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Monday, June 24, 2024

BD"H Rav Moshe Wolfson ZT"L

This week, we heard the sad news of the passing of Rav Moshe Wolfson ZT"L.  

I was not zoche to know him, but he made it to this blog a few times:

12 years ago: Rav Wolfson Shlit"a on the Iranian Threat (Updated)

9.5 years ago: Rav Wolfson Shlit"a Talks About 5775 Being the Year of Geula
        follow-up: Link to Rav Wolfson's Source

May he be a Meilitz Yosher to intercede and plead for the Geula with mercy.

Monday, June 03, 2024

The Years 5780 - 5784

President Trump is an Oheiv Yisrael.  However, he has a bad reputation when it comes to his personal behaviors.  Of course, Biden is not much better, but Trump's indiscretions have been much more public and known for many years already. 

It is therefore no coincidence that he was found guilty for something that all began with another one of these indiscretions (albeit in a sham trial with a biased judge and an out-to-get-him DA) on the day that corresponds to גבורה שביסוד.  Vehameivin Yavin.

With the beginning of Covid19 in 5780, suffice it to say that the years 5780-5784 have not been good to President Trump or, for that matter, to the Jewish people either.  Both are looking forward to better days ahead in the end of 5784 going into 5785.

I was struck by this verse in last week's parasha:

כה  וְהֵבֵאתִי עֲלֵיכֶם חֶרֶב, נֹקֶמֶת נְקַם-בְּרִית, וְנֶאֱסַפְתֶּם, אֶל-עָרֵיכֶם; וְשִׁלַּחְתִּי דֶבֶר בְּתוֹכְכֶם, וְנִתַּתֶּם בְּיַד-אוֹיֵב.25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; and ye shall be gathered together within your cities; and I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

Everything in this verse occurred in the past 4-5 years:

  • וְהֵבֵאתִי עֲלֵיכֶם חֶרֶב - Murder on October 7th
  • נֹקֶמֶת נְקַם-בְּרִית - this ברית can be interpreted in various ways.  The simple explanation is vengeance for not keeping the Torah.  It could also be vengeance for not being עמלים בתורה (engrossed in the Torah) or allowing others to be (as per Rashi near the beginning of the parasha).  Alternatively, it is vengeance for not guarding the Berit Milah.
  • וְנֶאֱסַפְתֶּם, אֶל-עָרֵיכֶם - Residents of both the South and North needing to leave their homes and go to hotels in larger cities.
  • וְשִׁלַּחְתִּי דֶבֶר בְּתוֹכְכֶם - Covid19
  • וְנִתַּתֶּם בְּיַד-אוֹיֵב - The hostages
Perhaps, we can say that the 2 calamities that occurred in 5780 and 5784 are hinted to in this verse, also from last week's parasha:

מג  וְהָאָרֶץ תֵּעָזֵב מֵהֶם וְתִרֶץ אֶת-שַׁבְּתֹתֶיהָ, בָּהְשַׁמָּה מֵהֶם, וְהֵם, יִרְצוּ אֶת-עֲוֺנָם; יַעַן וּבְיַעַן--בְּמִשְׁפָּטַי מָאָסוּ, וְאֶת-חֻקֹּתַי גָּעֲלָה נַפְשָׁם.43 For the land shall lie forsaken without them, and shall be paid her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them; and they shall be paid the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected Mine ordinances, and their soul abhorred My statutes.

As mentioned 4 years ago and again 2 years ago, the word יען has a gematria of [5]780 (when using the final letters' big gematria equivalents).  The "ביען ב" has the gematria of [5]784.  These are the 2 years when we were punished for rejecting Hashem's ordinances and our souls abhorring His statutes.

Rav Fish has an interesting explanation why Meiron was either closed or met with tragedy or severely curtailed for the past 5 years (again 5780-5784).  He explains at length that going to Meiron was a place to gather during times of Galut.  However, since we are close to the Geula, we are being rejected by Shamayim from Meiron.  Rather, we should be transitioning to have our pilgrimage only to the Beit Hamikdash. 

May these calamities that we experienced the past 4-5 years be the final Hevlei Mashiah, and may we soon see the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash with all Jews gathered there speedily in our days, Amen.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

21.5 Days

Warning: This post contains a prediction.  This prediction may or may not come to pass.  Those whose Emuna will be negatively affected by predictions not coming true should not read this post.

During the "3 weeks", or בין המצרים, we are in a state of mourning for 21.5 days.  This is because we start fasting basically at midnight on the 17th of Tamuz (or close to it - whenever we go to sleep).  Then, 3 weeks later, the mourning comes to a peak at Hatzot Hayom (halachic midday) of Tish'a Be'av.  After Hatzot, although we are still fasting, we are already in Geula mode.  This mourning period is therefore 21.5 days.

This tells us that there is something special about 21.5 days whereby things can turn around.

