Friday, October 27, 2017

Parsha Lech Lecha, stories

This week’s Parsha is in honor of my grandson Yehonatan who is entering Mitzvos

Parsha Lech Lecha

As last week’s Parsha ended, Avram had very little mention. In fact, we only learn about his first years from a Medrash. This week’s Parsha covers 29 years of Avram to Avraham’s life.

This is one week where we have to say that there is no early or late in the Torah. For we see something about this Parsha based on Rashi that occurred 5 years before Avram gets the command to leave his father’s house.

Previous years I attacked the time line and showed the commentaries that corrected it.
What appears to me is that Lot gets married and starts a trading company based in Sodom. Avram then trades back and forth between Lot who brings in goods from Africa, Egypt to Sodom and exports them via Avram to Haran.

At some point, there is a battle between 4 kings and 5 kings. Avram comes to the rescue with Eliezer or 318 men and scares off the conquering armies leaving their captured wares and the people.

It appears that this occurred when Avram is 70 years old or in the creation year 2018. Lot, upon being freed, is ordered to return home. Lot and family appear to have liked the Dead Sea area. [My thoughts and detective work.] However, if we go according to the time line Pshat then instead of 430 years for Yetzias Mitzrayim, we get a shorter time line of at best 425 years. So I prefer the commentaries that add up to 430 years.

At the age of 75, Avram is commanded to leave the country of his birth and his father’s house and to set out on his own. This time, Lot joins him.

12:1 Now the LORD said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of thy country, (see Rabbi Schatz Shlita ‘s interpretation of Pshat in the commentary after Pasuk 5) and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee.

Some of us who have made Aliyah to Israel did it on blind faith. Some succeeded some failed. Some made pilot trips and secured employment first and others went from job to job. Avram did not have an absorption center to rest in while settling in. He had to pack food, a tent and something for business.

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing. 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curses thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' 4 So Abram went, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

This is a great Pshat that Avram is blessed and completely leaves his father’s house at the age of 75. However, both Rabbi Mimran Shlita and I forgot how we got to the age of 70 when the Bris between the pieces occurred. For this we go back to what I wrote in 5774 (2013).

Last week we left off with the birth of Avram. There are Midrashim that Avram the youth broke all the idols and put the hammer in the hands of the largest. Terach the manufacturer gets so angry at his son that he considers him a Ben Sorah v’ Moreh (the rebellious son who should be put to death). Terach shouts you know that the idols cannot move, see or hear and then Avram replies and this hunk of wood, stone or clay you call a god! At this point he is brought before Nimrod, the mighty hunter and king. Nimrod sentences him to death by burning and Avram is willing to die on a Kiddush HASHEM. However, even though he did not expect a miracle, one happens and he survives. Avram, similar to the one being stoned today in the Arab countries, survived and is left alone after surviving. Haran, however, not ready in the beginning for a Kiddush HASHEM, is burnt to death. Terach then moves from the large metropolis of Ur and starts a new life in a city that he names after his son, Haran. [This is a bit in conflict with the other interpretations below. However, it could be after the miracle of the furnace, the people rebelled against Nimrod and the Chamor Rabbi takes over until Nimrod over-throws him. As the Torah does not write specifically all details and some of the Oral Torah has been lost aka 3000 Halachos on the day that Moshe died, there is a lot of speculation out there on the time line and date line of everything here.]

Rabbi Eliyahu Schatz Shlita comes up with a novel theory which I thought about too but he is older than I and published it in his works on the Tanach and credit is due him. Hammurabi was actually Avram the Wikipedia writes: (Akkadian from Amorite ʻAmmurāpi, "the kinsman is a healer", from ʻAmmu, "paternal kinsman", and Rāpi, "healer"; died c. 1750 BC) was the sixth king of Babylon (that is, of the First Babylonian Dynasty) from 1792 BC to 1750 BC middle chronology (1728 BC – 1686 BC short chronology). He became the first king of the Babylonian Empire following the abdication of his father, Sin-Muballit, extending Babylon's control over Mesopotamia by winning a series of wars against neighboring kingdoms. Although his empire controlled all of Mesopotamia at the time of his death, his successors were unable to maintain his empire. It has been said that Hammurabi was Amraphel, the King of Shinar in the Book of Genesis 14:1 Wikipedia ends his reign in the year 2010 which would either mean he was disposed by Nimrod then or they are off. Rabbi Schatz ends his reign in the year 2018 when he reaches 70 and is told first to leave his native land and then at 75 he is command to leave his father’s land.

Some background is due here. Avram was 48 years old aka the year 1996 when the tower of Bavel occurred and the nations got different languages. He kept the original Hebrew and Hammurabi might be more like Chamor Rabbi for he was humble and in Akadas Yitzchak ride a donkey aka Chamor towards Har Ha Moriah. (22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men: 'Abide ye here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship, and come back to you.') I believe for that reason of imitation of the Tzaddik that Bilaam rides the donkey in Sefer Bamidbar 22 - 24. Even as a child learning history, I could not help see the similarities time wise and law wise between Avram and Hammurabi and our Halacha and when Rav Schatz wrote this he got my approval hook, line and sinker.

There is one conflict in our story time wise and I am not satisfied with any answer until this past week. Avram is told Lech Lecha when he is 70 years old. In order for the Medrash to count 430 until the leaving from Mitzrayim the Bris between the pieces is supposed to take place 30 years before the birth of Yitzchak and then from there 400 years until Pessach 2448. Avram is born in 1948 at 100 gives birth to Yitzchak or 2048 makes sense. However, 75 and 25 make 100 so if the Bris between the pieces too place 5 years earlier we would have to have it either occur in Haran or Avram would have to have tried to convert people in Eretz Yisrael and returned to Haran. This is my problem. I explained this problem that I have had for the last 43 years to Rabbi Mimran Shlita so I await his research and answer. Shemos 12:40. And the habitation of the children of Israel, that they dwelled in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. That they dwelled in Egypt: after the other dwellings in which they dwelled as foreigners in a land that was not theirs. — [from Mechilta] was four hundred and thirty years: Altogether, from the time that Isaac was born, until now, were 400 years. From the time that Abraham had seed [i.e., had a child, the prophecy] “that your seed will be strangers” (Gen. 15:13) was fulfilled; and there were another 30 years from the decree “between the parts” (Gen 15:10) until Isaac was born. It is impossible, however, to say that [they spent 400 years] in Egypt alone, because Kehath [the grandfather of Moses] was [one] of those who came with Jacob. Go and figure all his years, all the years of his son Amram, and Moses’ 80 years; you will not find them [to be] that many, and perforce, Kehath lived many of his years before he descended to Egypt, and many of Amram’s years are included in the years of Kehath, and many of Moses’ years are included in Amram’s years. Hence, you will not find 400 years counting from their arrival in Egypt. You are compelled, perforce, to say that the other dwellings [which the Patriarchs settled] were also called being “sojournings” and even in Hebron, as it is said: “where Abraham and Isaac sojourned (גָּרוּ) ” (Gen. 35:27), and [Scripture] states also “the land of their sojournings in which they sojourned” (Exod. 6:4). Therefore, you must say that [the prophecy] “your seed will be strangers” [commences] when he [Abraham] had offspring. And only when you count 400 years from the time that Isaac was born, you will find 210 years from their entry into Egypt. This is one of the things that [the Sages] changed for King Ptolemy. — [from Mechilta, Meg. 9a] There is a general rule that unless Rashi writes “I say” or “I think” he has a definite source from older sources as he will not bring down something like this accounting.

