19 September 2021

SUKKOT 5782

14 Tishrei 5782
Erev Sukkot 

May we now see the downfall of the wicked nations and may God's people be redeemed and healed fully with a complete healing!!

Sukkot!! (Feast of Tabernacles) Uniting with All Nations? Religions? - Rav Yehudah Richter


~ Chag Sukkot Sameach!! ~

"...Instill Your awe upon all Your works...."

13 Tishrei 5782 

"...and Your dread upon all that You have created."

[LIVE: Volcano erupts on La Palma in the Canary Islands]

The massive hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and volcanoes don't seem to inspire much awe of Hashem these days.  Apparently, The-Powers-That-Should-Not-Be foresaw this and prepared their "Climate Change" narrative in their battle against Hashem and mankind's faith in Hashem.  

But what is waiting to happen, withheld only by Hashem's enduring mercy on His creatures, cannot be attributed to "Climate Change."  I've written about it before - ten years ago at this same exact time of year.  Scientists say it is not a question of "if" but "when" and while they all rush to say that the chances of it happening davka now are infinitesimal, an eruption appears to be imminent.  

It's up to HaKadosh Baruch Hu if, when and how much damage will occur.  The created beings of this world need to start taking their Creator more seriously.

Megatsunami Scenario - La Palma Landslide



La Palma (Canary Islands) Update: Earthquake Swarm Increases - Deformation Reaches 10 cm Uplift

17 September 2021

"NOW OR NEVER"

11 Tishrei 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Ha'azinu 

Now or Never
Parshas Haazinu

Posted at Torah.org on October 10, 2016 (5777) By Rabbi Pinchas Winston

Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! And let the earth hear the words of my mouth! (Devarim 32:1)
The Talmud says that after history as we know it is said-and-done, the gentile nations of the past will complain to God that they were short-shrifted (Avodah Zarah 3a). They will argue that they lost their chance to go to the World-to-Come because they were not given Torah and mitzvos. Had they received Torah like the Jewish people, they will say, they too would have upheld it and earned their own portions in the World-to-Come.

Right.

“Why did you not clamor for Torah while you were still in the previous world?” God could ask them.

“We would have,” they might say, “had we known what it was leading to.”

“Why did you not check and find out while you still could? Why didn’t you investigate Torah and see why Jews believed in it?”

“Well, ah . . .” they will be forced to say.

In any case, the Talmud continues, God will humor them nonetheless. He will tell them:

“Fools! Only one who prepared from before Shabbos will have what to eat on Shabbos!” (Avodah Zarah 3a)

In other words, God will tell them, just as a Jew had to prepare before Shabbos in order to have cooked food on Shabbos, likewise you had to have to perform mitzvos in the previous world to enjoy their benefit now.

“Nevertheless, I will give to you an easy mitzvah called ‘Succah.’ Go perform it!” (Avodah Zarah 3a)

This statement causes bells to go off in the Talmud. Mitzvos in the World-to-Come? Not possible, as Rebi Yehoshua explains. The Torah, at the end of Parashas VaEschanan, says that mitzvos can only only be performed in this world, not in the World-to-Come. Was God merely playing a joke on them?

The Talmud says no. God doesn’t play jokes on His creations.

In any case, the Talmud continues:

Immediately, all the gentiles build succos on their roofs. God however makes the sun beat on them like it does in the heat of summer. [When the heat becomes too intense] the gentiles kick their succos and leave. (Avodah Zarah 3a)

If God does not play tricks on His creations, then why did He make it impossible to fulfill the mitzvah He gave them as a test? As the Talmud points out, even a Jew is allowed to leave the succah in such extreme and uncomfortable conditions. What did God prove?

The Talmud answers:

[A Jew] would leave, but they would not kick the succah [in frustration]. (Avodah Zarah 3a)

The difference between a Jew and a gentile, the Talmud says, is not the mitzvah per se, but how each relates to it. What does kicking something in anger reveal? That the person feels betrayed, taken advantage of, cheated. If a Jew is forced out of the succah for reasons beyond his control, he does not feel slighted by God, but reprimanded. He does not see himself as the abused, but as the abuser.

The verse says:

Fortunate is the man whom You, God, chastise, and from Your Torah You teach him. (Tehillim 94:12)

God did not play a trick on the gentiles. He set them straight about Torah and mitzvos. He told them it wasn’t the mitzvah itself that counted most, but how the person doing the mitzvah relates to it. This is what Moshe Rabbeinu tried to teach the Jewish people prior to his death when he said:

Now, Israel, what does God, your God, ask of you? Only to fear God, your God . . . (Devarim 10:12)

Isn’t fear of God only ONE of 613 mitzvos? What about the other 612 mitzvos?

That was the whole point Moshe Rabbeinu was teaching. Once a person masters fear of God, the rest of the mitzvos for him become far more “natural.” For the person who truly fears God, performing mitzvos becomes second nature, as they will actually become in the Messianic Era when there really will be no yetzer hara anymore (Succah 52a).

