Friday, February 17, 2017

Parsha Yisro, story, Fred Trump Shul and more

This issue is dedicated the memory of my father OBM who passed away 48 years ago Motzei Shabbos.

Spring cleaning of the e-mails in my out box. I came across a number that were easy to erase and one or two which I didn’t. But this Gem I picked up from Chaim S. a few years ago is worth republishing: Thank you Phil Robertson ... for pointing this out. Mishlei 8:36 But he who sins against me robs his soul; all who hate me, love death." וְחֹטְאִי חֹמֵס נַפְשׁוֹ כָּל מְשַׂנְאַי אָהֲבוּ מָוֶת
It is most interesting that the root of Hamas is the second Hebrew word.

Epilogue to my comments on the splitting of the sea in Parsha Beshalach and the water standing like a wall on the left and the right. This week the wind was blowing steady at 30kmph or about 18mph with higher gusts by the sea the temperature was mid to upper single Celsius digits or in the 40’s F. The coastal road in Israel froze during the pounding almost icy rain.

Parsha Yisro

The Bnei Yisrael have crossed the sea finally have water and Mann in the Sinai. They have defeated Amalek. But what happens now? The disputes between husband and wife in close quarters and neighbors starts to occur. Moshe ends up judging everybody from morn until dusk. He is exhausting himself, until Yisro comes and explains how to set up a court system for the newly freed slaves.

18:1 Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel His people, how that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.

Travelers spread 5he news.

2 And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away,

After she had been sent away: When the Holy One, blessed be He, said to him in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt” (Exod. 4: 19), “and Moses took his wife and his sons, etc.” (Exod. 4:20), and Aaron went forth “and met him on the mount of God” (Exod. 4:27), he [Aaron] said to him [Moses], “Who are these?” He [Moses] replied, “This is my wife, whom I married in Midian, and these are my sons.” "And where are you taking them?" he [Aaron] asked. “To Egypt,” he replied. He [Aaron] retorted, “We are suffering with the first ones, and you come to add to them?” He [Moses] said to her [Zipporah], “Go home to your father.” She took her two sons and went away. — [from Mechilta]

3 and her two sons; of whom the name of the one was Gershom; for he said: 'I have been a stranger in a strange land'; 4 and the name of the other was Eliezer: 'for the God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.' 5 And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped, at the mount of God; 6 and he said unto Moses: 'I thy father-in-law Jethro am coming unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.'

This is not physical contact but a message. We have seen this in Parsha Vayigash with Yacov and Esav. Does Yacov have to say that he is Esav’s brother but rather the messenger that he is coming and asking to enter the camp. For there must have been guards everywhere especially after the Amalek attack.

7 And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent. 8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, in that He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 And Jethro said: 'Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh; who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods; yea, for that they dealt proudly against them.'

Each year I like to repeat this Rashi as not only for my new readers but as a reminder of Yisro’s search for the right religion as an honest search.

Now I know: I recognized Him in the past, but now [I recognize Him] even more. — [from Mechilta] 

This is precisely like the Saadia Gaon story where he was crying and repenting almost every day saying something like forgive HASHEM as I did not know your ways so well.

Than all the deities: This teaches us that he [Jethro] was knowledgeable about every type of idolatry in the world, and there was no pagan deity that he did not worship. — [from Mechilta] For with the thing that they plotted, [He came] upon them: Heb. זָדוּ. [To be explained] according to its [Aramaic] translation. [Onkelos renders: For with the thing that the Egyptians plotted to judge Israel, with that He judged them.] With water, they planned to destroy them, and they [themselves] were destroyed with water. …

12 And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took a burnt-offering and sacrifices for God; and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law before God. 13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood about Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moses' father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said: 'What is this thing that thou do to the people? why sit yourself alone, and all the people stand about thee from morning unto even?' …17 And Moses' father-in-law said unto him: 'The thing that thou do is not good. 18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee; for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Moshe took up the advice of Yisro and most cases were solved without his intervention. The daughter of Zelophad being an exception to the rule. The Lubavitcher Rebbe did have a judgement tier and secretaries before him and still many evenings would bless people and give out dollars for charity. He would do this for hours and it must have tired him out at the age of 90 here Moshe is 81 years old.

