Tisha b'Av (Fast Observed)
07 August 2022
Tisha b'Av (Fast Observed)
10 Av 5782
Tisha b'Av (Fast Observed)
The term Axis of Resistance...refers to an Anti-Western/anti-Israeli/anti-Saudi political and informal military alliance between Iran, Palestine, the Syrian Assad government and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Pro-Syrian government militias, Iraqi Shia militias that are part of the Iraqi Government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces and the Yemeni Houthi movement (officially: "Ansar Allah") are also considered part of the alliance.Despite the alliance's differing ideologies, such as secular Ba'athism, Sunni fundamentalism and Shia Islamism, they are unified by their goal of opposing NATO, Israeli and Saudi Arabian activities in the region. Russia and China have also been considered by Iran as part of the alliance, due to their anti-Western political stance and mostly positive relations with Iran and Syria. (Source)
We are now in the 'home-stretch' of the seventh year of the current shmitta cycle. It is only seven weeks until the New Year 5783. News of the war between Russia and Ukraine seemed to be put on the 'back burner' last week as the world waited to see how far China and the US would go in their dispute over Taiwan. But the week had not even ended since Pelosi's provocative trip when suddenly Israel was back at war in Gaza - a war already being dubbed the "Tisha b'Av War" - the great significance of which is that we are expecting a Third Messianic War which will restore Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount and bring about the building of the Third Temple.
Just to catch you up with the highlights:
There has been an escalation and significant situation developing in Ukraine: A nuclear power plant - "much larger than Chernobyl" - has been damaged and is variously reported as leaking fuel or having to be shut down. (See Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant)
Regarding the situation with Taiwan, it is becoming more dire by the day. Here is a small sampling of current headlines...
"Then your light shall break forth as the dawn, and your healing shall quickly sprout, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall gather you in. Then you shall call and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry and He shall say, 'Here I am,'...."
~ Have an easy, meaningful and successful fast ~
05 August 2022
8 Av 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Devarim - Shabbat Chazon
...R. Hirsch explains that Devarim was Israel's introduction to the new life it would have to forge in Eretz Yisrael. Once they crossed the Jordan, the people would no longer see God's constant Presence and daily miracles, as they had in the Wilderness. They would plow, plant, and harvest. They would establish courts and a government. They would forge social relationships and means to provide for and protect the needy and helpless. They would need strong faith and self-discipline to avoid the snares and temptations of their pagan neighbors and false prophets. To stress these laws and values and exhort Israel to be strong was the function of Devarim, its laws and Moshe's appeals.
Thus, Devarim is not merely a review of the earlier four Books of the Torah, since "of the just over a hundred laws which are contained in this Book, more than seventy are completely new." Rather, in his final weeks, Moshe reviewed and taught all the laws of the Torah and the entire history of Israel - but in this Book, the Torah records the parts of his teachings that were most relevant for Israel's new life in its Land.From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary on Haftarah Devarim...
This Haftarah, the final one of the "three of affliction," is always read on the Shabbat that precedes Tisha b'Av. As R. Mendel Hirsch points out, the prophet does not lament because the Beit Hamikdash was destroyed; rather, he laments over the underlying causes of that destruction. And this annual lesson serves to focus the national mourning of Tishah b'Av not to the past but to the present.
It is not enough to bemoan the great loss suffered by our people with the Destruction of our Land, our Holy City, and our Holy Temple. We must use our mourning as a way of initiating an examination of our present-day feelings, thoughts, and deeds.
And, as R. Hirsch puts it...
It seems that Jonathan Pollard has been involved with setting up a religious gan yeladim - Gan Esther in honor of Esther Pollard, a"h - for children in the center of Tel Aviv who, as I understand it, are coming from mostly secular families.
04 August 2022
7 Av 5782
Received by email from The Committee for Pollard...
Our dear brother Jonathan Pollard celebrates his 68th birthday this week (8th of Av), unfortunately this year Esther will not be there to celebrate with him...
