10 December 2016

Taking A Position In A Controversy

11 Kislev 5777

I am late to the party. I was not going to comment on the Rabbi Mizrachi controversy, but the all-or-nothing positions taken by others bothers me to the point that I feel compelled to stake out the middle ground. As Rabbi Mizrachi himself would no doubt agree, this trouble would not have come his way without some reason behind it. 

First, I want to express my gratitude to Rabbi Mizrachi for the Torah I have learned from him over years of listening to his shiurim. I have donated to his organization for CDs and have posted his shiurim on my blog - and will continue to do so.

Although I have heard some things which were problematic to me, for the most part, I have found Rabbi Mizrachi to be steadfast for Torah truth and courageous in taking on difficult subjects. His style of teaching is not for everyone and he is not a perfect person. (Even Moshe Rabeinu made mistakes.)

This "Holocaust" accusation should be put to rest once and for all since the Rabbi already made a public apology for it in the recent past. Anyone who brings it up now is simply pushing an agenda. Additionally, many of the complaints lodged against him are justified with statements taken out of context. Within the context of the original shiur, it is not nearly as damning or extreme as his detractors would like to portray.

However, anyone who listens to Rabbi Mizrachi regularly knows he is prone to hyperbole to make a point and perhaps he should read this as a wake-up call to be more circumspect in his presentation. No one has a license to play fast and loose with the truth, no matter the justification.

What has stood out most in my mind though is how the Rabbi relates to Israel. I'm happy that even though he makes his home in the US, when he speaks of events in Israel, he continues to identify as an Israeli. He has not removed himself from the klal here. On the other hand, it saddens me when he airs all the 'dirty Israeli laundry' to Jews in the Diaspora. It feels like lashon hara against Eretz Yisrael to me. Even though what he says is true, the spies also did not lie in what they reported about the land. But, the reaction of hearing this news is the same now as then - Jews are discouraged from coming to Israel.

If I could get a message to the Rabbi, I would ask him not to automatically dismiss this letter from these rabbis, but to consider that perhaps, it is a means to a different end than what he imagines. Perhaps, it is a message from HKB"H that his time in chu"l is up and now, his permanent place should be here in the homeland. Let the Diaspora Jews listen on Youtube now, while Israelis get to hear Rabbi Mizrachi in person all year round.


I'd like to publicly take a position on Amona, too. About this, there should be no controversy. There is a truth that exists here which defies whatever "legal" position the State chooses to take. 

It matters not what "International Law" says on the subject, or how Israel will be perceived by the "International Community". It matters not one whit what the High Court of (In)Justice rules. According to the only LAW that counts - our Holy Torah - the land belongs to us and anyone who uproots Jews by force from it is committing a crime for which he will be held accountable by the Highest Court - the Beit Din in Shamayim! Make no mistake about it!!

It is my fervent and most heart-felt prayer that HKB"H will intervene personally to prevent another such atrocity happening here. Please, may we never again witness the forcible expulsion of Jews from their homes with the wanton destruction of their property and goods, even including houses of worship! 

In contradiction to one notable "religious" MK who reportedly said: “There is no way to prevent this, and all the protests and resistance will not change the edict, ...Please do not drag us into an unnecessary crisis....", our Sages told us never to give up hope even when the knife is at our necks. 

Redemption can come in the blink of an eye.

A Nice Way to Start the New Week

11 Kislev 5777
Shavua Tov!

With thanks to Devorah Esther...

06 December 2016

Just In Time For Hanukah

6 Kislev 5777

"And the house of Jacob shall be fire and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau shall become stubble, and they shall ignite them and consume them, and the house of Esau shall have no survivors, for the Lord has spoken." (Ovadiah 1.18)

While there are still sporadic reports of fires coming in, there is another fire smouldering in the Jewish heart. Just what will it take to make it burst into flame?

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur To Be Indicted

...in response to a petition by the Israel Reform Action Center, the legal lobbying arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, the State Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit was considering indicting Elitzur for articles he has written on the Hebrew Internet news site Hakol Hayehudi (the Jewish voice).

In May 2013, a day after Evyatar Borovski was killed in a terrorist attack at the Tapuah junction close to the Yitzhar settlement where Elitzur serves as the dean of the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva, the rabbi wrote an opinion piece that Mandelblit said incited violence against Arabs.

“There is a growing phenomenon of actions taken by heated Jews against the enemy...

whoever gets close [to the matter] will understand that these [people] are the buds of a growing community that is taking responsibility for the security of Jews,” Elitzur wrote.

In another opinion article later that month, the rabbi wrote that price-tag actions were an inevitable outcome of what he described as a too lenient attitude to Palestinian violence, saying that “the Jewish side is forced to revolt.”

Elitzur wrote: “They cannot understand that when the violence of non-Jews is treated with extreme leniency and the Jewish public is trampled upon, this will create an ever-growing Jewish public that understands that it is forced to take actions in order to defend itself from the evil that threatens Jews in the Land of Israel... More and more people understand these actions and feel that it is good that there are still people who have hot hearts burning against injustice and evil, against ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘tolerance’ that gives more and more strength and a feeling of victory to the murderous and violent side.”

He concluded: “These actions, borne of warmth and mutual responsibility of Jews, is not the goal (even if it is for certain possible to understand them in the current circumstances). At the end of the day, no one wants to live in anarchy, even if there are times when we are forced to live according to the jungle and to show to the evil nations of the world that the Jews can play this game too.”

Elitzur has been summoned to a hearing before a final deal is made on whether to indict him or not, although it is likely that he will now be charged.

