30 March 2008

'Queen' Condi


'Queen' Condi issues her rulings and expects immediate obedience.

Rice Talks Tough About Israeli Road Map Compliance

(IsraelNN.com) U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had some tough words for Israel Sunday regarding the "gestures" Israel has undertaken to carry out in Judea and Samaria.

"We will monitor exactly what the Israelis do and the purpose is to improve the Palestinians' freedom of movement," Rice said. "We want to be much more systematic about what is promised and what is actually carried out," she added.

General William Fraser, Rice said, will be following Israel's implementation of the Road Map closely "and making sure that the road blocks are indeed removed and that this has an impact on the Palestinians' freedom of movement." Before Fraser arrived, she said, "we did not do this and we received promises that the Israeli steps would be carried out within a short time. I expect this to happen very soon."
But she has conveniently forgotten that she is speaking to the servant of Hashem. She has no right to issues orders to us and she and the nation she represents will pay a price for their chutspah...

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Small quakes this morning -

3.2 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
2.8 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
3.1 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
3.1 NEVADA
3.5 ARIZONA
Yesterday
2.5 in the SEATTLE-TACOMA URBAN AREA, WASHINGTON

Tuesday
4.2 in YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
& 2.6 and 2.5 in NEVADA

29 March 2008

Open Letter to 'Secret Believers'

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter if you think you've had a 'conversion' to Judaism or if you think you're part of the 'lost' tribes, if you are a believer in or follower of YESHU, may his cursed name be blotted out forever, you are the enemy of Truth and therefore my enemy as well. I do not welcome you to email me or to refer my blog posts to others like yourself via your personal email lists.

I cannot emphasize enough my utter revulsion at those who put on costumes, play-acting at being Jewish, stealing the work of Torah teachers and broadcasting it as their own; taking truth, honor, purity and holiness and sullying it by mixing it with treif. What a concoction! Surely Hashem's righteous anger burns against you and the just reward for your evil is accruing interest on top of interest. May you receive it speedily and soon!!

28 March 2008

LATE POST

Sorry to insert this after my week-ending signature, but I just read the following and felt it must go out as soon as possible to anyone who may read this before Shabbat begins.

May we all merit a peaceful Shabbat in which we can connect to our Creator with real love and teshuva and come away from it strengthened and purified for a great week to come.

Excerpts from Rabbi Lazer Brody:

Emuna News Special Report: The Sword on Israel's Jugular

...Our veteran readers and friends know that we are anything but doomsday prophets. Those who know Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a know that he is the happiest of people and always smiling. But of late, as one of this generation's holiest and righteous men, he has taken the burden of the Jewish people, particularly those in Israel, on his shoulders. In the last two months, he has aged ten years. His eyes are bloodshot from crying to Hashem, praying for the people of Israel for hours on end.

...The people of Israel stand in the shadow of a dark cloud of severe judgment. We must drop everything and return to Hashem. For those that think we're daft, pour yourself another expresso and delete the Beams from your favorites list. For those of you that have the slightest trust in me, please do your utmost to strengthen your emuna and do genuine teshuva.

...If you think you'll be cushy in Thornhill or in Great Neck while missiles are falling on Israel, you're wrong this time. Hashem is judging us this very moment. The evening of Shabbat Parah is time to purify ourselves.

Also of note from Akiva @ Mystical Paths: Basra

26 March 2008

New Messages from Daniel

Posted to Daniel's site on 24 March 2008:

"Am Yisrael, beloved of HKBH, return home, there's no more time, the end has arrived." (Binyamin Golden, 3/2008)

Message #1)
To the residents of S'derot---dear Jews,

I know how hard your lives are and that from moment to moment you don't know from where will come the next bomb...

HKBH loves you and this situation brings you to the possibility of returning to Him in Truth. When a person sees that he has no one to depend upon---not upon the army, not upon the police, not upon the government---then he knows, not just in thought, but in understanding, from inside and from outside, that there is no one to depend upon apart from HKBH.

And now is the biggest possibility of S'derot residents to return to Him in complete teshuva because in the very near future, really, all of Eretz Yisrael will be exactly like S'derot.

I pray very strongly that in all Eretz Yisrael there will be great and revealed miracles like there is today in S'derot and that this will result in a mass return to our Father in Heaven and to His Torah. And I pray that there won't be korbanot, that these [events] will frighten us enough of a portion to enlighten us. And if c"v we don't awaken, then I don't want to think more about what can be. HKBH loves His people Yisrael and he wants that His people will return to him. Let's begin the process of return to Him davka from S'derot and this will privilege all of us, all Am Yisrael, in happiness and joy, to receive Mashiach Tzidkeinu speedily in our days. Amen!

Message #2)
...to the volunteers that distribute the communication pages of the autistics,

To all the distributors, I want to wish to you a Purim sameach and that we will be privileged, all of us, to the complete redemption. I want to thank you for your efforts in order to rescue Am Yisrael.

We are quickly approaching the end. Everyone can see this. Already, there is no need to be autistic for this [to see this]. And those that believe in HKBH, those that trust in HKBH, those that really wait for Mashiach, those that cry over the destruction of the House, those that want only to sit all the days of their lives in the House of Hashem, they will be privileged to receive Mashiach Tzidkeinu and take pleasure from the World to Come.

With blessings that all of us, all Am Yisrael, will be privileged very soon to receive Mashiach ben David, Mashiach Tzidkeinu.

Message #3)
...to the organizers of the Sack & Ashes Assembly,

Woe to us! What is waiting for us? Woe to Am Yisrael, woe to the world. These are the last repairs (tikunim) and the most difficult. But these which are with all the heart, with all their Heavenly[?] essence, sackcloth on the body and ashes on the head, taking out the pride and sitting on the floor and crying over all that we lost because of our sins and over the sorrow of the Shekhina, over the Beit Hamikdash, over Eretz Yisrael, all these for which we cry many tears and do teshuva and decide to change the path and to walk only Hashem's way, deciding to live, with Hashem's help, only according to His will.


All these are able to save themselves and many other Jews.

I bless everyone that we will all be privileged to receive Mashiach Tzidkeinu and be able to take pleasure from the World to Come.

AMEN!

25 March 2008

Transformation

The world is in the process of being transformed and human beings have no say in the matter; neither can they stop it or change it in any way.

Vast Antarctic Ice Shelf on Verge of Collapse

A vast ice shelf hanging on by a thin strip looks to be the next chunk to break off from the Antarctic Peninsula, the latest sign of global warming's impact on Earth's southernmost continent.

Scientists are shocked by the rapid change of events.

Glaciologist Ted Scambos of the University of Colorado was monitoring satellite images of the Wilkins Ice Shelf and spotted a huge iceberg measuring 25 miles by 1.5 miles (41 kilometers by 2.5 kilometers - about 10 times the area of Manhattan) that appeared to have broken away from the shelf.

Scambos alerted colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) that it looked like the entire ice shelf - about 6,180 square miles (16,000 square kilometers - about the size of Northern Ireland)- was at risk of collapsing.

David Vaughan of the BAS had predicted in 1993 that the northern part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf was likely to be lost within 30 years if warming on the Peninsula continued at the same rate.

"Wilkins is the largest ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula yet to be threatened," he said. "I didn't expect to see things happen this quickly. The ice shelf is hanging by a thread - we'll know in the next few days and weeks what its fate will be."
(Read it in full at the link above.)

