Friday, September 30, 2016

Parsha Netzavim, Elul Conclusion, 4 stories or biographies

Elul Conclusion

We have had a month to ask for forgiveness from both G-D and man. We have had time to give charity and improve our prayer. This coming Sunday night know in Hebrew as Ohr Le Yom Sheni, we stand before THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD. We pass like sheep who will live, die, become married, get divorced, become rich or poor, in good health or bad.

I was discussing a number of things with Rabbi Elihu Schatz Shlita between Mincha and Motzei Shabbos prayers. We came to a number of conclusions. 1) The original Rosh Hashanah as written in the Torah and practiced was a festive day of rejoicing and Yom Kippur was the day of Atonement. After the destruction of the first Beis HaMikdash, it took on a more solemn nature. 2) Tashlich is a troubling custom from Europe that the Vilna Gaon was against saying. However, I have used this Minchag and the saying of the Psalms does not hurt but one should not throw bread crumbs into water. 3) Selichos of the Sephardim make sense as they are done similar to the 40 days of Moshe Rabbaynu’s Prayers for forgiveness. The beginning and the end of the Ashkenazi Prayers make sense and are in simple Hebrew but the 100 poem-prayers in alphabetical acrostics and special Hebrew Words make no sense to the common Rabbis much less the majority of the population. It would be far more effective to pray the same words in simple Hebrew as the Sephardim do. 4) Kaporos only came into effect in the times of the Gaonim and appears to want to make some sacrifice for Yom Kippur for atonement. The giving of charity instead of the chicken is a better custom. 5) Removing Nederim with a Beis Din or Kol Nidre is not a bad custom but one in normal circumstances would have to say which Neder about what. It is a bit incomplete but goes back very long in time.

It is good to take prayer seriously on Rosh Hashanah. But it is just as imperative to be happy and enjoy the festival. For those who have a custom to eat special foods like beets or beet leaves and say “may our enemies hurry away”, carrots or black-eyed peas “may we increase”, (Dates) Tamar “may our enemies become confused”, apples with honey or sugar “may we have a sweet year like honey”, Leeks “May our enemies be cut off”, gourd “May the evil decree on Israel be ripped up and a good one read in its place”, pomegranates “may be multiply our merits like the seeds of the pomegranate”, a head of a fish “may be the head and not the tail and may we be fruitful and multiply like fish”, I use a tongue which tastes better for the head and it is also what Avraham served the three angels on Rosh Hashanah and I add “may it be a year of guarding our tongue [Shemiras HaLashon]”.  

Sing songs, eat and be merry because it is Yom Tov as it is said, “Serve HASHEM with joy come before HIM with rejoicing” Tehillim 100:2. Pay attention to the Shofar that is to wake you up out of your stupor. Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy Rosh Hashanah a smile goes a long way.

Parsha Nitzavim

29:9 Ye are standing this day all of you before the LORD your God: your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel,

All of you are here today from the simple person, leaders of ten through the elders on the Sanhedrin. This is being said on the morning when Moshe is to depart up the mountain for the last time.

10 your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in the midst of thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water;

Both your woodcutters [and your water drawers]: [The mention of these people separate to the main community of Israel] teaches us that in the days of Moses, Canaanites came to convert [to Judaism], just as the Gibeonites came [to convert] in the days of Joshua. This is the meaning of the verse regarding the Gibeonites, “And they also acted cunningly…” (Josh. 9:4), [i. e., pretending that they had come from a faraway country. When they were discovered, Joshua made them woodcutters and water drawers for Israel (see Josh. 9:3-27). Likewise here, the Canaanites attempted to deceive Moses, ... but they did not succeed, and Moses did not accept them to be Jews. Rather,] Moses made them woodcutters and water drawers [i.e., slaves for Israel]. — [Tanchuma 2; Yev. 79a; see Rashi Gittin 23b]

11 that thou should enter into the covenant of the LORD thy God--and into His oath--which the LORD thy God makes with thee this day;

That you may enter: Heb. לְעָבְרְךָ‏. [Meaning,] “That you may pass through [i.e., enter] the covenant.” One should not understand this verb [to be in the causative conjugation,] to mean “to cause you to pass through,” [but rather, the verb is in the simple conjugation, and means that you yourselves will pass through]. This is similar to the expression, לַעֲשׂתְכֶם, “that you [yourselves] should do them” (Deut. 4:14) That you may enter into the covenant: [lit.] “that you may pass through the covenant.” This was the method of those who made covenants: They would set up a demarcation on one side and a demarcation on the other, and [the respective parties of the covenant] “passed through” between [these partitions], as the verse says, “[when] they cut the calf in two and passed between its parts” (Jer. 34:18).

