Thursday, March 10, 2016

Parsha Pekudei, stories

Parsha Pekudei

From all my teachers I have learned! Rabbi Edward Davis Shlita wrote about the big picture before the golden calf and afterwards. Sometimes in writing my commentary I look at the smaller picture. What was just before the Egel? It was to observe and guard the holy Shabbos. What was after? Again a reminder of the holiness of Shabbos. It seems that Shabbos observance guards against the Egel and all danger to Am Yisrael.

He went on to write about the dispute between the Beer Moshe (Debrycyner Rebbe) and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. The former gave a Psak that it was forbidden to give an Aliyah to Torah to those who violate the Shabbos. The later gave a Psak that it was permissible. For he saw during the great depression men who were internally Frum who davened with Tallisim over their heads early on Shabbos and then went to work. He realized that these people valued HASHEM and Judaism but had to put bread on the table. Some were strong and would be fired each week others were weaker. However, one who marries a non-Jew cannot get any honors in a Synagogue neither lead the congregation or anything to do with the Torah.

We finished last Parsha the description of the work. Now the Torah comes to show that Moshe was rich by himself and did not take even a shoe lace of the donations. A community leader should be clean of all outside influence and gifts or bribery. This week an accounting is given of each item.

Another thing that I learned was an article by Rabbi Tzvi Nightingale Shlita. He wrote in Parsha Tetzaveh how the clothes make the man. His son and another fellow were given free tickets to a Motzei Shabbos Hockey Game. They arrived there in their suits. They sat in the stadium but were out of place. Some in the crowd were dress awful others better and some like they were on a beach sunbathing.

Regarding the Cohain HaGadol, clothes do make the man as it is the clothing that distinguishes him from the simple Cohain. Parts of the garment (bells) drive away the Satan and the Tzitz atone for the sins of Am Yisrael.

38:21 These are the accounts of the tabernacle, even the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were rendered according to the commandment of Moses, through the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

We can see here that a quality control inspector was needed for surely the Leviim had their elders and natural group leaders. Leaders of 10, 50 and 100 are mentioned but Ithamar was in charge of everybody.

22 And Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.

Bezalel, the son of Uri… had made all that the Lord had commanded Moses: “That Moses had commanded him is not written here, but all that the Lord had commanded Moses,” [meaning that] even [in] things that his master [Moses] had not said to him, his [Bezalel’s] view coincided with what was said to Moses on Sinai. For Moses commanded Bezalel to first make the furnishings and afterwards the Mishkan. (Rashi is not referring to the command to donate [the materials for the Mishkan and its furnishings], since, on the contrary, the Holy One, blessed be He, commanded the opposite in parshath Terumah. [I.e.,] first [God commanded them to make] the furnishings: the table, the menorah, the curtains, and afterwards [He gave] the command to make the planks [i.e., the Mishkan, whereas] the command of our teacher, Moses, may he rest in peace, at the beginning of Vayakhel (Exod. 35:11-19) lists first the Mishkan and its tent, and afterwards the furnishings. Rather, Rashi is referring to the command to the worker, [i.e.,] in what order he should work. You will find in the parsha of Ki Thissa [where God commanded concerning the order of the Mishkan’s construction]: “See, I have called by name Bezalel…” (Exod. 31:2-11), that first the Tent of Meeting is mentioned and afterwards the furnishings. As far as [the command in Terumah] to donate, to prepare what they would require [for the Mishkan and its furnishings], what difference does it make what they donated first? [Thus the order of the furnishings listed there is irrelevant.] See Tosafoth in the chapter entitled הָרוֹאֶה (Ber. 55a): If you ask, how do we know that our teacher, Moses, may he rest in peace, commanded Bezalel to do the opposite [of what God had commanded him? Since it is not found in the text that Moses commanded Bezalel to construct first the furnishings and then the Mishkan], we may reply that it is written in parshath Vayakhel (Exod. 36:2): “And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab…”. [There] the Torah is very brief in explaining what he [Moses] said to them. From this verse (38:22), which is worded, “all that the Lord commanded Moses,” we see that he [Moses] commanded them in the opposite manner. [Therefore the text here does not state “that Moses had commanded him.”] Study this well.) Bezalel responded, “It is common practice to first make a house and then to put furniture into it.” He said to him, “This is what I heard from the mouth of the Holy One, blessed is He.” Moses said to him [Bezalel], “You were in the shadow of God [בְּצֵל אֵל, which is the meaning of Bezalel’s name. I.e., you are right], for surely that is what the Holy One, blessed be He, commanded me.” And so he did: [Bezalel] first [made] the Mishkan, and afterwards he made the furnishings. -[from Ber. 55a]

