It says in our parsha “Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your gates, which Yhv”h elohech”a gives you, for your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” (16:18)
With the establishment of the State of Isreal in our days. For the Jewish people, these words once again take on a very important and urgent significance.
The prophet Hosea warns us concerning this:
”Hear the words of YHVH oh children of Israel, for YHVH has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, for there is neither truth nor loving kindness nor knowledge of ELOHEME in the land” (4:1)
The land is given to do righteousness and justice upon but instead the opposite is being done swearing and lying, thus says the Radak. You should know that the sages teach us three things are given on condition, the land of Israel, the Holy Temple and the kingdom of David. ” These are given on the condition you keep my covenant”.1 The land is God’s, on this condition he gave it to us. It is not an outright gift. Our presence in the land of Israel depends on our observing the commandments. Rabbi Arbanel says that the phrase ” inhabitants of the land ” tells us of GOD’s concern with commandments pertaining to the land. The land is the source of GOD’s mercy to the poor who are major beneficiaries of the laws pertaining to the land. In Chupat Eliyahu we learn 3 gifts GOD gave to Yisrael, but they are recieved through yesurim (sufferings). These gifts are Torah, Aretz Yisrael and Olam Haba. The building of the bait ha Mikdash (the Holy Temple) is an inheritance in merit of Torah learning.2 One must never forget that the Ramba”m teaches in his Mishna Torah that the Jewish people when they enter the land of Israel are responsible then to fulfill 3 mitvot (laws) : Appointing a king over themselves, to wipe out the descendants of Amalak and build GOD’s House (the Temple).3 The prophet Micah says:
”Hear this You heads of the house of Yaakov, and you rulers of the house of Yisrael who condemn justice and pervert all that is straight ” (3:9)
The Radak explains that this rebuke is directed at the heads, the rulers of Israel, because of their perversion of justice. The Metsudat David comments that what ever is straight, these judges say is crooked. A coalition of 350 rabbis labeled the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as ”anti-Jewish” and “hostile to Judaism” following his orders to act against two synagogues and a Chabad mobile unit. How can such a man come to stand as the leader of the nation of Israel ? How can Israel police officers trample young protestors while on horseback like what happened in Atzmona ?
Theres no need to give the Fatah Palestinian Authority money to pay an entire year’s salary to 3,500 members of Hamas’s terrorist forces. amounting to $16 million.Who can imagine a worse desecration of graves of Jewish martyrs who died in the Arab terrorist attacks than releasing terrorists as “good will gestures”, It says in our parsha :
: “And if they reject your peace offer, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege them painfully;” (20:12)
The head of the Israili army Ehud Barak many times has said its time to give away parts of Jerusalem, they want to give Parts of Yahudah and Shomron to the terrorists. What do they want, more rockets ?
Future American presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was in Israel recently and stated “it concerns him “that some in the U.S. tell Israelis they can’t live where they want in their own country.” , “a Palestinian state in the middle of the Jewish homeland is “virtually unrealistic.”,
Meanwhile the current Prime Minister of Israel Binyamin Netanyahu last week was upset that Vice-Premier Moshe Ya’alon for arguing that even unauthorized outposts “are completely legal,” and his criticizing the organization Peace Now for taking money from foreign powers and foundations intent on swaying Israeli public opinion and government policies.
Bibi is governing center-left by freezing Jewish construction. Ya’alon has been far more loyal and faithful to the principles of the Likud, to Likud voters, and to our country than Netanyahu at times.
It can not be that the Israeli government kills the people of Sderot by Hamas hands because of their failure to act strongly. It is time the Israeli government stop supplying their sworn enemies with water, electricity and food. Let their patron state Iran build for them power plants and water desalination plants, instead of giving them weapons. Now is the time to seal the Palestinian entity off and deal with it as with a enemy state: ban Palestinian migrant workers, stop issuing any visas to Palestinians, block all shipments, and wage total war when attacked. Isreal must retaliate with full force upon any infringement of Israeli security. Isreal must fulfill the words of our parsha “Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your gates, which Yhv”h elohech”a gives you, for your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” (16:18). Then we will see as its written in our parsha “I will raise up for them a Prophet from among their brothers, like you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall declare to them all that I shall command him. “ (18:18) With our righteous mashiach quickly in our days.
Filed under: Fortune-Mazel, God in hiding, justice, providence, Recognizing Providence
“Your judgments are far above and out of sight” (Psalms 5:10). This is one of the things we can see in our parsha. Similarly its written “your footsteps are not known” (Psalms 20:77). The ways of The God are most mysterious, Blessed is His name. We see Yosef inflicted by things that seem as tragedy. Yet we see it is these events which lead up to Yosef being put in charge of all Egypt. As Rabbi Akiva said my falling is my rising. One may start in a high place feeling they have all there is in the world. Yosef was most loved by Yaakov, he had the coat of many colors and dream visions. Then he found himself cast into the pit, sold into slavery and put in prison. Then he went on to become the savior of the Hebrew people in Egypt and from his descendants will eventually come Mashiach ben Yosef. May he come soon and not be killed. From this parsha we can see that certainly The God is the just judge. We see the justice of The God’s judgment to some degree from the life of Yosef in our parsha. The parsha starts out saying “Yosef brought an evil report to Yakov concerning his brothers”. Then Yosef finds himself getting into trouble when Yaakov sends him to bring a report concerning how his brothers are doing when tending the flocks. Likewise we see justice acting on Yaakov when his sons tell him about Yosef’s tragedy and show him Yosef’s garment. It was with a garment that Yaacov deceived His father Yitzchak to get his blessings. We should recognize The God’s justice in all that happens and accept all that happens to us properly. Even when something that appears as bad happens to us we must not allow it to make us depressed. As the wisdom of The God in fulfilling his goal of bringing our righteous Mashiach is “far above and out of sight”. The wisdom of the Holy One is certainly beyond our grasp, so are His ways to reach the desired goal. The main knowledge is knowledge of the work of The God (Divine providence). The main thing is revelation of The God within the worlds that He creates, or there is “hester panim” (concielment from his Divine provodence). During exile all אות (wonders) are hidden so the “other side” does not raise up complaints against Yisrael. The God hides his face so that the wicked will not be destroyed, and the world can exist. The unity of The God is hidden from the wicked becouse of their garments of “tuma”. (spiritual impurities)1 Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches that patience is associated with Keter. The source of the will of The God and delight. With a good eye one can see that all that happens as good, and with patience the ultimate good will come to be fulfilled. Know, The 70 nations , God forbid, nullify the nanhagot (divine providence) of Yisrael measure for measure (through Yisrael’s errors and lackings). Flow of הכל אדו”ן upon the creations is according to the arrangement of the stars and mazolot (constellations). Yisrael is above this level of Divine supervision by their Unity with The God throught the will of The God in the Torah.2
The mysterious ways of The God governing His worlds again are shown by the leverite marriage of Tamar to Yehuda. As Yehuda at first did not even know what really occurred. Tamar is the aspect of a rose among thorns , the Shechinah trapped in the “Klipot”. Yuhuda took Tamar out from the klipot to a holy place. For the same reason “aretz Cannan” was first settled by the “Canani”. If Yisrael merits they can raise the Shechina from the klipot by “Misim tovin”. Then there will go out the “canani” from the land, and we inherit it. In this way it happens. 3From Tamar and Yuhuda’s descendants comes David haMelech and will come Mashiach and may that be in mercy quickly in our days.