12 that He may establish thee this day unto Himself for a people, and that He may be unto thee a God, as He spoke unto thee, and as He swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Just as HE established with the three fathers his covenant and now fulfilling it, so too must you establish it on your part and HE will be unto you.

13 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; 14 but with him that stands here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day—

And [also] with those who are not here: also with future generations. — [Tanchuma 3]

15 for ye know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the midst of the nations through which ye passed; 16 and ye have seen their detestable things, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were with them—

Don’t even think about for:

18 and it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying: 'I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart--that the watered be swept away with the dry'; 19 the LORD will not be willing to pardon him, but then the anger of the LORD and His jealousy shall be kindled against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven;

He will have no course to repentance for there are things which we do in our life that we cannot reverse. 1) Idol Worship 2) Murder and 3) Forbidden relationships with married women or incest.

…21 And the generation to come, your children that shall rise up after you, and the foreigner that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses wherewith the LORD hath made it sick; 22 and that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger, and in His wrath; 23 even all the nations shall say 'Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what means the heat of this great anger?' 24 then men shall say: 'Because they forsook the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them forth out of the land of Egypt; 25 and went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods that they knew not, and that He had not allotted unto them;

This sounds so much like Samuel Clemens’ aka Mark Twain’s visit to Eretz Yisrael about 150 years ago (1867 CE) he would not believe what has sprung up today for it was a barren land with a few weeds and a tree here and there on his way from Haifa to Jerusalem with an Arab or two on the way.

26 therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curse that is written in this book; 27 and the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day'.-- 28 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

The secret things of the time of the return and Moshiach are unknown. Everybody gets ready for a time. Some Rabbis thought this year and one Rabbi who was a Kabbalist about 800 years ago believe that next year would be

30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt bethink thyself among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 and shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and hearken to His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul; 3 that then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine that are dispersed be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee.

This is what is happening today. The Torah then gives us a formula to keep the land by choosing a Torah Life and cleaving unto HASHEM Yisborach.

…19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, choose life, that thou may live, thou and thy seed; 20 to love the LORD thy God, to hearken to His voice, and to cleave unto Him; for that is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou may dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

We all have our ups and downs.
This is a story that a Rabbi whom I shall keep anonymous shared with a few people. I too was down in College before I found Frumkeit as the non-religious way of life had nothing to offer me. Here the Rabbi wondered if his purpose in this world had ended.

A Rabbi’s Story

I want to share a story with you. This was shared with me on the 4th day that I was sitting Shiva for my Mother.

I have a very close friend, and his name is R' Bezalel Jacobs and he lives in Boro Park.  
He has a Minchag that after his Shabbos day meal, he would walk from his home on 12th Avenue and walk to the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center which is now called the Boro Park Center. He would go to EACH room that there was a Jewish patient and wish him or her or them a Good Shabbos. He would start from the 8th Fl. and go down. On one particular Shabbos, my Father was on the 8th Fl. for rehab, when Bezalel, came into the room, and wished my Father a Good Shabbos.

My Father asked if he could come closer to the bed, that he wanted to speak to him.  
My Father told him the following:

I am soon to die, and when I leave this world my wife will follow me shortly.

I want your word that when I die and my wife dies, that you will look out after our son.  
He is a very special person, he took care of me and my wife and he risked his life, his Parnasa for us, and took care of us, as if we were his children. I am afraid, that once we have left this world, our son will find a way to join us, and I know that he has a purpose and has to stay here. He is very quiet, very little friends, and after we have left this world, he will have NO one to be close to him.

Bezalel told my Father you have my word. Then I walked into the room, and I saw that something was wrong. Bezalel related this story to me in front of my Rabbi and others. In that first year, I would go to their home once a month, and it was VERY hard to live, but Bezalel showed me that there is a life after the death of my Mother and Father.

He introduced me to other families who are like him. Eventually to this day, when Hashem has given me the Bracha of serving as His Soldier, a Chassid to my Rabbi and a Shamus to my Kehillah.

So, I went from the lowest point of my life, to the point I am now, and I would NEVER trade of what I have now, because ALL of you played a part in this one way or another.  
Each of you, have given me life and I am VERY grateful for that, even though most of you I NEVER met or ever will, still you are in my heart and soul and I am very happy to know you.

