27 November 2012

STAY FOCUSED

B"H

13 Kislev 5773


Dear Children of Israel,

Now, more than ever, it is absolutely critical that we remain focused on the big picture and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the yetzer.

Do not allow yourselves to be distracted by politics and political maneuverings. It's a waste! Our redemption will never come about through politics - one of the nastiest inventions of mankind. It's a system that depends on lies, deception and slander - things that make up the old reality and which have no place at all in the new one that is coming.

Do not waste any of the valuable time that is left to us following it, worrying about it, or speaking of it. The entire process is completely irrelevant. It's a smoke screen meant to distract you from the more important work of making the personal tikkunim that will bring us to the complete redemption, which is coming just within our reach.

Stay focused on what really counts!
-MW-


20 November 2012

Ben David

B"H

6 Kislev 5773


As reported at Yeshiva World News:


Rav Yaakov Yosef: Learn from the Syrians
HaKol HaYehudi reports that during a shiur in Hebron, HaRav Yaakov Yosef told participants that “we should take a lesson from the Syrians as how to wipe out and crush one’s enemy”, explaining that we must not address Hamas with a light hand, but learn from Damascus how one puts down one’s enemy.
Rav Yaakov Yosef, the eldest son of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita explained that we are in the midst of a military offensive and it is incumbent on the government and military commanders to understand what our mission is and what actions must be taken towards defending Eretz Yisrael and its inhabitants.

I agree, but we could go back further in time to our most famous warrior-king - King David of blessed memory.  That's what Mashiach would do.  He's not called the son of David for nothing.

-MW-

18 October 2012

Redemption is a Promise

B"H

2 Cheshvan 5773


"...and though he tarry, I will wait daily for his coming."

Every day carries the possibility for redemption and that's why every parsha alludes to it in some way. The haftorah of Parshat Noach speaks of it specifically:


Noach Haftorah in a Nutshell  (Isaiah 54:1-10)
Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G-d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel's once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact G-d made with Noah in this week's Torah reading. Just as G‑d promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.
"For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse."

-MW-

14 September 2012

Left Behind?

B"H

27 Elul 5772


Dear Ones,

Have those not in the know and feeling distinctly unredeemed been left behind somehow?

There are people who claim to know who Mashiach is and where he lives and who his friends are and which yeshiva he attends and which beit knesset he davens in, but if they can say to you, "I, and most of my neighbors have already received our personal redemption," you can rest assured that they know nothing at all.

A Breslover once told me that he was not looking for Mashiach because he had already found his mashiach in Rebbe Nachman.

Such statements astound me in their simple, elegant ignorance. As long as the Shechina remains seated and weeping in the dust, there is no redemption. Some may count themselves as well-off physically and note themselves on a higher spiritual level than others of their contemporaries, but the fact that they do not feel the spiritual degradation shows just how impoverished we all are by this long exile.

If they think they have already seen the light, just wait until they are blinded by the revelation of the actual, real and final redemption.

I want to say just two words here about those who say 4/5ths of our people are destined once again to be lost in Egypt - NOT TRUE. We are destined for the final and complete redemption of our nation. This is precisely why the first redemption was incomplete. First, because we left Jews behind and second, because we continued to suffer from foreign domination throughout our history.

Just as the Talmud says: Israel will not be redeemed until she repents. But what if she doesn't repent? Then, Hashem will send a king more wicked than Haman and Israel will repent. This is our assurance that the Complete & Final Redemption will leave no Jew behind.

Is it possible that this Complete & Final Redemption will arrive to each of us individually at different times? Absolutely NOT! And to suggest so is heresy in my opinion.

When the Complete & Final Redemption finally arrives, everyone will know it and everyone will experience it. The Holy Shechina will be lifted up and dusted off; arrayed in fine robes with a crown placed on her head, and seated on her throne in the Holy of Holies. THAT is redemption!!

Wishing you a ketiva v'chatima tova for the New Year 5773 and a praying that we all experience the Complete & Final Redemption without any further delay!!
-MW-

07 September 2012

What is Mashiach waiting for?

B"H

20 Elul 5772


All Mashiach is waiting for is teshuva. Teshuva from Jews in chu"l for rejecting the Promised Land. Teshuva from Jews who raise neither their voice nor their hand against the destroyers among us. Teshuva from Jews in Eretz Yisrael who refuse to conquer the Promised Land - who are pleased to settle in it, yet who also have no problem living in "coexistence" with those whom Hashem has commanded us to drive out. Some have gone so far as to invite idolaters to live in our Holy Land!

