18 February 2019

YACHAD: A Vote for Mashiach

13 Adar I 5779

Shomer Mitzvot, yeshivah-educated, army service, working man, 30 years government experience, cares about the Am, never a hint of scandal, paid back all the debts from the previous failed (stolen) election campaign, proven submissiveness to Da'at Torah - that's Eli Yishai.  (Complete Bio here.)

Following are some excerpts (auto-translated) from the party's website...
Eli Yishai, during all the years of public service, was faithful to Da'at Torah, in total obedience to the spiritual leadership, headed by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef of blessed memory, but he did not speak about it, but Maran, in his many books,  engraved it with a gold pen. Book after book, until his last days, openly as well as secretly.

After the departure of Maran, a"h, Eli Yishai was called by the Gaon of Israel, Maran Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Meir Mazuz, shlit"a, to lead the Yahad movement to establish a movement that would unite all strata of the public in complete obedience to the Torah.

...Eli Yishai continues in his noble ways, and with discipline to know Torah, with genuine respect and unequivocal obedience to the Rosh Yeshiva, he will continue leading the Yahad movement in order to unify the entire Jewish people under the leadership of the great sages of Israel.

Yishai was prominent in his energetic work, on the mission of the greatest of Israel, out of concern for the weaker sectors of the population, the preservation of the Jewish character of the people of Israel and the perfection of our Holy Land.
In the struggle for the people of Israel, Eli Yishai, under the media radar, directed the energies of media publicity, Eli Yishai devoted more to his work, and saved the unnecessary struggles stemming from publicity and patronizing friction.
In addition to modesty, Eli Yishai also displayed a bold stand against all the media and legal systems, while on the other hand stood the welfare of the citizens of the State of Israel. The issue of infiltrators is just an example of something that everyone now understands.  (See more here.)​
The Yahad movement derives its vision from the treasures of the Torah and the leaders, Gedolei Yisrael.

The movement was established in order to fulfill the wishes of many of our Beit Yisrael brothers who wish to raise the banner of Torah while strengthening the Jewish character of the State of Israel.

The love of Israel is deep; it is the foundation to unite together. For the first time, they all came together in a covenant, national religious, chareidi and traditional. This is our message to the people living in Zion.

Our Mission

Our aspiration is to unite Israel into its tribes, national religious, chareidi, traditional and secular, around the absolute loyalty to our holy Torah and concern for the people of Israel in its own land and in the Diaspora.

To ensure that our state will provide protection and security to the people living in Zion, while ensuring that all these values ​​will be founded and come from our holy Torah, all of whose ways are pleasant ways and all its paths are peace.

The Principles of the Movement

Life Theory

The Torah is the soul of the people of Israel, the existential basis of the state and the future of the nation. As stated by Rabbeinu Saadiah Gaon: "We have no nation except one based on Torah."

Therefore, the movement champions the task of strengthening the connection to the Torah and the multiplicity of Torah study as a central national mission.

Unity of the people

Together, we strive to realize the Torah through pleasant ways, while consolidating the identification of groups and communities in their own way. Our concern is devoted to all, in detail, and to listen to all parts of the people.

The People to the Torah

We believe in our people wherever they are and in the lofty task of elevating them to the Torah, so we will not spare resources for bringing them near to the Torah.

Land of Israel

We were privileged to return to the Land of the Fathers after two thousand years of exile. The eternal connection between the people and their land is not the subject of negotiations, and we will strive to bring the entire nation of Israel to the realization of the importance and practical ability to apply Israeli sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel.

Jewish Education

The desire of the lovers of the people and the land is the education of heritage values ​​according to the Torah of Israel, as a factor that shapes the identity of society. We believe in providing equal educational opportunities for every child in Israel.

The Family Unit

The Jewish family has always been the true strength of the Jewish people. We will work to strengthen the values ​​of the Jewish family and to encourage birth.

Social Justice

In accordance with the obligations of the Jewish people throughout the generations to stand on the right hand of the poor and assist the faltering and the weak, we will work to strengthen the weak, to empower charitable institutions and social benefits for the weak.

Adhering to Maimonides' instructions regarding the laws of the gifts of the poor, we will act to correct distortions in an egalitarian manner to all citizens of Israel, regardless of religion or race.

We will go back to educating for simplicity and solidarity and striving to strengthen the economy from a national and moral perspective. We aim to rebuild the Israeli welfare state in a way that will ensure more than minimum subsistence. Social policy must ensure a dignified existence, and reduce the socio-economic gaps that all of Israel hold for each other.

