1 Sivan 5782 - Rosh Chodesh
45 Days of the Omer
For better or for worse, we are all in this together...
1 Sivan 5782 - Rosh Chodesh
45 Days of the Omer
Sivan is the third month of the Jewish calendar, corresponding approximately to the Gregorian month of June. The name itself is of Babylonian origin. In the Bible, it is simply referred to as ‘the third month’.Sivan includes one day of Rosh Chodesh (celebration of the new moon) and is always 30 days long. The great event of the month of Sivan is the holiday of Shavuot, which corresponds with the receiving of the Torah by the Children of Israel on Mt. Sinai. Shavuot is commemorated in Israel on the sixth day of the month, and on the sixth and seventh days in the Jewish Diaspora (outside Israel).The three days preceding the giving of the Torah: the third, fourth and fifth days of Sivan, are known as Shloshet Yamei Hagbalah (the Three Days of Limitation). On the first of these days, Moses set demarcation lines beyond which Jewish people were not allowed to approach the holy mountain. On the second, Jewish men were commanded to separate from their wives so that both men and women could purify themselves for the giving of the Torah.The Torah was originally meant to have been given to the Jewish people on the sixth day of the month, 50 days after the beginning of the exodus. Moses added an extra day of preparation to ready the people, and God agreed to this initiative. So the Torah was actually given on the seventh day of Sivan. Jews commemorate the holiday of Shavuot on the sixth day, because God’s original plan was to give the Torah on the sixth of Sivan.The permutation of God’s name through which light flows during this month is YVHH—yud vav hey hey. Yud and vav are the masculine letters in the name, while hey represents the divine feminine. The female and male letters are thus separated in the name, as men and women were separated before receiving the Torah. This is intended to clarify that every Jewish person deserves to receive God’s light as an individual, not merely as part of a couple or family.Sivan is referred to as ‘the third month’ in the Torah. After the children of Israel left the land of Egypt during the third month, they entered the wilderness of Sinai (Ex.19:1) The Talmud comments: “Blessed be our God who has given a threefold Torah [Torah, Prophets, Writings] to a three-fold nation [Kohanim, Levites, and Israelites] through one who was third [Moses, the third child after Aaron and Miriam] … in the third month.”The limb associated with Sivan is the left leg. This complements the month of Nissan, whose limb is the right leg. Passover, occurring in Nissan, is a holiday of skipping: God skips over the houses of the Israelites, and Israel skips suddenly out of slavery. During Sivan, Jews receive the ability to walk, strongly and steadily, on two legs. They receive the Halachah, Jewish Law, whose name is derived from the word for walking, ‘halicha’.The astrological sign of the month of Sivan is twins. This is associated with the central event of the month; the giving of the Torah. Through the giving of the Torah, human beings and God became like twins. People were given a path to draw close to God’s thoughts, as twins do, through their ascribed extra-sensory perception.The 20th of Sivan was a day on which European Jews suffered a series of tragedies. In 1171, a Jew was accused of drowning a child, and 32 Jews were ordered killed. They died singing the Aleinu prayer. Their bodies, thrown into the fire, did not burn. Rabenu Tam declared this day a public fast day. In 1650, the day was reconfirmed as a fast after thousands of Jews were killed by Cossack marauders in 1648-49.During Sivan, the drama which began with the exodus culminates with the giving of the Torah. Israel gains the ability to walk, and becomes like God’s twin. (Source)
~ CHODESH TOV ~
28 Iyyar 5782
43 Days of the Omer
"This is the day that HASHEM has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
26 Iyyar 5782
41 Days of the Omer
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Bamidbar - Mevorchim
Hashem spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai ..., saying: Take a census of the entire assembly of the Children of Israel according to their families, according to their fathers' household, by numbers of the names, every male according to their head count. (Num. 1:1-2).
25 Iyyar 5782
40 Days of the Omer
Eyes all over the world are being focused on Yerushalayim as the day we celebrate her return to Jewish hands approaches this Yom Rishon. Our constant hope and fervent prayer is to see the ultimate liberation - the release of Har Habayit from Muslim domination - and with it, our own ultimate liberation from this never-ending exile. And so may it be His will!
23 Iyyar 5782
38 Days of the Omer
With much thanks to Yoel Berman for this timely announcement:
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FIFTH ANNUAL CONVENTION
Agudas Kedushas Tzion invites you to its yearly convention to thank HaShem for the great miracles He has done for us in these times, and for returning us to additional regions of His beloved Land and its holy sites.
Program in Hebrew. Advertisement attached. Entrance free of charge.