How do you do teshuva for this? Reverse yourself this very moment and do just the opposite. This is real teshuva. Why does our lack of it prevent Mashiach from coming? Because these are the very first tasks he'll perform and if you are unwilling to cooperate with his mission, why should he come for nothing???

It has always been in our power to bring Mashiach. All we had to do is be willing to obey Hashem's Torah...

1. Leave Egypt and enter the Promised Land. (Mashiach will bring all the Jews home to Eretz Yisrael.)

2. Set righteous judges over us and choose leaders who are faithful to Hashem. (Mashiach will wrest control of the government out of the hands of the Erev Rav.)

3. Settle the land and drive out its former inhabitants, else they will remain a thorn in your sides. (Mashiach will rid the Holy Land of all our enemies.)

Only then will he be able to get about the business of rebuilding a Torah society, restoring the monarchy, setting up the Sanhedrin and reconstructing the Holy Temple.

We make mistakes. We are only human. But a Jew has to be loyal to Hashem and His Torah or he will be a rebel against Mashiach and against the Great King's authority and he will be condemned to die for it.

I give you advance warning. In days to come - in Days of Mashiach - many people will be like those who left Egypt and were unhappy in the Midbar. Even some who today beg for the redemption to come will look back fondly on this period of time and wonder why they ever wished it away. They'll feel it is too hard to live up to the standards of a Torah society where a Temple stands in Jerusalem. They'll dream of a return to a world where rachamim is uppermost because in Days of Mashiach din will rule.

Here is a good example of actions in this time period which can bring us to those Days of Mashiach. 


Bill to Keep Supreme Court Out of Existential Matters

Chairman Ya'akov Katz of the National Union party said, Thursday, that he will introduce legislation at the start of the Knesset's winter session to keep the Supreme Court from getting involved in matters tied to the destiny of the state. Ketzaleh said, "That's the only way to stop the cooperation of the Supreme Court with the parties most hostile to Israel and to save the country from the court."
Katz's remarks came before the state reached agreement with Egypt about the disposition of 21 Eritreans who had been waiting on the Sinai border for eight days and it appeared the tribunal would order them to be admitted. The initiator of the anti-infiltration barrier along the border warned that such an order would be publicized throughout Africa and asked, "What's the point of the billions of shekels that the people of Israel spent to build the barrier if the Supreme Court enables all of Africa to enter freely?"
He's absolutely right.  Are you in favor of this idea?  Or do you feel sorry for the infiltrators and wish to grant them a home among us and allow their children to go to school side-by-side with little Jewish children?  Think about it.
-MW-

04 September 2012

Mashiach's Weapon

B"H

17 Elul 5772


We are hearing a lot about weapons these days.  Syria has weapons of mass destruction.  Iran wants weapons of mass destruction.  

Rebbe Nachman says Mashiach's main weapon is prayer.

He's praying for the world every day.  He's praying for you right now.

I'm praying with him.  Will you pray, too?

-MW-

20 August 2012

Mashiach and his family are waiting, too

B"H 

2 Elul 5772

(Imaginary) Conversation heard around Mashiach's dinner table:
 

MDaughter: "I thought all the geulah bloggers and rabbis said 5772 was going to be the year that Mashiach comes. It's already Elul." 
MSon: "And don't forget the Torah codes. Unfortunately, Bashar Assad did not fall in the month of Av, so how reliable is that?" 
MWife: "The year is not over yet." 
M: (Smiles)
MWife: "But, even if 5773 comes and still Mashiach has not been revealed to the world, we will continue to watch and wait and pray with all our hearts." 

 -MW-

17 August 2012

There are no coincidences

B"H

29 Av 5772
Erev Shabbat
Erev Rosh Chodesh


On the eve of Rosh Chodesh Elul, the month of teshuva - "return" - I am returning to this blog. Looking back at where I left off in March of this year, I see that the title of that last blog post was "Teshuva=Return." And I didn't plan it that way. I simply met a friend in the course of the day who brought up this blog seemingly out of nowhere and mentioned that he was sorry he no longer had access to it. What is stranger yet is that he had no idea that I was the blog author. I confessed my secret and told him that I would open it back up and so, here we are. If only our teshuva was so easy.

Here is a little something to help all of us begin to prepare for the new month - the last one before Rosh Hashanah 5773.


