Friday, February 5, 2016

Parsha Mishpatim, more commentaries and some stories

A friend of mine got an e-mail from "RabbiRachamim" @ dreamworks. about two or three address of people I knew were on the list. One had passed away 6 years ago, a group from Yahoo that ceased to exist, an e-mail that did not exist. Also Ilan Ramon Family that was not on my contact list here. It contained a virus. It could be from an old Yahoo account that I had years ago. As my late friend Dr. Marvin R. sends me mail every few months.

Spoke with Shmuel Carmi ben Ita his operation was only partial successful and his health is stable so we can discontinue prayers for him.
Rabbi Chaim Yisrael ben Chana Tzirel was buried after Shabbos entered in Israel there of course is no more need for prayers.

Revised prayer list: Prayers for­ Men: Eliezer David HaCohain ben Naomi, Yoel HaCohain ben Henia, Avraham HaCohain ben Yocheved, Asher ben Esther Malka, Avraham ben Devorah, Menashe Ben Golda, Chaim Yisrael ben Chana Tzirel, Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Yoel ben Esther, Yehonatan ben Malka, Zvi ben Chava, David Zvi ben Sarah Leah, Daniel ben Rivka, Nehemiah Arieh Liab Peretz ben Esther Rachel, Eliyah ben Chana, Reuven David ben Rachel, Aharon Chayim ben Ruchama, Mordechai ben Nina,

Women: Karen Neshama bas Esther Ruth, Chaya Melecha Rachel bas Baila Alta, Rachel bas Chana, Hodaya Nirit bas Mazel, Rivka bas Idit, Kayla bas Chana, Tsvia Simcha bas Devorah Yachad, Miriam bas Irene Taita Malka, Esther Rachel bas Sarah Golde Chaya bas Esther, Lydia bas Elvira, Shulamis bas Etta, Chana Friedel bas Sara, Drorah Rivka bas Chana

The following person is recovering from long term non-threatening injuries and need Psalms. Binum Benyamin Tuvia ben Chana Friedel,

 A millimeter away from his heart.

An oldie but goodie Miracle that occurred over 20 years ago. A man brought his son to the Rebbe to receive the Bracha Dollar and to get a cure for his son who did not talk. It was caught on film. The Rebbe asks man if the boy said “Modeh Ani” and he said “No” so the Rebbe says to boy, say “Modeh Ani” and the boy starts talking again.

Parsha Mishpatim

The connection between Parshiyos. In Beshalach we had the Mann that fell six days a week and did not fall on Shabbos. In Yisro we had “Remember the Shabbos” and now we start off with the Shmita in which we release the Eved Evri {Hebrew Servant} from service.

21:1 Now these are the ordinances which thou shalt set before them.

There are three types of commandments with legal implications. Ordinances, judgements and laws. This is now in addition to the laws one heard at Sinai Aka the Asera Dibros.

2 If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

There were two types of Jewish Servants those who were sold into servitude because of theft and those who became destitute and wanted to have food, shelter and clothing some with or without their wives depending if they were married or not. They were given some sort of compensation so that they could start a new or renewed life after six years or less of serving. One came because of the courts of law and one voluntary.  

3 If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master give him a wife, and she bear him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

So that the Eved would not start some unethical behavior with members of the Master’s family or visitors to his house, he would give him a non-Jewish slave as a wife. The non-Jewish slave went to the Mikvah but is not yet Jewish so that her children are non-Jews and belong to the master.

5 But if the servant shall plainly say: I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free; 6 then his master shall bring him unto God, and shall bring him to the door, or unto the door-post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.

The reason for the drilling of the ear is given by our Sages of blessed memory. He who listened on Har Sinai should be free and a servant of HASHEM not a human master. But the forever is unto the Yovel when liberty is proclaimed throughout the land.

7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maid-servant, she shall not go out as the men-servants do.

The object of sell a poor G-D fearing girl was to get her released on or before the age of 12 for a marriage with the son of the rich master, unless he was young and rich. [Remember the Torah does not know from the Christian concept of Pedophiles and in ancient Israel, ancient Rome and Greece, the Arab World today and Indian Sub-Continent contracted marriages were normal. That is why Rashi suggests based on the Sages that Rivka was three years old when she married 40 year old Yitzchak as this was a normal occurrence. We in the west view this differently today but this was quite normal and acceptable. Let us not judge other cultures by our culture today nor try to force our will on others as the Christians bullied the Jews out of having two wives.]

8 If she please not her master, who hath espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her unto a foreign people he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

I assume that part of the sale was to make her a wife for his son and not to be treated like a Canaan Sale or other non-Jewish slave. If he tried to sell her, his property would be confiscated to buy her back if need be so she would be let free or work until the age of 12 and compensated like a man is compensated after years of work. {These non-Jewish women were to be treated with respect and modesty accorded a Jewish woman – only they were property in the fact that one could give this slave/servant woman to be a wife of a male servant/slave. There were more than a few romances and more than a few fights depending on the personalities of both.}

9 And if he espouse her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. 10 If he take him another wife, her food, her raiment, and her conjugal rights, shall he not diminish.

There is nothing wrong with having more than one wife according to the Torah but one must give them their cohabitation and other support including the shoes and clothes specified in the Ketuba.

11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out for nothing, without money.

If she is not worthy to be a daughter-in-law or wife, she goes free and her father keeps the money from the sale.

12 He that smites a man, so that he dies, shall surely be put to death.

This is not a matter of self-defense but a master beating his servant.

13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God cause it to come to hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he may flee.

An accidental murder like his axe handle falling off in mid-swing causing the other person to die or he is on a roof and slips off on his fellow and kills him.

14 And if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from Mine altar, that he may die.

This person is a murderer.

15 And he that smites his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

Only if he causes them to bleed or kills them. Regarding the bleeding if the son is the only Surgeon in town this is not included as he does this to save his parent.