24 March 2008

Waiting for the Next War

How can you not feel like your life is on hold while you're waiting for the next war to begin?

Report: Iranian, Syrian missiles to pound Israel in next war 
Secret report paints grim picture: Thousands of casualties, nationwide power outages

Hundreds of dead, thousands of injured, missile barrages on central Israel, full paralysis at Ben-Gurion Airport, constantly bombed roads, nationwide power outages that last for long hours, and whole regions' water supply being cut off – this is what the next war could look like. (Excerpt. Read it in full from the link above.)

According to Debka, there is a real possibility that it can happen at virtually any moment.

Barak: Israel’s army and intelligence poised for instant response to Hizballah attack

Here is a link to a very interesting article about how Israel would fare in a nuclear exchange with Iran.

Analysis: A Mideast nuclear war?

In Israel especially, ignorance must truly be bliss.

19 March 2008

Tremendous Ideological Victory!!


HEROINE OF ISRAEL
Tzviyah Sariel
of Elon Moreh


Tzviya Sariel is Acquitted

...Her stubborness was not appreciated in some religious-Zionist circles, however. Some felt that her parents and teachers were to blame for not encouraging her to do the minimum necessary to get her out of prison.

Tzviya's friends, however, were very supportive throughout her ordeal. "What goes on in the courtroom and police stations is truly a farce," one school friend [name withheld at her request] told Arutz-7. "The police simply make up accusations, and the judge makes rulings that have nothing to do with justice. She refuses to identify herself, so she has to stay in prison with criminals for weeks and weeks? What does that have to do with justice?"

She did the right thing and she won! What a courageous young woman. What a merit she is to Am Yisrael!! Ad meah v'esrim, Tzviyah.

PURIM ROUNDUP #2

THE LOTTOAn observant Jew called Jacob finds himself in dire trouble. His business has gone bust and he's in serious financial trouble. He's so desperate that he decides to ask God for help. He goes into the synagogue and begins to pray...........

"God, please help me, I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well, please let me win the lotto".

Lotto night comes and somebody else wins it.

Jacob goes back to the synagogue. "God, please let me win the lotto, I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well".

Lotto night comes and Jacob still has no luck!!

Back to the synagogue. "My God, why have you forsaken me?? I've lost my business, my house, my car and my wife and my children are starving. I don't often ask you for help and I have always been a good servant to you. Why won't you just let me win the lotto this one time so I can get my life back in order???"

Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open and Jacob is confronted by the voice of GOD himself : "JACOB, MEET ME HALF WAY ON THIS ONE....BUY A TICKET!"

HEBREW BUGS Two bees buzz around what's left of a rose bush. "How was your summer?" asks bee number one. "Not too good," sez bee two. "Lotta rain, lotta cold. Not enough flowers, not enough pollen."

The first bee has an idea. "Hey, why don't you go down the corner and hang a left? There's a bar mitzvah going on. Plenty of flowers and fruit." Bee two buzzes, "Thanks!" and takes off.

An hour later, the bees bump into each other again. "How was the bar mitzvah?" asks the info-bee. "Great!" sez buddy-bee.

The first bee peers at his pal and wonders, "What's that on your head?" "A yarmulke," is the answer. "I didn't want them to think I was a wasp."

BUSINESS PARTNERS
Cohen & Levy are both in the antique business across the street from each other, and have been for years. Cohen hates Levy - he thinks he's a gonniff & a liar & an ignorant bum, and says so publicly. Levy thinks the same about Cohen.

One day Levy leaves the door open to his shop and goes out for a few minutes. Cohen takes the opportunity to walk across the street and steal a magic lantern Levy has in the window. He gets it back to his shop and can't resist rubbing it. Naturally a genie pops out of the lantern.

"Cohen", says the genie, "because you have released me from a thousand years of confinement in the lantern, I will grant you one wish - anything you want - money, power, fame, anything. But because the lamp belongs to Levy, whatever it is you get, Levy will get twice as much."

"You mean," says Cohen, "if I ask for a million dollars, Levy gets two million?"

"That's right," says the genie, "and if you ask for a beautiful woman, Levy gets two beautiful women."

"All right, genie," says Cohen. "I know what I want."

"What's that?"

"I wish I were half dead."

HOME SWEET HOMEA good, old American Jew felt the death is close and asked his sons to take him to the Holy Land, to die there and be buried in Jerusalem.

The loving sons did as he asked, brought him to Jerusalem, put him in a hospital and waited for death to come. However, once in Jerusalem the old man felt better and better and in some weeks was again strong, healthy and full of life. He called upon his sons and told them: " Take me quickly back to the United States."

The sons were somehow disappointed and asked: "Father how come? You said you want to die in the Holy Land and be buried in Jerusalem!'

"Yes," answered the father, to die it's OK but to live here....!?"

GOT ANY CASH?
A Lebanese Arab emigrated to America sixty years ago and accumulated great wealth. Upon his death the rich man's will stipulated that his hundred million dollar bequest was to be divided equally among his three closest friends: a Catholic, A Protestant and a Jew. There was only one small provision: each of the heirs was required to deposit one hundred thousand dollars in the coffin before it was lowered into the ground. This act, according to the deceased's statement, was to prove their good faith while the will was in probate.
As the coffin was about to be closed for the last time, the Catholic quickly deposited his hundred thousand dollars into the casket. The Protestant followed suit and placed his hundred thousand dollars besides the Catholic's money. Then the Jew reached into the coffin, withdrew the two hundred thousand dollars in cash and replaced it with a check for three hundred thousand dollars.

(With thanks to Harry Leichter)

18 March 2008

PURIM NEWS

"Baruch Hashem" Usage at Epidemic Levels, Baruch Hashem
by David Friedman
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — [TheKnish.com] Pyschologists and rabbinic leaders are warning about the prevalence of Honorifics and Frum Idiom Confusion Syndrome in the Jewish community, bli ayin hara.

Over the past several years the number of honorifics and superstitous idioms added to the frum vocabulary has been increasing exponentially, k'niyna hara. This has caused some confusion to occur, baruch Hashem, especially to those with more simple minds, kein yirbu.

Typically the syndrome starts with overuse of the terms, b'chasdei Hashem, then quickly turns to usage of the terms in the completely wrong place, shlita. In more advanced cases, nisht auf Shabbos geret, idioms foreign to the frum world, l'havdil elef havdalos, are used as well, praise the L-rd.

In addition to the number of such terms, zy gezunt, the prevalence of usage of such terms has increased exponentially as well, yasher koach. For example, 20 years ago, mamesh, the term "baruch Hashem", was limited to a portion of Maariv that most people did not say, gezundheit. Today it constitutes 23% of a typical frum male's spoken word and 27% of a typical frum female's, im yirtzeh Hashem by you. It has been added to most kosher menus, thank you - come again, and has replaced "all of the above" on standardized tests given to yeshiva bochrim, lo aleinu.

Family and friends of those afflicted with this disease, chas v'shalom, are advised to use caution when asking simple questions such as "How are you?" This may cause the afflicted person, zt"l, to reply with a stream of unrelated frum idioms that usually have nothing to do with how they are doing, may Allah strike you down with the strength of 1000 elephants. The best option, in the opinion of the professionals, Hashem yinakem damam, is to stick a tehillim in front of them, ad meah v'esrim. This should keep their mouths busy until such time as a permanent cure is found.

