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23 January 2019

DISCUSSION ON MASHIACH and ARRIVAL iy”h

HDG: Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah
IF THIS IS TRUE...

H's sense of humor is coming to the fore once again. Do you realize the elections come on the Tuesday between parashiot Tazria and Metzora??? ;-)

NESHAMA:
Thanks for the comment HDG. Ok, so elaborate on that for our readers!


HDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah

Neshama asked me to explain my remark above. Well, parashiot Tazria and Metzora are about the metzora, a person who has a disease similar to, but NOT leprosy - it is often translated this way in English. In fact, it is a spiritual disease that occurs only in Israel, brought on by lashon hara (evil speech), that hasn't occurred in this exile. Only a kohen can diagnose it. The person with this disease is usually on a very high spiritual level. You can see more about tzaraat, and its relationship to Mashiah, here.

And this is when we're having our elections!!! Between these two parshiot, davka!

HDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah

The funny thing is, that tzaraat, of all things, surrounds our elections, which are full of lashon hara! Also, the references to Mashiah having it as well.
Sources from the About Moshiach site: Tzaraat is a punishment for negative speech - Talmud, Arachin 15b
Hefty Criteria for Tzaraat - Likutei Torah 22b
The Torah enables purification of Metzora - Etz Hayim, Shaar Rachel and Leah, Ch.7


NESHAMA:
Well I went to “About Moshiach”.  Interesting reading. Sources are: Moshiach is a Metzora - Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a and 98b, Rashi. Concept of Tzaraat applying to the world at large - Sefer Hasichot 5751 Tzaria/Metzora Pt.2 p498

I wonder, based on the hysterical actual opposition and (overt) assassination attempts, could DJ Trump be a METZORA
? (no, not משיח.) While I do not believe lashon hara applies to him, and he does not reside in Eretz Yisrael, he IS fighting against evil in the world and wants to right many wrongs of history. This is a gargantuan endeavor.

In fact, there might have been as many as 17 attempts (don’t quote me). Read this FICTIONAL STORY: YellowSubmarine, and remember it is FICTION In any event, you HDG may have touched upon an important episode in the ongoing process of Geula.


THIS DISCUSSION IS OPEN TO ALL COMMENTERS

The BRACHOT For When Mashiach is Here

BE PREPARED

The BRACHOT For When Mashiach is Here


Rav Kanievsky Shlit"a said to be ready to say the blessings when Mashiach arrives (The Rav has periodically spoken about Mashiach). If Rav Kanievsky Shlit"a happens to be Eliyahu HaNavi, and he announces "who" Mashiach is, the following are the Brachot to be said IY"H  [written in a sequence depending what happens first, second, etc.]

When we first hear from a reliable source the good news of Moshiach’s arrival, we will recite 
“Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam HaTov V’HaMeiteiv.”

When we see the huge throngs of Jews assembled to greet him, which will no doubt number at least 600,000 people, one recites 
"Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam chacham harazim.”

When one sees the rebuilt Beis HaMikdash or rebuilt shullen or Batei Medrash, one recites, 
"Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam matziv gvul almanah.”

When we actually see the Moshiach, we will recite
"Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Mikevodo Li’rei’av."

Immediately after reciting this bracha, we will recite the bracha
"Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Meichachmaso li’rei’av."

And the following Shehechiyanu and Go'el Yisrael: 





*For a deeper explanation of these Brachot, and about Mashiach, visit When Moshiach Comes at Yeshiva.org.il by Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

Could it be. . .

Could this be what Rav Fish was aware of when the Rabbi urged Jews in America to leave and come to Eretz Yisrael?

*Strange Geological Event* - Cascadia Subduction Zone - "Megathrust Fault" — https://youtu.be/pLzCCxe6haY
And
 PlanetX and earth’s core splitting: will the planet Break apart? — https://youtu.be/6EqfZZZiBWY. 

Was Rav Kook also preparing us for whatever Rav Fish was aware of ?

Reb Dov Bear said “Mashiach can only come accompanied by Rains of Brachah.  Well we have had buckets of water in Eretz Yisrael this Winter.  The Kinnereth is up almost a full meter in three months.”

Rabbi Mizrachi is in Eretz Yisrael. This is quite a stretch, but not unlikely. Could Rabbi Mizrachi become our awaited leader of Israel and the world [and you know what I believe about the Rabbi]?


