15 December 2017

"Now Yosef Recognized His Brothers”

"Now Yosef Recognized His Brothers”
(Genesis 42:8)
Kislev 27, 5778/December 15, 2017

Over the course of the eight day festival of Chanukah, beginning with one candle on the first night and increasing by one candle each night, we kindle a total of thirty six lights. Our sages teach us that this parallels the thirty six hours that the original light with which G-d illuminated creation shone, before G-d secreted away the light, saving it for the righteous in the world to come. The eight days of Chanuka are a gift from G-d through which He shares with His world once again the beautiful pristine light of creation, through our kindling of the Chanukah lights.

The original light, referred to in Hebrew as ohr ganuz (hidden light), was not constrained by the space-time continuum which defines our world today. Following a beam of light, Adam, who enjoyed the original light, until his own actions caused G-d to hide the light away, could see from one end of creation to the other. All was revealed. Nothing was hidden.
This same primordial (now hidden) light plays a central role in the story of Yosefand his brothers. The primordial light is what illuminates our dreams, for our dreamscapes are also free of the restrictions imposed upon our waking moments by the boundaries of time and space. It is this very freedom from the laws of time and space that make our dreams so unworldly at times and difficult to understand. Yet Yosef, who was blessed with the ability to perceive the hidden light in dreams became a master of dream interpretation, discerning G-d's plan, revealed to him by the original light, hidden to others.
The theme of the original light, both hidden and revealed also sheds light on another seeming conundrum in our story. In this week's parasha, Miketz, when Yosef's brothers go down to Egypt and stand before Yosef, now viceroy to Pharaoh, Yosef immediately recognizes them, but they don't recognize Yosef. Yes, many years have passed, and Yosef, now a man and dressed and coiffed as an Egyptian noble, and bearing an aura of authority, is no longer the beardless, precocious teenager that the brothers threw into a pit and later sold into slavery, but blood is blood and their inability to recognize their own brother standing before them is puzzling.
The brothers could not recognize Yosef because they were not seeing him in the true light, in the original light of creation, now hidden away. His presence before them was not possible because they had done away with him, and the rigid order of space and time as they understood it did not allow for his reappearance in their lives. In our story, the word recognition, used multiple times, is always to be understood as seeing the hidden light, seeing the truth behind the deceptive surface. Yosef immediately recognized his brothers, not because he recognized their faces, per se, but because he recognized G-d's plan for their salvation.
Earlier in our story, when Tamar asked her father-in-law Yehudah, "Please recognize whose signet ring, cloak, and staff are these?" (Genesis 38:25) and Yehudah indeed recognized them as belonging to him, he didn't merely recognize the objects before him, he recognized his own past errors, from his sleeping with Tamar, to his refusal to bring his son Shelah to her, and even to his leading role in the selling of Yosef. His heart and his understanding were illuminated with the hidden light of creation, the light that reveals all, the light of truth. This is the light of repentance - teshuvah - which enters our heart and lights the way for our return to ourselves and to our place in G-d's world which he created for us.
This understanding of the word recognition (hakara), as it is used in our story, also sheds great light on the moment when the brothers, after selling Yosef and soaking his cloak in lamb's blood, tell their father, "'We have found this; now recognize whether it is your son's coat or not.' He recognized it, and he said, 'It is my son's coat; a wild beast has devoured him; Yosef has surely been torn up.'" (ibid 37:32-33) This recognition by Yaakov of his son's cloak suggests that, if he is truly seeing the coat before him in the illumination of the hidden light, then he knows full well the real fate of his son Yosef and the great plan that G-d has in store for His people. This is why our sages opine that that Yaakov refused to be consoled. He knew that his son Yosef was alive!



















It is no coincidence, of course, that the thirty six lamps which we light over the course of Chanukah are reflective of the thirty six hours in which the original pure light of creation shone before being hidden away by G-d. For the festival of Chanukah is about the liberation of and the repurification and rededication of the Holy Temple. The Holy Temple is the beacon, the entry point in our world through which the hidden light is revealed. The Holy Temple, which brings renewal and rebirth into the world each day exists above the linear restraints of time and space. The Holy Temple radiates the unfiltered light which G-d projected into existence even before the creation of time and space. The victory of the Macabbees was indeed the victory of light over darkness, the true light of creation by which Torah is written and the Holy Temple shines forth. Chanukah sameach.

The History of the Holy Temple Menorah

The Holy Temple Menorah Today

The menorah which stands today in Jerusalem's old city Jewish Quarter, overlooking the Temple Mount, is the work of the Temple Institute. It was created exclusively to be used in the new Holy Temple. The menorah was painstakingly crafted after years of extensive research by the Temple Institute's full time staff of researchers. The conclusions upon which the construction of the menorah was based took into account archeological evidence and, of course, the halachic (Jewish law) requirements of materials, dimensions, ornamental affects and manner of manufacture as first delineated in the Book of Exodus, and further explicated by Jewish sages throughout the millennia.
The menorah weighs one-half ton. It contains forty five kilograms of twenty four karat gold. Its estimated value is approximately three million dollars. The construction of the menorah was made possible through the generosity of Vadim Rabinovitch, a leader of the Jewish community of Ukraine.

Since the menorah was moved from its former location in the old city's Roman Cardo to its current location alongside the Yehudah HaLevi steps leading down to the Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount, it has become a place where thousands of people stop daily, meet friends, learn about the menorah, marvel at its beauty and envision its ultimate standing place in the Kodesh Sanctuary of the rebuilt Holy Temple.

Chanukah Miketz – LIGHT CARVED FROM UNDER THE THRONE OF GLORY

LIGHT CARVED FROM UNDER THE THRONE OF GLORY
By Roy S. Neuberger                                                    



Chanukah is about light. 

“At the root of the (Biblical commandment to light the Menorah) lies the fact that the Eternal Lord, may He be blessed, commanded us that a lamp should burn in the Sanctuary, to magnify the glory and splendor of the Temple in the eyes of those who behold it. For such is the way of people, to attain distinction in their houses with burning lights. And the entire reason for the magnification [of splendor] is that that a man’s heart should become infused, when he sees it, with reverent awe and humility. (Sefer Hachinuch, Mitzvah 98)

And then there is darkness. 