National-Military Service

The Yahad Party is active in the issue of recruitment under the direction of Maran Ziva and Rabbi Mazuz, who believe that Torah scholars should not be recruited, but if this is the case, we are grateful to the IDF soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the benefit of the State of Israel and its citizens. In youth who do not study and can not return it to the benches of the beit midrash, they must apply for military / civil / occupational service. According to the degree of suitability.

Religion and state

The interface between the Torah and the state, which was pushed aside by the founding generation, will now serve as a complement to the establishment of a Jewish state. We will work to deepen the connection between the Torah and the state and society as a whole and against any trend that weakens this connection.

Integrity

The Torah, as the creator of Divine morality, obliges the representatives of the next public from Torah education, purity, and cleanliness. We strive for cleanliness and purity. Our goal is to set quality standards for the cleanliness of hands and moral purity in national systems.

Over two thousand years of exile have passed since the arms of the fire licked our temple for the sake of sinat chinam. This is the hatred that separated a man from a man from a family and a tribe, which has covered us for thousands of years of blood and grief.

The light of redemption has already shimmered and the cards have already gathered, and we are here together again, Ashkenazim alongside Sephardim, Yemenites alongside Ethiopians, this is we are already here so hatred is not superfluous ?! The separation between a community or origin, between a black skullcap and a crochet, for what and why ?!

When the enemies from the outside stare at us, they do not distinguish between religious and secular, between traditional and ultra-Orthodox, they demand our blood because we are Jews who believe in one God and his beloved sons.

If we still thought that it was impossible, the Yachad movement is the good news of redemption, for the first time as one home for all of the Jewish people, regardless of ethnicity or community, black kippah and crochet, we all believe in the Creator, love the Torah, our wonderful people, Which was given to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, give us the opportunity to unify the Jewish people, let us be partners in breaking the barriers that separate us.

On April 9 this will be the test of the Jewish people, whether it chooses to keep the resentment and hatred, or to cleanse the heart and shout the good news, all of us a single, unique and united people against all our enemies.



If anyone thinks they have to compromise the truth for the sake of pragmatism, they are lacking in faith in HKB"H. If anyone thinks they have to compromise the demands of Torah in order to ensure a Netanyahu victory because if anyone else gets into office Israel is lost, then they have no faith in HKB"H because even if, God forbid, Yair Lapid would be the next PM, he would still have to conform to Hashem's will and any mischief he would be allowed to make would only be to serve HKB"H's goals.

As Yachad's mission statement is no different from what we are expecting from the Mashiach, in my opinion, a vote for Yachad is a vote for Mashiach. Let's show HKB"H that we trust Him enough to vote for Torah and Mashiach and leave the results to Him.

17 February 2019

Olam HaSheker - Can Mashiach Be Far Behind?

12 Adar I 5779

Our mesorah tells us that this world is Olam HaSheker -The World of Lies (or Illusion). Never before in history has this been a truer description of our present reality. Never before in history has the illusion been so thoroughly exposed as it has been today. Without a doubt, there is no one and no thing on which we can depend or place our trust except HKB"H and our Holy Torah - the only enduring Truth.
Elon Musk-Backed Software Can Churn Fake News Stories And Is "Too Dangerous To Release"

The ability of technology to spread disinformation has been a favorite talking point of the left since the 2016 election, and now it appears that environmentally-conscious poster-boy, Elon Musk, is contributing to the problem. OpenAI, a company co-founded by Musk, has rolled out a piece of software that can produce real looking fake news articles after being given just a few pieces of information to work with.

An example of this was recently reported by technology website stuff, detailing an example published last Thursday. The system was given sample text of: "A train carriage containing controlled nuclear materials was stolen in Cincinnati today. Its whereabouts are unknown."

From there, software was able to write a seven paragraph news story, including quotes from government officials – with the only catch being that the story was 100% made up.

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

AI systems can now create images of humans that are so lifelike they look like photographs, except the people in them don’t really exist.

'Made-In-China' Diamonds Poised To Rock Global Market

A diamond in the rough can fetch over $2,000 per carat. These precious stones are mined deep within the Earth where they were forged in extreme pressure and heat over thousands of years. However, companies in mainland China have now mastered advanced technology to manufacture them en masse in several weeks or even in days, with products almost indistinguishable from natural ones, reported Xinhua News Agency.

China, a significant consumer of mined diamonds, has a decent chance of becoming a large supplier of synthetic gems and could reshape the entire global diamond industry, analysts warn.

...It is almost impossible to tell a fake diamond from a mined one with the naked eye.

Experts with high-tech computers can distinguish the two, but that distinction is so irrelevant to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the US, that the previously specified "natural" origin within the FTC's definition of a diamond was removed last year.

