Friday, December 4, 2015

Parsha Vayishlach and Parsha Vayeishev with much more

Yehonatan ben Malka Pollard is no longer in jail and can have proper medical treatment if he will need prayers we will be informed.

Parsha Vayishlach

This Parsha was learned by the sages before meeting with non-Jews and one time Rebbe forgot to learn this and his request was turned down. We have to deal with them with presents, humbleness, prayers and prepared to fight but first the three other precursories. This is why modern leaders should consult with Talmidei Chachamim before traveling abroad or receiving visitors in Israel.

32:4 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom. 

The last Parsha ended with the Machane or Camp of the angels so some commentaries say that he sent real angels while others comment that Malachim although normally used for messengers of G-D were used here for earthly messengers and the word here is used as messenger.

Jacob sent angels: Heb. מַלְאָכִים, literally angels (Gen. Rabbah 75:4).

5 And he commanded them, saying: ‘Thus shall ye say unto my lord Esau: Thus says thy servant Jacob: I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now. 

The Hebrew is GARTI which is the same Gematria as the 613 Mitzvos in a different order meaning I observed the Torah. But why awake a sleeping Rottweiler? And why say thy servant and my lord Esav? Why not say your younger brother?

6 And I have oxen, and asses and flocks, and men-servants and maid-servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in thy sight.’ 

What is this bragging about? Rabbi Yisrael Glass Shlita pointed out in the name of the Rebbe that this was to show Esav that he is not going to rule over him and he does not have Olam HaBa as he has Olam Hazeh that the blessing of Yitzchak was mere words and Esav did not lose anything.

7 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying: ‘We came to thy brother Esau, and moreover he comes to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.’ 

For greeting a brother with a few slaves, or even servants one does not need a few platoons amounting to 400 men! Avraham defeated the four kings with a mere 318 men! It is obvious that Esav has a large posse to settle the score and kill Yacov.

8 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and was distressed. And he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two camps. 

The first camp would be him and his secondary status wives who were servants to Lavan’s daughters and their children with the second camp divided into two much further behind Leah and still further Rachel so that somebody might survive. This is step one which will be used at last resort and that is to go to war.

9 And he said: ‘If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the camp which is left shall escape.’ 

HASHEM promised him offspring and even he survived Lavan but still Esav had merits of Avraham and Yitzchak so that he might not be able to overcome him.

10 And Jacob said: ‘O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said unto me: Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will do thee good; 11 I am not worthy of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast shown unto Thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two camps. 12 Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and smite me, the mother with the children. 13 And Thou said: I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ 

Step two in his battle with Esav is prayer but Yacov having survived the elements for 20 years and all the wild beasts of his day and Lavan is afraid that he used up his merits.

14 And he lodged there that night; and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother: 15 two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 16 thirty milch camels and their colts, forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals. 17 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself; and said unto his servants: ‘Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.’ 18 And he commanded the foremost, saying: ‘When Esau my brother meet thee, and asks thee, saying: Whose art thou? And whither are you going? And whose are these before thee? 19 then thou shalt say: They are thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord, even unto Esau; and, behold, he also is behind us.’ 20 And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying: ‘In this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him; 21 and ye shall say: Moreover, behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us.’ For he said: ‘I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept me.’ 

The third is a gift or a few gifts that blind the eyes of a Judge and placate Esav further. We also see above the ratio for breeding animals as most of us are city folk we learn something here. Yacov spread out the animals as gifts. The camels, the donkeys, the cattle and then the flock of the sheep and finally the flock of goats so as to win him over softly. Still I wonder why Esav has to be master and not brother is this a mistake for future generations.

22 So the present passed over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp. 23 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok. 

Was it a trickling brook or stream or what we know today by the Eric Bridge which is wide and perhaps would need the splitting of the river?

24 And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 

He forgot a few minor possessions so he returned for them. He knew the Halacha that a Din of a Peruta (a value today of about 5 to 6 US pennies) is like that of one hundred.

25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 

Upon returning he was attacked by this “man” whom we shall see later was the angel of Esav.

26 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him. 27 And he said: ‘Let me go, for the day breaks.’ And he said: ‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’ 

Why did he have to go by the break of day? Angels are not vampires and they appear in the Tenach during the daytime? Rather the sunrise is a prestigious time for prayer. The angels daven Netz before HASHEM and he would receive spiritual whippings if he did not attend. But now even though he could not prevail over Yacov, Yacov had pinned him down and he was in deep trouble. He had no choice but to bless Yacov with even a future title but he had to bless Yacov to make it to prayers on time. What were his prayers? They were hymns of praise and blessings that the angels sing daily.