The Perfect Timing Of G-d

22 January 2019

FOLLOW-UP to Mashiach Yavo – The Recording in English

This is a follow-up to Mashiach Yavo

Thanks to Anonymous, we have a somewhat translation of the recording that was on the video:

Rav Glazerson:

"There are some interesting things we heard from Harav Yekutiel Fish, sod hachasmal, ... joyous tidings, an American citizen spoke with Rav Kanievsky about whether he should take out Israeli citizenship so that he will be able to vote in the upcoming elections. Rav Kanievski said to him, it's unnecessary, Moshiach will come before then. Very joyous news.

Let's hear what was said:"

there is a recording, I think from a radio show,
"the person says he heard the story from Rav ... didn't catch the name, who heard the story from the Rabbanit Kolodetsky" (the daughter of the Rav Kanievski))

"... and that he said that the story should be widely publicized, about two weeks ago, just before shabbat, someone was hosted in the house of Sar HaTorah, ...(here he is basically repeating the story of what the rav said that Moshiach will come before the elections.)

"He (the guest) didn't quite understand the answer, so he asked one of the rav's grandchildren to ask the rav again, and the answer was "I already told him that Moshiach will come before then, so there's no need. The Jew who told me the story ... the Rav said that the hareidi community must unite, not because of the elections, but to be prepared for the coming of Moshiach."

That's it more or less. Be"D Tsadik koveya Hashem mekayem, a Tsadik decrees and Hashem performs.

Israelis: How we will know when the Messiah comes?



21 January 2019

Mashiach Yavo – הרב חיים קנייבסקי - המשיח יבוא לפני הבחירות -בקודים בתורה מתתיהו גלזרסון

הרב חיים קנייבסקי - המשיח יבוא לפני הבחירות -בקודים בתורה מתתיהו גלזרסון



Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky - The messiah will come before the elections - in the Torah, Matityahu Glazerson


Please HaShem, let this be haEmes

Are we Ready?
Let’s be Ready!




And tying this together is:

SUPER BLOOD MOON - JANUARY 20 -21 IN BIBLE CODE Glazerson

Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot" –"New Year of the Trees."



Tu B'Shvat is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called “ In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

The Seven Species of the Land of Israel are listed in Deuteronomy 8:8: “a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and [date] honey.”

The Seven Species of the Land of Israel are listed in Deuteronomy 8:8: “a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and [date] honey.” Image source: Wikimedia Commons

A few years ago, I wondered if I could find a way to incorporate all Seven Species into one recipe. It was an interesting challenge, one that ultimately ended with a seriously delicious batch of Seven Species Muffins.
Here are the ingredients I used:
Wheat = Flour
Barley = Barley flour
Grapes = Golden raisins
Figs = Dried figs
Pomegranates = Pomegranate seeds
Olives = Light olive oil
Dates = Dried dates


These scrumptious muffins include the Seven Species of the Torah - Wheat, Barley, Fig, Date, Pomegranate, Olive, Grape. Kosher, Pareve
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (3/4 cup all purpose + 3/4 cup whole wheat flour will work too)
  • 1/2 cup barley flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Nonstick cooking spray or paper muffin tin liners

Topping Ingredients (optional)
  • 2 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
If your raisins are particularly dry, cover them with water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat and let the raisins sit in the water to plump for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. If your figs have tough stems on them, remove them and discard.

Roughly chop dates and figs. Set aside.

Use a blender or food processor to blend together the following ingredients until very smooth: dates, figs, almond milk, applesauce, cinnamon and allspice.

It may take a couple of minutes to blend all ingredients to a smooth consistency, depending on the power of your blender. The end result should be similar to the texture of apple butter or smooth fruit preserves. Set mixture aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, light olive oil, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, barley flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Gently mix the pomegranate seeds into the dry mixture, making sure the seeds are well coated with flour.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the fruit mixture from the blender into the well.

Add the egg mixture to the well

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the dry ingredients are just moistened and a lumpy batter forms. Do not overmix - if you do your muffins will turn out heavy and dense.

Fold raisins and chopped walnuts into the muffin batter with a light-handed stir.

