5 Tevet 5774 If you want to assess the progress of the redemption, take the temperature of the Temple Mount. Tension at Temple Mount is escalating week by week ... radical Muslim groups use the site to regularly incite against Israel, and skilled provocateurs from the other side use it as a political podium. And there are plenty of both — extreme right-wing Israelis who try to light a Hanukkah menorah in the Al-Aqsa Mosque or establish a synagogue at the site, and Islamic activists, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians who fight to “save Al-Aqsa” from the Jews. They often seem to sustain one another in what appear to be efforts to trigger a holy war. Interesting that Jewish prayer and candle lighting is considered incitement to violence. If the Arabs don't like it, we must be doing something right.
5 Tevet 5774 And the king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. And the woman whose son (was) the live one, said to the king, for her compassion was aroused for her son, and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means slay him." But the other said, "Let it be neither mine nor yours, divide (it)." And the king answered and said, "Give her the living child, and by no means slay him: she (is) his mother." ________ Herzog: Divide Jerusalem and Make Land Swaps "I see Jerusalem serving as two political capitals: in eastern Jerusalem the capital of the Palestinian state,...." Just like the real mother would never agree to divide her child, so no real Jew would ever agree to divide Jerusalem. Hamavin yavin.
5 Tevet 5774 Addendum to Rushing Toward Armageddon (The War to End All Wars): If anyone still doubts that these storms are a response to this latest "piece" plan, note this... "Xaverdeveloped off the coast of Greenland on December 4,...." The day Kerry arrived with this latest plan (on behalf of the EU as well as the US). And on the day the plan was actually presented... ...its development was enhanced by another low-pressure system, Wilhelm, which was located over the Norwegian Sea on December 4-5,” said Dr. Nicolai Thum, senior research associate, AIR Worldwide. “Xaver passed north of Scotland on December 5, where its central pressure had dropped to 975 mb from a reading of 1010 mb less than 24 hours earlier. A pressure drop of this type, which deepens by 24 mb or more over 24 hours, often produces a phenomenon known as rapid cyclogenesis (or a weather “bomb”). Take heed! You are being warned!!
5 Tevet 5774 Motzaei"sh If you had any residual doubts that the 9-month countdown was leading us to "the end," you can lay them to rest now. U.S., Stepping Up Role, Will Present West Bank Security Proposal to Israel CHISINAU, Moldova — American officials plan to present the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with detailed ideas about security arrangements on the West Bank under a possible peace agreement with the Palestinians, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday. The presentation is to be made to Mr. Netanyahu on Thursday by John R. Allen, the former American commander in Afghanistan and a retired Marine general who serves as an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry on the Middle East peace talks.
...General Allen’s presentation appears to signify a more active American role, in which the United States is doing more than coaxing the Israelis and the Palestinians to negotiate and is presenting its own ideas. NOTE THAT KERRY MADE HIS PITCH TO NETANYAHU ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF HANUKAH DURING HIS EIGHTH TRIP TO THE REGION FOR PEACE TALKS. This is to signify to us that this is a process above nature. This is a Divine process and will lead to the geulah shleimah. And now we see that all the preparations for an attack on Syria were merely a subterfuge to set up Israel for the final assault. Kerry brings plan integrating West Bank security in planned US-led anti-Al Qaeda regional force The security plan, which US Secretary of State John Kerry brought with him Thursday, Dec. 5, on his eighth trip for reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, entails deploying a regional international force including US troops along the Jordan Rift Valley and West Bank in a future Palestinian state. ...The secretary of state proposed integrating Israeli and Palestinian special forces units in the planned regional counter-terror force, alongside the American, British, French, Saudi, Jordanian, Egyptian and Qatari units enlisted to the new framework Since its area of operation would be extensive, ranging from southern Syria to Sinai, including Israel and the potential Palestinian state, the IDF would be able to continue performing its security functions in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, as part of the new force. But by the same rule, Palestinian forces would be allowed by mutual consent to serve in parts of Israel in the same multinational framework. The public groundwork for this plan is already being laid .... Retribution, just for talking about it, has been swift as both the US and Europe get socked with massive storms... Storm Xaver pummels Europe, flood surge feared
Storm Xaver has reached northern Europe, threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades and hammering Germany's North Sea coastline. Xaver had already battered northern Britain and killed three people.
...temperatures...40 to 50 degrees below normal. ...the entirety of 15 states was below freezing. ... a swathe of heavy ice has already developed and will expand northeastward.... begin making preparations now for possible power outages, icy roads, and the likelihood of having to remain at home for several days,”.... a second ice storm may target the Mid-Atlantic Sunday and Sunday night. _______ [This post was written on Friday and scheduled for publication at the conclusion of Shabbat.]