03 August 2022
7 Av 5782This reminds me of Russia's moves as it prepared to invade Ukraine.
Gravitas: After Pelosi's visit, China punishes Taiwan | China begins “targeted military operations”
02 August 2022
4 Av 5782
There is no question that America is the final incarnation of the Fourth Empire - "Wicked Rome." It's the only Empire left in today's world.
...The fourth empire, [Rome],...because it considers itself everything (a characteristic that derives from its universality) desires that no one else should exist. It therefore destroys all others, and is occupied with destruction only. Thus, this beast [ref. Daniel] had teeth of iron, a destructive material,.... Indeed the basic trait of this empire was destructiveness, as it burned and destroyed the Temple of our God, an unparalleled act of destruction. The first empire also destroyed the Temple. However, there is a difference; it did so only to dominate Yisrael, the destruction not being an end in itself. For this empire desired elevation above all others,.... It subdued Yisrael; to assure completeness of the subjugation, it beseiged and burnt everything. However, the fourth empire - where Yisrael was already in their hands; Yisrael may have rebelled slightly, as is known, however it most certainly still remained totally in their dominion - was intent on destruction and the slight rebellion merely provided the excuse.
Its destructiveness derives from the non-existence that cleaves to it, since the fourth empire is the end and finish of the world empires; their deterioration and ruin.
According to The Zohar...
In the future the children of Yishmael will stir great wars in the world. And the children of Edom [the West] will gather against them, and make war with them, one on the sea, and one on the land, and one by Jerusalem; and each one will prevail over the other but the Holy Land will not fall to the hands of Edom.
At the same time, a nation from the end of the world will be awakened against wicked Rome. And it will make war against her for three months, and many nations will gather there, and they will fall by her hand, until all the children of Edom will gather against her from all corners of the earth. And then G-d will awaken Himself against them, as it says, a "a sacrificial slaughter for the Lord in Batzra", and it says, "to shake the corners of the Land".
And after this, the children of Yishmael will be finished from the world. And all the supernal powers of the nations will be broken, and no power will remain above except for the power of Israel alone. (Source)
Right now, the world is watching to see what will happen when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempts to land in Taiwan, possibly as soon as tomorrow. China has been issuing the direst of warnings all week, even threatening to shoot down her plane, but nobody knows how far they are really willing to go.
31 July 2022
3 Av 5782
Quoting from Yirmiyahu, chapter 50...
The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet. Tell among the nations and let it be heard and raise a standard; let them hear and do not hide it. Say, "Babylon has been taken, Bel has been shamed, Merodach is dismayed, her images have been shamed, her idols have been dismayed.For a nation has marched against her from the north; he shall make her land a desolation,.... For behold I am arousing and bringing up upon Babylon an alliance of great nations from the north land, and they shall set themselves in array against her, from there she shall be taken;...And the [land of the] Chaldeans shall become a prey; all who prey upon it shall be sated, says the Lord. Because of the wrath of the Lord, she shall not be inhabited, and all of her shall be desolate; whoever passes by Babylon shall be amazed and hiss about all her plagues.Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around, all you who bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrow, for she has sinned against the Lord. Shout against her all around; she gave her hand, her foundations have fallen, her walls are torn down, for it is the Lord's vengeance; wreak vengeance upon her: as she did, do to her. ...The sound of war is in the land and great destruction.How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken? How has Babylon become a desolation among the nations? ...I laid a snare for you, and you were also taken, O Babylon, and you were unaware; you were discovered and you were also seized, for you have stricken against the Lord.
The Lord has opened his treasury and has taken out the weapons of His fury, for the Lord God has work in the land of the Chaldeans. Come against her from the border, open her gates, thresh her like stacks of grain and utterly destroy her: let her have no remnant. Slay all her bulls with the sword, let them go down to the slaughter; woe is to them for their day has come, the time of their visitation.
