29 December 2009

Groveling before the goyim

B"H

13 Tevet 5770



Unfortunately, I was in a position today where I was forced to witness a tragic degradation of Jews and Judaism and by extension, chillul Hashem. It was doubly tragic because this was a self-imposed degradation and those involved had not a clue that anything was wrong.

A certain Sufi Muslim religious leader from Italy (hamevin yavin) is visiting Eretz Yisrael. He's traveling to places like Hevron and Jewish East Jerusalem and speaking to groups of Jews. Basically, this man asserts that the Quran is misinterpreted by the Wahabis and Jewish rights to Eretz Yisrael and Jerusalem.are not incompatible with the teachings of the Quran. It so happened that I was present where he was scheduled to give a lecture tonight.

All kinds of Jews came to see and laud this "venerable" representative of Islam. He was serenaded. Some stood up for him. From all sides I heard praise for him and his thoughts and the "courage" he demonstrated by professing them publicly. Representatives of the so-called nascent Sanhedrin and even someone from a Chaver Knesset's office attended.

Why is it that Jews can't take Hashem's or the Torah's word for it? They crave the acceptance of the goyim. And not even righteous goyim at that! I mean this man is a self-avowed leader of one of the world's largest and bloodiest false religions and one that is bent on world domination. Does anyone ask this Muslim leader about the Quran's teaching on the dhimmi status for Jews in so-called Arab lands?

Let me tell you this and hear me well. When Mashiach is here and leading us, there will never again be such an occurrence in Eretz Yisrael and how much more so in Yerushalayim. This man will be informed in no uncertain terms that he is trangressing the Laws of Bnei Noach and is not welcome to visit in Eretz Yisrael until he does teshuva and undoes all the damage he has accumulated until now by misleading other goyim into a false religion.

Seething with righteous indignation...
-MW-

28 December 2009

Mashiach's suffering (2)

B"H

12 Tevet 5770


Mashiach's suffering is our salvation.

Pesikta Rabbati, 37:

…the Patriarchs will in the future rise up in the month of Nissan and will say to the Messiah, “Ephraim, righteous Messiah! Although we are your ancestors, you are greater than we, because you suffered for our children’s sins and underwent hardships not experienced by the early or later ones. You were the object of ridicule among the nations for Israel’s sake, and you sat in sightless gloom. Your skin shriveled on the bone and your body was as dry as wood. Your eyes lost their luster through starvation, and your strength dried up like a potsherd. All this occurred due to our children’s sins. Do you wish our children to benefit from the bounty G-d has showered on Israel? Perhaps due to the immensity of your suffering on their behalf, and the time your spent imprisoned, you are displeased with them?”

The Messiah shall reply, “Fathers of the world, all that I did, I did only for yours and your children’s sakes, for yours and your children’s glory, that they might benefit from this bounty which G-d showered upon Israel.” The Patriarchs then say, “Ephraim, righteous Messiah! You should be pleased, for you have pleased both us and G-d.”

R. Shimon ben Pazi said: “At that moment, G-d shall raise up the Messiah to the highest heavens and envelop him in His glorious splendor, before the nations of the world, the wicked Persians. He shall say: Ephraim, righteous Messiah! Judge these and do to them whatever your heart desires, for if not for overpowering mercy on your behalf, they would already have obliterated you from the universe in a moment,….

...When he leaves the prison, not one kingdom, two or three attack him, but 140 kingdoms, and G-d says, "Ephraim, righteous Messiah! fear them not, for they all shall die by the breath of your lips," as it says, "With the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked" (Isaish 11:4). G-d immediately makes the Messiah seven canopies of precious stones and pearls... and he hugs the Messiah before the righteous and brings him under the canopy, and all the righteous see him.
-MW-

27 December 2009

Mashiach's suffering

B"H

11 Tevet 5770


Pesikta Rabbati, 36:

