01 December 2015

IRAQI JEWS, the Jewish Nakba, and The Ingathering from Galut

Absorption of Jews** into Israel from the Golus Nations was/is an extremely difficult endeavor.
"Operation Ezra and Nehemiah, also known as Operation Ali Baba, was the airlift of more than 120,000 Jews from Iraq to Israel shortly after the founding of the Jewish state. In recent years, we are familiar with Ethiopian Jewry (Operations Joshua, Solomon and Moses) and the airlift of Yemenite Jews in Operation Magic Carpet. But the Operation Ali Baba of Iraqi Jews is not so well known.

Jewish Refugee Day / The Expulsion Day - 
Remembered November 30

Jewish Nakba
by Dr Edy Cohen*

"Most of you will be surprised by this, but we Jews have a Nakba too, and it's a major Nakba. It's a Nakba which is marked on November 30, when we commemorate the expulsion and uprooting of about one million Jews during the 20th century from their homeland in the Arab and Muslim world.

Thousands of years of Jewish presence in those countries, 
even before the era of Islam, had come to an end.

"Unfortunately, our Nakba is private, as it has no international or even national support, it has no Israeli and foreign organizations which recognize it and work to raise Israeli and international awareness of its existence. It has no organizations to support it, write about it, interview us, photograph us, write scientific articles about us, the refugees who came from Arab countries.

"We have not only lost our property, which was left behind in Arab countries and is estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars today, but our rich culture and heritage as well. [Iraqi Jews constitute]  more than 50 percent of the State of Israel's Jewish residents.

Cultural Oppression

"We have no funding and budgets like the Europeans and Americans and other Arab states funnel to the refugees of the Palestinian Nakba, we have no cultural institutions to give us the stage at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque or anywhere else, and above all - we have no media outlets to report about our activity and the suffering we experienced."  (Read full article)

We Are Alone

In the plethora of articles published on 30 November, Dr Edy Cohen's* piece for YNet News stands out for pointing out that for years advocates for Jewish refugees from Arab countries have been struggling alone and without funding. It is only in the last year that they have received official backing from the Israeli government.

“The 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Iran are too often omitted from the narrative of the events of 1948,. . .” (Jewish Refugees)


Making 2016 the Year of the Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries
by Ashley Perry***

Apart from the great work of organizations like Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, Justice for Jews from Arab Countries and Harif, I was amazed that the issue had only seldom been raised in any meaningful way on the Israeli or Jewish global agenda.

According to a law passed by then Member of Knesset Dr. Shimon Ohayon last year, this is now the date of the official day of commemoration for the Jewish refugees from Arab countries (November 30). Dr. Ohayon created for the first time ever, a Knesset Caucus for the Jewish refugees from Arab Countries, and although the meetings were well attended and frequent, the attendees were mostly the survivors of pogroms in the Arab world and the expellees themselves, and few from the following generations.

To spread greater understanding of the issue abroad, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions, headed by Akiva Tor, we created a traveling exhibition (see below) that would be sent to embassies, consulates, Jewish communities and organizations around the world to print out locally and display at relevant events surrounding the date.

To View Pictures of the Traveling Exhibition

The Traveling Exhibition Pictures depict
History and Background
Islamic Conquest
Economic Life
Discrimination and Pogroms
Expulsion from the Arab World
Integration into Israel
Internation Status
Justice and the Search for Peace
Personal Stories


The Expulsion Day was marked Monday, November 30, an academic conference at Bar-Ilan University and in a key event at Jerusalem's Malha Mall, funded by the Ministry for Social Equality. In addition, the Foreign Ministry has instructed its representatives abroad to hold conferences with the local Jewish communities, and the Education Ministry has ordered schools to hold activities for the students on the issue of the Jews from Arab countries and their immigration to Israel.

*Dr. Edy Cohen, an expert in Middle Eastern affairs and a research fellow at the Menachem Begin Institute for the Study of Underground and Resistance Movements at Bar-Ilan University.

