Friday, December 15, 2017

Parsha Mikeitz, 2 Menorah stories, one news Menorah story, news

Nechemiah Arieh Liab Peretz ben Esther Rachel passed away.

The great Rabbi lived in a house with a leaky roof, wooden chairs and the most modest conditions. His whole life was Torah. With his death ends the era of the last pre-WWII educated in Europe Rabbis who lead in Israel for Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau Shlita was educated in Israel. The Rabbi made peace in the Torah World between the Litvaks and Chabad and other Chassidic Groups. He ordered his followers to work with the Draft on Darchei Shalom (path of peace) with the Israel Lawmakers. The harsh decree was cancelled by the later Knesset. He asked not to be eulogized. He said that from his standpoint only a simple epitaph be put on his tomb stone. He was buried by a few Torah Giants and some family members. Police and Ambulance drivers were there. The Police kept the more than 600,000 funeral attendees in order but still 86 people were injured by the crowding. Women were given special streets to stand on and Rechov Chazon Ish was a sea of men in black jackets and hats. One grandson was already learning in Bnei Berak and had no problem returning to his Yeshiva. The other made it back to his as the bus was the first to leave but my son-in-law was stuck 1.5 hrs in his bus leaving Bnei Berak. With the exception of Knesset Members or leading Rabbis no private vehicles were at the funeral secured by 2600 policemen and over 1000 paramedics. 

Miracle alert: Stabbing victim no longer in life danger despite knifing into his heart.



In a study laboratory rats were exposed to Canola oil. Their weight went up and their ability to handle a maze went down. Those in the control group given olive oil had more cognizance.
Chaya wrote me: An omelette fried in olive oil has a strange taste. One can use coconut oil or safflower oil.

Parsha Mikeitz

Yosef still has a trauma from his brothers and has been either a slave, in prison or too busy to contact home. He is working constantly to build stores for grain. Whenever we see the English word “corn” it does not mean American maize but rather grain. Now his brothers have come down to Egypt henceforth Mitzrayim and Yosef now remembers his dreams that long ago fled from his consciousness.

Pay attention to something that Rabbi Barak Kochavi Shlita pointed out. Yosef had two dreams with the same theme 11 sheaves and 11 stars but one was of the physical world and the other of the spiritual world. Pharaoh, the Baker and the wine Steward had dreams but they were only of the physical world. This shows the difference in spirituality.

Yosef did not google anything like this on dreams but rather had a tradition and perhaps also Ruach HaKodesh on them.

More on dreams: Berachos 55B R. Huna b. Ammi said in the name of R. Pedath who had it from R. Johanan: If one has a dream which makes him sad he should go and have it interpreted in the presence of three. He should have it interpreted! Has not R. Hisda said: A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read? … 'Sovereign of the Universe, I am Thine and my dreams are Thine. I have dreamt a dream and I do not know what it is. Whether I have dreamt about myself or my companions have dreamt about me, or I have dreamt about others, if they are good dreams, confirm them and reinforce them  like the dreams of Joseph…’ … R. Johanan said: If one rises early and a Scriptural verse comes to his mouth, this is a kind of minor prophecy. R. Johanan also said: Three kinds of dream are fulfilled: an early morning dream, a dream which a friend has about one, and a dream which is interpreted in the midst of a dream. Some add also, a dream which is repeated, as it says, and for that the dream was doubled unto Pharoah twice, etc.

41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

It was two full years and the dream was on the night of Pharaoh’s birthday.

2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, well-favored and fat-fleshed; and they fed in the reed-grass. 3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favored and lean-fleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. 4 And the ill-favored and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well-favored and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 And he slept and dreamed a second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. 6 And, behold, seven ears, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them. 7 And the thin ears swallowed up the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. 8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof; and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

I heard from Rabbi Tuvia Wein of blessed memory when I learned Sefer Daniel, that sometimes the advisors of Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar were so afraid that they were too scared to tell the interpretation. Here it does appear that they did not know the meaning as it was so strange for lean to eat fat and remain the same.

9 Then spoke the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying: 'I make mention of my faults this day: 10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in the ward of the house of the captain of the guard, me and the chief baker. 11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

The butler was scared for he saw the interpretation of the baker in the second half of his dream. The backer was hopeful as he saw the second half of the dream or the interpretation of the butler.