From The Introduction to THE ELUL PROCESSby Refoel Leitner
“Prepare the holy throne” (Zohar). Holiness requires preparation. Our chief task is not to create it, but rather to become a receptacle for holiness, which comes about according to the manner of the preparation.
Elul is the last month of the Jewish calendar year.  As the preparation for Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, which immediately follows it, Elul is a month of repentance, marked by a number of Festivals and Holidays, special customs and traditions.
Elul is also the month of soul-accounting. A businessman occasionally needs to calculate an overall profit-and-loss statement, as well as a detailed ledger.  We too need to conduct an annual audit of the state of our spiritual ‘business.’  The entire year we are involved in accruing profit: serving G-d through Torah-study, mitzvah-observance, prayer and good deeds.  In the month of Elul, we make a general reckoning of all we have done throughout the year.
Further, the best possible time for this soul-accounting is the month of Elul, for then the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy shine (i.e. “...slow to anger and abounding in kindness and truth; forgiving iniquity, ...”).  This revelation may be compared to a king  who emerges from his palace and goes out to the field in full view of his subjects.  Only then is it possible to engage  appropriately in spiritual introspection without the danger of sinking into hopelessness and despair.  For, after all, the king is with him in the field—he has our benefit in mind.
A pre-requisite for a proper soul accounting is total acceptance of and self-subordination to the heavenly yoke. This self-subordination can produce a generous ‘growth ,’ just as a seed sown in the ground and covered sprouts a yield far greater than itself.
Although engaging in such spiritual labor can be difficult, making a sincere, all-out effort helps to generate the necessary  inner strength to make our actual, practical service conform with Divine expectations. 
Shabbat shalom, Chodesh tov!
-MW-

01 March 2012

"ZACHOR"

B"H

7 Adar 5772


ZACHOR et asher asa l'cha Amalek...
(REMEMBER what Amalek did to you...)

ZACHOR et yom hashabbat l'kadsho.
(REMEMBER the Sabbath to sanctify it.)

ZACHOR et Yehonatan ben Malka...
(REMEMBER Jonathan Pollard...)

...for freedom, for life, for health and for a future. Remember him for his mesirut nefesh on behalf of Am Yisrael. Remember him to HASHEM, especially NOW.

On the Eve of the Netanyahu - Obama Meeting Pressure Mounts for the Release of Jonathan Pollard
Itamar Eichner - Yediot Achronot - February 28, 2012

(Translated to English)

Hopes are mounting that President Obama will deal with the Pollard issue in his upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and with President Peres.

The former US Undersecretary of Defense, Lawrence Korb, who has first-hand knowledge of the case, recently visited Pollard and expressed the hope that this ordeal will soon end. Additionally, congressmen from the Democratic Party which President Obama heads have been turning up the volume in their calls for Pollard's release.

Top level American officials have joined the call for clemency for Pollard, among them former Secretaries of State Kissinger and Shultz. In light of mounting public pressure there is an expectation that the President will choose to deal with the issue at the meeting.

In advance of the meeting the American group, Justice for Jonathan Pollard, has released a new video in which Senior American officials are asking for clemency for the Israeli prisoner who was convicted of spying for Israel.

Please don't forget to say special prayers for Yehonatan ben Malka at this crucial time,
-MW-

28 February 2012

QUESTION

B"H

6 Adar 5772


Did you beg Hashem with all your heart and with tears to send us Mashiach and the geulah shleimah today?

What could be more important than that?
-MW-

17 February 2012

The Gadol HaDor

B"H


24 Shevat 5772

I was very disturbed by an article I read at Yeshiva World News. It tells about an avreich who, after consultation with rabbonim and his wife and children, decided to donate a year of his life to HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv, who at 102 years old is hospitalized with failing health.

Equally disturbing was the reason given:
“...we are in a time that the gedolei yisrael as the pillar of our existence and without them we won’t be able to continue maintaining a proper lifestyle. We need Rav Elyashiv and other gedolei hador to lead and guide us”.
It's a good thing to give honor to the bearers of our Holy Torah and to feel attachment to them and to want to keep them with us, but Bnei Yisrael needs to understand that we depend upon no one, but Hashem for all that we have or ever will be. HASHEM ALONE deserves our worship. We must be very careful in this matter, not to overemphasize the importance of our leaders.

We even managed to survive the loss of Moshe Rabeinu and we went on to conquer the Land of Israel under the leadership of Yehoshua ben Nun and when we lost him, Hashem brought another to take his place.

The article does not tell us the age of the avreich, but even if he is a young man, who is to say that he will have his full 120 years? What if, G-d forbid, he only ahs two years left? He would be giving half of his life away?

I find this whole idea, that HKB"H sits bargaining over life like this, as if He were in the shuk, l'havdil, to be very repugnant. And besides, was it not already determined on Rosh Hashana who would live and who would die?

