Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today's Crazy Headlines

OTTAWA UNDER SIEGE: Gunman dead in Parliament shooting; shots reported at 3 sites around the city

Baby killed as car rams crowd in apparent terror attack
Baby Murdered in Jerusalem Terror Attack
Chaya Zissel Braun HY"D, 3 months old, was killed R"L
7 or 8 others injured

IDF patrol comes under fire on Egypt border

‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county

Skokie middle school closed due to anonymous threats

Rabbi Avi Weiss to Step Down
"Let us take this most recent step in his career as an opportunity to remove this cancer from the midst of Orthodoxy."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rav Shelomo Moshe Amar and Rav Aryeh Stern - Chief Rabbis of Yerushalayim

The 11.5-year drought for Yerushalayim without chief rabbis is over. Rav Shelomo Moshe Amar Shlit"a and Rav Aryeh Stern Shlit"a have been appointed as the new Chief Rabbis of Yerushalayim. Mazal Tov to them!

The previous Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim was Rav Shalom Messas ZT"L. He passed away in 5763.

I was hoping for Rav Amar to win. He has traveled to Chicago several times - both as Chief Rabbi of Israel and afterwards - speaking to our community. He spent 3 weeks here last Tevet, during one of the polar vortexes (vortices?).  He is a Ga'on Atzum and a person who knows how to speak to the people, similar to Rav Ovadia ZT"L. He knows when to be Matir and when to be Osser. He is not afraid to do either when appropriate. I personally saw how he conducts himself, and one can see the humble royalty oozing from his persona. He is more than qualified for the position.

Rav Shemuel Eliyahu Shlit"a was also a worthy candidate, who would have made a good chief rabbi. Of course, he is a son of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L. He had the support of Rav Shteinman Shlit"a, which boosted his campaign. I felt bad for him for being derided by the leftists so much in the final days of this race. He has been quoted by this blog many times. I wish him well as he continues as Chief Rabbi of Tzefat.

On the Ashkenazi side, Rav Aryeh Stern Shlit"a is said to be a Ga'on Atzum as well. He had the backing of Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg Shlit"a, Rav Eliyahu Bakshi Doron Shlit"a, and the Erloi Rebbe Shlit"a, as well of that of many Religious Zionist rabbis.

Rav Moshe Chaim Lau Shlit"a was also a worthy candidate, who would have made a good chief rabbi.  The son of the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and brother of the current Chief Rabbi of Israel is unlikely to have disappointed.  He had the support of all the Haredi parties, but not enough to come up on top.  May he succeed in all his future endeavors.

May the chief rabbis serve the residents of the city well until the heart of Yerushalayim is rebuilt, speedily in our days, Amen.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola Tidbits

The ebola virus was first discovered in 5736, the year the Ariza"l called "Ketz Hayamin" (see also here).

19 years later (one Mahzor Katan), in 5755, the second major outbreak occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo, coinciding with the Hollywood hit movie Outbreak.  There were some other outbreaks after that.

19 years later (one Mahzor Katan), in 5774, the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded broke out in Guinea, exceeding the sum of all previous cases combined.  It is still not contained and is continuing, לא עלינו, into 5775.

The original source of the current outbreak is mentioned by Wikipedia:
Researchers believe that a 2-year-old boy called Emile who died on 6 December 2013 in the village of MeliandouGuéckédou PrefectureGuinea, was the index case of the current Ebola virus disease epidemic. Reports suggest that his family hunted bats of the Ebola-harboring species Hypsignathus monstrosus and Epomops franqueti for bushmeat, which may have been the original source of the infection
Bats are mentioned twice in the Torah:

Vayikra 11:19:
וְאֵת, הַחֲסִידָה, הָאֲנָפָה, לְמִינָהּ; וְאֶת-הַדּוּכִיפַת, וְאֶת-הָעֲטַלֵּף
and the stork, and the heron after its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat.

Devarim 14:18:
וְהַחֲסִידָה, וְהָאֲנָפָה לְמִינָהּ; וְהַדּוּכִיפַת, וְהָעֲטַלֵּף
and the stork, and the heron after its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat.

If you take the gematria of the entire verse in Vayikra, you get 2308.  If you take the gematria of the Milui (Hehin) of the entire verse in Devarim, you get 3467.  Add them together and you get 5775.

Devarim 28:61:
גַּם כָּל-חֳלִי, וְכָל-מַכָּה, אֲשֶׁר לֹא כָתוּב, בְּסֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת--יַעְלֵם יְהוָה עָלֶיךָ, עַד הִשָּׁמְדָךְ
Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
The Rashei Teivot form כמאבולה (like from Ebola).

May such an occurrence never become reality.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Bereishit 5775 II

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism


The Enemies of G-d Never Rest

Petira Of Rebbitzen Esther Mindel Katz A”H; Wife Of Telzer Rosh Hayeshiva
Rebbetzin Esther Mindel Katz a”h

Panic: US Ebola Patient Flew on Airplane Day Before Symptoms Appeared

‘Zoo rabbi’ opens museum of biblical animals in Beit Shemesh (h/t TorahMusings)

New York Times Bombshell: Chemical Weapons Were Found in Iraq — But Pentagon Hid It Until Now

Monday, October 13, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Bereishit 5775


Historic Day: Mass Water Libation Rehearsal Ceremony!

Yerushalayim Chief Rabbi Elections

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

(French Jewish girl joins ISIS???)


Shameful Hoshana Rabba Xtian Prayers at Kotel Haderomi

Christian Prayer Festival at Temple Mount's Southern Wall


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Sukkot 5775 II

(I missed a bunch of links in the last post)


The App for When Moshiach Comes (h/t MIC)

5775, The B'Itah Year of the Final Redemption

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Sukkot 5775

List of Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim Finalized


Monday, October 06, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Sukkot 5775


Geula Update from Rav Fish - Kippur 5775 (sorry no translation this week)

Erev Sukkot 2nd Blood Moon  (Geula-Related due to Yoel 3:4?  Also, exactly 1 week before Hoshana Rabba's Minhag HaTzeil, both falling on Wednesdays, the day of the week the moon was created.)

Rav Amar Shlit"a Running in Yerushalayim Chief Rabbi Elections

Other Candidates and Possible Candidates for Yerushalayim Chief Rabbi Elections