22 March 2017

"Wave of Insanity” – A Cultural War

A Wave of Insanity is Overtaking Elements of Israeli Society having a Deleterious effect on all of Israeli Society. This endangers the continuity of the Jewish People and the Jewish Nation. 
[UPDATE: See video at end]

Rabbi Melamed: A wave of insanity has permeated the IDF [. . .] calls for an end to the 'leftist-inspired cultural war'. 
"They tell us, Rabbi, that we religious are backward and primitive. We are in the 21st century, they say, get real, what reasons can we provide for not having women serving in combat units alongside men?”
Rabbi Melamed: The way of life set out by the Jewish faith is the most progressive lifestyle there is. This ethical way of life has survived many attempts to overcome it with transient, inane and sometimes evil societal mores.

Rabbi Melamed: There is no question that we are embroiled in a culture war that has infiltrated the IDF. For the last year and half, there is a negative feeling emanating from IDF upper echelons with regard to the IDF Rabbinate. [. . .]Its role has been downsized. [. . .] IDF rabbis also were tasked with teaching Jewish identity, Jewish consciousness. a feeling of Jewish continuity, all of which contributed a great deal to the spirit and ideology of the soldiers guarding Israel and the Land of Israel. ArutzSheva

The Cultural War Doesn’t Begin 
and End in the IDF

Maaleh Adumim: Christianity in an Orthodox kindergarten?
Mother discovers non-Jewish child enrolled in her daughter's Orthodox kindergarten is spreading Christian beliefs. ArutzSheva

Efrat Levy spoke with Arutz Sheva about the kindergarten, and the effect it had on her daughter. Levy’s suspicions were initially raised after her young daughter began repeating slogans which did not fit the religious environment in which she was being raised. Some of the comments had explicitly Christian content: “Jxxxx is God”, “Jxxxx is the Messiah”, and so forth.

“I didn’t send my daughter to a religious kindergarten so that she would come home saying things about Jesus,” 

The Cultural War Continues with 
Innoculating Foreign Worship to Children

Parents in Caesarea are up in arms over their children apparently being asked or required to bow down in a mosque, mimicking the Muslim form of prayer, when they were taken on a class trip to a mosque in the Arab town of Jisr a-Zarka. Images of the visit reached Channel 20, and were broadcast, leading parents to inundate the offices of local and national education officials with complaints.

The Caeserea elementary school that the children attend is known to be “open” to other cultures, and has a comprehensive program for children to explore and experience all aspects of Israeli culture. But parents of the students in question called the visit “ridiculous. What would happen if they took the Muslim children of that town to a synagogue and made them bow?”

TO this Rabbi Mizrachi said (paraphrased), "if they were taken to a Synagogue, all out war would erupt in Israel. A Mosque is okay, but a Synagogue . . . .!”

. . . And also poisoning Kindergarten Children

City council member (
Herzliya) dismissed for opposing heterophobic values.  Elad Zadikov dismissed from coalition and Torah culture portfolio for opposition to anti-family value dissemination ​​in kindergartens. . . .claimed to the mayor that he is turning the Herzliya education system "into the first in Israel to impart deviant tendency values ​​as a normal model, even to be emulated." ArutzSheva

"On behalf of what public," he asked, "were you allowed to poison the minds of our kindergarten children and introduce a spirit of lasciviousness and confusion into the tender souls of Herzliya's 3,4,5-year-olds!? The fact that they are affiliated with the general public education system does not allow anyone to confuse basic concepts and the traditional values ​​of home and family unit."

Zadikov: 'Irrational decision that poisons our children’: Herzliya City Council member 'shaken by kindergartens pushing deviant tendencies', calls on mayor to ban agitators from education system:

"Among the recommendations to kindergarten teachers and their assistants: Eliminating the concept of 'father and mother of the Sabbath' classroom role-playing; deliberate identity confusion: No dolls for girls, no boy's games; providing a female role model for male professions; explaining to kindergarten children that there is a wide range of family units, including for example: two mothers, or two fathers, or a mother and father who live apart, or the mother and her friend, or the father and his friend (for 4-year-olds)!!??

Fadlon (of Hoshen) responded to Zadikov that "the education system in our city is among the most advanced and enlightened in the State of Israel. 

Who and What is Hoshen:

Hoshen (in Hebrew, an acronym for "Education and Change") is the public education and awareness-raising arm of the LGBT community in Israel. We are a nationwide, non-profit organization whose purpose is to challenge the stereotypes surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity while training the Israeli professional community to better deal with these issues.

Sota 49b: "In the footsteps of Mashiach the Government will turn to heresy”

Historic Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem

Historic Etz Chaim Yeshiva Building to be Preserved and Updated into the Surrounding Machne Yehuda Area

Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners, the firm tasked with projects like the Grand Louvre and the US Holocaust Museum, are now planning on preserving and updating the Etz Chaim Yeshiva complex. Situated next door to Machane Yehuda, the firm is sensitive to the needs and history of the location.

