22 March 2019

Parashat Tsav

15 Adar II 5779
Shushan Purim
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Tsav

Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky

Parashat Tzav: The "Right" Way to Look at Purim



~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

BONUS: The P-Word

17 March 2019

Mashiach Before the Election (Part 3)

11 Adar II 5779 

Recapped and continued from Part 2...
...G-d set ground-rules for [the Messiah]: "In the future, the sins of these stored away with you will place you under an iron burden. They will make you like this calf whose eyes have dimmed. Their burden will suffocate your spirit. Through their sins, your tongue will cleave to your palate. Do you wish this?" The Messiah asked, "Is that pain going to last many years?" and G-d answered, "I swear by My life and yours that it shall last no later than the year seven thousand [i.e., the latest possible end, as noted previously from Avodah Zarah 9a]. If you are unhappy with this, I will make them suffer starting now." The Messiah replied, "Master of the Universe! Joyfully do I accept it upon myself so that not one Jew be lost... It is what I want!"...

The rabbis said, "The week in which the Son of David comes, iron bars shall be brought and placed on his [MBY] neck until he is bent over, and he will cry out tearfully until his voice ascends to Heaven. He will say, "Master of the Universe! How long can my strength hold out? My spirit? My soul? My limbs? Am I not flesh and blood?"...

G-d will then reply, "Ephraim, Righteous Messiah! You undertook this from the Six Days of Creation. Now, your pain will be like Mine, for since the day Nebuchadnezzar went up and destroyed My house and burnt My sanctuary and exiled My children among the nations, I swear to you that I have never sat down on My throne; and if you don't believe Me, observe the dew that has settled on My head"... The Messiah will respond, "Master of the Universe!  Now, I am consoled.  It suffices for the slave to be like his master."
Here we learn several principles of global importance regarding redemption.  First, the Messiah spoken of here, namely Mashiach ben Yosef and not Mashiach ben David, is the chief redeemer, for he inaugurates redemption.  Second, his suffering all the years of the exile, through G-d's tormenting him, parallels that suffered by Israel.  Third, this suffering is grossly compounded, for were Israel to repent properly, he would be freed from his torment to go and save Israel, such that both he and they would be redeemed.  Fourth, Mashiach ben Yosef parallels G-d, for also the Divine Presence is in exile, and G-d, too, so to speak, suffers the Chillul Hashem of Israel's lowliness.  Fifth, (merely hinted at here), if repentance "in haste" does not arrive, and redemption "in its time" comes instead, redemption of grief and tragedy, G-d will send Mashiach ben Yosef to wage war against the nations.  In that case, the vast majority of Israel will still be unfit for redemption and will not recognize him and their own mission - to repent through deeds of faith and trust in G-d so that they sanctify G-d's name, the key to redemption.  Then Mashiach ben Yosef will go for with minuscule remnants as inaugurator of redemption to provoke the nations, and the start of redemption will be accompanied by tragedies and Messianic birthpangs, as stated.  Even Mashiach ben Yosef will fall in this bitter period, until Israel's sins are purged and Mashiach ben David arrives.

To be continued, iy"H...

"Hang On For Dear Life!"

10 Adar II 5779

Purim 5779 The Purim Roller-coaster: Hang on for dear life! - Rabbi Richter

What is the intrinsic connection between Purim, and the standoff between Esav and Yaakov?

15 March 2019

"The Awful Sin of Amalek"

8 Adar II 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Vayikra - Zachor

[See my comments at the end.]

Shabbat Zachor – The awful sin of Amalek – Rabbi Meir Kahane

“Remember what Amalek did to you, on the way, when you were leaving Egypt, that he happened upon you on the way, and he struck those of you who were hindmost, all the weaklings at your rear, when you were faint and exhausted, and he did not fear G-d. It shall be that when Hashem, your G-d, gives you rest from all your enemies around, in the Land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you as an inheritance to possess it, you shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven – you shall not forget!” (Deut. 25:17-19, Maftir of Shabbat Zachor)

Amalek’s sin is the great and eternal sin of those who refuse “to know Hashem” and to accept His yoke upon themselves, and who thereby desecrate His Name.  The Children of Israel were on the way, and the word ba-derekh (“on the way”) appears here twice, indicating that they were both on the way out of Egypt and on the way to the Land of Israel: both of these components together prove G-d’s power and might in the eyes of the nations, so that they would accept the yoke of His sovereignty.  And now Amalek, the foremost and most brazen representative of “I do not know Hashem” launches himself against Israel, in an attempt to demonstrate both to Israel and to the rest of the world that G-d has no power, and that He is not the G-d of history. (Peirush HaMaccabee, Sefer Dvarim, Chapter 25)

This is the key to understanding why G-d was more angry at Amalek than at any other nation.  This was the awful sin of Amalek, regarding which it is said (Ex. 17:16), “The hand is on G-d's throne.  The L-rd shall be at war with Amalek for all generations”. Our sages also comment (Pesikta Rabbati, Ch. 12): “The hand is on G-d's throne”: R. Levi said in the name of R. Chama of the school of R. Chaninah, “So to speak, as long as Amalek's offspring are on earth, G-d's name is not complete [In the verse, “G-d” is represented by the short form yud-kei], neither is His throne complete [represented by kes rather than kisei]. Once Amalek's seed is uprooted, G-d's throne is complete and His name is complete.”  King David said, “Enemy! The waste places are come to an end forever, and the cities which you did uproot, their very memorial is perished” (Ps. 9:7). What follows? “But the L-rd is enthroned forever. He has established His throne for judgment.”

