Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Guest Post: Geula Insights in Sefer Daniel

Guest Post by Yoseph Janowski

[YY - The following insights in a few chapters in Sefer Daniel was emailed to me.  An insight in Yalkut Shimoni Remez 499 follows at the end.]

Monday, October 27, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Lech Lecha 5775

Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l Upon His First Yahrzeit (Anniversary of Death)

Terror Attack in Yerushalayim

Conversion Bill Approved to go Forward ל"ע

(Man who was miraculously saved from the Hevron 1929 Massacre passes away)

Rebbetzin Chasidah Chodosh a”h

(Tishri was not a good month for Israelis in Nepal.)

Mahmoud Mansour Arrested for Drug Trafficking and Assaulting a Police Officer
(This is the Arab who married a Jewess in the heart of Israel, prompting unheeded protests)

(A 7-day-old boy's father passed away.  His name was Avraham.  The child was given the name Avraham Hayim at the Berit.  The second name was added likely because the father died relatively young.  As MIC points out, this week's Perasha contains the verse וְהָיָה שִׁמְךָ אַבְרָהָם.)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - No'ah 5775

From Rav Fish's latest:
  • ISIS
    • Rav Eliyahu Lapian ZT"L quotes Rav Elchonon Wasserman ZT"L, who quotes the Hafetz Hayim, saying that the Gog Umagog War will be divided into 3 parts: WWI, WWII, and WWIII, followed by Mashiah.  R' A. Raviv adds that we find in the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni Tehilim 875) that the 3 verses from Hallel: כָּל-גּוֹיִם סְבָבוּנִי; בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה, כִּי אֲמִילַם. סַבּוּנִי גַם-סְבָבוּנִי; בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה, כִּי אֲמִילַם. סַבּוּנִי כִדְבוֹרִים-- דֹּעֲכוּ, כְּאֵשׁ קוֹצִים; בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה, כִּי אֲמִילַם refer to the 3 times Gog will come against Yerushalayim.  
      • We see that the third time he comes to Yerushalayim is hinted to by: סַבּוּנִי כִדְבוֹרִים-- דֹּעֲכוּ, כְּאֵשׁ קוֹצִים [They compass me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns].  A bee symbolizes the trait of suicide terrorism of the Yishmaelim.  
      • Also, דאע"ש [ISIS] is hinted to in דעכו כאש, while the letters in the middle - כו"כ - can be interchanged with גוג using the גיכ"ק interchanging group.  
      • As we see, the Gog Umagog War started from ISIS since Gog Umagog is a religious war between Muslims and Xtians, as the Malbim on Yehezkel 32:17 writes that it's specifically because their beliefs are divergent.
      • Also, קוצים [thorns] symbolizes Esav, whom the Yishmaelim - the bees - fight.  
        • We find that Haman, who came from Esav, is compared to a thorn (Esther Rabba 9:2).  
        • Also, Xtian legend says that a crown of thorns was placed on the head of Oto Ha'ish before his crucifixion.
      • Also, the victory over Esav is by way of fire consuming straw, as Rashi on Bereishit 30:25 quotes Ovadia 1:18 וְהָיָה בֵית-יַעֲקֹב אֵשׁ וּבֵית יוֹסֵף לֶהָבָה, וּבֵית עֵשָׂו לְקַשׁ [And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble].
        • And דאע"ש [ISIS] hints to דא אש [this is fire].
        • And we see that they have spread in the world like a fire in field of thorns.
    • R' Avraham Agassi adds that the war against ISIS has cost the US so far $424 million.  424 is the gematria of משיח בן דוד.
    • R' Tzion David Siboni adds that the verse עַד אֲשֶׁר-אָבֹא אֶל-אֲדֹנִי, שֵׂעִירָה is gematria of עריפת ראש [beheading].
    • Caliph of ISIS אבו בכר אל בגדאדי hints to שבע בן בכרי, who was the head of the בוגדים [traitors] against King David.
    • The Zohar (Va'era 32a) talks about what will happen at the End of Days, where a nation will destroy Edom and then Yishmael and only the power of Israel will remain because "the Holy Name is on the right, the Torah is on the right, and therefore, everything is dependent on the right.  And we learned that one needs to straighten the right over the left, as they explained, as it says מימינו אש דת למו [at His right hand was a fiery law unto them]."
      • R' Yisrael Goldberg adds that ISIS belongs to Yishmael - the right side of the Kelipa, which evolved from the right side of holiness, from where is the Sod of Ketz Hayamin, which is connected to the hidden secrets of the Torah.  Therefore, דאעש [ISIS] is hinted to in מימינו אש דת למו since they awaken the אש דת - fire of religion - meaning, the religious war between the nations, which is the War of Gog Umagog.
    • [After mentioning that the Rashbatz's peirush on the Ritz Ge'ut's Piyut says that when Hashem commanded תדשא הארץ דשא עשב מזריע זרע, there were 1290 different kinds of grass that grew, which seems to hint to the 1290 years of exile mentioned by Daniel,] R' Tzion David Siboni adds that דאעש is hinted to in דשא עשב.
  • 5775/5776
    • The verse about the End of Days אֶרְאֶנּוּ וְלֹא עַתָּה [I see him, but not now] has the gematria with its letters of ה'תשע"ו.
      • ה"א אלפים תשע"ו is also hinted in עתה אשורנו
    • תשע"ה is hinted to in the verse שָׁמְעוּ כִּי נֶאֱנָחָה אָנִי, אֵין מְנַחֵם לִי--כָּל-אֹיְבַי שָׁמְעוּ רָעָתִי שָׂשׂוּ, כִּי אַתָּה עָשִׂיתָ; הֵבֵאתָ יוֹם-קָרָאתָ, וְיִהְיוּ כָמֹנִי [They have heard that I sigh, there is none to comfort me; all mine enemies have heard of my trouble, and are glad, for Thou hast done it; Thou wilt bring the day that Thou hast proclaimed, and they shall be like unto me.] meaning that this destruction will last only until 5775 and no longer.
    • Also, מה"א תשע"ה is hinted to in the verse סוֹף דָּבָר, הַכֹּל נִשְׁמָע: אֶת-הָאֱלֹהִים יְרָא וְאֶת-מִצְו‍ֹתָיו שְׁמוֹר [The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments].
  • Iram and Obama
    • R' A. Raviv adds that the last chief of Esav is Iram [YY - see also here], and it hints to עשו ישמעאל רם where רם has the gematria of Amalek - because when Esav and Yishmael connect, then the power of Amalek comes to the world.  And Obama's father is Muslim and his mother is Xtian - the connection of Esav and Yishmael.  And he himself is a Muslim in private and rules over the biggest Xtian nation.  Therefore, he brings to the world the power of Amalek who will come to fight against Israel.  And we find in Midrash that it connects Chief Iram to Mashiah: "The chief of Iram - Why was he called Iram? Because he is destined to empty out his treasury [to give to] the King Mashiah."

Rav Ovadia ZT"L's Opinion on Heter Mechira Links

Halacha Yomit - English - Part 1   

Halacha Yomit - English - Part 2   

Halacha Yomit - Hebrew - Part 1

Halacha Yomit - Hebrew - Part 2 - Hebrew (from Rav Yitzhak Yosef Shlit"a)

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