Certainly we should pray that the sick will recover, but we have to be ready to leave the final decision to Hashem.

-MW-

13 February 2012

Are you tempted?

B"H


20 Shevat 5772

I am sickened and saddened that Anglos and Anglo-run organizations promote Western culture and holidays in Eretz Yisrael. For the past few years, they've been trying to launch Valentine's Day on the Israeli public. See this article blurb on the JPost website, for example:

Top 5 Jerusalem date hotspots
No matter your thoughts on Valentine’s Day, it’s a good excuse to take someone special for good food in a memorable setting.
Until now, it really hasn't much caught on because everybody knows that Tu b'Av is the Israeli "Valentine's Day." I just hope it remains that way.

Perhaps you are an Anglo-Israeli or Diaspora Jew reading this and you're asking, "What's the harm? It's just innocent fun."

Maybe you're remembering candy hearts and exchanging valentines in public elementary school. And maybe no one ever told you the history behind the holiday.
Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.
In short, it has Catholic and Roman pagan roots. It's everything that opposes Judaism. We have our own holidays which besides bringing us joy and celebration, are rooted in the thoughts of the Creator and which make a real and lasting impact on our reality.

If you're a Jew who has been practicing foreign rituals, please stop. If you've been tempted by the advertising to start, please don't. This mixing of truth and lie, dark and light, really offends HKB"H and it certainly confuses the children.

If you're a Jew, it's really very simple. Just be a Jew and leave the goyische stuff to the goyim!

Glad the next holiday on my calendar is Purim,
-MW-

Beware!

B"H


20 Shevat 5772

I was reading the ZAKA article linked at Tomer Devorah, when I came across something else that's very dangerous.


Revealing the Jewish roots of the Christian Bible
The new “Jewish Annotated New Testament” (Oxford University Press, 2011) is a magisterial volume of Jewish commentaries, essays and scholarly notes on the second half of the Christian Bible. Ironically, the JANT is the work of two practicing Jews, Bible scholars Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University and Marc Brettler of Brandeis University. And the intention of the volume is not “to convert Jews,” but the very opposite: to enable Jews to encounter the New Testament in an informed and noncompulsory way, while showing Christians the very Jewish nature of the books (and writers) in question.
An interview with the authors follows...
Jay Michaelson: Why is it important for Jews to read the New Testament?

Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler: First, much, if not all, of the New Testament is Jewish literature, and all of it is relevant for understanding Jewish history. The New Testament sheds important light on early Jewish life and literature, from the practice of Halacha relations with Rome to women’s social roles to the meaning of apocalyptic texts. Another rationale for Jews reading the N.T. is respect: If we Jews want Christians to respect Judaism, we owe the church the same respect, and that respect includes knowing what is in the Christian canon.
More than that we don't need. So, first they come and say this is written for Christians to learn the Jewish roots of their religion and then they sneak in with "another rationale for Jews reading the N.T....."
This tripe is right up their with Kosher Jesus. When you see these things, you must reject them outright. We Jews have the Torah, written and oral. If we had any need of anything further, Moshe Rabeinu would have brought it down to us from Har Sinai.

Contrary to the authors' claims, the New Testament is not worthwhile as either a historical document or as an anthropological one, because those entrusted with it had no compunctions about making changes to the text over the centuries and the majority of it comes from the mind of a single man - Saul of Tarsus. Furthermore, people owe respect to the Torah because it is G-d's Truth. And we must DIS-respect the New Testament and the Quran because they are NOT!

The goal of all these things is to break down the protective barriers that have been maintained since our founding as a nation. Beware even so-called "Orthodox Jews" who want to build a bridge between "us" and "them." Nothing good will come of it.

With protective love for Am Yisrael,
-MW-

10 February 2012

Iran is the Sign

B"H


17 Shevat 5772

Iran has been given to us as a sign. Hashem wants to strengthen and encourage us, so He has set Iran as a sign to indicate where we are in relation to the revelation of Mashiach. If you want to know how close it is, just look to the situation with Iran.

For how many years now have we been hearing that Israel is going to attack Iran's nuclear sites? It was like a countdown - four years til they have weapons capability, three years, two years, a year and a half. Now, the consensus is saying this year - 5772. Some say May and others say July will be the very last moment.

March has Purim - a celebration of an ancient victory over a Persian enemy. April has Pesach - the commemoration of the first redemption. May corresponds to Iyar, the month when Hashem brought miraculous victories over modern Israel's enemies in 1948 and 1967.

July 2012 is a double whammy - Shiva Asar b'Tammuz and Tisha b'Av both fall in the month of July this year.

