24 April 2017


28 Nisan 5777
Day 13 of the Omer

A truly amazing true story about the Shoah...




22 April 2017

Simulations, Tests and Probes

27 Nisan 5777
Day 12 of the Omer
Shavua tov!

"Total Chaos" - Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures

Operation Gotham Shield: U.S. Gov't To "Simulate Nuke Blast Over Manhattan"
Volleyball Over, North Koreans Go Back to Work at Nuclear Site, Analysts Say
North Korea is preparing to celebrate another major holiday this coming week: Tuesday will be the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army, and the North often uses such occasions to show off its military advances.

“Given the North’s recent provocative words and actions and its April 25 People’s Army anniversary, there is concern that the North can attempt a provocation at any time,” South Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, said Thursday.

20 April 2017

What Happened to Nibiru?

24 Nisan 5777
Day 9 of the Omer

I don't know any more than you do about what may or may not be with Nibiru or whether it is even really out there. However, our Tanach tells us that massive earth changes are coming and we see it happening with our own eyes. Whatever HKB"H is using to bring it about is really irrelevant to the event itself.

Why Earth’s Winds are Changing with Tornadoes, Waterspouts; Plasma Lightning Intensifying

16 April 2017

Revisiting Yam Suf

20 Nisan 5777
Erev Shvi'i shel Pesach
Day 5 of the Omer

Revisiting Yam Suf - Part 1, Part 2

Chag Sameach!

14 April 2017

Making Egypt, er...America Great Again

17 Nisan 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Chol HaMoed Pesach

...One bomb at a time.

US Bombs Syria In First Direct Military Strike Against Assad Regime

U.S.-led coalition accidentally bombs Syrian allies, killing 18

U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

What's next?

U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger

And then there are the political bombs at home...

Within Trump’s inner circle, a moderate voice captures the president’s ear
(It really does look like the Jews are taking over!)

Trump’s base turns on him

"...Frustration among the president’s allies has intensified in recent days, with many expressing worry that Bannon, the intellectual pillar of the nationalist movement that catapulted Trump to the presidency, is being pushed out.

As Bannon’s influence wanes, on the rise is a small group of Wall Street-connected advisers whose politically moderate and globalist views are anathema to the populist cause."


See also: Israeli officials are missing Obama earlier than expected

13 April 2017

Redemption Begins With the First Step Out of Egypt

17 Nisan 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Chol HaMoed Pesach
In every generation it is one's duty to regard himself as though he personally had gone out from Egypt, as it is said, "And you shall tell your son on that day, saying, 'It is because of this that God did for "me" when I went out of Egypt.'" It was not only our fathers whom the Holy One, Blessed is He, redeemed from slavery; we, too, were redeemed with them, as it is said, "He brought us out from there so that He might take us to the land which He had promised to our fathers." (Devarim 6:23) ---The Passover Hagadah
Twenty-one years ago this Shabbat, I arrived with my family on aliyah to the Land of Israel and, by God's grace, have never left even once. For this double blessing, I will be forever grateful to HKB"H!

12 April 2017

"GAS" Is At The Heart Of Everything Going On In Syria

16 Nisan 5777
Chol HaMoed Pesach

Of course, a chemical gas attack is being used to seriously undermine Assad's regime. That's because the whole war in Syria is being waged for the sake of protecting Russian hegemony in the supply of gas to Europe!

I wrote about this before in depth here and here.

In short, Russia has had Europe over a barrel for years with its monopoly on their natural gas supply. The only serious competitors can only reach Europe via a pipeline through Syria which Assad won't allow because Russia is his patron and he is bound to do the Kremlin's bidding. And this is why Russia is so deeply involved in defending the Assad regime. Gas sales to Europe is part of the lifeblood of the Russian economy. They are not about to lose it by giving up their influence there.

Ironic (and telling) how prominently the word "gas" is figuring in the news currently. First, there is the repeat use of chemical gas against civilians in the Syrian "civil" war...

Telegraph: America could take military action against Syrian regime in response to chlorine gas attacks, US defence secretary suggests

Chicago TribuneTurkey - Autopsies show sarin gas used in Syria chemical attack

Daily Mail: Russia KNEW about Syrian gas attack in advance - and about a bid to cover it up by bombing hospital treating Assad's victims, say U.S. officials

And then there is recent news about progress in the attempt to bypass Syria and Russia entirely in a bid to supply Europe with natural gas...

