31 July 2020

"Nachamu, Nachamu Ami"

10 Menachem Av 5780
Erev Shabbat Kodesh - Shabbat Nachamu
Parashah Va'Etchanan
"When you are in distress and all these things have befallen you, at the end of days, you will return unto Hashem, your God, and hearken to His voice.  For Hashem, your God, is a merciful God, He will not abandon you nor destroy you, and He will not forget the covenant of your forefathers that He swore to them."  (Devarim 4 :30-31)
Commentary:  "According to Sforno and Yalkut, this term refers to the period just before the coming of Mashiach...."
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Haftarah"Comfort, comfort My people - says your God.  Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her time of exile has been fulfilled, that her iniquity has been conciliated, for she has received from the hand of Hashem double for all her sins. 

30 July 2020

Will We Be At War On Tisha b'Av?

10 Av 5780

UPDATEIsrael moves advanced missile systems to Lebanese border amid fears of Hezbollah attack
A Hebrew-language channel stated on Wednesday night that the Israeli army expects an attack by Hezbollah during the Eid Al-Adha holiday.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Kann, that Israel fears a “second attack” by Hezbollah in the next 48 hours, that is, during the celebration of Eid al-Adha.
[NOTEEid al-Adha - This four-day Muslim "Feast of the Sacrifice" takes place Jul 30, 2020 - Aug 3, 2020.]
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After a firefight with the IDF on Monday on Mt. Dov, Hizballah has announced that its plan to avenge the killing by Israel of one of its fighters in Damascus a week ago is not the end of it. More is yet to come – and soon. (Debkafile)

"Army officials: Coming hours will be tense and critical"  
GUN BATTLE IN NORTH: Hezbollah Terrorists Attempt To Infiltrate Israel, Northern Residents In Lockdown
The IDF thwarted an attempted Hezbollah infiltration into Israel from Lebanon on Monday afternoon, when several terrorists entered a few meters inside Israeli territory across the Blue Line [the international border]. IDF soldiers identified the terrorists and opened fire with machine guns, artillery guns and tanks.

The Hezbollah terrorists fled back into Lebanon and according to the IDF spokesperson: “we don’t know their condition.” However, a Channel 12 News report said they had been killed. There were no IDF casualties, the IDF spokesperson confirmed.

The IDF closed off roads in the Har Dov area in the wake of the incident and instructed Israeli residents of the north to remain at home. Following the end of the incident, they were given the all-clear to resume normal activity.
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Hezbollah Attack On Israel Is Imminent, Report Says

The IDF is preparing for an imminent attack on Israel’s northern border in the coming days, Yisrael Hayom reported on Sunday.

The report follows heightened tensions on the northern border following an airstrike on Damascus last week attributed to Israel which killed Hezbollah member Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad. On Friday evening, the IDF carried out airstrikes on military targets on Syria in response to fire from Syria toward the Golan Heights on Friday afternoon.

Anticipating Hezbollah attack, Gantz warns terror group: Don’t test us

Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a clear threat to the Hezbollah terror group while overlooking the northern border on Sunday, saying that the Jewish state was prepared to take harsh action against “anyone who tests us,” as the Lebanese militia was suspected of planning to strike Israel in retaliation for the death of one of its fighters earlier this week.

Gantz also indicated that Israel would continue to act in Syria and Lebanon, despite the tensions, in order to ensure its security.

...The defense minister indicated that he did not believe the current situation would lead to a larger conflict or an all-out war, but said the he “recommends to the other side not to drag us into that.”

Gantz again warned the governments of Syria and Lebanon that they would be held responsible for any attacks against Israel coming from their territory.

...Following Hezbollah’s allegation on Tuesday, the IDF went into high alert on the northern border, deploying infantry reinforcements on the ground, as well as additional Iron Dome missile defense batteries along the border.

On Friday, the military began clearing out unnecessary personnel from the frontier and barring military vehicles from traveling on roads that are vulnerable to anti-tank guided missile attack from Lebanon. No such restrictions were placed on civilians, who were encouraged to go about their daily lives as normal despite the heightened tensions.

