20 July 2017

Are We There Yet?

26 Tamuz 5777

Not yet, but we're getting close.

A thousand years after political Rome had fallen and Christian Rome had replaced it as empire, "Rome" divided itself between East (Orthodox Church/Russia) and West (Catholic Church/US).

Interesting how West went partners with Evangelicalism (pro-Israel) and the East with Islam (pro-Arab).

As the circle closes on history, are we now witnessing the reunification of these two halves of Eisav at the End of Days?

Trump Russian contacts pre-election
US/Russian cooperation in Syria

Kushner and Greenblatt in Israel pushing a peace process

Russia and Iran on Israel's northern border

...Just thinking out loud.

19 July 2017

Where Is Home?

25 Tamuz 5777

Klal Yisrael "married" HKB"H under a mountain chuppah in the wilderness. The Torah is our ketubah. Heaven and Earth were the witnesses and Eretz Yisrael is the home He provided for us. (Bamidbar 15:2) It was meant to be for all time. But, we were unfaithful to Him and He sent us away from Him and locked the door so we could not return home. After 70 years, he welcomed us back. We put the house in order and resumed our life together in the marital home.

After a time, strife and discord developed and became so bad that the home became a battlefield and once again, HKB"H sent us away and locked the door. Our plight was so miserable, that He sent messengers to tell us that, like the first time, when His anger had cooled and we had learned our lesson and done proper teshuvah, He would surely bring us back again. (Yeshayahu 14:1) But, no one knew how long that would take. Still, we had the promise, something to hold onto through the night of exile. This was our comfort. And this was our pain.

So many lost hope and memory that when the door was unbarred and thrown wide open, only a few entered through it. Our home had been abandoned for so long that we did not even recognize it. Strangers and sojourners had moved in and set up camps in our ruins.

HKB"H sent workers ahead to begin repairs and they set up temporary quarters and accommodations to serve their needs as work on the infrastructure progressed. Some family members volunteered to live in the squalid conditions which prevailed at first in order to oversee the workers and ensure that everything would go according to HKB"H's plans. As time went on, more and more family members arrived and moved in, making it possible for still others to join them. 

When all is in order and the physical structure has been completed, the workers will be dismissed and given their pay and the remaining family members will be brought back. When that day comes, we will renew our wedding vows with HKB"H, the Shechinah will return to a rebuilt Holy Temple and we will all live happily ever after.

This is no fairy tale. This is the unfailing promise of the Creator of the world. And what we have now, this place called The Jewish State, might better be called The Jewish Estate. It's where the home of the Jewish people is being renovated. The Land of Israel is not so much the Jewish Homeland since our first patriarch did not originate from here, but it is the Jewish Home. It is the home where our Beloved brought us as a new bride and where we were intended to live with Him in marital bliss for all time. HKB"H and Klal Yisrael are both so eager to be reunited in our home that we both put up with a lot of mess while the renovations continue, but always with an eye toward the final product, when everything has been restored.

It's not an accident that the National Religious party became the "Jewish Home" party. Despite the fact that it is completely not representative of the Jewish Home in any way, it was meant to be a message. Just like what happened so suddenly with Har Habayit this past week. Nothing has really changed, but it was meant to send a message to us, the faithful, the hopeful, the eager to be at home again in Eretz Yisrael.

That message is this: It's almost finished! Almost everything is in place and ready for the grand homecoming celebration! Make yourselves ready for it!!

Remember: It is in Eretz Yisrael where the tribal lines will be redrawn (Yechezkel 45). It is to Eretz Yisrael that Mashiach will come and from Yerushalayim that he will reign. And it is from Yerushalayim that the Torah goes forth to the whole world!

18 July 2017

A JEW CAN LOVE ZION AND NOT BE A ZIONIST

24 Tamuz 5777

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

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

Today, they have a famous rallying cry whenever Jews are slaughtered in Eretz Yisrael. They proclaim “The Zionist response to terror is to build!” But, the Torah response is to eliminate the enemy. The very idea that the Jewish-Israeli public should be placated for the murder of their brothers with (empty) promises of more building is just too ridiculous to comment on.  But, you’ll hear it every time there is another incident – “Building is the Zionist response!” – and you’ll look and you’ll see that the person saying it has a kippah on his head. What a chillul Hashem!

