Friday, February 19, 2016

Parsha Tetzaveh, stories, news

Shmuel Carmi ben Ita will be going for another operation. Chava Bat Rachel is in the ICU.

Parsha Tetzaveh

One of the last things that a Rabbi thinks about is clothing and jewels as long as he is dressed a bit and clean. For no Talmud Chacham should look like he was working in the dust or just cleaned a chimney. Yet the ceremonial side of Judaism (Pulchan) is necessary.

Perhaps I should have brought this down last week but it came into my head this week for last week was more the physical outside building with all the materials and this week is more the garments of the Cohanim for the ceremonial side. 8 Mine is the silver, and Mine the gold, says the LORD of hosts. – Chagai 2:8

Over the course of centuries stones had to be replaced. The Onyx Stones were engraved with the names of the tribes. There is a dispute as to how they were engraved if six full tribes were on each or the letters the same and one tribe had half on one and half on the other. covers it check out torahtidbits archives for this.  

27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually.

The Jews are compared to olive oil. Once they are beaten (I would say they beat themselves with Torah) they turn out Mitzvos which enlighten the world.

28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, for splendor and for beauty. 3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise-hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron's garments to sanctify him, that he may minister unto Me in the priest's office. 4 And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a tunic of chequer work, a mitre, and a girdle; and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto Me in the priest's office. 5 And they shall take the gold, and the blue, and the purple, and the scarleot, and the fine linen.

The gold and the silver shall be mixed with Techelles and other colored garments that are hard to dye and outstanding for their beauty for the Cohain Gadol. He shall wear 8 garments and the regular Cohain 4. The famous story of the Ger that wanted to convert to be Cohain Gadol. Shammai was infuriated but Hillel told him to learn. When he learned that an ordinary Jew was not allowed to be Cohain he figured out that a stranger could not. However, he like Judaism and did convert.
6 And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and purple, scarlet, and fine twined linen, the work of the skillful workman. 7 It shall have two shoulder-pieces joined to the two ends thereof, that it may be joined together. 8 And the skillfully woven band, which is upon it, wherewith to gird it on, shall be like the work thereof and of the same piece: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

These were not simple tailors and seamstresses but masters of the trade who worked on this. The first garment was made by volunteers but later on paid masters of the trade.

9 And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel: 10 six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the six that remain on the other stone, according to their birth. 11 With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones, according to the names of the children of Israel; thou shalt make them to be enclosed in settings of gold. 12 And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, to be stones of memorial for the children of Israel; and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

The tribes on the stones were above everything but the Mitzneffes for his head with the words Kodesh Le HASHEM.

13 And thou shalt make settings of gold; 14 and two chains of pure gold; of plaited thread shalt thou make them, of wreathen work; and thou shalt put the wreathen chains on the settings. 15 And thou shalt make a breastplate of judgment, the work of the skillful workman; like the work of the ephod thou shalt make it: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. 16 Four-square it shall be and double: a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof. 17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of carnelian, topaz, and smaragd shall be the first row; 18 and the second row a carbuncle, a sapphire, and an emerald; 19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be enclosed in gold in their settings. 21 And the stones shall be according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet, every one according to his name, they shall be for the twelve tribes.

A few times I have covered the physical names and colors of the stones. I mentioned in passing that each stone has a spiritual quality about it. For when HASHEM created the world, HE created the four forms of incarnation. In animate, plant, animal and talking (aka mankind). Each stone was created with such internal atomic frequencies, chemicals and spiritual properties. In fact there is a woman in Yerushalayim that has a store with a different gem for each and every birthday. For example in Sefer Yetzirah a Kabbalistic work it uses tribes for the various months of the year and various stones for each tribe etc. So if your birth month was a ruby or topaz so the woman would have a ruby color of one shade for the start of the month to the middle of the month to finally the end of the month.  

I have a lot of Kabbalistic questions in my head such as why this material and these colors? Is it because in the times of the Exodus they were rare and costly or because when their atomic frequencies are put together with the Aron and the other materials like the belt and breastplate (Avnet V’ Ephod) they produced an atmosphere for the Shechina to rest there? Of all the rare stones in the world why these? Why did the Ephod have such and such an order both the top row and then the stone/tribe underneath? Besides the special power of the frequencies of the stones, was there more Kabbalistic significance to the order and what is/was it? However, with my stage of learning and various duties, these questions may always remain unanswered for me in my lifetime and only after 120 years will I know.

