Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Parsha Hazinu cut short, Repentence time, a story or two

Please note the will not be published Erev Yom Kippur. There may or may not be a Zos HaBracha Parsha with Parsha Beresheis prior to Sukkos Ble Neder.

Shmuel ben Zahava And Yosef Manus ben Sheina Pesia needs prayers. Not life threatening but in horrible pain from a traffic accident a Refuah Shelaimah to my cousin Linda Levy.

Thanks to J. Regina The following quote was said to my generation when food stamps did not exist and very few received welfare. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance... --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Parsha Hazinu
This week our Parsha is mostly a song. But is not the whole Torah a song of praise for the L-RD?

32:1 Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

Listen, O heavens: that I am warning Israel, and you shall be witnesses in this matter, for I have already told Israel that you will be witnesses. And so is [the clause] “And let the earth hear” [to be similarly understood]. Now why did [Moses] call upon heaven and earth to be witnesses [for warning Israel]? Moses said: “I am [just] flesh and blood. Tomorrow I will die. If Israel says, ‘We never accepted the covenant,’ who will come and refute them?” Therefore, he called upon heaven and earth as witnesses for Israel-witnesses that endure forever. Furthermore, if they [Israel] act meritoriously, the witnesses will come and reward them: “The vine will give its fruit, the earth will yield its produce, and the heavens will give their dew” (Zech. 8:12). And if [Israel] acts sinfully, the hand of the witnesses will be upon them first [to inflict punishment upon them]: “And He will close off the heaven that there will be no rain, and the soil will not give its produce” (Deut. 11:17), and then [the verse continues]: “and you will perish quickly”-through [the attacks of] the nations. — [Sifrei 32:1]

Everything that we have on this planet has spiritual life for the very components of the atom are held together or separated according to Ratzono (HIS Will). Here is an example of both heavens in the form of a heavy rain storm and earth in the form of a mountain bearing witness. This week on all the news stations there was a dashboard video of a rock slide in the States. One sees dirt and rocks come down with such force that a car is pushed from the first lane into the second or on-coming lane. Immediately a boulder larger than a car comes crashing down into the sport where the car would have been and misses the car by a short distance. This is Ratzono for it is written on Rosh Hashanah who will live and who will die and by what death. The heavens and the earth ordinary rain, dirt and rocks are witnesses who can lay their hands on a violator. The people in the car escaped with minor injuries. This is the same as the famous tale from Gemara Niddah that my great-great grandfather published in German in his book Sippurim Legends of the Jews of the Middle Ages the tale of pit and weasel which I published in this blog a few years ago.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.

My lesson will drip like rain: This is the testimony that you shall testify, that in your presence, I declare, "The Torah (לִקְחִי), which I gave to Israel, which provides life to the world, is just like this rain, which provides life to the world, [i.e.,] when the heavens drip down dew and rain." — [Sifrei 32:2] will drip: Heb. יַעִרֹף, meaning, “dripping.” Similar to this [are the verses]: “will drip (יִרְעֲפוּן) fatness” (Ps. 65:12), [where the root רעף is equivalent to ערף]; “will drip (יַעַרְפוּ) dew” (Deut. 33:28). will flow like dew: with which everyone rejoices, [unlike] the rain [which occasionally] causes anguish to people, such as travelers, or one whose pit [into which he presses his grapes] is full of wine [which is spoiled by the rain]. — [Sifrei 32:2] like storm winds: Heb. כִּשְׂעִירִם. This is an expression similar to “storm (סְעָרָה) wind” [since ס and שׂ are interchangeable. Accordingly,] the Targum renders [כִּשְׂעִירִם as]: כְּרוּחֵי מִטְרָא, “like winds [that bring] rain.” [The metaphor is explained as follows:] Just as these [stormy, rainy] winds maintain the plants and promote their growth, so too, the words of the Torah cause those who study them to grow. like raindrops: Heb. וְכִרְבִיבִים, drops of rain. It appears to me that [a raindrop] is called רְבִיב because it shoots (רוֹבֶה) down like an arrow, as Scripture states, “an archer רוֹבֶה קַשָּׁת” (Gen. 21:20). vegetation: Erbediz [in Old French, like the English: herbage]. This is [the general term for] the mantle of the earth covered with vegetation. grass: Heb. עֵשֶׂב. A single stalk is called עֵשֶׂב and each species is called עֵשֶׂב [while דֶּשֶׁא denotes vegetation in general].

