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Friday, January 31, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Teruma 5774 IV

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Geula Update from Rav Fish - Teruma 5774 (original, Hebrew-language pdf from Rav Fish.  Sorry, no translation this week.  A lot about Shulamit Aloni and how she is the Le'umat Zeh of the Satmar Rebbe ZT"L.)

Kol Tzofayich (Rav Shemuel Eliyahu Shlit"a) (in Hebrew.  page 1-2 shows - using a bunch of examples - how Hashem is always with us, and our test, like that of the Dor Hamidbar - which we are Gilgulim of - is to fix that generation's errors.  Also, a nice story at the end with Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L and Jacques Chirac.)

Pahad David (Rav David Hananya Pinto Shlit"a) (in Hebrew.  Nice story on p.2 about 3 brothers from Marseilles who got into legal trouble and miraculously got out of it.)

A Path to Follow (also Rav Pinto Shlit"a) (last page talks about Mishkan Shiloh and the present-day synagogue in the town of Shiloh.  I asked Batya about it, and she verified it to be pretty accurate.)

Shvilei Pinches (Rav Pinches Friedman) talks about the Tahash, the Beri'ah Hatichon, Yaakov Avinu, and the 3rd Beit Hamikdash


Miscellaneous

Rabbi Avi Weiss in the NYTimes: Who is the Real Victim?

Caught on Tape: Even Netanyahu Opposed Netanyahu

Israel: The Breakdown of the Family Unit R”L

Motion Seeks Disqualification of Linda Reade in Rubashkin Case

Former US Diplomat Elliot Abrams Calls For Pollard’s Release

Rav Druckman Suggests Rav Amar as Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Terumah 5774 III

Rav Avrohom Elyashiv ZT"L



Tragedies









Prayers



Israel’s Head of Military Intelligence: ‘There Are 170,000 Rockets and Missiles Directed at Israel’
170,000 Rockets Threaten Israel

Ami Magazine: Maggid Rabbi Paysach Krohn Talks About Rav Yaakov Galinsky, Zt”l

His Stories, Our Lessons (about Rav Yaakov Galinsky ZT"L - some great stories in here)

Is Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef from Beis Hillel or Beis Shammai?



Annulling a Marriage – An Overview

The Four-State Solution

Jerusalem 1844 (first pictures of Yerushalayim ever, h/t Hirhurim)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Kaf HaHayim on Women Wearing Tefillin

Kaf Hahayim Orah Hayim 38:7-9:

7) Women and slaves are exempt from Tefillin because it is a time-bound positive commandment. And even though we hold like Ribbi Akiva that nighttime can still be a time for Tefillin, nevertheless, Shabbat and Yom Tov are not times for Tefillin, which renders it a time-bound positive commandment. --- Rosh in Halachot Ketanot Hilchot Tefillin Siman 29, Beit Yosef, Levush, Taz 38:1, and see also in the Rosh for other reasons.

8) Ibid - Women and slaves are exempt from Tefillin etc. And that is also true according to the Ariza"l, and see the reason in Sod: Etz Hayim 34:1 33:1, Sha'ar Hakavanot Derushei HaTefillin 5, Peri Etz Hayim Sha'ar Tefillin 7, Olat Tamid [of Rav Hayim Vital] p. 31a of the latest printing.

9) Ibid in the gloss: And if women want to be stringent upon themselves, we protest against them.  And so agreed the Birkei Yosef 38:1, check it out there.  And check out the Rav [who wrote] Beit Hillel Z"L in Yoreh De'ah 182:2 who brought down the Targum Yonatan Ben Uziel in Ki Tetze on the verse "A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man" who translates it as "There should not be a garment of Tzitzit and Tefillin - which are vestments of man - on a woman".  We see from here that not only is she exempt from Tzitzit and Tefillin, but she also transgresses this with a negative commandment.  And the Petah Hadevir 38:2 brings him down, check it out there.  Also check out the book Shomer Emunim Parshat Ki Tetze on the verse "A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man" and these are his words, "The words 'כלי גבר' in Atbash [is לכמ רשג, which] is the gematria of "זו תפילין" which is the Sod of the male world, and there is no proof from Michal bat Sha'ul who put on Tefillin."  And the Yafeh Lalev 38:2 brings him down and writes, "That which he wrote that there is no proof from Michal bat Sha'ul, possibly he means that Michal bat Sha'ul was a wise woman who knew about herself that she had a soul from the male world, which is why 'And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child.'"  And see Sha'ar Hagilgulim Introduction 9 who writes that a woman to whom a male soul was reincarnated cannot become pregnant unless she has a great merit to allow her to add another female soul within her using Sod Ha'ibur, etc.  Check it out there.  And see what we wrote earlier in 17:5.

