Monday, April 30, 2012

A Sage Has Died: Torah Of Erev Rav - Armilos

Benzion Netanyahu

Zionism and Israeli Politics are not developments in thought, rather they are deeply rooted in theology of Erev Rav, Idolotry of the Land of Israel, and the desecration of Moshe Rabbeinu. When the Erev Rav came out of Egypt, they had one thing in mind: Zion.

Today's politics [and Palestinian] is merely composed of debates and strategy in Torah of Klippah.

Topics with undertones consisting of Moses' Grave, Borders of Israel, Direction of the Jewish People, all comprise the theology of the Erev Rav called Zionism. Moses brought them out of Egypt, for as we see today it is a guarantee of an eventual Redemption, even if over a long period of time; consider it an algorithm of Time/Redemption Ratio. The Spies were a similar breed: the Loshon HaRah of the Land will end up producing a love of the Land, a return to the Land (and cleansing; i.e. today's Zionism), and a final Redemption once Evil has run its course.

Holiness manipulating Klippah is not new, as Abraham was the master of it, and Moses has worked it into a scheme of Redemption, even after his death and while in Exile outside of the Land. However, The Erev Rav believe they are the Truth as opposed to a temporary necessary evil to the cleanse the Land, as they are fulfilling their purpose of their having coming out of Egypt. Today's Zionism and Politics within Israel is the Torah of the Land that they connect to, theologize, and worship. It is the Avodah Zara of the Land that they always anticipated from the tie that they came out with the Jews, and now is their time.

Thus Today's Reality is not chaos or random; rather it is a crafty scheme rooted in the depths of Tumah and Avodah Zara, while Hashem uses this vessel to cleanse the Land, as a precursor to the sending of Elijah, as it says, "Lest I strike the Land."

In the wake of coming out of the Exile, we are experiencing the Orlah and Klippah of the Fruit; thus before the Land is acquired, we are ridding it of its Evil, such as Hashem commanded Joshua. If they didn't do it then when commanded with Moses and Joshua, Hashem has it arranged that the Erev Rav will do the job, while believing that they in fact are Holy, much like Ishmael believes what he is doing is Holy in a counter-attack, thus Galus Yishmael is essential and crucial against the Erev Rav. (i.e. countering with "Border Patrol" and mitigation of Erev Rav takeover beyond its intent - much like the Nachash in Gan Eden)

Bibi's father is dead; an authentic incarnation of this necessary evil, one who has taught over to Bibi the secrets of authentic Erev Rav. Where we go from here is a question, but Bibi, for whatever its worth, has finished his education from an Erev Rav master.

The Erev Rav is a Klippah, one that "one can see through" ( how many connotations does this idiom contain?) It is no surprise that Bibi has this to say of his father: "I learned from you to look into the future."

May Benzion's death be a sign of the death of the Erev Rav to come, and a precursor to Messianic Times in Holiness with the loss of Evil, Coming to The Land of Israel, and finding Melech Moshiach (Moshe as the Goel Acharon) as predicted by the Zohar.

Hopefully the Erev Rav are close to having served their purpose; that purpose that Moshe brought them out of Egypt, to be a tool in acquiring the Land of Israel in a worst-case scenario. Well, it was a worst-case scenario, the longest route was taken, and we should be close to the End.

If we can "see through Erev Rav" - then what does it say that through their evil, all we see is Geulah? Much like the God-Particle in science, is the only place on Earth that actively seeks God (ironically), then perhaps its the Erev Rav that is the most active in seeking Moshiach.

..."The Para Adumah": From Tumah comes Purity.

Erev Rav wanting Geulah is called Armilos - a distorted Redemption that is eternal exile. As the Gra says, Moshiach Ben Yosef will live, and see the downfall of Armilos, and usher in Moshiach ben David, when death will be swallowed up for good.

May it be in these days...

Click Here To Read About Bentzion Netanyahu

Benzion was a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the US, served as secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, was a writer and editor; Yacimovich to PM: Your father was unique, he left a deep imprint on Israeli society. Photo: REUTERS/POOL New Benzion Netanyahu, father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, died early Monday morning at the age of 102. The Labor and Meretz parties withdrew their no-confidence votes in the Knesset, out of respect for the prime minister. Benzion Netanyahu had been a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the US, had served as secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and was a writer and editor. He died at the age of 102. The senior Netanyahu was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1910, and was a historian and a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He lived in Jerusalem when he died. He married Tzila Segal in 1944, and remained married until her death in 2000. Benzion was father to three sons with Segal: Yonatan Netanyahu, a Sayeret Matkal commander who was the sole Israeli casualty during the successful operation to free hundreds of hostages in Entebbe, Uganda who were taken aboard a hijacked airplane, Iddo Netanyahu, a radiologist and writer, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel. He was secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a Revisionist Zionist leader credited with fathering the movement in the United States. At a party to celebrate his father's 100th birthday, the Jewish Chronicle quoted the prime minister as having said: "I learned from you to look into the future." Knesser speaker Reuven Rivlin told Israel Radio that "Bibi learned the pure Zionism from a man who was so close to Jabotinsky," adding that the prime minister "was educated in a home where Zionism was a Zionism with no compromise... though Bibi's realpolitik was much more developed." "Professor Netanyahu was an important scholar, both profound and original," Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said of the late Netanyahu. "His wide research on the [Spanish] Marranos and the Inquisition period was revolutionary, and has important historical value." Sa'ar said Benzion was Zionist to the core, adding that he was the "outstanding pupil of Herzl and Jabotinsky." Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich sent her condolences to the prime minister, writing that "we all have only one father. And in your case, we are talking about a unique man, distinguished historian, an ideologue and an intellectual who left a deep imprint on Israeli society. Benzion served as the executive director of the New Zionist Organization of America during the 40s, making him a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the United States. He became the chief editor of the Encyclopedia Hebraica during his stay in Israel. He was also editor of the group's biweekly US publication, Zionnews, where he authored editorials that typically dealt with the latest Palestine-related political developments and controversies. In one editorial that Benzion wrote, on the occasion of the springtime Passover holiday, Benzion contemplated how the suffering of the Jews could never separate them from their faith or extinguish their hopes: “Through oceans of blood, our blood, through oceans of tears, our tears, hated, persecuted, beaten, wandering and homeless, we assemble at the Pessah Seder to thank God for our liberation from Egypt, and to express once again the hope of the Haggada: ‘This year we are still slaves – next year we shall be free men.’” "Only a nation of our spiritual caliber could come through the ages of unparalleled sufferings with its spirit unbroken; still alive; still striving for liberty. Next year we shall be free men,” he opined.

May Zionism give way (and die with Benzion) to The True Torah of Moshe, and get rid of the Avodah Zara once and for all,

with the Bias Moshiach Tzidkenu (plural connotation): [Moshe V' Trein Moshichin ( Moshe and the Messiah's of David and Joseph)]

and the Building of the Third Temple - The True and only Zion!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Messiah! Bibi Syndrome -Oy Vey!

Imam Mahdi
False Messiah
Lunatic a.k.a. Haman
We knew about our Messianic friends in Iran believing in the Times - Now Bibi!? ( Obama is obvious)


The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a possible military attack on Iran, in a striking indication of Israel's turmoil over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program. Yuval Diskin said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak — who have been saber-rattling for months — have their judgment clouded by "messianic feelings" and should not be trusted to lead policy on Iran. Diskin, who headed Shin Bet until last year, said a strike might actually accelerate the Iranian program. Shin Bet addresses security in Israel and the Palestinian Territories only and is not involved in international affairs. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Israel, like the West, believes that Tehran is developing weapons technology, but there is intense debate over whether international economic sanctions accompanying the current round of negotiations might prevent Iran from developing a bomb, or whether at some point a military strike should be launched. Diskin's comments deepened the sense that a rift is growing between the hawkish Netanyahu government and the security establishment over the question of a strike — and Netanyahu allies quickly rushed to his defense. In Israel, security figures carry clout well into retirement. Although they frequently pursue political careers, Diskin had been seen as relatively apolitical, perhaps lending his words even greater weight. "I don't have faith in the current leadership of Israel to lead us to an event of this magnitude, of war with Iran," Diskin said at a public meeting Friday, video of which was posted on the Internet the next day and quickly became the lead news item in Israel. "I do not believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on Messianic feelings," he continued. "I have seen them up close. They are not messiahs, these two, and they are not the people that I personally trust to lead Israel into such an event." Diskin said it was possible that "one of the results of an Israel attack on Iran could be a dramatic acceleration of the Iran program. ... They will have legitimacy to do it more quickly and in a shorter timeframe." Several members of Netanyahu's coalition issued statements questioning Diskin's motives and suggesting that in effect he had allied himself with Israel's dovish opposition. The prime minister's office called the former Shin Bet chief's remarks "irresponsible," while Barak's office accused Diskin of "acting in a petty and irresponsible way based on personal frustration" and "damaging the tradition of generations of Shin Bet leaders." Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also took a swipe at Diskin. "If you do not trust the prime minister and not the defense minister, you should have resigned and not waited for the end of your term," he said. Further complicating the picture is the widely held suspicion that Israel's threats may actually amount to a bluff of historic proportion which has if anything been effective in compelling the world to boycott Iranian oil and isolate its central bank. From that perspective, criticism such as Diskin's, based on a literal approach, could be construed as simplistic and self-defeating. Israeli security officials have taken issue with the political leadership on several issues: whether sanctions will make a strike unnecessary, whether a strike will be militarily effective, and whether Israel should strike unilaterally if it cannot gain American approval. Diskin's speech — in which he also attacked the government for not actively pursuing peace with the Palestinians — came days after the country's current top military commander, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, also seemed to disagree with the country's leadership on the likelihood that Iran will pursue a nuclear weapon. Gantz told The Associated Press this week that Iran is seeking to develop its "military nuclear capability," but that the Islamic Republic would ultimately bow to international pressure and decide against building a weapon. The key to that pressure, he said, were sanctions and the threat of a military strike. One of the first criticisms voiced by a security figure came last summer from Israel's recently retired spy chief, Meir Dagan. He called a strike against Iran's nuclear program "stupid." Dagan, who headed the Mossad spy agency, said an effective attack on Iran would be difficult because Iranian nuclear facilities are scattered and mobile, and warned it could trigger war. Other senior figures with security backgrounds have questioned whether Israel should act alone, as Netanyahu insists the country has a right to do. Last month Shaul Mofaz — a former military chief and defense minister who has since been elected head of the opposition Kadima Party — said the threats of an imminent military strike are actually weakening Israel. Mofaz, who was born in Iran and moved to Israel as a child, said Israel "is not a ghetto" and that despite its military might must fully coordinate with the U.S. on any plan to strike Iran. Dan Halutz, who led the military from 2005 to 2007, also criticized Netanyahu last month for invoking Holocaust imagery in describing the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. "We are not kings of the world," Halutz said. "We should remember who we are." A recent poll suggested the public agrees. The survey, conducted by the Israeli Dahaf agency for the University of Maryland, said 81 percent of Israelis oppose a solo attack on Iran. At the same time, it said two-thirds of Israelis would support military action if coordinated with Washington. The poll, released last week, questioned 500 Israelis and had a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points. In a recent report the U.N. nuclear agency found Iran continues to enrich uranium — a key step toward developing a bomb. Although few in Israel would dispute that a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat, debate has revolved around the cost-benefit analysis of an attack. On the cost side is the possible retaliation, in the form of Iranian missiles as well as rocket attacks by Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas on its northern and southern borders. Especially daunting is the prospect of sustained missile strikes on Tel Aviv, a bustling business and entertainment capital whose populous is psychologically ill-prepared for a homefront war. It also would likely cause oil prices to skyrocket at a time when the global economy is already struggling — risking a new recession for which Israel would absorb much if not most of the blame. Some also fear that Iran might attack American targets in response to any Israeli strike — a scenario that could directly influence the outcome of this fall's U.S. presidential election.

Perhaps the Erev Rav and Armilos really ARE doing their jobs! Is the real Moshiach closer than we thought? The Geulah is supposed to be like Purim - is Bibi wearing a pathetic Messianic mask?
Can the real Messiah please just stand up in 5772?!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Israeli Empire: Fear The Shekel!

Israel is doing OK...It's Erev Rav corruption and hoarding, but at least some are making a living.

The Fitch credit rating agency announced Wednesday that it had ratified Israel's credit rating and set it to "'A,' with a stable outlook." In a statement issued Thursday, Fitch noted Israel's macroeconomic performance and said that the forecast was deemed stable "despite the crisis with Iran and the talk suggesting a possible Israeli strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities." Fitch further estimated that Israel's economy will not a 3% growth rate in 2012, and further estimated that the country's economic growth in 2013 will stand at 3.5%. The credit agency did qualify its statement, saying the forecast "does not include Israel’s natural gas discoveries," which are bound to affect the local market. Following the statement Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said that, "Given the economic situation in the international markets, the ratifying of the rating is a testament to the stability and strength of our economy. "In addition, the announcement further emphasizes the importance of maintaining fiscal discipline."

...And then there is Reality!

Israel's economic miracle: Where do we go now?
By CORINNE SAUER04/25/2012

Liberalization, competition and free markets are the best Independence Day gifts we could receive. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem Israel has grown so much in the past 64 years that it is difficult to comprehend the extent of the economic miracle that has taken place in the Jewish homeland. It was undoubtedly a combination of genius, necessity, creativity and entrepreneurship that unleashed such incredible economic growth. However, Israelis should not fall into the trap of becoming complacent. Israel is facing powerful counter forces that prevent its economy from fully blossoming and reaching its unimaginable potential. Although exponentially better off than 64 years ago, Israelis still maintain a lower standard of living than individuals in most developed countries. One could say that the Israeli economic miracle is accompanied by an Israeli economic paradox. While we are world leaders in scientific discoveries and hi-tech innovation, we are also stymied by exorbitantly high prices, lack of variety, and frustratingly low disposable income levels. The Israeli economic paradox can be easily traced back to the origin of the state and its socialist heritage. In 1948, the unions and the government controlled most of the Israeli economy. The focus of economic policy was on absorbing immigrants, encouraging investment by Jewish entrepreneurs from abroad, and protecting local industries. Despite several praiseworthy but fleeting attempts to liberalize the economy (especially in the late 1970s), protectionism, union domination, and massive expenditures by the central government (including necessarily high defense outlays) continued unabated. This unsustainable situation inevitably led to an enormous public debt burden, monetization and hyperinflation. By 1985, Israel had no choice but to introduce a radical and comprehensive stabilization program, which finally recognized the need for more free trade and the establishment of a modern market economy. Since 1985, several sectors of the economy have been successfully liberalized, helping Israel to become a world leader. Yet public and private monopolies still loom too large, as do the vestiges of a Soviet-style bureaucracy. These latter forces inhibit the ability of immense levels of human capital to be exploited more widely, preventing the Israeli economic miracle from reaching new heights to the benefit of rich and poor alike. Turning 64, Israelis need to once again find the energy and determination to overcome daunting economic challenges. If we fail to break free of economic concentration, public and private monopolies and the sprawling land bureaucracy, they will continue to hold down economic growth and our standard of living. Israeli income per capita stands at around $32,000, approximately the same level as in Spain and Cyprus. But with our capabilities, we could easily reach the $50,000 mark, closing the gap with countries like Singapore and the Netherlands. In order to reach these attainable heights, an economic fight must be fought, especially with particularly powerful special interest groups. Israeli oligarchs have little incentive to support public policies that increase competition and lower prices, because it cuts directly into their profits. The oligarchs’ natural partners are the unions and government bureaucrats. These latter two protected groups also enjoy extravagant benefits and unreasonably high salaries on the back of the Israeli public. The oligarchs (often referred to as the “five families”) control the production and the distribution of many basic products, enabling them to charge high prices without any fear of losing customers. Their control extends deep down the chain of production, even to the banking sector. So when a potential competitor needs a loan it can easily have it refused and eliminate the potential competition at the source. The fact that 70 percent of all loans are awarded to 1% of the borrowers illustrates this unchecked power of the tycoons. Their influence within political circles also allows them to lobby in favor of protectionist laws that prevent imports (e.g., milk) or render them prohibitively expensive through high tariffs (e.g., honey, cheese and cars). This is at the heart of why Israelis pay much more for basic items than residents of other countries. In January, the Bank of Israel confirmed that prices in Israel are indeed much higher than in the rest of the OECD. The products with the biggest price markups are cars (70%), milk and eggs (44%), meat (28%), non-alcoholic drinks (48%), bread and cereals (17%) and fish (17%). In fact, Israelis pay less for two items only: fresh fruit and vegetables (13%) and telecommunications (4%). It is not a coincidence that the relatively lower prices are found in competitive industries. If the telecommunications sector had not been decentralized and open to competition, Israelis would have been paying high prices in that sector as well. Another unjustifiably costly item is housing. Currently, it takes Israelis almost 11 years of salary to buy an apartment, while it takes eight years on average for other members of the OECD. According to the World Bank, it also takes four times longer to obtain building permits and register property than in other OECD countries. The land, 93% of which is owned by the state, and fully controlled by government bureaucrats, must be released more freely for construction. By restricting the number of building permits, public officials manipulate the cost of housing and keep it artificially high. Increasing the supply of land available for construction will bring housing costs down to a more reasonable level. Unfortunately, it is nothing but narrow-minded special interests that hold the rest of the Israeli public as economic hostages. Liberalization, competition and free markets are the best Independence Day gifts Israelis could receive from their leaders. This gift would make our exceptionally talented 64-year-old ready to face all future challenges. We still have not reached anything near our potential. The way forward is clear. For Israel, the sky is the limit.

Yerushalayim is made up of two words: Yirah [awe] and Shalom [peace]

How awesome would a Peace-filled Israel full of the World's Jews be?!

May Jerusalem know this Awe and Peace soon!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Armilos! Making Erev Rav Proud

Israel Still Going: Nothing Stops The [...] And Going, And Going,...! The last 64 years are beginning to show a partzuf; where exactly are we going? What did Ben-Gurion Create? What is Peres continuing from him? what is Barak and Bibi capable of in the future and next 64 years? Is Plan-D still continuing its course?


The paradox that is Israel — wealthy, dynamic and safe, yet mistrusted, condemned and nervous — was on full display on Wednesday as the country mourned its fallen soldiers and began celebrating its 64th Independence Day. Multimedia Interactive Feature Lines in the Sand Related Israel Retroactively Legalizes 3 West Bank Settlements (April 25, 2012) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Nir Elias/Reuters An Independence Day celebration near City Hall in Tel Aviv. The bulk of the political commentary was self-congratulatory. Commentators on the left and the right stuck to their scripts, with the left asserting that the country’s treatment of the Palestinians and its regional saber rattling have made it isolated and stagnant, and the right glorifying Israel’s accomplishments: high-tech innovations, long life expectancies and democracy. President Shimon Peres, in an interview with the newspaper Maariv, summed up the sense of wonder that has driven Israel’s belief in itself, describing the poor odds of the Zionist militia against the Arab world in 1948. “Israel, mathematically or tangibly, should not have been established,” he said. “Prior to the War of Independence, there was no chance. We were 650,000, they were 40 million. They had seven armies, we had barely 5,000 soldiers.” He added: “So tangibly we were on the brink of collapse, but we won anyway, thanks to hidden powers. Ever since, for all of my life, I have tried to understand those immeasurable powers.” Yet in the same interview, Mr. Peres warned about Israel’s direction, saying that without peace with the Palestinians, its economic prowess and future would be imperiled. “Israel has been blessed with a lot of talent that manufactures many excellent products,” he said. “And in order to export, you need good products, but you also need good relations. So why make peace? Because if Israel’s image gets worse, it will begin to suffer boycotts. There is already an artistic boycott against us — they won’t let Habimah Theater enter London — and signs of an undeclared financial boycott are beginning to emerge.” Israel’s settlement building in the West Bank drew more international condemnation this week after the government retroactively legalized three Jewish outposts there. The Palestinians described the move as another example of why there is no peace. For the two-day commemoration of Memorial Day and Independence Day, Israel closed access to the country from the West Bank. The Arab revolutions of the past 16 months have also felt threatening to Israel, and talk of regional peace, already fading in recent years, has nearly disappeared from the national agenda. Instead, there is a sense promulgated by the government that Israel needs to hunker down, improve its defenses and wait for the storms to pass. Egypt announced this week that it was canceling its supply of natural gas to Israel, and while both governments publicly described it as merely a business dispute, it was clear that deep political antagonism was behind the decision as Egypt moves away from the policies of former President Hosni Mubarak. Moreover, the Egyptian Sinai has become a source of enormous concern for Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week calling it a “kind of Wild West,” and the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, saying Israel should consider massing more troops along that border, because Egypt has become an even greater concern than Iran. That led Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi of Egypt to warn that his country would defend its territory. “We will break the legs of anyone trying to attack us or who comes near the border,” he said. A senior Israeli official said that Egypt’s direction — anti-Israel, Islamist — was clear, and that there was little Israel could do to change its course. Similar arguments have been waged here in the past few years about Turkey, once a friend of Israel and now one of its leading critics. Zvi Bar’el, a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs for the left-wing newspaper Haaretz, took issue on Wednesday with that Israeli analysis, saying that the problem was Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza, and that commercial concerns could not make that go away. “Both Egypt and Turkey have never given up — neither in exchange for gas nor for military equipment — their desire to persuade Israel to conduct its policy in a manner that would enable them to maintain relations with it, without undermining their relationship with their citizens and with the countries of the region,” he wrote. “Israel, which considered these relations a seal of approval for continuing its policy in the territories, lived with the illusion that the money index would solve everything.” But the bulk of the commentary on Wednesday, as befits a national day of celebration, was self-congratulatory and laudatory. There were the numbers from the Central Bureau of Statistics: 7.9 million people live here, 10 times the number at the country’s founding, with 14 big cities. Seventy percent of the inhabitants are native-born, compared with 35 percent in 1948. Israel’s gross domestic product per capita would fit well into Western Europe. The economy is sound. There was also discussion of what is considered here to be unfair criticism from abroad. Ben-Dror Yemini, a centrist commentator at Maariv, devoted his column to writing a letter to Theodor Herzl, the 19th-century Austrian journalist who was the father of Zionism, with advice if he could visit to see what had become of his vision. Multimedia Interactive Feature Lines in the Sand Related Israel Retroactively Legalizes 3 West Bank Settlements (April 25, 2012) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Mr. Yemini recommended to him that he leave aside loyalty to his profession and not read newspapers, because they are filled with negativity. He added, “Did you know, dear visionary, that Europe, where you realized that the Jews would have no future, gives more research grants to Israelis than to any other country on earth?” And, “Did you know that the yield per acre here is the highest in the world?” Mr. Yemini wrote: “If we believe academic publications, international institutions and newspapers, Israel is a terrible place that manufactures and exports violence to the whole world, a country that spends all its time oppressing, a country that is at the top of the list in corruption and human rights violations. “If we were to examine reality, the picture is completely different. Israel is one of the safest places in the world, life expectancy is one of the highest in the world, the percentage of people with quality higher education is one of the highest in the world, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has the lowest number of casualties in comparison to any other conflict in the world.” He said that all of this was especially impressive given that Israel was built by immigrants and had faced conflict for decades. His view was echoed by a poll conducted for the newspaper Yediot Aharonot — but so was the skepticism and concern of others. Eighty-eight percent of Israeli Jews polled said they were proud to be Israeli, yet a vast majority — 77 percent of secular Jews and 62 percent of religiously observant ones — said Israel lacked cohesion and suffered from divisions. Still, asked whether Herzl would have been pleased, 63 percent said the state had come out “just as he intended.”

Seeds of Armilus?

Can Israel function like the Parah Adumah: From Impurity it will spawn Purity?

From Armilus The Land can produce a Moshiach Ben Yosef to cleanse itself?

Will '72 be a Zohar Year?

At least the picture that the State of Israel is producing is becomming somewhat clearer as to what is going on here!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yom Zikaron 5772...This Year In Yerushalayim

In Memory Of Roi Rozner Who Fell In Gaza
Yom Zikaron: 5772

Israel marked Memorial Day on Wednesday morning as a two-minute nationwide siren sounded at 11 A.M. to commemorate the 22,993 IDF soldiers who have fallen while serving the nation. The national memorial service was held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and was attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Services are also set to take place at military cemeteries across the country. A memorial service for victims of terrorist attacks will take place at 1 P.M. "I know what you go through on this day and every day," Netanyahu, whose older brother Yonatan was killed in the 1976 Entebbe operation, said to bereaved families during his address at Mount Herzl. "I'm one of you. I know the agony of parents who have lost a son or daughter, the tragedy of young children who will never know their father, the cutting down of life felt by brothers and sisters, the longing of a young widow for a love who will never return." Wednesday’s services came a day after a ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers was held on Tuesday evening on the eve of Memorial Day in Yad Lebanim in Jerusalem. The ceremony was followed by a national service at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Peres, who spoke at the national ceremony on Tuesday, opened his speech with words of empathy for bereaved families. He went on to acknowledge that no words could heal the pain of losing a loved one. "We can collect words from morning to night," said Peres, "To search the entire lexicon. To consult experts. To try every expression. Every sentence. Every single word. And I know, it has not yet been found and will not be found: a word capable of healing sorrow. The sentence that has the power to console. There is no such sentence. There never was. And there never will be." "The State of Israel, for whom your children paid the highest and most painful price; for its establishment, existence and security. For a certain existence," said Peres. "But there is still a threat to its peace… And if need be, we will know how to protect it again." Toward the end of his speech, Peres said he was sure that this year, too, Israel would know how to protect the lives of its citizens. "And we will continue searching for a way to achieve peace in Israel." According to the IDF, 22,993 soldiers have fallen since 1860. 126 soldiers have fallen since last year and there are 10,524 bereaved families in Israel – of them 2,396 are orphans and 4,992 are widows. On the eve of Memorial Day, Netanyahu sent his yearly missive to bereaved Israeli families. "As a son to a bereaved family, Memorial Day has special significance for me. This day isn't just a national memorial day, it is also a private memorial day for me and the members of my family," Netanyahu wrote.

May nobody else need to die...Moshiach 5772

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

If You Are A Zionist And You Know It...

         Kosher Zionism?!

Today's Zionism is not what it used to be. Today Zionism is Universal Judaism working towards a Jewish Redemption, either conciously or unconciously. The Vilna Gaon described a True Zionism in "Kol HaTor" - which he termed, "The Shulchan Aruch" of the Geulah. With the advent of technology, we can see the Jewish People in a new light, one that expresses the Jew in Golus was somewhat of a Divine Governing by Hashem. Zionism may have started off wrong and Impure, but like the mystery of the Parah Adumah, it has somehow become Tahor and a precursor to the Geulah - much like the Gra had told over to his Talmidim.

I am a Zionist on every level. This created a challenge for me when I studied in a haredi (ultra-Orthodox) yeshiva in Jerusalem where rabbis never mentioned Israel’s Memorial Day, Israel’s Independence Day, or Jerusalem Day. No prayers were said for the state or on behalf of the IDF soldiers. These omissions disturbed me but my arguments about the magnitude of our return to Israel and Jerusalem fell on deaf ears. Why? Because “the state is secular,” it is a non-kosher entity. Any official acknowledgement of its holidays and the recitation of special prayers associated with the state would be giving legitimacy to a body which was foreign to Torah and the values the yeshiva espoused. On that basis, my pleas were entirely ignored. This was unacceptable to me. While I needed no sources to validate what I knew to be right, since the primary message conveyed in a haredi yeshiva is that the Torah is the well spring for our ideologies and must serve as our guiding light through life, I decided to explore what Torah sources had to say about Zionism and the role which the State of Israel plays in our faith. Perhaps this could sway my mentors and friends. This search led to remarkable results. The most glaring sources relate to the flourishing of the fruits of Israel. The Bible relates in Leviticus 26:32 that while the Jews are in exile, Israel will remain desolate. The implication, taught outright by the 11th-century Spanish rabbi and philosopher Bahya ibn Paquda (Rabbeinu Bachya in his commentary to Genesis 17:8), is that the reversal of that desolation indicates the end of the exile. This sign is stated more clearly by the prophets. Ezekiel (chapter 36), Isaiah (chapter 51), and Amos (chapter 9) all describe the growth of trees and fruits in Israel as an indication of the arrival of the messianic age. In yeshiva, great weight is placed on talmudic teachings. Turning to the Talmud for clarification, I found that the most obvious sign of the redemption is that the fruits of Israel will grow once again (Tractate Sanhedrin 98a). The Talmud also teaches in Tractate Megilla (17b) that the final redemption begins with the in gathering of the exiles, followed by t e flourishing of the fruits of Israel, and concludes with the arrival of the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Temple. This idea was concretized by the revered Rabbi Akiva Eiger just 200 year s ago when he taught that if we succeed in growing fruit in Israel then t he final redemption is imminent (as related by his student, Rav Zvi Hirsch Kalischer, Shivat Zion, volume 2, pp. 51-52). No one can refute the reality that after thousands of years of desolation, Israel is now flourishing and producing fruits. Anyone who agrees with the most basic haredi tenet, that the words of the Bible, Prophets, Talmud and the great rabbis serve as the basis of our faith, must conclude that the flourishing of trees and fruits i n Israel indicate that we are experiencing a significant step toward redemption. Since the flourishing of the land was brought about by the Zionist movement and its drive to create the State of Israel, one cannot avoid the conclusion that Zionism and the state, at the very least, play important roles in the messianic process. But what about the claim that monumental steps towards the Messiah’s arrival cannot possibly be driven by secular leaders? This argument holds no weight. The Bible, especially in the book of Kings, reveals that God is willing to perform great miracles and brings salvation through individuals far more anti-religious than any of the state’s secular founders and leaders. King Ahab, who married a non-Jew, encouraged idol worship and stood silent while his wife killed prophet s was told by a prophet that he would lead troops to miraculous victory (see Kings I 20:13-14). Omri, identified as a greater sinner than all the wicked Jewish kings before him, (Kings I 16:25), merited a long-lasting dynasty because he added a city to the Land of Israel (Sanhedrin 102b) despite the fact that his intention in adding that city was to eliminate Jerusalem as the focus of the Jews! The secular leaders of the State of Israel most certainly have more noble intentions in building Israeli cities and, thus, can certainly merit playing a role in the redemption process. Kings I, Chapter 14 describes Yeravam as a terrible sinner who caused others to sin, as well. Despite his sins, he led the Jews to victory in restoring the borders of Israel. The Bible its elf explains that the time came for this “redemption” and God used whoever the leader was at the time, despite his being irreligious. Rabbi Yehuda Loew (the “Maharal of Prague” 1520-1609), teaches (Gevurot Hashem, chapter 18) that “ ...the Messianic King will establish a new kingdom, which will emerge from the first kingdom that will precede it. This is so because the holy kingdom of Israel, which has an inherent, divine status, sprouts from an unsanctified kingdom.” According to the Maharal, there actually must be a secular government as a precursor to the arrival of t he Messiah. This means that God specifically chose a government made up of secular leaders to pave the way for the final redemption! But what about the haredi principle of “da’at Torah” which means an obligation to heed the opinions of t he rabbis even if these go against what we understand to be correct? Doesn’t this concept mean that we cannot pray for a state and its soldiers or celebrate its existence if our great rabbis do not identify with its importance or see it as a cause for celebration? The following quotes from great haredi rabbis debunk this argument: Rabbi Zvi Pesach Frank, a judge on Rabbi Shmuel Salant’s rabbinic court and former chief rabbi of Jerusalem, referred to the creation of the State of Israel as “the beginning of redemption” (Kuntras Har Zvi in Drishat Tzion, p. 48). Rabbi Chatzkal Sarna, Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach signed a document on 20 Tevet, 5709, (1949) than king God for granting them the privilege of witnessing “the first buds of t he beginning of the redemption through the establishment of the State of Israel” (referenced by Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef in Yabia Omer Orach Chayim 6:41). Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg taught that “the ingathering of the Exiles alone is the sign of the beginning of the final redemption” (Tzitz Eliezer 7:49). There really is no escaping it. Haredim, who accept the Bible, the Talmud, and the rabbis throughout the ages as conveying the word of God, should embrace Zionism and the State of Israel as positive developments and essential to the redemption process. I look forward to the day when all fellow haredim will open their eyes to see these clear sources and join to get her with the rest of Israel to pray for t he welfare of our soldiers (and even serve as soldiers, themselves!), mourn those who have been killed in the line of duty, and celebrate the great miracles of our independence and return to Jerusalem. The author is an ordained rabbi, author, educator and community activist in Beit Shemesh. He is the director of the English Speakers Division of the Am Shalem movement.

May the Exiles of Modern Zionism Realize The Messianic Dream, and be a part of Moshiach ben Yosef and take hold of the End of Days.

...They asked the Vilna Gaon: what is the Law if 600,000 souls could come to Israel at once: he said, "Bring them!"
-May Ben Gurion airport be filled this year!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soul Mazal on Tamar Yonah: Jews And Mayans!

Soul Mazal, Tamar Yonah (Israel National News), and Mayans! - Looking Out For 2012!

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Is 2012 The Year? [5772-3]

From Iran to Korea: Reliving The Essence of Persia


The story of Purim as we all know is centered around Persia. The Geulah that Klal Yisrael experienced was not an eternal Geulah, due to the fact that Persia was not destroyed, in fact they remained under Achashveirosh; for this we do not say Hallel on Purim.

What many do not realize, is that Persia is the "Gateway" to the "East" and the door to all of its Tumah - such was the intent of Persia: to kill the Jews with Znus! Now here we are years later, and the Torah is predicting the final showdown with Persia, only now the entire East is taking part of the final onslaught.

Korea, as the Cardinal Spiritual Power of Tumah in the East is right on target in our Gog V' Magog status. If Israel is "ready to go" perhaps the table is set, for the Koreans are already running! Korea sees itself as the Jew of the East. What is interesting to note, is that their Mythology is like a bizzaro version of Bereishis and they seem to parallel Jewish History in many ways: namely North and South Korea, appearing as the two Kingdoms in Ancient Israel.

All this while Iran is identical with Ancient Persia. (Haman, Purim, etc.) What will the East, beginning with Iran at the head emanate into?


Should Israel decide to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, the IDF will be prepared to carry out the mission, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz told Yedioth Ahronoth in remarks published Sunday. "In principle, we are ready to act," the army chief told the newspaper in a special interview ahead of Israel’s upcoming Independence Day. In respect to the Iranian threat, 2012 will be a critical year, Gantz said, adding that "the State of Israel believes that nuclear arms in Iran’s possession are a very bad thing, which the world should stop and Israel should stop." "We are preparing our plan accordingly," he said. Israel is the only country in the world facing open destruction threats by another state, which is also producing the means to do carry them out, the army chief said. However, he noted, this does not mean that he will be ordering the army’s Air Force chief to strike Iran "now." When asked whether Israel faces an existential threat at this time, Gantz said: "The potential exists. At this time, in my estimate, this is not the case." ‘Higher chance of war’ During the interview, Gantz also addressed special operations carried out by the IDF beyond Israel’s borders, revealing that the scope of such activities has increased significantly compared to the past. "I don’t think you will find a point in time where something isn’t happening somewhere in the world," he said. "The level of risk has increased as well. This is not something invented by Benny Gantz. I’m not taking the credit here. I’m simply accelerating all those special operations." Regarding the likelihood of a war breaking out this year, Gantz said: "Our intelligence assessment asserts that given the strategic reality and instability in the region, the chance of deteriorating to a war is higher than in the past. There are no indications of war, but the chances of the situation deteriorating into one are higher than in the past." The army chief added that in case of a regional war, the IDF will be able to cope with the rocket threat from Lebanon and from the Gaza Strip. "I can’t promise no missiles will be landing here. They will be falling; many of them. It won’t be a simple war, neither on the frontlines nor ion the home front,” he said. “However, I don’t advice anyone to test us on this front." "When (Hezbollah leader Hassan) Nasrallah comes out of his bunker, he’s concerned – and rightfully so. He saw what happened to Lebanon last time, and it won’t be close to what will happen to Lebanon next time," the army chief said. "I think they understand it well."

North Korea's military Monday threatened "special actions" soon to turn parts of the South Korean capital to ashes, accusing Seoul's conservative government of defaming its leadership. The North has for months been criticising the South's President Lee Myung-Bak in extreme terms and threatening "sacred war" over perceived insults. There have been no incidents but the language has become increasingly vitriolic. Some analysts said they believe a military provocation is likely. "The special actions of our revolutionary armed forces will start soon to meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors," said a statement on the official news agency. The North said its targets are "the Lee Myung-Bak group of traitors, the arch criminals, and the group of rat-like elements including conservative media destroying the mainstay of the fair public opinion". It said the actions "will reduce all... to ashes in three or four minutes... by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style". Tens of thousands rallied in Pyongyang last Friday, screaming hatred for Lee and calling for his death over alleged insults. Last week the nuclear-armed North accused Lee of "desecrating" mass celebrations marking the 100th anniversary on April 15 of the birth of Pyongyang's founding president Kim Il-Sung. It bridled at anti-Pyongyang demonstrations in Seoul and at comments by Lee and conservative media. These questioned the cost of the anniversary celebrations for a nation suffering acute food shortages. Lee said the estimated $850 million cost of a rocket launch intended to mark the anniversary could have bought 2.5 million tonnes of corn. The launch, purportedly to put a satellite into orbit, was to have been a centrepiece of the celebrations. The rocket disintegrated after some two minutes in what was seen as an embarrassment for the regime. Monday's statement castigated Lee for comments last Friday, which urged the North's new leader Kim Jong-Un to reform agriculture and improve human rights. It also took issue with the South's unveiling of a new cruise missile said to be able to reach any target in the North. The North attributed its statement to the "special operation action group" of the military supreme command. Military officials in Seoul said they had no knowledge of such a unit, and no particular military movements had been detected in the North. One analyst said the North, unlike in the past, may well follow up its threats now that major anniversary events are over. "The easiest option will be cyber terror... but we may have to guard against actual terrorist actions," Cheong Seong-Chang of South Korea's Sejong Institute think-tank, told AFP. "This time, I think there's a high possibility that the North's words, unlike in the past, will actually lead to specific actions." Baek Seung-Joo, of the South's Korea Institute for Defence Analyses, said there had been "bad signs" across the border but did not elaborate. "I'm worried about military provocations by North Korea," Baek told AFP.

From Iran to Korea: Amalek of the East is lining up: Purim 2.0 - The Final End To Persia's Galus!

May we merit Hallel of Moshiach in '72-'73

And start to live out our Torah in Geulah

In Eretz Yisrael

With a Beis Hamikdash standing High!

...the Final Geulah will look like the Days of Purim [Gra/Yerushalmi Berachos]

Sunday, April 22, 2012

America Invaded Israel, Remember?!

Whatever happened to the American "Super-Radar" that they delivered in the Negev? They brought it over in its 2012; four years for America to do what there?

Thursday, Oct. 02, 2008

When a contingent of U.S. soldiers opens a radar facility on a mountaintop in the Negev desert next month, Israel will for the first time in its 60-year history have a permanent foreign military base on its soil. And despite the early warning that the American radar would provide if Iran launches a missile attack on Israel, some senior Israeli officials are nonetheless wary about its presence. Complained one top official, "It's a like a pair of golden handcuffs on Israel." From its mountain perch in Har Keren, the U.S. radar will be able to monitor the take-off of any aircraft or missile up to 1,500 miles away — giving Israel a vital extra 60-70 seconds to react if Iran fired a missile, Israeli military sources told TIME. Israel has its own radar system trained on Iran, but it's range is much shorter. Still, some see several drawbacks for Israel in the radar, and blame Defense Minister Ehud Barak for requesting its deployment in Israel without consulting anyone other than his chief of staff. Some in the upper echelons of the Israeli Defense Force fear that although the radar will enhance Israel's protection against Iran, it may also open up Israel's own military secrets to the Americans. The radar will allow the U.S. to keep a close watch on anything moving in Israeli skies, "even a bee", says one top Israeli official who asked not to be identified. The U.S. may be a close ally, but Israel nonetheless has aviation secrets it would rather not share. "Even a husband and wife have a few things they'd like to keep from each other," explains this source. "Now we're standing without our clothes on in front of America." Israel will have no direct access to the data collected by the radar, which looks like a giant taco. It will only be fed intelligence second hand, on a need-to-know basis, from the Americans — unless the radar picks up an immediate, direct attack on Israel, Israeli sources claim. And Israeli officials expressed concern that the radar's installation may anger Moscow, since its range will enable the U.S. to monitor aircraft in the skies over southern Russia. When the U.S. stationed anti-missile radar and interceptor systems in Poland and the Czech Republic — ostensibly directed at a future Iranian threat, although the Russians believe their own missile capability is its real target — Moscow warned those countries that the move could result in their being added to the target list of Russia's missiles. Israeli military sources say that Barak requested the radar from U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in July, after U.S. requests to station such a system in Turkey and Jordan were rejected. Barak was eager to acquire the advantage of the early warning that the system would provide in the event of a possible Iranian attack. But with the Russians already peeved at Israel for having had military advisers inside Georgia when war broke out over South Ossetia, the radar's deployment in Israel, say officials, might make Moscow even more likely to supply Iran and Syria with its highly-accurate SA300 anti-aircraft missile batteries. The top-secret X-band radar will be staffed by around 120 American technicians and security guards in the Negev, say Israeli military sources. But Israeli planning and air force officials are perturbed that Defense Minister Barak did not carry out any evaluation og the radar's possible impact on Israeli military operations before approving it. For one thing, Israeli defense experts are worried that waves from the X-band radar might throw off the accuracy of a new Gil anti-tank missile also being tested in the Negev. "The Bush Administration is in the mood to give us anything, as long as we don't attack Iran," gripes one senior official. "So why did we take this radar?"

Where do Edom and Erev Rav Turn Next?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Secrets of Shem Passed in Torah and Milah!

                                         Parashas Tazria – Metzora

                                           The Real Torah of Shem

                                                Rabbi David Katz

In this week’s Torah Portion: “Tazria” [and “Metzora”, due to a double Torah Reading based on the nuances of the Jewish Calendar] we find an interesting angle of which to view the Torah, that sheds light on the ancient Torah of Shem and his relationship with Abraham in particular. It is said that to Abraham and his descendants the gift given from Shem was that of the Oral Torah. Where the Torah would command of a circumcision upon a child of eight days, the Oral Law provides the details of how the ritual is to be performed. Added within the Oral Torah is the mystical dimension of the Torah, where we can learn from the Torah text itself and derive hidden intent and insight into the commandments. For example, where the Torah says to circumcise after eight days, or in Hebrew “השמיני” literally in the Torah verse [Vayikra 12:3] we see from the Hebrew that the word for “eight” break down to spell the two words “the name” and “wine.” [השמיני = ה''שם & יין] In Jewish tradition the name of the male is then given upon the child’s entrance into the covenant of the “Brit” (circumcision) accompanied by sacred acts of the ritual, where they are accompanied with wine. Hence, the name and the wine are intertwined within the brit, all culminating on the “8th” day of the child’s life. Such is the nature of the Oral Law in understanding the details and rituals of the circumcision all relating to the seed of Abraham by the mouth of Shem.

To the seed of Shem (to the exclusion of the Priesthood represented by Abraham and his offspring) would go the heritage of the “Written Text” of Torah and the innate ability to communicate it as such from the depth of one’s soul of which the Torah is a part of as was taught in the womb. This is the attraction to directly understand the Torah (or any Torah) on its most direct level, or what is termed Pshat (simple meaning; not to be taken in context of shallow, for simple in these terms represents the absolute and direct objective Truth.) The Oral Torah would then emphasize the “Pshuto” of the Torah, all of the peripheral laws and details not obvious or even clearly recognizable from text. Both ways are absolutely crucial to the study of Torah, yet when one draws the bottom line, all Torah ultimately boils down to the Written Law. For when the Oral component is learned, one must never lose sight of its source in the Written, as all Torah was essentially granted into the Torah of Moses in its written form on Sinai. The true Torah of Shem was a teaching that contained both levels, and when we learn the truth of Torah with Shem’s Torah in mind, we can begin to see the text differently and relate to the Torah’s Oral Tradition in a different way – the clear way, one that traces its tracks back into the text. Truth in text allows one to experience what the Talmud relates to us as: “The nature of God is not as the nature of Man, for the nature of God is to have a full vessel retaining its ability to receive more, while an empty vessel cannot receive, whereas the vessel of Man seeks an empty vessel as opposed to a full vessel. From this we can understand that the Torah Text is the full vessel and when we learn the text fully, it will compound upon its student more Torah than what he began with.

One such example of these techniques are in this week’s Torah Portion of Tazria, where to the surprise of many is the source of the commandment of circumcision. Most people would assume that the source of circumcision began with Abraham, and if they are dabbling into Wisdom they may suggest Isaac. However it is the Oral Law that tells us the Torah’s “Pshuto” in that neither Abraham or Isaac are the source of the commandment, rather it comes from this week’s Torah Portion right towards the middle of the Torah, which is termed “Laws of Priesthood”, and as we know from Shem, the entire Torah is derived from the Laws of Priesthood. So if Abraham was not the source of “brit”, then what do we learn from Abraham in this matter – anything? The answer is, we learn about Shem and his Torah!

While Abraham did not get circumcised at eight days old, it is said that Abraham circumcised himself. It is also said that Hashem did the act for Abraham. How do we ever resolve the two opinions? The answer: look to the Torah, and which Torah might you ask – the Torah of Shem! The Midrashim (Oral accounts of Torah) bring a Midrash that many overlook, simply because it is assumed we learn circumcision from Abraham, thereby missing the knowledge that we are actually supposed to learn according to the Torah’s SIMPLE MEANING. Hashem called upon the most righteous Man of Abraham’s time-Shem son of/”ben” Noah. It would be Shem that Hashem would rely upon to be the instrument of God to perform the commandment upon Abraham. Couple this with the fact that God has no corporeality and Shem was nullified to God, and voila! Abraham would be considered to have done the job himself. In the end, we have maintained all three positions, no contradiction was found, the Torah’s simple meaning was expressed, and we walk away with more Torah and Wisdom than when we started, as we approached the endeavor with a full vessel, i.e. we did not seek an empty vessel by limiting Torah with assumptions that the Torah was wrong or flawed.

Shem and Abraham had more in common than circumcision, for Shem was not just sent to perform upon Abraham as the vessel of God, he was sent to deliver the Torah as well! We again turn to the Midrash, one that states Hashem had offered the Torah to the World but only Abraham was found to accept it and its teachings. Yet there is still a deeper message here in the simple meaning, as we turn to another Midrash, one of Shem, that states, ”Shem prophesied for 400 years as he attempted to implant the Torah into the New World. We the combine the two components, and we understand that Hashem was employing Shem with the task of Torah, and this led Shem to anticipate and wait for Abraham, which happened in Lech Lecha with Shem as Malki Tzedek, and the passing of the Priesthood. Again we arrive to the simple meaning and we are left knowing more than when we started. This was the nature of the Torah of Shem, and the reason that people were not accepting his Teaching – Shem got to the Truth! The Torah of Shem is predicated on going directly to the Truth, Absolute Truth, where there is no doubt, for he has textual proof in his Teachings, incorporating “Pshat, “Pshuto”, and Harmony of both into what equates into “Word of God.” This is how Shem was a vessel of God’s will, and explains how Shem could relate to Abraham. It should then be not of surprise to learn that we particularly don’t learn circumcision from Shem, for Hashem did the action Himself as Shem was born circumcised!

When we view this week’s Torah Portion with the Torah of Shem in mind, and now we have what to look for, since we learned our lesson with Abraham (as opposed to the sourced of the Law), now we can learn Pshuto (Oral element) in the text itself, which is directly related to Shem, and his heritage!

The Torah says to clip the oragan and its flesh. There should be no reason to assume that flesh is of any importance. If one were to relate to the details of circumcision, the question may arise, “what to do if there is a contamination on the organ?” This would be even more relevant here since this Torah Portion deals with impurities! To delve into “Pshuto”, most likely there would be the inclination to recall all of the Oral Torah Logic and calculations to derive the Law of what to do in accordance within Law, especially if the Brit is to be on Shabbat!

First of all, only by the simple meaning of text do we learn that Brit pushes off the Shabbat, expressing how strong Brit is! Secondly, there is no need for discourse to learn about contamination on the organ and its relation to performing forbidden acts on Sabbath to achieve circumcision, for the Torah ITSELF tells you the answer: “It’s Flesh!” Our superfluous word, “Flesh” comes to teach “Flesh” in any and all sense of the word, with no limitations! Thus by remembering the Torah of Shem at the root of Shem and his Torah, we can see the beauty of objective Truth, such that Shem had taught and desired to bestow upon Mankind, as the vessel of God. The Written Law is certain to contain the Truth, as it was given to Moses on Sinai!

From the Commandment of circumcision, in its proper place, in the text, we can learn numerous fantastic laws, and relive the methodology of Shem himself. In the merit of the commandment of circumcision, a gift commanded to the Jewish People, and a heritage of Noahides going back to Jethro (and as explained by the Rambam, as an opportunity to Noahides; Bnei Keturah), we can all take delight in gazing upon the Torah of Shem, that just as Shem was present at the Brit of Abraham, Shem continues to be present at all circumcision, as he lives on in the text. If Elijah who was a “Righteous Priest” and  was punished to witness all Brit rituals of the future, we can take refuge in Shem, a fellow “Righteous Priest”, who was given the rights of circumcision, as an honor, and remembrance of his Truth in Torah, in text, according to the absolute meaning. If the circumcision is an eternal covenant, there is none better to have as a witness, than Shem; he who was given the First Born Rights of an Eternal Torah of Truth.

May Elijah complete his Mission and usher in the Geulah with his fellow Kohen Tzedek Shem ben Noach in '72 in the merit of Bris Milah!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Scent Of Torah In A Name

***Cross-Post with Shiratdevorah:

Source: Brachot Ch.1 p.7b

Shavuot is the anniversary of the passing of Dovid HaMelech, who was the great-grandson of Ruth and Boaz, and this is one reason why we read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot.
The Talmud asks: why is she named ''Ruth''?  Rebbi Yochanan answers that she merited that David would come out of her, and that he would saturate Hashem with song and praise. The Talmud means here that the root of the word ''to saturate'' is the latent meaning of the name ""Ruth'' -  רות
But where do we find that a name causes/influences?   The Gemara answers in the name of Reb Eliezer, from the passuk in Tehillim 46 - ''go and gaze from the workings of Hashem that there He placed desolation in the land."  Don't read ''desolation'' [shamot] - שמות-  read "names": [shemot].
The Maharsha comments and clarifies upon the deeper meaning of resolving fate and free will within a name: since we know that the name Ruth caused that David should come out of her, we can establish from this principle as in Tehillim - we don't keep records of evil action or the causing of desolation by Hakodesh Baruch-hu, therefore we darshan [explain] that the word שמות represents the connotation 'names' - that the workings of G-d are drawn after the name of man.
''That he causes'' i.e. that he causes his offspring to have a name or that the named individual causes his actions, performed from his name and his being.
The Rif adds to the words of the Maharsha: we see that our interpretation is correct, because if it would be from the connotation of desolation then you would have to say that the name is literally in the land. Or that the names were placed in the lands.  ''in the land'' - it is not applicable that there would not be a lot of desolation in this way. Therefore you have to say, don't read 'desolation', rather read ''names'' - that the name causes.
[Thus when a person sins, with the soul expressed by his name, the retribution comes onto the land in retaliation for the evil done by the person not achieving his name's potential]. Note: this is free will. The name gives the potential, but we retain our free will to use that potential wisely or foolishly - for good or for not good.
On which note the Etz Yosef explains that the words of the Maharsha and the Rif must be correct, for if we were to take it literally a difficulty would arise in that we do not ascribe evil actions to G-d - that would be assuming that G-d is evil, and that goes against the Torah and Judaism. Furthermore, if we are to assume that the peripheral understanding of the passuk is in fact desolation, that is to say then that the name is placed in the land. Saying this is to say that just as animals sprout from the land, we would then be forced to assume that as Adam HaRishon came from the land, this would be denying that Hashem blew into his nostrils his soul. This would negate every foundational rule of Judaism that is based on the spiritual realm, such as the world to come, souls, divine providence etc - in other words, it is Aristotlean doctrine, thought, and ["provable"] belief.  Many places in the Torah are this way on the pshat level as well as sod, as seen in Adam and the Garden of Eden, and as the Ohr Chaiim points out in his commentary to the Torah. Therefore we say don't read ''desolation'' but rather ''names''.
And the commentary hakotev - הכותב - adds the final piece to the puzzle. HaKotev offers proof of the divinity of the name:
As the Talmud quotes regarding Leah's reasoning in naming Reuven:  Leah said ''Re-u'' ראו- look at that which is different between my son בן, ie. Re- u-ven ראו-בן- and the son of my fatherinlaw [Eisav]  - Eisav lost the bechor and wanted to kill his brother, Reuven lost the bechor and sought to save his brother - hence Re-u-ven - literally ''look at this son''], and by this means there is the place to be exact in the wording of ''look'' that it is visible that everyone can see what she spoke of.  Also the language of son [''ben''], and we say that it was a hint in the name, and in this name what is the difference between Reuven and Eisav?  Leah did not know of this future of Reuven but Hashem knows all of the future in relation to the name in her heart to call her son; as it is the name that she hinted at, and which spoke of the future. And this is the kavana [intention] of what we say that a name causes, that Hashem knows what the future will be, and this fashions the characteristics for ''from the remnant is its nature in relation to his name''. In other words, Hashem dictates reality according to the person's name;  which will result in the characteristics of the person. What comes of this is deemed his nature and his perception of nature, but does not take away his free will and choice to decide whether to do good or evil.
It is possible that just as we say in Pirkei Avos 3:19 : ''Everything is foreseen yet the freedom of choice is given''....   this is the explanation that names are placed in the land [this should alleviate any question on the nature of faith and free will] and you are forced to say this. That behold we say that Ruth ''saturated with song'', and when she was born in the midst of her nation in the field of Moav, they were neviím to be able to know that the future would go out from her descendant David. Therefore they called her name Ruth: a name speaks the truth, as told by the tradition of the rabbis.
And this is similar to perfect truthful faith [אמונה רבה] - of having knowledge of that which will arise in his future [in naming and the named].   And with all of this is the opportunity in the hand of man [i.e. name in hand - to KNOW/and REACH his name's potential; interface with the will of God - which is synonymous the kabbalistic sefira Keter- [which sheds light on the Pirkei Avos concept of "the Crown of a Good Name" - Keter Shem Tov] is to choose only the good ....perfected free will despite fate from the perspective of God/
This is to reach the potential of his name and eliminate the possibility of desolation, thereby sanctifying the goodness of G-d, revealing the spiritual reality and truth within creation.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

