15 October 2018

Being Jewish in Israel

6 Marcheshvan 5779

It's no coincidence that terror keeps striking points of "co-existence" in Israel or that the biggest controversy in Israel over the past week was the intermarriage of two Israeli media stars - secular Israeli-Jew Tzachi Halevy and Muslim Israeli-Arab Lucy Aharish. These are both ways of assimilating the Jewish people out of existence.

The Torah forbids both and teaches that our continued existence both as a nation and as a servant of HKB"H hinges on it. Those who promote either, or even silently consent, are guilty of treason, both against our nation and against HKB"H

How Dare They?!

6 Marcheshvan 5779

How dare China look out for its own country's interests and defend the waters in its own backyard?! How dare it challenge America's claim to reign supreme everywhere?!
While the world watched the Kavanaugh confirmation drama in Washington DC last week, there was something even more important happening at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. In a speech at the Hudson Institute, the Vice President of the United States of America clearly spelled out why his country’s disputes with the People’s Republic of China go far beyond the realm of trade. If you think US relations with China can return to where they were eighteen months ago, then it is time to think again. The US has China in its sights and even a compromise on trade will not be a sufficient compromise for this administration.

While a bit of sabre rattling ahead of midterm elections is to be expected, this speech, in the opinion of your analyst, changes the world. It changes not just the world of finance and money but, very probably, the world of geopolitics.

Only by watching this speech can you get a true sense of the belligerence and conviction with which it was delivered. (Source)

It's long but the first 18 mins is enough. Or whatever time you can spare. But, if nothing else, please see 22:42 - 25:20.

The Democrats claim Russian interference in the American democratic process. The Republicans claim Chinese interference and that they are worse than the Russians!

Unbelievable chutzpah. 

14 October 2018

"Separation Is the Key to Redemption"

6 Marcheshvan 5779

Or HaRa'ayon, Chapter 25, Havdalah...
Our holy Torah says, "Only you, the ones who remained attached to the L-rd your G-d, are all alive today" (Deut. 4:4), as well as:
     I therefore said to you, "Take over their land. I will give it to you so that you can inherit it - a land flowing with milk and honey. I am the L-rd your G-d Who has separated you out from among all the nations.... You shall be holy to Me, for I, the L-rd, am holy, and I have separated you out from among the nations to be Mine." (Lev. 20:24, 26)
G-d established two great and fundamental principles for Israel, namely, 1) separation and isolationism from the nations, and 2) clinging to G-d. Israel must separate themselves from evil and from the nations to the precise degree that they are commanded to cling to G-d.
Regarding the mitzvah of clinging to G-d it says, "Remain in awe of the L-rd, serve Him and cling to Him" (Deut. 10:20); and, "Love the L-rd, walk in His ways and cling to Him" (Deut. 11:22). Sforno comments, "'And cling to Him': All your deeds should be directed towards doing His will, as it says, 'Acknowledge Him in all your ways' (Prov. 3:6)." It further says, "Obey Him and attach yourself to Him" (Deut. 30:20), and King David said, "My soul clings to You" (Ps. 63:9). It is clear that clinging to G-d goes hand in hand with clinging to G-d's attributes and mitzvot, as it says, "I cling to Your testimonies. O L-rd, put me not to shame" (Ps. 119:31). Israel's reward for clinging to G-d is eternal life, as in the verse quoted above, "Only you, the ones who remained attached to the L-rd your G-d, are all alive today" (Deut. 4:4).
To be continued, iy"H

11 October 2018

The Original New World Order Conspiracy

3 Marcheshvan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Noach

And its outcome...
Bereishit 11.1-9:

...The whole earth was of one language and of common purpose. And it came to pass, when they migrated from the east they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them in fire." And the brick served them as stone, and the bitumen served them as mortar. And they said, "Come, let us build us a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed across the whole earth."

Hashem descended to look at the city and tower which the sons of man built, and Hashem said, "Behold, they are one people with one language for all, and this they begin to do! And now, should it not be withheld from them all they propose to do? Come, let us descend and there confuse their language, that they should not understand one another's language."

And Hashem dispersed them from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, because it was there that Hashem confused the language of the whole earth, and from there Hashem scattered them over the face of the whole earth.


The Tower of Babel and the Dispersion: Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim states that a fundamental principle of the Torah is that the universe was created ex nihilo, and Adam was the forerunner of the human race. Since the human race was later dispersed over all the earth, and divided into different families speaking very dissimilar languages, people might come to doubt that they could all have originated from one person. Therefore the Torah records the genealogy of the nations, why they were dispersed, and the cause of the formation of different languages.

The year of the narrative is 1996 from Creation, 340 years after the Flood. Noah and his children were still alive at the time, and Abraham, 48 years old, had already recognized his Creator (Seder Olam). All the national families were concentrated in present-day Iraq (Bavel] and and they all spoke one language, the Holy Tongue (Rashi), the language with which the world was created (Mizrachi).

All the ingredients for greatness were there; the nations were united, they were in a central location, they spoke the Holy Tongue, and - if they desired guidance in achieving holiness - they had Noah, Shem, and Abraham among them. Instead, as happens so often in human history, they chose to ignore their spiritual advantages and turn to their opportunities for self-aggrandizement and power. It seems ludicrous that people who had first-hand evidence of the Flood could have found grounds to rationalize a way of by-passing God's control of events, but such is man's capacity for self-deception that he can negate reality and build substance around a vacuum.

According to the Sages, Nimrod was the primary force behind this rebellion. He planned to build a tower ascending to Heaven and, from it, wage war against God. But though the Midrashim perceive sinister and idolatrous motives in this plan, the verses do not reveal the evil motives of the conspirators. As for the memory of the Flood - which should have frightened them from confronting God - the builders of the tower rationalized that such an upheaval occurs every 1656 years, so that they had nothing to fear from Divine intervention for another 1316 years, by which time they would have waged their "war" against God and won.

