A well known Nazi deception was to study and manipulate customs and the tragedies of Jewish history.

A mystery remained at the end of the war concerned the surprising discovery of the Pesachim tractate of the Talmud inside Hitler’s bunker, found after the bunker fell into Allied hands

How did that happen?

And why was this tractate different from any other tractate?

At this time, when Jews learn the Daf Yomi daily Talmud study cycle, the tractate that is now reviewed is none other than Pesachim, which deals with every possible aspect of Passover, along with relevant aspects of Jewish lore and Jewish history.

On February 16, 2021, page 87 of Tractate Pesachim is learned in the Daf Yomi daily Talmud learning cycle.

On page 87b, the Talmud recalls the persecution that Jews face in every generation, followed by a Talmduc observation that it was God’s grace that Jews were not exiled to only one place, so that when Jews are persecuted in one venue, they can survive on another locale.

The discussion conclusion emanated from the words of a certain Roman who says that he dreams that a day will come when they will be able to round up all the Jews …

Is this was not a “vision” of the Wannsee conference which took place eighty years ago, when the Third Reich convened a conference to set in motion a master plan to murder all 11 million Jews of Europe?

Given the Nazi penchant to actually learn Jewish texts so as to “know the enemy”, could it be that there were Germans who studied Pesachim 87b?

The actual volume of the Peachim tractate found in the Nazi bunker was handed over to Rabbi Issac Herzog, then the chief Rabbi of Palestine, and today remains iin the possession of his namesake, Yitzhak Herzog, who now serves as the head of the Jewish Agency for Israel, charged with the mission of gathering the Jews from the four corners of the earth, to return to their homeland in Israel.

Full disclosure: I have participated in an early morning Daf Yomi session early in the morning every day for the past 35 years.

When a reporter who researches anti-semitism and the fate of the Jews happens to learn Daf Yomi before work each day. perspective is essential.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.