PURIM ROUNDUP #1

A NEW FLOOD IS FORETOLD

A new flood is foretold and nothing can be done to prevent it; in three days, the waters will wipe out the world. The greatest leaders of the major religions go on worldwide television to make their final plea.
  • The leader of Buddhism pleads with everyone to become a Buddhist; that way, they will at least find salvation in heaven.
  • The Pope goes on television and shakes his fists to the audience, "It is still not too late to accept Jesus!" he cries.
  • The Chief Rabbi of Israel approaches the podium...stands silent for what seems to be an eternity...looks directly into the lens of the center camera and slowly but solemnly states, "My people"...he pauses once again and continues..."We have three days to learn to live under water"...
WHY G-D NEVER RECEIVED TENURE AT ANY UNIVERSITY
He had only one major publication.
It was in Hebrew; had no references; wasn't published in an academic journal; and some doubt he wrote it himself.
  • He may have created the world, but what has he done since?
  • The scientific community cannot replicate his results.
  • He never received permission from the ethics board to use human subjects.
  • When one experiment went awry, he tried to cover it up by drowning the subjects.
  • He rarely came to class; telling the students to, "Read the book."
  • Some say he had his son teach the class.
  • He expelled his first two students.
  • His office hours were irregular and sometimes held on a mountain top.
  • Although there were only ten requirements, most students failed.
REFORM RABBI

A Reform Rabbi was so compulsive a golfer that once, on Yom Kippur, he left the house early and went out for a quick nine holes by himself. An angel who happened to be looking on immediately notified his superiors that a grievous sin was being committed on earth. On the sixth hole, G-d caused a mighty wind to take the ball directly from the tee to the cup for a miraculous and dramatic hole in one.
The angel was horrified. "Lord," he said, "you call this a punishment?!"
"Sure," answered G-d with a smile. "Who can he tell?"
THE FLIGHT
Two Arabs boarded a shuttle out of Washington for New York. One sat in the window seat, the other in the middle seat. Just before take-off, a fat, little Jewish guy got on and took the aisle seat next to the Arabs. He kicked off his shoes, wiggled his toes and was settling in when the Arab in the window seat said, "I think I'll go up and get a coke." (Shuttle flights do not have cabin attendants, but you probably knew that.)

"No problem," said the Jew. "I'll get it for you." While he was gone the Arab picked up the Jew's shoe and spit in it.

The Jew brought back the coke, when the other Arab said, "That looks good. Think I'll have one too." Again, the Jew obligingly goes to fetch it, and while he is gone the Arab picks up the other shoe and spits in it.

The Jew returns with the coke, and they all sit back and enjoy the short flight. When the plane was landing the Jew slipped his feet into his shoes and knew immediately what had happened.

"How long must this go on?" he asked. "This enmity between our peoples ...this hatred ... this spitting in shoes ... and peeing in Cokes?"

(With thanks to Harry Leichter)

A Sign of Things to Come

Mainstream Elements Joined Jabel Makaber Protest

(IsraelNN.com) National Security Agency (Shin Bet) officials are concerned that youth with mainstream backgrounds joined right wing activists in Sunday's protest on the Jabel Makaber home of the terrorist who murdered eight students at the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva almost two weeks ago.

...Several of the youth were from Efrat, a [modern Orthodox] suburban community south of Jerusalem .... One other protestor works for the Interior Ministry.

The police explained they allowed the demonstration, although it was illegal, in order to allow protestors to vent their anger after the terrorist attack,* but the protest quickly escalated to violence, reflecting a growing frustration with the government.
(* That was rather obvious.)

By Contrast...

Israel Stands Firm in Worldwide Financial Earthquake

(IsraelNN.com) The strong Israeli economy and a Bank of Israel forecast of a reasonable inflation rate have made Israel one of the best-situated countries to withstand the financial earthquake that has shaken the United States and reverberated around the world, according to several analysts. The Tel Aviv stock market sank sharply Monday in anticipation of a Wall Street crash, which did not materialize, and analysts said it likely will spring back.

The shekel-dollar rate slipped below 3.40 briefly on Monday and ended slightly above the same level. Lehman Brothers' Tolga Ediz said that Israel appears to be a safer investment than those in other countries because of the higher interest rate than in the United States and the previous performance of the local stock market. "In real trade-weighted terms, the shekel is still about four per cent lower than its historical ten-year average, something that cannot be said about the majority of currencies in emerging markets," he added.

16 March 2008

14 March 2008

Another Message...

Edom is bumping down that ladder, rung by rung, on his butt. Ya'akov/Yisrael is on the way up to the top. The final exile is ending.

The first evidence is seen in the fall of Edom's god to Yisrael.

Shekel World's Strongest Currency against Dollar

(IsraelNN.com) The shekel has gained in the last few months against the dollar more than any other world currency, and the shekel-dollar rate reached an 11-year record of less than 3.40 shekels Thursday before ending the evening slightly above 3.40. The Bank of Israel intervened in trading for the first time in a decade and bought dollars, a total reverse of the history of the shekel, which for decades held a low status against the former almighty dollar.

There's a Message Here...

The fall of Israel (to be replaced by the rule of Mashiach) is too close for the comfort of those currently in power. Next time, there will be no escape. The pressure from the crowds of Jews over the situation in the country is what will bring it about. Keep up the pressure!! Don't let Amalek cool us down again!!

Peres 'Miraculously' Escapes Injury from Falling Sign

(IsraelNN.com) President Shimon Peres escaped injury at the International Paris Book Fair Thursday when a huge sign collapsed and almost struck him. The accident occurred when Peres was mobbed by journalists and other visitors after he came out of his car. As he made his way to one of the book stalls, the crowd's pressure caused an oversized sign with the word "Israel" on it to collapse.

Peres's bodyguards immediately followed the procedure for attempted assassinations: they covered the president with a bulletproof mat and lay on top of him. The Presidential Residence's economic adviser, Uri Ben Porat, blocked the sign with his left arm and was later hospitalized with a possible broken arm.

Two security men and a Government Press Office photographer, Amos Ben-Gershon, were also hurt. Peres was unscathed. His daughter, Tziki Valdan, who was present at the event, said later: "my father was saved miraculously."

13 March 2008

Mashiach is at the Door

Can you feel the wind picking up in Eretz Yisrael? The clouds of confusion are beginning to disperse. Here and there, the Truth is coming out into the open again after going underground for a very long time.

Sanhedrin: Revenge is Fine Says the Lord
(IsraelNN.com) The Permanent Beit Din of the Sanhedrin met Tuesday to discuss the option of revenge following the massacre at Mercaz HaRav yeshiva Thursday. According to news website Nfc, it ruled that by not performing their duty to take revenge for the attack, the government and the IDF are leaving it up to individual Jews to do so.

"Jews are not sheep and will not go like sheep to the slaughter," the Sanhedrin stated. "The Jewish people will find the way to strike its enemies. The Jewish nation has the patience required for this," it added.

Regarding the concept of revenge, the Beit Din stated: "When there is no judicial system, revenge is at the root of justice and is a corollary of a person's dignity and freedom. No just sentence is without revenge," it added. The court also noted that the word "revenge" (nekama) enjoys the special privilege of appearing between two instances of the Lord's name in Psalms 94, verse 1: " O Lord, the God who avenges! O God who avenges, reveal
your splendor!"

Survey: Half of Jewish public opposes Arabs living in Jewish neighborhoods (Haaretz)

More allusions to Purim!