“…the nations became excited and said “Master of the Universe! Who is this into whose hands we shall fall? What is his name? What is his nature?” G-d replied, He is the Messiah and his name is Ephraim, My righteous Messiah. He shall raise up himself and his generation. He shall bring light to Israel and save his people, and no nation or tongue can withstand him… All his enemies and foes flee… Even the rivers cease running…”

G-d set ground-rules for the Messiah: “In the future, the sins of these stored away with you will place you under an iron burden. They will make you like this calf whose eyes have dimmed. Their burden will suffocate your spirit. Through their sins, your tongue will cleave to your palate. Do you wish this?” The Messiah asked, “Is that pain going to last many years?” and G-d answered, “I swear by My life and yours that it shall last no longer than the year 7000. If you are unhappy with this, I will make them suffer starting now.” The Messiah replied, “Master of the Universe! Joyfully do I accept it upon myself so that not one Jew be lost… It is what I want!”…

The Rabbis said, “The week in which the Son of David comes, iron bars shall be brought and placed on his neck until he is bent over, and he will cry out tearfully until his voice ascends to Heaven. He will say, “Master of the Universe! How long can my strength hold out? My spirit? My soul? My limbs? Am I not flesh and blood?”…

G-d will then reply, “Ephraim, Righteous Messiah! You undertook this from the Six Days of Creation. Now, your pain will be like Mine, for since Nebuchadnezzar went up and destroyed My house and burnt My sanctuary and exiled My children among the nations, I swear to you that I have never sat down upon My throne; and if you do not believe Me, observe the dew that has settled on My head”… The Messiah will respond, “Master of the Universe! Now I am consoled. It suffices for the slave to be like his master.”


-MW-

26 December 2009

It's not just a dream

B"H

10 Tevet 5770


David HaMelech spoke often of Mashiach in his Tehillim. Number 45 is one example:

…”You are beautiful beyond other men, charm is poured upon your lips, therefore God has blessed you for eternity. Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one – your majesty and your splendor. And with your splendor, overcome and ride over your enemies, for the sake of truthfulness and righteous humility; may your right hand guide you to awesome deeds. Your arrows are sharp --- nations beneath you fall --- they fall in the heart of the foes of the king. Your throne, O ruler, is forever and ever. For the scepter of equity is the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore has God, your God, anointed you, with oil of joy, from among your peers. Myrrh, aloes, and cassia, are the fragrance of all your garments --- from ivory palaces, from those which have gladdened you. Daughters of kings are your visitors, the queen stands erect at your right in the golden jewelry of Ophir. Hear, O maiden, and see, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house --- then the king will desire your beauty; for he is your master, and bow to him.

Trying to imagine such a reality...
-MW-

22 December 2009

Fed up

B"H

6 Tevet 5770


Remember when we were in the Midbar after our great exodus from Egypt, when the Erev Rav started a complaint against Hashem for meat to eat?

(Bamidbar 11)

...the multitude among them began to have strong cravings. Then even the children of Israel once again began to cry, and they said, "Who will feed us meat? We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free of charge, the cucumbers, the watermelons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.


And Hashem's reply:

...'Prepare yourselves for tomorrow and you shall eat meat, because you have cried in the ears of the Lord saying, "Who will feed us meat, for we had it better in Egypt." [Therefore,] the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall eat it not one day, not two days, not five days, not ten days, and not twenty days. But even for a full month until it comes out your nose and nauseates you. Because you have despised the Lord Who is among you, and you cried before Him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?"'

And this explains why we are suffering so much today. First because we complain and then because we tell each other how much better it is anywhere else but in Eretz Yisrael. We spurn the very idea of going 'backwards' to a monarchy. We pride ourselves on being the "only democracy in the Middle East" and a friend and ally of the "only Superpower" in the world.

How many times have I heard 'religious' Anglo Jews brag about how great things would be here if only the Israelis would run the country more like America. Listen, America is not as great as you remember, just like the food in Egypt was not as great as we remembered it in the Midbar. Hashem is doing something miraculous here with us. Show some appreciation. Stop complaining. And never compare Eretz Yisrael unfavorably with any other land. Otherwise, we risk much.

