Friday, August 26, 2016

Parsha Eikev, Part 8 of my return to Judaism, more

Please pray for the young fellow Shlomo Yosef ben Nofyah Vered

Note: This week I am taking some writings from across the years. I simply had a lot of repairs in my home and other things so I am slightly out of style. Most of the commentary will be before I started my blogspot and a little new here and there. I did manage to continue with my return to Judaism Story.

Parsha Eikev

We are still in the first of three Drashos of Moshe in Devarim. We had the first paragraph of the Shema Prayer last week. This week the second part. The third section on Tzitzis we had in Sefer Bamidbar Chapter 15 at the end of Shelach Lecha. Also more historical background of the prayers for 40 days and 40 nights on Sinai.

7:12 And it shall come to pass, because ye hearken to these ordinances, and keep, and do them, Not such a bad group of conditions now look at the benefits: that the LORD thy God shall keep with thee the covenant and the mercy which He swore unto thy fathers, 13 and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy body and the fruit of thy land, thy corn and thy wine and your oil, the increase of thy kine and the young of thy flock, in the land which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee. 14 Thou shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness; and He will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou know, upon thee, but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. 16 And thou shall consume all the peoples that the LORD thy God shall deliver unto thee; your eye shall not pity them; neither shall thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

Yes 613 main laws and 15,000 plus sub laws look like a lot but look what we received. The trick is to behave and not compromise on Mitzvos. Skimp on the fats and desserts but not on the doing of Mitzvos.

... 22 And the LORD thy God will cast out those nations before thee by little and little; thou may not consume them quickly, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

The land without people is filled with snakes, scorpions and jackals. On the Golan there are wolves and hyenas. In fact, there was one large member of the cat family near Ein Gedi but the species was doomed to extinction in Israel due to Bedouin.

23 But the LORD thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and shall discomfit them with a great discomfiture, until they be destroyed.

We had the Six Day War and they were willing to leave but our foolish members of the government in power wanted cheap laborers for the Kibbutzim just like Wall Street like cheap illegal immigrants and outsourcing for them to make money.

24 And He shall deliver their kings into thy hand, and thou shalt make their name to perish from under heaven; there shall no man be able to stand against thee, until thou have destroyed them.

This was the original inhabitants from after the flood until Moshe but they are not the non-idol worshipping Arabs.

25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire; thou shalt not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein; for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

I asked Rabbi Shlomo Mimran Shlita for a good word on our Pasha and he said this Pasuk. For one might want the gold or the silver here or even to donate the gold or the silver here. Therefore, do not be tempted to make use of this and utterly destroy it.

In my words this is like a fellow who had a friend that robbed a bank. The bank robber stashed the loot in various places. One day, the man found $50,000 or $100,000 buried in a case in his yard. Who would know this? For one the HOLY ONE BLESSED BE HE. However, if the police were to find out, he would be in big trouble and go to jail as an accomplice. Therefore, under the civil law, the man would be obligated to return the money either to the bank or the insurance company. Tehillim: 24:3 Who shall ascend into the mountain of the LORD? and who shall stand in His holy place? 4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart;

26 And thou shalt not bring an abomination into thy house, and be accursed like unto it; thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing.

No idolatry ornaments or anything ever!

…8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

These are only some of the miracles and are being recalled as a reminder to the generation of what the L-RD did and can do. I was an army paramedic and all the time there were foot problems even in airbases as they walk distances.

5 And thou shall consider in thy heart, that, as a man chasten his son, so the LORD thy God chasten thee.

The concept here is Our Father, Our King. If we are like sons have compassion upon us and if we are like servants our eyes are turned unto thee.

6 And thou shall keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him. 7 For the LORD thy God brings thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey; 9 a land wherein thou shall eat bread without scarceness, thou shall not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou may dig brass. 10 And thou shall eat and be satisfied, and bless the LORD thy God for the good land which He hath given thee.

Having picked some figs and grapes from my garden today, I can really relate to this. On the contrary for those who don’t observe Shmita or other Mitzvos:

11 Beware lest thou forget the LORD thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command thee this day;

Then you do not get fruit in the garden and wasps and bees come and steal your produce.

12 lest when thou hast eaten and art satisfied, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

Anybody ever see a stock market rise to 18600 and then in a few days’ reach 18450 or lower for a time period. Interest rates which one bases his pension plan on stocks and interest and then has no stable income being generated. You should know that your fortune good or bad is in the hands of the L-RD.

…19 And it shall be, if thou shalt forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I forewarn you this day that ye shall surely perish.

This is a pointing warning!

20 As the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall ye perish; because ye would not hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God.

