Friday, August 4, 2017

Parshiyos Devarim, Eschanan, stories and more

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

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, Chana Tzipporah bas Elka Breindel, Miriam Liba bas Devorah, Rachel Sara bas Chava Ethel

NEW NAMES listed above: Yacov ben Tova Ethel, Rachel Sara bas Chava Ethel

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

With great sorrow.
We regret to inform you of the Petira (passing) of "Rabbi AL" Lukacs.
אברהם בן יעקב ע"ה
I have removed Avraham ben Devorah from my prayer list.

I had the craziest “random security check” in Londonstan Airport by a few security women in Hijabs. Next to me was a 75-year-old before her was a blue-eyed 65-year-old blond. Now how many senior citizens have committed terror? How many Rabbis that are 70 or more have tried to blow up planes with frequent flyer tier points almost enough to give a special lounge car for future flights. “Really alert for terrorists these folks are” said Yoda.

Where was the Drasha – Blogspot for Parsha Devarim and Tisha B’Av? Between traveling and having e-mail problems at the same time, I could not do more than spend my time trying to restore my system and purchase food for Shabbos. I don’t usually look for excuse but this was really beyond my control. So this week I have combined two Parshiyos together.

Parsha Devarim

Last week, we left off that the Bnei Yisrael were at the Yarden opposite Yericho. Today the bridge is a bit south of there. The Nevo range is nearby. Har Nevo of Moshe is a series of mountains. At this point in time 413 Mitzvos of the Torah have been cover so Sefer Devarim is the most Mitzvah Dense of all the Seforim.

In Devarim Moshe gives three major Drashos. The first is Mussar starts off at the end of the 40th year exactly 37 days before Moshe will pass on. It runs from chapters 1 through 5. From 5 onwards until 27:9 are the Halachos and from 27:10 onwards is the farewell address and blessings.

This is also Yeshiva – Kollel vacation time and reader vacation time. Despite things, I may shorten the material that we shall learn. Shoftim and Ki Teitzei may be combined into one due to a wedding and other things at that time.

The first 10 places mentioned by Moshe are hints of things that the Bnei Yisrael did to anger HASHEM “You have tried me these ten times” (Bamidbar 14:22).

1:1 These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel beyond the Jordan; in the wilderness, in the Arabah, over against Suph, between Paran and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Di-zahab.

Here Moshe starts off the Mussar by reminding the people of the Egel HaZahav (golden calf).

2 It is eleven days journey from Horeb unto Kadesh-barnea by the way of mount Seir.

The modern mountain called Sinai and Kadesh Barnea which is on the border of Gaza and the current Egyptian Border and travelling towards Seir (Aquaba area) makes sense that it is an 11 day journey by people on foot with herds, flocks and small children.

3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them; 4 after he had smitten Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who dwelt in Ashtaroth, at Edrei; 5 beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, took Moses upon him to expound this law, saying:

How many records are preserved from 3,289 years ago giving the precise date, events and place? The Torah is precise, the truth and well preserved.

6 The LORD our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying: 'Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain; 7 turn you, and take your journey, and go to the hill-country of the Amorites and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the Arabah, in the hill-country, and in the Lowland, and in the South, and by the sea-shore; the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. 8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.'

This part of the Mussar is ethics via historical events.

9 And I spoke unto you at that time, saying: 'I am not able to bear you myself alone; … 15 So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men, and full of knowledge, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens, and officers, tribe by tribe. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying: 'Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.

This was dividing the yoke of Torah between lesser people to judge and teach for everybody cannot bother the Gadol HaDor on simple matters.

17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; ye shall hear the small and the great alike; ye shall not be afraid of the face of any man; for the judgment is God's; and the cause that is too hard for you ye shall bring unto me, and I will hear it.' 18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.

While HASHEM was guiding us by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night, I taught you the Halachos.

19 And we journeyed from Horeb, and went through all that great and dreadful wilderness which ye saw, by the way to the hill-country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20 And I said unto you: 'Ye are come unto the hill-country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God giveth unto us. 21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath spoken unto thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.'

You were about to have the whole land of Eretz Yisrael and to be independent again.