Abbas in Tirade Over 'Barbaric' IDF Bethlehem Op
(IsraelNN.com) PA leader Mahmoud Abbas issued an emotional denouncement of Israel's Special Operations action in Bethlehem Wednesday which left four senior terrorists dead in a bullet riddled car.

"This barbaric crime against our fighters and against our Palestinian people tears the mask off of the fake mask covering the face of Israel, which speaks of peace and on a daily basis commits crimes, murders and executions against our people."

"Despite all of the fake claims by the Israeli government that it wants peace and security, on the ground it ceaselessly continues constructing settlements in Jerusalem and in the other territories in the West Bank, as it casts aside all of its fake commitments at Annapolis and in the other international events, besides the barbaric holocaust it perpetrated against our people, our women and children in Gaza."

11 March 2008

Maybe "Zionism" IS the Problem

Apparently nothing has yet been learned by those who proclaim themselves the "leaders" of the "right-wing, Zionist-religious camp." Can you imagine how long we will lie here and bleed before these people understand the Torah response to terrorist atrocities? We do not have that kind of time. We will bleed to death first, G-d forbid!
...At a gathering of the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva movement in Ramot Shapira, in the Jerusalem corridor, the revered Rabbi Chaim Druckman - long-time head of Yeshivat Or Etzion and teacher-rabbi in Merkaz HaRav - said, 'We would have expected to hear the heads of our state declaring: For every yeshiva student who was murdered, we will start a new yeshiva; for every boy killed, we will start another Jewish community or neighborhood in the Negev, the Galilee, the Shomron and Hevron, and that for every person who dies for the sanctification of G-d's Name we will bring another 1,000 new olim [immigrants]. These are the proper Jewish Zionist responses to these terrible murders, at the same time as dealing militarily with the terrorists. Our youth can carry out these missions and is waiting for them."

...Women in Green, too, called for the immediate establishment of eight new Jewish towns throughout Judea and Samaria as "true Jewish Zionist revenge." The organization says that this is especially fitting "in light of the fact that Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav symbolizes Jewish settlement in Yesha. At this time, when the Olmert government continues to cave in to the Arab enemy by continuing to negotiate the matter of a new Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, eight new Jewish towns will send a clear message to the entire world: The sons of Haman and their henchmen will not deter us and will not stop our settlement enterprise; we will rather strengthen and enhance our loyalty and attachment to the entire Land of Israel."
The TORAH Response:

Shemot 23,
31. And I will make your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the river, for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hands, and you shall drive them out from before you.
32. You shall not form a covenant for them or for their gods.
33. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they cause you to sin against Me, that you will worship their gods, which will be a snare for you.

Bamidbar 33,
51. Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
52. you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their temples, destroy their molten idols, and demolish their high places.
53. You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it.
...
55. But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle.
56. And it will be that what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you.

Devarim 9,

1. Hear, O Israel: Today, you are crossing the Jordan to come in to possess nations greater and stronger than you, great cities, fortified up to the heavens.
...
3. You shall know this day, that it is the Lord your God Who passes over before you as a consuming fire He will destroy them, and He will subdue them before you; and you shall drive out them and destroy them quickly, as the Lord spoke to you.
The so-called religious leaders are as impotent as the political leadership. How can we ask Hashem to send us Mashiach when we can't even acknowledge philosophically how the enemy is to be defeated!!

And as for Amalek...

WIG: "The sons of Haman and their henchmen will not deter us and will not stop our settlement enterprise; we will rather strengthen and enhance our loyalty and attachment to the entire Land of Israel."
The "sons of Haman" are AMALEK!! There is only ONE WAY to deal with Amalek---

Devarim 25,
19. [Therefore,] it will be, when the Lord your God grants you respite from all your enemies around [you] in the land which the Lord, your God, gives to you as an inheritance to possess, that you shall obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens. You shall not forget!

Shmuel I 15,
2. So said the Lord of Hosts, 'I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid (wait) for him on the way, when he came up out of Egypt.

3. Now, go, and you shall smite Amalek, and you shall utterly destroy all that is his, and you shall not have pity on him: and you shall slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.' "
ZACHOR!!

Gevuros, Merkaz HaRav, and Zachor

by Rabbi Pinchas Winston of Thirtysix.org

We interrupt this series of essays on the concept of Gevuros to talk about the reality of Gevuros. Part 2 was supposed to have been an explanation of the quote with which we left off at the end of Part 1— more theory—but the reality of Gevuros has drawn the attention of the Jewish world for now, just in advance of Parashas Zachor, when we remember just how real and damaging Gevuros can be.

Before explaining just what the Gevuros are in technical Kabbalistic terms, at this time, it is important to know that there are a set amount of them. When they are used up completely, or more accurately, when all of them have been “sweetened”, then Yemos HaMoshiach automatically begins.

That is good news, and bad news. The good news is that, the difficult part of Gevuros do not last forever, and that their completion results in a period of history during which they can no longer do any damage, or intercede between man and God. It may take a long time to use them up, but once it happens, they are gone for good and Yemos HaMoshiach begins in earnest.

However, that might not be so bad if Yemos HaMoshiach did not have to begin by a certain, pre-designated time in history. If it didn’t matter when Yemos HaMoshiach begins, then the Gevuros could be, theoretically, used up over a long period of time, perhaps softening their effect on man and Creation.

However, that is not the way God planned it. Rather, Yemos HaMoshiach has a final possible date, what the Talmud calls “b’ittah” (Sanhedrin 98a), if, God forbid, we don’t bring Moshiach earlier, which means rectifying the Gevuros early. It is this reality and interdependency that creates all the turmoil and tragedy in history, especially for the Jewish people.

The following analogy explains the point.

Let’s say a new condominium project is started, and that, within a few weeks, the prospective building is already half sold, with people leaving large deposits upon the signing of the contract between the builder and the buyer. Aside from the myriad of technical details found in the contract, the main points are the schedule of payments of the buyer, and the building schedule of the builder.

If the buyer fails to make the necessary payments on time, then he loses the condominium that he bought, plus his deposit. If the builder fails to complete the project within the requisite amount of time, then he will have to either pay a fine, or cover the cost of temporary accommodation for the buyer, who probably sold his house and planned to move out by the expected date of completion of his new apartment. Either way, the result is a hefty loss of money for the builder.

Let’s say, that after a year of keeping to schedule, the construction worker’s union calls a strike, resulting in major construction delays. With less than a year to go until the completion date, the builder finds himself falling behind schedule on a daily basis, and starts worrying about big losses and potential court cases.

Fortunately, the strike is resolved, and the workers have permission to return to their former jobs. However, as they resume their work, they find themselves very behind schedule, and in a very tense working environment as the worries and concerns of the owners and managers alike can’t help but spill over into what used to be an upbeat work environment. The workers are asked to put in extra hours, or to find another job. Deadlines have a nasty habit of turning up the heat in life.

Creation is no different. It is a work in progress, ever since it was first made, and certainly since Adam HaRishon ate from the Aitz HaDa’as Tov v’Rah. God is the builder, man is the construction crew, and history is the buyer, so-to-speak. The building? A world in which all the Gevuros have been rectified.

How are we supposed to do that?

Well, every time we overcome laziness to perform a mitzvah, or, we hold ourselves back from performing a sin, we harness the power of Gevuros for the sake of God, and that sweetens it, rectifies it, and sends it back to its pure source above. And, most important of all, Creation has come that much closer to rectification, and we have earned more reward in the World-to-Come, the purpose of Creation in the first place.

