Was Allah Originally a Babylonian “God” of Violence?


As Happened with Christianity,
Islam was the Product of Manipulated Syncretism

One of the first deceiving tales told to bamboozled American students about Islam is that Allah,  the Muslim god, is the same as the Almighty Creator, the G-d of Israel, blessed be He.  Islam’s character and philosophy is much too different  from the one observed in the Jewish religion for the alleged connection to be reasonable in the very least.  Consequently, there has never been a satisfactory answer concerning the origin of the “god” of Mohammed, who seemed to just spring out of the mountain cave with Mohammed’s visions and co-opt and rewrite the stories of the Bible, creating a perverted  version of Jewish and Christian beliefs that calls on Muslims to convert everyone or destroy the entire world.

Author Theodore Shoebat has  an interesting theory, however, and like most “a-ha!” moments, it was hiding in plain sight, apparently ignored or, worst yet, kept under wraps by scholars.

Shoebat traces the earliest mention of Allah worship to Babylon,  approximately 1700 B.C., in the “Epic of Atrahasis.”  In the story told on stone tablets, a portion of the legends talks about a “god” named Alla, who is described as a “god” of “violence and revolution.”  Now, that is a character that does fit Islam!

In one scene, the lesser “gods” grow tired of working for the “god” Enlil (or  Elil) and rebel, led by the “god” Alla, who encourages them to drag Enlil out of  his house:

“Then Alla made his voice heard and spoke to the “gods,” his brothers:  ‘Come!  Let us carry Elil, the counselor of “gods,” the warrior, from his dwelling.  Now, cry battle!  Let us mix fight with battle!’  The “gods” listened to his speech, set fire to their tools, put aside their spades for fire, their loads for the “fire-god,” they flared up.”

[ One aside interesting note in reference to this is that Enlil in Mesopotamian myths is the “god” who was said to  have grown weary of the noise made by humans and brought down a worldwide Flood  to get rid of them, a Flood which was said to be survived by one man,  Utnapishtim (known as Noach in the Jewish tradition), and his family, who were spared because they had a boat loaded with  animals and food. ]

The cult of Alla came to Mesopotamia with the Akkadians, who originally migrated from the area now occupied by Yemen in the south Arabian Peninsula.  Shoebat further reports that there is a Sumerian inscription identifying Alla with Tammuz, who was a “god” of fertility and the consort of Inanna, who is identified  by scholars with Ishtar, Venus, Isis and other goddess cults like the one syncretized by Catholics, Mary. The various goddess cults are frequently identified with the moon, although not always.  And Tammuz was said to be an archer, both of which points may help explain the crescent symbol of Islam.

Crescent symbol of Islam

Tammuz is mentioned in the Tanakh, in Ezekiel 8.14-15:

“14  Then He brought me to the gate of entrance to the House of HaShem toward the north; and, hinei (lo), there sat nashim (women) weeping for Tammuz. 15  Then He said to me:  ‘Have you seen this, ben adam (son of man)?’  Turn yourself yet again, and you shall see to’evot gedolot (greater abominations) than these.”

“Weeping for the “god” Tammuz” refers to one of the annual festivals of the cult,  in which the “god” was said to be killed, remain dead for three nights and three days, and then resurrect.  It is worthy to remark that this story is thousands of years older than the Christian story which it resembles so much.

Being a fertility “god,” the “killing” was  a metaphor for the summer and the annual dying of the crops. The other major  festival had to do with the “god”’s “marriage,” which presaged a fertile year for  farmers. Both festivals were apparently marked by rituals that included sex with  the temple priestesses, thus their reputation would have been shocking to the ancient Israelites.

That chapter of Ezekiel details a vision which in part shows the north gate  of the Temple, that is marked by the “idol that provokes to jealousy.”  The Vision also describes idol worship being secretly conducted inside a room of the Temple, and then it goes on to say, in Ezekiel 8.16-18:

“16  And He brought me into the Court of the Kohanim inside HaBeit HaShem (The House of HaShem, The Temple) and, hinei (lo), at the entrance of the Heikhal HaShem (Sanctuary of HaShem), between HaUlam (the Entrance) and HaMizbe’ach (the Altar), were about 25 men with their backs toward the Heikhal Hashem(Sanctuary of HaShem) with their faces toward the east; and they were bowing down toward the east worshiping the sun.  17  Then He said to me:  Have you seen this, ben adam (son of man)?  Is it a trivial thing to Beit Yehudah (the House of Judah) that they commit the to’evot (abominations) which they commit here? Since they have filled Ha’Aretz (The Land, i.e., Israel) with chamas (evil), and yet have returned to provoke Me to Anger; and, behold, they put the branch to their nose, 18  Therefore I will also deal in chemah (Fury).  My eye shall not pity, neither will I spare; and though they cry in My Oznayim (Ears) with kol gadol (a great voice), yet will I not hear them.’”

Fertility cults such as this were common among the Canaanites and other peoples  around Israel. The Bible mentions many times the Asherah poles, which were also a  religious symbol of just such a cult.

The Arabs, from whom we get Islam, consider themselves to be descended from  Ishmael, Abraham’s son by Sarah’s slave, Hagar.  In Genesis 16.12, it says the following of  Ishmael:

“12  And he will be a pere adam (donkey-man, i.e., a savage man); his yad (hand) will be against kol (all), and kol yad (all hand) against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

Wild donkey Muslim men

Another interesting point is that Ishmael’s mother was an Egyptian; that would make of him a Hamite (a descendant of evil Ham), rather than a Shemite (a descendant of righteous Shem, a Semite).  Ham was  a son of Noah, who due to his wickedness got his descendants cursed by Noach to be servants and slaves to the descendants of  his brother Shem (the Jews) and of the descendants of his other brother Yafet (Europeans and Asiatics).

