22 February 2024

GIVERS and TAKERS

14 Adar Alef 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Tetzaveh - Purim Katan

Most unfortunately for Klal Yisrael, a lot of Christian belief and thought has been assimilated into Modern Judaism in Western countries.  One of the worst is the concept of the missionary religion - that the believing community has a mission, a goal, an obligation to "share" the Torah with the larger world.

We are seeing this prevalently among the Anglo-Israeli Modern Orthodox Jews who appear to believe our God-given destiny is to serve the nations and spread Torah throughout the world.  It's a great tactic of the Yetzer Hara that if he can't get a Jew to do evil, he tempts him to do something that seems noble and righteous on its face but is actually just the opposite - like "building bridges between Jews and gentiles.

It is critical that Klal Yisrael focus on the job HKB"H assigned to us and not to neglect it in favor of things we might think are a better use of our time.  Our God-given mandate is to learn the Torah and do mitzvot.  The performance of mitzvot is what actually accomplishes the tikkun of the world - from which all creatures benefit - but intimate knowledge and understanding of the Torah is what informs us of what the mitzvot are and how to do them correctly to maximum effect.  Neglect of Torah leads to neglect of mitzvot.

The Torah does not indicate that we are to go unto the nations one by one and teach them about the Torah for their personal "salvation."   Its ideal is that we create the perfect society in Eretz Yisrael - according to Torah instructions - and model it to the world.  When the nations see how pleasant it can be to live according to Torah law, they will want to follow our example.  At that point, whatever the situation demands will be handled on a nation-to-nation basis with no requirements for rank-and-file Jews to abandon their avodat Hashem in favor of instructing goyim.

We've seen tragically how that ends; how the "righteous gentiles" who've come requesting Torah instruction have turned out very often to be practitioners of avodah zarah lying and insinuating themselves into Jewish communities and making such relationships that even when the avodah zarah is revealed, the relationship remains unaffected, chas v'chalilah!  

When you've got individuals going off on their own with these sorts of projects without any responsibility, or accountability, or real oversight, it's  a recipe for disaster for the entire Klal!

It would help tremendously if we could appeal to these "do-gooders" - who seem to have the best of intentions in wanting to spiritually benefit the goyim - if we could appeal to them on the basis of Torah and fill in the gaps of their obvious lack in Jewish education.  Think how they could be a benefit to their fellow Jews, and thereby to HKB"H, if they could be redirected to the proper path of avodat Hashem.

To our sorrow, this generation, besides being one of the least Jewishly educated, is also very ego-driven and self-centered.  There are a fair share of "religious" people who are in it for what they can get out of it.  Something about it appeals to some need or desire that they have and which they seek to satisfy.  You can find them in the quasi-new-age events that cater to the so-called Shabbat-observant in search of a spiritual high.  

The world can be divided into The Givers and The Takers.  HKB"H is the ultimate Giver and Torah teaches us that a man must take a wife and procreate so that he can learn to emulate his Father in Heaven by giving to his family.  Marriage is a give/give relationship as is the relationship between HKB"H and Klal Yisrael.  Our avodat Hashem is to give to HKB"H what He demands of us and in the manner He has prescribed in His Torah.  There is no allowance for us to choose some other offering of our own making - no matter how correct or enlightened it might seem to us -  an "offering"  that He has not specified because it suits us and our needs and desires.  These are The Takers - focused on their own gain.

We have to be constantly on guard against this avodah zarah because no one is immune.  We have to constantly be examining and re-examining our choices and motives to be sure we are on track to being one of the Givers, ever true to our Covenant with HKB"H.

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

21 February 2024

Arieh King Helping to Preserve Jewish Identity and Sovereignty

13 Adar Alef 5784 

Deputy Mayor Arieh King has been one of my heroes for a long time.  He's the "real deal."  His actions match his words.  He has been called an "extremist" for championing Jewish rights and a "persecutor" of Christians for demonstrating against missionary activity in Jerusalem.

The only instance I could foresee me voting ever again would be in the upcoming municipal elections to keep Mr. King in city government.  His presence makes a huge difference!