A major part of reaching the ultimate level of fear of God is Divine chastisement. We do not know ourselves as well as God does, and only He can set us on the straight path and keep us there. If we don’t heed His “advice,” how can we possibly achieve personal spiritual perfection?

Kicking the succah on the way out proved to the gentiles that even if they had mitzvos to perform in this world, they would never have achieved the fear of God they are meant to promote. They would not have developed the proper relationship to them, and therefore the mitzvos would not have accomplished what they were meant to develop in the person performing them.

It is one’s relationship to mitzvos that really counts the most, as the Talmud may also be alluding to on a different level. This however is only perceivable after first explaining a concept the Maharal revealed. It is a mind-blowing idea to say the least, and it helps to answer the question the Talmud raises about mitzvos in the World-to-Come.

The halachah of Eruv Tavshillin was created by the rabbis to allow a person to prepare for Shabbos on Yom Tov. In general, one is not allowed to prepare for another day on Yom Tov, only for the day itself. However, sometimes Yom Tom is on Friday, and preparing for Shabbos on Thursday is not always the ideal thing.

Therefore, by preparing an Eruv Tavshillin on Thursday when it is still permissible to cook for Shabbos, a person has essentially begun cooking for Shabbos before Yom Tov. The Eruv is a legal device designed to extend the Shabbos preparation process into Yom Tov so that the cooking can be completed on Friday.

Eruv Tavshillin is an interesting halachah to discuss, but not here. What is important is the idea it teaches, and how it pertains to this discussion, including the mitzvah of Succah. For, just as the walls of the succah enclose that which is within in, likewise does the Eruv Tavshillin enclose Yom Tov within it. One’s relationship to mitzvos in this world, it will turn out, will act similarly with respect to the Messianic Era as well.

The halachah says that an Eruv Tavshillin allows cooking for Shabbos at a time when it is not otherwise permissible because of what was performed before Yom Tov. Similarly, the Maharal explains that a person who correctly performed mitzvos beyond the Messianic Era when there was a yetzer hara will be able to perform them in the Messianic Era when there won’t be one. Since he performed mitzvos when he had to fight the yetzer hara, he will be allowed to perform mitzvos even when there is no yetzer hara to fight.

To what end? All the reward for performing mitzvos is from overcoming the yetzer hara who tried to interfere with doing them. No yetzer hara, no resistance. No resistance, no reward, right?

Wrong, says the Maharal. Part of the reward for properly performing mitzvos while we have a yetzer hara is the opportunity to perform them when we will no longer have one—as if we still do. Just as mastering fear of God makes the other 612 mitzvos easier to perform, but does not reduce the reward for doing them, likewise properly performing mitzvos in this world gives us the reward of Messianic mitzvos without any loss of benefit.

This is the deeper meaning of, “The reward of a mitzvah is a mitzvah” (Pirkei Avos 4:2). The reward of a mitzvah performed in this yetzer hara-oriented world is the opportunity to perform a mitzvah in the yetzer hara-less world, and continue to receive reward for it. The interest accrued from the proper use of free will in this world pays dividends long after free will becomes a concept of the past.

According to the Talmud, this is true not just of the Messianic Era, but even into Olam HaBa—the World-to-Come. This is what God will tell the gentiles at that time when they complain about their lack of mitzvos in this world. “Mitzvos still exist,” He will tell them, “but only for the person who performed them in the previous world and developed the proper relationship to them. Only the person who prepared on ‘Erev Shabbos’ can eat on ‘Shabbos.’ Your complaint,” He will prove to them, “is far too little, and far too late.”

Knowing this, one is now ready to better appreciate this week’s parsha, and the holiday of Succos that follows.

~ Shabbat Shalom ~

15 September 2021

G'MAR TOV!!

9 Tishrei 5782
Erev Yom Kippur

Start HERE! [Yom Kippur] - HaGaon Rabbi Yaakov Hillel 

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT - 5782

9 Tishrei 5782
Erev Yom Kippur

Saw this on Jewish Press this morning.  It's meant to scare people, but just think - for one minute.  Considering that 3500+ of the 7400+ reportedly dead from Corona passed away BEFORE THE VACCINE WAS AVAILABLE in December 2020, it makes sense doesn't it?


IF YOU FEAR ANYONE OR ANYTHING BUT G-D, DO VIDUI FOR THAT!!  AND HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL YOM KIPPUR FAST.

~ G'MAR CHATIMAH TOVAH! ~

12 September 2021

"Israeli Soldiers Forced Jab in Middle of the Night"

7 Tishrei 5782 

(h/t Deb Ghedini)  With English Subtitles.  Be sure to engage the "CC" button. 

This demonstrates the importance of having these conversations with your children in advance and wargaming with them various possible situations they could find themselves in so they won't be caught off-guard or unawares.  Hashem yerachem!!

