19 June 2018

Please Daven For HaRav Reuven Noach ben Ruchoma Toba


Dear Friends:

This is a special email to ask you all to daven (pray) for a speedy and complete recovery for our dear friend, the Holy Talmid Chacham and Rosh Kollel,

HARAV REUVEN NOACH BEN RUCHOMA TOBA

who is having extremely critical surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20 at 12 noon Pacific Time (3 pm Eastern Time)

May he have a complete and total recovery and perfect health among all the sick of Am Yisroel.

Please daven with all your heart!

Thank you and may Hashem bless all of us with only good news and may we soon see a perfectly healthy world with the coming of Moshiach ben Dovid soon in our days!

Roy Neuberger

Thank The A-mighty

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The Court Ruled Justly in Part 1 of the Duma Affair

Attorney Adi Keidar of the Shinui organization, who represented the minor, said, "This is a fatal blow that the court directed at the Shin Bet and the State Prosecutor's Office, but beyond that the important thing is the ruling that rejects the statements of the minor during the period in which he answered his interrogators."

Attorney Zion Amir said that "the decision to disqualify the defendant's confession is greeted with joy mixed with sadness. It took two and a half years to reach a decision that in our opinion was self-evident in the first place. The significance of the decision is very dramatic in the Israeli legal world, according to which the investigative bodies, whether the police force or the Shin Bet security service, must take measures according to the law and not use improper means. We congratulate the court for its courage."

"It is clear that the Shin Bet caused physical pain and suffering to the interrogee in order to make him confess: A legal system that respects human dignity can not accept the confessions obtained as a result of intentional physical suffering as evidence," attorney Yitzhak Bam, one of Ben Uliel's attorneys, said in response to the decision. "The fear of continued torture was the only reason that the interrogee continued to confess between the rounds of torture.”

Source: arutzsheva

"After 21 days we were allowed to meet. Amiram had just got up from the torture cellars, and it was a difficult sight. I know Amiram, he's a very strong and healthy guy, but the man I met was a wreck. I met a man who shivered, who whined that he said, 'Death is better than my life.' I met a person whom the Shin Bet has turned into a shadow of a human being, and therefore any admission that was made as a result of Amiram's actions is illegal, is unacceptable, is immoral. "

Ben-Gvir emphasized that "Israel is neither Iran nor Syria. It is forbidden to accept such confessions. You cannot hold a man in torture dungeons, beat him, hurt him and deny him his free will, and then use that one statement or another has come out of him."

"People in Amiram's situation would have admitted the murder of Arlosoroff, and I think that the State of Israel must not accept such conduct and such measures, and it is forbidden to convict a person on the basis of statements received after torture,” arutzsheva

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Note: I just cannot believe that this boy or any of the others would have committed such an act that they are accused of. I will be deeply disappointed if any of them are complicit.

STALINESQUE SHABAK TORTURE IN DUMA CASE

Key Decision Expected Today in Duma Arson Case
Court rules this afternoon whether confessions of Duma murder suspects are admissible despite having been extracted through torture.

The Lod District Court will publish its decision this afternoon, Tuesday, regarding the assertions made by the defendants in the Duma arson case, according to which their confessions, which they claim were extracted by Shin Bet interrogators with force and threats, are not admissible. arutzsheva


Home of Key Witness in Duma Arson-murder Catches Fire
Police say findings appear to rule out deliberate arson by Jews; Home of Ibrahim Dawabsheh reportedly targeted, human rights group says, months after he witnessed his relatives being killed in a firebomb attack. Police said they do not suspect any nationalist motive behind Sunday's fire, pointing at findings from the scene that don't indicate Jewish involvement. But details of the investigation were under gag-order. In Sunday's fire a Palestinian relative of the slain Dawabsheh family, was very lightly wounded from smoke inhalation. The house only sustained partial damage and there were no slogans daubed nearby that are more typical of attacks by Jewish extremists. 
NOTE:  WHAT HE WITNESSED “Their faces were covered with a balaclava, with only the mouth and eyes visible. The street light shone directly on them.” . . .as they stood over the burning bodies. Haaretz

So was this a frame by the Shabak? In order to threaten the patriotic “boys” who object to Arab Violence and Terrorism? 
Hamas/Arabs are not immune to killing their own people Hamas plans 13 public executions in Gaza Strip


Habima Square Shabak Torture Exhibit Lets Passersby Experience Duma Prisoners’ Agony

[A] display of torture was exhibited for the public at Habimah Square in Tel Aviv, where activists of Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Might in Hebrew) demonstrated how the suspects in the Duma Village arson case were tortured during their Shabak interrogations. The performance was based on the testimonies of Shabak interrogators in the Central District Court in Lod during the early trial proceedings.

Photo Credit: Otzma Yehudit
Earlier this year, the families of the defendants in the Duma Village case revealed that during the March 15 closing statements stage of the trial’s preliminary segment of the trial, the Central District Attorney’s office announced in an unprecedented fashion that they would withdraw from the indictments’ material several of the defendants’ confessions which were given during interrogations in which “special means,” which the families’ have said is a euphemism for torture, were used.

Passersby were invited to experience personally the Shabak “special means” by demonstrators who used the names of the agents who testified in court. On Tuesday, 72 prominent rabbis, including several yeshiva deans, wrote Prime Minister Netanyahu and Justice Minister Shaked, demanding that the legal proceedings in the Duma Village case be interrupted to allow for an investigative committee to look into the agents’ court testimonies of using torture to extract forced confessions from the accused youths. JPress


As Murder Case Reaches Climax, Discussion Over Jewish Minor Gets Heated

The minor, his parents and Honenu have accused the Shin Bet and the Israel Prisons Service, saying one of the minor’s interrogators sexually harassed him and that he was drugged.

The allegations against the Shin Bet for improper treatment obviously tie the two stories together. However, will we only know how serious the allegations against the current Jewish detainee are – in comparison to the July 2015 Duma murders of the Palestinian Dawabshe family – after the gag order is lifted.  JPost

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See Also:

Rabbis call for Duma trial halt after torture accusations against interrogators timesofIsrael
Duma: Coerced confessions through an American lens timesofIsrael

CELEBRATING TORAH

200 Year Journey of Mir Limud Hatorah



[Jun 6, 2017]  Two hundred years of uninterrupted Torah learning – a moment in a time, yet an eternity. This beautifully moving niggun, with its equally powerful lyrics written especially for Yeshivas Mir’s Bicentennial Anniversary Dinner, somehow manages to describe the indescribable.

It recounts the miraculous saga of Yeshivas Mir and its faithful allegiance to LimudhaTorah– beginning with its founding in 1817 in an unknown Polish hamlet with a minyan of talmidim – through the different periods until today, when its very name has become synonymous with immersion in learning blihefsek, regardless of circumstances.

The song takes you on a journey from the Yeshiva’s humble beginnings at the dawn of the age of the great European Yeshivos. The stirring Yiddish chorus, based on Tehillim 119, highlights the secret of the Mir’s survival: unrelenting hasmada in the face of all sorts of adversity. The lyrics vividly describe how the Yeshiva triumphed over world wars, devastation by fire, ideological battle of haskallah, financial disaster, and geographic upheaval.

