Friday, December 28, 2018

Parsha Shemos Part 1, story, and more

Prayers for­ Men: Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Yosef ben Esther, Daniel ben Rivka, Moshe ben Briendel, Avrum ben Fagel, Moshe ben Bella, Avraham Arieh ben Mindel,
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, Shulamis bas Etta, Chana Friedel bas Sara, Esther bas Alice, Drorah Rivka bas Chana (reinstated), Devorah bas Sara,

The following persons are recovering from long term non-threatening injuries and need Psalms. Binum Benyamin Tuvia ben Chana Friedel, Avraham HaCohain ben Yocheved, Melech David ben Sulah Pearla, Golda Shulamis bas Celia,

Parsha Shemos Part 1

Although Beresheis ended with the death of Yacov and Yosef, still there were leaders in Yisrael of that generation to guide the children. But now all the brothers were gone.
1:1 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came into Egypt with Jacob; every man came with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; and Joseph was in Egypt already. 6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

Those who hold that Yocheved was the daughter of Levi, the Pasuk indicates to me that the whole generation of the 70 souls passed on too. Still one can say that Yocheved was from the next generation. Still the implication is that all 70 souls were gone. The time is 129-130 years after Yacov entered Mitzrayim. I use 129 as it is before the birth of Moshe.

7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

The original 70 have had a population explosion and now are hundreds of thousands or over a million. They can pose a military threat if Mitzrayim is invaded according to some who hate different types of people.

8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people: 'Behold, the people of the children of Israel are too many and too mighty for us;

Their large numbers can pose an internal threat. Just think about it. The Nazis rolled over Poland and their army but a bunch a Ghetto Jews with light arms held off the German Army in 1943 for 3 weeks. Pharaoh was fearful of strangers. He did not know the Halacha that one acts properly with his host country. Jews right or left believe that they are patriots of their host country. This has been the case in history. Turkey, Spain, Germany welcomed their Jews at first but we have seen throughout history the repudiation and complete rejection as Pharaoh did.

10 come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there befalls us any war, they also join themselves unto our enemies, and fight against us, and get them up out of the land.'

I was once asked by an Italian-American Friend of mine, “If the US went to war with Israel, where would you stand?” Did anybody ask him the same question about Italy? The Ben Yisrael is always different from his non-Jewish counterpart. He is different. Some dress differently, most eat differently, most act one way on Shabbos different from all the Nations.

11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Ramses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were adread because of the children of Israel.

The only pleasure or comfort the Ben Yisrael could afford was not games and sports but finding comfort in each other’s arms. The Bnei Yisrael multiplies more with twins, triplets and finally sextuplets. (see Rashi)

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field; in all their service, wherein they made them serve with rigor.

Similar to the iron curtain of the USSR, they would not let citizens leave but enslaved them. Many died trying to escape Germany or run through the Berlin Wall. (Google Chabad Octobrina story)

15 And the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah; 16 and he said: 'When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, ye shall look upon the birthstool: if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.'

If somebody thinks positive about live birth abortions, he should think about this Pasuk and all the commentaries and view it as G-D views it and not Eugenics and various philosophies.

17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.

The midwives not only allowed the males to live but resuscitated what might have been a last minute abortion.

18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them: 'Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive?'

Pharaoh like most tyrants had spies around and they reported that the male babies left the area where the woman gave birth.

19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh: 'Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwife come unto them.'

The midwives talked to Pharaoh in a way to keep their heads on their shoulders. These (snicker) Hebrews are not like we Egyptians, they are animals and give birth before we can take over the birthing process.

20 And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

Despite the best efforts of Pharaoh, the people were fruitful and multiplied.

21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that He made them houses.

G-D caused Pharaoh to order the building of a maternity hospital. The midwives grew richer and more popular among the nation.

22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying: 'Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.'

Pharaoh now sees that he cannot fight the Hebrew midwives. So he now comes up a way to deal with babies.

