25 March 2015

THIS IS IT!

B"H

6 Nisan 5775


Dear Children of Israel,

It appears that this is the time we've been waiting for and praying for and dreaming of. It appears that as of Rosh Chodesh Nisan, we have just transitioned to a different level of reality. I would compare it to the point in time when Moshe Rabeinu saw the burning bush - the point when our redemption from Egypt really began. Do teshuva now! Purify yourselves. Let go of everything but Hashem and His Torah - cling to Him as if your life depended on it. We will continue to advance now from level to level. The separation is almost complete. 

Time (as we've known it until now) is almost up. Consider this your two-minute warning,
-MW-

12 November 2014

Is Mashiach a Talmid Chacham?

B"H


19 Mar Cheshvan 5775

The man who will be Mashiach may or may NOT be a recognized talmid chacham in this generation. For, when the time comes for him to fulfill his messianic role and the soul of Mashiach, or the Mashiach consciousness, descends upon him, it will bring with it all the Torah knowledge accumulated over many lifetimes.

It will be as if a firewall came down allowing access to all the knowledge of the universe. He will have greater wisdom and understanding than any other man alive.


Pray for that day...
-MW-

26 October 2014

Mar Cheshvan

B"H

2 Marcheshvan 5775

THE BITTER MONTH
by Rabbi Ari Goldwag
...Cheshvan is a time that is “bitter,” for there seems to be no opportunities for growth and spiritual connection. It is a time of deterioration, as the leaves wither and the world enters a state of deep hibernation. And yet, it is also a time when the rains begin, when the potential for future growth is being sown. It is a time when spiritual darkness reigns, yet when spiritual growth begins deep beneath the surface. It is the moment when Rachel passes on, when all seems bleak, when the darkness of exile closes in; and it is the moment of the birth of Benjamin, the seed of the Jewish people's perfected state, which is sown in that very darkness.

...The message of Cheshvan is that despite the darkness, and even because of the darkness, there is future growth that awaits us.

See the entire article here.

Shavua tov and chodesh tov~
-MW-

06 October 2014

Sukkot - "Zeman Simchateinu"

B"H


12 Tishrei 5775

The Sukkot holiday is known as "Zeman Simchateinu" - the time of our joy. But, it's terribly difficult, if not downright impossible to feel any joy in our present circumstances. Every one of our senses cries out to Heaven - "Ad matai, Hashem!?"

Until when will you set the prisoners free and grant us joy once again!?

It's a mitzvah to find the joy in the holiday. 

Trying,
-MW-

18 September 2014

The Mitzvah of Yom Teruah

B"H

23 Elul 5774





Ketivah v'chatimah tovah! Wishing us all a good, sweet and blessed New Year~
-MW-

14 September 2014

Ani l'Dodi v'Dodi Li

B"H

19 Elul 5774


"I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine." (Shir HaShirim - Song of Songs)

It is famously taught that the letters which spell out the month of ELUL is also an acrostic for the above quote and reminds us that returning to Hashem in this month of teshuvah means that we are also returning to our Beloved.

The Sages say that Shir HaShirim actually describes the love relationship between HKB"H and Klal Yisrael, who is likened to a wife. In fact, idolatry - the worship of anything other than HKB"H - is compared to adultery. It's like a faithless wife who takes another lover into her bed. Someone or something else has broken into this exclusive relationship. The prophets are replete with this imagery. 

I noticed something amazing in Parshat Ki Tavo (Devarim 26.17-18):

"You have distinguished Hashem today to be a God for you.... And Hashem has distinguished you today to be for Him a treasured people,...."

[Rashi says: You have selected… has selected you: Heb. הֶאֱמַרְתָּ… הֶאמִירְךָ. We do not find any equivalent expression in the Scriptures [which might give us a clue to the meaning of these words]. However, it appears to me that [the expression הֶאֱמִיר] denotes separation and distinction. [Thus, here, the meaning is as follows:] From all the pagan deities, you have set apart the Lord for yourself, to be your God, and He separated you to Him from all the peoples on earth to be His treasured people. ]

To put into more common parlance, we took Hashem to be our Husband and He took us to be His wife - 'until death do us part'. This is a mutually exclusive relationship. That means we are forbidden to take other gods and Hashem forbids Himself (so to speak) from taking any other people. If our breaking of this marriage vow is for us spiritual adultery, then the same would hold true for the corresponding partner - Hashem.

