23 April 2018

Parshat Emor Message of Nir ben Artzi ENGLISH

Message from Nir Ben Artzi
Parashat Emor, 5778
Sunday, 22 April

The Holy One, Blessed be He, warns and warns all countries in the world, without exception, not to deal with the Holy Land with the State of Israel, which is seventy years old. This seventy years of stability and strength and the Land of Israel is a power that feeds, sustains and lives the entire earth on its inhabitants!

The State of Israel, the Land of Israel, is seventy years old and loves the Creator of the Seven, the seventh day - the Sabbath, seven thousand years to the world, seven blessings, seven Sabbaths, there are many other things in Sheva. The Holy and Pure Land of Israel closes seventy years - it is a perfection to greet Moshiach in public. The seventy must be closed in order to be perfect in the Holy Land. The eight - above nature, the world of redemption and spirituality, a world that all the Jews of the world will immigrate to the Land of Israel, even the Ten Tribes. When Moshiach comes out in public, he will bring the Ten Tribes to the Holy Land.

So Father in heaven says to all nations on earth: Thanks to the Jews who live in the Holy Land, in the State of Israel - this world is alive and well. How long will you be [?] to fight the Holy Land and the Jews who live in the Holy Land? That give life and food, health, good livelihood, longevity, medicines, technology and much more ... You fight with the thing that gives life to the world. Without the Holy Land and the Jews who live in the Holy Land, the Earth will become ashes, there will be no remnant of man in the world. Thanks to the Jews who live in the Land of Israel, thanks to the prayers and study of Torah - this world exists. Wake up, you'll understand, do not bother - not to deal with the Holy Land and the Jews who live in the Land of Israel, for your own good! Every country and country that does not understand this and will continue to be disturbed will receive the most severe blows, receive all ten blows a hundred times, and the four forces of nature will dismantle them. They will have fire and embers, dust, earthquakes, floods, rain and snow, harsh winds and storms. In the Holy Land of Israel, in the seventy-year-old State of Israel, nothing will happen and nothing will be damaged. Any country that wants to harm, to think of sending a missile or taking parts of the Holy Land, the Creator of the world will break it into pieces and at the same time harm the president or prime minister who wanted to take parts of the Land of Israel.

Seventy years to the Holy Land, to the State of Israel, it is a force that is closed and no back, for ever and ever will not be harmed! This is a force that protects and protects the Holy Land, which is in the right and proper way, in the strong way of redemption and Messiah, and it is not worthwhile for the peoples to deal with the Holy Land, the State of Israel and the Jews living in the Land of Israel. The State of Israel is celebrating its 70th anniversary. A small number of Jews in the Holy Land and every million Jews - a billion people in the world.

The Holy One, Blessed be He, asks anyone who has a senior and important role in the Land of Israel not to compete with his friend. This is hatred, and this brings no good to the people of Israel. Anyone who has a senior and important role in the Holy Land will do everything for Heaven, with joy, peace and humility so that there will be protection and protection for the people of Israel. If that senior official does not do so, he will lose. No senior official in the Land of Israel is allowed to do for himself, he will do his message and mission for the sake of Heaven alone, not for a chair, not honor, and not publicity. Respect for God, pride for God - not for man. [could this be referring to Speaker of the Knesset?]

Once good for us, once hard for us. The Holy One, Blessed be He, determines the age of man and how many will live, if he fulfills the Ten Commandments, prayers and study of Torah, what is prescribed by Holy One, Blessed be He. The livelihood of the Holy One, Blessed be He, is life and death in the hands of the Holy One, Blessed is He, the rain in the hands of the Holy One Blessed Be He, the birth by the Holy One, Blessed be He. These keys were left by God in His hands, so that when a person is in trouble, he will ask directly from the Holy One, Blessed be He. The power of the people of Israel in their mouths - in prayer and in the study of Torah.

All the fallen soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces are at the top by the throne of honor and are called righteous. They pray and implore the Holy One, Blessed be He, to stop the killing and pray for every IDF soldier, who will be guarded and protected, every day they pray and plead to the Holy One, Blessed be He.

Avraham Avinu fought to save Lot, our father Jacob fought in Shechem, King David fought, Yehoshua fought, Moshe fought, Samson hero fought - these are called the soldiers of the Holy One, Blessed is He.

The State of Israel is developing and flourishing, the economy is very good, the industries are producing weapons and ammunition like no other in the world. The Creator gives the Jews patents over nature.

There is a cloud of fire guarding Israel's borders. With all that is happening, we do not understand so well how the borders of Israel are protected and guarded - it is from the cloud of fire of the Creator! 

Gog and Magog outside the borders of the Land of Israel. In Israel, everything is normal, pure and holy.

Syria will continue to be destroyed, no one can stop the destruction. You can not make peace with them.

Russia is doing ammunition training in Syria. Wants to sell arms and ammunition to the Middle East, to Arab countries. Russia with the people of Israel.

The United States with Israel is strong, because they know that the people of Israel and the Land of Israel are the most powerful force in the world.

The tunnels - the Creator of the universe reveals everything. We once spoke about the tunnels, which are built like a central barrel, with many nests coming out of it, they discovered it now!

Jordan is quietly waiting for what to do with Hamas and the refugees. Trump silences them and Israel protects the king.

Egypt, which is disturbing Sisi has disappeared. Anyone who wants to hurt his power is gone. Sisi is a modern man, smart and intelligent and very good for Egypt. Sisi, continue to guard yourself. Da'esh want to blow up the Aswan Dam, they want to do something that will make world-wide publicity, Da'esh are sophisticated and want to show the world that they are winning everyone. Sisi, to continue cleaning and purifying the Sinai desert of Da'esh, the extremists and Hamas.

