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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

28 Answers to The Famous "How Was Approaching Mt. Sinai Dayeinu Without The Torah?" Question

Last Shavuot night, I gave a Shiur where I went through some of the answers to the famous question that many ask on the Haggada:

How could it be that if we were brought close to Har Sinai and not had received the Torah, it would have been enough?  Isn't the Torah the essence of Creation?

I listed 28(!) answers that I found in various Haggadot that I had access to.  I may have found more, but I ran out of time in my research.  Here are my notes from that Shiur:



Click on the bottom right button to view the Excel doc in Full-size.

If you know of any sourced answers to the question that I have not listed, please let me know in the comments.

Interesting Recent Links - Pesah 5775 - Day 3

These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
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כי לה' המלוכה על ידי מערכת כי לה' המלוכה
מסר חדש: העולם בדרך למלחמה
Mashiach is coming by Devorah
A suitable parah adumah?
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Video: Potential Para Aduma "Red Hefer" near Lakewood, New jersey
Yeranen Yaakov by yaak
Korban Pesah Haburot Being Formed on eBay
Yeranen Yaakov by yaak
But Zaydi Made Us Tremble



Iran
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Interim nuclear deal defers obstacles to next round of negotiations
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Gaps on most major nuclear issues hours before deadline
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Former Defense Intelligence Agency Head: Iran Is "Clearly on the March"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Iran's Nuclear Breakout Time: 7 to 8 Months
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Op-Ed: It's Worse Than We Thought
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
Bargain Basement Sale: One Used Country, Cheap
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Report Says Iran May Be Keeping Elements of Nuclear Program in Syria, North Korea
Yeranen Yaakov by yaak
But Zaydi Made Us Tremble
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Iranian Defector: US Working 'On Behalf' of Iran
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Netanyahu: Obama's Iranian Nuclear Deal Worse Than Israel Feared
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Iran: U.S. Drone Killed Our Advisers
Emes Ve-Emunah by Harry Maryles
A Deal at Any Price? Willful Ignorance? Or Both?
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Bolton: To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
PM Netanyahu's Statement on Possible Agreement Between the USA And Iran
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon Says Iran Nuclear Deal a 'Tragedy for the Whole World'
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch Time
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Criticizing Iran Nuclear Deal, Netanyahu Says Israel Will 'Act Against Every Threat'
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies Claim
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Iran Backs Backs Away From Crucial Element in Proposed Nuclear Deal
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
White House Escalating Yearlong Domestic Lobbying Effort for Iran Nuclear Deal



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Human Rights Groups Blast UNHRC for Issuing More Condemnations of Israel Than Any Other Country
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
In Wake of Attacks, Philanthropists Donate 100,000 Euros to Danish Jewish Community Toward Enhanced Security
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
French Rabbi, Asked to Remove Kippa at Toulouse Polling Station, Files Discrimination Complaint
Algemeiner.com by Abigail R. Esman
European Anti-Semitism Isn't Muslim Alone
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
"משפיל": רבה של טולוז נדרש להסיר את הכיפה בכניסה לקלפי



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
דירה במעלה אדומים הוצתה על רקע לאומני?
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Saudi and Egyptian forces blockade Yemeni ports
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Urgent Plea to Secure Har Hazeisim as Kever of Terror Victim Avrohom Wallis Hy"d Badly Desecrated
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Months After Being Murdered by a Terrorist, Victim's Kever Vandalized
Yeranen Yaakov by yaak
But Zaydi Made Us Tremble
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Shin Bet Arrests Israeli Arab for Joining Islamic State
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Aden landings imminent
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
דיווח: ישראל משתתפת בתקיפות האוויריות בתימן
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Israel Seeks 21-Year Prison Sentence for Hamas Rocket Mastermind
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Dozens of Israeli Arabs Beat Yeshiva Student in Northern Israel, Call Him 'Dirty Jew'
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
הותר לפרסום: נעצר ערבי תושב ירושלים שהצטרף לדאעש



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Jewish Democrats Ask White House To Tone Down Criticism Of Netanyahu
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Swastikas Found Scrawled On Brooklyn Apartment Doors
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
הדמוקרטים נגד יחס הנשיא אובמה לישראל
Rabbi Pruzansky's Blog by Rabbi
Cross Eyed
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
ADL Audit Records 21-Percent Increase in Anti-Semitic Incidents in US
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Op-Ed: Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Is Also Anti-Semitism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
ADL Audit Records 21-Percent Increase In Anti-Semitic Incidents In U.S.
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
Bargain Basement Sale: One Used Country, Cheap
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Swastika Graffiti Found at Northeastern University
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Jewish Democrats Tell White House to Stop Blaming Stalled Peace Process on Netanyahu
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With Paintballs
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
the modern-day blood libel
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on US-Israel Tensions Under Obama, Calls for Return of 'Constructive' Relationship
Algemeiner.com by Ronn Torossian
Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Matters Too…