For regarding the Bris mentioned by Rashi: 15:1. After these incidents, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Fear not, Abram; I am your Shield; your reward is exceedingly great." After these incidents: Wherever the term אַחַר is used, it signifies immediately afterwards; אַחֲרֵי signifies a long time afterwards (Gen. Rabbah 44:5). After this miracle had been wrought for him, that he slew the kings, he was worried and said, “Perhaps I have received reward for all my righteous deeds.” Therefore, the Omnipresent said to him, “Fear not Abram, I am your Shield” from punishment, that you will not be punished for all those souls that you have slain, and as far as your being worried about receiving reward, your reward is exceedingly great. [from Aggadath Bereishith 16:2; Tan. Buber, Lech Lecha 15; Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer ch. 27]

My idea of the excuse that it could have occurred before Avram left Haran for good fails the test here. For Avram was 75, left Haran, went to Mitzrayim, came back with Hagar and a lot of goods, he and Lot parted ways, Avram rescues Lot with Eliezer of Damascus whom he purchased between the age of 75 and going down to Egypt, and then at this point prior to the birth of Yishmael (Avram was 86) this all occurred.

... 10. And he took for Him all these, and he divided them in the middle, and he placed each part opposite its mate, but he did not divide the birds.  ... 13. And He said to Abram, "You shall surely know that your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and they will enslave them and oppress them, for four hundred years. that your seed will be strangers: From the time that Isaac was born until the Israelites left Egypt was four hundred years. How so? Isaac was sixty years old when Jacob was born, and Jacob, when he went down to Egypt, said, “The days of the years of my sojournings are one hundred and thirty years,” which total 190. They were in Egypt 210 years, like the numerical value of רְדוּ (see Rashi, below 42:2; ר = 200, ד = 4, ו = 6, totaling 210). Thus, the total is 400 years. Now, if you should say that they were 400 years in Egypt, [this is not so] because Kehath was one of those who descended to Egypt. If you compute the years of Kehath (133) and those of Amram (his son, 137), and the 80 years of Moses, his age when they left Egypt, you will find only 350 [years]. And you must still subtract from them all the years that Kehath lived after the birth of Amram and that Amram lived after the birth of Moses. [from Seder Olam ch. 3] If somebody has a good explanation, please write me to my mail or my Facebook account.  

12:1 Now the LORD said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee. 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing. 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curses thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' 4 So Abram went, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

The earliest time that I can derive is that it is no earlier than 25 years prior to the birth of Yitzchak or 425 years before the Exodus. So I am 5 years in the best case short of what is written in Shemos 12:40 on 430 years. In the 1000 plus years after what Rashi wrote, I am sure that I am not the only Jew with this question and there must be an answer.

There was also another problem that would make Avram 73 or 74 minimum at the time of the Bris Between the Pieces: The splitting of the language was in 1996 when Avram was 48. Artscroll and others then write about the various kings 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,

The account in the Artscroll adds 25 perhaps one can say in the 26th year. So the division of languages occurred when Avram was 48 plus 25 years of conquest and rebellion is 73 years old. I will get back to his after the explanation of the age of 70 from Rabbi Mimran and then Rav Schatz.

RABBI SHLOMO MIMRAN Shlita found the answer to my question. The 430 years written in Shemos on the spot Sifsei Chachamim writes that the Bris occurs when Avram was 70 years old based on Seder Olam. On Chapter 15 of our Parsha Tosfos Dalet of our Pasha brings down Seder Olam. Avram was 48 when the Tower of Bavel occurred, 58 when Noach passed away and 70 at the Bris between the pieces. Since it is written “After” and not “Afterwards” this occurred immediately after the war of the 4 kings. What appears to have happened is that Lot had left Haran to live the fertile and rich Sodom and the news of his capture reached Avram who then fought the war. This does not necessarily coexist with the Pshat what is written but the tradition of Seder Olam is very strong. It also gives backing to my theory that there was a previous trip to Canaan. One must remember another rule regarding the Torah. There is no early and no late in Torah. The commentary Shor Ha Bechor also holds by 70 years as the age Avraham was at the time of the war and sacrifices afterwards. 

Rav Schatz has either Hammurabi retiring or be disposed and moving to Haran at the age of 70 perhaps being conquered by Nimrod aka Chedorlaomer. Lot perhaps was sent as Judge to Sodom by Hammurabi and is now captured and then Avram rescues him and brings him to Haran for 5 years.

Regarding the Artscroll 25 years my theoretical answer is as follows and it is speculation: However, Seder Olam says differently and it is an ancient book based on tradition either from Avraham or Moshe from Sinai. So I have to agree that the Bris occurred at the age of 70. This still leaves me with what about the forming of the nations and the languages?

For this I have to go back to Parsha Noach. 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. We therefore see a reason to spread mankind out over various lands. But if they were spread apart so far how did they get together to build the Migdal Bavel? The answer can be found in Malachim aka Kings 1:5:26 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together. 27 And King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men. 28 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home; and Adoniram was over the levy. 29 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bore burdens, and fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains; 30 besides Solomon's chief officers that were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, who bore rule over the people that wrought in the work. Therefore just as Melech Shlomo would take people for a month’s duty and then return those to their households to work the land so I assume the work on Migdal Bavel went. For had they had compassion on people who fell or died during the building as they had on the bricks that broke even if they made war with HASHEM  or thought they could, they would not have been punished. However, their cruelty to their fellow man sealed their fate.

Once you had 70 languages plus the original Hebrew you could no longer rule efficiently and therefore some of the subservient kings rebelled against Nimrod and his taxes that they did not understand anymore.

5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. 6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the terebinth of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said: ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land’; and he built there an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

In my Sukkos-Beresheis Drasha I wrote that Gog and Magog most likely would come via Schem. There is some logic that the first advancement in the land and the promise to Avram is reiterated at Schem. The fact that Avram made the area holy first is the contra to Magog. 

8 And he removed from thence unto the mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Ai on the east; and he built there an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. 9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South. 10 And there was a famine in the land; and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife: ‘Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon.

According to Rashi up until this point Avram did not mention to Sarai anything about her looks. Now, however, he does mention something to get her to cover-up, Can you imagine a generation without make-up or at best minimum cosmetics.