Yes, studying the past can give us an insight into matters of the past and today’s violence in the Midlle East.

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Yom Kippur, The Highest Holy Day In The Jewish Year


Sealed on Yom Kippur

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A fascinating overview of Yom Kippur, which explains
how to maximize the spiritual potential of the Day

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Questions and Anwers on Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

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Settling the Land is the Way to Reveal G-d’s Kingdom

But there are also halakhic questions that need answers before the Fast

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Accepting God’s Kingdom through Settling the Land

At the beginning of the year, we should return and connect to the most important and primary foundations in our lives – and paramount to all is remembering who are we, what our life is all about, where we came from, where we are going, and the great mission that has been assigned to us. Therefore, first and foremost, we once again accept upon ourselves God’s kingdom.

Correspondingly, in last week’s column, we mentioned the outwardly discernible mitzvoth – for men, wearing ‘tzitziot’ (tassels) on the outside of one’s clothing, and a sizeable ‘kippa’; for women, modest clothing according to halakhah; and for all – responding ‘amen’ out loud, and respect for the ‘beit knesset’ (synagogue).

Some people resented my pointing out mitzvoth that not everyone from the National-Religious public always excels in. Nevertheless, it is precisely the mitzvoth which require strengthening that need to be mentioned.

On the other hand, it is important to add that in general, the mitzvah that best expresses the acceptance of God’s Kingdom in the eyes of the entire world is the mitzvah of ‘yishuv Ha’Aretz’ (settling the Land), which our Sages said is equal to all the other mitzvoth (Sifri, Parshat ‘Re’eh’). And especially today, when many countries in the world accuse us, claiming: ‘You are bandits! You conquered the Arab’s land’, and demand we retreat from the Inheritance of our forefathers, but nonetheless, we stand in opposition to all of them, continuing to settle the Land of Israel, as the Word of God in the Torah and the Prophets.

The Need to Fight for the Land – Revealing God’s Kingdom

In fact, it can and should be argued that, historically speaking, our Rights to the Land of Israel are Superior, because the Arabs themselves conquered the Land some two thousand years after us, turned it into wilderness, and never had an independent state here. In any event, the most basic reply is that of Rabbi Yitzchak, as brought down by Rashi in his first commentary on the Torah:

“The entire world belongs to God. He created it and He has distributed portions of it in accordance with His Plan. Just as He exercised His Authority in granting the Land of Canaan to the seven nations, He exercised that Authority in granting the Holy Land to us” as it is written: “God revealed to His people His glorious creation so that they could receive their rightful Inheritance from the nations of the earth” (Psalms 111:6).

It is similarly explained in the Midrash:

“God said to Israel: I could have created a new land for you, but in order to show you My Strength, I slay your enemies before you, and give you their Land, to fulfill what is written: “God revealed to His People His glorious Creation so that they could receive their rightful Inheritance from the nations of the earth” (Bamidbar Rabba 23:12).

For only in this way will the world be redeemed from all its physical and moral woes. Despite all human attempts to prevent wars and quarrels, hatred and competition, vices still prevail, and humanity fails to be saved from the iniquities of human nature. Only by clinging to the Will of God can the world elevate itself from its small-mindedness, and be redeemed from its misery.

Therefore, everyone must be aware that we have returned to the Land of Israel as God commanded, to reveal goodness and truth to the world. And, lo and behold, after all attempts, it turns out that this is the most convincing reply for the majority of people in the world.

Expansion of the Settlements

Following my article two weeks ago, in which I wrote that our main challenge is to expand Jewish settlement extensively in Judea and Samaria, I received a response from my friend, Rabbi Ya’ir Hiller, expressing his concern about the insufficient rate of growth in the settlements.

Seeing as this is a timely encouragement for the Ten Days of Repentance as well, I present part of his letter: “…The practical objective is to do what you have done on Har Bracha: to build densely populated, high-story buildings, enabling many young couples who cannot find relief from the insane housing prices everywhere, to rent or purchase.

“In my opinion, you should join forces with other public representatives, directly contacting additional local councils, and convince them and their residents about the necessity of the issue for all of Am Yisrael, not to be satisfied building expensive villas for the wealthy alone, but allocate land in every community for cheaper construction, even if this brings to the gates of their communities young families and not affluent ones. This move will solidify the settlements, especially in the outlying areas, and also bring relief to the housing shortage in the greater Tel-Aviv region.”

Indeed, this entreaty is an appropriate one, and hence, I have decided to publish it here. Thank God, for a number of years, residents of Har Bracha have been inspiring other communities to build densely, or at the very least, to build more modestly then in the past. In recent months, some residents have even started a construction company for this purpose, and we hope to hear good news from them soon.

Fast of Yom Kippur

Making Marriages on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is an able day for prayers and thoughts about making a good match, for oneself, or for his children. On the face of it, a person might think: “Is it fitting on this holy and awesome Day to contemplate such seemingly low matters between husband and wife?” But this is what our Sages said in the Mishna:

Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said, There were no holidays for Israel as the fifteenth of Av and as Yom Kippur, for on them the daughters of Jerusalem go forth in borrowed white garments, so as not to embarrass whoever does not have… And the daughters of Jerusalem go forth and dance in the vineyard. And what would they say? “Young man, lift up your eyes and see, what you choose for yourself. Do not set your eyes on beauty, set your eyes on the family: ‘Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that fears the L-rd, she shall be praised’ (Prov. 31:30), and it says, ‘Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates’ (Mishna Ta’anit 4:8).

This was the custom when the Temple was still standing and the ‘Shechinah’ (Divine Presence) rested on Israel and the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur; at that time, Israel could engage in matchmaking in holiness. But today when the Holy Temple is destroyed, we are required to significantly increase our prayers, and the ‘Shechinah’ is not revealed within us; consequently, we can not actually engage in matchmaking on Yom Kippur. Nevertheless, on this Holy Day, it is fitting to pray and contemplate on this important issue.