Interesting Recent Links - Teruma 5774 II

Bar Mitzvah of Grandson of Current and Former Rishonim Letzion



Updates on Tragedies

BDE: Death Toll in Gilo Gas Explosion Increases to 4

B’sura Tova! Gross Boys Showing ‘Significant Improvement’
Refael Yitzchak Gross Taken Off the ECMO Machine

Talmidei Yeshiva Injured in MVA Heading to the Dead Sea – Tefilos Requested


Was the Death of a Tel Aviv Rav an Act of Terror?

Didn't Explode, But It's Still More Gas!


Still More Reasons for the Tragedies

HaRav Landau: Tragedies Caused by Unacceptable Treatment of an Agunah



Attack on Rav Yehuda Cohen Shlit"a




The Yair Netanyahu Saga




After all that...

Netanyahu: My Son is Not Dating a Non-Jew (if true, B"H)



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sori Filmer's Amazing Letter (In Many Ways)

This past Shabbat, Rav Shmuel Filmer, a 49-year-old Ba'al Hessed and director of Yeshivat Hevron passed away.  

Here is a second report  from Kikar (my quick translation - feel free to correct it if you have a better translation):



On Motza'ei Shabbat Kodesh, a community of thousands accompanied to burial the great man of action for Torah and Hessed Rabbi Shmuel Filmer Z"L, one of the great men of Lelov Hasidut and one of the directors of Yeshivat Hevron.

The departed Z"L was constantly involved with the uplifting of the horn of Torah and fear of Heaven out of trustworthy dedication to everything holy, and especially to acts of kindness and assistance to public needs.

Myriads of comforters were streaming to the house of mourning, led by Admo"rim, rabbis, and public figures, who are confused and hard-pressed to digest such a great loss.

"Rav Filmer was a Ba'al Hessed and quietly supported families in distress.  Despite the fact that he suffered many sufferings and pains, he never lost the joy of life and simple faith in the Creator of the world, and he constantly strengthened all those he knew and aroused them to strengthen themselves in spirituality," said those who knew him.

Kikar Hashabat got a hold of an exclusive emotional, tear-jerking letter that the young, 11-year-old daughter of the departed wrote to her friends at school:
To the dear girls in my class!

I am sitting here in the Shiva and writing you a letter.

First of all, thanks! I was very happy to receive your letters. They were worded just beautifully and very consoling. Secondly, thank you to Teacher who related to you about my righteous father.

And definitely, you are asking how I am, if I took it hard or easy, or you are thinking, "Poor girl" about me. I will answer you in this letter: I had the best father in the world. Why? Because for my father, it is good for him up there.

We learned about so many righteous people in the Torah, Prophets, Pirkei Avot, etc. Now, he is with them, there, happy with them, dancing with them.

A few days ago, I had One Father in Heaven. Now, I have 2 fathers in Heaven. This is not enough?! This is the most perfect thing in the world!!!!!!

You remember that the teacher made us a game with shoes, which we take off, and we need to say the sentences of the friend, such as "I or her". The same is with me and Abba.

I am found in the heart of Abba. It is good for him, so it is good for me.

And Abba revealed himself to me in a dream and told me, "Sori, I know when Mashiah will come. I will not tell you the date so that you won't start to count the days - to subtract, to add, to divide, or to multiply - but it is really close."

I request of you that you strengthen yourselves in "Ani Ma'amin" and say every morning all the paragraphs of Ani Ma'amin, of course, with the teacher's permission.

Loving and cherishing,

Sori Filmer

Your friend from class

Monday, January 27, 2014

What Is the Message of the Doves and Pigs in Rome?

As I linked to in the previous post, the Mashiah Is Coming blog asks what the heavenly message is with the Pope's doves being attacked by other birds after children next to the Pope released them.

