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09 June 2023

Rabbi Winston – Shlach Lecha and 2000th Issue

THIS IS OFFICIALLY the 2,000th edition of Perceptions, boruch Hashem, a personal milestone. It is hard to believe that I have done this 2,000 times. Thank You G–d for the opportunity, all the incredible insights, and the pleasure of sharing them. I wonder if anyone who received the first one is still here for this issue. 

I want to thank Rabbi Yehudah Landy, shlita, for first approaching me about writing a parsha page for his new Neve Tzion Alumni web page back in 1993. Perceptions was born from that request, and it was there that Torah.org, then called Project Genesis, discovered it and contacted me about sharing it with them.

I very much appreciate Torah.org for weekly publishing Perceptions since the beginning, introducing me to so many readers I otherwise would never have met. Thank you also to my editors over the years who helped me as a chesed and labor of love (including my own father, z”l, and mother). 

And of course I thank you, my readers, without whom I’d only be writing only for myself every week, which is not nearly as inspiring.

Ironically, it is also Parashas Meraglim. When I first began writing Perceptions back in 1993, the parsha of the spies was no more special to me than any other parsha. I was already living in Eretz Yisroel at the time, which considering I had once not liked the place at all, was significant. But I had yet to get involved with End of Days material, or to appreciate the centrality of the land in general and its importance at this time of history specifically.

Now it feels like some kind of anniversary for me every time the parsha comes around. I learned that Jewish history made a serious turn when the spies came back and delivered their evil report about the land, and we’ve been suffering for it ever since. The generation of the spies is long gone, but their impact is alive and well and holding us back until this very day. 

Sometimes we have suffered because the exile has been so hard, making a life of Torah and mitzvos difficult. Sometimes we have suffered because the exile has been so good, making it difficult to keep our eye on the Torah ball while being distracted by the niceties of Olam HaZeh—This World. The body of Judaism has remained over the millennia somewhat, but the soul has been sucked right out of us either because of the bad, or because of the good. 

But after writing on the parsha about 38 times, what else is there to say? I’ve always felt it was kind of cheating to republish earlier versions of Perceptions, even though many of the readers have changed over the years. Mostly I felt I was cheating Torah that always has something new to say, some new insight to share, whether I do or not.

Someone recently asked me if, after writing over 100 books and thousands of essays, I ever get Writer’s Block. I told him, “How can I? If I had to make everything up on my own, I could see how the well of ideas could run dry. But I draw from the well of Torah, an endless stream of knowledge and ideas. That, together with Divine assistance, I just have to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and let Divine Providence take of the rest.” 

That is as good a place as any to begin discussing what went wrong with the spies. 

FROM THE SIMPLE reading of the story, it seems as if the spies were just some great people headed off on a great mission. It sounds as if things only went wrong after they reached Eretz Yisroel, at which time 10 of them capitulated to their fear of the new and tried to dissuade the nation from marching forward.

Until that is, you pay closer attention to the cracks. The first one, that G–d did not initiate the mission, lead to this comment by Rashi: 

“Send for yourself: According to your own way of thinking. I am not commanding you, but if you wish, you can send. Since the Jewish people had come and said, ‘Let us send men ahead of us,’ as it says, ‘All of you approached me…’ (Devarim 1:22), Moshe spoke with the Shechinah and it said, ‘I told them that it is good, as it says, “I will bring you up from the affliction of Egypt…” (Shemos 3:1). By their lives I will give them the opportunity to err through the words of the spies, so that they will not inherit it.’” (Rashi, Bamidbar 13:1)

Well, that certainly tipped off Moshe Rabbeinu. We see this from the fact that he renamed Hoshea, Yehoshua, which Rashi explains means: 

“He prayed on his behalf, ‘May G–d save you from the counsel of the spies.’” (Rashi, Bamidbar 13:16)

And no one else noticed? No one said, “Hey, Hoshea…or Yehoshua…whatever your name is! Why did Moshe change your name now?”

