Monday, September 21, 2015

Parsha Hazinu

Regarding inhalers for Shabbos and Yom Kippur I finally got a Psak Din from Rabbi Yona Gewirtz Shlita of the Star K: If one can travel to the Synagogue from his home without needing one he is forbidden to carry or do tricks to carry. If one cannot manage without to cover the distance without an attack or need for the inhaler, then it is like a cane or leg and can be carried for Pekuach Nefesh on Shabbos and Yom Kippur. On Yom Tov it is permitted to carry from one domain aka private to public but on Shabbos and Yom Kippur it is one of the forbidden Melachos. Thus if one needs nitroglycerine pills for the heart one can take what one needs for an emergency but not carry 20 or 30. One also has to think for example in Israel the Synagogues are less than 7 to 10 minutes in the greatest heat away from me for an inhaler while in my place in FL, the Young Israel is a mile away and through a number of blocks and it means at my highest walking speed about 20 minutes on the average day and perhaps 25 plus if I am with my wife and my 10 year old forester son. On Pekuach Nefesh we are strict and liberal on Yom Kippur and Shabbos. That does not give somebody the right to carry other things that are not associated with lifesaving emergency measures as I did carry the minimum when I was on border patrol in Israel.

                                                                                                                                                      Parsha Hazinu

Moshe as just blessed Yehoshua and warned the people that sometime after he is gone, they will serve Avoda Zara. Now he is teaching the song. The first 14 Pasukim this week are praises of the good from HASHEM and the rest of the song is warning what will happen when burning anger will issue from HASHEM’s nostrils.

32:1 Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 

Only with two witnesses can a judgement be passed. In the afterlife the walls of one’s house, television, telephone and other inanimate object will testify for or against a man. Things are not that simple neither in this world or the next. Everything has a vibrating atom or spark from HASHEM so don’t say that you are in the privacy of your house and you can eat that cheeseburger or bacon. Know that there is a table, chair, wall, refrigerator that can testify against you.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb. 

Whether or not a leaf falls or when is determined by HASHEM. Once the students of the Baal Shem Tov were touring the woods with him and he told them everything has a purpose. They were told even that leaf falling you will see. On their return to the Yeshiva one of the students turned over the leaf and found a worm underneath. I once saw a dog crossing the street in the States before Yom Kippur. The dog was heading straight towards and on-coming car which was about to go over the hill and hit him. Suddenly some sound went out and the dog turned its head. The wheel missed the dog by millimeters. These two examples are of HASHEM’s Chashgacha.

3 For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 

This is what Moshe is doing and what we are supposed to do.

4 The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is He. 

Once a Rosh Yeshiva had a good Talmid who was dying. He made the Talmid promise to ask HASHEM why he was taken so young. After the Talmid passed on, he came to his Rosh Yeshiva in a dream. The Rosh Yeshiva asked “So did you ask and find out why?” The Talmid replied “I got to heaven and saw everything straight, just and true that I was too embarrassed to ask such a question.”

5 Is corruption His? No; His children's is the blemish; a generation crooked and perverse. 

I cannot talk about the morals of the previous generation during World War II for I in the present incarnation was not around. However, I missed out on being at Woodstock as I was starting to become Frum but I could have gone. My generation had high morals with the idea of most girls and even boys that a woman would be a virgin until married. I speak from the standpoint of a non-religious Jew. When I saw some girls a bit younger than I or my brother’s age which is five more years of playboy propaganda and Woodstock myths, I noticed already a lower moral standard was lower than that of the older sisters and love and marriage no longer went together like a horse and carriage. I have seen stuff on Dr. Phil with the current generation that makes Woodstock look like an innocent children’s game. So Moshe saw the decline and weakening of the generations. [Don’t get me wrong the very Orthodox that do not hold hands until married keep the tradition but I saw things from my non-religious education and what is going on in the States today.]

6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? Is not HE thy father that hath gotten thee? Has HE not made thee, and established thee? 