This past year, I met the grandson of Rabbi Chaim Greinerman. [Before Rav Firer, the Rabbi used to be the expert in medical advice] I told him that I once went to him for advice and I was early in the line. In the end without exaggeration, about 20 to 30 people pushed in front of me as Charedim are not brought up in western style line waiting in a que. He told me that his grandfather every once in a while was exhausted that he had to refresh himself with Torah and would rest in a vacation spot learning Torah.

19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God be with thee: be thou for the people before God, and bring thou the causes unto God. 20 And thou shalt teach them the statutes and the laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. …27 And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his way into his own land.
19:1 In the third month after the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

This chapter can be condensed in comments from the Bavli Talmud Shabbos 88 – 89: If the Https bothers you, google Come and Hear click the Jews College site.

20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying: 2 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

The first four of the Asser Dibros are simply establishing the KINGSHIP of G-D and our relationship with HIM. The fifth on Shabbos is the special Mitzvah given only to the children of Israel. For all the other nations can ride, write, plow, harvest, cook, etc. on Shabbos only the Bnei Yisrael must refrain from the 39 Melachos and their derivatives.
3 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 4 thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; 5 and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments.

When I was between 10 to 12 I asked the Catholic Girl next door about Pasuk 3 and 4. She brought me her translation and lo and behold it had a different skewed version. For it would be normal for each Catholic to ask questions why is there a statue in church. Today, the translation is better but they have come up with an answer of reminding people and a whole contra-philosophy.

6 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

I have seen loose personalities swear by their eyes, children, etc. about things so swear in the name of the L-RD should not be taken lightly.

You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain: You shall not swear in vain by the name of the Lord, your God. — [Onkelos] לַֹשָוְא -[This word appears twice in this verse.] (The second [mention of לַֹשָוְא is an expression of falsehood, as the Targum [Onkelos] renders: לְֹשִיקְרָא, as it says [in Shavuos 21a]: "What constitutes a vain oath? If one swears contrary to what is known, [for example, saying] about a stone pillar that it is [made of] gold. (The first [mention of לַֹשָוְא is an expression of vanity, as the Targum [Onkelos] renders: [לְמַגָּנָא].) This [refers to] one who swears for no reason and in vain, [for example making an oath] concerning [a pillar] of wood, [saying] that it is wood, and concerning [a pillar] of stone, [saying] that it is stone. — [from Shevuoth 29a, Mechilta]

7 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Remember: Heb. זָכוֹר [The words] “remember (זָכוֹר)” and “keep (שָׁמוֹר)” (Deut. 5:12) were pronounced with one utterance. Similarly [the statements], “Those who profane it shall be put to death” (Exod. 31:14) and “And on the Sabbath day, two lambs” (Num. 28:9) [were said in one utterance], and similarly, “You shall not wear shaatnez,” and “You shall make tzitzith for yourself” (Deut. 22:11, 12). Similarly, [the phrases] “The nakedness of your brother’s wife [you shall not uncover]” (Lev. 18:16), [and] “Her brother-in-law shall come in to her” (Deut. 25:5) [were said in one utterance]. This [occurrence of God saying two phrases simultaneously in one utterance] is the meaning of what is said: “God spoke one thing, I heard two” (Ps. 62:12) (Mechilta). [The word] זָכוֹר is in the פָּעוֹל form, an expression of ongoing action, like “[Let us engage in] eating and drinking אָכוֹל וְשָׁתוֹ) )” (Isa. 22:13), [and] “walking and weeping הָלוֹוָּבָכֹה) )” (II Sam. 3:16), and this is its interpretation: Pay attention to always remember the Sabbath day, so that if you chance upon a beautiful thing, you shall prepare it for the Sabbath (Mechilta).

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

And perform all your labor: When the Sabbath arrives, it shall seem to you as if all your work is done, that you shall not think about work.

Not physical work but Melachos. One can set up tables, chairs and benches for 10,000 people in a hall or plates, glasses, napkins and cutlery for thousands and it is not work but take a handkerchief or a cracker from a private domain to a public domain and it is Melacha.