16 And he that steals a man, and sells him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

This is “You shall not steal” a human. The death penalty excludes the robber or thief. For the Rabbi comes directly to the person and the thief rustles things from him like cattle or sheep. Stealing and selling a person makes one liable to the death penalty. (The Torah did not take into account the wickedness of capturing a woman to do his bidding – for that is more a non-Jewish thing and in my years in Israel have not hear about such an occurrence in Israel)

17 And he that curses his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

And one who curses his father or his mother: Why was this said? Since [Scripture] says: “any man, any man who curses his father [or his mother shall surely be put to death]” (Lev. 20:9). [From there] I know only that if a man curses his father [he is liable to death]. How do I know that if a woman curses her father [she too is liable to death]? Therefore, Scripture says [here]: “And one who curses his father or his mother….” It makes an unqualified statement, meaning whether it is a man or a woman. If so, why does it say, “any man who curses” ? [In order] to exclude a minor. -[From Mechilta] Shall surely be put to death: By stoning. Wherever it says: “his blood is upon him,” [it means that he is to be put to death] by stoning. The model for all of them is “with rocks they shall stone them; their blood is upon them” (Lev. 20:27). Regarding the one who curses his father, it says: “his blood is upon him” (Lev. 20:9). -[From Mechilta; Sanh. 66a; Sifra, end of Kedoshim]

18 And if men contend, and one smite the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keep his bed; 19 if he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit; only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.

The court shall fine him or causing: Injury, Pain, Embarrassment, loss of work and damages.

20 And if a man smite his bondman, or his bondwoman, with a rod, and he die under his hand, he shall surely be punished. 21 Notwithstanding if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his money.

If the servant died it would be treated more than just a loss of property and the servant would go free.

22 And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

Only if the woman dies but not if the Sofek (uncertain) viable child that might or might not have lived.

The following is not to be taken literally but money compensation except the taking of a life with intent. 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. 26 And if a man smite the eye of his bondman, or the eye of his bondwoman, and destroy it, he shall let him go free for his eye's sake. 27 And if he smite out his bondman's tooth, or his bondwoman's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
I am skipping over the laws of animals doing damage although it takes up pages in the Talmud and can be applied to automobiles today. 22:1 If a thief be found breaking in, and be smitten so that he dies, there shall be no blood guiltiness for him. 2 If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood guiltiness for him--he shall make restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

We return here to the laws of trespass and how one gets usually sold to be an Eved Evri.

27 Thou shalt not revile God, nor curse a ruler of thy people.


28 Thou shalt not delay to offer of the fullness of thy harvest, and of the outflow of thy presses. The first-born of thy sons shalt thou give unto Me. 29 Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep; seven days it shall be with its dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it Me.

You shall give Teruma, Maaser and the first born animal as required without delay for you shall be holy men.

30 And ye shall be holy men unto Me; therefore, ye shall not eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

Because the dogs did not bark when the Bnei Yisrael left Mitzrayim, they are given the Nevailah and Trief meat.
23:1 Thou shalt not utter a false report; put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou bear witness in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to pervert justice;

