30 April 2019

FIGHTING THE CURE TO WHAT AILS US

25 Nisan 5779
Day 10 of the Omer

The media is running a constant refrain on the "fight" against antisemitism.  Most Jews are in favor of a "war" against antisemitism.  But, that's wrong-headed.  The real enemy is assimilation and antisemitism is the antidote.  


29 April 2019

REFOCUS ON WHAT COUNTS

24 Nisan 5779
Day 9 of the Omer

There are too many distractions.  We need to constantly refocus on what really counts...

BS"D

From the Journal of Meir Yisroel
Message to the Jews of England
Adar 5779

Oy, Oy, Oy. What is going to be with you, my fellow Jews in England? How are you going to survive the coming huge catastrophes that are going to almost destroy the whole world? Open your eyes and see the warnings Hashem is giving to you, very similar to the warnings the peoples of the world received before the Mabul! Look around you and realize that the most terrible so-called natural disasters are happening daily all over the world. Whether it be horrendously cold snowy weather with drifts of snow over two meters, sometimes three meters high and the temperatures plunging way below zero Fahrenheit. All over the world there are
downpours of rain that wash away the crops. There are massive die-offs of fish worldwide, hundreds and thousands of fish piling up miles long on beaches all over the world. There are massive attacks of lightning, that while lightening is dangerous it lately has been killing hundreds of people around the globe. Volcanoes have been exploding above the water and under the ocean, especially the Pacific Ocean, causing islands to form from the lava that has cooled off and accumulated. Meteorites of all sizes have
miraculously blown up entering the earth’s atmosphere without harming anyone. According to all scientists the north pole and the south pole are moving and north is no longer north as it once was and south isn't south as it once was, causing total confusion in the seasons! Some countries are suffering more and some countries are suffering less. However, these changes have caused huge crop failures all over the world and has also caused many animals that people depend on for food, to die.

Don’t forget, my English Jewish brethren, that England is only a little island in a vast ocean. You are very close to the north pole and the north pole is melting at a rapid pace. What I am telling you is not new. Scientists have lately been talking about how dangerous it is that the north pole is melting at such a fast rate causing the oceans to rise and probably eventually causing the American cost line to be very much under water. For sure England will be suffering very much because you are only tiny in comparison to places like the United States and Canada and you might find yourself surrounded by water without a place to go. If you don’t believe me you can check it out. What I am telling you is only a small part of the warnings that Hakadosh Boruch Hu is showing us.

Clearly there is one other huge threat at this moment and that is war! The Third World War is about to begin. It shouldn’t last very long but will wreak huge destruction all over the world. Interestingly enough so many countries are threatening each other with the most powerful weapons of destruction and yet in our world most people ignore it as if life was moving on as usual with no fears and no problems. Wake up, my fellow English Jews! You are living in an imaginary world. Hashem is warning us very clearly. It is time to pack up and leave that infamous island once called Great Britain. You may have had up until now an easy life there but the Goyim have already started to turn against you with the infamous hatred that they have in their hearts for Yidden and their Yiddishkeit.

England, by a huge miracle, once ruled the world and that alone was an unbelievable Ness. A small island with comparatively small population actually ruled the world. However, England is finished! It will probably sink into the water and disappear. We are looking at an ominous future altogether in the world. Very soon there will be drastic financial difficulties. Everywhere there will be shortages of food because of the strange destructive weather. Money will be scarce and the demands of the Jewish community to abandon their tradition will be overwhelming in all countries of the world including Britain. The Jews of France have gotten the message. There has been a big Aliya from France. They understood when violence against their Yiddishkeit began knocking at their door so-to-speak, after a few Korbonos in the Jewish community, many realized that it is time to leave. Almost all came to Israel.

All of this is written in the Nevuas. It is nothing new. I suggest that before it happens, you take your families and relocate to Eretz Yisroel, not Medinas Yisroel - Eretz Yisroel and know that while Eretz Yisroel is now being occupied by a place called Medinas Yisroel it will be the safest place on earth to be in the very near future.

All of the countries of the world are getting ready for war with the most horrendous weapons ever produced. We know from the Nevuas that two thirds of the world will be destroyed but not Eretz Yisroel. The government
in Medinas Yisroel are Reshoim! They are not in any way trying to save Yiddishkeit, the Jewish religion, and the Mesorah. They are trying to do the opposite which is to destroy Judaism altogether. Still, the safest place will be Eretz Yisroel. I have only told you a small part of the dangerous happenings in the world. If you don’t believe me, look it up in the Seforim and look up what actually is going on in the world, and you will see for yourselves the truth of what I have told you.

Come now while you can put the money together and remind yourself that you are not coming to Medinas Yisroel you’re coming to Eretz Yisroel. Don’t worry, we have a promise from Hashem that the land of Israel will be the safest place in the whole world. Am Yisroel, my fellow Jews, the time has come. Moshiach is here but he has not yet been revealed. Make an effort to save yourself and your families and prove to Hakadosh Boruch Hu that u are worth saving.

Soon all true Jews will be forced to leave England because of the law that they want to pass forcing all schools to teach things that are absolutely forbidden by the Torah. I am sure many Jews are just waiting and hoping the law won’t be passed. However, if it is passed then you must leave England without a question, unless you feel that even if it passes somehow you can get around it. However, you won’t be able to avoid it this time. They want to destroy Yiddishkeit! They won’t let you do what you want! The true Jew will know that he has no choice but to leave England. But where is he going to go? America the United States is doing the same thing. Europe is dangerous even physically. So where are you going to go? Really there is no place to go only to Eretz Yisroel. Very soon there will be a big change and the State of Israel will be replaced by Eretz Yisroel and the Bais Hamikdosh and Moshiach!