Reverently eternalized are the various great leaders who stood at the Mir’s helm with heroic mesirusnefesh throughout the generations, guiding their talmidim and supporters who share in the continued success of the Mir until this day and beyond, until the arrival of Moshiach.

18 June 2018

How to Deal With Hamas in Gaza?

ANALYSIS: How to deal with Hamas in Gaza
IDF brass talk of easing Gaza economic crisis as solution, experts disagree. arutzsheva

This is becoming a
  “CITY OF CHELM THEATER”

The IDF is looking more and more like a comic act against Terrorism. So afraid of the UN and the International Enemies of the State of Israel, the so-called upper echelon of Israel’s “Most Humane Army in the World” is now making inept decisions that are NOT protecting farmlands, nature reserves, homes, and families.

What in the world are they thinking?

They are playing right into the hands of our enemies by deciding to give terrorists “REWARDS” for their terrorizing strategies. What will be next? A Pulitzer Prize . . .  or

A PEACE PLAN??

Who is Leading Israel?





"According to our generals, Israel needs to shower Hamas with stuff. Food, medicine, water, electricity, medical supplies, concrete, cold hard cash, whatever Hamas needs, Israel should just hand it over in the name of humanitarian assistance.

"Every single time reporters ask the generals what Israel can do to end Hamas’s jihadist campaign, they give the same answer. Let’s shower them with stuff.

[. . .]

"Hamas is not Israel’s enemy because it lacks money or electricity. It is Israel’s enemy because it is a jihadist terrorist group committed to the annihilation of the Jewish people. No amount of free electricity or medicine will change this basic truth.

"Hamas will not transfer the bodies of Israel’s fallen soldiers or release the Israelis it holds hostage because Israel gives it money or concrete. Hamas will not embrace Israel if Israel purifies the Gaza water supply which Hamas deliberately polluted by over-drilling.

"The fact that the IDF General Staff hasn’t figured this out does not speak well of our generals’ cognitive capabilities.

[. . .]

"Rather than consider new ways to handle old threats, the IDF repeated the tactics it has used to inconclusive ends for the past decade.

Source: CarolineGlick

FAKE NEWS becomes REALITY NEWS

Aluminium is neurotoxic. Its free ion, Al3+ (aq), is highly biologically reactive and uniquely equipped to do damage to essential cellular (neuronal) biochemistry.

FAKE NEWS?  [Article on Yeshiva World News] Doctors are not warning about the deadly consequences of using aluminum foil, contrary to a story being shared on social media. Such online claims are not new. In one that surfaced this week on a diet and recipe site, the story suggests that aluminum is “neurotoxic” and can lead to mental decline — even Alzheimer’s disease. It also says using aluminum can lead to loss of balance and coordination and may damage bones.

[Response]  "Everyday exposure to aluminum is not considered a health hazard, experts said, and it is nearly impossible to avoid the metal. Most food, water, air and soil contain some
aluminum. It’s used in processing food and medicine, including flour, baking soda, antacids and buffered aspirin.

“Most researchers and health care professionals believe, based on current knowledge and information, that consumption and use of aluminum is not a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s,” said Heather Snyder, senior director of medical and scientific operations for the Alzheimer’s Association.

"Rules limit exposure to aluminum dust in the air to protect U.S. workers from breathing problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says food cooked in aluminum pots is generally considered to be safe. The CDC says the best way to avoid consuming aluminum is to limit intake of large quantities of antacids and buffered aspirin. YWN

Au Contraire

US National Library
of Medicine National
Institutes of Health
abstract

Aluminium neurotoxicity: neurobehavioural and oxidative aspects.

Kumar V1, Gill KD.
Author information

Abstract
Aluminium is the most widely distributed metal in the environment and is extensively used in daily life that provides easy exposure to human beings. The exposure to this toxic metal occurs through air, food and water. However, there is no known physiological role for aluminium within the body and hence this metal may produce adverse physiological effects.

Chronic exposure of animals to aluminium is associated with behavioural, neuropathological and neurochemical changes. Among them, deficits of learning and behavioural functions are most evident. Some epidemiological studies have shown poor performance in cognitive tests and a higher abundance of neurological symptoms for workers occupationally exposed to aluminium. However, in contrast to well established neurotoxic effects, neurobehavioural studies of aluminium in rodents have generally not produced consistent results.

Current researches show that any impairment in mitochondrial functions may play a major role in many human disorders including neurodegenerative disorders. Being involved in the production of reactive oxygen species, aluminium may cause impairments in mitochondrial bioenergetics and may lead to the generation of oxidative stress which may lead to a gradual accumulation of oxidatively modified cellular proteins. In this review, the neuropathologies associated with aluminium exposure in terms of neurobehavioural changes have been discussed. In addition, the impact of aluminium on the mitochondrial functions has also been highlighted.

PMID: 19568732 DOI: 10.1007/s00204-009-0455-6

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COMPONENTS OF CHEMTRAILS

Toxic Components in chemtrails

1. Sulphate
     - Refrigerant, Volcanic Eruptions, Acid Rain, Acid Rain, respiratory issues, cancer, infertility
2. Metallic Aluminum, Aluminum Oxide
     - Electrical Conductor
3. Barium titanate
     - Photorefractive, Piezoelectric
4. Strontium 90
     - Radioactive, Decay generates much heat
5. Uranium 238 - Radiation Shielding
6. Thorium - increased luminosity, Photorefractive
7. Aluminum Oxide
     - Heart disease, Lung disease, headaches, damage central nervous system, Alzheimer’s
8. Barium
     - Higher doses affect the nervous system, causing cardiac irregularities, tremors, weakness, anxiety, dyspnea and parlay

Meanwhile, chemtrails also sprays viruses, bacteria, nanoparticles, fibers, microtoxin fungi...

CONCERNED ABOUT 5G TECHNOLOGY? YOU SHOULD BE!

Can Ultrasonic Noise Make You Sick?
Ultrasonic signals from sensors and other devices are all around us, and the health effects of their interactions aren’t clear? Can what you don’t hear hurt you? Researchers are studying whether the largely inaudible interplay of ultrasound beams from sensors and other devices can trigger headaches and dizziness. Those were among symptoms reported by some U.S. diplomatic personnel stationed in China and Cuba who returned home in the past year after becoming incapacitated. 

REMEMBER: The U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba – Researchers are examining why a number of workers there suffered headaches and cognitive distress. WSJ


WHY ARE SO MANY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL HEALTH DANGERS OF THE 5G CELL PHONE NETWORK THAT IS GOING UP NATIONWIDE?
This is a completely different ballgame
by Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream

The new 5G cell phone network that is being rolled out across the nation is going to make communicating by cell phone super smooth and super fast. 

It will basically revolutionize the entire cell phone industry, and for multitudes of phone users this new era cannot get here fast enough.  But will there be a great price to pay for this amazing technology?  Right now, U.S. wireless companies are installing hundreds of thousands of new antennas, and each one of these new antennas is a microwave transmitter.  If you live or work near one of these antennas, that means that you are literally being bombarded by microwave radiation on a constant basis, and once this entire network goes up nationwide it will be extremely difficult for anyone to get away from this radiation completely.  Some experts are warning us to consider the health implications before it is too late to do anything about it.