Turkey, Erdogan is losing his temper. Da'esh controls it, the economy is destroyed and dismantled, and workers are working hard on revolution.

In Iran there is a great revolution in the quiet, on the way, boiling and boiling and soon it will spill over. The Creator warned Iran, gave them a great warning of dust, smoke, and earthquake, so that they would not mess with the holy Land of Israel. If Iran doesn’t listen, it will receive a blow it has not yet dreamed of that will take a hundred years to rebuild itself.

Lebanon is happy that Syria is being destroyed.

Nasrallah and Hezbollah do not know what to do. Iran is in a difficult, confused and complicated situation. Iran's leaders are going to go crazy and all the ammunition they will try to deliver to Hezbollah will explode on the way. 

Europe is full of Muslims celebrating at the expense of the Christians. If Europe does not set limits, Muslims will soon make borders to Europe. 

Trump is very reliant on Israel. Believes in the forces of the Jews, in the Jewish people, believes that the ‘higher power’ protects, maintains and directs the people of Israel. Trump is a very smart and intelligent man. He has confidence and courage, wants to make order, peace and love in the world. He knows how Jews are living in the Land of Israel. He has very good advisers. 

Putin loves Israel, is happy with the Jewish people and blesses them. 

The Messiah is found, working and influencing. There is renewal, things that are vital and good for the Jewish people. The Holy One, Blessed be He, wants the Jews to fulfill the Ten Commandments, and wants a Jew to do his own thing from his heart. The mitzva is multiplied and the most elegant act is done when a person does his own thing for himself. 

Israel is stable and does not sway, and grows stronger every day. Until a year ago, Israel had three elements, we closed seventy years ago. We entered the fourth element, the fourth leg of renewal and acceptance to the great circle of the Land of Israel and the people of Israel. There are bad decrees that are canceled and people do not know anything about it. Do not procrastinate, not to worry. Keep believing. 

Moshiach is found, alive and well, blooming, will soon be revealed and will go out with great joy in public. He has a great job, not just physical. The soul of Mashiach "'היחידה'" does a very great job at the speed of light. Moshiach helps and works all the people of Israel and throughout the world, until the day comes and he is revealed in public and everything will be revealed in public!

Eretz Yisrael, the Holy Land, the Land of Israel, the State of Israel - has been closed for seventy years! It gives great steadfastness and power to the earth and in heaven. The connection of heaven and earth and four foundations and only good will be for the people of Israel every day, and each day better and better and no person and country in the world can harm the State of Israel!

Parshat Emor Message of Nir ben Artzi HEBREW

מסר מפי הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט"א
לפרשת אמור תשע"ח.
נמסר ביום ראשון, ז' באייר תשע"ח 22.4.18 | 8:30

   הקדוש-ברוך-הוא, מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש-ברוך-הוא, מתרה ומזהיר את כל המדינות שבעולם, ללא יוצא מן הכלל, לא להתעסק עם ארץ הקודש, עִם מדינת ישראל שמלאו לה שִבעים שנה. שִבעים שנה זו יציבות והתעצמות וארץ ישראל היא מַעצמה שמאכילה, מפרנסת ומחייה את כל כדור הארץ על יושביו!
   מדינת ישראל, ארץ ישראל, בת שִבעים שנה ואוהב בורא עולם את השביעיות, יום השביעי - השבת, שבעת-אלפים שנה לעולם, שבע ברכות, שבע שבתות, יש עוד הרבה דברים ב'שבע'. ארץ ישראל הקדושה והטהורה סוגרת שִבעים שנה – זו שלמות לקבלת פני משיח בפרהסיה. צריך להיסגר השִבעים כדי שתהיה שלמות בארץ הקודש. השמונה – זה מעל הטבע, לעולם הגאולה והרוחניות, עולם שכל יהודֵי העולם יעלו לארץ ישראל, גם עשרת השבטים. כשמשיח ייצא בפרהסיה, יביא את עשרת השבטים לארץ הקודש.
אז אבא שבשמיים אומר לכל העמים על כדור הארץ: בזכות היהודים שגרים בארץ הקודש, במדינת ישראל - העולם הזה חי וקיים. עד מתי תהיו אטומים וסתומים להילחם עם ארץ הקודש ועם היהודים שגרים בארץ הקודש? שנותנים חיים ואוכל, בריאות, פרנסה טובה, אריכות ימים, תרופות, טכנולוגיה ועוד ועוד... אתם נלחמים עם הדבר שנותן חיים לעולם. בלי ארץ הקודש והיהודים שגרים בארץ הקודש, כדור הארץ יהפוך לאפר, לא ישאר שריד של אדם בעולם. בזכות היהודים שגרים בארץ ישראל, בזכות התפילות ולימוד התורה - העולם הזה קיים. תתעוררו, תבינו, תשכילו – לא להתעסק עם ארץ הקודש ועם היהודים שגרים בארץ ישראל, לטובתכם! כל מדינה וארץ שלא יבינו זאת וימשיכו להפריע - יקבלו מכות קשות ביותר, יקבלו את כל עשר המכות פי-מאה וארבעת איתני הטבע יפרקו אותם. יהיו להם אש ושריפות, אבק, רעידות אדמה, שיטפונות, גשמים ושלגים, רוחות וסופות קשות. בארץ ישראל הקדושה, במדינת ישראל בת השִבעים לא יִקרה כלום ולא תינזק בכלום. כל מדינה שתרצה לפגוע, שתחשוב לשלוח טיל כלשהו או לקחת חלקים מאדמת הקודש, בורא עולם יפרק אותה לחלקים ובמקביל יפגע גם בנשיא או בראש ממשלה שרצה לקחת חלקים מארץ ישראל.

