Friday, April 28, 2017

69 years to modern Yisrael, Parsha Tazria-Metzora and holocaust stories

Statistics on Yisrael before Yom HaAtzmaut

Before the Shoah there were 16,600,000 Jews in the World. Today 14,400,000 of which somewhere 6-8,000,000 in Israel alone were not conceived because of abortion.
The population of the country of Israel is 8,680,000 people. In a report released ahead of Israel’s 69th Independence Day, figures provided by the CBS show that of Israel’s total population of 8.68 million, 74.7% are Jewish, or roughly 6.484 million. Another 20.8% are Arabs, totaling 1.808 million, while 4.5%, or 388,000, did not fall into either category.
Of those 6.484 million Jews, the CBS reports that less than half (44%) of them consider themselves secular or non-religious.
Nearly one-third of Israeli Jews identify as religious (32%), while the remaining 24% say they are traditional. When broken down further, the religious population includes 9% of the country which identifies as Haredi, 11% as religious (dati), and 12% as religious-traditional.

23,544 fallen soldiers 60 added this past year as some die from their wounds. 3,477 or 3,177 civilians were killed.
The number of bereaved families in Israel in 2017 includes 9,157 bereaved parents, 4,881 widows of IDF soldiers and security forces, 1,843 orphans under to the age of 30, and thousands of bereaved and orphaned children over the age of 30.  

Source: Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics Arutz 7 and Arutz 10

Kashrus Alert!!! From Jeff: The Young Israel posted the following alert this Shabbat in their announcements. If you use Arnold products, you might want to call BIMBO BAKERIES and voice your displeasure.
"Bimbo Bakeries has reformulated their bread recipe. Effective immediately the OU symbol will no longer appear on most Arnold’s products. The OU recommends that consumers contact Bimbo Bakery at 800-984-0989 to express their concerns about this loss of supervision. The OU supervision of Arnold’s Italian Bread has been reinstated. "

Parshiyos Tazria-Metzora

After the last Parsha spoke about the death of the children of Aaron now we start off with a birth of a male or female child. We then go on to learn about the disease of Tsoras which is translated as leprosy but is more like Psoriasis in certain cases.  

12:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a woman be delivered, and bear a man-child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of the impurity of her sickness (Chabad translates this as menstrual flow) shall she be unclean.

HASHEM gave her compensation to go the Mikvah on the night of the eight to have clean blood for it should have been 14 days like after a girl. She goes early so that she can partake in the Seuda (feast) of the Bris.

3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 And she shall continue in the blood of purification three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification be fulfilled.

While she is not pure enough for a Korban, she is as the Ramban says permissible to her husband.

5 But if she bears a maid-child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her impurity; and she shall continue in the blood of purification threescore and six days.

She loses out the 8th to 15th day in touching her husband but gains more days that are considered clean. Psychologically this is to help ease the relationship with her husband. For most men in the ancient world wanted a male child.

6 And when the days of her purification are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtle-dove, for a sin-offering, unto the door of the tent of meeting, unto the priest. 7 And he shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood. This is the law for her that bears, whether a male or a female. 8 And if her means suffice not for a lamb, then she shall take two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons: the one for a burnt-offering, and the other for a sin-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

What sin did she do while giving birth? There are some women from the labor pain and suffering who vow never again to give birth. In order to hide this fact, the Torah put forth this sin offering on all women. These Korbanos were different in that the neck was slaughtered sliced with the right fingernail of the Cohain.

13:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 2 If a man has a se'eith, a sappachath, or a bahereth on the skin of his flesh, and it forms a lesion of tzara'ath on the skin of his flesh, he shall be brought to Aaron the kohen, or to one of his sons, the kohanim.

Se’eith, a sappachath, [or a bahereth]: Heb. The [terms se’eith and bahereth] are the names of two [major] lesions [and the term sappachath refers to categories related to these two major lesions], and one [major lesion, namely, bahereth] is whiter than the other [se’eith].-[Shev. 6b]. Bahereth: Heb. בַּהֶרֶת, spot, taye in Old French. This is similar to the verse, “it is [like] bright [clouds] (בָּהִיר) in the skies” (Job 37:21) [i.e., like the spots created by bright clouds in the blue sky]. [he shall be brought] to Aaron [the kohen, or to one of his sons]: It is a Scriptural decree that the uncleanness of lesions and their cleanness do not come about except by the pronouncement of a kohen. — [Torath Kohanim 13:43]

3 And the priest shall look upon the plague in the skin of the flesh; and if the hair in the plague be turned white, and the appearance of the plague be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is the plague of leprosy; and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.

This is all based on the condition that the appearance is deeper than the skin and not perhaps a bacteria eating up the pigment of a tan. The Ramban explains Rashi as the perception of depth is based on the light color against the dark as a shadow and the sunny area give depth.

4 And if the bright spot be white in the skin of his flesh, and the appearance thereof be not deeper than the skin, and the hair thereof be not turned white, then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague seven days.

Ramban says that this is more like a whitish ice color.

5 And the priest shall look on him the seventh day; and, behold, if the plague stay in its appearance, and the plague be not spread in the skin, then the priest shall shut him up seven days more. 6 And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day; and, behold, if the plague be dim, and the plague be not spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean: it is a scab; and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.

The Cohanim and Leviim were in the place of Rabbis for their sole job was to serve the people. The Leviim had fields for crops for their own use but they were the teachers and doctors. Of course each Shevet (tribe) had their Judges and religious leaders but the Cohanim were inherited authorities.

7 But if the scab spread abroad in the skin, after that he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall show himself to the priest again. 8 And the priest shall look, and, behold, if the scab be spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is leprosy.

Tsoras was perhaps different from the leprosy of today and the main cause was Lashon HaRa. The person then had to leave the camp and stay away from people and could not spread his dirty gossip.

9 When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest. 10 And the priest shall look, and, behold, if there be a white rising in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising, 11 it is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean; he shall not shut him up; for he is unclean. 12 And if the leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his feet, as far as appears to the priest; 13 then the priest shall look; and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague; it is all turned white: he is clean. …

The Cohain in those days was the Posek (giver of Halacha). Pinchas acted as priest, prophet and leader. Today the teaching has moved from the Cohain and Levy to the Rabbis of the generation. Some of course are Cohanim and Leviim and that is not surprising. Tsoras comes from Lashon HaRa. The evil tongue can be truthful. A non-Jew or public figure who does certain things that more than three people are involved in is exempt from Lashon HaRa. Still we cannot go around saying things what the Prime Minister or President does in private.

Special Mussar

I could go into learning and imparting my knowledge of the weekly Sedra and just as I forgot the four types of Tsoras so most likely my readers without a strong photographic memory will forget.

