30 June 2019

Every Wall Has Been Breached

27 Sivan 5779 

Everything holy in our land and in our communities has been tainted by the foul touch of Eisavian culture.  I was horrified to read this and my stomach turned as I read it.  This is NOT Chareidi and it's NOT modest!!!

...“There is still so much room for increased involvement of the haredi community in the world of social networking,” claims [Oshrat] Eitan, “and this is bound to alter our world for the better. Social networking has made fashion more accessible for our community. Haredi women bloggers are such an inspiration for their followers. They teach them all about the world of fashion and explain to them how to use clothing as a means to achieve a certain look and to make them look more fashionable.”
Unfortunately it's also NOT that unusual. Hashem yerachem!!

Yeshayahu 3.16-24...

And the Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, walking with outstretched necks and winking eyes; walking with dainty steps, jingling with their feet; therefore, the Lord will afflict the heads of the daughters of Zion with lesions, and Hashem will bare their private parts.

On that day, the Lord shall remove the splendor of the shoe-bells, the head scarves, the moon-shaped ornaments, the necklaces, the bracelets, the veils, the bonnets, the leg bands, the hair-ties, the brooches, the earrings, the rings, the nose rings, the robes, the shawls, the kerchiefs, the pouches, the mirrors, the linens, the turbans and the clasps
And it shall be that in place of fragrance there will be rot; and in the place of the belt, abrasion; and in the place of coiffure, baldness; and in the place of the ornamental belt, a belt of sackcloth; a burn in the place of beauty.
If people see nothing wrong with their acts, how can they ever do teshuvah?  Where are these women's husbands???  Where are their rabbaniot???

28 June 2019


25 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

I have two favorite singers whom I like equally - Yonatan Razel and Gad Elbaz.  

Gad Elbaz just released a new song with a very timely message...
No, you're not alone, no, you're not alone,Someone is above, Someone is above,He's looking upon you and He's loving you, Someone is above, Someone is above.
Abba'le, Abba'le, always with us,Guarding and directing everything for our sake,Abba'le never leaves us, everything He does, all is for our good.
Someone is above, Someone is above,Abba'le, Abba'le, our Father,Someone is above, Someone is above,It's Abba'le, Abba'le, our Father.

"Attaining Greatness: Do's and Don'ts"

25 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Parashat Korach – Attaining Greatness: Do's and Don'ts - Rabbi Meir Kahane

Korach son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi separated himself, with Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, the offspring of Reuben. (Num. 16:1)
Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, the son of Rav Meir Kahane, relates: 'Rashi comes and repeats the question asked by the sages: “Now Korach who was prudent, why did he commit this folly?” In other words, it is obvious that Korach was not some nut, but rather a “gadol” in Torah, as we will soon see. He also appreciated the greatness of Moshe Rabbeinu, as the Parasha itself testifies to, and knew that Moshe was not after the “kavod”.  And so he should have known that there would be some serious Divine backlash to the steps he was taking.  This being the case: “Why did he commit this folly?”  And Rashi answers: “His eyes deceived him; he saw a great chain (i.e., a chain of great men) issuing from him, (viz.,) Shmuel, who weighed against Moshe and Aharon. [Korach] said: Because of him I shall be saved.  And twenty-four 'watches' will arise from his son's sons, all of them prophesying through 'Ruach HaKodesh' ... [Korach] said: Is it possible that all this greatness is destined to arise from me and I shall remain silent?  Therefore he associated himself to come to that prerogative: for he heard from the mouth of Moshe that all of them would perish and one would be saved, one that the Eternal One would choose, that one would be holy; he erred and applied this to himself; but he didn't see correctly, for his sons would return to G-d and that was what Moshe had seen.”  And here we must ask a great question: We are talking about a tremendous Torah giant with “Ruach HaKodesh” who was capable of seeing generations and generations into the future!  How then, could a man with such great vision and prophecy walk like a blind man in an alley, unable to understand something which any thinking, logical person could understand who does not possess any special “ ”?' (The writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, HY”D, Parashat Korach)

A possible explanation, by taking a look at Korach's collaborators in the rebellion, can be found in Rabbi Meir Kahane's Peirush HaMaccabee on Shemot and Isaiah: So they got themselves up from near the dwelling of Korach, Dathan and Abiram, from all around.  Dathan and Abiram went out “nitzavim” (erect) at the entrance of their tents, with their wives, children and infants (Num. 16:27).  [Chazal said regarding this:] The expression “yetziva” (standing erect) always refers to prophecy, as it says, I saw the Lord “nitzav” (standing erect) on the Altar (Amos 9:1), and it also says, And Hashem came, “va-yityatzav” (and was present) … (1 Samuel 3:10) (Mechilta de-Rabbi Yishmael, Beshallach 3; Shirata 10)  And similarly: The expression “yetziva” (standing erect) always refers to Ruach ha-Kodesh (ibid.).  That is to say, every time that the Tanach uses the expression “yetziva” (standing erect) with reference to a tzaddik, implying that he stands straight and upright and strong, stubborn and steadfast, unflinching and sure, proud and fearless, this is because G-d is with him at that time.  After all, it would otherwise be inconceivable for the term “yetziva” (standing erect) to apply to a mortal man, who is alive today and dead tomorrow, strong today yet old and feeble tomorrow.  The adjective, “yatziv” (erect, firm) and the verb “nitzav” (stand erect) refer specifically to G-d, as in the verse: G-d “nitzav” (stands erect) in the Divine congregation (Psalms 82:1).  And this is the reason that the Torah uses the same verb to describe Israel at Mount Sinai: “va-yityatz’vu” (and they stood erect) at the bottom of the mountain (Exodus 19:17).  And similarly: You “nitzavim” (are standing erect) today, all of you, before Hashem your G-d (Deuteronomy 29:9).  And G-d uses the same verb in instructing Moses to appear before Pharaoh: Get up early in the morning, “ve-hityatzev”(and stand erect) before Pharaoh (Exodus 8:16).  On the face of it, this seems puzzling: how could Moses possibly have dared to go to Pharaoh – and more than that, to stand proudly before him? – Only because G-d was with him.

