Thursday, January 14, 2016

Parsha Va'eira Part 2, Parsha Bo, story

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky has been hospitalized with more than just a bad case of the flu. The 90 year old plus Rav’s name is: Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pesha Miriam שמריהו יוסף חיים בן פעשע מרים and a little note about myself as you noticed I wrote last week about my high fever. On Sunday I started feeling heavy in the chest so I went on my doctor’s advice for an x-ray and blood tests and the first time in my life despite the anti-pneumonia injection and anti-flu shots, I ended up with pneumonia. I am now on antibiotics.

Parsha Va’eira Part 2

Before I took ill, I had covered three of the seven Makkos of the Parsha. We now continue with the plague of noxious African Beasts. It is the wild savanna coming into the Egyptian Civilization and penned cattle and camels being attacked by lions, giant snakes, hyenas, leopards, panthers, and an assortment of beasts and monkeys wreaking havoc as they attack food supplies and humans.

16 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he comes forth to the water; and say unto him: Thus says the LORD: Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 17 Else, if thou wilt not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies!!! (noxious beasts) upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of beasts, and also the ground whereon they are.
I am surprised that the JPS 1917 translation uses that of the KJV for both lice and beasts as every child in pre-kindergarten in Israel know the Makkos. The three year olds in Heder know what a louse is and African Beasts (perhaps not all but Lions and big cats yes).

18 And I will set apart in that day the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of beasts shall be there; to the end that thou may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

The cattle, camels, sheep, goats, chickens and other animals of the Bnei Yisrael will be unaffected by the goings on in Egypt.

19 And I will put a division between My people and thy people--by to-morrow shall this sign be.' 20 And the LORD did so; and there came grievous swarms of beasts into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses; and in all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by reason of the swarms of beasts. 21 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said: 'Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.' 22 And Moses said: 'It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God; lo, if we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? 23 We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as He shall command us.' 24 And Pharaoh said: 'I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away; entreat for me.' 25 And Moses said: 'Behold, I go out from thee, and I will entreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow; only let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.'

The first five plagues, Pharaoh had a chance to repent and here he is willing to give in during the plague. Moshe does not stop it immediately but lets him suffer a bit more.

26 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the LORD. 27 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and He removed the swarms of beasts from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one. 28 And Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and he did not let the people go.

Pharaoh returns to being a god-king so he can retract his word at will and it does not mean much. So much for letting the people go three days close by into the wilderness.

9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses: 'Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him: Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 3 behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which are in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the herds, and upon the flocks; there shall be a very grievous murrain.

This is bubonic plague on the cattle.

4 And the LORD shall make a division between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; and there shall nothing die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.' 5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying: 'Tomorrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.' 6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died; but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.

This will be the last chance for Pharaoh for now the next plague will be after the point of no return when HASHEM will harden his heart. You can see the miracle if you will only open up your eyes and mind and have a good intelligence report.

7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not so much as one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was stubborn, and he did not let the people go.

This proves that he was given proper intelligence information but chose to ignore it.

8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron: 'Take to you handfuls of soot of the furnace, and let Moses throw it heavenward in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.' 10 And they took soot of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it up heavenward; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils were upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. 12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.

This time no warning was given unto Pharaoh as was with the third and will be with the ninth plague. However, Pharaoh did witness the start of the plague. I googled what could be the spores on the skin and according to one MD at least it was Anthrax!

We do not see even a dialogue on this Makkah between Moshe and Pharaoh but rather it comes and goes. This was also the first plague that we see the physical body really suffering as lice is suffering but more of a nuisance but this is pain

13 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him: Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 14 For I will this time send all My plagues upon thy person, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou may know that there is none like Me in all the earth. 15 Surely now I had put forth My hand, and smitten thee and thy people with pestilence, and thou had been cut off from the earth.

Now man and beast were affected in the past but those outside will die from the fiery hail. I have suggested superheated ash from a super volcano being blasted on Egypt.

16 But in very deed for this cause have I made thee to stand, to show thee My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth. 17 As yet exalt you thyself against My people, that thou wilt not let them go? 18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the day it was founded even until now. 19 Now therefore send, hasten in thy cattle and all that thou hast in the field; for every man and beast that shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.'

If you defy HASHEM you will lose what you have both man and beast.

20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses; 21 and he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field. 22 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch forth thy hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.' 23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven; and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down unto the earth; and the LORD caused to hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 So there was hail, and fire flashing up amidst the hail, very grievous, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

Hamavdil ben Kodesh le Chol. The separation of the holy from the profane. Here the Bnei Yisrael and the land where they lived were unaffected by the plagues.

