Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky
~ Shabbat Shalom ~
|The Three Wannabe Peacemakers receiving award from Master Missionary Mike Evans|
WASHINGTON -- Senior Trump administration officials working on a proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace issued a joint statement on their work on Wednesday, cautioning a world eagerly awaiting their plan that "no one will be fully pleased" with its contents.
The statement was issued amid intensive discussions within the administration over when to release the plan to the public.
"No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that's the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved. Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities," said the team, comprised of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser; Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations; David Friedman, his ambassador to Israel; and Nikki Haley, his envoy to the United Nations.
...Rabbi Yitzchok said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings [leaders] of the nations will be struggling against each other. The leader of Persia [Iran] will contest with the leader of Arabia [Saudi], and the leader of Arabia will go to Rome [the leading modern-day Western superpower] to get counsel from them. The leader of Persia will respond and act to destroy the entire world. All the nations of the world will be trembling and shaking and falling on their faces. They will be seized by labor-like pains.
The Jewish people will be trembling and quaking and saying: “Where can we go? Where can we go?” And [Hashem] will say to them: My children do not fear! Everything I did, I did only for you! Why are you frightened? Don’t be afraid-— the days of your redemption has arrived!” (Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshaya, 499)Only now have the conditions been met to effect the fulfillment of this medrash.
Facing the dual threat of an American economic war and public protests, the ruling elites in Tehran are at each other’s throats. This is hardly surprising considering all that’s at stake: the survival of President Hassan Rohani’s technocratic government in the short term and succession after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the longer term. (Source)
...Washington said the imposition of new sanctions is in part due to Iran's continued programme of manufacturing and testing ballistic missiles.
Sunday's actions by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was thought to be the first time in a year that Iran has test-fired a ballistic missile.
The US was concerned by the drills, which were said to simulate the closing of the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping channel for oil.
Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the straits to shipping due to the new US sanctions, something that would likely trigger a war with Washington and Tehran's Arab neighbours if this happened. (Source)When reading that medrash, did you ever wonder how Iran could possibly respond in a way which would "destroy the whole world"? Well, this is how and the global economic situation only became ripe for this kind of collapse now...
Whoever rids himself of covetousness and lust can be assured that he will also be rid of the unsavory acts resulting from these unsavory attributes. A person who does not desire or covet, will not be caught by the long arm of the evil impulse. He will not be taken captive by his own selfishness, engrossed at all hours in thoughts of how to become rich, how to derive pleasure, how to receive and take and acquire. Ultimately, he will achieve the tranquility of one who is content with his portion.The fact that so many "religious" people, both Jews and Gentiles, admire the current President of the United States who, more than anyone else I can think of, embodies these bad traits, is an indicator of how spiritually impoverished this generation has become and how much we've failed to internalize these truths.
No trait assures tranquility more than contentment with one's portion, and it is worthwhile to pray for this, as did Kong Solomon: "Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me my allotted bread. Lest I be full, and deny, and say, 'Who is the L-rd?' Or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my G-d" (Prov. 30:8-9); and, "Weary not yourself to be rich. Cease your own devices. You set your eyes on it and it is gone" (Ibid., 23:4-5).
The wealth a person toils so hard to attain, fretting and scurrying and losing sleep over it, passes in a flash. What is life on this earth if not the blink of an eye? Ultimately, rich and poor meet the same fate.
...Lust and jealousy magnify man's selfishness and ego. If these traits take control, a person can ultimately begin to destroy the world through theft and murder. Such a person becomes so egocentric that he views his fellow man's person and property as worthless. Anyone obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure, honor, and wealth destroys the world by destroying its whole purpose - submission to G-d, acceptance of His yoke, and suppression of the evil impulse.
Trump administration releases millions in frozen aid to PA security forcesDon't think for a moment that he would hesitate to use the same tactics with Israel should he decide it is in "America's interest," like if we balk in any way at any point in making the "Deal of the Century"...