Stephanie KM posted this which is one of many pictures of what the garment looked like. You could also look it up on the Temple Institute site:

33 And upon the skirts of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the skirts thereof; and bells of gold between them round about: 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the skirts of the robe round about. 35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister; and the sound thereof shall be heard when he goes in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

Rabbi Barak Kochavi in his Drasha said that this was for all days but on Yom Kippur he wore white. I thought to myself how could this be so. So I went to the Gematria of Satan which is 364 so one day a year the Satan has no power to accuse while Am Yisrael does Teshuva. On the other days the bells and the pomegranates chased him off.

36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and engrave upon it, like the engravings of a signet: HOLY TO THE LORD. 37 And thou shalt put it on a thread of blue, and it shall be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. 38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall bear the iniquity committed in the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow, even in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

We see in the days of the Moshiach even mundane things will be Holy unto HASHEM. Zachariah 14:20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses: HOLY UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the basins before the altar.

A Baal Shem Tov Story on Haughtiness thanks to “Thinker”

Some 300 years ago, there lived an affluent man named Avigdor. He once brought a large sum of money to Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the chassidic movement, to be distributed to the poor on his behalf.
Accepting the contribution graciously, the Baal Shem Tov (literally, “Master of a Good Name”) inquired if perhaps Avigdor would like a blessing in return. After all, the Baal Shem Tov was renowned not only as a great Torah scholar, but also as a righteous individual who had the power to give blessings.
I am very wealthy
"No thanks!" replied Avigdor arrogantly. "I am very wealthy; I own many properties, and I have servants, plenty of delicacies and everything else I want. I have more than I need!"
"You are very fortunate," replied the Baal Shem Tov. "Perhaps you would like a blessing for your family?"
"I have a large and healthy family of which I am very proud; they are a credit to me. I don’t need—or want—anything."
"Well, then perhaps you can help me. May I request one thing of you?" inquired Rabbi Israel. "Can you please deliver a letter to the head of the charity committee in Brody?"
"Certainly," responded Avigdor. "I live in Brody and would be happy to assist you in this matter."
The Baal Shem Tov took out a pen and paper, wrote a letter, sealed it in an envelope and gave it to Avigdor. Avigdor took the letter, placed it in his jacket pocket and returned home. But he had so many projects on his mind that by the time he arrived in Brody he had completely forgotten about the entire encounter with Rabbi Israel.
Sixteen years passed, and the wheel of fortune suddenly turned. All of Avigdor's assets and properties were lost or destroyed. Floods ruined his fields of crops; fires destroyed his forests. Calamity after calamity. He was left penniless.
Creditors took his house and everything he owned. He was forced to sell even his clothing to feed his children. One day, while cleaning out the pockets of an old jacket he planned to sell, he found a letter—the letter that he had received from the Baal Shem Tov 16 years earlier! In a flash, he recalled his visit and his haughtiness when he thought he had everything. With tears in his eyes, he rushed to finally fulfill his mission and deliver the letter. The envelope was addressed to a Mr. Tzaddok, chairman of the charity committee of Brody.
He ran into the street and encountered one of his friends. Grabbing his arm, he said, "Where can I find Mr. Tzaddok?"
"Mr. Tzaddok? You mean Mr. Tzaddok, the chairman of the charity committee?"
"Yes, I must see him immediately!" replied Avigdor.
"He is in the synagogue," said Avigdor's friend. "I was there only a few minutes ago. Mr. Tzaddok is indeed a lucky man. Just this morning he was elected chairman of the charity committee."
"Tell me more about Mr. Tzaddok," insisted Avigdor.
Willing to oblige, Avigdor's friend continued, "Mr. Tzaddok was born and raised here in Brody. A tailor by profession, he was always down on his luck, never able to make a decent living. He was hardly able to support his family, and they always lived in abject poverty. He sat in the back of the synagogue, and no one ever took notice of him. Despite working many hours, he never earned much; it was hard for him to scrape together enough money for even a loaf of bread for his family.
He did not forget his former poverty
"Recently, however, the tide changed. Mr. Tzaddok was introduced to a local nobleman, and he made uniforms for all his servants. The nobleman was very satisfied with Mr. Tzaddok's craftsmanship, and his business started to pick up. He even received an order for 5,000 uniforms for the army. He became a rich man and gained respect in the eyes of the community. He did not forget his former poverty, and gave generously to many, taking an active role in communal affairs. Just this morning, he was unanimously elected chairman of the charity committee."
Hearing this story, Avigdor hurried to the synagogue and found Mr. Tzaddok busy perusing the many requests for financial assistance. He handed Mr. Tzaddok the letter. Together they read the words of the Baal Shem Tov, penned 16 years earlier:
Dear Mr. Tzaddok,
The man who brought this letter is named Avigdor. He was once very wealthy, but is now very poor. He has paid for his haughtiness. Since just this morning you were elected chairman of the charity committee, I request that you do all you can to assist him, as he has a large family to support. He will once again become successful, and this time he will be more suited to success. In case you doubt my words, I give you the following sign: Your wife is expecting a baby, and today she will give birth to a boy.
They had hardly concluded reading the letter when someone burst into the synagogue and exclaimed, "Mazel tov, Mr. Tzaddok! Your wife just had a baby boy!"
Thanks to the Baal Shem Tov's foresight, Avigdor once again became very affluent. This time, he remained humble and was admired by all.

