Friday, July 29, 2016

Parsha Pinchas Part 2, Parsha Matos, two stories

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Parsha Pinchas Part 2

We left off last week with the tribe of Menashe and the daughters of Zelophad coming from that tribe. The laws of inheritance were more or less clear. However, when they came to the judge of 10 to solve their claim, he wanted to but would believe that it was a very radical revolutionary concept of women becoming landlords. He went to the judge of 50 who did not want to issue such a decree that would have an effect on his own tribe and that on the other tribes so he went to the judge of a 100 and a 1000 until Moshe. When humble Moshe saw all this delegation, he turned and called upon HASHEM for advice. Recently another Jewish Woman was in the news about equal pay for women and management by women:

52 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 53 'Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. 54 To the more thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to the fewer thou shalt give the less inheritance; to each one according to those that were numbered of it shall its inheritance be given. 55 Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. 56 According to the lot shall their inheritance be divided between the more and the fewer.'

The lots were to be divided by lottery so that nobody would get the better top soil on a lower level or be flooded in the valley or have to grow only grapes, figs and olives in a hilly area as they were further up towards the top of the steeper rise. It was HASHEM’s will this or that based on merit and if we look at the square meterage of Eretz Yisrael minus some known public roads that existed and walled cities, we obtain a lot of land to be given to each of the original families. What they would do with it in the coming years and their observance would lead to blessings, part moving to a city or not.

63 These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho. 64 But among these there was not a man of them that were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. 65 For the LORD had said of them: 'They shall surely die in the wilderness.' And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Yephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Does this belie the Medrash which states that the last Tisha B’ Av the number of men dying there were 15,000 left? Perhaps not for between Tisha B’Av and the 7th of Adar, these men could have passed away. One thing is certain, that only Yehoshua and Calev entered the land.

27:1 Then drew near the daughters of Zelophad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.

Now the daughters of Zelophad if they received inheritance in Menashe in the Gilad would cause a problem both logistically and tribally if they were to marry somebody from Yehuda, Dan or Shimon for the tribes were super clannish in those days.

2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, at the door of the tent of meeting, saying: 3 'Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not among the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korach, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.' 5 And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.

At this point Moshe does not call the Sanhedrin but asks HASHEM to set the Halacha for all perpetuity.

6 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 7 'The daughters of Zelophad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

The daughters of Zelophad have spoken correctly and they have their rights. Now what does a man do today in ensure that his children inherit the property the way he wants. In FL Rabbi Edward Davis convened a Beit Din and had a contract drawn up between the parents and Beit Din on the distribution of their wealth. The Contract stated that the money was to be divided in such and such a way. I then went and signed it so in the end either the children would accept my distribution as my mother had given one more money than the others so that it would work out about equal in the end. If not and they wanted to fight my verdict the money would go to Kollel Beit Shlomo.

8 And thou shall speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a man dies, and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. 9 And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. 10 And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren. 11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it. And it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.'

All cases are covered and each tribe keeps their portion. [Theoretically there of course could be cases that a girl from Benyamin with brothers married somebody from Zevulun and her brothers pass on without children and then her father. In such a case, she would be forced to sell the land or give it to her daughter(s) to marry somebody only from Benyamin. The Halacha does not handle the case but the Beis Din can draw its own conclusions here.]

To this day among the Taliban Moslems in Afghanistan and Pakistan, there exists people calling themselves Gad, Reuven, Ephraim, Shimon, Menashe and there is the Bnei Menashe in India. All these folks are long assimilated but have kept their tribal recognitions and the famed “Afghan” four cornered looks a bit like a Tallis with the sides being knotted.

12 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Get thee up into this mountain of Abarim, and behold the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered; 14 because ye rebelled against My commandment in the wilderness of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify Me at the waters before their eyes.'--These are the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

You deserve to see the land but because you did not make a Kiddush HASHEM by talking to the rock, you will not enter. He looked and saw the trees in the land of Ephraim (now barren from 2000 years of rape by Romans and Arabs). He saw to the north and south and the land was good, very good. He was pleased.