22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said: 'Let us send men before us, that they may search the land for us, and bring us back word of the way by which we must go up, and the cities unto which we shall come.' 25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us back word, and said: 'Good is the land which the LORD our God giveth unto us.' 26 Yet ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God; 27 and ye murmured in your tents, and said: 'Because the LORD hated us, He hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 28 Whither are we going up? our brethren have made our heart to melt, saying: The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.'

You shivered in your boot about the possibility of war even though you8 are promised success. You are in complete melt down panic.

29 Then I said unto you: 'Dread not, neither be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God who goes before you, He shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31 and in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bore thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came unto this place. 32 Yet in this thing ye do not believe the LORD your God,

It was more than not-believing it was complete rebellion against G-D.

… 34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and swore, saying: 35 'Surely there shall not one of these men, even this evil generation, see the good land, which I swore to give unto your fathers, 36 save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children; because he hath wholly followed the LORD.' 37 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying: Thou also shalt not go in thither; 38 Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before thee, he shall go in thither; encourage thou him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

HASHEM saw that nothing pleased the generation so HE decided to educate the next generation.

39 Moreover your little ones, that ye said should be a prey, and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

And skipping over our by-passing our “brother” Esav, we finally came to Moav.

… 2:8 And we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab. 9 And the LORD said unto me: 'Be not at enmity with Moab, neither contend with them in battle; for I will not give thee of his land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.

Just like Esav Moav was not to be conquered but that did not stop Balak from his magical war with us.

-- 10 The Emim dwelt therein aforetime, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim; 11 these also are accounted Rephaim, as the Anakim; but the Moabites call them Emim. 12 And in Seir dwelt the Horites aforetime, but the children of Esau succeeded them; and they destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them.

These are the same Anakim that 38 plus years ago the spies were afraid of. No problem we defeated them with the war of Og and Sichon. But as this is Mussar it is saying “Why did you not trust in HASHEM as you defeated them like eating a peace a cake?”

… 17 that the LORD spoke unto me saying: 18 'Thou art this day to pass over the border of Moab, even Ar; 19 and when thou come nigh over against the children of Ammon, harass them not, nor contend with them; for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon for a possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.

Just like Esav and Moav we are forbidden to attack Ammon.

3:1 Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Edrei. 2 And the LORD said unto me: 'Fear him not; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.' 3 So the LORD our God delivered into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people; and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.

We see that with relative ease, HASHEM helped us take the land of these powerful kings.

11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

Based on 18 inches or 45 cm, the bed in which Og fits in was. 4.05 meters’ length or 20.25 feet. The width being 1.8 meters or 6 feet. So all the Aggadah about him being tall is a hidden secret story and message.  

… 21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying: 'Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings; so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou go over.

No man is irreplaceable. You are my replacement.

22 Ye shall not fear them; for the LORD your God, He it is that fights for you.'

The Parsha concludes that HE will fight of us.

Parsha Vaeschanan

3:23 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying: … 26 But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and hearkened not unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto Me of this matter.

Moshe essentially put Am Yisrael’s needs above his own. For on his normal merits, he could have entered the land. However, he lost his temper at them for their behavior causing G-D to be wroth with him for not do what HE commanded so Moshe lost out.  

27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold with thine eyes; for thou shalt not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.'

Moshe will see the promised land but only Yehoshua shall enter it leading the people on to conquest.

29 So we abode in the valley over against Beth-peor.

This was the last major sin of the people so we are still in Mussar.

4:1 And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, giveth you. 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Nobody can ever add or delete a word from Torah.

3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did in Baal-peor; for all the men that followed the Baal of Peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from the midst of thee. 4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

You see what happened to those who strayed from the path of HASHEM. So it you want to live you will have to comply to the laws of HASHEM. As the Mussar ends Moshe reminds the people of the standing at Har Sinai also known as Horev.

10 the day that thou stood before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me: 'Assemble Me the people, and I will make them hear My words that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.' 11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 12 And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire; ye heard the voice of words, but ye saw no form; only a voice. 13 And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even the ten words (sayings); and He wrote them upon two tables of stone.

