03 September 2015

"The Confrontation of the Redemption Era"

20 Elul 5775

There is a spiritual war happening across the entire world between good and evil. Good being the truth of Torah and evil being all false belief systems. We need to understand that we are at war and we are soldiers of Hashem. The teachings of our forefathers and our Sages are our weapons in this war.
"...The Jewish people are duty-bound to clarify for themselves and proclaim to the world that the confrontation between themselves and Ishmael is between the G-d of Israel and the false religion called Islam. The confrontation of the redemption era must constitute a collision between our G-d and theirs. Then G-d’s victory will be the height of Kiddush Hashem and proof of His greatness and unparalleled might, and will establish His reign over the world.
Should a frightened coward whisper to you that such a proclamation is likely to heap tragedy and destruction upon the Jewish People, send him back where he came from. Do not let him spread his fear. Surely, it is Israel’s duty to sanctify G-d’s name and make the world understand that “the L-rd is G-d”; there is none besides Him” (Deut. 4:35). Whoever has reservations about this and intentionally ignores his duty out of fear, letting the false religions rule the world, profanes G-d’s name and is partner to blasphemy.
Surely the false religions are undeterred from proclaiming their “truth”. Neither Christians nor Moslems fear confrontation with other religions, and they demonstrate their views publicly, aggressively trying to reach and convert members of other faiths, including the Jewish People—Heaven help us. The Ishmaelites speak openly about the greatness of their religion, never hesitating to talk of waging holy war for it’s sake.
By contrast, not only do a lion’s share of Jews, including the impoverished regime in Eretz Yisrael, reject the truth of Torah, but they allow the false religions to influence our Jewish brethren to change their faith, and do not deport them form the Holy Land. Our policy must be to demonstrate that the confrontation is and will remain religious, a struggle between G-d and the god of the nations, between G-d’s Torah and alien culture and beliefs. That they find the very thought of this illegitimate, insane and abominable, is our main problem. For the Ishmaelites’ pious faith, in face of Jewish heresy and apathy, we will ultimately pay a heavy price – Heaven help us!"
See more @ The Key to Redemption: Rabbi Kahane On The Era of Redemption.

Picking A Fight

20 Elul 5775

Is the United States trying to pick a fight with China? And if so, will China accommodate them?


A very wise person once told me, it's impossible to know what's really going on, but one thing you can be sure of - it's not what they're telling you. So let's look at what they've been telling us...

Hacking Charges

First the US accused China of hacking its databases...

REUTERS, Jul 9, 2015 - Millions more Americans hit by government personnel data hack : "Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on Thursday."

China is responsible for US economic woes

And then, they implied that China is the cause of the falling US stock market...

CNBC News, Jul 21,2015 - Here’s what could bring the US market down : "The decline in the U.S. market was triggered by China, so our market followed their market lower."

Recently, expert economist Peter Schiff explained how he was contacted by a major media outlet about doing an interview regarding the stock market correction. They indicated to him that they wanted him to discuss China's responsibility and when he told them China had nothing to do with it, they cancelled the interview.


Four factory explosions in China

Is all of this somehow connected to the explosions across China in recent weeks?


1) Jul   12 - Ningjin

2) Jul   16 - Rizhao
3) Aug 12 - Tianjin
4) Aug 31 - Dongying

Some people think so...

DAILY MAIL, Aug 18, 2015 Did the U.S. bomb China using a weapon launched from space? Were the explosions covering up a plot to kill the president? The bizarre Tianjin disaster conspiracy theories revealed 
  • Bizarre conspiracy theories have been circulating since the Tianjin disaster
  • Some believe the U.S. is behind the explosions which killed more than 100
  • Others think it was an attempt to assassinate Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • One theory is that one of China's supercomputers nearby was the target
Regime Change?

Is it possible that what we're seeing here is the same standard US model of destabilization leading towards regime change as we've seen across the Middle East?


