17 December 2017

An Array of Israeli Sufganiot

An Array of Israeli Sufganiot


Sfenj or sfunj is a Maghrebi doughnut, cooked in oil. Sfenj is eaten plain or sprinkled with sugar or soaked in honey. Sfenj, Moroccan Donuts

And I cannot eat any one of them :((

Devorah HaNavi who Judged Am Yisrael Under a Palm Tree

Devorah HaNavi who Judged Am Yisrael Under a Palm Tree

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. (Judges 4:4,5)

Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day saying, “That the leaders led in Israel, that the people volunteered, Bless the Lord! … In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath; in the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, and travelers went by roundabout ways. The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel. … Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, sing a song! … Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Lord; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.” And the land was undisturbed for forty years. (Judges 5:1, 6, 7,12, 31)

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked:

"I read the entire verdict on the bodies of terrorists; there's no doubt that the minority opinion is more logical and more established," 

"The government doesn't have to accept this ruling and will ask for another hearing. It must be clear, the bodies of terrorists will not be returned. There should be two tracks, as I said, either another discussion, which is the preferred route, or legislation,”

Ayelet Shaked in ArutzSheva
Court rules state must hand over bodies 
of terrorists killed in terror tunnel - 
or pass law permitting 
military to hold terrorists' remains.

16 December 2017

15 December 2017

"Now Yosef Recognized His Brothers”

"Now Yosef Recognized His Brothers”
(Genesis 42:8)
Kislev 27, 5778/December 15, 2017

Over the course of the eight day festival of Chanukah, beginning with one candle on the first night and increasing by one candle each night, we kindle a total of thirty six lights. Our sages teach us that this parallels the thirty six hours that the original light with which G-d illuminated creation shone, before G-d secreted away the light, saving it for the righteous in the world to come. The eight days of Chanuka are a gift from G-d through which He shares with His world once again the beautiful pristine light of creation, through our kindling of the Chanukah lights.

The original light, referred to in Hebrew as ohr ganuz (hidden light), was not constrained by the space-time continuum which defines our world today. Following a beam of light, Adam, who enjoyed the original light, until his own actions caused G-d to hide the light away, could see from one end of creation to the other. All was revealed. Nothing was hidden.

This same primordial (now hidden) light plays a central role in the story of Yosefand his brothers. The primordial light is what illuminates our dreams, for our dreamscapes are also free of the restrictions imposed upon our waking moments by the boundaries of time and space. It is this very freedom from the laws of time and space that make our dreams so unworldly at times and difficult to understand. Yet Yosef, who was blessed with the ability to perceive the hidden light in dreams became a master of dream interpretation, discerning G-d's plan, revealed to him by the original light, hidden to others.

The theme of the original light, both hidden and revealed also sheds light on another seeming conundrum in our story. In this week's parasha, Miketz, when Yosef's brothers go down to Egypt and stand before Yosef, now viceroy to Pharaoh, Yosef immediately recognizes them, but they don't recognize Yosef. Yes, many years have passed, and Yosef, now a man and dressed and coiffed as an Egyptian noble, and bearing an aura of authority, is no longer the beardless, precocious teenager that the brothers threw into a pit and later sold into slavery, but blood is blood and their inability to recognize their own brother standing before them is puzzling.

The brothers could not recognize Yosef because they were not seeing him in the true light, in the original light of creation, now hidden away. His presence before them was not possible because they had done away with him, and the rigid order of space and time as they understood it did not allow for his reappearance in their lives. In our story, the word recognition, used multiple times, is always to be understood as seeing the hidden light, seeing the truth behind the deceptive surface. Yosef immediately recognized his brothers, not because he recognized their faces, per se, but because he recognized G-d's plan for their salvation.

Earlier in our story, when Tamar asked her father-in-law Yehudah, "Please recognize whose signet ring, cloak, and staff are these?" (Genesis 38:25) and Yehudah indeed recognized them as belonging to him, he didn't merely recognize the objects before him, he recognized his own past errors, from his sleeping with Tamar, to his refusal to bring his son Shelah to her, and even to his leading role in the selling of Yosef. His heart and his understanding were illuminated with the hidden light of creation, the light that reveals all, the light of truth. This is the light of repentance - teshuvah - which enters our heart and lights the way for our return to ourselves and to our place in G-d's world which he created for us.