But, what if we don’t overcome our inertia and pass up the mitzvah, or fail to reign in our wanton desires and transgress instead? We also use up Gevuros, except not the ideal way. Rather than harness them, they harness us, and that demands rectification as well, either in the form of teshuvah, or punishment, both of which purify the Gevuros and rectify Creation.

For the most part, that is how history works. There are those, a minority, who overcome their yetzer hara, and perform mitzvos and avoid transgression, and sweeten the Gevuros the ideal way. Then there are those, the vast majority of mankind through history, who avoid mitzvos and perform transgressions, and suffer the consequences as well, using up the Gevuros in a negative way. History, during such times, is a matter of personal successes and tragedies, many of which barely make the news.

However, as one can imagine, Gevuros are used up too slowly this way. When the Jewish people cease to be the light unto nations they were redeemed from Egypt to become, and mankind simply drifts through history, then when the “construction” deadlines come —“keitzim” in Talmudic language—mankind may find himself desperately behind schedule, and requiring a major rectification.

Those are the times of gazeiros—Heavenly decrees. Those are the times of darkness. Those are the times of tragedy, when history catches up on its schedule of rectification at our cost.

If the Gevuros are not used up by us, then they are used up through us. The worst the suffering, the more the Gevuros are used up. The greater the Kiddush Hashem while going through the suffer, the more the Gevuros are used up, until enough are used up for Creation to be considered back on schedule, at least for the time being.

Yes, the State of Israel was “built upon the ashes of the Holocaust,” because Gevuros are likened to a consuming fire. Had history continued without the Holocaust, the nations of the world would never have agreed to let the Jewish people form a homeland within her historical borders; the Gevuros would not have permitted it. Spent, the Chassadim were allowed to do their magic, and the Jewish people gained a homeland, once again, after 2,000 years without one.

You can always tell where history is holding with respect to the rectification of the Gevuros by how it treats the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism is never logical, never like other forms of racism, and the more this is the case, the more a keitz must be on its way, and the more we must behind on the construction schedule.

Last week’s attack on the Merkaz HaRav Yeshivah at the entrance to Jerusalem was both a major blow and a wake up call. Aside from being the terrible, terrible tragedy that it was, it was also a frightening upping on the ante. The fools of the world may justify it by claiming that such yeshivos produce the kind of Jew who is prepared to live on land that the Arab’s fight over. However, we, on the other hand, have to ask, “How could Divine Providence have allowed such evil to enter the walls of such a holy place, and kill and harm so many pure souls?”

Why didn’t their Torah and mitzvos protect them?

Granted, no one dies by accident. It could very well be that, as always, Divine Providence arranged it so that all the people who died were those who had finished their personal rectifications, and had to move on. The attack was just a way to bring it about for them.

However, that is between them and God. From our vantage point, we see young men cut down in the prime, in a gruesome way, in a holy place while pursuing a holy path in life. How could that have happened, and what does it mean for the rest of us, even those who don’t see any connection between those who were attacked and themselves?

If we’re going to ask such probing questions, then we might as well phrase it correctly:

Are we so far behind, at this late stage of history, for the next keitz, perhaps the final one, in the rectification of the Gevuros, that such an extreme tragedy had to occur? Are we in fact approaching, God forbid, a new gazeirah designed to bring history up to speed, as was the case with respect to the Ten Martyrs who died in Roman times?

If the answer is yes, then this has not been only about changes in a yeshivah, but about changes to the entire world. What happened last week was a fierce wind, but it is only the heralder of a much larger storm brewing on the horizon.

And, something else as well.

Many people reacted differently to the crisis, but one very common reaction, among Jews in the Diaspora was, “You see, it’s not safe to be in Israel at this time.” They might as add well to that, “… and God is telling us not to come to His holy land … He is telling us not to further the cause of Kibbutz Golios that seems to be in progress at this very time.”

Well, that makes sense, doesn’t it? There’s God, working overtime to engineer the Final Redemption, as evident from the amazing miracles in Eretz Yisroel over the last 60 years, the great success of the Jewish people abroad for the last 100 years, and all the prophecies that have come true over the last decade alone. And now He’s saying, “Scrap that.”

Perhaps. But only to the “Four-Fifths”, that large body of Jews throughout history who have always looked for reasons to stay in the Diaspora, with what they would like to believe is God’s blessing. And, if they can’t manage to do that through blessing, then they’ll use negative events, such as last week’s slaying, as their basis for their decision instead.

However, if we learn anything from Pharaoh at all, it is this: you hang by the rope you tie. If a Jew wants an excuse to not come home, then God will give it to him, and give it to him, and give it to him. If redemption is not his priority, and he chooses not to pursue the path of his ancestors, then God will cut him the necessary slack to not do so. This way, when the redemption comes, he’ll be right where he thought he wanted to be: on the wrong side of the ocean.

The Kabbalists have a name for it: birrur—separ-ation—and nothing carries it out better than the Gevuros. For, as we come close to the end of history, God wants to know where each and every Jew stands, with respect to Torah, mitzvos, Eretz Yisroel, the temple, and redemption in general. Redemption has always been invitation only, and the Host has His criteria.

Come on, folks, wake-up! Every redemption has always left Jews behind, lots of them. And, just like our generation, most of them assumed that they were safe, in God’s good book, worthy of redemption, and therefore, had nothing to think too deeply about. They just sat back, waited, and … and … got lost along the way.

And, each time, the present generation failed to learn from the mistakes of the previous generation. They just went about their business as if whatever caused the suffering of the previous generation has no relevance whatsoever to their approach to Torah and mitzvos. Despite signs to the contrary.

Fortunate is the Jew who knows history, and has made a point of understanding its relevance to all the generations. Even more fortunate is the Jew who has taken to the time to understand how God runs his world, and what our role in history is meant to be. How many Jews today can boast such an intellectual and spiritual advantage?

Tragically, very few. As a result, the one thing that made us so different from the rest of the nations of the world, and kept us in good stead with the Creator of the Universe, is no more. We are still, per capita, the brightest people. We still produce highly talented individuals. We still make money like the best of them out there. But, we no longer look past the surface of history, below the surface of events taking place, to understand them on the deeper level they weren’t meant to be understood.

We have always been a people who believed that nothing is really as it seems on the surface. One of the reasons we dress up on Purim is to remind us of that crucial detail of life. We are supposed to be a deep-thinking people, each one on his own level, so that we can earn our reward in the World-to-Come by seeking out the story behind the story behind the story, etc. It’s how we find God and His message.

It is Amalekian to deal with life superficially. That’s why the gematria of “Amalek” is that of “suffek”, which means “doubt”. Doubt is symptomatic of superficiality, and when it attacks us, it is for the sake of making us delve deeper into the meaning of life and history.

That is why, says the GR”A, after the first defeat of Amalek, Moshe Rabbeinu was told to speak “b’aznei Yehoshua”, into the ears of Yehoshua. For, the gematria of “b’aznei” is “sod”, as in Kabbalah, for, the GR”A revealed, Amalek will only be defeated at the End-of-Days, b’derech Sod.

That may mean different things to different people, but it also means one thing to all of us: Amalek is not fought with superficiality. Quite the contrary, we learned last week that simply pursuing a life of Torah and mitzvos is no guarantee of survival in a war that is designed to make people re-think history, and the events of today.

