Geula-Related Recent Links

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Vayetze 5775

The non-Har Nof news to get caught up on in the past week...

Rav Simcho Shlomo Levin ZT"L
(Ben Zekunim of Rav Aryeh Levin ZT"L)

Rav Yehuda Glick HY"V

Ferguson Linked to Palestinians

From Ferguson to Palestine (h/t comments on Years of Awe)

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Chareidi Bus Driver Attacked by Arab Male

Israel Foils Hamas Plot to Assassinate Foreign Minister Lieberman
Israeli Forces Prevent Hamas Attack On Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Terrorist Admits He Intentionally Rammed Car Into IDF Soldiers in Gush Etzion
IDF Concludes Last Week Vehicular Incident In The Gush Was Terror Attack

Former DOJ Official Requests to Homeland Security: Declare PA’s Abbas Ineligible Under Federal Law To Enter The U.S. Because of Inciting and Endorsing Terrorist Activity

Israel Police Seize ‘Unprecedented’ Shipment of Tasers, Machetes, Fireworks Meant for Arab Rioters
VIDEO: Police Intercept Container Containing Massive Cache Of Knives, Fireworks, And Tasers Headed To East Jerusalem

BREAKING VIDEO: Arab Arrested For Trying To Run Over Jews In Jerusalem On Thursday Afternoon

BREAKING: Shooting Attack at Yitzhar Junction

Terrorist with a Very Large Knife Nabbed at Maale Adumim

PHOTO: Arab Male Apprehended with a Weapon in His Bag At Tel Aviv Train Station

B’chasdei Hashem, Driver Escapes Unharmed in Firebomb Attack

Brooklyn: Orthodox Jewish Community Board 12 Member Ruben Werczberger Attacked In Hate Crime
Orthodox Man Beaten and Called ‘Dirty Bloody Jew’ in Brooklyn
Frum Man Beaten and Called ‘Dirty Bloody Jew’ in Brooklyn

Undercover Footage Shows Berkeley Students Voicing Support for ISIS While Attacking Israel (VIDEO)

Economist Says Jews Wanting to Pray at Temple Mount Are ‘Militants’

UCLA Student Government Votes to Divest From Israel

Article On Hamas Website: Our War Against The Occupation Is A Religious War Against The Descendants Of Apes And Pigs

New Poll: 24% of Palestinian Arabs Support ISIS – Most in the World



(missing girl in Bnei Brak)

List of Tragedy Links IV

Continued from Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.  This will be the last of these, I believe.  I have a large list of non-Har Nof links coming up.


What is Going On? (Rabbi Lipschutz - includes many sources about Yishmael)

The Wounded

Reactions from Gedolim, Rabbanim, and Families

Despicable Arab Reaction


Rain in Israel

Israel's Biggest Winter Storm in 20 Years Causes Havoc on Roads

but the good news is:

Miracles in Gaza - Amazing Revelations

A good video to see during this time of Hester Panim...

Youtube description:
Amazing miracles from the war in Gaza, live evidence never seen before.
From YUVAL OVADIA, the celebrated filmmaker of GOG-U-MAGOG, HAMESIMA X & ZERO HOUR,

Hat tip: Shirat Devorah

Monday, November 24, 2014

List of Tragedy Links III

Continued from Part 1 and Part 2

Rav Moshe Twersky HY"D

Rabbonim being Menachem Aveil at the Twersky Home

Rav Aryeh Kupinsky HY"D

Arye Kupinsky's Heroism
Brother of Terror Victim: He Used his Last Strength to Save Others (video)

R’ Aryeh Kupinsky Hy”d - An Appreciation
Mailbag: An appreciation of R’ Aryeh Kupinsky HY”D

Rav Kalman Levine HY"D

Druze Policeman Zidan Seif HY"D

MK Porush Visits the Family of the Slain Druse Policeman

Despicable Arab Reaction

Personal Accounts


A Message from the Kalever Rebbe: How Could Such Cruelty Exist in the Civilized World?

