Friday, December 12, 2014

Parsha Vayishlach Part 2, Parsha Vayeishev, Story and news

An error occurred only in the title of the web site blogspot and it has been corrected. A second error occurred by me taking the number of years until Yacov returned to be with Yitzchak and that was 36 when he left Lavan it was after 20 years and therefore he was 97 and he had last seen Esav 34 years previously. I have corrected the commentary to read: 31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: 'for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.' 32 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped upon his thigh.

And the sun rose for him: This is a common expression: When we arrived at such-and-such a place, the dawn broke for us. This is the simple explanation. The Midrashic Aggadah (Tanchuma Buber, Vayishlach 10; Gen. Rabbah 68:10) [explains]: And the sun rose for him-to heal his limp, as it is said: (Mal. 3:20): “the sun of mercy, with healing in its wings”; and those hours that it hastened to set for him when he left Beer-sheba, it hastened to rise for him. And he was limping on his thigh: He was limping on his thigh when the sun rose.

Actually, I think the limp helped Yacov for it made possible that Esav would have compassion on Yacov. For 34 years previously, Esav saw Yacov as a 63 year old man who was strong enough after 14 years of Torah learning to lift the heavy stone covering the well and here is this old man limping towards him after another 20 years. In fact he saw a bit of Avraham and Yitzchak in Yacov and his compassion awakened.

BDE Naomi Esther bas Tziporah passed away and Rabbi Yehuda Yehoshua Glick is recovering so that that he does not need daily prayers but some more for a few weekly sessions. I also notice that I had not remove Mordechai ben Sara from the list.

Parsha Vayishlach Part 2

The whole incident of Dina is a phenomena in itself. Yosef was born when Yacov was 91 years old and Dina after Yosef. Yacov was between 97 and 99 when he arrived in Schem which places Dina between the ages of 6 to 8. Supposedly, Yacov kept her in a trunk to hide her from Esav. Esav is 97 years old. Because of the narrative it appears that I have the right time frame and age. Thus when she meets up with Schem she is like one of the maidens in Gaza and Shimon and Levy having been born when Yacov was about 85-86 and 86-87 are not that old but in those days old enough to feel mature. But still two 9- 11 year old boys. Dina supposedly becomes pregnant with Osnat. This is theoretically possible at that age but too rare. She is like one of those Gaza Brides which we seen on the news of internet.

There is an alternative explanation to our Parsha based on the principle that there is no early or late in the Torah making this all was later on. One could contend this but the narrative appears to be one consistent story. Flee Lavan, enter Eretz Yisrael, contend with Esav, heading slowly towards Beer Sheva stop off at the cross-roads of Eretz Yisrael which is Schem*. Following the fear and with Sefer HaYashar the battles after the killing of the men of Schem and the taking of the women prisoners, Yacov visits Beis –El and Benyamin is born in Beis Lechem. There Yacov buries Rachel and prior to reaching Beer Sheva, Devorah passes away. Note that Devorah was the nurse to Rivka and 97 year old Yacov was born when Rivka was either 23 or 34. All this would make Devorah no youngster. Rivka passes away at the age of 133 so it appears that HASHEM grants her to see Yacov return and her grandchildren and shortly thereafter goes to her eternal rest in peace as Yacov arrives back home at the age of 99. Yitzchak is 159 years old. {Try to remember this age for I will Ble Neder dispute a commentary in another Sedra or all our dating is off meaning that Yacov did not learn for 14 years with Shem and Ever and that Yosef was more than 22 years in Egypt. The only two clear dates we appear to have is that Yacov left Beer Sheva at the age of 63 and entered Egypt at the age of 130 – but Oral Torah does come from Sinai and the 14 years of learning and 22 years of Yosef being away makes sense.)