This understanding of the word recognition (hakara), as it is used in our story, also sheds great light on the moment when the brothers, after selling Yosef and soaking his cloak in lamb's blood, tell their father, "'We have found this; now recognize whether it is your son's coat or not.' He recognized it, and he said, 'It is my son's coat; a wild beast has devoured him; Yosef has surely been torn up.'" (ibid 37:32-33) This recognition by Yaakov of his son's cloak suggests that, if he is truly seeing the coat before him in the illumination of the hidden light, then he knows full well the real fate of his son Yosef and the great plan that G-d has in store for His people. This is why our sages opine that that Yaakov refused to be consoled. He knew that his son Yosef was alive!

It is no coincidence, of course, that the thirty six lamps which we light over the course of Chanukah are reflective of the thirty six hours in which the original pure light of creation shone before being hidden away by G-d. For the festival of Chanukah is about the liberation of and the repurification and rededication of the Holy Temple. The Holy Temple is the beacon, the entry point in our world through which the hidden light is revealed. The Holy Temple, which brings renewal and rebirth into the world each day exists above the linear restraints of time and space. The Holy Temple radiates the unfiltered light which G-d projected into existence even before the creation of time and space. The victory of the Macabbees was indeed the victory of light over darkness, the true light of creation by which Torah is written and the Holy Temple shines forth. Chanukah sameach.

[Sorry to those who had trouble reading the above. This should be ok now. Let me know otherwise]

The History of the Holy Temple Menorah

The Holy Temple Menorah Today

The menorah which stands today in Jerusalem's old city Jewish Quarter, overlooking the Temple Mount, is the work of the Temple Institute. It was created exclusively to be used in the new Holy Temple. The menorah was painstakingly crafted after years of extensive research by the Temple Institute's full time staff of researchers. The conclusions upon which the construction of the menorah was based took into account archeological evidence and, of course, the halachic (Jewish law) requirements of materials, dimensions, ornamental affects and manner of manufacture as first delineated in the Book of Exodus, and further explicated by Jewish sages throughout the millennia.
The menorah weighs one-half ton. It contains forty five kilograms of twenty four karat gold. Its estimated value is approximately three million dollars. The construction of the menorah was made possible through the generosity of Vadim Rabinovitch, a leader of the Jewish community of Ukraine.

Since the menorah was moved from its former location in the old city's Roman Cardo to its current location alongside the Yehudah HaLevi steps leading down to the Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount, it has become a place where thousands of people stop daily, meet friends, learn about the menorah, marvel at its beauty and envision its ultimate standing place in the Kodesh Sanctuary of the rebuilt Holy Temple.


By Roy S. Neuberger                                                    

Chanukah is about light. 

“At the root of the (Biblical commandment to light the Menorah) lies the fact that the Eternal Lord, may He be blessed, commanded us that a lamp should burn in the Sanctuary, to magnify the glory and splendor of the Temple in the eyes of those who behold it. For such is the way of people, to attain distinction in their houses with burning lights. And the entire reason for the magnification [of splendor] is that that a man’s heart should become infused, when he sees it, with reverent awe and humility. (Sefer Hachinuch, Mitzvah 98)

And then there is darkness. 

“And the earth was ‘tohu’ and ‘vohu,’ with darkness upon the surface of the deep….” (Beraishis 1:2) “Here [the Torah] alludes to what happened [after man was created], due to [our] sins… [The word] ‘darkness’ [refers] to the Yetzer Hara … [which took hold of the body.] 

“When the Holy One, Blessed is He, saw this, [He] said ‘Let there be light,’ [which means that] He sends man an assistant [to fight] against his yetzer [hara]. This happens when [a man] reaches [his] fourteenth year [i.e. Bar Mitzvah, at which time a new] spirit from G-d … a holy and pure neshomah [the yetzer tov], appears upon him from [Hashem’s] Holy Abode…. [The] light is immense, because it is carved from under the Throne of Glory of [Hashem]. 

