28 August 2015

IMPORTANT: Disturbing Trends

13 Elul 5775

Some disturbing trends are beginning to show up among the Breslov and Chabad chassidim. They appear to be going the same route that the Yeshu followers traveled in their day. (Not that they're the only ones, but they're the most visible.)  It doesn't seem to be enough for them to bring Jews to repentance. They appear to feel compelled to missionize the goyim as well. But, how far are they willing to go? Will they bend the Torah so far as to break it in their eagerness to present Xians as "righteous among the nations", mislabeling them as "Noahides"?

I get no joy from discussing this. I wish I didn't even know about it. But, since it's been put out there,so to speak, there's no way I can let it pass without a response.

Rabbi Lazer Brody wrote a blog post today entitled Pidyon Nefesh for Non-Jews. It quotes a letter from one Robert Ogabu of Johannesburg who wrote:

"I don't know if you remember me, but I am one of members of Reverend Philip Banda's community in South Africa. I'll never forget the blessing you gave me. ...I'm enclosing a clip that someone took when you were here with us - it really strengthened our faith."

Meet "Reverend" Philip Banda, aka "Prophet" Philip Banda. He's the "founder and overseer" of Impact for Christ Ministries (IFCM) and "is renowned for his dynamic soul-winning ministry."

Here is more from his website...

The Prophet, as he is popularly known, preaches a straightforward, confrontational and uncompromising Gospel of truth and God's love that inspires many to repentance and pursuance of God's righteousness.

Through the Holy Spirit performance of miracles, deliverance from demonic powers, healing to the sick, restoration to the broken, salvation of souls, etc. this God's man continues to take the message of God's saving and healing power to the people and help many to establish a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ - that is: "to point people to Jesus", as Prophet Banda would often say.

From the "About" section of his website...

Who Are We?
Impact for Christ Ministries is a revelation of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, governed by Him as the Head, according to the enunciation of the Holy Scriptures, the working of the Holy Spirit and the ministrations instituted by Jesus Himself. We are a ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, where His name is lifted up high and His limitless power demonstrated - 'Doing the works of Jesus Christ and greater works than He did for those who believe in Him'.

Our Mission

To glorify God , to proclaim the Kingdom of God by preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. To minister to the needs of the total person. To develop, equip and release believers into ministry. To extend the influence of the church beyond its boundaries and abroad.

Well, you get the idea - classic Xianity with the false deity at the head. The following clip was included in the rabbi's blog post. The letter writer, Robert Ogabu, identifies this as Banda's "community" so I suppose we can gather that they share the "Prophet's" beliefs and goals.

This all begs the question - why is Rabbi Brody there and what is he hoping to accomplish? Some of them are wearing kippot and they're writing to ask if they can perform pidyon nefesh and they're being advised that Rav Arush will be happy to do it for them with donations to his 'ministry':

...Rav Shalom Arush will gladly do the pidyon for you; he uses the money for spreading emuna around the world, which brings our emuna books, CDs, and ourselves to such faraway places as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and South Africa, as well as the West.

From the IFCM's Facebook page...

After 14 years of delivering the oracles of God, 14 years of prophetic teachings, 14 years of Godly direction, wisdom, confrontational and inspirational messages. Prophet Philip Banda has often been asked when he was going to write a book, finally the wait is over.

On the 7TH of November 2014 Prophet Philip Banda launches his first book, “True Christianity is Irresistible”True Christianity is Irresistible” is a compilation of 75 teachings given by the man of God Prophet Philip Banda over the years. Teachings on how you can be the best Christian that God wants you to be.

The following clip is a capture from a promotional video which was made to advertise their 2015 Israel Tour which starts TOMORROW!

Rabbi Shalom Arush himself visited South Africa and addressed a conference which was purported to be Noahides. However, you can see from this Breslov-made video that it included Philip Banda and presented him as the "President" of a "congregation", not as the "Prophet" of a church that he actually claims to be. (See Rabbi Shalom Arush in South Africa and here also.)

Philip Banda shares the dais with Rabbi Arush at the "Noahide" Conference.

I don't think Rabbi Arush has a clue who this man really is.