Now I claim a spot in a sparsely occupied spiritual space where plain old unvarnished  Torah-dedicated Jews live. We follow no particular Rebbe, but we know the truth when we hear it and support anyone who disseminates it. We refuse to be brainwashed by any “ism,” even one claiming to be “religious.” Like King David wrote (Tehillim 84.11), “…For one day in Your courtyards is better than a thousand elsewhere; I prefer to stand exposed at the threshold of my God’s house than to dwell securely in the tents of wickedness.”  This is the basis upon which I came on aliyah to Eretz Yisrael and the reason I would do it over and over again, regardless of who or what rules over us here or whether the economy is booming or depressed. All that matters is being obedient to my Master, loyal to my King, faithful to my Father, in love with my Beloved in the home He created for me. I can’t NOT live here. It is my life and breath. I’d smother anywhere else.

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

Allow me to share something from Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, ztz”l, Hy”d, student of the Chafetz Chaim, which he wrote around 1940:
Over the years, the nationalist idea begat a child that was named “religious nationalism.” The name implies that religion alone is not enough; it has to be perfected by adding nationalism. The very name “religious nationalism” constitutes a denial of one of the fundamentals of Judaism: “The Torah of Hashem is perfect” (Tehillim 19:19) – It lacks nothing: it is flawless. The Torah warns us, “Do not add anything to it” (Devarim 4:2) – and the Sages say: “He who adds [to the word of Hashem] subtracts [from it]” (Sanhedrin 29a). Since modern Jewish nationalism is essentially idol-worship, it follows that “religious nationalism” is nothing short of idol-worship coupled with service to Hashem. (Source: The Era Preceding Mashiach)
As soon as the “ism” was tacked onto the word Zion, it ceased to represent the age-old Jewish dream to return to Jerusalem and re-establish the Kingdom of David and instead became the Jewish pride movement which values military power, technological progress and the admiration of the nations. The Israeli Knesset with its Arab (terrorist) members became its Sanhedrin, the IDF (savior of the people) became their Mashiach and Yad Vashem became their Holy Temple. By adding the “ism” to Zion, they created another new religion to which everyone calling themselves a Zionist was welcome and held to be a brother or sister – no matter whether they were secular rebels against the Torah, Christian idolaters or Muslim sympathizers.


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

16 July 2017

UNINTENTIONAL PROPHECY?

23 Tamuz 5777

Our Jewish sources tell us that when Eisav is "up," Ya'aqov is "down." And vice versa. They will never be "up" at the same time. Eisav/Edom/Romethe Christian world, i.e. Western Civilization today is exemplified best by the United States of America. There are many allusions to the connection between America and Rome like the Pax Americana as just one example. But, that is not the intended subject of this post. 

What is most important to all of us anxiously and earnestly looking for the geulah shleimah is the fact that this Empire is in decline, because it means Mashiach is on the way. It is beyond me why Jews and righteous Gentiles alike agree with President Donald Trump's call to "Make America Great Again!" Anyone who says this or agrees with it is saying essentially that he does not want the galut to end; that he does not want to experience redemption!

But, it's not going to happen anyway. America - the West - is on it's way out as also indicated by this unwitting "prophecy."
"The Great American Eclipse"
August 21st is the date of “the Great American Eclipse”, and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called “the Great American Eclipse” because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else.

...this eclipse will actually cast a “shadow” over the entire nation.
And what is this world power, this leading nation of the free world being eclipsed by? The Moon, symbol of Am Yisrael!

When this event takes place in America, it will be 29 Av (Yom Kippur Katan) on the Hebrew calendar, but in Israel, it will already be Rosh Chodesh Elul - the first of the Forty Days of Awe. According to Space.com the path of totality will be 70 miles wide. [See here for place and time in the US.]

The significance of the Number 70 in relation to this...
...Seventy is a double-sided coin, representing on one hand the ultimate unity, and on the other hand, the epitome of disunity. When Jacob and his household traveled down to Egypt to be with his son, Joseph, the Bible tells us, "All the offspring of Jacob, seventy soul." Not souls, in the plural form, but the singular word—soul. The commentaries explain that the degree of unity among the family members was such that they were as one man, one soul, one drive.
Yet earlier in history, a generation after the great flood in Noah's time, a group had arisen to build a structure that would reach the heavens. They would ascend it and fight G‑d. This became known as the Tower of Babel. As punishment for their rebellion, G‑d planted strife and disagreement among them by causing each to speak a different language and not understand his fellow workers. From the unfinished Tower of Babel, the different languages separated from each other, and formed seventy nations.
When disunity came to the world, it took the form of seventy. When we see a true example of togetherness in the Bible, it takes the form of seventy. It's a number than can be pulled either way, all depending on you.
What a description of the United States! United in name, disunited socially and politically. And what a way for HKB"H to get the attention of the entire world right at the beginning of the Days of Repentance. It will be very interesting to see what follows "The Eclipse of America" and what state the world might be in by the time Yom Kippur arrives.

