15 Kislev 5781
30 November 2020
29 November 2020
13 Kislev 5781
As mentioned months ago with regard to the "nine months" of Rome/Edom's global control (see An Assessment of the Nine-Month Global Rule of Wicked Rome), it's difficult to pinpoint the day the count begins and consequently, when it should also end. But, a good case can be made for March 11, 2020 - December 11, 2020, i.e. Purim to Hanukkah!
[See further Purim on Hanukkah? Gog u Magog?]
It will be a very positive sign if they are unable to lock us down on Hanukkah. Even though this is their plan, if they do fail to lock us down on Hanukkah, it will be the first time since Purim that we were free on a holiday.
..It is written in the Zohar, that Chevlei Moshiach will be divided into two separate periods: a period of seventy years... and a period of nine months...In the last nine months of the golus, the troubles shall greatly increase, and, at the end of this period, there will be a great fear, and then the Moshiach will be revealed.
Despite the fact that we have been looking for a war between Iran and Edom, with Israel smack in the middle of it, for literally years now, we've never been as close to it as we are today. This war will certainly cause "great fear" for the whole world and Mashiach will be revealed at that time, because the main powers who would try to stop him will be otherwise occupied.
"It’s a fateful moment for the entire Middle East."
And the whole world.
27 November 2020
11 Kislev 5781
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary...
...R' Yaakov Kamenetsky explained that the first sixty-three years of [Jacob's] life he studied Torah with his father, in an atmosphere insulated from the corruption of Canaan. Now he would be living in Haran, among people who were Laban's comrades in dishonesty. To survive spiritually in such an environment, he needed the Torah of Shem and Eber, for they too, had been forced to cope with corrosive surroundings. Shem had lived in the generation of the Flood and Eber had lived with those who built the Tower of Babel. Jacob's fourteen years in their tutelage made it possible for him to emerge spiritually unscathed from his personal exile. That was his personal preparation for the coming ordeal. Then, God prepared him further with the vision of the angels and the Divine promise with which our Sidrah begins. God's promise sustained him, but it was his own efforts that earned him the prophecy.
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UPDATE on Jonathan and Esther Pollard:
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~
26 November 2020
10 Kislev 5781
You remember The Plummers - the "Bishop of Israel" and his wife, "The First Lady of Israel"?
They were the ones the government allowed to "make aliya" while the rest of us were locked down and Jews were not allowed to enter the country to visit their families.
The Church of God in Chr*st (COGIC) sent them here to build black churches for the Ethiopian immigrants "because they are their black brothers." And also, to bring a lot of black Americans to Israel to make "business" relationships. Basically, more and more assimilation and more and more Christian "aliyah" in order to push for yet more and more Christian "rights" in our Jewish land!
When told that they are Jews and brothers to their fellow Jews, he's like no they're our brothers because they are black like us and we have to save them from racist Israelis. The racism in Israel is terrible don't you know?
When counter-missionary groups in Israel pushed back against this agenda by making it very publicly known, this Plummer dude got very hot under the collar. How dare the Jews object to anything he wants to do, don't we know who he is and "how much he has done for Israel?"
Geulah Girl, the author of the Esav Exposed blog wrote on Facebook...
They are waging a spiritual war against us and when we dare call him out for it, we are the enemy and he is innocent. Since 2008 several of us warned that while these xians seemed nice with no agenda that was just to get close to the Jewish people and to get into Israel but eventually they will show their true agenda to convert Jews and then we would be faced with an enemy that would be a 5th column within Israel. It would have been better to say thanks, but no thanks 10 - 20 years ago than to have yet another enemy within our borders.
Can't be a Jewish state and democratic. The democratic gov says freedom of religion. The Jewish [Torah] says no avoda zara.
I can vouch for the veracity of and the care with which the videos he mentions as "doctored" were done. Furthermore, nobody I know is stupid enough, or cares enough, to write "death threats". We prefer to force the government to act to protect our weakest elements of society from missionary activity. Since this Plummer dude is already lying about what he already stated was his agenda in coming here to Israel, trying to back out of it now that he shot his mouth off and spilled the beans, why would I be remiss in thinking he probably faked death threats to impugn the "Orthodox" Jews they all so clearly abhor because we continue to reject their god-man idol.
This 8-min video shows the true face of our Eisavian enemy...
10 Kislev 5781
Sharing from Rabbi Yehudah Richter...
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...When the pandemic started, I thought we were all in this together. The government was doing their best to save lives and was figuring it out as they went along. Some people still trust the draconian mandates and believe that the government has only our best interest in mind. I am no longer one of those people.While the CDC/WHO have already admitted that masks do not prevent the spread of illness, the Israeli government continues to doggedly hand out tickets to citizens who try to get a bit of fresh air. They have even started going undercover in rental cars so they can sneak up on more people. They’ve already handed out over half a million tickets! Why would they stop this mandate? It’s a windfall. (Let’s do the math. Each ticket was at least 500nis. Multiply that by 500,000, and you get 2.5 Billion Shekel, and counting.)But there are other big problems. Let’s take a look at the timeline of the past half a year. It paints a remarkably ominous picture.The pandemic apparently spreads to (your location) and the government takes action:
- Schools are closed.