About the Historic Early 20th Century Etz Chaim Yeshiva 
ישיבת עץ החיים
הישיבה היתה ברחוב יפו 115 והיום, תוך פעילות שימור, האזור הופך לחלק מהשוק.
הישיבה נוסדה בעיר העתיקה בשנת 1841 על ידי הרב שמואל סלנט. משנות ה – 50 של המאה ה – 19 שכנה הישיבה בחצר ה"חורבה" שבמרכז הרובע היהודי. בישיבה היו 13 כיתות (רמות לימוד) כאשר המעבר מרמה לרמה היתה תלויה ביכולתו של התלמיד ולא בהכרח בגילו. הילדים נכנסו לישיבה בגיל צעיר מאד ולמדו בה עד לנישואיהם.
עם זקנותו מינה הרב שמואל סלנט את בעלה של נכדתו – הרב יחיאל מיכל טוקצ'ינסקי למנהל הישיבה והוא זה שיזם את הקמת הסניף ברחוב יפו . אז הוקם במקום גם "כולל" שהוא ישיבה עבור התלמידים שנישאו.

שני אישים מפורסמים מאד כיהנו בישיבה והם: הרב איסר זלמן מלצר שעמד בראש הישיבה החל [English text follows]  משנת 1925 והרב אריה לוין שכיהן כמשגיח

בשנת 1910 נפתח הסניף של הישיבה ברחוב יפו כאשר היה שם בית ישן, אליו נכנסה הישיבה. כדי להגדיל את הכנסות הישיבה נבנו חנויות להשכרה על גבול השוק ובקצה המגרש של הישיבה ברחוב יפו. בשנת 1934 הוקם מבנה נוסף מפואר בין הבניין הישן ורחוב יפו ובשנת 1936 יצאה הישיבה מהעיר העתיקה ומרכזה היה בסניף של רחוב יפו. בשיא גדלה הגיעה הישיבה ל – 13 סניפים שהיו פזורים ברחבי העיר.
במסגרת עבודות הקמת הרכבת הקלה הוסרו החנויות של רחוב יפו ונשארה רק החזית שלהן.
בשנת 2010 עזבה הישיבה את המתחם ברחוב יפו והמקום מיועד למתחם חנויות, משרדים ומגורים. הישיבה עתידה לעבור למתחם בית הספר למל ברחוב ישעיהו.
"ישיבת עץ חיים" נמצאת באתר "אהבת ירושלים" במסגרת - "סיור ברחוב יפו (4)"

WIKIPEDIA: Etz Chaim Yeshiva was originally a Talmud Torah that was established in 1841 by the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Shmuel Salant. For the first two years classes were held in various rooms throughout the Old City. 

In 1857, the yeshiva consolidated into a group of buildings adjacent to the Hurva Synagogue, sharing the premises with the Beth Din of Jerusalem. It was at this stage that the institution was renamed "Etz Chaim Yeshiva." The first permanent home of the yeshiva was financed by Rabbi Tzvi Zeev Fiszbejn (Fishbein in English), a wealthy brush maker originally from Miedzyrzec Podlaski in what is today Poland, who donated a thousand rubles in silver to Rabbi Salant for that purpose in 1863.

The head teacher was Rabbi Chaim Mann. His brother Yehuda Leib Mann was the secretary who also served as a teacher. They were the sons of Rabbi Yaakov Mann, who was a prominent scholar who had declined the invitation of Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank to become a dayan on the Beth Din. (He went on to build the Sha'arey Tzedek Medical Center and the Lemel school). As the yeshiva expanded, a plot of land on Jaffa Road was acquired in 1908, and subsequently a kollel was established catering mainly for the alumni of the yeshiva. At the time Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukichinsky, who was married to the granddaughter of Rabbi Salant, served as the rosh yeshiva.
After disputes arose between the pupils and the faculty, a permanent agreement was reached by Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank, who reallocated the positions of authority.
In 1925, Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer was appointed to lead the yeshiva and Rabbi Aryeh Levin was made the mashgiach. After the death of Rabbi Meltzer, his son-in-law, Rabbi Aharon Kotler, was appointed rosh yeshiva. In an unusual arrangement, he held this position while continuing to live in the United States, and visited Jerusalem on occasion. During the periods when he resided in Israel he delivered fortnightly lectures. After his death, Rabbi Elazar Shach was chosen to head the yeshiva and he also delivered fortnightly lectures. Some time later, Rabbi Yisroel Yaakov Fisher took up a position at the yeshiva. A grandson of Rabbi Aharon Kotler, Rabbi Zvulun Schwartzman, has served as one of the primary leaders.
A grandson of Rabbi Salant, Rabbi Nissan Tukichinsky, the son of Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukichinsky, serves as head and director of the institution. For many years he traveled to the United States and South Africa to raise money to keep the institution functioning.

Although the yeshiva building on Jaffa Road is registered on Jerusalem's List of Protected Monuments, in 2007 the building was under the threat of demolition to make way for shops and offices. The authorities accepted an appeal for the buildings’ preservation. [Etz Chaim Yeshiva Building Saved from Destruction. Following the dramatic decision to save vast Jerusalem Forest areas from the massive Safdie construction program, conservatives have now won another round, saving the 100-year-old Etz Chaim yeshiva. Article from January 2007.]

21 March 2017

The Cosmic Clock Conundrum

Cosmic Clock Conundrum

According to what I read at Rav Shmuel Eliyahu on Geula, I have a challenge:

Back then, 2012, I commented that “It is amazing how close we are B”H.”

Comparing 2012 to 2017,  I can still say, we are getting closer; obvious from the events taking place in the world, the revelation about Nibiru, and the (creeping along) Cosmic Clock.

But I have a challenge for anyone who reads this to please help us understand where this Cosmic Clock is taking us, to what hour do we reach whatever we are supposed to reach?

From the above article I read:

"The weakening of the Kelipa - the year 5750 - Noon on the sixth day” = 12:00 pm (approx)

March 20 the Cosmic Clock is at 12:38:07.96081

Which means we have advanced approx 38 minutes in 27 years!

