06 December 2016

Just In Time For Hanukah

6 Kislev 5777

"And the house of Jacob shall be fire and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau shall become stubble, and they shall ignite them and consume them, and the house of Esau shall have no survivors, for the Lord has spoken." (Ovadiah 1.18)

While there are still sporadic reports of fires coming in, there is another fire smouldering in the Jewish heart. Just what will it take to make it burst into flame?

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur To Be Indicted

...in response to a petition by the Israel Reform Action Center, the legal lobbying arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, the State Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit was considering indicting Elitzur for articles he has written on the Hebrew Internet news site Hakol Hayehudi (the Jewish voice).

In May 2013, a day after Evyatar Borovski was killed in a terrorist attack at the Tapuah junction close to the Yitzhar settlement where Elitzur serves as the dean of the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva, the rabbi wrote an opinion piece that Mandelblit said incited violence against Arabs.

“There is a growing phenomenon of actions taken by heated Jews against the enemy...

whoever gets close [to the matter] will understand that these [people] are the buds of a growing community that is taking responsibility for the security of Jews,” Elitzur wrote.

In another opinion article later that month, the rabbi wrote that price-tag actions were an inevitable outcome of what he described as a too lenient attitude to Palestinian violence, saying that “the Jewish side is forced to revolt.”

Elitzur wrote: “They cannot understand that when the violence of non-Jews is treated with extreme leniency and the Jewish public is trampled upon, this will create an ever-growing Jewish public that understands that it is forced to take actions in order to defend itself from the evil that threatens Jews in the Land of Israel... More and more people understand these actions and feel that it is good that there are still people who have hot hearts burning against injustice and evil, against ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘tolerance’ that gives more and more strength and a feeling of victory to the murderous and violent side.”

He concluded: “These actions, borne of warmth and mutual responsibility of Jews, is not the goal (even if it is for certain possible to understand them in the current circumstances). At the end of the day, no one wants to live in anarchy, even if there are times when we are forced to live according to the jungle and to show to the evil nations of the world that the Jews can play this game too.”

Elitzur has been summoned to a hearing before a final deal is made on whether to indict him or not, although it is likely that he will now be charged.

The rabbi told Hakol Hayehudi following the announcement of his impending indictment that he was not bothered by “trifles” when an entire settlement is about to be destroyed because of “Mandelblit’s wickedness,” a reference to the pending demolition of the Amona settlement outpost.

“I will continue to say with a clear voice that the Torah of the Jewish people precedes the legal frameworks of non-Jews and forbids doing evil to Jews and adhering to orders and statues that are cruel to merciful Jews,” Elitzur said.
"...bayamim hahem bazeman hazeh."

04 December 2016


4 Kislev 5777

From "Jericho" to "Continuum" to the new television series "Incorporated", there is a common theme of democracy's demise through a take-over by corporatocracy. What better way to demonstrate this "truth-is-stranger-than-fiction" reality in America today than through the election of its first CEO?

The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy

The Rise of the Corporatocracy

02 December 2016

Parashat Toldot - The True Nature of Eisav

2 Kislev 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Shabbat Shalom!

Parashat Toldot - Bereshit 25.23-26 with Rashi Commentary

..."Two nations are in your womb, and two kingdoms will separate from your innards, and one kingdom will become mightier than the other kingdom, and the elder will serve the younger.

will separate from your innards: From the womb they are separated, this one to his wickedness, and this one to his innocence.
will become mightier than the other kingdom: They will not be equal in greatness; when one rises, the other will fall, and so [Scripture] states (Ezek. 26:2): “I shall become full from the destroyed city.” Tyre became full [gained power] only from the destruction of Jerusalem. — [From Meg. 6a, Pes. 42b]

And her days to give birth were completed, and behold, there were twins in her womb.

there were twins in her womb: [תוֹמִם is spelled] defectively [missing an “aleph” and“yud”], but concerning Tamar, it is written תְּאוֹמִים, with the plene spelling, [with an “aleph” and“yud”] because they (Perez and Zerah) were both righteous, but here, one was righteous and one was wicked. — [From Gen. Rabbah 63:8]

And the first one emerged ruddy; he was completely like a coat of hair, and they named him Esau.

ruddy: That is a sign that he will be a person who sheds blood (Gen. Rabbah 63:8).

And afterwards, his brother emerged, and his hand was grasping Esau's heel, and he named him Jacob.

