Friday, July 8, 2016

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Parsha Chukas

One time I heard something when I was between 13 and 14 from a Reform Rabbi which was actually a condemnation of their Politically Correct Popularity vs. Torah Judaism. He was talking about priest vs. prophet. Aaron was a priest who calmed down the people by casting the golden calf while the prophet Moshe destroying the golden calf. Moshe in the last few Parshiyos dealt with demands for meat, Lashon HaRa about him, about the land, a rebellion to try to conquer the land without the blessing of HASHEM and the rebellion of Korach and followers.

I could be wrong as all my Colleagues are giving their Drashos according to the Parsha in the States and I holding by the principle “Out of Tzion the Torah comes out and the word of HASHEM from Yerushalayim” so I am in sync with Israel and out of sync with the majority of people in the States. I thought that they would read the previous week’s Parsha which is easy enough as it is printed on the right side of the blogspot. But instead I lost 200 readers. It could be also the school year ending but whatever it is I am happy to have many loyal readers. So it was with the Rabbis throughout the centuries up until plus/minus 200 years ago when the roots of the Reform Movement started. The problem is what we see over the centuries the loss of Judaism and Jews. For if we look at the population of Jews in the States it was 6,000,000 in the late 50’s, 60’s. The number of Reform and Conservative was large. Orthodox represented about 100,000 Jews. Today the total population is the same but Orthodox are between 500-6000,000 Jews. This is an indicating trend what is going to be in the future. The Reform encouraging all the latest fads going against the very creation of mankind, Lev. 18:22, 20:13 and Devarim. As a result, their congregants do not reproduce and with “free love” marry late and have one or two children leading towards negative demographics. So over the course of 46 years that I have been in Israel, the Conservative Jews fell from the majority two well in second place. Reform has been the largest demographic but not really by adding new Jews but just from their sheer original numbers and the Conservative Population becoming weaker and weaker in observance for they changed their Siddur and moved closer and closer to Reform instead of being a watered down or saw dust version of Orthodoxy.

All this results in the death of these movements over the next century or two even if the Moshiach, heaven forbid, will not come.

It can only be a man who ‘kills’ himself learning Torah in the Beis Medrash that earns life in the next world as it is written: 19:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 2 This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer, faultless, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.

This is the statute of the Torah: Because Satan and the nations of the world taunt Israel, saying, “What is this commandment, and what purpose does it have?” Therefore, the Torah uses the term “statute.” I have decreed it; You have no right to challenge it. — [Yoma 67b] perfectly red: Heb. אֲדֻמָּה תְּמִימָה, lit., red, perfect. It shall be perfect in redness, so that two black hairs disqualify it. — [Sifrei Chukath 5]

14 This is the law: when a man dies in a tent, every one that cometh into the tent, and everything that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.

Anyone entering the tent: while the corpse is inside.

Rashi this time goes more into Pshat while the Rabbis go into the Drasha and say “This is the Torah, a man who dies in the tent” with the tent being the Beis Midrash. For our Sages have said in Perkei Avos this is the Derek or path of Torah. Eat and drink very little and on the floor (or bench) of the Beis Medrash one should sleep (chapter 6:4). The exact quote is: 4. Such is the way of Torah: Bread with salt you shall eat, water in small measure you shall drink, and upon the ground you shall sleep; live a life of deprivation and toil in Torah. If so you do, "fortunate are you, and good is to you" (Psalms 128:2): fortunate are you in this world, and it is good to you in the World To Come.

So the truth is that live comes from a man killing himself in the Beis Medrash. He shall either rise early to learn the Daf Yomi, do it in the gym, learn after work at night until he drops but this is the way of life in the next world.

We now return to Pshat.
15 And every open vessel, which hath no covering close-bound upon it, is unclean. 16 And whosoever in the open field touches one that is slain with a sword, or one that dies of himself, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. 17 And for the unclean they shall take of the ashes of the burning of the purification from sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel. 18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched the bone, or the slain, or the dead, or the grave. 19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify him; and he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

We are basically all unclean today as we have no ashes of the Para Aduma (red Heifer) so we may not get Kares out of the lack of cleanliness but the Cohanim must try to keep clean.

20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD; the water of sprinkling hath not been dashed against him: he is unclean.

Kares comes from entering the Mikdash not the Synagogue of today.

21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them; and he that sprinkles the water of sprinkling shall wash his clothes; and he that touches the water of sprinkling shall be unclean until even. 22 And whatsoever the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the soul that touches him shall be unclean until even.

This is amazing, the pure becomes impure and the 9mpure become pure.