שנת שִבעים לארץ הקודש, למדינת ישראל, זה כוח שנסגר ואין אחורה, לעולמי עולמים לא תיפגע! שִבעים שנה זה כוח שמגן ושומר על ארץ הקודש שהיא בדרך הטובה והנכונה, בדרך החזקה של גאולה ומשיח ולא כדאי לעמים להתעסק עם ארץ הקודש, עם מדינת ישראל ועם היהודים שגרים בארץ ישראל. שִבעים שנה למדינת ישראל זו התחדשות. מספר קטן של יהודים בארץ הקודש ועל כל מיליון יהודים - מיליארד בני אדם בעולם.

הקדוש-ברוך-הוא מבקש מכל מי שיש לו תפקיד בכיר וחשוב בארץ ישראל, לא להתחרות בחברו. זו שנאת-חינם וזה מביא לא טוב לעם ישראל. כל מי שיש לו תפקיד בכיר וחשוב בארץ הקודש, יעשה הכל לשם-שמיים, בשמחה, בשלום ובענווה גדולה, כדי שתהיה הגנה ושמירה לעם ישראל. אם אותו בכיר לא יעשה כך – יפסיד. אסור לאף בכיר בארץ ישראל לעשות בשביל עצמו, יעשה את ייעודו ושליחותו לשם-שמים בלבד ללא אינטרס, לא בשביל כיסא, לא כבוד ולא פרסום. הכבוד לה', הגאווה לה' - לא לאדם.[could this be referring to Speaker of the Knesset?]

   פעם טוב לנו, פעם קשה לנו. הקדוש-ברוך-הוא קובע את גיל האדם וכמה יחיה, אם הוא מקיים את עשרת הדיברות, תפילות ולימוד תורה, הוא מאריך מעל מה שקבע הקדוש-ברוך-הוא. הפרנסה בידי הקדוש-ברוך-הוא, החיים והמוות בידי הקדוש-ברוך-הוא, הגשם בידי הקדוש-ברוך-הוא, הלידה בידי הקדוש-ברוך-הוא. מפתחות אלו השאיר הקדוש-ברוך-הוא בידיו, כדי שכשאדם יהיה בבעיה, הוא יבקש ישירות מהקדוש-ברוך-הוא. כוחו של עם ישראל בפה - בתפילות ובלימוד תורה.
   כל חיילי צבא-הגנה-לישראל שנהרגו, נמצאים למעלה ליד כיסא הכבוד ונקראים צדיקים. הם מתפללים ומתחננים לקדוש-ברוך-הוא שיפסיק את ההרג ומתפללים על כל חייל צה"ל - שיהיה מוגן ושמור. יום-יום הם מתפללים ומתחננים לקדוש-ברוך-הוא.
   אברהם אבינו נלחם להציל את לוט, יעקב אבינו נלחם בשכם, דוד המלך נלחם, יהושע נלחם, משה רבנו נלחם, שמשון הגיבור נלחם - אלה נקראים חייליו של הקדוש-ברוך-הוא.
   מדינת ישראל מתפתחת ופורחת, הכלכלה טובה מאוד, התעשיות מייצרות נשק ותחמושת שאין כמותם בעולם. בורא עולם נותן ליהודים פטנטים מעל הטבע.
יש ענן אש השומר על גבולות ישראל. עם כל מה שקורה לא מבינים כל כך איך גבולות ישראל מוגנים ושמורים - זה מענן האש של בורא עולם! גוג ומגוג מחוץ לגבולות ארץ ישראל. אצלנו בישראל – הכל תקין, טהור וקדוש.

סוריה תמשיך להיהרס, אף אחד לא יכול לעצור את ההרס. אי אפשר לעשות שלום איתם.
רוסיה עושה אימונים בתחמושת בסוריה. רוצה למכור נשק ותחמושת למזרח התיכון, לארצות ערב. רוסיה עִם עַם ישראל.
ארה"ב עִם עַם ישראל חזק, כי הם יודעים שעם ישראל וארץ ישראל זו מַעצמה שיש בה הכוח הכי חזק בעולם.
המנהרות - בורא עולם מגלה הכל. דברנו פעם במסר על המנהרות, שבנויות כמו קנה מרכזי שיוצאים ממנו הרבה קנים לצדדים, גילו זאת עכשיו!
ירדן מחכה בשקט מה לעשות עם החמאס והפליטים. טראמפ משתיק אותם וישראל שומרת על המלך.
מצרים, מי שמפריע לסיסי - נעלם. כל מי שרוצה לפגוע בשלטון שלו - נעלם. סיסי אדם מודרני, חכם ונבון וטוב מאוד למצרים. סיסי, תמשיך לשמור על עצמך. דאע"ש רוצים לפוצץ את סכר אסואן, הם רוצים לעשות משהו שיעשה פרסום עולמי. דאע"ש מתוחכמים ורוצים להראות לעולם שהם מנצחים את כולם. סיסי, להמשיך לנקות ולטהר את סיני מדאע"ש, הקיצוניים והחמאס.
תורכיה, ארדואן מאבד עשתונות. דאע"ש שולט בו, הכלכלה נהרסת ומתפרקת ועובדים שם חזק על מהפכה.
באיראן יש מהפכה גדולה בשקט, בדרך, רותחת ורותחת ועוד מעט תגלוש. בורא עולם הזהיר את איראן, נתן להם אזהרה גדולה של אבק, עשן ורעידת אדמה, שלא יתעסקו עם ארץ ישראל הקדושה. אם איראן לא תשמע, היא תקבל מכה שעוד לא חלמה עליה שייקח לה מאה שנה לבנות את עצמה מחדש.
לבנון שמחה שסוריה נהרסת.
נסראללה וחיזבאללה לא יודעים מה לעשות. איראן במצב קשה, מבולבל ומסובך. מנהיגי איראן הולכים להשתגע וכל התחמושת שינסו להעביר לחיזבאללה - תתפוצץ בדרך.
אירופה מלאה במוסלמים שחוגגים על חשבון הנוצרים. אם אירופה לא תשים גבולות, המוסלמים בקרוב יעשו לאירופה גבולות.
טראמפ סומך מאוד על ישראל. מאמין בכוחות של היהודים בעם ישראל, מאמין שכוח עליון מגן, שומר ומכוון את עם ישראל. טראמפ איש חכם ונבון מאוד. יש לו ביטחון ואומץ, רוצה לעשות סדר, שלום ואהבה בעולם. הוא יודע מה זה יהודים שגרים בארץ ישראל. יש לו יועצים טובים מאוד.
פוטין אוהב את ישראל, שמח בעם היהודי ומברך אותו.