Esau’s heel: [This is] a sign that this one (Esau) will not manage to complete his reign until this one rises up and takes it from him. — [From Gen. Rabbah 63:9]

Haftarah - Malachi 1.2-4

...Was not Esau a brother to Jacob? says the Lord. And I loved Jacob. And I hated Esau, and I made his mountains desolate and his heritage into [a habitat for] the jackals of the desert.

Should Edom say, "We were poor, but we will return and build the ruins"? So said the Lord of Hosts: They shall build, but I will demolish; and they shall be called the border of wickedness and the people whom the Lord has damned forever.

01 December 2016

"What Can Be Achieved in the Month of Kislev"

2 Kislev 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Shabbat Shalom!

What can be achieved in the month of Kislev - Rabbi Alon Anava

Would You Like a Towel With Your Brainwashing?

1 Kislev 5777
Rosh Chodesh
Chodesh Tov!

Recently, I left a few comments around some news sites. I don't recall the subject matter now, but it involved issues that the Powers That Be have characterized for the public as black and white, or in the current parlance, blue and red.

As a side note, the choice of color designation is interesting to me. Red has traditionally been associated with sin by the xians and with Eisav by the Jews. Today, it is the xian/conservative rightists who claim that color. Blue is a symbol of Heaven and tranquility, but the liberal left who is furthest from the ideals of Heaven and who creates most of the chaos are designated by that color.

Anyway, I took a position contrary to the red side and was immediately labeled a blue lefty - a "demon-crat Hillary-lover". No matter how many times I explained that I was neither an American nor an American voter and not aligned with either of their political parties, the same charge continued to be leveled with each successive "red" commenter. It was bizarre to say the least and clear evidence of mass brainwashing.

It's actually scary to see how fast memes get spread through social media - very scary indeed.

The public, even in Israel, has begun to accept the false notion that one side is wholly good while its opposite is wholly evil. This simply does not comport with the truth of reality. Each "side" has some good and some bad. One might be more weighted to one side or the other, but in today's political climate, if you express opposition to any one point from the "good" side or express any agreement with any one point on the "bad" side, you yourself will immediately be branded as entirely good or entirely evil based only on that. Yes, very scary times.

Nothing is completely as it is being portrayed by the mass media (including and especially the mass social media). You have to look in unexpected places and read between the lines to find what is real. But then, if you are one of the brainwashed, it will be impossible for you to see both sides of an issue, to take the truth regardless of its source and act upon it.

If you take nothing else away from anything that is written here, remember this and make it your mantra: "The only way to win is not to play the game." And that means: Do not pick a side in this global contest. Sit it out with HKB"H. We Jews are neither conservatives, nor leftists; neither Trumpists nor Clintonites. We are Children of HKB"H. Soon, He will send his agent - the Mashiach - to lead His own into the geulah shleimah with the call "Mi l'Hashem elai!!" And that's when we pick our side - us with HKB"H and His Mashiach against the whole world.

Wake up, Jews!!

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

Trump’s Cabinet: ‘Draining The Swamp’ Or Diving Right In?

In other words, the historic and prophesied birur that is destined to take place before Mashiach comes is not one between left and right, or even between so-called "pro-Israel" people and anti-Israel people, but between those who remain part of the world system (both left and right, pro- and anti-) and those who withdraw from it all and align themselves only with HKB"H and His Torah.