“You should not think [however,] that, since the [elevated] neshomah is within man, or through engaging in Torah [study] … one becomes safe from the trickery of the yetzer [hara] … and it … goes away…. [But, no!] There is still darkness in the world…. It is just that, through this [light], man is helped [in his efforts] to wage war against the [yetzer hara]….” (Ohr Hachaim on Beraishis Chapter One)

At the beginning of Creation, a war erupted between the Yetzer Tov and the Yetzer Hara. This war will continue until the Yetzer Hara is finally vanquished at the end of history. 

“Whenever the Torah or the Sages refer to the oil used to light the Menorah, an allusion is intended to the wisdom of the heart and thoughts of the mind. When the Greeks entered the Bais Hamikdosh and defiled the oil, they blemished the thoughts and feelings of the majority of the people of Israel, who began to accept [the concept] that the ‘wisdom of the Greeks’ continued enduring reality. When the Hasmoneans … entered the Sanctuary, they found only one jar that contained pure oil …. However, this was not sufficient to kindle a perpetual lamp within them, for their processes and feelings had been blemished by the ‘wisdom of the Greeks.’ But ‘a miracle occurred and the oil burned for eight days.’ (Shabbos 21b) This miracle of purifying the heart and one’s thought processes is necessary for Israel in every generation, especially when she is subjugated by the nations of the world.” (Book of Our Heritage, Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov)

Chanukah demonstrates that there can be victory in the war between the Yetzer Hatov and the Yetzer HaraChanukah falls during the darkest period of the darkest month of the year. It is the quintessential Yom Tov of Golus. It demonstrates forever that, even when we are apparently drowning in the spiritual darkness of the surrounding culture, we should not despair, even though the odds of survival, let alone victory, seem overwhelmingly against us. 

“The pure among Israel of that generation – led by the Kohanim of the Hasmonean House – saw Greek culture as the source of impurity in this world, the most despicable form of paganism. All idolatry is abominable, but when man himself becomes a deity and all of his faculties are utilized to serve himself, this is the most despicable form of idolatry…. When people begin to believe in man’s great power, in the beauty of man’s taste and in the reliability of man’s intellect, the damage that can result is limitless. The Hasmoneans saw that the roots of this defilement were taking hold among the people and declared that war against it was a holy battle.” (ibid)

My friends, that was then and this is now. We have to understand that, difficult as that nisayon was, we are now in worse condition! We have no oil at all, not even defiled oil! We have no menorah! We have no Bais Hamikdosh! We are living in a world that has been almost entirely defiled. We are surrounded by terrible darkness. The entire world, with the exception of those few whose lives are illuminated by the flame of Torah, is bowing to the culture of self-worship, which Rabbi Kitov refers to as the “the most despicable form of paganism.” 

Every night during Chanukah, we kindle lights. Outside the window, behind the menorah, there is only darkness. The first night, that little flame seems swallowed by the surrounding blackness. Each night, the light grows more intense as we add a flame. On the eighth night the glow becomes exceedingly beautiful. 

The biggest miracle is that there is any flame at all! It is miraculous there are any Jews left to light that flame! We are the flames! Our lives are the flames! Our neshomas are on fire! 

We cannot be afraid of the darkness. “There was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Beraishis 1:5), on which Ohr Hachaim comments: “At that time, when [the night of exile ends and] the light of morning rises, [ushering in the Redemption], there will be no more darkness and no more night … ‘and the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun.’ (Yeshayah 30:26) That is what [our verse means when] it says, ‘one day.’” 

This year, when we light the flames, let us all picture that day. As we say every morning, “May You shine a new light on Tzion, and may we all speedily merit its light!”

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.
© Copyright 2017 by Roy S. Neuberger

14 December 2017

The Maccabeats - Latke Recipe - Hanukkah

The Maccabeats - Latke Recipe - Hanukkah

Could This “Really” be NIBIRU?