...The meat was still between their teeth; it was not yet finished, and the anger of the Lord flared against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very mighty blow. He named that place Kivroth Hata'avah [Graves of Craving], for there they buried the people who craved.
What is going on now in this country can be compared to getting our fill of so-called democracy until we are ready to puke from it. Only when we've gotten that all out of our system and are willing to submit to Hashem's will in the form of government He deems right for us will the suffering stop.

And all of this still has to happen before Mashiach can be revealed. Can you imagine anyone choosing Bibi or Barak or Tsipi Livni over Mashiach? Let me tell you, in today's reality, Mashiach would never win against any of these losers. I'm afraid we will have to get a lot more fed up with this government before we are ready to elect Mashiach to power and be willing to submit ourselves to the authority of a restored Sanhedrin.

Wondering just how far this craving will take us...
-MW-

21 December 2009

The Redeemer

B"H

5 Tevet 5770


Moshe Rabbeinu reincarnates in every generation.

"...only when all of the reincarnations of Hevel are complete, which is Moshe Rabbeinu, who reincarnates in every generation to separate out the souls from amongst the spiritual waste, will Moshiach come, and death will be absorbed forever. (Sha’ar HaGilgulim, Ch. 20)

In the future Moshe himself will reincarnate and return in the last generation, as it says, “you will die with your fathers and rise up.” However, in the final generation, the “Dor HaMidbar” will also reincarnate with the Erev Rav, and this is what the verse also says, “this people will rise up.” Hence, there is not a single generation in which Moshe Rabbeinu does not return b’sod, “The sun rises and the sun sets” (Koheles 1:5) and, “One generation goes and another comes” (Koheles 1:4), in order to rectify that generation. Thus, the Generation of the Desert along with the Erev Rav reincarnate in the final generation, “like in the days of leaving Egypt” (Michah 7:15). (Sha’ar HaGilgulim, Ch. 20)"


His soul is the potential Mashiach in each generation. If we had been ready to receive him; if we had been ready to accept his leadership, then we would already have been redeemed. Each time we did not merit it, the opportunity was lost and passed on to the next generation.

However, in the last generation, it's not possible that those who are not ready will prevent the redemption from arriving, G-d forbid!

On the lookout for "Moshe Rabbeinu"...
-MW-

20 December 2009

Hidden codes

B"H

4 Tevet 5770


Shirat Devorah has many references to the geulah shleimah. It is no coincidence that the name "Gilad" is mentioned in Shirat Devorah and the name "Gilad" Shalit figures so prominently in the news here at the End of Days. I think that we will soon see that Gilad's release from Hamas captivity is connected to the revelation of Mashiach Tzidkeinu.

Praying for the release of all Jewish captives wherever they may be...
-MW-

19 December 2009

In plain view

B"H

3 Tevet 5770


Here is an interesting excerpt from a letter I received last week:

"...the most amazing example of the impossible unfolding before our eyes is the story of Moshe growing up in Pharaoh's place. Not only was the decree that Pharaoh issued to kill all the males not heeded in Moshe's case, but he grew up right under the nose of Pharaoh, who had foreseen that the redeemer of the Jewish people would be born - and he did all he could to stop it from happening. Still, when it came to fulfilling Hashem's plan of Redemption, nothing could be done to stop it. And as it usually works out, Redemption comes to the Jewish people from the impossible."

It's entirely possible that Mashiach is at one and the same time hidden from view and yet standing in the public spotlight, sort of hidden in plain sight, like the lion in this picture.

It shouldn't be much longer now...
-MW-

11 December 2009

Heartfelt wishes

B"H

24 Kislev 5770


As Rabbi David Orlofsky explains in the Torah Live video entitled Women and Work, the Chanukah candles are especially meaningful for women. The Greeks despised the concept of holiness and did all in their power to wipe it out. In the time of the Maccabees, there was a law that every Jewish bride must spend her wedding night with the local Greek governor before joining her chatan.

