23 October 2016

Shemini Atzeret 5777

21 Tishrei 5777
Chag Sameach!

Sh’mini Atzeres: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

By Rabbi Yehudah Prero

...In Vayikra 23:36, the Torah tells us “…on the eight day, you will have a holy day…it is a day of detention (“Atzeres”)….” The Sefer HaChinuch writes that the Sages have told us that in reality, Shmini Atzeres is not the eighth day of Sukkos, but rather a separate holiday, which occurs at the end of the Sukkos holiday. What was the reason why Hashem commanded us to observe this day as a holiday? The Sefer HaChinuch explains that Sukkos is the last holiday of the Jewish calendar (if we consider the month of Nissan as the beginning of the year, and Pesach the first holiday). By giving us this holiday of Shmini Atzeres, its as if Hashem was telling us “Please, stay with me one more day, as it is difficult for me to part with you.” Hashem, out of his great love for the nation of Israel, finds it hard to “leave” his children at the end of the holidays. Therefore, He added on one more day, so we, the nation of Israel, can spend one more day with Hashem before our “departure.”

22 October 2016

The Excuse Needed to Launch The War?

21 Tishrei 5777
6th Day of Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Hoshanah Rabbah
Shavua tov! Moadim l'Simchah!

WW3 Has Begun, And It Is Digital: “New World Hackers” Claim Cyber Attack That Took Down Major Sites

Get ready – it seems that this will be an October Surprise to remember.

The Internet is under attack through the United States and UK [Friday, October 21, 2016]… and there is every reason to think that more is coming.

...Speculation is that this could be a test run for larger attacks – and public demonstration of just how vulnerable Internet connected systems are. Things are coming to a head very quickly, and there is no telling what will happen as the U.S. election approaches.

...A hacking collective calling itself “New World Hackers” are taking credit – and they are based out of Russia and China, ....

Read the rest HERE.

21 October 2016

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot 5777

19 Tishrei 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
4th Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot

It is remarkable that the War of Gog and Magog figures so prominently in the readings for the Festival of Sukkot. The Haftarah for the first day of Sukkot comes from Zechariah 14 and the Haftarah for Shabbat of Sukkot comes from Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:16...
18 And it will come to pass on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, that My blazing indignation will flame in My nostrils.
19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken; Surely there shall be a great noise on that day in the land of Israel.
20 And at My presence, the fishes of the sea and the birds of the heaven and the beasts of the field and all the creeping things that creep upon the earth and all the men who are upon the surface of the earth shall quake, and all the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall to the ground.
21 And I will call the sword against him upon all My mountains, says the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
22 And I will judge against him with pestilence and with blood, and rain bringing floods, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone will I rain down upon him and upon his hordes and upon the many peoples that are with him.
23 And I will reveal Myself in My greatness and in My holiness and will be recognized in the eyes of many nations, and they will know that I am the Lord.
1 And you, Son of man, prophesy about Gog, and say; So says the Lord God: Lo! I am against you, O Gog, prince and head of Meshech and Tubal.
2 And I will unbridle and entice you and lead you up from the utmost parts of the north and bring you upon the mountains of Israel.
3 And I will smite the bow out of your left hand and make your arrows fall from your right hand.
4 Upon the mountains of Israel shall you fall, you and all your hordes, and the people that are with you; to the birds of prey, to all the winged creatures and the beasts of the field have I given you to be devoured.
5 Upon the open field shall you fall, for I have spoken, says the Lord God.
6 And I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell in safety in the islands, and they will know that I am the Lord.
7 And I will make known My Holy Name in the midst of My people Israel, and I will no longer cause My Holy Name to be profaned, and the nations will know that I, the Lord, am holy in Israel.
8 Behold it is coming, and it will be, says the Lord God: that is the day whereof I have spoken.
9 Then the inhabitants of the cities of Israel will go forth and make fires and heat up with the weapons, the bucklers, and the encompassing shields, the bows and the arrows and the handstaves and the spears, and burn them as fires for seven years.
10 So that they shall carry no wood from the fields nor cut down any from the forests, for they shall make fires from the weapons. Thus will they spoil those who spoiled them and plunder those who plundered them, says the Lord God.
11 And it shall come to pass on that day that I will give Gog a place there as a grave in Israel, the valley of them who pass along the east side of the sea, and it will then stop those who pass along. And there shall they bury Gog and all his hordes, and they shall call it the Valley of Hamon Gog [the masses of Gog].
12 And seven months shall the House of Israel be burying them in order to purify the land.
13 They will bury all the people of the land, and they will be renowned; it is a day when I will be glorified, says the Lord God.
14 Men of continuous employment they shall separate, who pass through the land, burying those who pass through with those who are left on the surface of the land, in order to purify it, at the end of seven months shall they search.
15 And when they that pass through shall pass and see a human bone, they shall build a sign next to it until the buriers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog.
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus they shall purify the land.
"The reading of the haftara of Gog and Magog on Shabbat Chol ha-Mo'ed Sukkot is not merely a custom, but an obligation of Talmudic law. The gemara in Megilla (31a) mentions it along with the other haftarot read on the various holidays to this very day; we thus see that Chazal already saw an essential connection between the prophecy and the festival."

