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Monday, June 30, 2014

BD"H - The Legacy of Eyal, Gil-ad, and Naftali

We all have received the heart-wrenching news that Eyal, Gil-ad, and Naftali were murdered, Rahmana Litzlan, by the inhumane Pereh Adam creatures that took them from the hitchhiking spot in Elon Shvut 18 days ago.  Their bodies were found near Halhul, which is north of Hevron.

Here is a roundup of various organizations' responses to this tragedy.  While some have rightfully called for revenge, revenge belongs to G-d - via His army, the IDF, or via other means.  I believe that for the vast majority of us who are not warriors, the response should be what the heavenly message is for us and how we can implement an ongoing Teshuva strategy.

There were unprecedented amounts of Ahdut in Kelal Yisrael in the past 18 days.  All segments of Jewish society - in Israel and throughout the world - came together in solidarity and to beseech Hashem for salvation.  We all knew that we are one people, but sometimes it takes something like this to be reminded.  What a Zechut that these boys had to have caused such a mass Teshuva movement so great that it even caused Yair Lapid to search for his grandfather's Siddur and pray!

The mothers and the fathers of the murdered boys were incredibly strong.  Facing such harrowing circumstances, it's hard to imagine what they were going through - and what they're going through now.  They each showed such Emuna and Bitahon in HKB"H that their hope lifted the nation and the world.  Rachel Frankel's statement that HKB"H doesn't work for us also hit home - especially now.  הצור תמים פעלו.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a said:
They had a very great merit - thousands of Jews strengthened themselves in Mitzvot because of them. ... The prayers did not go to waste. This is a merit to their souls.

Rav Shalom Cohen Shlit"a said:
HKB"H has various ways of sanctifying His name in the world.  In these boys, the verse Bikrovai Ekadesh was fulfilled.  There is no doubt that they have a high place in Heaven.

Rav David Lau said:
The boys who were murdered Al Kiddush Hashem solely because they were Jews - are added to a holy and pure chain of members of our nation who were murdered throughout the painful history of the Jewish nation.

Two weeks ago, Rav Mordechai Malka Shlit"a from Elad told Eyal's parents that he was chosen as a Korban for Kelal Yisrael and that he appears to have a high and special soul.

The amount of Ahdut, prayers, and Teshuva surely made an impression in Heaven, and hopefully enough to have hastened the Final Redemption, which we all desperately await.

May Hashem very quickly #BringBackOurBoys when the Final Redemption and Tehiyat Hameitim occur speedily in our days, Amen.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Balak 5774

Geula-Related


(I don't know why Kikar decided to report on this now.  I discussed it exactly 9 years ago.)

(very interesting stuff - h/t Devash)

Date of the shot that started WWI is Tammuz 4, 5674.  Being that another war is brewing in the Middle East (see links below), is the third world war that the Hafetz Hayim mentioned far away?


Kidnapping

Additional Support for Hamas Comes from Israel’s Knesset (especially good is the the video there)

Ted Cruz Delivers Passionate Speech On Kidnapped Israeli Teens (video)
Video of Interest: Sen.Ted Cruz: #BringBackOurBoys

Uri Yifrach Is Mispallel At Maran Rav Ovadia’s Kever
Photos: Atzeres Tefillah for Kidnapped Boys at Kever of Rav Ovadiah Yosef zt”l

Rav Chaim Kanievsky: I am Davening for the Kidnapped Boys Three Times a Day

Tears of Purity: Girl Begs Hashem to Bring Back Our Boys

Parshas Chukas - Counter-Terrorism (h/t MIC)


Israel Identifies Suspects In Kidnapping Of Three Yeshiva Boys
Miscellaneous



Rav Stern Met with HaGaon HaRav Auerbach



(referring to last Friday)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Hukat 5774 II

Geula-Related

Geula Update from Rav Fish (sorry, no translation this week.  Interesting stuff about the verse chosen by Rav Binyamin Elyashiv's Goral Hagr"a and a couple quotes from Rav Gamliel Rabinowitz Shlit"a).


Pollard




Kidnapping







The Power of the Mothers



Miscellaneous



Separatists Put “Pulsa Denoura” Kabbalistic Curse on Ukrainian Governor (one of the craziest headlines read in quite a while)

(Is advertising with Basar BeHalav getting Hana'a from Basar BeHalav?)



