"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 April 2024

From Slavery to Freedom

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I pinned that phrase from Tanchuma to the top of the page as a reminder...

"...and on the 15th of Nisan they will in the future be redeemed from subjugation to exile.”
When were we considered to have been redeemed from Egypt?  It wasn't after Egypt was destroyed.  It wasn't after we successfully crossed the Red Sea.  It wasn't when we entered into Eretz YisraelIt was the day we no longer needed Pharaoh's permission to leave.  The day we got up and walked out and no one could stop us - that was our redemption.  Everything else followed from that!

This quote from the Tanchuma predicts that the same will be true of our future final redemption, too - "from subjugation to the exile."  When we go free from foreign domination and oppression, everything else will follow from that.  In this situation, present-day Egypt is clearly the U.S.

The Biden administration is slated to announce sanctions against the IDF’s Netzah Yehuda battalion for alleged human rights abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank, the Axios news site reported on Saturday. It would be the first time the US has ever taken such a step.

...Israel moved the unit out of the West Bank in December 2022 — though it denied it did so due to soldiers’ behavior — and it has since served mostly in the country’s north. It has also been deployed to the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing war against Hamas.

...The expressions of surprise and anger in Israel came shortly after leaders voiced profound gratitude to the US after the US House passed a major military aid package for the Jewish state.

Citing unnamed American sources, the Axios report said the sanctions would bar the transfer of US weapons to the largely ultra-Orthodox infantry unit and prevent its soldiers from training with US forces or taking part in any activities with US funding, under the Leahy Laws.

Authored by then-senator Patrick Leahy in the late 1990s, the laws prohibit providing military assistance to individuals or security force units that commit gross violations of human rights and have not been brought to justice.

One of the sources was quoted saying that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had decided not to sanction other military and police units that the administration was investigating, as it had seen adjustments in their conduct.

An administration official told the news site that the decision to sanction Netzah Yehuda was based on research done before October 7 that examined incidents in the West Bank.

...The report came days after ProPublica said a State Department panel recommended that Blinken sanction several Israeli units for alleged rights abuses, including Netzah Yehuda.

Blinken himself said Friday that he had made “determinations” regarding accusations that Israeli forces had violated the Leahy Laws.

Asked at a news conference in Italy about reports that the State Department has recommended cutting off of military aid to certain Israeli units over possible human rights violations in the West Bank, Blinken did not outright confirm the reports, but promised results very soon.

“I think you’re referring to the so-called Leahy Law and our work under that,” he responds. “So this is a very important law. And it’s one that we apply across the board. And when we’re doing these investigations, these inquiries, it’s something that takes time. That has to be done very carefully, both in collecting the facts and analyzing them.

“And that’s exactly what we’ve done. And I think it’s fair to say that you’ll see results very soon. I made determinations. You can expect to see them in the days ahead,” Blinken said, without elaborating.

Netzah Yehuda was created so that ultra-Orthodox and other religious soldiers can serve without feeling they are compromising their beliefs. The soldiers do not interact with female troops to the same extent as other servicemen and are given additional time for prayer and religious study.

Since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, the US has issued three rounds of sanctions against settler individuals for violence against Palestinians. The latest round was issued on Friday and included the leader of the far-right group Lehava, Benzi Gopstein, who is a close ally of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

Ben Gvir said Saturday that imposing “sanctions on our soldiers is a red line.”

Describing the Axios report as “extremely grave,” Ben Gvir stated that he “expects Defense Minister Yoav Gallant not to submit to American dictates” and that the members of Netzah Yehuda “must be fully supported.”

“If there is not anybody at the Defense Ministry who will back up the battalion as required, I will ask to absorb them into the Israel Police and the Ministry of National Security,” continued Ben Gvir, who added that he would be willing to integrate the battalion into the Border Police.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said imposing sanctions “while Israel is fighting for its existence is utter madness.”

“This is part of a planned move to force the State of Israel to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state and to forsake Israel’s security,” Smotrich charged in a post on X.
Moshe Feiglin had the following to say about this development...
On the eve of Passover, our sons and daughters are being tortured in the Hamas tunnels, a few minutes' drive from the border, and for 7 months now the IDF has not been able to save them - due to the mental dependence on the Americans.

We must internalize: The abductees are still there, only because of the dependence on the Americans. The victory evaporated, despite the supreme heroism and the terrible death toll - only because of the mental dependence that the heads of the security system and the political leadership had developed on the Americans.

As we established the country out of an American embargo, As we won the Six Day War contrary to their opinion And as we destroyed the Iraqi nuclear threat against their will - That way, and only that way, when we get rid of the Americans, we can win again and survive existential threats in the future.

The American sanctions on the Netzah Yehuda battalion are a sign of respect for the battalion and the beginning of a welcome process of a necessary separation from American "aid" and dependence on them.

The process of American "burning of the hametz" from the IDF and the security systems was started for us by the Americans themselves in the Netzah Yehuda Battalion and we must complete it.

Without removing all this "leaven", from all the veins of all our security arms, we will not be able to defeat our enemy again and go to freedom, from the 7.10 slavery.


20 April 2024

"Passover Shocker!!"

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Motza"sh - Shavua Tov!

Note added by the Rabbi:  "Dearest friends!!  This class was from 5 years ago in the Holy apple, Tapuach.  We are reloading it now, as the message is much more relevant today, with world turmoil, then 5 years ago!!  Listen before the seder. A meaningful Passover to all."

Does Israel possess nuclear weapons?
 Passover shocker!! | Rabbi Richter

19 April 2024

Iran's Move...

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Shabbat Shalom! 

