Friday, July 14, 2017

Parsha Pinchas, 3 stories

The soul of Zvi ben Chava came to rest this past Shabbos.
Personally tragic was the passing of Shmuel Zvi ben Ita who sat behind me in Schul for many years. His son is our Gabbai and one of his grandchildren learned in my daughter’s kindergarten.

Chukkas Chapter 25 the deeds of Pinchas

25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab.

One think that the L-RD despises is lewdness and Bilaam knew this. He advised Midian and Moav of this. Moav seems to have shied away but Midian took the advice. It was simple. If you8 give the Bnei Yisrael everything they might desire, they will not conquer you.

2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3 And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor; and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

When G-D criticizes the Mussar is harsh. In the Talmud Perek Rabbi Akiva of Tractate Shabbos we learn “The cow of Rabbi Eliezer ben Azaria went out on Shabbos…” The Talmud asks: “The cow! He had vast herds of cattle and every year his Ma’aseh Behayma was 1000 newly born cattle” thus he had 10,000 births each year! It turned out that it was the cow of a neighbor. But since he was the Rabbi, he should have imposed himself on the community. Thus too here Israel joined unto Baal Peor. It was 24,000 of Shimon which is about 4% of the males but not of the whole population. However, the other tribes should have stopped this.

4 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up unto the LORD in face of the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.' 5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel: 'Slay ye everyone his men that have joined themselves unto the Baal of Peor.' 6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the tent of meeting.

Zimri told off Moshe Rabbaynu. You, who married a woman from Midian, have no right to stop me! At that moment it was as if Moshe’s mouth was filled with water. True he had married a Midian woman but it was the daughter of a Priest unto HASHEM and before Matan Torah not a woman of a fertility cult.

7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the midst of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand.

Pinchas was infuriate at what had just happened with his uncle and the Chutzpa to bring such a woman into the camp. He was jealous and zealous for HASHEM.

8 And he went after the man of Israel into the chamber, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

The Medrash states that there was a guard at the tent but he stated that he wanted to participate so they let him through. A more believable Medrash is that Pinchas was unaffected by contact in a tent with a dead body for he took a long spear and rammed both Zimri and Cozbi through at the stomach area during the act and dragged them out of the tent before all of Yisrael to see them dying.

9 And those that died by the plague were twenty and four thousand.

I had one Jewish Professor at my University who said that this was the prevention of the spread of venereal disease or birth control. I did not argue with him. Stayed PC and got my A. That unfortunately is what was the forerunner of today. For me the plague came from HASHEM and it is similar to the destruction of Yerushalayim described in Yechezkel. The red Tav in blood for TAMOOT or die and the black Tav in ink for TEHEYEH for who will live. Yechezkel Chapter 9.

Parsha Pinchas

25:10 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 11 'Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was very jealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy.

Phinehas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the kohen: Since the tribes were disparaging him, saying, Have you seen the son of Puti, whose mother’s father [Jethro] fattened (פִּטֵּם) calves for idols (See Rashi, Exod. 6:25), and who killed a chieftain of an Israelite tribe? For this reason, Scripture traces his pedigree to Aaron. — [Sanh. 82b, Num. Rabbah 21:3, Mid. Tanchuma Pinchas 2] By his zealously avenging Me: Heb. אֶתקִנְאָתִי בְּקַנְאוֹ, by his avenging My vengeance, by his releasing the wrath that I should have released. The term קִנְאָה always denotes someone motivated to take vengeance for some matter, in old French, enprenemant.

Pinchas’s battle was to fight for family purity and against idol worship.

12 Wherefore say: Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace;

My covenant of peace: That it should be a covenant of peace for him. Just as a man owes gratitude and favor to someone who did him a favor, so here God expressed to him His feelings of peace.

Two people have an eternal covenant the first is Pinchas and the second is David Melech Yisrael. The first taught us to be zealous for HASHEM and the second taught us both Teshuva and praise of HASHEM.

