Monday, July 21, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mas'ei 5774



War Miracles

War Support

War Criticism (from the right)

War Soldiers

War Prayers

Terrifying Events in Gaza and Worldwide

Passed Away al Kiddush Hashem
1 soldier before Shabbat
4 soldiers over Shabbat and Motza'ei Shabbat, HY"D
13 Golani soldiers Sunday morning, HY"D

Hamas claims they abducted a Golani soldier, while Israel denies this

France and Turkey are out of control.  At least the government in France admits it and banned anti-Israel protests, but that didn't stop the protesters.

Hatred by descendants of Yishmael to Jews has even reached Chicago, as per the Trib (via YWN):
Several vehicles in the Pulaski Park [YY - known to me as Peterson Park] neighborhood on the Northwest Side were targeted with anti-Jewish leaflets, police said.

Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets on Saturday on the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The leaflets were found on the windshields of the vehicles, said Estrada.

According to residents in the area, the leaflets made threats to Jewish people in connection with the conflict in Gaza which began on July 8. The leaflets threaten violence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, according to residents and police.

The war has left scores of Palestinians as well as more than a dozen Israeli soldiers dead.

The Chicago Police Department’s Hate Crime unit has been notified and area north detectives are investigating.
I was first told about this from my Havruta, who lives in this neighborhood.  He told me that the leaflets were on other blocks of the neighborhood as well.

Hashem Ya'azor.  May Hashem protect Jews in Israel and worldwide.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Matot 5774 III


(Clarification from Rav Dov Kook's son [after reports that his father predicted an earthquake]: My father was not giving and does not give prophetic statements - he was speaking to a non-religious group and telling them that worse things than rockets can be performed by HKB"H - like earthquakes.  This wasn't a prophecy.)


The Final Redemption is Close at Hand


Major Fire in the Ein Kerem area of Yerushalayim

(Rav Bentzion Abba Sha'ul ZT"L's younger brother died the day after his yahrtzeit.)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: "Thank Hashem for Miracles" and Explains Every חמס in Tehillim


In Rav Shmuel Eliyahu's latest Kol Tzofayich (Hebrew):

  • B"H, we merited numerous miracles during Tzuk Eitan.  Sometimes people to whom miracles were performed don't realize it and say היש ה' בקרבנו אם אין.  We are obligated to thank Hashem for all the miracles He performs not just because it's a good character trait to have, but also because when we do so, it instills fear in our enemies.
  • Rav Eliyahu goes through each and every time the word חמס (Hamas) is mentioned in Tehillim and explains each occurrence in detail.
Worth the read for Hebrew speakers.


Due to the IDF ground invasion of Gaza, I'll include the Tehilim that Rav Shmuel Eliyahu Shlit"a said would be beneficial to say against Hamas:


Gedolei Yisrael are calling on everyone to increase their Tefillot now.

Erdogan and Cohorts are Full-Fledged Anti-Semites in Targeting Hacham Bashi, Shaked

(Note especially the last couple paragraphs.)

A Turkish daily affiliated with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the country's Jewish community to apologize for the Palestinian casualties of the Israeli operation in Gaza.

"You came here after being banished from Spain," Yeni Akit correspondent Faruk Köse wrote Wednesday in an open letter to Hakham Bashi, the chief rabbi of Turkey's Jewish community. "You have lived comfortably among us for 500 years and gotten rich at our expense. Is this your gratitude – killing Muslims? Erdogan, demand that the community leader apologize!"

In the right-wing newspaper's editorial, Ali Karahasanoğlu wrote: "After the barrage of missiles which hit the capital city of Tel Aviv, Israel has been pushed into a corner and is crying out for a ceasefire, which at the moment only serves Israel and the United States.

"The IDF is using forbidden weapons, intentionally killing children and murdering Muslims for the sake of murdering Muslims. Hamas is unprepared to accept dictations from Israel and the US, and will only lay down its weapon after its understandings are accepted.

"While all this is happening, the journal of the Jewish community in Turkey, 'Shalom,' is referring to the murder of children in Gaza as 'taking care of terrorists.'"

Erdogan, who was slated to sign a reconciliation agreement with Israel soon, likened Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked of the Bayit Yehudi party to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler this week.

Referring to Operation Protective Edge, the Turkish prime minister accused Israel of "systematically committing horrors and acts of terror" against the Palestinians since 1948.

"There is a Knesset member who says repeatedly, 'The Palestinians are our enemies,'" Erdogan said of Shaked, adding that this mentality was no different from that of Hitler. "If these words were said by a Palestinian, the entire world would condemn it."

