre, Smyrna had been a cosmopolitan Greek seaport
on the Aegean Coast of what is present day Turkey, with a bustling economy,
attractive shops, and a busy social life. Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived
there in comparative peace. Christians and Jews accounted for a sizable part of
the population; they also accounted for the larger number of the 200,000 killed,
between the 9th and 13th of September.
city fell to Turkish forces on September 9th, and looting, rape, and murder
began immediately. This escalated on the following three days, and culminated
with the burning of the city on the 13th. The carnage along the seafront then
began. With flames
bayonets on one side, and the sea on the other, the inhabitants were
systematically slaughtered. In his book, "Greek Fire", by Nicholas Gage, he
describes the scene.
pitiful throng---huddled together, sometimes screaming for help but mostly
waiting in a silent panic beyond hope---didn't budge for days. Typhoid reduced
their numbers, and there was no way to dispose of the dead. Occasionally, a
person would swim from the dock to one of the anchored ships and try to climb
the ropes and chains, only to be driven off. On the American ships, the
musicians aboard were ordered to play as loudly as they could to drown out the
screams of the pleading swimmers. The English poured boiling water down on the
unfortunates who reached their vessels. The harbor was so clogged with corpses
that the officers of the foreign battleships were often late to their dinner
appointments because bodies would get tangled in the propellers of their
launches.....A cluster of women's heads bound together like coconuts by their
long hair floated down a river toward the harbor."
was, for all effects, the end of Christianity in Asia Minor.
6,400,000 Jews in Israel http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4361532,00.html
Israel is becoming soon independent on Natural Gas: http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Natural-gas-from-Tamar-field-starts-flowing-308203
From Lorelei Baruch Dayan Emmes. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/nyregion/rabbi-herschel-schacter-who-carried-word-of-freedom-to-buchenwald-dies-at-95.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
From Chaviva - Hour long video WORTH LISTENING TO on how a Christian Minister joins the Holy Nation of Priests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fyqPKvveUBs
I wanted to get hold of her book but these 56 minutes will do me good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCkeIBlWrpQ
No need to watch 40 minutes of this film but one minute will give you an idea why a Jew needs a good defense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GdLZn7-MZfg#!
Temple group practices Korban Pessach: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166483#.UU39pWz8LIV
From Shlomo S. A view of the Maccabee revolt positions: http://www.timesofisrael.com/caves-of-arbela-the-ultimate-hiding-place/
From Yehoshua P: Big money leads to bigger criminal activities and I am glad this bastard who will also suffer in the next world was caught before doing more damage: http://ktla.com/2013/03/24/l-a-kosher-meat-distributor-stripped-of-certification/#axzz2OpfbvlS6
From Chaiya: I saw on Israel TV what appeared to be a looted Synagogue so I do not know how much of this is true: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/israeli-commando-raid-to-save-jewish.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FPDbq+%28Elder+of+Ziyon%29#.UVVwJVMu2LA.email
Hillel would say: Do not separate yourself from the community. Do not believe in yourself until the day you die. Do not judge your fellow until you have stood in his place. Do not say something that is not readily understood in the belief that it will ultimately be understood [or: Do not say something that ought not to be heard even in the strictest confidence, for ultimately it will be heard]. And do not say "When I free myself of my concerns, I will study,'' for perhaps you will never free yourself.
I too have a Yetzer HaRa and don’t trust that I will not sin even though I haven’t but it is a battle and anyone who says otherwise is probably a liar or a Eunuch.
Rabbi Lau speaks to Obama on the Holocaust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4WIKvOjJv1A
A disciple of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who recently ended contact with him, says: "There is the hard core, which does not believe that anything happened. Even if the rabbi were to confess to the actions he's accused of under interrogation, even if you were to show them video documentation of what [is alleged to have] occurred - they would not abandon him. They will say: There is a secret here, it is hard to 'attain' [i.e., understand] the rabbi. Or [members of his community] will say: He did these things intentionally, because harsh 'precepts' [divine punishment] are pending against the people of Israel, and if the rabbi acts contemptibly, he can prevent a future holocaust. There are also those who are convinced that they slipped Ecstasy into the rabbi's medications, without his knowledge. These are excuses that can serve forever."