13 and it shall be unto him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'

It shall be: This covenant of Mine [mentioned in the previous verse] shall be for him. An eternal covenant of kehunah: Although the kehunah had already been given to Aaron’s descendants, it had been given only to Aaron and his sons who were anointed with him, and to their children whom they would beget after their anointment. Phinehas, however, who was born before that and had never been anointed, had not been included in the kehunah until now. And so, we learn in [Tractate] Zevachim [101b],“Phinehas was not made a kohen until he killed Zimri.”For his God: Heb. לֵאלֹהָיו, for the sake of his God, as in (11:29),“Are you zealous for my sake (לִי) ?” and (Zech. 8:2),“I am zealous for Zion (לְצִיּוֹן) ”-for the sake of Zion.

Pinchas was born but too young to be anointed priest when the Kahuna was anointed so it was a question whether or not he was a Cohain. Here comes HASHEM, himself and declares so but not only that but eternally so and with peace!

14 Now the name of the man of Israel that was slain, who was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers' house among the Simeonites. 15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a fathers' house in Midian.

I already wrote in past years that Pinchas turned into Eliyahu HaNovi. Zimri to Rabbi Akiva, Cozbi into Rachel and Zur into Kalba Savua to make a Tikkun on the reincarnations.

16 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 17 'Harass the Midianites, and smite them;

18 for they harass you, by their wiles wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.'
The census which was taken prior to the Egel HaZahav (golden calf) early in the desert is now retaken. Then it was 606,000 men after 38 years the quantity is 603,000 men after the deaths of the 24,000 from Shevet Shimon. That is the tragic history of Am Yisrael. We are good, we grow. We sin we are punished and either stay the same or shrink as in the Holocaust and the further holocaust of abortions, assimilations and late marriages of the Jewish People. The purpose of this census is to divide the land between families of the tribes that are entering the land. This is when the daughters who were orphaned ask for the share of their father which is that of a Bechor ben Bechor so quite large. However, since the land is tribal, they must marry within the tribe. They did and perhaps may of the 28,000,000 Bnei Menashe come from them.

… 52 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 53 'Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. 54 To the more thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to the fewer thou shalt give the less inheritance; to each one according to those that were numbered of it shall its inheritance be given. 55 Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. 56 According to the lot shall their inheritance be divided between the more and the fewer.' … 65 For the LORD had said of them: 'They shall surely die in the wilderness.' And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

The land was to be divided between tribes and families and the first born getting a double portion.

27: 1 Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, at the door of the tent of meeting, saying: 3 'Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not among the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons.

From here we learn of the inheritance of daughters.

… 6 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 7 'The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. 8 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. 9 And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

The daughters take precedence over brothers and other relatives for inheritance.

15 And Moses spoke unto the LORD, saying: 16 'Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Since Moshe will soon die (in approximately 40 days after the conquest of Midian), he must set up a successor. For after the defeat of Midian, Moshe was to be gathered in.        

17 who may go out before them, and who may come in before them, and who may lead them out, and who may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.'

Moshe was very worried who would lead the people. Sometimes it can go on momentum like the Chassidim of Rabbi Nachman from Breslov or the Lubavitch Organization that the last Rebbe set up. However, the people are not that entrenched in their beliefs and quite tribal so they need a head.

18 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is spirit, and lay thy hand upon him; 19 and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 20 And thou shalt put of thy honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may hearken. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD; at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.' 22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation. 23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD spoke by the hand of Moses.

Now the people have an ordained leader to bring them into the land.

28: 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them: My food which is presented unto Me for offerings made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Me, shall ye observe to offer unto Me in its due season. 3 And thou shalt say unto them: This is the offering made by fire which ye shall bring unto the LORD: he-lambs of the first year without blemish, two day by day, for a continual burnt-offering. 4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at dusk;

This is the daily offering with its meal and wine offering in the morning and in the very late afternoon as evening approaches. The exception being Erev Pessach when it was done at the start of the afternoon for the Korban Pessach to be slaughter and the blood sprinkled on the Mizbayach. This starts the order of the public Korbanos from the most usual occurrences to the lesser.

