24 June 2022

About Jewish Leadership

25 Sivan 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Korach - Mevorchim

It's interesting that during this week of upheaval in the leadership echelons of our government, we are reading a parashah and haftarah which deal primarily with questions of national leadership.  In parashat Korach we have the story of those who challenged Moshe and Aharon's leadership and in the haftarah we read about the installation of our first king.

On the one hand, we see what comes of taking a popular vote - those who put themselves forward for leadership positions are usually after only the power and kavod.  Furthermore, they attempt to attain position by starting rumors, casting doubts and setting people against each other.  On the other hand, we fare best as a nation when we allow HKB"H to appoint a leader of His choosing.  

The myth of a "Jewish and democratic" Israel is dying before our eyes.  The day will surely come when it, too, is swallowed up in the earth, and we will yet see a King appointed to the throne of David!

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

23 June 2022

A Light in the Dark

24 Sivan 5782

How ironic is it that as our nation is moving into the darkest place of the yearly cycle - Tammuz/Av - a leader is stepping forward whose very name declares unequivocally that he is a bearer of light...

יאיר (Yair - meaning "enlightened") לפיד (Lapid - meaning "torch")

There is another famous name which mean "lightbearer" in Latin - Lucifer.  But, if you listen to Yair Lapid's speeches, you'd never be able to make a case for him being the devil incarnate.  He sounds eminently rational and reasonable and very fair-minded.  He only has problems with "extremists" and "messianists" - all those who threaten "democracy" (an invention of the Greeks).

And where do we see the "torch" in our modern world today?  At the opening of the Greek-style Olympic games:  "The Olympic flame symbolizes the light of spirit, knowledge and life. By passing the flame from one person to another in stages, the Torch Relay expresses the handing down of this symbolic fire from generation to generation."

This is, of course, in opposition to the Light of the Torah which the Jewish People have handed down from generation to generation since receiving it at Har Sinai.

Greek "Enlightenment" vs. The Light of Torah Truth - that is what Yair Lapid represents and it is he, the leader of the Erev Rav, whom Mashiach is coming to defeat.

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid’s recent 6,000-word essay set out a centrist vision of Israel’s future and warned of the danger of the country becoming an ‘illiberal democracy’. ...by making his central thesis that Israeli democracy is in trouble, Lapid has placed himself at the head of the battle to save it. ...Today’s ‘political moment’ calls for a focus not on peace, but on democracy. (Source)

I couldn't end this without mentioning the name of Lapid's political party - יש אתיד ("Yesh Atid : There is a future").  

Together with Gideon Sa'ar's "New Hope" party, they remind me of Yirmiyahu 29.11: "For I know the thoughts that I think about you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

It's like HKB"H hinting to us from behind the curtain.  "This is all just Me in disguise."  Take courage, our future is bright, no thanks to Yair Lapid.

20 June 2022

IT'S ALL GOOD!!

22 Sivan 5782

UPDATE (21 June): While Netanyahu selfishly sacrifices the nation to his own ego and scrambles to find 61 votes to return him to power, Bennett and Lapid have narrowed his window of opportunity considerably by moving the vote to dissolve the Knesset up from next week to TOMORROW - 22 June/23 Sivan!
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So, word is that Lapid and Bennett have agreed to introduce a bill dissolving the current Knesset next week.  Yair Lapid will become the interim Prime Minister (significantly when Biden arrives) until new elections, which have already been scheduled for October 25, 2022.  This is Rosh Chodesh Aleph of Cheshvan 5783 - "motzaei shvi'it"!!

Hopefully, by that time, the vast majority of the Jewish public will be so sick of the extreme idolatrous secular democracy, they'll be ready to do teshuvah and crown our Melech HaMashiach!!!

See more HERE.

16 June 2022

Parashat Shelach Lecha: "The Land is Very, Very Good"

18 Sivan 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Shelach Lecha

Quoting from The Land is Very, Very Good by Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein...

...The spies are described as having “despised the desirable land.”  At first, this seems puzzling.  Their report about the land was quite good, and quite accurate.  They were positively impressed with it being a land of milk and honey, just as promised.  What frightened them were the people, the inhabitants, not the blood itself.  We can now understand, however, that what they despised and rejected was the special quality of Eretz Yisrael as primarily a spiritual space, a place that transcends nature.  Believing Israel to be a land like others is to despise it, to repudiate its most salient aspect.

