27 May 2019

TOLD YOU SO

22 Iyyar 5779
Day 37 of the Omer

(See HERE.)
FIRE THAT DESTROYED SHLOMO CARLEBACH MOSHAV IS SUSPECTED ARSON
Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service initially blamed the blaze on faulty electric wires, but has since discovered that it had several points of origin, suggesting arson, according to media reports.
Fire Department: Mass Blazes Caused by Arson

In related news, the police over the weekend arrested three Arabs who attempted to start fires in Jerusalem as an act of terrorism.

A Police spokesman stated that while firefighters across the country were fighting fires, police in Jerusalem arrested three suspects for attempting to deliberately start fires.

The police arrested a 19-year-old suspect while he was attempting to start a fire near the French Hill neighborhood. A 15-year-old was arrested in similar circumstances in the Har Hazofim area, which borders with Arab neighborhoods and has repeatedly been the target of arson attacks.

A third suspect, 30, was also arrested for attempting to start a fire in the Kidron area.

“Investigations into those three suspects are continuing and they remain under arrest,” the police said.

Arab terrorists over the years have adopted arson as a weapon against Israel, taking advantage of the dry and hot weather to ignite fires and cause mass damage to property as well as loss of life.
Unfortunately, some tried to blame it on Lag B'Omer bonfires which simply was not true. 

24 May 2019

DESPICABLE EISAV

19 Iyyar 5779
Day 34 of the Omer

THIS CRIES OUT TO HEAVEN!

They can show mercy to an Islamic American who aided the enemy Taliban, but none for the Jewish American who shared vital (illegally withheld) intel with its ally Israel

It really showcases the Eisavian hypocrisy!
AMERICAN TALIBAN FREED EARLY FOR "GOOD BEHAVIOR"
John Walker Lindh - the so-called "American Taliban" - has been released from prison, a move Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared "unconscionable".
Lindh served 17 years of a 20-year sentence after he was captured in 2001 fighting in Afghanistan.
His early release has sparked fierce criticism, with many believing he still harbours extremist views.
...There are concerns that Lindh has not abandoned his extremism.
Foreign Policy magazine published US government documents in 2017 stating that the prisoner "continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts".
And in March last year, Lindh "told a television news producer that he would continue to spread violent extremist Islam upon his release", the documents allege.
More recently, The Atlantic magazine's journalist Graeme Wood wrote letters to Lindh while he was behind bars and describes him as "unrepentant".
"His more than 17 years in captivity seem, on the basis of this correspondence, to have converted Lindh from an al-Qaeda supporter to an Islamic State supporter," Mr Wood wrote.  (Source)
This further injustice to Jonathan Pollard should cause the entire American Jewish community to cry out at long last, but I will be surprised if we hear nary a peep.

Both Trump and Pompeo are claiming they are disgusted, but helpless to prevent Lindh's release.  "Helpless"?  Please!!

"Help!"

19 Iyyar 5779
Day 34 of the Omer
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat (Behar)/Bechukotai

Parashat Behar/Bechukotai - Help! - Rabbi Meir Kahane

If your brother becomes impoverished and his means falter in your proximity, you shall strengthen him – proselyte or resident – so that he can live with you. Do not take from him interest and increase; you shall fear your G-d and let your brother live with you. (Lev. 25:35,36)


King Solomon said (Prov. 21:13), “He who stops his ears at the cry of the poor shall also cry himself but shall not be answered.”Anyone who deserts a person who needs him, will in turn be deserted by G-d. This is what happened to Elimelech: Elimelech was one of the leaders of the nation and sustainers of the generation. Yet when the years of famine arrived, he said: All Israel are gathering around my door, each one with his basket [asking for donations]. He got up and ran away from the Land (Ruth Rabbah 1:4). And he was punished for this by dying – he and both of his sons – in exile. Anyone who forsakes the divine commandment of lovingkindness – G-d will forsake him, measure for measure: Thus says Hashem: You have abandoned Me, and I, too, have abandoned you (2 Chronicles 12:5).

Kindness and kind deeds are a general category that includes many individual mitzvot like charity, marrying off a poor girl, visiting the sick and comforting mourners. Truthfully, the potential for kind deeds is immeasurable. Anything one does for his fellow man, even offering a single kind word, is part of the kindness that builds the world. In other words, every good deed one does for his fellow man is called good because of the kindness it contains, because kindness is the fundamental kernel within all good. Loving one's fellow Jew is a mitzvah of global importance. Love, respect and reverence for our fellow Jew, created in G-d's image and sanctified at Sinai as G-d's elect, is the duty of every single Jew, because he is part of that chosen people. Every Jew must grow spiritually by showing love and respect for his fellow Jew. In that way, he expresses his esteem for someone holy and select, created in G-d's image and chosen at Sinai to be G-d's special treasure. In effect, he gains self-esteem as well. These benefits are secondary to the main benefit accrued: Though such behavior one suppresses the evil impulse and breaks down his ego. This is man's purpose, and doing so exalts and sanctifies him. It says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The moment a person equates someone else – through the love and respect he shows him – with himself, thereby ceasing to view himself as the center of the world, his own ego will begin to grow smaller.

Kindness for one's fellow man, even for someone who is not one's relative and whom one does not know at all, is the trait that separates man from beast. It is this which elevates man to a level just beneath the angels, and perhaps just above them. Man's ability to give and to sacrifice his property and time for his fellow man is what G-d wished to implement on earth when He created it, and for this he created man.