(Rav Bakshi Doron Shlit"a's new Sefer)

10,000s Attend Yahrzeit for Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L

KKK Wizard David Duke Congratulates Presbytarian Church USA on Israel Divestment Vote

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rav Aryeh Finkel Shlit"a Visits Gil-ad's Family and Talks Ahdut and Mashiah

Rav Aryeh Finkel Shlit"a, the 90-year-old Rosh Yeshiva of Mir Brachfeld, who is departing for America, went to Gil'ad Sha'ar's home and talked to his father, Kikar reports.  Here's my translation:
A short while before his historic trip to Lakewood, the Ga'on Rav Aryeh Finkel, the Rosh Yeshiva of Mir Brachfeld, came for a special visit to the Sha'ar family, the parents of the kidnapped Gil-ad.

Already while on his way, the Rosh Yeshiva told those around him that he had nothing to say.   "What can I possibly say in such a place?  This is a terrible tragedy - how can I possibly encourage them?"

When his vehicle reached the home, Gil-ad's father [Ophir Sha'ar] went to the car to greet him and invite him in.  Rav Aryeh Finkel asked him, "You are Gil-ad's father?"  He answered that he was.  The Rosh Yeshiva continued and said, "Gil-ad Michael Ben Bat Galim - I pray 3 times a day and mention that name."

When they sat down, Rav Finkel said that the Ahdut that exists today - Haredim, Dati'yim, and Hilonim together - is something that hasn't occurred in hundreds of years.

"We all need to strengthen ourselves in expecting the Go'el Tzedek," said Rav Finkel.  "The Hafetz Hayim had a special suit that he hung up next to the door so that if Mashiah would come, he would immediately come to him in this special garment.  We need to really believe at every moment that he could come."

When Rav Finkel left the home, he kissed the hand of the father, and the father broke out crying.  Afterwards, the mother approached in tears and requested a Beracha.  The Rosh Yeshiva told her, "We will not ease off until salvation comes."  They accompanied him to his car.

It should be noted that during the visit, the mother approached one of the Rosh Yeshiva's grandchildren and told him with admiration, "The fact that the Haredi community prays - we know.  But that a Haredi Rav would come to this house, we didn't believe.  Thank you very much - you sanctified the Name of Heaven."
For more great Ahdut moments amid this tragedy, see:





Monday, June 23, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Hukat 5774


Reflections from Gush Etzion

Final Preparations in Amuka – Special Tefilla Planned for Captives

Belz Bring Back Our Boys

Half Million Shekel Reward Announced to Bring Captive Youths Home

Mother of Naftali Frenkel: It’s Hard to Eat, Sleep

Huckabee: There Will Be Gehennom to Pay if Hamas Terrorists Touch a Hair on the Kidnapped Boys


הרבי מויז'ניץ להוריו של אייל יפרח: "תפקידכם להתחזק באמונה תמימה"

ילדי מוסקבה התפללו לשלום החטופים

תיעוד: תפילות למען החטופים ביום ההילולא (Yahrtzeit of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L)

אחדות: בחורי ישיבות עודדו וחזקו את חיילי צה"ל • תמונות

צפו: דתיים לאומיים וחרדים בתפילה משותפת למען החטופים

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נפגש עם משפחות החטופים

אב החטוף ל"כיכר השבת": "למען הבנים החטופים, הכניסו את השבת מוקדם"

לזכותם של שלושת החטופים: יאיר לפיד חושף: אחרי שנים - פתחתי סידור והתפללתי
"יאיר לפיד התפלל? אני מאמין לו"

מכתב מצמרר: אמו של אייל יפרח: "הלב קרוע, הלב שבור, אבל אנחנו מאמינים"

חטיפת תלמידי הישיבה: לאחר שבוע של צומות למען הנערים: הרב עדס התמוטט
תיעוד בלעדי מבית החולים: הרב יעקב עדס: החטיפה - בגלל תפילת פרס בוותיקן


Photos: Bnei Brak Youth Daven for the Three Kidnapped Bochurim

Mother Of Kidnapped Boy: I Believe They’ll Return, But If Not, Remain Strong

Mother on CNN: They are boys, bring them back (video)

Plea from the Parents of the Kidnapped Students: Women and Girls Should Light Shabbos Candles

Home of Hamas Leader Believed Behind Abduction Destroyed

Dudu fisher sings to 3 kidnapped boys in NEW YORK. 16/6/14 (video)

Operations Brothers Return – Day Eight

Israeli Police: Enough Evidence To Investigate MK Zoabi For Incitement


Pollard


Miscellaneous
Israel Crushes U.S. in 2 Parent Families

VIDEO: Arrest Made in Terrorist Murder of Baruch Mizrachi HY”D – He Was Released In The Gilad Shalit Prisoner Exchange


Friday, June 20, 2014

Are We at the Beginning Stages of a 1960s-1970s-Style Teshuva Movement?