But you have to do Teshuva if you want to be saved. Which means the Jewish community in England, which was once very strong in their Yiddishkeit, for the last years has gone down very much. The outside world has broken the barriers that the generations before had put up to make sure that the community wouldn’t be destroyed by intermarriage and the infatuation with the Gashmius. Just like all the Jewish communities of the world, the English Jews have been infiltrated by the worst gadgets like iPhones etc. that have bombarded the world and has caused a tremendous lowering of the level of Yiddishkeit in England and in the world including Medinas Yisroel.

This is something preplanned by the leaders of the world to kill off Yiddishkeit with the best of weapons the iPhones, internet, TV, etc. that can bring the filth of the world almost straight into the minds of the victims without them even having to go to a play or a concert or a movie etc. The victim can sit in his armchair and roam the world on every subject no matter how horrific and be influenced by all the Schmutz in existence. It is very hard to take out of your mind the images and the information that is mostly decadent once you have seen it, read it, or heard descriptions of the most vile distortions that are against the Torah completely.

Am Yisroel you have to give all these things up and come now to Eretz Yisroel. You will get off the plane in what is called Medinas Yisroel but once there you have to close yourself off as much as possible from what is called the State of Israel and rediscover and live by our eternal Torah. Get rid of your horrific toys that are destroying your mind and your Neshoma and come back to Eretz Yisroel and be part of recreating the promised land as it was supposed to be and have the Zechus and merit to be Zoche to greet Moshiach Tzidkainu and be Makriv the Korbonos in the Bais Hamikdosh.

24 April 2019

"The Seventh Day of Passover"

20 Nisan 5779 - Erev Shvi'i shel Pesach
5th Day Chol HaMo'ed - Day 5 of the Omer
Moadim l'Simchah - Chag Shvi'i shel Pesach Sameach!
The seventh day of Pesach marks the day when many miracles were performed for our forefathers at the Red Sea. ...It was on this very date, eighty-one years before Israel stood on the banks of the Red Sea, that Moshe was cast into the river as a result of Pharaoh's edict. ...On this same date, one year before the Exodus, Moshe left Midyan at God's command to take Israel out, for on the fifteenth of Nisan, God had appeared to him from within the bush and urged him for seven days - the period of Pesach - to accept this mission.  (The Book of Our Heritage)
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"And God brought a strong east wind to blow over the sea all that night."  (Shemot 14:21) - If God wanted the sea to split, He could have ordered it to do so; with one declaration. He could have transformed it into dry land. Why did He bring "a strong east wind" (...from the desert)? God sought to imbue Israel with the belief that all of the acts of Creation are dependent upon His word. The wilderness and the inhabited places, the sea and the wind, the clouds and the fire - all are the work of His hands and subject to His direction. There is no aspect of nature independent of His control. (The Book of Our Heritage) 
Chag sameach and Shabbat shalom ~

23 April 2019

AN OMINOUS DEVELOPMENT

19 Nisan 5779
4th Day of Chol HaMo'ed - Day 4 of the Omer
Moadim l'simchah!

Times of Israel today is once again reporting this, by now, well-known warning: "Trump adviser says peace plan to be revealed after Ramadan in June, adds it will require ‘tough compromises’ from both Israel and Palestinians"

But, the JPost adds something new, which SoS Mike Pompeo only hinted at recently:
"KUSHNER: TWO-STATE SOLUTION WAS 'A GOOD ATTEMPT' "But if that would've worked, we would've made peace a long time ago on that basis," he said.
Add to these statements another bit of news that I came across recently which at first glance might not appear to be at all related:
Israeli Citizens to Become Eligible for U.S. Investor Visas as of May

As of May 1, Israeli citizens will be eligible for a work permit in the U.S. provided they can commit to investing “a substantial amount of capital” in the U.S. and, in doing so, employ American citizens.
But, get this.  In what looks suspiciously like a pre-arranged quid pro quo, today the following was brought to my attention...
Israel Investor Visa for USA Citizens

The Israel Investor Visa (B/5 visa) for United States citizens is about to become a reality (May 1, 2019). ...Non-Jews from the United States now have the option of living and working in Israel if they invest in and own an Israeli business and then move to Israel to operate the business. The B/5 Israel Investor Visa permits the investor and several key workers in the business and their families to work and live in Israel.
Note the key difference between the plans. The US visa for Israelis requires them to hire Americans while the Israeli visa for Americans allows US "non-Jews" along with their American employees, as well as all their families to live and work in Israel.

I'm beginning to think that the "Deal of the Century" is going to be predicated on eliminating the "Jewish" State and turning Israel into a state of all its citizens.  

The elimination of the Jews, whether abroad or in Israel, through mass assimilation has been the linchpin of a global plan ever since Hitler failed to accomplish it through genocide.  They flooded the country with Russian Christians and then they brought in the Christian Falash Mura and the African migrants and now - make no mistake about it - Dominionists Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are going to bring in the US Christian Evangelicals who want to "make aliyah."  Hagee's millions in contributions will now have a new address.  This will be their solution to the dwindling numbers of Israeli-Arab Christians in the Holy Land.  

Neither the Pope, nor the world's Christians want to see Jews and Muslims divide the Holy Land between themselves, leaving them on the outside looking in.
Jared Kushner: "...from Israel’s point of view, their biggest concern is just security. And I think that what we do, is something that allows for Israel to maintain security.”
This statement alone demonstrates utter cluelessness on Kushner's part.  How can anything but a catastrophe emerge from this man's best efforts?

I hope I'm wrong, but this feels like a very ominous development to me. 

BARUCH HASHEM! It's My Aliyahversary!!

18 Nisan 5779
3rd Day Chol HaMo'ed - Day 3 of the Omer
Moadim l'simchah!

Special thanks to HaKadosh Baruch Hu who delivered us from the Mitzrayim of today (the United States) 23 years ago today! And in those 23 years, I have been especially blessed to never having cause to leave the borders of Eretz Yisrael

If He had only made us Jews - Dayenu!
If He had only brought us up to Eretz Yisrael - Dayenu!!
If He had only settled us in the Holy City - Dayenu!!!

