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Yakkov  lived  in  Egypt  for  seventeen  years .The  time  came  of  his  death   approaching .He  called  his  son  Yosef.  He  said  to  him  "Please  If  I  have  found  favor  in  your  eyes"  please  put  your  hand  under my  thigh .Please  do  not  bury  me  in  Egypt.  Bury  me  next to my  father . You  shall  bring  me  there.  Yakkov  died at  the  age  of  one  hundred  and  forty  seven.

The meaning of Yosef placing his hand under the thigh of Yakkov is to show the fact that Yosef is taking an oath, swear.

Last week we left off with the eleven tribes/brother going to the palace in and the prime ministers son put the special cup in the bag of Binyomin because his father the prime minister (Yosef )told him to. prime minister (Yosef ) went after the eleven tribes/brothers and then he stopped them.He said some one stole my cup. He searched them all from oldest to the youngest.He found it in Binyomin's bag who is the youngest of them.This week Yehuda the third oldest tells yosef that they can't take Binyomin as his prisoner. He and his brothers were willing to fight and die to save Binyomin. The Prime Minister (Yosef ) said what about your other brother you didn't fight you let him go. They said how does the prime minister (Yosef ) know our brother.Then the prime minister (Yosef ) said i am Yosef your brother that second they all died and except Yosef.Yosef asked Hashem please don't kill my brothers my father had enough suffering.Then hashem sent the angle Rephael and the brothers came back alive

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Yaakov was in Haran and went to Beer'sheva to see his father.He had to cross the Jordon River while going he remembered that he has forgotten his jugs and he went back to his this tent to get the jugs that he had forgot there.Then he had an encounter with esav's angle on this night. They fought till the morning and that moment the angle said i have to go back to the heavens i can't be here now. So Yaakov said i will not let you go ; give me a blessing and then i will let you go back to the heavens. The angle said what is your name? Yaakov said my name is Yaakov . The angle said your new name is Israel because you have fought with Hashem's angle.

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In this parsha we learn how it says that Yitschak the son of Avraham, And Avraham the father of Yitschak but it says in the midrash when Avraham and & Sarah were going to Avi-melech Avraham told Sarah of they ask say to them that you are my sister .Avi-melech took Sarah for one night and Hashem gave him and everyone  in the kingdom Leprosy.Hashem came to Avi-Melech and said you took Sarah the wife of Avraham and that is why you got cursed,  Avi-Melech said but i did not know that Sarah is the wife of Avraham ,Hashem said you are right.After One month Sarah became pregnant and the mockers said Avraham and Sarah were married so long and now Sarah is pregnant they said no it might be Avi-Melech's kid but Hashem made it that Avraham and his son Yitschak were like twins,after a while Avraham asked Hashem that him and his son Yitschak should not look alike because when Yitschak went some were every one would stand and this is not honer for Avraham .So Hashem made Avraham the first old person.Before this people who where one hundred looked like the age of a twenty years old person


Hashem told Avraham to put יצחק on the alter and Avraham was doing so but an angle came and said stop don't do this, Hashem said to put him on the alter not to kill him go take that ram and kill it because you have already made an alter so Avraham was going after the ram and the ram stopped at Merat Hamehpela.Avraham smelled and a voice came and said what you're smelling is the perfume of Gan Eden.Avraham later on said he wants to but this land and he bought it . Sarah was bury there.

Sarah lived one hundred twenty seven years When Sarah. was one hundred and over she was like twenty years old with no averot . when Sarah was twenty years old she was like a seven year old because of her beauty.  

Hashem appeared to Avraham and then Avraham looked up and saw three men walking and he ran to them from the entrance and he said please wait He brought water for them so he can wash there feet  and let them recline under the tree. Avraham said i will go get some bread (food) then the three people said "Do so Just as you have said"Avraham told to Sarah three meals,fine flour, make cakes.
            Avraham gave these three people a nice good calf and took milk and gave it to them. Avraham was standing next to them and watched them eat the food

    Later on these people where really angles that Hashem had sent and there names are Gabriel,Michael,and Rephael.

    Gabriel was sent to destroy Sedom
        Michael was sent to cure Avraham
           Rephael was sent to say that Sarah will have a baby boy in One year

Avraham is told to go out of Charan go to the Land of Canaan. When he arrived , they are made to leave Canaan,because of a famine, and he has to travel to Mitzrayim in search of food.