27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them: 'I have sinned this time; the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 28 Entreat the LORD, and let there be enough of these mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.' 29 And Moses said unto him: 'As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread forth my hands unto the LORD; the thunders shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou may know that the earth is the LORD'S. 30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.'

This is the first time Pharaoh confesses but already Moshe says that he will pray outside of the polluted with idols place but knows that Pharaoh does not really regret the slavery.

31 And the flax and the barley were smitten; for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was in bloom. 32 But the wheat and the spelt were not smitten; for they ripen late.

We see this with the Omer that first the barley ripens and then the wheat during the Pessach-Shavuous Season.

33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread forth his hands unto the LORD; and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses

Parsha Bo

Moshe at this point knows what he is up against but Pharaoh does not realize yet for he is a cocky god-king.

10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Go in unto Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might show these My signs in the midst of them;

All this is for a Kiddush HASHEM. The reason is now given:
2 and that thou may tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what I have wrought upon Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them; that ye may know that I am the LORD.'

It is not only for this generation but for the next generations.

3 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him: 'Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before Me? let My people go, that they may serve Me. 4 Else, if thou refuse to let My people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring locusts into thy border; 5 and they shall cover the face of the earth, that one shall not be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remains unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which grows for you out of the field; 6 and thy houses shall be filled, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; as neither thy fathers nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day.' And he turned, and went out from Pharaoh. 7 And Pharaoh's servants said unto him: 'How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God, know thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?' 8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh; and he said unto them: 'Go, serve the LORD your God; but who are they that shall go?'

At this point Mitzrayim is being slapped around from the left to the right side of the face. Pharaoh’s advisors now want the king to make an offer to Moshe so that the plagues will stop.

9 And Moses said: 'We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds we will go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.' 10 And he said unto them: 'So be the LORD with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones; see ye that evil is before your face. 11 Not so; go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that is what ye desire.' And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.

Without the children and women as hostages, Pharaoh fears the fleeing of the slaves. It is no longer the excuse that the Bnei Yisrael will aid the enemies of Egypt but the direct threat of losing the cheap labor of slaves.

12 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch out thy hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.' 13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all the night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the borders of Egypt; very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left; and there remained not any green thing, either tree or herb of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said: 'I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat the LORD your God, that He may take away from me this death only.'

Almost doing Teshuva and yet we shall see this is not so.

18 And he went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the LORD. 19 And the LORD turned an exceeding strong west wind, which took up the locusts, and drove them into the Red Sea; there remained not one locust in all the border of Egypt.

There was a border dispute with Sudan where Egypt started and Sudan ended. The locusts settled this dispute.

West wind: Heb. רוּחַ-יָם, a west wind. — [from targumim] Into the Red Sea: I believe that the Red Sea was partly in the west, opposite the entire southern boundary, and also east of the land of Israel. Therefore, a west wind thrust the locusts into the Red Sea [which was] opposite it [the west wind]. Likewise, we find this [written] regarding the boundaries [of Israel] that it [the Red Sea] faces the east [of Israel], as it is said: “from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines” (Exod. 23:31). [This signifies] from east to west, because the sea of the Philistines was to the west, as it is said concerning the Philistines, “the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of Cherithites” (Zeph. 2:5). [Rashi is apparently referring to the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Eilat, which are both branches of the Red Sea and thus are included in the expression “Red Sea.” The latter is the eastern boundary of the Holy Land, while the Gulf of Suez is Egypt’s eastern boundary. Since the Philistines dwelt on the Mediterranean seacoast, the Red Sea mentioned in that context was surely the Gulf of Eilat. The Red Sea mentioned here is the Gulf of Suez, where the locusts were deposited.] Not one locust remained: Even the salted ones [locusts] which they [the Egyptians] had salted for themselves [to eat]. — [from Exod. Rabbah 13:7; Midrash Tanchuma, Va’era 14]

20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.

This time there is no announcement:

21 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch out thy hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.'