13 July 2017

This Might Be The Scariest One Yet

20 Tamuz 5777

Earth Changes Summary for June 2017

Does The Shoe Fit?

19 Tamuz 5777

"Great Satan, Little Satan" - If The Shoe Fits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 July 2017

Are Some Jews Just So Important That They Are Above the Halachah?

17 Tamuz 5777

How is it possible that any Jew would enter in here at this Vatican-owned "Guesthouse" called "Our Lady" with an actual statue of Mary and Baby Jee-zeus on top of it??? (Not to mention what is inside!!)


On Wed/Thurs, July 12th and 13th, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Yuval Cherlow will be the Jewish speakers at the Catholic-sponsored Jerusalem Conference on Forgiveness for the Renewal of Individuals, Families, and Communities. Peta Pellach of the Elijah Interfaith Institute is billed as the "Master of Ceremonies." (See the brochure.)

At least Rabbi Sacks' appearance is to be via video. 

One of the stated objectives is to "to better understand what forgiveness is from the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."

Is there anyone out there with a connection to Rabbi Cherlow who can verify his participation at this venue?  Maybe you can talk him out of it!


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It'll be a few more months yet, but in December 2017, this same venue, the Pontifical Institute - Notre Dame - of Jerusalem Center, in partnership with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) will also host "A Celebration of The Life And Legacy of Pope Saint John XXIII" under the heading "I am Joseph, your brother."

An all-day celebration of learning and fellowship for Jews and Christians of all backgrounds to honor the achievements of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who later became Pope John XXIII. The son of poor sharecroppers, Roncalli became a Vatican envoy who secretly saved countless lives during the Shoah and as Pope John XXIII revolutionized the Catholic Church and its relations with the Jews. If not for him, Jewish-Catholic reconciliation might not have been possible.
There is no reasoning with them. They just won't stop this chillul Hashem! 

Can Israel Be Too Jewish?

16 Tamuz 5777

Apparently, Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma thinks so...
Along with his love for Israel, Sharma is concerned about anti-democratic things happening in the country. “Israel’s strength and its ability to survive depends on the vitality of its democracy, its liberal and pluralistic nature, its freedom of press and freedom of expression, no less than its military superiority,” he says. "Values such as separation of powers and the free press, the fact citizens and organizations can criticize government policy without being outlawed or arrested—all of this makes Israel unique in the Middle East and grants it international legitimacy. Israel depends on the support of the West, which is based on shared values, shared morality and common governing methods. If Israel abandons these principles, in 20-30 years, it will not enjoy the same legitimacy and support it enjoys today.”
According to Sharma, “The democratic nature of Israel is as important as its Jewish nature, and I don't think you need to strengthen one at the expense of the other. Today, Israel's Jewish nature is expanding at the expense of its democratic and pluralistic nature. When you see things like this happening, it becomes increasingly difficult to identify with Israel from the outside. This is bad hasbara.” (Source)
Ah! There you have it in a nutshell. We are only Eisav's "brother" when we are being "Ya'aqov" - his twin. But when we rise to the elevated status of "Yisrael," the relationship comes to an end. No doubt "Israel's Jewish nature is expanding" refers to recent controversies over conversion authority and egalitarian access to the Kotel.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of this message. They will fight any attempt we make to rise above them and to fulfill our Divine destiny. But, they can't stop it. Mashiach will arrive to lead the way forward and this is what ultimately will bring on the War of Gog uMagog.

06 July 2017

How Much Lower Can We Go?

12 Tamuz 5777

Two articles caught my attention and made me ask myself how much lower can our people go?
N. CAROLINA PRIDE PARADE SET FOR YOM KIPPUR, DISAPPOINTING JEWISH MARCHERS
“It’s very disappointing to us. It’s another example of our calendar not being respected,” said Adam Organ, Executive Director of the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center.
...Several Jewish groups have marched in the parade in recent years.
Carolina Jews for Justice said in a statement that: “No group of people, Jewish or otherwise, should have to choose between our LGBTQ identities and the other identities that are important to us and shape our lives.”
What are they upset about? That the holiness of the day is being marred by the public celebration of what is sin even for gentiles? No! They are upset that if they go to pray in the synagogue on Yom Kippur, they will be forced to miss out on the celebration.
Bentching on a Treif Hamburger, RL
by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
A RELIGIOUS FRIEND WHO WORKS in an office in Manhattan related the following story:
A formerly observant colleague came into my office and said, “You are going to find what I did this past Shabbos pretty bizarre. I had a Slider at White Castle – and they are the best burgers by the way – before I took a trip. After I ate the burger, I bentched and said Tefilas haDerech.”
The incident is certainly quite sad. It should motivate us all to double down our efforts in bringing our estranged brethren back to their Torah birthright. The episode, however, does bring up a halachic question. Should someone who has consumed a treif burger bentch afterward?
What the rabbi in the article does not address is the additional question of saying Tefilat HaDerech before traveling on Shabbat

If the man had any yirat Shamayim, he would have been too ashamed to address HKB"H in the midst of his sinful behavior. Without yirat Shamayim, why pray at all? Better not to draw attention to yourself.