...It may be that the actual construction of the city and tower were not sins, but that they would have led to sins that the Torah does not spell out. That is why [it] speaks of what they propose to do (HaK'sav V'HaKabbalah). Indeed, Malbim contends that the actual sins that may have been committed were secondary. The primary importance of the incident was that it resulted in the dispersion of the families and the formation of a multitude of languages. As explained by Rambam...this is why the Torah recorded the event.
And yet, in our day, when another Nimrod and his co-conspirators have arisen once again, this record serves another very important purpose.

It reassures those of us suffering under their rule against our will, that the Creator is aware and engaged and will certainly never let them win! It is my guess that he is not preventing them from seeing their plan through to the end, because His goal now is not to delay them for a few more millenia, but to destroy them for all eternity.


"Ten, 10, 2018"

3 Marcheshvan 5779

It started yesterday with an 832-point drop in the Dow...
Turbulence on Wall Street continues
New York (CNN Business) --- The stock market sell-off isn't letting up.
The Dow swung wildly between gains and losses on Thursday, struggling to rebound from Wednesday's scary sell-off that wiped 832 points off the index. In recent trading, the Dow was down 300 points.

Stock-market carnage has slashed almost 1,600 points from the Dow in a week

Why the US stock slump is hitting global markets hard

Hong Kong (CNN Business) --- A sharp drop in US stocks is causing tremors thousands of miles away in Asia and Europe.

Major share indexes in the United Kingdom, Germany and France fell more than 1% in early trading, following Wednesday's bloodbath in American markets, where the Dow plunged 3.2%.
The steepest losses in global stocks were in Asia, where some regional markets were already struggling. Stocks in Shanghai and Hong Kong entered bear market territory earlier this year.
Shanghai and Tokyo closed down 5.2% and almost 4%, respectively, on Thursday. Hong Kong's market dropped over 3.5%.
Beware The 10th Of October! One Of Two Possible Remaining Dates For The Global Reset

10 October 2018

A New Twist on the "Two-State" Solution

2 Marcheshvan 5779

Implementation begins before the plan is even revealed...
Trump’s peace plan for two Palestinian states kicked off by fuel trucks for Gaza
[Yesterday]...the first step,...towards implementing the administration’s Israel-Palestinian peace plan, partnered with Israel and Egypt, to eventually separate the Gaza Strip from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) to form two separate Palestinian entities. ...Washington, Jerusalem, Cairo and Doha are beginning to shape this widely different ” two-state” formula.
"At that time," Michael, the Guardian Angel of Bnei Yisrael will stand "and there will be a time of trouble such as there had never been since there was a nation until that time." (Daniel 12.1)

"God Bless BDS"

2 Marcheshvan 5779

Thank G-d for the BDS, Rav Richter, Rosh Chodesh Heshvan 5779, Tapuach

09 October 2018

Was Eisav the "Fourth Avot"?

1 Marcheshvan 5779
Rosh Chodesh Bet

The Sar of Eisav is none other than Sam-Kel himself (Uncle 'Sam'). Therefore, here at the very end of his rule and his power, when he is the most dangerous, is no time to be under any illusions about his character.

On the matter of Eisav, the blog author follows these Torah sources as elucidated by the commentary on Parashat Toledot, The Stone Edition Chumash, ...
Each of the [three] Patriarchs maintained a yeshivah in which he taught about the existence of God and His will. Abraham's academy had hundreds if not thousands of students - Isaac had an academy of one. His lone student was Jacob, whom he trained and appointed to teach others (Rambam, Hil. Avodah Zarah 1:2-3). This provides a clue to the way in which Isaac's role diverged from that of Abraham. Abraham could accept everyone into his orbit; Isaac could not.

The Torah devotes much less space to Isaac's life than to the lives of Abraham and Jacob. On the one hand, Isaac seems to be but a bridge between his father and his son; on the other hand, he had the task of drawing the line between good and evil - as represented by Jacob and Esau - because the emerging nation of Israel could not be a mixture of good and evil. In contrast to Abraham whose primary characteristic was chessed, or kindness, Isaac's was gevurah, or strength. One requires strength to differentiate between good and evil - and then to purge the bad and nurture the good. Isaac and Rebecca produced two sons; one became the personification of righteousness and the other the personification of wickedness, and it was the lot of the parents to make the distinction so that the nation of Israel would be pure.

Lest one think that Isaac discarded Abraham's way in favor of his own, the Torah stresses at the very beginning of the Sidrah that Isaac was the son of Abraham - Abraham begot Isaac. In the Jewish scheme of life, kindness and strength must go together; either one without the other can be dangerous. Kindness not tempered by strength can lead to self-indulgence and hedonism; strength without kindness can lead to selfishness and cruelty.

...The children agitated. The Rabbis explain that [the word translated as agitated] is derived from the root...to run: When Rebecca passed the Torah academy of Shem and Eber, Jacob "ran" and struggled to come forth; and when she passed a temple of idol worship, Esau "ran" and struggled to come forth (Midrash). Gur Aryeh explains that this embryonic Jacob-Esau struggle was not influenced by their personal Good and Evil inclinations for they were not present before birth. Rather, Jacob and Esau represented cosmic forces in Creation, forces that transcended the normal course of personality development, and that existed even before birth.
She went to inquire. She went to the academy of shem (Rashi), a prophet, who could inquire of God on her behalf. She kept her predicament from Isaac and Abraham for fear that they might deem her suffering to be a sign of sinfulness on her part (Gur Aryeh).

As indicated by the next verse, Hashem conveyed the significance of her frightening symptoms only to her and not to Isaac. Since God did not reveal this prophecy to Isaac, Rebecca felt that she did not have the right to do so, even years later when she conspired to win Isaac's blessings for Jacob over Esau. Chizkuni explains that this is why Isaac could not imagine Esau to be a sinner.
...Hashem said to her. Through Shem, God conveyed to her that the unborn infants represented two nations and two conflicting ideologies - Israel and Edom - and that their struggle in the womb symbolized the future rivalries between them, which would end with the younger prevailing over the older (R' Hoffmann). Thus, the turmoil within her was due to the irreconcilable conflict between the two nations that was already taking shape (Mizrachi).  
The Sages teach that the two of them will never be mighty simultaneously; when one falls, the other will rise (Megillah 6a). History has demonstrated this prophecy in practice. Two regimes, one espousing morality and justice and the other standing for license and barbarity, cannot long coexist. They must always be in conflict until one comes to dominate the other, whether through victory on the battlefield or in the contest for men's minds.
The birth of Jacob and Esau. From the moment they emerged from the womb, their eternal rivalry already showed itself, in their appearances and developing behavior.