*(Schem - having just visited it and seeing it as both a north – south route, east – west route another such city is Yerushalayim and the Omer Junction not far from Beer Sheva can fit this description although Schem might be the most ideal of them all with the current Golani Junction in the north topping off the list. Schem or Yerushalayim are the most ideal areas)

34:1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

The child wanted to play with girls her age.

2 And Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her; and he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her. 3 And his soul did cleave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke comfortingly unto the damsel. 4 And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying: 'Get me this damsel to wife.' 5 Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field; and Jacob held his peace until they came. 6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to speak with him.

All this before Yacov’s sons come from the field.

7 And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought a vile deed in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

Sex without marriage and non-consensual at that!

8 And Hamor spoke with them, saying 'The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. I pray you give her unto him to wife. 9 And make ye marriages with us; give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

This does sound a bit more romantic and alliance proposal in mind.

10 And ye shall dwell with us; and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.' 11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren: 'Let me find favor in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. 12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me; but give me the damsel to wife.'

In any event, he might have done the rape out of passion for the moment but he wanted to love and marry Dina.

… 30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: 'Ye have troubled me, to make me odious unto the inhabitants of the land, even unto the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and, I being few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and smite me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.' 31 And they said: 'Should one deal with our sister as with a harlot?

And now that she was contracted to marry Schem what have you done? Talking back to your father after he made a decision is that proper? Not to mention Reuven later on rearranging Yacov’s bed from the tent of Bilhah to his mother’s tent that is Chutzpa. [21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond Migdal-eder. 22 And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it.]

35:1 And God said unto Jacob: 'Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there; and make there an altar unto God, who appeared unto thee when thou didst flee from the face of Esau thy brother.' 2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him: 'Put away the strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments;

This was with the woman and children from Schem and perhaps Rachel???

8 And Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bacuth.

She was coming back home to see Rivka again but did not make it.

9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him: 'Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name'; and He called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him: 'I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 and the land which I gave unto Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.' 13 And God went up from him in the place where He spoke with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He spoke with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink-offering thereon, and poured oil thereon. 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth-el.

This could be Yerushalayim which is not far to Beis Lechem where Rachel would give birth and die.

16 And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some way to come to Ephrata; and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. 17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the mid-wife said unto her: 'Fear not; for this also is a son for thee.' 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing--for she died--that she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath--the same is Beth-lehem. 20 And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day..

Until this day holds true even 3500 years later.

…27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father to Mamre, to Kiriatharba--the same is Hebron--where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 28 And the days of Isaac were a hundred and fourscore years. 29 And Isaac expired, and died, and was gathered unto his people, old and full of days; and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.

Note the death of Rivka is not mentioned. Did she pass away at the age of 133 just before Yacov arrived or slightly after he arrived and she dies happy at such a family. To those who hold that she married at the age of 3 she would still be around for about 10 years but for the Ibn Ezra, she died close to the time that Yacov arrived home. It would also explain that his father was in Kiriat Arba. I would like to think that HASHEM waited until Yacov returned and rewarded Rivka in seeing 12 grandsons and Dina. Yacov returned to his father at the age of 99 so Yitzchak was 159 years old. Leaving him 21 years with his father in the end.

36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau--the same is Edom.

This is an indication where certain countries came from.

31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.

Avraham was warned that his children would be in Egypt to mold them into a nation so these descendants of Esav were not to continue the Avraham Religious Inheritance.

Parsha Vayeishev

Yacov wanted to relax and retire after settling down in Eretz Yisrael. He is now 108 and his sons are taking over the business finally to learn Torah and retire but wait there is really no rest for Tzaddikim in this world. Yet in the end Yacov would have 17 good years and in Gematria 17 = Tov or good. But that will be after 22 years of suffering.

37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, being still a lad even with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought evil report of them unto their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colors.

Even though he was an orphan from his mother, he was a brother from the father and spoiling him made the others jealous so much that Shimon and Levi were hot tempered enough to kill him.

4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Yacov could not see this and I don’t know why one of the wives did not make him notice this?

