23 May 2017

50 YEARS OF YERUSHALAYIM: The Six Day War Amazing Sketching


טקס מלחמת ששת הימים בכותל

King Eisav and King Yishmael and the Ishmaelites

King of Eisav (Edom) and the King of Arabia (Yishmael) and the Yismaelite Clans






MAKING HISTORY IS A GOOD START BUT NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE PEACE

What Trump will learn during his short visit to Israel is that one of the main challenges to making peace is getting Israelis to believe that their security is taken into account.

Israelis are disenchanted with the prospects of new withdrawals. This trip – so early in his presidency – seems designed to give Israelis the feeling that Trump has their back. The appointment of David Friedman, a staunch pro-Israel activist, as the US ambassador to Israel, as well as Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as the main envoy to the region, are additional examples [and Jason Greenblatt]. JPost

[ed. this is a good show of intention, but will the beauracrats (Deep State) allow it? see below]

ICONOCLAST IN THE PROMISED LAND

It was because of his foreign policy iconoclasm that Israelis were, by and large, euphoric when Trump was finally inaugurated in January. […] Trump’s decision to make the case outright to the Muslim leaders was all the more astounding because on the eve of his speech, McMaster demeaned his refusal to embrace the narrative that Islam is peace in an interview with ABC News. In McMaster’s insubordinate words, “The president will call [Islamic terrorism] whatever he wants to call it. But I think it’s important that whatever we call it, we recognize that these are not religious people and, in fact, these enemies of all civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this false idea of some kind of religious war.” […] McMaster then insisted that despite the fact that his boss continues to talk about “radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump is coming around to embracing the official narrative that Islam is unrelated to Islamic terrorism. “This is learning,” he said.
[ed. McMaster has to go]

But while Trump has maintained his fact-based rhetoric on Iran, for instance, his actual policy is very similar to Obama’s. Rather than keep his campaign pledge and cancel the nuclear deal which guarantees Iran a nuclear arsenal in ten years, Trump chose to punt. He certified – wrongly – that Iran is abiding by the terms of the deal even as the Iranians are stockpiling uranium in excess of the amounts permitted under the deal and are barring weapons inspectors from entering their nuclear sites. So too, Trump has kept up Obama’s practice of keeping the public in the dark regarding what was actually agreed to with Iran by refusing to reveal the nuclear agreement’s secret protocols.[…] even when Trump has adopted a position that repudiates the establishment’s line, the fact is that the establishment’s members dominate his foreign policy team. And as a consequence, they do everything they can to dilute the significance of his moves.
Caroline Glick JPost


The King Meets the Ballista


President Trump shaking hands with Naftali Bennett
(behind Netanyahu)

Meir Ettinger – השלום הכלכלי – BANISHED FROM JERUSALEM

Meir Ettinger banished from Jerusalem and Yesha
The Shin Bet Israel Security Agency has issued a restraining order distancing right-wing activist Meir Ettinger from Judea and Samaria for six months.

The order also expels him from Jerusalem for a period of three months - during which he is supposed to be under house arrest at night. ArutzSheva 
[i guess they don’t like his articles]

השלום הכלכלי
כ"ה אייר התשע"ז 21.05.2017 09:08

בחווארה אפשר למצוא מסעדות ובתי מזון מכל המותגים שרק אפשר לדמיין, אבל מי שראה את הסרטון של הלינץ' בשבוע שעבר, מבין לבד שכנראה זה לא עוזר
ראיתם את הסרטון של הלינצ'?

כשאחזור לביתי בשומרון יהיה לי קשה לזהות את המקום ממנו גורשתי לפני כמעט שנתיים וחצי, הכביש לגב ההר העובר בכפר חווארה היושב בעמק המכמתת – הגבול שבין נחלת מנשה לאפריים. השתנה ללא היכר. נתיבים חדשים נוספו, כיכרות ואפילו גדר הפרדה. "ברוך מציב גבול אלמנה"... אבל מה פתאום החליטה ממשלת ישראל להשקיע בפיתוח השומרון כספים כל כך גדולים, כיצד זה עבר את אישורם של כל ארגוני השמאל?

