21 July 2024

19 July 2024

"When Edom's Power Is Broken"

13 Tammuz 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Balak

From the Commentary on the Stone Edition Chumash...

Balaam, prophet of the nations.  God, in His wisdom, ordained that the gentile nations should have a prophet, who would be comparable to Moses - though much inferior to him - so that they would not be able to contend that if only they had had someone who could communicate to them the will of God, they would have been as righteous as Israel.  Balaam was that prophet.  This Sidrah revolves around his ability to curse and his attempts, commissioned by King Balak of Moab, to curse the advancing nation of Israel.  The Sages teach that there is an instant every day when God is "angry" (Avodah Zarah 4a; Berachos 7a),  meaning that He judges sinners at that time.  Clearly, someone who is guilty of transgressions is most vulnerable at that instant, and it was Balaam's "talent" to know when that moment was at hand.  A curse at that time could subject its victim to such Divine judgment.  Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel, but God thwarted his plan by not sitting in judgment on that day (ibid.).  This Sidrah tells of Balaam's repeated futile attempts, and God's insistence that he bless Israel.  So significant were these blessings that the Sages even considered making them part of the daily Shema prayers.  God wanted these sublime blessings to come to Israel through the agency of the wicked and immoral Balaam, so that all the world would know that everyone is helpless to harm Israel against God's will (Shelah).

In Balaam's famous reference to the kochav miYa'aqov, we tend to focus on this reference to the revelation of Mashiach, but the two succeeding verses predict something equally astounding:   "Edom shall be a conquest and Seir shall be the conquest of his enemies - and Israel will attain success.  One from Ya'aqov shall rule and destroy the remnant of the city."

Again, from the same Commentary...

Seir and Edom - the two names of Esau's descendants - will fall to his enemy, Israel, and become its possession.  Verse 19 [of chapter 24] 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).

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Quote from the Haftarah "He has told you, O man, what is good, and what Hashem seeks from you:  only the performance of justice, the love of kindness, and walking humbly with your God." 

 ~ Shabbat Shalom ~

18 July 2024

The 2,000-Year Dynasty

12 Tammuz 5784

Younger people likely won't know this.  The Baby-Boomers barely remember.  We were little kids when the controversy over JFK's chances for election was raging over whether a Catholic could become president of the United States.  It's such a non-issue today.  Which only goes to show the progress that has been made over time.  The generational memory of the danger of the power associated with the Catholic Church has waned to nothing.  The worry was where the Catholic's loyalty rested - with his country or his Pope. 

 "...John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president and Joe Biden, the incumbent president, is the second." (Wiki)

The word "dynasty" could be considered a bit of a misnomer in the title as by definition it refers to a succession of ruling family members.  But then the word "Pope" comes from "Papa" and he is commonly referred to as the "Holy Father" and he addresses the Catholic public as "my children," his priests as "my son", so maybe not so far off after all.

I don't think of any of us can even begin to imagine the extent of power and wealth that an uninterrupted succession of leaders can accumulate to themselves over the course of 2,000 years when, unlike a sovereign nation, they have no expenditure of funds toward defense or provision for public needs, nor answerable to any electorate or army.

Vatican City is a landlocked sovereign country, city-state, microstate, and enclave within Rome, Italy. It became independent from Italy in 1929 with the Lateran Treaty, and it is a distinct territory under "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" of the Holy See, itself a sovereign entity under international law, which maintains the city-state's temporal power and governance, diplomatic, and spiritual independence. The Vatican is also a metonym for the pope, the city-state's and worldwide Catholic Church government Holy See, and Roman Curia.

With an area of 49 hectares (121 acres) and as of 2023 a population of about 764, it is the smallest state in the world both by area and by population. It is also the second-least populated capital in the world. As governed by the Holy See, Vatican City State is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state ruled by the Pope, who is the bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various origins. After the Avignon Papacy (1309–1377) the popes have mainly resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere. 

The Holy See dates back to early Christianity and is the principal episcopal see of the Catholic Church, which has approximately 1.329 billion baptised Catholics in the world as of 2018 in the Latin Church and 23 Eastern Catholic Churches. (Wiki)

The Catholic Church was responsible for the blood libels, the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Nazi rat-lines.  By virtue of it's 2,000-year uninterrupted reign, it is today the power at the top of the NWO/Globalist pyramid.  At that level it has nothing to do with the traditional Christianity of the masses, if it ever did.

They are as dangerous as they've always been.  No, more so!  And, if anything, the threat they pose to the world is even more well hidden than it has ever been, even though every world leader, without exception, pays homage to the Pope.

Francis and Netanyahu met for 25 minutes for closed-door talks, according to the news agency AFP. The Israeli leader gave the Argentinean-born pope a Spanish translation of his father Benzion Netanyahu's book "The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain". The dedication was made out to "Pope Francis, a great shepherd of our common heritage".

Not everyone is aware that there are two Popes known as the White Pope and the Black Pope.  Francis is the first Jesuit ever to have been chosen to be the White Pope, but the Black Pope is always exclusively from the Jesuit Order.  

"Black Pope: A History of the Jesuits" by M.F. Cusack is a comprehensive account of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, from its founding by Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century to the present day.  The book delves into the Jesuits' mission to spread Catholicism throughout the world, their role in the Counter-Reformation, their involvement in political intrigue and power struggles, and their impact on education and scholarship.  The title "Black Pope" refers to the nickname given to the Jesuit Superior General, who is often seen as the most powerful figure in the Catholic Church after the Pope himself. 

[In fact, he is more powerful than the White Pope who is the public face the world sees while the Black Pope moves in the shadows behind the scenes.] 

Cusack explores the controversial nature of the Jesuits and their influence on both Catholicism and world events, from their involvement in the colonization of the Americas to their suppression by Pope Clement XIV in the 18th century.  The book also covers the Jesuits' contributions to science, art, and literature, as well as their role in the Second Vatican Council and their modern-day efforts in social justice and interfaith dialogue.  Overall, "Black Pope" provides a fascinating and detailed history of one of the most influential and controversial religious orders in the world.