Gevuros are the source of hester panim. They constrict the light of God, light that can only be regained by going from Pshat to Remez to Drush and to Sod. They keep back information that we need to know in order to see how wasteful sin really is. They keep us in the dark about ideas we ought to know about, in order to partner up with God in bringing history to a peaceful conclusion.

And, they do it in such a way that we are convinced that it is for our own good. (The Original Snake sure seemed like a swell fellow until God lowered the boom!).

But that is, in the end, their job, remember? At the end of days, when God says to you, “Why did you think like that?” you may answer, “It’s the fault of Gevuros! They made me do it!” but it won’t fly. God will simply answer back, “You’re right, the Gevuros did it. But that was their job. Yours, on the other hand, was to go past them and find the truth. Why didn’t you do that?”

Surprise!

We need to do ourselves a favor. We need to start thinking again. I don’t mean the kind of thinking that makes us excel at gemora or business, but the kind of thinking that allows us to see past the costumes of the modern world. Morgan Stanley, and the rest of Wall Street, works for God. They just don’t know it. Neither does Yves St. Laurent, or any of the other financial and fashion institutions that soak up our attention and divert us from the true issues of our time.

Likewise, there is a secret Torah world within our Torah world. Secret, because we choose to ignore it, or to stay ignorant of it. But it’s the one with the real road map, one that was written long before President Bush took power, and one that will exist longer after he leaves the White House.

In fact, they all work for God, every single element of Creation is His. He created them, He sustains them, and He maintains them. But their job is to work for the Gevuros; every single element of Creation that keeps us from concentrating on the long term goals of the Jewish people, and the true mission of our nation—to rectify the Gevuros—is on Team Gevuros. They can even include close family members.

The blueprint for Creation was drawn up long ago. It includes a rendering of the final building. After 5,768 years, we are fast approaching the completion date, and from the sound of it, it seems we’re behind schedule.

Last week’s event was a reminder, once again, of the other ways of getting back on track. Purim reminds us of how we can avert such events if we push, while there is still time, to make up for lost time.

Zachor.

(Rabbi Pinchas Winston, Thirtysix.org )

Thoughts on a Sunny Day

I was out on the midrahov (Ben Yehuda Mall) at noon and it always seems to me as if there are more and more Arabs out and about in what were formerly, mainly Jewish areas. They have an attitude, too. The young men swagger and act like they own the place and the women like to walk down the middle and force you to go around them. It really burns me up that they can feel safe to walk anywhere in this country that they like and we are restricted from anyplace deemed primarily Arab. One of the things I most look forward to, if G-d will be merciful and grant me years to see the geulah shleimah, is being able to go anywhere in this broad, beautiful land that I want without taking my life into my hands.

10 March 2008

A Mashal

I'll tell you why everything is happening as it is. It doesn't require nevua or great Torah knowledge or a special degree from university. All it takes is first grade arithmentic---the ability to add one and one together to get two---and some experience with childbirth. That's where being a mom comes in handy.

Our sages compared the approach of the geulah to the process of childbirth because it fits on several levels. For our purposes, it must be understood that the labor is already underway and has been for some time. Hashem designed things so the labor would start out slowly and increase over time. This allows everything to adjust to the new situation gradually so that the intensity that must come at the very end will not overwhelm either the mother or the infant at the beginning.

It is desirable that the labor increase over time until enough momentum is built to bring about birth. What we don't want to see happen is for the situation to remain static and unchanging. There is no way to go back and no progress is being made to go forward. In a real life occurrence such as this, either the laboring woman would receive drugs to stimulate her contractions or if the baby is in distress, an operation would be performed.

Somehow Am Yisrael has learned to live with the low-level pain of unrelenting, but non-progressive labor. It's tolerable. We're uncomfortable with daily qassam and rock-throwing attacks, but we can still walk around and do what we must. When we get hit with something like a big terrorist attack, it wakes everyone up with a great howl. It's like we just got a big shot of labor-inducing drug that brought on a tremendously painful contraction.

The same thing happened with the Passover Massacre in 2002, the expulsion from Gush Katif in 2005 and the mini-War in Lebanon in 2006 among others. Each time, things had slowed down and needed to be stimulated into making more progress.

Labor and birth is painful. In between contractions, you just want to sleep. It's very exhausting. Towards the end, you feel simultaneously like you just can't take it anymore and like you will go on like this forever and never return to a normal existence again. And then before you know it, you have a beautiful, healthy baby in your arms and absolutely everything that led up to it is completely forgotten in the bliss of that moment.

This is only a fraction of what Am Yisrael will experience with the arrival of the geulah shleimah, may we live and survive to see it in our days. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that all is for our ultimate good and in order to bring about the Great and Complete Redemption with Tehiyat HaMeitim. AMEN!

09 March 2008

Thoughts on a Muggy Day

This miserable weather we're having really suits my mood. The air is overly dry and hazy. It's hot and still. In spring and fall as the weather changes from cold to hot and then back again, there are periods like this. It's called sharav in Hebrew and hamsin in Arabic.

I arrived to a sharav on my very first trip to Israel in April 1994. I left Denver with snow on the mountains and emerged at Ben Gurion to 105 F. What a difference---spruce trees to palm trees. I loved it then and the love has only deepened and broadened. I love this place: this land, this people, this religion.

I keep going back in my mind to the library at Mercaz HaRav. How ironic that the only time I was ever there, it was for a megillah reading---Megillat Esther. It's their custom to have separate readings for women, several of them in fact, so that they can leave their children at home with the fathers at some point. It's a mitzvah to hear every single word and that's impossible if you're carrying an infant or tending to a toddler. I remember that the reader did voices for the main characters. I enjoyed it so very much. I'm tearing up as I write this just thinking about it and knowing what transpired there last Thursday night.

I'm working on a new slide presentation about "East" Jerusalem. I figure when I finish that, I'm going to do a macabre one called Jerusalem Terror Tour. It'll highlight all the places I know of where someone blew up or shot up Jews. There is not a single time when I go downtown that I don't see these places and remember what happened there. If I preserve it in bits and bytes and pixels, maybe my mind will find some rest.

I thought back to something I wrote a month ago: "Before we calm ourselves with the thought that the Purim connection bodes well for us, we must remember that everything turned hafukh on Purim only because Am Yisrael fasted and prayed and did massive teshuva beforehand."

This time period contains within it all that we need to succeed against our enemies. But it's not some magical spell or formula that works just because a page on the calendar is turned. We have to work for it and earn it. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but it truly can't be said often enough...

Teshuva, teshuva, teshuva...keeping in mind that it's not enough to feel sorry for wrongdoing. We have to correct the errors and make them right again. Put into practical terms, it means it's not enough to be sorry that eight boys were murdered. And incidentally while that was happening another soldier died of his wounds, a mother and daughter perished in a car crash and another woman was murdered by her husband in front of her daughter.

We have to be sorry that we have broken our covenant with Hashem and thereby blemished the world. To make it right, we have to renew our commitment to the covenant and to fulfilling it in every one of its aspects to the very best of our abilities.

You know, Hashem sent us a leader who could have...would have...led us on a path that would have bypassed Madrid, Oslo, Road Map, Annapolis ad infinitum. We could have avoided all the terror, the ever-flowing blood in the streets. You know who I'm talking about. But, we preferred the emptiness of western (so-called) 'values, norms and morality.' Well, see where that has brought us!!

