Friday, July 3, 2015

Parsha Balak Part 1, Stories and Avos 4


This week I have a prayer request for the wife of a friend of mine that I have known since the age of 3 I got this e-mail from his wife: Please pray for Carl.  Carl threw up all over himself last night and has been unresponsive since then. Doctors are uncertain about what the problem is. Sorry to give you this news. Since both he and I grew up assimilated Jews his name is: Chaim ben Francis


The FBI and CIA warn of possible terror attacks on the July 4th weekend by lone wolf terrorists France watch out for July 14th!!!



Parsha Balak Part 1


Last week the Bnei Yisrael lose both Miriam and Aaron. The army after training for 39 years finally got put into action with the battle for Arad and the cities of Og and Sichon. Out of respect for Yitzchak Avinu the Bnei Edom were avoided. But our troubles are not over Moav, Ammon and Median are about to try to undermine us. Also internal Lashon HaRa or other hidden sins caused the fire-like serpents even today they can kill:


There are a number of ways the Bnei Yisrael are attacked by others. The first is the direct attack like Laban and pharaoh. The second is by love such as we see at the end of the Parsha. Here the women enticed men into a physical relationship because of Balaam’s advice that HASHEM Yisborach hates immodest and I don’t want to go into a certain Supreme Count allowing all sorts of abominations. (Vayikra 18:22 and 20:13) This type of “love” destroys Am Yisrael as I shall explain further on. Lastly the internal attack on the people by Datan and Amiran that try to destroy us from within.



22:1 And the children of Israel journeyed, and pitched in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho.



They had zero designs on Moav or Midian and certainly not on Balaam’s land. Rather they were poised to cross the Yarden and enter Eretz Yisrael. It seems that Yericho is one of the key routes up into Eretz Yisrael. However, the whole story of the defeat of Mitzrayim as Rachav told the spies and then the breaking news of Melech Arad, Sichon and Og scared Balak out of his wits. If one Googles


2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many; and Moab was overcome with dread because of the children of Israel. 4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian: 'Now will this multitude lick up all that is round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.'--And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.—


He could have sued for peace or greeted Israel as Israel would do with Alexander the Great but no he cowardly tried to curse Israel. To be continued – folks I had an exhausting week Ok but I want to produce quality. We will see where Balaam failed and the hint from the angel and the donkey as he pressing onward even by foot to curse Yisrael after HASHEM told him that Yisrael were blessed by HASHEM. We see that his advice in the end destroys 24,000 fighting men of Yisrael through idolatry and promiscuity.   



Man who saved Czech Jewish Children dies at the age of 106:



1. Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As is stated (Psalms 119:99): "From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials are my meditation."


A person who is wise seeks knowledge from everyman and every creature. Our Sages say learn modesty from the cat, loyalty from the dog, I may add watchfulness can be learned from an owl or eagle, etc.


Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), "Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city."


This is the true form of Gevura able to overcome one’s desires for money, rich foods, power, etc.


Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot. As is stated (Psalms 128:2): "If you eat of toil of your hands, fortunate are you, and good is to you"; "fortunate are you" in this world, "and good is to you" in the World to Come.


A poor man like Rabbi Elimelech who was dirt poor and had health problems would always say that he was just fine and well off from HASHEM while a billionaire like Carlos who only wants more billions is actually psychologically poorer.


Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows. As is stated (I Samuel 2:30): "For to those who honor me, I accord honor; those who scorn me shall be demeaned."


I have always honored my fellow man. Our cleaning lady from work, Zahava, was marrying off her own daughter in Afula which was about a 2 to 2.5 hr. for me. I came there with my wife to honor the bride and groom and bring joy to Zahava. Always greet your fellow man as equal as the difference between Zahava and I were that I am male and educated in the States and she was born in Israel or North Africa and not educated. In fact one cleaning lady at work was a famous pianist from Russia but there is limit how many pianists could be employed in Israel.


