04 October 2015

Chag Shemini Atzeret 5776

21 Tishrei
Hoshanah Rabbah
6th Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Erev Chag Shemini Atzeret

For [the] seven days [of Sukkot] you shall bring a fire offering to G‑d. On the eighth day, it shall be a holy convocation for you... It is a [day of] detention.

—Leviticus 23:36

[G‑d says to Israel,] "I have detained you [to remain] with Me." This is analogous to a king who invited his sons to feast with him for a certain number of days, and when the time came for them to leave, he said: "My sons! Please, stay with me just one more day; it is difficult for me to part with you!"

—Rashi's commentary ad loc

Abba Sheb'Shamayim, draw your children close to you, console us and comfort us with Your love and mercy and send us our righteous Mashiach without any further delays!

~Chag Shemini Atzeret Sameach~

Joaquin Will Cause Wider Damage By Remaining Offshore

21 Tishrei 5776
Hoshanah Rabbah

"On Sukkot the World is Judged for Water"


The latest forecast ascribes the major rainfall to what meteorologists call a “Predecessor Rain Event.” That is when tropical moisture swirling ahead of a landfalling tropical cyclone interacts with a surface front and upper-level trough to produce heavy rainfall. The heavy water-soaked clouds of Hurricane Joaquin is set to interact with the rain storm already forming over the area to bring “epic amounts of rainfall.”

Storms Batter and Flood Communities Up and Down the East Coast

High Holy Days Terror-War Goes to New Level

21 Tishrei 5776
Hoshanah Rabbah

[Check back for more updates until beginning of chag.]

23 yr-old woman driving home with infant daughter near Eli injured when Arabs stoned her car

Names of the injured from the attack in the Old City for prayer: Adel bat Miriam and
Natan ben Adel (Adel is now reported out of life-threatening danger)

15 yr old stabbed by Issawiya Arab near Neviim St in Jerusalem - the Arab terrorist was shot and killed

THIS IS NOT A JOKE: BBC reported last night's terror attack in the Old City as "Palestinian Shot Dead After Jerusalem Attack Kills Two"

(7:30am): A military operation is underway in Jenin in seach of a "terrorist leader". IDF is under fire.
"A light anti-tank missile has been fired at the house of a Hamas leader in Jenin." IDF Forces Operate in Jenin Early Hoshana Raba Morning

Grenades reportedly thrown at light-rail in Shuafat

(9:00am): PM has returned from America. Will hold an "emergency" security meeting at the Kirya (military headquarters) in Tel Aviv.

'Wide-scale operation may be needed to control Jerusalem terror'
..."We will toughen our measures against the Palestinians," [Minister of Intelligence Israel Katz]said speaking to Army Radio. "There could be a need for another Operation Defensive Shield."

(11:00am): Massive march of Arabs in Jerusalem against the closure of Temple Mount to non-Israeli Arabs and under 50 yrs-old men.

(11:15am): PM has called an emergency meeting of police and army commanders for 1pm

(12 Noon): The terrorist that the IDF was slooking for in Jenin escaped, but they found a cache of "huge" bombs

Hanin Zoabi and other Arab MKs continue to incite against Jews ascending Har Habayit

"The Red Crescent declares a State of Emergency in Yesha and Jlem." (The Israel Link)

It has been announced that a mass demonstration will take place at Paris Square near the PM's residence with leading rabbis at 9pm Monday night.

(1:00pm): Muslim women rioters in Old City dispersed.

Levaya for Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi, Hy"d being held in Har Hamenuchot

(1:30pm): Levayah for Rabbi Aaron Banita-Benet is to begin in the next few minutes. Kevurah will be on Har HaZeitim.

Palestinian Authority Calls on UN to Act against ‘Israeli Violence’

...The [PA] government demanded in a statement on Sunday, the international community and organizations of the United Nations, to intervene to compel Israel to cease its violations in the Palestinian territory, the latest of which was the killing of two young men in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and a series of incursions into the cities and villages of the West Bank, and settler attacks last night on the villages of the West to the protection of the occupation army , and wounding a number of citizens.

Without one word of denunciation of the two Arab terrorist attacks Thursday and Saturday night that killed four Jews, Palestinian Authority spokesman Ihab Accord Bseiso charged on WAFA that Israel’s “escalatory policy comes within the framework of the efforts of the Israeli government aimed at undermining the Palestinian and international political efforts and the efforts of the destruction of the two-state solution, and dragging the region into a new spiral of violence.”