In particular, a person who has a lot of doubts regarding marriage, and is influenced by external considerations connected to his bad character traits which he has not yet properly corrected, can find the path to discover his match, owing to the holiness of the day.

Restoring ‘Shalom Bayit’

While Yom Kippur is effective in finding a match, it can also be helpful in restoring peace and love between married couples. For sometimes, as a result of failing to remember the Divine destiny of the marriage covenant, difficulties develop between husband and wife causing division. But by means of the Great Repentance of Yom Kippur, they can restore the love and joy between them.

As Rabbi Akiva said: “When husband and wife are worthy, the Shechinah abides with them; when they are not worthy fire consumes them” (Sotah 17a). Rashi explains that God placed His name between them – the Hebrew letter ‘yud’ in the word ‘ish’ (man), and ‘heh’ in the word ‘isha’ (woman) [and without God’s Name, the remaining letters ‘aleph’ and ‘shin’ spell the word ‘esh’, or fire].

Many people make the mistake, thinking that by connecting to learning Torah and performing mitzvoth, love between the couple will be impaired. The truth is the exact opposite – the more they are genuinely connected to religious matters, later on, they will be able to increase happiness and joy between them.

On Yom Kippur it is forbidden for a husband to touch his wife even with his finger (Shulchan Aruch, 615:1), yet, as a result of the holiness and meaningful repentance, they will be able to increasingly deepen their relationship.

Wearing Insoles on Yom Kippur

Q: As all are aware, it is forbidden to wear leather shoes or sandals on Yom Kippur. My question is, what is the halakhah for someone who needs to wear insoles in his shoes, and without them, his feet hurt him extremely, but the insoles are covered with leather?

A: Some halakhic authorities are lenient in this matter, permitting a person who suffers greatly without his insoles, which happen to be covered with leather, to place them in his cloth or rubber shoes, since they are not considered part of the shoe, and it is similar to a person standing on a cushion made out of leather, which is permitted (Rema, 614:2). Additionally, since he suffers greatly, he is in the same category as a person who has to walk in mud, who is permitted to wear shoes (Chelek Yaacov, Vol. 2: 83). One who desires may rely on this opinion.

When purchasing insoles, a person who wishes to ‘l’hader’ (enhance the mitzvah), should ask for insoles without leather, and thus be able to use them on Yom Kippur without concern.

Does a Migraine Sufferer Have to Fast?

Q: Is a person who has migraines, and has suffered several times from an onset of acute headaches as a result of fasting, obligated to fast on Yom Kippur and other fast days?

A: The general rule is that a sick person is exempt from the minor fasts, and even Tisha B’Av. Not only that – even one who as a result of the Fast is liable to become sick and fall ill, is exempt from fasting. Therefore, someone who suffers from migraines, even if at the beginning of the Fast he does not suffer, but knows that as a result of the fast a migraine headache is liable to be triggered, is exempt from the minor fasts and Tisha B’Av.

However, regarding the Fast of Yom Kippur, where even a person who is ill must also fast, one suffering from migraine headaches is obligated to Fast as well – even if it is a strong migraine, ‘kol v’chomer’ (all the more so) in a situation where he is not yet suffering, but rather, the Fast is likely to cause the onset of a migraine headache. And even eating a little at a time, less than a ‘shiur’ [one who eats on Yom Kippur the measurement of a large date is guilty] is forbidden for an ill person, since even eating a little on Yom Kippur is a Torah prohibition.

Additionally, it is worthy to note that in most cases, there are medications, in the form of a suppository or spray, which prevent the onset of migraines until after the Fast.

However, there are rare instances where migraines can cause a stroke, in which case there is a ‘chashash sakanat nefashot’ (a possible life-threatening situation), and in any event, such an ill person is exempt from fasting on Yom Kippur.  This is under three conditions:

  1. He has been diagnosed that fasting causes his migraines.
  2. The migraine appears after an aura (a perceptual disturbance experienced by some migraine sufferers before a migraine headache), and the aura lasts for over an hour.
  3. No medications (such as suppositories or sprays) can prevent the onset of the migraine. (This halakhah was written with the assistance of Dr. Rafi Kayam, and in accordance to the opinion of Dr. Rachel Herring, an expert in this field).

It should be added that, when it comes to the type of migraine where ‘sakanat nefashot’ is involved, seeing as the ill person does not need to eat a lot at one time in order to prevent the onset, he must eat a little at a time – less than a ‘shiur’ – for as long as he eats less than a ‘shiur’, he is not considered as having broken the Fast completely.

Using Deodorant

Q: Is it permissible to use deodorant on Yom Kippur to remove bad odor?

A: One of the five unique prohibitions on Yom Kippur is the prohibition of ‘sicha’ (anointing oneself with perfumes or lotions), which includes the prohibition of anointing even a tiny part of the body with oil or cream, and also the prohibition of using cosmetic products such as powders and oils to beautify one’s skin, or for a pleasant scent (Shulchan Aruch, 614:1).

Anointing in order to remove a bad odor is also prohibited, and in this manner, the prohibition of ‘sicha’ is different from the prohibition of ‘richitza’ (bathing), because regarding ‘richitza’, if one’s clear intention is to remove dirt – washing is permitted. Nevertheless, regarding ‘sicha’, since it is mainly intended for pleasure, even when one’s intention is to remove a bad odor, it is prohibited.

However, if after changing a baby’s diaper a bad smell remains on one’s hands, it is permitted to wash one’s hands with liquid soap, because liquid soap is not considered a cream or oil.