10 September 2021

SHABBAT SHUVAH 5782

4 Tishrei 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Shabbat Shuvah - Parashat Vayeilech 

Shabbat Shuvah / שבת שובה

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah because its special haftarah reading begins with the words Shuvah Yisrael ["Return O Israel"] from the prophecy of Hoshe'a.  It is also referred to as Shabbat Shuvah because it falls during the ten days of Teshuvah - Repentance.
...It is customary in almost all Jewish communities for the rabbi of the city or congregation to expound on teshuvah, and to emphasize the severity of transgression so that the people turn their hearts toward repentance.  Our Sages have said that when the wise address the people, God forgives the sins of Israel.
...on Shabbat Shuvah one should be especially careful to concentrate entirely on Torah, prayer, and reflection on teshuvah, thereby attaining forgiveness for whatever unfitting behavior may have marred other Sabbaths.
--- Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~
G'MAR CHATIMAH TOVAH!!

09 September 2021

RABBI RICHTER: "GRAND FINALE!"

3 Tishrei 5782
Tzom Gedaliah

This is the final episode (in 2 parts) in Rabbi Yehudah HaCohen Richter's series entitled "The State of Israel: G-D's Hand or Satan's? Finally, a Guide for the Perplexed."

Grand Finale! Summary! State of Israel, G-ds hand or Satan's?-Rav Yehuda Richter (Part A)


 

06 September 2021

SHANAH -5782- TOVAH

29 Elul 5781
Erev Rosh Hashanah

On the Day of Judgment, as the King sits to open the books - who will live and who will die - may He overlook our shortcomings and count our steadfast loyalty to Him and to His Holy Torah as worthy of continued life and service to Him in the coming year 5782.  

The best is yet to come!

Ain od milevado!


Wishing Klal Yisrael the most heartfelt Yom Kippur and Sukkot holidays as well.    
Chag Sameach!!

05 September 2021

Ahhhh! The Sound of Elul and Rosh Hashana, Just Hours Away Now!

 28 Elul 5781

I was down Yafo Street when I heard a shofar - from afar - and started wheeling my shopping cart in that direction.  I was holding my phone in the same hand guiding the cart, so it's a bit jumpy until I find my shofar blower at the northeast corner of Davidka Square.  If you go full screen, you can just make out a small figure standing on the 1st floor balcony behind the big Israeli flag.  He couldn't have been more than five years old.  Really made my day!

~ WISHING ALL THE READERS SHANAH TOVAH FOR 5782 ~

Dr. Zelenko Makes Kiddush Hashem

28 Elul 5781
Shavua Tov!

Del Bigtree of The Highwire Interviews Dr. Zelenko
 on September 2, 2021

03 September 2021

"STANDING BEFORE HASHEM"

26 Elul 5781
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Nitzavim 

Recycled from 2010.  An oldie but a goodie.

B"H Elul 26 5770

"Atem nitzavim .... You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem...." (Deuteronomy 29:9)

Why "standing"?

We stand to indicate respect and attention. Moses gathered the Children of Israel on the East Bank of the Jordan River on the day of his death "In order to establish you ... as a people to Him and that He be a G-d to you...." (Deuteronomy 29:12)

We stand when the Sefer Torah is carried. We stand for a Torah scholar. We stand for our parents. When the Torah was given at Mount Sinai"Moses brought the people forth from the camp toward G-d, and they stood at the bottom of the mountain." (Shemos 19:17)
Standing signifies dignity and respect. In the Prayer after Meals (bentching), we ask G-d to "break the yoke of oppression from our necks and guide us erect to our Land." In other words, we don't want to crawl home to Israel at the end of the Exile, G-d forbid. Slaves are bent and depressed; they drag their bodies along in servile lowliness. But we are different; we are Children of the Al-mighty.

"They slumped and fell, but we arose and were invigorated." (Psalm 20)

Every morning, we thank G-d, "Who straightens the bent."

We are royalty, descendants of kings, prophets and great rabbis through whom the light of Torah enters the world.

I recently received the following email:

"After reading your article on how we speak, I thought you might appreciate what we experienced the other day when my husband and I found ourselves in a Walmart in a town where I don't think they had ever seen a religious Jew. The language of the people around me was colored with inappropriate words, which are 'normal' speech for today's times. A teenage daughter was speaking to her mother with only 'four-letter' words.

"Her mother looked at me and my husband and then said to her daughter, 'You know you shouldn't be talking like that.'

"At that moment I realized what G-d wants from us. We are a Holy Nation, an example to others on how to behave. The way we speak affects not only our personality, but it also affects the look on our face, so that someone who looks at us can see it, and I think they did.

"At that moment I was so proud to be a Jew."


What a Sanctification of G-d's Name occurs when the Jewish People act in conformity with our Holy TorahAll we have to do is LIVE IT! When the Nations see us living this way, they remember that there is a G-d in the world. When we remember that we are in the Presence of G-d, the entire world remembers that G-d rules the world! Our purpose in this world is to sanctify G-d's Name ... without embarrassment!