Pekuach Nefesh: I saw a number of things on the Israeli Highways and Streets that shook me up this week. The worse was at a traffic circle a car turning in from a road enabled me to get into traffic but the fellow behind me honked his displeasure although he was at a full stop. Then I saw why. Some wise-guy youth cut in on my right through the bus stop to jump in front of me. When somebody is a clown on the road, I don’t fight him as I don’t need an accident. He switched lanes back and forth to cut people off and smiled. He was in the turn towards Yerushalayim on 443 but stopped at the light and I was in a different lane. I yelled at him. Keep driving that way if you want to go into Olam HaBa really quick. I don’t know if it helped but sometimes you have to say something when you can. Because he might live but kill others.

I went to a new parking way in the Brochfield Center. The road was designed by an engineer after 3 to five drinks on Purim with the curves. Exactly as I left with the most dangerous curve a pedestrian crossed the road on an angle. So I moved left to pass him only to have some kid on a bike pass me by a few centimeters.

The second subject is Modesty. I was at the house of a friend last week with other Rabbis. He is a fellow who hosts Rabbis and friends in his Sukkah, on Purim and soon Lag B’ Omer. All of a sudden one of his daughters came down in short-shorts. She also was displaying too much shoulder. After everybody had left, I spoke to him and his wife. I told them that I am going to be 70 like real soon. My oldest grandson is 20.5 and my granddaughter almost 19. I probably think 30-year-old women are too young for me. I am no pedophile but your daughter should not be walking around like that. Would you like me to talk to her? He said that he would take care of it. He had said something when we were there but it did not sink in.

We are coming to the summer season and beach season. Ladies please make sure that your dresses upon sitting down cover your knees and your blouses go down to or close to covering the elbows and also no low cut blouses please. A man should love you for your brains and good character and not for you (fill in).

I hope these words will be important for you as safety is not taught in the Charedi Schools and Modesty is not taught in the secular schools. I pointed out to my wife the side profile of a Fox News Anchor who looked more like a sex symbol than an intelligent woman interviewing people. Let this not be by your wife or daughter lest some rogues get some ideas and start up with them. Let a woman be honored for her inner beauty and intelligence and not so and so many kilogram or pound ‘pieces’ as the fellows say.

Auschwitz Survivor recounts her harrowing story:,7340,L-4951544,00.html

'We kept walking. After a few moments, we heard the shots'—a survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp, who lost her entire family in the Holocaust and lived through the death marches, recounts her memories as a lonely little girl, fighting to survive the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Ynet|Published:  20.04.17 , 23:37
Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama hosted on Thursday a Holocaust survivor for a special sit-down in memoriam of the family she lost.
In the meeting, the 87-year-old survivor Miriam Eshel told her story as a survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp. Eshel thanked the president for the honor, though she lamented the fact that no member of her family could receive the same honor.

"Now, unfortunately, I must sadden you a bit. Stay with me, for this is our life," she said.

Eshel then began to tell the story of how she and her family were driven from their home by the Nazis.

"Were first heard knocks on our door; 'Raus! Raus!' to those who don't understand, he yelled at everyone to come out.

"I pushed against my mom for safety, but nothing helped. They barged in, grabbed us and threw us out. 'Raus, Hund!'

"I asked, 'My, what did he call us? Dogs?' She stopped me, 'Don't talk, don't talk.

"Then we were lead to a train, and we drove. I don't remember for how long, but I remember that it suddenly stopped, and we got off. My grandpa and grandma were gone, my sisters were gone, and I'm just a little girl, holding on to her mom.

"And so we go. Go where? Go to Mengele.
"I didn't know who Mengele was, but I soon found out. They brought us to him. He sat surrounded by Nazi policemen. If you don't listen to what he says, the police helps you listen—with a club, a bayonet, whatever they had in their hands.

"The children were taken in cars to the nearby forests, where they dug pits and buried them alive. It didn't take long for them to tell me not to worry, that I have to be strong. They told me that my mother suffers no more, she was taken care of. My whole family was.

"I hoped the day will arrive when my turn will come. Why should I keep crying? I wanted that tomorrow to come, when I won't have to cry no more.

"I remember them bringing us soup one day, soup mixed with all sorts of stuff I didn't recognized. I remember taking it, and noticing a finger inside. A big finger, from a hand. 'How can I eat this?' I cried. They told me to spill it out and keep eating."
Eshel was then taken on the death marches. "There were places where people would throw pieces of bread through their window, but we weren't allowed to take them," she recounted. "If someone did, he would be shot.

"Suddenly, someone through a cart out his window. A cart fit to be driven in the snow. Two girls who their mother was old and could not walk unassisted any longer took it and started pulling her mother along. I tried to help, but after a while I could barely carry myself.

"I told them, 'I'm sorry my dears, I'm sorry but I can't go on any more. They looked at me exhausted, and told me, 'Neither can we.' Just like that, we sentenced their mother to death.

"We kept walking. After a few moments, we heard the shots."

Passing on the memory

President Rivlin said that when he was young, "every child in Israel was aware of Holocaust. We all saw the tattoos branded on their arms. That was an unquestionable testimony of the horrors of what happened there, of the unimaginable and inhuman acts carried out by the Nazis.

"Our need today to pass our knowledge on to our children is almost immeasurable. Here, nationality meets humanity," Rivlin said, telling Eshel, "Your story is the story of Israel and the story of its founding."

Nechama Rivlin added. "After Miriam's heart-wrenching testimony, I'm a little embarrassed to say what the Holocaust means to me. I think that only after (Adolf) Eichmann's trial did you allow yourselves to speak about what happened.

"Your testimony, as important as it is for today's youth, is in my opinion essential for every German. Worse than being shot was the dehumanization you experienced throughout."

(Translated & edited by Lior Mor)

Ice Cream Parlor that saved grandpa from the Nazis:,7340,L-4946199,00.html

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, Yitzhak Meir and his parents found shelter in Francesco Tirelli’s ice cream shop. Now, his unusual story has been turned into a children’s book by his daughter-in-law, Tamar Meir, in a bid to introduce the complicated issue of the Holocaust to young children. Itay Ilnai |Published:  16.04.17 , 23:30

When Prof. Yitzhak Meir’s grandchildren hear the word “Holocaust,” they immediately think about ice cream. Their grandfather, the former head of the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, escaped the gas chambers by hiding in an ice cream parlor. He owes his survival to the store’s owner, an Italian man named Francesco Tirelli, who saved several dozen Jews during the Holocaust and was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations.
Yitzhak, who was born in Budapest, shared the story of his survival with his children and grandchildren numerous times over the years. Now, the unusual tale has been turned into a children’s book by his daughter-in-law, Rabbanit Dr. Tamar Meir. The book, “Francesco Tirelli’s Ice Cream Store” (published in Hebrew by the Keter Publishing House with illustrations by Yael Albert) succeeds in sensibly dealing with one of the most complicated issues to present to children—the Holocaust.