Vishnitzer Rebbe: Yishmael are Not ‘Bnei Adom’

As Palestinians Praise Shul Atrocity, Mahmoud Abbas Walks Back His ‘Condemnation’

Video: Survivor of Har Nof attack returns to shul

Video, Photos: Congress Identifies With Israel In The Aftermath Of Har Nof Massacre At Tribute Highlighting Iron Dome

Video: Peres: “My Grandfather Was Also Murdered Wrapped in His Tallis,” Says the Kedoshim Learned the “Gospel”

Draft Law - FAIL

Yeranen Yaakov 7/23/2013:
Sadly, the law will only promote inequality, as those Haredim who were not fit for full-time Torah study and were considering joining the army will now be dissuaded from doing so since they're being forced into it.

Arutz Sheva today:
Hareidi Enlistment Law Figures Show Massive Failure
The Shaked Committee, headed by MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), met Monday morning to track the results of its controversial Enlistment Law, which was passed in mid-March, and found that the law has had the exact opposite of its intended effect.

It was revealed in the discussion that of the 1,500 hareidi IDF recruits set as a goal for the law, only 300 have been enlisted - meaning the legislation has only reached 20% of its goal.


As a result of the law, hareidi draft figures nosedived dramatically.

Those trends were pointed out as early as June, a mere three months after the law was passed, when Rabbi Avraham Baron, former Chairman for 25 years of the Hesder Yeshivas Association, told Arutz Sheva that hareidi enlistment had fallen sharply and said he hoped the High Court would invalidate the law.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thoughts on Yishmael and the Terror Attack

