24 October 2017

The State of Israel or a Jewish State?

Shame, shame, on the State of Israel that wishes to be thought of as a Jewish State. One would think, after the Shoah, that those who survived would be cared for until they leave this world;

One would think, after the Shoah, that to be Jewish, observant of the Torah, even Haredi, that the government would be proud of its citizens being demonstrably Jewish. Instead, they dish out delicatessen–style Judaism, albeit with plenty of hummus.

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Tel Aviv orders Chabad rabbi to shutter tefillin stand, six weeks after Herziliya fines rabbi for putting tefillin on willing passersby

In September, a Chabad rabbi was slapped with a NIS 736 ($209) fine from Herziliya city municipal inspectors for offering passersby the opportunity to put on tefillin, causing national furor. [the mayor has since apologized profusely; however, that this even occurred at all is disturbing.]

Agudas Chasidei Chabad, the umbrella organization for Chabad emissaries had said that "it's hard to believe that out of all the places around the globe where Chabad emissaries help Jews put on tefillin and connect to their parents' tradition, only in Israel will a person be fined or brought to court for it. Not in New York, not in Moscow's Red Square, not in London or at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Only in Herzliya, a city in Israel.” ArutzSheva

The Tel Aviv municipality has not responded to Friday's incident in Ramat Aviv
Read also: Chabad Tefillin Stand

IDF Soldier Who Was Harassed by Dozens of Anti-draft Protesters Faces Possible Assault Charges. ArutzSheva

The female soldier, who had to stop her car when she reached the demonstration, can be seen confronting demonstrators, demanding they make way. Some of the protesters responded by spitting at the soldier [kicking her] and calling her “shiksa”, [plus another] derogatory Yiddish slang word referring to non-Jewish women.

In a Similar Incident:

According to Channel 2, a police officer who was filmed drawing his sidearm and threatening to shoot protesters during Monday night’s demonstration will NOT BE INDICTED.

[Is this discrimination against female soldiers by the Police Dept.? Should not this be held under IDF review?]

What Does This Remind One Of?

TATOOING NUMBERS ON JEWS (HAREDIM) is against Halacha and reminiscent of the numbering of JEWS in World War II– Haredi anti-draft demonstrators arrested during protests across the country last week have refused to provide their names or ID numbers to authorities, leading police to mark those arrested with numbers on their arms and hands

“The Committee for the Salvation of the Torah World which is representing the arrested members of Peleg said that marking the arrested with number is ‘a Nazi tactic. It is as if we underwent a holocaust, 13 hours on a bus.’” YWN Numbers on Arms

Intelligent Police Response: 'Haredim all look the same'

After police mark haredi demonstrators with numbers, spokeswoman explains decision: 'They all look the same, we had no choice.’ ArutzSheva

The decision to label the 27 detainees on their arms and hands drew criticism, those police were quick to defend the move, saying officers were left with few options given the detainees’ refusal to identify themselves.

On Monday, police spokeswoman Merav Lapidot appeared on Channel 2 to justify the labels, but drew additional criticism when she argued that such alternative identification procedures were necessary when dealing with haredi detainees, claiming that haredi Jews “all look the same”.
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When Rabbis condemn and label the protestors with unsavory comments, it gives the secular public energy to denounce and criticize ALL HAREDIM, which includes anyone that is Orthodox (whether they agree or not with the protestors).

Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky On The Peleg: “Like A Sheep Without A Shepherd.” [Their shepherd is Rav Auerbach Shlit”a. One should not interpret this letter with their own words and understanding]. AND "Senior haredi rabbi compares radical haredi anti-draft group to ISIS TERRORISTS: 'They could teach Nazi propagandists a thing or two.’"

A Day of Rage: Analysis YWN. These are Talmidim of Rav Auerbach Shlit”a and we have not heard from the Rav, most likely because he is in the hospital.

23 October 2017


Mt Rainier Volcano is beginning to RUMBLE 
Seismographs very active!

October 23, 2017: Mt Rainier in Washington is showing signs of increased activity. Seismographs on the north side of the 14,000ft volcano show tons of activity

Active Volcano Mt. Rainer Shaken By 'Swarm' Of 23 Earthquakes ZeroHedge
Don’t panic - it's only an active volcano. What’s the worst that could happen? Some two dozen earthquakes have shaken Washington State’s Mt. Rainer over the past two weeks – but seismologists say people who live nearby shouldn’t panic.

“In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,” said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6. During the same period, Mexico experienced two of the deadliest earthquakes in decades.

According to the Seattle Times, earthquake swarms typically don’t signify that an eruption is imminent.

YouTube: Climate Chaos

Los Angeles, So Cal,  prepare for extreme HEAT and are "battle ready" for wildfires. October 22, 2017:  The National Weather Service on Saturday issued a red flag warning, indicating extreme fire danger, from Santa Barbara to San Bernardino counties for the next three days as higher-than-normal temperatures and Santa Ana winds combine to create volatile conditions.