… 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep His charge, and His statutes, and His ordinances, and His commandments, always. 2 And know ye this day; for I speak not with your children that have not known, and that have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, His greatness, His mighty hand, and His outstretched arm, 3 and His signs, and His works, which He did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

Since after Moshe passes on, this generation is to go into the land of Israel. They will fight battles and so to be strong and resolved, they are told this section.

7 but your eyes have seen all the great work of the LORD which He did. 8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandment which I command thee this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go over to possess it;

Unlike the exodus from Mitzrayim, you are not receiving redemption only because of your forefathers, but you must earn your keep by doing Mitzvos to pay for it.

9 and that ye may prolong your days upon the land, which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey.

The first year and first generation will inherit crops and trees.

 10 For the land, whither thou go in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou didst sow thy seed, and didst water it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs; 11 but the land, whither ye go over to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water as the rain of heaven cometh down; 12 a land which the LORD thy God cares for; the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

If you want this observe the Mitzvos and observe well Shabbos and Yom Tov in all areas.

…23 then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. 24 Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border. 25 There shall no man be able to stand against you: the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as He hath spoken unto you.

Part 8 of my return to Judaism by Rabbi Rachamim Pauli

I entered Yeshiva on a Wednesday night. My father brought a suitcase in his car and perhaps a few books and my College James Bond case for my last semester. He then drove on to see is mother about two miles away. That would be the last time that I would ever see my father alive. I usually shoveled the snow and felt now that I was in the Yeshiva, my 16-year-old brother would do it. It turned out that he was ill and my father went off only to have a massive heart attack. It was as if he had achieved his highest goal in this world which is to bring a son to a Yeshiva. For you see my father was born to an agnostic break-away Jew. When World War I broke out in Austria at the age of 3 to 7 plus my father was placed by his father in a Catholic Orphanage. My grandfather hated children and preferred this this way. My father got the wrong education at a tender age. He also was beaten-up by Jewish boys for not celebrating our holidays and by the non-Jews for not celebrating theirs. His achievement of bringing a son to a Rabbinical College would assure him a place in the next world. Lest he regret it, he was taken up to the next world where his soul could enjoy this.

One thing that happened just before the end or the school year at Haichal HaTorah was a party for a former student and his wife and son who were going to Israel. Later I would be told to look up Yacov and Bella Glicksman in Ashdod. Little Ariel is the substitute Rosh Kollel when both Rabbi Mimran and I are away today. It is hard to believe that he is almost 48 years old now. He is also a grandfather!

While I was in Haichal HaTorah, I became friendly with one of the Rebbes there named Michael Gurwitz. Actually, his name was from Hurwitz or Horowitz but the Russians pronounce the H as G. He was an infant in 1947 when they escaped Russia. His mother told me the drama in their escape on the train before Shabbos and how she lit the candles but that is for another story.

Michael invited me over to his home for Shabbos. He had a club leg from Polio but otherwise was pretty healthy. His family was very receptive to me not like the other host that I had from Lubavitch. Since it would be summer vacation and the Yeshiva was more or less closed except for a few older fellows he suggested that for the summer I try learning in Hadar HaTorah of Lubavitch. Learning was the name of the game for me and I needed to say Kaddish for my late father so why not be close to a revolving door Minyan as I called it for it was one after the other in 770 Eastern Parkway.

I remember, Rabbi Jacobson Zal teaching the class in Baba Kama Perek 6 about the ox that was penned in and a normal wind would hold the pen in place but a fierce storm wind might knock down the fence. I was 22 years old, without a father, a College Graduate and wanting to make a family of my own. He was more concerned with me learning Gemara which might have been OK if I could find myself in a Kollel. The learning was at a very slow place and on a level below what I was used to. Also there was some Chassidus which did not bother me or Tanya but the Tanya was in the middle of the book. The one good thing that happened was since Gimmel Tammuz was my birthday and Chabad at that time had a get-together for the previous Rebbe was informed that he would be freed soon. So I got a small shot glass of Vodka and drank Le Chaim to the Rebbe. It would be my only talk to and with the Rebbe.

The Yeshiva was perhaps good for somebody who had never learned but having a Talmudic Background for even half-a-year, had placed me in a lower level class that I was on too high a level for the class.

I went back to Haichal HaTorah to spend many Shabbosos in the continuation of the summer and although there was no Yeshiva learned Mishnayos and helped out with Bingo each week. I and even escorted the older Rabbi once on Shabbos to Far Rockaway on his rounds when he made a collection. I learned that he convinced the electric company, Con Ed, not to shut the Yeshiva off as he tried to raise $45,000 in back bills in 1969 dollars.