Hearken to those fleeing and escaping from the land of Babylon to tell in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God, the vengeance of His Temple.Gather archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow, encamp against her all around. Let her have no escape. Recompense her according to her deed; according to all that she has done, do to her, for she has dealt wickedly with the Lord, with the Holy One of Israel.
28 July 2022
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
As Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane points out in his commentary on the Parashah: While it is true that the national religious movement in Israel has put forth great efforts in the fulfilling of the mitzvah «Yishuv Ha'Aretz» (the settling of the Land), it is important to point out that they are familiar with only half of the mitzvah. For the mitzvah of «Yishuv Ha'Aretz» has two sides to it. Well known to us all is the first side — the establishing of settlements. That's the «nice» part of the mitzvah. But it is the other side that has been totally ignored by those who proudly wave the banner of «Yishuv Ha'Aretz». [...]Settling the Land and expelling the gentiles in it are not only two sides of the same mitzvah, but each side is actually dependent on the other. The Torah constantly warns us about the impossibility of fulfilling just half of the mitzvah: «If you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, those who remain shall be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, causing you troubles in the Land you settle» (Num. 33:55) Another settlement is not the answer to the Arab terror, but rather the Arab terror is the result of our being content with making settlements and not completing the entire mitzvah.
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Praying for the entire Zinman Family refuah shleimah and may the Holy One, blessed be He, grant them peace and comfort and speedily restore their child to them in techiyat hameitim with the coming of our righteous Mashiach to finally drive out the wild animals who slaughter at will on the highways and roads of our Holy Land.
Wishing all the readers Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov - may all our fast days be turned to days of joy and celebration.
29 Tammuz 5782
Yom Kippur Katan
25 July 2022
26 Tammuz 5782
For this commandment which I command you this day, is not concealed from you, nor is it far away.
It is not in heaven, that you should say, "Who will go up to heaven for us and fetch it for us, to tell it to us, so that we can fulfill it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, "Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us and fetch it for us, to tell it to us, so that we can fulfill it?"
Rather, this thing is very close to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can fulfill it. (Devarim 30.11-14)
22 July 2022
21 July 2022
22 Tammuz 5782
It has been said that while the ancient world was destroyed by water through the Flood, the End of the World as We Know It will be by Fire.
(See Update: Nibiru)
"For lo, the sun comes, glowing like a furnace, and all the audacious sinners and all the perpetrators of wickedness will be stubble. And the sun that comes shall burn them up so that it will leave them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of Hosts. And the sun of mercy shall rise with healing in its wings for you who fear My Name." (Malachi 3:19-20)
by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber
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19 July 2022
20 Tammuz 5782
One may say that the spirit dominating the universe right now is one of unity, hence the New World Order where all are accepted save those who wish to remain apart. After so many eons of division among the nations of the world, what most people would assert is the cause for all the wars, now the emphasis is being put on coming together in common cause ignoring the differences which exist among us.
The apostle Paul thought Christianity was the answer to the 'problem' of separateness...
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2, New Testament)
The Creator of the World, HKB"H, however, began His creating by making divisions (read Genesis 1), as the Havdalah service tells us:The most basic teaching of theosophy, according to the Theosophical Society, is that all people have the same spiritual and physical origin because they are "essentially of one and the same essence, and that essence is one—infinite, uncreate, and eternal, whether we call it God or Nature." As a result of this oneness, "nothing... can affect one nation or one man without affecting all other nations and all other men."
The Three Objects of Theosophy
Form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color
Encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science
Investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in human beings
"Blessed are You, our G-d, King of the Universe
Who separates between holy and profane, between Light and darkness,
Between Israel and other nations, between the Sabbath day and the six working days...."
Torah and mitzvot are the protective fence which divides between Israel and the other nations. And those Jews who wander outside that fence (by rejecting it entirely or by accepting part, but not all of it) and yet cry for "unity" with their brothers need only to come back inside the fence to be one with us; otherwise, it is the Torah itself which divides us and they are the ones who have broken that unity. Only they can repair it.