אז זהו שלא... פיתוח הכביש בחווארה הכביש שבו נוסעים לאלון מורה, הר ברכה, איתמר ויצהר, נעשה ע"י הרשות הפלסטינית. כן, חלק מהכביש נמצא בשטחי C שעפ"י הסכמי אוסלו הרצחניים אמור להיות בשליטה מונציפלית ישראלית, אבל בשביל "השלום הכלכלי" החליט המנהל האזרחי לאפשר לרשות הפלשתינית לפתח את הכפר כדי שהשלום יגיע כבר.

וזה מה שהיה לנו בחווארה בשבוע האחרון:

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כ"ב אייר:

13:30 מאות ערבים מתפרעים ומבעירים צמיגים ומיידים אבנים בכפר ביתא סמוך לחווארה.

12:30 חווארה: מאות ערבים רגמו כלי רכב באבנים. תושב שחש בסכנת חיים ירה והרב את אחד הפורעים ואחר נפצע. מספר תושבות שנרגמו באבנים בכפר טופלו כנפגעות חרדה.

12:06 בפעם השלישית השבוע: כמאה חמישים ערבים חוסמים את הכביש המרכזי המוביל לישובי גב ההר בכפר חווארה בשומרון

כ אייר:

16:05 חווארה: כמאה ערבים חסמו את הכביש הראשי בכפר לכחצי שעה. חיילים הגיעו למקום רק לאחר כ-20 דקות ופיזרו את הערבים באמצעות שימוש ברימוני הלם.

:י"ט אייר

10:40 חווארה: ערבים חסמו את הציר הראשי בכפר לתנועה במשך כחצי שעה והתעמתו עם כוחות צבא שפינו אותם לבסוף מהציר.

13:30 שומרון: מאות ערבים מיידים אבנים בצומת הביתות בין הכפר חווארה לצומת תפוח דרומים לשכם.

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תיעוד ממצלמות אבטחה - נסיון הלינץ’ בחווארה




"צריך להציג אופק לציבור הפלסטיני שיש אפשרות לשפר את חייהם. השלום הכלכלי נשען על שני כוחות - על הביטחון הישראלי ועל כוחות השוק. יש ליצור בסיסים של תקווה במקום של אסלאם קיצוני. זה יכול למנוע כר גיוס נרחב לקיצונים". [בנימין נתניהו].

בשנים האחרונות מספרים לנו ללא הרף על הצלחתה של תיאוריית השלום הכלכלי לפיה אם נאפשר לאויבינו להתפתח ולהתבסס כלכלית, "יהיה להם מה להפסיד". זו התיאוריה הביטחונית לפיה עובדת מערכת הביטחון, צה"ל והשב"כ, כבר שנים ארוכות. זו הסיבה שבגללה מסירים מחסומים, מאפשרים לרשת הפלשתינית להשתלט על שטחי C, מתירים לעוד ועוד "פלסטינים" להיכנס לעבוד בשטחי "מדינת ישראל" ועוד ועוד.

תוכנית ההרגעה של נפתלי בנט "מנהיג המתנחלים" מתבססת על אותו רעיון – פיתוח כלכלי לפלסטינים ורציפות תחבורתית. זו הסיבה שבנט לא לוחם להקמת ישובים חדשים (שיפרו את המאזן), שותק מול הבנייה הערבית, ותומך בבניית ערים ערביות נוספות כמו רוואבי.

לכל אורך האינתיפאדה האחרונה, כדי לאשש את הזיותיו, דאג שירות הביטחון לספר לנו כיצד כל המחבלים מונעים ממצוקות אישיות, ומתסביכים נפשיים – והם מאד בודדים, מאות בודדים....

הכפר חווארה יכול להיות הסמל של ה"שלום הכלכלי". המנהל האזרחי אפשר לרשות הפלשתינית ולאמריקאים לתקוע יתד בפיתוח הכפר בהנחה ש"כולם מרוויחים". (המתנחלים בכלל חולמים על כביש "עוקף חווארה", אבל זה כבר נושא אחר).

