"Egypt" Loses Its Power Over Israel on the 15th of Nissan

"...and on the 15th of Nisan they will in the future be redeemed from subjugation to exile.” (Tanhuma, Bo 9)

21 September 2023

They Come For Us at This Time of Year

 7 Tishrei 5784
Erev Shabbat Shuvah

What is it about this time of year that brings the nations' notice upon us?

...The reading of the haftara of Gog and Magog on Shabbat Chol Ha-mo’ed Sukkot is not merely a custom, but an obligation of Talmudic law. The gemara in Megilla (31a) mentions it along with the other haftarot read on the various holidays to this very day; we thus see that Chazal already saw an essential connection between the prophecy and the festival.

...Zekharia describes the war over Jerusalem as a war conducted against Israel by nations that oppose the Jewish People's national and religious aspirations. They do not want Israel to dwell securely in their land; rather, they covet it for themselves, and they therefore come to fight against Israel with imperialistic and aggressive geo-political objectives.

...the war against Gog and Magog is also understood as a war fought for the sanctification of God's name, and the battle against the nations who have assembled together for war against Jerusalem is a battle for the sanctification of God's name. (Source)

The War of GoguMagog has already begun...

  • The United Nations came into existence on October 24, 1945.  It holds its General Assembly every year beginning in September.
  • The United Nations voted to partition the Land of Israel into "two separate states, one Jewish and one Arab, to be joined in economic union, with the Jerusalem-Bethlehem region as an enclave under international administration," on November 29, 1947.
  • The Yom Kippur War was launched on October 6, 1973.
  • The Camp David Peace Accords were signed between Israel and Egypt on September 17, 1978.
  • The International Christian Embassy-Jerusalem was dedicated on September 30, 1980.
  • The Madrid Peace Conference took place starting October 30, 1991.
  • The Oslo Peace Accords were signed between the PLO and Israel on September 13, 1993.
  • The Peace Treaty between Jordan and Israel was signed on October 26, 1994.
  • The Second Intifada broke out on September 29, 2000.
  • The Abraham Accords were signed on September 15, 2020.

Is the "Saudi Normalization" agreement next?

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Ominous warnings...

Israeli tanks fire at Syrian positions on Golan Heights in first since '73 war

Wider conflict could be result of clashes between Israel and Palestinians

There is no better time of year for them to come for us.  We are on our best behavior at this time of year.  We are as good as we can get at this time of year.  

...When the Most High gave nations their lot, when He separated the sons of man, He set up the boundaries of peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. Because the Lord's portion is His people Jacob, the lot of His inheritance. (Parashat Ha'azinu, Devarim 32.8-9)

...Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled in your iniquity. Take words with yourselves and return to the Lord. Say, "You shall forgive all iniquity and teach us the good way, and let us render for bulls the offering of our lips. (Haftarah Ha'azinu, Hoshea 14.2-3) 

...Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not maintain His anger forever, for He desires loving-kindness. He shall return and grant us compassion; He shall hide our iniquities, and You shall cast into the depths of the sea all their sins. You shall give the truth of Jacob, the loving-kindness of Abraham, which You swore to our forefathers from days of yore. (Haftarah Ha'azinu, Michah 7.18-20)



  1. When is mashiach coming? Carla

    1. As I've said a few times on this blog, Mashiach is already here, just not yet revealed, although we can see a few candidates, which is saying quite a lot.

  2. Missionary Provocation in Bnei Braq

    There is a law that can be applied to the street preachers. If you find yourself in the presence of these people, call the police and ask them to charge the missionaries with Article 173 of the Penal Law [which] imposes a prohibition against offending religious sensibilities through speech.

    "...it bans publishing statements 'that have the ability to cause crude injury to the religious belief or sensitivities of others' and on vocal expression ('…word or voice …') in public and 'within earshot of a person' that 'can inflict crude injury to his religious faith or sensitivities.'"