15 And Moses spoke unto the LORD, saying: 16 'Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17 who may go out before them, and who may come in before them, and who may lead them out, and who may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.' 18 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is spirit, and lay thy hand upon him; 19 and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

Moshe prayers for a leader to take them into the land and guide them. Yehoshua is chosen.

20 And thou shalt put of thy honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may hearken. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD; at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.' 22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation. 23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD spoke by the hand of Moses.

We now hear again about the Korbanos and the festivals of Yisrael.
28:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them: My food which is presented unto Me for offerings made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Me, shall ye observe to offer unto Me in its due season. 3 And thou shalt say unto them: This is the offering made by fire which ye shall bring unto the LORD: he-lambs of the first year without blemish, two day by day, for a continual burnt-offering.

This is the Korban Tamid, daily offering which we say each morning before the main Shachris Prayer as if we sacrificed it. The Sephardim also say it in the afternoon daily. Note the beginning here through the Korban HaChodesh is read on Rosh Chodesh nowadays.

4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at dusk;

Every day two lambs half in the morning prayers and half at Mincha before sundown.

5 and the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil. 6 It is a continual burnt-offering, … 9 And on the Sabbath day two he-lambs of the first year without blemish, and two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, and the drink-offering thereof. 10 This is the burnt-offering of every Sabbath, beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof.

The laws were already given but now we are getting a review before going into the promised land. We also learn from here the rule “Usual and not usual, the usual comes first”. Now since there are depending on the year 354-384 days of the Korban Tamid, it is mentioned first and then weekly Shabbos Korban. Next the monthly Korban or double Korbanos.

11 And in your new moons ye shall present a burnt-offering unto the LORD: two young bullocks, and one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; 12 and three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, for each bullock; and two tenth parts of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, for the one ram; 13 and a several tenth part of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering unto every lamb; for a burnt-offering of a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 14 And their drink-offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bullock, and the third part of a hin for the ram, and the fourth part of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt-offering of every new moon throughout the months of the year. 15 And one he-goat for a sin-offering unto the LORD; it shall be offered beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof.

At this point the Congregation finishes the fourth section every Rosh Chodesh including the Tamid and Shabbos Offerings.

16 And in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is the LORD'S Passover. 17 And on the fifteenth day of this month shall be a feast; seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 18 In the first day shall be a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work; … 25 And on the seventh day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work.

This is the spelling out of the Korban Pessach and it is followed by Shavuos, the High Holidays and Sukkos.

26 Also in the day of the first-fruits, when ye bring a new meal-offering unto the LORD in your feast of weeks, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; 27 but ye shall present a burnt-offering for a sweet savor unto the LORD: two young bullocks, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year; 28 and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for each bullock, two tenth parts for the one ram, 29 a several tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; 30 one he-goat, to make atonement for you. 31 Beside the continual burnt-offering, and the meal-offering thereof, ye shall offer them--they shall be unto you without blemish--and their drink-offerings. 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. 2 And ye shall prepare a burnt-offering for a sweet savor unto the LORD: one young bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; … 7 And on the tenth day of this seventh month ye shall have a holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls; ye shall do no manner of work;

Afflicting the souls means no shoes, fasting, no washing, marital relations on this day.

… 12 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days; … 35 On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no manner of servile work; 36 but ye shall present a burnt-offering, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD: one bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish;

All the bulls slaughtered during the first 7 days are like the seven days of creation. Now the eight day or grade is when the Mishkan was dedicate, the day of the Bris and here the nation that rules aside by itself.

… 39 These ye shall offer unto the LORD in your appointed seasons, beside your vows, and your freewill-offerings, whether they be your burnt-offerings, or your meal-offerings, or your drink-offerings, or your peace-offerings.
30:1 And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.

Faithful servant to HASHEM to transmit the message of HASHEM.

Parsha Matos

We end our Parsha with an answer to the question: Where did Eliyahu HaNovi live? The answer is in the end and our Motzei Shabbos song.

