Friday, July 15, 2016

Parsha Balak, outside of Israel Chukas see last week's post

Parsha Balak

The lack of humility was the downfall of Bilaam. For had he simply said, “I am a tool in the hands of G-D. What the L-RD tells me, I repeat and I cannot move to the left or the right. The people are blessed. Therefore, tell Balak to make peace with them and even give them aid. They mean you no harm and it is your mutual interest to ally yourself with them. They are more powerful than you and will be grateful to you for your help.” This scene could have played out exceedingly well for both. Instead it ends up with the death of Midian, the allies of Balak and the death of 24,000 from Israel because of his advice on immodesty.

[Perhaps I write this because I am in the States now and I see the deterioration in the society and education of the young: I have no prophecy but one can see how HASHEM works and all this ‘Gay’ rights, pedophilia is normal, and the trend now to legitimize bestiality is bound to spark a reaction. Aids did not stop them so will it be an Islamic attack or two or will it be thermonuclear Hass V’ Shalom (heaven forbid) that ends this plague. Just read the Parsha and that of Sodom and the workings of HASHEM and HIS slow to anger show the way. The destruction of the first Temple took also took more than a generation until the anger and judgement of HASHEM took place. As for us let us try to remain on guard and not fall into the pit of thinking that a very small percentage of the population is normal. Remember the Egel HaZahav (golden calf) was a half of a percent of the population and look what happened! All the more so 2 to 6 times that population and the declaration that we should allow their rights. What about the rights of the majority and the rights of children to grow up as normal human beings? What is this Eugenics all about? Keeping the population of the masses down this way and the population of the Blacks in America down with abortions.]

22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many; and Moab was overcome with dread because of the children of Israel.
Shimon HaTzaddik was Cohain Gadol and he saw what Alexander the Great did in Turkey and Levanon. What did he do? He arranged an assembly of dignitaries to meet Alexander with bread and wine. He humbled himself before him and greeted him as conqueror of the world. When Alexander wanted to put a statue of himself in the Temple, he said that instead all boys born during the next year will be called Alexander. Plain and simple he diplomatically made peace with a physical military force greater than his and blessed him.

4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian: 'Now will this multitude lick up all that is round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.'--And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. –

However, Balak did not do as Shimon HaTzaddik but rather sort to fight spiritual with spiritual and he lost. He never heard of the Idiom, “If you can’t lick them, join them.” So instead of being prepared for a leery peace, he chose spiritual and other subversive war measures.

5 And he sent messengers unto Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the River, to the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying: 'Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt; behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me. 6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me; peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land; for I know that he whom thou bless is blessed, and he whom thou curse is cursed.'

He is like a rat in a corner or a little dog vs. a large dog. The best defense is a good offense. So he figured if he could have them cursed they would flee him in battle. However, close to the end of 40 years, these are not fearful slaves anymore. The army consisting of men those 41 to 60 who were around at the miracles of the plagues, the splitting of the sea and the revelation on Sinai. Those 20 to 40 grew up as free men with their own army being trained in the desert. Although they might not be battle hardened by combat, they knew how to use a bow and a sword as Yacov did when he talks about the battle after Schem in the blessings.

7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spoke unto him the words of Balak. 8 And he said unto them: 'Lodge here this night, and I will bring you back word, as the LORD may speak unto me'; and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.

Up until this point Bilaam is behaving correctly. Now G-D will open the conversation with him.

9 And God came unto Balaam, and said: 'What men are these with thee?'

If G-D knows that the men are with Bilaam, it is obvious that he knows why they are with him.

10 And Balaam said unto God: 'Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent unto me [saying]: 11 Behold the people that is come out of Egypt, it covered the face of the earth; now, come curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to fight against them, and shall drive them out.' 12 And God said unto Balaam: 'Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.'

At this point our story should end. An honest prophet would stop and say that they are blessed and advise that peace be made with the two peoples and pray to the L-RD for peace. However, a crooked and wicked man wants to show off his “own” power and this will prove to be his downfall. For there was Edgar Cayce among the Goyim in World War II who had this uncanny ability to raise his soul up in a trance and there were people who came to him but he did so in modesty and not with malice. But even before Moshe was born when Yisro, Iyob and Bilaam came to advise Pharaoh, the had malice towards Am Yisrael for he was blinded by Pharaoh’s rewards and honor.

13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak: 'Get you into your land; for the LORD refuses to give me leave to go with you.'