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Source: Arutz7

HaShem’s Sword of Vengeance and the Vengeance of the Covenant


What is Spiritually Behind the Current Ordeal of Israel

David and Goliath

It Is NOT The Physically Stronger Who Wins

Iran – To strike or not to strike?

  • According to the media, not only is it a race of time, but time is running out.
  • According to the media, Israel’s Prime Minister and Defense Minister are in the final stages of planning an attack on Iran.
  • According to the media, the President of the United States and his Cabinet are doing everything in their power to discourage, sabotage and leak out Israel’s plans.

Either way, don’t be upset. The media and the politicians on both sides of the ocean don’t decide.

Each passing day brings Iran closer to a nuclear warhead. Only the blind and the naive would think otherwise. Despite international sanctions, the Iranian centrifuges are working 24/7 purifying uranium and producing nuclear weapons-grade fuel.

Lately, one after the other, senior deceiving American government officials such as the evil US Secretary of State and the wicked US Secretary of Defense have visited Israel, each carrying the same message: “Don’t be naughty, you mischievous Israelis! You may certainly not carry out a preemptive strike against the Iranian nuclear reactors!”  To which our docile  leaders, tamed in American schools, answer with their well-known bravado, “We won’t leave our fate in the hands of others. We’ll do what we need to do when we need to do.”

We certainly agree with the above statement, but our references aren’t the same as theirs. We don’t leave our fate in the hand of “others” – in other words, other gods. We leave our fate in the Hand of HaShem.

With all the hype in the media, people are frantic. They hear Iran day and night. Syria too is up for grabs, and no one knows in whose hands hundreds of tons of chemical mass-destructive weapons will fall. Then there’s Hizballah, Iran’s armed-to-the-gills proxy right on our border too. Terror is on the rise in lawless Sinai. What will be?  Rabbi Shalom Arush,  was asked that question.

In front of recent events, especially the horror stories of breaches of holiness in the religious community, whic have taken a toll on his health Rav Shalom brushed aside the USA, Iran, and all of our other so-called friends and enemies with one backhand gesture. “They don’t decide our fate,” he said hoarsely.  He had tears in his eyes, his voice was quivering, and he was obviously trying to restrain himself from crying. Rav Shalom was seeing a very dark cloud on the spiritual horizon.

He then quoted the Torah:

Leviticus 26:25
And I will bring upon you the Sword that avenges the vengeance of Covenant.

Rav Shalom then became as fierce as a lion:

“When will people begin to realize that the entire purpose of Torah and mitzvoth is to bring a person to a state of holiness, so he or she can be a worthy vessel for the Divine Presence. But everyone must know: if they eat Kosher BaDatz, keep Shabbat with stringencies and have long beards – yet they think that their libido is a big mitzvah and their hearts are far from holiness – then they have done nothing! They’ve completely missed the point of Torah observance.”

Not only have they missed the point, but they aid and abet the enemy. How?

Rav Shalom quoted Torah and mentioned “the Sword that avenges the vengeance of Covenant“. HaShem incorporated a hard-fast law of cause-and-effect in the fiber of creation: if the Jewish people shall live their lives in holiness, they shall be encompassed within the glorious “clouds of Divine Presence;” they shall lack nothing and shall enjoy every single blessing in life, both material and spiritual. Not only that, Hashem Himself shall dwell in their midst, so no evil can befall them.

But, if on the other hand, Heaven forbid, the Jewish people forsake the Path of Holiness, succumbing to temptations of the mind and body, they shall suffer the consequences of the breach in Brit, the Holy Covenant. Any breach in Covenant produces a negative spiritual force known as “Vengeance of Covenant”.  The Vengeance of Covenant is the Force that creates a Sword of Vengeance, the same way that nuclear fuel is the power source of an atomic weapon.  Are you beginning to understand?

The spiritual roots of the Iranian nuclear weapons, the “Sword of Vengeance” that threatens us today, are all the breaches of holiness within the Torah-observant community. Maybe you think that’s not fair. “What about the seculars?” you want to ask.

Hashem expects much more from the observant community than He does from the seculars, who grew up in utter ignorance of Torah and mitzvoth.

People are afraid to be called names. One “average” religious man says, “If I go around closing my eyes, people will think I’m insane.”

Rav Shalom answers, “If you open your eyes, especially to unfiltered web and to Facebook, you will be insane.”

A so-called “Orthodox” woman says (wearing her long Euro-Kastem $1,600 wig and her long but quite-tight satin dress that accents every curve), “Do you expect me to dress like a yachna (Yiddish for ‘old hag’)? I wouldn’t be caught dead like that!”

Hey lady, if you continue dressing the way you do, you are creating the Sword which will “catch you dead.”

So maybe you’re asking, “What can I do if the whole world is off its rocker and I guard my eyes?” Or, “What can I do if all the women are ‘in style’ and I dress like ‘Little House on the Prairie’?” Rav Shalom that you’re doing a lot – you just might save the Jewish people.

When the Jews arrived at the Red Sea, with the Egyptian Army in hot pursuit from behind and the sea in front, there was an argument in the Heavenly Court if the Jews were worthy of being saved or not. One man’s dedication – Nachshon ben Aminadav who jumped into the water – tipped the scales in the Jews’ favor and the sea split. This is what Rebbe Nachman of Breslev calls azut d’kedusha, or “boldness for holiness.”

Rav Shalom says that azut d’kedusha is the only weapon which can defeat the sword of our enemies, conventional or otherwise.

So it’s not our enemies or our allies that determine our fate; they don’t decide. Our determination in strengthening personal holiness – guarding eyes for men and modesty for women – is the force that will determine which way the chips fall. There’s little time left, so let’s get to work. Personal holiness is our undisputable and irrefutable deed to the entire holy Land of Israel. The wicked Bilaam knew that Israel was invincible as long as it preserved its holiness. That’s why he tempted our people with the daughters of Midian; 24,000 Jews who dropped their guard died in the aftermath. Let’s not let that or anything like it happen ever again.

