Rabbi David Walk, Education Director

Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Ave | Stamford, CT 06902 (203)-358-2200 www.agudathsholom.org

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Greetings My Dear Friend,



 Greetings My Dear Friend,

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious.This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. Please I want you to read this letter very carefully and I must apologize for barging this message into your mail box without any formal introduction due to the urgency and confidentiality of this business.  I make this contact with you as I believe that you can be of great assistance to me. My name is Mr.Mahama Baye, from Burkina Faso, West Africa. I work in Bank Of Africa (BOA) as telex manager, please see this as a confidential message and do not reveal it to another person and let me know whether you can be of assistance regarding my proposal below because it is top secret.Please reply to my private email

I am about to retire from active Banking service to start a new life but I am skeptical to reveal this particular secret to a stranger. You must assure me that everything will be handled confidentially because we are not going to suffer again in life. It has been 10 years now that most of the greedy African Politicians used our bank to launder money overseas through the help of their Political advisers. Most of the funds which they transferred out of the shores of Africa were gold and oil money that was supposed to have been used to develop the continent. Their Political advisers always inflated the amounts before transferring to foreign accounts, so I also used the opportunity to divert part of the funds hence I am aware that there is no official trace of how much was transferred as all the accounts used for such transfers were being closed after transfer. I acted as the Bank Officer to most of the politicians and when I discovered that they were using me to succeed in their greedy act; I also cleaned some of their banking records from the Bank files and no one cared to ask me because the money was too much for them to control. They laundered over $5billion Dollars during the process.

Before I send this message to you, I have already diverted ($10.5million Dollars) to an escrow account belonging to no one in the bank. The bank is anxious now to know who the beneficiary to the funds  because they have made a lot of profits with the funds. It is more than Eight years now and most of the politicians are no longer using our bank to transfer funds overseas. The ($10.5million Dollars) has been laying waste in our bank and I don't want to retire from the bank without transferring the funds to a foreign account to enable me share the proceeds with the receiver (a foreigner). The money will be shared 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no one coming to ask you about the funds because I secured everything. I only want you to assist me by providing a reliable bank account where the funds can be transferred.

You are not to face any difficulties or legal implications as I am going to handle the transfer personally. If you are capable of receiving the funds, do let me know immediately to enable me give you a detailed information on what to do. For me, I have not stolen the money from anyone because the other people that took the whole money did not face any problems. This is my chance to grab my own life opportunity but you must keep the details of the funds secret to avoid any leakages as no one in the bank knows about my plans.Please get back to me if you are interested and capable to handle this project, I am looking forward to hear from you immediately for further information.

Thanks with my best regards.
Mr.Mahama Baye.
Telex Manager
Bank Of Africa  (BOA)
Burkina Faso.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

PAYMENT THROUGH WESTEN UNION

Hello,


TO THE OWNER OF THIS E-MAIL.




How Are You doing Today?, We have conculded and deposited the Check of your
fund ($$500.000.00 USD) through Western Union department after our finally
meeting regarding your fund $5,000 USD each day until the total amount of
the USD$500.000.00 U.S dollars is complete.Your full compensation payment.


However View Western Union information to pick up your first Transfer.



MTCN: 361-930---#### Tell him to give you the remaining 4 digits number


Sender's Name: WISDOM EJIKE
Amount:USD $5,000 U.S dollars



ONCE:AGAIN Contact Western Union director PASTOR Pence Anthony Tell him to
give you the remaining 4 digits MTCN number to pick up your transfer's
remember to send him,your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,




Receiver's Full Name_______________
Home Address:.........................
Country/ City:.............................
Age:....................................
Sex:........................................
Direct Phone Number:..........................
ID Card copy:............................



Below is their email address ( wu.agency34@outlook.fr ) You have to send to
him your address & information to enable him register your payment online
for you to start receiving your daily payment from WESTERN UNION agent over
there in your country.


Have A nice Day


Mrs susanalakrabo.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

HELLO



My Dear Good Friend.

Compliment of the season, how are you and your family? Hope All is well. I am Mr Umar Akmel, the accountant general in the accounts unit Bank of Africa (BOA-BF) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. I got your contact from the Burkina Faso chambers of commerce have some fund to claim in my bank Which will be of benefit to both of us.

I want you to be an inheritor of the fund, the fund is in a Doormat account and with your bank information and my Documentation certifies you as the inheritor/beneficiary Since I am an insider and working in the same bank, the Transfer will be processed legally and successfully and I will Be coming down to your country for disbursement.

The amount of money involved is ($5.6m) which I want you to Claim for further transfer out of the country to your bank Account, all to our financial benefit. This is very great opportunity as it will take a maximum of 7 banking Working days to be concluded.