9 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 thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates;

Neither you, your son, your daughter: These are young children. Or perhaps it refers to adult children? You must admit that they have already been warned [to observe the Sabbath]. Rather, [this word] comes only to warn adults concerning young children resting [from work] (Mechilta). This is the meaning of what we learned [in the Mishnah]: If a young child comes to extinguish [a fire on the Sabbath], you may not allow him [to do so] since you are responsible for his resting [from work] (Shab. 121a)

The CREATOR give rights to all on observing Shabbos for all in your household. Parents would let their children rest from chores except perhaps setting up the table and helping with what is necessary on Shabbos. I wash the dishes from the evening meal and breakfast and Motzei Shabbos, my wife does this chore. In the wilderness, the Bnei Yisrael did not have this luxury or wish and meat at the table so they ate Mann only.

Servants or non-Jewish Slaves, who were sent to the Mikvah, would become Jews upon release. Or a Jewish Servant sold by a parent into service who would be released upon obtaining either early puberty or reaching the age of Mitzvos. The later could be released to marry the rich man’s child. The Talmud specifies son but there is no reason not to also contract a marriage for the daughter which is more than equal rights to rest but also full equality. This did not exist in the ancient world or with the cast system in India or other places.

Your cattle must rest on Shabbos which is a concept that others cannot understand. Long before the so-called animal rights groups, the oxen or donkeys that pulled carts or plowed the fields had rights. As for those who do not observe Shabbos, they are deigning themselves and their loved ones these basic rights and enslaving themselves to trips, camping, chores and modern devices. No study was done how this raises the rates of insanity, health problems, suicide and completely broke-down families. It is not the “family that prays together stays together” but the family that sits at the table, sings, talks discusses the weekly Torah that stays together. I watched how my children and grandchildren began to realize the specialness of Shabbos even from a young age.

10 for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh day; wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

This is the reason for consecrating and hallowing the Shabbos in memory of the creation of the world and given after exiting Mitzrayim. This concludes the last of the Commandments aka Dibros of between man and G-D of the 10 the rest are between man and man. Honoring parents which we see below is a few words, murder, stealing and adultery are both two words one meaning “don’t”.

And He rested on the seventh day: As if [it were] possible, He ascribed rest [even] to Himself to teach (as an example) from Him of Kal Va Chomer [a fortiori] reasoning for man, whose work is with toil and fatigue, that he must rest on the Sabbath. [I.e., although God does not and did not actually rest, He had His cessation of creating recorded as rest, so that humans would learn that if God, Whose work is accomplished without any toil or fatigue, rested on the Sabbath, surely people, whose work is accomplished only with hard work and fatigue, must rest on the Sabbath.]-[from Mechilta] Blessed…and sanctified it: He blessed it with manna to double it on the sixth day-"double bread"-and He sanctified it with manna, that it did not fall then [on the Sabbath]. — [from Mechilta]

11 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

In order that your days be lengthened: If you honor [your parents], your days will be lengthened, and if not, they will be shortened. The words of the Torah are written briefly; they are explained by deriving the negative from the affirmative and the affirmative from the negative. — [from Mechilta]

12 Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

You shall not commit adultery: Adultery applies only [to relations] with a married woman, as it is said: "[And a man who commits adultery with the wife of another man, who commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor,] [both] the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death" (Lev. 20:10); [and it says,] “[You are] the adulterous wife, who, instead of her husband, takes strangers” (Ezek. 16:32). [In both these verses, the term “adultery” is used in reference to the extramarital relations of a married woman.] You shall not steal: The text refers to kidnapping. [The verse] “You shall not steal” (Lev. 19:11) refers to stealing money. Or perhaps this one [verse] refers only to stealing money and the one written further (in Lev.) refers to kidnapping? You must admit that [the meaning of] a statement is derived from its context. Just as [the former two commandments] “You shall not murder” [and] “You shall not commit adultery” refer to capital sins, “You shall not steal” also refers to a capital sin [i.e., a sin punishable by death]. — [from Sanh. 86a]

Cheating by a husband with an unmarried woman is not recommended and is punished by Makkos (lashes in the times of Torah law) for he does the act without a Ketuba. For a man can have more than one wife. Bearing false witness is like killing a person – robbing him of his reputation for being honest and stealing his money in a Beis Din or causing a man to divorce his wife.

