20 January 2015

Curious Connections

1 Shevat 5775
Rosh Chodesh

From An Anthology of the Gaon by Rabbi Moshe Tzuriel:

"The purpose in our bringing about the ingathering of the exiles is to set up faithful people for the sake of the unification of the two moshiachs (i.e., Moshiach Ben Yosef and Moshiach Ben Dovid) in the gates of Jerusalem."

There is more than one way in and out of the city of Jerusalem, but everyone who has ever been here can attest to the fact that there is one entrance that is designated as The Entrance to the City. There are even buildings in that area called Sha'arei Yerushalayim - the Gates of Jerusalem. 

In the past, I found it more than a little interesting that Rav Kook set up his yeshivah in this area - in Kiryat Moshe and Givat Sha'ul. It's also where Rav Mordechai Eliyahu lived, where Rav Meir Kahane lived, and a bit further on, in Har Nof, where Maran Ovadiah Yosef lived and established his organization. 

It's also where the Erev Rav regime chose to set up their immense "government complex" including the Knesset, the Supreme Court, Bank of Israel, etc. Not far from there, opposite Har Nof, is Yad Vashem - the place which someone once dubbed the 'Temple' of the secular Zionists.

So, here we have the Erev Rav regime...  and the representatives of authentic Torah, the "faithful people", as if set in opposition to each other - like chess pieces facing off - right in the gates of Jerusalem. 

MK Eli Yishai lives in Har Nof... actually, very near to the beit knesset where the horrible massacre recently took place.  Yesterday, I read a report which mentioned that MK Eli Yishai is about to move from Har Nof into the Mishkenot Ha'Uma complex - practically a stone's throw from the Knesset


Let's hope 'checkmate' won't be far behind.

Chodesh tov~