Thursday, September 11, 2014

Parshiyos Ki Seitzei Part 2 and Ki Savo, stories and news.

We Israelis have a tendency not to plan ahead. I took a look at Torah Tidbits and I realized that the high holidays are upon us. This means planning next week’s double Parsha, Rosh Hashanah and Parsha and Yom Kippur with Sukkos and Beresheis or Beresheis with Noach. I have a lot of work cut out for me. Because the 30 day ceasefire is going to be up on Rosh Hashanah and the Golan is a hot spot not only with Syria/Al Qaeda but ISIS is getting close to Jordan and us on the southern Golan/Hamat Geder I might be writing a lot on FB groups and put out a special Inyanay Diyoma Issue.

Ki Seitzei Part 2

24:6 No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes a man's life to pledge.

The millstone is the source of his income so by taking the stone you are cutting off his ability to pay you back or to exist. The Torah therefore forbids this. The same would be with a laptop today or I-pad and other objects used for earning an income. There are exceptions today if the bank gave him a loan to buy a Taxi and he could not pay back the loan they take the Taxi as essentially the bank owns the Taxi.

7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, and sell him; then that thief shall die; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.

This wicked one is violating the saying on Sinai and enslaving his fellow Yisrael. Because he is enslaving and selling his fellow ben Yisrael or Ger Tzeddek, he deserves the death penalty.

8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you, as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do. 9 Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam, by the way as ye came forth out of Egypt.

The person who does not speak Lashon HaRa will not get Tsoras. The contrary is true for those who disregard the warning. It is a special Mitzvah to Remember Shabbos, Remember what happened to Miriam and Remember Amalek of the six times mentioned in the Torah, Ki Seitzei has 33%.

10 When thou do lend thy neighbor any manner of loan, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.

Imagine modern times that I am in FL or Yisrael and my friend in Cleveland or in Los Angeles needs $100 or $150 to finish the month and then somehow he will send me a check back there are two things in giving out a loan and the first one is trust and the second one the ability to heaven forbid lose the loan by default. And certainly I would not knock myself out traveling at a large round trip fare to look for a pledge.

11 Thou shalt stand without, and the man to whom thou do lend shall bring forth the pledge without unto thee. 12 And if he be a poor man, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge; 13 thou shalt surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless thee; and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

Not everybody who takes a loan is poor. Usually it is the poor man that needs the loan. However, sometimes a rich man is short of cash and needs a loan. From the rich man whom you have loaned you can take collateral.

14 Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates.

You shall not withhold the wages of a [poor or destitute] hired worker: But has this not already been written [in the verse, “You shall not withhold what is due your fellow [Jew]” (Lev. 19:13)]? However, this [negative commandment] is [repeated here] to [make one] transgress two negative commandments for [withholding the pay due] a destitute person: [First, here,] not to withhold the wages of a worker who is poor or destitute, and [secondly,] concerning [even] the well-to-do worker, one was already admonished (Lev. 19:13)],“You shall not [unjustly] withhold what is due your fellow [Jew, which includes the destitute as well].” - [B.M. 61a] [See Chavel and Yosef Hallel, who quote the Reggio edition, which is more correct.] Destitute: Heb. אֶבְיוֹן, one who longs for everything [because he has nothing. The word for longing (תאב) resembles the word for destitute (אֶבְיוֹן)]. - [See Midrash Prov. 22:22] Of your strangers: This [refers to] a righteous proselyte [who converts to Judaism out of genuine conviction and pure motives]. — [Sifrei 24:145] Within your cities: This [expression refers to] a convert who [has undertaken not to practice idolatry, but] eats animals that have not been ritually slaughtered. — [Sifrei 24:145] Who are in your land: This [expression] comes to include the hire of animals or utensils. — [Sifrei 24:145, B.M. 111b]

This of course goes on the Orphan but here the poor and the lower end paid workers and the Gerim are mentioned.

15 In the same day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD and it be sin in thee.

In those days people were so poor that they would eat only carobs or cabbage or onions the cheapest food in the season to meet their meager income.

16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

This is an important principle.

17 Thou shalt not pervert the justice due to the stranger, or to the fatherless; nor take the widow's raiment to pledge.

Just because he is a Ger with no family or a widowed or divorced woman you cannot take their pledges or be unjust to them.

18 But thou shalt remember that thou was a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence; therefore I command thee to do this thing.

You shall remember [that you were a slave in Egypt, and the Lord, your God, redeemed you from there]: [God says:] On that condition I redeemed you, [namely, on the condition] that you observe My statutes, even if you incur monetary loss in the matter.

19 When thou reap thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go back to fetch it; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hands.

And forget a sheaf: but not a stack. [That is, if someone forgot a stack of grain, he may go back to retrieve it.] (Sifrei 24:149). Hence, [our Rabbis] said: (Pe’ah 6:6) A sheaf containing two se’ah, which someone forgot, is not considered שִׁכְחָה [that is, the harvester is permitted to go back and retrieve it]. [When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf] in the field: [Why the repetition of the word“field”? This comes] to include שִׁכְחָה of standing grain, part of which the harvester had forgotten to reap, [not only bound up sheaves standing in the field]. - [Sifrei 24:149] You shall not go back to take it: From here, [our Rabbis] said: Whatever is behind him is considered שִׁכְחָה, “forgotten” [and may not be retrieved]. Whatever is in front of him, is not considered “forgotten” [and may still be retrieved], since it does not come under the law of “you shall not go back to take.” - [Pe’ah 6:4] So that [the Lord, your God,] will bless you: Although [the forgotten sheaf came into his hand without intention [of the owner]. How how much more so [will one be blessed] if he did it liberately! Hence, you must say that if someone dropped a sela, and a poor man found it and was sustained by it, then he [who lost the coin] will be blessed on its account. — [Sifrei 24:149]

Boaz was old and without children by observing this Mitzvah above and beyond the required observance in the Torah he ended up become an ancestor of the Moshiach.

20 When thou beat thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

You shall not detract for its glory it [by picking all its fruit] after you: Heb. לֹא-תְפַאֵר, [This word is derived from פְּאֵר or תִּפְאֶרֶת, “glory.” The “glory” of an olive-tree is its fruit. Thus, the meaning is: “You shall not take its glory” (תִּפְאֶרֶת) from it. [I.e., do not remove all its fruit.] Hence, [our Rabbis derive that [in addition to the harvest of grain and produce, in fruit-bearing trees also], one must leave behind פֵּאָה, [fruits at the end of the olive harvest]. — [Chul. 131b] After you: This refers to שִׁכְחָה, forgotten fruit [in the case of a fruit-bearing tree, that one must leave the forgotten fruit for the poor to collect]. — [Chul. 131b]

21 When thou gather the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it after thee; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

[When you pick the grapes of your vineyard,] you shall not glean: i.e., if you find עוֹלְלוֹת, small clusters therein, you shall not take them. Now what constitutes עוֹלְלוֹת [thus necessitating them to be left for the poor]? Any cluster of grapes which has neither a כָּתֵף,“shoulder” or a נָטֵף, “drippings.” But if it has either one of them, it belongs to the householder. — [Pe’ah 7:4] I saw in the Talmud Yerushalmi (Pe’ah 7:3):“What is a כָּתֵף, shoulder?” It is [a cluster of grapes] in which the sprigs of grapes pile one on top of the other [at the top of the cluster, together taking on the shape of a shoulder. And what is] a נָטֵף,“drippings?” These are the grapes suspended from the central stalk [of the cluster, as though dripping down].

It is also good advice that you prolong your days too and your wife will not be a widow or your children fatherless.

22 And thou shalt remember that thou was a bondman in the land of Egypt; therefore I command thee to do this thing. 25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them, by justifying the righteous, and condemning the wicked,

What happens if one of the men is a con-artist with cunning language and the other stutters at the time they come before the judges he is speechless or cannot express himself properly? Judgement is not so easy. I have heard a few cases that came before Rabbi Mimran and in one case he asked one to make a compromise with the other.

2 then it shall be, if the wicked man deserve to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to the measure of his wickedness, by number.

The judge shall make him lean over: This teaches [us] that they [the judges] do not flog [the guilty party while [the latter is] standing or sitting, but, [when he is] leaning over. — [Mak. 22b] [The judge shall… flog him] in front of him, commensurate with his crime: Heb., כְּדֵי רִשְׁעָתוֹ [singular-meaning one punishment before him -] and behind him twice that number. From here they [the Rabbis] said: “They must give him two thirds [of his lashes] behind him [i.e., on his back], and one third in front of him [i.e., on his chest]” (Mak. 22b) In number: Heb. בְּמִסְפָּר, but it is not vowelized בַּמִּסְפָּר, in the number. This teaches us that the word בְּמִסְפָּר is in the construct state, [qualifying the word following it which is the first word of the next verse, namely, אַרְבָּעִים], to read: בְּמִסְפָּר אַרְבָּעִים, that is, “[and flog him…] the number of forty,” but not quite a full quota of forty, but the number that leads up to the full total of forty, i. e., “forty-minus-one.” - [Mak. 22b]

3 Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should be dishonored before thine eyes.

He… shall not exceed: From here, we derive the admonition that one may not strike his fellow man. - [Keth. 33a, San. 85a] And your brother will be degraded: All day [that is, throughout the entire procedure], Scripture calls him רָשָׁע, “wicked,” but, once he has been flogged, behold, he is “your brother.” - [Sifrei 25:153]

A doctor is next to the man sent by the Beis Din so that he shall not die. If after one lash or 20 lashes if the doctor says that he is in no shape to be given more stripes then we stop in the middle.

