'King David' Saves Father and Daughters from Arab Terrorist
Rabbi Yosef Berger of Jerusalem told Arutz Sheva's Shimon Cohen of a recent miracle that he and hundreds of others heard via first-person testimony.
Melaveh Malka at King David's Tomb
"Every Saturday night," Rabbi Berger said, "in the courtyard of King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion, we have a festive Melaveh Malka meal to usher out the Sabbath. Hundreds of people, not only from Jerusalem, come and take part in the singing and dancing until midnight, in honor of King David."
"This past Saturday night, one of the regulars – a man named Yeshayahu – got up and hushed everyone. With great emotion, he said: 'I must tell you all about the miracle that just happened to me.'
"He said that he comes every week with his two daughters to Mt. Zion, but this time, something different happened along the way. 'We were passing through one of the narrow streets in the Machaneh Yehuda section, when all of a sudden, an Arab jumped out at us, screaming, '
Itbah al-Yahud! [Slaughter the Jews!] Allahu Akbar!'
He was crazed with bloodthirsty hatred, and he came running towards us, and of course my daughters began to scream and yell.'"
Rabbi Berger noted that there was no one in the area at the time who could help, and there was room for panic. But at that point, "With great presence of mind and with help from Above, Yeshayahu ran towards the Arab and called out, 'You cannot do anything to us, because we're on our way to King David.' He yelled this at the Arab – and the terrorist was simply overtaken by fear, and he ran away without doing anything."
"The truth is that I've heard many stories over the years that I've been here," Rabbi Berger added, "of miracles that occurred in the merit of King David." However, this specific miracle certainly visibly moved him.
An hour after the Arab terrorist ran away, Yeshayahu arrived at the Melaveh Malka meal and told the story. He told the participants that he had briefly hesitated as to whether or not to come, but that he realized that he had just been the beneficiary of a miracle in King David's merit and that therefore he felt obligated to publicize it.
"He told the story over and over,"Rabbi Berger said, "about how he had directly faced death and heard his daughters screaming – and then how King David watched over him and saved him from harm."
Rabbi Berger said that he has already told the story many times since then, "as it is greatly encouraging to the people of Israel at this time, to see how G-d watches over every single person... Several rabbis told me that they had previously heard that if one finds himself in danger from a non-Jew, he should say,
'David King of Israel lives.'
This of course fits in with Yeshayahu's story. I know that people are hesitant to go out these days... But the verses of the Psalms [written by King David] are filled with faith and trust in G-d."
Page 12: "With the initial military organization in the Liberated and united Jerusalem, I decided that the time had arrived to set facts [on the ground] in the area where it is permitted enter[y] for those who were spiritually defiled [Tahmay] by contact with the dead...
The prayers by the Western Wall are a symbol of the destruction [of the Temple] and the exile and not of liberation and redemption. For prayers by Jews by the Western Wall began just in the sixteenth century. Before this, the Jews were praying for centuries on the Temple Mount and when they were expelled from there, they prayed on the Mount of Olives opposite the eastern gate that is called the Mercy [Rachamim] Gate".
Page 13: "I therefore began to organize communal prayer in a permanent way on the Temple Mount in the Torah academy of the Temple Mount, among the officers of the Military [branch of the ] Rabbinate and its soldiers, that were present on account of their military duties in the Torah academy of the Temple Mount. Together with this I established the wording of the prayers that are special for the Temple Mount after an extensive halachic clarification and investigation that I arranged on this topic.
As long as the impressions of the war and the victories of the I.D.F. were fresh in the hearts of our Arab neighbors, the fear from the results of the war was still poured out upon the faces of the Supreme Islamic Management. For they feared that perhaps the I.D.F. which at the beginning was responsible for all the new territories that were liberated, would punish the rabble rousers and fire them from their work; they [therefore] were silent and did not react to my organization of prayers on the Temple Mount."
Page 14: " I am convinced that if we would have established a place for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount at the beginning of the liberation of Jerusalem, the matter would be set as a custom for prepared and organized prayer services of Jews on the Temple Mount without anyone opening his mouth to protest...
In the framework of the task of the Highest Authority of the Military Branch of the Rabbinate, we arranged days of intense study and communal prayers on the Temple Mount - Shacharit , Mincha and Arvit [morning , afternoon, and evening prayers] together with the reciting of the Torah on Sabbaths, Mondays and Thursdays on the plaza of the Temple Mount itself, within the Mugrabim Gate close to our Torah academy.
In the year 5727 [secular year 1967] I publicized an announcement that I plan to arrange on Shabbat Nachamu in the morning, a massive festive prayer on the Temple Mount; meanwhile I instructed the public how to purify, leading up to the ascent to the Temple Mount...
In the ninth of Av 5727 I arranged a mincha prayer service for a limited amount of the public on the plaza of the Temple Mount opposite the steps that go up to the southern side of the Dome of the Rock. It was in a place that is permitted to enter there according to all the viewpoints of the Poskim. I brought there an ark for Torah scrolls with a Torah. We read in the Torah parshat "Vayachel", as usual. I myself, took the "Maftir Aliya', and read the haftorah of Yishaya (Isaiah 55:6) "seek out G-d when he is found".
Page 15: "The communal mincha prayer of this ninth of Av on the Temple Mount, aroused great reverberations in much of the media in the land of Israel and outside the land. The reporters who were hostile to Judaism in the state, began an incitement against our initiative to renew the prayer of Jews on the Temple Mount...