I as an insider will do my duties perfectly well concerning this transaction for security reasons. This is confidential for successful conclusion and hitch-free transaction. Contact me immediately for further details and mutual Relationship and we will decide together on how to disburse The funds and percentage as well, my private email Address: (umarakmal1960@gmail.com)

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Yours truly.
Umar Akmel 

Walk Article

DIVINE JUDGES 

Mishpatim-5778 

Rabbi David Walk 

 

As a young and casual reader of Torah, I was always dismayed when we reached Mishpatim, this week's Torah reading.  After all, Breishit and the first twenty chapters of Shmot are just so exciting and actually fun to read.  It's all fascinating stories and compelling characters.  And except for Shmot 12, even the mitzvot are cool, the result of a wrestling match with an angel (gid hanasheh, prohibition of eating the sciatic nerve) or given in fire and thunder at Mt. Sinai.  But now, alas, we've reached the serious halachic material, and the entertainment value has evaporated.  Or has it?  Embedded in this legal material are many lessons for life along with the laws required for the smooth running of society.  Our Sages have taught us that studying these laws of civil damages (nezikin) will increase our wisdom and moral fiber.  So, let's endeavor to find a spiritual gem among the legal material. 

Just in way of a quick overview, from Exodus 21:1 until 23:19 there are a plethora of legal issued covered.  These include:  Hebrew indentured servants, murder, kidnapping, all sorts of damages, laws of guardians or custodians, money lending, and care for other's property.  This is a partial list, but suffice it to say that this material forms the basis for the Talmudic tractates we call Baba Kama, Baba Metzia and Baba Batra.  After the awesome experience at the foot of Har Sinai, God is giving us the building blocks for a Torah society.   

The presentation of this material begins with an unexpected expression.  God tells Moshe that these are the mishpatim (rules and regulations for society) to be 'set' (tasimbefore the nation.  This is already a revolution in human experience.  No other society felt the need to present the basics of law before the entire nation.  Hamurabi's Code?  Well, basically, no one could read it, except the priests. But the Jews were all expected to have a basic familiarity with God's expectations for our behavior.  This is the beginning of responsible citizenship, as opposed to the later Greek polis where the expectation was the same, but only a small percentage had full rights. 

The first of the laws which is presented is about indentured servants.  A person has been sold into servitude because a debt couldn't be paid.  Most of you know that this servitude is abrogated by shmittaevery seventh year.  This was the basis for many colonists coming to America. They got passage from England in return for seven years work in the colonies, except South Carolina where servitude could be for life. 

But what happens if for various reasons the servant prefers the more protected, secure life of an indentured servant?  One may opt to stay until yovel through a very solemn ceremony, which included boring the ear of the servant. But look at the wording of the verse:  his master shall bring him to the elohim, and he shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall bore his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever (Exodus 21:6).  Who are these elohim?  Rashi (based on the Mechilta) says that it refers to courts, but Onkelos and the preponderance of commentaries aver that it means the judges.  We, of course, think of this term as one of the more popular names for God. So, what gives?  Do we have the right to describe humans in divine terms? Usually not.  However, in the solemn execution of Torah law we allow ourselves to see these august individuals as representing the law, and by extension God.  The root of this term is el which means power, therefore sometimes a human can ascend to power which is derived from God. 

Now this brings up a technical halachik point.  These terms when applied to humans are mundane and not holy, which means that our Sages had to determine when this word referred to God, which would mean it can't be erased, and when it didn't and could be discarded. 

In our section (from 21:1 to 23:19) this term appears seven times.  Five of them (21:6, 22:6, 22:7, 22:8 and 22:19) clearly mean human judges, and are, therefore, not holy, and those fit into the concepts we've been discussing.  However, two of them are very different.  Here's 22:13:  If one did not plan to kill the victim, but it happened as an act of Elohim, then I will provide a place where the killer can find refuge.  This is, of course, the law of manslaughter, where the accidental murderer goes to one of the cities of refuge.  In this verse our term clearly refers to God, and, of course, is holy and can't be erased. This is interesting, here's an odd man out in the middle of all these references to human judges.  But the next one is even cooler. 

Here's verse 22:19:  Whoever sacrifices to elohim shall be utterly destroyed; sacrifices are to God alone.  This is like the elohim acheirim, 'other gods' in the Ten Commandments.  In our section we run the gamut from a reference to God to human authorities to idolatry.   Is this some sort of test to see if we can pick out the holy from the mundane?  Not at all.  I strongly believe that a profound message is being communicated to anyone who would like to become an earthly representative of God:  You get the awesome title elohim, but use it carefully or you could be the cause of that term being desecrated. 

I believe that the judicial material in our parsha uses the term elohim to give these individuals the gravitas they require to get the job done.   However, the moment that one of them oversteps the boundary of their authority they're in danger of destroying the entire enterprise.  The five times elohim is used to mean judge are for us, and our respect for the system.  The times it means God or false god are for the judges, for they must remember their place, too.           

 

  


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