Prayers for Those in Need
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
דאגה: מרן רבי חיים קנייבסקי פונה לבדיקות ב"מעייני הישועה"
כיכר השבת על ידי חיה כהן
רבי יאשיהו פינטו עבר הליך מסובך בשל מצבו הרפואי
כיכר השבת על ידי חיה כהן
רבי יאשיהו פינטו עובר כעת הליך מסובך בשל מצבו הרפואי
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Bnei Brak: Child Injured by Drinking Bleach
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
חייל נעדר: המשטרה מחפשת אחר אלכסנדר חייקין



Deaths
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Video: Rav Shimshon Sherer and His Kehillah Are Menachem Avel Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
How You Can Help Reb Gavriel Sassoon and Family
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
ZAKA Volunteers Help in Search Efforts at Germanwings Crash Site
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
ZAKA Delegation Left to Germanwings Crash Site
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
ברוך דיין האמת: הרב חיים יעקב גרוסמן ז"ל



Great Rabbis
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
דאגה: מרן רבי חיים קנייבסקי פונה לבדיקות ב"מעייני הישועה"
כיכר השבת על ידי חיה כהן
רבי יאשיהו פינטו עבר הליך מסובך בשל מצבו הרפואי
כיכר השבת על ידי חיה כהן
רבי יאשיהו פינטו עובר כעת הליך מסובך בשל מצבו הרפואי



Judaism
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Pesach guide 2015/5775 list of products, medicines and more.



Election Stuff
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
הכנסת ה-20 יוצאת לדרך: 39 ח"כים חדשים, 29 נשים ואח ואחות במפלגות שונות



Monday, March 30, 2015

Korban Pesah Haburot Being Formed on eBay

eBay:
Item specifics

Seller Notes: “New Condition No Defects(Mums) No Missing Parts, scratches or wear and tear. All according to Halacha (Jewish Law).”

Korban pesach: Chaburah for Pesach

Sign up to be a member of a Chaburah (group) to Offer a Korban Pesach, and eat 1(One) k'Zayis (olive's size) of the Sheep for the Mitzvah of eating the Korban Pesach on Pesach night, Friday Night, April 3,2015 in Jerusalem.

The sign up fee, $10, will allow you to become a member of a Chaburah at the time of Shechitah, and eat the Korban Pesach in Jerusalem. If the Korban is not brought, the money will be distributed through the Kimcha D'Pischa fund of AIJE a Tax Deductable Entity involved with Kiruv and Torah enrichment. This project is endorsed by many major Poskim and Rabbinic Authoirities including Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, Rav Avigdor Nebenshol, Rav Biniyahu Shmueli, Rav David Meir Druckman, Rav Shmuel Shapiro and Kol Bramah.

For Pick up only in Jerusalem.

But Zaydi Made Us Tremble

Wikipedia on the Houthis:
Ansar Allah (anṣār allāh أنصار الله "Supporters of God"), known more popularly as the Houthis (Arabic: الحوثيون‎ al-Ḥūthiyyūn), are a Zaidi Shia group operating in Yemen.

Wikipedia on Zaidiyyah:
"Of all the Shi'a schools of thought the Zaydis are the most moderate and tolerant as well as the nearest to Sunni Islam..."
—Abdul Ali, Islamic dynasties of the Arab East: state and civilization during the later medieval times

Back to Wikipedia on the Houthis:
The group's flag reads as following: "God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam". However, commenting on the meaning of the slogan, Ali al Bukhayti, the former spokesperson and official media face of the Houthis said: "We do not really want death to anyone. The slogan is simply against the interference of those governments."
Ali al Bukhayti, your explanation is not very reassuring.  With moderates like the Houthis, who needs radicals?

And while President Obama wants to sign deals (i.e. remove his ring) with the Houthis' backers, the Iranians, with Israel's friends like the Executive Branch of the US Government, who needs enemies?


See more about the war in Yemen and its meaning in the scheme of history (in Hebrew) at Sod1820, where I also found the following poster for a prayer gathering on Wednesday to cry out for Mashiah:


Interesting Recent Links - Pesah 5775 - Day 2

These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
Geula-Related
Mashiach is coming by Devorah
The red cow
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
BROOKLYN RABBI: "JEWS GO TO ISRAEL!"



