Friday, July 25, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mas'ei 5774 V

Geula-Related



War Miracles - Thank You, Hashem!



The Miracle Grenade (R' Lazer Brody's take on it...)



War Mitzvot



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War


(Rav Shmuel Eliyahu explains some of the laws of the משוח מלחמה and explains how having the courage to fight a war is in itself an inner miracle.)



The Jews Stand Alone (R' Mordechai Lipskier on ואם לא תורישו)




Oron Shaul, HY"D



Miscellaneous



Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq (it wasn't enough to just dig up one of 4 possible locations for Yonah Hanavi's gravesite, but they needed to blow it up for good measure.  Crazies.)

Interesting Recent Links - Mas'ei 5774 IV

Geula-Related

Rumors (make sure to see my comment too)

(Rav Kanievsky denies rumors that he allowed weddings during the 9 days because Mashiah is coming this year.  He said that this rumor is: "שקר וכזב," but he added: "אמרתי כך שייתכן ואנחנו על סף הגאולה בב"א.")

Shemitah or Yovel?


(Technically, a miracle.  A soldier was called back from Gaza border to be with his wife in Bnei Brak, who gave birth to their firstborn son and he made it just in time.  Besiman tov.)



War Prayers, Fasting, Mitzvot





Israel Advocacy, Rallies


(Rocket siren demonstration at a pro-Israel rally in Vienna)

Parshat Masei 5774  (R' Meir Kahane Z"L on ואם לא תורישו)

Parshat Masei 5774 II (R' Daniel Pinner on ואם לא תורישו)


Combating anti-Haredim and anti-Semitism



Turkey Slams Attempts To Boycott Jewish Writer (who created such an environment to begin with???)