The war with Iran has to happen. It's part of Hashem's End of Days plan. Therefore, it's no use to pray it won't be. Better to pray it comes in the Spring when our mazal is toward chesed rather than in Summer when it turns to din.

It's not going to be much longer now,
-MW-

07 February 2012

What were they thinking?

B"H


14 Shevat 5772

Rabbi Moshe Grylak, writing in his weekly Mishpacha column last week, said:

Last week I talked about a series of “undercover” meetings in which I was privileged to participate, together with other spokesmen for the chareidi community, in fraught but fruitful dialogues with representatives of some of the more anti-religious elements in Israeli society. Our eyes were opened at those meetings when we discovered that for our opponents, the most burning question was, “Where will we fit in when you people take over? What are your plans for us?” In view of the demographic trend that clearly forecasts a chareidi majority within a few decades, these secular Jews were full of dread for their future. They envisioned a theocratic regime like that of Iran or Saudi Arabia, headed by ayatollah-like figures who would have sinners dragged out and put to death by stoning. They would be watched by a black-garbed religious police force, and woe to anyone who should stray from strict morality or break the Shabbos laws. It sounds incredible, but they were speaking for large portions of the Israeli population, who actually see this scenario as a tangible threat.
What on earth were these leftist chilonim thinking? That the religious would want to live by Torah miSinai? I mean these crazy ideas they get. It could only have come straight out of the Jewish Bible. We'll have to excuse them for looking to the Torah for what they could expect from a religious "take-over" since, according to Rav Grylak, nothing could be further from the truth.
This very issue was addressed in my book HaChareidim: Mi Anachnu b’Emet? (Chareidim: Who Are We Really?) -- written at the request of a number of colleagues on the religious left and published by Keter, a secular publishing house. Allow me to quote a passage: “Try and explain to [a secular Israeli], especially if he isn’t interested in listening, that we have no desire to impose a halachic regime here in the State of Israel. Even if this impossible vision should ever become a reality and the government should fall into chareidi hands, there are simply no such intentions, and certainly no ability to implement such a policy.
There you have it. The frei rebels who desecrate G-d's name daily have no worries from the religious front. "...we have no desire to impose a halachic regime here in the State of Israel. Even if this impossible vision should ever become a reality...there are simply no such intentions, and certainly no ability to implement such a policy."

What a chillul Hashem! We were fresh out of Mitzrayim and Hashem expected us to live by his good and righteous and just and life-infusing laws. They are only lethal to willful and repetitive transgressors who rebel against the King of kings in public.

No one goes into a person's home to see what they are doing, but public flaunting of the King's laws must be punished as it questions the King's right to rule over us. Why, oh why, is it alright to coerce secular law, but not religious law? The only difference is that one originates in the mind of man and the other originates in the mind of G-d. Give me G-d's law over man's law anytime!

Think! Is our Torah true or not? Did we receive it from G-d at Har Sinai or did we not?

It's time these questions were settled in our own minds, dear Children of Israel, because Mashiach is coming and we are going to have Torah law in our land the same as we did for the 1199 years of the Mishkan and the Holy Temples. Hashem told us that the Torah was not in Heaven that we should send someone up to get it for us, but it "is very close to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can fulfill it."

G-d has not changed and neither have we, unfortunately for us.
-MW-

06 February 2012

What do you see when you look up?

B"H


13 Shevat 5772

Rabbi Lazer Brody on his blog Lazer Beams, has written a post today called Damaging Chatter. It says the following...

...The Torah warns against bravado, attributing one's success to "the might of my right hand" (Deuteronomy 8:17). Blatantly ignoring the Torah, the PM says: "the only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is power."

...we vehemently take exception to the PM's unfortunate statement and ask forgiveness from Hashem for this crass bravado and most damaging chatter. We know the only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is Hashem. Ein Od Milvado - there is nothing or no one but Hashem.
Dear Children of Israel, I'm sorry to tell you that it gets worse. But, it is critical that you all understand what kind of people are running our country right now.

In a recent New York Times article quoted in full at Soul Mazal, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak was reported to have said the following...
...He and Netanyahu, he said, are responsible “in a very direct and concrete way for the existence of the State of Israel — indeed, for the future of the Jewish people.”

...Barak said: “It’s good to have diversity in thinking and for people to voice their opinions. But at the end of the day, when the military command looks up, it sees us — the minister of defense and the prime minister. When we look up, we see nothing but the sky above us.”
This is not only tragic for them, but it is a disaster for the People of G-d to be led by such arrogant people with such empty souls.

Hashem! Please deliver us from the rule of the Erev Rav and bring us the kingship of Mashiach ben David!!