13 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

If a man’s neighbor is rich one should not covet their luck for one who does this churns up his stomach and becomes bitter. But one who is happy with his neighbor’s fortune in the end will be blessed too. [Avos – Who is wealth? One who his happy with his fortune.]

14 And all the people perceived the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the voice of the horn, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled, and stood afar off. 15 And they said unto Moses: 'Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.' 16 And Moses said unto the people: 'Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before you, that ye sin not.' 17 And the people stood afar off; but Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Had the people heard more commandments than the first two, they never would have sinned with the Egel HaZahav (golden calf) or the spies and the world would have been different.

18 And the LORD said unto Moses: Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel: Ye yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 19 Ye shall not make with Me--gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you. 20 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto Me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come unto thee and bless thee. 21 And if thou make Me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stones; for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast profaned it. 22 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.

The Cohanim wore pants for before that most people walked the Arabs or Scots without underwear.

Reincarnation Story from the Parsha: Been There Done That by Rabbi Pinchas Winston You can subscribe by going to and go look for Parsha and Perceptions
 “I, your father in law Yisro, am coming to you . . .” (Shemos 18:6)
HISTORY IS CONVOLUTED, something we can appreciate more today. A lot of it has been straightforward, but a lot of it has not. Sometimes, though, events can be demystified somewhat on a different, or rather, a deeper level of understanding.
Yisro is a good example of this. He is famous as Moshe Rabbeinu’s father-in-law, a merit he earned, we are told, by rejecting every form of idol worship in his time. Like Avraham Avinu before him, he seems to have been a truth seeker, the reward for which was to find THE Truth Itself.
The story behind the story? It’s more complicated. It is also built upon a pre-existing relationship between Yisro and his famous son-in-law going back in time all the way to the beginning of history. Yisro alludes to this when he says:
“I, your father in law Yisro, am coming to you . . .” (Shemos 18:6)
According to the Arizal, the first letters of the three Hebrew words for, “your father-in-law, Yisro”—Aleph-Ches-Yud—spell “ahchee,” which means “my brother.” On a Pshat level, Yisro referred to Moshe as his son-in-law. On a Sod level, he called him his brother. This is why:
Since the Nefesh of Kayin is one to which the impurity of the snake greatly latches on, and the evil within it overcomes its good, [the Nefesh of Kayin] reincarnated into the Egyptian . . . Moshe, who was [the reincarnation of] Hevel, wanted to rectify him by killing him using the “Ineffable Name,” i.e., the 42-letter Name [of God], to separate out the evil out from within him and bring it to the level of good and holiness. On the day that [Moshe] killed the Egyptian, it entered Yisro . . . and he converted. (Sha’ar HaGilgulim, Introduction 36)
Though Moshe Rabbeinu and Yisro were son-in-law and father-in-law in their current lifetime, they had been Kayin and Hevel in a previous one. Thus, when Yisro, previously Kayin, brought Moshe, previously Hevel, into his family, he atoned for his murder of his brother back at the beginning of history.
Furthermore, explains the Arizal, Tzipporah, Yisro’s daughter and Moshe’s wife, was part of the atonement process. The Midrash says that Kayin’s jealousy of Hevel stemmed from the fact that Hevel was born with two twin sisters, while he had only been born with one. Since at that time sisters became their brother’s wives, Hevel had two wives while Kayin only had one. This made Kayin jealous enough to murder his brother.
Apparently, the Arizal reveals, Tzipporah was the reincarnation of Hevel’s second twin sister. When Yisro gave her to Moshe Rabbeinu as a wife, this was really Kayin giving her back to Hevel. Quite bizarre, given that there is nary a hint of any of this anywhere in the story.
It does show how multi-layered history is. It reveals how ancient forces can drive modern day events and people. It illustrates how current events may only be modern day versions of older and far more significant ones.
Does it really make a difference to know such hidden information about people and history? No doubt knowing past reincarnations does fill in some important blanks in history, but aren’t they blanks we had already learned to live with?

