Friday, August 31, 2012

What Was Buried With Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L - Part 2

2 years ago, I mentioned that a Psak Din was buried with Rav Mordechai Eliyahu whose verdict called for the immediate Redemption of the Jewish people.

There was a recent article about this on Chabad OnLine (Hebrew), then picked up by Kikar (h/t - email from CosmicX) and later picked up in English by YWN that actually shows a copy of what was written and explains how it came to be.

Here are the 2 pages (click on them to enlarge them):


Here is the YWN article:

After the petira of HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZATZAL there were reports that the gadol hador was buried with a special document.

This week, a new sefer was released, ‘משנתו של הרבי מליובאוויטש’, authored by Rav Meir Elituv. The sefer provides an in-depth look at the years of the late rebbe ZATZAL, including the last ‘yechidus’ with Rav Eliyahu.

According to the Chabad Online report, Rav Elituv proves that behind the Gemaras, and Medrashim that were recited with utter perfection in the room, in actuality, what was taking place was a din torah addressing if arrival of the Geula can immediately be brought about without Klal Yisrael having to suffer.

The rebbe asked Rav Eliyahu to be the dayan in the case, permitting him to present over 40 proofs to back his position while Rav Mordechai, in his capacity as dayan, brought proofs to refute the rebbe’s position.

At the end of this final ‘yechidus’, the dayan told the rebbe that he rules in his favor and the Geula should be ordered “now – immediately”.

The book includes the hand-written p’sak din from Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, signed by 23 rabbonim, (in line with a בית דין בענייני נפשות), most well-known and respected dayanim.

In line with the p’sak of his talmidim, the rav was buried with this p’sak din in his hand.

Just for balance, note what Rav Elyashiv ZT"L answered Rav Menashe Klein ZT"L a year and a half ago.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rav Fish Explains 5772-5773 (Video)

Updated - see below


I'm coming out of retirement to bring you this video (in Hebrew) of Rav Fish beginning to explain the essay that he has worked on for a couple years.  This looks like it will be the first of many videos on the subject.  The folder where it looks like these videos will be stored is here.

(This video is really just over 50 minutes long, but it seems that the whole video is repeated without sound for some reason, so you can ignore the second 50 minutes.)

In this video, Rav Fish first gives a general introduction to his still-expanding essay on the Geula.  Among many interesting things, he mentioned that he showed his essay to many rabbis and not one Rav said that what he is doing is improper.

Later in the video, he explains how the two opinions in when to start the 100 years (whether it starts in 5700 or 5701) will affect whether 5771 was the end of exile and 5772 starts the Geula or whether 5772 is the end of exile and 5773 starts the Geula.  Another monkey wrench added into the equation is the conflicting Zohars and Girsa'ot in the Zohar as to whether we count 60 + 6 + 6 or 60 + 6.5 + 6 or 60 + 6.5 + 6.5.

An interesting thing he mentions is that if the end of exile was this year (5772), then the passing of Rav Elyashiv ZT"L was not just on the actual day of the end of exile, but it was also in the exact hour, according to his calculation.

Ketiva Vahatima Tova to all and may we merit to see very good things in the near future.

Update:

Many more of the videos can be found here.

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.