Friday, March 23, 2007

Hint to Homesh Recovery and More

This week's Perasha:


כג וְהָיָה, כִּי-יֶחֱטָא וְאָשֵׁם--וְהֵשִׁיב אֶת-הַגְּזֵלָה אֲשֶׁר גָּזָל אוֹ אֶת-הָעֹשֶׁק אֲשֶׁר עָשָׁק, אוֹ אֶת-הַפִּקָּדוֹן אֲשֶׁר הָפְקַד אִתּוֹ; אוֹ אֶת-הָאֲבֵדָה, אֲשֶׁר מָצָא.

כד אוֹ מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר-יִשָּׁבַע עָלָיו, לַשֶּׁקֶר--וְשִׁלַּם אֹתוֹ בְּרֹאשׁוֹ, וַחֲמִשִׁתָיו יֹסֵף עָלָיו: לַאֲשֶׁר הוּא לוֹ יִתְּנֶנּוּ, בְּיוֹם אַשְׁמָתוֹ.



Arutz Sheva:

(IsraelNN.com) Nationalist activists have announced plans to resettle the evacuated northern Samaria town of Homesh - and the IDF issued a warning Thursday evening not to do so. They said that Israelis may not enter the town without express permission.

Several organizations have called upon their activist members to be prepared by Monday to enter Homesh, which was uprooted by IDF forces as part of the 2005 Disengagement Plan.


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Also on Arutz Sheva:

(IsraelNN.com) The prediction by the Biblical prophet Isaiah that enemies will beat their swords into plowshares may have been carried out by the Jews of Gush Katif – but Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza got it backwards and are now using the former Jewish agricultural communities as terrorist training camps.

The towns of Elei Sinai and Dagit, former Jewish communities in the Gaza region, are now being used to teach new terrorists and upgrade the skills of those who are already experienced in attacking Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Earlier this week, Israelis living in the western Negev reported hearing explosions that upon investigation turned out to be part of explosives training exercises carried out by the ruling faction in the new PA unity government.

The Gaza trainees are using the formerly Jewish towns to practice producing and using explosives, ambushing soldiers, shooting rockets and more, according to a senior member of Hamas. He added that the terrorists are preparing for an Israeli operation in the area, which they believe will take place in the near future.


The Gematria of:
צפון שומרון + גוש קטיף = 1336

The verse in Shemuel Aleph 30:18 :

וַיַּצֵּל דָּוִד, אֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר לָקְחוּ עֲמָלֵק; וְאֶת-שְׁתֵּי נָשָׁיו, הִצִּיל דָּוִד.

The Gematria of:
אֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר לָקְחוּ עֲמָלֵק = 1336

We're waiting for the day that David's descendant will recover the territories stolen by the Amalekites*, including Homesh**.


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* By Amalekites, I refer to the Palestinians, who act like Amalek, as is shown in the above article.
** I realize that no Palestinians are currently living in Homesh, but that is the eventual goal of Disengagement.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Going Home

Neshama, a frequent commenter on this and other blogs, has started a blog called "Going Home". I wish Neshama much Hatzlaha, and I hope I myself get inspired by the blog.

Here is a list of other blogs, among others, that have inspired me to make the move, even though it's not happening at the moment, but hopefully, one day soon (in no particular order):

Lyons of Judah
Cosmic X
Point of Pinchas
Dreaming of Moshiach
Countdown to Redemption
From Hollywood to the Holyland
Shiloh Musings
Life in Israel

There are many others too.

I've also noticed that the messages have been getting more frequent and heavier lately. Have you?

Imminent War?

Tzvi Fishman in Hollywood to the Holyland:

KABBALIST WARNS OF WAR
1 Nisan 5767, 3/20/2007

"Stock your homes with water, candles, and a two week supply of food," the elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, told a gathering at the Kotel this evening. "War is imminent, and this time, the enemy has missiles far more powerful than the rockets of the Hizballah," he said. "Whoever does not take precautions and stock up with food will be neglecting the mitzvah of carefully guarding one’s life."

The Rabbi and students were gathered at the Kotel for a special Rosh Chodesh prayer. "In the month of Nisan, we were redeemed in the past, and in the month of Nisan, we will be redeemed now," he said. "This time, the army of Israel will have the upper hand, and it will bring honor to the Nation of Israel by obliterating our enemies."

Rabbi Levy said that everyone should recite Tehillim and work on repentance. He criticized the yeshiva world for not sending groups of top students to kibbitzim and non-religious neighborhoods to bring them closer to Torah. "If a fire breaks out amongst the weeds, it spreads to the haystacks as well," he warned, implying that when misfortune falls, both the wicked and righteous are engulfed in the flames. He also lamented over the plague of immodesty in the Holy Land, saying it was the prime cause of the dangerous decree hanging over our heads.


The quote from the last paragraph was from Bava Kamma 60a.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Happy Rosh Hodesh Nissan!

Interesting Links for Rosh Hodesh Nissan and related ideas:

בניסן נגאלו ובניסן עתידין להגאל

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Where are we going?

The following is a translation of Hashem1.net's latest post.
Warning: you may not like what you read. A "Be'itah" Redemption may not be pretty. I even hesitated posting this because of "Al Tiftah Pe Le'satan". However, it needs to be told to warn people of the possibilities. Just as the author wrote that he hopes that the words are not correct, I hope the same as well. Let us hope that we still have the merit and will to merit an "Ahishena" Redemption, speedily in our days, Amen.