2. Ben Azzai would say: Run to pursue a minor mitzvah, and flee from a transgression. For a mitzvah brings another mitzvah, and a transgression brings another transgression. For the reward of a mitzvah is a mitzvah, and the reward of transgression is transgression.


The Hebrew is Mitzvah pulls along another Mitzvah and that is a good cycle but sin brings on more as one sees the first time he sins as bad but the next time less until it becomes a habit. That is the way of the Yetzer HaRa for the sin becomes a habit. Nobody is born into being a sinner it just grows on one.


3. He would also say: Do not scorn any man, and do not discount anything. For there is no man who has not his hour, and no thing that has not its place.


Everybody has his day whether in a local newspaper or being interviewed on the street or winning the lottery. The same goes for creatures and even plants.


4. Rabbi Levitas of Yavneh would say: Be very, very humble, for the hope of mortal man is worms.


Unfortunately this is how we end up after 120 years and after a thousand years a few bones if lucky. So we should be humble and not bully other people or thing too highly of ourselves.


Rabbi Yochanan the son of Berokah would say: Whoever desecrates the Divine Name covertly, is punished in public. Regarding the desecration of the Name, the malicious and the merely negligent are one and the same.


The three weeks which are four Shabbosos:


There are times when Rabbis are lenient. One of them is strict on health and lenient of fasts or even Shabbos. Nursing women and even some non-critically ill people should not fast this coming Sunday. It is not such a minor fast, yet we are only obligated if we are healthy enough to fast! Yom Kippur is from the Torah there are less problems for Tisha B'AV. One who has no problem fasting should be fasting, otherwise one should consult a medical doctor and his local Orthodox Rabbi and for some in VT, MS, ID and other places I am the LOR.


I got this from Wendy thank G-D in Judaism women went to the Mikvah once a month and men went every Erev Shabbos or Chassidim daily. Here are some facts about the 1500's Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, And they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!" Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs." There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt… only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."



Endangering One's Own to Help Others by Rabbi Yerachiel Tilles


The non-chasidic scholar shouted: “The Torah is preserved only by one who gives his life for it! Is there someone else like the Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch, who is willing to put everything on the line for no personal gain."

Connection: Seasonal - Yud-Beit (12th) Tammuz is the anniversary of the birthday (1880) and Liberation Day (in 1927) of the Rebbe Rayatz.

I [Rabbi Mayer Plotkin] was raised in Montreal and educated there until my Bar Mitzvah. Shortly after, in 1956, I came to New York to learn at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas School. At that time, it was one of the biggest yeshivas in the world, and certainly the biggest yeshiva in North America with over two thousand students from grade one up until the highest level of Bais Midrash. It was situated in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - which was a big change from Montreal, let me tell you.

I stayed at Torah Vodaas for two years and then I moved to the Lubavitch Yeshiva. But while I was still at Torah Vodaas, I heard the following story about the Frierdiker Rebbe [the sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn].

The occasion was the anniversary of the passing of a previous head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Shlomo Hyman, which was always observed with a major address to the entire student body. The speaker that particular year was a rabbi from the Bronx, Rabbi Shmuel Koselewitz, who administered testing for rabbinic ordination at Torah Vodaas [the candidates went by subway from Brooklyn to his shul in the Bronx for testing-YT].

The place was packed; all the students were in attendance. This is what he said:

"The Talmud states: The Torah is preserved only by one who gives his life for it. That means that the Torah cannot continue to exist unless you're ready to die for it." He went on to explain that a person has to be willing and ready to give everything he has for Torah, to give everything away - everything - and not hold anything back. Then he said, "I'm going to tell you a story about what that means, about somebody who did just that. The story I am going to tell happened right here, in this building where we are gathered today.

