16 July 2007

HERALDING THE GEULAH from PEREK SHIRA

In memory of Aaroh HaKohein, whose yahrzeit is today, I offer the following:

THE BEE EATER - Rachama
is saying: "I will whistle to them and gather them, for I have redeemed them, and they shall
increase as they have before increased."
(Zecharia 10:8)

THE BEE EATER - Heralding Salvation

A MESSENGER OF MERCY
In the Torah's list of non-kosher birds, the names of the birds themselves may allude to
certain lessons.
[...]
Rabi Yehuda said: ...The racham is the sherakrak.
Rabbi Yochanan said: Why is it called the racham?
For when it comes, [it is a sign that] rachamim
(mercy) is coming to the world.
(Talmud, Chullin 63a)
[...]
Rav Bibi bar Abaye said: This is only provided it
is sitting on something and making a sherakrak
(whistling) sound. And we have a tradition that
if it sits on the ground and makes a sherakrak
sound, Mashiach will come, as it is written, "I
shall whistle (eshrakah) to them and gather them
in" (Zecharia 10:8).
(Talmud, Chullin 63a)

The bee-eaters pass over Israel and other
Mediteranean countries in autumn, immediately
preceding the winter rains. Thus, the Sages
observed (1) that the appearance of the whistling
bee-eater is a sign that the rains, the merciful
watering of the crops, are about to begin(2).
________________________
(1) Maharsha states that this statement of the Talmud is based on empirical observation.
(2) Kenaf Renanim


Learn more about the Bee Eater

13 July 2007

THE RACHAM AND OUR REDEMPTION

Zecharia, Perek Shira and the Racham, The Song of Devorah
All about the Disappearing Bees
And REDEMPTION

Perek Shira speaks about the Bee-Eating Bird,
the Racham, who sings before the REDEMPTION
and
Zecharia speaks about the Sherachrach,
the sound that the Racham makes before the REDEMPTION begins
and
In Beshalach, The Song of Devorah (bee in Hebrew)
is associated with the REDEMPTION

It says that this Racham eats bees, not before it shakes the stinger out of the bee.
Millions of bees have disappeared from the Earth
They have been redeemed
by the Racham bird
and the above associations are fascinating and waiting to be connected.

The above was heard on "Light Out of Darkness".

19 June 2007

NOT QUITE SHALUACH HAKEN

Soon, my story of how I saved the pigeon
and
The little Doves that almost made a nest!

31 May 2007

WISHFUL WISHING!

We Are All Waiting for Moshiach to Bring us Home to Eretz HaKodesh
(unless you’re Going Home sooner)
Even Rav Mordechai Eliyahu Shlit"a is getting impatient.
WE ARE ALL FULL OF WISHFUL WISHING!

I must admit that the stimulus for this post is owed to
Nava of Dreaming
for her great post on the Mystical Shield of Moshiach
plus her recent prolific entries.

For some time I have been enamored by the story of the Abir Aluf.
Whenever one speaks about Moshiach, the Abir pops into my mind.
I’m not saying this as a prophecy, but only that several puzzle pieces come together in the Abir (Torah, strength, yerusha).

I submit the following, written so eloquently by Rabbi Lazer Brody,
where you can find more inspiration on his award-winning blog
full of emuna scroll down to read.

It is amazing to gaze at Mori Yehoshua Sofer shlit'a, the Abir Aluf, dressed in traditional *Habani-Yemenite-Jewish garb, a member of the Habani Jews, and to watch him perform the ancient traditions of his family that go back as far as the FIRST BEIT HAMIKDASH.

Torah, the Prophets, Gemorra, Jewish ethics, Zohar,
the Tosefos, and the Malbim. It is amazing how he
answers questions known by heart as if the volumes
are open in front of him.

The Abir tradition: this secret was preserved in the *Sofer family whose documented lineage goes back 100 generations
to the FIRST HOLY TEMPLE.

Abir, the traditional Israelite combat art that goes back to our forefather Abraham. The Aluf knows a variety of techniques, and the source of each technique in the Torah, i.e. Naftali tribal combat style, the combat style of the Tribe of Asher based on its tribal symbol the olive tree, combat style of the Tribe of Dan, and for each of the 12 tribes.