“I always say that my imagination isn’t big enough to make up such a story, and even if it was, I wouldn’t have the courage,” says Meir. “But the connection between the Holocaust and ice cream is a rare opportunity to introduce such a complicated issue to children. For my kids, the fact that their grandfather was in an ice cream parlor during the Holocaust is appealing. It’s sort of like the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. And just like with Hansel and Gretel, there is a witch in the story too.”

As soon as the book was published, it brought on responses. After she was contacted by the son of another survivors who had hidden in the ice cream parlor as well, Meir decided to try to reach the offspring of all the people who had taken shelter there. She wrote an emotionally moving Facebook post in search of other survivors from the store.

“Just like the book is so meaningful to me and to my children, it may be a wonderful gift for them too,” she explains. “Some of the survivors have passed away, and not everyone shared what they had gone through during the Holocaust. I may be able to provide that information through the book.”

‘We didn’t think about ice cream’
I met with Yitzhak and Tamar Meir at Yitzhak’s apartment in Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood. At the age of 90, he tells his story in a clear voice, with a slight Hungarian accent. There was one time during the interview when he broke into tears. It was when he pointed at a family picture in the living room, which features his grandchildren and great grandchildren. “All the people in that picture are here thanks to Francesco Tirelli, he said in a cracked voice. “He deserves all the credit for our survival of the horror.”

Toward the end of the war, in March 1944, the Nazis invaded Hungary and Yitzhak and his parents were in terrible danger. When the family searched for a place to hide in, Yitzhak heard the name Francesco Tirelli for the first time. Tirelli was born in Italy in 1898, but moved to Budapest, where he ran a small ice cream factory. When the war broke out, he began helping Jews who had escaped to Hungary and was known among the local community as a confidant.

Tirelli hid Jews in his ice cream parlor, which was closed during the winter. For about four months, Yitzhak and his parents hid with 10 other Jews at the back of the store. “We hardly had any food,” he recalls, “and we didn’t really think about ice cream. The greatest despair was that we didn’t know how long it would last.”

One day, they heard explosion sounds outside the shop. The Germans and the Hungarians were fighting on the street outside, and a grenade cracked the closed shutters. Through them, Yitzhak was able to peek and see the battle with his own eyes. Several days later, in the evening hours, someone suddenly broke into the store holding a candle. Through the dim light, Yitzhak and his parents saw a Russian soldier.  was a sign that, for them, the war had ended.

The Meir family kept in touch with Tirelli. “But we never asked him why he had saved us,” Yitzhak says. “I think he would have been offended by such a question. As far as he was concerned, it was obvious that he had to do everything to help us.”

Tirelli passed away in 1956, in Switzerland. In 2008, thanks to Yitzhak’s efforts, he was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations.

The story of Yitzhak’s rescue became a legend among the Meir family’s children. Several months ago, his daughter-in-law Tamar came up with an idea to turn it into a book.

“I realized there are many parents who don’t send their children to kindergarten and to school on Holocaust Day, because many teachers don’t know how to deal with the issue,” she says. “In my children’s case, we really don’t have that concern. And then I realized that Grandpa’s story is a sort of immunization for them. It’s not a grandfather in a concentration camp, but a grandfather in an ice cream parlor. And unlike the great horrors of the Holocaust, this is something a child can imagine. In addition, they know there is a happy ending, which is tangible—Grandpa is here, he is with us.”

This is the first book written by literary researcher Tamar Meir, an unusual figure in the Orthodox religious world, who defines herself as a “a religious feminism activist.” In addition to her position as director of the Literature Department at Givat Washington College, she studies Torah. “In recent years, I have been busy advancing the place of women in the world of Halacha,” she says. “We can’t take part in the discourse without having the knowledge.”

Have you encountered any resistance to your approach?

“Of course I have. In every situation in which you try to change something, there will always be resistance.”

This resistance was reflected in a lecture delivered by Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, head of the pre-army preparatory yeshiva in Eli, who told his students that girls’ service in the IDF resulted in a “disruption of their entire system of values.”

“We can and we must talk about the issue of girls in combat service. It’s not a simple issue, and I say that as a feminist,” Meir states. “But we have to talk about from a respectable place. He did it blatantly, in a disrespectful way, which is not rabbinical in my opinion. I expect a rabbi to speak in a respectable manner.”

(Translated and edited by Sandy Livak-Furmanski)

Also 6 survivors from grief to triumph:,7340,L-4951962,00.html

Holocaust financially after the holocaust:

This is the story of my wife’s former boss at Tel Aviv University in Hebrew.

Bing and Google translate: From the abyss to the Skies Professor Daniel Gould was 7 years hold when he hid the old Nazis for four months in little hideout under the house of Lithuanian peasants and almost lost his sanity • "fear of revelation was paralyzed; The deep existential concern not survive is what caused me to suffer "• he survived, immigrated and became a pilot in the air force and Professor
Victors Jacob Posted in: 23:50 22.04.2017

Prof. Daniel Gold. "I've been through three years of hell"
When we met, it was hard to believe the man and athletic with the jeans and the twinkle in the eye, We met, it was hard to believe that the athletic man with the polished jeans and the gleam in his eyes, the heavy motorcycle in the backyard belonged to him, had only recently celebrated. "I am very far from that little boy who lived in the ghetto," said Prof. Daniel Gold, a Holocaust survivor with an impressive resume both in his military life and in academia. "From my point of view, when I arrived in Israel it was the watershed of my life, a feeling that I had finally reached the national home, my real home, and everything that followed, all the successes, all the achievements, came from this place, I'm the most Israeli survivor there is, "he smiles modestly.
Prof. Gold was born in the city of Shibli in Lithuania in the winter of 1937. In the summer of 1941, the Germans conquered Lithuania from the Soviet Union, which had taken control of the Baltic countries a year earlier.
In 1943 a large Aktion was conducted in all the ghettos of Lithuania, in which all those who were marked as insignificant to the Nazi war effort - old, weak, and especially children - were led to their deaths. "The children were separated and separated from their parents by Ukrainian soldiers, and they were removed from most of the hiding places," he recalls. From that time until the summer of 1944, close to the time of the liquidation of the ghetto and the transport of the remaining to concentration camps, the children remained in hiding in the family quarters.
"In the summer I fled with a few cousins ​​and my father's sister to the farm of a Lithuanian peasant family, where we lived in a hiding place that had been built under the house for about four months until the liberation of Lithuania by the Russian army. It was only after dark that we could crawl out, eat, relieve ourselves, and sometimes if we were lucky to wash body parts, the fear of revelation was almost paralyzing. "
Upon liberation they returned to their hometown, without me. Only after the end of the war did he learn that his father had survived and was liberated by the American army near Munich. Long afterward he was told that his mother had not survived. Two years later, in 1946, he escaped from Lithuania with the help of false papers and he was 9. He first came to Poland and then, again with false papers, to Germany, where he finally met his father, who was released from Dachau after two years of separation.