* There will be a women's section
This Thursday, 25 Iyar / May 26th | 18:30
Shirat Yerushalayim | Kanfei Nesharim 64, Yerushalayim
* Among rabbonim, admorim, and others, we just got confirmation that Jonathan Pollard is planning to attend!
...And it shall come to pass on that day that I will make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all peoples; all who bear it shall be gashed, and all the nations of the earth shall gather about it. ...On that day I will make the princes of Judah as a fiery stove among wood, and as a brand of fire among sheaves. And they shall consume on the right and on the left all the nations round about, and Jerusalem shall still stay in its place in Jerusalem. (Zechariyah 12.3,6)
Following the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Sunday’s ruling that it is permissible for Jews to recite the “Shema Yisrael” prayer and bow on the Temple Mount..., Israel Police on Monday morning detained for questioning a Jew who came to the Temple Mount and, according to witnesses, bowed before his father in Heaven. Two other Jews were stopped when they tried to enter the sacred compound with a tallit and tefillin.Judge Zion Sahrai wrote in his decision on the appeal by the Honenu legal aid society regarding boys who uttered the Shema Israel on the Temple Mount that it’s not possible to say that bowing and reciting “Shema Yisrael” raises a reasonable suspicion of behavior that could lead to a violation of the public peace. The judge cited Policed Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai, who told the media that the police allow anyone who comes to pray on the mountain to hold their religious service.“Under these circumstances, when the conduct of the appellants is made in keeping with the public announcement of the Police Commissioner and in accordance with the Preservation of Holy Places Act, they cannot be suspected of committing a criminal offense,” the judge ruled.However, the court emphasized that the decision does not constitute an intervention in the work of the police and the matter of freedom of worship at the compound.The Bennett government’s Secretariat was quick to issue a statement that “there is no, nor is it planned to change in the status quo on the Temple Mount.... The decision of the Magistrate’s Court deals exclusively with the matter of the conduct of the minors brought before it, and it constitutes no lateral determination as to the freedom of worship on the Temple Mount.”Bennett’s government added that “with regard to the specific criminal case in question, the government was informed that the state would file an appeal to the district court.”Minister for Regional Cooperation Issawi Frej (Meretz) told Reshet Bet radio Monday morning that the court’s decision to lift the police restriction on saying “Shema Yisrael” on the Temple Mount is “conduct bordering on stupidity.”“It reminds me of the saying that one fool can burn an entire forest,” Frej said. He is right, Jerusalem is surrounded by forests that have been burned down by Arab terrorists. Hundreds of acres of forests have also been burned by the Arabs of Gaza, as well as by the Negev Bedouin. But Frej was not concerned with Arab violence. Indeed, he treated that component as a given, a part of nature, if you will. It’s the Jews who decide whether the Arabs release a fiery storm in response to their reciting a line from their prayer book.“Everyone has their own place of worship,” Minister Frej repeated the line that’s supported, unfortunately, not only by the Arabs but by the majority of Jews in Israel and elsewhere. “The Al-Aqsa Plaza is a place of worship for Muslims and the Western Wall for Jews.”See how he turned the Temple Mount compound into the Al-Aqsa Plaza? The whole thing is now Al-Aqsa, boys and girls. Only a couple of decades ago, the Muslims were referring to the place as Bayt al-Maqdis, Arabic for the Hebrew Beit HaMikdash, Temple Mount. But even the communist politician Issawi Frej has now adopted the Islamic bon ton, wiping away three millennia of Jewish worship on the holy mountaintop.“The majority wants things to continue as they are,” Frej said, and he is absolutely right. “We are not allowed to play with fire,” he said, meaning Arab rage. Because once we dare provoke the Arabs’ rage, who knows what might happen, as Israel has learned in June 1967, when the rage of three Arab countries was directed at it. OK, it ended with the annihilation of three Arab armies, but that didn’t count.Come to think of it, that’s how Israel liberated the Temple Mount, only to shed this divine gift like used rags. One wonders what else Israel could liberate in the face of the next Arab rage. Of course, it won’t happen with Islamist wannabes like Issawi Frej in government.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah on Sunday threatened that the terror group will fire rockets at Israel if the Jerusalem Flag March goes ahead as planned next Sunday.“I warn the enemy against committing such crimes and these steps,” he said in a statement.“Our Palestinian people and their resistance in Jerusalem and the West Bank do not and will not accept the occurrence of this Talmudic Jewish nonsense. All Israeli cities will be targeted by our missiles if the flag parade passes through Sha’ar Shechem.”Internal Security Minister Omer Barlev announced last week that this year’s march will pass through Sha’ar Shechem as it is customary, following the recommendation of Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai.Last year, Israel Police recommended that the march avoid Sha’ar Shechem, a move that failed to prevent the outbreak of Operation Guardian of the Walls. Due to last year’s cancellation, the march is expected to draw particularly large crowds this year.The Flags March was a source of conflict in the Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, with Meretz MKs and several other coalition members decrying the decision to allow the march to pass through Sha’ar Shechem. Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg called the march “a provocative act for political purposes.”However, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett insisted that the march will pass through Sha’ar Shechem because “it has always been that way.” (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
Vayikra 26:3 - "If you will follow My decrees and observe My commandments and perform them; then I will provide your rains in their time, and the land will give its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit."Vayikra 26:14-18 - "But if you will not listen to Me and will not perform all of these commandments; If you consider My decrees loathsome, and if your being rejects My ordinances, so as not to perform all My commandments, so that you annul My covenant—then I will do the same to you; I will assign upon you panic, swelling lesions, and burning fever, which cause eyes to long and souls to suffer; you will sow your seeds in vain for your enemies will eat it. I will turn My attention against you, you will be struck down before enemies; those who hate you will subjugate you—you will flee with no one pursuing you. If despite this you do not heed Me, then I shall punish you further, seven ways for your sins."
