21 February 2017


(a war of words)

We are on the plank leading to the abyss. The abyss of the World waging war against Hashem, His Children, Truth and Goodness.

The biblical roots of anti-semitism:  It is a halacha, Eisav hates Yaakov. We are also witness to the Palestinian obsession with annihilation of the ‘State of Israel’ which includes, of course, the Jews.

And Esau ran toward him and embraced him, and he fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
and embraced him: His compassion was moved when he saw him prostrate himself all those times. — [from Gen. Rabbah 78:8]

and kissed him: Heb. וֹיֹשֹקֹהֹוּ. There are dots over the word. There is controversy concerning this matter in a Baraitha of Sifrei (Beha’alothecha 69). Some interpret the dots to mean that he did not kiss him wholeheartedly. Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai said: It is a well known tradition that Esau hated Jacob, but his compassion was moved at that time, and he kissed him wholeheartedly.
His compassion was moved when he saw him prostrate himself all those times. — 
[from Gen. Rabbah 78:8]

Heb. וֹיֹשֹקֹהֹוּ. There are dots over the word. There is controversy concerning this matter in a Baraitha of Sifrei (Beha’alothecha 69). Some interpret the dots to mean that he did not kiss him wholeheartedly. Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai said: It is a well known tradition that Esau hated Jacob, but his compassion was moved at that time, and he kissed him wholeheartedly.

We are now also witnessing the eruption of anti-semitism in various countries in the world [UN, UNESCO, Sweden, So. America, Europe (have i left out anyone?) and most recently the US and Canada.]

In Canada, the new Prime Minister (enamoured over the past 8 years) has taken a quasi-Obama approach, and as a result we now see a rise in antisemitism in Montreal, Toronto (and elsewhere).

In the US we are witness to antisemitism against a Trump appointee, David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel. The so-called Reform(ers) have come out against him, and now we also have a Senator come out glaringly against Friedman, by raising the canard of loyalty to the US, because he is Jewish. Of course, we cannot leave out the antisemitism against Jonathan Pollard and Rubashkin, both under federal and state department legal abuse. 5 Anti-Friedman US Ambassadors Hostile to Israel, Supported Iran Deal


The White House responded to a reporter’s query about the latest string of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers by saying “these actions are unacceptable.”

“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” reads a statement, attributed to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that was shared Monday afternoon by NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander. “The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who is Jewish, condemned the threats in a Tweet that pointed to the fact that the targets were Jewish. JPost

“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance,” she said. “We must protect our houses of worship and religious centers.” She ended the tweet with the hashtagged acronym for Jewish community center, “#JCC”.

Earlier in the day, 11 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with false bomb threats, the fourth such wave of harassing phone calls in five weeks.

On Monday, February 20, the JCC Association of North America said that since Jan. 9 there have been 69 bomb threat incidents at 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province. ALL WERE HOAXES. [me: here we have targeted slander (Media Matters)  being used to create dissension to discredit the White House; but we see that Ivanka is learning fast about antisemitism JPost

Caroline Glick: Pollard’s disproportionate punishment is a powerful expression of official, state-sanctioned antisemitism in America.
“Friedman is a Jewish attorney. He is unapologetic about his support for Israel. The fact that unlike his liberal Jewish predecessors, Friedman does not make his support for Israel contingent on Israel’s willingness to appease the territorial and other demands of the PLO, made him the subject of withering criticism at the hands of several Democratic lawmakers.”

“While unpleasant, the scathing criticism Democratic senators leveled against Friedman was within the bounds of legitimate debate. [. . .] What was not within the bounds of legitimate debate however, was a question that Democratic Senator Robert Menendez posed to Friedman. 

Noting that Friedman is “very passionate about Israel,” Menendez asked Friedman to assure the senators that his loyalty and commitment lay with the US, rather than with Israel. Menendez’s query was beyond the pale because it wasn’t about Friedman’s positions. It was about his Judaism. Inherent to Menendez’s question was a barely disguised insinuation: Jews who are passionate about Israel cannot be trusted by their fellow Americans. There are many distressing aspects to Menendez’s decision to use an antisemitic line of questioning against Friedman
. It is distressing, for instance, that liberal Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League did not condemn the liberal lawmaker for trafficking in antisemitism.

Pollard is proof of American antisemitism. . . .Pollard though is not unique. Korean Americans, Japanese Americans, Italian Americans, French Americans, Irish and German Americans have also transferred American secrets to foreign governments with which they felt a kinship. To the extent they transferred secrets to states that are allies of the US, they received prison sentences that ranged on average between two to five years and served their terms in minimum security prisons until they were released back into society and free to leave the US.