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren; and they hated him yet the more.

I shall not go into this too far but it says that his father tucked away in his memory the dreams. After seeing Yosef’s coat though it would appear that he was dead.

…20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say: An evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams.' 21 And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand; and said: 'Let us not take his life.'

Reuven being the oldest is respected by the younger ones and they listen to him.

22 And Reuben said unto them: 'Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him'--that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.

His actions were partially correct but should have taken Yosef to work with him instead of them removing his coat and throwing him into a pit with snakes and scorpions inside. (Oral Torah and Rashi)

23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colours that was on him; 24 and they took him, and cast him into the pit--and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25 And they sat down to eat bread; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and ladanum, going to carry it down to Egypt.

Usually they would carry crude oil from Arabia to Egypt but this time, they carried spices so that even slavery was milder.

26 And Judah said unto his brethren: 'What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?

Yehuda like Reuven wants to save Yosef but he is not yet mature to be a leader and bungles this too with his suggest as Yosef is sold. Still he led here.

27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh.' And his brethren hearkened unto him. 28 And there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt. 29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said: 'The child is not; and as for me, whither shall I go?' 31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood;

This is the principle of measure for measure Mida K’neged Mida. For what goes around comes around and Yacov deceived his father with Esav’s coat and now he get repaid for this with his children deceiving him.

32 and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said: 'This have we found. Know now whether it is thy son's coat or not.' 33 And he knew it, and said: 'It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.' 34 And Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said: 'Nay, but I will go down to the grave to my son mourning.' And his father wept for him. 36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard.

The Yishmaelim sold him to the Midian People and in turn they sold him to Egypt. However, Midian was given a chance and took it when Yisro befriended Moshe. The have that sold Yosef may have been the worshippers of Baal Peor and they were repaid by execution generations later. This is the start of making Moshiach ben Yosef.

38:1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her, and went in unto her. 3 And she conceived, and bore a son; and he called his name Er. 4 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called his name Onan.

From Yehuda would come Moshiach in the future and the story narrative continues with the making of Moshiach ben David.

… 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was wroth against his two officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph to be with them, and he ministered unto them; and they continued a season in ward. 5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream, in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were bound in the prison.

They dreamed the solution of the other’s dream. And the interpretation of the dream would eventually lead to Yosef’s redemption from jail.

6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and saw them, and, behold, they were sad. 7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his master's house, saying: 'Wherefore look ye so sad to-day?' 8 And they said unto him: 'We have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it.' And Joseph said unto them: 'Do not interpretations belong to God? tell it me, I pray you.' 9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him: 'In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10 and in the vine were three branches; and as it was budding, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes, 11 and Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.' 12 And Joseph said unto him: 'This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; 13 within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head, and restore thee unto thine office; and thou shalt give Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. 14 But have me in thy remembrance when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews; and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.' 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph: 'I also saw in my dream, and, behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head; 17 and in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.' 18 And Joseph answered and said: 'This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days; 19 within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.' 20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21 And he restored the chief butler back unto his butlership; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Next week we shall continue with this theme.

A Deathbed Deal by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

In the Heavenly Yeshiva, the Maggid of Mezritch whispered to the Baal Shem Tov, "My "Zalmanyu" [Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad] is in trouble. We must do something.' Connection: Seasonal--the chasidic festival Yud-Tes Kislev falls this year on Wed night-Thurs.(Dec. 10-11).

