RAMADAN KILLING SPREE: Beer Sheva, Hadera, Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Gush Etzion (?) . . . “Where” is the next attack?
NOTE: *America Funding Anti-Israel: America First Exposing Biden’s State Dept. $1 Million Grant Soliciting Attacks on Israel. [Fuel for Ramadan Killing Spree] See https://habayitah.blogspot.com/2022/03/america-funding-anti-israel.html
Can the Israelis now see how fragile their lives are? Will the Israelis begin to understand that G–D is in charge and that ONLY G–D and TORAH PROTECTS.
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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, this generation’s preeminent Torah leader and known among the Haredim as “the Prince of Torah,” passed away ten days ago. Approximately one million mourners attended his funeral, making it the largest funeral in Israel’s history. And his passing may have taken with it a blessing of protection of his hometown, Bnei Brak, after a gruesome terror attack hit the central city for the first time ever.
The day that Rabbi Kanievsky passed away was Shushan Purim. Shushan Purim is the 15th of Adar when the people in Jerusalem celebrate Purim, one day after the rest of the Jewish nation. Rabbi Amram Vaknin, known for his deep connection to the Prophet Elijah and his prophetic visions, passed away on the same day Rabbi Amram Vaknin, known for his deep connection to the Prophet Elijah and his prophetic visions passed away. One day later, Rabbi Grainom Lazewnik, universally recognized for his piety, passed away at the age of 106 in Flatbush, New York.
At the time, Rabbi Yosef Berger, a former member of the Sanhedrin and the son of the Mishkoltz Rebbe, warned that the passing of such a great and revered holy man would pose a threat to the nation. Rabbi Berger cited the Talmud (Sanhedrin 97a), which states that in the generation before the Messiah reveals himself, Torah scholars will decrease in number.
“The righteous of the generation, especially one as great as Rabbi Kanievsky, are taken to save the generation from trials and tribulations that are coming,” Rabbi Berger said. “In the last generation, no rabbi spoke about the imminent Messiah-like Rabbi Kanievsky did. He requested from me that since the Messiah is about to be revealed, anyone who wants to be spared from the birth pangs that precede the Messiah should immediately begin learning Torah and performing acts of loving-kindness. He told me to shout this from the rooftops, to announce it on loudspeakers, anything to get the people to listen.”
Rabbi Berger’s warning seemed to have materialized as this week; five terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 11 Israelis in the past week.
Rabbi Yehoshua Gerzi, the head of the Pilzno community in Ramat Bet Shemesh, explained that the ability to protect is inherent in every person.
“Yes, the righteous who work on themselves and improve themselves in service to God are always praying for the protection of others, and God hears their prayers. If everyone on this planet worked on themselves, improved in caring and sharing, prayed more deeply, we would all be protected on a much higher level.”
Rabbi Gersh related a story about Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, also known as the Chazon Ish. Rabbi Karekitz, recognized for his piety and acuity in Torah law, was Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky’s uncle. Before he left the world in 1953, Rabbi Karelitz walked around the entire city of Bnei Brak, where he lived, drawing a line on the ground as he walked.
“He said that Bnei Brak would be protected,” Rabbi Karelitz related. “During the Gulf war or any times rockets fell nearby in Tel Aviv, people in Bnei Brak carried on without any worries. We knew we were protected.”
Rabbi Gersh recounted that Rabbi Kanievsky had assured the people of Bnei Brak in 2012 that no rockets would fall in their city. An estimated 2,257 rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza in 2012. No rockets have ever fallen in Bnei Brak.
“Until this week, there was never a terror attack in the city either,” Rabbi Gersh stated. “Our shield has been removed.”
MUSLIM “PROPHESY” OF ISRAEL’S DOOM
This week, five terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 11 Israelis. Some experts believe that this violence results from Muslim ‘prophecies’ circulating for 25 years. And with Ramadan beginning Saturday night, this violence is, for many reasons, expected to get even worse.
On Wednesday night, a Palestinian terrorist murdered four Israelis in Bnei Brak. Just two days earlier, two Israeli-Arab terrorists murdered two 19-year-old Border Police officers in Hadera in an attack claimed by the Islamic State. One week earlier, a Bedouin-Palestinian terrorist killed four Israelis in a stabbing and vehicular ramming attack in Beersheba.