If we read the full Hebrew, it is more than 10 words it is called Asera Dibros or sayings that is perhaps why I dislike the 1917 translation (albeit free on the internet) which is based on the KJV of the non-Jews. Now on the Luchos there might have been only about 10 works but most likely a few negative ones would have the Hebrew Lamed Aleph or Lo before murder, steal, adultery and Ayin Lamed or Al before coveting.

14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. 15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves--for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horev out of the midst of the fire.

Those who were under 18 - 19 at the time of the revelation were at Sinai so they would still be part of the military. It was still clear in their minds some 38 - 39 years later. Those under 40 would be of the generation after the revelation and all subsequent generations would not know anybody who was there. [Those who went through the Shoah want to preserve the records on film for the generation that will be born after the last survivor is gone.]

23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, even the likeness of any thing which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. 24 For the LORD thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

We look at some of the images and statues that we see in museums and scratch our heads today. Some people say that they made ‘miracles’ by manipulation others by negative spiritual entities like those who brought frogs before Pharaoh. For how can we see these things. YET ON THE CARL BRIDGE IN PRAGUE A FEW YEARS AGO, I SAW PEOPLE WAITING ON LINE TO HOLD ON TO AND KISS A STATUE OF A SAINT OR YESHU.

… 26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over the Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

When you become corrupt, and worship false gods, you will be destroyed from the land.

27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the LORD shall lead you away. ... 30 In thy distress, when all these things are come upon thee, in the end of days, thou wilt return to the LORD thy God, and hearken unto His voice; 31 for the LORD thy God is a merciful God; He will not fail thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He swore unto them.

But it is not going to be sweet with the Jihad, Inquisition, Shoah, Pogroms, Talmud Burnings and assorted rapes, murders and forced conversions.

… 36 Out of heaven He made thee to hear His voice, that He might instruct thee; and upon earth He made thee to see His great fire; and thou didst hear His words out of the midst of the fire. …39 know this day, and lay it to thy heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none else. 40 And thou shalt keep His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou may prolong thy days upon the land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, forever.

I brought down the above words to summarize what is the theme of the Mussar to make the people understand G-D.

41 Then Moses separated three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; … 43 Bezer, Ramoth and Golan. … 46 beyond the Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, when they came forth out of Egypt; 47 and they took his land in possession, and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 48 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of Arnon, even unto mount Sion--the same is Hermon.

Pray that there will be no accidental manslaughter and that one should remember that HASHEM has given us the land.

5:1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horev. 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

Having live witnesses to the events at Sinai reinforced the words of Moshe.

4 The LORD spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire.

You were there and received the words straight from the L-RD.

5 I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare unto you the word of the LORD; for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount--saying: 6 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 7 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, even any manner of likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 8 Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate Me, 9 and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments. 10 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. 11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD thy God commanded thee.

The first time we are told to remember the Shabbos. It is important for if one forgets the laws of the 39 Melachos or what is permissible and what is forbidden one can come to sin. This time Moshe tells us to guard the Shabbos. For like in his previous warning of exile and remembering the people one must guard in Gallus the Shabbos despite being among the nations of the world. There are more fine differences which I discussed last year and one can check in the archives of the blogspot.

12 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 13 but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou.

No Melacha can be done on the Shabbos by a Jew even a servant that Beis Din sold because of thievery.

14 And thou shalt remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.

Who ordains that somebody will be a servant or master? HE has commanded you to observe the Shabbos along with your servants.

15 Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God commanded thee; that thy days may be long, and that it may go well with thee, upon the land which the LORD thy God gives thee.

This Mitzvah and the one with sending the mother bird from the nest are the only two that promise a long life but it does not have to be in this world but in the next.

16 Thou shalt not murder.

It says murder and not kill. For a soldier and policeman can kill for the safety of the public and the witnesses can kill the person whom the Sanhedrin has authorized. However, to become a person who blows up civilians or murders that the court hasn’t  ruled upon is forbidden.

Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

Adultery can occur only between a married woman but if the woman is a square dancer and changes partners every week but is not married there is no adultery. She and her lovers can be punished by the Beis Din for relations without a Ketuba but there is no adultery just immodesty. Problems arise with common-in-law wives and partners but that is not marriage according to the laws of Moshe and Yisrael.

Neither shalt thou steal. Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbor. 17 Neither shalt thou covet thy neighbor's wife; neither shalt thou desire thy neighbor's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor's.