- Yeshivos are closed.
- Shuls are closed – no davening with a minyan.
- No Kriyas hatora.
- Men’s mikvaos are closed.
- Shockingly, in certain places some women are banned from entering mikvaos. (If their husbands committed the vile crime of davening with a minyan
- No visiting the elderly, so forget about visiting your own parents or grandparents or grandchildren – no hugging Bubby or Zeidy. (Only a rodef would be reckless enough to go near his Zeidy.)
- One of the worst aveiros you can commit is the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim (a sick person is himself a rodef who deserves to languish alone in misery just for the crime of falling ill).
- No weddings, bar mitzvahs or family gatherings – you can see your relatives on Zoom.
- Even levayas- don’t attend unless you are the absolute next of kin.
- Nichum aveilim? Make a phone call.
- Hachnasas orchim? Today it’s a punishable crime.
- What was previously a heinous sin became a public service as “Good Samaritans” were encouraged to maser (snitch) on their fellow brothers for not following government restrictions. Reporting crimes such as breaking quarantine, attending shul, learning in yeshiva…
- On Tisha B’av and Yom Kippur, we were instructed that rather than washing our hands only when they are soiled (as the halacha states), “To prevent the spread of germs, it is muttar to wash the entire hand.”
- Later on, when shuls were allowed to reopen, people were required to wear masks while davening and reading from the Torah. The permissibility of this practice is questionable at best.
- Even children were forced to wear masks “Cruelty in the guise of kindness.”
- To prevent the spread of disease, “experts” even advised putting a mask onto the shofar.
- In a previous lifetime, people went to shul even if they weren’t feeling well- especially during the Yomim Noraim. Now, only an “evil” person would enter a shul if they had an ache or a sniffle.
- We were further instructed not to sing at shul. Singing spreads germs. Better yet don’t even daven anything out loud- to prevent “aerosolizing” your germs.
- Don’t kiss any mezuzos, and of course don’t kiss the Torah, chas vishalom.
- We were told not to dance on Simchas Torah, but to “sway” in place, at least 2 meters from our neighbor. Better yet, if you really want to fulfill the mitzvah of vinishmartem stay home!At first I thought the outdoor “Pop-up” shuls were nice and convenient, but eventually their beauty started to tarnish. There are halachos about how a shul is supposed to be constructed. An indoor shul is ideal, and yet outdoor shuls have been favored to prevent the spread of contagion. Is it necessary to bend the Torah to fit it into the public health doctrine? Are we really justified in doing so?We were told to get tested for Covid 19 as frequently as possible. That if we do so, things will go back to normal. We’ll be able to open shuls and schools again. Instead, governments have been using our compliance against us. More testing will invariably lead to an increase in cases in any community, which will then give the government the justification to force us to shut down over and over again. All these oppressive restrictions were enacted with almost total cooperation of religious society world-wide.Why did we go along with it? (Continue here.)
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Also from the website: FACT CHECKING: HaRav Leibel Katz Did NOT Die of COVID-19
25 November 2020
24 November 2020
23 November 2020
8 Kislev 5781
If the Zionist dream was to reclaim the Jewish homeland for the Jewish people and create a Jewish State where Jewish rights would be protected and Jewish aspirations could be realized, then the Zionist dream is dead. No less than the famed Jewish Agency has buried it.
Heretofore tasked with managing the aliyah of Jews the world over to the Land of Israel, the Jewish Agency is now in the business of building worship centers for Christians in the Galil and promoting the assimilation of Jews among resident non-Jews.
Following is a rough transcription of an 8-min. video (which can be viewed below) of "Ofer" (last name unknown), a non-native English speaker, employee of the Jewish Agency, addressing a group of Ugandan Christians at the Aliyah Return Center in 2019:
...What we decided in the Jewish Agency – to do here – is to build a bridge - to build a bridge between all religions. Historically, we are called the Jewish Agency, the oldest Jewish organization in the world - 90 years - but in our religion there is a big place for working with non-Jews and I guess that Chaim [Malespin] already told you we have a pre-army academy - combined Arab Christians and Jews - we are the only place doing it... We are first of all human beings and then we are Christians or Druze or Jews. So, what we are trying to do is work with all religions - with Christians and Druze and Beduins and build a bridge to make sure the State of Israel will continue to be a place of freedom, a place that everyone can find himself. It doesn't matter if you are black or white or yellow or red, or Christian or Jew or Muslim. It doesn't matter. As long as you are a human being you can be part of this place.
...I heard you have a Prayer Mountain [in Uganda], hopefully I'll be there soon. We decided to build here a Prayer Valley - for you (applause). You have a Prayer Mountain. We decided to build - actually for you - a Prayer Valley. We're going to take the north and west side of the valley of this property and make it a huge [unintelligible] that you can come and pray. "Galilee of the Nations" - I would like you to spread the rumor that you have a house, a home, here in Israel... Hopefully, I'll see you more and more, and a lot of times, Bring your couples and your children - this is your home....
Jewish Agency connections to Aliyah Return Center recently in the news:
"VERTICAL" HOUSE OF PRAYER AND WORSHIP
"For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah. 56:7
22 November 2020
21 November 2020
6 Kislev 5781
"Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, who releases the bound."
So sorry for the delay in responding. I just got home. What a time to go away for Shabbat and be without my laptop!!
I am simply overjoyed at this wonderful news and so happy for Yehonatan and Esther.
Wishing them a BIG MAZAL TOV!!
and a very special THANK YOU to HaKadosh Baruch Hu who heard and answered!!
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20 November 2020
4 Kislev 5781
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
[NOTE: In these final hours, please do not stop praying for Jonathan and Esther Pollard. We should begin thanking HKB"H for the great salvation He is going to make for them, because even if it would look like our prayers have gone unheeded, it might be to test our faith. Remain strong and committed. Never give up!]
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"I loved you," said Hashem, and you said, "How have you loved us?" Was not Esau a brother of Jacob - the words of Hashem - yet I loved Jacob. But, I hated Esau and I made his mountains a desolation, and his heritage for the desert serpents.
Though Edom said, "We have become destitute, but we shall return and rebuild the ruins"; so said Hashem, Master of Legions, "They may build, but I shall tear down; they shall call them, 'the boundary of wickedness, and the people who infuriated Hashem to eternity.' Your eyes shall see and you shall say, 'Hashem is great beyond the boundary of Israel.'" (Haftarah Toldot, Malachi 1.2-5)From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary...
Through Shem, God conveyed to [Rivkah] that the unborn infants represented two nations and two conflicting ideologies - Israel and Edom - and that their struggle in the womb symbolized the future rivalries between them, which would end with the younger prevailing over the older (R' Hoffmann). Thus, the turmoil within her was due to the irreconcilable conflict between two nations that was already taking shape (Mizrachi).
The Sages teach that the two of them will never be mighty simultaneously; when one falls, the other will rise (Megillah 6a). History has demonstrated this prophecy in practice. Two regimes, one espousing morality and justice and the other standing for license and barbarity, cannot long coexist. They must always be in conflict until one comes to dominate the other, whether through victory on the battlefield or in the contest for men's minds.
19 November 2020
3 Kislev 5781
Today has been designated a special day of prayer on behalf of Jonathan and Esther Pollard, for their healing and for release from travel restrictions imposed by the terms of his parole, preventing their return to Eretz Yisrael. It is sponsored by Youth for Pollard and they are asking each one in his own place to pray a few chapters of Tehillim - 120, 121, 130, 23 - ending with the prayer specially composed for Jonathan and Esther by HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu, ztz"l.
Tizku l'mitzvot! May all your prayers be answered affirmatively and may we all hear very good news very soon! May it be His will.
3 Kislev 5781
[Don't forget to pray for Jonathan and Esther Pollard today.]
Recently, I wrote an update on what is going on at the "National Leadership Center" (JH-Israel) in Ariel. More information has now come out.
To briefly recap, this is a "faith-based" [Christian] effort. It replicates a facility built first in California (JH Ranch) and then exported from the USA to Israel. They have an exclusive agreement with the Erev Rav regime (Ministry of Education) to be the only ones to offer this 'service' in Israel, whereby, they seek to have every soldier and every school child (starting age 12!) in the nation run through their indoctrination center. There, they are to be influenced and trained as future leaders in accordance with the goals and agenda of the sponsors.
At first, it appeared to be just another missionary ploy. They talk a lot about teaching Israeli youth to understand their identity and bring sources from the Tanach. That would be bad enough considering that the Jewish Tanach taught from a warped Christian perspective to Israeli youth is a catastrophe in itself, but it's much more than that.
Again, the National Leadership Center in Ariel is run by JH Israel who works in collaboration with the U.S. Israel Education Association.
USIEA has established uniquely significant and meaningful ties with Israeli leaders. These include the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, and leaders in the areas of local government, science, education, military and business. USIEA values the Judeo-Christian heritage and both the historical and spiritual significance of Israel; therefore, our relationships are based on deep mutual respect and open dialogue.
