Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It's the End of The Blog as We Know It

Dear readers,

I have come to a point in my life where I need to refocus my priorities on other matters. One of those other matters, among other things, is BL"N starting, with Hashem's help, a daf yomi regimen with the new cycle of daf yomi, something that I have never done before. Unfortunately, this will mean that I need to stop frequently updating this blog.

For the uninitiated, blogging is a very time-consuming job. I've been using Google Reader to keep up with the latest news and posts, but even via RSS, it's difficult to keep up with the times and then do other things. I have come to the realization that it is time for the blog as we know it to end.

This blog started 7½ years ago and I never dreamed that it would last this long. I have the best readers in the world and have found that there are wonderful people all over the world who share our Torah values. There have been too many posts that I can count where the readers' comments added to, corrected, or otherwise enhanced the post. Thank you all for your comments.

In addition, I have gotten to virtually know other bloggers and admire the dedication they put into their blogs - whether I agree with them or not. And there are many good ones out there. Go check them out on the sidebar. And I thank them for all the times they have linked to me and my posts.

I'm leaving the blog while the blog is at the top of its readership.  The statistics for July have shattered the blog's record for most page-views in a month.  Lately in general, the readership has drastically increased.

The blog will continue to be here, and if I feel the absolute need, I might add a new post once in a while. However, it will not be updated nearly as frequently as before. Also, my email will still be active, so anyone who feels that there's something I should see can continue to email me.

Almost since its inception, my blog had the non-exclusive theme of the imminent Redemption and the coming of the Mashiah. Many world events, rabbis' statements, and Torah-based hints continue to point in that direction. Then again, it is up to Hashem and only He knows whether we are worthy of this or not. We need to continue to learn Torah, do Hessed, and repent from straying off the path to show Hashem how worthy we are.

Some people might ask why I'm stopping the blog when things are starting to get interesting. Besides what I already wrote, the answer is תיקו. But I will say this:

Just as my blogging about the Geula should be a merit for Mashiah to come quicker, so too should my lack of blogging about the Geula be the required היסח הדעת for Mashiah to come quicker.

May we all meet very soon in Yerushalayim, greeting Mashiah, near the rebuilt Beit Hamikdash - Bimheira Veyameinu, Amen.

49 Comments:

At Wed Aug 01, 12:09:00 PM 2012, Anonymous moshe said...

YASHER KOACH !

 
At Wed Aug 01, 12:09:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hatzlacha !
thanks for the ride

Oh, and by the way ...
Dont look back. Aside for your learning "working" for you to grant you schar in olam hazeh and olam haba, the zchus of limud hatorah will also bring the geula closer, be"h

 
At Wed Aug 01, 12:46:00 PM 2012, Blogger Devorah said...

Thank you so much for all your edifying posts, for showing what a blog should be and blazing the path for others to follow and concentrate more on Limud Hatorah. May you be successflul in your fure endeavors and may we see the geulah speedily.

All the best,
Devorah (mashiachiscoming.blogspot)

 
At Wed Aug 01, 12:52:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Yaak, thanks so much for all your great posts and for the time you invested in it.
Hatzlacha with everything!
Best wishes
rina

 
At Wed Aug 01, 01:11:00 PM 2012, Blogger The Absolute Truth said...

I too thank you greatly for your chizuk. I too am winding down as I know exactly what you mean about time required to blog. I am presently into my third cycle of Daf HaYomi and can tell you it is tremendous. If you enjoy it half as much as I do, you will be ecstatic and never want to stop. It is the best way in this short life to see the truth from Hashem. Hatzlachah Rabah. I do believe you were an important force in bringing the Geula sooner.
Your friend,
Menachem

 
At Wed Aug 01, 01:20:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey reb yakkov i just wanna say that ive been reading youre blog ever since the blessing of the sun around 3 years ago and yours is definetly the best literally so i just wanna say thank you
a regular guy from ny

 
At Wed Aug 01, 01:40:00 PM 2012, Blogger Leah said...

Thank you so much for sharing your Torah articles and thoughts with us. I appreciate. Yasher koach forseeing the need to move forward. Studying Torah is one of the main elements that is needed to bring the geulah.
Your blog will be missed, yet this forward movement is crucial for you. Hatzlachoh!

 
At Wed Aug 01, 01:51:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moriah said...

"I have come to a point in my life where I need to refocus my priorities on other matters"

I think many people online are ruminating about this very thing. I know it has been on my mind very much lately. Thank you for your blog and for lighting the way.

 
At Wed Aug 01, 02:09:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

I wish you to reach Keter Torah.

 
At Wed Aug 01, 02:11:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

R' Yaak,

Much Hatzlacha on Daf Yomi.

