As I pride myself to be "living with the parsha" and I saw a prominent Jewish writer whom I respect discuss this new literal explosion of AI onto the stage recently, I thought that in our parsha which opens with the ,mitzvos of dealing with a Hebrew slave, there would be some thoughts to share

Nothing happens by chance in our world


Our parsha starts the discussion of Mishpatim, with the laws of a Hebrew slave.We "moderns" tend to recoil from the concept of slavery, but the truth being that in ancient times, especially where wealth and survival had so much to do with land ownership , the institution was almost a necessity.

Moreover, the Torah's approach is filled with compassion.The "Master" feeds the slave's family.If he stole and was sold by the beis din, instead of languishing in a jail, he works with dignity and can't work more than 6 years (unless he asks for an extension, and then to Yovel.)A Yid is ultimately an eved of Hashem, even if he forgot and sinned.

Even a gentile can't be a slave unless he accepts the mitzvos of a woman. No one is just chattle.

And this is really the basic reason that specifically these mitzvos strat the laws of jurisprudence -- the basic dignity of a Jew, a human.

In our days , this dignity is being challenged , not only by technology per se, but as is our understanding , by many of the super rich and globalists such as the people from WEF

The truth is that the world reached the apex of Creation with Man.Be fruitful, multiply, conquer the world and master all living things. HaShem saw that the world was 'very good"

I once saw in one of my Rebbes'  (R' Aaron shlite, should be well) writings that we are brought into this world as the "tikun" for the world, bringing it to its destiny.

If we aren't a tikun, then we are nothing.A very sobering thought

The world is in turmoil, exploding with innovation. There those who believe that ai, robots will make us obsolete, will eventually devour homo sapiens.Others believe it will be the ultimate empowering of freedom

I would believe that it depends on us.If we remain true to the mission haShem has for us;it will be brochos without end, and if not it will be the END, chas v'sholom


         Israeli news is awash with the great divide - 'left" - "right", or for us, Torah true , we would like to say, "scoffers" against 'beleivers", and yet Mr Netanyahu is not exactly the picture we are looking for  (even if he he has a tremendous pedigree)

Most of our people would call these 'violent protestors" as the 'erev rav", the many who joined our people when we left Egypt, goyim, before we oursleves,Bnei Yisrael, had accepted the Torah on Har Sinai

*Interestingly, I always wondered about this designation ,,'right and left'.As ,in our tradition , "left"does have to do with the sinister , whereas right more with the sechel.*

On the one hand, we leined in this week's parsha how the Ribono shel olam, wanted the Yidden to accept the Torah with free will and love.On the other hand in the end , the Chazal say that the Mountain, so to speak with raised above them ",if you accept, fine,if not,

"there you will be buried"., in other words, you have no choice.And so, the famous 'chazal" say, being forced , means they never truly  accepted the holy Torah, until Purim (coming soon , around the corner)  when it was accepted with joy and love 

The Gaon  (Gra ) from  Vilna says the difference between 'Malchus"  - Kingship and tyranny is the acceptance and loyalty, and that is the difference between  haShem's relationship to us and to the peoples of the world.So, an earthquake is an 'Act of "G-d" and the insurance people are absolved , wheras we , the Jewish people, not only send our emegency people and investigate our buildings, but need to internalize the catastrophe,is our "avodah complete ?And we daven and do repentance.

Maybe , just maybe that is what is happening now in the Holy Land.These people, after all are jews  (mostly,I think ) Many believe it has been their work  which has turned Israel into a powerhouse.Not too many are ready to give credit to their great grandparents who kept  faith against tremendous adversity , and it has been that midda to transform the barren land into the powerhouse it is today.

My Rebbe, A"H, had great respect for Rav Kook, zt'l, even though he help positions which were not very popular with most Torah authorities.He compared Rav Kook to an astronomer who saw well far  away but not close by.I saw once in his name, that soemtimes the People know.....

(If in soem way we need to come on to the views of the 'people", inthat sense ,it is a "democracy" )

A few weeks ago a writer in a leading frum periodical asked why hasn't Moshiach come htis year, after shmitte;it seemed so clear? He posited that even with all the fantastic and wonderful organizations amongst our People,, there still is "Sinas Chinum", hate for no reason amongst us.

I'm not so sure.

But , we who know the direction history is taking.have the job somehow, to connect and extend love.