From notables like Shimon Peres to Anthony Fauci, a lot of famous and highly influential people have been educated by the Jesuits.  Even Donald Trump!!  [See also here and here.]

Everything You Need to Know
About Jesuit History in the US

With over 16,000 members in its religious community around the world and 28 colleges and universities and dozens of high schools and primary schools in the United States, the Jesuits make up the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church and have left a significant imprint on American education.
The 118th Congress got off to a wobbly start in 2023 with historic mayhem snarling the election of the speaker of the House through 15 ballots. Despite the drama, it remains a point of pride for Jesuit colleges and universities that for the fifth consecutive session, Jesuit-educated members account for about 10 percent of Congress. Among the current 534 members (and six non-voting delegates) of the 118th Congress, 54 graduated from Jesuit colleges and universities. There are 14 Jesuit alumni in the Senate and 40 in the House of Representatives; 15 of the nation’s Jesuit colleges and universities are currently represented by alumni in the 118th U.S. Congress. (Source)

Trump's VP pick, JD Vance, recently converted to Catholicism.  His son, Don, Jr., who has been very prominent alongside his father recently, is engaged to marry a Catholic woman - Kimberly Guilfoyle.  [Will they be the new Jared and Ivanka?] 

Also, a Catholic priest was tapped to say the opening prayer at the very rally where Trump was almost assassinated.  In fact, the priest mentioned that possibility only minutes before it happened!! 

It looks like Trump Take 2 may be taking a turn less favorable to Israel and Jews in the future.  It bears watching.

"A New Trump Arising?"

"A new king arose over Egypt, who did not know about Joseph."  (Shemot 1:8) 

A new king arose: [There is a controversy between] Rav and Samuel. One says: He was really new, and the other one says: His decrees were new. [From Sotah 11a, Exod. Rabbah 1:8] Since the Torah does not say: The king of Egypt died, and a new king arose, it implies that the old king was still alive, only that his policies had changed, and he acted like a new king. [Rashi on Sotah 11a]

12 July 2024

Our Legitimate Rights to the Land

6 Tammuz 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Chukkat

The Legitimate Rights of the Ammonites
- Rav Binyamin Ze''ev Kahane

by Tzipora Liron-Pinner

The modern concept of “Jewish occupied territories” rears its ugly head in Parashat Chukat and our Haftarah of the Shabbat.  In our Parashah, the kings Og and Sichon prevent the Jewish People from passing through their borders on their way to the Land of Israel.  Not only that, but they even wage war against us – and lose. The children of Israel conquer their land and do not let go.  Interestingly enough, the following idiotic idea never dawned on either of the parties involved: O.K., we tried to annihilate you and we did not succeed, so just give us back what you conquered from us during our attempt to wipe you out, and in exchange we promise not to try to wipe you out again.  No, such a proposition was never raised.  When you lose, you lose, without dictating conditions afterwards.

Land for Peace”:  And what if Sichon would have come to Israel and demanded “land for peace”?  What would have been the reaction then?  To answer this question, we are forced to move the clock ahead another 300 years until we arrive at the Haftarah of our Parashah.  That is precisely what happens.  The king of Ammon brazenly demands that Israel return to him the territories that were conquered, and if they refuse, there will be war.  The difference between him and the Arabs of today is that the king of Ammon is a lot more “moderate”.  He personally has no previous “record” of hostility towards the Jewish People.  He simply makes a very limited albeit uncompromising request.  “Because Israel took away my land when they came out of Egypt, from Ammon as far as the Yabbok and the Jordan.” (Judges 11:13)  The king of Ammon does not want everything.  He does not seek the liquidation of the Jewish entity.  He simply wants that which was taken from him.  He is simply demanding to exercise the historical right of his people.  And then, as if he jumped off the pages of the Tanach into today's reality, he concludes in the following manner: “Now, therefore, restore those lands peacefully.” (Judges 11:13)  Peace”.  That magic word. What normal Jewish leader can refuse such an offer?  After all, it is not an illogical claim; the lands were taken from them.  They once even had a sovereign empire with a capital and an army there.  And most importantly, here is a genuine opportunity for peace:  “No more war, no more bloodshed.”

Not one Inch”:  But Yiftach's answer is a real knockout.  He recounts all the relevant past history, and then concludes:  “So now the L-rd of Israel has driven out the Emori from before his people Israel, and you should possess the land?!  Will you not possess what your god Kemosh gives you to possess?  So likewise that which the L-rd our G-d has voided before us, that shall we possess.” (Judges 11:23,24)  This is the reaction of a true Jewish leader.  A reaction of emunah [faith].  The land is ours not because of any “historical claim” or because we are strong, but rather because G-d gave it to us.  And pay attention how Yiftach even mocks the Ammonite god “Kemosh” - take what he gives you, but from us you will get nothing – not an inch.

How to subdue the Enemy”:  How can we begin to understand the minds of those Jews, particularly religious ones, who do not grasp all this.  The cursed Arab enemy has initiated war after war against us in an effort to obliterate us, and he has failed each time.  Each time G-d has granted us great miracles to overcome them, yet we insist on being ingrates, not recognizing the miracles.  Only when we understand that our true right to the land is based on the ultimately ethical concept that G-d gave it to us – only then will we get the results that Yiftach achieved, thus the children of Ammon were subdued by the children of Israel.”
[Source: Text taken from "The Writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane HY"D" - on Parashat Chukat]

11 July 2024

"By Any Other Name..."

5 Tammuz 5784

This is the fourth, and final, article written in 2017 which I am republishing this week.  It concerns the Maccabiah Games...