4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treads out the corn.

The Torah worries about the honor and suffering of dumb animals and allow him to eat some of the production that falls on the floor and we allow the beast to eat some.

5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not be married abroad unto one not of his kin; her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother unto her.

We had the news story of the brother last week who refused to perform Halitza without money or Yebum for the woman. I was disturbed by both sides in this wring of the woman for money by the family. Either fulfil the Mitzvah or free the woman!

6 And it shall be, that the first-born that she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother that is dead, that his name be not blotted out of Israel.

Thus if her ex-husband was Reuven-Shimon she could call him either that name or add on let us say Zevulun-Reuven-Shimon for the husband died young and maybe there was a bad Mazel in that name.

7 And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate unto the elders, and say: 'My husband's brother refuses to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother unto me.' 8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him; and if he stand, and say: 'I like not to take her'; 9 then shall his brother's wife draw nigh unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face; and she shall answer and say: 'So shall it be done unto the man that doth not build up his brother's house.' 10 And his name shall be called in Israel the house of him that had his shoe loosed.

Halitza is performed with a special type of sandal and not an ordinary shoe. It was an embarrassment in the times gone by not to fulfil this Mitzvah. Nowadays, we do not have tribal inheritance and two wives are not our usual form of marriage anymore as I wrote in the past there are only about 849 men who have taken on a second wife and mostly due to illness, refusal to accept a GET and of course some common-in-law candidates.

11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smites him, and puts forth her hand, and takes him by the secrets; 12 then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall have no pity.

The Rabbis considered this a fine. But I ask what type of woman grabs a man by his private parts?

13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag diverse weights, a great and a small. 14 Thou shalt not have in thy house diverse measures, a great and a small. 15 A perfect and just weight shalt thou have; a perfect and just measure shalt thou have; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God gives thee. 16 For all that do such things, even all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

In Lev. 19 – 20 we had the Mitzvah of just weights and measures Ephod Tzeddek and Hin Tzeddek are required.

17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way as ye came forth out of Egypt; 18 how he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, all that were enfeebled in thy rear, when you were faint and weary; and he feared not God. 19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God has given you rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget.

This behavior of attacking women, children, the elderly like with rockets are the behavior of Amalek. Of course if you have people calling themselves “leaders” that follow public opinion polls, political expediency and their fear “What will the Goyim say?” we end up worse off than before.

Parsha Ki Savo

Remember back in Parsha Re’eh that there was to be a blessing on Har Gerizim and a curse on Har Eval but then a long interval. Well that was at the start of Moshe Rabbaynu’s second Drasha. This week the Drasha is about to conclude and we get to know what to do on those mountains.
This week starts out with part of the Haggada of Pessach which deals with the first fruits of Shavuos. It also explains that strange sentence in the Haggada about Aram where our father worked and then went down into Mitzrayim – it is taken from here. 

26:1 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance, and do possess it, and dwell therein;

We don’t usually see this connection with the section of Amalek because we read this section hours or a week apart from the last Sedra. However, here we see a smooth flow as last we ended with when you are given rest in your land and here when you receive your inheritance in your land.

2 that thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which thou shalt bring in from thy land that the LORD thy God gives thee; and thou shalt put it in a basket and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there. 3 And thou shalt come unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him: 'I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the land which the LORD swore unto our fathers to give us.' 4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thy hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God. 5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God: 'A wandering Aramean was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

I was 9 years old when my family sent me to the Reform “Sunday School” a few months before my 10th birthday was my first Pessach as we were so assimilated. As a young fellow, I found myself conducting the Seder from a Reform Haggada with my grandfather’s scarf around my shoulders instead of a Reform Tallis which was about the same size. I answered the 4 questions in my own little way and then was confronted by this passage which made no sense to me and I had no idea where it came from. In fact I did not know what Shavous even was much less Bikurim to be brought before the L-RD with this confession. I figure that other assimilated Jews and Gerim must feel this way at times. That is why some of the best speakers and teachers like HaRav Simcha HaCohain Kuk Shlita start off with the simplest case and work up harder and harder to get into the Halacha in their lectures so that everybody from the nation can understand them.

