Friday, July 31, 2015

Parsha Vaeschanan Part 1, Story and current events bearing on our future

Note: This week and the next I am touring with my forester child and visiting grandchildren. I decided to break up the Parsha into two sections, cut Perkei Avos and enjoy my hobbies of touring and photography. I will try next week to publish the weekly Drasha but I may have to skip it for the first time in years. Since most of the Yeshiva World is on some sort of a vacation and the Beitei Dinim are closed at this time it is time for a break. Enjoy your own vacations and have a pleasant summer.

Ethics and Gog and Magog or Armageddon

On Tisha B’Av a Yeshiva fellow said the following thing in tears: “There is a Kinos about the Shoah which was a horrible war but the war of Gog and Magog is going to be even more horrible”. But then I look around me and I ask myself “Why not?” Gog and Magog is not only Israel but the other nations. In Gog and Magog, we see all the nations of the world. It is Yishmael against Esav and everybody or just about everybody against Yisrael.

What has been added to the world since WWII? We have a lot of technical advances and are more modern. We read on Tisha B’Av about woman eating their own children in the Kinos and now some of the groundless hatred is gone. The Litvaks and the Galitziyanos are no longer hating each other perhaps slower to intermarry in some Charedi Circles but completely tolerant. Still the Ashkenazi and Sephardim and Yemenite Jews still have certain barricades and the Ethiopian, other blacks and Chinese Jews still have their problems. As one goes to the more secularly educated areas or people who have served in the army, the bigotry is loosened but in the less educated areas with cheaper housing we see still old prejudices that slow down the coming of the Moshiach.

Since the world has to be involved in Gog and Magog and THAT DAY, I analyzed how they are eating their children which includes certain politically correct and ultra-modern Jews. The world has degenerated back to times when the Romans took a few hundred young males on a boat chained together and when they learned that they would be sold of disgusting sexual delights of the debauched culture, they jumped overboard in the middle of the Mediterranean and as they said the Shema and drowned. What the heck do you think is going on with same sex marriage and transsexuals today? Do you think that the L-RD G-D CREATOR of all does not know that most of the murders of Jewish children are by their mothers who want to have unprotected sex not products of rape, incest or a threat to their health! After the abortion what does the clinic do? They go into business selling body parts for genetic materials for further experiments. So of which have no ethical guidelines. [To try to find a genetic cure to Tay-Sachs, MS and other diseases within guidelines is permissible by the Rabbis but usually placenta material is used]

The destruction of the institution of holy matrimony {according to the laws of Moshe and Yisrael} and the various acts between man and beast are now accepted by the Avant-guarde. We are not eating our children we are just destroying the ability to have children for instantaneous pleasure. When are we going to wake up to our own dangerous ways. The modern technology gives me the ability to express my ideas to thousands of people by sitting in my house. From my smart phone I was able to get e-Daf and learn many Talmudic tractates. However, I once mistyped it and got to a Japanese site of porn for the forlorn or something similar. There is good in everything but there is also horrible evil. Today we are our own Dr. Evil and a James Bond cannot save our world from our Yetzer. Only Teshuva (Repentance), Tephilla (Pray) and Tzeduka (Charity) can save us from our own evil before Moshiach comes. For on THAT DAY it will be too late.

In a few weeks we shall read the portion of Re’eh “See I have set before you…”. We can choose our own life of good or death via our own evil. I am not the Judge nor the Jury of this world or anybody’s actions but my own. In Judaism nobody dies for my sins but I and the same goes to every other Jew. HASHEM has given you free will but “choose life”!

Feel free to copy and paste this material just give credit to Rabbi Rachamim Pauli:

Another point: Two of the people that are on my prayer list have MS. One is in an out of wheel chairs. There is to help people with this disease. Two of the members of Fox News have this disease one is Janice Dean and the other is Neil Cavuto. The first thought her life over when she was diagnosed at the age of twenty but she went on to become weather broadcaster, author and mother. Neil is the vice-president in charge of business broadcasting. Let us take these examples and not cry in our own sorry and pain. We can make something of ourselves.