בחווארה אפשר למצוא מסעדות ובתי מזון מכל המותגים שרק אפשר לדמיין, אבל מי שראה את הסרטון של הלינץ' בשבוע שעבר, מבין לבד שכנראה זה לא עוזר. למה? זה אולי נושא לפעם אחרת.

ומה התורה אומרת?

"ואם-לא תורישו את-יושבי הארץ, מפניכם--והיה אשר תותירו מהם, לשיכים בעיניכם ולצנינים בצידיכם; וצררו אתכם--על-הארץ, אשר אתם יושבים בה".





DID NETANYAHU FORGET ABOUT POLLARD?

POLLARD TO NETANYAHU: DON’T FORGET ME IN TALKS WITH TRUMP JPost
[something is rotten here]


(Pic YNetnews

Something is rotten here," says a source close to Pollard's defense team. "They claim this is about national security, but there isn't one person with eye in his head who would believe that. This is pure vindictiveness. This isn't just an exaggerated punishment; these restrictions are not legal under any interpretation of the American Constitution. The fact the Americans are still angry should not affect the court. Unquestionably, what they're doing to him is illegal.” [and in my view just because he is Jewish, to scare the Jewish community and Jewish politicians. Consider the recent news that Jason Chaffetz has been booted from politics.]

Sefirat HaOmer – Week 7 – Malchut/Sovereignty

Sefiras HaOmer: Week 7
Tuesday, May 23, at Nightfall begins the final week of the Omer

During the seventh and final week of counting the Omer, we examine and refine the attribute of Malchut -- nobility, sovereignty and leadership. Sovereignty is a state of being rather than an activity. Nobility is a passive expression of human dignity that has nothing of its own except that which it receives from the other six emotions. True leadership is the art of selflessness; it is only a reflection of a Higher will. On the other hand, Malchut manifests and actualizes the character and majesty of the human spirit. It is the very fiber of what makes us human.

Malchut is a sense of belonging. Knowing that you matter and that you make a difference. That you have the ability to be a proficient leader in your own right. It gives you independence and confidence. A feeling of certainty and authority. When a mother lovingly cradles her child in her arms and the child's eyes meet the mother's affectionate eyes, the child receives the message: "I am wanted and needed in this world. I have a comfortable place where I will always be loved. I have nothing to fear. I feel like royalty in my heart." This is Malchut, kingship.

Day 43 -- Chesed of Malchut: Loving-kindness in Nobility

Healthy sovereignty is always kind and loving. An effective leader needs to be warm and considerate. Does my sovereignty make me more loving? Do I exercise my authority and leadership in a caring manner? Do I impose my authority on others?

Day 44 -- Gevurah of Malchut: Discipline in Nobility

Although sovereignty is loving, it needs to be balanced with discipline. Effective leadership is built on authority and discipline. There is another factor in the discipline of sovereignty: determining the area in which you have jurisdiction and authority.

Do I recognize when I am not an authority? Do I exercise authority in unwarranted situations? Am I aware of my limitations as well as my strengths? Do I respect the authority of others?
Exercise for the day: Before taking an authoritative position on any given issue, pause and reflect if you have the right and the ability to exercise authority in this situation.

Day 45 -- Tiferet of Malchut: Compassion in Nobility

A good leader is a compassionate one. Is my compassion compromised because of my authority? Do I realize that an integral part of dignity is compassion? Tiferet -- harmony -- is critical for successful leadership. Do I manage a smooth-running operation? Am I organized? Do I give clear instructions to my subordinates? Do I have difficulty delegating power? Do we have frequent staff meetings to coordinate our goals and efforts?

Day 46 -- Netzach of Malchut: Endurance in Nobility

A person's dignity and a leader's success are tested by his endurance level. Will and determination reflect the power and majesty of the human spirit. How determined am I in reaching my goals? How strong is my conviction to fight for a dignified cause? How confident am I in myself? Is my lack of endurance a result of my low self-esteem? Do I mask my insecurities by finding other excuses for my low endurance level?

