29 May 2015

Parshat Naso 5775

11 Sivan 5775
Erev Shabbat Kodesh



Parashat Nasso begins with the instructions for the Levite families (4:21-49), then with general purity and morality of the Israelite camp, concluding with the Nazirite (5:1-6:21).
And then comes Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing: “Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying: Thus shall you bless the Children of Israel –  say to them: ‘Hashem bless you and keep you; Hashem shine His face upon you and be gracious to you; Hashem raise His face to you and grant you peace’. Thus they shall place My Name on the Children of Israel, and I will bless them” (6:22-27).

This is the Blessing with which, until today, the Kohanim – Aaron’s sons – bless the Congregations of Israel every day (in Israel; in most communities in exile, only on Festivals). This is the Blessing with which, traditionally, every Jewish father blesses his children on Friday night, at the onset of Shabbat, immediately before Kiddush.

This is a three-fold Blessing, with each line subdivided into two Blessings:
1. (i) Hashem bless you (ii) and keep you;
2. (i) Hashem shine His face upon you (ii) and be gracious to you;
3. (i) Hashem raise His face to you (ii) and grant you peace.

There is a progression here, an ever-increasing blessing:

1. (i) “Hashem bless you” – may He bless your physical property that you become wealthy (Targum Yonatan, Ibn Ezra, S’forno, Malbim); (ii) “and keep you” – having accumulated wealth and physical property, it will remain with you (ibid.).
2. (i) “Hashem shine His face upon you” – may He smile upon your spiritual endeavours, help you in your Torah-study (Targum Yonatan, Rashi, S’forno), that there be no separation between Israel and God (Ohr ha-Chayim), that He grant you that which you ask of Him, that when you request anything of Him He will regard you favourably (Ibn Ezra); (ii) “and be gracious to you” – that He will reveal His secrets to you and relate to you (Targum Yonatan), that He give you favour (Rashi ), grant your requests (Ibn Ezra), and forgive your sins (Ohr ha-Chayim).
3. (i) “Hashem raise His face to you” – for eternal life (S’forno), may Hashem turn to you favourably when you pray to Him (Targum Yonatan), overcome His anger (Rashi), not hide His face from you (Rashbam, Ibn Ezra); (ii) “and grant you peace” – throughout your borders, which implies specifically in the Land of Israel (Targum Yonatan), that you not be damaged or harassed by stones, dangerous animals, or enemies (Ibn Ezra), that you not be divided among yourselves (Ohr ha-Chayim), that you have the tranquillity of lasting peace (S’forno).

That is to say, this blessing progressively increases: it begins with the physical (property, wealth), then perpetuates this physical blessing (the wealth not be taken away). Then the second line progresses to the spiritual. Both of these apply to the individual Jew.

Then the third line progresses to the level of eternity, and finally to the national level – peace throughout our borders, peace both among ourselves and with our external neighbours.

Seeing this three-fold Blessing in Hebrew, it is instantly obvious that the words and letters themselves increase consistently – from 3 words in the first line to 5 in the second to 7 in the third, and from 15 letters in the first line to 20 in the second to 25 in the third. The very words and letters indicate the increase in blessing:

יברכך ידוד וישמרך
יאר ידוד פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא ידוד פניו אליך וישם לך שלום

It is of course significant that this Blessing concludes with Shalom, peace. As the Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon ben Halafta said, “The only vessel to hold blessings for Israel which God found is peace, as it says ‘Hashem will grant might to His nation, Hashem will bless His nation with peace’ (Psalms 29:11)” (Uktzin 3:12, the concluding words of the entire Mishnah).

We can learn from the Ohr ha-Chayim why of all blessings, peace is the vessel which contains all the others: “All the blessings mentioned in the Torah could be bestowed, yet without bringing any benefit. If, for example, the people are harassed by wars, then even though one year they can plough and sow their fields, the next year they cannot plough and harvest; one year affects the next – and the result is that the blessing has no effect. Therefore the Torah says ‘you will dwell securely in your Land’ (Leviticus 26:5) – no one will harass you, and year by year you will have these blessings” (Ohr ha-Chayim, commentary to Leviticus 26:5).