Pollard, in contrast, was railroaded by the US justice system. He was given a life sentence and served for 30 years in maximum security prisons. He spent his first 10 years in prison in solitary confinement. [like Sharansky in Communist Russian prison]. Every day Pollard is subjected to prejudicial treatment by the US justice system is another day that the US is officially persecuting an American Jew, not because he breached his oath to protect US secrets, but because he did so as a Jew. [me everything Caroline says is so potent, it is unwise to paraphrase her]  Caroline Glick in JPost.


The New York Times has published an article on Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, that implies he holds a certain, extreme position.

The article, “For Kushner, Israeli Policy May Be Shaped by the Personal,” paints an important picture about the life of Jared Kushner, who is now overseeing aspects of Mideast policy. In a subtle jab, the Times says this about a specific viewpoint .

Some teachers told students that “Palestinian” was a made-up identity, a label adopted for political reasons. [sic! how correct]

It is a fact that before the 1920s, the term “Palestinian” did not apply to Arabs living in the area. It was the term used to describe Jews and Christians. Any implication that the “Palestinians” are a specific identity with a deep history is wrong. There is no evidence of an Arab people calling themselves Palestinians before the 1920s.

Prominent Middle East analyst Daniel Pipes points out in “The Origins of the Palestinian Arabs”:



The idea that Palestinian identity is based on modern politics is not an extremist view held by a handful of teachers. It is a sound, academically-based claim that carries the weight of historical evidence. Read more here JewishPress.


“We will not repeat the mistake of [Security Council] Resolution 2334 [which castigated Israel for settlement building], instead we will push for action on the real threats in the Middle East.” “Haley mentioned Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists, strategies for defeating ISIS, and holding Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians. None of these issues was raised at the (Security Council ) meeting, Haley noted, yet the council did find the time to castigate Israel.”   Read the remainder of infractions denounced at US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

[me: is that a ‘rabbi’ speaking at the “Today, I am a Muslim too”?]

Muslims and Muslim sympathizers protested Donald Trump today in New York’s Times Square. Chelsea Clinton boasted about being there with her daughter, Charlotte. Hamas darling, Linda Sarsour was also there spreading hysteria and propaganda about President Donald Trump. 

There was also a loud Arab call to prayer during this protest in NYC. In an Islamic call to prayer (adhan), the Muslim is shouting Allahu Akbar which translates to ‘G-d is greater’ or ‘G-d is greatest’. They mean that their ‘god’ is greater than your god and/or the government. This is a blatant act of Islamic supremacy. GatewayPundit


Obama and Democrats described the Muslim immigrants as "women and children”. The Red Cross: 72% are men of fighting age.


It is increasingly distressing to witness what seems to be a leftward slide by The Jerusalem Post. However, I was momentarily humored by two separate items in your February 19 issue.

The editorial “Trump in denial” seemed to blame the US president for the rise in antisemitism in America. But the antisemitic acts are being committed mainly on college campuses by the Left, not by Trump supporters! Why not place the blame where it belongs – on the Democrats?

Then, in the news article “Reform Jews oppose Friedman as US envoy,” JTA quotes the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, as saying that David Friedman is not qualified to be an ambassador. That’s the same Rick Jacobs who is a champion of J Street, the New Israel Fund and a host of other leftist causes.

So one guy who is surely not qualified to be a rabbi is labeling an eminently qualified attorney as being unable to represent the views of his client, the president of the United States.


“Top US officials contradict Trump on two-state solution”
[just WHO” are these top officials?? 'Media Matters' again?]

[. . .] according to these officials, “the United States remains committed to a two-state solution.” This raises two questions: Why are US officials so adamant in sticking to a policy that has failed dismally for the past 50 years, and Why does the US, together with the EU and the UN, have policies at all on the matter?

There is no US policy on the independence movement in Spain’s Catalonia. There is no US policy on the plight of Western Papua, which was illegally seized by Indonesia. There is no US policy on Scottish independence from Britain. So why is there a US policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict?

It was refreshing to hear President Donald Trump announce he was in favor of a policy that Israel and the Palestinians could agree on, whether it involved one state, two states or whatever. Nothing could be more positive in resolving the problem than letting the interested parties know that if they want a change, they must agree upon it themselves rather than rely on the vain hope that some external force will impose a solution in their favor.

It is well known that Israelis in general are averse to ruling another people but are even more averse to allowing an inimical state to be created that could or would threaten their security. Resolving this in a way that is acceptable to all the parties is difficult, but not impossible. However it can only be worked out by the parties themselves, without external interference.