28 And he said unto him: ‘What is thy name?’ And he said: ‘Jacob.’ 29 And he said: ‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed.’ 

Yacov is now elevated from an ordinary man to the level of an angel and gets the name ending in el like Rafael, Michael, Gavriel, etc.

30 And Jacob asked him, and said: ‘Tell me, I pray thee, thy name.’ And he said: ‘Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?’ And he blessed him there. 31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: ‘for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’ 

Literally face of G-D. For he fought an angel face to face.

32 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped upon his thigh. 33 Therefore the children of Israel eat not the sinew of the thigh-vein which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day; because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, even in the sinew of the thigh-vein.

Sofar in Beresheis we have had two Mitzvos given to us and that is “Be fruitful and multiply” and circumcision and now this is the third and last mitzvah of the Sefer.

33:1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. 

Esav is coming and this 99 year old limping man is walking towards him alone with the women and children far behind.

2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. 3 And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 

I have done physically and spiritually all I can thought Yacov and what will be I must put my trust in HASHEM.

4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept. 

When he saw this old man limping towards him after 36 years and all the presents that he received his compassion was aroused and just as he had aroused his anger before, now he was compassionate.

5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said: ‘Who are these with thee?’ And he said: ‘The children whom God hath graciously given thy servant.’ 

Did he see them because he was a womanizer or did he see them because they were not far behind Yacov and he knew that the sheep and cattle etc. had to come from somewhere.

6 Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed down. 7 And Leah also and her children came near, and bowed down; and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed down. 8 And he said: ‘What meanest thou by all this camp which I met?’ And he said: ‘To find favor in the sight of my lord.’ 9 And Esau said: ‘I have enough; my brother, let that which thou hast be thine.’ 10 And Jacob said: ‘Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found favor in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand; forasmuch as I have seen thy face, as one sees the face of God, and thou were pleased with me. 11 Take, I pray thee, my gift that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.’ And he urged him, and he took it. 

At first he did not want to take but upon pressing, he took

12 And he said: ‘Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.’ 13 And he said unto him: ‘My lord knows that the children are tender, and that the flocks and herds giving suck are a care to me; and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant; and I will journey on gently, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I  Dcome unto my lord unto Seir.’ 

It took him two more years to get to Beer Sheva. So during this time if Rivka was three when she married Yitzchak she was 124 and if she was 14 when she married, he would never see her anymore.

15 And Esau said: ‘Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me.’ And he said: ‘What need is it? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.’ 16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth. 

Yacov never got to Seir but in the end of days Esav will be judge especially his grandson Amalek as the story is written in Novi Ovadia.

18 And Jacob came in peace to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram; and encamped before the city. 19 And he bought the parcel of ground, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.

Avraham bought in Chevron, Yacov in Schem and David in Yerushalayim and all these purchases on spots that are contested today. Where we conquered the land there is no dispute. It could be that because they saw that they would be disputed, they bought the area.

34:1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her; and he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her. 

Yosef had to be 9 or 10 at the time. Dina was probably three years or more years younger than Yosef. So was she 5, 6 or 7 years old at best. Schem was probably in puberty. Since there is no pedophiles according to the customs in the Middle East or for that matter in the Torah.  As for Schem, himself, he was probably a youth of just turning puberty and that is why he went overboard.

3 And his soul did cleave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke comfortingly unto the damsel. 4 And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying: ‘Get me this damsel to wife.’ 5 Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field; and Jacob held his peace until they came.  25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city unawares, and slew all the males. 26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went forth. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their flocks and their herds and their asses, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field; 29 and all their wealth, and all their little ones and their wives, took they captive and spoiled, even all that was in the house. 30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: ‘Ye have troubled me, to make me odious unto the inhabitants of the land, even unto the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and, I being few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and smite me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.’ 31 And they said: ‘Should one deal with our sister as with a harlot?

This is a story of two wrongs don’t make a right. The first deed was vile but had a Tikkun called marriage and a treaty. Once people are dead there is no Teshuva or Tikkun and they spoke up criticizing their father.

35:1 And God said unto Jacob: ‘Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there; and make there an altar unto God, who appeared unto thee when thou didst flee from the face of Esau thy brother.’ 