My answer is that I really don't know.

However, if I were to venture a guess, I'd say that unlike the common thinking that doves represent "peace", I believe that the doves represent the Jewish people (as per Berachot 53b and Shabbat 49a, 130a).  The Vatican has been making strides in the past few decades to put on a facade of loving the Jewish people and being as friendly as possible to us.  In fact, the Pope just had a Kosher lunch at the Vatican hotel and relations couldn't be better.  This is represented by the freeing of the doves, which, even if unintended, shows the Church's superficial display of Jewish autonomy from our Xtian cousins.

Come along a seagull and a crow and show the Vatican's true intentions for all to see.  The white seagull attacking one of the doves perhaps represents the tendency of some Xtians to "love us to death". Intermarriage in the U.S. is now at 58% ל"ע.  On the other hand, the black crow represents the traditional anti-Semitism we have endured from Xtians throughout the ages, as the article explains: "But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove."  The Pope tried to display a message of peace and understanding, but his ruse was uncovered, and quickly.  Just as Par'oh was unwilling to let the women and children - and later the animals - leave Egypt, the leader of Edom - despite his facade - is not willing to part with his control over the Jews.

The other incident that just occurred in Rome was the anti-Semitic act of sending pigs' heads to Rome's Great Synagogue, the Israeli Embassy, and a museum holding a Holocaust exhibition.  Of course, the fourth beast in Daniel's vision was that of a pig, representing Edom, which is Rome.  It is the pig that attempts to show the world how holy it is by spreading out its split hooves, telling the world, "Look at me!  I'm Kosher!"  At the same time, we know that the second of the two signs of a Kosher domesticated animal - that of chewing its cud - is absent from the pig.  Its inside makes it as non-Kosher as a bird-of-prey while it continues to show its "Kosher" side to the world.  This is what the Vatican has done since Vatican II.

We are warned to protect ourselves from both kinds of Xtians.  As Yaakov Avinu prayed, "הצילני נא מיד אחי מיד עשו - Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau".  Whether Esav comes as a brother or as the wicked Esav, we pray that Hashem saves us from all of these encounters.

And a point that should not be lost on anyone reading this is that all this occurred in Rome, the seed of Xtianity.

The BBC article concludes: "It is not clear what happened to the doves that flew away."  They're badly bruised, no doubt, but they survived, as the Jewish people always do, thanks to our Protector.

So, it seems that the message of the doves and that of the pigs are one and the same.  It is that the mask of Xtianity is slowly being pulled off.  When the mask is one day totally removed, the Pope, along with all Xtians will say, as if at the end of an episode of Scooby Doo, "...And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling Jews!"

As the uncensored Rambam says:
וכשיעמוד המלך המשיח באמת, ויצליח וירום ויינשא--מיד הם כולן חוזרין ויודעים ששקר נחלו אבותיהם, ושנביאיהם ואבותיהם הטעום
And when the real King Mashiah will arise, and he will be successful and will be lifted and raised up, immediately, they all [Xtians and Muslims] will retract and know that their ancestors inherited falsehood, and that their prophets and ancestors fooled them.
And when that happens, the tables will be turned:

The dove will overpower the sparrow-hawk, as in King Solomon's throne, and the pig, which represents the Kelipa of Edom, will be permissible to be eaten, thereby leading to the destruction of its Kelipa.

At that time, we will merit to see the verse fulfilled:

וְעָלוּ מוֹשִׁעִים בְּהַר צִיּוֹן, לִשְׁפֹּט אֶת-הַר עֵשָׂו; וְהָיְתָה לַיהוָה, הַמְּלוּכָה.
And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

May it happen speedily in our days.

Interesting Recent Links - Teruma 5774

Women Wearing Tefillin





More About the Tragedies

Weird Things Happening in Rome



Netanyahu

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rav Fish Quoting the Gr"a on Long Leap Years

A Hebrew calendar year can have 353, 354, or 355 days in a non-leap year, and 383, 384, or 385 days in a leap year.