In another 27 years, we will be at 5804 and approx 51:18.8.

Therefore, from 5750 to 5777 the Clock has advanced by 38:07.96081 (rounded to 38.8, yes, only approx)

At this rate when will we reach “the Magic Hour". Is it Shabbat? And is it Shabbat summer time, or Shabbat winter time?

I am not qualified to do justice to the above estimates, so  anyone good in math, please calculate and clarify:

1. Will time speed up so we reach “the Magic Hour” and the Geula and Mashiach will be in process; or is it that the Final Redemption occurs?

2. At what hour on the Cosmic Clock will we reach the year 6000?

3. Advancing another approx 38.8 years we will reach 5842

4. All total from 5750 to 6000 we will have gone through 6.44, time periods of 38.8 min/sec.

Of course, I expect Mashiach to come “today” (or “tomorrow”), but in another 250 years we (this generation expecting and writing about the Geula and Mashiach) will not be around.

What are we to make of this? Please apply your wisdom “CLEARLY” so those of us challenged can understand.

"I Think He Is Going To Get Himself Out"

[Ripley’s "Believe it or Not]
Senator Hints That Trump May Resign:
"I Think He Is Going To Get Himself Out”
("pot calling kettle black")

It’s no secret that there is a concerted effort underway to do everything possible to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"From Russian ties to business conflicts of interests, both Democrats and Republicans are actively working to find chinks in the President’s armor."

"But for those with hope of change in their hearts, Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein says there is a possibility that Trump will eventually remove himself from office by filing his own resignation."

Speaking to a crowd during a town hall-style Questions and Answers session, Feinstein was asked how Congress is going to deal with Trump’s alleged illegal activities:

Journalist: We don’t know what’s happening but we know that he is breaking laws every day, he’s making money at Mar-a-lago, he’s getting copyrights in China, he has obvious dealings with Russia, the Dakota pipeline… there’s some many things that he’s doing that are unconstitutional… how are we going to get him out?

Feinstein: We have a lot of people looking at this… Technical people… I think he’s going to get himself out… I think sending sons to another country to make a financial deal for his company and then have that covered with government expenses… I think those government expenses should not be allowed.. we are working on a bill that will deal with conflict of interest… it’s difficult…

Videos of Feinstein speaking to what appears to be a local press pool of reporters and protesters appear [on ZeroHedge link below]. 

You can jump to 1:30 in the first video to listen to Feinstein discuss Trump’s conflicts of interests, or watch from the beginning to hear Feinstein’s response to how her husband’s firm directly benefited from bills she voted into law, proving once again that the hypocrisy of socialist Congressional representatives from California has no bounds…

Appeared on ZeroHedge by Tyler Durden, Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com. Two Twitter Videos of Senator Feinstein speaking to reporters.

My Note: Because she spoke out about Trumps personal dealings, she is in for a BIG surprise. When he hears this we may see all the transactions the Senator and her husband benefited from as it “hits the fan”. She’s in for it. Comey: Trump Uses 'POTUS' Account To Tweet FBI Director "Refuses To Deny" Briefing Obama On Flynn, now Feinstein.

20 March 2017

Documentary On Rav Elyashiv Zt’'l (b'Ivrit)

Tribute to Rav Yisrael Ze'ev Gustman

I saw this link at yeranenyaakov. This is about a very famous Rav, established the Shul – Beis Medrash that my Husband is a member, and where I daven. The Rav zt’l is no longer with us, but his daughter, the Rebbetzen of the present Rav of the Shul, Rabbi Berniker is very much with us. Therefore, I herewith present an article written by David Page for Matzav.com.

Rav Gustman: “I Fulfilled the Mitzvah of Mechiyas Zecher Amalek With My Bare Hands”

On the eve of our reading Parshas Zachor, there are few Jews today who can say that they merited to fulfill the Mitzvah of Mechiyas Zecher Amalek even in a small way. Yet there are many alive today who knew such a person personally and who learned from him: Until twenty-five years ago, one of the greatest Torah scholars and Dayanim of his generation used to say that he himself had fulfilled that Mitzvah, even among the horrors of the Holocaust in Europe. The Torah scholar was Rav Yisrael Ze’ev Gustman, ZT”L, the last Dayan of pre-War Vilna and the great Rosh Yeshiva after the War.

Rav Gustman indeed had survived as the only pre-War Dayan of Rav Chaim Ozer Gradzhensky’s Beis Din in Vilna. The Nazis Y”S rounded up all the members of the Rabbinical Court when they marched into Lithuania on the 16th of Sivan, 5700, and then on the night of the 17th of Tammuz systematically rounded up and murdered all the prominent rabbinic figures and dayanim in Vilna. Among those on their target list was Rav Gustman. The Nazis took out the distinguished dayan, the star student of the great Rosh Yeshiva R’ Shimon Shkop ZT”L and the right-hand man of R’ Chaim Ozer Gradzhensky, into the courtyard in front of his home and beat him until his blood flowed, briefly leaving him for dead. But he was only unconscious, and he managed to pick himself up and hide in the tall vegetation growing near his home. He shaved off his beard so as not to be identified and passed as a simple Jew. Soon thereafter, he and his family were rounded up and forced into the Vilna Ghetto, where he helped countless of his fellow Jews via acts of kindness, including sharing his meager rations with the elderly widow of R’ Chaim Ozer and ruling on many questions of life and death as a dayan.