The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition and the second largest sporting event in the world – in terms of number of athletes competing – after the Olympics.  Taking place every four years in Israel, the Games are Maccabi World Union's largest initiative.  We are committed to the values of fair play, mutual respect and the pursuit of excellence.  
Our Story: Maccabi World Union is the oldest continuously active Zionist organization 
“Muscular Judaism” 
Theodore Herzl spoke of the need to reclaim the physical Jew.  At the Second Zionist Congress in 1898, Herzl’s chief lieutenant, Max Nordau, called for the need to develop what he termed “muscular Judaism”.  Nordau contributed greatly to the idea of the New Jew, a total transformation of the frightened Jew of the ghetto.    The essence of the New Jew was physical training through sport, gymnastics and clubs.   In the last years of the nineteenth century and the opening years of the twentieth, a number of Jewish sporting clubs began to develop, especially in central Europe.  They had names that echoed great heroic moments and characters from Jewish history such as Maccabi, Bar Kochba, Shimshon (Samson) or names that evoked power and heroism - HaKoach (Strength), Gibbor (Brave) and Gevurah (Heroism). (Source)


Could anything be more oxymoronic than Greek-style games for Jews held in a sports stadium in Jerusalem and named after the very warriors who fought a similar Hellenistic assimilationist trend to their very deaths?  No doubt, when it was first conceived, all that the person must have thought about was the physical might and strength exemplified by Judah Maccabee, the Jewish Hammer, as portrayed in the story of Hanukkah.  What could he have known about that ancient clash of civilizations – the Greeks vs. the Jews? 

Perhaps, he had never even heard how the Hellenizers, in their all-consuming desire to make the whole world Greek, forbid the observance of Jewish law in Eretz Yisrael.  How Jewish attendance at and participation in the games were the clearest sign of loyalty a Jew could offer to this conquering power.  How the stadium would replace the synagogue as the communal meeting place.  How this assimilationist movement posed an existential threat to the unique identity of the Jewish people.

Surely, none of those things was on the mind of the 15-year-old Russian-Jewish émigré to Eretz Yisrael who originated the idea of a “Jewish Olympics” called Maccabiah.  After ten years of planning, he approached the Jewish National Fund (JNF).  The project eventually gained the support of the British High Commissioner of Palestine, with the caveat that the non-Jews of Palestine be included as well.  Approval received, news of the Maccabiah Games to be conducted in Eretz Yisrael was carried to the worldwide Jewish community who reportedly received it with great favor. It was spring of the year 1932 and Hitler, y”sh, was running as a candidate in Germany’s presidential election. 

Sporting is viewed by Torah Jews as incompatible with traditional Jewish values in part because of the spirit of pride and competition it engenders and the immodesty associated with it.  However, what is perhaps more central to the problem with sport is its emphasis on physicality over spirituality, but not necessarily to the exclusion of spirituality. 

In ancient cultures, like Greece, sport was an integral part of the worship of pagan deities. While no one invokes the gods and goddesses of Olympus at the modern games, one can still hear echoes of it up to the current day.  In his speech at this year’s opening ceremony Israeli president Reuven Rivlin told the assembled crowd that the games were intended “to elevate – not just physically, but also spiritually.”  It is meant to “create a new reality … [in] the same spirit from which came Zionism.”  That is to say, a spirituality divorced from the source of the Jewish people’s real strength and power and only reason for being – the Torah itself.

Today, the Maccabiah Games is an established and unquestioned every-four-years fact of life in the Jewish State.  But, maybe it’s time to rethink it or at the very least to rename it!  Unlike the early initiators of the games, today in Eretz Yisrael, Jews are better informed about their history and their heritage.  How can it be that we can continue to tolerate the association of the righteous Maccabees with the very concepts that they abhorred and gave their lives to eradicate?  Furthermore, can any of us claim that we are less vulnerable today to the assimilation that even ancient Greece saw as the method by which they would succeed in making the Jewish people into good Hellenists, thereby eliminating us as a separate and distinct nation?

The Maccabiah Games by any other name would remain another point of entry for the injection of foreign culture into Eretz Yisrael, but by changing the name we would be taking a step in the right direction.  Such a move would at least cause Jews to become consciously aware of the incompatibility between sporting events and the values and ideals that the Maccabees themselves held dearer than their own lives.

10 July 2024

Preserve Jewish Women's Rights

 4 Tammuz 5784

This is the third of four articles written in 2017 which I am republishing this week.


There are loud and angry voices calling for the abolition of gender separation at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.  At a time when the whole world appears to be weighing in on the subject, it seemed appropriate to evaluate my stance on this issue. 

Perhaps it is due to the ethos I absorbed at my all-women college that I have a great appreciation for the unique advantages provided by women-only designated areas.  Important and reliable studies have proven time and again that women thrive and flourish in an environment where they are not forced to compete with men. 

When men and women are thrown together, the woman by virtue of her feminine physique is at a notable disadvantage.  Men, as a rule, are bigger and stronger and there is just no getting around that fact of nature.  In a space as limited and crowded as the Western Wall prayer area, how many women would ever get close enough to the stones to touch them?  How many male bodies would she be crushed against if she tried to push her way forward?  Perish the thought!  No woman with any real desire to come closer to HKB”H through prayer would tolerate such a scenario.

This was the very same thought process behind the building of the balconies in the Ezrat Nashim of the Temple Complex.  Like the women’s area at the Western Wall today, it was meant not to exclude women, but to guarantee their inclusion!  The modesty of Jewish women will not allow them to compete with the men for a limited physical space. Therefore, space was set aside and designated “for women only” in order to guarantee their access and inclusion.

Now, in the interests of the politics of division which come masquerading as an attempt to unify and assert “rights,” Jewish women who choose to pray at the Kotel are in danger of losing their right to a space which absolutely guarantees their exclusive access to this holy place. 

Like many things, it is often in how you look at it.  A fence can be seen as a means to restrict movement or as a protection from outside intrusion.  The same can be said of a mechitzah

I expect that some Jewish women who feel restricted by the gender separation carry it over from childhood when their understanding was limited.  A child chafes at any restriction of movement, while an adult with adult understanding has a greater appreciation for the concepts which inspire the rules of behavior.  Or perhaps they never had any experience of women-only separation outside the religious context.

When I became an observant Jewess, I did not bring any pre-conceived bias with me in this regard.  Instead, as aforementioned, I came with the experience of having attended an all-women college which valued and cherished the concept of a gender-specific learning environment which catered to women’s unique needs.  So, it was no great leap to apply that same ideal to my religious life.

Men and women are different.  That is a fact of life.  Their needs are different and their ways of relating are different. And vive la différence!

