Thursday, January 15, 2015

Parsha Shemos Part 2, Parsha Va'eira, and she lived to 106

This past Shabbos, I talked briefly about Rabbi David Bar-Hayim and the stainless steel pots. Rabbi Yacov Lustig Shlita said that perhaps he was talking about just heating up the pots to less than 80F according to Rav Moshe Feinstein or 110 Deg. F according to another Rabbi. The he remembered that he was once working with Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver Zal cleaning for Pessach in a Colgate-Palmolive Factory they were boiling for koshering these large steel vats.  

Please add to your prayers list Pinchas ben Sima Alta.

Parsha Shemos Part 2

We return to our Parsha with Moshe a fully grown man. Rabbi Edward Davis Shlita points out a few things about that the English Name Exodus really deals only with the beginning and in the middle there is the revelation on Sinai and various laws and the instruction on the building of the Mishkan and the Garments for the Cohanim. By the time the Sefer ends we are a nation and about to erect the Mishkan. In the beginning we see 12 brothers and small families and in the end we see millions of people in Am Yisrael.  

2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown up, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

There are various Midrashim on the subject. One says that he was 20 another 40 and there is a Medrash that he conquered for Pharaoh Countries in Africa. This could be other than Tziporah “The Black Woman” mentioned by Miriam in Sefer Bamidbar. Whether 20 or 40, Moshe cannot stand idly by the beating of his brethren. This is a case of non-Yisrael on Yisrael.

12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13 And he went out the second day, and, behold, two men of the Hebrews were striving together; and he said to him that did the wrong: 'Wherefore smite thou thy fellow?'

He is concerned over the Bnei Yisrael or even humans fighting one with another.

14 And he said: 'Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Do you think to kill me, as you did kill the Egyptian?' And Moses feared, and said: 'Surely the thing is known.' 15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

The time frame is actually unknown here. For Tziporah gives birth to Gershon if this was when Moshe was 40 and Tziporah even 12 then 40 years later when he goes towards Egypt Eliezer is born. This would make Tziporah 52 or even younger.

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 17 And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Here Moshe with his sense of Justice sees non-Yisrael attacking a non-Yisrael women and comes to their defense.

18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said: 'How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?' 19 And they said: 'An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock.' 20 And he said unto his daughters: 'And where is he? Why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.'

I could use another man to defend my daughters and a Shidduch for Tziporah. From this it appears that Yisro was without sons and with these wild shepherds it was good to have a young strong man defending the property.

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

The whole time period is not known and Moshe could have been in his sixties or seventies when he married Tziporah and she could have been more of a spinster.

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

During the funeral arrangements and the preparations the army was on the alert as the new Pharaoh took charge and they had no time for this construction until the many days of preparing the body of the Pharaoh for the next world as we see what they did for Yacov when he passed on and probably Yosef too.

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

Of course they groaned and complained unto G-D beforehand but now was an opportunity for fasting and crying. It looked good to the Egyptians and they could pray harder now without work.

3:1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the farthest end of the wilderness, and came to the mountain of God, unto Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said: 'I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.'

What type of a phenomena is this that the bush is not consumed?

4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said: 'Moses, Moses.' And he said: 'Here am I.'

Moshe just got to this place and only sees the bush.

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

Rabbi Glixman after Hurricane Andrew went to the Schul in Homestead to inspect the damage. It was next to none except a pregnant looking bump over the Mikvah, a few windows out and the chairs instead of being upside down on top of the table arranged properly on the floor. He felt humbled and remembered this Pasuk.

6 Moreover He said: 'I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

This case it is an Angel talking to Moshe and not G-D talking to him. We now see for the next 52 lines (2 x 26 or the Gematria of Yud Kay Vav Kay) they all start with a Vav.

7 And the LORD said: 'I have surely seen the affliction of My people that are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their pains; 8 and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

Like the song Dayenu wouldn’t freedom have been enough. But look at the words “delive,-bring them out., unto a good land, land flowing with milk and honey, replacing the Canaanite, etc. and then finally Judge the Egyptians”.

9 And now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me; moreover I have seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou may bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt.' 11 And Moses said unto God: 'Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?'

Moshe is humble and timid because of his speech impediment. Note opposite Moshe is the Novi Yechezkel ben Buzi HaCohain and he spoke well but the Temple was to be destroyed during his day.

12 And He said: 'Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be the token unto thee, that I have sent thee: when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.'

Moshe is being reassured.

13 And Moses said unto God: 'Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them: The God of your fathers has sent me unto you; and they shall say to me: What is His name? What shall I say unto them?' 14 And God said unto Moses: 'I AM THAT I AM'; and He said: 'Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: I AM has sent me unto you.'

The Hebrew is more powerful than this translation: I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE. You shall say unto the Bnei Yisrael that I WILL BE has sent me unto you.