"...And above my head, the Shechinah of G-d!"
-MW-

03 February 2012

Whose New World Order?

B"H


10 Shevat 5772

Everyone has heard of Eisav's plans for a New World Order, but did you know that Yishmael has a plan as well?

A-Jad Plans New World Order

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday said that Iran and like-minded nations needed to "define the New World Order system."

..."Nations loving justice and affection should define the new world system," he said.

During his speech, Ahmadinejad underlined the necessity for the start of a New World Order, and said the "justice-seeking nations should cooperate with each other to materialize this goal."
Everyone seems to want to do Yisrael's job except Yisrael!

There certainly will be a New World Order with a one-world government, but it will be based in Jerusalem and the King Mashiach will rule in righteousness and justice for all by the Law of Almighty G-d!

Please G-d, it should come soon!
-MW-

02 February 2012

Criminal Action

B"H


9 Shevat 5772

One need only look to the fate of Ariel Sharon to see how Heaven views the crime of expelling Jews from their homes and destroying their property in the Land of Israel. Neither Heaven nor Hell wants anything to do with such a person, therefore he remains suspended between the two.

It was publicized today that the current Erev Rav regime has added insult to injury by paying Arabs to help destroy Jewish property and make Jewish families homeless.

A top officer in the Israeli Police slammed the Defense Ministry's decision to allow Arab workers to participate in the demolition of buildings in new neighborhoods (“outposts”) conducted by the IDF, police, and Border Guards over the past few months. Last September, Arutz Sheva reported that Arab workers participated in the demolition of Migron. According to witnesses, the Arabs laughed and joked while pulling apart structures, making fun of the Jews who were being “exiled” from the site. The officer criticized the inclusion of Arabs in the demolition and evacuation of Migron, terming it “heartless.”
The Erev Rav are just doing what comes naturally to their evil hearts. What I don't understand is why the Jews won't wake up and stop fighting the bulldozers and start fighting the regime.

When my husband comes to power, all of these who have participated in these crimes against the Jewish People will receive their just reward. And they won't be housed in a coma unit. They will be dispatched to the appropriate place.

Eager for justice,
-MW-

31 January 2012

Feiglin's No Mashiach

B"H


7 Shevat 5772

Everyone has their own idea about Mashiach; about who he might be and how he might act. Today, Moshe Feiglin and Binyamin Netanyahu are battling for the leadership of the Likud party. Some see Netanyahu as a potential Mashiach. That idea is too ludicrous for me to discuss. Others see Feiglin as a real possibility and it is this that I would like to address.

I'm sure that Moshe Feiglin is a good person and a good Jew who has the welfare of the Jewish people and the Jewish state at heart, but he's not Mashiach and the fact that other good people, other good Jews could make this mistake, makes his leadership a dangerous one in my opinion.

Better a clear wrong than a confused "right." Ambiguity is not in our best interests at this stage of the geulah process. I'll show you what I mean.

According to blogger Reb Rafi Farber, a self-proclaimed "Feiglinite":

[Moshe Feiglin] is the real man to fear, because if he actually takes over the Likud, I can guarantee you that this country will never, ever be the same again.

...He wants nothing less than a total revolution at the core of Israel’s consciousness, to redefine the purpose of her existence, to change everything at the very core, and he wants to do this by winning the Likud leadership, and then the leadership of Israel. ...to be a uniquely Jewish nation through a national Jewish revival. Not a religious revival, as he is against coercive religious legislation and is actually a proponent of civil marriage,....
According to a Hebrew source cited in Wikipedia:
He has come out against religious legislation such as the Chametz Law, which forbids selling leavened products on the Passover Holiday,....
I will give him the benefit of the doubt, that he thinks this would be good for Israel, although I can't imagine how, but we have an example of Mashiach-like decision-making and this isn't it. In the wake of the return to Zion from Bavel:
(Ezra, ch. 7) Ezra ascended from Babylon, and he was a fluent scholar in the Law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given,.... Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord and to perform and teach in Israel statute and ordinance. ...And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God, which is in your hand, appoint judges and magistrates who will judge all the people beyond the river, all who know the laws of your God, and whoever does not know, you shall teach them. And whoever does not fulfill the law of your God and the law of the king promptly-judgment shall be inflicted upon him; whether to be executed, uprooted, fined, or tortured.
Religious "coercion"? Absolutely! Here is another example. Many of the returnees had intermarried.
(Ezra, ch. 9) ...the chiefs approached me, saying "The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites were not separated from the peoples of the lands,.... they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons, and the holy seed has become mingled with the peoples of the lands, and the hand of the chiefs and the deputies was first in this treachery."