"See, I have taught you decrees and ordinances, as Hashem my G-d, has commanded me, to do so in the midst of the Land to which you come to possess it. You shall safeguard and perform them, for it is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the people who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, 'Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!' For which is a great nation that has a G-d Who is close to it, as is Hashem our G-d, whenever we call to Him? And which is a great nation that has righteous decrees and ordinances, such as this entire Torah that I place before you this day?" (Deuteronomy 4:6-8)

As the Month of Elul draws to a close, ...as we prepare for the Days of Judgment and the beginning of a new year, it is well to remember the great responsibility resting upon our shoulders. We do not need to try to flatter the other nations by mimicking their lifestyle, G-d forbid. They are always looking for something new to fill the empty bottomless pit through which they are plunging, but we are "sameach b'chelko... happy with our lot" (Ethics of the Fathers 4:1). All we need is to live the glorious life of Torah. This is what will guide and protect us in the darkness until the Great Light shines!

"I will rejoice intensely with Hashem, my soul shall exult with my G-d, for He has dressed me in the raiment of salvation, in a robe of righteousness has He cloaked me, like a bridegroom who dons priestly glory, like a bride who bedecks herself in her jewelry. For as the earth brings forth her growth, and as a garden causes its sowing to grow, so shall my L-rd Hashem cause righteousness and praise to grow in the face of all the nations." (Haftaras Nitzavim/Yeshiah 61:10ff)

We are already here! We do not have to innovate! We have our Torah! We have everything we need! Do you see what happened when the lady who sent me the email simply stood with her husband among the members of the surrounding culture, even in a setting of almost total materialism! They radiated Yiras Shomayim... Fear of Heaven, and they changed the world!

Once, years ago, I was late to an appointment in New York City. It was a winter rush hour, just before sunset. Suddenly, I realized that I had not yet said the Afternoon Prayer. I pulled my car over to the curb in Midtown Manhattan, got out, faced East, and began to say "Ashrei." A police officer approached me.

"What are you doing? Move your car right now!"

"Officer, I ... um ... actually just need about five minutes for my prayers."

Silence. He looked at me.

"You want to pray! Why didn't you tell me?"

And then he said, "Don't forget to pray for me!"

Don't you think they WANT us to pray for them? What do they have in this world except for the Holiness of the Children of Israel? They need us, and they know it! They WANT us to keep the Torah! They are desperate for us to keep the Torah! We are their only hope!

"It is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the people who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, 'Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!'"

My friends, let's give our Father and King endless nachas this year by returning to Him with "all our hearts, all our soul and all our resources." He is ready to dry all our tears, end the insanity, cruelty and pollution, ready to bring a new dawn to all mankind. It's in our hands.

Let the year and its curses conclude! Let the year and its blessings begin! (Achos Katana)

Roy S. Neuberger

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

02 September 2021

"A Lot of Things Are Going on in the World"

25 Elul 5781

You don't want to miss this!  Rabbi Anava drops a bomb shell in this one!!

Why does G-d allow evil to exist? Corruption, conspiracies, religions, evil... - Where is G-d?


"Powerful Weather Disasters": A Sign of Mashiach?

25 Elul 5781

* The United States will be severely struck because of their pride.

* The dollar will lose its value and the inflation will severely escalate.
* America will become bankrupt.
*The severe strikes on the U.S. will come through wars and even more, through powerful weather disasters.
* The quick escalation of Moshiach ben Yosef will contribute to antisemitism.
* Antisemitism will rise to unimaginable heights.
* Jews of the United States will be forced to flee like fugitives, because those who survived the weather disasters will not be able to survive the tremendous waves of hatred against them.

* The survivors will arrive in Israel with only the clothes on their backs and Moshiach ben Yosef will reach out to help them.

 (Source: Yehudit's Prophecy) 



CHECK BELOW FOR UPDATES AS THEY COME IN...



'We're not out of this yet': At least 46 dead after flooding overwhelms NYC, Northeast

Hurricane Ida: Death toll has risen to 59 in 8 states  [From one storm!]



The Rabbis Speak

25 Elul 5781 

"Congratulations Mr. Hitler/Eichman (ym's)!! You are now Jewish converts!!"- Rav Yehuda Richter p.2


Is what you see the truth? Or are you looking through the wrong lens...? - Rosh Hashana advice

01 September 2021

It's No Longer Safe Under the Palm Tree

24 Elul 5781 

Well, I am appalled!  I am incensed!!  How dare they?!!!

Shocking discovery of cellular tower camouflaged as a palm tree

Do I have any readers in Hevron?  Have you guys seen something like this down there???  Reader YD tells me he saw one this past yom shishi at Me'arat HaMachpelah.

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Here is something else that appalls and incenses me, but it does not surprise me,..


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There are some great signs of good things ahead though:  1)  The State of Israel has determined that vaccines and testing cannot be mandated for children with regard to school attendance.  Seems someone decided it was illegal; 2)  I haven't heard anything about a holiday "lock-down" in awhile.  That's hopeful;  3)  The Truth is getting out, TPTB's control is slipping:  Top Vaccine Officials Resign From FDA Amid Pressure from White House, CDC Involvement.

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31 August 2021

COVID BIOWEAPON - WHY?