15 And God said moreover unto Moses: 'Thus shall thou say unto the children of Israel: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you; this is My name forever, and this is My memorial unto all generations. 16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, hath appeared unto me, saying: I have surely remembered you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have said: I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

Avraham was promised 10 nations and Moshe 7. Either 3 died out or they are for the future.

18 And they shall hearken to thy voice. And thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him: The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, have met with us. And now let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. 19 And I know that the king of Egypt will not give you leave to go, except by a mighty hand. 20 And I will put forth My hand, and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in the midst thereof. And after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. And it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty; 22 but every woman shall ask of her neighbor, and of her that sojourned in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.'

This is compensation for 80 years of slavery for those who merited to survive and be redeemed for as Rashi will say in the Plague of Darkness 80% did not merit redemption and they died off. We have seen 1/3rd of our people disappear in the holocaust and countless numbers in the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdash and Inquisition. This is why we remain small until at long land the Moshiach will declare who is a Jew (ben Yisrael).

4:1 And Moses answered and said: 'But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say: The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.' 2 And the LORD said unto him: 'What is that in thy hand?' And he said: 'A rod.' 3 And He said: 'Cast it on the ground.' And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Put forth thy hand, and take it by the tail--and he put forth his hand, and laid hold of it, and it became a rod in his hand—

The rod or Shepherd’s staff must have been about 5 feet in length give or take and having a snake that size next to a person is enough to scare one.

5 that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.' 6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him: 'Put now thy hand into thy bosom.' And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. 7 And He said: 'Put thy hand back into thy bosom.--And he put his hand back into his bosom; and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.—

He received the plague on his body because he spoke that the Bnei Yisrael will not believe him. For Lashon HaRa one gets Tsoras.

8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe even these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land; and the water which thou take out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.'

Up until this point Moshe could have had the Kahuna but in the next sentence his refusal arouses G-D’s anger.

10 And Moses said unto the LORD: 'Oh Lord, I am not a man of words, neither heretofore, nor since Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.' 11 And the LORD said unto him: 'Who hath made man's mouth? or who makes a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt speak.' 13 And he said: 'Oh Lord, send, I pray Thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send.' 14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: 'Is there not Aaron thy brother the Levite? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he comes forth to meet thee; and when he sees thee, he will be glad in his heart.

Up until you angered G-D your brother Aaron was just a Levi but now he will be a Cohain. He will be your mouth and you will prophesize.

15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people; and it shall come to pass, that he shall be to thee a mouth, and thou shalt be to him in God's stead. 17 And thou shalt take in thy hand this rod, wherewith thou shalt do the signs.'

Now it could be that the Pharaoh long ago lost the old prophecy but not Aaron who might recall or having been told by his mother of Moshe thrown into the water.

18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said unto him: 'Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren that are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.' And Jethro said to Moses: 'Go in peace.'

Even if we have a mission from HASHEM, it is Derech Eretz to get permission from our employer or older family member to enjoin on such a mission. Note Tziporah goes with Moshe but does not stay all the time in Mitzrayim but returns to her father see Parsha Yisro.

19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian: 'Go, return into Egypt; for all the men are dead that sought thy life.'

At this point based on the commentaries either 40 or 60 years have passed and the arrest warrant for Moshe is no longer applicable.

20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt; and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. 21 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'When thou go back into Egypt, see that thou do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in thy hand; but I will harden his heart, and he will not let the people go.

He knows this from the start and still before the end of the Parsha he will complain about lack of progress.

22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus says the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born.

If you ever hear a missionary start quoting “HE gave HIS only son” then refer to this paragraph for all of Am Yisrael is like a first born son unto G-d.

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

If you do not let my first born go, then I, HASHEM, will remove your first born son.

24 And it came to pass on the way at the lodging-place, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet; and she said: 'Surely a bridegroom of blood art thou to me.' 26 So He let him alone. Then she said: 'A bridegroom of blood in regard of the circumcision.'

Did he send a giant snake to swallow Moshe or the staff turned into such a snake and it swallowed him from the bottom to his bris and then from the top to his bris. So she knew that it was that Moshe had delayed the bris of Eliezer.

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

HASHEM mentioned this to Moshe so it was with Aaron on the way that the two met.

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

Am Yisrael are believers the children of believers.

5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron came, and said unto Pharaoh: 'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness.' 2 And Pharaoh said: 'Who is the LORD, that I should hearken unto His voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.' 3 And they said: 'The God of the Hebrews hath met with us. Let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest He fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.' 4 And the king of Egypt said unto them: 'Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, cause the people to break loose from their work? get you unto your burdens.' 5 And Pharaoh said: 'Behold, the people of the land are now many, and will ye make them rest from their burdens?'