The year was 1798. The Russian winter had already set in; the white-covered roofs and roads reflected the glint of occasional sunlight; and the Chabad chasidim of the village of Starodub in the province of Chernogov were enduring a difficult time. Not that the weather fazed them, but their Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, had been incarcerated since the day after Simchat Torah in the Tainy Soviet, a fierce prison in Petersburg. He was undergoing interrogation for a trumped-up charge of treason, and the chasidim fully shared his pain. The elders of Liadi had decreed a number of austere measures, one of which was fasting - no food, no drink, not even water - every Monday and Thursday from sunrise to sunset. Some of the chasidim of their own volition even took upon themselves to do so every day of the week except Shabbat.
Another decree was that if, G-d forbid, one of the chasidic membership should happen to pass away, the other chasidim in his area would gather at the cemetery and implore the departed soul to intercede as best he could for the release of the Rebbe.
The chasidim in Starodub, although a great distance from both Liadi and Petersburg, accepted upon themselves every stringency with fervor. When one of the local Chabad leaders, Reb Yehezkel Liozner,* an elderly man, felt himself about to die soon, he summoned his closest friends to his deathbed. He said to them, "I know that after I 'depart,' you will come to my grave to plead with me in great seriousness to intercede for the Rebbe. I want you to promise me that when the Rebbe is finally released - may the Al-mighty allow it to happen soon - you will come again. But this time in joy, to toast 'L'Chayim' and to dance."
"Amen - so be His will," one started and the others immediately chimed in. "But," the first one qualified, "you have to promise us something too. Surely before the release can take place down here, it must be decided first in Heaven. Therefore you will know before we will! So promise us as soon as you find out you will let us know somehow."
After a brief pause for reflection, the dying chasid agreed. The deal was struck! Later that day he did pass away, and as expected, at the funeral his fellow Chasidim implored him to intercede on behalf of their beloved Rebbe.
On Monday night, the eve of the 19th of the Jewish month of Kislev, one of his friends who had been part of the deathbed pact saw Reb Yehezkel in a dream. "Yehezkel! Where are you?" he stammered, in his dream.
Without bothering to answer, Reb Yehezkel told him the following:
"Tonight, in honor of his yahrzeit, the Magid [Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritch, successor to the Baal Shem Tov as leader of the fledgling chasidic movement] was invited to give a lesson in the Heavenly Yeshiva. A large crowd attended, including many of us chasidim. Seated at the Magid's right was the great kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the holy Ari of Safed. At his left was Rabbi Yisrael, the Baal Shem Tov.
"Upon concluding his presentation, the Magid leaned to his left and said, 'My "Zalmanyu" is in trouble and the teachings of Chasidism are endangered. We must do something to help him.'
The Besht and the Ari nodded sagely.
Almost instantly there was a rustle at the entrance, and in came Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai [leading sage of the Mishna and source of the teachings recorded in the Zohar]! The Ari appraised him of the situation and he agreed to preside over a Beit Din, a rabbinical court with a panel of at least three qualified judges.
"The facts were presented. The Rashbi, the Ari, and the Besht deliberated [the Magid was not eligible to be a judge in the case because he was so personally involved with Rabbi Shneur Zalman - Y.T.]. Then the three judges announced their decision: the Chabad Rebbe must be set free that very day while it was still Tuesday, Yud-Tes Kislev, his rebbe the Magid's yahrzeit, and he must be allowed to continue on the path of intellectual chasidut that he had blazed [most noticeably with the publication of Tanya two years earlier, exactly, on 19-20 Kislev - Y.T.].
"Now," Reb Yehezkel concluded, "I have fulfilled my half of the bargain. Don't forget yours!"
The dreaming chasid woke. It was nearly morning - already time to leave for shul. He dressed quicker than he ever did, for he couldn't wait to tell his companions in the pact about his dream. He burst into the shul and there they all were already, sitting together.
He went over to them and began to speak. "Listen to this!.." But then he realized that several of them had also started talking. "Last night I…" "You are not going to believe…""I had the most amazing…"
It turned out they had all dreamed the same dream! Reb Yehezkel had appeared to each of them during the latter part of the night.
They were so happy and excited. Wide grins lit up their faces. If they all dreamed the same dream, it must be true!