Indeed, without peace, all the other blessings, both the physical and the spiritual, become so transient as to be illusory.

As we noted above, the three lines of Birkat Kohanim increase from three words to five to seven, for a total of 15 words. The Ben Ish Chai (Rabbi Yosef Chayim, Baghdad, 1832-1909) sees a deep metaphysical significance in the number 15, which is the crescendo of a long discussion.

The Ben Ish Chai analyses the tzitz, the head-plate of pure gold engraved with the words “Holy to Hashem” (Exodus 28:36), which the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) would wear whenever carrying out his priestly duties (except for certain Yom Kippur services).

“The tzitz would surround [the Kohen Gadol’s head] from ear to ear, an allusion that the redemption will come…in the merit of the Oral Torah, which depends on the ear… And he places it on his מצח [forehead], because below the letters מצח [i.e. the letters directly following them] are the letters קטן [small], an allusion that the redemption will be in the merit of humility. And therefore it is written, ‘it [the tzitz] will face the מצנפת [turban]’ (Exodus 28:37), because above the letters מצנפת [i.e. the letters directly preceding them] are the letters עם שפל [humble nation], and as it is written, ‘You will save a poor nation’ (Psalms 18:28) – when they are a poor and humble nation, then they will merit the redemption. And an additional reason that [the Kohen Gadol] places [the tzitz] beneath the turban is an allusion to ‘and You will humiliate arrogant eyes’ (Psalms ibid.), because the mashiach will only come when arrogance will cease (see Sanhedrin 98a). This is the reason that [the Kohen Gadol] places [the tzitz] beneath the turban – the turban atones for arrogance (see Zevachim 88b). And the explanation for all this is that the Name YUD-HEH, whose numerical value is 15, the same as גאוה [arrogance], is rectified through humility – which means that the arrogant ones violate the Name YUD-HEH. And in the future time to come, in the elevated world of perfection, Hashem Himself will be elevated to the appellation יהיה (He-will-be), because the vav [in the Name of Hashem] will be elevated to a yud… And this is the reason that Birkat Kohanim contains 15 words, corresponding to the Name YUD-HEH” (Ben Ish Chai, Halachot, Parashat Tetzaveh Year 1).

By making this connexion between the Divine Name in the time of the redemption and the Birkat Kohanim, the Ben Ish Chai implies very strongly that he too agrees with the above-cited commentaries (Targum Yonatan, S’forno, Rashi, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra, Ohr ha-Chayim), that the final phrase – “and grant you peace” – indeed refers to the Jewish nation as a whole, living on its own Land, as opposed to the first two lines which are blessings directed towards the individual Jew.

And herein we find perhaps the greatest blessing of them all. All the words in the Hebrew blessing are in the singular: יברכך, וישמרך, אליך, ויחנך – all are singular verbs. The last line too – אליך and לך are both in the singular.

This raises the question: if this line applies to the nation, then should these words not be pluralised? אליכם instead of אליך, and לכם instead of לך?

– No! Because the greatest blessing of peace is that we are unified, a single nation. This is the lesson that we derive from the Giving of the Torah on Shavuot, which we celebrated at the beginning of this week.

The Torah describes our journey to Mount Sinai: “They travelled [plural] from Rephidim, and they came [plural] to the Sinai Desert, and they encamped [plural] in the desert – and there Israel camped [singular] facing the Mountain” (Exodus 19:2).

Why the switch from plural to singular? – Because when getting ready to receive the Torah, they were “as one person with one heart” (Rashi ad. loc., following Vayikra Rabbah 9:9).

And such will be again when we will be ready for our final redemption – “as one person with one heart”. This is the ultimate blessing of peace: “Hashem raise His face to you and grant you peace”.