I have to break this rebellion and nip it in the bud thought Pharaoh. He did not view this as a religious feast or one time festival but a munity against his authority as he was a god-king.

6 And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying: 7 'Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof; for they are idle; therefore they cry, saying: Let us go and sacrifice to our God. 9 Let heavier work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard lying words.' 10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying: 'Thus says Pharaoh: I will not give you straw. 11 Go yourselves, get you straw where ye can find it; for nought of your work shall be diminished.'

Like a modern Atheists mocking the L-RD so Pharaoh in his day.

12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 And the taskmasters were urgent, saying: 'Fulfil your work, your daily task, as when there was straw.' 14 And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, saying: 'Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your appointed task in making brick both yesterday and today as heretofore?' 15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying: 'Wherefore do you deal thus with thy servants? 16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us: Make brick; and, behold, thy servants are beaten, but the fault is in thine own people.' 17 But he said: 'Ye are idle, ye are idle; therefore ye say: Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.

The people were required to produce the same quota without the same amount of materials. So the bosses of the lower slaves complained but could not make the quota.

18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.' 19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were set on mischief, when they said: 'Ye shall not diminish aught from your bricks, your daily task.' 20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh; 21 and they said unto them: 'The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savor to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.' 22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said: 'Lord, wherefore hast Thou dealt ill with this people? Why is it that Thou hast sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he hath dealt ill with this people; neither hast Thou delivered Thy people at all.'

G-D, I asked you to send somebody else as I am a poor excuse to confront Pharaoh or even convince the tribes.

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

Don’t worry, I am about to release my power and show them a thing or two.

Parsha Va’eira

Although I continued the Parsha this year, out last Parsha ends with Moshe complaining that he is a failure and because of himself the people have been treated ill. He also wonders if he is the right man as there is no deliverance for the people. So the first thing we hear is don’t worry about it. I am the L-RD and now for plagues that will stop the work 7 days each month while the Egyptians are busy dealing with them. Our Sedra has 7 of the 10 plagues and that is our story this week.

6:2 And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him: 'I am the LORD; 3 and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name YHWH I made Me not known to them. 4 And I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojournings, wherein they sojourned. 5 And moreover I have heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered My covenant. 6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel: I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments; 7 and I will take you to Me for a people, and I will be to you a God; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning which I lifted up My hand to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for a heritage: I am the LORD.' 9 And Moses spoke so unto the children of Israel; but they hearkened not unto Moses for impatience of spirit, and for cruel bondage. {P}
10 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 11 'Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.' 12 And Moses spoke before the LORD, saying: 'Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?' 13 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

In the beginning HASHEM wanted only Moshe to go but because of his speech impediment, he asked that Aaron go with him. There is now a whole section which I skipped or the tribes of Reuven, Shimon and the tribe of Levi ending with:

...These are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites according to their families. 26 These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said: 'Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their hosts.' 27 These are they that spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are that Moses and Aaron. 28 And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spoke unto Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 that the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 'I am the LORD; speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak unto thee.' 30 And Moses said before the LORD: 'Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?' 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'See, I have set thee in God's stead to Pharaoh; and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

Active language changes and over 40 or 60 years with a speech impediment and perhaps an accent compared to how it was spoken at that time, it would take an elder like Aaron to understand the old dialect. The best example that I can give is my leaving the States in 1970 about 5 or 6 years later my mother and brother came to Israel. My brother met me at the airport instead of a hug or something he said, “Give me a high five!” I did not have TV and it was long before the internet was invented. He was speaking a foreign language to me! When I left the States there was no such thing as a ‘High five’!

2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee; and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land. 3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 But Pharaoh will not hearken unto you, and I will lay My hand upon Egypt, and bring forth My hosts, My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt, by great judgments. 5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth My hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.'

HASHEM is laying out HIS blueprint for redemption after rejection before Moshe.

6 And Moses and Aaron did so; as the LORD commanded them, so did they. 7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spoke unto Pharaoh.

These men were elders of the Bnei Yisrael and of the Priestly Group which was exempt from servitude.

8 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 9 'When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying: Show a wonder for you; then thou shalt say unto Aaron: Take thy rod, and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it become a serpent.' 10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so, as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did in like manner with their secret arts. 12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

Pharaoh’s wise men knew the art of snake charming but they could not turn a wood staff into a snake and reverse the process much less have a piece of wood swallow snakes.

13 And Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Pharaoh's heart is stubborn, he refused to let the people go.

Pharaoh sees Moshe and Aaron as magicians and necromancers who can do these tricks so he rejects them forthright. Only on the third plague with the tiny lice will the magicians say “this is the finger of G-D”.

15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goes out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thy hand.