When we went from 3G to 4G, it didn’t seem like that big of a deal, and so many people are wondering what the big fuss is over 5G.

But this isn’t just another step up in technology.
This is a completely different ballgame.

According to CBS News, this new network is supposed to be “up to 100 times faster”, but it will also require that antennas be installed “closer to users than before”…

The wireless industry is in a race to roll out 5G service. The network is supposed to be up to 100 times faster than current data speeds, but it requires cellphone tower equipment to be closer to users than before. Wireless companies in the U.S. say they’ll have to install about 300,000 new antennas – roughly equal to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. That’s causing outrage and alarm in some neighborhoods, as antennas go up around homes.

Once all of these new antennas are up, it is going to seem like they are everywhere, and that is because they will be.

The consulting firm Accenture, in a report commissioned by the wireless industry, estimated last year that telecom companies will invest as much as $275 billion over seven years building out 5G networks. Other estimates have placed the price tag for 5G infrastructure at about $200 billion annually for at least the first few years of service.

Cell phone antennas will be closer together and closer to the ground than ever before, and the giant telecom companies are appealing to Congress to make it easier for them to bypass local zoning laws…

Wireless companies are asking Congress and state lawmakers to make it easier to install the poles by preempting local zoning laws that often restrict them, particularly near homes. The lobbying efforts have alarmed local officials across the country. They say they need to ensure that their communities do not end up with unsightly poles cluttering sidewalks, roadsides and the edges of front yards.

They also are hearing from residents worried about possible long-term health risks. Until now, much of the cell equipment that emits radio-frequency energy has been housed on large towers typically kept hundreds of feet from homes. The new “small cell” technology uses far more antennas and transmitters that are smaller and lower-powered, but clustered closer together and lower to the ground.


[. . .] “The cell towers are called small cell towers, but they are not so small when they are in your front yard,” said Donna Barron. She is protesting plans to convert light poles in her Montgomery County, Maryland, neighborhood into small cell sites. “This will cause cancer,” Barron said. She was one of several people who raised health concerns about the radiation emitted by the equipment at a government hearing last month.

So is there scientific evidence that actually shows a link between cell phones and major diseases such as cancer? Well, a group of over 230 scientists has signed a document that is entitled “the International EMF Scientist Appeal”…

More than 230 scientists from 41 nations — who have published over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on electromagnetic fields and biology and health — have signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal. They cite “serious concerns” about “increasing exposure to EMF” based on “numerous recent scientific publications” linking low levels of wireless radiation to health effects.


In that document, we are told that scientific research has shown that exposure to EMF can cause a whole host of health problems…

Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.

These findings justify our appeal to the United Nations (UN) and, all member States in the world, to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines, encouraging precautionary measures, and educating the public about health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development. By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency.


Of course the cell phone industry disputes these claims and will fight against them to their dying breath. And according to federal law, local communities cannot even consider health concerns when deciding whether or not to put in cell phone antennas…

However, according to federal law the city simply can’t consider health concerns. It’s outlined in a small section of the Telecommunications Act, based on science from 1996, back when we were still talking on cellphones that looked like bricks. “I find it really unfair,” said Hiestand. If cities do consider health, cell companies can sue them


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The 5G Cell Towers, using WiFi and Cell Phones, lay the groundwork for government surveillance and mind control. Sound like conspiracy theory? Well it’s part of AGENDA 21 [see also https://youtu.be/2MQlIpJ2lmM]

** Almost all the A/C in Israel run via WiFi; add this to your computer WiFi and Smart Phone WiFi usage and we are being inundated with 5G Technology. I was told that with the A/C, one can request a model w/o WiFi. This would be the smarter Smart move.

17 June 2018

MAKING YOUR GEMARA "CHAZARABLE"

MAKING YOUR GEMARA "CHAZARABLE"

An inspirational musical video composed in honor of the 2018 "Vhaarev Na" "Simchas HaTorah".





"Vhaarev Na" Featuring Baruch Levine and Simcha Leiner 2016



What is “Vhaarev Na"

Bochrim Testimonials:

In September – I hated going to yeshiva, and learning gemara was dreadfull. Now in June- after a year of Vhaarev Na and owning a masechta, I love yeshiva, and gemara is my life!

מסכת סוכה has now become ME. It is the highlight of my day every day. The fact that I was able to be “קונה” the מסכת, teaches me that I can accomplish whatever I put my energy into; any מסכת, and ראשון, any אחרון.
– Meir

My whole life was positively affected, Chazering 124 blatt over Pesach בין הזמנים.
– Chaim

I always “wanted to want” to learn. גמרא was not גישמאק so I put all my energy into the English subjects, finally I was introduced to the והערב נא program which taught me that it is quality, not quantity that counts. It’s the חזרה, over and over which makes the גמרא enjoyable. Now my life is born anew, I want, enjoy and love learning!
– Moshe Aryeh

Come, Join, Read More, and Learn About ”Vhaarev Na”.

TAMMUZ – The Month of Devastation: TAPUACH WEST EVACUATION follows Netiv HaAvot

Evacuation and Destruction of Tapuach West has Begun
4 Tammuz 5778 – June 17, 2018

Hundred of Israeli Border Police have begun gathering to evacuate the neighborhood of Tapuch West **(Tal Binyamin), in the Shomron. Jewishpress

Some of the homes are built on State land, and others are built on land that has not yet been designated (“Seker Lands”). A year ago the Israeli High Court ordered the 17 homes on the hilltop destroyed, including those that had permits from the Civil Administration. As always, the process began when leftwing NGO petitioned the court to destroy the neighborhood.

Sunday, the 10 buildings in Tapuah West in Samaria, which are expected to be demolished following a Supreme Court order.

EVIL INCARNATE: The case was bought by the Yesh Din organization against the residents of West Tapuah on behalf of 15 residents of the nearby Palestinian village of Yasuf who claim to be the owners of the land. The court found that some 17 buildings were built intentionally in an area known to be privately owned. Yesh Din said in response it was dismayed by the ruling, insisting it did not go far enough. timesofisrael

UPDATE: "They threw away NIS 12 million here to evacuate six families. We, together with the Defense Ministry, found a solution a year ago, without asking a shekel from the State. We moved three houses out of the six, two are being moved now, and one that can't be moved, we built a new one its place," charged Hertzlich. Kann Moreshet reporter Meni Shwatrz points out the difficult scenes from the Tapuach evacuation are a little reminiscent of the first Amona eviction. "The settlers claim there's no binding legal decision but rather a directive from the Defense Ministry. If that's indeed true, I wonder: Wasn't Defense Minister Liberman once a rightist?! Initiating a violent evacuation of Jews without being forced to?!"

Like Netiv Ha’Avot in Gush Etzion, another neighborhood, which could have been saved, is being destroyed by the Likud government.

































A positive unintended side effect is that 1000 dunams (247 acres) of land between Tapuach and Ariel can now be approved by the government for construction.