As an aside:

The same Washington Post that accused 200 web sites of being puppets for Russian propaganda actually TAKES money from… Russia Natural News



Severe storms and possible tornado leave 40,000 without power in San Antonio, topple a train off its tracks in Austin and shuts down Houston airport while flattening areas of Texas

A powerful storm ripped through Texas beginning late Sunday, moving through San Antonio and Austin before making its way to Houston on Monday morning

In San Antonio, a tornado warning was put in affect around 10pm for some areas of the city and multiple reports came in of one touching down in Alamo Heights

Over 40,000 are without power and at least 150 homes damaged in the wake of the storm, during which 0.43inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes

Wind gusts were recorded at 80mph overnight and managed to topple a train of its tracks in Austin, were there were few reports of major damage

The storm is now in Houston, where the city's two major airports announced ground stops on Monday, halting all incoming flights. So far no major injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the storm as crews now get to work dealing with flooding and downed live wires

The bulk of the devastation seems to have resulted from the strong winds, which ripped the roofs off homes and trees out of the ground while even managing to flatten some structures. Power lines were also hit hard by the storm, resulting in the power outages which occurred across San Antonio.

A transmission tower was badly damaged overnight as well, with the winds dragging the top half of the structure to the ground as its power lines were ripped out and bending the tower in half. 

Source: DailyMail (no link)

Massive Lake of Molten Carbon Discovered Under the US

A massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico is discovered under the US

"Upper Mantle Melting
Is this a Gigantic Catastrophe in the Making?

  • Situated under western US, 217 miles (350km) beneath the Earth's surface
  • Scientists used world's largest array of seismic sensors to map area
  • Melting carbon covers an area of 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km)
  • Upper mantle could contain up to 100 trillion metric tonnes of melted carbon
  • Its discovery challenges what researchers have assumed about how much carbon is trapped inside the planet
* * * * *
"[A]ll countries, all Presidents and Heads of Governments: If you go against the Holy land, if you want to harm Israel and the Jews in Israel, or take parts of the land of Israel: the Creator, under oath, will hit them immediately, within a few days, with severe blows that did not exist until now from the time of Egypt to now, because free will in the world has been decreased and the Creator wants to install his reign on this earth.” R’ Nir ben Artzi

* * * * *

The area on this map also includes the Oroville Dam above Sacramento 
(more on this below)

The deep carbon reservoir discovered will eventually make its way to the surface through volcanic eruptions and contribute to climate change albeit very slowly, but a sudden release could have dire consequences.

The study, conducted by geologists at Royal Holloway University in London, used a huge network of 583 seismic sensors that measure the Earth's vibrations, to create a picture of the area's deep sub surface. Known as the upper mantle, this section of the Earth's interior is known for by its high temperatures where solid carbonates melt, creating distinctive seismic patterns.

What they found was a vast buried deposit of molten carbon, which produces carbon dioxide and other gases, situated under the Western US, 217 miles (350km) beneath the Earth's surface. As a result of this study, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, scientists now believe the amount of CO2 in the Earth's upper mantle may be up to 100 trillion metric tons.

Source: DailyMail [no link]

Why It Could Spell Disaster
  • If just a fraction of the carbon found by the Royal Holloway team were released into the atmosphere, it could have grave implications for the planet.
  • Just one per cent of the CO2 stored would be equivalent to burning 2.3 trillion barrels of oil.
  • If a substantial amount was released all at once, it could bring about an environmental disaster on the scale of nuclear warfare.
  • One scenario in which this could happen is through the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano.
  • The volcano at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana last erupted 640,000 years ago.
  • If it were to erupt, it would be one thousand times as powerful as the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption and have the potential to blanket the US in a 'nuclear winter'.
Upper Mantle: ScienceDirect


Government severely misjudged strength of Oroville emergency spillway, sparking a crisis. “There is no way to rationalize running water down a hillslope with deep soils and a forest on it and weak bedrock,” said Jeffrey Mount, a UC Davis emeritus professor of geology and expert on California water. Federal and state officials said the cause of the spillway’s near-failure was under investigation.

Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process,’ state officials say

USGS records small Earthquakes near the Oroville Dam

Two small Earthquakes were recorded near Lake Oroville in the last 24 hrs, which appear to be a result of the fast lake level changes, and the subsequent release of pressure from water weight. Note the two yellow dots on the USGS map below:

The predicted earthquakes due to extreme lake level change have started. 2 in the last hour. 300,000,000 pounds of water has been removed in two days, that will cause the earth to jiggle a bit. These were predicted and should not cause any problems.