Erev Rosh Hashanah, it happens from time to time that a I received a number of requests like educating 5 and 6 year olds on the Shofar and the binding of Yitzchak on the Mizbayach. Suddenly a short and fortunate false alarm medical emergency popped up that I had to deal with and tomorrow I have a commitment to be in the cemetery in the morning (which I did not get to in the end). Not wanting to write a half-baked Drasha. I therefore refer you to:  or

Rosh Hashanah (Day 1: Genesis 21; Day 2: Genesis 22) Symbolism of the Shofar by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
During the blowing of the shofar on Rosh HaShanah, notice there are three distinct sounds:
  1. Tekiah – one long, straight blast
  2. Shevarim – three medium, wailing sounds
  3. Teruah – 9 quick blasts in short succession
Let's examine each of these shofar sounds, and see how they relate to the different themes of Rosh HaShanah.
The Tekiah Sound
Rosh HaShanah is the day of appreciating who God is. We then internalize that understanding so that it becomes a living, practical part of our everyday reality. God is all-powerful. God is the Creator. God is the Sustainer. God is the Supervisor. In short, God is King of the Universe.
But for many of us, the idea of a "king" conjures up images of a greedy and power-hungry despot who wants to subjugate the masses for his selfish aims.
In Jewish tradition, a king is first and foremost a servant of the people. His only concern is that the people live in happiness and harmony. His decrees and laws are only for the good of the people, not for himself. (see Maimonides, Laws of Kings 2:6)
The object of Rosh Hashanah is to crown God as our King. Tekiah – the long, straight shofar blast – is the sound of the King's coronation. In the Garden of Eden, Adam's first act was to proclaim God as King. And now, the shofar proclaims to ourselves and to the world: God is our King. We set our values straight and return to the reality of God as the One Who runs the world... guiding history, moving mountains, and caring for each and every human being individually and personally.
Maimonides adds one important qualification: It isn't enough that God is MY King alone. If ALL humanity doesn't recognize God as King, then there is something lacking in my own relationship with God. Part of my love for the Almighty is to help guide all people to an appreciation of Him. Of course this is largely an expression of my deep caring for others. But it also affects my own sense of God's all-encompassing Kingship.
The Shevarim Sound
When we think about the year gone by, we know deep down that we've failed to live up to our full potential. In the coming year, we yearn not to waste that opportunity ever again. The Kabbalists say that Shevarim – three medium, wailing blasts – is the sobbing cry of a Jewish heart – yearning to connect, to grow, to achieve.
Every person has the ability to change and be great. This can be accomplished much faster than you ever dreamed of. The key is to pray from the bottom of your heart and ask God for the ability to become great. Don't let yourself be constrained by the past. You know you have enormous potential.
At the moment the shofar is blown, we cry out to God from the depths of our soul. This is the moment – when our souls stand before the Almighty without any barriers – that we can truly let go.
The Teruah Sound
On Rosh Hashanah, we need to wake up and be honest and objective about our lives: Who we are, where we've been, and which direction we're headed. The Teruah sound – 9 quick blasts in short succession – resembles an alarm clock, arousing us from our spiritual slumber. The shofar brings clarity, alertness, and focus.
The Talmud says: "When there's judgment from below, there's no need for judgment from above." What this means is that if we take the time to construct a sincere, realistic model of how we've fallen short in the past, and what we expect to change in the future, then God doesn't need to "wake us up" to what we already know.
God wants us to make an honest effort to maximize the gifts He gave us. You aren't expected to be anything you're not. But you can't hoodwink God, either.
The reason we lose touch and make mistakes is because we don't take the time everyday to reconnect with our deepest desires and essence. The solution is to spend time alone every day, asking: Am I on track? Am I focused? Am I pursuing goals which will make the greatest overall difference in my life and in the world?
Make it a habit to keep in touch with yourself, and when Rosh HaShanah comes around, the alarm clock of the shofar won't be nearly as jarring!