The next semester, the Roshei Yeshivos decided that I was on an intermediate Gemara Learning Level and put me in the second highest Shuir which they did not have when I entered. The level was good, pace OK but I was disappointed as it did not follow the rule: “Raising in holiness and not lowering.”

I would continue learning until the time I met my wife and we got engaged. Next week I will continue with the marriage, living and working in Borough Park and the night/day Yeshiva there. Rabbi Eider Zal who came from Lakewood, NJ to teach Halachos and the avoidance of being drafted. But G-D laughed at me and I went into the IDF.

Part 9 hopefully will continue next week.

When the Torah says that “THE LAND WILL VOMIT YOU OUT!” believe it:,7340,L-4845655,00.html

The systematic kidnapping of Yemenite Children and other Sephardim included an only child by a Shoah victim to be exposed over 65 years later.

I once met Dr. Felix Zandman and tried to get him to donate to the Grodno Yeshiva:

Orthodox Actor dies at the age of 94.

Barry Chamish passes away from a heart attack. He had been telling his readers and his radio program of attempts on his life and harassment that might have brought it on: I can tell you that the day after I sent my first e-mail to Barry Chamish, the Shin Bet started a lookout on me. Days and hours they looked at me. One was a woman, two men and a Chassid following me. Eventually, I must have been clean for they left me alone. HE SHOWED ME THE HOSPITAL REPORT THAT SOMEBODY FROM ICHOLOV HAD GIVEN HIM OF YITZCHAK RABIN. GSW ABDOMEN AKA A GUNSHOT WOULD TO THE STOMACH NOT THE BACK. YIGAL AMIR DID NOT MURDER RABIN. HE MUST HAVE BEEN THE PATSY AND SHOT BLANKS. HE DID NOT SHOW IT TO THE PUBLIC FOR IT WAS ILLEGAL. HE HAD IT IN A SAFE SOMEWHERE. After the various attempts on his life in Israel, his wife Sasha Levy Chamish told him to give up but he continued and she could not take it so they divorced.
I found an incomplete and very "edited" (bowdlerized is a more precise term) version of his life and his work on Arutz Sheva - knew the man personally, and WHY he fled our land, and WHO THE REAL KILLER OF YITZHAK RABIN, z"l, WAS.

I honestly think it is unlikely that Shim'on Peres, who, according to Barry Chamish,  was the man who arranged the murder of Rabin, z"l,  was instrumental in Chamish's death.  First of all, Chamish had very unhealthy eating habits.  Secondly, he just didn't matter that much here, anymore.  I'll get to that point.  BUT, when I went to the grocery store to buy some bread, this afternoon, the owner of the shop KNEW who he was.  Barry Chamish mattered, and he was a hero in this land - HE DESERVES THAT THE TRUTH BE TOLD ABOUT HIM.
This is the truth, as best as I can tell it.
Barry Chamish, z"l, born in Canada, immigrated here to Israel, served in the IDF, and eventually began to write articles as a journalist in Hebrew and English.  In his early years, when the pickings were slim, he wrote about UFO's - and this haunted him to the day he died.  Even the article in Arutz Sheva (referenced above) mentioned this.  When Rabin was assassinated, Chamish began to investigate what smelled to him like a cover-up - he thought that it was just too "convenient" that the bodyguards for Rabin fell away from him just moments before shots were fired at him.  He thought there were other big holes in the story hustled to the Israeli public as well, and he made a film about this and lectured far and wide in Israel to anyone who would listen.  I got to meet Barry at the Root & Branch English Lecture Program run by Aryeh Gallin, for example.  In his many books, Barry pointed the finger of guilt unequivocally at Shim'on Peres - whom he blamed for a whole series of sins, stretching back to the stealing of the children of Yemeni immigrants in the 1950's.  But, as it turned out, in Chamish's eyes, Peres was only the local puppet.  He also pointed a finger of blame squarely at the Ford Foundation - lampooning them with an ad from the Ford Motor Company: "it always starts with a Ford".    
Because the establishment didn't want to hear what he had to say, he was harassed here.  In spite of this, because he was a fluent Hebrew and English speaker, and because he had built up a large network of friends and allies (many of whom were in the IDF), he continued to pursue Peres and write book after book detailing the corruption in the government of Israel, and its institutions.  But it was only in November of 2005, when his activities cost Shimon Peres the top spot in the Labor Party here, that the harassment got serious, and that Chamish got nervous.  He fled Israel for the States, where he lived in Florida.  Chamish was convinced that Peres would try to have him killed for costing him the leadership of the Labor Party (which now limps along under the stale moniker "Zionist Union").
Once Chamish had left here, however, his hand was no longer really on the pulse of events here, and this "hand on the pulse of events" is critical to a journalist uncovering the truth.   Barry's relevance slowly diminished.  He never quit writing.  I have loads of e-mails from him in my inbox (all of them read) - but once he had left Israel, he grew more and more disconnected with events here.  That is why I believe that Shimon Peres did not have a hand in Chamish's death.  Of course, I could be wrong.  
For additional information, you can go to Google where you will find the following:

Barry "Yigal Amir did not murder Yitzhak Rabin"

Articles: Barry Chamish - Conspiracy Archive

But, I would also recommend reading Barry's books, which can be found here -
Blessings from Samaria,

Ruvy Kossover

Israeli Architect designs glass bottom bridge in China.

US election is hard to predict for just as in 1977 and 1996 the political correct dialog and polls showed Shimon Peres ahead, the Likud won. There are many silent Trump people, Jews moving over but keeping their mouths shut due to leftist community and family pressure. My daughter-in-law does not like Trump so I know for Shalom the main subject is my crown-princess granddaughter. NC is up in the air because of Gary Johnson stealing votes from Trump although due to the Supreme Court some folks may come around. Linda W. sent me this on Trump Democrats:

Researchers find when Jellyfish swarm most and they also threaten power plants:

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.

Syrians now attack the Kurds for Erdogan:,7340,L-4843886,00.html

ISIS is killing Kurds and so is Syria what a place to be. Are they cousins of Jews?,7340,L-4844110,00.html

52 Orthodox Soldiers ordered to shave – My buddies and I would have gone to jail over this.
Chief of Staff promises to rectify situation:

At a concert the other night in Sderot, many leave when the planes drop more bombs on Gaza. Lieberman is no Yaalon:

Gog and Magog: A larger Chinese Naval presence in the sea of Japan and N. Korea rattles Nukes:

Iran changes the use of airbase for the Russians from active to refueling:,7340,L-4844717,00.html

12-year-old used as a suicide bomber. This goes along with a 6 or 7-year-old that the IDF caught given one Shekel less than 25 cents.,7340,L-4844713,00.html

Egypt shows that Israel has no relationship with terror:,7340,L-4844697,00.html

Bolt did the 200 meters in 20 seconds but in certain places in Israel there are 15 seconds or less to the shelter.

In Europe, I believe Belgistan, a woman stabbed two women on a bus and a man in the bus stop when she existed. She was shot by police. The woman shouting something like Akbar (mouse in Heb.) (Great in Arabic) was not terror of course just ‘deranged’.

After a mortar falls in Israeli Golan, we destroy the position.,7340,L-4844900,00.html

Dopey Chassidim go into Schem without escort had to be rescued:,7340,L-4845022,00.html

IDF clamps down on illegal weapons production facilities in Yehuda and Shomron:

Perhaps this is more for the opening of the Parsha on Shoftim but buying influence of politicians revealed or dead broke to close to $200 million dollars in 16 years and not through manufacturing:

Can you imagine the quake of Gog and Magog which could be 9 on the Richter Scale or higher?

Remember certain politicians did not do or say anything when stabbings occurred in Israel then Europe and the States. Suddenly it comes to them. Another Akbar attack:

Man proposes but G-D disposes we  shall see for I still remember the bottom of the 9th inning when Bobby Thomson stepped up to bat and I was so excited for the Brooklyn Dodgers and my grandfather of blessed memory had left listening to the ball game in disgust and had taken the subway home as his beloved Giants were about to lose.

This raises the question why does Israel need to make up with Turkey except to please Obama:

Israeli’s combat robot better than Robbie from “Forbidden Planet”

Argentina anti-Semitic attack on students:,7340,L-4846368,00.html

Mr. Netanyahu which would you prefer the Coalition or train work on Shabbos?

Silent Holocaust in Israel of Shmad!

Terrorist in every bone of this body:,7340,L-4846543,00.html

Have a good Shabbos all,

Rachamim Pauli

Friday, August 19, 2016

Parsha Vaeschanan, Part 7 of my return to Judaism, stories, TU B'Av advise

Please re-add Chaim Dovid ben Chana Golda.