9 And on the Sabbath day two he-lambs of the first year without blemish, and two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, and the drink-offering thereof. 10 This is the burnt-offering of every Sabbath, beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof.

Since we have a weekly Shabbos Korban this follows and then the monthly Korban of Rosh Chodesh.

11 And in your new moons ye shall present a burnt-offering unto the LORD: two young bullocks, and one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; 12 and three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, for each bullock; and two tenth parts of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with oil, for the one ram; 13 and a several tenth part of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering unto every lamb; for a burnt-offering of a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 14 And their drink-offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bullock, and the third part of a hin for the ram, and the fourth part of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt-offering of every new moon throughout the months of the year. 15 And one he-goat for a sin-offering unto the LORD; it shall be offered beside the continual burnt-offering, and the drink-offering thereof.

The goat is added each month as a sin offering.

16 And in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is the LORD'S Passover. … 25 And on the seventh day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. {S} 26 Also in the day of the first-fruits, when ye bring a new meal-offering unto the LORD in your feast of weeks, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; …
29: 1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. 2 And ye shall prepare a burnt-offering for a sweet savor unto the LORD: one young bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; 3 and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for the bullock, two tenth part for the ram, 4 and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; 5 and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you. … 7 And on the tenth day of this seventh month ye shall have a holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls; ye shall do no manner of work; …12 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days; … 35 On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no manner of servile work;
… 39 These ye shall offer unto the LORD in your appointed seasons, beside your vows, and your freewill-offerings, whether they be your burnt-offerings, or your meal-offerings, or your drink-offerings, or your peace-offerings.

These Korbanos were the beautiful ceremonies of the yearly cycle. They were to bring the nation together and to remind the people of the creation and Yetzias Mitzrayim. The other Korbanos were from the individuals.

30:1 And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.

Baal Peor in mini and a little funny story from my childhood on poor education both of the non-Jew and the Jew. I go back in time to somewhere between 64 to 66 years ago when my age was between 4 to 6. The non-Jewish girl wanted to tell me a childish secret but I had to swear that I would not disclose it. She said, “Cross your heart and hope to die that you will never ever tell a lie.” Nobody told me what a cross was or crossing the heart no did they educate me that I should want to die or educate a child to be willing to die if they lie. Fast forward to the age of 9 or 10 and mike would do this exercise of moving his hand from either right to left or left to right and then up and down and hitting a punchball and bringing in a hit or a even getting a run for himself. I was pretty bad or a grounder to first base. By this time I had seen a statue of a dead Jew on a T square the open door of the local Catholic Church and people bowing down to it. So when Mark Wolf told me “You stupid Jew that was the sign of the Cross!” Crossing one’s heart. I was before Bar Mitzvah but that essentially minus the lewdness what Shevet Shimon did when they relieved themselves of defecated in front of Baal Peor.

Stalin vs. Schneersohn 90 years later by Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson

A Vain Battle
If there was ever a battle fought in vain, this was it. Or at least, so it seemed at the time.
The year is 1924. Vladimir Lenin, the father of the communist revolution, is dead; over 900,000 people pass through the Hall of Columns during the four days and nights that Lenin's body lay exposed to the public.
Josef Stalin succeeds him as the new leader of the Soviet Union. During the following thirty years, he would murder 50 million of his own people. Jews and Judaism would be one of his primary targets. He sets up a special government organization, the Yevsektzye, to ensure that Russian Jewry in its millions embrace the new ethos of Communism, introducing a paradise constructed of bullets and gulags. 
Stalin would rule with an iron fist till his death in March 1953, when four million people would gather in Red Square to bid farewell to the tyrant still revered and beloved by much of his nation and by many millions the world over.
At his home in Leningrad (today Petersburg), a 44-year-old rabbi, heir to some of the great Jewish thinkers and leaders of Russian Jewry, summons nine young disciples. He offers them an opportunity most would refuse: to take responsibility for the survival of Judaism in the communist Soviet Union; to ensure that Jewish life and faith would survive the hellish darkness of Stalin’s regime. He wants them to fight—in his words … “till the last drop of blood.”
They embrace the mission. He gives his hand to each of them as a sign that they are accepting an oath, one that would transform their destiny forever. "I will be the tenth, he says; together we have a Minyan"...
An Underground Revolution
The nine men were dispatched throughout the country. With assistance from similar minded colleagues, they created an impressive underground network of Jewish activity, which included Jewish schools, synagogues, mikvaot (ritual baths used by Jewish woman for spiritual feminine reinvigoration), adult Torah education, Yeshivot (academies for Torah learning for students), Jewish text books, providing rabbis for communities, teachers for schools, etc. Over the 1920's and 1930's, these individuals built six hundred (!) Jewish underground schools throughout the U.S.S.R (1). Many of them last for only a few weeks or months. When the KGB (the secret Russian police) discovered a school, the children were expelled, the teacher arrested. A new one was opened elsewhere, usually in a cellar or on a roof.
One of the nine young men was sent to Georgia. There were dozens of mikvaot there, all shut down by the communists who buried them in sand and gravel. This young man decided to do something radical. He falsified a letter written supposedly by the KGB headquarters in Moscow, instructing the local offices in Georgia to open two mikvaot within 24 hours.
The local officials were deceived. Within a day, two mikvaot were open. Several months later, when they discovered the lie, they shut them down again.
And so it went. A Mohel (the person performing the mitzvah of circumcision) was arrested, and another one was dispatched to serve the community; a yeshiva was closed, and another one opened elsewhere; a synagogue was destroyed and another one opened its portals in secrecy. It is a chapter in Jewish history unbeknownst to most.
But it sure seemed like a lost battle. Here was an individual rabbi, with a small group of pupils, staging an underground rebellion against a mighty empire that numbered in the hundreds of millions, and aspired to dominate the world. It was like an infant wrestling a giant, an ant attempting to defeat a military tank. The situation was hopeless.
Finally, in 1927—ninety years ago—they lost their patience with this man. The rabbi behind the counter-revolutionary work was arrested and sentenced to death by a firing squad. Foreign pressure and nothing less than a miracle convinced the KGB to alter the sentence to ten years in exile. It was then converted to three years, and then—quite unbelievable in the Soviet Regime where clergy and laymen alike were murdered like flies—he was completely exonerated. Today and tomorrow, July 6-7, the 12th and 13th of the Hebrew month of Tamuz, marks the 90th anniversary since he was liberated from Stalin’s death sentence.
The individual behind the spiritual mutiny was the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950), who became the leader of Chabad in 1920, after the passing of his father. He selected nine of his young pupils to wage battle with him. The one sent to Georgia, falsifying the KGB document, was my grandfather, Simon Yakabashvili, my father’s father (1900-1953). He, together with hundreds of his colleagues, Chassidim throughout the Soviet Union, was arrested in 1938, tortured mercilessly and given a 25-year sentence in the Gulag. Most of his eight colleagues who accepted the oath never made it out of Stalin’s hell. They perished in the Soviet Union.
(My grandfather, Reb Simon, made it out of the USSR, but died several years later at the age of 53 in Toronto. He died 64 years ago, on 2 Tamuz 5713, 1953, leaving their young sons, Gershon, Bezalel and Shalom. My father died in 2005, my uncle Bezalel died four years ago. Their mother, Frieda, passed on in 1954, one year after her husband. She was 44. One child remains, may he enjoy many long and healthy years).
