Friday, August 21, 2015

Parsha Shoftim, Elul, a story and too much news

I am removing the stabbed soldier woman Liron bas Tali from my prayer list as of today. I have not heard about her and have no way of tracking her progress.

The month of Elul

Rabbi Barak Kochavi Shlita joked that the month of Elul for some people is Oy Le V‘ Vavoy Le but the Ari Zal HaKadosh says Ani Le Dodi V’ Dodi Le. Translated the first part is woe and more woes to me and the second part I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me.

Actually I see it as a little of both for if I use the month properly I will say the first half, repent and then when Rosh Hashanah comes, I will be on the status of a beloved. However, if I am complacent, then by the end of the month, I may get the first status before Rosh Hashanah. Obviously we have to use this time to prepare for the judgement and improve our Mitzvos and Midos from whatever angle we want to attack the preparation for judgement.

Parsha Shoftim

This Parsha contains the most Mitzvos in all the Parshiyos and perhaps for that reason it is appropriate to start out with warnings for Judges not to take bribes or distort judgement.

16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

Although it is incumbent upon every individual to be righteous the tribe as a whole must also be and chose people for righteous judgement.

19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons; neither shalt thou take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 20 Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou may live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

You should always give a fair judgement and not only to prevent blinding the justice system or perverting the righteous but for living a long life in the land.

21 Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee. 22 Neither shalt thou set thee up a pillar, which the LORD thy God hates. 17:1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, even any evil thing; for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

A blemished animal we had in the last Parsha but here the reason is given.

2 If there be found in the midst of thee, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that doeth that which is evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing His covenant, 3 and hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have commanded not; 4 and it be told thee, and thou hear it, then shalt thou inquire diligently, and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 5 then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, who have done this evil thing, unto thy gates, even the man or the woman; and thou shalt stone them with stones, that they die.

Avoda Zara gets the punishment of death so that it is out of midst.

6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

It will never be a he said she said situation and there will be no State’s Witness for that is forbidden.

7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee.

You have seen this, you must carry out the justice. You will be rewarded in the next world for having the courage to keep the world and the people just.

8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, even matters of controversy within thy gates; then shalt thou arise, and get thee up unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose.

There is no one who is too rich or powerful who can avoid the system like certain kings and rulers of Israel that killed Prophets and Sages. There shall be a town meeting hall or court and

9 And thou shall come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days; and thou shalt inquire; and they shall declare unto thee the sentence of judgment. 10 And thou shalt do according to the tenor of the sentence, which they shall declare unto thee from that place which the LORD shall choose; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they shall teach thee. 11 According to the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do; thou shalt not turn aside from the sentence which they shall declare unto thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.

Inquire well and deep into the complaints and be wary of an honest person being taken advantage by a scoundrel. One should not go to the left or the right of the Halacha but one should also use his head. 

12 And the man that does presumptuously, in not hearkening unto the priest that stands to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die; and thou shalt exterminate the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously. 14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein; and shalt say: 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are round about me'; 15 thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose; one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee; thou may not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.

Prior to the Davidic Dynasty or today with a Prime Minister, the PM must have one Jewish Parent who was born Jewish whether the mother or the father converted.  The same goes for a Judge. Thus a Ger Tzeddek could become a Rabbi but could not Judge. The child of a Ger could be a Judge as we have seen with Shemaya and Avtalyon.

16 Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses; forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you: 'Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.'

Neither too many cars like the corrupt Saddam Hussein Family had but a reasonable number for transportation in security.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away; neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

With Shlomo HaMelech, it was not the horses or the gold and silver that affected him but 700 wives and 300 concubines snuck in idols beneath his nose. The Halacha was laid down that no more than 18 wives for a king. 

18 And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the priests the Levites.

Only the Davidic Kings were allowed to sit in judgement or be judged for David listened to Natan HaNovi. He was to write or commission to be written a Sefer Torah and he shall read it daily or have it read to him daily.

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them; 20 that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left; to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children, in the midst of Israel.

The King was subject to the laws of Torah and could not violate it. Shaul had to right to take Michal away from David and Barzalai HaGiladi put a sword in the dirt floor between himself and Michal for he was a Tzaddik.

 18:1 The priests the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and His inheritance. 2 And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as He hath spoken unto them. 3 And this shall be the priests' due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4 The first-fruits of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him. 5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons forever.