The hope-giving mission of the Integrated Business Roundtable is deeply rooted in the practical work of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the vision of its founding partners, Avi Zimmerman and Sheikh Ashraf Jabari.Mr. Zimmerman is a well-respected advocate for regional economic development, having led foreign investments and development for over 10 years in the city of Ariel, the vibrant capital city of Samaria. In January 2020, Avi transitioned out of his leadership post, with Mayor Shaviro’s blessing, to become President of the Integrated Business Roundtable with its broader mandate to advocate for economic development for the whole of Judea and Samaria.Sheikh Jabari resides in Judea, in the city of Hebron, and traces his family lineage in the region back more than 800 years. He recalls much more fruitful times prior to the forced segregation and transportation constraints resulting from the Oslo Accords, when it was normal and profitable for Jewish and Palestinian neighbors to trade and conduct business with each other. Ashraf is a strong, eloquent proponent of supporting and accelerating the growth of Integrated Businesses in the region and raising standards of living for Palestinians while political solutions are worked out.Since inception in 2017, the JS Chamber has grown to serve over 500 business members. Today it comprises over 250 Palestinian-owned businesses, 250 Israeli-owned businesses, and dozens of Integrated Businesses. Arising from the strong reputations and deep relationships of its founders, the Chamber has a well-deserved reputation for fairly serving all members.In 2018, the Chamber engaged the Milken Innovation Center* at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research to create a strategic roadmap to guide the Chamber called the Regional Development Financing Initiative (“RDFI”). The Milken Center is an internationally recognized expert in development strategy for emerging economies and the effective use of impact investments as a catalyst.The resulting RDFI provides a broad-based assessment that takes full account of long-standing development challenges in the region, including the anti-normalization bans on commerce from the Palestine Authority on the one hand, and the transportation limitations and restrictions rooted in Israel’s security policy on the other.While clear-headed about long-broken elements of the regional economy, the Milken Center’s report also identifies areas of strength for the Chamber to grow and build upon. The RDFI cites a motivated, entrepreneurial business community; a substantial and available workforce in proximity to Tel Aviv; and a growing base of pragmatic integrated businesses. From this foundation, the RDFI outlined five areas for focused development and investment as most attractive for the region.
- Technology and Industry, including the emerging Innovation Ecosystem
- Environmental Renewal
- Commerce and Service
- Cultural and Recreational Tourism
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- In February 2019, Mr. Zimmerman, Sheikh Jabari and IBR founding partner, the US Israel Education Association (USIEA), hosted the first ever Israeli Palestinian International Economic Forum in Ariel.On this internationally prominent and shared stage, Avi and Ashraf showcased the Chamber’s growth, the impactful RDFI plan from the Milken Center, and, perhaps most importantly, innovative initiatives from the region’s base of integrated businesses that offer a hope-giving path to shared prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians alike.Notably, the first Forum was attended by US Senator James Lankford and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Both US officials made prepared remarks at the Forum and expressed strong support for the Chamber and its strategy to improve living standards through greater direct investment in Integrated Businesses in the region.The success and momentum of the Forum crystallized an important next step – creating infrastructure for local and international businesspeople to come alongside the Chamber with experience, mentorship, and capital to invest.In late 2019, the Sagamore Institute, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, joined the Chamber and USIEA as a founding partner to help create the organization known today as the Integrated Business Roundtable. Sagamore is an internationally respected think tank known for its action-oriented policy innovations and its work mobilizing impact investments to repair broken economies.
["Sagamore created an impact investing platform called Commonwealth to offer innovative financial services to expand economic opportunity. Areas of focus include increasing minority entrepreneurship, improving second change employment for former prisoners, and strengthening the emerging Israeli-Palestinian economy in the West Bank.]
In January 2020, the Integrated Business Roundtable was launched. With a distinctive mission that complements the Chamber, IBR invests in ideas, events, and programs that drive business solutions for shared prosperity in Judea and Samaria. [* See also: Milken vs. Davos]
This "Leadership Center" in Ariel has ties which, if followed, take you right to the top of the pyramid.
According to a Walla News report on Thursday, Pompeo will visit the Golan Heights as well as Shomron and Yehudah during his visit to Israel, the first US secretary of state to do so. The US Secret Service, officials at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, and Israel’s Shin Bet are preparing for the historic visit.Previous U.S. high-ranking officials have always avoided visiting the Shomron and the Golan Heights due to their “disputed status.” The US recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in March 2019 and later that year, in November, Pompeo annulled the 1978 U.S. State Department decision that Israeli “settlements” in the West Bank are “inconsistent with international law.” According to an Axios report, Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman were the driving forces behind the shift in U.S. policy toward Yehudah and Shomron.
If you haven't figured it out yet, this is nothing less than an 'internal' Abraham Accords being orchestrated between Israel and 'Palestine.' When you read "integrated" business, think integrated schools and then you will really understand what is happening here.
It's a lot about making money, but it's even more about 'integrating' Jews with Arabs in the most Jewishly-identified, religious and nationalistically-motivated population in Israel. And that is because...
INTEGRATION IS ONE STEP BEFORE ASSIMILATION.
