Friday, July 22, 2016

Parsha Pinchas Part 1. The Rabbi and the Maifa, more

Reminder: The three weeks of mourning between the 17th of Tammuz
& Tisha B’Av start Motzei Shabbos since Shabbos postpones both fasts.

It is not my habit to make appeals even for my broke Kollel. However, this is a life or death matter of a woman raising young children. She is looking more for the cancer pills than the monetary donation:
Dear neighbors – please read my letter below.  You can forward it to your friends and family overseas who may help find this medicine for Esther.
Dearest friends and family -
One of my very close friends is in desperate search for Ibrance pills for breast cancer, the only treatment that has helped her so far.
Some amazing women around the world have donated some but only for two more months.
Perhaps you could post this on your e-mails or your rabbis can announce the need for this drug from the pulpit.
Each bottle costs about $10,000, but many women have gone on and off this treatment so we are trying to find them.

Only in American cancer support groups did my friend and her husband get responses that donating unused medicines is illegal etc. but we are talking about life and death and thousands of dollars of life-saving drugs that may otherwise go into the garbage.

Esther adopted 5 children, she is now raising one of her grandchildren and is very central in her entire family’s lives, as you can imagine.  
She is an amazing, positive human being who refuses to succumb to her circumstances, is incredibly active and continues to surprise and inspire her doctors and all of us.
Here is a letter from her. 
Thank you for whatever efforts you can make to spread the word and help her acquire more of this medicine.
Appreciate it, much love,

Shalom.  My name is Esther Caplin, from Neve Daniel, Israel.

After a year of treatments for stage 4 breast cancer which has spread to my liver, my oncologist decided to put me on Ibrance (with Faslodex) providing me with a free 3-month supply of Ibrance that he had obtained from a former patient. 

Unfortunately, Ibrance is not one of the cancer drugs supplied on the health plan in Israel and my oncologist hoped to use the three month period to assess its effectiveness on me and to try to acquire more of the drug from Pfizer on compassionate grounds.

While the Ibrance has succeeded in halting the spread of the cancer, the request to Pfizer did not work out. As buying the drug was not a viable option, I began a search in my support group (Inspire) for women who were once on Ibrance and since moved to a different treatment, the idea being that some people have Ibrance that is no longer being used. I was successful so far in obtaining enough pills for two more months of treatment. 

I am asking you to please spread the word – if you know anyone who was once on Ibrance and wishes to donate her left over Ibrance pills, please contact me at

As I see it, the unused medicine eventually will be thrown out, but for me, every 21 pills means another month of life.

Thank you so much for passing this on to whomever you think may be able to help me.

In appreciation,
Esther Caplin
972-52-428-6315 (my husband Shane)

Parsha Pinchas

6-7,000,000 vs 24,000 vs 84. I have a friend who is a Ger Tzeddek and for years this Parsha has bothered him. For he joined our people and figured that we are more moral than that other nations. However, the killing of Midian here except for the girls under three which were incorporated into Judaism.

In fact, every attempt which I have done over the years to answer him has been considered insufficient by him. I have an answer here which perhaps is more satisfying to myself. The Nazis murdered 6 to 7,000,000 Jews which were numbers too large to imagine. One can sort of imagine a photo of 1,000,000 attending a Papal Event in Rome but 6 or 7 times that is too big. I think I have the proportion now. When 84 were killed by a madman in Nice France we can comprehend that. Well 24,000 died in the plague caused by the advice of Bilaam how to mess up our nation with immorality and idolatry. It was for these 24,000 that 12,000 soldiers went to fight Midian and destroy them. If 12,000 soldiers were called up that means that the nation was as small or smaller than the 24,000 who perished. Still this was the normal protocols of war for that era which was kill the men and take capture the women. (Our problem today is that ISIS is still back in that era of civilization.)

