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22 October 2013

The Truth of Our Sages ... And the Crazy Israelis

This is one of those "Only in Israel" convoluted tales:

"In the words of the immortal Rabbi Elazar (Midrash Tanchuma on parshat Metzora): 'Whomever becomes merciful to the cruel ones, eventually becomes cruel to the merciful ones.'  "

"On the one hand Israeli cops raid a Jewish man’s home and tase the daylights out of him for the sin of residing with his family, and on the other an Arab who conspired with devoted Jew killers gets a slap on the wrist."

Read on

"Veteran ‘Egged’ Bus Driver Was Hezbollah Agent. Mashara bought a laptop, installed an encryption program, opened a Facebook account and waited for Hezbollah to contact him."

This is so typical of some Israeli men;  when they luv ya, they'll do anything for ya! 
Chessed gone amuk!

21 October 2013

They Have Raised the Nazi Flag Once too Often

We are definitely feeling the upsurge in Palestinian attacks that bear the fervor of the nazis. 

Haven't we seen them raising the nazi flags in defiance? Cutting off a frum Jew's peyah, or both peyos, is reminiscent of nazi tactics. They believe that through terror and murder they will get rid of the Jews/Israelis. Not one of the murderous nations in our history succeeded in erasing the Jew from the world. The G-d of the world and history did not and will not let that happen. We Jews were promised that when the time was right we would return to OUR LAND and then no one would be able to chase us out ever again.

Even an erev Rav contingent acting as a government with its erev rav supporters will not be able to give OUR LAND away. If it takes an earthquake to shake up the situation, then so be it. We need strong Jews who stand up for and fight for our sovereignty in OUR LAND.

The fight for Yerushalayim is now being fought, and we need a mayor who stands up for OUR Holy Makom on the Hill and the unification of Jerusalem.

We need a government that protects its people from marauders, murderers, terrorists and enemies out to kill as many Jews as possible, in any way possible.

We need brave and dedicated members of knesset willing to speak out in defense of our sovereignty and once and for all take the necessary steps to secure all of OUR LAND ... And really mean it ... Not just mouthing cleaver oratorical skills to foreign senators and representatives. They can detect hot air blowing their way.

We have read in today's papers and online that

"There has been a surge in serious terror attacks in recent weeks."

A tractor attack was thwarted near Jerusalem on Thursday evening. In that attempted attack, a terrorist aged about 30 broke into an IDF base at A-Ram, north of the capital, driving a tractor. Soldiers fired on him and killed him.

On the previous week, PA Arab terrorists broke into the Jordan Valley home of Sraya Ofer, a retired IDF colonel, and killed him using iron bars and axes.

A week earlier, a terrorist infiltrated the Binyamin region community of Psagot, shooting nine-year-old Noam Glick at close range and then fleeing.

The IDF continues to investigate the attack. Two brothers from the Palestinian Authority town of El-Bireh have reportedly been arrested as suspects.

On September 22, IDF soldier Gal (Gavriel) Kobi was killed by a terrorist sniper in Hevron.

Several days before this attack, IDF soldier Tomer Hazan was kidnapped and murdered by a PA Arab terrorist with whom he had worked in a restaurant in Bat Yam. The terrorist lured Hazan to Samaria, where he murdered him and disposed of his body. "

In Iran they hang people for less crimes. In Russia they end up in jail or somewhere beyond the stratosphere.

Why does Israel's establishment release prisoners as a 'gesture' of 'good will'?

Why isn't there a punishment of execution for terrorists bent on murder, who take the lives of our precious Jewish neshomas?

16 October 2013

An Example of What Made America Great as a Nation ...

This reminds me of the tremendous achdus and caring of ordinary Americans after 9/11

"Army Ranger’s salute ‘seen around the world’

"An Army Ranger wife, Taylor Hargis knew the kind of man she married. But when she posted a photo of her husband on Facebook, it went viral — and the world learned about Rangers, too.

"The photo shows Cpl. Josh Hargis lying on a hospital bed in Afghanistan with his eyes shut and tubes sticking out all over his body. But the most telling thing it shows is this Ranger struggling to raise his hand to ­salute his commander, when everyone in the room thought him unconscious.

