Wednesday, November 05, 2008

President-Elect Obama

The name Hussein has historically been synonymous for hatred of Jews.

  • Mohammad Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during WWII was a friend of Hitler ימ"ש, and it would be an understatement to call him a שונא ישראל.
  • King Hussein of Jordan was a big enemy of Israel until about 15 years ago, when his hatred diminished somewhat. His attitude of אמר אויב ארדף אשיג אחלק שלל תורישמו ידי during the Six Day War was a classic example of this hatred, but B"H, also led to his defeat.
  • Sadaam Hussein sent 39 scud missiles to Israel with intent to indiscriminately kill as many Jews as possible. He is undoubtedly one of the top Jew-haters in the last century.
  • Barack Hussein Obama has shown signs of this (his relationship with Khalidi and Wright, and willingness to talk to Ahmedinejad ימ"ש are but a few examples of this), but not quite on the level of the others yet and hopefully not ever - we'll have to wait and see. It sure makes Aliya all that more tempting.

On the positive side...

  • Jesse Jackson just lost his raison d'être so maybe he'll finally be quiet once and for all.
  • Obama just chose Rahm Emanuel, a Jew, to be his chief-of-staff. (Rahm's father was my son's pediatrician before he retired.)
  • Apparently, Obama was very nice to Illinois State Senator (and religious Jew) Ira Silverstein when they worked together in Springfield, so I hope that his niceness will be displayed on a larger scale - to the Jewish community at large
  • 'לב מלכים ושרים ביד ה - so really there's nothing to worry about if we have Bitahon - we need to pray that if Mashiah doesn't come before Obama takes office, that President Obama will be good to the Jews and Israel.
  • איזהו חכם הלומד מכל אדם - I'm not a חכם, but I strive to be one. We can learn a great מוסר השכל from Obama. "Pundits" say that Obama's greatest strength during his campaign was that he didn't lose his cool during the debates or at any time that he was faced with adversity. This reminded me of the beginning of Iggeret HaRamban:
    תִּתְנַהֵג תָּמִיד לְדַבֵּר כָּל דְּבָרֶיךָ בְּנַחַת לְכָל אָדָם וּבְכָל עֵת, וּבָזֶה תִּנָצֵל מִן הַכַּעַס, שֶׁהִיא מִדָּה רָעָה לְהַחֲטִיא בְּנֵי אָדָם.


Now, whether or not Obama is Gog, I'll leave that up to Hashem to decide.

11 Comments:

At Wed Nov 05, 10:41:00 PM 2008, Blogger Devorah said...

A great tzadikess appeared to someone I know in a dream a few months ago - and warned about Obama - (quote) "the black man who is not what he makes out to be". It was a strong warning.

 
At Thu Nov 06, 09:38:00 AM 2008, Blogger Cosmic X said...

If I am not mistaken Hussein (and Hosni) mean "horse" in Arabic.

אשר בשר חמורים בשרם וזרמת סוסים זרמתם

 
At Thu Nov 06, 12:22:00 PM 2008, Blogger Devash said...

A black family in the "White" House is provocative enough, but making prominent appointments of Jews is adding fuel to a fire that is already burning in places like Montana, Idaho and Oregon, not to mention the deep south and Texas where the second black man there has been drug under a car until dead.

The blood of the white supremacists who believe that Jews already control the banks and Washington must be running very cold about now. They'll have murder in their hearts.

That's the scariest prospect.

People should simply stop talking about how all this affects Israel because practically speaking, the only impact it has is to speed up the process of redemption, which is a very good thing.

 
At Fri Nov 07, 04:41:00 AM 2008, Blogger Ben-Yehudah said...

B"H

Um,...dude. R. Emmanuel was part of the Oslo Accords, and was the architect of the Rabin ysh"w and Arafat ysh"w handshake.

How could anyone be excited about such a prospect? ...the son of yordim to bat.

I was once asked by a Leluver Hassid, "When Mashiah comes, what will he say?"

My response was that he's ask us why we left all of the work for him to do.

We don't pray to HaShem that Obama will be good for the Jews and Israel. We pray that HaShem will go easy on us, and accelerate the Ge'ulah process.

Obama is only a kli, to be used as HaShem sees fit.