Prep your muffin pan by spraying a small amount of nonstick cooking spray into the bottom of each muffin tin (not the sides), or use paper muffin cup liners. Divide batter equally into muffin cups, filling each cup to the top and mounding the surface slightly. I've found that it's easiest to do this using an ice cream scoop

If you’d like to top the muffins, mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl using a fork. Sprinkle about a ½ tsp of cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across the surface of each muffin.
Place muffins in the oven and immediately turn heat down to 375 degrees F. That extra heat blast at the beginning of the baking cycle will help to activate the baking powder and baking soda. Bake for 25-27 minutes until the tops of the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and cooling on a rack. Do not let the muffins cool completely in the tin, they are quite moist and may stick to the tin if you leave them there too long. Serve warm

Beautifully made Seven Species Muffins by Tora Avey at @toriavey on Instagram or Twitter…

About Tori Avey
I am fascinated by the story behind the food – why we eat what we eat, how the foods of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s food can inspire us in the kitchen today.  Tori Avey

20 January 2019

What Are Your Food Sources?

Unbelievable and Alarming



Not only do we have to protect ourselves from Terrorists, but we should find out and know where our food is coming from, what are they spraying on it (glyphosate/roundup), and how are they keeping this important information from us. If this is happening in the US and Europe, is Israel far behind?


CHOOSE ORGANIC AS MUCH AS YOU CAN 
[but read the label ingredients and choose wisely]


France Bans Monsantos Roundup 360 Weedkiller After Court Ruling

French authorities on Tuesday officially forbid the sale of a form of controversial weed-killer Roundup following a court ruling that regulators failed to take safety concerns into account when clearing the widely used herbicide.

Deep Freeze

Snowstorms to be followed by Arctic outbreak 
in eastern half of nation


Video from accuweather news

Following a pair of snowstorms into this weekend, the coldest air so far this winter season has its sights set on the eastern half of the nation.

The second in this pair of snowstorms will bring heavy snow and, in some cases, blizzard conditions, to the central Plains and Midwest from Friday into Saturday before impacting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend.

“Temperatures from the central Plains to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley will plummet from the 20s, 30s and 40s Fahrenheit during the storm to the single digits, teens and 20s immediately behind it,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Residents from the Upper Midwest to the central Plains and western Great Lakes will be the first to experience the arrival of Arctic air on Saturday, followed by the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians on Sunday and the Northeast on Sunday night.

“Because of the brutal cold following the storm, those expected to be in the area of heaviest snow may experience lengthy power outages that could lead to pipe bursts, especially on exterior walls or those that are improperly insulated,” Sosnowski warned.

Anybody living in these communities should have a backup generator on hand and be prepared to seek alternate ways of staying warm.




Although temperatures are expected to rebound closer to average during the middle part of next week, AccuWeather’s long-range team warns that even colder air will follow during the last few days of January and persist into February.




19 January 2019

770 MILLION EMAILS HACKED

Largest Data Breach In HISTORY! Over 770 Million Email Addresses Shared Online

A security researcher has blown the lid off the largest data breach in history as over 770 million emails and 21 million unique passwords have been exposed, eclipsing the Equifax and Yahoo hacks by a significant margin.

The breach is being dubbed ‘Collection #1’ and contains a raw data set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows from potentially thousands of different sources, according to digital security expert Troy Hunt.



rt.com

18 January 2019

Parshas BeShalach – Stand Fast and See the Salvation of Hashem

STAND FAST AND SEE THE SALVATION OF HASHEM
By Roy S. Neuberger

The power of this Parsha challenges description. It is not simply what happened to our ancestors, but it reflects our situation today.

The sea was in front and Egypt was behind. Am Yisroel was in a state of panic. “Egypt pursued them, encamped by the sea – all the horses and chariots of Paro, and his horsemen and army …. Paro approached. The Children of Israel raised their eyes, and behold! Egypt was journeying after them and they were very frightened. The children of Israel … said to Moshe, ‘Were there no graves in Egypt?’” (Shemos 14:9ff)

They wanted to go back to Egypt! 

My friends, if this does not describe our situation today, I do not know what does.

We are totally surrounded. There is no place to go. 

Our enemies, inside and outside Israel, are every day strengthening themselves. “Like rivers [our enemies have] raised their voice. Like rivers they shall raise their destructiveness ….” (Tehillim 93 with Artscroll Siddur commentary)

Every day we are losing more of our mighty towers of strength, our godolim

Governments in countries that were once considered our friends are turning against us. They are trying to close down theyeshivos through which we pass on Torah to our future generations – in England, in Canada, in the United States! This is equivalent to trying to throw our babies into the Nile River, G-d forbid! They are trying to drown our children in the river of tumah!

Every day violence increases. War on a vast scale seems increasingly likely. I saw in a headline that Russia has developed a missile which is “impossible” to stop, a missile which flies so fast that it could cross the United States in a few minutes. 