24 Elul 5781

Absolutely amazing!! Dr. Vladmir Ze'ev Zelenko like you've never heard him before.  Must hear to the very end!!!  
(h/t Victoria)


In the last two months, since the vaccination drive went into overdrive, the number of serious COVID cases in Israel has gone from 29 to 719, and 614 deaths have been recorded.  A whopping 569 of those were recorded in August alone!!  (The third booster began to be given 30 July).  We simply have no way of knowing how many of those deaths can be attributed to the "vaccine."



(Source: Times of Israel)

9/11 and the 23rd of Elul

23 Elul 5781

As Zaidy pointed out in the comment he left on the previous blog post, today is the Hebrew date anniversary of 9/11.  It was a Tuesday then as well.  They say that this event, like the assassination of JFK, was so traumatic in nature that everyone remembers where he was and what he was doing when he heard the news.

I was taking a break from work in my office at one of the Tech businesses in Har Chotzvim, sitting on the terrace outdoors, visiting with some of my children who had stopped by.  My officemate told us something was going on, reports on the internet.  My kids left to go shopping and I got back to work, glancing now and again in disbelief at the reports coming across my computer screen.

Where were you and what were you doing when you heard the first news about the attack on the Twin Towers?  Leave a comment.

PS: Regarding the assassination of President Kennedy, I was in fourth grade, walking home from school.  A boy riding his bike down the street towards me shouted out that the President had been shot in Dallas and was dead.  I didn't believe him, but when I came through the door and found both my parents glued to the television, my mother weeping, I knew it was true.

30 August 2021

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

22 Elul 5781

I was born in Houston, Texas in January 1954 - 2nd generation Houstonian and 5th generation Texan.  My ancestors bypassed the United States and immigrated to the Republic of Texas, some while it was still part of Mexico.  Growing up as I did on the Texas Gulf Coast, I heard the stories about the unnamed Hurricane of 1900 that completely submerged Galveston Island and left 6000 dead in its wake.  They tried to dump the bodies in the sea but the tide washed them up again and so they had to be burned in pyres. I had a morbid fascination with hurricanes from an early age - that raw, uncontrollable power of God! 

I can still clearly remember the events surrounding the arrival of Hurricane Carla in 1961.  Daddy set up a "weather station" at one of the windows where we watched the trees bending over nearly in half from the force of the wind while electrical lines snapped and popped with sparks.  I was hooked.  From that time on, every year I mailed off a letter to the local weather bureau requesting a hurricane tracking map and I would listen to the weather reports on the radio or tv and plot the coordinates of all the storms each season.  

We were lucky.  Except for Tropical Storm Claudette in 1979 which brought us 29 inches of rain in 24 hours, the flood waters just reaching to our front doorstep, we escaped the notice of the hurricanes.  That changed in 1983.  Hurricane Alicia arrived in full force about 3 am.  Although we were 35 miles inland, the winds in our area reached 90 mph.  I had put my four babies to sleep on a pallet on the floor of the closet under the stairs of our 1 1/2-story house.  It would supposedly protect them from any uprooted trees that might fall through the roof or from projectiles should the roof blow off.  

The terrifying sounds of a hurricane cannot be appreciated unless you've experienced it first hand.  The roar of the wind can be deafening.  You can't hear the person next to you speaking.  And it goes on relentlessly for hours on end.  When night falls, you can hear crashing and banging outside but with the electricity out and heavy cloud cover blocking any light from above, you can't see anything outside until daylight reveals the damage.  The worst part for me was the aftermath - the week without electricity.  No air conditioning, not even a fan to run during the August heat and humidity.  Our freezer had been full of beef from a cow my father-in-law had raised on his Louisiana land.  It all spoiled.  There was no way to save it as no one else had electricity either.  The blown down and broken limbs were piled head-high up and down the roadsides for blocks and blocks.  As the days became weeks, it turned into dry tinder and I was afraid some crazy person would drive by and pitch a match on it.  It would have been a conflagration, but God had mercy and that did not happen.

I left the Gulf Coast area in 1986 and never really looked back, but I've never forgotten what it feels like to ride out a hurricane.  There's nothing quite like it to show you that human beings have no real control.  It really teaches you to pray, because you understand that God is the only One who can do anything about it.  It's a lesson for life.


29 August 2021

WEST BANK, NEW ORLEANS

 21 Elul 5781

7PM (IST) UPDATE: Ida is now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph.

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Every report about Hurricane Ida includes the fact that this is the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which we note followed quickly on the heels of the US-mandated expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria.  

Not much has changed since then.  A new Prime Minister and a new US President, but the policies and the diktats are the same...

US President Joe Biden:  

  • There will be an American consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem.
  • The Arab squatters in Sheih Jarah will be allowed to remain.
  • No building for Jews in The West Bank!!!

If you wondered, as I did, why New Orleans?  The message seems pretty clear here...


אֵידה (Ida) -  The word אֵיד is included among words which can be translated as misfortune, calamity, distress, trouble, disaster.  The last letter אֵיד-ה is often added to a Hebrew name to show connection to Hashem.  And just when the Ashkenazim have begun to say slichot!

