31 May 2021

"On Eagles Wings”  – A Poignant Story

 I moved to Israel in 1977. My first visit was in 1971. 

 My, how this  country has grown and changed.

I dare say there is no country in the world that has undergone so much change and turbulence than this tiny one.  Amazing things can come in small packages.

Countries fifty times her size and population are hardly heard of or noticed by the world or its press. Israel has more front-page coverage than any country in the world except the USA -  so far. The greening of the deserts, cutting edge technological breakthroughs, , military prowess and the percentage of Nobel prize winners do not cease to amaze.

But it is not any of the above which   made me stop and marvel yesterday afternoon. More than any of the wonders that is Israel – is first and foremost that it is a Jewish country.

Never to be taken for granted. This more than anything else that has occurred is the exception to history.

Never has a People  returned to their home after two thousand years of expulsion from it. We all know the rest – miracles beyond historic proportions have accompanied Israel from her inception until this moment.

This is common knowledge but yesterday afternoon was one of those times when the essence of this miracle hit me afresh There is an older Russian immigrant living in my Jerusalem neighborhood. He has learned to read some of the prayers in Hebrew and seems to be consciously  making up for a lifetime robbed of Jewish identity in Communist Russia. He tries hard.  He had nobody in the world except his very old mother and she had no one besides him until she passed away a week ago. A sadly lonely but not uncommon story. Yesterday I was one of the ten men he asked to come to the cemetery. He doesn’t really have ten friends he can call upon. I guess because I made a point of greeting him in shul he felt he could  approach me and a few others like me .

I stood at the grave of this woman who must have been seen so much in Russia. The Czar, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler – oh the joys of being Jewish in Mother Russia. She finally came home to rest in Jerusalem, the last stop for an old Jewess. Her son collected a minyan for her in Jerusalem. It probably never occurred to her that “Next year in Jerusalem” would actually happen and that the stones of Jerusalem would be her eternal companion.

 Because the Russian immigrants are late comers to the Jerusalem cemetery, their plots are in a newer section – next to another group of recent returnees to the Land – the Benai Menashe.Where better to feel the miracle of the ingathering of the exiles in our day then in a Jerusalem cemetery? 

As we   helped the elderly Russian  immigrants with the reciting of the Psalms that they were not allowed to know  in Russia,  Asian Jews were paying their respects a few feet away.

 The two little groups seemed like light years away from one another, but this moment united the two most disjointed groups one could imagine. 

The Benei Menashe has a fascinating story. Suffice it to say that their last home was in Manipur on the Burmese – Indian border. They never have forgotten their roots after they were expelled from |Israel over twenty-seven hundred years ago with the Assyrian exile. 

I asked some of the younger people to read the inscription on the tombstone. It was in their own script which most of these, now Israelis, could hardly decipher.

The deceased was one of the first of the community to undergo formal conversion in 1975. The second part of his life dream came true in 1988 when he stepped foot on the land  that his ancestors were expelled from  millennia ago. The younger generation are the new shoots springing up in the soil of Zion. The elder, now resting  in that soil, lived to see it.

  As the prophet said “I will  bring you from the far corners of the earth on the wings of eagles.” The Bible and prophecy “come alive” -   in a Jerusalem cemetery. - The "dry bones" are  a reborn nation.

I am witness to this awesome drama and prophecy.   For me, more than any  of the many wonders this is what Israel is really all about. This is the miracle of miracles.

It makes me realize that my  return from my own part of the Jewish exile was far more than a personal  choice or escapade. I too returned on the same eagle’s wings.

Shalom Pollack is a tour guide, filmmaker and writer in Jerusalem

Shalom Pollack is writing a book, "Despite ourselves, a personal account"

shalompollack613@gmail.com

Rabbi Kaduri zt”l on the ELECTIONS

 

Rabbi Yaakov Ades – Important Mussar to Am Yisroel

 המקובל הרב יעקב עדס שליט"א - במסר חשוב לעם ישראל ! אל תפספסו!

