Friday, July 10, 2015

Parshiyos Balak part 2 & Pinchas plus stories

This week my friend Carl or Chaim passed away you can remove Chaim ben Francis. Through my head ran childhood memories. I am sad for him but happy that his widow was not tortured by being an Aguna (abandoned woman by her husband who cannot remarry) with him in a vegetative state. May he rest in peace! It is said that when one of the group dies the rest of the group should be wary and it is the three weeks.

Parsha Balak Part 2

5 And he sent messengers unto Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the River, to the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying: 'Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt; behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me.

This is in or near Padan Aram in Turkey near the Iraqi Border. The Kabbalists claim that he was a Gilgul (reincarnation) of Lavan HaArami which would explain his internal hatred for Am Yisrael for it was in his soul. [This is similar to Rabbi Akiva and Rachel being Gilgul of Zimri and Cozbi in our Parsha and Eliyahu being a Gilgul of Pinchas  

6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me; peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land; for I know that he whom thou blessed is blessed, and he whom thou curse is cursed.'

Sometimes it is advantageous to write the Parsha late. I read a commentary that why is it that Israel passed by Moav and they did not try this but after the defeat of Og and Sichon, they became saw afraid and reasoned it was worth while making an alliance with Midian and using unconventional warfare to defeat the Bnei Yisrael. This was unknown to Moshe and the Am.

7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spoke unto him the words of Balak. 8 And he said unto them: 'Lodge here this night, and I will bring you back word, as the LORD may speak unto me'; and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. 9 And God came unto Balaam, and said: 'What men are these with thee?'

So as not to startle a man, G-D talks to them in a question it is not because HE does not know. A previous example is “Where are you Adam?” After which G-D gets to the point: “Who told you that you were naked?” So here too. This time G-D is talking to Balaam to make him go against his will. Basically, I know that you are a big anti-Semite and advised Pharaoh to get rid of baby Moshe for you are a Gilgul of Lavan. However, I have blessed the people so cease and desist now!

10 And Balaam said unto God: 'Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me [saying]: 11 Behold the people that is come out of Egypt, it covers the face of the earth; now, come curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to fight against them, and shall drive them out.' 12 And God said unto Balaam: 'Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.' 13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak: 'Get you into your land; for the LORD refuses to give me leave to go with you.'

This is where he went wrong as the he should have said the whole story “They are blessed”! Moav would have sued for peace but no he told a half truth.

14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said: 'Balaam refused to come with us.' 15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable than they. 16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him: 'Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me; 17 for I will promote thee unto very great honor, and whatsoever thou say unto me I will do; come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.'

This is typical Arab jargon. For the Arab men try to win over a Jewish girl and before the wedding put her on a pedestal. After the wedding she is terrorized and beaten. This unfortunately happens to many a Jewish girl in Israel who is foolish enough to believe them.

18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak: 'If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do any thing, small or great. 19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will speak unto me more.' 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him: 'If the men are come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.' 21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 22 And God's anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the LORD placed himself in the way for an adversary against him.--Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.-- 23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field; and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a hollow way between the vineyards, a fence being on this side, and a fence on that side. 25 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD, and she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall; and he smote her again.

The Kabbalists say that Balaam was a Gilgul of Lavan and this wall was from the Gal-Aid that Yacov and Lavan erected.

26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD, and she lay down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with his staff. 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam: 'What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?' 29 And Balaam said unto the ass: 'Because thou hast mocked me; I would there were a sword in my hand, for now I had killed thee.' 30 And the ass said unto Balaam: 'Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden all thy life long unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?' And he said: 'Nay.' 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed his head, and fell on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him: 'Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I am come forth for an adversary, because thy way is contrary unto me; 33 and the ass saw me, and turned aside before me these three times; unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I had even slain thee, and saved her alive.'

This man is going to try to curse a nation with a few million population and he cannot even discipline a donkey and needs a sword to rebuke the animal.

34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD: 'I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stood in the way against me; now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back.' 35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam: 'Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak.' So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. 36 And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto Ir-moab, which is on the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost part of the border. 37 And Balak said unto Balaam: 'Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore came thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honor?' 38 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Lo, I am come unto thee; have I now any power at all to speak any thing? the word that God putsin my mouth, that shall I speak.' 39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kiriath-huzoth. 40 And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 41 And it came to pass in the morning that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into Bamoth-baal, and he saw from thence the utmost part of the people.