HASHEM IS WATCHING OVER HIS CHILDREN!!

REMEMBERING HURRICANE KATRINA

21 Elul 5781
Shavua Tov! 

Sixteen years ago today!

Hurricane Katrina was a large Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that caused over 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage in late August 2005, particularly in the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. It was at the time the costliest tropical cyclone on record and is now tied with 2017's Hurricane Harvey. The storm was the twelfth tropical cyclone, the fifth hurricane, and the third major hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall in the contiguous United States.

Katrina originated on August 23, 2005, as a tropical depression from the merger of a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten. Early the following day, the depression intensified into a tropical storm as it headed generally westward toward Florida, strengthening into a hurricane two hours before making landfall at Hallandale Beach on August 25. After briefly weakening to tropical storm strength over southern Florida, Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on August 26 and began to rapidly intensify. The storm strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before weakening to Category 3 strength at its second landfall on August 29 over southeast Louisiana and Mississippi. (Source)
Is history about to repeat itself?

Hurricane Ida is an explosively intensifying tropical cyclone that is currently threatening the Gulf Coast of the United States. The ninth named storm, the fourth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, Ida originated from a tropical wave first monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on August 23, moving into the Caribbean Sea and developing into a tropical storm on August 26. On August 27, Ida became a Category 1 hurricane and initiated rapid intensification on the next day, becoming a Category 2 hurricane at 18:00 UTC on August 28.  (Source)

As of the time I am writing, Ida has intensified to a Category 4 and is expected to strengthen over the coming hours until it makes landfall later today.

It wouldn't be much of a retrospective if we did not make mention of this...

Hurricane Katrina: Incredible Parallels Between Israel and the U.S. Evacuations

We should be asking ourselves why HKB"H is reminding us of this davka today.  Could it have anything to do with what will come out of Bennett's meeting with Biden???  Or is it the deterioration of the situation with Gaza today as a direct result of what the Americans have been doing the whole time???


27 August 2021

"THE ULTIMATE PUNISHMENT"

19 Elul 5781
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Ki Tavo

Mashiach is very, very close.  You can hear his footsteps echoing now as the "leader of the free world," i.e. Edom is falling and taking with it the Erev Rav regime which is firmly attached to it.  When Edom goes so does the Erev Rav regime.  And then, ba Mashiach! 

When I first shared this parashah commentary by Daniel Pinner in 5773, who knew how close to home these words would hit:

...the tochachah in Parashat Ki Tavo is in the singular: “You” – you by yourself, isolated even from other Jews – “will be accursed in the city”. Even in the city you will be isolated. “Hashem will attach the plague to you” – to you by yourself, without even the cold comfort of suffering together with your fellow-Jews.

 The commentary in full follows...

Parashat Ki Tavo: The ultimate punishment
by Daniel Pinner

In Moshe’s final days in this world, in that charged time when he was preparing to part from his beloved nation and the nation was preparing to enter the Land of Israel, part of Moshe’s farewell message was the tochachah – the admonition and warning of what lay ahead if we would stray from the Torah.

It is significant that this tochachah occurs twice in the Torah, once in Parashat Bechukotay (Leviticus 26), and again in our Parashah (Deuteronomy 28). These two tochachot have much in common: both are given just before our planned entry into the Land of Israel (though the first time round it went horribly wrong because of the sin of the spies); both begin with a brief overview of the blessings for keeping the Torah (13 verses in Bechukotay, 14 in Ki Tavo), followed by a far longer and more detailed depiction of the curses (30 verses in Bechukotay, 54 in Ki Tavo); both follow the general development of individuals as well as society being cursed on the Land of Israel, followed by foreign domination of the Land, followed by ever-increasingly harsh persecution in the Land, followed by exile from the Land. Historically, this was precisely how events developed at the end of both the first Jewish Commonwealth (the Babylonian invasion) and the second Jewish Commonwealth (the Roman invasion).

However, there is a very striking difference between the two: the tochachah in Bechukotay is in the plural, addressed to the nation as a whole, whereas the tochachah in our Parashah is almost entirely in the singular, addressed to individuals. (This is very hard to carry across in English translation; in Hebrew the difference is very obvious).

Why this difference?

The Ramban (Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, Spain and Israel, 1195-c.1270), in his commentary to Leviticus 26:16, interprets the tochachah in Parashat Bechukotay to refer to the first exile, the Babylonian exile, and the tochachah in Parashat Ki Tavo to refer to the second exile, the Roman exile, the exile which has lasted until our generation,and which only now is beginning to draw to its oh-so-painful end.

In his commentary to Deuteronomy 28:42 he analyses the development of the tochachah in Parashat Ki Tavo in detail.

In the first stage (vs. 15-31) God admonishes us that all our undertakings in the Land will be doomed. The second stage (vs. 31-35) describes a foreign nation occupying and controlling our Land. The third stage (vs. 36-63) depicts the king and part of the nation being exiled, and life in Israel becoming progressively harsher and the occupation becoming progressively crueller. The fourth and final stage (vs. 64-68) describes the majority of the nation dragged into exile, with life in exile becoming increasingly bitter.