On his clothing he wears the The Starflower: an amazing vision that the Aluf had during Hitbodedut (meditation, personal prayer). Notice the motif, a resemblance of the Star of David that Rav Kaduri zt"l referenced in his descriptions of Moshiach's clothing. Visit here to learn more about the Abir and the
Starflower.

King David killed a lion and a bear at age three, as a lone shepherd in the wilderness. As Hashem's anointed, he was not only a monumental Torah scholar, but a fierce fighter that spent every available minute in personal prayer. People find it hard to believe when the Zohar says that Israel is the fiercest of the nations.

(A recent example of Israeli courage is found on Akiva's Mystical Paths, where you can read about the leopard
that was wrestled down by an Israeli,
after jumping thru an open window and onto his family
while they were all sleeping. Amazing!
Only an Israeli and an Israeli Leopard.)

____________________

*The Habanis of north Yemen preserved an unbroken chain of Abir since the destruction of the second Temple nearly 2000 years ago. Fiercely loyal to their faith, the Habani Jews never assimilated. Of all the Habani clans, the Sofer family was the most proficient and well known both in Torah scholarship - especially the esoteric - and in Abir warrior arts. Don't be surprised - Hebrew warrior arts go hand-in-hand with holiness and Kabbala; you can't be a true Abir warrior unless you keep yourself on a lofty plane of personal holiness and Torah scholarship.

Thank you Rabbi Brody Shlit"a for having such a wonderful friend as the Abir Aluf, and to our blogging community for keeping their EYES OPEN FOR SIGNS.

14 May 2007

MONEY IS IN THE AIR . . . really!

The Smell of Money is in the Air . . .

The world's third-largest tourism corporation, BCD Travel,
is launching operations in Israel. Its operations totaled
$12 BILLION in 2006.

"THE ISRAELI MARKET HAS GREAT BUSINESS POTENTIAL FOR US,"
said John A Fentener van Vlissingen, BCD's chairman.
"Many international companies operate in Israel, making Israel
an important business center in the Middle East and in the world.

Danny Sade - Israel Money

This compares to the dozen or so new banks that have set up shop on every corner in
a heavily Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. No residential neighborhood has as many
banks as downtown Manhattan!?

I know it's good for business,
but do we really want
all those tourists all over;
I mean,
why aren't all the Jews GOING HOME?

08 May 2007

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

One very inciting blogger asked:
DOES G-D GUIDE LIBERALISM?

Of course, whichever way the historical wind blows
is because Hashem wants it to go that way (one of our ikkarim).

The Baal HaTanya ruled that it was better the Jews stay in Russia
(with religious oppression) rather than be liberated by Napoleon
(to live in freedom)?
AND
Some of the Rabbis of WWII preferred that yidden
go to "Amerika" instead of Eretz HaKodesh because
America was a nation of chessed?

The first choice of direction (Baal HaTanya) was to save
the “spiritual lives of Jews” and the second choice (after WWII)
was similar to Yaakov Avinu’s sending ahead his sons to
create a Yeshiva / Beis Medrash environment – where the
spiritual lives of the Jews immigrating would have more of
a chance of surviving. They foresaw that religious life in Israel
would be very difficult to maintain, and it was a place for
only the very strong in Emuna.

From 1776 onward the foundation was being created
for the immigration of the remaining remnants of
Jews after WWs I and II.

It was the Satmar Rebbe, the Holy Rebbe Yoel zt"l,
who with his vision (again) saw that it was not yet the time
for yidden to rush to Eretz HaKodesh, with some of the
most difficult wars to be waged against religious life to come.

American Jews have been placed in this mileau of 'freedom'
so close to the end of this golus, in order for them to
CHOOSE HASHEM over all the gashmius (and current-day idols),
in order for Elokim to reveal Moshiach and bring us finally HOME.

The decline of this American golus became noticeable between
1960-70 (with America’s waterloo being Vietnam),
while the focus for Jews turned to Israel, which generated
a more serious movement of immigration to Israel.