A Gute voche!


A little late, but with my 'yom huledes" coming (the 6th Tammuz Teusday)  , thought to write a few machshavos on the parsha 

Korach is one of the enigmas of our holy torah.He was at the giving of the Torah on Har Sinai. He was witness to many wondrous miracles .How could he doubt Moshe Rabbenu , as it is said 'And they will believe in you"?

And the famous 'question " so many asked after the War .. how could G-d do such?

I was thinking ,in two parshios we have the words Nazi -by the m'raglim and by Korach."Niazuni". The torah is very clear, but we need to be receptive and listen.Korach was "mishpacha" and he carried the holy ark on his shoulders.His mind was very elevated.He could not "hear".the message.

When we study the parsha and the following history (of Shmuel Hanavi)and the haftara we see something really remarkable, how the middos of Korach were used by Shmuel and he even quotes Moshe Rabbenu in his farewell as manhig to Israel, giving over the mantel to the king.

As a child, Shmuel was moreh halacha bifney Rabbo(taught a law in the place of his rebbe, considered to be rebellious ), shchte b'zar(shechite can be done by a simple, jew,non cohen (ko holam kulem kedoshim?). In the haftara , he echos Moshe Rabbenu - Did I take one donkey from them".And he even (in miniscule)causes a scary -- "oseh maaseh breishis" (with thunder and lightning) to let them know they had sinned asking for a king when the generation was led by a Navi to haShem.

We have a term 'frei", free from the yoke of heaven.Isn't that so important? Do my own thing,the real religion ?Somehow there is a place for every middah even while accepting and living with that yoke.That was the 'message' Korach did not hear , but his children did.



Remember , Remember , Why Remember , and who should remember ?

I asked myself today a question . We blame Shaul hamelech for allowing Agag to stay alive (and that night he beget a child).Why don't we blame Yehoshua ? He only weakened their army?

The answer obviously is that Yehoshua only had a mitzva to go to war with Amalek, not to destroy.That mitzva starts in Israel with their first king.

One talmid chochom showed me a Rashi that the army didn't actually kill the enemies , just wounded them , "al pi hadibur ", by the "words of haShem".So , what was the purpose? What was going on?

It was a lesson to be learned orally from talmid to Rav down all the generations; don't forget.We are not yet there.The war is an ongoing thing. The first 'coming" of Amalek was due to  our weakness in our attachment to the torah , and so it has been in all generations.

Our  brocho as the 'Chosen People " is contingent on our attachment to the holy torah.That was our Father Yitzchok"s brocho to Yaakov 

This year as we approach Purim with the war going on in the Ukrane, where we are all witnessing the incredible irony one on top of the other on the continent and places where we suffered so much , where somehow, a 'jude" seems to be central to fighting the new "evil " beast, a year of Shmitte,  a year of new incredible 'kibbutz golyus", we need to Remember that Moshiach is knocking loudly.

Perhaps the simplest and most basic lesson of Parshas Zechor - when it is good, Remember , we are not yet there, and when , chas v'sholom it is bad, never give up

*   After having these thoughts, I thought to myself , I don't think Putin is actually Amalek, maybe a pupil , but not more.And I have been telling people for years (and explicitly) on my wellness site  that the real leal , most dangerous Amalek today are those responsible and pushing this , so called 'Vaccine".So who is actually today amalek? Then I realized that I had most likely posted the name of the most likely candidate , who actually runs the organization responsible for 90% of the earth's wealth, and want it all , and have already published their plan for the "Great Reset".Check it out on this article about Mr Trudeau's tyranny ..


 Returning to Egypt with no Buyers


ואשׁר הרעתי    And I caused the Bad

As we move towards the New Year, in a time of utter confusion and dread,I thought it appropriate to share two thoughts I had while learning my daf last week.

The end of the Tochecha is we will return to Egypt and there will be no buyers.So when I finished those words and turned to my daily daf, I was amazed  how the gemerra recounts the imposing honor of the Jews in Alexandria so that someone who did not see their honor,never saw the honor of Jews, and it finishes recounting all their wealth and honor- and they were all killed by Alexander (Turchius ).

The  Netziv in his discussion of the tochecha, mentions that it does not have a seder,just goes on and on.And the greatest of all - "hafle upella", the loss of talmidei chochomim, the wise can't give advice, the Temple is not here, so we can't find kedushe and some knowledge and awareness of the truth, and where we stand..

