Friday, July 17, 2015

Parshiyos Matos, Massei and a different story

Good news for once that Rachel bas Bruncha does not have a bad physical disease and her State could be better but thinking for months that she had cancer has caused her to lose weight and weaken psychologically but that is not a danger to her well being.


Editorial Lies and Hypocrisy in this world



Last week I saw on the internet that Chelsea Clinton got $65,000 for a 10 minute speech at a College. My daughter-in-law taught Geology for years and wrote two books and received about halt the salary per year for her troubles. Something is wrong in the USA.



Last week, Delta Airlines-United Airlines system collapsed, the NY Subways were having extraordinary delays and stoppages and the NYSE trading was suspended for hours. We are told that this is not a cyber-attack even if North Korea is claimed responsibility.  Why is this being covered up?



I am far from an internet security person but I do know that this computer was hacked within hours of my purchasing it and I arrived in the States last week on Friday and despite my safeguards my network was hacked about an hour or two after I got on line. I had to do recovery which was a pain-in-the neck but succeed on my wife’s Mac. I am running Windows Defender at this moment to check up on what is going on.



Parshiyos Matos -Massei



After the incident with Zimri, we still have an accounting to do with Midian on the other side of the Yarden. They appear to be a separate tribe from that of Yisro who was by Har Sinai.


There appears to be a missing Halacha after the story of the daughters of Zelophad and the reminder of the Yomim Tovim and all the yearly Korbanos. The laws of vows as one can vow to be a Nazir or give a Korban. The wife and husband are a family unit and women then to get worked up and could refuse to have is parents over, sleep near her husband via a vow or even be in the same house with him. If he is not over worked up and wants a divorce it is best for the husband to annul the vow.



30:2 And Moses spoke unto the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, saying: This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.



The heads of the tribes: He honored the chieftains by teaching them first, and only later the rest of the Israelites. How do we know that he did so with other statements? For it says, “[Moses called to them] and Aaron and all the princes of the community returned to him, and Moses would speak to them. Afterwards, all the children of Israel would draw near” (Exod. 34:31-32). [If so,] why did [Scripture] see fit to mention it here? It is to teach us that annulment of vows may be performed by a single expert, and if no single expert is available, it may be annulled by three laymen. Alternatively, perhaps Moses related this passage to the princes alone? However, here it says, “This is the word,” and in [the chapter dealing with] sacrifices slaughtered outside the Temple confines it [also] says, “This is the word” (Lev. 17:2). Just as there it was said to Aaron, his sons and all the Israelites, as it says, “Speak to Aaron, etc.” (Lev. 17:2), so in this case was it said to all of them. — [Ned. 78a] This is the thing: Moses prophesied with, “So says the Lord, 'At the dividing point of the night… ’” (Exod. 11:4), and the prophets prophesied with [the phrase] “So says the Lord.” But Moses surpassed them, for he prophesied with the expression, “This is the thing.” Another interpretation: “This is the thing” is exclusive, informing us that a sage [revokes a vow] with the expression הַתָּרָה,“release” and the husband through the expression הִפָרָה “revocation,” as Scripture has here. If they exchange [these terms] there is neither a release nor a revocation. — [Sifrei Mattoth 2]



3 When a man vows a vow unto the LORD, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. 4 Also when a woman vows a vow unto the LORD, and binds herself by a bond, being in her father's house, in her youth,



While in her father’s house: Under her father’s jurisdiction, even if she is not [actually] in his house. - [Sifrei Mattoth 12] Ii her youth: Neither a minor nor an adult [above the age of twelve and a half], since a minor’s vows are invalid, and an adult is not under her father’s jurisdiction to revoke her vows. What is considered a minor? Our Rabbis said: A girl of eleven years and a day-her vows are examined. If she knew in whose name she vowed, or in whose name she consecrated something, her vow stands. From the age of twelve years and one day, she does not need to be tested. — [Niddah 45b]



It is hard to argue with Rashi who brings down tradition yet, the plain meaning in her father’s house, in her youth appears to be under 12.



5 and her father hears her vow, or her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father holds his peace at her, then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. 6 But if her father disallow her in the day that he hears, none of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand; and the LORD will forgive her, because her father disallowed her.



Certain things we learn from the above Halacha stated in the Torah. First at the time of the Torah most females were married before the age of 12 or just thereabout. For a female upon reaching maturity is owner of her vows and only a Chacham or Rabbinical Court can free here.



7 And if she be married to a husband, while her vows are upon her, or the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; 8 and her husband hear it, whatsoever day it be that he hears it, and hold his peace at her; then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.



There is one case that is problematic. That is the young woman that is engaged. In the times of times of old she is between 12 years and 12.5 years both engaged (Erusim) so is treated like both a married and a non-married woman and in this case both the husband and the father have to neglegate the vow as she is half in her home and half a person dependent on our father and independent husband.  


9 But if her husband disallow her in the day that he hears it, then he shall make void her vow which is upon her, and the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; and the LORD will forgive her. 10 But the vow of a widow, or of her that is divorced, even everything wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand against her.



