07 August 2022

The Hope and The Promise

10 Av 5782
Tisha b'Av (Fast Observed) 

(Use the little toggle apparatus at the top left to change directions in the video.)

The hope is that we might yet have this experience of closeness to HASHEM in this lifetime.  The promise is that it will surely come in one of our children's lifetimes, if not in our own.


The Axis of Resistance

 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)
The following was posted to Twitter yesterday. It's credibility cannot be confirmed. 

If true, we would see Hamas joining the fray round about August 16 (Av 18).  Should that occur, then it would lend credibility to these statements and we could consequently anticipate Hizb'allah entering the action just after Rosh Chodesh Elul.  We would then be facing a three-front internal war during the traditional timeframe for national teshuvah to take place.

This is actually very hopeful.  

Unfortunately for the Muslims, because they follow a false prophet and a false religion which has all the most basic facts backwards (for example Yishmael being 'sacrificed' rather than Yitzchak), they can't see that it is Yitzchak's offspring who will enjoy the ultimate victory, not Yishmael's.  

They are unwittingly bringing about their own destruction and serving as the tool to prepare Klal Yisrael to enter into the complete redemption.

"In the seventh year - wars"

10 Av 5782
Tisha b'Av (Fast Observed)

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...

Now, with regard to what is developing in Israel, this article will tell you how it started. We went into Shabbat with the news that Israel had made a surprise attack and eliminated a top PIJ leader in Gaza, along with about 15 of his men.  We were informed that bomb shelters were being opened and iron domes placed.

When we came out of Shabbat and into the fast, we found that hundreds of rockets had already been fired into highly populated areas like Tel Aviv, Rishon L'Tzion, Holon and Modiin; coastal areas like Ashdod and Ashkelon; as well as Sederot and other areas bordering the Gaza Strip.  Iron dome appears to be effective into the upper 90s percentile - little damage, few injuries on our side.  However, the government claims they expect this operation to take a week to complete.  

Hamas has not elected to join in - YET - but they might get pulled in, ready or not, and as Hizb'allah is connected to the PIJ - both of them answering to Tehran - I think it highly likely that Nasrallah will open a second front from the north.  If this is the war we've been waiting for, I'd say it's a given.

Sadly, this is the way redemption comes when we haven't earned it and it comes "in its time" - frightening and depressing, not knowing what tomorrow holds in store.  But, remember - "lo lefached klal"!  Trust HKB"H!!

The Israeli Military has dubbed this operation "Breaking Dawn" (Alot HaShachar).  Someone must have been under prophetic influence when they chose that name as nothing could be more descriptive of a redemptive war.  The Redemption is always likened to the arrival of the dawn!

Yeshayahu, chapter 58...
"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

"From Desert to Destiny"

8 Av 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Devarim - Shabbat Chazon

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

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One of the things I promised to do in honor of Jonathan Pollard's birthday (which is today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY YEHONATAN!!) was to publicize some good news.  Well, one of the best, most positive and most hopeful news stories I have seen in recent weeks involves Jonathan himself.  

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. 

Reportedly, when the parents were questioned about their choice of a religious environment for their children, they replied that they themselves were not given an opportunity to have any knowledge of God or their reason for being in this world, and their hope is that they might learn from their children.

וְהֵשִׁ֚יב לֵֽב־אָבוֹת֙ עַל־בָּנִ֔ים וְלֵ֥ב בָּנִ֖ים עַל־אֲבוֹתָ֑ם"
( 3:24 מַלְאָכִ֔י)

This is what is going to restore our Beit HaMikdash to us, to benefit not only us but the entire world.


04 August 2022

Birthday Blessings for Yehonatan Pollard

 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...

We, friends and activists, invite you to participate with us in a special birthday present for Jonathan: 1000 good deeds of each The people of Israel to his dear wife Esther.

This Friday, Jonathan will be sent a bouquet of flowers from all the people of Israel with a list of 1000 people who have undertaken good deeds for the unity of Israel, in his honor and for the uplifting of Esther's soul.