"But hold it a minute," one of them called out. "What about those of us who took on fasting every weekday? We shouldn't have to do it any more. We all had the same dream. That proves it is true. The Rebbe's liberation had been decreed in Heaven. We have to celebrate, not fast!"
"But we are not permitted to decide such things based on a dream," another one challenged, "even if we know it to be true."
Quickly they were deep in discussion, presenting pros and cons. In the end they agreed it was not their place to decide such a question on their own. They would have to consult the chief rabbi of the community.
They did so. The Rabbi told they must fast as vowed because no matter how powerful and true the dream, the Rebbe was still in jail.
Indeed, the next day, Tuesday, Kislev 19 in the afternoon, Rabbi Shneur Zalman was released, and Yud-Tes Kislev became forever a festival.
But in those days, before telegraphs, telephones and emailing, it took until the following Tuesday for the news of the Rebbe's release to reach distant Starodub. The Chasidim continued to fast that week, most just on Thursday and Monday and some on all six weekdays. But thanks to their shared dream, the fasts were all conducted in joy instead of pain.
Source: Heard in Hebrew from the Rosh Yeshiva of Tomchei Tmimim Tzefat, Rabbi Y.Y.Wilshansky, on Shabbat, 20 Kislev, 5774, in Beit Chabad of Tzefat, and subsequently amplified with details from two published Hebrew sources--"Sipurei Anash Odot RaNag" and "Igret Hakodesh Shel HaRebbe HaRayatz," #2433--supplied by Rabbi W. The two versions differ slightly.
Biographical notes (in chronological order):
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, one of the most important sages in Jewish history, lived over 1800 years ago. Teachings in his name abound throughout the Mishnah, Gemorrah, and Midrashim, while the Zohar, the primary source text of Kabbalah, is built around Rabbi Shimon's revelations to his inner circle of disciples. During the hours before his passing, on Lag b'Omer, he disclosed the "most sublime" secrets of Torah, in order to ensure that the day would always be an occasion for great joy, untouched by sadness because of the Omer period and mourning for him. The seminal importance of the Zohar in Jewish thought and the annual pilgrimage to Meron on Lag b"Omer are testimonies to his success.
Rabbi Yitzchak Luria--the Holy Ari [of blessed memory: 5294 - 5 Av 5332 (1534 - July 1572 C.E.)], the leader of the Tzefat Kabbalists during the last years of his life, was the most influential Jewish mystic since Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai 1400 years earlier. Much of Chasidic thought is based on the Ari's teachings, as recorded by his main disciple, Rabbi Chaim Vital. (For a more detailed biography of the Holy Ari and of Rabbi Vital, go to // or //
Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer [of blessed memory: 18 Elul 5458- 6 Sivan 5520 (Aug. 1698 - May 1760 C.E.)], the Baal Shem Tov ["master of the good Name"-often referred to as "the Besht" for short], a unique and seminal figure in Jewish history, revealed his identity as an exceptionally holy person, on his 36th birthday, 18 Elul 5494 (1734 C.E.), and made the until-then underground Chasidic movement public. He wrote no books, although many claim to contain his teachings. One available in English is the excellent annotated translation of Tzava'at Harivash, published by Kehos.
Rabbi Dov Ber [of blessed memory: c.5460 - 19 Kislev 5533 (c.1700- Dec. 1772 C.E.)], the son of Avraham and Chava, known as the Maggid of Mezritch, succeeded his master, the Baal Shem Tov, as the head of the Chasidic movement. Most of the leading chasidic dynasties stem from his disciples and his descendents. The classic anthologies of his teachings are Likutei Amarim and Torah Ohr (combined by Kehas Publishing as Maggid Devorav l'Yaakov), and Ohr HaEmmes.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman [of blessed memory: 18 Elul 5505 - 24 Tevet 5573 (1745 - Dec. 1812 C.E.)], one of the main disciples of the Maggid of Mezritch, successor to the Baal Shem Tov. He is the founder of the Chabad-Chassidic movement and the author of Shulchan Aruch HaRav and Tanya as well as many other major works in both Jewish law and the mystical teachings.
Editor's notes:
* His identity was not known until about 130 years later the Rebbe Rayatz revealed it in a letter to a descendant and namesake, a Mr. Yehezkel Lisner (surely an Anglicised version of Liozner**) in Chicago, the chairman of the local council of Chabad chasidim. Reb Yehezkel Liozner was the chief Lubavitcher shochet (kosher slaughterer) in Vitebsk, a work he performed for 58 years, yet it is recorded that never once was his slaughtering disqualified (treifa)!
**When the Russian government decreed that everyone must have a family name, Reb Yehezkel chose 'Liozner' and insisted on it for all of his descendents. Liozna was the name of the town that Rabbi Shneur Zalman moved to after his release from prison, and to there Reb Yehezkel would make the journey to visit him once every two years.