04 July 2017

Made in America: Exporting Disease and Death

10 Tamuz 5777

Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's



Of course, Israel has no law requiring labeling of GMO products. It is too much the lapdog of the United States. Heaven forbid Israeli politicians should upset American interests or sensitivities on this matter. I could not even find out if any GMO crops are being grown in my own country!
Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?
...it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.
GMO TIMELINE: A HISTORY OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

03 July 2017

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Transhumanism

10 Tamuz 5777

Just in case you haven't yet heard of it...
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or 4IR, is the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. The Fourth Industrial Revolution can be described as a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, and impacting all disciplines, economies and industries.
...The Fourth Industrial Revolution builds on the Digital Revolution, representing new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even the human body. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, The Internet of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles.
In his book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, describes how this fourth revolution is fundamentally different from the previous three, which were characterized mainly by advances in technology. These technologies have great potential to continue to connect billions more people to the web, drastically improve the efficiency of business and organizations and help regenerate the natural environment through better asset management.
“Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution” was the theme of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
Transhumanism
Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.
Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human as well as ethical limitations of using such technologies. The most common transhumanist thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the natural condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.

02 July 2017

Will This Be the Final Birur?

9 Tamuz 5777

Will this threatened separation between Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jews prove to be the final birur before Mashiach comes?

Israeli Orthodox Jews have not moved an inch from what has always been. It is the Diaspora which comes now and insists on changes which will harm Torah, Torah Jews and the Land of Israel. Their Diapora ways are not Jewish. They violate Jewish law and promote Western culture and norms. It is they who are separating from us! Not the other way around. We are just standing our ground!

Where are the voices of Orthodoxy in the Diaspora? Why are there no reports of them attempting to offset the outcry of the renegades who are appealing to Congress and the Trump Administration against their brothers in Israel? Why is no one announcing publicly that this separation at the Kotel and the need to convert (for the sake of the convert him or herself!) in a manner acceptable to all Jewry is our norm and has been for centuries?

The following concerns a "Jewish" American, not an American Jew. He thinks he can use money to get his way. This is the method America employs around the world to advance its own agenda. The Jews in America have assimilated this idea. It's called a BRIBE!!

Tycoon withdraws funds from Israel amid Kotel, conversion crisis
“As you know, I actively support Israel,” [Isaac] Fisher began. “But I wish to inform you that my support is being suspended until the Israeli government changes its decision on the Kotel and conversions.”
Please, Mr. Fisher! Keep your money!! If Israel needs it, HKB"H will get it to us another way, because it all comes from Him anyway! We Israeli Jews who are faithful to our Holy Torah do not want you and your kind to have this merit any longer. Furthermore, it seems your money anyway supports organizations with anti-Torah views. Better for us that your money remain in America.
Diaspora Jewry can’t fight Western Wall battle alone
Op-ed: Despite the injustice suffered by Jews in the US and other countries, the holy site’s fate won’t be determined by those who don’t live here. Without the active involvement of Israeli Jews, the public domain will be shaped by those who care more—in this case, the Haredim. ...At the moment, this battle is headed towards a major knockout.
It's a lot more than just the Chareidim! They want it to be a war between Chareidim and all other Jews. I and my family would never be considered Chareidi or accepted into a Chareidi community, but our hashkafah is the same because it is TORAH hashkafah!! We have always stood side by side with our Chareidi brothers at public demonstrations and we will continue to do so in the future because real Jews unite around the TORAH.

Excellent article: The Right to Religious Expression - within the bounds of the Higher Law.

The Clash of Civilizations Within Israel

8 Tamuz 5777

Jews who are loyal to Torah and submit to HKB"H's sovereignty are on a collision course with The Powers That Be who are fighting a war against those very two things. We can't repeat often enough that this is a war for hearts and minds. It is an ideological war and it is fought in the realm of ideas and emotions.That's why the press media and social media are such a battleground today.