Lots of nice Teshuva taking place in the Israeli government and beyond!

Arutz Sheva:
Interior Minister Gideon Saar has begun to observe the Sabbath and attend Torah lessons, reports the news website Mako after speaking to sources close to Saar.

According to the report, Minister Saar cannot be said to be “making tshuva” – becoming religiously observant or adopting a religious lifestyle – at this point, but he does observe the Sabbath, at least in the sense that he does not drive on Sabbath and does not answer telephone calls except after the stars come out on motzei Shabbat, marking the end of the sacred day.

He has also begun to attend Torah lessons “occasionally.”

Sources close to the minister and his wife, star news presenter Geula Even, said that the change in the couple's life took place on the day in which they held the brit ceremony for their first son, David. The event, in which Saar served as sandak (“godfather”) appears to have brought about a dramatic spiritual change in Saar that led him to change his lifestyle.

Arutz Sheva:
Journalist Emily Amrousi wrote in Yisrael Hayom on Friday details of Finance Minister Yair Lapid's visit to the home of kidnapped Gilad Sha'ar (16) in Talmon, revealing the impact the abduction appears to be having on Israeli society.

Bat-Galim, Gilad's mother, told Lapid on Friday about the groom who arrived at their home on the morning of his wedding as a sign of support to strengthen them, and about the prayers being held worldwide for the safe return of their son and the IDF soldiers searching for him, Naftali Frenkel (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19).

"I too won't be able to look in the mirror knowing that I didn't do the maximum" to free the teens, Lapid told Gilad's mother.

"I haven't prayed for six years. Since the bar mitzvah of my son I haven't been in a synagogue. When the story of your sons broke, I looked through the entire house searching for my grandfather's siddur (prayerbook). I sat and prayed," acknowledged Lapid.

Hundreds gathered in Talmon on Friday for a prayer rally attended by both Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau and Chief Sepharadic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, along with Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman.

Lapid's prayers come as reports Wednesday revealed Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar (Likud) has begun to observe Shabbat and attend Torah lessons, in an apparent process of “making tshuva” – becoming religiously observant or adopting a religious lifestyle.

Sa'ar's Shabbat observance includes not answering telephone calls except after the stars come out on motzei Shabbat, marking the end of the sacred day.

Outgoing President Shimon Peres met with the parents of the abducted teens on Thursday at his Presidential Residence.

"Three families like this can lift up a nation to heights previously unknown, and I'm not exaggerating. It's been several days that Israel is different, unified, joined, praying, fighting," Peres told them, remarking on the change in Israeli society since the kidnapping.
Add that to the Tehilim gathering in the Knesset and the ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE uptick in Ahdut and we may have the beginning stages of a new Teshuva Movement.  May it be so.

For all those naysayers who say that Teshuva in Israeli society will never happen, I say, "Yair Lapid just picked up a Siddur.  Enough said."  We see that ישועת ה' כהרף עין - Hashem's salvation comes in the blink of an eye.

As we know, Teshuva is a prerequisite for Geula.  Ribbi Yehoshua and Ribbi Eliezer only argue about how we get to that stage of Teshuva, but all agree it's necessary.  Is the kidnapping of the 3 boys equivalent to Haman-like decrees?  I don't know, but I hope the decrees don't get any worse.  May all Jews throughout the world see the importance of Teshuva and may that Teshuva be the catalyst that brings Mashiah Tzidkenu Bimheira Veyameinu, Amen.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Korah 5774 II

Kidnapped Boys

Video Of Interest: #BringBackOurBoys – The Chareidi Version
haredi version of #bringbackourboys (video)

Facebook Page - Shabbos for Our Boys

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein: Shmiras Shabbos Will Help the Captives


Video Of Interest: Rav Amar Speaks with the Parents of Captives from Australia

Watch: Rabbi Lau Leads Prayer for Kidnapped Teens

Video: The Heroic Mothers of the Kidnapped Israeli Teens



Miscellaneous

Interesting Recent Links - Korah 5774

Warning: Large Amount of Links Ahead

Geula-Related

(talks about Eyal's grandfather - Rav Zecharia Carmi - and his statement that due to the Ahdut and Tefillot in the wake of the tragedy, we should merit Redemption - page 4)