R. Elazar said (Succah 49b), “Charity is only rewarded according to the kindness it contains, as it says (Hosea 10:12), 'Sow charity for yourselves, reap according to kindness.'” Rashi comments, “The giving is charity. The trouble taken is kindness, for example, bringing the money to the poor person's house, or taking the trouble that it should help him a lot... in short, paying full heed to the poor man's welfare.” How true are Rashi's words! Once more we have clear proof that the purpose of charity and kindness is its influence on the soul of the one offering it.

Make no mistake. Kindness, per se, is not the main purpose of creation or of Torah. Rather, it is the most outstanding, pronounced expression of modesty, self-abnegation, subjugation of the evil impulse and acceptance of G-d's yoke discernible in man. Man, by giving, nullifies his sense of taking. By worrying about his fellow man, he suppresses his selfishness, arrogance and lust. There is nothing great or praiseworthy about the poor person receiving kindness or charity. In taking and benefiting, one performs no mitzvah. The mitzvah is entirely in that the giver gives, that the kind person's mercy wells up and he forgets himself, his property and his selfishness, suppressing his ego and giving of his money or time to someone else. In doing so, he reinforces the humility within. By suppressing his evil impulse and lessening his lust, arrogance and selfishness, he fulfills his task on this earth. For this he was created. It is patently obvious that the main purpose of kind deeds is not that the receiver receive but that the giver give. Regarding tzedaka (“charity”), Chazal said a great thing which holds true regarding all mitzvot between man and his fellow man: The poor man does more for the donor than the donor does for the poor man. For as Ruth said to Naomi, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz” (Ruth 2:19). It does not say “who worked with me,” but “with whom I worked”. She said to her: Many good deeds have I done with him today for the slice that he gave me (Leviticus Rabbah 34:8). True, the simple meaning is that the master receives greater income from G-d than what he gives in charity. But Chazal take this far deeper: the greatness of the mitzvah of tzedaka is not that the poor man receives, but that the giver gives. There is no greatness in a person receiving something material – but great is the person who gives to someone else, thereby relinquishing the benefit that he could have received from his money. Performing this mitzvah affects his soul. He elevates and sanctifies it by removing the selfishness that encrusts it. Therefore Ruth said, Many good deeds have I done with him today. The same applies to any form of kindness that a person performs for his fellow-man: the greatness lies, not in the receiving, but in the active performance of giving. This is the great difference between Torah and socialism: Torah emphasizes the giving, whereas socialism emphasizes the receiving – and receiving only increases the selfishness of the recipient, who will never be satisfied with what he has received. The Jews who distort the Torah are so influenced by the alien culture that they turn kindness and mercy into goals in and of themselves. By such means they elevate them above all the mitzvot, necessarily diminishing the value of all other mitzvot.  They also push the concepts of kindness and mercy to foolish and dangerous extremes, while they themselves include wicked enemies of the Jewish People. The real meaning of kindness and truth is that these principles are only part, albeit an exceedingly marked and conspicuous part, of the Torah's main purpose and goal – self-abnegation and suppression of our evil impulse and arrogance.  All the mitzvot were given for this purpose, but kindness and mercy are the most direct part to this goal, as I have explained. Such acts express the Torah's essence, breaking down one's ego. The word mercy – “rachamim” in Hebrew – comes from “rechem”, womb. There is no mercy like that of a mother for the child of her womb. There is an inseparable bond between them because the child is part of her body, “flesh of her flesh” (Gen. 2:23). Just so must be a Jew's mercy for his fellow Jew (if that fellow is worthy). It should resemble a mother's mercy for her child.

Compiled from “The Jewish Idea" and "Peirush Hamaccabee - Shemot" of Rav Meir Kahane, HY”D


~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

23 May 2019

Fighting Fire With Fire

19 Iyyar 5779
Day 34 of the Omer

Every year, we get one or two extra severe bouts of heat wave.  And every year when that happens, fires break out all over the country.  And every time, it later turns out that Arabs set the fires, taking advantage of the circumstances.

The authorities are admitting the Arabs set the fires in the south of the country yesterday.  They can't cover that up.
Firefighters bring 11 fires lit by Hamas balloons under control

At least 11 fires blazed in Eshkol and Sdot Negev regions on Wednesday from incendiary balloons tossed over from the Gaza Strip. One consumed a 12-acre wheat field belonging to Kibbutz Alumim. By nightfall, the firefighters had brought them all under control. Because of the exceptionally dry, hot and windy weather Israel’s fire and rescue services had issued a fire warning across the country and banned the customary Lag Be’Omer bonfires.in many places.
There is not a doubt in my mind that it will turn out that they are also responsible for the fires burning in the center of the country, too.
ISRAEL ON RED ALERT AS HEAT WAVE FIRES SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY

...The red-level alert was raised and a full mobilization of firefighters have been scrambled throughout the entire country. There have been requests for volunteer firefighters and for assistance from neighboring countries for firefighting planes.

...Today's events began when a large fire broke out near Beit Hagai, in the southern Hebron Hills in the West Bank on Thursday. The first line of houses have been evacuated in the settlement. There are currently reports of at least 15 people being treated for smoke inhalation.

...In a related development, Israel police blocked route 443 and evacuated communities around the Ben Shemen forest Thursday as fires of undetermined origin raged through the area.

Route 1, the major artery connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was a snarled traffic jam near the area in the afternoon as the sun began to descend toward the horizon.