However, this same verb is sometimes applied to evil people: the Torah says that Dathan and Abiram went out nitzavim (“standing erect”) (Numbers 16:27).  And the Midrash explains: They went out reviling and blaspheming, as it says, they went out standing erect.  Similarly, later on the Tanach says: And the Philistine [Goliath] would approach morning and evening, “va-yityatzev” (and he stood erect) for forty days [reviling and blaspheming] (1 Samuel 17:16) (Tanchuma, Korach 8).  This is because evil people arrogate to themselves the status of standing erect, which is the diametric opposite of the tzaddik:  The tzaddik who has elevated himself and sanctified himself and shed his pride knows that he can succeed only in the merit of the power that G-d has nitzav (“relegated”) to him, even as he himself is a worm and not a man (Psalms 22:7).  By contrast, the evil person, who is of coarse spirit and arrogant, claims that he stands erect through his own power – and more, like Dathan, Abiram, and Goliath, he blasphemes Hashem.  And this is how David describes the nations: The kings of the earth “yityatz’vu” (stand erect)…against Hashem and against His anointed (Psalms 2:2), although He Who dwells in Heaven will laugh, the Lord will make fun of them (verse 4). And so at the Red Sea, Moses told the Children of Israel: “hityatz’vu” (stand erect) and see Hashem’s salvation (Exodus 14:13).  More than this: if the Jewish nation will be humble, and will accept upon itself the yoke of Heaven, then no man “yityatzev” (will stand erect) before you (Deuteronomy 7:24).

G-d performed a miracle by making Aaron’s staff – a dry wooden stick – blossom, as it says Moses came to the Tent of Testimony, and behold! Aaron’s staff had flowered…flowers had come forth, and blossoms had blossomed (Numbers 17:23).  G-d smashed Korach’s arrogance, and that of Dathan and Abiram, who in their arrogance knew only how to make fight and contention blossom and flourish, as the Torah says of Dathan and Abirambehold, two Hebrew men were contending (Exodus 2:13).  The Hebrew word “nitzim” (contending) connotes quarrels that sprout and blossom forth, like the “nitzanim” [blossoms] are seen in the Land (Song of Songs 2:12).  In their arrogance, these men kicked against G-d and sought to aggrandize themselves; and G-d symbolized the humiliation of the arrogant and the aggrandizement of the humble and those who believe in Him by the staff, a simple wooden stick that was in the Tent of Testimony, sprouted and blossomed.  Only the humble and the modest can be great; only one who makes himself small will become truly great, while if he makes himself great, then he will shrink to the tiniest of dimensions.  And every person must believe that all his achievements and accomplishments come solely through G-d’s providence.

The prophet Ezekiel said: And all the trees of the field will know that I, Hashem, have cast down the tall tree, I have raised up the lowly tree; I have dried up the moist tree, I have cause the dried-up tree to flourish (Ezekiel 17:24).  And the Midrash interprets: “I have cast down the tall tree” – this is Korach; “I have raised up the lowly tree” – this is Aaron, as it says, “behold! Aaron’s staff had flowered”…; “I have dried up the moist tree” – these are Abimelech’s wives…; “I have caused the dried-up tree to flourish” – this is Sarah (Yalkut Shimoni, Ezekiel 357).  And all of this is the keystone of faith.

Compiled by Tzipora Liron-Pinner from 'Peirush HaMaccabee' on Shemot and Isaiah (English translation by Daniel Pinner) of Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY"D and from 'The writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, HY"D'


25 June 2019

Any Time Now

23 Sivan 5779
Clamping sanctions down on Ayatollah Khamenei is more than a personal affront: it is a demeaning assault on his honor. Now that the two leaders of the US and Iran have taken off the gloves and entered into a personal duel, the standoff between their two countries is likely to gain in violence. (Source)

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Iran that an attack on US interests would trigger an “overwhelming” response and could bring “obliteration.” (Source)

24 June 2019

How to Face Your Enemy

22 Sivan 5779

US President Donald Trump made a very serious miscalculation when he announced to the world that he had canceled an attack on Iran because he considered the proposed US response to Iran's act of aggression to be "disproportionate."
"...regarding Israel's war against its enemies, also enemies of G-d, our sages said (Tanchuma, Shoftim 15): “When you go forth to battle against your enemies” (Deut. 20:1): What do the words, “against your enemies” add?  G-d said, “Go forth against them as enemies.  Show them no mercy, just as they show you none.”  Our sages said, “Go forth against them as enemies,” not as friends.  These evildoers will never care about your welfare, so you should not care about theirs. This is the ethical, philosophically based law of G-d.  Regarding one's enemy, there is no room for love and forgiveness.  On the one hand, he will not show loving pity for Israel if he has the opportunity to dominate it.

As our sages said (Yalkut Shimoni, Devarim 20:923, quoting Eileh HaDevarim Zuta): “When you go forth to battle against your enemies”: If you take pity on them, they will go forth to battle against you.  It is like the shepherd who used to watch his sheep in the forest.  He found a wolf cub and took pity on it, letting it suckle from the goats.  His employer saw this and said to him, “Kill it! Take no pity on it or misfortune will strike the flock.”  The shepherd did not heed him.  When the wolf was grown, it would see a lamb or kid and kill it.  His employer then said, “Did I not tell you to show no pity?”  Moses said the same to Israel: “If you take pity on them, then 'Those that you let remain shall be as thorns in your eyes' (Num. 33:55).”
The Israeli government follows the same warped standard of 'fairness' with regard to attacks emanating from Gaza.  Every decision is guided by a tit-for-tat strategy.  It's immoral, demoralizing and cruel.  If a country is attacked and has the power and the means to deal their enemy a mortal blow, it is the very height of stupidity not to do so.