Amalek set out to annihilate Israel, as our sages said (Tanchuma Yashan, Yitro 4), “Why was it called 'Amalek'? Because it is am lak, 'the nation that licks'. Amalek set out to lap up Israel's blood like a dog.”  Even more than this, however, Amalek came openly to insult G-d and blot out His name. Mechilta (Ibid., Parshah 1) comments regarding (Ex. 17:8), “Amalek arrived”: “Amalek came openly.  In all their other attacks they came in stealth...but not here.”

Amalek attacked G-d's throne, as our sages said (Tanchuma, Ki Tetze, 11): One verse reads, “You must obliterate the memory of Amalek” (Deut. 25:19), and another reads, “I will totally obliterate the memory of Amalek” (Ex. 17:14). How can the two verses coexist? Until Amalek attacked G-d's throne, Israel were commanded to obliterate them. Henceforth, however, G-d said He would do so Himself. Can flesh and blood attack G-d's throne? Rather, because they destroyed Jerusalem, of which it says (Jer. 3:17), “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the L-rd”, G-d said He would obliterate them.

Amalek's sin is the waging of brazen warfare against G-d, as they did when Israel left Egypt. Yet when any other nation, as well, curses and fights G-d, Amalek's sin clings to them and they become like Amalek.  Thus, although Amalek, the nation, did not destroy Jerusalem, our sages say that Jerusalem's destruction constituted Amalek attacking G-d's throne.  This teaches that whoever attacks G-d's throne is called Amalek.  We must understand and remember this principle for our own times.
Since, in the nations' eyes, Israel's weakness and lowliness, and their suffering at the nations' hands, are interpreted as G-d's weakness and inability to save His people, and that is a Chilul Hashem, it follows that Israel's power, exaltation and victory over their own enemies and the blasphemous enemies of G-d is a Kiddush Hashem.

[For illustration, this is a quote from one of Rabbi Kahane's earlier popular books, “Listen World, Listen Jew” pp. 120-122]  Do you want to know how the Name of G-d is desecrated in the eyes of the mocking and sneering nations? It is when the Jew, His people, His Chosen, is desecrated!  When the Jew is beaten, G-d is profaned!  When the Jew is humiliated – G-d is shamed!  When the Jew is attacked – it is an assault upon the name of G-d![...] What he [the non-Jewish persecutor] is really saying is: “There is no L-rd, there is no G-d of Israel and if there is, He is an impotent and helpless god.  For if He truly existed as the Omnipotent and All-powerful Sovereign of the Universe, His people would not be in exile, they could not be at my mercy, they could not be beaten and shamed and humiliated by me.”

This is the desecration of G-d's name. Every pogrom is a desecration of the Name.  Every Auschwitz and expulsion and murder and rape of a Jew is the humiliation of G-d.  Every time a Jew is beaten by a gentile because he is a Jew, this is the essence of Chilul Hashem.  An end to Exile – that is Kiddush Hashem.  An end to the shame and the beatings and the monuments to our murdered and our martyred.  An end to Kaddish and prayers for the dead.  A shaking off of the dust of the Exile and its shame and a return to a Jewish state of our own created with the fire and the spitting of Jewish guns.  A Jewish fist in the face of an astonished gentile world that had not seen it for two millenia.  This is Kiddush Hashem.  Reading angry editorials about Jewish “aggression” and “violations” rather than flowery eulogies over dead Jewish victims.  That is Kiddush Hashem.

The State of Israel came into being not because the Jew deserved it, but because the gentile did.  It came into being not because the Jew was worthy of it but because the Name of G-d had reached its fill of humiliation and desecration.  “I do this not for your sake, O House of Israel, but for Mine holy Name's sake which ye have profaned among the nations”. 

G-d established a principle that as long as Israel possesses a sovereign government with the power to blot out Amalek's memory, it is a mitzvah and a duty for them to do so.  For this reason our sages said (Sifri, Re'eh, 67): Israel were commanded regarding three mitzvot for when they entered the Land: to appoint a king, build the Temple and destroy Amalek's seed.  I would not know which one comes first if not for Scripture saying, “The hand is on G-d's throne. The L-rd shall be at war with Amalek for all generations” (Ex. 17:16).  As long as a king sits on G-d's throne, we destroy Amalek's seed.  How do we know that “G-d's throne” refers to a king? It says (I Chronicles 29:23), “Solomon sat on G-d's throne to reign.”