Iran
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon Says Iran Nuclear Deal a ‘Tragedy for the Whole World’
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iran Nuclear Talks At Crunch Time
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Criticizing Iran Nuclear Deal, Netanyahu Says Israel Will ‘Act Against Every Threat’
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies Claim
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Iran Backs Backs Away From Crucial Element in Proposed Nuclear Deal
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
White House Escalating Yearlong Domestic Lobbying Effort for Iran Nuclear Deal
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: As Nuclear Deal Closes, Iranian Troops Headed to Israel’s Border
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Iran Pulls Back in Part of Nuclear Deal
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
איראן: "לא נסכים להוציא אורניום מועשר"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Netanyahu: Iran’s Aggression In Yemen And Elsewhere Must Be Stopped
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Former US Intel chief: Stop talks with Iran and take hard look at ME
כיכר השבת על ידי אהרן רבינוביץ
בירושלים כוססים ציפורניים: לקראת הסכם גרעיני: "יש סוגיות שעדיין לא נפתרו"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Provisional Agreement Reached With Iran
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon Says Iran Nuclear Deal a ‘Tragedy for the Whole World’
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Netanyahu: Iran’s Aggression in Yemen and Elsewhere Must be Stopped
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
דיווח: המעצמות על סף הסכם גרעין עם איראן
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Netanyahu: Framework Iranian Nuclear Deal Worse Than Israel Feared
Algemeiner.com by John Bolton
To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Hamas Backs Sunni Leadership in Yemen, Risking Another Rift With Iran
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
PM Netanyahu on US Relations & Possible US Deal with Iran



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
French Rabbi, Asked to Remove Kippa at Toulouse Polling Station, Files Discrimination Complaint
Algemeiner.com by Abigail R. Esman
European Anti-Semitism Isn’t Muslim Alone
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
"משפיל": רבה של טולוז נדרש להסיר את הכיפה בכניסה לקלפי
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Germany Warns Visiting Sports Delegation Not to Visit Ma’aleh Adumim
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
BBC Honcho Says ‘Tough’ to Present Balanced Coverage of Israel-Hamas War



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Israel Seeks 21-Year Prison Sentence for Hamas Rocket Mastermind
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Dozens of Israeli Arabs Beat Yeshiva Student in Northern Israel, Call Him ‘Dirty Jew’
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
הותר לפרסום: נעצר ערבי תושב ירושלים שהצטרף לדאעש
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
דיווח: "ישראל ביקשה מאירופה לתווך מול חמאס להשבת גופות חיילים"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Anonymous Vows ‘Electronic Holocaust’ Against Israel
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Druse Citizen in Custody for Passing Information to the Syrians
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Photo Essay: Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD (Photos By Shloimy Kohen – JDN)
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Dozens of Israeli Arabs Beat Yeshiva Student in Northern Israel, Call Him ‘Dirty Jew’
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia Forgets Israel Is The Enemy
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Hamas Backs Sunni Leadership in Yemen, Risking Another Rift With Iran
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Breslovers Dancing and Singing “Asher Bara” and “Od Yishama” in Jordanian Airport Cause Tumult



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Swastika Graffiti Found at Northeastern University
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Jewish Democrats Tell White House to Stop Blaming Stalled Peace Process on Netanyahu
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With Paintballs
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
the modern-day blood libel
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on US-Israel Tensions Under Obama, Calls for Return of ‘Constructive’ Relationship
Algemeiner.com by Ronn Torossian
Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Matters Too…
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Two US Congressmen table bill to counter BDS
Algemeiner.com by Alan Zeitlin
As Antisemitism Heats Up, So Does Fuel For Truth
Algemeiner.com by Arik Elman
Liberal Jews Throw Israel Under the Bus for Obama
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Boehner Says White House ‘Animosity’ Toward Netanyahu is ‘Reprehensible’ (VIDEO)



Prayers for Those in Need
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
חייל נעדר: המשטרה מחפשת אחר אלכסנדר חייקין
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Photos: Sifrei Kodesh Went Up in Flames in Vishnitz Beis Medrash ‘Imrei Chaim’



Deaths
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
ZAKA Delegation Left to Germanwings Crash Site
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
ברוך דיין האמת: הרב חיים יעקב גרוסמן ז"ל
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Photo: Letter Written By Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman to Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon and Family
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
מתנדבי זק"א יצאו לאזור אסון ההתרסקות בצרפת
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
אופקים: נפטרה הפעוטה שנפלה מקומה שלישית
Yeshiva World News by ChaimShamayim
WATCH: Gavriel Sasson Speaks to the Media in English, Gives Powerful Message
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Photo: Letter Written By Rav Chaim Kanievsky to Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon and Family
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Video:US shiva for Reb Gabi Sassoon entire kehila comes to be menachem avel
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Rebbetzin Shaindel Shoshana Geldzahler a”h
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
BD”E: Famed Satmar Badchan And Historian Rav Shlomo Yaakov Gelbman Z”L



