Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~
BONUS: The P-Word
Here we learn several principles of global importance regarding redemption. First, the Messiah spoken of here, namely Mashiach ben Yosef and not Mashiach ben David, is the chief redeemer, for he inaugurates redemption. Second, his suffering all the years of the exile, through G-d's tormenting him, parallels that suffered by Israel. Third, this suffering is grossly compounded, for were Israel to repent properly, he would be freed from his torment to go and save Israel, such that both he and they would be redeemed. Fourth, Mashiach ben Yosef parallels G-d, for also the Divine Presence is in exile, and G-d, too, so to speak, suffers the Chillul Hashem of Israel's lowliness. Fifth, (merely hinted at here), if repentance "in haste" does not arrive, and redemption "in its time" comes instead, redemption of grief and tragedy, G-d will send Mashiach ben Yosef to wage war against the nations. In that case, the vast majority of Israel will still be unfit for redemption and will not recognize him and their own mission - to repent through deeds of faith and trust in G-d so that they sanctify G-d's name, the key to redemption. Then Mashiach ben Yosef will go for with minuscule remnants as inaugurator of redemption to provoke the nations, and the start of redemption will be accompanied by tragedies and Messianic birthpangs, as stated. Even Mashiach ben Yosef will fall in this bitter period, until Israel's sins are purged and Mashiach ben David arrives....G-d set ground-rules for [the Messiah]: "In the future, the sins of these stored away with you will place you under an iron burden. They will make you like this calf whose eyes have dimmed. Their burden will suffocate your spirit. Through their sins, your tongue will cleave to your palate. Do you wish this?" The Messiah asked, "Is that pain going to last many years?" and G-d answered, "I swear by My life and yours that it shall last no later than the year seven thousand [i.e., the latest possible end, as noted previously from Avodah Zarah 9a]. If you are unhappy with this, I will make them suffer starting now." The Messiah replied, "Master of the Universe! Joyfully do I accept it upon myself so that not one Jew be lost... It is what I want!"...The rabbis said, "The week in which the Son of David comes, iron bars shall be brought and placed on his [MBY] neck until he is bent over, and he will cry out tearfully until his voice ascends to Heaven. He will say, "Master of the Universe! How long can my strength hold out? My spirit? My soul? My limbs? Am I not flesh and blood?"...G-d will then reply, "Ephraim, Righteous Messiah! You undertook this from the Six Days of Creation. Now, your pain will be like Mine, for since the day Nebuchadnezzar went up and destroyed My house and burnt My sanctuary and exiled My children among the nations, I swear to you that I have never sat down on My throne; and if you don't believe Me, observe the dew that has settled on My head"... The Messiah will respond, "Master of the Universe! Now, I am consoled. It suffices for the slave to be like his master."
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Eli Yishai responded to this on his Facebook page (rough translation)...(TOI - 11/03/19) Gay Knesset candidates file incitement complaint against Haredi rabbiThree gay Knesset candidates on the Blue and White party slate file an incitement complaint today against a prominent Haredi rabbi, Meir Mazuz,....
I read with astonishment the announcement of Blue and White party members who intend to file a complaint against the Maran Rosh HaYeshiva Hagaon Rabbi Meir Mazuz, shlit"a, in respect of statements made against members of the abomination community.Simply disgraceful, impose a reign of terror against rabbis in Israel. Who are you to silence the Gadol HaDor from saying it? The words of the Rabbi are the words of the living G-d that appear in the Holy Torah, nothing he said is a novelty of his own.This is exactly why Maran Rosh HaYeshiva was determined in his decision that Yahad would run for the Knesset, despite the polls that did not always compliment him. Party will end the rule of terror and silencing people who are not in line with their unacceptable agenda.
I invite the people of Israel, religious and secular as one, to support us and vote for Yahad in order to return the mandate to the sane majority in the State of Israel.
During an interview I gave on Channel 12, we heard from the interviewer, Mr. Oded Ben Ami, horrifying and shocking remarks with regard to Heaven. I immediately expressed a firm protest and demanded a retraction, but to my great sorrow, I made a mistake by remaining in the studio.
Yehonatan Yosef to be in Third PositionLooking back, I think I should have gotten up and left immediately. Chatati, aviti, pashati (I sinned), and I ask for mechilah, slichah and kaparah (forgiveness and atonement). I will not interview with Oded Ben Ami again until he retracts his harsh words and asks forgiveness from the Creator.