28 May 2015

From the Horse's Own Mouth

10 Sivan 5775

Is the New World Order Real?

10 Sivan 5775

Do you even have to ask? If you still have doubts, prepare to lose them.

Henry Kissinger: "...I think [Obama's] task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when really a New World Order can be created. It's a great opportunity...."



If you don't understand yet why America's borders have been thrown wide open, it's because it is now defacto a single state with Mexico (and probably Canada, too). The "North American Union"is a done deal, people. Even without an announcement.

Why we need a North American Passport

The future of the United States lies in North America. This is not a geographic truism, but a strategic imperative. Generations of Americans, distracted by far-flung crises, have long taken our own region for granted. This must change if the 21st century is to be an American century. The United States, Canada and Mexico are bound by a shared economic, environmental, demographic and cultural destiny. How we move forward together is key to our success.

In recognition of our shared destiny, the three countries should create a North American passport that would, over time, allow their citizens to travel, work, invest, learn and innovate anywhere in North America. Work, tourist and student visas are necessities in the modern world to regulate the flow of people between sovereign states.

In the North American context, much like within the European Union, our economies and societies are far more integrated than our immigration system recognizes -- and a North American passport, much like the EU passport, would align our laws with reality.

I realize that, at nearly 50 mins, the following video requires a large time commitment to view; however, it may be the most important one you'll see this year, or maybe ever.



(Now, you know why the United States Declaration of Independence was signed on the 17th of Tamuz.)

27 May 2015

What Color is Your Aura?

9 Sivan 5775


Prepare NOW to Shelter in Place

9 Sivan 5775

When it's already too late to relocate to safer environs, all that is left to do is to prepare to shelter in place. Acknowledging the dangers and making preparations in advance will increase your chances of survival.

Here is some good advice...

Prepare Your Homes And Neighborhoods For The Violence That Is Going To Sweep America

By Michael Snyder, on May 26th, 2015

The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis is beginning to disappear, and a new era of chaos and anarchy is coming to our cities. ...What we have seen up until now is just the warm up act. The main event is still to come.

...For those that cannot move, you are just going to have to get prepared right where you are. That means making your home and your family as unattractive a target to potential criminals as you possibly can. The goal should be to avoid a violent confrontation if at all possible. So you will want multiple layers of security between you and those that would potentially harm you and your family. You want to try to deter the bad guys from ever coming on to your property in the first place, but if they do come, you need to be ready to deal with them.

At the moment, we are still in the midst of relatively stable economic times. But even in these relatively stable times, violence is escalating. Just consider what happened in Baltimore over the recent holiday weekend. A grand total of 29 people were shot…

Overall, this past month has been the deadliest month for Baltimore in 15 years.

Things are even worse in the city of Chicago. Over this past weekend, 55 people got shot…

Urban unrest expert Dr. Max Herman says that the United States is on the “cusp” of a wave of domestic disorder and that the country will see more race riots.
Herman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at New Jersey City University, told the New Republic’s Joel Gillin that the economic downturn, in addition to incidents of police brutality, have provided fertile conditions for civil unrest.
He sees the re-emergence of a 60’s-style “protest ideology” amongst black communities which will lead to more disorder.
“It’s very clear from studying history that these things tend to run in cycles,” said Herman, adding, “I think we are at the cusp of another cycle.”
Author Chris Hedges is saying similar things. The following comes from a recent article about him in the National Post…

The United States is primed for a rebellion. So argues Chris Hedges in his new book, Wages of Rebellion, in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and polemicist examines revolts from 1700s to the ending of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the “sublime madness” that drives the people at the centre of such rebellions.

...I didn’t write it as a warning or a prediction. I wrote it more as an assessment. I covered disintegrating societies like Yugoslavia. I know how they break down; I know what the warning signs are, so it’s familiar. I don’t think at this point there’s much dispute. Even just the financial indicators in terms of wealth disparity and chronic unemployment. The fact that Congress has a nine-per-cent approval rating. Where I’m coming from, the book is an attempt to explain where we are in this particular historical period.
...when violence starts sweeping this nation, don’t count on the government to come in and rescue you. After watching what happened in Ferguson and in Baltimore, you should know better than that by now.