These are gifts for the Cohanim.

6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourns, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which the LORD shall choose; 7 then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before the LORD. 8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which is his due according to the fathers' houses.

The Leviim were teachers, judges and set an example of behavior for the common man. Besides living in their 24 cities they also moved, traveled and lived with other members of the population.

9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that uses divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, 11 or a charmer, or one that consults a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer. 12 For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD; and because of these abominations the LORD thy God is driving them out from before thee.

Each one is a negative Mitzvah from the passing of an infant over a flame [originally it was to warm the new born but then become an idolatry ceremony]. The others are forbidden except to consult the Urim and Tumim in the Mishkan/Mikdash. Also the use of the method of the Gaon from Vilna to open up Seforim.  

13 Thou shall be whole-hearted with the LORD thy God.

Serve HASHEM with all your heart and honestly for he is the one that can read thought waves.

14 For these nations, that thou art to dispossess, hearken unto soothsayers, and unto diviners; but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. 15 A prophet will the LORD thy God raise up unto thee, from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Right now prophecy is gone but there are Rabbis with keen eyes and help from heaven that have some semblance of prophecy.

16 according to all that thou didst desire of the LORD thy God in Horev in the day of the assembly, saying: 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.' 17 And the LORD said unto me: 'They have well said that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and I will put MY words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto MY words which he shall speak in MY name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in MY name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.' 21 And if thou say in thy heart: 'How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?' 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken; the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him.

I laugh when some of these Evangelist Preachers say “G told me I need $1,000,000 in contributions to carry out the work.” Or “G said to me.” Today we have no Temple and no real Prophecy. So even with the best ESP the good L-RD does not come down all the time to speak to people even in dreams so visit the Yam HaMelach (The Dead Sea) and take things with a grain of salt.

19:1 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations, whose land the LORD thy God gives thee, and thou dost succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses; 2 thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy GOD giveth thee to possess it. 3 Thou shalt prepare thee the way, and divide the borders of thy land, which the LORD thy God causes thee to inherit, into three parts, that every manslayer may flee thither. 4 And this is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee thither and live: whoso kills his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in time past; 5 as when a man goes into the forest with his neighbor to hew wood, and his hand fetches a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the helve, and lights upon his neighbor, that he die; he shall flee unto one of these cities and live; 6 lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and smite him mortally; whereas he was not deserving of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past. 7 Wherefore I command thee, saying: 'Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.' 8 And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy border, as He hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which He promised to give unto thy fathers-- 9 if thou shalt keep all this commandment to do it, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in His ways--then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three; 10 that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

We no longer have avengers of blood (although with terrorist I would justify doing so) and we recognize accidental manslaughter today plus we do not have cities of refuge. But the accidental man slaughterer has something wrong that he did not pray that this would not have happened or did not check his equipment. We did not have liability and law suits and the only course then was to flee to one of these cities until the Cohain Gadol passed away.

11 But if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die; and he flee into one of these cities; 12 then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

This is an intentional murder. This is what was forbidden in the Decalogue.

14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor’s landmark, which they of old time have set, in thine inheritance which thou shalt inherit, in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

Trying to up root boundaries and stealing land is forbidden.

15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established. 16 If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to bear perverted witness against him; 17 then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges that shall be in those days. 18 And the judges shall inquire diligently; and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; 19 then shall ye do unto him, as he had purposed to do unto his brother; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee. 20 And those that remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of thee. 21 And thine eye shall not pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

There should be two witnesses to testify so it will not be a he said - she said situation.

20:1 When thou go forth to battle against thine enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, thou shalt not be afraid of them; for the LORD thy God is with thee, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Anybody who has been close to a battle especially nowadays with the artillery that shakes the ground even if it is your side shooting and the flares overhead sometimes from both sides, the tracer bullets and mortars and the noise should have some fear inside of himself. It takes a strong belief in HASHEM or a cause or defense to save one’s life that he stands his ground and fights or even attacks. The Torah calms us down and tells us not to fear we are doing a Mitzvah and a Shaliach Mitzvah is not hurt.

2 And it shall be, when ye draw nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, 3 and shall say unto them: 'Hear, O Israel, ye draw nigh this day unto battle against your enemies; let not your heart faint; fear not, nor be alarmed, neither be ye affrighted at them; 4 for the LORD your God is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.' 5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying: 'What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. 6 And what man is there that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not used the fruit thereof? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man use the fruit thereof. 7 And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.' 8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say: 'What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart melt as his heart.' 9 And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that captains of hosts shall be appointed at the head of the people.