23 And with him was Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a craftsman, and a skillful workman, and a weaver in colors, in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.

Each material was different and it took the highest craftsmanship to weave them together and to make the garment of the Cohain Gadol for the regular Cohanim had plain white tunics. There are a few that started wearing these garments and every year before Pessach practice slaughtering sheep and how the service was carried out. It is not enough knowing the theory of the Korban Pessach.

24 All the gold that was used for the work in all the work of the sanctuary, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

This is a lot of gold for the ancient world and the fact that it came from the earrings and bracelets of people show the generosity for there had to have been a large number of donation to meet this quantity. This was some collection of gold and modern mining techniques were not known.

25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was a hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and three-score and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 26 a beka a head, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that passed over to them that are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.

In previous years I calculated the weights and modern day value of the gold and silver. It is impressive and the weights had to be moved around the desert by hand except for the knobs on the wood of the Mishkan.

27 And the hundred talents of silver were for casting the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the veil: a hundred sockets for the hundred talents, a talent for a socket. 28 And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their capitals, and made fillets for them. 29 And the brass of the offering was seventy talents and two thousand and four hundred shekels. 30 And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tent of meeting, and the brazen altar, and the brazen grating for it, and all the vessels of the altar, 31 and the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the gate of the court, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.

We started out the accounting of the amounts of gold and silver used. The weight of brass was then counted above.

39:1 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made plaited garments, for ministering in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron, as the LORD commanded Moses.

2 And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. 3 And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into threads, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, the work of the skillful workman. 4 They made shoulder-pieces for it, joined together; at the two ends was it joined together. 5 And the skillfully woven band, that was upon it, wherewith to gird it on, was of the same piece and like the work thereof: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, as the LORD commanded Moses. 6 And they wrought the onyx stones, inclosed in settings of gold, graven with the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the children of Israel. 7 And he put them on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, to be stones of memorial for the children of Israel, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Look at this article for more details and click next as much as your curiosity goes:

40:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'On the first day of the first month shalt thou rear up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. … 16 Thus did Moses; according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he. 17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up. … 28 And he put the screen of the door to the tabernacle. 29 And the altar of burnt-offering he set at the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt-offering and the meal-offering; as the LORD commanded Moses. 30 And he set the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water therein, wherewith to wash; 31 that Moses and Aaron and his sons might wash their hands and their feet thereat; 32 when they went into the tent of meeting, and when they came near unto the altar, they should wash; as the LORD commanded Moses. 33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

Moshe was called Eved HASHEM or slave/servant of G-D and he was the Shaliach in this world for the dedication of the Mishkan which would last over 500 years until the building of the first Beis HaMikdash. The Aron HaKodesh and other items would then be transferred there. They would remain there until hidden by Yermiyahu.

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of meeting, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 36 And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward, throughout all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and there was fire therein by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys

Chazak – Chazak v’ nit Chazak

I am glad that finally the "we the people" are waking up over the establishment. I hope in Israel somebody will come and throw out Netanyahu and most of the kit and caboodle there. There should be term limitations for everything. Career diplomats are one thing but career politicians another!

I was thinking of the Rashi in Lech Lecha where HASHEM promises Avram that he will leave his land to a place that he will be shown and he will become a man with children, wealthy and famous. Rashi states that a person travelling has very little time to be settled in to have children and can’t accumulate wealth or make a name for himself when he travels. I flew from Israel to the states and the time zone difference plus the night and day schedule throws my sleeping hours off balance and by the time I adjust, I have to return.