Banda wearing kippah and tzitzit!
"God established that there must be no unity between Israel and the nations." (And that's talking about the best of them, how much more so with the idolaters!) They must not mix or mingle together. The walls separating them must never come down. Rather, there must be separation, borders, a division. This separation, indeed, serves the purpose of unity, but genuine unity of a world under Divine sovereignty, for a united world of falsehood is not G-d's will." (Source: Or HaRa'ayon, the chapter on Havdalah)

[Rabbi Mizrachi video removed.]

Parshat Ki Teitzei 5775

13 Elul 5775


Jerusalem, Israel
HaRav Yehuda Kroizer SHLIT"A, Rosh Yeshiva

9 Elul, 5766/1-2 September, 2006


"When you will go out to war against your enemies, and Hashem your G-d will deliver him into your hand and you will capture its people as captives..."

Rashi teaches us that this verse from our parsha is talking about an optional war - for in the wars of the Land of Israel, it cannot be said, "and you will capture its people as captives", because it has already been said, "you shall not allow any person to live". From this we learn that there are two types of wars, a "milchemet mitzvah" and a "milchemet reshut", compulsory and noncompulsory war, respectively.

How unfortunate it is that so many of us do not know the difference between the two! As Rabbi Kahane HY"D writes:

"To our sorrow, these concepts have been corrupted and confused by yeshiva students accustomed to the exile. This applies both to those in the Diaspora and those in the Land of Israel, the exile having had a pervasive influence in both places. They are ignoramuses in this regard, so much so that they have no idea what a 'milchemet mitzvah' is, what its parameters are, and whether such a concept exits today at all. And the Torah dons sackcloth."

Let us start with the noncompulsory war - this is a war where the king wants to add greatness or reknown or to capture land, where there is no outside threat against the Jewish people. This type of war can only be done with the authorization of the great Sanhedrin, the 71 judges - obviously no small matter. Interestingly enough, in last week's parsha, we find the priest calling out to all the people who had gathered to go to war, that all those who have built a new house and not begun to live in it, let them go back home lest he die in war. Or any man who has planted a vineyard and has not redeemed its crops, let him go home. Or any man who has betrothed a woman and not married her, let him go home, etc. In all of these cases, we are talking about a noncompulsory war, for in a compulsory war everyone goes out to battle - even a groom from under his canopy.

And what is a "milchemet mitzvah", a compulsory war? The Rambam lists three things that are considered a compulsory war: The wars against Amalek, the wars against the seven nations who lived in the Land prior to the conquest of the Land by Joshua, and troubles that befall the Jewish people. The Rambam clarifies concerning non-Jews who came to wage war against Israel, to collect tax from them, to steal land from them, or to force a decree upon them, even regarding a light mitzvah. In all of these cases we go out to war, as it is a compulsory war, a commandment. Even more than this: We find that no permission is needed to wage a compulsory war, as we have seen with the case of a noncompulsory war; rather, the king\government must go out to war at once, and any delay is considered as part of the bloodshed.

We even find in the Talmud that it states: In a border town, even where the non-Jews are not attacking to kill Jews but just to demand hay and straw, we go forth armed to attack them, even violating the Sabbath to do so.

Should we be so fanatical, that just for hay and straw we go out to fight and kill? Even disregarding the Sabbath for this? The answer is, of course - Yes, for it is a compulsory war, and in a compulsory war every ones goes out to fight, even on Sabbath.

Are there Jews, who even in a compulsory war, do not go out to battle, as we see today? Is this a good thing? Just hold on till next time, as we will try to answer these and other questions about Jewish laws of war.

With love of Israel,
Levi Chazen

27 August 2015

The Scariest Message Yet

12 Elul 5775

Back in Sivan, I reported here on a message relayed by the students of Rav Amram Vaknin of Ashdod who is known to receive messages from Shamayim. (See A Message From the Mekubal HaRav Amram Vaknin, shlit"a)

Now, Rav Vaknin has reportedly been given an additional message which is quite urgent. While I have been able to confirm its authenticity through posts on facebook, the only detailed account I could find - in either Hebrew or English - is only available through a xian news site (run by Jews), so I am hesitant to send anyone there to read it. (The comments are full of avodah zarah to the fake god.) At the same time, if the message is true, it would be very irresponsible of me not to inform the readers.