I am truly awed and grateful.  THANK YOU HASHEM!!

22 April 2019

MAKING SEDER

17 Nisan 5779
2nd Day Chol HaMo'ed - Day 2 of the Omer
Moadim l'simchah!

In the beginning, everything was mixed up (formless and void).  And the Creator set about making seder - order.  Three nights ago we sat around our tables and made seder out of the events in our nation's history.  By making seder, we emulate our Creator.  Making seder requires creating separations.  Think of it like sorting laundry - "each thing after its kind."

At Pesach, Hashem made seder by separating one nation from within another nation - He took Am Yisrael out of the midst of Mitzrayim and brought us into the desert where nothing else existed.  His goal was to bring us to a land where we would live independently of the other nations and depend entirely upon Him alone.

3,331 years later and all the evidence points to nearly complete assimilation - a complete mixing up of Am Yisrael (even and especially within Eretz Yisrael) with the other nations of the world.  This is so whether we are talking about politics, religion, culture or economy.  When faced with the extent of our failure to make seder among ourselves, it is both shocking and sickening.

I kept seeing references to "A Lion King Passover." I generally avoid these Yeshiva-type groups of guys who make holiday songs out of mixing Jewish themes with goyishe music - you know the kind of thing Aish HaTorah loves to promote, Maccabeats, etc.  But when I saw it in the Jewish Press, I finally gave in and clicked on it.  

Just 35 secs into a 5 min video, I had to quickly shut it down. I know I saw that movie when it first came out (1994), but I don't remember the details.  I suppose the guys singing Mah Nishtanah to the Lion King theme song were acting out some scene from that movie but when one dipped his finger in a cup of wine and smeared it across the forehead of another, what I saw in my mind was the Catholic priest dipping his finger in ash and making the sign of the cross on a congregant's forehead on Ash Wednesday.  

I have never set foot in a Catholic church and have never witnessed such a scene personally (at least not in this lifetime), but the image created such a visceral reaction that I was compelled to just shut it down as fast as I could before I could see what was coming next.  

This was supposed to be something nice created by religious Jews as a contribution to the celebration of Passover.  It's become a trend among various Orthodox singing groups, but it is one that I have decried for many years as an assimilationist tool that has no place in our nation. How much more so now when the main focus of the holiday is to make a seder?

21 April 2019

God's Holy War on Eisav

16 Nisan 5779
1st Day Chol HaMo'ed - Day 1 of the Omer
Moadim l'simchah!

If Nebuchadnezzar was God's hammer on Am Israel, how much more so ISIS on the Christians. (Reference Yirmiyahu , chapter 25)
For behold, with the city upon which My name is called, I commence to bring evil, and shall you be cleared? You shall not be cleared, for I call a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, says the Lord of Hosts.
Idolatrous statue of the mother
 of (the xian) god broken in half
 At least 156 killed in Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka
...Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed at least 156 people and wounded more than 400, police said,....
[UPDATE: 359 killed with 500 injured.]

Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge You, and upon the kingdoms that do not call up Your name.”  (Passover Haggadah)

18 April 2019

CHAG SAMEACH and SHABBAT SHALOM!

14 Nisan 5779
Erev Shabbat-Pesach

The 4/5ths Who Did Not Leave Egypt

13 Nisan 5779

Apparently, they still haven't learned...
(H/T Dr bsd)
AJC Donating Funds to Help Rebuild Notre Dame

NEW YORK, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced today that it will donate funds to help repair Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged in a massive fire.

"Whether Catholic or not, Notre Dame Cathedral is an integral part of our shared legacy and soul. It represents centuries of French and European faith, culture, history and imagination," said AJC CEO David Harris.

AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, is a longstanding pioneer in interfaith relations, and a longtime friend of France. AJC maintains an office in Paris. "We share the pain of the French people and Catholics worldwide in watching this landmark house of worship burn," said Harris.
In hearing the Passover story, have you ever wondered why so many did not want to leave Egypt?  It's hard to fathom, I know.  But, this is a perfect example of the kind of thinking that led to their ultimate demise during the plague of darkness.  Any Jew who donates to the restoration of a church or feels sympathy for its loss, is so stuck in Egypt that they are never getting out.
"Therefore, through this shall Jacob's iniquity be atoned for, and this shall be the fruit of his sin's removal: When he makes all the altar stones [places of false worship] like ground chalk stones, and Asherah-trees and sun-idols [Son-idols] arise no more." (Yeshayahu 27.9)

Rashi: Therefore: Now, too, with this, Jacob’s iniquity would be atoned for, to merit to be redeemed as then.
            asherim and sun images shall not rise: So that they shall not retain their idolatry.

16 April 2019

Notre Dame: A Down Payment on What is Owed

11 Nisan 5779

This is no random, "tragic" incident - especially not when it occurs during "Holy Week" and on the 10th of Nisan.










Christians and art buffs are devastated over the potential loss of nine centuries of history and masterpieces

France is mourning the obliteration of one of the most prominent symbols of its national heritage just days before the Easter celebrations.

But in a glimmer of hope, Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo said cops and rescuers formed a human chain the save some of the artworks - including the crown and tunic of Saint Louis.

France’s Interior Ministry said firefighters are optimistic they can save the main structure and the building’s two bell towers, despite the steeple being destroyed.

Shocking pictures show the collapsed roof and smoke-filled interior of the iconic building.

Among the most celebrated artworks inside are its three stained-glass rose windows, placed high up on the west, north and south faces of the cathedral.
Notre Dame’s most precious treasure, a relic venerated as the Crown of Thorns worn by [Yeshu], is understood to have been saved from the fire.

The Crown of Thorns, which is considered Paris’s equivalent of the Crown Jewels, is stored at the end of a nave of the cathedral, not readily visible to visitors.

It is encased in an ornate gold and glass container commissioned by Napoleon and is only brought out on Fridays during Lent and on Good Friday.