Shabbat HaGadol: T-Minus 3 Days and Counting

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Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Metzora - Shabbat HaGadol

One of the reasons given by Chazal for why the Shabbat just prior to Pesach is called Shabbat Hagadol is that this is the day the Hebrews brought the Passover lambs into their homes and the Egyptians did not take retribution against them.
Shemot 8:22...

Pharaoh summoned Moshe and Aharon and said, "Go - bring offerings to your God in the land." Moshe said, "It is not proper to do so, for we will offer the deity of Egypt to Hashem, our God - behold, if we were to slaughter the deity of Egypt in their sight, will they not stone us?"
As we all know, Pharaoh did not let the people go and the lambs were taken into the Hebrews' dwellings for four days until the time came to slaughter them and roast them whole over an open fire for all the world to see and know that Hashem is God over all.

Can you imagine the sound of the bleating up and down all the streets? This was quite an in-your-face insult to Egypt, but they bore it without repercussion and Chazal considered it a miracle. Hence - Shabbat Hagadol.

Remember:  Faith only becomes real when it is put to the test.


For those with enough time to read, here is a very interesting and more detailed account by Daniel Pinner...
Shabbat ha-Gadol, “the Great Shabbat”, the Shabbat immediately before Pesach, commemorates our final Shabbat in Egypt, [3,336] years ago, just five days before the Exodus.

G-d had commanded the erstwhile slaves: “On the tenth of this month they will take to themselves – each man – a lamb for each father’s house…it will be for you to guard it until the fourteenth day of this month; then they will slaughter it – the entire assembly of the Congregation of Israel – at the onset of twilight.” (Exodus 12:3-6).

The Midrash expounds: “The Jews would tie [the lamb] to their bed-posts from the tenth of the month on; when the Egyptians would enter [the Jews’ houses], they would see the lambs thus, and their souls would explode in rage” (Pesikta de-Rav Kahana, Parashat ha-Chodesh s.v. dabru; Yalkut Shimoni, Bo 191).

The lamb was the Egyptian god, and for the Egyptians’ former slaves to show such contempt for their god and their religion drove them insane with impotent fury.

Obviously, the corollary was that for the Jews to openly treat their former masters’ god with such contempt took tremendous courage and faith in G-d. Keeping this god tied to a bed-post for four days was a continuous challenge to Egypt; it demanded far more dedication than a single impetuous act of bravery in a moment of excitement.

The Midrash continues: “‘Moshe called to all the elders of Israel, saying to them: Draw forth the flock and take it to yourselves’ (Exodus12:21) – every single one must drag around a god of Egypt, and slaughter it in front of them”. They had to extend this brazenness into the public squares and streets of Egypt, by slaughtering and roasting the Egyptian god in front of the Egyptians.

G-d commanded them to “eat it roasted over fire…do not eat of it raw [partially roasted], or cooked in water – only fire-roasted, its head with its legs with its innards” (Exodus 12:8-9).

Why this specific way of preparing the meat? – “Because it was an abomination for the Egyptians, slaughter it. And so that no [Jew] would say, We won’t roast it thoroughly lest it infuriate the Egyptians, it says ‘do not eat of it raw [partially roasted]’. And so that no Jew would say, We will cook it and thus conceal it in a pot, it says ‘do not eat of it …cooked in water’. And so that no Jew would say, We will cut off its head and its legs so they won’t recognise it, it says ‘its head with its legs with its innards’” (Da’at Z’keinim mi-Ba’alei Tosafot, Exodus 12:9). The Pesach sacrifice was a massive act of defiance against the idolatrous Egyptian oppressors.

The Midrash (Pesikta de-Rav Kahana ibid. and Yalkut Shimoni ibid.) further continues: “Their taking of the lamb stood by them at the River Jordan, and their eating of it stood by them in the days of Haman: they had eaten the flesh on this night– the night when ‘the king’s sleep eluded him’ (Esther 6:1)”.

The day they took the lamb, the 10th of Nisan, was the day that they would cross the River Jordan into Israel forty years later (Joshua 4:19). And the day that they ate it was the day that Achashverosh’s sleep would elude him 957 years later, in the days of Mordechai and Esther: Haman had promulgated his decree of genocide on the 13th of Nisan (Esther 3:12), so the three days of fasting that Esther decreed (4:16) were the 13th, 14th, and 15th of Nisan.

Hence the day that Esther risked her life by donning royal apparel and going to King Achashverosh (Esther 5:1) was the first day of Pesach, so the previous night, when ‘the king’s sleep eluded him’, was the night of the 14th of Nisan (see Esther Rabbah 8:7; Yalkut Shimoni, Esther 1056; Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer, Chapter 50; Seder Olam Rabbah, Chapter 29; Targum, Esther 5:1 et. al.).

The Talmud (Shabbat 87b) and the Midrash (Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishma’el, Beshallach, Masechet de-Vayasa 1) record that the day of the Exodus, 15th Nisan 2448 (1312 B.C.E.), was a Thursday. “So they slaughtered their Pesach sacrifices on the Wednesday, and it was on the previous Shabbat that they had taken their Pesach lambs, because that was the tenth of the month. And it is therefore called Shabbat ha-Gadol – the Great Shabbat, because a great miracle was wrought thereon” (Tosafot, Shabbat 87b s.v. ve-oto yom).

The Shulchan Aruch cites this as practical halachah: “The Shabbat which is before Pesach is called Shabbat ha-Gadol because of the miracle that happened thereon” (Orach Chayim 430:1). The Mishnah Berurah (ad. loc.) explains: “In the year that they left Egypt, the 10th of Nisan fell on a Shabbat. Every single Jew had taken the lamb for his Pesach sacrifice and tied it to his bed-post… The Egyptians saw this, and asked them ‘Why are you doing this?’ They responded, ‘In order to slaughter it for the purpose of Pesach, as Hashem has commanded us’.