Sefer Yashar has the story of the war of the people of Canaan near Schem attempting to make war on the Bnei Yisrael and only a fog to hide them and fighting in the battle saves them as they flee yet another annihilation.

2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him: ‘Put away the strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments; 3 and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.’ 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth which was by Shechem. 5 And they journeyed; and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. 6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan—the same is Beth-el—he and all the people that were with him. 7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el, because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8 And Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bacuth. 

Where did the false gods come from? They took the women of Schem captive and the women brought their idols with them.

9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him: ‘Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name’; and He called his name Israel.11 And God said unto him: ‘I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 and the land which I gave unto Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.’ 13 And God went up from him in the place where He spoke with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He spoke with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink-offering thereon, and poured oil thereon. 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth-el. 16 And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. 17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the mid-wife said unto her: ‘Fear not; for this also is a son for thee.’ 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing—for she died—that she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath—the same is Beth-lehem. 

As she is dying she calls him my poor son but Yacov calls him my right hand son.

20 And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day. 21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond Migdal-eder. 22 And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 

For this behavior, Reuven might have been thrown out according to our Sages he removed Yacov’s bed from her tent and brought it into his mother’s tent. Therefore the Torah teaches that there were 12 sons in spite of this incident. The sons are named and the generations of Esav is recorded as this Parsha ends.

Parsha Vayeishev

Yacov is now 108 his older sons are running the business grazing near Schem and he is teaching Torah to Yosef. The age is determined by the 22 years Yosef was missing and the 17 years Yacov was in Egypt subtracted from 147 years at the time of his passing into the next world. But there is no rest for Tzaddikim in this world.

37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land of his father's sojourning’s, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, being still a lad even with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought evil report of them unto their father.

Why only Yosef? In Gematria Yitzchak is 8 times YKVK or 8 x 26. Yacov is 7 times and Yosef 6 times so there is a reason for this. Tattle tales and brown noses are not appreciated by other children.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colors.

Perhaps because of the death of Rachel or that Yacov essentially only wanted Rachel and therefore Yosef was his first born of Rachel and preferred.

4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Jealousy is a thing that rips families apart.

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren; and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them: 'Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and bowed down to my sheaf.' 8 And his brethren said to him: 'Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?' And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

It would be centuries before the Sages would say: “A fence for wisdom is keeping the mouth shut.” Yosef was smart was he too much of a wise guy 17 year old to see the hatred brewing and he was fanning the flames.

9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said: 'Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.' 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him: 'What is this dream that thou have dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down to thee to the earth?'

Yacov was maybe blinded by love that he made the special coat but not in the mood of stirring up more trouble with the brothers and some dreams reflect internal thoughts of grandeur.

11 And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.

Yacov knew very well that every dream has nonsense as Yosef’s mother could not bow down to him, but he knew prophecy well.

12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Schem. 13 And Israel said unto Joseph: 'Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Schem? Come, and I will send thee unto them.' And he said to him: 'Here am I.' 14 And he said to him: 'Go now, see whether it is well with thy brethren, and well with the flock; and bring me back word.' So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Schem. 15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying: 'What seek thou?' 16 And he said: 'I seek my brethren. Tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock.'

A man can be Gavriel, Eliyahu or Satan but was sent to guide him to where he must go and his destiny.

17 And the man said: 'They are departed hence; for I heard them say: Let us go to Dothan.' And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. 18 And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19 And they said one to another: 'Behold, this dreamer cometh. 20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say: An evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams.' 21 And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand; and said: 'Let us not take his life.' 22 And Reuben said unto them: 'Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him'--that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.

The brothers outside of Reuven were not much better in their behavior than Esav.

23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; 24 and they took him, and cast him into the pit--and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Empty! Rashi says there was in the pit snakes and scorpions. I also add that no water means no Torah as water nourishes like the Torah.

25 And they sat down to eat bread; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and laudanum, going to carry it down to Egypt.

Normally Yishmaelim trade in crude oil but for Yosef’s sake they carried spices from India and perhaps China.

26 And Judah said unto his brethren: 'What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh.' And his brethren hearkened unto him.

Yehuda also wanted to save Yosef but unlike Reuven or even giving Reuven the honor, he takes control of the situation and makes a misjudgement.

28 And there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Midian could be the forefathers of the Druze but like Yishmael and the rest of the Arabs they were traders and selling slaves was a good business and a side business in those days. A 17

29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said: 'The child is not; and as for me, whither shall I go?'