Activating sources of income, by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

There were very few people from whom Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk ever agreed to accept money. And the one wealthy and scholarly chasid who did support him was distressed one day to find that the tzadik refused even his accustomed gift. Finding no rest, he finally asked the rebbe directly for his reason.

"Every livelihood," answered the rebbe, "has a cause, and the Almighty is the One Who activates these causes. It sometimes happens that He chooses to put a person to the test - to see whether he places his trust in the cause, or in Him Who causes the cause - and so He removes that cause. Now if that man had placed his trust in it, then his livelihood is cut off from Above, for by his thinking he made it in fact depend on the cause. If however he had place hid trust in Him Who activates the causes, then his livelihood continues undisturbed, and the Almighty brings other causes into play, for His emissaries are countless.
"Now in my case, he explained to his chasid, "the immediate cause of my income was -your support. So I thought: what if the Almighty wants to put me to the above test, and to remove my cause? Then you will have to become poor, so that you be unable to support me. I would therefore prefer to remove the cause myself, so that you will not have to be impoverished."
"Rebbe," cried the chasid, "I want to continue notwithstanding! And if the Almighty should want to put you to the test, and that involves my being left poor, then I accept that result willingly. Anything, so long as you do not remove the source of your income yourself!"

But only after he repeated his entreaty many times did the tzadik finally agree to accept his gifts as he had formerly done.

That same year, through some misfortune, the chasid lost his wealth and became a poor man, and was forced to seek employment as a rabbi and as the head of a rabbinical court in order to support his family.
Source: From A Treasury of Chassidic Tales (Artscroll), as translated by R. Uri Kaploun from Sipurei Chasidim by Rabbi S. Y. Zevin.
Biographical note:
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk [of blessed memory: 5547 - 22 Shevat 5619 (1787 - Jan. 1859 BCE], although born into a non-chasidic family; early became a disciple of R. Yaakov Yitzchok [the "Seer"] of Lublin, R. Yaakov Yitzchok [the "Yid HaKadosh"] of Pshischah, and ultimately of R. Simcha Bunim of Pshischah, Superficially stern, he practiced and preached a zealous and unrelenting search for truth, whose prime enemy is self-centeredness. His oft-quoted aphorisms are characteristically pungent and unsugared. Stressed earnest Torah study. Spent the last two decades of his life in isolation. After his passing, the majority of his followers recognized his disciple R. Yitzchak Meir of Ger as their rebbe.
Connection: Seasonal-- the 157th yahrzeit of the Kotzker fell on Monday. 

Medical innovations from Israel - Arabs holding by the boycott remember this:

Largest Solar Electric Plant in the world at peak will supply 120,000 people with electricity about 1% of Israel’s needs.

Inyanay Diyoma

Bernie Sanders visits Midwood Brooklyn, NY and it has dozens of Kosher places so he goes and eats in a non-kosher Turkish Shish Kabab Restaurant. Of course an unnamed Israeli Prime Minister visited the USA recently and purposely ate Trafe food.