On the skyline, brown and black smoke billowed from the Ben Shemen forest. Usually a picnic area, the place was turned into a looming inferno as a fire spread during the hottest day of the spring so far.

...Deri Semachi briefed reporters there on the situation. He said that investigations were still underway to determine the cause of the fires.
And in a related story... "Arson has not been ruled out, according to the Police."

On the very day when Jews traditionally burn bonfires in celebration of Lag La'Omer, it seems the Arabs didn't want to be left out. I hope this is not going to become a new tradition for Ramadan.

You can see a full report here: Netanyahu calls for international help as huge fires force evacuation of 3,500

HKB"H knows and He will avenge any wrong done to His Land and People.

It's 1984 in 2019

18 Iyyar 5779
Day 33 of the Omer
In George Orwell's novel 1984, the government is made up of four ministries. They are: the Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Peace, the Ministry of Plenty, and the Ministry of Love.
The Ministry of Truth (Minitrue) is concerned with creating propaganda, controlling the media, manipulating historical documents, and producing Newspeak dictionaries. It supplies the citizens with various forms of media, which support Big Brother and the Party's agenda. (Source)
A lot of people like to draw parallels between the novel 1984 and the present day.  Here is proof they may be right.  Internal memo to staff from the editor of The Guardian.....

(Source)

Like One of the Plagues of Egypt

18 Iyyar 5779
Day 33 of the Omer

Trump had better let Jonathan Pollard go...


22 May 2019

Upside-Down World

17 Iyyar 5779
Day 32 of the Omer

I can't help thinking what an upside-down world we are living in.  This ER government (either Erev Rav or Evil Regime, they're the same thing) would have us believe that the US and Saudi Arabia are our best friends and Iran is our worst enemy.  But, in the World of Truth, what the US and Saudi Arabia are planning for us would lead to our utter destruction if they had their way (which HKB"H will not allow), making them our worst enemy.  And you can mark my words, in the end, we are going to see that what Iran is doing will eventually lead to our great salvation and the building of the Third Beit HaMikdash, because they are the tool HKB"H is using to thwart the US and Saudi Arabia.

THIS picture is our worst case scenario...


The union of Eisav and Yishmael brought about by the Erev Rav.
THE MAIN DRIVE OF THE EREV RAV IS TO UNIFY EISAV AND YISHMAEL AND TO SEPARATE THE TWO MOSHIACHS.  THEREFORE, OUR MAIN SERVICE AND BATTLE IS TO BREAK AND TO REMOVE THE STRENGTH OF THE EREV RAV, THE K'LIPAH OF ARMELIUS THE EVIL, FROM ISRAEL; THE EREV RAV IS OUR GREATEST ENEMY, THE ONE WHO SEPARATES
THE TWO MOSHIACHS.
The purpose in our bringing about the ingathering of the exiles is to set up faithful people for the sake of the unification of the two moshiachs (i.e., Moshiach Ben Yosef and Moshiach Ben Dovid) in the gates of Jerusalem. This is in order to return the Divine Presence to bring about the redemption, the true redemption and sanctification of God's Name. According to our teacher, the Vilna Gaon, z"l, we can bring about, with the help of God and through these strong people, these two moshiachs, and to learn well all the levels and their purposes in practical terms. The general purpose of the two moshiachs, Moshiach Ben Yosef and Moshiach Ben Dovid, throughout all the generations has been to protect and fight against the three 'heads' of the K'lipos, Eisav, Yishmael, and the Erev Rav. The specific role of Moshiach Ben Yosef is against Eisav who is the k'lipah of the left, the main purpose of Moshiach Ben Dovid is against Yishmael, the k'lipah of the right, and together they go against Eisav and Yishmael who are the ox and the donkey from the side of impurity. The joining of Eisav and Yishmael is the result of Armelius, the sar of the Erev Rav, who are able to destroy Israel and the entire world, may God have mercy. The main drive of the Erev Rav is to unify Eisav and Yishmael and to separate the two moshiachs. Therefore, our main service and battle is to break and to remove the strength of the Erev Rav, the k'lipah of Armelius the Evil, from Israel; the Erev Rav is our greatest enemy, the one who separates the two moshiachs. The k'lipah of the Erev Rav works only through deception and roundabout ways. Therefore, the war against the Erev Rav is the most difficult and bitterest of all. We must strengthen ourselves for this war, and anyone who does not participate in the battle against the Erev Rav becomes, de facto, a partner with the k'lipah of the Erev Rav, and was better off not being born in the first place. (Kol HaTor, Chapter 2, Section 2, Letter 'bais')
Everything that we see on the ground and everything that is being reported (also here) about the "Deal of the Century" tells us that Eisav, at the instigation of the Erev Rav, is determined to prevent Yisrael from fulfilling his God-given mission in the world by turning us into an Eisav clone, thereby doing what every enemy in the past has failed to do - destroy Yisrael.

But, that's only possible in a world of illusion (and delusion) - in the Upside-Down World.  In the World of Truth, Eisav has no power over us.  In the World of Truth, Eisav has already fallen and Yisrael is victorious.

TEAM EREV RAV - See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil

21 May 2019

A Rare Current Interview with Jonathan Pollard

17 Iyyar 5779
Day 32 of the Omer

There is simply no end to the treachery this regime has perpetrated on the Jewish people. 

20 May 2019

Herzl Got Something Right

15 Iyyar 5779
Day 30 of the Omer

Sometimes when I see this sign at the entrance to my community, I feel like I have to pinch myself to be sure I'm not dreaming.  I tell myself, "Think about where you are, by the grace of HKB"H."  It's so easy to take it all for granted.