Reuven as oldest should have put his foot down and said, “Shimon and Levi you have given him a scare and let him be warned about his taunting us with his dreams of glory.” For if they had not sold him, Yishmaelim would have captured and sold him on their own and the sin would never have been on the brothers for HASHEM has HIS ways as we shall see Yosef saying that later. Reuven was upset but  since he had a leadership failure, Yehuda took over with his persuasion.

31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood; 32 and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said: 'This have we found. Know now whether it is thy son's coat or not.'

Yacov, you deceived your father with a goat, now you too shall be deceived by your children with a goat. This is Mida Knegged Mida.

33 And he knew it, and said: 'It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.' 34 And Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said: 'Nay, but I will go down to the grave to my son mourning.' And his father wept for him.

Normally after somebody dies after a year passes one cannot remember them so well and the grief is there but life moves on. However, if somebody is alive one cannot be comforted for them.

36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard.

Being close to Pharaoh he rose in rank and for getting closer he had to become a eunuch and this is what prompted later on Mrs. Potiphar and also why he did not kill Yosef but he had to pretend to believe his wife so he put Yosef in jail but sort of head of the prestigious prisoners needs. This week is phase one of making Moshiach ben Yosef.

38:1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her, and went in unto her.

Yehuda was a man of deeds and in ancient times a contract was made with the father of a woman or if she was an orphan with the woman herself. This constituted marriage and a divorce was like the Arabs today “get thee gone” three times in a row.

3 And she conceived, and bore a son; and he called his name Er. 4 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called his name Onan. 5 And she yet again bore a son, and called his name Shelah; and he was at Chezib, when she bore him. 6 And Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, and her name was Tamar. 7 And Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

He probably spilled his seed although not written like with Onan. For Er saw her beauty and did not want to spoil her figure forever. So his forever shortened a lot.

8 And Judah said unto Onan: 'Go in unto thy brother's wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother unto her, and raise up seed to thy brother.' 9 And Onan knew that the seed would not be his; and it came to pass when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of the LORD; and He slew him also.

Now how did I have the audacity to criticize a great-great…uncle of mine from the fact that with Er it is mentioned evil and with Onan we know his sin and evil is mentioned. That in learning is called a Hekesh. (See your Siddur for Rabbi Yishmael and the 13 ways to learn Torah)

11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter-in-law: 'Remain a widow in thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown up'; for he said: 'Lest he also die, like his brethren.' And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

Tamar was a daughter of Shem for although he lived 600 years he still had the virility for he was born before the flood and he fathered Tamar. Tamar was worthy to be the mother of children who would sire the Moshiach. At this point Yehuda wants to save his son from this woman whom he lost two sons to. For Yehuda thought it was the woman’s fault and not that his sons sinned. This could also be a punishment for negotiating and suggesting the sale of Yosef.

12 And in process of time Shua's daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheep-shearers to Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13 And it was told Tamar, saying: 'Behold, thy father-in-law goes up to Timnah to shear his sheep.' 14 And she put off from her the garments of her widowhood, and covered herself with her veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the entrance of Enaim, which is by the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she was not given unto him to wife. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face.

This is not a good comment on the Torah of women who cover up their faces although nowadays prostitutes do not do this anymore. He though her some fertility cult woman and HASHEM made lust go into his head. Since males often married between 13 and 18 Yehuda could have been in his late 30’s or at most early 40’s as Yosef was 39 when the whole Bnei Yisrael went down to Egypt and Yehuda, although older, was not that much older so let us assume him relatively young.

16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said: 'Come, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee'; for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said: 'What wilt thou give me, that you may come in unto me?' 17 And he said: 'I will send thee a kid of the goats from the flock.' And she said: 'Will thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?' 18 And he said: 'What pledge shall I give thee?' And she said: 'Thy signet and thy cord, and thy staff that is in thy hand.' And he gave them to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

Women are so much smarter than men when it comes to household matters and she tricked him into giving her the staff and signet of the Moshiach. We shall see later in history Bas Sheva charming David into making Shlomo the Melech.

19 And she arose, and went away, and put off her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20 And Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman's hand; but he found her not. 21 Then he asked the men of her place, saying: 'Where is the harlot, that was at Enaim by the wayside?' And they said: 'There has been no harlot here.'

Yehuda is supposed to be king and he cannot make himself look like he frequents hookers. So he sends his friend but there is no woman there and no Keshasha of the fertility cult.

22 And he returned to Judah, and said: 'I have not found her; and also the men of the place said: There hath been no harlot here.' 23 And Judah said: 'Let her take it, lest we be put to shame; behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.'