News About The Star Nibiru - Confirmed

Rabbi Glazerson discusses the prophecies at the End of Days and Kochav Yaakov, The Star [NIBIRU]"NASA Discovery of 7-Planet System Conforms Exactly to Zohar’s Description of Pre-Messiah 'Nibiru’” [on Mattisyahu Glazerson’s youtube page

NASA Announces Discovery Of 7 Earth-Sized Planets In Nearby Star System

NASA announced Wednesday that they have discovered a nearby star sytsem with seven Earth-sized planets, some of which could potentially have liquid water. The system is called "TRAPPIST-1" after the Belgian-operated telescope in Chile that discovered it. RealClearPolitics

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on Feb 22, 2017

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

Over 21 days, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds, including three in the habitable zone, where liquid water might be found.

The video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and Michaël Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. For more information about Spitzer, visit Spitzer Caltech edu

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Chanukah at Ir David

עיר דוד | דרך חברון 183 | ירושלים | Israel | 02-6713434

City of David Tours

13 December 2017

Recent Sighting and More on “THE SYSTEM"

Could it Be NIBIRU?

NASA to Announce Major Planet Discovery-Solar Phenomenon Stuns Onlookers-Supermoon Trilogy Begins. The planet is big enough to cluster 11 large bodies but is it responsible for the periodic strikes of comets and asteroids.

Nibiru Triggers Global Turbulence-Atmospheric Radiation Increases-Unknown Cosmic Rays Slam Earth. There is concern among scientists that the coming year may herald in a time of great seismic and volcanic unrest, unlike anything this generation has witnessed

View this from beginning only until 13:10 (the rest is his personal rantings)
Three Days of Rage, Nibiru's Tail and the Coming Eclipse

Planet X with high speed moon passes over Australia and more proof fast moons

Strange sky events recorded in Texas AND Louisiana on night of snowstorm!
DEC 12, 2017: Sky phenomenon occurs on the same night hundreds of miles apart in completely different states.

Rare Sky phenomenon – Right through the roof! (San Bernadino)

Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
great for Shabbat

1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten free Almond flour or gf  flour mix)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Stir together potatoes, scallions, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper.
Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. 
Working in batches of 4, spoon 1/8 cup potato mixture per latke into oil and flatten to 3-inch diameter with a slotted spatula
Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. 

Transfer latkes with spatula to paper towels to drain. 

Source: Epicurious

Watching the Sunsets . . . Wow, What Was That!

Watching the Sunsets . . . Wow, What Was That!

There was something awesome in the sky just now. My daughter, who watches sunsets daily with me, saw it with me. The sun was still above the horizon, about 15 minutes before sunset.

Far to the right, my estimate would be at least 30 degrees away, without other obvious continuation of the almost sunset was another smaller light source behind the clouds and coming out looking like another sunset. It wasn't like another round sun as it was like a squished diamond shape and it was a rainbow colored as well and poking through the clouds. I've seen rainbow arc clouds before and this was way bigger, rounder and very different as there was a super pronounced light behind it. Not a sun dog either which I've seen pictures of.

I couldn't get to a spot to take a picture of both the sun and this light before it disappeared as I was on a one way street with many houses but I managed to catch a picture of the strange light source but you can't see the rainbow aspect of it in the photo. I really wish I could have found a place to take a picture of the whole sky but I had to pick up someone and couldn't drive around.

This sky was still light with no pinks at all and you couldn't even see that it was sunset unless looking at that particular spot. As I was driving, I peeked in the direction of the sunset and saw the sun going lower. Then I turned the corner and said "What's that???" My daughter looked and said WOW.  It looked like a similar sunset but it was far to the right.

I never saw rainbow colors in the sky like that before at all. The light source behind wasn't shining brightly and the rainbow colors were easily visible.

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This picture is a oval outlined cloud just smack above and right to the sunset which almost wasn't a sunset.

The heavy cloud cover at the horizon, almost totally eclipsed the sunset save a small slit between the clouds that allowed for the hot pink color to come through only 5 minutes before the sun disappeared.

The cloud I photographed didn't seem like chem trailing at all but was super weird looking and lasted a while, at least for the 20 minutes I was watching.

If anyone has seen any unusual sunrises or sunsets, please send me your jpg photos. Thanks.