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These people have angered before haShem Nazi's ? כי נאצו האנשׁים האלה את השׁם

JudeThe obvious hint to the Nazis, Y"S, in parshas Shlach -- the spies, we understand simply

But how do we define and relate the rebellion of Korach to the Nazis?

All my years I've been amazed that I never saw anyone discuss the obvious blatant hint the parshaos give us to the hated advent of the Nazis, y's.It is easier to understand the parsha of the spies who rejected the gift of the Land and spoke evil against haShem, the Land  and Moses, and so,were punished to die in the desert while we were told that we would cry for generations.

And so the day set aside to cry for all the many 'hlocausts in history is the 9th day of Av.And we knwo that the 9th of Av saw the destruction of both Temples, the exile from spain , and the beginning of WW1, which led directly to WW2 .

Look at these words , taken from Yad v'Shem........

The Rise of the Nazis to Power in Germany

Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power due to the social and political circumstances that characterized the interwar period in Germany. Many Germans could not concede their country’s defeat in World War I, arguing that “backstabbing” and weakness in the rear had paralyzed and, eventually, caused the front to collapse. The Jews, they claimed, had done much to spread defeatism and thus destroy the German army............................

The Beginning of the Persecution of Jews in Germany

In the 1930s, Germany’s Jews – some 500,000 people – made up less than one percent (0.8%) of the German population. Most considered themselves loyal patriots, linked to the German way of life by language and culture. They excelled in science, literature, the arts, and economic enterprise. 24% of Germany’s Nobel Prize winners were Jewish. However, conversion, intermarriage, and declining birth rates, led some to believe that Jewish life was doomed to disappear from the German scene altogether.

The paradox was that Nazi ideology stemmed from Germany and the German people, among whom Jews eagerly wanted to acculturate. Indeed, there was a widespread belief amongst many Jews in the illusion that the role they played within industry and trade and their contributions to the German economy would prevent the Germans from completely excluding them.........


 But , even if intuitively we understand the connection, but it does need a little more thought.

(We know that the kabbala masters find in Korach other 'outstanding' problem people such as Kayin [and Hevel], even 'Yeshu'' - 'oso haish', whose followers for many generations spewed nothing but virulent anti semitsm ( item; Luther, y's, wrote a book hundreds of pages long of jew hating , which led directly to Hitler, y's ).

Actually , we find the concept of jealousy, diviseveness,and  'spies ' much earlier. When the brothers came to Egypt, they came via different entrances.Joseph charged them with being 'spies' , and ,indeed he didn't let them go, until he actually arranged the first 'precurser' to the the many blood libels of the generations.

Friday night , as we accept the Shabbas Queen, we talk about how haShem is enclothed as king the land is settled, not to be moved.  אף תכון תבל בּל תםוט

 This is the Kingship of haShem on earth. The Rambam writes that the whole torah was given to bring peace on earth.

Our sages say there were three different groups in the rebellion.Korach could have been a giant, and that itself was what drove him in his madness, jealousy.Nadav v'Avihu , had always been poeple who could not accept authority.And the 250 people who wanted to be priests, were truly 'burning ' with holy desires, but were not bound by the laws and directives of the torah.They all saw , somehow that Moshe and Aharon were doing what they wanted. They could not understand that their leaders, Moshe and Aharon, were simply and with humilty carrying out the decreesof Heaven.

Such were the sins of the first "Reformed" in Germany. How beautiful were some of their writings ! And ,unfortunately , there were plenty of fights between the 'kedoshim' too.

Such a people have no foundation. It can't exist,especailly when these peopel have the Divine National purpose to bring the world to its 'tikun', the Land to its' Firmament.

So it was swallowed up by the Nazi beast.

As we say in 'pirkei avos', to daven for the peace of the kingdom , for if not, one person will swallow up the other.'

and ,as we read in the parsha סורו נא מעל הרשעים האלה ואל תגעו בכל אשר להם פן תספו בכל חטאתם

 'Stay away fromthese evil doers and don't touch all that belongs to them, lest you get pulled in with them.Even the righteous and children get burnt.