Our Boys: The Message in Their Names
Our Boys: The Message in Their Names


Kidnapping General







Video: Bring Back Our Boys (beautiful song)



PHOTO: Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel One Day Before Being Kidnapped By Hamas Terrorists [Photo via @DanielGordis]


tefilla on Har Habayit for the 3 boys (video)

Sign at Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, NJ

Captive Eyal Yifrach was There for Gilad Shalit

The Last Person to Speak with the Boys Prior to the Kidnapping


הרב ישראל מאיר לאו: "לא לחכות כמו אצל שליט"



רב העיר אלעד הרב מרדכי מלכה: "אמרתי למשפחה שבנם הוא קרבן של כלל ישראל" ("they have high-level souls")






הרבי מבעלזא למשפחת יפרח: "תדרשו שידברו עם אבו מאזן"

Goral Hagra and Other Supernatural Ways to See if the Boys Are Alive

(see also what I quoted in the name of Rav Hayim Idels here)

Miscellaneous


A Prediction Fulfilled — Sadly

A (for now) Final Post About Jewish Authority

Antwerp: Arabs Attack a School Bus with Stones

Tragedy Strikes Betar Illit; Child Niftar Hours After Celebrating His 8th Birthday

VIDEO & PHOTOS: 9/11 Memorial Museum Hosts Misaskim and Rabbonim; Psak Halacha Issued For Kohanim About Visiting Ground Zero