Parsha Vaeschanan Part 1

The Parsha starts out this week with one rebuke of Moshe and the rebuke of Yisrael because of Baal Peor. We then go on to hear in different words the Asera Dibros and the Shema.

3:23 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying: 24 'O Lord GOD, Thou hast begun to show Thy servant Thy greatness, and Thy strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth, that can do according to Thy works, and according to Thy mighty acts? 25 Let me go over, I pray Thee, and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that goodly hill-country, and Lebanon.' 26 But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and hearkened not unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto ME of this matter. 

As well as Moshe knew how to Daven with Kavannah, HASHEM told him the final answers is Lo with an Aleph! This is the language that parents use to their children in Hebrew that know how to read for there is a Lo with a Vav that means him or his and it is a final NO! In fact Moshe saw HASHEM getting angry at him like saying “Don’t be a nudnik!”

27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold with thine eyes; for thou shalt not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.' 

You will no longer be leader and be gathered in unto ME your assistant Yehoshua will take over from you and you must encourage and fortify him.

29 So we abode in the valley over against Beth-Peor.

Again remembering a sin of the people as the name is mentioned even if the idolatry was over-thrown in that place. 

4:1 And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you. 

You shall observe all the Mitzvos if you want to inherit the land.

2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. 

You should not add to the Torah or remove a Mitzvah. Some Mitzvos such as Yebum have fell into disuse due to lack of tribal inheritance and modern family or lack of family ties.

3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did in Baal-Peor; for all the men that followed the Baal of Peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from the midst of thee. 4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. 

That filthy idol could not save his followers.

5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the midst of the land whither ye go in to possess it. 6 Observe therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that, when they hear all these statutes, shall say: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 7 For what great nation is there, that hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is whensoever we call upon Him? 8 And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children's children; 

Although a physical presence of 2,000,000 plus people in one place is awesome, what makes the Nation great is the wisdom and understanding of Torah and Creation.

10 the day that thou stood before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me: 'Assemble Me the people, and I will make them hear My words that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.' 11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 12 And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire; ye heard the voice of words, but ye saw no form; only a voice. 13 And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even the ten words; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone. 

We now are hearing the story of Har Sinai and Matan Torah. However, there are some exceptions as before it was Remember the Shabbos and now it is Observe the Shabbos.

14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. 15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves--for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire-- 16 lest ye deal corruptly, and make you a graven image, even the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the heaven, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 19 and lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou see the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the host of heaven, thou be drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath allotted unto all the peoples under the whole heaven. 

This is the belief in the imagines and that they have powers or the stars are to be worshipped not mere astronomical objects.

20 But you hath the LORD taken and brought forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. 

The L-RD has wrought and molded you unto HIS Nation and People.

21 Now the LORD was angered with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance; 22 but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but ye are to go over, and possess that good land. 23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, even the likeness of an thing which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. 24 For the LORD thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God. 

I don’t think that G-D is really jealous of those stones like in Mecca, Clay in India, wood, gold, silver, brass or iron, but rather annoyed at the behavior of mankind observing and worshipping these human made creations. If a ben Yisrael does this it is horrible and then he gets more wrath at him than the Goy who might not know better.

25 When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have been long in the land, and shall deal corruptly, and make a graven image, even the form of anything, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke Him; 26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over the Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 

In Kabbala, the inanimate such as the atmosphere and earth under our feet can testify after 120 years to our behavior all the more so if they bear witness as in the story my great-grandfather took for Meseches Niddah of the pit and weasel where a man seduced a maid and used the pit and the weasel in the area as witness. In the end he went off to a different city and did not marry here and his wife bore him two children who later died by falling in a pit and being bitten by a weasel. Unfortunately I do not know when I wrote it. One can find it under Legends of the Middle Ages or Jewish Legends of the Middle Ages by Yacov Paschales in some library.

27And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the LORD shall lead you away. 28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29 But from thence ye will seek the LORD thy God; and thou shalt find Him, if thou search after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 30 In thy distress, when all these things are come upon thee, in the end of days, thou wilt return to the LORD thy God, and hearken unto His voice; 

However 2000 years of exile is a very difficult and long road.

31 for the LORD thy God is a merciful God; He will not fail thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He swore unto them. 