**According to the Israel Rising website, “Twenty years ago, young families moved up to the “Tal Binyamin” hill (named after Talya and Binyamin Kahane HY”D, who were murdered in a shooting attack in 2001), just west of Kfar Tapuach, with the assistance of the Settlement Division, in accordance with decisions made by the State. One of those families were Rivka and Moshe Herzlich. Moshe is the brother of Talya Kahane HY”D, after whom the outpost is named.”

On Monday, Israeli lawmakers passed the Regulation Law, a measure that allows Israel to retroactively legalize the appropriation of Palestinian land by Jewish settlers, if it was done unknowingly, and compensate the landowners instead of removing the outposts.

REGULATION LAW: The Judea and Samaria Settlement Regulation Law (Hebrew: חוק להסדרת ההתיישבות ביהודה והשומרון‎), commonly known as the Regulation Law (Hebrew: חוק ההסדרה‎) or sometimes the Regularization Law, is an Israeli law that aims to retroactively legalize Israeli settlements in the West Bank Area C. It is meant to "regulate”. timesofisrael


The Senseless Destruction of Netiv HaAvot 







The truth about the destruction, Rav Richter:

(strong words and “coincidences”)

Volcanic Gemstone of Peridot – Interesting Facts

Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 28:13

In Eden, the garden of God you were; every precious stone was [set in] your covering; ruby, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, carbuncle, and crystal and gold; the work of your drums and your orifices is in you; on the day of your creation they were established.

 יגבְּעֵ֨דֶן גַּן־אֱלֹהִ֜ים הָיִ֗יתָ כָּל־אֶ֨בֶן יְקָרָ֚ה מְסֻכָתֶ֙ךָ֙ אֹ֣דֶם פִּטְדָ֞ה וְיַֽהֲלֹ֗ם תַּרְשִׁ֥ישׁ שֹׁ֙הַם֙ וְיָ֣שְׁפֵ֔ה סַפִּ֣יר נֹ֔פֶךְ וּבָֽרְקַ֖ת וְזָהָ֑ב מְלֶ֨אכֶת תֻּפֶּ֚יךָ וּנְקָבֶ֙יךָ֙ בָּ֔ךְ בְּי֥וֹם הִבָּֽרַאֲךָ֖ כּוֹנָֽנוּ: chabad


Peridot the Gemstone from the Earth's Core
Read The Gem from Outer Space! about this fascinating discovery.

Peridot is named after the French word peritot, meaning gold, because the mineral can vary towards this color. Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August. It is also the stone given to celebrate the 16th year of marriage. Peridot has a very long written history. Ancient papyri record the mining of these stones as early as 1500 BC.

The main source of peridot in the ancient world was *Topazo Island (now Zabargad or St. John’s Island) in the Egyptian Red Sea. In Ancient times, peridot stones were used for carved talismans. Island habitants were forced to collect the gems for the Pharaoh’s treasury. Legend says that jealous watchers who had orders to put to death any trespassers guarded the entire island. The story continues that the miners worked in the daytime as well as night, as the gems could be found after nightfall due to their radiance. The miners would mark the spot at night for retrieval the following day. Wikipedia

*Topaz: could be an alternate name for peridot?

Peridot is the National gem of Egypt. Ancient Egyptians knew it as “the gem of the sun.” Peridot was mined for over 3,500 years on St Johns Island. As late as the 19th Century, the Kedhive of Egypt had a monopoly on the mines. At one point, the island’s exact whereabouts became a mystery for several centuries until being rediscovered in 1905. Joel Aram, from the “Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones 2nd Edition,” writes “Zabargad is an island in the Red Sea that is often shrouded in fog, making it difficult for ancient navigators to find.

The location has been lost in fact, for centuries, and was rediscovered in about 1905. The island is located 35 miles of the Egyptian coastal port of Berenica.” In the 19th Century, the mines on Zabargad Island produced millions of dollars worth of peridot. After 1905, production of the gems peaked, but by the late 1930’s it tapered off to practically nothing and reached a virtual stand still in 1958, when the mines were nationalized. Although parcels of St. Johns peridot still come into the market once in a while, it is not known whether it is new or old. Most assume it is old.

Pitdah - Topaz

A Stamp of Israel: The High Priest's Breastplate - Shimon colnect/stamps



















As with other gemstones, the color of the peridot stone is directly related to parts of the body that it can be of aid to. Because of it’s yellowish green color, peridot has been believed to cure diseases of the liver and difficulties with digestion. It aids in physical detoxification and helps problems with the kidneys, bladder, gall bladder, and the stomach.

Peridot heals such illnesses as ulcers, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also useful in helping to heal insect bites. Peridot has a tonic effect- it heals and regenerates tissues, strengthens the metabolism and benefits the skin. It aids the heart, thymus, lungs, and spleen.

If placed on the abdomen, it aids in giving birth by strengthening the muscle contractions while lessening the pain. Peridot is also helpful in treating skin diseases and difficulties associated with the adrenal glands and endocrine systems. It is also used to treat fevers. Jewelsforme

16 June 2018

Hawaii's Volcano Is Literally Erupting with Gems – Green Peridot

Hawaii's Volcano Is Literally Erupting with Gems – Green Peridot

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been fiercely erupting for well over a month. Now, residents are finding little green gems that have fallen out of the sky during Kilauea's eruption.

The green gems are olivine crystals, a common mineral found in Hawaii's lava. At jewelry quality, the mineral is called peridot. As the volcano erupts, it blasts apart molten lava, allowing for green olivine minerals to be separated from the rest of the melt and fall as tiny gemstones.



15 June 2018

Parshas Korach and the Ketores

KETORES
By Roy S. Neuberger

What can we learn from the frightening events described in Parshas Korach?

It is said that the Yismach Moshe zt”l was once learning the parsha of Korach with his young grandson (the future Yetev Lev), who made a comment showing that he did not think much of Korach. At that point the Yismach Moshe admonished him, saying that we have no understanding of the greatness of Korach. In fact, added the Yismach Moshe, he himself was a gilgul from the Dor HaMidbar and had not been sure whom to follow, since this seemed to be a valid argument between the two greatest men of the generation. His grandson then asked him, "If so, what did you do and how did you save yourself?" The Yismach Moshe answered, "Not wanting to be part of the machlokes, I ran into my tent and closed the entrance tightly. I refused to come out until it was all over.”

How do we discern who Hashem has designated to lead us? The Torah reveals a fascinating device by which we can discover the proper path. “Do this: take for yourselves fire-pans … and put fire in them and place incense upon them before Hashem tomorrow.” (Bamidbar 16:6)

“Here you have … ketores, which is the dearest of all the offerings….” (Rashi on Bamidbar 16:6)

Why is ketores called “the dearest of all offerings?”