Now this week we encounter a new subject which is that of vows made by the wife. Since women are more emotional and get upset by often foolish jokes or actions of the husband, a wife could vow not to make a salad, do the husband’s bed or have relations with her spouse. Now for Shalom Beis, one can do things like erase G-D’s name with the Sotah, tell a white lie like the Angels with Sarah saying “I am old” and not “my husband is old. So here too the husband can annul a hasty, foolish or hot tempered vow. For if she vows not to have relations with him and he does not cancel, it they must divorce for the world was created for the Mitzvah of “Be Fruitful and Multiply” and this applies to older people.

30:2 And Moses spoke unto the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, saying: This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded. 3 When a man vows a vow unto the LORD, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

This Halacha was not meant for today’s politicians but for the average honest man or woman.

4 Also when a woman vows a vow unto the LORD, and binds herself by a bond, being in her father's house, in her youth, 5 and her father heareth her vow, or her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father holds his peace at her, then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.

The woman in this part is between the age of 12 to 12.5 years old. After that her father cannot tell her anything for unlike civil law, Halachically she is a full woman at 12.5.

6 But if her father disallows her in the day that he heareth, none of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand; and the LORD will forgive her, because her father disallowed her.

Here the father and later on the husband can nullify a vow.

7 And if she be married to a husband, while her vows are upon her, or the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; 8 and her husband hear it, whatsoever day it be that he heareth it, and hold his peace at her; then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.

Heaven help us if there is a fight between husband and wife and one vows and the other seconds the motion to keep away one from the other. It is one of the two that has to remain calm and not fight. For vows of a man have to be forgiven by a Chacham or the Beis Din and then too in the case of a woman and the husband was given by the Torah the status of a Chacham. But only for her vows and on the first day in which he hears. It is obviously if a husband hears the vow three weeks later then is the day in which her vow became known he must nullify it.

9 But if her husband disallow her in the day that he hears it, then he shall make void her vow which is upon her, and the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; and the LORD will forgive her. 10 But the vow of a widow, or of her that is divorced, even everything wherewith she has bound her soul, shall stand against her. 11 And if a woman vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath, 12 and her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not, then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 13 But if her husband make them null and void in the day that he heareth them, then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips, whether it were her vows, or the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD will forgive her. … 16 But if he shall make them null and void after that he hath heard them, then he shall bear her iniquity. 17 These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between a father and his daughter, being in her youth, in her father's house.

All this for Shalom in the house and that is very important whether it be the house of the father or the married couple. But an unmarried woman living alone only makes trouble for herself and I already wrote about the time that I had to convene a Beis Din at work during our lunch hour to free a woman of her vow.

31:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites; afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.' 3 And Moses spoke unto the people, saying: 'Arm ye men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute the LORD'S vengeance on Midian. 4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.' 5 So there were delivered, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the war, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 7 And they warred against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew every male. 8 And they slew the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain: Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Bilaam came back looking for his reward and honor and so died at this time. This is the just reward of the wicked.

9 And the children of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods, they took for a prey. 10 And all their cities in the places wherein they dwelt, and all their encampments, they burnt with fire. 11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of man and of beast. 12 And they brought the captives, and the Tprey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp, unto the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at Jericho.

This was the standard war convention of the time but not a war of the L-RD.

13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. 14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, who came from the service of the war. 15 And Moses said unto them: 'Have ye saved all the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to revolt so as to break faith with the LORD in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD. 17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18 But all the women children, that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

This is general and politician vs. the command of the Prophet.

19 And encamp ye without the camp seven days; whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify yourselves on the third day and on the seventh day, ye and your captives.

These were girls under the age of three and the men who had come in contact with the slain.

…54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tent of meeting, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.

Now great farming country is the Golan Heights down the other side of the Jordan River. So Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe want the land for their cattle.

32:1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle; and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle, …4 the land which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle.' … 6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben: 'Shall your brethren go to the war, and shall ye sit here? 7 And wherefore will ye turn away the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them? 8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh-Barnea to see the land. 9 For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they turned away the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them. 10 And the LORD'S anger was kindled in that day, and He swore, saying: 11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed Me; 12 save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun; because they have wholly followed the LORD. 13 And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and He made them wander to and fro in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.