20:1 And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. 2 And there was no water for the congregation; and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

Sometimes one does not appreciate a true Tzaddik until after his or her death. Shlomo Carlebach worked with hippies and made them into productive Baalei Teshuva until a third generation. While he was alive he was criticized and often ignored but today there is not one Synagogue that I have attended that does not sing a Carlebach tune. With Miriam it was the same. All the time that she lived by her merit the people had water. When she passed on the “well of Miriam” disappeared. A politician can make waves and be popular and a Tzaddik unpopular in their life time but after their death does anybody celebrate the Yahrzeit of the Caesar who prosecuted Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? OTOH, hundreds of thousands if not millions celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s Yahrzeit. The Torah is telling us here that the modest Miriam gave merits to Am Yisrael and the lack of water now was the proof.
3 And the people strove with Moses, and spoke, saying: 'Would that we had perished when our brethren perished before the LORD! 4 And why have ye brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, to die there, we and our cattle? 5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.' 6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tent of meeting, and fell upon their faces; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

After years of quiet and preparing the generation for entrance into Eretz Yisrael now this with the thirsty people complaining.

7 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 8 'Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes, that it give forth its water; and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock; so thou shalt give the congregation and their cattle drink.'

Moshe spoke to the rock but only a trickle came forth. He should have waited but the people and their pressure made him lose his calm and it cost him entrance into Eretz Yisrael.

9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as He commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said unto them: 'Hear now, ye rebels; are we to bring you forth water out of this rock?' 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and smote the rock with his rod twice; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their cattle.

Instead of a super Kiddush HASHEM the miracle of the talk was cheapened by the smiting of the rock.

12 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron: 'Because ye believed not in Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.'

Moshe who walked into the heavenly court of Angels before HASHEM was now accused of not believing. He in truth did believe but did not follow the command to the letter and lost on making a great miracle.

13 These are the waters of Meribah, where the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and He was sanctified in them.

Am Yisrael is now on the move around Eilat and heading north on the other side of the Yarden.

14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom: 'Thus says thy brother Israel: Thou know all the travail that hath befallen us; 15 how our fathers went down into Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and our fathers; 16 and when we cried unto the LORD, He heard our voice, and sent an angel, and brought us forth out of Egypt; and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border. 17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy land; we will not pass through field or through vineyard, neither will we drink of the water of the wells; we will go along the king's highway, we will not turn aside to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy border.' 18 And Edom said unto him: 'Thou shalt not pass through me, lest I come out with the sword against thee.'

We have tradition that the hills of Edom are slightly east of the Yarden near the modern Aqaba. They were supposed to be brothers but long ago the brotherhood was forgotten and now their behavior is not even one of an ally but one of belligerence.

22 And they journeyed from Kadesh; and the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, came unto mount Hor. 23 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the border of the land of Edom, saying: 24 'Aaron shall be gathered unto his people; for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against My word at the waters of Meribah.

Although he did not sin like the spies, his attitude at Meribah was enough to deny him entrance into Eretz Yisrael and without his merit and that of Moshe we were doomed to suffer Gallus.

25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor. 26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.'

He died a death of a kiss from G-D and his eternal soul would leave him and Eleazar would come down wearing the clothes of the Cohain HaGadol.

… And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they wept for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Now he died on Mt. Hor in Yarden and not Eretz Yisrael. Yet…

21:1 And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the South, heard tell that Israel came by the way of Atharim; and he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive. 2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said: 'If Thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.'

He was afraid of an invasion via the route up to Arad either from the lowest area where the Dead Sea Works are located today or via the Zohar route in the tongue of the Dead Sea which leads up to modern Arad for these are the only two possible routes he could have taken.

4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became impatient because of the way. 5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses: 'Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, and there is no water; and our soul loathes this light bread.' 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

They are just about to enter Yisrael but not by the southern way Beer Sheva-Chevron but further up the river after the Dead Sea. However, they started complaining again and again. This time HASHEM melts out the punishment even before Moshe can pray for them.

7 And the people came to Moses, and said: 'We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that He take away the serpents from us.' And Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole; and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.' 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon the pole; and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived.

This has become the international sign for healing unto this day even though Hezekiah destroyed Moshe’s pole and snake.

10 And the children of Israel journeyed, … out of the border of the Amorites.--For Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites; 14 wherefore it is said in the book of the Wars of the LORD: Vaheb in Suphah, and the valleys of Arnon, …17 Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well--sing ye unto it-- 18 The well, which the princes digged, which the nobles of the people delved, with the sceptre, and with their staves. And from the wilderness to Mattanah; 19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth; 20 and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the field of Moab, by the top of Pisgah, which looketh down upon the desert.

This is a song of praise that the people made in the wilderness.

21 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying: 22 'Let me pass through thy land; we will not turn aside into field, or into vineyard; we will not drink of the water of the wells; we will go by the king's highway, until we have passed thy border.'