Ha'aretz: Europe, Israel Back Longest Undersea Natural Gas Pipeline

Globes: EU delegation visits Israel for gas pipeline talks

Financial Times: Israel signs pipeline deal in push to export gas to Europe

Israel’s Natural Gas Supply Is a Game-Changer
“Russia Cuts Gas, and Europe Shivers,” the New York Times reported on January 6, 2009, after Russia shut off gas exports to Europe due to a pricing dispute with Ukraine. From France to Turkey, nations across Europe went without power — and the incident underscored Russia’s outsized hold on European gas supplies.
Fast-forward nearly a decade later, and Europe is on the verge of relief from an unlikely source: Israel.
While approximately 60 percent of the world’s oil reserves are found in the Middle East, none of them are found Israel. Israel has been striving for decades to reduce its reliance on foreign sources of energy, by developing nuclear and solar technology, among other methods.
Then the game-changer occurred: the discovery of the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields off the coast of Haifa in 2009 and 2010. They were among the largest offshore finds in the world.
... Israel’s new gas fields will make the Jewish state a global energy player for the first time in its history, greatly altering its political and economic clout throughout the Middle East and Europe. Steinitz has said that he sees the eastern Mediterranean becoming the new North Sea.
Jordan has already signed a $10 billion deal to import Israeli gas, and Europe is next. Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy recently agreed to a $6.4 billion plan to construct the world’s longest underwater pipeline, which would bring Israel’s natural gas into the European market. The deal was supported by the EU’s Climate and Energy Commission, which said that it would help limit reliance on Russian-supplied gas.
This article is from two days ago. Don't expect Russia to sit still for this. 

10 April 2017

Chag Pesach Kasher v'Sameach!

14 Nisan 5777
Erev Pesach 

May all of Am Yisrael together experience the ultimate freedom this Pesach the complete and final redemption!

08 April 2017

"The Hidden Story Of Pesach"

13 Nisan 5777

Very worthwhile to hear. Listen while you cook and clean!

Rabbi Yehoshua Zitron

The Hidden Story Of Pesach (Exodus): Part 1 - The Enslavement

Rabbi Yehoshua Zitron

The Hidden Story Of Pesach (Exodus): Part 2 - The Mission Begins

07 April 2017

Arutz Sheva - Clean Up Your Act!

11 Nisan 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Some readers are aware that I have my own issues with Arutz Sheva and intentionally do not link to them or use them as a news source. However, at the behest of Rabbi Yehudah Richter, I am providing a link here to an online petition calling on Arutz Sheva to clean up their website by eliminating immodest advertising. If you agree with this effort, please show your support by signing...

Many thanks. Shabbat shalom!

Shabbat HaGadol 5777

11 Nisan 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

3329 years later...

Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky

Parashat Tzav: Tzav/Shabbos HaGadol/Pesach

06 April 2017

Egypt and Redemption

10 Nisan 5777

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

And it seems that once again, we will be redeemed from Egypt. With G-d's help, I will be developing this idea further in the coming days, as time allows.

Meanwhile, take a look at what is happening right under our noses.

Jerusalem's Museum of Tolerance remains a mystery
The Jerusalem Municipality and the Simon Wiesenthal Center are refusing to talk about planning and content of the new museum.

The high fence concealing the site on which the Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance is being built does not really keep passersby from seeing what is going on there. In central Jerusalem, on the site of a Muslim cemetery that is part of Independence Park, stands a huge oddly-shaped and proportioned concrete building. What will it look like? What will happen in it? What does its design mean? What will it contribute to the urban environment? None of this is clear, and it seems that there is a conspiracy of silence about it.

When I tried to ask the Jerusalem municipality spokeswomen about this, I was referred to Jerusalem architect Yigal Levy, who wanted to speak, but instead referred me to the representative of the developer, the Simon Wiesenthal Center. They called me from overseas, made inquiries, got back to me, and said that the financers were suffering from "press trauma," and would not talk.

A perusal of the Simon Wiesenthal Center website shows that it calls itself "a global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context." The organization's main offices are in Los Angeles, but it has branches all over the world.

The organization is headed by Dean Rabbi Marvin Hier. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, selected Rabbi Hier to recite a prayer at Trump's inauguration. The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, founded by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1993, is described as a "human rights laboratory" and educational center for increasing awareness of the Holocaust of the Jewish people and tolerance. According to the museum's website, 250,000 people visit the museum yearly, including 130,000 students.

The Jerusalem museum is portrayed as "a multi-faceted educational institution and social laboratory in the heart of Jerusalem that speaks to the world and confronts today’s important issues - like global anti-Semitism, extremism, hate, human dignity, and responsibility, and promoting unity and respect among Jews and people of all faiths." According to the US website, the building will house experimental museums for children and adults, a center for art seminars, an educational center, and a theater.