Just a friendly suggestion:

Everything in life is good in moderation - we just have to aim for the right balance.
Remember it is not all or nothing.
You could set aside Motzai Shabbos or part of Sunday to do some Geulah blogging.
I am a little bit biased because I really like this blog, and I hope you continue posting on the Geulah at least once a week.
Kol tuv!
Chaim

 
At Wed Aug 01, 02:16:00 PM 2012, Blogger Neshama said...

Everyone is so supportive of your decision, and I am also because it is what you want to do. But I am personally shocked, as I have come to rely on your wise and thoughtful contribution to 'our little corner of the world' of Geulah. I am going to sorely miss your posting. I know of no other blog that I respect so much.

Hatzlacha Rabbah sincerely.

 
At Wed Aug 01, 02:21:00 PM 2012, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Good bye, Ya'ak and G-d bless.

 
At Wed Aug 01, 02:36:00 PM 2012, Blogger joshwaxman said...

Sorry to hear this -- especially since I was looking forward to see the pages of proofs from Rav Fish for mashiach in 5773 and 5774 ;) -- but i wish you much hatzlacha on what you are trying to accomplish.

If you want to be an occasional guest poster on my new Daf Yomi blog, let me know...

kt,
josh

 
At Wed Aug 01, 03:14:00 PM 2012, Blogger Yitz said...

I think you should ask your rav since its often very inspiring what you write. Also the Lubavitcher Rebbe MH"M shlit'a explains the concept of hesech hadas. How could the Rambam say to await his coming every day and how could we say in davening lishuascha kivinu KOL hayom? Doesn't it say in Sanhedrin daf 97b (I think)Moshiach will come bhesech hadaas? The Rebbe answers no. Hesech hadas means hesech of a persons OWN understanding of the greatness of the era of moshiach. Wanting it for it itself the dwelling of HKB'H down here. Thats the ultimate meaning of wanting moshiach, and having it down here. Lastly the Rebbe MH"M says in parshas shoftim tuf shin nun aleph "l'alter lgeula hinei ze moshiach ba" which quite bluntly means that before th youngest of those somebodies passes on we must have geula the message had to at least been for somebody and (ch"v ONLY somebody.)Anyways your blog was most fascinating to follow. But wait tommorrows thursday!!... maybe just translate just one more geula update from Rav Fish? (: With all the emphasis the Rebbe more recently put on learning inyanei geula umashiach, it would make the Rebbe proud.

 
At Wed Aug 01, 03:18:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry realize my mistake now by "those somebodies" I meant those somebodies who were there when it was originally said in 1991

 
At Wed Aug 01, 03:57:00 PM 2012, Blogger Devorah Designs said...

Yaak - I totally understand. I, myself, stopped reading almost all of the geulah blogs about 6 months ago...with the exception of you, Lazer, Devash, & whenever Dov Bar-Leib posts... ..and have refocused my time and Torah learning. I'm sure that "O" is thrilled to have the time back with you that you were spending on researching and blogging with such care. You will be missed as one of the most highly respected Geulah bloggers, but it's a good, positive decision for you and your family. (BTW, you are also highly respected of the Sephardic rabbi.s here in Chicago too!) And, baruch Hashem, The Almighty King of the Universe has removed a huge piece of the aliyah puzzle from me in just a matter of minutes! A total shock to me! He works in totally unbelievable ways! So, Bzrt Hshm, I am busy with closing down life in the galut, for a Life in Eretz Israel. kol tuv, Devorah H

 
At Wed Aug 01, 04:08:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We very much will miss your blogspot. We are very happy for what you will be doing...

It will make a better world we live in and you a better person... it will affect all of us. Thank you for all you have done.

Baruch HaShem for all He has done!!

 
At Wed Aug 01, 04:57:00 PM 2012, Blogger Yitz said...

Oh and I forgot to add the main point the Rebbe shlit"a MH"M said to say that this was said btur nevua!!!!

 
At Wed Aug 01, 05:22:00 PM 2012, Blogger shloime said...

would you reconsider?
i mean, after so many people getting into torah because of your blog?
u dont have a small blog that nobody reads!
dont u feel a great acomplishment helping all the jews? much more then gaining knowledge for yourself?
b'chavod rav

 
At Thu Aug 02, 12:43:00 AM 2012, Blogger Serious Bible Student said...

Yaakov,

NO. Please do not quit completely. Even once every 10 days or so. You truly inspire me.
We are so very, very close. We all know it. No maybe it won't happen this year, Chas v'shalom!!! But regardless, we are truly very, very close!!

Yisrael Killian
TorahMediaAtlanta.com

 
At Thu Aug 02, 01:37:00 AM 2012, Anonymous ben Shlomo said...

A deep hole will be left in the blogosphere.

 
At Thu Aug 02, 04:47:00 AM 2012, Blogger משה רפאל said...