Day 47 -- Hod of Malchut: Humility in Nobility

Sovereignty is God's gift to each individual. Hod of Malchut is the humble appreciation of this exceptional gift. Does my sovereignty and independence humble me? Am I an arrogant leader? Do I appreciate the special qualities I was blessed with?

Day 48 -- Yesod of Malchut: Bonding in Nobility

Examine the bonding aspect of your sovereignty. Healthy independence should not prevent you from bonding with another person. On the contrary: self-confidence allows you to respect and trust another's sovereignty and ultimately bond with him. That bond will strengthen your own sovereignty, rather than sacrifice it.

Does my sovereignty prevent me from bonding? Could that be because of deeper insecurities of which I am unaware? Do I recognize the fact that a fear of bonding reflects a lack of self-confidence in my own sovereignty?

Day 49 -- Malchut of Malchut: Nobility in Nobility

Examine the sovereignty of your sovereignty. Does it come from deep-rooted inner confidence in myself? Or is it just a put-on to mask my insecurities? Does that cause my sovereignty to be excessive? Am I aware of my uniqueness as a person? Of my personal contribution?

After the 49 days of Counting the Omer, after having fully achieved inner renewal by merit of having assessed and developed each of our 49 attributes, we arrive at the fiftieth day. 

On this day we celebrate the Festival of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah). After we have accomplished all we can through our own initiative, then we are worthy to receive a gift (matan) from Above which we could not have achieved with our own limited faculties. 

We receive the ability to reach and touch the Divine; not only to be cultivated human beings who have refined all of our personal characteristics, but divine human beings who are capable of expressing ourselves above and beyond the definitions and limitations of our beings.

22 May 2017

“G–D Gave us the Land – We Have No Right to Give it Away'


"G–D Gave Us the Land – We Have No Right to Give it Away"

President DJ Trump, Melania, Jared and Ivanka, Jason Greenblatt have Arrived in Eretz Yisrael

UPDATE: Trump at the Kotel B”H
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This is the American Helicopter that took the President to the First Station, from which he will be meeting with the Rivlins

TONIGHT is the Night to Daven to HaShem for Mashiach

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT TO DAVEN FOR MASHIACH B'RACHAMIM

"The Vilna Gaon said that the 20th and 42nd days of the Omer were special days, spiritual windows of opportunity with respect to the Redemption of the Jewish People"

We need to understand the seriousness and weighty purpose of our prayers/davening on Monday nite for Mashiach to be revealed so we can stop this madness that is enveloping the world, and threatening the Jewish People and Nation.

It would be nice if everyone who visits this page, leaves in the comment section, what you are asking of Hashem; that we can share our prayers as if a unique unit of one people. It may give others inspiration.








21 May 2017

JERUSALEM – ISHMAEL vs ISAAC – COVENANT of CIRCUMCISION

RIGHT to ERETZ YISRAEL
 ISHMAEL, ISAAC – THE COVENANT of CIRCUMCISION

The Zohar on Vaera

The Zohar comments on the difference between Isaac’s and Ishmael’s right to the Land based on the different way each performs the covenant. Unlike Isaac who performs both the external “milah” and internal “priyah” described above, Ishmael performs only the external “milah”. 

This teaches that Ishmael’s connection to the covenant is only superficial and secondary — entitling him to custodianship (not ownership) over the Land only during Israel’s absence. Furthermore, this secondary claim must give way to the Jewish People’s primary and inner bond to the Land of Israel. Thus the Zohar states so long ago, 

“In the future, the children of Ishmael, whose circumcision is empty and incomplete, will rule over the Land of Israel when it is desolate and uninhabited. And they will hinder the Jews’ return to Israel until Ishmael’s merit runs out and the Jews will return” 
(Parshat Va’era 32a). (Ohr.edu)


BENNETT vs NETANYAHU vs ERETZ YISRAEL – Yitzchak and Yishmael

A Slow Relinquishing of the Land of Eretz Yisrael to Yismael
“There is no hope for an end to this conflict; it goes all the way back to Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael.”