To all readers of the site, Shalom.

I have decided that instead of waiting with all the things that I think are worth writing here until I have time to write a full post for each one, together with all the introductions, quotes, proofs, etc., I will write one central post once with all the main points, and whoever wants to elaborate, may do so on his own.

I'm coming from a starting point that all readers should at least read "End of Days: Where are we?" (YY - English translation: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3), which was written approximately a year ago. Whatever I'm writing here is only according to what is written [in Tana"ch and Haza"l], and according to how I understand them according to the present course of events. There is no prophecy or future-telling here, just the opposite - I hope and want to believe that a great portion of what I write here is not correct.

War

This is not a secret, we've been talking about this for already many years, a war will break out with Iran. The war is said to be, before everything else, a war of Christian countries against Iran, because it says in the Gemara that Paras (Persia) will fall in the hands of Edom before Mashiah comes. However, according to the Midrashim, and according to what was brought down here on the placement of Magog, which is actually in the area of Iran, it's possible to understand that we're actually talking about a deciding stage of the War of Gog Umagog, and that according to most opinions, it is said to also come here [Israel].

I live among my people, and I hear all the statements about the war in the coming summer. They've been talking about this since last year. The rumor I heard talks about the war preparations of Tzaha"l starting from the beginning of the month of May. There are already people who prepared for themselves plane tickets for a quick escape when needed, this is also known.

The timing is interesting, since it fits almost exactly with the Midrashim, as was explained here last summer, over the fact that 40 years after the Jewish people will redeem Jerusalem, the war of Gog Umagog / War with Iran will begin. (You can read a little more on this in the post on the clashes with the Persians, from the subheading "ספר זרובבל: מלחמה..." until the subheading "עניין משיח בן יוסף והריגתו"). As is known, 40 years from the liberation of Jerusalem will be completed in the month of May this year (in the 28th day of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar). The dates that are spoken about for war are in the summer, and in Sefer Zerubavel, it is mentioned that the month of Av is the month of war (despite the fact that according to the Midrashim, it doesn't need to be immediately at the conclusion of the 40 years, but this is a minimum time that the Midrashim give for it).

The Midrashim explain a difficult war, wherein the process, in the span of 40-45 days, the Jews will flee from their homes to the "deserts". If we will remember the plans that preceded the last U.S.-Iraq war (2003), we will remember that there were many plans to evacuate the entire Gush Dan (YY - Central Israel) to uninhabited areas like these and those. Assuming Israel will be able to withstand Iranian/Syrian/Hezbolla missile attacks, this scenario is definitely bound to repeat itself, and even if this will not be initiated by the government - this is what will likely happen in the end of the matter. In the period of the second Lebanon War, I believe it was Rav Shimon Dahan Shlit"a, who was quoted as saying that there will be a little bit of quiet after the Lebanon War, and afterwards, there will be a war in which all the inhabitants of Gush Dan will be required "to move away", as a rectification for Kayin (Cain). This is apparently what is going to happen according to what is written.

By the way, regarding the identification of Magog as Paras (Iran), which I brought in its time with proofs, I found 2 sources of Midrashim, where the common thread between them proves exactly that Paras is Magog, and that the War of Gog Umagog is a war with Paras. The first source is the Sefer Zerubavel, which was brought down here in the past, and which talks about a war after Israel will be 40 years in Jerusalem (that is, the liberation of Jerusalem by Israel), and it says that afterwards, war will start with the Persians, wherein Mashiah ben Yosef will die. In the Midrash Alpha Beitot - מסכת שטן - almost the same exact words were written, except that this time, after the 40 years, instead of "Paras", it says that "Gog Umagog" will come to fight. The similarities between the sources doesn't leave any room for error: the War of Gog Umagog is the war with the Persians.

I am mentioning again that according to the opinion that is based on the words of the Vilna Gaon as is brought down in [his book] Kol Hator (as is mentioned in the posts mentioned above), the spiritual Mashiah ben Yosef is the establishment of Israeli army. His death symbolizes the downfall of the army, and this difficult thing is said to happen in the war with the Persians (Iranians). However, the holy Ar"i established [in our prayers] that we should pray that Mashiah ben Yosef should not die, and it's possible that throughout the generations, the prayers were accepted, and the matters had been mitigated, so shall it be Hashem's will.

A few more short words on this matter:

The rumor I heard talks about a war with Lebanon and Syria in the summer. It's hard for me to believe that Israel will start a new war, knowing the threats to the Israeli neck, and without previous provocation. Logic dictates that this will be a defensive measure towards the possibility of an American attack against Iran, which perhaps, will be coordinated with Israel. Bush doesn't have much time to attack Iran, since next year is the year of the U.S. elections, and he definitely doesn't want to get the Republican Party stuck in the mud during the time of his election campaigns, especially in light of the last downfall of the Republicans in the congressional elections.

The U.S. and Israel apparently are concerned that following Iranian missile attacks (that it's possible that the U.S. thinks it can minimize), there will be a participation of Syrian and Hezbollah in the forming crisis. In recent weeks, it became evident that Prime Minister Olmert admitted that Lebanon Operation (the second Lebanon War) was planned months before it was implemented, what this shows is that this was a preventative operation preceding an American attack on Iran, and this operation was convened to limit the ability of Hezbollah against Israel. In actuality, Hezbollah armed itself stronger than before, and its main threat against Israel - long-range missiles - has become more dangerous.