Theodore Herzl famously said: "If you will it, it is no dream; and if you don't, a dream it is and a dream it will stay."  On this point, he was 100% right.  But, remember this.  It all begins with the dream.

The War Belongs to Hashem

15 Iyyar 5779
Day 30 of the Omer

Interesting how everyone is suddenly so reluctant to go to war...
Trump: I don’t want to fight but we can’t let Iran have nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia, Iran Revolutionary Guards chief say not seeking war

On Tuesday, Iran’s Ayatollah, Seyed Ali Khamenei, said that any confrontation between the US and Iran would not be “a military one,” and that “there was not going to be any war.”

US President Donald Trump has expressed a similar sentiment recently when he told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, he does not want to go to war with Iran, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing unidentified administration officials.  (Source)
I sort of believe them. Look how long they have been dragging this confrontation out. Back in 2006, Debka was reporting war in six weeks. And it goes back even before that. But...
.יְהֹוָ֖ה אִ֣ישׁ מִלְחָמָ֑ה יְהֹוָ֖ה שְׁמֽוֹ

Shemot 15:3 - Hashem is Master of war; Hashem is His Name.
When Hashem decides there will be war, there will be a war.  

18 May 2019

Another Good Sign

14 Iyyar 5779
Day 29 of the Omer
Pesach Sheni 

In addition to Netanyahu's failure to form a government possibly being a sign that the Erev Rav regime is losing it's power to rule, the shakiness of the Jordanian king's rule is also a sign that the Third Messianic War can't be far off.
JORDAN AWAITS TRUMP DEAL WITH FEAR, RUMORS

...West Bank Palestinians who visited Jordan in the past few weeks said that the kingdom was awash with rumors and conspiracy theories amid increased calls for economic and political reforms and leaks concerning the peace plan.

“The situation in Amman is very tense,” said a businessman from Ramallah who visits Jordan regularly. “The economic situation is very bad, and many people complain that the Syrian refugees are taking their jobs. In addition, there’s talk about several senior political and security officials who may be involved in attempts to undermine the monarchy.”

A Palestinian Authority official who returned from Amman last week said that Jordanian officials told him that Abdullah was “upset” with the Trump administration and some Arab states. “The king feels that he’s been left alone to face serious challenges from home and abroad,” the PA official said. “He’s afraid that Trump’s plan will aggravate tensions inside the kingdom and drive a wedge between Jordan and other Arabs.”

Summing up Jordan’s predicament, a veteran political analyst in Amman said that the kingdom was facing “existential challenges” as a result of the peace plan. The king’s efforts, he said, “should be focused on preserving Jordan’s survival, independence and stability, while also pushing for badly needed economic and political reforms.”
 ~ PESACH SHENI SAMEACH! ~

17 May 2019

EUROVISION CHILUL SHABBAT

12 Iyyar 5779
Day 27 of the Omer
Erev Shabbat - Parashat Behar

I missed this yesterday...


Multiple Rallies Planned Against Eurovision Chilul Shabbos

...YWN-Israel reported that HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita warns of the “sakona” surrounding the Chilul Shabbos and is concerned regarding a ‘kitrug’ in Shomayim,....
Eurovision weekend in the big city *
All you need to know about the parties, major events and alcohol that will rock Tel-Aviv this Eurovision finale weekend 
So, I thought the least I can do is make a public statement of support for the rabbanim and the sanctity of the Holy Shabbat and pray that HKB"H will make havdalah between those who are faithful to the covenant and those who are in rebellion against Him.  
...Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has authorized 30,000 workers to be Mechalel Shabbos in connection with the Eurovision event, as YWN-Israel reported.
Despite receiving a two-week extension of time, Netanyahu is still having trouble cobbling together a coalition.  That together with Sa'ar's rebellion and the PM's looming legal problems are a warning.  Hopefully, it is also a sign that the Erev Rav regime is coming to an end.

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

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* This is eerily similar to the situation I wrote about in 2010 in my book The Desert's Secret.  Just such a celebration was going on in Tel Aviv right before Iran attacked Israel. 

16 May 2019

"The Poway Attack: Aliyah Bullying"

12 Iyyar 5779
Day 27 of the Omer

Rabbi Richter continues his shiur from last week...

"Practical Lessons in Aliya"

11 Iyyar 5779
Day 26 of the Omer

Apparently, this is the message Heaven wants to send out right now.  Perhaps it is the final call.



If you think you are really anticipating Mashiach, but have no desire to live in Eretz HaKodesh, I think you are kidding yourself. If you think you do have a desire to live in Eretz HaKodesh, but have not taken even one practical step towards making it happen, I think you are kidding yourself. Please take a closer look inside.