Moral standards which only a few years ago were accepted as normal, have completely crumbled and the world seems to be ruled by insane and violent people.

Indeed, we are today standing at the Yam Suf. There is no safety! There is no peace! There is no security! There is no place to go!

This is the time to listen to the words of Moshe Rabbeinu!

“Do not fear! Stand fast and see the salvation of Hashem that He will perform for you today …. Hashem shall make war for you, and you shall remain silent!” (Shemos 14:13-14)

My friends, this is an amazing time in history. The Torah is guiding us toward the climax of history. Hashem is preparing us for Complete Redemption. This is the moment to hold on tightly to Hashem and His Torah and to unite among ourselves with love, to drop all animosity like a hot coal. The fate of Am Yisroel hinges on our love for each other. We are standing together on the shores of the Yam Suf. The water is about to split, and soon we will cross. Our enemies will disappear. Yes, it will happen!

“And may those who devoured you be cast far off! Your G-d will rejoice over you like a groom rejoicing over his bride.” (Lecha Dodi)

Hashem will once again give us the Torah, this time to keep forever!

“Do not fear! Stand fast and see the salvation of Hashem!”


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

© Copyright 2019 by Roy S. Neuberger

Rabbi Kahana – Parshat Beshalach

BS”D 
Parashat and Current Events – Beshalach 5779
Posted by Rabbi Nachman Kahana on Jan 17, 2019

The Secret to Separating Wood and Steel Shavings

Our parasha begins:
ויהי בשלח פרעה את העם ולא נחם אלהים דרך ארץ פלשתים כי קרוב הוא כי אמר אלהים פן ינחם העם בראתם מלחמה ושבו מצרימה: ויסב אלהים את העם דרך המדבר ים סוף וחמשים עלו בני ישראל מארץ מצרים:

When Pharaoh sent the nation out, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might renege and return to Egypt.” So, God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.
The Israelites went up out of Egypt “chamushim”. Rashi cites two interpretations for the word “chamushim”. One, based on the root CHAMESH meaning five, because only one in five Jews agreed to leave Egypt; and the other from the root CHIMUSH, meaning armed with weapons.
Are these really two different interpretations? We shall see later.
Four millennia ago, the infinite Creator chose our ancestors and us to be His Jewish nation. Of all the gentiles at the time of Avraham, and of all those who were yet to be born, only the Jewish people are “wedded” to the Creator, as so sublimely depicted by King Shlomo in his Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs).
There are Jews who distance themselves from Judaism by overlooking our unique history and our God-appointed mission. And there are also loyal Jews who are constantly overviewing our relationship with HaShem in an effort to attain a degree of understanding of the infinite being we call HaShem.
A major, if not the ultimate, conclusion produced by an overview of Jewish history is the ongoing process of winnowing out large portions of people – similar to a healthy body that rejects foreign organs and detrimental intruders. Yishmael (Ishmael) was excluded from being a Jew, as was Esau (Esav). Of the many millions of Jewish men who were slaves in Egypt, only Yehoshua bin Nun (Joshua) and Calev ben Yefuneh (Caleb) entered the Land at the end of the 40-year sojourn in the desert. Hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions, of Jews of the northern tribes were exiled to points east by King Shalmaneser of Assyria and were lost to the Jewish nation. Who can estimate the number of Jews who were cut off from our people by conscious assimilation? And the process is continuing in full strength to this day.
What is behind the process? What are the criteria according to which one Jew remains connected to the nation while another is lost? These questions will remain unanswered until HaShem chooses to reveal His secrets.
The process cannot be denied or tempered, as it continues “full steam” to this very day as demonstrated by the following example:
A very large heap of wood shavings is mixed together with small bits of steel shavings, and we are required to separate out the wood shavings in order to be left only with the metal filings.
There are three possible methods to achieve it: A powerful wind would remove the lighter wood, fire can burn the pile leaving only the steel bits, or the steel can be drawn out by a magnet.
The strong winds of assimilation have removed countless numbers of our people, far more numerous than those who were murdered for being Jews. This process is being accelerated in our time through the conservative and reform movements which are busily undermining the basic framework of our nation.
The second process – fire has decimated countless numbers of Jews through Christian and Islamic acts up to the Second World War. Despite the fact that many pure righteous tzaddikim were also murdered, the Gemara in Bava Kama states that when a decree is implemented in a specific place, all those who are there – righteous and not – are victims.
The magnet is the attraction that brings an authentic Jewish soul to return to and plant his roots in Eretz Yisrael.
To return to the question: Rashi’s two interpretations for the word “chamushim,” the Torah uses to describe the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt: “one fifth” vs “armed with weapons” are seemingly contradictory, conflicting and autonomous. However, they are both correct in their depiction of the exodus. Indeed, only twenty percent of the Jews left Egypt. But who were those 20% who chose to leave a bright and promising future of the nascent Jewish nation in the golden land of the Nile?
They were the small minority who were prepared to take up arms and fight for the liberation of the Land promised by HaShem to the descendants of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov (Abraham, Issac and Jacob). The other 80% had other plans for their lives of freedom which ran contrary to the wishes of HaShem; and hastened their death in the plague of darkness.
As things stand, and in human terms, Medinat Yisrael exists on the thin olive-colored line of Tzahal who physically defend the Land, and those who actively and sincerely support them by their Torah and mitzvot.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5779/2019 Nachman Kahana