“And the earth was ‘tohu’ and ‘vohu,’ with darkness upon the surface of the deep….” (Beraishis 1:2) “Here [the Torah] alludes to what happened [after man was created], due to [our] sins… [The word] ‘darkness’ [refers] to the Yetzer Hara … [which took hold of the body.] 

“When the Holy One, Blessed is He, saw this, [He] said ‘Let there be light,’ [which means that] He sends man an assistant [to fight] against his yetzer [hara]. This happens when [a man] reaches [his] fourteenth year [i.e. Bar Mitzvah, at which time a new] spirit from G-d … a holy and pure neshomah [the yetzer tov], appears upon him from [Hashem’s] Holy Abode…. [The] light is immense, because it is carved from under the Throne of Glory of [Hashem]. 

“You should not think [however,] that, since the [elevated] neshomah is within man, or through engaging in Torah [study] … one becomes safe from the trickery of the yetzer [hara] … and it … goes away…. [But, no!] There is still darkness in the world…. It is just that, through this [light], man is helped [in his efforts] to wage war against the [yetzer hara]….” (Ohr Hachaim on Beraishis Chapter One)

At the beginning of Creation, a war erupted between the Yetzer Tov and the Yetzer Hara. This war will continue until the Yetzer Hara is finally vanquished at the end of history. 

“Whenever the Torah or the Sages refer to the oil used to light the Menorah, an allusion is intended to the wisdom of the heart and thoughts of the mind. When the Greeks entered the Bais Hamikdosh and defiled the oil, they blemished the thoughts and feelings of the majority of the people of Israel, who began to accept [the concept] that the ‘wisdom of the Greeks’ continued enduring reality. When the Hasmoneans … entered the Sanctuary, they found only one jar that contained pure oil …. However, this was not sufficient to kindle a perpetual lamp within them, for their processes and feelings had been blemished by the ‘wisdom of the Greeks.’ But ‘a miracle occurred and the oil burned for eight days.’ (Shabbos 21b) This miracle of purifying the heart and one’s thought processes is necessary for Israel in every generation, especially when she is subjugated by the nations of the world.” (Book of Our Heritage, Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov)

Chanukah demonstrates that there can be victory in the war between the Yetzer Hatov and the Yetzer HaraChanukah falls during the darkest period of the darkest month of the year. It is the quintessential Yom Tov of Golus. It demonstrates forever that, even when we are apparently drowning in the spiritual darkness of the surrounding culture, we should not despair, even though the odds of survival, let alone victory, seem overwhelmingly against us. 

“The pure among Israel of that generation – led by the Kohanim of the Hasmonean House – saw Greek culture as the source of impurity in this world, the most despicable form of paganism. All idolatry is abominable, but when man himself becomes a deity and all of his faculties are utilized to serve himself, this is the most despicable form of idolatry…. When people begin to believe in man’s great power, in the beauty of man’s taste and in the reliability of man’s intellect, the damage that can result is limitless. The Hasmoneans saw that the roots of this defilement were taking hold among the people and declared that war against it was a holy battle.” (ibid)

My friends, that was then and this is now. We have to understand that, difficult as that nisayon was, we are now in worse condition! We have no oil at all, not even defiled oil! We have no menorah! We have no Bais Hamikdosh! We are living in a world that has been almost entirely defiled. We are surrounded by terrible darkness. The entire world, with the exception of those few whose lives are illuminated by the flame of Torah, is bowing to the culture of self-worship, which Rabbi Kitov refers to as the “the most despicable form of paganism.” 

Every night during Chanukah, we kindle lights. Outside the window, behind the menorah, there is only darkness. The first night, that little flame seems swallowed by the surrounding blackness. Each night, the light grows more intense as we add a flame. On the eighth night the glow becomes exceedingly beautiful. 

The biggest miracle is that there is any flame at all! It is miraculous there are any Jews left to light that flame! We are the flames! Our lives are the flames! Our neshomas are on fire! 

We cannot be afraid of the darkness. “There was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Beraishis 1:5), on which Ohr Hachaim comments: “At that time, when [the night of exile ends and] the light of morning rises, [ushering in the Redemption], there will be no more darkness and no more night … ‘and the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun.’ (Yeshayah 30:26) That is what [our verse means when] it says, ‘one day.’” 

This year, when we light the flames, let us all picture that day. As we say every morning, “May You shine a new light on Tzion, and may we all speedily merit its light!”



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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.
© Copyright 2017 by Roy S. Neuberger

14 December 2017

The Maccabeats - Latke Recipe - Hanukkah



The Maccabeats - Latke Recipe - Hanukkah

Could This “Really” be NIBIRU?


News About The Star Nibiru - Confirmed

Rabbi Glazerson discusses the prophecies at the End of Days and Kochav Yaakov, The Star [NIBIRU]"NASA Discovery of 7-Planet System Conforms Exactly to Zohar’s Description of Pre-Messiah 'Nibiru’” [on Mattisyahu Glazerson’s youtube page





NASA Announces Discovery Of 7 Earth-Sized Planets In Nearby Star System


NASA announced Wednesday that they have discovered a nearby star sytsem with seven Earth-sized planets, some of which could potentially have liquid water. The system is called "TRAPPIST-1" after the Belgian-operated telescope in Chile that discovered it. RealClearPolitics





NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on Feb 22, 2017

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

Over 21 days, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds, including three in the habitable zone, where liquid water might be found.

The video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and Michaël Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. For more information about Spitzer, visit Spitzer Caltech edu

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NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Chanukah at Ir David









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13 December 2017

Recent Sighting and More on “THE SYSTEM"

Could it Be NIBIRU?

NASA to Announce Major Planet Discovery-Solar Phenomenon Stuns Onlookers-Supermoon Trilogy Begins. The planet is big enough to cluster 11 large bodies but is it responsible for the periodic strikes of comets and asteroids.