Missouri Cherokee Tribes proclaim Jewish Heritage by Staff  Feb. 7, ’03 [The link that I had back then now sends me to a India gods site and not this. But I did find a link:]

The Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory has
recently shocked the world by claiming their ancient Oral legends
tell of a Cherokee migration made to America from the area known as

This startling evidence is being offered to the public by Beverly
Baker Northup whom is the spokesperson for their organization. The
evidence offered in support of this connection to Cherokees escaping
the mountain fortress of Masada is based in part of what Northup
claims is stories passed down from elders and the similarity between
ancient words.

Beverly Baker Northup believes there is a connection between these
two peoples based on evidence of Jews of the region around Masada
during Roman times wearing braided hair and the similarities that the
spokesperson attributes to Hebrew language.

In explaining this connection Beverly Baker Northup is quoted as

The story has been kept alive among our Cherokee people that the
Sicarii who escaped from Masada, are some of our ancestors who
managed to cross the water to this land, and later became known as
Cherokees. (Please note the phonetic resemblance of Si'cari'i and,
Cherokee or Tsa'ra-gi'.)"

Northup claims that the famous scholar Josephus wrote that there were
escapees from Masada in which the spokesperson for the Northern
Cherokee states that this is evidence that gives credence to this
connection between the Cherokee Indians and the Jews.

In addition to other startling claims, there is also the belief by
the Northern Cherokee that a rock that was uncovered in Tennessee in
that is named the Bat Creek Stone, proves a transatlantic
connection to Jews. Northup believes that the scratched writings on
the rock indicate that the stone is evidence of a first century

Atlantic by those that escaped  Crossing to America by these escaped Jews that later became known as the Cherokee Indians.

Menashe Rosenthal and President Charles De Gaulle
(This story first appear around Chanucha 5764 to a small group of readers long before I ever dreamed of writing a blogspot. I have revised it as I had to rewrite due to the fact the paragraph was backwards. The incident with the president of France was told to me by Menashe, himself.)

Menashe as a Frum boy in Hungary. He learned sections of the Talmud by heart as a full copy was very expensive in those days. Menashe’s memory would last him until his last days when he discussed with Rabbi Druckman Shlita parts of Baba Basra. He was a teen when the Nazi round-up of Jews took place. The lined the Jews in a row in front of a ditch nude and shot them with machine guns. Menashe was hit by seven bullets and had tremendous problems in mobility. Menashe pretended to be dead and it grew dark so tomorrow was another day to dispose of the bodies. After the Nazis drove off and in the darkness, Menashe had to leave the stench and blood of the bodies before they were to be buried or burned. He ran off hoping to perhaps find or steal some clothing.

A peasant woman found the youth and gave him some food and clothing and took him in with her family. Slowly, he was nursed back to health. But he would have a limp until his last day.

After the war, he was active in the founding of Israel and with holocaust survivors. He managed to raise funds and later used his connections to raise enough after we had the walls and roof of our Synagogue to complete it. He asked that it be called Yud Dalet or Yad Moshe which normally would be the hand of Moshe but the Yud and the Dalet stood for Yissachar and Dov his two close relatives (cousins or uncles) that perished in the Holocaust. He named his oldest son Moshe.

 Menashe once in a group either honoring the Holocaust or WWII had the honor of being placed on the Dias next to President Charles De Gaulle. [This must have been before the Six Day War.] He spoke ardently about the Jewish Suffering in the Holocaust and praising the Allies for liberating them. At the end of the speech, the president offered Menashe a cigar. The president then lit a cigar and asked Menashe why he did not light his. Menashe told him that since it was a presidential cigar he wanted to treasure it and show his whole family before smoking it. Upon which, the president pulled out another cigar. This time, Menashe had to tell the president the truth. It was the holy Shabbos and Jews were forbidden to light fire until the day was over. The president was very impressed that a man who had endured such hardship and stilled walked in hardship, would accept G-D in his distress and remain loyal and observant. The president said that now he understood how the Jews remained loyal to G-D throughout the centuries despite all the hardships.

Perhaps the hardest test was losing his daughter’s oldest son prior to his death.