17 January 2019

Rabbi Winston – Parshas Beshallach

God said to Moshe, “Why do you cry out to Me?” 
(Shemos 14:15)

TRY TO IMAGINE what it was like. After 210 years, and against all odds, the Jewish people had broken through the previous impenetrable borders of Egypt, and gone free. They had celebrated that freedom with the first ever (recorded) Pesach Seder the night before, and had been paid handsomely for all their years of servitude by their previous captors. 
Once downtrodden and impoverished, the Jewish nation left Mitzrayim, as the Torah testifies, “b’yad ramah,” with “an exalted hand.” It must have been just too hard to believe after all they had gone through until that time. 
It was even harder to believe once they realized that the dream had yet to be completely fulfilled. On the contrary, they had been pursued by a very angry, very strong, and very well equipped Egyptian army all the way to the Red Sea. Then, suddenly, it appeared that their newfound freedom had vanished, and their choice had become either death by sword, or death by drowning.
While the rest of the nation panicked and froze, Moshe Rabbeinu went to work, and did what he did best: pray. He turned to God, knowing that they had been led to this point in the first place in order  to teach the nation to trust in God and God alone. So, Moshe Rabbeinu poured his heart out to the Creator on behalf of his endangered nation, because that’s what Jews are ALWAYS supposed to do when they’re in trouble.

Well, at least that is what one might have thought until God said:

“Why do you cry out to Me?” (Shemos 14:15)

Why do I cry out to You? Uh, because that is what we’re SUPPOSED to do when in trouble … because, that is the way we ask You for help … because …
Well, it turns out that there is a time for prayer, and a time for action, and never the twain shall meet. When it is time to act, it is not the time to pray. But, when it IS the time to pray, it is certainly NOT the time to act. On the contrary, even something as holy as learning Torah is a mistake at that time, and the learning stops being for God, and for the person instead, and double no-no.
The Talmud says that tefillah is one of the four things that require strengthening:

Our Rabbis taught: Four things require strengthening … [and one of these is] PRAYER … (Brochos 32b)

The question is, what does this mean? How does one “strengthen” prayer? By praying longer? Perhaps. The Talmud extols the virtues of that as well (Brochos 32b), and mentions how rabbis from earlier periods would take one hour to prepare for prayer, one hour to pray, and one hour after prayer to transition back to their everyday reality—THREE TIMES A DAY!
“How did they get anything else done?” the Talmud asks. It answers that, because of their devotion to prayer, they were miraculously successful in both their learning and business. It’s as if God told them, “If you’re going to devote so much time to talking to Me, then I’ve got your back, spiritually AND materially,” as the Talmud said earlier:

Rabin bar Rav Adda in the name of Rebi Yitzchak says: “If a man normally goes to synagogue regularly and one day does not go, The Holy One, Blessed is He, inquires about him, as it says: ‘Who is among you that fear God, that obey the voice of His servant, and now walk in darkness and has no light (Yeshayahu 50:10)’—if he is absent because of some religious purpose, he will have light, but if he is absent because of a worldly purpose, he shall have no light. Why—‘Let him trust in the Name of God’—because he ought to have trusted in the name of God, but he did not trust. (Brochos 6b)

Aside from some of the other differences between our generation and the generation of the rabbis of the Talmud, THEY believed they were ACTUALLY talking to God. THEY believed that when they prayed, God was ACTUALLY in front of them, listening to EVERY word they were saying. I think the difference is obvious to everyone, but let’s speak it out anyhow. 