We should meet at Simchas until Moshiach comes. - Rabbi ...

Israel is still feeling the effects for the Crusades

Lately, it appears that the # of wild boar have increased dramatically! The following have happened just to us in the last two weeks: 
1) At 4am one night, 4 wild boar came onto our front lawn from the street and dug up the whole lawn (we witnessed this on the video cameras around our house) 
2) Two nights after that, at 10:30 at night, I came home from a meeting and saw 6 wild boar on the neighbor’s lawn. 
3) Last week at 9pm, our 12-year-old daughter and a friend left the house of another friend. Wild boars were in the street. They screamed and ran back into the house whereupon the dad drove the girls home (which is crazy as we live about 20 seconds from the friends' house) 
4) Last night at 11:30pm, our daughter came home from babysitting and ran into 4 wild boar on our street. She screamed loudly to the point that the neighbors heard her and came out, and ran away. As it was late, she felt bad knocking on anyone’s door and so she sat at the kikar (traffic circle or round about) until nearly 12:30 when we came home from a Simcha. Additionally, about 8 months ago, our daughter was going to meet friends on a Friday night and a small wild boar chased her and scratched her on the back of the leg! 
Wild boar are very dangerous!! When the situation has gotten such that our children are afraid to leave the house, it has reached an intolerable level! I have already complained 3 times at the mazkirut (secretariat) and filed an official report with moked (call center) of the moetza (greater municipal authorities). I implore everyone to also go into the mazkirut and complain. 
We must protect our children and give them a safe and caring environment. 

Epilogue: Good morning Tonight between the hours of 7:00 pm - 3:00 am there will be hunters hunting the wild boar. You may hear shots during those hours.

If they don’t win it’s a shame:

Sarah Lee wrote this well-known story but I figured that I would share if for nothing else some new comers to Orthodox Judaism: Someone once came to the Chofetz Chaim’s house to speak with him. She noticed that his house was extremely simple. There was just a table, a few chairs and a small portable kitchen. She asked the Chofetz Chaim, “Where is your couch? Where is your nice furniture?” The Chofetz Chaim replied, “Tell me, when you go to a hotel, do you bring your couch, your table, your chairs and all your other furniture along?”
“Of course not,” she replied. “Well, why not?” asked the Chofetz Chaim.” “Because I’m not planning on staying there for a long time; I’m only there for a few days and then returning home.” The Chofetz Chaim smiled and said, “That’s exactly how I look at life; I’m not here forever. I am just passing through this world and in a few years my Neshama will be going back home!” ~ From the book, The Gadol HaDor

On 24th of Elul 5693 (1933) the Chofetz Chaim’s soul came to rest. He once met a Cobbler working late into the night. He asked him, “why so late?” The Cobbler replied, “As long as the candle burns, it is possible to repair!” From the Cobbler, the Chofetz Chaim learned Mussar. As long as the eternal soul is in our bodies, we can repair it.

The “Hug Rebbe” passes away: Rabbi Dr. Simon L. (Shimon) Eckstein Z"L
[YC 44, RIETS 46, BRGS]

Husband of Beila Eckstein.
Father of Ahuva Epstein [SCW 70], our Chaver Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein [YUHS 68, YC 73, BRGS 75, RIETS 75], Rachayl "Rock" [SCW 75] (and our chaver Rabbi Dr. Hillel [YC 72, BRGS 75, RIETS 75]) Davis, and Beryl Eckstein (YUHS 75, YC 79).