Gold during the aircraft. "We haven't talked about the Holocaust."
In 1952, at age 15, his father immigrated to Israel was a dream come true for us for many years. Three years after arriving to Israel he joined the Israeli air force, a pilot course number 22. During he was wounded by an accidental bullet emission weapon of a friend. Recovery took months and conditioned, among other things, the Suez crisis. When he returned to service with small, limit the screws back into the pilot course, 23. When the grade was not enough to combat the trend and joined the squadron class 100-light aircraft Squadron.
In 1957, he received his wings of gold "k" (for aircraft), and after reserve service in until promoted major k wings "to David wings in 1974, upon receipt of a pilot on a plane " crane ". "In addition to the Suez crisis, in which I was injured with a cast on his left arm, so the pilot flew in the six day war, the war of attrition, the Yom Kippur war and the Lebanon war.
A year after the release of posted army Daniel for Microbiology at the University of Tel Aviv. In 1965  graduated, and shortly thereafter began his doctorate in the Faculty of medicine in theory. Gould, Professor, reluctant to sail in 2005. 68. "and yet felt as young as early in my career, but human resources thought otherwise," he smiles.

The desire to be a sabra

Desperate to be a "sabra that does not betray a trace of Gaultism," as he puts it, he opened a new life - and only in the last decade has returned to talk about the Holocaust period.
Today, 12 years after retirement, Gould continues to research and teach volunteer students at Tel Aviv University, and in recent years he has volunteered on behalf of Yad Vashem in Israel and abroad on the Holocaust and his part in it.
Daniel's story was chosen this year to be told on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Mordechai rally, but the way was long: "It started when the grandchildren reached the roots work stage," they said, "and I answered and slowly I opened more and more."
"As a general rule, when Holocaust survivors came to Israel, it was a great disgrace to talk about the Holocaust, and all the erroneous statements about 'sheep to the slaughter', along with our great desire to become sabras, led to the fact that they did not talk about it. Who escaped from the inferno and served with me, and all of them said the same thing: There were three Holocaust survivors in my flight course, but no one knew who the three were, so much so that we tried to integrate.
The connection with Yad Vashem in recent years, which began with a request from them, brought him to various places around the globe, where he tells his story over and over again. Thus, in the framework of the "Witnesses in Uniform" project, he arrived last November in Poland with about 200 IDF officers: "It was terrible. After years of deliberate disregard, I caught a flash in front of all the mirrors. Suddenly I began to think about my parents and about my family, who did not survive. I cried. I just broke up, "says Daniel, with tears in his eyes.
I thought that with the grandchildren everything came out.
"No, because it was talking to them, just like in lectures, when I stand in front of people at the sides of the presentation, and like a simple actor, I tell the story of my life over and over again, so I tell the story as if I were talking about another person, not myself. I was physically beaten and not beaten, and what I experienced was daily existential fear, a deep fear that I would survive or not - that is what caused me to suffer. "
Daniel says, "I went through three years of hell from the ages of 4 to 7. There were moments of near physical paralysis and almost cerebral palsy because there were no stimuli that we could develop the brain with, yet I and my ilk are the example that can, after all, rise."
A moment before we part, he asks me not to forget the word "Holocaust" when I come to describe his story. "I hate another definition that annuls the Holocaust chapter, that makes no sense."
Epilogue. I had always wondered why Danny did not fly combat as he was brave and looked in great shape. Now I know it was his injury in 1956. He also volunteers on his BMW Bike for the Israeli Police. A very active 80-year-old.

Inyanay Diyoma

French born from the ‘religion of peace’ says blue lives don’t matter as he shoots up Paris.,7340,L-4951681,00.html

Viva La Difference when Obama talked about Iran vs. Trump on the Iran Deal.

Mattis speaks out on his visit to Israel:,7340,L-4951849,00.html

Ed-Op the latest post on Gaza by Dr. Martin Sherman:

Shabbos Chol HaMoed, my family had a Bar Mitzvah on Ramat HaGolan. Today it seems like mortars there. Where we stayed was an old house with no shelter. Sirens heard at 18:23.,7340,L-4951958,00.html

Syria claims our retaliation helps the rebels but in truth if we wanted it, Assad would have been 6 feet under.

New Campaign and Foreigners Scandal but it was not the Trump campaign.

US ground forces killed associate ISIS leader on Apr. 6th.

Haley – Iran Hezballah want to destabilize ME:

More shelling on the Golan and reply:,7340,L-4952404,00.html

6 Israelis charged with violence against mixed Arab-Jewish Couples.

Shin Bet Torture of Israeli Youth: “it’s unfortunate that in the State of Israel in 2017, youth enter interrogations healthy and, several days later with the Shin Bet, they need medical help following suicide attempts. We’re talking about an investigation which trampled human rights, made illegal use of force and undemocratic orders such as not allowing meetings with an attorney. It appears that when we’re talking about Jews suspected of fighting with Arabs, rights are forgotten, legal proceedings are trampled, and we discover new rules in the laws of arrests. Someone chose an end, and all means are 'justified' by the desired end. I am, first of all, worried as a citizen, and second as a jurist. We will study the materials of the investigation and respond to suspicions.”

French election, the antisemitical Le Pen comes in second.

18-year-old terrorists beat up and neutralized by a 70-year-old man that he stabbed.,7340,L-4952614,00.html

Israelis who are reckless or suicidal can now return to Sinai beaches.

Female Soldier stabbed by female terrorist.,7340,L-4952924,00.html

You know those sanctuary cities with the high taxes and welfare well guess what - Relative to their population, there was a significant outgoing migration from cities in the north such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit. The New York City metropolitan area alone lost a net of more than 700,000 people — the largest net migration loss of any U.S. metro. At the same time, southern cities such as Orlando, Atlanta, and Houston all gained at least a net 100,000 new residents.

If the US election was held today Trump would beat Clinton also in the popular vote:

From the north will come the evil and if they go to war, it could spark a battle or two fronts against us.

United Airlines does not learn from their mistakes also incidents on Air Canada and American.

THAAD anti-missile to be deployed in S. Korea:

Trump speaks out against antisemitism as incidents surge:

BDS – Woman’s March activist is controversial but more than that in Hebrew Slang her last name means “Pimp”.

Hamas to recognize pre-1967 as Palestine aka big deal.