...The first one emerged red. His complexion was ruddy and he was as hairy as a woolen garment. The redness of his complexion portended his murderous nature (Rashi), since there was no other reason for the Torah to have mentioned it (Mizrachi).

The young King David, too, was ruddy, and Samuel feared that this might indicate a tendency toward bloodshed on his part. But, God reassured him, saying that David had beautiful eyes (I Samuel 16:12), meaning that he would kill only upon the ruling of the Sanhedrin, which acts as the eyes of the nation, whereas Esau would kill whenever the mood moved him (Midrash).

All character traits, even the basest, can be used for good. Man must harness his nature and not let his nature harness him. David and Esau had similar personalities, but David utilized it for good and became one of the greatest people who ever lived. Esau let his nature run rampant, and became the eternal symbol of evil and cruelty.

...After that, his brother emerged. The verse goes on to say that Jacob grasped Esau's heel, indicating that he was trying to prevent Esau from being born first. Rashi cites the Midrash that Jacob was justified in trying to be the firstborn because he had been conceived before Esau, so that Jacob should legitimately be born first.

Pachad Yitzchak expounds this seemingly strange comment. Briefly, he explains that the contention between Jacob and Esau was over who would assume the spiritual mission of Abraham and Isaac. Thus, the critical factor in their birth was the seed of the Patriarch that had been implanted in the mother's egg, for it contained the essence of the father. Consequently, since Jacob was conceived first, he was the spiritual firstborn and therefore entitled to the blessings. In the strictly legal sense, however - relating to shares in an inheritance and other legal privileges of the firstborn - the determining factor is birth, not conception. Thus, the later efforts of Jacob and Rebecca to secure the birthright for Jacob must be understood in the light of Jacob's spiritual superiority.

By grasping Esau's heel, the infant Jacob portended that Esau's period of dominion will barely be complete before Jacob wrests it from him (Rashi), so that Jacob's ascendancy will come on the heels of Esau's.

...The personalities emerge. Until they grew up - i.e., reached bar-mitzvah age - they were relatively similar to one another, and Esau's pranks were attributed to childishness (Sifsei Chachamim). From the age of thirteen, the essential differences became apparent, with Esau turning to idols and Jacob going to the study hall. Esau became a hunter, but not only in the literal sense. He became adept at trapping his father by asking questions that would make him appear to be unusually pious. He would ask, for example, how tithes should be taken from salt and straw [although he knew full well that they were not subject to tithes]. And he gained his father's love by serving him conscientiously; for example, by hunting game to put in his mouth, so that Isaac could eat fresh and tasty meat. Jacob, however, was morally wholesome, saying what he thought and never being duplicitous, and spending all his time in the study tents of Shem and Eber (Rashi).

Sale of the birthright. God's blessing to Abraham specified that only one of Isaac's children would be heir to the mission of Israel (see Rambam, Hil. Melachim 10:7), meaning that the Torah would go to Jacob or Esau, but not to both. This explains Jacob's intense desire to "purchase" the birthright. The episode seems more understandable in view of the circumstances in which Jacob was cooking the lentil stew. The Sages teach that Abraham died that day and Jacob was preparing the stew as the traditional mourner's meal for his father (Bava Basra 16b) - and on that very day, Esau's sinfulness became public knowledge. This made the birthright even more precious to Jacob, because the spiritual mission of Abraham's family was brought to mind and because Esau's unsuitability for it became so blatantly obvious.

The Midrash teaches that since the sacrificial service was performed by the firstborn in those days, Jacob said, "Shall this wicked man stand and bring the offerings!" Therefore, he strove mightily to obtain the birthright.

...Esau came in from the field. The great of all the nations stood in the mourner's row and lamented, "Woe to the world that has lost its leader; woe to the ship that has lost its pilot!" (Bava Basra 91b), but Esau went about his evil business as usual, uninvolved with his family's bereavement.

...Edom. The word Edom means red. Esau was ruddy and sold his birthright for the sake of red food. Thus, the name Edom is a term of contempt (Rashbam).

According to Sforno, onlookers gave Esau this name in a derogatory manner, as if to say, "You are so divorced from normal human values, so consumed with your hunting and plunder, that you look at food and refer to it only by its color - 'pour the red stuff down my throat!' A person like you should be red, like the stew you wish to swallow!"

...I am going to die. Esau thought he would very likely die as a result of performing the sacrificial service improperly, since some such breaches are punishable by death (Rashi); or, as a hunter, he was subject to constant danger and could not look forward to a long life (Ramban).

...And lentil stew. The food Jacob was cooking is not identified until after the sale, to emphasize Esau's grossness: For what did he give up his precious birthright? - for a pot of beans! (R' Bachya).

...Thus, Esau spurned the birthright. This sums up the transaction. Esau was neither duped nor defrauded. He sold the birthright because he held it in contempt. It had no value to him when he was famished and it remained meaningless after he was gorged.

As noted above, by Rashi...Esau feared the birthright because he knew that shortcomings in the performance of the service could be punishable by death. If so, he had good reason to spurn the birthright. This, however, was no justification. A sincere person must be ready to serve God even though it may require inconvenience, hardship, or even danger. He must be ready to subject himself to humiliation and attack if necessary. That Esau rejected the birthright because it involved difficulty, therefore, is held against him (R' Moshe Feinstein).

...Esau marries. Rashi cites the Midrash: Esau is compared to a swine that, when it lies down, stretches out its cloven hoof as if to say, "See, I am a kosher animal!" Similarly, the princes of Esau rob and extort while they pretend to be honorable....So it was with Esau. Until he was forty, he had been living immorally, enticing married women from their husbands, but when he became forty, he said hypocritically that he would follow the example of his father who married at that age.