12 And there was with us there a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

Egypt had a constitutional law society. Under their constitution a young man, a Hebrew and a slave could not hold office all he more so become Prime Minister.

13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was: I was restored unto mine office, and he was hanged.' 14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. And he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: 'I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it; and I have heard say of thee, that when thou hear a dream thou canst interpret it.' 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying: 'It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.' … And I told it unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.' 25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh: 'The dream of Pharaoh is one; what God is about to do He hath declared unto Pharaoh. 26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. 27 And the seven lean and ill-favored kine that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind; they shall be seven years of famine. 28 That is the thing which I spoke unto Pharaoh: what God is about to do He has shown unto Pharaoh. 29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. 30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; 31 and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine which follows; for it shall be very grievous. 32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice, it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

At this moment Yosef’s interpretation of the dream has left Pharaoh with a bureaucratic mess what to do. Politicians love committees that investigate. However, Yosef, unlike a politician looking to keep his job until he drops, has a solution. Here is the disease and here is the cure!

33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint overseers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven years of plenty. 35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. 36 And the food shall be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.' 37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

Wow this guy is wise. He knows his stuff when it comes to interpret dreams and he has a solution on how to deal with it.

38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants: 'Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the spirit of God is?' 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: 'Forasmuch as God hath shown thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou. 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than thou.'

Pharaoh was considered a god. Therefore the Egyptian Constitution can be either amended or discarded by the god.

41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: 'See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.' 42 And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him: 'Abrech'; and he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: 'I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.' 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.-- 46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.

It was at the age of 17 when Yosef was sold and brought down to Egypt. He served an extra 2 years in jail for he did not rely upon HASHEM to provide him a way to be released.
Zaphenath-paneah means like in the Haggadah “Zaphon” or hidden and the second word means to solve.

And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. 47 And in the seven years of plenty the earth brought forth in heaps. 48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. 49 And Joseph laid up corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until they left off numbering; for it was without number.

Ancient man could count into thousands and ten thousands. Then came hundreds of thousands and a million. It became too much for them the concepts of billion, trillion and sextillion. [Remember the zero would only be invented in the early Arab Culture Period.]

50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On bore unto him. 51 And Joseph called the name of the first-born Manasseh: 'for God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.' 52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: 'for God hath made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.' 53 And the seven years of plenty, that was in the land of Egypt, came to an end. 54 And the seven years of famine began to come, according as Joseph had said; and there was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians: 'Go unto Joseph;

This is written for us as he is known as Zaphenath-paneah!

what he says to you, do.' 56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth; and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine was sore in the land of Egypt. 57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn; because the famine was sore in all the earth.

42:1 Now Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, and Jacob said unto his sons: 'Why do ye look one upon another?' 2 And he said: 'Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.' 3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn from Egypt. 4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said: 'Lest peradventure harm befall him.' 5 And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came; for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6 And Joseph was the governor over the land; he it was that sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down to him with their faces to the earth. 7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spoke roughly with them; and he said unto them: 'Whence come ye?' And they said: 'From the land of Canaan to buy food.'

It seems strange to me that a high official like Yosef would be only selling gain, unless he was there mainly to over-see the goings on. It could be that he also gave an order that if more than a certain amount of people come to buy grain that they had to come before him. Thus the ten brothers were now within his power.

8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not.

Yosef was 30 when he was raised to authority and then were was seven years of plenty making him 37 and then at least one year of famine making him 38. The brothers remembered this lanky teen with a straggly beard. Now there was a man before them who was either with a full beard or shaven. The man spoke Egyptian through a translator into Hebrew. He was not dressed like a shepherd but like Egyptian Royalty. He was wearing gold and perhaps make-up like one sees in Hieroglyphics. It is no wonder they did not know him. They were looking for a slave and possibly being used as a male paramour (not upon us). The Medrash says that they inquired regarding a slave named Yosef on the grounds to return him to his aged mourning father. Another thing is that even modern day Haran is a small village and they lived in farming and herding areas. These men had no idea of the size of the Egyptian Metropolis that they visited and were awed by the sheer size of the city. 

9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them: 'Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.' 10 And they said unto him: 'Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. 11 We are all one man's sons; we are upright men, thy servants are no spies.' 12 And he said unto them: 'Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.'