Their teeth were set on edge because they slaughtered their god, yet they were unable even to say anything to them. And because the tenth of the month then was a Shabbat, the Shabbat before Pesach was ever after to be called Shabbat ha- Gadol”.

The Haftarah reading for Shabbat ha-Gadol is the very last prophetic vision ever – the concluding 21 verses of the prophecy of Malachi, the last prophet, who prophesied during the early Second Temple era. After castigating Israel for their lack of gratitude to G-d and their defiling of the Holy Temple with their sub-standard sacrifices, Malachi portrays the Messianic era.

The Haftarah begins by contrasting the future glorious time with our past misdeeds: “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Hashem, as in days of old and as in former years” (Malachi 3:4). In his final message – the message which seals prophecy for all time – until the coming of the Messiah - he exhorts Israel: “Remember the Torah of Moshe My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, decrees and statutes. Behold! I send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of Hashem comes”.

An obvious question arises: why did our Sages select just this prophecy as the Haftarah for Shabbat ha-Gadol? If they wanted to link the redemption from Egypt with the final Messianic Redemption, then why not select one of the more impressive prophetic passages from Isaiah? Or why not one of Jeremiah’s magnificent descriptions of the final Redemption, which he depicts as being even more majestic than the redemption from Egypt (for example, 16:14 onwards, or 31:30 onwards)?

I suggest the following answer:

The Targum (Malachi 1:1) identifies Malachi as Ezra, which is also the opinion of two Talmudic sages, Rabbi Yehoshua ben Korha and Rabbi Nahman (Megillah 15a; Yalkut Shimoni, Malachi 586). Later sages, however, disagree: the Radak and the Ibn Ezra (commentary to Malachi 1:1) are of the opinion that Malachi was a separate prophet. The Rambam (Introduction to the Mishneh Torah), Rashi (commentary to Sukkah 44a and Bava Batra 15a), and Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartinura (commentary to Pirkei Avot 1:1) all state that Malachi was part of Ezra’s Beit Din (the Men of the Great Assembly).

On the 15th of Nisan they were redeemed from Egypt; and on the 15th of Nisan they will in the future be redeemed from subjugation to exile” (Tanhuma, Bo 9).  What is undisputed is that the prophet Malachi lived through the second redemption – the return of the exiles from the Babylonian/Persian exile and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Malachi was born during a period of exile, of destruction, when the majority of Jews were in foreign lands and the Land of Israel was under foreign occupation, with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem lying desolate.

Malachi witnessed King Cyrus’ proclamation, granting the Jews the right to return to Israel and rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (Ezra1:1-3, 2 Chronicles 36:22-23); he was part of the second redemption, the end of the Babylonian/Persian exile.

It was no coincidence that during the second redemption, the first festival that the Jews celebrated was Pesach (Ezra 6:15-22); neither was it coincidence that Ezra began his Aliyah journey on the 1st of Nisan (7:9), and led his followers from the River Ahava – the last leg of the journey to Israel – on the 12th of Nisan (8:31).

Malachi’s prophecy, then, is the synthesis between the first, second, and third redemptions, and is therefore the perfect reading for Shabbat ha-Gadol. Malachi had a unique perspective on Redemption, because he had experienced redemption in his own life. 
“On the 15th of Nisan…[G-d] spoke to Abraham our father in the Covenant between the Parts; on the 15th of Nisan the ministering angels came to announce to him that his son Isaac would be born to him; on the 15th of Nisan Isaac was born; on the 15th of Nisan they were redeemed from Egypt; and on the 15th of Nisan they will in the future be redeemed from subjugation to exile” (Tanhuma, Bo 9).

As we begin to celebrate the first redemption, it is especially relevant that the prophecy of the prophet who, during the second redemption, foretold the final and eternal Redemption, resounds in every synagogue.

18 April 2024

Aiming to Stop the Nukes?

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Don't believe the American propaganda machine.  Israel will certainly respond to the Iranian onslaught just as they've said from Day One.  Only the manner and timing are in question, but even the manner may have finally been sorted out.  This development eliminates the need for mid-flight refueling of Israeli jets which was problematic.  Might as well go all out.  There will never be another opportunity like this.

17 April 2024

"Now You Will See the Wondrous Things Which I Will Do For You"

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We traditionally remember the events beginning with the 10th of Nissan on Shabbat Hagadol - the Shabbat just prior to Pesach - because at the very first Pesach, that 10th of Nissan did fall on Shabbat.  But, I think it is worth reminding ourselves this year of what really began to happen on the first 10th of Nissan which sets the pattern for every 10th of Nissan which follows.

By Daniel Pinner (excerpt):
Dawn of a Nation 
The 10th of Nissan, 2448 (1312 B.C.E.).  For generations, the Jews have been enslaved in Egyptian exile, conditioned to accept the Egyptians as their immutable masters. They suffer slavery, humiliation, torture, the murder of their sons, in mute despair. And now, after centuries of this conditioning, Moshe arose and commanded them: Take a lamb – the god of your Egyptian masters; tie it to your bed-post for four days; at the end of that time, slaughter it in public; roast it whole, ensuring that the Egyptians will see it and smell it and identify it! Defy Egypt, the mightiest power in the world! 
Four days later, the 14th of Nissan, 2448. The Jews, smashing the conditioning of centuries, indeed slaughtered the lambs, the god of the Egyptians, in public. The next day, the 15th of Nissan, they leave Egypt with a high hand. 