Behold on Thursday [literally the fifth day] in the morning before the Sabbath "Nachamu", the Secretary of Defense informed me by telephone that upon me was the duty to abolish the mass prayer service on the Temple Mount. I informed him that I am not ready to do this, for this prayer has the ability to return the early Jewish sovereignty to the Temple Mount. He informed me that that he was speaking from a government meeting, and the prime minister requested as well as the entire government [cabinet] to order me to abolish my prayer initiative on the Temple Mount. I informed him that I am not prepared to do this."
Page 21: "During the deliberation in the governmental and religious framework over the renewal of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, and regarding the plan to build there a permanent synagogue on the vacant southern plain. The Secretary of Defense informed me to my great surprise, that he decided to transfer custody and responsibility over all affairs of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Wakf. He ordered me to remove the Torah Academy of the Highest Authority of the Military Branch of the Rabbinate for the Temple Mount and to take out from there the officers on the Temple Mount. From here onwards, according to his words, the Highest Authority of the Military Branch of the Rabbinate has no responsibility regarding the affairs there and one must stop the arrangement of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount".
Page 25: The police also attempted to disturb our prayer in the "Machkema" by improper means on Yom Kippur of the year 5744 [secular year 1984]. Since the "Machkema" is continuously under the command of the I.D.F.. I was accustomed to annually request permission from the Chief of Staff to arrange a prayer service in the part of the Temple Mount in the upper floor of the Machkema on the ninth of Av and Yom Kippur. Also in advance of Yom Kippur 5744, I received permission from the Chief of Staff and the office of the Chief of Staff sent the permission by means of the General over the Central Command. And so in the afternoon of Yom Kippur I came as usual to the "Machkema" with the fixed group of participants in the prayer service for the Mussaf prayer of Yom Kippur. At the entrance to the gate of the "Machkema" an officer of the police informed me that there are orders from the office of the Chief of Staff, not to allow us to pray in the upper chambers of the Machkema that are situated on the Temple Mount"
Page 26: "The Police officers had not succeeded yet to do an action, until the Chief of Staff himself arrived in the place and was shocked to see and hear about the dirty trick of the Police, that was staged as if it was in the name of the office of the Chief of Staff. He removed the Police officers from the place with shame on their faces. Then we continued to pray in the "Machkema" above the territory of the Temple Mount and from that time onward they don't dare try to prevent us from this".
Page 27: "This arrangement with the directors of the Omriah School, lasted a number of years until the government of Israel changed and a Defense Secretary was appointed where the topic of the Temple Mount was closer to his heart. [than his predecessor]. Then after lengthy negotiation, I received permission to renovate and prepare the two halls as a synagogue in the eastern portion of the building.
The Machkema is situated as stated previously on southwestern side of the Shalshelet Gate. These two halls are located as stated previously in the eastern side of the Western Wall [Kotel] on the Temple Mount".
[The picture of the Machkema Building, from the Israel Antiquities Authority Web Site]
Page 29: "There is no doubt that in a such a situation, where there is danger of gentiles gaining control over Mount Moriah, it is permissible even to enter the area of the sanctified courtyard, in order not to give them a base [or setting] on the Temple Mount, for the ascent of Jews upon the Mount in this situation is considered as conquest and tenure and the prevention of the taking of control by strangers over the place".
Page 31: "In light of all that was stated previously, and in order that those who concede the Temple Mount to the Gentiles can't assign the blame to the Rabbis who forbid ascent to the Mount, I decided to investigate and measure and clarify the halachic laws related to the Temple Mount and the place of the Mikdash. To assign permitted boundaries and those forbidden for entrance. And so too, to set the measures of purification that one should practice before his ascent to the Mount."
The Thing which Saved the Jews of Jerusalem from the same type of Destruction that came to the Jews of Hebron in 5689
[secular year 1929]
In the book, Ish Al Hachoma [ The man on the Defensive Wall ], the history of Master Authority, the Genius, Rabbi, Y.C. Sonnenfeld by S.Z. Sonnenfeld, volume 3 pages 315–316, the following incident is brought:
On Friday in the afternoon hours thousands of Arabs left the Omer Mosque incited after they had been heated up by a hateful and inciteful speech of the Mufti. They marched by the thousands armed with their knives and clubs towards the Jewish neighborhoods. Some of them turned towards the direction of Jaffa Road and another part turned towards Talpiot and Mekor Chaim and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City; however the main force of eight thousand turned in the direction of the neighborhoods of Meah Shearim and Beit Yisrael.
At the head of the incited mob that closed in to the direction of Meah Shearim Street was an Arab Sheik brandishing a large sword who was instigating the rioters to launch a pogrom against the Jews and not to have compassion neither on men, women, or children for it was a holy war [Jihad].
The residents were seized by a great panic and all that had the ability took hold of an iron rod, a wooden beam, heavy building stones in order to defend themselves from the bloodthirsty rioters. Also a handful of Hagana defenders that assembled in the flour grinding station of Shabti"l in the city (today in the place stands the Breslav Yeshiva) were lost for an idea how to deal with this wild mob.
When the rioters reached the Italian Hospital with calls of battle and murder ripping through the air, two youths exited the flour grounding station and marched towards the rioters. One of the youths, that under his cap bobbed his set of curled Peot, whipped out a gun and aimed it straight at the mouth of the head of the rioters who fell on the spot.
When the rioters saw that their leader was killed, a great panic took hold of them and they began to flee in the direction of the Sh'chem Gate. The two youths sniped away behind them and threw a grenade and killed three additional rioters. Now more were killed by one trampling upon the other than were killed by the Jewish defenders in the panicked flight.
The bearded youth that shot at the head of the rioters and saved the Meah Shearim neighborhood was none other than Rabbi Aharon Fischer (father of the great and important Rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Yaakov Fischer ZT"L).