After Hillary got a lot of money from speaking on Wall Street but guess which fat-cat Republican or should I say Democrat gets $400,000 for an hour speech.

IDF fires back at Gaza after fence repair crew is shot at:

Damascus Missile attack on missiles to Hezballah. Israeli Press amazingly silent.

There will be no Iranian base on the Golan even at the cost of war.

May 22nd mark the day tentative visit by President Trump to Israel.

Attempted cyberattack thwarted:

Lebanese penetrates Israel undetected possibly via a tunnel and ends up 10 KM inside at Kiriat Shemona. Small RPV shot down on the Golan.

Good Shabbos all and a quiet one.

Rachamim Pauli

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Parshiyos Tzav and Shemini with a very short story

This Shabbos is the 60th anniversary of the passing of my grandfather Yosef Levy. It was though his insistence that I get a Reform Bar Mitzvah that I learned of Chanucha, Purim and Pessach. The Seder was the 60th anniversary since I started conducting Sedarim which was before my 10th birthday. Last but not least, last Shabbos was the Bar Mitzvah of my grand-nephew Yishai-Shmuel ben Yosef. The Neshama of my grandfather should have an Aliyah and Mazel Tov to the young boy turning into a Jewish Halachic Adult. So a long dedication of this week’s Torah.

Good News is that the infant Binyamin Aharon ben Inbal is improving and can be taken off the prayer list.

Korbanos is a difficult and serious subject. Our Rabbis would often start a Drasha with a bit of light humor. While straightening out my bookshelves, I came across a book on intelligent life in the Universe. Sofar we have only found it on earth. However, with that swamp in Washington, I was wondering if there is really intelligent life on earth.

Parsha Tzav

In Parsha Vayikra, we start learning of the various Korbanos. Here we also learn of the cleaning of the ashes from the Mizbayach and the eternal fire there. Aaron and his sons are being consecrated in this week’s Parsha. These are the Korbanos that they have to bring and their anointing. Like a King once David was consecrated, his seed thereafter need not be consecrated so too here, once Aaron and his sons were consecrated the seed would not have to be consecrated. There was a possible problem with Pinchas who was born but in active service. However, in Parsha Pinchas, HASHEM sets the record straight.

6:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 Command Aaron and his sons, saying: This is the law of the burnt-offering: it is that which goes up on its firewood upon the altar all night unto the morning; and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning thereby.

There had to be a Cohain ready to stoke the fire at all times. I assume over the years and centuries they would have approximately the right type of wood and the right amount but still wood is not 100% precisely chopped or of the same consistency and wood of a different age or chemical in the local soil for different minerals would make a difference. The wood as we know was gathered each year until Tu B’ Av so as to let it dry out before the rainy season.

3 And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh; and he shall take up the ashes whereto the fire hath consumed the burnt-offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. 4 And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place.

The changing of the garments was an honor for the Mizbayach and the Deshen (ashes) from the Altar. In the Kabbalah (which I can only guess from my knowledge) there is spiritualness in inane matter and these two objects were no different. For HASHEM Yisborach had accepted the offering from the Mizbayach and the ashes were the remains of the wood and the burnt part of the Korban.

5 And the fire upon the altar shall be kept burning thereby, it shall not go out; and the priest shall kindle wood on it every morning; and he shall lay the burnt-offering in order upon it, and shall make smoke thereon the fat of the peace-offerings. 6 Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out.

From Rabbi Frand @ The Shalo”h Hakodosh (Shaar haOsiyos 30) writes in the name of Rav Moshe Cordevero (1522-1570) that he once heard from an elderly Jew that an effective method (segulah) for removing forbidden thoughts from one’s mind is to repeat the following pasuk [verse] over and over: “The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it, it shall not be extinguished.” [Vayikra 6:6]. The Shalo”h comments that he is sure that the “elderly Jew” who Rav Moshe Cordevero heard this from was the prophet, Eliyahu [Elijah]. However, due to Rav Cordevero’s great modesty, he did not want to reveal the true source, since that would have revealed that he was worthy of conversing with Eliyahu.

7 And this is the law of the meal-offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, in front of the altar. 8 And he shall take up therefrom his handful, of the fine flour of the meal-offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meal-offering, and shall make the memorial-part thereof smoke upon the altar for a sweet savor unto the LORD.

The Korban Mincha is a very small offering for it is essentially three middle fingers full of flour some oil and a pinch of incense. It was also the poor man’s offering (one who was so poor that he could barely pay for his meals and all the more so a sheep or goat).

9 And that which is left thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat; it shall be eaten without leaven in a holy place; in the court of the tent of meeting they shall eat it. 10 It shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it as their portion of My offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as the sin-offering, and as the guilt-offering.

With the exception of the Korban Todah aka Thanksgiving Offering, none of the loaves or baked products were leaven. So all were Kosher Le Pessach.

11 Every male among the children of Aaron may eat of it, as a due for ever throughout your generations, from the offerings of the LORD made by fire; whatsoever touches them shall be holy.

Any male: Even if he has a blemish [which disqualifies him from performing the sacrificial service]. And why is this stated? If [this refers] to eating [the meal-offering, this is already stated [in Lev. 21:22, where Scripture says, referring to a kohen who has a blemish], “The offerings to his God from the holiest of the holy things [and from the holy things he may eat].” Rather, [Scripture here comes] to include blemished kohanim in the equal division [of meal-offerings, among all the kohanim [of the watch (מִשְׁמָר) , see Rashi Lev. 7:9)] Anything that touches [them, shall become holy]: Sacrifices that have a lesser degree of holiness or ordinary food that comes in contact with a meal-offering and absorbs from it, Shall become holy: to be like it [i.e., like the meal-offering], that if it is invalid, they will becomes invalid; and if it is valid, they will have to be eaten under the same stringency as the meal-offering [namely, within holy ground and only during the day of offering and the night following, until midnight]. — [Torath Kohanim 6:38; Zev. 97b]

12 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 13 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed: the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering perpetually, half of it in the morning, and half thereof in the evening. 14 On a griddle it shall be made with oil; when it is soaked, thou shalt bring it in; in broken pieces shalt thou offer the meal-offering for a sweet savor unto the LORD. 15 And the anointed priest that shall be in his stead from among his sons shall offer it, it is a due for ever; it shall be wholly made to smoke unto the LORD. 16 And every meal-offering of the priest shall be wholly made to smoke; it shall not be eaten.

This daily Korban Mincha shall not be eaten but burnt.

… At this point the various Korbanos are taught to Aaron and his sons by Moshe the first seven days of the dedication of the Mishkan.

8:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and the bullock of the sin-offering, and the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread;

Take Aaron: This section was stated seven days before the erection of the Sanctuary, [and should have been stated earlier in Exod. Parsha Pekudei, which discusses the erection and consecration processes. [However], there is no [sequence of] earlier and later events in the Torah [i.e., Scripture does not always follow chronological order].

