Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rav Uri Zohar Quotes Gedolim on Mashiah

In a Kikar article that is taken from the Israeli Yated, Rav Uri Zohar was interviewed for Lev Le'achim and tells us what Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a and Rav Shteinman Shlit"a said about Mashiah.

I'll translate a couple sections. In the first section, Rav Zohar mentioned that in the coming year, there will be more than half of the State's children in a religious school. He was then asked about the 2 conflicting progressions: that of the government enacting laws that contradict religion and that of the great amount of Ba'alei Teshuva returning. Here's his answer:
As always, and at every moment, HKB"H controls the world. It says in Daniel "Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined." These are the 3 processes of "Birur" [filtration], and this is not only among our far-away brothers - this is also among ourselves. We are asked to withstand the test of faith to Hashem and to His Torah and to Gedolei Yisrael. This is the "Birur" of before the Geula.

My friend R' Natan Heifetz and I went in to Maran Sar HaTorah Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a and we asked about a family from the United States whose sons are in need of Shidduchim, and they want to know what they can do to have a salvation.

Maran Shlit"a [Rav Kanievsky] answered: "They should make Aliya to Eretz Yisrael."

We continued and asked, "And if it's hard for them to leave the land in which they were born and to make Aliya to Israel?"

Maran Shlit"a answered, "What's so hard for them? Either way, Mashiah Tzidkenu is coming in a little bit and they will go up to Zion with joy..."

When we returned to our homes, we thought to ourselves, "Did the words of Maran Shlit"a - about Mashiah Tzidkeinu coming - have a special meaning or were they just as a prayer and a hope?"

We turned to his loyal trustee Harav Yeshaya Epstein Shlit"a to ask Maran Shlit"a what was hidden in this expression. He answered our request and asked Maran Shlit"a as he specified the entire contents of the question and the answer and our wanting to know about the wording of the answer. Maran Shlit"a answered and said, "Indeed, all the signs that are written about Ikveta Dimshiha are being fulfilled one by one, and especially, Haza"l's statement that in Ikveta Dimshiha, Hutzpa will increase..." The intent is also among us - one needs to know what is the authority of Gedolei Yisrael!
[It's interesting to note that this statement is consistent with a few other statements Rav Kanievsky Shlit"a made recently.]

Later in the interview, Rav Uri Zohar was asked to give stories that made him cry. Here's one:
A 4-year-old girl in Yokne'am was a daughter of completely secular parents. The father took her a few times on Saturday nights to her grandfather's house to say "Shavu'a Tov". Once, they got there early and she saw her grandfather making Havdala. The girl was very interested. "What is this?" she asked her father. He stuttered a little.

The grandfather heard and asked his son, "You never brought her to the synagogue?"

"No," answered the father.

The girl didn't let go. "Abba, I want you to take me to the synagogue."

The father decided to bet on something that would ensure his standing. He stipulated with her, "If you will stop sucking your finger, I'll take you."

He was sure that the condition would never be met. However, the girl paid the price. The first night, she didn't sleep, but she didn't suck her finger. She wanted the right to go to the synagogue. The second night, the same thing. On the third day, the daycare teacher called, "What happened with your daughter? She is sleeping in the middle of daycare." The mother was embarrassed to tell her.

On the sixth day, the mother already decided that the payment must be paid... She informed the father that he must take the girl to the synagogue, "and if not, you're not going to just deal with the girl, but with me!"

And he took her!! The story goes on that the mother started lighting Shabbat candles, and this family in Yokne'am today is getting others to become Ba'alei Teshuva all around them.

I was moved to tears when I heard this story. The soul of a Jewish girl.

And when they told over this story to Maran the Rosh Yeshiva Hagaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlit"a, he was amazed and declared, "This is the light of Mashiah!!"
He mentions some other Geula concepts in the interview. If you know Hebrew, check it out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ella Shebechol Dor VaDor...

In every generation, they rise up against us to destroy us:

White supremacist ID'd as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers

Erev Pesach Terror: One Killed, Two Wounded In Palestinian Shooting Near Chevron

May Hashem be Shofeich Hamato on these people.

Also, on this Zeman Heiruteinu, we again hope for the release of the following people, who remain imprisoned, it seems, because they are Jewish:

May everyone have a חג כשר ושמח and a Joyous Pesah!