12 And it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you that they will say: This is his wife; and they will kill me, but thee they will keep alive. 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well with me for thy sake, and that my soul may live because of thee.’ 14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

Mitzrayim was from Cush and dark skinned. Sarai was most likely a brunette but with a much lighter complexion and therefore more attractive to the Egyptians. Remember according to the Medrash there was no external aging until Avraham prayed so that he could be distinguished from his son Yitzchak. So even at 65 or to see Rashi’s comment upon her death that she was seven and twenty and one hundred years that at the age of 100 she looked like a 20 year old.

17:1 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him: 'I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be thou wholehearted. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.' … 4 'As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. … 15 And God said unto Abraham: 'As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 16 And I will bless her, and moreover I will give thee a son of her; yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be of her.' 17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart: 'Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?' 18 And Abraham said unto God: 'Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!' 19 And God said: 'Nay, but Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his seed after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee; behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. … 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. 27 And all the men of his house, those born in the house, and those bought with money of a foreigner, were circumcised with him.

The above section explains why Yishmael was blessed and that it took 25 years from the original blessing that Avraham finally had a child from Sarai now Sara. It appears that the name Yitzchak was given at this point or was the name added when the Torah was dictated to Moshe?

The Dancer of Auschwitz thanks to May

She was talented. She was beautiful. But she was also Jewish.
Born in 1917, Franceska Mann was a dancer who lived in Warsaw, Poland. In 1939, before World War II broke out, Franceska took fourth place in the international dance competition held in Brussels.
The people of Poland considered her one of the most beautiful and promising dancers - both in classical and modern styles - in their country. But her Jewish faith would change that.
Franceska was performing at Warsaw's Melody Palace nightclub when the Nazis invaded Poland. Because she was Jewish, the girl became a prisoner of the infamous Warsaw Ghetto.
On October 23, 1942, a train carrying 1,700 Polish Jews arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, Franceska among them.
These Jews had been told they were being taken to Switzerland in order to be exchanged for German POWs - an obvious lie. Stopping at Auschwitz, the Jews were unloaded and told they were to shower and be disinfected before the arrived in Switzerland.
Supervising the women was a Nazi S.S. officer named Josep Schillinger. The Nazi noticed the beautiful dancer and ordered her to disrobe for him.
Likely knowing that the showers were a murderous lie, and also deducing the wanton German's intentions, Franceska made her move.
The dancer threw her shoe into the Nazi's face, grabbed his gun, and shot Schillinger twice in the stomach, also shooting another Nazi in the process. Schillinger died on his way to the hospital.
The other S.S. guards shot and killed Franceska, but not before chaos ensued, with one Nazi losing a nose and another his scalp.
Eventually the camp commandant Rudolf Höss brought a phalanx of Nazi guards who killed the uprising women with machine guns and grenades.
But not before this group of women - led by the heroic dancer, Franceska Mann - stood up to their evil captors, choosing how they would die.
While the story of Franceska Mann does not end happily, may it be lasting as one that highlights the importance of standing up to evil, prejudice, and tyranny.

What goes around comes around. Mida Knegged Mida

Two poor students did not know how to pay for their College. One of them came up with a brilliant idea. They would put on a concert and get the great Paderewski to play. The manager demanded $2000 so they worked hard at selling the tickets. However, they only came up with $1600. Paderewski played and they handed him all the $1600 and promised to pay back in the future a check of $400 that did not have backing at that time. Paderewski ripped up the check and handed the $1600 back to the boys. He said, whatever is left over after your education, you can pay me back.

Paderewski went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a good leader but because of WWI, 1.5 million Poles were starving. He wrote a letter to the President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Pres. Hoover immediately sent him enough grain to feed his starving people.

He decided that he wanted to travel to the US to meet the president face to face to thank him in person. He entered the Oval Office and thanked him sincerely. However, Mr. Hoover turned to him and said that he should thank himself as he had enabled him to go to College. – Thanks to Albert.

PM immunity bill wreaks – Ed-OP Sima Kadmon.,7340,L-5032407,00.html

Gadol HaDor: Draft protestors are reckless fools.

Netanyahu corruption case dragging it out.,7340,L-5031867,00.html

Delayed Justice - Concentration Camp guard aged 96 goes on trial.,7340,L-5031388,00.html

Grand larceny as man buys tow truck to steal cars.

Police checking into coalition chairman’s past.,7340,L-5033439,00.html

Inyanay Diyoma

Chevron a 12-year-old is injured by stone throwing terrorists.

General under investigation for weapons cache.,7340,L-5032224,00.html

Muslim Brotherhood causes an emergency situation in Egypt.

Hamas will maintain ties with Iran so good-bye leftist peace dreams.

This sounds like a Russian KGB spy in Israel stabbing an anti-Putin Journalist.,7340,L-5032814,00.html

Guess who builds a monument honoring Saddam?,7340,L-5033113,00.html

If there is war with Iran don’t blame Netanyahu an Ed-Op by Ben Dror Yemini.,7340,L-5033088,00.html

Next missiles from Gaza will accurate.,7340,L-5033573,00.html

Have a good Shabbos all, (if you are 50 plus get a flu shot)

Rachamim Pauli

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Parshiyos Beresheis, Noach and stories plus news

Prayers for­ Men: Yoel HaCohain ben Henya, 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, Moshe ben Breindel

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, Zahava bas Sara, Esther bas Alice, Chana Tzipporah bas Elka Breindel, Miriam Liba bas Devorah, Rachel Sara bas Chava Ethel, Dikla bat Ora, Sara Naomi bas Gittel,

The following persons are recovering from long term non-threatening injuries and need Psalms. Binum Benyamin Tuvia ben Chana Friedel, Avraham HaCohain ben Yocheved,

With the untimely passing of Avraham Lukas aka Rabbi A. L., I had to remove all the four names that he had given me as I have no way of knowing if they were cured or the reverse. 

With the Hiatus of three weeks, I had to write only the major news from Israel and the first weeks only the move moving events in the world or with Israel the last 20 or so links are from this week in Inyanay Diyoma.

As I published last issue my direct e-mail I received a notice of the passing of a very mild man and an influence on the Cincinnati and other Communities.
Baruch Dayan Emmes Rabbi Yacov Lustig (Yacov ben Tova Ethel on my prayer listed passed away).
In an e-mail Chespid by the Chief Chabad Rabbi of Brazil:  Our final address has three names which represent three kinds of lives and ways of living.
1 - Beis Hakvoros, those who live as if life ends here and then a cold slab covers all.
2 - Beis Olam, those who leave projects which will continue even after they have gone.
3 - Beis Hachaim, those who continue alive and among us because they inspired and inspire, whose company was a pleasure and an honor, and will always be remembered. 
Rabbi Yakov Lustig was a Beis Hachaim yid.

