Parashat Hashavua

Portion Teruma - Who planned G-d's House - and My House

Portion Teruma - Who planned G-d's House - and My House
And Why did it rain on Rav (Rabbi) Levinger tonight (Thursday night in Israel)?
Was it - So he could tell me how this portion fits in with the progression of stories Exodus from Egypt?
He said - when the Almighty ordered a "New House" - The Sanctuary in the desert -
he wanted to teach the former israelite slaves to also get ready for PERMANENT HOMES in Israel
So the Portion begins with the Almighty saying take donations to "build me a sanctuary"
and then provides detailed specs!
Some of the complex details are explained by Rashi (12th century) - based on discussions in the Talmud .
Basically - everyone contributed and did work on building, weaving the curtains, and creating the implements for use for the next 40+390+40 years!
Today is also the Yahrzeit of Moshe - Moses - our teacher who built the house of G-d -
and who led us 40 in the desert!
Maybe light an extra Yahrzrit candle for him?
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz 
PS - in the news today: a "new" find - a Roman army base fro 1800 years ago!
Tel Megiddo, which has been inhabited continuously for over 5,000 years,
 is mentioned several times in the Bible. Christian texts often refer to the site as “Armageddon.” 
Today it is an Israeli national park designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site.
The director of the Antiquities Authority said, “The proximity of the Roman legionary base to the National Park of Megiddo, recognized as a World Heritage Site, and also to one of the earliest Christian prayer halls known in the world,
 discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority 
Under a Kibbutz wheat field! and within the Megiddo Prison compound, provide potential to enhance the tourist experience at this central location at the gateway into the Galilee.”

Portion Mishpatim - Plus Plus Plus:

 Portion Mishpatim - Plus Plus Plus:
Tonight (Thursday) begins a two day New Month - Rosh Chodesh - and as the prayer says,
"May it be for forgiveness on our past".
And it also begins a double month of Adar - the month of Purim-
And Purim comes in the middle of the Second Adar!
And this Rosh Chodesh I remember surviving a terrorist attack on Rosh Chodesh Adar
 ... (sadly 8 high school students were killed in that terrorist attack in a building where I study).
Don't forget this Shabbat has its Torah Portion - "Mishpatim - LAWS" 
Which follows the Portion Yitro with the 10 Commandments at Sinai?
“Our Job is to shed light, not to master”
Reb Shlomo Carlebach  - on Parshat Mishpatim –
(This Portion directs the Israelites) "Ascend to the mountain and be there (Sh’mot 24:12)"
(And for us, today - are we all supposed to visit Mount Sinai?
No, but we should memorize Sinai Commandment 1: There is only one G-d ( the unseen, and
The unknowable - except thru his attributes in this world! We Can never Guess G-d’s intent!)
And this we can  learn from.Purim! There was a Haman.
Today there is Hamas -And there is an axis of evil today with new nuclear powers)
Rav Shlomo taught : We Jewish people, children of Avraham Avinu,  have a very deep sense of paganism. ..of what idol worship is .
Idol worship is if a human being takes to himself more power than he has,
 it’s when I make myself bigger than I am. 
 and Rabbi carlebach continued: I’m not only referring only to other religions. When I see a rabbi ...or
If a teacher takes more power than he has in the classroom, ..., it’s terrible.
(Power is the Almighty's: As we were saved from Haman ...  we will be saved now.
So what shall we teach our grandchildren? To all be at Megilla reading!
Haman demanded that everyone bow down to him - but Mordechai told us NO!
Rabbi Shlomo: I wouldn’t bow down before the holiest man in the world. I would walk up to him, shake his hand and kiss him. I respect him, but bowing down?
 I only bow down before G-d, nobody else. I only bow down before G-d. 
To bow to humans means I am nothing in their presence.
When G-d spoke to us on Mount Sinai, do you think we were lying on the floor, licking the toes of Moshe Rabbeinu? When we stood on Mount Sinai, we stood straight up.
The Ba’al Shem Tov says the difference between bowing down before a human being and bowing down before G-d is very simple. To bow down before a human being, the smaller you get, the more you bow down. 
The way to bow down before G-d is to make yourself as tall as you possibly can. The fact is, we only bow down to G-d one time on Rosh Hashanah and three times on Yom Kippur. How come? Because even bowing down before G-d is a heavy scene.
Now open your hearts. There are moments when I have a chance to become a master over somebody else. If you stood on Mount Sinai then you know that only G-d is a master. ...
IT can happen between husband and wife, and even parents and children, 
The essence of yiddishkeit is that you are not a master over your children. You are not a master over anyone in the world.
The worst thing in the world is when we play G-d over somebody else.
So you see what it is, when Moshe Rabbeinu comes down from Mount Sinai the first thing he says is 'Yidden, I want you to know one thing. If anybody here thinks to be a Master over anybody else, then they were not on Mount Sinai,' because only G-d is the master.
Good Shabbos!"
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach taught the essence of Sinai - and the Portion"Ve Ayleh Mishpatim "
continues those laws.
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz


Portion Vayeegash : King Joseph the Psychologist?

 Portion Vayeegash : King Joseph the Psychologist?
How did Jacob accept the 11 sons telling him to move to Egypt?
Was he worried it might be like LA?
Fake news that maybe Joseph was alive and Viceroy in Egypt?
What did Jacob say to his son Joe when seeing him after 20 years?
"Joseph: did you 
Restart or Reframe?"
How did you get your brothers to stop hating you?
Based partially on an idea from Dr. V. Friedman 
Joseph reframed the dispute.
Joseph said to them
"It wasn't was the Almighty who sent me to Egypt. Now let's eat!
And then right away go get Dad down here because things are getting worse."
But they still needed to do a
Restart - to go forward.
Dr. Friedman says this is true for all Israel after October7.
Individually and in total.
If they we only will.
And I humbly add- the WORLD needs a Restart.
And a reframe that Jews Heal All, and that
Judaism Designates Peace and Life as the World Priority
And that Every Government from the UN to Pago Pago need to
Legislate the above line
Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Portion MeKaytz - the End - the Last Chanuka Day!

This morning I was number 7 at the 6AM local Sepharadi minyan
Eventually the 10th showed up ... and 11th ...and. the. 15th.
But I got an Aliyah anyway for being on time whenever I go there
So where does that put us on the Hamas War Map? We say Avinu Malkaynu there every day. ... it's needed because
Most surveys say Judea and Samaria Arabs support more Hamas actions!
And in our history: Based on Doctor Rothkopf)
The Greek exile  is referred to as חושך darkness ״וחשך על פני תהום״. 
Darkness is more insidious than evil because you can’t even see what lies ahead. It blocks the Light. 
Everyone knows that Chanuka. ה comes in the darkest time of year, the longest nights and then even at the end of the month when the moon is getting darker and darker. 
How do we know that when it comes to issues of spiritual darkness ,
That we must physically fight? 
Jacob - Yakov Avinu went back across the river to retrieve  the small jugs of oil 
that were to be the miracle of Chanukah!
 And for that he fought the Angel of Aisav
Until Dawn
Teaching us that, all through the galut until the Final Redemption SINCE
Chanukah always ends with Rosh Chodesh and the shining of the New Moon!
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Chanuka and Portion VaYayShev

Chanuka and Portion VaYayShev

A quote from Rabbi Carlebach

The sweetest  laws and teaching from Chanuka))

I want you to know, sweetest friends, when I see someone else putting on tefillin, I don't have to say a blessing over it. When I put on tefillin, I say a blessing, but I don't need to make a bracha over someone else fulfilling the mitzva.

And the same thing is true of all the commandments except one - Chanuka.

 If I go for a walk on the street and I haven't yet kindled the light in my own house, and I pass by someone else's house and I see his Chanukah candles, I have to make a bracha.

Do you know why? Because, to be honest, all year long. I don't really care if somebody else puts on tefillin. I pretend that I do, but I don't really care.

But on Chanukah, when I see somebody else serving G-d, it blows my mind.

 I say to myself, "I knew my neighbor was beautiful , but I didn't know he was shining so much.

When  I already kindled Chanukah lights in my house,I could think " but how does my light compare to my friend's? He is even deeper." So I make another bracha over my neighbor's light"


Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and his students make Chanuka relate to the brothers of Joseph and his trials –

And here I am in a bus trying to get home to light candles

In the middle of a major traffic jam

But  I know – that

All those honking horns are just drivers announcing the happy beginning of Chanuka!