(Right-click on the page for English.)

Together we will make Yonatan happy and let him feel that he is not alone. We would be very happy if you join and pass on to friends and groups.

 Happy Birthday - and may we only hear good news!

02 August 2022

24-Hour Countdown to War Between the US and China?

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.

Global Military Occupation of the American Empire

(Keep in mind that at last count, the US has no less than EIGHT bases here in Israel.)

Quoting from The Mitzvah Candle by Rabbi Yehuda Leove ben Bezalel, The Maharal of Prague:
...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.

A visit to Taiwan is not on any official schedule, but speculation has her landing there anywhere from tomorrow, August 2, to Thursday, August 4.  

According to the quote from The Zohar, this is what really brings about the Third World War!!  Hashem yerachem!!

31 July 2022

Vengeance for the Temple

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.

Just as vengeance has been achieved for the destruction of the First Beit HaMikdash, so, too, will the destruction of the Second Beit HaMikdash be avenged!!!

28 July 2022

When Will We Stop Burying Our Children?!!

1 Av 5782 - Rosh Chodesh
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Mase'ei

Beginning of The Nine Days, read it and weep...

Burying our children is 1000 times worse than a "thorn in the side," how can we continue to bear this?!!!

"Thorns In Our Sides" - Rabbi Meir Kahane

"But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land before you, those of them whom you leave shall be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you upon the Land in which you dwell. And it shall be that what I had meant to do to them, I shall do to you." (Num. 33:55-56)

Regarding Eretz Yisrael [...], non-Jews are divided up into only two groups. The first is non-Jewish nations who were in the Land when Israel arrived there to conquer and occupy it. The second is all the rest of the non-Jewish nations, including idolaters, descendants of Noah, and foreigners and alien residents. The Torah saw a twofold danger in the nations who dwelt in the Land before Israel arrived to conquer it, namely the seven Canaanite nations. On the one hand, like all the nations, the Canaanites constituted a spiritual danger to Israel, who had been commanded to establish a Divine, Torah-oriented state in Eretz Yisrael, isolated and set apart from the abominations of alien cultures. Moreover, the Canaanites posed a unique danger in that they viewed Israel as conquerors who had taken their land. They would hate Israel forever and would forever dream of revenge and seek opportunities for reconquest.

Following is the great commentator Abarbanel (on Ex. 34:11-12): Verses 11-12 inform us that since G-d is driving out the Amorites and the other nations, it is improper for Israel to forge a covenant with them. If a nobleman helps someone by fighting his battles and banishing his enemies, it is morally inappropriate for that person to make peace with them without that nobleman's permission. So, too, with G-d driving out Israel's enemies, it is inappropriate for Israel to forge a covenant with them, for that would profane G-d's glory. This is especially so considering that this friendship and this covenant will not succeed. With Israel having taken their land, there is no doubt that they will constantly seek Israel's downfall. This is why it is said, “[the land] where you are coming.” Since Israel came to the land and took it from its inhabitants, and they feel that is has been stolen from them, how will they make a covenant of friendship with you? Rather the opposite will occur. “They will be a fatal trap for you.” When war strikes you, they will join your enemies and fight you. How exalted and true are Abarbanel's words! This is the real reason for the approach taken by Halachah to the seven nations. G-d understood the mentality of these nations. He knew that they would view Israel as conquerors and thieves and would forever relate to them with resentment and hatred. The Torah explicitly commanded, at least regarding driving out the Land's inhabitants, because if they remain via a peace treaty, they will become “barbs in your eyes... causing you troubles in the Land.” (Num. 33:55). Not in vain are the words “yerushah” - inheritance, and “horashah”- driving out, so similar in Hebrew. G-d knew that without driving out the nations of the Land, the Land would not be an inheritance for them. Rashi explained the same way: (on Num, 33:52-53): “Vehorashtem”: Drive them out. “Vehorashtem et ha'aretz”If you first “clear out the Land of its inhabitants”, then - “viyeshavtem bah” - you will be able to survive in it. Otherwise, you will be unable to survive in it.