Nibiru Triggers Global Turbulence-Atmospheric Radiation Increases-Unknown Cosmic Rays Slam Earth. There is concern among scientists that the coming year may herald in a time of great seismic and volcanic unrest, unlike anything this generation has witnessed


View this from beginning only until 13:10 (the rest is his personal rantings)
Three Days of Rage, Nibiru's Tail and the Coming Eclipse


Planet X with high speed moon passes over Australia and more proof fast moons


Strange sky events recorded in Texas AND Louisiana on night of snowstorm!
DEC 12, 2017: Sky phenomenon occurs on the same night hundreds of miles apart in completely different states.



Rare Sky phenomenon – Right through the roof! (San Bernadino)



Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
great for Shabbat

1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten free Almond flour or gf  flour mix)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Stir together potatoes, scallions, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper.
Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. 
Working in batches of 4, spoon 1/8 cup potato mixture per latke into oil and flatten to 3-inch diameter with a slotted spatula
Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. 

Transfer latkes with spatula to paper towels to drain. 












Source: Epicurious

Watching the Sunsets . . . Wow, What Was That!

Watching the Sunsets . . . Wow, What Was That!

There was something awesome in the sky just now. My daughter, who watches sunsets daily with me, saw it with me. The sun was still above the horizon, about 15 minutes before sunset.



Far to the right, my estimate would be at least 30 degrees away, without other obvious continuation of the almost sunset was another smaller light source behind the clouds and coming out looking like another sunset. It wasn't like another round sun as it was like a squished diamond shape and it was a rainbow colored as well and poking through the clouds. I've seen rainbow arc clouds before and this was way bigger, rounder and very different as there was a super pronounced light behind it. Not a sun dog either which I've seen pictures of.

I couldn't get to a spot to take a picture of both the sun and this light before it disappeared as I was on a one way street with many houses but I managed to catch a picture of the strange light source but you can't see the rainbow aspect of it in the photo. I really wish I could have found a place to take a picture of the whole sky but I had to pick up someone and couldn't drive around.

This sky was still light with no pinks at all and you couldn't even see that it was sunset unless looking at that particular spot. As I was driving, I peeked in the direction of the sunset and saw the sun going lower. Then I turned the corner and said "What's that???" My daughter looked and said WOW.  It looked like a similar sunset but it was far to the right.

I never saw rainbow colors in the sky like that before at all. The light source behind wasn't shining brightly and the rainbow colors were easily visible.

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This picture is a oval outlined cloud just smack above and right to the sunset which almost wasn't a sunset.


The heavy cloud cover at the horizon, almost totally eclipsed the sunset save a small slit between the clouds that allowed for the hot pink color to come through only 5 minutes before the sun disappeared.

The cloud I photographed didn't seem like chem trailing at all but was super weird looking and lasted a while, at least for the 20 minutes I was watching.








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If anyone has seen any unusual sunrises or sunsets, please send me your jpg photos. Thanks.






12 December 2017

Tribute: Rabbi Shteinman, Humble Giant

Rabbi Shteinman, Humble Giant
Serving God and the Jewish people for 104 full years.



December 12, 2017 – Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, the leader of Torah Jewry, passed away today at the age of 104.

Visiting the small apartment on Chazon Ish Street in Bnei Brak, Israel, one could be excused from failing to identify this as the home of a global leader. Stucco-cement, simple plastered walls, unfinished wood cabinets – and rows of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with Torah commentaries.

Yet here, in an office that doubled as his bedroom, Rabbi Shteinman received visitors from every stream of Jewish life – educators seeking guidance on curriculum; politicians formulating key legislation; schoolchildren tested on their studies.

The door to his home was always open. No problem nothing was too trivial for him, and people came from around the world to line up outside his door – sometimes waiting hours – to speak with him. Legend has former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak jumping through the window to bypass the crowds.
Rabbi Shteinman authored 15 volumes of commentaries on the Talmud, plus a series on the Five Books of Moses, all under the title Ayelet Hashachar. He was a highly-sought expert on education, and author of Leading with Love: Guidance for Our Generation.

Sage Advice

Rabbi Shteinman was born in 1913 near the Polish-Lithuanian border. Just prior to World War Two and faced with forced induction into the Polish Army, he fled to Switzerland. He eventually landed in a refugee labor camp, and was the only member of his family to survive the war; both his parents, and all five brothers, were killed during the Holocaust.

He arrived in Israel in the early 1950s, and for six decades slept on the original plank-board and thin mattress issued by the Jewish Agency. For the next six decades, he led various Torah institutions, including Gaon Yaakov, the yeshiva he founded in Bnei Brak.

Following the death of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv in 2012, Rabbi Shteinman assumed the title of Gadol Hador, widely acknowledged as the final word in Torah Jewry. In this role he influenced hundreds of thousands of Jews through teaching, direct counsel, and public policy.

Rabbi Shteinman had a vastly broad perspective that comes from living across multiple generations and traveling the world. But his most important asset was having plumbed the depths of millennia of Jewish wisdom – which he then extracted expert on everything from education to parenting, diplomacy to spirituality.

A few years ago, when I was publicizing the dangers of nuclear Iran, I consulted with Rabbi Shteinman. While supporting my efforts, he cautioned on one point: "Avoid direct personal attacks on Iranian leaders," he said. "There is some evidence in our history – whether the biblical Esav, or the early days of Hitler – that one must be careful not to agitate a personal confrontation.”

I left the meeting in stunned silence. Here was a frail old man, sitting on a hard bench, and illuminating a sensitive diplomatic issue – referencing not only the Torah-based paradigm for dealing with foreign enemies, but also evidence in his lifetime that certain anti-Nazi protests may have been used to "justify" actions against the Jews.

When my youngest son was born, Rabbi Shteinman graciously agreed to be Sandek, holding the baby for the circumcision covenant.

Torah Leadership

In contrast to the Western style of choosing leaders – often a self-aggrandizing popularity contest between egocentrics – Rabbi Shteinman was chosen with no elections, campaigning, or brash publicity antics. He became leader based on his deep humility, compassion, respect for God, and commitment to serve – without no thought to personal compensation or glorification. He served with no salary, no palatial office, no private jet, and no term of office – maintaining his position solely on the people's trust.