***Ashley Perry is Ashley Perry (Perez) is President of Reconectar and Director General of the Knesset Caucus for the Reconnection with the Descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Communities. He was adviser to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs from April 2009 to January 2015. He has also worked with several other government ministers, Members of Knesset and many of the leading international Jewish, Zionist and Hasbara organizations. [and writes a blog page at TimesofIsrael

**Ingathering of the Misplaced Jews Returning to Judaism
(who does not see that we are experiencing the Ingathering phase of the Geulah?)

Of course everyone knows about Nefesh b'Nefesh 
for the English (France, UK, Canada) speaking Jewish Aliyah

But there is also:

Operation Ezra and Nehemiah (Operation Ali Baba)
Operations Joshua, Solomon and Moses
Operation Magic Carpet
Bnei Menashe (sons of Manasseh from India)

Also Future Ingatherings:

Bnei Anousim
Subbotnik Jews
The Hidden Jews of Poland
Kaifeng Jews
Jews of San Nicandro, Italy
Moroccans Jews of the Amazon
Other Communities

Chart of Immigration to Israel from 1948 to present

Also recommended reading: do not do unto others by Hava at CDG, Yerushalayim, Eretz Yisrael Shlemah

30 November 2015

On Prohibition and Banishment

After viewing the "must see" video on ShiratDevorah on The Clock of Creation Explained in a Video the following came to mind.

The sequence of the Probation, the Sin, the Banishment:

The one period of time that I found missing (albeit there are surely many more) was after Adam and Chava ate from the Tree. Following the theme of the video, let us assume that the Internet is the temporal of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

It could be that the 'Prohibition to Eat' and then the 'Banishment' could refer to the Internet, which has been compared to the "Tree". The Prohibition being, as many Rabbis have warned, is not to have the internet in your home (the family life being the observances of yiddishkeit and the continuation of that life), not to be involved with it.

Why? Chava was not prohibited from seeing or touching the "Tree".

The seeing and touching could be where one is permitted to utilize the internet for parnassah reasons. After all, seeing (viewing blog sites) and touching (writing blog posts) might not be "Forbidden" as long as one has strong discipline (Will) or a strong filter.

However the "Eating" of the "Fruit" of the "Tree" could be compared to actually 'digesting' the evil information that can also be ingested from the internet, which leads one into forbidden areas of life, lifestyles, and obsessions. This corruption leads to banishment from the 'good'.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston explains:

"[The third aspect of the eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil has to do with] the mind and knowledge, which are included in the term "eating," as we see in Yechezkel (3:1), Yeshayahu (55:1). We also see this from the words of the rabbis in Shir HaShirim Rabbah, Chapter 1, where they compare words of Torah to water, wine, oil, and honey. Thus, we see that the mind and knowledge is included in the concept of eating, and therefore, He also warned him [when G-d commanded Adam not to eat from the fruit] that he should not contemplate and look at anything to which evil is attached. This was in order that he should not come to look at the ability of the evil forces, to investigate and understand the extent of their strengths, lest he be drawn down after them. For, it is the nature of man to adhere to that which he contemplates, because the mind, the one trying to understand, and the object of understanding become one. Therefore, there is a great danger in looking at and contemplating to that which evil is attached . . . This was the main aspect of the sin of the Tree of Knowledge that G-d warned Adam HaRishon about, and which he transgressed and stumbled in. Thus, though his original sin was accidental, in the end he sinned purposely. (Sha'arei Leshem, page 341)

"In this short paragraph, one of the most important fundamentals about life emerges, and that is the relationship between the eyes and the mind. In fact, so fundamental is the relationship that, even though Chava ate from the Tree first before she gave to Adam to eat, Adam is faulted for the sin. For, as the Leshem explains in great detail, it was Adam HaRishon's looking at the Tree first, that caused him and the world to quickly descend from their exceptionally high spiritual level, and make the simple mistake of eating."