...The Tianjin disaster also exposes a major fault line in Chinese society. A growing middle class largely signed on to the Communist Party’s post-1989 social contract: You don’t question our power, and we will make you prosperous and secure.

For more than two decades the Party has largely kept its side of the bargain. But an economic slowdown and the costs of official corruption could shake its legitimacy. As people become more prosperous, they value more highly the benefits that come from an accountable political system. (Source)


That's not to say that what this article says is not true, but could someone be trying to capitalize on the facts written here in order to fulfill a different agenda? Would the US really be crazy enough to try to take on China?

And is this a sign that China doesn't intend to take it lying down???

Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast
Chinese naval presence off Alaskan coast appears to be a first


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Last summer, it was US meddling in affairs between Russia and Ukraine. Will this make Russia sympathetic to China's plight? Will they team up against the US? With China on it's West Coast, is the US preparing for Russia off it's East Coast?

TCAS, ADS-B Unreliable on East Coast During September

ADS-B surveillance and some TCAS operations in the airspace over Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida might become unreliable as of September 2 at 1 a.m. EDT, according to a Notam the FAA issued on September 1. The outages are due to events the agency labeled as “late notice from the Department of Defense of military exercises.” ...The outages are scheduled to last until midnight October 1. In addition to the areas of concern noted in domestic airspace, the FAA said the outages might well extend up to 200-nm offshore....

Is this what triggered this unplanned sudden "drill"?


U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.

The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba.

...One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information, said the ship is a concern because it is equipped with deep-sea surveillance craft and cable-cutting equipment.

However it all shapes up, WW3 could be just around the corner.

Jewish Birth and Rebirth and Who Has a Jewish Soul

19 Elul 5775

The question arises, what of the descendants of the so-called "lost tribes"? Are they still considered like Jews or are they on the level of the gentiles?

Keep in mind that this is purely my own reasoning based on my own learning of the sources, but my answer is that they are on the level of gentiles, if they were born into gentile bodies, until they are re-born as Jews through conversion. However, some are born as Jews and simply have no knowledge of their tribal identity. (Spiritual rebirth through conversion was originally a Jewish concept co-opted by the xians.)

First of all it needs to be understood that a number of Israelites from the Northern Kingdom made their way to Judea before the exile to Babylon, but without their tribal land, over time they lost their tribal identity. 

We see from the account in the book of Ezra (2:59-62) that in the wake of the Babylonian exile and subsequent return to Eretz Yisrael there were those who could not prove their lineage...
These are the ones who went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan and Immer, and could not declare their fathers' families and their descent, whether they were from Israel....
Of the children of the Kohanim: The children of Habaiah, the children of Hakkoz and the children of Barzillai, who took wives from the daughters of Barzillai of Gilead and were called by their name. These sought their genealogical records, but they could not be found, so they were disqualified from the priesthood.
Some sources suggest that one of the jobs of Eliyahu the Prophet in the future will be to reveal to each person his tribal affiliation. It's not something anyone today can prove. It's not a matter of physical DNA, but spiritual DNA.

We saw from the writings of the Ramchal with regard to Yishmael and Eisav, that while both of them were physical descendants of Avraham, yet his spiritual legacy was only inherited through Yitzchak and Yaaqov, these other two being deemed "unworthy". 

Anyone today unable to show an uninterrupted tradition of family Jewish identity - not unlike the Ethiopian, Bnei Menashe and Anusim communities - are "disqualified" like those described in the book of Ezra. And like these other communities, they will return by means of the law itself - by formal conversion. 

So, that's one way the "lost" tribes could regain their Jewish identity until Eliyahu comes and clarifies their tribal affiliation. Another way is through simply being born a Jew. There was a rabbi in Eretz Yisrael about seventy years ago who said that the tribes were all represented in the modern return to Eretz Yisrael and that the Jewish people tended to unwittingly choose to settle within their own tribal portion, i.e. they are attracted to those regions without any conscious awareness of it.

