Thursday, June 23, 2016

Parsha Shelach Lecha, Story, Emmanuel Winston 2010 as if today

Notice: I have taken the advice of Gail Winston and have lowered the type setting to size 11 to save pages for those who print the weekly Drasha.

Parsha Shelach Lecha

Last week, Rabbi Barak Kochavi Shlita took up the parable regarding the last Parsha but it is good here. Three men have the same illness and go to a doctor. The doctor gives instructions to the first and he follows them to the letter and recovers. The second does research into the disease follows the doctor’s instructions and recovers. The third thinks he knows medicine from this research and decides to do something else and dies. This is what happened with Calev and Yehoshua. They did not question the wisdom of HASHEM. The other 10 spies did question and they perished.

I am taking an old commentary that I wrote from 5769, revising it and publishing it. Simply I am traveling and exhausted from what I have done these last few weeks. I always add something new. Hopefully, I will produce Parsha Korach and more but I cannot guarantee.

13:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Send thou men, that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel; of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, everyone a prince among them.'

Send for yourself men: Why is the section dealing with the spies juxtaposed with the section dealing with Miriam? Because she was punished over matters of slander, for speaking against her brother, and these wicked people witnessed [it], but did not learn their lesson. — [Midrash Tanchuma Shelach 5] Send for yourself: According to your own understanding. I am not commanding you, but if you wish, you may send. Since the Israelites had come [to Moses] and said, “Let us send men ahead of us,” as it says, “All of you approached me…” (Deut. 1:22), Moses took counsel with the Shechinah . He [God] said, “I told them that it is good, as it says, ‘I will bring you up from the affliction of Egypt…’ (Exod. 3:17). By their lives! Now I will give them the opportunity to err through the words of the spies, so that they will not inherit it.” - [Midrash Tanchuma 5]

A prince meaning that they were men of renowned.

3 And Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran according to the commandment of the LORD; all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. …

The spies had seen the miracles in Egypt and at the Crossing of the Sea and heard the voice of the L-RD on mount Sinai so that they should have had faith in the   L-RD and not worried about giants and vast multitude but about the best route to conquer the land. Thus instead of doing just plain spying like how to get the fortified cities, their walls height, breath and population of the city, they began to observe that many people died. (This was to further disguise their purpose.) Instead they report Lashon Hara on a land “Eretz that gobbles up its inhabitants.”

They were very close to entering Eretz Yisrael

16 These are the names of the men that Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.

By adding on a Yud, he gave Yehoshua Koach from HASHEM.

17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them: 'Get you up here into the South, and go up into the mountains; 18 and see the land, what it is; and the people that dwells therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many;

This  command was to be their downfall.

19 and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they are that they dwell in, whether in camps, or in strongholds; 20 and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land.'--Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes.—

All this was normal intelligence gathering. However, Moshe should not have asked this and the report should never have been public. The 10 other spies were supposed to be able to check these items and that would suffice.

21 So they went up, and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehov, at the entrance to Hamat.

Northern Syria.

22 And they went up into the South, and came unto Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were there.--Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.-- 23 And they came unto the valley of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it upon a pole between two; they took also of the pomegranates, and of the figs.-- 24 That place was called the valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

Gigantic pieces of fruit. This should have shown the people the blessing. Instead the Lashon Hara about things were controlled by giants in the land.

25 And they returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days. 26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, and said: 'We came unto the land whither thou sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 28 Howbeit the people that dwell in the land are fierce, and the cities are fortified, and very great; and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 29 Amalek dwells in the land of the South; and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan.' 30 And Caleb stilled the people toward Moses, and said: 'We should go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.' 31 But the men that went up with him said: 'We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.' 32 And they spread an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying: 'The land, through which we have passed to spy it out, is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.'

The enemy was taller and stronger in girth. This put panic into the hearts of these spies that had lost the fear of G-D and began fearing man.

14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
The night of Tisha B’Av!

11 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'How long will this people despise Me? and how long will they not believe in Me, for all the signs which I have wrought among them? 12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and destroy them, and will make of thee a nation greater and mightier than they.'

This is another example of G-D becoming furious at Am Yisrael’s misbehavior.