Whatever she prohibited upon herself will remain upon her: since she is neither under the jurisdiction of her father nor of her husband. Scripture refers to a widow from marriage, but if she is widowed from betrothal, as soon as her betrothed [husband] has died, she reverts to the jurisdiction of her father. — [Ned. 70a]



11 And if a woman vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath, 12 and her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not, then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 13 But if her husband make them null and void in the day that he hears them, then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips, whether it were her vows, or the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD will forgive her. 14 Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may let it stand, or her husband may make it void. 15 But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day, then he causes all her vows to stand, or all her bonds, which are upon her; he hath let them stand, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them. 16 But if he shall make them null and void after that he hath heard them, then he shall bear her iniquity.



After having heard them: After he heard and upheld [them], by saying,“I approve of it” and then he retracted and revoked it, even on that very day. — [Sifrei Mattoth 30] He shall bear her iniquity: He takes her place. We learn from here that if someone causes his fellow to stumble, he bears his punishments in his place. — [Sifrei Mattoth 30]



17 These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between a father and his daughter, being in her youth, in her father's house.



The Torah does not want to allow vows but rather to observe Mitzvos and not to put restrictions upon a person.



31:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites; afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.' 3 And Moses spoke unto the people, saying: 'Arm ye men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute the LORD'S vengeance on Midian.



Against the Midianites: But not against the Moabites, for the Moabites were involved in the matter out of fear, since they were afraid of being plundered by them, because all it says is, “do not provoke them into battle” (Deut. 2:9), but the Midianites were angered over a dispute which did not concern them (See Sifrei Mattoth 33). Another interpretation: Because of the two good doves [virtuous proselytes] whom I have [in mind] to bring forth from them, [namely] Ruth the Moabitess and Naamah the Ammonitess (I Kings 14: 21). - [B.K. 38b]



These were wicked people who caused Yisrael to move away from Torah. They did this out of hatred to HASHEM and Am Yisrael. Because if was through them that Israel became corrupt, they were now to be destroyed. The Medrash praises Moshe on this. For Moshe could have taken his time for the next ten years and lived until 130 years knowing this. Instead, he was very zealous for the fulfillment of the Command and acted it out immediately. This is not what Yehoshua did in the Conquest of the Eretz Yisrael. The Medrash blames him on taking his time. Because of his dilly-dallying his life was shortened by 10 years and he passed away at 110.



4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.'



Only a thousand brave men per tribe were to be used in this war and the tradition has it as 12,000 were used for supplies and another 12,000 for prayer and that is approximately how the army should always function one third fighters, one third suppliers and one third praying. The whole army of 600,000 soldiers was not needed for this relatively small people. 12,000 Commandos were enough for the job. Another 12,000 would be for the supply lines and 12,000 to pray and learn Torah to protect the front line forces from harm.



5 So there were delivered, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the war, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 7 And they warred against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew every male. 8 And they slew the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain: Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.



The battle at this time went according to the normal conventions of war in ancient time. Kill off all the men so no soldiers would be left and take the women and children captive for yourselves. However, the difference here is that they were brought in mass before Moshe and the whole of Am Yisrael.



9 And the children of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods, they took for a prey.



Nine years ago, I wrote on this subject:


It is obvious that Posuk 9 was the standard convention of war in those days. This means fight a battle and if you win, the women and children and spoils are yours. We see this with Plutarch’s story of the Sabine women. Thus the men of Yisrael (12,000) most G-D fearing were the ones who went into battle, automatically spared the women and children. This would be our way of thinking too in modern terms with our standard conventions. However, Moshe was a Novi and got the direct message from G-D. He basically was telling them in English terms. “I just don’t understand you folks. What were you thinking when you kept the young males and the women alive? It was the women who caused sins to come upon Yisrael and the death of 24,000 of our brethren by their prostituting themselves for the idol. Kill them now and the males too as if they survive the males will continue the tribe (this fraction of the tribe) of Midian and intra-marry with the females. Once they are gone the world will be rid of this plague and scourge before HASHEM.” That is the difference with our way of thinking today and the way G-D sees the world. G-D had to reincarnate the souls of these people in different forms whether inanimate, plant, animal or human to try to save their DIVINE spark while Midian was wiped out. We see the Middle-Eastern Axis in our news today and Inyanay Diyoma of their plans either as Amalek, Bilaam Chassidim, and Midian type of anti-semites of planning our destruction. Can you image what we would be facing if we left these women and male children alive. How many millions of Jew haters would be running around?

We on our low level of spirituality today do not understand the level and prophecy of Moshe Rabbaynu.

Last year I wrote about modern logic even though I know that because I did nothing, the boy in the story today is 30 and perhaps filled with enough propaganda and hatred to kill many Jews there was nothing more I could do. The logical and moral aspect of war was to take in battle women and children captive. However one must get a deeper understanding. A three year old Arab boy once threw a stone at our bus. I asked the driver to stop I took the surprised boy in prior to the intafada in front of his siblings. He found himself in a bus with soldiers I asked the driver to drive about 100 feet and I would let him off. That is modern rules of war, even if the child went into terrorism he was taught hatred from an age under three. If we keep this in mind with child warriors in Africa and Asia, we begin to see the conflict in a slightly different context.



10 And all their cities in the places wherein they dwelt, and all their encampments, they burnt with fire. 11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of man and of beast. 12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp, unto the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at Jericho.



If one were to read of Roman conquest or that of the Greeks this was standard up until this point. But that is where the normal world ends and the spiritual world begins with the koshering of the pots, pans, etc.