15 May 2019

War With Iran "Is In Its Final Moments"

10 Iyyar 5779
Day 25 of the Omer

If that 'lit fuse' is going to explode during the week of Netzach, I would expect it on either Yom Chamishi or Shabbat. Be extra vigilant all you brothers in the Golan! Hashem should have mercy on His children!
Editors Of Iranian IRGC-Affiliated Newspapers: Iran Is Behind Fujairah And Yanbu Attacks; Possibility Of Additional Attacks In Red Sea, Golan Heights

Following May 12, 2019 reports of attacks on oil tankers at Fujairah Port, off the coast of the UAE's Emirate of Fujairah, two senior Iranian journalists affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) tweeted that Iran had carried out the attacks. The two journalists are Hamed Rahim-Pour, editor of the international section of the IRGC-affiliated Khorasan daily, and Amin Arabshahi, director of the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency's bureau in northern Khorasan Province. Rahim-Pour claimed that there had been an additional attack at the Saudi port of Yanbu in the Red Sea; that attack was confirmed today, May 14, by the Saudis. Rahim-Pour warned that there would be additional attacks at the ports of Fujairah and Yanbu and even on the Golan Heights.
MEMRI translated their tweets. They can be seen here, including the following...
Also on May 12, 2019, Amin Arabshahi, director of the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency's bureau in northern Khorasan Province, tweeted:

"Al-Fujairah Port, which is the sole lifeline for the export of oil from the UAE and Saudi Arabia, has been set on fire. The guys of the Islamic Resistance set fire to [this site, which is situated] just before the #Strait of Hormuz. #Merchants of fear [i.e. the administration of U.S. President Trump] should know that the war started years ago. We are in its final moments."

"Aliyah Bullying"

10 Iyyar 5779
Day 25 of the Omer

This blog post was inspired by a discussion in the comment section of a popular Jewish geulah blog.  In that discussion, one of the commenters coined the term "aliyah bullying" in reference to a different commenter who was promoting and encouraging aliyah for Diaspora Jews.  I decided to address this issue here rather than at the blog in question because it raises some issues that are much broader than one single blog community.

This term "aliyah bullying" is evidence of the strained relations that exist over the topic of aliyah between Israeli Jews and many Diaspora Jews. As the blog's author put it...
It's a sad fact that those of us outside of Israel feel intimidated by these kind of comments on various blogs. I'm fed up with all the nonsense about another holocaust etc.... the [L]ubavitcher Rebbe and many more have told us there will not be another holocaust G-d forbid, and we know anti semitism will again rear it's ugly head before Moshiach..... I'm happy to see people standing up for their rights to live outside of Israel, for many and varied reasons we cannot make ALiyah and don't believe there is a need to. I'm not giving advice here, just defending our rights to live our lives and not be attacked because we can't jump on the next plane to Yerushalayim. Well done to everyone who has made Aliyah, you are very fortunate to be living in Israel, but spare a thought for those who have tried and failed and had to return home to the diaspora just to survive, and for those who can't even consider it for so many reasons.
Earlier in the discussion, the aliyah "bully" was asserting that even many of the popular internet rabbis are promoting aliyah, to which someone replied...
"Most truly frum people do not go online much.... and Hashem for sure likes that. And there's no reason for them to die a more horrific death just because they were únaware' of Hashem's plans due to their refraining from internet usage!
That was a bit shocking to me because it tells me that anyone making such an argument must be completely unaware of how many times and how many ways our Torah and prayers promote aliyah on a daily basis.  Presumably, the "most truly frum people" would be better informed on this subject than anyone relying on internet rabbis in any case.

Granted, there really are Jews who yearn with all their hearts to make aliyah, but who, at the present time, are really unable to do so.  Someone like Jonathan Pollard, for example.  But, I doubt this thought would ever cross the mind of any one of them:  "I'm happy to see people standing up for their rights to live outside of Israel...don't believe there is a need to."  The vast majority of Diaspora Jews feel the way the blog author does and I commend her on her honesty.  It's much better than laying the blame on HKB"H and implying that our own failure of faith is instead His failure to provide, chas v'chalilah!  Free will demands that we must first desire the Land of Israel and then, HKB"H will respond by providing the means and the way. The vast majority of Jews who live outside the Land of Israel do so because they simply don't want it and therefore, they may even be relieved to find they see no way towards making that happen.

I used to be an "aliyah bully" for the same reason this one is: I cared deeply for Am Yisrael and looked forward to the day when we would all be united in our homeland like we were after leaving Mitzrayim.  I thought they just needed information and encouragement and I was more than happy to provide both.  But I was cured of that, both by the surly rejections of many of the brethren and by something a very respected rabbi said on the subject.  I wish I could recall who, but I vividly recall his words: "It is forbidden to run after people."  Now, I try only to discuss this topic with those who approach me about it and ask for assistance.

In addition, I have made the following information available by having it pinned on the right column of my own blog: ALIYAH

One final remark, if I may.  Those of us who have succeeded in making aliyah to Eretz Yisrael do not have fortune to thank for it, but HKB"H, Who will do the same for anyone who can find it in his heart and mind to put ALL his faith and trust in Him!

It helps to keep in mind that it is not a question of do we have to make aliyah, but do we get to make aliyah!

I'll end here with a blessing and a request...

May every real Jew in this generation merit to get to make aliyah safely in the nearest future.  And may HKB"H take special mercy on Yehonatan ben Malka (Pollard) and deliver him from the curse of the exile to the blessing of Eretz Yisrael as quickly as possible. Amen.