3 and assemble thou all the congregation at the door of the tent of meeting.' 4 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and the congregation was assembled at the door of the tent of meeting. 5 And Moses said unto the congregation: 'This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded to be done.' 6 And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.

There is no mention of a Mikvah here and in the desert I doubt there was but this was probably a shower behind the curtains. Although the washing might have only been standard washing of a Levy of the hands and feet of the Cohain. However, the dressing of the Cohain comes precisely afterwards so it confuses me whether it was a shower or the standard and there is no Rashi. Even as I shall write below, the Ramban (Nachmonides) was confused as I about certain actions here and he writes so but not about the shower or Mikvah if there was available.

7 And he put upon him the tunic, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith. 8 And he placed the breastplate upon him; and in the breastplate he put the Urim and the Tumim. 9 And he set the mitre upon his head; and upon the mitre, in front, did he set the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses.

The Ramban says that this is the order in which the Cohain must dress himself daily.

10 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.

It was certain that Moshe poured the oil over Aaron’s head but he did not know if he poured it over his sons or just sprinkled it.

11 And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its vessels, and the laver and its base, to sanctify them. 12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him. 13 And Moses brought Aaron's sons, and clothed them with tunics, and girded them with girdles, and bound head-tires upon them; as the LORD commanded Moses. 14 And the bullock of the sin-offering was brought; and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock of the sin-offering. 15 And when it was slain, Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured out the remaining blood at the base of the altar, and sanctified it, to make atonement for it.

… 23 And when it was slain, Moses took of the blood thereof, and put it upon the tip of Aaron's right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot. 24 And Aaron's sons were brought, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot; and Moses dashed the blood against the altar round about. ... 27 And he put the whole upon the hands of Aaron, and upon the hands of his sons, and waved them for a wave-offering before the LORD. 28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and made them smoke on the altar upon the burnt-offering; they were a consecration-offering for a sweet savor; …33 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tent of meeting seven days, until the days of your consecration be fulfilled; for He shall consecrate you seven days. 34 As has been done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make atonement for you. 35 And at the door of the tent of meeting shall ye abide day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not; for so I am commanded. 36 And Aaron and his sons did all the things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

The Ramban was also uncertain if he sprinkled the blood of each animal separately or mixed all together and then on the finger and toe. From the Yom Kippur Service that we say it appears each one separately as we say in Mussaf.

Parsha Shemini

Our Parsha is a direct continuation of the previous Parsha and 7 Leaders or Princes of the Tribes have dedicated their gifts to the Mishkan. On the eight day the Prince has finished his dedication and Aaron is to take a Korban Chatas and a Korban Olah.

9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; 2 and he said unto Aaron: 'Take thee a bull-calf for a sin-offering, and a ram for a burnt-offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.

The Ramban states that the bull-calf was an atonement for the golden calf (Egel HaZahav). This was why it had to be entirely burnt. Goats were always used for a sin offering as the Greeks had their Satyrs and the goat had certain connotations in the ancient world.

3 And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying: Take ye a he-goat for a sin-offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt-offering; 4 and an ox and a ram for peace-offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meal-offering mingled with oil; for to-day the LORD appears unto you.' 5 And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tent of meeting; and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD. 6 And Moses said: 'This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do; that the glory of the LORD may appear unto you.' 7 And Moses said unto Aaron: 'Draw near unto the altar, and offer thy sin-offering, and thy burnt-offering, and make atonement for thyself, and for the people; and present the offering of the people, and make atonement for them; as the LORD commanded.'

Also the Yom Kippur Ceremony in Parsha Emor, Aaron must first atone for himself and his family. For until he has atoned for his own sins and is clear, how can he atone for others and that should be the criteria of leaders to be free from taint.

8 So Aaron drew near unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin-offering, which was for himself. 9 And the sons of Aaron presented the blood unto him; and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar. 10 But the fat, and the kidneys, and the lobe of the liver of the sin-offering, he made smoke upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses. 11 And the flesh and the skin were burnt with fire without the camp.

The Chatas (sin offering) was burnt entirely including the skin and the dung. The other Korbanos, the Korban was flayed first and then offered.

12 And he slew the burnt-offering; and Aaron's sons delivered unto him the blood, and he dashed it against the altar round about.

The dashing was done by dipping Marjoram (Hyssop or Ayzav in Hebrew currently known by the Arabic Zaatar) into the blood which was held and stirred by another Cohain. The blood from the Marjoram was flicked onto the Mizbayach.

13 And they delivered the burnt-offering unto him, piece by piece, and the head; and he made them smoke upon the altar. 14 And he washed the inwards and the legs, and made them smoke upon the burnt-offering on the altar. 15 And the people's offering was presented; and he took the goat of the sin-offering which was for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first. ... 18 He slew also the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace-offerings, which was for the people; and Aaron's sons delivered unto him the blood, and he dashed it against the altar round about, 19 and the fat of the ox, and of the ram, the fat tail, and that which covers the inwards, and the kidneys, and the lobe of the liver. 20 And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he made the fat smoke upon the altar. 21 And the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved for a wave-offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded. 22 And Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people, and blessed them; and he came down from offering the sin-offering, and the burnt-offering, and the peace-offerings. 23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and came out, and blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. 24 And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt-offering and the fat; and when all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said unto Aaron: 'This is it that the LORD spoke, saying: Through them that are nigh unto Me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.' And Aaron held his peace. …And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons: 'Let not the hair of your heads go loose, neither rend your clothes, that ye die not, and that He be not wroth with all the congregation; but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled. 7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tent of meeting, lest ye die; for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you.' And they did according to the word of Moses.

What a horrible tragedy and how great was Aaron to hold his peace. His sons offered an incense offering that was not required and within the holy of holies. Our Sages say they also had wine based on the Pasuk that follows.

8 And the LORD spoke unto Aaron, saying: 9 'Drink no wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tent of meeting, that ye die not; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 10 And that ye may put difference between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 11 and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.'
12 And Moses spoke unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left: 'Take the meal-offering that remains of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar; for it is most holy. 13 And ye shall eat it in a holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons' due, of the offerings of the LORD made by fire; for so I am commanded …

A lot has been written here and in past blogs one can read what I wrote on the subject as the blog spot has been archived for years.

11:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them: 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: These are the living things which ye may eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.

Was there a non-kosher animal that the sons of Aaron offered? I doubt it but it just happens that this section is here under holiness.

