Friday, March 18, 2016

Parsha Vayikra, Remember Amalek, stories

Prayers for­ Men: Eliezer David HaCohain ben Naomi, Avraham HaCohain ben Yocheved, Asher ben Esther Malka, Avraham ben Devorah, 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, Shmuel Carmi ben Ita, Aharon Chayim ben Ruchama, Mordechai ben Nina, Menashe Ben Golda,

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, Kayla bas Chana, 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,

Parsha Vayikra

This week we start a new Sefer but it also called Toras Cohanim for it describes the functions of the Cohain and holiness. This week we have an overview into the Korbanos.

1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying: 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When any man of you brings an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd or of the flock.

This excludes other kosher animals that are not usually domesticated like deer, elk, moose, bison and giraffe. 

3 If his offering be a burnt-offering of the herd, he shall offer it a male without blemish; he shall bring it to the door of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD.

We stopped having door of the Ohel Moed when the Temple was built by Shlomo. Since then it is in Yerushalayim in the yard of the Beit HaMikdash.

4 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

The laying of the hands and the saying of “for the sake of the Oleh” [burnt offering].

5 And he shall kill RITUAL SLAUGHTER (with special knife and blessings) the bullock before the LORD; and Aaron's sons, the priests, shall present the blood, and dash the blood round about against the altar that is at the door of the tent of meeting.

The Korban had to be mentioned per name, with the hand on the head, and the blood collected and sprinkled also in the name of the Korban. Thoughts of doing it outside of the Temple or after the time period by the Cohain would make it Pigul which is the special work for invalid for Korbanos and not the regular word Pasul. Like I wrote a deer is Pasul for a Korban.

Furthermore in the middle of the very long Rashi we are taught something else about sprinkling blood: [The kohanim, shall bring] the blood, and dash the blood: Why does Scripture say, “blood, blood” here twice? To include [the cases of blood from a burnt offering,] that was mixed up with the same type [of blood, i.e., the blood of burnt offerings from two different people being mixed up, and [blood from a burnt offering] that was mixed up with a different type [of blood, i.e., from another type of sacrifice]. One might think that this would also include [the case that the blood was mixed up with blood of] an unfit sacrifice, or [blood from] inner sin offerings [the blood of which is to be sprinkled on the inner altar] or [blood from] outer sin offerings [the blood of which is to be sprinkled on the outer altar] even though [the latter, have their blood dashed] above [the chut hasikra , the red line, of the altar], while this [the burnt offering has its blood dashed] below [the chut hasikra of the altar]. Scripture [therefore] states [regarding a burnt offering] in another place: “its blood” (verses 11 and 15). [This expression teaches us that only cases in which the blood of a burnt offering is mixed up with the blood of another sacrifice which is also to be dashed below the chut hasikra on the altar, no problems arise, and these bloods can both be dashed at that level of the altar. This excludes the case of inner sin offerings whose blood is sprinkled inside and outer sin offerings whose blood must be dashed above the chut hasikra]. — [Torath Kohanim 1:39]

6 And he shall flay the burnt-offering, and cut it into its pieces. 7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay wood in order upon the fire.

There were Cohanim who were in training or elderly who did not participate in the hands, slaughtering, etc. but they were ritually pure and would fray the animals and cut them up. For if the Cohain had a Moum (blemish) he could not offer up the animal but he could sharpen the knives for slaughter or do work like the fat removal etc.

8 And Aaron's sons, the priests, shall lay the pieces, and the head, and the suet, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar;

In fact the Cohanim who were with a Moum could also gather or supervise the gathering of wood for the Mizbayach or prepare the wood and transport in or out of the storage facilities.

9 but its inwards and its legs shall he wash with water; and the priest shall make the whole smoke on the altar, for a burnt-offering, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.

Chabad translates this as pleasing or perhaps pleasant fragrance before the LRD. This is a counter to animal rights groups as if this is the SUPREME BEING who created heaven, earth and placed animals with men on the earth so why protest “slaughter” and these actions. There is a good reason for this.

Pleasing: Heb. נִיחוֹחַ [This word stems from the same root as the expression נַחַת רוּחַ, “contentment.” God says: “This sacrifice] gives Me contentment, for I said [My commandment], and My will was fulfilled!”

10 And if his offering be of the flock, whether of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt-offering, he shall offer it a male without blemish.

All animals for Korbanos had to be without blemishes (Moum).

11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD; and Aaron's sons, the priests, shall dash its blood against the altar round about. 12 And he shall cut it into its pieces; and the priest shall lay them, with its head and its suet, in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar. 13 But the inwards and the legs shall he wash with water; and the priest shall offer the whole, and make it smoke upon the altar; it is a burnt-offering, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.

Because of the size of the animal, it did not have to chopped up for placement on the Mizbayach.

14 And if his offering to the LORD be a burnt-offering of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtle-doves, or of young pigeons. 15 And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and pinch off its head, and make it smoke on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 And he shall take away its crop with the feathers thereof, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, in the place of the ashes. 17 And he shall rend it by the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder; and the priest shall make it smoke upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire; it is a burnt-offering, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD

The intent (Kavannah) and timing plus place for all the Korbanos are required. The saying out loud of “For the sake of a Korban …” is required. This continues with all the animal or fowl Korbanos and the meal offerings.