Shabsi and Yael Alpern

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein recorded how he once asked Rabbi Lustig something and he recalled the Rabbinical Source immediately. To me he was like a calm big brother. Here is an article that Jeffery from FL sent to our small congregation.
Rabbi Jacob Lustig, the longtime spiritual leader of Keneseth Israel (KI) of Cincinnati was born in Hungary on September 24, 1926 – the second day of Sukkot – to Abraham and Tova Ettel Lustig. His family arrived in Cincinnati in 1939 and immediately became close to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, the Rabbi of Keneseth Israel.  His father, Abraham, became Rabbi Silver’s Shamash – assistant – and was involved with all of Rabbi Silver’s work locally, nationally, and internationally.
Since Cincinnati did not yet have any Jewish day schools, Rabbi Lustig’s mother rented an apartment in New York so Rabbi Lustig and his siblings could attend Torah V’Daas, a Yeshiva in Brooklyn. In 1943 Rabbi Lustig was a student in the first class of the Lakewood Yeshiva founded by Rabbi Aaron Kotler. He remained close to Rabbi Kotler throughout Rabbi Kotler’s life. The Lakewood Yeshiva, which started with 13 students, is now the largest Yeshiva outside of Israel. 
Rabbi Lustig had a brilliant mind and could quote rabbinic sources from memory. He maintained close ties with many of the rabbinic luminaries and was blessed with the ability to transmit their thoughts to the wider public over the course of his lifetime.
When he returned to Cincinnati, Rabbi Lustig followed in his father’s footsteps purchasing rental properties in Avondale. Later Rabbi Lustig branched out into operating nursing homes. He was well liked by both the residents and the staff of the homes he ran. He married his first wife, Edith nee Blau, in 1956. Edith passed away in 1999. He married his wife Esther in 2002.
After Rabbi Silver passed away Keneseth Israel searched for a new rabbi and invited two candidates to Cincinnati. Neither candidate was hired, the synagogue selected Rabbi Lustig as their new leader. He was the rabbi at Keneseth Israel for nearly forty years, serving from 1968 to 2006. Rabbi Lustig’s business success allowed him to provide substantial funds to keep Keneseth Israel operating during some lean years. The synagogue moved from Avondale to Roselawn and Rabbi Lustig made sure that there was always the required quorum for services. He also purchased new and updated prayer books for the synagogue.
Rabbi Lustig was generous with both his time and money. Like his mentor, Rabbi Silver, he helped out those in need – often proactively before they would need his help. His generosity extended to helping people find jobs and providing money to people trying to start their own business. He was a great contributor to community institutions like Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. 
Rabbi Lustig passed away, at age 90, on September 19, 2017 – 28 Elul 5777. He is survived by his wife Esther, his son Dovid, and his siblings. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Edith.

Parsha Beresheis

A funny thought popped into my head about Organic Food, which supposedly lengthens life. Remember Chava ate Organic Apples and brought death into the world.

Our Parsha starts with Bet and not Aleph for Bet is the first letter of Bracha aka blessing and Aleph if the first letter of Arur aka curse.

The Roger M. Pearlman theory of 6 Day Creation. First:

1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This is the initial stage of material from nothing. I believe that both the Big Bang and the Pearlman coincide here. The material is the whole universe the size of a pea and the temperature outside is absolute zero but the temperature inside is cooking like a pressure cooker it is so dense that light cannot escape. The inside temperature is 10 with 46 zeros Kelvin scale.

2 Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.

The internal thermonuclear compressed reactions are producing Helium, Carbon and other elements. One of them is the main composition of the planet earth, which is Iron. The reactions produce the elements in clusters of the same element that could be Silicon, Iron or Nitrogen. Oxygen is combining with Hydrogen as part of the fiery heat in this complex compacted steam. G-D is by this in HIS contracted form called Tzimzum in the Kabballah.  

Here is where I differ with the Pearlman theory. I claim that since the earth formed and condensed on the first day so did the stars and galaxies. His original theory was the 4th day.

After I wrote him, he replied. Yes I would be interested if we can restrict to and or preclude cosmic inflation expansion to day one or day four, or if either would be possible based on the relevant passukim and any limits on how Hashem did based on the factual natural observations, knowing Hashem would not base creation on shecker, (falsehood) albeit not making so obious that we would have no free-will / merit for recognizing Hashem did/does/will do it :)
best regards, for constructive feed-back, rm

3 And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.

This is the Big Bang spewing out the light and the elements from that pea sized universe and G-D expands with it.

4 And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

This is where the Pearlman Theory is better than the conventional theories of today. He has the expansion going out by the heat even faster than the speed of light. They also expand faster than the speed of light but take very long to form stars. He has stars form at 2,000,000,000 light years on the first day. They take very long and go out to a diameter of 93,000,000,000 light years needing mysterious unmeasurable dark matter and energy. He claims that a smaller universe does not need this mysterious dark matter and energy, which has never been found or measure. He has one big bang in the year zero and they have many different expansions that are faster than the speed of light. His theory of the heat pushing the matter out into the zero Kelvin world makes a lot of sense to me. National Geographic had a series on some mysterious happens from NASA one of them was a photo from the Hubble Telescope of Galaxies moving away from earth at faster than the speed of light. Did the release of the pressure and heat cause space to warp. Recently, there has been some indication of galaxies forming earlier than the previous calculations.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

How long was the first day? Was it a 24-hour day? A year or like the Psalm: 90:4 For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past? The Lubavitcher Rebbe insisted that it was a 24-hour day that we know.

6 And God said: 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.'

Not part of his theory but Pearlman mentioned to me in an e-mail that Angels were created on the second day based on the Medrash quoted by Chabad.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters, which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

We learn here that the initial earth was created as a ball and the planet was completely watery. The Pshat here is that water on earth and in the clouds are separated on the second day. Water in comets and other heavenly bodies were also separated on this day.

9 And God said: 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.' And it was so.

This can only be if the original ball has tectonic forces uplifting land mass or masses to get to heights about sea level. So the dry land appeared on the third day.

10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas; and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said: 'Let the earth put forth grass, herb yielding seed, and fruit-tree bearing fruit after its kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth.' And it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, herb yielding seed after its kind, and tree bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

How is it that grass and trees can form on the third day, without the sun? One there is still excess photons of light floating around the universe. Secondly, the stars are much closer. KEMA or the Pleiades was very close and Adam saw over 100 stars so he named it in Hebrew “like one hundred” that is how Gemara Berachos the Sages knew this and I always wondered but if Adam could actually see them closer by 5788 light years with the naked eye (or maybe more if they were still in a space warp faster than the speed of light), then they would appear brighter as if one had a six inch telescope.

14 And God said: 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;

Here is where Pearlman initially figured that the stars were created. However, in my opinion, this is where the constellations were fixed for our viewing when the sun captured the earth as we see below.

15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.' And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

This was the day that the solar system formed and the earth-moon combination went into effect. The combination allowed us to establish an accurate lunar calendar for when seasons would come into effect after the change in the earth orbit at the flood. At this point there were no seasons and the earth’s orbit is a 12 hour day and 12 hour night. (Although a Medrash on Adam states in tractate Avoda Zara that on Dec. 21st he recorded the shortest day and then when the days did not get shorter on Dec. 25th, he was very happy and he noticed the days getting longer on Jan. 1st and started the holiday of “Calendar”. It is a nice Medrash but the Pshat after the flood is the effect of seasons first mentioned.) In fact there might not have been even rain before the flood as prior to man there was an Ayd that watered the garden. 2:5 No shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground; 6 but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

[Medrash – When Metushalah died, the world took on the light like that of the six days of creation. Velikovsky theorizes that this was a planetary or large asteroid encounter that glowed like the seven days of creation during his seven days of mourning. After which the flood occurred. For look at the calculation of years at the end of Beresheis Chapter 5. Metushalah died in 1656 and that is the year of the Mabul aka Deluge aka Biblical Flood.]