It was “a night when Hashem Himself guarded them, bringing them out from the land of Egypt; and that same night Hashem Himself will guard all the Children of Israel throughout their generations”. This is the night which is fore-ordained for Israel to fight mightily against its future oppressors.  

The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov (excerpt):

Although the greatness of the tenth of Nisan and the commemoration of the miracles and wonders which occurred on that day were transferred to Shabbos ha-Gadol, ...nevertheless some of the importance of the day remains.  

There are reports that the Israeli "retaliation" is about to take place.  Who knows what will be?  Even the best laid plans of men go awry in unanticipated ways. 

Showing our public disdain for the Egyptian god and proving its powerlessness was a tremendous demonstration of absolute trust and faith in HKB"H.  Should we face such a test in our own time, surely it would involve trust and faith in HKB"H versus the "Democratic" State, the "Holy" IDF and Military technology.  Where do you look for help?  Who do you depend upon?

Iran Attack: Staged Production

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And if there is any "retaliation," it very likely will be, too.   

15 April 2024

Is Literally Everybody Lying About Literally Everything?

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Some people are asking if the missile/drone attack on Israel even actually happened.

Although we call this world The World of Lies, it is built upon a foundation of Truth.  No lie can even exist unless it is wrapped around a kernel of Truth, because only the Truth can stand on its own.  

History is filled with conspiracies.  Paro conspired to kill all the male infants born to the Hebrews in Egypt, Achashverosh and Haman conspired to annihilate the Jews, as did Hitler, y"sh and his followers after them, and on and on.  However, anybody can yell "conspiracy" and use it to deny the truth embedded in the lies which inevitably accompany conspiracy.

If you are going to talk "conspiracy" then, even if it can't be proven, you should at least be able to name the suspicions which raise the charge in your own mind.

Here is an example of what I'm talking about -  The Conspiracy of the US, Saudi Arabia and the Erev Rav in Israel - "Israel's 9/11".

The Abraham Accords were conceived by money people in order to make money.  That's by their own admission.  "Peace" is only a side benefit but one which also benefits the bottom line.  It's just the latest iteration of a decades-long attempt by the West to merge with the East in order to make a lot of money.  

Religious fanaticism is the main stumbling block to their grand scheme.  Muslim (and Jewish) "extremism" is the greatest threat to the "peace" needed to do business.  In fact, the name itself was meant to emphasize commonality in an attempt to bridge the differences:  "The agreements were named "Abraham Accords" to highlight the common belief of Judaism and Islam in the prophet Abraham."  (Wiki)

And the Abraham Accords were again figuring prominently in the news just before the Simchat Torah Massacre on October 7, 2023.

The big connection to Gaza is that the US promised Saudi Arabia that a Palestinian State would be part of this deal with Israel.  As I said back in October, I think that together they masterminded a plan that would force Israel to concede to a Palestinian State in Gaza and it required the removal of Hamas.  However, Israel had to be given a plausible reason to go to war against Hamas and clearly all three - Israel's Erev Rav regime, the US and Saudi Arabia - would benefit from such an eventuality.  

Even though I think Hamas went further even than their enablers imagined, I think they believed the world's sympathy would last long enough to get the job done,  But, when the nations started calling out "genocide," etc., the perceived need to protect civilians and increase aid slowed everything down too much.  Biden actually said early on that Israel had "until the end of the year" to finish the job and then they'd have to move on.  

Just like they underestimated the blood lust that drives Arabs, I think they also underestimated the extent of the tunnel system and the extent to which Hamas used critical infrastructure like hospitals.  Generally speaking, those driven by the desire for riches can never understand the religiously-motivated individuals.  They can't get past the idea that everyone has his price, because it simply isn't true.  Religious "extremists" can't be bought off, so they must be eliminated.

Iran was always in their sights.  (It's one of the seven countries General Wesley Clark revealed were slated for takeover.)  It's an Islamic State that hates the West, and don't think The Powers That Be plan to allow for a real Jewish State either.  To continue to exist, Israel must become a country like any other, hence the war on Torah here and the labeling of "Jewish terrorists."

What just happened on April 14th is the beginning of the next phase of what started on October 7th - The War of GoguMagog.  This was just the opening shot of "Paras will go and destroy the whole world."

That means Israel will move their next piece on the chessboard and Iran will countermove until Iran says checkmate.  It's inevitable.  It's what everything has been building up to.  But, do not be lulled into a false sense of security after what didn't happen during the missile and drone attack on Sunday.  We won't get off that easy again.  

It is entirely possible that, just like we spent that first Pesach locked inside our homes while the Angel of Death wreaked destruction to the Egyptian firstborns all around us, a similar situation may see us locked inside our homes while the Angel of Death wreaks destruction against all who would oppose Mashiach.  
...and all the nations of the world will shake and panic and fall on their faces and feel contractions like those of giving birth, and Israel will shake and panic and ask: 'Where will we go?'

Now, we know the phrase "in Nissan we were redeemed and in Nissan we will be redeemed," but there is another more specific source which actually says:   

“On the 15th of Nisan…[G-d] spoke to Abraham our father in the Covenant between the Parts; on the 15th of Nisan the ministering angels came to announce to him that his son Isaac would be born to him; on the 15th of Nisan Isaac was born; on the 15th of Nisan they were redeemed from Egypt; and on the 15th of Nisan they will in the future be redeemed from subjugation to exile” (Tanhuma, Bo 9).

"And (God) will say to them, ‘My children, do not fear, because everything I did, I did for you. Why are you afraid? Don’t be afraid. The time has come for your redemption’.” (Yalkut Shimoni on Yeshayahu 60)

13 April 2024

Iran Takes Their Best Shot

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11:00 pm IST


UAVs en route.

