Friday, June 9, 2017

Miracle, Parsha Behallosecha, Stories

Mordechai Zvi Tuvia Ben Chana Edel needs prayers.

Miraculously nobody was hurt: A number of years ago, a wedding hall floor collapse causing a chain reaction and many were killed. This time a ceiling collapsed.

Parsha Behaalosecha

Our Parsha is still around the time frame of the setting up of the Mishkan and the flesh pots incident is repeated here in more details.
8:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.' 3 And Aaron did so: he lighted the lamps thereof so as to give light in front of the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.

This was said or done on the first day of the dedication of the Mishkan. The Menorah was lit. The light on the Menorah would most likely go out for traveling but at Shilo and the Mikdash in Yerushalayim, the flame never went out. The Chabad translation says facing the Menorah.

Aaron did so: This shows Aaron’s virtue that he did not deviate [from God’s command]. — [Sifrei Beha’alothecha 1:5]

… 6 'Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. 7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them cause a razor to pass over all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves. 8 Then let them take a young bullock, and its meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin-offering. 9 And thou shalt present the Levites before the tent of meeting; and thou shalt assemble the whole congregation of the children of Israel. …12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks; and offer thou the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, unto the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites. 13 And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for a wave-offering unto the LORD.

Like the Korban Pessach where the head of each house laid his hands on the sacrifice or all the participants on their Korban. So here the Leviim are laying their hands. The Hebrew has Parim or Bulls so there were many.

14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of

Israel; and the Levites shall be Mine. … 16 For they are wholly given unto Me from among the children of Israel; instead of all that opens the womb, even the first-born of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto Me.

There were no Leviim that participated in the Egel HaZahav (golden calf) but there wereee some first born and so the first born lost their rights.

… 23 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 24 'This is that which pertains unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to perform the service in the work of the tent of meeting; 25 and from the age of fifty years they shall return from the service of the work, and shall serve no more; 26 but shall minister with their brethren in the tent of meeting, to keep the charge, but they shall do no manner of service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charges.'

The silver and gold items are malleable and if the men transporting them are not strong they are in danger of dropping them. Gold or AU on the periodic table is a heavy element and close to 197 atomic weight lead or PB is 200 and the saying goes it feels as heavy as lead. Silver AG is 107 and about in the middle of the atomic table but it is much heavier than iron or aluminum. So the Leviim who handled the boards which last year or the year before were calculated as very heavy based on the density of Acadia Wood.

9:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 2 'Let the children of Israel keep the Passover in its appointed season.

In its appointed time: Even [if it were to fall] on Sabbath; “in its appointed time” [also implies,] even [if the majority of the people were] in a state of ritual uncleanness. — [Sifrei Beha’alothecha 1:14, 15]

3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at dusk, ye shall keep it in its appointed season; according to all the statutes of it, and according to all the ordinances thereof, shall ye keep it.' 4 And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the Passover.

This was said on the day that the Mishkan was dedicated.

9 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 10 'Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If any man of you or of your generations shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover unto the LORD; 11 in the second month on the fourteenth day at dusk they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs; 12 they shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break a bone thereof; according to all the statute of the Passover they shall keep it.

This is Pessach Sheni and to be observed throughout all generations. Nowadays it is ceremonial but when the Mikdash will be rebuilt it will be a very important day for hundreds perhaps thousands.

15 And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, even the tent of the testimony; and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until morning. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tent, then after that the children of Israel journeyed; and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel encamped. 18 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they encamped: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they remained encamped. … 21 And sometimes the cloud was from evening until morning; and when the cloud was taken up in the morning, they journeyed; or if it continued by day and by night, when the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.

There were only a limited number of journeys in the 38 years in the desert almost half were in the first months and the last year. The nation did this according to the will of HASHEM and it was not haphazard.

10:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation, and for causing the camps to set forward.