...According to the museum's website, the place will be managed by rabbis.

...Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Ofer Berkovitch, a cofounder of the Hitorerut B'Yerushalayim movement, is responsible for economic development, culture, and the city center. He says that he tried to contact the developers several times, but they refused to cooperate. "This is a foundation that is ostensibly very serious. They raise a lot of money, and this is an enormous building. I asked for the plan and the content, and proposed building a museum of Israel music there… They didn't answer me, and that's worrying. It arouses questions and doubts," he complained.

14,000 square meters, six floors above ground, and four floors below ground.
 (Globes, 4 April 2017)

See also: Pyramid Tower Planned for Central Jerusalem Nixed

Note: Comments are open for discussion of this subject.

05 April 2017

Keep An Eye Out

9 Nisan 5777

It might be prudent to get your Pesach shopping done early. 
Kim fires missile into sea... 
...The book "Otzar Midrashim" is a description of the redemption, as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai heard from an angel while hiding in a cave. In the Midrash, it shows a section that appears to refer to our days: "And it's a sign for you, when you see that an Eastern Nero has fallen, that in Damascus has fallen the Bnei Mizrach kingdom, then will sprout the salvation of Israel, and Mashiach ben David comes and will ascend to Jerusalem."
There was someone who checked and found that "Eastern Nero" in gematria equals "Bashar Assad".  (Source)
Tuesday's chemical attack in the Idlib province of Syria is suspected to be the deadliest chemical weapon attack in Syria in years. Israeli officials believe that the attack, which claimed the lives of close to 100 civilians and wounded hundreds more in the town of Khan Sheikhon, was a sarin gas attack order by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, head of the Institute for National Security Studies think-tank and former head of Military Intelligence, speaking to Army Radio, urged direct military action by Israel to deter the Assad regime from carrying out further chemical weapons attacks, calling the strike in Idlib a “crime against humanity.”
Have everything on hand (and then some) that you are going to need to fulfill the mitzvot. It's best to be prepared for any eventuality.

03 April 2017

New FC Messages from Binyamin Golden

8 Nisan 5777

FC message from Binyamin Golden on 25 Adar 5777 in Yerushalayim...

"Face of a Real Jew" - Hebrew text

FC message from Binyamin Golden on 17 Adar 5777 in Yerushalayim...

"Pesach Cleaning Inside Ourselves" - English audio, Hebrew text

31 March 2017

29 March 2017

US Admin Stacked With Jews

3 Nisan 5777

In Israel, they say "only the Right can make peace". Just like "only the Right" can throw Jews out of their homes - and still get re-elected. That's because people know that for sure the Left will do it, but they keep hoping that the Right will make good on their promises, even though they never do. What alternative do the people have?

For the same reason that "only the Right" will be able to pull off a "peace"-deal with the Arabs in Israel, I surmise that only a US administration so stacked with Jews as this one will be able to establish a Palestinian State and get away with calling itself the most "pro-Israel" US administration of all time.
High hopes of Arab summit OK for Israel peace step
If the Arab summit opening in Amman Wednesday, March 29 meets the expectations of Washington and Jerusalem, the session will ratify a pivotal initiative for promoting an historic peace process between the Arab world and Israel. This effort, which matured through five months of mostly secret diplomacy, was launched by Donald Trump in November, shortly after he was elected US President.
...DEBKAfile’s sources in Washington and Jerusalem report exclusively that President Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman crafted this proposal at the White House on March 14, during the prince’s trip to Washington.
...In the course of their conversation, Prince Mohammed informed Trump that his father, King Salman, had agreed on the need for the first time to amend the original 2002 Saudi peace proposal.... [Which resulted in George Bush's famous "Road Map for Peace"]
All 15 Arab Summit resolutions blast Iran
...DEBKAfile reported earlier, this issue is the subject of active exchanges between the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. King Abdullah of Jordan, who hosted the summit and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi will travel to Washington to report to President Donald Trump on the private discussions on this issue at the session and launch the next stage of the Arab-Israeli peace initiative.
Did Netanyahu skip AIPAC to avoid peace deal-pushing Trump?
...But then we turn to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. And here the waters get murky indeed. There are lots of indications that this administration is going to be tougher on Mahmoud Abbas than Obama was. How did Haley put it? “Until the Palestinian Authority comes to the table… there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority anymore.”
But still. The embassy isn’t moving. Abbas has got his White House invitation. The president’s envoy is making visits to Palestinian refugee camps. And the president himself is describing settlements as unhelpful to peace, and publicly asking Netanyahu to “hold back” on them a little. A lot of people didn’t see any of that coming.
The pressure will be on once again for Israel to grant concessions because the Arabs never will and US President Trump wants this deal really badly.
Jordan FM says Arab summit ends with 'message of peace'
Arab leaders on Wednesday endorsed key Palestinian positions in the conflict with Israel — a signal to President Donald Trump that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization.
In a one-day summit, they relaunched a peace plan that offers Israel normalization with Arab and Muslim states, provided it cedes lands it captured in 1967 to a future Palestinian state.
This will be the test of just how good a "friend" President Trump really is to Israel. And we won't have long to wait to find out. 