Great Rabbis
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Photo: Letter Written By Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman to Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon and Family
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
הרב מאיר מזוז לפעילי 'יחד': "חובה להעיד על הזיופים"



Judaism
Cross-Currents - Orthodox Jewish Rabbis by Yitzchok Adlerstein
Dew-ey Wins!: Tal, Explained
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Petach Tikvah: A Battle Underway to Prevent the Opening of a Pork Store



Election Stuff
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
MK Porush on the Ongoing Coalition Process
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Kulanu Willing to Meet with Likud Coalition Negotiators
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Eli Yishai is Taking His Case to Court
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
הרב מאיר מזוז לפעילי 'יחד': "חובה להעיד על הזיופים"
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
מרכיבים ממשלה • פרסום ראשון: ראשי רשויות חרדיות: אלו הדרישות שלנו למשא ומתן


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Pesah 5775 - Day 1

These are the interesting links from the past 48 hours:
Geula-Related
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
The Matzav Shmoooze: Puttin Out the Fires
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
Parshat Tzav - Shabbat HaGadol 5775



Iran
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Russian minister: Chances of nuclear deal better than 50 percent
כיכר השבת על ידי יוני גבאי
שרת החוץ של האיחוד האירופי: "מעולם לא היינו קרובים כל כך להסכם גרעין עם איראן"
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Nuke Deal to Be Signed Tuesday Allowing Iran 6100 Centrifuges
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Iranian general in Sanaa to organize Yemen rebel counter-offensive for Saudi-led attacks
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Israeli Official Calls Upcoming Iran Nuke Deal 'Incomprehensibly' Bad
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Despite gaps, Kerry plans nuclear deal signing ceremony Sunday
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
US Senate Passes Unanimous Resolution Threatening New Iran Sanctions if Nuclear Talks Fail
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Rouhani Appeals for Agreement as Iran Nuclear Talks Head Toward Final Week
Algemeiner.com by Dore Gold
Iran Takes Over Iraq
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
AP Reporter Grills Psaki on Differing Approaches to Netanyahu, Khamenei
Algemeiner.com by Simone Dinah Hartmann
Why We Can't Trust Iran
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Argentine President's Case Dropped
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Netanyahu Might Accept Unfavorable Iran Deal
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Police Investigate Alleged Antisemitic Attack Against Jewish Youths Wearing Kippahs in South Africa
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Somali troops end Al-Shabaab hotel seizure after at least 17 killed
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
נשיא תוניסיה: "אשמור על היהודים"



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
France to Launch Push for UN Resolution on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
עיטור כבוד למוסלמי שארגן את ה"טבעת האנושית" סביב בית הכנסת בקופנהגן



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Ex-Security Prisoner Suspected of Spying on Israel for Syria
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
הותר לפרסום: ישראלי חשוד בריגול
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Israel's UN Envoy Says Hamas Would 'Gladly Create' Terror State in Judea and Samaria
Algemeiner.com by Steven Emerson
Amnesty International Finally Says Palestinians Committed War Crimes
Shiloh Musings by Batya Medad
Amnesty Admits: Palestinian Rockets Killed more Gazans in 2014 War
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Houthi Crisis Sheds Light On Anti-Semitism And Plight Of Jews In Yemen



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Leading US Rabbi Joins Chorus of Concern Over Obama Administration's Attacks on Israel
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Officials: Relationship Between Obama Administration and Israeli Government is 'Irreparable'
Algemeiner.com by Yoram Ettinger
US-Israel Cooperation Defies Personal Clashes
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Undercover Reporter Films Cornell Official Advising on How to Start ISIS, Hamas Club on Campus
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Op-Ed: Speak Up Chuck, I Can't Hear You
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
In Shocking Breach, U.S. Declassifies Document Revealing Some of Israel's Nuclear Capabilities
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Israeli Officials Say Obama Administration is More Hostile Than Europe - 'Not Even Half a Minute of Grace Was Given'
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
AP Reporter Grills Psaki on Differing Approaches to Netanyahu, Khamenei
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Obama COS McDonough Criticized for Demanding Israel End "Occupation"
Algemeiner.com by Ronn Torossian, Hank Sheinkopf, and George Birnbaum
Why Does New Israel Fund Continue to Support Anti-Israel Activities?
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Officials: Relationship Between Obama Administration and Israeli Government is 'Irreparable'
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Undercover Reporter Films Cornell Official Advising on How to Start ISIS, Hamas Club on Campus (VIDEO)
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Feds: Chicago-Area Cousins Planned US Terrorist Attack



