28 April 2008

We Are at Odds with Hashem and It Hurts

You probably saw this article from INN yesterday---IDF Guards Replaced by Private Firms. It outlines a well-planned strategy for abandoning Judea and Samaria, a strategy foreseen by Rav Meir Kahane ztz"l Hy"d like so many other things he warned us about and we took no heed. Already 20 years ago, he was urging the residents of Yesha to prepare to stand firm and declare a second Jewish state in this area when the government moved out. All we can think is that this was not in Hashem's plan because four separate attempts to bring this vision to fruition never even made it out of the talking stage. At this late date, even talking about it is out of the question.

What strikes me about all of this is our ability and even affinity for choosing to preserve the status quo at all costs. This is not a good trait. Hashem is not pleased. And this is precisely why He keeps shaking up the status quo. Sinai, Gush Katif, threats against Yehuda v'Shomron and the Golan... For forty years, we lived as "occupiers" on "occupied" land. For forty years, we lived on land that was never annexed to the State of Israel and under military administration. Did we think that situation could go on forever? or should go on forever? We found a comfort zone and there we settled down to rest and enjoy life. But the battle wasn't done.

The intifada came along and we rock-proofed car windows and set up emergency response teams and perimeter defense on the yishuvim, etc. Why in forty years did we not demand that these reconquered lands be recognized as a permanent possession and put under civil administration like every other part of the country? Why after forty years were we satisfied to take up defensive positions only and to allow the perpetrators of terrorism and murderers of Jews to continue living amongst us?

When I hear on a radio interview a prominent resident of S'derot say that after seven years of missile attacks, if the Arabs stopped today and made peace, they would be willing to live side by side with them, I have to ask myself what kind of sickness is this? The sick do not even know that they are ill with a terminal disease??

Hashem is trying to wake us up, to make us see the Truth, to force us to see reality through Heaven's eyes, to know how abnormal we are and to turn to him for a refuah shleimah. Hashem have mercy on us all and help us to do true teshuva and to wake up from this never-ending nightmare!

15 April 2008

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Some people are upset about a new court ruling that allows stores to sell chametz during Pesach. But, you know what? Gam zu l'tova! We are living through a unique period of the history of the world in which a great separation and clarification is being carried out. We are all being tested with all kinds of situations so Hashem can know who is truly, truly on His side. To my way of thinking, what will decide if one survives to see Mashiach or not will depend greatly on whether one is loyal to Hashem or a rebel.

Mashiach is coming to establish Hashem's kingship over the entire world. If one is going to rebel, so he will be kicked out and won't be allowed to stay and mess it up for everyone else. A situation like this is meant to test certain individuals who need to have their position clarified. This is part of the Great Birur of the Final Days.

Someone close to me gave a dvar Torah in which he explained how a birur is like sifting flour (davka "flour" with regard to Pesach!). Anyway, he said that the fine flour falls through to the bottom while the foreign substances get stuck inside the sifter which is lifted up above the fine flour which fell through. In this position, those things which are being sifted and separated and clarified as to whether it is part of the flour or something foreign believes that it is superior to the fine flour since it is raised above it, but it just doesn't know that it has been left behind and is destined to be thrown away as useless.

This is applicable to those who are perceived as "leaders" today, lifted up above the people who are considered "lowly" by them, of whom the Holy GRA said they are the Erev Rav.

Hashem wants to know who is faithful and loyal to Him, not submitting to any authority other than Torah, worshiping no other god but Hashem, who, despite personal failings and shortcomings, desires to see the Beit Hamikdash rebuilt and to see the entire world recognize His Kingship over His creation.

Yechezkel 20: 38 -- And I shall separate from you those who rebel and those who transgress against Me; from the land of their sojournings I shall take them, but to the land of Israel they shall not come, and you will know that I am the Lord.

So whenever hard situations develop, just remember that it is just a test, a necessary part of the process of birur. Never forget that Hashem knows it all and sees it all and has ultimate control over events. Trust Him to be in charge and believe that it is all for our ultimate good.