The Torah intended exemption for these people and to give the cowards a way out so that they would not panic and cause a rout of the army. It is a problem today with modern officers and soldiers who view each war as a Mitzvah War. Aharon Karov was the head of a Givati Patrol who returned to fight in Gaza and lead his men the morning after his wedding. He was the worst injured soldier of the war. B”H he has recovered mostly and has a nice family with his wife today.

10 When thou draw nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. 11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall become tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee. 12 And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it. 13 And when the LORD thy God delivers it into thy hand, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword; 14 but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take for a prey unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. 15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

This was moral and compassionate by the standards of those days so please take this to mind.

16 Howbeit of the cities of these peoples, that the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breaths, 17 but thou shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; 18 that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods, and so ye sin against the LORD your God. 19 When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by wielding an axe against them; for thou may eat of them, but thou shalt not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of thee?

You should not cut down fruit bearing trees. However, thinning them for growth or for better fruit that is a different story.

20 Only the trees of which thou know that they are not trees for food, them thou may destroy and cut down, that thou may build bulwarks against the city that makes war with thee, until it falls.

Trees for wood are a different story and one can use them to build attack ramps or defensive ramparts.

21:1 If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath smitten him; 2 then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain. 3 And it shall be, that the city which is nearest unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke. 4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which may neither be plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.

This is not only a murdered person but also a body found that could have been a man who had a medical emergency and we let him leave the city or come to enter and nobody was nearby to aid him.

5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near--for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto Him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be. 6 And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley. 7 And they shall speak and say: 'Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. 8 Forgive, O LORD, Thy people Israel, whom Thou hast redeemed, and suffer not innocent blood to remain in the midst of Thy people Israel.' And the blood shall be forgiven them. 9 So shalt thou put away the innocent blood from the midst of thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD.

For there is the guilt of negligence of not having a well for water or some shade for resting or a bench etc. for a person that might need help or a patrol to check for highway robbers and murderers.

Perkei Avos Chapter Five Mishnayos 12 through 22

12. There are four types of student. One who is quick to understand and quick to forget--his flaw cancels his virtue. One who is slow to understand and slow to forget--his virtue cancels his flaw. One who is quick to understand and slow to forget--his is a good portion. One who is slow to understand and quick to forget--his is a bad portion.

The first type of student is the one who studies for a test or semester and deposits all that knowledge in the rubbish bin and gets on with his life. The second is not brilliant but the knowledge taught him will remain with him. One who is quick to learn and retains the knowledge can become either a great MD, Rabbi, Lawyer, etc. for he is wise and gains more and more knowledge and can put it to use or transmit it to others. The last portion is a horrible portion for a young man and people about 20 years older than I or more one would say that they are being to lose it. What amazes most of us is the elderly Rabbis who although their brains run down like most of us, their constant review of the Shass and Halacha keep their minds clear. For we see at the end of the Chumash that Moshe’s eyes did not grow dim. Having seen or heard of Rabbis in their late 90’s or even over 100 sharp as a bell. Rabbi Pinchas Sheinberg TzZal was sitting in the same row on the plane as I. He wore his Tephillin as the plane was coming in for a landing and I mentioned that it looks dark below, he said don’t worry. By the time we had gotten down a bit, I saw his Tephillin were removed. He KNEW how to keep them on to the last minute. [He was an Aggadic figure for wearing Tallis Katan aka Tzitzis and Tephillin.  

13. There are four types of contributors to charity. One who wants to give but does not want others to give--is begrudging of others. One who wants that others should give but does not want to give--begrudges himself. One who wants that he as well as others should give, is a Chassid. One who want neither himself nor others to give, is wicked.

The first one wants to hop on the whole Mitzvah. The second is a stingy person or as the joke goes a good Zionist who gets others to contribute to Aliyah and then sends some poor fellow over to Israel. The third type was illustrated to me in my friend Yacov Glicksman Zal. He used to say “When a bum comes to you asking for a dime or quarter ‘for coffee’ give him a dollar and tell him have a beer. That was the days when most were either shell-shocked WWII Veterans or Korean War Veterans with what we call PTSD today not the druggies of today. He gave with an open heart and an open pocket. I know a person who checks out all of the people collecting money. Perhaps some don’t deserve it but they come around because they have lost their pride or have become dependent on others. He spends his time pointing them out but on the other hand when he sees somebody who has a fresh recommendation from a Rabbi gives nicely so in is only partially the last case. We cannot tell who is deserving on a heavenly scale and who is undeserving we either give or don’t.