In praise and thanks to the G-d of Israel, that despite all the other pressures of our time, this is not something we must submit to any longer, I will not be posting during the holiday.

See you in another week...


-MW-

10 December 2009

Mashiach's wife

B"H

24 Kislev 5770


We have a few sources which confirm that Moshe Rabeinu divorced his wife Tsiporah, since he was unable to continue being a husband to her. His relationship with Hashem required that he be in a constant state of purity. It was the questioning of this situation that caused Sister Miriam’s well-meaning lashon hara with Brother Aharon HaCohen that resulted in her affliction with tzara’at.

In her new book Women at the Crossroads: A Woman's Perspective on the Weekly Torah Portion, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum writes (in part), on Parashat Ha'alotcha:
Will also Mashiach have to separate from his wife in order to achieve his spiritual purpose?
A person consists of both body and soul. The woman is compared to the body, whereas the man is compared to the soul (Zohar 1:35a). Chana Weisberg, in The Crown of Creation, explains that according to the holy Zohar, the essence of the physical existence of the body originates from a higher level of G-dliness than even the spiritual soul. Since the body has descended further from its exalted origin, it is currently on a lower level. In the messianic era, the true essence of the body will be revealed, and the soul will derive spiritual nutrition from the body. Although Mashiach will be the epitome of holiness, he will not be detached from the physical like Moshe, but will have the capability of synthesizing spirituality with materiality. From this we can infer that Mashiach will not have to separate from his wife, as did Moshe. On the contrary, the relationship with his wife will empower him to achieve the ultimate spiritual rectification of all humanity.

Again from
Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh:

"The image of Mashiach coming in through the door, is the image of the long lost groom reuniting with his beloved bride, as described in the Song of Songs."

Yes, it mirrors “… the union of the Jewish People with God and of the entire world with God.” But the pshat is true as well.

Dreaming about that happy occasion,

-MW-

09 December 2009

Ani ashira

B”H

23 Kislev 5770


When I was a little girl, I would sing, literally, all the time. I was like a little tsiporah. I would sit in my swing for hours on end, swinging and singing every verse of every song I could remember---all for the Creator up in the sky. As I grew, I began singing for friends and family. And this led to singing onstage for larger audiences. Often these were songs of praise to the G-d in the Heavens and I felt no embarrassment at all.

And then…I stopped singing in public. Instead, I reserved my voice and my songs for Hashem alone. Singing was always very important for me, in this life and no doubt in previous ones as well.


According to the Arizal, Tsiporah, daughter of Yitro and then wife of Moshe Rabeinu, was re-incarnated as Devorah HaNeviah. Can you imagine how she must have felt to have accompanied Moshe Rabeinu to Mitzrayim only to subsequently be sent home to Midyan and then to hear later, secondhand, about the biggest event in the history of the world---the Splitting of the Reed Sea? (Well, maybe the Deluge was bigger, but I wouldn’t have wanted to see that.)

The Arizal says that it was such a letdown for Tsiporah, that Hashem let her have her own song when she re-incarnated as Devorah HaNeviah. She sang Shirat Devorah, which alludes, as you surely recall, to Mashiach and the End of Days.

As the Gemara says, “the first redeemer will be the last redeemer.“ And the redeemer’s first wife will be his last wife.

With a song in my heart and a smile on my lips...
-MW-

08 December 2009

Which Mashiach?

B"H

22 Kislev 5770



I was intrigued today by something I read on the Tomer Devorah blog. She has recently been discussing the growing division between Torah-true Jews and anti-Torah, or Hellenistic, Jews. In a subsequent post, she stated, “Mashiach will conquer by force of arms before peace will reign across the world.”

“Jewish Jihad,” as a term, might be a bit strong, but it’s true that Judaism originated the concept of Holy War. No other people on the face of the earth had ever gone to war in the Name of Hashem until the Israelites did. In fact, a case might be made for Levi and Shimon’s decimation of Shechem being the first instance of such a war. It wasn’t just that their sister had been violated, but that this was the daughter of Yaakov, the father of the Jewish nation, who represented Hashem in the world.