Forwarded to me by Judith a story I heard orally: TRUMP’S SHUL
Even today, after Donald Trump has already been inaugurated as president of the United States, many pundits are still trying to figure out how it happened. How did the man with the smallest chance of victory manage to win this election, in complete defiance of all the predictions and assessments of the experts, and all the polls that seemed to be against him? In retrospect, there are many explanations for his astounding victory, some of which are more logical, while others are less so.

There is one man, Rabbi Shmuel Wagner, who has no background whatsoever in the media or in political commentary, but who is confident that he knows of at least one reason for Trump's stunning victory: the Zechus of his father. In an exclusive interview, Rabbi Wagner, Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshivas Ohr Yerushalayim in Moshav Beit Meir, shares the incredible story of how Donald Trump's father, Frederick Trump, built a shul for the congregation headed by his father, Rabbi Yisroel Wagner, and went on to make annual donations of funding for the Kehillah and to aid Jewish families in financial distress.

After Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, several publications featured a grainy sixty-year-old photograph that depicts Fred Trump, the new president's father, in a shul in the neighborhood of Flatbush in Brooklyn. The photograph was accompanied by a terse caption that did little to shed light on the background to this unusual picture.

Rabbi Shmuel Wagner is a son of Rabbi Yisroel Wagner zt"l, the rov of the shul in Flatbush where the picture was taken, and he reveals  that there is truly an incredible story behind it. "To give you a little background information about Fred Trump's
generous donation and his special relationship with my father," Rabbi Wagner says, "let me take you several years further into the past. My father was born in Galicia and was a tremendous illuy. He was a prominent bochur in Belz and was very close with Rav Aharon of Belz. He was about 18 or 19 years old when World War II began. He father was engaged at the time to a daughter of Rav Shraga Feivel Willig, the rov of the city of Buchach in Galicia. When the war began, he and his Kallah were both displaced from their homes, and each of them miraculously survived the war. They were reunited after the war, also miraculously, in a displaced persons camp, and they got married in Salzburg, Austria."

From Salzburg, Rabbi Yisroel Wagner made his way to Bolivia, where he served as the rov of a Jewish community. "At first, my parents received papers for Bolivia," Rabbi Wagner continues his account. "After he served as a rov there for two years, they came to California, in the United States, in the year 1950. That is where I was born. My father was the rov of a shul in California, but there were no suitable schools for children there, so the family moved to New York, where there were Chedarim and Yeshivos."

A few weeks after the Wagner family arrived in New York, Reb Yisroel was appointed to the rabbonus of a residential area belonging to a businessman named Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump. Reb Shmuel says, "Fred owned 31 residential buildings in the area, with many apartments for rent. It was an area on the outskirts of Flatbush, near the beach. Most of the tenants in those apartments were Jews, and almost all of them were irreligious."

Despite the fact that most of the local residents were not frum, they took an interest in Rabbi Wagner's shul. "There was a Minyan in the shul as soon as it opened," Rabbi Wagner recalls. "There were Jews from Europe there, and they cared about Davening in a
shul. The shul operated in a parking garage of one of the buildings, and my father received the position of rov through a relative. "The shul began with thirty members, but it experienced tremendous growth in just a few years, to the point that it came to serve
hundreds of families. Many of the mispallelim were not religious, but they were very much attracted to the shul, to my father, and to the warmth that he radiated to them. They loved the experience of the shul and listening to my father's Divrei Torah. And he, with  his kindhearted manner and his trademark warmth, taught them Torah and Chassidus, at least to some degree."

At some point, the shul's membership grew to the point that the facility was no longer large enough to house the congregation. It was understood that a shul needs to have a proper building in order to function. "My father had an idea," Rabbi Wagner recalls. "He
offered to approach Fred Trump, whom he didn't know personally, even though Trump was his landlord. He hoped that he could use his wisdom to convince Trump to give him a building for his shul. He thought that he might influence his landlord by explaining that
Jews, who were Trump's largest group of customers, need a shul near their homes. He also knew that Fred Trump was a man of faith, and he was likely to relate to the request.

"Thus, my father's request appealed both to Trump's emotions and to his shrewd business mind. And it worked. My father and Fred both understood that a Kehillah that revolved around a shul would be a community whose members lead a proper spiritual lifestyle, and his business would benefit from that. My father managed to reach Fred
Trump's heart. Trump was very moved by the idea my father expressed and the two became close friends. Fred proceeded to donate a piece of real estate for the shul, and he even made a very generous donation so that a magnificent shul building could be built."