Also the "Banishment" could correlate to the current worldly wave of 'disbelief in a Creator, i.e. G–D, which brings immorality (confusion of the sexes) and a breakdown of societies (confidence in government), hence 'anything goes', the 'I" generation, and 'anti' anything that brings order to creation, hence the breakdown of nations. This we are also seeing in the events of the world. This leaves a vacuum into which hatred, theft, and murder find a home. Think Sodom and Gomorrah

If the digestive system is considered (as in the video) the main area of the human body (the capsule around the neshoma) then eating from the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (i.e. the internet) is equally detrimental to the Jewish body. Because 'eating from the internet' and 'digesting it' creates illness and death. Clinging to the "good" with Emuna and Bitachon and eating only kosher is what nourishes the Jewish body and strengthens the Jewish Neshomah.

However, we must realize the mind – body connection.

"Chava did not have to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil because it was edible; she had plenty of other trees to satisfy any need she had for fruit. Nor did she have to eat from the fruit because it was appealing to her eyes, for that is rarely a reason to eat anything, especially when it is forbidden to do so.

"Rather, the fact that the tree provided wisdom, something that Chava in her heightened state of awareness could appreciate - that was a different story. Especially since she had not died from touching the tree, as Adam had told her she would, and she experienced for the first time intellectual confusion."

This brings me to the idea that at that point in the video, the video itself becomes a victim of the internet.

The part about the creation of Chava (female humans) is troublesome. I think the video could have elucidated the reason why HaShem had created Ish and Ishah. But maybe they were leary to venture into forbidden waters (tongue-in-cheek here). Even though the Lubavitcher Rebbe stated that one of the last tests would be the rectification (if that's the correct term) of the female. The Rebbe allowed women to learn the Talmud, after first having a foundation in Judaism. The Rebbe was very much in favor of the development, education and status of his female Shluchot. I know, because at one time in my life I was involved with Chabad and stood in line for 'dollars'.

I don't think secular emancipation is quite the proper perspective.

Again I go to Rabbi Pinchas Winston:

"If we go back in time to when death first came into the world, we find a similar idea. Whatever rationale Chava used when deciding to violate the mitzvah of abstaining from eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Torah sums it up this way:

"And the woman perceived that the tree was good for eating and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable as a means to wisdom, and she took of its fruit and ate. (Bereishis 3:6)

"Chava did not have to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil because it was edible; she had plenty of other trees to satisfy any need she had for fruit. Nor did she have to eat from the fruit because it was appealing to her eyes, for that is rarely a reason to eat anything, especially when it is forbidden to do so.

"Rather, the fact that the tree provided wisdom, something that Chava in her heightened state of awareness could appreciate - that was a different story. Especially since she had not died from touching the tree, as Adam had told her she would, and she experienced for the first time intellectual confusion."  [yes, i know this is a repeat – for a purpose]

HaShem told Avraham (chessed) to "listen to Sarah" (Bina, wisdom) this is the wisdom that attracted Chava to the "Tree".  This is indeed a complicated subject matter.

Some Wisdom from the Lubavitcher Rebbe from :
Putting [Jewish] Women in the Picture

"In an oft-quoted passage from a talk on Jewish education for women given in 1990, the Rebbe reinterprets the basic Talmudic and halachic sources regarding women’s Torah study, draws out the practical implications, exhorts women to increase their study and teaching, and asks for the community at large to support this endeavor. He further asks: why has this increase in Torah learning for women occurred specifically in the recent era? On the one hand, the Rebbe answers, there is the traditional idea that each generation further from the divine revelation at Sinai is on a “lower” level, and so there is an increasingly greater need to bolster it. The Rebbe described the increase in Torah study by women as one of the “positive innovations of the later generations”Nevertheless, he continues, the result has been a great good, an increase in Torah study; and this increase in Torah study by women he emphatically describes as one of the “positive innovations of the later generations.