...The skies above northern Israel were filled on Sunday with the sound of fighter jets, drones and helicopters, apparently collecting intelligence and preparing to retaliate to any such attack.

Shortly after Gantz’s visit, the IDF said that one of its small copter drones that was operating along the border crashed inside Lebanon, but that there was no risk that sensitive information could be taken from it.

Last week, the IDF sent an additional infantry battalion and a small number of other troops to the region, as well as artillery weapons.

SHOCKING! Similarities Between Nazi Tactics and Coronavirus Measures!!

9 Av 5780



Coronavirus czar presents 'Israel Protector' [Magen Israel] plan for combating COVID-19
...The new plan, which Gamzu hopes will avoid the need for future lockdowns and "illogical restrictions," will also color-code cities similar to traffic lights: green, yellow and red.

Municipalities that will be defined as “green” will have more authority and less restrictions on residents and businesses.
Moreover, they will have full autonomy to operate cultural events, as the sector has taken a heavy financial blow due to the strict capping of indoor gatherings.
“Yellow” municipalities will receive funding per resident, with the aim to turn the city “green.”
Red” cities, on the other hand, will be run by the military’s Home Front Command -- alongside the local authority.
All of the chareidi enclaves [Bnei Braq, Beitar Ilit, Modiin Ilit, and Jerusalem neighborhoods] will be labeled RED due to the "high infection rates" there, turning them into ghettos, as we've already seen!

Increasing isolation measures???
Dr. Fauci: Wear goggles or eye shields to prevent spread of COVID-19; flu vaccine a must

29 July 2020

"FOR THE REDEMPTION OF JERUSALEM"

9 Av 5780
Ta'anit Tisha b'Av

During the first Jewish revolt against the Romans (66-70 CE), which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, the four kinds (etrog, lulav, myrtle, willow) make their appearance on coins only during the fourth year, 69 CE. At that time, Jerusalem was surrounded by the Roman legions and expected the worst. Significantly, after initial military successes, the inscription on the coins of the Jewish rebels originally read “for the redemption of Jerusalem”. By 69 CE, the deteriorating situation forced a change to “the freedom of Jerusalem”.  (Source)

The Siege of Jerusalem - The Great Jewish Revolt




Babylonian Conquest and Destruction of the First Temple


PLEASE SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER TODAY

8 Av 5780

While we are preparing ourselves to enter the fast of Tisha'b'Av tonight, please take a moment to consider the ongoing suffering of a faithful Jew who risked everything and paid everything to protect Am Yisrael.  

Today is Yehonatan ben Malka (Pollard)'s birthday on the Hebrew calendar.  On this special day and in memory of his personal tragedy, which if truth be known, was another tragedy for the entire Jewish people, please say THIS PRAYER on his behalf.  

Thank you and have a very meaningful and successful Tisha b'Av fast - may it be the last one we ever have to do.



28 July 2020

BANNED BY TWITTER AND YOUTUBE

7 Av 5780

Catch it while you can.  Censorship has never reached such a level before..

SEE IT HERE.

People of Faith Never Know Desperation

7 Av 5780
"Because of the desperate need for a vaccine amid the pandemic that has killed more than 624,000 people worldwide, drug companies are scaling up manufacturing with human trials still underway."  
World Population:                    8,000,000,000
Dead from Cancer:                           9,600,000
Dead from Pneumonia:                    2,560,000
Dead from Tuberculosis:                  1,500,000
Dead from Auto Accidents:              1,350,000
Dead from COVID-19:                           624,000
We have managed to live with these diseases for generations without a vaccine, without forced masks, without shutting down the economy and without canceling school and locking people up in their homes.

Nobody wants to die or to have someone they love die, but the fact is that people have to die of something. Nobody gets out of this world alive.  Every time one thing is "cured" another new thing comes along.  It's the way this world works and you can't fight it.  But, then, that's not what this about.  Right now, according to the latest findings, 1 out of 100 people with this coronavirus will die from it while 99 out of 100 will survive!

