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

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As America Gets Deeper in Her Opposition Against Israel, She is About to Face HaShem’s Judgment


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The Reality of America and Israel
Challenging Popular but Erroneous Concepts

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By Ya’akov Peretz
Be’er Sheva, Israel

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With the criminal arrogance so proper to American functionaries, the for-so-many-countries-fatal US State Department directly neglects and indirectly denies Israel’s millenarian Capital, Jerusalem … or any other capital for that matter.  The diplomatic ambiguity is very simple:  a country without a capital is not a real country worth any respect.

The news went like this:

State Dept. Again Refuses to Name Capital of Israel!

The State Department today again refused to name any capital for Israel, even after being questioned by the press and even after the Democratic party (President Obama’s party) voted yesterday to add language to its platform stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  The Democrats booed when G-d and Jerusalem was mentioned, something that gives a good picture of the true sentiments of that hypocritical Party.

Here’s the remarkable exchange from today’s press briefing, with reporters and press secretary Patrick Ventrell:

QUESTION: On Israel?

MR. VENTRELL: Yeah.

QUESTION: Which city does the U.S. Government recognize as the capital in the – Israel?

MR. VENTRELL: Well, as you know, longstanding Administration policy, both in this Administration and in previous administrations across both parties, is that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So that’s longstanding Administration policy and continues to be so.

QUESTION: I mean, no city is recognized as a capital by the U.S. Government?

MR. VENTRELL: Again, I just stated our position, and it’s one we’ve said here many times before.

QUESTION: That means Jerusalem is not a part of Israel?

MR. VENTRELL: What it means is that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in final status negotiations.

QUESTION: But you do have an Embassy in a city which is not Jerusalem.

MR. VENTRELL: Our Embassy is in Tel Aviv, and we have a Consulate General in Jerusalem.

QUESTION: Right. But I mean, if you have an Embassy, usually it’s in the capital; so therefore, it would appear that you believe that Tel Aviv is the capital.

MR. VENTRELL: What we believe is that the status of Jerusalem should be determined in final status negotiations between the two parties. And currently, our Embassy is in Tel Aviv.

QUESTION: Are there any other countries in the world where the U.S. doesn’t know what the capital is or won’t say what the capital of a country is?

QUESTION: What does the U.S. think the capital of Israel is? What do you —

MR. VENTRELL: As I’ve just said, we believe that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status —

QUESTION: I’m not asking you that question. I’m asking you what you think the capital is.

MR. VENTRELL: And my response is that Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations.

QUESTION: She didn’t ask about Jerusalem, though.

MR. VENTRELL: Look, this is something we’ve been through at this podium. Toria has been through it before. We’ve repeated it many times. You know that the position is. It hasn’t changed for decades.

QUESTION: Wait, I know that. And I don’t want to play the verbal game, I’m just very curious if you actually have a position about a capital of that country. And if you don’t, if – I just would like to hear you say you don’t.

MR. VENTRELL: Well, right now, Nicole —

QUESTION: Yes.

MR. VENTRELL: — the situation is that we have an Embassy in Tel Aviv that represents our interests with the Government of Israel but that the issue of Jerusalem is one that has to be resolved between the two parties. That’s all I can say on this.

Anything else? Thank you.”

Sooo, let me see, America intends to tells us – Jewish Israelis – that, as for now, we do NOT have a Capital.  Not only that, but Americans intend to tell us WHEN we will be able to have one.  And they imply which one they will choose it to be – not Jerusalem!!!  Of course, that is if they ever decide that we should have one!

Really!!!  Well, since America dismisses all our immensely-longer-than-America’s history, I will tell the Truth of American history,past, present and future that no one seems to dare tell America:

To begin with, the entire territory of the United States of America stands on violently STOLEN land – stolen not so long ago.  What about asking the Indians – its true, maligned and humiliated owners.  It is because of this that Washington, the so-called “capital” of the USA, is totally illegal and an absolute fake.  Should I repeat it? Washington ILLEGALLY stands on violently stolen land from another weaker nation because the Indians only went to “recognize” it through forceful coersion.

Despite this abnormal, to say the least, situation all this is fine and dandy with the rest of the nations in the world – the much ballyhooed “International Community.”  Notwithstanding, it is surely not OK at all with the High King of Heaven, blessed be His Name, Who soon will put things right in this upside down world.

America is notorious for its legendary – and harmful – hypocrisy, since it sits as the “World Queen of Justice” upon a corrupted throne of constant injustices against practically everybody – including the American people! – just for the benefit of the very few whom she truly serves.  For instance, in the demagogue name of “freedom,” “democracy,” “human rights” and “peace” her invading Marines – a true expeditionary force of trigger-happy mercenaries – go invading country after country causing death and long-term chaos wherever they go.  Just as America did previously with the Indians, whom she invaded state by state, being totally merciless with the non-combatant citizens in the name of “the security of her soldiers” and in the name of “creating opportunities and freedom” for invading and highly bigoted conquistador Europeans.  The human cost of this was 15 million Indians killed between 1850-1880, which constitutes an unthinkable genocide.  But in American schools it is taught that the predatory America Eagle did all this upon a territory “uncivilized” that was just occupied by a few disjointed “savages” –this is also the narrative spread by Hollyweird to the entire world.  But it is not only that, what about the almost 3/4 million civilian casualties in Iraq, all of them caused in the name of “Democracy” and bringing “freedom” from that truly cruel tyrant Saddam Hussein.  Ah, I almost forgot, and to get rid of Saddam’s famous “weapons of mass destruction.”