Yehuda with all his flaws from the selling of Yosef and going into this woman on the wayside, is an honest man and his word means more to him than his money.

24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying: 'Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and moreover, behold, she is with child by harlotry.' And Judah said: 'Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.'

Why burnt and not stoned for the normal penalty for adultery is stoning? Tamar was the daughter of Shem, the Cohain Gadol from before the times of Avraham. Avraham had given him 10% to charity from the war of the four kings.

25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying: 'By the man, whose these are, am I with child'; and she said: 'Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and the cords, and the staff.'

One commentary says that she had lost the staff and signet but she described them. In any event going accordTing to Pshat is that she had the staff and signet. Our Sages say that she was so righteous that she would rather had been burned than speak Lashon HaRa against Yehuda.  

26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said: 'She is more righteous than I; forasmuch as I gave her not to Shelah my son.' And he knew her again no more.

The Pshat is that he was afraid of her that she might kill him. However, according to the Sages they interpret this as “And they lived happily ever after”.

27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. 28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that one put out a hand; and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying: 'This came out first.' 29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold his brother came out; and she said: 'Wherefore hast thou made a breach for thyself?' Therefore his name was called Perez. 30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; and his name was called Zerah.

Sort of a fight in the womb who would sire the Moshiach. Peretz means breach and Zerach means seed. So we have the origin of the making of the Moshiach from Yehuda.

39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hand of the Ishmaelites, that had brought him down thither.

The Hebrewסְרִיס פַּרְעֹה  indicates that he was a eunuch unto Pharaoh and makes no bones about it as the English translation does here. In fact Chabad translates this as follows: Pharaoh's chamberlain, chief of the slaughterers …

2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered unto him. And he appointed him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5 And it came to pass from the time that he appointed him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and, having him, he knew not aught save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was of beautiful form, and fair to look upon. 7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said: 'Lie with me.' 8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife: 'Behold, my master, having me, knows not what is in the house, and he hath put all that he hath into my hand; 9 he is not greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?'

He was still about proud of himself for although he was a slave he wrote to authority among the slaves and servants.

10 And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11 And it came to pass on a certain day, when he went into the house to do his work, and there was none of the men of the house there within, 12 that she caught him by his garment, saying: 'Lie with me.' And he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. 13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 14 that she called unto the men of her house, and spoke unto them, saying: 'See, he hath brought in a Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice. 15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled, and got him out.' 16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his master came home. 17 And she spoke unto him according to these words, saying: 'The Hebrew servant, whom thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me. 18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled out.' 19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke unto him, saying: 'After this manner did thy servant to me'; that his wrath was kindled. 20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound; and he was there in the prison.

He had to for Shalom Beis but believed Yosef for the other slaves must have spoken up on his behalf or he knew his wife’s behavior since he became close to Pharaoh.

21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23 The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because the LORD was with him; and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

Yosef was becoming more humble.

40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was wroth against his two officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph to be with them, and he ministered unto them; and they continued a season in ward. 5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream, in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were bound in the prison. 6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and saw them, and, behold, they were sad. 7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his master's house, saying: 'Wherefore look ye so sad to-day?' 8 And they said unto him: 'We have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it.' And Joseph said unto them: 'Do not interpretations belong to God? tell it me, I pray you.' 9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him: 'In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10 and in the vine were three branches; and as it was budding, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes, 11 and Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.' 12 And Joseph said unto him: 'This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; 13 within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head, and restore thee unto thine office; and thou shalt give Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou were his butler. 14 But have me in thy remembrance when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews; and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.'

Here the Sages say that he could have been freed had he not put his trust in a man but in HASHEM. But since he did so HASHEM humbled him more.

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph: 'I also saw in my dream, and, behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head; 17 and in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.'

The clue here is that birds are afraid of live people except when a bird of prey feels her young or nest is in danger.

18 And Joseph answered and said: 'This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days; 19 within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.' 20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21 And he restored the chief butler back unto his butlership; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Yosef’s saga and the making of the Moshiach ben Yosef does not end here so we will continue next week.