Rav Moshe explains the curse of going back to Egypt meaning that we left Egypt to be a higher, spiritual people, and all that is gone.

The mefarshim explain why were the jews of Alexandria punished so harshly ? - because after the destruction they asked Yirmiyah whether to go back nad he told them not to, and they origially accepted to live by his words.

In this past year , there have been so many inexplicable tragedies to afflict our people.Anti semitism all ove the world, a government in Israel totally unrepresentative of our national purpose as a people. Where are we headed ?

The next blatt, seems to give us hope and prayer.

Four haShem laments ,Golus , the Kasdim (Taliban?), Ishmealim,and the evil inclination..

'And I caused their bad ".. and I will give them a heart of flesh, says haShem.And as we go down the blatt there is mention of the 7 shephers and 8 "princes".Of those 8, Isaac is conspicuous for his absence.Rashi says he is our "Father" and has gone to save his children from gehinnom.

As we enter this new coming Year , let us take encouragement as there has never been in all of history so much Talmud as there is now. As the famous words of the Oroch Chaim hakodosh; the reason for the great length of the golus, because Moses will not let moshiach come to a nation botul from the Torah




I was zoche to make a kiddush this past T'u b'Av and I asked a question

The first simcha of T'u B'Av was that the last generation of those who carried the curse to die on T'ishe b'Av lay down in their graves as every year, but to their astonishment and joy learned (and affirmed ) by T'u b'av that they were not to die

Wonderful; they did not die, but why was that such a simcha that we are told there were no simschas for the Jewish people as T'U Bav and Moetze Yom Kippur?

We live in a time of confusion.The world keeps being battered by what is called a "pandemic" though this writer believes it to be a terrible hoax .Israel is being governed by a coalition which has no true glue except the desire to rule and redefine Israel.And as much as we dread the chaos of war,it seems some of our enemies are themselves falling apart.And with the coming year of Shmitte, with everyones' parnassah hurt badly , what will we eat?

Everything is so murky.

This last generation who had dug themselves their graves and expected to die that last Tishe b'Av had been learning with Moshe for 40 years.Moshe pleads to haShem to enter the Land .The Chazal ask why was it so important to him? He wanted before his death to fulfill the mitzvos of the Land,The land of kedushe, where the Presence of haShem is felt ,for that is the shlemus of a Yid.

The Chazal tell us that someone who mourns the Temple merits to see it rebuilt (at least within themselves).Their mourning means they carry within the hope and beleif in it's rebuilding.What did these Yidden, talmidim of Moshe Rabbennu feel, each Tishe b'Av ?

I saw an incredible concept from the Chasam Sofer.Of the ten words for tefille, we have an Attar, a pitchfork.A tzaddik's tefille is compared to an attar becuase it turns  the midda of "Anger" to "Rachmanus" .The chasam sofer asks that when Yitzchok davened  a tefille of   עתר for Rivka to have a child, there was no midda of "anger".She couldn't "bear" because haShem wants the tefillas of the righeteous.The Chasam Sofer says everything has a "klippe", the more kedushe , the more tume.Our avoda is not to break that klippe, but to bring it into the world of kedushe.

We know that in the laws of tume, the biggest tume is death itself --"avi, avos hatume". Life" really means being close to haShem, d'vekus."When these Yidden lay down that last Tishe b'Av in their graves, how far and desolate from haShem.But that was actually the original sin of the generation who had cried for no reason.It must be then that these Yidden who had been learning from Moshe Rabbenu for so many years were zoche that their desolation had become yearning and the tume of death had been turned into the kedushe of emuna and bitachon!

And with that bitachon , they were zoche to enter the Land

Can there be a greater simcha?

(I thought later that even though the whole generation was supposed to die out, they didn't.That means the generations were not cut off from eachother, which is itself a simcha.Moreover Moshe's words to the peopel in this week's parsha, Ekev, that they had personaly been witnesses would't have been otherwise so their salvation is meaningful even today to us) 

I saw once that my Rebbe , the Pachad Yitzchok, had said the problem is our relying on the US.Today , obviously we can't, and in fact , the way the Land is being torn apart by our own people,it is obvious there is no one to rely on but haShem.Is that not the prescriptian for Moshiach?