Rav Gustman escaped together with his wife and daughter to the forest outside Vilna. There he sought to join the Jewish Partisans fighting the Nazis. But the condition of joining was to bring one’s own weapon, so Rav Gustman, who was immensely physically strong (and until the War had used his strength to aid him in his Torah studies and rabbinical duties), ambushed and killed a Nazi soldier, and took his weapon. He used to look down at his hands and relate, “I fulfilled the Mitzvah of Mechiyas Zecher Amalek with my bare hands.” He once saw an Israeli soldier disassembling and reassembling his rifle and said, “I know how to do it faster.” With very little food, Rav Gustman and his fellow partisans fought on until the end of the War. At one point, he split a single pea he found in the forest with his wife and daughter, relating that he found out at that time on just how little a person could survive.

When he was asked immediately after the War by the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of the State of Israel, Rav Yitzchak HaLevy Herzog, ZT”L, to explain the miracles (nisim) of survival that occurred during the War, he replied that in the context of such immense tragedy and catastrophe, it was incorrect to speak of miracles, but rather of “decrees” (gezeiros) of “who shall live, and who shall die.”

Yet Rav Gustman’s contribution to the fight against Amalek was not only physical, but also spiritual, in Amalek’s manifestation as the Gematria of safek, doubting the rule of G-d in the world and His Torah. First, in the Ghetto, Rav Gustman strengthened the faith of his fellow Jews, even those facing imminent death. He testified about himself that at no point did he lose his own faith in the Ribono shel Olam. He encouraged desperate people to hope, not to despair, and not to end their own lives, telling them that the War would soon end with the survival of the Jewish people. He himself related that he often had to encourage himself as well, so difficult were those days. Among other unspeakable atrocities, Rav Gustman witnessed the murder of his own son, Meirke, whom the Nazis discovered in a makeshift hiding place. And after the War, Rav Gustman assisted in the rebuilding of the devastated Torah world, raising up a wealth of distinguished Talmidim and Dayanim both in America and Israel. He stressed the shlemus (integrated character development with Torah scholarship) of the person. He was infinitely patient, sitting with even the slowest students going over Sugyos in the Gemarra until they understood. Yet at the same time, he would recite from memory R’ Shimon Shkop’s shiurim and his own Kuntrasei Shiurim are a model of depth and clarity.

Yet R’ Gustman’s story is one that embodies hope for the Jewish people. He was not broken by his experiences, but deepened by them. He was a person of both deep Simcha and deep dedication to life in its fullest sense. In his approach, he provided a window into the pre-War Torah world for his students, both via his own learning and teaching and by relating stories of that world that inspired and challenged the students. One such story was that of his fellow Grodno student, R’ Moshe Zaretsky, ZT”L, subsequently the Rav of Karkur in Israel.

R’ Moshe, a powerfully built and tough-as-nails young man, came to Grodno at the age of 19. His parents were Jewish farmers and someone back home had told him that he would never become a Torah scholar. The young man had said, “Before you become a Torah scholar, hair will grow from your palms!” R’ Moshe was resolved to prove that assessment wrong. He asked the Steipler Gaon, R’ Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, who the best Rosh Yeshiva was, and the Steipler replied that R’ Shimon Shkop was the greatest Rosh Yeshiva in Lithuania. And so young Moshe traveled to Grodno to learn in the yeshiva there.

But when Moshe was tested, R’ Shimon felt that the boy was not sufficiently advanced in his studies and thus not yet prepared for the shiur in Grodno. R’ Shimon therefore did not admit the earnest young student; when that decision was transmitted to Moshe, the young man wept.

But young Moshe was not going to be deterred so easily. Even if he had not been accepted in the yeshiva, no one could deny him his right as a Jew to sit in the beis medrash. He resolved not to budge from that study hall and to learn without ceasing for one year. With the iron will of a powerful young man, it seemed as if he did not budge. He learned all day and all night, every day and every night, and in exhaustion he would fall asleep on his shtender in the wee hours of the morning.

Moshe had very little to eat since in Grodno — as in the rest of the Lithuanian yeshiva world at the time —even the registered students lived in relative poverty, often missing meals and going hungry. In Grodno, the students’ breakfast consisted of a slice of bread and a hot drink of some kind, nothing more. (There was a debate among the students as to whether this piece of bread should be eaten quickly so as to minimize enjoyment or whether it should be eaten very slowly to gain control over the innate animalistic appetite of a hungry person.)

But for Moshe, who had not yet been admitted as a student and had to make due with whatever scraps he managed to find around the study hall, the fare was even more meager. He had no hot beverages but instead drank from a barrel of water situated outside the study hall. That water was meant to be used for netilas yadayim, ritual hand-washing, but Moshe used the washing cup there as his drinking cup. The other students took pity on him, and although he could expect nothing from the yeshiva kitchen, they broke off portions of their own meager rations and gave them to him. This nutritional regimen fueled 18-20-hour days of study for Moshe, who came to be known by the nickname Moshe Masmid (Moshe the Diligent). When local physicians heard about his sleep and nutritional regimen, they opined that he could not survive for very long in that fashion.

But the Ribono shel Olam had different plans, and when the righteous women of Grodno heard about Moshe and his diet, they took great pity on the young man. They began to bring pots of hot food to the study hall for Moshe. In fact, he had the distinction of being one of the few students in all of the yeshiva world at that time to eat meat nearly every day. As the Rosh Yeshiva would relate with a smile, “He ate much better than we did.”

To the end of his life, Rav Gustman accorded R’ Moshe Zaretsky a privilege accorded to no one else other than himself:   To say the weekly shiur in the Rav Gustman’s Yeshivas Netzach Yisrael.