"Cpl. Hargis was wounded this month during a Ranger operation aimed at catching a high-value terrorist target in Afghanistan. When the troops arrived at a home, a man came out and lifted his shirt to show the Rangers he wasn’t wearing a suicide vest. When several Rangers came forward, a woman with a suicide vest exited the house and blew herself up. Thirteen other improvised devices exploded, killing four of our people and injuring more."

Full article at the New York Post. This paper wrote the article "to salute Cpl. Hargis — and all those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe at home."

One commentator had this to say: The whole of Congress - Democrats, Republicans, Senators, Representatives - every last one of them ALL TOGETHER - PLUS this President and his entire Cabinet - have not the integrity, the valor, the courage, the love of country, that Cpl. Josh Hargis has all by himself. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!

To me it is so sad to see these good men sacrificing their lives, and their families still holding to the principles that once made America a great nation. However, the sadness is in witnessing the disintegration of values and morality, slowing destroying the goodness that was America.


(just a thought, could he be Jewish?)

Missionary Group Ensnaring Neshomas in Binyan Clal


Right in the middle of Jerusalem, near the Agrippas Shuk, Maccabi Health Center, and myriad shoppers along Rehov Yafo, the certified 'Kosher' Cafe Porta tries to ensnare Jewish neshomas into their foreign belief system.

"When Yad L'Achim found out, they reported it to the Kashrut division of Jerusalem’s Religious Authority. The Kashrut division sent its inspectors to check on the report and were taken by surprise when the owners gave missionary material, including a New Testament, to the Kashrut supervisor ...." Jewish Press.

NOTE: The Clal building is the headquarters of the King of Kings Messianic group. They have all their events in the Pavilion, downstairs on the P1 level of the building...  (JPress commentor)

Just a while ago father and daughter attorneys were gunned down in Binyan Clal. What else is going on inside that cavernous building?

FUKUSHIMA ... again

"Typhoon Wipha will bring heavy rain, strong winds, and heavy surf to Japan today. Tokyo (population: 9 million) and the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant are both vulnerable."

Another Tragedy in the Making

"As of October 15 at 9Z (or 5 a.m. EST), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reports that Typhoon Wipha contains 80-knot winds, which is estimated around 90 miles per hour (mph) or 148 kilometers per hour (kph). The storm is accelerating to the northeast at 17 knots."

14 October 2013

End of Shiva for Maran ztz"l

The End of the Shiva for Maran zt”l*

Today is the seventh day of mourning for Maran zt”l which marks the conclusion of the Shiva period. Let us therefore eulogize him as best we can.

Our crown has fallen, woe unto us for we have sinned! 
Our hearts are broken and our eyes have been dimmed.

In the year 5762, with the passing of “the true genius, crown glory of Israel, the great light of the Kingdom of the Talmud and Poskim, the light of Israel, the right pillar, the mighty hammer, an individual unique to the generation, Hagaon Harav Chaim Kreiswirth zt”l” (an excerpt from Maran’s very own eulogy for the Rav), Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, Belgium, Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef zt”l was thrown into great mourning. Maran zt”l was a dear friend of this great sage and Maran would constantly say that the world did not really know who Hagaon Harav Chaim zt”l really was. According to Maran’s words, this was a Torah personality that could not be matched.

When Maran zt”l rose to eulogize this giant of Torah, he began by asking, what is this tumult all about? Our Sages tell us (Kiddushin 72b) that “a righteous individual does not depart from this world until another man as righteous as him is created, as the verse states, ‘The sun rises and the sun sets’-before the sun of Moshe set, the sun of Yehoshua rose. Before the sun of Yehoshua set, the sun of Otniel ben Kenaz rose. Before the sun of Eli set, the sun of Shmuel Ha’Navi rose.” This should be our comfort, for another person as righteous as the deceased has surely been born. If so, why do we mourn the loss of the great rabbi so much?

Maran zt”l explained in the name of the commentators that even so, not necessarily will the righteous man just created be as great in Torah as the deceased righteous man, as the Gemara (Baba Batra 75a) states regarding Yehoshua, “the elders of that generation would say, ‘The face of Moshe shined like the sun and the face of Yehoshua shined like the moon.’” This is because the generations become progressively weaker as time goes on and the leader is relative to the generation.