Behold, he is going forth to the water: to relieve himself, for he had deified himself and said that he did not need to relieve himself; so, early in the morning he went out to the Nile and there he would perform his needs. — [from Mid. Tanchuma, Va’era 14; Exod. Rabbah 9:8]

16 And thou shalt say unto him: The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, hath sent me unto thee, saying: Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness; and, behold, hitherto thou hast not hearkened;

Until now: Heb. עַד-כֹּה, [meaning] until now [Onkelos]. Its Midrashic interpretation is: Until you hear from me [the announcement of] the plague of the firstborn, which I will introduce with “So (כֹּה said the Lord, ‘When the night divides…’” (Exod. 11: 4). — [from an unknown Midrashic source]

17 thus says the LORD: In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD--behold, I will smite with the rod that is in my hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

And it will turn to blood: Since there is no rainfall in Egypt, and the Nile ascends and waters the land, so the Egyptians worship the Nile. He therefore smote their deity and afterwards He smote them. — [from Sifrei, Devarim 38; Exod. Rabbah 9:9; Tanchuma, Va’era 13]

Was it from red clay, red algae or blood the fact that on the spot the water turned to blood is a miracle.

18 And the fish that are in the river shall die, and the river shall become foul; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink water from the river.'

And the Egyptians will weary: Heb. וְנִלְאוּ [I.e., the Egyptians will become weary trying] to seek a remedy for the waters of the Nile so that it would be fit to drink. — [from Jonathan]

A stench arose from the waters. According to the Medrash if a Ben Yisrael was drinking from a fountain he would drink water but if the Egyptian came, he would get blood unless he bought the3 water from an Israeli.

19 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Say unto Aaron: Take thy rod, and stretch out thy hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their streams, and over their pools, and over all their ponds of water, that they may become blood; and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.' 20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 21 And the fish that were in the river died; and the river became foul, and the Egyptians could not drink water from the river; and the blood was throughout all the land of Egypt.

Pharaoh was in the Nile all of a sudden it turns to blood and he gets out double quick. Even if the phenomena is natural it is the timing that makes the Nes. For miracles of rockets missing or not exploding only hold if there was a person or object there to explode on. Therefore the Nes is depends on both the time and the place.

22 And the magicians of Egypt did in like manner with their secret arts; and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken.

Phenolphthalein solution and hydrochloric acid are both clear liquids and is used in standard science classes to indicate that an acid is present. Often teachers mention Pharaoh and the magicians on this.

23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he lay even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. 25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

If people had money they would buy from a ben Yisrael and then the water would be pure.

26 And the LORD spoke unto Moses: 'Go (come) in unto Pharaoh, and say unto him: Thus says the LORD: Let My people go, that they may serve Me.

Moshe is going to come to Pharaoh and not “go” to Pharaoh as in Parsha Bo for HASHEM is there already at the same time that HE is speaking to Moshe. The end results are known from the start something like the Keystone Pipe Line and Republican Immigration Reform legislation opposite Obama.

27 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs.

But if you refuse: Heb. מָאֵן, [which means] and if you are a refuser. מָאֵן is like מְמָאֵן, refuses, but Scripture calls the person by his action, like “tranquil (שָׁלֵו) and still (וְשָׁקֵט) ” (see Job 16:12) 4; “sad and upset (וְזָעֵף)” (I Kings 20:43). Smite all your borders: Heb. נֹגֵף, [means] smite. Similarly every expression of מַגֵּפָה, plague, [also means a smiting,] “and they strike (וְנָגְפוּ) a pregnant woman” (Exod. 21:22), does not mean [striking to] death. Similarly “before your feet are dashed (יִתְנַגְּפוּ) ” (Jer. 13:16); “lest your foot be dashed (ךְתִּגֹּף) on a stone” (Ps. 91:12); “a stone upon which to dash oneself (נֶגֶף) ” (Isa. 8:14).

28 And the river shall swarm with frogs, which shall go up and come into thy house, and into thy bed-chamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading-troughs. 29 And the frogs shall come up both upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.'

Imagine Pharaoh trying to eat and frogs creeping into his kitchen and on his plate or in his bed at night or up and down his clothing. Some god-king he is! He is nothing but the thought of this does not scare him but watch what happens below when the theory turns practical.

8:1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Say unto Aaron: Stretch forth thy hand with thy rod over the rivers, over the canals, and over the pools, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.' 2 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.

Pharaoh’s bakers and butlers could not keep the frogs out of the baked goods as they jumped into the dough in the oven and the wine in the cup or bottle.

3 And the magicians did in like manner with their secret arts, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt. 4 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said: 'Entreat the LORD, that He take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice unto the LORD.'

The magicians via negative spiritual forces (Shaydim) could bring frogs but had no power to remove them.