This year I am not covering the creation of Man but one can look into Tractate Berachos 61B (google “come and hear Berachos 61B”) for the creation of man.    

… 5:25 And Methuselah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begot Lamech. 26 And Methuselah lived after he begot Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begot sons and daughters. 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years; and he died. 28 And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begot a son.

Unlike Metushalah who had merit to ward off the flood, Lamech did not. If you do your homework, you see that 777 years when he died occurred in 1656.

29 And he called his name Noah, saying: 'This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, which comes from the ground which the LORD has cursed.' 30 And Lamech lived after he begot Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begot sons and daughters. 31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years; and he died. 32 And Noah was five hundred years old; and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

One man given 120 years to make a project like the Teva could not complete it but with three sons for purchasing, hauling and building the Teva. Gathering the animals (although the Medrash states they came on their own) would require a lot of trading and purchasing during these years.

6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose.

Already after Adam and Seth died, people began forgetting HASHEM and worshipped HIS servants, the stars, planets, and other natural phenomena. Kings and princes took on the role of demi-gods and had the right to the first night or to take any woman they wanted. (This continued throughout the Middle Ages long after the flood perhaps not as gods. I don’t want to go into what ISIS did with captured women, girls and using boys although theoretically homosexuality is forbidden by Islam.)

The people before the flood were guilty of bloodshed, sexual improprieties, idol worship and Hamas or violence that was thievery and bullying.

3 And the LORD said: 'My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for that he also is flesh; therefore shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.'

In 120 years when Metushalah shall pass on, I will no long have a Tzaddik in the world that can atone for their sins and I will destroy the world.

4 The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.

Nephilim has a number of means in the commentaries. I have seen the names of two angels. I have seen commentaries that these are princes who were demi-gods and lastly, I have seen claims of them being giants. I saw some “photographic proof” which turned out to be false and a film of claims about people all over the world being between 9 to 12 feet tall. An average man or woman had no power against these extremely tall bullies who would talk by force any woman any time.

5 And the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.


6 And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. 7 And the LORD said: 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and creeping thing, and fowl of the air; for it repents ME that I have made them.' 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

The L-RD decided that a brand new world would have to be created. At this point, only Noach as his family, a handful of animals and fish would survive.

Pearlman’s Theory is called: Stars Proceed [proto-stars proceed] cosmic Inflation cosmic Red shift Attests to Lagging Light. Alternatively, in short SPIRAL (L). Which is part of his Recent Complex Creation Framework. Also a revised book by the author that I have not read. Torah Testimony and Ancient Civilization Alignment Authored by Roger M. Pearlman 

Parsha Noach

6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole-hearted; Noah walked with God.

Adam was like a very small child. Noach a bit more aged walking with. Avraham more independent and walking before G-D and finally Moshe talking as if face-to-face. Noach found Chen or grace, which was his redeeming quality according to Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlita. BUT NOACH IS NOT RECORDED AS PRAYING FOR HIS GENERATION LIKE AVRAHAM PRAYED FOR SODOM OR DEBATED ON BEHAVE OF PEOPLE LIKE MOSHE FOR AM YISRAEL.

10 And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

As much as Noach tried to educate his sons, the locals might have influenced them. Shem was the oldest so he met Metushalah who had heard the creation story from Adam and was a reliable source without too much apart to give it on to Yacov. Ham, the middle child, must have had some problems as his son Canaan became corrupt and he also gave birth to Mitzrayim. Libya and other countries in the area. Yefes, the baby, was concerned with beauty and external substance. So he became the father of Magog, Germany and Persia.

11 And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

The word used for violence is Hamas.

12 And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah: 'The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; with rooms shalt thou make the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Despite of all of your flaws, you have the only potential to continue but the human and animal kingdom. Detailed instructions on how to make the Teva followed. Since it is a Teva or box, it appears that the Ark was cubic in nature and not shaped like a modern boat. In the book, In Search of Noah’s Ark, there is an experiment done with such a box and it can withstand waves of 200 feet.

…7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I blot out from off the face of the earth.'

The Medrash talks about the sky lighting up like the primeval sky when Metushalah died like a planetary or asteroid impact.

5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

We know the story. Of the clean animals and birds, Noach took 7 each and of the non-kosher only pairs. The herbivorous ate straw and other things that had been stored. The carnivorous at fish and perhaps wheat, rice and soya products

… 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14 they, and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind, and every fowl after its kind, every bird of every sort. … 17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. … 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.

Even if somebody the last minute built an ark with food after 190 days they were gone. During the time in the Ark many of the animals hibernated so they needed next to no food to survive. Alligators can go the whole winter and more without eating until the ponds are refilled with water and fish. Still the logistics of feeding animals that were small was enormous and I assume that a good deal of the clean-up details went out the windows of the Ark. They were not our glass windows. There was a Zohar on the Ark for light. I also assume logistically that they had some lighting of torches and a year’s supply for the lower decks.

8: 1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; 2 the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

I already in previous years mentioned that there are giant rocks that hold water in the bowels of the earth. You have geysers that sprout some of the deep water up. But miles below are these rocks with more water than the oceans. It is only the will of G-D that the water remains down there.

3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually; and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. 4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

It should be noted that it was not necessarily on Har Ararat but the mountain range. So searching would need a broader base. הָרֵי אֲרָרָטהָרֵ֥י אֲרָרָֽט הָרֵ֥י אֲרָרָֽט  is written in Hebrew. The translation above is correct but indicates one of the mountains in the range.

5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

The Ararat range is high. Har Ararat is 16,854 feet or 5,137 meters and the water was 15 Amos about that at the height of the flood. The mountain is higher by 1000 feet or 300 meters the tallest mountains in Switzerland and France. So all the peaks close by would be lower by a good deal. The air was rarer there usually but the water pushed up the atmosphere slightly so breathing was not as hard as it would be for people used to lower levels.  

6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. 7 And he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. 8 And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him to the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth; and he put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her in unto him into the ark. 10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came in to him at eventide; and lo in her mouth an olive-leaf freshly plucked; so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

The Dove came back Erev Shabbos just before sunset.

12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; and she returned not again unto him any more. 13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dried.

This is Rosh Hashanah.

14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dry. 15 And God spoke unto Noah, saying: 16 'Go forth from the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee. 17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee of all flesh, both fowl, and cattle, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth; that they may swarm in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.'

Note Noach waited until G-D told him that it was safe to leave. At this point he released slowly the animals into the wild. I assume that still the carnivorous ones ate fish for a while from the drying waters. I believe that Noach and family kept flocks and herds of Kosher Animals and Birds. The world was not yet ready for the big herds of Africa and the hunt of the wild beasts. It must be that grass had begun to grow at the lower altitudes for the elephants and other herbivorous animals.