However, the fact that this has been Trump's obsession since the moment he was elected, since before he even took office, and before the myriad domestic issues demanding his attention, is some indication of how it's going to end.

(See also: Right Wing Israelis and Supporters of Israel Will Be Disappointed in President Trump)

The Almighty Dollar

2 Nisan 5777

"...upon all the gods of Egypt will I wreak judgments, I am the Lord." (Shemot 12.12)

In Eisav's world, people will do anything for a "buck". The "bottom line" determines everything. "Free markets" and "capitalism" are viewed as God's gift to humanity, chas v'challilah! "Business" is what makes their world go round. They don't even hesitate to sell their very souls.

If there is money to be made, absolutely nothing is off-limits.
House Votes in Favor of Letting ISPs Sell Your Browsing History
Your internet history and browsing habits are for sale, and the House voted Tuesday to keep it that way, rolling back rules that would have barred internet service providers from selling your data without consent.
Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas
President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.
The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives....
...Kushner said Sunday in an interview in his West Wing office. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”
The innovation office has a particular focus on technology and data, and it is working with such titans as Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk. The group has already hosted sessions with more than 100 such leaders and government officials.
The worship of money and the power that is obtained through having great wealth is what is driving these agendas. But, HKB"H is still in charge of His world and no power on earth "trumps" His!!

27 March 2017

Nisan: The Month That Is Redemption

1 Nisan 5777
Rosh Chodesh

From The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov...

The Month of Nisan: The Month that is Redemption

One who experiences redemption has emerged from darkness into light. One who has never suffered the oppression of bondage will not appreciate redemption. The very essence of redemption is the freedom which has its source in the bondage itself. Had Israel not been enslaved, they would never have experienced true freedom. Once they were enslaved, that very enslavement gave rise to their redemption. From the midst of that darkness -and from nowhere else - light burst forth. Our Sages taught: Israel said to God, "Master of the Universe, when will You redeem us?" God answered: "When you descend to the lowest level - at that moment I shall redeem you" (Yalkut Shimoni 190).


22 March 2017

Protect Your Children

24 Adar 5777
Exposé: NIF Funded School Trip Where Jewish Children Bowed in Mosque Prayer
The trip last week where Israeli Jewish children from Caesarea were made to bow in prayer during a school trip to a mosque in an Arab town just north of their city was arranged by an organization that receives its funding from the New Israel Fund, Channel 20 TV revealed on Tuesday.
Channel 20 also revealed that four Orthodox Jewish children who participated in the school trip went hungry the entire day because the only food available had been prepared by local Muslim parents and no kosher food was available.
...A member of the Caesarea parents’ steering committee told Channel 20 that no one had told them, that no one had coordinated the mosque visit with the parents.
In addition to this, there is a story out of Ma'ale Adumim about an incident in an "Orthodox" kindergarten where a Xian child is telling classmates about J----. Only one mother had the courage to complain publicly. Reportedly, other parents were concerned, but were afraid to complain openly.

What is more important than the safety of a child's neshamah? A parent must do everything in their power to protect their children from evil influences, propaganda and brainwashing.

The ideal, of course, is that they not be in an environment which challenges the truth. Even yery great people in their adult years have become confused and been mislead, but the world we live in today makes it nearly impossible to completely insulate our children. Therefore, parents must take charge of their children's education at home and not depend on the educational system to do the job.

Take time each week to sit and talk to your children about what they are doing, seeing and hearing at school. Do it in a way that's not like an interrogation, but encourages them to share what is happening in their lives. The same goes for getting them talking about what they discuss with their friends at play. Their playmates/classmates likely hear and see things in their own homes that you would not allow into yours and then they "share" this with your children without your knowledge.

By being tuned in to what your children are being exposed to, you have created an opportunity to counter the negative effects they could have on your children.

Talk to your children about your values and beliefs and explain to them, in terms that they can understand, why you reject others. Don't let them hear first from their classmates or even teachers on certain subjects. Be there first with the truth so that when the subject arises, they won't be caught off-guard, not knowing what to think about what they've heard.