13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. 14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, who came from the service of the war. 15 And Moses said unto them: 'Have ye saved all the women alive?



13. Moses, Eleazar the kohen… went out. because they saw the Israelite youths going out to grab the spoils. — [Sifrei Mattoth 42]
14. Moses became angry with the officers of the army. Those appointed over the army. [This comes] to teach you that when a generation is corrupt, the leaders are held responsible, for they have the power to protest. — [Sifrei Mattoth 43]
16. They were the same ones. This shows that they recognized them [saying,] "This is the one who led so-and-so astray. — [Sifrei Zuta, Yalkut Shimoni] on Balaam’s advice. He said to them, "Even if you assemble all the multitudes of the world, you will not be able to overcome them. Are you more numerous than the Egyptians, who had six hundred chosen chariots? Come, and I will advise you. Their God hates immorality [thus, entice them to sin with your women…] as appears in [the chapter of] Cheilek (Sanh. 186a and in the Sifrei (Mattoth 43).



It is normal for Am Yisrael to take captives women and children and that is what the officers did. Moshe was wroth because of the acts that females from three years old and up performed on the Tribe of Shimon in order to entice them even if a few individuals did not take place in these disgusting acts. All the males as in certain Arab villages today and the heart of Africa participated in war. We have seen video of male babies dressed up as homicide bombers in Gaza. What should have been innocent children are vicious killers who will try to kill you at any cost with any weapon from a stone through your windshield to even a large or small bulldozer, the main idea is to kill off Am Yisrael and wipe Yiddishkeit off the map of history.




I want to skip ahead to reinforce what I said with Rashi: 17. Every woman who can lie intimately with a man. Capable of sexual intercourse, even though she may never have experienced it. They passed them all in front of the showplate, and the faces of those capable of intercourse turned green. — [Yev. 60b] you shall kill. Why is this repeated? In order to make a pause in the text; so says R. Ishmael. For when I read, “kill every male child, and every woman who can lie intimately with a man… And all the young girls…” I would not know whether to kill them [the women of the first verse] with the males, or allow them to live along with the young [girls]. That is why it says [at the end of the verse] “you shall kill.” - [Sifrei Mattoth 45]



Remember in the times of Tanach, marriages were contracted sometimes at the age of 9 or 10 between young boys and girls. Sanhedrin goes so far as to say that Bat Sheva and the previous generations married at the age of seven. What we consider pedophilia today was contracted in marriage then. Even Rivka was 3 years old according to Rashi or 14 years old according to Ibn Ezra. Whatever her age it was young but contracted marriage as a wife. There was nothing morally wrong in the eyes of Midian with a three year old working for a fertility cult and carrying out adult fertility work. I am far from a Chassid of Warren Jeffs the cultist Mormon and I don’t think a 50 year old should marry a 12 year old as per Shulchan Aruch Eben HaEzer Siman Aleph. It states that one should be marry a woman that is much younger than himself. The Torah would say to each his own as we find that David HaMelech near the age of 70 married 18 year old Avishag. I could not think of myself as marrying a beautiful Giyoret candidate in Pittsburgh who is in her late twenties because of the age gap but to each his own. Furthermore, this goes against the very nature of a Bnei Yisrael to kill which is the province of Esav and Yishmael like Samir mentioned in Inyanay Diyoma who killed a three year old with his rifle butt as he ran out of munition. (This was a terrorist who invaded a settlement and shot all his ammunition until he came upon a 3 year old boy and bashed him to death with his rifle butt.)



16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to revolt so as to break faith with the LORD in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD. 17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18 But all the women children, that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.



The 24,000 dead were caused by the women of Midian so unlike Chaggit who became a wife of the Melech David, these women who caused members of our people to die were to be put to death. Chaggit and her daughter Tamar were converts and thus Amnon could fall in love with Tamar for her beauty for technically she was an adopted daughter and adopted sister and not a blood daughter or sister of Amnon. However, the impurities and tuma of Midian meant that these women who had known men had to be killed.



19 And encamp ye without the camp seven days; whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify yourselves on the third day and on the seventh day, ye and your captives. 20 And as to every garment, and all that is made of skin, and all work of goats' hair, and all things made of wood, ye shall purify.'



Unlike soldiers of the nations of the world, soldiers of Yisrael were to purify themselves after the battle. I have a feeling that originally the Parah Aduma (Red Heifer) was used for anybody. Afterwards the nations of the world were not considered Kadosh like Yisrael and therefore the Tuma was not the same Tuma as lack of Kadosh. For this is the only place that I have seen 7 days of purification of soldiers in the Tanach.




Below are the laws of koshering of utensils:



21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war that went to the battle: 'This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded Moses: 22 Howbeit the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 23 every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make to go through the fire, and it shall be clean; nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of sprinkling; and all that abides not the fire ye shall make to go through the water. 24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye may come into the camp.'

We learn what can be koshered and that clay/china utensils cannot be koshered. At the time of the Mishnah there were people who had utensils and cutlery from fish bones. Metals were for wealthier people.



25 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 26 'Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the heads of the fathers' houses of the congregation; …. 53 For the men of war had taken booty, every man for himself.-- 54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tent of meeting, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.