Or did they notice, ask, and Yehoshua decided to keep the name change personal, only answering, “I don’t know. Maybe because Moshe Rabbeinu likes the new name more…” 

Then of course there is the crack that Rashi tells us about, but it is not clear if the spies noticed it:

“They went, and they came to Moshe and Aharon and all the congregation of the Children of Israel in the desert of Paran, to Kadesh. They brought them back a report, as well as to the entire congregation, and they showed them the fruit of the land.” (Bamidbar 13:26)

“What is meant by, ‘They went’? To compare their going with their coming. Just as their return was with evil intent, so was their departure with evil intent.” (Rashi)

Did they really conspire from the beginning to sabotage entry into Eretz Yisroel, and the mission was just a pretext to later justify their complaints and “suggestions”? Or, was this a case of something going on so deep in the heart that the conscious mind doesn’t notice it until it later surfaces? 

We all know that feeling. You know, when you don’t really want to do something but you can’t just get out of it, so you go along with it until you can find an out. Sometimes our acting job is so good that we even convince ourselves that we’re in when really, in our heart of hearts, we don’t want anything to do with it. Was it the same for the spies? 

The answer comes from somewhere else in the Chumash, from some time else in history. But it also had to do with spies, except that time the 10 tribal leaders were not spies, just accused of being so by the viceroy of Egypt, a.k.a. Yosef HaTzaddik, their long lost and thought-to-be-dead brother. The GR”A points it on the verse:

“And Yosef remembered the dreams that he had dreamed about them, and he said to them, ‘You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.’” (Bereishis 42:9)

ACCORDING TO THE Gaon of Vilna, the Torah tells us that Yosef remembered his dreams to inform us that all that Yosef was about to do was not personal revenge, but doing his part to fulfill the will of G–d. Unlike his brothers, Yosef had seen his dreams as messages from G–d about His plans for the future. Seeing them come true before his eyes and being in a position to fulfill what he dreamed, he set a course of action to do exactly that.

If you look at it and analyze it though, even the harsh treatment is over the top. To make a long story short, Yosef wanted to be discovered. But though he was prepared to help the brothers make that discovery, he was not prepared to hand it to them on a silver platter. They had to work towards it, not for Yosef’s entertainment but for their own tikun

But there is something they call today “motivated perception,” which basically means that a person sees what they want to see, but not necessarily what they’re looking at. It is true that Yosef had changed significantly in the 12 years he had been gone, and he was probably well disguised in Egyptian garb. Still, it seems from the Ohr HaChaim, they should have been able to at least wonder about the man standing before them making absurd and false accusations.

Now Yosef recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.” (Bereishis 42:6)

Not only because, the Ohr HaChaim explains, Yosef was so well-disguised, but their assumptions about what G–d wanted and was doing did not allow them to perceive their brother. People mistakenly believe that their perceptions are objective when in fact they are the brain’s interpretation of reality based upon its assumptions about reality. Faulty assumptions result in faulty perceptions, or at least incomplete ones. 

This is why we say in our prayers on Shabbos, “Purify our hearts so that we can serve You with truth.” Did it ever cross a person’s mind to serve G–d with falsehood? No, but they have done it anyhow. Just think about how many times people have marched out to do deeds in the “Name of G–d” which, in fact, were the exact opposite of what G–d wanted. 

What we’re really saying is, “G–d, help me to get the proper assumptions about life so that my perceptions will be accurate and I can do what You truly want, not my personal and biased interpretation of what you want.” Falsehood can provide some initial security, but it comes back to haunt us, as it did Yosef’s brothers and, much later in time, the spies. 

That’s how a whole generation could believe that rejecting Eretz Yisroel would be okay to G–d. They misunderstood what He really wanted, which warped their perception of reality until reality came crashing down on them, as it always does, and always will. 

Ain Od Milvado, Part 53

IT’S THE DIFFERENCE between only knowing Ain od Milvado and living according to it. We “know” G–d is one. We “believe” He runs the world. We “understand” that everything is a function of Hashgochah Pratis, and that there are no accidents. Yet our lives don’t completely reflect all of this.

People who have tzuris (troubles) wonder about their level of yiddishkeit, thinking that G–d is disrupting their lives to send them a message to improve. Others whose lives seem to be running relatively smoothly assume that G–d is okay with their level of spiritual life, and that the little tzuris they have is only “natural” and not mussar. So they just continue with the status quo because G–d “seems” okay with it.

While there is no question that G–d never expects more from a person than they can achieve, there is also no question that He expects everyone to live up to what they can achieve. He also expects people who know better to act better, and when necessary to lead others who do not know what they do. 

The GR”A says that, even though there were no prophets to tell the Jewish people it was time to go back to Eretz Yisroel in Koresh’s time, there were enough signs to indicate it. But the bulk of the nation chose to act as if there were no such signs, and this shut the door on redemption after only 52 years of exile. They viewed the events as nothing significant because that was the way they wanted to see them. 