5 And Moses said unto Pharaoh: 'Have thou this glory over me; against what time shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, that the frogs be destroyed from thee and thy houses, and remain in the river only?'

Only HASHEM could bring and remove frogs from the land of Mitzrayim. The dead frogs that were left let out a stench throughout the land.

6 And he said: 'Against to-morrow.' And he said: 'Be it according to thy word; that thou may know that there is none like unto the LORD our God. 7 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.' 8 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses cried unto the LORD concerning the frogs, which He had brought upon Pharaoh. 9 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courts, and out of the fields. 10 And they gathered them together in heaps; and the land stank. 11 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken. 12 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Say unto Aaron: Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats throughout all the land of Egypt.'

The plague comes unannounced and because the earth covered ,up the Egyptian that Moshe slew, he could not perform the plague but Aaron: These were lice and I have no idea why they were called gnats.  

13 And they did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and there were gnats upon man, and upon beast; all the dust of the earth became gnats throughout all the land of Egypt. 14 And the magicians did so with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; and there were gnats upon man, and upon beast.

To bring out the lice: To create them (another version: to bring them out) from someplace else. But they could not: Because a demon has no power over a creature smaller than a barleycorn. — [from Sanh. 67b, Tanchuma, Va’era 14, Exod. Rabbah 10:7]

15 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh: 'This is the finger of God'; and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken.

There is no mention that Pharaoh requested to remove the plague. But he now knew that it came from G-D.

It is the finger of God: This plague is not through sorcery; it is from the Omnipresent. — [from Exod. Rabbah 10:7] As the Lord had spoken: “But Pharaoh will not hearken to you” (Exod. 7:4).

16 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him: Thus says the LORD: Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 17 Else, if thou wilt not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies,

Flies? Rather wild beasts from the African Jungle and here is the correct translation: For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will incite against you and against your servants and against your people and in your houses a mixture of noxious creatures, and the houses of Egypt will be filled with the mixture of noxious creatures, as well as the land upon which they are. For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will incite against you and against your servants and against your people and in your houses a mixture of noxious creatures, and the houses of Egypt will be filled with the mixture of noxious creatures, as well as the land upon which they are. For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will incite against you and against your servants and against your people and in your houses a mixture of noxious creatures, and the houses of Egypt will be filled with the mixture of noxious creatures, as well as the land upon which they are.

A mixture of noxious creatures: [which includes] all species of wild beasts, snakes, and scorpions in a mixture, and they were destroying among them [i.e., among the Egyptians]. There is a reason [given] for this matter in the Aggadah, [i.e.,] for each plague, why this one and why that one. Following a king’s war strategy did He come upon them [the Egyptians], according to the order of a kingdom when it besieges a city. First they [the King’s army] destroy its [the city’s] springs, and then they blow and sound rams’ horns to frighten them and confuse them; thus did the frogs croak and make noise, etc., as is stated in the Midrash of Rabbi Tanchuma (Bo 4).

18 And I will set apart in that day the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of wild beasts shall be there; to the end that thou may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. 19 And I will put a division between My people and thy people--by to-morrow shall this sign be.' 20 And the LORD did so; and there came grievous swarms of wild beasts into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses; and in all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by reason of the swarms of wild beasts. 21 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said: 'Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.' 22 And Moses said: 'It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God; lo, if we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? 23 We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as He shall command us.' 24 And Pharaoh said: 'I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away; entreat for me.' 25 And Moses said: 'Behold, I go out from thee, and I will entreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow; only let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.' 26 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the LORD. 27 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and He removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one. 28 And Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and he did not let the people go.

The first five plagues it is Pharaoh who hardens his heart but the next plagues it HASHEM who hardens Pharaoh’s heart.

1 Then the LORD said unto Moses: 'Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him: Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 3 behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which are in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the herds, and upon the flocks; there shall be a very grievous murrain. 4 And the LORD shall make a division between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; and there shall nothing die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.' 5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying: 'Tomorrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.' 6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died; but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not so much as one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was stubborn, and he did not let the people go.

This is a plague attacking the animals it seems to be pandemic among the animals.

8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron: 'Take to you handfuls of soot of the furnace, and let Moses throw it heavenward in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.' 10 And they took soot of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it up heavenward; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils were upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. 12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.

Again another unannounced plague. There was a series of Torah plagues that Rabbi Etzion of the Torah Forum wrote about a number of years ago. I suggest that one tries to google his explanations. In short 3, 6 and next week we shall see 9 come unannounced.  