3 Whatsoever parts the hoof, and is wholly cloven-footed, and chews the cud, among the beasts, that may ye eat. 4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that only chew the cud, or of them that only part the hoof: the camel, because he chews the cud but parts not the hoof, he is unclean unto you. 5 And the rock-badger, because he chews the cud but parts not the hoof, he is unclean unto you. 6 And the hare, because she chews the cud but parts not the hoof, she is unclean unto you. 7 And the swine, because he parts the hoof, and is cloven-footed, but chews not the cud, he is unclean unto you. 8 Of their flesh ye shall not eat, and their carcasses ye shall not touch; they are unclean unto you.

Even their Carcasses make you Tuma Le Mishkan or Mikdash. The foundation of the religion is of course a belief in one G-D, no other. The song Adon Olam can be translated is that the MASTER or L-RD of the world reigns alone. The next three Mitzvos that are the main separation of Judaism from the rest of the nations is Shabbos, Kashrus and Taharos Mishpacha (family purity – ritual purity). We then go to Mitzvos between man and his fellow such as love your neighbor as yourself, not stealing, murdering and sexual promiscuity.

We are forbidden the camel and its milk not because it does not have good properties in the milk but because HASHEM has told us not to. Many a Goy will tell you that bacon and roasted pork chops from the pig is delicious and with modern feeding we no longer have to worry about trichinosis. Yet there is a spiritual quality in these animals which interfere with one or more components of the DIVINE SOUL which is the IMAGE of G-D in man.

9 These may ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them may ye eat. 10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that swarm in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are a detestable thing unto you,

In the late 5720’s I saw a sign by either vegetarians or an advertisement claiming “You are what you eat!” Since I was a returning Jew to Torah Judaism I found great pleasure in it. For it is obvious to me if one eats pigs, apes, lions, snakes and squid that one takes on certain properties of these animals. Physically, we can see people who eat snakes in Syria and in the far east are no worse off and the protein is good. Yet when we eat these things, the Neshama of the animal is in the blood and we pick up negative spiritual traits.

11 and they shall be a detestable thing unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses ye shall have in detestation. 12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that is a detestable thing unto you. … 21 Yet these may ye eat of all winged swarming things that go upon all fours, which have jointed legs above their feet, wherewith to leap upon the earth; 22 even these of them ye may eat: the locust after its kinds, and the bald locust after its kinds, and the cricket after its kinds, and the grasshopper after its kinds. 23 But all winged swarming things, which have four feet, are a detestable thing unto you.

Like from the herds, flocks and even Chayos like moose, deer, elk, buffalo, etc. that only eat grass and leaves so too the locust, grasshopper, etc. do not feed on carcasses like flies, words, ants, etc.

…25 And whosoever bears aught of the carcass of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even. 26 Every beast which parts the hoof, but is not cloven footed, nor chews the cud, is unclean unto you; every one that touches them shall be unclean. 27 And whatsoever goes upon its paws, among all beasts that go on all fours, they are unclean unto you; whoso touches their carcass shall be unclean until the even.

 To prevent disease, we have to cover up the carcasses of dead animals and then we should go to the Mikvah. This is a ritual impurity.

The following things are called disgusting things:

… 29 And these are they which are unclean unto you among the swarming things that swarm upon the earth: the weasel, and the mouse, and the great lizard after its kinds, 30 and the gecko, and the land-crocodile, and the lizard, and the sand-lizard, and the chameleon. 31 These are they which are unclean to you among all that swarm; whosoever doth touch them, when they are dead, shall be unclean until the even. 32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherewith any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; then shall it be clean. 33 And every earthen vessel where into any of them fall whatsoever is in it shall be unclean, and it ye shall break.

Spiritually uncleanliness for people who want to eat from a holy Korban or separate Teruma and Maaser. People would like to be ritually clean from this too while preforming the act of being fruitful and multiply with one’s spouse. Today, we have become lazy since we are Tuma Mays (ritually unclean by virtual of a contact with a grave or dead body).

…35 And everything whereupon any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean; whether oven, or range for pots, it shall be broken in pieces; they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you. 36 Nevertheless a fountain or a cistern wherein is a gathering of water shall be clean; but he who touches their carcass shall be unclean. 37 And if aught of their carcass fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it is clean. 38 But if water be put upon the seed, and aught of their carcass fall thereon, it is unclean unto you…. 41 swarming things are … not be eaten. 42 Whatsoever goes upon the belly, and whatsoever goes upon all fours, or whatsoever hath many feet, even all swarming things that swarm upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are a detestable thing. 43 Ye shall not make yourselves detestable with any swarming thing that swarms, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.

Why …44 For I am the LORD your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am holy; neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of swarming thing that moves upon the earth.

Due to the longer double Torah this week, the stories will appear next week. Only this:

I will tell you a series of messages that I received on Thursday this week. It is customary for those who work five days a week or will not see their friends on Friday to wish a good Shabbos to all on Thursday. I did so to this fellow. He replied that it was too early for Shabbos. I replied that my whole week revolves around Shabbos and as his soul expands, he will feel and understand that.

When I made my 10,000 mile great circle in 1992 from Salt Lake City via Canada and returning via the Grand Canyon, Zion Park and Bryce Canyon, I had my Shabbosos and Tisha B’Av planned out. It was great and I enjoyed the trip very much and got to be by a Minyan each Shabbos. The world of the G-D fearing and G-D loving Jew revolves around the Mitzvos being our life and the length of our days.

She berated Prime Minister Netanyahu in Public and he was on the verge of tears for he lost a brother in the army and could not stand up to her rebuke for he knew that she was correct. Your brother got a proper burial and my son has not.

This past week was Holocaust Memorial Day. Sean Spicer made me furious with his comment about Hitler not using gas. First he gassed his own people who were infirm and insane with Carbon Monoxide but that was not good enough for the Jews so he converted the death machine into Cyanide.

Last week or so, the non-religious blocked off 446 by Kiriat Sefer Erev Shabbos. Chol HaMoed the crazy anti-army wing blocks off road 40.

Baruch Dayan Emmes HIV researcher drowns on vacation in FL.

Non-religious Israeli Journalist visits non-Orthodox Synagogues in the States and is shocked by the sad state of things:

In Israel, records have to be kept. This is because of Maumzer condition.

Ed-Op Recent attacks in the Arab World by other Muslims.

A number of times I have described bullying in the Charedi Community how Glatt Kosher got started etc. Anti-IDF Newspaper from the Charedim had an extortion ring 28 arrested:,7340,L-4950267,00.html

Moving away from minor taxes to income tax.,7340,L-4950556,00.html

In 1969 I had a friend who was with coke bottle glasses, a hearing aid his hobbies were Astronomy and the NYC Subway System. He was learning architecture at Brooklyn College which was 90% Jewish at the time. He spouted a lot of anti-Semitism as he thought me to be Italian. I listened and learned what people said when the Jews were not around. I got this today from Reuven.
Hi All!