Rav Gustman inspired his students to understand that the ultimate victory of the Jewish people was not to be deterred from achieving their potential to grow in closeness to Ribono shel Olam, via dedication to learning His Torah and by combining that dedication with attaining good traits of character (midos) and acts of kindness (gemilus chasadim). 

In the merit of his example, may we merit to see the ultimate fulfillment of the Mitzvah of Mechiyas Zecher Amalek mi’Tachas HaShamayim and the establishment of G-d’s eternal rule in a rebuilt Jerusalem.

David Page is the author of Rav Gustman: The Youngest Dayan of Vilna and Illustrious Rosh Yeshiva in New York and Yerushalyim (Artscroll 5777). He lives with his wife and children in Jerusalem.

19 March 2017



BREAKING: North Korea issues SHOCK war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we WILL nuke the US’
NORTH Korea has pledged to launch a nuclear strike on the US if a “single bullet is fired” as US forces flood the Korean Peninsula
Video at DailyStar
(was unable to get the embed to display)
Also MUST SEE pictures inside No Korea

Reb Dov Bar Leib of EndofDays blog:

Dov Bar-Leib said...

North Korea takes on the World of Edom: US buildup near Korean Peninsula aimed at 'incapacitating' Kim: Report

[. . .] a growing amount of evidence that the North Korea/ Persia Axis will be testing Inter-continental ballistic missile technology in real time with a 62% probability by Pesach Seder night. Trump will do whatever he can to derail this including by sending Seal Team 6 into North Korea to assassinate or kidnap Kim Jung Un BEFORE Un launches the ICBM.

Zohar 32a continued, after discussing how the Children of Yishmael were given merit for 1300 years, 400 years after the last Tanna, Yehudah HaNassi, wrote down the Mishneh because of the emptiness of Eretz Yisrael.

At that time, a nation from the end of the earth (halakhically determined international dateline) will be aroused against evil Rome and wage war against it for three months. Nations will gather there, and [Rome] will fall into their hands, until all the children of Edom will gather against it [that nation] from all the corners of the world. Then G‑d will be roused against them. 

This is the meaning of:

"For G‑d has a sacrifice in Botzrah"(Yishayahu 34:6). (Botzrah is the city in Iraq controlled by the Shi'ite Arabs at the behest of neighboring Iran. This points to an endtimes alliance between the nation at the edge of the world (N. Korea) and Persia/Iran.)

And afterwards, it is written: "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth..." (Job 38:13) He will destroy the descendants of Ishmael from the land, and break all the powers of [all the nations' guardian angels] Above. There will not remain any power of any people on earth, except the power of Israel alone. This is the meaning of "G‑d is your shadow upon your right hand". (Psalms 121:5)


And cogently we read from IsraelRising:

"It should not be lost on anyone that the same Obama administration that failed to curb Kim Jong-Un’s race towards a nuclear arsenal also actively empowered the Iranian regime in its own nuclear development. The outcome of this is a nuclear Middle East whose Shiite Crescent with Russian backing threatens to engulf Israel. Trump’s move against North Korea must be coordinated with Israel, because when the war starts on the Korean peninsula the Iranian regime will act aggressively against the Jewish state."

NaNach Energy In Meah Shearim On Purim 2017

If anyone is having difficult getting out of the post-Purim spirit, and into the pre-Pesach spirit, try this:

NaNach Energy In Meah Shearim On Purim 2017

Source: Shearim

17 March 2017

Rabbi Ginsburgh Shlit”a on the Sins of Am Yisrael

Parshas Tisa – Teshuva
In this Parsha Shiur, Rabbi Ginsburgh Shlit”a enumerates our Sins from the Torah:

The Sin of Adam and Chava in the Garden of Eden - eating the forbidden fruit
The Sin of Brothers selling Yosef into Slavery
The Sin of the Jewish People, the Golden Calf
The Sin of Despising the Gift that G–d gave the Jewish People of the Promised Land, the Sin of the Spies

Tisa – Repentance

What then is in Parashat Tisa? After committing such a grave sin, had the Jewish people just given up, they (and we) would have missed the point stressed in this parashah. “The Jewish people were not meant to sin [by the Golden Calf]. Why then did they commit the sin? To teach us that if a congregation would ever sin, they are told, ‘Go to that congregation [and see that it is indeed possible to repent, even after the gravest of sins]’” (Avoda Zarah 4a). 

Even with Torah study and prayer it is possible to stumble, the secret then of Parashat Tisa is that there is a life after the fall—there is teshuvah (repentance). The name of the parashah, “Tisa” appears again in the portion in the verse, “And now, if you [G-d] would carry their sins”—implying forgiveness, like the principles of G-d’s compassion, which can only be revealed after the sin of the Golden Calf—specifically, “[G-d] carries iniquity.” There is hope. Rectification is possible. Though the Tablets were shattered, a new set of Tablets will replace them.

Parashat Tisa is situated between the commandments to construct the Tabernacle and the priestly garments and their implementation, which culminated with the G-d’s Presence dwelling within the Jewish people, as described in the concluding verses of the Book of Shemot. The bond between the Jews and G-d through the Tabernacle is like the marriage of husband and wife—hinted by the cherubim that lovingly faced one another and underneath them the Tablets symbolizing a wedding contract. 