West wind: Heb. רוּחַ-יָם, a west wind. — [from targumim] Into the Red Sea: I believe that the Red Sea was partly in the west, opposite the entire southern boundary, and also east of the land of Israel. Therefore, a west wind thrust the locusts into the Red Sea [which was] opposite it [the west wind]. Likewise, we find this [written] regarding the boundaries [of Israel] that it [the Red Sea] faces the east [of Israel], as it is said: “from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines” (Exod. 23:31). [This signifies] from east to west, because the sea of the Philistines was to the west, as it is said concerning the Philistines, “the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of Cherithites” (Zeph. 2:5). [Rashi is apparently referring to the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Eilat, which are both branches of the Red Sea and thus are included in the expression “Red Sea.” The latter is the eastern boundary of the Holy Land, while the Gulf of Suez is Egypt’s eastern boundary. Since the Philistines dwelt on the Mediterranean seacoast, the Red Sea mentioned in that context was surely the Gulf of Eilat. The Red Sea mentioned here is the Gulf of Suez, where the locusts were deposited.] Not one locust remained: Even the salted ones [locusts] which they [the Egyptians] had salted for themselves [to eat]. — [from Exod. Rabbah 13:7; Midrash Tanchuma, Va’era 14]

22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days;

Thick darkness so that even candle light or torch could not light up the area.

And there was thick darkness… for three days, etc.: Thick darkness in which they did not see each other for those three days, and another three days of darkness twice as dark as this, so that no one rose from his place. If he was sitting, he was unable to stand, and if he was standing, he was unable to sit. Now why did He bring darkness upon them [the Egyptians]? Because there were among the Israelites in that generation wicked people who did not want to leave [Egypt]. They died during the three days of darkness, so that the Egyptians would not see their downfall and say, “They too are being smitten like us.” Also, the Israelites searched [the Egyptians’ dwellings during the darkness] and saw their [own] belongings. When they were leaving [Egypt] and asked [for some of their things], and they [the Egyptians] said, “We have nothing,” he [the Israelite] would say to him, “I saw it in your house, and it is in such and such a place.” -[from Jonathan; Tanchuma, Bo 3; Tanchuma, Va’era 14; Tanchuma Buber, Bo 3] Three days: Heb. שְׁלשֶׁתיָמִים, a triad of days [a group of three consecutive days], terzeyne in Old French, and similarly, שִׁבְעַתיָמִים everywhere means a seteyne of days [a group of seven consecutive days].

23 they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

The first stage was darkness that could be felt and it got so bad that people could not leave their places three days.

24 And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said: 'Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed; let your little ones also go with you.' 25 And Moses said: 'Thou must also give into our hand sacrifices and burnt-offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. 26 Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.' 27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. 28 And Pharaoh said unto him: 'Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in the day thou see my face thou shalt die.'

Personally, I have always wondered if on the day that Moshe passed into the next world, he looked at Pharaoh stuck between Limbo and Judgement from the last statement of Pharaoh.

29 And Moses said: 'Thou hast spoken well; I will see thy face again no more.'

I will not see your face but you shall let us go.

11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Yet one plague more will I bring upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence; when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

After this last Makkah, Pharaoh will not only let you go but expel Am Yisrael.

2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let them ask every man of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.'

The Medrash says that during the plague of darkness, the Bnei Yisrael learned where the Egyptians hid their valuables but the Pshat is that simply the Egyptians wanted to find grace before HASHEM so they gave willing the items “on loan”.

3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.

The Egyptians now viewed Moshe for whom he was and he became popular and believed.

4 And Moses said: 'Thus says the LORD: About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt;

HASHEM knows when half the night is but human error even with an atomic clock would make Moshe say “about = ‘key’ in Hebrew”.

5 and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sits upon his throne, even unto the first-born of the maid-servant that is behind the mill; and all the first-born of cattle. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there hath been none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

Pharaoh was warned of this from the outset in Perek 4:23 And I have said unto thee: Let My son go, that he may serve Me; and thou hast refused to let him go. Behold, I will slay thy son, thy first-born.'

7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog whet his tongue, against man or beast; that ye may know how that the LORD does put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

This is going to be a great miracle.

8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down unto me, saying: Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee; and after that I will go out.' And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.

It was not only Pharaoh that was angry but also Moshe and this warning would come true.

9 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Pharaoh will not hearken unto you; that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.' 10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh; and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

The hardening of the heart was for showing off the wonders and telling the story from generation to generation.

12:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: 2 'This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Hidden in the sentence is all the calculations of the New Moon and how it appears in the sky.

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying: In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household; 4 and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbor next unto his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man's eating ye shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats; 6 and ye shall keep it unto the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at dusk. (ritually slaughter it)

Slaughter it before night and it shall be accordingly sufficient for a number of people but none shall be left over so one can get a few neighbors together.

7 And they shall take of the blood, and put it on the two side-posts and on the lintel, upon the houses wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

The Matzos and the bitter herbs did not come as a custom of remembering the bitterness of Mitzrayim but we were commanded even before the first Pessach that we are to eat the Korban this way!