[not sure if this is recent or not]



שיר נדיר מתוך תפילתו של המקובל הרב יעקב עדס שליט"א מרגש מאוד ומחבר לאבא שבשמיים!!!


Shloshim Kaddish for the Meron Kedoshim

 

30 May 2021

THE COMING EARTHQUAKE . . . HOW BIG? “WHAT IF...”

So Let's See How Big The Earthquake Is On 2/3rd June 2021 And Plot From There

WHAT IF IT HAPPENS, it could set governments in a tailspin and upset their evil plans.


Commentary:


The large blue planet with a small one I see without tail in fact I think it as more objects in the last few days I lost count. I only ever feel and taste things that make me know when to go out to look though I look up every day . Mad this time my mouth was feeling Matalic taste and I get this feeling electric and water is gonna play a big part of things and I think I’m going a little bonkers and yet I feel more part of what’s going on than ever to be honest . Though when I take videos I’m sure parts of them especially the dragon is so so huge now it’s hard to actually Focus and worry a little on how massive this really is . Blown me away this time around but I’m not feeling sick and I’m guessing that means it’s finding balance maybe. Sorry for sounding so bonkers lol x


I prepared my heart for whatever comes... We've left the beach... now we live a bit to close to a volcanic legacy area, it's crazy !!!! God will take us where we need to be and if we're meant to survive ,we'll survive ...if we're not,  then maybe everything we stored up in preparation will help somebody who does survive😄🌻 you take care Dave, thank you for always being honest with us about what you've seen


Your a greater thinker of my generation. I’m proud to have received the fruit of your destiny. You are a great hero of humankind. I choose to.


More info on plasma: On Oct. 19th 2014, Comet Siding Spring passed within 160,000Km of Mars and there seemed to be a plasma discharge event captured by an Earth based telescope in the Canary Islands. If it were a plasma event then laboratories should have had similar geometric appearance during plasma experiments. Lets look at the similarities. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-bSXHEgf3E


Comet C / 2013 A1. Shortly after his encounter with Mars on 19. Oct. 2014. Short video between 21 h and 22 h UT UT. 75 shots of 40 sec duration. Recordings from tonight [19.Oct. 2014] in Tenerife (1200 meters altitude). Hyper Star 14 "with 460 mono Atik. SWAN_band filter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX4FgTnq_74


THIS IS WHY THEY ARE TRYING TO DISARM THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.

[warning of a FF coming soon in order to undo the 2nd amendment]


A REMINDER . . .

If this new “Change” govt. comes into effect, it should “imitate" what is ‘eating up' America; a socialist ‘sino red’ overthrow. . . and the pieces of the Geula puzzle proceeds to shape.

We Are ALREADY In the Redemption 


Magen David Adom (MDA) has released radio recordings of the moments after the Meron disaster began, bringing the public a bone-chilling look at the incident as it unfolded. The recordings begin with a calm control operator answering a call, only to hear the nearly hysterical shouts of a paramedic on scene.


“We have a mass casualty incident in the Meron area!” shouts the paramedic. The operator attempts to calm him.


“Wait a minute,” she asks carefully. “How many are injured?”


“We’re talking about at least seven dead!” the paramedic shouts over a rising clamor behind him. “Ten! Eleven!”


“Eleven dead?” asks the incredulous operator. “How many injured?”


“Something like forty!” he answers, shouting over a rising tide of crowd-control directions being yelled in the background. “Twelve dead now!”

“Twelve dead - how many more injured?” the operator asks, trying to keep up with events.


“I don’t know! Fourteen dead now!” the paramedic answers.


The recording then switches from the telephone line to that of the MDA’s radio network, with the incident commander calling out a mass casualty incident at the Meron area at the Toldos Aharon bonfire area. A regional broadcast center picks up the direction, repeating it for all MDA units in Israel’s north.


“Attention all units, there is a mass casualty incident in the Meron area, anyone available is needed immediately.” Another regional call center radios in shortly afterwards.


“Jordan command center here, be advised, there are at least ten casualties, all ages, in the upper grandstands near the courtyard. Anyone available is needed for immediate evacuation. Coordinate your work with the police.”


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Further on the matter:


Rabbi Winston shlit”a wrote something very interesting on the parsha:


It is pointed out that the word “chochmah—wisdom” spelled Ches-Chof-Mem-Heh, also spells “koach mah when the first two letters are inverted. “Koach” means “strength,” but it can also mean “energy” or “potential, etc.” The wordmah means “what,” which can also refer to anything that exists, making a statement out of the two words: the energy of everything. That is true wisdom, the knowledge of What it is that has given rise to all that exists, and what sustains it.


That being so, the mah alludes to something even deeper. It is the gematria (Mem=40, Heh=5) of G–D’s “expanded” Name, in which each letter of the Name, seen and invisible, is written out. The letter Yud is written Yud-Vav-Dalet, the Heh is Heh-Aleph, the Vav is Vav-Aleph-Vav, and Heh again is Heh-Aleph. If only the visible letters are used, the gematria is 26. With the added “invisible” letters, an additional (10+1+7+1=) 19 is added to the total, making it 45. Hence its Name, “Shem M”H,” the “Name of Mah—45.”


This name specifically corresponds to the six sefiros of Chesed, Gevurah, Tifferes, Netzach, Hod, and Yesod (see Perceptions: Emor). They are the levels of sefiros that have governed human history until today, each sefirah being “responsible” for a respective millennium. Each of them has embodied a particular aspect of     G–D’s light and will, which has provided the potential for its corresponding millennium


In fact, according to Kabbalah, it is this level of sefiros (collectively called “Zehr Anpin”) that actually corresponds to the Name of G–D, “Hakadosh Boruch Hu,” The Holy One, Blessed Is He. Therefore, “koach M”H” means that our world was made and is sustained by the energy of The Holy One, Blessed Is He. G–D, for short. 


Knowledge can deceive a person into thinking that G–D does not exist, or that He does not get involved in the world of man. 


Wisdom is knowing that He does.


SHABBOS IS THE cornerstone of a Torah lifestyle


Therefore, ONE message to the Klal is that Shabbat must be kept more scrupulously by the observant, and those who do not should begin to KEEP Shabbat (not just “do” Shabbat).


Rabbi Abuchatzeira: “We Are ALREADY in The Final Redemption” . . .

the following is an excerpt from a larger article on the coming Eclipse on Rosh Hodesh Tammuz. It is worthwhile to read the full article https://www.israel365news.com/191275/solar-eclipse-in-june-warning-the-enemies-of-israel-that-the-redemption-has-already-begun/


 

WE ARE ALREADY IN THE FINAL REDEMPTION”

The solar eclipse comes on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Hebrew month Tammuz. Kabbalists consider Tammuz to be one of three dangerous months because of its extreme energies. It was in this month, the 17th of Tammuz when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE.

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, emphasized that eclipses, both solar and lunar, are described in Jewish tradition as being powerful omens.

“The month of Tammuz began the spiritual exile of the shechina (holy presence) and it is also the end of the exile,” Rabbi Berger said. “The exile began with a fire on the Temple Mount and it will end with a fire, lit by the Arabs, on the Temple Mount, just as the prophecy told us.”

Rabbi Berger cited a recent message he was personally given by Rabbi David Abuchatzeira, a leading Kabbalist of this generation. 

“The rabbi said that we are not in the days leading up to the final redemption,” Rabbi Berger said. “Rabbi Abuchatzeira said that we are already in the days of the final redemption. This is clear from what is happening around the world and this was what he saw with his *inner vision.”

“When the exile ends, there is no longer any divine protection over the Jews who choose to remain in exile. This happened when the Jews left Egypt and again when they returned from Babylon. The Jews who remained behind were lost. This is what is happening outside of Israel right now.”

In its discussion of eclipses, the Talmud (Sukkot 29a) specifically described solar eclipses as being a bad omen for the nations who base their calendars on the solar cycle. Indeed, the complete solar eclipse that transversed the continental United States in August 2017 ushered in the most devastating hurricane season in US history.

At the end of this section describing the omens contained within eclipses, the Talmud states a disclaimer: “When Israel does the will of the place (God), they have nothing to fear from all of this,” citing the Prophet Jeremiah as a source.

Thus said Hashem: Do not learn to go the way of the nations, And do not be dismayed by portents in the sky; Let the nations be dismayed by them! Jeremiah 10:2

“This eclipse is clearly a warning to the nations that the Jew were commanded to live in all of Israel,” Rabbi Berger said. “The Palestinians do not want this land for themselves. They hate God so much that they want to force the Jews to leave. This, of course, will never happen.”

The mitzvoth (Torah commandments) were given to be performed in Israel,” Rabbi Berger said. “They are an aspect of the land of Israel. The only hope for Jews to be safe in the exile now is to strengthen themselves in mitzvoth, thereby holding on to an aspect of Israel. But this is, and always has been, a temporary method for a Jew to be safe in the exile. The only sure way for Jews to be safe is to come to Israel right away.”

“The destruction of the Temple in Tammuz was horrible but even worse was Israel rejecting the Land of Israelwith the spies,” Rabbi Berger said. “Jews who refuse to come to Israel despite the obvious benefits of the country are reenacting this sin every day they stay. The war we just went through was because the government once again did the sin of the spies, who were the princes. They did this by throwing Gush Katif onto the garbage heap, by rejecting the holy Temple Mount, and by refusing to declare that Judea and Samaria are an essential part of Israel.”

This eclipse is clearly a warning to the nations that the Jew were commanded to live in all of Israel,” Rabbi Berger said.

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*one’s inner vision is pivotal to assessing what is happening in the world. The hand of HaShem moves the chess pieces around to produce a certain outcome, and we are watching this now.  As the Torah tells us, when ‘misfortunes come one after the other we are to assume Mashiach is nearing (coming).’ The enemies of G–d and His servant Mashiach will do anything to prevent this from happening. Hopefully, he will be revealed in a clandestine manner to fool our enemies, before revealing.






28 May 2021

Reb Neuberger — What is Gaza?

 WHAT IS GAZA? 

 

 

There is never “coincidence” when it comes to the weekly Torah Portion.

 

Each week, it is decreed in Heaven that words of Torah come to give us insight into whatever is going on at that exact moment in our lives or the life of the world.

 

Last week was the second week in which Israel was subjected to a rain of rockets and rioting from our enemies, all emanating from a place called Gaza.

 

What is this Gaza? 

 

Amazingly, last Shabbos, we read a Haftara from Sefer Shoftim which discusses this exact situation, the threat of our enemies emanating from Gaza

 

But this story took place three thousand years ago! 

 

The Judge named Shimshon (“Samson”) was from the Tribe of Dan. In the words of Rabbi Dovid Feinstein zt”l, “The portion of … Dan bordered on the Philistine territory, and his hometown of Tzar’ah was near the Philistine cities of Gass and Azah….” (Kol Dodi on the Haftaros, page 153)

 

“Azah” is “Gaza!”

 

The Torah is all about today! 

 

Our ancestors dealt with the evil in Gaza and we are still dealing with the evil in Gaza!

 

There is something about the nature of certain places. Eretz Yisroel is the location of the greatest kedusha in the world. Places like S’dom are associated with evil to such an extent that they destroy themselves. Gaza is another place from which evil has emanated for thousands of years.

 

The angel who announced the birth of Shimshon told his mother that her son would “begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.” The passage continues, “The spirit of Hashem began to resound in … the camp of Dan”with the birth of Shimshon.” (Shoftim 13:5-25) Rabbi Feinstein comments, “The task of battling the Philistines began with Shimshon, but it did not end with him. It was continued by the judges who succeeded him … and by the Prophet Shmuel ….”

 

The Written Torah describes the Creation of the world until the end of Prophesy, but it is not over. Our Prophets anticipate a time when there will be a Third Bais Hamikdosh and Moshiach ben Dovid will usher in the era of universal peace and redemption from evil.

 

It seems that the story of Gaza, that bastion of evil, will not be complete until our own days, when the evil will finally be eradicated. “Thus said Hashem, for three transgressions of Gaza [I have looked away], but for four I will not pardon them.” (Amos 1:6) According to Abarbanel and Malbim, the fourth transgression was their persecution of the Jews. (Artscroll commentary)

 

Gaza was not conquered during the lifetime of Yehoshua. In light of current events, this seems to hint that the final chapters are even now being written, at the end of history.

 

During Shavuos, we read the amazing saga contained in Megilas Rus, which describes the birth of Oved, grandfather of Dovid. Dovid’s cousin was the giant Golias, grandson of Rus’ sister Orpah.

 

Please listen to the words of Golias: “I am the Philistine!” (I Shmuel 17:8)

 

Golias challenged all of Israel and blasphemed the Name of Hashem. B’nai Yisroel were terrified. Only Dovid had the courage to face him. Dovid stood there in his shepherd’s garb and said to Golias, “You come to me with a sword, a spear and a javelin, but I come to you with the Name of Hashem, Master of Legions, the G-d of the Battalions of Israel, that you have ridiculed.” (I Shmuel 17:45)

 

“Dovid stretched his hand into his sack. He took a stone from there and slung it, and struck the Philistine in the forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead and he fell upon his face, upon the ground … and there was no sword in Dovid’s hand.” (ibid 17:49

 

Almost every day in Yerushalayim I go out to gaze at the Kever of Shmuel ha Novi, the great Prophet who anointed Dovid. Hashem said to Shmuel, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he [the King of Israel]. Shmuel took the horn of oil and anointed him from among his brothers and the spirit of Hashem passed over Dovid from that day on.” (ibid 16:12)

 

My friends, it is all going to happen again. The prophet will come soon b’ezras Hashem and anoint the Son of Dovid as Melech Yisroel. The threat from Gaza will end forever with the coming of Moshiach ben Dovid, may we greet him soon in our days!

 

 

GLOSSARY

Golias: Goliath

Kedusha: Sanctity

Kever: Burial place

Sefer Shoftim: The Book of Judges

Shimshon: The Judge Samson

Shmuel ha Novi: Samuel the Prophet

Yehoshua: Joshua


Rabbi Winston: Beha’alosecha – Igniting the Soul

LAST WEEK’S PARSHA ended with the Chanukas Hamizbayach, vis-a-vis all the gifts the princes of each tribe brought for the occasion. This week’s parsha begins with the mitzvah of lighting the Menorah, causing Rashi to question the juxtaposition. He explains that because Aharon’s tribe Levi had not participated in the inauguration ceremony, it made Aharon believe that it was because of his involvement in the golden calf, and he felt dejected. So G–D told him: 

“By your life, yours is greater than theirs, for you will light and prepare the lamps.” (Rashi, Bamidbar 8:1)


The Ramban rejects Rashi’s explanation saying that if this was meant to be Aharon’s consolation, it wasn’t much consolation. Any kohen could have done the mitzvah of lighting the Menorah, so what was special about it? Furthermore, the gifts brought by the princes of each tribe were voluntary, whereas lighting the Menorah was an obligation, making it far less personal.


Instead the Ramban says that the consolation for Aharon was a prophecy about how it would be the kohanim, in the future, who would heroically re-dedicate the Temple in the time of the Chashmonaim. The Pri Tzaddik adds to this that the Menorah would continue to be kindled by families all over the world even after the Temple was no longer standing. So the mitzvah of Menorah, unlike the inauguration-offerings of the tribes, was not a one-time thing. It was eternal. 


To this we can add another idea. Rather than view the mitzvah of kindling the Menorah as a separate matter altogether, it should be considered to be the continuation and crowning achievement of the Chanukas Hamizbayach. It should be understood as the climax of all that took place before it, just as we read the parsha on Zos Chanukah. Then the Torah reading continues from the end of the offerings to the lighting of the Menorah, making Aharon’s consolation:


“By your life, yours is greater than theirs, for you will light and prepare the lamps, which will be the culmination and completion of all that preceded it!”


How so? The answer to this question is actually in the way the Menorah was to be kindled: 


Speak to Aharon and say to him: “When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall cast their light toward the face of the Menorah.” (Bamidbar 8:2) 


The six on the six branches; the three eastern ones—that is their wicks—facing towards the center one, and likewise, the three western ones, the tops of their wicks facing toward the center one. Why [were the wicks facing inwards, thus giving off so little light]? So that [people] should not say that He [G–D] needs the light. (Rashi)


All that trouble to produce light, just to send the message that G–D doesn’t need our light? Really?


THE TALMUD SAYS that if someone wants to be wealthy, they should face slightly “north” during the Amidah because the Shulchan, which represented parnassah, was placed to the north of the Heichel in the Mishkan and Temple. But if a person wants to be wise, the Talmud continues, they should face slightly south since the Menorah was placed on the south side (Bava Basra 25b). 


You might just call this a “segulah,” something done to try and trigger a specific result. For example, and this comes straight from the Talmud (Krisos 5b), we do segulos on Rosh Hashanah night at the seudah to “encourage” a positive judgment. The most obvious and universal Rosh Hashanah segulah is dipping apple in honey for a sweet new year.


How does eating something delicious and sweet add merit to our judgment in Heaven? Well, kabbalistically both an apple and honey allude to matters of specific deep Torah significance. It could be that we’re connecting to something important by doing the segulah specifically on that night. 


Other segulos might just be a play on words to focus us, and Heaven, on what we need or want. Therefore, some people like eating as part of their list of Rosh Hashanah segulos, a raison with celery to ask G–D for a “raison celery,” that is, a “raise in salary.” I did it one year and received as a bonus a box of raisons and package of celery. Just kidding.


But what about facing south in the “direction” of the Menorah? Just another segulah, or is it something far more profound?


It is pointed out that the word “chochmah—wisdom” spelled Ches-Chof-Mem-Heh, also spells “koach mah” when the first two letters are inverted. “Koach” means “strength,” but it can also mean “energy” or “potential, etc.” The word “mah” means “what,” which can also refer to anything that exists, making a statement out of the two words: the energy of everything. That is true wisdom, the knowledge of What it is that has given rise to all that exists, and what sustains it.


That being so, the mah alludes to something even deeper. It is the gematria (Mem=40, Heh=5) of G–D’s “expanded” Name, in which each letter of the Name, seen and invisible, is written out. The letter Yud is written Yud-Vav-Dalet, the Heh is Heh-Aleph, the Vav is Vav-Aleph-Vav, and Heh again is Heh-Aleph. If only the visible letters are used, the gematria is 26. With the added “invisible” letters, an additional (10+1+7+1=) 19 is added to the total, making it 45. Hence its Name, “Shem M”H,” the “Name of Mah—45.”


This name specifically corresponds to the six sefiros of Chesed, Gevurah, Tifferes, Netzach, Hod, and Yesod (see Perceptions: Emor). They are the levels of sefiros that have governed human history until today, each sefirah being “responsible” for a respective millennium. Each of them has embodied a particular aspect of G–D’s light and will, which has provided the potential for its corresponding millennium. 


In fact, according to Kabbalah, it is this level of sefiros (collectively called “Zehr Anpin”) that actually corresponds to the Name of G–D, “Hakadosh Boruch Hu,” The Holy One, Blessed Is He. Therefore, “koach M”H” means that our world was made and is sustained by the energy of The Holy One, Blessed Is He. G–D, for short. 


Knowledge can deceive a person into thinking that G–D does not exist, or that He does not get involved in the world of man. 


Wisdom is knowing that He does.