We must understand that today, with G-d kindly having restored our land and sovereignty, we must once more share with Him in blotting out Amalek if its existence is clear to us.

[Asides from current events like Arab attacks on Israel, Iran’s threats and other brazen attempts to delegitimize or coerce Israel, there is one more aspect of this in our times, mentioned by Rabbi Kahane in another one of his popular books, “Uncomfortable Questions for Comfortable Jews”, p. 271]: Jewish self-respect and honor must be resurrected with an end to the humiliating obscenity of carefree political relations with the Amalek of our times, Germany.  Was there a greater abomination than that of Israel establishing relations with Germany less than a decade after Auschwitz?  And for money reparations, of course!  Today, there is not the slightest feeling of guilt on the part of the Israelis who happily travel on business or vacation to Munich and Frankfurt and Hamburg; many of whom live there. There is no guilt on the part of a state that regularly sends youth on cultural and sports excursions to walk on the land stained with Jewish blood.  There is no guilt felt when Jewish and Israeli leaders travel to Germany and eat and drink with the Germans at state dinners, or when a high-ranking German official arrives in Israel and the Israeli army band plays the German national anthem, “Deutschland Uber Alles” as the new Hebrews stand at attention with respect.   The Germans owe us reparations. The money does not absolve them of one sin, of one crime, of one murder. But they owe us reparations for property and we owe them nothing.  Political and cultural ties will be cut with the Germans and they will be expected to fulfill, to the letter, their obligations to the Jewish people.

G-d will go forth to avenge His great name, profaned among the nations, and to avenge the Jewish People, through whose humiliation and distress at the hands of the nations His name was profaned.  The Prophet Obadiah was an Edomite convert, as our sages say (Sanhedrin 39b):  “Obadiah was an Edomite convert, illustrating the adage that, 'the axe comes from the very forest.' Rashi explains, “From the forest, itself, comes the wood for the handle of the axe that chops it down.  Such was Obadiah to Edom and David to Moab, David being descended from Ruth the Moabite.

Who, as much as Obadiah, a former non-Jew, knew the nations hatred of the Jewish People!  Addressing the redemption, Obadiah prophesied (Obadiah 8-12, 15): Surely, says the L-rd, on that day I shall destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the Mount of Esau. Your mighty men, O Yemen, shall be dismayed, such that everyone from the Mount of Esau shall be cut off by slaughter.  For your violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you and you shall be cut off forever.  On the day that you stood aloof, that strangers took his force captive and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots upon Jerusalem, you too were one of them. You should not have looked on the day of your brother, the day of his misfortune, nor rejoiced over the children of Judah on the day of their destruction.  For the day of the L-rd is near upon all the nations. As you have done, so shall be done to you. Your deeds shall return upon your own head.

As long as exile and servitude were decreed for Israel, G-d restrained Himself. Hence, the fools thought He did not exist, and they mocked the Jewish people (Ps. 115:2): “Why should the nations say, 'Where is their G-d'”?  Yet His silence in the face of His name being profaned was a heroic act.  G-d, despite His silence, has not forgotten the insult, there being no forgetting before His throne of glory. Revenge is concealed with Him for the future, sealed up in His treasury, and vengeance and retribution are His.  (Source)
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Regarding the two missiles launched over Gush Dan on Thursday night, for which no one was taking credit, here is my take on it.

The only reason for anyone in Aza to shoot off missiles over Tel Aviv like that would be on orders from high up.  That would be Iran.  And why would it be in Iran's interests to shoot missiles over Tel Aviv?  The Egyptians were there coordinating a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel and that does not suit Iran's interests.  I think it was a shot across the bow and a warning to Egypt to butt out of what is happening between Aza and Israel. And a show to Israel that they can start up with us in a major way any time they choose.  However, the primary purpose of all of it, of course, is to bring Am Yisrael to teshuvah so Mashiach can come and redeem us.

This is very apropos to Shabbat Zachor since "Aryan" Iran is very Amalek-like and Persian Iran is where the Purim story took place and Haman's, y"sh, evil plan actually accomplished such teshuvah.  Maybe Persia (Iran) will once again serve as the tool to bring about major teshuvah in our days at this time.


~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

14 March 2019

"WE BELIEVE IN THE TORAH"

7 Adar II 5779


...Prime Minister Netanyahu has made numerous efforts, along with efforts exerted by Chareidi lawmakers, to persuade Yishai to drop out of the race. In fact, last week the Prime Minister telephoned the spiritual leader of the party, HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Kisei Rachamim, requesting that the Rabbi instruct Yishai to drop out of the race.

Rabbi Mazuz was unwilling to accept the Prime Minister’s words, expressing criticism against Shas leader Aryeh Deri. The conversation did not achieve its intended goal, as the rabbi refused the request, and the party is running for Knesset as planned.