“Among all the sacrifices that were offered in the Holy Temple, none was as precious before G-d as ketores…an enlightened remedy to purify people from sin. Whoever smelled the fragrance of the incense …would have thoughts of repentance. His heart would be purified of all evil thoughts and from the defilement of the Evil Inclination…. The incense had the power to break and subjugate the power of the Evil Inclination… In the time of plague there is no remedy better than the ketores. This was a gift that the Malach Hamoves gave Moshe when he went on High to receive the Torah.” (Yalkut Meam Loez on Bamidbar 16:6)

I believe that ketores is the only korban which involves such a delicate and exact combination of many ingredients which are combined by the hand of man according to the instructions of the Torah. One could say that ketores is like someone who is trying to refine his personality. He determines that he needs a little more of this midah and a little less of that midah. He works on himself, trying to attain a perfect combination of traits whose “aroma” is pleasing to Hashem and to his fellow man.

“Who is destined for a share in the World to Come? One who is modest and humble, who enters bowing and leaves bowing, who learns Torah constantly but doesn’t take credit for himself.” (Sanhedrin 88b)

Do you think this happens by itself? No! This person worked on himself his entire life.

I remember reading that a bochur once said to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt”l something like, “I wish I had a personality like Rebbe’s, who is always so calm and pleasant to everyone.” Reb Moshe replied, “Do you think I have such a personality? I have a terrible temper! I have worked on myself my entire life to control it!”

The ketores resembles a beautiful Torah personality, with all the midos perfectly blended in a way which gives nachas to the Ribono shel Olam. It teaches us to “mix” carefully and precisely when working on ourselves.

What does this have to do with Korach?

“Nothing but jealousy of the priestly honor conferred on the tribe of Aharon … had brought [Korach] to rebellion…. Very well, then, if [Korach’s followers] are really convinced of the truth of their assertions let them dare put them to the test and … approach Hashem with a High-Priestly function. The epitome of the High-Priestly office … is ketores, [which symbolizes] the highest degree of [dedication] … to giving satisfaction to Hashem. [Ketores is completely consumed, leaving no residue.]” (Rabbi S. R. Hirsch zt”l on Bamidbar 16:6-7)

The ketores represented submission to the will of Hashem. When it came to the Mishkan, one could not dissemble. The Shechina dwelt there! If you acted with sheker you would be destroyed! This happened with Nadav and Avihu. “Two threads of fire emerged from the Kodesh Hakadoshim and split into four. Two entered this one’s nose (Nadav) and two entered this one’s nose (Avihu) and burned them ….” (Sanhedrin 52a)

Hashem breathed our neshoma into us through our nostrils (Beraishis 2:7). When Shabbos departs, we revive our neshoma by inhaling the aroma of spices. The ketores reflects the neshoma, whose “aroma” must be beautiful and pleasing.

When the Bais Hamikdosh burned and we were scattered to arba kanfos ha-aretz, we lost everything! “From the day the Temple was destroyed, there is no day without its curse …. When Rabbi Yehoshua died, goodness ceased from the world…. When Rabbi Akiva died, the glory of the Torah disappeared…. With the footsteps of Moshiach, insolence will increase …. The face of the generation will be like the face of the dog [and] the son is not ashamed before his father. On whom can we rely? Only on our Father in Heaven!” (Mishnayos Sota 9:12-15)

My friends, we need the Bais Hamikdosh! We need the ketores!

“What is something from which the soul derives pleasure but the body does not derive pleasure? This is fragrant smell. … Rav Zutra bar Toviyah said in the name of Rav: The young men of Israel will in the future emit a fragrance like the Lebanon, as it is stated, ‘His young shall go forth and his beauty shall be like the olive tree, and his aroma like the Lebanon.’” (Berachos 43b)

May we inhale this perfect fragrance soon in our days!

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

© Copyright 2018 by Roy S. Neuberger



SEND THEM TO KENYA!

Infiltrator assaults Israeli woman in Tel Aviv
Israeli woman sexually assaulted by illegal immigrant residing in Tel Aviv.

Its disgraceful for those illegal infiltrators to be allowed to roam the streets of Tel Aviv and casually assault Israeli women.

Why not ship them all to Kenya:

Child sex for a dollar on Kenya's palm-fringed beaches. Its practically free sex all the time any time in Kenya!



While I’m at it, with respect to:

IDF prepares for threat of 5,000 terror kites
Israel girds itself for terror group's threat to launch thousands of incendiary kites and balloons at end of Ramadan. arutzsheva

Enemy forces threatening and preparing to incinerate prime Israeli Land should be shot to prevent their terrorism and intent on murder.

"the Torah has said: If a man comes to kill you, rise early and kill him first.” Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakoth, Folio 58a

Parsha: Trump’s Triumphs vs Korach’s Conflicts

Trump’s triumphs vs Korach’s Conflicts
Two sides of the same coin.

Question: Korach’s punishment is seemingly excessive in proportion to his sin; Hashem saw to it that there would not be even a grave which one could throw stones at; Korach was swallowed up into the bowels of the earth, never to be seen again.

In contrast, President Trump’s successes are “excessive” in relation to the short time that he has been in office. The US economy is healthy, unemployment is the lowest in many years, Wall Street is sizzling and there is no social unrest to speak of. Why?

Korach undermined the most critical presence of Hashem in this world. As the sole Creator of all, He has the immutable right to do with His creations as He wishes, and certainly to mandate a hierarchy from the most primitive biologic entity to the highest spiritual human being.

This hierarchy exists in the upper spiritual world where Hashem created 7 levels of Shamayim (heavens) where the existence of angels is in accordance with their innate ability to grasp Hashem’s essence and is present in this world on a similar basis.

The hierarchy’s foundation is found in the Book of Bereishiet (Genesis). After the flood Hashem arranged the three sons of Noach - the progenitors of the human races - in a particular order according to Hashem’s discretion, as stated in Bereishiet 9,25-27):

(כה) ויאמר ארור כנען עבד עבדים יהיה לאחיו:
(כו) ויאמר ברוך יקוק אלהי שם ויהי כנען עבד למו:
(כז) יפת אלהים ליפת וישכן באהלי שם ויהי כנען עבד למו:

25 And he said: “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem”.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Shem.

The lowest status of mankind is relegated to the race of Cham; a higher status was given to the children of Yephet (Japheth) when he is under the influence of Shem, and the superior race of mankind is the descendants of Shem.

Hashem continued to construct His hierarchy as brought in parshat Noach through the generations of Shem until Terach: Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, Ever, Peleg, Reu, Nachor, Terach.

Terach’s son, Avram, whose name was later changed by Hashem to Avraham - the father of multitudes (of all humanity), was chosen to be the father of the future Am Yisrael.

Hashem chose Yitzchak, son of Avraham after rejecting Yishmael. Then He chose Ya’akov while rejecting Aisav. From Ya’akov’s 12 sons, the third, Levi was chosen to be the closest to Hashem. From the tribe of Levi, Aharon and his four sons were chosen to be Kohanim who would serve in the most sanctified place in the Mishkan and later in the Bet Hamikdash. From the Kohanim Hashem chose the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, who would enter the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, which was the “stairway’ to heaven from this world.

(This might seem to be a racist approach to humanity, to claim that the Jews are the chosen race, but in fact the Jews are anything but racist. Race is defined as a category of people whose definition is decided at the moment of birth and cannot be changed. A person of color cannot become white, just as a white cannot become a member of the black race. However, since a gentile can become a Jew through halakhic conversion we are not racists.)