I cannot vouch for Rav Vaknin's messages, but supposedly he accurately foretold..."the 'Gaza Freedom Flotilla' in May, 2010, the deadly fire in the Carmel forest in December of 2010 as well as Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014."

It seems to concern the fulfillment of a "decree" of which the rabbi was informed by Eliyahu HaNavi back in Sivan...

...Eliyahu HaNavi said to the Rabbi, there is an existing and present danger like the danger of "Haman". ...After that, Rabbi Amram asked him from where goes out the coming future decree (from the south, from the north and from the center) spoken of in organizations (ISIS, from Hamas and Hizb'allah) that they're planning to attack us soon.

The Rabbi asked Eliyahu HaNavi "How many will die?" and after a few seconds, he said "thousands" spoken of as thousands of human beings.

Last motza"sh, Rav Vaknin allegedly was told that this decree cannot be rescinded and that it is to be carried out within two weeks (from then).

Adam Alioa, a student of the Rav Amram who has uploaded videos of him purportedly in conversation with Eliyahu HaNavi while in a prophetic state, said on his facebook page that...

"A very great danger exists for Am Yisrael,...a danger the likes of which no one has ever seen before. The enemy is preparing very, very hard plans for Am Yisrael. People are going to get slaughtered in the streets like chickens. People will be killed on the roads and highways. ...a peril that was never seen in Israel. There's a need to open up a threatening and terrible war...."

And why? According to Adam's report, Eliyahu HaNavi told Rav Amram that there is no choice, because the people will not do teshuvah and will not leave the gashmiut.

It gets worse, Rav Amram's close student Gil Nachman said...

“The Muslims are going to contaminate the water, the fruits and vegetables. They are going to damage the electricity,” he said."

Nachman urged that the Israeli water company, the electric company and food importers should be prepared for these attacks.

According to Nachman, Rabbi Vaknin was told that Arab citizen of Israel and Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi is the one planning it. Vaknin stated his belief that Zoabi is a spy for ISIS and Hamas and is providing the terror groups all the information they need to plan the attacks.

Again, the time frame given was "within two weeks from last motza"sh which could put the breakout of this terrible war in Parshat Ki Tavo.

According to Rav Fish in his speech entitled Parshat Ki Tavo 5775 is the Time of the End, "Ki Tavo" is the same gematria as "Mashiach ben David" and "Tavo" hints at the "coming" of Mashiach

Additionally, he points out that the Twin Towers fell in Elul at the end of the shmitah cycle while it was still Parshat Ki Tavo and the Shoah also broke out during Elul, Parshat Ki Tavo at the end of the shmitah cycle!

If this horror does in fact occur, this will no doubt be the orchestrated event that will bring down the Erev Rav regime and provide the excuse for the foreign troops to arrive to "save" us. Once Eisav has taken over, Mashiach ben David can take control from Eisav and "the kingdom will be Hashem's"!

Meantime, hopefully, it will send many of the non-Jews running for the exits and help Am Yisrael to do real and complete teshuvah and merit once and for all to greet Mashiach Tzidkeinu motzaei shvi'it!!

"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's..." SUPERMOON!

12 Elul 5775

The next six weeks could bring anything, but the whole world feels like something really big is coming. I'm wondering if the moon is predictive of that...

Forget the 'Supermoon': What's Actually Happening at Lunar Perigee

...The most important result of the moon's elliptical orbit is that sometimes the moon is closer to the Earth, and sometimes farther away. The time when the satellite is nearest is called "perigee" and the time when it is farthest is called "apogee."

What skywatchers are most interested in is perigee, the date and time when the moon is closest to Earth. This month, perigee occurs on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), about 18 hours after full moon. At that time, the moon will be 222,631 miles (358,290 kilometers) away from Earth.

...The important thing for astronomers is that the perigee distance is less than 223,690 miles (360,000 km). When the moon gets this close, its most important effect on the Earth — the ocean tides — gets stronger. On the day of perigee and the three days following, Earth will have larger tides than usual.

Looking ahead to next month, full moon will fall on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10:51 p.m. EDT (0251 GMT on Sept. 28), and perigee just 51 minutes earlier, at 10 p.m. This perigee will be the closest in 2015, at 221,753 miles (356,877 km). The result will be the largest full moon of the year and even larger high tides. Notice that both events happen in the evening, when the moon will be well placed in the sky.