Rain damage is Wakeup Call to fix . . . infrastructure


Jerusalem then and now: A journey in photos

Jerusalem then and now: A journey in photos

Noam Chen is a Tel Aviv-based photographer, specializing mostly in landscape photography. Below are some of his photos depicting "then and now”

Jaffa Road

The Temple Mount

The Lion’s Gate

Zion Gate

Jaffa Gate

Jerusalem View of the Old City

For feedback and inquiries, email: noamc75@gmail.com

20 February 2017

1890’s Constantinople Before Becoming Istanbul

The final days of the Ottoman Empire: 

Fascinating colour pictures show life in 1890s Constantinople when it was Europe's biggest and richest city before being renamed Istanbul

For the first time, colour has been added to the pictures, taken in the 1890s, which show the day-to-day life and ancient architecture of a city which controlled vast areas of Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia. Constantinople, before it was renamed Istanbul in 1930, was the Turkish capital and a crucial international trade route, integral to the Ottoman Empire.

Ive separated a few and enlarged them:

Source for all: DailyMail (no link cause of ‘other' pics)

A very interesting video, I found among some comments to a Jewish Press article; however, youtube does not allow one to embed the video, so here is the youtube address [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Wn-yVV3zo] to find the video. I recommend watching it because it is excellent in explaining the period after the above, and also the history of where the palestinians came from. Here is the description under the video:

"This video dispels certain myths concerning the origin of the name 'Palestine' and of the 'Arab Palestinians.' It documents that the 'Arab Palestinians' are in fact mostly from other places, and migrated to what is now Israel at the same time as the Zionist Jews, many of them because of the economic boom that the Zionist Jews produced in what was then British Mandate Palestine. The Zionist Jews did not steal the "best" land from Arab landowners but in fact purchased abandoned desert and swamp land from absentee Arab landlords who were quite eager to sell. This was explained by Hajj Amin al Husseini himself. Husseini, father of the Palestinian movement, launched his fourth terrorist attack against the Jews of the Mandate in 1936-39. The violence was so great that the British sent a team to investigate. When questioned, Husseini admitted that the Zionist Jews had not stolen anybody's land but in fact had bought it. In fact, Husseini had been among the major consolidators and sellers of land, and growing tremendously rich by it."

The Cosmic Clock, Lashon Hara, Fake News, and the Geula

The Cosmic Clock, Lashon Hara, Fake News, and the Geula (Redemption)

Lashon Harah was one of the first sins in the ‘Garden of Eden’ where Adam and Chava sojourned. If the “*Cosmic Clock” is a true indication of where we are in the process of Geula, we should be inundated by a prevalence of Evil Speech, Fake News, and pure Antisemitism/Lashon Harah.

In fact, we are witness to the rise of Fake News. If one’s eyes are wide open, one can see the malevolent news articles created to delegitimize anything or anyone who holds a different opinion from “mine is the absolute truth” opinion.

Another phenomenon glaring at us in news and social media campaigns is using untruths to smear and further international interests.This is moreso clearly evident in the onslaught of the Leftists Liberals against the Trump Administration and anyone that supports Trump, his family, his associates, and political appointees. The prevalence of untruths and deliberate mis-information.

*According to Cosmic Clock we are around 12:38 mid-day (I believe we are closer, and need a relevant update according to current happenings), which is near or after hatsos on Erev Shabbat of the Geula. **A thousand years in our lifetime is equal to one day in the timeframe of G–d. Thus, we are, in the Garden of Eden, at the fateful Erev Shabbat of the first seven days of Creation when Adam and Chava were expelled from the Garden. 

What happened near this approximate time, is the exchange of words between the Snake (satan) and Chava about the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil:
“You may eat from every tree in the Garden, except from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If you do, you will certainly die …” (Bereishis 2:15-17)
"It seemed so simple. One commandment to keep, and immortality would have been ours forever. To make matters more painful, all Adam had to do was wait until Shabbos came in–a matter of three hours (even 2 hours would have been enough, because of the holiness of Shabbos; Pri Tzaddik, Yom Kippur 1)–and then he would have been allowed to eat with G-d’s blessing! What went wrong, and how did it happen?” (Rabbi Pinchas Winston, Eating from the Tree; A Deeper Look)
"[. . .] you may recognize the Final Redemption, if it comes at its appointed time"
**For, a thousand years in Your eyes are like a day gone by yesterday, and like a watch in the night. In other words, time does not have any affect on G-d. However, in less poetic terms, Kabbalah uses this statement to set up a relationship of one day of creation to 1,000 years of history. Hence, the first day of creation is said to be the cosmic "DNA" of the first one thousand years of history, the second day, the DNA of the second thousand years, and so on. As the Vilna Gaon says:
"Know that each day of creation alludes to a thousand years of our existence, and every little detail that occurred on these days will have its corresponding event happen at the proportionate time during its millennium. According to this, you may recognize the Final Redemption, if it comes at its appointed time, in case, G-d forbid, Israel is unworthy ... "(Vilna Gaon, Safra D'Tzniusa, Chapter Five)
[. . .] According to this idea, every single event that occurs in the course of the six millennia of history (. . .) is not random, but, the result of something that happened during the six days of creation, in a corresponding hour of time. And, if one day of creation is equal to 1,000 years, then, one HOUR of creation must equal 41.66 years within a millennium (1,000 divided by 24).