Unlike his father, however, Esau married Hittite women; his passions were unbridled and he chose to marry into a nation that matched his evil nature. With these marriages, Esau set the seal on his complete unfitness to carry on the mission of Abraham. In a home ruled by two Hittite women, the Abrahamitic ideal lies buried (R' Hirsch).

This chapter [27] is one of the most crucial and mystifying in the Torah - crucial because the decision about which son was to receive the Patriarchal blessings would determine which would be God's Chosen People, so that the eternal destinies of Jacob and Esau and their offspring were in the balance. And mystifying because it is hard to fathom how the righteous Isaac could be so adamant in choosing Esau and why Rebecca would resort to such a blatant deception to secure the blessings for Jacob. The commentators offer many interpretations; our commentary will draw upon several of those themes.

Isaac's decision to bless Esau. As the firstborn, Esau had the presumptive right to the blessings, and Isaac would not have had the right to deny them to him unless there was compelling cause. Clearly, despite Esau's marriage to Hittite women, Isaac was unaware of the degree of Esau's sinfulness, and Rebecca had not been authorized to tell him about the prophecy given here at the beginning of the Sidrah. Also, Isaac felt that it was Esau who needed blessings to arm him in his struggle against an inborn nature that tended toward bloodshed and other cardinal sins, whereas Jacob had the inner strength to grow and be holy without the assistance of the blessings.

It seems also...that Isaac planned to bestow two sets of blessings, one for Esau and one for Jacob, each set suited to the needs and nature of its intended recipient. He also felt, according to some, that the two brothers should both be parts of God's nation: Jacob with the higher calling of Torah scholarship and spiritual ascendancy, and Esau with material success that he would use to support and assist Jacob. Had Esau been worthy, this could have happened, just as the tribe of Zevulun undertook to engage in commerce to support the Torah scholarship of Issachar, and in the time of the Mishnah, the wealthy Azariah supported his scholarly brother Shimon. Rebecca, however, guided by Divine inspiration, knew that Esau was not entitled even to this.

...The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are Esau's hands. Isaac could not have meant the sound of the voice, since the sages comment that Jacob and Esau sounded so alike that Isaac could not tell them apart. Rather, his statement that the voice is Jacob's voice refers to Jacob's manner of speaking, inasmuch as Jacob spoke gently and invoked the name of Heaven (Rashi).

Alternatively, Jacob's power is in the voice that prays; as the Sages teach (Gittin 57b), whenever a prayer is effective, a descendant of Jacob must have been among those who prayed. Esau's power is in his murderous hands - the hands of the Roman Empire, Esau's descendants, which destroyed the Second Temple and exiled us from our land. Whenever an army is victorious, Esau's descendants must have had a hand in it. (ibid.).

...Then Isaac trembled. Isaac perceived the Gehinnom open beneath Esau (Rashi), which was in sharp contrast to the fragrance of Eden that had accompanied Jacob into Isaac's chamber.

The presence of Gehinnom with Esau made Isaac realize that he had been deceived all along - Esau was truly evil. This made Isaac fear that the vision of Gehinnom proved that he, Isaac, would be punished for having allowed himself to be so grievously misled (Pesikta d'Rav Kahana).

...Esau's hatred of Jacob. The eternal rivalry between the brothers became intensified with Esau's determination to kill Jacob when the opportune time came. It was a resolve that his descendants would attempt to carry out time after time to this very day, but, as the Pesach Haggadah declares, the Holy One, Blessed is He, rescues us from their hands.

Esau marries the daughter of Ishmael. When Esau saw that in his second blessing to Jacob, Isaac conferred upon him the Abrahamitic gift of Eretz Yisrael, he assumed that he had been stripped of this blessing because he had wed Hittite women. Therefore, he now took a daughter of Ishmael in the hope that he would ingratiate himself with Isaac and regain the blessing of the Land (Rashbam).

...This passage justifies the portrait of Esau as a selfish person, oblivious to all but his own desires. For twenty-three years he had permitted the behavior of his Hittite wives to cause anguish to his parents, yet it seems to have dawned on him only now. Instead of divorcing them, however, he merely took another unsuitable wife in addition to them. Thus, he proved that he had no feeling for the House of Abraham, and Rebecca's assessment of his complete unfitness for the future leadership of the nation was fully justified (R' Hirsch).
The Torah sources on Eisav as elucidated by the commentary on Parashat Vayishlach, The Stone Edition Chumash, ...
Esau advances to attack Jacob. After he had received the Patriarchal blessings form Isaac, Jacob had been sent away from home to protect him against Esau's threatened vengeance. Now, thirty-four years later - including fourteen years of study in the academy of Shem and Eber and twenty years with Laban - Esau's hatred remained implacable and, as Jacob advanced toward Eretz Yisrael with his family and entourage, Esau advanced toward him with an imposing, frightening army, determined to carry out his old, but still-fresh threat.
...The struggle with the angel. The confrontation between Jacob and a "man" was one of the cosmic events in Jewish history. The Rabbis explained that this man was the guardian angel of Esau (Rashi) in the guise of a man. The Sages teach that every nation has a heavenly power, an angel that guides its destiny on earth, and acts as an "intermediary," between the nation and God. Two nations, however, are unique: Israel and Esau. Israel needs no go-between; it is God's own people. And Jacob, because his image is engraved upon God's Throne of Glory, symbolizes man's highest potential. Esau's guardian angel is different from all the others, for just as Esau epitomizes evil, so his angel is the prime spiritual force of evil - Satan himself.
At Seir. Jacob had no intention of going as far as Seir - indeed he did not go there... The Sages explain that Jacob was alluding to the End of Days, when, as Obadiah (Obadiah 1:21) prophesied, Jacob's descendants will come to Mount Seir to render judgment against Esau's descendants (Rashi). 
Apparently there was a coolness between Jacob and Esau at the parting. It was not accompanied by kissing, as was Jacob's departure from Laban (Haamek Davar). 
The chronicles of Esau. It is fundamental to a proper understanding of the Scripture narratives that the Torah is not a history book and that whatever it records must have a halachic or moral purpose. Many important principles of halachah are derived from a seemingly superfluous word or even letter, or from allusions suggested by syntax or construction. Consequently, it is obvious that the Torah would not have devoted an entire chapter to Esau's genealogy unless it contained vital teachings. Indeed, a section of the Zohar, Idra Rabbah, is devoted to the mystical exposition of this chapter.
In. the literal sense of the verses and from the parallel genealogies in Chronicles, it becomes clear that many of Esau's descendants were products of incest and illegitimacy. According to Mizrachi, this is reason enough for the chapter. There are other lessons, as well, some of them halachic, which are discussed by the commentators. Furthermore, the Torah teaches us the honor that came to Esau because he was the offspring of Abraham. 
He is Edom. The name -  and the fact that it was used throughout his life - gives an insight into Esau's base character. The name was given him as a reference to his gluttony when he sold the birthright for nothing more than red beans. That greed and depraved set of values characterized him all through his life (Sforno). ...In this genealogy lay the roots of Edom, which evolved into Rome, the perpetual enemy of Israel (Lekach Tov).
...He is Esau, father of Edom. This is Esau, who remained in his wickedness from beginning to end, for he never repented (Megillah 11a). 