13 May 2019

Messianic "Brilliance" Shines in the Month of Ziv

9 Iyyar 5779
Day 24 of the Omer

I have written in the past about Three Messianic Wars: here, here, and here. The two which have been have both occurred in the month of Iyyar or Ziv, as the Torah calls it. So, there is reason to believe that the third and final one, which is yet to be, will also occur in this month. 
It is related in the Prophets (Kings I, 6:1) that King Solomon began the building of the First Temple. “In the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the House of G-d.” The Radak explains: “The month Ziv is the month of Iyar… and it is called Ziv, as our sages explain, because of the splendor of the trees, namely the brilliance of the flowers and buds.” Ziv means “splendor” or “brilliance.” In this month of “brilliance” King Solomon “began to build the House of G-d.”
The two names of the month, Ziv and Iyar (from ohr, the primary word in Hebrew for “light”), are indeed two synonyms for “light.” They both relate to the special light that shines in this second month of the Jewish calendar. In particular, Iyar refers to the light source (or to the light within and proximate to its source), whereas Ziv refers to the expansion of radiant-energy as it shines far from its source. With regard to G-d’s Divine light, the Ziv is that radiance which descends from its source to shine on the Jewish soul as enclothed in a physical body on earth, and to awaken in it the desire to build a House for G-d (within the context of physical reality, far removed, as it were, from the source of Divine light).

...During Iyar, the “lower reality” is slowly refined to become a proper vessel able to receive the revelation of the essence of the “higher reality.” This is accomplished by fulfilling the commandment of sefirat ha-omer (“the counting of the omer; the word for “counting,” sefirah is from the same root as “saphire,” the brilliant stone known as even sapir, denoting the light scintillating from within lowly materiality). (Source)
Since the First Messianic War, which saw the return of Jewish sovereignty to a small part of Eretz Yisrael, took place on 5 Iyyar (20th Day of the Omer - Yesod in Tiferet) and the Second Messianic War, which saw the return of Jews to the mountains of Israel, the cities of the Patriarchs and Holy Jerusalem, took place on 28 Iyyar (43rd Day of the Omer - Chesed in Malchut), I have often wondered if the Third Messianic War, which is destined to bring us the East Bank of the Jordan River, as well as establish our sovereignty over the Temple Mount, will take place somewhere in the middle. Like the Sefirot themselves: one to the left, one to the right, and one the balance between the two.

The most obvious date would be 14 Iyyar - Pesach Sheini (29th Day of the Omer - Chesed in Hod) with it's obvious connections to redemption and second chances.  If we were looking for geulah on Pesach in Nisan, but were found undeserving, perhaps one month of counting the Omer might confer enough merit to bring geulah on Pesach Sheini 

On the other hand, a case could be made for any one of the days of the weeks during which we count the Sefirot of Netzach (Days 22 - 28 of the Omer) and Hod (Days 29 - 35 of the Omer). Day 33 of the Omer is, of course, L"g baOmer, the day the Zohar, which also alludes to brightness, was revealed.
...We will now describe the third group of sefirot which we will call the "tactical" sefirot; they are netzach, "victory," and hod, "awe."

When we call these sefirot "tactical," we mean that their purpose is not inherent in themselves, but rather as a means for something else.

For example, if I wish for my son, whom I love with all my heart, to make something of himself, I may have to be strict and stern with him in order to teach him discipline or insure that he applies himself to his studies, etc. The "strictness and sternness" is tactical -- that is, it is the means by which I endow the child with the benefits that I want him to have. But my intrinsic intent is that of kindness -- of giving him an education and teaching him values.

In another instance, I may use the tactic of kindness, though my intent may be antagonistic. I could lure an enemy into a trap by inviting him with a smile and a pleasant demeanor. The exterior façade of the act is pleasantness, its interior is punitive.

Understanding these two attributes of netzach and hod gives us a new perspective into understanding what is happening in the world. No longer do we merely look at an act at face value, and attempt to understand it as such, but we must look at it also in terms of "a means to an end."

...For instance, the suffering of the righteous may be a test in order to heighten their reward, or a way to cleanse them in this world of their few sins so that they are pure and perfect in the World to Come. The wicked may be prospering in order that their feeling of complacency forestalls their repentance or in order that they should receive their entire reward on earth so their later destruction can be total.

There are other possibilities too; the main point is that there is more to God's actions than what appears to be happening at surface level. (Source)
Quoting SEFIROS: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer by Rabbi Yaacov Haber:

For the Sefirah of Netzach...
...While the first three sefiros are primarily about internal relations, both netzach and hod are midos that connect with the outside world.
Netzach gives the long term view.  It sees events as part of a much bigger story. 
...Netzach and hod are very closely connected.  The two keruvim, the golden cherubs on top of the Ark of the Covenant, which provided the interface between God and humanity, represented netzach and hod.  Similarly, the two pillars at the entrance to the First Beis HaMikdash were called Yachin and Boaz, and also represented netzach and hod.
...Netzach is closely associated with the Written Torah, while hod is connected to the Oral Law.
...Netzach is personified by Moshe Rabbeinu.
For the Sefirah of Hod...
...Choice is associated with hod because any choice can only be for the moment.  Just like hod, free choice focuses on the present, while ultimately affecting the future.
Aharon HaCohen personifies hod.
All things considered, it seems to me that the week of Netzach (Yom Rishon, May 12 -  Shabbat, May18) is particularly suited to an outbreak of hostilities leading to the Third Messianic War.  And how appropriate would it be that the secular, Zionist, Democratic State is celebrating it as Eurovision Week!
...[On Sunday] All the traditional Eurovision glitz and glamor was on full display, including full-length ball gowns – on both men and women – head-to-toe sequins, sky-high heels, feathers and, in the case of Iceland’s Hatari – a whole lot of leather.