When Korach heard from Moshe that from the tribe of Levi, Hashem had chosen Aharon and his sons to be Kohanim and Aharon himself as the Kohen Gadol, Korach objected and claimed that Hashem has no favorites, hence all Jews are equally holy and therefore anyone can serve as a Kohen.

The implications of Korach’s claim was an unravelling of the entire human hierarchy that Hashem had instituted, implying that all men and all races are equal, and when taken to its extreme any human being can be a Kohen to serve Hashem. On the practical level, the thousands of gay marchers in Tel Aviv last Shabbat may claim not only recognition, but acceptance as equals to the most observant talmid chacham, because all men are equal. It is the prelude to United States’ liberalism which advances people not according to their virtues, but according to their minority status. (An unexperienced black woman has more chance of attaining public office than a white male trained public official).

Korach’s claim and its implications were so far reaching and detrimental to Hashem’s agenda that he was banished from all contact with others, dead or alive, so the ideas that he brought forth would never be repeated.

In contrast to Korach, President Trump is succeeding in every effort for only one reason; It’s not his brilliance, nor his personality - It is only Hashem’s blessing on the man who recognizes the uniqueness of the Jewish people, by his loyalty to the Jews in Medinat Yisrael.

The President represents tens of millions of Christian Fundamentalists who recognize that the Creator chose the Jews as His own. And despite the fact that they have a Christian agenda which has to become reality through the Medina and our return to the holy land, it does not matter at this stage in our history. President Trump will continue to succeed as long as he does not betray our Medina.

Two sides of the same coin. One side is recognition that we are Hashem’s chosen people, and the other side is Korach’s rejection.

Conclusion: The most basic principle of Judaism is that Hashem chose the Jewish nation from all other nations or races of humanity. One who rejects this basic principle can be a Jew in name but not in belief.

Source: arutzsheva
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Rabbi Nachman Kahana is an Orthodox Rabbinic Scholar, Rav of Chazon Yechezkel Synagogue – Young Israel of the Old City of Jerusalem, Founder and Director of the Center for Kohanim, and Author of the 15-volume “Mei Menuchot” series on Tosefot, and 3-volume “With All Your Might: The Torah of Eretz Yisrael in the Weekly Parashah”, as well as weekly parasha commentary available where he blogs at http://NachmanKahana.com.

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Parshat Korach by Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlit”a

Parshat Korach by Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlit”a

They assembled against Moshe and Aharon, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for the entire congregation are all holy, and God is in their midst. So why do you raise yourselves above God's assembly?" (Bamidbar 16:2)

WHO IS A happy person, the rabbis asked. They answered, “One who is happy with his portion” (Pirkei Avos 4:1). Obvious, no? We’re only really unhappy when we believe we lack something. So, if you want to be happy, all you have to do is believe that you lack nothing! Simple enough, right?

Huh! Tell that to thousands of years of mankind that has lived with the belief that they could always have more, and should. There has been so much cheating, stealing, lying, murdering, etc., and not always in self-defense. It’s often been the result of people or nations trying to get more than they presently have.

Sometimes we can’t help it. We were hardwired not to starve or freeze to death. You can’t expect a person to say, “You know, even though I am about to die from starvation, my stomach kills from hunger, and I have no strength to do anything about it, I’m actually okay with it.” That’s not Godly either.

Obviously, the rabbis are speaking about a person who COULD be satisfied with his lot in life. If he lived on an island by himself, he would go to sleep each night with a smile on his face. If he wasn’t constantly bombarded by the “more” in life, he would even want to think about it. But he is bombarded, so instead he goes to bed “hungry,” wondering what he can do tomorrow to get that “more.”

This really is just a yetzer hara, a yetzer hara to be discontent with one’s portion in life. And, it is not just a physical thing. It is a spiritual thing as well, preventing people from enjoying their spiritual accomplishments in life because they do not match up to someone else’s.

The ironic thing is, that what we all pursue is pleasure. It can be physical or it can be spiritual, just as long as it is pleasure. And yet, so many deny themselves the very pleasure they live for, by allowing themselves to focus more on what they do NOT have than what they DO have. They have reasons to take pleasure in what they already have, and they sacrifice them in the pursuit of pleasures they do not have. Is that not a big yetzer hara?

Just ask Korach, well, at least now. At the time he challenged Moshe Rabbeinu he thought he was going after what was rightfully his. Moshe Rabbeinu tried to tell him otherwise, but Korach was having none of it. He was the “captain” of his rebellion, and he literally went down with his “ship.”

Where does this sense of entitlement come from? Unquestionably, we all have “rights.” The Torah gives them to us. A huge section of the Talmud is devoted to clarifying those rights, and the protection of them. Even slaves, when they were allowed, had very specific rights, so clearly the Torah entitles people.

The better question is then, where do we get our FALSE sense of entitlement? That’s the one where we believe that we having something coming to us that, we don’t, or shouldn’t. How do we work ourselves up to the point that we can believe such falsehood?

It starts with tayva—desire. The only justification a person really needs to fulfill a tayva is that it FEELS good. And, because it FEELS good to fulfill it, it FEELS bad to lack it. The longer this is true, the worse a person feels, forcing them to do one of two things: give up on it, or scheme to get it. The latter becomes even easier when more than one person shares the same false entitlement, and easier yet when society does as a whole.

Desperate people or people without self-dignity will find a way to just “take” what they want. More “civilized” people will look for some kind of legal “justification.” Korach did not go in with all guns firing and take the Kehunah hostage. He devised a complaint of nepotism against Moshe Rabbeinu, and insisted that ALL Jews were equal in terms of holiness.

In reality, Korach was sore that he was passed over for promotion. He reasoned that he was in line for the new job by virtue of his birthright and regardless of his qualifications. When he saw another given the job he wanted for himself, he tried to create a national issue, and surrounded himself with important people to use them as a shield.

Let’s not forget the Jewish people were still surrounded by the Clouds of Glory. Do not forget that mann still fell from the sky. The Mishkan functioned, and the Divine Presence filled it, so it was not a question of non-believing Jews challenging the authority of the Torah world. This was an internal conflict, one which they knew God was also watching. It was a MAJOR gamble, and Korach needed an insurance policy.

If Korach had challenged Moshe on his own, or with a handful of people, then it would have been too easy to squash the rebellion. Instead, Korach buffered himself with 250 high ranking Torah officials, giving weight to his claim and credence to his chutzpah.

Moshe Rabbeinu was Moshe Rabbeinu. He was the greatest prophet to have ever lived, and certainly knew the inner workings of people like Korach. If Korach wanted to play Chess, Moshe was prepared to let him beat himself at his own game.

This is why Moshe Rabbeinu did not play the role of decider. Instead, he turned the decision over to God, making himself just a “spectator.” He turned it into a fight between Korach and his Creator. It put Korach into “Check,” but his gayva—pride—would not allow him to concede the match, and he continued to “play” until his final move. Maybe there was still a way to win.

There wasn’t. The next day when the earth opened up and swallowed Korach and his “insurance policy,” it was “Check” and “Mate.” The day before, Korach had been like every other Levi, meriting to serve in the Mishkan and aiding the Kohanim in their avodah. One day later, he was in the bowels of the earth and out of EVERY job, roasting instead, the Talmud says, like a piece of meat.