2:1 And when any one brings a meal-offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon. 2 And he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests; and he shall take there out his handful of the fine flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, together with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall make the memorial-part thereof smoke upon the altar, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD. 3 But that which is left of the meal-offering shall be Aaron's and his sons'; it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire. 4 And when thou bringest a meal-offering baked in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers spread with oil. 5 And if thy offering be a meal-offering baked on a griddle, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil. 6 Thou shalt break it in pieces, and pour oil thereon; it is a meal-offering. …

They shall be Matzos that are without any Chametz. All the requirements shall not be changed and this goes for all the Korbanos mentioned in our Parsha. The only non-Cohain that can work is the Levy who sings the songs or Psalms for the Korbanos.
Ignore the Bolsheviks by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

The bitter cold chilled the officer's bones and fear made his heart tremble. Ivan was not a coward, but the rumors of the sadistic Bolsheviks who were nearing the city of Rostov frightened him terribly. He paced the streets, waiting anxiously for the light of day. He was oblivious to the two men following at his heels, not making a sound.

Suddenly he felt powerful hands grabbing him. He screamed a loud and bitter scream, but the two held him. In the morning the body of the officer was found with the warning: "Beware! The Bolsheviks are coming!"

The Jews were the most shaken by news of the Bolsheviks' approach, as the study of Torah and observance of its precepts was a serious crime to the Bolsheviks. There was only one part of the city where life went on as usual, where fear of the Bolsheviks was not felt: in the Yeshivacalled Tomchei Temimim.

The yeshiva students continued their studies without disruption. They drew their strength from their Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch - the fifth Rebbe of the Chabad dynasty. The Rebbe encouraged them to study and pray as usual, and the yeshiva bustled with life.

It was Zundel the Beggar who brought the news: "The Bolsheviks are on their way into the city!" Soon Rostov became a city of flames and the Bolsheviks beat and killed anyone they chanced upon.

Thus passed several weeks. The holiday of Purim was approaching. The Rebbe isolated himself and didn't speak to anyone. The students could not make peace with the Rebbe's isolation. They remembered the great joy of Purim, when Jews celebrate the victory over Haman who tried to "destroy, kill and annihilate."

And then it was Purim. Not a soul smiled. Finally, two yeshiva students who could no longer bear the thought of Purim passing in such a manner, summoned up their courage and entered the Rebbe's room. After a few silent moments they heard the Rebbe's voice: "The Bolsheviks are in the city. I cannot exist together with them. But for the sake of Purim, we'll forget about the situation. Go buy plenty of vodka and let there be light for the Jews!"

The good news spread through the city and the yeshiva students took their places for the Purim gathering. The Rebbe spoke and all listened. When the Rebbe concluded, an older Chasid began singing a soulful Chasidic niggun (melody). Everyone joined in, singing from the depths of their hearts. Suddenly the door burst open. At the entrance stood a Chasid. "The Bolsheviks are coming," the Chasid cried out in fear.

The singing stopped at once; everyone was gripped with terror. The Rebbe, however, disregarded the news, and began softly singing a niggun. The melody touched and calmed the frightened crowd. Having concluded the melody, the Rebbe began saying a Chasidic discourse. The room was silent; the only audible sound was the Rebbe's voice.

Suddenly the silence was broken by loud knocking. The Rebbe continued speaking as though nothing was happening. After a few moments one of the members of the Rebbe's family said: "Rebbe, the Bolsheviks are demanding that we let them in. If they see us gathered here it will be our end...G-d forbid." The Rebbe interrupted the discourse and said, "Open the door for them."

In the doorway stood two tall and fearsome looking Bolsheviks, their eyes darting all about, hungry for prey. "What is this gathering? What is going on?"

Trembling, one of the Chasidim called out, "This is the Rebbe Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch. He is teaching Torah to his Chasidim. The Rebbe is busy with his talk and he cannot be bothered." He could hardly believe the words that came from his mouth. The two soldiers were astounded at the Chasid's nerve, and they turned on their heels and departed.

"An open miracle!" the Chasidim exclaimed to one another. They felt protected and sang with greater fervor. Thus passed two hours. So immersed were they in their joy, that they did not hear the Bolsheviks knocking again... "Rebbe, what shall we do?" several frightened Chasidim cried out.

The Rebbe freed himself from his thoughts and said, "Open for them! I don't fear them." The Chasidim understood that another great miracle was about to occur. The Bolsheviks burst through the door, their weapons in hand. The Rebbe ignored their threatening presence and said, "We will begin saying some words of Torah." The Rebbe raised his voice and began, "Amalek is first among the nations but his end will be destruction" (Num. 23:20).

The Bolsheviks' faces softened. They returned their guns to their holsters, and watched with growing perplexity as the Chasidim listened to the Rebbe. They looked at one another and then, without a word, turned and left.