Is this how you repay the Lord: This should be read as a question: “[Why] are you doing such saddening things before God? He has the power to punish you, [nevertheless] He has bestowed all these favors upon you. [Is this the way you repay Him for those favors?]”- [Sifrei 32:6] You disgraceful… people: who have forgotten all that has been done for them. Unwise: [because you do not] understand the outcome, since it is in God’s power to do them good or evil [according to their actions]. — [Sifrei 32:6] Is He not your father, your Master?: [The word קָּנֶךָ means:] Who acquired (קָנָה) you; [alternatively it means:] Who nested you (קִנְּנֶךָ) in a nest (קַן) of rocks and in a strong land; [alternatively it means:] Who has rectified you (תִּקְּנֶךָ) with every type of reparation (תַּקָּנָה). He made you: A [special] nation among nations, And established you: After [making you a special nation, God established you] upon every kind of firm base and foundation (כַּן) [i.e., made you self-contained]: your kohanim are from among yourselves; your prophets are from among yourselves, and your kings are from among yourselves. [Indeed, you are like] a city from which all [resources] are [drawn]. — [Sifrei 32:6]

7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee, thine elders, and they will tell thee. 

Remember the days of old: what God did to past generations who provoked Him to anger. Reflect upon the years of [other] generations: [I.e.,] the generation of Enosh, whom [God] inundated with the waters of the ocean, and the generation of the Flood, whom [God] washed away. Another explanation is: [If] you have not set your attention to the past, then “reflect upon the years of generations,” i.e., to recognize the future, that He has the power to bestow good upon you and to give you as an inheritance the days of the Messiah and the world-to-come. — [Sifrei 32:6] Ask your father: These are the prophets, who are called “fathers,” as Scripture states regarding [Elisha’s crying out to] Elijah, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel!” (II Kings 2:12). Your elders: These are the Sages. — [Sifrei 32:7] And they will inform you: the events of the former times.

A wise person will guide his children and grandchildren on Torah behavior.

8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of men, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. 

When the Most High gave nations their lot: When the Holy One, Blessed is He, gave those who provoked Him to anger their portion, He flooded them and drowned them [i.e., that was their lot]. When He separated the sons of man: When [God] scattered the Generation of the Dispersion [which built the tower of Babel], He had the power to remove them from the world [altogether], but He did not do so. Rather, “He set up the boundaries of peoples,” [i.e.,] He let them remain in existence and did not destroy them. According to the number of the children of Israel: [God let man remain in existence] for the sake of a [small] number of the children of Israel who were destined to descend from the children of Shem, and [the sake of] the number of the seventy souls of the children of Israel who went down to Egypt, He “set up the boundaries of peoples,” [i.e., He separated man into seventy nations with] seventy languages.

Technically speaking it was the merit of Avraham Avinu who lived at the time of Migdal Bavel and the 70 members that entered Mitzrayim that the Nations continued to exist.

9 For the portion of the LORD is His people, Jacob the lot of His inheritance. 

Because the Lord’s portion is His people: And why did God go to all this effort [to save mankind]? “Because the Lord’s portion” was hidden within them [i.e., mankind] and was destined to come forth. And who is God’s portion? “His people.” And who is His people? “Jacob, the lot of His inheritance” - and he is the third among the Patriarchs. He is endowed with a threefold [parcel] of merits: The merit of his grandfather, the merit of his father, and his own merit-thus, totaling three, like a rope (חֶבֶל) composed of three strands [twined together for added strength (Sifrei 32:9)]. Thus, it was [only] Jacob and his sons who became God’s inheritance, not Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and not Esau, the son of Isaac.

Am Yisrael is part and parcel with HASHEM but we need to act his way.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness; He compassed him about, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. 

He found them in a desert land: God found them [i.e., Jacob’s sons] faithful to Him in a desert land, for they accepted His Torah, His sovereignty, and His yoke upon themselves-something that Ishmael and Esau did not do, as Scripture states,“The Lord… shone forth from Seir to them, and appeared from Mount Paran” (Deut. 33:2). [The Sages (Sifrei Deut. 33:2, Tanchuma Beracha 4) explain this to mean: God first went to the children of Esau (Seir) and offered them the Torah, but they refused to accept it; then He went and offered it to the children of Ishmael (Paran), and they also refused. See Rashi on that verse.] And in a desolate, howling wasteland: An arid, desolate land, a place of howling (יְלֵל) jackals and ostriches. Yet even there, Israel followed their faith. They did not say to Moses, “How can we go out into the deserts, a place of drought and desolation?” The verse attests to this:“When you went after Me in the desert” (Jer. 2: 2). He encompassed them: There [in the desert], [God] encompassed [Israel], surrounding them by [protective] clouds; He surrounded them with divisions in four directions, and He surrounded them with the underside of the mountain [Sinai], which He overturned [i.e., suspending it] over them like a tub [see Rashi on Exod. 19:17]. — [Sifrei 32:10] And bestowed understanding upon them: There [God bestowed upon them] Torah and understanding. He protected them: from snakes, serpents, and scorpions, and from [hostile] nations. As the pupil of his eye: This refers to the black part of the eye, from which the light is reflected outward. Now, Onkelos renders יִמְצָאֵהוּ as:“He provided their needs,” that is, God provided Israel with all their needs in the desert. [The use of the word מָצָא is] similar to [its use in the verses],“[Will flock and cattle be slaughtered for them] to provide (וּמָצָא) them?” (Num. 11:22), and“The mountain is not enough (יִמָּצֵא) for us” (Josh. 17:16). He encompassed them: [Rendered by Onkelos :] “He made them encamp round about His Divine Presence”-the Tent of Meeting [where the Divine Presence rested] was in the middle [of the camp] and the four divisions [i.e., the tribal camps, surrounded it] from all four directions.