While the authenticity of the relic has not been certified, historians have dated it back to [Yeshu's] crucifixion.

The relic originally came from Jerusalem and was carefully placed in the nearby Sainte-Chappelle, a chapel built in the 13th century specifically for the crown.

The massive South Rose glass window is an awe-inspiring sight inside the famous cathedral.

Originally a gift from King St. Louis IX, the window was created in 1260 and is dedicated to the New Testament.

It was removed from the facade of Notre Dame during the Second World War when the French feared the Germans would target it and was replaced in the Sixties.

The cathedral’s website boasts that its three rose windows “constitute one of the great masterpieces of Christianity.”

But it is not yet know what damage the smoke and falling debris could have on the artwork.

...The iconic cathedral was first commissioned in 1163 by King Louis VII and completed in 1345, nearly 200 years later.

...Dramatic drone pictures show the devastation caused by the savage blaze which has already laid waste to the 850-year-old church's spire and much of its Gothic roof.

Emmanuel Gregoire, the deputy mayor of Paris, said the cathedral had suffered "colossal damages" and that emergency workers were trying to salvage the priceless pieces stored inside.

Scaffolding that had been set up around the building has been decimated along with large parts of the cathedral, including the spire, which dates back to the mid-19th Century.

A "stray flame" linked to £5 million renovation work is thought to have sparked the inferno in the loft at around 5.30pm local time on Monday. (Source: The Sun)
France will not get any expressions of sympathy from me. I'm thrilled to see a major symbol of the false, idolatrous and antisemitic religion crash and burn.  And so may be the fate of every place of worship for false gods.

14 April 2019

Pesach Prep Disrupted by Early Easter Celebrations

9 Nisan 5779

On the first day of the last week before Pesach with preparations in full swing and just at the hour those working jobs need to get home, the Christians are being allowed to shut down the main hub in the center of Jerusalem for a "Palm Parade."

I went early to take care of urgent business and had forgotten this was their so-called "Palm Sunday" until I saw what looked like Sukkot decorations up and down the train track outside the Christian Quarter of the Old City.  Could the Christians of the Holy Land be more stupid?  I mean those who live here and see the Sukkot celebrations every year have to see the connection to the palm branches.  But, since their Bible says the crowds waved palm branches in front of Yeshu the Sunday before Passover, they can't question its infallibility.

It's the same with their claim to Yeshu being the "Passover Lamb," despite the fact that those lambs were slaughtered because they were an Egyptian deity and their blood never atoned for anyone's sin, nor was it intended to.  

Willful ignorance is a tragic and pitiful thing to behold, but we are the ones who always pay the price for it. Two-thousand years later and they are still disrupting life for Jews in Jerusalem at the worst possible time with their nonsense religion.

11 April 2019

"BEFORE REDEMPTION"

7 Nisan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Metzora - HaGadol

Shabbat Hagadol - Before Redemption - Rabbi Meir Kahane

For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the wicked people and all the evildoers will be like straw... (Malachi 3:19)

Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of Hashem. And he will turn back [to G-d] the hearts of fathers with [their] sons and the hearts of sons with their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with utter destruction. (Malachi 3: 23,24)

Then you will return and see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves G-d and one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:18)

Before us, then, there is a fundamental principle regarding the future of the Jewish People: Redemption can come by one of two ways. If we merit it, through repentance and deeds worthy of it – especially faith and trust in G-d, without fear of the non-Jew – it can come through G-d hastening it, quickly, immediately, “today, if we hearken to His voice”. Not only will it come quickly, but with glory and majesty, without the suffering or Messianic birth pangs of which both Ula and Rabbah said (Sanhedrin 98b), “Let it come without my seeing it”. If we do not merit this, however, then the Messiah will certainly come and the Redemption with him, but only later on, “in its time”. This redemption will be accompanied, G-d forbid, by the terrible suffering of Chevlei Mashiach, Messianic birthpangs.

We seem to have two contradictory redemption processes before us; [...] but there is no contradiction. Rather, both are possibilities. That is, either can happen, but not both. As for which it will be, that depends on the Jewish People and their deeds. If they prove worthy, they will merit redemption “in haste”, glorious and majestic, without Messianic birth pangs. Otherwise, a different process will occur, a process that does not have to be – complete redemption through unparalleled suffering, and all because of our sins and our stubbornness. Only the blind and those who refuse to see will fail to understand that today we are right at the very heart of the Ikveta DeMeshicha, “the footsteps of the Messiah”, the beginning of the redemption. This State of Israel is the beginning of G-d's wrath against the nations who do not know Him and who have profaned His name with scorn and derision. Yet, it is clear that a redemption whose beginning is based exclusively on redemption “in its time”, on, “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel” (Ezek. 36:22), on, “Not for your sake do I do this, says the L-rd G-d. Be it known unto you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel (Ezek. 36:32) has concealed within it tragedies and Messianic suffering from the Supreme King of Kings; and whoever says that G-d concedes shall concede his life (Bava Kamma 50a).
There will be no “hasty” redemption (Isaiah 60:22), glorious and majestic, devoid of dreadful suffering, unless the Jewish people return to their Father in Heaven, accept His yoke, and chiefly, unless they trust in Him completely and are ready to sanctify His name through self-sacrifice. The redemption which began despite our sins in order to sanctify G-d's name before the nations in might and splendor, has, in the hands of an “ungrateful, unwise nation” (Deut. 32:6), turned into a profanation and a blasphemy carried out precisely by those whom G-d sought to redeem. If the beginning of the redemption and the state served to sanctify G-d's name, then the only way to move on to “hasty” redemption is to continue reinforcing the Kiddush Hashem which the state's very establishment constituted. The Divine imperative is continued Kiddush Hashem through trusting in G-d, and liquidating the Chilul Hashem without fear of the non-Jew, without fear of flesh and blood. Every retreat, every submission, every concession to the non-Jew, every hand raised against the Jew, every attack, let alone murder, of a Jew in the Land, every taunt and curse by a non-Jew in the Land is a Chilul Hashem. Now, instead of continuing to reinforce the Kiddush Hashem process, the Jewish people retreat and profane G-d's name.