( Of course, few times it has been mentioned that Saddam Hussein was a CIA operative who went rogue, and thus incurred the vengeful wrath of Bush the Father, which is the reason why Bush the Son came to power with his axe ready and sharpened against Saddam.  And so, the Rattle Snake of Washington jumped on the Viper of Baghdad at the first fabricated excuse.

Another similar case was that of Manuel Antonio Noriega of Panama before Saddam.  Noriega was militarily deposed by American forces that invaded Panama, and since then he has been in prison in America, France and now Panama, his miserable life wrecked in the worst possible way.  But since Noriega’s example was not heeded, Saddam was hung as a clear reminder to other CIA moles of what will happen to them if they go rogue.

I should mention that the case of Osama bin Laden – another CIA operative – is different.  Osama was always obedient to America until he died peacefully of kidney disease in a US military base in Qatar several years ago. After that a look-alike took over, due to intelligence convenience, until he was recently executed … and bragged about as a great “achievement” of another faithful-to-the-elite foreign-groomed asset:  B. Hussein Obama.

One more example:  Another highly wicked and successful CIA mole is ending peacefully his malefic life in Havana after having served faithfully his true masters in Langley and the hidden most powerful higher-ups.  His name is Fidel Castro.  I shall write another day about this evil master of deception and cruelty, and then I shall present proofs to validate this seemingly “outlandish” assertion; but for now I shall only say that I am not the only one who strongly holds this dramatic information to be true.  Among them is Nikita Khrushev, the late Big Boss of the Soviet Union, lived and died absolutely convinced of this fact, and this is written in his memoirs published by his own son.

Yes, we know nearly nothing of the reality taking place behind the curtains that all governments hold in front of our eyes.  This ignorance is compounded by our own unwillingness to see, and accept, that which would cause us long term deep discomfort and a sense of helplessness.  Fouché, the old French master of intelligence and espionage said that  “Reality is that which the people never get to see.” )

Now, the sad story of countless and atrocious abuses performed by America in the name of whatever “nice-sounding cause” does not end in the atrocities committed against the original Americans.

Since the begining of the 20th century, America has been expanding her imperial dreams of world cultural and economic conquest through:

  1. military invasions,
  2. battleship intimidation,
  3. constant diplomatic minglings and incursions on foreign affairs,
  4. abusive control through unfair mercantile dominance upon weaker nations,
  5. manifold deceptions and espionage,
  6. undermining foreign national values (even against allies),
  7. attacking and destroying worthy individuals with nationalistic ideals
  8. weakening their economic infrastructures,
  9. and countless other dirty methods which I have collectively coined ‘neo-piracy’.

It is in this way that, without asking for any permission or giving any reason palatable to any nation, America self-abrogates the “right” of destroying and supplaningt foreign native cultures which she considers “inferior for being uncultivated.” In that same way, America pretends to be the arbiter of international conflicts – conflicts that many times have been created as a direct or indirect consequence of her own self-centered policies, or that of her associates on world dominance:  mainly England, France and Germany.

Yes, I know that this realistic description of America much displeases those who wear the rose-colored glasses sold by highly corrupted Hollywood and the shamelessly prostituted corporate media – and in America, of course, by its putrid school system.  But, without a doubt, America sadly is what her bigoted and hypocritical 33° Mason founding fathers envisioned for their ‘New Atlantis’ or ‘New Babylon’. One thing is certain:  America is not what most “proud Americans” think it is.  After all, it is difficult to see the woods when you are inside of it and are only watching a few close trees.

America has poisoned the world with the venom of her sinful culture, immersing humanity in the cesspool of her own materialism, immorality and greed.  So, on what moral basis does America stand in order to decide on moral and ethical issues for other countries, such as, their right to choose their own capital?  Let us see this wide moral issue for a moment.

Isn’t America the country currently holding in prison almost 1% of her own population?  There were 2.3 million criminal Americans incarcerated out of 308,745,538 citizens in 2010!  That is 0.75% of her entire population.  According to the New York Times, “The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter (25%) of all world’s prisoners.”  Even Communist China, which is  over five times more populous than the United States (1.3 billion citizens), is a very distant second, with 2 million people in prison (0.15% of its population).

Overall, the American national crime rate is 3,466 crimes per 100,000 residents.  No other nation gets even close to that enormous rate of crime.  Yes, we can say that the American culture is a violent, criminality-inducing culture.  Now, having said that, I know that there are many wonderful people in America, but their positive impact upon the American culture is nill, because the American criminality is born and spills out from the highest corridors of power in Washington, where the worse filth of the world is found.