However, according to Pirkei d'Rebi Eliezer, since G-d only created during the daytime hours, the nighttime hours were as if they didn't exist, at least for the six days of creation, and therefore, we divide by a factor of 12, and not twenty-four. As a result, one hour of a day of creation is said to correspond to 83.33 years within the course of a single millennium. (Rabbi Pinchas Winston, In Partnership With G–d. )

How does this translate into what we are witnessing now in the Media, the lies, distortions, fake news, false information to delegitimize TRUTH and Prevent the Geula
(the ultimate truth/emes is G–d)

The document is entitled Democracy Matters, Strategic Plan for Action, and it reveals the sinister new tactics of the left-wing media to discredit and destroy any people who support Donald Trump’s vision for America. (NaturalNews). The document statements include:

In the next four years, Media Matters will continues its core mission of disarming right-wing misinformation, while leading the fight against the next generation of conservative disinformation: The proliferation of fake news and propaganda now threatening the country’s information ecosystem. Here’s what [it] will look like:

* Serial misinformers and right-wing propagandists inhabiting everything from social media to the highest levels of government will be exposed, discredited. [me: anyone not toting the leftist liberalism]

* Toxic alt-right social media-fueled harassment campaigns that silence dissent and poison our national discourse will be punished and halted. [me: it’s the raging anarchists in the streets who are the harassers, i.e., Reform against Friedman nomination

… Shareblue will take back social media for Democrats. We will delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency by emboldening the opposition… 

* Trump allies will be forced to step down or change course due to news pushed by Shareblue. 
[me: utilization of misleading false new to confuse supporters and public]
Media Matters will… “weaponize our research products to understand and take action against the changing media ecosystem and the extremists seeking to manipulate it…. Key alt-right figures will lose credibility and influence in response to our research and pressure.”

To carry out the threat, Media Matters has assembled a $13.4 million budget to hire a 34-person research team focused on the complete destruction of Trump supporters in the independent media.

Several intelligence insiders have come forward over the past few days to describe a ‘shadow government’ of Obama holdovers leaking information to derail the Trump presidency, with National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s resignation their first great success,” reports Breitbart News.

What is Shareblue? Wikipedia: Shareblue, formerly known as Blue Nation Review, is a left-wing news website owned by journalist and political activist David Brock and headed by former Clinton staffer Peter Daou. Shareblue is within a constellation of political groups in Democratic strategist David Brock’s network that will raise a roughly $40 million budget to oppose President Trump.

See also: NYT: Inside Hillary Clintons Outrage Machine and Obama-linked … training manual for protesting Trump

The Satan (the opposing force) is now fighting with his last breath (so to speak) to crush all ‘honesty’ and ‘goodness’ that exists in this world. For the Jews and Israel this equates as the final Birur (refinement) of the Jewish Nation.

In Unprecedented Step, Reform Jewish Movement Opposes Trump's Pick for Israel Envoy [me: this is in no way ‘unusual’ for the Reform Movement. their opposition is typical of their unJewish theology and ideology.  Haaretz –Israel’s version of distorted and malicious news. (They reflect JStreet and Media Matters in their outlook.)

What does this evil look like:

The Modern Erev Rav

TomerDevorah: "Before the arrival of Moshiach, most of the rabbis will be from the Erev Rav…”:


The main aspect of the sin of Adam ha Rishon was that he wanted to bring close to him all the admixture of Chametz, the Erev rav and the 70 nations and this was also the sin of Moshe Rabbeinu when he took with him the Erev Rav, and they made things worse when they made the Golden Calf. And we are still in exile, for the redeemer will not come until we will purify and separate ourselves from them. And this was also the sin of King Shlomo when he received converts. (Sefer ha Likuttim Tehillim)


In the end, when and as long as the Erev Rav are mixed within Israel, there is no proximity and union in the letters of YUD KE VAV KE. And immediately when they will be erased from the world it is said regarding the letters of Ha Kaddosh Baruch Hu (YUD KE VAV KE) (Zecharia 14) “On that day YUD KE VAV KE will be one as His name one”. And because of this ADAM who is indeed ISRAEL they have union with the Torah which is a Tree of life to those who hold fast by it… (Zohar ha Kaddosh I 27b)”

19 February 2017

Parshas Yisro and Donald J. Trump

Parshas Yisro and Donald J. Trump

On Shabbos, my husband and I spar (hevrusos–type sparing) over the Parsha at each of the seudas. It was while discussing Yisro in his many personas, and when came to Moshe, that I said this reminds me of Trump and his daughter.

