24 July 2017

Kashering The World With Water

2 Av 5777

(hat tip Mr. Gallin)

Published on Jul 24, 2017 by BBC News
A Buddhist temple in central Myanmar has been swallowed by rising floodwaters after heavy rainfall.

NEVER BEFORE...

1 Av 5777
Rosh Chodesh

Never before, to my knowledge or experience, have world events been so centered on the Temple Mount davka during this time period like it has this year. May it only be an omen for good for Am Yisrael and may we hear only good news!

Chodesh tov umevorach!

23 July 2017

BD"E: The Process - Learning From Earlier Mistakes

29 Tamuz 5777
Erev Rosh Chodesh Av
Yom Kippur Katan

Birth is a bloody and painful process and so is redemption which is compared to a birth.. So it was in Egypt. So it is today. But, why must it be so? Because human beings take a long and hard time to come into this world and just as long and hard a time to convince to do what the Creator has commanded.

From yesterday's Torah reading...
Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you shall dispossess all the inhabitants of the land; you shall destroy all their figured objects; you shall destroy all their molten images, and you shall demolish all their cult places. And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have assigned the land to you to possess.
...But if you do not dispossess the inhabitants of the land, those whom you allow to remain shall be stings in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land in which you live; so that I will do to you what I planned to do to them.
Mashiach is going to come and finish the job the Zionists could not bring themselves to do because they thought they were better than their Creator. 


"He who is merciful to the cruel will become cruel to the merciful."

May God swiftly avenge their blood and return them to their families through tehiyat hameitim!

22 July 2017

21 July 2017

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.