Avraham separates from his brother-in-law Lot.Hashem tells Avraham that he will have children(nations) who would be as many children as the stars.
Avraham is forced to rescue Lot from captivity. when he is doing this, he adjusts the balance of power in Canaan and is recognized by the other political leaders for
his military .

Avram is 70 years old. Sarah tells Avram to marry Hagar.The birth of Yishmael is told. Following the birth of Yishmael Avram's name is changed to Avraham.

Avraham is presented with the Mitzvah of circumcision . Sara's name is changed to Sarah, and Hashem assures Avraham he and Sarah will have a son called Yitzchak. It is the year 2047 and Avraham circumcises himself, Yishmael, and his entire household.

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  1. The Jewish people go to war against Midian in this week’s parsha. This war can be described as a preventive war – striking before the enemy strikes again against you – and even as a war of revenge and punishment over the culpability of Midian in the death of twenty four thousand Jews due to their willful planned seduction by the women of Midian.
  2. In this war the leading chieftains of Midian are killed as is the arch foe and cunning enemy of Israel, Bilaam. None of this makes for pleasant reading according to our current pacific and humanitarian correctness system. Yet the Torah teaches us here an important lesson about pacifism and misplaced humanitarian considerations.
  3. The Talmud teaches us that someone who intends to kill you should be subject to a preemptive strike so that you can save yourself. Waiting to be attacked is not a safe or even sane defensive policy. In fact it invites attack for the enemy always sees it as a sign of weakness that can be exploited.
  4. Thus the instructions given to Moshe in this week’s parsha are based on the clear premise that the Midianites are schemers and seducers who are attempting to destroy Israel. Stop them before they are able to execute their nefarious plans against the Jewish people. Moshe’s actions in mobilizing a Jewish army to oppose Midian immediately and not wait until Midian executes its own warlike intentions are not only God given commandments but pure human common sense as well.
  5. Revenge also plays a role in human life. Even though the Torah commands Jews not to take revenge against individuals who may have harmed us, nevertheless on a national level it is impossible to overlook crimes perpetrated against the Jewish people.
  6. The tragedy of the aftermath of World War II is that most of the people who committed the atrocities of the Holocaust somehow have escaped proper human judgment and retribution. In a world of unfortunate moral equivalency judgment against criminals is now tempered with sociological wooliness that prevents justice from being done.
  7. The Torah expressly states that the action taken by Moshe and Israel against Midian, aside from its preemptive quality and nature, is also a form of repayment for the sins of Midian against the Jews and their responsibility in the deaths of so many Jews.
  8. Every action begets a reaction. The war against Midian is the reaction to the previous war of Midian against the Jews. Evil that goes unpunished, if not even rewarded by inaction, only perpetuates and strengthens itself. Even a cursory reading of Tanach will reveal that this policy of preemptive strikes and punishing evil behavior from outside nations was always the policy of Jewish leadership.
  9. Harsh realism always should trump wishful thinking and pious hopes and policies. I am not in a position to draw policy conclusions in regard to current national and international events. Nevertheless the Torah’s emphasis in this week’s parsha on the necessity for strong reaction to protect the innocent and punish the guilty should certainly be taken to heart.

Rabbi Berel Wein

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Korach, "the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kehat, the son of Levi," incites a rebellion against Moses. He is joined by Dathan and Aviram, and On the son of Peleth, all of the tribe of Reuben. Also participating are 250 "leaders of the community, those regularly summoned to assembly, men of renown."

And they massed upon Moses and Aaron and said to them: "Enough! The entire community is holy, and G-d is amongst them; why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G-d?"

And when Moses heard it, he fell on his face.

When it becomes clear that Korach and the 250 "men of renown" are aspiring for the Kehunah (priesthood) themselves, Moses challenges them to offer ketoret to G-d--the most sacred of the Divine services in the Sanctuary, permitted only to a priest, and only under special circumstances. Aaron, whose appointment as Kohen Gadol (High Priest) they are contesting, will also offer the ketoret. "Come morning, and G-d will show who is His, and who is holy... and whom He has chosen will He bring near to Him."

Korach and the 250 men accept the challenge. "And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense on them, and stood in the door of the Tent of Meeting with Moses and Aaron." The people are sympathetic to Korach's rebellion, and gather en masse at the entrance to the Sanctuary.

Fire and Earth

G-d's anger is aroused, and he says to Moses and Aaron: "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, and I shall consume them in a moment!"

And they fell upon their faces and said: "O G-d, G-d of the spirits of all flesh! Shall one man sin, and Your wrath be upon the entire community?"