The Daf Yomi is good if and only if it does not come at the cost of things that are more precious to HaShem, and may you understand what I say. See you in Zion. Blessings from your good friend.

 
At Thu Aug 02, 06:56:00 AM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Thank you all for your comments. I am grateful to Hashem for the ability to have done this for so many years. And your comments are what inspired me to go on for that long.

To those who say I should continue at a slower pace:

Right now, this is something I need to do for myself. I did not make this decision flippantly. I considered the options very carefully. At this point, I need to stop cold turkey in order to pursue other interests and take it from there. As I said in the post, there still may be an occasional post here and there when the time is right. I pray you all understand. There are many good blogs out there, and I trust that they will pick up the mantle.

Hatzlaha to you all.

 
At Thu Aug 02, 07:18:00 AM 2012, Blogger vincent said...

Todda raba adoni
Chawer for life
Or so it feels

 
At Thu Aug 02, 12:45:00 PM 2012, Blogger Cosmic X said...

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At Thu Aug 02, 12:46:00 PM 2012, Blogger Cosmic X said...

I definitely respect and identify your decision.

אני בטוח שתמשיך להאיר את העולם באור תורתך ובמעשיך הטובים

 
At Thu Aug 02, 05:01:00 PM 2012, Blogger Devorah said...

I'm devastated, but you already know that Yaak. You're the greatest!

 
At Thu Aug 02, 06:41:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you be comforted in knowing that you are doing what you feel is best. Thank you for your interesting posts.

 
At Thu Aug 02, 10:03:00 PM 2012, Blogger Jesterhead45 said...

Thank you Yaak for the articles relating to the Geulah and for answering the questions I asked over the years.

I am shocked though I respect you decision.

 
At Fri Aug 03, 12:41:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moshiach didnt come this tisha bav
how dissapointing :( oy vey
anyway, good luck to you yaak thanks for your great posts.

 
At Fri Aug 03, 01:02:00 AM 2012, Blogger Devash said...

Av's not over yet! ;-)

Yaak, all the best. Hatzlacha raba. May your every undertaking be blessed and may every effort you make in your striving for Torah prosper. Never forget that Torah is not just for learning. It's for doing. Every step of galut is meant to be a step closer to returning home. Sure will miss you!

 
At Fri Aug 03, 07:49:00 AM 2012, Blogger Neshama said...

Wishing you and yours a good Shabbos.

[can't help visiting, it's one of my better habits)

 
At Sat Aug 04, 05:26:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You now... Tomer Devorah...
I am going to miss you both...

Hashem bless you and yours, and all who do such good work.

 
At Sat Aug 04, 06:00:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apology... I meant Shirat Devorah...Missing you... :(
SC

 
At Sat Aug 04, 06:07:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now after the xth false prediction of Moshiach's coming you finaly give up? Good! A least you won't give other people false hope anymore.

 
At Sat Aug 04, 10:38:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank you again Yaak, and conclude with some words of Torah in your beautiful blog.

Pasuk writes: “Veahavta lereha Kamoha, Ani Ado-nai”, “Love your neighbor like yourself, I am Gd” in the Gemara Eruvim says. When Beith Hamikdash was destroyed Gd’s name also became minimized. Instead of Gd’s name Yud Key Vav Key the last letters Vav Key fell off. Like it says in the last pasuk of the last tehilim: “Kol Haneshama Tehalel Ya”, literally means all Jewish soul praise Gd only with YA, Yud Key and we can not praise with full name. Ask the Rabeinu Ari what happened with last letters where it did go, why they fell off? So he said big Chiddush, when Jewish people are get along they combining 4 letters together. When two people shake hands, Yud Key comes from one end and Vav Key comes from another.
But Gd forbid when it is opposite Gd’s name is split. So here we can understand the pasuk Love your neighbor like yourself , I am Gd. When there is Unity , Gd’s name is complete.

Yaak I wish you that one day you will be the greatest Rabbi Yaakov with thousands of talmidei hachamim near you.
Your virtual friend,
Moshe Y.from Brooklyn, NY

 
At Sun Aug 05, 03:33:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaak thank you so much for the wonderful and inspiring blog. Do what you need to do with love clear intentions and focus. May we all merit to see the coming of Mashiach speedily in our days.

 
At Mon Aug 06, 05:59:00 AM 2012, Blogger Rafi G. said...

hatzlacha rabba!
its always best to leave at the top!

 
At Mon Aug 06, 12:26:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps your best post yet :) What a way to go, with a lesson about using time. Hatzlacha with the daf

 
At Mon Aug 06, 01:24:00 PM 2012, Blogger Neil Harris said...

I also started the daf cycle...even after a few days, it is taking up my time (in a good way).
Hatzlacha!