"It happened in the war years, '42, '43, or maybe '44. At that time, Torah Vodaas was in trouble. It owed a lot of money to the bank, and the bank called in the loan. The yeshiva could not pay. The bank went to court and got a verdict that, if the loan was not repaid in full, they could foreclose and take all the buildings away from Torah Vodaas.

"The yeshiva's financial officer, who was responsible for raising the money, fell into a depression. He took it very badly. He felt that because of him Torah Vodaas was going to be closed. He tried everything he knew to remedy the situation. He placed appeals in newspapers, but very little came in, and the deadline was getting closer.

“And then one day, he received a telephone call from the office of the Lubavitcher Rebbe then, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, asking him how much money he had managed to raise.

"Now, he knew that Lubavitch had its own hardships, so he didn't expect any help from the Rebbe. He thought, 'The Rebbe can't manage his own, how is he going to help me?'

"But a few days later, a Chabad chasid walks through the door with an envelope in hand, and says, 'This is from the Rebbe.'

"The man is stunned. He is speechless. And then the chasid says, 'The Rebbe asked that before I give you this envelope, I advise you of some facts: When he was in Russia, he had to fight against the strongest country in the world so that the Torah would not be extinguished. The biggest tyrant in the world was Joseph Stalin, and the Rebbe paid no attention to him. Whoever needed help in order to strengthen Torah, he helped them. He didn't ask if it's Chabad or not. Whatever they needed - a mikva, a kosher butcher, a teacher - he tried to supply it. He did whatever he could so the light of Torah would not be extinguished. His emissaries were caught, shot and killed, and he then had their orphans and widows to support. And still he would send another person to replace the one who perished. All the while, his focus was only that Torah's light not be extinguished.

'Now Divine Providence has brought him to the United States of America where there is freedom of religion, and he is pained to learn that a major yeshiva with thousands of students is going to be closed down. Not because Stalin in Russia wants to get rid of Judaism, but because the Jews in America don't care. This the Rebbe cannot abide. He is willing to put his own movement in danger - because he also has debts to repay - but he is giving you a check for the whole amount you need, in order that the Torah not be extinguished. Please repay it as soon as possible, because everything the Rebbe has built up is now in danger.'"

While Rabbi Koselewitz was telling this story, everybody was sitting there with their mouths open - the whole room. And then he shouted: "The Torah is preserved only by one who gives his life for it! And that's what the Rebbe did!

"When the Rebbe arrived in America - and I was there when he got off the boat - he was half paralyzed by the tortures he endured in Stalinist Russia. Then he lost his yeshiva in Poland to the Nazis. And since he arrived here, he has had to deal with a lot of hardships and opposition.

"Find me someone like that! Find me someone who is willing to put everything he has on the line for no personal gain. The check he sent to Torah Vodaas put his own movement in serious debt and in grave danger.

Thank G-d, Torah Vodaas was able to make sure it was repaid fast. The Rebbe did get his money back. But when he gave it, he could not have be certain that would happen. That's real self-sacrifice."

This was the story that Rabbi Shmuel Koselewitz related, and it became one of the reasons why I eventually went over to the Lubavitch Yeshiva. I saw that same genuine spirit of self-sacrifice in the followers of the Rebbe, and I was inspired by them. I wanted to be a part of a movement which had such a high level of dedication to Torah and to their fellow Jews.

Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from a mailing of "JEM - Here's My Story" (// Rabbi Mayer Plotkin lives in Montreal with his family. He was interviewed there in January of 2011.

Connection: Seasonal - Yud-Beit (12th) Tammuz is the anniversary of the birthday (1880) and Liberation Day (in 1927) of the Rebbe Rayatz.