And Or HaChaim writes (Ibid., v. 55): “They shall cause you troubles in the land” (Num. 33:55): Not only will they hold on to the part of the land that you have not taken, but the part which you have taken and settled as well. “They shall cause you trouble” regarding the part that you live in, saying, “Get up and leave it.” It follows that those same laws that applied to the seven nations apply to all the nations that live in Eretz Yisrael in every age. This includes those of our day, who view Eretz Yisrael as their own land and soil, and who view the Jewish People as a nation of conquerors, robbers and thieves. That same danger looms over the Jewish People and its control over Eretz Yisrael in our time as then. After all, what difference is there as far as G-d's warning that “those who remain shall be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, causing you troubles in the Land” (Num. 33:55), between the seven nations and between any nation that dwells in the Land, views it as its own, and then Israel come and conquer it from them? Surely, it will feel that same hatred and that same fierce will for revenge as did the seven nations, as explained by Abarbanel (quoted above).

What does that mean for us and for today's situation in Israel?

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 

One Leg In Holiness And One In Sadom - The World Of Confused People

25 July 2022

Truth Is Accessible to All

 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

What Can You Say?

23 Tammuz 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Mattot - Mevorchim 


21 July 2022

Until the World Has Been Transformed

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. 

There is no question that climate change is happening, but is it really caused by human activity?

Interestingly, nearly every news report about the heat includes a photo of a blazing sun in the sky.

Very interesting, because it is, in fact, the sun causing the heat, not human activity.
(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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(NOTE:  Because the Earth's magnetic shield has been steadily losing strength in preparation for the pole flip, it would not require a "Carrington-sized Event" to cause such devastation.)


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)
Helena Blavatsky thought Theosophy would be the answer to this 'problem'...
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
The Creator of the World, HKB"H, however, began His creating by making divisions (read Genesis 1), as the Havdalah service tells us:
"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.

We are in a very, very dangerous period of time.  The Sitra Achra has pulled out all the stops to confuse and mislead us here just as we are reaching for the finish line.  Don't fall down now!!  Stay true to HKB"H and the Torah as it has been passed down to us.  Do not deviate into strange and treacherous waters.  Test everything you hear, no matter who says it.  

The pervading spirit in the universe is to absorb, assimilate, integrate - choose your word - the Jews out of existence, in short, to create a unity between Israel and the other nations.  The only way to do that is to compromise the Torah.  Learn it so no one can misrepresent its words or teachings to you.
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).
To read further, please see "Code Word: Universal", especially Part 2.

17 July 2022


18 Tammuz 5782
Tzom Shivah Asar b'Tammuz Observed 

This marks a highly significant turning point in the geulah process and it comes on the day we are observing the 17th of Tammuz fast.  The End is (Indeed) Near!


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
  • kulturkampf
  • 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"...

From the book The End of Days by Shmuel Raber:
The Jew’s safety raft

The 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.
[Many are familiar with the quote from the Chafetz Chaim about the three wars of Gog uMagog, but how many have heard the whole thing?]
“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) 
From Or HaRa'ayon by Rabbi Meir Kahane, Chapter 15 - "Faith and Trust"...

...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.

Think deeply and carefully about what this means for us... here... today.  What must HKB"H do to bring us to this situation - the situation we must be brought to in order that the complete and final redemption may come?  Think about what Israel relies on in place of HKB"H and imagine those things gone.

Have an easy, meaningful and successful fast!

Since most of the English-speaking world is Ashkenazi, the Sephardi English-speakers get overlooked.  As the observance of "The Three Weeks" begins today, here is everything the Sephardi or Sephardia needs to know...

15 July 2022

Eisav and Bila'am's Prophecy

16 Tammuz 5782
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Pinchas

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). 
Tanchuma, Balak 18, also tells us how it went down:
" [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.' "
And it is all for the purpose of mixing with us and blurring the boundaries that HKB"H established in order to ultimately assimilate us and thereby destroy us. 

The midrash agrees with Rashi... 
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 teshuvahEisav is doomed, and rightfully so.