"On that day, God made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river the Euphrates. The land of the Kenites, Kenizites, Kadmonites; the Chitties, Perizites, Refaim; the Emorites, Canaanites, Gigashites and Yevusites.” (Genesis 15:18-21) 
“And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your temporary residence, all the land of Canaan as an eternal possession and I will be a God to them.” (Genesis 17:8) 
“You shall call his name Ishmael ... And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him… (Genesis 16:11-12) 
“Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an eternal covenant to his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael ... I have bless him and I will make him fruitful and will increase him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish My covenant with Isaac who Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” (Genesis 17:19-21)

*So Isaac is the person who will carry on the mission of Abraham, the mission of the Jews. A rivalry will exist between Sarah and Hagar and their children, Isaac and Ishmael. Because of this rivalry Hagar and Ishmael will be sent away. (Jewish tradition notes that after Sarah’s death, Abraham takes Hagar back as wife and he fathers more children through her.(2) ) **This rivalry will carry on for generations is viewed as the metaphysical root of the modern rivalry between the descendants of Isaac (the Jews) and Ishmael (the Arabs)

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Bennett Attempts Halt to Arab Construction

"Netanyahu to push 'incentives' package for PA Arabs including building in Area C, Jewish Home ministers 'trying to form bloc opposing it.’

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (…) will present the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet with a proposed package of incentives for PA Arabs, created in honor of US President Donald Trump's upcoming visit. The Cabinet will vote, among other things, on a proposal to allow Arabs to build in Israeli-controlled Area C, relaxing restrictions on Arabs wishing to pass from Jordan to Israel through the Allenby Border Crossing, and building industrial areas in Hevron-area Tarqumiyah and the northern Samaria Arab town of Al-Jalama.

"Jewish Home ministers, including Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, will vote against allowing Arabs to build in Area C, since it automatically changes the borders of the three areas." ArutzSheva



"We're talking about massive construction in Area C, which would bring hundreds of thousands of Arabs into the area and blur the border. It would annex Area C as part of the massive Arab illegal building - and do exactly what former PA leader Salam Fayyad wanted.”

"It is extremely twisted that Netanyahu will not allow any Jewish building in Area C. The Planning Committee's meeting has been pushed off several times, resulting in an effective freeze of Jewish building in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.” ArutzSheva


White House releases video omitting the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria from the map of Israel. Video later removed

(tiny Israel among the Arab Nations)

The White House on Friday released a video detailing President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to the Middle East, but which omitted the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria from the map of Israel that appeared in the video.

The video was removed from the internet hours later without explanation, but not before several media outlets picked up on it and reported about it.


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**Muslim tradition, as portrayed in the Koran, re-inserts Ishmael back into the lineage of Abraham where he is usually mentioned before Isaac. (see Koran Sura II, verses 110-140.). It’s also interesting to note that Moslems celebrate a holiday called Id al Adchah-The Feast of the Sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice Ishmael. (Note the Muslims altered the binding of Isaac story, Gen 22, and replace Isaac with Ishmael.) *SimpletoRemember

The Hebron Massacre Viewed Against a Palestinian State in the Middle of Eretz Yisrael

Read this Synopsis of the Hebron Massacre and Think About a Palestinian State in the Middle of Eretz Yisrael

HOOVER AND HEBRON


Writing about any aspect of the Jewish-Arab conflict inevitably exposes the writer to charges of political leanings. While historians strive for objectivity, the readers of a blog typically are also interested in the blogger’s personal perspective. I hope that this post, and others I write, will inspire you to go learn more about a topic; to challenge my ideas, and be challenged by them in turn.
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Where should a discussion of the 1929 Hebron attack against the Jews begin? I find it often useful to focus on individuals who trigger change and shape events.


Amin al Husseini, 1929.
Amin al Husseini, 1929.

In 1921, Haj Amin al-Husseini was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and he rallied Arab nationalism against nascent Zionism. In 1924, the Moslem Wakf began shedding doubt on the Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and in 1928 the Mufti claimed that the Jews were trying to take control of the mosques on the Temple Mount.