You want to be a rogue then I will let you and you will be penalized.

23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.' 2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; peradventure the LORD will come to meet me; and whatsoever He shows me I will tell thee.' And he went to a bare height. 4 And God met Balaam; and he said unto Him: 'I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.' 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said: 'Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.' 6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7 And he took up his parable, and said:

This is the first of three attempts that Balak tries to have Balaam curse the Bnei Yisrael. In Meseches Berachos it is written that HASHEM gets angry for a moment and Balaam had that moment when the rooster’s crown instead of looking red in the morning would appear white. At this time one could throw himself down in Tachanun and cry out against Hamas, Hezballah or Iran. It only works at this time. However, on these three days HASHEM withheld his anger and turned the intended curses into blessings. Or as we say man proposes and G-D disposes (in Yiddish it says G-D laughs).

… 13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; what the LORD speaks, that will I speak? 14 And now, behold, I go unto my people; come, and I will announce to thee what this people shall do to thy people in the end of days.'

He must have stated this but Balak was so blind in his fear that he did not realize this. Moshe got all the knowledge what happened by prophecy. This time it is a one man prophecy which we stated in choosing whether a revelation was true or false in the video I presented about Judaism vs. other religions. However, the argument falls flat for two reasons first Balaam was captured and killed so the information could have been gathered then and also there are stone tablets found on the Jordanian side of the river stating actions of Balaam (Rabbi Schatz Shlita).

15 And he took up his parable, and said: The saying of Balaam the son of Beor, and the saying of the man whose eye is opened;

For he saw the Angel Gavriel as one sees his friend face to face with the incident of the donkey.

16 The saying of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who seess the vision of the Almighty, fallen down, yet with opened eyes: 17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; there shall step forth a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite through the corners of Moab, and break down all the sons of Seth. 18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also, even his enemies, shall be a possession; while Israel does valiantly. 19 And out of Jacob shall one have dominion, and shall destroy the remnant from the city. 20 And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said: Amalek was the first of the nations; but his end shall come to destruction. 21 And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said: Though firm be thy dwelling-place, and though thy nest be set in the rock; 22 Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted; How long? Asshur shall carry thee away captive. 23 And he took up his parable, and said: Alas, who shall live after God hath appointed him? 24 But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, and they shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall come to destruction. 25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

This is the far distant future at the end of days. At this point he tells as for me in this world, I will collect my reward if you follow my advice for the things that G-D hates is idol worship and immodesty. [All the more so acts which HASHEM calls abominations or perversions in Sefer Vayikra]. However, Yisrael was not suspected of these heinous acts but fall for immodesty as they did in the days of Yacov Frank when after the false Moshiach Shabbtai Tzvi came along Frank claiming to be the Moshiach with harlotry. He and his followers converted to Christianity as Tzvi converted to Islam. Rabbi Yeshiyahu Horowitz who was an ardent follower of the Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, found in the mystical writings of Adam Baal Shem Tov some of the ideas of these False Moshiach nonsense and he buried the notes.

24:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab.

We see that part of the time of Midian made an alliance with Moav and we are told in the next Parsha to attack the Midian people while Moav will later produce Ruth who was famed for her modesty.

2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Baal Peor was worshipped by defecating in front of the statue. The harlots would feed the Bnei Yisrael only kosher beets, spinach and other items that loosen the bowels and with all the fornication the bowels moved quicker.

3 And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor; and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up unto the LORD in face of the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.' 5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel: 'Slay ye everyone his men that have joined themselves unto the Baal of Peor.' 6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the tent of meeting.

Zimri defied Moshe by saying “You married a woman from Midian and now you come against me taking one!” At this point, Moshe was struck dumb and could not answer. However, Pinchas saw the Chutzpa and he acted zealously for HASHEM.

7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the midst of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand.

Phinehas…saw: He saw the deed and reminded himself of the law. He said to Moses, “I learned from you, ‘If someone cohabits with an Aramean [heathen] woman, zealots have a right to strike him [dead].’ ” He replied to him, “Let the one who reads the letter be the agent to carry it out.” Immediately, “he took a spear in his hand….” - [Sanh. 82a]

8 And he went after the man of Israel into the chamber, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly.

Aaron stopped a previous plague with incense but Pinchas did this with cunning and said that he came to enjoy the action and went past the people of Shimon. A few miracles occurred according to the Medrash. One he was able to spear them by their privates and lift the spear out of the tent before they died. For me I prefer the logical Pshat type answer and that practically he speared them at the entrance to the tent during the act and penetrated two hearts.

Into the chamber: Into the tent. Through her stomach: Heb. קֳבָתָהּ, as in, “the jaw and the maw (וְהַקֵּבָה)” (Deut. 18:3). He aimed for the male organ of Zimri and her female organs and everyone saw that he had not killed them for nothing. Many miracles happened to him…, as it is related there (Sanh. 82b).

Alternately trying to comply with Rashi the spear went in at an angle from the heart area through the stomach and Pinchas pulled the tent in such a way that they were publicly exposed in their sin.

So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9 And those that died by the plague were twenty and four thousand.

The tribe of Shimon who fought for the honor of Dina with Levy succumbed to this depravity. Yacov had split up these two tribes by dispersing the Leviim.

Parsha Pinchas

25:10 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 11 'Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was very jealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlita in this week’s Parsha wrote: Pinchas was a hero. Previously he had been a virtual nobody, but when the situation warranted it he became a somebody. The rewards for doing so were tremendous, including becoming Eliyahu HaNavi, the prophet who will eventually herald the Final Redemption, may it happen soon, God willing.

12 Wherefore say: Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace;

My covenant of peace: That it should be a covenant of peace for him. Just as a man owes gratitude and favor to someone who did him a favor, so here God expressed to him His feelings of peace.

13 and it shall be unto him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'

It shall be: This covenant of Mine [mentioned in the previous verse] shall be for him. An eternal covenant of kehunah: Although the kehunah had already been given to Aaron’s descendants, it had been given only to Aaron and his sons who were anointed with him, and to their children whom they would beget after their anointment. Phinehas, however, who was born before that and had never been anointed, had not been included in the kehunah until now. And so, we learn in [Tractate] Zevachim [101b],“Phinehas was not made a kohen until he killed Zimri.”for his God: Heb. לֵאלֹהָיו, for the sake of his God, as in (11:29),“Are you zealous for my sake (לִי) ?” and (Zech. 8:2),“I am zealous for Zion (לְצִיּוֹן) ”-for the sake of Zion.

I would think that no matter how good a deed after the murder of two people, a priest might lose his Kahuna therefore the Torah tells us this is not so and because he did this for the sake of heaven and to save Am Yisrael, his seed will never ever die out from being Cohanim.

14 Now the name of the man of Israel that was slain, who was slain with the Midian woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers' house among the tribe of Simeon. 15 And the name of the Midian woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a fathers' house in Midian.

He had given the order to his daughter to prostitute herself. Later according to the Ari Zal one can see that Zimri came back as Rabbi Akiva, Cozbi as Rachel and Tzur as Kalba Savua. The Tikkun is that Akiva ben Yosef strengthens himself in Torah and Rachel sacrifices everything for Torah. The 24,000 had to die on a Kiddush HASHEM in the Bar Kochba revolt to reverse the Chilul HASHEM.

16 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 17 'Harass the Midianites, and smite them; 18 for they harass you, by their wiles wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.'

They were not told to go to the international Court of Justice or have a bunch of politicians have an enquiry but rather “If your enemy tries to kill you go out and kill him first”.
26:1 And it came to pass after the plague, that the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying: 2 'Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers' houses, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel.' 3 And Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying: 4 '[Take the sum of the people,] from twenty years old and upward, as the LORD commanded Moses and the children of Israel, that came forth out of the land of Egypt.'
…51 These are they that were numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand and seven hundred and thirty.

If covered this in detail in the Drasha of 5774 and we saw that after 40 years in the wilderness the number of adult males was 601,730 instead of 606,000. With the exceptional change in the numbers of the tribe of Shimon most things did not change.

52 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 53 'Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. 54 To the more thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to the fewer thou shalt give the less inheritance; to each one according to those that were numbered of it shall its inheritance be given. 55 Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. 56 According to the lot shall their inheritance be divided between the more and the fewer.'

The L-RD also proportioned out the land according to Yacov’s blessing.

57 And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites; of Merari, the family of the Merarites. 58 These are the families of Levi: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korahites. And Kohath begot Amram. 59 And the name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and she bore unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister. 60 And unto Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 61 And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD. 62 And they that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, every male from a month old and upward; for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel. 63 These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho. 64 But among these there was not a man of them that were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. 65 For the LORD had said of them: 'They shall surely die in the wilderness.' And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

At this point the Bnei Yisrael are finally ready to enter Eretz Yisrael. We are about to learn something about the Halacha of inheritance. We are then going to have a reminder of the Chaggim.