{BTW, it may say "Yeranen Ya'aqov," but the verb is shayach to Yitzhaq in context, and BTW, not everyone's nusah contains that phrase.}

 
At Fri Nov 07, 09:28:00 AM 2008, Blogger yaak said...

B"H

Um,...dude. R. Emmanuel was part of the Oslo Accords, and was the architect of the Rabin ysh"w and Arafat ysh"w handshake.


Yes, I saw that A7 article too. But that doesn't bother me so much. I like my Israeli leaders right-wing, but my American leaders just need to show favor to Israel, and I believe he was doing what he thought was right at the time. The fact that Oslo was detrimental to Israel was only discovered by the Center and moderate left much later. (The far left still thinks it was a good idea.)

How could anyone be excited about such a prospect? ...the son of yordim to bat.

Excited - no; calming - yes. He could have picked Zbignew or someone similar. Even you would admit this is a vast improvement.

I was once asked by a Leluver Hassid, "When Mashiah comes, what will he say?"

My response was that he's ask us why we left all of the work for him to do.

We don't pray to HaShem that Obama will be good for the Jews and Israel. We pray that HaShem will go easy on us, and accelerate the Ge'ulah process.

Obama is only a kli, to be used as HaShem sees fit.


Why not pray that Obama will be good to us? In fact, in Selihot, we say "תן בלבם להטיב אלינו".

{BTW, it may say "Yeranen Ya'aqov," but the verb is shayach to Yitzhaq in context, and BTW, not everyone's nusah contains that phrase.}

I'm aware that it's Shayach to Yitzhak - I use it to be cute. (I don't think you'd want to read a blog named "יעקב ובניו ונוחו בו".) I wasn't aware that some Nusha'ot don't contain that phrase. Whose Nusah doesn't contain it?

 
At Sat Nov 08, 10:33:00 AM 2008, Blogger Ben-Yehudah said...

Um,...what makes you thing I get my news and information only from Christian loving A7?

2. ...praying for guidance, and for guidance for leaders is one thing....

3. Placing our faith in Emmanuel, Zbignew, or anyone in Hu"tz la'Aretz is a big mistake. We're on our own, and must finally take responsibility for ourselves and stop depending on foreign powers.

Esau sone eth Ya'aqov

Who cares if Emmanuel is a Jew, or even a frum Jew? You Bavlim voted for Obama. Almost 80 percent, the same percentage of those who stayed/perished in Egypt,...something to thing about. And, now you're going to have to live with the consequences,... not that McCain would have been much better.

Selihoth? There you go again with the "we."

Nusah Eretz Yisrael does not contain these phrases.

 
At Mon Nov 10, 12:10:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely the perpetrators of Oslo thought it was a good idea. Not to make peace, but to stop and reverse the settlement of Eretz Yisrael. They still think it is good idea. Only those who were deceived to think that the process was about peace may have changed their mind.

See, settling Eretz Yisrael is a messianic thing. See what Barak said the other day. Understand that the secular and many charedim are united in this fight.

 
At Mon Nov 10, 02:49:00 AM 2008, Blogger Ben-Yehudah said...

"Haredim?" Leadership you mean.

The youth is a completely different story. "Da'as Torah" is not cutting it for them as an excuse anymore.

Thinking it's a good idea is no excuse.

Why is everyone so blind? We're talking about the Erev Rav here, and that includes Haredim, secular, and Nat'l Religious.

Shimon Peres ym"sh is their king.

 
At Mon Nov 10, 11:57:00 AM 2008, Blogger yaak said...

Ben Yehuda,

I happen to like A7, and I don't consider it xtian-loving.

Sorry for using the royal "we", but this phrase is found in all the Sephardic selihot books that I've seen. It must have a holy source.

You seem to be using the royal "you" when talking about those who voted for Obama. I am not among those.

I agree with much of everything else you said, though.

 
At Mon Nov 10, 06:59:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your "positive" side is wishful thinking at best. osama slidin is dangerous. but H' is in charge!!!!

 
At Mon Dec 08, 06:09:00 AM 2008, Blogger Miriam said...

"esse Jackson just lost his raison d'être so maybe he'll finally be quiet once and for all."

ROFL!!

I thought only AA felt that way.

 

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