Casualties




Miscellaneous


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Mas'ei 5774

From Rav Fish's latest:
  • Before Mashiah comes, there will develop a war between Egypt and Turkey
    • [As mentioned earlier, Rav Fish heard from one of the Gedolei Yisrael that: 
      The battle that began during these days in Gaza will not cease before World War 3 will develop from it. World War 3 is the terrifying Gog Umagog War that all the prophets prophesied about, through which in the process, the King Mashiah will be revealed and he will redeem us as an eternal redemption.
      ]
      • Rav Gamliel Rabinowitz Shlit"a adds that חמאס [Hamas] is the gematria לגוג ומגוג [toward Gog Umagog] plus the letters - to hint that the war of Hamas in Gaza will bring us the War of Gog Umagog.
    • It appears that we can explain how this comes about according to [what it says in Daniel chapter 11 with the King of the North and King of the South.  A year ago, I brought down] the Ibn Ezra on Daniel 11:36, who said: 
      You should know that Aram is northwest of Israel. Also, Constantinople is north. And at the Endtimes - at the arrival of the end of the King of the North, who will have been successful until the wrath [of HKB"H] is finished [from Israel] - then will come the Endtime of the redeemer, as it will explain. And it does not mention when that will be - it just mentions that this king will go out and wage war against the King of Egypt and capture Egypt and then go to the Land [of Israel] and will then be killed. And after a known number of days from his death, a redeemer will come to Israel.
    • We see from the Ibn Ezra that before Mashiah comes, a war will develop between Turkey and Egypt as the Turks will capture Egypt and will try to go up to Eretz Yisrael, but will fail.  And these days, we hear about provocations for war between Turkey and Egypt surrounding the topic of Gaza and Eretz Yisrael.  And we already saw in the past regarding the Mavi Marmara flotilla that the Turks were prepared to fight for Gaza.  And this war will drag along after it a war of Edom and Yishmael and the whole world since Russia will go to war against Turkey since we know that they are enemy neighbors of each other and differ greatly in regard to Gaza.  And we already brought from the book "Orehot Rabbeinu" about the Steipler (Ikveta Dimshiha vol. 5, p. 73 and close to this in vol. 1, p. 44):
      We have a tradition from the students of the Gr"a in his name: if Russian ships will cross the Bosporus (Dardanelles), we need to wear Shabbat clothes - to tell you that the time is close for the coming of Mashiah.
      And the Steipler ZT"L explained that the idea is that they will capture the area.
      • And [as brought down earlier] it's brought down in the book Kelilat Yofi 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.
  • 13 Golani Soldiers
    • [YY - Rav Fish mentioned last week the connection to the Avot and Imahot]
      • The Ben Ish Hai in Aderet Eliyahu Parshat Lech Lecha tells us that אברהם יצחק יעקב is 13 letters and שרה רבקה רחל לאה is 13 letters.  Each set separately = אחד and together, it = שם הויה.  This tells us that the Zivug of Avot and Imahot together has the aspect of ה' אחד.
      • The book Hayim Shel Torah quotes the Gr"a that אלקי אברהם אלקי יצחק ואלקי יעקב has 26 letters like Hashem's name.
    • Similarly, killed Al Kiddush Hashem were:
      • 13 Jewish soldiers HY"D
      • on the 13th day of the operation
      • who were in Gedud 13
      • and were buried the day after - on the Yahrtzeit of the Rama"k ZT"L who wrote "Tomer Devorah" about the 13 Middot of mercy
      • and this occurred during the 3 weeks, during the 13 days between the 17th of Tammuz and Rosh Hodesh Av.
    • [YY - see more in the pdf about the number 13]
  • More on צוק איתן and 91
    • [Continued from last week]
    • And it's brought down in the "Igrot Hahazon Ish" (vol. 1, 204): "At at at time of war, be accustomed to שיר של פגעים".  This means that it's fitting to say Psalm 91 during wartime at every moment.
    • And I heard from Rav Tzvi Heshin Shlit"a that the verse לא תירא מפחד is gematria 774.
  • Tzuk Eitan
    • צוק is Rashei Teivot צניעות וקדושה - modesty and holiness.  איתן is the same letters as תנאי - condition.  This teaches us that the outcome of the war is dependent upon the verse "For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy; that He see no unseemly thing in thee, and turn away from thee."
  • Hamas
    • R' M.P. adds that חמא"ס hints to חם אין סוף - never-ending heat.  That is, that the heat of the judgments come from the Ein Sof.
    • מחבלי [terrorists] hint to מ"ח בלי - a brain without wisdom, which causes all the troubles - since no one sins unless a spirit of insanity comes over him.  When we conduct ourselves in a crazy manner and sin with sins that are insane, we receive Midah Keneged Midah of punishment from the terror of insanity without wisdom.
      • Also, the name Shujaya [שוג'עיה] is similar to the word שגעון [craziness].
    • Rav Yehuda Schwartz Shlit"a brings down that חמאס is Rashei Teivot אלו סוף חבלי משיח [these are the end of Hevlei Mashiah].
  • Miracles to and via Badatz Mashgihim
    • Badatz Mashgihim needed to find wheat fields whose wheat was not invalid for Shemura Matza and due to the rain around Shavuot time, many wheat fields were invalid.  These Mashgihim were forced to go to fields far away - close to Kibbutz Sufa with other G-d-fearing Jews with tractors to harvest the wheat.  During their work, there were many rocket attacks.  Miraculously, no Mashgihim were hurt doing their holy work.  When they found out later about the tunnel infiltration by terrorists that happened in the area, and that the IDF spotted them and thwarted their plan, the Mashgihim knew what had occurred.  The terrorists' plan was to hide in the very tall wheat that was near the opening of the tunnel, but to their surprise, the tall wheat was gone - it was cut a few days earlier by these people cutting wheat for next year's Matza.  And in fact, one of the farmers in the area called up the Mashgihim and based the entire miracle on the merit of cutting wheat for Matza for Pesah.  ושמרתם את המצות has a whole new meaning now.
  • Iron Dome is a Miracle
    • Rav Eliezer Piltz Shlit"a, the Rosh Yeshiva of Tifrah, instructed his students not to look at the sky during the Iron Dome shooting down rockets since it is forbidden to get benefit from miracles.  He told his students that it's all a miracle and not Kohi Ve'otzem Yadi.
  • Shomrei Emunim Rebbe ZT"L
    • [Rav Fish quotes a few of the things the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe ZT"L said a few years ago.  You can search many of the things he said by clicking here.]