According to Rabbi Wagner, not only did Fred Trump donate the plot of land where the shul was built and cover the expenses of the construction, but he also attended the ceremony at which the cornerstone was laid. "Fred was very moved by my father's speech at the ceremony. He was highly impressed, and he became my father's close friend. They met again and again, and over time they developed a close relationship. Trump viewed my father as a holy man and a great sage. He used to call him 'my rabbi.'
"As I mentioned," Rabbi Wagner continues, "the president's father was very devoted to his Christian faith. So in addition to the business aspect of the shul, which he viewed as a very worthwhile move to benefit his Jewish tenants, he also put his whole heart into it. Over the years, my father had an official meeting with him once a year, in addition to the many other times they saw each other. At each of those official meetings, Fred would make a generous donation to the shul. In fact, most of the funding that maintained the shul came from Fred Trump. Rabbi Wagner adds that over time, Fred Trump's donations grew progressively more generous. "Sometimes, my father would tell him about various Jewish families in the area who were needy, and he would give large sums to help them as well."

What motivated a non-Jewish businessman to make such large charitable donations to needy Jews? "He was devoted to my father," Rabbi Wagner asserts. "He admired him deeply, and he used to ask his opinion on many things. He was very impressed by the fact that my father, a Chassidishe Jew from Belz in Europe, became the rov of a more modern congregation and inspired many Jews to keep Shabbos and even to become fully religious.

"In our area, there was also a Talmud Torah, a school for Jewish studies that was held after classes were over in the public schools. Fred Trump used to donate large sums to that institution as well. He was a very pleasant person with a very kind heart. Fred was also very serene and delicate. He was responsible for the beginning of Donald's career."

WHEN DONALD WORKED IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM                                                        Rabbi Wagner has vivid recollections of Fred Trump's son, a wild, blond-haired youth.
"Donald's father left him and his brother an inheritance of over a billion dollars. In effect, Fred was the one who launched his son's business career. I still remember going to shul with my father for Shacharis early every Sunday morning. The laundry room, where all
the tenants washed their clothes in coin-operated machines, was in the basement of the building. And do you know who collected the money from those machines in the mornings? Donald Trump and his brother! "Donald was Fred Trump's second son. I remember him from the age of about 14 or 15, with his wild shock of blond hair and his endless reserves of energy and drive. His father used to send him to collect the money from the laundry machines. Fred taught his children from a very early age to take responsibility; he gave them no breaks. Donald may have been wild as a youth, but his father raised him well." Rabbi Wagner will never forget the respect that his father, Rabbi
Yisroel Wagner, received from Fred Trump. "His respect for my father was incredible. He was a fine person with a generous heart. I have no doubt that that Zechus helped Donald Trump, who was always very respectful of his own father and obeyed him in everything." The son of "Trump's rabbi" shares another interesting anecdote, from about two years ago. "My mother, who passed away about ten months ago, was called 'the Rebbetzin' by Fred Trump. Two years honor of the occasion, we sent an invitation to Donald Trump. We
wrote to him about my mother, and we told him that we had known his father and we remembered him from his childhood. We asked him to write us back with a happy birthday message for my mother. To our surprise, he remembered the shul, and he sent us a very warm message, along with a picture inscribed for my mother."

During the election campaign in New York, Donald Trump told the Jews of the city that his father had built a shul there. He remembered the location well, and he recalled the work that his father had sent him to do in the residential buildings of the Jewish neighborhood. Rabbi Wagner, did you ever meet Fred Trump? "I was very close with my father, and I helped him with everything having to do with the shul. I learned in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, but every Sunday I davened with my father in the shul, at his request. On a few occasions, I also joined him when he went to meet with Fred Trump."
What did Fred say? "Well, as I said, he was a man of faith. He used to tell us over and over, 'I believe in G-d.' He also used to say that in his eyes, my father was the epitome of what a religious clergyman should be like. Fred was a very moral person, and he worked hard to teach his children to be responsible, moral, and hardworking." In terms of Donald Trump's victory in the presidential elections, Rabbi Wagner has no doubt as to the reason. "This is certainly the reason for Donald Trump's Zechuyos," he asserts. "This explains his shocking victory in the elections in the United States. I have no doubt of it. His father had the Zechus of paying for a shul to be built and maintaining it for years. He gave money to many struggling Jewish families, and he gave great honor to the rov of
the shul and to Jews in general. Donald has Zechus Avos, and that is what has brought him to the White House."