The initial response that I heard after the 84 were killed and later ISIS did claim responsibility was that we should carpet bomb them. That was for 84 not 24,000 so actually when HASHEM commands Moshe to do this it is not surprising at all. I know that killing all the males and females who knew men is brutal by today’s standards but when we look at it coming as an order from the creator of all souls the destruction is not as great as it appears.

The plague will never reoccur from this bunch. Yacov Frank, the false Moshiach, will try this and then convert to Christianity but the seeds for Reform Judaism and Atheism have been planted and to this day have not been uprooted.

25:10 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 11 'Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was very jealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy. 12 Wherefore say: Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace; 13 and it shall be unto him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'

Pinchas became the Cohain Gadol after Eleazar and that his seed would last forever no matter what.

14 Now the name of the man of Israel that was slain, who was slain with the Midian woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers' house among the Simeonites.

I suggest you look at past issues a few years ago of the blogspot where I went into the fact that Zimri had a reincarnation into Rabbi Akiva and Cozbi into Rachel, his wife. He gave up everything for Torah and she went against her father so that she could marry Akiva and send him to Kollel.

15 And the name of the Midian woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a fathers' house in Midian.

Zur turned into Kalba Savua who helped travelers to Yerushalayim and finance people during a famine.

16 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 17 'Harass the Midianites, and smite them; 18 for they harass you, by their wiles wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.'

As I wrote this is not a normal war but a special war similar to the last war with Amalek.

26:1 And it came to pass after the plague,
that the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying: 2 'Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers' houses, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel.'

A new census was to be taken after the deaths of the 24,000 as one had to know the inheritance lots for the tribes.

… 29 The sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites--and Machir begot Gilead; of Gilead, the family of the Gileadites.

Machir was a Bechor, first born.

30 These are the sons of Gilead: of Iezer, the family of the Iezerites; of Helek, the family of the Helekites; 31 and of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites; and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites; 32 and of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites; and of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites. 33 And Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters; and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

Zelophehad was also a Bechor.

34 These are the families of Manasseh; and they that were numbered of them were fifty and two thousand and seven hundred.

The daughters had the first born portions (plus their own as we shall see).

…51 These are they that were numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand and seven hundred and thirty.

Because of the fiasco with the tribe of Shimon and not repopulating so much in the desert, the amount of men actually fell by a few thousand less then when the first census was taken at the start of Sefer Bamidbar.

I have reached my personal deadline time which is close to 2 PM in Israel so to be continued next week Ble Neder.

The Rabbi and the Mafia as told by Rabbi Ezra of the David Chai Synagogue FL

It is well known that Meir Lansky pulled off Mafia connections to get airplanes and weapons to the State of Israel past the State Department Boycott of being fair and square. Little is known of “Lucky” Luciano aka Charles or Salvatore helping the US win Italy. It was during WWII that he made a secret deal via Naval Intelligence to help the USA in Italy and that eventually won him a get out of jail free.

During the War there were some Yeshiva Boys in Italy who were about to be deported to Siberia. Rabbi Aharon Kotler wanted to help them remain in a free country and a place to learn. He had no friend in the State Dept. and the White House was not particularly friendly to either Orthodox or non-Orthodox Jews. He had no choice but to turn to the Mafia. He asked Luciano if he could help and for how much. Luciano considered it an honor being the best friend of Meir Lansky. He said to the Rabbi considerate it done.

Now within a short time. Luciano succeeded in freeing and transporting to safety the Yeshiva Boys. He then made a request of Rabbi Aharon Kotler. He asked for a blessing. Now there is a Jewish law against flattering and praising a wicked person. So Aharon Kotler could not very well praise the person from the Mafia according to Halacha. After the boys arrived in the Lakewood Yeshiva, Luciano came to the Rabbi asking for a blessing. The Rabbi was in a quandary what to do. He gave Luciano the blessing that he would die peacefully in his bed. Being from the Mafia with all the attempts of bumping people off, he was very happy. Luciano passed away in his bed from a heart attack at the age of 65.