Secrets of souls from the “Feminine World” by Rabbi Y. Tilles

Rebbetzin Freida, the daughter of the Rabbi Shneur Zalman, founder of Chabad Chasidism, was an erudite and pious woman. As his first-born [176x], and a special soul, she was especially dear to her father and he would frequently deliver Chasidic discourses just for her. Chasidim attribute a certain unsigned letter that contained the deepest, most profound thoughts to Rebbetzin Freida.
So great was her knowledge and so close was she to her father that when her younger brother, Rabbi Dov Ber (later to become the successor of his father, Rabbi Shneur Zalman), had a question, he would often ask her for an explanation or to approach their father for the answer. On numerous occasions the Rebbetzin would ask her father questions and receive these answers while her brother hid under the bed in the room to hear the explanations, as well.
On one such occasion, Rabbi Dov Ber asked Rebbetzin Freida to inquire of their father as to the spiritual significance of the special garments that the Kohanim (priests) wore while they served in the Holy Temple. Rebbetzin Freida acquiesced to her brother's request. As Reb Dov Ber was accustomed to do, he hid under the bed in the room where Rabbi Shneur Zalman was explaining to his daughter the deepest and most esoteric ramifications of each garment. For some reason, Rabbi Shneur Zalman did not describe or even mention the belt that the Kohanim wore.
Rabbi Dov Ber, hiding under the bed, managed to attract his sister's attention by waving his own belt slightly, thereby hinting that she should ask her father the significance of the belt. When Rebbetzin Freida asked her father to expound on the belt, Rabbi Shneur Zalman called out, "This question is surely from my son who is hiding here and he must leave the room immediately." Rabbi Dov Ber came out of his hiding place and left the room.
What took place here? Obviously Rabbi Dov Ber knew that he was not able to fool his father, nor did he intend to do so. Why, then, did he have to receive these particular Chasidic teachings in this unusual manner? The answer lies in the concept that certain teachings are intended for souls from the "feminine world" and therefore had to be delivered to or through a woman, while other teachings are intended for souls from the "masculine world" and must be delivered to or through a man. If a man has an unquenchable desire to study Torah that is intended for a soul from the feminine world, or a woman has an unquenchable desire to study Torah from the masculine world, through persistence, the person creates within his or her soul the capability of connecting with this type of Torah.
Rebbetzin Freida married Rabbi Eliyahu Klutzker. One of her children, her son Rabbi Aharon Zaslavski of Kremenchug, married Rebbetzin Chaya, the daughter of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
Rebbetzin Freida was never a healthy woman physically, and after her father passed away in the winter of 1812 she became even weaker. When she felt that her strength was ebbing and her final day on this earth was approaching, she called a few Chasidim together and asked that after her passing they bring her to Haditch and bury her to the right of her father.
The Chasidim did not know what to do as Jewish custom dictates that men and women are not buried next to each other.
A few days later, on the 16th of Sivan 5573 [1813], Rebbetzin Freida called the Chasidim once again. They found her lying on her bed fully dressed. She asked that they encircle her bed. She then began to say the prayer which is recited every morning, Elo-hai nishama... -- "My G-d, the soul which You have given within me is pure. You have created it, You have formed it, You have breathed it into me, and You preserve it within me." When she came to the words "And you will eventually take it from me..." she raised her hands into the air and cried out, "Father, wait! I am coming!" And she passed on. [She was approximately 50 years old, as we know she was born between 1760 and 1765. - ed.]
The Chasidim understood that the request of a person who passed away in this manner must be upheld. But still, they were uncomfortable.
On their way to the cemetery, they reached a fork in the road, one way leading to Krementzug and the other way to Haditch. They decided to let go of the horses' reins and bury her where they would lead. The horses went to Haditch.
Rebbetzin Freida was buried, as she had requested, immediately next to her father, Rabbi Shneur Zalman. Their graves may be visited there, even today.
[Adapted by Yrachmiel Tilles from the rendition on (#855), and with additions from Chabad Hebrew sources.]
Biographic Notes:
Rabbi Shnuer Zalman [18 Elul 1745-24 Tevet 1812], one of the main disciples of the Maggid of Mezritch, is the founder of the Chabad-Chassidic movement. He is the author of Shulchan Aruch HaRav and Tanya as well as many other major works in both Jewish law and the mystical teachings.
Rabbi DovBer Shneuri [9 Kislev 1773 - 9 Kislev 1827] was the eldest son and successor to Rabbi Shneur Zalman, founder of the Chabad movement. The author of numerous deep, mystical texts, he is known in Lubavitch circles as "the Mittler (Middle) Rebbe."