Here at the 'Yahad' party, the legacy of the greatest of Israel is not just an election slogan. Obeying the Maranan and Rabbanan is a guiding light for us and in their light we will go.
CongratulationsYehonatan Yosef, grandson of Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt"l, is nominated to third place (on the party slate). Together we will ensure the continuation of Maran's legacy for the people of Israel, the Land of Israel and the Torah of Israel.
This is a voice that the entire country needs to hear from a national platform on a regular basis.Yasher koach to the brave soldier of Tzahal who liquidated the terrorist who infiltrated a house in Hebron in order to stab Jews. This is the only way to end any attempted attack: a bullet in the head and a dead terrorist. Without fear, without concern for consequences - to liquidate. As our sages taught: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first."
...Even before we examine our sages' words regarding Mashiach ben Yosef, we already have in hand several basic principles from the holy lips of the Gra:
Some people have posited that Rabbi Meir Kahane, ztz"l, Hy"d, was Mashiach ben Yosef for his generation. Had the people of Israel stood up for him when the Erev Rav disqualified him from running for Knesset a month before the election, and backed his party wholeheartedly, he could have risen to power and prevented Oslo and every tragedy that followed in its wake. But, the people were too weak and of too little faith, so unable to fulfill his mission, the Rav was taken from this world and his mission fell to the next generation's representative. This is, I believe, why we are bidden to pray that Mashiach ben Yosef not die. Furthermore, it is no coincidence that Rabbi Kahane's name has been so much in the news in these days just prior to another election, one which may very well be key to the arrival of this generation's Mashiach ben Yosef.1. There are two Messiahs, Mashiach ben Yosef and Mashiach ben David. The first is called "the Inaugural Messiah." He is involved in the whole physical side of redemption, the actual return to Zion, and he fights G-d's wars. The second completes the spiritual redemption.
2. These two Messiahs exist among us in every generation; and if Israel only understood what they must do to bring redemption "in haste," it would come speedily via these two Messiahs.
3. Mashiach ben Yosef not only goes unrecognized, but Israel ridicule those who herald the truth of redemption and are fit to be Mashiach ben Yosef. If Israel only recognized him and his era, he would immediately bring complete redemption "in haste."
In every generation a Mashiach ben Yosef and a Mashiach ben David appear. The present exile has no fixed length. It can come "today, if we hearken to G-d's voice" (Ps. 95:7). In this regard G-d says, "Let not this possibility seem remote to you. Believe that if you only acted correctly, redemption would come 'today.' Search for the Messiahs, and I, too, will search Jerusalem with candles."
The Talmud states (Bava Batra 123b), "Jacob saw that Esau's seed could only be delivered up by Joseph's seed" (and the same in Targum Yonatan on Gen. 30:25). The point is clear: The beginning of the nations' fall will be through Mashiach ben Yosef who comes from Rachel. ..."In whose hands shall Edom fall? Those of the anointed of war, who comes from Joseph."
And Bereshit Rabba (73:7) teaches, "With Joseph's birth, Esau's adversary was born... There is a tradition that Esau shall fall only to Rachel's descendants."
...Pesikta Rabati, 36:
At that moment, the nations became excited and said, "Master of the Universe! Who is this into whose hands we shall fall? What is his name? What is his nature?" G-d replied, He is the Messiah and his name is Ephraim, My righteous Messiah. He shall raise up himself and his generation [i.e., from degradation to independence]. He shall bring light to Israel and save his people, and no nation or tongue can withstand him... All his enemies and foes flee... Even the rivers cease running..."
G-d set ground-rules for [the Messiah]: "In the future, the sins of these stored away with you will place you under an iron burden. They will make you like this calf whose eyes have dimmed. Their burden will suffocate your spirit. Through their sins, your tongue will cleave to your palate. Do you wish this?" The Messiah asked, "Is that pain going to last many years?" and G-d answered, "I swear by My life and yours that it shall last no later than the year seven thousand [i.e., the latest possible end, as noted previously from Avodah Zarah 9a]. If you are unhappy with this, I will make them suffer starting now." The Messiah replied, "Master of the Universe! Joyfully do I accept it upon myself so that not one Jew be lost... It is what I want!"...To be continued, iy"H.