14 April 2008

FALL-OUT

Christian Zionists Denounce Violence against Messianics

(IsraelNN.com) The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, which frequently has been accused of conducting illegal missionary activities, has urged to police to arrest people who are violent against missionaries. It is illegal to conduct messianic activities for Jews to convert, but the law often is not strictly enforced.
The groups made its appeal following last month's attack on the teenage child of a Christian missionary in Ariel. His father is a prominent messianic pastor.
In case, you didn't already know, the missionaries OWN Ariel. The mayor is bought and paid for. Ten years ago, they were sending the children of Ariel out of Israel to attend a church service in Texas. Today, there is a building dedicated to John Hagee...

It's very worthwhile to read Penina Taylor's article on the Ariel attack---Harassment and Freedom. She is the new director of Jews for Judaism in Jerusalem.

If you think this incident might have turned the tide between Jews and "xian-zionists," just wait and see what happens when Mashiach comes to power and kicks them all of the country and the xians begin to believe he is their anti-christ!

Be sure you make some time while you're doing the last of your Pesach cleaning to listen to Mina Fenton on the issue of accepting bribes, uh, um, I mean donations from xians. Listen to "Is Judaism Under Attack by Christianity?"

(Listen from the 29:10 minutes mark til the end.)

10 April 2008

Speaking the Truth Does Not = HATE

There is quite a phenomenon happening in the Jewish world today. An awful lot of Jews seem to agree with the xians that the Messiah has already come. Xianity is no longer considered to be idolatry, Jews are speaking in churches, sleeping under gentile roofs and eating at gentile tables, accepting money and "friendship" (look how the two are inseparable) and praising the fine gentiles who are donating so generously---"no strings attached." They see this as a fulfillment of messianic prophecies, but mostly because this is what their xian friends are telling them and since they don't know differently, they just accept it and pass it on. Sounds good, huh?

The tried and true wisdom of the past is no longer heeded---"there's no such thing as a free lunch" and "you don't get something for nothing."

If you are one of those who has joined this party, then I'm sorry to burst your balloon, but Torah has some exceptional things to say on the subject that you had better take to heart if you call yourself a Torah-observant Jew.
Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Avodat Kochavim, 10:1---

We may not draw up a covenant with idolaters which will establish peace between them [and us] and yet allow them to worship idols, as [Devarim 7:2] states: "Do not establish a covenant with them." Rather, they must renounce their [idol] worship or be slain. It is forbidden to have mercy upon them, as [Devarim, ibid] states: "Do not be gracious to them."

Accordingly, if we see an idolater being swept away or drowning in the river, we should not help him. If we see that his life is in danger, we should not save him. It is, however, forbidden to cause one of them to sink or push him into a pit or the like, since he is not waging war against us.

To whom do the above apply? To gentiles. It is a mitzvah, however, to eradicate Jewish traitors, minnim (informers), and apikorsim (heretics), and to cause them to descend to the pit of destruction, since they cause difficulty to the Jews and sway the people away from God, as did Jesus of Nazareth and his students, and Tzadok, Baithos, and their students. May the name of the wicked rot.

Note that this places Xianity squarely in the category of idolatry as defined by the Rambam.

Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Avodat Kochavim, 10:4---

Why is it forbidden to sell them [land or anything attached to the land? Because [Devarim 7:2] states: "Do not be gracious with them." [This phrase can also be interpreted:] "Do not give them a resting place in the land." As long as they do not have a resting place in the land, their stay will be a temporary one.

[This prohibition also] forbids speaking about [idolaters] in a praiseworthy manner. It is even forbidden to say, "Look how beautiful that idolater's body is." How much more so is it forbidden to praise their deeds or to hold their words dear as [the phrase states]: "Do not be gracious with them." [This phrase can also be interpreted:] "Do not look at them graciously," for doing so will cause you to draw close to them and learn from their wicked behavior.

[Also implicit in the above phrase is that] it is forbidden to give them a present.

Consider what a spiritually poor generation we are and how assimilated we have become.

TSHUVA, TSHUVA, TSHUVA!