The grand finale – tickets to which sold out within hours – will be held in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
Hod in netzach is on Day 26 of the Omer - 26 being significant for the gematria of yud-kay-vav-kay.  That day is Yom Chamishi which corresponds to the fifth aliyah of Parashat Behar  (Vayikra 25) ...
29  And when a man sells a residential house in a walled city, its redemption may take place until the completion of the year of its sale. Its [period of] redemption shall be a full year.
30  But if it is not redeemed by the end of a complete year, then that house which is in the city that has a wall, shall remain permanently [the property] of the one who purchased it throughout his generations. It will not leave [his possession] in the Jubilee.
31  But houses in open cities, which do not have a wall surrounding them, are to be considered as the field of the land. It may have redemption and shall leave [the purchaser's possession] in the Jubilee.
32  And, [regarding] the cities of the Levites, the houses of their inherited cities shall forever have a [right of] redemption for the Levites.
33  And if one purchases from the Levites, whether a house or an inherited city, will leave [the possession of the purchaser] in the Jubilee, because the houses of the cities of the Levites, are their inherited property amidst the children of Israel.
34  And a field in the open areas of their cities cannot be sold, because it is their eternal inheritance.
35  If your brother becomes destitute and his hand falters beside you, you shall support him [whether] a convert or a resident, so that he can live with you.
36  You shall not take from him interest or increase, and you shall fear your God, and let your brother live with you.
37 You shall not give him your money with interest, nor shall you give your food with increase.
38  I am the Lord, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be a God to you.
It's all about redemption and return of the land.  In fact, the entire parashah is about redemption and restoration. How appropriate to the Third Messianic War!

Shabbat - the very day that is to be desecrated for the sake of Eurovision, chas v'shalom is Day 28 of the Omer - Netzach in Malchut.  The number 28 is the gematria of koach (power) and is twice yad (hand)  as in HKB"H acting with the power of both hands to redeem Yisrael.  The seventh aliyah...

47  If a resident non-Jew gains wealth with you, and your brother becomes destitute with him and is sold to a resident non-Jew among you or to an idol of the family of a non-Jew.
48  After he is sold, he shall have redemption; one of his brothers shall redeem him.
49  Or his uncle or his cousin shall redeem him, or the closest [other] relative from his family shall redeem him; or, if he becomes able to afford it, he can be redeemed [on his own].
50  He shall calculate with his purchaser [the number of years] from the year of his being sold to him until the Jubilee year; then, the purchase price shall be [divided] by the number of years; as the days of a hired worker, he shall be with him.
51  If there are still many years, according to them, he shall return his redemption [money] out of the money for which he was purchased.
52  But if only a few years remain until the Jubilee year, he shall make the [same] calculation; according to his years [that remain until Jubilee], he shall return the redemption [money]._
53 He shall be with him as an employee hired year by year; he shall not enslave him with rigor in your sight.
54 And if he is not redeemed through [any of] these [ways], he shall go out in the Jubilee year he and his children with him.
55  For the children of Israel are servants to Me; they are My servants, whom I took out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.
The commentary on this parashah says...
The commandment of the Sabbatical Year has a special relationship to Mount Sinai [Behar].  At Mount Sinai, God's majesty and power were so manifest that it was clear that the determining factors in human material success are God's will and man's worthiness.  The land's rest in the seventh year, too, teaches that the primary force in the universe is God, not the law of nature.  ...The Torah emphasizes, therefore, that it is God Who gives the land.
And as if that were not enough!  The haftarah comes from Yirmiyahu 32:6-27 and begins as follows...
6  And Jeremiah said: The word of the Lord came to me, saying:
7  Behold, Hanamel, the son of Shallum your uncle, is coming to you, saying: Buy for yourself my field that is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.
8  Then Hanamel, my uncle's son, came to me in the prison yard, according to the word of the Lord, and said to me; Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, that is in the country of Benjamin, for the right of inheritance is yours, and you have the right of redemption; buy it for yourself." And I knew that this was the word of the Lord.

...

14  So said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Take these scrolls, this deed of purchase and the signed one and this open scroll, and put them into an earthen vessel so that they remain many years.
15  For so says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be purchased again in this land.

...

37  Behold I will gather them from all the lands where I have driven them with My anger and with My wrath and with great fury, and I will restore them to this place and I will cause them to dwell safely.
38  And they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

...

44  Men shall buy fields for money and inscribe deeds and sign [them] and appoint witnesses in the land of Benjamin and in the environs of Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah and in the cities of the mountain and in the cities of the lowland and in the cities of the southland, for I will restore their captivity, says the Lord.
So may we see the complete fulfillment of this prophecy and the complete restoration of all our land and people.


Netzach means "eternal" and "victory." May the Holy One, blessed be He, reveal our righteous Mashiach now and grant us an eternal victory over all our enemies.
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8 Iyyar 5779
Day 23 of the Omer

How long can it burn before it explodes?
Rabbi Yitzchak said: (Yalkut Shimoni, Yishayahu 60)

"In the year when the king Moshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world are provoking each other. The king of Paras (Iran) is provoking the Arab king (Saudi Arabia) and then the Arab King will turn to Edom (U.S.A.) for advice.

The king of Paras will then go and destroy the world. And all the nations of the world will shout from terror, fall upon their faces in fear and undergo such horrible pains as strong as labor pains.

And the Jewish people will shout from fear and say, "to where do we turn?! To where do we run?!"

And He will say unto them (Hashem), my children, do not be afraid; all that I have done here, I have done only for you. What do you fear? The time for your Redemption has arrived!"
We are now closer to the fulfillment of this "prophecy" than ever before.
Two Saudi tankers with oil for US among 4 ships “sabotaged” in UAE waters off Fujairah

Two of the four cargo ships sabotaged on Sunday, May 12, off Fujairah were oil tankers, said Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih on Monday., calling the attack “a threat to the security of global oil supplies.” One was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude from the port of Ras Tanura for delivery to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States,....