Also, on the spiritual plane, according to what the kabbalist Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi, Shlit"a explained, that the spiritual ministering angel of Hezbollah and Syria is the same ministering angel of Paras (Persia) in heaven, it logically follows that all these 3 will work in a unified evil track - it even seems right from a spiritual aspect.

We all remember that according to what was said by the Gedolim of Israel in previous generations, including the words of the Gemara, "Paras needs to fall to Edom before Mashiah comes", and Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeshitz ZYA"A said that we need to wait for this condition to be fulfilled even if the time for Mashiah to come has arrived. Also, if the war against Iran will start, it will likely last a long time, and according to the famous Midrash, "Said Rabbi Yitzhak: the year that the Mashiah will be revealed...", it comes out that Iran will start doing harsh actions against the whole world, apparently terror operations.

Regarding the participation of North Korea and/or China into the crisis, today, this seems unlikely, but no one knows where these things may lead. In recent months, tensions between the U.S. and China have increased the the wake of Chinese missile tests to down satellites, military technology that was until now only in U.S. and Russian hands. Similarly, it's been recently reported that China increased its military budget this year by 15%-20%, which doesn't exactly show it relaxing [from fighting].

Zeiler Commission/The Appointment of Friedman

Recently, the Zeiler Commission publicized its sharp findings against senior police officers, including the Inspector General, who is going home. Almost parallel to this, a Minister of Justice was appointed (from the former Shinui Party), whose inspection of the justice system is extremely strong. The new minister, Friedman, intends to implement widespread reforms to the justice system, which is corrupt to its foundation, and one of the retired justices of the High Court of Justice already threatened him with "He will cut off the hand".

The previous words are processes that are developing with time, to fulfill the statement of the Gemara that Ben-David doesn't come until the evil officers and judges will be finished from Israel.

Assuming that we are continuing to go in the direction of a "Be'itah" Redemption, this process already got strong energy.

Foreign Soldiers in Israel

The kabbalist Rav Shimon Dahan Shlit"a already mentioned that under our noses in South Lebanon (which from a scriptural aspect is part of the Land of Israel), there are already tens of thousands of U.N. forces from all countries of the world swarming about. This is apparently only an early stage preceding the next stage.

In our great stupidity, there are certain people among us that are inviting foreign forces to come and guard us... Avigdor Lieberman from Yisrael Beiteinu did this recently, when he called upon 30,000 NATO forces to enter Gaza. When they come, Mr. Lieberman, to also "guard" Yerushalayim, you will remember that you invited them yourself...

After the first Gulf War (with the SCUD missiles), the government of Israel got pressure from the whole world to be convinced to return territories [of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza], and the foundation was set in the Madrid Conference by one of the most right-wing governments with Shamir at its head. After an attack against Iran, the pressures against Israel will jump manyfold, and the government that anyways doesn't want the territories, as was exemplified by the evacuation of Gush Katif and Northern Shomron, will be quick to capitulate to these pressures, by accepting "guarantees" for keeping security. These "guarantees" could be only foreign forces who will "guard" over us, who are supposed to be deployed to all the territories, including East Jerusalem and the Old City.

This plan was first publicized in newspapers after Hamas's rise in the Palestinian Authority, I assume before the previous elections, and no one backed down from it.

President Bush - the father - said that in order to put pressure on Israel to participate in the Madrid Conference, he used a "trick" of putting the responsibility of the problems of the Middle East on Israel. Doing that trick after Iran is attacked will turn Israel into the most hated of all nations of the world, and again, it will be "The whole world against us."

If we will continue to go in the direction of a "Be'itah" Redemption - I suspect that this is more or less the direction that we are coming to - all this is under the assumption that we are in the "optimistic" scenario.

The most pessimistic scenario is simple, (YY - assume I'm saying Rahmana Litzlan, Has Veshalom, and Bar Minan throught this paragraph) a direction where the implication of the death of Mashiah ben Yosef is really the military downfall of State of Israel, assuming that this happens with its full sharpness, and that thousands of years of exile hadn't mitigated [the punishment], the outcome will be a total failure of Tzaha"l in war, as its simple meaning implies, which means opening the borders of Israel for capture by Arab armies, and in this situation, foreign (Western) armies would come specifically in order to help the State of Israel, and to prevent those responsible in the government "from pressing the button" of nuclear destruction of Arab countries. As can be remembered, in the Yom Kippur War, then Prime Minister Golda Meir instructed to remove the covers from the atomic missiles of Israel, so that the USSR will see this on their satellites, and will understand what Israel intends to do in case of a crushing defeat of Tzaha"l in war. Is today's army stronger than the army of Yom Kippur[, 1973]? Our strength is only in Hakadosh Baruch Hu, and not in the army, and so therefore, the answer to the question is dependant on our trust in Hakadosh Baruch Hu.

Eclipses

A lunar eclipse on Purim eve, and a solar eclipse on Erev Rosh Hodesh Nissan...Were we once in this movie? Maybe last year...