COMMUNAL PUNISHMENT. ANTISEMITISM AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE
a. The real reason for anti-Semitism (which would seem to be completely unjustified) is clearly explained by the following Midrash (in connection with what happened before the exodus from Egypt): “When Yoseph died, they [i.e.the children of Israel] did away with the Brith Milah Mitzvah, claiming let's be like the Egyptians!
...Because of this the Almighty turned the affection which the Eyptians had for Israel into hatred as it says: ‘He turned their heart to hate His nation, to plot against His servants’”
b. Likewise in our times, in reaction to the tendency of a considerable section of our people to be ‘like the other nations’ (a process which starts with ignoring the Mitzvoth – and gradually moves toward assimilation and intermarriage with the goyim) we are faced by communal punishment (according to the measure –for- measure principle) of anti-Semitism (which impedes assimilation).
c. The purpose of communal punishment is-- to serve as a clear warning to all of us to improve our ways, before our situation deteriorates further. Note: for instance, when the Nazi regime came to power in Germany more than 60 years ago (then according to the ‘measure-for-measure’):
1. During the first month of power, they prohibited all mixed marriages between Jews and non-Jews (at the time, the rate of such marriages had reached 50% in some places!!).
2. About 2 months after he seized power, on April 1st, ’33, which fell on a Shabbath, he ordered SA-guards to stand at the entrance of each Jewish-owned store, open on that Shabbath, to warn any potential customer that the store was owned by a Jew and should therefore be boycotted. –There could have been no clearer warning against the desecration of the Shabbath!!
Chai Iyyar! The day Rabbi Akiva's students stopped dying.
What will save us? When will we stop dying from the plague of Arab/Muslim terrorism?
We hold the solution in our own hands. We just fail to implement it due to fear of what the nations will say and do. We have a faithless leadership who do not trust in HKB"H, but we are a faithless people as well, who do not demand that they act in accordance with the instructions of Torah miSinai!
"...you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their temples, destroy their molten idols, and demolish their high places. You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it. ...But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle. And it will be that what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you." (Bamidbar 33)
Gantz Warns: Israel Will Lose The North and South To The ArabsAs Arab violence and rampant crime grows increasingly worse over the years, Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently warned that in the future, the Jewish part of Israel will be limited to the center of the country, Yisrael Hayom reported.In a closed Blue and White meeting last week, Gantz read a Whatsapp message which recently went viral in Israel, containing threats by anonymous Arabs to turn Israel into Palestinian territory. Gantz said that the message “isn’t far from reality” and that he believes that “in a few more years we’ll be in a situation where the Jewish state will be between Gedera and Hadera [an Israeli term for the center of the country].”The message states: “Keep cursing; you have no chance against Allah. Slowly but surely we are taking bites out of your state. What will you do? This is Palestinian territory in actuality, and the moment one tractor comes – we will use the left-wing organizations such as ‘Peace Now’ and ‘B’Tselem,’ who will go to the country’s true ruler (the Supreme Court) to issue an injunction. We will send children and teenagers to throw stones and barricade themselves in until you scatter away like mice.”“The Galil, with the grace of Allah, will also be ours soon. We are buying one dunam [0.2 acres] from the [Israel Land Authority] for 50,000 shekels [$14,677] while the Jew buys [one dunam] for 1,150,000 shekels [$337,577]. Already today, we are 85% of the population of the Galil and are quickly seizing control, building homes on every corner without permits. Who’s going to do anything about it? The Jews who live in the Galil all flee to the center of the country because they suffer from harassment, violence on the roads, organized gang crime, shootings, theft, and robbery.”“The government tells you that the Galil and Negev are Jewish; I tell you that in reality, this is Palestinian territory. Any new business in the Negev is paying us a protection tax, no neighborhood will be built without paying protection.”The statements in the above message are not an exaggeration as the north and south, especially the south, has turned into the “Wild West” in recent years.Almost 300,000 Bedouins live in the Negev and the area is rife with lawlessness, warring tribes, drugs, illegal weapons, protection rackets and stabbings. The Bedouins smuggle billions of shekels of drugs into Israel every year from the Sinai and also earn ample income from the protection money they demand from all business in the area – located only several miles from Be’er Sheva, Israel’s eighth most populous city.