Make yourself: So they should blow before you like a king, as it says, “There was a king among in Jerushun” [Deut. 33:5]. ...To summon the congregation: When you wish to speak with the members of the Sanhedrin court and the rest of the people, and you summon them to gather before you, convene them with the trumpets. And to announce the departure of the camps: At the time the camps are due to depart, blow on them as a signal. It follows that they traveled at the behest of three-at God’s bidding, by the word of Moses and by the call of the trumpets.

3 And when they shall blow with them, all the congregation shall gather themselves unto thee at the door of the tent of meeting. 4 And if they blow but with one, then the princes, the heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee. 5 And when ye blow an alarm, the camps that lie on the east side shall take their journey.

The Trumpets were shriller and louder than the Shofar so that they would signal the movement of the camp. First Machane Yehuda followed by Machane Reuven.

6 And when ye blow an alarm the second time, the camps that lie on the south side shall set forward; they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. 7 But when the assembly is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.

They shall be blown and not in the way of an alarm. Just as today we have an air raid or ground attack siren but more like an all clear or straight blast.

8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for a statute forever throughout your generations.

The descendants of Aaron…shall blow: For these summons and journeys.                   Also for battle! It appears that it was used as a general signal perhaps with different blasts like a long one short bursts and combinations. For we see this with the Shofar.

9 And when ye go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresses you, then ye shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. 10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons, and in your new moons, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and they shall be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.'

I assume that in the future on the declaration of the new moon from the Sanhedrin that a special button with a key and code will be used to sound loud speakers or a siren for prayers and signaling Yomim Tovim. (Recommended that the reader see Meseches Rosh Hashanah and the camp fire signals they used then.)

11 And it came to pass in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, that the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony. 12 And the children of Israel set forward by their stages out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud abode in the wilderness of Paran.

This was five days after Pessach Sheni. This was the first movement of the nation since the receipt of Torah and the first movement since the Mishkan was erected. Many are not sure what is Mt. Sinai but there is an Arab Tradition that the current spot is on Mt. Moshe or in Arabic JABBEL MUSA. The Paran desert nowadays is just before the Zin desert and that would be close to the modern Israel-Egypt border.

… 35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said: 'Rise up, O LORD, and let Thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee.' 36 And when it rested, he said: 'Return, O LORD, unto the ten thousands of the families of Israel.'

This passage with the inverted Nun in front and back like our brackets after the first travel as a Torah Nation. Rabbi Mimran reminded me that this is for the separation of the first half of the Sedra from the second which as two bad occurrences. There are those who claim this should be a separate book making Bamidbar into three books instead of one. I say from my gut Neshama that neither this nor that but rather the whole section which I cut out this year on who did what when they moved has this continuation. Then they sang or said this in unison as they started moving. Similar to the opening of the Ark in Schul for the Torah reading. Only the second half we do not say when we return the Torah and since I am not a historian I do not know why the second half is not said unless it is because we assemble in small numbers and not like the Cohain Blessings on Chol HaMoed where there are tens of thousands.

11:1 And the people were as murmurers, speaking evil in the ears of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp. 2 And the people cried unto Moses; and Moses prayed unto the LORD, and the fire abated. 3 And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burnt among them. 4 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting; and the children of Israel also wept on their part, and said: 'Would that we were given flesh to eat! 5 We remember the fish, which we were wont to eat in Egypt for nought; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all; we have nought save this manna to look to.'

Personal Story from 46 years ago. I was in Israel about 5 months. I was working at a minimum wage in a factory quality control system. I complained to Avraham that I came from a wealthy country that on a small salary above the minimum wage, I could make ends me pay the rent, buy books and other things and save $10 a week. In Israel, I could not do this. I had nothing for clothing, things for the baby which was on the way or really anything.

One of the shift supervisors was named Avraham. He spoke English. His father had brought the family from Germany to Israel in 1936. Things were bad and the father barely had enough to feed his wife and child(ren) the father had to steal oranges from Kibbutz trees. [I am uncertain if this was really stealing as the Torah requires gleaming for the poor.] Avraham took me to task and rightfully so when he brought down this story. I was even more embarrassed for a man without a Yarmulke had bettered me and rebuked me. Yes, he was right. Somehow, I managed to stay on in Israel for a while until I found real employment.