And you shall call out: Heb. וְעָנִית [Usually meaning to “respond.” However, in this context, this word] denotes the raising of the voice. — [Sotah 32b] An Aramean [sought to] destroy my forefather: [The declarer] mentions [here] the kind deeds of the Omnipresent [by stating]:“An Aramean [sought to] destroy my forefather.” That is, Laban, when he pursued Jacob, sought to uproot [i.e., annihilate] all [the Jews], and since he intended to do so, the Omnipresent considered it as though he had actually done it (Sifrei 26:5), for [regarding] the pagan nations of the world, the Holy One, Blessed is He, considers the [mere] intention [of an evil deed] as [being equivalent to] the actual perpetration [of the deed itself]. — [Yerushalmi Pe’ah 1:1 at end] Who then went down to Egypt: And [apart from Laban,] still others came upon us to annihilate us, for after this, Jacob went down to Egypt [“and the Egyptians treated us cruelly…”]. With a small number of people: [Namely,] seventy persons. — [Sifrei 26: 5; see Gen. 46:27]

6 And the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage. 7 And we cried unto the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice, and saw our affliction, and our toil, and our oppression. 8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders. 9 And He hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 And now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the land, which Thou, O LORD, hast given me.' And thou shalt set it down before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God. 11 And thou shalt rejoice in all the good which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thy house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is in the midst of thee.

The time period for the first fruits are from Shavous until the end of the Sukkos holiday when the harvest is over for the year.

12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithe of thine increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, to the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be satisfied,

Poor man’s tithe which gives an opportunity for the landless people and new comers to Yisrael who have not established themselves to get income above that of the forgotten sheaves, grain or fruit that fell or was not gleamed or taken off the tree when the workers went through. In the News this week: The poor of Israel need help for Rosh Hashanah!,7340,L-4569584,00.html

13 then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God: 'I have put away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to Thy commandment which Thou hast commanded me; I have not transgressed any of Thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them. 14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I put away thereof, being unclean, nor given thereof for the dead; I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, I have done according to all that Thou hast commanded me. 15 Look forth from Thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Thy people Israel, and the land which Thou hast given us, as Thou didst swear unto our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.'

This is the confession. One must note that trees that possibly nurture from a neighbor cannot become Bikurim unless one arranges for a partnership with that neighbor. Since the original inheritance is out of the question as nobody knows his tribal inheritance from Yehoshua bin Nun’s time we would observe Bikurim more as a Rabbinical Ordinance than a Torah Ordinance.

 16 This day the LORD thy God commands thee to do these statutes and ordinances; thou shalt therefore observe and do them with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.

This is great Mussar. It is a matter of trying. The fact that we make an effort to come to pray three times each day is important. However, we all know that the same prayer and words make it humanly impossible especially in the modern working world with too many distractions to pray with intent. We are not a small cobbler shop that might open at 10:00, 10:05, 10:30 in the morning we work mostly for institutions with a time clock and exacting bosses and must be punctual which means coming in early or precisely on time and in some cases the pen or pencil or computer stops at a precise time and we have a company bus or a certain train to catch. So when we say three times a day “Oh KING, HELPER, SAVIOR, SHIELD. Blessed are YOU…the shield of Avraham” we cannot possibly have the same intent of the Sages who prepared for an hour before praying or even like a Yeshiva student today for we are busy with all sorts of things.

17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and that thou would walk in His ways, and keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His ordinances, and hearken unto His voice.

However, no matter how busy or deep in work we must keep HIS Mitzvos. We cannot make excuses but HASHEM must before us daily. We are part of Am Yisrael and everybody is a guarantor for each other doing Mitzvos 24/7. I see this from my point of view as strange that those who come to the Synagogues only for the High Holy Days or Yomim Tovim don’t bother themselves when they beat their breasts on Yom Kippur of trying to turn closer to HASHEM. I have enough trouble trying to make Rachamim Pauli come closer to HASHEM so trying to convince others becomes a problem. 

18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be His own treasure, as He hath promised thee, and that thou should keep all His commandments; 19 and to make thee high above all nations that He hath made, in praise, and in name, and in glory; and that thou may be a holy people unto the LORD thy God, as He hath spoken.

Higher above the nations does not mean material wealth although all in all it can be. It means spiritual wealth. The realm of the Jewish Neshama is not in this world but in the next and therefore our wealth and treasury is not physical. Our wealth is pure spiritual.

27:1 And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying: 'Keep all the commandment which I command you this day. 2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over the Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God gives thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster. 3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over; that thou may go in unto the land which the LORD thy God gives thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath promised thee. 4 And it shall be when ye are passed over the Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Eval, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster. 5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones; thou shalt lift up no iron tool upon them. 6 Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of unhewn stones; and thou shalt offer burnt-offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God. 7 And thou shalt sacrifice peace-offerings, and shalt eat there; and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God. 8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.'

Written in Stone the words of Torah as an everlasting testament. I might also have a modern billboard which prints out Torah 24/7 going through the five Seforim in a certain amount of time and repeating itself that it could be seen night and day for a long distance or a series of billboards throughout the land achieving this purpose to awaking us. For every year when I write my commentary, I go in “cold” and 95% of the time do not look what I wrote the previous years so that I find something new in the words each time. The Torah is alive for us and wfe have to see different things at different times in our lives and the life of our nation.

