Erev Shabbat Kodesh
4th Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~
"Please don't pass out any candy from your nation, because many parents are concerned about their children having non-kosher candy."
"Finally, please understand that the handing out of any tracts has been prohibited."It's my understanding that all the groups participating must sign something to this effect. But, when souls are in the balance what's a little fudging of the rules, right?
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.NOTE: As was common at that time, they had completed the betrothal [kiddushin], but not the wedding [nisuin]. Although the marriage had yet to be consummated, they were considered married and a divorce would be required to break that bond. [See HERE.]
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”NOTE: And which any cursory reading of the original reference in context will prove has nothing whatever to do with the birth of the Messiah. As well, the word famously mistranslated as "virgin" is purposefully misleading. [See HERE.]
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.Knowing that adultery is a sin by the Torah, one deserving of the death penalty, why would God then choose to impregnate a married woman instead of finding an unmarried one? Their three-in-one god would clearly do such a thing and no one would consider it at all odd or criminal.
And it will come to pass that everyone left of the nations who came up against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to prostrate himself to the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to celebrate the festival of Tabernacles.The red-letter words were purposely left out. Anyone can see why. The way it is worded in their advertisement, they can claim to be fulfilling this prophecy right here and now, but how dishonest and manipulative is that? Yes, that is how false religions get started and how they survive for 2,000 years.
Zechariah foretold of a time when all nations will ascend to Jerusalem each year to "worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (14:16).
Thus we also keep Sukkot now because of this future prophetic purpose.
Throughout the Messianic Age, the entire world will celebrate this feast because it will mark the return of Jesus to the earth. But for now, Christians flocking to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles is a powerful statement of faith demonstrating that we believe the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus is coming.
For the past 39 years, Christians from all over the world have come to Jerusalem each fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. They come to take part in a dynamic worship experience and to taste of the joy of the Lord in the age to come.Long-time missionary-in-residence Mike Evans wrote the following in a JPost article...
...Today, the Feast of Tabernacles’ celebrations in Jerusalem has become a magnet for tens of thousands of Evangelical Friends of Zion from every continent. These pilgrims travel great distances to express their love for, and solidarity with, the Jewish people. During their visit to the Holy Land, these devoted Christians come to pray for peace in Jerusalem and extend their blessings to the State and People of Israel. It is truly a beautiful sight to see so many people from China, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Austria, Brazil, the United States, and other countries gathering in unity and happiness.True to his theological roots, he carries on the time-honored Christian tradition of twisting scripture and pulling it out of context in order to claim prophecies fulfilled by the J-god and/or his duped and duplicitous followers. Zechariah gives the reason for the nations to come up to Jerusalem at Sukkot and it's not to express "love" or "solidarity" with the Jewish people, to" pray for Jerusalem" or to "bless" Israel. They are actually commanded to appear and prostrate themselves before their Creator in acknowledgement of His sovereignty since they were part of nations who rebelled against God and tried to take Jerusalem from His children. Furthermore, they are to celebrate Sukkot in thanks for their survival and in anticipation of the rains that God will provide for them in the year to come. [See Rashi on that.] This is why their failure to appear will result in the withholding of their rain.
"...it deserted God its Maker, and was contemptuous of the Rock of its salvation. They would provoke His jealousy with strangers;...they are a generation of reversals, children whose upbringing is not in them."Eitan Bar is such a person as described here in this week's parashah. Tel Aviv born-and-bred, educated in Christian institutions and clearly converted to Christianity, now it is his life's work and mission to entice other Jews to apostasy and to incite the gentiles to hatred of Torah Judaism and its rabbis with lie upon lie.
...In 2004, seeking to diversify, IDT Telecom’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Howard Jonas, launched its first Retail Energy Provider or “REP” and enrolled its first energy supply customers. Then, in October, 2011, Genie Energy Ltd. (NYSE:GNE), was spun-off from IDT Corporation as an independent public company, at which point Class B common stock of Genie Energy Ltd. began trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "GNE".So, why, you may ask, the sudden need to take a public stance on who controls the Golan Heights? Because, dear readers, Russia is at the door!
...The president of its Israeli subsidiary is Effie Eitam. Genie Energy's Strategic advisory board is composed of: Dick Cheney (former vice president of the United States), Rupert Murdoch (media mogul and chairman of News Corp), James Woolsey (former CIA director), Larry Summers (former head of the US Treasury), Bill Richardson (former Governor of New Mexico, ex-ambassador to the United Nations and United States Energy Secretary), Michael Steinhardt, Jacob Rothschild, and Mary Landrieu, (former United States Senator from Louisiana).
