27 June 2017

"World War III, Geulah, Moshiach and Tefillah"

3 Tamuz 5777

Redemption is described as a process. However, the process itself is not redemption. Even though we might think we can point to a specific event or moment in time when the process began, we can't say, "it has begun, therefore it has arrived", anymore than backing the car out of the driveway for a 200-mile journey is in any way equivalent to arriving at the intended destination.

Sunrise is also a process, a gradual lightening of the sky in the east until the sun itself finally breaches the horizon. But, we don't say the sun has risen until the precise moment in time that this happens, at a precise moment in time we call sunrise. It's the same with the geulah.

I was pondering how it could be that the impending arrival of the geulah brings a greater and greater light into the world while the world itself seems to be sinking ever deeper into darkness and I had a chidush. It's like when the pillar of fire and the cloud came between Bnei Yisrael and the Mitzrim at Yam Suf the night before the sea split.
Rashi on Shemot 14.20 - "The pillar of fire [illuminated] the night for the Israelites, and it went before them as it usually went all night long, and the thick darkness [from the cloud] was toward the Egyptians."
The darkness is real and the light is equally real and they exist side by side. The fact of the darkness does not negate the light, it reinforces it. Which one we see and which reality we live with depends on which side we are standing on. It's our choice. And that is why the 4/5ths of Jews who did not want to leave Egypt died during the plague of darkness! In this instance, too, the Jews enjoyed light while the Mitzrim were sunk in a tangible darkness.

Awareness of the deepening darkness in the world should prick our hearts and cause us all to cry out to Hashem like we cried out on the edge of the sea. But, we cry out, not just because of the fear and hopelessness that darkness engenders, but because we can see the light alongside it, getting brighter and brighter and we have no more patience to wait. Our cry is equally a longing for deliverance from the darkness and the embrace of the light.
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World War III, Geulah, Moshiach and Tefillah

"Lighting Up the Darkness"

3 Tamuz 5777

Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen - Lighting Up the Darkness

26 June 2017

New Messages from Binyamin and Meir Yisroel

3 Tamuz 5777

I don't know what to think about it anymore, so I'm not recommending it, but I'm reading it and I'm posting it for those who have an interest. (Six in English and one in Hebrew.)  HERE.

What Does Redemption Really Mean?

2 Tamuz 5777

The word "redemption" is being thrown around a lot today and is being used as an excuse for a lot of people to do a lot of very questionable things. 

The Hebrew word geulah (גְּאֻלָּה) is translated into English as "redemption". There are important reasons why one word is chosen over another when translating, because it's not just a word that is being translated but an entire concept.

Many of you will no doubt be too young to remember stamp redemption centers, but once upon a time they were very common. In order to draw in customers, some gas stations (more commonly referred to as filling stations in those days) and some groceries would give out trading stamps with each purchase. The more money you spent, the more stamps you collected. They would be pasted into a book and after enough books had been filled, you could go to a redemption center and redeem your stamps from all manner of items. They had a catalogue that listed all the available items which could be traded for the stamps along with how many books it would cost you.


I was thinking about this concept today and thought how the word "exchange" comes closest to describing the concept of redemption in this context. When I looked it up in the dictionary, I found: "redeem: gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment."


I thought about this with regard to the redemption from Egypt and it fits. When we left Egypt, we exchanged one master for another Master. We stopped being slaves to Egypt and became bond-servants (of our own free will - na'aseh v'nishmah) to HKB"H. And that was the essence of the covenant we entered into at Har Sinai. Unlike the popular modern notion of Passover being a holiday of freedom which can be applied to all oppressed people-groups, the foundational concept of freedom at Passover is that we became free to choose our master. No one is ever truly free in this world. We are only free to choose - substance over artifice, truth over lie, good over evil, life over death, etc.

It also includes the idea of HKB"H coming to take possession of His people Israel. This is an aspect that is also clearly revealed in the concept of the kinsman-redeemer spoken of in the Book of Ruth. The kinsman-redeemer was the closest relative who could "redeem" the earthly posessions of a niftar so that they not be lost to the family line. 

So, the next question naturally becomes how then are we to understand the final redemption in light of this? What will it mean to be redeemed in the future?

HKB"H is going to establish His possession of this world and all who live in it; to confirm that Israel is His chosen nation - not only His holy servants, but his precious children -  and to exchange the World of Truth for this current World of Lies.

Just like in the example above, the stamps were just a token - a promise, if you will - of something else, something better and more valuable, to come. This is what we are awaiting and it's clearly not something we can do. Just like we could not take ourselves out of Egypt. Only the Master of the Universe, the Almighty King of Creation can do this. All we can do is prepare ourselves for it so we might be counted worthy to enjoy it when the time comes.

Understanding it in this way also makes it abundantly clear that a world where the majority of its inhabitants continue to worship in false religious systems which promote lies and deceit and call HKB"H by names unknown to our fathers is not the redemption we are waiting for. Those who promote acceptance of such a world where humankind continues in its false ways, but united in peaceful coexistence is not bringing redemption!

When redemption has finally arrived, only HKB"H will be worshipped and in the manner the Torah prescribes and His name will be One - not three or three thousand, but ONE.

As long as there remains one Christian praying in the name of Yeshu or one Muslim calling out in the name of Yalla, we have not yet been redeemed. And if it is possible to delay the redemption, then surely those who encourage Christians to remain "good" Christians and Muslims to become "peaceful" Muslims, are doing just that - pushing off the day when all will worship one God in only one way.

25 June 2017

From Avraham to Yitzchak to Ya'aqov - Yishmael and Eisav Not Included

Tamuz 5777
Rosh Chodesh

Poor Avraham Avinu. So many false ideas are being laid at his feet in these last days of the World of Lies.