We are now going into the section mentioned in Re’eh of the blessings and the curses:
9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spoke unto all Israel, saying: 'Keep silence, and hear, O Israel; this day thou art become a people unto the LORD thy God. 10 Thou shalt therefore hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and do His commandments and His statutes, which I command thee this day.' 11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying: 12 'These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin; 13 and these shall stand upon mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice:

All tribes being equal were chosen by HASHEM for this purpose. In spite of Zimri and the tribe of Shimon’s recent history with Baal Peor they were chosen to be on Har Gerizim and note the twelve tribes are the original ones thus the two tribes from Yosef come under the heading Yosef.

15 Cursed be the man that makes a graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. And all the people shall answer and say: Amen.

This is a full statue of something from heaven and earth for the purpose of worship. Thus the twisted pieces of iron for the 9/11 memorial in the forest near Yerushalayim are OK as they are neither for worship nor the shape of something from heaven and earth found in nature. However, icons and statues found among non-Jews are something else. I was thinking regarding the statue of Buddha if that is like a statue of George Washington or for worship as that makes a difference Torah-wise.

16 Cursed be he that dishonors his father or his mother. And all the people shall say: Amen. 17 Cursed be he that removes his neighbor's landmark. And all the people shall say: Amen. 18 Cursed be he that makes the blind to go astray in the way. And all the people shall say: Amen. 19 Cursed be he that perverts the justice due to the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say: Amen. 20 Cursed be he that lies with his father's wife; because he hath uncovered his father's skirt. And all the people shall say: Amen. 21 Cursed be he that lies with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say: Amen. 22 Cursed be he that lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say: Amen. 23 Cursed be he that lies with his mother-in-law. And all the people shall say: Amen.  24 Cursed be he that smites his neighbor in secret. And all the people shall say: Amen.

And if he is from the Mafia and does so in public is it less problematic? Rather one should not smite his neighbor period but we cannot stop every violent act and temperament of everyman. This also brings to question boxing and other martial arts that can injure an opponent. The question is wrestling and Judo under this as generally the opponent is not badly hurt but a muscle might be strained from the event. 

 25 Cursed be he that takes a bribe to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say: Amen.  26 Cursed be he that confirms not the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say: Amen.'

Ever hear the expression “I am a good Jew in my heart”, well the requirement is not only the theory of the heart but to do the commandments!

28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Not an ordinary way of being blessed but the will OVERTAKE YOU!

3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy cattle, and the young of thy flock. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou come in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou go out. 7 The LORD will cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thee; they shall come out against thee one way, and shall flee before thee seven ways.

Our current problem is that perhaps they fled through 7 different tunnels and exits in Gaza but we could not see the miracles as they were hidden underground.

8 The LORD will command the blessing with thee in thy barns, and in all that thou put thy hand unto; and He will bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God gives thee. 9 The LORD will establish thee for a holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee; if thou shall keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in His ways.

Note it is not enough to merit this if you are a good Jew in your heart. This is not unconditional rather there is a condition: * if you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and walk in HIS ways. *

10 And all the peoples of the earth shall see that the name of the LORD is called upon thee; and they shall be afraid of thee.

How come I shot the rocket perfectly aligned to the Azrieli Center or the main Military Headquarters or the Airport and it totally missed by veering off course the last moment. Your G-D is fighting for you!

11 And the LORD will make thee over-abundant for good, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers to give thee.

This corresponds with another blessing for observing the Mitzvos that there will not be a barren person among you. This sometimes effects Tzaddikim as the Lubavitcher Rebbe with all his observance and help to others never had a child. Is it that he bore the punishment for the generation?

12 The LORD will open unto thee His good treasure the heaven to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand; and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow.

When we observe the Mitzvos, we will be able to lend and not need to borrow.

13 And the LORD will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them;

This condition is not for being weak on the Mitzvos but rather on condition: if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them;

14 and shalt not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

At this point starts the series of curses for not following the Mitzvos and at first a general warning in Pasuk 15 and then curses getting worse and worse.

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.

The 2000 years of curses go on and on for our not complying to the commandments.

… 69 These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.
29:1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; 2 the great trials which thine eyes saw, the signs and those great wonders; 3 but the LORD hath not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Observe the Mitzvos remember the miracles and pass them on to your children do not let them be put aside and lost.

4 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. 5 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink; that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

I don’t know about you folks but I have garments that wear out after a while after a certain amount of time even with changes my clothes wear out. I am constantly replacing shoes, socks, pants, shirts and under garments. Do you know what a miracle this was that something lasted 40 years without being warned or frayed?

6 And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them. 7 And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the Manassites. 8 Observe therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may make all that ye do to prosper.

Axiom: Observe the Mitzvos and you will prosper!