20 February 2024

Seduced by "The Other Side"

11 Adar Alef 5784

"Unknown" commented in part on the previous blog post "Their whole goal is for their lust for power, greed and control of the world."  I could not agree more.

The following comes from a donation appeal sent out to supporters of the red heifer project...

During the last week of January and the first week of February, our Boneh Israel Team flew out to Washington DC to meet with some very important political figures on Capitol Hill to discuss ways of strengthening the relationship between the US Congress and Israel, especially during this time of war.

We were blessed to meet with members of Congress such as Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, Congressmen Tracey Mann, Gary Palmer, Alex Mooney, Warren Davidson, Dan Bishop and Tim Burchett, and in addition, we also met with Robert Kennedy.

Our trip to the states was extremely important and meaningful. We built some great relationships and discussed critical issues regarding the future of Israel and the US and the journey we are on to fulfill the prophecies and bring blessings to the world.

Thank you to everyone who is a partner and a part of this incredible journey with us. It’s a true honor! 

I don't know about you, but it ticks me off to know that individual, unelected, self-aggrandizing people are presuming to meet with powerful leaders of another nation and faith to make plans and decide the fate of the rest of us!!  This is EGO at a whole other level!!  And what's worse is that this is but one of maybe hundreds of similar activities going on behind our backs!!

Baruch Hashem!!!! Neither His Nation, nor His Land, is hefker and HKB"H is aware of it all and will save His faithful and loyal Children from the clutches of evil!!

The "Other Side" is very seductive.  My goal in exposing these things is a warning to those as yet unaffected to be on guard when they come for you and not to be taken in.  It's a very difficult test and we can only hope that the Jews who are innocently (and ignorantly) swept up in their net will escape and merit to do teshuvah.  I have the greatest compassion for the duped because I was one of them for nearly half of my life.  However, in my own defense, I must say I was a babe in arms when I was first introduced to the Cult that is Christianity.

A last word about the tactics of those who claim to "love" Israel.  This should sound familiar.  It's called "Love-bombing"...

Dictionary:  the action or practice of lavishing someone with attention or affection, especially in order to influence or manipulate them. "cults often use tactics like love bombing to lure new members"
Wikipedia: Love bombing is an attempt to influence a person by demonstrations of attention and affection. It can be used in different ways and for either positive or negative purposes. Psychologists have identified love bombing as a possible part of a cycle of abuse and have warned against it. It has also been described as psychological manipulation in order to create a feeling of unity within a group against a society perceived as hostile.
The Jewish people in Israel have been experiencing this tactic for decades; however, the "bombing" we've received since Oct. 7th is right up there with what we are getting from Hamas and Hezbollah.  Hashem yerachem!

DO NOT FORGET THE ENEMY ON THE SECOND FRONT:  EISAV!!

19 February 2024

Unholy Alliance to "Sacrifice" Red Heifer

11 Adar Alef 5784 

This story really requires a book to set down all its details and background for proper understanding of the issue at hand, but alas all we have is this blog.  Therefore, I will try to give the basic framework with links to further information which you can find on your own.

Something Jews have to know, but often do not, is that as a man-made religion, Christianity is constantly evolving, especially via thousands, if not tens of thousands of sub-groups, one of which is known as Dominionism.  In the smallest nutshell, those who can be identified as Dominionist Christians believe that the Creator "lost" dominion of the world to the Satan when man sinned in Gan Eden and the Christian "Messiah-god" took it from the Satan at his first "coming", entrusting it to his followers until his "return" at the End of Days.

In short, they believe that they are Divinely appointed to conquer and rule the world in accordance with Christian law.  To this end, for example, the political Religious Right in America is focused on taking dominion of the United States by creating there a Christian theocracy.  (See God and Country)

At the same time, they are intent on fulfilling the prophecies required for their "Messiah-god's return" which brings us round to Jerusalem and specifically the Temple Mount.    

They believe the Temple has to be built first, so in a marriage made in hell, Israeli "rabbis" are "partnering" with these Dominionists to build a "House of Prayer for All Nations" starting with the sacrifice of a Red Heifer on the Mount of Olives.  

And they mean to do it in the next few weeks!!

THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE TO SACRIFICE THE RED HEIFER

Hamas Spokesman Blames Israel’s Importing ‘Red Heifers’ For October Attack By Yehuda Dov January 25, 2024
JERUSALEM (VINnews) — When Abu Obeida, a military spokesman for Hamas, began his televised speech marking 100 days since the October 7 attack last week, most of what he said followed the familiar mantra of praising Hamas’ military resistance and calling for all Muslims to rise against Israel. But as he began listing the motives for the October 7 massacre, he said that the aggression against “our path and Al-Aqsa” reached its peak with the “bringing of red cows.”

To much of the world, such a statement sounds strange, as they are not aware of traditional Jewish beliefs regarding the “Parah Adumah”, the red heifers used for purification. The “bringing of red cows” which Obeida was referring to was the 2022 arrival of five red heifers to the Temple Institute, a Jewish organization focused on establishing the Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The heifers are quietly being groomed by the Institute for their ultimate goal.

The rare animal is the main component in a ritual purification ceremony for cleansing ritual impurity from proximity or contact with a dead body. Since the destruction of the Second Temple, all Jews today are considered ritually impure, thereby preventing the return of the Temple service and even entering the holy places on Temple Mount.

Securing a potential unblemished red heifer is key to the first steps of restarting the Temple service, which implies the removal of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Omar building, rebuilding the Temple, and, ultimately, the return of the Temple Mount to Jewish control. The mere fact that all Jews would be able to ascend to Temple Mount would create pressure to resume services there and rebuild the Temple. Some Jewish traditions maintain that the Third Temple will come down from heaven, but others say that the temple will like its predecessors be constructed by the Jewish nation.

The current effort to rebuild the Temple is not supported by Israel’s government or universally supported within Judaism, but the step toward performing the arcane red heifer ceremony doesn’t just imply a return to the Holy Temple service; it points to the nearness of Moshiach and the ultimate redemption of Israel. According to Rambam, nine red heifers were brought in previous times, the tenth red heifer will be presented by Moshiach himself.

Abu Obeida may not be versed in all Jewish traditions, but he does realize the ultimate threat to Hamas claims of Muslim superiority: The reconstruction of the Temple and the resumption of the holy services there.

Put this together with the plan to impose restrictions on Arabs entering the Temple Mount during Ramadan....

Government ministers clash over Temple Mount restrictions during Ramadan

Mind vs. Heart (Emotions)

10 Adar Alef 5784

The following is a repost of a 5775 blog entry in preparation for the next one up about the approaching "sacrifice" of the Red Heifer on the Mount of Olives.

"There is a way that seems right to a man, 
but its end is ways of death." (Mishlei 14.12)

We hear everywhere, every day - "a war for hearts and minds." It means that both your heart and your mind - both your corporeal and your spiritual self - are being wooed away from your Creator by the Satan and his minions, whoever they may be and wherever they may be found.

But, difficult as that is, there is still another aspect of it and that is the battle that's going on between your heart and your mind - the battle of mind over emotion - and in this generation the mind is losing badly.

We are fortunate above all people because we have The Law. We are not left moorless in the ocean of emotion that leads other peoples astray. We are not left leaderless and guideless to determine by our own inadequate feelings what is right and what is wrong. We are not left alone in a hefker world where everyone has his own "truth" and his own "path" to some amorphous god. We have The Law or more precisely The Instruction Manual for Life given by the Creator of the World and it tells us everything we need to know to live a successful and directed life.

In a directed world, the highest value is Truth. In a "hefker" world (and I put it in quotes because while that is it's appearance, it is far from the reality), Personal Happiness is the highest value and the measure by which every action is judged. In the directed world, mind rules over emotion and in the hefker world, emotion rules. Each person is free to and must do whatever "feels" right to him/her.

But, know, however, that the mind is no more reliable than the heart unless it is rooted in the Holy Law - the Torah of Hashem. ...[for example] the Law of the Land of Eisav [has] become enslaved and subservient to the debased heart of mankind.

...we read in Parshat Chukat about the most mysterious law in the Book of the Law - the ashes of the red heifer, while contaminating all who prepare it, purifies those on whom it is sprinkled. Even the wise Shlomo HaMelekh reportedly could not fathom it. And we learn from this law that we obey whether it feels right to us or not - the mind must rule the heart. 