Takes 9 hours for them to arrive.

Jordanian and Israeli airspace closed.

Netanyahu to Jerusalem bunker.

Military leaders in Tel Aviv bunker.


PS:  Travel time for ballistic missiles - 12 mins
Travel time for cruise missiles - 2 hours
Travel time for drones - 9 hours

Word is that launches will take place so as to ensure all projectiles arrive simultaneously and overwhelm air defenses.

12 April 2024

Chill! Shabbat Is Coming!!

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Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Tazria

Predictably, the headlines all across cyberspace continue to shout "another 24-28 hrs and Iran will attack Israel!"  They've only been saying this every 24-48 hrs for the past week!  And it can be true in any 24-48 hr period throughout the year anyway, so as long as you've prepped for a couple of weeks without access to food, water and electricity, forget about it!  You've done your hishtadlut, the rest is all up to HKB"H.  

Considering the fragility of the supply line these days, you just have to treat it as though anything, whether a natural disaster or civil unrest, can leave your family vulnerable.  It's only reasonable to be proactive and take certain measures, but there is a limit and beyond those limits, we have to trust 100% in HKB"H.

When the entire nation walked out of Egypt, we carried food and water with us.  It didn't last very long, but then the well began to produce and the mann began to fall.  If it happened then, why can't it happen now?  

...behold days are coming, says the Lord, and it shall no longer be said, "As the Lord lives, Who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,"

But, "As the Lord lives, Who brought up the children of Israel from the northland and from all the lands where He had driven them," and I will restore them to their land that I gave to their forefathers. (Yirmiyahu 16.14-15) 

(Rashi) and it shall no longer be said: Our Rabbis expounded: Not that the departure from Egypt shall be uprooted from its place, but the final redemption will be the most important and the departure from Egypt secondary to it.

By the way, there is another reference to Shemini - the eighth day in this week's parashah...

On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised." (Vayikra 12.3)

[Commentary]  Although the commandment of circumcision has already been given (Bereshit 17.10-14) it is repeated because of the new laws in this verse: that milah may be performed only in the daytime, since the Torah specifies bayom, on the ...day (Sifra), and that - since the Torah specifies that it be done on the eighth day - a child must be circumcised on that day, even if it falls on the Sabbath, unless, of course, the infant's health requires delay (Shabbos 132a).

Maybe it was placed here to be a reminder to us to continue to look to the number 8 which indicates the level above nature.  In reality, the physical world only goes up to 7.  There is no 8th day here.  Unless we look outside of the purely physical, it just goes back to 1.  On the musical scale, the eighth note is exactly the same note as the first one, but an octave higher.  

The times are particularly uncertain because the Master of the Universe is encouraging us to look beyond the physical, i.e., the government, elections, the IDF, the US and EU, Iran! and dare to see the number 8 - the level above nature from whence comes our redemption.


11 April 2024

Can You Connect the Dots?

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Is it a failure of imagination or willful blindness that prevents people from being able to connect the dots?  This is mida k'neged mida.

(Man-made bombs v. God-made "bombs")

Before anyone says this is normal for this area, know that this is where I grew up.  It is "normal" once in a great while.  What is not normal is being slammed by a steady stream of storms parading across the entire country for months on end!

10 April 2024

Don't Lose Sight of the Big Picture

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If you still have any doubts that GoguMagog broke out on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 5784, I would just direct you to the headlines of any/every global news source.  Here is the latest...

All of the nations of the world are arrayed against us and irrationally so!!  They are eager to believe every blood libel lodged against us and they completely ignore any fact that proves otherwise.  We were viciously attacked and yet the invaders and murderers who attacked us have become the victims while we are deemed the aggressors for daring to defend ourselves.  

A full two months before this war broke out, I wrote For This We Wait - awaiting the showdown with Iran.  Eight months later, that is still what we are waiting for because it is the lynchpin on which the entire messianic process hinges.  Mashiach will become recognizable during this stage of the Gogumagog War.  

But, while we await that moment, which now can be counted in days and/or hours, there is absolutely no reason to doubt that we are in the very midst of what I believe will be a one-year War of Gogumagog - half a year confronting the "Gog" West (US/Europe) and the second half confronting the "Magog" East (Russia/China).  [Recall that Daniel's Statue represents the four exiles, the final one being Rome, represented by two legs!!]

BEWARE!!!  This is the most critical period of time.  This is when the yetzer hara approaches to whisper the doubts and discouragement, tempting you to lose faith in the process; to feel like it's never going to end, never going to progress.  Every woman who ever delivered a child can attest to this experience which happens to every laboring mother right before the birth.  

The more depressed and hopeless we feel, that is the clearest sign yet of where we are - right before the birth.  It's not the time to give up.  It's the time to rally all your faith and strength to withstand the final test and forge ahead into a brilliant future.  Trust HKB"H!!!

"Will I bring to the birth stool and not cause to give birth?" says the Lord. "Am I not He who causes to give birth, now should I shut the womb?" says your God.  (Yeshayahu 66:9)

We have two Rosh Hashanahs - one in Tishrei and one in NissanTishrei commemorates Creation and it marks the New Year for the whole world, while Nissan commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and therefore, marks the New Year for Jews.

"This month shall be to you the head of the months; to you it shall be the first of the months of the year."  (Shemot 12:2)

I read recently that Tishrei is when HKB"H conceived of the Creation, but He waited until Nissan to create in actuality because Tishrei is a time of strict justice and Nissan is a time of mercy.  It makes sense then that HKB"H would take us out of Egypt at Nissan because it required an abundance of Divine mercy to take us out in our condition at that time.  And keep in mind that it didn't happen all at once, it was a year-long process Nissan to Nissan.