Lapid tried to fight the Charedim and they declared war against serving in the army. Enlistment fell drastically. However, if you don’t try to force the Charedim the situation is better after enlistment was down Protective Edge brought the Charedim back. It was the war of Lapid against Charedim that they would go to jail rather than the army now they are enlisting in larger numbers.

9/11 a condolence for an orphan this year

My neighbor Denise C. has a sister who was one of the widows left from 9/11. After years a trust fund was set up for the orphans of the tragedy. This last month, her niece got married to a well to do Jewish Family but because of her little trust fund had a pre-nuptial agreement. After 13 years of being an orphan the girl can start to rebuild her life and hopefully become a mother in Yisrael. 

Walking to the crematorium, she suddenly saw her mother from whom she was separated weeks earlier.
Miriam Perlstein was one of eight siblings who survived Auschwitz. It was so unusual for a family of eight – seven sisters and one brother – to emerge intact from the notorious death camp that when they landed on Ellis Island after the War, they became a media sensation. Repeatedly photographed and interviewed, they were besieged by reporters who wanted to know: How was this possible? What made you so unique? Practically everyone else’s family was decimated. Most of the survivors who limped into “The New World” had lost parents, children, spouses, siblings. But for an entire family of eight to have survived and found each other! How could it happen?
“Miracles,” the siblings answered patiently to everyone who asked.
And it was true. Miracles had abounded in all of their lives during their incarceration at Auschwitz, but Miriam’s, they agreed, was vastly different from those experienced by Esther, Faigy, Sima, Yitu, Monci, Binyamin, and Leishu. While their miracles fell under the realm of what could be called the rational, Miriam’s belonged to a different category altogether.
Several weeks after her arrival at Auschwitz – after having survived several “selections” and having kept death at bay – sixteen-year-old Miriam was suddenly pulled out of the row of prisoners lining up for “roll call” one morning, and transported to a separate section of the camp where a different procession was in place. Perhaps something about Miriam’s demeanor that day had displeased the Nazi soldier whose gaze had settled upon her, or perhaps there was simply a quota to fill. For whatever random reason that no one could ever explain (and was there an explanation, after all, for the Nazis’ haphazard and merciless decrees?) Miriam had been directed to join the column of prisoners marching slowly towards the crematorium that would turn them into ash.
At first, Miriam thought that she might have been sent on a new work detail. But the women in front of her and the women behind disabused her of that notion. “Isn’t there anything we can do?” she begged them. “Look around you,” they whispered. “Nazi soldiers with guns everywhere. How can we possibly escape?”
Miriam looked at where the women pointed. Unlike them, however, she didn’t see the menacing guards with their drawn guns, nor the German shepherds who helped herd the pitiful tatters to their inevitable fate. What she saw instead…several yards from where she stood…was the thoroughly unexpected but utterly beloved visage of her mother, Chinka Chaya Baba, who had been transported with her daughters to Auschwitz and then transferred to a different barracks somewhere else. All these weeks, the daughters hadn’t had any contact with their mother, and couldn’t find her. What was she doing here of all places, Miriam wondered, right near the crematorium, and why were the soldiers oblivious to her presence? It was an incongruous emotion to be sure, but even as she trudged towards certain death, Miriam’s heart exploded with joy to see her mother again. But why was her head not shaved like everybody else?
As Miriam studied her mother in shock and bewilderment, her mother raised a scrawny arm, motioning that she should join her. Miriam glanced meaningfully at the guards nearby. I can’t, she signaled with her eyes. Her mother nodded her head encouragingly and beckoned her again. How could her mother think that she could escape? Miriam waved her hand at the soldiers who flanked her. It’s impossible, her movements said. But suddenly, there was a commotion in the back of the procession, and several guards dropped behind to investigate. NOW! Her mother gesticulated wildly. It made no sense, it was doomed to fail, but Miriam obeyed her mother’s command. She broke from the line and ran for her life, back to her barracks, back to where her sisters tensely waited and plied her with kisses and extra crusts of day-old bread.
“What happened to you?” they demanded. “Where did they take you? Where did you go?”
She told them everything: how her mother had astonishingly appeared at the precise place where she and the others had been rounded up, how the Nazis had been oddly unaware of her mother’s presence, how she had insistently pantomimed that Miriam should run. “And I was so overjoyed to see Mamma again!” she babbled almost incoherently, still dazed by her experience. “She looked exactly as she always looked, they didn’t even shave her head!”
The other sisters looked at one another wordlessly. They too were shaken by Miriam’s recital: Her near-brush with death made them shudder in fear, but it was their mother’s intercession that made them tremble in awe.
“Miriam,” one of them said gently, tenderly caressing her cheek to soften the blow. “We didn’t want to tell you before, because you’re the most sensitive among us. But we received reliable reports from several different prisoners working at the crematorium. Mamma was killed the first day she arrived, weeks ago.”
“But I saw her clearly,” Miriam wept. “If she hadn’t signaled me to escape, I never would have tried.”
As recounted by Hindy Rozenberg, Miriam’s daughter, to Yitta Halberstam.
Excerpted from Small Miracles from Beyond: Dreams, Visions and Signs that Link us to the Other Side, by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal.