See the rest here: The War of Gog and Magog

Shabbat shalom! Moadim l'Simchah!

20 October 2016

No Abatement

18 Tishrei 5777
3rd Day Chol HaMoed
Moadim l'Simchah!

Has World War 3 Already Started?

...for the first time since Operation Barbarossa, German tanks are once again advancing on Russia’s border.
You probably haven’t heard this extraordinary piece of news. That’s because the mass media has basically ignored and obscured it. They’ve been busy covering far more important things… like transgender issues and Kim Kardashian’s latest stunt.
That’s why I want to tell you about Operation Anaconda 2016.
It’s the largest war game in Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War. It’s essentially a rehearsal to secure a quick NATO victory in the event of war with Russia.
It was launched from Warsaw, Poland, recently and involves 31,000 NATO troops.
Operation Anaconda 2016 is one of the most important stories you’re not hearing about. It shows how perilously close the world is to another global war.

'War may begin before US elections' Stark warning from Putin’s special advisor

Sergei Markov, special advisor to Russian head honcho Vladimir Putin, made the chilling prediction as relations between the two military superpowers threaten to reach crisis point.
Fears of all out war were stoked further today as US Marine Corps revealed plans to camp out on Russia’s doorstep.
With both nations mobilising troops, warships and fighter jets across the globe, Markov told Daily Beast he believes military posturing could soon spill over into war.
The fear of the world facing a devastating third world war continues to rise. And the dangerous blame game the two superpowers, the U.S. and Russia, are currently involved in isn’t helping either. Threats have now been directed both by the White House and the Kremlin against one another, as tensions between the two countries rise to its highest since the end of the Cold War.

19 October 2016

"Pushing the Envelope"

18 Tishrei 5777
3rd Day Chol HaMoed
Moadim l'Simchah!

Italy to Deploy Troops Along Russian Border

...“It looks like NATO is pushing Italy to deploy its troops in the Baltic countries even though our interests have traditionally been in the Mediterranean and it would only be logical to use our forces there,” [Italian military expert and observer with Analisi Deifesa and Libero journals, Mirkio Molteni] added.

...The deployment will reportedly take place about 600 miles (965km) from the border with Russia, which is in the Arctic Circle and spans 125 miles.
The plans may strain the already tense relationship with Moscow, as it breaks Norway’s promise not to deploy foreign troops on its territory – something it committed to in 1949, in response to Soviet fears. 
...Meanwhile, NATO has plans to deploy 4,000 more troops to the Baltic region by next May. Czech Army Gen. Petr Pavel, who commands the European forces of the military bloc, has said the deployment will not be “exclusively about a training presence,” and insisted the troops will “serve as a deterrent and if necessary a fighting force.”