GREED and CONTROL are at the heart of this hype.
Corporate Insiders Pocket $1 Billion in Rush for Coronavirus Vaccine
Well-timed stock bets have generated big profits for senior executives and board members at companies developing vaccines and treatments.



26 July 2020

In A World Without Torah

5 Av 5780

The Rules Never Apply to the Rulers and Those Who Grant the Power Are The Ones Crushed Under Its Boot.

Seen in the news:  the headline accompanying this picture quotes PM Netanyahu as saying the fight against the virus depends on personal responsibility.  It would be funny if it were not so very tragic.



24 July 2020

FROM DESERT TO DESTINY

3 Av 5778
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Devarim - Shabbat Chazon

From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary on Parashat Devarim... 
...R. Hirsch explains that Devarim was Israel's introduction to the new life it would have to forge in Eretz Yisrael. Once they crossed the Jordan, the people would no longer see God's constant Presence and daily miracles, as they had in the Wilderness. They would plow, plant, and harvest. They would establish courts and a government. They would forge social relationships and means to provide for and protect the needy and helpless. They would need strong faith and self-discipline to avoid the snares and temptations of their pagan neighbors and false prophets. To stress these laws and values and exhort Israel to be strong was the function of Devarim, its laws and Moshe's appeals.
Thus, Devarim is not merely a review of the earlier four Books of the Torah, since "of the just over a hundred laws which are contained in this Book, more than seventy are completely new." Rather, in his final weeks, Moshe reviewed and taught all the laws of the Torah and the entire history of Israel - but in this Book, the Torah records the parts of his teachings that were most relevant for Israel's new life in its Land.
From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary on Haftarah Devarim...
This Haftarah, the final one of the "three of affliction," is always read on the Shabbat that precedes Tisha b'Av. As R. Mendel Hirsch points out, the prophet does not lament because the Beit Hamikdash was destroyed; rather, he laments over the underlying causes of that destruction. And this annual lesson serves to focus the national mourning of Tishah b'Av not to the past but to the present. 
It is not enough to bemoan the great loss suffered by our people with the Destruction of our Land, our Holy City, and our Holy Temple. We must use our mourning as a way of initiating an examination of our present-day feelings, thoughts, and deeds
  • What have we done to eliminate the attitudes and practices that thousands of years ago sent our ancestors into exile - not once, but twice?
  • How have we improved our approach to the Divine Service as a way of life, a life devoted to duty rather than a substitute for it?
  • Are our verbal offerings, like the animal-offerings described by the prophet, merely perfunctorily performed rituals, never internalized, never spoken from the heart, just from the lips and outward?
And, as R. Hirsch puts it...
  • "Is our Jewish contemporary present already so deeply imbued with the Jewish spirit, so filled with the Jewish way of thinking, with knowledge of Judaism, with knowledge of the all-comprising and deep contents of the Torah that it could form a worthy environment for a Temple of God to be erected in our midst?"
  • "Does not the gulf between Israel and its God yawn perhaps wider than ever?"
"Every generation in which the Temple is not rebuilt, is considered as if that generation destroyed the Temple." (Talmud Yerushalmi, Yoma 1:1)

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

23 July 2020

HYPE? WHAT HYPE?!

2 Av 5780

NUMBER OF DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO 
THE SARS-CoV-2 PANDEMIC IN ISRAEL 
AS OF TODAY'S DATE: 23 JULY 2020


ANYBODY REMEMBER THIS???

THIS IS HOW THEY JUSTIFIED LOCKING 
US ALL UP FOR PASSOVER...

DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT AGAIN!

CLICK ON IMAGE TO READ ARTICLE

The Final War of Gog uMagog

2 Av 5780

The Chafetz Chaim famously said there would be three wars of Gog uMagog, but within the third war of Gog uMagog, there are also three:  "...one on the land, one on the sea and one near to Jerusalem."