We didn’t expect it, and we did not really see it coming, but history today is changing rapidly, especially in Eretz Yisroel. We don’t have prophets to help us interpret the events, but we have signs telling us the direction of history. Everyone will see them differently because everyone has different assumptions about life. Now more than even, it is important to check their accuracy, to make sure that when we serve G–d, we serve Him with truth, and deserve to be redeemed because of it.  

Reb Neuberger – SNAKES



Years ago, my wife and I were flying to San Diego for a speech. On the plane, I had an amazing experience where I got a whole drasha from a can of Coke. Yes, Coca Cola! You can see the story in the new book about us – From Sinai to Yerushalayim -- by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer. On page 312 there is a picture of the actual Coke can. (The original is in my study in Israel). 

Hashem speaks to us through every atom in the universe. “The heavens declare the glory of G-d and the expanse of the sky tells of His handiwork….” (Tehillim 19)

Our children recently came back from the park with a brochure about snakes. It is amazing what you can learn from this brochure. No … not about snakes, but about the world of Edom, the world which – as we speak – is collapsing around us. 

The brochure says: “Snake evolution is not fully understood, but it is thought they developed from lizards 100-130 million years ago….”

How interesting! I thought Hashem made the snake at Creation. (See Beraishis 3:1)

Here is another quote from the brochure: “Few animals produce as much apprehension in people as snakes… Perhaps it is their unblinking stare, forked tongue or the way they slither across the ground. Whatever the reason, snakes have paid a high price for our fear. However, it is possible to change this fear into understanding through education. People can learn to appreciate snakes ….”

Hello! Is anyone home? 

The darkness of this world is blinding! Billions of people wander this earth like zombies, blind, deaf and dumb, with no direction, no purpose, and no comprehension why they are here or what they are doing! And, they tell us, they “believe in the Bible!”

Would you like to hear what “the Bible” actually says about snakes? 

“Hashem said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, you are accursed beyond … all beasts of the field. Upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will pound your head and you will bite his heel….’” (Beraishis 3:14-15)

The alien culture surrounding us thinks it is filled with wisdom. It tells itself that it is creating paradise on earth, a technological utopia, the world of the future. It lectures Israel on geopolitics and accuses us of all forms of iniquity. 

“Why do the nations gather and regimes talk in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the princes conspire secretly against Hashem and against His anointed…. [But] He Who sits in heaven will laugh and the L-rd will mock them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and in His wrath He will terrify them ….” (Tehillim 2)

The days of summer are upon us. While the world of Edom shoots off fireworks and flocks to the beach, we members of the Holy Nation retreat into out protected havens of Torah so as not to see the goyim in their empty abandon and lewd behavior. The days are coming when we will sit in dust and ashes and mourn for our Holy Temple, when we remember how we were cast out of our land to be trampled upon by the evil nations among whom we suffer to this day. 

My friends, we are walking among snakes and scorpions in a poisoned world. 

“Those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, shackled in affliction and iron, because they rebelled against the word of G-d and scorned the counsel of the Supreme One…. Fools! Because of their sinful path and because of their iniquities [they] were afflicted.” (Tehillim 107)

We are very close to the Geula. The darkness will suddenly be filled with light. We need to hang on to the words of Truth in order to survive this terrible golus. As the Novi says, “Sing and be glad, O daughter of Tzion, for behold … the words of Hashem…. Hashem shall take Yehuda as a heritage to Himself … and He shall choose Yerushalayim again. Be silent, all flesh, before Hashem, for He is aroused from His holy habitation.” (Zecharia2:14-17; Haftaras Beha’alo-secha) 

Hashem has given us His Torah. We really have to distance ourselves from the mountains of sheker around us and submerge ourselves in the Ocean of Torah. We have to escape from this dangerous and polluted world. There is only one place to go and that is to the Great Light of Torah which will protect us. 

“Hashem shall denounce you, O Satan and Hashem Who chooses Yerushalayim shall denounce you again…. On that day, the words of Hashem, Master of Legions, each man will invite his fellow beneath the vine and beneath the fig tree.” (ibid) 

A perfect world is coming. We will merit to see it if we hang on to the words of Hashem, Master of Legions. 


