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Portion Pinchas- Where have all the Wise Men Gone?

Portion Pinchas- Where have all the Wise Men Gone?

Portion Pinchas starts out with the Almighty  "offering the peace of  the priesthood..." to Pinchas.

Is Pinchas a wise man Like Moses? Or a sweet man Like Aron? Or an actoon figure Like Joshua and King David?

Remember - he is the one who took action to stop the venereal dusease caused by Moabite women-
deiseases that caused 24000 Israelites to die in a plague.

Pinchas is the grandson of Aron, Moses brother - but who is his role model?

When the Moabites and Midianites attack our forefathers in the desert by the Jordan river -

Moses and Joshua together (without Pinchas) lead the battle and destroy the wicked kings and sorerers - and a lot of the haters of Israel


Moses is told to appoint Joshua as his successor - not a relative - so
Is G-d putting in a new leadership here?

Could it be possibly to limit the complaints that were heard those 40 years in the desert?

Or jmaybe its just because there are a lot of battles ahead?

I think we need to get this - and keepit in mind - that
after all the battles and before more battles- at the end of this portion

the Almighyty orders that every year at sukkot - after the harvests

the Jewissh people are to offer

Sacrifivces for Peace - to and FOR "all 70" nations of the world!

Is the portion about
Leadership in battle
Lèadership in/for peace?

So ffrom here we learn the JEWISH PERSPECTIVE IS...

The Jews need strong AND wise leaders.

So, why are there No Wise Men in Sight today - in the spirit of brotherhood?

"From where" àre those who invoke battles and antisemitism?

Can't the world learn from our ancient wisdom instead of the hatered that moves todays' masses?

It's been a few months that the world is buckling under the fear and the effects of Covid 19 virus.

Israel had it beat for a while – until the "new coalition" took over and now there are twice as many ministers getting half the decisions made, and with a quarter of the success in the results!

Is America reeling from the demonstrations just as statues topple?

Need we worry about the US health care system - as the reports I hear are that the pandemic is flowing -
from Florida to Texas and back to California?

Let us  "all"   

Pray for peace

and prepare for the upcoming High Holidays

and deliver a little message to the masses - as rabbi Carelebach used to ALWAYS SING

"let there be peace!"

So here is a small part of chapter 6 of my upcoming book - which I hope is timely (and of course I hope everyone orders a copy or a few - it's hopefully going to the printer next week)

Midnight in Moscow with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

... when Reb Shlomo went to Russia it was Simchat Torah (Holiday of the Joy of the Torah).

 Dictators rule by taking the JOY out of LIFE!  These communists were not going to allow someone to stir up resistance – or JOY!  They were no fools.

Everywhere someone was watching to see what the Jews of Moscow were going to do that holiday. And yet here a chubby Rabbi had gotten away from them! How could they have missed him? So they went after him – just like in my dream.

 Every few blocks, though, as they walked quietly, a couple more students and Jewish Refuseniks snuck into the purposeful group. The word was out: the Dancing Rabbi (Rebbe Hameraked, as he was called in Israel) was here to be with them! These young Jews were afraid to enter a synagogue.  So why were they not afraid to "grab" the Rabbi away from the Communists, and accompany Reb Shlomo on his walk to Shul?

 Everyone wanted a word with the Rabbi who braved the Cold War to visit them! Each one tried to get his attention with a few words of broken English – or Hebrew! In the West we heard that the young people would sometimes congregate outside the main Moscow synagogue. They might even dance a little – but they would never go in.


Some of the young people with Rabbi C. that night looked around and also looked up from the street - every couple of minutes. Uh Oh!

 Who were those people watching from the rooftops? Were they checking to see who might dare enter the Moscow synagogue where the group was headed? Were they taking pictures of "dissidents"? Or was it worse? Who knows what goes on in Russia or China or North Korea. Even in Argentina I am told "people sometimes disappear". 

 At one point Reb Shlomo looked up too. He saw soldiers on the rooftops. There were weapons pointing at the little group. The soldiers were watching THEM.

 "Everyone knows, Everyone Knows" Reb Shlomo used to say sometimes. "Everyone knows, Everyone Knows:" that crowds were not allowed under communism unless "approved"- that is - approved "by the (Communist) party".

 This little walk to shul was an unauthorized procession and a dangerous gathering – and a provocation!  There were all sorts of reasons for the Soviet authorities to detain people. That's the main reason most Russian Jews would never dare to set foot in a synagogue or even talk about being Jewish in public. Why get accused, arrested, abused or - sent away?  That night was different, Rabbi Carlebach told us. Maybe it was the spirit of Simchat Torah? Maybe it was Love of Israel?

 Young Jews were already outside the synagogue. They believed their fate was with the Land and People of Israel.  Some times they’d gather outside local synagogues, to meet and to support one another, and maybe to learn a little Hebrew?

 This small group walking with Rabbi C. down below the spying roofs risked the soldiers' scrutiny or maybe worse, just to hear a few words from a great man like Reb Shlomo. No one knew what might happen if they stayed with him after spotting the soldiers. Still, nobody left the group.  And then something happened.

 Reb Shlomo stopped in his tracks – and everyone stopped with him. He looked up at the angry faces of the soldiers. "Why are they angry?" he thought to himself.

 Everyone with him looked up too, but in trepidation. Then, still looking up, Reb Shlomo broke into a big smile!  He turned his head from side to side – smiling up! He smiled at them from one side of the street to the other side's rooftops.  AND WHAT A SMILE HE ALWAYS HAD. His smile was ALWAYS a beam of LIGHT!

 The soldiers looked back down from the rooftops in amazement. Then Reb Shlomo waved to the soldiers! Smiling and waving were not in their script, or their orders.

 The soldiers' frowns melted in a minute! They smiled back to him, and waved back!

Still unsure of themselves, the students with Reb Shlomo also started to wave and smile to the young Russian soldiers up on the rooftops.

 Then the soldiers smiled and waved back to them too! And after a minute the soldiers put their guns down and they just kept waving and smiling! After all – they were the same age as the group on the street. They all had the same backgrounds in Mother Russia, so why point guns?


Weren't they all ONE? 

 Aren't we all "One" – the unity of all with G-d?  Isn't that the reason we are all here – and the greatest challenge to us and all mankind – to be together with each other?


After some moments the group went on walking to meet others who were already outside the Great Moscow Synagogue. And they danced and sang outside that synagogue for hours.

Maybe this Shabbat we should smile and dance a little extra

Shabbat Shalom

 Rabbi Andy Eichenholz (in Israel) - 17th of Tamuz - fast of the Breaking down the Walls of Jerusalem


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