In the previous generation, the NAZIS learned that it was impossible to physically eliminate every Jew. When the threat is so open and obvious, people are harder to control and they fight back. Therefore, they changed their tactics. In the name of Progress, Peace, Security, Health, Prosperity, Tolerance, even Ahavat Chinam, etc. they can convince the majority of Jews to cooperate with their own spiritual destruction.
THIS WAS THE PLAN OF HELLENISM DURING THE DAYS OF THE MACCABEES. IT IS ALIVE AND WELL AND THRIVING IN THE DAYS PRECEDING HANUKKAH 5781 (2020).
MAY HKB"H HAVE MERCY ON HIS CHILDREN AND SAVE US NOW!!
18 November 2020
2 Kislev 5781
Lest any of us ever forget, Jonathan Pollard is "one of ours" - a fellow Jew, our brother - and the Torah as well as human decency requires each of us to do our very utmost to assist in his redemption from the hands of those who wish to bury him there in America, G-d forbid!!The most important thing you an do: Did you pray today?
2 Kislev 5781
[Don't forget to pray for Jonathan and Esther Pollard today.]
Return Ministries and the Jewish Agency say there is a Christian volunteer program at a JAFI educational facility, and that Return Ministries does not do missionary work.Judge for yourself...
17 November 2020
1 Kislev 5781
[It's time to double down on our appeals to HKB"H.on behalf of Jonathan and Esther Pollard. Don't let your efforts flag here at the end of the race! (VIDEO) Besorot tovot!]
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Something brand new has come to light. You should be aware. TPTB are so filled with gaivah and so convinced that we are powerless to stop them, they are telling us what is coming at every step of the process. They discount Ya'aqov's power of prayer and HKB"H's great love for His people.
If anyone remembers, a few years ago, the autistic boys described a situation which sounded like the grid was down with effects similar to those caused by an EMP, which was much in the news at the time. But, maybe this is what they saw.
16 November 2020
29 Marcheshvan 5781
Erev Rosh Chodesh/Yom Kippur Katan
From the Yom Kippur Katan service...
Good is Hashem to all, and His mercies are upon all His works.
Good is Hashem to those who trust in Him, to the soul that seeks Him.
Good it is to hope silently for the salvation of Hashem.
Good it is to take refuge in Hashem, much better than to rely on man.
Good it is to take refuge in Hashem, much better than to rely on nobles [politicians].
Good is Hashem and upright; therefore He guides sinners on the way.
Good is Hashem as a stronghold on the day of distress, and mindful of those who take refuge in Him.
For He knows our nature; He is mindful that we are but dust.
For Hashem is good, His kindness is forever, and His faithfulness is from generation to generation.
As a father has mercy on his children, so, Hashem, may You have mercy on us. Salvation is Hashem's; upon Your people is Your blessing. Selah. Hashem, Master of Legions, is with us, the God of Jacob is a stronghold for us. Selah. Hashem, Master of Legions, praiseworthy is the person who trusts in You. Hashem, save! May the King answer us on the day we call.
~ CHODESH TOV ~
15 November 2020
12 November 2020
26 Marcheshvan 5781
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Chayei Sarah - Mevorchim
UPDATE: This is the true situation currently: Days Before 5 Year Mark, Pollard Kept in the Dark About His Fate.
The Torah introduces us to Rebecca's family, where it seems that her father played little role, and her brother, Laban, was dominant. In those days, the women had separate houses where they did their work, and since a daughter naturally confides only in her mother, Rebecca ran and told her mother about her encounter at the well. Once the family heard the news, Laban took charge. From the profound influence he exercised in the household it would appear that he was either the only son or the oldest (R' Hoffmann).
Following the Midrashic perspective, Rashi interprets Laban's character, as it reveals itself later in his relations with Jacob, as being motivated by greed. This is in accord with the principle of the Sages - and indeed, the approach that people generally take in dealing with others - that wicked people should be assumed to act wickedly, even when their actions seem on the surface to be virtuous. Conversely, people who are known to be righteous should always be given the benefit of the doubt, even when they seem to be acting improperly. Thus, upon hearing that the stranger was the servant of Abraham and that he was dispensing such lavish gifts, Laban assumed the he surely had gifts for the rest of the family - and if Eliezer had given Rebecca, a mere child, such extravagant gifts, just imagine what lay in store for Laban! Therefore, without showing his father the least courtesy, Laban dashed to the waiting servant and sanctimoniously tried to ingratiate himself with the wealthy and generous Eliezer.
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~
25 Marcheshvan 5781
We had all better invite our family and friends to light the Hanukkah candles and eat deep fried doughnut today, because according to various officials in the healthcare system, Israel will again be forced into some form of closure during Hanukkah itself.Israel is the only country in which the authorities are already talking about the third pandemic-induced closure, even as the entire country is still stuck in the midst of the second.