It looks to me like the final war is here.  The first video here is from an interview with Bill Gates at the end of June.  I've never really listened to him talk before this.  But, it's clear to me that despite his reputation, he's really not a very smart man.  It's like he is spouting talking points and really has no true scientific grasp of the information.  That is probably why he appears to be so open about the agenda he represents.  He's not really that smart.  He is another recruited talking head to be the public face of the hidden evil.



And while this virus plandemic, scamdemic, shamdemic - pick your term - plays out, it is being used as a front to wage an ongoing war against religion and Torah Judaism in particular since it is the only untainted truth left in the world.  Most man-made religions are built around a kernel of truth that can be found within Torah Judaism.  If the teachings of the Torah can be destroyed, whatever remains of those other religions can be allowed to continue since they pose no threat to their new world order.

Even Zionism can be allowed since it is currently being used to unite Jews, Christians and Muslims and in the form it exists today, Zionism is promoting LGBTQ and assimilation, so it also is no threat, but actually is a tool for advancing their new world order in Israel.

VIOLENT HAFGANOS: Hundreds Protest Incarceration of Chareidi Man [VIDEOS]

Hundreds of Chareidim took to the streets on Wednaday night, protesting the 100th day of the incarceration of a man named Binyomin Friedman.

As YWN has previously reported, Friedman was arrested for being in a Shul during COVID-19 when he wasn’t allowed to be there.

The court has agreed to release him, but he refuses to do so due to Shabbos.

Meanwhile, Israeli Police acted like thugs tonight and randomly kicked and beat Chareidim.

There is tons of footage documenting horrific police brutality against unarmed protesters tonight.
[Those videos are quite shocking.]

If all the souls who have ever lived are reincarnated in this generation, then some of these must have participated in the internecine warfare that took place inside Yerushalayim while the Romans battered at the door during this same time period centuries ago.

The Satan has used these tactics many times over the course of human history in order to prevent the geulah shleimah from arriving and it has worked so well.  But, today, there is a big difference.  Today, we have reached geulah b'ita and it comes whether we are deserving of it or not.  Nothing can stop it now - not even a virus.

22 July 2020

"IT'S JUST BUSINESS"

1 Av 5780
Rosh Chodesh

A True Blue Capitalist

"...In Jared Kushner's first interview in the White House in March 2017, he described the American people as the government's customers."  (Author Emily Jane Fox in the docuseries, "Dirty Money," Season 2, episode 3 "Slumlord Millionaire")

Jared Kushner comes across in this documentary as a cold-blooded corporate shark - a soulless financial predator.  It makes one wonder if there was not some kind of fiendish calculation behind the choice to make 666 Fifth Avenue his flagship property in New York City.

[See further: Baltimore’s ‘Kushnerville’ Tenants File Class Action Against Landlord; Tenants Say Kushner Firm Pushed Renters Out]

Timeline on Jared Kushner, Qatar, 666 Fifth Avenue, and White House Policy

...When the Kushner Companies purchased 666 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan in early 2007 for a record-breaking price of $1.8 billion, it was supposed to be a center of their real estate portfolio. Instead, the Kushners have struggled to cover their debt on the troubled building since shortly after its purchase on the eve of the financial crisis. As Jared Kushner’s father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, was running for President, the Kushners were pitching Qatari investors to help bail out the building. And just weeks after his father Charles reportedly failed to reach a deal with Qatar’s minister of finance, Jared Kushner, in his capacity as a senior adviser to President Trump, reportedly played a central role in supporting a blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Kushner never disclosed his meeting with Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the blockade to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the time. Later, a financial company tied to Qatar brokered an especially valuable deal to rescue the Kushner Companies’ property at 666 Fifth Avenue.

...A week before the election, candidate Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Trump’s private residence, according to Rick Gates’ FBI proffer....