    "...there is room for imposing a prohibition that would focus on limiting harmful expressions that endanger the public welfare. In this connection, it should be recalled that a convincing justification is required, especially in order to impose a limitation on exercising freedom of expression, due to the danger that by doing so a person would be encouraged to commit an act of violence or other illegal action. Further to the discussion dealing with interest regarding the public welfare, consideration can be given to establishing a prohibition against provoking violence, which would relate to provocative expressions that are liable to cause acts of violence emanating from an angry mob whose sensitivities have been harmed."

    Don't know if it is still on the books. The Democracy Institute wants to get rid of it. All I know is that every group of people gets protection in Israel except Torah-abiding Jews. And the things these people are saying and the loudness of their saying it really, really provokes me!!

    1. Devorah Chaya... I watched that video with horror (at her brazenness) and frustration (that idol worshipper presenting a letter from an Israeli judge that it was okay to do what she was doing). I watched the people around her trying to get her to stop (fruitless) by engaging her and telling her she is not wanted. All fruitless with these brazen idol worshippers. It occurred to me that all of them were missing a great mitzva: to mock an idol worshipper! To point and laugh at her, to mock that her "god" is a baby who needs his diaper changed, that her 'god' could not even help himself, to hold a shopping bag out and say, laughingly, "Is this also your G-d? Is this the 'god' that made heaven and earth? Ha ha ha ha!!!" No amount of arguing with these missionaries will be effective... nor will relying on the law to stop them (they bring too much money into Israel. You heard her say that our own prime minister said what she is doing is ok.). As always, the Torah way is the best way! The Torah tells us to mock and scoff at idol worshippers. Whenever we come across this in real life, chas v'shalom, or in a video, etc. RESPOND WITH MOCKING THEM! It is a great mitzva and I think may be a lot more effective. Remember, being shamed in public is devastating. When people gather around her to fight her like in the video... she just becomes a martyr who is holding strong against the baying crowd. But if everyone was pointing and laughing at her -- telling her we are the children of Israel who KNOW our G-d is not in human form and that her 'god' is the silliest, ridiculous nonsense we've ever heard that it makes us laugh. While laughing, quote that her 'god' is of wood and stone. Point and snigger that 'they bow to vanity and emptiness and pray to a 'god' that helps not! Laugh from your belly and point at her. Few if any missionaries will want to put themselves in that position to be laughed at and shamed publicly while their helpless, ridiculous 'god' is exposed for what it is.

    2. The proper way to mock them is to read aloud to them what the Talmud says about Jesus. Some of it was censored in the Vilna edition, but it's all available at Sefaria.

    3. Shimshon... are you saying that the only way to mock them is to read from the Talmud? Because then they may slander the Talmud saying that it is a horrible racist "book". Then it becomes a battle of "bibles". I think if people just calmly laughed at them and mocked them, it would be more effective. What can they say to the mocking? To stand and read from the Talmud may look like a religious debate (which they are well versed in doing). What we want is to discourage them from missionizing in public and humiliate them about their stupid "god". This also gives others watching the right idea... that they are foolish and have nothing to do with our one and only Creator.

  3. According to what rav abutbul reads from the Zohar that time and in this year corresponds to geulah:



  4. Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (September 22, 2023)
    Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
    Subject: Updated FAQs Regarding New Israeli Travel Procedures for U.S. Citizens
    "On July 20, the Israeli government began implementing changes to travel procedures for U.S. citizens traveling with a valid U.S. passport who may now request to enter Israel visa-free for short-term visits up to 90 days for business, tourism, or transit. Under the updated travel policies, Israel has committed to treating U.S. citizens equally, without regard to national origin, religion, or ethnicity."
    *I bet they did this so that these idol worshippers can now come visa-free for up to 90 days!!!

    1. No, it's worse. US tourists never had to have a visa. This is for dual US/Gaza (PA) citizens who were previously barred from exiting through Ben Gurion airport. There are clerical visas and volunteer visas that give extended time (more than the automatic three-months a tourist gets) which are geared to missionaries.