משיח נמצא, עובד ופועל. יש התחדשות, דברים חיוניים וטובים בעם ישראל. הקדוש-ברוך-הוא רוצה שהיהודים יקיימו את עשרת הדיברות, רוצה שיהודי יעשה מעצמו ומליבו. המצווה כפולה ומכופלת והמעשה מהודר ביותר כשאדם עושה מליבו ומעצמו.
ישראל יציבה ולא מתנדנדת ומתחזקת מיום ליום. עד לפני שנה, היו לישראל שלושה יסודות, סגרנו שִבעים שנה - נכנסנו ליסוד הרביעי, הרגל הרביעית של התחדשות והשלמה למעגל הגדול של ארץ ישראל ועם ישראל.

משיח תפקידו גם בלילה, לשמור ולהגן, להתפלל ולבטל גזירות רעות וביום הוא אדם רגיל שעוזר לעם ישראל. יש גזירות רעות שמתבטלות ואנשים לא יודעים על זה כלום. לא להתמהמה. לא לדאוג. להמשיך להאמין.

 משיח נמצא, חי וקיים, פורח, יתגלה בקרוב וייצא בשמחה גדולה בפרהסיה. יש לו עבודה גדולה, לא רק פיזית. נשמתו של משיח 'היחידה' עושה עבודה גדולה מאוד במהירות האור. משיח עוזר ופועל בכל עם ישראל ובעולם כולו, עד שיגיע היום ויתגלה בפרהסיה והכל יהיה פתוח בפרהסיה!

ארץ הקודש, אדמת הקודש, ארץ ישראל, מדינת ישראל - סגרה שִבעים שנה! זה נותן התבססות ועוצמה אדירה בארץ ובשמיים. חיבור של שמיים וארץ וארבעה יסודות ורק טוב יהיה לעם ישראל יום-יום, כל יום יותר ויותר טוב ואף אדם ומדינה בעולם לא יוכלו לפגוע במדינת ישראל!

A Glimpse Into the Future – The Omer Offering in the Virtual Third Beis

A Virtual Glimpse Into the Future – The Omer Offering in the Virtual Third Beis

The Omer. The practice of Chopping the Omer by Cohanim

24 and you shall place it all upon Aaron's palms and upon his sons' palms, and you shall wave them as a waving before the Lord.
כדוְשַׂמְתָּ֣ הַכֹּ֔ל עַ֚ל כַּפֵּ֣י אַֽהֲרֹ֔ן וְעַ֖ל כַּפֵּ֣י בָנָ֑יו וְהֵֽנַפְתָּ֥ אֹתָ֛ם תְּנוּפָ֖ה לִפְנֵ֥י יְהֹוָֽה:

25 You shall then take them from their hand[s] and make them go up in smoke upon the altar with the burnt offering as a spirit of satisfaction before the Lord; it is a fire offering for the Lord.
כהוְלָֽקַחְתָּ֤ אֹתָם֙ מִיָּדָ֔ם וְהִקְטַרְתָּ֥ הַמִּזְבֵּ֖חָה עַל־הָֽעֹלָ֑ה לְרֵ֤יחַ נִיח֨וֹחַ֙ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהֹוָ֔ה אִשֶּׁ֥ה ה֖וּא לַֽיהֹוָֽה:

Chabad: Shemot (Exodus) 29: 24-25

22 April 2018

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20 April 2018

Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim and Yom Ha’atz’maut 5778

Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim and Yom Ha’atz’maut 5778
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

A Story of Deceit
Three penniless, unscrupulous Chassidim wanted to be with their rebbe in Lublin for Rosh Hashana, so they devised a plan to raise money for the journey.

They would go to one of the Jewish villages in the area. On arrival one of the three would pose as a great scholar while the other two would announce his presence in the town, inviting anyone in need to come and ask for his blessings.

Yankel was chosen to pose as the tzadik. He was to sit in the synagogue and wait for the simple, believing “clients”.  And indeed, they came in search of help for their miseries.

The first was an elderly woman seeking a suitable chatan for her daughter. The “rebbe” blessed the daughter, and the woman placed several kopecks on the table. And so it went, with the money piling up to the glee of the three Chassidim. Soon they realized that this ruse could not last for very long, so they decided to escape town immediately after Shabbat. On Shabbat afternoon, a man came with desperation in his voice. He explained that his son was dying, and the doctors said that only a miracle could save him. “You, saintly rabbi, are the miracle that HaShem has sent to save my son. Please come now to my home,” pleaded the man. The three had little choice and followed the man home.

They saw that the boy was at the end of his life. The father and two Chassidim left the room, leaving the “rebbe” alone with the boy.

Ten minutes later the “rebbe” exited the room, saying to the father that HaShem would save the boy, and the three departed.

Right after nightfall the three gathered all the money and left the town as quickly as their feet could carry them.