Chillul HASHEM: My friend was so impressed by this “Tzaddik” who was “so holy” only he was busy doing certain acts with married women that carry the death penalty in Torah and had followers bamboozled. Thank G-D that modern day Justice will be done to this man who acted holier than I probably every will be but at least I am honest and make a measly attempt at following the Mitzvos maybe not to my best potential.
Regarding this Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles brings down this story:
During the month of Elul, a maggid (traveling preacher) came to Beshenkovitz, where Reb Shmuel Munkes' lived. Reb Shmuel was a beloved chasid of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, founder of Chabad Chasidism. Though known for his sharp wit and "chasidic pranks," Reb Shmuel was no empty joker. He was a deep personality, one who could abide no falsehood, and whose own ego was completely nullified to perform the will of his Creator.
The townspeople saw the maggid's letter of introduction which referred to him as a great tzadik (righteous person), who traveled from town to town only to arouse and inspire Jews. Being G-d-fearing people, they immediately invited him to speak and inspire them to serve G-d better.
The maggid began his speech. Over and over again, he accused his audience of committing terrible sins. His entire speech was filled with accusations and descriptions of the terrible punishments awaiting them because their evil behavior had aroused G-d's anger. Only if they would wholeheartedly repent would they possibly have a chance to be spared. The townspeople were utterly broken by the maggid's harsh words, and they cried bitterly, fearing the awesome punishment.
After his speech, the maggid, satisfied with himself, retired to the room that the community had arranged for him.
A short while later, Reb Shmuel entered the maggid's room. He carried with him a long knife and a stone with which to sharpen it. Reb Shmuel closed the door behind him and then bolted it. Without saying a word, Reb Shmuel began to sharpen his knife.
A few tense moments passed. Finally the maggid broke the silence and asked in astonishment, "Sir, could you please tell me what you are doing?"
Without glancing up from the knife he was sharpening, Reb Shmuel answered, "As the honorable, great maggid knows, we are very simple people in this town. Perhaps, it is because of our unintentional sins that we have never merited to have a great, righteous, G-d-fearing scholar in our midst."
Not knowing what to make of this answer, the maggid replied, "Yes, that is true. Nevertheless, what does that have to do with sharpening the knife?"
Reb Shmuel answered simply, "We were taught by our parents that before Rosh Hashana, one is supposed to pray at the graves of the righteous."
Still unsure of what Reb Shmuel's point was, the maggid asked, "That is correct. But why are you sharpening that knife?"
"Oh, that is very simple," explained Reb Shmuel. "The nearest grave site of a righteous person is very far from our town. For some of us it is extremely troublesome and difficult to make such a long journey."
With these additional words, the maggid began to feel uneasy. He started sweating and ventured, "But you still have not explained why you are sharpening your knife in this room!"
Reb Shmuel answered, "Quite simply, I am sharpening my knife here because the townspeople want a very righteous person buried in this town."
Now the maggid had not even a shadow of a doubt as to what Reb Shmuel's intentions seemed to be. The maggid stammered, "But I am not completely righteous. I have also done some small sins, such as ..."
Reb Shmuel dismissed the maggid's revelation, saying, "Honored maggid, you are still a very righteous and learned person. As for the sins that you mentioned, I did not even know that they were transgressions."
The maggid trembled and stuttered, "But I did some transgressions that were much more serious, such as ..."
Concerning this revelation, as well, Reb Shmuel shrugged, insisting, "But to us you are still a tzadik; for us, you are quite good enough."
This strange dialogue continued for some time with the maggid, mentioning more and more severe transgressions and Reb Shmuel telling him, "But you are still acceptable to us, since you are far better than we are."
Finally, the maggid admitted to some extremely serious transgressions and that he was not really the great righteous man that his letter of introduction and credentials claimed him to be. In essence, he was saying, "I am an impostor."
Now, Reb Shmuel no longer played the simpleton. After putting away the knife, he began chastising the maggid for causing the Jews of the town so much pain and sorrow. After making sure the maggid fully understood how one is to talk to and treat another Jew, Reb Shmuel unbolted the door and let the maggid go on his way, much the wiser and more sensitive than before.
Source: Supplemented by Yerachmiel Tilles from // (#986).

Biographical note: Rabbi Shmuel Munkes (1834-1882)], an elder disciple of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad, was known for his fervent and creative Chasidic service. Stories abound of his sharp wit and "chasidic pranks". He lived in Beshenkovitz and then in Kalisk (or the reverse?) in (or near?) the district of Polotz.

Bennett is up and Livni and Lapid are in panic mode as their polls fall.