Exciting discovery of the Seal of King who almost was Moshiach:,7340,L-4734069,00.html

A Story of Yad LeAchim anti-missionary activity with Arab boyfriends of Jewish women:

From Communist China to Israel and he found the true Bible:,7340,L-4732458,00.html

From Shula on Gog and Magog the Gaon of Vilna’s Prophecy:  Note: The prophecy is true but the interpretation may not be 100% as further posts use modern sources and a Christian Bible. The tradition I heard is that the ships of Russia pass through the Dardanelles and I never heard of the conquest of Constantinople or Istanbul.

Former head of Walla ran on HaBeit HaYehudi ticket which is mostly religious although he is non-religious will resign from the Knesset after he is accused of sexual harassment by a number of women.

Netanyahu figures that more Israelis abroad are right-wing non-religious so they will vote for him.

I might not have been thinking the same thing but I don’t like Tzippy but there is a lot of truth here:

Rabbi Akiva was a simple shepherd who worked for Kalba Savua. Rachel the daughter of Kalba told Akiva the Shepherd that if he would learn Torah that she would marry him. He went out and thought that the Torah was not for him after all he had just turned 40. However, he took the sheep to a spring and water had dripped on this rock for years upon years and made a hole in it. He said if I could go drop by drop like the water, I could get Torah into my head and he married Rachel who was immediately disinherited by her father. She went literally over night from riches to rags. This photo from Facebook reminded me of the story. (Photo curtesy of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman)

Inyanay Diyoma

Russia will not import food from Turkey and 4,000,000 Russians may not travel each year to Turkey anymore. Israel could benefit:,7340,L-4731300,00.html

PC Press: Poor terrorist with lit firebomb in hand in a pitching position shot dead by brutal Israelis

Two car attacks in Yehuda and the Shomron plus in Abu Tor a firebomb.,7340,L-4731718,00.html

An attack on Orthodox Jews down under by a drunk but the secret of his love for Jews is out.,7340,L-4731739,00.html

After I shut down on Friday another terror attack in the far north of Israel captured after a massive man hunt.


Russia and Turkey - Putin will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss the Syrian crisis and Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Border Policeman stabbed followed by a second one on a bus:,7340,L-4732243,00.html

Ed – Op show Muslims, Christian Arabs and some Druze have Judeophobe tendencies:

Russia is using their best military hardware in Syria an analysis but it looks more defensive.

Diane accuses the UN of crimes against humanity in the Arab-Israeli Conflict:

Russia and Israel define further military cooperation in Syria so as not to conflict one with the other:,7340,L-4733020,00.html

Attempted stabbing attack in the Shomron. One female terrorists dies.

The religion of peace in 1972 hosted Israeli Olympic Stars in Munich before their murder they were treated to hospitality too brutal and graphic to print:,7340,L-4733722,00.html Eliahu G. I was there, with my then fiancée, and we worked in the Olympic Village, serving beer and wurst at the Ostgrossgaststatte, when we heard the news; seeing the Germans smirk happily we quit our job and drove immediately to Switzerland in our car.
Earthly court of high injustice cancels destruction of one terrorist’s home while another is being destroyed:

Former intelligence chief reveals that PC of Obama’s reelection campaign caused him to ignore ISIS for more votes: GUESS WHO WAS SECRETARY OF STATE DURING THIS TIME?

Do you believe this, climate change, is more dangerous than ISIS or Iran?

Religion of peace leaves behind 14 dead and a suspicious device at an early Xmas Party in San Bernardino:

From Prof. Chaitovsky: Another Canadian who steps back and sees pampered terrorists:

Lesson from the last war is that we need more supplies and plan for longer wars:,7340,L-4733670,00.html

I received this mail from Dr. Harry and one about the current genetic engineering experiments and another on partial birth abortions of which I wrote back Eugenics on poor black and Hispanic people and more autism from GMO corn, tomatoes, peppers, etc.

However this one from Rabbi Lazer Brody that he forwarded is more alarming enough to copy and paste. Frankly, I cannot believe the e-mail I just received from Rabbi Lazer Brody in Israel. He is a follower of the Holy Arush, and does not write flippant e-mails. Read his words, and make up your own minds as to what you should do.

Though the president of the United States has assured the world we’re much safer after the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hedging its bets and has already begun preparing for a nuclear attack on American soil.

This means at least one cabinet-level department of the federal government is taking Iran’s “death to America” threats seriously. Why else would HHS start spending nearly $450 million dollars on new thermal burn treatments to, in their own words, “help protect people from burn injuries resulting from radiological and nuclear threats?”