כִּימֵי צֵאתְךָ, מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם, אַרְאֶנּוּ, נִפְלָאוֹת

Friday, April 11, 2014

Historic Shabbat Hagadol This Year

Read my post last year (including a chart) on how this year (5774) is the last of 4 Aharei Mot leap-year Shabbat Hagadols in a row, which hasn't occurred in almost 250 years!  Also, Shabbat Hagadol will not fall out on Parshat Aharei Mot again for another 21 years.  Instead, the leap-year Shabbat Hagadols will fall out on Parshat Metzora in the interim.

I wrote last year:
Perhaps, the significance is that we will no longer be cast away as a Metzora, but rather, we will be Aharei Mot - after the period of death and into a new era of life for all mankind. And after 4 times of Aharei Mot in this era of Ikveta Dimshiha, we can finally achieve הנה אנכי שלח לכם את אליה הנביא, which is read on Shabbat Hagadol.
May it be so.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Another Kanievsky Family Miracle Story

Apparently, just sitting in the waiting room for a Beracha is enough merit to have a miracle performed.

Kooker reports (my translation):
Harav Hagaon Rav Tzvi Neker (sp?) Shlit"a tells over in his new book entitled "Emunah Sheleima" the amazing following story that happened recently:

A short time ago, a Magid Shiur in one of the Yeshivot told over to me the following amazing story:

The Mashgiah of that Yeshiva's neighbor had a great Simha. His daughter gave birth to small and cute baby boy. The baby was premature and was born weighing just 55 grams! However, then a strange thing happened.

Immediately after the birth, the mother felt that her legs were paralyzed and she couldn't move them at all. First, the doctors thought that this is a temporary paralysis that came in the wake of the woman's exhaustion after the birth. However, that was not the case. A day passed and another day and her legs remained paralyzed without being able to move them.

The doctors started to worry and arranged a series of tests that all showed the same thing: paralysis of the legs. The doctors had no cure or solution to suggest for such an occurrence. They summoned the woman's father and her husband and informed them that in the wake of this out-of-the-ordinary and strange event, they have no solution but to move the woman to rehab in "Beit Levinstein".

The family was shocked to hear this news. "It appears that there is a nerve in the brain that was damaged during the birthing process and damaged the birthing mother's legs, so the chances are that she will no longer be able to walk on her own," said the doctors despondently. "Therefore, you must take her to rehab in Beit Levinstein - maybe you will be successful in saving her ability to walk a little bit."

The family was totally broken. The young mother would be crippled her whole life... so suddenly in the beginning of her life. The family prayed, cried, and went to accept blessings from Tzaddikim and Gedolei Hador.

The father of the family requested one of the neighbors if she would do a favor to go to Rabbanit Koldetzky Tlit"a, the daughter of Maran Harav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a, who blesses visiting women, that she should request mercy for his daughter.

The neighbor went to Rabbanit Koldetzky and waited to receive a blessing. In the meantime, exactly at those moments, members of the family sat around the bed of the woman who gave birth, and suddenly an amazing thing occurred... This woman was sleeping for a couple hours already and she suddenly woke up saying in a panic, "I feel strange "stings" in my legs! I am starting to feel my feet!"

The family jumped for joy and happiness while the woman continued:
Exactly, at this moment, I dreamt a unique dream and immediately afterwards, I felt my legs. You won't believe what I dreamt:

I saw myself in my dream at the wedding of my brother, which is to take place in a few weeks, and I was sitting on a wheelchair with my legs paralyzed. Suddenly, I saw opposite me the Rabbanit Bat Sheva Kanievsky ZT"L [the late wife of Rav Chaim Kanievsky] entering the banquet hall. She approached me and asked me, "Why aren't you dancing with everyone at your brother's wedding?"

"I can't - I'm handicapped with my feet since the birth," I answered her in the dream.

"What do you mean you can't dance?" asked the Rabbanit. "It's your brother's wedding. You have to dance!"

Suddenly, I turned to her and asked, "Hold on a second, Rabbanit, what are you doing here? I was at your funeral!"

Then, she turned to me and answered, "I came from the World of Truth to give joy to the bride and groom. Therefore, you should also get up and give joy to your brother and his bride at the wedding," she said and she offered her hand to dance with her.