South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
נדחה הערעור על זיכויה של נשיאת ארגנטינה
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Argentine President's Case Dropped



Prayers for Those in Need
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מצבו של פוסק הדור מרן הגר"ש וואזנר קשה מאוד אך יציב
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Condition of Hagon HaRav Wosner Critical; Gedolim Call For Tefillos
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Condition of Rav Wosner Said to Be Critical
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
לקיים בנו חכמי ישראל: גדולי הדור: להעתיר תפילה לרפואתו של הגר"ש וואזנר



Deaths
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
"התחזקו בשבת וצניעות": "בעוון הדור": מכתב מרן הרב קנייבסקי לגבי ששון
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Shabbos Shalom on Bedford Avenue: Well-Wishers Leave Flowers and Tears in Front of the Sassoon Home
Web page by Unknown
Yated Newspaper - The Phoenix Will Rise
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Jewish Children Killed in Brooklyn Fire Recorded Moving Song Just Weeks Before Their Death (VIDEO)
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Shoshanim
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
The Matzav Shmoooze: Puttin Out the Fires
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Frum Man R"L Killed After Falling Off Ladder In Brooklyn [UPDATED 8:44PM]



Great Rabbis
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
"התחזקו בשבת וצניעות": "בעוון הדור": מכתב מרן הרב קנייבסקי לגבי ששון
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מצבו של פוסק הדור מרן הגר"ש וואזנר קשה מאוד אך יציב
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Condition of Hagon HaRav Wosner Critical; Gedolim Call For Tefillos
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Condition of Rav Wosner Said to Be Critical
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
לקיים בנו חכמי ישראל: גדולי הדור: להעתיר תפילה לרפואתו של הגר"ש וואזנר



Kiddush Hashem
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
PHOTO: Chasidic Man Makes Kiddush Hashem At Scene of Manhattan Building Collapse By Handing Out Pastries
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
IsraAID brings aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam



Judaism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Rav Shlomo Miller Forbids Quinoa as Kitniyos on Pesach



Election Stuff
כיכר השבת על ידי שאול כהנא
סאטמר תחלק מיליונים למי שלא השתתף בבחירות 2015
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Israel Coalition Negotiations Stuck After Netanyahu-Bennett Meeting
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Frustration Abounds On First Day of Coalition Talks
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Dati Leumi Rabbonim Direct Bennett to the Education Portfolio



Friday, March 27, 2015

Since When Did Theodicy Become a Dirty Word?

Rambam, beginning of Hilchot Ta'aniyot:
מצות עשה מן התורה לזעוק ולהריע בחצוצרות על כל צרה שתבא על הצבור. שנאמר על הצר הצורר אתכם והרעותם בחצוצרות. כלומר כל דבר שייצר לכם כגון בצורת ודבר וארבה וכיוצא בהן זעקו עליהן והריעו:

ודבר זה מדרכי התשובה הוא. שבזמן שתבוא צרה ויזעקו עליה ויריעו ידעו הכל שבגלל מעשיהם הרעים הורע להן ככתוב עונותיכם הטו וגו'. וזה הוא שיגרום להסיר הצרה מעליהם:

אבל אם לא יזעקו ולא יריעו אלא יאמרו דבר זה ממנהג העולם אירע לנו וצרה זו נקרה נקרית. הרי זו דרך אכזריות וגורמת להם להדבק במעשיהם הרעים. ותוסיף הצרה צרות אחרות. הוא שכתוב בתורה והלכתם עמי בקרי והלכתי גם אני עמכם בחמת קרי. כלומר כשאביא עליכם צרה כדי שתשובו אם תאמרו שהיא קרי אוסיף לכם חמת אותו קרי:

The Rambam tells us that we need to search out our souls when bad things happen and he says that if we don't, this is the path of cruelty.  Yes, this is the so-called "rationalist" Rambam.  This is why rabbis suggest improvements to work on.

For example, during the Carmel fire four Hanukkas ago, I posted a list of reasons given by the great rabbis of the generation.

This is why great Hachamim explained that we cannot say ידינו לא שפכו את הדם הזה and gave suggestions. Did they suggest strengthening our homes with smoke detectors? No - of course, that's important too - but rather, they felt it much more important to strengthen ourselves in spiritual ways, namely with Torah learning and especially the laws of Shabbat.