Stealing is the lazy person’s way to earn things without work. The thief has no regard for the neighbor. If one covets too much he can become a thief or a murderer. Saddam Hussein would covet a wife of a general and if he did not divorce her, she became a widow and there was no adultery as for murder that did not bother him. The Tzaddik on the other hand says “Baruch HASHEM that HE has blessed my neighbor” I should rejoice for him and if I work hard, give charity and pray maybe I will get to be like him. Or I am rich for I am satisfied in my lot and don’t need all the luxuries of the world.

18 These words the LORD spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice, and it went on no more. And He wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me.

This was the Luchos that were given before the Egel HaZahav and were broken by Moshe when he saw the flagrant violation of: 7 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, even any manner of likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 8 Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; which caused him to lose his temper.

19 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 20 and ye said: 'Behold, the LORD our God hath shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God doth speak with man, and he lives. … 24 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spoke unto me; and the LORD said unto me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have spoken. 25 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear Me, and keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! 26 Go say to them: Return ye to your tents.

I believe that I read somewhere that had we heard all the ten commandments we would never have gone into Gallus and the Moshiach would have come a few thousand years ago.

27 But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.'

The Mussar ends and the section dealing with the commands starts at this point. Although this is one Parsha, the real action took place days later from the first half.

6:1 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. 2 that thou might fear the LORD thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

The Mitzvos are to live by them and to have the dynamic effect that if you guard them with care and observe them, they will guard you and preserve your life. They are literally the “length of our days” as we mention in our prayers.

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath promised unto thee--a land flowing with milk and honey.

In Meseches Berachos Daf 5, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai says that three gifts the Holy One Blessed be HE gave to Am Yisrael and these are: 1) Torah 2) Eretz Yisrael and 3) Olam HaBa and they all come through trials and tribulations (Yissorim). So if at first you come into Israel as a new immigrant and see a land that “gobbles up its people”, remember you are looking at it as a spy did. But if you start adjusting and blending into the land and the Mitzvos, you will see it as a land flowing with milk and honey. If this bag of Yissorim goes for Jews all the more so for converts.

4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

I have written in past Drashos of how one combines THE NAME with the 70 NAMES (Shin Mem with the Ayin NAMES) and how the Ayin of Shema and the Dalet of Ehud combines to spell Ayd or witness that this is the truth. How many Jews have died in the Inquisition, Shoah and other tortures saying this foundation of truth. Hillel told the Ger who wanted to learn Judaism by standing on one foot, the Shema and love thy neighbor as yourself (Vayikra 19:18) and the rest is commentary. Go and learn this and the commentaries.

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

With all your heart – even in bad times. With all your soul - even if HE takes your soul in the process. With all your might – your possessions.

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sit in thy house, and when thou walk by the way, and when thou lie down, and when thou rise up.

These words shall be passed on from generation to generation and they shall be part of you (I would add even in your sleep) but certain from the time you say Modeh Ani in the morning until the blessings of the Shema upon going to bed, they and the L-RD shall be before you always.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.

It is not the alarm system and the police that guard your house from burglary, fire, a lightning strike but the Mezuzos.

10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land which He swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee--great and goodly cities, which thou didst not build, 11 and houses full of all good things, which thou didst not fill, and cisterns hewn out, which thou didst not hew, vineyards and olive-trees, which thou didst not plant, and thou shalt eat and be satisfied.

Observe properly and eat and be satisfied in your portion.

12 then beware lest thou forget the LORD, who brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; and Him shalt thou serve, and by His name shalt thou swear. 14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples that are round about you; 15 for a jealous God, even the LORD thy God, is in the midst of thee; lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and He destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Here is the deal you shall love G-D as in the Shema and fear HIM so as not to go astray. You shall not go after the other so-called Monotheistic religions by being enticed. For they are strange unto Judaism. The Jihad and writings of the poetic flow of the Koran is not what G-D wants for a Jew. And nobody died for your sins or will die for you sins but you which is the Christian Belief. Neither is the trinity any part of our belief. I have brought down many times Shemos 4:22 in which Yisrael is called the first born son. There is no only son in Judaism. These religions are perhaps not the Avoda Zara that existed once upon a time, but for a Jewish Neshama, they are.