(See War of Attrition)

23 June 2019

20 Sivan: A Good Day For A Fast

20 Sivan 5779

It's here - the 20th of Sivan.  If you don't know what the significance is just listen to Rav Richter's recent shiur on the subject: Be Prepared for June 23, 2019 (20th of Sivan).  In short, this is "a date on which the Jewish communities of Europe repeatedly suffered calamities and annihilation."But there's no need to look back generations to find a reason for fasting on this date.

Together with yesterday's Torah reading which featured the "national hysteria"2  surrounding the report of the meraglim and given the quickly approaching month of Tamuz bringing with it the Three Weeks culminating in Tisha b'Av, one can be forgiven for feeling a bit on the down side this morning.

I found the following article to fit this mood nicely...

...the creation of the State of Israel has led to a new type of Israeli Judaism that is like no other form of Judaism that existed before.

...Jewsraelis, explains Rosner, are the people who observe both Jewish and Israeli rituals and customs, and espouse beliefs that combine Judaism and Zionism. “Most Jews in Israel believe that being Jewish means observing festivals, rituals and customs, and a majority believe that being a good Jew means raising one’s children to serve in the IDF,” Rosner writes. “Jewishness means both observing festivals (tradition) and serving in the IDF (nationality).”

...“These are people who are not inclined to follow Halacha or a rabbi’s advice or a school of thought that is rigid,” he says, but is a much more flexible and relaxed sense of Judaism. Rosner explains that for the new generation of Jewsraelis, there is a sense of ease and identification as a Jew that comes simply from living in Israel and doing Jewish things. In Israel, he says, “you are just being Jewish. You don’t have to make a special effort.”

...Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, professor of liturgy and midrash at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, says, “People used to say, ‘I am not a good Jew and I don’t observe Judaism as I should, but the people in Mea She’arim do it for me.’ People don’t talk like this anymore. Now, many people are saying, ‘We want to take charge of our Jewishness. We want to experience and express Judaism as we think we should.’ I think that this is a very positive thing.”

...“Many secular Jews are proud of their Jewish identity, and they want to know what it means to be a Jew, though not necessarily to be obligated,”....

... “There is a strong Jewish sentiment, even if it is not religious. It is a mixture of Judaism and Israeliness. More and more Israelis are becoming connected to it from their own points of view.”
Of course, the author sees this as a positive development while I view it as befitting the atmosphere required for a fast day like the 20th of Sivan.  In some quarters, "Israeli" is synonymous with "Jewish," but when I read in the news that an "Israeli" woman was injured in an accident or an "Israeli" man was arrested for a crime, I have to ask myself if she/he was Jewish or Arab or Christian or Muslim.  Anyone who becomes a citizen of the State of Israel is properly called an "Israeli" and not necessarily Jewish at all.  And what of the Filipinos, Eritreans, Sudanese Ghanans, Koreans, etc. who settle here as foreign or migrant workers, have children, put them in Israeli schools and then claim they need to stay because their children are Hebrew-speaking and have become accustomed to "Jewish" holidays?

This is a kind of reverse assimilation.  In the Diaspora, Jews become like goyim while in Israel the goyim become "like" Jews. Either way, the end result is the same.  And Judaism, remade into whatever each person chooses for himself, without "obligation," becomes just another alternative world religion and not the unique Divinely-mandated path to G-d that the Torah claims.

Which brings me to this...


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday his decision to elevate the Office of International Religious Freedom along with the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the State Department.

...The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

According to the State Department, “It describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and US policies to promote religious freedom around the world.”

...“The mission [of advancing international religious freedom] is not just a Trump administration priority – it’s a deeply personal one. For many years, I was a Sunday school teacher and a deacon at my church,” said Pompeo.

“But in much of the world, governments and groups deny individuals that same unalienable right. People are persecuted – handcuffed, thrown in jail, even killed – for their decision to believe, or not to believe. Go into any mosque, any church, any temple in America, and you’ll hear the same thing: Americans believe that kind of intolerance is deeply wrong.

“That’s why the Trump Administration has promoted religious freedom like never before in our foreign policy agenda,” he continued. “Given our own great freedoms, it’s a distinctly American responsibility to stand up for faith in every nation’s public square.”

Speaking about the findings of the report, Pompeo said, “It’s like a report card. It tracks countries to see how well they’ve respected this fundamental human right.”
And on this point, we are fundamentally at odds.  Just like with their promotion of LGBT "rights" around the world, "religious" freedom is at odds with the Torah, the only standard of Truth that exists in the world.  So-called religious freedom works for Jews in the Diaspora where they would be forced into the idolatrous religions of the gentiles without it, in Israel, where the ONE TRUE "JEWISH" religion is the majority, it is actually forbidden for us to allow the practice of other religions which are false.  

The extent to which the world loves Israel is the extent to which we are self-destructing by way of this secular, democratic State. 