Do you want to keep everybody out for another generation or worse?

14 And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers' stead, a brood of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel. 15 For if ye turn away from after Him, He will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and so ye will destroy all this people.' 16 And they came near unto him, and said: 'We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones; 17 but we ourselves will be ready armed to go before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place; and our little ones shall dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. 18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance. 19 For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan, and forward, because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side of the Jordan eastward.'

They answered properly and volunteered to be the first line in the war.

20 And Moses said unto them: 'If ye will do this thing: if ye will arm yourselves to go before the LORD to the war, 21 and every armed man of you will pass over the Jordan before the LORD, until He hath driven out His enemies from before Him, 22 and the land be subdued before the LORD, and ye return afterward; then ye shall be clear before the LORD, and before Israel, and this land shall be unto you for a possession before the LORD. 23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD; and know ye your sin which will find you. 24 Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.' 25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke unto Moses, saying: 'Thy servants will do as my lord commands.
They made this promise and Moshe had Yehoshua to hold them to their word.

33 And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto the half-tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, according to the cities thereof with their borders, even the cities of the land round about. …39 And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorites that were therein. 40 And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt therein. 41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the villages thereof, and called them Havvoth-jair. 42 And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Thus Eliyahu HaNovi came from Machir and was from the land of Gilead.

Marvelous Statistics

Rabbi Nightingale Shlita wrote on Parsha Chukas a Drasha that contained Statistics. We hear all the time about stabbings in Yerushalayim so we have to check out facts. 277 cities were used in the study. What is safe or unsafe based on the number of murders per 100,000 people. In first place was a socialist controlled city with gun control, Caracas Venezuela with 120 people. In the USA St. Louis with 59 and Detroit 44 and down towards the bottom below at the lower end of the spectrum was London England with 1.5 and Yerushalayim Yisrael with 1.5!!! Yes, one of the safest cities in the world regarding murder.

We then look at the Crime Index and Caracas is first with an 85.9 index and down at number 12 with a 75.75 index is Detroit with Miami 66 with an index of 57.41 but here London is 120 with an index of 47.24 and Calgary is a bit safer being 212 on the list but wait 24 slots further down at 236 with a lower crime rate is Yerushalayim!!!

There are most likely places in Israel that are safer than the larger city with less of an Arab Population but you can see that the news distorts the whole picture.

A chasid of Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin once set out on a journey to visit his Rebbe.  When, for various reasons, he saw he would be unable to reach Karlin before sundown, he realized he would have to find a place to stay for Shabbos.  He had made it as far as a tiny village on the outskirts of Karlin.
After making inquiries, the man learned that there was only one Jewish family living in the village.  He knocked on their door and explained his predicament.  "Of course you may stay with us for Shabbos," the Jew said, "but unfortunately, my young son is very ill.   It will not be a pleasant experience for you."  But the Chasid had no other choice.  He accepted the man's invitation.
Tragically, the child died on Shabbos.  The parents were inconsolable in their grief.  Their cries and moans were truly terrible to hear.  The father was even more heartbroken than the dead boy's mother, so much so that the bereaved woman, struggling with her own grief, tried to console her husband.  Nothing she said, however, could offer solace.
"Would it have been better for the boy to live and grow up to be a thief?" she asked.  "Better for him to have died in childhood than end up like that!"
The father was unmoved.  "Would it have been better for the boy to live and grow up to be a murderer?" she asked.
The father did not respond.
"Would it have been better for our child to grow up to be an apostate?" she demanded.  Still, the father was untouched.
"And if he had grown up to be like your brother?" she asked.With these words, the father was consoled. 
"You are right," he agreed.  "It is better for him to have died than to grow up to be like my brother."
The guest was shocked.  Who could this brother be, and what sin did he commit to be worse than a thief, a murderer, or even an apostate?
The rest of the day passed.  When Shabbos was over the couple resumed their mourning.
After Havdalah the chasid hired a wagon to take him to Karlin.  Disappointed that he had not been able to spend Shabbos with the tzadik, he was also terribly saddened by the suffering of the dead boy's parents.  Furthermore, he could not stop thinking about the man's brother – who could be more evil than an apostate Jew?
When he arrived in Karlin the Rebbe asked the chasid where he had spent Shabbos.  He explained how the difficulties of the journey had prevented him from reaching Karlin before sundown, and told the Rebbe he had been forced to stay with the only Jewish family in a nearby village.  Curiously, the Rebbe expressed a marked interest, asking all about the members of the family.
The Chasid then told the Rebbe about the death of the child, and repeated the odd exchange between husband and wife that had so piqued his interest.
Much to the Chasid's surprise, the Rebbe laughed.  What was so funny to the Rebbe?  His clarifying explanation was even more perplexing:

I am the person she meant," he declared; “I am that man's brother!"

This incident took place while the controversy between Chasidim and those opposed to the movement (“Misnagdim”) was raging at fiery pitch.  Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin, ostracized by his family, was considered by them to be an instigator and troublemaker, leading innocent Jews astray.
Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from the excellent rendition of Basha Majerczyk,  in her translation of "Extraordinary Chassidic Tales" by Rabbi Rafael Nachman Kahn, volume 2.

Biographical notes:
Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin [1738-22 Tammuz 1792], was a student of the Maggid of Mezritch and Reb Aharon the Great of Karlin, whom he succeeded in 1772. Most of the Chassidic leaders of the next generation in the Lithuanian region were his disciples. He died Al Kiddush HaShem, stabbed by a Cossack while in the midst of the Amida prayer.

Connection: Tammuz 22 (this year: July 28) is the 224th yahrzeit of Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin — and the 20th of my mother, Ella bas Eliyahu HaLevi.

From Chananya: True Story!

A woman from the Chabad-Lubavitch Community in Brooklyn was pulled over by a N.Y.C. traffic cop for some traffic violation. Standing outside her open car window and watching her search for her license and registration papers, the police officer caught sight of a picture of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in her open purse.
"Excuse me, maam," he asked, "are you one of the followers of this Rabbi?"
"Yes," she replied.
"Well, in that case I'm not giving you a ticket." He closed his ticket book and continued, "Do you know why? Because this Rabbi," he pointed to the picture she was now holding in her hand, "Did a very big miracle for me."
"Well," said the grateful woman, "since you aren't giving me the ticket, I have time to hear the story."
The policeman smiled and said, "It's my favorite story, but I haven't told it to many Jewish people, in fact I think that you are the first." The cars were whizzing by behind him and he had to raise his voice slightly. "The story goes like this: I used to be in the police escort that once a week escorted the Rabbi to the Montefiore Cemetery (where the Rebbe's father-in-law and predecessor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, is interred). I got to know some of the young men who accompanied the Rebbe, and I learned a lot of things. They are very friendly people, which you probably already know, and we talked a lot while the Rabbi was inside praying.
"Well, one day I saw that all the fellows there were really talking excitedly to each other so I asked them what happened. So they told me that the Rabbi does a lot of miracles for people, but today he did a miracle that was really something. I didn't even ask what was the miracle that they were talking about, I just asked them if the Rabbi helps non-Jews also.
"'Sure,' they said, 'The Rebbe helps anyone who asks. Why? Do you need something?' So I told him, this young fellow, that me and my wife had been married nine years with no children, and a week ago the doctors told us that we had no chance. We had spent a lot of money on treatments, seen all sorts of big professors, we were running around like crazy for the last six or seven years, and now they told us that they tried everything and there is no chance. You can't imagine how broken we were. My wife cried all the time and I started crying myself.
"So this young man tells me, 'Listen, the next time that you escort the Rebbe to the cemetery stand near the door of his car and when he gets out ask him for a blessing.' So that is just what I did. The next time I was in the escort I stood by his door and when he got out I said to him: 'Excuse me, Rabbi, do you only bless Jewish people or non-Jews too?'
"So the Rabbi looked at me like a good friend, it was really amazing, and said that he tries to help anyone he can. So I told him what the doctors said, and he said I should write down on a piece of paper my name and my father's name together with my wife's and her father's names and that he would pray for us. So I did it, my hands were shaking so much I almost couldn't write, but I did it and you know what? My wife became pregnant and nine months later she gave birth to a baby boy! The doctors went crazy, they couldn't figure it out, and when I told them that it was all the Rabbi's blessing they just scratched their heads and -- Wow! I felt like the champion of the world!
"But here comes the good part. Do you know what we called him? What name we gave our baby boy? Just guess! We called him Mendel after the Rabbi. My wife didn't like the name because its not an American name, but I said, No! We're calling him Mendel! Each time we say his name we'll remember that if it weren't for the Rabbi this boy would not be here.
"But when our parents heard the name they really objected. They said, 'With a name like that, all the kids will think he's a Jew or something and they will call him names and be cruel to him. Why make the kid suffer for no reason?' 'That's just what I want,' I said to them. 'When he comes home and says that the other kids called him names and beat him up because he has a Jewish name, I'll tell him that I want him to learn from those other kids how not to behave. They hate the Jews for no reason, but you should love the Jews, you should help the Jews. You just tell them that without that Jewish Rabbi called Mendel you wouldn't be here at all, and then maybe they'll start thinking differently too!'