There are many examples of this idea, but this is one that many can relate to. 
It is not uncommon for many couples after many years to become so used to one another, and secure in their relationship, that when one spouse talks to the other, they only listen with one ear. They may even answer while reading or focusing on something else, assuming that they are not being offensive.
But that’s not the way it was when they first dated. Just the opposite: everything else became secondary, even important stuff. The interaction between the two of them at that early and insecure stage of the relationship was so wonderful and crucial, that each person was always careful to never show a lack of interest. Time certainly was not an issue, other than it went too fast and ended evenings earlier than the two of them would have wanted.
That’s how dovening is supposed to be, and then some. You’re not spending time with a potential spouse. You’re spending time with Someone Who only has to stop thinking of you to make you go away, Someone Who not only keeps you breathing, but feeds and clothes you, and those whom you care about. When you pray, you are talking to the Master of the Universe, the small physical universe you can see, and the many other levels of existence you can’t.
We may know all of that, but we don’t think about it. That’s why the “Chassidei Rishonim,” the early pious ones took an hour to prepare for tefillah, to recall all of this and put it into their hearts. They knew God was there, and they believed He listened. They had to make sure that THEY were real with all of it, so that when they finally actually prayed, it was the ultimate spiritual experience it could be.
And they took an hour after prayer to make sure the experience was real to them. When a young couple parts for the night, they only physically leave one another. The aftereffect continues all the way home, and usually until the next time they see each other. Powerful experiences leave powerful impressions, and require “debriefing” to come down from them.
When a person can casually come to tefillah at the last second, race through it, and run out after, something is VERY wrong with their relationship to God. It doesn’t matter how fast and clear they can say the words, or how well they can comprehend them. Those factors don’t seem to come into play on shidduchim or when making important business deals. 
The section of Talmud mentioned above says that prayer is more powerful than good deeds, and more important than the sacrifices, which it replaced. It is the highest of heights, and yet people walk all over it (Brochos 4b). It’s one of the greatest gifts man has ever received. The only one better is the ability to appreciate why this is so.


CTD #15: Who Are You?

IT IS AN automatic assumption, though not necessarily a conscious one, that because we live with ourselves full-time, we know everything about  ourselves that we need to know. 
The older we get, the more this is so. By middle-age, we pretty much know what we like and who we like. We know what gets our attention and what shuts it down. It’s as if we have hit “cruising speed” and just sit back and enjoy the “sights” as they come up.
Fortunately for me, I learned otherwise at an early age. I say “fortunately” because NOW I can appreciate it. But, back then I thought it was a disaster, and was jealous of others who had not experienced what I had. I thought the problem had been with me, but in retrospect, I see the problem was, and is, with them.
To make a long story a lot shorter, I was enrolled in university to become an architect. It was a dream come true from childhood, or so I had thought for decades. My father was an interior designer, and I was deemed his heir apparent from a very early age because of some natural ability to draw and visualize things.
I had become so accustomed to my predetermined destiny that I had failed to notice other aspects of me that were becoming increasingly more dominant as I grew older. It wasn’t that I lost my love of architecture. I still have it. It was that my drive for meaning outgrew it, and what I was doing at the time just did not and could not, fulfill it. 
This began to create an internal friction that was easily recognizable, but not easily understandable. And though I tried to suppress it long enough to get through school, it was just too powerful. I was unable to lie to myself and believe there was meaning in what I was doing when it didn’t really exist. 
As is always the case with Hashgochah Pratis, events around me impacted my process, and served to crystalize something I was becoming acutely aware of with each passing week: My current way of life was no longer the one of choice.
Unfortunately, at that time, I didn’t know what was. I had been raised a traditional Jew, but my sum total of Jewish knowledge completely excluded a religious life as an option. COMPLETELY. What I had known about Judaism growing up just did not talk to me AT ALL. 
So, I thought and I searched and I thought and I searched, which must have been some kind of merit for me to stumble into Torah Judaism, a story of its own. But, in that process of thinking and searching I literally took myself apart, assumption-by-assumption, until I got a better picture of who I really was AT HEART. 
Interestingly enough, some traits that were mine as a child were even more a part of me as an adult. At early ages, we tend to only be who we really are, until life starts to mess with us and compel us to be things that we’re not. How many people today are wearing artificial personalities that they actually believe are their own? 
Billions.
One thing I have seen over the years is that the people who have gone through personal crises tend to be the ones who also know themselves the best. Clearly crises force us to look inside and see who we really are, and if done properly, they can yield game-changing insights for the rest of the person’s life.
Unfortunately, some people who go that direction get misled along the way. I know one person who knows himself really well, and yet is so incredibly confused. He’s a bright guy, but he only has the secular world in which to use his self-knowledge, and that’s a closed loop. Western society is not for the introspective person, which is why so many traditionally have gone east seeking their direction.
Fortunately for me, I stumbled into Torah. Lite rally. I had the right teacher at the right time to help me transition to a world I had long ago given up on. But, after accessing Torah knowledge I realized why little else ever really spoke to me until that time. Intuitively I knew that all other knowledge fell short of telling us what life is all about, and how best to use it. 
It is disconcerting to realize how many people don’t even know this, even after learning Torah. It is surprising how many people have not taken the time to get to the root of their beliefs, and come to terms with their assumptions about life. That’s how they can do “wrong” things as if they are “right,” or at least okay. 
That’s it for now. Next week, b”H, I will explain what all of this has to do with getting ready for the “End.”