He made it out that he could not leave at this time and not that the Nation near Moab was blessed.

14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said: 'Balaam refuses to come with us.' 15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable than they. … 18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak: 'If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do anything, small or great.
Had he told the truth in the first instance, our Parsha would end here. Pinchas would not become such a hero and blessings of Bilaam would never occur in the way that they came out. Or perhaps Balak would have asked Bilaam to negotiate and bless a peace.

19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will speak unto me more.' 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him: 'If the men are come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.'

HASHEM knows well whom he is dealing with. This disgusting individual who feigns abstinence but has a relationship with his donkey based on the Hebrew wording is now granted to go with his malice and quackery of his “own” power.

21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

For such a distinguished delegation and such a famed prophet, you would think that Balak and his princes would have the best Arabian Steed for this man. No his fake humbleness has him “riding on a female donkey” like the Moshiach.

22 And God's anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the LORD placed himself in the way for an adversary against him. --Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

Humble? With two servants? I can tell you one thing and that is I am lucky to afford a 3 or 4 hour a week young woman to help my wife with cleaning the house and not two full time servants. I just have a gut feeling that those of you reading this will also not have a servant or two.

23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field; and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a hollow way between the vineyards, a fence being on this side, and a fence on that side. 25 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD, and she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall; and he smote her again. 26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD, and she lay down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with his staff. 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam: 'What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?'

Shalosh Regelim meaning the three festivals of Israel where everybody is required to be an Oleh Regel to the Mishkan or Mikdash.

29 And Balaam said unto the ass: 'Because thou hast mocked me; I would there were a sword in my hand, for now I had killed thee.'

The third fence was part of the Gal-Ayd or memorial of stones constructed by Levan and Yacov preventing a breach of one going against the other. Look at this one who comes to curse a people but would use a sword against a donkey. Where is his power to curse the donkey?

30 And the ass said unto Balaam: 'Am not I your ass, upon which thou hast ridden all thy lifelong unto this day?

Ridden upon also hints in the Hebrew as being used as a wife and the Medrash interprets this such.

was I ever wont to do so unto thee?' And he said: 'Nay.'

He comes to curse a people and is told off by of all creatures a donkey and rebuked in front of the princes who look agast!

31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed his head, and fell on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him: 'Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times?
Shalosh Regelim. That is part of the power of Am Yisrael. For even the weakest of the observant in the Reform and Conservative Jews with their violations of the laws of Melacha do acknowledge the holidays in some form. Even the Kibbutzim that purposely eat bread do have acknowledgement of Pessach is some way for it is part of our blood.

behold, I am come forth for an adversary, because thy way is contrary unto me; 33 and the ass saw me, and turned aside before me these three times; unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I had even slain thee, and saved her alive.' 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD: 'I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stood in the way against me; now therefore, if it displeases thee, I will get me back.'

You should have known for starters after your first dream that these people are blessed but now you can go but your words are going to be controlled.

35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam: 'Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak.' So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. …

Now comes the blessing but Bilaam did advise Balak that G-D hates two things idol worship and immoral behavior and a fertility cult would anger G-D. So what did he say to Moav? He told them to have their daughters go a whoring with Baal Peor which was the most disgusting fertility cult which had as a worship people relieving themselves in front of the Statue.

25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

We see here that he left but when 24,000 of Shimon died, he came back to collect his reward and then we see that he was killed.

25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab.

This was phase one. For almost anybody can be tempted especially if you have a large quantity of temptresses.

2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

The Pshat says bowed down but it was enough for them to relieve themselves (Peor) in front of the statue for its worship.

3 And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor; and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up unto the LORD in face of the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.' 5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel: 'Slay ye everyone his men that have joined themselves unto the Baal of Peor.'

They opened up a lot of Sanhedrins of 23 to deal with this phenomena and many were judged and killed.

6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midian woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the tent of meeting.

Zimri told Moshe that he was married (before the giving of the Torah) to a Midian Woman and had no moral right to stop him. But 1) it was before the giving of the Torah 2) Zipporah’s father Yisro was a priest of THE MOST HIGH and not of idols.

7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the midst of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand. 8 And he went after the man of Israel into the chamber, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

Being a Cohain he would become Tamay if they died in the tent with him inside. However, his spear was strong enough and he given the power miraculously to have them both struggling alive on his spear that he moved them outside where they died in the view of the congregation.

9 And those that died by the plague were twenty and four thousand.

Our story will continue next week.