Good news that the jogger from Neve Daniel is back running within a week but his assailant terrorist is still loose.

Car ramming attempt. The report comes just minutes after police arrested an Arab man at Be'er Sheva's central station on Friday, on suspicion that he was planning to launch an attack. He was arrested on intelligence information, although no weapons were found on his person at the time of the arrest.

Muslim attacks in Ohio Restaurant owned by Christian Israeli Arab.

3 border policeman injured in car chase/ramming. Also a 17 year old female from a Hamas linked family dies trying to stab soldiers as an Arab is stabbed to prevent her from being shot.,7340,L-4765549,00.html

This beheader was on a humanitarian convoy to Gaza.,7340,L-4763503,00.html

Free for all in Syria as ground invasion possible and Russian vs Turkish Planes if this continues:

The madman who prepared the 7th Armor Brigade for the Yom Kippur War and saved the Golan Heights passes away. He is survived by 7 children.

Israeli left the professional cyber-bullies:

Last week there was an article on the Nahal and this week Givati of course Golani needs no speaking for wink-wink.,7340,L-4765685,00.html

After a rock-throwing shooting attack on soldiers (two neutralized Arabs) there is a stabbing attempt: More terror.,7340,L-4766061,00.html After writing this: On Sunday night, two attackers armed with homemade M-16 rifles opened fire at a police force that was being briefed about 30 meters away next to a light rail station near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.

The officers noticed a suspicious man with a bag in his hand. They approached him and instructed him to stop and put down his bag. He thn pulled out a rifle and aimed it at the officers, who responded quickly and shot him.

After having shot the first attacker, the second attacker opened fire at them. They pursued the shooter, returned fire, and neutralized him.

Both attackers were declared dead at the scene.

Yochanan mailed me this while I slept in the morning it was not there: Syria should be partitioned:,7340,L-4765928,00.html

Three Sunni Muslim nations looking for Nukes and with ISIS this is not good.

More people die or are injured from traffic accidents than war in Israel:

My grandchildren and Menashe are part of this drill:

Hasn’t the USA stolen enough lands from the natives of course this is not the Palestinians and not little Israel.

In Rochester, NY the schools had Hijab Day. The difference between them and Iran is that the girls could wear pants or colorful dresses. However, it got the ire of many parents and is a good reason to send children to religious schools or home school. The only thing that I am against home schooling is the lack of interaction with other children in learning and building up human friendships which in my opinion is necessary. However, there is no bullying, peer pressure or drugs.

The Schem arms industry booms as terrorist turn to rifles to attack Israelis: Also there appears to be holes or weakness in the so-called walls that they continue to penetrate Israel.

When the diplomatic corps is incompetent political bureaucrats, the more qualified IDF does the job and quietly. For in the military field there is no room for misunderstanding. Clandestine ties with Jordan, secret coordination meetings in Moscow, encrypted conference calls with the Americans, joint drills with the Greeks, and relations with military attaches from over 30 countries. As the Foreign Ministry collapses and Israel's international standing is undermined, the IDF is coming out ahead on the diplomatic front.,7340,L-4766070,00.html

Could this be used against Chassidic or Sephardic Groups or only cults that endanger participants and who determines this?

Israel saved Bahraini Princess in 2010 now closer ties.

After a stabbing attempt at the Schem Gate, Washington Post Arab Journalist and bureau chief briefly detained as journalist was provoking unrest.,7340,L-4766993,00.html

Nasrallah makes a threat that is not completely idle but not 800,000 casualties: Like the EMP and the US electric Grid politicians do nothing but talk one has to build an alternative.,7340,L-4767144,00.html

Nobody knows 100% if this was an airstrike or artillery one thing for sure is that Hezballah is not getting these particular weapons and munitions.

BDE The 21 year old Nahal Charedi married with child passes away from his wounds he is survived by a wife and a child. Only one terrorist killed.,7340,L-4768062,00.html

Bus crashed this week due to high speed and cellphone that killed six and injured many. The poor bride was the worse victim that lived is slowly recovering:

Donald Trump on Israel straight from the source vote intelligently not via the press or rumors but listen:

Have a good Shabbos all,

Rachamim Pauli