On the other hand, we know that some with a demonstrable Jewish lineage are Erev Rav without Jewish souls. And we have many modern rabbis who teach that this generation of Jews is made up in part of the reincarnated souls of the 600,000 who left Egypt - which would include those from every tribe. 

What actually distinguishes a Jew from a non-Jew is an additional level of soul. We are told that Jews receive an additional level of soul on Shabbat that leaves us when Shabbat goes out. And we are told that a Jew who makes aliyah receives an additional level of soul when he enters Eretz Yisrael and that it remains behind when he leaves the land. A convert receives his additional soul that makes him into a Jew when he comes up out of the mikvah

In short, we are talking about a spiritual dimension of humanity that the Creator Himself oversees and He alone knows for sure who has what kind of soul and at what level. 

He gave into the rabbis hands the knowledge of the process of creating Jews from non-Jews and only when those intructions are followed to the letter will the appropriate soul level be attained. As to its tribal identity, the Creator has not seen fit to make that knowledge known at this time, but He knows and He promised that all would return.

And at the end, all those who were "disqualified", for whatever reason, or did not truly have Jewish souls, like the Erev Rav, will be purged from Am Yisrael by HKB"H

So, in case I've muddied the waters more than I've clarified them, allow me to reiterate: according to all the sources I know, with the exception of the Erev Rav, only Jews are on the level of "children" while non-Jews are HKB"H's "creation", including those who may once have been identified as Israel in a previous lifetime.

Again, this is my personal informed opinion. Hope that helps.

"Havdalah (Separation)"

19 Elul 5775

Re-posting since we all need reminding, especially in these days where "unification" is being touted over "separation".


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12 Shevat 5775

In the beginning, the Creator made order out of chaos (B'reishit, chapter 1). Those who would deny the Creator and set themselves in His place are bringing chaos from which to create a new world order. Their stated goal is "out of many - one," a global unity without God, r"l, their "one" to replace The One.


Excerpts from Havdalah (Separation) by Rabbi Meir Kahane
in Or Hara'ayon, chapter 25

...G-d established two great and fundamental pinciples for Israel, namely, 1) separation and isolationism from the nations, and 2) clinging to G-d. Israel must separate themselves from evil and from the nations to the precise degree that they are commanded to cling to G-d.

...G-d decreed upon holy Israel that they must be separated from impurity and from the impure nations. The idolatry and foreign culture of the nations cannot coexist with G-d's Torah or with G-d Himself. It, therefore, says, "You shall be holy to Me, for I, the L-rd, am holy, and I have separated you out from among the nations to be Mine." (Lev. 20:26) Our sages comment, " 'I have separated you out from among the nations to be Mine': If you are separated from the nations, then you are Mine, otherwise, you belong to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia and his associates." (Torat Kohanim, Kedoshim, 9)

Israel's being separated from the nations is so important because, if Israel, chosen to be G-d's holy, special people, are not set apart from them, but influenced by their culture, why then, were Israel created? What special purpose is there for the existence of Israel and the world? If they are like Nebuchadnezzar in behavior and thought, in their impurity, arrogance and profanations, why should G-d defend them and ensure their survival?....

G-d established that there must be no unity between Israel and the nations. They must not mix or mingle together. The walls separating them must never come down. Rather, there must be separation, borders, a division. This separation, indeed, serves the purpose of unity, but genuine unity of a world under Divine sovereignty, for a united world of falsehood is not G-d's will....

The argument of the nations... is that we must achieve unity and break down the walls of separation. Is this not fair and logical according to the false thinking of the worshippers of foreign culture? Is not the unity of all nations and the disappearance of differences between Israel and the nations the goal of the Hellenists, who in any event have already put an end to every logical and intellectual difference between themselves and the nations? Before us we have a recommendation for one world and one people, and why should Israel remain alone, a nation that dwells apart?