I was unable to listen before Shabbos so I am listening now. And as usual one can learn things from Rabbi Mizrachi Shlit”a not evident in the Chumash. While I sometimes give pause to some things the Rabbi says, I am a great fan of his. And while I know there are laws/halachos to be kept, I also know Hashem as Av HaRachaman. He saved me many years ago and I am ‘forever' grateful.

Well, if you listen to Rabbi Mizrachi in this shiur, you will hear him say, it reminds him of Trump. (mind you, Yisro and Trump) "Trump was asked if he ever keeps his mouth shut, and he answered, yes, between washing my hands and eating the meal by my daughter." Did you hear that? He ate by Ivanka/Yael on Shabbos. She is very influential toward her father. (He didn’t say by Yared, but by Ivanka.) 

Yes, this Parsha reminded me of Donald J Trump. This man is so maligned, it can only be because HaShem is causing a very special person to confront the entire world. There are other remazim from the Parsha to Donald. The man loved all of his wives and was dedicated to his parents.

18 February 2017

Jacob’s Sheep are Thriving!

I’m so happy to bring another new report on Jacob’s Sheep, now living happily in Eretz Yisrael.

'After bleating a path to Israel, Jacob’s sheep frolic in new homeWith flock’s 5,000-year exile and difficult quarantine beset by rains behind them, biblical sheep are baaaack in the Holy Land." The following is from TimesofIsrael. I thank the online news site for keeping us in touch with these most adorable shepselle.

"Now, as the sun shines over the Jerusalem mountains, the sheep playfully butt heads with each other and sniff at visitors’ pockets for treats, the difficult journey seemingly forgotten.

“When we first got out of the desert [quarantine], everything was so overwhelming it didn’t sink in that we were really in Israel,” said Jenna Lewinsky. “The next day we walked in the Judean Hills, from here you can see all the way to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and even Gaza. We felt that we saw the footprint of God’s miracle. Every day when I wake up it feels like we’re living the dream,” she said.

"That’s partly because their bedroom window looks into the barn, so sheep impatient for their breakfast act as an alarm clock by bumping the glass with their nose and baa-ing pitifully until someone gets up to feed them.

“There is a mystical bond between the Jewish people and these sheep, they bring so much joy to everyone who visits,” said Gil Lewinsky. Gil Lewinsky sometimes reads parts of the Torah to his flock, kneeling down among the ovines and making sure no curious onlookers try to nibble pages of the holy books.”

Read full article at the link above.

The Jerusalem Post has an article, Returning to Their Land by Seth Frantzman, in the weekend In Jerusalem section; however, to find it online one has to go through several titles to find it, and then they want you to pay to read the article. Don’t they realize it was first in the TimesofIsrael online? How foolish.

16 February 2017


By Roy S. Neuberger

We have arrived at Har Sinai, the dividing line in history. Until now we were engaged, but this is the chupah. After this comes the incredible saga of Am Yisroel’s eternal marriage with the Ribono shel Olam. It is the quintessential love story. 
“Majestic, Beautiful, Radiance of the universe, my soul pines for Your love. Please, O G-d, heal her now …Hasten, show love, for the time has come….” (Yedid Nefesh)

I heard Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein quoting the Rambam: the essence of redemption is that Hashem should reveal Himself and that the Shechina should come out of Golus. For this we should be davening. Our relationship with the Ribono shel Olam must be repaired completely … and soon … “for the time has come.”

My friends, at this fateful moment, I want to talk about what is happening in the world, because it all relates to the events at Har Sinai. When Golus ends, it’s not going to be simple. We are deeply attached to the surrounding culture, just as our ancestors were attached to the culture of Mitzraim, to such an extent that four-fifths of them perished in Makkos Choshechand never left Mitzraim at all. (Rashi to Shemos 13:18 and 10:22) 

When we arrive at Har Sinai and merit a direct encounter with the Ribono shel Olam, it should be clear that the King of all kings must be given our total allegiance. When Hashem is referred to as “a jealous G-d.” (Shemos 29:5), what does that mean? 