"From another perspective, each generation further away from Sinai is also closer to the final redemption and the messianic era. And so, the Rebbe adds, we could say we have merited the increase in Torah study for women precisely because of that proximity: it is part of the preparation for—and already a taste of—redemption. A defining characteristic of the messianic era is a great increase in knowledge and wisdom; and so we now already have a “taste” of it, just as there is a halachah (Torah law) that before Shabbat one is to taste each of the special dishes to be enjoyed at the Shabbat meal.4 (This also connects to the idea the Rebbe often repeated, that different parts of Torah are revealed in the times appropriate for them. Hence, he explained, only in recent generations has the esoteric “soul” of Torah—kabbalah and chassidism—been revealed and become increasingly accessible to the masses. Even though these latter generations might be on a lower level than previous ones, they also have a greater responsibility, for they are to purify and complete the final galut (exile) and open the way to redemption. Hence the most sublime parts and secrets of Torah are revealed in the latter generations, and they already begin to “taste” of the Torah of the messianic era.)

"Kabbalistic and chassidic teachings have a special understanding of the role of the feminine in the era of redemption and the world to come. Then, say the classical sources, all the “feminine” aspects of the world will emerge from their concealment and diminution in the unredeemed world, and rise to the highest stature.5 That is the deeper reason—says the Rebbe—that in our generation the innovations and increase in Torah study connect to and are emphasized in relation to women. The effect of their study is also great, for as the Talmud says in a well-known line: “In the merit of the righteous women of that generation were the Jews redeemed from Egypt.”6 And so, the Rebbe concludes, in the merit of the righteous women of our generation, may the full and complete redemption come."

3. “Al Devar Chiyuv Neshei Yisrael be-Chinuch uve-Limmud ha-Torah 5750 [1990]” in Sefer ha-Sichot, vol. 2 (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kehot, 1992), pp. 455–459.

4. See the Rebbe’s discourse on the nature of chassidic philosophy and its innovations entitled Inyanah Shel Torat ha-Chassidut (and the appendix printed there, a discourse given on the last day of Passover 1970) on the timing of revealing new insights and aspects of Torah. It is translated into English in the volume On the Essence of Chassidus (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kehot, 1978).

5. That is the deeper meaning of the famous verse from Proverbs (12:4), “A woman of valor is the crown of her husband,” and from the prophet Jeremiah (31:21), “The woman will encircle the man.” The crown, symbolizing the highest kabbalistic sefirah (divine attribute) of Keter, sits on top of and encircles the head. Similarly, in the prophecy of Jeremiah, “the woman encircling the man” signifies the highest level of divine revelation, in the mode of a “circle” (makkif). In a circle, all points are equidistant from the center, as opposed to the hierarchical structure of a line. A circle also symbolizes what encompasses and can’t be contained and delimited. There are hints to this in the wedding ceremony, where the bride indeed encircles the groom, and in the language of the wedding blessings. See further the chassidic discourse of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi in his Torah Ohr, end of Parshat Vayigash, and his commentary on the siddur and the wedding blessings for the relation of male and female in the messianic era and the world to come.

6. Sotah 11b."

29 November 2015


(leading up to )
WORLD WAR IV – the Big One* –  a/k/a THE WAR OF GOG and MAGOG

Between Turkey and Russia, China, with Britain* possibly entering in support of Turkey.
Herewith is another perspective on the situation we are witnessing.

Walid Shoebat:


"For how many years we have been saying it, that Russia and Turkey will eventually have a major fallout while others said (even used the Bible) arguing that they will become great allies? 

"So much for both, the secular, and the so-called prophecy analyst, who take the biblical text out of context or think that economy is the only building block for alliances. Religion and correct understanding of history is the main drive in world affairs much more than it is the economy.

"One of the most major errors the West did is that it added Muslim Turkey as member of NATO in 1952, and alliance rules say that an attack on any of the 28-member states should be treated as an attack on all.