...The admiration of the whole world, a "light unto the nations"... here is their basic enticement, adopted also by the Hellenists and falsifiers of Israel. They have distorted the concept of Israel being a "covenant of the people, a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6) In their hands, this has turned into a demand that we depart the Land of our isolation and cling to the nations in the exile, living there with them in order to serve as their beacon.

[In our day, it is they who wish to be allowed to come here and join with us in this holy land as one people and one nation - both Jew and gentile together, G-d forbid!**]

To achieve this, we are supposed to abandon unpleasant, "unacceptable" concepts and laws, lest these make the nations hate us, and all this in the name of unity. That is, we are supposed to assimilate for the sake of unity....

Certainly, G-d's goal is world unity, but not based on falsehood and evil, and not through acceptance of the abominable concepts of coexistence and tolerance which pave the way for equating holiness and abomination, good and evil. Unity is desirable but only after goodness reigns in the world and all accept G-d's sovereignty. When G-d's truth and mastery reign on earth, there will be real unity. It will come precisely through separation.

...The separation G-d decreed upon the universe as a supreme value serves to divide between good and evil. Therefore, the Torah says, "G-d saw the light, that it was good, and he separated between the light and the darkness." This implies that not only was the light good, but so was it's separation from darkness, good from evil.
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From the Havdalah Service...

Blessed are You, our G-d, King of the Universe
Who separates between holy and profane, between
Light and darkness, between
Israel and other nations, between
The Sabbath day and the six working days....
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** JewishIsrael has heard from reliable sources that the Knesset is in the process of appointing a minister for the position of implementing a process of Aliyah for non-Jews.  It seems that government offices are being swamped by requests from Christians who want to immigrate to Israel. This is a cause of great concern and JewishIsrael will be monitoring the situation closely with the hope that those who will be made aware will put a halt to such a development.

02 September 2015

"The Chosen People"

18 Elul 5775

I'm going to remind the Jews of a few things in the interests of truth and fulfilling the Torah admonition not to add to or take away from the Torah's teachings. As it says in the Yom Kippur prayers, we are servants of Hashem, but we are also His children. There is no need to make light of the fact of Jewish chosenness out of fear of offending the gentiles. If Truth offends it is the fault of the hearer only. These words should be better understood now that the foundational concept has been explained in Ramchal's "Israel and the Nations".

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Rabbi Meir Kahane, Or HaRa'ayon, Chapter 23, "The Chosen People"

"You are children of the L-rd your G-d.... You are a nation consecrated to the L-rd your G-d. The L-rd has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the Earth to be His own special nation." (Deut. 14:1-2)

Rashi comments on these words:"Your actual holiness comes to you from your fathers, but besides that, 'the L-rd has chosen you.'" Since Israel are the offspring of the Patriarchs, who are holy, they received holiness from them. Yet, in addition, when G-d chose Israel to be His people, he increased their holiness by this very selection. Our sages said (Yevamot, 103b), "When the Serpent attacked Eve, he infected her with filth [spiritual impurity]. Israel, who stood at Mount Sinai, lost their filth; but, the nations, who did not stand at Mount Sinai, did not lose their filth." Israel's holiness through selection gave them a purity the other nations lack.

Similarly, Ohr HaChaim wrote (Deut. 26:18), "The mitzvot are only a safeguard against spiritual abomination and filth." They are the means by which G-d effects the enormous difference between Israel and the nations.

"You are children of the L-rd your G-d!" Israel are called G-d's children; the rest of the nations are not. The Jew is an actual son of G-d, his Father in Heaven, whereas all the rest are not G-d's children, but only His handiwork. As R. Akiva said (Avot 3:18), "Beloved are Israel, for they were called G-d's children. Special Divine love was earmarked for them as a result." Israel are the children of Him Whose word brought the world into existence, whereas all the rest are just G-d's handiwork. Special Divine love beyond that reserved for all the nations is earmarked for Israel.

Woe to the distorters of G-d's Torah! By embracing the alien culture, they flee the concept of Israel as a chosen people and worship the god of equality, unable to accept Israel's supremacy. 