Jealous” is an expression of His love for us. We can only relate to the One Who is “Echad” by total commitment to Him and His service. How else can we relate to Him unless we relate “b’chol levav’cha … with our entire heart?” One can’t relate “partly” to Hashem. That spells “death” because we would be divorcing ourselves from Life Itself. 

The world is making it easier for us right now, because a clear view of current events shows that there is no hope for any course other than complete devotion and trust in Hashem. Everything else is going up in smoke. We have to open our eyes. If you look at world events, you will see what our ancestors saw in Mitzraim, which was effectively destroyed at the time of our yetzia. The geographic space existed, but the cultural and political structure were gone. It had become an empty shell. 

We have to be courageous and perceive that the same thing is happening in our world. I remember that, several years ago, a distinguished commentator in the Jewish world wrote an article describing the terrible trends occurring in the surrounding culture, which he ended by saying something like, “But don’t think I am suggesting that the entire culture will collapse ….” 

Excuse me. That is exactly what is happening! 

Mitzraim collapsed and so will the cultures of Edom and Yishmoel.

Several months ago, we witnessed a huge upset in the United States Presidential election. The media, the Democrat Party, the pollsters and the professional establishment were abashed and embarrassed. They could not come to terms with how wrong they had been. They acted as if they realized what a fantasy they had been living up to that time. 

That perception lasted a few days. 

I have lived in the United States for quite a few decades, but I have never seen a situation like this before. The losing side of the presidential election feels that, somehow, it was all a mistake. Really, their candidate won, but for some reason things got mixed up. So they are still “really” in charge and there is an atmosphere of tension, disrespect, vitriol, anger and even chaos. They are not going to accept this “mistake.” They are going to rectify it. The other side responds with its own vitriol, and it is beginning to feel a little like civil war here in the United States of America. My friends, we are, without exaggeration, getting somewhat close to anarchy.  
“On the Shabbos before Pesach, each Israelite purchased a lamb and tethered it to his bedpost …. The Egyptians were furious at this act of sacrilege against their deity…. The Israelites also told them that G-d was preparing to kill all the firstborn of Egypt, but was sparing those of Israel…. Upon receiving this news … all the firstborn gathered in protest at the palace and demanded of Pharaoh, ‘… We have already seen all the other predictions come true. If you don’t let the Israelites go now, we’re all dead men!’ The firstborn staged mass protests …. Enraged at their treatment, the firstborn armed themselves and began a civil war…. Many Egyptians were killed in the ensuing battles. This is the meaning of the verse (Tehillim 136:10), ‘He struck down Egypt through their firstborn.’” (Meam Loez on Parshas Bo)

We are witnessing with our own eyes the completion of “ma’ase avos siman l’bonim.” Biblical events are recurring in our own days and we will, with the blessings of the Ribono shel Olam, soon be marching once again to Har Sinai, where Hashem will once more – and this time forever – proclaim His Majesty before the entire world. We have but little time to sever our ties with the world of tumah and sheker that surrounds us, for soon we will all stand before Hashem at the end of history and the Exile of the Shechina will be a thing of the past.
“For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I will make will endure before Me – the word of Hashem – so will your offspring and your name endure. And it shall be that, from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to prostrate themselves before Me, said Hashem.” (Yeshiah 66:22-23; Haftaras Shabbos Rosh Chodesh)

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

Parshas Yisro – Moshe and Yisro: Kabbalistic View

Parshas Yisro
Moshe and Yisro, the Kabbalistic View

HISTORY IS CONVOLUTED, something we can appreciate more today. A lot of it has been straightforward, but a lot of it has not. Sometimes, though, events can be demystified somewhat on a different, or rather, a deeper level of understanding.

Yisro is a good example of this. He is famous as Moshe Rabbeinu’s father-in-law, a merit he earned, we are told, by rejecting every form of idol worship in his time. Like Avraham Avinu before him, he seems to have been a truth seeker, the reward for which was to find THE Truth Itself. 

The story behind the story? It’s more complicated. It is also built upon a pre-existing relationship between Yisro and his famous son-in-law going back in time all the way to the beginning of history. Yisro alludes to this when he says:

“I, your father in law Yisro, am coming to you . . .” (Shemos 18:6)

According to the Arizal, the first letters of the three Hebrew words for, “your father-in-law, Yisro”—Aleph-Ches-Yud—spell “ahchee,” which means “my brother.” On a Pshat level, Yisro referred to Moshe as his son-in-law. On a Sod level, he called him his brother. 