...Soon after the election, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman sends a delegation of Saudi officials to meet with Kushner and other Trump advisers. They subsequently write an unflattering assessment that later leaks. It says that Trump’s “inner circle is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner.” The Saudi delegation “brought back a report identifying Mr. Kushner as a crucial focal point in the courtship of the new administration,” according to the New York Times. “He brought to the job scant knowledge about the region, a transactional mind-set and an intense focus on reaching a deal with the Palestinians that met Israel’s demands, the delegation noted.”

...Since the early months of the administration, senior officials were worried about Jared Kushner’s having private, informal conversations with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a practice he continued even after Chief of Staff John Kelly imposed new protocols, according to the New York Times (December 2018 report). “The private exchanges could make him susceptible to Saudi manipulation, said three former senior American officials,” according to the Times. “There was a risk the Saudis were playing him,” one former White House official said. Intelligence briefers told Kelly that virtually all of the conversations that U.S. officials had with the Saudis on sensitive policy matter had been between Kushner and MBS, according to the Washington Post. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster expressed early concern that Kushner was freelancing U.S. foreign policy. … McMaster was concerned there were no official records kept of what was said on the calls,” the Post reported. McMaster also “learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report,” according to another Post report.

October 2017: Kushner surprise trip to Saudi Arabia

Kushner and a senior aide travel to Saudi Arabia to meet Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner “flew commercial, and the White House only announced the visit once he was already on the ground,” the Washington Post reports. Some intelligence officials were caught off guard by Kushner’s trip, and “most people in the White House were kept out of the loop about the trip and its purpose … Intelligence officials were troubled by a lack of information about the topics discussed,” according to a later Post report.

August 1-3, 2018: The Kushners receive bailout on 666 Fifth Avenue from Qatar-supported company (plus Westinghouse deal)

On Aug. 3, the Kushners reach a deal to bailout 666 Fifth Avenue through a 99-year lease to Brookfield Asset Management for about $1.1 billion in rent for the entire 99-year term paid upfront, easing their financial troubles by allowing them to pay off most of what they owe lenders on the building. The Qatar Investment Authority is the second-largest investor in Brookfield.

Qatar Investment Authority later insists that it had “absolutely no involvement in the 666 Fifth Avenue development.”

...Two days earlier, on Aug. 1, Brookfield closed a deal to acquire 100% of Westinghouse Electric Company. In Feb. 2019, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform releases an interim staff report, based on whistleblower revelations, raising grave concerns over the Trump Administration’s efforts to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia without congressional review. The report notes that Westinghouse, which builds nuclear reactors, stands to benefit greatly from such a deal, and that Jared Kushner has been centrally involved. A July 2019, second interim staff report states that:

“[W]ith regard to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests. The documents show the Administration’s willingness to let private parties with close ties to the President wield outsized influence over U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia.
Development of Trump's Peace Plan: "The Deal of the Century"

Development of the plan began in November 2017, led by Kushner, chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, and ambassador David Friedman.

...In February 2019, Kushner and his personal adviser Berkowitz flew to Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in order to unveil their closely guarded plan.

...[On] 
2June 2019, the "economic plan" was unveiled at a U.S.-led "Peace to Prosperity" conference in Manama, Bahrain. 
...The political portion of the plan was rolled out on 28 January 2020.
CONNECT THE DOTS

The Kushners are in deep financial difficulty with the 666 Fifth Ave property after the crash of 2008.
October 2017: Kushner surprise trip to Saudi Arabia
November 2017:  Development began on Trump's Peace Plan
August 3, 2018: The Kushners receive bailout on 666 Fifth Avenue from Qatar-supported company.
February 2019: The Plan is "unveiled" to Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

The obvious question is, was the price of the Kushner financial bail-out plan a commitment to breathe new life into the Saudi Peace Plan by rebranding it as a Trump product?  

From the Arab Peace Initiative (aka the Saudi Initiative) to the Quartet's Road Map for Peace to Trump's "Peace to Prosperity", Saudi Arabia has been a guiding hand over a process to destroy Israel in the guise of making peace.  
Bolton: Israel should act now in own security interests ahead of US election

Bolton’s book revealed that Trump gave Netanyahu the green light to attack Iran, and that Netanyahu had reservations about Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as the architect of the White House peace plan.