Try to anticipate what hazards your child may face in his daily life outside your home and prepare him in advance with information and knowledge. Had these Jewish children from Caesaria been properly prepared by their parents at home, they might have been capable of showing the wisdom and courage of Azriel Hirsch in his boyhood. 

And never underestimate the power and protection of daily prayer on behalf of our children!

21 March 2017

Replacing Torah with The State

23 Adar 5777

Very often in Jewish writings one can read these three together "the people, land and Torah of Israel". God gave a unique book of instruction to a unique people to be expressed in a unique land. On this the world stands. When any one of the three is replaced, the world becomes destabilized. I noticed this when reading 'A THIRD OF SECULAR ISRAELI JEWS WANT TO MOVE ABROAD' this morning. 

This sentence caught my attention...
"Masa Israeli is a nonprofit organization invested in reinforcing individual, Jewish and Zionist identities while strengthening the connection and sense of belonging to the people, land and State of Israel, as well as to the communities from which they come."
I also noticed something else very interesting...
...Another finding of the poll concerns the sense of identity of Israeli Jews. Respondents were asked whether they categorize themselves as Jewish or Israeli. One hundred percent of haredim, 90.3% of religious and 82.9% of traditional respondents overwhelmingly saw themselves as Jewish first. The secular camp was divided, with 53% selecting Jewish and 43.6% Israeli (3% said they did not know ,and 4% chose neither).
One might be able to make a case for the following idea...

Hareidim - more representative of the Torah of Israel
Religious (Dati) - more representative of the Land of Israel
Traditional - more representative of the People of Israel
Secular - more representative of the State of Israel

The first three are connected to each other and see themselves as parts of the whole. But the secular are disconnected and see themselves as apart from the others, generally speaking. So, we see who it is who has the most difficulty with identity as a result and it ends with a willingness to abandon all.

20 March 2017

Strategic "Friendship"

22 Adar 5777

"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Do not trust enemies who bring you presents — they could very well be playing a trick. The saying is adapted from the words of Laocoon in the story of the Trojan horse."

Beware of Eisav declaiming friendship and brotherhood.
The Pope is a genuine friend of the Jewish people
...He referred to his Jewish friendships from the time of his schooldays and said that since Christianity had grown from Judaism it was impossible to be antisemitic and remain a member of the church as the two were mutually exclusive and inconsistent.
Catholic and Papal Anti-Judaism. Rabbi Laras Sounds the Alarm
...authoritative representatives of Italian Judaism - like the chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni - have criticized Francis for the distorted use of the term “pharisee” or of the comparison with Moses to cast discredit on his adversaries. ...an undercurrent - with the text a bit more manifest now - of resentment, intolerance, and annoyance on the Christian side toward Judaism;....
Putin to Netanyahu: Israel, Russia 'Unconditional Allies In War Against Terror
Hizballah’s trust in Russia – strategic dilemma for Israel
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Hertzl Halevi showed President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin maps depicting the various military movements ongoing in Syria, with the accent on an armored convoy of several hundred Hizballah troops driving out of their Syrian stronghold of Zabadani towards Mt. Hermon. The convoy was clearing a path by overrunning some 30 Syrian rebel villages on the Hermon slopes, which command the Syrian Golan town of Quneitra and the Israeli border. 
This evidence demonstrated that Hizballah had developed a single military stratagem for threatening Israel-held Hermon, ruling central Golan and gearing up for battle to restore the entire Golan area to Syrian sovereignty under Hizballah control.
Netanyahu had hoped that Putin would agree to stop the Hizballah convoy and keep his promise not to let Iran and Hizballah deploy on the Israeli border. However, the Russian leader was unresponsive. Not only were Russian commanders in Syria not instructed to restrain Hizballah, they acted to persuade Syrian rebels on the Hermon and the Golan to surrender to he Lebanese Shiite invaders.
Eisav cannot be trusted. He comes either with a sword or with a kiss and even the kiss turns into a bite on the neck. Eisav feigns friendship from an ulterior motive. Anyone who trusts or depends on him is doomed for hurt.
"Now, behold you have depended upon the support of this splintered reed, upon Egypt, upon whom a man will lean and it will go into his palm and puncture it; so is Pharaoh the king of Egypt to all those who trust in him." (Melachim II 18.21, Yeshayahu 36.6)
And so it will be for all "Pharaoh's" for all times. To paraphrase Tehillim 20.8 - These trust in popes and these in presidents, but we - we mention the name of the Lord our God. 