There is also a fifth case where one gives like he should as illustrated by the Chassid but he reaches his limit. There is according to statists between 2 - 3,000,000 people below the poverty level in Israel. If I were to give to each adult let us say 1,000,000 just 10 Israeli Agorot, that would be close to my entire pension without food, electricity, gas, water, clothing for myself. The 10 cents which is about 2.5 US cents would not go far for them either. So one should give only between 10 to 20% of his income and no more. When you become a Bill Gates or Warren Buffet in wealth, you can think about giving away a higher percentage.

14. There are four types among those who attend the study hall. One who goes but does nothing--has gained the rewards of going. One who does [study] but does not go to the study hall--has gained the rewards of doing. One who goes and does, is a Chassid. One who neither goes nor does, is wicked.

The first type I personally call them sponges. They sit and learn Torah all their lives and do not teach nor earn money. They just live off of the income provided by grants and the work of their wife. The recent years, I am more in this category by rarely going but teaching Torah and learning on my own. The learner who does and lead becomes in his own way or circle like Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef he returns to society what they have invested in him and perhaps with interest upon interest Torah-wise. The last person throws Torah, tradition and Judaism essentially in the rubbish bin and he is worse to the world than the sponge for he does not do what he was created for.

15. There are four types among those who sit before the sages: the sponge, the funnel, the strainer and the sieve. The sponge absorbs all. The funnel takes in at one end and lets it out the other. The strainer rejects the wine and retains the sediment. The sieve rejects the coarse flour and retains the fine flour.

The sponge takes in all the Torah but does not pass it on. The funnel type is what goes in one ear goes out the other. Still there are those who remember the Aggada and perhaps juicy stories like Yehuda and Tamar, Amnon and Tamar (generations later), the mistress story with the tribe of Benyamin and not remembering the various Halachos. The last puts aside the Aggada and other things and works on living and teaching the Halacha.

16. Any love that is dependent on something--when the thing ceases, the love also ceases. But a love that is not dependent on anything never ceases. What is [an example of] a love that is dependent on something? The love of Amnon for Tamar. And one that is not dependent on anything? The love of David and Jonathan.

The first is like a politician before the election whom you work for but are not his big bank roller. He calls you his friend until the election and forgets about you. (This is not so a real friend – the late Rabbi Yosef Azran Zal was my neighbor between mid-1971 until he was elected Chief Rabbi of Beer Tuvia. When he was a minister and he knew I was of a different party, he treated me like I was a million dollar donor when I greeted him at a wedding or a different affair.) Have you ever read of couples married so and so many years that one dies and the other dies or one story I heard that the husband said Kaddish and mourned the wife for a year and the day after the first Yahrzeit, died.

17. Any dispute that is for the sake of Heaven is destined to endure; one that is not for the sake of Heaven is not destined to endure. Which is a dispute that is for the sake of Heaven? The dispute(s) between Hillel and Shammai. Which is a dispute that is not for the sake of Heaven? The dispute of Korach and all his company.

Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel either heard or interpreted the law and made decisions from a different set of internal and external reasoning. It was similar between the dispute between Rav Shach and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Whatever either did was for the sake of heaven. I met both in person and when I came to confront Rav Shach about “giving up Sinai” which the Rebbe opposed after feeling the Shechina resting upon him, I had no reason to confront him. Korach did things for his own selfish reasons similar to any of the Democratic or Republican Presidential hopefuls. Hillel and Shammai are disputing themselves in the Beis Medrash today as if they were alive before us while does anybody remember Wendell Willkie or Norman Thomas and their presidential bids?

18. One who causes the community to be meritorious, no sin will come by his hand. One who causes the community to sin, is not given the opportunity to repent. Moses was meritorious and caused the community to be meritorious, so the community's merit is attributed to him; as is stated, "He did G-d's righteousness, and His laws with Israel" (Deuteronomy 33:21). Jeroboam the son of Nebat sinned and caused the community to sin, so the community's sin is attributed to him; as is stated, "For the sins of Jeroboam, which he sinned and caused Israel to sin" (I Kings 15:30).