28 November 2016

Genetic Memory and Jew Hatred

27 Marcheshvan 5777

Did you know that the soul has a genetic code in similar fashion to the body's DNA? If you have read Ramchal on "roots and branches", you can easily begin to understand the concept of genetic memory.
Derech Hashem, Part II, Ch. 4, Secs.2-4:
Before Adam sinned, he was on a much higher level than contemporary man,.... In that state, man was on a very lofty level, fit for a high degree of eternal excellence. If he had not sinned, man would have simply been able to elevate and perfect himself, step by step.
He would have then given birth to future generations while still in that state of excellence. ...All these future generations would have then shared this good with Adam.
...Some generations would have been primary, while others would be secondary, like roots and branches. Later generations would stem from earlier ones [and share their characteristics], like branches stemming from a tree.
...When Adam sinned, he fell from his original high level, and brought upon himself a great degree of darkness and insensitivity.... Mankind in general also fell from its original height, and remained on a degraded level where it was not at all worthy of the eternal high degree of excellence originally destined for it.
...and it was in this state that children were born into the world. They were therefore all born into this degraded state.
...God gave Adam's descendants a free choice at that time to strengthen themselves and strive to elevate themselves from this lower state and regain the higher level.
The Higher Wisdom...set a time limit for these generations. In a way, this is very much like the time limit now given to each individual. Every individual has a limited lifetime and it is during this period of time that he must attain both perfection and his level in the Community of the Future World.... The reason in both these cases is that everything that involves effort must be limited in time.
The Higher Wisdom deemed it fitting that this effort be divided into a period for the roots, and another for the branches.
...The human race initially had a chance to permanently regain its original state and rectify the spiritual damage that had been done. The proper procedure would have been for the roots and heads of Adam's descendants to first elevate themselves to the rectified level. Once this was accomplished, both the roots and their branches would remain in this state forever, since the branches always follow the roots.
[This] time...was limited. During this period, the gate was open and the opportunity existed for any individual to properly prepare himself and permanently become a good and worthy root. He would then be prepared for a high degree of excellence, appropriate for man in his original state, rather than that of man in his fallen state.
Since this individual would perfect himself as a Root, he would attain this for his deserving descendants* as well as for himself. They would all receive what he attained, and would therefore all be able to remain on the level and state attained by him as their root.
...Man's measure was filled, however, in the Generation of Separation [when the Tower of Bavel was built]. God's Attribute of Justice then decreed that the time when men could be considered roots should come to a close.
...God then scrutinized all mankind, perceiving the levels that should be made permanent in that generation's members according to their deeds. These things then became a permanent part of their nature in their aspect as roots. It was thus decreed they each should bear future generations, all possessing the qualities that were deemed appropriate for their root ancestor.
The descendants of each of these individuals were thus divided into permanent groupings, each with its own characteristics and limitations. They were destined to father future generations who would inherit these characterstics, just as members of any particular species inherit the characteristics of their forebears.
According to the Highest Judgment, it turned out that none of them deserved to rise above the degraded level to which Adam and his children had fallen as a result of their sin....
There was, however, one exception, and that was Avraham. He had succeeded in elevating himself, and as a result of his deeds was chosen by God. Avraham was therefore permanently made into a superior excellent Tree, conforming to man's highest level. It was further provided that he would be able to produce branches [and father a nation] possessing his charcteristics.
The world was then divided into seventy nations, each with its own particular place in the general scheme. All of them, however, remained on the level of man in his fallen state, while only Israel was in the elevated state.
After this, the gate was closed on the era of roots. Things would then be directed and brought about upon individuals as branches, each one according to his nature.
...God's great love and goodness decreed that the branches of other nations still be given a chance. If they so desired, they still had the free choice to tear themselves loose from their own roots, and through their own actions include themselves among the branches of Avraham's family.
This is what God meant when He told Avraham (Bereshis 12:3), "All the families of the earth will be blessed through you." Avraham was thus made the father of all converts.
[This, however, would require effort on the part of the individuals concerned.] Without such effort, they would remain attached to their own roots and retain their natural characteristics.
*For his deserving descendants - in the case of Avraham Avinu, we are talking about Yitzchak and Ya'aqov. Yishmael and Eisav were found not to be deserving. Therefore, it is more than a bit interesting that it is precisely these two who created competitor religions which challenge Ya'aqov's descendants' worthiness to succeed Avraham Avinu.

Which brings us to the second part - Jew hatred. Eisav's hatred of his brother Ya'aqov has been passed down genetically to his descendants, ergo "Eisav soneh et Ya'aqov" is as true today as it ever was and will be until the entire world is rectified. The Jew must never ever forget that!

For the moment, most of Eisav's blazing hatred has found a target in Yishmael, but the time is fast approaching when they will set their differences aside for the sake of joining forces in an attempt to rid the world of their {perceived) common enemy - Ya'aqov - once and for all. 

That knowledge should make every Jew sit up and take notice of this news item:
Mosques Get Threatening Letters: Trump Will ‘Do To You Muslims What Hitler Did To The Jews’
...“You Muslims are a vile and filthy people. Your fathers are dogs,” the letter states. “You are evil. You worship the devil. But, your day of reckoning has arrived.”
The letter went on to say that Muslims “would be wise to pack your bags and get out of Dodge.”
...The letter, which was signed “Americans for a Better Way,” ended with “long live President Trump and God bless the USA.”
Jew hatred is part of the genetic memory and genetic make-up of probably most gentiles to greater or lesser degrees. While it went underground for a season, it is resurfacing now and all the "allowed" hatred of Muslims has primed the pump so to speak for it to be turned on the Jews (again) in the future. 