I see this as being relavant today as the torah parties in Israel fight for the primacy and relevancy of Torah learning in the Holy Land as the foundation of the yishuv.

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Charedi Woman to Light Torch During National Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremony

A  Challenge to the Norm

This article about Racheli Ganot, a Charedi leader in the High-Tech world of Israel, caught our attention.She has been chosen to be one of Israel’s torchlighters for the national Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremony this year. Ganot, who is turning 40 this year, lives in Bnei Brak and has been working tirelessly over her career to increase the integration of Charedi women in the largely male-dominated and Secular-dominated field of high-tech in Israel.

Rachieli represents a significant symbol in the occupational revolution that is making waves in the Charedi world. Ganot is the Founder and CEO of Rachip, a company that works to develop hardware and software solutions for high-tech companies across the globe. She also trains and mentors other Charedi women in an effort to help them enter the workforce. She enables their entrance by building a surrounding environment for them that is appropriate for their needs.

The Ministry for Culture issued a statement that said that Ganot is a perfect combination of maintaining the traditional values that are unique to Charedi society while at the sam time embracing its innovation and involvement in the larger Israeli society. This is in addition to her monumental work of helping young women enter into the continuously changing and developing world of high-tech in Israel.


Chazal tell us that in the zechus of the women of valor in Egypt, we were redeemed (indeed the parsha of shemos begins with the bravery of the midwives.) A secular woman cannot understand how a 'liberated ' and successful lady could treasure znius and traditional values of family.And this is especailly true when so many chareidi men opt for full time learning.It 'doesn't make sense.' But this is the reality of the meaning of  עם קדוש -a "Holy Nation".

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The Falcon Heavy Moshe on the Mount the Temple

A few musings on the lift off of the Falcon Heavy

the Parshios and ourselves

 falconWhat in the world does ruminations about the Falcon heavy have to do with a frum community website?Maybe everything. It seems to me we can't deny that this is an event that can't be denied as being pivotal, and I have always looked to the parshios ("leben mit de parsha").

The last words of Mishpatim ' 'Moshe went into the anan 'Cloud', and went up to the Mountain....The purpose - to bring the word of haShem down to earth  and ultimately to build the Temple.

I was thinking about those words while watching the liftoff, the resemblance while being the total opposite in meaning.

We know that Avraham's journey to know and proclaim the Majesty of "kudshe brich hu"(His Holiness) started with the fall of the Tower of Bavel.If anything in our times would seem to resemble the Tower of Bavel, it would seem to be the launch of the Falcon Heavy.'Let us make a name for ourselves' ! And for sure , there was plenty of showmanship in that launch (and it would seem also, from a quick scan of  reviews that there has been some bad treatment of many workers).

But I don't think that is the true way for us to look at things.The tower of Bavel was out to squash the individual under the power of the city state and idol worship.That was the anthesis of the purpose of Creation 'Let us make Man in our 'image'. and He will control..And (haShem ) blessed ... be fruitful, multiply and conquer.'

If anything , I would say this launch , especially as a result of free entreprise, was a much more closely in tune with the purpose of creation and the blessings haShem gave (especially as today, our understanding of what is the world (universe) has expanded  so much.

However, there is no meaning to it all, without the Temple on earth (indeed , by the time they get to mars, probably robots will do the needed work better ) .

We know the Zohar is quoted as predicting 'The 600th year of the 6th millenium (1840), the gates of wisdom above and the wellsprings of wisdom below , will be opened.'Chassidim say it refers to the ebginning of chassidus;othrs the opening of new undertasnadings in the secrets of the zohar, and it's begnning to be (safely) dissemnated.

In secular , the time seems to relate to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

The Gaon from Vilna relates this to 'erev shabbas', towards the end  of the coming of Moshiach, when the world is united ; secular wisdom and the Holy, do not seem to contradict each other, the secular serves the holy.

We live in time when a gentile president of the mightiest country in the world is 'Trumpeting' our call.We would like to believe, that the time is coming quickly closer to when the real majesty of the Jewish people - a Holy Nation and Kingdom of Priests will be revealed.