While walking in their hometown six months later, they saw the boy’s father approaching. They began running to escape his anger and the physical beating they thought awaited them.

The father caught up and immediately pounced on the “rebbe” with embraces and kisses, thanking him for saving his son. When the father left, his surprised companions asked Yankel what he did in the room with the boy?

Yankel the rebbe took a deep breath and said, “I laid down and began beating the floor in desperation. I pleaded with HaShem, ‘Father in Heaven I am an outcast, a low life, every sin possible is in my life. But one thing I pray to you. Don’t let me be guilty of destroying this man’s pure and holy belief in You and in Your rabbis. Save the boy!’"

Pleading with the Almighty

The souls of the generation of 70 years ago came before the holy throne and entreated the Almighty. “We are the worst generation in Jewish history. How can we face our forefathers when six million of our generation were murdered by the sons of Aisav in the most monstrous ways? The suffering of our generation is more overwhelming than the suffering at the destruction of the holy Temples and the exiles of our people from Eretz Yisrael. Woe to us, our sins and our punishment! How can we exist with this awful scar upon us and our leaders?

And HaShem replied, “My children, you are wrong. Wait and see how your generation will develop into the greatest of all in Jewish history. What you will soon accomplish will dominate all preceding generations; even that of the generation that left Egypt and received the Torah at Mount Sinai.”  Not the self-defacement of Yankel the impostor, but pride in being HaShem’s sole chosen people.

HaShem continued:  In the year 5708 (1948) three years’ time after the Shoah and after 2000 years of agony in the galut, your generation will open the gates of Eretz Yisrael to all My children. You will, in 70 years, bring the number of my children home to seven million, when never before had there been so many Jews in My holy land. Your land will be the envy of all the nations, where heart, mind and soul will come together to sanctify My holy name.

You will be praised by friend and foe alike. I will give you imagination and intelligence to show the wonders of my world. Torah will live in Eretz Yisrael in the way I have always wanted but did not get the co-operation of My people. You will create a Torah empire never before realized, where so many young men and women will thirst for the knowledge of my Torah. Never did a people survive 2000 years of suffering in My name, while I did not reveal Myself to you, not by prophet nor by open miracles. It is to your credit, your courage and boldness and resoluteness for My sake with no revealed reward. I coerced the generation to leave Egypt and to enter the land under threat of extinction. You have come home with faith while clinging to Me and Judaism.

Your generation is the greatest so far but will be surpassed by subsequent generations of your children in Eretz Yisrael.

The essence of the last 70 years

Chapter 20 of Tehillim contains 70 words, 
which capture the essence of the last 70 years of the Medina, as follows:

(א) למנצח מזמור לדוד:
(ב) יענך י’ ביום צרה ישגבך שם א’להי יעקב:
(ג) ישלח עזרך מקדש ומציון יסעדך:
(ד) יזכר כל מנחתך ועולתך ידשנה סלה:
(ה) יתן לך כלבבך וכל עצתך ימלא:
(ו) נרננה בישועתך ובשם א’להינו נדגל ימלא י’ כל משאלותיך:
(ז) עתה ידעתי כי הושיע י’ משיחו יענהו משמי קדשו בגברות ישע ימינו:
(ח) אלה ברכב ואלה בסוסים ואנחנו בשם י’ א’להינו נזכיר:
(ט) המה כרעו ונפלו ואנחנו קמנו ונתעודד:
(י) י’ הושיעה המלך יעננו ביום קראנו:
A psalm of David.
1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to His anointed. He answers him from His heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of His right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

My Israeli brothers and sisters – be proud of who we are, of what we have accomplished, and what is still waiting for us to do.

I say all this in total recognition and sadness for the huge human sacrifices we have had to make to attain what we now have. However, the total number of military sacrifices is equal to just two days in the single camp of Auschwitz. At the end of the day, the lesson is that there is life in Eretz Yisrael, while galut means for the Jew both spiritual and physical death.

Shabbat Shalom and Yom Ha’atzma’ut Samayach,
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5778/2018 Nachman Kahana

19 April 2018

SURROUNDED BY TORAH – Acharei Mos - Kedoshim

By Roy S. Neuberger

“Does a non-Jew really understand the pleasures of this world? Did he ever wake up a few hours before sunrise, drink a hot coffee, and then, with a clear mind, study Torah without interruption for two hours, followed by immersion in a hot mikveh as preparation for an inspired, fiery davening? Does he have any idea of the true pleasures of this world?” (Ksav Sofer, as quoted in the book, Rav Pam on the Haftaros, Page 161) 

I identify with these words. To me, early morning is the best time. It is still dark; the world is quiet; one’s mind is clear. At what other time can one study Torah “without interruption?” I identify with everything in this beautiful description, including the hot coffee!

A clear mind is precious! In this frenetic world, the Satan presents countless distractions. Technology was supposed to serve us, but it has confused us. One needs a lifetime just to understand the instruction manuals! 

In the darkness before dawn, the Torah shines a light before us which illuminates the entire day. “Uri kvodi … Awake my soul, awake oh lyre and harp. I shall awaken the dawn!” (Tehillim 57:9) This is when Dovid Hamelech’s neshoma reached the heights. “In the evening one lies down weeping, but – with the dawn – a cry of joy!” (Tehillim 30)

One of the beauties of early morning is the mikveh. This week we learn, “Aharon shall come to the Tent of Meeting…. He shall immerse himself in the water in a sacred place and don his vestments ….” (Vayikra16:23-24) Furthermore, “No person may enter the [Temple] Courtyard for service, even if he is tahor, until he immerses [himself in a mikveh]. The Kohain Gadol performs five immersions and ten sanctifications on the day [of Yom Kippur] ….” (Yoma 30a)

The other day, when I was actually in the mikveh, its unique quality suddenly became so clear to me. It is no chiddush, but sometimes the obvious is so powerful. When you are in the mikveh, you are totally surrounded. You are not aware of anything but water. All is quiet, because water blocks sound. There is no sight; my eyes, anyway, are closed in the mikveh. As in the womb, one is submerged in warmth and security, protection and comfort. As the Ksav Sofer put it, this is one of the “true pleasures of this world.”