We "sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind." G-d have mercy on us!

Moshe Rabbeinu tried to lead us into the Promised Land 3500 years ago and we balked then, too! We were afraid and refused to fulfill the commitment we had just made at Har Sinai. At least then, when we heard the punishment, we were quick to turn around and correct our bad behavior, but it was already too late for that and the entire generation had to perish in the wilderness.

Forty years of wandering just to end up right back at the beginning again to do the same thing we could have done forty years earlier. Well, you know what? There is no escaping Jewish destiny! We're gonna circle around and circle around and come right back again to that same point until we get it right and all the suffering in the between time was so very avoidable. And that is the real horror and the real pain of it all!

We are at the end of the road, people. When Hashem sends us another leader, we are going to have to be willing to follow him all the way---no more balking, no more circling around, no more do-overs. If you're not prepared and ready to do what has to be done, you'd better be prepared to be taken out of the way. Nothing and no one will be allowed to stand in the way of the geulah shleimah.

Think about what you're praying for three times a day. Think about whether you really mean it...or not.

08 March 2008

Porat Yosef Yeshiva Targeted First?

Exclusive: Another Jerusalem yeshiva was saved from Palestinian attack four days before Mercaz Harav murders

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources reveal that just four days before a single Palestinian killer murdered 8 Mercaz Harav students in Jerusalem on March 6, two Palestinians were frightened away from another Jerusalem yeshiva, Porath Yosef, on March 2. The pair were challenged March 2 by armed security guards on the door and they are still at large.

The Jerusalem police failed to sound the alarm after the guards reported the incident. The guards described two Palestinians who appeared at Porath Yosef demanding entry with a large carton like the one in which Ala Abu Dhaim carried his assault rifle, guns and ammo four days later. They claimed they had been commissioned to do some work in the institution and quoted the names of people associated with the yeshiva. But when asked by the guards to open the box, the two Palestinians backed off saying they were going to pick up tools from their vehicle. They were not seen again.

Responding to the guards’ call, the police dismissed the incident as a misunderstanding. No alerts were circulated and Mercaz Harav did not post security guards. It was only after the massacre Thursday that the police recalled the Porath Yosef incident and realized they had missed a danger signal.

They were also forced to conclude that one or more Palestinian terror cells are on the loose in Jerusalem and could be targeting any of the hundreds of Jewish religious institutions in the city.

The security services declared an immediate general alert across the country, focusing on Jerusalem, which remains in force. The West Bank was sealed.

The investigation has so far not pinned down the organization or organizations behind the yeshiva murders. The police commissioner Dudi Cohen’s insistence that it was a one-off operation and not the opening shot of a third Palestinian uprising (intifada), as some security circles are suggesting, is not taken seriously, given the spate of violence which has erupted across the country, Jerusalem and the West Bank in the last ten days.

The Shin Bet is awaiting the results of an inquiry into Jerusalem police procedures and their failure to sound the alarm after the Porath Yosef incident.

Current Mindset Has Got to Change

Apparent Kidnapping Attempt Foiled in Moshav

(IsraelNN.com) An Arab from Jericho who grabbed two five year old children at a basketball court in Moshav Porat, in the Sharon region, was prevented from apparently kidnapping the children by residents of the moshav, who physically restrained him until police arrived. The Arab was taken in for questioning, and police are investigating the incident.

A local resident who had come to the basketball court to bring his children home noticed the Arab attempting to hold the two children. He quickly alerted neighbors, who arrived quickly and held the Arab down until police came.

This is a war!


This Arab should have been killed on the spot. How many weeks or months til he tries again and God forbid possibly succeeds!!
The State and its institutions are not protecting us. They are protecting foreign political and business interests, not the citizenry. We have to take responsibility for our own protection.

Head-shaker

Seen on a local discussion forum:
...Yesterday, shortly after the shooting, a few dozens have gathered in front of the Yeshiva and shouted "Revenge!" and "No arabs - no terror". The Rosh Yeshiva (the son of the late Rav Avrum) came out and yelled at the crowd to stop saying things that are "against the Torah". Today, in his hesped he said that Vengeance is in G-d's hands only, but we can take vengeance by building more. This is exactly the Merkaz way of thinking.
And this "thinking" is what has to change if we are going to survive, if we are going to welcome Mashiach Tzidkeinu, if we are going to see the complete redemption speedily in our time.

This won't be the end of this subject.

07 March 2008

Say that again.

Debka reports that the terrorist was "a Jerusalem Palestinian with Israeli citizenship." Say what?

Nu, Mr Lupoliansky???

And what are we commanded by the Master of the Universe to do with Amalek??? Every Jew who ever listened to Zachor knows this answer!!

Lupolianski: Students Murdered by Modern Amalek

(IsraelNN.com) Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski eulogized the slain students at Mercaz HaRav Kook yeshiva Friday, before their funeral processions began. "The murderer did not want to hurt them specifically, but [to hurt] every one of us," he said. "Our enemies have tried for years to cramp our lives; to hurt us as much as possible."

"The government has paid a heavy cost in blood," Lupolianski said, "and eight of our sons, in the largest and most glorious Torah center we have in our city, joined this long list last night."
"They came to grow stronger in the Torah and in the course of their studies they were murdered by the present day Amalek, who came back on Adar to remind us he has not gone. He has simply changed his face."

Let Their Deaths Not be in Vain

For a little while, I let myself be happy. For a few hours, I forgot about S'derot and Ofakim and Netivot and Ashkelon and qassams and katyushas and I happily anticipated the onset of Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet and the approaching holiday of Purim, pondering what I'd serve at my festive seudah.

And then came the news of the attack on Mercaz HaRav Yeshivah. My first thought was that there was a profound reason why this particular place at this particular time. Hashgacha pratit. My second thought was "Why?" And even more so as the reports came in of the celebrations going on in Gaza over the atrocity.

"Why, Hashem, when this is davka Am Yisrael's time for joy and celebration? Why should Adar turn upside down and bring them joy and gladness and not us?"

I hope I am not alone in asking this question. I hope that this will not be cause for another round of "the settler camp is holy of holies and we are chosen as sacrifices because we are the most righteous."

All evening long and again this morning, there was something nagging at the back of my mind. I kept going back to the story of "Ai" from the book of Yehoshua in the Tanakh. Thirty-six men died in battle and the leaders of the "settlement movement" went into mourning and asked God..."Why?"

Yehoshua, perek zayin---

1.
And the children of Israel committed a trespass in the consecrated thing, for Achan...took of the consecrated thing[during the conquest of Jericho]; and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel.

2. And Joshua sent men from Jericho, to Ai,....Go up and spy out the land.....

3. And they returned to Joshua, and said to him, Do not let all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; do not trouble all the people there; for they are but few.


4. So there went up there of the people, about three thousand men; and they fled before the men of Ai.


5. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty-six men; and they chased them from before the gate to Shebarim, and smote them in the descent; and the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.


6. And Joshua rent his clothing and fell to the earth upon his face before the Ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of Israel, and they put dust upon their heads.


7. And Joshua said, Woe, O Lord God, why have You at all brought this people over the Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to cause us to perish? Would that we had been content and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan!


8. Pray, oh Lord, what shall I say, after Israel has turned their backs before their enemies?


9. For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear and shall encircle us and cut off our name from the earth; and what will You do for Your great Name?


10. And the Lord said to Joshua, Get up; why do you fall upon your face?


11. Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them; and they have also taken of the consecrated thing, and have also stolen, and also dissembled, and they have also put into their vessels.