Now that my friends is a real Kiddush HASHEM. (First appeared Vayigash, Vayehi & Shemos 5764 and now revised) Menashe knew my step-father and passed away 3rd of Adar Aleph 5750. Both were buried the same day. Perhaps my step-father finally merited to learn Gemara with a Chavrutha in Hungarian.

Rabbi A. L. forwarded this notice from Shaya Y. With deep sorrow and great remorse we regret to inform the passing of Rebbetzin Chasya Erlanger A”H, wife of Rabbi Ezriel Erlanger -Mashgiach of Mir Yeshiva Brooklyn.
Rebbetzin Chasya is the daughter of the great Mashgiach and final word on Chinuch Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe ZT”L. Rebbetzin Chasya’s mother, may Hashem grant her long life in health and happiness, is the great Tzaddeket Rebbetzin Rivkah Wolbe, who despite most of her whole city and family, survived the Holocaust. Rebbetzin Rivkah Wolbe’s father Rabbi Avraham Grodzinski ZT”L was the assistant Mashgiach of the Great Slabodka Yeshiva. His home was always filled with guests from simple people to the greatest Torah Giants of the generation such as the Holy Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman and many others.
Rabbi Avraham Grodzinski was brutally beaten by the inhumane Nazis and then they ripped out every single hair from his beard. He was sent to the hospital to be treated for his bruises and illness and then the Nazis Yemach Shemo Vezichro set the whole hospital on fire, burning alive all its Jewish patients. Several hundred sick Jews, including children, were burned alive. Rebbetzin Rivkah Wolbe was one of the last people to see the Great Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman before he was murdered in the Holocaust. Rebbetzin Rivkah Wolbe document what she saw and lived through in those terrible dark days in a book called “Faith in the Night” which is sad beyond belief.
Rebbetzin Chasya Erlanger suffered tremendously for many years with several illnesses and inflictions. She was constantly in and out of hospitals, yet despite all this, she and her husband were always happy and smiling. Never were there any sorry, pity or sadness, always tremendous happiness and joy. Something not to be believed and truly something to emulate.
A prominent man once went to visit and ask advice from The Mashgiach Rabbi Ezriel Erlanger in his home. This man knowing very well of the most difficult state the Rebbetzin was in, heard laughing from the next room. Never crossing his mind that it would be the Rebbetzin who was suffering from so many terminal illnesses, asked the Mashgiach who was laughing inside. The Mashgiach replied that is was his wife. Rabbi Erlanger then took the man to the next room for them to see his wife.
This man left The Mashgiach’s home blown away, seeing this couple suffering so much, yet their Simchat HaChaim (Happiness of Life) was far greater than anyone he had ever known.
Rabbi Ezriel Erlanger besides all his responsibilities in the Mirrer Yeshiva and other Yeshiva’s that he holds positions in, he also gives many classes throughout the week in his home. One of the reasons the classes were held in his home, was so that he could be close to wife if she needed his help. Just a side point, the dedication of Rabbi Ezriel Erlanger for his wife throughout all the years of her illnesses, is something that is beyond belief. When the class was about to start, The Mashgiach would leave the kitchen where he was with his Rebbetzin, and then come to the dining room, where talmidim were waiting for the Shiur. One of the weekly dedicated followers always comments, “When The Mashgiachleaves his kitchen, where there is tremendous difficulties, suffering, pain, illness and disease, yet he enter the dining room filled with tremendous life and happiness, smiling ear to ear as if he just won the Mega Billion Dollar Lotto.”
Each week when I open the front door and am about to enter The Mashgiach’s home for the weekly Vaad, there is always a most beautiful amazing smell, something that I never smelled before in my life, I am convinced it’s a Scent ofגן עדן Gan Eden.
I mentioned this to one of the Thursday night class talmidim. He then told it to The Mashgiach himself. The Mashgiach answered him that it was the chicken soup that the Rebbetzin made every Thursday night for Shabbos. When Thursday night talmid came back and told me the answer from The Mashgiach, I told him it’s not true, because the same beautiful smell of גן עדן Gan Eden is also there on Wednesday night and any other time I been to The Mashgiach’s home.
One day in speaking to one of the son of Rabbi Ezriel Erlanger, he told me “The Shalom Bayit that we witnessed as children till this very day is what our Saba ZT”L (Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe) once said, ‘There is ריח גן עדן A Scent of Gan Eden, in their home.’”
Another son once said that his parents Shalom Bayit was on such a high level that it’s not possible to even understand. It’s so deep and exalted that it’s beyond our comprehension.
There is no question that the Great Rebbetzin Chasya Erlanger A”H endured so much pain, suffering as atonement for our generation. May she go up in front of Hashem’s Heavenly Throne and plead with the Almighty to bring the Final Redemption and the Coming of Mashiach. AMEN