Today's attack comes via Ynetnews - A look into Haredi textbooks shows hatred and racism. Here are some excerpts:

...Haredi students learn that Jews have absolute right over the entire Land of Israel, as God promised Abraham. Textbooks in civics—a subject taught mostly to girls—show the ultra-Orthodox don't consider occupation to be unjust, but do believe the Palestinians, along with other non-Jewish residents of Israel, should be treated fairly and with caution. [Oh my, imagine that!]
"The liberation of the homeland is promised by the Creator of the Universe; it is not considered to be an 'occupation.' The only issue about which care must be taken is that of allowing the inhabitants to choose whether to remain in the land as foreign subjects, accepting the behavioral restrictions that would be imposed upon them, or to leave the land," according to the civics textbook As a New Citizen. [Pure Torah!]
...The Palestinian issue is mostly addressed in chapters dealing with what Haredi history textbooks describe as the greatest catastrophe to befall the State of Israel—the Oslo Accords. [The truth hurts!]
History of Recent Generations describes the results of the accords, "The Israeli government gave them authority and political, economic and military power without concern for the destructive consequences that might result from placing such might in the hands of the monstrous PLO terrorists and the PLO's military arm, Fatah."
... "The Haredi narrative is very clear, and continues throughout history," he explains. "Those who left the tradition—the Jewish Enlightenment, Zionism, the Reform Movement—they are all a direct continuation of the Hellenists. [Sure, because they left us and went to the other side.]
"This is exactly what we've been seeing recently with the Reform Movement and the Western Wall crisis, or the conversion crisis. The ultra-Orthodox are confident that anyone who thinks differently does so out of malice, stupidity, or indifference toward the Torah, piety, and the people of Israel. And that is a problem," he continues.
Torah observant Jews' insistence on adhering to Torah law is a very great problem for the liberal humanists who hate God and hate religion and want to remove both from the world. One commenter remarks: "Fundamentalism in any religion can be hateful and dangerous." See? She has already been brainwashed. 

Fundamentalism is necessary and good for the practice and observance of Torah Temimah. Without the fundamentals there is no authenticity. But, the trouble that comes from fundamentalists who practice a false religion is not because of the fundamentalism per se, it is because their fundamentals are false and flawed. The error is what gives rise to the problems. Judaism is the truth and no harm ever comes from the truth.

30 June 2017

The Month of Tamuz

6 Tamuz 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Chukat

Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky

Chodesh Tammuz


With great hopes that this will be the turn-around year when Tamuz becomes a month to celebrate, I wish all the readers Shabbat shalom with this amazing video!


29 June 2017

Can There Be A Greater Chutspah!?

5 Tamuz 5777

American Conservative and Reform Jews who care nothing for the Beit Hamikdash, or about the Land of Israel for that matter, are so upset about Israeli insistence on maintaining the status quo at the Western Wall Plaza that they have inundated their Congressmen with complaints.

They are appealing to what is for us a foreign, goyische power to intervene and force us to do things their way. These are wicked people who would do such a thing. And this is in spite of the fact that a very nice, very special area of the Western Wall has already been made available to them. They davka want to make it impossible for Orthodox Jews to pray there any longer because that is what would happen if men and women were to begin mixing at the traditional prayer area off the plaza.
US CONGRESSMEN URGE NETANYAHU TO RETRACT DECISION TO NIX WESTERN WALL DEAL
Usually, members of Congress are reluctant to criticize internal Israeli government decisions on most matters, but Eliot Engel, a democrat from New York, told The Jerusalem Post in a statement that interest from his constituency compelled him to speak out.
...Another New York Democrat, Nita Lowey, “strongly urged” the premier on Wednesday to change course.
"As a member of Congress who has advanced the US-Israel relationship throughout my career, I strongly urge the government of Israel to reverse its decision to suspend the previously approved plan to create a pluralistic prayer pavilion at the Western Wall," Lowey told the Post. "The majority of Jews around the world consider Israel their ancestral homeland, and Israel should provide an opportunity for all Jews, men and women, to have egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall."
And Jerry Nadler, also a Democrat from New York, was harshest of all, saying in a press release the decision should "disappoint everyone who extols Israel as a champion of religious freedom and a model of pluralism."

All three members of Congress are Jewish, and represent some of the largest Jewish communities in the United States.
American Jewry is digging its own grave. They will pay a very heavy price for having instigated this.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS RESOLUTION TO KOTEL CRISIS, US OFFICIAL SAYS
US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has "urged the parties to re-engage with each other" to resolve crisis between Israeli government, US Jewish leaders.
Where, oh where is Mashiach!!!! Naftali Bennett reportedly said that US Jews feel they were slapped in the face by Israel. Somebody needs to slap them and hard! Maybe then they'll finally wake up!! (Not holding my breath.)