Erdogan, who is seeking to replace Abdullah Gul as Turkey's president, asked in his weekly address to his party's supporters, "How long will the world keep silent in light of the terror committed by Israel?"

He denied that Turkey was about to restore its relations with Israel and accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of committing "a massacre against the Palestinian population."

But Zaman, one of the leading newspapers in Turkey which has an Islamic political alignment, accused Erdogan himself of acquiescence to Israel's policy in the operation.

"Behind the aggressive rhetoric, the regime is fully cooperating with Israel at the Palestinians' expense," wrote Ali Bulaç. "Don't let the prime minister's words fool you – the economic cooperation between Israel and Turkey has never been better. And who is paying the price? The poor Palestinians."

Meanwhile, on the backdrop of the fighting in Gaza, Turkish initiatives to boycott Israeli goods and Jewish-owned businesses are gaining momentum on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Under the hashtag #zulmesessizkalamam ("I will not keep quite in light of the persecution"), Turkey's residents are urged to boycott products such as Coca-Cola (as one of its owners, Warren Buffett, supports Israel by investing in companies like Iscar) and are provided with explanations on how to spot Israeli products in local supermarkets.

"I have never felt as threatened as I have in the past year," says Linet, a textile importer. "The government is inflaming the hatred and anti-Semitism and we are simply living in fear.

"Many of those who have not left yet – and the vast majority of Jews immigrated to Europe and Israel a long time ago – are weighing their options," she adds.
When will the world see Erdogan for who he really is?

(See previous posts about Erdogan here, including a link to an Avigdor Lieberman quote about him.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Matot 5774