When it came to Torah study, Rabbi Shteinman was a purist. He defined "yeshiva" as not simply as a place for high-level Torah study, but as a safe haven free of forces antithetical to Torah.

Particularly in the digital age, where negative influence is impervious to physical barriers, he believed that the best protection is unswerving commitment to Torah values.

Rabbi Shteinman was known as a moderate. He backed the idea of Nachal Charedi, providing a path for yeshiva students to serve in the Israeli army. For this Rabbi Shteinman took some heat, and for years courageously stood up to criticism. Rabbi Shteinman instituted a policy of "no child left behind," starting schools for less-talented children, children of immigrants, and others at risk. And he increased Torah influence in Israel by approving the inclusion of a charedi minister in Israel's cabinet.

Rabbi Shteinman was a role model for anyone trying to steer clear of the many trappings and pitfalls of a modern lifestyle. When Israeli Ambassador to Japan, Nissim Ben Shitrit, visited Rabbi Shteinman's small and humble apartment, he astonishingly remarked: "I've never seen anything like it.”

On weekdays, his entire daily food intake was one cucumber, one boiled potato, and few spoons of oatmeal. Rabbi Shteinman had trained his body to desire food only for pure motives – to keep his body healthy – without a drop of hedonism. On Shabbat, he ate different foods in honor of the holy day. When he was offered delicacies as a guest, he obliged by eating half a grape.

Rabbi Shteinman typically sat on a wood bench with no back. He used various techniques to stay awake for long hours and study. Over the years, many people offered to upgrade his accommodations, but Rabbi Shteinman always refused, insisting that he has precisely what he needs and no more.

Travels

In 2005, Rabbi Shteinman announced he was travelling the world to strengthen those Jewish communities geographically removed from the great Torah centers. He did so out of a great sense of responsibility, in keeping with the important Jewish tradition of leaders "travelling from place to place" (Midrash – Eliyahu Rabba 11). Though his students and doctor tried to dissuade this arduous trek, Rabbi Shteinman replied: "It is not up to the doctor. It’s up to God, and if He wants it, nothing is too difficult.”

Rabbi Shteinman's iron will prevailed over his frail body, and these trips continued – to Mexico City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Berlin – until his 100th birthday.

On these travels, the frail Rabbi Shteinman would sometimes visit 4 cities and deliver 10 speeches – in one day! Once, after collapsing from exhaustion, and in the face of doctors' orders to cancel the rest of his trip, Rabbi Shteinman declared: "As long as God allows me, I will continue what I came to do.”

In Lakewood, New Jersey, 15,000 people came to greet Rabbi Shteinman. When he visited Gibraltar – a Jewish community that numbers just 600 – 700 people showed up to see the rabbi. The community declared a holiday and all Jewish businesses closed down. If a Torah scroll is welcomed with great fanfare, they reasoned, all the more should we honor a living Torah.

During his trip to Ukraine, the streets surrounding the synagogue were filled with hundreds of people at 4:30 a.m, hurrying to join Rabbi Shteinman's sunrise service. The rabbi's ability to generate such enthusiasm in a community that not long ago had trouble putting together a minyan.

In preparing for his first foreign excursion, Rabbi Shteinman had to choose between two candidates to accompany him. He asked each to describe their motivation for travelling abroad. One said he wanted to witness huge crowds honoring Rabbi Shteinman and the Torah. The other candidate said his main motivation was sight-seeing. Rabbi Shteinman chose the second person – though his motivation was less "lofty" – Rabbi Shteinman felt he was being more honest.

On a visit to the United States, Rabbi Shteinman was asked why America, alone among the great historical powers, had been largely spared foreign invasion. He ascribed it to an ethos of kindness and compassion (Malchut Shel Chesed) which, he added, is America's best shield moving forward.
With his inspiring global travels, Rabbi Shteinman fulfilled the words of Rabbeinu Yona (Sha'arey Teshuva 3:147) describing the effect of greeting Torah leaders: "Sleeping hearts will reawaken when they see the splendor of honoring Torah and recognize its grandeur. This will cause a great thirst for Torah, and desire to serve God wholeheartedly.”

Indeed, the people of one community formed a group to undertake communal projects which had been previously rejected as too difficult or time-consuming, "If Rabbi Shteinman can do it, so can we," they said.

Living on a Miracle

Not long ago, a young doctor said to Rabbi Shteinman: "You're living on a miracle." Nonplussed, the rabbi replied: "You are also living on a miracle.”

This is how Rabbi Shteinman lived: placing all his trust in God, and seeing clear that the future of the Jewish people was predicated on Torah.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that Rabbi Shteinman "bore the entire weight of the Jewish people’s existence on his shoulders... Despite his firm positions, he knew how to convey his ideas gently, in a pleasant manner, and with a great love of the Jewish people... He was a man whose wisdom was exceeded only by his humility.”

Rabbi Shteinman inspired an entire nation that we are truly a "nation of priests and a holy nation. It is now our obligation, to honor Rabbi Shteinman's memory, by living up to those responsibilities.

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Source: Article by Rabbi Shraga Simmons, and photos at AISH


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Parshas MiKeitz – Nir ben Artzi Message ENGLISH

This is truly amazing what he says. Read it carefully. The doubters should doubt no longer. I have to try to translate carefully to give you the full excitement contained therein.