13 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him: Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 14 For I will this time send all My plagues upon thy person, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou may know that there is none like Me in all the earth. 15 Surely now I had put forth My hand, and smitten thee and thy people with pestilence, and thou have been cut off from the earth. 16 But in very deed for this cause have I made thee to stand, to show thee My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth. 17 As yet exalt thou thyself against My people, that thou wilt not let them go? 18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the day it was founded even until now. 19 Now therefore send, hasten in thy cattle and all that thou hast in the field; for every man and beast that shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.' 20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses; 21 and he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his

Thus by this time the people of the land had a choice to follow Pharaoh a god or HASHEM and there was a special exception for a G-D fearing Egyptian to escape from the plague.

22 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch forth thy hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.' 23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven; and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down unto the earth; and the LORD caused to hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 So there was hail, and fire flashing up amidst the hail, very grievous, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. 27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them: 'I have sinned this time; the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 28 Entreat the LORD, and let there be enough of these mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.' 29 And Moses said unto him: 'As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread forth my hands unto the LORD; the thunders shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou may know that the earth is the LORD'S. 30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.'—

Pharaoh was weakening now but later his advisors and he, himself with the strengthening from HASHEM resist freeing the nation of Yisrael for HASHEM has set them apart as a nation.

31 And the flax and the barley were smitten; for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was in bloom.

Even if one has never grown wheat and barley from here and from Megillas Ruth one learns that the Barley ripens first and the Omer of Barley is brought to the Temple and not wheat, the main staple.

32 But the wheat and the spelt were not smitten; for they ripen late.—

We also know the other commodities grown in ancient society here. Oats and Rye also grow in Eretz Yisrael but they are not mentioned here either due to their time of ripening or that in Egypt they were minor crops also throughout the Tanach and Gemara we don’t see too much mention of these crops with the exception of Chametz on Pessach. As for the smiting of the wheat and the spelt, that will be our next plague in Parsha Bo.

33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread forth his hands unto the LORD; and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.

Moshe had warned Pharaoh in 4:22 about Yisrael being HASHEM’s first born and in 23 that Pharaoh’s first born would be taken from him so all this heart hardening is leading to this. Now even though the L-RD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, I contend that it would have been easy enough for Pharaoh to privately say, “I have sinned, I have transgressed” and just let the Bnei Yisrael go like getting rid of a millstone hanging from one’s neck. However, that was not in his vocabulary. Can you think of a politician nowadays who blames everybody but himself? Are there politicians and non-politicians who will not admit a mistake? When I blunder and my wife calls me out I have learned to either say “I’m sorry” or admit it if no real damage was done by “Who me?” In short Pharaoh and certain politicians never man up to admit or hint that they are fallible.

A miracle for a non-Jew who hid under a sink in the French Print Shop the terrorists went cabinet by cabinet looking for food. Two doors from him they stopped. From Gail Winston:
Lassana Bathily, a Muslim employee at the HyperChacher Kosher supermarket in Paris, saved the lives of 15 Jewish shoppers, when he hid them in the supermarket’s basement freezer after the terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, entered the store & opened fire.
Bathily also had the presence of mind to also turn the freezer off, raise the thermostat & urge everyone to be quiet. Bathily’s heroic action is also apparently the reason for the uncertainty yesterday as to how many hostages there were in the store.

Two Widows and the Potato Patch by Rabbi Y. Tilles

In the winter of 1932, the Segalov family--including five small children and their pregnant mother--was put out onto the street, in the middle of a freezing snowstorm. .
Connection: Seasonal--the 8th anniversary of the passing Bubbe Mariasha age 106!

At the time of this particular incident in the life of Rebbetzin Mariasha Shagalov, of blessed memory, the family lived in a synagogue gallery in the town of Gomel in Russian.