In its handbook for Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries, the FTC ruled "based on changes in the market, the final Guides eliminate the word 'natural' from the definition of diamond...because lab-created products that have essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as mined diamonds are also diamonds."
Olam Hasheker – Living Inside Hashem’s Divinely Produced Movie! 

"A Betrayal That Must End"

12 Adar I 5779

See HERE.

16 February 2019

ELECTIONS: Why Does It Matter?

12 Adar I 5779

The subject of the upcoming election in Israel is making up a lot of the news these days and it is only going to increase as April 9, 2019 approaches. I don't think I can ignore it here any longer.

For awhile I was very ambivalent about whether to engage in the "democratic process" (such as it is) or not. Then I realized that we live in the World of Asiyah - the World of Doing - where action is required. We have to do as much as we possibly can and then leave the results to Hashem.

My political philosophy is to find the best possible candidate who represents Torah values, strengthens Jewish identity and clearly has Am Yisrael's best interests at heart and support them without calculation as to whether they have a "realistic" chance of winning - because the winning is up to Hashem. No vote is ever "thrown away," they are all counted in Shamayim. Our willingness to support the right person without calculation for the outcome may only be a test of our readiness to accept Mashiach, who also will not be the favorite of the majority.

Should no such candidate be found, I would abstain from voting altogether, but such is not the case. We actually have three decent parties who I believe meet my criteria to choose from - Moshe Feiglin's Zehut, Baruch Marzel's Otzma Yehudit and Eli Yishai's Yachad

Of the three, my vote goes to Eli Yishai whose party, by the way, is receiving ZERO coverage in the Anglo-Israeli press. As a result, many of my readers may not even be aware that Yachad is in the running. I hope to remedy this in the coming days and weeks. In the lead up to that goal, I'd like to share something I first published a bit over a year ago...

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...why am I reminiscing about the expulsion from Gush Katif? One thing led to another and I discovered something that I think needs to be set right. I have heard many people curse Shas and accuse the religious Sephardi party of enabling Sharon to carry it out either because  (1) they voted in favor of it, or (2) they abstained from voting. The party leader at the time - Eli Yishai - called it for what it was, the "miserable expulsion," instead of the government-and-media-favored term "disengagement."

In fact, according to an October 26, 2004 Ha'aretz article,...
All eleven Shas MKs voted against the plan, on the orders of the party's spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, as did six National Religious Party members, six National Union MKs and five United Torah Judaism MKs.
You can read an entire breakdown of the voting results right HERE.

I don't know how or why this disinformation has persisted, but I hope this will help to set the record straight.

This is not the only time Eli Yishai has correctly and cogently summed up a crisis situation. Revisiting a February 8, 2013 Israel HaYom article, I found the following...
...If there is forced conscription of the ultra-Orthodox, Yishai vows, there will be chaos.
..."There will be marches and processions of thousands, tens of thousands, in the streets," he said. "Thousands of yeshiva students will fill up the jail cells. Military Police officers will be running around aimlessly in Bnei Brak. You'll have a civilian uprising, pandemonium. Worst of all, those who are enlisting today will refuse to enlist en masse."
..."The Jewish people have been persecuted for decades," Yishai said angrily. "What haven't we been forced to endure? Expulsion, inquisition, Holocaust. Still, despite all of this, we have an identity, and this is all due to our Torah. If this wasn't preserved in every corner of the world, we would have disappeared, erased just like the empires that disappeared. We came to the State of Israel. Yet, here, of all places, in a world in which there are no rules as to who studies Torah and who doesn't, here people want to put quotas. Such a thing is unprecedented, and it will not ever come to pass."
Yishai shifts the conversation to changes that are already taking place. "This concept of 'the ultra-Orthodox don't serve in the army' is nonexistent," he said. "The figures show that there are thousands who are waiting to enlist in national service and the haredi Nahal infantry unit. There's even a huge influx of ultra-Orthodox youths going to college. Since the passage of the Tal Law, there's been a steady increase ? and the percentages are climbing quickly ? of ultra-Orthodox who are integrating into these frameworks. What happened, however, was that the quotas stipulated in the law by the state were never met because the treasury and the defense establishment did not take sufficient action to meet them."
"The Defense Ministry doesn't want a lot of ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the army because it needs to make the necessary contingency plans and this costs a great deal of money," Yishai said. "When the ultra-Orthodox public was offered a platform that met its needs as they pertained to kosher food, the presence of female soldiers, and the content of what they are taught, it agreed to go for it. This was mainly because this was done through agreement and consensus, not by coercion."
It's really worth reading the whole thing HERE.