One week before the Hebron Massacre in August, 1929, a demonstration was held by the Jews to affirm their connection to the Western Wall. On Friday, August 23, inflamed by rumors that Jews were planning to attack al-Aqsa Mosque, Arabs attacked Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. Rioting spread to the cities of Safed and Hebron, which both had a small Jewish minority.


Jewish residents fleeing the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1929 Riots.
Jewish residents fleeing the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1929 Riots.
The Jewish Ghetto in Hebron, 1921.
The Jewish Ghetto in Hebron, 1921.

On August 24, Arabs mobs attacked the Jews of Hebron. Armed with axes, knives and iron bars, they screamed “Kill the Jews!” They broke into homes and stabbed and mutilated the Jews they found. The mob included respected Arab merchants who killed their friends, clients, and business associates. Torah scrolls were burned. And while it is often stressed that many Arabs hid their Jewish neighbors, reliable accounts placed the number of such cases at 19.
Here you can read survivor testimonies; more details about the riots can be found here.















Sixty-eight Jews were killed, including a dozen yeshiva students from New York and Chicago; scores were wounded or maimed. Soon after, all of Hebron’s Jews were evacuated by the British authorities. Both Jews and non-Jews across the world were horrified by the massacre. The Shaw Commission was a British enquiry that investigated the riots; here is their description:
“About 9 o’clock on the morning of the 24th of August, Arabs in Hebron made a most ferocious attack on the Jewish ghetto and on isolated Jewish houses lying outside the crowded quarters of the town. More than 60 Jews – including many women and children – were murdered and more than 50 were wounded. This savage attack, of which no condemnation could be too severe, was accompanied by wanton destruction and looting. Jewish synagogues were desecrated, a Jewish hospital, which had provided treatment for Arabs, was attacked and ransacked, and only the exceptional personal courage displayed by Mr. Cafferata – the one British Police Officer in the town – prevented the outbreak from developing into a general massacre of the Jews in Hebron.”


President Herbert Hoover
President Herbert Hoover

President Hoover sent a message of condolence to the Jewish community; yet his personal correspondence on this matter was much cooler:
“I wish to thank you,” he writes, “for sending your very interesting observations on the situation in Palestine.”
 I could end with observations on the shock of Hebron’s Jews who had maintained close relations with their neighbors for many years; on the fallacy of treating the Arab-Israel conflict as political and not theological, or on the obvious falsehood that the root of the conflict is in Israel’s occupation of Arab lands. Yet I prefer to leave you, the reader, to explore this topic, and draw your own conclusions.


Source: PrimarySourceHistory

19 May 2017

Monday/Tuesday is 42 in The Count of the Omer – REMEMBER

Reminder About

"The Vilna Gaon said that the 20th and 42nd days of the Omer were special days, spiritual windows of opportunity with respect to the Redemption of the Jewish People"

We need to understand the seriousness and weighty purpose of our prayers/davening on Monday nite for Mashiach to be revealed so we can stop this madness that is enveloping the world, and threatening the Jewish People and Nation.

It would be nice if everyone who visits this page, leaves in the comment section, what you are asking of Hashem; that we can share our prayers as if a unique unit of one people. It may give others inspiration.







18 May 2017

Parshas Behar-Bechukotai – Moshe Orlansky

Moshe Orlansky 
By Roy S. Neuberger

In last week’s column I mentioned the petira of Moshe Orlansky A”H.



Reb Moishe was my friend. I davened next to him at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv for almost two decades. His parnassa was doughnuts and muffins, but his life was Torah. “V’ani sfilosi … ” (Tehillim 69:14), which, I believe, can be understood as “I am tefilla.” Reb Moishe was tefilla. He could fill the entire Sh’or Yoshuv bais medrashwith the sound of tefilla

Once my close friend was davening in Sh’or Yoshuv. It was Rosh Chodesh, and the gabbai asked my friend to daven for the omed. He couldn’t think of nigunim for Hallel and asked to be excused. But Reb Moishe motioned to him and suggested several nigunim on the spot. So, after all, my friend went up and davened a beautiful Hallel. Since then he has used those same nigunim for Hallel many times. Reb Moishe was a fountain bubbling with tefilla.

