Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More on the Parade

Judah Hakohein has been writing posts and creating banners like the one below to combat the parade.




Police talked to Rav Elyashiv about it. Meanwhile, there are plans for a million-man prayer march (תפילת המיליון) as a counter-demonstration.

Recently, signs of mourning like sackcloth were seen on protesters (see the pictures there).

More voices against it:
Akiva
Mevaseretzion
Cosmic X
and many more...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stop the Parade!

Arutz Sheva has a nice article on the unity of all religious Jews to try to stop the To'eva Parade that is planned to take place in the holy city of Yerushalayim.

Here is an excerpt:
An unsigned poster to be hung on Jerusalem streets quotes Biblical verses referring to the punishment reserved for those who commit "sins of abomination," and then warns threateningly, "Jewish governments that support, silently or otherwise, this parade and the departure of holiness from Israel, and their courts and law-enforcers - they are all guilty and responsible for the grave results that are foreseen as a result of this parade and [that could happen] during the parade, Heaven forbid..."

The poster continues, "As everyone already knows, on the eve of Sabbath Vayera [when the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra is retold], the loyal Jewish public is threatened by a march of the abominators in Jerusalem - a giant parade with the permission of the police and the Supreme Court... For such sins, the Torah warns clearly that the Land will vomit out its inhabitants... Will you [sit] closed up in your home and wait for destruction, Heaven forbid?"

Hashem's Name Goes Postal


Ladaat.net reports that a new postage stamp with a picture of a Hamsa has one of Hashem's names (ש-ד-י). It therefore should not be used. If it is received from the mail, it needs to be buried. The one who issued the stamp, the article says, apparently did not realize the halachic problems involved with it.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

More on N. Korea / 17 Heshvan

Hashem1.net put out an interesting post with a lot of interesting tidbits on North Korea:
  • It used to be called Goguryeo
  • Kim Jong Il = קים ג'ונג איל
  • The Zohar mentions a war on Rome from a nation that is on the "edge of the earth" - a description that the Pacific Ocean fits
  • more interesting info

Also, R' Dov Bar Leib talks about the 17th of Heshvan being an interesting day this year - for Kabbalistic reasons (not to mention the start of Noah's flood) - and the night of the US election.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Nissim From the Recent War

from Lazer Beams

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

North Korean Situation

Check out last year's post about North Korea.

Kabbalistic Meaning to Tishri Holidays

Recommended Reading:
Tzvi Fishman's series on Kabbalistic meanings to the holidays:

Rosh Hashana

Yom Kippur

Sukkot

Beit Hamikdash in the news

Sukkot is very much connected to the building of the Beit Hamikdash (see the Haftara for the second day of Sukkot, for example). It's therefore interesting that there are a lot of news articles lately about the Beit Hamikdash.

Author claims temple vessels hidden in monestary in Judean Dessert
Judah HaKohain needs more proof.
Other commenters on Arutz Sheva say that they were not the original vessels.

Most Jews at Kotel for Birkat Kohanim since 1967

Synagogue to be built on Har Habayit

Friday, October 06, 2006

12th Ikar Ha'emuna has 43% Israeli Support


A YNet - Smith Institute poll finds that 43% of the Israeli population believes in the coming of Mashiah.

I'd be interested to know (if anyone has more info) if this is an increasing or decreasing trend or if they think that the results are not an accurate representation of the total population.

Everyone should have a joyous Sukkot, and may Hashem establish for us the fallen Sukkah of David speedily in our days.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Why didn't Mashiah come Pesah 1990?

Hashem1.net links to a video from Rav Mutzafi who retells what happened before Pesah 1990.

Rav Ben-Tzion Abba Sha'ul, Zt"l, the famed Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Porat Yosef, had mentioned before Pesah that year that there would be a great chance of Mashiah coming that Pesah. He even told those close to him to cancel flights going out of Israel.

However, when Pesah arrived and he had not come, and it soon became clear that he wasn't coming even close to Pesah, 2 Talmidei Hachamim started to wonder why his prediction had not come true, and indirectly asked the rabbi why Mashiah hadn't come.

Rav Abba Sha'ul answered that really Mashiah was supposed to come at that time. However, something occurred that was so grave that it destroyed everything that was built up at that time and therefore postponed Mashiah's arrival.

The Talmidei Hachamim reluctantly asked what it was that postponed Mashiah's arrival. Rav Abba Sha'ul replied that it was the contempt for Rav Ovadia Yosef, Shlit"a, that was displayed a bit before Pesah that year. That display of contempt was so grave in the eyes of Heaven that it was decided to subsequently cancel Mashiah's arrival for that time period. (Rav Mutzafi heard this story from the Talmidei Hachamim.)

What a terrible missed opportunity!!!

The Gemara in Shabbat 119b says that Yerushalayim was destroyed only because they were Mevazeh Talmidei Hachamim within it.

For more on Bizui Talmidei Hachamim, see these videos from Rav Zer and this post.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Gemar Hatima Tova

Wishing all an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Hakippurim.

I am hereby Mohel all who may have hurt me, and I beg forgiveness for all whom I may have hurt, whether in my posts or my comments, and of course, outside of the blog.

May Rav Ovadia Yosef have a רפואה שלמה among all of Israel's sick.

May all Israel's captives be written and sealed for freedom.

May we all be written and sealed in the book of גאולה וישועה.

Gemar Hatima Tova to all.