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Amalek and Confusion

The Gematria Hint connecting Ilhan Omar to Haman Amalek

Our good friend , Boruch Fishelowiitz, who has been sending us incredible torah words for some time now, just sent me an incredible connection between Ilhan Omar and Haman Amalek.  We just posted the article and had to comment on it.

I asked myself a question. Why a woman?War is with men , no?

 Today , no.Not only that , the main strength of women is in the mouth (please any lady , reading forgive ; I mean no bad).

Rashi mentions that Amalek used kishuf (' black magic '- kishuf - that which contradicts the natural divine ways) .That was the strength of the 'snake' in the garden , which 'talked' Chava into sin.The entirety of Amalek is empty.Falsehood has no base; today is the age of fake news. Everything is confusion and doubt, here and in Israel. If they can't beat us at war; confuse issues so that we 'beat each other".

If israel was thrown into exile repeatedly because of sinas chinum and bittul torah, then the refuah need be, ahavas chinum and the acceptance of torah (the only ultimate foundation for truth).

A Freilich Purim!




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Bereshet Purim Katan Washington's Birthday

 A "Yankee " Liftoff in the week of Purim Kattan ,

Shalach Manos on Washington's Birthday

So what you say ? Why am I, an Orthodox Jew , devoted to the holy talmud,so excited?And what is this thing about Purim Kattan and Washington ?

Maybe I am little 'off', but I have always  'lived with the parsha.'This last week we read of the absolute nadir of our people, the sin of the golden calf and the breaking of the luchos.Our meforshim explain that Moshe received a 'thankyou' from haShem, because the breaking of the luchos and the subsequent prayers and teshuva for the new, renewed kesher with Kudhse B'rich Hu, brought down to this world, new luchos, which contained in it through toil, love and devotion , a much deeper and everlasting connection with the torah.The same happened hundreds of years later; the second Temple,(after 70 years of exile, with the miracle of Purim) though it lacked the 5 miracles which were daily found in the first Temple, had greater honour , and actually all the ever growing body of torah she b'al peh, the oral law, as represented in the miracle of Chanuka started in the second Temple.

There is a mesora, going back to the Gaon from Vilna, that the last journey for the Jewish people in 'golus  Edom'-- Esau' before we return Home, would be in America.And that , somehow, that last nation would be better than previous ones(though not completely).

There is a legend (and I don't believe , I've yet seen any clear proof of its veracity), that Washington was ready to give up , just before an important battle, but then 'happened', on a yiddish soldier lighting his Chanuka light, and that was what gave him the courage to go forward to eventually win the always sounded to me ind of preposterous, a 'frum yiddle' in the middle of nowhere?

Lo and behold, last week, the good people responsible fro the Inyan magazine gave us a well documented article by Rabbi Menachem Levine about the Jew who saved the American Revolution -Haym Salomon, who basically single handidly financed the War effort (and died penniless as they never paid him or his heirs back).Salomon was a proud and observant Jew ,invovled in the active Orthodox congregation , Mikve Israel in Philadelphia, now known as the synagogue of the American Revolution.

So you thought it was the religious Quakers made America a religious and moral country? No.It was the quiet Yidden busy doing good, building a stable civilization , acting as always ,in every generation of golus as the Yosefs, Abarbanels, Rothchilds, and so on (and being paid so often with hate and ayin ra).

 I don't know about the Chanuka light story, but what is documented is that in 1781 the Continental Army had trapped Cornwallis and was ready to deliver the final blow, but the war chest was completely empty.

Washington told his superintendent for finance , Robert Morris ,'Send for Haym Salomon.'

and so the Revolution was saved.

I don't know if the other members of Bereshet are observant , but at least ,one,Arile Gomez, is.What makes this really exciting is that it is in the most true 'Yankee Spirit ' of free enterprise, mixed with a little  'chutzpa and Yiddish ingenuity. What we as Yidden have taught the world in all of history, is that "Freedom' must go with 'Responsibilty'.And yes, they asked shaalos, guidance from gedolim.

if I remember the possuk , 'V'yhi Dovid maskil bchol drochov'- David was successful (ie.'used his head') in all his ways.