Rule of Majority Rules by Rabbi Pinchas Winston to subscribe contact:
You shall not follow the majority for evil, and you shall not respond concerning a lawsuit to follow many to pervert [justice]. Shemos 23:2
ONE VERY INTERESTING LAW of the Torah is, majority rules. It is a relatively universal law, and it is certainly not controversial when it is applied in the courtroom. Cases go to court to establish innocent or guilt, and the facts are not always so clear and certain. It makes sense to decide guilt and obligation based upon a majority of opinions if the case is carried out justly.
Where the law is more controversial is in the area of kashrus. If three identical pieces of meat accidentally become mixed together, two of which are kosher and one, treif, the law is, the majority rules. According to the Torah, the kosher meat “kashers” the treif piece, in a manner of speaking, and all three pieces of meat can be eaten. 
Don’t bite just yet. True as this is the rabbis came along and decided to have a person discard at least one of the three pieces of meat. This way no one will be eating a piece of meat that is for sure treif
Though this makes the situation better, how does it resolve anything completely? When it comes to a court case there is little alternative. We can’t throw the case out completely because the person may be guilty. We can, however, throw all three pieces of meat away, or at least sell them all to a non-Jew. If we’re so strict about kashrus, why take even a 10 percent chance of eating treif?
The only answer is that in such a situation, the meat ceases to be treif. For a reason known only to God Himself, the situation changes the spiritual status of the piece of meat. Best guess? Treif is not something that is intrinsic to food or anything physical. It is intrinsic to a situation, the reality of which is based upon what God thinks about it.
Another good example of this idea is the mitzvah of yibum. If the husband of a woman died after she has already had a child, the deceased’s brother cannot marry her. If the husband died before she had any children, it is mitzvah to perform yibum and take her as a wife (we don’t perform yibum today, only Halitzah). 
Why should a child make a difference to the status of a woman? Even if yibum is about carrying on the name of the deceased, the chances of the woman becoming pregnant from first intimacy with the surviving brother is not that great. After that, their marriage has nothing to do with the previous one, even if they eventually have children and name ALL of them after the dead brother!
In the case of yibum, Kabbalah does explain some of the spiritual mechanics in Sha’ar HaGilgulim. Nevertheless, not all questions are answered, reminding us once again that Mitzvos, even the Mishpatim to which relate, are based upon Divine logic. We may relate to some of that Godly logic, but certainly not all of it.
This is the mistake that Shlomo HaMelech made, according to the Talmud (Sanhedrin 20b). He was given incredible wisdom from God, allowing him to understand far more than anyone, other than Moshe Rabbeinu, has ever understood. It served him well, but it also almost cost him the kingship and his portion in the World-to-Come.
Assuming his wisdom was enough to understand the basis of the mitzvos, he allowed himself certainly leniencies which even his father did not take as a king. He erred, showing once again that human logic, no matter how great, does not come close to matching Divine logic. What God shares with us He shares with us. But, what He does not share with us is forever off bounds, until He says otherwise.
Returning to the mitzvah of majority rules, the following illustrates one of the limitations of the rule:
When Sancheriv came and besieged Jerusalem, Shevna wrote a note, which he shot on an arrow [into the enemy’s camp, declaring]: Shevna and his followers are willing to conclude peace; Chizkiah and his followers are not . . . So Chizkiah was afraid, and said, “Perhaps, Heaven forbid, the mind of The Holy One, Blessed is He, is with the majority, and since they wish to surrender we must do so as well!” Thereupon the prophet came and reassured him: “You shall not call a band everything that this people calls a band” (Yeshayahu 8:12). It is a band of the wicked, and cannot be counted [for the purpose of a decision]. (Sanhedrin 26a)
Sancheriv, the Assyrian king, had assembled a massive army and laid siege to Jerusalem with Chizkiah HaMelech and his people trapped inside the walled city. There was certainly no military option, since they were incredibly outnumbered, so Shevna, the Temple treasurer, did what he thought was the safest thing: surrender. 
In the meantime, Chizkiah had a problem. Majority rules. It turned out that a majority of the Jews were on Shevna’s side and wanted to surrender. Put to a vote, Chizkiah and his followers would have been outnumbered, which, according to the Torah, would have forced Chizkiah to surrender with the rest of the city. 
Yeshayahu to the rescue. The prophet showed up just in time knowing what was on Chizkiah’s mind and cleared the air. It turned out that Chizkiah was not outnumbered as he had thought. Shevna and his followers, apparently, for wanting to capitulate to the enemy and for setting surrender in motion had the status of evil people. Evil people do not get a vote, especially when it comes to Torah matters. Surrender was out.
Shevna surrendered anyhow, but met a terrible death at the hands of the enemy when he showed up without the “goods.” Chizkiah woke up the next morning to see that a plague had miraculously destroyed the enemy all around him the night before. Had Chizkiah only sung praise to God for the great miracle he would have been Moshiach and Sancheriv, Gog and Magog (Sanhedrin 94a).
This idea might be an insight into another important but mysterious redemption-oriented message. The Torah says: 
When Rachel had given birth to Yosef, Yaakov said to Lavan, “Grant me leave that I may go to my place and to my land.” (Beresheis 30:25)
Once the adversary of Esav was born, as it says, “And the house of Yaakov shall be fire, and the house of Yosef a flame, and the house of Esav shall be straw; and they will ignite them and devour them. (Ovadiah1:18). Fire without a flame is powerless from a distance, and thus once Yosef was born, Yaakov trusted in The Holy One, Blessed is He, and desired to return. (Rashi)
Sounds great, and as a Jew, I can’t wait to see this happen. Until then it is hard to fathom what this means. It’s just a lot of metaphors, and though their meaning is clear their means is not. Yaakov may be a fire and Yosef may be a flame, but Esav, straw? This “straw” happens to be a couple billion strong today, some of the mightiest nations in the world at this time, and technologically well-equipped. VERY well equipped.
At least that is the way it appears to us. From God’s perspective it may be just like Shevna’s group, and count for very little. From God’s point of view, billions of people who do not recognize Him, pursue temporal goals and indulge in activities forbidden by the Torah, might just as well be straw.
And the thing about straw is that it is highly flammable and burns so completely, leaving little trace of itself after, as if it never existed in the first place:
Yaakov dwelt in the land of his father’s sojornings, in the land of Canaan. (Beresheis 37:1)
The camels of a flax dealer [once] entered [a town], laden with flax. The blacksmith wondered, “Where will all this flax go?” One clever fellow answered him, “One spark will come out of your bellows, which will burn it all.” Yaakov saw all the chiefs [of Esav] mentioned [at the end of Parashas Vayeishev], and he wondered and said, “Who can conquer them all?” What is written after? “These are the generations of Yaakov: Yosef . . .” [not mentioning the rest of the brothers]. It is also written: “And the house of Yaakov shall be fire, and the house of Yosef a flame, and the house of Esav shall be straw” (Ovadia 1:18). One spark will emerge from Yosef which will destroy and consume all of them. (Rashi)
One spark, that’s all it will take, and Esav, and all of his numbers will become a thing of the past, with barely a trace that he ever existed, just like Sancheriv’s massive army. It’s just believing and hanging on until that point that sometimes pushes us to our limit.

3 neither shalt thou favor a poor man in his cause. … 6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. 7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not; for I will not justify the wicked.

Truth is essential before the L-RD the Torah is Emmes and you should do everything in a truthful way. It will be good for you, the world and redemption.

8 And thou shalt take no gift; for a gift blinds them that have sight, and perverts the words of the righteous.

This week I have taken Rabbi Y. Frand’s Drasha on this Pasuk. I found it powerful and stimulating. You can subscribe to him at
Bribes Blind Not only Judges A Case Study: By Rabbi Yissocher Frand
These divrei Torah were adapted from the hashkafa portion of Rabbi Yissocher Frand's Commuter Chavrusah Tapes on the weekly portion: CD #933 – The Mitzvah of Lending Money Good Shabbos!
Transcribed by David Twersky; Jerusalem                                                       Technical Assistance by Dovid Hoffman; Baltimore, MD