That is to say, that the few that troubled themselves by natural methods to save themselves from danger and did not rely on the British, nor on their friendship with certain Arabs, they were the ones that saved in an actual way.
Now in my humble opinion, it is fitting to relate to the current regime in the land as Erev Rav, in accordance to what Rabbi Tzuriel wrote in Otzrote Haraaya, Volume 1 page 65 and this is a quote:
Now this is the wording of the Zohar (in translation) Now these Erev Rav return to be the shepherds over Israel... and the men of valor and those that fear sin go around from city to city and will not receive compassion... And all the sages and men of valor and fearers of sin are in pain, and stress and agony, considered to be as dogs... While these of the Erev Rav are rich, in tranquility, and delight, without pain or agony at all, robbers, masters of bribery, judges and heads of the nation. [end of quote].
"Now Moshe stood in the gate of the camp and said, who is for G-d let him come to me and all the sons of Levi gathered unto to him" [Exodus 32,26].
The Hebrew year 5776 (2015-2016) indicates a very special time with major events in the history of Israel. Three thousand years ago King Solomon built the First Holy Temple and dedicated it for the G-D of Israel on the Festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). In the year 1990 CE, twenty-five years ago, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement prepared a cornerstone for the Third Holy Temple to be laid on the Holy Temple Mount on Sukkot of that year and to start the building of the Third Holy Temple of G-D.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement marched on Sukkot, the 30th of September, 2015, to the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem in order to make this year not only a year of memorializing these two major events in the history of Israel and her capital, Jerusalem, but also to make it the year that the cornerstone for the Third Holy Temple, that the Temple Mount Faithful Movement dedicated for the Third Holy Temple, will be laid on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem and will begin the most major event of our time, the building of the Third Holy Temple and will make the dream and the hope of the Jewish people a reality in this year.
It was the first time since the destruction of the Second Holy Temple in the year 70 CE that the cornerstone for the Third Holy Temple was prepared by the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement to be laid on the Holy Temple Mount in order to start the building of the Third Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount on the same location as the First and Second Holy Temples. As the Israeli authorities said to us that the circumstances at that time did not fit to lay the cornerstone on the Holy Temple Mount, we were asked to bring it to the top of the City of David in the front of the Southern Gates of the Holy Temple Mount.
It was an exciting historical event when the cornerstone was dedicated and anointed for the Third Holy Temple in a special ceremony that will never be forgotten in the history of Israel. Like in biblical times, the cornerstone was dedicated by a high-priest, dressed in the special garments of the high-priest, that were prepared to be used in the Third Holy Temple. Vessels for the Third Holy Temple including the seven-branched Temple Menorah, that were also prepared to be used in the Third Holy Temple, were carried by Levites. This event started in the City of David in the same location where King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to later be laid in the Holy of Holies of the First Holy Temple. The cornerstone, which was prepared according to biblical law with a diamond instrument, and absolutely not using any metal, was later taken to the Pool of Shiloach (Siloam) where we conducted the exciting ceremony of the water libation. The water that was collected from the Shiloach Spring during biblical times was taken to the Holy Temple and poured on the altar with a prayer to the G-D of Israel for a blessed year with much rain and water in the Land of Israel. This time we poured the water libation on the cornerstone with the very same prayers.
Three thousand years ago King Solomon dedicated the First Holy Temple to the G-D of Israel on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This major event took place in Jerusalem on the Festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). It was the first time in the history of Israel that the children of Israel built a permanent house, a Temple, for the G-D of Israel. It was after hundreds of years since the exodus from Egypt when the Shekina of G-D dwelled temporarily in the Tabernacle which was actually a portable temple. It was also the first time that the ark of the covenant was located in the Holy of Holies of the First Temple. It was one of the most important and exciting events in the life of Israel. The Holy Bible shares it with us. Everyone can imagine how exciting and moving will be the same event when the Third Holy Temple will soon be dedicated in our lifetime:
"Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chiefs of the fathers of the children of Israel, to King Solomon in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon at the feast in the month of Etanim (is called Marcheshban today) which is the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the Tent of Meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up....And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. I have surely built thee a house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.” - I Kings 8:1-4,10-12.
It was not an accident that on the first day of Sukkot 2015 appeared again in heaven the fourth blood red moon and dark sun. This unusual heavenly event that appeared also on Passover and Sukkot 2014 and again on Passover 2015 and now again with the appearance on Sukkot this year. All of them appeared, as history recorded during the last few hundred years, during major Jewish Festivals and events. No doubt that the red moon and dark sun tetrad of 2014-2015 were not a mere coincidence. The prophet Joel explained the significance of this unique heavenly phenonmenon.
The prophet prophesied that the red moon indicates a special godly event and salvation for the people of Israel and the dark sun indicates judgment upon the nations who persecuted the people of G-D, Israel. Indeed, according to this great prophet, the red moon on Sukkot, especially this year, 3,000 years since the building of the First Holy Temple by King Solomon and 25 years since the first cornerstone was constructed and carried to the Holy Temple Mount for the Third Holy Temple, should indicate on one hand that the Third Holy Temple is soon to be built and salvation is soon to come to Israel.