Indeed, most members of the Shuvu Banim community, an insular group of newly religious believers belonging to the Bratslav Hasidim, have remained loyal to Berland. Among the hundreds of families in the community, the vast majority have remained with the rabbi and are loyal to the educational institutions of the community. Lately, however, with the growing evidence of sexual assaults - evidence that began to emerge with the filing of complaints by individual women that followed publication of an initial accusation by a disciple who claimed to have witnessed the rabbi having sex with a woman from the community - there has been a change. Some 20 families, hardly a negligible number, decided in recent months to leave the fold. Dozens more have begun to distance themselves from the rabbi, and are gradually moving closer to his son, Rabbi Nachman Berland, who heads a branch of the community in Betar Illit, just outside of Jerusalem. Nachman has long been considered his father's successor, although rivalry and intrigue are palpable between the two men.
Shuvu Banim, founded in the late 1970s, has a yeshiva in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Most of the group's members live on a single street on the outskirts of Mea Shaarim, or in the branch in Betar Illit. Rabbi Berland has boasted of his relations with crime families, but over the years police and army officers have also been regular visitors to his chambers.
The community operates on the fringes of Charedi society, and many ultra-Orthodox take exception to Berland's directives to his disciples to take risks (such as driving at excessive speeds to the graves of Tzaddikim - holy men - or, specifically, to infiltrate Nablus in order to visit Joseph's tomb), and to undergo purification that involves personal humiliation.
Nonetheless, in recent years Berland has been granted increased legitimacy in certain rabbinic circles. The ultra-Orthodox world, which always treated him with suspicion, also began to embrace him. Berland had the privilege in recent months, for example, of sitting at one of the tables of honor at the main Siyum HaShas ceremony (marking completion of a full cycle of daily Talmud study ) held by the United Torah Judaism party ), and at the same party's most important election rally.
Nonetheless, the testimony against Berland that is now coming to light has the Charedi world, and in particular the Shuvu Banim community, in an uproar. No less shocking than the criminal aspect of the matter is the fact that sexual asceticism is one of the main spiritual foundations that Berland preaches - and in this case he was apparently caught red-handed.
This scandal comes on the heels of a stormy series of events that has been ongoing since late 2010; indeed, it turns out that allegations of sexual assault by him were already being made back then. Berland previously staged a sort of "coup" against his wife, son and members of his court, when he allowed publication of his claim that they were confining him against his will, seeking to have him committed, and denying him contact with his disciples.
The rabbi, as part of his revolt, managed to elude, with the aid of a handful of loyalists, the security guards keeping watch over his house, and announced that he had escaped from captivity. Meanwhile, video clips came to light in which his son and grandson are documented in conversations acknowledging that they were exploiting him. A while later, the rabbi reconciled with his family, but the community was left traumatized and divided. Many left, the rabbi fell into debt, and about a year ago several of his senior disciples, including businessman Eran Hochberg (a former youth chess champion ) and Binyamin Ze'evi (son of the late politician and government minister Rehavam Ze'evi ), also jumped ship.
The speculation within the community is that the allegations of sexual harassment reached his wife, Tehilla Berland, and son Nachman even before they became public knowledge. For that reason, sources say, the pair sought to keep him out of the public eye, as Eliezer Berland himself has charged.
I was on border patrol near Syria and then Fatachland Lebanon. I would have died first or been unconscious before being captured alive! http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Gilad-Schalits-capture-In-his-own-words-308015 Part 2 http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Gilad-Schalits-capture-in-his-own-words-Part-II-308198
Finding lost Italian Jews: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166625#.UVRfqVf8LIU
I would like one for the next disco wedding: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166728#.UVx0MlffrIU
How do I know if a Rabbi is real or fake like the infamous Jews for Cheeses: http://judaism.about.com/od/orthodoxfaqenkin/f/rabbi_fake.htm
ONE SHEEP, 70 WOLVES AND A GREAT SHEPHERD Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 www.livingjewish.net
The Gemara explains that one of the reasons the Jewish people were threatened with annihilation – Heaven forfend – during the time of the Purim story was because “they derived pleasure from the banquet of that evil person [King Achashveirosh].” The text indicates that it was not because of our attendance at the banquet – which was mandatory, and moreover the food and drink served was kosher - that the harsh decree came about. Rather it was because we “derived pleasure.” What was it about deriving pleasure from this banquet that was so appalling that it nearly resulted in the destruction not only of those who attended, but even of those who were not invited?