G-d decreed upon holy Israel that they must be separated from impurity and from impure nations. The idolatry and foreign culture of the nations cannot coexist with G-d's Torah or with G-d Himself. It, therefore, says, "You shall be holy to Me, for I, the L-rd, am holy, and I have separated you out from among the nations to be Mine" (Lev. 20;26). Our sages comment, "'I have separated you out from among the nations to be Mine': If you are separated from the nations, then you are Mine, otherwise, you belong to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia and his associates" (Torat Kohanim, Kedoshim, 9).
17 July 2022
18 Tammuz 5782
Life has become a daily unremitting, unrelenting war.
Our minds, bodies and spirits are under constant bombardment whether it be from...
- poisoned food and water
- experimental medical therapies
- constant exposure to RF and EMF waves
- anti-God propaganda
- corruption of the Torah and Mesorah
- mass media-generated distractions, fear, chaos and confusion
The only escape, the only refuge in which to rest and regroup, is within the shelter of the holy Shabbat, our own arba amot when we stand before HKB"H in prayer or when we sit and learn Torah. Only through our direct connection to HKB"H can our souls be infused with the power to overcome all that stands opposed to us.
This Is An Urgent Message To The Jewish People
We have been warned already many times, but now is the time to heed those warnings. We are in the biggest test of all time and there is only one way to guarantee we'll pass it.
There is a certain segment of Orthodoxy, probably well-meaning, which is claiming that we have already entered into the messianic light and as a result, new rules apply, and it involves coming together with our gentile "brothers and sisters" in order to bring about the final redemption. It claims that they are an essential part of the process which cannot be completed without their involvement. Notably, it does not demand that they abandon their idolatry and, in fact, does not appear to recognize false religions as idolatry at all.
I've said it before, and now, I say it maybe for the last time: Abandon both right and left, both Yishmael and Eisav, both Democrats and Republicans, both right-wing and left-wing, both liberalism and conservatism, both communism and capitalism...
We, as the Am Kadosh have no place among the nations of the world and their false divisions. We are separate and elevated to the space occupied by Torah and mitzvot. There we walk a narrow center-balanced, 'non-aligned' path whose foundation is pure Emet.
Lies are proliferating exponentially and the darkness it brings is engulfing the whole world. It's a given that we must cut ourselves off from the secular, goyische world, but today, when "most of the rabbis are from the Erev Rav," we must be very suspect of anything in the Torah world that is "modern" and "innovative" and hold it at a distance until it can be verified and substantiated with proven, reliable and established sources. Be especially wary of those who bring a message of "unity" with non-Jews.
You will be tempted, but we must not make common cause with the nations, or any portion thereof, under any circumstances, whatever the justification or rationalization!!
These are not the days of King Solomon when Israel was a sovereign nation, respected and admired by the world. These are the days of a looming Gog uMagog onslaught - the last attempt at a Final Solution.
We have no need of interaction with them, no need of any information that they may share, or advice which they might offer, or demands that they may make upon us. When we are connected to HKB"H, we have everything we need, including Divine protection. When we pray, we talk to Him, when we learn Torah, He speaks to us. In that line of communication is simply everything necessary to survive and thrive.
Most of us have been playing games with HKB"H until now, convincing ourselves that we were really doing our best, or at least the best that we were capable of under the circumstances, but this is just the yetzer hara. Know that to the degree he fights you on the changes you know you need to make in your life to come into compliance with the expectations of HKB"H, that is the same degree to which they are going to benefit you and allow you to survive when the world turns over.
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The above was originally published on the 6th of Tammuz, but after some instruction by Rabbi Richter, I removed it, edited it and have now resubmitted it today. I decided to add some pertinent quotes which I had blogged previously and how interesting is it that those quotes were published on 11 Tevet this year and this follow-up, so-to-speak, is appearing 18 Tammuz?