...The September full moon will also pass through the Earth's shadow, causing a total eclipse of the moon, visible on the evening of Sept. 27 in North and South America, and the morning of Sept. 28 in Europe and Africa. 

[This will the fourth of the so-called "tetrad of blood moons" and the first day of Sukkot.]

26 August 2015

Jewish "Prepping"

11 Elul 5775

With all the talk of doomsday rampant in the world today comes the logical question - what should I do to prepare? What and how much? "Prepping" or preparing to survive the "end of the world as we know it" by stockpiling food, water and emergency supplies has become a big business and a popular topic for discussion. The gentiles who are into "prepping" say the more the better. Some have gone so far as to build secure enclaves with like-minded neighbors in anticipation of the troubles to come from a world that is falling apart - economically, socially, and even geophysically. 

So, what about the Jews? Where do we fit in? What does our vast storehouse of knowledge advise us to do at such a time as this? As usual, there are several schools of thought. There are the two extremes of "do nothing and leave it all up to Hashem" and "follow the ways of the gentiles and go all out". But, I believe the middle ground - the balance of the two - is the wisest and most halachicly sound advice.

A few years ago, when it seriously looked like there was going to be an attack on Iran, the rabbis told people to stock up food and water for two weeks. Several times, in the facilitated communication sessions, the autistic children were asked about this subject and they also consistently advised having two weeks of supplies on hand. Recently, Binyamin gave us a clue as to how we should understand this...

Q. So has the time come now to gather food like in Greece citizens are now hoarding quantities of food?

A. I've said the whole time: you can keep some 'two weeks' of food so there will be a basis for a miracle, Hashem will make miracles for us. 

This reminded me of the miracle of the oil performed by the Prophet Elisha...

(II Kings 4.1-7)

Now a woman, of the wives of the disciples of the prophets, cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant, my husband, has died, and you know that your servant did fear the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children for himself as slaves."

And Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me what you have in the house." And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing at all in the house except a jug of oil."

And he said, "Borrow vessels for yourself from outside, from all your neighbors; do not borrow only a few empty vessels.

And you shall come and close the door about yourself and about your sons, and you shall pour upon all these vessels; and the full one you shall carry away."

And she went away from him and closed the door about herself and about her sons; they were bringing [vessels] to her and she was pouring.

And it was when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel," and he said to her, "There is no other vessel." And the oil stopped.

And she came and told the man of God: and he said, "Go sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons will live with the remainder."

The widow's supply of oil was her "basis" for a miracle. And we could look for other examples, like Nachshon ben Aminadav's jumping into the Reed Sea was the "basis" for the miracle of the splitting of the sea. This world operates as a partnership between us and HKB"H. We do our "hishtadlut" - our own efforts - and Hashem matches and exceeds them. As has been discussed before, the amount of hishtadlut required from us is equal to our emunah in Hashem. The more we trust Him, the less we actually have to do, but we have to make some kind of minimal effort. In the case of "prepping" it appears to be "two weeks" worth.

Now, this applies to the Jews living in Eretz Yisrael, not because the Jews are different, but because Eretz Yisrael is not like all the other lands. I can't guarantee anyone that this will be the case in chu"lBinyamin went further in his message and said regarding putting aside two week's worth of food and water...

"... in Israel it won't be as bad as outside of it. Outside of Israel - that's something else. There, outside of Israel, it will be a mess..., it will be something terrible. In Israel it won't be so bad, but it will be bad enough, not like outside of Israel. Here, they need some one place to remain that in it will be their center..."

So, pray and seek Hashem's guidance and find a rav whom you can trust to advise you in your area of chu"l about what might be required there. But there, especially, some kind of preparation must be undertaken. Do not be fooled by the yetzer hara into thinking you can sit back and do absolutely nothing and Hashem will do it all for you. If you do that, I'm afraid you will be very disappointed in the outcome.

24 August 2015

Are We Witnessing History in the Making?

9 Elul 5775

Dire warnings and predictions about the wobbly state of the world economy have been flooding the internet for months (and in some cases - years). But, the tone has increased by decibels since the close of markets last Friday.