And Shabbat Shalom to All

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Portion VaYishLach - and the: US EMBASSY OPPOSITE and School across from my office

 Portion VaYishLach - and the: US EMBASSY OPPOSITE and School across from my office

Based on Rabbi Moshe Zvi Neriya - whose Yahrzeit is Shabbat 

 - Jacob bowed down 7 times before his brother Esau
Hoping to save his children from Esau and his army of 400
Over the millenia Israel has learned when to fight - and when not, if it saves the nation!
Some fought in the ghettos - so those saved would be able to re-plant the forests of Israel
(see pictures - Jerusalem hills, Jerusalem schools)
,But sometimes the heroes who saved Israel are forgotten - the heroes who sacrificed or gave in when necessary to save the nation as a whole
Those who gave in to the opressors in the short term - so our long tern -
would outive the evil ones of the world
So we gave in for a while
but now we have no choice - but to save Israel with the war forced upon us
May our soldiers be protected
Love and Shabbat and Healt to all
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Did it happen - in Gaza? - iIn the portion – twins are born to Isaac and

 Did it happen - in Gaza? - iIn the portion – twins are born to Isaac and  


- were they born in Gaza 3000 yeards before Hamas?


In Gaza 's main hospìta today Israel 

 troops found Hamas uniforms from when the cowardly  terrorists
changed into civilian clothes to escape   

leaving some troops to try to kill our soldiers who found their advanced technology commabd post and weaponds stored in (protected anti detection MRI U rooms)

THE PORTION tells us that

Yes , the brothers  argued over the birthright and over the blessings- 

handed-down-from Abraham

and Esau talked about killing his brother - our forfather Jacob

BUT will they - we - always Have to fight?

So here is a thought from Rabbi Soloveitchik (who passed away about 30 years ago)  from the weekday prayers.

We recite from the Psalms that

  "some (wage war) by chariot

Sand some by horses

But WE (Jews) by reminding of the Name of the Almighty"

Rabbi Soloveitchik says the chariot warriors refer to Rome descendants of Esau

The horsemen refers to the Ishmaelites


And the psalm relates to the Armeggadon –

While we Jews have to worry about the other antagonists – 

Amalek - anti-- Gd agitation 
–which can be from "outside" – or "inside"

And those destructive forcesmust be defeated

How? We show the world:

Israel is giving baby incubators to a Gaza hospital – while

 Jewish Children are still Kidnapped

But the leftist editor of HAARETZ (a newspaper in Israel) supported his leftwing journalist (living in the PA) saying Israeli "settlers" (whatever that means? Religious Jews that he hates? ) should be barred from European countries.

What stupidities the leftists use in trying to create a non-Jewish atmosphere!  that only aids anti-semites  all over

And that has to be countered by educating our children to 


Pray for ALL our childrren ...teach them post-bar-mitzva-Jewish-learning and books, źand

if you can - Keep praying

than we can rescue the hostages

Be well Everyone And Shabbat Shalom


Rabbi Andy Eichenholz


Portion Chaye Sara - A Hoot and a Brawl

 Portion Chaye Sara - A Hoot and a Brawl
Abraham buys the Double Cave - with Cash.
Now: About Abraham's exchange with the people of Hebron:
I heard a legal discussion about laws of War that  concluded there is NO LAW DEALING WITH HUMAN SHIELDS - used by Hamas in Gaza.
But Israel has to worry about international opinion alone - 
which is clearly being manipulated by Soros and Iran spending billions  -
To push a Nazi like stigma on the Jews.
There are about 5 million illegals that have come across the Mexican border.
American public opinion will be won over in the next few years - in SPANISH.
(Also South American public opinion - ONLY WITH HELP OF THE VATICAN)
So Yemen Houtis attacked Eilat last night with drones and missiles - paid for by Iran
And in Israel - There is a video of a few Gazans who got to Europe interviewed by an Israeli months ago -
and they say "if you disagree with Hamas you are done for...
or they arrest your family if you disagree with their war policies
Abraham spoke Iraqi and Egyptian and Hebrew - and I guess Hittite as well (in Hebron)
We need to get Israeli speakers to the US that speak spanish - Persian and Arabic won't help!
The masses of Arabs, sadly,  support dstruction of the Jews - in America as well.
So: Why are the billionaire leaders of Hamas Qatar and Hizbulla meeting in Egypt?
Are they all repenting their evil murders?
Will Egyptian rulers convince them to accept peace with Israel? Egypt is the country that controlled Gaza for years!
Will Hamas murder Mahmoud Abbas -  and take over Jordan as well?
What is the Almighty planning for this Shabbat?  Who can imagine?
Jews got along many times in much of the whole world - until Hitler - except for an occasional inquisition.
Is there someone to explain that in Spanish? In Latin? Maybe ...
A Rabbi wrote on the Aish Hatora email of meeting  Albert Einstein's great granddaughter in Jerusalem! Yes!
Rebbe Elimelech writes on this portion that the greatest of Jews are the 
holy humble helpful healers - 
of the soul - and also of the physical - 
who bring Joy into the world not by material things - but by combining
Maybe that can work? Hasta Luego mis Amigos!
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz
PS - Yad Sarah is the organization providing - freely - 
All the medical equipment used in rehabilitation ... Something a lot of soldiers will need after this war