27:1 Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, at the door of the tent of meeting, saying: 3 'Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not among the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.' 5 And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. 6 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 7 'The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. 8 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. 9 And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. 10 And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren. 11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it. And it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.'

This will keep the money in the family for generations to come if possible but of course too many children or poor conditions caused by poor Mitzvos and the money could lessen.

12 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Get thee up into this mountain of Abarim, and behold the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered; 14 because ye rebelled against My commandment in the wilderness of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify Me at the waters before their eyes.'--These are the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.-- 15 And Moses spoke unto the LORD, saying: 16 'Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17 who may go out before them, and who may come in before them, and who may lead them out, and who may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.' 18 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is spirit, and lay thy hand upon him; 19 and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 20 And thou shalt put of thy honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may hearken. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD; at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.' 22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation. 23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD spoke by the hand of Moses.

The L-RD is gracious unto Moshe and letting him turn over the reigns as like a in a democracy today with a public ceremony. Moshe is going up to the mountain to see the promised land.

28:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them: My food which is presented unto Me for offerings made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Me, shall ye observe to offer unto Me in its due season. 3 And thou shalt say unto them: This is the offering made by fire which ye shall bring unto the LORD: he-lambs of the first year without blemish, two day by day, for a continual burnt-offering. 4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at dusk; 5 and the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil. 6 It is a continual burnt-offering, which was offered in Mount Sinai, for a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 7 And the drink-offering thereof shall be the fourth part of a hin for the one lamb; in the holy place shalt thou pour out a drink-offering of strong drink unto the LORD. 8 And the other lamb shalt thou present at dusk; as the meal-offering of the morning, and as the drink-offering thereof, thou shalt present it, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.

This is the definition of the Korban Tamid followed by the Koran Shabbos.

9 And on the Sabbath day two he-lambs of the first year without blemish, and two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, and the drink-offering thereof. 10 This is the burnt-offering of every Sabbath, beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof.

The age of the Korban and the amount of meal and flour and wine is mentioned with each Korban and for each animal a different quantity.

11 And in your new moons ye shall present a burnt-offering unto the LORD: two young bullocks, and one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; 12 and three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, for each bullock; and two tenth parts of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, for the one ram; 13 and a several tenth part of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering unto every lamb; for a burnt-offering of a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 14 And their drink-offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bullock, and the third part of a hin for the ram, and the fourth part of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt-offering of every new moon throughout the months of the year. 15 And one he-goat for a sin-offering unto the LORD; it shall be offered beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof.

Chapter 28:1 to 15 is our reading for the Rosh Chodesh prayers. Below are the Haphtarah of the various Chaggim. The three Regelim and the High Holidays.

16 And in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is the LORD'S Passover. 17 And on the fifteenth day of this month shall be a feast; seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 18 In the first day shall be a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work; 19 but ye shall present an offering made by fire, a burnt-offering unto the LORD: two young bullocks, and one ram, and seven he-lambs of the first year; they shall be unto you without blemish; 20 and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil; three tenth parts shall ye offer for a bullock, and two tenth parts for the ram; 21 a several tenth part shalt thou offer for every lamb of the seven lambs; 22 and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you. 23 Ye shall offer these beside the burnt-offering of the morning, which is for a continual burnt-offering. 24 After this manner ye shall offer daily, for seven days, the food of the offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD; it shall be offered beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof. 25 And on the seventh day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. {S} 26 Also in the day of the first-fruits, when ye bring a new meal-offering unto the LORD in your feast of weeks, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; 27 but ye shall present a burnt-offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD: two young bullocks, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year; 28 and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for each bullock, two tenth parts for the one ram, 29 a several tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; 30 one he-goat, to make atonement for you. 31 Beside the continual burnt-offering, and the meal-offering thereof, ye shall offer them--they shall be unto you without blemish--and their drink-offerings.
29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. …These ye shall offer unto the LORD in your appointed seasons, beside your vows, and your freewill-offerings, whether they be your burnt-offerings, or your meal-offerings, or your drink-offerings, or your peace-offerings. …
 30:1 And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.

It is important to note that the Bnei Yisrael followed the letter of the law here.