SHABBOS IS THE cornerstone of a Torah lifestyle:


Shabbos Kodesh is the great sign and covenant that The Holy One, Blessed is He, gave to the Jewish people, to know that in six days G–D made Heaven and earth and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day. It is the foundation of emunah to know that the world is renewed, and that there isn’t any nature or happenstance in the world. Also, that every day and every moment The Holy One, Blessed is He, renews and sustains the world, as it says, “Who renews Creation every day in His goodness,” and it says, “You give life to everything.” The Creator, may His Name be blessed, is the Master of everything, and we are His servants who are obligated to perform His will and to serve him with our entire bodies, souls, and belongings. (Hilchos Shabbos B’S habbos, Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Karp, Section 1:1)


Shabbos is about a lot more than simply abstaining from certain creative activities for about 26 hours. It is about more than cleaning up and eating good food. All of that it just to help us accomplish the real point of Shabbos, to reach a higher level of consciousness elaborated on in the quote above. 


It would even be a good idea to read it each week before Shabbos comes in, to make sure that you do the mitzvah properly. It would be a shame to go through all that preparation and barely do the mitzvah, as so many people undoubtedly do. How many times have I caught myself discussing things at the Shabbos table that would imply the opposite message? Far too many…


The Talmud says that Shabbos is one-sixtieth of the World-to-Come (Brochos 57b). This might mean different things to different people, depending upon how they define the World-to-Come. But this is how the Talmud describes it: 


A favorite saying of Rav was: [The future world is not like this world.] In the future world there is no eating nor drinking nor propagation nor business nor jealousy nor hatred nor competition, but the righteous sit with their crowns on their heads feasting on the brightness of the Divine Presence, as it says, “And they saw G–D, and ate and drank” (Shemos 24:11). (Brochos 17a)


This is the true meaning of beha’alosecha. The igniting of the candles, which are always a metaphor for the soul, is the igniting of our soul. Just as the kohen who lit the Menorah had to make sure they burned independently, likewise must a person make their soul “burn” independently for G–D. Just as the flame must point towards the center one, which points Heavenward, likewise must a person’s soul ascend towards G–D, even while still functioning in a physical and mundane body.


We’re here to reveal and see G–D, not to “bury” Him under the veil of nature and behind the words and statements of people who are barely conscious of Him, if at all. That’s why the mitzvah of lighting the Menorah was the culmination of everything before it, and Aharon was left out of the first part and saved for the second part. 


I WROTE A book about this called “Living Higher.” I am now working on the sequel called “Landing Higher,” which shows why Eretz Yisroel is crucial for being able to live higher. We’ll talk more about this next week, b”H, when we return to the debacle of the spies.


I used to check the news religiously. As a writer about current events from a Torah/geulah perspective, I felt obligated to do so. But then the Trump-Clinton election took over, and the continuous flow of lies and slander turned my stomach, and I just couldn’t look anymore. If I have to know something, I find out about it…sooner or later. 


I have been criticized for this over the years, but it doesn’t really bother me. The spiritual bliss I gained far outweighs any disadvantage people have told me I “suffer” from. In the meantime, all I have noticed is their consternation from staying on top of the news, and every time they complain about the bad they see or hear, my decision is greatly reinforced. 


The best part is the realization of just how much looking at the world through the eyes of G–Dless people, or at least people who do not properly understand how G–D runs His world, tied me down to a more mundane level of consciousness. Even so-called religious news outlets report events in ways that can deceive the average untrained mind. They forget to take the story back to G–D Himself and ask, “What is G–D telling us?”


There really is no CNN or Fox News, etc., or a Palestinian enemy or an unsympathetic-to-Israel UN. They certainly exist, but as instruments of G–D’s will. 


He built them. He controls them. He tells their anchor people what to say. He creates the news just so they will interpret it in their biased ways, to get at us. If something, or someone talks about or to us, it is G–D. We ought to pay close attention in order to figure out what it is He wants us to know, before He makes the situation worse.


In Sha’ar Bitachon of “Duties of the Heart,” the author explains that G–D lets a Jew believe whatever they want. But he adds that if that thing is something other than G–D, then the person will be subject to all of the problems of the world they have bought into, without G–D to help them. G–D will leave them in the “care” of the “idol” they have chosen to worship to see how well that works out. 