Fig Tree

Rabbi Kahana: Shlach – Stand Proud


Parashat Shlach 5783

by Rabbi Nachman Kahana


Last week’s parashat Beha’alotcha opens with the mitzva of preparing and lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan and in the following 830 years in the two Batei Mikdash.

Rashi explains that the Torah places the issue of the Menorah adjacent to the event when the heads of the 12 tribes each brought sacrifices on the consecration day of the Mishkan. He explains that Aharon was saddened by the fact that his tribe – Levi , was not invited to participate in the sacrificial offerings with the other heads of tribes. So HaShem compensated Aharon with the permanent responsibility of lighting the Menorah.

Ramban states that the compensation was not the daily lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan and Bet Hamikdash, as Rashi explains, but the future war against Greece and the rededication of the Bet Hamikdash where Aharon’s descendants will light the purified Menorah.

I feel that something is incomplete in Ramban’s explanation. How can an event which will take place 1000 years later serve as compensation for Aharon’s disappointment at being omitted from the sacrificial ceremonies?

But an afterthought, I understood what Ramban meant. HaShem was informing Aharon that the events which would serve as compensation will occur indeed 1000 years later, but that’s exactly the point. That a millennium after your departure from this world, your descendants will still be as enthusiastic and dedicated to the Torah and the Bet Hamikdash as you. They will be instilled with the love of Am Yisrael and the land that will be passed down through the generations of your lineage. They will encourage the nation to fight the mighty Greek empire and be victorious . They will cleanse and purify the Bet Hamikdash and reinstate the Kohanic service. They will establish the period of the Tannaim who will pass down the traditions received at Mount Sinai. That great generation will be empowered by your influence which will last until the Mashiach.

Aharon was joyous at the knowledge that even after 1000 years, his descendants would cling to the Torah and spearhead Am YIsrael in a war of liberation and rededication of the Bet Hamikdash.

But let’s think together. Am Yisrael was in galut since the destruction of the second Temple. Those 2000 years are twice as long as the time from Aharon to the Maccabim. And we are a part of the contemporary Maccabim who have remained loyal and dedicated to the Torah and Am Yisrael. We survived the Shoah and had the inner strength to reestablish the Medina while fighting overwhelming enemies. We don’t have the Bet Hamikdash, but we established in Eretz Yisrael thousands of batei knesset and yeshivot.

We have every reason to be proud of ourselves for repeating the efforts of the Maccabim and building a Torah empire not seen in Eretz Yisrael since the days of the Maccabim. Stand proud that we are the generation preparing for the appearance of the Mashiach and the fulfillment of all the prophecies of greatness of the Jewish nation.

How to achieve a Heavenly protected military

Former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff MK Yair Golan announced in public, that if the government continues with its current policy of exempting yeshiva students from army service, parents (secular) will refuse to send their children to the army.

General Golan is quoted as saying, “We have a lot of tools left in our hands. Up until now it has been a soft fight. But non-violent disobedience has three main tools – demonstration, strike, and civil disobedience. It should be clear to this government that the reservists simply will not show up for duty. A country that sends me to risk my life is obligated to me, and if the government reneges on its commitment to its citizens and if it denies me my basic freedoms as a citizen, there is no reason for me to serve this government. Therefore, until you change your policy, we will not serve you, forget it.

The general is known for his inflammatory remarks. In March he called for “more force” to be used in anti-government protests, in order to attain the protest organizers’ goals of drafting the Chareidim. “If use of force doesn’t work, we’ll use more force. We have to strengthen this campaign. We will hold mass protests every single day of the week; hold massive strikes across all sectors and engage in civil rebellion. The price to pay for this won’t be insignificant, but it is imperative that we be determined. This is a fight for the very soul of Israel, and we will never give in”, he said at the time.

In January, he published a tweet in which he called for a wide-scale civil uprising against the government.

I don’t know why General Golan is not being accused of incitement, sedition, treason, coup d’etat and more. My brother Harav Meir hy’d was arrested and jailed for statements far less dangerous to society and democracy. But perhaps HaShem has a larger mission for the former General. Perhaps he and those who think like him are unwitting tools in the hand of HaShem to bring about a game changing direction for the Medina.

Let me explain:

When encountering a serious issue, the initial step is to define your desired goal; it could be based on logic, human nature or on religious and ethnic traditions.

The Torah (Devarim 23,15) states regarding the letter and spirit that should prevail in a Jewish military base, camp or unit; the spirit of sanctity – kedusha.