ההכתרה הסודית ל'ראשון לציון' של מרן רבי עובדיה יוסף זצוק"ל

נפטר הבנקאי הברזילאי היהודי מואיז ספרא בגיל 79





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Korah 5774

From some of Rav Fish's latest (he says a lot more - I'm just picking what I liked best from his words):
  • The 3 Kidnapped Yeshiva Boys
    • Rashei Teivot of יעקב נפתלי גלעד מיכאל איל (Yaakov Naftali, Gilad Michael, Eyal)
      • (Devarim 24:7) כִּי-יִמָּצֵא אִישׁ, גֹּנֵב נֶפֶשׁ מֵאֶחָיו מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְהִתְעַמֶּר-בּוֹ, וּמְכָרוֹ--וּמֵת הַגַּנָּב הַהוּא, וּבִעַרְתָּ הָרָע מִקִּרְבֶּךָ [If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, and sell him; then that thief shall die; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.]
      • (Micha 7:15) כִּימֵי צֵאתְךָ, מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם, אַרְאֶנּוּ, נִפְלָאוֹת. יִרְאוּ גוֹיִם וְיֵבֹשׁוּ ['As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things.' The nations shall see and be put to shame]
      • (Tehillim 111:6) כֹּחַ מַעֲשָׂיו, הִגִּיד לְעַמּוֹ-- לָתֵת לָהֶם, נַחֲלַת גּוֹיִם. מַעֲשֵׂי יָדָיו, אֱמֶת וּמִשְׁפָּט [He hath declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are truth and justice]
    • More on their names
      • אייל יפרח (Eyal Yifrah) is the same gematria as שליט [Shalit].
      • גיל עד can be understood as שמחת עולם (eternal joy) as in the verse: וּפְדוּיֵי יְהוָה יְשׁוּבוּן, וּבָאוּ צִיּוֹן בְּרִנָּה, וְשִׂמְחַת עוֹלָם, עַל-רֹאשָׁם; שָׂשׂוֹן וְשִׂמְחָה יַשִּׂיגוּן, נָסוּ יָגוֹן וַאֲנָחָה [And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.]
      • אייל means power and quick salvation, in the aspect of אֱיָלוּתִי, לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה [O Thou my strength, hasten to help me]
      • יעקב hints to "Torah" and נפתלי  hints to "a mission" as in נפתלי אילה שלוחה, hinting that the main mission of public figures in Israel is to strengthen Torah in Israel.
      • R' M. Levi said that the Sofei Teivot of the last names שאער יפרח פרנקל spells רחל (Rahel) who cries for her children until Hashem promises her ושבו בנים לגבולם [and thy children shall return to their own border]. Amen, may it be His will.
    • Rashei Teivot of their first names: גלעד יעקב אייל
      • Stands for גור אריה יהודה 
      • Also, the word גיא appears numerous times (in Zecharia and Yehezkel) in reference to Gog Umagog.
      • Also, there was an Abomination Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on the day of the kidnapping, where the paraders call themselves "Gay", causing a huge public Hillul Hashem.
    • Date of the Kidnapping - 15th of Sivan
      • Daf Yomi started Ta'anit on that day, which deals with repentance for decrees against the public.
      • ט"ו סיון is the gematria of הקהל, hinting that our goal should be to unite Am Yisrael to prayer and repentance.
      • ט"ו סיון תשע"ד is the gematria of רבי שמעון בר יוחאי since the troubles that come in Ikveta Dimshiha come due to weakening in learning of his Torah.
      • The 15th of Sivan is a sad day in Chabad Hasidut since that is the day that in 5687, the Frierdike Rebbe was arrested and sent to prison by the KGB.
      • The 15th of Sivan, 5742 was when the First Lebanon War broke out.  The next day, on the 16th of Sivan, Zecharia Baumel, Yehuda Katz, and Tzvi Feldman were captured.
        • The gematria of יעקב נפתלי פרנקל איל יפרח גלעד מיכאל שאר [which equals 2260] is the same as זכריה באומל יהודה כץ וצבי פלדמן (using 900 for the ץ and 700 for the ן + the letters and Kollel)
        • This is also the gematria of נחשון מרדכי וקסמן [Nachshon Waxman HY"D] (using 700 for the 2 ןs + the letters and Kollel)
      • Yehuda, the son of Yaakov, was born on the 15th of Sivan, as is brought down in Midrash.  He is the root of the Davidic Dynasty.
      • R' Yaakov Sivilia adds: The 15th of Sivan, 5774 completes the year since the passing of Rav Uzi Meshulam, who fought for revealing the truth about the kidnapping of the Yemenite children.
  • Cave in the Courtyard of Kever David is opened
    • Before Shavuot 5774, a cave in the courtyard of Kever David was opened - exactly in the spot where Rav Asher Freund ZT"L used to pray, and he pointed to the place that there is the entrance to the graves of the kings of the House of David.
      • Rav Avraham Weisfish explains that the idea is hinted to in the Zohar (Balak 212b) which talks about a cave opening from where will emerge a bird (or branch) which will rule the world - and holy ones will gather to him - right before Mashiah is revealed.
  • Zohar Hadash (Balak 55d) talks about 274 years after the sixth millennium (which can be understood as the morning of the sixth millennium, which would mean 5774 [YY - although it could also mean 5775]).  Rav Fish says that the Zohar implies this starts Shavuot of this year.  The Zohar says to add 70 days and another 32 days and then another 12 months of wars.  
    • R' A. H. adds that the date of 70+32 days after Shavuot falls out on the 17th of Elul, which is when WWII broke out.
  • Reuven Rivlin Wins Israel's Presidency
    • This could be connected to the idea that Bnei Reuven will fight wars before Mashiah comes.
      • Also, the name ראובן ריבלין [Reuven Rivlin] hints that ראובן ריב לנו [Reuven fights for us].
    • Reuven is taking over for Shimon so the Presidency is moving from the left to the right
      • This is the Sod of Ketz Hayamin
      • "Reuven" has the aspect of ראיה [sight, as how he was named] and Shimon has the aspect of שמיעה [hearing, as how he was named].
        • And we find in Tikkunei Zohar (p. 122a) that sight is on the right and hearing is on the left.
      • And the Ba'al Haturim says on the verse אֶפְרַיִם, וּמְנַשֶּׁה--כִּרְאוּבֵן וְשִׁמְעוֹן, יִהְיוּ-לִי [Ephraim and Manasseh, even as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine] that אפרים מנשה is the same gematria as ראובן שמעון.  We see the connection between Reuven and Shimon and Menashe and Ephraim, who symbolize the era of MBY.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kidnapped Victims Shown to Moshe Rabbeinu/Yaakov Avinu?

Last chapter of Devarim:

וַיַּעַל מֹשֶׁה מֵעַרְבֹת מוֹאָב, אֶל-הַר נְבוֹ, רֹאשׁ הַפִּסְגָּה, אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי יְרֵחוֹ; וַיַּרְאֵהוּ יְהוָה אֶת-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ אֶת-הַגִּלְעָד, עַד-דָּן.
וְאֵת, כָּל-נַפְתָּלִי, וְאֶת-אֶרֶץ אֶפְרַיִם, וּמְנַשֶּׁה; וְאֵת כָּל-אֶרֶץ יְהוּדָה, עַד הַיָּם הָאַחֲרוֹן.