From Rav Fish's latest (lotsa good stuff here):
  • War
    • Words that I [=Rav Fish] heard in the name of a great Tzaddik of the Gedolei Yisrael Shlit"a:
      The battle that began during these days in Gaza will not cease before World War 3 will develop from it.  World War 3 is the terrifying Gog Umagog War that all the prophets prophesied about, through which in the process, the King Mashiah will be revealed and he will redeem us as an eternal redemption.
      • The implication of the words of the Tzaddik is that everyone from Am Yisrael - both those who live in Eretz Yisrael and those Jews of the Diaspora - needs to see himself in danger and to do complete Teshuva.  And mainly, to start to be occupied learning ASAP - according to his abilities - Sefer HaZohar and other books that deal with the inner secrets of the Torah, since they are the beam of salvation from this war.  This is as the holy one of Hashem, Ribbi Shimon Bar Yohai ZYA"A, had promised.  And even though we don't know to what extent [is the war's impact], danger is more severe than prohibition and we need to be concerned.  Therefore, I saw it as an obligation for myself to publicize the matter.
    • Letters (by R' Yosef Meir Sofer)
      • The letters that come before עזה [Gaza] is סוד [secret, i.e. secrets of Kabbala].
        • This hints that learning Sod sweetens the judgments that come from Gaza.
        • Also, Gaza is in the inheritance of the tribe of Yehuda, as it says: "Also Judah took Gaza with the border thereof".  And the tribe of Yehuda influences the inner secrets of the Torah via MBD.
          • Also, עזה is the gematria of נבל - the Kelipa that enclothed the influence of King David and fought against it [as in Naval HaCarmeli].
          • Also, בעז [Bo'az] plus the letters equals עזה.
      • The letters that come before מגור [fear] is קבלה [Kabbala].
        • This hints that when there is fear, we need to learn Kabbala.
          • The gemara in Bava Batra 10a says that wine quells extreme fear.  And Kabbala has the aspect of wine [YY- יין is gematria סוד] to quell that fear.
      • The letters that come after רקטא [rocket] is רשב"י [Ribbi Shimon Bar Yohai].
        • This hints that when there are rockets, we need to learn Rashb"i's Torah.
        • Rav M.P. adds that רקטות [rockets] hint to רק טלית ותפלין.
      • The word לבנון [Lebanon] is Notarikon for ל"ב [i.e. 32] paths of חכמה [wisdom] and נו"ן [i.e. 50] gates of בינה [understanding].
        • Also, the troubles coming out of Lebanon hint to the weakening in learning the Sodot Hatorah, as is brought down in the Matok Midevash on the Zohar (Hayei Sarah 132a): that לבנון is Notarikon for ל"ב paths of חכמה and נו"ן gates of בינה.
        • Also, the Yam Hahochma (5770) said that the first 32 days of the Omer correspond to the 32 paths of חכמה and from 33rd day and on starts the shining of the 50 paths of בינה from the אמא.
    • Don't Rely on Iron Dome (by Rav Gamliel Rabinowitz Shlit"a)
      • In the Tocheha, it says וְשָׁבַרְתִּי, אֶת-גְּאוֹן עֻזְּכֶם; וְנָתַתִּי אֶת-שְׁמֵיכֶם כַּבַּרְזֶל [And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron].  There is a hint to כפת ברזל [Iron Dome] in that there is a curse that it breaks the pride and power to pray to Hashem.  
      • And the Rambam famously berates people for not crying out to Hashem at times of trouble.
      • Rather, we pray that all our enemies מהרה יכרתו [quickly be cut off], whose Rashei Teivot have the gematria of טיל [missile].  This means, we pray that the missiles should explode before it comes to Israeli territory.
      • It is forbidden to be complacent and rely on Iron Dome, ח"ו, but rather, we must do Teshuva, etc.
      • In the merit of stopping all the arguments between חסידים and מתנגדים and between אשכנזים and ספרדים, we will merit to be saved from the Kelipa of חמא"ס.
      • Rav D. Lev adds that רצועת עזה [Gaza Strip] is the gematria of 848 and if you add the Kollel, it equals שבו ישראל [return, o Israel].  
        • Rav Tzion David Siboni adds that if you add the 2 words and the Kollel, you get בעתה אחישנה.
    • Torah Code from the Sod1820 Website:
    • Operation "Tzuk Eitan" and the Avot and Imahot
      • The gemara Rosh Hashana 11a says that the Avot were born in Tishri according to Ribbi Eliezer because Tishri is called "Yerah Ha'Eitanim" - the month in which the Eitanei Olam [strong ones - or mountains - of the world] were born.  It then asks how we know that "Eitan" means "strong".  It answers from the verse in Parshat Balak: אֵיתָן, מוֹשָׁבֶךָ, וְשִׂים בַּסֶּלַע, קִנֶּךָ.  
        • I [=Rav Fish] heard that they called the operation "Tzuk Eitan" in light of the verse אֵיתָן, מוֹשָׁבֶךָ, וְשִׂים בַּסֶּלַע, קִנֶּךָ.
        • Rav Glazerson adds that we see from this gemara that "Eitanim" are the Avot and that the verse in Balak is connected to the Avot.  It's amazing that צוק איתן with the Kollel is gematria אברהם יצחק ויעקב with the letters.
          • Rav Tzion David Siboni adds that כפת ברזל [iron dome] is Rashei Teivot בלהה רחל זלפה לאה.
    • Tikkun Hakelali and the War
      • R' Shimon Mazuz Shlit"a brings down that כיפת ברזל is the gematria of the sum of the 10 chapters of Tehilim that comprise the "Tikkun Hakelali": 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150.
        • And as is known from the words of Rebbe Nachman, the power of these chapters of Tehilim saves the person who recites them from all types of arrows that the S"M and his army throw at him.
        • And it appears that we can add that the verse וְצַדִּיק בֶּאֱמוּנָתוֹ יִחְיֶה [but the righteous shall live by his faith] plus the Kollel has the same gematria.
      • R' Tzion David Siboni adds that צוק איתן [Tzuk Eitan] has the gematria of תיקון כללי [Tikkun Kelali] plus the Kollel.
    • More on Tzuk Eitan and Geula
      • The gematria of צוק איתן [Tzuk Eitan] plus the words and Kollel equals עת קץ [The Endtime].  
      • Also, it's the gematria of וימתקו המים [and the waters were made sweet], hinting to the sweetening of judgments.
      • Also, it's the gematria of אִתְּךָ אֲנִי לְהַצִּלֶךָ [I am with thee to deliver thee] 
      • איתן is - in 2 ways - the Rashei Teivot of the verse  אִם-תָּשׁוּב יִשְׂרָאֵל נְאֻם-יְהוָה אֵלַי, תָּשׁוּב [If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, yea, return unto Me]