He passed away in 1962 and later that same year Aharon Kotler passed away. One day a limousine drove up to the Lakewood Yeshiva. A number of Luciano’s children (it most likely would be grandchildren as to the best of the knowledge of M. Lansky’s cousin he only had a daughter)/colleagues came for the same blessing and were willing to donate to Rabbi Shmuel Kotler a large sum of money. Rabbi Shmuel said to them simply that he was not a great Rabbi like his father and did not have the power to issue such a blessing.

My friend, Lenny, aka Avraham Arieh is still waiting for my continuation of my return to Judaism Story and my Yeshiva days which I had skipped over at this point for finding a Shidduch where I left off with 9-and-a-half-year-old girls sitting on my lap and me turning colors while my Yeshiva friend (now Rabbi) David Rudnick was laughing his head off.

From Ben Glixman – Lori Platnik on Howard Stern’s daughter keeping Shabbos:

A grave danger to the IDF and they don’t realize how many lives they endanger by playing with fire against HASHEM:,7340,L-4829206,00.html Hundreds of Rabbis back the Rosh Yeshiva:,7340,L-4831535,00.html

Thousands of endangered fish killed by construction:,7340,L-4829242,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma

Some news points. The terrorist truck driver was waiting on the streets of Nice for 3 to 6 hours prior to the attack. The second thing is that in Turkey the military has taken the reigns from dictator Erdogan. He had been arresting generals in the past year and putting his Islamist into power. They supposedly took over from the Islamist. The president and prime minister claim to be safe but military jets are not letting anything in the air and the bridges out of Asia to Europe are closed. Probably Motzei Shabbos we will know if it has been a successful Coup or not and if so it will be good for Israel and NATO.

From Chashmonayim: Thursday night: A few minutes ago, the siren was sounded twice in Modiin Elite, followed by an order that all residents should remain in their homes and listen to the instructions of the security forces. The reason – an infiltration in Matityahu. The police scanned the area and found two Palestinians who had broken in – in order to steal (according to them). Once they had been caught, the situation was defined as normal, and the security threat removed.

Ed-Op Martin Sherman reason for the dispute between liberal Judaism and the State of Israel:

Hushed up: ISIS tried to bomb Mohammed’s grave they consider going to his grave Avoda Zara.

Bombs found in Yerushalayim and neutralized:,7340,L-4829354,00.html

Large kosher butcher has fire in Brookline MA.

From Barbara M. a way of crowd control = skunk spray.

Both in the States and in Israel there are those saying that Erdogan set up the Coup to purge 4,000 soldiers, 8,000 policemen and 2,700 judges:

Divorce revolution 4 counseling sessions required:,7340,L-4829820,00.html

Two wounded in terror attack in Gush Etzion:

Mt. Hermon a Druze and US Soldier volunteer killed in grenade accident with three others injured:,7340,L-4830072,00.html

Axe attacker in Germany we can expect more and more plus countless rapes:

Iranian Drone a copy of US one causes Patriot Missiles to miss.

Arab man stabs mother and daughters in alps because of shorts:

Iran is proud of their renewed with rigor Nuclear Program:

Leftist IDF prefers Homosexuality over Torah:,7340,L-4830528,00.html

Turkey helped Gaza conceal rockets from IDF surveillance:

From Barry Shaw Ed-Op on anti-Semitic boycotts:

Ted Cruz booed and his big donor snubs him as he commits political suicide: Many view him as the Senators see him narrow self-interest:

Money laundering at its best. Clinton Foundation pays Clinton to speak.

SECURITY WARNING: Pokemon Go a super-spy and a potential terrorist trap lure. This week hundreds were lured into Central Park in Manhattan. Could you imagine a bomb trap there?–-super-spy-potential-terror-tool

Israel to take on Facebook head-one with orders to remove hate posts:,7340,L-4831483,00.html

Have a good Shabbos, next week with the help of G-D, the Drasha will come from Eretz Yisrael again.

Rachamim Pauli