But for the person who sees past the veil of nature, deception, and hypocrisy, and doesn’t stop until they get to G–D Himself, there is only ascension. Hence, the Talmud says that anyone who “eats” the three meals of Shabbos will be spared the travails of Chevlei Moshiach—the birth pangs of Moshiach (Shabbos 118a). Given what Rabbi Karp said above, you can be certain it is talking about more than eating the physical food itself. If anything, it is talking about the spiritual “food” to which beha’alosecha alludes, and Aharon Hakohen “served” to the nation.


Rabbi Kahana: Letter to the World by Rabbi Meir Kahana

 BS”D

“LETTER TO THE WORLD”

Authored by my brother Rabbi Meir Kahana HY”D,  40 years ago and very relevant today.


Shabbat Shalom,

Nachman Kahana

 

Dear World,


I understand that you are upset by us, here in Israel.


Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry.


Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the “brutal repression of the Palestinians”; yesterday it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily.


Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we – the Jewish people – upset you.


We upset a German people who elected Hitler and upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations – Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset.


We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us.


For centuries, we upset a Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of the church, Martin Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit.


And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world, that we decided to leave you – in a manner of speaking – and establish a Jewish state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you)- and have you love us and so, we decided to come home – home to the same land we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also upset.


Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please.


Having left you and your pogroms and inquisitions and crusades and holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state, we continue to upset you. You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East.


Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The “radical” Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset.


Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel.


In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs.

 

Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929.


Dear world, why did the Arabs – the Palestinians – massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936-39? Was it because Arabs were upset over 1967?


And when you, dear world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a “Palestinian State” alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried “no” and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews – was that “upset” caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of “upset” then?


The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state -attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of “itbach-al-yahud” (Massacre the Jew!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not “repress” them.


Dear world, you stood by during the holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres.


You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well think of how many times in the past you bothered us.


In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.


Rabbi Meir Kahana

27 May 2021

Rabbi Kessin on the Spiritual Revelations in Our Geulah Process



MY COMMENTS:  

HaShem is ‘stirring the pot’ of Geulah, causing events to erupt one after the other

And it says, when troubles come one after the other, get your Shabbos clothes ready because Mashiach is coming

The Geulah is marching all around us, ISRAEL, and it’s closing in 

When things in the world don’t make sense it’s clearly the Hand of HaShem moving around.

Increasing antisemitism will cause Jews to tremble in fear and hopefully come closer to their Father

I believe that the two tragedies that happened to the Klal have gripped them severely, and soon they will increase acts of achdus and begin ceasing lashon harah.  Something is beginning to happen, and this Yid gets it!

"Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe" Is Mesader Kiddushin For Mercaz HaRav Talmid

Both Rabbi Anava and Rabbi Kessin have brought commentary from the Kli Yakar. Interesting.



And simultaneously, events in America are taking a turn:

It has always appeared to me that events happening in Israel and America are Mirror Images. I see that but not the total meaning.

UPDATE on the *Deep State falling in disarray:

"The Biden administration is now trying to explain why the people are seeing inflation. We see gas prices moving up, corn, wheat, lumber etc.  The answer, you will see bumps. Wait until it gets really bad. The [CB] plan is unraveling, the world is not going along with it and they are pushing back. 

"The [DS] is now being exposed. All the fake stories are now turning on them, the viewers no longer believe. The people have become aware and are now awake to what has been happening. The US election audits are moving at a very fast pace. T...he plan is moving at a faster pace than people realize. 

"The [DS] is panicking, they know once the people see the truth about the elections it is game over. 

"They will push back, see something say something."

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*think fauchi being sworn in to testify, gain-of-function, financing, double-speak, lies, WHO, threats, new plandemic = this all equals hysteria as the walls to their evil begin to close in around them.


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PREPARE FOR COMBAT: 

I believe they are gearing up to attack Jerusalem. Remember, we are on top of hills, with only so many roads out. The threat of 10,000 fighters within Israel is both a statement and an alert, for this 10,000 to prepare. When that happens we will see the IDF in the streets of Jerusalem. We citizens will have to shore up in our homes. The deletes are pretty secure, but the mirpesot and windows are not. So stock up on food stuffs just in case, and prepare a “bag of essentials” to grab on the way to the safe rooms.