Bolton also claimed in the book that Netanyahu tried numerous times to speak with Trump to implore him not to meet with Iran’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the 2019 G7 meeting in France, but Kushner blocked the calls — a move Bolton said he disagreed with.

“I think it shows the danger when you have somebody who is not in a regular organization in power like that. It is always a danger with family members in senior position,” Bolton said Tuesday, referring to Kushner. “I thought Netanyahu should be heard.”

Bolton on Tuesday also discussed Netanyahu’s efforts to unilaterally annex settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, some 30 percent of the territory, which have apparently stalled amid internal wrangling and a lack of a green light from Washington.

“I think there is obviously disagreement. Jared is still trying to sustain his peace plan and is worried about unilateral action or American recognition of unilateral action,” Bolton said. “Personally I would go ahead and do it but I’m not there to give that advice any more.”
It's a mercy from HKB"H that the "annexation" is on a permanent "hold."  Only Mashiach will have to courage and the wisdom to lay claim to all of our land in the way HKB"H intends; when it will be to our great benefit and not to our detriment.  

21 July 2020

THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!

29 Tammuz 5780
Yom Kippur Katan
Erev Rosh Chodesh Av

In case you thought nothing was going on except the plandemic...



But back to the scamdemic, it has also been used as an excuse in some places to destroy books which can't be sanitized (my word as it serves a double meaning).  Found on Facebook...
I am sure the school district is using the excuse of COVID. My young son started summer camp through our school district and all the books have been removed from the classrooms. They claim that the books cannot be cleaned. 
Hundreds and hundreds of books regarding American history including Native Americans like Sitting Bull and Famous Sioux Chiefs, foreign nations far and wide, the Holocaust and even Mister Rogers, found in dumpster behind Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake, MN. No sign of any fiction books, just non-fiction regarding history, cultures, wars, tyranny, communism, politics, etc. They are trying to erase history and I can’t understand why not donate perfectly good and relevant books to a library or cultural centers. This is sad!

Principal responds after photos of school library books in dumpster cause social media stir

The principal of a middle school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota is responding after photos showing stacks of books in a school dumpster spread on social media.

The photos of the books struck a nerve with community members. After seeing one social media post, Ryan Swanson told FOX 9 he drove out to the school to see for himself.

"I was so mad, I just left," he said.

He says the discarded books appeared to be non-fiction and included topics such as Native American history, the Constitution and World War II. Swanson says he salvaged about 30 books and saw others filling up bins to donate the items.

Sunrise Park Middle School Principal Christina Pierre sent a message to parents Friday morning, explaining their media specialist had put outdated library books in the recycle bin after "weeding through the collection."

"The weeding procedure is important to help us find a new home for books 10 years and older to ensure that materials are keeping up-to-date with the needs of ever-changing curriculum, school goals and student needs," wrote Pierre.
I'm 66 years old and this is the first time I've ever heard that books have an expiration date!

20 July 2020

"TORTURE" on the "PRISON PLANET"

28 Tammuz 5780

DOESN'T THIS JUST LOOK WRONG!?


CLICK TO ENLARGE FOR BETTER VIEWING


Never forget this...

 IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH - IT'S ABOUT CONTROL.


THINK ABOUT IT! If the new vaccines were about protecting health (which one would expect to extend life expectancy), why would it be listed as part of a plan to reduce world population numbers???

AVOID THE VACCINES! AVOID TESTING! They may be infecting people via the test!!  

Furthermore, if you think this "second wave" or any additional future "waves" of this virus are caused by the public's failure to adhere strictly to the "guidelines,"  THINK AGAIN!

THEY ARE REINFECTING PEOPLE THE SAME WAY THEY STARTED IT and that is why the symptoms are "all over the map."  Name any symptom of illness and it is now associated with COVID-19 infection!!
Please watch the following video to understand the real reasons for the measures purportedly being used to curb the spread of disease.  All the while they are spraying us with it!!!