This is why the great Magidim of the generation like Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi and Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein cannot be silent when Teshuva is screaming out at us from the ashes.

Unfortunately, there are some misguided and misinformed bloggers who want to silence these Hachamim and Magidim. They believe that we should just suggest smoke detectors and that that is the root cause of the problem. Nothing is further from the truth. Some of these bloggers should know better.

May we only listen to our Hachamim to inform us on our Judaism.

Interesting Recent Links - Tzav 5775 - Day 6

These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
Geula-Related
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
Parshat Tzav - Shabbat HaGadol 5775
Yeranen Yaakov by yaak
Geula Update from Rav Fish - Tzav 5775
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
The Last Voice
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
New Height of Treachery: USA Exposes Israel's Nuclear Secrets
Who is the Messiah | Real Bible Codes by admin
Year 5775 Preparation to Mashiach in 5776



Iran
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Netanyahu Might Accept Unfavorable Iran Deal
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
The Last Voice
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: In Nuclear Deal, US May Allow Iran to Operate Hundreds of Centrifuges at Secret Fordo Facility
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Sen. Schumer Announces Cosponsorship of Bill Requiring Congressional Review of Iran Deal
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Iran Condemns Saudi Strikes In Yemen As 'Dangerous Step'
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
US, Iran Nuke Talks Enter Critical Round Ahead Of Deadline
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Iran demands immediate halt to Saudi-led operations in Yemen



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Israeli Flag in Milan Defaced With Red Paint Simulating Blood
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Kamikaze Co-Pilot Commits Mass Murder
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Co-pilot Who 'Intentionally' Crashed Plane Was 'Very Happy' With Germanwings Job
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
French Firm Pulls Out of Jerusalem Cable Car Project After Palestinian Pressure
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Germanwings Co-Pilot Crashed on Purpose
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Germanwings Crash: The Co-pilot Had A Desire to Destroy Plane



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Israel's UN Envoy Says Hamas Would 'Gladly Create' Terror State in Judea and Samaria
Algemeiner.com by Steven Emerson
Amnesty International Finally Says Palestinians Committed War Crimes
Shiloh Musings by Batya Medad
Amnesty Admits: Palestinian Rockets Killed more Gazans in 2014 War
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of the Har Nof Kedoshim HYD
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Houthi Crisis Sheds Light On Anti-Semitism And Plight Of Jews In Yemen
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Houthi Crisis Sheds Light on Antisemitism and Plight of Jews in Yemen
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Iraq Loses Third of Fighters vs. ISIS
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Israel Concerned About Fate of Remaining Jews in Yemen as Civil War Rages
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Palestinian Militants Committed 'War Crimes' in Israel-Gaza Conflict, Human Rights Group Report Says
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
גזר דין: שני מאסרי עולם למחבל שרצח את דליה למקוס הי"ד
Algemeiner.com by Steven Emerson
Documentary Exposes Hamas Indoctrination, Training of Child Soldiers
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
סקר: רוב ערביי יהודה ושומרון תומכים במאבק אלים נגד ישראל
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
מזרח ירושלים: 3 קטינים ערבים שדדו שני יהודים
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
World on the Brink - Part 1
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
שוב: נעצרו 5 בדואים בחשד להשחתת בית עלמין
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
תיעוד: הכנסת ספר תורה לזכר הנרצחים בטבח בבית הכנסת בהר נוף



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Ronn Torossian, Hank Sheinkopf, and George Birnbaum
Why Does New Israel Fund Continue to Support Anti-Israel Activities?
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Officials: Relationship Between Obama Administration and Israeli Government is 'Irreparable'
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Undercover Reporter Films Cornell Official Advising on How to Start ISIS, Hamas Club on Campus (VIDEO)
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Feds: Chicago-Area Cousins Planned US Terrorist Attack
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
The Last Voice
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
U.S. Soldier Arrested for Helping ISIS
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
BREAKING: U.S. National Guardsman And His Cousin Accused of Trying To Join ISIS
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Obama Now Interfering in Netanyahu's New Coalition
Algemeiner.com by Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
Israel Blamed for Palestinian Authority's Abuse of Women
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Does Association With James Baker Affect Jeb Bush's Pro-Israel Credentials?
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
New Height of Treachery: USA Exposes Israel's Nuclear Secrets
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Phony Obama-Netanyahu Conflict Diverts Attention From Real Issues
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Only Five Hours Left to the Fast