With our strengthened personal holiness, let Tehran worry; here we will sleep like babies, for The Guardian of Israel shall never slumber. G-d bless always.

What Shall It Be: Doomsday, Or The Day Of Redemption?


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What Everyone Needs To Know The Most
Regarding The End Of Days

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By Ya’akov Peretz
Be’er Sheva, Israel

Psalm 50.15
And call upon Me in the Day of Distress.  I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.

Only a self-deceiving idiot can truly believe that we are living in regular, normal times that are just as any other moment in history with their regular ups and downs.  Without any doubt, it is absolutely necessary to have totally shut down all our HaShem-given receptors so as not to be constantly reminded that ‘something very Big is afoot‘.  We are incessantly bombarded with all kinds of news, and even personal experiences, that clearly indicate the imminent arrival in the near future of some extraordinary and significant Change of Course for humanity, and even Nature itself.  By the “near future” bit I mean that if it does not take place in the next few weeks or months, it shall happen within very few years.  Most people perceive and call this change of human course, Doomsday. We religious Jews see these as Signs as an indication that  Geulah (Redemption) is finally coming our way.

If we set apart what our Holy Prophets and Sages predicted and commented about the End of Days, we would also surely be expecting Doomsday, i.e., the End of the World — or, at least, the end of humanity upon the face of the Earth.  But since the Jewish Prophets were so extensive and sometimes clear in reference to these Last Days, there is no reason for helpless despair or defeated anticipation of Doom in what we see happening and coming.  Yes, it is true that there is Doom coming for some, or many, people — including among them Jews — but there is a sure Pathway of Escape.  And this world will not be destroyed; on the contrary, it shall surely be drastically changed for the immensely better!

All the dumbfounding fuss and atrocious pain we see in the news, and which we may even be enduring in our own lives, is because this world is pregnant.  It is pregnant because it was raped by Sin since its very beginning.  Notwithstanding, after all this tiresome pain that we all are enduring — and after the Great Last Collective Pain that is yet to fall upon our world, Gog uMagog — HaShem will turn our seeming final defeat into the most awesome and joyful Victory.  It is only then that the “baby” will be born.  And who is this “baby to be born”?  It is the peaceful Messianic Era under the Kingdom of Justice led by Moshiach ben David.  You see, the problem is that before any birth — no matter how beautiful and healthy the baby might be — there is inevitably a terrible period of great danger, fear and pain.

At any rate, every Jew — and also non-Jew — who will call upon the Name of HaShem will come out of the Last Ordeal of humanity miraculously untouched,  while awakening to the Light of the for-so-long-awaited Redemption, as it is written in,

Yoel 3.5

5  And it shall come to pass, that whoever will call upon the Shem (Name) of the L- rd shall be saved, because in Mount Tziyon, and in Yerushalayim, there shall be Deliverance as HaShem has said, and in the seridim (remnant, survivors) whom HaShem shall call.

But what does “calling upon the Name of HaShem” mean after all?

The Name of HaShem goes beyond His Most Holy Way to be Called.  In Judaism,  the name of any individual has a great importance,  because it is supposed to declare characteristics of that person.  It is because of this, for example, that we see in Torah that HaShem changed the name of Avram to Avraham, Sarai to Sarah, and later on the name of Ya’akov was change into Yisrael.  For instance, in reference to Avraham, Rashi explains that,

“G-d changed Avram’s name to Avraham, a contraction representing his new status as Av Hamon — Father of a Multitude — whereas the name Avram represented his former status as only Av Aram — Father of Aram — his native country.”

So, we see that once HaShem altered and expanded the status of Avram, He changed his name to reflect this new characteristic.  Therefore, the name of an individual should inform us about how he or she is.

Now, what Status or Characteristics adorn the King of Heaven, blessed be He?  Such most admirable Qualities, or truly amazing Attributes, are comprised in HaShem’s Holy Name.  That is why we call him regularly ‘HaShem’ meaning ‘The Name’ since in His Name are encapsulated all His Wonderful Characteristics or Traits.  That is why our tradition makes the Holy Tetragrammaton unutterable, due to our great Respect for His Holy and Sacred Characteristics.  Actually that is also why He is called by different Names throughout Tanakh, to reflect and call our attention to His different Characteristics and Status.

So, upon which of His many Names should we call for Help on the future Day of His Wrath and the consequential time of our greatest need?  We need to understand this:  That Day  shall be when the proverbial hell will break loose upon the whole world. It will be a Time such as humanity has never faced before, when an enormous danger of total and complete extinction will engulf the planet.  For details on this, see Ezekiel 38 and 39, among many other places in Tanakh.

I’m sorry for having to scare you with this now inevitable Reality of our near future —since there is an increasing reticence in the Jewish nation to make Tshuva (Repentance) in a great scale.  But please pay attention — and pay attention very well — because only a Miracle from HaShamayim (Heaven, i.e. Him!) shall be able to save anyone at all on that Day.  Such a Miracle will be needed because it will not only be that we shall see ourselves in the midst of an all-out nuclear war, but Nature itself shall “go bonkers” as part of the Judgment of HaShem upon this perennially sinful and consistently rebellious world.

So, allow me to continue scaring you just for a moment, and then you shall see that there is no reason to despair.  In case that you think that the initial activation of so many volcanoes, supervolcanoes (which are immensely worse) and tectonic faults currently throwing tantrums is just a haphazard issue … well, think again.