Bribes Blind:  Not Only A Law For Judges

The Pasuk in Parshas Mishpatim says, "You shall not accept a bribe for the bribe will blind those who see and corrupt the words of the righteous." [Shemos 23:8] When most of us read this Pasuk, we assume it does not apply to us because most of us are not judges.  We do not sit on Jewish Courts hearing disputes between litigants and thus the prohibition of not taking bribes presumably does not apply to us.
All the classical works say this is not true.  This is a Pasuk that applies to every single one of us and in fact, it applies to us not only multiple times in our lifetime but sometimes even multiple times in a single day.  We as individuals are called upon – almost on a constant basis – to make decisions.  In making those decisions, we constantly need to be on guard for not taking bribes. 
One should not be thinking -- "I may have been called upon to make decisions but no one has ever offered me a bribe to decide one way or the other."  Bribes do not always come in the form of "cash in a brown paper bag".  Any time an individual has something personal to gain out of a certain decision, right away he is compromised.  He is confronted with taking a bribe, of sorts.  One of the great challenges of life is the challenge of "negius".  "Negius" means we are affected by our own personal agenda.
Many times our personal needs and desires affect our decision making process in ways that totally compromise the decisions.  The Pasuk is saying that any time there is personal gain involved (be it money or honor or comfort or convenience – whatever it may be) we are already "on the take" so to speak.  Our judgement is thereby compromised.
What does a person do about this inevitable situation?  When a person is involved in such situations and he knows he has personal "negius," he must realize that he cannot trust himself to make an unbiased decision.  He must ask the advice of a non-compromised third party.  This is why the Mishna [Avos 1:6] advises "Make yourself a Rav and acquire for yourself a friend".  Everyone needs a set of "outside eyes".  For a person to delude himself and say "I know I am biased in the matter BUT nevertheless I am able to raise myself above that and come to a balanced and proper decision" is wishful thinking.  It is impossible.
The Torah tells it straight:  Bribes blind the wise.  This is an immutable law of nature that a person's decision making ability is affected when he has something personal to gain. 
In his Sefer Emunah V'Bitachon, the Chazon Ish writes as follows:  Personal involvement is something that affects great people and small people alike.  Even pious individuals and men of great accomplishment are affected by negius.  This is nothing to be ashamed about and it does not call into question the person’s piety or scholarship.  Simply, this is engraved into human nature.  The basis of this phenomenon appears in the Talmudic passage which restricts the Kohen Gadol and the King from taking part in the court deliberation regarding the need to add a leap month to the calendar to make a lunar leap year. 
The Talmud in Sanhedrin explains that a King cannot sit in on this Beis Din because he paid his army on an annual basis and it is always to his benefit to have a leap year (and get an extra month of "free" work from his officers and soldiers).  This will always compromise the King in this decision making process.  The Kohen Gadol is not allowed to sit on a Court deciding whether or not to establish a leap year because he had to go into the Mikveh five times as part of the Yom Kippur service.  It was always in his interest to have Yom Kippur fall out "earlier" in the calendar when it was still warm outside, rather than "later" in the year when there was already briskness in the air.   Going into the Mikveh five times a day in September is much easier than doing the same thing in October.  Because of that the Kohen Gadol's decision making ability here would be compromised. 
The Chazon Ish points out that this Talmudic rule applies even to the most righteous of kings and to the most pious of High Priests.  This is reality.  The Chazon Ish continues with the quote that "the Almighty looked into the Torah and created the world."  This means Hashem "consulted" (as it were) the Torah and saw that it said "a bribe blinds the wise." Therefore, when Hashem created man, He created our human nature to be affected by our own personal negius.  Just like it is a law of nature that every person needs oxygen and every person needs water, so too it is a law of nature that once a person has a personal stake in a decision, he is predisposed to decide in favor of what is best for him.  His judgment becomes clouded.
The Imrei Baruch (Rabbi Baruch Simon) cites a brilliant Biblical exegesis from Rav Chaim Kanievsky.  Rav Kanievsky states that every time we find the word Tzadikim in the Torah it is spelled "deficient" (choser – i.e. --Tzadee-Daled-Yud-Kuf-Mem Sofis).  The only exception is the reference here in Parshas Mishpatim [Shemos 23:8].  In stating that bribes will corrupt, the word Tzadikim it is spelled "full" (maleh – i.e. Tzadee-Daled-Yud-Kuf-Yud-Mem Sofis – with two "yud"s).  Rav Kanievsky explains the reason.  The Torah is emphasizing that even if it is a "full Tzadik) (e.g. – a totally righteous individual) nevertheless, he can be corrupted by bribes.  Rav Kanievsky explains that normally Tzadikim is spelled "deficient" because "there is no Tzadik in the world who does only good and does not sin" [Koheles 7:20].  However, here the Torah uncharacteristically spells the word Tzadikim "full" to emphasize that even a hypothetical "full Tzadik" is not immune from the inappropriate influence of shochad.

Bribes Blind:  A Case Study

The idea above relates to something that has been in the news lately and I believe it is a mitzvah to publicize the matter.  Even though this is from a source that I do not normally quote, and I have my reservations about quoting from him but there is a principle of "accepting the truth from whoever speaks it" and I feel that it is meritorious to publicize this.
Alan Dershowitz is a professor of law at Harvard Law School.  By all accounts, he is a brilliant lawyer.  I do not happen to agree with most of his politics.  He is a dyed in the wool liberal and his legal opinions reflect that, but he is a brilliant man who certainly does not need my approbation for his credentials.  He wrote an article entitled "Ex-President For Sale" about Jimmy Carter.  The former U.S. President wrote a best-selling book called Palestine:  Peace Not Apartheid.  The title of the book itself is inflammatory and incendiary.
What does this have to do with this week's Parsha?  Professor Dershowitz documents – like only a good lawyer can – how Carter has been on the take from a foundation called the Zayed Foundation, founded by Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. According to Mr. Dershowitz, Sheik Zayed is an unrepentant anti-Semite, to the extent that when this Sheik Zayed wanted to give the Harvard Divinity School two million dollars, Harvard refused the money because of Sheik Zayed’s reputation for being such a virulent anti-Semite.  Even though Harvard's Divinity School is on hard times, they returned the money.  Jimmy Carter, however, did not.  Mr. Carter said "This award has special significance for me because it is named for my personal friend, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan." Carter's personal friend, it turns out, was an unredeemable anti-Semite and all-around bigot. 
In addition, the article documents that Carter has received over ten million dollars from the Saudi Arabian Government for his Carter center in Atlanta whose stated purpose is to be a "disinterested dispassionate third party in the adjudication of disputes between different countries."  Moreover, Saudi Arabia does not make Carter's list of countries in which there are human rights abuses, as opposed to Israel "where human rights abuses are rampant".  The fact that in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive and if you steal, you get your hand chopped off, apparently does not bother Carter enough for him to make a tumult.  In other words, Carter has been sold -- lock, stock, and barrel. 
For a person of Carter’s stature (an ex-President, who, I am embarrassed to add, I voted for in 1976 - a mistake that I regret to this very day) to take money from a Government like Saudi Arabia and from a person like Sheik Zayed is one thing. But for him to then claim to write an impartial book about "Palestine" and the Israeli-Arab conflict is a colossal chutzpah.  So take money for your Carter Center, but then do not claim you can be an impartial observer to say who is acting correctly and who is acting wrongly.
If bribes blind Chachamim and corrupt the words of Tzadikim, Jimmy Carter certainly has a problem.  I do not know who much of a Chacham he is, but one thing I can tell you – he is certainly not a Tzadik!