I think the religious wars of Jew vs. Jew are waning,
because of the external threat (the prodding finger of Hashem)
meant to push Jews closer to one another.
At least this is what should happen, but if it doesn’t . . . .

Today, with America disintegrating in front of our eyes,
one only has to look around to see the demise of liberalism's
purpose.

So, where does Jewry go next?

The brave, courageous, and those filled with Emuna
are GOING HOME!

02 May 2007

THE GATES ARE OPEN

SHAAREI RACHAMIM

While the time between Pesach and Shavuos is like a whole long Chol Hamoed*,
and during this time there is more rachamim even than from Elul to Yom Kippur,
BETWEEN 14 IYAR and 21 IYAR is the time of greatest rachamim**,
and we can daven (pray) and it's like Neilah,
THE GATES ARE OPEN TO OUR TEFILLOS.

Starting tonite also is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes
beginning this time of great rachamim. A little tzedaka in this pushka
in Rabbi Meir's merit would be most fitting to encourage a return,
a return of our pure neshomas back to Hashem, Av HaRachamim.

(AND a return HOME to our homeland and the homeland of our Avos,
which we are also reading each Shabbos during this time of rachamim.
So interesting how all these things dovetail).

May all our Tefillos be answered L'Tov

*Bnei Yissachar
**Zohar (of Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai - Lag BaOmer is in the middle of this special time)

30 April 2007

Nisiya Tova! Bye my Friend, Li'Hitraot!

HOMELAND BOUND!

My friend Rachel flew off this afternoon to her new HOME in Yerushalayim.
From after Pesach until today, I was helping her, practically and emotionally.
It takes a great deal of courage to begin life anew in our ancient HOMELAND.

Life on planet earth is being shaken from its stupor, with one country fighting another, with families disintegrating, and misconceptions being unraveled inside the heads of arrogance, while rivers overflow, and winds blow tumultously - the weather as it unfurls its fury all at the bequest of the One who Rules.

And while all this is consuming the minds of intelligensia,
humble and loving neshomas are flying HOME
HOME to our Beloved HOMELAND.

18 April 2007

THE EINSTEIN CONNECTION?

Albert Einstein speculated that -

"IF THE BEE DISAPPEARED OFF THE SURFACE
OF THE GLOBE, THEN MAN WOULD ONLY HAVE
FOUR YEARS OF LIFE LEFT."



The Independent
Published: 01 March 2007.

EINSTEIN and the HONEY BEES?

MYSTERIOUS EVENTS IN RECENT MONTHS HAVE SUDDENLY MADE
EINSTEIN’S APOCALYPTIC VISION SEEM ALL THE MORE TOPICAL.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE HONEY BEES GONE?

For unknown reasons, bee populations throughout Germany are disappearing — something
that is so far only harming beekeepers. But the situation is different in the United States,
where bees are dying in such dramatic numbers that the economic consequences
could soon be dire. No one knows what is causing the bees to perish,
but some experts believe that the large-scale use of genetically modified plants
in the US could be a factor.
  • more here



  • In 24 states throughout the country, beekeepers have gone through similar shocks
    as their bees have been disappearing inexplicably at an alarming rate, threatening
    not only their livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops,
    including California almonds, one of the nation’s most profitable
  • nyt article


  • "Some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause
    massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.
    They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones
    and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries
    ever to happen in the natural world — the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops."
  • science article


  • Colony Collapse Disorder (or CCD) is the name of the phenomenon
    that describes the massive die-off affecting an entire beehive or bee colony.
    The BBC has referred to it as VBS (VANISHING BEE SYNDROME).
    It was originally apparently limited to colonies of the Western honey bee
    in North America, but European beekeepers have recently claimed to be observing
    a similar phenomenon in Poland and Spain, with initial reports coming in from
    Switzerland and Germany, albeit to a smaller degree. The cause (or causes)
    of the syndrome is not yet well understood and even the existence of this disorder
    remains disputed. Theories include environmental change-related stresses,
    malnutrition, unknown pathogens, mites, pesticides such as neonicotinoids,
    disease[ genetically modified (GM) crops or electromagnetic radiation
    (such as cellular phone signals[6]).
  • Wikipedia



  • I was going to post this yesterday afternoon about this,
    ANOTHER COUNTDOWN MOMENT,
    but because I decided to wait, my blogger friend,
    NAVA of dreamingofmoshiach.com,
    covered this very well. Nava, here's my take.