 
At Mon Aug 06, 11:45:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geulah is already here.

The Jews are back home, the hills of Yehuda flower with fruits.

The only thing left is for the Jewish people to recognize this fact and call for the Beit Hamikdash to be rebuilt. Then we can ask Hashem to give us another anointed one, if that is what we want.

 
At Tue Aug 07, 09:26:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want geula with rahamim. Do your job whenever you are in EY or outside and Hashem will do His job, to send Mashiah Tsidkeinu. What exactly you should do, learn MORE Torah, do MORE Mitsvot, work on your midot. And when it will be time, Eliyahu Hanavi will say that time is come, then it is right time. But now Anon it is very dangerous to sell everything here and move to EY because you thing geula is already here. Mashiah will gather us from all 4 corner of the World and now We have our job to finish here.

 
At Tue Aug 07, 11:04:00 AM 2012, Anonymous batzion said...

How do you feel about all the incorrect predictions that came about through your blog for the past 7.5 years that affected so many Yidden? Was it a waste of time? Was it a serious averah?

 
At Tue Aug 07, 02:12:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Batzion, why don't you ask that same question to: Ribbi Akiva, the rambam, ramban, malbim, hatam sofer, and all the other great rabbis who have made predictions in the past. You didn't like my blog? Well you're in luck. You don't have to read it any longer. No, it was not a waste of time in the slightest or an averah. Aderaba.

 
At Tue Aug 07, 02:38:00 PM 2012, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

http://rashbi2012.blogspot.com/2012/08/another-prophesy-being-fulfilled-end.html
8 I heard [this} but I did not comprehend [it}, so I said, "My L-rd, what is the end of these [matters]?"
9 He said, "Go, Daniel! For the matters are obscured and sealed until the time of the End.
10 They will be elucidated and clarified and refined by many [people}; the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand; but the wise will understand.
11 From the time the daily offering was removed and the mute abomination put in place, one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Praiseworthy is he who awaits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.
13 As for you, go to [your] end; you will rest - then arise for your portion at the End of Days.
What does it seem to be saying? The key word is “abomination.” We have already seen examples of prophecies that are better understood from the English translation. The reason being is that it is prophesying something about an English-speaking country. An example that I have already mentioned is the information from Isaiah 21 up out the first Gulf war. That prophecy starts by saying "like Desert Storm's... How profound it is that Isaiah should use the vernacular, about 2700 years ago, that the Pentagon decided to call the war in 1991.

The word abomination appears in the 5769th verse of the Torah. This was brought to light by several prominent Rabbis that it was referring to the inauguration of the US president Obama. 5769 or more specifically January of 2009 was the inauguration of the president. At that time many jokingly stated that the United States became the Obama-nation. It may have been a play on words but I believe it was a message from Hashem.
The Hebrew word used in verse 11 of Daniel is שקוץ. If one adds the letter ה to make the word read “the abomination,” we find that the Gematria is 501. The Gematria of Barack Hussein Obama (ברק חוסיין אובאמה) is 501 meaning that Hashem is truly telling us that he is “the abomination” that Daniel is being told about.
If we count the days from the time that the Obama-nation was put in place (the inauguration date), 1290 days brings us to last Thursday, the 14th of Av. there has already been speculation on other blogs that when Daniel said "a time, times, and half time" it was referring to the 3 1/2 years that Obama has been in office. This is very consistent with the 1290 days coming up to last Thursday. The fact that it follows with verse 12 saying that “praiseworthy is he who awaits and reaches 1335 days” tells us that there will be a turbulent period of 45 days which brings us up to the end of the year 5772. The 1335th day is Erev Rosh Hashanah.


Why am I saying that these 45 days will be turbulent days? The fact that the prophet is telling us that we are praiseworthy if we await, meaning that we must be patient, trusting Hashem and having complete faith in Hashem. For it says those will be the people who reach the 45th day. With all that is happening in the world, no one knows, except Hashem, who will survive the 45 days.
What was so special about last Thursday that led me to believe that it was the beginning of the 45 day turbulent period?
If we reviewed specific news items that occurred that day, we see very definite events that we have been watching for a long time. Some of the events (this is not all inclusive -- there were more) were:

 
At Tue Aug 07, 07:13:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dov Bar Leib, is that your blog too, rashbi2012?

 
At Tue Aug 07, 07:54:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaak,

I did not take your message to mean you were done; only slowing down. Nonetheless,

Hazak u'beraha,

HaSepharadi

 
At Tue Aug 07, 08:33:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tsvi since when you became Dov Bar Leib, why you doing this?

 
At Thu Aug 09, 01:31:00 PM 2012, Blogger Tzvi Bar-Leib said...

there was erer shalom we just have to wait from now till end 5772 then you will see israel strik e iran

 

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