These are the Toughest Shidduchim that I ever tried (thanks to Lenny): There is more truth to this than most jokes.
Avraham Avinu: How can I recommend him to my daughter, wasn't he involved with some sort of family feud with his father over some idols? And didn't he start some sort of a cult? He left home without a GPS or a via business plan!
 Yitzchak Avinu: His brother is an Arab terrorist!!!
 Rivka Imeinu: Sorry, she seems nice but did you hear about her Mishpache??? Her father's a murderer and her brother's a Ponzi scam artist...
 Yaakov Avinu: Okay, he sits and learns all day... but his brother is a no-goodnik. And anyway, we heard he has a limp..... .
Leah Imeinu: Her father's a con artist, and she has ophthalmological problems. Maybe it's genetic?
Moshe Rabbaynu: Are you kidding? His parents are divorced! And worse.. they remarried! And we hear he's in speech therapy....
King David: How dare you suggest him to our yichusdike family? Our neighbor Yenta told us that his great-grandmother was a Giyores!!!
Chava: Do you know anything about her family? We never heard of them. No one knows where she came from and she can't come up with any referrals!
 Please Chevra, judge the person for him/herself - you're going to marry the person, not the family. You're getting married to build your home, not to please your neighbors. And finally, remember that if you are in this world, you are not perfect and neither is your spouse.  (Translated loosely from Arutz Sheva)