It is time for the American people to prepare their own homes and their own neighborhoods for the chaos and the violence that is coming. 

For the moment, things are still relatively stable so we have a little bit of time to prepare, but it won’t last for long.

Read the whole thing here.

If American citizens are being advised to prepare, how much more so the Jewish communities! Find out what your local Jewish leaders, rabbis, synagogues and Jewish centers have planned as a contingency when the worst happens.

I'm expecting Tamuz - Av - Elul to be very volatile.

"A Freak Act of Nature"

9 Sivan 5775

"Nature" is just anther name for the Creator. This is another message and the message is - not even the children are going to be spared what's coming to the world.

26 May 2015

Natural Disasters Of "Biblical Proportions" Continue Around the World

8 Sivan 5775

Houston is my hometown. My sister says it has rained "every day for months" where she lives in East Texas and that the ground is so saturated it can't absorb any more. Right now her house is surrounded by a lake of water with no place to go. And the weatherman says there's no end of rain in sight.

'A madhouse': Rain hammers Houston as deadly storm moves east

Deluge.

That's the best way to describe the nightmare Houston residents woke up to Tuesday, after over 11 inches of rain fell in some spots overnight and into the next day -- inundating byways and highways, slowing first responders, knocking out power and generally bringing the southeast Texas metropolis to a standstill.


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"The Jet Stream is stuck in place over the Southern U.S., has been for weeks – bringing up a record amount of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This is an unusual weather pattern unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in the annals of meteorology. We’re seeing May rainfall totals across the Southern U.S., for which there is no previous precedent mentioned in recorded history." (Source)

...damage caused by flash floods in central Texas was “absolutely devastating” and had been caused by “relentless, tsunami-type power”. (Source)




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13 dead after tornado strikes border city in Mexico

In six seconds, a tornado ripped through the border city of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, with a ferocity that officials said hasn't been witnessed in more than 100 years.

At least 13 people were killed, including three children, Acuña Mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez said. Another 200 were injured.

Photos from the scene, which sits right across the border from Del Rio, Texas, showed cars blown upright, front bumper on the ground and leaning against homes. The twister flipped over school buses and damaged about 400 homes.

Officials said records don't show such a powerful tornado hitting the city in more than a century.

The storm system that spawned the deadly tornado is the same one whose rains have caused flooding in Central Texas.


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Intense heat wave claims nearly 800 lives across India; Delhi sizzles at almost 46 C (115 F) degrees


And the death toll is still rising...

Heat wave kills more than 1,100 in India

Stifling heat has killed more than 1,100 people in India in less than one week.




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52 dead in China floods

At least six other people are missing in floods that have ravaged mountain districts of six provinces and autonomous regions in central and southeastern China. More than a quarter-million people have been moved to temporary shelters, and major damage has been inflicted on buildings and crops.

Apart from the two schoolchildren, 42 others have died due to floods and heavy rains, including 16 in the collapse of a nine-story building in the city of Guiyang following a landslide.

25 May 2015

Message from Menachem: "The War in Heaven Already Started"

7 Sivan 5775

[Be advised that this is my own translation; therefore, it may contain errors or unintentionally misrepresent the original in some way.]

BS"D     
Communication with Menachem
Iyyar 5775, published Erev Shavuot

"The War in Heaven Already Started"

I'm very excited, very excited. I don't know if you are feeling like me. I wake up at night in a panic, in the dark, like I'm closed inside a tomb, lo aleynu. I feel it's hard to breathe, I'm afraid, I'm so afraid. I'm not afraid for myself, I'm afraid for everyone, parents, children, adults, old people, what will they do?... What will they think when the big troubles which are impossible even to describe will start to descend?... It will be difficult also here in Israel, but not like abroad, because outside of Israel it will be destroyed, and here it will only be part, just a little, but it will be hard here. But, imagine what it is to see whole countries disappear, it's not easy even just to see it. And to think about all the people there, all the adults, and all the children, what are they thinking?... What are they thinking?... Yes, and all those who are in hospitals, and etc, I just worry, worry for Am Yisrael.