We usually hear of teens being bullied on social media and their prospective of black and white thinking that this is the end of the world. The above tragic news story starts with a Rabbi Yishiyahu Pinto who is being given by donors millions of Shekels for blessings. He is not the Pinto who I knew. This man was attacked by the Mafia and threatened. He called the policeman who investigated the Mafia. Did you ever see a Rav Schach or a Rav Yosef being threatened? Did you ever seeing them being given millions for Berachos? That is enough to wake up something inside of me. Rabbi Schach used crates from his bookshelves. Rabbi Yosef had a nice apartment from his job as Chief Rabbi.

Police Chief Bracha began investigating corruption of this individual. In turn the ‘Rabbi’ claimed that he and his followers bribed Chief Bracha. That was not the case as the chief reported the attempt to transfer money to him via his wife from the Rav’s wife. The fabrication reported that the Chief received money in the States and hotel suites when his cellphone records placed him in Washington, D.C. and not New York City.

This accusation along with other false reports caused the Chief to resign. The ‘Rabbi’ continued to have his followers harass Bracha everywhere he went. The bullying caused the Chief to get depressed and this week he took his own life. As for Pinto there is a TRUE DIN and a TRUE DAYAN and after their 120 years in this world, Rabbis who try to give out bribes and prey on people for money in this world because of their family name and lie and slander eventually will find what Emmes is!

Chilul HASHEM No. 2: Normally I try not to bring stories like this because it gives a black-eye to the thousands of Rabbis who are righteous but I cannot sweep the headlines of this week under the table or not cry out against this behavior. He will not be the first nor will he be the last. Even one “Tzaddik” that my friend used to go to was caught with married women in the past. Just before the weekend, the TV and newspapers were full of this story: A Rosh Yeshiva in Tzfat, in northern Israel, supposedly started seducing woman to make a Tikkun for them. Sometimes he persuaded prospective brides before the wedding in other cases he may have produced Maumzerim by two married women. He was caught trying to flee the country.      

Chilul and Kiddush HASHEM this week. The grandson of a Chassidic Rebbe was caught breaking into the Rebbe’s home to steal expensive stuff. The Rebbetzin and Rebbe had him arrested.

Usually I put myself into every piece of advice or Psak that I give out. This week I encountered a situation that will reach a head next week. My friend from the age of three had a stroke in the brain stem. His wife does not know what to do. To have a tracheotomy on him or pull the plug? Now Rabbis are not doctors and doctors are not prophets. I wrote that I would ask the following questions to the doctor before I said do not resuscitate. What is the chance that Chaim ben Francis will gain consciousness? 10%, 20%, 50%? What is the chance that he will just be able to communicate only with his eyes? What are the changes of a semi-normal recovery? What happens if he can breathe partially on his own if the machine is not reused from its cleaning process? I wrote more but one cannot make a decision of life and death without the proper knowledge. My buddy is just shy of 68 years old and has a son to marry off in the future. On the other hand he would not want to be in a vegetative State and burden his wife and child if he would never ever gain consciousness. This is not the first case I encountered but a 91 year old with Alzheimer who wrote do not resuscitate is different from a 68 year old. In the end it is not my decision or me who would be an Aguna to a vegetative husband. At this point he is not even on the level of the famous Terry Schavio case.  

Well I received basically two letters from my friend of over 64.5 years’ wife. I had helped her make up her mind.  “A doctor from the hospital called me this morning and said Carl is not going to come out of the coma. He said if he did, he wouldn't be able to function too well; he said he would be in a vegetative state.” Although MD’s are not prophets they have knowledge and experience that we must rely on. So if a miracle does not occur within a few days, he will be taken off life support by his wife or no Tracheotomy heroics.

To make the story short HASHEM took Chaim’s soul OBM and the widow has a clean conscious.

The Shabbos of missed opportunity by Rabbi Tilles

Once during his travels, Rabbi Aharon of Karlin arrived at the town of Zarowitz close to the Shabbat. He saw a small cottage situated on the edge of the town and he knocked on the door, hoping to find some hospitality there. A small woman opened the door and listened to his request to remain there for the Shabbat. "You are welcome to stay," she replied simply, "my husband, will be home soon," and she ushered him into the house.