". . . [I]t is okay for the Muslim Gog of Turkey to expand into Syria by exporting terrorists all the way from China’s Uyghur while at the same time send floods of Muslim immigrants to Europe. The world ignores that such a “friendship” between Russia and Turkey are hindered by the Islamist uprisings influenced by Turkey against a Russian ally: Syria. An Islamist takeover of Syria will threaten Russia’s interests in the Tartus naval base, (its only Mediterranean proxy naval opening). That including Turkey’s establishments of an Islamic alliance which will contradict Russia’s and China’s interests and is why Turkey . . .

Daniel 11:44, “But then unpleasant news from the east and the north will alarm him”

 . . . will be threatened from the East (China) and the North (Russia) in the future battle of all battles.

While Putin Kills Terrorists, Obama Pays Them $500,000,000 Bringing God’s Wrath Closer To A World Which Has Gone Mad

"While Putin was shelling the terrorists on Thanksgiving, president Barack Obama signed the Pentagon funding bill which allows $500 million in aid to the very terrorists in Syria that Putin is frying. Obama couldn’t find a better time to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 except on the eve of Thanksgiving.

"So while Obama funds terrorists on Thanksgiving to aid his ‘Turkey’ friend, Putin slaughters her little chicklings at Turkmen Mountain in Syria. On the 25th, Russia also destroyed Turkish convoy crossing the borders into Syria at Azaz which is a hub, where Turkish aid (weapons, ammunition, drugs etc) are dumped off. Then with all his “help” they begin to disperse it to other cities under terrorist control.

"If Obama was a Muslim infiltrator, Putin is a brilliant tactician, and it is crucial to always keep in mind;

"G-d ... is in control of man’s destiny, and not man, or even the political analyst for that matter.

"G-d will decide what will happen in each country, what will be destroyed and what will be built, what will be flooded, which will have disasters and conflict – these things G-d determines and not man. G-d speaks through the forces of nature, it is hidden." (R' Nir Ben Artzi, Parshas Vayishlach)

Wallid Shoebat introduces to this analogy leading up to THE BIG WAR –  The Weather. Why the weather? Well, it is (through) 'nature' that Hashem uses to punish the enemies of Israel.  Such as:

"Egypt is seemingly getting hotter with every passing year. As of 2010, data from the Egyptian Meteorological Authority showed that Egypt’s five hottest years in recorded history have occurred from 2002 onward. The data also showed that heat waves are becoming more common and prolonged. The study showed that from 2001 to 2010, Aswan recorded more than 100 summer heat wave days, whereas in the 1970s, that number was closer to 40. Additionally, rising temperatures can lead to an increase in parasitic diseases and in the coming years, malaria could be reintroduced to Egypt migrating from north in Sudan. The mosquito species has already been reported in Aswan and Toshka.

"As Egypt weakens, the Bible also predicted that a war will erupt between Turkey and Egypt and will culminate when Muslim nations will invade Israel, not just over the issue of Jerusalem but over the issue of food (Ezekiel 38:13) and that the price of wheat will skyrocket....

"... Nile drying in Egypt and the Euphrates drying up in Iraq? It becomes clear then that a major drought while it effects the world, it concentrates primarily in the Muslim world. Experts tell us that the Tigris-Euphrates basin comprising Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and western Iran is in great threat.


"Erdogan is not reviving secularism. He is speedily reviving Islam in the regions of the north, the Turkic republics in the Balkans, Central Asia and African nations. The Turkish religious authority under Mufti Gormez, had had 200,267 meetings, conferences, panels and symposiums, all organized solely in the northern parts of the globe as an objective to influence non-Arab Muslim countries, especially in the Balkans.