Much of this should sound familiar: inability to go to work, no freedom of travel, lockdown, curfew, no praying with a minyan at synagogue, no traveling to relatives for chagim,....Yes, the list of our sins which has recently been compiled by various speakers to explain our mass social affliction is long and shameful, but the one that should be at the top of the list, and sadly does not seem to appear at all, is the sin of turning a blind eye to our brother's suffering. We have not redeemed this prisoner and so we also remain unredeemed.
Over time, the Rav [HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu, ztz"l] shared with us and with a few others who were very close to him that Jonathan’s release is the key to the redemption of all of Am Yisrael.He taught us how Jonathan’s release is also the key to the release of all of Israel’s captives and MIAs. Once Jonathan is out, all the captives are all out! Once they are all out, we are all in Geula!Perhaps most significant of all, the Rav always referred to Jonathan as the “Yosef HaTzadik shel doreinu” (The Yosef Hatzadik of our generation).
It was reported on the Shuvu Banim website back in April that Rav Pinto said:
"...this whole pandemic could have come about just because of one single person who is suffering, one person who is suffering tremendous pain."
In that same article, the rabbi reportedly said:
"We will pass through this plague,.... But you should know, that this world is not going to remain the same world it was. ...Just as after the mabul, and the generation of the flood, when the world was totally changed. Just like occurred after all those other times when there were such big shocks across the whole world, at this sort of level, and the world changed – so the same will happen here."
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“Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal,” writes Schwab.“The short response is: never. Nothing will ever return to the ‘broken’ sense of normalcy that prevailed prior to the crisis because the coronavirus pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point in our global trajectory.”“Unlike certain past epidemics, COVID-19 doesn’t pose a new existential threat,” he writes.“Radical changes of such consequence are coming that some pundits have referred to as ‘before coronavirus’ (BC) and ‘after coronavirus’ (AC) era. We will continue to be surprised by both the rapidity and unexpected nature of these changes – as they conflate with each other, they will provoke second-, third-, fourth- and more-order consequences, cascading effects and unforeseen outcomes,” he writes.A senior U.S. Army official said that mask wearing and social distancing will become permanent, while CNN’s international security editor Nick Paton Walsh asserted that the mandatory wearing of masks will become “permanent,” “just part of life,” and that the public would need to “come to terms with it.”
11 November 2020
25 Marcheshvan 5781
PLEASE NOTE: Unknown people are spreading a rumor that Trump has pardoned Jonathan Pollard and will let him go home to Israel next Friday.
AT THIS TIME, THIS IS ONLY A RUMOR UNCONFIRMED BY ANY OFFICIAL SOURCES!
First of all, the best we can hope for is that Trump will commute Jonathan's sentence. No pardon has been requested or is expected and certainly will not be forthcoming.
This could be a cruel trick to spoil any chance of Trump commuting Jonathan's sentence or releasing him from his parole restrictions, especially if the rumor is untrue and Trump feels that someone is trying to manipulate him into doing it by making this unfounded announcement.
PLEASE DO NOT LET UP ON YOUR PRAYERS!! Until we hear it directly from the White House or from Netanyahu, or some other official source, we have to continue our intercession with HKB"H for His mercy on Jonathan and Esther Pollard.
Even though Rabbi Mizrachi has passed on this rumor, he is often wrong with his "facts." In the same shiur, he said Jonathan worked for the CIA. That is false. Trust him on Torah, but not about rumors!
Hopefully, one day very soon this rumor will come true and then we will be singing our praise and thanks to HKB"H!!
24 Marcheshvan 5781
Before I turn to the topic I've chosen for today, let me be very clear to everyone reading that my views and opinions are mine alone. I do not represent anyone but myself here. And so it has been for over a decade and, God willing, it will remain that way for as long as HKB"H allows me to speak.
What was Jonathan Pollard's real crime?
"Jonathan Pollard was indicted on only one charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally, without intent to harm the United States." [See Facts of the Pollard Case.]
That is the crime he was accused of, but that is not the crime for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. That crime - the real crime - his unforgivable sin was exposing the true face of America.
Pollard discovered that information vital to Israel's security was being deliberately withheld by certain elements within the U.S. national security establishment.Israel was legally entitled to this vital security information according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.The information being withheld from Israel included Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities - being developed for use against Israel. It also included information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on planned terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets.When Pollard discovered this suppression of information and asked his superiors about it, he was told to "mind his own business", and that "Jews get nervous talking about poison gas; they don't need to know."He also learned that the objective of cutting off the flow of information to Israel was to severely curtail Israel's ability to act independently in defense of her own interests.Pollard was painfully aware that Israeli lives were being put in jeopardy as a result of this undeclared intelligence embargo. He did everything he possibly could to stop this covert policy and to have the legal flow of information to Israel restored. When his efforts met no success, he began to give the information to Israel directly.
The "Medinah shel Chesed" - the pig's front paws shoved out proudly in front to show how "kosher" it is - this mass graveyard of millions of assimilated Jews; the worst crime anyone can commit in their view is to do anything that dispels their illusion of purity.