Pokémon Go besides the danger of a security lure into danger just regular danger:,7340,L-4834386,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma

Note: As the election in the States and in the future in Israel approaches I express my opinions, facts and data from others. My intent is the best for Israel. I have a friend whom I have known for well over 60 years and 60 years ago attended his Bar Mitzvah. He is very high up in the Democratic Party and one can be friends. The main goal here is for the production and distribution of words of Torah. My politics is based on what I personally believe is best for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and to bring the Moshiach. So if you see my political opinions vs. pure news please take this into account for my intent is not to get people angry but to enhance my view of the world. So please skip political opinions if they agitate you.

Children dying of malnutrition in Syria:,7340,L-4832132,00.html

More Egypt Air wreckage lands washes up in Haifa:,7340,L-4832187,00.html

Sanders calls on Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down over anti-Semitical and anti-Sanders leaks.

If the elections in Israel were held today, there would be a religious revolution with a revolt against Deri leading Shass and the Labor Party falling way down.

Who says that Ali Hassan Hussein was a terrorist as police play things PC down.,7340,L-4832581,00.html

12 injured in homicide bomber in German Restaurant.

After 4 acts of terror in a short time in Germany, they are at a loss what to do.

Shidduch list: Female terrorist looking Shachid Husband

After Debbie Wasserman Schultz ousted for the anti-Semitical e-mails, Sanders Supporters burn US and Israeli Flags thanks to my cousin David: OK AMERICAN JEWS NOW TELL ME WHICH IS THE BETTER PARTY FOR ISRAEL AND JEWS?

Now if the anti-Semitical e-mails and the burning of the Israeli flag did not convince you read this: The leader of Iran’s parliament has requested the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization to prepare a plan to reopen multiple nuclear sites that were closed as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

This news comes just days after secret documents were uncovered in the nuclear deal that proves Iran can obtain nuclear weapons in 10 years – contrary to the lie promoted by the Obama administration.

This is the deal that Democrats like Katie McGinty, Maggie Hassan, Ann Kirkpatrick, Catherine Cortez Masto, Russ Feingold, Ted Strickland, Tammy Duckworth, Patrick Murphy, and Alan Grayson think is best for the U.S. and Israel.

President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and every Senator who voted for this deal have turned their backs on the American people, and our Israeli allies. 

By allowing a state sponsor of terror, who regularly promotes “death to Israel” and “death to America,” to actively work toward growing their nuclear program is not only dangerous, but also potentially devastating to our national security.

That is why we need to keep as many pro-Israel Senators in office as possible – to fight back against this reckless deal.

Will another Israelite save Egypt from famine?

Kurds the ones that fight Turks, ISIS and Iran/Iraq:

Murderers of Rabbi Marks captured and the killer is dead but no Rabbi!,7340,L-4834077,00.html

Don’t pull a gun on cops in Chevron:,7340,L-4834251,00.html

Teva to become one of the biggest pharm companies in the world with genetic meds.