Whoever does not allow Jews to live everywhere in the Land, whoever ties their hands [...], profanes G-d's name and profanes the great miracle and the powerful dream realized by G-d at the start of the redemption.

A time will come when G-d sees that to the nations and most of Israel, it seems that “His power is gone” - He is impotent. He will see that for many Jews and non-Jews, He is “nothing”, non-existent, Heaven forbid. For many others who pay lip service to His existence, He will appear “hindered”, powerless to act, a king “caught in tresses” (Song of Songs, 7:7), without connection or relevance to the world. He will see that there are masses of Jews who keep rituals, who keep the practical mitzvot by rote, yet who in times of danger, at the moment of truth, abandon their faith and trust in G-d.For them, G-d will become like one “abandoned”, and no Chilul Hashem could be greater. G-d will then wish to sanctify His great name, transformed by faithless heretics to “nothing, hindered, and abandoned.”

Listen well, my friend, to a great axiom of redemption. Ostensibly, those who ridiculed the mourners of Zion, who mocked those who believed in redemption, were the nations. Clearly this is so, yet also countless Jews do not believe, and they ridicule those who look forward to redemption, and, in general, the whole concept of redemption and the Messiah. Do not let your brother, friend or the rabbi to whom you feel closest lead you astray by saying that redemption will come without suffering or tragedy, for that is impossible without repentance and trust in G-d through bold deeds without fear of the nations.

Redak's quotation from Isaiah is part of the following (Isaiah 26:20-21): Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for a brief moment until the wrath is past. For the L-rd shall leave His abode to punish the earth's inhabitants for their sin. With this, G-d informs Israel that before redemption comes, before G-d leaves His abode to punish the nations for their sin, there will be a moment of wrath; that is, a period of wrath and suffering. This clearly is referring to the war of Gog and Magog. Although it says, “Hide yourself for a brief moment”, and Redak commented that they would “suffer briefly”, woe to us for that brief moment, for it will include Jerusalem's conquest and accompanying atrocities, [...] and the nations' conquest of Eretz Israel for nine months, and in G-d's eyes, that, too will constitute just a “brief moment”. Who can measure the suffering and anguish which that moment will generate, if it comes through redemption “in its time”? All the same G-d, Who has control over time and place, has the power to transform that “moment” into a very short time, if redemption comes “in haste”. This is a major principle regarding the Messianic birthpangs, and we must not forget it.

If Israel heed G-d's voice and follow in His ways, He will subdue Gog and Israel's enemies “kim'at”, like the kim'at rega, the “brief moment” of Isaiah 26:20. Then, redemption will come quickly and “forever”.

Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, says Hashem, Master of Legions… (Malachi 3:7) And this is a repetition of the same promise that is given in Zechariah 1:3, in a tremendous oath! The redemption will come to the extent that we long for it and demand it.

Parashat Metzora – Insights from Rabbi Meir Kahane's 'Peirush HaMaccabee'

The Kohen shall command; and for the person being purified there shall be taken two live, clean birds; cedar wood, crimson thread, and hyssop. (Lev. 14:4)


The Kohen has to take two birds, and slaughter one of them such that its blood drips into an earthenware vessel with flowing water, and dip cedar-wood, hyssop, crimson thread, and the other bird into the flowing water which is mixed with the blood of the slaughtered bird. He then sprinkles this over the metzora (“leper”) or the house seven times, after which the live bird is set free. Now the whole subject of the metzora carries tremendous morals: the Talmud says: These afflictions come because of seven things: lashon ha-ra’, blood-shed, swearing false oaths, sexual immorality, arrogance, robbery, and stinginess (Arakhin 16a).
A person who sinned by committing robbery and being stingy is condemned to sitting alone outside of the camp, thereby losing money because he is unable to work; and sometimes, his house becomes afflicted and has to be destroyed. And if he shed blood, he is reminded of this sin by having the bird’s blood sprinkled over him; he is afflicted with bodily suffering as a punishment for having afflicted bodily suffering on someone else. As a punishment for pursuing sexual immorality he becomes physically repulsive, such that no woman will want him. As a punishment for having spoken lashon ha-ra’ and thereby causing division among people, he is now divided from everyone else and dwells alone.

It goes further: he guarded his tongue neither from lashon ha-ra’ nor from swearing falsely; so the Talmud says, What makes the metzora unique, that the Torah commands him to bring two birds to purify himself? – G-d said: His actions were the actions of a chatterer, therefore the Torah enjoins him to bring [birds which are] chatterers as a sacrifice (Arakhin 16b). And for his sin of arrogance he brings the wood of the cedar tree, one of the tallest and proudest of all trees, together with hyssop, one the smallest of all plants, on which the Midrash explains: Why is the metzora cleansed with the tallest of the tall and the lowliest of the lowly?... – Because he is afflicted with tzara’at for having aggrandised himself like a cedar tree; so when he humbles himself like a hyssop, he is cured (Pesikta Rabbati, Parah 14, 60b). The sinner thereby purifies his sin which was as red as the crimson thread and makes it as white as snow. It seems to me that his arrogance is the source of all his sins, and all the other sins are a result of it, as I shall show immediately.