Let me set the record straight about what happened to the Midian children taken captive, they grew up and married within the tribes. In the end of the day the chance of any Jew having a Midian Gene inside of him is close to 100%.


32:1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle; and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle, 2 the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the congregation, saying: 3 'Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, I do not know if this is the area near the ‘fort of Nimrod’ on the way up to the Golan Heights from the Banias and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Sebam, and Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle.' 5 And they said: 'If we have found favor in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession; bring us not over the Jordan.' 6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben: 'Shall your brethren go to the war, and shall ye sit here?… 17 but we ourselves will be ready armed to go before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place; and our little ones shall dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. 18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance. 19 For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan, and forward, because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side of the Jordan eastward.'


Our Sages of blessed memory tell us that by giving up on the land promised to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yacov; no matter how nice the Golan Heights are in water sources, grazing land and fertility for growing grapes, apples, cherries, and other fruits these tribes and half of the tribe of Menashe were to go into exile first because of this. Even this willingness to fight with their brethren were considered an affront to G-D. The land of Har Nevo is still in Yarden today. In Perkei Avos we are told not to separate oneself from the Congregation and only live in a place of Torah. By partially violating this (after all they were tribes and a congregation themselves and they could learn Torah), still they became weakened.


20 And Moses said unto them: 'If ye will do this thing: if ye will arm yourselves to go before the LORD to the war, 21 and every armed man of you will pass over the Jordan before the LORD, until He hath driven out His enemies from before Him, 22 and the land be subdued before the LORD, and ye return afterward; then ye shall be clear before the LORD, and before Israel, and this land shall be unto you for a possession before the LORD. 23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD; and know ye your sin which will find you.


Still the sin of not first going to war for the land and then requesting the Golan Heights etc. to live would haunt them in the future and when the evil came out of the North they were the first to get taken into captivity.



… 40 And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt therein. 41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the villages thereof, and called them Havvoth-jair. 42 And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.


Even though the Gilead was included from the time of Yacov Avinu and his treaty with Lavan into Eretz Yisrael as mentioned above this proportioning of the land was not done with all the tribes. It was on the fence built out of the Gal Aid (pile of witness) that Bilaam had his foot rubbed by the Donkey to reawaken the treaty of long ago.


We now switch the theme from the inheritance and future conquest of Eretz Yisrael to remembering out travels in the Desert 40 years. Note 42 different places in 40 years. But upon analysis some of these places were in the first year and some in the last and most of the 40 years the tribes were more sedimentary than traveling.



33:1 These are the stages of the children of Israel, by which they went forth out of the land of Egypt by their hosts under the hand of Moses and Aaron. 2 And Moses wrote their goings forth, stage by stage, by the commandment of the LORD; and these are their stages at their goings forth. 3 And they journeyed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the Passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians, 4 while the Egyptians were burying them that the LORD had smitten among them, even all their first-born; upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments. 5 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses, and pitched in Succoth. 6 And they journeyed from Succoth, and pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness. 7 And they journeyed from Etham, and turned back unto Pihahiroth, which is before Baal-zephon; and they pitched before Migdol. 8 And they journeyed from Penehahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness; and they went three days' journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah. 9 And they journeyed from Marah, and came unto Elim; and in Elim were twelve springs of water, and threescore and ten palm-trees; and they pitched there. 10 And they journeyed from Elim, and pitched by the Red Sea. 11 And they journeyed from the Red Sea, and pitched in the wilderness of Sin. 12 And they journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, and pitched in Dophkah. 13 And they journeyed from Dophkah, and pitched in Alush. 14 And they journeyed from Alush, and pitched in Rephidim, where was no water for the people to drink. 15 And they journeyed from Rephidim, and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai.




This appears to be some journeying back and forth after fleeing Egypt and Sinai appears to be the 13th stop or the 10th different place.



16 And they journeyed from the wilderness of Sinai, and pitched in Kibroth-hattaavah. 17 And they journeyed from Kibroth-hattaavah, and pitched in Hazeroth. 18 And they journeyed from Hazeroth, and pitched in Rithmah. 19 And they journeyed from Rithmah, and pitched in Rimmon-perez. 20 And they journeyed from Rimmon-perez, and pitched in Libnah. 21 And they journeyed from Libnah, and pitched in Rissah. 22 And they journeyed from Rissah, and pitched in Kehelah. 23 And they journeyed from Kehelah, and pitched in mount Shepher. 24 And they journeyed from mount Shepher, and pitched in Haradah. 25 And they journeyed from Haradah, and pitched in Makheloth. 26 And they journeyed from Makheloth, and pitched in Tahath. 27 And they journeyed from Tahath, and pitched in Terah. 28 And they journeyed from Terah, and pitched in Mithkah. 29 And they journeyed from Mithkah, and pitched in Hashmonah. 30 And they journeyed from Hashmonah, and pitched in Moseroth. 31 And they journeyed from Moseroth, and pitched in Bene-jaakan. 32 And they journeyed from Bene-jaakan, and pitched in Hor-haggidgad. 33 And they journeyed from Hor-haggidgad, and pitched in Jotbah. 34 And they journeyed from Jotbah, and pitched in Abronah. 35 And they journeyed from Abronah, and pitched in Ezion-geber. 36 And they journeyed from Ezion-geber, and pitched in the wilderness of Zin--the same is Kadesh.