9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; its head with its legs and with the inwards thereof.

On all other holidays we can eat food that is fried, boiled, baked in flour, etc. but the Korban Pessach must be eaten roasted on the fire. You cannot be a vegetarian or vegan on this night for the Mitzvah is clear and Kares for violation unless one is ill, Tumay or far away.

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; but that which remains of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

The Mitzvah is to consume all.

11 And thus shall ye eat it: with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste--it is the LORD'S pass over.

You shall eat the Korban in haste and be prepared to move on a quick and long journey immediately.

12 For I will go through the land of Egypt in that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.

You will hear wailing all around you and gods will fall and break but nothing will happen to you and yours.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

The blood of the Korban on the Mezuzah shall protect you.

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.

This is for all generations:

15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; howbeit the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses; for whosoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

If you eat Chametz you will get Kares.

16 And in the first day there shall be to you a holy convocation, and in the seventh day a holy convocation; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you.

Both the first and seventh days shall be Yomim Tovim and only one will be allowed to cook for the Chag.

17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore shall ye observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever.

The blood on the Mezuzah is Pessach Mitzrayim but the rest of the laws here is Pessach Doros (generations).

18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eats that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a sojourner, or one that is born in the land. 20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.'

You will not see or find Chametz during this time throughout all your dwellings.
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb.

(ritually slaughter it)

22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning.

The “Zartar” or Marjoram that grows in my garden grows over a foot long or more than 30cm and thus one would use this for sprinkling the blood.

23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side-posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever.

What has transpired in freeing the Bnei Yisrael shall be passed down from father to son throughout all generations. We left Mitzrayim 3328 years ago and no long know the names of our family that sat around the first Korban. But we view it each year as if we ourselves and our children and grandchildren left or are leaving Mitzrayim.

25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as He has promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you: What mean ye by this service? 27 that ye shall say: It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S Passover, for that He passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.' And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went and did so; as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

We are no longer talking about future generations but the time frame of our narrative returns to Pessach Mitzrayim.

29 And it came to pass at midnight, that the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the first-born of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first-born of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night and said: 'Rise up, get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 32 Take both your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.' 33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, to send them out of the land in haste; for they said: 'We are all dead men.' 34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading-troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they asked of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment. 36 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And they despoiled the Egyptians.

And the children of Israel packed and left Mitzrayim immediately as they were pressed to leave lest the whole country die by the wrath of the L-RD.

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual. 40 Now the time that the children of Israel dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.

430 years was the Bris between the pieces and occurred 5 years before Lech Lecha as I have previously stated. 400 years from the date of the birth of Yitzchak and 210 years from the original entry into Egypt.

41 And it came to pass at the end of four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the host of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It was a night of watching unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt; this same night is a night of watching unto the LORD for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.

The 15th of Nissan was the date for all the occurrences mentioned above.

43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron: 'This is the ordinance of the Passover: there shall no alien eat thereof; 44 but every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

Although a non-Jew can attend a modern Seder, the Korban can only be eaten by a Ben Yisrael and his servant that has been circumcised and dipped in the Mikvah.

45 A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat thereof. 46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth aught of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

Once the Korban is brought into a certain place, it stays there and is consumed making sure that no bones are broken.

47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

This includes Gerim that are in essence Bnei Yisrael now.

49 One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourns among you.' 50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 51 And it came to pass the selfsame day that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

There is no difference between the born Ben Yisrael and the Ger regarding the Korban.

13:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Sanctify unto Me all the first-born, whatsoever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast, it is Mine.'

This portion is the fourth Parsha of the Tephillin. It deals with the specialness of the first born. A ben Yisrael has to be redeemed.

3 And Moses said unto the people: 'Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place; there shall no leavened bread be eaten. 4 This day ye go forth in the month Abib. 5 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee, in all thy borders.

We redefine Pessach Doros.

8 And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which the LORD did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.

You will tell the young child in the future that HASHEM did this for me when he took me out of Egypt even if we were not physically in Egypt or Africa at all.

9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in thy mouth; for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

The Tephillin and you shall tell the story with your own words to your own children.

10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.

This shall continue unbrokenly year after year.

11 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanite, as He swore unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, 12 that thou shall set apart unto the LORD all that opens the womb; every firstling that is a male, which thou hast coming of a beast, shall be the LORD'S. 13 And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck; and all the first-born of man among thy sons shalt thou redeem.