2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.  To be continues

There are times when one travels from country to country and city to city that due to that and events beyond one’s control, it is impossible to complete everything possible on time.

The missed appointment by Rabbi Y. Tilles

The lengthy ecstatic prayers of Rosh Hashana drew to a close. During the Kiddushthat followed, Rabbi Yehudah-Tzvi of Strettin made an enigmatic statement to his chasidim. "When the fifth night of Chanukah comes, after the lighting of the candles, if you will remind me at that moment, I will arrange a banquet for everyone!"
The chasidim stared at their master, perplexed. Some thought to themselves, "What is the connection between Rosh Hashana and Chanukah?" Others wondered, "Why a banquet only on the fifth night? Why not every night!?"
The fifth night of Chanukah came and the chasidim reminded their rebbe of his promise made on Rosh Hashana. His face lit up and he immediately ordered a banquet prepared for all the guests. After many "L'chaim"s were offered someone stood up courageously and asked, "Rebbe, what's the occasion of the banquet?"
The Rebbe explained in hushed tones, "I saw during the sacred prayers of Rosh Hashana that a tzadik of our generation would be appointed one of the judges of the heavenly court. I knew there were three possibilities. Either myself, the Rebbe of Butzchatch (see "Bio Notes" below), or the Rebbe of Dinov (R. Tzvi-Elimelech, the Bnei Yissaschar).
"I prayed with all my heart to the Creator that I wasn't worthy to be a judge of the heavenly court. However, I knew it would not be clear to me what the heavenly decision would be until this moment, for as you all know, Chanukah is the final seal of whatever was decreed on Rosh Hashana.* Now I know that I will not be chosen. That is why I have made this banquet."
The Chassidim were awestruck by this revelation. A few weeks later, Rabbi Tzvi-Elimelech passed away, on the 18th of the Jewish month of Tevet. The holy Dinover Rebbe had been chosen to be a judge of the heavenly court.
Editor's note:
* This is commonly understood to take place on the last day of Chanukah. Perhaps all the instances of '5th' above should be changed to '8th'?
Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from the rendition in "Shabbos Stories for the Parsha" (Rosh Hashanah 5774) of the translation by Eliahu J. Klein from Degel Machaneh Yehudah p. 12 #32, and other Hebrew sources.
Biographical notes: 
Rabbi Yehuda Zvi-Hirsch Brandwein of Strettin [of blessed memory: 5540 - 11 Iyar 5604 (1780 - April 1844 C.E.)] was the leading disciple of Rabbi Uri of Strelisk, whom he succeeded in 1826, and whom he resembled in his ecstatic mode of prayer. He was highly praised by many of the tzadikim of his generation. His teachings may be found in Degel Machaneh Yehuda. He was succeeded by his son Rabbi Avraham Brandwein of Strettin.
Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Shapira of Dinov (1785 - 18 Tevet, 1841), a renowned scholar, nephew of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk and disciple of the "Seer" of Lublin and of Menachem Mendel of Rimanov. Best known for his scholarly and mystical work, Bnei Yissaschar, which includes a chapter for each month of the year.
Rabbi Avraham-David Wahrman [6 Adar 5531 - 29 Tishrei 5601 (1771-1840)] of Buchach (or Buczacz or Butzchatch) was recognized as a Talmudic genius when still a teenager. Before becoming a chasidic leader in his own right later in life, he was a disciple of Rebbe Levi-Yitzchak of Berdichev and Rabbi Moshe-Chayim of Sassov. He is the author of many scholarly books covering the entire spectrum of Torah, with Eshel Avraham and Daas Kedoshim, important commentaries on the first two of the four sections of Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), being the best known.
Connection: Seasonal -- The 18th of Tevet (this year: Wednesday, Dec. 26) is the 177th yahrzeit of the Bnei Yissaschar.

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Good Shabbos and good health all,
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