11 As an eagle that stirs up her nest, hovering over her young, spreads abroad her wings, taketh them, bears them on her pinions—

HASHEM watches over Am Yisrael with the Shechina hovering above like an eagle on her nest. In a similar vein, HASHEM cannot be attacked and protected his nation when they observed the Mitzvos. All other birds are afraid of attacks from the eagle who flies higher than them but the eagle flies the eaglets on her back as no predator to attack her.

12 The LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with Him. 

HASHEM guided Am Yisrael for there was not strange god. However, this song is a warning for the future.

And there was no alien deity with him: Not one of the deities of the nations had the power to display its might and to wage war with them [i.e., with Israel]. Our Rabbis, however, explained [this whole verse] as referring to the future [i.e., “(So) the Lord will guide them….”] (Sifrei 32:12), and Onkelos renders [this verse] likewise. But I say that these are words of reproof. [Moses] called upon heaven and earth as witnesses, and this song [i.e., parashath Ha’azinu] would [also] be a witness, that eventually [Israel] would betray [God], and they would neither remember what God did for them in the past [generations], nor [would they bear in mind] what He was destined to do to them. Hence, this [verse] should be understood to refer to both [the past and the future]. And [therefore] this whole passage is apropos of [the phrase]:“Remember the days of old; reflect upon the years of [other] generations” (verse 7)-thus [God] did for them, and thus will He do for them in the future. [The passage is admonishing Israel:] They should have remembered all this.

13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he did eat the fruitage of the field; and He made him to suck honey out of the crag, and oil out of the flinty rock; 

Of course this is talking about Am Yisrael and a reference to water from a rock but Rashi has a different take on the Pshat.

He let them suck honey from a rock: It once happTened in [a place in Israel called] Sichni, that a man said to his son, “Bring me pressed figs from that barrel.” The son went [to the barrel, but instead of finding pressed figs,] he found honey flowing over its brim. The son retorted, “But this is [a barrel] of honey [not figs]!” His father responded, “Dig your hand deep into the barrel, and you will bring up pressed figs from it!” [Pressed figs are as hard as a rock. Thus, we have an illustration in the Land of Israel of “sucking honey from a rock.”]- [Sifrei 32:13] And oil from the mighty part of the crag: This refers to the olives of [the place in Galilee called] Giscala. — [Sifrei 32:13]

14 Curd of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and he-goats, with the kidney-fat of wheat; and of the blood of the grape thou drank foaming wine. 

Up to this point all the blessings heaped on Yisrael by HASHEM. However sometimes from being too rich one grows fat and lazy and lax in observance.

15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked--thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross--and he forsook God who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation. 

The tribes together are called Yeshurun!

16 They roused Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations did they provoke Him. 17 They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods, gods that they knew not, new gods that came up of late, which your fathers dreaded not. 18 Of the Rock that begot thee you were unmindful, and didst forget God that bore thee. 19 And the LORD saw, and spurned, because of the provoking of His sons and His daughters. 20 And He said: 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faithfulness. 

When the nation provokes HASHEM with strange gods and other abominations mentioned in the Torah, the first thing HE does is hide HIS FACE which is essentially saying let nature and the natural odds like a few billion Muslims against Israel play out without MY Chashgacha.

21 They have roused Me to jealousy with a no-god; they have provoked Me with their vanities; and I will rouse them to jealousy with a no-people; I will provoke them with a vile nation. 22 For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burned unto the depths of the nether-world, and devoured the earth with her produce, and set ablaze the foundations of the mountains. 