… 16 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou know to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee. 17 And I will come down and speak with thee there; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

HASHEM creates the Sanhedrin.

… 32 And the people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails; he that gathered least gathered ten heaps; and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. 33 While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

Those who were so hungry and animalistic did not cook the food enough and they died of poison created by the bird’s muscles which dissipates over a short time.

34 And the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed unto Hazeroth; and they abode at Hazeroth.

This is one of the six remembrances mentioned in the Torah of Miriam speaking Lashon HaRa and her punishment. 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 And they said: 'Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath He not spoken also with us?' And the LORD heard it. …9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and He departed. 10 And when the cloud was removed from over the Tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow; and Aaron looked upon Miriam; and, behold, she was leprous. …15 And Miriam was shut up without the camp seven days; and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again. 16 And afterward the people journeyed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

The people waited for she waited for Moshe in the bulrushes. This is measure for measure Mida Knegged Mida and HaKaras HaTov.

Tailor of Nobility: By Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles:

One of the famed barons in Poland planned to throw an extravagant party for his friends in the Polish aristocracy.
In honor of the event he had his palace refurbished, planted new trees and flowers in the surrounding gardens and hired master chefs to prepare all the luxurious foods that he intended to serve. He employed many servants in various occupations in order to ensure that his party be remembered for a long time afterwards by the large number of people he had invited.
The baron wished to wear an extraordinarily impressive outfit, designed especially for the occasion. He ordered his servants to find an expert tailor for him, somebody who know how to tailor magnificent clothes. When his servants returned to the baron, they brought with him a tailor who according to the testimony of witnesses was a great specialist in this profession.
When the tailor was introduced, the baron scowled. The face of the man standing in front of him and the way he was dressed clearly showed that he was a Jew. The baron was not fond of Jews, to say the least, but since there was not much time left until the big party, he had no other choice but to employ the Jewish tailor.
The baron asked him: "Zhid: I have heard that you are a master tailor, and there is nobody to match your craftsmanship in the whole area. Are you willing to take upon yourself the important task of creating a magnificent outfit for me?"
"Certainly, your honor", said the tailor. "I am an expert in this field and I have already made outfits for this duke and that baron," and he started to enumerate names of Polish aristocrats.
The baron accepted him as his personal tailor.
Already that same day the tailor began to take the baron's measurement. He wrote down all the measurements in his ledger in an orderly fashion, instructed the baron's servants on where to purchase the fabric needed for the different parts of the outfit and he immediately began working.
The tailor labored diligently and with great self-confidence. After all, he was a master tailor and he knew how to fashion such outfits in the most impressive manner. When he finished his work, he proudly brought the finished product to the baron.
However, when the baron tried the outfit on, it did not fit him at all! One sleeve was too short, and the other was too long, the seams were not straight and the entire garment looked very odd. The baron was so furious that it seemed he wanted to kill the Jewish tailor.
The poor tailor had to run away. He was very afraid of the wrath of the baron and what he might do to him as a revenge for the ruined outfit. If the new clothes were not ready in time for the party, the tailor might pay the ultimate price…
In his plight he went to the holy Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk in order to ask for his blessing and advice. The Rebbe listed attentively to his tearful plea, smiled briefly, and responded.
"This is what you should do. Go back to the baron's estate. Take the clothes and undo all the stiches. Do not leave even one stitch undone. Afterwards you must sew everything back exactly in the same order as before."
The tailor returned to the baron's mansion and followed the instructions of the Rebbe to the last detail. He undid all the stitches, took new threads and joined the different parts together.
He told the baron's servant that he wanted the baron to try on the outfit once again. Lo and behold! This time the outfit was a perfect fit! The baron was so happy that he almost allowed himself to embrace the tailor! Of course, he richly awarded him.
The tailor could not understand what had happened. He knew very well that he had made no alterations in the outfit but had just sewn everything exactly as he had done the first time.
He went to Rebbe Elimelech and asked him for an explanation.
The Rebbe told him: "When you started your work, you were haughty and considered yourself to be a master tailor in your own merit. You forgot all your talents are given to you from G-d. When you undid all the stitches and remade the outfit, you knew that if it was to succeed, it was not because of your skill but only due to the divine kindness of the Master of the Universe. In the merit of this acknowledgment you were able to have success in your work!"
Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from "Chassidic Gems, vol. 2" by Tuvia Litzman, who heard it from Reb Mottel Kozliner.
Biographical note:
Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk [of blessed memory: 5477 - 21 Adar 5547 (1717 - March 1787 C.E.)], was a leading disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, successor to the Baal Shem Tov, and the leading Rebbe of the subsequent generation in Poland-Gallitzia. Most of the great Chassidic dynasties in that area stem from his disciples. His book, Noam Elimelech, is one of the most popular of all Chassidic works.