I found the Lapid Campaign Song:

The left got their act together for the elections:

Bibi makes a putsch in the Likud but could lose the election over this as voters are FED UP WITH HIM!,7340,L-4602153,00.html
A leftist Ed-Op calls it the end of King Bibi the behavior of Sara and Bibi in running the PM’s Residence and their trips abroad has riled up the public against them both. It is time for a change. I would welcome somebody from the right but as my wife put it, I don’t care if the left gets in to get him out. Now that is how the people feel. Another right-winger said, “Just so what we don’t have to see Sara Netanyahu anymore!”,7340,L-4601778,00.html
Arutz 2 poll 24 Labor, 23 Likud, 15 Bennett, 9 Shass or 4 and 5, 8 Aguda, Lapid 8, Kahalon 11 to 13, Arabs 11, Lieberman 8, and Mertz 6. Maariv Poll Labor 24, Likud 20
Bennett may go with the Likud according to rumors and instead of 15 to 18 and 20 -23 they would only get 33 - 35.

Two political parties may break up to form a third:

Non-compass meatus criminal minds perhaps they can be corrected in a correctional school.

Inyanay Diyoma

Excess votes agreement helps one party or the other:

Terrorists bribe prison guard to buy cellphones he is caught in a sting operation:

One wanted Al Qaeda Terrorist killed by Pakistani Army:,7340,L-4600182,00.html

Pray for Yehonatan ben Malka after losing consciousness Netanyahu “demands” Pollard’s release:,7340,L-4600577,00.html

Netanyahu upon realizing that he might have a real challenge from Gideon Saar from the Likud and Lieberman with the left and center is now looking into a coalition with the Charedim and is willing to make up and then some for what Lapid did to them. Livni is making a deal with Hertzog to be under him in the expanded Labor Party with Lapid trying a number of tricks to stay relevant. Mofaz too is moving to Labor from Likud-Kadima oh what a tangled web we weave. ED-OP I believe the first quote on Donald Duck and the Muppets is most appropriate for Yisrael:

Rising star Kahlon says he would give up land for peace by Ricky Ben David thanks to Gail Winston:
A growing number of Americans back the idea of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, & over two-thirds of those surveyed in a recent poll [March 2014]  published Friday by the Brookings Institution said they would call for a single democratic state should a two-state solution prove unviable.
According to the findings of the survey, the percentage of those polled who want Washington to advocate a single bi-national state with equal citizenship for Jews & Arabs has risen from 24 percent to 34%. The poll was conducted online in November 2014 by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace & Development at the University of Maryland. The authors did not specify over what time period that 10 point hike took place.
Of the 1,008 American respondents, 71% said that if a two-state solution fails, they favor a bi-national democratic state over a Jewish state which deprives Palestinians of citizenship. Only 24% of respondents said they “favor the Jewishness of Israel more than its democracy.” Note: Kahlon started out as the Likud and has shifted further and further left. Look at Livni started out Likud then Kadima then Hatanua then Labor or Lapid the only other profession outside of politics in the world where one moves from one to another with such ease is the oldest profession in the world except originally wine and cakes were supplied for the clients unless one was like Tamar appeared in our Parsha – a Kedaysha. 

It was reported recently that the UN saw Israelis supplying rebels with closed cases of stuff on the Golan Heights. Two Syrian missile supply depots to Lebanon and Hezballah destroyed or severely damaged in IAF Raid:,7340,L-4600690,00.html For a map click here: Assad’s Army Base on the Golan under attack by ISIS.

It looks like forced confessions to be made as suspects denied contact with their lawyer as the Shin Bet questions them for days with sleep deprivation and other methods. I am not for this vandalism but suspects should have rights:

Arabs building illegally at a phenomenal rate and a very impotent Netanyahu does nothing:

Ed-Op IRAN IS PLAYING WITH FIRE by Ron ben Yeshai:,7340,L-4600771,00.html

Jordan arrests Muslim Brotherhood via West Bank Arabs weapons smuggling ring exposed by Israel:

Russia furious that Israel wiped out their newest anti-Aircraft advanced systems before installation and head of Hezballah logistics killed:

Mike Huckabee speaks out on Iran while they can make 38 bombs a year.

Angela Jolie jumped the gun ISRAEL ROOTS OUT CERTAIN TUMORS:

Police brutality in the USA kills an Israeli civil lawsuit on the matter:,7340,L-4601212,00.html

Israeli Yeshiva Student stabbed in Crown Heights suspect may be a Muslim:

Israeli oil spill and Iran no not sabotage but money owed them:

Former Terrorist Killer Minister in the PLO changes his tune as he holds his heart lays down and dies on camera.,7340,L-4602043,00.html
Autopsy says heart attack but they make it into a festival of anti-Israel hatred:,7340,L-4602214,00.html

Analysis – The IDF Chief of Staff will face a lot of challenges in a non-functioning Knesset and Finance Ministry. In other news the hospitals in Israel have no money due to a number of factors and the non-functioning government is putting a PEKEUACH NEFESH strain on everybody!!! Eisenkot began the race to erect the obstacle even before getting the political echelon's approval. Today, everyone is applauding the fact that the fence was erected before the escalation along the Syrian border. Had things been done by the book, the fence may have been completed only after the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra on the Syrian side of the Golan had died of old age.,7340,L-4601935,00.html

Shots fired at the Israeli Embassy in Athens:,7340,L-4602737,00.html

The good Shabbos story has not arrived yet. Everybody have a nice quiet, peaceful and refreshing rest.
Rachamim Pauli