Guilty as Charged?

The news is full of talk about Former President Moshe Katsav's breaking his plea agreement and the culpability of the media in this saga. It inspired me to write the following:

OPEN LETTER TO MR. MOSHE KATSAV, FORMER PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL

First, I want to say that I have believed you to be innocent of these charges from the very beginning. All of the Jews in Israel understand well how this system works. Peres coveted your position and had his minions go about getting it for him in the usual way. They want corrupt politicians in office because it makes it easier to blackmail them, but if there is an honest man, that detail won't stand in their way. They will just invent a crime.

While I believe you are innocent of the crime for which you are accused, I believe that you are suffering this disgrace because of another crime---a crime against Heaven. You are guilty of the public desecration of Hashem's name while you held your high office and so you were removed and you are being disgraced as you have disgraced your Maker. Here is the proof:

Pres Katsav in a letter to the Pope, 10 Apr 2002:(INN) "The State of Israel has the highest esteem for all religious communities within its borders. Therefore, in the current context, all members of the Israel Defense Forces have been ordered not to fire upon or violate the sanctity of church property."

Pres Katsav on Illegal Orders, 25 Oct 2002:
(INN) "Speaking to Israel Radio this morning, President Moshe Katsav explained that soldiers are compelled to carryout all orders unless they are "illegal orders from the onset". He further explained that evacuating of a Yesha encampment or the desecration of the Sabbath do not constitute illegal orders."

Q&A with Pres Katsav, 17 April 2001:
(JPost) "I don't see Palestinian autonomy as a danger to Israel's existence. We have no interest in returning and conquering Gaza.

... For the first time in history, there is in Jerusalem, freedom of religion, a total freedom, for all religions, thanks to Israeli rule since 1967. To my sorrow, the Moslem Wakf is destroying archeological remains on the Temple Mount. To prevent any escalation in tensions, we let this go by. I believe that its possible to find a formula for honorable coexistence for Jews and Moslems on the Temple Mount, just as we found in the Machpela Cave in Hebron, which is also holy to Jews and Moslems.

I'm a religious person. But my religious beliefs are my private, intimate domain, and they don't have an effect on my work as president. I believe in the saying "each to his own beliefs" and I respect all individuals as individuals. ...other citizens of Israel with other religions, have the right to live here in total freedom, there is equality of rights for all by law, and this is true for Christians and Moslems.


Katsav promises protection for Muslim holy places, 27 July 2004:(JPost) "President Moshe Katsav has come out sharply against any real or imaginary plan to blow up the Temple Mount.


Speaking at Beit Hanassi on Tuesday at the signing ceremony of the Covenant of Brothers, Katsav said that anyone contemplating such a measure is acting in contradiction to the laws of Judaism. ..."I promise you in the name of the State of Israel and in the name of the Jewish religion that we will vigilantly protect all the Muslim holy places," he pledged.


Katsav: I'll put my life on the line for Al Aksa mosque
Jerusalem Post May 14, 2001
..."I swear to you, there is not even a shred of an idea among Israel's leadership to insult Islam's holy places in any form or manner.


"I will put my life on the line in order to protect the holiness of the Al Aksa mosque, at any price, under any condition," Katsav said.

The only remedy for you, Mr. Katsav, is teshuva and a public apology to the People of Israel whom you MIS-represented and to HASHEM, whose Name you desecrated with these false, anti-Torah statements.

I wish you hatzlacha raba,

08 April 2008

This & That

Sorry not to have posted yesterday. Between settling in my daughter who has come to stay, preparing for Pesach, and getting ready to marry off my son in a little less than a month, there's not much time left for my blog. Today, I'll just let my thoughts ramble.

1. The citizenry of Israel joined in the national emergency drill about twenty minutes ago. My participation consisted of opening the window to be sure I wouldn't miss hearing the alarm. Even so, it wasn't very loud. Then, I did what I probably would do in the event of the real thing. I remained in my chair and kept working because where am I going to go? I haven't seen any bomb shelters in my neighborhood since I moved here almost a year ago. In my old neighborhood, they were either all locked up or in use by shuls, youth groups, etc. I imagine everyone else did the same thing. I looked outside but didn't see anyone hurrying for cover. Hashem, tishmor aleynu!