America as a nation has a narcissistic personality - question them, cross them - and you will certainly be made to pay and pay dearly and pay forever - their need for revenge can never be satisfied.
Jonathan Pollard was concerned about threats from our Arab enemies, never even imagining that the country he worked for was itself the worst enemy of all. The missionary apparatus was just getting set up in the early eighties, but by the time he was thrown in prison and the key tossed away, Israel had been infiltrated in a very big way.
You know, one of the complaints our Arab neighbors have against us is that we are an outpost of American imperialism being used as a pipeline to funnel Western values and culture into the Arab Middle East. That is an accurate representation and a legitimate complaint. But it's more to our detriment than it is to theirs.
We've completely lost our way. We act as though we are still in exile - choosing one master over another, looking and judging who will be the more favorable ruler. We came home to Eretz Yisrael and dragged the exile along and it is slowly but surely destroying us. This is the unforgivable sin of Am Yisrael.
See the latest from JH-Israel. America at her finest...
10 November 2020
24 Marcheshvan 5781
(Part 1) As I was saying...
December 2017, one year into his first term in office, President Donald Trump, no doubt at the urging of his beloved daughter who affiliates with Chabad, commuted the life sentence of Sholom Rubashkin to time served - eight years.
I recalled how earlier on, one Chabad Chasid had said of Rubashkin, "He is one of ours." I've heard this from other people, too, how "Chabad takes care of its own" like it's some badge of honor. Chabad is by no means the only group within Klal Yisrael to feel and act this way, but it is not an admirable trait, it is something for which many, many people need to do teshuvah!
The Torah admonishes us, "Do not stand idly by your brother's blood." That "brother" is not found only within our own social circles, but it is any member of Klal Yisrael no matter where they may be or what their circumstances. "Areivim zeh l'zeh" means every member of the Klal!!
Add this to the whole bag of misfortunes that have accompanied Jonathan Pollard throughout his life - he was not in any way affiliated to Chabad. But that's just me talking. I have no doubt that Jonathan Pollard was overjoyed to hear the news of Rubashkin's release from prison, because he does not distinguish one Jew from another. And he, more than anyone, could identify with his living nightmare.
I thought surely, Sholom Rubashkin will now speak up on behalf of all Jewish prisoners, and perhaps even attempt to intercede on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. While in the public spotlight, he could, at the very least, mention Pollard's name and remind people that there is another Jew who waits and hopes for deliverance. But, I watched the news and listened in vain. No such word was ever spoken to my knowledge.
Which brings us back now to this comedian who "straddles multiple worlds, working comedy clubs and volunteering with Chabad" and who has been convicted of financial crimes.
Davka NOW, when Jonathan's and Esther's lives are really on the line (no one has responded to their appeal to be released from travel restrictions because of her illness), and a decision is shortly to be made, big American rabbis are speaking up in an appeal for a pardon for this man? (I believe some triage is in order here.)
In all these years, nothing at all has changed. But it is going to change. HKB"H is going to see to that personally.
The entire world is presently steeped in idolatry - the worst kind of idolatry - the worship and service of SELF. At least in the distant past, people still acknowledged a power outside of and above themselves. Today, in this generation, there is no higher power than self; no more worthy goal than to serve one's own selfish interests and desires.
You know who did not give a second thought to himself when he learned that Jews were in danger of a gas attack from Iraq? Jonathan Pollard! Because of him and his willingness to sacrifice his own well-being, his family, his future and even his freedom, Israelis were prepared when the scuds began to fall. [See The Ghost of Israel's Sealed Rooms.]
His example stands in stark contrast to the norm of our times, and equally so to the other Jewish prisoners who find themselves in legal trouble for crimes which only benefitted themselves. Yet, they are championed while Pollard remains orphaned.
But, wait! Jonathan Pollard is no "orphan." The Master of the Universe is his Abba!! His Abba she ba'Shamayim has been saving up all the prayers offered on his behalf, while He kept answering them with "Wait. Just wait. I won't forget." No doubt at all that Jonathan Pollard's soul came to this world for a very special mission on behalf of HKB"H and his whole life has been an example of mesirut nefesh of which Rabbi Kahane of blessed memory, may Hashem avenge his blood, the only other Jew in our generation to exhibit this same rare trait (IMHO), wrote in The Jewish Idea (Ch. 19, p. 569) ...
"...A person's whole life is a test to see whether he will accept the yoke of Heaven and of mitzvot. There is nothing precious that does not exact a heavy price of him who wishes to acquire it. Eretz Yisrael, a precious gift, requires self-sacrifice, as befits a tool of the Chosen People."
23 Marcheshvan 5781
I have to admit, it caught me like a punch to the stomach when I read this a bit over a week ago...