Rabbi Simon L. “Sy” Eckstein, a beloved Canadian-Jewish leader and renowned psychologist and authority in the field of gerontology, passed away at his Jerusalem home on Sept. 24. He was 96. Rabbi Simon Eckstein was born on December 4, 1919 in Jerusalem, where he eventually settled in his last years after living most of his life in the U.S. and Canada. In 1928 Eckstein moved with his family to the U.S., and settled in the Benson Hurst section of Brooklyn, where he attended Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in middle school, then Torah Vidas in Williamsburg. Like so many in the Jewish community, his family prized education, and he earned a bachelor's degree, a doctorate, and ultimately his Smicha from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Eckstein went on to attain a master's degree in psychology from New York University. After marrying Belle Hirschman he became the assistant rabbi of the revered modern Orthodox leader, Rabbi Leo Jung, of the Jewish Center of the West Side of Manhattan. In 1952, R' Eckstein moved his family to Ottawa, Canada for a rabbinic posting that would become an important part of his legacy. Over a quarter century, R' Eckstein served as chief rabbi of Ottawa, where he oversaw four synagogues. He later joined the faculty of the Department of Religious Knowledge at Carleton University. Under his leadership, two synagogues merged to establish Congregation Beth Shalom, which flourished for half a century. R' Eckstein retired from the rabbinate in 1975, but continued to influence the community's Jewish life, both as a senior clerical figure and through columns in local media like The Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Journal. He also appeared on radio talk shows and continued to contribute to local Jewish life. Meanwhile, R' Eckstein returned to his other passion, psychology, and went back to school at Ottawa University to attain a second master's degree in the field, specializing in gerontology. He later joined the university's psychology faculty and became a leading specialist in the field. As a senior citizen himself, R' Eckstein became a psychologist in Hollywood, Florida, where he focused on counseling and lecturing on issues relating to aging and retirement. His teachings were captured in an eponymous 
book his children compiled to preserve his wisdom. At age 91, R' Eckstein realized another dream, immigrating to Israel with Belle and returning to Jerusalem, the city of his birth. One of R' Eckstein's lifelong missions was to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations, especially of Jews. He once quoted Rabbi Berel Wein, saying: "One of the blessings of our generation is the unique role of grandparents and great-grandparents in providing a bridge as well as a perspective: a bridge to the past and a perspective on life for the present and future." 

Inyanay Diyoma

Out of the mainstream: Because of the possible loss of the election, is Obama willing to risk a nuclear war?

Ted Cruz decided to keep his written word:

Netanyahu to meet both US Presidential Contenders:

What happens in Northern Syria may be soon near the Israeli Border:

Obama with the help of Kerry are writing a new book “The Art of a Bad Deal”. Giuliani hopes that the Iran deal will be cancelled:

Turkish immigrant in mall shooting strange he did not look Christian or Jewish:

Terrorist murderer dies during sports activity: Blessed is the true JUDGE:

Is the US Nuclear Deterrent enough for N. Korea?

Ed-Op on Turkish Treachery:,7340,L-4858247,00.html

Personal advice to all Christian Cartoonists in Jordan – don’t think about freedom of the press:,7340,L-4859341,00.html

Iran gains Naval bases in Italy and Syria:

From Rita: Communist China cracks down on its 1000 Jews:

What Trump told Netanyahu:,7340,L-4859481,00.html

Former Chief Rabbi of France passes away:

In Houston they don’t play games with terrorists:

From Judith: This man is a bad, bad, bad guy masquerading as a “Catholic".  Breitbart has reported that Clinton’s V.P.  pick Tim Kaine is among the top anti-Israel senators.  He is the top recipient of PAC funds from George Soros’s anti-Israel group, J Street.  He distinguished himself as one of eight senators to walk out on Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic speech to a joint session of Congress warning against the Iran nuclear deal.  Kaine’s record on the Islamic threat here in America is far, far worse than that.

In exchange for campaign contributions, he appointed a radical jihadi to the Virginia Immigration Commission.  Esam Omeish runs a group described by federal prosecutors in a 2008 court filing "as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." Omeish is the V.P.  of a radical mosque that had the al-Qaeda operative Anwar Al-Awlaki as its imam and two of the 9/11 hijackers and Nidal Hasan, the perpetrator of the Fort Hood shooting, in the congregation.  Omeish is still a board member, even as he serves on the Virginia Immigration Commission.  Omeish was also chairman of the board of a New Jersey mosque with terrorist ties, including an imam whom the Department of Homeland Security wants to deport for having links to Hamas.  As if that weren’t enough, Omeish pledged in a video to help Palestinians who understand that "the jihad way is the way to liberate your land."

When a state delegate wrote a letter to then-Governor Kaine warning him that the MAS has "questionable origins, "a Kaine spokesperson said the charge was bigotry.  Kaine also has close ties with Jamal Barzinji, whom the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch describes as a founding father of the U.S.  Muslim Brotherhood.?

He first came on to the FBI’s radar in 1987-1988 when an informant inside the Brotherhood identified Barzinji and his associated groups as being part of a network of Brotherhood fronts to "institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States."

The source said Barzinji and his colleagues were "organizing political support which involves influencing both public opinion in the United States as well as the United States Government using "political action front groups with no traceable ties."

(snip) Barzinji was nearly prosecuted but the Obama Justice Department dropped plans for indictment.

Barzinji played a major role in nearly every Brotherhood front in the U.S.  and was vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), which came under terrorism investigation also.