Some who went through the Shoah will tell you that this happened to them. Others like my friend Yacov Kaplansky wonder why his family who were more religious had what he considers a failing of saving and he does not know why he lived and not them.

32 For ask now of the days past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or has been heard like it? 33 Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 34 Or has God assayed to go and take Him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before thine eyes? 

You are a special nation singled out from the other nations. You are a holy nation who have heard the L-RD your G-D speak directly to you. No other nation has had signs and wonders performed for it like you have.

35 Unto thee it was shown, that thou might know that the LORD, He is God; there is none else beside Him. 36 Out of heaven He made thee to hear His voice, that He might instruct thee; and upon earth He made thee to see His great fire; and thou didst hear His words out of the midst of the fire. 37 And because He loved thy fathers, and chose their seed after them, and brought thee out with His presence, with His great power, out of Egypt, 38 to drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day; 

You are not stronger because of your might or in modern times your technology but because of HASHEM and HIS will. You are to inherit this land not an Arab or some concocted name like a Palestinian that never was and never will be a people but a derogatory name the Romans gave the Jews.

39 know this day, and lay it to thy heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none else. 40 And thou shalt keep His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou may prolong thy days upon the land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, forever. 

Unlike agreements between nations that can be ignored by one side that suits its pleasure, the HOLY ONE BLESSED BE HE does not reneg on HIS commitments.  

41 Then Moses separated three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 42 that the manslayer might flee thither, that slays his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in time past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live: 43Bezer in the wilderness, in the table-land, for the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites. 44 And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel; 45 these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, when they came forth out of Egypt; 46 beyond the Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, when they came forth out of Egypt; 47 and they took his land in possession, and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 48from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of Arnon, even unto mount Sion--the same is Hermon-- 49 and all the Arabah beyond the Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the Arabah, under the slopes of Pisgah.

Three out of the six cities of refuge for the manslaughterers are mentioned here. The others are in Eretz Yisrael proper.

5:1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4 The LORD spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire-- 5 I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare unto you the word of the LORD; for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount--saying: 

The Asera Dibros are reinnumberated now.

6 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 7 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, even any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 8 Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate Me, 9 and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments. 10 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. 

Instead of remember the Shabbos day we have this about the observing of the Shabbos which is more active than remembering.

11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD thy God commanded thee. 12 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 13 but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou. 14 And thou shalt remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day. 

Also the language or you were a stranger is not in the first set.

5 Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God commanded thee; that thy days may be long, and that it may go well with thee, upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 16 Thou shalt not murder. Neither shalt thou commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal.  Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbor. 17 Neither shalt thou covet thy neighbor’s wife; neither shalt thou desire thy neighbor’s house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor’s.

Also the laws of coveting is more innumerated.

18 These words the LORD spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice, and it went on no more. And He wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me. 19 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 20 and ye said: 'Behold, the LORD our God hath shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God doth speak with man, and he lives. 21 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die. 22 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 23 Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God may say; and thou shalt speak unto us all that the LORD our God may speak unto thee; and we will hear it and do it.' 24 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spoke unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have spoken. 25 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear Me, and keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! 26 Go say to them: Return ye to your tents. 27 But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.' 28 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 29 Ye shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

This is part of the main message for this week to observe and do the commands and walk in the ways of HASHEM. The repetition of “if you do what G-D tells you, you will prosper in the land and have prolonged days of prosperity”. [Not going into politics but just stating facts: After World War II, the United States saw the era of “Love and marriage goes together like a horse and carriage” and the baby boom. It was this time where disciplined veterans knew hard work and pushed ahead. The 40’s and 50’s saw the era where the people went from ice boxes to refrigerators, laundromats to washing machines and dryers at home, large radios with tubes and slowly most houses with these wide television sets. The country was more moral and people acted that way in public. Children kept their innocence and language was cleaner. Look what is happening today. Instead of my cheap first transistor lasting for about 27 years the cellphone companies in Israel want you to upgrade every three years. If you own a computer it is junk after a few years and the morals are just as cheap. The standard of ethics drops, production drops and society at least in the States is slowly collapsing as the morals decline. This is the warning of the Torah through Moshe.] – The first paragraph of the Shema and the second paragraph will appear in the next issue of the blogspot.