The name Tisa (תשא) is also linguistically related to marriage (נישואין)—a marriage that is only possible after repentance is added to Torah study and Divine service. In more depth, repentance is in its essence the recognition that we cannot help but unite with G-d, for if we do not, life has no purpose! As Moshe said, “If You will carry their sins, but if not, please erase me from Your book.”

Parshas Ki Sisa – Parah Adumah

By Roy S. Neuberger

The world is in such a mess! How can Moshiach emerge from this disaster? If you start to enumerate the problems, you will run out of ink and paper before you finish. “Rabbi Yochanan said: Moshiach] Ben Dovid will come only in a generation that is [either] entirely virtuous or entirely guilty.” (Sanhedrin 98a) If you are at the bottom, what can you do?

I have often written about the most fateful day in my life, January 10, 1966. I really did not expect that day to be remarkable, because I was in complete despair. We had been married several years, and it seemed as if there was no way of saving the marriage. I was in graduate school and I couldn’t concentrate on my work because of my personal problems. I awoke in the middle of the night and saw a chasm open before me, a black hole which was about to suck me into a chaos of eternal oblivion. There was no way out.

And then this crazy thought came to me:
“Could there be a G-d?
“Hold on! How can I, a ‘normal’ American boy, believe in a Being I can’t see? How absurd! Am I a Medieval monk?
“No! Wait! Maybe I have it wrong! I am completely hopeless. My life is falling apart! I am falling off the cliff!
“I need You! Help me! Help me! Help me! I believe in You! G-d, save me!”

And that is how I came to know that Hashem is Real! I needed a brush with death to find Life. “Although I walk in the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” (Tehillim 23)

In this week’s Parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu performs perhaps the most incredible act of courage in history. He takes the Luchos written with the Finger of G-d, throws them down and smashes them. For this action, Moshe is later commended by the Master of the Universe. “As it was taught in a Baraisa: Moshe Rabbeinu did three things on his own understanding and Hakadosh Baruch Hu agreed with him … [one of which was that] he broke the Tablets.” (Shabbos 87a)

When our ancestors understood the consequences of having worshipped the aigel, they were plunged into despair. Their crowns were stripped from their heads. (Shemos 33:5-6) Their glory was thrown in the dust and all – it seemed – was lost. Was there any way out of this catastrophe?

And then, Moshe Rabbeinu returned to Hashem and pleaded for Am Yisroel. This is how Hashem answered: “Carve for yourself two stone tables like the first ones, and I shall inscribe on the Tablets the words that were on the first Tablets, which you shattered.” (Shemos 33:18) The new Tablets were indeed “like” the first ones, but they were not identical. There was a crucial difference, because this time Moshe Rabbeinu had to carve the stone himself!

This, my friends, is the story of our entire life, the story of mankind outside Gan Eden and Am Yisroel in Golus. We need to carve out those Tablets. There is a route back to paradise, but we have to work to get there. “Rabbi Yitzchak said … ‘If someone tells you … I have not labored [in Torah] yet I have succeeded, do not believe him. [If, however, he tells you] I have labored and I have succeeded, you may believe [him].” (Megillah 6b) Torah is acquired only through intensive labor. Through “zaias apecha … the sweat of our brow,” we can return to favor in the eyes of Hashem. We can find life after death. We can rise from the ashes. We can come back from the Black Hole.

It is of course no accident that Moshe Rabbeinu was instructed to carve the second Tablets right after Hashem tells him, “I shall make all My goodness pass before you and I shall call out the Name ‘Hashem’ before you … I shall show favor when I choose to show favor and I shall show mercy when I choose to show mercy.” (Shemos 33:19)

In order to survive, we have to know Hashem exists. We have to know the Reality of a Perfect and All-Powerful Being, and then we can rise from the dead. Similarly, the bracha “Techias Hamaisim” directly follows the bracha “Avos” in Shemoneh Esreh. The Avos, who lived in a pagan world, demonstrated that Life comes from death. “Min ha maitzar … from the straits did I call upon G-d; He answered me with expansiveness.” (Tehillim 118)

One cannot arise to life unless one has walked “through the valley of death.” In this week’s Parsha, our ancestors learned not to despair even after terrible mistakes; they showed us the route to future redemption. “Hashem is close to the brokenhearted; those crushed in spirit, He saves.” Tehillim 34) The same lesson was taught in Egypt: unless you go down to Mem Tes Shaare Tumah there is no way you are going to get out of Mitzraim.

Those who think they can make it on their own are doomed. But if we know the Ribono shel Olam is with us, then we will be able to carve out the Second Luchos.

Why is Parshas Ki Sisa juxtaposed with Parah Aduma? Para Aduma is our way back from being buried in tumah. When we slaughter our slavery to taiva, then we are released to return to our Creator. Am Yisroel had to burn the aigal and eat the ashes in order to free themselves.

This is our life: to carve out those stones! No one can do it for us! It requires exertion, sweat and tears, but, in the end, Hashem will write upon those stones! He will bless our efforts, and those stones will be placed inside the Aron Kodesh! Then Hashem will send His Shechina. From the rebuilt Bais Hamikdosh will emerge a light which will save the universe.

May we see it soon in our days! “U’ma’asai yadainu … May [Hashem] establish the work of our hands!” (Tehillim 90)

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.

© Copyright 2017 by Roy S. Neuberger

16 March 2017

Parshas Ki Sisa – The Parah Adumah

PURIM IS GONE, PESACH is on its way, b”H. This week’s parsha discusses different issues, but the most dramatic by far is the episode of the golden calf. That’s why it is always interesting when Parashas Parah, the mitzvah of the red heifer and third of the special parshios for this time of year, occurs at the same time.