It's a good day for a fast. I've lost my appetite anyway.
1 Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov
2 Stone Edition Chumash Commentary on Parashat Sh'lach L'cha

21 June 2019


18 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Sh'lach L'cha

Trump orders military strike on Iran – then pulls back

"We Were Cocked and Loaded": Trump Explains Why He Called Off Strikes


18 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Parashat Shelach – Fatal Error - Rabbi Meir Kahane

All the Children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the entire assembly said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this Wilderness! Why is Hashem bringing us to this Land to die by the sword? Our wives and young children will be taken captive! Is it not better for us to return to Egypt?” (Num. 14:2-3)
It is a mitzvah, a Divine decree, that we must live in Eretz Yisrael under G-d's dominion, sanctifying His name, in order to create a holy state and society which clings to mitzvot completely and properly, uninfluenced by the alien, false culture of the nations.  At the same time, it is an unforgivable, loathsome sin to refuse to live in Eretz Yisrael, and to prefer the depravity of the exile and foreign rule.  It is a chilul Hashem, and Israel are, thus, exposed to the influence of the nations and their abominations.

G-d, therefore, was angry at our ancestors in the desert when they refused to go up to Eretz Yisrael and called out, “Let us appoint a new leader and go back to Egypt” (Num. 14:4).  Surely the spies Moses sent out were prominent and righteous, as our sages said (Tanchuma, Shelach, 4):  “Send out men” (Num. 13:2): This is in line with, “He that sends a message by the hand of a fool, severs his own feet and imbibes damage” (Prov. 26:6).  Were the spies fools? Surely the Torah said, “Send out men (“anashim”),” and “anashim” always refers to righteous persons...  Rather, they were called fools only because they slandered the Land...  All the same, they were great men who made themselves into fools.

[As Rabbi Meir Kahane puts it in Peirush HaMaccabee – Shemot, Ch. 3]:  Incidentally, this also teaches the bitter lesson that even the greatest of men can become a “fool” in the Torah sense of the word, if he lacks faith.  As the Talmud says:  What can cause the tzaddikim to have less than their full share in the World to Come? – Their lack of faith (Sotah 48b).  Here, their lack of faith caused the spies to put out an evil report of the Land of Israel, and G-d therefore said:  For how long will this nation fight against Me and for how long will they refuse to believe in Me? (Numbers 14:11).  The leader of the generation has to be perpetually on guard, to ensure that his fear of heaven is greater than his wisdom, because without fear of heaven, his wisdom will not endure.  He has to work to ensure that his faith is securely anchored in his fear of heaven.  And we all have to be aware that even a leader of the generation can err – especially in matters of faith.  

Likewise, Num. 13:3, “All the men were leaders of the children of Israel,” was rendered by Targum Yonatan as,  “All were wise men who had been appointed heads of the children of Israel.”  Thus, they were great and righteous men, yet they sinned in turning their backs on Eretz Yisrael and wishing to settle down in the exile, in Egypt.  As King David said,  “They scorned the Desirable Land, they believed not His word” (Ps. 106:24).

Ostensibly, they had a good argument, pikuach nefesh, i.e., they wished to prevent loss of life.  The spies said of the Canaanites,  “We were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight” (Num. 13:33).  They were certain that the war against the Canaanites would be severe, and it would be hard to defeat the giants.  Moreover, even if they defeated them, a few Israelites would fall.  After all, we do not rely on miracles.  For that reason, these great and righteous men rendered a halachic ruling that pikuach nefesh overrides all areas of Eretz Yisrael; it overrides Eretz Yisrael in its entirety.  They certainly did not intend to abandon G-d's Torah, but rather to return to Egypt and keep it there.  This, however, was their sin, because G-d had decreed that it was forbidden for them to dwell outside the Land, and that only in Eretz Yisrael could they sanctify His name and live in the isolation of Torah.  For that reason, no danger to the nation overrode Eretz Yisrael, the only place the Jewish People could keep the Torah completely and properly.  A war over the mitzvah of living in and conquering Eretz Yisrael is a milchemet mitzvah, which no danger to life overrides.  Quite the contrary, this mitzvah overrides such danger, as Ramban wrote in Sefer HaMitzvot, Ibid., Mitzvah 4):  This is what our sages call milchemet mitzvah. In the Talmud (Sotah 44b) Rava said, “Joshua's war of conquest was an obligatory duty according to all opinions.”  One should not make the mistake of saying that this mitzvah only applies to the seven nations we were commanded to destroy... That is not so.  We were commanded to destroy those nations when they fought against us, and had they wished to make peace we could have done so under specific conditions.  Yet, we cannot leave the Land in their control or in the control of any other nations in any generation Fear of the nations is just one dismal reason the Jewish People treat the Desirable Land with contempt (longing for the good life is another).  Precisely because of this delusion that the exile is safe but Eretz Yisrael is dangerous, G-d became angry and decreed death in the desert for the generation that left Egypt, adding, “You said your children will be taken captive, but they will be the ones I will bring there, so that they will know the land that you rejected” (Num. 14:31).  Those who feared that they and their children would die in Eretz Yisrael died precisely in the desert, whereas their children entered the Land and lived.  This teaches that the only security for the Jewish People is in Eretz Yisrael, whereas the exile is their burial place.

Our sages said (Torat Kohanim, Bechukotai, Ch. 1): “'You will live securely in your land' (Lev. 26:5): In your land you will live securely, but not outside it.”  Likewise, Obadiah said (v. 17), “Upon Mount Zion there shall be deliverance.”  In other words, in Zion but not in the exile.  G-d, Who knows His people's mind, knew, as well, that Israel would always prefer the non-Jewish life of the exile, whose abominable depravity is so sweet to the sinner among us.  As King Solomon said, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (Prov. 9:17).  G-d, therefore, decreed that Israel would never find safety and security in the exile.  Bereshit Rabbah 33:6 teaches:  “He sent out the dove...  It could find no place to rest its feet” (Gen. 8:8-9):  “Had it found a place to rest, it would not have returned.  Just so, it says,  'She dwells among the nations; she finds no rest' (Lam. 1:3); and;  'Among the nations you shall have no repose; there shall be no rest for the soles of your foot' (Deut. 28:65).  If Israel found rest in the exile, they would not return.”