9 And a stranger shalt thou not oppress; for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. 10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and gather in the increase thereof; 11 but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of thy people may eat; and what they leave the beast of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy olive yard. 12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may have rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

Both Shmita Year and Shabbos Kodesh are timed together and emphasized and reemphasized time and time ago by the Torah. Why? First the Shabbos and Shmita years are designed as rest from the creation of the world. Second they are holy and to be treated so. Third while the violation of Shmita one will be punished by heaven for the violation of Shabbos one can be put to death and his soul cut off from the Bnei Yisrael in the next world if he fully intended to do so. However, if he only came to violate the Shabbos by accident such as tripping a switch and lighting or extinguishing something or forgetting that pulling a piece of fruit from his tree is forbidden or forgetting it was Shabbos then he must bring a Korban Chatas (sin offering).

…17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD. 18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of My feast remain all night until the morning.

This is why blood in eggs or meat have to be removed or discarded. These are the Korban Chagigah sacrifice that is brought three times a year to Yerushalayim.

19 The choicest first-fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk.

Three times the prohibition is mentioned. 1) Not to cook meat and milk together and it has been extended to chicken and turkey. 2) Not to make such a mixture. 3) Not to have any enjoyment from even an accidental mixture by having your dog or cat each such a thing.

20 Behold, I send an angel before thee, to keep thee by the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21 Take heed of him, and hearken unto his voice; be not rebellious against him; for he will not pardon your transgression; for My name is in him. 22 But if thou shalt indeed hearken unto his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 23 For Mine angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; and I will cut them off. 24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their doings; but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and break in pieces their pillars. 25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 26 None shall miscarry, nor be barren, in thy land; the number of thy days I will fulfil. 27 I will send My terror before thee, and will discomfit all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee. 28 And I will send the hornet before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee. 29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year, lest the land become desolate, and the beasts of the field multiply against thee. 30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land. 31 And I will set thy border from the Red Sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness unto the River; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. 32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in thy land--lest they make thee sin against Me, for thou wilt serve their gods--for they will be a snare unto thee.

All the people had to do was trust and believe this and they would have seen the land but no they listened to the spies but I am jumping way ahead in the Chumash.

Please note: I have some bits of stories below but because of the guest commentaries I used this week from the I will bring down two stories or more next week.

My grandfather got a Visa to China and my father had escaped to Switzerland where his friend was turned back but he had an uncle in Zurich who got him a six month Visa. The Philippines took in 1300 Jews: Thanks to Devorah and Yosef.