Exactly, at that moment that the Rabbanit offered her hand, I felt stinging pain in my legs and I woke up...
she told over in astonishment to all those around her. The doctors came quickly to check on her and the miracle wasn't long in coming... After a quarter of an hour, the woman got up from her bed and started walking around the hospital ward in full sight of all the shocked doctors and family.
 And here's another interesting story I found online from the same book.

SA Chief Rabbi Goldstein's "Shabbos Project" Going International

After the great success and much-praised Shabbos Project that South Africa Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein inaugurated for South Africa last year, he has decided to raise the stakes and go global, reports YWN.

The International Shabbos Project is scheduled to take place on Shabbat Parshat No'ah, Oct. 24-25, 2014.

There is untold value in and of itself to keep Shabbat.  But besides its own sake and the sake of keeping Torah commandments, there is a well-known side benefit as well, as the gemara says happens when the Jewish people keep 2 Shabbatot:

אמר רבי יוחנן משום רבי שמעון בן יוחי אלמלי משמרין ישראל שתי שבתות כהלכתן מיד נגאלין שנאמר כה אמר ה' לסריסים אשר ישמרו את שבתותי וכתיב בתריה והביאותים אל הר קדשי
Ribbi Yohanan said in the name of Ribbi Shimon Ben Yohai: If Israel would keep 2 Shabbatot according to their laws, they would immediately be redeemed, as it says, "For thus saith the LORD concerning the eunuchs that keep My sabbaths..." and it is written afterwards "Even them will I bring to My holy mountain..."