To drive home this message, the waters of the Jordan split for them just as they crossed over into the land.  It was a powerful indicator that the land they were about to enter was not restricted by nature but transcended it.  This point remains as true today as back then.  A Jew makes his place in the land through his emunah.  We open ourselves up to the special kedushah of the land by first believing in its standing outside the boundaries of the natural order.

Rav Yehudah HaLevi explains in the Kuzari that there shines in Israel and Israel alone a Divine light that illuminates through Torah, avodah, and all lofty levels of spirituality.  He likens Israel to a vineyard, whose grapes grow best on an elevated hillside.  We Jews as well are best nurtured at the spiritual heights of Eretz Yisrael.

Following inexorably from this remarkable aspect of Israel is the parallel strengths of the kelipah, the forces of tumah that counterbalance its kedushah.  These forces, however, are extrinsic to the land.  They can be overcome.  (Thus, Yehoshua and Calev urged the people on, “The land is very, very good.”  They saw the land while the forces of tumah were still fully resident, before Klal Yisrael could work to banish them.  They still understood that the land was intrinsically good!)  When the Torah warns against impropriety, so that “the land should not spit you out in your contaminating it,” it does not mean that the land will become changed in the process.  It means that the land must and will maintain its essential holiness, and will expel those who introduce contamination to its borders.
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

15 June 2022

Gog's Invasion of Israel May Be Closer Than We Think

 17 Sivan 5782

A few months ago, I recapped the information I accumulated explaining why Russia was involved in Syria:  "Is Gas Really at the Heart of Everything?"

Here is an update and it's both good news and bad news.  I'll give you the bad news first (as always).


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov summoned Israeli Ambassador to Russia Alex Ben-Zvi for the strike, which took place on June 10. Bogdanov said that Russia does not want Syria to be turned into a battle site for foreign countries.
However, I suspect that this is just the public excuse for what was more probably privately discussed...

The energy ministers of Israel, Egypt and the European Union signed a memorandum of understanding to export Israeli gas to Europe, at a ceremony in Cairo on Wednesday.

The agreement comes as Europe looks for alternative sources of energy to Russia in light of its invasion of Ukraine.

The gas will be transferred from Israel to Egypt via an existing pipeline. Egypt will use its facilities to liquefy the gas for export to ensure a steady stream of natural gas to Europe, while ensuring the energy security of all sides.
If you keep up with these reports coming from the Russian Embassy, it would appear that Putin is quickly losing patience with us and is increasingly angry that his attention must be diverted away from his problems in Ukraine to deal with our impudence.  

The good news is that we can now see how the leader of Russia may actually turn out to be Gog as some rabbis have suggested and what might be most likely to inspire an invasion into Eretz Yisrael at some point in the near future.  

It would not surprise me whatsoever to see Putin claim victory with a takeover of Eastern Ukraine; thereby pushing any NATO presence further from Russia's borders, allowing him to cut his losses there.  And then turning his attention to preventing the total loss of European gas markets to Israel.  If so, then how far off is Mashiach really?


Another sure sign of the nearness of Mashiach is the bitter end of Diaspora Jewry...

America's so-called freedom of religion has reputedly been good for Jews, but that day has come and gone. Now, its freedom of a different kind is bound to destroy whatever is left of the Jewish religion there.
Judge Declares YU ‘Non-Religious’; Forces It to Fully Support Gay Activities
By David Israel - 16 Sivan 5782 – June 15, 2022

Judge Lynn Kotler of the New York County Supreme Court ruled that YU is not an exclusively non-religious organization, and as such, subject to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).

Following that, Kotler ordered the school whose roots go back to the Etz Chaim Yeshiva founded in 1886 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to “immediately grant plaintiff YU Pride Alliance the full equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges afforded to all other student groups at Yeshiva University.”

A YU spokesperson told The YU Commentator that “the court’s ruling violates the religious liberty upon which this country was founded,” adding, “The decision permits courts to interfere in the internal affairs of religious schools, hospitals, and other charitable organizations. Any ruling that Yeshiva is not religious is obviously wrong.”