In the beginning of the year (5767), the kabbalist Rav Daniel Zer Shlit"a said in his satellite broadcast, that the things said regarding the war with Iran after the eclipse last Nissan, will be fulfilled apparently after the eclipse that will take place in Nissan, 5767. Many things were said last year regarding the solar eclipse on Erev Rosh Hodesh Nissan (see here, here, and here), we hope at least some of them that are favorable toward Israel will maybe be fulfilled this year.

Signs of Heaven

As is known, the Holy Zohar talks about a special rainbow with different colors (much brighter) that will be seen throughout the world before the Redemption, and it will symbolize the Shechina Who is getting bedecked with jewelry to greet its unification with Hakadosh Baruch Hu. According to my opinion and understanding, this "rainbow" is really the phenomenon of the Aurora [Borealis] ("Northern Lights"), which is an electromagnetic display that is connected to solar radiation, and is mainly seen close to the North Pole or South Pole, and it colors the sky with all the colors of the rainbow.

A situation where there's a change in solar radiation can cause these lights, or this "rainbow" to appear in the whole world (scientifically proven), and since Haza"l said that in the future, Hakadosh Baruch Hu will take the sun out of its case, and the sun's case is what protects us from its electromagnetic radiation, logic dictates that this rainbow that will appear will be the Aurora [Borealis], but it will be throughout the world.

In history, it's known about one case, in the year 5620 (about 150 years ago) that in widespread parts of the world, they saw a white light in the middle of the night, almost as [bright as] daylight, as an outcome of this phenomenon. This was even reported on in newspapers of that time.

The actuality that this natural phenomenon was mainly caused around the period when day and night are equal, which is the equinox between summer and winter, very much reminds me of the words of the prophet:


6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that there shall not be light, but heavy clouds and thick [YY - in Hebrew it is קפאון, which is closer to freezing] (Could this קפאון be hinting to the North Pole, where these lights are seen around its area?); 7 And there shall be one day which shall be known as the LORD'S, not day, and not night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light. 8 And it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem: half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter shall it be. 9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one.

Zecharia 14


A Hit by an Asteroid?

However, these things cannot happen in a "natural" way (since in the Be'itah Redemption, we are in a state of Hashem's Hidden Face until the last moment) unless some event happens to Earth that will change agricultural conditions, etc.

The kabbalist Rav Shimon Dahan Shlit"a quotes those who say that atomic explosions today are tens of times more powerful that that of Hiroshima, and at the moment that one will explode, it will push off darkness from the world.

In the last decade, scientists observed an asteroid hitting Jupiter (an event that is said to be very rare), and their observations changed the entire scientific outlook on this matter. A simulation of this event happening on Earth will cause, according to scientists, an incredible explosion that is equal in intensity to all the atomic explosions that exist in the world combined, that will cause the wiping out, according to its simple explanation, of complete countries in the first stage, to a Mega-tsunami that never existed before (and it's logical to assume will never happen again), and for an unbearable raining down of countless meteorites ("אבני אלגביש" according to Rav Dahan Shlit"a), that will be formed as an outcome of the asteroid particles that were formed from the collision in its entering the atmosphere, which will destroy widespread parts of the world.

"And the rugged shall be made level" - do you remember? This is exactly what is said to occur in this case.

According to the scientific scenario, the whole world will be dark for several days, and the temperature will rise in parts of the world to a temperature of (and I quote exactly:) "An oven!" Do you remember: "For, behold, the day cometh, it burneth as a furnace"?

And when is this thing going to happen? This is the question that they asked the scientist who revealed in his day the asteroid that hit Jupiter. His answer was like this: This could happen the next second. It's logical to say that the mapping of all the asteroids in the world is almost impossible, and their paths are so unpredictable, that it can really cause this [to occur] that exactly in the next second, this will happen without warning. I checked this information against other scientific sources, and under the calming words (that this happens once every 1000 years or more, that there is a mapping of a good percentage of asteroids, etc.), all of these [sources] conclude the same thing under the saying: This could happen at any moment.

To watch the video clip from National Geographic on the subject, click here.

However, this is acutally what is explained by Daniel that it will happen that the 4 kingdoms who ruled the world will be destroyed, that a "stone" will hit them and finish them for good, and afterwards, the kingdom of Mashiah will rise up. Also, the "child prophecy" mentions this at the end of it. Besides that, reading a large portion of the end-of-days prophecies in Tana"ch according to its simple meaning, like the wearing out (?) of the heavens, etc., after seeing the scientific insights mentioned earlier, looks a lot clearer. And to remind you, only in the past decade were we able to reach these insights (which, by the way, were discovered by Jewish scientists).

The Plague

I already wrote a lot about the bird flu, and almost all of it was from scientists, besides the fact that according to the prophecies, at the End of Days, a harsh plague will come that will affect animals just as it will affect humans.

To separate from what was written above, where there's no scientific inevitability that the events will transpire, this plague, according to all the scientists who are dealing with it, will occur - and will also be extremely fatal. The only question is when. The means that they are using right now are means of preventing the spread of the disease in animals in order to prevent the development of the virus (mutation) to become a virus that can be transmittable to humans, because when this happens, Hashem should have mercy on what will happen in the world.

The scientists speak about this plague in terms of the worst plague and the most fatal plague that was recognized in modern times, and it's possible that this will be the most fatal plague in history. One senior scientist, who apparently denies the existance of the Creator of the World, calls this, "Biological terror of nature." The truth is that this is biological warfare of the Creator of the World to bring the world to justice.

