Friday, May 26, 2017

Parsha Bamidbar, Story

Prayers for­ Men: Yoel HaCohain ben Henya, Avraham HaCohain ben Yocheved, Avraham ben Devorah, Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Yoel ben Esther, Zvi ben Chava, Daniel ben Rivka, Nehemiah Arieh Liab Peretz ben Esther Rachel, Eliyah ben Chana, Chaim David ben Chana Golda, Eliyahu ben Aviva, Zvi Yechezkel Ben Leah, Menashe Ben Golda, Pinchas Alta Ben Sima, Melech David ben Sulah Pearla, Shmuel Zvi ben Ita.

Women: Karen Neshama bas Esther Ruth, Chaya Melecha Rachel bas Baila Alta, Rachel bas Chana, Hodaya Nirit bas Mazel Yaish, Rivka bas Idit, Tsvia Simcha bas Devorah Yachad, Miriam bas Irene Taita Malka,  Golde Chaya bas Esther, Shulamis bas Etta, Chana Friedel bas Sara, Drorah Rivka bas Chana, Devorah bas Sarah, Zahava bas Sara, Esther bas Alice

The following person is recovering from long term non-threatening injuries and need Psalms. Binum Benyamin Tuvia ben Chana Friedel,

­­­A joyous note on my part. Since the incept of the blogspot (not my Torah writings which go back longer), I have published over 200,000 pages. Inyanay Diyoma will not be much useful in the future except to historians but the Torah, Halacha and Stories are eternal.

Parsha Bamidbar

Yermiyahu 31:1 “Thus says the LORD: the people that were left of the sword have found grace in the wilderness, even Israel, when I go to cause him to rest.” Yes, those were the days free Mann from heaven, no overhead but a tent and a few utensils, no enemies or need to work. The men could devote all their time to Torah.

1:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying:

A few weeks ago, I erred when I said that through Parsha Naso was in Nissan at the dedication of the Mishkan. Actually, this week’s Parsha jumps ahead to Rosh Chodesh Iyar. This we return to the general rule that there is no early and no-lateness in the Torah.

2 'Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male, by their polls; 3 from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: ye shall number them by their hosts, even thou and Aaron.

Every time that Israel had a census there was trouble so generally we give half a shekel and they are counted in the end. This census was commanded by HASHEM who treasures HIS people.

4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe, every one head of his fathers' house. 5 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur. 6 Of Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 7 Of Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab. 8 Of Issachar, Nethanel the son of Zuar. 9 Of Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon. 10 Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud; of Manasseh, Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. 11 Of Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni. 12 Of Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 13 Of Asher, Pagiel the son of Ochran. 14 Of Gad, Eliasaph the son of Deuel. 15 Of Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.'

There is no indication that these men were elected so that they inherited or merited the leadership. One thing for sure, HASHEM chose them! Neither you nor I could merit such merit such mention in the Torah. One had to be either outstandingly good or a leader or outstanding in a negative way such as Tuval Cain, Nimrod, Bilaam, Balak, etc. We do see also outstanding women in the Torah such as Sara, Yocheved, Miriam and Serach.  

16 These were the elect CHABAD TRANSLATES SUMMONED of the congregation, the princes of the tribes of their fathers; they were the heads of the thousands of Israel.

The Hebrew does not indicate elected but called upon like a military call-up to serve the nation. This is a weakness of most English translations. I suggest that if you need one go to and click Torah Reading you can get the complete with the Torah and Rashi. I do rely on the 1917 translation for it is easy to copy and paste and after 100 years no copywrite. That is part of the reason that they made a new and better translation as they compete with Art Scroll, Chabad and Koren.

17 And Moses and Aaron took these men that are pointed out by name. 18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls. 19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so did he number them in the wilderness of Sinai.