Parsha Vaeschanan

Moshe Rabbaynu’s Mussar Drasha continues with this week’s Parsha. Perhaps the greatest part of the Mussar after telling the people about the failure to have faith in entering the land in the past and that the L-RD will fight their battles is the Shema and Decalogue stated here. There are some differences for in the past it was “remember Shabbos” now it is to “guard the Shabbos”. A person who remembers is passive in his observance. For example, remember what happened to Miriam. All a person has to do is not to speak or listen to Lashon HaRa. But guarding the Mitzvah of Shabbos by lighting the candles 18, 20, 23 or in Yerushalayim and Petach Tikva 40 minutes early is proactive. In fact, there are some that every week have an early Shabbos and make Kiddush before sundown. Some Kabbalist do this as the planet mars rules the first hour of Shabbos. Or the Kabbalist waits to a later hour. Others say that the stars and the planets were meant to serve Adam and therefore mars helps us guard the Shabbos like soldiers of HASHEM.

Rabbi Beryl Wein Shlita in his Drasha last week wrote about the Goy in a completely Orthodox neighborhood in Monsey, NY who continued living there. When asked if he felt alone there, he said, “No I love the serenity of your Shabbos.”

3:23 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying: 24 'O Lord GOD, YOU have begun to show Thy servant, Thy greatness, and Thy strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth, that can do according to Thy works, and according to Thy mighty acts? 25 Let me go over, I pray Thee, and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that goodly hill-country, and Lebanon.' 26 But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and hearkened not unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto Me of this matter. 27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold with thine eyes; for thou shalt not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.' 29 So we abode in the valley over against Beth-Peor.

Moshe is now ending the Mussar and since the hearts of all are now ready to receive the laws, he continues. He even covered in his Mussar his own short-comings which most politicians refuse to admit.

4:1 And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you. 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Once the Torah is set in writing there will be no more Mitzvos. The Rabbis have ordained certain things such as Chanucha, Purim, fast days but they are with the Rabbis. For that reason, if one cannot fully fast on Tisha B’Av by the fact that he or she has to take medications they do not need to worry about a Shuir but drink what they need to swallow. Although they refrain from eating and drinking normally. However, if one is ill over and above his/her normal medication, it is easier to eat and drink but Yom Kippur from the Torah one eats and drinks less than a Shuir unless very ill and for that a Rabbi/Doctor should be consulted for I could drink with the Shuir liters upon quarts of liquid every 9 minutes and do it within the Shuir. The same with eating less than an olive’s bulk and the Ashkenazic Rabbis are very lenient here.

… 7 For what great nation is there, that has God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is whensoever we call upon Him? 8 And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

These are what set us higher than other nations. For in Iran and Syria there is the death penalty for homosexuality but the enemies or even suspected enemies of the regime are systematically raped in the name of Islam. So you tell me. I don’t want to go into the Crusades or Inquisition but there was no turning of the other cheek towards Jews.

… 23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, even the likeness of anything which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. 24 For the LORD thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

This is the last part of the Mussar before the laws and a warning below:

25 When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have been long in the land, and shall deal corruptly, and make a graven image, even the form of anything, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke Him; 26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over the Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

This is the Kabbalistic concept of inanimate things having the power to offer witness in the next world for or against people. [I brought down a number of years ago the story of the pit and the weasel written by my great-grandfather based on tractate Niddah.]

27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the LORD shall lead you away.
…41 Then Moses separated three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 42 that the manslayer might flee thither, that slays his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in time past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live: 43 Bezer in the wilderness, in the table-land, for the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites.

He is setting aside the future Mitzvah showing them what they must do on the Eretz Yisrael side of the Yarden.

5:1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horev. 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4 The LORD spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire.

Many of you who were under 20 at the time and the women witnessed the giving of the law on Sinai.

11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD thy God commanded thee.

This is an active guarding of the Shabbos lest one fail. Prior to Shabbos setting a closure or tape on the light switch and shutting off the refrigerator light. Shabbos clocks on air conditioners.

12 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work;

Not work but any of the 39 Melachos and their derivatives. One is not allowed to write for example and the Rabbis instituted calculations (outside of one’s head for we cannot stop the mind from wandering). However, even though an abacus is not per sec forbidden by the Torah to be used inside a tent or house, the spirit of Shabbos is violated. There were other things that people did not do even Erev Shabbos such as judgements, haircuts, washing lest one forget to pray Mincha or have enough time to prepare for Shabbos.

13 but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou.

This was for the benefit also of the non-Jewish Servants. Over the centuries the concept of Shabbos Goy developed especially in colder climates where one needed heat in the winter and coal or wood furnaces had to be stoked or other things for an ill but not dangerously ill person (preventive medicine). A recent example happened where a person had an emergency and had to go to a hospital Erev Shabbos. The person would not be admitted but would be on such pain killers that he/she could not walk home. A Rabbi from the Star-K was consulted and the person arranged before Shabbos for a non-Jewish Cabbie which he/she used to drive them home when the hospital called and the payment would be after Shabbos.