Honestly, you would think that the liberal streams, with their feminist bent, would be in favor of the current arrangement.  And no doubt, if they were motivated purely by their ideals, they would have to see the value of it.  If anything, they should be lobbying for a bigger share of the pie, so to speak – an enlargement of the area now designated for women.  Since the building of the unsightly ramp to the Mughrabi Gate to the Temple Mount, the size of the women’s section has decreased and it was already smaller than the men’s section. 

It occurs to me, however, that this challenge to the status quo has nothing whatever to do with “rights” or “unity.”  Something which causes such divisiveness and which actually denies women their rights to be separate is not about building anything of value.  It is about pure destruction; an outgrowth of hatred, a hatred without any cause whatsoever - sinat chinam! 

As we enter the period of the Three Weeks leading to Tishah b’Av, our thoughts naturally turn to this reputed cause of the Temple’s ultimate destruction.  And just as “naturally” there will be those who will accuse the Jews who think like me to be the purveyors of sinat chinam because we refuse to give way to bullies on the attack; to step meekly aside and let them steal away our rights.  It is the typical way of bullies to blame their victims; to claim some moral high ground.  Well, enough! 

The modesty of the Jewish women who cherish the privacy and protection the mechitzah affords does not compel them to stand by silently while their rights are bargained away for political expediency.

09 July 2024

"If the Shoe Fits..."

3 Tammuz 5784

This is the second of four articles written in 2017 and which I am republishing this week.

Great Satan, Little Satan – If The Shoe Fits

The Al-Quds Day celebration in Iran held on the final Friday of Ramadan eerily echoed the early days of the Islamic Revolution with its chants of “Death to America! Death to Israel!”

In a speech given at the outbreak of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini referred to the United States as the “Great Satan” and to Israel as the “Little Satan.”  This was no doubt partly in response to decades of interference by the Western powers in Iran’s internal affairs.  

Perhaps the most egregious example of this took place in the early 1950s when the United States and Great Britain conspired to overthrow the Iranian Premier Mohammad Mossadeq.  He was hugely popular with the Iranian people as he sought to nationalize the country’s industries, most notably the oil industry. Outside forces instigated a coup and overthrew Mossadeq.  (In 1953, the American CIA admitted to its role in the matter.)

The Shah, who replaced him, was widely viewed by Iranians as a puppet of the West and not representative of the Iranian people or their interests. Increasing public dissatisfaction led to violent demonstrations and riots which in turn drove the Shah to flee Iran. He found refuge in the United States and the door was opened to the return of the formerly exiled Khomeini, a further tragedy for those Iranians who had no desire to live under an oppressive Islamic regime. 

The world has witnessed this scenario being replayed all over the globe. The West calls it democracy-building, while its enemies call it imperialism. Consequently, the United States was generally despised and Israel, in its eagerness to embrace Western democracy and culture, was viewed as a direct threat to the Islamic world.

Part and parcel with this “democracy” came humanistic values with names like tolerance, pluralism, diversity and the “rights” of the individual, no matter how dangerous they may be to society as a whole.  Countries which do not welcome a division of religion and state view such values as an existential danger to their chosen way of life. They view the symbols of Western culture as indicative of all that they find wrong with it, things like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, movies and MTV.  All the things that give America the well-deserved Hebrew appellation “Am-reika” – an empty nation promoting empty calories, empty values, and empty morals, superficiality with little real substance.

“Satanic” is the descriptor the Ayatollah chooses to use. But, even if one would not go that far, one must still ask himself, looking from this perspective, whether Israel deserves the label “Little Satan” or Little America? Is Israel, as the Middle East’s only democracy, a conduit for the spread of liberal Western norms and values into the more conservative Arab world? 

In the name of “democracy” the Holy Land now hosts Gay Pride Parades attended by hundreds of thousands including tens of thousands of foreigners. This is a Western “norm,” but it is by no means a “norm” for the Middle East. In the name of “democracy” Christian missionaries are running rampant across the country preying on the youth, lone soldiers, Holocaust survivors - the most vulnerable elements of our society. 

Is the Arab world justified when it implies by the moniker “Little Satan” that Israel is a local source of unwanted Western influence? Israel needs to seriously consider the possibility, for our own good. 

Just look at how several US Congressmen and the Trump Administration came out with statements either condemning or questioning our government’s decision on the matter of prayer arrangements at the Western Wall. “Egalitarianism” is another Western value that Israel is bidden to adopt and enforce. God forbid!

Israeli society is meant to exhibit the perfect balance between the oppression of Islam and the liberalism of the West. But, before that can happen, Israel must understand that it cannot be a “light to the nations” by hoisting Lady Liberty’s  torch as a small US outpost in the Middle East. It can only be accomplished when Israel understands and embraces her mission and her destiny to be a “light to the nations” by upholding the Torah in all its details. The world needs Israel to show both sides how it should be done. 

Even if the shoe fits, that doesn’t mean we have to continue wearing it!

08 July 2024

"The Zionist Response"

2 Tammuz 5784

I found a file on my computer containing four articles I had written in 2017.  I don't know why only these four were singled out, but in re-reading them, I feel like it is worthwhile to reprint them.  I'll start with this one and perhaps print another each day for the rest of the week.


I tried.  I really did.  When I made aliyah to Eretz Yisrael, I had never even heard of “Zionism,” knew nothing about it.  All I knew was that the Torah said the Land of Israel was a wonderful gift of God to His beloved people and that it was in the Land of Israel that God wanted His people to live.  That’s all I knew when I made aliyah from love of HKB”H and faith in Him.  That’s all I needed to know. 

After I arrived, I quickly began to learn what the situation was and for the first time I heard about Zionism and “Religious” Zionism in particular.  At first I tried to fit into that group.  I read books written by Rabbi Kook and translated by his students.  I got into political activism and started going to rallies and protests.  I toured a lot of settlements and finally even found one that accepted me.  But every experience left a bad impression of one sort or another.  And the more Torah I learned, the less I identified with the so-called National Religious crowd. 

Today, they have a famous rallying cry whenever Jews are slaughtered in Eretz Yisrael.  They proclaim “The Zionist response to terror is to build!”  But, the Torah’s response is to bring the murderer to justice and thereby protect future potential victims.