However, the Final Redemption is described in the prophets as the Day of the Lord's Vengeance.  We are coming to the fulfillment of HKB"H's original intent for the world and that requires justice to overcome mercy, in my view.  So, it only makes sense that the Final Redemption would take place from Tishrei to Tishrei, and so the Sages prescribed readings about the War of GoguMagog in Tishrei.

Take heart!!  We are already halfway there!!!

09 April 2024

08 April 2024

Nissan - the Month of Nissim

1 Nissan 5784
Rosh Chodesh

"In Nissan we were redeemed and
  in Nissan  we  will  be  redeemed." 

07 April 2024

Eclipse Day Today - April 8, 2024

29 Adar Bet 5784
Yom Kippur Katan

October 7th to April 8th.  (Another "Shemini"?)  Six months into the War of GoguMagog and we are no closer to winning it than when we started.  That may be all about to change.

On April 8, 2024, the premiere Eisavian nation, the United States, the one most responsible for preventing us from winning the war against Amalek, will have the ring-side seat to a full eclipse of the sun.  Chazal say that a solar eclipse is a bad sign for the nations.

On April 7-8, 2024, the moon, which Yishmael has chosen for his symbol and who lives according to a lunar calendar, will be invisible in the night sky.  It's also the last night of Ramadan.  An auspicious time for his demise?

By the time the famous eclipse of 2024 begins its trek across America, it will already be Rosh Chodesh Nissan in Eretz Yisrael.  

The moon rightfully represents Yisrael and it is we who sanctify the New Moon as commanded by God.  Its renewal symbolizes our renewal.  Just when it looks like we will disappear from the world stage, we make a comeback.  Only Yisrael is forever.

Excerpted from The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov:

Even though the laws of nature were given to Israel as well as the other nations, and they can choose to live naturally as do other nations and can even be more prosperous doing so, nevertheless they were also given a path of miracles and wonders which supersedes the natural order of the world - a path which is meant to be their primary objective and which is to take precedence over the natural path.  This is alluded to in the words: This month shall be the first of the months for you...of the year.  In other words, the path of renewal [the essence of chodesh, month] is to be your objective, rather than the fixed, natural order [the essence of shanah, year].  Israel's strength and virtue, and their survival throughout all generations has come about not through natural means, but rather through the miracles and wonders by which God revealed His glory to His people.

The following report says that 13 states lie in the path of totality of this solar eclipse.  Interesting, since the US started with 13 colonies which are represented on the national flag with thirteen stripes.  "Unlucky 13" according to the nations; lucky 13 for Klal Yisrael!

Adar II (or the 13th month in a leap year) is considered extra lucky because the month of Adar according to tradition is a “lucky month.”  (Source)

The eclipse falls out on the final day of Adar Bet...

Rabbi Richter: "Amazing Prophecy of the Mystical Zohar"

28 Adar Bet 5784
Shavua Tov! 

Rabbi Richter: "Greetings friends!! This class was from 4 years ago.  I have reloaded it, as it is TODAY MUCH more relevant with the current political situation of the world.  May we merit to see it NOW!!!"

05 April 2024

The Situation is Critical - for Everyone

26 Adar Bet 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Shemini - Mevorchim/HaChodesh  

And nobody but nobody gives any thought to the
 100,000 internally displaced persons in Israel!!


04 April 2024

Shemini - The Eighth Day

26 Adar Bet 5784
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Shemini - Mevorchim/HaChodesh 

"It was on the eighth day, Moses summoned
Aaron and his sons, 
and the elders of Israel."

It was Shemini Atzeret when the first phase of the war began, and now that it looks like it may be moving on to the next phase (finally), it appears it may come on Parashat Shemini.  There is definitely a message there.  Though I can't say for certain what it is, some thoughts do occur to me.  

Seven represents a complete cycle in the natural world.  The number eight represents the level above nature.  Perhaps we could say it is the place where HKB"H hides Himself, and if we could but reach that level, we would be able to see the glory of His Presence.

The time of Shemini Atzeret is compared by our Sages to the yechidah after the marriage ceremony.  All of the guests have gone home and the bride and groom are alone together, enjoying their relationship in private.  It is meant to be the highest point of the High Holy Days period, where we have been elevated - through our own work of repentance together with HKB"H's process of rectifying us - to the level of Shemini (8).

The same idea, I believe, can be seen in Parashat Shemini.  Quoting from the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary:

This chapter begins on the first day of Nissan, the eighth day of the inauguration service.  On that day, the Tabernacle was erected permanently and the Kohanim assumed their new role.

...Referring to this service, Moses [reassured] the people that the glory of Hashem would appear to them this day as a result of Aaron's performance of the service for the first time.

And on that "eighth day," the "glory of Hashem appeared to the entire people."

If there is a hidden message here, it could be that HKB"H is trying to communicate His great desire to reestablish this connection with us and encourage us to do what we need to do in order to merit coming into His Presence.  

Quoting again from the Stone Edition Chumash  Commentary:

Moses told the people that after they carried out God's command, His glory would appear to them.  This concept is fundamental to Jewish faith, that first a Jew must dedicate himself to obeying the will of God, and untold beneficial results will flow from it.  At the Splitting of the Sea, for example, the Jews plunged into the waters, and, in reward for their faith, God showed them unprecedented miracles and a higher degree of revelation than was experienced even by the Prophet Ezekiel.  Such was the resolve that moved the people to declare to Moses that they were ready to perform all the commandments even before they knew what God would ask of them....  Once a Jew displays his trust in God, God will reciprocate with every manner of blessing (R' Aharon Kotler).