Thus, G-d decreed that Israel would never find permanent rest (“manoach”) in the exile, and whoever says that they really can find it is an “ignoramus” [in Berachot 61a, R. Nachman calls Samson's father Manoach an “ignoramus”].  Not in vain did our sages (Mechilta, Bo, 1) compare the exile to a cemetery, for if Israel refuse to dwell in Eretz Yisrael, if they spurn it for the depravity of the exile, they have no future, but suffering, tragedy and annihilation.

Compiled by Tzipora Liron-Pinner from “The Jewish Idea" and "Peirush HaMaccabee- Shemot" of Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY”D   (Source)


20 June 2019


17 Sivan 5779
"...I shall put hooks into your jaws and bring you forth and all your army,...." (Yechezkel 38.4)
The race is on to retrieve the U.S. spy drone brought down by Iran
Analysis: Pieces of the world's most advanced intelligence gathering UAV are now lying at the bottom of the sea in the Strait of Hormuz; if the Iranians get there first, they could sell the technology to America's enemies and reverse engineer the technology, something they have done before

The MQ-4C Triton - the drone brought down by Iran over the Straits of Hormuz - is the naval version of the Global Hawk RQ-4, the most technologically advanced intelligence-gathering drone both in U.S in particular and the world in general. This is the first time that the advanced UAV has ever been intercepted.

...This of course will also interest China, North Korea and Russia, making the interception of the UAV an extremely serious matter indeed.

...Equally important, the interception of the UAV and the need to prevent it from falling into Iranian hands, as well as the need to take punitive and deterrent steps to the attack on their aircraft in international air space, could lead the Americans to send the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and the massive naval task force accompanying it, into the Persian Gulf.

Israeli "Apartheid" Government

17 Sivan 5779

JEWS are second-class citizens!!!!

Rav Richter on Destruction at Tapuach West Hill

Meantime, twenty years + after the process to evict these land squatters and water stealers started winding its way through the Israeli court system and MONTHS after the HIGH COURT upheld the eviction...

Netanyahu Postpones Evacuation of Khan Al-Ahmar to Please US


The State of Israel requested a postponement for the evacuation of the city of Khan al-Ahmar another six months.  The community petitioned the High Court for a sixth time, demanding the state explain their initial decision making.  The State submitted a postponement until after December 16, due to the dispersal of the Knesset.
To top it all off, this is today's headline...
Source: Police may drop charges if no movement on rape case
Investigators apparently believe there is a connection between Palestinian suspect and his alleged 7-year-old victim but are beginning to question validity of case; source says investigation never saw this as nationalistic crime
The nation was in shock at this horrendous crime, to say the very least, but the government was equally shocked by the public expression of outrage.  Anti-Arab feelings are not productive for the "peace process" so the fire has to stamped out quickly and this is their way of doing that.  

No doubt this is also on orders out of the American Master as just everything is.

US 'deal of the century' delayed until 2020: report

18 June 2019

"The Last Anusah"

15 Sivan 5779

See the entire series HERE or click on individual links below.

Episode 1.          Episode 6.
Episode 2.          Episode 7.
Episode 3.          Episode 8.
Episode 4.          Episode 9.
Episode 5.          Episode 10.


15 Sivan 5779

This "showdown" with Iran has been coming for such a long time now, it makes you wonder.  But, it's clearer now than it has ever been that Iran is at the center of what will surely become WWIII.
In Face-Off With Iran, Escalation May Depend on Who Prevails Inside Washington and Tehran

The two countries were closer to conflict a decade ago than was publicly apparent at the time. During the Bush and Obama administrations, Israel was repeatedly talked down from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. If retaliation followed, that would almost certainly have sucked in American military forces.

US intel: Iranian strike at major Saudi oil target imminent. Another 1,000 US troops for region

The scariest part of this is that a sizable portion of the world is already prepped to believe that Iran is an innocent bystander and every attack attributed to her is a "false-flag" event perpetrated by either Israel or the "Zionist-Occupied Government of America" acting on Israel's behalf.

When (not "if") this war really gets underway, it is going to ignite a firestorm against Jews everywhere.  Complicating it all further will be the hit it will deal to the global economy and the food shortages that are coming as a result of ongoing global weather disasters. We may even see more grid disruptions due to space weather. 

Remember that the whole point of this war is to force humanity to confront the reality of HKB"H's sovereignty - "He will be One and His Name will be One."

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17 June 2019

Tech Vulnerability Will Cause Havoc

15 Sivan 5779

Is it hacking or is it solar/cosmic ray disruption?  The following events all happened around the same time - June 13 through June 16.
Hunt for cause of massive South America power outage begins

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As lights turned back on across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after a massive blackout that hit tens of millions people, authorities were still largely in the dark about what caused the collapse of the interconnected grid and were tallying the damage from the unforeseen disaster.

Target Checkouts Hit by Outage

Vodafone network down across Europe with hundreds of customers unable to make calls or use the internet

TalkTalk down: Furious customers unable to send emails or connect to internet


Instagram outage: Facebook’s photo sharing service went down for multiple hours

Spotify Outage Not Related to Update

Outage leaves 2,000 in South Bay without power
My internet went off late Friday afternoon, but seemed to be working fine after Shabbat. Around noon yesterday, it went down again for at least two hours.  My service provider could not seem to tell me what was wrong. After several calls and long waits, I got a promise for a technician to come only on Tuesday. Suddenly, it began to work again on its own. I had to try all day today to get them on the phone to cancel the technician. An automated message kept telling me there was no service to the line. 