Public Alert

Weather Alert

LA Heat Warning

21 October 2017

Rabbi Mizrachi – The World Then And The World Today

Twelve Minutes to End the Evil Ones in the World
Materialism and Modern Lifestyles the Greatest Danger to Your Neshoma

The sad fact about the level of reading Hebrew in Israel among ALL plus Professionals

Religious People (Haredim) will be Hated
No more Shame in the World
Daughter in law disrespects Mother in law
Boys have no Shame from their Parents
Jewish Girls (60,000) date, living with, and/or Married to Arabs
Many Arab children are Jewish, from Israeli Mothers married to Arabs
(amazing story about an Arab boy)
More amazing stories – MUST HEAR
Holocaust children / grandchildren marry Germans (from Nazi family)
[Kibbutz IDF guy fell for a blonde German girl / his buddies locked him in a room and prevented him from marrying the German girl - great story]


20 October 2017


By Roy S. Neuberger

I had the privilege during Aseres Ymai Teshuva of speaking at Yeshiva Zeev Hatorah in the Holy City of Yerushalayim. This is the makom hakodesh presided over by the illustrious Rabbi Shmuel Brazil shlita”h. One of the bocherim, a young man named Yoel Fingerer, asked a very interesting question. We were discussing Milchemes Gog Umagog and the contemporary conflict between Bnai Yishmael and Bnai Esav (see the Malbim on Yechezkel 32:15 and the introduction to my book, 2020 Vision).

His question was, “How do the events surrounding North Korea fit into this scenario?”

There are remarkable parallels between current events and the events narrated in Parshas Noach.

The Generation of the Flood said to Hashem, “Leave us. We have no wish to know Your paths.” (Sanhedrin 108a) They “took for themselves wives from whomever they chose,” and their moral perversion influenced even to the world of animals. “Wherever you find immorality [mass destruction comes upon the world] and kills good and bad [people alike].” (Ohr Hachaim quoting Beraishis Rabbah 26:5 and Rashi)

“The Generation of the Flood transgressed everything [that they were commanded by G-d], but the decree of their punishment was not sealed upon them until they stretched forth their hands in robbery.” (ibid) As it says, “Now the earth had become corrupt before G-d; and the earth had become filled with robbery. And G-d saw the earth and behold, it was corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth.” (Beraishis 6:11)

An arrogant person has no thought of punishment. Hashem’s Presence is not included in his world view; he follows his ways oblivious to any consequences. “During the one hundred and twenty years [preceding the Flood], Noach planted cedars and cut them down. ‘What is this for?’ he was asked. ‘The Sovereign of the Universe has said that He will bring a flood upon the world,’ he replied. ‘If He brings a flood,’ they said, ‘He will bring it only on your house.’ When Mesushalach (Noach’s grandfather) died, they said to him, ‘See, the deluge has come only on your house.’ They mocked him, calling him ‘despised old man.’” (Berashis Rabbah 30:7)

Although Noach explained to those who questioned him what Hashem was preparing, they were not interested. They were so devoted to their lifestyle that they could not see outside it. And so, from a distant place, the waters came. “In the six hundredth year of Noach’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the foundations of the great deep burst forth and the windows of the heavens were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Beraishis 7:11-12)

The punishment came from a place beyond the control of man, but it resulted from man’s actions upon the earth. The generation assumed there were no consequences for their actions. They did not want to know that, above them, was “a watchful Eye, an attentive Ear and all [their] deeds [were] recorded in a book.” (Pirkei Avos 2:1)

My friends, we must know that, tragically, today we live in a world which resembles the world before the Mabul. The nations pursue their own courses. They pass laws which institutionalize perversion and think there will be no consequences. Bnai Yishmoel and Bnai Esav plot against the Children of Israel and think there will be no consequences. They plot to steal Yerushalayim and think there will be no consequences. The list goes on and on.
As this transpires, there is a man in a distant country who seems to be living on a different planet. He does not march to anyone else’s step. He threatens the entire world and is oblivious to the rest of mankind. He seems beyond the control of any person or nation or logic. How do you speak to him? How do you approach him? Who is he? He seems to be driven by incomprehensible motives, yet he cannot be ignored.

Mankind has to know that there are consequences for our actions. If the laws that Hashem has established for all the children of Noach are ignored, then somewhere, somehow there will be consequences. We don’t know what those consequences will be, but there are always consequences. Hashem is patient, but it seems there is a limit, just as there was a limit in the days of Noach. The world can do teshuva, just as Nineveh did teshuva. Because they did teshuva, the people of Nineveh were saved.

The events of Parshas Noach come to tell us that we cannot pretend Hashem is not watching or listening. At some point, the weight of rebellion against the will of the Ribono shel Olam may reach a point at which teshuva is no longer possible. That happened in Noach’s day.
Soon, b’ezras Hashem, we will read Parshas Vayaishev, about which Chazal comment, “The shevatim were occupied with the selling of Yosef, Yosef was occupied with his sackcloth and fasting [mourning his fate], Reuven was occupied with his sackcloth and fasting [doing teshuvah for the sin of rearranging his father’s lodgings], Yaakov was occupied with his sackcloth and fasting [mourning Yosef], Yehuda was occupied with marriage. And Hashem? He was occupied with creating the light of the King Moshiach . . . Before the first enslaver was born, the final redeemer was born.” (Rabbi Moshe Wolfson Shlita”h on Beraishis Rabbah 85:1)

What is really going on in our dark world? The light of Moshiach is being prepared.
“And so too, Hashem, grant honor to Your people, praise to those who revere You … and preparation of a lamp for the son of Yishai, Your Moshiach … speedily in our days.” (Yomam Noraim)

Some of the bocherim from Yeshiva Zeev Hatorah with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shmuel Brazil, shlita”h (third from right in the front row). The Mashgiach, Rabbi Leiby Ritholtz, is fifth from the right; the author is standing between them.

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.

© Copyright 2017 by Roy S. Neuberger

19 October 2017

Rabbi Mizrachi is Back: Genesis - The Secrets Of The Divine Creation

I missed the Rabbi while he was in Israel and am very happy that he is back. Not many Rabbis give a shiur on Bereshis. I was delighted to listen to some of the secrets of this Parsha, plus his explanations on other topics within. I learned some things, and so could you.