This is the first of many false charges throughout history. This continued through Dreyfus and beyond. This time it was a brother trying to make a Tikun and testing their feelings.

13 And they said: 'We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.'

They were afraid to mention the existence of Yosef lest they also be questioned to produce him.

14 And Joseph said unto them: 'That is it that I spoke unto you, saying: Ye are spies. 15 Hereby ye shall be proved, as Pharaoh lives, ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. 16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be truth in you; or else, as Pharaoh lives, surely ye are spies.'

He wants to make sure that Benyamin is OK and that they are not jealous of him as he too came from Rachel.

17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

This was part of their Tikun as they must have place Yosef in the pit for three days. Perhaps they had or one of the brothers gave him food and water. As the children of
Bilhah must have grown up close to Yosef.

18 And Joseph said unto them the third day. 'This do, and live; for I fear God: 19 if ye be upright men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house; but go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses; 20 and bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die.' And they did so. 21 And they said one to another: 'We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.'

G-D is demanding Mida Knegged Mida from us. We brought this calamity upon ourselves.

22 And Reuben answered them, saying: 'Spoke I not unto you, saying: Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? Therefore also, behold, his blood is required.' 23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for the interpreter was between them. 24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes.

Shimon was the instigator of the hatred for Yosef from their talk. So Yosef bound him and threw him into the jail. The Medrash says that afterwards he had Shimon bathed and made him into a high class servant. However, the Pshat is that he went to the same jail that Yosef was in.

25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way; and thus was it done unto them. 26 And they laded their asses with their corn, and departed thence. 27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 28 And he said unto his brethren: 'My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack.' And their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying: 'What is this that God hath done unto us?'

They did not know that this was a gift from their brother but panicked and shook with fear of an evil Gezaira from HASHEM.

29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them, saying: 30 'The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 And we said unto him: We are upright men; we are no spies. 32 We are twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33 And the man, the lord of the land, said unto us: Hereby shall I know that ye are upright men: leave one of your brethren with me, and take corn for the famine of your houses, and go your way. 34 And bring your youngest brother unto me; then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are upright men; so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land.'

Now really how could the man know if they brought Benyamin or not as four mothers were involved and the brothers must have looked different? Still in my face I look my mother and my brother looks like my father, still we look close enough to tell that we are brothers.

35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their father said unto them: 'Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away; upon me are all these things come.' 37 And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying: 'Thou shalt slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee; deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him back to thee.'

Yacov must have thought regarding Reuven that he was a blundering idiot and could not be trusted with Benyamin. Yacov was not Lavan nor Esav and how in the world could he go out and kill Reuven’s sons which were his own grandchildren and a continuation of Yacov himself.

38 And he said: 'My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left; if harm befall him by the way in which ye go, then will ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
43:1 And the famine was sore in the land. 2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, that their father said unto them: 'Go again, buy us a little food.' 3 And Judah spoke unto him, saying: 'The man did earnestly forewarn us, saying: Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food; 5 but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down, for the man said unto us: Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.' 6 And Israel said: 'Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?'

You country bumpkins how could you do this to me. Did you not learn from Lavan to be cunning in your speech with authority lest they find something that they can use against you?

7 And they said: 'The man asked straitly concerning ourselves, and concerning our kindred, saying: Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words; could we in any wise know that he would say: Bring your brother down?' 8 And Judah said unto Israel his father: 'Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. 9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him; if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever.

Yehuda was G-D fearing and had placed his Olam HaBa as surety for Benyamin.

10 For except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.' 11 And their father Israel said unto them: 'If it be so now, do this: take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and labdanum[], nuts, and almonds; 12 and take double money in your hand; and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks carry back in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight; 13 take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man; 14 and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release unto you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.' 15 And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house: 'Bring the men into the house, and kill (slaughter) the beasts, and prepare the meat; for the men shall dine with me at noon.' 17 And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house. 18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said: 'Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.'

Now we are really deep in trouble because of the money that we had in our sacks so they spoke to the steward to prevent trouble regarding this.

19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they spoke unto him at the door of the house, 20 and said: 'Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food. 21 And it came to pass, when we came to the lodging-place, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight; and we have brought it back in our hand. 22 And other money have we brought down in our hand to buy food. We know not who put our money in our sacks.' 23 And he said: 'Peace be to you, fear not; your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.' And he brought Simeon out unto them.