As a side note, I recall a legal situation where a jury was being asked to consider a defendant’s traumatic childhood before passing sentence in a death-penalty case where this defendant had already committed four murders.  The prosecuting attorney famously said: “There is no question that you, the jury, are going to pass a death sentence today.  The only question remaining is whether it will be for the defendant in this case or his next victim.”  That is straight, logical, reasonable Torah-like thinking.  The very idea that the Jewish-Israeli public should be placated for the murder of their brothers with (empty) promises of more building is just too ridiculous to comment on.   But, you’ll hear it every time there is another incident – “Building is the Zionist response!” – and you’ll look and you’ll see that the person saying it has a kippah on his head.  What a chillul Hashem!

Now, I claim a spot in a sparsely occupied space where plain old unvarnished  Torah-dedicated Jews live.  We follow no particular Rebbe, but we know the truth when we hear it and support anyone who disseminates it.  We refuse to be brainwashed by any “ism,” even one claiming to be “religious.”  

Like King David wrote (Tehillim 84.11), “…For one day in Your courtyards is better than a thousand elsewhere; I prefer to stand exposed at the threshold of my God’s house than to dwell securely in the tents of wickedness.”  This is the basis upon which I came on aliyah to Eretz Yisrael and the reason I would do it over and over again, regardless of who or what rules over us here or whether the economy is booming or depressed.  All that matters is being obedient to my Master, loyal to my King, faithful to my Father, in love with my Beloved in the home He created for me.  I can’t NOT live here.  It is my life and breath.  I’d smother anywhere else.

In other words, any concept of “Zionism” had nothing to do my decision to be here or to remain here.  I tried to buy into the idea that well, Zionism was originally a Torah concept – “Zion” and all that – but, when religious Zionists find common cause with the rebels against Hashem and His Torah and with idolaters calling themselves Christian Zionists, when the same ones speak disparagingly of their fellow chareidi Jews and often denigrate them and see them as “other,” then it just doesn’t wash.  I have no problem at all identifying with my chareidi brothers and sisters, but I despise rebels and idolaters. 

Allow me to share something from Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, ztz”l, Hy”d, student of the Chafetz Chaim, which he wrote around 1940:

Over the years, the nationalist idea begat a child that was named “religious nationalism.”  The name implies that religion alone is not enough; it has to be perfected by adding nationalism.  The very name “religious nationalism” constitutes a denial of one of the fundamentals of Judaism: “The Torah of Hashem is perfect” (Tehillim 19:19) – It lacks nothing: it is flawless.  The Torah warns us, “Do not add anything to it.” (Devarim 4:2) – and the Sages say: “He who adds [to the word of Hashem] subtracts [from it]” (Sanhedrin 29a).  Since modern Jewish nationalism is essentially idol-worship, it follows that “religious nationalism” is nothing short of idol-worship coupled with service to Hashem. (Source: The Era Preceding Mashiach)

As soon as the “ism” was tacked onto the word Zion, it ceased to represent the age-old Jewish dream to return to Jerusalem and re-establish the Kingdom of David and instead became the Jewish pride movement which values military power, technological progress and the admiration of the nations.  The Israeli Knesset with its Arab (terrorist) members became its Sanhedrin, the IDF (savior of the people) became their Mashiach and Yad Vashem became their Holy Temple.  By adding the “ism” to Zion, they created another new religion to which everyone calling themselves a Zionist was welcome and held to be a brother or sister – no matter whether they were secular rebels against the Torah, Christian idolaters or Muslim sympathizers.

The term Zionism (ציונות) never appears in the Tanakh or in any Torah source. It does not appear in rabbinic writings earlier than the 20th century.  As time goes on, the spoiled fruit of religious Zionism becomes more and more rancid.  This will very likely be the final idol to fall before Mashiach is revealed.

07 July 2024

The Rabbi Pulls No Punches

2 Tammuz 5784 

General Brik: "Where was G-d on October 7th?"
Rabbi Richter responds with no punches held!!

Hezbollah Expands the Strike Area Further South

1 Tammuz 5784
Rosh Chodesh II 
Shavua tov/ Chodesh tov!

It's nine months today by the Gregorian calendar (Oct 7 - July 7) or 275 days since the Simchat Torah Massacre and the ensuing war for Jerusalem (Al Aqsa Flood).  Will today herald a new birth?

⭕ NORTHERN BARRAGE.. swath of towns from south of Meron through south of Tiberias, from Hezbollah. Apparently this is a response to yesterday's assassination of the senior commander. Rocket HIT by the BIG mall, Tiberious, without alarm. Injury, 28 year old man, shrapnel. Many wildfires started.
(Israel Realtime Updates)

05 July 2024

About Jewish Leadership

29 Sivan 5784
Erev Shabbat - Rosh Chodesh I
Parashat Korach

In parashat Korach we have the story of those who challenged Moshe and Aharon's leadership and in the haftarah we read about the installation of our first king.

On the one hand, we see what comes of taking a popular vote - those who put themselves forward for leadership positions are usually after only the power and kavod.  Furthermore, they attempt to attain position by starting rumors, casting doubts and setting people against each other.  On the other hand, we fare best as a nation when we allow HKB"H to appoint a leader of His choosing.  

The myth of a "Jewish and democratic" Israel is dying before our eyes.  The day will surely come when it, too, is swallowed up in the earth, and we will yet see a King appointed to the throne of David!  May it come without further delay.



Chodesh Tov

04 July 2024

Bye-Bye 4th of July

28 Sivan 5784

The year 2001 was a banner year for the United States of America, as in...

"Sound the great shofar for our freedom, raise the banner to gather our exiles and gather us together from the four corners of the earth...." 

The unparalleled event that took place on September 11, 2001 was the physical manifestation of the fall of their angelic power.  It's been a steady downhill decline there ever since.  The power began to shift from West to East - from Edom to Yishmael.  The Twin Towers may have been replaced by the Freedom Tower, but it was superbly outdone by the Burj Khailfa.

The Burj Khalifa (known as the Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration) is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the world's tallest structure. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft, or just over half a mile) and a roof height (excluding antenna, but including a 242.6 m spire)[2] of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009,.... (Wiki)

It feels like everyone is moving to Dubai right now with many social media posts telling the world they finally did it and moved to Dubai!