Likewise, we mourn today along with Zion and the nation of Israel, for Hashem has sent us a great redeemer, Maran zt”l, who saved Sephardic Jewry from destruction and raised the glory of Halacha when it was almost completely forgotten from the Jewish nation. This man was the pillar of Torah, kindness, and prayer. He was the leader of the generation in so many ways: In his humility, in his holiness, in his discourses, in his halachic rulings, and in his understanding. Now, we have lost Maran zt”l and as downtrodden as we are, we have no choice but to gather together the remaining Torah sages of our generation and only together will they be able to continue the tradition which Maran pioneered on his own.

Many times when speaking with Maran zt”l, we were able to catch a glimpse of his greatness in Kabbalah, which was truly far more advanced than any of the greatest Mekubalim in our generation who have not reached Maran’s level, just as no Torah scholars have reached his level of Torah knowledge in the revealed portion of the Torah.

Besides for Maran’s greatness in Torah, he would perform loving-kindness with all his heart. Maran’s right-hand man, our dear friend Rabbi Tzvi Hakak, recounts that many times, serious questions in Halacha were sent to Maran regarding Agunot (women whose husbands have gone missing and are “tied down” to their husbands and are forbidden to remarry) and children born from forbidden unions (who are prohibited from marrying regular members of the Jewish nation) and Maran told him to place these questions on the desk in his bedroom. At 2:00 AM, Maran zt”l would go to sleep. When Rabbi Hakak would arrive at Maran’s home at 6:00 AM, Maran would already be sitting and learning and would tell him to send the response to the relevant parties immediately, even before morning prayers. Everyone would be flabbergasted, when did Maran find the time to write this lengthy and tedious response?! He only went to sleep four hours before…

We cannot possibly adequately eulogize Maran zt”l, for every single one of his character traits can fill volumes. His tremendous greatness was unfathomable, so much so that two of the greatest Mekubalim of the previous generation, Hagaon Harav Yisrael Abuchatzera zt”l (the “Baba Sali”) and Hagaon Harav Mordechai Sharabi zt”l, attested that Maran’s soul was kept from the times of the Geonim (period preceding that of the Rishonim) and Hashem told Maran’s soul, “Wait until your time comes. During a generation when heresy will spread all over the world, it will be your time to save Israel.”

Indeed, it is almost non-existent for a child of six or seven years old to decide to dedicate his life to Torah study. However, when Maran zt”l was all but a young lad, he would sit and learn Torah, Prophets, and Scriptures for hours on end. By the age of ten, Maran had already written unbelieveable novel Torah thoughts (see the biography on Maran, “Abir Ha’Ro’im,” for some incredible pictures of Maran’s handwritten Torah essays when he was a child). At the age of fourteen, he had already mastered the entire Talmud. At the age of twenty-five, he was already greater in Torah knowledge than any Torah scholars living among us today. Maran was a supernatural genius in Torah. Who can replace him?

When contemplateing all of Maran’s accomplishments, we are reminded of Rabbi Chiya about whom the Gemara (Ketubot 103b): “Rabbi Chiya said: I prevented Torah from being forgotten from the Jewish nation, for I planted flax seeds and from the flax that grew, I wove nets and trapped deer. I fed the meat to hungry orphans and I processed the hides to produce parchment and on that parchment I wrote the five books of the Torah and the six orders of the Mishnah. About me did Rabbi Yehuda Ha’Nassi exclaim, ‘How great are the actions of Chiya!’”

Similarly, we exclaim, “How great are the actions of Rabbeinu Ovadia!” With all of his greatness and genius in Torah, he would be able to stand before laymen and speak to them in a language they understood and enjoyed through parables and anecdotes. He would speak about the deepest segments of the Talmud with the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Hagaon Harav Tzvi Pesach Frank zt”l and then hurry off to deliver a Torah lecture to simpletons. He was unable to open a Sephardic Yeshiva because there were no Sephardic Yeshiva boys to learn in it. However, he did not give up; he was relentless. He began by teaching regular working men Torah daily until their children grew up; he troubled himself to place their boys into Talmudei Torah and Yeshivot and girls into Bet Yaakovs. He likewise taught the children Torah himself until many of them flourished into outstanding Torah scholars. In this way, an entire generation that was doomed to straying from Hashem’s path became completely G-d-fearing and Torah observant. Maran indeed “built up Jerusalem with mercy,” for all Sephardic Torah scholars and many Ashkenazi sages who are involved in rendering halachic rulings are all in Maran’s merit. Praiseworthy is the generation which had the merit of being led by Maran.