Why America Is Doomed

30 Tishrei 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

The Fourth Empire - Edom/Rome - which is embodied in whichever Eisavian nation rules the world at a given time, is compared to the pig. Why? It proudly displays its one "kosher" sign - cloven hoofs - as if to say, "Look how righteous I am." But, one sign is not enough. It must also bring up its cud when it eats, but, of course, the pig does not. (Interesting that the "obesity epidemic" is more prevalent in the United States than anywhere else.)

Nowhere is this attitude more pronounced than in the concept of American Exceptionalism.

This is nothing less than political replacement theology which arose out of theological replacement theology, which itself is very far from dead and buried. Christian America has usurped Israel's role in the world and is misleading all those who follow - either by choice or by force. 

Like the pig with its outward kosher sign, but lacking the inward one, America is a nation which dresses up in a robe of righteousness, while inside, it is empty and that is no doubt why so many people feel the need to fill that vacuum with food. And that is why Eisav/Edom is likened to "straw" by the prophet Ovadiah - animal food, something to be trampled underfoot, a thing of no lasting substance which vanishes into smoke at the hint of a match.

America is not what it pretends to be. It is not what it imagines itself to be. And it is certainly not what American Jews think it is. America excels in pride. That will be her ultimate downfall.

For these reasons and more, America is doomed. And if a Jew calls himself an American and does not view himself as a foreigner living in a foreign land, he is doomed along with it. 

But, in the end, it will be because Israel relied on America rather than on HKB"H that really sealed its fate. 

08 October 2018

America as Evil Empire

30 Tishrei 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

Many Americans are just waking up to the knowledge that they are part of the Evil Empire.


30 Tishrei 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

Tonight, I was listening to a rousing speech from a fictional US politician denouncing nationalism as "the existential threat of our time." I monitor this source because it is one of the most blatant pieces of propaganda in the American media and it gives clues as to which direction the American psyche is to be steered in days to come.

After equating feelings of nationhood with Hate and Fear of "The Other," there came the ultimate appeal for tolerance and acceptance, the celebration of diversity and the rights of ALL religions and the proclamation that "We Are All Americans." And the first thought that popped into my head was "We [in Israel] are NOT Americans." Though, no doubt there are many who would like us to be.

We can lay no claim to being "self-made," as the Master of the World made us into a nation. We can make no appeal to the values enshrined in a constitution written by our forbears because the Master of the World set a Torah in our hands and inscribed it in our hearts. We actually have to make a huge effort to close ourselves off from those who would destroy us, as our natural inclination is to be open to all. And when we do close ourselves off, it is not from fear or hatred, but out of love, obedience and loyalty to our Master and King - the Holy One, Blessed Be He. As He commands us, so must we do.

This was our pledge in covenant with Him - "na'aseh v'nishmah" - 3,088 years before there was an America and we - His sons and daughters - will remain true to that covenant for eons after America has ceased to be. For it will surely come to its end someday just as every empire preceding it came to its end as well. Only the Jewish nation is forever.

We are NOT Americans. We are the eternal Nation of Israel.

"The Third War...": Fighting Back

29 Tishrei 5779
Erev Rosh Chodesh Aleph

REMINDER:From the book The End of Days by Shmuel Raber:
The Jew’s safety raft

The Jew’s safety raft is supported by three points. The top point is the Holy One, may He be blessed, with whom we are joined by faith and properly observing the Shabbat. The second point is the holy Torah, by means of which we are connected to Hashem through loving and studying it. The third point is the People of Israel who act in accordance with Jewish law and unite to sanctify the Heavenly Name by separating themselves from the airev rav and the gentile culture.
[Many are familiar with the quote from the Chafetz Chaim about the three wars of Gog uMagog, but how many have heard the whole thing?]
“During the First World War many came to the Chafetz Chaim and asked him if this is the ‘End of Days’ and the war of Gog and Magog. The Chaftez Chaim answered: ‘After this war there will be a pause and then there will be another war and then another pause. Then, there will be another war and with that war the Mashiach will come…the last war will be the beginning of the redemption, and a Torah-true Jew who is completely separated from the non-Jews will not be subjugated, as we find that in Egypt when two people drank from the same cup, one (an Egyptian) drank blood and the other (an Israelite) drank water. This shows that in fact there is no rule whatsoever over a Jew who is separated entirely from the non-Jews” (Rabbi Aharon Kotler, in the name of the Chafetz Chaim, Leket Reshimot Channukah by Rabbi Noson Wachtofogel, p. 40).