The Great Shepherd
Our Sages liken the existence of the Jewish people in times of exile to a “solitary sheep that finds itself surrounded by 70 wolves.” Thus, “great is the Shepherd who protects and guards His flock.” Consequently, the continued existence of the Jewish people is sometimes dependent upon miraculous means – the watchful eye of the “Great Shepherd.” The Jewish people are assured of G-d’s protection only when our conduct is consonant with relying on Him for protection. However, when we choose to rely entirely on natural means – on one or more of the “70 wolves” – then we remove them from His divine protection and place ourselves at the mercy of natural forces.
The Cause of the DecreeThe reason our “pleasure” was the cause of such a terrible decree will be understood accordingly: It was not punishment for a sin, but rather the natural consequence of our conduct. After the king had elevated the evil and anti-Semitic Haman to a position of exceptional power, the situation of the Jewish people was similar to that of the “solitary sheep that finds itself surrounded by 70 wolves.” At the same time, our conduct – “deriving pleasure…” – forfeited miraculous protection. For this invitation to the feast was so important to the Jews of that time, they were so extremely honored by the invitation, that it caused them a great deal of pleasure. Thus they partook not because they had no choice, but because of their delight in being invited.
Since the Jewish people themselves gave credence to one of the “70 wolves” and took pleasure in being invited by “that evil person,” they annulled their supernatural guardianship. Instead, they placed themselves at the (natural) mercy of the “70 wolves” – something that threatened the continued existence of the solitary sheep.
Wholly Dependent of G-dIt is true that while the Jews are under the dominion of another nation they are obligated to honor that nation, obey its laws, and pray for that country’s peace and welfare. Thus, when King Achashveirosh invited the Jews to attend the feast, they were compelled to do so. Nevertheless, they should have understood that the existence of the Jewish people is not at all contingent on any king of flesh and blood, but wholly dependent on G-d. Moreover, the ongoing existence of the Jews is a miracle clothed in the garments of nature – “great is the Shepherd” who guards us in a manner that transcends the world.
Thus, their pleasure that so important an evil person as King Achashveirosh – upon whom they felt their lives depended – invited them to a meal, indicated that they had forsaken their trust in G-d and had placed their faith in the hands of one of the “wolves.”
Purim is UniqueThis also helps us understand why Purim is unique among all the Festivals that celebrate G-d’s miracles on our behalf, in that it commemorates a miracle that was completely clothed in nature. The reason for this is as explained. Since the evil decree came about because the Jewish people chose to rely totally on the forces of nature, the Purim miracle therefore revealed, within nature, that G-d’s conduct with the Jews – even as they exist in the natural realm – is truly above and beyond the natural.
Based on Likkutei Sichos of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Vol. XXXI, pp. 170-174. The Chassidic Dimension – Volume 4; reprinted with permission from Sichos in English
Moshiach and Gog & Magog News If we Jews are not doing our role, then all the prophesies in the world will not bring Moshiach – Devorah L.
Guard Shabbos & Yom Tov, Kashrus and Family Purity that keeps our soldiers and civilians safe!
Gog U’ Magog: When the Nations of the world are belligerent one to another prepare for Moshiach: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4361519,00.html and http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4361607,00.html and questionable: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Official-If-apology-to-Ankara-fails-not-Israels-fault-307936 and http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/us-korea-north-idUSBRE92R13R20130329
Alex Fishman interview intelligence officers from each front and Amnon Lord interviewed Naval Personnel
Lebanese & Syrian Border: The Israeli Intelligence has to penetrate Al Qaeda there. It seems that the free Syrian Army is OK but the others one does not know what they are up to and since they used homicide trucks in Damascus they might try on our borders or to break through the fence and then more explosive trucks to kill our soldiers. One night the intelligence knows that certain generals or a general is in charge of command and the next day he is blown up or shot by the rebels. Then there are the Chetznian terrorist training British Born, Belgium and Holland Jihadists to go fight with them and return to Europe. The whole situation is scary. Combine this with the weapons from Russia going through Syria and ending up in Iran and returning other Iranian weapons and soldiers to Assad and Hezballah. The whole situation is very fluid and nobody knows what is going on with 100% certain on the WMD of Syria and if it is being transferred to Hezballah.