The Ramban relates these stages to specific events in the Roman invasion, occupation, and eventual complete destruction of the Second Jewish Commonwealth, from Rome’s original subjugation of King Agrippa to the Roman emperors Vespasian and Titus who conquered the Land militarily, destroyed the cities, and exiled the people, to the continuation the exile. And the Ramban concludes, “I have already explained in Parashat Bechukotay [Leviticus 26:16] the secret of this covenant – that it applies to our present time of exile at the hands of the fourth beast, and after this He guarantees the redemption from it”.

The “fourth beast” is a reference to the prophecy in Daniel Chapter 7. While in Babylonian exile, Daniel saw a vision in which four immense beasts arose from the sea. These four beasts represented the four great empires which would subjugate Israel – Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.

Daniel describes the fourth beast as “frightening, terrifying, and overwhelmingly powerful, with huge iron teeth; it was devouring and destroying, trampling everything remaining with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts that had preceded it, having ten horns. As I was watching the horns, behold! – another small horn arose among them and three of the previous horns were uprooted from before it” (Daniel 7:7-8).

An angel revealed to Daniel that this fourth beast, the Roman Empire, was to be different from all the others, and would conquer the entire world; the ten horns represent ten kings who would arise from it (vs. 23-24). The general trend of interpretations understands this to allude either to the ten Roman emperors from Julius Caesar to Vespasian who would subjugate Israel from the conquest until the destruction the Holy Temple (Abarbanel), or to ten successor-kingdoms which would inherit the remains of the Roman Empire (Rabbi Sa’adiya Gaon).

In any event, this fourth beast which the Ramban mentions represents Rome – the mighty empire which subjugated Israel and much of the rest of the world, which devoured and destroyed, trampled everything with its feet. It was the empire that was different from all empires which preceded it, unparalleled in its power and extent. It was the empire whose tyranny and exile and dispersal we have endured for well-nigh two millennia.

I suggest that this explains why the first tochachah in Parashat Bechukotay is in the plural: “I will do this to you” – to all of you together – “I will visit panic upon you” – upon all of you together… “you” – all of you together – “will be smitten before your enemies” and so forth. There is a certain measure of comfort: though you will suffer conquest, degradation, humiliation, torture, exile, starvation – nevertheless, you will suffer these horrors together. You will remain united.

The Babylonian exile lasted just seventy years, and the Jews who were exiled there remained unified.

But the tochachah in Parashat Ki Tavo is in the singular: “You” – you by yourself, isolated even from other Jews – “will be accursed in the city”. Even in the city you will be isolated. “Hashem will attach the plague to you” – to you by yourself, without even the cold comfort of suffering together with your fellow-Jews.

Such has been the Roman exile. Jews have been not merely exiled, we have been scattered over the globe, isolated, cut off not only from our Land but even from each other. If in the Babylonian exile we remained a community, a nation, a plural “you”, in Roman exile even that was taken from us.

This isolation, not only from our Land but even from each other, is the ultimate punishment. It is the punishment which only Rome could inflict upon us. No previous hostile power – not Egypt, not Persia-Media, not Greece – could do this to us.

The Ramban attaches his explanation (that the first tochachah in Parashat Bechukotay alludes to Babylonian exile whereas the second tochachah in Parashat Ki Tavo alludes to Roman exile) to Deuteronomy 28:42; and specifically in this verse, out of the 54 verses of tochachah, I find a tiny measure of comfort, just the tiniest hint that not all is lost.

“All your trees and the fruits of your ground the tzlatzal will take possession of”. Due to grammatical peculiarities (which are too complex to detail here), the verb “yeyaresh” is highly ambiguous: our translation “take possession of” follows Targum Onkelos. Targum Yonatan renders “will destroy”, Rashi explains it to mean “will impoverish”, Ibn Ezra understands it to mean “will drive out”.

There are also different opinions as to what the word “tzlatzal” means. The Targum Onkelos, the Talmud (Bava Kama 116b), Rashi (here and in his commentary to 1 Chronicles 13:8 and Ta’anit 6a), Rabbeinu Bechayye, and the Radak (Sefer ha-Shorashim) understand it to mean “locust”. Targum Yonatan understands it to mean “snail” or “slug”. The Ramban explains logically why he disagrees, and understands “tzlatzal” to mean “a hostile army”; the word, he suggests, is onomatopoeic, recalling the clash of metal upon metal.

Rabbi Meir Kahane Hy”d (USA and Israel, 1932-1991) suggests that “tzlatzal” is a generic term for the entire collection of punishments which come to plunder Israel’s property. According to his interpretation, the Aramaic word “saka’ah” (“locust”, the word which Targum Onkelos uses to translate “tzlatzal”)is a cognate of “mesikin” (“robbers”). He concludes: “This verse comes to say that all robbers of all kinds – the locusts, the slugs, nature, and foreign armies – will plunder all your property” (Peirush ha-Macabbee, Deuteronomy 28:42).