Our situation will be similar to what occurred when Moshe Rabeinu first returned to Mitzrayim. Things got much worse before they began to get better.



And so it will be when Mashiach arrives. Anyone who thinks that immediately upon his arrival, everything will turn wonderful is in for a rude awakening.

Mashiach will himself be a cause for division. People will either love him or hate him. Under his leadership, all the dire consequences which the Erev Rav warn about will surely come about. Yes, we will be perceived by many as “Taliban” Jews; reverting to a “third-world country.” They will call us “racists, “bigots” and worse. There will be religious coercion since “religious” law is the law of the land and we coerce civil law. It is only in the minds of westerners that religion is a private matter and not a communal one. Tolerance and pluralism and democracy, which are nice words for society- and soul-destroying concepts, will no longer be used to undermine Torah in the Jewish land. False religions will be abolished from the holy land along with their unholy places and their followers, propagators and sympathizers. But anyone who believes that following Torah will lead to practicing Islam does not know the Torah or the G-d of the Torah.

This is all in the beginning, of course, because as the world slowly begins to see how the ways of Torah lead to peace and pleasantness among brothers, the remnant of the nations will praise us and thank us. As it says in Tehillim (97):
“When Hashem will reign, the world will rejoice; numerous islands will be glad. …Humiliated will be all who worship idols, who pride themselves in worthless gods;…. Zion will hear and be glad, and the daughters of Judah will exult, because of your judgments, Hashem.”
Were you expecting something different? Another kind of Mashiach maybe? If what I’ve written disturbs you, then I would suggest that your Judaism needs a check-up. Your pure and unadulterated Torah may be coated with layers of assimilated ideas, even to the point of being unrecognizable. Everyone must take a good, hard look into his own soul and judge for himself, if he is really ready to receive Mashiach.

Praying that we all get ready quickly ...
-MW-


07 December 2009

Q & A

B"H

21 Kislev 5770


I've received some interesting questions via email. I am not at liberty to answer all of them, but I'm happy to answer those which are permitted.

Someone asks: "Why the delay and the evil edicts against us?"

These are two questions. In answer to the first, as is well known, we have not merited redemption in haste, so now we must work our way through the slow and prodding and painful process of redemption in its time. It only seems "delayed" because we want it right now. But "in its time" means that it is set, like an appointment, for an hour and a day and a year. And when that moment arrives, nothing can stop it, not even our unworthiness.

In answer to the second, I take a bit of exception to the use of the word "evil." It connotes something in opposition to "good." However, these decrees are obviously from Hashem and we know that everything that comes from Hashem is for the ultimate good. It's time we grew up spiritually and stopped thinking in terms of evil vs. good and understand, as is known at the highest levels, that all is good---gam zu letovah! (I say this to myself, first and foremost.)

Our beginning and our final destination are set and unchangeable, but the route by which we choose to reach our destination---or our destiny,which is the same thing---is where our free will comes into play. We can choose the quick, easy route or the long, hard way. This idea is most notably illustrated in yetziat Mitzrayim. We were an eleven day journey from the Promised Land, but because of our sins, it took us forty years and countless heartaches.

Rabbi Mendel Kessin explains it this way:

"A mitzvah is not an end in itself, it is a tikun device for fixing creation. If we don't do mitzvoth, there is a second device which accomplishes the same thing. That's teshuva. But if we don't do teshuva, then there is yet a third device that will get the job done and that is yisurim---suffering. Suffering is not for punishment. It is for tikun."


Yeranen Yaakov asks a very deep question on his blog today: "...is it true that FFBs could not become Mashiah?"

I'd like to offer my response to that question here. In a way, isn't every "FFB" who has a real and dynamic relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu, also a "BT." A personal and ongoing relationship with Hashem, which is what He desires most from each of us, is not something one can be born into or which can be passed down. We have to discover it and develop it for ourselves. The great advantage of being "FFB" is that all the raw materials for building this relationship are already provided for you and the foundation has already been laid. The classic "BT" has to go out and find the materials, drag them back home and build his own foundation from scratch before he can begin to build upon it.