Answer to Assimilation - Just Call Everybody a Jew

5 Tamuz 5777

I purposely did not say "make" everybody a Jew, because that's not what these "private" conversions are about. The conversions being discussed in this Ynet article, Tzohar chairman: Conversion bill could split Jewish people, is about just sticking the Jew label on people who have no intention of observing the Law of the Jews, aka Torah.

Those who brought these non-Jewish Russians to Israel are the ones responsible for them. It is not now the job of Orthodox Jewish authorities to clean it up for them by waving a magic wand and declaring them all Jewish. The day after, nothing at all will have changed. They will still be non-Jews if they don't convert leshem Shamayim.

I really dislike "Modern" Orthodox who make a habit of pitting Jew against Jew in their misguided struggle against chareidi influence in the state. I remember when Mayor Barkat appeared at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem in his first campaign and he referred to "us" (MO and secular) as opposed to "them" (Chareidim).

Rabbi Stav of Tzohar does that when he claims erroneously that keeping all conversions within the Chief Rabbinate's purview "would mean hundreds of thousands of people who have been prevented from converting by extreme groups inside the ultra-Orthodox world would be permanently blocked...."

Are we to believe that abiding by Torah law and halachah which we have followed for centuries is now to be considered "extreme"? I have some experience with the Rabbanut's conversion courts and process and no one is "permanently blocked". At any point that they can convince the courts that they are sincere in their desire to convert according to the halachah, even if they were previously rejected, they will be converted. This is just hyperbole and scare tactics by Tzohar because they know these 400,000 Russians, most of them Xians, will never convert k'halachah because they just want to be called Jews, not actually be Jews.

Rabbi Stav further claims,“This bill will cause the rise of two Jewish peoples by preventing hundreds of thousands of people who want to convert from converting,”.... Does he mean the actual Jewish people and those who claim to be Jewish, but aren't? It's impossible for there to be more than one Jewish people. It's a nonsensical statement meant only to incite.

Again, among these people being rejected by the Rabbinate are those who only want to be called Jews (or want to be allowed to marry Jews), they don't actually intend to be Jewish. The Xians among them will go to the local Messianic Jews and think that makes them ok.

Thank God for the Chareidim. They are our last line of defense as everyone else seems to want to allow everything regardless of any consideration of Torah or halachah. In my opinion, anything that calls itself "Modern" is already suspect!

And this is why more and more dati leumim are going to become chardalim (like me).
Are Disenchanted Bayit Yehudi Voters Moving To Yishai’s Yachad Party?
...it seems that the voters are not ready to wait and many voters and supporters of the chardali (chareidi dati leumi) party, Yachad, are moving over to Yishai now.
So, the birur continues and this, in my opinion, is the wave of the future. "Modern" is going to have to make a choice whether to go more chardali or go to the "Open" which is really Conservative which itself is really no different foundationally than Reform, i.e. no longer Judaism. The middle has shifted. The real center is today considered by many to be "extreme". 

Where the Truth is extreme, I'll be happy to be called "extreme."

28 June 2017

America's Crimes Against Humanity

4 Tamuz 5777

Right now, the United States has Israel firmly under her thumb - caught like a mouse in a trap. Very soon now, a man is going to go public and challenge that control. And not just for Israel, but for the whole world which has suffered and continues to suffer under American domination.

There are too many examples to list them. Let one suffice to demonstrate to you what I mean.

The Shock Doctrine - Documentary by Naomi Klein
[Warning for some disturbing images]


This man who very soon will go public and challenge US hegemony will call America to account for the crimes she has committed and all the blood she has shed and misery she has caused all over the world. This man will be Mashiach and they will hate him and go after him without mercy.

We know how they tortured poor Jonathan Pollard. Just look what what they did to Aaron Swartz who was perceived to be a real threat to the powers that be.

The Story of Aaron Swartz, The Man Who Could Change the World - Documentary


Contrary to the official version, I do not believe that he committed suicide. Faked suicide is a favored way of eliminating enemies of the state.

What won't they try to do to stop Mashiach??? But, they will have no chance whatever of success.

Insidious

4 Tamuz 5777

Yesterday, I linked to a document which appeared in all respects to be a scholarly Jewish work with solid Jewish sources. I failed to check all of the internal links listed in the footnotes and therefore, I failed to find the link to a Christian page proclaiming Yeshu to be Messiah, God forbid! Thankfully, someone else did check and let me know.