The Parsha of the Bechor. Man must be redeemed and a beast can be redeemed or destroyed.

14 And it shall be when thy son asks thee in time to come, saying: What is this? that thou shalt say unto him: By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast; therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that opens the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.
We see here where the Haggadah got this section from.

16 And it shall be for a sign upon thy hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes; for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.'

With that we conclude the basis for the Haggadah.

Editorial Education:

This time I am not talking about the lack of Torah Chinuch but rather a secular education. For I have always emphasized Torah Chinuch for making somebody into an ethical Mensch. It is not that non-Torah Educated People like my late parents or I could not become ethical and that a Torah educated person could not become a criminal it is just easier. However, I am thinking about society as a whole. I noticed that in my generation that the education in the Soviet Union was for minor jobs necessary to the State and reward was not based on knowledge or merit but certain party things.

I see mediocre education lowering itself to the least common denominator. To tell you the truth, if I never learned anthropology or sociology I would have gotten along fine in life and I have seen lessons in history repeating themselves for the “leaders” don’t learn. But when participating in a sport on the bench like I did because I was not the best at punch ball even though I tried but certainly with my team coming in second or third, I did not need a trophy. Today everybody gets one. FOR WHAT! FOR SITTING ON THE SIDE AND CHEERING!

Then you wonder instead of a well-rounded engineer, you get a half-baked engineer and millions spent on a failed bridge:

The situation at work I summed up the first week that I was there. The best engineer on the project had the top salary but it was the same as his boss who was the head of the project there was no incentive to become a boss do all the company dirty work at raise time and no reward. This is where the US is heading and Russia and Israel and most of Europe have already reached. It is time for a change in venue. Let us put back some education and rewards and lack thereof in the system. I do not need my grandchildren to be substandard.

It is bad enough that big brother can watch us on our android phones through free applications that allow access to photos and camera, etc. This week it was announced that a teenager succeeded in hacking into the e-mail of two of the top intelligence people in the USA. One day I noticed that my computer started “moving around”. I closed things but then realized I should have closed the internet itself. The second time, I shut the network down. Although I want to spread the Torah and Mitzvos, I don’t want some clown putting in stuff about Yeshu or Buddha or whatever Avoda Zara is in fashion into my Torah. We leave the net open for hours, I wonder who sees when we are sleeping and knows when we’re awake. Why do I have that gut feeling that it isn’t Santa Claus? If it is one on one they can get a lot of data. However, if it is the NSA, CIA, etc. they get over-loaded with good folks like you and I and the terrorists slip through the cracks except those tortured by the Shin Bet into admitting that they killed 70 years ago Aleizerov, Liberty Valance and Butch Cassidy.

Becoming a popular Rabbi and making tapes have people quoting for good or for bad Rabbi Mizrachi. The little that I have heard has been OK but that does not make everything that he says OK. I have my method and he has his. The best quote on him that I have heard came from Ben S. I have no respect for people that blame 'Rabbi's for their lack of frumkeit. The jerks, some of whom wear big black hats and have payos and beards and may even operate a yeshiva, don’t represent G-d anymore than ISIS. In the end you are responsible for yourself and your commitment to G-d.” Rabbi Schechter of Arachim told my wife that if I were wearing an Indian Headdress I would still be a Frum Yid.

No Tachanun for the next 5 months on the 15th of the month!

This is cute. Rabbi Shlomo Mimran Shlita pointed this out to me. The 15th of Sheva is Tu B’Shevat so there is no Tachanun. Then comes Adar Aleph which is Shushan Purim Katan. Adar Bet is Shushan Purim. Nissan is Pessach. Iyar is Pessach Sheni.