    15 April 2007

    ANOTHER "COUNTDOWN" MOMENT

    Did We All Miss This One?

    "DEBKAfile EXCLUSIVE: THE HALT OF JEWISH IMMIGRATION TO ISRAEL
    IS ONE OF TWO KEY ARAB PRE-CONDITIONS
    FOR ENGAGING THE JEWISH STATE IN PEACE TALKS!
    March 29, 2007"

    REAL CHUTZPA?
    OR IS THIS A WARNING FROM ON HIGH TO ADD TO THE THREAT OF THE DISSOLUTION
    OF EL AL AIRLINES AND OUR SECURE FLIGHTS TO ERETZ HAKODESH?

    Whatever we do to elevate our Neshomas during this year's
    COUNTING OF THE OMER please add to that list, a current PASSPORT
    and as 'Blessed to be Yerushalmi' advised, to open a "file" with the
    Israel Aliyah Center - even if you're not sure when and if you are going!

    Are we taking our ability to go to Eretz HaKodesh too lightly?
    How many "warnings" do we need before we get the message?

    12 April 2007

    HOW DID DATHAN AND ABIRAM MERIT TO BE REDEEMED?

    Moshe Rabbeinu confronted Dathan and Abiram who were fighting one another.
    One lifted his hand to hit the other, and Moshe called him a rasha!

    How did a rasha merit to be redeemed and be included in the Geulah?

    Well it seems that despite the despicable behavior of Dathan and Abiram,
    - and the matter became known to Moshe - they did merit to be eventually redeemed
    because they BELIEVED in the GEULAH, they did not give up HOPE.

    The remaining four fifths of yidden that did not make it out of the Night of Darkness
    had GIVEN UP HOPE in the redemption and therefore did not make it out of
    that thick Darkness of that Night (loss of Bitachon, loss of Emuna).

    We need to focus on "the finish line" and continue preparing for our departure from this golus
    with a valid passport, packed suitcases, and a huge dose of
    EMUNA in HASHEM.

    This Pesach at the Seder, I announced that "Lifne" (before) Shana HaBa (I want to be ) B'Yerushalayim!

    Personally, I'd rather be on our Holy Land of Israel where Hashem watches over Her
    from the beginning of the year to the end of the year (only Hashem),
    than in a foreign nation under the influence of a foreign sar (ministering angel/malach).

    29 March 2007

    Wishing Everyone a Chag Kasher V'Samayach

    A Kosher and Happy Passover

    There will be no posting until after Pesach.

    27 March 2007

    A 'COUNTDOWN' MOMENT

    SPECIAL REPORT from ONLINE JOURNAL

    Operation Bite: April 6 sneak attack by US forces against Iran planned,
    Russian military sources warn.
    By Webster G. Tarpley

    WASHINGTON DC, -- The long awaited US military attack on Iran
    is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6,
    the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend,* writes the well-known
    Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly
    “Argumenty Nedeli.” Uglanov cites Russian military experts
    close to the Russian General
    Staff for his account. (Mar 26, 2007)

    *our Erev Shabbos, second day Chol HaMoed, Pesach

    NOTICE FOR PUBLIC CONCERN

    OUR HOME IS BEING JUDGED
    OUR RESPONSE: TEHILLIM and TESHUVA and TZNIUS

    (IsraelNN.com) KABBALIST WARNS OF WAR
    "Stock your homes with water, candles, and a two week supply of food,"
    the elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, told a gathering at the Kotel this evening.
    "War is imminent, and this time, the enemy has missiles far more powerful than the rockets of the Hizballah," he said.

    "Whoever does not take precautions and stock up with food will be neglecting the mitzvah of carefully guarding one’s life."

