Friday, September 1, 2017

Ki Teitzei, story, miracle, Elul

Please pray for Eliezer Binyamin ben Feige Dina, Shmuel Gedaliah ben Sara Alter.

Miracle Alert thanks to Rabbi Rafael Rabinovich

Barcelona: it turns out that there were more than 40 Jews who were exactly on "Las ramblas", specifically where it was the truck ramming in which more than 13 people died and there are more than 100 injured. However, a few minutes before the bombing occurred, they called all these young Jews to say the afternoon prayer (Mincha) in a restaurant that is there. As soon as all these Jews came in to say Mincha, just a few minutes later, the terrible attack I ended with so many lives just where they were a few minutes before. When you change your will to fulfill the will of HASHEM, HASHEM will change yours to fulfill one's and save you from all evil you have seen shalom. Have Shabbat Shalom and all the best in the world!!!

Parsha Ki Teitzei

We certainly had a lot of Mitzvos in Parsha Shoftim and this week too we have a tremendous amount. Since we are in Elul Rabbi Barak Kochavi started out last week’s Drasha with the Shoftim V’ Shomrim (guards or guardians) and where do we need them on the eyes, ears and mouth for we can look and see things we shouldn’t, hear things we shouldn’t and talk things that we shouldn’t. Now this week we start off with our battle with the Yetzer. Going back in time when the conventions of war were kill the men and take the women not far from what ISIS did but this time making the woman your wife or free to marry somebody else. 

21:10 When thou go forth to battle against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God delivers them into thy hands, and thou carries them away captive, 11 and sees among the captives a woman of goodly form, and thou hast a desire unto her, and would take her to thee to wife; 12 then thou shalt bring her home to thy house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; 13 and she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thy house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month; and after that thou may go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

You make her ugly and you only have her personality to deal with. One of the hardest things for women undergoing chemotherapy is to lose their hair so I can imagine what this captive is going through. NOTE: The word used for month in this Pasuk is Moon in Hebrew and not Month.

14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not deal with her as a slave, because thou hast humbled her.

But what happens if after a month the women turns out to be with a low IQ and a terrible personality? You let her go free from your house to marry somebody else.

15 If a man have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the first-born son be hers that was hated;

The Emmes is that if the wife supplies the husband intellectually, emotionally and physically with his needs; he will not take another wife. However, if he does, her first born gets the right of the first born son. Now if it is a daughter, she could lose out if the second wife bares a son. Hated does not necessarily means real hatred but less loved or not romantic while the second wife meets the romantic side.

16 then it shall be, in the day that he causes his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved the first-born before the son of the hated, who is the first-born; 17 but he shall acknowledge the first-born, the son of the hated, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath; for he is the first-fruits of his strength, the right of the first-born is his.

This is simple the first wife might have been a forced Shidduch by the parents and through the money of the first wife, he might have become wealthy enough to find a woman whom he loves for her intelligence, beauty or some other feature. He may not “hate” the first wife as the Torah calls Leah the hated or despised wife. But when it comes to being buried for his eternal rest, Yacov asks to be buried next to Leah and not Rachel.

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not hearken to the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them; 19 then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20 and they shall say unto the elders of his city: 'This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he doth not hearken to our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.' 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

It is interesting to note that the Sanhedrin put on conditions here that it was next to impossible for such a son to be killed. Example both the mother and father must have voices that sound similar. The age for the Rebellious son was for a half year only. I see that with my forester child developing already at 12 arguing with his forester mother. He is having his teenage rebellion. He is not a drunkard and we are not his biological parents. But it must be very extreme that a couple would bring their child before the Sanhedrin to say he is stubborn, rebellious, not hearing our voice, and his being a glutton & drunkard. For the later, to support his bad habits he will come to steal; therefore, at a young age his stopped before he can become a thief and murderer.

… 22:6 If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young; 7 thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, but the young thou mayest take unto thyself; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

This seemingly minor Mitzvah has a large place in Kabbalah literature. It shows how special each and every Mitzvah is before HASHEM. Having mercy on the creatures helps both this world and the next.

… 28 If a man finds a damsel that is a virgin, that is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he hath humbled her; he may not put her away all his days.

Unless he seduces her, if he takes her by force and is caught, he will marry her and she will never ever let him hear the end of his deed.

23:1 A man shall not take his father's wife, and shall not uncover his father's skirt.

Once David Melech Yisrael took Avishag, who was close to Shlomo’s age, as a wife; Shlomo could not marry her.

… 24:17 Thou shalt not pervert the justice due to the stranger, or to the fatherless; nor take the widow's raiment to pledge.

The tears of an Orphan or a Widow go straight before HASHEM and woe to a person who does unfairly with them.

18 But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence; therefore, I command thee to do this thing.

You must be just and charitable and a complete stranger shall have justice no stealing from a Goy, Ger Toshav nor Ger Tzeddek but be honest.