Prayers for Those in Need
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
לקיים בנו חכמי ישראל: גדולי הדור: להעתיר תפילה לרפואתו של הגר"ש וואזנר
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen Hospitalized
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building Collapse
Yeshiva World News by ChaimShamayim
WATCH: Moments after Explosion Rocks Manhattan Building
כיכר השבת על ידי אהרן רבינוביץ
ניו יורק: עשרות לכודים בבניין שקרס
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Rav Lazerson of Chinuch Atzmai Hospitalized With Heart Attack Following Sassoon Levaya
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
New York: News Multiple Injuries Reported After Explosion, Collapse At East Village Building
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured [PINNED ARTICLE]
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
הגליל המערבי: ארבעה תלמידי ישיבה נפצעו קל בתאונה
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
מטוס קל התרסק בדרום: הטייס נפצע בינוני



Deaths
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Frum Man R"L Killed After Falling Off Ladder In Brooklyn [UPDATED 8:44PM]
Algemeiner.com by Eli Verschleiser
Don't Blame Brooklyn Fire Deaths on Shabbat or Orthodox Judaism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Sassoon Shivah Information
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Sefardic Gedolei Torah Issue Michtav Chizuk Following Sassoon Family Tragedy
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
תיעוד: הכנסת ספר תורה לזכר הנרצחים בטבח בבית הכנסת בהר נוף
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
To Reb Gavriel



Great Rabbis
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
לקיים בנו חכמי ישראל: גדולי הדור: להעתיר תפילה לרפואתו של הגר"ש וואזנר
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Sefardic Gedolei Torah Issue Michtav Chizuk Following Sassoon Family Tragedy



Kiddush Hashem
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
IsraAID brings aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam



Judaism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Rav Shlomo Miller Forbids Quinoa as Kitniyos on Pesach
Web page by Unknown
Anger Over Jerusalem Stadium's Hosting Major Missionary Events
Web page by Unknown
[250]שבילי_פנחס_צו.pdf



Election Stuff
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Israel Coalition Negotiations Stuck After Netanyahu-Bennett Meeting
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
Frustration Abounds On First Day of Coalition Talks
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Dati Leumi Rabbonim Direct Bennett to the Education Portfolio
Algemeiner.com by Anav Silverman / Tazpit News Agency
President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Task of Forming 34th Government
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Maos chittim campaign for Yair Lapid - Pesach 5775
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
MK Shaked: Likud Is Not Keeping its Campaign Commitments
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
בצל המתיחות ביניהם: נתניהו ובנט נפגשים בארבע עיניים
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
How Do Israelis Feel About Having Chareidim in the Coalition?
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
Report: Obama Now Interfering in Netanyahu's New Coalition
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Chareidim May Block Bayit Yehudi Out of the Religious Services Ministry
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by Matzav Editor
President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Task of Forming 34th Government



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Tzav 5775

(See also his long essay on President Barack Obama that came out this week, much of which is a compilation of previous things he has said about him, which I will not be translating, but is definitely interesting.  He used this material for a shiur he gave over at Kever David on Erev Rosh Hodesh.)

From Rav Fish's latest:

  • The 26th of Iyar - Yesod Shebayesod and 70th Hebrew-calendar VE-day
    • R' A. Ben Eliyahu adds that the tradition from the Hafetz Hayim that 70 years must pass from the end of the Holocaust until WWIII comes out on 26 Iyar, 5775, which is when the period of MBY ends and the period of MBD begins, since the Holocaust was over on 25 Iyar, 5705.
  • 7 Sassoon Children, ע"ה
    • [YY - some of this was already mentioned earlier]
    • Their combined ages equals 67. 
      • And on Rosh Hodesh Nissan, which is Rosh Hashana LiMlachim, thre is a point of unification with the month of Adar (which has the aspect of Yesod as it is the sixth month from Tishri) and the month of Nissan (which has the aspect of Malchut as it is the seventh month from Tishri).  The connection of the numbers 6 and 7 symbolize Yesod and Malchut.
    • Sassoon is similar to Sasson, which symbolizes Yesod
      • The Zohar (Balak 212b) says this almost explicitly.
      • The gemara (Megilla 16b) says that ששון refers to Berit Mila, which has the aspect of Yesod.
      • Pardes Rimonim says that ששון comes from the word שש (the number 6), which symbolizes Yesod.
      • They are related to Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L, who was [a candidate for] MBY, who joined Yesod and Malchut.
      • R' Michael Harel adds that the Rashei Teivot of their names is gematria of משיח בן יוסף.
    • Other attacks and tragedies during Parshat Vayikra
      • Also, in 5772, which was a year of the beginning of the Ketz process according to the Zohar, in those first days of the month of Nissan, in the same Perasha of Vayikra which talks about sacrifices that atone for Am Yisrael, a fire occurred in the home of the Shaer family in Rehovot, wherein R"L a father and 5 children were burned.
      • And that same week, there was a terrorist attack in Toulouse, France where R' Yonatan Sandlar and his 2 sons, Gavriel and Aryeh, and a girl Miriam Hannah Monsonego HY"D were murdered.
      • R' No'am Ya'akobi adds that the Merkaz Harav Massacre also occurred on Friday of Parshat Vayikra - on Rosh Hodesh Adar Bet in 5768, which was also a Shemitta year.
      • Also, the Fogel massacre in Itamar was on Shabbat Parshat Vayikra in 5771, where a father, mother and 3 of their children HY"D were murdered.
      • The common denominator of all these tragedies is that children - Tinokot Shel Beit Rabban - were killed Al Kiddush Hashem during Parshat Vayikra, which is the Perasha that deals with sacrifices.
      • The tragedies occurred to those from Yerushalayim (ירושלים) who moved to Brooklyn, those from Rehovot (רחובות), those from Itamar (איתמר), and with the students of Yeshivat Merkaz Harav Kook (קוק), which is Rashei Teivot of Vayikra (ויקרא).
    • Other Miscellaneous Info
      • Also, Nadav and Avihu were burned Al Kiddush Hashem on Rosh Hodesh Nissan, and the Torah says: כָּל-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל--יִבְכּוּ אֶת-הַשְּׂרֵפָה, אֲשֶׁר שָׂרַף יְהוָה [the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled] since they were public sacrifices.
      • R' M. P. adds that the fire broke out from a Shabbat hot plate (in Hebrew: פלטה) in Flatbush (פלאט - בוש) to hint that their deaths are an atonement for המחנה הנשאר לפלטה [the camp that remains to escape].
        • This is like Yosef, who symbolizes Yesod, said לָשׂוּם לָכֶם שְׁאֵרִית בָּאָרֶץ, וּלְהַחֲיוֹת לָכֶם, לִפְלֵיטָה גְּדֹלָה [to give you a remnant on the earth, and to save you alive for a great deliverance].
      • Also, ראש חדש ניסן is Sofei Teivot ששן [Sassoon].
      • Also, אלף ניסן is gematria אפר [ashes].
      • R' S. Reiskin adds that the names of the surviving mother and daughter - Gila and Tzipora - Hashem should heal them - hint to the revelation [גלוי] of Mashiah soon from the heavenly sanctuary called "Kan Tzipor".
  • 5775 and 5776
    • R' Yosef Marciano adds: The first time the word "Mashiah" is written in the Torah (Vayikra 4:3) הַכֹּהֵן הַמָּשִׁיחַ hints to 5775 as it's saying that in the year ה'כהן, Mashiah will come.  And ה'כהן equals 5775 if we use the ן as both 50 and 700 (as is used in the Ketonet Tashbetz on Sefer Peli'ah).
    • The verse  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶל-הַנָּחָשׁ, כִּי עָשִׂיתָ זֹּאת, אָרוּר אַתָּה מִכָּל-הַבְּהֵמָה, וּמִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה; עַל-גְּחֹנְךָ תֵלֵךְ, וְעָפָר תֹּאכַל כָּל-יְמֵי חַיֶּיךָ [And the LORD God said unto the serpent: 'Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou from among all cattle, and from among all beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.] is the 5776th verse in the Torah when counting from end to beginning.  This hints that we will merit Redemption and the snake will be cursed forever.
    • Yalkut Shimoni 562 says תיפח רוחן של מחשבי קצין.  If you add the gematria of that phrase to the gematria of the Milui of that phrase (ת"ו יו"ד פ"א ח"ת רי"ש וא"ו ח"ת נו"ן שי"ן למ"ד מ"מ ח"ת שי"ן ב"ת יו"ד קו"ף צד"י יו"ד נו"ן) plus the Kollel, you get 5775.
      • That is, you you need to be מפיח [swell up] and fill these letters in order to know the Ketz.
      • R' Moshe Tzuriel adds that if we write תפח without a י, the phrase תפח רוחן של מחשבי קצין equals 1692, which is the gematria of חמש שבע שבע שש, i.e. 5776.
    • Also, the wording of the Rambam on the time of the coming of Mashiah in chapter 12 of 
      Hilchot Melachim: וכל אלו הדברים וכיוצא בהן לא ידע אדם איך יהיו plus the words is the gematria of 776. 
    • R' Moshe Tzuriel adds that שנת הוי"ה [the year of Hashem] equals 776.