No this is a peaceful gesture and the ruler does not need your money. Here is your other brother who was held for surety that you would return with your youngest brother and I see that he recognizes him.

24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender. 25 And they made ready the present against Joseph's coming at noon; for they heard that they should eat bread there. 26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down to him to the earth. 27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said: 'Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spoke? Is he yet alive?'

The Medrash comments about the “old man” being Yitzchak. But how could this be as even on their previous visit, Yitzchak was gone. For Yitzchak became a father at the age of 60 and Yacov was 130 or thereabouts. Yitzchak lived 180 years so he was gone for 9 or 10 years. This is perhaps one of the reasons that Midrashim are taken with a grain of salt for sometimes they are allegories to hide secrets from the Romans or other non-Jews. The Pshat must be that Yacov was 130 years old and considered an old man.

28 And they said: 'Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive.' And they bowed the head, and made obeisance. 29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw Benjamin his brother, his mother's son, and said: 'Is this your youngest brother of whom ye spoke unto me?' And he said: 'God be gracious unto thee, my son.'

By not correcting the brothers regarding the use of “Servant” for Yacov, Yosef lost ten years of his life. He could have said, I don’t want your father as a servant for he is elderly and deserves to spend his last years in peace.

30 And Joseph made haste; for his heart yearned toward his brother; and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 31 And he washed his face, and came out; and he refrained himself, and said: 'Set on bread.' 32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, that did eat with him, by themselves; because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

The Egyptian god was a sheep and they could not be seated with these disgusting sacrilegious shepherds.

33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth; and the men marveled one with another. 34 And portions were taken unto them from before him; but Benjamin's portion was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

He caught them off guard for the next stage of his plan.

44:1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying: 'Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. 2 And put my goblet, the silver goblet, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money.' And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.

This was bungling on the part of Yehuda not checking their sacks. For the last time they found their money so this time they should have checked just in case. As the saying goes if you fool me once you are the fool. If you fool me twice, I am a fool. (I once saw an election saying if you vote for this politician a third time you’re a darn fool. In fact that is what President Trump basically said regarding the US Policy on Korea and Yerushalayim that if it hasn’t worked for 20 years why repeat over again the same mistake.)

3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4 And when they were gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward: 'Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them: Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 5 Is not this it in which my lord drinks, and whereby he indeed divines? ye have done evil in so doing.' 6 And he overtook them, and he spoke unto them these words. 7 And they said unto him: 'Wherefore speak my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do such a thing. 8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought back unto thee out of the land of Canaan; how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.'

Very foolish words. For Yacov used that with the Idol which was in Rachel’s possession and she died in childbirth because of Yacov’s big mouth. I assume this Jewel of wisdom came from the mouth of Reuven who was ready to lose his two sons. It would also be logical for the eldest to speak first.

10 And he said: 'Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my bondman; and ye shall be blameless.' 11 Then they hastened, and took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 12 And he searched, beginning at the eldest, and leaving off at the youngest; and the goblet was found in Benjamin's sack.

His mother stole the idol from Lavan and now he stole the cup which in truth was a ruse.

13 And they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house, and he was yet there; and they fell before him on the ground. 15 And Joseph said unto them: 'What deed is this that ye have done? know ye not that such a man as I will indeed divine?' 16 And Judah said: 'What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of thy servants; behold, we are my lord's bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found.' 17 And he said: 'Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the goblet is found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.'

I am a just man. The 10 of you have done nothing wrong. You can return to your father and this fellow will be my slave. This is the ultimate test for Yehuda should be the slave as he was the man who suggested that Yosef be sold. Benyamin had nothing to do with the sale. This was not Mida Knegged Mida and it should not be so!

The Parsha ends on this cliff hanger so tune in next Parsha (Vayigash) to see what happens.

The Patient Menorah by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

One morning during Chanukah of 5773 (12/72), a group of teenaged boys including Shmuel Lipsch from the Chabad Junior Yeshiva in Tsfat set out to the Golan Heights to bring the light of Chanukah and other mitzvot to the residents of many of the small scattered communities there. After a long afternoon and evening of hard work and bright success, when they finally departed for home it was nearly ten o'clock at night.