From Yedidia Meir Arutz 7: Bing Translate:
“The uprising, Abbas”
What real war need to get teens? What parents and their teachers don't get?
1. it was on the great historic, sacred, transcendent, uplifting and impression. No, look at the newspaper informs. As I looked around me last Thursday on the Tualatin Hall, with bakery package and the juice on the side table, and about 100 young guys in chairs, in truth I was part of a major event, extraordinary, drive. So far.
And maybe we should start a month and a half earlier, on Kislev 19 events in the nation. During the Conference held there featured thousands immigrated to what Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, Rosh Yeshivat Ramat Gan. He didn't talk about the beauty and light that brought the storks to the world, not just the old Rebbe that same day out of prison, but the thing itself. On the most burning issue and harassing. He went up to the stage, pulled out of the Pocket and showed him his cell phone to surprise audiences: "did we fight against the barrier, which is in the pocket of many of us, or we maintain an open channel for the profanities in the world?" he asked a rhetorical question there, then turned his device, and show everyone that the other side is a sticker: "look at my phone! I have a filter! I have no spam! It should put the belt on mobile. This is the revolution of our generation, and we have to declare a rebellion. Forward, and rebelled. Who her '.We need to be strong! Don't see the feet! "
He left the stage and the audience continued to clap more minutes. But a shot there, with thousands more around, then go home and forget about everything that's not smart. The trick is to catch a bus or a lift on Thursday night, and a few weeks later to the first active, to download all these beautiful ideas to reality.
In recent weeks we have heard repeatedly about organizing the revolt. Those detained in the Duma, though, were part of a dangerous movement that wanted to change the Government in Israel. I looked at the guys around me, and I think their rebellion, however, true story think: Shays ' rebellion is going to change the culture, media and entertainment we consume. Most of them had this sticker on the device, like that of Rabbi Yehoshua. "Device write protected" and lowercase: "this device is protected and filtered by Netspark technologies. This is the same development that gives the Internet company also famous grenade, filtered Internet pioneer, but it works a little differently: the goal is not only to filter cell individually of anyone who chooses to do so, but at the same time create groups. Youth gangs (classes, preparatory meeting, olpanot-military, youth) and get settled in reconnect and decide together to filter abominations of their cell phone (there are several filtering levels of course). For this group, otssap group and opened with the always available for technical questions, so no need to dry on the line waiting for customer service. A big part of the story is the formulation, recruitment of more joining and esprit de corps. Everyone sat there in the Hall was a sitting or preparatory already started to join in the field and his ל'נטספרק friends.
2. the Yetzer Hara is very talented! ", opened Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira in his conversation with the guys at the Foundation of the Organization, which calls itself" Holy goat. Sitting in front of him, about 100 guys, but he spoke with the same passion that carried the speech at the International Convention Center. "The Yetzer Hara wants freedom. Freedom is a basic commodity, why limit ourselves? The Yetzer Hara also tells you if you are filtering – you are wrong. Are you weak? Yes, folks, I tell you that I am weak. I'm a WIMP. But if I had the guts to filter, so I become a hero The yetzer Hara will tell you it's too cumbersome, slow and problematic. Harry how easy it must be to say "stuck" to provide ourselves excuses not to join. Who answers the Yetzer Hara? You, only you. Campaigns of financial companies is not enough. It's not a new cheese or yogurt. This is a fight of good against the instinct concupiscence that struggle for most. Young idealists have fires here. So I'm so glad I didn't initiate this Conference. It comes from you. What mountains we pray on Rosh Hashanah? What are we saying? And here you are just craving the goodwill. The Yetzer Hara gets a lot of goodwill here. It rotates and repeats itself everywhere. We want people to talk just craving here. We want a revolution. The gang sitting here is cutting edge. You have guts and lead troops. And I want to tell you something: the rabbis do not lead it. Some of us don't understand, some of us just drink everyday and to elevate the spirit and speak, and some of us know how to operate only out of love rather than force. Therefore, I am telling you: must be more aggressive. Pretty. To reality with a Beit Midrash and a brothel. It may not be. If you act right, everyone will be standard sticker on your cell phone. Here, the bruises that started with that discovered that everyone wants to join. Neighbors, friends, brothers. People are looking for.
3. interesting, I thought to myself. For the establishment of new settlements, since the pioneer era to the present, people living in caravans without running water. Jews gave their souls throughout the ages for sensibility and nowadays, people lost the courage and boldness. Are conservatives fear paralyzes and serf. The ‘aitiov’ (will be OK?) anxiety hang them (which incidentally doesn't happen). "We're so Orthodox parties," whispered one of the company during the event, "experts in the arguments and excuses. People really come to beat me in to show me the signs and wonders why they don't need to install it.
As Eli cheered enthusiastically for Seinfeld, educator at yeshiva and author of the book "my son gets older-age youth mentor, went up to the stage, I realized there was another problem: no one thinks it's his responsibility. "It's an amazing phenomenon," he began. "I met with my parents and they say to me, say educators. I talk to educators and they tell me: tell your parents. Reality slut raging here and wheels. So who's in charge? How can you keep silent? How am I supposed to educate children aged 13 to pleasantly observe Mitzvos?
I had a student who beg me in tears before parents meeting to tell his mother to take the Internet from home, or at least to block and filter. She comes to my room, asking what is in history and mathematics, and I'm trying to imply her gently that there are other educational issues. She took to her soul. ' How dare you say that about my son, "she almost yelled at me. Then I read a study in which 81 percent of teens arrive on the network to places they shouldn't and don't want to be them. I went to the Conference room to remedy the situation, and he said with a smile: It's OK everyone's got 19 percent. Do you realize? For years I've been dealing with this issue, and everybody's always on 19 percent. Incredible ".
4. the signed Panel of three young men, initiating of this evening: Yoav arnfeldsit down meeting, Ben Schwartz and meeting of Ya'akov pridheim. Contrary to what I expected, all three were without curls or elders, and knitted caps in size.They were presented as workers. Yoav was the one who turned the ל'נטספרק a few months ago and asked to develop a service that will be provided to a group of students together. He didn't take a percentage on start-up, but according tohis vision, in a few years it will be standard in all educational institution, from elementary school and up.
"Bone cell makes all of us Joseph the just, all the time," said URI name Schwartz, "but to raise this issue for discussion. Let me tell you: is our enemy. Return our toy meeting and start driving. Walk with your head against the wall, and then discovered that the wall is. And whoever tells you that it is not modest, tell him no more modest not to talk about it. Dig for people. " One of the guys sitting next to me in the crowd told me about a friend of his who had already installed the filter, but am ashamed to wear the patch. "That's what needs to change. My goal is to make this character, to signal respect, you know? "he asked.
Yes, I understand. I pass by the exit of ' netspark ', install the filter in two minutes and paste the sticker. I'm too weak.

From Chaviva: This was due to the law of return and the large amounts of intermarriages or non-Jews who qualify under the law of return. Re: Russian non-Jews:

Time for some truth vs. what is going on an RP Ed-Op

I was debating on putting these bits and pieces from the news on Inyanay Diyoma but they are symptoms of times.

A study by the University of Haifa, sorry no article in English, says that the use of a cellphone for an hour or more a day lowers ‘Zera’ or sperm count in males this is in addition to a warm cellphone in one’s pocket near a strategic area.

Zika Virus came from genetically engineered Mosquitos. We are being fed genetically engineered American Corn Aka Maize, Tomatoes, Peppers, Canola Oil and more it is all going in us. More cancer, more Autism and probably other diseases. This is Esav at his worse playing with fire of creation that he knows nothing about and we are the experiment.

Rubio comes in third in Iowa and is being pushed by the big boys in Washington and the Edelson and other Media in Israel. All of a sudden he and Hillary are friends of Israel. Now it is true that he supports Israel. But let us be fair. I have heard Ted Cruz on TV about a dozen times and each time he mentions “Our ally Israel”. Donald Trump as called to move the Embassy to Yerushalayim from Tel Aviv and comes out strongly against the Iranian Deal.