In 2013, IDT Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Genie Energy, acquired both Dallas-based Diversegy, LLC a commercial energy advisory and its network marketing channel, Epiq Energy. They are now wholly owned subsidiaries of Genie Energy Ltd.
...Genie Oil and Gas (GOGAS) explored for conventional oil in the Golan Heights through its Afek Oil and Gas subsidiary, and pursued oil shale projects through American Shale Oil (AMSO), Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI) and Genie Energy Mongolia. AMSO, IEI, and Genie Energy Mongolia are no longer active. 89% of GOGAS was owned by Genie Energy while Jacob Rothschild, Michael Steinhardt and Rupert Murdoch among others held minority interests.
...In February 2013, Israeli authorities awarded Afek Oil and Gas an exclusive 36-month petroleum exploration license to a 153-square-mile (400 km2) plot in the Golan Heights, which the UN recognizes to be Syrian territory. Afek subsequently conducted above-ground geophysical tests and based on its preliminary analysis, has applied for a ten well exploratory drilling program. South of Katzrin in the southern Golan Heights in 2015, Afek discovered a substantial amount of oil and natural gas reserves.
The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah because its special haftarah reading begins with the words Shuvah Yisrael ["Return O Israel"] from the prophecy of Hoshe'a. It is also referred to as Shabbat Shuvah because it falls during the ten days of Teshuvah - Repentance.
...It is customary in almost all Jewish communities for the rabbi of the city or congregation to expound on teshuvah, and to emphasize the severity of transgression so that the people turn their hearts toward repentance. Our Sages have said that when the wise address the people, God forgives the sins of Israel.
...on Shabbat Shuvah one should be especially careful to concentrate entirely on Torah, prayer, and reflection on teshuvah, thereby attaining forgiveness for whatever unfitting behavior may have marred other Sabbaths.
On the last day of his life, Moshe gathered together every member of the Jewish people, from the most exalted to the lowliest, old and young, men and women, and initiated them for the last time into the covenant of God. What was new about this covenant was the concept of ערבות, responsibility for one another, under which every Jew is obligated to help others observe the Torah and to restrain them from violating it. This is why Moshe began by enumerating all the different strata of people who stood before him...
You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers - all the men of Israel; your small children, your women, and your proselyte who is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water, for you to pass into the covenant of Hashem, your God, and into His imprecation that Hashem, your God, seals with you today.
...and why he said (v. 28) that God would not hold them responsible for sins that had been done secretly, but that they would be liable for transgressions committed openly (Or HaChaim). This is essential to the worldview of the Jew, for it explains why one may not be apathetic to the shortcomings of others and why public desecrations of the Torah are the concern of every Jew of good conscience. (Stone Edition Chumash Commentary)
Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant. Not like the covenant that I formed with their forefathers on the day I took them by the hand to take them out of the land of Egypt, that they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, says the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will form with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will place My law in their midst and I will inscribe it upon their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people.
And no longer shall one teach his neighbor or [shall] one [teach] his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will no longer remember. (Yirmiyahu 31.30-33)
"[At the End of Days]...the sons of the renegades of your people will exalt themselves to bring about the vision but they will fail."THEY REFUSE TO WAIT!
Universal Prayer, Non-Jewish Sacrifice on Mount of Olives to Cancel Out War of Gog and MagogBreaking Israel News journalist Eliyahu Berkowitz documented the event this morning with video on Facebook...
The Conference of the Organization of the 70 Nations will culminate on Friday, September 27 with a ceremony in which an animal sacrifice will be offered on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem to renew the covenant made between God and all of mankind.[It was actually done today, the 26th.]Gentiles are permitted to offer burnt offerings to God in all places, provided they sacrifice them on a raised structure that they build. It is forbidden to help them [offer these sacrifices] or act as agents for them, for we are forbidden to sacrifice outside [the Temple Courtyard]. It is permitted to instruct them and teach them how to sacrifice to the Almighty, blessed be He.The altar must be built exclusively by non-Jews who observe the Noahide laws and the same is true of the sacrifice itself....The conference will also bring representatives of the 70 nations to the Temple Mount. The Sanhedrin composed a statement of purpose for the sacrifice....The conference will begin with a prayer as the first step towards establishing “a house of prayer for all nations.” Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander has been tasked with composing the prayer.