  • The root of Yishmael's anti-Semitism
    • In Parshat Toledot, after Yaakov Avinu snatches the blessings away from Esav, it says:  וַיִּשְׂטֹם עֵשָׂו, אֶת-יַעֲקֹב, עַל-הַבְּרָכָה, אֲשֶׁר בֵּרְכוֹ אָבִיו; וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו בְּלִבּוֹ, יִקְרְבוּ יְמֵי אֵבֶל אָבִי, וְאַהַרְגָה, אֶת-יַעֲקֹב אָחִי [And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau said in his heart: 'Let the days of mourning for my father be at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.']  The root of anti-Semitism stems from this verse.  
    • 14 verses later, in the last verse in the Perasha, it says וַיֵּלֶךְ עֵשָׂו, אֶל-יִשְׁמָעֵאל [so Esau went unto Ishmael].  The next verse after this starts talking about Yaakov and his travels to Lavan's house, so we are done dealing with Yishmael, and I believe that his name is not mentioned ever again in the rest of the Torah (barring the travellers when Yosef is sold, but that mentions the group Yishma'elim - not Yishmael singular).  
    • Parshat Lech Lecha calls him a Pere Adam.  In Vayera, he's thrown out of the home.  In Hayei Sarah, he does Teshuva.  Perhaps, the Teshuva period of Yishmael corresponds to the Ottoman era, whose sultans were more or less kind to Jews.  This last verse of וַיֵּלֶךְ עֵשָׂו, אֶל-יִשְׁמָעֵאל in Toledot tells us that the anti-Semitism of Esav will transfer to Yishmael at the End of Days.  After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Yishmaelite anti-Semitism skyrocketed.  In the subsequent century, following WWII, Esavian anti-Semitism plummeted.  Of course it still exists, but far less than it was 100 years ago.  Similarly, Yishmaelite anti-Semitism existed during the Ottoman Empire too, but far less than today.
  • Yishmael's warped view of Aharit Hayamim
    • Please read this article by the Clarion Project on how Islam views the End of Days - not to believe them, but to see their warped view in relation to reality.  There are a few similarities to the Jewish view, with, of course, changes in names and places (e.g., a Mashiah figure, an Armilus figure, a third - a third - a third, etc).  It could be that their view was known to our sages and may very well provide another reason for the Abravanel's and Malbim's claims that Gog Umagog will be Islam vs. Xtianity.
  • Zohar Hadash on Balak
    • I'm not sure if the Zohar Hadash on Balak [Hashem1 | Sulam] applies.  However, it's hard to deny the "coincidence".  
    • The Zohar earlier talked about 274 years after the day of the sixth millennium - a year that very much seems like 5775.  If Creation was in Year 1, the sixth millennium started 5001, and in turn, the "day" (as opposed to nighttime) of the sixth millennium started in 5501.  274 years later is 5775.  It also mentions there that it is the year that Shemita and Yovel come as one.  We know it to be Shemita year and there are good reasons to call 5776 a Yovel year, as I explained elsewhere.  
    • A bit later, the Zohar talks about someone who is not fit to rule becoming the ruler: ומאן דלא אתחזי למלכא, ייתון ליה למישלט. וייתון עמיה עמין נוכארין, ולישנין אוחרנין, דלא ישתמודעין דינא, ולא נימוסי מלכותא. וכמה קרבין יחשבון למעבד [And someone who is not fit to rule, they will bring him to rule.  And he will bring with him foreign peoples - and other languages - who do not follow the rule of law or the laws of the government.]  This very likely refers to the recent news of President Obama announcing his new Amnesty plan for illegal immigrants.
    • A bit later, the Zohar talks about HKB"H learning with Moshe Rabbeinu: וקב"ה ישמע, ויעול לגו היכלא דאהבה, ויטול מתמן תלת רחימין, ויפתח לון מערתיה [And HKB"H will hear and will enter the Palace of Love, and He will take from there 3 beloved ones, and He will open the cave of Moshe for them.]  The bodies of the 3 boys were found on July 1, 2014.
    • A bit later, the Zohar talks about a war made by the 10 tribes: ובהאי יומא, יתערון עשר שבטין, לאגחא קרבין לארבע סטרין דעלמא, בהדי משיחא דאתמשח עלייהו [and on that day, the 10 tribes will awaken to wage war against the 4 corners of the world with this Mashiah that they annointed upon them], which could be referring to Tzuk Eitan and the "4 corners of the world" refers to the Hasbara war.
    • A bit later, the Zohar says the following: 
      שכינתא תהך ותהדר לגבי משה, שבעין יומין. לסוף שבעין יומין, סליק נאקו דישראל לקמי מלכא קדישא, דיהון מעיקין לון בכל סטרין דעלמא. וכנישתא חדא לצד דרומא יתאביד ויתחריב. וחמשה זכאי קשוט יתקטלון בינייהו:
      The Shechina will go and return toward Moshe for 70 days. After 70 days, the cries of Israel will go up to the Holy King because they are provoking them from all directions of the world. And one synagogue toward the south will be destroyed, and 5 true Tzadikim will be killed among them.
      Even though it appears that the 2 mentions of "70 days" refer to the same 70 days, it could be read as "After 70 days after the first 70 days." 140 days after July 1, 2014 (when the 3 boys bodies were found) is Nov. 18th, 2014 - the day of the Har Nof Massacre. Yerushalayim is in the south of Biblical Israel. On that day, 5 Tzadikim lost their lives in a synagogue. (I include the Druze policeman as a Tzaddik, as Rav Ovadia ZT"L mentioned in his pesak halacha.)
    • I'll leave it up to you to read the rest of the Zohar.

List of Tragedy Links II

Jews and Druze ‘Will Fight the Murderers’ Together, Minister Says at Policeman’s Funeral

PM Netanyahu Speaks with the Father of Policeman Killed in Har Nof Shul Massacre

Haredi Israelis Escort Hero Druze Police Officer to Burial (VIDEO)

Statements of Gedolim, Rabbanim, and Widows

(Rav Kanievsky explains that even though Sheluhei Mitzva Einan Nizakin, that's only before they were destined to die, but for those who were destined to die at the time, dying while doing a Mitzva contains a great merit)

R' Mizrachi on the Har Nof Massacre

Rav Avrohom Schorr on Kedoshim of Har Nof, we must make kabolos, Tallis and Teffillin for entire Tefillah
Yom Kippur Katan

Employing Arabs

Media Bias

Foreign Press Association Rejects Israeli Accusation Against Media of Providing Support for Terror With Inaccurate Reports

Analysis: How Western Media Twisted Yerushalayim Terrorist Attack Narrative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Giant List of Tragedy Links

(I have a crazy amount of links to share.  It may be updated as time goes by.)