He said the solution is simple: End the Israeli occupation of our land Palestinian territories, and the establishment of our independent state on the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf stated, “The time has come to end the occupation and to achieve independence.”

(2:00pm): Fire of unknown origin and precise location being reported in Jerusalem.

Reports - Jews attack the Arab governor of Jenin's car as he was traveling; Arab riots in Hevron, in Urif (near Yitzhar) with injuries to rioters; IDF has closed all entrances to Beit Ummar because of a "security risk"; Tzomet Al Hader stone thrower arrested

There's unconfirmed word that the kevurah of Rabbi Banita-Benet may not be able to take place on Har HaZeitim after all.

(2:20pm): Hundreds of Arabs rioting in Issawiya; "over 100 injuries due toi riots across Yehuda and Shomron" (The Israel Link)

The earlier reported fire in Jerusalem is said to have started in a sukkah belonging to a synagogue on HaTavor St. Six fire-fighting crews are on the scene. No word yet about injuries.

Rabbi Aaron Banita-Benet, Hy"d, was laid to rest in Har Hamenuchot.

(3:15pm): The Gerrer Rebbe, the Boyaner Rebbe, the Vishnitzer Rebbe and Rav Chaim Kanievsky have all given instructions for Jews to distance themselves from the Old City right now. (For all we know, Hashem has something special planned for the Arabs and wants His children out of harm's way.)

(3:45pm): Rioting in A-Tur, Silwan, and at the Shuafat checkpoint

There's an unconfirmed report that Saeb Erekat and Mahmoud Abbas will step down from their leadership positions in Fatah tomorrow.

(4:45pm): Israeli policeman injured by explosive thrown at Kever Rachel during riots

The Internal Security Minister (sic) tells Israelis to "keep a stiff upper lip" as they are expected to "grin and bear" this new wave of terror. (Is any other government on earth less deserving of its citizens' support and respect than this one????)

Damage to vehicles, but B"Hno reports of injuries or deaths from all the rock attacks going on across Judea and Samaria, the worst of which have been taking place at Tapuah Junction, Hevron, Gush Etzion, and Shilo.

(5:15pm): End of updates. May we know no more sorrow or loss. 

03 October 2015

The "Status Quo" Is Dead

21 Tishrei 5776
Hoshanah Rabbah

"Stop spreading lies about Israel’s alleged intentions on the Temple Mount. Israel is fully committed to maintaining the status quo there." (PM Netanyahu's Speech to the UN General Assembly 2015)

[Keep checking back for updates - the violence continues unabated]

I have a feeling this is only going to get worse until it provides enough of an excuse to allow a "peacekeeping force" to enter the Old City to "put a stop to the violence". The headlines speak for themselves. In addition to the murders of the Henkins on Thursday night...
  • Shots fired at woman and daughter near Maale Adumim
  • Shots fired at a sukkah in Nof Tzion, in the eastern capital
  • 16 yr-old girl shot in sukkah in Binyamin
  • 5 yr-old boy shot in sukkah in Lod
  • 2 Terrorists attack five Jews (three from one family including a child) in the Old City on Motzaei Shabbat
  • Fatah has taken responsibility for the Henkins' murders, calling for a "war against the settlers"
  • Hamas is calling for an uprising to "defend Al Aqsa"

(9:40pm): Two men in the earlier attack in the Old City are nifter, BD"E.

The security cabinet has been convened in Jerusalem. Debka reports "Police have imposed a curfew on the Old City of Jerusalem and shut all the gates to Temple Mount."

(9:45pm): Shots fired into Beit El

An Arab was mistaken for a Jew and stabbed at the entrance to Kiryat Arba

Rocket fired last night, fell in Gaza; rocket fired tonight, also fell in Gaza

(10:20pm): Reports of a spontaneous demonstration in light of the deteriorating security situation on Ben Yehudah Street in Jerusalem

Lod residents protesting and reading Psalms in front of police station motza"sh

Pressure grows on Netanyahu to act with 'iron first' in light of Palestinian terror onslaught

(11:00pm): Rav Amram Vaknin's facebook page is claiming that this is the fulfillment of the Rav's Elul message. It could have begun on Rosh Hashanah itself with the first death on the road in Jerusalem.