Mashiach could very well come from a traditional family with a very strong and positive Jewish identity, but with an emphasis on secular knowledge and menschlikeit, rather than Torah learning and observance of mitzvot. He was/is very attached spiritually and emotionally to Eretz Yisrael, like Moshe Rabeinu before him, Mashiach was likely placed into an environment which would enhance his ability to both reject anti-Torah values and to relate to every Jew.


Missing him and wishing he were here already...
-MW-



06 December 2009

Be prepared

B"H


20 Kislev 5770

The people are talking of little else but the settlement freeze and the prisoner exchange. So many are so upset and with clear reason. Every straight-thinking Jew understands that appeasing our enemies and giving in to foreign pressure is a recipe for further disaster.

Be prepared, geulah-watchers. This will not be the way of Mashiach. He will not make deals and he will not consult polls. If one of our enemies dares to raise his head and take what is ours, Mashiach will act upon the faith of his fathers and follow in their footsteps:

AVRAHAM AVINU

And Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, and he armed his trained men, those born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and he pursued [them] until Dan. And he divided himself against them at night, he and his servants, and smote them, and pursued them until Hobah, which is to the left of Damascus. And he restored all the possessions, and also Lot his brother and his possessions he restored, and also the women and the people. (B’reishit 14)
DAVID HAMELECH 
…And David and his men came to the city, and behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been captured. And David and all the people who were with him, raised their voice and wept, until they had no strength to weep. And David's two wives were captured: ….

And David was in dire straits, for the people spoke of stoning him, for the soul of all the people was grieved, each man concerning his sons and concerning his daughters; but David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Bring near to me now the ephod." And Abiathar brought the ephod near to David. And David enquired of the Lord saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Will I overtake them?" And He said to him, "Pursue, for you shall overtake and you shall rescue." …And David pursued, he and four hundred men ….

…behold, they [the Amalekites] were scattered over the entire landscape, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah. And David smote them from evening until evening to their morrow, and no man of them escaped except four hundred young men who rode on camels, and fled. And David rescued all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing missing to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, nor anything which they had taken to themselves. David recovered everything. (Shmuel A 30)

Be prepared, because many have allowed their minds to be warped by foreign values and Mashiach's initial actions may cause them great discomfort or even pain. Now is the time to begin to adjust your thoughts and your perspective and ready yourself to accept the great change that is coming.

Looking forward to that day...
-MW-

05 December 2009

Very hopeful

B"H


19 Kislev 5770

I am full of thoughts of Mashiach tonight. Hanukah begins in one week. This is the time when the Light of Thirty-six, the Primordial Light that Hashem set aside for the righteous, begins to shine in the world. I am full of hope that Mashiach will soon arrive and all of us will gaze on his sweet face and know without any doubt that Hashem fulfills all of His promises.

You should understand, however, that it's possible many good, religious Jews will not recognize him at first. He is perhaps not what most religious people are expecting as their Mashiach. Unfortunately, we look too much to externals, especially clothing (remember “Mashiach’s Hat?”) and we misjudge many people because of this. It will be no different with Mashiach. Those whose hearts are completely and unreservedly set on Truth will know him immediately. But that’s ok. There will be time. Hashem wants Mashiach to prove himself through his good deeds on behalf of Am Yisrael. And he is so eager to get started!

Mashiach has a heart for every Jew and he connects with every Jew on some level. He stands right in the middle of it all like the hub of a wheel around which all the many spokes turn, pulling us all together as one nation. And we will be one nation again, as Hashem intended, and this is only one of the wonderful things Mashiach will accomplish.

Watching and waiting…
-MW-

04 December 2009

Soul knowledge

B"H


17 Kislev 5770

Mashiach has known since he was very young that he was destined for greatness. When he was still just a boy, he liked to embellish his stories a bit to make himself seem more important. At least that's how some perceived it. Adults were often critical of him and saw it as a character flaw, but it was only an expression of what he knew in his heart to be true.