This week, I had dinner with a relative of the late Meir Lansky. (There was once a book out “The mob runs America and Lansky runs the mob”.) My friend learned a lot about corruption and worked independently with Insurance Companies exposing insurance fraud. Between the two of them he discovered health care fraud in which a certain politician ripped off with his “mother’s” company money from FL and Medicare. He paid back $17,500,000 back to FL but the billion and a quarter from Medicare he was never asked about.

One of the candidates for the nomination to the presidency bought a condo for $300,000 while he was a leader in the legislature, he sold the condo to the mother of a lobbyist for a slight profit for a total of $2,000,000 and he changed his vote and the lobbyist got what he wanted. Another candidate should be charged with treason, high crimes and misdemeanors but 17 people in the Justice Dept. or Judiciary have already been paid off. (I did not press the person for information and don’t want to know his sources.) This is the land of the free and home of the brave. It is not a matter of a black man or white man without money but those rolling in it get away with stuff.

D. Black or Nissim Black makes Aliyah to Israel:,7340,L-4773901,00.html

For those who like Barry Chamish, he takes on also the poop in this you tube.

Inyanay Diyoma

Netanyahu cancels meeting with Chief Rabbis:

Brothers and victims of different attacks. I am uncertain if Zvi can recover?,7340,L-4774195,00.html

Terror organized by “students” in Cairo who visited and trained in Gaza:

Is this an attempt by Joe Biden who has a history from the time of Menachem Begin to attack Israel to suddenly make a bid for the white house?

Slain soldier’s widow deigned the right to write the truth on the gravestone.

Three Turks trying to enter Israel illegally were detained:

Remember the wedding in which a masked person from the Shin Bet attended and held up a picture of the dead child from Dura which could only have been made from the original in the hands of the Shin Bet. Another Shin Bet fellow photographed it and they left. Now the groom and others are being charged (you tell me on what – there is no freedom of speech in Israel!),7340,L-4775435,00.html

Three stabbing attempts in less than 24 hours by women.

Iranian Ballistic Missile Test a violation but the sound of silence:

A young Charedi stabbed in a discount wine and liquor store in Petach Tikva. I used to buy a lot of Shabbos wine there. The man pulls the knife from his neck and stabs the attacker and the owner of the store hits him until they both mortally wound him. The Charedi is in light to moderate condition in the hospital. Shooting in Yerushalayim:

In a third attack in a number of hours, in Yafo, a terrorist murders one and injures 10. He is shot and killed fleeing the scene. This occurs about a mile or so away from VP Biden: In a third attack in a number of hours, in Yafo, a terrorist murders one and injures 10. He is shot and killed fleeing the scene. This occurs about a mile or so away from VP Biden:,7340,L-4775753,00.html 

Day of terror on Biden’s visit no accident carefully planned by PLO.

I am in the USA and I hear the sound of silence on this Iranian violation of the Obama/Kerry-Iran agreement.

VP Joe Biden criticizes PA for not condemning the murder of the US Citizen.

Abbas praises murder of Texas West Point Graduate:

New Guitar for Yishai Montgomery after he smashes his on the head of the Yafo Terrorist:

Top ISIS commander not killed but injured in US Airstrike:

Shin Bet man killed by friendly fire near Gaza:,7340,L-4776321,00.html

Good Shabbos to all and Chodesh Tov. Next week we start Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus). Be well,

Rachamim Pauli