But whatever the word “tzlatzal” means, there is a peculiarity in its vowelisation. The final vowel of a verse should be elongated from a short vowel to a long vowel, so coming as it does at the end of a sentence, the vowel under the second tzaddi should grammatically be a kamatz (a long vowel); instead it remains a patach (a short vowel).

An exquisitely subtle hint, but one we can seize desperately. It is as though the Torah is telling us: Yes, the “tzlatzal” will take possession of your trees and produce. But even though the “tzlatzal” is the final word of the sentence, it is vowelised as though it is not the end. The vowelisation suggests that this “tzlatzal” does not mark the end. Though it will take possession of your property, will impoverish and destroy and drive out all that you have planted – do not despair!

That tiny grammatical peculiarity – the patach instead of the kamatz – promises, ever so subtly: Your story in your Land does not finish with this “tzlatzal”. Horrific though the tochachah is, it will one day come to an end. As the Ramban said, “after this He guarantees the redemption from it”.
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SHABBAT SHALOM!

25 August 2021

AN OPEN SCIENTIFIC CONSPIRACY

17 Elul 5781

THIS is what is behind everything that is going on today.  If you have taken the mRNA gene therapy that is misnamed a "vaccine," your body has been hacked!

Why Are Globalists And Governments So Desperate For 100% Vaccination Rates?

...Some people may be confused by the obvious lockstep that most nations are moving in as far as COVID mandates and restrictions are concerned. How is it possible that almost all the governments on the planet are in agreement on medical totalitarianism? ...why do they want 100% vaccination? Why are they so desperate for every single person in the world to get the mRNA jab?







24 August 2021

THE TENTH TEST

16 Elul 5781 

As I have explained here before, those who are making this war against HKB"H have put their faith in the Satan.  They have believed the lie he told Chavah in the Garden, and which he repeats over and over again to every succeeding generation of her offspring:  "You shall be as gods."  The Satan calls into question the very nature of HKB"H, suggesting that He has a selfish ulterior motive for putting the Eitz Tov v'Ra off-limits.  He suggests to Chavah that HKB"H knows that eating from that tree will put them on an equal footing with Him and He prefers them to remain in subjugation rather than in freedom.  He wants to remain in charge, so they should never reach their full god-like potential.  But just so you know, the Satan was just carrying out his orders.  He is after all only a created being and a servant of HKB"HHKB"H allowed him into the Garden with this story because it was all a test.

When the Satan comes to us in our generation with the same story, those of us who have put our absolute trust and faith in HKB"H do not waiver because we know without any doubt whatsoever that David HaMelech was right when he wrote...

...Hashem is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness, Hashem is good to all, and His mercy is bestowed on all things He has made...Hashem supports those who are fallen, and straightens those who are bent...Hashem is righteous in all ways, and virtuous in all deeds...Hashem is close to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him with sincerity...Hashem will do the will of those who fear Him, He will hear their cry and save them...Hashem guards all those who love Him, and destroys all who are wicked....  (Ashrei)

Those we call The Powers That (Should Not) Be in our generation have already failed the test.  Their overblown egos mislead them into buying the whole story that they could become like HKB"H and even replace Him (God forbid!!)  Now, they are just being used to test the rest of the world before the Dawn of the Messianic Age.  

It is known that Avraham Avinu had to pass ten tests.  According to the Rambam, the tenth test was Avraham's willingness to submit to HKB"H's demand to make an offering of his beloved son Yitzchak on the altar on Har HaMoriah.  

It appears that we may have reached the level of this test.  For the first time since the plandemic began, The Powers That (Should Not) Be are demanding that we bring our children and make an offering of them to their false god "Science," and where but in the very place where their minds are shaped by the education they receive - the schools.  They see themselves in the place of HKB"H, so they demand an equal "sacrifice."

They have an insidious plan, but you know the old saying:  "Man plans and G-d laughs."  

They have nothing more than an illusion of control in order for the test to be carried out.  Like the Satan whom they venerate, they are nothing more than tools of HKB"H.  

The test of our time is: will we entrust our children to the care of HKB"H (depending on their own innate immune system to protect them) or offer their bodies and their futures to the promise of redemption in "vaccines" and the "health care system"?  

When the test is complete, HKB"H will surely intervene at the very last moment - just as He did when He stopped Avraham Avinu from slaughtering Yitzchak and just the way He intervened with the Dor Haflagah before they could finish the Tower of Bavel.  

If you have put your complete faith and trust in the goodness and love of HKB"H - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares Hashem, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" - there is absolutely nothing at all to fear!  In fact, this is wonderful news, because the tenth test is the final test.  After that, nothing stands between us and the full and final Redemption!

IF THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, IS YOUR FATHER AND KING, TRUST HIM.  HE LOVES YOU AND HAS ONLY THE VERY BEST IN MIND FOR YOU.  LOVE HIM AND CLING TO HIM FOR HE IS YOUR PROTECTOR AND YOUR REDEEMER.

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Take Time For An "Aw" Moment and Remember That HKB"H Made Us a Beautiful World And He Has Not Abandoned It!!