When I finally got through, I heard the usual greeting and my ID number was requested. After typing it in, I heard "Good-bye." And that was it.

A sudden loss of tech is not only annoying, it makes one acutely aware of how dependent one has become upon it. 

Although cyber attacks are uppermost in many people's minds when something like this happens, it is far more likely that these "outages" are due to a more natural cause. 
A forecast that's really cosmic: Space climate will affect your weather - and your tech

If you're like most people, you care only how weather will affect your clothing or commute.

But far-off weather could put a damper on modern life.

Conditions on the sun, our closest star, have an impact on Earth's climate and technology, such as GPS, electric power transmission, and radio and satellite communications.

Rogue Cosmic Rays From Outer Space Are Causing Havoc With Our Smartphones

Under Earth's protective magnetic field, we don't usually need to worry too much about the health effects of cosmic radiation – although it's something that's known to impact astronauts in space, and even passengers travelling in airplanes.

But the same can't be said for our technological systems – fierce solar storms can wreak havoc on Earth's communication networks, and new research shows that even ordinary levels of cosmic radiation can have a disruptive effect on our personal devices.

"This is a really big problem, but it is mostly invisible to the public," says electrical engineer Bharat Bhuva from Vanderbilt University.
"Mostly invisible to the public" - until now.  And the reason for that is, the influence of cosmic rays is increasing with the grand solar minimum.  We can look for more disruption in the near future.

Why Do Schools Continue to Put Children at Risk?

14 Sivan 5779

The Arab who perpetrated the massacre at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshivah was also an employee and how many more that we don't know about?  It happens over and over again!  
Ben Gvir: Arab Who Abused Seven-Year-Old Deserves Death Penalty

An Arab who kidnapped and abused a seven-year-old Jewish girl from a town in the Binyamin region should be given the death penalty, said Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, one of the attorneys who will be representing the family of the victim in court.
What I want to know is, what should be the penalty for those who hired the Arab to work in the school where he "befriended" this child!? 

Jewish parents warn your children!!  Do not trust any Arab at all!!!  Do not have conversations with them.  Do not even respond to any overture from them.  Keep as much distance from them as is possible.

We are at war and they are the enemy.  Teach this to your children diligently!! 

16 June 2019

Our Choices Are Not Without Consequences

13 Sivan 5779

Do you wonder at the plagues that have befallen us in Eretz Yisrael? 

Record numbers of construction accidents resulting in deaths
Record numbers of auto accidents with deaths
Record numbers of fires 
Vandalism and destruction of synagogues and Torah scrolls
So many deaths of children by various means

...And the Lord said to [the recording angel], "Pass through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and you shall mark a sign upon the foreheads of the men who are sighing and moaning over all the abominations that were done in its midst."
And to [the destroying angels], He said in my ears, "Pass through the city after him and smite; let your eye spare not and have no pity. Old man, young man, and maiden, young children and women, you shall slay utterly, but to any man upon whom there is the mark you shall not draw near, and you shall commence from My sanctuary." So they commenced from the old men who were before the House.
... "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land has become full of bloodshed, and the city has become full of perversion, for they said, 'The Lord has forsaken the earth, and the Lord does not see.' I too - My eye will not spare, neither will I have pity; I have placed their way on their head." (Yechezkel 9.4-6, 9-10)

13 June 2019

"Jews Refusing Orders"

11 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Parashat Beha'alotcha – Jews refusing orders – Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane

In Parashat Beha'alotcha, we are witness to a unique event: the choosing of leaders.  The Torah even “lets us in” on which factors played a part in how these Jewish leaders were chosen.  In chapter 11 of our Parasha, Moshe Rabbeinu reaches his breaking point - “I can't carry the burden of this people alone, for it is too heavy for me”, and asks G-d to find people who can share the burden of leadership with him.  How does G-d pick these leaders?  After all, there was no shortage of righteous and talented Jews around.  G-d immediately singles out a specific group from which the next Jewish leadership will be chosen:
“Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people, and officers over them.” 
Rashi explains:  “Those whom you recognize, who were appointed over them as officers in Egypt during the rigorous labor, and they (the officers) had pity on them (the Israelites) and were smitten because of them.”   Though this may appear a rather surprising choice, a deeper probe into the matter will reveal to us a tremendous lesson, so pertinent for today.  Who in the world were these Jewish police officers?  In Shemot Chapter 5, Pharaoh lays down a rather heavy, if not impossible, edict on his Jewish slaves.  They must produce a specific quota of bricks without even being given straw.  The Jewish officers were ordered by the Egyptian taskmasters to oversee that this quota was met.  If not, the officers would be blamed for it and beaten.  Thus, they were in a dilemma.  Either they can turn over their brothers and by doing so save their own skin, or they can refuse orders and be severely punished for it.  In short, these “officers” were supposed to be Jewish “kapos.”  But these policemen, unlike others who have been placed in similar situations in our sad history, refused to bear down on their already suffering brethren, and did not hand over the names of Jews who could not meet the quota.  The result?  The Egyptian taskmasters thrashed the “refusenik” policemen instead of the Jewish slaves: 
“And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten...” (Shemot 5:14)
If we think of this seriously, and not relate to it like to some “fairy tale” we heard in kindergarten, we would get goose bumps all over contemplating such heroism.  What can be a more inspiring description of Ahavat Yisrael and caring for a fellow Jew by someone in a position of authority.  Not only didn't they exploit their power, but these officers understood that sometimes they must bear the suffering of their brothers.  This is what G-d saw.  And He did not forget.  The minute there was a need for leadership, He knew whom to turn to.  G-d did not seek out people with charisma, nor did he pick talented organizers or even Torah scholars. One thing: Ahavat Yisrael.