Shabbos Shira Halacha Yomit – Shabbos Beshallach

Placing Seeds in front of Birds on Shabbat Shira

Shabbat Shira

Some have the custom this Shabbat, which is called Shabbat Shira, to place food, seeds, wheat kernels, and the like in front of birds as a commemoration of the Midrash which states that the children of the Jewish nation fed seeds that grew from the trees inside the Red Sea to birds and these birds joined in Israel’s song of praise to Hashem. This custom is quoted in the works of the famous Poskim.

The Prohibition to Feed Ownerless Animals on Shabbat

At first glance, it would seem as though this custom is halachically unacceptable, for one may not feed any animal which one is not responsible to feed on Shabbat. It is thus prohibited for one to feed wild birds or animals, which are not one’s responsibility to feed, on Shabbat. Therefore, the Magen Avraham writes that this custom to feed birds wheat kernels on Shabbat Shira is a mistake and should be abolished. The Mishnah Berura (Chapter 324, Subchapter 31) rules accordingly.

One who nevertheless would like to observe this custom may do so by leaving a plate of seeds on the windowsill or anywhere else before the onset of Shabbat and birds will almost surely arrive on Shabbat morning to partake of these seeds. In this way, there is no prohibition according to all opinions.

The Reason for Leniency Where there is a Custom to do so

Nevertheless, Maran zt”l writes in his Sefer Livyat Chen (as well as in his Chazon Ovadia-Shabbat, Volume 3, page 24 and Volume 4, page 270 and on) that many of the great Acharonim question the words of the Magen Avraham and write that since this custom was enacted as a Mitzvah, one may indeed follow this custom on Shabbat Shira. The Sefer Tosefet Shabbat rules similarly. He proceeds to discuss several reasons for this leniency.

Maran zt”l also quotes the words of the author of the Sefer “Ohr Penei Moshe” who writes that the source for this custom is that in the times when the Bet Hamikdash stood, there was a container of “Manna” (a container which contained a small amount of the Manna which the Jewish nation ate in the desert) placed in the Bet HaMikdash in order to bring the Jewish people to a high level of trust in Hashem by showing that He feeds and sustains all of His creations just as He sustained our forefathers in the desert, every time they would see this container.

Therefore, nowadays when this container is no longer accessible, for it was hidden shortly before the destruction of the Temple, it is customary to place seeds outside for birds to eat on Shabbat Shira, for on this Shabbat we read the Torah portion dealing with the “Manna”; this comes to show that just as birds find their food without toil and burden since Hashem cares for them, so too, if the Jewish people, who are compared to a bird, occupy themselves diligently with Torah study and Mitzvot and trust in Hashem, Hashem will provide them with sustenance in an easy and tranquil manner.

Maran zt”l quotes several additional sources for this custom and concludes by saying that based on the words of these Acharonim, those who customarily place seeds outside for birds to eat (even on Shabbat) have on whom to rely.

Feeding Stray Dogs on Shabbat

Maran zt”l continues to quote the words of the Meiri and other great Poskim who write regarding feeding a dog on Shabbat (this refers to a dog which does not belong to anyone, for if it does, the owner is certainly obligated to feed it on Shabbat) that one may feed it on Shabbat, for by doing so, one somewhat fulfills a Mitzvah as the Gemara says in Masechet Shabbat (155b) that the Torah made certain that dogs should have food, as the verse states regarding meat that was not slaughtered properly, “To the dog shall you throw it.” Thus, it is considered as though we are responsible for the dog’s sustenance and it is a Mitzvah to place food before it on Shabbat. The Magen Avraham rules likewise (although he rules stringently regarding feeding other ownerless animals even on Shabbat Shira, as we have written).