19 March 2017

Winds of War at Gale Force

21 Adar 5777

I can't imagine that any of my regular readers are not already aware, but for those who may have been too busy to keep up, here is a rundown of what has been transpiring over Purim Week as nations position themselves for whatever they are planning for the immediate future. 

There was a lot of shuttling go on...
Reuters  March 16, 2017 - President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy [Jason Greenblatt] has spent the week shuttling between Jerusalem, Ramallah and the Jordanian capital Amman on his first official visit to the region,....
ABC  March 15, 2017 - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will arrive in Japan today... [His] three-country tour will also take in South Korea and China,....
While in South Korea [Mar 17], SoS Tillerson (now) famously said "All options are on the table" with regard to North Korea's aggressive moves and posturing.

After just returning from a trip to Russia, Prime Minister Netanyahu is off to China today.

Other ominous movements...

Exclusive: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources  Reuters  March 14, 2017
Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya.
Pakistan in talks with Saudi Arabia to send combat troops to protect the kingdom  The National  March 13, 2017
Plans are under way to dispatch a brigade-sized deployment following a request from Riyadh, which wants the troops as an emergency response force. A brigade is usually made up of between 1,500 and 3,500 troops.
Islamabad and Saudi Arabia have long had a close military and security relationship, with troops from Pakistan's large and combat-hardened army regularly deployed for training Saudi soldiers. Although the kingdom, like other Arab Gulf countries, does not make the numbers public, experts say there are as many as 70,000 Pakistanis serving across the Saudi military services at any one time.
But requests for Pakistani combat brigades have usually only been made during times of heightened tensions in the kingdom.
Israel launches large-scale call-up of military resources  DEBKAfile March 19, 2017
With tension escalating in southern Israel following rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the IDF Sunday declared the large-scale mobilization of military reserves, along with the start of a major home front exercise in the South. The IDF spokesman said the Southern Command exercise would simulate a variety of operational scenarios in the region. 
And outright threats...
Trump’s First War? ‘All Options Are On The Table’ As The U.S. And North Korea Prepare For The Second Korean War 
North Korea "One Step Closer To ICBM Launch" After Successful Test Of "New Type" Rocket Engine  
Israel will destroy Syria's antiaircraft system if it fires on IAF again: minister
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday morning that if Syria's antiaircraft weapons are fired at IAF aircraft again, as they were late last week, then the system will be destroyed "without hesitating twice". For more details on the IAF strike in Syria, the interception of a Syrian missile by Israel's Arrow air defense system, and the effect of the developments on Israel-Russia relations, see DEBKAfile's May 17 special report and May 18 exclusive report.

Sinning For the Sake of Redemption

21 Adar 5777

On the face of it, it's a very shocking idea - sinning in order to bring the redemption. But, it is an idea which underlies the most destructive false messanic movements in Jewish history and which is re-emerging in our own time.

Consider this comment which I received by email...

"...a sin for the sake of heaven is greater than a mitzvah done with bad intent."

Now compare it to this principle which is at the heart of all false messianic movements:

Antinomianism - 1) In Christianity it is the doctrine or belief that the Gospel frees Christians from required obedience to any law...and that salvation is attained solely through faith and the gift of divine grace. 2) The belief that moral laws are relative in meaning and application as opposed to fixed or universal.

With regard to Sabbateanism and Frankism, too...
...Unlike traditional Judaism, which provides a set of detailed guidelines called halakha that are scrupulously followed by observant Jews and regulate many aspects of life, Frank claimed that "all laws and teachings will fall" and following antinomianism asserted that one's most important personal obligation of every person was the transgression of every boundary.
Frankism is commonly associated with Sabbateanism, a religious movement that formed around the identification of the 17th-century Jewish rabbi Sabbatai Zevi as the Jewish messiah. Like Frankism, the earlier forms of Sabbateanism believed that at least in some circumstances, antinomianism was the correct path. Zevi himself would perform actions that violated traditional Jewish taboos, such as eating fats that were forbidden by Jewish dietary laws and celebrating former fast days as feast days.

...Frank claimed that the mixing between holy and unholy was virtuous.
It sounds just like those among us today who have gone way beyond simply accepting donations from idolaters which itself was wrong, because it was the first misstep which lead to all the rest. It has lead to providing idolaters access to Jewish children, to lone soldiers, to Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable populations in the Land of Israel. It has lead to moving Jews out in order to give the idolaters a permanent home inside the yishuv where they worship their false god in our holy land. It has lead to bringing them into Jewish homes and hosting them at meals and attending their weddings. It has even lead to "partnering" with them in spreading a distorted Torah to the world - a universalist  "Torah". And all this sin has been committed in the name of "bringing the redemption".

