11 Tishrei 5784
Post Yom Kippur thoughts on current events...
By now, most of you know what happened in Tel Aviv over Yom Kippur, how the organizations which have been leading the protests against the government turned their ire toward the religion. The media accounts do not do it justice as attested to by this personal report via Twitter(X)...
Hizki Baruch gave a chilling testimony in the Morning Edition: "People entered the prayer circle while shouting and dancing insultingly. They threw away prayer books in disgrace. A young woman arrived with two attack dogs and after a few minutes she set her dogs on the worshipers while the crowd laughed." @HezkeiB @betzalel_kahn
Residents of Haifa complained that on Yom Kippur night, Arab drivers and motorcyclists went on a rampage in various parts of the city in defiance of Jews on the holiest day of the year, while endangering the lives of the children and their parents who were walking on the road and riding bicycles.
If signed, with American help, it could give the Saudis nuclear technologyMuhammad bin Salman does little to hide his relish at the prospect of a strategic pact between America, Israel and Saudi Arabia. In a rare television interview on September 20th, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and the country’s de facto ruler acknowledged with a smile that an agreement is on the cards. “Every day we get closer. It seems it’s for the first time real, serious.” A pact would, he said, be “the biggest historical deal since the Cold War.” On September 22nd Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, confirmed the trio of countries were “at the cusp” of a deal. It would, he said, be a “quantum leap”.Formal diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia, the richest and arguably most influential Arab state, and Israel, the Jewish state which the kingdom has long ostracised, have been a long time coming. Since becoming crown prince in 2017, MBS, as Prince Muhammad is known, has held at least one secret meeting with Mr. Netanyahu. Both countries have a shared rival in Iran and quietly do business deals. But in 2020 the Abraham accords were signed between Israel and several Arab states, without Saudi Arabia. Few expected Israel-Saudi ties to be formalised during the lifetime of the prince’s father, King Salman, who is of a generation for whom any relationship with Israel was unthinkable.
...Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”. And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we go? Where will we go?And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!