These two birds represent important concepts. The Torah commands him to bring two birds, live and pure (Leviticus 14:4), which the Midrash expounds upon: Rabbi Yosé the Galilean says: Specifically a bird which lives outside of town. And which bird is this? – A swallow (Sifra, Metzora 5:14). And the Sifra further says: The birds must be live, and not slaughtered; pure, and neither impure…nor non-kosher (ibid. 1:12). The swallow, whose Hebrew name is צִפּוֹר הַדְּרוֹר, tzippor ha-dror (literally “bird of freedom”) which must be a clean fowl, serves to symbolise the person: every person is born pure, clean of all sin, unblemished; like the swallow, the tzippor ha-dror, the bird of freedom, free to go in any direction he desires, free to choose good or evil. If he does good, he will live and receive his just reward; and if he does evil, he will be punished. And the way to achieve the good is through humility and modesty, whereas arrogance and callousness lead to denying G-d and shaking off His yoke. And this being the case, it is good for a person to be modest and humble and quiet, not to raise his voice and his head – because what is he? – Dust and ashes, decay and maggots! And what are we?! (Exodus 16:7)G-d will punish anyone who transgresses His commandments, thereby transforming his pure and beautiful and wondrous soul into something ugly. And since it is impossible to see the ugliness of a soul, G-d afflicts him with tzara’at, making him physically ugly for all to see, symbolising the ugliness of his soul (and sometimes, G-d afflicts only his garments or his house, for him to see his soul reflected therein). And he – this man who wanted to aggrandise himself above all others – is then forced to humble himself, to dwell in solitude, this man – who wanted only bodily pleasures – suffers bodily afflictions. Thus he takes two birds; one of them he slaughters, and the other one he sets free. Two birds, symbolising his free choice – good or evil.

The Abravanel comments there: The purpose here is to indicate that both the birds were previously alive – and at G-d’s command and word one of them died. Such it is with humans: one can fall sick and die, while another one remains alive. Everything depends upon G-d’s decree. And this is why He commanded [the Kohen] to slaughter the bird into earthenware vessels, alluding to the human who is as an earthenware vessel, fashioned by the hands of the Potter, blessed be He… And the bird is slaughtered over flowing water in the vessel to symbolise the Torah…because the bird who was slaughtered died because of the Torah which was not kept properly… And the Torah says that in the end “he shall send out the live bird free over the field” (Leviticus 14:7) – that is to say, to roam free in its natural habitat – symbolising that the purified person returns to the camp, there to roam free as and when he pleases, no longer to be confined. And I would add to this final detail that what this means is that he is hereby given a new opportunity for free will – if he will only learn his lesson.

Source: "Peirush HaMaccabee" on Shemot, Chapter 2, English translation by Daniel Pinner

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

The Holiday of Freedom Is Approaching

6 Nisan 5779
It’s Time For Pollard To Come Home
By Rabbi Mordechai Weiss
AMEN!! 



Genocide Has Been Replaced by "Peace" - Outcome Is the Same

6 Nisan 5779

Only the worst of the traitorous, faithless, ignorant Erev Rav could display such chutzpah as to think they can pull this off where all else have failed.
In leaky White House, Trump team keeps Mideast peace plan secret

...Aides expect Trump to release the plan once Netanyahu forms a government coalition, and officials say that despite criticism of the administration's moves to date, the plan will demand compromises from both sides.

...Kushner and Greenblatt have limited the plan's distribution over the two years they have been crafting it. It has been kept secret "to ensure people approach it with an open mind" when it is released, a senior administration official said.

Only four people have regular access - Kushner, Greenblatt, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Kushner aide Avi Berkowitz, the official said.

Trump is briefed regularly on the contents but is not believed to have read the entire document of dozens of pages.

"He is briefed if something interesting is happening or there is an idea they want to run by him," the official said.

...Kushner, a New York real estate developer and husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, and Greenblatt, a former lawyer for Trump, joined the process knowing little about the tortured, decades-long path in search of Arab-Israeli peace.
Our worst enemies come from within. 

10 April 2019

ELECTION SURPRISES

5 Nisan 5779

It's no surprise to me that Netanyahu is still in power.  After all, he is the man the US wants to be there.  He initiated the Christian Allies Caucus in the Knesset and allegedly provides John Hagee with regular security updates.  And he is the one they are counting on to deliver the "peace." This is the man who promises, but does not fulfill.  Jews are expelled while this Beduin shantytown on our doorstep is STILL untouched with its 'Palestinian' flag flying proudly out front.

I was very surprised that after all the polls kept predicting Bennett/Shaked and Feiglin getting in that they have now apparently failed to "cross the threshold."  Now, who "wasted" votes?  On the other hand, if this is all scripted anyway, why should I be surprised that the two loudest voices from the right opposing Netanyahu's policies should be nullified?

True to what I predicted early on, however, I will not be a bit surprised if, despite having sufficient support from the religious parties to form a majority coalition, Netanyahu will reach out to form a unity government with Gantz.  Many sources are hinting at it.
...Although Likud and Blue-White could if they joined forces command a comfortable majority in the 120-member Knesset – this would be a landmark event in Israel’s political history – the reality for now is that the right-of-center bloc controlled by Netanyahu can muster 8-10 seats more than the left-of-center parties willing and able to support Gantz’s bid for the premiership.  (Source)
Should this unfortunate outcome be realized, it may also come as no surprise that the "Deal of the Century" is going to be a very bitter pill to swallow and only such a political arrangement will be strong enough to force it down our throats.

What may be most surprising in the end is how these "religious" parties will respond then.  The only ace up their sleeve has been to abandon the coalition and collapse the government, but that nuclear option will have already been removed from the table by that time.

09 April 2019

No Spring Planting Season in 2019???

4 Nisan 5779

(Remember THIS?)
Early spring storm threatens central U.S. with blizzard conditions
Many areas of the Midwest that basked in sunny, mid-70-degree weather on Monday will likely be shivering under a blanket of snow within 48 hours.


"All of these weather elements mean one thing, a very impactful event," the weather service's Minneapolis office said. "This would include widespread travel impacts, and the anticipating of more river flooding once this all melts in the next week."
Trump's behind-the-scenes machinations on behalf of his overlords is bringing destruction on America.