Biographical note:
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn [of blessed memory: 12 Tammuz 5640 - 10 Shvat 5710 (Jan. 1880-June 1950 C.E.)], known as the Rebbe Rayatz, was the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, from 1920 to 1950. He established a network of Jewish educational institutions and Chassidim that was the single most significant factor for the preservation of Judaism during the dread reign of the communist Soviets. . In 1940 he moved to the USA, established Chabad world-wide headquarters in Brooklyn and launched the global campaign to renew and spread Judaism in all languages and in every corner of the world, the campaign continued and expanded so remarkably successfully by his son-in-law and successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Editor's note: Rabbi Shmuel Koselewitz [1895-196x] was the eldest son of Rabbi Tzvi-Yehuda Koselewitz, the town rabbi of Tichtin, one of the most important rabbinical posts in pre-WWII Lithuania.
Sadly, after the family moved to USA, to the best of my knowledge no member of Rabbi Shmuel's family in his or the following generation remained (or became) Torah-observant in his lifetime. Subsequently, in the mid-1970's, the youngest son of his youngest brother, Tzvi-Yehuda ("Victor") Saks z"l, a professor of mathematics in his late 20's and one of my closest friends, became religious and a devoted follower of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Surely, Tzvi-Yehuda's life from that point on, as well as that of his seven children and ever-growing number of grandchildren, are giving much nachas-and soul elevation!--to his parents, his grandparents, and his uncle.




This pertains to Am Yisrael. The first time since the Holocaust our numbers have come close to 16,000,000 Jews with probably hundreds of thousands still assimilated. The USA has 5.7 million, Israel 6.1 million. Here are the statistics:,7340,L-4673018,00.html


That was the good news. Our gas reserves and the tycoons. Edelson, the main backer for Netanyahu, is also chairman for a group which Noble Energy belongs to. He made a phone call and a little bit of a business deal but the lobby is pressing Netanyahu. This is what Donald Trump meant when he said that I am rich enough and the lobby cannot pressure me.


Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov taught that when a person is drowning and thrashes about in the water to save himself, people certainly will not make fun of his motions. Similarly, when a person makes motions during prayer, he is trying to save himself from drowning in waters of distraction so we shouldn't look at them as behaving strangely. Shabbat Shalom / Gut Shabbos Rabbi Michael Skobac


Story of a person trying to convert (L.U.)


My story in short version: I am a son of a Lutheran priest. I never felt good in Church and as a child asked my father to remove the crucifix from the room where I slept. My family is full of priests or musicians. I am a violinist. After a serious burn out when I had to stop playing the violin for a year, a Jewish family took me in to live with them and I stayed for 7 years. When I entered the Synagogue first time, I felt like coming home. At that time my mother told me that her father's mother was from a Jewish family. My aunt and uncle became Messianic Jews, but that was not my cut the story short, after 30 years of not feeling that my family's tradition is for my soul the right one, I have finally decided to be honest to my soul and want to become a proper Jew. I have been doing the daily prayers no for months with the Koren siddur in English. I think the next step would be to contact our local Orthodox synagogue and the rabbi? I am convinced that what I am doing, is for me the only way. I have been fighting against it for 30 years and now the inner pressure has become too big. I don't care if it is difficult. Violin playing is also not the easiest thing in the world smile emoticon sorry for the long post, but I need to tell somebody how I feel! My family would not understand. I might add that during those 7 years in that Jewish family I was practicing daily with the daughter and she became so good that she played as a soloist with Menuhin when she was 14. I met some of the greatest Jewish violinist then: Shlomo Mintz, Menuhin etc. and I had master classes with Max Rostal(Mordechai Rosenthal) and Yuval Yaron etc. but the main thing was that I got connected with the Jewish culture and values. Also I found my real vocation, which is teaching.


Story of C.S. on next to no money a month, C managed to buy lots of books on Judaism and undergone a number of medical problems. C was kicked out of a few places by close relatives and partly because she left Christianity. Just as with Ruth it is not fun and games. Ruth was a princess who gave it all up for HASHEM. But then again look whom she sired.   