Rav Fish quotes the Gr"a's commentary on Tikkunei Zohar (Word doc, p. 21), where he says that a year of 385 days is considered complete according to both the lunar and solar calendars. This is derived from the verse כִּי-בְשִׂמְחָה תֵצֵאוּ, וּבְשָׁלוֹם תּוּבָלוּן [For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace], which is a verse that deals with the Final Redemption.  The word שמחה [joy] has the gematria of 353 - corresponding to the number of days in the shortest lunar year.  Add the ב making בשמחה, and you get a full non-leap year of 355 days.  However, without adding 30 days - as we do in leap years - it will not be complete in the solar year.  When we add כי making כי בשמחה, then we have a full year of 385 days, which is complete according to both lunar and solar calendars.  And 385 is the gematria of שכינה, which should become full.

Rav Fish notes that we see from the words of the Gr"a that a 385-day year is auspicious for Redemption.  And if you notice from the chart below, four leap-years in a row have 385 days - something that hasn't happened in recent history: 5771, 5774, 5776, and 5779.

(Rav Fish's statement that there are only three 385-day leap-years in a row and there are no more 385-day years after 5776 until the end of the millennium is apparently in error.  Perhaps, he meant no more 4 consecutive 385-day leap-years until the end of the millennium, which I haven't verified, but believe to be very possible.)

Furthermore, Rav Fish brings down another source in Tikkunei Zohar that 385 is a Sod of Redemption and yet another source in Tikkunei Zohar that a leap year hints to the unification of Redemption.

Especially due to the prevalence of 385-day years during this decade, may this year be the year where we see our Final Redemption, Amen.

Year Leap? Length
5787 Yes 385
5786 No 354
5785 No 355
5784 Yes 383
5783 No 355
5782 Yes 384
5781 No 353
5780 No 355
5779 Yes 385
5778 No 354
5777 No 353
5776 Yes 385
5775 No 354
5774 Yes 385
5773 No 353
5772 No 354
5771 Yes 385
5770 No 355
5769 No 354
5768 Yes 383
5767 No 355
5766 No 354
5765 Yes 383
5764 No 355
5763 Yes 385
5762 No 354
5761 No 353
5760 Yes 385
5759 No 355
5758 No 354
5757 Yes 383
5756 No 355
5755 Yes 384
5754 No 355
5753 No 353
5752 Yes 385
5751 No 354
5750 No 355
5749 Yes 383
5748 No 354
5747 No 355
5746 Yes 383
5745 No 354
5744 Yes 385
5743 No 355
5742 No 354
5741 Yes 383
5740 No 355
5739 No 355
5738 Yes 384
5737 No 353
5736 Yes 385
5735 No 354
5734 No 355
5733 Yes 383
5732 No 355
5731 No 354
5730 Yes 383
5729 No 355
5728 No 354
5727 Yes 385
5726 No 353
5725 Yes 385
5724 No 354
5723 No 355
5722 Yes 383
5721 No 354
5720 No 355
5719 Yes 383
5718 No 354
5717 Yes 385
5716 No 355
5715 No 354
5714 Yes 383
5713 No 355
5712 No 355
5711 Yes 384
5710 No 353
5709 No 355
5708 Yes 385
5707 No 354
5706 Yes 383
5705 No 355
5704 No 354
5703 Yes 383
5702 No 355
5701 No 354
5700 Yes 385
5699 No 353
5698 Yes 385
5697 No 354
5696 No 355
5695 Yes 383
5694 No 354
5693 No 355
5692 Yes 385
5691 No 354
5690 No 353
5689 Yes 385
5688 No 354
5687 Yes 383
5686 No 355
5685 No 355
5684 Yes 384
5683 No 353
5682 No 355
5681 Yes 385
5680 No 354
5679 Yes 383
5678 No 355
5677 No 354
5676 Yes 385
5675 No 353
5674 No 354
5673 Yes 385
5672 No 355
5671 No 354
5670 Yes 383

Friday, January 24, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mishpatim 5774 IV

Rav Yaakov Galinsky ZT"L

Baruch Dayan Emmes: Hagon HaRav Yaakov Galinsky ZATZAL; Famed Magid From Bnei Brak




Anti-Religious Former Education Minister Shulamit Aloni Passes Away

(According to the article above, apparently, Rav Ovadia ZT"L said to make a party on the day of her death.  See also the link below.)