01 September 2015

"Israel and The Nations" - Pt 5

17 Elul 5775

The equality of all mankind is not a Jewish idea. It is a Greek/Roman/Western-democratic idea that Jews have assimilated over time. Humanity does not all exist on one level. Let's look at how Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, ztz"l explains it with commentary provided by Torah.org's Rabbi Yaakov Feldman...


PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4



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Derech Hashem, Part II, Chapter 4 - Israel and the Nations, Paragraphs 8 and 9

[8] When the world was divided into seventy nations, God appointed seventy [directing] angels as Officers (Sarim) in charge of these nations, to watch over them and attend all their needs. 

Thus, God does not oversee these nations except in a general manner. It is each one's directing angel who takes care of the details, through the power that God gives it for this purpose. God thus told Israel (Amos 3:2), "Only you have I known among all the families of the earth."

This does not mean, however, that the details are withheld from God's knowledge. This cannot be true, since everything in all creation is perceived by God and revealed to Him. What it does mean, however, is that God does not oversee and directly influence their details. This will be further clarified in a later section.

[9] God thus made the rectification and elevation of all creation totally dependent on the Jews. To the extent that this can be expressed, we can thus say that He subjugated His Providence to them. Through their deeds, they can cause [His Light] to shine forth and have influence, or, on the other hand, hold it back and conceal it.

The deeds of the other nations, on the other hand, do not add to or subtract from the state of creation, nor do they cause God to reveal Himself or withdraw. All they can do is bring about their own gain or loss, and strengthen or weaken their own directing angel.

Although God does not involve Himself expressly in the direction of the nations in detail, it is possible that He should exercise His Providence over them when it is required for the sake of Israel. This may be because of a single Jew, or for a number of them. Such a case, however, falls under the category of means, discussed in the previous chapter.

Torah.org - Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

It's not only our interactions with G-d through the mitzvah system that draws our people especially close to Him. It's His interactions with us as well. We'll explore that idea now, as well as the vital role we Jews play in the great rectification of the universe, as we conclude our explanation of the chosen-ness of the Jewish Nation.

We're taught that G-d interacts with other peoples through the agency of their appointed archangel, as each of the seventy core nations of the world has a particular archangel overseeing its perpetuation and well-being.


The point to be made here is that our people's welfare is *directly* overseen by G-d Himself. After all, our life's mission, as we've indicated, is to draw close to and commune with G-d. In fact, though, the interaction is two-sided; for we commune with G-d in close proximity, and He communes with us in kind.


That's not at all meant to imply that G-d has abandoned or is unaware of other peoples! Who would dare even think that of G-d Almighty? The point is that He interfaces with their archangels directly and it's *they* who directly interact with the nation under their auspices. Understand, though, that there's a very fine and subtle metaphysical difference between direct interaction on G-d's part and indirect, but a real one nonetheless. There are instances though in which G-d does directly interact with non-Jews or an entire Gentile nation, but they're exceptions to the rules, and with a particular end in mind.


Thanks to that direct, dare we say "intimate" interaction between G-d and ourselves, we Jews thus play a crucial role in G-d's ultimate aim: universal rectification. For G-d allows His will to be swayed by our wishes and deeds, in a manner of speaking, the way all lovers succumb to their beloved's wishes (though the truth be known, G-d allowing His will to be swayed is in fact a playing out of His will in the end -- but that's beyond our discussion here).


Thus we have it within us to draw down G-d's light into the entire world or to withhold it, by virtue of the fact that we interact with G-d so broadly and all-encompassingly thanks to His mitzvah-system. Others though, with less mitzvot and hence less direct intervention with G-d, haven't as broad an effect upon the world at large, though they certainly do affect their archangel's being as well as their own with their deeds.


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"Israel and The Nations" - Pt 4

17 Elul 5775

The equality of all mankind is not a Jewish idea. It is a Greek/Roman/Western-democratic idea that Jews have assimilated over time. Humanity does not all exist on one level. Let's look at how Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, ztz"l explains it with commentary provided by Torah.org's Rabbi Yaakov Feldman...