Because of the mikveh, we can understand the concept of being surrounded by the Ocean of Torah. “Water can be [interpreted as signifying] nothing other than Torah, as it is said, ‘Ho! Everyone that is thirsty go to the water.’” (Bava Kamma 17a) In the mikveh one can feel vividly the sensation of being surrounded by Torah. That is why it makes so much sense to immerse in the mikveh before that “inspired, fiery davening.”

“Hinai yamim baim …. Behold, days are coming – the word of Hashem – when I will send hunger into the land, not a hunger for bread nor a thirst for water, but to hear the words of Hashem.” (Amos 8:11) 

Incidentally, the most beautiful mikveh I ever saw was in the Syrian Sephardic community in Mexico City. The water was pure like a coral reef. You felt you could drink it. The attendant hands you a warm towel and slippers as you enter. This would be indulgence if it weren’t “preparation for an inspired, fiery davening” and a day filled with Torah. 

Today we have no Bais Hamikdosh and no mizbeach“Both Rabbi Yochanan and Rabbi Elazar said: The entire time that the Temple was standing, the Altar would atone for Israel. But now [that the Temple has been destroyed], a man’s table atones for him.” (Berachos 55a) Thus it is that the utensils upon our tables also must pass through the waters of the mikveh

If we are to try to come close to Hashem, we have to be surrounded by Torah. We say “Shema, Yisroel, Hashem Elokainu, Hashem Echad.” What does “echad” mean? Hashem is Everything, Hashem is All There Is! There is nothing else! Everything in the cosmos is created by and is part of Hashem. That is why it is so absurd to rebel against Him, because … who are we anyhow? We are part of Hashem! How can one rebel against Him? 

Someone asked me, after a lecture, how I feel about increasing ruchnius through a strictly intellectual approach. I personally was never persuaded by an intellectual approach, because Hashem is completely beyond our intellect. Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis a”h used to tell us, “You have to get a Jew to do a mitzvah before you can reach him.” A mitzvah expands the neshoma and then the questions go away by themselves. 

I will never forget the (Jewish!) missionary who tried to get Rebbetzin Jungreis to convert to an avoda zara some forty years ago. It was just before Shabbos, and she was at the Pineview Hotel in the Catskills. She said to him, “Just stay for Shabbos and then we’ll talk.” He stayed. When Shabbos was over, there was nothing to talk about. 

Shabbos is a mikveh. You are surrounded by Torah. “Shema Yisroel, Hashem Elokainu, Hashem Echad.” Hashem is One. Hashem is everything. “Ain od milvado … there is nothing else beside Him.” In this world of sheker, we all need to know there is no safety except to surround ourselves with the living waters of Torah.

“Moshe said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand fast and see the salvation of Hashem that He will perform for you today’ …. And the Children of Israel shall come into the midst of the sea ….” (Shemos 14:13ff) In these shrill and tense moments, as we near the culmination of world history, let us be comforted by the thought that, soon, “the knowledge of G-d (will fill) the world as the sea fills the ocean bed.” (Yeshiah 11:9)

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

© Copyright 2018 by Roy S. Neuberger

You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy"

You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy"
Iyar 4, 5778/April 19, 2018

This year, once again, the double Torah readings of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, which will be read this Shabbat, coincide with this week's observance of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma'ut, Israel's Memorial Day and Independence Day, respectively. This "coincidence" is always particularly poignant, as the name of the first of the two Torah readings, Acharei Mot, literally means, "After the death of" . (The verse in full reads, "And HaShem spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons, when they drew near before HaShem, and they died." Leviticus 16:1) The name of the second of the two Torah readings, Kedoshim, means holy ones. When read together, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim literally means, "after the death of the holy ones," and when read in proximity of Israel Memorial Day, as it is this year, our thoughts go naturally to the 23,646 soldiers who have fallen in Israel's wars of independence and freedom, as well as the thousands of victims of terror in our land. The fallen are indeed holy, for they gave of themselves so that we, the living, may live free in our land, the land G-d promised our forefathers, the land of Israel. G-d promises, and our holy ones fall in battle to make that promise a reality. This is not spoken ironically. It is an expression of the eternal covenant between G-d and His people Israel. We work together to make promises happen, to make dreams come true.

In Israel, Yom HaZikaron is a solemn day of deep reflection for those who have lost loved ones, marked by ceremonies and graveside visits throughout the land, and no less so for those who don't bear the loss so closely to their flesh and their souls. The air that we breath and the land upon which we stand is the gift of the fallen to all of us. Regardless of closeness of kinship, we are all one family with one common destiny.

The twenty four hours of solemn reflection are then shattered with fireworks and more ceremonies, this time bursting with a nearly overpowering energy of profound joy and gratitude, which rises up out of the pain and loss itself, and sweeps over the entire people like an eye-opening wave of prophetic realization: the realization that we are indeed living in prophetic times. The ingathering of the dispersed of Israel and the establishment of the sovereign state of Israel in our era are the fulfillment of prophecies first uttered thousands of years ago. The intensely felt joy of Yom Atzma'ut, Israel's Independence Day is the joy of a thousand generations who lived and died with Zion in their hearts and Jerusalem on their lips. Yom HaZikaron not followed by Yom Atzma'ut would be nothing more than a desperately painful day. Yom Atzma'ut not preceded by Yom HaZikaron would be nothing more than a vacuous day of celebration. Together, the two days, the expressions of pain and joy and gratitude that they evoke, turn our hearts heavenward as we express the only thought that our hearts can possibly express, joy and thanks and gratitude to the G-d of Israel, Who has brought us to this day.