On the other hand, the dark sun of this past Sukkot 2015 indicates judgment upon the nations that terribly persecuted the Jewish people during the past 2,000 years of history and now, once again, by Arabs and Muslims. They presently attack Israel for the eighth time since 1948 by using cruel terror with the backing of most of the world who want to divide the Holy Land of Israel given by G-D only to His people Israel:
"And I will exhibit wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and the terrible day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) there shall be those that excape, as the LORD has said, and among the remnant those whom the LORD shall call. For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Yehoshafat, and will enter into judgment with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and have divided up my land....And the LORD roars out of Zion, and utters his voice from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); and the heavens and the earth shake: but the LORD will be a shelter for his people, and a stronghold for the children of Israel. So shall you know that I am the LORD your G-D dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) be holy, and no strangers shall pass through her any more....But Judah shall remain for ever, and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) from generation to generation.” - Joel 3:3-5; 4:1,2,16,17,20
This special and historical march of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement on Sukkot 2015 started at Jaffa Gate of Biblical Jerusalem, from where many of the ancient pilgrims used to walk on the same track to the Holy Temple Mount during biblical times. In the plaza of Jaffa Gate, the marchers of the Faithful Movement prayed into the ears of thousands of Israelis who were also making their pilgrimage to the Holy Temple Mount:
"I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD: when our feet stood within thy gates. O Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); O Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), built as a city that is compact together: there the tribes used to go up, the tribes of the LORD, an appointed practice for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem): they who love thee shall prosper: peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. For the sake of the house of the LORD our G-D I will seek thy good.” - Psalm 122:1-9
From Jaffa Gate we marched through the streets of the Old City to the Holy Temple Mount. In front of the Holy Temple Mount, we demonstrated calling the Israeli government and the people of Israel not to fear the enemies of Israel and their supporters all over the world, who are now trying again to destroy the chosen people of G-D through barbaric terror and are trying to stop the rebuilding of the kingdom of the G-D of Israel in Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. We called the people of Israel to continue and to trust only the G-D of Israel and not to fear human powers. Like in the past, soon they will fall and will be judged by the G-D of Israel exactly as in biblical times.
The declaration of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement was stated very clearly in the front of this most holy place in the world in the ears of the Islamic enemies of Israel, their supporters and the great powers throughout the world who are “blaming” Israel (such a shame...) and saying that Israel wants to change the “status quo” on the Holy Temple Mount and to build the Third Holy Temple: 'Yes! The people of Israel want to immediately change the 'status quo' on the Holy Temple Mount and to build the Third Holy Temple soon in our lifetime.
The Arab occupation of the most holy place of the Jewish people that built mosques on the location of the Holy Temple, like they did in other places in the world when they destroyed churches and built mosques over those sites, should be removed by the government of Israel and carried to Mecca, the holy place of the Muslims. The people of Israel have been praying for this for the last 1,955 years, three times each day, and even more. No human power can stop the march of the G-D and people of Israel back to their Holy Mountain, to G-D's Holy Temple, where He will dwell forever in Jerusalem in the midst of all mankind. The Third Holy Temple will be a house of love, prayer and worship for all nations exactly as G-D prophesied it through his great prophet Isaiah: “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” - Isaiah 56:7
In front of the location of the First and the Second and the Third Temple, soon to be built on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Gershon Salomon, the Chairman of the Faithful Movement, lifted his hands to the Almighty G-D of Israel and prayed, in the name of the G-D and people of Israel and the Lovers of Israel and Zion throughout the world, the exciting prayer of King Solomon when he dedicated the First Holy Temple in the same location. This inspirational prayer will also be prayed at the dedication of the Third Holy Temple:
“Whatever prayer and whatever supplication is made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, (who shall know every man the plague of his own heart) and he spread forth his hands towards this house: then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) that they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou didst give to our fathers. Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but comes out of a far country for thy name's sake: (for they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray towards this house; hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have built is called by thy name.” - I Kings 8:38-43
On the Holy Temple Mount, the members of the Faithful Movement surrounded the location of the First, Second and soon to be built Third Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount with deep prayers in their hearts to be witnesses and to experience the building of the Third Holy Temple in our lifetime. They were impressed with a very special and strong feeling that this year is going to be a pivotal year in the events of the redemption of Israel and the entire world.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement considers this Sukkot and this year as a special era in the history of Israel and even the entire world. The Faithful Movement will work day and night that this year will become the year that the G-D of Israel will complete all of His end-time plans of redemption for His people Israel, the Holy Land of Israel, Jerusalem and in the climax and at the top of it, the building of the Third Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
From Jerusalem will go out to the entire world the Holy Word of G-D exactly as the prophets Isaiah and Micah prophesied:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the G-D of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem'. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more...But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of Hosts has spoken it.” - Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:1-4
Did our Prime Minister pull another "Moshe Dayan Blunder"
With Netanyahu's apprehensive agreement, he has taken the country back to '67 when The Israelis gave back the keys to the Muslim Wakf!
This may bolster and propel the insane onslaught of knives into Israelis.
Now they feel they have the upper hand (with knife)
(I)n keeping with the words of the Vilna Gaon (in Aderet Eliyahu)
that initially we must desire to build the Temple of our own initiative
afterward G-d will answer our request
[T]he Malbim echoes this sentiment when he writes, "We find that David sought to build the Temple himself and didnt wait for a prophet to come to tell him. David learned this from the verse, You shall inquire after His dwelling and come there (Devarim 12:5). Inquiring means probing into the matter oneself until one brings it to fruition. This is the meaning of Sifri 8 'Inquire and find'. It teaches that G-d will not reveal the Temple's location through a prophet until the Jewish people make an effort to inquire and search for it. Only then will he send a prophetic spirit from above to reveal it.”
Malbim, Devarim 12:5
WHY IS NETANYAHU SO AFRAID OF THE NATIONS AND ESPECIALLY OBAMA
In a statement Sunday, the Temple Institute said it "deplores" the US-brokered agreement regarding Jewish visits and prayer on the Temple Mount, which bolsters Jordan’s custodian rights on Israel’s holiest site via the Islamic Waqf authorities and reaffirms that Jews will not be allowed to pray there.