“As our name indicates, Yeshiva University was founded to instill Torah values in its students while providing a stellar education, allowing them to live with religious conviction as noble citizens and committed Jews. While we love and care for our students, who are all – each and every one – created in God’s image, we firmly disagree with today’s ruling and will immediately appeal the decision,” the spokesperson argued.

On April 26, 2021, the YU Pride Alliance, alumni Molly Meisels, Amitai Miller, and Doniel Weinreich, along with an anonymous student, launched an LGBTQ discrimination lawsuit against the school, its president, Rabbi Ari Berman, and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dr. Chaim Nissel. The lawsuit alleged that YU had violated its own non-discrimination policies and New York City Human Rights Law. Plaintiffs argued that YU itself had long ago classified itself as a non-sectarian academic institution to collect millions in New York State funds and benefits.

Forty-eight associate deans and professors of YU’s own law school, Cardozo Law, in downtown Manhattan, signed an email to Rabbi Berman pleading with him to acquiesce to the demands of the LGBTQ students and their supporters.

The 48 law professors wrote: “Discrimination against a student organization solely because of its focus on LGBTQ+ issues has no place in a University that holds itself out as a community committed to the flourishing and equal dignity of all its members. We have a collective obligation to ensure that each student is supported and given the opportunity to thrive, and refusing to extend access to University facilities to this student group on the same terms all other student groups enjoy will prevent LGBTQ+ students, together with their allies, from creating the space to find that support. Particularly as our students grapple already with the effects of a catastrophic public health crisis and deepening racial divide, insisting that LGBTQ+ students bear this avoidable additional insult is hard to fathom.”

They added: “Indeed, at Cardozo, where LGBTQ+ students are a vital part of our community, with an active and engaged student group, no such discrimination is practiced or tolerated. We find it unacceptable that our parent University would adopt such a hurtful policy towards the undergraduate student body.”

What the good Cardozo Law professors failed to mention was just how many years the gay students at Cardozo had fought and been rejected in their attempts to form a gay club.

Plaintiff Molly Meisels told The Commentator back then: “I want Yeshiva University students, faculty, staff, and administrators to know that I am partaking in this case out of love for the university. The institution has so much potential to be a safe, loving, and supportive environment for queer students and allies. This potential has yet to be realized. Hopefully, this case will provide queer students with the club they deserve.”

YU responded to the lawsuit by citing its Torah Umadda mission which emphasizes Torah values. It also pointed out the daily religious services being conducted on its undergraduate campuses. Finally, regarding its “non-sectarian” status, YU argued that it is only used in its admissions policy which does not discriminate against non-Jewish applicants.

In 1970, Rav Soloveitchik called on Yeshiva University to reverse itself regarding its “non-sectarian” trend. The Rav was worried that the school might not be able to enforce religious observance in the dorms, or require the students to attend one of the University’s religious divisions.

One can only hope that YU will appeal Judge Kotler’s unfriendly ruling (to use polite language) all the way up to the Supreme Court, where it stands a good chance to win, thanks to President Trump’s three appointments. (Source: Jewish Press)

An Ill Wind Blows From the West

 16 Sivan 5782

As soon as I read that the initial timeframe for Biden's proposed trip to the ME, towards the end of June, was being pushed off, I went, "uh-oh, that means Tammuz."

Tammuz is traditionally a very bad time for the Jews.  It's a month where Eisav holds the power.

[Quote:]  ...Rashi explains that Tammuz means “heating,” like a glowing furnace—an appropriate name for the month which occurs at the height of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), roughly coinciding with July.

...The Zohar tells us that the first three months are associated with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Tammuz and Av, the fourth and fifth months, were taken by Jacob’s evil twin brother, Esau.  Not surprisingly, both Holy Temples were destroyed during this time (one by the Romans, heirs of Esau).

...The sages declared Tammuz 17 a day of fasting and mourning for the terrible events that happened on this day. Referred to by the prophet as “the fourth [month] fast,” this is one of the four fasts that will be converted to a day of joy and feasting with the arrival of Moshiach. May it happen soon.  (Source)

So, now we have a firm date for US President Joe Biden's visit to Israel - July 13 to 16 - or on our calendar  - 14 to 17 Tammuz!  Everyone knows he is up to no good for the Jews here.  It bears reminding that the US Declaration of Independence was signed on 17 Tammuz 5536!!  And what they desired most for themselves they have denied to Israel - independence from foreign rule and influence.  