Epilogue about Fred Trump. Eliezer David HaCohain, who recently passed away, told me a very short story. Fred Trump used him as a CPA. NY City made Fred an offer build for us at no cost housing and collect 10% of the rent for 30 years or delay it and after 30 years and collect all the rent from then on. He advised Fred to do the later. The children of Fred Trump have collected this rent for a while now. Perhaps also Ivanka becoming Jewish.

Dr. Harry on my Eugenics Story of last week: Planned Parenthood was founded as a genocidal “black extermination” organization by a black-hating eugenicist who referred to black people as “human weeds.” The legacy of Margaret Sanger continues to this day with the placement of Planned Parenthood abortion mills in mostly black inner city locations, where the promise of offering “prenatal services” is a cruel lie and a deceptive cover story to keep government money flowing while black babies are murdered en masse.

Planned Parenthood, runs a genocidal war on blacks and the political Left runs a modern-day “economic slave plantation” that deliberately traps African-Americans in a cycle of dependence and ignorance while exploiting them for their votes. The most terrifying idea to the Left is an informed, successful and self-determined black man.

Armed black men who invoke their Second Amendment rights are even more terrifying to the Left, which is why the KKK was founded and run by Democrats who pushed gun control to make sure blacks couldn’t shoot back while Democrats strung them up with rope.

I received this from a potential Convert to Orthodox Judaism that is a Conservative Convert: Two questions:
What if a person had terrible difficulty learning to read Hebrew after conversion due to a traumatic brain injury ( which I have) ... and 
What if a person has problems with their voice ( which I sometimes have) and cannot speak or cannot say prayers during Jewish traditional practices?

I sympathize with this as my own Hebrew was not that great years ago and after a head injury in a traffic accident I often mispronounce Hebrew Words something like What’s App putting in their spelling correction. We got a message about a cancellation of a trip to the Hermon for the sixth grade [due to the weather] but the Hebrew came out doing something at the Kotel instead of Bitul. The second thing is due to a cold becoming hoarse or losing one’s voice. One is supposed to have intent and pray there are some with beautiful voices who lack intent and others who sound like an off-key singer with wonderful Kavannah.

When I was a child, my mother designated that her cousin Mimi raise me. Her husband was just about the first person to manufacture aluminum folding chairs. Only this week I learned of his passing. Here is his little portion in History.

Bertram I. Lesser of Boca Raton, FL and formerly of Mamaroneck, NY, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2017. He was 94. Bert was born to Samuel Lesser and Mayme Moss Lesser in the Bronx on May 27, 1922. Legend has it he was delivered on the family's kitchen table. He entered City College at age 16 and graduated in 1942 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After serving proudly in the Army as a bombsite specialist, he worked at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT. Soon thereafter, he left to start his own business, Duralite Company, designing and manufacturing aluminum rulers and army cots from a Brooklyn storefront. As Duralite grew, Bert moved the business to Passaic, NJ, and became a major designer and manufacturer of outdoor furniture and other aluminum products. He was thrilled to find out that the Aluminum Racing Sled he designed in 1956 is now in the Brooklyn Museum. A life-long athlete and Yankees fan, Bert's love of sports began with stick-ball on the streets of New York City. As an avid tennis player, he found a second home at Armonk Tennis Club. Taking up golf at age 70, he was known for both his prodigious tee shots and eight-foot gimmes. A lover of classical music and opera, music could always be heard emanating from his home in Mamaroneck. Bert played the recorder with an ensemble, and built a harpsichord from scratch for his wife Mimi. Although a world traveler, his happiest times were spent in his backyard on Stonewall Lane, in the company of his dear friends and neighbors. Bert is survived by his wife, Mimi Korach Lesser, of Boca Raton, FL, his daughter, Robin Simon, of Bedford, NY, a daughter-in-law, Carol Burton of Norwalk, CT, and four grandchildren, Jackson, Rosie, Nick and Alizah. A son, Stephen Lesser, predeceased him in 2004. Bert will be remembered for his sense of humor, his integrity, his generosity, his martinis, and as a loving husband, father and friend. He will be missed. A private service will be held this spring in New York.