Investing in Eternity
Nine decades have passed. This passage of time gives us the opportunity to answer the question, who won? Stalin or Schneerson?
Eighty years ago, Marx's socialism and Lenin’s communism heralded a new era for humanity. Its seemingly endless power and brutality seemed unbreakable.
Yet one individual stood up, a man who would not allow the awesome war machine of Mother Russia to blur his vision, to eclipse his clarity. In the depths of his soul he was aware that history had an undercurrent often invisible to most but discernible for students of the long and dramatic narrative of our people. He knew with full conviction that evil might thrive but it will die; yet goodness, holiness, G-dliness—embodied in Torah and Mitzvos—are eternal. And he chose to invest in eternity.
He probably did not know how exactly it would work out in the end. I am not sure he believed he would survive. But he knew that his mission in life was to sow seeds though the trees were being felled one by one.
Cynics scoffed at him; close friends told him he was making a tragic mistake. Even many of his religious colleagues were convinced that he was wasting his time and energy fighting an impossible war. They either fled the country or maintained a very low profile. Some great rabbis at the time felt he was trying to do the impossible and it was futile.
But 90 years later, this giant and what he represented have emerged triumphant. Today, in 2017, in the republics of the former Soviet Union stand hundreds of synagogues, Jewish day schools, yeshivot, mikvaot, Jewish community centers. Since communism fell, the Lubavitcher Rebbe (the son in law of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe who was liberated today in 1927) sent literally hundreds of ambassadors to create a Jewish renaissance. They span the entire length and breadth of the country, from Siberia to Tashkent; from Tbilisi till Krasnoyarsk. Over the last 25 years they have built more than one hundred (!) full-time Jewish day schools, in which more than 100,000 Jewish children received a Jewish Torah education. As this summer season began, dozens of Jewish day camps opened up throughout the former Soviet Union with tens of thousands of Jewish children who will enjoy a blissful summer coupled with the celebration of Jewish life.
Last Chanukah, a large menorah stood tall in the Kremlin, casting the glow of Chanukah on the grounds where Stalin walked with Berya and Yezhov. On Lag Baomer (a Jewish holiday), thousands of Jewish children with kippot on their heads marched the streets of Moscow with signs proclaiming, "Hear oh Israel... G-d is One." Jewish life is bustling in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, etc.
Visiting Russia last summer, Russia’s chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar, pointed to a massive Jewish school he built in Moscow stretching over a full block. “Right across from here were some of the main offices of the KGB, where the orders to decimate Judaism came from,” he said.
Across the street was a massive Jewish museum, one of the nicest I have ever seen, attracting thousands of weekly visitors, telling the story of the Jewish people and its heritage. “How did you get the money for this?” I asked Rabbi Lazar. He smiled and said that the first million came from the private charity of Vladimir Putin and then the rest was easy.
I then entered, two streets over, the Marina Rashtze synagogue in Moscow, a massive and beautiful 8-story structure. Hundreds of Jews were praying and studying Torah.   
Comrade Stalin is dead; communism has faded away as hopelessly irrelevant and destructive. The sun of the nations is today a clod of darkness. The ideology of the Soviet Empire which declared "Lenin has not died and Stalin will not die. He is eternal," is now a mockery. Stalin and Lenin are as dead as one can be. But the Mikvaot built by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1927, they are still here.
 If you will visit Russia this coming Shabbos, I am not sure you will find anybody celebrating the life and vision of Stalin or even Khrushchev and Brezhnev. But you will find tens of thousands of Jews celebrating the liberation of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1927 and the narrative of one man’s triumph over one of the greatest mass-murderers in human history, sharing his vision, committing themselves to continue saturating the world with the light of Torah and Mitzvos.
So today on the 12th of Tamuz lift up your glasses and say L’chayim! L’chayim to a Rebbe who inspired such heroism in so many disciples, many of them who paid the ultimate price. L’chayim to the incredible Jews of Russia who maintained the embers burning for seven decades, and then—when opportunity came—fanned them into glowing flames. L’chayim to my dear Zeide, Reb Simon, whom I never met but whose life-story is engraved in the core of my heart.
Today, we have many battles to fight, and plenty of darkness to conquer. It is easy to become cynical or depressed, leading to emotional paralysis. But our greatest leaders always knew better. They never allowed the mask of evil to define the narrative of history; they ensured that another story would dominate the world agenda.
So can we.