It's hard to absorb what kind of unimaginable catastrophe is expected at the moment that the "Truth Alarm" will be activated, which is when the virus will be transmittable from human to human. The TV networks in the U.S. and Britain prepared a number of scientific documentaries in order to explain to the people with what they are bound to be met in the coming future. The following is a short clip.

This clip is not for the weak of heart:
Click here to see the video

The next stage of Be'itah

According to the words that the righteous Rav Levi Sa'adia Nahmeni ZYA"A wrote in his work entitled "וענתה השירה הזאת", the rabbi divides the process of Redemption according to the blessings in the Shemoneh Esrei [Amida] prayer. According to his words, the next stage of the Be'itah Redemption is [the blessing of] "Return our judges as in the beginning", where the idea is the return of power to the Torah. He didn't write how this will happen, but from reading in between the lines of what he wrote in the entire work, it comes out that if we do what we are supposed to do while understanding that the situation has changed and that we are now in a period of Redemption, then the matter will easily be realized, and we will rise up in a relatively easy and simple path, which will be similar to a path of "Ahishena". However, if we will continue to behave in Israel nowadays as we have been behaving for hundreds of years in exiles, without understanding that anything has changed, then the matter will not necessarily work in our favor.

As always, the choice in solely in our hands.

(This is all I have the strength to write. I'm sorry about some of the descriptions, but the truth is that I refined it a lot, and actually, the things that were written, in relation to current events and the way they're heading, seem even worse. It doesn't have to be that way, this is just an interpretation of the matter, and even if this has to happen, we have a choice, and the question is why are we not implementing it?!)

Kol Tuv to all the web-surfers, and may we hear good news.

With Hashem's help, I am going away on "vacation" until the next bulletin, and may it be Hashem's will that we should merit the "Ahishena" Redemption soon, when we will finally wake up from our exile-inflicted slumber that befell us in the last thousands of years, and we should all cry out to the Creator of the World, all of us together, that He should redeem us quickly, in order that we should not have to go through the bitter things that are said to Has Veshalom pass upon us in a "Be'itah" Redemption, which we are creeping towards quickly...

I am concluding in these days 2 years of laborious work on the Internet regarding the Redemption. Whoever wants to be updated while the site is not being updated, I turn you to the English blog Yeranen Yaakov (YY - thanks for the plug), which is led by yaak (YY - next few words omitted for various reasons - see the source in Hebrew if you must read it).
The strength of my works in the matter of the Redemption, I can summarize in one verse, and the one who understands shall understand:

גווי נתתי למכים, ולחיי למורטים, פניי לא הסתרתי מכלימות ורוק


I gave my back to the smiters, and my checks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
(ישעיה נ)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Very Interesting Post from BTBY

Blessed To Be Yerushalmi, in Countdown to Redemption, has been advocating immediate mass-aliyah before impending disaster for Hutz La'aretz. He now posts the following incredible post:

Dear Jews! Good Jews! Hashem's special, chosen nation!

Never has such a time period in all of human history held so much potential for the Final Redemption. Look at this...

From the Ramchal's Ma'amar Hageulah:

"It should be known, that the redemption has two appointed stages. We find this in the redemption from Egypt and in the redemption from Babylon, and it is known to us that it will be so in the future.... Regarding these two appointed times...the first stage...is called 'safeguarding' (Pekidah)...the second stage...is called 'recollection' (zechirah)."




From R' Avraham Sutton's translation of the Zohar, Parashat Vayera (1:119a):


Rabbi Shimon opened his discourse: "And I have remembered My covenant with Yaacov" (Vayikra 26). Yaacov is written here in its full form [i.e. with a Vav]. Why?... This verse refers to Israel’s [last] exile. When they are in the midst of that exile, they will be Recalled [i.e. Pekidah, i.e. a partial redemption, associated with Mashiach ben Yoseph] in the mystery of the Vav [of the Holy Name], in the 6th Millennium.

This Recollection [Pekidah] will take place in the mystery of Vav-Aleph-Vav [i.e. when the letter Vav is spelled out Vav-Aleph-Vav, it attains the numerical value 13]. It will last for a period of 6 1/2 moments [i.e. years] [i.e. half of 13]. [This 6 1/2 year period will come] after 60 years of the 6th Millennium [which correspond to the final Vav of Vav-Aleph-Vav, and parallel the sefirah of Yesod, embodied by Mashiach ben Yoseph] have passed.

...At that time, the G-d of Heaven will arise to Recall [Pekidah] the Daughter of Jacob [the Shechinah and the Nation of Israel]. From that time [of Pekidah] till Zechirah [full Remembrance, full Redemption, Mashiach ben David], 6 1/2 years will pass. After that, another 6 years will pass. Altogether these [60 plus 6 1/2 plus 6] total 72 1/2.

...At that time, all the nations shall unite together against the Daughter of Jacob in order to annihilate her from the world. Concerning that time it is written, "It will be a time of crisis for Jacob, but he shall be saved from it" (Jeremiah 30:7).



Now, we already know from other sources that techiyat hameitim must begin no later than 210 years before the year 6,000 (i.e., 5790) and that kibbutz goliyot begins forty years before that (i.e., 5750 or 1990!) Granted, "sixty years" could refer to any 60 year period of time, but if it in fact refers to the sixtieth year of a hundred year cycle within the sixth millenium, 5760 was the last possible opportunity for this to be fulfilled.