Double treatment by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles
The great Torah scholar, Rabbi Simcha of Bubraka (cited in Pri Magadim), once fell critically sick. As he was not at all a believer in Chassidic Rebbes, his mother went secretly without his knowledge to the famous holy Rebbe, Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk, to request his blessing for her son's recovery. He told her not to be afraid; with G-d's help, her son would regain his full health.
He told her that when she arrived home, she would find her son even weaker than he was before. Shortly thereafter, the lord of the area would host a gala affair, to which three great doctors from the big city of Lvov would be invited. She was to request that these three examine her ailing son. When they would come to her home, they would see how extremely weak her son was and would despair of his life. Nevertheless, she should not lose hope.
After they would leave the house, the Rebbe Elimelech continued, one of the three doctors would fall down while they were walking through the market place. His companions would help him stand up, and at that moment one of them would suddenly remember a certain medicine which would be able to help the sick Torah scholar.
This doctor would return to her home and write a prescription for that medicine. When she administered that medicine to her son, his condition immediately would begin to improve and eventually he would regain his full strength. The tzadik concluded his words by instructing her that as soon as her son was healthy, he should travel to the tzadik Rabbi Zusha of Anapoli, brother of the Rebbe Elimelech.
The woman returned home, and all the events that the holy Rebbe had foretold came to be, to the last detail. When the scholar was cured his mother related to him all that had happened. The son was very moved, and said that before he would travel to Anapoli, he and his mother must go to Lizensk to thank the Rebbe Elimelech in person. They went, and as soon as the Rebbe Elimelech laid eyes on them, he asked if they had fulfilled his instructions to go to see his brother. They responded that Anapoli was a great distance away and the recovered invalid was not yet strong enough for that.
A short while after, Rabbi Simcha travelled to Anapoli. There, a man came up to him in the street and said, "Simcha! I still don't have a guest for Shabbos. So you shall be my guest for the holy day." The scholar was astonished. How does this man know the first name of a stranger from a distant city? Seeing a teenage boy walking nearby, the scholar asked him the identity of the man now walking ahead of them. "That's our Rebbe," they boy said. The scholar was happy and excited that he had encountered R. Zusha so quickly, and went along with him to his home.
When they arrived, the Rebbe turned to him and said, "Simcha! Did you review the weekly Torah Reading yet?" "No." "Then take a chumash, and go over it now."
Afterwards, the Rebbe told him to come with him to the mikveh, and cautioned him to immerse while he, Zusha, was still in the water. The scholar carefully followed all the instructions. After they came out and got dressed, R. Zusha asked him, "Simcha! Do you have any difficulties in your studies?"
When Rabbi Simcha got back to his hotel, he thrust himself into his studies and reviewed all the thorny problems he had come up with in the Talmud and the Early Authorities, which even after all the time he had put into them, still seemed nigh unsolvable. Now, he suddenly found all those difficulties to be easily resolved and was left with nary a question to probe. Needless to say, the famed scholar, Rabbi Simcha of Bubraka, became a devoted follower of the Rebbe Reb Zusha of Anapoli.
[Translated by Yrachmiel Tilles from Sipurei Chassidim, Ekev (#447-not in Artscroll's English version)]

Biographical notes:
Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk (1717 - 21 Adar 1787), was a leading disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, successor to the Baal Shem Tov, and the leading Rebbe of the subsequent generation in Poland-Galitzia. Most of the great Chassidic dynasties stem from his disciples. His book, Noam Elimelech, is one of the most popular of all Chassidic works.
Rabbi Zusha of Anapoli (?- 2 Shvat 1800), was also a major disciple of the Maggid. The seemingly unsophisticated but clearly inspired "Reb Zusha" is one of the best known and most beloved Chassidic personalities. He and his famous brother, R. Elimelech, spent many years wandering in exile, for esoteric reasons.

Medical Marijuana may soon be permitted to more doctors in Israel. In the meantime only 36 MD’s have the authority to prescribe it for Parkinson, Cancer, etc. Here is an article regarding Kashrus:

The right did not do this but it was from an electrical failure:,7340,L-4751139,00.html

From Shmuel F. a real Kiddush HASHEM!

Inyanay Diyoma

Called up my friend from Herzliya after I head this:,7340,L-4748681,00.html

Shooting at drivers in the Shomron:

How did the sea patrol miss this guy?,7340,L-4748555,00.html

Family suspected in aiding the terrorist’s escape:

Soldier was killed in a training accident.,7340,L-4749002,00.html

 US State Dept. wakes up after a kick in the rear for the Saudis (Israel means nothing to them but oil talks):

Soldier sentenced to 45 days in jail for leaking info on the impending Shin Bet raid he does not betray Jews:,7340,L-4749001,00.html
Do not get me wrong, I condemned Church and Mosque burning and it could be that the Arabs burned the family because the brother also had a fire a few weeks later. Something is very fishy here.

Robo-locust to be used for gather information and saving lives:,7340,L-4748884,00.html

After 5 days police now have a lead on terrorist where-abouts:

The notorious Kawasmi (Amalek) family from Chevron has three neutralized terrorists.,7340,L-4749965,00.html
In addition on Thursday one car terrorist was killed and another stabber dealt with. In France the police killed a person wielding a knife at them in the station yelling the Arab Jihad cry.