"Sabre-Rattling" Increasing

17 Tishrei 5777
2nd Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Moadim l'Simchah!


Vladimir Putin’s nuclear warships pictured steaming towards the English Channel as Royal Navy prepares to scramble fleet

The Russian fleet is believed to be planning military drills off Scottish coast before heading towards the Med
A FLEET of Russian nuclear ships have been spotted steaming out of base – and it is heading for Britain.

Vladimir Putin‘s policy of gunboat diplomacy continued as a giant aircraft carrier and nuclear submarine were among eight vessels snapped sailing south past Norway yesterday.

Russian navy flagship and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is leading a group of eight vessels towards the Syrian port of Tartus

The ships are expected to pass through the English Channel, prompting the Royal Navy to prepare to scramble ships.

The fearsome fleet is headed for Russia's Mediterranean base in Tartus, Syria.

But first, the ships are set to pass through the English Channel in the latest act of sabre-rattling from Moscow.

Royal Navy warships are being readied to intercept the fleet which could pass within miles of the British coast.


Iran Launches War Drills Amid Accusations U.S. Breaking Nuke Deal

Uses American-made jets, planes in air force drills

Iran on Monday launched a series of war drills that included the use of American-made planes amid accusations by top officials that the United States is violating last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement, according to regional experts and Persian-language media reports.
Iran’s Artesh Air Force kicked off a three-day series of drills aimed at displaying the Islamic Republic’s air might, according to Iranian military officials who told the country’s state-run press that the drills are in preparations for upcoming war.


I neglected to address another significant bit of news yesterday, so I'll include it here...

UNESCO Ratifies Resolution Denying Jewish Connection to Har Habayis and the Kosel

UNESCO on Tuesday, 16 Tishrei, ratified its draft resolution which denies the Jewish People’s connection to Har Habayis and the Kosel, referring to Har Habayis by its Arabic name, not the Temple Mount. 

17 October 2016

It Started on Sukkot

16 Tishrei 5777
1st Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Moadim l'Simcha!

With Sukkot's connection to the Gog uMagog war, you just can't ignore the phenomenal events that seem to cluster around this time of year. Look what happened while we were celebrating the first day of Sukkot.

Mosul assault – a military Tower of Babel
Sunday night, Oct. 16, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, supported by a bevy of generals, announced that the military operation to recapture Mosul from its two-year occupation by the Islamic State had begun.

Iraqi Forces Advance to Edges of ISIS-Held Mosul

Wall Street Journal-1 hour ago
Kurdish fighters and allied Iraqi troops advanced into nine villages on Mosul's eastern edges on Monday, commanders said, but heavy mortar ...
LIVE UPDATES: The battle for Mosul
Local Source-Rudaw-9 hours ago
Mosul: Iraqi army battles ISIL in 'historic operation' hours ago

Mosul offensive: Live updates

CNN-3 hours ago

When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?
The entire Isis caliphate army could be directed against the Assad government and its allies – a scenario which might cause some satisfaction in Washington

Claim: America “Plotting Secret Attack on Syria” With 9,000 ISIS Fighters From Mosul

A new claim from Russia suggests that the United States and Saudi Arabia, along with other partners, are planning to use ISIS once again to destabilize Assad in Syria.

If the account is to be believed, U.S. and British troops will use the pretext of ‘retaking Mosul’ in Iraq – which is currently held by ISIS – to give ISIS troops escape into Syria under cover of being attacked.

Who knows where it will all end by this time next week!

16 October 2016

Chag Sukkot 5777 Sameach!

14 Tishrei 5777
Erev Chag Sukkot
Chag Sameach!!

Here are two new videos to pass along from Yuval Ovadia. Although they are in Hebrew, they are self-explanatory. Here is hoping and praying we will be redeemed this Sukkot!