The final of the four special haftarot - HaChodesh - is read this Shabbat Parashat Shemini.  Quoting once again from the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary:

On the Sabbath before Rosh Chodesh Nissan...[we read] the passage giving the commandments associated with the very first Rosh Chodesh Nissan in Egypt.

The first day of Nissan was and always remains a historic day for the Jewish nation.  It was the day when the people received their first commandment as a nation.  Sanctify the New Moon.  This ritual has a profound spiritual and historic significance.  

I find mention of both Sheminis in the haftarah for HaChodesh.  The Prophet Yechezkel is speaking of the post-Redemption time period, after the Third Temple is built.

(Ez. 45:18)  So says the Lord God: In the first month, on the first of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish, and you shall purify the sanctuary.

This is Rosh Chodesh Nissan.

(Ez. 45:25)  In the seventh [month] on the fifteenth day of the month on the Festival, he shall do the same for seven days, a similar sin offering, a similar burnt-offering, a similar meal-offering and similar oil.

This is at the completion of Sukkot

May this very Rosh Chodesh Nissan fulfill all its inherent kedushah for a great revelation of HKB"H's presence in this world with the arrival of His righteous Mashiach!


03 April 2024

Laylat al Qadr

25 Adar Bet 5784 

Maybe Iran will wait to attack Israel until it reaches full power - Leil Shabbat Kodesh: Parashat Shemini.

The Night of Power (Arabic: لیلة القدر, romanized: Laylat al-Qadr) also rendered as the Night of Destiny, Night of Decree, Night of Determination, or the Precious Night, is, in Islamic belief, the night when Muslims believe the Quran was first sent down from heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad; it is described as better than a thousand months of worshipping.   According to various hadiths, its exact date is uncertain but it was one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.  Since that time, Muslims have regarded the last ten nights of Ramadan as being especially blessed.  Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes again every year, with blessings and mercy of God in abundance.

The night is not comparable to any others in view of Muslims and according to a tradition, the blessings due to the acts of worship during this night cannot be equaled even by worshipping throughout an entire lifetime.  The reward of acts of worship done in this one single night is more than the reward of a thousand months of worship.  (Source)

Laylat al Qadr in Iran begins from the evening of 05 April, 2024 (27 Ramadan 1445 AH). In Islam, there are several Islamic events that have their own significance.  However, Laylat al Qadr is also among the holiest events in Islam.  (Source)

02 April 2024

"Paras Will Then Go And Destroy The World..."

24 Adar Bet 5784

...And all the nations of the world will shout from terror, fall upon their faces in fear and undergo such horrible pains as strong as labor pains.  And the Jewish people will shout from fear and say, "To where do we turn?! To where do we run?!"  And He (Hashem) will say unto them, My children, do not be afraid; all that I have done here, I have done only for you.  What do you fear?  The time for your Redemption has arrived!" 

"Rabbinical Prophecy Decoded"

24 Adar Bet 5784

Can You Call It "Civil War" If Only One Side Is Fighting?

23 Adar Bet 5784

Some think my labeling of the skirmish that took place in Meah Shearim on Yom Rishon as an act of civil war is hyperbole.  Some think that if it is just getting started, it would necessarily require time to resolve.  So, it got me thinking.  Hasn't a civil war actually been going on in this land since before the State was founded?  And can you even call it "civil war" if only one side is fighting?  

Every once in a great while, the other side decides to defend itself and that's when it comes out into the open.  Otherwise, most people don't even know it exists.  It's the age-old battle over Jewish identity:  are we a "free people in our own land" or a covenant nation bound in servitude to the Master of the Universe?  

Remember the Altalena?  the Yemenite babiesYamitOsloGush Katif?  The "scamdemic"?

That's what comes to mind off the top of my head.  

We entered into covenant with God through receiving His Torah at Har Sinai and ever since that day, we've had to contend with "insiders" who have fought us all the way.  So, I don't think it's "hype" to call it a civil war.  The good news, however, is that this is no beginning.  We're just finally coming to the end.

01 April 2024

The Death of Mashiach Ben Yosef - Part 2

23 Adar Bet 5784 

...the first to predict the rise of a secular Jewish state as prelude to the coming of the Messiah is Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel of Prague (1525-1609) known as "Maharal", in his discussion of the rise of "the Kingdom of the Messiah".

Maharal affirms that the coming of the Messiah is not, as often thought a sudden event; it is a process. The "Holy kingdom of Israel" - Maharal's term for the reign of the Messiah will emerge from an earlier, non-holy kingdom.

The Midrash states: Just as Moshe, who was destined to break the power of Pharaoh, was brought up in Pharaoh's palace, so the Messiah, who is destined to settle accounts with Edom, will live with them in their city. The ultimate failure of the empire of Edom will give rise to a new and different kingdom - the Kingdom of the Messiah... (From "Who is the Messiah?" By Rabbi Aryeh Carmell)
We may recall in days and years to come that the 21st day of Adar was the day the decree was issued - the AG's decree to draft Torah learners and stop the transfer of State funds to the yeshivot - and which has likely instead decided the fate of the State and its Erev Rav regime.  Venahafoch hu!  What they intended for us will come upon their own heads.

Like the final plague on Egypt which was decided before Moshe Rabbeinu even left Midian:

The Lord said to Moses, "When you go to return to Egypt, see all the signs that I have placed in your hand and perform them before Pharaoh, but I will strengthen his heart, and he will not send out the people.  And you shall say to Pharaoh, 'So said the Lord, "My firstborn son is Israel." '   So I say to you, 'Send out My son so that he will worship Me, but if you refuse to send him out, behold, I am going to slay your firstborn son.' " (Shemot 4:21-23)
Developments over the past 24 hours...