Yellowstone Supervolcano

Yellowstone Supervolcano fallout Ash Bed

HaShem is setting His natural Pieces in the necessary position to give this planet an unavoidable Checkmate.  But, take courage, we do not have to perish with it.  Just let us continue for a moment with the bad and ugly stuff.  For example, HaShem has several supervolcanoes in America ready for action — and only one would destroy the country for the most part — The San Andreas Fault and her many evil sisters are also ready to, at any given moment, give a lethal hit to all the Western Coast the US. Meanwhile, the even more dangerous Madrid Fault, located in the very center of the nation, is showing signs of instability.  Finally, in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, in front of the Western coast of Africa, in the island of La Palma which belongs to the Canary Islands archipelago, is found possibly the worst natural threat in this world, the “Cumbre Vieja” volcano.

Cumbre Vieja Volcano

Cumbre Vieja Volcano Destructive Area

In 1948 — the same year in which Israel was reborn, and the End of Days Clock started ticking — a third of the island crumbled away and started rolling toward the abysmal depths of the surrounding ocean … then, it stopped and became a ticking mega-bomb.  When “Cumbre Vieja” finally has it’s inevitable “decent-sized” eruption, a chunk of the island of La Palma will plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, thus provoking a one-kilometer high, 600-800 km/h mega-tsunami — much greater than anything known in human history since the Flood.  This cataclysmic event shall completely devastate dozens of miles inland (destroying entire major cities) from Canada all the way down to Brazil.  Mind you, scientists say that this is not a matter of “if” but of “when,” and the “when” part: depends absolutely on HaShem.

But America is not alone in the department of serious danger.  The whole planet is facing the Wrath of the Almighty.  Survival is only contingent on His Decision, and His Decision depends, not only on our words and actions, but on our inner attitude toward Him and other humans NOW.  You see, this is the right moment when we can, out of humble obedience and respect for His Status and Characteristics, demonstrate that we really care about Him and His Name — the very Name upon which we could be saved in the Day of our worst terror and despairing need.  But if we do not pay much — or worse yet ‘any’ — attention to His Name now, would it be valid when things go really” south” to then call upon his Name for salvation?  No chance!  Selfishness and opportunism are not viewed well at all in the Heavenly Court, as it says in Job 22.29:

It is absolutely important to understand that at the moment of utmost danger and greatest need, it would be to our advantage to have a record previously established that we remember that only HaShem is the One Above Us All, and Everything, that he is the only Master of our Lives and the unique Decider of our deaths; that only He is the King of the World, our sole Creator, our exclusive Provider, as well as our only Supreme Judge, our exclusive Savior.  All that is part of His Wonderful Name to be called upon for salvation.  But not only that, He is absolutely Perfect, Just and Fair, Benevolent, but also a Severe Punisher of our sins, rebellions and of all those who disdain His Name and pretend to ignore His unparalleled Lofty Position in the universe.  But to those of humble heart, who recognize his Magnificence, to those, He is a sure Deliverer and Savior,as it says:

Iyob (Job) 22.21-23 & 29
21  Acquaint yourself with Him now, so that you may have Peace; because of that, Goodness shall come to you.  22  Receive, now, Instruction from His Mouth, and lay down His Words in your heart23  If you return to The Almighty you shall be restored.  If you shall put away iniquity far from your tents.  …  29  When they are cast down, you shall say, “Arise!”  And  He shall save the one with humility.

 But how could HaShem save anyone from and all nuclear conflagration, and erupting supervolcanoes, tectonic faults cracking up all over, and mega-tsunamies?  He can because part of the Meaning of His Name is Almighty and another part is Savior.  We all need Emunah (Faith) to believe that He is Willing and Able to save from the most horrendous situations — those people whom HE deems worthy.  Without such humble faith in His Royal Decisions we doom ourselves to destruction, defeat and pain, as it says:

Chabakuk 2.4
4  Hinei (Lo), he whose nashamah (soul) is puffed up is not upright with Him, but the tzaddik (righteous) shall live by his Emunah (Faith).

 OK, fine, but in what practical manner can He save those who call upon His Name in that Day and those who previously had humbled themselves to Him?

Well, he tells us how in,

 Isaiah 43.2-3

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, neither the flame shall kindle upon you.  3  Because I am the L-ord your G-d, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

Enough said?  Water?  Fire?  No problem!  For Him, that is, because He is the Creator of all the elements in the Universe, because He is the Master of all the Laws of Nature which He established; He can overrule them. He can handle mega-earthquakes, mega-volcanoes, mega-tsunamies, and mega-everything easily.  He is the Almighty!  He is not like you or me; that is frail mortals, partly-material beings of very restricted capabilities.  He Who is much vaster than all the existing space and time in the Multiverse, Who created and transcends all the existing dimensions of matter, energy and spirit, if so He wants He can save you or me.  And so He will do IF we are NOW living as He wishes that we do, not as we imagine He wants.  What He wants?  He wants and demands:  Anavah (Humility, Modesty), Tshuvah (Repentance), Emunah (Trusting Faith), Ahavah (Love, for Him and others), Chesed (Charity) and Ma’asim Tovim (Good Deeds).

It sound too much and too difficult, but it is not if we humble ourselves in front of His Name.  The Name that we shall invoke to be saved one the Day that is rushing toward our encounter.

I truly wish that I had deeper knowledge and better capabilities to convey what is not only important, but absolutely vital for the sake of your life and well-being.  Please, do not discard this words of mine as worthless nonsense.  Look around, read the news and consider the possibility that what I have said might be true.  Do it for yourself and for those whom you love.

Psalm 55.17
17  As for me, I will call upon Elohim, and HaShem will save me.

And after that the Best begins.  But I’ll talk about that another day.  For the moment what is important is to determine what shall it be for you:  Doomsday? or The Day of Redemption?

Shalom, v’ Shannah Tovah!