Russia does not gather intelligence on internal political feuds but on needed military intel.

From Dr. Harry who picked this information up via I guess a medical study I just took the two middle paragraphs only:                   Studying the Muslim mind

Nobody is born a mass murderer, a rapist or a violent criminal. So what is it in the Muslim culture that influence their children in a way that make so relatively many Muslims harm other people?

As a psychologist in a Danish youth prison, I had a unique chance to study the mentality of Muslims. 70 percent of youth offenders in Denmark have a Muslim background. I was able to compare them with non-Muslim clients from the same age group with more or less the same social background. I came to the conclusion that Islam and Muslim culture have certain psychological mechanisms that harm people’s development and increase criminal behavior.

I am, of course, aware that Muslims are different, and not all Muslims follow the Quran’s violent and perverted message and their prophet’s equally embarrassing example. But as with all other religions, Islam also influences its followers and the culture they live in.

One could talk about two groups of psychological mechanisms that both singly and combined increase violent behavior. One group is mainly connected with religion, which aims at indoctrinating Islamic values in children as early as possible and with whatever means necessary, including violence and intimidation.

One can understand a Muslim parent’s concern about his offspring’s religious choices, because the Sharia orders the death penalty for their children should they pick another religion than their parents. The other group of mechanisms are more cultural and psychological. These cultural psychological mechanisms are a natural consequence of being influenced by a religion like Islam and stemming from a 1,400 year old tribal society with very limited freedom to develop beyond what the religion allows.

Classical Brainwashing Methods in the Upbringing

Brainwashing people into believing or doing things against their own human nature — such as hating or even killing innocents they do not even know — is traditionally done by combining two things: pain and repetition. The conscious infliction of psychological and physical suffering breaks down the person’s resistance to the constantly repeated message.

Totalitarian regimes use this method to reform political dissidents. Armies in less civilized countries use it to create ruthless soldiers, and religious sects all over the world use it to fanaticize their followers.

During numerous sessions with more than a hundred Muslim clients, I found that violence and repetition of religious messages are prevalent in Muslim families.

Muslim culture simply does not have the same degree of understanding of human development as in civilized societies, and physical pain and threats are therefore often the preferred tool to raise children. This is why so many Muslim girls grow up to accept violence in their marriage, and why Muslim boys grow up to learn that violence is acceptable. And it is the main reason why nine out of ten children removed from their parents by authorities in Copenhagen are from immigrant families. The Muslim tradition of using pain and intimidation as part of disciplining children are also widely used in Muslim schools — also in the West.

Combined with countless repetitions of Quranic verses in Islamic schools and families, all this makes it very difficult for children to defend themselves against being indoctrinated to follow the Quran, even if it is against secular laws, logic, and the most basic understanding of compassion.

And as we know from so many psychological studies, whatever a child is strongly influenced by at that age takes an enormous personal effort to change later in life. It is no wonder that Muslims in general, in spite of Islam’s inhumane nature and obvious inability to equip its followers with humor, compassion and other attractive qualities, are stronger in their faith than any other religious group.

US Marines and Israeli Naval exercise:

Trying to nip terror in the bud. The alternative route to Yerushalayim 443 will get more security cameras:,7340,L-4834656,00.html

Syrian group disavows Al Qaeda is it only a tactic?,7340,L-4834649,00.html

On Hebrew news article thanks to Tanja: Hezballah in Venezuela:

From Barry: Bill Clinton as with Monique Lewinsky always tells the truth: Bill says: "In law school Hillary worked on legal services for the poor."
Facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in 'Law School' was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a 'Federal Agent.' She went to Court every day as part of a Law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.

Bill says: "Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a Children's rights project for poor kids."

Facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an internship with him.

Bill says: "Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers." Facts are: She flunked the D.C. bar exam, 'Yes', flunked it, it is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas, 'None', and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.

Bill says: "President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its Chairman."

Facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill's support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter's choice to be chairman.

Not quite on the edge of the seat listening to Hillary:

The Clinton Foundation with its tens upon tens of millions from the Arabs:

Have a peaceful and healthy Shabbos,

Rachamim Pauli