Message from Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi shlita
Parshat Miketz – Hanukkah תשע"ח
Sunday, December 10, 1717 8:30

  • King of the Kings of the Holy One, blessed be He, everything begins from him and ends from him. It is time and time to purify the entire world and the entire earth in the direction of purity and holiness, truth and honesty and love for free. Death will cease forever and there will be a world of peace.
  • There was great joy in the sky [Shamayim] and in the country that President Trump was given the right to proclaim that Jerusalem was [is] the capital of Israel, in the seventies [seventy years] of the State of Israel, the Holy Land. *Though the Holy One, blessed be He, spoke from his throat, Trump spoke with enthusiasm and strong speech, A superior [the Strength of the One Above] spoke from his throat.
  • There is Jerusalem above and Jerusalem below - now both are connected. That is why [Therefore] the whole world is noisy, **raging and raging [rage and fright], because we know that evil and impurity are going to go away from the world. There is the Land of Israel on earth and there is the Land of Israel in heaven. 
  • Jerusalem The Capital of Israel The Holy Land, from the beginning of the world and from which the whole world was founded, Jerusalem was opened up! When Jerusalem opened up [from Above], all the cities and moshavim within the Land of Israel were also opened up [from Above]! Connected [Joined together] the same as the heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Jerusalem.
  • As we have said, Rachel with Messiah son of David on earth, and Leah with the Supreme Messiah in heaven.
The "supreme" Messiah, Mashiach Above connected [is joined] with the lower Messiah [Mashiach below].  Leah and Rachel made peace between them, they did not stick to [are not strict with] each other and were joined together.

He loves the Jews who live in Holy Land and loves the Holy Land, and he does not publicly support Israel, Trump is now very happy that he has fulfilled what he promised, What he did not have before was the time from above, and now, in the 70s [th anniversary] of the State of Israel, he is fulfilling what the presidents promised him, and Trump received speech, entered his throat from heaven, and he was glad he finally managed to talk that Jerusalem was the capital. He does not regret even a thousandth second of what he said because he knows the truth. That the Palestinians and the Hamas and all the Arab countries do not want peace, so he declared Jerusalem the capital city, and they do not want peace, so why wait? When a great power speaks, ninety percent of the world accepts what it says.
  • This is a great miracle in the month of Kislev, a month of miracles before Chanukah - seventy years of the State of Israel! And the Holy One, Blessed be He, loves the number seven very much. "And on the seventh day they shall dwell on all His work which He has done, and God bless the seventh day, and sanctify it ..." (Genesis 2: 2-3). It is miraculous miracles that the people of Israel in the Holy Land reached the age of seventy! The revelation of Mashiach and the Temple is in two stages. First Mashiach and Second Stage - The Temple!
Eretz Israel is a small place in the world and the most successful in the world. Trump announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and all the evil "snakes and scorpions" went out of the way. The world and every country have very severe disturbances. What has been to this day is nothing. Jews have to flee from abroad urgently, and the Holy One, Blessed be He, has decreed that the Land of Israel exists forever, and the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, which belongs to the Holy Land and to the Jews and the Holy One, Blessed be He.

This is the gift of the Creator to the Land of Israel and the entire world, before the preparation and discovery of the King Messiah! The Creator of the Universe prepares the way for the arrival and revelation of the King Messiah in public!

In all the countries that wish to disturb the holy Land of Israel, they will receive the most severe blows, which have not yet been thought of and have never been seen before.

Russia, Putin deeply loves Israel and the Jewish people and quietly protects the Holy Land. Knows within it that the Jews in the Holy Land are a chosen people and that the world exists in their favor.

North Korea, Kim imagines and thinks he is king of the world. Soon they would hurt him in his [from within his] people. His people do not agree with what he wants to do.

China is discovering and showing its character. Not only did they declare Jerusalem the capital city, now they see exactly who is against and who is in favor of Israel. The Holy One, Blessed be He, shows to the Land of Israel, to Jews living in the Land of Israel and the world - how many objections [haters] the Land of Israel has.

Hamas and the Palestinians will not help them. There are now devices that detect all the tunnels.

Egypt, Sisi as if condemning Trump's decision like everyone else, because he is afraid of fifty million people in Egypt who will hurt him.

The King of Jordan is the same.

Turkey threatens to stop ties with the Land of Israel - stop it, who needs it ?! Its only big loss. Seventy percent of it is already destroyed and Erdogan is in the sights.

Syria is erased and erased. And there will remain a mountain of flour.

Russia and the US practice in Syria.

Hezbollah and Nasrallah have run out of power. Nasrallah dismantles all the ammunition and weapons, but he keeps them for his day of judgment, not against Israel, but against all the rebels and enemies he has in Lebanon, and if he uses it against Israel, how will he protect himself? He has the ammunition and he does not get any more from Iran ... Sometimes he has some sense ... sometimes.

The whole world needs and relies on the State of Israel, economically, militarily, politically and technologically. The Land of Israel is the center of the world that rejuvenates the entire world. There is a law in Israel that deals with every person suspected of any crime, there are police, there are courts and lawyers. It is forbidden to intervene and the media must not destroy people before they are tried.
The Land of Israel is developing and growing, real estate is abundant and houses and roads are being built.

The new immigrants settle not only in Tel Aviv! To send them to settle the Negev, the Western Galilee, the Golan Heights, Samaria, Binyamin, Judea, the Jordan Valley and the Arava. Fly with it! Do not procrastinate, urgent! The Creator wants to build endlessly in the Holy Land. The Jews will come en masse, an airlift will bring the Jews from abroad to Eretz Israel, and it will be an amazing sight unlike any other in the world to see how the sons of the Creator are returning from exile to live in the Holy Land!

At the same time, the Creator treats the infiltrators, legally transferring them from the Land of Israel to another place. there is progress. Well done to the employees who manage the issue in a good and legal way.

Rain in the Land of Israel - everything is very good. To worship the Holy One, blessed be He, with joy and peace, to multiply by grace, prayers in the minyan, study of Torah and the observance of the Ten Commandments.

All the rich: Invest in the tithes in the Holy Land! We must give first of all to the poor of your household, the poor of your city, and the poor of your country. Anyone who gives money abroad will go bankrupt, and whoever makes donations from Ta'aseret in Eretz Yisroel will be rich, and the Creator blessed that "tithes will be rich" - the Holy One, blessed be He, The rich are allowed to work abroad in order to make money and bring them to the Land of Israel.

Anti-Semitism is now increasing by many times. The naturalists [nature] will continue To strike [very strongly] in a very strong world. The Creator of the World asks: Jews must not assimilate. Because of assimilation there is trouble for the Jews. It is better to convert and not live with a gentile [no clear translation for this, very unclear].