The first of this week's double Torah reading, Acharei Mot, deals at length with the Yom Kippur service in the Tabernacle/Holy Temple. The second of the two readings, Kedoshim, begins with these words: "And HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying, Speak to the entire congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy." (ibid 19:1-2) If Acharei Mot is a four thousand year old prescient tribute to today's fallen soldiers, then Kedoshim is likewise, no less than a four thousand year old reminder of why we fight and fall, and fight and return, and never turn our back on our land or our destiny: "You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy."

Today the nation of Israel has many enemies and many friends, and is daily shouted at, lectured to and pleaded with. Sometimes out of hatred, sometimes out of love, sometimes out of true concern, sometimes out of false friendship, Israel is constantly being told and cajoled: Do this and don't do that, give in, give up, roll over, do it our way, do it by our rules. Do these many voices think that they are new? Squarely in the middle of this week's double Torah reading, G-d has this ageless advice for Israel:

"And HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: I am HaShem, your G-d. Like the practice of the land of Egypt, in which you dwelled, you shall not do, and like the practice of the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you, you shall not do, and you shall not follow their statutes. You shall fulfill My ordinances and observe My statutes, to follow them. I am HaShem, your G-d. You shall observe My statutes and My ordinances, which a man shall do and live by them. I am HaShem." (ibid 18:1-5)

Am Yisrael Chai - the nation of Israel lives! Seventy years going on four thousand. Yom Atzma'ut Sameach - Happy Israel Independence Day!

Temple Institute

Koolulam – Our Country The Honey and the Bee Sting

12,000 people forming one hopeful choir. Koolulam’s cover of "Al Kol Eleh” 
("Over all of these”)
[A special gathering to celebrate Israel’s 70th Anniversary, held in Tel Aviv. One Huge Togetherness]

See JPOST article: "12,000 ISRAELIS SING ‘AL KOL ELEH’".


"חוויה כזאת לא הייתה לי": כשהנשיא שר עם 12 אלף ישראלים

12 אלף ישראלים התכנסו אתמול יחד בהיכל מנורה בתל אביב לאחד מאירועי השירה ההמונית הגדולים שהיו בעולם, בהם הנשיא ריבלין וראש עיריית תל אביב רון חולדאי. הסיבה: לחגוג את חגיגות ה-70 למדינה בניצוח המיזם החברתי "קולולם". כתבתו של נוב ראובני. מתוך חדשות הערב 10.04.18

2,000 years in the same village: The last Jewish woman in Peqi'in will light a torch on Independence Day

מרגלית זינאתי בת ה-86 מתגוררת לבדה בכפר הדרוזי שבגליל, בת למשפחה שהתגוררה במקום ככל הנראה מתקופת בית המקדש השני. זינאתי לא התחתנה מעולם והקדישה את חייה כדי לשמור על בית הכנסת העתיק במקום, ובעיקר כדי לשמור על הגחלת. כתבתו של רובי המרשלג

Margalit Zinati, sole Jewish resident of the Druze village of Peki’in in the Galilee, with an 1,800-year-old limestone capital bearing two Hebrew inscriptions found there in February 2017. (Ritvo, courtesy of Beit Zinati)

Margalit Zinati, the 86-year-old sole Jewish resident of the Druze village of Peki’in in the Galilee, will light a torch. Her family has lived for centuries in Peki’in, and she takes care of the town’s synagogue, said to contain stones from the Second Temple. “Throughout her life she worked to preserve the ancient synagogue in Peki’in, and convey the history of Peki’in and her family’s experiences to future generations,” the committee said.

YOM HA’ATZMAUT –Last Jewish Woman in Village of Peki'in Will Light a Torch on Independence Day

2,000 years in the same village:  The last Jewish woman in Peqi'in will light a torch on Independence Day

מרגלית זינאתי בת ה-86 מתגוררת לבדה בכפר הדרוזי שבגליל, בת למשפחה שהתגוררה במקום ככל הנראה מתקופת בית המקדש השני. זינאתי לא התחתנה מעולם והקדישה את חייה כדי לשמור על בית הכנסת העתיק במקום, ובעיקר כדי לשמור על הגחלת. כתבתו של רובי המרשלג

Margalit Zinati, sole Jewish resident of the Druze village of Peki’in in the Galilee, with an 1,800-year-old limestone capital bearing two Hebrew inscriptions found there in February 2017. (Ritvo, courtesy of Beit Zinati)

Margalit Zinati, the 86-year-old sole Jewish resident of the Druze village of Peki’in in the Galilee, will light a torch. Her family has lived for centuries in Peki’in, and she takes care of the town’s synagogue, said to contain stones from the Second Temple. “Throughout her life she worked to preserve the ancient synagogue in Peki’in, and convey the history of Peki’in and her family’s experiences to future generations,” the committee said.


Yom Ha’Atzmaut JNF–KKL 

In Jerusalem, go see a different kind of mapping of Israel’s history, as Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael offers an artistic video mapping of its activities in Israel over the last 70 years. The seven-minute film is being screened on the buildings of the Jewish National Fund and Jewish Agency, still housed in structures built in the 1930s, at the corner of King George and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Streets. April 15, 16, 18, 19, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu – The Architect of Israel?

How has NETANYAHU transformed ISRAEL? - VisualPolitik EN
Today we’re talking about Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister and the most powerful politician the country has had in the last 2 decades. Why are we talking about Netanyahu? Why is he so important?

Israel: Defying the Odds

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18 April 2018

Shalom Pollack – Chag Sameach!