Dathan and Aviram had already refused Moses' summons; now Moses goes to them, in an effort to quell the mutiny. But they remain defiant.

The moment of truth arrives.

And Moses said: "Hereby you shall know that G-d has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of my own mind.

"If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then G-d has not sent me.

"But if G-d creates a new creation, and the earth opens her mouth, and swallows them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into abyss; then you shall understand that these men have provoked G-d."

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split beneath them.

And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korach, and all their goods....

And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them; for they said: Lest the earth swallow us up also.

As for the contenders for the priesthood, "there came out a fire from G-d, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered the ketoret."

More Ketoret

G-d instructs that the pans in which the 250 men offered the ketoret should be retrieved, and hammered into plates to be used as the copper covering of the Altar. "For they offered them before G-d, and they have become holy." Also, this will serve as "a memorial to the children of Israel, that no stranger, who is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before G-d; that he be not like Korach and his company."

The next day, the people again massed upon Moses and Aaron. "You have caused the deaths of the people of G-d!" they accuse them.

G-d's anger is again aroused, and a plague breaks out among the people. "Take a censer," cries Moses to Aaron, "and put fire in it from off the altar, and put on ketoret, and take it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them; for wrath is gone out from G-d..."

And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague had begun among the people...

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

The Blossoming Staff

G-d instructs Moses to conduct yet another "test" to prove Aaron's chosenness as the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). Each one of the twelve tribal heads should place their staff in the Sanctuary; Aaron, as the head of the tribe of Levi, will place his staff as well. Each should write his name on his staff. "And it shall come to pass that the man's staff, whom I shall choose, shall blossom; and I will put to rest the murmuring of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you."

And Moses placed the rods before G-d in the Tent of the Testimony.

And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony; and, behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had blossomed; it brought forth blossoms, produced budding fruit, and bore ripe almonds.

And Moses brought out all the rods from before G-d to all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his staff.

G-d instructs that Aaron's staff should be returned to the Sanctuary and placed there as a memorial and testimony for generations to come.

The Priesthood

And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying: "Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

"Everyone that comes at all near the tabernacle of G-d dies; shall ever stop dying?"

G-d reiterates that it is the Kohanim, assisted by the Levites, who bear the responsibility of serving in proximity to the Divine, where the slightest digression has most drastic consequences. All "strangers" (i.e., laymen) are warned to keep their distance.

The Levites and the Kohanim will receive no portion in the Land when it is divided among the tribes and families of Israel. The people, in whose stead the Kohanim and Levites serve in the Sanctuary, are to support them with the ordained mattanot kehunah, "gifts to the priesthood." A number of these 24 "gifts" are enumerated in the closing chapter of Korach:

Meal offerings, sin-offerings and guilt-offerings brought by the Israelites to the Sanctuary are eaten by the Kohanim, as are portions of the peace-offering (as detailed in the Parshiot of Vayikra and Tzav).

A terumah ("uplifting") from every crop of grain, wine and olive oil is given to the Kohen, as are bikkurim, the first-ripening fruits of the orchard.

The firstborn belong to the Kohen: firstborn sons are "redeemed" by paying the Kohen five silver shekels, and firstborn sheep and cattle are offered in the Sanctuary and their meat eaten by the Kohen.

The Levites receive a tithe--ten percent--of the Israelite farmer's crop; a tithe of the tithe is given by the Levite to the Kohen.

Out of all that is given to you, you shall set aside all that is due as a gift to G-d; of the choicest thereof, the hallowed part of it.

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"Send you, men" says G-d to Moses in the opening verses of this week's Parshah, "that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel."

Moses sends twelve men--one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel--"every one a prince among them"

Moses' faithful disciple, Hosea the son of Nun, is the spy for the tribe of Ephraim. Before he goes, Moses adds the letter yud to his name, renaming him "Joshua" ("G-d shall save").

And he said to them: "Go up this way by the Negev ('south'), and go up into the high land.

"And see the land, what it is; and the people who dwell in it, whether they are strong or weak, few or many. And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they dwell in, whether in the open, or in strongholds. And what the land is, whether fat or lean, whether there are trees in it, or not.

"And be of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land."

Now the time was the time of the first ripening of grapes.

An Evil Report

So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rechov on the way to Hamat.

They went up into the Negev; and he came to Hebron. And there were the giants Achiman, Sheshai and Talmai...

And they came to the wadi of Eshkol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried on a pole, by twos; and they brought of the pomegranates, and the figs...