More about Eli Yishai HERE. (And please do take the time to look at this link.)

More to come, iy"H. Thanks for reading!!

14 February 2019

"A Hebrew Lesson From Linen and Wood"

10 Adar I 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Tetzaveh

Parashat Tetzaveh – A Hebrew Lesson From Linen and Wood – Rabbi Meir Kahane

You shall make a linen ['שש'] Tunic of a box-like knit. You shall make a linen ['שש'] Turban and you shall make a Sash of embroiderer's work. For the sons of Aharon you shall make Tunics and make them Sashes; and you shall make them Headdresses for glory and splendor. (Ex. 28: 39-40)

You shall make for it two gold rings under its crown on its two corners, you shall make on its two sides; and it shall be housings for the poles [לבדים] with which to carry it. You shall make the poles [הבדים] of acacia wood and cover them with gold. (Ex. 30:4-5)

In the Temple, שש and בד ['Shesh' and 'Bad'] were eternal symbols of our duty to trust in G-d, Who created the universe and directs it, Who 'brings low and raises up' (I Sam. 2:7). שש and בד evoke the shesh [שש also meaning six] from the six days of creation, through which G-d, alone [לבד] and set apart [בדד], created the world. The purpose of Creation was the Exodus from Egypt. That is, G-d created the world so mankind would know His greatness and might, praise and extol Him, and seek to emulate Him in thought and conduct. The Exodus concretely showed the world G-d's greatness and might, when He withdrew His nation from servitude to a nation from which until then not one slave had managed to escape, and established Israel as the Chosen People who would make known G-d's might to the world.

There is great significance to G-d's having called the ark poles [and, accordingly, the staves of the altar in our Parasha] a בד, ['Bad'] and not a מוט, ['Mot', also meaning stave or pole], because while 'Mot' can mean something that carries, it also connotes falling and collapse, as in, 'The earth trembles and totters ['mot hit'motet']' (Isaiah 24:19); and, 'All the foundations of the earth totter ['yimotu']' (Ps. 82:5).Thus, 'Mot' can mean both ascent and lifting up, as well as falling down. This is the connection between 'Mot' and 'Matah' [מטה]— meaning 'down'. Moreover, the person without strength collapses in bed ['mitah',מיטה]. 'Mavet' [מות]— 'death' — is also tied to 'Mot', for death is permanent collapse. Thus, every rod fashioned by man to strengthen and support, carry and lift, can ultimately break and collapse. Yet, the rod G-d commanded to be made to carry the ark cannot collapse and break, because it symbolizes the power of G-d, Creator of the Universe, of Whom it says, 'G-d established the earth upon its foundations that it should never ever collapse' (Ps. 104:5); and, 'The world is established. It cannot collapse' (Ps. 93:1). The ark pole is not a 'Mot' — it cannot collapse. Whoever trusts in what the ark pole represents, G-d's infinite power, will never falter. As it says, 'He will never let the righteous collapse' (Ps. 55:23), and, 'The righteous shall never collapse' (Prov. 10:30)The 'Bad' is not a 'Mot', but the symbol of Divine mastery and monarchy, of the yoke of His kingdom which will never collapse. The 'Mot', on the other hand, symbolizes the yoke of the nations which G-d broke during the first redemption: 'I am the L-rd your G-d Who brought you out from Egypt where you were slaves. I broke the bands of your yoke and led you forth with your heads held high' (Lev. 26:13).

So will G-d break the yoke of the nations in the future, as it says, 'They shall know that I am the L-rd, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from those who enslaved them' (Ezek. 34:27). On the one hand, G-d called the pole a בד 'Bad'. On the other hand, He established for the kohanim, the holiest segment of the holy nation, linen [בד as well as שש also means linen] garments: 'The kohen shall put on his linen [בד] garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh' (Lev. 6:3). Likewise, on Yom Kippur we find, 'He shall put on the holy linen [בד] tunic, and have linen pants on his body. He must also gird himself with a linen sash and bind his head with a linen turban. They are holy garments'(Lev. 16:4). We find the same thing when David dances before the ark: 'David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the levi'im who bore the ark, and the singers... And David had upon him an ephod of linen'(I Chron. 15:27). Metzudat David comments, 'The linen ephod was akin to the ephod of the Kohen Gadol, and was reserved for those who isolate themselves in the service of G-d.'