...We have to do teshuvah every single day - examining our actions, their motivations, any errors that were made that need correcting. Today, when you sit down to finish the books at the end of the day, check to see which one is controlling your decisions - your mind or your heart.

"The heart is deceitful above all..."  (Yirmiyahu 17.9)

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"THE DAY AFTER"

10 Adar Alef 5784 




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16 February 2024

"The Holiest Object on Earth"

7 Adar Alef 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Terumah

The Holiest Object on Earth – Rabbi Meir Kahane

“They shall make an Ark of acacia wood” (Ex. 25:10)

G-d established the whole framework of a holy Temple, holy objects and holy people (Kohanim and Levi'im) to create a miniature world, perfect and complete, holy and pure.  It was meant to symbolize the larger world and to guide us in how our world is supposed to look. One of our most important principles is:  “To the L-rd belongs the earth and everything in it” (Ps. 24.1).  Everything belongs to G-d, and nothing that ostensibly belongs to man is really his.  Rather, it is only given to him to use.  The concept of holiness provides a concrete example to help us understand the essence of property here on earth – that it belongs exclusively to G-d and not to man.

The ark is the essence of the Tabernacle and the Temple, both of which were established for its sake. As Rashbam wrote (Ex 25:10), “For the sake of the ark, which is the essence of “they shall make Me a sanctuary”(Ex. 25:8), it was necessary to make a Tabernacle.”

This accords with Shemot Rabbah, 34:2:  First it says, “Have them bring Me an offering” (Ex. 25:2), and then, “Make an ark of acacia wood” (v. 10).  Just as the Torah preceded everything, so too, in the fashioning of the Tabernacle, the ark preceded all the other vessels.

The reason that the ark came first was that the two tablets and the Torah scroll were inside it.  The ark was the only object standing inside the Holy of Holies behind the partition [parochet]. G-d made it the holiest object on earth, when He confined, so to speak, His Divine Presence, and spoke to Moses from between the two cherubs:  “I will commune with you there, speaking to you from above the ark cover, from between the two cherubs that are on the Ark of Testimony”(Ex. 25:22); and, "Moses would hear the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubs on the ark cover over the Ark of Testimony. The L-rd thus spoke to him” (Num. 7:89).

G-d made the Ark “His place”, so to speak, in this world, thereby making it a symbol of His omnipotence, isolation and aloneness, a symbol that we must trust in Him alone, as Hezekiah said when he prayed to G-d to save the city from Sennacherib (II Kings 19:15):  “O L-rd, G-d of Israel, Who sits upon the cherubs. You are G-d, alone, of all the kingdoms on the earth. You made heaven and earth.”

Indeed, the ark was the earthly seat of G-d, “Who sits upon the cherubs”, and it became a symbol of G-d's omnipotence and Israel's obligation to trust in Him.  R. Shmuel bar Nachmani said (Pesikta DeRav Kahana 123a):  "Wherever Scripture uses the term 'Master” [Adon], it alludes to G-d's uprooting one group and bringing in another.  The prototype is,  “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Master of all the earth” (Josh. 3:11).  There G-d uprooted the Canaanites and brought in Israel.  Thus the Ark is the symbol of the L-rd of all the earth, its Creator and Master, Who removes nations from lands – the Canaanites and Ishmaelites – and brings in other nations – Israel – and none can protest.

Yet the ark symbolizes more than that, for it also symbolizes G-d's ability to control and alter all the laws of nature, laws He established.  Following is Bereshit Rabbah, 5:7 “Joshua said to the Children of Israel, 'Come hither'” (Josh 3:9)R. Huna said,  “He made [the Children of Israel] stand between the two poles of the ark.”  R. Acha bar R. Chanina said,  “He made them lean between the two poles of the ark.”  The Rabbis said,  “He made them fit precisely between the two poles of the ark.”  Joshua said to them,  “From the fact that you all fit between the two ark poles, you know that the Divine Presence is among you.”  G-d transformed the ark into the symbol of His control over the laws of nature, for here, the smaller contained the larger.  Where was this?  “Between the poles”,  the poles with which the Levi'im carried the ark.

