Friday, March 25, 2016

Special Bolshevik and Holocaust Edition

This week, as I promised last week, I start a series of stories. Parshiyos Tzav and Shemini will appear next week. I just wanted to write something that I left out of last week’s Parsha. It says “Adam” who makes a mistake and sins shall offer up a Korban. Just as Adam, the first man, sinned out of innocence and a mistake of disobedience so too a person who qualifies for a Korban must be an accidental sinner like Adam (Shogeg in Hebrew). A person who willfully sins (Mayzid) cannot atone with a Korban but only Teshuva and perhaps Yom HaKippurim. Adam after the first few chapters is not found elsewhere in Chumash. We find though that Yechezkel is Ben Adam (son of Adam).

Last week I promised stories that I heard. Each one an individual tale of noteworthiness. I can’t question HASHEM on what happens. Everything that HASHEM does even when it appears bad to me is for the good. Remember a soul is put in this world for a reason and transferred to the next. The body may die but the soul does not. It is a hard concept for many in a physical world. Why did most of European Jewry perish or was destroyed in spirit I do not know. The Sephardim I believe survived because they were united and honored each other so that when the Nazis occupied their lands, they were spared. What saved American Jewry when Roosevelt offered to deliver to the Arabs the 6,000,000 US Jews at Yalta is perhaps his death caused by the burnt offerings of Europe and the trampling of the Russian Jews by the Soviets. Perhaps some of the heroism in these stories and even a few miracles that saved Ivan was what was needed to spare US Jewry.

I have one Bolshevik Story as told by Rabbi Solomon to his niece, his brother’s daughter. He told about her mother’s side. I believe that I wrote about my former boss, Chaim Feldhahn who suffered in Siberia under Stalin and lost a leg. Then thanks to my FL neighbors and former Holocaust Memorial of Miami Director Avi Weiss, three neighbors spoke: Julia Janek, Ivan Gluck and Aryeh Lyster with a brief mention of my former boss Zvi Shalit who was a toddler. Each story of survival more interesting than the next. For over an hour the Minyan was glued to their seats.

Rabbi Solomon Shlita heard it from the girl’s maternal great-grandmother. Her father was a Mohel among other things. He was called to perform a Bris. The mother of this woman pleaded with her husband not to perform the Bris for the penalty under the Bolsheviks most likely was death. He told his wife that he had to go to do this holy Mitzvah. He went and performed the Bris. On his way home, he was arrested and for 8 days of torture his wife was an Aguna (woman who cannot marry because her husband has disappeared and may be alive). On the eight day she was informed that she was a widow thanks to the Bolsheviks.

Chaim Feldhahn was a teenager and member of the youth group Betar along with Moshe Ahrens. He was in the free Baltic State of Lithuania. He was from a German Jewish Family in Vilna. They were not religious but Zionistic and everybody knew Hebrew and wanted to move to Tzion. He plotted with a few other Jews to resist the Soviet invasion. Somebody got wind of it. Worse fates awaited some of the plotters especially the leaders but he was sent to a labor camp in the Gulag of Siberia. There from either a wound or frost bite he lost one leg. In the came the food was measly and to survive a rat or cat was meat and they would entice cats with bread to come near them and the cats were grabbed. He survived and after the war Molotov freed the political prisoners. Chaim got his masters in electrical engineering. (Contrary to some ‘degrees’ from Russia of people whom I met, he actually knew his engineering quite well.) Eventually he worked his way up to the head of engineering or higher up in the TV manufacturing plant. They had a quota to fill of 17,000 TV’s a month which they met. Most did not work and needed a warranty repair but the quota was met. Soviet Officials came to inspect and from the petty cash a nice tidy sum was placed in Chaim’s suit jacket in an envelope. Somehow, during the time that Chaim left the room for a minute the sum disappeared and the inspection turned out glowing.

Julia was sixteen and a half when the Nazis marched in. Julia said 1943 but the Wikipedia wrote: By 1938, Hungarian politics and foreign policy had become more stridently nationalistic. Hungary benefited territorially from its relationship with the Axis. Settlements were negotiated regarding territorial disputes with the Czechoslovak Republic, the Slovak Republic, and the Kingdom of Romania. In 1940, under pressure from Germany, Hungary joined the Axis. In 1941, Hungarian forces participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia and the invasion of the Soviet Union.
While waging war against the Soviet Union, Hungary engaged in armistice negotiations with the United States and the United Kingdom. Hitler discovered this betrayal and, in March 1944, German forces occupied Hungary. 
[At work I heard the story of my Director of Logistics, George (Zvi) on how as a child the Nazis put him and his mother on a transport to Auschwitz and the railroad was bombed. He was saved by the fact that they sent the Jews as slave laborers to a factory and there the women could work with their toddlers near them.]

Julia was sent away by her family to a safer area but she wanted to come home for Pessach or Purim despite begging by the family members in that area. She went back and forth a few times but she kept returning until she could no longer leave the area. She was rounded up and deported to Auschwitz with her family. She would never see her parents again. Her sister and brother worked as she did. He sister took sick and went to Dr. Mengele’s Hospital and returned to work again! They were sent to a labor came as able-bodied men were drafted as cannon fodder to stall the Russian invasion of Germany and they needed Jews to replace them in the factories. Somehow the three survived the war in the meager came rations which were better than Auschwitz as they had to be strong to work. All three are B”H alive today.

Ivan Gluck was lucky to be in the safe zone of Raoul Wallenberg but it was no picnic and Aryeh Lyster was in Poland fleeing the Nazis towards Russia in 1939.
I will have to continue these stories in the week(s) that come.    

New course explains the Seder of Pessach for beginners (maybe more?) it is good for Baalei Teshuva and Gerim.

Inyanay Diyoma

Finally a chance for the right to appoint judges in Israel:,7340,L-4780135,00.html

Leftist “breaking the silence” group working for the enemy not human rights:

Russia withdrawal from Syria the strategy of Putin:

Russia gives the Kurdish enclave backing something with Obama lacked:

Turkey – A homicide bomber kills 3 Israelis at least and wounds 11. Among the dead two Americans so it could be one with dual citizenship.

AIPAC Convention Republicans Vow support. Hillary will not move the Embassy as Bill did not.,7340,L-4781598,00.html

Brussels 34 dead 200 plus wounded and it is no wonder why I have been calling the area Belgistan for years:
Wednesday search for bomb maker and third terrorist continues as taxi driver tips off Police.

From Shona the source: Israel is the little Satan but the USA the big one.

Soon every I-phone can be cracked thanks to Israelis. Idiotic Apple they forgot who invented the Wi-Fi and most chips if not all!,7340,L-4782246,00.html

Turkey warned Belgistan of the terrorist. Israel warned of the airport attack. And Political Correctness won the day:

Two bomb cases left behind and a jammed gun miraculously lowers the intensity of the attack:

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Soldier shoots Arab on ground during a hot day with jacket on after being shot. Soldier claims he was moving and did not know if there was a suicide/homicide vest under the jacket. Left and PM blame soldier. But they were not there:

Big boys, lobby money and power vs. somebody who cannot be bribed: RIGHT IS LEFT or as Adolf Hilter wrote – Heaven is hell! Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show "Vesti Nedeli," claimed this month that the Republican party elite had struck a secret deal with the Democrats to derail Trump, in part because of his sympathy for Russia.

Good Shabbos to all and have a healthy and peaceful one,
Rachamim Pauli