Tragedies

Tefilos Requested for the Gross Children of Yerushalayim

The Levaya of Yael and Avigail Gross Z”L
Levaya for the Gross Children OB”M of Givat Mordechai


Another Day, Another Tragedy

Rishon L’Tzion Child Died of Choking on a Foreign Object

Pesticide In Gross Family Tragedy Intended for Agriculture, Not Homes


News of the Gross Family Hits The Mir Hard

Jerusalem Exterminator Released to House Arrest

Gross Children Were Transported to Schneider Children’s Hospital Connected to ECMO Units

Hospital Deputy Director Signals There is Hope For The Gross Children


Tragedies - What's the Message and What Should We Do?

Miscellaneous

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mishpatim 5774 III

אמר רבי יוחנן אם ראית דור שצרות באות עליו כנהר חכה לו


Miscellaneous


The Word of a Parrot (incredible story - p.2)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Polar Vortex Again?

Source: Weather.com

Whether this is really a Polar Vortex or not, it's getting pretty cold again.  Maybe not as cold as 2 weeks ago, but still very cold.  And the crazy amounts of snow just adds to it.  Since people are calling it a Polar Vortex, here's a gematria that I noticed.  I'm not putting much stock into it - just take it any way you want to:

פּוֹלָאר וווֹרטֶעקס = תשע"ד

(I know the double-vav in Yiddish is usually meant to be a W sound.  Vatever.)


Interesting Recent Links - Mishpatim 5774 II

Baba Elazar's Murderer's Sentence

Murderer of Prominent Israeli Rabbi Gets Life Sentence

Miscellaneous

Avi Weiss and The End Of The Chief Rabbinate  (I don't agree with everything here, but it is interesting)




Channel 10 Reporter: Bennett Wants to Eliminate the Rishon L’Tzion


Video of Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT"L's Rebbetzin A"H Testifying in Court Case (h/t Hezbos)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mishpatim 5774

Tel Aviv Tractor Tragedy




Gilo Gas Tank Tragedy
בני הזוג אברהם וגלית טופאן ובנם הקטן - "ר' אברהם היה בעל חיוך תמידי"
Avraham and Galit Topan and child A"H  (Source: Kikar)


calling for gas tank reform


2 Differing Views on the Waqf Deciding Modesty on Har Habayit

Woman evicted from Har Habayit for being dressed immodestly (video)

A Question of Modesty


Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L and Family

(A radio host said Rav Ovadia ZT"L came to him in a dream, crying that no one is doing anything for his son Rav Yaakov Yosef ZT"L.)

Rav Yosef Tells Story Of Chacham Ovadia and The Emergency Landing

Rabbi David Yosef on Ariel Sharon

Rav Dovid Yosef: Netanyahu is Like Pharaoh the Rosha’


Rav Amar Shlit"a


Rav Amar on Psak Halacha of Chief Rabbis

(Chicago was fortunate to have Rav Amar Shlit"a with us for 3 weeks this winter, despite the freezing cold.)


Miscellaneous

May The Rain (Precipitation) be a Blessing Not a Curse

Lapid: Bennett is No Longer a Brother – Demoted to Cousin

Apology Aside, Kerry and the US Don’t Get It

The United States of Sodom

Shabbat Shalom : Yitro. (nice little poem)

IDF Receives Delivery of Plates Wrapped in Chumashim Pages

Segula Alert: 1000 Shofaros Tikun Being Blown Today At The Tziyun of Yonatan ben Uziel

Picture of the Day (bring Pollard home)



A Dual Legacy (especially, see the last 5 paragraphs)

Vehicle Used In Slaying of Menachem Stark Has Been Found

Ariel Sharon’s Forgotten Legacy: Jews Marching To The White House




Thursday, January 16, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Yitro 5774

From Rav Fish's latest:

  • Rav Kaduri ZT"L about Sharon
    • During the years 5764, 5765, and 5766, when the righteous sustained so much discontent from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - after he established a government with Tommy Lapid to oppress the Haredim, and together with this, expelled the inhabitants of Gush Katif, etc. - the Gaon Mekubal Rav Yitzhak Kaduri ZT"L said in his Shiur that Sharon is the last prime minister before Mashiah and after Sharon will be the Mashiah. [YY - see also here.]  Also, during that period, Rav Kaduri's Havruta, the Gaon Mekubal Rav Shemuel Darzi ZT"L tried to perform the breaking of the neck of a Petter Hamor in order to cause the downfall of the Sharon government.  However, when people came to take pictures, he cried out to the donkey, "Rasha, they don't let me break your neck!"  And immediately after this incident, Rav Darzi ZT"L passed away.  And a few days after Rav Darzi ZT"L passed away, Sharon suffered a stroke, from which he had not recovered until he passed away.  And also Rav Kaduri ZT"L passed away that same month, a few weeks after Sharon suffered his stroke, as we'll see.  (Rav Darzi ZT"L passed away on Shabbat, the 23rd of Kislev, 5766.  Sharon suffered his stroke on the 4th of Tevet [YY - should be the 5th of Tevet, as I wrote here], 5766.  Rav Kaduri ZT"L passed away on the 29th of Tevet, 5766.)  
    • We see that Rav Kaduri ZT"L understood that Sharon was the Kelipa that enclothes Redemption, and when that shell is peeled off, we will merit the fruit that is inside it.  
      • And really, we see the connection between the Kelipa and the fruit.  The name "Ariel", which is a name for the Beit Hamikdash, appears 4 times in connection with exile and Destruction in the verses (Yeshaya 29:1-2) הוֹי אֲרִיאֵל אֲרִיאֵל, קִרְיַת חָנָה דָוִד; סְפוּ שָׁנָה עַל-שָׁנָה, חַגִּים יִנְקֹפוּ. וַהֲצִיקוֹתִי, לַאֲרִיאֵל; וְהָיְתָה תַאֲנִיָּה וַאֲנִיָּה, וְהָיְתָה לִּי כַּאֲרִיאֵל  [Ah, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David encamped! Add ye year to year, let the feasts come round! Then will I distress Ariel, and there shall be mourning and moaning; and she shall be unto Me as a hearth of God.]  And it is also written (Divrei Hayamim Alef 11:22)  הוּא הִכָּה, אֵת שְׁנֵי אֲרִיאֵל מוֹאָב [he smote the two altar-hearths of Moab].  We see the connection between אריאל [Ariel] and Mo'av, which is the Kelipa that enclothes Mashiah Ben David, who comes from Mo'av.  Also, Sharon had a house in the Old City of Yerushalayim, which has the aspect of "Ariel, Ariel, the city where David encamped!"
    • Even though people simply understood the words of Rav Kaduri ZT"L to mean that the "Prime Minister" that will come after Sharon will be the Mashiah, it's possible that he was hinting that after Sharon will die will be the Mashiah.  And really, we saw a wondrous thing that in Tevet, 5766 when Sharon fell to his final sickness, Rav Kaduri ZT"L passed away.
    • And Sharon was in a coma for 8 years and 40 days.  
      • And the number 40 also symbolizes Bina - the eighth [Sefira when counting up].  
      • This is as it is written (Iyov 3:13): יָשַׁנְתִּי, אָז.  The word "אז" is the gematria of 8.
      • Also, the sickness is called an ארוע מוחי (brain incident).  The word מח symbolizes the eighth.
    • The connection between "Sharon" and Shabbat "Shira", when he passed away - and to the eighth - is amazing.
      • We explained that the eighth is the Sod of Redemption, which comes from Ima Ila'a [YY - Bina] and also the Shira was said about the Future Redemption.
      • We find in the Zohar (Bereishit 29a) on the verse "חֲבַצֶּלֶת הַשָּׁרוֹן" that the name "Sharon" symbolizes the eighth Yovel.  Also, "Shirah" is in the eighth Sod, as is brought down in Tikkunei Zohar 28b, where it connects the verse אז ישיר to 8 as אז has the gematria of 8.
      • And אריאל שרון plus the words = 800.
      • And his wife's name - לילי - has the gematria of 80.
      • And his first wife's name - מרגלית - also symbolizes the eighth, as is known in the Ariza"l having to do with the מרגלאן, which comes from Binah.