They requested passage on their way to Eretz Yisrael but he and Og were required by treaty to defend the borders of Eretz Yisrael so he made war.

23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border; but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness, and came to Jahaz; and he fought against Israel. 24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from the Arnon unto the Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

And so the Bnei Yisrael made war and conquered the area.

22:1 And the children of Israel journeyed, and pitched in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho.

The whole war is condensed and they are ready to enter the land but then Balak becomes sore afraid of them and that will be our story next week.

Coming soon because of Pessach vats and vats of maple syrup spoiled but the Seliach Mitzvah was not hurt and made more money.

Disney World comes to Lubavitch by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

He worked at internationally famous Disney World, in Orlando Florida. He held a prestigious high-level executive position with a commensurate high salary. Nevertheless, he wasn't satisfied, or rather, he didn't know if he should be satisfied. For several years he had been entertaining the notion of going independent in the entertainment business, and felt that he had the knowledge, the contacts and the seed money to succeed.

But this was not a simple decision; how could he walk out on his current security and large income? Suppose he wasn't successful - there is no "golden parachute" retirement package when you quit.

At that point in his life he was also newly observant of the mitzvot, so he decided to consult with a Rabbi. But before he could he 'happened' to encounter a Chabad friend, so decided to outline his dilemma to him, setting out the pluses and minuses of each side.

The Chabad friend listened carefully, and then responded, "Look, what do I know about such things? You should ask the Lubavitcher Rebbe."

"But the Rebbe passed away in 1994, right?" What does it mean to ask him? How do you do that?"

"It's easy," answered his friend. "You write your question on a piece of paper, and then fax it - 718 723-4444 -- to the Chabad office next to the Rebbe's burial place. Souls of the righteous are even more powerful after they leave their bodily confines. The Rebbe will surely find a way to answer you."

"But someone told me you are supposed to put the letter in a book of the Rebbe's correspondence, and then open it to see what it says on the page?"

The Chabad man smiled. "If so, then I suggest you combine both methods in the best possible way. Fly to New York! Montefiore Cemetery is only a 15 minute drive from JFK Airport in Queens, NY. Write the letter in the Chabad reception area there, insert it in a random volume of the Rebbe's correspondence ("Igres Kodesh") or teachings ("Likutei Sichos, etc"). Then, in the enclosure ("Ohel") over the Rebbe's burial site, place your letter in the designated area in front of his tombstone. Then return with the book to the reception area; surely you will be able to find someone there to help translate the page that you opened to."

It sounded bizarre…but interesting. He decided to try it. He did exactly as his friend recommended. At the cemetery, when he finished writing his letter, which turned out to be quite long, he stuck it in one of the volumes of correspondence in the library there. Then he took the book and letter to the Ohel, and after a few minutes of sincere prayer for clarity addressed to the Master of the Universe, he returned inside. Sure enough, standing near the hot-water urn was a venerable-looking Chasidic elder with a long white beard.

He went up to him. "Excuse me, sir. Perhaps you can help me? I put a letter in Igros Kodesh and I need help in understanding what I opened to. I don't know Hebrew or Yiddish."

What he had no way to realize was that the chasid he had approached was by no means a fan of the Igros Kodesh technique. "What! You want to solve your problems by putting your letter in Igros Kodesh and hoping to find an answer? Ridiculous! Mickey Mouse stuff!"* he berated in Old-World accented English.

The man from Florida stood there in stunned silence for a few moments; his eyes opened wide and bright in excitement. "That's all right, sir. I don't need the translation anymore. I have my answer. Thank you very much."
And back he went to the huge Florida base of the rodent cartoon star, Disney's most iconic character, without any qualms at all about his decision to stay!

Source: Expanded and rewritten by Yerachmiel Tilles from an email synopsis from a friend in New Jersey, and traced back to the enthusiastic telling by Moshe Yess of blessed memory to a Chabad rabbi in Florida, who corrected several details. The Ohel finale has been confirmed to me by a Tsfat associate, who after hearing it from me and not sure whether to believe it, heard it two years later in New York from a man who said he was present when it happened. (And that is when I decided that finally I could go public with this wonderful story.)

teachings have been printed, as well as dozens of English renditions.* Editor's note:
"Mickey Mouse stuff" is American slang [Hebrew: Shtuyot, Yiddish: narishkeit, English: infantile]. How remarkable that an old European Jew should use such an expression!

Biographical note:
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe: [11 Nissan 5662 - 3 Tammuz 5754 (April 1902 - June 1994 C.E.)], became the seventh Rebbe of the Chabad dynasty after his father-in-law's passing on 10 Shvat 5710 (1950 C.E.). He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century. Although a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah and fluent in many languages and scientific subjects, the Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet. His emissaries around the globe dedicated to strengthening Judaism number in the thousands. Hundreds of volumes of his of volumes of his teachings have been printed, as well as dozens of English renditions.