And they returned from searching the land after forty days.

They show the people the magnificent fruits they brought, and say:

"We came to the land where you did send us, and indeed it flows with milk and honey; and this is its fruit.

"But the people that dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified, and very great; and moreover we saw the giants there.

"Amalek dwells in the land of the Negev, the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Emorites dwell in the mountain; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the side of the Jordan."

Caleb, the spy from the tribe of Judah, interrupts his colleagues and silences the murmuring people to cry out: "We shall go up and possess it! For we are well able to achieve it."

But the men who went up with him said: "We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we."

And they spread an evil report of the land which they had spied out to the children of Israel, saying: "The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that consumes up its inhabitants...

"And there we saw the Nefilim, the giants, descendents of the fallen ones. And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."

The People Weep

And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them: "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would we had died in this desert! And why has G-d brought us to this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return to Egypt?"

And they said to one another: "Let us appoint a chief, and let us return to Egypt."

Only Caleb and Joshua call on the people to trust in G-d's ability to bring them into the land.

"How long will this people provoke Me?" says G-d to Moses. "How long will they not believe in Me, for all the signs which I have performed among them?

"I will smite them with the pestilence and annihilate them; and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they."

Forty Years

Once again, Moses intercedes on behalf of his people: "If you shall kill all this people as one man," he argues before G-d, "then the nations which have heard the fame of You will speak, saying: Because G-d was not able to bring this people into the land which he swore to them, therefore He has slain them in the wilderness."

Then he evokes the Divine attributes of mercy:

And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, according as You have spoken, saying: G-d is long-suffering, and great in love, forgiving iniquity and transgression...

Pardon, I pray, the sin of this people according to the greatness of Your love, and as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.

And once again, Moses prevails.

And G-d said: I have forgiven according to your word.

I shall not destroy them, says G-d. However, this generation will not see the Promised Land.

Say to them: As I live, says G-d, as you have spoken in My ears, so will I do to you.

Your carcasses shall fall in this desert; and all that were numbered of you... from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me, shall not come into the land of which I swore to make you dwell there. Except Caleb the son of Yefuneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Your little ones, who, you said, should be a prey--them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this desert.

And your children shall wander in the desert forty years.... According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land--forty days--for each day a year, for each day a year, shall you bear your iniquities: forty years...

G-d instructs Moses to turn back, away from the Land of Canaan, and go back into the desert. The ten evil-reporting Spies die in a plague.

When Moses conveys G-d's words to the people, they are filled with remorse. Now they are prepared to enter the Promised Land despite all, even in defiance of the Divine decree.

"It shall not succeed," says Moses to them. "Go not up, for G-d is not among you; so that you may not be smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword... G-d will not be with you."

But they presumed to go up to the hill top; but the ark of the covenant of G-d, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.

Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites who dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and routed them as far as Chormah.

More Mitzvot

In the aftermath of the incident of the Spies, G-d instructs Moses on a series of mitzvot to be observed "When you come into the land into which I bring you."

The menachot are meal, wine and oil offerings that are to accompany all animal offerings brought to G-d in the Holy Temple. (A 1/10 of an eifah of meal, 1/4 of a hin of oil and a 1/4 hin of wine for a lamb; 2 tenths of an eifah of meal and a third of a hin of both oil and wine for a ram; and 3/10 of an eifah of meal and 1/2 of a hin of the oil and of the wine for cattle.)

A portion of the dough, called challah, is to be separated and consecrated to G-d when making bread.

Some of the laws of the various sin offerings (recounted in the book of Leviticus) are repeated as well.

The Stick Gatherer

The children of Israel were in the desert. And they found a man gathering sticks upon the Sabbath day.

And they that found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. And they put him in custody, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

And G-d said to Moses: "The man shall be surely put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp." And all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as G-d commanded Moses.


"Speak to the children of Israel," says G-d to Moses, "and tell to them that they make themselves fringes (tzitzit) in the corners of their garments throughout their generations."

And they shall put upon the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.

And it shall be to you as fringes; and you shall see it, and remember all the commandments of G-d, and do them; and that you seek not after your heart and your eyes, after which you go astray. That you may remember, and do all My commandments, and be holy to your G-d.