In 1997, Sheikh Bassam Jarrar, a Hamas-affiliated Palestinian scholar, wrote “Israel’s Disappearance in 2022 – Quran Prophecy or Numerical Coincidence”. In the book, Jarrar interpreted a section of the Koran known as the Sura al-Isra, which stated that the Jews corrupted the land twice. Jarrar interpreted this to mean that Jews corrupted Medina in the time of Mohammad and would come to corrupt Jerusalem in current days. Using Arabic numerology known as Hisāb alJummal, Jarrar inspected the appearances in the Koran of the number 19, a significant number in Islam. Ironically, he cites a “legend or prophecy” he attributed to an old Jewish woman from Tiberias who, before the state was established, predicted Israel would exist for 76 years (four times 19) and no more.
Based on his calculations, Jarrar stated that 2022 was the beginning of Israel’s downfall. On 5 March of this year, Jarrār predicted that a huge event would mark the beginning of the “Israeli downfall.”
The Israeli government deported Jarrar to Lebanon in 1993, but his book sparked a wave of ‘prophecies’ about the imminent demise of Israel. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the founder of Hamas who died in 2004, told Al Jazeera that Israel will cease to exist in 2027. He based this on the story of 40 years of wilderness wandering mentioned in the Koran and the Torah. He explained that this was an example of an entire generation as a stage of change. Each phase is forty years, and upon the completion of two generations, Israel will lose its foundations and collapse.
Iraqi Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al-Rashed cited Yassin while listing seven reasons Israel will cease to exist this year. He also related a story about an old Jewish woman who, upon hearing in 1948 that Israel had declared its independence, cited a ‘prophecy’ that this was a sign of its ultimate destruction and would not last more than 76 years.
Al-Rashed linked his conclusions to Jewish astronomy and astrology, claiming that rabbis attach much importance to astrological events. Al-Rashed referenced Halley’s comet, which passes by the Earth every 76 years. He stated that its appearance in 164 BCE signaled the destruction of the Jewish presence in “Palestine” (sic).
This reference by Al-Rashed is incongruous as Haley’s Comet is not expected to pass by the Earth until 2061. It is incongruous as the First Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE, and the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE. The first confirmed sighting of Haley’s Comet was in 240 BCE, over 300 years after the destruction of the First Temple.
Haley’s Comet did appear in 66 CE but was described by the Romano-Jewish historian Josephus as appearing several years before the destruction of the Second Temple.
In 2014, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad said that the Palestinians would liberate all of Palestine “within eight years” in 2022. In 2015, in an interview on Lebanese TV, the Imam of the mosque of Al Quds in Sidon, Maher Hamoud, said that “according to calculations based on the Quran, the end of Israel will be in 2022.”
In February, Dr. Mohammad Makram Balawi, a Palestinian writer and academic based in Istanbul, wrote that “for many Palestinians, 2022 is an exceptional year as it marks the beginning of the ‘downfall’ of the Israeli occupation.”
“How these prophecies might affect the attitudes and behaviors of the people who believe in them could be the right question. Yet, we will find many in the traumatized Arab World who would wait for them to come true,” he wrote.
Perhaps the most influential of these ‘prophecies was stated in an interview with Al Jazeera by Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the founder of Hamas who died in 2004. Yassin told Al Jazeera that Israel would cease to exist in 2027. He based this on the story of 40 years of wilderness wandering mentioned in the Koran and the Torah. He explained that this was an example of an entire generation as a stage of change. Each phase is forty years, and upon the completion of two generations, Israel will lose its foundations and collapse. Yasin cited the Koran’s version of the Exodus in which Allah commanded the children of Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years so that the cowardly generation would die and a warrior generation would rise in its place.
Yassin claimed that “the Palestinian people were defeated in 1948 and expelled from their homeland”. He noted that 40 years later, the Intifada broke out in Gaza and “forced Israel and the world to recognize the existence of the Palestinian people.” He used this as the basis for his claim that Israel would end within the next 40 years.
These ‘prophecies’ will take on intensified import in the coming weeks as the month-long Ramadan period will begin on Saturday evening.
*Will this eventually be the Gog UMagog War, being the US vs Israel? How does an entity tear apart the umbilical cord in order to survive and breathe on its own?