You know why he had to backtrack so quickly off closing the border with Mexico?  Someone finally informed the President that half of the food American's eat comes from Mexico!

It's Hard to Resist the Hype

4 Nisan 5779

Constant text messages arriving via my phone, bombardment of the media, discussions with family and friends, we've reached a saturation point with this 2019 Israeli election.  Good thing it ends tonight at 10 pm. By then all decisions will be locked in.

It's interesting that the Hebrew root word for elections is בחירה - "choice." Unfortunately, I do not find any of the current choices acceptable. After Yachad, which ticked all the boxes for me, was eliminated, all that was left was Rabbi Mazuz's instruction to support UTJ.  I wanted to and I was even still thinking about this morning, but I just can't get past this part of their platform...
UTJ has said that it is willing to join coalition governments that are dedicated to engaging the Palestinians in peace negotiations and was a member of the coalition government that carried out the disengagement from the Gaza Strip. (Source)
Even for all the good UTJ stands for, I can't get past this. Even though I know and understand that ultimately Hashem determines everything, it's still hard to resist all the hype and not participate.  If there was anyone at all that I could support in good conscience, but there just isn't.  

Waiting and anticipating and really looking forward to Mashiach's arrival - by Pesach?

08 April 2019

This Could Come Back to Bite Us

4 Nisan 5779
US designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terror organization
Trump says military body heads a ‘global terrorist campaign’; thanking the president, Netanyahu claims decision came at his request
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump officially designated the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization on Monday, in a move that Israel has long pushed forand that will ramp up the administration’s pressure campaign against Tehran.

The decision, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said had come at his request, is the first time that an extension of a foreign government has been designated a terrorist entity by the US.

“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State*, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” the president said in a statement.

...The Trump administration’s decision is expected to ramp up tensions between the United States and Iran. Shortly after Trump’s decision, Iran labeled the US military a terrorist group, following up on a threat its leaders had issued days earlier.

...Netanyahu thanked Trump for the decision and sought to claim credit for it, saying he had asked the president to declare the IRGC a terrorist organization.

“Thank you for accepting another important request of mine, which serves the interests of our countries and countries in the region,” Netanyahu tweeted.
Now that this precedent has been set at "Israel's" request, what's to prevent any government from labeling the IDF as a terrorist organization?  Will that be next?  Or will this...
IRAN THREATENS U.S. TROOPS IN MIDEAST IF IRGC DESIGNATED AS TERROR GROUP

Iranian Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari warned that US troops could be targets in response to reports that the US would list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a designated terrorist organization. Jafari is the head of the IRGC.
If US troops come to harm as a result of this foreign policy move which Netanyahu has crowed about being responsible for, will American Jews pay the price of public outrage? R"l.
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* Department of State under the leadership of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cut from the same Christian cloth as VP Pence.

04 April 2019

"Blemish and Perfection"

29 Adar II 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan
Parashat Tazria - HaChodesh

Parashat Tazria – Blemish and Perfection – Rabbi Meir Kahane

“On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” (Lev. 12:3)


G-d bound the Land to the great mitzvah of milah (circumcision) by an everlasting covenant and equated milah, a mitzvah carried out right on the body, with Eretz Yisrael, which a Jew must be right inside: 
“I will sustain My covenant between Me and between you and your descendants after you throughout their generations, an eternal covenant. I will be a G-d to you and to your offspring after you. To you and your offspring I will give the land where you are now living as a foreigner. The whole Land of Canaan shall be your eternal heritage, and I will be a G-d to your descendants.” G-d then said to Abraham, “As far as you are concerned, you must keep My covenant – you and your offspring throughout their generations. This is My covenant between Me, and between you and your offspring, that you must keep. You must circumcise every male.” (Gen. 17:7-10)
Following is Bereshit Rabbah, 46:9: 
R. Yuden says, There are five [conditions here]: If your offspring receive My Divinity, I shall be your G-d and patron, and if not, I will not be your G-d and patron. If they enter the Land they shall receive My Divinity, and if not, they shall not receive My Divinity. If they perform milah, they shall enter the Land... If they accept the Shabbat, they shall enter the Land... 
Here, G-d decreed the connection between the Land and mitzvot. Only if Israel enter the Land do they receive G-d as their L-rd and Master. Outside the Land, they live under the nations and their harmful cultural influence. This involves Chilul Hashem, because when we live among the nations, under their rule, the nations' gods and culture enjoy superiority. 

Moreover, the Torah is adulterated by alien, non-Jewish ideas. G-d's becoming Israel's Master is also conditional on their accepting milah, a fundamental mitzvah, whose linkage to a Jew's actual body makes it an inseparable part of him. As our sages said of King David (Menachot 43b): 
Israel are beloved in that G-d surrounded them with mitzvot: tefillin on their heads and arms, tzitzit on their garments and mezuzot on their doors... When King David entered the bath house and saw himself standing naked, he said, “Woe to me that I stand naked without mitzvot.” Once he recalled the milah on his flesh, he calmed down. 
G-d wished the Jew to be surrounded with mitzvot every single moment of his life, so that he would always be holy and complete. He, therefore, established a mitzvah for his body to be an essential part of the person himself. That way, he would always be accompanied by a mitzvah. Likewise, G-d wished Israel to dwell always within a mitzvah. He, therefore, established the mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael. Thus, G-d tied the mitzvah of milah to Eretz Yisrael, and together, they were the first brit, or covenant, that G-d forged between Himself and Abraham, father of the nation.

G-d feared leaving the Jew free of mitzvot even a single moment. Not only would that leave him without holiness, but he would be exposed to the influence of the nations and the alien culture. G-d, therefore, affixed milah upon the Jew's flesh so that he would always be accompanied by a mitzvah. Milah is a mitzvah which enters a Jew's body, and Eretz Yisrael is a mitzvah into which a Jew enters. Why were both necessary? So that Israel would always be set apart from the nations, and so they would thereby safeguard their holiness completely and properly. For that reason, Israel could not enter the Land until they were circumcised, because milah and Eretz Yisrael are linked to each other through their keeping the Jew separate.