That’s what the Talmud says about the Sotah, the adulteress woman, the symbol of anyone who wants more than is theirs. She not only didn’t get what she desired, she also lost what she had: her husband and family, and if guilty, her life. Somehow, in the midst of all her tayva and that of the man with whom she cheated, she felt “entitled” to have what she yearned for.

It is a rule of God’s world. You really can’t have more than your share in this world, which God makes sure a person gets. It can look like a person can get more than his share, because it seems as if many people have. But, if they don’t end up paying for it in this world, which they often do, then they end up paying for it in the eternal world.

This is what the Talmud means when it says:

From here we learn that righteous people value their property more than their own bodies. (Chullin 91a)

This alone is surprising to learn. Righteous people value materialism more than their own welfare? Why? The Talmud’s answer is even more surprising: So they won’t steal.

Really? A righteous person would steal something just because he lost his own? No. A righteous person is concerned that if he loses something and “forces” God to replace it, he will have received more than his Divinely-intended portion. A righteous person considers that a form of theft.

True “God gives and God takes away.” But sometimes we give Him reason to, especially if we pursue that to which we really are NOT entitled. That is a CRUCIAL life lesson, one best learned BEFORE being swallowed up by the earth, or anything else for that matter.

Rabbi Mizrachi on Parshas Korach and . . . Dirt of Politics and more

Rabbi Mizrachi on Parshas Korach and . . .
(I just finished listening to these shiurim and was not disappointed at all – heard many new things)

Current Events: Big Shot and Rocketman; body language (the sub-conscious);
From The Deep, The Bottom To The Top Of The World – Parashat Korach




See Also:  
THE SIN OF THE SPIES AND THE US CHASSIDIM? 


A Lesson In Politics From The Torah
on Parshiot Shlach and Korach

Korach occurred before Shlach
What you do comes back to you like a boomerang
The connection is that of the Lashon Hara of Miriam, and then the Lashon Hara on the Land of Israel
The Desert of Paran where the Sin of the Spies took place.
The “Dirt” of politics
Poison of Gay Marriage up for a vote in Knesset  (41 neged 38) [me: a horrible tragedy]
(parsha begins at 25 min)





Listen to this video for a wonderful discussion on the Rabbi’s Amazing Kiruv Success, and Sin and Punishment reality; how the Reform redesign the Torah and remove all fear and about the chemical missiles in Syria headed for Lebanon!  (beginning to 33 min.)


Most Appropriate for Parshas Korach

The Sin of the Spies and of U.S. Chassidim?
by the great Akiva of Mystical Paths

How can it be that in the week of Parshas Shelach, the Torah portion discussing the spies scouting Israel and returning with negative reports – bad mouthing G-d’s promised land, that the largest chassidic group in the U.S. rents a stadium to meet and bad mouth Israel?

In Parshat Shelach, the people subsequently suffered the punishment of wandering the desert and not being able to enter the land for the sin of listening and not responding to the bad report. In other words, the sin of not listening to G-d’s words that it was the promised land but listening to the spies words that it wasn’t good.

We cannot make the same mistake.

[. . .] they are railing against the ‘zionists’ because they won’t pay for rabbinical students to learn through 30? 

 Or because yes, if those students aren’t learning, they may be required to join those who are defending the life and limb of the population…while eating kosher food and being able to keep Shabbos?

Not acceptable by any Torah standard.





Reb Akiva: we want more of your spot-on observations. we miss your keen perspective.

It Was King David Who Established Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

It was King David who established Jerusalem as Israel's capital over 3,000 years ago.

President Trump is just following in the footsteps of Dovid HaMelech.

King David is one of the most important figures in Jewish history. Born in 907 BCE, he reigns as king of Israel for 40 years, dying at age 70 in 837 BCE.

There is so much that can be said about him. Some people like to focus on the warrior aspect ― the chivalrous warrior fighting for God ― but when his persona and accomplishments are considered as a whole, it is his spiritual greatness that shines most of all.

David's first and foremost drive is to have a relationship with God. We get the glimpse of the beauty of his soul when we read the Psalms, most of which he wrote. Who doesn't know:
  • The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want ... (Psalm 23)
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear ... (Psalm 27)
  • I lift my eyes to the mountains ― from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth ... (Psalm 121)
Even when we consider his military conquest, we see that the driving force behind them was his attachment to God. The hereditary bloodline of King David will become the only legitimate royal bloodline in Jewish history. From David will come all the future kings of Judah and ultimately, at the end of history, the Messiah. This idea of a God-ordained monarchy will be copied by many other nations throughout history and will serve as the basis for the concept of "the divine right of kings" in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.(1)

The Conquest Of Jerusalem

We know historically that the story of Israel during this entire period of time ― from the Exodus onward ― is the story of a tiny nation sandwiched between the two great ancient civilizations, Egypt and Mesopotamia (which was ruled at various times by the Assyrians, Babylonians or Persians).

When David takes the throne, Egypt and Assyria are both on a significant decline. They're not in any position to expand, which leaves a vacuum in the middle where Israel is located, and Israel is allowed to expand unmolested by these other great empires.

Thus David is able to subdue, at long last, the Philistine threat and to conquer the remaining Canaanite city-state ― Jerusalem ― that the Israelites have thus far not been able to conquer.

(For the 440 years since the Jewish people first entered the Land of Israel until the time of King David, Jerusalem has remained an unconquered non-Jewish city in the heart of a Jewish country. It is a city-state inhabited by Canaanite tribe called Jebusites (the Arab village of Silwan, just south of the walls of the Old City, is located there now). It is heavily fortified, yet despite its seemingly impregnable appearance, Jerusalem has one weakness ― its only source of water is a spring outside the city walls. The spring is accessed from inside the city by a long shaft carved into rock.

The Book of Samuel and the Book of Chronicles describe how David's general, Yoab, climbs up a tzinor (literally "pipe") enters the city and conquers it. Some archaeologists speculate that this might refer to the city's ancient water system ― whose source was the Gihon Spring ― which is a tourist attraction in "David's City," outside the walls of today's Jerusalem.

Why Jerusalem?

The first thing that David does after he occupies the city is make it his capital. And here we have to pause and ask: Why Jerusalem?

Certainly there were more suitable sites for the capital of Israel. Jerusalem does not adjoin any important body of water nor is it located on any trade route. All the capital cities in the world are built near oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, or at least near a major trade route.

(There are major trade routes crisscrossing Israel at this time. There is the Kings Highway, which is one of the major trade routes in the ancient Middle East, running from the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea to Damascus. And there is also the Via Maris, "Way of the Sea," which runs from Egypt along the Mediterranean coast then through Israel and on to Syria.)

Logically, the capital of Israel should have been on the Mediterranean Sea. Ideally a place like Jaffa (next to today's Tel Aviv) would have made the most sense.

So why Jerusalem?

The reason why Jerusalem has to do with a very unique aspect of the Jewish people, and why the children of Israel became a nation in the first place.