This is the way of the world – do good and you will be credited for good if you do bad, you will be credited for that and your followers.

19. Whoever possesses the following three traits is of the disciples of our father Abraham; and whoever possesses the opposite three traits is of the disciples of the wicked Balaam. The disciples of our father Abraham have a good eye, a meek spirit and a humble soul. The disciples of the wicked Balaam have an evil eye, a haughty spirit and a gross soul. What is the difference between the disciples of our father Abraham and the disciples of the wicked Balaam? The disciples of our father Abraham benefit in this world and inherit the World To Come, and as is stated, "To bequeath to those who love Me there is, and their treasures I shall fill" (Proverbs 8:21). The disciples of the wicked Balaam inherit purgatory and descent into the pit of destruction, as is stated, "And You, G-d, shall cast them into the pit of destruction; bloody and deceitful men, they shall not attain half their days. And I shall trust in you" (ibid., 55:24).

Elul is the time to reflect if you have a good eye for others. [Example if your friend has a Buick or Cadillac and you have the smallest and cheapest car on the market are you jealous or you say good for him and he should be well. This is the idea of Communism for one who for whatever reason is wealthy has been blessed by HASHEM and that his tests and your test may be poverty.] Be humble whether you are rich or poor if you own a company be a boss but also have compassion.

20. Judah the son of Teima would say: Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, fleeting as a deer and mighty as a lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven. He would also say: The brazen--to purgatory; the bashful--to paradise. May it be Your will, L-rd our G-d and G-d of our fathers, that the Holy Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days; and grant us our portion in Your Torah.

Run with zest to do a Mitzvah or at my age and older perhaps walk at your fastest pace and do it with love and strength.

21. Ben Bag Bag would say: Delve and delve into it, for all is in it; see with it; grow old and worn in it; do not budge from it, for there is nothing better.

The Bag comes for Ben Gerim or Ben Gerim of Ben Gerim and his name was kept secret from the Romans lest he be prosecuted. He valued the Torah over all things.

Ben Hei Hei would say: According to the pain is the gain.

Another Ger who added Heh/Hei/Hay to the name aka Avraham and Sarah from Avram and Sarai where the Gematria difference in the name is plus or minus 5 or Hay. As we say in sport no pain no gain.

22. He would also say: Five years is the age for the study of Scripture. Ten, for the study of Mishnah. Thirteen, for the obligation to observe the mitzvoth. Fifteen, for the study of Talmud. Eighteen, for marriage. Twenty, to pursue [a livelihood]. Thirty, for strength, Forty, for understanding. Fifty, for counsel. Sixty, for sagacity. Seventy, for elderliness. Eighty, for power. Ninety, to stoop. A hundred-year-old is as one who has died and passed away and has been negated from the world.

These are the phases of life and today we moved up the study of Mishnah and Talmud. The one for the hundred year old is not true for an alert Torah Scholar like some of our leading Rabbis.

From Chaim O. Mercedes Benz & Jews - an incredible story

 Life is full of irony.  It is hard to believe that Hitler and all his cronies paraded around in Mercedes Benz cars ignorant of the fact that they were named after a Jewish girl: Mercedes  Jellinek. Name: Mercedes, Adrienne, Ramona, Manuela Jellinek. Mother Raquel Goggmann Cenubert was an Algerian Sephardi of old Spanish/French Jewish stock. Father: Emil Jellinek a German/Austrian Jew, diplomat, wealthy businessman, car lover and dealer who indulged in racing cars. Emil's father was a very famous Rabbi in Vienna and his mother – obviously a Rebbetzin. (Rabbi’s wife for those who don't know)  
  Emil designed the first modern car. The builder was Daimler, the engineer Maybach and they built a car to Emil's specifications which was named Mercedes by Emil, his daughter's name. 
Until then all cars were weird contraptions that looked more like motorized tricycles, motorized armchairs or horseless carriages. This Mercedes 35 changed the motoring world and all car makers followed suit.  Why the Mercedes name? For two reasons. Emil settled in Nice, as Austrian Consul to Monaco, and raced different makes of cars and called his racing team Mercedes. His daughter's name, which also meant for him good luck in Spanish (gifts, favors) 
 At one stage he raced a Daimler Phoenix with success but it looked like a large monster, very high and unstable but he liked the engine and mechanicals. He approached Daimler and their designer, Maybach, who were mostly engine makers, with plans and ideas for a fast car, low, engine in front, on a chassis with all the modern items. Thus the Mercedes 35 was born, the first modern car which won all the races then and started a new trend in car manufacturing.  Emil carried on the tradition of calling all his cars Mercedes. It was such a success that Daimler decided from that moment to call all their cars Mercedes. 
The second reason for the name Mercedes, is that Emil obtained the exclusive rights to sell the Mercedes 35 in various European countries but he couldn't call them Daimlers as the Daimler engine patents and name had been sold to other European car manufacturers such as Panhard in France, Daimler in UK, etc.  So Daimler and Emil agreed on calling all their cars Mercedes to avoid being sued by other Daimler patent owners. Daimler merged with Benz in 1922 and became Daimler Benz, and agreed that all their cars would be called Mercedes Benz. 
  The Jewish connection with Mercedes Benz and the motor car: 
a) The Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft engineering company was born in 1890 and was funded by a Jewish banker Killian Von Steiner.      
b) A Jew, Emil Jellinek, designed the first real modern car and the first Mercedes. 
c) All Mercedes Benz cars honor the name of a Jewish girl.