Ed-Op when the extreme left becomes just as bad as the extreme right (if not worse),7340,L-4748704,00.html

Arab Refugees in the USA is anybody except Obama and Hillary surprised?

Two stabbers near Schem neutralized on Shabbos:

Israeli Lawyers expose Facebook’ s Hypocrisy by double posting an anti-Israel and anti-Palestine Page guess which was taken down and guess which was kept?

In my illness I missed this: Hundreds of masked and armed Hamas terrorists marched at the funeral of a terrorist in the streets of Jerusalem, waving swords and shouting violent slogans calling for the massacre of Jews. 

Marching boldly at the funeral earlier this week of terrorist Mahammed Saeed Ali in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat in Jerusalem, hundreds of masked and armed Hamas terrorists fired in the air with automatic assault rifles and waved knives and machetes, Arutz-7 reported on Thursday.

The scene was shocking, the news site noted, given the fact that it occurred in the Israeli capital, not in Gaza. The location was in the northeastern part of Jerusalem, not far from the Hebrew University and merely about 100 meters away from the Jewish Residential French Hill neighborhood. 

Video footage was made available by Channel 10 on Thursday evening and promoted on YouTube by a number of anti-Israel Arabs, who hailed the event.
"It is time for the present government of Israel to go, expulsion of all arabs, and establishment of a Jewish State. Otherwise, with the "gates open to invaders", Israel will fall again."

Dr. Harry

A terror cell in Chevron was caught and an alert in Beit Shemesh:

Israel is not responding with force but just reacting and that is why attacks continue:

This Arab woman was on her way to commit an act of terror but her friend failed to do his part:

438 anti-Semitic attacks in Londonstan in 2015 an increase of 88% in some places:

Final production phase of the Israeli Version of the F35 aka FI35 is being started.,7340,L-4751490,00.html

In Dec. there were something like 248 terror attacks in Israel which is down from 328 attacks in Nov.

This SOB robbed the bodies of dead Hungarian Jews in WWII pretending to be a Christian in order to survive and become rich and he talks like this:

With all the sand and dust maintenance is necessary as Russian Airstrikes slow down.

Israel welcomes 5th submarine cost over a half billion dollars:

Tuesday there was a stabbing attempt in Chevron that was stopped.

Iran captures two PT boats what the heck is going on here and who is playing with fire?

From Linda W. why it pays to take a cab run from Jews by calling in numbers that Frum Jews use.

This made the Israeli News but also a bit hushed up while trumpets and sirens should be going off:

IDF readies for ISIS from Sinai (but are we ready for Egypt in the future?).,7340,L-4752586,00.html