I am G-d your G-d, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your G-d: I am G-d your G-d

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(a) (1393-1273 BCE) Greatest prophet to ever live. Son of Amram and Jochebed, younger brother of Miriam and Aaron. Born in Egypt and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Fled to Midian, where he married Zipporah. Deployed by G-d to Egypt to liberate the Israelites. Visited ten plagues upon Egypt, led the Israelites out, and transmitted to them the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Led the Israelites for forty years while they traveled in the desert, all the while performing astonishing miracles and wonders. Died in the Plains of Moab, and succeeded by his disciple Joshua. (b) A common Jewish name.

In Parsha Naso if you look at the Chumash it says in it ,that one tribe brought this and this Korban and another tribe brought this and this Korban.But the Question is why is the same thing brought from All the different tribes. But the thing is that they brought a different Korban not physically but sperchally b/c the tribes were thinking different things when they brought the Korban.

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In this parsha there is a story that there is a very rich, and stingy man.He almost never gives money or food to anyone .So once he saw a homeless man at a shul and this rich man Rueven invited this homeless man and this homeless man is happy because he thinks that he is going to be talking about Torah and eating FOOD but this Rueven was talking about Torah and eating really good food and didn't give any food to this homeless man .So they finished the meal and the torah talk and then the homeless man went back to the shul and on the way there the homeless man DIED and the whole city knew the last place he was at was a6t rueven's house and that this man died because of Rueven and Rueven was very sadfor this sin he had done so he went to a rabbi and the rabbi said to Rueven that to be forgiven for this sin you must take your tefillin and tallis and write a note to your family saying that "I am leaving for a while."and go to the shul that you found this homeless man and dress like a homeless man and stay there for 12 months DO NOT go to anyone's home and eat there but you can go to your home to eat without your family knowing it is you so he went to the a house (his house) and knocked on the door and the maid answered and the family is trained not to give food or money to anyone but he keeps on knoking so the maid gave him a pice of dry bread and a cup of water.And when the 12 months were over he made a big party and invited everyone in the community and all the homeless people in the city and in his ragy clothing he sat in rueven's seat and people were yelling at him "get out of his seat" and he said i an him they where all like get out you crazy person NOW!!! He went in his room and dressed in his normal clothing and heled the raged clothing up and said this was me

The Story Of Our Generation

"We are almost in the month of Nissan, the month of Redemption. How we yearn for the geulah. As our Exile becomes more painful and our hearts ache with sorrow, grief and fear, many of us find ourselves crying out to our Father in Heaven:

"Tati, we can't take it any more. We cannot cry another tear. We have none left. We're willing to give up all the toys of Exile: the cars, the cell phones, the entertainment, the 'good life' we have learned to pursue ... all of it! Just bring us back to our Holy Land in peace and harmony. Let us immerse ourselves in Your Holy Torah. That's all we want. It is enough!"
Nissan is the month in which Redemption becomes reality. But how do we bring it about? What can we do?
On April 8, 2009, we will recite Birkas haChama, the Blessing on the Sun. Our rabbis have instituted this prayer to be said every twenty-eight years when the sun returns to the exact position it occupied relative to the earth at the moment of original Creation.
But that's not all.
Occasionally, a few times throughout history, Birkas haChama has fallen on the 14th of Nissan, the day before Passover. One of those times was directly before Yetzias Mitzraim, the Exodus from Egypt. Another time was directly before the original miracle of Purim.
The next time will be ... next year.
According to the Kadosh Elyon, the Ostrovster Admor, this will be the very last time in history that Birkas haChama can fall on the day before Passover and that, "shortly afterward, the Redemption must come."
That's right - the cosmic event that preceded the two greatest Salvations in the history of the world will take place again next year.
We know the Children of Israel are chosen by God to be His emissaries in the world, to live by His Torah in the Holy Land. Why is it that we are universally hated, reviled, cursed and attacked? Why are we the universal scapegoat? Why is the entire world shooting words, bullets and missiles at us?
Why? Because the world's peoples are trying to kill God Himself, trying to free themselves from moral restraints in order to carry on their depraved lifestyles. They can't reach God, however, so they attack His emissaries.
But we seem so helpless, so weak, so powerless. What can we do?
Look at the events of Passover. The Children of Israel were subjugated and enslaved, victims of the "superpower" Egypt. No one could challenge the "mighty" Pharaoh. Then came a man named Moses, a servant of the Almighty. God ruled that Egypt must fall, and Egypt came down like a pile of matchsticks or a house constructed of playing cards. The mighty nation disintegrated before anyone knew what was happening. What had seemed the ultimate power, a civilization that would never end, blew away like a puff of smoke.
We must not be blind to the signs that are before our eyes. Did we not see the World Trade Center topple in seconds? Did we not witness the mighty economic structure of Bear Stearns falling apart before our eyes? Did not the powerful governor of one of our great states fall in the blink of an eye? These were mighty structures and mighty men.
I am not casting aspersions on any man nor making any moral judgments. There but for the grace of God go any of us.
Yet we must know that to assume the invincibility of anything but Almighty God and His Torah is to depend upon straw. Egypt became a shambles and its great army drowned in the Red Sea. The nations of the world who strut in today's sunlight are ephemeral creations in the Eternity of God's Reality.

