Monday, October 31, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Arutz Sheva reports:
(IsraelNN.com) Iran's leader, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, told attendees of a conference in Teheran today that "Israel should be wiped off the map." The conference is headlined "A World Free of Zionism".
"The establishment of the State of Israel was an act of aggression," Ahmedinejad declared, "The Islamic nation will not allow its historic enemy to exist within it."
Tehillim Chapter 83 comes to mind. Read the whole chapter.
Terror in Hadera
As I've said in the past, I often go here when a terror attack happens. They often have the victims' faces. Seeing the faces helps me mourn with more emotion than if I don't.
Hashem Yikom Damam.
The Chicago White Sox have just won the World Series after 88 years.
Last year, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series after 86 years.
The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series in 97 years.
As a Jewish nation, we've been longing for the end of Galut, the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash, and the arrival of Mashiah, heralded by Eliyahu Hanavi.
We've been longing for it for almost 2000 years.
We've seen periods where the Yad Hashem is clearly present, clearly bringing us closer to Redemption, and yet, we've seen periods of Hester Panim - Hashem's Face hidden from the world.
We've seen miracles like the UN voting for a State of Israel and the miraculous victory of the Six-Day-War. Yet, we've seen terrorist bombings and failed peace treaties and Disengagements, that test our Emunah.
Don't let our Emunah falter!!! Yeshuat Hashem Keheref 'Ayin - Hashem's salvation can come in the blink of an eye!
Did the White Sox lose their Emunah? They nearly blew a 15-game lead in their division, and almost didn't make the playoffs at all. Then, it all turned around for them in a positive way. Also, look at the song they chose to symbolize their championship season: it's called "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
So, even though our current situation as a Jewish nation more closely resembles the Cubs (who are still waiting and where the oft-quoted "Wait till next year" closely resembles "Leshana Haba'a Birushalayim Habenuyah"), the precedent is set by both the Red Sox and the White Sox that allows us to understand and feel what it means Lehahzir Ha'atarah LeYoshna - to return the crown to its glory of old.
As we said on Hoshana Rabba - Kol Mevaser Mevaser Ve'omer - the voice of the herald brings good tidings. We hope and pray that the day that we so desparately long for will come speedily in our days.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Latest Kabbalist News
Daniel, quoting the tsunami-predicting Kabbalist has some interesting new info.
Check it out.
Shema Yisrael on Hoshana Rabba
Received via email:
The following is a message from the "Shema Yisrael Now" committee, based in Chicago, regarding the 5th annual worldwide Shema Yisrael effort for Hoshana Rabba, scheduled for Sunday, October 23rd at 9 p.m.
The effort is coordinated by the Shema Yisrael Now committee, which seeks to raise awareness of the importance and protective power of the Shema Yisrael prayer.
The holiday "Hoshana Rabba", which is the seventh and final night of the holiday of Succot, is a final chance to overturn difficult heavenly decrees that might have been written on Rosh Hashana. As such, Hoshana Rabba is marked by intense prayer and repentance.
Reflect on the images of the past year where the power of our Creator was displayed clearly and undeniably. We saw the hurricane winds, powerful floods and incredible earthquakes and unbelievably Jews evicting Jews from our sacred land. which are at his disposal to send the message loud and clear. We have the opportunity on this significant date to state our firmest belief that He is the One and Only. With the opportunity to help avert decrees, please join with others to remove or soften the blow.
This year, Hoshana Rabba falls out on Sunday night, Oct. 23rd. On this day dedicated to prayer, there will be a special unified effort centering on our most basic and powerful prayer, and declaration of faith, the Shema Yisrael prayer. At 9 p.m.Oct. 23rd, Jews in many communities will stop what they are doing and say the Shema prayer-- the Jewish basic declaration of faith, in unity with Jews around the globe.
The basic Shema prayer that many will recite on the Hoshana Rabba night is comprised of six words:
Shema Yis-ra-el A-do-noi E-lo-hei-nu A-d-noi E-chad
Translation: Hear, Israel, Hashem is (now) our G-d, Hashem is the One and Only.
This is followed by the whispered recital of the following six words:
Ba-ruch Shem Kev-od Mal-chuso Le-Olam Va'ed
Translation: Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.
This refers to our silent aspiration that the entire world should soon recognize Hashem's glory.
All Jews are encouraged to join this special united effort by saying the Shema prayer at 9 p.m.Oct. 23rd, with their families or whomever they are with at the time.
We strongly encourage all Jewish people to say the Shema prayer every morning and evening, every single day, as a way to unite the Jewish people and help bring peace to our world.
More information on the Shema prayer and this effort can be found at www.skokiekollel.org/shema
Monday, October 17, 2005
Rav Kaduri Again!!!
Rav Kaduri (or the people speaking for him) came out with an amazing statement, although, like the last one, has yet to be independently verified as authentic. Nevertheless, it seems like things are happening.
Here's the article in Hebrew from NFC. Here's R' Yaakov Nathan's translation.
Here's the article from Arutz Sheva:
Leading Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel - More Disasters Coming
Monday, October 17, 2005 / 14 Tishrei 5766
On Thursday night, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri said, "Jews must come to the land of Israel to receive our righteous Mashiach (Messiah), who has begun his influence and will reveal himself in the future."