I have a tradition passed down from one to another in the name of Maran HaGaon Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, z”l, that in the final war before the arrival of Mashiach all of the righteous Jews will be saved. Who are ‘righteous Jews’? Those who are separated from the non-Jews! It does not mean that they must be one of the 36 righteous individuals, rather they must be separated from the ways of the non-Jews and have no contact with their culture! Not with their newspapers, their music and books; to be entirely separated from them. Then Hashem will say: You are Mine and you are under a different authority so no one else will rule over you (Ibid., p.41)
From Or HaRa'ayon by Rabbi Meir Kahane, Chapter 15 - "Faith and Trust"...
...The Jew who believes and trusts in G-d,...will arrive at truth and faith and tranquility, whereas he who trusts in man, in human strength, will arrive at falsehood and tragedy. This is because someone who trusts in G-d will attain the spiritual level of, "Israel shall thus dwell securely, alone" (Deut. 33:28); whereas someone who relies on his own arrogance or on the nations will arrive, G-d forbid, at, "How does the city sit alone" (Lam. 1:1).

We must know and grasp this great principle, which is the key to speedy, magnificent redemption, without suffering or tragedy. A brilliant redemption, in which G-d's promise of "haste" (Isa. 60:22) is fulfilled, will come only when the Jewish People are alone, set apart, in isolation, and trusting fully in G-d to defeat our enemies.
Think deeply and carefully about what this means for us... here... today. What must HKB"H do to bring us to this situation? ...the situation we must be brought to in order that the complete and final redemption may come. Think about what Israel relies on in place of HKB"H and imagine those things gone.

07 October 2018

The Third War of Gog uMagog: The War on Torah

28 Tishrei 5779

The main focus of the Third War of Gog uMagog is the war on Torah. Primarily, where Torah law clashes with Western cultural 'values,' the Torah must be forced to give way. This war is currently being waged on the following fronts...

* Shabbat
   - Opening of stores, businesses, the performance of public works
* Kashrut
   - private, self-supervised
* Conversion
   - private, lowered standards (i.e., acceptance of mitzvot not required)
* Marriage
   - private, civil, Torah-prohibited relationships allowed (i.e., Cohen with convert
     or divorcee, Jew and non-Jew)
* Immigration
   - Not just for Jews
* Military service
   - Women in mixed units with men, women in combat roles; recruitment of LGBT

Today, we are further from our goal of creating a Torah-based society in Eretz Yisrael than ever before. Why? Because in the past we were under the domination of the nations. Today, we are dominated by the Erev Rav and the modern Hellenists, all dancing and cavorting around their Golden Calf - Medinat Yisrael.

By means of this fake "Jewish" State, they are corrupting the hearts and minds of generations of clueless Jews who don't even see that anything is amiss. And they are winning this war!

How is it possible that yeshivah-educated frum-from-birth Jews can buy into "co-existence" with murderous, thieving Arabs and "brotherhood" with devious, lying Christians? And how are they are willing to ignore the covenant we made with HKB"H, set aside the mitzvot we are bound by that covenant to obey, and embrace their enemies without the blink of an eye? How can we plead ignorance on their behalf?

I've been warning for years about the plans for non-Jewish aliyah. Here is the open door, the floodgates will follow, unless HKB"H will take mercy on we few remaining faithful.

...Bayit Yehudi MK Betzalel Smotrich issued a strongly worded letter to Netanyahu on Saturday night opposing the decision allowing relatives of Israeli citizens from Ethiopia, who themselves do not meet the criteria for immigration, to enter the country and gain citizenship.

"The government has a proposal to approve and finance the immigration to Israel of parents and sibling of those who immigrate because they belong to the Falash Mura community, even though these relatives are not Jewish by any means," said Smotrich.
This is all about destroying the Jewish People from within, assimilating us until we are unrecognizable as a unique and distinct people. 

We can't let the bad guys win!

05 October 2018

"In the Beginning...Out of the Chaos"

26 Tishrei 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Breishit - Mevorchim

One of the most notable facts that we read about in this week's parashah of Breishit is how HKB"H made order in His universe by making separations...
"...and God separated [יַּבְדֵּ֣ל] between the light and between the darkness...."
And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it be a separation [מַבְדִּ֔יל] between water and water."
And God said, "Let there be luminaries in the expanse of the heavens, to separate [לְהַבְדִּ֕יל] between the day and between the night,....
In each case we see the same root as the word havdalah which, as we understand from the close of Shabbat service, means to make a clear division and separation between two entities...
"...between light and darkness, between Israel [light] and other peoples [darkness], between the seventh day [light] and the six working days [darkness], between holy [light] and profane [darkness]...."
Shabbat - from its beginning and until its end - is not only a remembrance of this fact, but a weekly re-enactment of it. All of the mitzvot are about making Israel separate from the rest of the peoples of the world. They make us different. Contrary to the warped opinions of too many assimilated Jews today, this is a good thing - a wonderful thing - a thing to be celebrated - every Shabbat!

Order in the world depends on maintaining havdalah where it is called for and when it is abandoned in favor of "modern" concepts of egalitarianism and democracy, the result is a breakdown in order, i.e. a return to chaos.


04 October 2018

Another Attack on Jerusalem Imminent!

25 Tishrei 5779

In this 70th anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel, join with Christians from around the world for a historic 72-hour global worship convocation and tour.
We will have strategic worship gatherings at the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount, Yad Vashem, the Garden Tomb, Bethlehem and other key locations throughout the three days as we lift up the name of God of Israel!
There is only one name the Christians pray in and it is not one ascribed to the ONE God of Israel. They are here to proclaim their FALSE GOD as God of Israel - God forbid it! They have a video and in it, for mere fractions of seconds, they superimpose an image of the cross atop a church over our Holy Temple Mount - God forbid!

They understand that this is war. Why else use the word "strategic?" They have a strategy alright - one in which they envision their god-man arriving to rule and reign over Jews bowed down before him, conquered by "love!" 

This is a war and this is an impending attack on Jerusalem. Understand this if you understand nothing else. And warn everyone!

Pay close attention to the words of this video...

