Thursday, January 29, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775 IV


Fighting in the North

Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls on Security Council to ‘Unequivocally’ Condemn Hezbollah

Palestinian Terror Groups Praise Hezbollah Attack On Northern Israel
Palestinian Terror Groups Praise Hezbollah Attack on Northern Israel

War Again?

Netanyahu: Iran’s hand was behind the Hizballah attack from Lebanon
Netanyahu: Iran Behind Hezbollah Attack on Northern Israel

Hezbollah Sends Israel Message Saying It’s Not Interested in Escalation of Violence

Israel Mourns Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Attack

Video: Hezbollah Filmed Towing US Abrams Tank Into Battle

A loud explosion around IDF’s Galilee Division at Biranit

Prayer teffilfin found fully intact inside IDF patrol car totally destroyed in yesterdays Hezbollah attack.  (h/t Esser Agaroth)

Auschwitz 70th Year Commemoration

European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Elections Stuff

Bayit Hayehudi

HaRav Boaron Warns Those Who Speak Against HaRav Mazuz

Otzma Yehudit Between a Rock and a Hard Place Regarding Har Habayis

Nuts: Researchers Cure Peanut Allergy

The Watching (I remember this article from a few years ago.  Oldie, but goodie.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775 III


Fighting in the North (2 Soldiers Killed R"L)

תקיפות צה"ל בלבנון, הבוקר - הותר לפרסום: אלו החיילים שנהרגו בתקרית בהר דב
Soldiers who died, HY"D.  Source: Kikar

European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Election Stuff (I'm already dizzy)


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rav Chaim Kanievsky: BE"H, If One Learns Hilchot Shevi'it and Keeps its Laws, Mashiah will Come Motza'ei Shevi'it

Ladaat reports that Rav Kanievsky was presented with a new Sefer on the laws of Shevi'it called "הליכות השביעית" by Rav Menachem Mendel Pomerantz Shlit"a.  When he received the Sefer, he said the Yiddish equivalent of "Baruch Hashem, the public is learning about Shemita."

While holding the Sefer in his hands, he said the following (quoted in Ladaat):
אמרו חז"ל: במוצאי שביעית בן דוד בא. החזון איש אמר שאם לא לומדים הלכות שביעית, אזי לא ניתן להגדיר זאת כ'שביעית'. וממילה ההבטחה של חז"ל תבוא בעזרת ה', אחרי שבשביעית ילמדו את ההלכות וייקמו אותן כדבעי, אזי בעזר ה' במוצאי שביעית יבוא בן דוד ויגאלנו.

My translation:
Haza"l said: On Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes.  The Hazon Ish said that if people do not learn the laws of Shevi'it, then one cannot categorize this as "Shevi'it".  And it follows that the promise of Haza"l will come with Hashem's help when on Shevi'it, people will learn the laws and keep it properly, then on Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David will come and redeem us.

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775 II

Tensions in the North

Concreate Barrier in Position Along N. Road to Block Sniper Fire

South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Chauffeur to Saudi Princesses: I Got the Job Because I Wasn’t Jewish

Obama, Like FDR, Antisemite

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Election Stuff


Surprise, Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Will Perform the Chasenah

Video Of Interest: The Tziyun of Baba Sali on the Yahrzeit

MAILBAG: Sheldon Silver In Trouble With The Law So ‘We Can Turn To Hashem’ (I will make an exception to my normal policy of not reporting on scandals involving Jews for this interesting letter.)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775


Obligatory Jewish Blogger PSA

Don't forget to say Parshat Haman on Tuesday

Rav Shalom Arush's Granddaughter A"H

Tensions in the North and other Threats

European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Auschwitz 70 Year Commemoration

Ambassador Prosor's speech on Preventing Genocide- 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz (video)

Simon Wiesenthal Center Strongly Condemns Anti-Semitic Outburst During City Council Vote on Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Deri/Lapid Back-and-Forth

Election Stuff


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Makat Hoshech in Pakistan

Yahoo News:

Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness

Pakistan was plunged into darkness after a key power transmission line broke down early on Sunday in an incident blamed on a rebel attack, the latest reminder of the country's crippling energy crisis.
The power failure, one of the worst Pakistan has experienced, caused electricity to be cut in major cities throughout the country, including the capital Islamabad.
It was later restored in much of the country, with the national power company saying normal distribution would resume within hours.
Officials said the blackout began after midnight when a transmission line connecting a privately-run power plant to the national grid was damaged.
A senior official at the National Grid station in Islamabad said around 80 percent of the country was hit by power breakdown.
Yeshaya 60:2:

כִּי-הִנֵּה הַחֹשֶׁךְ יְכַסֶּה-אֶרֶץ, וַעֲרָפֶל לְאֻמִּים; וְעָלַיִךְ יִזְרַח יְהוָה, וּכְבוֹדוֹ עָלַיִךְ יֵרָאֶה.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 IV

North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Tensions in the North

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Video Of Interest: How Muslims Respect Har Habayis (על הר ציון ששמם שועלים הלכו בו)

Election Stuff

Ariel Calls for Unity to Avoid Wasting Votes


‘Doomsday Clock’ Ticks Close to Midnight

Thousands attend levaya for Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L in Brooklyn and Lakewood

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2 Arabian Leaders Deposed in a Day

Yemen's president quit, which is not good for the US fight against Al-Qaeda, and is certainly not good for the few remaining Jews living there.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died, leaving the country in the hands of Salman (who, by the way, is suspected of having dementia and Alzheimer's).  Perhaps, a hint that our monarchy will also soon be restored to a descendant of Salmon - son of Nahshon and father of Bo'az.  אכי"ר.

Ramban and Rav Fish on "La'asot"

Bereishit 2:3:
וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל-מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת
And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made.

The famous Ramban on Bereishit 2:3, where he compares each of the six millennia to the six days of creation, states that the basis for this comparison stems from the word לעשות.  He starts off this idea when he says (my translation):
ודע כי נכלל עוד במלת "לַעֲשׂוֹת" כי ששת ימי בראשית הם כל ימות עולם כי קיומו יהיה ששת אלפים שנה ...
And know that also included in the word "La'asot" is that the six days of Creation encompass all the days of the world because its existence will last six thousand years...
The Chavel Ramban quotes the Levush on the Rekanati, who explains this by saying (my translation):
כי מלת לעשות משמע שיעשו ויפעלו עוד כל ימות העולם את פעולתם
For the word "La'asot" implies that all the days of the world will do and perform their duties further.
Rav Fish's latest says that this word לעשות hints to ל-תשע"ו, meaning that the entire Creation was a preparation for the year תשע"ו.  According to the this Ramban, one can say more simply that all the days of the world will continue to perform their duties in the normal way until the תשע"ו year of the sixth millennium.

(Even though the end of that Ramban gives a explicit Ketz of 5118, that's because he wanted it closer to his time and didn't want to delay it too much, but from the word in the Torah that the Ramban uses to convey this idea, 5776 works perfectly.)

Incidentally, Rav Fish quotes R' Yosef Marciano who says that the statement from the Hagaddah:

בָּרוּךְ שׁוֹמֵר הַבְטָחָתוֹ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, בָּרוּךְ הוּא. שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא חִשַּׁב אֶת הַקֵּץ, לַעֲשׂוֹת ...

can also hint that Kivyachol, HKB"H calculated the Ketz to תשע"ו.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 III

Stabbing Attack in Tel Aviv

The Situation in the North

European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Aliya From France

South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Netanyahu Invited to Speak to Congress

Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L

Election Stuff


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 II

Father of Paris Victim Shares His Memories and Pain

Turkish Prime Minister Equates Netanyahu And Paris Terrorists

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Palestinians Burn French Flag On the Har Habayis To Protest New Charlie Hebdo Cover
WATCH: Muslims Set French Flag Ablaze on Har Habayis

ALL CLEAR GIVEN: Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Passengers From Delta Flight At JFK Headed To Israel [UPDATED]
Delta Flight From New York to Tel Aviv Cleared After Bomb Threat

Ambassador Prosor in UNSC: The Situation in the Middle East (video)

Arsonists Torch Car of Palestinian Professor Who Led Auschwitz Trip

Attack on Hizballah

Suspicious Death in Argentina

More Rabbis Recovering from Illness B"H

R' Dovid Winiarz Z"L

Nihum Aveilim in Kfar Chabad

Election Stuff

מבזק כיכר TV: אלי ישי רומז: "הגר"ע יוסף ידע שאקים מפלגה חדשה"

פרסום ראשון: חבר מועצה מטעם ש"ס עזב את דרעי לטובת ישי

שם חדש מסתמן ברשימת אל ישי: משה הגר