Rabbi Chaim Richman, the Institute's International Director, accused the government of essentially legitimizing the narrative of Muslim extremists, who claim that the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Mount is "threatened" by the mere presence of Jews.
"Instead of stating unequivocally that the recent violence and murder of innocent Jews has nothing to do with peaceful Jewish prayer, the Prime Minister has bolstered the false Islamist narrative by agreeing to place cameras monitoring Jewish visitors' lips on the Temple Mount and reaffirming that Jordan, and not Israel, is the sovereign ruler over the Temple Mount, the heart of our people."
DO YOU THINK THE ENEMY CARES WHAT JORDAN AND KERI AGREED UPON?
An interview with Dr. Subhi Al-Yaziji, Dean of Quranic Studies at the Islamic University, aired on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV. said that all Jews in Israel - including women - are “fair game” (...) he also called for terrorist attacks everywhere in Israel, including in its largest cities such as Tel Aviv and Haifa. (...) “The military operations and the bombings should be carried out in the very heart of the enemy - in Haifa, Jaffa, Tel Aviv and Hadera - as was the case in the past, because that is what hurts the Jews.”
The Parsha speaks of G–d telling Avraham to "Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you."
Why does it say Lecha, to yourself?
The Chassidic Masters explain:
"From your land" – from your will (eretz, the Hebrew word for land, is etymologically related to the word ratzon–will).
"From your birthplace"–from your emotional and behavioral self (which is the product of a person's environment).
"From your father's house"–from your intellect(In the terminology of Kabbalah, the intellect is referred to as the father within man, since it is the progenitor of and authority over his feelings and behavior patterns).
[I interject here to bring attention to Avraham's Aliya, such as what many Olim experience nowadays when they change countries, and go thru the above mental and emotional changes, if it is a successful aliya]
"Everything that happened to the Patriarchs is a signpost for their children. This is why the Torah elaborates its account of their journeys, their well-digging and the other events [of their lives]... These all come as an instruction for the future: for when something happens to one of the three Patriarchs, one understands from it what is decreed to occur to his descendants."
Rabbi Pinchas Winston upon hearing that the Liberals took over Canada in their election declares this "Another Sign":
"Some Jews will not identify with their people until the gentiles make them. Others will not consider leaving the Diaspora until it looks better elsewhere. Some won’t even leave then, only once it becomes intolerable where they are living. The Final Redemption has been ready for years, but the Jewish people have not, still enjoying the party that has gone on for decades now. The winds have changed direction. "North American Jews, be forewarned. (...) If history and hashkofah are correct, however, the situation may reverse itself in the not-so-distant future."
"The Canaanites [the so-called palestinians today] were then in the land (12:6). The Torah itself attests that the Canaanites than ruled the Promised Land. Yet G-d granted it to Abraham, pledging "To your offspring I shall give this land"; later in our Parshah (15:18), G-d goes a step further, saying "To your offspring I have given this land"– already given, in the past tense." "Therein lies a lesson for all generations of Jews. Although we may find ourselves in galut, under the dominion of nations more powerful than ourselves, this does not in the least affect our ownership of the Holy Land. The land of Israel is ours by Divine bequest, and no force on earth can take it from us."
The Lubavitcher Rebbe
The Parsha also says:
"Your descendents shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and they will be enslaved to them, and they will afflict them, four hundred years (15:13)"
The "four hundred years" refer to the period from the birth of Isaac (in the year 2048 from creation--1713 bce), to the Exodus from Egypt (in 2448), during which time Abraham's descendents were "strangers in a land that is not theirs." The actual sojourn in Egypt was for 210 years, of which the final eighty-six were a time when the children of Israel were enslaved and afflicted.
But what happened to the remaining 190 years of the 400?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston explains, "the Final Redemption will not depend upon our teshuvah, but is a date that is coming at us whether we are ready or not, because it is built into Creation. (...) this keitz is a very special one, because it marks the completion of the missing 190 years we were supposed to have spent in Egypt to merit the Final Redemption. (...) Hence, the Final Redemption is not only a keitz, but keitz HaYomim - the end of THE days. Which days? The days we owed from Egyptian servitude." One that after a time, times-and-half and when there shall be an end to the crushing of the power of the holy nation, all this will be over." (Daniel 12:7). (...) as per the explanation of the Ziv HaZohar, a commentary on the Zohar itself. He writes:
". . . What he means is that the gematria of the word "moed" is 120 . . . half of moed is 60. The idea of chetzi-moed is in Daniel (12:7), when the angel swears that the life of the world will be a "moed, moadim vacheitzi." In general, there are three "moadim" (literally, appointed times) each year: Matzos, Shavuos, and Succos, the total gematria of which is 1,800. This means that, only after the 1800th year [after the destruction of the Second Temple] – according to the counting from creation – will the year of the number "sixty" arrive, at which time the redemption will begin. Since there is a difference of opinion as to when the Bais HaMikdosh was destroyed, it could be that it lasted for three years, beginning in the year 3828 and ending in the year 3830. Eighteen hundred years henceforth would be the year 5630 (1870 CE). Half of a moed, which is 60, would make the year 5660 (1900 CE), which is when Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said the "remembrance" of the redemption would be . . . Now, in our days, the truth of his words is evident, since the chevlei Moshiach have begun – they are persecuting the Holy Nation, murdering Jews in every place they are found. As well, major wars are beginning to occur ... (Ziv HaZohar, Zohar, 1:119a)
The Ziv HaZohar's calculation is more complex than presented here, but the main point of bringing his words is to hear his testimony of the state of Jewish security in his days. And he didn't live to witness the Holocaust. If his explanation of the Zohar is correct, then what WE are witnessing is not the beginning of the redemption process, but perhaps the end of it. And everything that has occurred since that time has been all part of that process, both the happy and the sad events. Thus, Yechezkel prophecised: "It shall come to pass on that day, on the day that Gog shall come against the Land of Israel," says the L-rd, G-d, "My fury shall rise up . . . And in My jealousy, in the fire of My anger, I have spoken-surely on that day there will be a great shaking in Eretz Yisroel. The fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field, and all the creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the people who are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at My Presence; the mountains shall be destroyed, the steep places shall fall, and every wall will fall to the ground."(Yechezkel 38:18-20)
In respectful response to feedback to this post I have added a Caveat and a Postscript
"I heard from my teacher and father-in-law, who was the chief disciple of Rebbe Yechiel Michal of Zlotchov, that once when the Baal Shem Tov was traveling on the road, he stepped into a wooded area to pray the afternoon prayer. His disciples were dumbfounded to see him hitting his head against a tree, crying and screaming. Afterward, they asked him what had happened. He explained that he had seen, with divine inspiration, that in the generations before the coming of the Moshiach there would be a multitude of rabbis, and that they would be the very ones who would impede the redemption."[Otzar Chayim]
The Sages taught, "Any generation in which the Temple is not built,
it is as if it had been destroyed in their times" (Yerushalmi, Yoma 1a)
"If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'?
And if not now, when?"(Hillel the Elder)
Caveat While I present valuable information concerning our Temple Mount The Rabbonim have cautioned Jews not to go up (see postscript at bottom),
while their opinion is based on Halacha
there are alternate viewpoints
WHEN WILL IT EVER BE THE RIGHT TIME?
WHAT WE KNOW and DO NOT KNOW.
(T)he idea of actually going up to the Mount under very specific conditions is not unfounded. Rambam (Beit HaBachira 7:1-7) enumerates several ways in which one is required to show fear and awe for the Temple: One may not enter with his staff, shoes on his feet, his money belt, dust on his feet, nor spit. He may not use the Mount as a short cut and may not go on the Mount except for a mitzvah. One who has finished his service may not leave with his back facing the Temple, rather he must walk backward toe to heel. He concludes by saying, "Even nowadays that the Temple has been destroyed, one is obligated to act as when it was built: He may not enter except in a place where it's permitted to go, he may not sit in the area of the Azara, and may not act frivolously opposite the eastern gate facing the Holy of Holies."
Rambam (Beit HaBachira 7:1-7
The least stringent area is called Har HaBayit, [the third area] which is the open area outside the Temple complex.
(R)egarding the impurity resulting from contact or exposure to a dead body (2), even though entering the Azara and Ezrat Nashim is also severe (3), entering the rest of the Mount (the third area) is permitted
Beit HaBachira 7:15, Biat Mikdash 3:4
(T)he Mishna (Kelim 1:8) explicitly states that a Tameh Met is allowed on the Mount. (...) the Bartenura comments that even a dead body itself is allowed to be brought onto the Mount. Tosefot Yom Tov explains that the source of the Bartenura is from the Tosefta on the verse, "and Moshe took the bones of Joseph with him," which explains the verse to mean "with him into the camp of the Levites", corresponding to the Har HaBayit
Mishna, Kelim 1:8, see also Tiferet Israel who cites Pesachim 67
(T)he more stringent forms of impurity pose less of a problem than the less severe Tumat Met. In order to go onto the Mount at all, both men (4) and women (5) would have to be pure from seminal discharge, and in addition women would have to be pure from menstrual impurity (this would generally exclude unmarried women who do not immerse, 6). Even then, the remaining impurity from contact with the dead would prevent one from entering anywhere other than the outermost area described above as Har HaBayit.
A point for further study is the idea that for the purpose of building the Temple, one might be able to enter all areas of the Mount, even with Tumat Met, and even in the Holy of Holies. Rambam writes (Beit HaBachira 1:1) that it is a positive Torah commandment to build a house for Hashem that is fitting to offer in it sacrifices.
Rambam, Beit HaBachira 1:1
(I)n keeping with the words of the Vilna Gaon (in Aderet Eliyahu) that initially
we must desire to build the Temple of our own initiative
afterwards G-d will answer our request
Malbim echoes this sentiment when he writes, "We find that David sought to build the Temple himself and didnt wait for a prophet to come to tell him. David learned this from the verse, You shall inquire after His dwelling and come there (Deut. 12:5). Inquiring means probing into the matter oneself until one brings it to fruition. This is the meaning of Sifri 8 'Inquire and find'. It teaches that G-d will not reveal the Temple's location through a prophet until the Jewish people make an effort to inquire and search for it. Only then will he send a prophetic spirit from above to reveal it.”
POSTSCRIPT: Due to the nature of the above information and the political situation, the Israeli Government has taken a very apprehensive position vis-a-vis the nations, and in support of the call of the Rabbonim
(...) Jews had been banned from entering the Temple Mount for about 400 years, from the time of Turkish rule until 1967. Knowledge of the forbidden and prohibited areas of the Mount had been blurred (...) according to Jewish law one is permitted and even adjured to ascend the Temple Mount in our times (...) we are still commanded in our age to bring many biblical sacrifices even without the Temple standing, despite our impure state.
The facts are all laid out in Maimonides writings: “Laws of the Chosen House” chapters 6 and 7; “Law of the Passover Sacrifice” Chapter 7; “Laws of Coming to the Temple” chapter 3; we can easily establish beyond doubt that once we know the permitted and forbidden areas it is permitted and even a holy obligation to enter the Temple Mount.
Rabbi Shlomo Goren, Chief Rabbi of the army instructed the Chief Engineer of the IDF to take careful measurements of the entire Temple Mount and used this study to discern the location of the Temple and permitted areas. Rabbi Goren wrote a very detailed and comprehensive book titled “The Temple Mount”, which is replete with detailed maps and Rabbinic and biblical sources. With the former Chief Rabbi’s work, plus the illegal Arab digs that have taken place over the past 15 years, we now know definitively where one may or may not tread on the Mount (....)
Moshe Dayan, who was an extremely anti-Religious Jew and was even opposed to the liberation the Old City (...) when Dayan reached the Mount and witnessed the glorious sight of an Israeli flag unfurled over the Dome of the Rock itself, he demanded its immediate removal and proclaimed that "We do not need this Vatican!" Three days later, Dayan shamefully went into the Al Aqsa Mosque took off his shoes and forfeited the greatest Jewish victory since the time of the Maccabees by granting the Arabs full control of the Holy Mount.
In 1967 the proclamation,"The Temple Mount is in our Hands”, was over within three short days and the great betrayal had begun.
The words to this haunting tune are below.
"I will bring them to My Holy Mount, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
This verse outlines for us the four stages that will lead to the rebuilding of the Temple: Ascent, Prayer, Sacrifice and lastly the rebuilding of the Temple. This was the same way that Ezra and Nehemiah rebuilt the second Temple. They first ascended, then they built an altar and then years later actually rebuilt the Temple and they did this under threat as well.
(...) King David: “Of David. Blessed is the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war…. Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners, whose mouth speaks vanity and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood”. (Psalm 144:2-11)
Words to the Song - מילות השיר:
שוב נעלה אל בית מקדשנו We Ascend Once Again to Our Temple שוב נעלה לבית המקדש We Return Once Again to The Holy House שוב ננגן בחצרות קודשינו We Once Again Play Music in Our Holy Courtyard שוב ננגן בבית המקדש We Once Again Play Music in the Holy House Chorus כיסופנו לא מרפים Our Yearning has not Weakened עוד נפשנו בוערת מבפנים Our Souls Still Burn from Within זהו ביתנו מדור דורים This is Our House from Generation to Generation בית תפילה יהיה לכל העמים A House a Prayer it shall be for All Nations שוב נעלה בשלושת הרגלים Once Again Shall Go Up on the Three Festivals כל ישראל כאיש אחד חברים All Brothers of Israel as One Man משפחות משפחות במחולות וריקודים Families upon Families Dancing and Dancing אנא אלוקינו זה חזון הנביאים O' Lord Shall this Vision of our Prophets Not Come at Last? Chorus שוב ישמח לבבנו בראות פני אלוקים Soon Our Hearts will be Gladden Before Our God ובריח אפנו קטורת הסמים With the Scent of Incense Wafting through our Nostrils נזכה בימינו כבימים קדמונים May We Merit in Our Days as Days of Old ותישמע בארצנו שירת הלווים To Hear the Singing of the Levites Throughout Our Land
This is a very sensible video from Rabbi Mizrahi from one year ago, in which he speaks about changes in Israel, parsha insights on Avraham, Geula, shiduchim, Midrashim, Vilna Gaon, where to cut your challah, Avoda Zara and Daniel, and much more. Worth the time.
update. Sometimes YouTube data changes regardless if you have the correct code. Sorry if you saw a different video. It should be ok now.
I read the following on Dov bar Leib's endofdays blog:
(...) an Arab was following a Chassidish lady in Jerusalem for about 20 min. After which he disappeared. The woman immediately called in his description to the police. They were able to make the arrest and brought him in for investigation. During which he revealed that he was planning to stab her but couldn't get close to her, since she had with her two big bullies one and the right side and one on her left side. After realizing these bullies weren't leaving her side he gave up. The police went back to the woman to confirm she was alone like she had told them. She confirmed she was alone but said the whole time the Arab was following her she kept repeating the pasuk מימיני מיכאל ומשמאלי גבריאל
From this tidbit on a blog we can learn a great lesson. While I do not have the source and cannot verify, it makes no difference.
Because this is something we can do on our own. We do not need a Rabbi to give a Psak for us to call upon pesukim to help us in various situations. Arutz Sheva is reporting: "Israel's hotlines for psychological assistance have become overwhelmed in recent weeks, as Israelis suffer under the constant fear of new terror attacks."Constant fear can only be alleviated with the strengthening of Emuna. This is also the point that many should be turning to Rabbis for direction and what they can do to quiet their fear and stress. This is also when many should be turning to the one who wrote a whole sefer on how he dealt with adversity and danger. He was none other than Dovid Hamelech.
This is our Tehillim? Dovid HaMelech wrote hundreds of words in prayer beseeching HaShem. He was able to get through all the turmoil, with enemies and family chasing him to kill him. He survived and went on to be our greatest King, and the precursor to our Mashiach.
in addition to the above מימיני מיכאל ומשמאלי גבריאל, some of the traditional pesukim are 5, 20, 21, 22, 27, 35, 69, and 109, that we can avail ourselves of. If anyone knows of other pesukim for protection, please reply here in the comments section for all to benefit from.
Also, before one leaves the house put some shekels in the pushka and say a few kapital Tehillim. If you have no pushka, a Tzedaka box, get one or make one. Charity is one of the three that avert an evil decree.
Now that Hamas and the Sheik have called for suicide bombers and a relentless campaign against the Jews again we Jews must call on HaShem in all that we do, every day of the week; however, on Shabbat we should thank HaShem for all His kindnesses.