(11:35pm): Old City Victims Identified...
Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet (24) [of Beitar Ilit]
Rabbi Nechemiah Lavi (41) - a Rabbi at Ateret Cohanim and Talmud Torah Moriah in the Old City. [Father of 7 according to Times of Israel]

Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet's wife and baby were injured. A second daughter was unharmed.

Rabbi Lavi just completed the IDF Rabbinate course 2 months ago. (Source: Muqata)

(11:45pm): Report of "revenge brawl" between Arabs and Jews at Mamilla Mall. Pedestrian was hit near Kikar Tzahal by Arab in a car trying to flee the mob. 

Arabs and police are clashing at Sha'ar Shechem

Lite rail attacked in Shuafat [but that's adaily occurrence anyway]

Protest march taking place from Kedumim towards Shechem

(12:00 midnight): A more detailed account of ongoing events can be seen here at YWN.

It's a bit late now, but "Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita and Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita have called for an atzeres tefilla at the Kosel tonight at 23:30, ...to be mispallel due to the worrisome situation for the speedy and total recovery of the victims."

(12:10am): Hevron - Ambulance stoned by Arabs; Arab professor's car attacked by Jews; Arab arrested after trying to stab soldier

Maale Adumim - police shoot terrorist about to throw fire bomb

Police issue "Terror Alert" for planned stabbing attack tomorrow am in Jerusalem

(12:30am): Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque after deadly stabbing

(12:40am): The Israel Link is reporting "violence spiraling out of control".

The Muqata is reporting what sounds like a major military operation near Ramallah.

(1:15am): Violent clashes in Issawiya (between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim); there's a picture of burning vehicles

Gunfire towards IDF is being reported in Wadi Joz (near Mount Scopus)

Riots in Ramallah; Standoff between IDF and PLO forces at entrance 

An hour ago, Jews marched to Sha'ar Shechem demanding revenge

During the mix-up in Mamilla, some Jewish cafe patrons reportedly pepper-sprayed Arab workers there

(1:25am): Hevron - "hundreds of Jews on the way" to Me'arat HaMachpelah

Ramallah - Arabs reporting "IDF staging tanks" on the outskirts as PLO forces prevent the demolition of terrorist's home

(1:48M) Signing off for now

02 October 2015

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot 5776

19 Tishrei 5776
4th Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Haftarah Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Ezekiel 38:18-39:16

The subject of the haftorah of this Shabbat is the war of Gog and Magog that will precede the Final Redemption. Its connection to the holiday of Sukkot is that according to tradition the war will take place during the month of Tishrei, the month when the holiday of Sukkot falls. In addition, this war is identical to the one described in the fourteenth chapter of Zachariah, the haftorah read on the first day of Sukkot, which concludes by saying that the gentile survivors of this war will be required to go to Jerusalem every year on the holiday of Sukkot to pay homage to G-d.

The prophet describes Gog's war against Israel and G-d's furious response. G-d will send an earthquake, pestilence, great floods and hailstones and fire--utterly destroying Gog's armies.

"And I will reveal Myself in My greatness and in My holiness and will be recognized in the eyes of many nations, and they will know that I am the Lord. . . . I will make known My Holy Name in the midst of My people Israel, and I will no longer cause My Holy Name to be profaned, and the nations will know that I, the Lord, am holy in Israel."

The haftorah concludes by saying that the weaponry of the defeated armies of Gog will provide fuel for fire for seven years! The Jews "shall carry no wood from the fields nor cut down any from the forests, for they shall make fires from the weapons." (Source)

~Shabbat Shalom~

01 October 2015

Updated: CRAZY High Holy Days 5776

18 Tishrei 5776
3rd Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Guest post by Geulah Girl: A Breakdown of These Historic Events...

September 21
Netanyahu meets with Putin

September 23 (Yom Kippur)
Pope meets with Obama

September 24
Pope speaks to Congress
September 25
Pope speaks at UN
- Many say this allowed an extension of the budget until Dec avoiding a government shut down on Oct 1. 

September 26
September 27
September 28(1st day Sukkot)
Obama meets Putin at UN
Supermoon Eclipse
Tropical Depression 11 forms in Atlantic 
- Will become Hurricane Joaquin and is likely to be historic.