Moshe began talking face to face with  G-D to avoid the evil  that HE planned for Am Yisrael. So Moshe prayed and the repentance prayer worked. …
19 Pardon, I pray Thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy lovingkindness, and according as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.' 20 And the LORD said: 'I have pardoned according to thy word. 21 But in very deed, as I live--and all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD-- 22 surely all those men that have seen My glory, and My signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to proof these ten times, and have not hearkened to My voice; 23 surely they shall not see the land which I swore unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that despised Me see it. 24 But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. 25 Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the Vale; tomorrow turn ye, and get you into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.'
26 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 27 'How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, that keep murmuring against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they keep murmuring against Me. 28 Say unto them: As I live, says the LORD, surely as ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness, and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, ye that have murmured against Me; 30 surely ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I lifted up My hand that I would make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Yephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

The only spies that spoke the truth even if it would cost them their job in the future. The others liked their status quo in the desert.  Now

43 For there the Amalekite and the Canaanite are before you, and ye shall fall by the sword; forasmuch as ye are turned back from following the LORD, and the LORD will not be with you.' 44 But they presumed to go up to the top of the mountain; nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. 45 Then the Amalekite and the Canaanite, who dwelt in that hill-country, came down, and smote them and beat them down, even unto Hormah.
After receiving a curse from HASHEM for their behavior, and now finally the internal affairs are finished. However, now they faced an external threat in the form of Amalek.

32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks upon the Sabbath day.

Another violation this time of Shabbos.

33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 34 And they put him in ward, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.  35 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.' 36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died, as the LORD commanded Moses.

This is an obvious violation of the Shabbos to show the people the public humiliation and punishment for somebody who violates Shabbos in this world. All the more so in the next world.

37 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 38 'Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes in the corners of their garments, and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue. 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray; 40 that ye may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.'

My son Asher was about 4 years old when he said to me “Aba, you know that I can tell the real frum children from the externally religious children. The real ones are wearing Tzitzis and the not so religious ones without Tzitzis.” Therefore if a young child can see that all the more so the all-seeing Creator.

Chassidic Love for the Land of Israel by Rabbi Y. Tilles

At the expense of great travail and even life itself, many chasidic scholars and leaders sought to support The Land. Some even 'made Aliyah' (moved to Israel) during the country's most tumultuous periods, while those who lived abroad dedicated their lives to raising funds for Jewish settlements within the Holy Land. Overall, the Land of Israel has always captured the heart of chasidism with an enduring love and enthusiasm.
Chasidic annals offer up quite a number of incredulous stories highlighting the holiness inherent in The Land. 

1) One time a chasid came from Jerusalem to visit Lubavitch (a small town now in Smolensk Oblast, Russia, which served as the Chabad movement's headquarters for over a century). The third Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn (known as the Tzemach Tzedek), came to greet him wearing his Shabbat clothes out of respect for the holiness of Eretz Yisrael.

2) A wealthy Jew from Ruzhin (Russia) once travelled to the Land of Israel for a visit. Upon his return, he sought an audience with the Rebbe of Ruzhin and complained that he didn't find the Holy Land to be an especially attractive place. 
The Rebbe told him: "There was once a wealthy Jew who married off all his daughters to Torah scholars. However, he couldn't find a suitable groom for his oldest one and married her off to a simple tailor. Before her wedding, he told her to adorn herself to look pleasing for her soon-to-be husband. She said: 'For the tailor, I am attractive enough as I am.' So it is with the Land of Israel," said the Rebbe. "For those capable of appreciating her lofty degree of holiness, she is sufficiently adorned. However, for those immersed in materiality, she appears to them like any other land." 

3) A similar story revolved around a Polish chasid who traveled to The Land and made his home in Jerusalem. After a period of time, he found he couldn't adjust to the conditions life in that city required, and he decided to make his way back to Poland. Before his departure, he wanted to first take leave from the tzadik, Rabbi Simcha-Bunim of Varki, who lived in Jerusalem. Upon hearing his reasons for wanting to leave, the tzadik groaned from the depths of his heart and said: "I feel a great deal of pity for you. Apparently, you were not pleasing to Jerusalem. If only this been the case, you would have found Jerusalem pleasing as well." 

The Rebbe's words penetrated deeply on the Polish chasid and he decided to remain.

4) Shortly after the well-publicized Aliyah of the tzadik, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitepsk, who brought along with him a large contingent of chasidim, one chasid approached him and related the following: "I thought that by making aliyah, it would become easier to serve G-d. However, it is even more difficult now than it was while living outside of the Holy Land." 
Rabbi Menachem Mendel answered: "Here you are mistaken. For you see, while you were living abroad, your divine service was tainted by pride. And because there was a vested interest in this service, you didn't feel the difficulties involved. But now that you are in the Holy Land, you have been brought automatically to a sense of self-nullification. You now therefore sense the lack of your own personal service as a direct result of being stripped of vested interests, and you suddenly feel the difficulty involved."

5) Upon the founding of Kfar Chabad Village outside of Tel Aviv, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (the Rebbe Rayatz), sent a special epistle to the Chassidim there. Among the ideas he mentioned was the following: "Divine Providence has brought you to 'A land upon which the eyes of the L-rd your G-d are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year' (Deut. 11:12). You are residing in the King's palace at every moment."