There is no indication of a time period here if the last two places prior to the wilderness south of Sde Boker and the area of Kadesh which is the modern Egyptian



Israeli border occurred in the last year or prior to that. 37 And they journeyed from Kadesh, and pitched in mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.-- 38 And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fifth month, on the first day of the month. 39 And Aaron was a hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor. 40 And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the South in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel.-- 41 And they journeyed from mount Hor, and pitched in Zalmonah. 42 And they journeyed from Zalmonah, and pitched in Punon. 43 And they journeyed from Punon, and pitched in Oboth. 44 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched in Ije-abarim, in the border of Moab. 45 And they journeyed from Ijim, and pitched in Dibon-gad. 46 And they journeyed from Dibon-gad, and pitched in Almon-diblathaim. 47 And they journeyed from Almon-diblathaim, and pitched in the mountains of Abarim, in front of Nebo. 48 And they journeyed from the mountains of Abarim, and pitched in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho. 49 And they pitched by the Jordan, from Beth-jeshimoth even unto Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.



One thing for certain is that these last 11 stops were made during the last year. So if I am correct 24 out of the 42 stops were made in the first and last year. Leaving us 18 major areas (because of grazing, I assume that the tribes did move around these areas but not much of a physical diversion far from them and their water source) in the course of 38 years.



50 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying: 51 'Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places. 53 And ye shall drive out the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein; for unto you have I given the land to possess it. 54 And ye shall inherit the land by lot according to your families--to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer thou shalt give the less inheritance; wheresoever the lot falls to any man, that shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers shall ye inherit. 55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those that ye let remain of them be as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein ye dwell. 56 And it shall come to pass, that as I thought to do unto them, so will I do unto you.




All idols were to be destroyed. One of the greatest mistakes during the six day war was that of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. The Arabs were fleeing from Yehuda and the Shomron. He forcibly made them return to be thorns in our sides and harassment unto this day all because he wanted cheap laborers for the Kibbutzim. He also gave the Arabs to the keys to the Temple Mount. Spit on G-D’s commandments and miracles and this is what you get.


Defining the original borders of the land of Yisrael:


34:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Command the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye come into the land of Canaan, this shall be the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan according to the borders thereof. 3 Thus your south side shall be from the wilderness of Zin close by the side of Edom, and your south border shall begin at the end of the Salt Sea eastward; 4 and your border shall turn about southward of the ascent of Akrabbim,



This is an area south of the Dead Sea and a very winding road. The name Akrabbim comes from the Hebrew for Scorpions as such areas are great breeding places for these creatures. Above the Syrian-African fault line lies the wilderness of Zin


and pass along to Zin; and the goings out thereof shall be southward of Kadesh-Barnea; There is a Kibbutz by this name on the Egyptian Israeli border and it is in the approximate spot and it shall go forth to Hazar-addar, and pass along to Azmon; 5 and the border shall turn about from Azmon unto the Brook of Egypt, and the goings out thereof shall be at the Sea. 6 And for the western border, ye shall have the Great Sea for a border; this shall be your west border. 7 And this shall be your north border: from the Great Sea ye shall mark out your line unto mount Hor; 8 from mount Hor ye shall mark out a line unto the entrance to Hamath;


This is Hamat Gader found at the triangular border between Yarden, Yisrael and Syria. Otherwise Yehoshua failed if this was supposed to be Hamat in Syria much further north.



and the goings out of the border shall be at Zedad; 9 and the border shall go forth to Ziphron, and the goings out thereof shall be at Hazar-enan; this shall be your north border. 10 And ye shall mark out your line for the east border from Hazar-enan to Shepham; 11 and the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall go down, and shall strike upon the slope of the sea of Chinnereth or Kinneret known in English as the Sea of Galilee eastward; 12 and the border shall go down to the Jordan, and the goings out thereof shall be at the Salt Sea; this shall be your land according to the borders thereof round about.' 13 And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying: 'This is the land wherein ye shall receive inheritance by lot, which the LORD hath commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half-tribe; 14 for the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their fathers' houses, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to their fathers' houses, have received, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received, their inheritance; 15 the two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan at Jericho eastward, toward the sun-rising.'


We are now introduced to the next generation of leaders or the Bnei Yisrael. These are the new princes of the tribes that are going to conquer and divide the land.


16 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 17 'These are the names of the men that shall take possession of the land for you: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun. 18 And ye shall take one prince of every tribe, to take possession of the land. 19 And these are the names of the men: of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.


The Kingship shall not come from his sons, but he is the leader of the conquest.


20 And of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shmuel the son of Ammihud. 21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon. 22 And of the tribe of the children of Dan a prince, Bukki the son of Jogli. 23 Of the children of Joseph: of the tribe of the children of Manasseh a prince, Hanniel the son of Ephod; 24 and of the tribe of the children of Ephraim a prince, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan. 25 And of the tribe of the children of Zebulun a prince, Eli-zaphan the son of Parnach. 26 And of the tribe of the children of Issachar a prince, Paltiel the son of Azzan. 27 And of the tribe of the children of Asher a prince, Ahihud the son of Shelomi. 28 And of the tribe of the children of Naphtali a prince, Pedahel the son of Ammihud. 29 These are they whom the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance unto the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.'

35:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying: 2 'Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and open land round about the cities shall ye give unto the Levites. 3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and their open land shall be for their cattle, and for their substance, and for all their beasts. 4 And the open land about the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall be from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about. 5 And ye shall measure without the city for the east side two thousand cubits, and for the south side two thousand cubits, and for the west side two thousand cubits, and for the north side two thousand cubits, the city being in the midst. This shall be to them the open land about the cities. 6 And the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites, they shall be the six cities of refuge, which ye shall give for the manslayer to flee thither; and beside them ye shall give forty and two cities. 7 All the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them shall ye give with the open land about them. 8 And concerning the cities which ye shall give of the possession of the children of Israel, from the many ye shall take many, and from the few ye shall take few; each tribe according to its inheritance which it inherits shall give of its cities unto the Levites.'


The Levites were to receive Maaser (Tithes) from the farmers. They too were to have some small fields for fruits and vegetables. Their main job was to serve the community as Torah Teachers, workers and guards in the Temple and to conduct the commerce centers of the cities with the associated trades inside – weavers, cloth salesmen, needle makers, black smiths, tailors, cobblers, tool makers, running the market, etc. This did not discount other people who were silver or gold smiths form coming to the cities to work and the cities were to be in each tribal area.


The Torah goes into the Mitzvah or establishing cities of refuge for a person who commits manslaughter. The manslaughterer was to flee to the city of refuge from the avenger of blood from the family. Although nowadays we do not have in our culture (not going into our Middle-Eastern neighbors) avengers of blood still this Mitzvah would apply. What is considered for this purpose manslaughter? For example a man going on a scaffold or ladder without a warning sign below or with his fellow worker below and not wearing a safety helmet. A tool or object slips out of his hand on the one below and kills the person; he would be considered a manslaugterer. If he was chopping with an axe and the handle flew off from hitting hard wood or the axe flew out of his hand and killed a person, he would have to flee for this.


However, if a man were to maintain his automobile on a regular maintenance program and driving at a safe speed came across an oil spill, sand spill, etc. that was unexpected come upon the road causing his car to skid resulting in a death or injury would not be considered something that an avenger of blood could act upon as the man could have done nothing more humanly possible to observe safety precautions and procedures. The same would be true for a person cutting his steak on an ocean liner when a tidal wave hits the ship and the man at the next table is thrown into the knife. The only thing is that perhaps in both cases the person should have prayed that no accident or mishap would occur through him as we do in the traveler’s prayers that we say.

9 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 10 'Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11 then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer that kills any person through error may flee thither. 12 And the cities shall be unto you for refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation for judgment. 13 And as to the cities which ye shall give, there shall be for you six cities of refuge. … 30 Whoso kills any person, the murderer shall be slain at the mouth of witnesses; but one witness shall not testify against any person that he die.


See below about having two witnesses in the case of the mini-Madoff scammer praying on Chareidim and Datiim.


31 Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, that is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death. 32 And ye shall take no ransom for him that is fled to his city of refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.


Our Sages say that one of the jobs of the High Priest on Yom Kippur was to pray for no accidents and manslaughter when he entered the Kadosh Kedoshim (Holy of Holies). The Talmud records that the mother of the Cohain Gadol used to go to the cities of refugee and feed the manslaughterers with cakes and other items so that they would not pray for the death of her son. (It is also that the wife or children did this too)


33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are; for blood, it pollute the land; and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. 34 And thou shalt not defile the land which ye inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the children of Israel.'

36:1 And the heads of the fathers' houses of the family of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spoke before Moses, and before the princes, the heads of the fathers' houses of the children of Israel; 2 and they said: 'The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the children of Israel; and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters. 3 And if they be married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then will their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of our fathers, and will be added to the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they shall belong; so will it be taken away from the lot of our inheritance. 4 And when the jubilee of the children of Israel shall be, then will their inheritance be added unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they shall belong; so will their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.' 5 And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying: 'The tribe of the sons of Joseph speak right. 6 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying: Let them be married to whom they think best; only into the family of the tribe of their father shall they be married. 7 So shall no inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe; for the children of Israel shall cleave every one to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 8 And every daughter, that possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may possess every man the inheritance of his fathers. 9 So shall no inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; for the tribes of the children of Israel shall cleave each one to its own inheritance.' 10 Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad. 11 For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father's brothers' sons. 12 They were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father. 13 These are the commandments and the ordinances, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.



The revolution of having women as land owners was so great that like the Shabbos the command had to be repeated over again to drill it into the Bnei Yisrael. Unto this day, women are treated as “Bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh” in Yisrael and not to be looked at as an object of whipping and beatings as done in both the middle and far eastern countries. Shlomo did not write about his ancestor Ruth “A woman of valor, who can find” for nothing. Are there women in Israel that bring upon beatings and are there women in Israel who are brutal, like all human beings the answer is yes. However, the wife is to be treated according to halacha as a soul mate and helper and is called in Hebrew BAT (long A) which means Beit (house), Daughter and is the foundation stone for the continuance of Judaism.



Chazak – Chazak v’ nit Chazak



5. Rabbi Ishmael the son of Rabbi Yossei would say: One who learns Torah in order to teach, is given the opportunity to learn and teach. One who learns in order to do, is given the opportunity to learn, teach, observe and do.