This idolatrous Xian woman is "partnered" with a Jew in three projects which appear to make mixing the holy and the unholy into a virtue. In fact, it was one of their associates who wrote that bolded comment you see above.

They want you to believe that these are some kind of "new" Xians - not like the ones of the past who openly persecuted Jews. These are tolerant Xians who simply want us to be the best Jews we can be. They have no designs on our souls any longer. 

Well, Ms. Jollay's email presents a different story. It would seem from her presentation of a recent Xian "prophecy" that she still harbors the 2,000-year-old Xian dream of seeing all the Jews come to faith in JC...

..I could see Jesus, with just a glance, open the eyes of their [Jews'] heart, and they could literally SEE Him as Jesus, the Messiah. I could see on the inside of them, as we walked down this path in Jerusalem, that all of a sudden the eyes of their heart were opened, and a small flame started to burn on the inside of them.
Some of the people He tipped his head to I knew had great authority, heads in the Jewish community--rabbis. I could literally see in a glance the Lord opening up their eyes; I could see the Lord appearing. He was appearing to some of the top rabbis in the land, and just with a glance and a nod, a flame of revelation started to burn on the depths of the inside, in a second the eyes of their hearts were opened.
...We followed these Rabbis up to their rooms, as they went up into the upper rooms of their houses. I watched these Rabbis fall on their knees and cry out, "This Changes EVERYTHING. This changes EVERYTHING!" I saw the Lord go over and blow on that tiny ember of revelation on the inside, and little by little, it started to burn like an unquenchable fire.
... I saw that this fire would continue to burn until the appointed day would come when these Rabbi's could hold it in no longer and they would shout it from the top of the mountains, "Yeshua is Messiah...YESHUA IS MESSIAH!" I thought about how we pray for this....
And she closes her email with this...
Jesus, Yeshua, I thank YOU that YOUR Blood has Covered and Redeemed my own sin and I plead your blood for the sins of my family, my nation, the world and as an Israel Commissioned Watchman on the Wall of Jerusalem for Jerusalem and Israel of abortion – and thank YOU Yeshua for Laying Down Your Life to Save and Redeem us all– HALLELU YAH!!!" The Bride and The Spirit cry “COME LORD JESUS, YESHUA!!! and for our Hebrew Brothers we agree “HOSANNA!!!” Baruch HaBa B'Shem Adonai - Blessed IS HE that Comes in the Name of YHWH!!!
God’s ABUNDANT Blessings and FAVOR in JESUS, YHWH Yeshua HaMashiach (LORD Jesus the Messiah in Hebrew) upon you and yours!!!
The French have a saying: plus ca change plus ca meme chose - the more things change, the more they remain the same. King Solomon said it more succinctly: Ayn chadash tachat hashemesh - there's nothing new under the sun.

Don't be fooled. Don't be mislead. If you've already fallen for this error, repent now, before it is too late.

16 March 2017

"The Revelation of the Alefs"

19 Adar 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Ki Tisa - Parah

Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky

Parashat Ki Tisa: The Revelation of the Alefs

~ Shabbat shalom ~

09 March 2017

"A Feast and a Fast"

11 Adar 5777
Ta'anit Esther (observed)

As we read, it is necessary to examine ourselves to see if any remnant of this sin remains in our hearts. That's what fast days are all about - teshuvah. If we can correct ourselves without the need for the threat of punishment, then we have something to celebrate!

Why was annihilation decreed on the Jews of that generation? Because they enjoyed the feast of the wicked [King Achashverosh] Talmud, Megillah 12a

Was participating in the feast of Achashverosh so grave a sin that it deserved a decree of annihilation, G-d forbid? Indeed, the Book of Esther implies that it was no sin at all, even desirable and necessary. We are told that Achashverosh had instructed that no man be pressured to partake of any food or drink that did not agree with his constitution or his religious beliefs. He had even arranged for kosher food for his Jewish subjects, in full conformity with the exacting standards of none other than Mordechai himself![1]

And the Jewish people had many compelling reasons to attend the week-long banquet thrown by the king to celebrate the consolidation of his rule over the 127 provinces of the Persian Empire. All residents of the capital were invited, and to turn down the royal invitation would have been a grievous insult—something that a small minority, scattered throughout the empire and threatened by many enemies, could ill afford to do. It is true that the Jews are not like the other nations of the world, whose fortune rises and falls with the political tide. In the words of the Talmud, “the people of Israel are not subject to ‘fate,’”[2] for they are under the singular province of G-d. Indeed, our millennia of survival as a “lone sheep surrounded by seventy wolves”[3] belies every law of history. But it is also true that we are commanded to construct a natural “vessel” through which the divine protection and blessing might flow.[4] Surely the Jews of Persia recalled the words spoken by the prophet Jeremiah seventy years earlier, when they were first exiled from their homeland: “Seek the peace of the city to which I have exiled you, and pray for it… for in its peace shall you have peace.” [5]