The rabbi told Hakol Hayehudi following the announcement of his impending indictment that he was not bothered by “trifles” when an entire settlement is about to be destroyed because of “Mandelblit’s wickedness,” a reference to the pending demolition of the Amona settlement outpost.

“I will continue to say with a clear voice that the Torah of the Jewish people precedes the legal frameworks of non-Jews and forbids doing evil to Jews and adhering to orders and statues that are cruel to merciful Jews,” Elitzur said.
"...bayamim hahem bazeman hazeh."

04 December 2016


4 Kislev 5777

From "Jericho" to "Continuum" to the new television series "Incorporated", there is a common theme of democracy's demise through a take-over by corporatocracy. What better way to demonstrate this "truth-is-stranger-than-fiction" reality in America today than through the election of its first CEO?

The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy

The Rise of the Corporatocracy

02 December 2016

Parashat Toldot - The True Nature of Eisav

2 Kislev 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Shabbat Shalom!

Parashat Toldot - Bereshit 25.23-26 with Rashi Commentary

..."Two nations are in your womb, and two kingdoms will separate from your innards, and one kingdom will become mightier than the other kingdom, and the elder will serve the younger.

will separate from your innards: From the womb they are separated, this one to his wickedness, and this one to his innocence.
will become mightier than the other kingdom: They will not be equal in greatness; when one rises, the other will fall, and so [Scripture] states (Ezek. 26:2): “I shall become full from the destroyed city.” Tyre became full [gained power] only from the destruction of Jerusalem. — [From Meg. 6a, Pes. 42b]

And her days to give birth were completed, and behold, there were twins in her womb.

there were twins in her womb: [תוֹמִם is spelled] defectively [missing an “aleph” and“yud”], but concerning Tamar, it is written תְּאוֹמִים, with the plene spelling, [with an “aleph” and“yud”] because they (Perez and Zerah) were both righteous, but here, one was righteous and one was wicked. — [From Gen. Rabbah 63:8]

And the first one emerged ruddy; he was completely like a coat of hair, and they named him Esau.

ruddy: That is a sign that he will be a person who sheds blood (Gen. Rabbah 63:8).

And afterwards, his brother emerged, and his hand was grasping Esau's heel, and he named him Jacob.

Esau’s heel: [This is] a sign that this one (Esau) will not manage to complete his reign until this one rises up and takes it from him. — [From Gen. Rabbah 63:9]

Haftarah - Malachi 1.2-4

...Was not Esau a brother to Jacob? says the Lord. And I loved Jacob. And I hated Esau, and I made his mountains desolate and his heritage into [a habitat for] the jackals of the desert.

Should Edom say, "We were poor, but we will return and build the ruins"? So said the Lord of Hosts: They shall build, but I will demolish; and they shall be called the border of wickedness and the people whom the Lord has damned forever.

01 December 2016

"What Can Be Achieved in the Month of Kislev"

2 Kislev 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Shabbat Shalom!

What can be achieved in the month of Kislev - Rabbi Alon Anava

Would You Like a Towel With Your Brainwashing?

1 Kislev 5777
Rosh Chodesh
Chodesh Tov!

Recently, I left a few comments around some news sites. I don't recall the subject matter now, but it involved issues that the Powers That Be have characterized for the public as black and white, or in the current parlance, blue and red.

As a side note, the choice of color designation is interesting to me. Red has traditionally been associated with sin by the xians and with Eisav by the Jews. Today, it is the xian/conservative rightists who claim that color. Blue is a symbol of Heaven and tranquility, but the liberal left who is furthest from the ideals of Heaven and who creates most of the chaos are designated by that color.

Anyway, I took a position contrary to the red side and was immediately labeled a blue lefty - a "demon-crat Hillary-lover". No matter how many times I explained that I was neither an American nor an American voter and not aligned with either of their political parties, the same charge continued to be leveled with each successive "red" commenter. It was bizarre to say the least and clear evidence of mass brainwashing.

It's actually scary to see how fast memes get spread through social media - very scary indeed.

The public, even in Israel, has begun to accept the false notion that one side is wholly good while its opposite is wholly evil. This simply does not comport with the truth of reality. Each "side" has some good and some bad. One might be more weighted to one side or the other, but in today's political climate, if you express opposition to any one point from the "good" side or express any agreement with any one point on the "bad" side, you yourself will immediately be branded as entirely good or entirely evil based only on that. Yes, very scary times.

Nothing is completely as it is being portrayed by the mass media (including and especially the mass social media). You have to look in unexpected places and read between the lines to find what is real. But then, if you are one of the brainwashed, it will be impossible for you to see both sides of an issue, to take the truth regardless of its source and act upon it.

If you take nothing else away from anything that is written here, remember this and make it your mantra: "The only way to win is not to play the game." And that means: Do not pick a side in this global contest. Sit it out with HKB"H. We Jews are neither conservatives, nor leftists; neither Trumpists nor Clintonites. We are Children of HKB"H. Soon, He will send his agent - the Mashiach - to lead His own into the geulah shleimah with the call "Mi l'Hashem elai!!" And that's when we pick our side - us with HKB"H and His Mashiach against the whole world.

Wake up, Jews!!

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

Trump’s Cabinet: ‘Draining The Swamp’ Or Diving Right In?

In other words, the historic and prophesied birur that is destined to take place before Mashiach comes is not one between left and right, or even between so-called "pro-Israel" people and anti-Israel people, but between those who remain part of the world system (both left and right, pro- and anti-) and those who withdraw from it all and align themselves only with HKB"H and His Torah.