Listen to what Yishai Fleisher says to Adnan Oktar on his recent visit to Turkey...



Avraham Avinu was a radical extremist in his time. The Ivri! He stood on one side with HKB"H against the entire world on the other. Nimrod, the one who instigated the building of the Tower of Bavel - the first attempt at a New World Order without HKB"H - was Avraham Avinu's nemesis. Now, they are attempting to bring all the religions together for the final attempt at a New World Order and they will dare to do it in the name of Avraham Avinu!! The one who did not even withhold his only son from slaughter at HKB"H's command?? Really??!!
Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative (AFPI)
As Jewish, Christian and Muslim people we find common ground in our common origin. We are followers of Abraham, committed to the human family and therefore adhere to a common core of ethical standards. We shall pursue friendship, peace and justice. We will speak out against all forms of prejudice, hatred, and discrimination.
We shall stand for the religious pluralism and mutual understanding that undergird the resilience of America.
How unseemly that a representative of the Jewish Community in Hevron, the City of our Patriarchs will go and totally mis-represent our forefather and all that he stood for. Professor Jon Levenson's book Inheriting Abraham opens up a discussion on this topic.
OUR ABRAHAM, NOT THEIRS
...In Inheriting Abraham, Jon Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Bible at Harvard’s Divinity School, throws cold water on the mutual-understanding campfire. Misunderstanding is not what divides the image of Abraham in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the misnomered “Abrahamic religions”; on the contrary, the founders of the younger religions well understood Abraham’s role in Judaism. St. Paul’s transformation of Abraham into the father of all who believe, and the Quran’s recasting of Abraham as a Muslim prophet who prefigured Muhammed, both rejected the Jewish version by design, by inventing their own Abrahams to serve their own doctrinal purposes.
Through published excerpts and interviews, Levenson has been drawing attention to his most provocative conclusion: that it is wrong to present Abraham as a unifying figure who transcends the differences among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The progressive wings of Christianity as well as Judaism have a great deal invested in this reassuring claim, and Levenson’s devastating refutation of the “three Abraham religions” thesis will be unwelcome. He makes short work of pop theologians like Bruce Feiler, whose best-selling book on the patriarch claims that “Abraham belongs to all of humanity” and that “the carefully balanced message of the Abraham story [is] that God cares for all his children—a tradition that existed for hundreds of years before the religions themselves existed.” Feiler and his co-thinkers, Levenson observes, have essentially invented another Abraham—“a neutral Abraham who can be made to serve as a control on the Abrahams of the three traditions that are thought to derive from him.”
You can read the article in its entirety here

Baruch Dayan Emet

1 Tamuz 5777
Rosh Chodesh

Tsipi Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Meir Kahane, ztz"l, Hy"d has passed on. May her memory be a blessing.

23 June 2017

Nothing Much Has Changed

29 Sivan 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh/Erev Rosh Chodesh
Parashat Korach

(H/T Yeranen Yaakov)


A Historic Missed Opportunity


~ Shabbat shalom - Chodesh tov! ~

22 June 2017

Your "Jewish" Government At Work - Part 2

29 Sivan 5777

The so-called "right-wing" Likud party once had a slogan: "Only Likud Can..." And so we've seen that a party perceived as right-wing, strong on security and supportive of building up Judea and Samaria can get away with giving away parts of the Land of Israel and expelling Jews from their homes and bulldozing synagogues.

It was a Likud-led government that signed the first peace agreement with an Arab state (Egypt) giving them land (Sinai) from which Jews were expelled and their properties destroyed.

It was a Likud-led government that signed away Hevron.

It was a Likud-led government that gave Gush Katif to Hamas, expelled its Jews and destroyed all their properties.

And it is a Likud-led government which continues to expell Jews from their homes, razing them along with synagogues.

Now, we can also thank a Likud-led government for reportedly establishing the first Messianic (J4J) church in Jerusalem. Keep in mind this is the same church referred to in a previous post which has nearly taken over Binyan Klal.



(Note that this was about the same time that the infamous International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was getting set up, too.)

And did you catch that bit about bringing Christian agricultural workers to kibbutzim "to show the true face of J*sus to this nation...". So, Tommy Waller and HaYovel are by no means the first to come up with this diabolical plan.

Remember Rosemary Schindler who trades on her famous relative's name to make a name for herself?



SCHINDLER'S ARK
We are a Christian Zionist ministry whose vision is to build an alliance between Christians and Jews, Israel and the USA.

We teach about our Hebraic roots and work to connect Christians to Israel and their biblical faith.
Rev. Rosemary Schindler Garlow, relative of Oskar Schindler, shares her experiences and archives from being part of the Schindler legacy that includes Oskar’s successful efforts to save more than 1200 Jewish lives in the face of Nazi genocide. She is continuing the family’s heritage and message through Schindler’s Ark International.
Schindler’s Ark’s purpose is to be a bridge of support between Christians and Jews, the USA and Israel. As a Christian Zionist, Rosemary, together with Holocaust survivors and their descendants,....
Some of their stated goals...
  • To promote...unity between Christians and Jews... 
  • ...to demonstrate our biblical mandate of Israel’s natural and spiritual restoration, and to prepare the way for Messiah’s coming.
  • To be the branches, the “Notzrim”, Hebrew for Christians, who are grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel, having returned to our Jewish, biblical roots.
  • To volunteer to serve the brave men and women of the IDF and the farmers in Israel’s Heartland. ...You can volunteer to plant, prune and harvest in Judea and Samaria by farming with the Waller family restoring the crops and cattle to the mountains of Israel.
  • To participate in raising funds for ... the persecuted Christians in the Middle East and congregations of Believers and biblical causes.