Explaining the need to start stockpiling these nuclear burn treatments now, HHS said in a recent press release that “The detonation of an improvised nuclear device would produce intense heat, resulting in many patients with severe burns. The treatments for such burns require complex procedures including surgical skin grafting that is resource-intensive and technically demanding. With only 127 burn centers nationwide, a mass casualty incident of this scale could easily overwhelm the nation’s burn care infrastructure.”

To put it another way, Iran’s nuclear threats against the U.S. are creating an urgent need for thermal burn treatments and other emergency provisions for nuclear war survivors in America.

And that need is increasing as Iran’s nuclear threats are increasing.

Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency recently reported that a naval commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, General Alireza Tangsiri, threatened America not to make “any aggressive move,” saying “I declare now that if the enemy wants to spark a war against Iran, we will chase them even to the Gulf of Mexico and we will (certainly) do it.”

Threats also came from the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who warned the U.S. that all its military bases in the Middle East “are fully within the range of our missiles.”

Yet not all Iranian threats are verbal. Iran brazenly tested a new guided long-range ballistic missile, apparently violating the nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers. And just three days later, Iran’s Fars News Agency revealed that “Iran is dotted with an unknown number of underground missile facilities and launchers.” 

To Iran, America is the enemy, the Great Satan. Iran hates America as much as it hates Israel. The Times of Israel reported just four days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in July that millions of Iranians chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” at anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rallies. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, praised these chants, calling them “the slogans of the people of Iran” and “prayers by the people of Iran” which he said he hoped would be accepted.

This is who we’re dealing with, a genocidal regime led by a genocidal dictator making deadly threats. And if history has taught us anything, it’s that genocidal dictators do what they threaten to do.
Only this time it’s nuclear. Some say the War of Gog and Magog will be nuclear, pointing out that the prophets’ description of the War of Gog and Magog, specifically Zehariah 14:12, certainly sounds nuclear. And some say the War of Gog and Magog has already begun.

We can see today’s cast of characters: Iran, Russia, America, Europe, Arab nations — and they’re all focused on Israel, especially Jerusalem. Just as the prophets predicted thousands of years ago would happen during the War of Gog and Magog. And as terrorist attacks and global animosity have heated up toward Israel, it’s easy to feel that America is a safe haven. But is it?

Besides Iran being a strategic nuclear threat to the United States, there’s also Russia. In July, House Committee on Armed Services member and chairman of the subcommittee on strategic forces, Rep. Mike Rogers, said, ““On the nuclear deterrence front, we [the United States] likely have more cause for concern [for Russia] today than at any point since the Soviet Union collapsed.” He cited several Russian threats, including violating the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty as well as breaching eight other arms control treaties and agreements.

Another member of the nuclear-threat-to-America club is North Korea. In September, The Los Angeles Times reported that North Korea threatened “to use nuclear weapons at ‘any time’ against the U.S., saying that its atomic program is a response to a ‘reckless hostile policy’ from Washington.”

What makes these threats against the U.S. even more threatening, and real, is that we’re living in the period the prophets called “The End of Days,” the time right before Mashiach. And the prophets, again specifically Zechariah (13:8), predicted that two-thirds of the world will be destroyed during the War of Gog and Magog. Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky, the head of London’s Beth Din who died in 1976, was quoted saying, “We have a tradition from the Vilna Gaon (who lived in the 18th century) that the War of Gog and Magog will last 12 minutes. A third of the world will die, a third will suffer from a plague and a third will survive.”

Yes, America is the land of the free, the land of opportunity and the land of dreams — but Israel is the land of Emuna and the land of miracles. And the prophecies say that Israel will be part of the one-third of the world that isn’t destroyed. We’re also told, though, that the miracles and salvations at the time of Mashiach will surpass the miracles at the time of the Exodus from Egypt and the splitting of the Red Sea when escape from the murderous Egyptians looked impossible.

So wherever we Jews are scattered throughout the world, especially the more than five million Jews in America, it’s really time to know where we are historically, time to be aware of the wake-up calls all around us, time to at least yearn for Eretz Yisrael and time to strengthen our Emuna and pray like never before. Because who knows how much time there is left!

Shin Bet arrest suspects in the burning of Arab family but one has an alibi:

Egypt has missed out on a few tunnels despite their efforts:

A stabbing by the Damascus gate and a shooting in the Shomron:,7340,L-4734484,00.html

Good Shabbos and Chanucha Samayach to all wishing you good health and happiness,

Rachamim Pauli