Normally, nations become nations by living in a piece of real estate for a long period of time, developing a common language and a common culture. Take the French for example. They didn't all wake up one day and decide they liked wine, cheese and croissants. A group of people over a period of time moved into a common piece of real estate (which later became known as France), and shared a common language. After a shared period of national experience, they coalesced into an identity known as the French. More or less, this scenario works for every nation.

The Jews became a nation shortly after escaping slavery in Egypt. They were not yet in the land of Israel, they were camping out in no man's land, in the desert, at the foot of Mount Sinai. The Jews became a nation there, when they made a covenant with God, promising "we will do and we will hear." The nationhood of Israel is defined, first and foremost, by its communal relationship with God and by the Jewish people's historic mission.

And it turns out that there is no better place to relate to God than Jerusalem.

God's Place

After David makes Jerusalem his capital, he buys the upper part of the hill above the northern boundary of the city from its owner Aravnah, the Jebusite. The purchase is recorded in the Bible in two places (2 Samuel 24:24 and 1 Chronicles 21:25).

This hill is Mount Moriah and what it may lack in physical size, it more than compensates for spiritual greatness.(2)

From the earliest period of Jewish history, the Patriarchs of the Jewish people recognized the tremendous spiritual power of Mount Moriah. This is where Abraham, sensing God's presence, went up to offer Isaac as a sacrifice and later remarked as the Bible records:

  • "The Lord will see," as it is said to this day, "On the Lord's mountain, He will be seen." (Genesis 22:14)

This is where Jacob dreamt of a ladder going to heaven, and said:

  • "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." (Genesis 28:17)

No wonder this is a spot that every major conqueror in all of human history has wanted to own. (Jerusalem has been conquered or destroyed 36 times in 3,000 years.)

Today on this spot stands an Islamic structure known as the Dome of the Rock. Under this golden dome is an exposed piece of the bedrock of Mount Moriah-metaphysically known as the even shatiya, literally, "drinking stone." Water and spirituality are synonymous, and the Torah is known as mayim chayim, "water of life." According to Judaism, the world is spiritually nourished from this spot, this stone-which is the metaphysical center of the universe.

This is the place where God's presence can be felt more intensively than in any other place on the planet earth. Therefore, this is the logical place to build a permanent resting spot for the most holy object that the Jewish people have ― the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.

The Site of the Temple

King David wastes no time bringing the Ark to Jerusalem. And it is an occasion of great communal happiness. In ecstasy David dances wildly at this celebration. For this he is condemned by his wife Michal, the daughter of Saul, who had stuck with him through thick and thin and who even saved his life when King Saul wanted to kill him. But now Michal attacks David, ridiculing his behavior (2 Samuel 6:16-23):

  • "How glorious was the king of Israel today, who was exposed today in the eyes of the maidservants of his servants, as one of the boors would be exposed!"

David ― who had thought nothing of his own honor in his gladness that he had made a special connection with God, ― responds in astonishment:

  • "Before the Lord I will make merry. And I shall behave even more humbly than this, and I shall be lowly in my eyes; and of the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them shall I will be held in honor.”

The story concludes with the punishment visited on Michal for her harsh condemnation of the man chosen by God to be Israel's king:

And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

Although David brings up the Ark of the Covenant to Mount Moriah, he is not allowed by God to build the Temple. A number of reasons are given. One is that the Temple is a house of God and a house of peace and David has a lot of blood on his hands from subduing the enemies of Israel. However, he is promised that his son will build it.

Source:  Aish com

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footnotes:

1) Many peoples around the world have taken this idea one step further and actually claim that their royal family and even they, themselves, are actual descendants of the ancient Hebrews. One fascinating example are the Makuya sect in Japan who claim that there is an ancient connection between the Japanese and the Jews and that the Royal family of Japan is actually descended from King David.


Another example is the British. For seven hundred years, every king and queen of England was crowned king while sitting on a throne mounted on a large block of limestone. The stone is called the "Stone of Scone King Edward I (1239-1307) stole the stone from the Scots (It was returned to Scotland in 1997). Scottish tradition held that the stone was the "pillow" that Jacob rested his head on when he had his dream. It was used as a coronation stone by the early Hebrew kings and was kept in Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem After the destruction of the First Temple in 422 BCE, the stone eventually found its way first to Ireland and later to Scotland. As outrageous as this idea may sound it shows us the centrality and importance of the Davidic line in history.


2) It is often mentioned that the Western Wall is the holiest spot in the world for the Jews. This is simply not true. The Western Wall is merely a retaining wall built around Mt Moriah by Herod the Great more than 2,000 years ago. The holiest spot is Mt Moriah itself. Today this holiest of places is hidden behind the Western Wall and under the Moslem shrine called the Dome of the Rock.

13 June 2018

THE THREE KEYS

THE THREE KEYS

The keys to three of Hashem's treasure houses were not placed in the hands of any agent, states Rabbi Yochanan. The keys to rain, childbirth and resurrection of the dead are held by Hashem alone.

Tosefot poses the challenge that the key to rain was given to the Prophet Eliyahu (Masechta Sanhedrin 113a) which enabled him to declare (Melachim I 17:1) "during these years there shall be no dew or rain save upon my word." Tosefot's resolution is that this was only a temporary transfer of power.

Rashi seems to have anticipated this challenge by explaining that all three keys have never been placed in the hands of an agent at one time. This is a subtle reference to what the aforementioned gemara describes as the aftermath of Eliyahu's withholding rain to punish an idol-worshipping country and king.

Immediately after a passage describing the drying up of the nation's water supply, another passage relates that Hashem commanded Eliyahu to go to the home of a widow in the city of Tzorfat where he was soon faced with the challenge of resurrecting her dead child (Melachim I 17:7-22).

There is a connection, our Sages say, between these two events. When Hashem decided that the people had suffered enough from Eliyahu's withholding of rain, He arranged for Eliyahu to be placed in a situation of attempting resurrection. Eliyahu prayed that Hashem give him the key to resurrection so he could restore life to the child of the widow who had shown him so much hospitality.

Hashem's response was that He alone had control of the three aforementioned keys, and the one to rain had already been given to the prophet. If Eliyahu were to receive the key to resurrection as well, it would result in the absurd situation of two keys being in the hand of the servant and only one in the hand of the Master. Eliyahu was thus compelled to return the key to rain, and the next chapter (Melachim I 18:1) begins with Hashem restoring rain to the land.
(Ta'anit 2a)
Source: From the Weekly Daf by 
Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt’l

MORE ON THE THREE KEYS

Ben Yehoyada (Scribd): The keys refer to the power given by Hashem to “nature” to provide activities in the world. However, these three keys refer to acts that defy nature. (According to the laws of physics, it is impossible for the dead to be resurrected. Similarly, rainfall (and weather in general) follows no natural physical, predictable laws. It is not likesunrise and sunset or the motions of the planets and celestial bodies which can be predicted thousands of years in advance. In this sense, rainfall is "supernatural"and demonstrates the presence of the Creator more than any other event. Similarly the process of conception and birth are not set functions.) These three “keys”, the ability to cause the activities, remains in HaShem’s hands.

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