The Secret to a Long Life by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles Shlita

[For photos go to the Chabad website above] In the summer of 5689 (1929) the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, traveled from Riga, Latvia, to the Land of Israel to pray at the gravesites of Tzaddikim (righteous people). He visited the four holy cities of Hebron, Jerusalem, Tiberius and Safed, and other locations as well.
According to the itinerary, the Rebbe and his entourage were to arrive in Safed in the daytime of 5 Av, the Yahrzeit of the Holy Ari, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, leader of the Safed Kabbalists in the last few years of his life (1570–1572). This would be a most auspicious day to pray at the Ari’s burial site.
However, car problems temporarily derailed the plan, and they were forced to stop in Rosh Pina, a town in the Galilee a ten-minute drive from Safed.
Enter Aviv Keller, the primary source for the events that followed, which were never recorded in the rebbe’s diary, nor did any of the other passengers write anything about them.
In 1878, Aviv’s grandfather, Aharon Yirmiyahu Keller, built the first Jewish home in the area that today is the town of Rosh Pina. Aviv himself was born in that home on December 27, 1918. At the time of the writing of this article he is 96 years old and still going strong. His mind is sharp, his speech is clear, and he relates events from his long life, including his childhood, as if they occurred yesterday. Although he was but 10 years old at the time, he insists that he recalls every detail of the remarkable event, 86 years later.
The door upon which the Rebbe knocked was to the home of Aviv’s uncle, Shimon Keller, fifty feet or so from Aviv’s home. The custom of the Keller clan in those days was to gather every late afternoon at Shimon’s house between 4 and 5 PM to drink tea together.
“As everyone was relaxing and conversing,” recalls Keller, “a large automobile pulled over to the side of the road near the house. None of us had ever seen such a car before. It was huge. In addition to the driver, it must have had space for nine riders, including especially elevated, padded seat in the front for the most important passenger.

 “There was a problem with one of the wheels; it was wobbling because the tire rim had loosened, and the steering wheel had become unstable. The driver insisted they must stop. He and a few of the passengers jumped out to consider the problem. At the same time a distinguished, rabbinic-looking gentleman descended from the car, followed by several others who were relating to him deferentially. My aunts and uncles had no idea who he was.
“However, my grandfather, who had studied in a yeshivah in his youth, recognized him right away. ‘This is the Lubavitcher Rebbe!’ he proclaimed excitedly. Although he had never seen him, he had read about his visit to Israel in one of the newspapers. We all noticed that the long coat he was wearing was made of some special sort of material.
“When my uncle opened the door, the rebbe introduced himself and asked if we were a Jewish family. My grandfather jumped up and hurried over to the doorway. He pointed to the mezuzah and said, ‘Look! Of course we are Jewish.’ He invited the rebbe to come inside. He also sent someone right away to summon the village blacksmith to help fix the tire rim.
“The rebbe seemed quite tall. My grandfather came up only to his shoulder. He requested a quiet place to pray Minchah (the afternoon service). My uncle escorted him to a private spot, and the men in our family that were present joined him in prayer. When they finished, my uncle offered the rebbe a glass of tea, which he accepted. Uncle Shimon added in freshly picked lemon leaves from one of our trees, which produced an enticing aroma.
“I was just a child. I decided I would go close and touch the interesting-looking visitor. When I did, he looked at me and smiled.”
The driver, a hired non-Jewish German, came in to announce that the car, which turned out to be a Mercedes-Benz, was repaired and they could travel on. Before the rebbe left the house, he gazed at each member of the family and blessed them all with long life.
“I remember his exact words: ‘Lange leben und gezunte yahren’—‘[You should] live long and healthy years.’” Aviv smiled and continued, “The blessing materialized, and is still materializing. My uncle—the host—lived till 96. My grandfather lived until 89, and my grandmother, Sarah Lipsha, until 92. She, by the way, knew the entire Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer service by heart, and from the women’s section would correct the cantor if ever he made a mistake.
“As for me, I’ll turn 97 on 24 Tevet, G‑d willing, and I hope to merit even longer life if the Almighty so decides.”
And so the unplanned visit to the Keller family in Rosh Pina came to an end, and the Rebbe and his entourage resumed their journey up the steep hill to Safed. “We escorted them until the first curve. We actually ran in front of the car, as it was moving very slowly.”