      • Also, Mispar Katan of אריאל is 8.
      • Also, Mispar Katan of שרון is 8x2.
      • And his army unit is "Unit 101".  101 symbolizes the eighth since 100 = Malchut = 10x10.  And 1 symbolizes the eighth as we explained in "the essays about the eighth" that אחת [with the Kollel] is the same gematria as שמיני.
        • And this is the greatness of one who learns 101 times, where he connects with the eighth, which represents the supernatural.
      • Also, in the past, when elections would be close to Shabbat Shira, Maran Hagaon Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L said that שירה is Rashei Teivot for שרון יהיה ראש הממשלה (Sharon will be the prime minister).
        • And those who expound on verses said at the time that אריק יבחר (Arik [Sharon] would be elected) is hinted to from the verse אָרִיק חַרְבִּי.
      • Also, the letters of שרון are close to the letters of שירה.
      • And the birthplace of Sharon was in Kfar Malal, which hints to the influence of the eighth - Ima, which is in the Sod of חיות אש ממללות.
        • And it also hints to Berit Milah, which happens on the 8th day.
          • And Sharon died at age 85, the gematria of מילה.
          • כפר מלל has the gematria of אליהו הנביא זכור לטוב.
          • Also, Ariel Sharon's birthday is on Purim, which has a connection to Berit Milah, as the gemara (Megilla 16b) says: "Sasson" refers to Milah.
      • Also, שמיני (eighth) symbolizes שומן (fats) and שמן (oil) as is known in books of Hassidut.
        • And there is a hint to this in a verse in Shirat Ha'azinu (Devarim 32:15) וַיִּשְׁמַן יְשֻׁרוּן וַיִּבְעָט  [But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked].
        • And besides the fact that Sharon was on the heavier side, he was also known as a jokester, and the Kelipa of Leitzanut (mocking humor) enclothes the root of Tzehok (holy humor) of King David, as was brought down in the essay "Tzion and Yerushalayim".
        • And on the other hand, להבדיל אלף אלפי הבדלות, Maran Hamekubal Rav Yitzhak (יצחק) Kaduri ZT"L, who was the antithesis of Sharon, was from the root of King David from the Tzehok of holiness.
          • As it was known, Rav Kaduri was constantly in a state of happiness.
          • Also, כדורי (Kaduri) symbolizes the aspect of game and play in the Torah, as is brought down in the Yerushalmi (Sanhedrin 50a): "[on the verse]  דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים כַּדָּרְבֹנוֹת ... like a ball among the girls."
          • Also, the letters of כדורי are דרך י"ו, which is the aspect of Yesod that connects to the eighth.
      • Also, we see that Sharon got involved in the mess in לבנון (Lebanon) and was relieved of his command for many years.
        • לבנון, as is אריאל, is a name for the Beit Hamikdash.
        • לבנון symbolizes the eighth, as is brought down in the Matok Midevash on the Zohar (Hayei Sarah 132a) that לבנון is Notrikon for ל"ב (the 32) pathways of חכמה and נו"ן gates of בינה - to hint that לבנון symbolizes the Sefirot of Hochma and Binah, which symbolize the eighth.
        • Also, his being involved was claimed to be the cause of the war between the Xtians and Muslims in Lebanon.  This is a hint to the Gog Umagog War which will be a war between Xtians and Muslims.  All this shows that indeed, we're talking about the Kelipa that enclothes the Beit Hamikdash, Redemption, and the Gog Umagog War.
        • Also, "א' שרון" is hinted to in the verse (Bemidbar 24:17) אֶרְאֶנּוּ וְלֹא עַתָּה, אֲשׁוּרֶנּוּ וְלֹא קָרוֹב [I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh] that talks about the Keitz of Redemption.
        • Also, אריאל שרון backwards is נור שלא ירא [fire that did not fear].
          • As is known, he feared nothing in the world.
          • And he was the aspect of fire - אש - which is the Rashei Teivot of his name אריאל שרון.
          • Also, the Sofei Teivot of his name has the gematria of 80.
    • It is brought down in the Gr"a (Sukkah 52a) that there is an aspect of MBY of Kelipa where at the time he dies, will begin the revelation of the Meshihim of holiness.