"שמור וזכור את יום השבת לקדשו": בבקשה לא לשלוח הודעות בשבתות וחגים.
כדי ללמוד איך לשמור שבת, כנסו בימות החול לכתובת
שבת שלום!


Portion: Noah and the War

Portion: Noah and the War

What – no Noah war? Even Abraham had to fight a war (we'll see that in a couple of weeks)

So here's a free translation of last night's radio talk by Rabbi Zamir Cohen of the HeDabRoot Organization:

Chapter 30 in I Samuel of the Bible relates a story about King David – before he was the King

He and his army were living in a town called Ziklag. When they went on a diplomatic mission with the Phillistines – the Amalekites came, stole everything he and his 600 men owned, burned the town – and took the women and children with them off into the desert.

On their return - David and his men were destroyed emotionally. And they argued. Who could guess where the nomadic Amalekites could take their families?

Until David said – "We have to hold onto G-d."

So they went in search – and they found a wounded Egyptian slave starving in the desert – and they fed him and gave him water and first aid.

The slave pointed them in the direction of the Amalekite hordes – and David and his men defeated them in battle and got back their families!

So Rabbi Zamir Cohen said: today we just have to hold onto  our connection with the Almighty, do what's right – and do battle for what's just – and put things back together.

Is that in the Portion? No – but it's what the Bible is teaching us THIS WEEK.

Or maybe we need to flood-out Gaza? Flush out the terror tunnels?

Let's start by doing a few more MITZVAHS for the Almighty – like the guy at the OU Israel Center yesterday that donated over 100 toys – for all the displaced family REMNANTS that were brought to Jerusalem shelter from destroyed towns a couple of days ago.

The army has tons of donated junk food – but there are needs for solar charging batteries for their cell phones and specified first aid kits and a bunch of other stuff that can be sent via the American Friends of the IDF.

The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem is also putting together packages of requested items.


Or just start to let all your friends know that we have recordings of terrorists planning that missile attack that backfired - and hit a hospital parking lot – so they don't all believe the lies being made up to discredit the ONLY army IN THE WORLD that tries not to cause unnecessary suffering – even to the population supporting and hiding murderers in Gaza
. Shabbat Shalom
 - to the World - and

Peace and Health and Hope – for all the destroyed families and the kidnapped

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz 


Portion Nitzavim Vayelech pre RoshHashono

 Portion Nitzavim Vayelech pre RoshHashono 
This week we have another double portion-
Helping this Shabbat in getting us to the end of the old year  ,
And the beginning of a new one.
What can we take away from the last year - different from previous years?
Nitzavim means standing and looking:
Looking Down or Back?
 Vayelech means Going-
Going Straight? Or getting lost?
How can we uses these ideas as tools? Everyone has their focus.
Is our focus on starting he Head of the Year Rosh Hashono  - with a new frame of reference?
Isnt it easier just to do same old same old? -
It's never too late to learn new ways
How do we look down or look Back - and then go on? 
Hopefully with a new perspective!
We all want to live "better ... and longer..."
Learning new concepts whenever we can - helps.
Here is one from the portion: 
We are all in this together. And it's good to help one another.
And here is 1 from the Rosh Hashono Traditions...
Which we can translate into life lessons - that we can share 
To good advantage?
Blowing shofar is a tradition - and a G-dly Commandment
The sounds penetrate Time and Space.
So should following all our traditions - and Commandments.
Extra doesn't mean better.
With the shofar we blast a few different notes-
 to cover all possible meanings from the Torah Words ordaining the Shofar Blasts
to start the year!
Call to renewing - the Traditions and commandments - in our lives.
Many blessings
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz