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30 November 2015

On Prohibition and Banishment

After viewing the "must see" video on ShiratDevorah on The Clock of Creation Explained in a Video the following came to mind.

The sequence of the Probation, the Sin, the Banishment:

The one period of time that I found missing (albeit there are surely many more) was after Adam and Chava ate from the Tree. Following the theme of the video, let us assume that the Internet is the temporal of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

It could be that the 'Prohibition to Eat' and then the 'Banishment' could refer to the Internet, which has been compared to the "Tree". The Prohibition being, as many Rabbis have warned, is not to have the internet in your home (the family life being the observances of yiddishkeit and the continuation of that life), not to be involved with it.

Why? Chava was not prohibited from seeing or touching the "Tree".

The seeing and touching could be where one is permitted to utilize the internet for parnassah reasons. After all, seeing (viewing blog sites) and touching (writing blog posts) might not be "Forbidden" as long as one has strong discipline (Will) or a strong filter.

However the "Eating" of the "Fruit" of the "Tree" could be compared to actually 'digesting' the evil information that can also be ingested from the internet, which leads one into forbidden areas of life, lifestyles, and obsessions. This corruption leads to banishment from the 'good'.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston explains:

"[The third aspect of the eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil has to do with] the mind and knowledge, which are included in the term "eating," as we see in Yechezkel (3:1), Yeshayahu (55:1). We also see this from the words of the rabbis in Shir HaShirim Rabbah, Chapter 1, where they compare words of Torah to water, wine, oil, and honey. Thus, we see that the mind and knowledge is included in the concept of eating, and therefore, He also warned him [when G-d commanded Adam not to eat from the fruit] that he should not contemplate and look at anything to which evil is attached. This was in order that he should not come to look at the ability of the evil forces, to investigate and understand the extent of their strengths, lest he be drawn down after them. For, it is the nature of man to adhere to that which he contemplates, because the mind, the one trying to understand, and the object of understanding become one. Therefore, there is a great danger in looking at and contemplating to that which evil is attached . . . This was the main aspect of the sin of the Tree of Knowledge that G-d warned Adam HaRishon about, and which he transgressed and stumbled in. Thus, though his original sin was accidental, in the end he sinned purposely. (Sha'arei Leshem, page 341)

"In this short paragraph, one of the most important fundamentals about life emerges, and that is the relationship between the eyes and the mind. In fact, so fundamental is the relationship that, even though Chava ate from the Tree first before she gave to Adam to eat, Adam is faulted for the sin. For, as the Leshem explains in great detail, it was Adam HaRishon's looking at the Tree first, that caused him and the world to quickly descend from their exceptionally high spiritual level, and make the simple mistake of eating."

Also the "Banishment" could correlate to the current worldly wave of 'disbelief in a Creator, i.e. G–D, which brings immorality (confusion of the sexes) and a breakdown of societies (confidence in government), hence 'anything goes', the 'I" generation, and 'anti' anything that brings order to creation, hence the breakdown of nations. This we are also seeing in the events of the world. This leaves a vacuum into which hatred, theft, and murder find a home. Think Sodom and Gomorrah

If the digestive system is considered (as in the video) the main area of the human body (the capsule around the neshoma) then eating from the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (i.e. the internet) is equally detrimental to the Jewish body. Because 'eating from the internet' and 'digesting it' creates illness and death. Clinging to the "good" with Emuna and Bitachon and eating only kosher is what nourishes the Jewish body and strengthens the Jewish Neshomah.

However, we must realize the mind – body connection.

"Chava did not have to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil because it was edible; she had plenty of other trees to satisfy any need she had for fruit. Nor did she have to eat from the fruit because it was appealing to her eyes, for that is rarely a reason to eat anything, especially when it is forbidden to do so.

"Rather, the fact that the tree provided wisdom, something that Chava in her heightened state of awareness could appreciate - that was a different story. Especially since she had not died from touching the tree, as Adam had told her she would, and she experienced for the first time intellectual confusion."

This brings me to the idea that at that point in the video, the video itself becomes a victim of the internet.

The part about the creation of Chava (female humans) is troublesome. I think the video could have elucidated the reason why HaShem had created Ish and Ishah. But maybe they were leary to venture into forbidden waters (tongue-in-cheek here). Even though the Lubavitcher Rebbe stated that one of the last tests would be the rectification (if that's the correct term) of the female. The Rebbe allowed women to learn the Talmud, after first having a foundation in Judaism. The Rebbe was very much in favor of the development, education and status of his female Shluchot. I know, because at one time in my life I was involved with Chabad and stood in line for 'dollars'.

I don't think secular emancipation is quite the proper perspective.

Again I go to Rabbi Pinchas Winston:

"If we go back in time to when death first came into the world, we find a similar idea. Whatever rationale Chava used when deciding to violate the mitzvah of abstaining from eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Torah sums it up this way:

"And the woman perceived that the tree was good for eating and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable as a means to wisdom, and she took of its fruit and ate. (Bereishis 3:6)

"Chava did not have to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil because it was edible; she had plenty of other trees to satisfy any need she had for fruit. Nor did she have to eat from the fruit because it was appealing to her eyes, for that is rarely a reason to eat anything, especially when it is forbidden to do so.

"Rather, the fact that the tree provided wisdom, something that Chava in her heightened state of awareness could appreciate - that was a different story. Especially since she had not died from touching the tree, as Adam had told her she would, and she experienced for the first time intellectual confusion."  [yes, i know this is a repeat – for a purpose]

HaShem told Avraham (chessed) to "listen to Sarah" (Bina, wisdom) this is the wisdom that attracted Chava to the "Tree".  This is indeed a complicated subject matter.

Some Wisdom from the Lubavitcher Rebbe from :
Putting [Jewish] Women in the Picture

"In an oft-quoted passage from a talk on Jewish education for women given in 1990, the Rebbe reinterprets the basic Talmudic and halachic sources regarding women’s Torah study, draws out the practical implications, exhorts women to increase their study and teaching, and asks for the community at large to support this endeavor. He further asks: why has this increase in Torah learning for women occurred specifically in the recent era? On the one hand, the Rebbe answers, there is the traditional idea that each generation further from the divine revelation at Sinai is on a “lower” level, and so there is an increasingly greater need to bolster it. The Rebbe described the increase in Torah study by women as one of the “positive innovations of the later generations”Nevertheless, he continues, the result has been a great good, an increase in Torah study; and this increase in Torah study by women he emphatically describes as one of the “positive innovations of the later generations.

"From another perspective, each generation further away from Sinai is also closer to the final redemption and the messianic era. And so, the Rebbe adds, we could say we have merited the increase in Torah study for women precisely because of that proximity: it is part of the preparation for—and already a taste of—redemption. A defining characteristic of the messianic era is a great increase in knowledge and wisdom; and so we now already have a “taste” of it, just as there is a halachah (Torah law) that before Shabbat one is to taste each of the special dishes to be enjoyed at the Shabbat meal.4 (This also connects to the idea the Rebbe often repeated, that different parts of Torah are revealed in the times appropriate for them. Hence, he explained, only in recent generations has the esoteric “soul” of Torah—kabbalah and chassidism—been revealed and become increasingly accessible to the masses. Even though these latter generations might be on a lower level than previous ones, they also have a greater responsibility, for they are to purify and complete the final galut (exile) and open the way to redemption. Hence the most sublime parts and secrets of Torah are revealed in the latter generations, and they already begin to “taste” of the Torah of the messianic era.)

"Kabbalistic and chassidic teachings have a special understanding of the role of the feminine in the era of redemption and the world to come. Then, say the classical sources, all the “feminine” aspects of the world will emerge from their concealment and diminution in the unredeemed world, and rise to the highest stature.5 That is the deeper reason—says the Rebbe—that in our generation the innovations and increase in Torah study connect to and are emphasized in relation to women. The effect of their study is also great, for as the Talmud says in a well-known line: “In the merit of the righteous women of that generation were the Jews redeemed from Egypt.”6 And so, the Rebbe concludes, in the merit of the righteous women of our generation, may the full and complete redemption come."

3. “Al Devar Chiyuv Neshei Yisrael be-Chinuch uve-Limmud ha-Torah 5750 [1990]” in Sefer ha-Sichot, vol. 2 (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kehot, 1992), pp. 455–459.

4. See the Rebbe’s discourse on the nature of chassidic philosophy and its innovations entitled Inyanah Shel Torat ha-Chassidut (and the appendix printed there, a discourse given on the last day of Passover 1970) on the timing of revealing new insights and aspects of Torah. It is translated into English in the volume On the Essence of Chassidus (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Kehot, 1978).

5. That is the deeper meaning of the famous verse from Proverbs (12:4), “A woman of valor is the crown of her husband,” and from the prophet Jeremiah (31:21), “The woman will encircle the man.” The crown, symbolizing the highest kabbalistic sefirah (divine attribute) of Keter, sits on top of and encircles the head. Similarly, in the prophecy of Jeremiah, “the woman encircling the man” signifies the highest level of divine revelation, in the mode of a “circle” (makkif). In a circle, all points are equidistant from the center, as opposed to the hierarchical structure of a line. A circle also symbolizes what encompasses and can’t be contained and delimited. There are hints to this in the wedding ceremony, where the bride indeed encircles the groom, and in the language of the wedding blessings. See further the chassidic discourse of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi in his Torah Ohr, end of Parshat Vayigash, and his commentary on the siddur and the wedding blessings for the relation of male and female in the messianic era and the world to come.

6. Sotah 11b."

29 November 2015


(leading up to )
WORLD WAR IV – the Big One* –  a/k/a THE WAR OF GOG and MAGOG

Between Turkey and Russia, China, with Britain* possibly entering in support of Turkey.
Herewith is another perspective on the situation we are witnessing.

Walid Shoebat:


"For how many years we have been saying it, that Russia and Turkey will eventually have a major fallout while others said (even used the Bible) arguing that they will become great allies? 

"So much for both, the secular, and the so-called prophecy analyst, who take the biblical text out of context or think that economy is the only building block for alliances. Religion and correct understanding of history is the main drive in world affairs much more than it is the economy.

"One of the most major errors the West did is that it added Muslim Turkey as member of NATO in 1952, and alliance rules say that an attack on any of the 28-member states should be treated as an attack on all.

". . . [I]t is okay for the Muslim Gog of Turkey to expand into Syria by exporting terrorists all the way from China’s Uyghur while at the same time send floods of Muslim immigrants to Europe. The world ignores that such a “friendship” between Russia and Turkey are hindered by the Islamist uprisings influenced by Turkey against a Russian ally: Syria. An Islamist takeover of Syria will threaten Russia’s interests in the Tartus naval base, (its only Mediterranean proxy naval opening). That including Turkey’s establishments of an Islamic alliance which will contradict Russia’s and China’s interests and is why Turkey . . .

Daniel 11:44, “But then unpleasant news from the east and the north will alarm him”

 . . . will be threatened from the East (China) and the North (Russia) in the future battle of all battles.

While Putin Kills Terrorists, Obama Pays Them $500,000,000 Bringing God’s Wrath Closer To A World Which Has Gone Mad

"While Putin was shelling the terrorists on Thanksgiving, president Barack Obama signed the Pentagon funding bill which allows $500 million in aid to the very terrorists in Syria that Putin is frying. Obama couldn’t find a better time to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 except on the eve of Thanksgiving.

"So while Obama funds terrorists on Thanksgiving to aid his ‘Turkey’ friend, Putin slaughters her little chicklings at Turkmen Mountain in Syria. On the 25th, Russia also destroyed Turkish convoy crossing the borders into Syria at Azaz which is a hub, where Turkish aid (weapons, ammunition, drugs etc) are dumped off. Then with all his “help” they begin to disperse it to other cities under terrorist control.

"If Obama was a Muslim infiltrator, Putin is a brilliant tactician, and it is crucial to always keep in mind;

"G-d ... is in control of man’s destiny, and not man, or even the political analyst for that matter.

"G-d will decide what will happen in each country, what will be destroyed and what will be built, what will be flooded, which will have disasters and conflict – these things G-d determines and not man. G-d speaks through the forces of nature, it is hidden." (R' Nir Ben Artzi, Parshas Vayishlach)

Wallid Shoebat introduces to this analogy leading up to THE BIG WAR –  The Weather. Why the weather? Well, it is (through) 'nature' that Hashem uses to punish the enemies of Israel.  Such as:

"Egypt is seemingly getting hotter with every passing year. As of 2010, data from the Egyptian Meteorological Authority showed that Egypt’s five hottest years in recorded history have occurred from 2002 onward. The data also showed that heat waves are becoming more common and prolonged. The study showed that from 2001 to 2010, Aswan recorded more than 100 summer heat wave days, whereas in the 1970s, that number was closer to 40. Additionally, rising temperatures can lead to an increase in parasitic diseases and in the coming years, malaria could be reintroduced to Egypt migrating from north in Sudan. The mosquito species has already been reported in Aswan and Toshka.

"As Egypt weakens, the Bible also predicted that a war will erupt between Turkey and Egypt and will culminate when Muslim nations will invade Israel, not just over the issue of Jerusalem but over the issue of food (Ezekiel 38:13) and that the price of wheat will skyrocket....

"... Nile drying in Egypt and the Euphrates drying up in Iraq? It becomes clear then that a major drought while it effects the world, it concentrates primarily in the Muslim world. Experts tell us that the Tigris-Euphrates basin comprising Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and western Iran is in great threat.


"Erdogan is not reviving secularism. He is speedily reviving Islam in the regions of the north, the Turkic republics in the Balkans, Central Asia and African nations. The Turkish religious authority under Mufti Gormez, had had 200,267 meetings, conferences, panels and symposiums, all organized solely in the northern parts of the globe as an objective to influence non-Arab Muslim countries, especially in the Balkans.

"And to upset the Muslim world even further, even the idea of rebuilding the Third-Temple is growing by the day. In the Peace Index survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 28-29, 38% of Jewish people surveyed expressed support for allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, which is currently forbidden. Another survey, conducted in 2013 by the Etgar Mochot Institute for the Joint Committee of Temple Mount Organizations, found that one-third of the Jewish public — of whom 31% were secular — supported the creation of a Third Temple on the Temple Mount."

According to Shoebat, all this shows that religion and not politics ... carve out man’s destiny.


While I have selected particular quotes from the Shoebat website, I have censored the non-Jewish statements. So, if one visits his webpage, it is recommended not scrolling to the very bottom, to avoid a certain non-Jewish video.

UPDATE: "Do you want to know why the Turkish government ordered the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday? It is because the Russians have been bombing the trucks that transport oil from ISIS into Turkey. . . Well, the truth is that Erdogan has been very upset these days because the Russians have been interfering with the illegal oil smuggling that his family has been conducting. End of American Dream. See also ZeroHedge

27 November 2015

Rabbi Mizrachi – Specifically Who will be Saved in Days of Moshiach

Specifically Speaks about What Will Bring Moshiach

Someone Who Learns Torah and Supports Torah
Kindness to Others, Support and Million Kinds of Chessed

Rabbi Mizrachi speaks about what will bring Moshiach
and What will save Jews
in the seven minutes of the tape
[a separate tape from the Three Rabbis' Shiur]
I speak for myself, but am sure all Jews cannot get enough of words of Tohacha and Chizuk!
and then
He introduces Rabbi Amrami who speaks in Hebrew about Discovering Hashem In Every Detail In The World
From about after 55 min Rabbi Mizrachi speaks and answers questions which are very clarifying and illuminating

26 November 2015


Sarah Tehiya and Ariel Biegel B"H

Photo by Arutz 7


Heartbreaking video shows the faces of Israeli victims

In powerful, silent video, Israeli journalist Lital Shemesh reveals the faces of 22 lives cut brutally short. As daily Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis continue - and while many international media outlets choose to downplay Israeli suffering - Israel Hayom journalist Lital Shemesh felt she needed to do something to raise awareness of the 22 Israelis murdered so far in shootings, stabbings and car-ramming attacks.

Rabbi Mizrachi: The Blessings of Yitzchak, Parshas Vayishlach ... Ovadia's Prophecy

The Blessings of Yitzchak and Parshas Vayishlach
Many Secrets
and Revelations

Why the Jews came to the world

About Rava and Abbaye (see Graves of the Righteous in Safed Sorry about one picture)

While Rabbi Mizrachi was saying "Hashem feeds the world" immediately the lights dimmed over Rabbi Mizrachi (as if a response from Shomayim)

The Sins of today compared to the earlier generations

About Rav Ovadia (Abdallah) in Bagdad, a wonder child at 10. Interviewed by Av Beis Din and he became his hevruta, a 10 year old child his hevruta (near 1:20 min)

Koreans learning Talmud (So Korean TV crew visits Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak to see how Jews Illuminate the world, March 2015))

Near 1:27 he explains when there are no more talmidei Hachamim, it paves the way to Mashiach

Har Seir = When Mashiach comes

100 pure coins of silver (= $1 billion today) The price of purchase of Shechem by Yaakov/Yisrael

Lakewood Shiur
Everything is the opposite of Emes

Haval in this generation, in Israel a shanda of stealing of Sifrei Torah and Klei Kodesh and reselling them to religious Jews ...
(after 1:40)

Rachel (at 36) gives birth to 3, two girls and the third is a boy, Bin–Yamin only son born in Israel

Ovadia the Prophet and his Prophecy when Mashiach comes:

The vision of Ovadia. Thus says the Lord Hashem concerning Edom... For the day of Hashem is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your reward shall return upon your own head... And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau stubble, and they shall burn them and consume them; and none shall remain of the house of Esau; for Hashem has spoken... And saviors shall ascend Mount ion to judge the Mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Hashem's (Ovadia, excerpts from ch. 1, his entire prophecy)

24 November 2015

Rav Shlomoh Zalman Auerbach and Rav Shmuel Hominer in Who is Moshiach and what will he accomplish?

The world is so messed up I wonder how will Moshiach do it?
This is going to be one BIG EVENT.

Who is Moshiach and What Will He Accomplish?

Moshiach is a Torah scholar descended from Dovid HaMelech who will reestablish the halachic Jewish monarchy in Eretz Yisroel and influence the entire Jewish people to observe halacha meticulously to the finest detail (Rambam, Hilchos Melachim, Chapter 11).

He will be wiser than his ancestor Shelomoh HaMelech, a prophet almost as great as Moshe Rabbeinu, will teach the entire people how to serve Hashem, and his advice will be sought by all the nations of the world (Rambam, Hilchos Teshuvah 9:2).

He will gather the Jews who are presently scattered to all ends of the world, expand Jewish territory more than ever before, and rebuild the Beis HaMikdash. (This follows the approach of the Rambam, Hilchos Melachim Chapter 11.

There is a dispute whether the third Beis HaMikdash will be built under Moshiach’s supervision, or whether it will descend from Shamayim, see Rashi, Sukkah 41a; Yerushalmi, Maaser Sheni 5:2 and Meleches Shelomoh ad loc. There is also a dispute whether the ingathering of the exile is performed by Moshiach or occurs immediately prior to his arrival. We will find out for certain when the events unfold.)

After Moshiach establishes his dominion, there will be no more wars, famine, jealousy, or competition since the entire world will be filled with only one desire: to know Hashem and draw close to Him (Rambam, Hilchos Melachim, Chapter 12).

The fact that Moshiach is both the political leader of Klal Yisroel and also a leading talmid chacham, caused Rav Shmuel Hominer, a great tzadik and talmid chacham of the previous generation, to ask Rav Shlomoh Zalman Auerbach the following interesting shaylah, which I paraphrase:

"When we merit meeting Moshiach* (see footnote), we will be required to recite four brachos to praise Hashem upon the occasion: (1) Chacham HaRazim, The wise One who knows all secrets [which I will explain shortly]; (2) She’chalak Mei’chochmaso Li’rei’av, Who bestowed of His wisdom to those who fear Him; (3) She’chalak Mi’kevodo Li’rei’av, Who bestowed of His honor to those who fear Him; and (4) Shehechiyanu." Rav Hominer then proceeded to ask whether the second and third brachos, both of which begin with the word She’chalak should be recited as two separate brachos or are they combined into one bracha, She’chalak Mei’chochmaso u’mi’kevodo Li’rei’av, Who bestowed of His wisdom and honor to those who fear Him. Let me explain his question:

Chazal instituted that one who sees a Jewish king recites the bracha, Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Mi’kevodo Li’rei’av, that Hashem bestowed of His honor to those who fear Him; and a different, but similar, bracha when seeing a tremendous talmid chacham, Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Mei’chochmaso Li’rei’av, that He bestowed of His wisdom to those who fear Him (Gemara Brachos 58a).

Chazal also instituted the recital of similar brachos when one sees a non-Jewish king, She’nasan Mi’kevodo L’Basar Vadam, that Hashem gave honor to humans; and one when seeing a gentile scholar She’nasan Mei’chochmaso L’Basar Vadam, that Hashem gave wisdom to humans (Gemara Brachos 58a; Tur and Shulchan Aruch 224; cf. Rambam, Hilchos Brachos 10:11, who records a different text to these brachos.)

(Note that the brachos recited over a Jewish king or scholar use the word she’chalak whereas the brachos recited over gentiles use the word she’nasan. The word she’chalak implies that the recipient of this power or wisdom recognizes that they are gifts received from Hashem and that Hashem retains total control over them [Avudraham, quoted by Beis Yosef, Orach Chayim 224]. However, the gentile king or scholar views these Divine gifts as his own accomplishments and does not recognize Hashem’s ongoing involvement in his success.)

Since Moshiach will be both a king and a Torah scholar, Rav Hominer assumed that someone meeting him should recite both brachos. However, Rav Hominer queried whether these two similar brachos are combined into one bracha, She’chalak Mei’chochmaso U’mi’kevodo Li’rei’av that Hashem bestowed of His wisdom and honor to those who fear Him.

Rav Shlomoh Zalman replied that we do not combine these two brachos, even when seeing a Jewish king who is also a talmid chacham (Minchas Shlomoh 1:91:27). He points out that brachos are generally kept separate even when the themes are similar. As Rav Shlomoh Zalman points out, an earlier author, the Teshuvah Mei’Ahavah (2:237), discussed this same shaylah in the eighteenth century and reached the same conclusion.

It is noteworthy that several poskim contend that we no longer recite the bracha She’chalak Mei’chochmaso Li’rei’av upon seeing a noteworthy talmid chacham, maintaining that our generations no longer possess Torah scholars of the stature required to recite this bracha. (This approach is quoted by Shu"t Teshuvah Mei’Ahavah, 2:237; Ben Ish Chai, Parshas Eikev 1:13; and Aruch HaShulchan 224:6, whereas Chayei Adam 63:8; Kaf HaChayim 224:18; and Shu"t Shevet HaLevi, 10:13 rule that we do recite this bracha today.

Several anecdotes are recorded about great talmidei chachamim who recited the bracha upon seeing gedolim such as the Rogitzchover Gaon, the Chazon Ish, the Brisker Rav, and Rav Gustman. See, for example, Piskei Teshuvos, Chapter 224 footnote #17.) Nevertheless, both Rav Hominer and Rav Shlomo Zalman assumed that we will recite this bracha upon witnessing Moshiach, either because they held that we do recite this bracha today, or that Moshiach will clearly be a scholar of this league.

In the above-quoted correspondence with Rav Shlomoh Zalman, Rav Hominer, mentioned that we will recite two other brachos when greeting Moshiach: Baruch Chacham HaRazim and She’hechiyanu. What is the bracha of Baruch Chacham HaRazim?

The Gemara (Brachos 58a) records that someone who witnesses 600,000 Jews gathered together recites Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam Chacham HaRazim, the wise One who knows all secrets (Tur and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 224:5). This bracha praises Hashem for creating such a huge multitude of people, each with his own unique personality and physical appearance. (The Gemara records a different bracha to recite when observing a similarly-sized large throng of gentiles.) The wording of the bracha notes that only Hashem knows the secrets that each of these people thinks (Rashi).

Rav Hominer pointed out that since the entire Jewish people will surround Moshiach, there will be no doubt at least 600,000 Jews together to enable saying this bracha. Note however, that we will recite this bracha upon seeing the huge crowd, and not recite the other two brachos until we actually see Moshiach.

* The Particular Brachot being spoken about herein can be found here
Yeshiva/Midrash by Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

22 November 2015

Mishna Torah – Hilchot Melachim – The Messianic Age

Elijah's Coming

"Mishna Torah, Hilchot Melachim, the Book of Judges:

Halacha 1
Do not presume that in the Messianic age any facet of the world's nature will change or there will be innovations in the work of creation. Rather, the world will continue according to its pattern.

Although Isaiah 11:6 states: 'The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the young goat,' these words are a metaphor and a parable. The interpretation of the prophecy is as follows: Israel will dwell securely together with the wicked gentiles who are likened to a wolf and a leopard, as in the prophecy Jeremiah 5:6: 'A wolf from the wilderness shall spoil them and a leopard will stalk their cities.' They will all return to the true faith and no longer steal or destroy. Rather, they will eat permitted food at peace with Israel as Isaiah 11:7 states: 'The lion will eat straw like an ox.'

Similarly, other Messianic prophecies of this nature are metaphors. In the Messianic era, everyone will realize which matters were implied by these metaphors and which allusions they contained.

Halacha 2
Our Sages taught: "There will be no difference between the current age and the Messianic era except the emancipation from our subjugation to the gentile kingdoms."

The simple interpretation of the prophets' words appear to imply that the war of Gog and Magog will take place at the beginning of the Messianic age. Before the war of Gog and Magog, a prophet will arise to inspire Israel to be upright and prepare their hearts, as Malachi 3:22 states: 'Behold, I am sending you Elijah.'

He will not come to declare the pure, impure, or to declare the impure, pure. He will not dispute the lineage of those presumed to be of proper pedigree, nor will he validate the pedigree of those whose lineage is presumed blemished. Rather, he will establish peace within the world as ibid. 3:24 continues: 'He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children."

There are some Sages who say that Elijah's coming will precede the coming of the Mashiach. All these and similar matters cannot be definitely known by man until they occur for these matters are undefined in the prophets' words and even the wise men have no established tradition regarding these matters except their own interpretation of the verses. Therefore, there is a controversy among them regarding these matters.

Regardless of the debate concerning these questions, neither the order of the occurrence of these events or their precise detail are among the fundamental principles of the faith. A person should not occupy himself with the Aggadot and homiletics concerning these and similar matters, nor should he consider them as essentials, for study of them will neither bring fear or love of God.

Similarly, one should not try to determine the appointed time for Mashiach's coming. Our Sages declared: 'May the spirits of those who attempt to determine the time of Mashiach's coming expire!' Rather, one should await and believe in the general conception of the matter as explained.

Halacha 3
During the era of the Messianic king, once his kingdom has been established and all of Israel has gathered around him, the entire nation's line of descent will be established on the basis of his words and the prophetic spirit which will rest upon him, as Malachi 3:3 states: 'He shall sit as a refiner and purifier.'

He will purify the lineage of the Levites first, stating 'He is a priest of defined lineage. He is a Levite of defined lineage.' Those whose lineage he will not recognize will be lowered to the status of Israelites. This is implied by Ezra 2:63: 'The governor said to them: 'They should not eat of the most holy things until a priest arises who will wear the urim vitumim.' From this verse, you can infer that the prophetic spirit will be used to define and notify the pedigree of lineage.

When he defines the lineage of the Israelites, he will make known their tribal lineage alone, stating: 'He is from this tribe and he is from another tribe.' He will not, by contrast, state concerning a person who is presumed to be of unblemished lineage: 'He is illegitimate or he is of slave lineage.' For the law is once a family has become intermingled with the entire Jewish people, they may remain intermingled.

Halacha 4
The Sages and the prophets did not yearn for the Messianic era in order to have dominion over the entire world, to rule over the gentiles, to be exalted by the nations, or to eat, drink, and celebrate. Rather, they desired to be free to involve themselves in Torah and wisdom without any pressures or disturbances, so that they would merit the world to come, as explained in Hilchot Teshuvah.

Halacha 5
In that era, there will be neither famine or war, envy or competition for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know God.

Therefore, the Jews will be great sages and know the hidden matters, grasping the knowledge of their Creator according to the full extent of human potential, as Isaiah 11:9 states: 'The world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the ocean bed."

This completes Hilchot Melachim and the entire text. Blessed be He who spoke and the world came into being as a whole, with all its particulars.

This concludes the fourteenth book, the Book of Judges. It contains five Halachot and eighty one chapters.

HilchotSanhderin - 26 chapters,
Hilchot Edut - 22 chapters,
Hilchot Mamrim - 7 chapters,
Hilchot Evel - 14 chapters,
Hilchot Melachim - 12 chapters.

In the entire text, there are 83 Halachot and 982 chapters. Complete and perfect with praise to God, Creator of the World"


The above is from Chabad org Melachim UMilchamot, Chapter 12 of the Rambam's Mishna Torah on the Messianic Age.

In The FAD and the Real Edom vs. Yishmael War at Jewish End of Days blog, the author references  Elijah's Mission as written in the Rambam's Mishna Torah. "If we could only stop the baseless hatred now. The only way is Shalom – nobody’s tumeh, nobody’s tahor, nobody’s kasher and nobody’s pasul."

I recommend taking a look at the graphic Jewish End of Days created:  End of Days: A Family Affair

19 November 2015


"Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has been caught once again demonizing Jews and inciting terror, in an offensive cartoon depicting all Israelis as Nazis - the genocidal German regime that sought to murder all Jews."

What happened in Paris has been happening in Israel since before 1929. It is about time the so-called leaders of Israel take drastic actions to curtail and contain (for real) the enemy that is At War With Jews.

TERROR ON THE ROADS: A shooting attack in Gush Etzion region, ten minutes south of Jerusalem

Three people have been murdered and another seven wounded on Thursday afternoon in a shooting attack in Gush Etzion region, ten minutes south of Jerusalem....MDA reports the attack began with a shooting spree on cars at Tzomet Gevaot, from where the terrorists then drove to nearby Alon Shevut Junction and ran over at least one other person.....Five other lightly wounded victims were evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital, also in the capital, as were two others who suffered from shock.

TERROR EMPLOYEES IN RESTAURANTS: Surprise? Tel Aviv murderer worked at a local restaurant (in Yaffo)

Initial reports were later confirmed by police on Thursday, proving that the Arab terrorist from the Hevron region in Judea who stabbed to death two Jews at prayer IN A SYNAGOGUE in southern Tel Aviv and moderately wounded a third, worked at a local restaurant....The two Jews who were stabbed to death at prayer in southern Tel Aviv on Thursday have been named as Yisayev Aharon, a 32-year-old from Holon, and Aviram Reuven, a 51-year-old from Ramle. BD"E Arutz7

TERROR IN THE SCHOOLS and SHULS: 'The terrorist fought to come in and slaughter us'

Two people have been killed and one other person was injured in a stabbing attack at a synagogue in south Tel Aviv....The attack took place at a synagogue in the Panorama building along Ben Tzvi Street in southern Tel Aviv, as afternoon prayers were being conducted...."The sight was difficult. At the entrance to one of the businesses in the building a 32-year-old man was lying (on the ground) unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing, after suffering from stab wounds to his upper body.
[This is just about 1 year after the awful Har Nof Slaughter of Jews Praying in Shul]

Russian TV crew (housed in same building) Videoing at scene of Tel Aviv stabbing *GRAPHIC*
[Viewer discretion is advised as the footage contains images of blood and victims from the attack.]

TERROR ON OUR ROADS: 'Terrorist bypassed traffic jam, sprayed cars with bullets'

"Every day there are traffic jams on this road that leads from Alon Shevut to Gush (Etzion) Junction, what happened is that the terrorist just bypassed (other vehicles) and shot at the cars that were in the jam. I saw the uzi machine gun he fired with."

"After he crashed into cars people went out towards him (the terrorist) with drawn weapons and he got out of the car with his hands on his head, without any wounds unfortunately. The terrorist was driving in a car with Israeli license plates," concluded the volunteer.

The Tel Aviv attack follows two other thwarted stabbings earlier Monday. In Hevron, an Arab teen was arrested by soldiers close to the Cave of the Patriarchs, after he approached them with a concealed knife.

Earlier in Gush Etzion, just north of Hevron, three Arab women were detained after attempting to infiltrate an army base armed with knives.


In Tel Aviv where Thursday's attack took place, early last month an Arab construction worker took advantage of his job to go out and stab five Jews with a screwdriver, lightly wounding them before being shot.

Last year construction worker Netanel Arami had his rappelling ropes cut by Arab terrorist coworkers and fell to his death, in a case police and the courts covered up for a long time.

A feature article in this past Mishpacha English Magazine highlighted the Israeli construction industry. Among other interesting information, it seems that some palestinian workers resort to "sabotage" on the job. "We know that many palestinian workers intentionally damage buildings they're working on, in a way that no one would notice until its too late. That could mean making a small hole in a pipe which wills be very difficult to repair afterward because the pipe will be buried in cement, or knocking a nail through a sewage pipe, which will eventually trap a buildup of tissues, baby wipes and other discarded items and cause a disastrous bathroom backup. Entire buildings have been ruined because of such actions .... 


An Israeli woman was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack, which took place outside a branch of the Rami Levy supermarket chain in the Gush Etzion region of Judea, south of Jerusalem

18 November 2015

"Don't Believe the Lie ... About Stopping ISIS"

The following is an amazing compilation of interviews that open wide the fiasco of ISIS/ISIL, US,  Obama, Russia, Putin, France, and the G20 Investment Watch Blog 
(posted unedited in entirety)

Submitted by IWB, on November 17th, 2015
by Geoffrey Grider

Sometime back, Muslim-raised Barack Hussein Obama announced a “coalition of nations” that was designed to “defeat ISIS”. (except that he always calls them ISIL because of this). After some initial airstrikes-created-for-you-tube, it stopped being a talking point. Shortly after that, Obama then announced that ISIS could only be defeated with “better ideas and not guns“. End result of America’s Obama-led “allied bombing” of ISIS? The Muslim terror group has nearly doubled in size, strength and power. Conclusion? Either the world’s greatest military power is unable to defeat the “JV Team” of ISIS, or it really doesn’t want to. Then there’s Russia.



Back in the end of September, Russia made the very dramatic move of setting up a military front in Syria and immediately commenced bombing runs. It was all very swift and unsettling, but when the smoke cleared it turns out that Putin was not really going after ISIS, but against the anti-Assad rebels. Two months of bombing by the terrifying Russian Bear only succeeded in creating an ISIS that was able to pull off the greatest attack on France since WWII. Enter the French military effort to fight ISIS.

Within 48 hours after the Paris terror attacks, the French air force had run 20 bombing raids on ISIS in the Middle East. Very impressive stuff, eagerly lapped up by the YouTube audience it was geared to impress. Sunday’s bombing was the biggest French air raid that has taken place in Syria so far, and was described as a “massive” attack by a French defence ministry spokesman. According to a statement released by the ministry, the first target that the planes destroyed was a command post, which housed a recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot. End result? ISIS doesn’t seem phased in the least, as the raids didn’t attempt to blow up any of the terrorists, only buildings. Give it a week or two and no one will be talking about the French effort.


Within 48 hours after the Paris attacks, Obama ordered 5 more hardcore Islamic terrorist detainees in Gitmo to be sent back to the Middle East. The transferred detainees included four men who had been recommended for transfer by a 2009 task force made up of six security-related agencies. Those detainees are Khalid Abd Jal Jabbar Muhammad Juthman al Qadasi, Sulaiman Awath Sulaiman Bin Ageel al Nahdi, Fahmi Salem Said al Sani and Adil Said al Haj Obeid al Busayss. There was also a man whom the task force recommended for continuing detention but whose status was later changed to transferable by a parole-like board. He is Ali Ahmad Muhammad al Rahizi. Now that’s a novel approach to fighting terrorism by releasing the prisoners and sending them back to the front. Ok, one more and I think you will get the complete picture.


Antalya, Turkey – Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he has shared intelligence with the other G20 member states, which reveals the 40 countries from which ISIS finances the majority of their terrorist activities. The list reportedly included a number of G20 countries. “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told reporters.

So there you have Putin telling reporters that ISIS is financed by western nations, including many G20 nations, and was it headline news anywhere in America? Nope, wasn’t even mentioned because it doesn’t fit the narrative. What they want you to believe is that the world’s mightiest countries with military firepower unprecedented in the history of the world are unable to hold in check a rag-tag “JV Team” of camel-riding Muslims from the backside of the desert. At the same time they are feeding you this slop, tens of thousands of Muslim migrants are pouring into every major nation and setting the table for the next “spontaneous” Islamic terror attack that will catch us all by “surprise”. But only it won’t be a surprise, because it’s all been planned.


Mark Levin has it right on all counts, everything that we are seeing is a plan. Under Obama, America is not “fighting terrorism”, we are not “fighting ISIS”, and we are not trying to prevent Iran from “obtaining nuclear weapons”. We are enabling terrorism, we are funding and strengthening ISIS, and we are helping Iran to get nuclear weapons.

So get out a fresh supply of tissues and #outrage hashtags, and prepare yourself for the next “spontaneous” ISIS terror attack, it’s coming soon to a city near you. Guaranteed.

This is what the New World Order looks like, welcome to WWIII.

17 November 2015

The Fall of Colossus Prior to Mashiach

This is an amazing video. After reading Prophetic Alignment or Wishful Thinking? on Reb Akiva's blog, that discusses the Nevuat HaYeled, the background to his prophecies, and one particular prophecy.

Though the prophecy was spoken in a mixture of Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic and Greek, Rabbi Yaakov Nathan has deciphered the fourth part of the prophecy which states: “When the idol of Rhodes is destroyed, know that the end of the wicked kingdom is near.”

One of the commenters posted the following video in support of this prophecy. Please read Reb Akiva's blog and then view this video. Fascinating.

UPDATE:  Reb Akiva has updated his post with a new video,  The Colossus of Rhodes Project

16 November 2015

Whites .... Becoming Endangered Tribe ..... Brown Race a Majority .... Muslim World Dominance

Are White People becoming an endangered tribe?
Will Islam one day Rule the World and Bring Morality Back into Vogue?
Is Israel becoming the only True Multicultural Monotheistic Nation Believing in the G–D of all Creation?

Whites Becoming Minority

"The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transition unlike any in history. No nation with a white European ethnic majority has evolved to become a nonwhite-majority nation, a shift the U.S. is on track to achieve by mid-century. Certainly no nation has done so after half a millennium in which white Europeans and their American kin colonized much of the (nonwhite) world, and dominated global economics and warfare.

"This is the context in which current U.S. debates over immigration take place. Given the enormity of the change, opposition to immigration among white Americans is shocking only for its lack of breadth and urgency.

"In the early 20th century, Congress, backed by the "science" of eugenics, restricted immigration by the "races" of southern and eastern Europe, which were generally viewed as inferior stock. Madison Grant's 1916 book, "The Passing of the Great Race," argued for Nordic supremacy to maintain the nation's stature. A 1917 law created the Asiatic Barred Zone to further curtail already limited immigration from most of Asia and the Middle East. And in 1921 and 1924 new immigration restrictions were imposed to privilege admission to the U.S. of immigrants from Germany, Ireland and the U.K. and to reduce the flow of most others."
Article Source: Whites Becoming Minority
Author of Article: Francis Wilkinson at fwilkinson1@bloomberg.net
American Eugenics and the Nazis
The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl

[middah k'neged midah]

European civilization is in the middle of committing voluntary demographic suicide


"Eurabia is a political neologism. The concept was coined by Bat Ye'or in the early 2000s. Bat Ye'Or (pen name of Gisele Littman) claims a conspiracy of Europe, allegedly led by France and Arab powers, to Islamise and Arabise Europe, thereby weakening its existing culture and undermining an alleged previous alignment with the U.S. and Israel." Wikipedia

Denmark to be First Muslim Nation in Europe: Ruled by Sharia Law

"Daily headlines prove that Europe is bursting at the seams with Islamists attempting to establish Sharia law and homegrown terror plots. France is ablaze with radicals, ISIS threatens they will send Spain back to the times of the Ottoman Empire, and Britain is much too concerned with appeasing Muslims that they are doing away with their own citizens’ free speech. The world is idly watching to see which European country will fall to Islamic rule, creating the first Muslim nation.

"According to TMI, Muslims have already established which country will be the first to cave to Sharia.  A website claiming to be the Danish Muslim Party [DANSK] published a “press release” in English and Danish, saying that Denmark will be the first Muslim nation in Europe."

“[W]e can assure you that everything will be better in Muslim Denmark: No drugs, no crime, peace, and humanity – instead of drug culture, immorality, possibly human rights crimes and violence which we have now.” Source: Speisa

Darwinism at its Finest

Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group

"The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center Report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group. While the world’s population is projected to grow 35% in the coming decades, the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 73% – from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050. In 2010, Muslims made up 23.2% of the global population. Four decades later, they are expected to make up about three-in-ten of the world’s people (29.7%)."

The Slow Death of White America

"The evidence of this demographic timebomb, which is likely to alter the face and character of the U.S. far more fundamentally than any number of elections, was made plain in the summer in a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. It revealed that for the first time in American history, ethnic minorities now account for more than half the babies born in the U.S. Of the four million children born in the year to July 2011, 50.4 per cent were ethnic minorities — black, Asian, mixed-race and, above all, Hispanic. It was a long-expected milestone on the road to an America in which, according to experts, within 30 years whites will no longer be the majority.

"Rather, the U.S. will boast 130 million Hispanics, more than the current population of Mexico. Among under 18-year-olds, whites will become a minority as early as 2019. " The Death of White America

The Rest of the World

The ten countries with the largest population in the world [as of 2015] are:
China, India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Russia and Japan
Top Ten Population: 4,217,616,989
Rest of the World: 3,043,004,129
Total World Population: 7,260,621,118

NOTES: (1) The Top 10 Most Populated Countries of the World Table was updated for Sept. 19, 2015. (2) Detailed data for individual countries may be found clicking on each country name.[in chart at link] (3) Demographic (population) estimates for years 2015, 2010, 2000 and 2050 are based mainly on mid-year data from the US Census Bureau website, EUstats, and verified with local census agencies, when available. (4) The China population data is for the mainland only. (5) Data from the Internet World Stats website may be cited, giving the due credit and establishing an active link back to Internet World Stats.

Now for Israel

Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Population

Ethiopian Aliya to Resume [An additional] 9,000 waiting in Addis Ababa and Gondar, MK Naguise(pic): This is a ‘great day for the Jewish people’

Current Stats
Ethiopian Israelis:       135,300 (2.0)
Israeli Population:    6,121,300
Yemenite Population:  350,000

Yemenite Jewish Israeli Population

Yemenite Jews in Israel are immigrants and descendants of the immigrants of the Yemenite Jewish communities, who now reside within the state of Israel. They number around 350,000. Between June 1949 and September 1950, the overwhelming majority of Yemen's Jewish population was transported to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet.

Recent Yemenite Aliya: In February 2009, 10 Yemeni Jews immigrated to Israel, and in July 2009, three families, or 16 people in total, followed suit. In January 2013, it was reported that a group of 60 Yemenite Jews had immigrated to Israel in a secret operation, arriving in Israel via a flight from Qatar. This was reported to be part of a larger operation which was being carried out in order to bring the approximately 400 Jews left in Yemen to Israel in the coming months. [An in-depth article covering some in the Yemenite Community can be read here, Yemenite Jews a Clear and Present Danger [midway to the full article].

Another amazing story Jews Reclaim Yemenite Synagogue after 80 Years A key Jewish community in eastern Jerusalem, practically right under the Temple Mount: The return of the old Yemenite Great Synagogue in the Shiloach village to Jewish hands after nearly 80 years.

Synopsis: Taking a step back to glance at the wider perspective, one could conceivably come to the awareness that the world is browning very slowly. The Jews of Israel are not a racist people, as the young people mix and marry, the tanning of Middle East Jews will occur. In fact, the Torah predicted that all the Jews of the Northern Kingdom will one day return to their Homeland, Eretz Yisrael, the Promised Land to Avraham Avinu. When they do return, we don't know what they will look like. Some who have individually returned are from Ethiopia, Yemen, Manipur in India. Shavei Yisrael has already brought to Israel returning Jews of Bnei Menashe, Bnei Anousim, Hidden Jews of Poland, Kaifeng Jews, and Subbotnik Jews. These Jews have taken on the appearance of the peoples they lived among.

Who Are The Lost Tribes and Where are They? 

Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, 10 of the original 12 Hebrew tribes, which, under the leadership of Joshua, took possession of Canaan, the Promised Land, after the death of Moses. They were named Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, and Zebulun—all sons or grandsons of Jacob.

Where Are The Ten Lost Tribes? "To three places was Israel exiled: one to beyond the Sambatyon River, one to Daphne of Antiochia, and one to where the clouds came down and covered them."

The Exile of the Ten Lost Tribes. Thus it was in the year 3205, at the end of the reign of King Hoshea, the nineteenth king of the northern tribes—coinciding with the sixth year of the reign of King Hezekiah of Judea—that the northern kingdom fell and the rest of the ten tribes were exiled.

Are the Ten Lost Tribes Ever Coming Back?
The prophet Ezekiel describes the ultimate reunion between the ten tribes and the tribe of Judah (the ten tribes are represented by the tribe of Ephraim, because their capital was in the territorial portion of that tribe):

Say to them, “So says the L‑rd G‑d: ‘Behold I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions, and I will place them with him with the stick of Judah, and I will make them into one stick, and they shall become one in My hand.’” And the sticks upon which you shall write shall be in your hand before their eyes. And say to them, “So says the L‑rd G‑d: ‘Behold I will take the children of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side, and I will bring them to their land. And I will make them into one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be to them all as a king; and they shall no longer be two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms anymore.’”

Some say the Lost Tribes are in the hundreds of thousands, some say in the millions.

13 November 2015

'It is well known that Esau hates Ya'akov'

Another interesting perspective on Parshas Toldot 
by Joseph Frager MD

The Halacha is ...
Antoninus and Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi 
Abarbanel and Ferdinand and Isabella
The Baal HaTurim
The Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer
"Eisav hated Yaakov because of the blessing with which his Father blessed him" Rashi 

Parshat Toldot tells us rather explicitly why the Jews have suffered for over 2000 years. It does not make one feel any better about it but it is Torah from Sinai. It does not excuse those who cause us to suffer either. It just explains it.

The hatred is not rational or logical. Our Sages call it a Halacha (Torah Rule). They do not call it a tendency or a happenstance. Unfortunately, it is part of the Universe we were given. It is part and parcel of G-d's running the world. In Parshat Toldot it states, "Eisav hated Yaakov because of the blessing with which his Father blessed him." Rashi says, "he will console himself for losing the blessings by killing you".

This is a culmination of the Prophecy given to Rivka, "Two nations are in your womb and two kingdoms will separate from within you. One government will be mightier than the other but the greater one will serve the smaller one." Rashi explains, "They will not be equally great. When one rises the other falls" Rashi also says that on the first part of the Posuk, "two nations are in your womb" relates to the Roman Emperor Antoninus and the Compiler of the Mishne, Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi. This point is striking because the relationship between the two was mutual respect and admiration rather than hatred.

I will try to explain this along the way. It is partially explained by the fact that the prophecy to Rivka states that if Yaakov would fulfill his goal in life through Torah study and faithfulness to the Torah (which Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi exemplified) then Eisav would be subjugated to him. The point is very simple when Jews as a Nation are faithful to G-d and his Torah , Eisav will not be a problem. When the Jewish People sin in G-d's eyes they will suffer at the hands of Eisav. Certainly, the take home lesson for the Jews the world over is to run away from sin and run to the Torah. It is also why Yaakov fled Be'er Sheva and his brother's wrath and spent 14 years at the Yeshiva of Shem and Eiver. The Torah study protected him from Eisav.

This is a very important point in the modern era as well. We need Torah Study to protect us. He then went to Charan to find a wife. By settling in with Lavan, he added an additional layer of protection because Eisav was no doubt fearful of attacking Lavan, his treacherous and powerful uncle at his stronghold. Even though we know that Lavan wanted to destroy Yaakov (from the Hagaddah, "The Aramean sought to destroy my father") his stay with Lavan prevented an attack by Eisav. Yaakov spent 20 years with Lavan. He was attacked by Eisav when he left Lavan on his way back to Israel. The relationship between Antoninus and Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi indicates that at times albeit rare it is possible that Eisav and Yaacov will coexist in Peace.

The Bal HaTurim on the Posuk, "Two nations are in your womb" mentions that the Gematria of these three Hebrew words equals the numerical value of the Hebrew for "This is Rabbi Yehuda and Antoninus". The Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer in Parshat Vayechi mentions that Eisav's head but not his body ended up being buried in the Mearat Hamachpelah. In Parshat VaYishlach 35:29 Eisav and Yaacov both buried Yitzchak. So at times it seems (albeit rare) Eisav's "head" was working to control his "bodily and visceral hatred of Yaacov" which was never rational. An example of one of these historical moments was the relationship between the Abarbanel and Ferdinand and Isabella. The Abarbanel was asked after spending many years in the Palace whether his Political maneuvering was worthed and he answered it was not. This was because he could not prevent the Inquisition from occurring despite his very close relationship with the King and Queen. Unfortunately, this is true of many of our relationships with Eisav.

What the Abarbanel did not realize at the time was that his financing of Columbus (he was Ferdinand's and Isabella's Financier and Treasurer) would lead to the discovery of the "Land of the Free" America. His political efforts therefore were not in vain. This is the world we live in. It is extremely important to be involved in Politics as was Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi and the Abarbanel because one does not know where the salvation may come from. Eisav is a very difficult character to work with.

There will be moments when our efforts will be fruitful and other times when they will be futile. Our job is to try. G-d, Almighty will do the rest.

Source: ArutzSheva
Reposted 11/15/15

05 November 2015

The Particular Brachot to be Said Upon Mashiach's Arrival*

UPDATE:  Please read this again and keep a printed copy with you at all times.

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

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