Ma’aseh Avos is a sign for the children. When the census was taken the tribes in the north and the east had more soldiers as in future times (Tenach and now) the threats have mostly come from the north and east. The south had an average threat level or close to 150,000 out of 600,000 plus and the west where the sea is had a lower threat level. HOWEVER, I read a commentary on Devarim about wanting to sell ourselves in boats to Egypt. 68:28 And the LORD shall bring thee back into Egypt in ships, by the way whereof I said unto thee: 'Thou shalt see it no more again'; and there ye shall sell yourselves unto your enemies for bondmen and for bondwoman, and no man shall buy you. But none will buy for Eliyahu HaNovi taught that during the war of Gog and Magog the enemy will come in Ships to attack Eretz Yisrael and there will be miracles at the sea such as which we have not seen since the days of Moshe. None will buy is a blessing for we will remain in Eretz Yisrael.  
… 47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

The rest of the Parsha is how the camp was set up and the duties of the Leviim in the Mishkan and the population not from 20 to 60 but from a month upwards and it matches all the first born of Israel. From 30 to 50 was only 8,000 men in service of HASHEM in the Mishkan. So why was Levi so few in number? The answer must be that in Egypt they were the priests and educators and except like those of Pharaoh’s gods from servitude. Therefore, they were not afflicted and their population did not increase so much.

To sign or not to sign? by Rabbi Y. Tilles

During the Stalinist era, Rabbi Gedaliah-Moshe Goldman (subsequently to succeed his father "Reb Shlomke," as the next Rebbe of the Zivhil dynasty,) was imprisoned in a Siberian labor camp for eight miserable years. It was an oppressive, back-breaking experience; the only comforting thought the prisoners had was that their sentences were limited, not for life.
One Shabbat in 1936, the commandant summoned both the Rebbe and another Jew, a frail, older man, to his office. He told them, "You are both free to go. All you have to do is sign these papers and you may leave."
Rabbi Gedaliah Moshe reached for the papers, but then stopped. How could he write on Shabbat? True, it was a release, but could he desecrate the holy Shabbat? After all, as bad as it was, it was not clearly life-threatening. He reasoned that he was young and strong, and even if he would be detained there for a few more years, he would survive.
He turned to the officer and said, "I am sorry, sir. While I appreciate your kind gesture, I cannot desecrate my Shabbat, and I can't sign the papers today."
The commandant was incredulous. "Are you insane?" he screamed. "I am granting you freedom! How can you waste such an opportunity?!"
The Rebbe replied calmly, "I understand and appreciate your kindness, sir, but it is my Sabbath, my day of rest, and I may not write."
With a disgusted look on his face, the commandant said disdainfully, "If you do not sign, you will rot in this place."
He then pushed the papers towards the old Jew and said, "Now, you sign and you can leave."
The man thought to himself, "If the Rabbi won't sign, how can I?" So he announced, "I am afraid that I cannot sign either, sir. Today is Shabbat and the same law applies to me."
The commandant took his papers back and said, "If that is your choice, neither of you will ever leave here. You two are both crazy!"
Suddenly, Rabbi Gedaliah Moshe shouted out, "Wait! Please let him go free! I will sign the papers for him!"
The commandant was perplexed. He said, "I don't understand. You just told me that you can't write on Saturdays, your Sabbath. Yet you are willing to sign his papers, but not your own? Why are his papers different from yours?"
The Rebbe explained, "There is a major difference. I am younger and stronger, and I can survive here. This man, on the other hand, is old and weak, and he will not make it if he stays here much longer. Therefore, if he is not prepared to sign, I will sign for him in order to save his life! One may violate Shabbos in order to save the life of another."
The commandant was so impressed by this act of selflessness that he allowed them both to leave without demanding their signatures!
Source: Compiled by Rabbi Yehuda Winzelberg as heard from Rabbi Yissachar Frand for "Torah U'Tefilah: A Collection of Inspiring Insights", and reprinted in the weekly mailing, "Shabbos Stories for the Parsha." Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from two separate renditions by Rabbi Winzelberg.