We must know that God is preparing great acts that, with His mercy, we will see in our lifetime. Cosmic events greater than the power of any man to control are unfolding. We cannot stop them, but, if we stick like glue to God and His Torah, we will live through them and enter a new existence so great as to be the stuff of our dreams.

When God will return the captivity of Zion, we will be like dreamers. Then our mouth will be filled with laughter and our tongue with glad song. Then they will declare among the nations, "God has done greatly with these." [Psalm 126]

Not even the mightiest of men could stop the collapse of the mighty fortress of Egypt, and no one can stop this process. When God desires to liberate His children, no man or nation can stand in the way. Whoever believes the Muslim or Western nations are strong is incorrect. They are twigs that will soon blow away in the mighty wind God is preparing.

For behold, the kings assembled, they came together. They saw and they were astounded. They were confounded and hastily fled. Trembling gripped them there, convulsions like a woman in birth travail. With an east wind you smashed the ships of Tarshish. [Psalm 48]

When the Blessing on the Sun occurs on the 14th of Nissan, not only does the sun return to its original position relative to the earth; in addition, the moon is full. Both Great Lights are in the position they occupied at the very moment of their Creation.
Every month we say the following Kiddush Levana prayer: "May it be Your will, my God and the God of my forefathers, to fill the flaw of the moon that there be no diminution in it. May the light of the moon be like the light of the sun and like the light of the seven days of creation, as it was before it was diminished, as it is said, 'The two great luminaries.' And may there be fulfilled upon us the verse that is written: They shall seek God, their God and David, their king. Amen."
When the blessing of the sun occurs on the 14th of Nissan, the universe is in exactly the same alignment as at the moment when God created this world. Then the earth was new and pure, untouched by corruption, a world of perfect sanctity, perfect law, perfect alignment between man and his Creator. This was the moment of original redemption, when God created perfect order out of chaos.

Nations of the world that dare to torture God 's chosen emissaries and challenge our eternal right to dwell in our Holy Land in peace, beware - the fate of Egypt will be yours. Soon we will see the invincible power and the salvations of God. The story of Egypt is the story of our generation."

Roy Neuberger's third book, "2020 Vision," will be published after Passover by Feldheim.It has already been released in Hebrew translation in Israel. Roy is also the author of "From Central Park to Sinai: How I Found My Jewish Soul" and "Worldstorm: Finding Meaning and Direction Amidst Today's World Crisis." He maintains websites at www.tosinai.com and www.2020thebook.co.il. His e-mail address is roy@tosinai.com.


* The first 11 categories are activities required to bake bread
* The next 13 categories are activities required to make a garment
* The next 9 categories are activities required to make leather.
* The final 6 categories are activities required to build a house.

4 The 39 activities
# 4.1 Planting
# 4.2 Plowing
# 4.3 Reaping
# 4.4 Binding sheaves
# 4.5 Threshing
# 4.6 Winnowing
# 4.7 Selecting
# 4.8 Grinding
# 4.9 Sifting
# 4.10 Kneading
# 4.11 Baking
# 4.12 Shearing wool
# 4.13 Washing wool
# 4.14 Beating wool
# 4.15 Dyeing
# 4.16 Spinning
# 4.17 Weaving
# 4.18 Making two loops
# 4.19 Weaving at least two threads
# 4.20 Separating two threads
# 4.21 Tying
# 4.22 Untying
# 4.23 Sewing at least two stitches
# 4.24 Tearing for the purpose of sewing
# 4.25 Trapping
# 4.26 Slaughtering
# 4.27 Flaying
# 4.28 Salting meat
# 4.29 Curing hide
# 4.30 Scraping hide
# 4.31 Cutting hide into pieces
# 4.32 Writing two or more letters
# 4.33 Erasing
# 4.34 Building
# 4.35 Tearing something down
# 4.36 Extinguishing a fire
# 4.37 Igniting a fire
# 4.38 Applying the finishing touch
# 4.39 Transferring between domains