“As is known, the Rav said many times in the name of HaGaon HaRav Elyashiv, z’tl, that the zechus of the existence of the State is only in the zechus that it supports mosdos Torah. And the public is afraid – who knows what will be now? And they want to hear divrei chizuk and hadracha from the Rav.”

Uncharacteristically, HaRav Zilberstein wrote a very brief response: “Limmud Torah is what protects us and we have nothing left but this Torah.”

He then wrote: “Writing and signing with a broken heart” – and signed his name.

This one merit may have been the only thing keeping the State, under the rule of the Erev Rav regime, in power. 

Following the display yesterday in Meah Shearim, after months of trying, Iranian forces in Iraq finally managed to deliver a strike on a significant target in Eilat...

If my analysis is right, it won't wait now.  
I think it has already begun.

31 March 2024

Attacked From Within!!

22 Adar Bet 5784 

UPDATE:  An interesting side note to this post was brought to me by Rabbi Richter.  The 21st day of Adar is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk who is famous for encouraging love for every Jew...

Born in the merit of kindness, Reb Elimelech's teachings emphasize the mitzvah to love one’s fellow.

A prayer he composed includes the line, “Put into our hearts that everyone should see the qualities of their fellows, and not their faults.”

Rebbe Elimelech’s student, Reb Zecharyah Mendel of Shedisnshov, described the love that existed among his students, which is certainly due to Rebbe Elimelech’s influence:

There is a lot of love between them. The love is greater than the love a father has for his son or the love a husband has for his wife. They are completely one; they practically share the same wallet. They love their friends’ children as their own, and one almost isn't able to discern who are the parents…

Rebbe Elimelech’s son wrote, “My father would constantly bless Jews, and he was moser nefesh for them all the time…”

His ahavat Yisrael was a focal point in his life; deeds of kindness and praying for others was how he served G‑d.   (Source)

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Who figured that the big war that would break out in Israel on 21 Adar Bet would be Civil War??? 

Attorney-General Gali Baharav-Miara, [y"sh] sent a letter on Sunday ordering the State to begin drafting Chareidim on Monday.

“From tomorrow, the security system must start drafting Chareidim,” she wrote.

She also warned the Education Ministry of trying to bypass the cut in yeshivah funding by increasing funds in other areas.

“The Education Ministry will refrain from any step that can or may entail a circumvention of the provision of the interim order – whether through increasing the budget…in other ways or through other funding channels or in any other way.”

Her letter follows her recommendation on Thursday to the Supreme Court to begin drafting Chareidim and cut funding to yeshivos – in direct opposition to the view of the government whom she was hired to represent.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
Leftists from the Achim L’Neshek protest group arrived at the Kikar H’Shabbat intersection in Geulah on Sunday evening in order to protest against Chareidim.

They made a deafening racket at Kikar H’Shabbat and yelled slogans calling on Chareidim to be drafted into the army. This is the same group that before October 7th, called for the public to refuse to serve in the army and contributed to the decision of Hamas that it was an opportune time to attack Israel.

Violent confrontations took place between the protesters, some Chareidim and the police.

The police issued a statement saying: “A short time ago, at the same time as an approved demonstration that began in the Knesset area in the designated protest area, dozens of protestors arrived at the Kikar H’Shabbat intersection in Jerusalem, blocked the traffic in violation of the law and began to confront the residents of the area who had gathered there, violating public order.”

“There was friction between the parties, and police forces worked to calm tensions, to prevent acts of violence and to repel the rioters. Following the throwing of eggs and objects at the violators of public order and the knocking down of a police scooter, a rioter was arrested on the spot.”

A large leftist protest is being held against the government outside the Knesset on Sunday evening.

HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Rosh Yeshivas Slabodka, spoke about the decision of the Supreme Court on Thursday evening to freeze the funds of some yeshivos beginning on Sunday.

“Everyone knows what happened last week, that they completely revoked our right to to learn Torah in Eretz Yisrael for the time being. We’ll now need to be moser nefesh for Torah. We don’t know exactly how – how much they’ll be makpid on us.”

“Because there are two types of people among those trying to be mevatel our limmud Torah. Some don’t necessarily hate us or religion but they don’t believe and understand that the Torah is what saves them. That the fact that we’re still here in Eretz Yisrael surrounded by enemies is only because there’s Torah in Eretz Yisrael. Only! And if they’re mevateir on Torah – they’re cutting down the trunk that the country stands on. They don’t believe this, rachmana litzlan.”

“And there are other people who are mamash reshaim – they hate us, they hate religion, they hate Torah, they hate bnei Torah. They want to destroy us and we’ll have to stand against them. There will be mesiras nefesh. I hope we won’t reach that but it’s very possible that we’ll have be moser nefesh to stand against them. But now is not the time for details.”

“But one thing is clear, that the first thing we need at a time like this is that we’ll have mesiras nefesh for the Torah itself. That the Torah itself will turn into a korban. If the Torah itself turns into a korban, our limmud will be a korban. What’s the p’shat? Full sedarim without any bitul Torah. Learning Torah with mesirus nefesh. This surely obligates us, to learn Torah like a korban. And this surely could help to eliminate the whole problem – definitely.”

“Hakadosh Baruch Hu will give us the koach of insight – to sit and think a little. What happened here was historic – that for the first time, the State revoked the koach to learn Torah. This is a tragedy! What do we need to do about it? Surely the first thing is strengthening our Torah.”

“If we’ll do that, maybe we’ll have siyata dishmaya. If we bring this korban to Hakadosh Baruch Hu, maybe He’ll have pity on us and we won’t have to bring other korbanos. Hashem should give us the koach to do what He wants from us.”