G-d ordained that Jews must perform circumcision, and in practice there are two types, one applying to the foreskin, the other to the heart. Of the first it says, “Ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin” (Gen. 17:11), and of the second, “Circumcise the foreskin of your heart” (Deut. 10:16). Circumcision serves to soften man's pride, his physical and psychological strength, the arrogance of, “My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth” (Deut. 8:17). Circumcision serves to complete the Jew. As long as he is uncircumcised, he is flawed, as though missing part of his body. This holds a great moral lesson. When a Jew gives up something of himself, that is precisely when he becomes perfect and complete. Before Abraham's circumcision, G-d said to him, “Walk before Me and you shall be perfect” (Gen. 17:1). Our sages comment (Nedarim 31b):
“Great is circumcision, for with all the mitzvot Abraham performed, he was not called 'perfect' until he was circumcised.” Rashi comments, “As long as your foreskin is in place, you are flawed.” And Nedarim 31b further teaches, “Great is circumcision, for if not for it, G-d would not have created the world: “Thus says the L-rd: 'If not for My covenant [brit] day and night, I would not have set Heaven and Earth in motion' (Jeremiah 33:25)”. 
The reason circumcision is related to in this way is clear. It is G-d's mark that man has subjugated his body and his energies to Him. It is also clear that everything said regarding circumcision of the foreskin applies to circumcision of the heart. Both act to weaken man's arrogance and lust, suppress his passions and subjugate him to the service of G-d.

We are commanded to circumcise the hard shell that prevents man from feeling mercy, kindness and justice, for only these can bring him to humility, refinement and accepting G-d's yoke. This idea is alluded to by, “The L-rd has sought Him a man after His own heart” (I Samuel 13:14)i.e. a man with a heart like G-d's. The person who denies G-d's nature and decrees and rejects the yoke of Heaven will say, “It is my own life and my own body.” This fool does not understand that every sin he commits corrupts his soul and will ultimately lead him to hurt others through his false views. Through worshiping himself and pampering his physical cravings and desires, he will necessarily arrive at a situation in which his selfishness and arrogance dominate him, until he is enslaved to his body and his lusts. [For him, this week's Parasha points out that asides from the mitzvah of circumcision, applying to heart and foreskin, there is also another way to achieve the humbling of the heart: suffering of the body, as seen in the example of the leper].

Solomon said: Why is this leper purified by the highest of the high and the lowest of the low – by cedar wood and hyssop? To teach that if a person elevates himself like a cedar tree, he is stricken with leprosy; and when he humbles himself like hyssop, he is healed by hyssop (Yalkut Shimoni, Vayikra 559). Whoever suffers learns how weak and lowly he is. His arrogance and selfishness are erased, because he must lift his eyes to Heaven for salvation. Achieving humility and ridding oneself of evil conceit are one's very mission on this earth, and by such means one is spiritually magnified and exalted. Moreover, only through one's own suffering can one understand the suffering of others and learn empathy for the sick and the needy. The more severe and painful a person's suffering, the more his own arrogance is broken down. G-d decreed that Moses must take blood from the milu'im ram and place it on the right ear lobes, right thumbs and right big toes of Aaron and his sons [during their inauguration for service in the Tabernacle]. 

HaMidrash HaGadol (Lev. 8:24) asks, “Did Aaron and his sons need blood on their thumbs and toes? Rather it was done to teach them how to purify lepers.” The leper, as well, had blood placed on these same spots. Yet, why precisely here during the milu'im did G-d establish this lesson? The answer is that, also regarding the leper, we find the importance of lowliness, which is a condition for trusting in G-d. After all, leprosy struck in response to ten sins (Vayikra Rabbah 17:3), or eleven (Bamidbar Rabbah 7:5), and among them were arrogance and Chilul Hashem. Because Aaron was not humble enough to act with complete trust in G-d and self-sacrifice, and to blot out the Chilul Hashem [regarding the sin of the golden calf], G-d rendered him as if smitten with leprosy for his arrogance and the Chilul Hashem. I said previously that the world's having been created in Hebrew (Bereishit Rabbah 31:8) means that Hebrew did not emerge by itself via a historic process like other languages. Rather, it was “ready-made”, “created” by G-d alone. Thus, every word holds secrets and allusions, and Hebrew words are tied to one another by moral themes. Take note that mum (hebr.: blemish), and tamim (hebr.: perfect) come from the same root. Even so, they are opposites, as is G-d's way with the Hebrew language. This teaches that whoever is imperfect, spiritually blemished, will be smitten with a physical blemish. In this regard, G-d hinted to Aaron: because you were not perfect, you need the milu'im. Moreover, you must conduct yourself like the leper who has been smitten physically for not behaving with spiritual perfection. Mum and tamim are separated only by sin. In circumcision, mum becomes tamim through the removal of the foreskin.

Israel, by circumcising themselves physically and spiritually, will merit to destroy the nations. Yalkut Shimoni (Tehillim 875, on Ps. 118:10-12) comments:
“Three times it says 'they swarm around me', corresponding to the three times Gog and Magog are destined to attack Jerusalem.” Three times Gog and his men will attack Jerusalem, yet all three times, “I shall destroy them [“amilam” – hinting at milah, circumcision].” 
This will happen by virtue of our circumcising body and heart. (Source)

~ SHABBAT SHALOM - CHODESH TOV ~

It's Time for Torah Jews to Separate from "Zionism"

28 Adar II 5779

I've written several blog posts on the subject of Zionism and more specifically, "Religious" Zionism, like "A Torah-True Jew Can't Be A Zionist."  Religious Zionism is as oxymoronic as Jewish Democratic State.  But, Rav David Bar-Hayim can explain it far better than I can...

Is Rabbi David Bar-Hayim a Zionist?