18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him; 19 every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, whatsoever moves upon the earth, after their families; went forth out of the ark. 20 And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled the sweet savor; and the LORD said in His heart: 'I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.

HASHEM reserves the right to punish mankind in the future for sins but not complete destruction.

22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.'

The will be seasons but it is possible that this was new as the earth might have had 12 hour days and night like at the equator and now the earth was tilted 23 degrees and somethings new called an apogee and a perigee. This the introduction of seasons that did not exist before the flood. [A thought expressed in the book ‘In search of Noah’s Ark].

9: 1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.

This is the first of the Mitzvos of the Bnei Noach.

2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, and upon all wherewith the ground teems, and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered.

Similar to Adam HaRishon in that respect.

3 Every moving thing that lives shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all. 4 Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

There is a possibility that Adam was a vegetarian and received from the primeval earth enough sustenance. Now Noah no longer had the good earth to grow things. He therefore had the right to eat animals. In fact every animal but now with their blood as we shall see.

5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it; and at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man's brother, will I require the life of man.

This is the second Mitzvah of the Bnei Noach.

6 Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God, HE made man.

No murder and the third Mitzvah for the Bnei Noach. You cannot murder for you are destroying the living image of G-D.

7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; swarm in the earth, and multiply therein.'

A repeat of the previous command or blessing but this is specific for mankind as the above was for all creatures including man.

8 And God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying: 9 'As for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the fowl, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.' 12 And God said: 'This is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.

One day it may be so that the earth deserves to be destroyed and all mankind again. This time, one will see a rainbow and repent his ways. We make the blessing “KING of the Universe who remembers his Bris and is loyal to carry it out.”

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth from the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and of these was the whole earth overspread. 20 And Noah the husbandman began, and planted a vineyard. 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Three people drank wine in the Bible and it was bad for them. They are Noach, Lot and Shimshon. In each case the person got drunk.

…27 God enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be their servant. 28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

You would think that Parsha Noach ends here with his passing but a few other things happened right before he passed away. In the year 1948 after creation, Avram was born. He would be the new hope for mankind. In the days of a great-grandson of Noach Peleg, the people wanted to make war with heaven and they started to build a Migdal in Bavel to reach the sky. Our Sages, of blessed memory ask, “Wouldn’t it have been more logical to build the tower close to the top of Mt. Everest (actually on a very high mountain in their words and not a valley)” but rather it was a tower to nowhere. It was a sign of stupidity that only foolish leaders know how to build to keep the public busy. There is no indication that Peleg was the leader but rather the equivalent to the spiritual leader in that generation but failed to convince a wicked and foolish group that thought that they could make war with heaven. In our days, many of us saw the atheistic Soviet Union collapse like a house of cards. Since then, Russia has gotten smart and allowed people to worship freely.
Now Chapter 10 is the separation of the Nations, which probably will concern us regarding Gomer and Magog, but our main concern in the rest of Beresheis is:

11:10 These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begot Arpachshad two years after the flood. 11 And Shem lived after he begot Arpachshad five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 12 And Arpachshad lived five and thirty years, and begot Shelah. 13 And Arpachshad lived after he begot Shelah four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters. 14 And Shelah lived thirty years, and begot Eber. 15 And Shelah lived after he begot Eber four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters. 16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begot Peleg. 17 And Eber lived after he begot Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters. 18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu. 19 And Peleg lived after he begot Reu two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters. 20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begot Serug. 21 And Reu lived after he begot Serug two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters. 22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor. 23 And Serug lived after he begot Nahor two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begot Terah. 25 And Nahor lived after he begot Terah a hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters. 26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begot Lot. 28 And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. 29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 30 And Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his son's son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. 32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

They were all spiritual leaders but with the exception of Shem and Ever failed to keep up the G-D loving and fearing tradition. By the time Peleg was born, the generation was spiritually weak and perhaps his peers influenced him in a negative way. In the 9th generation after the flood at the time of Nimrod and the making of Migdal Bavel, Terach was making idols. It was Avram at the age of 3 or some commentaries say at the age of 40 who realized that for such a creation, there must have been a CREATOR. This will be the foundation for our Parsha next week.

Please read this. It will change you. Trust me. Judith W.

This letter was written to Eli Beer Hatzalah founder of united hatzalah


The story that I would like to tell you transpired some four months ago.

A few families had gathered in Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv with our children. The younger children were playing on the jungle gyms, the older ones were riding bicycles, the women were talking and us, the men, were barbecuing.

I want to point out, and this isn’t really connected to the story, well maybe it is somewhat connected, that all of us who were gathered there are secular, but we respect religion.
Our group of friends has known one another since childhood and we try to head out together for a picnic once in a while, usually sometime in the middle of the week.

A religious young man came nearby to where we were having our picnic, he had a very young child with him and they were playing with a ball. We didn’t pay them much attention.

One of the guys in our group, Tomer, headed to the car park in order to get some extra pitot that we had left in his car. He came back rather annoyed saying that a motorcycle had parked very close to the door of one of his car. “I couldn’t get into the car,” he exclaimed.

Tomer is the natural-born leader of our group. He’s tall, strong, and has a very short fuse. He usually has a very big heart, until someone gets on his bad side, and this motorcycle certainly annoyed him. “Who does the motorcycle belong to?” Tomer shouted at the world as if there was a chance that among the throngs of people in the park the owner would be near enough to us to hear him.

Miraculously, the modest religious fellow asked, “Are you talking about the United Hatzalah motorcycle?”

Tomer replied. “Yeah, the big one that is red and white with a big box on the back. Why is it yours?”

The man replied, “Yes it is mine.”

Tomer growled, “So get off your backside and move it for God’s sake.”

The man answered, “Why do you need to speak like that. Speak kindly.”

“Speak kindly?” Tomer replied “Very soon you’ll feel the kindness of my fists without any words whatsoever. Now move your damned motorcycle before I come over there.”

The religious man looked at him, was visibly hurt by his words and remarked. “Would you like it if people spoke that way around your child?”

Tomer walked over to him menacingly. It looked like he really wanted to hit the fellow. But I and the other guys gathered and stopped Tomer mid stride. We told the gentleman, “Leave it alone. Please move your motorcycle and leave it alone. Tomer is not a guy you want to get into a fight with.”

In truth, I didn’t support Tomer’s actions and I believe that neither did the rest of our group of friends, but he was our friend, and this other fellow we didn’t know at all. According to our rules of conduct, that meant that we supported Tomer. The other gentleman, why would he interest at all? The gentleman took his son and walked away rather embarrassed. A quiet fell over our group. The silence screamed at us regarding what we all felt in our hearts. Why did Tomer have to embarrass this man so thoroughly, and why at all? So he could take the pitot out of the other side of the car, why did he have to treat this man so poorly. But this we only felt in our hearts. To Tomer, no one said anything. But we all felt guilty that we were part of the cause of this man’s embarrassment.