From Albert: Who was Manny?

Pierre didn't know where it came from, he only knew that it came and it helped in oh-so-many ways. The money always arrived with a small short note that simply said, "Keep up the great cause, we will prevail," and was simply signed, "Manny."

Pierre didn't know who Manny was - nobody did! Not then anyway, we do now. But this was during World War II when the Black Horror was sweeping Europe. That's what Manny called it, The Black Horror, & of course he was referring to the Nazi plague that was taking over most of the continent. Pierre was a leader of the French Resistance, commonly called the underground. He fought with groups of French citizens in the best way he could, by living within main society and leading bands of armed resistance against the Germans in clandestine activities. They would ambush German patrols, blow up German installations and sabotage Nazi operations in any way they could.

The Allies were good at providing arms and weapons, but the underground also needed money. That was a commodity that was very hard to come by during the war, especially when your country is completely occupied by an invading military force.

And that's where Manny came in. He sent money, and he sent a lot of it. Manny was Emmanuel Goldenberg, born a Romanian Jew, who was now living in America. Manny had done very well in his life and he knew only too well what kinds of horrors were going on in his native Romania & the rest of Europe. Jews and others were being gassed and killed by the millions and he had to do something.

One thing he could do was use his good fortune to help the war effort. He had tried to join the Armed Forces, but he didn't qualify, so he did what he could. He sent money to where it was needed the most - to the resistance as I said, Pierre was one of the leaders of the resistance. There were many, but Pierre controlled the action around the area of Normandy. He and his people were very instrumental in assisting the Allied invasion on D-Day by sabotaging redirecting many Nazi forces moments before the actual invasion. Much of this was possible because of the money that arrived every month. Month after month, for two years, money arrived for Pierre and his cause from Manny. It never failed! It literally saved the day. No, Pierre never knew who Manny was, only that he sent money for food, clothes, gasoline and many other important things.

But years later, we know who Manny was, that silent guardian angel of the French underground. So do you. He was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and a fine gentleman. It's a Little Known Fact that a very important part of the success of the French underground came from a source they never knew: Emmanuel Goldenberg, or as you knew him, the very fine actor Edward G. Robinson.

P.S. Not many know that he was a famous actor in the Yiddish theatre before he became a movie star.

Anti-biotics being resisted by diseases:

So much for Reform Prayers at the Kotel only activism on Rosh Chodesh.

Lashon HaRa blacklist released without the Chief Rabbi stinks of groundless hatred.

Since the days of the great rivalry between Rabin and Peres in the Labor Party every few years they change leaders as a result the Likud is steady and they have gone down.

Not the Canada that Diane knew maybe it is time for Muslim to apologize.

Prince Hamlet finds something rotten in Denmark on how some Russian Woman deigned a visa gets one.

Inyanay Diyoma

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Iran is on-board with Russian and American deal because it leaves them a pathway to the Mediterrean Sea.

We cannot free living terrorists for bodies:

Poland to buy about $1billion in David’s Sling missiles:,7340,L-4986597,00.html

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Hindi turned Muslim a member of “The Muslim Army” tries to infiltrate the US Military.

Qatar moves to fight terrorism but not Iran.,7340,L-4987954,00.html

Germans up in arms against undocumented immigrants and rapes:

Russian troops take over from Iranians, Syrians near Yarden.

Drivers who smuggle in terrorists subject to fines.,7340,L-4988306,00.html

Canada tried to boycott of Israeli wine but free trade agreement stopped it.,7340,L-4989209,00.html

Ed-Op Corruption case 3000 “secret” deal on submarines and the public could not check the corruption.,7340,L-4987730,00.html

Three terrorists shoot policemen checking the entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate. Two are in critical condition and one in lightly injured with two bullets being removed. Two terrorist with guns shot dead and the one with the knife may be singing or dead.,7340,L-4989180,00.html
Video of the incident as they try to flee to the Mosque:

A soldier who was supposed to be relieved of holding a weapon obtains one and shoots at his commander.,7340,L-4989109,00.html

Good Shabbos all. A peaceful and healthy Shabbos,

Rachamim Pauli