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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 war.it 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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