The atrocities of October 7th occurred 21.5 days after the New Year.  Rosh Hashana 5784 started approximately 6PM on Friday night - September 15th.  The October 7th massacre occurred 21.5 days later on Shemini Atzeret morning at around 6AM.  Therefore, the normal part of this year was a mere 21.5 days.

But Hashem works זה לעמת זה.  If a negative occurrence took place after 21.5 days from a noted date during the month of Din, a positive occurrence is due after 21.5 days from a noted date, Be'ezrat Hashem, during the month of Hessed and Rahamim.

In the previous post, I noted that Tekufat Nissan was when the 9 months of "pregnancy" was over and when the "birth" began.  Tekufat Nissan was on Sunday April 7th at 12:39 PM.

The following Sunday - April 14th - the 6th of Nissan - the Jewish people were attacked by Iran with over 300 ordinances (including ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and suicide drones) and experienced an incredible miracle from HKB"H that not 1 Jew got a scratch.  If April 7th was the "birth", then April 14th was the "Berit Milah".  Of course, we learned from last week's Parasha that a Berit Milah cannot be performed at night - only in the daytime.  But the Jewish people didn't know the full extent of the (lack of) damage until the daytime, and that was when the Mazal Tovs could start.  ישתבח שמו לעד.

If one starts from Tekufat Nissan on April 7th (the "birth") and counts 21.5 days later, one will arrive at halachic midnight of the 7th day of Pesah, an auspicious time for the Jewish people.  Many people have the custom to stay up late on Shevi'i Shel Pesah before Hatzot reading Tikkun (which talks about Mashiah) or doing other learning - and after Hatzot reciting Az Yashir.  This is to commemorate the miracle of the Splitting of the Red Sea that occurred that day.

I received an email on February 2nd, 2023 and a follow-up email on February 4th, 2023.  These emails were from a man I do not know.  He allowed me to share the contents of the emails.  

In the emails, he told me that he had a dream on November 22, 2022 that Mashiah would arrive on Shevi'i Shel Pesah, 5784 at halachic midnight.

May we merit to see it!

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Year 8 and the 9 Months - Part 3

Part 1

Part 2

For those following these posts, the timeline that I proposed is based on R' Ari Goldwag's video, but slightly different than that of his timeline.  R' Ari is counting 9 lunar months from Av until Adar Bet.  My calculation is counting 9 solar months from Tamuz (July 8th) until 2 days before Rosh Hodesh Nissan (April 7th) - based on the Tekufot.  

As I explained in detail in Part 2, the beginning of the 9 months started on the day of Tekufat Tamuz.  The October 7th massacre occurred on the secular day of Tekufat Tishri (which occurred Oct. 7th at 9:39PM).  This was also explained in detail.  

The end of the 9 months' "pregnancy" - also known as the "birth" - falls out on Tekufat Nissan, which is 2 days before Rosh Hodesh Nissan, or April 7th at 12:39 PM, if all this is accurate.

See the Wikipedia chart by clicking here and scrolling up very slightly.  Note that the Tekufot I'm referring to are according to Shemu'el - not Rav Adda.  Halachically (e.g. for reciting Barech Aleinu/Vetein Tal Umatar in the Diaspora), we follow Shemuel's Tekufot.

It follows that there will be 4 days in a row next week with important significance:

April 6th - Shabbat HaHodesh - we read about the importance of Nissan and the Korban Pesah
April 7th - Tekufat Nissan
April 8th - Solar Eclipse in the USA (a bad sign for the nations, according to the gemara Sukkah 29a)
April 9th - Rosh Hodesh Nissan

May these days bring good tidings.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Roy Neuburger on Tzav/Parah

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Hatam Sofer's Ketz Redux 2

 The Hatam Sofer's Ketz has been mentioned on this blog a few times.  It is based on the verse:

מח  אַחֲרֵי נִמְכַּר, גְּאֻלָּה תִּהְיֶה-לּוֹ:  אֶחָד מֵאֶחָיו, יִגְאָלֶנּוּ.48 after that he is sold he may be redeemed; one of his brethren may redeem him;

See the first part of this post for a more detailed explanation of his Ketz.

Rav Fish's latest post noted via ר' דָּוִד וַיְצְמַן that the Sofei Teivot of the Milui of the words ויהי אחרי (the beginning of Sefer Yehoshua): 



making the words דויד תשפ"ד (i.e. David 5784).

Using this idea and applying it to the Hatam Sofer's Ketz verse, we can use the words אחרי נמכר:



making the words תשפ"ד משפן (i.e. 5784 from the hyrax).

(I fleetingly entertained the word possibly being "Fishman" or "Shiffman", perhaps as an interesting individual, but I thought better of it.)  

So, why משפן - from the hyrax?

In Vayikra Rabba at the end of Parashat Shemini, there are various explanations regarding the correlation between the 4 non-Kosher domesticated animals with 1 of the 2 Kosher signs and the 4 exiles.