Feeding Animals that Cannot Obtain Food on Shabbat

Hagaon Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l adds that if one sees an animal on Shabbat that has nothing to eat, one may place food before it on Shabbat, as the verse states, “And His mercy is on all of his creations.” Although one is not responsible to feed this animal, nevertheless, if the animal is hungry and cannot find food anywhere else, one may feed it on Shabbat.

Summary: One may not feed wild animals or fowl that one is not responsible to feed on Shabbat. Thus, one may not feed undomesticated birds on Shabbat. Based on this, there are those who are stringent not to place seeds outside for birds to eat on Shabbat Shira. However, those who are lenient regarding this matter on this Shabbat, the day on which the Torah portions of the “Manna” and the splitting of the sea are read, and do this for the sake Heaven have on whom to rely. Similarly, one may feed a dog on Shabbat even if one does not own it.


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Maran Shiurim Video and mp3

Rabbi Mizrachi – Losing Free Choice and the Black List of God

Rabbi Mizrachi will be in Eretz Yisrael the coming three weeks, so I will spread his recent shiurim over these weeks. The first of which is still about the Exodus of Mitzrayim.

Losing My Free Choice - The Black List of G-d

The US Peace Plan Exposé

§Is this a veiled threat to the Government of Israel? The US has again warned Israel about their ‘deal of the century with China’. Is Israel naive and/or self-destructive (?) or is ’someone’ in the Knesset using their position to provoke America against the PM of Israel?


TRUMP PEACE PLAN: DIVIDE JERUSALEM, PALESTINIAN STATE ON 85-90% OF W. BANK 
[Yehuda V’Shomron]

The report (by **Herb Keinon in JPost), based on a *source who took part in a briefing in Washington on the plan, said it calls for the annexation of the large settlements and the evacuation of some settlement outposts.

US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” expected to be rolled out after the elections on April 9, will include a Palestinian state on 85-90% of the West Bank and the division of Jerusalem, according to a Channel 13 News report.

The report, based on a *source who took part in a briefing in Washington on the plan by a senior American official, said it calls for the annexation of the large settlements and the evacuation of settlement outposts deemed illegal under Israeli law.

Isolated settlements, such as Yitzhar and Itamar, would not be evacuated under the plan, but no further building would be allowed, in order to “dry them out.”

The plan, details of which have been a closely guarded secret for months, also calls for a land swap for the land that Israel will annex, though the ratio of the swap was not immediately clear, according to the report.

Regarding Jerusalem, the report stated that the city would be divided, with west Jerusalem and some areas of east Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and east Jerusalem – including most of the Arab neighborhoods – the capital of a Palestinian state.

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*Is this contrived to flush out a “leaker” who has privy to President Trump?

** Because the JPOST put Herb Keinon on this story, (my estimation is) they deemed it very reliable (which further identifies the leaker). One should not underestimate Pres. Trump.

Also: Is this why with the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Embassy is between East and West Jerusalem (in no-man’s land)?

According to the NYT:



According to Reuters:




§footnote: Of course, I do not believe this at all.  I am of the religious conviction that all of the Biblical Eretz Yisrael and the Land that will be incorporated upon the arrival of Mashiach is finally ALL THE LAND  that belongs to the Jewish Nation. This seems a plot to uncover …. 

SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON – January 20–21

(This is going to be very interesting. In light of the current status (if true) of both our Moon and Sun, that is, they are being shown to us as *Simulators, ie, not the actual faces of.)


A total lunar eclipse seen from Indianapolis on Sept. 27, 2015,
taken by Butler University professor Xianming Han.
 (Photo: Xianming Han)
What is a ‘super blood Wolf moon’?
“So a super blood wolf moon” is: a) the first full moon in January; b) a full moon occurring when the distance between the Earth and Moon is as short as possible; c) a lunar eclipse–all happening at once!” Gregg said, adding that it is a rare phenomenon.

When could I see it?
The total lunar eclipse will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11:41 p.m. EST and last until 12:44 a.m. on Monday, Jan 21, according to Space.com, which pinpoints the peak viewing at 12:16 a.m. EST on Jan. 21.



Source: planetXnews


*Moon Simulator Grows 5 times in just Minutes , Planets fading in and out 11/5/2017




*Plasma Vortex? Red Halos, Strange skies unveiled Planet X news 24 Nibiru today (Sun Simulator)  Jan 8, 2019