14 And thou shalt remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore, the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.

The rest for a non-Jewish Servant was a revolutionary idea and that of an Israel sold as a servant.

…27 But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.' 28 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 29 Ye shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Not to the right or left but do the commandments straight forward with good intentions in your heart. Examples are the effort needed the holidays with the cleaning and purchasing of Pessach or the building and purchasing for Sukkos. The Mitzvos should be done out of love but modern people have all sorts of financial and time pressure. Sometimes one gets distracted by the high prices of Lulavim and Esrogim before Sukkos and despairs. However, right before the holiday, the prices fall as the salesman wants to make a sale and not take a loss on left over goods. I recommend this for poorer Jews but there are also Synagogues that buy in bulk from stores and receive cheaper prices. Everybody is happy for those who want to choose will go to a less crowded store and those will receive kosher Lulavim and Esrogim. My former work place does this and each year one can buy up to three sets.

6:1 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it-- 2 that thou might fear the LORD thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath promised unto thee--a land flowing with milk and honey.

You are going to get a good land. Be positive for the following is the basis for all the Mitzvos.

4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, …

This is Judaism 101 for all generations and people went into the fires of the inquisition on this the swords of the crusades and jihad with these words on their lips. I have heard about the people who survived the Holocaust of those who sang “I believe …” and “the Shema” before they perished.

…7:11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command thee this day, to do them.

Do them – how important are these words. In my family there is a story of my father’s great-aunt Mathilda who was given a beautiful cake for her 80th birthday. She said it was so pretty she would put it aside for it was too beautiful to eat up at once. The cake eventually developed mold. So when the Mitzvah comes hop aboard the Mitzvah Train and do it. In Yiddish you will always hear “Hop the Mitzvah”.

I was about to write my story when I got on What’s App from Rabbi Barak Kochavi Shlita a story of Ahavas Chinam (unbounding love for a fellow Jew). You will soon see Mida Knegged Mida at the end (measure for measure).

For every action from HASHEM there is an equal reaction. Or Charity saves from death. A true story.

A number of years ago in Chevron there was a soldier from Kiriat Malachi [translation Los Angles in English]. The soldier was on patrol. Suddenly, out of nowhere came an Arab Y”MS who stabbed him in the lower back and damaged some internal organs. The terrorist escaped and lucky a soldier from a different unit came and saved the fellow enough to give him first aid and evacuated him to the hospital in Beer Sheva. He took out from the soldier’s pockets the papers who he was and the hospital contacted the parents. When they arrived, he returned to his unit.

The parents started saying Psalms asking for HASHEM to save the soldier. The professor in the hospital after a long operation managed to change the prognosis from gravely injured to very seriously injured with a good chance of recovery.

A month went by and the mother contacted the radio to broadcast her name and phone for the rescuing soldier to call her. She wanted to do HaKaras HaTov (thanking him). After a year she brought her plea to the first TV station but with no results. Finally, after a year and a half, she put a sign in her mini-market.

Time went by and it was now two years and a woman visiting her mother in Kiriat Malachi walks in. Before taking the bus back to Beer Sheva, she wants to make some purchases as the bus will arrive a bit towards the closing of the stores. She sees the sign and says that she is the mother of the soldier. She calls up her son and says, “Remember, the story that you told me of Chevron where you saved the soldier who was bleeding to death.” He says, “Of course!” “Well here is his mother.” They talk and they are both very religious so the mother invites them over for a thankyou meal. They accept.

They get together. In the middle of the meal the mother of the hero looks at the mother of the other soldier and turns white and asks to speak to the mother of the rescued soldier in private. She is offered water but refuses. She then says do you remember 22 years ago there was a young pregnant woman who was married but had no money to pay for her future family. The young lady was full of tears and red-eyed from crying. She did not want to do anything bad but was thinking of having an abortion because she had no money. The store owner gave her the day’s receipts so she could continue on without an abortion. The baby that was born turned into the rescuer of the other soldier. Proving once again that Tzeduka saves from death not only in the next world but in this world.

Part 8 of my return to Judaism by Rabbi Rachamim Pauli

This week, I will start on my entrance into the Yeshiva World. As I was now in a Jewish Group at South Campus my friend David Willig (now Rabbi David Willig Shlita) suggested that I go to the Bostoner Rebbe. The Rebbe and Sarai had mentioned Yeshiva Haichal HaTorah near my University.

During the interlude in the Semesters from the first half of my senior year to the second half, I went down to 630 Riverside Drive for an interview. After offering my services as a tutor and substitute teacher, I was accepted without tuition and I got free meals and board.