And when I heard [of] this matter, I rent my garment and my robe, and I tore the hair of my head and my beard, and I sat bewildered. And all those who hastened at the words of the God of Israel gathered to me on account of the treachery of the community of the exiles, and I sat bewildered until the evening offering. And at the [time of] the evening offering, I arose from my fast with the rent condition of my garment and my robe, and I kneeled on my knees and spread my palms to the Lord, my God. And I said, "O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have increased over our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens."

...If we revert to breaking Your commandments to intermarrying with these abominable peoples, will You not be wroth with us until destruction without remnant or escape? O Lord God of Israel, You are righteous, for we are left a remnant as of this day; behold we are before You in our guilt, for we cannot stand before You because of this."

(Ezra, ch. 10) Ezra the priest arose and said to them, "You have dealt treacherously, and you have taken in foreign wives to add to Israel's guilt. And now, confess to the Lord, the God of your forefathers, and do His will, and separate from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives."
Religious "coercion"? You bet! Yet again, from the same time period:
(Nehemiah, ch. 13) In those days, I saw in Judea [people] treading winepresses on the Sabbath and bringing stacks [of grain] and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, and figs, and all types of loads and bringing them to Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, and I warned them on the day they sold provisions. And the Tyrians [who] sojourned there were bringing fish and all [types of] merchandise and selling on the Sabbath to the people of Judea and in Jerusalem. And I quarreled with the dignitaries of Judea, and I said to them, "What is this bad thing that you are doing-profaning the Sabbath day? Did not your ancestors do this, and our God brought upon us all this calamity, and upon this city, and you are increasing the wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath?"

Now it came to pass when the gates of Jerusalem cast shadows before the Sabbath, that I commanded, and the doors were closed, and I said that they should not open them until after the Sabbath, and I stationed some of my youths over the gates so that no load should enter on the Sabbath day. So the traffickers and the vendors of all types of merchandise lodged outside Jerusalem once and twice. And I warned them and said to them, "Why are you lodging opposite the wall? If you repeat [this], I shall lay a hand on you." Since that time, they did not come on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that the watchers of the walls should purify themselves and come to hallow the Sabbath day.
Religious "coercion"? You'd better believe it! And so will Mashiach Tzidkeinu act for the sake of the Law of our G-d - like Ezra and Nehemiah.

Am Yisrael does not need more Zionist-leadership-with-a-kippah-on-its-head which comes out of the Likud party. We need the TORAH leadership that only the real Mashiach can and will bring if we will but beg Hashem for it and prove to Him that we are ready to follow such a person.

"Rak Mashiach!"
-MW-

30 January 2012

Amazing Analogy

B"H


6 Shevat 5772

I found an amazing short history and analogy explaining the role of Am Yisrael in the world that I'd like to share with you. It comes from Rabbi Daniel at Messiah Truth:

G-d *gave* Adam and Eve the responsibility of elevating the world. They blew it and were thrown out of Eden.

The 10 generations after Adam, G-d *gave* the responsibility to all of Adam's descendants. They blew it and were thrown out of... the world. The flood wiped them out. Sans Noah and sons.

For 10 generations after Noach, G-d *offered* every person in the world the job/role of CEO, Chief Elevating Officer. Abraham was the only one who applied for the job
and passed all 10 interviews.

The kind, generous and forgiving G-d that He is, at the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to Abraham's descendant's, G-d again went to every nation of the world and offered them another opportunity to join. Like their forefathers, they again said "Thanks, but no thanks."

So we teach that we have the responsibility and not the other nations but, as you can see, not because of our having being created special or different but simply because of the love of our forefathers for G-d and their wanting and willingness to do whatever He wanted to get done.

G-d, still being the the kind, generous and forgiving G-d that He is, He allows conversions to Judaism. Individuals of the nations of the world who want to partake of that which their ancestors shunned, they can step forward and join provided, of course, they can show their commitment and qualifications to the job.

Now that we're wearing the suit, so to speak, we became wired into the world in a way that the other nations of the world are not.

Maintaining the analogy of the CEO, and say... a mail clerk, each individual has their role/responsibilities. The CEO is in charge of 613 things, the mail clerk's in
charge of 7 things. Each one can do their job 100% or less. Each one has a compensation package reciprocating and befitting the measure of responsibility of their role in the company. And true to the world as to the analogy, the successes and failures of the CEO have far greater impact on the company than the successes/failures of the mail clerk.