      • צוק is Rashei Teivot of קוּמוּ וְנַעֲלֶה צִיּוֹן [arise ye, and let us go up to Zion].
      • Regarding the Palestinians, the following verse is often rightly quoted וְאִם-לֹא תוֹרִישׁוּ אֶת-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם--וְהָיָה אֲשֶׁר תּוֹתִירוּ מֵהֶם, לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם וְלִצְנִינִם בְּצִדֵּיכֶם; וְצָרְרוּ אֶתְכֶם--עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם יֹשְׁבִים בָּהּ [But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those that ye let remain of them be as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein ye dwell.]  Rashi translates "צנינם" as "קוצים" [thorns].  We see that the Palestinians have the aspect of קוץ, which is the same letters as צוק.
      • The acronym of the war בעז"ה [in Gaza] can be expanded as בעזרת השם [with Hashem's help].
    • Tzuk Eitan and 91
      • צוק איתן is Rashei Teivot צ"א and Sofei Teivot ק"ן, hinting to the 91st chapter of the 150 chapters of Tehilim.
        • The first verse of that chapter is ישב בסתר עליון בצל שדי יתלונן 
        • The name ש-ד-י stands for שומר דלתות ישראל [as is known].
        • ש-ד-י is the gematria of רקטא [rocket].
        • The chapter continues talking about how Hashem protects and saves us from various concerns.
        • Verse 5 reads: לֹא-תִירָא, מִפַּחַד לָיְלָה; מֵחֵץ, יָעוּף יוֹמָם [Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day]
        • Verse 7 reads:  יִפֹּל מִצִּדְּךָ, אֶלֶף--וּרְבָבָה מִימִינֶךָ: אֵלֶיךָ, לֹא יִגָּשׁ [A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee] - more than 1000 missiles fell, and B"H, there were great miracles.
      • 91 is the gematria of סוכה [Sukkah] as Hashem is spreading His Sukkah of peace upon us and we will soon merit Sukkat David.
      • 91 is the gematria of הוי"ה אדנ"י, which symbolize the merging of MBY and MBD.
        • Also, צוק איתן symbolizes the merging of MBY and MBD since: 
          • צוק symbolizes MBD, who has the aspect of the Sa'ir La'azazel that is thrown off the cliff [צוק].  This is based on a statement of the Rama MiPano (Asara Ma'amarot, vol. 3, siman 5) who said that Yehuda hinted to Tamar that they will merit to together create a soul [i.e. Mashiah] who will lighten the pain of the Shechina when it suffers for the sins of Israel.  And therefore, he sent her a goat for the relations they had to hint to her about the aspect of Sa'ir La'azazel, with the Sod that Mashiah himself has the aspect of the Sa'ir La'azazel since he suffers for the sins of Israel.
          • And איתן hints to Yosef and Yesod, as it says re: Yosef: וַתֵּשֶׁב בְּאֵיתָן קַשְׁתּוֹ
  • Tammuz is auspicious for At'halta Dig'ula
    • We know that the Final Redemption mimics the Exodus from Egypt from the verse: כִּימֵי צֵאתְךָ, מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם, אַרְאֶנּוּ, נִפְלָאוֹת ['As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things.']  And we know that the Redemption from Egypt started blossoming in the quarter of Tammuz [תמוז] in 2447 [ב' תמז] when Moshe and Aharon stood before Par'oh and did miracles and that's when the Plague of Blood occurred (since every plague took 1 month).
    • The Gr"a on Tikkunei Zohar (Word doc, p. 88) says that everything about the Flood and the story with sending the dove can be explained about the current exile and the future Redemption.  And it's brought down in Seder Olam Rabba (chapter 4) that No'ah send the raven on Tammuz 10, then sent the dove the first time on Tammuz 17, and then sent it again on Tammuz 24.  And on that same day - Tammuz 24 - the dove returned at evening time with an olive branch in its mouth.
      • Operation Tzuk Eitan also started on Tammuz 10.
      • We also find in the Zohar (Shelah 165a) that the olive branch is compared to MBD.
      • I [=Rav Fish] saw in the name of Rav Yitzhak Ginsburg Shlit"a that כ"ד תמוז [Tammuz 24] is the only date in the year that has a gematria of 477 - the same gematria as בעתה [Be'itah - in its time].
        • Not only that, but the Milui part of the word בעתה, which is בית עין תו הא also comes out to 477.
    • Also, כד תמוז is Rashei Teivot כד"ת, which has the gematria of משיח בן דוד.
      • And it hints to the Keitz as the Kehillat Yaakov [YY - I'm not sure which] brings down that:
        כד"ת is Rashei Teivot 24 Tachshitin, which is a Sod of the 24 permutations of אדנ"י, with which Mashiah Tzidkeinu is beautified, and this name is engraved on his forehead.
      • Also, the Megaleh Amukot (Vayera) brings down:  
        The verse כן תעשה כאשר דברת is Rashei Teivot כד"ת which is the gematria of משיח בן דוד.  That is what is written "and wash your feet", referring to לִי נָקָם וְשִׁלֵּם לְעֵת תָּמוּט רַגְלָם [Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, against the time when their foot shall slip] and when the souls reach feet to feet, then is the time of Redemption.
    • R' Yosef Sheinberger adds that תמוז [Tammuz] is the gematria of מלך המשיח.
    • Also, חודש תמוז plus the words and the Kollel is the gematria of תשע"ד.
    • Also, Tammuz 24, 5774 comes out in Parshat Mas'ei, which hints to the Geula.
    • Also, it's brought down in the Kuntres "Ve'aneta Hashira" from Rav Nahmeni ZT"L that from the 17th of Tammuz until Hoshana Rabba should be 3 months that all of Kelal Yisrael will do Teshuva.
  • Av and Geula
    • I [=Rav Fish] heard from Rav Yitzhak Ginsburg Shlit"a that the month of Av is 5th month - חודש החמישי - which has the same letters as המשיחי [pertaining to Mashiah].
    • Also, it's brought down in the book "Ahavat Yisrael" that the permutation of Hashem's name ה-ו-י-ה that corresponds with the month of Av is הַסְכֵּת וּשְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַיּוֹם, which hints to the verse having to do with Redemption הַיּוֹם, אִם-בְּקֹלוֹ תִשְׁמָעוּ.
      • Therefore, תשמעו is the gematria of ראש חדש אב [Rosh Hodesh Av].
      • Also brought there is that re: the verse וְעֵת-צָרָה הִיא לְיַעֲקֹב, וּמִמֶּנָּה יִוָּשֵׁעַ [and it is a time of trouble unto Jacob, but out of it shall he be saved], the words ועת צרה has the gematria of חודש תמוז, while וממנה has the gematria of מנחם אב.
        • Therefore, ראש חדש מנחם אב is Rashei Teivot ארחם [I will have mercy].
  • Interesting Dream 
    • [See the first bullet point here.]