As for Hillary on Israel. Her advisor and bosom buddy is an Egyptian Muslim who is married to Anthony Weiner for show. Now take a look thanks to Dr. Harry about other friends of hers outside of course of the donations from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates to the Clinton Foundation.

Sidney Blumenthal has been an intimate family friend to Hillary Clinton for two decades, and the emails between them show late night calls, social visits to one another’s home, and all the informality expected of two close and trusted friends. We know Mr. Blumenthal was a senior adviser to Ms. Clinton during her 2008 campaign for the presidency and would have continued during her time as secretary of state had his appointment not been stopped by President Obama’s staff due to Mr. Blumenthal’s penchant for nasty campaign tactics.
Nonetheless, Ms. Clinton valued Mr. Blumenthal’s advice to such a degree that she secretly hired him as a private advisor, paying him $120,000 a year for his services.
A number of columns have been written exposing how Mr. Blumenthal sent articles to Ms. Clinton from his son Max, one of America’s most notorious Israel haters. Ms. Clinton responded very favorably to them. Some of these writings would later be the basis for Max’s anti-Semitic Goliath, whose book launch was thrown by Sid at his own home. The disgraceful writings compare Israel to the Nazis, call for the expulsion of the Jews from Israel and whitewash Palestinian terrorism. For good measure Max also compares the Israel Defense Forces to the SS. FOR FOUR YEARS WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE, SIDNEY SENT HER ARTICLE AFTER ARTICLE ANTI-ISRAEL.

The emails thus released show that Mr. Blumenthal sent 19 articles written by Max, most of which contained deep anti-Israel sentiment.
What is truly unsettling is Ms. Clinton’s glowing praise for Max’s work. On numerous occasions she forwarded the articles to her staff with the words “Pls print,” and a number of times she asked for multiple copies so that she could hand them out to her staff and discuss them.
Here are some of Hillary’s email responses to Max’s missives:
7/6/2010 – “Pls print 5 copies but w/out heading from Sid.”
8/17/2010 – “Pls congratulate Max for another impressive piece. He’s so good.”
11/18/2010- “A very smart piece as usual.”
4/7/2011 – “Will Max’s piece be published anywhere else? It is powerful and touching.”
12/23/2011 – “Max strikes again!”
1/21/2012 – “Interesting reading.”
9/13/2012 “Your Max is a mitzvah!”
12/7/2012 – “Good stuff. Where is he now?”
Yes, you heard right. A Jew who compares the IDF to the SS is a mitzvah.
It gets worse.
Over Ms. Clintons four years as Secretary of State, Mr. Blumenthal sent her email after email containing anti-Israel articles and advice—dozens of columns and op-eds attacking Israel in extreme ways. Articles such as:
With A Victory Like This” by Akiva Eldar.
The Preemptive Strike On Jodi Rudoren” by Stephen M. Walt.
A Poisoned Process Holds Little Hope” by David Gardner.
Gaza: It’s Hamas’s Move Now” by Jeremy Greenstock.
The list goes on. In these articles attacks against Israel are the norm.
Ms. Clinton often responds positively to Mr. Blumenthal’s suggested reading, asking for them to be printed. In fact, she never once challenged Mr. Blumenthal on their anti-Israel content, and never asked him to stop. Articles and advice ranging from how the alliance with Israel was harming the U.S., to how Bibi was plotting against the U.S. government, to how AIPAC could no longer be trusted, and to why Israel should be forced to reveal its nuclear weapons program were sent.
Mr. Blumenthal’s anti-Israel articles were full of falsehoods that are very harmful to the Jewish state:
3/20/2010 – “The policy of the present Israeli government is endangering the lives of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
5/16/2010 – “The dilemmas you face when you possess dozens or hundreds of nuclear weapons, and your adversary, however despicable, may acquire one, are not the dilemmas of the Warsaw Ghetto.”
6/4/2010 – “The flotilla raid was not ‘bungled.’ The IDF detailed its violent strategy in advance.”
7/6/2010 – “Settlers’ theft of water from Palestinian towns.”
8/23/2010 – “We’ll lose our last partners to a settlement that will prevent Israel from turning into an apartheid state”
9/2/2010 – “Gestures of acceptance can help Israelis overcome their Holocaust-inspired political neuroses and take risks for peace.”
Mr. Blumenthal kept these vicious attacks flowing regularly to an eager Ms. Clinton.
A sampling of the many other anti-Israel quotes and ideas he sent:
5/16/2010 “But the message of the American Jewish establishment and its allies in the Netanyahu government is exactly the opposite: since Jews are history’s permanent victims, always on the knife-edge of extinction, moral responsibility is a luxury Israel does not have.”
5/31/2010 “Netanyahu is pleased by the fact that the Americans failed, so he said…”
9/2/2010 “Israel has worked hard to divide the Palestinians so as to consolidate its conquest of their homeland.”
11/18/2010 “The endgame of the far-right is to make Europe less tolerant and more Israeli.”
1/29/2011 “[T]he Egyptian revolution augurs an intense focus on the collapse of US initiatives on Israel-Palestine. Be prepared to take the consequences (while Bibi’s government and US neocons bark incessantly about ‘delegitimation’ of Israel…)”
2/18/2012 The Jewish lobby “sought to influence media coverage in a variety of sometimes heavy-handed ways” and “the pressure from these groups is relentless.”
The list goes on and on.
In fact, if you do an exhaustive search of Ms. Clinton’s emails, you will not find a single pro-Israel article or piece of advice from Mr. Blumenthal throughout the hundreds of missives he sent. (Indeed, you will be hard pressed to find any pro-Israel articles or advice in Ms. Clinton’s thousands of released emails.)
Furthermore, Mr. Blumenthal’s stream of anti-Israel articles included many written not only by his son Max, but by Paul Blumenthal—his other anti-Israel son. He too contributed to the torrent of articles attacking Israel. The apples don’t fall far from the tree and Ms. Clinton was fed a steady diet of Israel disparagement from the Blumenthal trifecta.
In 2013, even before Ms. Clinton’s emails were released, Alan Dershowitz—a known supporter of the Clintons—already foresaw the Hillary-Blumenthal debacle. Wary of how damaging Mr. Blumenthal’s defense of his son’s anti-Israel views would be to Ms. Clinton’s future, Mr. Dershowitz warned, “Max Blumenthal is well outside the acceptable range of rhetoric about Israel. His constant comparisons between Nazi Germany and the Jewish state establish him as an extremist bigot whose greatest appeal is to anti-Semites and others who apply a double standard to the Jewish state.  Any political candidate who would associate himself or herself with such views would be unacceptable to Americans… I hope that the Clintons ask Sid to expressly disassociate himself from his son’s views–and if he refuses to, that they no longer work with him on any matters.”
Mr. Dershowitz’s wise words have gone unheeded by both Clintons, and the newly released emails have thrown fuel on the fire.
None of this is surprising, since many liberal Jews hate themselves as much as they hate Israel.  They do love their Democratic politicians, regardless what they do to harm Israel.
From Richard A. If you think Clinton won Iowa fair and square just remove the word fair. Theoretically this can happen but something smells here:

Inyanay Diyoma

Pollard they let rot and will not let him leave for Israel but to spy on Israel that is OK.
I think the Republican Establishment like Hillary or Sanders: No Trump, Cruz, Rubio or Carson no voters:

ISIS vs the Shiites just plain murder:,7340,L-4760011,00.html

When I agree with the left in their accusation there is something wrong with Netanyahu and Yaalon:

Three Hesder Yeshiva Soldiers injured in shooting attack which could have been prevented by closing PLO driving on a certain road. A son of a neighbor of mine was injured

A car ramming attack near the Maccabee bus stop terrorist shot seriously injured.

Sometimes one needs outside stories like Dr. Harry to bring out the full news as there is a censor that does not want the public to panic. I mentioned this in passing last week and the event was played down. The electric grid did not fail but the attack was very-very serious. The computers that control Israel’s power grid were shut down this week by a cyberattack in what Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called a “severe” attack.
“We had to paralyze many of the computers of the Israeli Electricity Authority,” Steinitz acknowledged Tuesday in a speech at the Cybertech Conference in Tel Aviv. “We are handling the situation and I hope that soon, this very serious event will be over … but as of now, computer systems are still not working as they should.”
Authorities did not say who was behind the attack, nor did they name the cyber weapon used in the assault, The Times of Israel reported. It came during a week when temperatures at night were near-freezing.
The attack is significant because Israel is among the world’s leaders in cyber security.

This is the second major cyberattack on an electricity grid in recent week. On December 23, malware known as Black Energy succeeded in shutting off electricity to half the homes in Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankivsk region. Some grid experts blamed that attack on hackers in Russia.
Electronic Holocaust
Israel has been hit by a number of major cyberattacks over the past two years, The Times of Israel reported. In April hackers claiming to be with Anonymous warned that they would launch an “Electronic Holocaust,” and they ended up taking down Israeli websites and gaining access to emails.
In July, Israel’s National Cyber Authority warned that a major cyberattack was imminent.
Israeli authorities have suspected hackers associated with the terrorist group Hezbollah and its allies in Israel were behind the earlier cyberattacks.
There were conflicting reports on whether the attack sparked blackouts.
The attack did cause Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to issue a frightening warning.
“The greatest curse that we face is that in the Internet of Everything, everything can be penetrated,” Netanyahu said. “Everything can be sabotaged. Everything can be subverted. And when I say everything, I mean everything.”

IDF ignores Hezballah and Hamas tunnels that endanger lives but this they deal with:

Traitors and carpet baggers in the promised land is a book by Barry Chamish but if you don’t believe him read this from Reuven K.

Ignoring the following but now a second tunnel of Hamas into Sinai:

Three terrorists cross the roadblock free Shomron to enter somehow East Yerushalayim with rifles, knives and explosive devices.,7340,L-4761536,00.html

Barry Shaw wrote a new book on the BDS and Ben Dror this Ed-Op of the Mixed Multitude BDS:,7340,L-4761658,00.html

Before we could bury Hadar Cohen, our “Peace Partners” praise terrorists:,7340,L-4761949,00.html

Arab MK’s visit terrorist families while two 13 year old Israeli Arab girls stab a guard.,7340,L-4762275,00.html

Torturing a confession out of somebody and putting words in his mouth after depriving a 17 year old of sleep, no lawyer, solitary confinement and beatings according to some reports Sodomy. IT IS NOT A CONFESSION OF GUILT BUT A TORTURED WAY OF MAKING THIS ONE A VICTIM. THE TORAH FORBIDS A PERSON TO TESTIFY AGAINST HIMSELF!!!

The population is worried and rightfully so. The tunnel system was designed to have a thousand or more terrorist enter Israel on motor-cycle and murder as many as possible. Retired General Yom Tov Samia was interviewed on the Radio and wrote a little in a large newspaper this week regarding this.,7340,L-4762403,00.html

Turkey wants to give $5,000,000,000 to Gaza to have a seaport for Iranian and other weapons to use against us.

Iraq has the right idea against terrorist time to close the internet in Arab areas especially “refugee camps”, villas and 8 to 14 story houses.

IAF still has targets in Iran if necessary there ICBM’s are meant for Europe and the USA:

I see the light of the Moshiach at the end of the tunnel. Times will not be easy for us but do not worry, the Moshiach is nearer than we think. A good Shabbos to all get some rest and relaxation don’t forget to sing songs at the table and keep yourselves in good health. As Rabbi Yacov London used to say, “You should live and be well and only be well.”
Rachamim Pauli