In my Yeshiva, I was lucky to be placed in the Shuir of the Rosh Yeshiva as most of my College learning was at night, it was easy enough to attend during the day. I was assigned to have a Chavrutha Avraham Arieh Winograd. We would learn and have great fun together for the Purim Song writing contest.
Rabbi Yacov London of blessed memory taught with the most unique method of all the Yeshivas that I have attended. He required that we know the “case, law and reason for the law” for each phase of the Gemara. The older or more experienced fellows also looked into the 13 principles of Rabbi Yishmael from which one the law was made. The Rabbi also asked “What was bothering the commentator Rashi?” especially on the Chumash.

One fellow in my class, Mordechai Rubin, introduced me to the Blackman Mishnayos in English and I bought the set in semi-hard cover and use them still today for translation and even helping Menashe with some words that he has trouble with. (For example the Mishnah does not use the full Hebrew word for after-birth but a shortened version and Menashe had never come across such a word.)

My best days in the Yeshiva were Shabbosos as we all ate together including the younger children of the Rabbis who rode tricycles then in the dining room. I would learn in the College Library both the Soncino English Medrash Rabbah on the Parsha and often the translation of the Zohar in which I would learn Pshat. If somebody in the Yeshiva ‘stole’ my Drasha, I would have material for another Drasha. It often happened that the fellows prepared something even fellows well advanced like Baruch, Mordechai and Gedaliah and they would say that one of the fellows who had a turn before them took what they prepared.

We did have a funny incident with one fellow in the Yeshiva who gave a serious argument to the Rabbi. He was trying to say in Yiddish the word for opposite but in Yiddish it sounds like fur and he got stuck on the second letter stuttering. “Rabbi Fu...Fa… and it went on instead of ‘verkert’ and we could only express the utmost self-restraint as not to embarrass him for it was sounding like something one would not say in front of a Rabbi. For once much later on, I was helping the Rabbi with Bingo by selling sandwiches and drinks to the attendees of the game and before the election one of the local politicians who was Jewish came to speak before the attendees. His daughter shook hands with the Rabbi who normally avoid all women. The Rabbi told me that he could not embarrass the woman especially a politician’s daughter. He then sited Perkei Avos that one who embarrasses his fellow in public has no place in the next world.

One of my good friends was Rabbi Aaron Vachss Shlita who had been a classmate of mine in a history course in the College. He was my Rebbe for the next year.

The Yeshiva was a great place to study and our maintenance man was a Frum fellow who also knew how to learn. He would go on to move to Yerushalayim and work for Aish HaTorah (I believe as one of the teachers) so as not to belittle him, I will just not mention his name. One of the problems with the Yeshiva was heat in the winter as the boiler in the old cobblestone building that was once a nunnery or something was not as good as the tenement that was our dormitories. He would be in charge of people whom the Rabbi tried to raise from skid row that gave them work in the maintenance of the Yeshiva and then recommendation for a regular job.

The Rabbi know many donors and had a name for himself but always had problems paying all the bills like electricity and other large bills for the buildings. Cakes, cookies and Challah he would get from a bakery or two Erev Shabbos of things that they did not sell. The main thing was learning Torah, Gemara and Halacha with the Gemara which we did learn.

Perhaps one last story or two of the Rosh Yeshiva. When he was a younger fellow there was an old Rabbi named Leibowitz who could not make it up the steps of his Yeshiva to give a Shuir. The Rabbi would carry him up. Prior to opening up the first Baalei Teshuva Yeshiva, the older Rabbi taught mathematics at Columbia University. The Rabbis had me wake up the Bochurim as once the Rabbi in his youth woke up somebody for learning and got a shoe thrown at him. So in the morning the Younger Rabbi would come into my Room which was an extension of Baruch’s room and say Modeh Ani (we thank thee who has restored my soul). I then would quickly dress and go around from room to room to wake up the whole dorm. 

With the younger Rabbi as Dean of the High School, many of the young men who passed through the doors ended up living in Eretz Yisrael. Perhaps proportionately to other Yeshivos, the percentage of graduates that went on to Eretz Yisrael is much larger. I was speaking to the younger Rebbetzin on my last trip to the States and her then 5-year-old Chana now has two married children living in Eretz Yisrael.

 In summation, the amount of Talmud we learned was about a Daf a week but of high quality of case, law and reason so that we could go on to higher levels. Since many of the fellows did not have much of a Torah background beforehand, the foundation was solid. What the Rabbis did not teach, the older boys would teach us by example.