The point of this is two-fold. 1) Anyone who is not a Jew, but who makes any claim to this exclusive relationship with Hashem is not only a liar, he makes Hashem out to be an adulterer, G-d forbid! 2) Jews, who in some misguided attempt to assuage the feelings of goyim who have no share in this covenant relationship, try to bring them in the back door and allow them some 'right' to participate in it, make the same egregious error, G-d forbid!

While Hashem loves His creation and has a special plan for the gentiles, it is wrong to allow them to have or to teach them that they have some share in Klal Yisrael or the Holy Torah, which is our ketubah, or our Holy Land, which is the marital home or in the Holy Temple, which is the marital bedroom! The Holy Shabbat, too is set aside as an exclusive possession of Klal Yisrael. 

Any gentile who really desires to be a part of this mutually exclusive relationship may do so via halachic conversion and that is the only way that a gentile may LEGALLY learn Torah, settle in Eretz Yisrael, perform 613 mitzvot and partake of the Holy Shabbat.

Hashem is our Husband - exclusively. He has not and never will take any other people unto Himself.

Wishing all of us a good, sweet and blessed New Year~
-MW-

24 August 2014

"It's Almost Rosh Ha-Shanah..."

B"H

29 Menachem Av 5774
Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul


Guest post by Daniel Pinner:

Perhaps the greatest mitzvah you will do this year...

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are preparing to celebrate the new year with our friends, our families, and our loved ones.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are thinking about teshuvah, repentance, for the sins we have committed and the mitzvot we have neglected in the past.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are already busy cooking, cleaning, preparing our houses for the holiday season, for our guests.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are looking forward to praying in our Synagogue, hearing the familiar prayers with their much-loved melodies, the stirring Shofar blast with its divine message of repentance, forgiveness, and God’s majesty and sovereignty.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we can already almost taste the apple and honey, the honey cake, the best quality Kiddush wine, and all the delicious food that accompanies this festival-laden month.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are already beginning to think about erecting our Sukkot, we are already beginning to bring out the decorations

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we can be sure that Jonathan Pollard will not be allowed to celebrate Rosh Ha-Shanah in his prison cell in the USA; he will be denied his friends, his wife, his family, all those whom he loves and who love him; he will be unable to hear the Shofar blast, he will not be permitted to participate in any services. Jonathan Pollard has no Sukkah to look forward to, no decorations to prepare, no festival food to eat.

You can do something to help!

Please send a Shanah Tovah card to Jonathan Pollard. His address is:

Jonathan Pollard #09185-016
c/o FCI Butner
P.O. Box 1000
Butner, NC
U.S.A 27509-1000

It may not be much, but it is something that everyone – including you! – can do. I speak from personal experience when I say that receiving letters is a tremendous morale boost for a prisoner. Indeed, Jonathan himself describes the letters he receives as his “oxygen”. I have no idea if prisons and guards in the USA are anything like in Israel, but if they are, then when the prison system – from the individual guards all the way up to the top commanders – see that a prisoner receives mail, then they know that people on the outside care about him, and are more reluctant to abuse him.

Jonathan Pollard has given well over a quarter of a century of his life due to the venality of certain American and Israeli top politicians. If you live in Israel then you may owe your very life to Jonathan – because it was he who gave Israel crucial information about Iraqi Scud missiles and other Iraqi military capability back in the mid-1980’s.

You can give a few minutes and a few shekels (or dollars, or pounds, or euros) of your own life to send Jonathan Pollard a Rosh Ha-Shanah card. Even if it arrives after Rosh Ha-Shanah, nevertheless send it!

Let us make this effort together. Let us ensure that our brother Jonathan Pollard is flooded with Rosh Ha-Shanah cards this year; send one, send a few, get as many friends and family members to send, send these cards from all over the world – the more people in the more countries, the better.

Let Jonathan Pollard know that even in his prison cell, he is not alone!
Let Jonathan Pollard know that we have not forgotten or abandoned him!