… 20 When thy son asks thee in time to come, saying: 'What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? 21 then thou shalt say unto thy son: 'We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his house, before our eyes. 23 And He brought us out from thence, that He might bring us in, to give us the land which He swore unto our fathers. 24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25 And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as He hath commanded us.'

The Bnei Yisrael rely upon transmission of the Torah to their children in the future and continuing the chain link by link of generations of Torah and Mitzvos. Some of us like myself had a few weak chains in the past few generations but the golden links of the merits of our forefathers bring us back. Education is the future of Judaism and improper education is the end. Torah without Avoda can exist for a few Rabbis but not all. Avoda without Torah will lead to madness and self-destruction. We see people begging all the time who only learned Torah and we see the Reform movement that is slowly dying out of Judaism through lack of reproduction. Each are harmful. That is why the Sages of blessed memory said in Avos be careful lest your children or students drink from poisoned wells and you die off. Hiding the secular from the religious children as in Meah Shaarim often leads to complete rebellion. That is why the Sages say Torah and Derek Eretz makes one forget sin.

7: … 11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command thee this day, to do them.

In the last four weeks 6 friends or a spouse of a friend have passed away. Now I got this about DANIEL BEN RIVKA a close buddy since 1965. He desperately needs a kidney. He has been on my pray list for a few years. HE NEEDS A KIDNEY DONATION as his first kidney he lost in early 1969 about the time I lost my father. I received this from his sister-in-law.

Dear Rachamim,
Hi. This is Chelle, Bobi’s (nickname for Barbara) (& Del’s) sister.
We are desperately attempting to find a suitable donor for a kidney. Del is currently on dialysis and is in End Stage Kidney Disease. A living donor (blood type O) offers him the best chance for an extended life and more time with his family. Del is loved by so many.
Bobi and Del recently connected with an organization called Renewal. This organization helps to find suitable donors for people in dire need of kidneys. A lot of reaching out is done via emails and social media. We are asking for your help in reaching the masses.
We have a web site set up where we are also posting many of the letters that have been written on Del’s behalf. Go to to see it; scroll down to see individual posts.
We are asking for 3 things:
#1- Would you please write a few lines (a post) about what Del means to you, something about your relationship, or something about Del contributions (it can be any or all so long as it comes from the heart). Renewal recommends that we humanize and tug at heart-strings. Also any digital pics of you and Del (or Del in family situations) would also be appreciated.
#2- Would you please forward this site (in entirety or individual posts) to all of your email contacts, local organizations, houses of worship, unions, etc.? Also post on Facebook and/or Twitter. This will help get the word out. To forward an individual post click on the heading of that post first.
#3- If you, and this is admittedly the hardest request for me to make, or anyone you know might be a compatible donor, please consider having yourself tested. For more information about kidney donation, please call 718 431-9831 or email . Renewal’s website is Please be sure to use Del’s name. Getting tested is no obligation.
Please consider doing any or all of the above, anything you can do will help.
If you submit a letter, please write from your heart — I can fill in the necessary referral info for the post. Please email your words to me at and put “Del” in the subject line. It can be just a few lines or a full letter, it all helps. Also please forward this email (or send me their email) to anyone you know who might want to contribute to this effort.
Thank you so much for your help and prayers,
With love,

“Rabbi” Avraham Lukas a few words.

Rabbi A. L. was not really a Rabbi but more a Shaliach Tzibur for many ill people and perhaps like a Shamash of the Rav (a servant of the Congregation). He was a Chassid of Rabbi Herbst Shlita of the Congregation of Premishlan in Borough Park Brooklyn. He was ill with diabetes so had to visit the hospital in the area. He began walking around the hospital and visit Jews that were ill. He earned the name Rabbi for that and would listen to their stories and add their names to his weekly prayer list. He had on the list those wanting Shidduchim, undergoing fertility treatments, even great Rabbis who were ill from Eretz Yisrael some of whom who passed on.
However, he had a secret which perhaps only a few Rabbis knew. He had lost his mother at a young age and had a father with advanced diabetes in the legs. He had to take his father to Schul and be his aide. This left him little time to play or mingle with others growing up. Somebody should have had the Jewish Family Services help this family. Instead he did everything by himself. Other youths took advantage of him and abused his want of attention and good helpful nature.

