30 January 2014

Two Days of Rosh Chodesh - Two Adars!


30 Shevat 5774
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

Months of Mazal
by Yehoshua Metzinger

When the archenemy of the Jews, Haman, was drawing lots for an opportune time to wage his personal war against the Jews, he was delighted that the date of the deadly decree fell in the month of Adar. The reason he was so happy was that he found that every other month on the Jewish calendar had some auspicious date to aid the Jewish people, but in Adar he saw that Moses passed away on the 7th. Haman was so sure that this date would cause misfortune for the Jewish people, that he made Adar the deadline for the decree.

However, what Haman didn't know is that Moses was also born on the 7th of Adar, which made the month an auspicious one for the Jewish people, not only during the events of Purim but also today. How did the joy of Moses' birthday cancel out the misfortune that the 7th was also the day of his passing, and what are the special qualities of Adar that grant the Jewish people good fortune?

...Haman's mistake in thinking that Moses' passing ruined the month of Adar for the Jewish people was actually to our benefit; he chose to set the decree in the month of the greatest mazal for the Jewish people. This teaches us that Adar is a propitious month for protection, for improving ourselves and for joy, which reaches greater and greater levels as we progress through the two Adars.

Read the rest here.

Chodesh Tov!!

Yom Kippur Katan


29 Shevat 5774

It's Yom Kippur Katan before Rosh Chodesh 'א of Adar I.
The day before each Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the month) is referred to as 'Yom Kippur Katan," the "Little Yom Kippur." R' Gedalya Schorr, in explaining why this is the case, first discusses the purpose of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, simply stated, is a day for one to take an accounting of what he or she has accomplished or failed to do. It is time for people to inspire themselves, to arouse within their heart and soul a desire to accomplish more, to strive for greatness. ...A person must realize that he has it within himself to achieve greatness, and that greatness is indeed within reach. (Torah.org)
Reaching for greatness,

19 January 2014

"Preparing Hearts and Minds"


18 Shevat 5774

The newest linked article on the Justice for Jonathan Pollard website, is a must-read. 

Jerusalem Report Commentary: Free Pollard Now

There has been a convergence of events preparing hearts and minds, and reinforcing the case for Jonathan Pollard's release

Nachman Shai - The Jerusalem Report Magazine, cover date: January 27, 2014  

If we're on the same page, you don't need me to spell it out for you.

The article ends with...

In the coming weeks, my colleague Ayelet Shaked of Bayit Yehudi and I, who head the bipartisan Knesset lobby for Pollard's release, together with activists from the Free Pollard NPO, intend to ratchet up the pressure and galvanize as much support as possible in Israel and the US. We feel that a request to release Pollard on humanitarian grounds, something everyone can relate to, will have the best chance of success. Current events and the pleas of leading Israeli and American public figures will hopefully generate a useful tailwind. Ultimately, however, the decision rests with Obama; he, and only he, will decide whether the time has come to allow Pollard to live out the rest of his life as a free man.

Dr. Nachman Shai of the Labor Party is co-chair with Bayit Yehudi's Ayelet Shaked of the Knesset lobby for Jonathan Pollard's release.

Of course, I take exception to the words "the decision rests with Obama; he, and only he, will decide whether the time has come to allow Pollard to live out the rest of his life as a free man."

It is HKB"H and HKB"H ALONE who makes this decision.  Pharaobama is a tool in His hand; a puppet on strings. HKB"H will free Jonathan Pollard from the United States the same way He freed the Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

Watch and see,

17 January 2014

Zipporah - Mashiach's Wife


16 Shevat 5774

(Shemot 18:1-7) Jethro priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the Lord had brought Israel out from Egypt. So Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after she had been sent home, and her two sons — of whom one was named Gershom, that is to say, "I have been a stranger in a foreign land"; and the other was named Eliezer, meaning, "The God of my father was my help, and He delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh." Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought Moses' sons and wife to him in the wilderness, where he was encamped at the mountain of God. He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, with your wife and her two sons." Moses went out to meet his father-in-law; he bowed low and kissed him; each asked after the other's welfare, and they went into the tent.
Since Moshe Rabeinu was the first redeemer and by some accounts will be the final redeemer as well, it stands to reason that Zipporah will be Mashiach's wife.

Read about her in the commentary ZIPPORAH: MIDRASH AND AGGADAH by Tamar Kadari.


16 January 2014

It's TU b'Shevat!


15 Shevat 5774

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit. -Leviticus 19:23-25

There are four new years... the first of Shevat is the new year for trees according to the ruling of Beit Shammai; Beit Hillel, however, places it on the fifteenth of that month. -Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1

See more at Judaism 101; My Jewish Learning; Chabad; or OU.

Happy Birthday, trees!