The Sea Border: The Israeli Navy needs 2.5 billion in updates of ships to protect our new oil and gas fields. Only available funds will be 750 million so we will be a few ships short. If Syria falls and Hezballah gets their hands on the Navy they could become a great danger to the oil wells and our Navy.
Yarden & Yehuda plus the Shomron: Right now it does not look like a massive intifada in the Shomron. There is unrest and the youths are trying to pull more and more people into it and stone throwing along with Molotov Cocktails but not the massive uprisings that were in the past. They are trying new and more tricks on the world stage and going with the King of Yarden but it will not help. Al Qaeda is infiltrating via Iraq and Syria with the influx of refugees which total now between 4 - 500,000! The terrorist are free to wander from town to town in Yarden and are trying infiltrating Yisrael and the Shomron. The King also has his hands full with the Arab Spring and is not in the most stable of positions.
Egypt (Mitzrayim) and Gaza: Egypt with the advice of the Army to Morsi has the current interest to subdue Al Qaeda in the Sinai as it poses a threat to the Muslim Brotherhood and also keeping tabs on Hamas in Gaza. Tribes of extreme Al Qaeda supporters are being flushed out and tunnels into Gaza flooded but not all the time with success as more and more tunnels pop up. There is still a desire to get through, under or over the new southern border fence and the army has to be on constant alert. In my day it was smuggling of drugs and human trafficking but now it is more dangerous.
APRIL 7TH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE ARABS FOR A MASSIVE CYBERATTACK ON JEWS AND ISRAEL FACILITIES VIA THE INTERNET. THE FIRST PRECUSSOR TO THIS ATTACK WAS ON FACEBOOK ON APRIL3RD.
This week people are asking: What happened to Bennett, and the National Religious Party? In the middle of the night the Netanyahu Goons removed the Aish Kodesh settlement. Perhaps next week, I will go into the Bible Codes on this as it involves internal politics. When and where is the building in E1????????????? http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166694
Apologize for terror against us to terrorists. Neville Chamberlain has promised him via a certain Pharaoh who visited us that there will be peace in our times. http://www.jpost.com/International/Obama-Netanyahu-Erdogan-speak-by-phone-307423\
Supposed reasons for the sudden apology to Turkey outside of US pressure but where is Jonathan Pollard in this equation??? http://debka.com/article/22849/Turkey-badly-needed-to-end-row-with-Israel-Netanyahu’s-apology-gave-Obama-a-diplomatic-breakthrough
London and other Jihadists in Syria shoot at British Journalist: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3634/european-jihadists
How low can the NY Times go? http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=307351
From both William and Paul at least read the punch line: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/03/21/Obama-lectures-Israel
I wonder if he can actually do this in a way that even I would approve of: http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Finance-Minister-Lapid-warns-of-budget-cuts-307547
I think it came from Assad’s forces and we ignored it as the Rebels in the area are Al Qaeda: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/IDF-jeep-hit-by-gunfire-from-Syria-307513 However, this one went too far: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4360321,00.html
Please HASHEM keep me off Newsweek's list. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4360437,00.html
US Citizens don’t like Iran: http://www.jpost.com/International/64-percent-of-Americans-favor-military-action-to-stop-Iran-307663
As president he should not interfere in politics no matter how right he is. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166530#.UVASiWz8LIU
From Bill Randall: And he got a letter or e-mail calling him Nigger a few explicatives and a retarded ape for defending Jews in this article: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/lower-9th-ward-conservative/2013/mar/25/our-leaders-need-history-lesson-palestine-now/
New Grimm Fairy Tale found: http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Report-Iran-mulling-6-month-20-percent-uranium-enrichment-freeze-307821
An average dictatorship backed by the USA and don't tell me different. http://calevbenyefuneh.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/the-palestinian-authority-just-like-any.html
Arab League and the empty chair: http://debka.com/article/22855/Arab-League-Summit-The-empty-leadership-chair-in-Doha
Stones on the alternative road to Yerushalayim: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4361237,00.html