Glick: "I believe the way to bring...peace is to consolidate the status of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in its center, as the global center for peace and reconciliation between peoples." (Source)In actuality, the Temple is the place where man makes peace and reconciliation with God.
Frustrated US administration: Israel 'missing a great opportunity'CHASDEI HASHEM!
Senior American officials are extremely frustrated over the ongoing political deadlock in Israel. Trump administration officials familiar with American-Israeli relations said in private discussion recently that the political stalemate was leading to a significant missed opportunity from Israel's perspective.
The officials didn't expand on the specific steps the administration would currently be taking if there was a government in Israel, but the statements were made in the context of the Middle East peace deal the White House has formulated.
"Israel could have been in a better situation. We could have done much more," said one of the officials.
The officials emphasized that US President Donald Trump, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and outgoing special Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt care about Israel, have already done a great deal for the Jewish state since Trump entered the office, and would like to continue doing so. "With that," the officials said, considering the US presidential campaign next year, "we don't know if they will remain in their positions one year or five." The officials further intimated that Israeli leaders need to take into account the unique opportunity provided by the Trump presidency, but refrained from saying so explicitly.
The American officials were careful to avoid implying that the US was intervening in Israeli politics. They also said," Everything is under control, and there won't be a change to the peace plan as a result of the developments."
It appears, meanwhile, that the White House was leaning toward postponing the release of its peace plan until the political picture in Israel becomes clearer.
In discussions the administration has held on the subject, the general view was that it would be pointless to reveal the plan while the Palestinians were likely to reject it outright, and there was no government in Israel with the authority to address it.
The US Embassy in Israel declined Israel Hayom's request for a response.
Meanwhile, Greenblatt and Friedman on Monday held their first meeting with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. The sides said they "discussed various issues, among them the importance of US-Israeli relations, the security challenges in the region and the efforts to promote the peace process."
“We will not concede on passing the ultra-Orthodox conscription law, in its original format,” he wrote. “We will not concede on [the demand to] repeal the mini-markets law. We will not concede on [demands for] public transportation on Shabbat. We will not concede on [demands for] civil marriage, and we will demand the inclusion of core curriculum studies in the ultra-Orthodox education system. These are our preconditions, and until we hear words in this spirit, there is nothing to talk about.”
Liberman also accused the ultra-Orthodox parties of engaging in incitement toward him, noting that senior United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni had compared him to Amalek, the ancient enemy of the Jewish people.
(Please read these next two to get the full picture.)“We want a normal country in which the citizens will live in accordance with the principle of live and let live,” Liberman wrote on Facebook.
Israel's election highlights secular - religious divide
Israel's Religious Right, the Mouse That Roared
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public bus which compared haredi Jews to pigs.
"We do not have anyone to trust except our Father in Heaven." This is not just an encouraging slogan that means simply to rely on Heavenly grace; rather it is part of the list of curses that will come upon Israel at the End of Days. Before the arrival of Mashiach, the exile will be extremely harsh under the rule of the airev rav and the Jewish nation will experience a crisis. G-d-fearing Jews will lose hope in the great battle, and they will become lax in their battles for Hashem. Then, instead of becoming reinvigorated and continuing to wage "war" in order to increase the honor of Heaven and to defend the true belief, a curse will come from above, and people will murmur "we do not have anyone to trust except our Father in Heaven," this at a time when action and deeds for the sake of Heaven will be sorely required of them.
The truth is that actual warfare should have taken place [a spiritual threat is countered with physical battle, a physical threat is countered with spiritual battle, i.e prayer and fasting], but because of the lowliness of their situation, the remnants of the exile will find themselves so enveloped by the weighty peels and thorns of the airev rav, that they will not have the ability to go out to battle as did our forefathers, the Hasmoneans. The numerous "Hellenists" will greatly outnumber the few "Maccabees," so there will be no one able to stand up to try to protect them. Their inability to wage war directly does not testify to the fact that they have lost hope; rather, it forces them to wage a conflict in a circumventive way.
The secret of Amalek's success in their war against the Jews is due to the latter's spiritual laxness. The absence of Torah learning and fearing of G-d in Israel invites the airev rav in general, and especially Amalek, to swoop down on us in battle. Therefore, the rectification that will cause the weakening of this power of Amalek is intensifying the study of the Torah. Every Jew who studies Torah by himself, teaches it to his children, and strengthens Torah study and fulfillment by others enlivens himself and the world by streaming life through the arteries of the Jewish Nation, and also thereby fulfills the commandments of eradicating Amalek in an indirect way.