Parashas Parah is in Parashas Chukas, all the way in Sefer Bamidbar. We won’t get to that parsha until the summer, b”H, but historically, it occurred long before. The red heifer was the purification process necessary for the service in the Mishkan described in both Sefer Shemos and Sefer Vayikra.

Even if you hold that the Mishkan was the Divine response to the golden calf, the parah adumah—red heifer—would have still been necessary for the service in the Temple that would have eventually been built. According to this opinion, even if there wasn’t always meant to be a Mishkan, there was always meant to be a Temple. 

This is why it is interesting that Rashi mentions that the parah adumah was the “tikun” for the golden calf. Just as a mother cleans up after her child, Rashi says, likewise does the heifer “clean up” after its calf. If so, then it is a good example of how, when it comes to the Jewish people, God creates the “cure” before the “illness.” 

Thus if anything, the red heifer existed BEFORE the golden calf. If anything, it was not the CURE for the golden calf, but should have been preventative medicine against it. We take vitamins to AVOID illness, not BECAUSE we are sick, to fortify the immune system to make it less vulnerable to infection. 

The answer to the question may have to do with something the Zohar says, regarding an incident in Parashas Vayaitzai. The Torah explains that when Ya’akov Avinu wanted to quickly increase the amount of sheep he had, he prepared some kind of stick and caused the sheep to mate. It worked, and in a very short time, he was successful.

Without question mysticism was involved. Otherwise, shepherds over the ages would have used the same technique to increase their flocks. Ya’akov Avinu did something spiritual to multiply his sheep, but it worked physically.

So much so in fact that the Zohar says, that when Ya’akov did this, he actually fulfilled the mitzvah of Tefillin. That’s right, Tefillin. 

What? How? Why?

This is a good reminder that the essence of a mitzvah is its underlying concept. The means prescribed to fulfill mitzvos is the best way FOR NOW for us to accomplish what the mitzvah is designed to do. It takes into account who we are and the world we live in. It maximizes our current potential to partner with God in Tikun Olam—World Rectification.

This idea was reflected in the second set of tablets, also in this week’s parsha. Kabbalah explains that the difference between the first set of tablets which Moshe Rabbeinu broke, and the second set he actually brought down, was more than just he hewed the latter. The first set of tablets was a much higher level of Torah, the one we will re-receive for the Messianic Era. 

In the Messianic Era, there will be no yetzer hara. No one will sin. There will be no need for warnings against sin, and no need for courts to punish any sinners. No one will have to bring a sin offering or a transgression offering, only thanksgiving offerings.

Does that mean that any mitzvah that has to do with sinning will be expunged from the Torah, God forbid? Not at all. Rather, the concepts behind the mitzvos can and will be achieved in other ways. Ya’akov Avinu was able to accomplish with some sticks what our Tefillin accomplishes through finely handcrafted black leather boxes.

This probably sounds a little strange to most. It is because from a young age, people are taught to relate to the mitzvos in terms of how we now do them. We are taught to look at them as acts of loyalty, which they are as well, as opposed to in terms of their tikun potential. 

Most teachers and parents just never get into the reasons for the mitzvos. Instead, they emphasize more the technical fulfillment of mitzvos than anything else. Why wouldn’t we grow up believing that mitzvos can only be performed in one way?

Thus, when Rashi says that the parah adumah was the “cure” for the sin of the golden calf, he is talking about what the parah adumah had to “become” as a result of the calf. Its purpose goes back to Creation itself, and it can accomplish its share of world rectification in a number of ways. It was the sin of the calf that established how we access its energy today.

Why did it not prevent the calf, if that energy was already in the world, at least in potential? It previously had operated on a higher plain of spirituality, and perhaps had worked for the Jewish people in Egypt prior to their departure. In other words, it WAS operating in the world prior to the calf, just on a higher level of reality.

As the Leshem explains, the Jewish people by the time of the Korban Pesach in Egypt were so elevated that evil was almost destroyed, and with it, spiritual impurity. They had accessed the light of the red heifer without having to actually use one.

What changed? The Erev Rav. Moshe Rabbeinu took them out of Egypt without God’s consent, as Rashi explains in this week’s parsha, during the episode of the calf. They dragged the spiritual stragglers down to their level, where the energy of the parah adumah could not protect them on its level at that time.

After the incident with the calf, the method of the parah adumah had to be adjusted. This was so it could operate even on the level to which the Jewish people had descended. It is THIS procedure of spiritual purification that is described by the Torah, and Rashi explains.

AMAZING: A Yungerman Returns from Shomayim with a Serious Message

Irgun K’vod Shomayim
Story by Reb Yoel Klopholtz, shlita

Reb Yoel Klopholtz of Eretz Yisroel is being very busy with being m’orer hatzibur, inspiring people that they should be very careful about respecting Hashem properly in shul.

Last year, one of his children got very sick, rachmana latzlan. The child’s condition was so serious that he found it necessary to raise $200,000 for treatments. A certain yungerman from London assisted him greatly in raising that money. Reb Yoel got close with this yungerman and his family. Soon after, the yungerman in London was suddenly niftar, leaving behind an almana and several children, none of whom were yet married.

One night when the yungerman’s family went on vacation to Switzerland, the seven year old son suddenly woke up, screaming inconsolably. He was not even able to talk or explain what was wrong. The family enlisted the assistance of doctors, psychologists, and others who possibly would be able to help this boy cope with whatever trauma he experienced in his sleep.