"And to upset the Muslim world even further, even the idea of rebuilding the Third-Temple is growing by the day. In the Peace Index survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 28-29, 38% of Jewish people surveyed expressed support for allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, which is currently forbidden. Another survey, conducted in 2013 by the Etgar Mochot Institute for the Joint Committee of Temple Mount Organizations, found that one-third of the Jewish public — of whom 31% were secular — supported the creation of a Third Temple on the Temple Mount."

According to Shoebat, all this shows that religion and not politics ... carve out man’s destiny.


While I have selected particular quotes from the Shoebat website, I have censored the non-Jewish statements. So, if one visits his webpage, it is recommended not scrolling to the very bottom, to avoid a certain non-Jewish video.

UPDATE: "Do you want to know why the Turkish government ordered the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday? It is because the Russians have been bombing the trucks that transport oil from ISIS into Turkey. . . Well, the truth is that Erdogan has been very upset these days because the Russians have been interfering with the illegal oil smuggling that his family has been conducting. End of American Dream. See also ZeroHedge

27 November 2015

Rabbi Mizrachi – Specifically Who will be Saved in Days of Moshiach

Specifically Speaks about What Will Bring Moshiach

Someone Who Learns Torah and Supports Torah
Kindness to Others, Support and Million Kinds of Chessed

Rabbi Mizrachi speaks about what will bring Moshiach
and What will save Jews
in the seven minutes of the tape
[a separate tape from the Three Rabbis' Shiur]
I speak for myself, but am sure all Jews cannot get enough of words of Tohacha and Chizuk!
and then
He introduces Rabbi Amrami who speaks in Hebrew about Discovering Hashem In Every Detail In The World
From about after 55 min Rabbi Mizrachi speaks and answers questions which are very clarifying and illuminating

26 November 2015


Sarah Tehiya and Ariel Biegel B"H

Photo by Arutz 7


Heartbreaking video shows the faces of Israeli victims

In powerful, silent video, Israeli journalist Lital Shemesh reveals the faces of 22 lives cut brutally short. As daily Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis continue - and while many international media outlets choose to downplay Israeli suffering - Israel Hayom journalist Lital Shemesh felt she needed to do something to raise awareness of the 22 Israelis murdered so far in shootings, stabbings and car-ramming attacks.

Rabbi Mizrachi: The Blessings of Yitzchak, Parshas Vayishlach ... Ovadia's Prophecy

The Blessings of Yitzchak and Parshas Vayishlach
Many Secrets
and Revelations

Why the Jews came to the world

About Rava and Abbaye (see Graves of the Righteous in Safed Sorry about one picture)

While Rabbi Mizrachi was saying "Hashem feeds the world" immediately the lights dimmed over Rabbi Mizrachi (as if a response from Shomayim)

The Sins of today compared to the earlier generations

About Rav Ovadia (Abdallah) in Bagdad, a wonder child at 10. Interviewed by Av Beis Din and he became his hevruta, a 10 year old child his hevruta (near 1:20 min)

Koreans learning Talmud (So Korean TV crew visits Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak to see how Jews Illuminate the world, March 2015))

Near 1:27 he explains when there are no more talmidei Hachamim, it paves the way to Mashiach

Har Seir = When Mashiach comes

100 pure coins of silver (= $1 billion today) The price of purchase of Shechem by Yaakov/Yisrael

Lakewood Shiur
Everything is the opposite of Emes

Haval in this generation, in Israel a shanda of stealing of Sifrei Torah and Klei Kodesh and reselling them to religious Jews ...
(after 1:40)

Rachel (at 36) gives birth to 3, two girls and the third is a boy, Bin–Yamin only son born in Israel

Ovadia the Prophet and his Prophecy when Mashiach comes:

The vision of Ovadia. Thus says the Lord Hashem concerning Edom... For the day of Hashem is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your reward shall return upon your own head... And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau stubble, and they shall burn them and consume them; and none shall remain of the house of Esau; for Hashem has spoken... And saviors shall ascend Mount ion to judge the Mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Hashem's (Ovadia, excerpts from ch. 1, his entire prophecy)