כִּי ה’ אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ מִתְהַלֵּךְ בְּקֶרֶב מַחֲנֶךָ לְהַצִּילְךָ וְלָתֵת אֹיְבֶיךָ לְפָנֶיךָ וְהָיָה מַחֲנֶיךָ קָדוֹשׁ וְלֹא  יִרְאֶה בְךָ עֶרְוַת דָּבָר וְשָׁב מֵאַחֲרֶיךָ


Because the Lord your G-d is present in your (military) camp, to save you and to deliver your enemies to you. Therefore, your camp must be holy, so that He may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.

Victory depends upon well trained troops, quality weapons, good strategy and tactics. But above all, as our Jewish 3300-year history demonstrates, beginning with the war between Avraham against the four kings and up to this very day, it is the accompanying spirit of HaShem that provides for each of these factors to function properly and in synchrony. In accordance with an old Jewish adage: “When HaShem wants, even a broom can shoot”, but when Am Yisrael is spiritually deficient we add another Tishah be’Av  to our calendar.

One example how this plays out on the battlefield: A soldier is ordered to storm an enemy position. Who does he prefer to be at his side, a G-d-fearing comrade or one who eats shrimp on Yom Kippur?

General Golan, you and your friends, as I wrote above, could be unwitting tools in the hands of HaShem to transform Tzahal into a military force surrounded by the protecting spirt of the G-d of Yisrael. So, I support what you are doing! Bring, in any way you can, more and more G-d-fearing young men to Tzahal even if your intentions are diametrically opposed to kedusha.

As things stand today, with the moral and spiritual level of the army as is, it is very difficult for a lone dati soldier serving in an all-secular unit to protect his spirituality, unless he serves with at least 20 others to guarantee praying daily with a minyan and having the self-confidence to make sure that their religious rights are protected.

General, here is where you and your friends can be influential .

I wish you success in bringing in more and more religious young men. When dati soldiers serve in a unit by their sheer presence, the pornography comes down from the walls, the cursing is contained, and his comrades begin to receive the Jewish education they were deprived of as children; and female soldiers are transferred out. And when the numbers of religious soldiers reach critical mass, the army will be kosher in spirit, in actions, and on its influence on the nation. The army will be a place for learning Torah and fulfilling Halachic Judaism. Between military needs there will be time for serious Torah studies, and to be a soldier will be an experience of Jewish pride.

We need look no further than the last chapter in tractate Kedoshim that informs us that in King David’s combat units only the most spiritually gifted served, because they brought with them heavenly protection; the others would be used only for morale purposes, such military parades.

Tzahal, as the most respected institution in the country, will one day be a holy Jewish army, and it will cast its influence on the land and all its people. And if what I wrote has validity, you General Golan will have an honorable place in Gan Eden.

Since I mentioned woman soldiers, let me say: This is a very sensitive issue that to be addressed since so many religious girls want to serve. In the classic Jewish army, women did not serve in combat units. However, today they perform essential work in the areas of intelligence and cyber and other non-combat roles. Women should continue to serve and contribute to the national needs, but not as members of the military, rather as civilian employees of the army, sworn to secrecy and paid like civilian employees.

Shabbat Shalom
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5783/2023 Nachman Kahana



Or maybe he just landed?

08 June 2023


 On the lighter side:

Leah from Itamar – Shelach Lecha

Under the super highways that now decorate central Israel there is a tiny vestige of what once was when the pioneers came to drain the swamps there, a sagging hut here, an old cow shed there. Doctors, engineers and what were professionals from their countries of origin came to weld, dig, and work in labors of all kinds in the sweltering heat, living in flimsy wooden shacks that boiled like ovens in summer and freezers in winter. Searching for water to drink, this is not what they imagined Israel to be. They did not train for the catastrophe of hard living; it was a tough row to hoe. 

In Zichrone Yaakov there is a museum that breathes life into the story of what went on here just a few generations ago, the hard plight of settling Eretz Yisrael. Leaving Europe first on a buggy, then on a steamship the first settlers wore beautiful tailored woolen coats and stylish boots to only later deal with the rats, pestilence, drought, hunger not to mention wars, sunbaked in thin cotton sweaty work clothes staring up at the sky asking “G-d! WHY?” I imagine when Abraham came it was much of the same. It was worse.

To the soul of this Land waves and waves of Aliyah settled it making it what it is today. Every person can bear witness to you how it was for them to feel like grasshoppers or be amazed at the astronomical size of the food bill for grapes plus everything, and so heavy a price we pay to do what we are commanded to do- to live in this Land. Shalach Lecha! Lech Lecha! Be willing to sacrifice your son Abraham! Be willing to have your own son join the IDF, not your neighbor’s son. Be willing to rough it, suck up to it, endure. 

Here clearly it is a personal test in doing the command- assessing your Divine purpose, and what better place than Hashem’s own home. Side by side Shalach Lecha and Lech Lecha analyze a story of pure obedience, or lack of it. The political elite of the generation of the desert is all about the weak hearted yet the power hungry. 

Weak and power go together in a weird paradox as leaders do shape the climate of the time we live in- in all generations. Who is to say the same souls of the leaders that were sent as spies are not the leaders and influencers of our nation today? Who is saying “We can go up and inherit her (the Land)!” Yehoshua and Caleb were but a minority- two out of twelve of those leaders- the ratio continues until this very moment. 

The spies rent their clothes and tried to persuade that Eretz Yisrael is not a threat to power, but the actual power that will pull us down, that will lead us to perish- the antithesis of Hashem’s will. Indeed the flip side of what these “leaders” said is the actual truth- Even when you eat dust for dinner, even when you feel abandoned even when you sweat cry and suffer- this is our destiny. Turn the wilderness into Gan Eden, the pinnacle of mitzvoth of the Torah. So, your shiny shoes and your ironed suit might get a bit scruffy here- suck up to it. This is not even about you and your ego.  This is a story of NOT “What can it do for me” but “What can I do for it”. 

In this Land there stood a Temple, in it the windows were made so that the light shone out, not in. This is the kind of place that you think you are marrying Rachel but you get Leah. Rachel got that- she stands on the way waiting for her sons to return- and they do! You can’t superficially make sense or an accounting for why things appear as they do. This place comes to fix you in your willingness to give to it. This is the place that enables you to discover your inner strength, your inner joy, especially when you are humbled, especially when you are not even seen.

Narrow vision is something that has tested us from way back to the roots of who we are. The spies of Shalach lecha observed Eretz Yisrael as did the brothers of Yosef Hatzaddik wrongly disqualify him. He didn’t have a Yehoshua and Calev to be his advocate. Braving it alone Yosef Hatzaddik stood in conviction in living his dream as a lighthouse- even when ALL of his brothers put on blinders.

Later, after the exodus, the entry into Eretz Yisrael had Yehoshua actually carrying Yosef into Shechem, putting him to rest in the exact place where the blessings and the curses were read by all of our nation. Justify your truth – be blessed, negate Hashem’s will- be cursed. All of the spies and their generation perished in the wilderness; they didn’t make it there.

Where are our leaders today! Why have the lovers of Israel’s heartland become a hostile enemy? (Maybe it is not politically correct?) How do we view the painstaking grip on Eretz Yisrael, yes- even today as it boasts super highways and supermarkets exploding KOL TUV- all the best. 

Elaborate improvements have been made to these foundations yet the heart of Israel is in disarray, an impending doom surrounds us; the enemy encroaches! Every house built here is with great difficulty, every field plowed has tremendous implication in defending the integrity of the heart of this Land. We keep on because we can inherit it as Joshua and Calev said. The people here are willing.

Friends, I am sharing a letter that we sent out in the slow mail. Please encourage your friends and family to donate to this most important cause. SHINE YOUR LIGHT OUT!


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Dear Friends,

Recently our homeland was under attack once again. Hundreds of rockets were launched upon greater Israel causing havoc and terror upon thousands of Israelis. Terrorist groups have promised to attack Israel whether it be from Gaza, Lebanon, or Iran and its proxies that work from the very heart of Israel. Most recently a missile making factory was found in Samaria which threatened the safety of major cities just miles away.

I wanted to reach out and let you know that this letter is being sent out as the challenges here on Itamar continue. As we are trying to grow, there have been shootings on our major road leading in and out of the community. Terrorists have been vamping up concerted efforts to paralyze us. 

Emergency days are upon is. The people that live here know that the history of our people is replete with courageous acts and initiatives by idealists that have determination. We strive to be that. We are working on safeguarding measures as well as developing the heartland despite the hardships. By living our lives here, we are actually thwarting terrorism. We’re happy and excited and are thrilled that you are a part of it as well.