Save for the large red title at the top - A Study of the Book of Revelation - one might also take it to be a scholarly Jewish work as it references the Ramchal and several portions of Talmud and Midrashim. If one were hurriedly looking for a particular portion of Talmud and Google sent him here, it's possible he might have overlooked what the page was about generally, but today we have to be much more careful. God forbid that any of us wold inadvertently send a Jew to such a page and he become confused by what he read there. That's why I have removed my link to the original document and caution anyone else about sharing it until the author can fix it.

I don't want to think that it was a purposeful act. Let this stand as a warning. Not everything that appears Jewish today is actually Jewish.Great care must be taken to ensure the purity of our sources.  Google any Jewish topic and a hundred Christian references will be returned for every Jewish one. Sometimes it is not obvious that it is Christian until you get very far into it. Christianity posing as a form of Judaism is insidious and is taking over by sheer numbers once it told Christians all over the world that they are literally part of Israel al pi the New Testament.

27 June 2017

Light and Darkness, It's not Either/Or

3 Tamuz 5777

Redemption is described as a process. However, the process itself is not redemption. Even though we might think we can point to a specific event or moment in time when the process began, we can't say, "it has begun, therefore it has arrived", anymore than backing the car out of the driveway for a 200-mile journey is in any way equivalent to arriving at the intended destination.

Sunrise is also a process, a gradual lightening of the sky in the east until the sun itself finally breaches the horizon. But, we don't say the sun has risen until the precise moment in time that this happens, at a precise moment in time we call sunrise. It's the same with the geulah.

I was pondering how it could be that the impending arrival of the geulah brings a greater and greater light into the world while the world itself seems to be sinking ever deeper into darkness and I had a chidush. It's like when the pillar of fire and the cloud came between Bnei Yisrael and the Mitzrim at Yam Suf the night before the sea split.
Rashi on Shemot 14.20 - "The pillar of fire [illuminated] the night for the Israelites, and it went before them as it usually went all night long, and the thick darkness [from the cloud] was toward the Egyptians."
The darkness is real and the light is equally real and they exist side by side. The fact of the darkness does not negate the light, it reinforces it. Which one we see and which reality we live with depends on which side we are standing on. It's our choice. And that is why the 4/5ths of Jews who did not want to leave Egypt died during the plague of darkness! In this instance, too, the Jews enjoyed light while the Mitzrim were sunk in a tangible darkness.

Awareness of the deepening darkness in the world should prick our hearts and cause us all to cry out to Hashem like we cried out on the edge of the sea. But, we cry out, not just because of the fear and hopelessness that darkness engenders, but because we can see the light alongside it, getting brighter and brighter and we have no more patience to wait. Our cry is equally a longing for deliverance from the darkness and the embrace of the light.

"Lighting Up the Darkness"

3 Tamuz 5777

Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen - Lighting Up the Darkness

26 June 2017

New Messages from Binyamin and Meir Yisroel

3 Tamuz 5777

I don't know what to think about it anymore, so I'm not recommending it, but I'm reading it and I'm posting it for those who have an interest. (Six in English and one in Hebrew.)  HERE.

What Does Redemption Really Mean?

2 Tamuz 5777

The word "redemption" is being thrown around a lot today and is being used as an excuse for a lot of people to do a lot of very questionable things. 

The Hebrew word geulah (גְּאֻלָּה) is translated into English as "redemption". There are important reasons why one word is chosen over another when translating, because it's not just a word that is being translated but an entire concept.

Many of you will no doubt be too young to remember stamp redemption centers, but once upon a time they were very common. In order to draw in customers, some gas stations (more commonly referred to as filling stations in those days) and some groceries would give out trading stamps with each purchase. The more money you spent, the more stamps you collected. They would be pasted into a book and after enough books had been filled, you could go to a redemption center and redeem your stamps from all manner of items. They had a catalogue that listed all the available items which could be traded for the stamps along with how many books it would cost you.


I was thinking about this concept today and thought how the word "exchange" comes closest to describing the concept of redemption in this context. When I looked it up in the dictionary, I found: "redeem: gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment."


I thought about this with regard to the redemption from Egypt and it fits. When we left Egypt, we exchanged one master for another Master. We stopped being slaves to Egypt and became bond-servants (of our own free will - na'aseh v'nishmah) to HKB"H. And that was the essence of the covenant we entered into at Har Sinai. Unlike the popular modern notion of Passover being a holiday of freedom which can be applied to all oppressed people-groups, the foundational concept of freedom at Passover is that we became free to choose our master. No one is ever truly free in this world. We are only free to choose - substance over artifice, truth over lie, good over evil, life over death, etc.