Our sages likewise said (Sotah 35a): As soon as the last Israelite ascended from the Jordan, the water returned to its place:  “As the Kohanim who bore the ark of the covenant of the L-rd came up out of the Jordan, as soon as the soles of their feet were drawn up onto dry ground, the water returned to its place” (Josh. 4:18)  It turns out that the ark and its carriers and the Kohanim were on one side, and the rest of Israel were on the other.  The ark carried its carriers, and it crossed...  For this Uzza was punished, as it says,  “When they came to the threshing-floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark” (I Chron. 13:9).  G-d said to him, “Uzza, if the ark carries its carriers, surely it can carry itself!”  And "the L-rd's anger was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him there for his error” (II Sam. 6:7).

Thus, here, too, the ark took control of the laws of nature when it carried its carriers, demonstrating to Israel the Law of Faith and Trust: G-d's ark does not need carriers.  Rather, it carries itself as well as all those who ostensibly carry it.  For this reason, it was forbidden to carry the ark in a wagon.   Being able to carry itself, it needed no help. Yet, G-d decreed that the ark must be carried on shoulders to emphasize that if Israel “carried it on their shoulders” (i.e. accepted the yoke and burden of the ark), then the ark would carry them always.  Whoever forgets this law and tries to “help” G-d is punished, all the more so that someone who thinks the ark and its Master lack the power to help, and instead trusts in the nations, commits an unbearable sin.

The ark is the symbol of G-d's place in the world, and the poles that carry it are the concrete symbol of G-d's unlimited power, His omnipotence, greatness and majesty.  G-d desired that these poles – symbolizing G-d's greatness and our duty to trust in Him infinitely – would be before the eyes of Israel always.  He therefore decreed a wondrous decree:  The Kohanim brought the ark of the covenant of the L-rd to its place, into the Temple sanctuary, into the Holy of Holies, even under the wings of the cherubs...  The ark poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place, even before the Sanctuary, but they could not be seen outside.  (I Kings 8:6, 8)  Our sages comment (Menachot 98 a):  “The ark poles were long”:  I might think they did not touch the partition. 

It therefore says, “They were seen.”   If they could be “seen”, I might think they tore through the partition to the other side.  It therefore says, “They could not be seen without.”  How can this be?  They pushed and protruded against the partition like a woman's two breasts, as it says, “My beloved is unto me as a bag of myrrh that lies between my breasts” (Song of Songs 1:13)  The Talmud's point is that G-d wished every Jew who came to the Sanctuary to always see the poles and remember what they symbolized: that we are obligated to have perfect, complete faith in G-d's omnipotence.  Yet since the partition separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple, G-d established that the poles should stretch so far that they abut the partition, protruding like a woman's breasts.  Thus, whoever passed by saw the protrusion and drew the lesson.

Woman is the symbol of man's love and desire, for there is no love in man's nature greater than his love for woman.  Precisely for this reason G-d created man and woman, so they would be bound together with fierce love and desire, ready to sacrifice for each other and to give of themselves to an extent unheard of in any other relationship.  They would be willing even to sacrifice their lives for each other, so strong is that love.  Being so fiercely bound to another human being is the apex of man's breaking down his selfishness, arrogance and evil impulse.  G-d created this bond so that man would understand from it – at least in part – how powerful must be his love for G-d.  Thus, if a husband is ever unfaithful to his wife, it constitutes betrayal of the true concept of love and a dreadful lie looming over the marital relationship.  G-d decreed that this must be an exclusive relationship founded on mutual trust, a symbol of the prohibition against the dreadful sin of polytheism, worshiping idols as well as G-d (Ex.20:3).

Observe the fierce love between Israel and G-d, which is always compared to the love between a man and woman, the fiercest love man can imagine.  G-d compared the ark poles to a woman's breasts.  This would seem to be the reason that one of G-d's names is Shad-dai [Hebr. shad = breast].  Likewise, as we have written, the cherubs hug each other, like the love between man and woman.

How fortunate one would be to reach this level of love for G-d!
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[Source: compiled by Tzipora Liron-Pinner from “The Jewish Idea” of Rabbi Meir Kahane HY”D] 

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~