Never let your guard down.

25 November 2016

With Every Tragedy We Ask "Why?" and Rightly So

24 Marcheshvan 4777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Chayei Sarah
...Now these are the generations of Ishmael the son of Abraham, whom Hagar the Egyptian, the maidservant of Sarah, bore to Abraham.
And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael by their names, according to their births: the firstborn of Ishmael was Nebaioth, and Kedar and Adbe'el and Mibsam, And Mishma and Dumah and Massa, Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedmah.

These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names in their open cities and in their walled cities, twelve princes to their nations.
Whenever there is a tragedy like the one Israel is currently undergoing, we immediately look for reasons, whether it is to prevent more suffering in the future or just to make sense of the world around us. And this is good, because the Jew knows that nothing happens unless the Creator ordains it and He does nothing without a reason.

Whereas other cultures believe in a vengeful God who punishes for pleasure, the Jew knows that HKB"H is a Father teaching lessons to His children. So, if we want to understand events, we have to ask the right questions. We should not ask "Why is God punishing us?" We should ask rather, "What does HKB"H want us to learn from this?"

The first place a Jew looks for answers is the Torah and specifically the parshah of the week where hints to current events can always be found. (See above.) 

But, when one searches the parshah, what one will find is that there is some hint to what is most prominently being publicized in the world. And what do we see when we look to the news of the day? What is the biggest story next to the fires raging across Israel? 

That the sons of Ishmael are burning down the country as an act of war against us!

Some examples of the news and headlines...

Arab World Celebrates Fires In Israel
Palestinians, Arab World Rejoice Over Fires
12 Arrested So Far For Nationwide Arson
Wildfire Intifada Is Burning Across Israel

Three Arabs caught overnight trying to start fire near Ariel
Security cameras caught three Arabs trying to start a fire near the city of Ariel using a Molotov cocktail. The fire department got there in time to put it out and the pyro-terrorists were caught and arrested as they fled into a nearby Arab village.
[This is just one of many such reports.]

One University of Haifa professor, an expert on the Middle East, reportedly said
"This is what 'co-existence' looks like."

Our sages explain that the reason Am Yisrael had to drive out the inhabitants of the Land was because they would forever view us as thieves who had stolen it from them and this belief would be passed down to their progeny. Consequently, we would never have peace from them. History bears witness to this truth if we have the courage to face it. 

Furthermore, HKB"H made us a promise that if we did not drive them out, He would drive us out and here we have tens of thousands of Jews running out of their homes across the land!!

The lofty idea of 'co-existence' is only a dream with no basis in reality. Every so often a situation develops which slams us hard up against the reality which the Torah has tried to teach us and which we conveniently ignore. 

Well, there is no ignoring it today. As we enter Day Four with no end in sight, the lesson HKB"H wants us to learn from this event refuses to be ignored. And we have to learn it once and for all. 

When Mashiach comes to power, one of the first things he will have to do is finish the job that Yehoshua started - to remove the enemies from within. And it would be a real shame to see some Jews clinging so much to their dream of 'co-existence' that they would attempt to stand in his way. 

I had a conversation with Rav Yehudah a little while ago and he brought up an interesting point. We've had many opportunities, he said, to recognize the true nature of the Yishmaeli threat in our midst - missiles, tunnels, knives, etc. It makes one wonder how many more opportunities there will be. 

So, the follow-up question then is, why this particular method? Why fire? Again, Rav Yehudah provides the answer: 

"...if you do not listen to Me, to sanctify the Sabbath Day...then I shall set a fire to [Jerusalem's] gates, which will consume the palaces of Jerusalem and not be extinguished." (Yirmiyahu 17.27)

"Wherever there is desecration of Shabbat fire is prevalent." (Tractate Shabbat)

Ask anyone what is not allowed on Shabbat and the first thing they will think of is the prohibition of lighting or extinguishing a fire. Of Israel's large cities, Haifa, even more than Tel Aviv, is most associated with public desecration of the Shabbat. 

Haifa: Israel’s only city with buses on Friday and Shabbat

Buses burn gasoline in order to run! And there are voices arguing strongly for it to be extended to the other major cities, even including Jerusalem!

I am sure that there are many levels of interpretation on these events, but these are the ones that I think make the most sense on a national level.

May it please HKB"H to help us do complete teshuvah for every violation of His Holy Torah and bless us with abundant winter rains even now, bringing healing to our charred land as well as our charred souls. Shabbat Shalom!