That said, I'm not a bit concerned.  The so-called "leader of the free world" is toothless.  Eisav is very quickly losing all their power.  He is arriving prior to the beginning of the Three Weeks and leaving on 17 Tammuz.  Not only that, but we will not be fasting this 17 Tammuz because it falls out on Shabbat Kodesh and the same thing happens on Tisha b'Av as well!

I'm looking forward to that time when 17 Tammuz and 9 Av become festive holidays and you should be, too!!  That time is not far off.

14 June 2022

Predictive Programming Taken to a New Level

16 Sivan 5782 

(Aired Jan-Feb 2016.)  The better to label it "conspiracy," my dear...


"The Mapping Project"

 15 Sivan 5782


US Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) this weekend roundly condemned “The Mapping Project” – a detailed graphic aimed at illustrating all entities believed by its progressive creators to pose a threat to their version of society as they want it to be.

The project was created by a Boston-area pro-Palestinian Authority activist collective aligned with the international Boycott, Divest & Sanctions (BDS) economic war on Israel, one that is not only antisemitic but appears clearly dedicated to total anarchy.

“At this moment of rising anti-Semitism, racist attacks, and political violence, this ‘mapping’ of the Jewish community is dangerous and irresponsible. We strongly condemn anti-Semitism and will continue working for the safety of all vulnerable people at home and abroad,” Warren and Markey said in their statement issued Friday (June 10).

Warren and Markey both allegedly “complicit in … Zionism” are among those whose information appears on the site. “Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren supports Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland, while advocating for the interests of US weapons developers in Congress,” according to the site.

Four US Representatives, including three from Massachusetts (Ayanna Pressley, Jake Auchincloss, Seth Moulton) and one from New York (Ritchie Torres) joined the two senators in warning that the map could incite violence against American Jews.

“The BDS movement put together “a mapping project” that accuses Jewish and “Zionist” institutions of various evils in American society,” Torres wrote in a tweet on June 8. “Scapegoating is a common symptom of Antisemitism, which at its core is a conspiracy theory.”

The map is intended to show “how local support for the colonization of Palestine is structurally tied to policing, evictions and privatization locally, and to US imperialist projects worldwide.” It is enthusiastically supported by BDS Boston, the local chapter of the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions economic war campaign against Israel.

Creators of The Mapping Project explain on the site that their map is really somewhat of a target list, saying the project reveals “the local entities and networks that enact devastation, so we can dismantle them. Every entity has an address, every network can be disrupted.”

The interactive map lists 482 entities and includes 1,357 links, among which are the names, addresses and information about staff members of more than 70 Jewish organizations, institutions and individuals connected to the Jewish community.

Included on that list, in addition to Senator Warren, are the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston, Jewish National Fund (regional office), The Jewish Journal, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), American Jewish Committee of New England, Yachad New England, Boston United Pentecostal Church (no idea why), Hadassah, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) and the Friends of the Arava Institute NGO, among dozens of others.

Nor did anti-Israel leftist Jewish organizations such as J Street Boston Chapter and the New Israel Fund local chapter manage to escape, in much the same way thoroughly assimilated German Jews were listed as targets for Hitler’s ‘Final Solution.’

Each is carefully mapped out, with a graphic showing links to financial support and type of entity, and a companion description showing the entity’s address and number of linkages.

For example, CAMERA is described as being “Complicit in: Propaganda/Normalization, US Imperialism, Zionism” with information about its founders, its mailing address, its Form 990 tax filing for 2019 and its membership in the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston, as well as all the organizations with which it has ties.

Among the so-called “harm categories” listed on the map are Zionism, US Imperialism, Ethnic Cleansing/Displacement (‘Gentrification’), Policing and more.

“Charity is fundamentally misconstrued as a selfless and generous act,” says a statement on the site describing an article explaining US tax law regarding charitable donations.

“In reality, charitable donations are supporting the colonization of Palestine and violence worldwide."  (Source: The Jewish Press)

 

Eretz Yisrael is ALWAYS the safest place for a Jew.  

It is our natural element.  It is our home!