2. I read today on INN that the level of the Kinneret, which supplies our national water carrier, is at record lows: "The dams have not been opened since the winter of 1991-92." This was the last 'normal' year in Israel... before the "Peace Process" started.

3. I also read there about a memorial rally planned today for the murdered Mercaz HaRav students. It says that " leading rabbis of the yeshiva will speak and singers will perform " at Teddy Stadium. It makes me want to cry. How does this bring us to the kind of teshuva that will put an end to such tragedies forever?

4. Bar Kochba (For Zion's Sake) has written an excellent article entitled Separation and Redemption. I highly recommend it. Among the comments, one finds that there are still Jews who have bought into the myth that the so-called Xian Zionists are our greatest friends and we can have relationships with them because they have promised not to proselytize us. Here is my answer to that...

"FYI, all xian aid has one goal only and that is to make the Jew beholden to the xian so that his defenses against the xian and the xian faith will be weakened. They admit as much on their websites and also discuss this strategy among themselves in their congregations.

The xian definition of "proselytizing" requires the xian to initiate an encounter. However, if they merely do a good turn for the non-xian which will make him feel obligated and lead to his asking the xian about the motivation for his generosity, this opens the door for him to "share his faith" and is not proselytizing by their definition. By this method, they can deny any intent to proselytize with a clear conscience.

Ask any xian "supporter" of Israel what he would do if a Jew came to him and asked him about converting to xianity. If the "xian" answers that he would advise the Jew to consult a rabbi about any doubts he harbors regarding his faith and encourage him to remain a Jew, then he is a true friend of the Jewish people.

But, I can tell you right now that not even one professing xian would consider such a thing. They are xians because they believe in that path and they believe it is for everyone, both Jew and gentile."


5. As the old saying goes, "even a broken clock is right twice a day" :

(INN) "Meretz Knesset Member Prof. Yossi Beilin, relating to the visit of evangelical pastor John Hagee, said, "In my eyes there is nothing more ridiculous and tragic than to see in this man a friend to Israel."

6. A short time ago, the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem cancelled a free concert after it was discovered that a missionary had organized it. (See Community Alert 18 Mar 2008) Now, it's happened even in Berlin!
"Berlin's Jewish Museum has cancelled a concert by a Jewish pianist after it was discovered he was planning to use to event to spread his missionary message. The pianist, Sam Rotman, defines himself as an orthodox Jew who believes in Christianity, and he has used his piano concerts to convey his religious transformation."
Wake up, Jewish People! This is a war with Eisav!! And they aren't letting up!
Messianic Jews stir controversy in Jerusalem
"This is like building a synagogue in the midst of Umm al-Fahm," said one of the outraged residents. "This is set to be the first institute in the country to be openly operated by Messianic Jews. This center will be erected over our dead bodies," he proclaimed.

7. Ominous report: IDF collecting settlers' weapons

06 April 2008

Hurvah / Hurban

Beautiful and informative post over at Mystical Paths---

The Ruin

...According to a tradition handed down from the Gaon of Vilna's talmidim, the Gaon had said that the Churvah would be built and destroyed twice and when rebuilt a third time, it would be a sign of the coming of Moshiach. The Hurvah Synagogue will be be getting its keystone of the dome in 2 weeks. (Right before Pesach?)

Destroyed twice like the two Batei Mikdash...

Heard in a shiur last night with Dr. Dan Altura:

David Hamelech conquered Jerusalem, but he was not allowed to build the Beit Hamikdash. He ruled forty years and then Shlomo became king and he built the Beit Hamikdash at the beginning of his forty-year reign.

We re-conquered Jerusalem in 1967. Forty years ended with Rosh Hashana 5768, so now we can expect it anytime.

03 April 2008

America's Willing Servant

I think the US government simply took over Israel and uses it as it pleases...