I always warn my students that the main reasons for the Mitzvos is to do. The observance of the Mitzvos is more important to Am Yisrael than learning and teaching the theory.


Rabbi Tzaddok would say: Do not separate yourself from the community.


We are talking about a religious community or that of scholars for to separate oneself from a band of criminals and cutthroats is a Mitzvah.


Do not act as a counselor-at-law (when serving as a judge). Do not make the Torah a crown to magnify yourself with, or a spade with which to dig.


Judges should be impartial and a Torah Scholar was put in this world to learn and teach but not to use it for his personal gain as the Rabbi who lured women for a “Tikkun” which was just the opposite.


So would Hillel say: one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish. Hence, one who benefits himself from the words of Torah, removes his life from the world.


How wise Hillel is but with some brilliant individuals it goes in one ear and out the other.


6. Rabbi Yossei would say: Whoever honors the Torah, is himself honored by the people; whoever degrades the Torah, is himself degraded by the people.


First is the honor of HASHEM, then Torah and Halacha. This was the way of the greatest Torah Scholars and hundreds of thousands attended their funerals. I have been at funerals where very few people came and it was for lack of observance not because they were basically bad people in fact they might have been very good people between man and his fellow but just lacking honor of Torah either out of ignorance or outright not wanting to observe.


7. His son, Rabbi Ishmael would say: One who refrains from serving as a judge avoids hatred, thievery and false oaths. One who frivolously hands down rulings is a fool, wicked and arrogant.


Sometimes Rabbi Mimran Shlita tells me stories of litigants in cases where you wonder what is wrong with humanity. Sometimes the Judges are persuaded not by the truth but by the tricks of a cunning tongue this is the thievery and falsehood.


8. He would also say: Do not judge on your own, for there is none qualified to judge alone, only the One. And do not say, "You must accept my view," for this is their [the majority's] right, not yours.


We always have an odd number of judges starting with three so that there will be a majority opinion and no one judge by himself.


9. Rabbi Jonathan would say: Whoever fulfills the Torah in poverty, will ultimately fulfill it in wealth; and whoever neglects the Torah in wealth, will ultimately neglect it in poverty.


I have seen the first half a number of times and as for the second half stocks and bonds are not what they were thought to be and it does not take that much for one to go from riches to rags.


10. Rabbi Meir would say: Engage minimally in business, and occupy yourself with Torah. Be humble before every man. If you neglect the Torah, there will be many more causes for neglect before you; if you toil much in Torah, there is much reward to give to you.


The purpose of business is not to make billions but to give you a nest egg in old age and perhaps something to leave for future generations.


11. Rabbi Eliezer the son of Yaakov would say: He who fulfills one mitzvah, acquires for himself one angel-advocate; he who commits one transgression, acquires against himself one angel-accuser. Repentance and good deeds are as a shield against retribution.


True and according to the simple meaning. The second half one can add giving charity or helping somebody if you have nothing else to give.


Rabbi Yochanan the Sandal-Maker would say: Every gathering that is for the sake of Heaven, will endure; that is not for the sake of Heaven, will not endure.


People have come and made fortunes or done things but after a number of generations they disappear. This week my wife told me of a Rothschild who married a non-Jew but there was also big money involved. The original one got a blessing from a great Rabbi and he did it for the sake of heaven. Now the money is there but the Judaism is mostly gone from the family who does things to guarantee their wealth rather than guard the Torah as the first one did.


12. Rabbi Eliezer the son of Shamua would say: The dignity of your student should be as precious to you as your own; the dignity of your colleague, as your awe of your master; and your awe of your master as your awe of Heaven.


Honor all who have been created in the image of G-D from the lower status to the greatest status.


13. Rabbi Judah would say: Be careful with your studies, for an error of learning is tantamount to a willful transgression.


Learn well so that you will never err.


Rabbi Shimon would say: There are three crowns--the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood and the crown of sovereignty--but the crown of good name surmounts them all.


Being known for good is more important than being known for wisdom, even a Cohain or even a ruler for a good honest person is worth more in the next world.


14. Rabbi Nehora'i would say: Exile yourself to a place of Torah; do not say that it will come after you, that your colleagues will help you retain it. Rely not on your own understanding.


Torah and Mitzvos create more but lack thereof in your environment will weaken you. Whenever, I travel to great sights of the national parks I have a rising of the soul at the great works of creation and the wonders of the L-RD but being the lonely Talmud Chacham lowers my status in quality. So I can only do so for a short time.


Murray Dunst is an amazing man. He grew up in a Union Household. His mother’s cousin was married to a nice Jewish fellow named Meir Lansky and every Friday evening they would invite him and his two friends Benjamin Segal and an Italian fellow named Luciano for Flanken. Murray’s father was also a boxer and he would have to be lifted up by Luciano to go in the sink because his 16 year old cousin had been sent from Europe after Crystal Night in German by her parents and she was always making herself up in the toilet.


Murray grew up and was guarded by the trio even after his mother’s cousin divorced Meir. Meir’s daughter was still his cousin and he would listen to ‘moments of the meetings’ of Luciano’s friends and report to Meir after Meir had his lucky friend sent to Sing-Sing Prison by another of Meir’s Contacts named Tom a rising District Attorney who was called the Mafia Breaker and Luciano ran the operation from Sing-Sing and was safe from attacks. Murray was there when Frank Costello after an attempted assassination announced his retirement plans to go live in Sicily.   