Awake Jerusalem 2018

No doubt there will still be gullible Jews who will try to claim that this is the nations "coming closer to Torah." That's just their latest shtick for entrapping gullible Jews. The person who put together the book Ten From the Nations thought that, too. Probably still does. But, two of the contributors to her book recently had this to say...
Kimberly Rogers-Brown (Christian-Ephraimite): " We all know that accepting Yeshua as our personal savior makes us a Child of G~d and a spiritual descendant of Abraham,.... The total difference between G~d's children and the children of Satan is our obedience to the Torah, the Word Made Flesh. Understand that Yeshu- IS the Torah."
"...G~d expects His Hebrew children to keep the Torah, accept Yeshu- as Savior and Messiah AND understand their physical roots. This can only happen when the lost House of Israel regains knowledge of her physical ancestry and the Jews accept Yeshu- as Savior and Messiah. The two go hand in hand - especially during The End Times."
Al McCarn (Christian-Ephraimite): "Bottom line is this: as long as the rabbis deny the Godship and Messiahship of Yeshu- the Nazarene, we cannot come under their authority. We can and will learn from, cooperate with, pray for, and love them, just as brothers are supposed to do, but we cannot subject ourselves to an authority that denies the One we know to be YHVH in the flesh, and Who has brought us into this Covenant relationship with Himself. We don’t ask our Jewish brethren to believe this, but we insist that they respect our beliefs. That is the baseline for continued dialog."
Pete Rambo (Christian-Ephraimite): "We respect the role of Judah to bear the Torah through history and demonstrate God’s covenant faithfulness to the world. Please respect the role of the house of Israel to carry the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob [i.e. Yeshu] to the ends of the earth and proclaim the manifestation of Yeshu- haMoshiach who now awakens and begins to gather His people from the ends of the earth.
The battle lines have been drawn by the Christians. When are we Jews going to wake up to that fact? AWAKE JERUSALEM indeed!

03 October 2018

"The Three Wars..." and The Birur

25 Tishrei 5779

This is Part 6 of "The Three Wars of Gog uMagog.
(See Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

The "Birur" is a major part of events at the End of Days. The word means to make clear, to clarify. In this case, it is a process which clarifies or makes clear where each individual stands in relation to the Creator and His will. The entire population of the world is going through this process and each person is being forced through circumstances arranged just for him/her to choose between two camps - the side of HKB"H or the Other Side that rebels against Him and chooses to do its own will.

As stated before, I believe that the Other Side was allowed to inspire an "UNholy Trinity" to parallel Rav Nachman Kahane's "Holy Trinity" as follows:
* The Land of Israel vs. The State of Israel
* The People of Israel (The Jews) vs. The Israelis
* The Torah of Israel vs. Universal Torah/Universal Judaism
You can see already that the former is defined by the Torah as exclusively for Jews while the latter is defined by the modern world and is an assimilated mixture of Jews with Gentiles. To the extent to which individuals identify with these groups, it will determine the camp to which the individual will be assigned by the Birur.

It is quite telling to realize that almost without fail a "Zionist," whether Jew or Gentile, will identify most readily with the State, the Israeli ethos, the IDF and this idea of "universal" Torah. 

For sure, the Christian Zionists are totally on board with the latter. Like too many of their Jewish counterparts, they idolize the State and its symbols and leaders, and glorify the might of the IDF. And, of course in their view, the Torah and Land of Israel belong equally to them as well. They are even now agitating for their "right" to worship and pray to JC on the Holy Temple Mount! Like their false religion, this position also puts them at odds with their Creator's will and consequently, on the Wrong Side of Redemption.

I hope none of my readers fall into the category of those who not only spurn, but also malign those Jews who cling steadfastly to Torah, mitzvot and Eretz Yisrael as the exclusive domain of Am Yisrael and who follow da'at Torah of the gedolei hador that the Temple Mount must not be conquered through war. 

HKB"H will give it to us when we are finally free of foreign influence. For had the secular Jews had their way with the Temple Mount, there would be restaurants up there. Had the religious Zionist Jews and Christians held sway in more recent times, there would be a "House of Prayer for Jews and Christians" up there.  

If we really want to see the Third Holy Temple built in its place with the return of the Shechinah, we have to make ourselves worthy of receiving both by separating ourselves completely from all foreign culture and influence. Because HKB"H is in charge and He very simply is not going to let us have it until that is the reality. No matter how many well-intentioned, but misguided Jews traipse up there and parade around, some with Christian "friends" in tow!

To be continued, iy"H...

02 October 2018

"The Third War...": the Christianization of Judaism

24 Tishrei 5779

This is Part 5 of our ongoing series "The Three Wars of Gog Umagog."  In Part 4, I said that I hoped to show how the two concepts of "Being a Light to the Nations" and the Temple being "A House of Prayer for All Nations" have been corrupted by Judeo-Christianity and are now being used as a weapon in this Third War of Gog uMagog - Torah miSinai vs. the "Universal" Torah. 

The war against authentic Torah depends entirely on Jewish ignorance. That's why learning is so important. Like the Serpent in the Garden, the enemies of Torah miSinai do not come out with something glaringly false through and through. They mix a bit of truth with a bit of lie and twist it together until the ignorant can be easily confused. They cast doubt. Doubt and confusion are the real weapons here. And these can only be countered with confidence that comes from Torah knowledge.

The current war on Torah is notable for the following falsehoods that I call the Christianization of Judaism because all of these ideas are expressed in the Greek Testament.

1. Everybody received the Torah (not only the Jews).
2. Israel has an obligation to disseminate it to everyone.
2. Nobody is better than anyone else, all are equal.

3. Both Jew and non-Jew have a role to play in the geulah.
3. The World needs to unite.
4. Belief in the Brotherhood of Man - we are all one big family.
5. All should pray and work together.
6. Eliminate all barriers.

7. We are now entering a new era where the old rules no longer apply, i.e. the era of the New Covenant (Testament).

But now, in addition to the missionaries, these ideas are being expressed by "rabbis" involved in outreach to Jews as well as non-Jews! If you hear anyone say that Israel's "job" is to be "a light to the nations" which is then interpreted to mean acting as missionaries by going all over the world spreading the 'gospel' of the Torah to gentiles, do NOT believe it! First, it isn't true and second it distracts us from our real job.