… 25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not be married abroad unto one not of his kin; her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother unto her. 6 And it shall be, that the first-born that she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother that is dead, that his name be not blotted out of Israel. 7 And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate unto the elders, and say: 'My husband's brother refuses to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother unto me.' 8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him; and if he stand, and say: 'I like not to take her'; 9 then shall his brother's wife draw nigh unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face; and she shall answer and say: 'So shall it be done unto the man that doth not build up his brother's house.' 10 And his name shall be called in Israel the house of him that had his shoe loosed.

We see this with Tov giving over the Shoe to Boaz but not exempting Ruth which if she did it, she would be exempt. For this Halitzah Ceremony makes her free to remarry rather than perform Levirate Marriage.

11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smites him, and puts forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets; 12 then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall have no pity.

If the woman hits the other man with a shovel, umbrella, her tote bag, etc. that is defensive for her husband. But grabbing another man in the private parts indicates something basically wrong with this woman. For if she grabs this man in defense or offense, she most likely is used to touching private parts of other men she is not to be pitied.

13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag diverse weights, a great and a small. 14 Thou shalt not have in thy house diverse measures, a great and a small. 15 A perfect and just weight shalt thou have; a Hthe LORD thy God giveth thee. 16 For all that do such things, even all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

One of the things I had to do as a Quality Engineer even though it was not my direct work was to know calibration and I was more into standardization. We had this last week with Ephod Tzeddek Hin Tzeddek and now it is specified better here. For business is one thing but a dishonest scale is horrible. I had that with a green grocer. One time it would weigh and the weight remained so it would either cheat him or I. If I weighed carrots first and the electronic scale said X and then a bag of potatoes it would say X it would cheat him. If I did the reverse it would cheat me.

17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way as ye came forth out of Egypt; 18 how he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, all that were enfeebled in thy rear, when thou was faint and weary; and he feared not God. 19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath gives you rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget.

Lest we forget I brought this down again. It is in every generation whether the KKK, Nazis, ANTIFA, Hezballah or Hamas. This is how to treat them. Blot them out!

Elul is here – a time for reflection and repentance.

The Hebrew month of Elul is the time for doing Teshuva or Repentance in English. We reflect upon our lives and the whole year behind us. From last Rosh Hashanah to this Rosh Hashanah. Just as we must ask G-D for forgiveness so must we ask others and if they are receptive good for them. But if they do not forgive after a maximum of three times, they may be accredited with the sin themselves and they bring upon themselves the judgement that was against the other plus they are judged by their own standards which if harsh that is what they get. So if we are forgiving we are forgiven. If we are vengeful and do everything to hurt somebody else so then the G-D of vengeance appears in judging us and no human is an angel.

Since we all must repent we can reflect upon the good too. Did we do enough to visit our friends who were ill? Did we help our friends when they needed our help? Did we give 10% to charity or 5% for our children’s future or grandchildren’s future and 5% to the poor? For giving funds to our children’s future we are doing what it says in the grace after meals, “I have been young and now I am old and have not seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging for bread.”

If your heart will be at peace with others, then HASHEM WILL GIVE YOU OZ (STRENGTH) AND BLESS YOU WITH SHALOM.

To Fix or Not to Fix by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

I realized it was a careless thing to do the second I did it. I closed the laptop I use at home while its plug was lying on the keyboard - not hard, mind you - but that unusual cracking noise didn't sound good. I turned it on and the screen was totally shattered inside, displaying digital abstract art. I couldn't believe it broke.
It's Elul, I told myself. I'm not going to let myself get all upset about this. It's obvious the Almighty is sending me a message about my overuse of the computer.
I shlepped my home laptop to work so I could give it to the computer support team who service the Aish HaTorah offices. Our office manager wasn't encouraging. "Getting a new screen is very expensive. It might not pay to fix it."
The computer technician called me right away. "How old is your laptop?"
"Two or three years old. But it's a perfectly good computer."
"It's not worth fixing. A new screen is going to cost you between 1500 to 2000 shekels. You can get a new laptop in the U.S. for that price."
"What! Are you sure it's going to cost that much? Can I first get a quote and then I'll decide what to do?"
"Sure, but the quote will cost you 300 NIS if you don't fix it."
This is absurd, I thought to myself.
"Let me think about it and I'll get back to you."
Then I remembered this computer technician, a Chasidic woman, who once paid a house call and fixed our computer that got hit with a virus. She was intelligent and affordable. I called her to see what she could offer.
"It'll cost you 450 NIS. I can come by tonight to pick it up."
I was incredulous (second time that day). She drove over 9 PM that night in her beat up car and I handed her the goods.
9 AM the next morning she called to tell me it's ready. "When can I drop it off?" she asked.
It was too good to be true. I have a rule that I use, especially when it comes to some of the more fantastical submissions to that come my way, that if it's too good to be true, it probably is. In this case, though, it was an exception. My laptop was gleaming with its new screen, it cost less than a quarter of the original quote, I got it back in one day, delivery included, and I helped support a mother of many children (they were all packed into the car when she dropped it off) who I'm sure needed the business more than the professional company who services the Aish offices.
I was relieved that I didn't listen to the "expert advice" to buy a new laptop, something I momentarily considered, and just fixed the one I had. Perhaps this is the message I'm supposed to get during this period of Elul: Just fix it. Don't discard the problem. Don't avoid dealing with the issue at hand. It's easy to despair when thinking about all the issues you need to fix in your life as you gear up for Rosh Hashanah. How can I possibly create a whole new me? Confronting the problem is just too costly and difficult. It seems impossible to change.
All that negative self-talk is just a distraction designed to get us to run away from dealing with our real issues.
Don't listen to that voice. Fix the problem instead. Confront the challenge head on and with some honesty and a sincere desire to repair it, you'll be surprised to discover one or two very doable steps that could really make a difference and are not as hard as you initially thought.
Just fix it.
Source: Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith is the chief editor of, one of the world's largest Judaism websites, which emanates from Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and children. He is also the author of Shmooze: A Guide to Thought-Provoking Discussion on Essential Jewish Issues. AND, he provided me with lots of good advice to help start up .