Biographical note:
Rabbi Gedaliah-Moshe Goldman [5627 - 24 Cheshvan 5709 (1887 - Oct. 1948 C.E.)], a direct paternal descendant of Rabbi Yechiel-Michil of Zolochov, an important student of the Baal Shem Tov, joined his father, Rabbi Shlomo ("Reb Shlom'ke") Goodman (? - 26 Iyar 1945), in the Holy Land in 1937, after eight years in Siberian exile. He succeeded him as Rebbe of of Zivhil for only a few years until his own passing.

"Rabbi Gedaliah-Moshe was buried in the Givat Ram section of Jerusalem in the Sheikh Badr cemetery during modern Israel's War of Independence. A number of years ago, a family member in London had a dream. In it she saw Rabbi Gedaliah-Moshe, who asked her to publicize that he would intercede in Heaven for those who would come to visit and pray at his tomb on a Monday, on Thursday of the same week, and again on the following Monday. They should pray that their requests be answered in the merit of the Zivhil Rebbe and in the merit of visiting his grave - which until that time was not visited often. Today his grave is visited regularly by hundreds of people" (, and miraculous results are often reported. Dancing on the Monday-Thursday-Monday has also become part of the tradition.

Connection: Iyar 26 -- yesod of yesod (this year: Monday, May 22] is the 72nd yahrzeit of Rabbi Shlomo ("Reb Shlom'ke") Goodman of Zivhil.

this from the Intermarriage and Conversion
It is forbidden for Jews to have sexual relations with non-Jews, as it says “You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son nor take his daughter for your son”; the sages extended this prohibition to non-marital relations. But if they become proselytes we are permitted to marry them. In olden times, when these nations were still identifiable, it was forbidden for a woman to marry any male descendant of an Ammonite or Moabite proselyte, as it says “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the congregation of Ha-Shem”; and it was forbidden to marry Egyptian or Edomite proselytes or their children, as it says “[You shall not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother; you shall not despise an Egyptian, for you were a dweller in his land;] the children of the third generation that are born to them may enter the congregation of Ha-Shem”. Intermarriage with descendants of the Canaanite nations (nesinim) was also Rabbinically forbidden.
To become a proselyte one must undergo immersion and (for a man) circumcision, and when the Temple exists, bring a burnt-offering. When a person wishes to become a proselyte an inquiry is conducted to make certain that he is not doing it for ulterior motives. He is then warned about the difficulty of observing the Torah; if he persists in spite of this he is accepted. A proselyte is regarded as a newborn child having no relatives; but he is Rabbinically forbidden to marry close relatives on the mother’s side.

There are ways to get onto the plane before Shabbos and stay until Motzei Shabbos or is this national security in which there is a broader Hetir.
Finally, an explanation on-line regard last Shabbos with Jered and Ivanka Kushner.

How to manage Shabbos in a non-kosher environment: I would also have Tuna or in my future trip this year out west, dry kosher meat meals that do not need refrigeration.

Using Charedim as Mules. They get caught in foreign countries and now in Israel.

Inyanay Diyoma

No more nonsense with Assad and his allies vs. US allies:

Daniel Pipes should pipe down for once an Ed-Op by Martin Sherman I had a personal incident with D. P. and some of my original material was used with no credit.

Bennet’s conditions for negotiation:

Simcha Meir ben Ruth loses consciousness in the Ukraine.


Criminal stabs two policemen which was not a great idea and is shot dead.,7340,L-4965071,00.html

Ed-Op on intel damage but I am still uncertain if it was Israel or another country. Israel may take the credit to protect source.,7340,L-4963869,00.html

Just before President’s arrival a traffic accident most likely and not terror.

Bennett speaks out for Yerushalayim:

On the fourth anniversary of a terror attack, Manchester Concert attack murdering 19 and injuring between 59 to 69:

Israelis know what terror bombings are with prays for a speedy recovery from heaven for the 59 injured. Terrorist had ISIS links:

Riots near Yerushalayim on Monday one Shachid:

Trump’s call to Iran to disarm militias ignored in lame stream media:

Pollard continues to be stuck in the USA:

Brits cease intel cooperation with the USA over leaks.

Good Shabbos and Chodesh Sivan Tov all,
Rachamim Pauli