During the course of the years, Murray organized the Baker’s Union for they were being bullied by little bake shops and corporations. When he joined the Marines he turned over the 900 members to his father and when he came back, the number had risen to 4,000 and so he went out on his own. Murray could have gone into a certain business as an arbiter between various factions but would donate the money to charity as he wanted only clean money as his father had taught him.


Murray instead knew the ins and outs of healthcare and became an advisor to clean up healthcare fraud. He found that a certain governor at this time made billions in healthcare in bogus claims and charges but the man only paid fines for ‘accidently’ over charging Federal and State authorities like a million or two for billions and ran his campaign with that money. He became a trustee for various insurance companies and bankruptcy cases.


Murray was a youth when he joked around with Golda Meyer and other Israeli Leaders in Yiddish because of his father’s connections. He was an active member of the Democratic Party but when they became Politically Correct sometime after Kennedy he left and did not vote for either party. However, Barak Hussein Obama and his Israeli stance has made Murray active again but this time with the current top two Republican Contenders in the Polls. One he gave the campaign platform to before the other entered the race and had him fire a lousy manager.


You may ask who the 83 year old Murray knows today in Judaism besides some old time Israelis. Well besides myself, he has dined with Rabbi Lookstein of the 5th Ave Synagogue, Rabbi Lustig of Cinninati Rabbi Blinsky and I down in FL. He is a non-religious Jew who did Sumo Wrestling in Japan and wrestles with corruption, fraud and abuse today. For you see there is within us all a pinpoint of light unto the nations and each Jew as the merits like a pomegranate. As it is written in Avos do not be surprised by somebody as everybody has his day and for that reason Esther rose to per position as the Megilla states.


Chief Rabbinute fighting against attacks from many sources: 








At long last for people on patrol and paramedics a kosher device for use on Shabbos:


I received this from the author on pleasantly plump Jewish girls looking for a hubby:


Obama is no fool by Rabbi Pruzansky Shlita:

On some level, it is not surprising that Barack Obama, son of an anti-American, anti-Western Muslim, and John Kerry, grandson of an apostate Jew, would empower the radical Islamic State of Iran with a nuclear weapons agreement that weakens the United States and the free world and endangers the very existence of the State of Israel. It was equally obvious that an agreement empowering Iran and guaranteeing its production of nuclear weapons and continued propagation of terror would be signed eventually. The only uncertainty was when, precisely, Iran would determine that it had extracted enough concessions from its interlocutors so as to declare victory.

Obama is no fool, although he does take his audience and his supporters for fools. It is hard to determine whether he believes his own rhetoric. Few – especially Iran – believe that the agreement will “prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” as Obama opined. Even fewer should believe that “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.”


From  Awraham: Why is it so hard to Convert to Judaism for in Islam you say a few words twice and Christianity sprinkling a little water by a priest or something similar. Judaism is not easy and is acquired over time:


Inyanay Diyoma


Israeli Egyptian Security fence against ISIS:


Al Qaeda Yemen a threat to US Synagogues with new smaller size powerful explosives:,7340,L-3978741,00.html


Preparations for Moshiach raising a Para Aduma


Weak Prime Minister no death to terrorist bill:


Things looking bleak for true peace with Iran:



Iran wins and the west will lose badly.…-Khamenei-adds-red-lines-Rouhani-tries-to-resign-Jaafari-hints-at-“fait-accompli”-soon


When your leaders are fools and Ed-OP:,7340,L-4678565,00.html




On July 12th sirens sounded from the Golan to the Jezreel Valley or Amek Yisrael.  Today Iron Dome was tested:,7340,L-4679423,00.html


PC Israeli lawyers are nuts too Lt. Col who fired back at Hamas under fire:,7340,L-4678648,00.html


Iranian agreement means Saudis will buy Pakistani Nukes and Egypt not far behind: It is a horrible agreement the worst since Munich prior to WWII. Iran wins no sanctions they get billions, Russia sells them S-300 anti-aircraft missiles and they get their nukes. No human rights in the deal either.


Why should we allow Gaza reconstruction without the return of soldier’s bodies?


Sometimes young soldiers fake things to lengthen their leaves but this is a danger when they spark tensions:,7340,L-4679467,00.html





Terrorist nabbed after telephone call to hot-line:



Poll taken that 3/4ths of the Israelis opposed to nuclear deal:


New book out on the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran good to read on Tisha B’Av:


They rocket us, we bomb empty buildings what a waste of aircraft fuel and bombs – Yonatan Q. Taxpayer:,7340,L-4680527,00.html


For those of you who read Debka in 2008 this is nothing new:,7340,L-4680557,00.html


This is a more depth report of the January article and an update on Iranian troop movement in Syria:


Terror in TN as soft military targets attacked like the beheading in England or other US attacks: B”H Muhammed Yousef Abdullah Aziz  was not Jewish so the anti-Semites will have less to blame us for until they find a way.


Diane’s Ed-Op this week: Western Arrogance may lead to Armageddon:



The nine days of mourning for the Temple have started have a wonderful Chodesh and Shabbos and a peaceful week,

Rachamim Pauli