I saw last week (I didn't realize that it coincided with the launch) divrey torah by haGoan Zev Hoberman , ztz'l ,who  discusses the deep words of the Gaon from Vilna and the Maharal how the miracle of Purim comes from so high , that there is no mention of haShem .Haman cast lots for his success; in the end, that turned around and the mazal of Yidden went up.

Have we not been hearing the serious rumblings of war by the new ambitious Hamans of our times, Iran , Russia?

I heard from the gaon and tzaddik Rav Shmuel Unsdorfer, that milchemes Gog umagog already was.

I want and do to believe that this launch , the world's first privately funded mission, non profit   deal of (& is not just empty pride but will benefit society) is a lift of the Jewish star -- 'bli ayin hara.









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Sinai - shesum Yarda Sinah b'olam- Int'l Remembrance Day

Parshas Kabbalas Torah

The International Remembrance Day

The Internastional remembrance day falls this year just after reading the parsha of kabablas torah, has so much significance to ourselves as the Chahzal say "shum yarda sineh l'olam (there hate came dowjn into the world.')

Apparently it was the day of the liberation from the camps. Hitler, y's ,is quoted in Mein Kamf as saying 2 reasons to hate the Jews.we are the conscience of the world, and we practice bris mila.

This years' commemoration is for us ominous as the news is a year of mounting denial and anti semitism.

The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others during World War II.

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Remembrance Day worldwide 

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Shvat: Borod Arbeh sweet songs

Shvat , the Staff of haShem

This year , the sweet songs returning ?

We couldn't help but love this video about how our land responds to the return of our people

 Chodesh Shvat comes in with the bitter 'staff' of 'Mishpat.In last week's parsha, we read of the plague of hailstorm, which destroyed so much of Egypt's sources of food. In this week's parsha, 'Bo',we read of the life threatening plague of locusts which almost finished them off.

The Ramban in his perush on chumash , brings a curious thought by Rav Hai Gaon , that since the time that Moshe Rabbenu prayed to rid Egypt of the locusts, the plague never returned.'Sichu bchol niflosuv'.. sing in all of His praises...'.

The 'mishpat of Egypt took 12 months.but 'mishpat 'is not an end to itself.The real purpose is brocho, just the King needs to wield the 'Staff' of punishment in order to bring lasting peace to his kingdom.Melech b'mishpat maamid aretz.When Sarah gave birth to Yiztchok, the 'Father' of 'din', all the barren women conceived.The Netziv teaches that the name 'Yitzchok' , means 'Chok' 'parnassah ' came forth.

And we see this happenning in our day with the beginnings of the rebirth of our people.

In this sense we looked at the breakdown of the Zionist Alliance as simon tov  zionist-union-chief-gabbay-abruptly-ends-partnership-with-livni/

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Yaakov lived - gather and I will tell you אספו ואג'ד לכם ויחי יעקב

Why is the parsha V'yichi 'closed'?

(We have a 'kabbla' from Ezra that v'yichi is seperate from v'yigash , but they are written as one,without any seperation.)

Because when Yaakov died the eyes and hearts of Yidden were closed from the beginning of the tzoros of exile

As we read this parsha , which ends the sefer of creation , creation of the world, and the genesis of our holy nation, we seem to be entering a world ,literally falling apart , the jewish ," frum' , yeshiva world under attack on all fronts, and the outer political world, likewise closing.The US, partially already closing, England facing being closed, and  a man in the White House ,whom many in our frum society looked to be 'our man' is isolated ,and under attack.

And this week , many , especailly in the 'chassidische ' world, will actually close their gemeras, not to give their light in a time when the 'klipas' seem to have a dominance (the little as I understand).