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Aharei Mot/Pesah 5774

From Rav Fish's latest (again, I'm omitting a lot of what he writes - click the link to see it all in the source):
  • Russia
    • The word ולדימיר (Vladimir) is the gematria of נמרוד (Nimrod), and the Megaleh Amukot says that Sanheriv is the Gilgul of Nimrod, who will again be reincarnated into Gog.
    • Russia = Paras and enemy of Turkey
      • The gemara (Yoma 10a) says that Tiras (from Bereishit 10:2) is Persia.  Sefer Yosifon says Tiras is "Russish".
      • The Lu'ah Davar Be'ito (1st day of Rosh Hodesh Iyar, 5760) quotes predictions by Nostradamus saying that "Persia" will capture Trabzon [, Turkey] along the shores of the Black Sea (see also here).  Rav Fish wants to say that the "Persia" referred to there must be Russia.  
      • It's brought down in the book "Kelilat Yofi" page 307 [couldn't find this online]  that 3 prophets prophesied using the same language: The Gr"a, Rav Yisrael of Ruzhin, and the Holy Jew of Pshischa: that when Russia will invade Turkey, we will need to wear our Yom Tov clothes to honor the coming of Mashiah.
      • According to Targum Yonatan on Bemidbar 24:24 talks about ships from Turkey going against Ashur, and many hold that Russia is the original Ashur (as is brought down in "Kelilat Yofi" p. 304).
  • Crimea and Ukraine [use your imagination with these]
    • Crimea (קרים) is hinted to in a verse that refers to the forming of fetus (Tehillim 139:15רֻקַּמְתִּי, בְּתַחְתִּיּוֹת אָרֶץ [and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth].  
      • R' Tzion David Siboni adds that the forming of the "fetus" of Kelal Yisrael during the Exodus from Egypt includes all 603,550 souls of Israel.   Amazingly, the area of Ukraine is exactly 603,550 square kilometers.
    • R' S. Reiskin adds: "Google Chrome" hints to Gog which started in Crimea.
    • Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's statement
      • [Rav Fish goes on at length saying that Rebbe Nachman says about Uman something similar to what the Gr"a said - that Uman is the end of Kedusha.  ע"ש]
    • [Rav Fish continues giving hints from names of cities in the Ukraine.]
  • More on 66 (see here)
    • The Zohar (Pinhas 252a) says: 
      (Bereishit 46:26) "all the souls were threescore and six" - 60 to awaken the first Mashiah and 6 to awaken the second Mashiah.  That leaves 6 years until 72 to fulfill what it says: "Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof."  As it says: "Israel is the LORD'S hallowed portion, His first-fruits of the increase."
      • We see that the Zohar divides the 72 years of Hevlei Mashiah into 2 (or 3) parts.  66 years for the awakening of the 2 Meshihin, which is the Sod of the first Pekida, and another 6 that are hinted to in the two verses mentioned.  And it's possible that it hints to the 6 years of the Holocaust, which were very harsh, and had the aspect of "prune thy vineyard".
    • We also find the idea of the "Pekida of the left side" in the Zohar (No'ah 62b-63a):
      David said before HKB"H: There are 2 Kitzim, 1 to the right and 1 to the left, and they are 2 paths for people to go to the next world. There is a Keitz to the right, as it says: "לְקֵץ הַיָּמִין" and a Keitz to the left, as it says: "קֵץ, שָׂם לַחֹשֶׁךְ , וּלְכָל-תַּכְלִית, הוּא חוֹקֵר" - this is the Angel of Death, this is the Snake. [The verse] קֵץ כָּל-בָּשָׂר [regarding No'ah's flood is consistent with] קֵץ, שָׂם לַחֹשֶׁךְ because it comes from the side of melting gold. וּלְכָל-תַּכְלִית [And to the furthest bound] - when unmitigated justice is prevalent over the world - הוא חוקר [He searcheth out] - to be a prosecutor for the world, to darken the face of mankind. Here, David said to HKB"H: הוֹדִיעֵנִי יְהוָה, קִצִּי [LORD, make me to know mine end] - what is my ultimate purpose? And he didn't calm down until he was informed: שֵׁב לִימִינִי [Sit thou at My right hand].
      • That is, the Pekida of the left side is the Sod of Orlah that enclothes the fruit, just like anything new in the world - first, there's an Orlah.  Man is born with an Orlah and a tree first is Orlah.  And if we're careful from the Orlah and go in the path of Torah, it's possible to take only the good parts, as there is already an existence of Pekida, which is what occurred in the days of Koresh.  And also, in the days of Koresh, when they veered slightly from the path of Torah, the decree of Haman came upon them until they did Teshuva.  And that aspect is the State of Israel, which finishes 66 years on 5 Iyar, 5774, that if they were worthy, there would be an At'halta Dig'ula [beginning of Redemption] as the Gedolei Yisrael of the previous generation said.  However, since they didn't merit, and they allowed the Erev Rav to rule and destroy every good portion, we got a destruction over a destruction and an exile within an exile.  And even though they built up Eretz Yisrael, there is no place to say "At'halta" [beginning] on something that is a preparation, which is the [Kabbalistic idea of] preparing of vessels without lights, as with a cemetery.
    • R' S. Reiskin adds that Highway 66 in Israel goes from Megiddo until Tishbi Junction in the area of Yokne'am, which hints to Redemption: י-ה קנה עם [Hashem, acquire a nation].  And there is a hint that after 66 years will complete the Kingdom of Yosef in Megiddo, and Eliyahu Hatishbi will come.  As the gemara (Megilla 3a) says: 
      [The verse says:] "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon." And Rav Yosef said: If it were not for the Targum on this verse, I would not know what it means: At that time, the eulogy in Yerushalayim will increase like the eulogy for Ahav ben Omri, who was killed by Haddadrimon ben Tavrimon in Ramot Gil'ad, and like the eulogy of Yoshia ben Amon, who was killed by Par'oh The Lame in the Valley of Megiddo.
      And we see in Sukkah 52a
      This eulogy, what is it for? Ribbi Dosa and the rabbis differ. One says it's for Mashiah ben Yosef, who was killed...
      That is, after 66 years, they will reach Megiddo, which is where the end of the period of MBY is, as we see from the verse that there is where he dies.  And even though our rabbis say that we need to pray for MBY that he doesn't die, the hint to the end of his kingdom in Megiddo at the time that Tishbi comes after 66 years is amazing, with the fact that Highway 66 takes you from Megiddo to Tishbi, by way of Yokne'am. 
      • And we see hints there in the verses about the heads of the Erev Rav, who enclothe the kingdom of Yosef.  Verse 12 says: בֵּית-נָתָן לְבָד, hinting to Netanyahu and verse 13 says: מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשִּׁמְעִי לְבָד, hinting to Shimon Peres.
    • Also, the number after 66 is 67, the gematria of בינה.  And it's brought down in the book "Sha'arei Orah" (Sha'ar 8) that the Sefira of Binah symbolizes the 8th world, from where comes Geula.
  • Yosele Schumacher 
  • Passing of Rav Avraham Nachman Simcha Veitzhandler ZT"L
    • I heard from Rav Tzvi Heshin Shlit"a about the sudden passing of one of the righteous men of Breslov who wrote books - Rav Avraham Nachman Simcha Veitzhandler ZT"L on כ"ד אדר ב' תשע"ד, and his passing awakened all Breslov communities to Teshuva.  The departed's name and date of his passing are hinted to in a very in an amazing way, where not one letter is missing or added.  This hint shows how there's nothing that is not hinted to in the Torah - up until the minute detail of every man.  
      • (Tehillim 90:3) תָּשֵׁב אֱנוֹשׁ, עַד-דַּכָּא.  The date כ"ד אדר ב' תשע"ד are the same letters as תשב עד דכא and grouped similarly.  
      • And the word אנוש, which means man, is the Rashei Teivot of the man אברהם נחמן שמחה ויצהנדלר.  
      • The verse continues: וַתֹּאמֶר, שׁוּבוּ בְנֵי-אָדָם [and sayest: 'Return, ye children of men.'] - since his passing awakened many toward Teshuva.  
      • Also, "Veitzhandler" in Yiddish means "Wheat seller" which shows a connection to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov who said about himself that נחמן is the gematria of קמח [flour].  And he had the names of Rebbe Nachman and his father Rebbe Simcha.  
      • And his death occurred when Am Yisrael was baking Matzot and selling wheat, especially since Matza is the food of David Hamelech - Lehem Oni, as is brought in the Zohar (Vayetze 157a) and the letters ציון, which symbolize David Hamelech are found in the name ויצהנדלר.
  • Erev Pesah Date this Year = Vayechulu
    • י"ד ניסן תשע"ד is the same gematria as the verse that concludes Creation and brings in Shabbat: ויכלו השמים והארץ וכל צבאם.  