The Midrash states that the שפן (hyrax) refers to Madai - which is part of the Persian Empire.  

An additional connection between the word נמכר and Persia is Queen Esther's statement to King Ahashverosh:

ד  כִּי נִמְכַּרְנוּ אֲנִי וְעַמִּי, לְהַשְׁמִיד לַהֲרוֹג וּלְאַבֵּד; וְאִלּוּ לַעֲבָדִים וְלִשְׁפָחוֹת נִמְכַּרְנוּ, הֶחֱרַשְׁתִּי--כִּי אֵין הַצָּר שֹׁוֶה, בְּנֵזֶק הַמֶּלֶךְ.4 for we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my peace, for the adversary is not worthy that the king be endamaged.'

So, the Hatam Sofer's Ketz verse is hinting to the idea that in 5784, from something that occurs in the country of Iran or someone who comes from the country of Iran, the Redemption will come.  And one of our brothers - The King Mashiah - will redeem us.  בב"א.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Edom vs. Paras - Is it Happening?

Is the war mentioned in Yoma 10a with Edom vs. Paras - with varying results - upon us?

Daily Wire:

U.S. Senators Push For Direct Military Response Against Iran After U.S. Soldiers Killed In Terror Attack

U.S. Senators pushed for direct military action against Iran on Sunday after news broke that at least three U.S. soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack carried out by an Iranian-backed terrorist group.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that “three U.S. service members were killed and 25 injured from a one-way attack [Unmanned Aircraft System] that impacted at a base in northeast Jordan, near the Syria border.” Subsequent reporting said that more than 30 U.S. soldiers were injured in the attack.

President Joe Biden said in a separate statement that the attack was “carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.”

There was a bipartisan show of support among U.S. senators for the Biden administration to hold Iran directly responsible.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the most direct in stating what he believes the U.S. should do in response.

“I am calling on the Biden Administration to strike targets of significance inside Iran, not only as reprisal for the killing of our forces, but as deterrence against future aggression,” he said, later adding: “Hit Iran now. Hit them hard.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that Biden’s weakness was “again measured in American lives.”

“We cannot afford to keep responding to this violent aggression with hesitation and half-measures,” he said. “The entire world now watches for signs that the President is finally prepared to exercise American strength to compel Iran to change its behavior. Our enemies are emboldened. And they will remain so until the United States imposes serious, crippling costs – not only on front-line terrorist proxies, but on their Iranian sponsors who wear American blood as a badge of honor.”

“Target Tehran,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), adding that he specifically wanted to see the U.S. target the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the IRGC’s Quds Force (IRGC-QF).

“Joe Biden emboldened Iran for years by tolerating attacks on our troops, bribing the ayatollahs with billions of dollars, and appeasing them to no end,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). “He left our troops as sitting ducks and now three are dead and dozens wounded, sadly as I’ve predicted would happen for months. The only answer to these attacks must be devastating military retaliation against Iran’s terrorist forces, both in Iran and across the Middle East.”

“Anything less will confirm Joe Biden as a coward unworthy of being commander-in-chief,” Cotton added.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) posted on X that “Iran must be held accountable.”

“Yesterday’s deadly attack by Iran-backed militants on U.S. troops in Jordan is reprehensible – and part of a broader pattern of Tehran-enabled aggression across the region,” said Michael Bennet (D-CO). “We must work with our allies and partners to counter Iran’s malign influence.”

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NV) said, “Those responsible for this horrific attack must be held accountable.”

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said that Iran was “blatantly questioning U.S. strength” and that “it must end.”

“This is what happens when an administration abandons peace through strength in favor of appeasing the largest state sponsor of terror in the world,” said Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). “The White House must take immediate action, and in doing so, send a clear message to Iran: those who target our brave men and women in uniform will pay the ultimate price.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said that she would work to “ensure that those responsible for attacks on our military are held accountable.”

“It’s time to reestablish deterrence against Iran with a decisive response to these unacceptable strikes,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

“It is time to act with purpose and resolve in response to attacks that have tragically taken the lives of American service members and injured scores more,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS). “We must respond to these repeated attacks by Iran & its proxies by striking directly against Iranian targets & its leadership. The Biden administration’s responses thus far have only invited more attacks. It is time to act swiftly and decisively for the whole world to see.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said “enough is enough” and that it was “time for clear and decisive action, and Iran must be held accountable for the malign activities of its proxies.”

“The President needs to order a clear, lethal and overwhelming response that demonstrates to Iran and to the world that whoever targets our men and women in uniform—or supports these attacks—will face the full might of the U.S. military,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK).

“Will Pres Biden finally take decisive action against Iran???” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) posted on X.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) wrote: “Mr. President, it is far past time Iran paid the price for its actions.”

“We must hold Iran accountable for all attacks against Americans, including this one,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote on X: “This is a troubling pattern of Iran-backed groups feeling emboldened and we must hold all of those responsible accountable for attacks on the U.S. and our allies.”