As soon as he set his foot inside the door, Rabbi Aharon felt himself enveloped by an overwhelming sense of holiness, and he realized that there must be something unique about the occupants of this house. R. Aharon prepared himself for the Shabbat and was about to go out the door to the synagogue when he met Reb Yitzchak, the owner of the house, just returning from his workday. The man was dressed in simple peasant garb, and there was nothing to distinguish him from any other worker. He introduced himself as Yitzchak and greeted his guest warmly, but his features disguised any emotion.

Aharon of Karlin was accustomed to celebrate the Shabbat with enthusiastic singing and prayers, and he followed his usual rituals. His host, however, rushed quickly through the prayers, hurriedly said kiddush over the wine and then sat down to eat his simple meal. But even in this plain food, R. Aharon could detect an undeniable holiness, although he couldn't figure out what it stemmed from. He studied the man and woman, but there was nothing special about anything they said or did that would set them apart from any of ten thousand other poor Jews.

When the Shabbat ended R. Aharon thanked his host and hostess and continued on his journey, the mystery unsolved.

* * *
The following week, a woman turned up in the Study Hall of the nearby city of Premishlan and spoke to the members of the local burial society requesting that they come with her. "Please come with me to Zarowitz now, for my husband is dying and he has asked that you be with him in his last moments."

The men immediately followed her to her home, but when they entered the house, her husband wasn't even there. "What is this, some kind of joke? Have you brought us all this way for nothing?"

"No, of course not, gentlemen," she replied. "My husband is on his way and will be here shortly." 

Shortly after, her husband walked through the door, holding a bunch of straw. He spread the straw on the floor and laid down upon it, on his back. Then he began speaking to the burial society officials: 

"My friends, it is now time for me to leave this world. I have lived a secret life as a hidden tzadik (perfectly righteous person) all my life, but the time has come for me to reveal myself. The moment that I die, go with all speed to Premishlan and bring back as many scribes as you can gather. Have them bring pens and paper, for here they will copy over my secret writings. This must be done while I am still lying here on the ground, before I am buried. Watch me, and when you see a change in my face, all writing must cease at once."

R. Yitzchak finished speaking, closed his eyes, and for a moment his face burned like a fire. Then, his lips which had been moving in silent prayer became still, and he was gone.

Scores of scribes were hurriedly brought to the cottage where the tzadik lay. Each one was given a leaf of paper to copy and they raced against time to complete their holy task. The officials' eyes were fixed on the face of the tzadik, looking for any change. Suddenly, the face lost all of its color and the box which contained his writings mysteriously closed by itself. The scratching of pens stopped abruptly, and preparations were quickly begun to ready Yitzchak the tzadik for burial. 

* * *

When Rabbi Aharon of Karlin heard of the death of the tzadik and the circumstances which surrounded it, his heart was filled with bitter regret. What wondrous Torah secrets he might have learned from the deceased! He went to pay his respects to the widow and perhaps to glean some bit of knowledge from her husband's secret life.

"Well, there's nothing I can really tell you," she said. "I'm sorry, but my husband wouldn't permit it." 

R. Aharon was bitterly disappointed. He wished her comfort, among all the mourners of Zion, and turned to leave. But just as he reached the door, the widow called out to him, "Wait, there's one small thing I can show you. Do you see those candlesticks there on the shelf? Well, from the day I married until the day my husband died, the candles that were lit in them burned constantly, all by themselves."

Rabbi Aharon left the cottage deep in reflection. The wondrous accomplishments of the hidden tzadik would remain one of G-d's many secrets, perhaps to be divulged only by Mashiach, himself.
Source: Supplemented by Yerachmiel Tilles from the rendition on // (#1014).

Biographical note:
Rabbi Aharon ("the Great") of Karlin; (1736 - 19 Nissan 1772) was a disciple of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritch. He was the pioneer of Chasidism in Lithuania, as is evidenced by the fact that in contemporary sources, "Karliner" was a local synonym for "chasid". He is remembered for the ecstatic and unrestrained fervor of his prayer, for his solicitude for the needy, and for the moral teachings embodied in his Azharos ("Warnings"). He was succeeded by his disciple Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin (1738 - 22 Tammuz 1792), after whose death the succession reverted to R. Aharon's orphaned son, Rabbi Asher of Stolin (1762 - 1826), who had been sheltered and educated by R. Shlomo since the age of 12. The dynasty still thrives today; the Chasidim are known for the volume of their communal prayers.

Connection: Seasonal--192nd yahrzeit of Rebbe Shlomo of Karlin.

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Good Shabbos all and have a peaceful and wonderful rest,

Rachamim Pauli