"Hamas has instructed its members and affiliates in the Fatah-controlled West Bank to perform suicide attacks against Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli officials told Ynet on Monday." Ynet
Oct 18, 2015 the Sheik spewed his venom: Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, teaches Islam twice a week in the Al-Aqsa Mosque: "The Children of Israel will be forced - they will not concede - they will be forced to change their plans to build the Temple inside the structure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and will have to build it outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque... A Temple of heresy to worship the Devil. Why? Because the Anti-Christ won't appear unless this Temple is built and the Devil is worshipped there... [At the End of Days] we will follow the Jews everywhere. They will not escape us. They will not be able to escape us. The rock and tree will speak, according to the Hadith (tradition) of the Prophet [Muhammad]... and it is a reliable promise from the Prophet according to which the tree and the rock will speak and say: 'O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' The Children of Israel will all be exterminated, the Anti-Christ will be killed and the Muslims will live in comfort for a long time."
The previous Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak, wrote in his Letter to Jews Everywhere, 14 Iyar 5702/1942, the following. While it was written in 1942 I feel it is so relevant to our current days and time. While I am not Lubavitch, this is truly a timeless message for all Jews.
Every Jewish person who believes in G-d, the Holy Torah and in the words of the Al-mighty that He has transmitted through His holy prophets, can now clearly see that the terrible situation of Jews throughout the world [to an extent including even – America] represents the time of the birth-pangs of Moshiach ... The great sage Rabbi Akiva says (Madras Rabba, Shemot 5, 12) that Jews are compared to birds. For just as a bird cannot fly without wings; so can the Jewish People not exist without their wings – their elders. For the One Above loves our elders and shows them much respect It was so at the time of the Egyptian Exodus, at the giving of the Torah, and so will it be at the time of the – soon to be, G-d willing – final redemption ...
The Rebbe therefore suggested that a group of scholars be chosen to recite the complete Tehilim every day, near the burial site of King David in Zion, Jerusalem, in order to "Lighten the birth pangs of (the time of) Moshiach; and for the good of Jews all over, that they shall merit to welcome the righteous Moshiach. I hope Daisy is back with some good news and an update on things at Kever Dovid HaMelech.IsraelTruthTimes
Rabbi Mishkovsky, the spiritual adviser for several distinguished yeshivot (religious learning centers) in Israel, told a gathering at a Lev L’Achim event in Bnei Brak (...) that, speaking in the name of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the arrival of the Messiah is close.
“My dear brothers, I would like to tell you something very interesting. One of those who is very close and dear to Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky came to me recently and said that Rabbi Kanievsky told him to go out and tell the people, ‘We are in one of the most critical hours for the nation of Israel. We are on the threshold of the Messiah, and the Messiah is standing just outside the door, and the only way to be saved is through learning Torah, and through works of loving kindness.’”
"Rav Kanievsky passed a note to his son, ‘Let it be known to all the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even to those who are secular, let it be known that the only way to be saved is through Torah and works of loving kindness, and there is no other way.’ 'The rabbi even gave instructions as to how to carry out his mission. “I asked the Rabbi, ‘How will I let it be known? Yell it into a loudspeaker?’ And the Rabbi said, ‘Yes, take a loudspeaker and go around the whole country to tell this to the people. Yell it out loud.” BIN
UPDATE: This supporting video from April elucidates his plea. This message needs to be repeated time and again, to enter the conscious and subconscious of Jews everywhere. We must prepare for the eventual. We can see from the current onslaught from the Arabs that they are not giving up. Therefore, we must increase our kavanah and our screaming to HaShem (as one Rabbi stressed to Rabbi Mizrachi in his recent shiur). We need the redemption and we must scream to the heavens for HaShem to send the Mashiach to redeem his children.
"We are in the Final Stages of Hevlei Mashiah!
"The writer says: This week, I was requested by hidden Tzaddikim to relay the following message [in part]:
"(...) The terrible decree that the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael are going through the past weeks with bloodshed of holy and pure Jews by way of the children of Yishmael - may the names of the lowly, defiled murderers be wiped out - is in the final stages of Hevlei Mashiah. Please read the entire message of immediate concern at YeranenYaakov
The Tabernacle in the desert was made from two species, vegetation and living things; the Holy Temple in Jerusalem however, was made from earth and stones. For the Holiness of G-d’s presence in the Temple was such, that it could permeate even the inanimate; moveover, it actually transformed the earth and space where it stood, to make it holy. Thus, although the edomites razed it to its very foundation, its holiness forever remains (Likutei Sichos vol 6, p 167)
Retribution [Against the Young Arabs]
8 O Daughter of Babylon, who is destined to be laid waste, happy is he who repays you in retribution for what you have inflicted upon us.
Babylon was soon to be conquered and laid waste by Darius the Mede. (Metzuds Dovid).
Rabbi Sholom Berger, also know as the Mishkolitz Rebbe, spoke about the imminent arrival of the Messiah and the War of Gog and Magog. …. The Mishkolitz Rebbe said that the war in Syria is a form of God’s mercy on the land of Israel and the nation. “My heart tells me that God has mercy on Israel. Despite what the prophets prophesized, that the War of Gog and Magog needs to be inside Jerusalem, God is sweetening the judgment and is making this war happen in Syria,” he stated.
Speaking to Breaking Israel News, Gil Nachman, Vaknin’s English-speaking spokesman, reported that there will be an escalation in the attacks on Jews in Israel and that the attacks are going to start coming from groups of Muslims, not just single terrorists.
According to Nachman, Vaknin asserts that the situation with Russia in Syria is the War of Gog and Magog.
There is a whole different war going on inside Israel with the Muslims and that war is directed at the Jews. “Whoever is working with a Muslim is in danger,” Nachman reported Vaknin saying.
“There is nobody to trust and rely on, only Hashem (God).” (. . .) “The world is in a situation that it’s like a woman who is about to give birth and she’s in a lot of labor pains. That’s the situation.”