Finally, after a number of hours, the boy began to talk. He related how his father, the yungerman who was recently niftar, came to him in a dream. The father described how they were tearing him apart in shomayim for talking during davening and not respecting Hashem properly in shul. The father explained that this inyan is extremely serious and something that is now causing him so much pain, and constantly.

The yungerman further explained to his son that normally people are not allowed to come down and relate what happens in the next world to people in this world. However, because he assisted Reb Yoel Klopholtz by raising large amounts of money for the critical situation Reb Yoel was facing, they let him come down and speak to his son to pass the message along to Reb Yoel that everyone should know how seriously they take this issue in shomayim. The yungerman finished off by saying that if this dream would be nisparsem (publicized), people would hear his message, be inspired, and would treat this inyan more seriously. In turn, this would be a tremendous zechus for his neshama and he wouldn’t suffer as much.

Irgun K’vod Shomayim (IKS) has taken it upon themselves to help spread this very important message. IKS has created a list that includes people from all around the world who were mekabel on themselves not to talk during davening and not to have a cellphone on in such a way that could disturb them or anyone else during the entire nusach hatefila. Everyone is encouraged to join the list both to be mechazek themselves as well as anyone else who views the list. Not only is one able to see the person’s name, the shul he davens in, and the city in which he lives, but also a number of gedolei yisroel have given permission to include them on the list as well.

The list can be accessed at: 
Please sign up and be mechazek as many people as you can.



15 March 2017

BEHIND THE U.S. BLIZZARD: The Storm of Stella and Bible Codes

TRUMP will offer Abu Mazen the Freezing of Settlements
PROOF that Disasters Strike America when it mistreats Israel

in bible codes with Rabbi Glazerson


This is a continuation of a series of Dreams of a Little Girl:
More About A Child’s Dreams – and Prophecy
Prophecy in Our Days is Given to Children … Part I of II
Prophecy in Our Days is Given to Children and the Mentally Challenged Part II

Recent Dreaming:
my daughter told me she redreamed the dream again and remembered more details. She likes when I read to her all of what I wrote down from her previous dreams. This time, I was telling her a few parts and she was describing things that I said and going further. When I got to the part where she dreamed about the beit hamikdash in a planet she said she remembers that well. The planet was yellow and big but you could see the shape of the beit hamikdash in it. She saw it clearly in the sky when the spaceship flew near it. I asked her if she wanted to see a picture of something that reminded me of her dream and she said yes. 

So, even though I had showed her that *picture on your post a while ago when she didn't want to say anything more or talk about the dreams anymore, this time she was excited and was looking at it as if it was a new picture she had never seen. She said that it looked EXACTLY like that shape but was yellow in reality. I told her this was like an x-ray picture so the color wouldn't show, just the shape. She was wide-eyed and really happy to see her dream in a picture!

If that isn't enough...she starts telling me that the aron hakodesh that she dreamed about (she said that you could kiss it and make a wish and Hashem granted that wish) was next to the lechem hapanim. I was shocked she knew anything about that as she is only in gan and they don't learn about that yet. She said the melachim taught her what it was and she drew a picture of it. She didn't understand the name and thought the bread had smiley faces on it because of the word "panim." When I looked at her drawing and it greatly resembled the real thing, I asked her if she wanted to see a picture of that too. She was excited to see so I showed her the model from the Temple Institute site. She saw that and said that was EXACTLY how it looked! she was so happy!

Then I read to her about the part in her dream where moshiach takes the spaceship under water to get the treasure chest from deep in the ocean. She said they went into a cave under water and the melachim went to take out a big treasure chest box. I asked her to describe it as she only has ever seen a pirate kind of treasure chest but she said this was not the same. 

She said it was shiny box but not sparkly. It looked like it was oiled. As we are looking through pictures of the kelim of the beit hamikdash, she sees the aron hakodesh and says that's it! That's the treasure chest! I asked her what about the keruvim on top and she said yes! That's exactly how it looked in her dream! You know how it is supposed to be kept in secret underground tunnels beneath the beit hamikdash? I am wondering if the tunnels go down to water level and it really could be underwater there in a cave!

Anyway, the dreams are really fresh in her mind now and ultra clear to her. Very inspiring!


It's funny, I asked her teacher if they learned about the vessels in the beit hamikdash and she said they did and were shown pictures but I asked my daughter and she said she never saw pictures and I really think it was on a day she was home sick! So, I'm not 100% sure she didn't see pictures first but the accuracy in which she described and drew the pictures shows she really paid attention to detail and I doubt she could have gotten that from a 5 min presentation during parshat Teruma. She said more things to me like she was able to lick the breads and they tasted like Mann, any taste you wanted them to taste like. I never know which parts are dream parts and which are embellishments so don't print that.

Oh, another part she said is really interesting and I forgot to include it before: she said when she was on the spaceship, she could see water cover the Earth and then it was removed and we could land. Now, she explained further and said it wasn't a flood and no one died from that. It was like a mikvah (she has watched me immerse dishes and was referring to that) and everything was just dunked in water for a moment to purify everyone and everything. She said the melachim threw water over everything with a big splash and then the whole world was freshly cleaned. I really love that!! I originally interpreted her telling me that to mean a destructive flood but I am glad to hear it was a like mikvah waters instead!!

This shows we can't interpret all her explanations literally because she is not explaining everything perfectly and little details that come out later change the meaning. Just be inspired that she is redreaming again! She said at first she dreamed it 3 times in a row and now she started again and dreamed it twice so far again.

*These are the Images