Got this from Lois: Arabs a Dhimmi, named Irving Weissman, a Jew, discovered this please, please boycott this: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/every_cancer_kills_tumor_them_kind_L9lppJmy9gCoS848cSzqbP
One less cargo plane to worry about sending Iranian Weapons: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166629#.UVQjxVf8LIU
This is what will happen if Sharia comes to the US or Europe: http://www.examiner.com/article/muslim-brotherhood-women-to-blame-for-the-rise-gang-rapes
US, NATO and Israel posed to attack Syria’s chemical weapons if need be in addition: http://debka.com/article/22857/Saudi-heavy-weapons-supply-to-Syrian-rebels-breaks-up-Arab-summit-in-uproar
The problem in Syria is Al Qaeda and now even France and the rest of the west is waking up to it. http://www.debka.com/article/22865/West-embargoes-arms-to-Syrian-rebels-over-their-resale-to-al-Qaeda
Arab girl removed from care by her parents after swallowing forbidden drug. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4362276,00.html
P. David B. wrote
Liberals must be screaming; they now realize that Obama is for big business, The
Federal reserve and The Bankers: "President Obama approved a provision that
protects Monsanto and other makers of genetically modified seeds and crops from
More stones and rocks instead of a curfew for Arabs: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166668#.UVfyI1ffrIU
From P. Stewart, the mother of the Journalist here: The Religion of Peace is intolerant to relics of pre-Islamic Culture: https://www.stage32.com/profile/9227/reel
Innocents hurt by the Arabs and their ransom demands: http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Lebanese-gunmen-kidnap-eight-Alawite-Syrians-308332
This appears to revert to the Status prior to Arafat and Oslo: http://www.debka.com/article/22867/Palestinians-kick-off-Jerusalem-bid-by-ceding-Holy-Sites-Custodianship-to-Jordan’s-king
Ed- Op Trust not in princes: Psalms 146:3Do not trust in princes, in the son of men, who has no salvation http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4362215,00.html
From Naomi = Nuke, Nuke, Nuke – Nuke a barrel Nuke, Nuke: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166691#.UVqTgldc2CN
School was out luckily: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Police-find-rocket-remains-at-Sderot-kindergarten-308416
Thanks to Gary: “Calling Hizbullah a charity is like calling al- Qaeda an urban-planning organization because of its desire to level tall buildings,” Proser said. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/165475#.UVrlr1dc2CO
Under the new Defense Min. no more games playing or big talk rather carrying a big stick. Syria: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4363121,00.html Gaza http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4363284,00.html and http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166716#.UVxKklffrIU
Iron Dome number 5 in service. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166733#.UVxJ7lffrIU
Fellow Americans are we out of our minds??? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/02/heres-what-gop-rep-jason-chaffetz-found-at-the-u-s-mexico-border-in-arizona/
WMD alert: http://debka.com/article/22869/Israel’s-Def-Min-inspects-Golan-line-Al-Qaeda-nears-two-Syrian-chemical-depots-
Not worth trying to take over an IDF guard post at night. http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/BTselem-IDF-kill-two-Palestinian-teens-in-West-Bank-riots-308621
One less Molotov Cocktail thrower around: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166743#.UV0tmlffrIU
Egypt has given Israel insurance that Hamas is arresting the extremists who sent the last bunch of rockets and mortars as they have gotten the message that Israel is no longer going to tolerate nonsense from the south as evidenced by the public knowledge from a cabinet meeting.
Why President Obama’s Concept of the Middle East Will Fail: Just Listen to It by Barry Rubin
To put it plainly, the press briefing supposed to indicate how President Barack Obama’s thinks about Israel on the eve of his trip here, is a combination of fantasy and insult. It may well that the Obama Administration did not mean this to be taken seriously, that the statements were made for show, to persuade the Arabic-speaking world that the United States is striving for peace and using its influence to change Israeli policy even as it does nothing of the sort.
Yet the premises on which this argument is based can be described as believing that what the Arab public really wants is progress toward peace with Israel and that the United States sees the ball as being in Israel’s–not the Arabs–court. The other is a strange hint that Washington has suddenly realized what Israel has understood since the beginning–that the “Arab Spring” isn’t going well. Now it feels the need to explain to Israeli leaders what they have long known, and give bad advice on what to do about it.