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Reposting from "Separation Is The Key to Redemption"...
The Jew’s safety raftThe Jew’s safety raft is supported by three points. The top point is the Holy One, may He be blessed, with whom we are joined by faith and properly observing the Shabbat. The second point is the holy Torah, by means of which we are connected to Hashem through loving and studying it. The third point is the People of Israel who act in accordance with Jewish law and unite to sanctify the Heavenly Name by separating themselves from the airev rav and the gentile culture.
“During the First World War many came to the Chafetz Chaim and asked him if this is the ‘End of Days’ and the war of Gog and Magog. The Chaftez Chaim answered: ‘After this war there will be a pause and then there will be another war and then another pause. Then, there will be another war and with that war the Mashiach will come…the last war will be the beginning of the redemption, and a Torah-true Jew who is completely separated from the non-Jews will not be subjugated, as we find that in Egypt when two people drank from the same cup, one (an Egyptian) drank blood and the other (an Israelite) drank water. This shows that in fact there is no rule whatsoever over a Jew who is separated entirely from the non-Jews” (Rabbi Aharon Kotler, in the name of the Chafetz Chaim, Leket Reshimot Channukah by Rabbi Noson Wachtofogel, p. 40).
I have a tradition passed down from one to another in the name of Maran HaGaon Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, z”l, that in the final war before the arrival of Mashiach all of the righteous Jews will be saved. Who are ‘righteous Jews’? Those who are separated from the non-Jews! It does not mean that they must be one of the 36 righteous individuals, rather they must be separated from the ways of the non-Jews and have no contact with their culture! Not with their newspapers, their music and books; to be entirely separated from them. Then Hashem will say: You are Mine and you are under a different authority so no one else will rule over you” (Ibid., p.41)
...The Jew who believes and trusts in G-d,...will arrive at truth and faith and tranquility, whereas he who trusts in man, in human strength, will arrive at falsehood and tragedy. This is because someone who trusts in G-d will attain the spiritual level of, "Israel shall thus dwell securely, alone" (Deut. 33:28); whereas someone who relies on his own arrogance or on the nations will arrive, G-d forbid, at, "How does the city sit alone" (Lam. 1:1).We must know and grasp this great principle, which is the key to speedy, magnificent redemption, without suffering or tragedy. A brilliant redemption, in which G-d's promise of "haste" (Isa. 60:22) is fulfilled, will come only when the Jewish People are alone, set apart, in isolation, and trusting fully in G-d to defeat our enemies.
15 July 2022
While it is already Parashat Pinchas here in Eretz Yisrael, the Diaspora is reading Parashat Balak. So, since we just read it and they are reading it now, the following is highly relevant.
Even after Eisav spurned his birthright (and all that went with it, including Leah Imeinu) and sold it to Ya'aqov, our Sages tell us that his progeny got another shot at it when the Torah was offered to them before it even came to us. Just like their forefather, the Edomic nations spurned that, too. However, we are told that HKB"H left the door open to individuals from those nations - the offspring of Eisav - to enter into the covenant as converts in the future.
Bila'am's prophecy of the End of Days is always of special interest as it alludes to the End of Days. According to the commentaries, not only Ya'aqov's, but Eisav's future figures largely in it. Here are some quotes for your consideration.