As you know, Itamar holds down a significant swath of land connecting the Jordan Valley to the center of the country. Itamar has an important security role in protecting our coastal cities by having command over the mountain range, but even more so we are preserving our ancient legacy, our historic and spiritual foundations by living here. That is why education is also so important to us as our schools grow and children from all over the country come to our institutions all the way from grade school through post army service. 

A new generation of leaders is rising up from here. It is in your merit that schools, parks, organic agricultural projects and so many endeavors have succeeded as we push through obstacles in restoring glory to this Land. When hard times like these come upon Israel, we are even more earnest in the meaningfulness of the mission that connects us based on idealism, pioneering spirit and a love for G-d, Israel and the Torah.

I’m reaching out to you now with our summer fundraiser and asking you if you would be able to contribute. I know how much Itamar means to you. 

Please help us prevent land encroachment as there has been a concerted effort in illegal building surrounding parts of our community. Itamar has been blessed with a lot of land and we must hold on to it. Part of our summer YOUTH PROJECT will include the development of such areas where our youth can help by planting trees and by setting up a recreational park area. 

Thanks to the pioneering efforts and deep dedication of this new generation we see a bright future for Judea and Samaria. Also, our HUB CENTER has been such a success — a place where one can work from here and not have to travel on dangerous roads. In order to absorb the new families that will move here we need to build five more office spaces. In addition, we are planning to launch a new internal CAMERA project which will enable us to have better surveillance and keep us safer.

This is your opportunity to really make a difference for us. Please share what you know about Friends of Itamar with your friends and family. Blessing you with a beautiful summer season — please come and visit!

Please make out your tax-deductible checks to the Friends of Itamar and mail them to:

Friends of Itamar Attn. Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith 962 East 28th Street Brooklyn NY 11210

For those interested in receiving receipts via email, which is our preference being quicker and more economical, please email us at leamoshe@netvision.net.il

You can also donate via pay pal or Credit Card on our website:

www.touritamarsupportisrael.com or www.friendsofitamar.org

Find us on Facebook at Friends of Itamar

Thank you and blessings!

Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith President 


Family and Friends in the NE area of the United States is “holding its breath” when going outside. They are inundated with Heavy Smoke from a conglomeration of Wildfires in Southern Quebec that are “raining” down on New York State, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and more.


Trudeau's gov't is responsible for this with DEWs. It's covered here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/Qcuou5gK4ueQ/


Not just Quebec. Alberta are on fire. Nova Scotia is burning so bad that Time Square in New York is enveloped in smoke. Funny how countries just catch on fire, all over. Funny how 100's of food processing plants in the US are blowing up or burning down. Funny how highly toxic train cars suddenly derail and crash and burn up, almost one a day.

" If you want to know who rules over you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize”  George Orwell

the fact that the media is blaming higher temperatures for the fires in NS is ridiculous. It was the coldest April/May I could remember, with several frost warnings in May. It was unusually dry in that period. Then we get one weekend with temperatures 20-22 C and the fires started immediately. The authorities got to practice their emergency messaging system and pushing people around. I'm sure lots of land will now become available for development. We've had nearly a week of rain so the fires have been out.

Ilana Rachel Daniel – Mind Manipulation and Humanity Under Attack

Mind Manipulation — Who is in Control? Part 1

“We the consumers are being consumed.” On today’s ‘Good Morning CHD,’ Ilana Rachel Daniel takes viewers through the overt and covert methods of propaganda society faces at the hands of corporations and their own governments. In the age of black mirrors, the prevalence of force-fed mind manipulation through violent video games, subliminal advertising and pornography is undeniable. This episode contains content not suitable for minors. Viewer discretion is advised.

Israel - Leading the Way to Transhumanism

Source: https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/chd-tv/shows/good-morning-chd/israel-leading-the-way-to-transhumanism/ Ilana Rachel Daniel reports on transhumanism and the continued push for centralized control on ‘Good Morning CHD.’ She sits down with Catherine Austin Fitts to dive deeper into these topics and their implications on our lives. 