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration recently released millions of dollars of frozen aid money to the Palestinian Authority, but only for Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation,....
Trump reimposes Iran sanctions, says goal is ‘maximum pressure’
WASHINGTON — US Donald Trump has signed an executive order to restore nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, increasing economic pressure on Tehran and renewing his criticism of what he called a “horrible, one-sided” nuclear deal, the White House announced Monday.
The sanctions, which will go into effect at midnight, target the use of dollars in Iran, the automotive sector and trade in gold and precious metals. A second round of more comprehensive sanctions will go into effect on November 5.
Trump said US policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the country, while hoping for new negotiations between Iran and the United States that would result in another, more wide-ranging, accord.
White House Mideast team staffing up for peace plan rolloutBut, I promise you, this power is weakening and soon this weapon will be removed from their arsenal.
WASHINGTON - US officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
The entire commandment that I command you today you shall observe to perform, so that you may live and increase, and come and possess the Land that Hashem swore to your forefathers. You shall remember the entire road on which Hashem, your God, led you these forty years in the Wilderness so as to afflict you, to test you, to know what is in your heart, whether you would observe His commandments or not. He afflicted you and let you hunger, then He fed you the manna that you did not know, nor did your forefathers know, in order to make you know that not by bread alone does man live, rather by everything that emanates from the mouth of God does man live. (Devarim 8.1-3)He might just as well say to us today, "Your God has been leading you these 70 years of the State of Israel 'so as to afflict you, to test you, to know what is in your heart, whether you would observe His commandments or not.' "
And Zion said, "Hashem has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me." [And Hashem answered], Can a woman forget her nursing infant, withdraw from feeling compassion for the child of her womb? Even if she could, still I will not forget you....
Your children shall hasten to repent, [every real Jew will repent and be saved] but your spoilers [Erev Rav] and your destroyers [Eisav and Yishmael] must depart from you.HKB"H has not forgotten us, He wants to be with us even more than we desire to be with Him. What we are experiencing now is the prelude to the best of times, the clarification which proves which group each person belongs with when the righteous are separated out for redemption.
US Jewish federations slam nation state law as ‘a step back for all minorities’And speaking of the Druze, a lot of Jews are in for a very rude awakening as to the true nature of this decades-long relationship.
In unusual rebuke, umbrella Jewish organization urges government to address 'very real' concerns of Druze community
...“Jewish Federations stand shoulder to shoulder with the Druze community and urge Israeli legislators to work with the community as soon as possible to address their very real concerns,” it said.
Druze leader accuses Netanyahu of leading Israel to an ‘apartheid state’
Netanyahu cuts meeting with community leaders short after accusations; Druze activist calls author of legislation a 'Nazi'
Traffic Closures For The Pride March Thursday
The annual pride march takes place in Jerusalem this Thursday. The following streets will be closed from 3PM: Keren Hayesod - Plumer St., King George St., Hillel St., Menashe Ben Israel Street.
Streets leading to those streets will also be closed, include Agron Street, Hillel, King George from Keren HaYessod to Be'eri, Elhanan, Shalom Aleichem, Mapu, Ahad Ha'am, Gaza (Arlazarov to Paris Square), Avida, KKL, and Histadrut.
Parking and entrance for disabled marchers- the southern parking area of Liberty Bell Park- entrance from Bethlehem Road.
The roads will open according to the progress of the marchers.
In view of the expected crowds, drivers are asked to be patient and listen to the instructions of police officers, and follow media updates. Waze will also have updates.
For questions, you can contact the police at 110.
Marchers will gather in Liberty Bell Park from 3:45PM. At 5:30PM the march will begin, going from Liberty Bell park - Keren Hayesod - King George Street - Hillel Street - Menashe Ben Israel Street - Independence Park. At 8PM, there will be a concert at Gan Ha'atzmaut with Dana International, Ninet and Miri Mesika.