12. And the children of Israel shall not be able to stand before their enemies; they will turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore, if you do not destroy the consecrated thing from among you.


13. Arise, prepare the people, and say, Prepare yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you will not be able to stand before your enemies, until you remove the accursed thing from among you.
This morning, I found my answer to "why?" And it's the same answer to the question "Why Gush Katif?"

The National Religious Public has set itself as the example to the nation of love of the Torah and the Land. They spearheaded the settlement movement. They represent a sizable portion of the IDF. When you set yourself as the example and yet fail in some area of it, you are the one who pays the price for failure.

Report: Terrorist worked as driver at yeshiva
Residents of east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber say shooter who killed eight students at Jerusalem seminary Thursday was arrested by Israel four months ago, released two months later; his house demolished Friday morning

"...
The involvement of Israeli Arabs in terror attacks is a problem the defense establishment has been forced to deal with quite a lot....."
The enemy was welcomed inside and given employment that enabled him to reside in Jerusalem.

"...
remove the accursed thing from among you."

It bears repeating over and over and over again until someone begins to listen...

There is no "yishuv haaretz"---settling the land---without expelling the enemy from our midst!! Half a mitzvah is not a mitzvah, it's an invitation to disaster. We have reaped what we have sowed. God forgive us and open our eyes to Your Truth. Help us to return to the Torah-true path without compromise and let the deaths of our beloved children not be in vain. Amen!

UPDATE: Attack will be seen in Messianic terms
...This attack was aimed specifically for the religious Zionist and settler population, and the terrorists knew that by speaking in this language, to these people, their message could only be interpreted in one way. This will be seen in terms of Ishmael and Isaac.

Please, God, may it be so! Let the Purim "turn around" mean real teshuva.

06 March 2008

A Scar on the Land

The so-called "Partition Wall" cutting across the hills between Yerushalayim and Beit Lechem with the Mountains of Moav (Jordan) visible in the background as viewed from the city center. (Click the picture for enlarged view.)

05 March 2008

My Kinda Guy

Note his name: Moshe, who was born in Adar. Nissim-por, for the miracles (nissim) of Pur(im)

Ashkelon man builds homemade missile

Ashkelon resident Moshe Nissimpor decided that the best way to halt rocket fire from Gaza - in light of what he terms the government's failure to do so - is some vigilante justice.

Nissimpor developed a homemade 200-millimeter ballistic missile which he planned to launch from Ashkelon into the Gaza Strip.

"From this day onwards, we will push back to the stone age every place which dares shoot missiles into Israel's sovereign territory," he said Wednesday. "It is time the world understood Israelis' lives are not expendable."

"I'm afraid this is the only language the Palestinians understand, and this is the language in which we'll speak to them. I have many Gazan Palestinian friends who live as Hamas hostages. Once we bring an end to the rocket fire, Gaza's residents will also live in peace," he said.

Nissimpor arrived at the Ashkelon Municipality building with the missile painted black and lettered "to Hamas, from the residents of Ashkelon" in red, and was planning to launch it.

Ashkelon residents gathered round to cheer him on and protest the government's conduct, but at the eleventh hour, police stopped him from firing the missile and seized it.

"I wish there were more 'crazies' like me in Israel," Nissimpor said as the crowd was dispersed by the police.

03 March 2008

HASBARA

Further to this idea of “occupation”... The world says we are “occupiers” and by my own assessment, this is true. So what conclusion are we to draw then about the bad treatment we receive from the world…about antisemitism, etc?

The world is simply a mirror reflecting back to us our own flawed image. To the extent that these flaws exist, distorting the image of how we should appear, this is the extent to which the world rejects us. The closer we come to the goyim, the more we conform to their likeness, the more Jew-hatred there is in the world. They know that the world depends on our being different, higher, more elevated than they and they resent it when we allow ourselves to be debased and thereby sink the whole of creation deeper into a morass of confusion and disrepair.

If so, then the solution does not lie in more and better hasbara---“explaining our position” to the world. The world is not short on ‘talk’. It is in desperate need of action---real and true actions---mitzvot. This is what will solve our problems and by extension, universal problems. The Jews must perform mitzvot.

Not just any mitzvot though, but mitzvot on a national scale. Mitzvot like conquering and settling Eretz Yisrael and ridding it of usurpers and demolishing all of the foreign “holy” places, as if a false religion can even possesss such a thing as a makom kadosh!

Mitzvot like the Sanhedrin, the Malchut and the Beit Hamikdash. It’s not a fairy tale people. It’s real and we will have no peace whatever until we get with Hashem’s program on national issues. And then we will return to days as it was in Shlomo Hamelech’s time. The world was at peace and all the world beat a path to his door. His time was a taste of Yomei HaMashiach---messianic times.

We’re looking for the real deal. Let’s set the ball rolling right now, today, with a different idea of hasbara. Start with your brother, your sister, your mother, your friends and begin a daily hasbara campaign to awaken Jews to the reality, the necessity, of performing and fulfilling our national mitzvot. Our security, our sanity, our destiny depend upon it.

This is part of preparing the way for Mashiach Tzidkeynu, may he be revealed before our eyes even today! AMEN!

02 March 2008

Stop with the Occupying, Start with the Possessing

The way we know the world really has no real heartfelt concern for the "plight" of the "poor" Palestinians is that no one anywhere cared that generations of them were confined to refugee camps for sixty years. Not one Arab country would accept them into their borders and there was no righteous outcry then. No one was concerned for their "national rights" while Egypt ruled Gaza and Jordan ruled the West Bank of the River Jordan.

I probably have more compassion for them than the most liberal European elitist and that's why I have to agree that the occupation has to stop!! Israel is illegally occupying lands under Arab control!!!

Now, let me clarify these shocking statements. I say that the Israeli government is an "occupier" because they do not claim the land as Israeli. They intend staying only until they can successfully give them over to another people. They do not recognize any legitimate claim to these lands on behalf of their own people. They do not even extend Israeli civil law to their own citizens living there.

This "occupation" is ILLEGAL under TORAH LAW! The Jewish people were commanded by the Ribono shel Olam to conquer this Land and make it our own and not to allow any other people to dwell in it.

Now, the kindest, most compassionate thing that can possibly be done for the poor suffering Arabs in Gaza et al is to cease "occupying" and immediately conquer once and for all, making it absolutely clear and without any equivocation that these Arabs MUST be settled elsewhere because they will NEVER, EVER, EVER be allowed to remain, much less one day return, to any Israeli territory.

So shock a "Smolani" and tell him you agree with him that the "occupation" must end. I leave it to you whether to break that moment of achdut with your fellow Jew by telling him it means removing the Arab forever from every corner of Eretz Yisrael forthwith.

No Surprises Here

Another "cycle of violence" and the world is doing what it does best, looking the other way while the Arabs beat up on Israel but jumping up and screaming the moment Israel fights back.

This is not news. It's to be expected. The response is so far out of all reason that we know it must mean something deep and significant. And so it does. It means that after 3500+ years, the world still can't stomach the Jews. They can't find any compassion for us within themselves.

Day after day after day the qassams and katyushas fall. Jews dead and injured. Children maimed and traumatized for life and no one reports it. But the moment the perpetrators are called to account, the world rushes to their defense.

We have no one to look to but our Father in Heaven.



And He's gonna clobber them!!