Remember the Yalkut Reuveni: "In the (Jewish) year of 5760, the depths will rise up and flood the world...." The Chesed L’Avraham, (written around 200 years ago) saw 5760 as the year in which G-d will "remove the spirit of impurity from the land." (Zecharia13:2)

Notice the wording again: " [This 6 1/2 year period (Pekidah) will come] after 60 years of the 6th Millennium." Precisely in the very closing hours of Erev Rosh Hashana 5761, after 60 years of the seventh century of the sixth millenium, the Al Aksa Intifada broke out and a "flood" of terrorism and 'natural' disaster rose upon the earth.

People of Israel, 6 1/2 years later is Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5767!!

Furthermore, we have many sources which all agree that just as the first redemption took place in Nissan, so would the final redemption take place in Nissan.

Rabbi Mordechai Nissim commenting on the Ramchal, states:

"...at a certain moment in creation there is a divine awakening that shifts the world from Safeguarding (Pekidah) into Recollection (Zechirah). At that moment, ... there is a spiritual awakening in the world, and it is as if God Recalls His pact with mankind. "



A lot of people are reporting a deep sense of something like this, particularly since Purim. The way I described it to someone was that it was as if the extra soul we get on Shabbat decided to stay on at Leil Purim and not leave.

The Ramchal again:

"...the impasse, which occurred because of the exile, is opened up...and there is no concealment anymore. ...In the Recollection stage all is in a revealed manner, and not a hidden one, and regarding this it says,'Who is this that comes from Edom' (Isaiah 63,1). From then on Israel will rise up and exit from the exile...."



Time to connect the dots. The Al Aksa Intifada was so named by Divine decree. Our own leaders would not link this war in any way to the battle for 'Jerusalem,' but this is exactly what it was and has been from the very beginning. The rape of the Temple Mount for the building of an underground mosque was an act of war. These reports from today's news detail more acts of 'war.'

PA Chief Justice: Moses was a Prophet of Islam
(IsraelNN.com) Muslim clerics and many Arab leaders, who have denied that the First and Second Temples ever existed and that Ishmael and not Isaac (Yitzchak) was offered by Abraham as a sacrifice, have added a new idea: Abraham. Moses and Jesus actually were prophets of Islam.

Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, chief Palestinian Authority (PA) Justice and one of the most influential Muslim leaders in Israel, told Aaron Klein of Worldnetdaily, "Your Torah was falsified. The text as given to the Muslim prophet Moses never mentions Jerusalem. Maybe Jerusalem was mentioned in the rest of the Torah, which was falsified by the Jews." Tamimi added that the Jewish forefathers, Moses and Jesus were "prophets for the Israelites sent by Allah as to usher in Islam."

Concerning the Old City, he stated, "There is no Jewish connection to Israel before the Jews invaded in the 1880's. About these so-called two Temples, they never existed, certainly not at the Haram Al- Sharif [Temple Mount].

"The Western wall is the western wall of the Al Aqsa Mosque. It's where Prophet Muhammad tied his animal which took him from Mecca to Jerusalem to receive the revelations of Allah."



Turkish Inspectors Due Next Week
(IsraelNN.com) A team of Turkish experts are set to arrive in Israel next week to inspect the site of the Israel Antiquities Authority dig being carried out near the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

The dig is being carried out in conjunction with repair work on a broken footbridge leading to the Temple Mount which has caused an uproar in the Muslim world. Islamic clerics contend that the work is damaging the nearby Al Aksa Mosque.

A recent visit by a team of UNESCO inspectors documented the fact that no damage has been caused.


Rav Dahan has in the recent past spoken of something important being uncovered in the area of the Temple Mount.

Let me remind you of something else. Why are they digging there right now??? Because a few years ago, some snow and rain and a small earthquake caused a wall to collapse and the land to slide away on this hill. What is happening here in the capital of the Jewish people? ...right now?? ... today??? Only four days before Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5767???? It has been raining for days! And not just rain, but rain and hail and snow and thunder and lightning and high winds all at the same time!! Water has flooded the streets and sidewalks of hilly Jerusalem. All of this is a very rare event, especially in the month of March! Surely Hashem measures it out until it is just exactly what is needed to bring 'cleansing' to his Most Holy Place. And if a little shake is needed to complete the job the weather has begun, that can be arranged, too!

In addition to the sign of Eisav's impending downfall, will Hashem also give us a sign that we have truly transitioned into the Recollection stage? If, as the Ramchal teaches, this stage is all about revealing what has until now been concealed, what might be uncovered? ...and how might it affect the rest of the world??... and us???


B'ezrat Hashem, on motzaei"sh, I hope to relate some of what has been discussed here to the original subject and prepare to complete its revelation. There is no more time now. The Shabbat Queen is already on her way. The remaining hours until then must be devoted to preparing for her arrival. So many beautiful privileges have been granted to the people that Hashem cherishes!! Enjoy them!!!

Shabbat shalom u'mevorach!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Im Eshkahech - Matisyahu Style

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I'm just waiting for the first Hatuna to have that played at the Huppah!

Hat tip - R' Lazer Brody

Go Fishman!