The entire Jewish nation felt a great void upon Maran zt”l’s passing and the reason for this could very well be because Maran’s soul was tantamount to that of Moshe Rabbeinu whose soul was comprised of all of the souls of the Jewish nation. Thus, anyone with a soul within him felt a great lacking with the passing of Maran zt”l.

May Hashem have mercy on us, the remaining ember of the Jewish nation, and not let us be like a flock of sheep without a Shepard. May Maran act as a righteous defending angel on our behalf, let him not leave us or forsake us. May his blessings to the entire nation of Israel, whom he loved deeply like a father loves his child and whom he comforted like a mother comforts her child, come to fruition, for indeed, Maran was dedicated to the collective needs of the entire nation with every fiber of his being. May Hashem finally redeem us eternally and may we soon merit witnessing the Resurrection of the Dead at which point Maran zt”l will lead us and teach us once again, Amen.

*From Halacha Yomit

10 October 2013

Russian Prediction From 2008

After reading Tomer Devorah's post, Is America Headed For a Coup?, wherein it says "It’s not just Texas that wants out of the Union. Georgia, Florida and Louisiana also bolstered enough votes on “We The People” to merit a response from the Obama administration.

Other states vying to break ties:

Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Montana, Georgia, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Ohio, Delaware, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Hampshire and Idaho. That leaves only 10 states who aren’t considering secession or who haven’t yet managed to raise enough votes to get on the site.

Does anyone remember the Russian Professor, 
and his prediction:

MOSCOW -- For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.

If the US does break up into, 
whatever you might call it, maybe Igor's prediction just might realize. 
Could it be that he had connections 
at a very high level in the American Govt. working to enable this:

In recent weeks, he's been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. "It's a record," says Prof. Panarin. "But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger."

Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

But it's his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin's views also fit neatly with the Kremlin's narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories.

A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Mr. Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.

"There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S.

Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, [the dates are off track but the plan might not be] he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control. WSJ

07 October 2013


Baruch Dayan HaEmes

Rav Ovadia Yosef ZatZal
3 Cheshvan 5774

A Massive Lavaya is expected, From Har Nof, Yeshivat Porat Yosef (Yosef ben Matityahu St), to Sanhedria Jerusalem Cemetery. A map is in one of the links below.

Some links of interest:

Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz

Boruch Dayan Emmes

Lavaya with Map

Gedolei HaDor Shlit"A attending

PHOTO ESSAY: Collection of Photos Of Hagon Chacham Ovadia Yosef ZATZAL

Shas Spiritual Leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ZT'L

Photos of Mourners' Reactions

Photo from Vosizneias

A very sad day.

04 October 2013

A Hornet's Deadly Sting ...

An Asian hornet (vespa mandarinia) eats a honeybee. The sting of the highly venomous giant hornet, which measures about the size of a human thumb, can dissolve human tissue and cause kidney failure. Photograph: Scott Camazine

Over the past three months alone, hornets have killed 41 people and injured a further 1,675. Ankang, a municipality in the province's south, appears to be the epicentre of the scourge. While hornets infest its mountainous rural areas every year – 36 residents were stung to death between 2002 and 2005 – locals and municipal officials say this year is tantamount to an epidemic, the worst they have ever seen. More at The Guardian

AMAZING ... World's Smallest Violin

Former Musician Makes The World’s Smallest Violins

Source:  Smallest Violin in BBC Inspired

World's Smallest Violin

The miniaturist from Edinburgh, David Edwards, has created the world’s smallest violin, standing just 1.5 inches long and one 12th the normal size of a violin.
David Edwards, who once played cello in the Scottish National Orchestra, gave up his professional music career to make doll’s house miniatures when he realized there was a gap in the market. “Being a musician has helped me. Musicians have a lot of concentration.” he said.
I’m the best in the world by far and I’m very well known internationally. My pieces have the most detail for their size.
World's Smallest Violin
Other than world’s smallest violin he has created many household items including a thread bobbin and a shaving brush and razor, see below.
World's Smallest Thread Bobbin & Shaving Brush

Israeli Sues For 1M NIS (Covid) Compensation

  After Getting Handicap Allowance For COVID Vaccine Side Effects, Israeli Sues For 1M NIS Compensation JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A 69-year-old ...