And David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, and I come to you with the Name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel which you have taunted. This day, the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I shall slay you, and take off your head, and I shall give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines this day, to the fowl of the air and to the beasts of the earth, and all the earth shall know that Israel has a God. And all this assembly shall know that not with sword and javelin does the Lord save, for the battle is the Lord's, and He will deliver you into our hand." (Shmuel Alef 17)
God save us from the "status-quo"! It is killing us - both physically and spiritually. We are under attack physically by the Muslims (Yishmael) occupying our land, as well as under attack spiritually by the Christians (Eisav) among us, all under the protection of the Erev Rav regime whose rule is dedicated to promoting assimilation and destruction of the Torah. God help us!
At least there is some sense among the nation of the threat the Muslims pose to our continued existence, but to this day, few are willing to acknowledge, if they know anything at all, that Christianity may pose an even greater threat, if for no other reason than the ignorance that abounds about it, not to mention the sheer numbers of so-called "Orthodox" Jews supporting and facilitating their work here.
The missionaries in our midst have some very good friends in our government, like Minister Matan Kahana and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, but they have proliferated and spread like a cancer across our nation under Netanyahu's watch (see Netanyahu Ally John Hagee). He even hired one of them - self-proclaimed IDF missionary Chananya Naftali!
Listen to Chaim Malespin of the Aliyah Return Center, an organization dedicated to converting lone IDF soldiers, brag about Israeli government sanction of his missionary activity...
Kindness within Beauty"Today is Pesach Sheini, the time when those people who were impure or on a distant journey were given a second chance to bring the Pesach sacrifice. Those who were outside the camp and unable to join with the rest of the Jewish people were now brought in.
...It is written in the Zohar: The Jewish people receive illumination from above on the first night of Pesach. This illumination lasts for thirty days. After the thirty days there is an announcement in Heaven. "Whoever has not received the illumination of Pesach can do so now, on the fourteenth of Iyar, for seven days and the Heavens will open up for you. After that they will close again...."
Have a happy Pesach Sheini and don't forget to eat a piece of matzah!!
12 Iyyar 5782
27 Days of the Omer
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Behar (Pesach Sheini)
Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead early Wednesday morning amid clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid in Jenin. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of “executing” Abu Akleh....bu Akleh was born in East Jerusalem to a Palestinian Christian family and her funeral is slated to pass through Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in the funeral for Abu Akleh, who was a well-known face in the Arab world for her decades of reporting for Al Jazeera.The procession is expected to depart around 2 p.m. from her family’s home in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem and eventually culminate at the Christian Mount Zion Cemetery.A police official told the Kan public broadcaster that every effort is being made to ensure the funeral proceeds without interruptions.“The whole world is looking at us and at this event,” the official was quoted as saying. “The goal is to prevent as much as possible any friction.”Concern has also been voiced about potential clashes atop the Temple Mount, the flashpoint holy site that has been the location of repeated unrest over the past month.According to the Quds News Network, Hamas has called on its followers to barricade themselves inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the mount and prevent any Israeli forces from entering.Israel Police are beefing up their forces to contend with an Arab march slated for Friday (May 13) in Lod.The march is intended to mark the one-year anniversary of Arab pogroms against Jews that wracked that city and others with mixed populations during Operation Guardian of the Walls, the 11-day mini-war launched by Hamas against Israel....“On Friday, the Arabs of Lod will mark the anniversary of the “Events of Honor,” the Arab nickname for the 1947 riots,” wrote Yedidya Zuckerman in a tweet. “I find it delusional that the State of Israel allows rioters to celebrate a year of riots. It is delusional that the State of Israel, which knew how to stop buses for demonstrations against Oslo and the (2005) Disengagement (from Gaza), allows buses from Nazareth, Umm al-Fahm and from all over the country to reach Lod,” he wrote.“In recent days, posters have been published on social media and in the Arab press, promoting the ‘V’aad Ha’Am in Lod’ (People’s Council of Lod) calling on the public to attend the event to mark the ‘anniversary of the Events of Honor,’ which are disturbances perpetrated by Arabs against Jews in the cities involved during Operation Wall Guard.”