His father passed away before he reached marriageable age and without guidance or help in finding a Shidduch, his shy nature kept too demurred. If I had only known him 20 to 30 years sooner, I might have been able to give him big brother type guidance and help in marrying. [For some reason my generation of NY Jews were shy males – my brother only married at the age of 39 and another friend never married with one friend marrying in his 40’s it is no wonder why the demographics of Jews in the States does not rise.]

The Coachman Disguise by Rabbi Y. Tilles

In general, the study hall of Rabbi Boruch was a joyous place. During the Nine Days before Tisha B'Av, however, the atmosphere was rather somber, as if a dark cloud hovered above.

The tzadik himself had disappeared; no one knew where he was. Rumor had it that Rabbi Boruch had disguised himself as a beggar and was wandering from town to town, the better to experience the exile of the Divine Presence.

In the village square stood a wagon driver next to his horses. To all outward appearances he looked like any other wagon driver, but it was really Rabbi Boruch in a new disguise. It didn't take long until a Polish nobleman asked to engage his services.

The tzadik made a quick calculation: If everything went well, he would make it back to town on the day before Tisha B'Av. He agreed to take the nobleman to his destination, and the two set off.

Now, the horses that Rabbi Boruch had procured were not exactly in their prime; the poor specimens could barely pull the wagon and stopped every few feet to rest. The most tranquil of passengers would have found it irritating; how much more so did the Polish nobleman, who was in a hurry to reach his destination. The tzadik was subjected to a steady stream of curses and insults. But he remained silent, feeling acutely the pain and affront to the Divine Presence in exile.

The journey would take several days, and each evening the two travelers sought refuge in an inn. The nobleman obtained the finest accommodations, while Rabbi Boruch slept in the barn with his horses. The tzadik made sure to don his tefilin and pray several hours before the nobleman woke up. Only afterwards would he rouse him to resume their travels.

One morning, however, when Rabbi Boruch knocked on the nobleman's door he received no answer. The nobleman, he soon realized, was in a drunken stupor, having spent the night before carousing with some local peasants. With great difficulty the tzadik managed to haul him over to the wagon and dump him in. Throughout it all, the nobleman remained unconscious.

The next stage of the journey took them through a dense forest. The horses plodded along at their usual sluggish pace, keeping time with the nobleman's loud snores. Rabbi Boruch was lost in thought.

Suddenly, a terrible pain ripped through the tzadik's head. When he woke up he found himself tied to a tree, with the Polish nobleman in similar circumstances. The horses and wagon were gone, but Rabbi Boruch noticed that his prayer book, talit and tefilin had been tossed aside. Immediately he thanked G-d for having saved his life.

Moving his arms and legs the tzadik was able to gradually loosen his bonds. The first thing he did was to pick up his prayer book, talit andtefilin and kiss them. Next he turned his attention to the Polish nobleman, who was still unconscious but appeared to be breathing.

Rabbi Boruch found a stream and splashed some water on the man's face. Nonetheless, it took a few hours until his eyelids fluttered. "What happened?" the nobleman stammered. "Why am I lying on the ground?"

The tzadik told him what had happened, but as soon as he heard the word "robbers" he began to scream. "My money! My money!" Rabbi Boruch tried to calm him down and told him that he should be grateful for being alive, but the nobleman remained extremely agitated and kept looking at the tzadik with barely concealed suspicion.

With no other choice the two set out on foot. After wandering for several days they came upon an encampment of hunters, some of whom were the nobleman's friends. Out of earshot of the wagon driver, the nobleman told them that he suspected his companion of having stolen his money. His suspicion was based on the simple fact that the driver was the only person who had known of its existence.

One hunter suggested that they shoot him immediately, but the oldest member of the party demurred. "Let's tie him to a tree," he proposed. "If he's guilty, he will die. If not, then G-d help him." The tzadik was immediately seized and bound.

Night fell, and Rabbi Boruch's tears flowed freely as he prayed the evening service. From the depths of his heart he implored G-d to save him, his voice echoing back in the eerie silence.