In any case, even if there were something amiss in the Jewish attendance at the feast of Achashverosh, was this a transgression so terrible that it warranted Haman being given the prerogative to “annihilate, slaughter and destroy every Jew, young and old, women and children, in a single day”[6]?

Jews in Politics

But the problem was not that they participated in the feast; it was that “they enjoyed the feast” of the Emperor of Persia.

Certainly, the Jew in exile is commanded to employ the tools that, by natural criteria, aid his survival under foreign rule. But he must always remember that this is no more than a “vessel” for G-d’s protection. Politics, business, natural law—these are no more than a front, an elaborate façade which G-d desires that we construct to encase and disguise His supra-natural providence of our lives; they are not something to be revered, much less to get excited about.

But the Jews experienced joy at having been invited to Achashverosh’s feast. As they took their places among the Persians, Medians, Babylonians, Chaldeans and the other nationalities of the realm, they felt content and secure. After seventy years of exile, they had “made it”; they were now a member of equal standing in the family of nations at Achashverosh’s table, with glatt kosher dinners issuing from the royal kitchens.

With their joy, the Jews disavowed their uniqueness as a nation under the special protection of G-d. Their feelings demonstrated that they now perceived the niche they had carved for themselves in the good graces of an earthly emperor as the basis for their survival. But the world they so gleefully entered is a capricious one. One day a Jew, Mordechai, is a high-ranking minister in Achashverosh’s court and another Jew, Esther, is his favorite queen; a day later, Haman becomes prime minister and prevails upon Achashverosh to sign a decree of annihilation against the Jewish people.

The Reversal

When Mordechai informed Esther of Haman’s plans and enjoined her to use her influence with the king to annul the decree, Esther told him to “gather all the Jews who are in Shushan, and fast for my sake—do not eat or drink for three days, night and day; I and my maidens will likewise fast. Thus I shall go to the king, against the law…”[7]

It was forbidden, on pain of death, for anyone to go to the king unsummoned. Esther’s only chance was to charm the king into not killing her and to turn him against his favorite minister in favor of her people. The last thing for her to do under such circumstances was to approach the king looking like a woman who had not eaten for three days!

So dictate the norms of human nature and palace politics. But Esther recognized that the key to saving her people was to reestablish the relationship between G-d and Israel on its original, supra-natural terms. The Jews must repent their regression to a political people; they must draw on their only true resource—G-d’s love for them and His commitment to their survival. They must storm the gates of heaven with their fasting and prayer, and rouse His compassion for His people.

Of course, she must go to Achashverosh and do everything in her power to make him change his mind. But this is merely a formality. She must go through the motions of doing things the “normal” way because that is what G-d wants her to do—because this is the garment in which He chooses to cloak His salvation. But she will not appeal less fervently to G-d because she fears it will make her less attractive to Achashverosh—that would be like a soldier discarding his rifle because it creases his uniform.

Thus Esther rectified the error of those who enjoyed Achashverosh’s feast. They had exalted the façade, abandoning the essence of Jewish survival for the sake of the superficial vessel. Esther’s approach to dealing with the threat of Haman’s decree reiterated the true priority of the Jew, and evoked G-d’s reassertion of His singular providence over the fate of Israel.

Based on the Rebbe’s talks on Purim 5722 (1962) and 5727 (1967)[8]
By Yanki Tauber.
[1]. Esther 1:8; Targum ibid; Talmud, Megillah 12a.
[2]. Talmud, Shabbat 156a; et al.
[3]. Midrash Rabbah, Esther 10:11; et al.
[4]. Cf. Deuteronomy 15:18: “G-d will bless you in all that you will do”; see discourses on this verse by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Sefer HaMaamarim 5565, vol. II, p. 648; 5568, vol. I, p. 165), Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch (introduction to Derech HaChaim), Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (Derech Mitzvotecha, Mitzvat Tiglachat Metzora, ch. 2), and Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch (Kuntres U’Maayan, Maamar 17).
[5]. Jeremiah 29:7.
[6]. Esther 3:13.
[7]. Ibid., 4:16.
[8]. Likkutei Sichot, vol. XXXI, pp. 170-176.