Years before, they had lived in rented accommodations belonging to a wealthy man. However, when private property was nationalized in Russia every family was given a room, including the previous home owners.
To qualify for these accommodations, the family had to work, which meant working on Shabbat.
Her husband, Rabbi Yitzchok-Elchonon HaLevi Shagalov, however, would not work on Shabbat, no matter what! They were warned by the bailiff that unless Rabbi Shagalov took a job they would be thrown out of their meager accommodations.
The day soon came, in the winter of 1932, when the family - there were five small children and Rebbetzin Shagalov was expecting a sixth - was put out onto the street, in the middle of a freezing snowstorm. Having no other choice, the Shagalovs took all their meager belongings and found refuge in the unheated women's section of a synagogue in the outskirts of town.
In 1937, Rabbi Shagalov was arrested for his Jewish activities. Rebbetzin Shagalov never saw her husband again. He was one of the chasidim left in Russia by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, to carry on with Lubavitch activities of spreading Judaism in the Soviet Union. Now the family was truly destitute, but in spite of the tragedy they were not without hope.
The upkeep of the building had come out of the proceeds of a large potato patch at the back of the shul. Rebbetzin Shagalov suggested to the widow who lived in a room downstairs in the shul that together they arrange to sow the patch and from the potatoes and the proceeds they would be able to live.
The two women eventually found someone who was willing to do the work for 50 rubles - a tremendous sum even in the best of times. The widow was shocked at the exorbitant sum, but Rebbetzin Shagalov exclaimed with certainly, "G-d will surely help." She hired the man, though she did not yet have the funds to pay him.
On the third day, when the work was nearly finished and the worker had to be paid, a stranger walked into the shul and said to Rebbetzin Shagalov, "I am a friend of your husband's. When my friend heard that your husband had been imprisoned, he gave me 50 rubles to give you."
Rebbetzin Shagalov thanked the man and asked for the address of the friend so she could personally thank him. The man gave her the address and Rebbetzin Shagalov went there. No one in the building knew of anyone by the name she had been given.
When the potato patch began to sprout it had to be watched carefully, for if anyone walked on the young potato shoots the potatoes would surely be ruined.
Just at that time, the government wanted to close the synagogue. Rebbetzin Shagalov decided to save as many holy books as she could. Since taking the holy books out the front door and storing them somewhere else would be too conspicuous, she decided to take them out through a window in the back, right near the potato patch.
Since the widow was adamant that no one should walk on her half of the patch, Rebbetzin Shagalov suggested that they should exchange patches, so that the area they would have to walk on, in order to save the holy books, would only be in her patch.
When the widow asked Rebbetzin Shagalov with what she would feed her children, the Rebbetzin at once replied, "G-d will surely help us."
Night after night, the Shagalov children would sneak into the shul, and pass the holy books out to safe hands on the other side of the window, whereupon they were carried across the potato patch, to a side door in an old man's house, from where they were distributed to other safe houses.
Because of all this activity, a path had been trodden on the patch. When the time came to dig up the potatoes, they were normal size everywhere except where the path was. Under the path they were gigantic!
Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from a booklet published by Rabbi Yosef Y Shagalov, and distributed at the wedding of Yehoshua Yaakov David HaLevy and Rachel (Fried of Safed) Shagalov, 25 Tevet 5770.
Biographical notes and connections to this season:
In the early hours of the morning, on the 4th of Tishrei, 5698 (September 9, 1937), while still up and learning Chasidus, as was his nightly custom, Rabbi Yitzchok Elchonon Halevi Shagalov was arrested for spreading Yiddishkeit in Russia and shot to death (at the age of forty) in prison less than five months later, on the 25 Tevet, 5698 (December 29, 1937).
In 1953, his wife Rebbetzin Mariasha Shagalov, settled in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, where she lived until her passing, at age 106, after 70 (!) years of widowhood, on 20 Tevet, 5767 (January 10, 2007). By the grace of G-d, she merited to enjoy the blessings of many descendants (including GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-grandchildren!), all of them chasidim, and many of them (250!) emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on all five continents. At the time of her passing she had nearly 600 descendants!

I concur with Rabbi Ariel on this Halacha:

Forwarded to me from Denise C. Fire in Gas Station of Moshav Mattiyahu near Kiriat Sefer: Here is a link to some pictures from the fire:  
Some info from the fire: (Caused by somebody turning back on the gas in the gasoline station as a welder worked)
3 trucks totally lost (at least one in the pictures) Over 4 million shekels of Pesach wine that was ready for export lost (see the metal rings of the wine barrels and the glass bottles) 10.5 tons of pre-Shmita wheat for hand Shmura matzos that would have become over 7,000 kilos of hand matzas - gone.(in one of the pictures you can see an open container with a little bit of wheat on the floor and lots of ash) Over 300 barrels of recycled oil exploded (these were the loud explosions we heard and saw.  In the pictures you can see some of the exploded oil barrels)                         
13 fire trucks (including ours), 4 cranes, over 300,000 L of water, and 26,000 L of foam were used to fight the fire. 6 ambulances were on hand (and B"H not needed). Over 50 firefighters participated for close to 6 hours. Over 150 Talmidim and staff were evacuated from Maarava HS Yeshiva. More pictures can be seen at

Inyanay Diyoma


On one hand I am very sorry for the attack on the French Weekly Charlie Hebdo but on the other hand perhaps I should be happy that it woke up a sleepy appeasing Europe. For as long as the Muslims attacked French Jews wink-wink it was not 100% OK but they did nothing. Now suddenly not only the French but all of Europe has awakened. I also think that a satirical magazine should place limits upon itself. It was not only character tours of Mohammed but also disgusting things about the Pope and an Orthodox Jew pushing a Muslim in a wheelchair. In my opinion I don’t like political correctness but I place a limit.

