Sunday, November 06, 2005

Ahmedinejad = Haman?

Is Ahmedinejad a Haman-like figure? He certainly sounds like one.

Is he the Haman-like figure that is mentioned in the Gemara Sanhedrin 97b and elsewhere whom Hashem will establish against the Jewish people if we don't repent?

Is Teheran's recall of 40 moderate ambassadors to make all their emissaries tow the party line akin to Haman's evil decree that was sent throughout the world to go along with Haman's wishes?

We definitely live in scary times.

Let's take a look at a similar Hazal from the Yerushalmi in Ta'anit:

אמר לו רבי אליעזר: "הקב"ה מעמיד עליהן מלך קשה כהמן, ומיד הן עושין תשובה - והן נגאלין". מאי טעמא? ועת צרה היא ליעקב - וממנה יוושע.

The Pasuk of ועת צרה היא ליעקב - וממנה יוושע is used. עת צרה (time of trouble) has a gematria of 765. 5765 was last year - actually, the year that Ahmedinejad came to power.

This year of 5766 (or, really 766), as Rabbi Lazer Brody pointed out, has the gematria of תשובה מאהבה - repentance from love. Could this be the year that we do Teshuva based on our love of Hashem? Perhaps so.

Now, you may ask, "If we only do Teshuva based on a wicked ruler, isn't that by definition, not Teshuva from love, but rather Teshuva based on fear of punishment?"

Well, that's a good question. However, just look at what happened near the end of the Purim story. The Jews were Kiyemu VeKibelu - they accepted the Torah a second time from love of the miracle done for them (as Rashi says in Shabbat 88a). That sounds like Teshuva Me'ahava to me.

Let's hope this year will see a great renaissance of Teshuva Me'ahava and that great miracles will be done for us too, just as in the Purim story, bimhera veyamenu, amen.

6 Comments:

At Sun Nov 06, 08:35:00 AM 2005, Blogger Cosmic X said...

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their due reward from Me, saith the LORD."(Isaiah 54:17)

 
At Sun Nov 06, 05:30:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Yes, the Pesukim we say after blowing shofar. Amen.

 
At Sun Nov 06, 10:53:00 PM 2005, Blogger muse said...

and what about Mt. Zion?
http://me-ander.blogspot.com/2005/11/can-this-be-real.html

 
At Mon Nov 07, 05:58:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

I already talked about Mt. Zion.

But, it seems that the situation is not over, acc. to ISFSP.org.

Thanks for alerting me. I'll update my post.

 
At Thu Nov 10, 02:23:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Yaakov Nathan said...

Ahmedi-najad can be transposed to Hebrew as Chemda-Neged: a "desire against"...against Israel? Against Hashem? Against Moshiach?

Keep emunah strong, and we will make it through this guy, too!

 
At Thu Nov 10, 06:04:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Ahmedi-najad can be transposed to Hebrew as Chemda-Neged: a "desire against"...against Israel? Against Hashem? Against Moshiach?

Keep emunah strong, and we will make it through this guy, too!


Amen!

Let's take a look at some gematrias:

Hemda = 57
Neged = 57

Ze Ge'ula = 57

 

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