Parashat Vayigash -Reluctant to leave- Rabbi Meir Kahane
From Peirush HaMaccabee Shemot, Chapter 1
Jacob left Israel only after being given a direct order by G-d. Even then he was reluctant to leave, since G-d had foretold to Abraham that He would take his descendants down to Egypt. The Ohr ha-Hayyim comments: Presumably, Abraham would have told his offspring [of this prophecy], as Hazal said; so when Jacob saw that food was available in Egypt…he feared that the exile would begin with him (Genesis 46:3). So when Jacob saw all those events unfolding, he understood that the inevitable Egyptian exile was about to begin. Therefore he was reluctant to leave, until G-d told him: Fear not to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there [i.e., My intention is to transform you from a small family into a great nation which will be My emissary to the world]. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will also surely bring you up (Genesis 46:3-4).
That is to say, Jacob was permitted to leave Israel solely because G-d Himself commanded him to do so for a specific and defined purpose. And even then, G-d told him that when the mission would be accomplished, his descendants would return to Israel, since their descent to Egypt was solely for the purpose of their subsequent ascent to the land of Israel.
As we already said, Jacob feared to leave Israel, and the author of the Pesah Haggadah portrayed him as having been compelled by the [Divine] decree. Hazal said: When Jacob heard that Joseph was alive, he thought to himself: How can I leave the land of my fathers, the land of my birth, the land wherein G-d’s Shekhinah is, and go to an impure land? (Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer 39). G-d had to reassure him: Do not fear to go down to Egypt – fear neither the descent from the Land of Israel, nor the descent to impurity – for I will make you into a great nation there – for My intention is to make you a great and exalted nation, which can happen only there. I will go down with you to Egypt – I am going down with you, to guarantee that this descent will be directed as I want it to be – and I will assuredly bring you up from there – I guarantee that there will be two ascents: a physical ascent in returning to the Land of Israel, and a spiritual ascent, as I have already planned. It must again be emphasized that Jacob’s descent to Egypt was an exceptional event, specifically according to G-d’s decree, in order that the nation would be born in Kiddush HASHEM.
Therefore, the Midrash says: It was appropriate for our father Jacob to go down to Egypt even in manacles (Genesis Rabbah 86:2) – he had to go down there, even against his will. Therefore, the Torah describes Jacob’s family as coming to Egypt, rather than as going down to Egypt, which would have been expected. The prophet, for example, says that they would go down to Egypt for help (Isaiah 31:1). Sa’adya Gaon explains that, as a rule, anyone who leaves the Land of Israel descends spiritually into impurity; but in this specific instance, there was a unique aim of forging a nation in the iron furnace. Therefore, this particular journey to Egypt did not constitute a descent, and G-d therefore permitted the Children of Israel to leave the Land of Israel. [...]
The central principle here is that leaving the Land of Israel was justified only as an intrinsic part of the crucial process of creating a nation which would return to Israel afterwards as a chosen nation living in a chosen land, building a holy society in a holy state.
The descent was solely for the purpose of the subsequent ascent, for the purpose of returning to Israel. [...] when they came to Egypt they were few in number, and by the grace of G-d they multiplied greatly, until they became a large nation. The Rashbam comments: When they reached Egypt, they were no more than seventy, and after the death of that generation, they were fruitful and swarmed. He [Jacob] went down to Egypt according to the divine plan and command, which G-d had already explained to Abraham in the Covenant between the Parts: Know for a surety that your seed will be strangers in a land not theirs, and they will serve them, and they will oppress them for four hundred years (Genesis 15:13). So the Torah enumerates them all, showing that at that time, all were equal to Jacob, all came to Egypt to dwell temporarily, not in order to settle down there. The Midrash expresses this by saying, They were all comparable to Jacob, for all were tzaddikim (Exodus Rabbah 1:1).This is also what Rashi means by commenting: Even though they were enumerated by name during their lifetimes [in Genesis 46:8], they were enumerated once again after their deaths to show [G-d’s] love for them. They were likened to the stars, which G-d leads and enumerates by name, as it says, 'He brings forth their legions by number, He calls each one by name' (Isaiah 40:26). This follows the Midrashic statement that Israel are equivalent to the heavenly legions (Exodus Rabbah 1:3). G-d told Abraham: Look now to the heavens and count the stars … thus shall your seed be (Genesis 15:5) – that is to say, your seed will be like the stars, like the heavenly legions. I have chosen you to be My emissaries, to bring knowledge of HASHEM to the world and to sanctify My Name, to make known that I am omnipotent, the true LORD. Indeed, G-d is sanctified with the appellation G-d of Legions, in the verse Holy, holy, holy, is HASHEM, LORD of Legions (Isaiah 6:3). Moreover, the two words Legions and holy are interconnected: our Redeemer, HASHEM, LORD of Legions is His Name, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 47:4). For when it becomes clear that the greatest and mightiest legions in heaven and on earth, including the stars which are infinite in their extent and number, are all the works of G-d, that he controls them and supervises them individually – then He is indeed aggrandized and sanctified.So these heavenly legions indeed “tell of G-d’s glory”– their very existence testifies to His glory. And in just the same way, the nation of Israel was chosen for the same task, and are therefore compared to the stars. Clearly, when they fulfill their role, when they are righteous like Jacob, G-d bestows His love upon them, deriving satisfaction from them and enumerating them all singly, like a father who continuously counts his children and ensures that none are missing. The moral here is that the Torah teaches G-d’s intention in bringing the Children of Israel down to Egypt, and simultaneously makes it clear that they were all tzaddikim, and went down there solely for G-d’s purpose, with no thoughts of abandoning the Land of Israel permanently. [...]