...the banner of the campaign was released “we believe in the Torah” (‘מאמינים בתורה’). A number of the rabbis present addressed the audience, and then Yishai took the floor, citing how there are growing efforts to torpedo Judaism and Torah, adding, “they do not understand that if there is no Judaism, there will be no Zionism”. He explained to his audience that there is no alternative to the Torah, to which we remain committed.

[See more about party plans HERE. H/T to KD.]


Rabbi Mizrachi on Rabbi Mazuz



London - Charged With Spreading Hate, Brooklyn's Rabbi Mizrachi Banned From Entering UK 


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Torah Code Regarding Election in Israel 

"Election" connects to "In the first month on 4." Farther down comes the year - "5779."

The election is set for 4 Nisan 5779.

It includes the words "Ben Yishai" and "Mashiach" as well as what I think are the main issues of this election: "Torah, Teshuvah, Kedushah" and "Shabbat" which occurs four times!

In a similar code, the word "Shabbat" occurs seven times!

We see from the promise and the threat from the leftists to run buses on Shabbat that this is a very big issue.

This election is part of a war against Torah, Teshuvah, Kedushah and Shabbat - a war against Judaism itself and all who cling to Torah and Mitzvot. That's why we have to support anyone who stands up for these things.

And it is no coincidence that it is scheduled to take place in the month of Nisan!

13 March 2019

UPDATE on Eli Yishai and Yachad News

6 Adar II 5779

"Democracy" does not determine right and wrong.  Only the Torah does that and its Truth is inescapable.
(TOI - 11/03/19)  Gay Knesset candidates file incitement complaint against Haredi rabbi
Three gay Knesset candidates on the Blue and White party slate file an incitement complaint today against a prominent Haredi rabbi, Meir Mazuz,....
Eli Yishai responded to this on his Facebook page (rough translation)...
I read with astonishment the announcement of Blue and White party members who intend to file a complaint against the Maran Rosh HaYeshiva Hagaon Rabbi Meir Mazuz, shlit"a, in respect of statements made against members of the abomination community.

Simply disgraceful, impose a reign of terror against rabbis in Israel. Who are you to silence the Gadol HaDor from saying it? The words of the Rabbi are the words of the living G-d that appear in the Holy Torah, nothing he said is a novelty of his own.

This is exactly why Maran Rosh HaYeshiva was determined in his decision that Yahad would run for the Knesset, despite the polls that did not always compliment him. Party will end the rule of terror and silencing people who are not in line with their unacceptable agenda.

I invite the people of Israel, religious and secular as one, to support us and vote for Yahad in order to return the mandate to the sane majority in the State of Israel.

Other announcements as follows...

Humble words which you will never hear from any other politician
During an interview I gave on Channel 12, we heard from the interviewer, Mr. Oded Ben Ami, horrifying and shocking remarks with regard to Heaven. I immediately expressed a firm protest and demanded a retraction, but to my great sorrow, I made a mistake by remaining in the studio.
Looking back, I think I should have gotten up and left immediately. Chatati, aviti, pashati (I sinned), and I ask for mechilah, slichah and kaparah (forgiveness and atonement). I will not interview with Oded Ben Ami again until he retracts his harsh words and asks forgiveness from the Creator.
Yehonatan Yosef to be in Third Position
Here at the 'Yahad' party, the legacy of the greatest of Israel is not just an election slogan. Obeying the Maranan and Rabbanan is a guiding light for us and in their light we will go.
Yehonatan Yosef, grandson of Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt"l, is nominated to third place (on the party slate). Together we will ensure the continuation of Maran's legacy for the people of Israel, the Land of Israel and the Torah of Israel.
Congratulations
Yasher koach to the brave soldier of Tzahal who liquidated the terrorist who infiltrated a house in Hebron in order to stab Jews. This is the only way to end any attempted attack: a bullet in the head and a dead terrorist. Without fear, without concern for consequences - to liquidate. As our sages taught: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first."
 This is a voice that the entire country needs to hear from a national platform on a regular basis.

12 March 2019

MASHIACH BEFORE THE ELECTION (Part 2)

5 Adar II 5779

Continued from Part 1...
...Even before we examine our sages' words regarding Mashiach ben Yosef, we already have in hand several basic principles from the holy lips of the Gra:
1. There are two Messiahs, Mashiach ben Yosef and Mashiach ben David. The first is called "the Inaugural Messiah."  He is involved in the whole physical side of redemption, the actual return to Zion, and he fights G-d's wars.  The second completes the spiritual redemption.

2. These two Messiahs exist among us in every generation; and if Israel only understood what they must do to bring redemption "in haste," it would come speedily via these two Messiahs.