I have placed certain restrictions upon myself in my writings. If the Torah mentions forbidden relationship acts in Vayikra 18 and 20 then I will bring up the subject but I will not go too deep into the subject. There are Halachos about certain positions Aruch Chaim 240 and I leave it up to the individual to learn. I have written in this blogspot a number of times why I don’t believe in Yeshu and in my commentary on Parsha Shemos Part 2 above I even commented on the “HE gave HIS only son”. I would never try to missionize a Christian into even being a Ben Noach all the more so Judaism like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett doesn’t go out to make religious billionaires. Judaism even discourages converts. If somebody wants to be a Ben or Bas Noach, I will encourage them to follow the 7 commandments and sub-commandments.

I am happy that a weekly paper who sells usually less than 100,000 copies sold out 3,000,000 and printed 2,000,000 more. This is the first phase of the WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG {Armageddon} unfortunately the continuation is as follows the war of the Shiites against the Sunnis and the war of all Muslims against all other religions and then all the Nations getting together to blame the Ivri (the other side). The rally will go out even unto the Nations “Whoever is with HASHEM come to me” (as stated in the incident with the golden calf). Then tiny Israel will stand against millions in various armies that we will not have enough bullets or powder for them. At this point HASHEM will have not only little miracles but the type we saw in the Yetzias Mitzrayim (Exodus). The extreme Muslims have awaked a Crusade against them that is only at the beginning states. Hopefully this will not be a seven year war but a speedy one and then Yisrael will shine forth with the help of HASHEM and HASHEM will be Melech HaAretz.

In conclusion, I don’t believe in political correctness but I do believe in self-discipline. There will always be people who are unrestrained and others like P.C. Congressman Rangel who would never dream of putting on a button saying “JE SUIS Charlie”.       

Tracking hundreds of trained terrorists who use 3 or 4 cellphones makes each makes police work nearly impossible:

The French Police succeeded in ending the stalemates but missed out on the stolen car license plates and the female terrorist escaped like a hostage. In fact, she never was in the Paris store. The female terrorist had skipped France and arrived in Syria on Jan. 1-2, more than a week before the wave of terror first struck
The brothers were Al Qaeda and the other ISIS which is half a dozen of this terror and six of the other.

More details: Female terrorist avoids police and is suspected to be in Syria. Said and Cherif Kouachi told French television shortly before they were shot dead that they belonged to Yemen Al Qaeda, whereas Coulibaly claimed he was acting for ISIS. This apparent contradiction raises the scary suggestion that the two murderous Islamic groups may have collaborated for the first time to hit France. That scenario assumes an even more ominous dimension in the light of the chatter picked up Sunday by US intelligence indicating that all Al Qaeda’s branches are preparing to follow up the Paris operations with a major campaign of terror in Europe. The truth was that France’s external security service (DGSE), anti-terror police branches and border authorities, who were supposed to operate in concert, fell down on the job and revealed their weakness to the enemy. Homegrown and foreign jihadis were shown to have established safe exit routes for reaching the Islamic battlegrounds of the Middle East and returning home - well trained, heavily armed and filled with hatred for the societies which bred them.

Police and Internal Security Minister Resigns from Politics after the elections.

Names of victims from the Hyper-Kosher Store attack Cohen was heroic in his death:,7340,L-4613514,00.html

Morgen Post hit for being brave enough to publish Carlie’s Cartoons.,7340,L-4613689,00.html

Livni likes the Arabs more than the Jews:

Lieberman and his Russian tactics to get ministers to resign.

Two Women slightly injured in terror rock attack:

Obama and Netanyahu discuss both terror and Iran.,7340,L-3083,00.html

Why humans need spouses to be whole and get encouraged:

No more Gilad Shalit nonsense in negotiations: The Hannibal Protocol is thought to involve massive use of infantry, artillery, and air power against a wide area where the IDF believes the enemy is trying to make off with a captured soldier. But your left wants to investigate as usual.,7340,L-4614446,00.html
Ehud Barak and Netanyahu with lawyers gave the directive years ago and now the poor soldiers are being blamed for clear orders: Hannibal Directive: Soldiers were following clear orders:,7340,L-4614499,00.html

Barry Shaw hit the nail on the head with the Europeans lost in their political correctness:

Rainfall is to flooding as Islam is to terror:

British Jews are anxious and the guns used in the attack were purchased in Belgium:

Photos of female world leaders cut out of a Sephardic Charedi Paper:,7340,L-4615234,00.html

Bennett (National Union) defends Israel Katz (Likud) election or no election no PC apology:,7340,L-4615017,00.html

Shabbat Shalom all, this is being published early. I will be traveling next week back to Eretz Yisrael and it could be that Parsha Bo will be published with Parsha Beshallach. Have a blessed Shabbos,
Rachamim Pauli