Ari Teman, a Jewish standup comic who once won a national contest seeking a “Jewish community hero” has united an array of Orthodox rabbis with leading standup comics in an appeal to President Trump to pardon him for bank fraud.Teman has compiled a video to be launched on social media next week with more than 60 people saying “Mr. President, please pardon Ari Teman.”A jury found him guilty in January; Teman says his accusers perjured themselves and that federal prosecutors withheld evidence. His lawyers have asked the judge to vacate the decision. He faces sentencing in December.Teman straddles multiple worlds, working comedy clubs and volunteering with Chabad. He invented an artificial intelligence security system that he markets. Teman withdrew funds from the accounts of landlords who were using the security system. He says he was authorized to withdraw the funds. The landlords in court testimony said they did not anticipate the withdrawals but they acknowledged they did not fully read the terms of the contract.Among those making the appeal are a number of Chabad rabbis; Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, who has held senior positions in the Rabbinical Council of America; Brian Kiley, a longtime staff writer for Conan O’Brien; and Dan Naturman, a comic who has made numerous appearances on late-night TV. His parents close the video saying, “Mr. President, please pardon our son, Ari Teman.”Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional lawyer, is on Teman’s team.
As I read the reports about Sholom Rubashkin's trial, I can't help but think that this is Pollard all over again. Yes, he broke laws, but not maliciously. I have to say though that at least Jonathan Pollard was trying to save the entire Jewish people, not just a business venture. But again, it looks like the Jew will get a highly disproportionate sentence as a lesson to others.I also can't help but compare the outcry from the frum community in support of Rubashkin as opposed to the resounding silence as Pollard met his fate. Perhaps this is happening in order that the Jewish people will draw this conclusion: "You know, this is exactly what happened to Jonathan Pollard, but we did nothing to help him."
It's not too late to make amends for that lapse in judgment. You can't throw one Jew under the bus and then expect Divine help to save another. These men are two sides of the same coin. We are all parts of one giant organism. What affects one, affects all. We have to learn this if we never learn anything else. As Jews, our fates and our destinies are intertwined.
Perhaps, if there had been such an outcry from the Jewish community in response to the Pollard life sentence, a Rubashkin life sentence could never have been considered. Instead, the injustice to Jonathan Pollard set a precedent for all Jews.Another lesson that we can take from this incident must not be overlooked and that is the reminder, once again, that America is not the Jew's home.If you are a supporter of Sholom Rubashkin, ask yourself, "What did I ever do for Jonathan Pollard???"
And then came the news everyone was waiting for in December 2017.
To be continued...
09 November 2020
22 Cheshvan 5781
One of the worst aspects of this most recent election in the US was seeing Obama front and center once again...
October 21, 2020Philadelphia (CNN) Barack Obama had always intended to sit out the first presidential election of his post-presidency, taking heed of the private guidance given to him from Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.Obama vastly preferred governing to campaigning, his friends have long known, so they believed him when he said he looked forward to watching from the sidelines. But those plans were tossed aside by the election of President Donald Trump and his first term in office.Obama is poised to return to the campaign trail here on Wednesday, making his first in-person appearance in his effort to help Joe Biden in the waning days of his bid for the White House.
Seeing some of the names being brought forward as possible cabinet picks for a Biden/Harris Administration, one can only wonder if, should Mashiach be delayed again, we would see a so-to-speak reincarnation of the Obama Administration of 2008 - 2016. God forbid!
I find it to be more than coincidental that PARObama would reemerge into the spotlight davka right now, especially after what I wrote about him in 2012...
12 Menachem Av 5772Only a blind person could fail to see that literally everything about the Pollard affair is/was out of the ordinary. So much so, that there is obviously a Divine agenda at work here.To some, Jonathan Pollard is representative of Klal Yisrael - a Yosef figure - imprisoned and enslaved in Egypt. Especially as high officials in the US government have indicated that Pollard long ago paid the price for his crimes and that now he serves as a valuable political bargaining chip essentially making him a hostage.The frequent comparisons between President Obama and Pharaoh of old round out the picture.Like the Pharaoh who refused to let Bnei Yisrael go free, his successor refuses to let Pollard go free. And like Pharaoh before him, ParObama is going to find himself painted into a corner - into a smaller and smaller space - until the only maneuver he can make is to set Jonathan Pollard free.
We are not privy to all that goes on behind the scenes, but the fact is that Jonathan Pollard was set free from the Federal prison at the end of Obama's second term in office - November 20, 2015.
Is his reemergence into the political spotlight a reminder of that to anyone who is paying attention? Paro could not hold Israel beyond the time set for her enslavement. Redemption was sure to come. Paro was powerless to stop it. The same was true in 2015 and it will be shown to be true in 2020 as well, please G-d.
If Donald J. Trump has any hope at all of salvaging his presidency, he would be well advised to take note of this auspicious time and commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time served, setting him and his wife free to settle in Eretz Yisrael.
This is something I sent out via Twitter some months ago. Someone close to Trump should clue him in. Maybe it's not too late.