Ya’akov

This IS the Future As Foretold by HaShem. Prepare for It WITH Him, or Deal with It on Your Own


Redemption Will Be Wonderful … But Not Easy

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Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem

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There are no Prophets these days, but we surely can know the future. What our Holy Prophets predicted in the old days, and what our sages later on extracted from their divinely inspired Prophecies, added to that the instantaneous access that we have to detailed worldwide information, thanks to the Internet, and we have a very good idea of what is coming our way in the not so distant future.  So, I might not be a Prophet, but I am an educated speculator with a pretty decent record of accuracy in my predictions.  Notwithstanding, this post is not about my or others speculations, this post is strictly about what HaShem revealed by means of those ancient Prophets of ours; because of this we can rest assured that these Predictions are 100% accurate.

Having said that, I must remark that any Prophecy – all these! – could be easily avoided if a great part of humans, mainly Jews, would quit being such a bunch of spiritual retards and make Tshuvah. Its is the lack of Emunah and Ahavah in the Jewish soul that is creating all the commotions we see all around us these days.  Yes, we Jews are collectively guilty of the pathetic and dangerous state in which the entire world is found nowadays.  It is ignorant Jews, unloving Jews, assimilated Jews, materialistic Jews, unobservant Jews, heretical Jews, idolatrous Jews, skeptical Jews, atheist Jews, immoral Jews, perverted Jews, and rebellious Jews who are bringing upon Am Yisrael and the whole world all the current calamities and the coming worldwide cataclysm. We, Jews, are the Chosen People indeed; but we were not Chosen to be better than the rest of nations, or just to feel good about ourselves because of the honor bestowed upon ourselves when we were the lowliest of nations.  No, we were Chosen to bring the Light of HaShem to the world, to make His Light available to those very nations that, when we do not illuminate them with the Teachings and Mitzvot of Torah, and with our example of how to live those Divine Concepts, then they turn against us and try to extirpate us from the face of the Earth.

Let’s take for instance our experience in America.  No other country – not even Spain before the cruel and anti-Semitic Catholic Kings – has given us so much freedom and opportunities to thrive at any level.  And what did we do there?  Merely grow fatly rich and powerful.  We impacted its culture with some good art and sciences, but we destroyed it with Hollywood and Wall Street.  Is any of that, good or bad. the Light that HaShem wanted us to shed on a arrogant and forceful country that thinks that Light is what gold reflects?  We did not bring the Light of HaShem to America; what we did was to be overtaken by its Darkness.  We assimilated to the point of non-recognition, we intermarried to the point of impending absorption, we became hard and vain, and most grew farther and farther from HaShem and His Light.

Yes, many American Jews love Israel, but they execrate the idea of living here because it doesn’t give so many opportunities to grow financially and socially.  On the other hand, Israelis are brusque and nervous!  And why live in the desert city of Be’er Sheva (like me), when you can live in “sunny” Florida (as I did)?  Just this kind of cogitation tells a lot about the Darkness that has been infused into the Jewish soul in America.  I know that many people will cry “Crazy!” on account of what I’m going to now declare:  America is the country that has done the greatest damage to the Jewish People in our millenarian history.  No other country has EVER killed so many Jews – ever! – not even Hitler’s Germany.  Countless millions of precious Jewish souls have perished in the subtle American Spiritual Holocaust.  What is worse that someone – like an Arab – kills our body, or that someone else, nice and educated,  kills our soul?  If you do not understand the question is because you are already very dead.

Torah is Life, the Life of the Jewish People; but it is a spiritual Life to be reflected for the benefit of the Goyim, whom the Heavenly King, blessed be His Name, also loves.  Again, this is the Reason why He Chose us in the first place.  Oy!  But we occupied ourselves in America in becoming self-sufficient, highly educated, rich; in other words we became –  horrors of horrors – Americans!  I remember one day when I was still in America, that I asked a dear Rabbi in my area, why would he not make Aliyah with his family.  Suddenly, his eyes went really big as he looked at me with a great perplexity in his face, then he exclaimed in his sincere amazement:  “Why would I?  I am an American!  I’m a retired officer of the US Navy!  I love Israel, but THIS is my country.”  Oy va voy!  I can’t even express how sad I felt for this dear, dear Rabbi.

When our goals in Galut are not those of HaShem for us, we slowly but surely will miss the purpose of our lives.  And it is right there that we lose, at least, part of our wonderful Jewish soul.  What do you think shall happen to the next generation?  This process is treasonous because our soul dies non-painfully … it dies while believing that now we are starting to live at long last.

In many countries where we went the same effect took place:  They received us for whatever reason, then we gratefully adjusted, then we assimilated partially and then completely, then we became powerful, and finally we were persecuted and killed wholesale – Egypt, Babylon, Spain, Poland and Gemany are just a few examples of this process.  Ah, but like our ancestors before now deceived American Jews say:  “Oh no, not here!  Here is really different.  You see, the times are different, and these people are indeed different.”  And while the conversation placidly goes on, the clouds of the Second Shoah are already starting to blacken the horizon.

Why can we not do it differently for once?  Why?  Simply put:  Because HaShem will not allow it to be any different.  The thing is that if we do not comply with and fulfill our Covenant responsibilities, He will surely call us back to our Jewish senses the very hard way.  Why so hard?  Because, if He was capable of such a thing, he must be sick and tired of explaining to us — over and over — the same Contract which is always unfulfilled on our side.  We need to make Tshuvah … and do for good, because this time around things are going nuclear!