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Metzora 5774 - Part 2

From Rav Fish's newsletter last week, I just want to translate one more thing that he mentioned in addition to what I already translated last week:

  • The missing Malaysian Jet is hinted to by the dove that No'ah sent away and didn't return to him (see Bereishit 8:12).  
    • The Zohar (Shelah 164b) explains where the dove went:  "It went to its place and was hidden in this doorway and it will in the future take the special crown (called עטרת פז) and place it on top of Melech Hamashiah, as it says (Tehillim 21:4): תָּשִׁית לְרֹאשׁוֹ, עֲטֶרֶת פָּז [Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head]."
      • עטרת פז plus the words and letters = תשע"ד.
    • And the Zohar Hadash (Yitro 33d) says: "When the verse "The earth dried up" (from the flood) is fulfilled, they will go out of exile.  And the hint to this is ויהי כן [in the verse that deals with the dry land being seen in Creation] which is 70 years [as "כן" is the gematria of 70]."

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

More Statements Pointing Toward Geula Soon

I blogged yesterday how Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a said we're in Hevlei Mashiah. Now, Rafi points to an article on Kooker, which stated that a certain Rosh Yeshiva wanted to collect money for his Yeshiva overseas and came to Rav Kanievsky asking for a blessing for his endeavor. Rav Kanievsky refused to give him the blessing, saying that the trip to fund-raise is unnecessary since Mashiah would be coming in the meantime. The article notes that Rav Kanievsky is not just saying Mashiah is close, but also taking the added responsibility that the fundraising is not needed. The Rosh Yeshiva, in turn, canceled his trip overseas and instead helped his wife with house cleaning for Pesah, not worrying about the money.

And here's another interesting article (in Hebrew) pointing to Geula soon.

Frozen for The Chosen - Turning "Let It Go" into Pesah Songs

(Hat tip to Rafi for all)


Now, I'm waiting for the Free Pollard and Free Rubashkin people to come up with a "Let him go" video...

Monday, April 07, 2014

Saved from MH370 Due to Shabbat - The Video

I posted on this already, but it recently was turned into a video:

(h/t a commenter here and Kikar)

Rav Kanievsky Shlit"a: We are in Hevlei Mashiah

A couple weeks ago, it was Rav Shteinman Shlit"a, and now, Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a said (my translation of one paragraph):
During [Rav Ezrachi's] conversation in the home of Maran Sar Hatorah Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky, he [Rav Kanievsky] expressed - in a rare statement of this nature - that we are currently in Hevlei Mashiah.  Hagaon Rav Chaim quoted the gemara at the end of Mesechet Sotah that says that before Mashiah comes, the kingdom will turn to apostasy, insolence will increase, and the young men will shame the elders, etc.