The man came back after a few minutes and continued to play with his son. What happened a few moments later changed everything.

Suddenly we heard a scream. Hagit had fallen off of the ladder on the playground. Hagit is Tomer’s daughter. She is six years old. She was playing with the rest of our children as well as dozens of others on a rope ladder that was part of a jungle gym. She simply collapsed from the top of the ladder and fell. All the other kids began screaming that something happened to her. We ran over to the jungle gym as fast as we could. Hagit simply lay on the sand, completely blue. It was clearly visible that she was not breathing.

Tomer ran over to her and began to shout, “Hagit! Hagit! Wake up! Help, Help, Somebody, help her! Someone call an ambulance.” His shouts were heard throughout the entire park.

Suddenly, the religious man appeared by my side and gave me his child. “Please take care of him, I’m coming back to help.” Before I could say or do anything he was gone as he dashed off in a crazed run.

It is hard for me to describe the next few moments. There were dozens of people who were watching a painful tragedy unfold and not a single one of them was able to do anything about it.

I can’t begin to explain the sensation of helplessness that we all felt. I simply can’t. And amid all this chaos and confusion, we heard an ambulance’s siren. We couldn’t figure out how an ambulance was arriving without anyone even calling for one. When suddenly the answered appeared before us. The siren was coming from the motorcycle, the big red one with the huge box on which it said United Hatzalah in bold words.

The young man who was sitting on it got off the motorcycle in a hurry, and with steady hands opened the box, pulled out a number of items and went up to the girl.

The whole situation was incredibly surreal. Tomer, the strong man who was always steady, was shaking like a baby, and this soft spoken man suddenly changed into the commander took charge of the situation. He began to give instructions to the gathered crowd. “You hold this… You bring me that… You run to the motorcycle and bring me the blue bag… Now tear it gently... “ Simultaneously, he called for an ambulance on his 2-way radio, “Send an ambulance to my location we have a case of a child suffering head trauma, not breathing who has lost consciousness.”

We looked at this man as a saving angel. He acted with professionalism, efficiency, and with a sense of purpose. Within less than a minute, Hagit, who was unconscious and not able to breathe began to move and cough. He succeeded in resuscitating her.

People all around began to cry. All of the women were in tears and many of the men as well. The man was focused, he continued to care for the girl and kept an open line of communication with his dispatch center. A few long minutes later that felt like an eternity, a stretcher arrived. A paramedic and two other men carried the girl to a waiting ambulance.

Tomer walked up to the young man and said, “I’m so sorry…. So very very sorry,” and broke down in tears. The man told him that “There is no time. Get on board the ambulance and go with your daughter It will all be okay.” He climbed on board and the ambulance left in a hurry.

We all approached the young man. We hugged him, and kissed him and thanked him profusely. We apologized profusely for our part in his embarrassment. I can’t express the outpouring of emotion that took place there. The man almost crumpled into himself due to the sheer amount of hugs and kisses he received. We were overwhelmed with emotion and we understood that something had occurred here that had never occurred to any of us ever before. We asked the young man for his name and number and promised him that we would keep in touch.

We headed to the hospital. Hagit had pulled through and was no longer at any risk. Tomer was shattered and pitiful. He was so embarrassed by his actions towards the man who had saved his daughter’s life. Tomer called him the next day, cried and begged for forgiveness. Tomer offered to pay the man money but the man calmed him down and said, “It’s okay, I forgive you.” He simultaneously tried to downplay what he had done. “We at United Hatzalah do these things every day. That is our reward. God forbid I should take even one penny from you.”

Tomer pressured him and pushed him to accept financial compensation. The man refused and said, “If you insist, you can make a donation to the organization, but I will not take a single cent from you.”

Hagit was released from the hospital 
three days later, but Tomer had not calmed down. His soul was burning. He told us that he wanted to throw a thanksgiving party and invite the young gentleman as the guest of honor.

He set the date for a week later 
on Saturday night and got the young man to agree to attend. He promised the man that he would make a donation to United Hatzalah as a sign of thanks. To this, the young man agreed.

This should be the end of the story, right?
However, none of us could dream of how this story would actually end. I recommend that you, the reader make sure you are sitting before I tell you the end of the story.
On Thursday night, the eve of the 23rd of the Hebrew month of Iyar, two days before the thanksgiving party for Hagit was set to occur, at3:30 in the morning, the young man was called to an emergency. His name was Effi Gadassi. While he was en route, on Menashe Ben Yisrael St. in Jerusalem, he was hit by a taxi cab while heading to save someone else’s life. He was killed on the spot.

You’ve most likely heard of Effi Gadassi, the United Hatzalah volunteer who was killed four months ago. He was the man who, with God’s help, had saved Hagit. The news reached us, and our lives were forever changed. Each and every one of us went to the funeral. We cried like babies. We held Tomer, who was close to fainting. I cannot express the pain he felt or the feelings of guilt that consumed him. We comforted him by reminding him that he had asked Effi for forgiveness and Effi had indeed forgiven him. But he felt that part of his heart had died with Effi.

However much we came back to find religion in the aftermath of these events, Tomer drew even closer to the religion that he had once overlooked. He now wears a very large Kippah on his head, he prays daily and he keeps all aspects of the Shabbat to its fullest. All because of, and in remembrance of Effi.

Tomer organized a fundraising drive amongst his friends and raised enough money to donate an ambucycle to the organization, the same kind of motorcycle that blocked his car and was used for saving his daughter’s life. The ambucycle will be dedicated in just one month’s time.

This is one story of Effi Gadassi, may his memory be a blessing. The story also represents the thousands of volunteers from United Hatzalah all of whom are doing holy work and without any regard for receiving benefit from it. As our story testifies, sometimes this holy work is not always looked upon favorably, and sometimes it even has its challenges and uncomfortable moments.. It comes with lack of sleep, and many times people even deride or chastise them. But they do it anyway.

May this story and the messages it contains be a remembrance for the dedicated volunteer Effi Gadassi and may they help his spirit rise and soar in heaven.

As much as we would like to have a clean history and everything rosy, it is impossible. Na’amah who was from the murderer Kayn and her father a man-slaughterer per the Medrash. Yet she is the wife of Noach and a great … grandmother of ours. 5:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives; the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20 And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of such as dwell in tents and have cattle. 21 And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all such as handle the harp and pipe. 22 And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-cain, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. 23 And Lamech said unto his wives: Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech; for I have slain a man for wounding me, and a young man for bruising me; 
So we cannot change our ancestry as much as we would like. Even the Queen of England and President of the USA cannot cover this up. Here is a letter to people who wanted to change history according to their whims.

Thanks to Barbara J. M.
Rewriting history according to contemporary views and prejudice.

This letter is a response to Black Students attending Oxford as Rhodes Scholars wanting to remove the statue of Oxford Benefactor, Cecil Rhodes.  It should be read on every campus in the U.S. as well.

Dear Scrotty Students,
Cecil Rhodes’s generous bequest has contributed greatly to the comfort and well being of many generations of Oxford students – a good many of them, dare we say it, better, brighter and more deserving than you.

This does not necessarily mean we approve of everything Rhodes did in his lifetime – but then we don’t have to. Cecil Rhodes died over a century ago. Autres temps, autres moeures.*  If you don’t understand what this means – and it would not remotely surprise us if that were the case – then we really think you should ask yourself the question: “Why am I at Oxford?”

Oxford, let us remind you, is the world’s second oldest extant university. Scholars have been studying here since at least the 11th century. We’ve played a major part in the invention of Western civilisation, from the 12th century intellectual renaissance through the Enlightenment and beyond. Our alumni include William of Ockham, Roger Bacon, William Tyndale, John Donne, Sir Walter Raleigh, Erasmus, Sir Christopher Wren, William Penn, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Samuel Johnson, Robert Hooke, William Morris, Oscar Wilde, Emily Davison, Cardinal Newman, Julie Cocks. We’re a big deal. And most of the people privileged to come and study here are conscious of what a big deal we are. Oxford is their alma mater – their dear mother – and they respect and revere her accordingly.

And what were your ancestors doing in that period? Living in mud huts, mainly. Sure we’ll concede you the short lived Southern African civilisation of Great Zimbabwe. But let’s be brutally honest here. The contribution of the Bantu tribes to modern civilisation has been as near as damn it to zilch.

You’ll probably say that’s “racist”. But it’s what we here at Oxford prefer to call “true.”  Perhaps the rules are different at other universities. In fact, we know things are different at other universities. We’ve watched with horror at what has been happening across the pond from the University of Missouri to the University of Virginia and even to revered institutions like Harvard and Yale: the “safe spaces”; the #blacklivesmatter; the creeping cultural relativism; the stifling political correctness; what Allan Bloom rightly called “the closing of the American mind”..  At Oxford however, we will always prefer facts and free, open debate to petty grievance-mongering, identity politics and empty sloganeering. The day we cease to do so is the day we lose the right to call ourselves the world’s greatest university.

Of course, you are perfectly within your rights to squander your time at Oxford on silly, vexatious, single-issue political campaigns. (Though it does make us wonder how stringent the vetting procedure is these days for Rhodes scholarships and even more so, for Mandela Rhodes scholarships) We are well used to seeing undergraduates – or, in your case – postgraduates, making idiots of themselves. Just don’t expect us to indulge your idiocy, let alone genuflect before it. You may be black – “BME” as the grisly modern terminology has it – but we are colour blind.

We have been educating gifted undergraduates from our former colonies, our Empire, our Commonwealth and beyond for many generations.. We do not discriminate over sex, race, colour or creed. We do, however, discriminate according to intellect.

That means, inter alia, that when our undergrads or postgrads come up with fatuous ideas, we don’t pat them on the back, give them a red rosette and say: “Ooh, you’re black and you come from South Africa. What a clever chap you are!”  No. We prefer to see the quality of those ideas tested in the crucible of public debate. That’s another key part of the Oxford intellectual tradition you see: you can argue any damn thing you like but you need to be able to justify it with facts and logic – otherwise your idea is worthless.

This ludicrous notion you have that a bronze statue of Cecil Rhodes should be removed from Oriel College, because it’s symbolic of “institutional racism” and “white slavery”. Well even if it is – which we dispute – so bloody what? Any undergraduate so feeble-minded that they can’t pass a bronze statue without having their “safe space” violated really does not deserve to be here. And besides, if we were to remove Rhodes’s statue on the premise that his life wasn’t blemish-free, where would we stop? As one of our alumni Dan Hannan has pointed out, Oriel’s other benefactors include two kings so awful – Edward II and Charles I – that their subjects had them killed. The college opposite – Christ Church – was built by a murderous, thieving bully who bumped off two of his wives. Thomas Jefferson kept slaves: does that invalidate the US Constitution?Winston Churchill had unenlightened views about Muslims and India: was he then the wrong man to lead Britain in the war?”

Actually, we’ll go further than that. Your Rhodes Must Fall campaign is not merely fatuous but ugly, vandalistic and dangerous. We agree with Oxford historian RW Johnson that what you are trying to do here is no different from what ISIS and Al-Qaeda have been doing to artefacts in places like Mali and Syria.  You are murdering history. 

And who are you, anyway, to be lecturing Oxford University on how it should order its affairs? Your #rhodesmustfall campaign, we understand, originates in South Africa and was initiated by a black activist who told one of his lecturers “whites have to be killed”. One of you – Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh – is the privileged son of a rich politician and a member of a party whose slogan is “Kill the Boer; Kill the Farmer”; another of you, Ntokozo Qwabe, who is only in Oxford as a beneficiary of a Rhodes scholarship, has boasted about the need for “socially conscious black students” to “dominate white universities, and do so ruthlessly and decisively!

Great. That’s just what Oxford University needs. Some cultural enrichment from the land of Winnie Mandela, burning tyre necklaces, an AIDS epidemic almost entirely the result of government indifference and ignorance, one of the world’s highest per capita murder rates, institutionalised corruption, tribal politics, anti-white racism and a collapsing economy. Please name which of the above items you think will enhance the lives of the 22,000 students studying here at Oxford.

And then please explain what it is that makes your attention grabbing campaign to remove a listed statue from an Oxford college more urgent, more deserving than the desire of probably at least 20,000 of those 22,000 students to enjoy their time here unencumbered by the irritation of spoilt, ungrateful little tossers on scholarships they clearly don’t merit using racial politics and cheap guilt-tripping to ruin the life and fabric of our beloved university.

Understand us and understand this clearly: you have everything to learn from us; we have nothing to learn from you.

Oriel College, Oxford
*Autres temps, autres moeurs – Other times, other customs: in other eras people behaved differently. One cannot rewrite history to remove the murderers from our family tree. It is actually the truth that sets one free.

From Ingrid another story from the Holocaust told by 92 year-old Clara French English:

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Charedi Protests by a small number of almost a cult in the community has people up in arms. They are not registering for the draft since the law put in by Lapid and then reversed and in turn blocked by the leftist anti-religious civil courts. My family has registered and the two boys deferred temporarily. These Charedim could be deferred but instead refuse to register resulting in jailing of the refusers. A debate with taxpayers who serve vs them has occurred. Some want to disrupt the Charedi Community by preventing them to go in or out before Shabbos just as they disturbed us by this fringe bunch.
Here is one comment on behalf of the majority and could represent my grandsons.
There are people that won't make a Shidduch with someone from Peleg. Yes it's stupid and that's why the vast majority back Rav Shteinman, not only in Kiriat Sefer but everywhere. The same way how the Neturei Karta is a very small minority and not representative of Chassidim or Satmar. The same way as those that do price tag are not representative of Dati Leumi. Not trying to excuse them, I dislike them immensely. Just trying to put it in perspective.

What I would like to see is either the leaders under Rav Auerbach should be arrested or to find out who they are and protest at their apt.
Bernard M.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov to all,
Rachamim Pauli