When I (Yochanan Gordon) was in Lubavitch, the venerable Chassid and shoemaker, Reb Alter Berachs, looked back over his life:

In his youth he had learned with a melamed (Torah tutor) whose fee for a half-year's study was 75 kopeks. Most of his fellow students came from the villages around Lubavitch, and the custom those days was for the boys' fathers - when they came to collect their sons at the end of the term to bring them home - paid the melamed's fee then. In the interim the melamed lived... on air. He still needed clothes, though - and where was he supposed to find them?

He went to the Tzemach Tzedek (3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe) to ask for a one-ruble loan. "When will you repay me?" the Rebbe asked. At the end of the term, the melamed replied, when the villagers come to pick up their children - and I will have been paid.

"Now remember," the Rebbe told him, "pay me back at the end of the term!"

You have to keep in mind that a hundred or more years ago, a one-ruble coin was big money; you had to change it for smaller coins. Those were also the times when the township of Lubavitch hosted large trade fairs, when Russian merchants would come from Smolensk, pitch their tents, and show off their wares for weeks on end.

The melamed approached one of those burly characters to change his ruble, and the merchant gave him the coins…but left the ruble on the table. The melamed stood there waiting for him to take the ruble, and the merchant snapped at him: "Get out of the way! You are blocking buyers from coming inside."

He went to another merchant to change his ruble, and again it happened; he wouldn't take the Rebbe's ruble. A third merchant turned in the same performance.

The stunned melamed looked down at his hand to make sure he wasn't dreaming. But there they were: three rubles-worth of cash - plus the Tzemach Tzedek's ruble, intact.

He went to return the ruble to the Tzemach Tzedek. "What's your hurry?" the Rebbe asked, "Didn't we make a condition you'd repay me at the end of the term?" The melamed told him what had happened.

"Petoch, Petoch, Petoch ("Fool!")," the Rebbe told him, taking the coin back.

Reaching home the melamed suddenly realized what had really happened, and pulled out hair from his head-literally! "What have I done?!" he stammered, "I could have been freed forever from my poverty - the Rebbe gave me a ruble no non-Jew would ever take!"

Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from the original translation of Tuvia Natkin in Kfar Chabad Magazine-English.

Rabbi Gordon's comment:
This fits the Sages' comment on the verse, Maaseh yadav berachtah ("The works of his hands You have blessed" - Jobe 1:10): Everyone who takes a coin from Iyov (Jobe) is blessed.

Biographical note:
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn [of blessed memory: 29 Elul 5549 - 13 Nissan 5626 (Sept. 1789 - April 1866)], the third Rebbe of Chabad, was known as the Tzemach Tzedek, after his books of Jewish Law responsa and Talmudic commentary called by that name. He was renowned not only as a Rebbe, but also as a leading scholar in his generation in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Chukat (outside of Israel), where we learn that the Jews' clothes did not wear out during the 40 years, in the merit of Aharon, brother of Moshe.

Archeology - Plishtine remains found and reveals a lot of their origin and habits:,7340,L-4826332,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma
Assassination attempt on Netanyahu:

Infiltrator from Yarden caught in the Beit Shean Valley:

Iran still seeking Nuclear Weapons:

Iranian and Hezballah suicide missions in the works to try to kill Israeli Soldiers and/or civilians.

From Donald Trump: Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded- is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.
We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.
The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.
This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.
Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.
This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.

Iran developing nuclear missile capability:

Republican Party becomes very Israel friendly:

South Africans planned to attack Jews and Jewish Institutions:,7340,L-4827029,00.html

US State Dept. paid for the campaign of the left:

While dismantling an illegal weapons factory, a terrorist was killed.,7340,L-4827707,00.html

Looks like Hezballah/Iran got too close for comfort as this is not against Assad.

Ed-Op on Egyptian Israeli military ties:,7340,L-4827812,00.html

Bastille Day. My friend Meir was telling me a few hours before the attack that he was concerned for his daughter visiting Euro-Disney on Bastille Day due to the large Muslim Population in France. Well in Nice a not so nice truck driver rammed a crowd on a closed street at high speed shooting and loaded with grenades. Since guns are banned in France and so are grenades I assume this was not the NRA’s fault. So far 84 murdered:

Nice attack had truck with bullet resistant windshield see photo:

As I go to publish it is reported that ISIS killed many Egyptian Troops in Sinai.

Be well good Shabbos all and caution in the States during the conventions for terrorist attack to try to steal the show,

Rachamim Pauli