PART 1, PART 2, PART 3

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Derech Hashem, Part II, Chapter 4 - Israel and the Nations, Paragraph 6

[6] The decree, however, was not that the other nations should be destroyed. It only meant that they would have to remain on the lower level that we have discussed. This lower state would never have been meant for man if Adam had not sinned. It only came into being in the first place as a result of his sin.

These nations still have the human aspect, blemished though it may be, and God desired that they should at least have a counterpart of what was actually appropriate for all mankind. He therefore granted them a Divine Soul (neshamah) somewhat like that of the Jew, even though it is on a much lower level. They were likewise given commandments, through which they could attain both material and spiritual advantages appropriate to their nature. These are the seven [universal] commandments given to the children of Noach.

All this had been arranged from the beginning of creation, prepared for the contingency that man would sin. In this respect, it is like other harmful things and punishments, which were also created conditionally, as our Sages teach us.


Torah.org - Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

As we pointed out (2:4:3), the dynamic behind the chosenness of the Jewish Nation comes to this. G-d favored Abraham because he elevated himself; and we Jews, his offshoots, have thus been chosen to carry out Abraham's G-d-centered mission. We learn as well that each and every other nation plays a unique role in the great scheme of things, but not that one.

The other nations aren't to be scorned, and their efforts to draw close to G-d Almighty aren't to be denied. For each and every human has been created in G-d's image (see Genesis 1:26), and thus has an immortal soul as well as a consequent yearning to return to its Source.


We're also taught that non-Jews have been granted mitzvot and thus direct Divine guidance as well.


Those mitzvot are referred to as "The Seven Noachite Laws" (named after Noah, the second father of all of mankind after Adam, who was granted them himself). Thus non-Jews are bidden to avoid idolatry, blasphemy, murder, sexual impropriety, robbery, eating the flesh of a living animal; and they're to set up judicial systems as well. It has been pointed out that each one of these seven mitzvot implies several subcategories, and that there are thus actually some sixty to seventy mitzvot involved, all told.


Still and all, though, the existential reality is such that non-Jews remain on the level of man in his fallen state, unlike the Jewish Nation.



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Derech Hashem, Part II, Chapter 4 - Israel and the Nations, Paragraph 7

[7] In the World-to-Come, however, there will be no nation other than Israel.

The souls of righteous gentiles will be allowed to exist in the Future World, but only as an addition and attachment to Israel. They will therefore be secondary to the Jew, just as a garment is secondary to the one who wears it. All that they attain of the ultimate good will have to be attained in this manner, since by virtue of their nature they can receive no more.

Torah.org - Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

As everyone knows, you can tell the content of a person's dreams -- as well as the quality of his being -- by the rewards he hopes to earn for his efforts. And as is also true, the less appropriate his reward, the less pleased a person will be, and the less effort he'll make. That goes for a person's material as well as his spiritual dreams.

So if you value the life of the spirit and pursue metaphysical goals your whole life long, you'd be terribly disappointed being rewarded by a grand banquet, say, in the end, no matter how opulent. And you'd be disappointed to be rewarded by a set of esoteric religious texts, for example, no matter how profound, if you had striven for wealth your whole life long.


Now, as we'd depicted it, the reward due a person in the World to Come is closeness to G-d and the experience of basking in His supernal light forever. Obviously, some people would consider that an off-putting prospect and would do all they could to avoid it.


Ramchal's point here is that since nothing swells the heart of a true descendant of Abraham more than closeness to G-d in the World to Come, which was Abraham's ultimate goal, then we'll indeed be rewarded with it.


His other point is that those non-Jews who strove to draw close to G-d by adhering to the seven Noachite Laws will also earn a place there -- but a lesser one. Because they'd have done less to draw close to G-d here (i.e., they'd have fulfilled less mitzvot) than we had.


PART 5