Often I mention on a Conversion site about the difference between an Orthodox vs. a Conservative Jewish Standpoint and burial in Israel: As for burial, I will tell you the difference. A friend and colleague of mine passed away and was buried in a non-religious Kibbutz. The body was brought there, placed in the earth and covered. A religious ceremony asks for mercy to forgive sins of the deceased, a few words from a Rabbi, usually traveling from Synagogue to Synagogue where the man prayed and Yeshiva or Kollel if he learned and then to the grave site, where again forgiveness is asked, the family says a special and regular Kaddish. Stones/pebbles are placed on the grave by friends and visitors as they depart the area and two rows are set up to comfort the mourners as they pass by and ranks are closed. 7 days does one mourn unless there is a Yom Tov in between. The Neshama of the non-religious person is lost in the next world. The religious person gets extra merits from the prayers at the burial. This is a short explanation.

During our dry heatwave - Joint training exercise becomes a real firefighting mission:

Deal regarding prayers at the Kotel:

16 attackers of Charedi Soldiers arrested in Meah Shaarim:,7340,L-4970520,00.html

103 year old secretary of Ben Gurion passes away and General Mordechai Tzipori who was a former minister died earlier at the age of 92:,7340,L-4970420,00.html &,7340,L-4969168,00.html

Kinneret and Dead Sea at record lows:

Protest against the police for not protecting the community leaves one dead:

Inyanay Diyoma

New construction in Yehuda and the Shomron to be approved.

Manila the police claim robbery but ISIS says otherwise:

Last week Kathy Griffin crossed the line this week Bill Mahler:

Once in Londonstan gave me an idea of what was to be in the future. I just wish that the terrorists would not have met my expectations then about 10 to 15 years ago.

2018 Alert: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) has been identified as the anonymous member of Congress who reserved official Capitol Hill space for an anti-Israel forum on June 8 organized by several organizations that support boycotts of the Jewish state.

She never was the brightest star in the sky.

Despite Trump Visit PLO names schools after terrorists:

Ed-Op the dream of living within Auschwitz Borders (Abba Eben’s words):,7340,L-4971083,00.html

3 Arab States sever ties with Qatar over Iran and Hamas:,7340,L-4971469,00.html

Shin Bet prevents an attack on Jews and Tourists on the Temple Mount:,7340,L-4971315,00.html

Lard Mayor of London may have ties to ISIS:

Not during the terror attack but a week before London Police took 2 hours to help a Jewish Girl racially attacked:

Ramadan – ISIS attacks Iranian Parliament, Khomeini Monument.

Sears was selling free Palestine shirts:

Hezballah shows Iranian Drone attack American Drone in Syria:,7340,L-4972847,00.html

Shomron construction bluff. Netanyahu announces 2000 units but in reality about 400 are cement mixer ready or perhaps less. Also building cockeyed and destroying houses.,7340,L-4972117,00.html

Communications Command and Control of ISIS wiped out by one missile. Saddam’s former generals killed in the strike.

Syrian Drone that fired on US troops taken down.,7340,L-4973420,00.html

Lapid shuts down British Interviewer on BDS:

Ed-Op is the F-35 what Israel needs? Could an F-15 be better?

Shabbat Shalom all stay cool and healthy this summer,

Rachamim Pauli