But in any event, the Israelites’ regression that would begin after the death of Jacob and his sons was already hinted at in the Book of Genesis: And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen, and they seized it, and they were fruitful and multiplied greatly (Genesis 47:27). The Kli Yakar comments: This entire verse levels an accusation at the Children of Israel. For G-d decreed that “your seed will be a stranger” (Genesis 15:13), but they sought to be permanent residents.…So firmly entrenched did they become there that they did not want to leave Egypt, to the extent that G-d had to bring them out with a mighty hand; and those who did not want to leave, died in the three days of the darkness. Know that the first exile and redemption are the paradigm for the final exile and redemption. Just as in that first redemption, G-d put an end to the exile against the Jews’ will, and those who stubbornly persisted in remaining there perished, so too will be – G-d forbid! – in this final redemption of our era, whose first stages we are living through now. For G-d will not suffer the contempt for His treasured Land and the continuation of the exile, which epitomizes chillul HASHEM and impurity, simultaneously with the rise of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, which epitomizes Kiddush HASHEM and purity. [...] G-d does not want us to dwell in exile, and will not allow us to. Even if generations may have passed and Jews have lived comfortably in any given country, the day of reckoning will yet come. And the Jew must therefore understand that exile, with all its implications, begins the moment that he finds himself on foreign soil, in a land not his own, regardless of how good his conditions may be at that particular moment. In his Introduction to the Book of Exodus, the Ramban writes: Their descent [to Egypt] was the start of the exile, for then it began. And the exile was completed only on the day when they returned to their place … and when they left Egypt, even though they had left the House of Slavery, they were still exiles, for they were still not in their own land, wandering through the wilderness. The lesson is clear: even had they been emancipated but remained in Egypt, they would still have been in exile.
[Source: Excerpted by Tzipora Liron-Pinner from "Peirush HaMaccabee" on Shemot of Rabbi Meir Kahane HY"D]
2 Tevet 5774 Last Day of Hanukah We're having the most beautiful weather today - it's raining! Todah l'El! Baruch Hashem! In celebration and thanks to HKB"H, I'd like to share an interesting chidush that was emailed to me. Feel free to add your comments.
It’s raining, it’s pouring – in Israel! Finally! In my 30+ years in Israel, I do not recall such a long dry spell from after Shmini Atzeret. What’s today? Yes, it’s the last day of Chanukah 5774. But what else is it? It’s December 5th, the day that our fellow Jews start saying Vetain Tal Umatar Livrachah in Chutz La’Aretz. Perhaps the Ribbono Shel Olam is telling us that if we behave like Galus Yidden vis-à-vis who is going to save your neck tomorrow or the next day, then we’ll be treated like Golus yidden for the most essential material resource we require. אֶרֶץ אֲשֶׁר ה' אֱלֹהֶיךָ דֹּרֵשׁ אֹתָהּ תָּמִיד עֵינֵי ה' אֱלֹהֶיךָ בָּהּ מֵרֵשִׁית הַשָּׁנָה וְעַד אַחֲרִית שָׁנָה (דברים פרק יא פסוק 12) Just a thought. Regards from Jerusalem, Shy Guy
2 Tevet 5774 8th Day of Hanukah Like the Jew who stepped forward to offer the pig on the altar in Modiin and became the catalyst which launched the Maccabean revolt, there have always been traitors among us. Well, now the British Ambassador to Israel is looking for a few good Jewish traitors like him. But, this time they don't have to sacrifice a pig on the altar, just their homeland. Damn! Haven't the British had enough yet of trying to divide up this land to suit themselves!! Britain wooing Israel's haredi Jews British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould is strengthening his ties with the ultra-Orthodox sector, and not for the first time. The move is part of an overall strategy of the British government: To gain a mandate on the haredi street. On Sunday, the ambassador held a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony for heads of the haredi sector in Israel at his private residence. "I believe wholeheartedly that I am an ambassador for all Israelis and for all citizens of the State of Israel, including the haredi society," he told Ynet. The United Kingdom's (Jewish) ambassador welcomed his guests with a speech prepared entirely in Hebrew, noting that Britain's goal was to increase cooperation with the haredi sector in Israel. His advisor declares explicitly that this is part of an agenda to promote the "two states for two people" initiative among the sector. ..."Britain wants to promote the agenda of two states for two people," says Avraham Kroizer. "For that purpose it understands that the haredi public must be an inseparable part of the peace initiative, and therefore it has to talk to them. That's the main reason." ...Ambassador Gould told Ynet, "We are looking into two things: We want to listen to the haredi population, to get to know it and understand the things that are important to it. Not to talk, but first of all to listen. In the second stage, as part of the relationship, there is of course the necessary need to advance peace with the Palestinians." What a disgrace that this ambassador should be called by the same name as the great Cohen Gadol who led the war against the Greeks and Hellenist Jews. You can read the rest of the sickening thing to see who participated. I suggest you also re-read Moishe'la's Hanukah message from two years ago.