      • This is in the Sod of slaughtering the Yetzer Hara in the future.
        • (This is also the Sod of breaking the neck of the donkey, as is brought down in the Zohar Bo 43a.)
      • And also, it is brought down in the book of the righteous Mekubal Rav Baruch Shapira ZT"L from Ma'aleh Adumim that Sharon as the aspect of ראש אפרים [the head of Ephraim, as in this verse].
        • Rav Eliyahu Buhbut adds that שרון [Sharon] is hinted to in שומרון [Shomron], which was the capital city of the Kingdom of Ephraim after it broke away from the Davidic Kingdom.
          • And it hints to the Kelipa that enclothes the Davidic Kingdom.
        • Also, Ahav, who ruled in Shomron, fought against the sages of Israel.
        • Also, ראש אפרים and ראש שמרון are mentioned in a verse that appears in the continuation of the Haftara of Yitro when Sharon died (since he died on Shabbat of Beshalah in the afternoon when they already started reading Parshat Yitro). The verse is (Yeshaya 7:9) וְרֹאשׁ אֶפְרַיִם שֹׁמְרוֹן, וְרֹאשׁ שֹׁמְרוֹן בֶּן-רְמַלְיָהוּ [And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son] and we explained that this Haftara of משני זנבות האורים העשנים hints to the end of the State of Israel [YY - see also here and here.] 
      • And Tu Bishvat, 5774, that falls in that same week, is connected with trees which symbolizes Yesod.
      • Rav Moshe Levinger adds that during the same time period of Sharon's funeral occurred an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 at the settlement of She'ar Yashuv.  And we explained that this settlement is connected to this prophecy, as was explained regarding the helicopter tragedy in 5756.
        • Also, the number 3.5 is connected to the years 5772-5775, as we said earlier.
      • Also, in the letters אריאל שרון are hinted the letters ארי שור נשר, who symbolize the 3 lines of Kelipa that are included in Yesod.
        • And also, we see that Sharon had all 3 lines [of philosophy]:  Sometimes, he stuck to the left of the Kelipa and destroyed settlements and sometimes, he stuck to the right of the Kelipa and built settlements, etc.
      • Also, his sons: Gilad and Omri are names of the tribe of Yosef (Ahav, the son of Omri, etc.)
    • Also, Sharon was especially famous in the Yom Kippur War having crossed the Suez Canal in the Yam Suf.
      • This is a hint to Keri'at Yam Suf.
      • It is also a hint to Yom Kippur, which has the Sod of the eighth, as is known in the Siddur of the Rashash (whose Yahrtzeit is on 10 Shevat too) that on Yom Hakippurim, we go up to Ima Ila'a [Binah].
      • Also, תעלה (canal) is the gematria of שיר (song).
      • Also, מלחמת יום כיפור (Yom Kippur War) is the gematria of אריאל שרון לילי (Ariel Sharon, Lily) plus the letters.
    • Also, Sharon's home was in חות השקמים (Sycamore Ranch), which shares the same Rashei Teivot as חבצלת השרון.
    • Rav Glazerson adds [as also found here] that Sharon died 10 Shevat, 5774, which was exactly 10 years after 10 Shevat, 5764, which was when he decided to enact the Disengagement from Gush Katif. 
      • Rav Yitzhak Buganim adds that the expulsion of citizens from Gush Katif was completed in 8 days.
      • See 2 Torah code tables from Rav Glazerson at the source.
  • The gemara in Yoma 10a says the war in the future will be between Rome and Persia, but there are differing opinions who will be victorious.  According to the view that Edom will fall in the hands of Persia, the verse used is לָכֵן שִׁמְעוּ עֲצַת-יְהוָה, אֲשֶׁר יָעַץ אֶל-אֱדוֹם, וּמַחְשְׁבוֹתָיו, אֲשֶׁר חָשַׁב אֶל-יֹשְׁבֵי תֵימָן: אִם-לוֹא יִסְחָבוּם צְעִירֵי הַצֹּאן, אִם-לֹא יַשִּׁים עֲלֵיהֶם נְוֵהֶם [Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that He hath taken against Edom; and His purposes, that He hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: surely the least of the flock shall drag them away, surely their habitation shall be appalled at them.]  If you count Hashem's name as 91 (by adding the way it's read and the way it's written together) [and you remove the ו from the word לוא], the gematria of this verse is 5774.