A year after the passing of Rebbetzin Yungreis:

Baruch atah … HaOlam Oseh Ma’aseh Beresheis: The great American Eclipse. I left Denver at 4:30 in the morning Waze said 3 hrs. 55 minutes to Casper WY. 30 miles out of Cheyenne, Waze said 3:30 minutes and we were over 2 hours on the way. I decided to risk going over to Nebraska. I drove eastward for about 70 miles until we got to I-76 at Sterling and then many miles up to I-80. We continued until we got to NE 61 and drove up north until we saw in a cow field dozens of cars parked by locals. It was not the 2.5 minutes area but about 1 minute. I succeed and drove back over 200 miles to Denver. It took about 5 hours with stops. But those who drove I-25 had no gas at the gas pumps and it took 12 hours. It was Dr. Allen Seltzer, former director of the Hayden Planetarium, who suggested to me about the Nebraska option.,7340,L-5005910,00.html

Censorship starts in the States and it is due to leftist academics.

Reform trying like the American Left to force themselves on everybody.

BDE Chief Rabbi of Tiberias passes away.

For the Lunatic Fringe next Total Lunar Eclipse in Israel.

Inyanay Diyoma

Facebook cannot sit idle by terror incitement. Remember they took down Pamela Geller along with Google but she did not incite murder and terror. BUT: On his Facebook page, Oukabir posted an image of a masked gunman clutching a screaming child.
Underneath the picture Oukabir wrote: “Alas! What has happened to our Arabism? Even the children haven't been rescued from the Israeli occupation. Post this video to be watched by the whole people in the world."

Statement from the Republican Jewish Coalition: The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are dangerous anti-Semites. There are no good Nazis and no good members of the Klan. Thankfully, in modern America, the KKK and Nazis are small fringe groups that have never been welcome in the GOP.  We join with our political and religious brethren in calling upon President Trump to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and antisemitism. As representatives of the Party whose founder, Abraham Lincoln, broke the shackles of slavery, and of an organization with many members who experienced firsthand the inhumanity of the Nazi Holocaust, we state unequivocally our rejection of these hatemongers - you can expect no less from the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Grave concern in Israel about US Syrian Policy.,7340,L-5005470,00.html

Car in attack in Spain was from Paris:

Arab breaks into Rabbi Eliyahu’s home and declares this is ours.

From Rabbi Korf. Steve Bannon is no anti-Semite but look who is the trouble maker.

Ed-Op about banning protest by the police.,7340,L-5005618,00.html

Netanyahu meets with Putin in order to prevent a war.’s-red-lines-in-Syria-long-crossed-by-Iran-

Former General and Intel Agency Head analyzes the Syrian Iranian Connection.,7340,L-5007463,00.html

UNIFIL must end Hezballah violations:

Arab shot after attacking with sword.

Kushner promises plan within a few months. (and that too shall pass -  no peace until Moshiach.)

Let not your heart be troubled. Russian Radar covers all of Israel.

With all the recent bribery and kickback scandals Drone Firm told to halt exports.

US asks Russia too close two consulates.,7340,L-5010476,00.html

From Hadassah the Psalms are from me. Psalm 121, 130 Hi we are starting a prayer chain for all the people in Houston Texas please say a pray and pass it on to as many people as you can if you can't pass this on please let me know so the chain doesn’t stop 💜💚💙💛 Please just pass it on to as many as you can.

Israel losing control of the Jordan Valley to Arab pirates:

A Blessed Shabbos and a happy one to all. Please pray for and donate to the people of Houston and Southern Texas.

Rachamim Pauli