Aviv Keller served 20 years as the head of the town’s religious council, and another 15 as the manager of the famous old synagogue in the Rothschild Quarter, the oldest and largest shul in Rosh Pina, and as its cantor on the High Holidays.
Today he lives alone in the (remodeled) house he was born and grew up in. He has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Nearly all call him and visit him on a regular basis. His eldest son, a “youngster” of 72, also still lives in Rosh Pina; he provides hands-on help and daily meals. Aviv enjoys visitors (call a day in advance!), whom he enchants with detailed recollections of the history of Rosh Pina. May he continue to do so, in good health and with clear mind, until at least 120.

Source: Interview with Aviv Keller on June 30 and July 14, 2015, inspired by an interview with him in the Hebrew weekly Sichat HaShavua three years earlier. Aviv’s relative, Chaim Tzvi HaKohen Schechter of Safed, set up the first appointment.
Editor’s note: It was thrilling to see in Aviv Keller the living fulfillment of the Rebbe’s blessing. Aviv said that before then no one in his family had ever lived nearly so long. His own father and mother, who were not in the house at the time of the blessing, lived to “only” 68 and 72 respectively, even though they were both always healthy.

Martin Sherman pulls no punches here it is similar to my own condemnation of the act which as I wrote may or may not be Jewish Terrorism. The pattern of Tag Machir is to burn empty buildings and tents and not with people inside. I still wonder if this was not done by Arabs. The act is repulsive.

Ed-Op on easier Orthodox religious conversions:,7340,L-4690742,00.html

Since the founding of the State of Israel millions of babies have been aborted years ago it passed the 3 million baby mark we might be approaching 4.5 to 5 million this is almost a holocaust:

Judaism is color blind only Torah is the light unto the eyes:

I am beyond the Mars travel age group but can enjoy a 3D projection that Joel sent me. When I was a boy there was talk about a Mars Mission in the future and it looks more and more realistic in the not so distant future.

A Chassidic Rebbe once said that the world (life) was a very narrow bridge. In Tel Aviv a bridge was put up to temporarily releave traffic 39 years ago for 3 months. It lasted until today. Businesses in the area of Tel Aviv will suffer until the subway is put in. They expect it to be ready in 2021 ha-ha the “new” central bus station took many years of delay and Ben Gurion 2000 was delayed for a number of years. The railroad to Yerushalayim that was supposed to be ready 10 years ago may be finished this year or next. Somebody said that in 16 years from now probably this project will be ready and more lines will follow. One can dream but the city is perhaps good for buses and taxis but not for private cars any more.
Inyanay Diyoma

Diane’s Ed-Op – When will Jewish lives matter:

Remember the Mustard Gas which the man Saddam had and Bush could not find and the Democrats had a field day with. Well guess what one of Saddam’s former generals is working with ISIS and lo and behold the non-existent gas materialized:,7340,L-4690737,00.html

Moving up to become an ambassador and then maybe Foreign Minister etc.

Did you really expect anything better from ISIS?,7340,L-4690898,00.html

From Chaim B. From Newsweek an Ed-Op from Matt Patterson.