As they approached the highway exit to the town of Hatzor - 15 minutes before Tsfat - they decided to detour to the large shopping center near the exit where they knew the stores would still be open, even at this late hour, to spread the light of Chanukah there too. As they went from one shop to another, they came upon a store where positioned on a shelf near the plate-glass window was a Chanukah menorah, set up with the proper number of candles for that night, but as yet unlit, as if it were waiting just for them.

The students entered together. Immediately the shopkeeper approached them and welcomed them with great joy. "I was praying you would come. I know that the Chanukah lights bring blessing to my business. I would never let the menorah go unlit, not even one night" she added enthusiastically.

The teenage boys were puzzled. "It's already quite late at night. Why did you wait for so long for someone to come? Why did you not just light the candles yourself?"

"Because," she smiled, "I am not Jewish.

"I am a Druise woman," she continued. "I live in the Druise village of Tuba az-Zanghariyya."*

Not only were the boys surprised by her answer, they were more confused than before. "Why are the Chanukah lights of such significance to you if you are not Jewish?"

She related to them at length and with great sincerity why the lighting of the Chanukah menorah was so important for her. From the content of her words the yeshiva students grasped instantly that the lights were not just an "aid" for her business; it was clear that she was well aware that the fulfillment of a commandment brought an increased relationship to the Commander, to the Creator of All.

Indeed, the spiritual sensitivity revealed in her reply led the boys to suspect that perhaps she had a connection to Judaism beyond the mitzvahof Chanukah. They began to question her about her background.

It did not take more than a minute to verify their hunch, as in answer to their first question, about her family, she innocently revealed that her mother was Jewish! (In the Muslim world, religious status follows the father, so she never had a clue that she herself is Jewish according to Torah law.)

The young boys explained that through her mother she too possesses inside her the unique G-dly soul of a Jew, and therefore she is 100% Jewish. It must be, they added, that her strong commitment to having a lit menorah on the eight nights of Chanukah each year was caused by her divine Jewish neshama-soul burning within her, seeking to express itself.

Her reaction was pure happiness. She asked to clarify whether her sisters and brothers are Jewish too. With great emotion she proclaimed that she would tell all her siblings that she is Jewish and that they are also. She thanked the boys profusely.

That night the menorah of the store was lit and the blessings were said by a proud Jewess, newly ready to take her part among the Jewish people.**
Source: Translated and adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from an article by Rabbi Yitzchak Lipsch published in "Lubavich": the weekly newsletter of the Chabad community in Tsfat (Dec. 12, 2012).

** R. Lipsch's note: The boys too were proud (including one of my sons); they had been instrumental in bringing one more lost soul back to its roots, their mission as young chasidim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

* Translator's note: Tuba az-Zanghariyya is less than a half-hour's drive from Tsfat, and even closer to Hatzor. It is located close to Kfar Nassi

I almost published the blog and then I read this news item which is similar to the story above.

Chanucha Holocaust Story sent to me by Cindy (I posted this in the past)