Adam haRishon was advised in Gan Eden of what not to do.  One single, easy Commandment in reference to that fatal tree and he could not do it.  The consequences were most swift and tragic.  And we don’t learn from it.  Our fathers in the desert were advised, but they did not comply and … boom!  And since then ti has been like that on, and on, and on…  We have been advised, no Commanded, to be Light to the Goyim; but nooo, we love the Darkness of the Goyim more than the Light of HaShem.  And so we become Christians, and Bhuddists, and Darwinists, and Capitalists or Communists … and Idiotists of all sorts, but not Light to the nations.

So, enters the End of Days:

Yoel 3.1-21
1  “For behold, in those Days and at that Time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem2  I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Yehoshaphat, and I will enter into Judgment with them there on account of My People, My Heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations.  Also they have divided up My Land3  They have casted lots over My People; they have have given a boy as payment for a harlot; and they have sold a girl for wine, so that they may drink.
4  “Indeed, what have you to do with Me, Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia?  Will you retaliate against Me?  But if you retaliate against Me, I will return your retaliation upon your own head swiftly and speedily  5  because you have taken My Silver and My Gold, and you have carried My Prized Possessions into your temples.  6  Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem you have sold to the Greeks, so that you may remove them far from their borders.  7  “Behold, I will raise them out of the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your retaliation upon your own head: 8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off.  For the Lord has spoken.”
9 Proclaim this among the nations:  “Prepare for war!  Wake up the mighty men; let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.  10  Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am strong’.”
11  Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around.  Cause Your Mighty Ones to go down there, Lord.   12  Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Yehoshaphat because there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.  13  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down because the winepress is full, the vats overflow, because their wickedness is great.
14  Multitudes, multitudes in the Vale of Judgment since the Day of the Lord is near in the Vale of Judgment.
15  The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness. 16  Also, the Lord will roar from Zion and He will utter His Voice from Jerusalem.  The Heavens and earth shall shake, but the Lord will be a Shelter for His People, and He will be the Strength of the Children of Israel.   17  So you shall know that I am the Lord your G-d, dwelling in Zion My Holy Mountain.  Then Jerusalem shall be Holy, and no aliens shall ever pass through her again.”
18  And it will come to pass in that Day that the mountains shall drip with new Wine, the hills shall flow with Milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with Water.  A Fountain will flow from the House of the Lord and shall water the Valley of Acacias.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom a desolate wilderness, because of violence against the people of Judah, because they shed innocent blood in their Land;  20  but Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation, 21 because I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed — whom I had not acquitted –because the Lord dwells in Zion.”

Wakeup dummies!  It is clear that G-d is about to judge the Nations on account of their despicable and lethal actions against us, Jews.  This means that before they get Judged, Israel shall have to endure our Last Attack from all those nations … and it will not be easy!  In fact, it shall be our darkest hour, since it will take place just before the Light of HaShem finally illuminates and cleans not only us, but the whole world.  May we all be acceptable in His Sight.  May Moshiach come speedily bringing Geulah in our days.

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Shalom,

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Ya’akov

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Call On HaShem And He Will Be Gracious — Real Protection For The Time Of Great Need


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Yes, We Are Protected IF We Are Careful
In Keeping Our End Of The Covenant

Prophet Joel informs us that despite the perils that await the Jewish Nation, as well as the rest of the world, right before the Great Day of HaShem, there is a Path to Safety.

We are informed in Joel 3(5) that anyone who calls in the Name of HaShem will escape.  The Hebrew Words for this is והיה כּל אשׁר יקרא בּשׁם יקוק ימלט. But what does it mean to call in the Name of G-d?  If we examine these 7 Hebrew Words a little closer we see a great hint.  For the gematria of the first letter of these 7 Words add up to 59.  This number 59 is the same value as the word אחן, which means “I will be Gracious and show Favor“.

We are protected IF we are careful

G-d tells this to Moses in Exodus 33(19) after he requests of G-d that He show him His Glory, that is, His Ways. The entire verse states that HaShem shall show Favor when He chooses to show Favor, and shall show Mercy when He chooses to show Mercy.  But how does HaShem choose?  He doesn’t treat us based on some pre-determined fate that we have.  Everything that occurs in our lives is based on our individual actions.  So many think that we don’t have any free will if G-d knows what our actions, and thus our ultimate fate, will be.  Nothing can be further from the truth.

We have total free will to act in a pure, truthful, faithful manner with the G-d of the Universe and with our fellow man and woman.  We can love and fear G-d with total free will and thus grow closer to HaShem.  But remember, the closer we are to G-d, the greater responsibility we will have for our actions.  And G-d knows exactly what our actions, decisions, words, sincerity and true committment will be.  He knows the future.  He know what we will choose to do.  That is not an obstacle to our actions.  He simply knows every single act that we will choose in our lifetimes.  If two teams have to play a game, G-d knows who will win and who will lose.  No one else does.  And so the game still has to be played and both teams must try with all their skills to be victorious.  G-d observes and weighs each of our deeds, good and bad.  So often we are not aware of our misdeeds and wrong and hurtful words to each other.  We say to ourselves so often, “Oh that was just a joke.  I tried to be funny.”

If someone receives a gift from someone, we automically thank the donor either in writing or orally.  So wouldn’t it be logical that when G-d grants us a great day, a new job, nachas and joy from our children, and simply a day totally free of pain, discomfort and troubles that we should seek Hashem, and thank Him?  Say more to Him than just “Baruch Hashem, or thanks G-d.”  Thank Him like you would thank a donor for his gift.  If you thank G-d and call on Him when things go well, then He will listen to you when you call on Him when things are not going well.  A child away from his parents can keep calling on them when they need money and things.  But do they call their parents a while later when this money and things lead to success and happiness?  HaShem wants to hear from His children more than, “Give me, give me, or help me now.”  He wants to hear how thankful we are for all the good He has already given us.  He wants us to tell Him “good news.”  If we can do this then G-d will indeed be Gracious to us and show Favor when we call for help.

Source: Redemption5768