The sound of approaching footsteps suddenly cut off his words. It was the old hunter who had returned, the very one who had objected to killing him. "I wanted to see how you were," he said. "I never thought you were guilty in the first place. The real robbers have just been apprehended and have admitted to everything. It seems that when our foolish friend got drunk the other night, he boasted to everyone about all the money he was carrying."

It was the night of Tisha B'Av when Rabbi Boruch arrived back at the study hall, where his disciples were waiting for him expectantly. And everyone noticed that the tzadik's reading of the Book of Lamentations was especially emotional that year.

Stupidity of the year. Woman buys Boa Constrictor and is attacked by her pet.

Ed – Op Hendel corrupt public servants.,7340,L-4991893,00.html

Arab tractor thieves thwarted in heightened security alert.

Tara Dairy switches Kosher inspectors.

Bribery and corruption on the highest level in submarine procurement scandal why an agent with a larger commission was chosen over the cheaper commission one.,7340,L-4997199,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma

Hezballah and Syria to launch a new offensive.,7340,L-4992421,00.html

4 Shachidim in riots who shot them?:

IDF meets resistance when trying to arrest helpers of terrorist:,7340,L-4992764,00.html

It never was about metal detectors for even cameras are not good it is about who is in charge of security on the Temple Mount aka Har HaBeis.,7340,L-4993044,00.html

Chief Rabbi sorry that the terrorist was not killed:,7340,L-4992954,00.html

From newspaper headlines you would think that it is dangerous in Yerushalayim. Not the case, my grandson visited the Kotel and I took three 12 year olds up to the presenting of the Tephillin to my forester son. Still riots in the Arab areas.

Fake news in the USA on terror attack:

After stabbing attack, Jordan diplomatic crises resolved:

Israel called upon to recognize ISIS genocide:,7340,L-4993737,00.html

Shiite terrorists vs. Sunni terrorist:,7340,L-4993648,00.html

Trump – Hezballah a threat to peace.,7340,L-4994402,00.html

Ed-OP Yemeni why Muslims have this inferior complex. (This leads to the Dhimmi Complex of superiority).,7340,L-4993554,00.html

77% of Israelis regard removal of metal detectors surrender of Israel.

Rabbi starts a fight to stop LGBT take-over of Israel.

ADL is now the tool of Obama, Soros and the left attacking non-antisemites from the right.

Riots by the religion of peace followers on Har HaBeis as they return to their Jihad.,7340,L-4995360,00.html

Yafo criminal arrest leads to violence.,7340,L-4996066,00.html

Angela let in the Islamists results =:,7340,L-4995770,00.html

US is against Venezuela the friend of Iran and a dictatorship.

Republicans are spineless an Ed-Op video by Hannity:

US viewed as paper tiger so toughness is on the rise.

Iranian fake profile lures people to provide info. Fake woman works on high positioned individuals in sensitive companies in the US, India, Saudi and Israel is exposed and probably not the only catfishing.,7340,L-4997134,00.html

After fighting off a major Iranian cyber-attack, an Israeli firm lands a big contract with a US business.

SWAT team finally arrests Abdul, a convert to the religion of peace, for his violence.

From Gary: Security leaks and IT breaches in the Pakistan – Wasserman Schultz scandal:

Terror in Yavneh Supermarket:

When you fall in love make sure that it is with a humane person. Jewish girl friend of Arab murdered in 8th month.,7340,L-4997685,00.html

No wonder Trump chose him, he has the brains to see that no solution can be found with a group whose hand is on everything.,7340,L-4997392,00.html

When will all the groundless hatred end? – Ed-Op on Tisha B’Av,7340,L-4997054,00.html

Cutting out prayer and the ten commandments introducing the 5 pillars of Islam in schools.

Russia, Iran, N. Korea poo-poo US sanctions in public.,7340,L-4998163,00.html

Deputy Mayor arrested over connection to Mafia hit in Israel.,7340,L-4998240,00.html

Israeli Security System targets IED’s:,7340,L-4998183,00.html

Shin Bet covers-up amount of attacks.

New Commander of the Israeli Seals is religious.

My Rabbis told me not to go up the Temple Mount. Here is the former chief Rabbi.

A blessed and peaceful Shabbos to all,
Rachamim Pauli