It also includes the idea of HKB"H coming to take possession of His people Israel. This is an aspect that is also clearly revealed in the concept of the kinsman-redeemer spoken of in the Book of Ruth. The kinsman-redeemer was the closest relative who could "redeem" the earthly posessions of a niftar so that they not be lost to the family line. 

So, the next question naturally becomes how then are we to understand the final redemption in light of this? What will it mean to be redeemed in the future?

HKB"H is going to establish His possession of this world and all who live in it; to confirm that Israel is His chosen nation - not only His holy servants, but his precious children -  and to exchange the World of Truth for this current World of Lies.

Just like in the example above, the stamps were just a token - a promise, if you will - of something else, something better and more valuable, to come. This is what we are awaiting and it's clearly not something we can do. Just like we could not take ourselves out of Egypt. Only the Master of the Universe, the Almighty King of Creation can do this. All we can do is prepare ourselves for it so we might be counted worthy to enjoy it when the time comes.

Understanding it in this way also makes it abundantly clear that a world where the majority of its inhabitants continue to worship in false religious systems which promote lies and deceit and call HKB"H by names unknown to our fathers is not the redemption we are waiting for. Those who promote acceptance of such a world where humankind continues in its false ways, but united in peaceful coexistence is not bringing redemption!

When redemption has finally arrived, only HKB"H will be worshipped and in the manner the Torah prescribes and His name will be One - not three or three thousand, but ONE.

As long as there remains one Christian praying in the name of Yeshu or one Muslim calling out in the name of Yalla, we have not yet been redeemed. And if it is possible to delay the redemption, then surely those who encourage Christians to remain "good" Christians and Muslims to become "peaceful" Muslims, are doing just that - pushing off the day when all will worship one God in only one way.

25 June 2017

From Avraham to Yitzchak to Ya'aqov - Yishmael and Eisav Not Included

Tamuz 5777
Rosh Chodesh

Poor Avraham Avinu. So many false ideas are being laid at his feet in these last days of the World of Lies.

Listen to what Yishai Fleisher says to Adnan Oktar on his recent visit to Turkey...



Avraham Avinu was a radical extremist in his time. The Ivri! He stood on one side with HKB"H against the entire world on the other. Nimrod, the one who instigated the building of the Tower of Bavel - the first attempt at a New World Order without HKB"H - was Avraham Avinu's nemesis. Now, they are attempting to bring all the religions together for the final attempt at a New World Order and they will dare to do it in the name of Avraham Avinu!! The one who did not even withhold his only son from slaughter at HKB"H's command?? Really??!!
Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative (AFPI)
As Jewish, Christian and Muslim people we find common ground in our common origin. We are followers of Abraham, committed to the human family and therefore adhere to a common core of ethical standards. We shall pursue friendship, peace and justice. We will speak out against all forms of prejudice, hatred, and discrimination.
We shall stand for the religious pluralism and mutual understanding that undergird the resilience of America.
How unseemly that a representative of the Jewish Community in Hevron, the City of our Patriarchs will go and totally mis-represent our forefather and all that he stood for. Professor Jon Levenson's book Inheriting Abraham opens up a discussion on this topic.
OUR ABRAHAM, NOT THEIRS
...In Inheriting Abraham, Jon Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Bible at Harvard’s Divinity School, throws cold water on the mutual-understanding campfire. Misunderstanding is not what divides the image of Abraham in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the misnomered “Abrahamic religions”; on the contrary, the founders of the younger religions well understood Abraham’s role in Judaism. St. Paul’s transformation of Abraham into the father of all who believe, and the Quran’s recasting of Abraham as a Muslim prophet who prefigured Muhammed, both rejected the Jewish version by design, by inventing their own Abrahams to serve their own doctrinal purposes.
Through published excerpts and interviews, Levenson has been drawing attention to his most provocative conclusion: that it is wrong to present Abraham as a unifying figure who transcends the differences among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The progressive wings of Christianity as well as Judaism have a great deal invested in this reassuring claim, and Levenson’s devastating refutation of the “three Abraham religions” thesis will be unwelcome. He makes short work of pop theologians like Bruce Feiler, whose best-selling book on the patriarch claims that “Abraham belongs to all of humanity” and that “the carefully balanced message of the Abraham story [is] that God cares for all his children—a tradition that existed for hundreds of years before the religions themselves existed.” Feiler and his co-thinkers, Levenson observes, have essentially invented another Abraham—“a neutral Abraham who can be made to serve as a control on the Abrahams of the three traditions that are thought to derive from him.”
You can read the article in its entirety here