Bank of Israel bought $600 million to prop up Dollar

The Bank of Israel said Wednesday that it purchased a total of $600million on the foreign exchange market over a 2-day period last month, in order to prop up the plunging U.S. Dollar against the New Israeli Shekel.

Following the purchases on March 13-14, the central bank announced that Israel's foreign currency reserves totaled $29.415 billion - an increase of $930 million.

The move surprised almost everyone in the financial markets....

...
The Bank of Israel also announced plans to buy $10 billion over the next two years, in daily installments of $25 million. The bank has already acquired $100 million under that scheme.

Speaking at a hastily convened news conference several days after the foreign currency acquisition, Fischer said a sharp plunge in the dollar's value had prompted him to take action....
What are we going to do with all these worthless dollars and why ruin our own burgeoning economy to save those who are forcing the expulsion of Jews and the creation of a terror state in Eretz Yisrael?

Black Clouds Gathering

Will it rain or not???

Exclusive: Barak calls off German trip next week as Damascus raises war alarm

Israel’s security cabinet convened Wednesday, April 2, to examine the homeland’s preparedness for war. It decided to redistribute the bio/chemical warfare masks a few months after they were called in....

01 April 2008

American Jewry


It's as bankrupt as
America's banks.



Hillel Jewish Campus Org Opens Doors to Gentiles

(IsraelNN.com) According to a report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Hillel organization, which runs the central Jewish facilities on most campuses in North America, has decided to open its doors to gentiles and downplay its Jewish identity. Hillel leaders told the JTA that the move "has been forced upon them by this generation's altered social landscape."

According to the report, "the organization is throwing open its doors to everyone, designing programs that appeal to Jews and non-Jews and hyping its contribution to university -- not only Jewish – life." Reportedly, more and more non-Jews are serving on Hillel boards. Whereas the group's mission statement before 2006 was to increase the number of Jews "doing Jewish with other Jews," it now seeks to "enrich" Jewish student life, the Jewish people and the world.

"Most of the students that we have are not interested in doing Jewish with other Jews," a Hillel campus head told JTA. "They're interested in doing Jewish with their friends who are doing Catholic and Puerto Rican and Turkish -- their friends and their family. The challenge for us is how do you create expressions of Jewish life that students will deem to be authentic at the same time as they are not exclusive or tribal."

Humpty-Dumpty Government

Humpty-Dumpty

Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and
All the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

~Children's nursery rhyme

The current rate of disintegration in the Zionist institutions is the surest indicator of how close we stand to the complete redemption. The "State of Israel" was always just an incubator (and a disguise) for the developing Kingdom of Israel.

Researchers Investigate Pre-‘Disengagement’ Mental Training
by Maayana Miskin

(IsraelNN.com) The Jabotinsky Heritage House in Tel Aviv recently completed a study on the psychological training given to IDF soldiers before the 2005 “Disengagement” and its effect on subsequent IDF operations. The psychological training given to soldiers had a serious impact on soldiers’ performance in later conflicts, researchers found.

Dr. Gadi Eshel said the research team managed to collect a vast amount of material on the mental preparation for the eviction and the eviction itself. The material showed that the army put a great deal of effort into creating terms that would help soldiers to feel that they were doing the right thing, said researcher Ruthie Isakovich. Isakovich labeled the training given to soldiers to mentally prepare them to evict Jews “brainwashing.”

Another clue...

Cracks Discovered in Jerusalem's Troubled Bridge

(IsraelNN.com) Engineers have discovered cracks in the "Bridge of Strings" at the western entrance to the capital, and damage may delay the scheduled opening ceremony of the bridge in May. The cost of the towering project, which is designed to support the light rail system under construction, soared even before the defects were detected.

One engineer told Army Radio that the cracks are an enormous flaw, but the company that heads the building project claimed that the bridge will adhere to all safety standards and will be opened on schedule.

No, I don't have my holidays mixed up...

This is Condi leaving the Holy Land. I hope she will find something else to occupy her attention so she will not feel the need to return. And whatever that turns out to be, it should keep her boss too busy to make his appearance here in May, too!