Anybody who has crossed the green-line before the Jews began resettling Yehuda and the Shomron could see an occasional tree and mostly scrubs and rocks completely barren like a desert. It is only know with the new Yeshuvim that greenery is coming back to the area. As the Frum Yeshuvim grow so does the land.

… 44 And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun. 

He the Yud is missing. Rashi explains why Yehoshua is called Hoshea:

He and Hoshea the son of Nun: It was the Sabbath upon which there were two leaders [because the office was being transferred to Joshua, i.e.,] authority was taken from one and given to the other. — [Sotah 13b] Moses appointed a meturgeman [literally, an interpreter, here a spokesman] for Joshua, [to relay to the public what Joshua said,] so that Joshua could expound [on the Torah] in Moses’ lifetime, so that Israel would not say [to Joshua], “During your teacher’s lifetime you did not dare to raise your head!” - [Sifrei 31:1] And why does Scripture here call him Hoshea [for his name had long since been changed to Joshua (see Numb. 13:16). To imply [lit., to say] that Joshua did not become haughty, for although he was given high status, he humbled himself as he was at the beginning [when he was still called Hoshea]. — [Sifrei 32:44]

45 And when Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said unto them: 'Set your heart unto all the words wherewith I testify against you this day; that ye may charge your children therewith to observe to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing ye shall prolong your days upon the land, whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.' 
48 And the LORD spoke unto Moses that selfsame day, saying: 

The 7th of Adar the day he is about to pass away.

49 'Get thee up into this mountain of Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession; 50 and die in the mount whither thou go up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people. 

Moshe will go up the mountain, see the Promised Land and pass away peacefully in a cave after which probably a mild earthquake will seal the tomb and change the landscape.

51 Because ye trespassed against ME in the midst of the children of Israel at the waters of Meribath-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified Me not in the midst of the children of Israel. 52 For thou shalt see the land afar off; but thou shalt not go thither into the land which I give the children of Israel.' 

A normal person is punished for doing something but here Moshe is punished for not doing something. He did not make a Kiddush HASHEM. Perhaps it is like the child punished who did not do his/her homework.

The real grave of the Maccabees is perhaps here:

People with Epilepsy should not go off into the woods in strange lands alone and try to do a Mikvah without a buddy!

Inyanay Diyoma

Burn baby burn is matched by shoot baby shoot and the fire cooled down:

Ed-Op: Barry Shaw
Anyone reading the foreign press about the rioting taking place on the Temple Mount would imagine that Jews were running amok in Jerusalem. Nothing could be further from the truth. The violence derives from the provocative actions of paid volunteers of Islamist extremist groups such as Murabitun and Murabatat who, for weeks, have been intimidating non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount. The majority of the visitors have been foreign tourists who have had to be rescued by Israeli security forces.
These radical groups have been defying the established arrangements which allows for non-Muslims to visit this holy place, which they have been doing silently and respectfully.
It has been the Muslim groups who have defied the law and order with dangerous provocations leading up to them storing rocks and firebombs in the mosques and attempting to barricade themselves inside while hurling these missiles at passersby and police that had to come to re-establish order and quiet.
It was not the Jews that ordered a "Day of Rage' but Muslim youths who seem determined to light a global fire in Jerusalem.
Israel's Prime Minister has appealed to both Mahmoud Abbas and to Jordan's King Abdullah to use their influences to restore calm.
The same mutual respect that exists within Israeli society that honors the faith of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others must reign in Jerusalem. Anyone, Jew or Muslim, that provokes hate and violence must be punished to the full extent of Israeli law.
Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, Israel.

Regarding illegal immigration I will leave you with a thought in Spanish and the translation: El que apoya el mal es el mal...
The one who supports the evil is evil...

Years ago I made comments in the blog about this filthy immodest anti-Semitic bitch it is no surprise to me:

Time to use flame throwers on Arab firebombers fight fire with fire and ready aim fire:
And another anti-Semite with political clout:

More large stones and rocks on road 443. In the meantime a slap on the wrist for Synagogue arson:

Ecological disasters first film on Russia the second on China and they blamed capitalist this is State Capitalism:

The latest Martin Sherman Ed-Op:       

Speculation and cooperation with Russia/Israel over Syria. “We have no interest to remove Assad!”,7340,L-4702869,00.html

A productive and easy fast - Gmar Hatima Tova,
Rachamim Pauli