This is why:

Since the Nefesh of Kayin is one to which the impurity of the snake greatly latches on, and the evil within it overcomes its good, [the Nefesh of Kayin] reincarnated into the Egyptian . . . Moshe, who was [the reincarnation of] Hevel, wanted to rectify him by killing him using the “Ineffable Name,” i.e., the 42-letter Name [of God], to separate the evil out from within him and bring it to the level of good and holiness. On the day that [Moshe] killed the Egyptian, it entered Yisro . . . and he converted. (Sha’ar HaGilgulim, Introduction 36)

Though Moshe Rabbeinu and Yisro were son-in-law and father-in-law in their current lifetime, they had been Kayin and Hevel in a previous one. Thus, when Yisro, previously Kayin, brought Moshe, previously Hevel, into his family, he atoned for his murder of his brother back at the beginning of history. 

Furthermore, explains the Arizal, Tzipporah, Yisro’s daughter and Moshe’s wife, was part of the atonement process. The Midrash says that Kayin’s jealousy of Hevel stemmed from the fact that Hevel was born with two twin sisters, while he had only been born with one. Since at that time sisters became their brother’s wives, Hevel had two wives while Kayin only had one. This made Kayin jealous enough to murder his brother.

Apparently, the Arizal reveals, Tzipporah was the reincarnation of Hevel’s second twin sister. When Yisro gave her to Moshe Rabbeinu as a wife, this was really Kayin giving her back to Hevel. Quite bizarre, given that there is nary a hint of any of this anywhere in the story.

It does show how multi-layered history is. It reveals how ancient forces can drive modern day events and people. It illustrates how current events may only be modern day versions of older and far more significant ones.

Does it really make a difference to know such hidden information about people and history? No doubt knowing past reincarnations does fill in some important blanks in history, but aren’t they blanks we had already learned to live with?
Sometimes, but not always. Sometimes the blanks being filled are current, and the missing information provides important insight into events of the day. They frame current history in a far more relevant manner, and may even allow for life-saving preparations. 

This example is from the Zohar on last week’s parsha:

Rebi Abba said in the name of Rav Yeisa Elder: “This is what Rebi Shimon said: ‘In the future, The Holy One, Blessed is He, will revive all the kings who caused suffering to the Jewish people and Jerusalem: Landrionis, Lelupinos, Nevuchadnetzar, Sancheriv, and the rest of the kings that destroyed His House. They will rule as before, and they will gather other nations with them. In the future, The Holy One, Blessed is He, will pay them back in a revealed manner around Jerusalem . . .’.” (Zohar, Beshallach 58b)

Ancient kings, modern times. The future being referred to is the Messianic time, OUR time. The souls are from the past, but they will be brought back thousands of years later for a return engagement at the end of history. It will be payback time for past destructions and anti-Semitism, but in a modern setting.

Putting that interesting Kabbalistic detail about history aside, we can open our newspapers and read about current events. The big topic: Israel and the so-called Two-State Solution.

Twenty-five years ago most people, including many Arab countries, did not care much about the Palestinians, even if they did not like the Jews. The world had other more pressing issues to deal with at the time. Life was a lot calmer in those days, and many Westerners were mostly intent on climbing the social ladder and improving their material level of comfort.

The UN was more in the background back then. But, made up of many representatives from Muslim or anti-Semitic countries, resolution after resolution was put forward to sanction what they called the “Zionist State.” The only reason why it did not get much publicity then was because the resolutions kept getting shot down by the few friends Israel had in “high places” in the UN.

The winds of change began to blow back in 1991, after the Persian Gulf War. They did not pick up significant speed, however, until President Obama’s time in office. All of a sudden, Israel’s most valued friend at the UN became less so, and the UN became emboldened in its anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian approach to Middle-East politics.

Obama and the UN have not looked back since. One of his last acts before leaving office was to abstain from an anti-Israel resolution for the first time in American history since the founding of the State. Many believe it was Obama and Kerry who pushed the UN from behind the scenes.  [me: Paroah and Bilaam)

Many also believe that Obama, et al, will continue to push the UN to push Israel towards the two-state solution, even after leaving office. And, as the nations GATHER under the banner of the UN AGAINST ISRAEL, one might wonder if it is even possible to put aside that interesting Kabbalistic detail. On the contrary, it seems as if OUR PERIOD IS BECOMING that interesting Kabbalistic detail about history. 

If so, we may not be watching only a gathering of modern leaders and enemies ganging up against the Jewish state. We may be watching a gathering of Biblical enemies in the bodies of modern leaders ganging up against the Jewish state. Clearly this would transform current events into something bigger than any headline can address. 

It would also beg the question: Historical payback time may be at hand. Are we ready?

Parsha Perceptions by Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlit”a