Gambling, alcohol, drugs, assimilation and small children who use smartphones: Parents - you are guilty of everything! Educate your children and do not say, 'They're still small, never mind.' A Jewish child of three years of age.

The Messiah works day and night, the Messiah asks and decrees, and the Holy One, Blessed is He, sustains. Therefore Mashiach is the newborn of a woman, he is a man called the man of Gd - man and angel. The person in him - all mercy. The spirit in it - it's an angel. The soul in it - this is the “unit. [Yahida]” 

The vision we spoke to come to the great Torah: a large part received it, the second part - will receive it. Each according to his faith will see the vision. Some will be afraid to talk and some will not understand it so much. The Creator of the universe, there is no compromise in him, he will not give them rest until they clearly see the vision, they will have faith and speak what the Holy One, blessed be He, asks them to say: Who has chosen the Holy One, Blessed is He : To say who the Holy One, blessed be He, chose to be a man of Gd, Moshiach worked for the people of Israel! 

Promising in the sky [Shamayim] that soon they will talk big!


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*Oh, my gosh, I heard that portion of Trump’s speech, and heard his voice change into a declaratory strong cadence, and I thought something was different. Now we know what that was.

ADDENDUM: As an add-on, Rabbi Kessin was interviewed by Tamar Yonah (can be heard at ShiratDevorah), and he said that at a certain point in the war at the end, A Voice will be heard [Hashem] saying, “do not fear, all this has been done for my Nation etc. (I don’t have the exact wording, but he did say a "Voice will be heard”. What is written above about “the One Above” speaking through Trump’s voice reminded me of this. "Borech shem kavod meolam voyed”

** (the words) referenced in Mesillat Yesharim

11 December 2017

Parshas MiKeitz – Nir ben Artzi Message HEBREW

This is truly amazing what he says. Read it carefully. The ENGLISH will follow soon. The doubters should doubt no longer. I have to try to translate carefully to give you the full excitement contained therein.

בס"ד
מסר מפי הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט"א
לפרשת מקץ-חנוכה תשע"ח
נמסר ביום ראשון, כ"ב בכסלו תשע"ח, 10.12.17 | 8:30

מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש-ברוך-הוא הכל מתחיל ממנו ומסתיים ממנו. הגיע הזמן והשעה לזכך את כל העולם ואת כל כדור הארץ לכיוון טהרה וקדושה, אמת ויושר ואהבת חינם. יפסיק המוות לעולמים ויהיה עולם של שלום.
הייתה שמחה גדולה בשמיים ובארץ שנשיא ארה"ב טראמפ, קיבל את הזכות להכריז שירושלים היא עיר הבירה של ישראל, בתוך שנות השבעים של מדינת ישראל ארץ הקודש. למרות שהקדוש-ברוך-הוא דיבר מגרונו, טראמפ דיבר בהתלהבות ובדיבור עוצמתי, רואים בבירור שיש כוח עליון שדיבר מגרונו.
יש ירושלים למעלה וירושלים למטה - עכשיו שתיהן מחוברות. לכן כל העולם רועש, גועש ורוגש, כי יודעים שהרוע והטומאה הולכים להסתלק מן העולם. יש ארץ ישראל בכדור הארץ ויש ארץ ישראל בשמיים. ירושלים בירת ישראל ארץ הקודש, מתחילת העולם וממנה הושתת כל העולם - נפתחה ירושלים למעלה! כשנפתחה ירושלים למעלה - כל הערים והמושבים בתוך ארץ ישראל, נפתחו גם הם למעלה! מחוברים, אותו הדבר כמו ירושלים של מעלה וירושלים של מטה.
כמו שאמרנו, רחל עם משיח בן דוד בכדור הארץ, ולאה עם משיח עליון בשמיים.
משיח עליון 'היחידה', התחברה עם משיח תחתון. לאה ורחל עשו שלום ביניהן, אינן מקפידות זו על זו והן מחוברות יחד.
הקדוש-ברוך-הוא עזר לטראמפ בבחירות לעלות לנשיאות ארה"ב, כי טראמפ אוהב את היהודים מכל הלב והאמת. אוהב את היהודים שגרים בארץ ישראל הקדושה ואוהב את ארץ הקודש. הוא לא מפרגן לישראל בפרהסיה. טראמפ עכשיו שמח מאוד שקִיים את מה שהבטיח, מה שלא קיימו הנשיאים לפניו, כי זה לא היה הזמן מלמעלה. עכשיו, בשנות השבעים למדינת ישראל, הוא מקיים את מה שהבטיחו הנשיאים לפניו. טראמפ קיבל דיבור, נכנסו לגרונו משמיים. הוא שמח שהצליח סוף סוף לדבר שירושלים היא עיר הבירה. קיבל כוח מהקדוש-ברוך-הוא שהוריד לו סלע מהלב. הוא לא מתחרט אפילו לאלפית שניה על מה שאמר כי הוא יודע את האמת. הוא יודע שהפלסטינים והחמאס וכל מדינות ערב לא רוצים שלום, אז הכריז על ירושלים עיר הבירה. ממילא הם לא רוצים שלום, אז למה לחכות? כשמַעצמה גדולה מדברת - תשעים אחוז מהעולם מקבל את מה שאומרת.
זה נס גדול בחודש כסלו, חודש של ניסים לפני חנוכה - שבעים שנה למדינת ישראל! והקדוש-ברוך-הוא אוהב מאוד את המִספר שבע "וישבות ביום השביעי מכל מלאכתו אשר עשה ויברך אלוקים את יום השביעי וַיְקדש אותו..." (בראשית ב, ב-ג). זה ניסי ניסים שעם ישראל בארץ הקודש הגיע לגיל שבעים! גילוי משיח ובית המקדש זה ביחד בשני שלבים. קודם משיח ושלב שני - בית המקדש!
ארץ ישראל מקום קטן בעולם והמצליחה הכי גדולה בעולם. טראמפ הודיע על ירושלים בירת ישראל, וכל 'הנחשים והעקרבים' אנשי הרוע, יצאו להפריע. בכל העולם ובכל מדינה יש הפרעות קשות ביותר. מה שהיה עד היום, זה כלום. יהודים צריכים לברוח מחו"ל דחוף. הקדוש-ברוך-הוא קבע לכל העולם כולו, שארץ ישראל קיימת וקיימת לעולמים. ובירת ישראל היא ירושלים, ששייכת לארץ הקודש וליהודים והקדוש-ברוך-הוא נמצא בארץ ישראל, בירושלים! לכן כל העולם כמרקחה.
זו מתנתו של בורא עולם לארץ ישראל ולכל העולם, לפני הכנתו וגילויו של מלך המשיח! מכין בורא עולם את הדרך לבואו וגילויו של מלך המשיח בפרהסיה!
בכל המדינות שירצו להפריע לארץ ישראל הקדושה, יקבלו מהלומות קשות ביותר, שעוד לא חשבו עליהן ועוד לא היו כמותן בעולם.
רוסיה, פוטין בתוך תוכו אוהב את ישראל ואת העם היהודי ומגן בשקט על ארץ הקודש. יודע בתוכו שהיהודים בארץ הקודש הם עם נבחר ובזכותם העולם קיים.
קוריאה הצפונית, קים מדמיין וחושב שהוא מלך העולם. עוד מעט יפגעו בו בתוך עמו. עמו לא מסכים למה שהוא רוצה לעשות.
סין מגלה ומראה את אופייה.
לא סתם הכריזו על ירושלים עיר הבירה, עכשיו רואים בדיוק מי נגד ומי בעד ישראל. הקדוש-ברוך-הוא מראה לארץ ישראל, ליהודים שגרים בארץ ישראל ובעולם - כמה התנגדויות יש לארץ ישראל.
החמאס והפלסטינים לא יעזור להם כלום. יש עכשיו מכשירים שמגלים את כל המנהרות.
מצרים, סיסי כאילו מגנה את החלטת טראמפ כמו כולם, כי הוא פוחד מחמישים מיליון בני אדם במצרים שיפגעו בו.
מלך ירדן אותו הדבר.
תורכיה מאיימת להפסיק את הקשרים עם ארץ ישראל - שתפסיק, מי צריך אותה?! ההפסד הגדול שלה בלבד. גם ככה שבעים אחוז ממנה הרוס וארדואן על הכוונת.
סוריה נמחקת ונמחקת. ותישאר הר של קמח.
רוסיה וארה"ב מתאמנות בסוריה.
לחיזבאללה ונסראללה נגמר הכוח. צה"ל מפרק להם את כל התחמושת והנשק. יש לנסראללה עוד תחמושת וטילים, אבל הוא שומר אותם ליום הדין שלו. לא נגד ישראל, אלא נגד כל המורדים והאויבים שיש לו בלבנון. אם ישתמש בו נגד ישראל - איך יגן על עצמו?! תיגמר לו התחמושת והוא לא מקבל עוד מאיראן. לפעמים יש לו קצת שכל... לפעמים.
כל העולם זקוקים ונשענים על מדינת ישראל, כלכלית, צבאית, מדינית וטכנולוגית. ארץ ישראל היא מרכז העולם שמחייה את העולם כולו.
יש בארץ ישראל חוק שמטפל בכל אדם שחשוד בעבירה כלשהיא, יש משטרה, יש בתי משפט ועורכי דין. אסור להתערב ואסור לתקשורת להרוס בני אדם לפני שנשפטו.
ארץ ישראל מתפתחת וגדלה, הנדל"ן בשפע ובונים בתים וכבישים.
את העולים החדשים ליישב לא רק בתל אביב! לשלוח אותם ליישב את הנגב, הגליל המערבי, רמת הגולן, שומרון, בנימין, יהודה, בקעת הירדן והערבה. לטוס עם זה! לא להתמהמה, דחוף! בורא עולם מבקש לבנות בלי סוף בארץ הקודש. היהודים יבואו בהמוניהם, רכבת אווירית תביא את היהודים מחו"ל לארץ ישראל! זה יהיה מראה מדהים שלא היה כמותו בעולם. לראות איך בניו של בורא עולם חוזרים מהגלות לגור בארץ הקודש!
במקביל, בורא עולם מטפל במסתננים, להעביר אותם בצורה חוקית מארץ ישראל למקום אחר. יש התקדמות. כל הכבוד לעובדים המנהלים את הנושא בדרך הטובה והחוקית.
הגשם בארץ ישראל – הכל טוב מאוד. לעבוד את הקדוש-ברוך-הוא בשמחה ובשלום, להרבות בחסד, תפילות במניין, לימוד תורה וקיום עשרת הדיברות. כל העשירים: להשקיע את כספי המעשר בארץ הקודש! חייבים לתת קודם כל לעניי ביתך, עניי עירך ועניי ארצך. כל מי שייתן כספים בחו"ל – יפשוט רגל. מי שייתן תרומות מעשרות בארץ ישראל – יתעשר. בורא עולם בירך ש'המעשר יתעשר' – התכוון הקדוש-ברוך-הוא שכשיהודי מעשר ליהודים לישיבות, אברכים ולמקוואות שבארץ ישראל בלבד – אז יתעשר ולא ייפול לעולם. אך לא כשייתן מחוץ לארץ ישראל. כל חברה או יהודי עשיר, שהשקיעו את כספם מִחוץ לארץ ישראל – פשטו רגל. מותר לעשירים לעבוד בחו"ל על מנת להרוויח כסף ולהביא אותו לארץ ישראל.
האנטישמיות מתגברת עכשיו פי כמה וכמה.
איתני הטבע ימשיכו להכות בעולם חזק מאוד.
בורא עולם מבקש: אסור ליהודים להתבולל. בגלל ההתבוללות יש צרות ליהודים. עדיף לגייר ולא לחיות עם גוי.
הימורים, שתייה חריפה, סמים, התבוללות וילדים קטנים שמשתמשים במכשירי סמארטפון: הורים - אתם אשמים בכל! תחנכו את ילדיכם ואל תגידו: 'הם עוד קטנים, לא חשוב'. ילד יהודי בן שלוש מבין הכל.
משיח פועל בלילה וביום, משיח מבקש וגוזר, והקדוש-ברוך-הוא מקיים. לכן משיח הוא יילוד אישה, הוא אדם שנקרא איש אלוקים - אדם וגם מלאך. האדם שבו – כולו רחמים. הרוח שבו – זה מלאך. הנשמה שבו - זו 'היחידה'.
החיזיון שדיברנו שיבוא לגדולי תורה: חלק לא קטן קיבלו אותו, החלק השני – יקבלו אותו. כל אחד לפי אמונתו ייראה את החיזיון. חלק יפחדו לדבר וחלק לא יבינו אותו כל כך. בורא עולם, אין פשרות אצלו, לא ייתן להם מנוחה עד שייראו בברור את החיזיון, תהיה להם אמונה וידברו מה שמבקש מהם הקדוש-ברוך-הוא: להגיד במי בחר הקדוש-ברוך-הוא לאיש אלוקים, משיח עבדו לעם ישראל!
מבטיחים בשמיים שבקרוב ביותר הם ידברו בגדול!