Story from: K

I am choosing Judaism because I love it, and almost nothing else in my life has ever felt so right or made me feel so whole. I love the sense of community and genuine care and welcome. The people at my shul are always happy to see me, regardless of how screwy my chronic health conditions are that day. Every prayer makes me feel connected to everyone else there. I love how musical it is. The rituals are comforting and warm. But as much as I'm choosing it, I'm convinced that it chose me, too. This is where I belong. I am certain of it down to my bones. Also, I'm choosing this for more than myself. I am choosing it for my future children, for the family I will someday have.

When my 8th grade class visited the Holocaust Museum in DC, I was horrified. I've forgotten most things from that trip, but never that. I can still smell the place if I think about it. I was sick after being there. I knew in my heart that these were my people who had been killed, that I would have been killed if I was alive then.


Story from V.

There's. A Big difference between conservative, and Orthodox, I can say this because I was For 5 years at a Conservative. Synagogue, until Finally, I meet an Orthodox Rabbi, it depends, what you really want to be and how far you want to go, In my case Choosing the Orthodox way has changed my life completely for Good, I have a few friends who done their conversion conservative and now they Want to be Orthodox Jews, I. Asked why you are changing they say being. Conservative you are not a completely Jew you are only for the conservative movement, but not for those. Who are devoted Jews and that's really true, having no technology on one they is amazing. You rest from every days routine, not using a car on Shabbat is so great to enjoy the nature, for me being Orthodox is the best decision to live a really Jewish life And to have a accepted conversion everywhere you go.

Preventing Sodom happening in Israel: Transgender “man” in a couple tried to fool the Rabbis:                                                                                                                                                                 




For those of us who do not know what BDS means it is: Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel.


Would you believe a school system with zero violence or at least close to it with 50 students in a classroom? From pre-school to Grad School and it exists perhaps in the girls’ schools the boys it is less violence:


Rabbi Tovia Singer responds to virgin birth:





Inyanay Diyoma


Libya accuses the Obama Administration of trying to put the Muslim Brotherhood into power:



I heard 37 died in Tunisia as a Ramadan offensive opens up internet says 71 to 80 members of ISIS ready to strike in the USA In Kuwait 27 Syria 145 and a beheading in France : I had a different article but Chaiya sent me this update.




From Cindy unmanned patrol boat from IAI:


ISIS driven out of Kobane by Kurds after they massacre more people:





Both in Ashkelon and the Golan sirens sounded today:,7340,L-4673655,00.html


Flotilla sponsored by the French government ends in Ashdod Port:


From Miriam Esther of Boston: Remember Debka reported that the US Ambassador was transferring weapons to Syria via Libya:


Border Policewoman stabbed by female terrorist:




Obama thinks that he might have a deal but does Iran think the same?,7340,L-4674227,00.html


From Amos: These electrodes trying to be smuggled into Gaza are part of the rocket manufacturing process:


Here we go again blame the Jews a Jew did not appoint a Lesbian to the Supreme Court article thanks to Almog:


Sort of related to the above = From Lee a Chassidic Rebbe orders his community to abandon the States:


BDE Terror victim passes away:



ISIS attacks Egyptian posts in Sinai over 120 terrorists captured about 15 small road blocks in Sinai killing at least 70 Egyptian Soldiers. Egypt kills 60 or so of them in the biggest series of battles yet. Israel reinforces the border:–-Egyptian-troops-Islamists-civilians---in-major-ISIS-Egyptian-battle-in-North-Sinai- Netanyahu says:,7340,L-4675174,00.html


Soldier who survived terrorist attack visits the Kotel:


Israel may be asked by Egypt to intervene in Sinai:



Israel may have to fight ISIS as Arab armies fall apart:


Ed-Op by Martin Sherman regarding the reconstruction of Gaza: I agree with Martin:


Confucius, he say after throwing stones and fireworks at IDF it is not wise to continue after warning shots.



Ed-Op IDF and the Shin Bet can do a better job:,7340,L-4674851,00.html



Good Shabbos all,
Rachamim Pauli