The Chasidim thanked G-d for miraculously saving them and for giving them their Rebbe in whose presence evil had no power.

Everyone was deeply moved, feeling in their hearts without knowing why that this would be their last gathering with the Rebbe. Painful tears flowed from their eyes, tears of parting.
A week after Purim the Rebbe became very weak, and on the second of Nissan his soul departed in holiness and purity.

Source: Supplemented by Yerachmiel Tilles from (#1061), with permission.
Biographical note:
Rabbi Sholom-Dovber Schneersohn [of blessed memory: 20 Cheshvan 5621 - 2 Nissan 5610 (Oct. 1860 - April 1920)], known as theRebbe Reshab, was the fifth Rebbe of the Lubavitcher dynasty. He is the author of hundreds of major tracts in the exposition of Chasidic thought.
Connection: Seasonal/Weekly Reading (added section - Deut. 25:17-19) -- "Remember what Amalek did to you" - May his name and all traces of him be blotted out.

Three neighbors of mine told their holocaust experiences and I plan to write about them in a future issue. However, I was on duty taking care of grandfathering and other things this week and the time flew. If the stories waited 70 years about the Nazis in Hungary and Poland they can wait another week or so.

Judith sent me this with the last sentence added by me: Some may not know this story about the song "Somewhere over the Rainbow"
At the 2014 Oscars, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the "Wizard of Ozby having Pink sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with highlights from the film in the background. But what few people realized, while listening to that incredible performer singing that unforgettable song, is that the music is deeply embedded in the Jewish experience.

It is no accident, for example, that the greatest Christmas songs of all time were written by Jews. For example , "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by Johnny Marks and  "White Christmas was penned by a Jewish liturgical singer's (cantor) son, Irving Berlin.

But perhaps the most poignant song emerging out of the mass exodus from Europe was  "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".  The lyrics were written by Yip Harburg. He was the youngest of four children born to Russian Jewish immigrants. His real name was Isidore Hochberg and he grew up in a Yiddish speaking, Orthodox Jewish home in New York. The music was written by Harold Arlen, a cantor's son. His real name was Hyman Arluck and his parents were from Lithuania.

Together, Hochberg and Arluck wrote "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", which was voted the 20th century's number one song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

In writing it, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish consciousness - framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen - and wrote an unforgettable melody set to near prophetic words.

Read the lyrics in their Jewish context and suddenly the words are no longer about wizards and Oz, but about Jewish survival:

Somewhere over the rainbow Way up high, There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow Skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true.
Someday I'll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me. Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh why can't I? If happy little bluebirds fly Beyond the rainbow Why, oh why can't I?

The Jews of Europe could not fly. They could not escape beyond the rainbow. Harburg was almost prescient when he talked about wanting to fly like a bluebird away from the "chimney tops". In the post-Auschwitz era, chimney tops have taken on a whole different meaning than the one they had at the beginning of 1939.

Pink's mom is Judith Kugel. She's Jewish of Lithuanian background. As Pink was belting the Harburg/Arlen song from the stage at the Academy Awards, I wasn't thinking about the movie. I was thinking about Europe's lost Jews and the immigrants to America.

I was then struck by the irony that for two thousand years the land that the Jews heard of "once in a lullaby was not America, but Israel. The remarkable thing would be that less than ten years after  "Somewhere Over the Rainbow was first published, the exile was over and the State of Israel was reborn. Perhaps thedreams that you dare to dream really do come true".

Anyway US TV may broadcast an Jewish Fred Astaire (my cousin wrote me only his father was Jewish) singing “In Your Easter Bonnet … at the Easter Parade” by Irving Berlin.

If Netanyahu’s concessions to the Reform remain the government will fall:

Inyanay Diyoma

Stabbing just before the Shabbos in Israel:,7340,L-4777184,00.html

Until 120 years, the oldest living man is a Holocaust Survivor:

ISIS chemical attack kills 3 year old wounds others:

Arab League designates Hezballah as a terrorist organization:

As I am about to close for Shabbos there has been a shooting on road 443 where my niece uses daily and I use occasionally.

As I was closing for Shabbos and my grandson on vacation in the Negev a Kassam was fired not far from where he was:,7340,L-4777296,00.html

Three terrorists dead in two vehicular attacks:,7340,L-4778137,00.html

Terror in my backyard by Ben Dror Yemeni:,7340,L-4776525,00.html

New way to stop bleeding in stabbing victims invented by Israelis:

9th Tunnel of Hamas collapses killing one this time.

Attack by two female  terrorist foiled in Yerushalayim:

Putin will not be dragged further into the Middle-East with a possibility of a conflict with the IDF caused by Iran-Syria:

Russia leaves the S-400 until the Saudis pull their planes out of Turkey:

This is like the Haifa Ammonia Plant – warned and warned and the politicians ignored until somebody died from smoke inhalation in a metro fire last week and another fire this week. Electric cables need maintenance or an upgrade:

Female Soldier stabbed condition improving:,7340,L-4779689,00.html

Have a wonderful Shabbos all and expect the Holocaust stories soon,

Rachamim Pauli