From the Stone Edition Chumash commentary, Bamidbar 24:18-24:
"...Edom shall be a conquest and Seir shall be the conquest of his enemies - and Israel will attain success. One from Jacob shall rule and destroy the remnant of the city."He saw Amalek and declaimed his parable and said: "Amalek is the first among nations, but its end will be eternal destruction."He saw the Kenite and declaimed his parable and said: "Strong is your dwelling, and set in a rock is your nest. For if the Kenite should be laid waste, till where can Assyria take you captive?"He declaimed his parable and said: "Who will survive when He imposes these! Big ships from the coast of Kittim will afflict Assyria and afflict the other bank - but it, too, will be forever destroyed."18. His enemies. Seir and Edom - the two names of Esau's descendants - will fall to his enemy, Israel, and become its possession. Verse 19 concludes this aspect of the prophecy by saying that Israel will dominate Edom and destroy its most prominent city (Rashi). This describes the End of Days, because the current dispersion is called the Edomite Exile, during which Israel is considered to be under the dominion of Edom. This will end when Edom's power is broken (Ramban).20. Amalek is the first among nations. Amalek was the first to attack Israel (Rashi). Alternatively, Amalek ranked first in military prowess (Ramban). Later commentators interpret that Amalek, the primary offspring of Esau, is the first in that it is the embodiment of intense evil, just as Israel, its implacable foe, is charged with being the embodiment of good (Resisei Laylah).24. Big ships from the coast of Kittim. The warships of the Roman Empire [Kittim] will bring its legions to conquer Assyria and the nations on the other side of the Euphrates. Thus Rome is identified as the "fourth beast" in the vision of Daniel (Daniel 7:11), who foretold the future exiles of Israel until the final redemption (Rashi).
Everyone knows what happened next. Bila'am came up with an insidious plan for Balak...
The Midianites had correctly identified Israel’s weak point: having tried and failed to hire the Gentile prophet Bil’am (Balaam) to curse them, they instead took his advice and sent their womenfolk to seduce the Jewish men (see Numbers 31:16).
“[Bil’am] said to them [the Midianites]: The God of these ones hates sexual immorality, and they crave linen. Come, I’ll give you some advice: Make tents for them and put harlots inside – an old woman outside and a girl inside, and sell them linen garments…” (Sanhedrin 106a). And then follows a long and detailed account of how the Midianite women and girls seduced the Jewish men, and used their powers of seduction to entice the Jews into idolatry.
Bil’am’s ploy succeeded to a frightening extent: “The nation began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab, and they called on the nation to sacrifice to their gods; the nation ate and bowed to their gods. Israel became attached to Ba’al-Pe’or, and Hashem’s fury flared against Israel… And those who died in the plague were 24,000” (Numbers 25:1-9).
" [A Moabite girl lures an Israelite into her store.] Following that, the girl says [to the Israelite], 'You are like one of the family. Sit! Choose what you like!' and a jug of Ammonite wine is sitting by her. The wine of the nations had not yet been prohibited [later on, our sages forbade their wine to prevent intermarriage, wine being a factor in generating intimacy]. The girl comes out in jewelry and perfume, and entices him, saying, 'Why do we love you but you hate us? Take this vessel for free! Surely we are all descendents of one man, Terach, father of Abraham.' "
In the future, Esau will wrap himself in a tallis, sit down next to Yakov and say to him, "You are my brother"....Yakov will say to him, "My brother, you will not be like me. I will lead you to death, I will be the pestilence that leads you to Sheol (Hoshea 13,14). Had I upheld the decrees that you promulgated against me, I would have been guilty at the eyes of Heaven. Had I violated them, you would have killed me (Yalkut Shimoni, Yirmiahu 333)."That was Esau's intention when he told Yakov, 'Let us travel together and I will go before you' (Genesis 33,12). He wanted them to join together in both this world and the world to come, to meet each other halfway, with each modifying his conduct until they were alike (Yalkut Shimoni, Genesis 133).
I'd say this has been fulfilled in Joe Biden and Yair Lapid. (Further proof that Yair is from the Erev Rav.)
Nothing has changed, but those offspring of Eisav who wanted to join with Ya'aqov have done so through conversion. Then, there are the actual God-fearing, righteous gentiles who obey the Sheva Mitzvot, but both groups are comparatively small in number. The progeny of Eisav, as a whole, will never do teshuvah. Eisav is doomed, and rightfully so.
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~