Our ultimate relevancy and success is not in science or commerce but in being able to proclaim that inner light.

It is interesting , the week that rocket blasted off onto it's journey, the daf yomi learned the braisa of Pinchos ben Yair upon which the Ramchal bais his work, the mesilias Yeshorim - 'The Path of the Just', where he gives us the ladder to climb.

for us, as torah jews,it is importnat tor elaize that he says- aperson was created only to have 'oneg'(pelasure) on haShem'.


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The Yidden settled in Goshen Yaakov lived וישב ישראל ארץ גשן ויאחזו בה ויחי יעקב

The two parshos , v'yigash , v'yichi connect without any break.The first Rashi in V'yichei tells us that when Yaakov died the eyes and hearts of the people became closed with tzoros


Last week the nation lost the last of gedolie torah who had brought the torah with purity from the past into modern Israel

Rav Steinman , z'tzal is no longer.

Yet we have been seeing good, The US fights for the legitamacy of their decision to place the embassy in Jerusalem and Sholom Rubashkin , is freed on the last day of Chanukah.

But the ugly head of anti semitisim rises, here in  here in Canada and elsewhere.

The Kli Yokor says when the Yidden settled and took 'possesion ' of the land in Goshen, that was actually to their discredit.They had come down just to 'sojourn' , not to settle.But they became successful and wealthy ; many would not even want to leave when the time came , and they would die in the 3 days of darkness.

and I see, indeed , the PM says in one breath "Next Year in Jerusalem , Merry xmas."

It scares me especailly , because even the  'chareidi' , my friends, here in Montreal seem complacent .As much as I discucss with them the work of Buy a Pieceof Israel, only a very few respond.

Our rabbis teach us that the purpose of the golus is to bring the light of our faith and brocho to the world, but eventually we have to know where our own fulfillment lies.


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George Washington Jerusalem Famine and the Inner Light

Yosef in prison The Inner Light Jerusalem the Capital

 The story is told (and they say it is a true story , check out

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that a Jewish soldier's Chanukah light was the inspiration in the darkest time of the War of Independence that eventually brought victory.

And as history was made last week, with the recognition by the world's most powerful nation what has always been defacto reality by our people, we begin to see how that strength of faith that Yosef had while in the pit and in prison ,was the same strength which has kept us alive through all the challenges, hate and destruction which we have survived, and it is that faith and sense of decency and morality, which has actually been responsible for the greatness of America from it inception.

And this is really the essence of our parshios.

With Yaakov , we have the last chain of the period of the Avos, who gave us the middos of kedusha.Through Israel has to come the brochos to the world, becuase that is the meaning of being the 'bechor', "first born".The two dreams Yosef had in the beginning of the parsha relate to the blessings which come to the world because of the tzaddik and even his worldly successes and prominence.

This is really what was supposed to be the gifts of Adom haRishon for which he was created  if not for sin; 'be fruitful, multiply,and conquer the world."

That faith is not just blind faith;it comes from  purity of vision.Yosef could see what others did not.He was able to intrepret dreams - the muddled confusion of half knowledge and lies thta is htis world.The Chazal tell us that the lights of Chanukah relate to the original light of Creation which was hidden and put aside for tzaddikim.

The gemerra in avodah zara explains what seems to be the source for the pagan holiday which later became xmas.

When Adom haRishon saw the days getting sjhorter and shorter, he was afraid that the world was coming to an end because of his sins.When the light of the sun started to grow again , he was releived and rejoiced.It seems that parsha v'eshev refers to this - the day of pharoa's birthday.Our parsha always falls around Chanuka time (which is often confused by goyim with their xmas).

It may very well be that Adom lost his inner light and understanding with his sin, so when the sun strted to grow again , he rejoiced - a secular , pagan holiday.Thr goyim live by the outer calendar of the sun.We live by the reflected light also of the moon, so we rejoice with the deeper inner lights of creation.

We pray that the recognition of Yerushalayim by peoples of the world as the focal point of all jewish hearts will indeed herald the coming of Moshiach and the building of bayis shlishi.



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