 America is fighting the “treasonous enemy within” and in the “Mirror Effect” so is Zionism

"Father of the dictator": Reservist protesters rename site honoring PM’s late dad

Military reservists opposed to the coalition’s controversial judicial overhaul plan placed banners reading “father of the dictator” at a monument marking Benzion Netanyahu Interchange, which memorializes the prime minister’s late father, in a mock ceremony Wednesday.
The activists, alumni of Military Intelligence’s Special Operations Division, said they held an event in the morning at the site, located at the northern entrance to Jerusalem.
“Father of a failed and corrupt tyrant who has become a pariah in Israel and around the world,” the banner read. [much more to read at link below]

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This is Persecution and Mind Manipulation
Anarchists are persecuting PMNetanyahu and attacking his weak “Achilles heel” in order to cause the PM to relent on the legal process of Legal Reform, from a leftist control, back to the “rule of law” in legal matters.

This is what terrorists do! 

Declare these anarchists as a Terror Organization!

They are terrorizing the State of ISRAEL!


It is FASCISM and a Nazi style tactic!

Who is funding them?

Where is the money coming from?

BTW Gantz did NOT say he was against removing the Matzeva of the PM’s Father, only commented on the sign! We really don’t know what Gantz said! (according to first posting at news site, but they since changed his statement to be ‘parve’


MK Simcha Rothman in a debate with Prof. Alan Dershowitz


OpenAI CEO in Abu Dhabi – An Explanation

 Does this guy really look like a confidential CEO?

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Artificial intelligence poses an “existential risk” to humanity, a key innovator warned during a visit to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, suggesting an international agency like the International Atomic Energy Agency oversee the ground-breaking technology.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is on a global tour to discuss artificial intelligence.

“We face serious risk. We face existential risk,” said Altman, 38. “The challenge that the world has is how we’re going to manage those risks and make sure we still get to enjoy those tremendous benefits. No one wants to destroy the world.”

OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a popular chatbot, has grabbed the world’s attention as it offers essay-like answers to prompts from users. *Microsoft has invested some $1 billion in OpenAI.

ChatGPT’s success, offering a glimpse into the way that artificial intelligence could change the way that humans work and learn, has sparked concerns as well. Hundreds of industry leaders, including Altman, have signed a letter in May that warns “mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.”

Altman made a point to reference the IAEA, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, as an example of how the world came together to oversee nuclear power. That agency was created in the years after the U.S. dropping atom bombs on Japan at the end of World War II.

“Let’s make sure we come together as a globe — and I hope this place can play a real role in this,” Altman said. “We talk about the IAEA as a model where the world has said ‘OK, very dangerous technology, let’s all put some guard rails.’ And I think we can do both.

“I think in this case, it’s a nuanced message ’cause it’s saying it’s not that dangerous today but it can get dangerous fast. But we can thread that needle.”

Lawmakers around the world also are examining artificial intelligence. The 27-nation European Union is pursuing an AI Law that could become the de facto global standard for artificial intelligence. Altman told the U.S. Congress in May that government intervention will be critical to governing the risks that come with AI.

But the UAE, an autocratic federation of seven hereditarily ruled sheikhdoms, offers the flip side of the risks of AI. Speech remains tightly controlled. Rights groups warn the UAE and other states across the Persian Gulf regularly use spying software to monitor activists, journalists and others. Those restrictions affect the flow of accurate information — the same details AI programs like ChatGPT rely on as machine-learning systems to provide their answers for users.

Among speakers opening for Altman at the event at the Abu Dhabi Global Market was Andrew Jackson, the CEO of the Inception Institute of AI, which is described as a company of G42.

G42 is tied to Abu Dhabi’s powerful national security adviser and deputy ruler Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan. G42’s CEO is Peng Xiao, who for years ran Pegasus, a subsidiary of DarkMatter, an Emirati security firm under scrutiny for hiring former CIA and NSA staffers, as well as others from Israel. G42 also owns a video and voice calling app that reportedly was a spying tool for the Emirati government.

In his remarks, Jackson described himself as representing “the Abu Dhabi and UAE AI ecosystem.”

“We are a political powerhouse and we will be central to AI regulation globally,” he said.


The same “names” are behind these new Tech Inventions

07 June 2023

Rabbi Kessin: The Greatness of Torah …UPDATE PHOTOS

and the Breakdown of American Civilization

Bravo Rabbi Kessin! Bravo! 

Adirei Hatorah Gathering At Wells Fargo 2023


Rabbi Winston – Shlach Lecha and 2000th Issue

THIS IS OFFICIALLY the 2,000th edition of Perceptions , boruch Hashem , a personal milestone. It is hard to believe that I have done this 2,...