It was during the meal after the 24-hour Yom Kippur fast that several followers approached the 104-year-old leading known Kabbalist Rabbi in Israel. A family member asked him about his remarks last month regarding natural disasters in the world. The Rabbi said that the disasters are directly related to the redemption process, which will culminate in the coming of the Mashiach.
The Rabbi added that in the near future, another wave of natural disasters will strike the world.
Last week before Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri's grandson, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri had a private audience with the elder Rabbi, along with an Arutz-7 journalist who is closely linked to Kaduri's court. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said to his grandfather, "Not many Jews are coming from overseas. Why should they come?" The Kabbalist answered, "Because of impending danger." Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri then added a quote from Deuteronomy 4:15: "Be extremely protective of your lives."
According to Rabbi Yosef Kaduri and the Arutz-7 journalist, the Kabbalist elder referred to a known esoteric concept of a "struggle between the oceans," and said that the large oceans [Haokeanus hagadol] would strike the world. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said that grandfather's warning includes were Jews of the Americas.
The elder Rabbi Kaduri told the two that on Yom Kippur he would have more things to say.
During the afternoon Mincha prayer on Yom Kippur, the Kabbalist scholar surprised his students and fellow worshippers with secrets relating to the coming of the Mashiach. During the service, Rabbi Kaduri lowered his head and entered a deep mystical concentration which lasted uninterrupted for some 45 minutes. The Rabbi covered his eyes as though reciting the Sh'ma prayer and only his lips were seen moving.
Students who thought the elderly Rabbi was suffering an attack of sort tried to communicate with him, but he did not break his intense concentration for a moment, even to nod.
Only after some 45 minutes, the Rabbi raised his head and looked around the room at the students and worshippers who were gathered at his Nachalat Yitzhak Yeshiva, in the Bucharim neighborhood of Jerusalem. With a broad smile on his face familiar to his students when he has a revelation, he declared, "With the help of G-d, the soul of the Mashiach has attached itself to a person in Israel" [In the original Hebrew: 'Hit'abra bezrat hashem nishmat mashiach b'adam m'yisrael'].
At the conclusion of his short declaration, murmuring was heard among the congregants as the Kabbalists' words were repeated for those who could not hear.
Rabbi Kaduri has spoken repeatedly about the Final Redemption and referred to the calculations of the Vilna Gaon regarding the redemption, which appear in the Gaon's writings and are considered difficult to decipher.
According to the writings of the Vilna Gaon, a sign of the Gog and Magog war is its breaking out on the Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba (the 7th day of the Sukkot holiday), just after the conclusion of the 7th or shemittah [agricultural sabbatical] year.
On September 24, 2001, Channel One Israel TV broadcast an item on what Torah and other mystics were saying in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. Speaking from the room adjacent to where Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri receives visitors, Arutz Sheva Hebrew radio showhost Yehoshua Meiri, a close confident of the Kabbalist, explained to the cameras Rabbi Kaduri's understanding of the events based on the calculations of the Vilna Gaon: "On Hashanah Rabba, the actual war of Gog and Magog will commence and will last for some seven years," said Meiri. [ Click here to view the Channel One clip in Hebrew and Rabbi Kaduri's prediction communicated by Meiri at the 1:40 minute mark.]
Precise to the minute, 13 days later on October 7th as the sun was setting and the Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba was ushered in, US and British forces began an aerial bombing campaign targeting Taliban forces and Al-Qaida. That year was the Hoshana Rabba just after the shemitta year of 5761.
According to the calculation, a 7-year count from that Hoshana Rabba is the date of a major revelation associated with Mashiach. Those close to Rabbi Kaduri say in his name that the 5th year of this redemption process is now beginning.
They explain that the above-mentioned "attaching" of a righteous soul to a person of Israel makes the recipient a candidate for Mashiach, but not yet the actual Mashiach. This person gets an additional soul which finds expression in the adding of a letter to his name, without changing its pronunciation. The elder Rabbi Kaduri says that the letter added to this person's name is "vav" and the secret of his power is a Star of David hidden in his attire.
Before he reached the age of 13, the young Yitzhak Kaduri studied with the renowned Rabbi Yosef Chaim (the Ben Ish Chai) of Iraq. Rabbi Kaduri tells that the Ben Ish Chai blessed him that he would live to see the revelation of the Mashiach. The Ben Ish Chai passed away, and Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri immigrated to Israel soon after.
Wishing everyone a Happy Sukkot, and as we say:
הרחמן הוא יקים לנו את סוכת דוד הנופלת
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Links From 10 Days of Teshuva
This is a busy time of year for everyone. I don't have as much time as I used to to blog, but I'll pass along some links that I found interesting:
BBC documentary: Bush inspired by G-d to attack Iraq. White House denies it. Original here
Jameel: US Jewry disengaged from the real Israel long ago
R' Dov Bar Leib: New crown on Vav of Hashem's Name with hurricanes
Rav Batzri on this year
According to this and this explanation, King David was annointed in the year 2883.
5766 ÷ 2 = 2883.
If there's anyone out there that I may have written against since the inception of this blog, I hereby beg forgiveness from you. I try not to do so too often, but a few may have slipped by. Please accept my apologies. If anyone requests a personal apology for something I wrote, please send me an email.
I wish everyone a Gemar Hatima Tova. May we all be able to do Teshuva Shelaima so we can merit a Kappara this Yom HaKippurim, and merit the coming of Mashiah, speedily in our days. Amen.