Judging by Shirat Devorah's report this morning on Asian markets, US stocks could be in real jeopardy. But, it's not just stocks that are at risk. The price of oil is plunging, too. (This morning it is has broken through the psychological barrier of $40 pb.) And aside from the good news of lower pump prices for consumers, the rest of the news is all bad.

Economist Harry Dent predicted this would occur in the current timeframe nearly nine months ago: Harry Dent: Oil Price Plunge Trigger For Next Global Crisis.
Dent explains, “Normally, oil prices falling in a good economy like the 80’s and 90’s, where we have falling inflation and booming productivity and good demographic trends, this would be a good thing.”
“It is a good thing for consumers and businesses, but it is a bad thing for financial markets and our whole debt structure. We have the greatest debt bubble in history. It’s the greatest asset bubble in history, including stocks, commodities, real estate and everything.”
“The last time this bubble burst was in 2008 because of the subprime crises. A small tranche of loans went bad, and it triggered a whole debt crisis, that’s what I see.” 

He discusses the subject with Alex Jones back in January in the video below.

23 August 2015

The World Is Shaking

9 Elul 5775

Huge explosions at US military base in Japan

"The military zone is part of a huge US complex that houses three bases and terrorism experts have said it's "plausible" it was a deliberate attack."

Also, fifty North Korean subs have 'disappeared' and may be en route to a 'target'.

Here is a reminder of what Rabbi Nachmani 'prophesied' about Korea...

22 August 2015

Are We Suddenly Transitioning from the World of 'Seven' to the World of 'Eight'?

8 Elul 5775

I opened the computer after Shabbat on 8 Elul to read the following from the Economic Collapse Blog...

"...The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 530 points (Friday), and that followed a 358 point crash on Thursday. When you add those two days together, the total two day stock market crash that we just witnessed comes to a grand total of 888 points, which is larger than any one day stock market crash in U.S. history."

May I remind you that the crash of 2008 began with a record one-day (9/29) loss of  777 points?

The message could not be clearer!!

What is the Spiritual Significance of the Number Eight?

In kabbalistic teachings, the number seven symbolizes perfection – perfection that is achievable via natural means – while eight symbolizes that which is beyond nature and its (inherently limited) perfection.

Some examples:

a) G‑d created the world and its natural order in seven days.

b) Between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot we count seven weeks. During these weeks we work on perfecting our seven emotions (love, fear, compassion, ambition, humility, bonding and receptiveness)—one emotion per week. At the conclusion of these seven weeks we have sufficiently perfected ourselves to be worthy of receiving the Torah on Shavuot. A completed person has control over all seven emotions.

c) The Holy Temple's menorah, which served to illuminate the natural world with the holy glow of spirituality, had seven branches.

e) There are seven colors of the rainbow and seven musical notes. When something has seven parts, it symbolizes that it has reached its state of completion: the seven notes of the diatonic scale make one complete octave, etc.

Eight, on the other hand, is symbolic of an entity that is one step above the natural order, higher than nature and its limitations. That's why Chanukah is eight days long—the greatly outnumbered Maccabees' resolve to battle the Greeks wasn't logical or natural. They drew on reservoirs of faith and courage that are not part of normative human nature. They therefore merited a miracle higher than nature – a miracle that lasted eight days – and to commemorate this, we light on Chanukah an eight-branched menorah. In a similar vein, we circumcise our children when they are eight-day old babies, because the brit milah symbolizes our nation's supernatural and logic-defying covenant with G‑d.

The number 8 is also connected to the revelation of Mashiach!

...In the era of Mashiach we will merit a higher revelation of G-dliness, and therefore Mashiach's harp will consist of eight strings, one more than the seven-stringed harp of the Beit Hamikdash (Arachin 13b). Chanukah is a preparation for the forthcoming Messianic era. These days are called "Chanukah" because they are a Chinuch — education/preparation — accustoming us to the final redemption.

...The correlation of Chanukah and Mashiach is most evident on day eight, because the number eight represents that which is above the chain of creation. Similarly, the Messianic era will usher in a new order which will also transcend the chain of creation. (Source)

Yes, there is going to be a New World Order, but Melech HaMashiach will be at the head of it, not the Pope!!