A young man named Avrumel Greenbaum lost his entire family in the Holocaust. After the war, he came to America and wanted nothing to do with Judaism. He was no longer Avrumel Greenbaum; now he was Aaron Green. He moved to Alabama and happened to marry a Jewish woman there. The day his oldest son Jeffrey turned thirteen, they were not going to celebrate his bar mitzvah. Aaron decided to recognize the day by taking Jeffrey to the mall and buy him anything he wanted there. They went to a big electronics store and while browsing, Jeffrey's eye caught something in an antique shop across the way. He was mesmerized by it. He couldn't take his eyes off of it.
He told his father, "I don't want anything from the electronics store. I want to go across to the antique shop." When they got there, the boy pointed to an old wooden menorah and said, "That's what I want for my bar-mitzvah." His father couldn't believe it. He was letting his child buy anything he wanted in the whole mall and this is what he was choosing? Nevertheless, he couldn't talk him out of it.
Aaron asked the shop-owner the price of the menorah, but he replied "Sorry, that's not for sale." The father said, "What do you mean? This is a store." He offered a lot of money for it. The owner said, "I found out the history of this menorah. A man constructed it during the war and it took him months to gather the wood. It survived, but he did not. It's going to be a collector's item. It's not for sale."
Jeffrey kept telling his father, "That's what I want. All I want is the menorah." So Aaron Green kept offering more money until the owner finally agreed to sell. The boy was so excited. He took the menorah up to his room and played with it every day. One day the parents heard a crash from Jeffrey's room. They ran upstairs and saw the menorah shattered to pieces. The father yelled at his son for being so careless, as he paid so much money for it. Afterwards, he felt bad; he told the boy, "Let's try to glue it back together."
While holding one of the pieces, the father noticed a piece of paper wedged inside. He pulled it out and started reading. He had tears welled up in his eyes and then he fainted. His family threw water on him and revived him. "What happened?", they asked.
He replied, "Let me read you this letter." It was written in Yiddish, and it said, "To whoever finds this menorah, I want you to know, I constructed it not knowing if I would ever have the opportunity to light it. Who knows if I will live to the day to see it being kindled? In all probability, going through this war, I will not. But if Providence brings this menorah to your hands, you who are reading this letter, promise me you will light it for me and for us, my family, and those who gave their lives to serve Hashem."
Aaron Green then looked up at his family with tears in his eyes and, in a choked-up voice, said, "The letter is signed by my father."
They were all speechless. That family recognized the hashgacha of Hashem and they came back to Torah and mitzvot. The hashgacha was unbelievable, taking a menorah from Europe and bringing it back to the family in a remote mall in Alabama.
Hashem wants everybody back. Hanukah means to re-dedicate. It's a time to rededicate ourselves and come closer to Hashem.

Town found from the Chashmonayim Period.

From Nettie very important involving donations to non-profit institutions. Not listed the salary of Rabbi Pauli $0 and Rabbi Mimran $0 + his airfare and transportation fees on collections outside of Israel. Kollel Beit Shlomo C/O Mimran Rehov Ohr HaChaim 5/2 71919 Modiin Illit Kiriat Sefer, Israel

Inyanay Diyoma

No profit for Arabs in Intifada as heads of PLO don't send their children from private schools to the fronts

Czech President blasts the EU on their support of Arab Terrorists

Firebombs thrown at Schul in Sweden.
Attackers were from Pakistan and Syria:

IDF does not tolerate nonsense. Commander takes apples from vendor is suspended.,7340,L-5054351,00.html

Ed- Op Alex Fishman on Yerushalayim and the Arabs.,7340,L-5052693,00.html

Ed-Op Ben Dror Yemeni: If the left wants to return to power it must stop repeating mistakes of the past.,7340,L-5051742,00.html

Summary of things as of Monday morning. Problems started after the Jerusalem declaration by President Trump. In Wadi Ara the Arabs threw stones and a bus and a young woman was injured and the road closed.
In Yerushalayim stones, fire bombs and a guard stabbed in the heart.
In Neve Suf a device was found inside of a tire. Two shooting incidents.

Lebanon an Iranian Hezballah contingent visits Israeli border with a terrorist who escaped from US custody.

Non-Refugee Illegals to be deported.

Summary of Tuesday’s news of our Arab Neighbors. Near midnight Monday rockets fired at Ashkelon area.
Another rocket fired after the work accident.

Drones the biggest security threat. I dreaded to write about this but now the idea is in the open.

Earlier today Israel sent a message to Hamas. They are not stopping the Jihad.

Watch undercover cops make arrest of rioters.,7340,L-5056551,00.html

My late friend Carl used to say in our teen years “Hit them again, harder, harder!”

The mismanagement of Teva since they purchased a company with $40 Billion in Debit. 14,000 layoff worldwide. 1,700 here.,7340,L-5057316,00.html

Ed-Op Yossi Yoshua Israeli Gaza Deterrence has collapsed.,7340,L-5056742,00.html

Police & Army do nothing as Arabs surround a Jewish Town.

I heard on the radio on Thursday about the Charedi Army Group and the Rabbi’s neighbor who wanted to join. However, that would hurt the Tzaddik so much that his door to door neighbor was not learning and in the army that the young man returned to Yeshiva and learned seriously. This unit did not exist when my son was eligible for the draft and he went to a Yeshiva with Army as Golani. Ben Zion Glixman encouraged by my son when to the Nahal Charedi. 

Have a wonderful Shabbos remember to light the Chanucha Candles before the Shabbos Candles so give extra time,

Rachamim Pauli