3. Mashiach ben Yosef not only goes unrecognized, but Israel ridicule those who herald the truth of redemption and are fit to be Mashiach ben Yosef. If Israel only recognized him and his era, he would immediately bring complete redemption "in haste."
Some people have posited that Rabbi Meir Kahane, ztz"l, Hy"d, was Mashiach ben Yosef for his generation.  Had the people of Israel stood up for him when the Erev Rav disqualified him from running for Knesset a month before the election, and backed his party wholeheartedly, he could have risen to power and prevented Oslo and every tragedy that followed in its wake.  But, the people were too weak and of too little faith, so unable to fulfill his mission, the Rav was taken from this world and his mission fell to the next generation's representative.  This is, I believe, why we are bidden to pray that Mashiach ben Yosef not die.  Furthermore, it is no coincidence that Rabbi Kahane's name has been so much in the news in these days just prior to another election, one which may very well be key to the arrival of this generation's Mashiach ben Yosef.
In every generation a Mashiach ben Yosef and a Mashiach ben David appear. The present exile has no fixed length. It can come "today, if we hearken to G-d's voice" (Ps. 95:7). In this regard G-d says, "Let not this possibility seem remote to you. Believe that if you only acted correctly, redemption would come 'today.' Search for the Messiahs, and I, too, will search Jerusalem with candles."
The Talmud states (Bava Batra 123b), "Jacob saw that Esau's seed could only be delivered up by Joseph's seed" (and the same in Targum Yonatan on Gen. 30:25). The point is clear: The beginning of the nations' fall will be through Mashiach ben Yosef who comes from Rachel. ..."In whose hands shall Edom fall? Those of the anointed of war, who comes from Joseph."

And Bereshit Rabba (73:7) teaches, "With Joseph's birth, Esau's adversary was born... There is a tradition that Esau shall fall only to Rachel's descendants."
...Pesikta Rabati, 36: 
At that moment, the nations became excited and said, "Master of the Universe!  Who is this into whose hands we shall fall?  What is his name?  What is his nature?"  G-d replied, He is the Messiah and his name is Ephraim, My righteous Messiah.  He shall raise up himself and his generation [i.e., from degradation to independence]. He shall bring light to Israel and save his people, and no nation or tongue can withstand him...  All his enemies and foes flee...  Even the rivers cease running..."
G-d set ground-rules for [the Messiah]:  "In the future, the sins of these stored away with you will place you under an iron burden.  They will make you like this calf whose eyes have dimmed.  Their burden will suffocate your spirit.  Through their sins, your tongue will cleave to your palate.  Do you wish this?"  The Messiah asked, "Is that pain going to last many years?" and G-d answered, "I swear by My life and yours that it shall last no later than the year seven thousand [i.e., the latest possible end, as noted previously from Avodah Zarah 9a].  If you are unhappy with this, I will make them suffer starting now."  The Messiah replied, "Master of the Universe!  Joyfully do I accept it upon myself so that not one Jew be lost...  It is what I want!"...
To be continued, iy"H

URGENT MESSAGES! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!

5 Adar II 5779

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11 March 2019

MASHIACH BEFORE THE ELECTION (Part 1)

4 Adar II 5779

I firmly believe, based on the many signs, that there is a very real possibility for Mashiach by Pesach.  And, in fact, I expect him before the election.  In fact, I believe this election is key to his arrival.  I'd like to say more, but we have to be careful not to do or say anything that would provide the Sitra Achra with ammunition to sabotage it.  

Why say anything then, you may wonder. Because the push this year is so strong, we have to know, now more than ever, how important our prayers and teshuvah are to its success.  With this in mind, I would like to begin preparing for this momentous event by dedicating coming blog posts to the subject of the "Inaugural Messiah" - Mashiach ben Yosef.  (All quotes are taken from chapters 30 and 31 of Rabbi Meir Kahane's Or HaRa'ayon.)
Mashiach ben Yosef is alluded to by our sages, and although they concealed more than they revealed, they still gave us their tradition that before Mashiach ben David's arrival, Mashiach ben Yosef will fight G-d's wars in the age of redemption.  He will improve Israel's physical welfare by fighting the wars against the nations, and Mashiach ben David will complete their spiritual redemption.


We may conclude that the Atchalta DeGeula, the stage before the conclusion of redemption when all surviving nations accept Heaven's yoke, is the period of Mashiach ben Yosef. ...the Gra, almost without equal since the Temple's destruction, calls Mashiach ben Yosef the "Mashicha De'Atchalta," the "Inaugural Messiah."  It would already be fitting at this point to present a brief quotation from the work establishing basic principles regarding Mashiach ben Yosef (Kol HaTor 1:2):

According to our master, the Gra, everything involved in the ingathering, building of Jerusalem and expansion of settlement in Eretz Yisrael for the return of the Divine Presence, all the elementary activities [building and planting], and all the finest details, are included in the mission of the Mashiach De'Atchalta, the first Messiah, Mashiach ben Yosef, the miraculous power assisting every non-miraculous act performed as catalyst below.  For Mashiach ben Yosef is from earth and Mashiach ben David is from Heaven.