Israeli Scientists are part of Juno Probe of Jupiter:,7340,L-4825417,00.html

Rabbi Lookstein Conversion to be recognized:

For years I have been complaining about the agenda of the radicals which include the destruction of religion allowing the worse perverse ideas such as homosexuality, pedophilia not even in the Arab or ancient sense of marriage or that of bestiality which is the new trend along with transsexuality. I received this post this week but it still holds true.

From Sheldon: Unmasking the "gay" agenda February 13, 2008

Balance of Power

Americans who self-identify as "gay" or lesbian comprise roughly one to three percent of the population. Yet the homosexual movement — led by extremist homosexual pressure groups like the so-called Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — represent, per capita, one of America's most powerful and well-funded political lobbies. Consider that HRC and the HRC foundation alone have an annual budget in excess of 50 million.

Through a carefully crafted, decades-old propaganda campaign, homosexual activists have successfully cast homosexuals — many of whom enjoy positions of influence and affluence — as a disadvantaged minority. They have repackaged and sold to the public behaviors which thousands of years of history, every major world religion and uncompromising human biology have long identified as immoral and sexually deviant.

The Goal

As with every major political movement, the homosexual lobby is pushing a specific agenda. It is often called the "gay agenda." At its core is a concerted effort to remove from society all traditional notions of sexual morality and replace them with the post-modern concept of sexual relativism. That is to say, when it comes to sex, there is never right or wrong. All sexual appetites are "equal." If it feels good, do it.

Ultimately, the homosexual lobby's primary objective is to radically redefine our foundational institutions of legitimate marriage and the nuclear family by unraveling God's natural design for human sexuality. In so doing, they hope to elevate their own spiritual and biological counterfeit and establish a sexually androgynous society wherein natural distinctions between male and female are dissolved.

This creates cultural and moral anarchy.

Plan of Attack

Ironically, sexual relativists are anything but relative. They are quite affirmative in principle. But the principles they foist demand comprehensive acceptance of homosexual conduct — by force of law — through federal edicts such as "hate crimes" legislation, the so-called "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA) and by imposing government sanctioned "same-sex marriage." All such government mandates grant special protected "minority" status to those who define themselves by aberrant sexual preferences and changeable sexual behaviors. These laws put people with traditional values directly in the crosshairs of official government policy.

Throughout society, homosexual activists demand that homosexual behaviors not only be "tolerated," but celebrated. (That's what the euphemistic slogan "celebrate diversity" supposes). They have masked their true political agenda by hijacking the language of the genuine civil rights movement and through the crafty and disingenuous rhetoric of "tolerance" and "diversity."

Anyone who believes the Biblical directive that human sexuality is a gift from God, to be shared between man and wife within the bonds of marriage, is branded "homophobic," "hateful" or "discriminatory." They are to be silenced by all means possible.

In Their Own Words

What you are about to read is just a quick, though disturbing, glance behind the homosexual lobby's lavender curtain.

Below are two of the central demands put forth by homosexual activists in their "1972 Gay Rights Platform":
  • "Repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent." (This should send a chill down the spine of any parent. It would legally allow pedophiles, and homosexuals who were so inclined, to access your children and teens for their own predatory sexual gratification — so long as those children "consented" to having sex.)
  • "Repeal all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit." (Once marriage is redefined, there can be no logical or ethical objection to any conceivable "marriage" combination, including polygamous "marriages." By watering down marriage, "gay" activists and like-minded politicos [usually activist judges] remove this foundational institution's intrinsic value.) … Read to Eliminate the Opiate by Rabbi Marvin Anterman.

Inyanay Diyoma

I have prepared links here for the news as I must rest with my cold

I was not expecting them to say in the name of Buddha or a Hindu god the 9 terrorist attacking after Ramadan fast.

Yaalon Joins Strategic Studies Institute:,7340,L-4823604,00.html

President eulogizes the slain father of 10:,7340,L-4823509,00.html

Ed-Op Dr. Martin Sherman on the Turkish deal:

The attack in Tel Aviv was that of ISIS but the PC GOI will not tell the truth:

Tunneling and money laundering operation:,7340,L-4824570,00.html

Russia revamps Syrian warfare tactics with their Air Force.

Government is weak regarding Amona and there is a rebellion among ministers:

New law will put an end to Facebook’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel posts.,7340,L-4825447,00.html

Stinky business as 2 years after Protective Edge no conclusions. Why do I think it is not the IDF but some people in GOI. Ed-Op on Prison Exchange:,7340,L-4824676,00.html
The whole Protective Edge report is not out:,7340,L-4825449,00.html

Be well and have a good Shabbos,
Rachamim Pauli