America: Lost In Exile - Where Are Our Leaders?

America! Why have you not produced even one Gadol from American soil? Think about it: It's True and rather disturbing - To not produce even one?!

The religious are often led and inspired by the words and deeds of the dead: Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammed. Within the Jewish realm, the list of great, late leaders includes the sages of the Babylonian Talmud, the Geonim ("the geniuses," 7th- to 11th-century scholars), the Rishonim ("the first ones," 11th- to 16th-century rabbis), or the Achronim ("the last ones," rabbis from the 17th century and on). All were great scholars, admired by many; all were religious leaders of their respective places and times who continue to guide the faithful. Some of them were also admired communal rabbis, of the kind many American Jews will shortly meet on High Holidays services; for many attendees, this will be the annual encounter with their rabbi. But they were also much more. The Jewish world of the 21st century has very few, if any, rabbis and scholars universally accepted as "great" or "sagely" who are admired even by those outside the specific sect, stream, or group on which the rabbi in question presides. Jewish communities around the world have been unable to find suitable successors to those "last ones." The problem is particularly manifest within the American Jewish community. Advertisement This is a relatively new and perplexing phenomenon, and it's difficult to pinpoint why great American rabbis seem to be a thing of the past. Within Jewish tradition, the thesis of the "decline of the generations" (in Hebrew: Yeridat Ha'Dorot) is a very prevalent one, inversely related to the distance from Sinai. Is what we see in America today proof of this thesis (though not all great Jewish thinkers accept it)? Is it a problem with today's rabbis, students, and scholars? Are we in the early years of a drought in Jewish thought? Or maybe the problem is not the rabbis but rather the changing times and changing nature of Judaism, which makes it more difficult for anyone to acquire greatness. The crisis is widely evident, as those following the Hasidic communities in the United States can attest. The Lubavitcher Rebbe is gone for 16 years, but no successor of similar greatness was taking over the Chabad Hasidic community. The Satmar Hasidim weren't able to agree on one leader; the Bobov Hasidim had a similar problem that required court involvement. Instead of one great leader, each sect settled for a couple of "smaller" ones. No rabbi was great enough to occupy the place of Joseph Dov Soloveichik in the minds and hearts of modern-Orthodox Jews after his passing in the early '90s. No one was authoritative enough to be the agreed-upon heir to ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, who passed away in the mid-'80s. And more progressive streams of Judaism have encountered this problem as well: Abraham Joshua Heschel has had no successor since his departure in the early '70s. Mordechai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, had fame that no contemporary rabbi can compete with. What these great men of the past had in common was a community that was more interested in group identity and much more attentive to the teachings of rabbis. (They all came to the New World from Europe, though Kaplan did so at a very early age.) Today, Jewish religious life is guided by organizational wizards—not men of spiritual wisdom. Newsweek's somewhat idiotic yearly list of "50 most influential rabbis" was topped in 2010 by Rabbi Yehuda Karinsky, the leader the of Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Following him were Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of the Reform Movement, and Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. I have many friends on this list and do not wish to offend them, but my assumption is that all three, and most of the other 47 picks, were selected for worldly, not spiritual, reasons: because of organizational significance (Yehiel Eckstein), political work (David Saperstein), celebrity (Shmuley Boteach), high-profile battles (Sara Hurwitz, "the first female Orthodox rabbi"), or leading unique communities (Sharon Braus, the award-winning rabbi of the innovative IKAR Synagogue). None has the sagely status of some rabbis of previous generations. The list includes some important scholars, but most of them are just, well, scholars. They have knowledge, they have gravitas, but most do not have "followers" in the traditional religious meaning. And those who do have followers are more often of a New Agey bent, like Rabbi Yehuda Berg of the Kabbalah Center, spiritual home of Madonna. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of Jewish Renewal, might be one example of someone with both followers and new ideas and real long-term influence on American Jewish religious life. But guess what? He was born in Poland. If one will consider him "great," one must wonder why greatness is almost never homegrown American. Schachter-Shalomi is also the product of Orthodox Judaism, the more traditional and conservative of the Jewish streams. Another obstacle to the growing of a homemade great American rabbi is the fact that most American Jews belong to the more progressive streams (Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist)—and the more progressive the stream, the less likely it is to foster rabbinical "greatness." Those streams just find it harder to make students invest as many hours, days, and years in studying Judaism. The followers of these streams—not as zealous as the more conservative in their religious life—usually find total devotion to Judaic scholarly life less appealing. It was men of Europe and Orthodoxy, then, that swelled the ranks of American rabbinical greatness. And, of course, it was also the times. Can rabbis even aspire to greatness in a society in which rabbis are ranked on an annual basis? Perhaps more important, achieving sagely status becomes much trickier when potential leaders find themselves in an era when religion is more a matter of feel-good individualistic practices—when it is "increasingly personalistic, voluntaristic and non-judgmental," as one scholar put it. There's hardly any agreement between streams, congregations, and individuals as to what exactly makes a rabbi "sagely." The American Orthodox community used to provide great American rabbinical leaders respected by both the orthodox and more progressive Jewish traditions. Yet it, too, has failed to provide strong leaders for the 21st century. Why is that? Here another phenomenon plays a role in serving an obstacle to sageness. Progressive Judaism has never taken hold in Israel, leaving America the global center of that community. Orthodoxy thrived in both places, but in recent decades Israel is increasingly becoming the unrivaled center of the Orthodox world. In "The Future of American Orthodoxy," historian Jonathan Sarna identified a "significant brain drain" in the American Orthodox community: American Orthodoxy is sending its "best and brightest to Israel … and unsurprisingly many of them never return." With this shift, America might have lost its only chance to be the Petri dish for true rabbinical greatness. For those hoping that American Judaism will keep thriving and will be able to stand on its own feet, this might be a challenge that needs to be grappled with.

Grave of Joshua found near "Givat Pinchas"

...May we be zoche to the offspring of Joshua - Moshiach ben Efraim, a true leader of Israel that will lead the exiles over the Jordan River - this time for eternity!

May it be so in '72-3
[and allow the Zohar predictions to be found True much sooner than later]

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