The centrality of this attribute cannot be disputed.  The two greatest leaders in Jewish history, Moshe Rabbeinu and King David, were former shepherds.  The sages teach us that G-d tested them via their ability to care for their flock and show mercy on those they are responsible over.  Here we must stress a key point.  Today, everyone speaks of “Ahavat” Yisrael.  But too often it is merely a slogan.  When selecting the leaders, G-d did not choose those who make nice speeches about “Ahavat Yisrael.”  G-d wanted people with a “previous record”: a record of suffering for one's brothers; a record of placing one's personal welfare secondary to that of one's people.

How sweet it is to read again and again this Midrash about the Jewish policemen.  After all, we are so familiar with the claims of the soldiers and policemen in Israel today: “I'm just a small cog in a big machine.  I'm just following orders.”  But that is not what the Jewish policemen did to their brothers in Egypt.  The policemen saw the illegality and immorality in the cruel Egyptian decree, and refused the order!  It is important to note that mesirut nefesh (self-sacrifice) for the Jewish People is not necessarily the readiness to die for them.  Sometimes it may mean the readiness to be hated for your actions; the willingness to sit in jail for your people; or to be ostracized by the establishment.  Such leadership stands in stark contrast to the self-indulgent politicians of today.  But know that only when such alternative leadership sprouts, Am Yisrael will be redeemed.

From ' The Writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, HY”D ', commentary on Parashat Beha'alotcha  (Source)


"Who Will Fight the Mashiach at the End of Days?"

10 Sivan 5779

Ask yourself who really controls Hamas when they appear to be turned on and off at will.  All quiet for Eurovision, but as soon as election campaigning begins, they start up again.  Ask yourself who benefits from Hamas actions and you'll have your answer to the first question.

There is no limit to the evil acts of the Erev Rav!

"Be Prepared!!!! June 23, 2019 (20th of Sivan)"

10 Sivan 5779 

Be prepared!!!! June 23, 2019 (20th of Sivan) 

Rav Yehuda Richter - Tapuach

12 June 2019


9 Sivan 5779

The media is currently filled with articles and reports about backbiting and in-fighting among right-wing Israelis and political parties, along with the urgings of various politicos, rabbis and communal leaders to cease and desist in such counter-productive actions and "UNIFY."

But, it's not going to happen, because Am Yisrael is being reduced, through one birur after another, to its lowest common denominator - the Holy Torah which is our marriage ketubah with HKB"H!

This and this alone unites us!!

Anyone who thinks or declares publicly that right-wing politics or the settlement enterprise or anything similar is a basis or cause for unity with those who despise, denigrate or simply ignore this Holy Covenant is deluded, deceived or are themselves depraved.

The government IS going to pass to Mashiach Tzidkeinu and when it does, only those who want to live in accordance with the Law and Will of the Creator will remain.

07 June 2019

06 June 2019

"Naked Betrayal"

4 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Day 48 of the Omer

Parashat Nasso - Naked Betrayal – Rabbi Meir Kahane

Hashem spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: Any man whose wife shall go astray and commit treachery against him [“u-ma'alah bo ma'al”], and a man could have lain with her carnally, but it was hidden from the eyes of her husband, and she became secluded and could have been defiled ...The man shall bring his wife to the Kohen and he shall bring her offering for her... (Num. 5: 11-13,15)

In Me'ilah 18a we find: "Ma'al" can only mean “change” [i.e., acting differently from what G-d commanded us to do].  Thus it says, “If a woman deviates and commits a “ma'al” against her husband” (Num. 5:12) [i.e., switching mates for a strange man]. It also says (I Chron. 5:25), “They committed a “ma'al” against the G-d of their ancestors and strayed after the gods of the nations of the land” [i.e., they switched from worshiping G-d to worshiping idols.]  A woman who profanes her holiness by turning to harlotry is called a “zonah”, and a married woman who commits adultery is called a “sotah”.  Both words convey deviation, altering the role one was commanded to follow (see Torat Kohanim, Vayikra, Parsheta 11).

In actual fact, change and deceit are one.  Whoever veers from his role is untrue to it.  Change, deceit and “me'ilah” are all one, as well, because “me'ilah” means casting off one's yoke, which is what one does when he wishes to alter his role and lie about his mission in the world.  “Me'ilah” means betraying [begidah] one's duty, and “me'ilah” [deceit] and “begidah” [treason] resemble “me'il” and “beged”, two words for clothing.  Our clothing symbolizes the Divine yoke and holiness G-d placed on Adam, naked of mitzvot and holiness, as a covering.  “Me'ilah” and “Begidah” indicate the removal of this spiritual garb.  As Ibn Ezra (Lev. 5:15) writes, “If anyone commit a trespass [“ma'al”]: i.e., he removes his “ma'al”, his covering, from the same root as “me'il”, cloak.”  If someone casts off G-d's yoke, he is a “ben beliya'al”, a person without a yoke [“beli ol”].  This expression connotes an evildoer, as we find regarding the apostate city: “Base people [bnei beliya'al] are gone out from the midst of you” (Deut. 13:14).  Sifri comments (Re'eh 93), “Persons who broke off G-d's yoke.”  Similarly, Sanhedrin 111b teaches, “Bnei beliya'al”: Persons who broke off the yoke of Heaven from their necks.”  Yet they are not just “beli ol”, without a yoke, but “beli ya'al”, they serve no benefit [“to'elet] to anyone.  Man was created only to accept the yoke of G-d's kingdom, and if he shirks this, then he serves no purpose and is better off dead.