In the heart of the Arabian Peninsula lies a city that has redefined the possibilities of urban living and over the past few decades, transformed from a small town in the desert to a thriving global hub. Captivating the world’s attention!
This is symbolic of the emergence of what the rabbis have called the Fifth Exile - the Yishmaelite Exile.

Ancient Torah Prophecy On Radical Islam's
Emergence REVEALED - The Ishmaelite Exile

It is the State of Israel's continued attachment to (and reliance upon) the West (America in particular) which adds fuel to the fires of Islam.  We live in the East yet we act as a conduit for the exportation of decadent Western culture into our own sphere of influence.  We are spreading darkness not light, Hashem yerachem!!

The day of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776 - was the 17th of Tammuz on the Hebrew calendar.  The beginning of sorrows.  May we merit to see their end in our days!!

03 July 2024

The Truth About Our "Friends"

27 Sivan 5784

Just in case there is anyone left who still doesn't "get it."

With Friends Like These . . . 


02 July 2024

Let's Talk Tammuz

26 Sivan 5784 

Even though it is still four days until Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, I wish to go on the record with a prediction (not a prophecy!!).  Based on my own calculations and assessment of certain known facts, I think that this Tammuz is going to see the major turning point of the geulah process.  I think that this is the year the fast days become holidays and I think July 17th, 11 Tammuz, is a date to watch.

Here are some interesting historical events tied to that date...

Purim Tammuz (Algiers) (1775)
In 1775, the Spanish General O'Reilly attacked the city of Algiers and was successfully repulsed by the Dey of Algiers, Mohammed ibn Uman. Tradition has it that flames came out of the graves of the great Rabbis Isaac ben Sheshet and Solomon ben Simon Duran and contributed to the Spanish defeat. To celebrate the miracle of having escaped Spanish rule, the Jews of Algiers instituted a "Purim" on the 11th of Tammuz.
Passing of R. Elchanan Wasserman (1941)
R. Elchanan Bunem Wasserman headed a famous yeshivah in Baranovitch (in what is now Belarus), attracting many bright students. At the outbreak of World War II, he fled with the yeshivah to Lithuania. In 1941, when the Nazis broke their pact with the Soviets and overran Lithuania, he was one of the thousands of Jews who met their deaths, sanctifying G‑d’s name.
The Earthquake of July 1927 
A strong earthquake struck Palestine on July 11, 1927 causing the loss of many lives and severe damage. Lasting seven seconds, it occurred shortly after 3 p.m. during a hamsin when hot winds blew in from the east. The panic-stricken population fled their collapsing homes. Rumors of a catastrophe with many hundreds of fatalities spread rapidly, replete with awesome reports of the broiling of the Dead Sea, towers of water shooting up all about, and the collapse of multi-story buildings.

By the end of the day, the recorded toll was 192 dead and 923 injured. Most of the damage occurred in the mountain areas and most of the casualties were Arabs. Approximately a third of the buildings of Nablus were destroyed. Whole streets collapsed in Lydda and Ramleh. Additional lighter tremors recurred a week later but caused no damage.

The Jewish Yishuv made notable efforts at aid and reconstruction for the Arabs. Tel Aviv adopted Nablus and sent rescue teams and supplies. The American Jewish philanthropist Nathan Straus forwarded a special financial grant. The Arabs were so amazed by the aid of the Jewish Yishuv that an Arab journalist announced that out of gratitude, he would refrain, on that day, from bad words against the Jews. On the other hand, sharp criticism was heard of the little help received from the Arab Countries. (Mordechai Naor: The Twentieth Century in Eretz Israel: A Pictorial History, p. 145)

The Kaf Hachaim notes (576:26) that although many Arabs died, miraculously not a single Jew was injured.
Looking forward with much hope!!

30 June 2024

Rabbi Hajioff on Gog uMagog

24 Sivan 5784
Shavua tov!

Excellent shiur.  Pay particular attention at 10:00 mins in ...

Will Gog and Magog Be A Nuclear War?

This could be the more special 15 minutes of your day!  Enjoy!!

The worst word you can ever say is also the best one! Never give up

28 June 2024

"The Land Is Very, Very Good"

22 Sivan 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Shelach Lecha - Mevorchim

Quoting from The Land is Very, Very Good by Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein...

...The spies are described as having “despised the desirable land.”  At first, this seems puzzling.  Their report about the land was quite good, and quite accurate.  They were positively impressed with it being a land of milk and honey, just as promised.  What frightened them were the people, the inhabitants, not the blood itself.  We can now understand, however, that what they despised and rejected was the special quality of Eretz Yisrael as primarily a spiritual space, a place that transcends nature.  Believing Israel to be a land like others is to despise it, to repudiate its most salient aspect.

To drive home this message, the waters of the Jordan split for them just as they crossed over into the land.  It was a powerful indicator that the land they were about to enter was not restricted by nature but transcended it.  This point remains as true today as back then.  A Jew makes his place in the land through his emunah.  We open ourselves up to the special kedushah of the land by first believing in its standing outside the boundaries of the natural order.

Rav Yehudah HaLevi explains in the Kuzari that there shines in Israel and Israel alone a Divine light that illuminates through Torah, avodah, and all lofty levels of spirituality.  He likens Israel to a vineyard, whose grapes grow best on an elevated hillside.  We Jews as well are best nurtured at the spiritual heights of Eretz Yisrael.

Following inexorably from this remarkable aspect of Israel is the parallel strengths of the kelipah, the forces of tumah that counterbalance its kedushah.  These forces, however, are extrinsic to the land.  They can be overcome.  (Thus, Yehoshua and Calev urged the people on, “The land is very, very good.”  They saw the land while the forces of tumah were still fully resident, before Klal Yisrael could work to banish them.  They still understood that the land was intrinsically good!)  When the Torah warns against impropriety, so that “the land should not spit you out in your contaminating it,” it does not mean that the land will become changed in the process.  It means that the land must and will maintain its essential holiness, and will expel those who introduce contamination to its borders.