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did  a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so  many into thinking he could manage the world's largest  economy, direct the world's most powerful military,  execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine  a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential  life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite  unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy  non-job as a "community organizer;" a brief career as a  state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in  fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he  vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term  in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was  devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor;" a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?  There is no evidence that he ever attended or worked for any university or that he ever sat for the Illinois bar.  We have no documentation for any of his claims. He may well be the greatest hoax in history.

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were 'a bit' extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard because of the color of his skin.  Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back.

Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at  all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people - conservatives included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clich├ęs, and that's when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. (An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches) And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerless-ness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our economy and country back on track).  But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such an impostor in the Oval Office.  

The 43.5 C or 110.3 F heat proved too much for the power company in some places:

Israeli government approves the gas deal development and distribution:,7340,L-4691300,00.html

From Sheldon the Turkish racist problem against the Kurds [Don’t mention the Aramean Genocide there either.]

IDF may have to enter Syria because of ISIS or their affiliates. Here is a film of the taking out of arch terrorist Sammy Kantar.,7340,L-4691404,00.html

Analysis why western Muslims leave the luxury for the Jihad or why western Jews make Aliyah probably the same:

This is the main reason why Amalek has to be completely destroyed!,7340,L-4691318,00.html

From Shona LOCKED OUT OF THE COCKPIT (will the US wake up or crash)

From a former Navy fighter pilot and a retired UAL Captain

We are all flying on the Germanwings plane, with a twisted pilot at the controls.  Will we just wait, and assume the "Crash Position"?

The 'real' pilot was locked out of the cockpit.

That set of circumstances finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525.Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. Then Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside.150 men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.

Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn't be stopped because anyone who could change the jet's disastrous course was locked out.

It's hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them.

Hard... but not impossible.

Because America is in trouble.  We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs.

We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don't know where we're going anymore, but do know it isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.

He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system.  Locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking conservatives.  He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our immigration laws, and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws.

Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals.  Locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the growing threat of ISIS.  He locked out anyone who could have interfered with his release of five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S. military deserter.

And, of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to determine the timeline (not prevention) of their acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in his head?  Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing?

The voice recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet.  There was probably some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seatmates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror.

It was only near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally understood what was really happening.  Only near the end when they [began] to scream.

Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation's decline is an act of choice rather than of chance.  The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge.

Lubitz was a nutcase.  But now we are on a 'plane' piloted by a narcissistic megalomaniac who has locked everyone out of his cockpit.

It is very sad that our first African American President will be judged in history as the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, subversive, destructive, and divisive President ever.  A man twice elected because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

[Today, America is considering E]electing a former First Lady as president because she is a woman - who also happens to be a narcissistic megalomaniac; [if accomplished] will likewise result in the continued practice of semantics over substance and deception over reality.   [And a person elected because of her DNA rather than the content of her character or her credentials.]

Did you ever wonder why Orthodox Jews don’t recognize Reform and Conservative Conversions? The Reform marry interreligious couples and same sex couples and some of the Conservative Rabbis have more things that are undesirable to Am Yisrael.

Will the next targets in Thailand be Jews and Israelis?

Legal Line-Backer for ICC with Arab attacks on the IDF:,7340,L-4691755,00.html

ISIS gains from Turkey’s dichotomy and the weakness of the west:,7340,L-4692100,00.html

5 injured in an attack a stone’s throw from Yerushalayim:,7340,L-4692146,00.html

When you tell the truth and are not PC you find out whom your friends are:,7340,L-4692141,00.html

Flipper arrested as the head of a major Israeli spy ring near the Gaza strip. Other members of the spy ring are: Sharks, ducks, vultures, eagles, and even rare European Bee-Eaters, have all been "exposed" at some point as dastardly Zionist agents.

Jihad hunger striker damages his brain due to no vitamin B intake:

Mike Huckabee is visiting Israel and his trip and is interviewed on his stand on Israel TV and Ynet:,7340,L-4692297,00.html

An Ed-Op’s from Martin Sherman that I did not bring down: Iran - 

Iran to inspect its own nuclear site!!!,7340,L-4692572,00.html

Hamas Navy Commandos stopped by Egypt before reaching Iran.

Iron Dome sent to the south while rockets hit in the north.,7340,L-4692922,00.html

It’s about time police enter hostile Arab neighborhood in Yerushalayim these characters can vote:

How the IDF views Israel’s Strategy with lack of political leadership, the general leads:,7340,L-4691716,00.html

Shabbat Shalom all,
Rachamim Pauli