Rav Fish on Learning Zohar - The Cry of the Shechina

From Rav Fish's latest - p. 14 [Geula update to follow later BL"N]:

The Cry of the Shechina

(The words were written after consulting Gedolei Torah.)

How is it possible that all the signs that Ben David will come - until and including the very last one - have come to pass and they still have not established in all the Kollelim mandatory learning for at least a few minutes a day of Zohar to save Am Yisrael?

How is it possible that Jewish blood is spilled like water and we are not trying the sole advice that is brought down in Haza"l that can save Am Yisrael - even in a generation that is completely guilty - to bring the Geula with mercy?

Are we waiting for rivers of blood - G-d forbid - and then we'll wake up?  Why are we not at least trying to show HKB"H that we want the sole advice that is written in the Oral Law via Haza"l and to at least start to learn the revealed parts of the Zohar?

Where are those from Edot Hamizrah, whose forefathers mainly dealt with this wisdom and for this merit, Hitler didn't enter their countries?  Why did they not establish learning Zohar and other books that deal with the inner secrets of the Torah publicly in every Kollel?

How is it possible that myriads of Torah learners reached a situation of great poverty that is just getting worse ח"ו and we still didn't make any Heshbon Hanefesh for what causes this trouble and what HKB"H is asking of us - and we didn't do any rectification of learning the Zohar publicly, which was promised from Haza"l that gives us a shelter, plenty, and sustenance in abundance even during hard times?

How can we ignore the cry of the Shechina over Her children - the Tinokot Shenishbu - who are presently in danger of their lives and we have the power to save them?  Are we able to say, "Our hands didn't spill this blood?" as the Zohar Parshat Naso says:
And because Israel will in the future taste from the Tree of Life, which is this Sefer HaZohar, they will come out with it from the exile with mercy.
Rav Yaakov Tzemah ZT"L (introduction to his book "Kol Berama" on Idra Rabba [YY- couldn't find it here]):
"Rahel cries over her children" who are not busy with this wisdom that hastens the Keitz, and it is for this reason that Mashiah hasn't come - for there is no set study [of Zohar] in every city as there is for studying Talmud.  And therefore, "איננו" [they are not] - her children are not pulling and hastening the Mashiah.
The author of the Hagahot Uvi'urim on Etz Hayim wrote (in his haskama to Eipha Sheleima in Otzerot Hayim) [YY-paraphrased]:
The poor and those killed during exile bring a case in the High Court of Heaven against Talmidei Hachamim who did not learn Kabbala, and punish them for this.
 [At this point, Rav Fish quotes from the Or Hahayim Hakadosh on Vayikra 25:25 telling us that when we down on earth are not doing what we are supposed to do, the Beit Hamikdash remains in the hands of the nations, and the Tzadikim have the power to bring the Geula, so if they don't, they will be blamed.]

Summary:  Every Rosh Kollel, Maggid Shiur, and man who has influence over the masses should establish in his framework a mandatory daily learning of Zohar for a few minutes to save Am Yisrael.  This is from simple faith in the words of Haza"l that this is the solution as promised.  And it would be preferable to have public learning in a Shiur with understanding, etc.  And one whose framework didn't yet establish this rectification should save himself by privately learning according to his abilities.

MH17 and MH370

The crash of MH17 occurred a couple days after the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, when the wall of Yerushalayim was breached, ultimately leading to the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash.  Its wreckage is there for all to see, just like the absence of the Beit Hamikdash and the presence of the Shikutz Shomem is there for all to see.

On the other hand, MH370 disappeared on the 6th of Adar Bet, a day before the Yahrtzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu, which is observed by some as a fast day as well.  370 is the gematria of משה [Moshe] plus כה - which designates prophecy [see Sifri on Matot] and was the first word he was instructed to say to Par'oh.  Regarding Moshe Rabbeinu, it says:  וְלֹא-יָדַע אִישׁ אֶת-קְבֻרָתוֹ, עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה [and no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day].

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mas'ei 5774 III

Geula-Related

Apiryon Shelomo: (p. 2, bottom of left column, my translation)
Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky's Havruta related that Rav Chaim has lately been speaking about Mashiah all the time.  Last week, a Jew from Argentina came to him, wanting to ask about a certain topic, and Rav Chaim didn't answer him.  Rather, he told him, "Gather your family and come to Israel.  Otherwise, there won't be enough room for you on the airplanes."