When Moshe Rabbeinu went up to Har Nevo, perhaps we can say that Hashem showed Moshe:

1) Gil-ad
2) Eyal (אייל plus the letters = דן plus the Kollel)
3) Naftali

...along with everything that occurs until the end of days (ים האחרון is read as יום האחרון), as Rashi  explains there (and elaborated upon by Targum Yonatan).  Perhaps, the "עד" is reference to 5774 תשע"ד.

(Also, perhaps, the reference to Ephraim, Menashe, and Yehuda in that verse is a reference to MBY, the Mashiah from Menashe, and MBD.  If so, this would mean that the entire verse refers to things occurring at the very end of time before the Geula.)

For a perhaps clearer reference to Eyal, we see him compared to Naftali in the blessings given by Yaakov Avinu to the tribes, which are End of Days prophecies (Bereishit 49:21):

נַפְתָּלִי, אַיָּלָה שְׁלֻחָה--הַנֹּתֵן, אִמְרֵי-שָׁפֶר
which could mean that Naftali and Eyal were שלחה - sent away.

Also, in Melachim Bet 15:29, we find Gil-ad and Naftali sent to exile:

בִּימֵי פֶּקַח מֶלֶךְ-יִשְׂרָאֵל, בָּא תִּגְלַת פִּלְאֶסֶר מֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר, וַיִּקַּח אֶת-עִיּוֹן וְאֶת-אָבֵל בֵּית-מַעֲכָה וְאֶת-יָנוֹחַ וְאֶת-קֶדֶשׁ וְאֶת-חָצוֹר וְאֶת-הַגִּלְעָד וְאֶת-הַגָּלִילָה, כֹּל אֶרֶץ נַפְתָּלִי; וַיַּגְלֵם, אַשּׁוּרָה.

And the spelling of the name גיל-עד seems to hint to the year of תשע"ד. Perhaps, his name is hinting to us that something known worldwide will occur to him "When the century is Age 74 years".

May we very soon see אליהו הגלעדי to herald in the Mashiah who will help bring these boys back to us, but if we are not worthy for that, may we at least be worthy that these boys quickly return to their homes safely regardless, Amen.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Prayers for the Boys

UPDATED (see below)

Prayer Gatherings

There have been numerous prayer gatherings throughout the world where attendees prayed for the kidnapped boys.  There was a very large gathering in Chicago last night that I attended.  Here are some of the others that are occurring or have already occurred:

Today:

Manchester UK At The Machzikei Haddas Shul

TONIGHT: Urgent Kinus Tehillim In Flatbush For Kidnapped Yeshiva Boys

FOR TODAY: Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America Issue Call To Tefilla On Monday
Kol Koreh from the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel of America

Already Occurred:

Rav Amar In Australia


in Belz

PHOTOS: Hakofos, Tefilos and Shofaros in Amuka

Video Of Interest: Chief Rabbi Lau, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the IDF Chief Rabbi Davening At Yeshiva Makor Chaim Yeshiva


Video: Atzeres Tefillah at the Kosel for the Missing Teens (Sunday evening)
Photos: Atzeres Tefillah at the Kosel for the Missing Teens (Sunday evening)

Prayer for the Safety of the Abducted (video)

In Hevron

In Ramat Beit Shemesh

Video Recap: Motzei Shabbos Teffilos for Kidnapped Teens




Prayers Composed

Rav Amar:

Recite Tehillim 121 and 124.  Then say:
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְפָנֶיךָ ה' אֶ-לֹ-הֵינוּ וְאֱ-לֹ-הֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶיַּעֲלוּ לְרָצוֹן מִזְמוֹרֵי תְּהִלִּים אֶלוּ שֶקָרָאנוּ הָיוֹם, כְּאִילוּ אֲמָרָם דָוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ עַבְדְךָ מְשִיחֶךָ ע"ה. וַעֲשֶֹה לְמַעַן שְמוֹתֶיךָ הַקְּדוֹשִים הַכְּתוּבִים בָּהֶם, וְהָרְמוּזִים וּמְצוֹרָפִים בָּהֶם,