I'm watching this video  - - and reading the chat - which is off to the right.  Take a good look at the quick moving chat that targets Jews in comment after comment there.  I am not allowed to post there.  So, what is really interesting is how so many "viewers" of Alex Jones hate Jews and "Zionists".  Jones is OK.  His reporters are OK.  But I see where Jews will be chased out of the States in not too long.  Lots of "Americans" hate our guts.  BOY, AM I GLAD I LEFT AMERICA!!!!
Blessings from Samaria,

IAI something is rotten there in large industry.,7340,L-4951101,00.html

In 1968/9 my friend Howard sent a small rocket launched from a balloon aimed at the sun.,7340,L-4951124,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma

Israeli girl shot in the back from Syria:

Ed-Op Jihad deployed opposite Israel on the Golan by Dr. Martin Sherman:

Aftermath in Sweden 4 dead and cowardly murderer arrested like the ramming attack in Israel.,7340,L-4946836,00.html

ISIS murders their own Sunnis who refuse to be human shields:

Turkish loss is the Kurd’s gain. As Turkey pulled out of Syria and gave the US and Germany a hard time, the countries move their airbase(s) out leaving the locals without customers and Turkey without payments.

In Oslo, an explosive device was dismantled on Palm Sunday.

Israel closes off tourists from the Egyptian Border because of ISIS intelligence. Israelis are urged to rush home from Sinai. Towards north central Sinai at least one rocket caused a Code Red as it landed in the Negev.

Tension in Israel before the holiday including Syrian Border where I plan to attend a Bar Mitzvah.

What were the carbon-monoxide vehicles for the insane in early Hitler Years of the Gas Chambers? I am furious and you know that I supported Trump.

US has no intention of going in on the ground in Syria:

United Airline incident where an innocent passenger was bloodied and forcibly removed from the plane as others sat there in shock. Southwest Airlines and now Jet Blue reacts.

Ed-Op Ben Dror Yemeni the free world is responsible for Syria:,7340,L-4946107,00.html
Excerpts: For a moment, it seemed as though a new, more ethical and more decent world was being created. Some 17 million people were killed in World War I, and about 40 percent of them were civilians. Some 64 million were killed in World War II, and about 60 percent of them were civilians. Never again, the international community hoped, and phrased the Geneva Convention.

There is no valid study pointing to the number of casualties in the wars that have taken place since World War II until today. There are different counting methods which lead to different results. According to a minimizing method, we are talking about 86 million people. According to a team of researchers of the American Public Health Association (APHA), we are talking about some 190 million people. There is a dispute over the number of innocent people among the dead. There is no dispute over the fact that there has been an increase from the two world wars.

Debka analyzes part of the Sinai from Moshe to ISIS now:

For the most powerful man in the country the more powerful IRS

Female Muslim Judge found dead I suspect honorable people honor killing her.

Germany probes Islamic link to bombings on soccer game bus.

ISIS-Taliban tunnels finished. Anyone or thing living in some tunnels are now dead from impact of the blast.  94 ISIS fighters killed.

IDF special forces captured by the PLO and released but roughed up.,7340,L-4949517,00.html

Prepare for war with Hamas this summer:

On Friday I drove past this filthy place where they burn dogs alive.,7340,L-4949971,00.html

Rabbi brutally beaten in the Ukraine passes away.

Homeland Insecurity enough is the review:

I think somebody is trying to undermine United Airlines for this is the 3rd incident in a short time.

Arab civilians endangered by illegal Arab arms in Israel.,7340,L-4950026,00.html

A small article in Yisrael HaYom Paper said that Benny Steinmetz is suing George Soros for $10 billion because the BDS which he sponsors is ruining his income.

If you ever get caught in a riptide swim to the side and come in closer to the breakers. If you go into cold water on a hot day on an air mattress stay on and let the current take you along the Kinneret. Never try to swim back for hyperthermia will over-take you no matter how good a swimmer you are. Try to steer the mattress to a shore or let it take you until a police boat comes. Panic is your enemy patience will keep you alive.

In lieu of the N. Korean Crisis Pentagon to upgrade Nuclear Force and protection thereof.

NY Crimes aides and abets terrorist who murdered five people.,7340,L-4950271,00.html

Mattis meets with ME leaders may send a tomahawk or two to Sinai with the agreement of Sisi.

From Irina   If you consider our foreign policy to be Sycophantic that is because it is. Consider the following: Sec. Def. Mattis announced that we need to stop the Iran supplies of missiles to the Houthis in Yemen.
Why is this important? Because it's helping perpetuate a war, plus if Iran strengthens its forces there, it may be able to block the waterways, which is not something U.S. would tolerate.
Iran is also still listed as a state sponsor of terror and is, therefore, subject to an assortment of sanctions.
But yet, we have just found that it "complied" with the nuclear "deal", and are extending sanctions relief. Which means, we will not be blocking secondary sanctions.
And we are also cooperating with Iran-backed militias in Iraq.
Admittedly, those militias are technically Iraqi, so there is some possibility of plausible deniability, but the reality is, our connections to Iran run deeper than many of us would
like to think.

This dichotomy comes from several causes:
1. The fact that the nuclear deal was supposed to be narrowly focused on curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions. That was all a charade, of course, but nevertheless it was completely impossible not to acknowledge Iran's support for terrorist organizations around the world.
2. The perceived need to cooperate on counterterrorism issues in Iraq, because the Iranian-backed militias are well-trained and willing to be helpful, and it's just seen as a pragmatic consideration that does not hurt our efforts on other fronts.
3. With the current administration, different advisers coming from different perspectives on this issue. Mattis's job is defense, and his consideration is what will minimize the hostilities in a sensitive area. Tillerson and McMaster (and those below them), who are likely advising the president on the general policy and security considerations of the Iran deal, likely have broader considerations and for that reason have come up with the decision I have just explained. What those considerations are I can well speculate about, but they may also change as a result of evolving circumstances..
4. Finally, we will not know the level of Iran's actual "compliance" for quite some time. Eventually those details will come out. But the reality is, that on many, many levels that have nothing to do with this particular scenario, we have various agencies working at cross-purposes with each other; often, intentionally so. For instance, the State Department's job is to build relationships and to find diplomatic solutions. CIA's job is to collect and analyze information, and it employs methods which may violate the laws of the countries in which it operates, thus causing problems for the State Department, and a natural state of tension between the two agencies. That's just one fairly obvious example.

Iran Deal - Obama kicked the can down the road but they will go nuclear:

We have become so oblivious to car ramming attacks that they disappear from the internet quickly. I pulled this one up from a Chinese site.

Have a wonderful Shabbos,
Rachamim Pauli