It reminds me of our forefathers:

Yosef HaTsadik...

And Joseph dreamed a dream and told his brothers, and they continued to hate him. And he said to them, "Listen now to this dream, which I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the midst of the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright, and behold, your sheaves encircled [it] and prostrated themselves to my sheaf." So his brothers said to him, "Will you reign over us, or will you govern us?" And they continued further to hate him on account of his dreams and on account of his words. (B'reishit 37)
...and David HaMelech...
And David arose early in the morning, and he left the sheep with a keeper; and he carried off and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the barricade, and the army which was going out to the battle array, shouted in the battle. And the Israelites and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army. And David left the baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage, and he ran to the battle array, and he came and greeted his brothers. And while he was speaking with them, behold, the champion, named Goliath the Philistine, from Gath, was coming up from the ranks of the Philistines, and he spoke the same words (as before), and David heard. And all the men of Israel, upon seeing the man, fled from before him, and were exceedingly frightened.
And the men of Israel said, "Have you seen this man who is coming up, for he is coming up to taunt Israel? And it will be, that the man who will kill him, the King will enrich him with great riches, and he will give him his daughter, and he will make his father's house free in Israel." And David said to the men who were standing before him, saying, "What shall be done to the man who slays that Philistine, and takes away reproach from Israel, for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the ranks of the living God?" And the people said to him, "So shall be done to the man who slays him."
And Eliab, his eldest brother, heard when he spoke to the men, and Eliab's wrath was kindled against David, and he said, "Why have you come down? With whom have you left those few sheep in the desert? I know your impetuousness, and the evil of your heart, for you have come down in order to see the war." And David said, "What have I done now? Is it not but a word?" (Shmuel A 17)
We must be very careful how we attribute the motives of others. Especially children and young adults who are still very much connected to the heart of their souls and have not yet been convinced by the adult world that their dreams and feelings are meaningless.

When I was a little girl, I had a child-sized wooden table and chairs. I distinctly remember putting the chair on top of the table and very precariously climbing up onto it. From that height, I reigned as a queen and issued orders to my palace guards who looked suspiciously like my three little brothers.

Who really knows who one has been in a previous lifetime or who one will turn out to be in this one?

Reminiscing about times long past...
-MW-

02 December 2009

Confusing times require clear thinking

B"H


16 Kislev 5770

The generation of Mashiach---our generation---is living through some very confusing times. We look at the news and we see that all of the nations---Eisav as well as Yishmael---are standing against us and threatening to rip Yerushalayim from us. The last superpower of the world insists that we must tear good and faithful Jewish families from their homes and hand our heritage over to bloodthirsty Arabs who have been attacking us all these years.

Then there are those who call themselves Jews, who egotistically grasp the reins of power and assume the leadership over us, who wickedly reject Hashem and His Torah and never miss an opportunity to attack the good Jews who remain faithful to Hashem and to His covenant. They assist our enemies and degrade us by all means at their disposal. It makes us wonder if Hashem hears or cares. It makes us worry whether the prophecies of all the good in store for us are really true or if we have believed errantly in fairy tales.

Is Mashiach like Superman who will come to earth with superhuman powers and right all the wrongs; rescue the downtrodden; and punish all the evildoers? In a word---yes!
He is Hashem's designated agent and by virtue of his lofty soul and the spiritual anointing from Hashem (which is why we call him Mashiach---"anointed one"), he will be the ultimate man of truth and justice and will be given great power over the nations of the world and the enemies of G-d.