Inyanay Diyoma

We are seeing before our eyes the fulfillment of the Nations fighting among themselves and then after they are weakened coming against Israel for the final war. We live in times where we have seen Tunisia, Egypt twice, Libya, Iraq, Syria all go through upheavals. The good L-RD has been merciful to us having Hezballah, Syria and Iran fighting Al Qaeda and ISIS in the north and El Sisi fighting Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in the South. Quietly we were allowed to fight Hamas in the south without making waves but unfortunately without winning.

On Friday Hamas promised a renewed round once they get resupplied via various Sinai tunnels. We blew up 32 tunnels going into Israel but who is to say there isn't many more?

Ebola or not Ebola in Israel from Nigerian tourist? Only a stomach infection.

What group is following ISIS for US intelligence?,7340,L-4567871,00.html

From Barry Shaw: The Dithering Commander in Chief.

Syria preparing to defy Israel and move tanks into a forbidden zone in the Golan War Zone. In 1971 I passed through that area on a tour and saw the destroyed town. In 1973 we gave it away to Papa Assad but had peace for 41 years.

Brussels Museum Murderer was trained and working with ISIS,7340,L-4568080,00.html

Internal Israeli Politics astir after the war Livni threatens and Lapid may be on the way out Charedim in:

After an attempted Coup that Israel exposed and the murders the last day of the fighting of PLO supporters by Hamas the crackdown by Abu Abbas starts:

Jordan running scared but Kurdish Forces make gains against ISIS:,7340,L-4568044,00.html

Abu Abbas cannot trust Hamas well good morning I guess you drank coffee today:

When Operation Protective Edge started 63 days ago it was estimated that ISIS had 10 to 15,000 fighters now the estimates are 30,000 because of more and more volunteers for the Caliphate.’s-plan-for-local-armies-to-fight-IS-under-a-“core-coalition”-is-unreal-for-lack-of-military-muscle

Hello, you-who does anybody in the USA remember Iran and the nuclear world-wide Threat?

Because of the beheadings a scene from Dr. Who was removed and Ichabod Crane of Sleepy Hollow had to be edited but the French did not change the story of the Church of the Sacred Heart for Political Correctness.

Quote of last week thanks to Dr. Harry comes from John Kerry: At a ceremony to appoint Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, the Secretary of State said that it was our Biblical responsibility as Christians (Jews and Muslims as well) to “confront climate change.” Moreover, because Muslim countries are some of the poorest, it is also our duty to protect them from climate change. Poor like Libya, Kuwait, Qatar, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, etc.

ISIS looking to recruit people from nuclear countries like Pakistan and India:,7340,L-4568196,00.html

The plan of the Brussels shooter was to make a massive attack in Paris:

Ed-Op the next war will be in the north it's important to see the full picture – Hezbollah is building up its strength as IDF troops get rusty. A senior officer in the General Staff, one who is considered level-headed, is saying Israel must wake up. According to him, if the ground forces are not strong enough, they'll run into trouble in the north. Nowadays, the IDF has a very small amount of Namer armored personnel carriers (APC) that can provide proper protection. The rest are light M113 APCs (nicknamed Zelda), and we've already seen how safe they are in the APC disaster during Operation Protective Edge.,7340,L-4567912,00.html

Tunnel rats of Gaza dig again into Israel non-stop using child slaves again: Cause for war:,7340,L-4568544,00.html

NZ ambassador is rejected for he works also for the Palestinian Authority:

Israeli Intel is getting the coalition against ISIS together. “Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the US-led aerial campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.” He added that after “being ‘scrubbed’ of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with Arab and Turkish allies.” … There is also the remote possibility that the report was intended as a warning signal to draw to Israel’s notice that its intelligence-sharing mechanism had sprung an unauthorized leak.’s-anti-IS-coalition

Moderate Sunnis sold the reporter(s) to ISIS and you call them moderate!!! :

Hamas grows stronger as it learns from Zahal tactics each time:,7340,L-4569350,00.html

And he is “re-assured” by the White House on Iran but not me:

Innocent terrorist hurling explosive device brutally murdered by the IDF in riots stemming from the arrest of innocent Hamas terrorist planning mayhem:,7340,L-4569420,00.html

This was not in the Israeli Press so I am taking this with a grain of salt:

Netanyahu convenes the cabinet regarding ISIS,7340,L-4569407,00.html

My late friend Akiva Schein once said that I was doom and gloom in my analysis of Israel. But actually I try to be a realist. From a member of the ruling party: Hamas likely to renew the war:

Al Qaeda takes bribes and releases the Fijian Prisoners:,7340,L-4569824,00.html

Ted Cruz booed at Christian Rally for supporting Israel:

I want everybody to remember that Shabbos is coming and Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner with Shmita our Sabbatical Year coming in. Have a good Shabbos and a peaceful one,
Rachamim Pauli