Truthfully, there aren't many Jews here now. The real Jews are few compared to the world population, and also few compared to the population of Jews, 'so-called Jews', but they're really the real Jews. And not one soul among them is going to be lost. And even if they appear distant - they will be close at the redemption. But, I can't tolerate the evilness that's everywhere, the hatred, all the crooked things, the war that they are conducting, Jews as well as gentiles, against HKB"H, shelo naida. And that's the thing that scares me most, because I know that every year throughout all the years since Adam HaRishon until today, the Satan wanted to fight against his and everyone's Creator, he wanted with all his powers to win, and to prove, chas v'shalom, that he is the Almighty, chalilah v'chas. But, that's the situation. And now he's sure that he's reached this level, because the most important people in the world, those who have the most say in the world, people who are so great, and rich, who are dictating, who think that they are the dictating, when there will be wars, when it will rain, when it will snow, when there will be a tornado or a hurricane, they think that they are in place of HKB"H, Hashem guard us and save us from them, but they will learn, they will learn the hard way. And the Satan himself - will disappear. Hashem will slaughter him, will finish him - and he will disappear! Hashem will take each slice from the Satan and throw each one in a different garbage can, and that will be the end [of him].

I'm afraid, I'm afraid the world will continue as it is this moment, because the world has turned into something ugly, ugly and crooked, and dirty, that it's hard to live in, it's hard to tolerate it. But, with all this - I'm afraid, and anyone who knows what's ahead of us - they are also afraid, because to look upon the destruction, to look upon dead people all around - it's very difficult. We're speaking about Jews, 'so-called Jews'. Indeed, there are those who it is clear that they are not Jews, that they are Erev Rav, but, there are those who will surprise us. And it will also be hard when we see little children who are going to be lost this way, shelo naida, the sight - difficult, it's difficult to see a person who has been killed, blood dripping from him, that part of his body is on one side and part on the other side. But, this we won't suffer, because it won't touch us. We'll see it - and it's hard either way, the difficult sights - it's hard. But, there's no choice, and it will be in just a little while. It will descend upon us very fast, at very high speed.

It's simply amazing to me how many people don't understand at all, it happens right next to them, and they understand nothing! They feel nothing! The evildoers intend to destroy us, the life and the faith in HKB"H, chas v'shalom, and we're not moving, not feeling, continuing life like nothing is happening. And in general, in the United States and Europe - they're completely 'in the clouds', they're continuing all the parties, the Jews, I'm speaking about Jews, they don't want to know, simply don't want to know. But, it's not just the Jews, but among the Jews, a high percentage of Jews - simply don't want to know. And even those who know - put it on the side and continue with the nonsense. What can I tell you, just to pray, just to pray for all Am Yisrael, that we will merit once and for all to receive our righteous Mashiach. I get very excited when I simply think about it, that Mashiach is really almost here, and we are really in the last generation. The last moments - it's us! About this generation we read and learned, and it's really - us, Baruch Hashem.

Q. It's written in the holy books that at the End of Days there will be strong heresy in the world, and it will influence even the tzadikim. My question is do we need to be more on guard? What do we do?