Touching Funeral for Max Steinberg HY"D



War Prayers, Mitzvot
("Trusting in Iron Dome and Rav Chaim's Blessings is Avodah Zara".  He explains that all trust should be directed toward Hashem since He controls all.)







Fallen Soldier's Funeral: 'G-d Took You to the Heavenly Yeshiva'





FAA stands for "Forging Ahead Anyways" (b/c this blog is family-oriented)



Oron Sha'ul


More on the Ill Fated Golani Armored Personnel Carrier and Missing IDF Soldier Oron Shaul


Miscellaneous

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mas'ei 5774 II




Shocker: UNRWA Finds Rockets in Gaza School……Again



100 Bullet Proof Vests Needed for the IDF, Please Help!

Golani Soldiers Crawled in Dirt to Collect Body Parts R”L



Soldiers


Prayer, Learning, Mitzvot, and Rallies for the War
(one of the soldiers who perished - Ben Oinounou - was part of Rav Yoshiyahu Pinto's organization)

Powerful Camp Kinnus in Chicago

Public Recitation of Tehillim Added to Tonight’s RCCS Flatbush BBQ

Chicago Stands with Israel

Messengers in fighting





DEVELOPING: Efforts To Identify ‘Missing’ IDF Soldier’s Body Is ‘Ongoing’

BREAKING: Hamas Has Begun Negotiations for Info on IDF Sgt. Oron Shaul

Don't Lose the Psychological Warfare battle to Hamas. (The Muqata came out of his absolutely amazing Facebook posts to tell us this important message.)


Chicago News

SKOKIE SHOOTING KILLS 1 NEAR OAKTON, MCCORMICK

ANTI-SEMITIC LETTERS LEFT ON CARS IN PRIMARILY JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD

Monday, July 21, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Mas'ei 5774

Geula-Related





War






War Miracles




War Support





War Criticism (from the right)





War Soldiers



War Prayers
Miscellaneous

Terrifying Events in Gaza and Worldwide

Passed Away al Kiddush Hashem
1 soldier before Shabbat
4 soldiers over Shabbat and Motza'ei Shabbat, HY"D
13 Golani soldiers Sunday morning, HY"D


Hamas claims they abducted a Golani soldier, while Israel denies this

France and Turkey are out of control.  At least the government in France admits it and banned anti-Israel protests, but that didn't stop the protesters.

Hatred by descendants of Yishmael to Jews has even reached Chicago, as per the Trib (via YWN):
Several vehicles in the Pulaski Park [YY - known to me as Peterson Park] neighborhood on the Northwest Side were targeted with anti-Jewish leaflets, police said.

Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets on Saturday on the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The leaflets were found on the windshields of the vehicles, said Estrada.

According to residents in the area, the leaflets made threats to Jewish people in connection with the conflict in Gaza which began on July 8. The leaflets threaten violence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, according to residents and police.

The war has left scores of Palestinians as well as more than a dozen Israeli soldiers dead.

The Chicago Police Department’s Hate Crime unit has been notified and area north detectives are investigating.
I was first told about this from my Havruta, who lives in this neighborhood.  He told me that the leaflets were on other blocks of the neighborhood as well.

Hashem Ya'azor.  May Hashem protect Jews in Israel and worldwide.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Matot 5774 III

Geula-Related




(Clarification from Rav Dov Kook's son [after reports that his father predicted an earthquake]: My father was not giving and does not give prophetic statements - he was speaking to a non-religious group and telling them that worse things than rockets can be performed by HKB"H - like earthquakes.  This wasn't a prophecy.)

UPDATE:

The Final Redemption is Close at Hand














Miscellaneous

Major Fire in the Ein Kerem area of Yerushalayim

(Rav Bentzion Abba Sha'ul ZT"L's younger brother died the day after his yahrtzeit.)






Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: "Thank Hashem for Miracles" and Explains Every חמס in Tehillim

UPDATED

In Rav Shmuel Eliyahu's latest Kol Tzofayich (Hebrew):

  • B"H, we merited numerous miracles during Tzuk Eitan.  Sometimes people to whom miracles were performed don't realize it and say היש ה' בקרבנו אם אין.  We are obligated to thank Hashem for all the miracles He performs not just because it's a good character trait to have, but also because when we do so, it instills fear in our enemies.
  • Rav Eliyahu goes through each and every time the word חמס (Hamas) is mentioned in Tehillim and explains each occurrence in detail.
Worth the read for Hebrew speakers.


UPDATE:

Due to the IDF ground invasion of Gaza, I'll include the Tehilim that Rav Shmuel Eliyahu Shlit"a said would be beneficial to say against Hamas:

7
11
18
25
27
35
55
58
72
73
74
140

Gedolei Yisrael are calling on everyone to increase their Tefillot now.

Erdogan and Cohorts are Full-Fledged Anti-Semites in Targeting Hacham Bashi, Shaked

(Note especially the last couple paragraphs.)

ynet:
A Turkish daily affiliated with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the country's Jewish community to apologize for the Palestinian casualties of the Israeli operation in Gaza.

"You came here after being banished from Spain," Yeni Akit correspondent Faruk Köse wrote Wednesday in an open letter to Hakham Bashi, the chief rabbi of Turkey's Jewish community. "You have lived comfortably among us for 500 years and gotten rich at our expense. Is this your gratitude – killing Muslims? Erdogan, demand that the community leader apologize!"

In the right-wing newspaper's editorial, Ali Karahasanoğlu wrote: "After the barrage of missiles which hit the capital city of Tel Aviv, Israel has been pushed into a corner and is crying out for a ceasefire, which at the moment only serves Israel and the United States.

"The IDF is using forbidden weapons, intentionally killing children and murdering Muslims for the sake of murdering Muslims. Hamas is unprepared to accept dictations from Israel and the US, and will only lay down its weapon after its understandings are accepted.

"While all this is happening, the journal of the Jewish community in Turkey, 'Shalom,' is referring to the murder of children in Gaza as 'taking care of terrorists.'"

Erdogan, who was slated to sign a reconciliation agreement with Israel soon, likened Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked of the Bayit Yehudi party to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler this week.

Referring to Operation Protective Edge, the Turkish prime minister accused Israel of "systematically committing horrors and acts of terror" against the Palestinians since 1948.

"There is a Knesset member who says repeatedly, 'The Palestinians are our enemies,'" Erdogan said of Shaked, adding that this mentality was no different from that of Hitler. "If these words were said by a Palestinian, the entire world would condemn it."

Erdogan, who is seeking to replace Abdullah Gul as Turkey's president, asked in his weekly address to his party's supporters, "How long will the world keep silent in light of the terror committed by Israel?"

He denied that Turkey was about to restore its relations with Israel and accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of committing "a massacre against the Palestinian population."

But Zaman, one of the leading newspapers in Turkey which has an Islamic political alignment, accused Erdogan himself of acquiescence to Israel's policy in the operation.

"Behind the aggressive rhetoric, the regime is fully cooperating with Israel at the Palestinians' expense," wrote Ali Bulaç. "Don't let the prime minister's words fool you – the economic cooperation between Israel and Turkey has never been better. And who is paying the price? The poor Palestinians."

Meanwhile, on the backdrop of the fighting in Gaza, Turkish initiatives to boycott Israeli goods and Jewish-owned businesses are gaining momentum on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Under the hashtag #zulmesessizkalamam ("I will not keep quite in light of the persecution"), Turkey's residents are urged to boycott products such as Coca-Cola (as one of its owners, Warren Buffett, supports Israel by investing in companies like Iscar) and are provided with explanations on how to spot Israeli products in local supermarkets.

"I have never felt as threatened as I have in the past year," says Linet, a textile importer. "The government is inflaming the hatred and anti-Semitism and we are simply living in fear.

"Many of those who have not left yet – and the vast majority of Jews immigrated to Europe and Israel a long time ago – are weighing their options," she adds.
When will the world see Erdogan for who he really is?

(See previous posts about Erdogan here, including a link to an Avigdor Lieberman quote about him.)