Precisely when the Kohen Gadol is dressed in linen, and precisely when he stands between the ark poles [Badim], the poles of faith and trust in G-d, does the Kohen Gadol perform the Yom Kippur service. The holiest man is Israel on the holiest day in Israel performs the service dressed in linen, as stated above, and standing between the poles [בדים]. Indeed, linen garments were reserved for those isolating themselves in Divine service in the Temple, for they were the symbol of the Master of the Sanctuary Who created His world in six ['Shesh'] days. G-d therefore decreed that His kohanim must serve Him in linen garb, called 'shesh' [שש]. Following is Or HaChaim: “Israel shall thus dwell securely”: When? When they are alone. “They shall dwell” naturally follows “He shall proclaim, 'Destroy!'” G-d commanded Israel to annihilate every soul of the inhabitants of the land. By doing so, “Israel shall dwell securely, alone[בדד].” The Jew who believes and trusts in G-d, in בדים, will arrive at truth and faith and tranquility, whereas he who trusts in man, in human strength, will arrive, G-d forbid, at, 'How does the city sit alone' [בדד](Lam. 1:1).

To our sorrow, those who try to pervert the separatist faith and trust of 'a nation that shall dwell alone [לבדד]' (Num. 23:9) by claiming that it is forbidden to rile up the nations, and that the Jewish People, even when powerful, still depend on the nations, have no faith and distort the whole concept of trust in G-d. Yet faith and trust in G-d are no small matter. The Jewish People must prove their trust in G-d by difficult, frightening, and sometimes ostensibly dangerous acts, acts that demand of Israel courage, acts which by their very nature show disdain for the non-Jew, anger him and threaten to bring a confrontation between him and Israel, and all must be performed with complete faith and trust that if Israel do what is decreed upon them, then G-d, too, will fulfill what He promised His treasured nation. We must know and grasp this great principle, which is the key to speedy, magnificent redemption, without suffering or tragedy. A brilliant redemption, in which G-d's promise of “haste” (Isa. 60:22) is fulfilled, will come only when the Jewish People are alone, set apart, in isolation, and trusting fully in G-d to defeat our enemies.


~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

11 February 2019

Mashiach Is At the Door

6 Adar I 5779

Fox news is reporting that the Kushner/Greenblatt/Friedman "peace plan" is now finished. So is America if they ever attempt to implement it.

(h/t "Meir" at Dov Bar Leib's blog comments)
Trump administration's Middle East peace plan finished, officials say

...Trump was briefed by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy for Mideast peace Jason Greenblatt multiple times on the specifics of the deal, Fox News is told.
In other words, Trump is not the creator of the plan. He just wants to take credit for any glory to be had from it.
...Kushner is set to visit Warsaw, Poland, later this week to attend a summit hosted by the United States and Poland to discuss regional issues regarding the Middle East, including Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Officials said Kushner’s meetings in Warsaw represent a significant opportunity for the administration to remind regional partners that peace between Israelis and Palestinians could strengthen U.S. efforts to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East.

At the end of the month, Kushner is expected to travel with Greenblatt to five Gulf countries to discuss the specifics of the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace deal with regional leaders as he tries to garner more support for the plan.
Clearly this is the work of the Erev Rav using the authority of the greatest human power on earth to bring Eisav and Yishmael together in a final attempt to wipe out Bnei Yisrael

THIS IS THE WAR OF GOG UMAGOG!

Surely Mashiach Tzidkeinu must be at the door.

Never has it been clearer that he can enter any day.

09 February 2019

Russia's Creeping Ever Closer

5 Adar I 5779
Shavua Tov!

On Dec. 30, 2018, I wrote the following comment on another blog...
Regarding Russia's aims in Syria, let's not forget how this all started in the first place. Russia's economy depends on its sale of gas to Europe. Europe does not like being held hostage to Russian prices. Other markets wanted to compete, but they needed a pipeline to run through Syria. Assad, prisoner to Russian interests, could not let that happen so he refused permission. At the first sign that Assad would be toppled and a more agreeable businessman put in power, Russia moved in to "support" Assad's rule.

Then came the development of Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean with a clear line to Europe without going through Syria.

Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy agree on $7b. East Med gas pipeline to Europe

Now, Israel is a direct threat to Russian national interests and economic security. How long will they sit still for that?
Tonight, Debka is reporting the next installment of this saga...

Moscow backs Hizballah ahead of Netanyahu visit, eyes Lebanon’s gas

Rosneft, the Russian energy giant, has planted a foot in Lebanon’s gas and oil industry, having recently signed a 20-year accord for the management of the oil and gas facilities in the northern town of Tripoli. Moscow may well swing its support behind Hizballah’s claim that Israel’s Leviathan gas field has commandeered some of the offshore Mediterranean gas that it says belongs to Lebanon. A dispute over control of this energy resource, with Beirut backed by Moscow, could become the pretext for an outbreak of hostilities....
 (Earlier posts on this subject here.)