A. One needs to be more detached from the world, that is to say from the surrounding world, not from reality. We need to be realistic and not in dreams that do not exist. And clothing - it makes a very big partition, very big. And that's the main thing, but also the thoughts. There could be a person with a thousand clothes - and his thoughts are not good. We see Jews, with long beards, with long coats, that they, pardon me, are sleazy people, Hashem protect us. So, clothing isn't everything, because there are people who somehow even in the impurity remain pure, in thought as well as in behavior, so it's impossible to tell 100%. But, Hashem will save all these even though they weren't so clean from everything, all those who simply accepted Him as 'the Almighty', the Jews of course, the real Jews. But, we, it's better for us to suffer less if we are already now dressing modestly, behaving modestly and in holiness, in any case. And for a person there is always the yetzer-hara, so it's up to us to fight him, simply to fight him, to tell him 'get lost'!...  It doesn't interest me. And that's what we need to do. This is a war from morning-until-night and from night-until-morning, a situation of 'war all the time', and Hashem sees that we are fighting - and this will be the salvation.

Q. In light of what is happening in Yemen - many are saying that the War of GoguMagog is very close...

A. I say better: The War of GoguMagog already started. Did you know that several times they brought battleships and then took them back?!... Good, look, I don't know what to say. I do know one thing: It has begun. And it will get much more severe. And it will spread outside the Middle East. And then, also the Jews will begin to awaken, because then there will already be a war also inside America! That's right, it will be a war of brother-against-brother, that is to say gentile-against-gentile, Americans against Americans. [Civil war, just as the Riminover Rebbe said.] The army against the American people. And they have all kinds of Mexicans and Arabs, etc, who will be with the government. It will just get more and more severe. China hasn't gotten into it yet, and China is a very great danger to the world. The Russians are already in (meaning integrating into this program) and the Europeans are in, and Australia also, and all of these countries will be involved in the conflicts, some less, some more. And the biggest players are: China, Japan, Korea to a certain extent, all these countries, and also Russia, Europe, England, the US, and South America. And the United States will be among those that will be destroyed, not completely, but it will be destroyed. But Europe will really, really be destroyed. And you should know, all those like Roosevelt, and Hitler, and Mussolini, and Stalin, and perhaps also Churchill - they were together even though they supposedly fought against each other...

Did you know, there was one gentile named Pike, around the year 1870, he was one of the greats of the evildoers, and he wrote a plan that in the next century, that is in the 20th century, there would be three wars! And he described it exactly in every single detail - everything! Really described the wars, and what is the goal of each one of the wars, and that at the end it will be the war for complete control! It's like a kind of religion for them that pushes them, it's not particularly the money, etc, true money, too, everything that belongs to the material world - that's what drives them. They want to be in the place of HKB"H.

Q. At the moment there are expressions there that they want to discontinue the US managing the global economy...

A. In truth, do you know what they are doing there?!... How can we avoid talking about it?! They are really destroying the economy of America! He was sent to conquer America, the black man, he was sent precisely for this job. He's a fool, they tell him exactly what to do, and how to talk, and he does it, because that's how he was raised. His father was a big, famous, communist black man, and his mother was some kind of unfortunate white woman, also from a communistic family, and from the moment he was born - they prepared him for this, and specifically for him to be this crooked - it suits them. But, they do it as a joke on the world, they want to show that they are the rulers. It's not just sadists, it's beyond sadism, I don't know what it is.

Q. Why is there a tremendous feeling of tiredness?

A. I will explain. There's a war that already started, it started a long time ago.However, because we don't see bombs, Baruch Hashem, and we don't have ISIS, Baruch Hashem, we live more-or-less a regular life, so therefore, we're not conscious of it. But, our body does know. And we, the souls of course, know and feel it. And it also tires the body. Because what the soul knows - it tires the body. And we're simply feeling it hard, because there is a war. The war started first of all in Heaven. And it's really a war much more advanced than here. And it tires us, this war tires us very, very much.

And one more thing I want to say to you: Don't be weak, only strong. Even if you feel very, very down, everyone on your shoulders, but with all of this, with all the sadness there is, and with all the sad stories, and with all kinds of people we don't know, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! A light so big, so pleasant, that we will feel that it was all worth it! And we will reach this light, and suddenly, we will see from where we came, we'll see the Garden of Eden as it once was, and where we are now, and we will forget everything that was in the middle. All the suffering that was in the middle.

[See the original for sources and references highlighted in yellow.]