The sin of such a person is “me'ilah”, which connotes “change”.  As our sages said (Me'ilah 18a): If anyone commits a trespass [“ma'al”] (Lev. 5 :15): “Ma'al” always refers to some change, as in, If any man's wife go astray and act unfaithfully [“ma'al”] against him” (Num. 5:12), or “They broke faith with the G-d of their fathers and went astray after the gods of the peoples of the land” (I Chronicles 5:25).  “Me'ilah" refers to change involving straying from the path, changing one's role, pursuing something foreign.  The “mo'el” betrays his duty, the command given him.  It is as though the “mo'el” has removed the cloak [“me'il”] that covers him, like the adulterer [“boged”] removing his clothing [“beged”].  Both are naked because they cast off their “me'il”, their “beged” and their “ol”[yoke].  In the Temple, the Torah established a “me'ilah” offering to atone for the person who betrayed the holy objects of G-d, deriving benefit from them as if they were non-holy, and transferring the holy to a non-holy domain.  When G-d created the world, He defined and separated His beings and gave them borders and places of their own, domains to which they belong.  The word domain [“reshut”] also means “place”, and can also connote a license to be somewhere or do something.  A woman is set aside specifically for her husband.   When she fornicates, she betrays him and her own domain, because her domain was sanctified and set apart. She received permission to be in her husband's place, and he becomes her domain. She has no license to be with another man who is not her domain.  Similarly, the Jewish People were set apart for G-d.  He is their portion and inheritance.  When they substitute idolatry or a foreign culture in His place, this constitutes change, straying, betrayal.  The general rule is this: man was created to accept unto himself the yoke of Heaven and thereby to transcend his own egotism and fulfill his purpose in the world and the purpose of the world itself.  Whoever breaks off his yoke betrays his task and forfeits his domain on this earth, because his presence here, in fact, his very creation, is no longer of benefit. How few, indeed, are the elite!  Even so, we were commanded to study and to teach, to preserve and to practice G-d's idea of Jewishness as it was given to us, as we were truly and straightforwardly commanded. We must reject every trace of foreign culture, of falsification and distortion, and accept the yoke of Heaven.

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).  At the same time, an evil woman is a symbol of the opposite – idolatry.  Whoever falls deeply in love with a woman who incites him to sin, even to heresy and idolatry, brings death unto himself.  In his fierce love, he will be ready to do all she asks, even commit terrible sins.  Thus, a woman can either symbolize love of G-d, or, Heaven forbid, love of heresy.  After all, even heresy involves emotional attraction.  As Berachot 12b teaches:  Why was the third paragraph of the Shema (Num. 15:37-41) established to be recited daily?  R. Yehuda bar Chaviva said, “Because it contains six elements: 1) the mitzvah of Tzitzit; 2) the Exodus from Egypt; 3) the yoke of mitzvot; and admonitions against 4) heretical belief; 5) immoral sexual thought; and 6) idolatrous thoughts...”  Indeed it was learned: “After your heart” (Num 15:39) refers to heresy, and it says (Ps. 14:1), “The fool says in his heart:'There is no G-d'”.  Here we have proof that heresy depends on the heart and involves desire and attraction.  Hence the woman, symbol of male desire, can either symbolize devotion to G-d or pursuit of heresy.  Rashi interprets the verse, “I find more bitter than death the woman” (Eccles. 7:26): “Death is the harshest of ten harsh things created (Bava Batra 10a), and I find 'woman' – i.e. heresy – harsher still.”

Listen then to the truth.  Let us savor the bitter fruits of our love affair with the world of gentilized civilization.  It is a war for the hearts and souls and minds of the Jews. It is a war between those who wish to be amongst and like the nations, the gentiles, to embrace their culture and ideas and values and abominations; and between those who recognize their uniqueness and chosenness and who embrace the holiness of a separate, distinct, isolated, different people, living apart from all the others, unsullied by the abominations of cultures conceived in impurity and born in profane vanity.  The values of Judaism are, in so many areas, and so overwhelmingly, different from those of western-gentilized Hellenism.  What is ethical and what is moral and what is merciful and what is just?  The answers of Judaism and of Hellenism are far apart.  Political equality? Democracy?  Tolerance of abomination?  Freedom in social, personal affairs?  The role of authority?  Poles apart are the views of the Jews and the Hebrew-speaking gentiles.  Sinai is cast away for Times Square and the purity of the Chosen people is exchanged for the material vomit of Los Angeles.  The modesty of holiness is contemptuously abandoned and the nation wallows in the nakedness of gentile culture.  “Thou hast built thy lofty place at every head of the way and hast made thy beauty an abomination and hast opened thy feet to everyone that passed by and multiplied thy harlotries.” (Ezekiel 16:24-25)  Let us rise and garb ourselves with the cloak of sanctity; wrap ourselves in the regal robes of holiness.  Every Jew a sacred child of G-d, the State of Israel the hallowed palace of the King of Kings.  Let the Sabbath sing forth in joy from every home and the food that enters the mouth be as pure as the words that leave it.  Let values be clean as the fresh mountain air of Zion and let degeneracy and vanity vanish as the morning mist before the warm sun of Jerusalem.  Let hatred and violence and evil against brothers be buried beneath the centuries-old memories of common suffering. “I will betroth you unto Me via faith, and you shall know the L-rd” (Hosea 2:22).  The “faith” referred to is the knowledge that there truly exists a Creator of the world, and that He is L-rd of hosts, the G-d of history and of truth.  Such knowledge, and man's submission to G-d's ways and commandments, is man's purpose, and “this is the doctrine Moses placed before the People of Israel” (Deut. 4:44).

Compiled from “The Jewish Idea" and from "Forty Years" of Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY”D  (Source)