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday postponed his trip to Russia without explanation and headed straight for Brussels for talks with US NATO allies on the crisis with Iran.

...DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reported that despite the careful omissions in the official statements, it is obvious that Gulf oil and gas shipping came under attack from a party in the region. The obvious candidate is Iran, whose Revolutionary Guards and their fleet are fully capable of carrying out Tehran’s first major reprisal for US sanctions on its oil exports. From the Saudi statement that the oil on one of the stricken ships attacked in UAE waters was destined for “customers in the United States, ” it may be inferred that Tehran found a way to vent itself on two if not three of its enemies with a single blow. Iranian officials have declared that if Tehran can’t export its oil, neither will anyone else. Washington has so far made no response to this attack. A statement may be expected after Pompeo’s talks in Brussels.
This very scenario was predicted days ago by U.S. sources...
U.S. Warns Iran May Attack Oil Tankers In The Persian Gulf

'Specific, credible' Iran threat against US forces triggered carrier deployment, sources say

"Specific and credible" intelligence that suggested Iranian forces and proxies were targeting US forces in Syria, Iraq and at sea led the Pentagon to recommend a carrier strike group be moved to the region, two US officials tell CNN.

The Pentagon and Central Command asked the White House to announce the military moves to give added heft to the new orders and send a message to Tehran, according to multiple military and US officials.
The strike group's deployment from the Adriatic Sea to the Strait of Hormuz is aimed specifically at deterring any Iranian military actions, a senior military official added. The Strait, a 21-mile wide waterway that separates Iran from other Gulf countries, is the conduit for shipments of about 30 percent of the world's crude oil, making it a strategically crucial passageway for the global economy. (More on this later.)
And Israel foolishly bragged openly that this was based on intel provided by the Mossad...
Report: Mossad intel of looming Iranian attack led US to send in carrier force

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency reportedly tipped off the United States on an impending Iranian attack on American interests in the Gulf, prompting Washington to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region late Sunday, in a sharp escalation of US President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign.

John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser who advocated attacking Iran before taking up the post, announced late Sunday that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group would sail to unspecified waters in the vicinity of Iran.

The deployment is aimed at sending “a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” Bolton said.

...According to Israel’s Channel 13, Israeli officials conveyed information gathered largely by the Mossad on an Iranian plan to attack either a US or US-allied target, details of which were not provided to the network.

The threat was initially raised two weeks ago in the White House, officials told Channel 13, when an Israeli delegation led by National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat huddled with their American counterparts.

“It is still unclear to us what the Iranians are trying to do and how they are planning to do it, but it is clear to us that the Iranian temperature is on the rise as a result of the growing US pressure campaign against them, and they are considering retaliating against US interests in the Gulf,” an official was quoted as saying.
Even before the attack that reportedly occurred yesterday on the Saudi tankers, antisemitic elements on the internet were already spreading the story that Israel and the U.S. were preparing a false-flag attack to provide the basis for the West's war with Iran.  All the way back in 2012, the UK's Jeremy Corbyn was claiming that Israel would perpetrate a false flag action in order to provide a pretext for an attack on Iran.  The only difference now is that it is being made to appear as though Israel is setting up a scenario by which the U.S. will fight the war for her, which is mega times more dangerous for Jews worldwide. But any way you look at it, Jews are going to be blamed for the terrible blow-back that will ultimately result.
...what prompted many to speculate that the attack, or "sabotage" may have been a false flag provocation to escalate a regional conflict, the incident came as the U.S. has warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as America deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran, while Tehran has called the U.S. military presence “a target” rather than a threat.

The reported sabotage incident also comes after the U.S. Maritime Administration warned Thursday that Iran could target commercial sea traffic.

"Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz," the warning read. "Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf."

So was Iran indeed "targeting commercial vessels", or was someone pretending to be Iran and targeting commercial vessels, and if so did the operation fail to achieve its goal, resulting in the prompt denial that anything happened, even though it was Iran who originally reported that seven tankers were involved in the explosions?

While there is no definitive answer, later on Sunday, a senior Iranian lawmaker and head of parliament’s national security committee, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, said that reports of “explosions” near Fujairah port showed the “the security of the south of the Persian Gulf is like glass.” (Source)
(See the comments there.)

Most people have assumed that such a confrontation would go nuclear and this is why "all the nations of the world will shout from terror, fall upon their faces in fear and undergo such horrible pains as strong as labor pains."  Also, this has been described as the fulfillment of the word of the GR"A that the Third World War would only last for 12 mins.  But, it would actually take ICBMs longer than 12 mins to reach the U.S.

On the other hand, how long would it take the stock market to collapse catastrophically???  At computer speed!

Remember that quote from above saying that the Strait of Hormuz is "a strategically crucial passageway for the global economy"?

Well, the global economy is already balanced on a feather...

Pessimists are predicting a global crash in 2020. You can see why
It won't stand a chance against the hurricane that would churn up in a shooting war between the U.S. and Iran. And if you think antisemitism is bad now...
"...the Jewish people will shout from fear and say, "to where do we turn?! To where do we run?!"
And HKB"H will say: "...What do you fear? The time for your Redemption has arrived!"

See also: U.S.-Iran war wouldn’t be a cakewalk — it would be hell

"...the regime could target landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — the world’s tallest building ‒ in order to trigger a financial meltdown across the region."