Regarding these very days -  "...when you will return [from the exile]...."Moshe Rabeinu told us...
"You shall return and listen to the voice of Hashem, and do all His commandments that I command you today. ...when you listen to the voice of Hashem, your God, to observe His commandments and His decrees, that are written in this Book of the Torah, when you shall return to Hashem, your God, with all your heart and all your soul. ...For the commandment that I command you today - it is not hidden from you and it is not distant. ...Rather, the matter is very near to you - in your mouth and in your heart - TO DO IT." (Devarim 30)
You won't find on any list of the 613 mitzvot a commandment to teach Torah to gentiles or to missionize them to Judaism. Quite thw contrary. And the reason for that is very simply that their souls are not equipped to handle it.

It is true that the Torah was originally intended for the whole world, but the nations rejected it and only Israel agreed to take it. Therefore, the nations were never made suitable to receive it. As a consequence, it is now only available to those gentiles who have what it takes to become a part of Am Yisrael in order to obtain it.

You see, when the convert goes into the mikvah and immerses, it is not just a symbolic gesture. It is like going again into the waters of the womb and coming out reborn with a new level of soul that he did not have before - one entirely suited for Torah learning and Torah observance. We learn, not for learning's sake, but in order to DO.

We were never commanded to go and teach gentiles. We were commanded to build a model society which the gentiles could observe and imitate in order to better their own lives. Moshe Rabeinu again...
"...Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, as the Lord, my God, commanded me, to do so in the midst of the land to which you are coming to possess. And you shall keep them and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples, who will hear all these statutes and say, "Only this great nation is a wise and understanding people." (Devarim 6)
To quote Rabbi Meir Kahane of blessed memory, Hy"d... 
...Israel's being separated from the nations is so important, because if Israel, chosen to be God's holy, special people, are not set apart from them but influenced by their culture, why then were Israel created? What special purpose is there for the existence of Israel...? 
G-d established that there must be no unity between Israel and the nations. They must not mix or mingle together. The walls separating them must never come down. Rather, there must be separation, borders, division.
[And we see clearly that when we do not maintain this separation on our own, Hashem enforces it for us by creating antisemitism, BDS movements, border wars, etc. And whoever sets himself up to do battle with these tools in God's hand, is fighting God Himself.]
This separation, indeed, serves the purpose of unity, but genuine unity of a world under Divine sovereignty, for a united world of falsehood is not G-d's will
...This is Israel's role. Yet, it is not to be carried out through assimilation and intimacy with the nations in order to be a false light unto them, as the ignoramuses and distorters say. Rather, it will occur through isolation and separation from them, through creation of a holy nation that will provide a real and different example. Then, they will come forth, and they too, will wish to be a holy people.  (Or HaRa'ayon, chapter 25, "Havdalah")

The Powers That Be know all this and that is why they are trying so hard to pervert and subvert the authentic Torah in order to render Am Yisrael useless to God and worthless in this world. But, when they mess with us, they mess with HKB"H Himself, so their game is lost before it's even begun; however, they can deceive themselves into thinking they actually have a chance to succeed and possibly take many of us down with them, God forbid!

I actually had an opportunity to address the other Big Lie during the chagim. The other Big Lie after "Light to the Nations" is that the Temple of God in Jerusalem would be a "House of Prayer for All Nations," corrupted - again - to mean that Israel must unite with the nations and their false religions. I'll reproduce that part here...

I think when people hear the phrase "house of prayer for all nations" they form an image of Jews and non-Jews filing into a synagogue-or-church-like structure and sitting down side-by-side in earnest prayer.

That's not what the phrase means at all. Surprisingly, the well-worn phrase "house of prayer for all nations" comes from the mouth of JC in the Greek Testament. The Hebrew original found in Yeshayahu 56 says amim and is more commonly translated in the Tanakh as "peoples."

But, no one should imagine, like this poor misguided soul or this one, that this is a vision of Jews side-by-side with practitioners of avodah zarah. Never in a million years! 

ISAIAH 56:6-8 is the only reference to "a house of prayer for all peoples." According to the commentaries and as evidenced by the pshat, it speaks of converts to Judaism, not gentiles, and most certainly not idolaters!
And the foreigners [bnei hanechar] who join with the Lord to serve Him and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, everyone who observes the Sabbath from profaning it and who holds fast to My covenant.
I will bring them to My holy mount, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples [amim].
[Rashifor all peoples: Not only for Israel, but also for the proselytes.
So says the Lord God, Who gathers in the dispersed of Israel, I will yet gather others to him, together with his gathered ones.
[RashiI will yet gather: of the heathens ([Mss. and K’li Paz:] of the nations) who will convert and join them.
The Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez says...
[On Isaiah 56:6-7] And those whose conversion to Judaism is with the sincere intent of serving God and not for any ulterior motives, attested to by their observance of the Sabbath and the covenant, shown by their "coming close to God" while the Jewish people are still downtrodden, those are the proselytes who God will bring to His Temple, His "House of prayer for all peoples," and grant them the joy of seeing their offerings accepted. But more than their material offerings are acceptable to God, the offerings and sacrifices of their hearts and spirits shall be desirable to Him. 
In both instances, it can clearly be seen that both statements are revelations of fact, not a wish or a desire or a prediction for the future.

1) Israel, by virtue of keeping Torah and mitzvot, IS a light to the nations of how to build happy, functioning, just societies.

2) The Holy Temple Mount, by virtue of the fact that Israel absorbs converts from every people on earth, IS, in fact, the place where all of them turn in prayer, until the Third Holy Temple will be built soon in our days.

We've just come off the week-long celebration of Sukkot when we know that Israel offered korbanot for the future sustenance of all the nations of the world. Doesn't logic even tell us that had the nations been able or welcome to bring their own korbanot, they would have done so? Gentiles cannot offer korbanot. They must request a Jew to do it for them, on their behalf, those who are truly righteous. It's just not what many unlearned people are imagining.