An excerpt from the From Hollywood to the Holyland blog:
On Tuesday, my Rabbi and teacher, the revered and holy Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, shlita, journeyed with students to Meron for an all-night tikun at the tomb of the exalted Tzaddik, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, composer of the Zohar, to pray on behalf of the Jewish People. As has happened on many occasions, badly needed rain began to fall immediately, watering the thirsty fields, filling the Kinneret, and forcing immodestly dressed women to flee from the streets of our Land. If only it would rain all summer! ...
According to Rabbi Levi, this super acceleration of time teaches that the Mashiach is near. As the cycle of Redemption approaches its climax, the inner spiritual mechanisms which power existence all speed up like the frantic finale of a washing machine’s finishing spin.

Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Connecting Purim and Pesah

The following is something I wrote off the blog last year at this time. Let me know your thoughts on it.

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The גמרא in מגילה1 brings down an argument between two opinions regarding a leap year of two Adars - whether פורים should fall out on אדר א or אדר ב. The first opinion holds that it should fall out on אדר א due to a universal halachic concept of אין מעבירין על המצוות - we never pass up on a מצוה – so the first possible time to celebrate פורים is on אדר א. The second opinion holds that it should fall out on אדר ב. This latter opinion concedes that אין מעבירין על המצוות is important, and would have applied here, except that in this case, we have a special rule that supercedes אין מעבירין על המצוות. That rule is that we want to be מסמך גאולה לגאולה – we want to make the redemption that happened on פורים and the redemption that occurred on פסח as juxtaposed as possible. We therefore place פורים on אדר ב which would make it only 30 days away from פסח, as opposed to 60.

The question that bothers me is “Why?” Why must we put these two holidays as close as possible? What’s the connection between the two holidays that forces us to do away with such a universal halachic concept of אין מעבירין על המצוות?

When one starts to think about it, however, there are numerous connections between the holidays of פורים and פסח:
  • Both involved evil rulers who wanted to destroy us (פרעה wished to destroy us by killing the males, while המן wanted to kill every single Jew).

  • Both included great miracles of Hashem to save us (although פורים was a hidden miracle, while פסח was an open one).

  • Both holidays have the aspect of drinking wine (פורים to symbolize how the miracle happened through wine, while פסח’s 4 cups show freedom based on the 4 expressions of redemption).

  • Both holidays have a special צדקה associated with the holiday – which we don’t find with any other holiday (מתנות לאביונים on פורים, and קמחא דפסחא a.k.a. מעות חטים for פסח).

  • The first battle the Israelites fought after יציאת מצרים was against עמלק, at which time Hashem told us of our multi-generation battle against עמלק. The wiping out of עמלק, the ancestor of המן, is a central theme of the פורים story.

  • 50 days after יציאת מצרים, we received the תורה at Mt. Sinai. It was the Jewish people’s acceptance of the תורה out of fear. During the פורים story as well, we accepted the תורה a second time – this time out of love of Hashem’s miracle2.

  • In the year following יציאת מצרים, we built a משכן. Shortly after the פורים miracle, the 2nd בית המקדש was built.

  • Much of the פורים story actually took place on פסח.


OK. All this is nice and good, but it still doesn’t answer why the redemptions must be placed close to each other, and forego the halachic concept of אין מעבירין על המצוות.

Perhaps we can go in a different direction. In the הגדה, we bring down an argument between ר’ אלעזר בן עזריה and the חכמים regarding what is learned from the word “כל” in the verse3 “למען תזכר את יום צאתך מארץ מצרים כל ימי חייך” – in order that you will remember the day of your exodus from the land of Egypt – all the days of your life. The former learns (based on בן זומא’s expounding of the verse) that it tells us to recite יציאת מצרים even at night, while the latter hold that it teaches us that we will be reciting יציאת מצרים even during Messianic times. One may ask: if the future redemption will overshadow יציאת מצרים, why would the חכמים tell us to talk about יציאת מצרים even in Messianic times?

The answer must be because without יציאת מצרים, we would not have merited a future redemption. We would have been lost in the 50th level of impurity, from where it would have been impossible to emerge, were it not for יציאת מצרים. Hashem said4 “כה אמר ה’ זכרתי לך חסד נעוריך לכתך אחרי במדבר בארץ לא זרועה” – So said Hashem: I remember the kindness of your youth – your going after Me in the desert in an unsowed land. We will merit a future redemption in part because of יציאת מצרים.

We also know that the future redemption from our current exile will mimic יציאת מצרים in its miraculous stature. This is learned from the verse5 “כימי צאתך מארץ מצרים אראנו נפלאות” – like the days of your exodus from the land of Egypt, I will show him wonders. This tells us that the future redemption will have all the markings of the redemption from מצרים. Everything we know about יציאת מצרים will repeat itself in our future redemption.

The ירושלמי6 tells us that פורים is the only holiday that will remain with us during Messianic times, based on the verse7 “וזכרם לא יסוף מזרעם” – and their remembrance will never stop from their children. Perhaps a reason for this is that, as we mentioned earlier, a central theme of פורים is wiping out עמלק, which the 8רמב”ם says is a prerequisite for the rebuilding of the בית המקדש.