Kabbalist Who Foresaw Tragedy in Yerushalayim
Foresees Tragedy in Bnei Brak

Media Bias and Error
After Brutal Terror Attack, Dershowitz Rips CNN Anchor for ‘Parroting’ Hamas Claim That All Israelis Are Legitimate Targets (INTERVIEW)

CNN Under Fire for Terror Attack Headline
DESPICABLE DISTORTION OF FACTS: CNN Twists Headline In Horrific Terror Attack In Har Nof Shul – Demand to Revoke Ben Wederman’s Press Pass

BBC News Host Demands Israeli Minister Hide Photo of Worshiper Slain in Terror Massacre (VIDEO)
VIDEO: Bennett Shows BBC Victim of Jerusalem Synagogue Massacre

Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett Explains Why BBC Doesn’t Want to Show Pictures of Murdered Jews

The CBC and the Events in Jerusalem

Media Gaffes Mark Coverage of Palestinian Atrocity at Jerusalem Synagogue; CNN Says Attack Took Place in Mosque (VIDEO)

CBS Anchorwoman: Synagogue Attack Took Place at “Contested Religious Site”

Music Videos, Art, and Poetry

Personal Accounts


Tears and Chesed at Har Nof Grocery Store (this moved me to tears)

We Mourn Again (R' Pinchos Lipschutz)

The Four Kedoshim, Hy”d (h/t MIC)

Rav Moshe Twersky HY"D

Rav Kalman Levine HY"D

Rav Avraham Shmuel Goldberg HY"D

Druze Officer Zidan Saif HY"D
The Injured
Statements from Gedolim

הגר"א פינקל בשיחת חיזוק לאחר הטבח: "אנחנו בהסתר בתוך הסתר"

ראש ישיבת פוניבז': "הנרצחים זכו לקדש שם שמיים"

האדמו"ר מויז'ניץ: "יהודים נהרגו כששפכו שיח לפני קונם"

בעקבות הטבח: הרבי הסתגר בחדרו למשך שעות

הגאון רבי שלום כהן: "התרופה לכל המכות - לימוד התורה"

הטבח בבית הכנסת: הגר"ש אוירבך: "להרבות אחדות ולהפסיק עם המחלוקת"

רבי ברוך מרדכי נאנח בדמעות: "אוי זה נורא"

הרב רבינוביץ: "הטבח - בגלל הסתה דתית"

הרב שטרן על הטבח בבית הכנסת: "מזועזע והמום, לקיים יום תפילה"

הטבח בבית הכנסת: הגר"ח קנייבסקי הזדעזע והגיב: "עקבתא דמשיחא"

טבח בבית הכנסת: הרב דוד לאו: "דם יהודי נשפך כמים בחוצות ירושלים על לא עוול בכפם"

Statements from Elected Officials

President Obama Condemns Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack

Senator Simcha Felder Assures NYC That NYPD Is Heightening Security Following Massacre In Har Nof Shul

Statements By Elected Officials Following Massacre At Jerusalem Synagogue [UPDATED 10:58AM ET]

Kerry Condemns Har Nof Terror Attack; Calls It Act of ‘Pure Terror And Senseless Brutality’

Bennett: “Abbas Responsible for Blood of Jews Spilled on their Tallit and Tefillin”

Employing Arabs

בעקבות גל הטרור: החלטה דרמטית: אשקלון לא תעסיק עובדים ערבים

המגזר החרדי שובר ימינה: האדמו"ר מויז'ניץ בהמלצה לחסידיו: אל תעסיקו ערבים

הרבי מקרלין סטולין הורה: לא להעסיק פועלים ערבים
Karlin-Stolin Rebbe Says Throw the Arabs Out of the Mosdos!

FLASHBACK: Hagon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Calls On Yeshivos To Fire Arabs [YWN Article From 2008]

Video Of Interest: Stop Hiring Arabs Campaign

Despicable Arab Reaction