I've accepted that the outer swirl of events is really a reflection of what is happenning in the inner world of torah and mitzvos, and as my Rebbe , a'h, explains, the torah itself, goes hand in hand with the living history of our people.In that light , I'd try to express some of my thoughts, as  I try to 'live with the parsha.'

The words of Rashi (& the medrash from where they are taken) are really difficult.What does it mean that their eyes and hearts were closed?Why did he 'want to reveal the ketz(the end)? And what was the difficulty , Avraham had already been told  at the bris bein habsarim that they would be subjected for 400 years, for 4 generations?

Actually , to be honest, it seems that the prophecy to Avraham was not so accurate, as we know the actual subjection was only 210 years! And 400 years is not the same as 4 generations, either.

A very similar confusion existed with the Babylonian exile, which we knew would be 70 years. Acahshveros made his famous feast when he thought the 70 years were finished, but he was mistaken as the we saw at the miracle of Purim.And as for the present exile, no one knows anything at all.

The Ramban teaches that the genesis of the world and our people ,our roots which give birth of all to follow, are in the first sefer - sefer Breishis (Creation), the second book, the book of Geulah brings our people back to the status of the patriarchs, with the Shechina above our 'heads'as we come to our 'fulfillment ' , to be a 'light 'unto the nations.('As all that haShem created was in His honor).'

The Chazal teach us that the best years of Yaakov's life were the last 17 in Mizrayim.that was when he actually 'lived.' and so much so, that all the years of his tzoros were consumed retroactively.Just read the words of the Navi on his deathbed , without  trying to undestand (try to compare with todays' picture of the deathbed with a bunch of tubes and not what and 'life support'), his incredible holy words given with his living totality for all the future , and we begin to accept the words of Chazal, the Yaakov Aveinu did not die , but lived on with his children.

While he was with us, we were connected to the Navi's kedushe, when he departed, the tzoros started .How? Our eyes and hearts were closed.We no longer connected with the Creator.

That was the first tzore, all else followed.Every generation has to refind our connection with haShem. The Geulah is inside of ourselves.If we stop longing , chas v'sholom, we find the old devils come out of hiding to haunt us.

I believe that the world is at a crossroads,maybe one that is dangerously so,and we, those who consider ourselves the 'torchbearers' of the holy Torah, have become complacent and satisfied with 'success', in Israel , and in chutz l'aaretz."Olam k'minhago holech".We have become enmeshed in fund raisers and gashmayus, even with all the tzedekas , b'h .Ae we striving to grow as yidden?

Do we long to return? Return to what"? Who today hasn't been to the kosel? When returning home, have you thought that when davening East, it is to remember Zion , to remember our roots and where we are destined.Or did we just go to Israel for another tourist event?

Rabbi Grylak in last week's Mishpacha magazine has an interesting observation.European  Jews, especailly in the UK, are being faced with a very real threats of anti semitism and to  true 'chareidi' chinuch.Many are scouting out 'greener pastures', but only a very few consider alyah.He asks why?

I have the same question , here in our  beautiful Montreal community.

Many here in Montreal know about the opportunity of buyapieceofisrael of which I've been talking for years now.Besides  fulfilling actual mitzvos of Taryag,we are keeping potential murderers off our land,giving work to yidden who then  pay  for years from the fruits of their labours.And yet , the Morrocans who know me and of this organization, go to their yearly pilgrimages to kiverey tzaddikim, the 'chassidische' to Lishenks,the 'learners' to the annual yarchey kallah in Yerushalayim, the Chassidey Breslov to their annual Umann, and so on.

Does anyone think anymore? Or is that a forbidden subject?

My question is, if the Knesset in Israel wants to force 'charreidiche' boys to leave the yeshivas ,into the draft,is it not possible that they are simply mirroring our abandonment of love for Israel and its people?

If anti semitism and anti chinuch keep showing its ugly face,is it not possible we have become too entrenched in the Golah?

Are only the 'assimilated cut off from their roots? What about ourselves?







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