    The Rabbi and students were gathered at the Kotel for a special Rosh Chodesh prayer. "In the month of Nisan, we were redeemed in the past, and in the month of Nisan, we will be redeemed now," he said. "This time, the army of Israel will have the upper hand, and it will bring honor to the Nation of Israel by obliterating our enemies."

    Rabbi Levy said that everyone should recite TEHILLIM and work on repentance.
    He criticized the yeshiva world for not sending groups of top students to kibbitzim and non-religious neighborhoods to bring them closer to Torah. "If a fire breaks out amongst the weeds, it spreads to the haystacks as well," he warned, implying that when misfortune falls, both the wicked and righteous are engulfed in the flames.

    He also lamented over the plague of immodesty in the Holy Land,
    saying it was the prime cause of the dangerous decree hanging over our heads.

    26 March 2007

    A GUEST BLOGGER SHARES . . .

    Hi Neshama, I love your name...

    I was born in Israel and at the age of 8-9, my parents moved to Canada and then we grew up in NY. As I grew into adulthood, Israel was a distance memory and a place to visit from time to time. The visits became less frequent and for a space of 10 years, I didn't bother going to Israel - till the cursed disengagement. Today I realize that thru the act of fighting for the land and its people
    it has earned me my return home.

    To be accepted to live in Eretz Israel is a tremendeous zechut. I did not plan to return to Israel, as far as I was concerned, I thought like most people "I'll live in NY till Moshiach brings us to Eretz Israel on HaShem's wings". But we know that plans and schedules are nonexistant but at the time, I honestly felt this way...

    When I was sent to Kever Rochel Imenu, a'h, the mission was very successful, Chasdei HaShem. And when I was sent a second time to an undisclosed location, this too was successful. I knew about the Chut HaMeshulash (triangle string) and had a very strong feeling that I'll be sent within a short time to a 3rd place - I never thought it would be permanent. It was Motzei Shabbat,
    beginning of Parshat Beshalach, Haftara Shira Devorah HaNevia, a'h and the Malach gave me instructions to go to Eretz Israel, one way. Since I go to the Ohel HaKadosh of the Lubavitch Rebbe, zt'l, weekly, I replied that I must first go to the Ohel HaKadosh of the Rebbe and ask him.

    When I awoke, I didn't do anything dramatic. I thought about the dream but the day continued regular. Sunday turned into Monday and by Monday night, I was feeling a tremendeous urge to go to the Ohel HaKadosh. When I got there, I was crying and weeping and it felt more like good bye than the confusion I felt inside. I did the Igrat Kodesh and the Rebbe's answer was "may her flight be kosher and successful and prisat shalom to the chavura".

    When I returned home, I went to sleep. The following morning, I didn't send the kids to school.
    I called the travel agent (10 am) and he found flight tickets for same day, in 8 hours. I packed up minimally, said goodbye to NY and the kids and I got on the plane 6 pm. The kids weren't really sure what the plan is but they were excited to go to Eretz Israel. On the flight, my son said to me 'Ima, I pray that this is the last airplane flight we will ever need to be on' and I started crying because I felt the same way.

    THAT'S IT... THE REST IS HISTORY
    AND NONE OF US REMEMBER OUR PREVIOUS LIFE IN AMERICA.
    WE ARE HOME IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.

    My suggestion to those that are feeling the constant urge to come home - forget all materialistic possessions - the house, table, bed, or sofa can be the Satan, tying you down and not letting you listen to the Divine Spirit to come home. Don't let money (the authentic golden calf-satan) control you.

    A friend of ours lives in NY and recently came to Eretz Israel. They asked me how I decided to make Aliya and said "admat kodesh accepted me back, Chasdei HaShem". They were to return to NY after a few days and called me 2 weeks later to tell me they decided to stay in Israel and tore up the return ticket. Nothing in NY (furniture, job, etc.) is greater than returning to admat kodesh.
    The more you will think about the logistics of making Aliya, the more you will be delayed.

    COME HOME
    call the travel agent and ask him for the next flight available
    and get on HaShem's wings.

    HaShem gave you the thought, the doing, the effort - He'll never leave you.
    Have complete Emunah in our Abba.

    25 March 2007

    Shavua Tov!