וּתְקַבֵּל בְּרַחֲמִים וּבְרָצוֹן אֶת תְּפִילָתֵנוּ וּבַקָּשָתֵינוּ, וְתָבֹא לְפָנֶיךָ תְּחִינָתֵנוּ, וְתָחוֹס וְתַחְמוֹל וּתְרַחֵם עַל יַעַקֹב נַפְתָלי בֶּן רָחֵל, וגִיל-עַד מִיכָאֵל בֶּן בַּת גַלִים ואֶיָיל בֶּן אִירִיס תְשׁוּרָה בְּכָל מָקוֹם שֶׁהֵם נִמְצָאִים וּתְשִׁיבֵם לחֵיק עַמָם וּמוֹלדְתָם וּמִשׁפַּחְתָם, וְלֹא יִשָׁמַע עוֹד שׁוֹד וָשֶׁבֶר בְּאַרְצֵנוּ, וְתָפֵר עַצַת אוֹיְבֵינוּ וְשׂוֹנְאֵינוּ תִזָרֵם וְרוּחַ תִשָׂאֵם, וּסְעָרָה תָפִיץ אוֹתָם, וְלֹא תַעַשֶׂנָה יְדֵיהֶם תוּשִׁיָה. תִּפֹּל עֲלֵיהֶם אֵימָתָה וָפַחַד בִּגְדֹל זְרוֹעֲךָ יִדְּמוּ כָּאָבֶן.

וְקַיֵים בָּנו מִקְרָא שֶׁכָּתוּב: כָּל כְּלִי יוּצַר עָלַיִךְ לֹא יִצְלָח וְכָל לָשׁוֹן תָּקוּם אִתָּךְ לַמִּשְׁפָּט תַּרְשִׁיעִי זֹאת נַחֲלַת עַבְדֵי יְהוָה וְצִדְקָתָם מֵאִתִּי נְאֻם יְהוָה. יְהוָה יֵחַתּוּ מְרִיבָו, עָלָו בַּשָּׁמַיִם יַרְעֵם--יְהוָה, יָדִין אַפְסֵי-אָרֶץ; וְיִתֶּן-עֹז לְמַלְכּוֹ, וְיָרֵם קֶרֶן מְשִׁיחוֹ.

מוֹצִיא אָסִירִים בַּכּוֹשָרוֹת, יַצִּילֵם מִשִּבְיַם, וְיוֹצִיאֵם מֵעַבְדוּת לְחֵירוּת, וּמִשִיעֲבּוּד לִגְאוּלָה, וּמֵאֲפֵילָה לְאוֹרָה, וְיִרְפָּאֵם רְפוּאָה שְלֵמָה, רְפוּאַת הַנֶּפֶש וּרְפוּאַת הַגּוּף, וְיְאַמְצֵם וְיְאַזְרֵם בְּשִמְחָה וּבְגִילָה, אַז יִתְחַזְּקוּ וְיִתְרַפְּאוּ וְהַיְתָה לָהֶם שִֹמְחַת עוֹלָם.

וּזְכוּת תְּפִלַּת רַבִּים וְצַעֲקָתַם וְנַאֲקָתַם, הַמַּעֲתִירִים בַּעֲדָם בְּכֹל אֲתָר וְאֲתָר, תַּעֲמוֹד לָהֶם לְמָגֵן וְצִינָה, וְיִקְרַע רוֹעַ גְּזַר דִּינָם, וְיִקַּרְאוּ לְפָנָיו יִתְבָּרָךְ זְכוּיוֹתֵיהֶם וְכֹל אֲשֶר פָּעֲלוּ וְעָשֹוּ לְמַעַן עַמֵּנוּ וְנַחֲלָתֵנוּ. וְיִקְרַע גְּזַר דִּינָם בִּזְכוּת הַשֵּם הַקָּדוֹש הָרָמוּז בְּרָאשֵי תֵּיבוֹת קַבֵּל רִנַּת עָמֶךָ שַֹגְבֵנוּ טַהֲרֵנוּ נוֹרָא.

וִיְקַיֵּים בָּהֶם מִקְרָא שֶכָּתוּב: וּפְדוּיֵי ה' יְשוּבוּן וּבָאוּ צִיּוֹן בְּרִנָּה, וְשִֹמְחַת עוֹלָם עַל רֹאשָם, שָֹשוֹן וְשִֹמְחָה יַשִֹּיגוּ וְנָסוּ יָגוֹן וַאֲנָחָה. בִּמְהֵרָה בְּיָמֵינוּ. אָמֵן.