What is truly chilling about Kaine’s association with known terrorists is that the indictment of Al-Arian says the jihadist’s strategy was to "seek to obtain support from influential individuals, in the United States under the guise of promoting and protecting Arab rights."

The quotes about Brotherhood operative Barzinji’s aspirations to use civil rights advocacy as a means to influence politicians are especially relevant when you consider that video from the event honoring Barzinji shows Kaine saying that it was his fourth time at the annual dinner and thanked his ?friends?  that organized it for helping him in his campaign for lieutenant-governor and governor and asked them to help his Senate campaign.

Like Hillary, Tim Kaine’s affection for jihadists is a quid pro quo: he gives them cover and appointments to positions of power, and they give him money.

(snip) The Barzinji-tied New Dominion PAC donated $43,050 to Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign.

The PAC has very strong ties to the Democratic Party in Virginia, with almost $257,000 in donations.  This likely explains why Barzinji’s grandson served in Governor McAuliffe's administration and then became the Obama Administration's liaison to the Muslim-American community.

The Middle East Forum’s Islamist Money in Politics database shows another $4,300 donated to Kaine’s Senate campaign in 2011-2012 by officials from U.S.  Muslim Brotherhood entities.  Another $3,500 came from Barzinji’s IIIT organization.

The New York Sun sees Kaine as one of the few senators who fully backed the Obama-Hillary Middle East disaster, including the open disrespect and hostility to our ally, Israel.

Can it be a coincidence that of all the millions of Americans Secretary Clinton could have picked as her running mate, she chose, in Senator Kaine, one of the eight Democrats who boycotted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address last year to a joint meeting of Congress.  Not a chance.  It’s one marker of the fact that for all Mrs.  Clinton’s protestations of support for the Jewish State, it would be a fool’s wager to count on her when the chips are down.

Hillary’s choice of Tim Kaine reveals her intentions as president to continue the Obama policy of promoting the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran and betraying Israel.  The choice of Kaine also reveals Hillary’s reckless disregard for homeland security.  She has chosen a man who is willing to cozy up to well-known terror-promoters here in America in exchange for cash.

The media wants us to think Donald Trump is dangerous.  This is the face of danger: Clinton-Kaine, importers of jihadi terror to America.

186,923 babies born in the last year in Israel and other statistics:,7340,L-4859811,00.html

Labor MP gives up seat as an anti-Semite is elected their leader:,7340,L-4859920,00.html

As a politician Hillary was more prepared for the debate but she was condescending and Trump appeared presidential.

Tank Commander injured by turret:,7340,L-4860158,00.html

Trump-Clinton race remains a tie after the debate:

Shimon Peres also known as Peres Gump after he was in every major event since the founding of Israel passes away:,7340,L-4860743,00.html
From Shulamit: Not so Neutral Michael Moore disputes this:

First Temple Era buildings found. Funny not one Arab or symbol of the “Palestinian People” found.

From Dr. Harry: Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials.

“During the month of September, seven Afghan students were considered absent without leave (AWOL) during international military student programs,” Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans said.

Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks in the United States.

The disappearance of the Afghans comes amid heightened fears of increasing Islamist terror attacks around the country. The attacks have included the New York area bombings and attempted bombings, a knife attack at a Minnesota mall by a Somali jihadist, and other regional shootings.

Two of the missing Afghans had been training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and one was training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

An Army source said the Afghans who left the weekend of the New York area bombings appeared to be part of a coordinated effort. The three men are being probed for possible connections to Rahami. “Initial assessment is that there is not relation and the timing is coincidental,” the source said.

Evans declined to comment on whether the Pentagon has security concerns about the missing Afghans.

Sarah Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, said authorities are pursuing the Afghans.

“ICE Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is actively working to locate these individuals in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense,” she said, declining specifics because of the ongoing investigation.

Aleppo the real Obama Middle-East Legacy Ed-Op by Alex Fishman:,7340,L-4859657,00.html

Dr. Martin Sherman Ed-Op the Nexus Jihad:

Horrific train enters station w/speed:,7340,L-4861562,00.html

Assistant Prosecutor of Egypt survives assassination attempt:

German Foreign Minister calls on Iran to recognize Israel. Reminds me of John Foster Dulles “Why can’t the Jews and the Arabs get together like good Christian Gentlemen (Northern Ireland).”

A healthy, happy, blessed, successful, fruitful, prosperous, joyous, wonderful, Torah-filled new year with the Moshiach coming as soon as possible.
Rachamim Pauli