September 29 (2nd day Sukkot)
September 30 (3rd day Sukkot)
- It was understood that this is in reference to Syria but legally can be used against another country (Israel, for example)
"Under cloudy skies, the politically sensitive flag raising ceremony took place at 1:16 p.m. at the U.N.'s Rose Garden." (1:16 is 91:1 upside down)

October 1 (4th day Sukkot)
Russia targets US-backed rebels again in Syria
US and Russia hold urgent talks
'Incredibly fearful' Fed braces for Jobs Report

October 2 (5th day Sukkot)
-“Without sufficient cash, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history,” Lew wrote.
-"Evolution creates structures and patterns that over time are more complicated, more knowledgeable, more intelligent, more creative, more capable of expressing higher sentiments like being loving," he said. "So it's moving in the direction that God has been described as having -- these qualities without limit." Yes, we are becoming gods. "Evolution is a spiritual process and makes us more godlike," was Kurzweil's conclusion.

Devash: You gotta run fast if you want to keep up!

The World Is Changing Completely

18 Tishrei 5776
3rd Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Two messages from Moishelah...


Erev Rosh Hashanah 5776

We're in a very difficult situation. The whole world is in the most difficult situation. And in order to get out of it - it appears seemingly impossible. In any case, it's the most frightening. We have to do teshuvah and come close towards Hashem and recognize Him as the Almighty, as the Creator of the World, as the Master of the World. If we know and recognize that each thing that occurs comes only from Him, then in one second it can turn us from victims to victors. 

He's bringing us to this situation so that we will rise up higher, so that we will turn our attention from the petty nonsense of life towards the main thing which is doing the will of Hashem and living only for this, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this way - the Sitra Achra together with all the evildoers of the world will never be able to subjugate us, even though they are many more than us times a billion. Hashem will erase them from upon the face of the earth, from all existence, together with the yetzer hara, whereas we, the real Am Yisrael, will remain to receive our righteous Mashiach.

At the conclusion of the Sukkot holiday the world will be totally different, to start from the migrants in Europe - it will be a completely different world. From the beginning of August til now - the world has become totally different, and by the conclusion of the Simchat-Torah holiday it will totally change again.


Erev Shabbat Kodesh Parshat Vayeilech 
5 Tishrei 5776

This week is going to be, God willing, something else. Big surprises, huge confrontations, dangerous confrontations. We won't know where to look first. We will see terrible things happening. If we look left, we will see bad things occurring, if we look right - we will see even more insane things occurring. The world will enter into a chaotic spiral (a chaos generator).

That's all I can say about it, except of course, that it will bring people to grasp that we are in the midst of the last moments before the complete redemption.

30 September 2015

Binyamin Golden on Current Events

17 Tishrei 5776
2nd Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot

(Excerpted from "Yankele, Get Up! The House Is On Fire!" - 7 Tishrei 5776)

Q. We're two days before Yom Kippur - how can we 'understand the message' that Hashem wants to give us, and to change our whole life to the right direction?

A. In Israel, we feel problems much more than the Americans, the Jewish Americans. Here, we feel "the sword on our neck", it's not just that there are so many Russians in Syria, and the 'generous' Putin said in his goodness that he's ready to take responsibility for guarding the gas facilities found at sea, he'll protect this whole facility with his soldiers and he'll also want to invest in it. So what does this say? It says that he wants to take over here. And aside from this our government is together with them, but it's also, in general, not our government, as there are Jews who are already seeing and feeling. Because there are those who are simply confused, not paying attention, and now are beginning to feel that it's not just that they erred. And also, there are so many financial problems already, and all over the world - it's all shaking financially, and you don't know how hard it's going to be in the world, how difficult will be the largest financial downfall that ever was in history. So, whoever will approach to do teshuvah in a serious way, we just need to arrive to the beit knesset, or at home for women who don't go, and just open our heart, to speak with our Father, to begin to cry, to allow a possibility, to try and at the moment that we try - Hashem will open our heart for us, and then we will cry, and we will feel how the tears bring down the barriers, dissolve the barriers, and then a person can come very close to HKB"H. And He will give us this possibility this coming Yom Kippur. And by next Yom Kippur - the world will be turned upside down, it will be turned completely upside down, something else. And not by next Yom Kippur, by Kislev - let's say, I don't know exactly when, but it's another little bitty bit. It won't take much time. And we won't have many opportunities to do teshuvah like this. One of the possibilities - it's now on Yom Kippur. Afterwards, there will also be times that Hashem will accept it, but it appears to me that for the majority it's until Hoshanah Rabbah.