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Shabbos Teshuva

This past week and this coming Shabbos we have some Pasukim that inspire Teshuva: 30:2 and shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and hearken to His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul; … 15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, … 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked--thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross--and he forsook God who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation. From this last Pasuk I got the idea that perhaps it is a good idea to work on the physical body, cut the fat and get into shape and then the spiritual body will fall into place. For if we nourish only the physical we neglect the spiritual.

Another year has come and gone and no redemption by the Moshiach! Rabbi Glixman would cry and say “Master of the World until when will your people suffer?” Being a retired engineer, I try to come up with a solution and I cry the three main points observe Shabbos, Kashrus and Family Purity but it is too hard to convince my brothers and sisters. Even my own friends whom I worked with years one has returned to the ways of our fathers by himself after he retired. He found the Torah interesting and has gone to eating vegetarian even though there is plenty of Kosher Meat in Israel available. He claims that he is better off. This year I plan to go into not only the spiritual body but the physical body. For it seems that if the body is healthy the Neshama too is healthy and if the body is ill then it affects the Neshama.

I have basically stopped eating corn (maize) for 95% of it is GMO and the pig genes in tomatoes that all look the same, canola, frog genes in Oranges now and more. I have decided to go into eating organic food only in the USA it cost more but does anybody know what the GMO foods due to us and the larger amounts of Autistic Children and cancer among us. Even our eating habits are subject to repentance not to mention diet changes for health reasons. Like a diabetic lowering as much as possible carbohydrates intake and switching to quinoa and tapioca instead of potatoes and wheat. I am not a dietician so don’t rely only on my word.

It is Teshuva, Tephilla and Tzeduka that avoids the evil decree. Every aspect of life should be reviewed not just the religious behavior. By changing and increasing my workout in the Gym, I am seeing results. I could do better on the Daf Yomi and Shulchan Aruch front but all in all I have seen my body fat drop by 7 to 9% in five months my muscle mass improve and a weight loss of 3 to 4 kilograms or 7 to 9 lbs. Every bit of Teshuva both on the spiritual and the physical front helps an individual.

When the body is healthy and the blood flowing to the brain correct then it is easier to awaken the spiritual well-being. As the brain is clearer from impurities the spiritual matter sinks in and is absorbed. We then can analyze what we are doing right and wrong with our prayers. Most of us will find them becoming routine. We are not like sages who would meditate an hour before and an hour after praying. We want to wake up, rush to Schul and get on with our schedule. Sometimes it is for learning Torah which I do on the side via my smart phone as I listen to the Gemara on the Elliptical workout. Imagine walking the equivalent of 12 to 13,000 steps without pressure on your ankles or knees and get in about two Dafim of Gemara, and it is possible to reflect on Mitzvos that we need to do and should be doing. Have we checked our Tephillin twice in 7 years do we need to check our Mezuzos of the house? Have we bought enough food to honor the Shabbos or Yom Tov properly? All this is on the physical/spiritual side of the Mitzvos. Rosh Hashanah 5775 is a Shmita Year what have we learned of the Halachos? Even those who use the Heter and deal with their crops or export their fruits need to view the laws as it is a Mitzvah to learn them. It is one of the Mitzvos of the land of Yisrael.

How did the Lubavitcher Rebbe view Teshuva? The abandonment of sin and to accept the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven is the first step. It is not enough for a Jew to renounce a single transgression and have resolved not to do it again but he must put in the effort to cease and desist from all future transgressions. He must promise to observe all the Mitzvos and if he has hurt a fellow man do his best possible to make amends. [There are certain sins that are so hurtful that they require either payment in the afterlife or a return to this world again to have payment extracted from them.] It once happened that a Yemenite man in Rehovot had an orchard of Esrogim and a place where he planted saplings for either sale or future use. One time he had a dispute with a Chassidic fellow either because he had promised all his Esrogim to somebody else or whatever. The Chassid then went and took a saw or set fire to his Esrogim the loss was tremendous. He did not know so a while later the Chassid asked for forgiveness he thought over the dispute so he said that of course he forgave and he never saw the Chassid again. The damage was tremendous financially he was able to recover the area with the saplings but years of income were lost. So unless the Yemenite did something similar to the Chassid in a past life there will be a payment required by the Chassid after 120 years. For damage from Lashon Hara is similar one cannot take back everything and even if we remove what we said to the original listens it may have gone further or an ease dropper could have picked things up. Sins between man and G-D can be wiped away easy but between man and man not.

Rabbi Yacov London Ztz”l said on a number of occasions that a person has to be crazy to sin. In fact it says, “A spirit of folly enters” (Tehillim 49)! (Perhaps the Rabbi meant this something like this but my memory from so many years back is weak. I googled and found this Hoshea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come, Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad! For the multitude of you iniquity, the enmity is great.) Back to the Rebbe – A sinner is one who has thrown off the Yoke of HASHEM and has impaired his Neshama. When a Jew accepts the Yoke of Heaven and returns to his source, he nullifies the transgression and prevents at the source a reoccurrence. 

He observes “And you shall return to HASHEM ELOKECHA” (Devarim 30:2). Rather than making amends, Teshuva requires of us to rededicate ourselves unto obeying all of G-D’s commandments, ordinances and statutes.

So with this let us begin to repent and prepare ourselves for the Yom HaDin.

The Berdichever’s Envy (from Living Jewish Net)

Once on the way home from Schul, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev encountered an individual known for his many transgressions and aimless life-style. He said, “I am envious of you during these days of Elul of repentance for if you repent, your many transgressions will be turned into merits. ”Hah” replied the man “for by this time next year, I will have many more sins and you will have more to be envious of for I will have more sins to turn into merits.”

Rav Levi Yitzchak was not perturbed and said let me tell you a story. “Once there was a Polish Noble was traveling and a fierce downpour overtook him. He remembered that he had an inn that he had leased out so he went to tie his horse inside the Stable. However, the roof was leaking the beams of the stable were shaking. “Well at least I can keep dry” so he consoled himself. But when he went in the condition of the Inn was not better than the stables. “How dare you neglect this property! You were given property in excellent order and you have neglected it and now the place is a disaster!”

“Well the innkeeper stammered, ‘I had a hunch that eventually you would come here, but I didn’t recon that it would be so soon’.” So shortly after Rosh HaShanah, the sinner became ill and called in Rabbi Levi Yitzchak to guide him and died a repentant. IT IS TIME THAT WE LIVE AS A REPENTANT!

There is a big business trend to send Jews who grasp at straws to the graves of Tzaddikim if so go to Tzefat, Miron and Tiberius and pray but travel to the homeland of Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka, Barbi-Yar etc. not I. In fact it smacks of escapism and borders on Christian thought.

I received this from Neal which has a lot of the special items happening this coming year. All we are missing is the announcement of Moshiach! Okay, here’s a question for all you trivia buffs out there. When was the last time Rosh Hashanah began as early as September 5th?
Give up? Try 1899! That was the year that Queens and Staten Island became part of New York City, the Great Blizzard of 1899 pounded South Florida with snow, and fighting in Afghanistan continued to rage (then it was the British but sadly some things never change). This was also the year when the paperclip and Bayer aspirin were patented, and voting machines were okayed for federal elections.(Hmm, chads, hanging or not) Yep, the last time Rosh Hashanah fell on September 5th was the year the Bronx Zoo opened in New York, and when all is said and done, it will be another 76 years (2089) until this Rosh Hashanah comes this early again.
So as you can imagine rabbis everywhere are scrambling to finish sermons and Jews everywhere are asking, “has the Jewish calendar gone crazy!?” Well, not exactly. In reality the Jewish calendar works on a 19 year cycle adding a 13th month (Adar 2) in years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17 and 19. This is year 17 of that cycle and represents the longest possible year in the Jewish calendar of 385 days. The Jewish calendar which is based primarily on the lunar cycle, makes these adjustments in order to keep the holidays in sync with solar seasons. This keeps Passover in the spring and Sukkot in the fall. While it is not uncommon for the calendar to add a month during these leap years or for the holidays to be “early” or “late”, what is different this year is the extreme “earliness” in relation to the secular calendar. The next time Rosh Hashanah will fall on September 5th will as mentioned above be in 2089 or in the Jewish counting 5850 which is why this year is so special.
But wait that’s not all. This year the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are on the same day! According to Steve Morse, this is the first time that’s happened since President Lincoln originally established Thanksgiving in 1863 and it is also the last time it'll happen until the year 79,811. I'll say that again: after this year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Day won’t overlap for another 77,798 years! The reason is because the Jewish calendar is very slowly getting out of sync with the solar calendar, at a rate of 4 days per 1000 years (not bad for a many centuries old calendar!) This means that while presently Hanukkah can be as early as 11/28, over the years the calendar will drift forward, such that the earliest Hanukkah can be is 11/29. It is my belief that at some distant future time the rabbis will again need to come together and recalibrate the calendar for another 5 thousand years. Until then we can all enjoy the special nature of this extraordinary new year. 
May the new year of 5774 be filled with the blessings of good health, happiness, and prosperity for you and your family!

My gas mask problem the beard can be sealed thanks to advice of a former front line soldier Yitzchak S. by putting Vaseline around the mask where it contacts the beard:

Three descriptions, so to speak, of G-d, through which we can relate to Him, are contained in the Mussaf Prayer of Rosh HaShanah. They are as follows:
1) Malchiyot  -  Kingliness:
G-d is the incomparable King of The Universe.  The destiny of humanity is to come to this realization.  Whereas human kings rule in accordance with the principle of :"might makes right," G-d is the Holy King, Who is, at the same time, beyond comparison in His power, "Vas er vil, Tut er" - "Whatever He wills, He can do," yet He is also the Father of the orphan and the Judge of the widow, Who is always on the side of the powerless.
He is the Incorruptible and Righteous Judge of the World, Who favors no one, and cannot be bribed.
He is the true G-d and His word, the Torah, is true and eternal.   
2) Zichronot  -  Remembrances
We recognize that Hashem is above Time, and the idea of "forgetting" does not apply to Him, nor is He limited in "understanding" the inner thoughts of His creatures.  Nevertheless, we ask that He "remember" only the "good" in our behalf when He Judges us.
For all of humanity, for the whole world is Judged today, we ask that He "remember" the faith of Noach who endured taunts and threats for 120 years while he built the Ark, and tried to explain its purpose to his wayward generation.
For the Jewish People in particular, we ask that He "remember" the early loyalty  of our People, who followed Him as a bride, as He said "I remember your youthful devotion, the love of your bridal days, how you followed Me through the desert, in a barren land" (Yirmiyahu 2:2) and later as a precious child, "Is it because Ephraim is my favorite son, my beloved child?  As often as I speak of him, I remember him fondly.  My heart yearns for him, I will have pity on him, says the L-rd." (Yirmiyahu 31:19)
Most of all, we ask that He "remember" the supreme act of devotion performed by our fathers Avraham and Yitzchak, where Avraham suppressed his natural feelings of mercy towards his son, and was prepared to sacrifice him at the command of G-d, and Yitzchak was prepared to be sacrificed, thereby suppressing his natural feelings of self-preservation, in fulfillment of G-d's command.  So should G-d suppress, so to speak, His  Midat HaDin , His Attribute of Strict Justice, which would require that we be punished for our misdeeds, in favor of His Midat HaRachamim , His Attribute of Mercy.
3) Shofarot  - Blasts of the Shofar
We recall the time that G-d revealed Himself on Mt. Sinai and gave us the Torah.
"The whole world trembled at Your Presence, Creation shook in awe before You, when You, our King, did reveal Yourself on Mt. Sinai to give to Your People the Torah and its Commandments, letting them hear your majestic voice, your holy words out of flashes of fire.  Amid thunder and lightening did You reveal Yourself to them, amid the sound of the Shofar did you appear to them."
The Shofar will be blown during the final battles of Israel with its enemies.
It will be sounded when our Exiles return.
It will be sounded when the Temple will be rebuilt.
It is the sound signifying the Presence of the majesty of G-d.
We ask that it be sounded again with the arrival of the Mashiach.

Poisoning pigeons in the park was a satire of the Jewish Comedian Tom Lehrer well now read this causing an uproar in Yisrael and a boycott of this branch:

Happy New of Lamita from Albert:

My late parents after about 19 or 20 years of marriage took time off and had a wonderful time on the west coast of Mexico. I had always wanted to make a trip or cruise there but in the last couple of years the drug cartels have discouraged me. So this is a bit of good news for me.

From my cousin Daniel I do not advise you to try jumping like that on Yerushalayim Stones modern Charedim:

Inyanay Diyoma

Obama appears to be lost and is about to say. "Son do you want to be without TV for a week, Internet for a week or grounded for a week?" If you have to shoot then shoot! Assad killed many 10's of thousands Al Qaeda killed a few 10's of thousands one is a big war criminal the other is only a smaller war criminal because he killed thousands less. Aw poor Assad Pooh is getting slapped on the wrist:“Limited-narrow”-US-strike-on-Syria-risks-leaving-Assad-s-air-force-and-chemical-arsenal-intact

Will the White House go alone? Poland is not in the game Kuwait and Saudi weapons to the rebels but is France in or out?

Napalm and chemical weapons are outlawed oh really:,7340,L-4424261,00.html

They won’t let Pollard go, they send over spies supposed converts who observe Xmas:

One helicopter pilot whom I know was on leave this Shabbos along with a field soldier so the alert is not all over the army but I guess they had to be ready for a moment’s call-up.,7340,L-4424499,00.html

By Obama waiting at least 10 or 11 days for Congress, he is basically saying to Iran you have a green light on building the bomb!

Syria has Israeli targets for their missiles.

How to put your allies in the mire and on the chopping block while you play the Obamacare fiddle:’s-climb-down-on-Syria-attack-spells-“military-nightmare”-for-allies-Israel-Turkey-Jordan

Now if Israel did this there would not be the sound of silence!,7340,L-4425042,00.html

If I were Syria or Hezballah, I would not call Israel's bluff on this one:

The Population of Israel grows by 167,000 in the past year.,7340,L-4425333,00.html

The problem now is that Obama should not have drawn a red line in the first place and kept his mouth shut now he must act or Iran will get the bomb and they are working on a missile that can hit the USA. If Obama does nothing Iran will read it as a green light. Smart people shut their mouths and don't put their feet in it.

When Amalek die it is good for the world:,7340,L-4425776,00.html

Not recommended to steal a truck and drive into a top security zone. I suspect they were trying our defenses and they got to the entrance to the terminal.,7340,L-4425936,00.html

Not planning any more Bibi-Barak Settlement evacuations for them to have a piece of Eretz Yisrael and we get no peace.

I know some non-Jews get stoned for the New Year on Dec. 31st but this is taking things to whole new and Allah Hu Akbar level:

I did not receive M. Wolfberg’s story at this time and am mailing out the Blog.

We wish you and yours a healthy, happy, blessed, wonderful, successful, prosperous, fruitful, joyous, beautiful, bountiful, peaceful,Torah and Mitzvah filled New Year and may we merit to see Moshiach speedily in our days,
Rachamim Pauli and family