..."Joseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him" (Gen 42:8)  This is one of Joseph's attributes.  Not just in his generation, but in every generation, Mashiach ben Yosef recognizes his brothers and they do not recognize himIt is an act of Satan which conceals Mashiach ben Yosef's attributes, such that the Jews unfortunately do not recognize his footsteps, and in fact scoff at them...  If not for this, our troubles would already be over If Israel "recognized Joseph," Mashiach ben Yosef's footsteps comprising the ingathering of the exiles, etc., we would already be redeemed.
The aim of this series of blog posts is to help focus us on "recognizing Yosef," but without mentioning any specific names.  Our prayers should be directed on behalf of Yosef and our teshuvah should be for any part we have played in the betrayal of Yosef. 

My hope is that the sources will speak to you and declare "Ani Yosef" and with the ultimate "recognition" will come the breakthrough we have all been waiting for. It could be in a matter of a few weeks!!  Please Hashem!!

08 March 2019

What Do The Forces of Evil Know That We Don't?

1 Adar II 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh - Parashat Pekudei
Rosh Chodesh Bet

Inside these "gates" is a huge room. If you've ever walked through Sha'ar Yafo or Sha'ar Tzion you'll have some idea, but these gates around the Temple Mount are much bigger than those allowing entrance into the Old City itself. 

Palestinians take part in Friday prayers outside the Golden Gate, or Gate of Mercy entrance to the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on March 1, 2019. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)
Israel, Jordan said holding talks to end conflict at Temple Mount gate

High-level Israeli and Jordanian officials held talks Wednesday evening in an effort to end the conflict over a contested religious area on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The longstanding closure of an area near the Golden Gate has ignited tensions between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police in recent weeks. Worshipers have forced it open and entered on several occasions.

Jordan oversees the Waqf, the Islamic custodians of the Temple Mount.

...Earlier in the day, junior officials from both sides held talks, during which Jordan offered that the site be closed for long-term renovations. While the Israelis agreed, they insisted it must first be closed without renovations taking place, as a statement of Israeli authority. This disagreement reportedly led to talks breaking down.
The fact that the focus of evil forces has moved to this Eastern Gate, known as the Mercy Gate (Psalm 102:14 - "You will rise, You will have mercy on Zion for there is a time to favor it, for the appointed season has arrived.") is a sign to us that they know how short is their time. They are gathering there to try to stop the return of the Holy Shechinah. (Amida Prayer - "May our eyes behold Your return to Zion in mercy.")  But they have no power to stop it. All power belongs to HKB"H
...And he led me to the gate, a gate that faced eastward.  And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east, and its sound was like the sound of abundant waters, and the earth shone from His glory.

...And the glory of the Lord came to the House by the way of the gate that faced eastward.  And a spirit lifted me and brought me to the Inner Court, and behold the glory of the Lord filled the House.  And I heard [Him] speaking to me from the House, and a man was standing beside me.
And He said to me, Son of man, [this is] the place of My throne and [this is] the place of the soles of My feet where I shall dwell in the midst of the Children of Israel forever, and the House of Israel will no longer defile My Holy Name,....  (Yechezkel 43:1-7)
May this be the year in this season of Redemption. 

07 March 2019

"Adar is K'Neged Yosef HaTzadik"

1 Adar II 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Rosh Chodesh Bet

Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky

Pekudei - It's Various Meanings/Bringing the Shechina Anywhere


~ CHODESH TOV!  SHABBAT SHALOM!! ~

The Shushan Gate

30 Adar I 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

I had an inkling when I wrote The Spirit of Mashiach and Redemption on Shushan Purim Katan that something significant was happening with regard to the Gate of Mercy.  But I did not understand the full extent of it until, thanks to Orna Nitzevet, she reminded me of something long forgotten. (See her comment on the previous post.)

On Rosh Chodesh of Adar II - the one that counts for Purim - Orna Nitzevet has reminded me that the Gate of Mercy (Sha'ar HaRachamim) on the Temple Mount is also known as the Shushan Gate.  
The Riddle of the Shushan Gate
Waqf rejects Israeli court order to shutter Temple Mount's Gate of Mercy
What are the chances that this gate would be in the headlines davka now?  There is certainly a deeper message here.  If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments.

~ CHODESH TOV ~

05 March 2019

Zehut - Whose Identity? Not Jewish!

29 Adar I 5779

I knew Zehut was not for me. I've been opposed to Moshe Feiglin almost since the beginning of his political career. But, I gave him the benefit of the doubt because I really thought his party did at least represent Jewish identity, as it purports to; however, I was wrong.

In a recent mailing, he bragged that his party includes "atheists" among its representatives.  

Where is the Jewish identity in that?


(H/T Rabbi Yehudah Richter)

And now, today, I read that another person on the party list speaks against circumcision.

Where is the Jewish identity without that?
Who is the Star of the Net who joins Feiglin's identity party?

...known for his performances against religion and mockery of faith....