To show how mainstream Israelis who follow these issues closely see these themes, let’s quote how the Ynet reporter who covered the briefing–the respected and nonpartisan Yitzhak Benhorin–summarized what Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said. Here’s his lead:
“U.S. President Barack Obama will not be bringing a peace plan to Israel, but he will try to convince Prime Minister Benjamin and the Israeli public that after the Arab Spring, Israel cannot depend on autocrats holding everything together in the region..”
Here’s a president arriving at a moment when Israelis think the region is falling apart, with old autocrats being replaced by new ones and a more hostile environment, and the message is: You shouldn’t be complacent that everything is great?
Where does this come from? It is the American conception that the “Arab Spring” is a great thing, that old autocrats are falling and will be replaced by more democratic and moderate regimes. That is American; not Israeli thinking.
If that theme is based on fantasy, the second theme is insulting. Here is the second paragraph of Benhorin’s analysis:
“The U.S. believes that Israel must show it is serious about its peace efforts. It must convince the general Arab public, if nothing more than to maintain Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt.”
These are Benhorin’s words, not Rhodes’ exact formulations. But I think Benhorin reads the message properly.
Let’s begin by discussing the idea that Israel must persuade the Arab public:
–The question should be posed as this: When will the Arab public, or Arab governments, show Israel they are serious about peace? In 2009 when Obama sought such assurances and demonstrations he was turned down flat. We know it and he should know it.
–How long a list do you want of the times Israel has shown the Arab public that it wants peace seriously?
–Do you think the Arab public cares or is going to be persuaded by any such behavior?
–Hundreds of Israelis died in the 1993-2000 period in the effort to show the Arab public Israel was serious about peace.
The idea that Israel needs to persuade its neighbors to accept its existence is a line we have heard almost daily since the 1980s or even 1970s. Yet curiously the Arab street pays no attention to the scores of such Israeli gestures and the West soon forgets each one. And indeed Obama has forgotten those that took place during his first term, for example the nine-month-long settlement construction freeze, just as before that were forgotten the Oslo agreement, Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the 2000 Camp David offer (including the offer to redivide Jerusalem!) and many more. [See Footnote, below]
Guess what? If today Israel were to make a huge new concession, six months from now that would be forgotten in the West, which would also forget that there was no considerable Arab response. Israelis know this and so saying this kind of thing about Israel proving its decent intentions can only fall with a cynical thud. Such statements remind Israelis why they are NOT rushing to make new concessions or take new risks.
Note, too, that Western and European promises to give Israel a big reward if Israel takes a big risk or makes a big concession and the Arab side doesn’t respond have also been repeatedly broken.
What Obama is in effect saying is “Mr. Netanyahu, tear down that [security, counterterrorist] wall.” When he should be saying to the other side: “Mr. Abbas, Mursi, et. al., tear down that wall of hatred against Israel!”
Of course, he won’t do so because that would make the Arab leaders and publics mad, not because they want Israel to move faster on peace or seek a better deal but because they don’t want peace at all. And the Islamists coming into power have no intention of tearing down the wall. In fact, they are building it higher than ever. And there’s nothing–absolutely nothing–Israel can do to change the course of events in that respect.
Moreover, in a context where the same point is not made loudly, clearly, and publicly to the Palestinian Authority, the idea that the burden is on Israel to prove its peace credentials is a veiled way of Obama saying–and signaling to his supporters–that Israel is responsible for the failure to achieve peace.
The very fact that Obama’s visit is not about seeking to impose peace or even to press the issue. But why? The Obama Administration isn’t being honest about this. The reason is that the White House knows that such an effort will go nowhere. And it also not because of Netanyahu. After all, how well did six predecessors do in solving this problem? Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, and Tsipi Livni. Even if one can claim they all tried harder than Netanyahu why did they all fail?
While the ideas on the “peace process” show the problem with U.S. thinking on that issue, the idea on the direction being taken by the region shows the wider miasma of fantasy that surrounds U.S. policy.
