18 August 2015


It really is a strange world. Tomer Devorah has another post from Binyamin and it is spooky. Japan decides to start up their nuclear reactors, and it so happens that at the same time Japan issues a warning about a humongus Volcano getting ready to erupt ... talk about timing! This morning Nefesh B'Nefesh brought another planeload of 259 Dreamers home to Eretz Yisrael. The rest of the world is in chaos, in war, and heading to complete devastation. How do we make sense of all this?

G–d Gives Signs …

If a Jew lives in America, he/she should consider wrapping up their possessions, signing up with Nefesh B’Nefesh, and coming to Eretz Yisrael, the oasis for Jews on planet earth.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston: “God gives signs. Exiles do not come to an end overnight. They take time. Events develop, and as they do, they give us messages about where history is heading. That ís the way Heaven works. God takes no pleasure in springing anti-Semitism on us and bringing exiles to an ugly and abrupt end. In fact, anti-Semitism occurs to avoid that. Unlike regular racism, anti-Semitism is Divine in origin, designed to inform the Jewish people that the present exile is coming to an end.“

“R. Hanina said: The Son of David will not come until a fish is sought for an invalid and cannot be procured, as it is written, Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil; whilst it is written, in that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth. (Bavli: Sanhedrin, Folio 98a”

Following are some ‘signs’ one should take to heart:

FISH – [T]he bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can’t pinpoint how or why it’s happening. Fish Dying in Absolutely Massive Numbers

BEES – honey bees, which are experiencing their own colony collapse, they are critical to the propagation of the global food chain. … U.S. beekeepers lost approximately 40 percent of their colonies…

SEA LIONS – … 90 percent of this year’s class of sea lion pups were starving for lack of sardines to eat.

US GRAIN RESERVES – The U.S. does not have any strategic grain reserves left at all.  Zero.  Nada.  Zilch.  … the USDA liquidated the remaining reserves back in 2008 … if a major food crisis hit this country, [the] government would have nothing to give .…

BANANAS – … it is being reported that the specific type (Cavendish species) of banana that we eat right now is in danger of being wiped off the face of the globe…

EGGS/CHICKEN – … the recent bird flu epidemic was responsible for the deaths of 48 million turkeys and chickens.  This has driven egg prices through the roof…

FRESH PRODUCE – More than 40 percent of our fresh produce comes from the state of California, but thanks to the worst multi-year drought in the history of the state much of the region is turning back into a desert.

CATTLE – Also due to the persistent drought, the size of the U.S. cattle herd is now as small as it was during the 1950s, and the price of beef has doubled since the last recession.

OTHER WHITE MEAT – Over the past few years, something called “porcine epidemic diarrhea” has wiped out approximately 10 percent of the entire pig population in the United States.

SEA CREATURES – Just off the west coast of the United States, a wide variety of sea creatures are dying in unprecedented numbers.  For example, the sardine population along the west coast has dropped by a staggering 91 percent just since 2007. Sardines, like honey bees, don’t seem important to the casual observer.

CITRUS – Down in Florida, citrus greening disease is absolutely crushing the citrus industry.  Crops just keep on getting smaller year after year.

FOOD CRISES – there are some countries that are already experiencing a full-blown food crisis.  The nation of Guatemala is one of them…intense food shortages are also affecting Syria, the Soloman Islands, Yemen, Zimbabwe, and several nations in southern Africa.

Rav Winston: “Yaíakov Avinu wanted to give us the signs by which to recognize through the events of our day that history, as we know it, is coming to an end. He wanted to give us the signs so that we would not misunderstand the events of our time, so that we could use them to help us prepare for the end of days, and allow us to take advantage of the opportunities of our time. But, alas, he was denied the prophecy, and we, the signs. (Parshas Vayechi)

“However, the truth is, though we were denied the prophecy, we have not been denied the signs. The signs are still there. The fundamental difference is that we have to create the prophecy for ourselves, as a function of our own understanding of Torah and our connection to the national goals of the Jewish people. That is what provides us with the spiritual glasses necessary to properly interpret the physical vision, each person on his or her own level.”

And the following comes from breakingisraelnews.com:

Strange Animal Behavior Around The World – It Is A Sure Sign Of The End Times, Rabbi Says. Is the World Witnessing Another 10 Plagues?

STRANGE SEA CREATURE – On Sakhalin Island in the far eastern side of Russia, remains of an unidentified sea creature, twice the size of a human, washed ashore a few days ago. The marine animal has a furry tail and a long, bird-like beak, but does not resemble any known creature.

SHARKS – North Carolina is experiencing a rash of shark attacks. In mid-June, two teens were badly injured, including a 13 year-old girl who lost part of her arm. Four additional shark attacks occurred in North Carolina within a two week period.

RED TUNA CRAB – In Southern California, masses of red tuna crabs washed ashore, carpeting the beaches with red. Each red tuna crab is no more than 3 inches long, but when their carcasses are piled on top of one another, they resemble a thick red carpet.

TOXIC ALGAE – The Pacific Ocean is also the site of a huge and unprecedented toxic algae bloom that runs from Santa Barbara north to Alaska. In essence, a large portion of the Pacific Ocean is being engulfed by the growth of algae that produces domoic acid, which can poison humans.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, who writes extensively about the End of Days, teaches that everything that happened during the Exodus from Egypt will recur in some form in the generation just before the Mashiach (Messiah) is revealed. Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News, “Many know that a comparison is made between the redemption from Egypt and the final one for which we now wait. However, few know just how comparable they are.”

R’ Nir Ben Artzi, a mystic … from Southern Israel: “The changing weather, all of the conflict in the world and the forces of nature – it is all fear of God. It is not usual and not easy when the crowning of the King Messiah is near.”


Devorah Chayah said...

Great post!!

Leah said...

I, too am one of those "dreamers" ;) We are making haste to get there.
My family is leaving; starting a new life in EY; waiting to hear the ram's horn...

Neshama said...

Leah, how can one write to you? Let me know on which Nefesh Charter Flight you might be on. I try to watch each planeload of new olim when they provide a live video broadcast. If you're not on a charter flight, try hard to be on one. The excitement will carry you through a few years of your klita. The klita is difficult, but one should not forget his/her purpose in making aliya; this will sustain the neshoma.

Dassie said...

Neshama, very thorough and well-written post!

Leah, that's amazing -- wishing you all much hatzlacha and a smooth journey!