Candidate for the 'identity' party against circumcision

A video that has been running on the Internet in recent hours presents the candidate for the Knesset's identity party, Gadi Vilcharsky, explaining to the parents why not to circumcise their children. Eli Yishai: "I am shocked."

..."I was shocked to see that the candidate of the identity party, Gadi Vilcharsky, calls on parents not to circumcise their children, r"l. Even Lapid did not dare to challenge the Torah of Israel," Yachad chairman Eli Yishai said. This is not identity, but an erasure of Jewish identity, a true right party is committed to caring for the people of Israel, the Land of Israel and, above all, the Torah of Israel."
Before I suggested in a recent post that Zehut was an acceptable choice even though it would not be my choice, I should have re-read my earlier posts on the subject.  (See here and here.)

I hope this corrects my earlier mistake.

"Are We There Yet?"

28 Adar I 5779

Have we reached the fiftieth level of tumah yet?

Women soldiers to have free access to 'morning after' pills
In order that cost not be a factor when considering contraception following unprotected sex, a special hotline will offer free, instant prescriptions for female IDF recruits.

Jewish Agency offers loans to staff seeking surrogacy abroad
For the first time in history, a state entity is offering its employees support for the extremely expensive procedure, which is denied to gay men in Israel by law

Israel's rabbi for same-sex couples
Tamar Gur Krause is a Reform rabbi with hundreds of marriage ceremonies under her belt; she believes in equality and love and the need for Judaism to develop and adapt to the times, rather than stay stagnant; 'I see myself as a bridge that brings people to a life of spirituality and meaning that derive of generations of Jewish texts,' she says.

The last thing she wants to do is to incite a war, but when Tamar Gur Krause, a Reform female rabbi, describes what sets apart the marriage ceremonies she conducts, she doesn't hide the fact she also officiates at same-sex weddings, and that in her opinion, the Orthodox wedding ceremonies seem like a parody of a prayer. And yes, she does know that there are many in Israel—and not just former anti-LGBT Shas minister Eli Yishai—who would be outraged and horrified by her words.

..."As far as I'm concerned, equality and love are far more important than something that was written in the distant past."

Jewish Couple Donates Millions For Christian Missionary Doctors In Africa
Mark Gerson and his wife Rabbi Erica Gerson will be giving $5 million over the next 10 years to fund Christian mission teaching hospitals across Africa.


"The Torah tells us, more than it tells us anything else, it tells us 36 times in various ways, to love the stranger," Mark told CBN News. "When my wife, who is a rabbi, and I think about how best we can discharge that Jewish obligation to love the stranger, we are drawn to the most effective and efficient way to do so which is to support the Christian medical missionaries who are providing care to the poor in Africa."

01 March 2019

"TWILIGHT"

24 Adar I 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Vayakhel - Sh'qalim

Parashat Vayakhel — Twilight — Rabbi Meir Kahane

On six days, work may be done, but the seventh day shall be holy for you, a day of complete rest for Hashem... (Ex. 35:2)

In Yoma 81b, our sages said regarding Yom Kippur: «You must afflict your souls on the ninth of the month» (Lev. 23:32): I might think one should start fasting on the ninth day. It therefore says «in the evening» (Ibid.). If «in the evening», I might think he should start after it gets dark. It therefore, says, «on the ninth». How does this work? We start fasting while it is yet day. From here we learn that we add from the non-holy [the day before] onto the holy... I only know that this applies regarding Yom Kippur. How do I know it applies also regarding the Sabbath? The verse adds, «You must celebrate Sabbath [תשבתו]» (Ibid.)

We, likewise, find in Mechilta (Yitro, Mesechta DeBachodesh, 7): The Torah says «Remember the Sabbath day to make it holy» (Ex. 20:8) and then, «Keep the Sabbath day to make it holy» (Deut. 5:12). We must remember it from before [its onset] and we must keep it until after [its completion]. From here they learned that we add from the non-holy onto the holy.

All the Rishonim ruled this way (except for Rambam), and R. Yosef Caro ruled this way as well (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 261:2). I believe a profound principle can be derived here. Consider that G-d, rather than letting day move to night suddenly, created twilight [בין השמשות — bein hashemashot], a time of questionable status, and included this in the Sabbath. By His very doing so, He already established a sort of addition to the Sabbath besides the Rabbinic one mentioned above. The Poskim argue over when twilight occurs. According to Rambam and Rif, the Gaonim and Gra, it begins immediately after sunset and continues the time it takes to walk three fourths of a mil [approximately 960 meters], after which begins night. Yet Rabbenu Tam has another view, which Ramban and Rashba, Rosh and Ran agree to, that from sunset until nightfall lasts the time it takes to walk four mil (Pesachim 94a), and that there are two sunsets: The first lasts the time it takes to walk three and a quarter mil, and then it is still daytime. The second sunset begins then and lasts the time it takes to walk three quarters of a mil, and that span is twilight.