We therefore want the גאולה of פורים, with its concept of destroying עמלק, to be put as close as possible to the גאולה of פסח, which is the parent גאולה of our future redemption. Why must it be so juxtaposed? We are trying to show Hashem that we just got finished destroying עמלק during פורים, and we are now ready to welcome the משיח and rebuild the בית המקדש for our current גאולה. It must be done as soon as possible. We can’t wait any longer. This is also why we learn about the laws of פסח 30 days before פסח – which falls out on פורים! We want to show that we are ready for the coming of משיח, symbolized by the laws of פסח – its parent גאולה – since we just destroyed עמלק. This connection is so important that it even supercedes the concept of אין מעבירין על המצוות.

May it be Hashem’s will that we will merit the destroying of עמלק and the coming of משיח which should come במהרה בימינו אמן.




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1) 6b
2) בבלי שבת פח. ע”פ פירש”י שם
3) דברים טז:ג
4) ירמי’ ב:ב
5) מיכה ז:טו
6) מגילה פ”א ה”ה
7) אסתר ט:כח
8) הל’ מלכים פ”א ה”ב

Monday, March 12, 2007

New Geula Blog and New Situation Summary

The commenter known as Blessed to be Yerushalmi on Mystical Paths has started his own blog called Countdown to Redemption. It looks quite interesting.

Also, Hashem1.net posted a new summary of the current situation we are in, and how it relates to the Ultimate Redemption. I'll try to translate it BL"N sometime in the next week unless someone else does it first.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Ledorotam Berit Olam

This week's Perasha talks about how the Jewish people kept the Shabbat. Shabbat is such a gift that its reward was not publicized to the nations, or some say the "extra soul" aspect of it was not publicized to the nations.

Gemara Bei'a 16a:

א"ר יוחנן משום ר' שמעון בן יוחי כל מצות שנתן להם הקב"ה לישראל נתן להם בפרהסיא חוץ משבת שנתן להם בצנעא שנאמר (שמות לא) ביני ובין בני ישראל אות היא לעולם אי הכי לא לענשו נכרים עלה שבת אודועי אודעינהו מתן שכרה לא אודעינהו ואי בעית אימא מתן שכרה נמי אודעינהו נשמה יתירה לא אודעינהו דאמר רבי שמעון בן לקיש נשמה יתירה נותן הקב"ה באדם ערב שבת ולמוצאי שבת נוטלין אותה הימנו שנאמר (שמות לא) שבת וינפש כיון ששבת ווי אבדה נפש:


Said R' Yohanan in the name of R' Shimon Ben Yohai: All the Mitzvot that HKB"H gave the Jews were given openly except for Shabbat, which He gave them privately, as it says, (Shemot 31:17) "Between Me and between the Children of Israel - it is an eternal sign". [The Gemara asks:] If so, non-Jews should not be punished for it! [See Rashi who explains that non-Jews were punished for not keeping the Torah and Mitzvot - see A"Z 2b. The Gemara answers:] He informed them about Shabbat itself, but as for its reward, He did not inform them. And if you want, I will [alternatively] say that He even informed them about the reward for keeping Shabbat, but as for the "extra soul" aspect of Shabbat, He did not inform them, as R' Shimon ben Lakish says: HKB"H gives an extra soul inside a person on Friday and on Saturday night, He takes it away from him, as it says, (Shemot 31:17) "He stopped work (שבת) and He rested(וינפש)." - Once a person's Shabbat is over, oy, the [extra] soul is lost.


Arachim speaks of this idea (my translation):

The Anshei Kenesset Hagedola (Men of the Great Assembly) included this idea in the text of the Shabbat prayer: "And Hashem - our G-d - did not give it to the nations of the lands, and our King did not bequeath it to the idol-worshippers, and also, in its rest, the uncircumsized will not dwell. For to Israel, Your nation, You have given it with love, to the seed of Jacob, in whom You chose."

The promise of the special connection between HKB"H and Israel through the Shabbat is fulfilled in a miraculous way. As is known, in the early days of Christianity, the Christians set Shabbat to be their day of rest. However, as Christianity started spreading through the world, Divine Providence made it happen that the Christians moved their 'Sabbath' one day forward to Sunday. This way, the Shabbat did not lose its uniqueness - its being a sign and symbol as a connection between Hashem and Israel alone. This matter happened a second time with the Muslims. They chose for themselves Friday to be their day of rest, and they left Shabbat as a sign for the special covenant between Israel and its G-d.


As a people, we need to understand the special gift that Shabbat is. Shabbat is not something that can be played with. Desecrating it is tantamount to taking this precious gift that is unique to the Jewish people and throwing it in Hashem's face. We need to learn the laws of Shabbat - both Zachor and Shamor - the positive Mitzvot and negative Mitzvot of Shabbat. By doing so, we will have a deeper understanding of how special the gift is.

As Mordechai ben David sings: Just One Shabbos and We'll all be Free. If we would keep one more Shabbat properly, as the Jewish people did in the desert, we will be redeemed, Haza"l say. Let us hope that this comes speedily in our days.

5 Shas MKs Stuck in an Elevator

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really happened. They were stuck for 40 minutes together with a few other people, and some of the people started having trouble breathing. During that time, they said Tehillim, and B"H were rescued.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Amazing Hint to Erez Levanon from R' Lazer Brody

Check it out!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Miscellaneous Links

Friday, March 02, 2007

!!!miruP yppaH

Have a Happy Purim! May our fortunes turn around for the better this Purim!

-From Yaak at Yeranen Yaakov