Interesting Recent Links - Matot 5774 II


(Stay tuned for Rav Fish's latest, which I will BE"H BL"N translate shortly)

צפו: כך יודיעו במהדורת החדשות על ביאת המשיח
(A video in Hebrew how the news will sound when Mashiah comes)
Giving that little extra (Also there, a very nice story about Gil-ad Shaar, HY"D)

(Rav Dov Kook: There is a decree from Heaven about an earthquake.  Not sure if it's Geula-related, but it may very well belong in this category.)


Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Visits Front Line Troops

War Miracles (B"H, may they continue)

Miracle In Eilat: Rocket Fired From Sinai Slams Into Hotel Parking Lot; Two Minor Injuries

The Ceasefire, Hamas Style

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First Direct Fatality from Rockets

News1 and collive have named the victim as Dror Hanin from Beit Aryeh.

Reports say that he was there to provide soldiers with various provisions.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Matot 5774


(Rav Amar: 17th of Tammuz should be dedicated as a day of prayer.)

(Rav Mazuz asks for no ground troops - and deny electricity for 1 hour per rocket shot)

Mrs. Faiga Esther Finkel a”h

What Israeli Schoolchildren Sing to Deal With Rockets (video)

When Waging War is Pursuing Peace

Emuna News Analysis: Hamas, the Weed that Grows Back

War Miracles (B"H, BA"H - may they continue)


Chicago Peter Hamor and the War

Yesterday, the Chicago community had the rare opportunity to be a part of the Mitzva of Pidyon Peter Hamor.

There were Shiurim before the event and the event itself was very well-attended.  Rav Zev Cohen Shlit"a was the Kohen who did the redeeming.  It was quite a unique event - especially in Chicago - and it was a wonderful event overall.

Rav Ephraim Twerski Shlit"a of Cong. Khal Chassidim delivered a most memorable introductory speech.  He made the following points (which I know I'm not doing justice to, but very summarized):

1)  The huge crowd at the event - even though they are not participating directly - are considered נטפל לעושי מצוה - and are therefore rewarded like those doing the Mitzva themselves (as per the Mishna on Makkot 5b).

2) The donkey represents Humriut - materialism - and the sheep represents Ruhniyut - spirituality.  We redeem our materialism and limit it as much as possible and try to replace it with as much spirituality as possible.

3) The donkey represents Am Hadomeh Lahamor, who currently control the Beit Hamikdash area and are waging war against us.  The sheep represents Am Yisrael (עמך וצאן מרעיתך).  Through this Mitzvah, we are asking Hashem to please redeem Am Yisrael from the Am Hadomeh Lahamor and bring Mashiah Tzidkeinu.  But if we're not worthy enough to be redeemed, at the very least: וערפתו - break its neck.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Pinehas 5774 II


(Netanyahu talked with Rav Shmueli, who blessed him and told him he's praying for the soldiers.  He also very strongly suggested to people to say the Pitum Haketoret.)

War Miracles
(Yair Lapid said, "Baruch Hashem [the Ashdod gas station explosion] didn't end much worse")

("Shema Yisrael" on Azrieli Towers - I saw a larger version of this on the Muqata Facebook page)

(see also here)

(terrible tragedy)