But there was one inyan that stood out even above the tefilla, and that was Yerushalayim. Reb Moishe was filled to the brim with love and yearning for Yerushalayim

“Al naharos Bavel … by the Rivers of Bavel, there we sat and also wept when we remembered Tzion. On the willows within it we hung our lyres. There our captors requested words of song from us, with our lyres playing joyous music. ‘Sing for us from Zion’s song!’ How can we sing the song of Hashem upon the alien’s soil? If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue adhere to my palate if I fail recall you, if I fail to elevate Yerusha-layim above my foremost joy…” (Tehilliam 137)

Reb Moishe never forgot Yerushalayim. Now he is there forever. 

Every year on the Eighteenth Day of Teves I make a seudos hadoah in recognition of the day in 1966 when I first discovered Hashem. My wife and I were students at the University Michigan, and that moment marked the turning point in our life. (The entire story is recounted in my book, From Central Park to Sinai: How I Found My Jewish Soul.) Every year on the anniversary of that day, until he was no longer able, Reb Moishe would supply dozens of fresh doughnuts for the bochurim (and rebbeim!) of Sh’or Yoshuv. The doughnuts were accompanied by a reprint from my book describing the miracles which had occurred on that day. Reb Moishe could translate spiritual reality into physical sweetness. 

There are no accidents in life. From the movement of a leaf to the sweep of a constellation across the sky, it is all orchestrated in Shomayim“The heavens declare the glory of G-d, and the expanse of the sky tells of His handiwork….” (Tehillim 19) This week we read the Tochecha, the unbearable recitation of the tragedies which will – and nebach did! – befall our People “if you will not listen to Me and will not perform all of these commandments …” (Vayikra 26:14)

Reb Moishe lived the Tochecha. I have never met anyone who suffered the way he did, not for a day or a week, but for years. In each tekufa, the pain and suffering would be ratcheted up a notch, just as we read in the Tochecha, so there was no break for him, no chance to catch his breath. He didn’t complain, but he would ask Hashem for a few days to breathe between sufferings. As I mentioned last week, over the years, Hatzalahof Far Rockaway responded to literally dozens of emergency calls to his home. One time they gave up on him, all the Hatzalah volunteers … except one. This man worked for twenty-eight minutes, as I recall, to restore Reb Moishe’s heartbeat when everyone else thought it was hopeless. And he brought him back, miraculously, for additional years of life. 

Whenever I would return from visiting him in the hospital, I would tell my wife, “I just came from Auschwitz.” I wasn’t exaggerating. That is how it was, unrelenting pain, suffering and anguish. I feel as if Reb Moishe took all our tzouris on himself.

Like everything else in life, there is a reason for the Tochecha and our sufferings. We are in Golus, and Golusis, by definition, suffering. “If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue adhere to my palate if I fail recall you, if I fail to elevate Yerushalayim above my foremost joy…” We have to remember Yerushalayim! Reb Moishe remembered Yerushalayim.

About two years ago, you may recall, I had surgery. Following the operation, I wondered for weeks and even months if I would ever return to my strength. Some two weeks after the operation, I had a dream that I was in the Bais Hamikdosh. When I awoke, my first thought was: now I understand. Everything has a cheshbon! I had to get sick and I had to have surgery and I had to have tzouris. I don’t know exactly why, but I needed it in order to get to the Bais Hamikdosh

“Arise, cry out at night in the beginning of the watches! Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord! Lift up your hand to Him…. Bring us back to you, Hashem, and we shall return. Renew our day as of old. For even if You had utterly rejected us, You have already raged sufficiently against us.” (Eichah)

May Reb Moishe’s memory be for a blessing and may his suffering be a kapparah for Am Yisroel! I always promised him that we would dance together at the Bais Hamikdosh! Now we will have to wait for techias hamaisim, may it be soon in our days! 

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

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