6) Rabbi Yehoshua from Kotna once traveled to the Land of Israel, and took in all the holiest sites amidst their destruction and desolation. When he returned, the inhabitants of his city arranged a large banquet in his honor, and asked him to describe his impressions. "As you are all well aware," Rabbi Yehoshua sighed, "the country still lies in desolation. However, there is one thing which is as fresh and vibrant as it was all the way back in the times of the Second Temple..." All those present strained to catch what the Rabbi would say next. "…And that is unwarranted hatred. Alas, it is still in existence in full force."

In this regard, Rabbi Shneur-Zalman (the founder of Chabad Chassidus) issued a strict warning to be especially wary of unwarranted hatred in the Holy Land, as ever since the Second Temple's destruction, a spiritual impression had been left on the land, generating a tendency toward this destructive force.

Inyanay Diyoma

I received this piece of research from Dr. Harry: CBS really missed the mark with their claim that Orlando was the deadliest shooting in American history, underscoring the mainstream media’s inability to do even the most basic research and their inability to correct or retract bad information. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, and the main reason for posting it is to underscore that the worst atrocities and mass killings were perpetrated mostly by government entities and/or targeting those least capable of defending themselves.

The 17th century has multiple massacres against Native Americans that easily exceed the carnage of Orlando. Native American history is also part of American History.

The Colfax Massacre (1873): White Democrats armed with rifles and a small cannon overpowered the Republican freedmen and state militia trying to control the Grant Parish courthouse in Colfax. Estimates of the number of dead vary and are hard to determine, due to bodies being thrown into the river, but are somewhere between 62 and 153. Nearly 50 were killed after being held prisoner for several hours.

Wounded Knee Massacre (1890): Previously mentioned, and the number of fatalities is somewhere between 150 and 300.

The Tulsa Race Riot (1921): A large scale, racially-motivated conflict where a group of whites attacked the black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fatality estimates are between 55 and 300, though the official number was 39. Thirty-five city blocks were destroyed, leaving an estimated 10,000 blacks homeless.

The Marias Massacre/Baker Massacre/Piegan Massacre (1870): The massacre of a friendly band of Piegan Blackfeet Indians by the United States Army. About 200 Indians were killed, mostly women, children, and elderly men. Fifty of the victims were children under 12 years old.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre (1857): A series of attacks on the Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah by the Utah Territorial Militia from the Iron County district, together with some Paiute Indians. Approximately 120 men, women, and children were killed. Only children younger than seven were spared.

The Davidian Massacre (1993): A siege and subsequent massacre of the religious group Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas by a joint operation of federal and Texas state law enforcement that resulted in the death of 81 men, women, and children. Video evidence exists of operators firing automatic weapons at the compound, keeping the occupants pinned down inside as it burned to the ground.

Former Intelligence Head joins anti-Iran Group. He claims that a Nuclear Iran is a danger to the world:,7340,L-4817195,00.html

Ed-Op It isn’t the fault of Zionism for the pogroms in Baghdad or other terror incidents:,7340,L-4815186,00.html

They held him without his lawyer and tried to force a confession for something he did not do finally after half a year he is cleared.

I was cleaning up another mail box that I used to use. I get my Sky and Telescope there and I came across this juicy bit from the late Emmanuel Winston in an introduction to another piece but it wakes us up. At the time of his writing the US Debt was $13 trillion not close to $20 trillion we are now at close to the point of no return. He has about a half year left and is still pushing Kerry upon us.

President Barack Hussein Obama need no longer deny his deep animus and commitments to the elimination of the only decent, humanitarian and democratic nation in the Middle East. Obama is no different than the Lebanese Helen Thomas who barely kept her visceral hatred for the Jewish State in check. 

Perhaps one day a psychiatrist will explore the pathology of a man who is half black, half Muslim, half /half Christian – as Rev. Jeremiah Wright would have it. 
A man who believes the declarations he makes – only to act out the lie in the promises he made. 

The old saying of: “Know your enemy by the friends he makes and keeps close” would make a year’s class in abnormal psychology in any top university. Look at the list of 35 to 45 Czars and Czarinas Obama has selected for their warped Left, Liberal ideology and understand why America is crashing with an unpayable debt of more than $13 TRILLION Dollars and growing. 

Then take another look at his passion to bond with some of the most Terrorist nations on our Planet which makes the designation of “Alien” even more applicable.

Arabs celebrate Ramadan by attacking Israeli Youth:,7340,L-4819202,00.html

Have a good Shabbos,