    PARADISE IN ISRAEL

    PARADISE is in Emek Hefer: Utopia Park (09 8782191) is accessible
    from Routes 2, 4 and 6, via Beit Lid and Kfar Yonah.

    Open every day 9 am - 5 pm, and on Fridays
    and the day preceding holidays 9 am - 3 pm.
    Entrance fee is NIS 49 for adults and NIS 35 for children aged 2-12.
    Groups of over 25 people should contact the site in advance.

    Put this on your list of places to visit AFTER YOU GO HOME!

    23 March 2007

    ~ I COULDN'T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY ~

    WELCOME LISA!

    Four years ago, I began thinking about making aliyah - but I was too afraid
    to go single, without friends, a place to live,a job, etc.

    At about the same time, an aquaintance who had made aliyah contacted me
    (we hardly ever spoke) to say hello. She mentioned that she was moving into her own
    apartment and that her roomates were looking for a replacement . I began
    researching employment opportunities and was offered a position via telephone!

    With a place to live and a job, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
    However, it wasn't a smooth transition - I wasn't happy at the
    job, I was lonely without my friends, etc.

    Three years later, I am happily I am happily married,
    a mother of a beautiful 15 month old, with a terrific job!

    Aliyah isn't easy, but if its in your soul then you persevere, pray, and it is
    worth it! Life is incredibly more meaningful living in Israel then abroad.

    THANK YOU LISA FOR SHARING YOUR SUCCESSFUL ADVENTURE IN GOING HOME!

    THE SHADOW OF MASHIACH'S FEET BENEATH THE DOOR

    I am going home.
    Many are leaving now and that is very good, but I feel we should get the message out there as much as possible. There are many other blogs that should carry this message. I have known for sometime this was coming (not the "sign") but an Exodus.

    There are many that won't take heed though, and that is very, very, sad.
    I can smell the brimestone in the air, and see the shadow of Mashiach's feet beneath the door. And I refuse to be talked out of it. I have dreamed of this day all my life, and now it is here, staring me and us in the face.

    Walk away from this?.............Not me.

    22 March 2007

    A SUMMER WAR?!!?

    In Tzfas they are preparing for a possible war. Pages and Pages of "Preparedness" and "Emergency Preparations" have been made available by the Tzfat-Line to their group members (to join, send an email to: tzfatline@aol.com).

    And yesterday, there were "neighborhood rocket-attack drills" all over of the country.

    Yes, Israel is preparing for another possible war.

    BUT REMEMBER WHAT THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE SAID, "THERE IS NO SAFER PLACE IN THE WORLD"!

    So, that means I would still go to Eretz HaKodesh because Hashem watches over her from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

    We need more of the brave and daring to inspire and encourage others. If you are going, tell your story.

    Send it to habayitah@gmail.com and I will publish it online.

    Nava, Welcome!

    You ask why don't I come? You are so right.

    I am in the process now. B"H my new passport is waiting for me to pick it up tomorrow.

    But, tell us more about how you arrived at your decision to pick up and fly home and what encouragement do you give those still deciding. You can send it to me at habayitah@gmail.com and I'll post it with your link.

    21 March 2007

    AM I ENVIOUS!

    Well, my friend recently went to Israel to find herself an apartment. After about 6 or so weeks, on the night before her flight back to the States, she finalized the contract for her new home in Eretz HaKodesh. She was up til the wee hours.

    Now she's sorting, packing, calling movers, closing up so many loose ends. We talk a few times daily to confer on the fine points, and to let me know each hurdle she gets over.

    Do I need to say that I am envious?
    You bet I am.

    20 March 2007

    Welcome to Going Home

    INSPIRATION

    After following the inspiring Countdown to Redemption blog, I decided to create an "open house" where everyone who has made the exciting commitment to finally return to Eretz HaKodesh, to the Land that Hashem bequeathed to us, where He watches over constantly, will share their stories with us. It is my fervent desire that your inspiring stories will give chizuk, encouragement to others to move past the thinking about it, and proceed to the planning stage, and finally a final date for Going Home.

    Please share your struggles, your doubts, and how you made your decision so we can inspire more and more of Hashem's chosen to do the same.