13 January 2014

Esh Kodesh - Holy Fire


13 Shevat 5774

Couldn't miss this opportunity to pass along some important information.  Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute explains the situation in Yishuv Esh Kodesh from a personal perspective.  His married daughters live there.

Op-Ed: What Really Happened at Eish Kodesh
...Many incidents and instances of gross injustice, governmental duplicity and police brutality have been inflicted upon the families of Eish Kodesh, but the incidents of this past week are so horrific that all past experience pales.
On Tuesday, January 7th, large and numerous forces of police and army arrived at Eish Kodesh and destroyed the vineyards and orchards belonging to two of the residents of Eish Kodesh. The Palestinians of the adjacent village of Kusrah, who continually instigate violent confrontation with the Eish Kodesh residents, were emboldened by the State action against the settlers, and with a phalanx of police to 'protect' them they gleefully 'reclaimed' these lands immediately and within moments, ploughed the earth and declared their ownership.
In addition to the destruction of the orchards and vineyards, the police also confiscated and/or destroyed privately owned farming equipment belonging to two of the residents, who together sustained over 80,000 NIS in damages and financial loss.

The feeling in the community, in the face of this government-sponsored pogrom, was one of abandonment and betrayal. This act of destruction, carried about by the government of Israel, was ordered by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
Also, Manhigut Yehudit is offering the public a chance to participate in replacing the trees which the IDF uprooted from there.

Join us this Friday, 16 Shvat/Jan.17 in Aish Kodesh for a major tree planting! They uprooted 300 trees - we will plant 600. Everyone is invited! Join us on Friday for a Major Tree-Planting in Aish Kodesh
Who knows but that this event was the last straw that put Ariel Sharon (and hopefully the secular Zionist regime) in the grave, for from the day he uprooted Yamit, he paved the way. I pray that the Esh Kodesh vineyard be the last uprooting of Jews from their land for all time.

Please G-d!

11 January 2014

Marked for Destruction


11 Shevat 5774

It is well-known that there are certain Arab villages in the Land of Israel where the entire village was in on murdering or torturing Jews. If anyone comes as a candidate for Mashiach and says that in the future we will live at peace with these people, do not believe him. These places and these people are marked for destruction and Mashiach will carry out Hashem's vengeance on them just as David, his father, did before him.

And the name of the Jewish village - Eish Kodesh - which figures so prominently in recent reports, even though it had nothing to do with the events, is a sign from Heaven that this is true. These evil, murderous haters of Jews will be consumed by Holy Fire. Ken, yehi ratzon!


08 January 2014

Mashiach's "Price Tag"


8 Shevat 5774

There are several recent news accounts about an event that happened yesterday.

Palestinians capture and beat alleged ‘price tag’ attackers (The Times of Israel)
Violence, Injuries & Arrests in Gush Shilo (Yeshiva World News)

The details are hard to confirm because of the politically correct reportage; however, a few facts appear undeniable.  Thirty young Jewish men were captured, bound and beaten and held hostage in an Arab village for three hours.  According to their attorney, the Jews contacted the IDF for help, but they delayed in coming and when they did respond, they did not send enough men and stood by watching as the Arabs continued to beat on the young Jews.

...The village mukhtar, Abed Al-Ain Wasli, told Channel 2 that the villagers “could have killed them” and buried their bodies in the hills, but spared their lives “because we are Muslims, we are responsible people… and because they are human beings even if they were hostile.”
The captive settlers were allowed to leave only after a Palestinian Authority liaison force came to the village, and the group were then handed over to the IDF one at a time. An Associated Press photographer said about 200 Palestinians had gathered by the time the troops arrived. People in the crowd kicked and spit at the settlers as they emerged one by one from the building under construction where they had been held, the photographer said.

Ziad Odeh, who leads prayers at Qusra’s mosque,...“Of course we hit them,” he continued. “I have to defend myself. The [Palestinian] guys could have killed them. They held them for three hours. We told them we could have killed them but didn’t. ‘Next time maybe we’ll kill you,’ we said.”
So the Jews said they were ambushed while taking their usual weekly hike - unarmed - and the Arabs claim variously that they were en route to carry out a "price tag" attack (which involves vandalism, not bodily harm) or they had thrown stones or that they had broken olive trees - none of which, even if true, allows the Arabs to take matters into their own hands and decide whether the Jews may live or die. By the way, the Jews were arrested, but not one Arab was arrested even when the assault was witnessed.

This story just incenses me.  I want you to know right now, without any doubt whatsoever, that when Mashiach comes, there will be JUSTICE and rule of law in this land - JEWISH LAW! And these Arabs who hold themselves above the law and who raise a hand against a child of the King will pay the ultimate price!!

Vengeance is coming!