31 January 2012

Feiglin's No Mashiach


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!"

30 January 2012

Amazing Analogy


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.


25 January 2012

It's a Low Generation


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!

24 January 2012

The New Month of Shevat


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,

22 January 2012

"Shalom al Yisrael"


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,