I am often a bit childish in my faith and attitude something like Yitzchak Avinu. Rabbi Simon Jacobson Shlita on the Meaning of Life Center Publication writes: Babies are more evolved than we are: “Infantile”. “Childish”. “Immature”. When an adult is being selfish and obnoxious, these are some of the words that we use to describe his behavior. While it is true that babies lack self-control and the intellectual faculties necessary to control their own behavior, babies have a lot to teach us adults. Babies, in more ways than one, are more evolved than we are.

Babies Are Genuine

When was the last time you met a conniving, plotting, two-faced toddler? You haven’t met one, because they don’t exist. Babies are genuine. They have not developed duplicity as a way of saving face and/or getting what they want. Babies learn how to lie from adults; it is not inherent in their nature.

Babies Love and Trust Their Parents

As adults, we struggle with trust. We may or may not even believe that there is anyone — let alone a higher power — that cares for us and looks after us. Babies, on the other hand, demonstrate the epitome of trust and faith. Whether their parents are competent and kind or not, babies love and trust them. To a baby, his or her parents are all there is in the world, exhibiting magical power. There is no such thing as a “self-made” baby, or a baby limited by his own intellect.

Babies Are Inherently Good and Pure

Babies are born as clean slates. At birth, nobody has harmed them. Nobody has let them down. Nobody has told them that they are not good enough. They have not experienced life’s up and downs. They have never blamed themselves for anything. They are 100% innocent and pure. When we talk about getting in touch with our inner children, that state of purity is what we are talking about. We all have it deep down; life has done an efficient job of covering it up.

After second hospitalization, Torah Giant released:

Modern Chassidic Fellow sings we will not be uprooted:

These gals jump off backwards from mountains to rescue people:,7340,L-4922776,00.html

Bnei Menashe say Shema in Eretz Yisrael for the first time:

Inyanay Diyoma

Ed-Op by Ben Dror Yemini the need for Syria-Israel to have a safe zone for refugees.,7340,L-4920042,00.html
2nd Ed-Op on Campus and peace as (Ben Dror is left of me).,7340,L-4919400,00.html

Ed-OP whether you take Dr. Sherman’s Position or Caroline Glick’s position, I like to put in some loyal and sane thoughts in this blog.

Why doesn’t Trudeau crack down on anti-Semitism?

Murderer & PFLP terrorist organizing women’s march and will speak at Jewish Voice of Peace Conference.

Bennett backs Netanyahu and Trump meeting. A hug from the right.

Why should Israel be left of the USA?

Joining the Axis of Evil. Hamas’s new head leans towards Iran and now Abbas. Re: Gaza - so much for Ariel Sharon.

Illegal Arab. There was a story of a man murdered in a nursing home today. I do not know if this is connected.,7340,L-4921884,00.html

Arab shooters not far over the green-line (close to me) arrested.,7340,L-4922036,00.html

Why must Israelis pay for Arab electrical use?:

What Netanyahu should have said to the Israelis:

Israeli Tourists in Peru and S. America mobilize to save Israeli woman bitten by some mosquito.,7340,L-4922494,00.html

The real story is top secret security leaks to the press and the FBI should investigate:

Michael Flynn’s resignation a blow to ME stability.

Trump and Tillerson are smart they want peace but know that Abbas will never except a two State Solution.,7340,L-4922748,00.html

The Talmud States that “The laws of the kingdom are laws!”

Brother-in-law warns Bibi to dump 2 State Solution:

Lieberman thinks Bennett will accept the Washington Agreements.

Israelis invent the smallest phone charger:

Netanyahu Trump go for a regional concept to solve the problems with the Arabs occupying the Shomron and Yehuda:

In case you did not see Avidor Erskin on the BBC about Red Neck American Flynn

Syrian Refugees in Israeli Hospitals is a financial problem:,7340,L-4923678,00.html

A good Shabbos everybody - enjoy,

Rachamim Pauli