[There is so much happening today, I am posting a lot.]

In Jerusalem today, school children wore white as they attended memorials for our soldiers this memorial day.

At 11:00 am, as the siren was heard. all stood in solemn respect for the beloved fallen in the defense of our land and existence.

Unlike in other countries including the one in which I was born, it is not a day of major shopping, sales, sports or picnics.

Almost 23,000 military and almost 3,000 civilian terror victims with many more maimed for life( and all the accompanying families that will never be the same), is the human price we have paid for our existence in our land.

In this very small country, just about everyone knows someone directly affected by the continuing Muslim assault upon us.

It is nothing personal - its just that we are part of a group marked for destruction by that other group.

My cousin was not chosen for any personal reason when he was butchered while praying in a Jerusalem synagogue three years ago.

Jerusalem Arabs who worked on the street of the synagogue attacked the men at worship and butchered five of them. Where they lived, in their Jerusalem neighborhood, just next to mine, the murderers are still considered heroes and their faces could be seen on every wall.

Cousin Aryeh is now one of the statistics we refer to as the "human price". His family will never be the same and will never develop as they were meant to.
I guess I too am now a tangent member of the ever-widening "family of bereaved".

Last week, we stood in silence in the memory of other Jews who were targeted for extinction - in the Holocaust.

Then, it wasn't Arabs or Persians but Europeans targeting us. It wasn't about land or religion. It was about DNA.

Today many of those Europeans are helping the Arabs to delegitimize, boycott, defame, restrict and otherwise harm the Jewish state.

I guess perspective is important.

We have come a very long way.

The Germans and their helpers killed ten thousand Jews a day. The Arabs have managed to kill only two and a half days worth of those Holocaust numbers in seventy years. Not that they do not try very hard. It's just that today the Jews are armed.

Which people have ever had to go through what we did and then bounce back like a Phoenix from the sand and soar, leaving behind the world in awe?

Now just imagine this: Families of Concentration camp Nazi SS guards that were killed in the war meet with the families of their Jewish victims. The purpose is to finally acknowledge the suffering of both sides.

Absurd? Insane? Repulsive?

Well last night, as Israel mourned the victims of Arab terror, such as butchered cousin Aryeh, some Israelis invited the families of the murdered victims for such a meeting.

Don't you know, the literary and intellectual elites backed up by the supreme court gave it their enthusiastic seal of approval.

The message is clear: there is no good or evil, no right or wrong, no victim or perpetrator.

Sounds like the first lines of the constitution of Sodom and Gomorrah.

And Israel's elites and media actually debate the pros and cons of this perversion..!

Happily, the vast majority of Jews do realize just how crazy weird this is.

Yes, we have come a very long and marvelous way but there are diseases very deeply embedded in some of our people - the 2,000-year-old Stockholm syndrome if you will. It may take some more time until we are all fully recovered and the poison is washed from our system.

Meanwhile, we are six and a half million strong, We were six hundred thousand when we first battled for our country in 1948.

We have come a long way!
Not bad.

We are coming home. 
We are building the most amazing country in the world.

Tomorrow is our seventieth Independence day

Chag sameach!


"Every Fallen Soldier Has a Chapter"

Screen shot of participants lighting candles

"Every fallen soldier has a chapter" is the name of the haredi project to learn Mishnah, say Tehillim (Psalms), or take upon one's self a good deed in memory of the souls of the 23,645 fallen in Israel's wars.

Thanks to the campaign so far more than 80,000 chapters of Tehillim have been read in the framework of the project, so that every single soldier who fell in Israel's wars has had Psalms chapters prayed for his soul's ascent an average of three times.

The haredi project also mentions a particularly interesting halakhic ruling that receives practical expression:

The instructions of the late haredi Sefardi spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that one must also recognize the contribution of the non-Jewish fallen in wars of defense for the Jewish people.

Therefore, the project also includes the non-Jewish fallen in Israel's wars, and recognizes their contribution to the defense of the Jewish People.

The project began four years ago by a group of young haredim who call themselves dosim (term for haredim usually derogatory) and in cooperation with the Gesher reconciliation group: "In these days it's most important of all that the entire Jewish people in all its diversity and sectors be united," notes Gesher Director Ilan Gal-Dor: "We invite each and every one of the haredim and secular alike to stop for a minute and say a chapter of Psalms, and thus to act in their memory and give the souls of the fallen an ascent, and also for the unity of all the citizens of Israel.”


Israel's 70th - Do You See The Miracle?

Israel's 70th - Do You See The Miracle?

Join the Yom HaAtzma'ut 70 Mission

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LIVE: Yom HaZikaron in Kfar Etzion

Yom HaZikaron in Gush Etzion LIVE
יום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל תשע''ח -כפר עציון
(where they remember Hashem)

טקס לחללי מערכות ישראל ולהרוגי הטרור בבית העלמין שליד כפר עציון יום ד | 18.4.18 | 10:55 | בית העלמין כפר עציון 10:40 - התכנסות 10:55 - משמר הכבוד נעמד במקומו 11:00 - צפירה בת שתי דקות - פרק תהילים - קדיש - א-ל מלא רחמים - קטעי קריאה ושירה מפי תלמידי מוסדות החינוך שבאיזור - דברים מפי נציג הממשלה - שירת אני מאמין - שירת התקווה - סיום הטקס

part of the reason that Yom Hazikaron was instated on 4th of Iyar (day before Yom Ha'atzmaut) was because that was the day that Gush Etzion fell.

Spiritual Mass Murderer

Spiritual Mass Murderers 
Lashon Hara, Gossip, Purity, Impurity

This is so important for all of us to keep in mind. It is so easy to slip into this awful aveira in word, spoken or written. And I write this with “me” in mind.