27 June 2024

Yeshu/Chr*stianity Has Nothing of Value to Offer Jews

21 Sivan 5784 

[Alternative title:  2,000 Years Later Yeshu Is Still A B*stard]

What better way to steal the minds and hearts of Jews than to prey on their ignorance of Torah and sell them on the lie that understanding the kabbalah of Christianity in the Zohar is key to bringing the Redemption, G-d forbid!!

The Zohar is not for gentiles and it's not even for all Jews.  In answer to the question of why not, I found three good answers offered by learned Jews. 

(1) The problem with learning Kabbalah is not that it is forbidden. The texts are there, everybody can look them up. But what is meant with a secret is, that even if you read it, you will not be able to understand it correctly if you don’t have authentic guidance from a person who is conversant in the subjects. The danger lies in the fact that you can come (by yourself) to the wrong conclusions and start believing certain concepts that are actually heretical. Heresy, even if by accident, is still a very serious prohibition. Only when a person has filled himself with sufficient knowledge in the revealed Torah (Jewish Scripture, Talmud, Midrashim and poskim) can one be called ready to start learning Kabbalah. It is practically impossible that this branch of knowledge will be correctly understood by anybody who has not the firm basis it needs. (Levi Wise)

(2) The Zohar is deliberately written in a style that requires the individual to have an extensive background in Jewish sources and to be able to derive understanding from hints. Thus it is suggested that it only be studied one on one, one student with one teacher, and the student explains their understanding and is then corrected or given further insight by the teacher. Just reading it, without the extensive background needed and without a proper teacher will lead to error and confusion, nothing positive.

And cults like the “Kabbalah Center” of the Bergs or Michael Laitmain’s ‘Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Center” are scams. They say what they think will bring in the most people to make money from them. Nothing genuine, just erudite sounding rubbish that relies on their followers being too ignorant to argue with. (Marc Lipshitz) [This has been well established.]

(3) The Zohar was not mentioned in the Torah for a good reason.

Tradition relates the Zohar to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a Jewish sage from the 2nd century CE. That is 500 years after the Torah was canonized and millenia after it was written. The Zohar was actually written in the 13th century CE by a scholar named Moshe Di-Leon.

One can only study the Zohar after a lifetime of studying the Talmud. It is a tradition not to engage in the study of Kabbalah until one is 40. I myself never tried, as I spent my life doing lots of things but never studied the Talmud very deeply.

Pop Kabbalah Madonna style is for idiots. Like trying to understand quantum mechanics without learning middle school physics. (Gal Amir)
These answers comport with what I was taught and makes very logical sense.  So, why are there so many "Orthodox teachers" today prescribing the learning of Zohar for "every person, regardless of gender, race, religion or nationality."  Just one of the many ways the Sitra Achra uses to corrupt Klal Yisrael.  The promise of "secret knowledge" and the "power" it allegedly confers very much appeals to the ego. Something else that needs to be mastered before engaging in such study.

The reason this is so important right now is because this technique is proliferating in the "Orthodox" Jewish world.  (I don't know about other communities, but all the false teachers I am encountering keep claiming their "Orthodoxy" as if it's a hechsher for the heretical ideas they are spreading.)

If anyone is issuing a blanket invitation for all Jews (or all people) - people they don't know and will never know personally - to learn Zohar, they do not have your best interests at heart.  It's a scam of the Sitra Achra and the job of these "teachers" is to lure you in and compromise your faith. Remember Gila Jedwan who said she promised Hashem that she would learn and teach Zohar for a year and claimed it is the key to everything?  She has another interview out with a person called Billy Phillips ("Who was J*sus? How did his life intersect with The Zohar? Billy answers all my questions")...

He says he is a student of "Rav Berg" (I reckon that's the famed Zohar scammer from the Kabbalah Centre.) Says he was born Jewish, went to "Hebrew school" but home was secular, was not satisfied with the answers he got to his questions. He "looked for meaning" outside of Judaism and the only place he found "answers" was through the Kabbalah Centre. 

The result is he's teaching things like "Unredacting J*sus" and "How the Kabbalists Hid the Zohar Inside Chr*stianity".  One of his sites says:  "There are many ways to understand the Trinity from The Zohar, some deep, some simpler."  

Why does a Jew even need to consider this question?  It's not a kosher thing to turn your mind towards.  A Jew will never in his life have a need to "understand the Trinity."  In fact a smart Jew will see this and run with all his might in the opposite direction!!

Is the Pope's endorsement really a consideration for us?  A thousand times "NO!"

What explains this treif obsession with Yeshu???

Quoting Phillips  [bolding/underlining mine]...

If you have questions about the universe, life, or in particular unanswered questions about J*sus, God and the chaos in our lives, this course can provide profound insights and practical answers based on hidden teachings that are now coming to light after twenty centuries.

💬 I know what you're wondering...

Is this Jews for Jesus? No.

Is this Christians for Judaism? No.

Is this Christians for Christians? No.

Is this Jews for Jews? No.

So what then is it?

And THAT is one of the secrets that will be revealed. And the answer is stunning and life-changing.


1. J*sus gave secrets only to his close disciples. To the masses he spoke in parable. Now that the secrets are being revealed, takeaway number one is that you are in the same relationship with Jesus as were his closest disciples.

2. You will have a profoundly deeper understanding of the origins and secret meaning of Chr*stian Doctrines.

3. You will know the secret history and source of J*sus' teachings that have never been made public.

4. You will understand the way to bring the Final Redemption and the arrival of the Messiah based on the secret teachings.

5. You will fill your body and soul with Light because the secret teachings and the actual story of what really happened are both the sum and substance of supernal Light—at least, according to the secret teachings.

6. You will understand HOW the Messianic reality will function and look in a practical way, and why the secrets are the key to igniting the arrival of the Messiah.   
It's like Chr*stianity without the free ticket to Heaven.  Who needs it???  Nobody, but especially NOT JEWS!!!  It's treif, treif, treif, treif, treif, treif!!!!  It's a scam and I pity whomever falls into the trap of believing in it or even pondering over it, God forbid!!