Still worth repeating, any time a mail clerk wants the CEO's job, he/she just has to apply and show their commitment and qualifications and the job will be theirs. [No, you cannot just sit in the CEO's chair or print business cards with "CEO" after your name. It doesn't work that way.]

So the mail clerk needs to be the best mail clerk he/she can be for his/her own sake, own well being and own retirement package. The success of the whole company, though, [i.e., when the Mashiach will arrive,] that is in the hands of the suits.
I'd just add that contrary to what too many Jews are telling the gentiles today, that Am Yisrael exists to serve the goyim (yes, there are actually people teaching that lie), it's easy to understand from this analogy that the CEO does not exist to serve the mail clerk, but both exist to serve the Owner of the company.

-MW-

25 January 2012

It's a Low Generation

B"H


1 Shevat 5772

Our Sages have told us that each generation goes down from its predecessor and that the last generation before Mashiach would be the lowest of all. The following story which took placein Amsterdam points out how true it is for us in this generation - the lowest of the low.

Amsterdam rabbi sacked over gay stance

Holland's Orthodox Ashkenazi community is in a state of uproar after Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam Aryeh Ralbag has been sacked by the for signing a document opposing gay marriage, stating that "homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle" and suggesting that it could be "cured".

Rabbi Ralbag signed the online rabbinical statement several months ago – along with 180 other rabbis, educators and psychotherapists – following an American Orthodox rabbi's decision to officiate a wedding between two men.

Orthodox rabbis and professionals condemned the act in a harsh letter, including Amsterdam's chief rabbi, who is an American citizen and lives in New York most of the time.

Dutch journalists discovered that the senior rabbi had signed the document in recent days, and following the "exposure", Amsterdam's Orthodox Jewish community chairman Ronnie Eisenmann announced that Ralbag would be relieved of his duties.

Eisenmann apologized to any person that might have been offended by the letter, stressing that "homosexuals are welcomed (in the community) and all Jewish couples are accepted as full members so long as they are recognized as 'couples' under Dutch law".

Rabbi Ralbag slammed the decision in interviews to the Jewish press, saying: "It is unheard of for a chief rabbi to express a halachic opinion or a Torah viewpoint and be suspended."
Hashem yerachem!
-MW-

24 January 2012

The New Month of Shevat

B"H


29 Tevet 5772

When the sun sets this evening, we will receive the new month of Shevat.

"The month of Shevat is the eleventh month counting from Nisan. As it states in the Book of Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), 'On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shevat...' (Yirmeyahu 1). In the general calendar year of Jewish tradition, which begins with Tishrei, it is the fifth month.
"...On the first of the month, Moshe, inspired by prophecy from G-d, began to recite the words of the Book of Devarim to Israel.
"...The later Sages have, therefore, said that the first of Shevat is comparable to the day of the giving of the Torah. Just as the sixth of Sivan, on which the Torah was given to Israel, remains forever suitable for the renewed acceptance of the Torah, similarly is the heart of the Jew newly receptive to the Torah on the first of Shevat, because on that day they began to receive the Book of Devarim from Hashem, through Moshe.
"Because the period of transmission of the Book of Devarim was this thirty-seven day interval, all the days from the first of Shevat until the seventh of Adar are especially well suited for renewed inspiration in the study of Torah and the doing of Mitzvot."

Special Days in Shevat
Shabbat Shirah
The Fifteenth of Shevat

(Source: OU.org)

Chodesh tov umevorach,
-MW-

22 January 2012

"Shalom al Yisrael"

B"H


27 Tevet 5772

Shalom to Klal Yisrael~

I haven' t blogged here in quite some time - in almost a year, in fact. ... And it's going on a year now since the massacre of the Fogel Family in their home in Itamar. Chaval that there is no Torah government to impose the death penalty upon the murderers. Hashem should see to the justice in this matter!

With G-d's help, bl'i neder, I will try to get back into the swing of things and begin to post more frequently. I think that we, the Jewish people, have had real Torah Judaism assimilated right out of our systems by the predominate Western culture and that it is crucial that we try to purge this foreign element from our minds and renew right-thinking in preparation for receiving Mashiach Tzidkeinu.

Hashem has designed His world so that we are in partnership with Him. Every action on His part requires some kind of action from us. We had to kill the lambs and put the blood on the doorposts. Nachshon ben Aminadav had to jump into the sea before Yam Suf split for us, etc. We are not going to simply sit on the sidelines and watch as Hashem does it all by Himself or as Mashiach does everything for us. Something is going to be required of you and me in the coming days and weeks and months. This is the time to prepare ourselves for this in every way possible.

With geulah as our goal,
-MW-