Illuminating the darkness – A Hanukkah Story.


Illuminating the Darkness
A Hanukkah Story*

An Israeli family was spending a year in the US teaching. They rented a house in a gentile neighborhood. At Xmas time all the houses on the street were lit up with decorations, inside and out, flashing lights and colorful figures; while our Jewish family had a small chanukiah in their front window. Their young son asked his parents why they couldn’t have some impressive flashing electric lights, to which they answered that whenever possible the halakha requires only an oil candle, be it ever so modest!

The following night there was an electric outage in the entire neighborhood, and the only home that had any light was the Jewish one with the chanukiah in the window.

A cute story.

However, it is the essence of the civilization that Hashem has created where the Jewish nation stands against the Esaus and Yishmaels of the world. The gentile empires put on an impressive historic showing; huge and powerful armies, vast areas of conquest, and a Reich that would last for 1000 years. However, each one in turn, from Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Ottoman empire, the British empire, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, etc., were relegated to the refuse bin of history, while the light of Judaism continues to light up the darkness of lost civilizations.

The Valley of Dothan

[The]  parasha, Vayaishev, relates that Yosef was sent by his father to seek out his brothers in the city of Shechem, but was informed by a man (or angel) that they had moved on to the Valley of Dothan. When the brothers saw Yosef approaching, they threw him into a pit of serpents and scorpions, and he was sold to Yishmaelites, Midianites, and ultimately to Potiphar of Egypt.

Fast forward in time. The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al Husseini, spent the World War II years in Berlin with his mentor, Hitler. There the Mufti organized thousands of Moslems to join the Nazi forces, mostly in the Waffen SS.

In return the Mufti requested and received Hitler’s promise that when they would conquer “Palestine”, the Germans would construct a death camp to which all the Jews of the Middle East would be brought and then murdered.

The place they chose for the camp was none other than the Valley of Dothan!

Unknown to the Mufti and his sinister friends this was where the brothers had betrayed their brother Yosef. [see Meir Ettinger]

By the grace of Hashem, German general Rommel’s troops were defeated at El Alamein in Egypt. The Germans never entered the holy land and the promised death camp was never built.

It is quite clear from our long relationship with the Holy One, Blessed Be He, that we Jews are like the blind groping in the dark, while Hashem protects us at every step to ensure that we do not make any fatal, irreversible mistakes.

A Small Modest Jewish Candle Illuminating the Darkness

Parashat Vayaishev is read on the Shabbat preceding Hanukkah, and when there are two Shabbatot on Hanukkah, Vayaishev is read on the first Shabbat. Many reasons have been put forward for the connection of this parasha to Hanukkah. My suggestion… In the parasha, Yosef was, and later the Jews at the time of Hanukkah were, pitted against formidable forces.

Yosef began as the young Hebrew slave against the entire Egyptian establishment. The Egyptians were at a loss at the pending seven years of famine, and in the end, it was the young Hebrew slave that reached the highest point in the social and governmental pyramid available to a commoner. The small modest Jewish candle again burned bright when the darkness filled the gentile night.

On Hanukkah, the small militia of Mattityahu was pitted against the might of Greece. Again, our little lights of sanctity burned bright when the Greeks capitulated and were expelled from the holy land.

So too, the Reich that was to last for 1000 years and destroy the Jewish nation fell while the little light of the Jewish people continues to burn bright.

We are now witnessing the beginning of a confederation of nations that seeks to destroy the Jewish state; Syria, Iran, Turkey, and others who will follow. Goyim never learn that against the small candle of the Jewish people all the winds of the world, even all its hurricanes and tornadoes, cannot extinguish the everlasting flame of God’s chosen people.


*by Rabbi Nachman Kahana at ArutzSheva
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More Chanukah Reading:

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Hanukkah Sufganiyot Recipe by Martha Stewart






2 TBS active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
1/4 cup plus 1 tsp sugar, plus more for rolling
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 large eggs
2 TBS *unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp salt
3 cups vegetable oil, plus more for bowl
1 cup seedless raspberry jam

In a small bowl, combine yeast, warm water, and 1 tsp sugar. Set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes.

2. Place flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center; add eggs, yeast mixture, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, nutmeg, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir until a sticky dough forms. On a well-floured work surface, knead until dough is smooth, soft, and bounces back when poked with a finger, about 8 minutes (add more flour, if necessary). Place in an oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled, 1 to 1–1/2 hours.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch-round cutter or drinking glass, cut 20 rounds. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise 15 minutes.

4. In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until a deep-frying thermometer registers 370 degrees. Using a slotted spoon, carefully slip 4 rounds into oil. Fry until golden, about 40 seconds. Turn doughnuts over; fry until golden on other side, another 40 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Roll in sugar while warm. Fry all dough, and roll in sugar.

5. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a #4 tip with jam. Using a wooden skewer or toothpick, make a hole in the side of each doughnut. Fit the pastry tip into a hole, pipe about 2 teaspoons jam into doughnut. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. 

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*sub coconut oil, olive oil, or Spectrum’s Natural, or any other of your choice.