For the believing Jew, there is no fear, however, as he/she knows who is ultimately in control. Ayn od milevado!!
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Hashem spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: "Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall observe a Sabbath rest for Hashem." (Vayikra 25:1)
The commandment of the Sabbatical Year has a special relationship to Mount Sinai. At Mount Sinai, God's majesty and power were so manifest that it was clear that the determining factors in human material success are God's will and man's worthiness. The land's rest in the seventh year, too, teaches that the primary force in the universe is God, not the law of nature. (Stone Edition Chumash Commentary)
10 Iyyar 5782
25 Days of the Omer
I received several "anonymous" comments in response to my last blog post, all saying essentially the same thing: "Mashiach is anointed it’s not up to us." Maybe it's a sign of the times, but people seem to want to swing to extremes. In this case, i.e. it's either all up to God or it's all on us. But, the reality is that we are in a partnership with HKB"H. He does His part and we do ours.
Maybe this excerpt from the video "How do WE empower Mashiach??" will help me get my point across...(Hosea 1:11) "And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together [at the end of end of days], and they shall appoint for themselves one head,...."(Hosea 3:4-5) "For the children of Israel shall remain for many days, having neither king, nor prince, nor sacrifice, nor pillar, nor ephod nor teraphim. Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God and David their king, and they shall come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness at the end of days.
In the ensuing years, I read everything I could find on the subject, prayed daily, wrote letters, attended the demonstrations. The injustice of it all just burrowed into my heart and mind and wouldn't let go. Then, in 2003, I came across an article that featured Esther Pollard, a"h and described her attempt to get the Pollard Prayer Cards into everyone's hands so we could all be praying together for his release. Within that article, she also referred to HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu, ztz"l and how he had declared that Yehonatan is the "Yosef of our generation." That made perfect sense with what I already knew and it struck me at that moment, already 19 years ago, that the sheer uniqueness of his life and experiences qualified him for that designation, far and above any other living Jew in this world. I don't think any honest person, having the facts, could disagree.
We've been waiting and watching and watching and waiting. Our hopes have gone up and then been let down countless times, but we've never given up on it - on him - on whomever our redeemer is destined to be.
Quoting the opening line of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." The author could have been describing our time. While the whole planet stands at the edge of the abyss facing global enslavement and genocide, there has appeared a pinpoint of light - a rare find indeed - an honest, self-sacrificing man who fears no one but HKB"H, and who is uniquely positioned and qualified to effect our ultimate deliverance.
Jonathan Pollard is our current best hope for true Jewish leadership in this country that we all love so much. His appeal crosses every boundary of social division. He sacrificed his life and future for the sake of every Jew living in this Land. He has no interest in personal wealth, power or politics. He just wants us to be able to live securely in our land, free to fulfill our obligations to our God without the concern of what the nations might think or do about it; where justice prevails and enemies are destroyed, not coddled or accommodated.
He needs our prayers and support and he needs to know that he has it - the entire nation needs to know.
~ YASHER KOACH, YEHONATAN!!! ~
YOU ARE ALREADY A LEADER BY VIRTUE OF
YOUR COURAGE AND LOVE FOR KLAL YISRAEL.
"Mashiach ben Yosef is alluded to by our sages, and although they concealed more than they revealed, they still gave us their tradition that before Mashiach ben David's arrival, Mashiach ben Yosef will fight G-d's wars in the age of redemption. He will improve Israel's physical welfare by fighting their wars against the nations, and Mashiach ben David will complete their spiritual redemption." (Or Hara'ayon)
8 Iyyar 5782
23 Days of the Omer
5 Iyyar 5782
20 Days of the Omer
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Emor - The Omer: Countdown to Faith
Rabbi Meir Kahane
4 Iyyar 5782
Yom HaAtzma'ut (Commemorated)
Israel is doing what it does best this week and strutting its stuff with an LGBTQ embracing anthem – “I.M” – in the first rounds of the Eurovision Song Contest.Performed by Michael Ben David, an openly gay graduate of Tel Aviv’s prestigious Beit Zvi School, the song which is a call for celebrating self-affirmation will bring camp energetic fun to the contest up to the semi-finals on May 12 – and beyond if it goes Ben David’s way.
We have a lot to be thankful for, but nothing to celebrate.
We should hang our heads in shame before the Master of the Universe
for what we have done with the gifts He entrusted to us.