...The goal is to spread Torah and the fear of Heaven in public and to teach the Nation of Israel that Hashem is true and His Torah is true. In order to accomplish this, on no account must we act individually, but we must unite into a single unit and become a spiritual force*, because the activities of individuals cannot compare with the power of the united masses in quantity, in quality, and in the help and aid that Heaven affords.
The reality of the exile under the airev rav obligates us to build a plan truly relating to it, and to uproot from our hearts false ideals that have become imbued because of the lack of understanding of the true opinion and ideals of the Torah. The assumption that we and the airev rav constitute a single nation is patently invalid, because the airev rav disconnected themselves from the Nation of Israel, thereby canceling our obligation towards them as full-fledged Jews. For this reason, we are obligated to view the airev rav as a peel that has cut itself off from the living fruit - to recognize that they are another nation that has usurped the Jewish mannerisms and customs, show them in their true light, and abhor their new values and ideals and their rebellion against the Kingdom of Heaven.
...In the End of Days the task of separating the good people from the evil ones must take place. We must recognize and differentiate between the airev rav, who have removed from themselves the yoke of the Torah and the fear of Heaven, and the good simple people who, in spite of the fact that they have become lax in their fulfillment of the Torah and mitzvot, still retain the title of Israel by honoring and appreciating Torah and Torah learners.
In addition, the external classification must be accompanied by an internal separation from the airev rav. Each one will have to uproot from his heart the influence of the airev rav. Each one will have to acknowledge the despicableness of the culture of the airev rav and abstain from it. His children must be educated to detest their evil and to distance themselves from any elements of the airev rav. A virtual Noah's ark of Torah and holiness must be built and one must cut off from the media of the culture of the airev rav.
...The "testing point" of the generation at the End of Days is the observance of the holy connection between Hashem, Torah and Israel. The final test that each Jew will be confronted with before the redemption is the choice between adhering to the Holy One, may He be blessed, to His Torah and His nation, or to disassociate himself from them, Heaven forbid.
The test of the belief in the Holy One, may He be blessed, will be expressed by the proper observance of the Shabbat. The test of selecting the Torah of Hashem will be manifested by the positive recognition of the Torah, its leading scholars and its students. The test of belonging to the true nation of Israel will be manifested by demonstrating outward Jewish religious identification and by severing themselves from the entity of the airev rav and from non-Jewish culture.
* HaRav Tau has already organized such a group and the campaign of the political party called NOAM was just the first public shot in the culture war with the Erev Rav. See also LIBA YEHUDIT.(The End of Days by Shmuel Raber, pp.135-141. Haskamah:Gaon HaRav Aharon Feldman, shlita, Member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore, USA)
The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem is a prayer meeting organized by Pentecostal evangelists Jack W. Hayford and Robert Stearns through their organization "Eagles Wings". They annually invite people around the world to pray for Jerusalem on the first Sunday of every October, close to the time of Yom Kippur. The first prayer meeting organized by this group occurred in 2004.
Hayford and Stearns organize the primary meeting in Israel. According to a CBN interview with Stearns, he believes that prayer meetings are important to combat various dangers to the Judeo-Christian worldview,....
...According to a press release issued by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem was originally established in cooperation with Israel's Ministry of Tourism, and the Christian Allies Caucus of the Knesset.
The Erev Rav have created a huge chillul Hashem. By making common cause with these Christians, not only are they putting vulnerable Jews at risk; not only are they committing a huge sin by enabling and then participating in an act of avodah zarah; they are giving the Christians reason to believe that Jews are ready to cross over to their false religion, God forbid!! ...as can be seen and heard on these next two videos:The event [was] endorsed by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, former USSR Prisoner of Zion and Knesset Member Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), Yuri Shtern, and the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Yigal Amedi and the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. (Source)
"Therefore, through this shall Jacob's iniquity be atoned for, and this shall be the fruit of his sin's removal: When he makes all the altar stones like ground chalkstones, and Asherah-trees and sun-idols arise no more." (Yeshayahu 27.9)...when we will have eradicated idolatry from our Land and destroyed every sign of it.
"...As we shall see, their distinct end times narratives share an implicit antisemitism creating the movement’s paradoxical love/hate relationship with the Jews. Far from positive, the obsessive 'philosemitism' – or love of Jews – of Christian Zionists is tied to a volatile and changing view of the end times that also changes their view of how they should 'support' Jews and Israel in fulfilling prophecy. And this obsession has a history of turning ugly."