Take a look at this excerpt from the writings of Rav Yitzchak Ginsburgh:

Chimney, Window, or DoorThere is a Chassidic idiom that says that Mashiach may come through the chimney (arubah, beginning with the letter alef), or possibly will fly through the window (chalon, beginning with the letter chet) or will enter through the door (delet, beginning with the letter dalet). The first letters of each of these possible entry points, alef, chet, dalet, spell "one" (אחד). These three possibilities for Mashiach's arrival are the three images for which we aspire when we think of his coming. While the appearance of Mashiach in the chimney is extraordinary, his entrance through the window is less so. The Mashiach walking in through the door is the most natural of the three.
Mashiach Down the ChimneyMashiach can be anything and is everything. While we can easily imagine a human Mashiach entering through the door, the image of a chimney most clearly associates to smoke and fire. In Kabbalah, "smoke," (in Hebrew: "ashan"; see the Torah Portion of Yitro) is an acronym for all dimensions of reality: space, time and soul. Mashiach's first task is to completely do away with evil and suffering. The image of Mashiach as smoke is the image of burning away all evil on earth. The obliteration of evil is the necessary starting point for Mashiach, but from there he must progress.
Mashiach Through the WindowThe image of something flying in through the window is the image of a bird. In the Zohar it is written that while Mashiach waits to redeem us, he sits in a bird's nest. The numerical value of the Hebrew word for "bird," tzipor, (376) is equal to the numerical value of shalom, "peace." After obliterating evil and suffering, the Mashiach then turns to bringing absolute, universal peace on earth. Many people mistakenly think that the apex of the Mashiach's mission is to bring peace. However, the Mashiach must also proceed to the next stage, and enter through the door.
Mashiach Through the DoorThe image of Mashiach coming in through the door, is the image of the long lost groom reuniting with his beloved bride, as described in the Song of Songs. It is the union of the Jewish People with God and of the entire world with God. When we meditate on echad, we connect to this experience of infinite love of delights. It is the ultimate manifestation in our souls of God's perfect unity, and is the most essential of the three images. As explained above, the numerical value of ahavah, "love," (13) is the same as echad. God's absolute oneness manifests as the love of delights between Him and Israel.
...The ElementsThe 3-staged progression of Mashiach's arrival is beautifully illustrated according to the four elements. The Mashiach comes to redeem people, represented by the element of earth or dust. He first manifests through the chimney as fire, and then through the window as wind. Finally, he manifests through the door as water.
Such confusing times must not lead us into confused thinking. Confusing times require clear thinking. We must have no doubts that all of the prophecies for our ultimate good at the End of Days are trustworthy and sure. As it says in the prophets:

"Will I bring to the birth stool and not cause to give birth?" says the Lord. "Am I not He who causes to give birth, now should I shut the womb?" says your God. (Yeshayahu 66,9)

We must be absolutely convinced in our own minds that the Torah and Prophets are true and we can rely upon them, no matter how it looks at the superficial level. Our situation can change in a moment, in the blink of an eye. And it will, without a doubt!

Take heart! Mashiach is coming!!

Say it with me, as the Rambam so eloquently put it in his twelfth statement of faith: “I believe with a full heart in the coming of the Messiah, and even though he may tarry I will still wait for him.”

And the wait will really be worth it. Take it from me!

Trying to wait patiently...
-MW-

01 December 2009

A nobody

B"H


15 Kislev 5770

I passed you on the street today, but you didn't see me. Mashiach's Wife is nondescript, unremarkable and completely forgettable. You pass me in the market and take absolutely no notice. I've been very deeply hidden from prying eyes---just like Mashiach---and I take great pains not to call attention to myself. My time will come, but not yet.

Be seeing you around...-MW-

By way of introduction

B"H


14 Kislev 5770

Shalom and blessings from Zion, the Holy City of G-d!

Which do you find harder to believe? That Mashiach would have a wife or that Mashiach's Wife would write a blog? I know. It amazes even me! But what's a woman to do while separated from her husband until his 'appointed time'?

Mashiach is in protective custody, in a manner of speaking, while being prepared for his entrance onto the world's stage. Oh yes, he's here and anxious to get about the business of Redemption. After all, he, like the rest of us, has been waiting for this for thousands of years.

I thought it would help to pass the time productively if I shared my thoughts and insights, using this tool to help us all focus on the reality of Days of Mashiach. Even Mashiach's Wife needs to remind herself that the waiting, too, has its end.

Until next time...
-MW-