This idea that Israel cannot depend on autocracies to maintain the status quo parallels Obama’s view for U.S. policy: that to protect the region’s stability, the United States must show its desire for good relations and the fulfillment of Arab and Muslim dreams by helping force out pro-American authoritarian regimes and to substitute for them (anti-American) Islamist authoritarian regimes.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is not 1980. Does Israel not understand that the region is already overwhelmingly ruled by autocracies hostile to itself? Here is the list: Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran, in particular. And one can add Tunisia and Turkey were elections do mean something.
What does Obama intend to convey by this idea? It seems as if he is saying: You better act now while the relatively friendly dictator Bashar al-Assad is running Syria before the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists take power! But that is absurd. How about: You better act now before we pass the window of opportunity of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood regime being eager for comprehensive peace with Israel? You better act fast before Hamas (which rules the Gaza Strip) and Hizballah (which rules Lebanon) change to a more hostile attitude?
What better time to make risky concessions than when the security situation is deteriorating and the new rulers of your neighbors are baying for your blood?
At any rate, the old autocrats are already gone for all practical purposes. The U.S. idea is an outdated one: Don’t depend on being nice to Mubarak because one day he could be overthrown and there will come a pharoah who knows not Joseph. Thanks, but that’s already happened and you helped bring about that problem.
Thus, Israel must prove that it is a nice guy to…the Muslim Brotherhood? The nonsense involved is clear when the concept is stated plainly.
In Jewish history this concept translates, for example, into saying that the Jews shouldn’t put all their eggs in the basket of the Weimar Republic because it had just been overthrown by the Nazis, so the Jews had to prove to them that they wanted good relations. (I apologize for the over-used Nazi reference but it is appropriate to explain the situation.)
The problem is that the United States is under the illusion that even the United States can make friends with Islamist regimes. How all-the-more ridiculous is it to claim that Israel can do so by concessions or gestures? How can anyone with a straight face suggest that if Israel shows progress on negotiations with the Palestinians that regimes which have sworn to wipe it off the map will change their minds?
Rhodes added that in particular progress on the peace process required that Israel show Egypt it should keep the peace treaty by making concessions to the Palestinians. Perhaps Egypt should keep the treaty because it is an international agreement it is required to keep. Or that it is in Egypt’s interests because Israel and the United States would make Cairo sorry if it abandoned the treaty completely. Notice that only concessions–not toughness, deterrence, or credibility–are a tool to keep treaties.
In these circumstances, a phrase often comes to my mind: Just because you are stupid, why should I kill myself?
Yes, it is intemperate of me to call these people stupid but they leave me no choice. Who does the Egyptian government support among the Palestinians? Hamas, despite their recent bickering. So how would progress on negotiations with the Palestinian Authority soften Egypt’s attitude? Is President Mursi going to say: Wow, that treaty with Israel is worthwhile because there is hope of a deal with the Palestinians that will ensure a non-Islamist government in Palestine and help to guarantee the existence of a Zionist state in the region? Yay!
No. He would say that such progress would indicate a betrayal by the PA and make it harder for the Islamist cause to flourish. Hence, any such deal must be stopped. Mr. Rhodes, let me explain. It was Mubarak who perhaps benefited from an advancing peace process; Mursi hates the idea.
“I think there’s an opportunity, frankly, for there to be a deeper source of support for peace broadly across the region if there can be progress.”
I will give Rhodes the benefit of the doubt by suggesting that he does not believe one word of that sentence.
Again, Obama’s trip is not about this issue. Yet by keeping the mythology alive about the state of the conflict the Obama Administration does another disservice to Israeli interests and American understanding of the region.
Oh, and let’s not forget something else.
Rhodes didn’t say that the PA, whose leaders Obama will also meet, must show Israel that it’s serious about peace. Supposedly, making peace is a one-way street in which the burden is always on Israel. Yet Israel’s behavior is not due to stubbornness, paranoia, or ideology.
It is based on experience.
Footnotes: Of course I am aware that there have been circumstances in which specific Arab factors were responsive to Israeli concessions. To act Arab leaders–autocrats or otherwise–must believe they can get away with defying Islamists, who will declare anyone wanting to make peace with Israel as enemies of Allah. That was most obviously true of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Mursi’s ideological compatriots killed Sadat. That graphically sums up who is on which side and why Rhodes’, and hence the Obama Administration’s, formulations are absurd.This article is published on PJ media.
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