Part 9 will cover some other Baalei Teshuva Yeshivos such as Hadar HaTorah of Lubavitch, Shalom Hartman Institute and a few words on Aish HaTorah. I am only familiar with institutions that existed 46 years ago or so and not all the wonderful institutions like Machon Meir and others that have sprung up over the years.

From the Medrash via Cindy G. Titus's Death:
Our Sages tell us: When Titus was traveling back to Rome on a ship with the Jewish captives and the vessels of the Holy Temple, a storm at sea threatened to drown him. He said: "It seems that the G‑d of these people only has power over water. When Pharaoh came, He drowned him in water. When Sisera came, He drowned him in water. Now He is about to drown me in water. If He wants to show His strength, let Him come onto dry land and fight with me there!"
A Divine voice came forth and said to him: "Wicked one, the son of a wicked one, descendant of Esau the wicked, I have an insignificant creature in My world called a gnat. Come ashore and do battle with it!" Titus went ashore and a gnat came and entered his nostril, and pecked at his brain for seven years.
One day, Titus was walking past a blacksmith's shop. The gnat heard the noise of the sledgehammer and became silent. Titus said: "There is a remedy!" Every day they brought a blacksmith and he hammered in Titus' presence. To a gentile blacksmith he would give a handsome stipend, but to a Jew he would say: "It is sufficient that you see your enemy suffering!"
For thirty days they brought smiths to hammer in Titus' presence. Then the gnat adjusted to the noise of the hammer, and continued pecking at Titus' brain even when the hammers were struck.
Rabbi Pinchas ben Arova said: "I was with the great men of Rome at the time when Titus died. They examined his brain and what they found in it was the size of a small bird!"
As Titus lay dying, he instructed his servants: "Burn me and scatter my ashes over the seven seas so that the G‑d of the Jews cannot find me and bring me to judgment."

Aguna thanks to the father of the husband:

Ancient Synagogue found that existed when the earliest Christians were observant Orthodox Jews with a Messianic belief:,7340,L-4841308,00.html
This is prior to Rabban Gamliel sending Shaul to remove the Messianics from Judaism.

Jewish man at 35 is the oldest swimming gold medalist in Olympic history.

From Chaiya: Films of the Kotel over 100 years ago:

On May 23, 1967, amidst the high-strung economic and political tension of the Cold War, all three of the United States' ballistic missile early-warning radars became simultaneously jammed. Located in the high-latitude areas of Alaska, Greenland, and the United Kingdom, these radars were designed to detect incoming Soviet missiles, and any attack or disruption of these radars were considered to be an act of war.
The United States Air Force, believing their radars had been intentionally jammed by the Soviet Union, authorized aircraft with nuclear-strike capabilities to take to the skies. Timely information from space-weather forecasters, who realized that it was a powerful solar flare jamming the radar, managed to prevent military action just in time.
Delores Knipp (University of Colorado, Boulder, and National Center for Atmospheric Research) collaborated with retired U.S. Air Force officers involved in forecasting and analyzing the storm to bring this story to light in a recent article published in the journal Space Weather.

Today is TU B’Av or women’s proposal day. Article where Marriages fail:

Heinrich Himmler’s Diaries released:,7340,L-4838047,00.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.

Rebuilding of the Gush Katif Synagogue(s) 11 years later. Similar to Chashmonayim – Yemenite, Sephardim, Ashkenazim and Chabad Chassidim in one massive complex of Synagogues including a different Yemenite Synagogue with a different Nusach across the street.

Are the Arabs using germ warfare or is just an unlucky year? Many Arabs work in food processing plants. First it was Cornflakes. Then Humus:  Tahini: French Fries with dangerous germs:,7340,L-4840558,00.html

British teen lured to be an ISIS Jihad Bride dies in air strike:

Medical clown helps save and treat injured child who refused treatment:

Female terrorist stabs female soldier:,7340,L-4841503,00.html

I don’t know if Trump wants this verification of claim that proves that Obama founded ISIS:

Wednesday Dec. 9, 1992 long before the exile of the Jews from Gush Katif 11 years ago, Dr. Martin Sherman wrote on the dangers of giving up Gaza:

Hezballah Facebook recruitment in Yehuda and the Shomron stopped by the Shin Bet.,7340,L-4842264,00.html

The next conflict with Hezballah or Hamas should be the last as we strengthen defense and offence:,7340,L-4842472,00.html

The Establishment is to keep us down. In Kansas the common sense folk ousted one:

Traffic accident on border injures 7 soldiers.

Russian Base in Iran with anti-aircraft missiles:

A peaceful and healthy Shabbos to all remember to guard this holy Mitzvah,
Rachamim Pauli