From Dr. Harry: An epidemic of rape is sweeping all across Europe, and yet European politicians seem almost completely unwilling to stand up and do something about it. In some major European cities, women are absolutely petrified to go out by themselves – especially at night. Things have gotten so bad that some people are now making up entirely new words to describe what is going on. Steve Quayle has labeled this crisis “rapeageddon“, and I think that fits. Things are particularly bad in Germany, which has welcomed more refugees than any other European country in recent years. If you can believe it, Germany opened the doors for 1.1 million “asylum seekers” last year. That is an astounding number, and it is starting to have dramatic consequences for German society.
Just consider what happened in the city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve. According to police, there were nearly 400 reports of groping, sexual assault, theft and rape. The following comes from a column written by Cal Thomas
In the city of Cologne, what is being described as an “Arab sex mob” of as many as 1,000 men surrounded groups of women on New Year’s Eve. The men, who were identified as being of Arab or North African appearance, fondled and sexually harassed the women. One city councilor, Judith Wolter, said Cologne’s town center has recently become a “no-go” area for women because of a rise in crime in the area. The city accepted more than 10,000 predominantly Muslim refugees last year. More than 30 women lodged complaints of similar New Year’s assaults in Hamburg and Stuttgart.
The German media have been accused of covering-up this and other incidents and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been revealed as the ultimate wishful thinker for refusing to do anything until recently to stem the flow of migrants from Islamic countries.
Actually things were even worse than Thomas reported in his article. According to the authorities, there were 133 crimes against women in the city of Hamburg on New Year’s Eve…
Police in the northern German city of Hamburg said Sunday they have recorded 133 cases of offences including sexual assaults allegedly committed against women during New Year’s celebrations.
Investigators have not identified any suspects for the assaults that allegedly took place at the port city’s party avenue Reeperbahn.
But victims have described the perpetrators as having “African, Arab, or south European appearance”, a police spokesman told AFP.
Needless to say, a lot of Germans are completely and totally fed up at this point. Many Germans are now referring to these immigrants as “rapeugees”, and some Germans are even calling for Angela Merkel to resign.
The frightening thing is that some of these “refugees” actually do have allegiance to the Islamic State. Here is just one example that was recently in the news
Over the weekend, some 1,700 people showed up for a PEGIDA rally where demonstrators held up signs carrying slogans such as “Rapeugees not welcome.” Some speakers at the event called for Merkel’s ouster.
Now, we learn that the man who last Thursday ran into a police station in northern Paris shouting “Allahu Akbar” and waving a meat cleaver spent time in a house for asylum seekers in Germany. That residence was raided on Saturday when German police, acting on a tip from French intelligence, stormed the building and found SIM cards, “documents” in Arabic, kitchen knives, and a banner reading “Islamic State forever” hanging in the kitchen.
And it isn’t just Germany that is experiencing an epidemic of immigrant violence.
In Sweden, violence against women has spiraled totally out of control. But the Swedish media has been caught covering it up because they didn’t want to make Muslim immigrants look bad. In recent days, the cover up of this violence against women has erupted into a huge scandal over there…
Nyheter Idag is now able to disclose in detail how major Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter deliberately covered up stories about widespread sexual abuse in central Stockholm in connection with a concert in the Kungsträdgården public square this August.
On Saturday August 15th, the nationally acclaimed and outspoken feminist artist Zara Larsson headlined the youth festival ‘We Are Sthlm” with a crowded concert in Kungsträdgården in central Stockholm. Thousands of young people were in attendance to take part in the event during the last summer nights of the year.
But for an unknown number of young girls the festival soon became a nightmare. Hordes of young men pressed against young girls, fondled and tried to cop a feel over and under skirts, pants and shirts. There were severe sexual assaults happening right in front of the stage, where artists such as Larsson and rapper OIAM performed.
In Sweden, this is something that has been building for years. Once upon a time, it was one of the most crime-free nations in the world, but now that has totally changed. According to Infowars, the number of rapes in that nation has risen by an astounding 1,472 percent since the mid-1970s…
Rapes in Sweden have skyrocketed by a shocking 1,472% since the mid-70’s, with 6,620 sexual assaults being reported to police in 2014 compared to just 421 in 1975.
77.6 percent of the country’s rapists are identified as “foreigners” (and that’s significant because in Sweden, “foreigner” is generally synonymous with “immigrant from Muslim country”), writes Selwyn Duke. “And even this likely understates the issue, since the Swedish government — in an effort to obscure the problem — records second-generation Muslim perpetrators simply as “Swedes.”
Other European nations are dealing with similar problems. Just check out these numbers
In Norway, recent statistics revealed that 100 percent of violent street-rapes committed in the capital city of Oslo were committed by “non-western” immigrants. It’s a similar story in Denmark, where the majority of rapes are committed by immigrants, usually Muslim.
In England, it’s been rape after rape – tens of thousands of young British girls are brutalized, tortured, beaten and raped by organized gangs comprised almost exclusively of Muslims.
As the United States and Canada import thousands of these “refugees”, it is only a matter of time before similar things start happening here.
In fact, there was quite a chilling incident that happened in Calgary just the other day. 31-year-old Mohamed Elmi and 29-year-old Mohamed Salad have been charged with attempted murder for firing shots into a very busy Calgary nightclub
Two bouncers who tackled a gunman holding a cocked pistol after shots were fired into a busy Calgary nightclub early Sunday morning are being credited by police and witnesses with risking their own lives to prevent further trauma.
While a 38-year-old man in the club was struck by a bullet and taken to hospital in stable condition with serious soft-tissue injury to his upper torso, officials believe many more patrons could have been hurt if it weren’t for the quick-thinking doormen.
So why didn’t we hear about this attack by two Islamic gunmen on the news?
Could it be possible that just like the European media, the mainstream media in Canada does not want to make Islamic immigrants look bad?
It has gotten to the point where the extreme political correctness that exists in our society is actually endangering our safety.
We need to see the world the way that it really is, and not the way that we wish that it would be.
There is a price to be paid for importing vast numbers of violent Islamic immigrants that do not have any respect for us or for our way of life.
This is something that Germany and Sweden have already discovered, and if we are not very careful our women will soon be paying the price as well!

Stabbing moderately injuring a Jew with a neutralized terrorist: Islamic Convention dispersed:,7340,L-4752958,00.html

Have a good Shabbos and Tu B’Shevat,

Rachamim Pauli