Actually, according to either view, one is obligated to add some amount of time even before twilight, such that before what is for sure Sabbath, there is not only twilight, the questionable time, but a period of unquestionable weekday added on. R. Yosef Caro (who ruled like Rabbenu Tam and his group), wrote (Ibid.), «If someone wishes to make an absolute addition to the Sabbath, he may do so... He need only add some amount of unquestionable daytime, thereby adding from the non-holy to the Holy.» Rema commented: «And if he wishes to accept upon himself the onset of the Shabbat as early as plag haminchah [one and a quarter halachic hours before nightfall], he may do so» (yet, whoever starts before then has done nothing).

Previously [in other places], I have explained that G-d can bring redemption early on various pretexts, even when Israel have not merited redemption «in haste». I believe that the two additions, namely (1) G-d's creation of a twilight period between day and night and its natural inclusion in the Sabbath that follows; and, (2) the mitzvah of adding weekday time onto the Sabbath, serve to reward Israel in the Messianic era if we are otherwise undeserving. G-d is hinting at this. The week is composed of six weekdays followed by a Sabbath, and we are obligated to add from the sixth day to bring the Sabbath earlier. In the same way, the world's entire existence is six thousand years, followed by a seventh, called «a day that is all Sabbath».

Hence, as part of our cries to hasten redemption, it is a great mitzvah for us to bring the Sabbath as early as we can. That way, we can merit early redemption as just recompense. How many blessings will befall the Jew who steadfastly brings the Sabbath early each week! By this merit, he will hasten also the coming of the eternal Sabbath to the world. This may be why R. Yochanan said in the name of R. Shimon bar Yochai (Shabbat 118b): «If Israel kept only two Sabbaths according to their laws [כהלכתן — kehilchatan], we would immediately be redeemed.» In other words, if we fulfill all the laws of the Sabbath, including adding from the non-holy to the holy, corresponding to the Messianic era, then G-d Himself will add from the non-holy and hasten the eternal Sabbath.

[No compilation - this is Rabbi Meir Kahane's «The Jewish Idea», Chapter 37 «Twilight» directly from the book.]  (Source)

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

28 February 2019

The Trap Has Been Sprung by HKB"H

23 Adar I 5779

The same week that American Jewry went overboard castigating Israel for the inclusion of the political party Otzma Yehudit because of its connections to Rabbi Meir Kahane, ztz"l, Hy"d, a distinguished and holy Cohen, the world saw them represented by another Cohen. 

(I'm assuming the Nazi imagery here is not lost on my readers.)




...[Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.] demanded to know how Cohen could call Trump a racist when Cohen himself brought Lynne Patton, an African-American woman, into the Trump organization (Patton is now a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development).

“You made some demeaning comments about the president that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with!” Meadows said. “In fact, it has to do with your claim of racism. She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there was no way she should work for an individual who is racist — how do you reconcile the two of those …”

Cohen interrupted: “As neither should I as the son of a Holocaust survivor.”

...Answering Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., whose political rise was short-circuited in part because of the email thefts, Cohen also implicated Trump’s Jewish daughter, Ivanka, saying she and her brother, Donald Jr., also were pursuing the Moscow deal well into the campaign.

In his prepared testimony, Cohen cited his father’s Holocaust survival as a reason for coming clean after a decade of loyalty to Trump, and also called the president a racist. Asked why he decided to cooperate, beyond the obvious reasons — the FBI raided his properties and found incriminating evidence being the major one — Cohen cited “Charlottesville.”

...There were other subtle reminders of Cohen’s Jewishness, like when he was asked by a friendly Democrat about Trump’s recent insinuation that Cohen’s father-in-law was a criminal.

“He came to this country in 1973, [with] the expulsion of Jews from the Ukraine,” Cohen said of his father-in-law. “Never in my life did I think Mr. Trump would do something so disgraceful.”

And some on Twitter wanted to know what Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, meant when contrasted Cohen’s past support for Trump, which Roy said was self-serving, with those of “real Americans” who backed Trump because they wanted change.

...Trump, attending the summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, did not comment on Cohen’s testimony except to retweet his own tweet from the evening before: “Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying and fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!”

The last reference was apparently to attorney Lanny Davis, who represented President Bill Clinton during his multiple scandals in the 1990s and is close to Hillary Clinton. Davis, a Jewish communications professional who once served as a spokesman for The Israel Project, sat directly behind Cohen during the hearing.
Some Highlights From the Testimony






Just imagine what this is going to do to all of Mr. Trump's white nationalist supporters and then just imagine who they are going to take their anger out on, especially if this ends with an impeachment of the president.



Thirty years after his assassination, most American Jews still bear baseless hatred for Rabbi Meir Kahane and trip all over themselves to be the first one to denounce him and anyone who shows him any respect. But, for this Cohen, who has given up all rights to the name, and his despicable acts... If any Jewish leader or organization has denounced him, I am unaware of it. The silence is deafening.