(H/T YA - Many thanks!)




19 July 2020

"The War Going on Right Under Our Noses": UPDATE

27 Tammuz 5780

Back on 13 Tammuz/July 5, 2020, I wrote The War Going on Right Under Our Noses describing the outbreak of a cyber war that actually started on Rosh Chodesh Iyyar.  At first, it seemed to be a tat-for-tat exchange confined to the Middle East, but this past week, the ante was upped when it reached US shores.

The following should bring you up to date on what is happening while most people are focused on the pandemic reports.

UPDATE

July 12 - US Navy ship on Fire in San Diego

July 13 - Storage tank explodes and burns at industrial complex south of
               Mashhad, Iran

July 15 - Massive fire in Bushehr shipyard set seven ships ablaze

July 16 - Explosion and fire at steel mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana

               Fire at power station in Wheatfield, Indiana

July 17 - Second attack on Israel's water infrastructure

July 18 - "Massive" fire at chemical plant in Atlanta, Georgia

               Large fire at steel structures plant in Ambridge, Pennsylvania

               Large explosion and fire at oil pipeline in South Iran

July 19 - Explosion at power plant in Isfahan

July 20 - Iran-linked sites around Damascus said hit in Israeli strike

As you can tell, the attacks have increased significantly.  With Rosh Chodesh Av approaching on Tuesday night, anything can happen.
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[See also HERE and HERE.]

17 July 2020

Fufilling Moshe Rabbeinu's Heart's Desire

25 Tammuz 5780
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Matot-Mas'ei/Mevarchim

This week's contribution comes courtesy of the 1379 edition of Torah Tidbits...



Chamishi - 5th Aliya - Bamidbar 33:50-34:15

G-d speaks to Moshe in Arvot Moav and commands the People to enter, conquer, acquire, and settle the Land, according to the “Divine Lottery”.  This is one of the 613 mitzvot according to Ramban - the mitzva of YISHUV ERETZ YISRAEL, the mitzva to live in Israel.  Ramban says that this mitzva applies in all times, including our own.

Part of the mitzva, explains Ramban, is that the people of Israel may not shun G-d’s gift and promise, and go conquer and settle elsewhere.  Jews who live anywhere in the world outside of Israel should always remember their “stranger in a strange land” status. Adopting someplace else as your own and removing Israel from your personal agenda, contravene the spirit (and maybe the letter) of this mitzva.
The boundaries of the Land are detailed.  These boundaries are now for the 9½ tribes, since Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe have claimed their allotments on the East Bank.
Read the description of the boundaries of the land that is being given by G-d to the Jewish People.  To the Jewish People.  To the Jewish People.  To us.  Unlike the identity of many of the encampments, we know where these boundaries are.  Eretz Yisrael for the Jewish People goes at least (see next paragraph) from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.  The Torah does not seem to indicate that parts of the Promised Land should become a foreign state - regular or demilitarized - or be given to enemies of the State of Israel or the Jewish People.
(Perhaps - no, no perhaps - it's a definite!)  Do you believe that G-d created the world? Do you believe that G-d commanded us to keep the Shabbat?  Do you believe that G-d gave Eretz Yisrael to the Jewish People, in perpetuity?  Do you believe that it is His Will that we, His People, live in Eretz Yisrael?  These questions are not 'pick and choose' for us.  They are The Package Deal that G-d made with us and the reason He took us out of Egypt and made us a nation - His nation.
In G-d's original promise to Avraham Avinu, the land to be given to his descendants was to be "from the Egyptian River until the great river, P'rat".  The boundaries described in this week's sedra contain a territory significantly smaller than that which was promised. Our Sages tell us that the original promise includes territory to be added to Eretz Yisrael in the future, in the times of the Moshiach.
YES!!!!  SHABBAT SHALOM UMEVORACH!!!!!!!