Tehillim to Say

Chief Rabbis along with other leading rabbis:  83, 130, 142

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America: 13, 20, 22, 35, 43, 44, 69, 77, 83, 90, 102, 107, 121, 130, 142

Rav Steinsaltz Shlit"a (the Rosh Yeshiva of 2 of the boys): "142 and 143 are especially relevant"


Calling for Prayers and Ahdut


Pollard Asks Klal Yisroel to Daven for Missing Teens

Bereaved Father Yehuda Wachsman on the Captive Youths

Eyal's Brother

Eyal's Parents

Naftali's Parents

Gil-ad's Parents

Gil-ad's Grandfather



UPDATE

Shabes.net:
כמו כן, גדולי ישראל מבקשים להתמיד באמירת תפילת "פיטום הקטורת" שהיא סגולה לשמירה והצלה
והרב עדין שטיינזלץ ביקש שיאמרו הפרקים הבאים מתהילים: כ', קכ"ד, קמ"ג
הודעת המקובל הרב חיים אידלס שליט"א: "קטונתי. התפללתי בעניי בזעקה ובבכי וייחוד שמו הגדול, 
וחש בענייי שהם בחושך וצלמוות" והוסיף שיש להתפלל ולהתחנן ובעזר ה' יתברך נראה פלאות"
וכן הרה"ג המקובל עזרא שיינברג שליט"א אמר שהמצב קשה עכשיו וצריך להרבות ברחמי שמים.
My translation:
  • Similarly, Gedolei Yisrael request that we frequent saying the "Pitum Haketoret" prayer, which is a Segula for protection and salvation.  
  • Rav Adin Steinsaltz requests that you say Tehillim chapters: 20, 124, 143.
  • An announcement of the Kabbalist Rav Hayim Idels Shlit"a: "I am not worthy.  I humbly prayed with screams and cries and the unification of His great name, and I humbly felt that they are in the darkness and the shadow of death." [YY - see Tehillim 107:10,14]  He added that one should pray and plead and with the help of Hashem, may He be blessed, we will see wonders.
  • Also, the Kabbalist Ezra Sheinberg Shlit"a said that the situation is grave right now and we need to increase [in pleading for] Heavenly mercy.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

#EyalGiladNaftali




We are praying for:

אייל בן איריס תשורה
גילעד מיכאל בן בת גלים
יעקב נפתלי בן רחל דבורה

The gematria of all 3 names together is 3309.  On gezageza, I found that there are only 3 verses that have the gematria of 3309:


1) Bereishit 4:12
כִּי תַעֲבֹד אֶת-הָאֲדָמָה, לֹא-תֹסֵף תֵּת-כֹּחָהּ לָךְ; נָע וָנָד, תִּהְיֶה בָאָרֶץ

This is the punishment given to Kayin: he will be a wanderer in the land. Just like Kayin was punished, the Jewish nation is being punished in that we are not able to remain settled with our boys in some hidden location. We are also wandering throughout the land to find them. We can therefore translate the verse like this: When you work the land to find the boys, you won't be immediately successful and the land won't give the boys to you right away. You will need to move everywhere and wander in the land to find them.

2) Bereishit 16:1
וְשָׂרַי אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם, לֹא יָלְדָה לוֹ; וְלָהּ שִׁפְחָה מִצְרִית, וּשְׁמָהּ הָגָר

This is the verse that started all the trouble.  It is the descendants of the son of Hagar who gives us so many of our problems nowadays, including this evil kidnapping.  As the Zohar (Va'era 32a) writes: Woe for that time! For because Sarah delayed, [she asked Avraham to take Hagar] and Hagar had a son for Avraham.  Woe to that time indeed.

 וַיֵּלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה, וּמֶלֶךְ אֱדוֹם, וַיָּסֹבּוּ, דֶּרֶךְ שִׁבְעַת יָמִים; וְלֹא-הָיָה מַיִם לַמַּחֲנֶה וְלַבְּהֵמָה, אֲשֶׁר בְּרַגְלֵיהֶם

The State of Israel, the religious Jews and even Johnny-Come-Lately Edom are going out to fight against the Moabites/Palestinians and they realize that they need Hashem's blessing before they run out of spiritual protection.  May our Ahdut at this time stand us in good stead and help deliver the boys out of the hand of the evil Hamas.