This is part of the NWO plan to create a one-world religion where differences are erased and commonalities are emphasized, where everyone can find common cause, no matter their background.  The big push here is to get Jews over their knee-jerk disgust and rejection of anything related to Yeshu(Gila really emphasizes this point.)  Restore him to the Jews as a good Jewish Rabbi (as per Shlomo Riskin), make him a kabbalist and holder of secrets that can bring upon us the Final Redemption (which everyone is expecting anyway) and they will soften up and stop being so obstinate and fixated on Torah and mitzvot, remaining apart from the greater culture.  In a word - ASSIMILATE!!  Out of existence - One New Man.  

They express the view that whomever opposes them or their program to spread this globally is "Erev Rav" from the "Darkness" trying to extinguish their "Light."  

They must be staring into a mirror.  

The more you find treif ideologies mixed in with Torah Judaism, like New Age, Chr*stianity, Hindu ideas, etc. just turn it off, run away from it.  HKB"H has given us everything we would ever need in the Torah Temima.  Everything outside if it is a hindrance.  It can add nothing.  That's why there is a warning not to add to or take away from the Torah.

We didn't need anything Yeshu had to say 2,000 years ago, and we certainly aren't interested in anything his admirers are pushing in his name today.

26 June 2024

"Former Friend" Ben Gvir

20 Sivan 5784 

As I've said before, Ben Gvir seems to me to be all talk.  I'm not aware of anything that has changed in any significant way under his leadership.

from Itmar Ben Gvir over Torture of Amiram Ben Uliel

Like I've said before, our Yehonatan is on a steep learning curve, but he's getting caught up.  B"H!!

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Back on June 9, 2024 (3 Sivan) I wrote a blog post entitled "Merry Xmas, Bibi!"  Some of of my comments there were really worthy of their own blog post and today I got the perfect opportunity to do just that.  This ties in to the Machon Shilo video above...

Before anyone responds to my remark that the entire government is Erev Rav with a shout-out to Ben Gvir, you need to give that a lot more thought. For example, consider the following:
Aryeh Eldad, a secular hard-liner, and Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, an Orthodox Jew and former Kach activist, decided to form the new faction Otzma LeYisrael in October 2012. Eldad was chosen to lead the party's list, followed by Ben-Ari and Baruch Marzel.
…On 20 February 2019, Otzma Yehudit [name changed] and The Jewish Home reached a deal that would give Otzma Yehudit the 5th and 8th seats in a technical bloc. On 21 February 2019, the party announced that their candidates for the list would be Michael Ben-Ari and Itamar Ben-Gvir. On 17 March 2019, Dr. Michael Ben-Ari was banned from running for the Knesset ahead of the April 2019 Israeli legislative election. On 25 August 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that Otzma Yehudit candidates Baruch Marzel and Ben-Zion Gopstein were banned from running in the September 2019 elections. (Source: Wikipedia)
Leaving the party in Ben Gvir’s hands. So, why was Dr. Michael Ben Ari banned?
The Israeli Supreme Court issued a ruling against Otzma Yehudit Sunday evening, barring one of its candidates, Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, from running for the 21st Knesset. 
In so doing, the court overturned a decision earlier this month by the Central Elections Committee to permit Ben-Ari to participate in next month’s election.

The court also ruled Sunday to overturn the Central Elections Committee’s decision to bar the radical anti-Zionist Arab parties Balad and the United Arab List from running for the Knesset. The two parties, which are running on a joint ticket, had been barred by the committee for their support for terrorism and opposition to Israel as a Jewish state.

A former Knesset Member who served in the National Union party from 2009 to 2013, Ben-Ari was a student of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who founded the Kach party and served as the party’s sole Knesset Member, from 1984 to 1988.

While previous candidates have been barred from running for the Knesset – including Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was banned in 1988 – this marks the first time in the history of Israel that the court has banned a candidate over the objections of the Central Elections Committee.The petition to bar Ben-Ari had been submitted by Meretz chief MK Tamar Zandberg, Labor MK Stav Shaffir, and representatives of the Reform Movement. Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, Otzma Yehudit’s second candidate for the Knesset, was also included in the petition, but will be permitted to run.
Strange. And why were Marzel and Gopshtein banned?
The Supreme Court on Sunday banned a pair of senior members of the extreme-right Otzma Yehudit party from running in Israel’s elections in September. 
The nine-member panel of justices voted unanimously in favor of disqualifying Benzi Gopstein, while a single justice voted against doing the same for Baruch Marzel. At the same time, the court dismissed separate petitions calling for the banning of party chairman Itamar Ben Gvir….
Not once, but twice!! The party was taken from those who founded it and presented to Ben Gvir. 
The courts must really like Itamar Ben Gvir. (See The 'spy' who sued me.)

Why is this "Kahanist" different from all other Kahanists???

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...Dr. Ben Ari, Baruch Marzel and Bentzy Gopshtein are the real deal, no questions!! And that is precisely why they were eliminated (politically) and precisely why that makes Ben Gvir suspicious.

...who is the literally universal face of the dreaded "extremist right wing" that Netanyahu is scripted to be trying to constantly moderate? The whole world knows it by name - Ben Gvir. He's a constant reminder of what awaits those terrified of Torah-led rulers, even though he has publicly "distanced himself" from Rabbi Kahane.
(TOI - 2022) Ben Gvir, of the Religious Zionism-Otzma Yehudit alliance, said that although he admired Kahane, he would not advance legislation to expel all Arabs from Israel and the West Bank or to create a regime of ethnic segregation — as Kahane advocated.

For this, he was roundly booed by the audience.

“It is no secret that today I am not Rabbi Kahane and I do not support the deportation of all Arabs, and I will not enact laws for separate beaches,” he said to loud jeers.

...Despite distancing himself from Kahane’s most overtly racist and discriminatory views, Ben Gvir, who is expected to be a key figure in Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming government, extolled Kahane’s virtues and praised him for many of his activities.

...[Baruch] Marzel told The Times of Israel he did not vote for Otzma Yehudit in the recent election since Ben Gvir has said he does not follow Kahane’s path, and said he intends to establish a new far-right party to contest future elections.

So, now he has lost another big supporter.  How much longer until his jig is finally up?