15 July 2020

You Can't Trust The Numbers or the Government That Relies on Them

24 Tammuz 5780

The numbers being quoted in the media are completely useless for determining the true scope of the pandemic in Israel.  And yet the politicians are threatening the citizens with all kinds of punitive measures based on the situation as perceived through these skewed statistics.  We've already seen people harassed on the streets by the police; whole neighborhoods locked down; people forced to leave home and go to "coronavirus hotels."  Limits on activities have already been renewed with promises of High Holy Days being a repeat of Pesach and threats of synagogue and yeshivah closures once again.

The inmates who have taken charge of the asylum tout "record" numbers of infected and "record" numbers of serious cases, but it is impossible to get a true accounting of the real numbers as the reports are contradictory depending on where you look for them.  (For example today's count of new cases was either 1200+ or 1500+ depending on where you were looking.)

Recently, I quoted Dr. Yoav Yehezkelli who said: "What matters is not the total number of patients, but the number of severe illnesses and intubated patients. As long as these figures are under control, the situation is good."

The constantly increasing number of overall cases is clearly the result of increased testing [Health Ministry said set to reduce testing as system overwhelmed by outbreak - Asymptomatic people won’t be checked; Israeli HMOs warn they'll start 'throwing away' virus tests due to overload]  but now the reported number of "severe" illnesses has more than doubled since then.  And that is explained here:
Israel’s recent rise in serious COVID-19 cases partly due to change in criteria Doctors at Israel’s largest hospital amended their approach to categorizing virus patients, impacting national stats; goal is to standardize criteria, they say, not inflate figures.
However, that's exactly what happened.  Despite the seeming worsening of the pandemic in Israel in a so-called "second wave," the mortality rate remains relatively low.  But even those numbers can't be taken at face value as the Israeli media is reporting 375 deaths as a result of COVID-19 as of today's date, while the WHO makes it 364.  

Whom do we believe?  There is no way to know how the dead are being counted as many countries have admitted to decisions and practices which skews those numbers as well.  Either way, the figure remains relatively low.  Even taking the higher figure of 375, that averages out to 2.5 persons per day (since Feb 21 when counts began).  

By comparison, in 2016, the most recent date I can find for statistics, there were a total of 35,717 deaths from all causes in the over-65 age group (those determined to be most at risk from COVID-19).That's an average of 97.8 persons per day.



The reason our perception of this pandemic is so out of touch with reality is because at no other time have the media and the government ever reported on daily deaths from any other cause.  I also have to wonder why the number of ventilated patients is still rising when ventilator-assisted breathing has been determined by many credible medical sources to be a cause of higher mortality.  (See Are Ventilators Making Some COVID-19 Patients Worse? and Why Ventilators May Not Be Working as Well for COVID-19 Patients as Doctors Hoped.)

This was shared today on Facebook.  It is genius.








Many people these days express the sentiment that it feels like we are living inside a movie.  Someone took it a step further and turned the events of 2020 into a "movie" trailer.  Someone else commented: "I heard they changed the title to: '2020: Everything 2012 wanted to be.'"



The Last Battle of Armageddon - 2020 (Pt 5)

23 Tammuz 5780



14 July 2020

GAME TESTING

23 Tammuz 5780

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"The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get..."

22 Tammuz 5780
"They will cast their silver into the streets, and their gold will be repugnant; their silver and their gold will not be able to save them on the day of the Lord's wrath;...." (Yechezkel 7.19)
Taken from today's headlines...



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[Disclaimer: I do not endorse any financial advice.]

Way before the "Corona Crisis," banks were already closing branches, downsizing staff, and limiting in-person services. The last time I visited my bank to speak to a representative about a financial issue, the wait was more than two hours. 

Everything we see playing out in our world today was planned long ago.  If Mashiach delays much longer, (God forbid!) the entire world population stands to become enslaved by the global elite who will control ALL financial transactions via the Federal Reserve System.

THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY!  IT IS FACT!!
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