Reserving Residency in Heaven by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

The Mishnaic sage, Rabbi Yehoshua ben Alam, was once told in a dream, "Rejoice, because you and Nanas the butcher will sit together in Gan Eden in Heaven."
Rabbi Yehoshua woke up alarmed: "Woe is me! My entire life I have always maintained a state of awe of Heaven, I have toiled only in Torah, never walked four cubits (2 meters) without tzitzis or tefillin, and have eighty worthy students. Yet all of my accomplishments are only equal to those of this butcher?"
He promptly sent a message to his students that he would not enter the Study Hall until he ascertained who this butcher was. He trudged from village to village asking about Nanas the butcher until he finally arrived in his town. The townsmen were surprised that the tzadik was interested in this ordinary individual. Nevertheless, they set out to bring him, but he refused to come, unable to believe that the great sage was really asking to meet him. Rabbi Yehoshua had no choice but to go visit the butcher at his shop.
When he arrived at the shop, the butcher fell on his face and exclaimed, "Why is today so special that the Crown of Israel has come to visit his servant?"
Rabbi Yehoshua told him that he wanted to hear about his conduct.

The man replied, "My master! I work as a butcher. Also, I have two elderly parents who cannot take care of themselves, so every day I dress them, feed them and bathe them myself."
Hearing this, Rebbi Yehoshua kissed his forehead and said, "My son! Fortunate are you and fortunate is your lot! And how fortunate is my lot that I have been found worthy of being your partner in Heaven!"

Source: Lma'an Yishme'u #230 - based on Seder HaDorot

Connection: Weekly reading - "Honor Your father and mother" (Deut. 5:16)
Editor's note:
Fast forward 1600+ years or so to the 1970's:
In Flatbush, Brooklyn, I overheard a young Sephardic Jew of Syrian descent telling his friend that he had gone to the local expert in rabbinical law and asked him a question. For several weeks already he had sole responsibility for his elderly, incapacitated mother, and he was regularly feeding and bathing her. He told the Rabbi he felt embarrassed and somewhat guilty about undressing his mother and bathing her. Is he really permitted to do so?
The Rabbi rose from his chair and said, "I stand before you because you are a ben Olam HaBa; I declare that you have a guaranteed place in the highest heavenly chambers (after 120)."

The Plague of Missionaries in Israel thanks to Bat Zion:

Parsha Devarim connecting the spies, golden calf and the fearful Israeli Ministers:

Inyanay Diyoma

From Ben Glixman the Arabs and their tricks:

Hezballah preparing for third Lebanese War:,7340,L-4683471,00.html

The west the real losers in the Iranian deal. Sure temporary business and profits but the cost ho-ho-ho and not from Santa:

City of the Future will be in the Center of the Country on the border of Rishon Le Tzion.

Guinness book of records boycott’s Israel let us boycott them:,7340,L-4684164,00.html

Arabs planned attack on Tisha B’Av police storm the Temple Mount:,7340,L-4684025,00.html

US and Turkey leave alone Assad’s forces alone in air attacks in Syria on ISIS:,7340,L-4684025,00.html

From Al and Esther: An EMP Bomb would disrupt Iranian Technology:

From Reuven K. an Ed-Op on the betrayal of the Jews by the British and a man who has Ketchup for brains:

What goes around comes around like a Gilgul or Karma:,7340,L-4684311,00.html

First IDF call-up drill since Protective Edge:

Netanyahu’s storm troopers clash with settlers let the government fall if the politicians are brave enough.

Pollard to be released in Nov. but will have to wait 5 years to come to Israel.,7340,L-4683705,00.html

Turks not really fighting ISIS an excuse to murder the Kurds:

Justice Minister criticizes leftist activist Israeli Court System regarding Yehuda and Shomron:,7340,L-3083,00.html

Has the Democratic Party really turned into the Socialist Party? This comes in the wake of the first Jewish Democratic Presidential Candidate stating that he is a Socialist.

Have a wonderful Shabbos and I hope to be back next week as my short vacation ends.

Rachamim Pauli