Let us now see how some of the crime in America manifest:

  1. According to UCR (the FBI’s crime stats) there were reported 10,329,135 Total Crimes in America in 2010.  Mind you, such a ‘REPORTED‘ number does not mean at all the entirety of crimes that were actually committed.
  2. Of the above number, there were 9,082,887 Crimes Against Property.
  3. Meanwhile, 1,246,248 cases of Violence Against People were committed.
  4. American law enforcement agencies reported an estimated 2,159,867 Burglary offenses in 2010. The average dollar loss per burglary offense in the year 2005 was $1,725.  Notice that a burglary takes place in the U.S. every 14.6 seconds.
  5. The number of Aggravated Assaults in 2010 was 778,901 cases.
  6. The number of Larceny-Thefts in 2010 was 6,185,867 cases.
  7. The number of Vehicle Thefts in 2010 was 737,142.
  8. There were 14,748 Murders in the United States in 2010.
  9. there were 84,767 Forceful Rapes in the US in 2010.  Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.  (Observe that it is not mentioned the countless sexual assaults on chidren of both sexes of less than 12 years old).
  10. The number of Abortions per year in America in 1996 was 1,370,000, which means that the number of abortions per day was approximately 3,700.  Since the industry of abortion is a thriving and exceptionally lucrative one, these numbers are much higher now.
  11. In America children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of Child Abuse and neglect.  Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made, and the REPORTED cases are just the “tip of the iceberg”.
  12. Each year in America nearly 800,000 boys and girls younger than 18 years become Missing Children. This means an average of 2,185 children are REPORTED missing each day In America.  (You cannot even allow your children play alone in your own front yard, literally.  I know, I lived 30 years plus over there.)
  13. America has enthroned and glamorized the worst bunch of degenerates of the whole world in Hollyweird and have used them to penetrate and corrupt all cultures of the world.  They propose to humanity as something not only good and acceptable but truly desirable the filthy lifestyle of whores and queers, as well as extramarital affairs, multiple sex partners, senseless violence, and all forms of reprehensible actions and moors.  Not only do they do that, but they consistently condemn and make constant fun of those good and worthy values that are so necessary for humans to be truly normal and beneficial in society.
  14. In America, love has become sex and narcissism.  American patriotism is nothing but mere arrogance and meaningless vanity.  American productivity has become rancid greed.  American values are a daily exposition of the horrid motto imported from England’s Alistair Crowley:  ‘Do as thou wilt” … of course, so long as it’s dirty and evil, in one word:  Sinful.

For more detailed data of Crime in America, click here.

All the criminal enormity exposed above was committed by a population of just 308,745,538 in the year 2010.  It should be mentioned that this data does not include the constant and manifold “white crimes” of the Higher-Ups.  And this is the country, with its nefarious government, that pretends to be an example and arbiter in this world?!  Well, before coming and criticizing the color of the walls of my house, go and take care of the roof of yours that is completely collapsed and your exploded septic tank.

All of the above, and much more, proves the indisputable Reality that the American experiment has proven to be a failure of colossal magnitude – and it has been so from the moment of its inception in human history.  It also has surely proven true the old adage that “not everything that glitters is gold.”

Writing on the Wall

So, coming back to where we began; America is a recent and illegal country, and since its beginning, and so is her villanous capital, because her very existence is based in nothing but Violent Conquest.  No American, but the Indians, have any right to the land upon which they all live.  They are merely perpetuating a Grand Theft that still is claiming its Case in front of the Court of Heaven.  Make no mistake, its Proceedings are still not over, but when the Verdict is decreed, I fear Americans will find themselves in a situation much worse than any other human group has ever found themselves.  And no, do not think even for a mili-second that I wish it in the very least – even though I see these and many other things about America and I’m very mad at her for all the damage that has and is inflicting upon humanity.  But I do really see the Writing upon the wall of America:  “Mene, mene. Tekel uParsin.”

Daniel 5.25-28

25  And  this is the Mikhtav (Writing) that was written:  MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UFARSIN.  26  This is the Pesher (interpretation, explanation) of the thing.  MENE: G-d has numbered your malchut (kingdom), and finished with it.  27  TEKEL: You are weighed in the Balances, and you have been found deficient.  28  PERES:  Your malchut (kingdom) is divided and given to the Medes and Persians (the Iranians!).

Do you know to whom this Prophecy was addressed?  To the Babylon of old, that old “wonderful melting pot of gold” of antiquity.  Oy va voy, does history repeat itself or what!  The New, and Last, Babylon – America, the Babylon of Steel – will be destroyed and conquered by the forces of Iran, just as the Old Babylon was in her day.  The Prophets were pretty clear and emphatic i+n reference to all this.  Many disasters are coming soon to America – one after the other – and there is no hope at this point of preventing it.  Then, what to do?  Fly!  Fly away is what the Prophets said from direct Revelation of HaShem.

Jeremiah 51.1-9
1  Thus says HaShem: “Hineni (Lo), I will stir up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in Lev Kamai [i.e., the Heart of Babylon] a ruach mashchit (spirit of destruction);  2  And will send unto Babylon winnowers who shall blow her chaff away and shall empty her land; because in the Yom Ra’ah (Day of Disaster) they shall be against her from every side.
3  Against her let the archer bend his keshet (bow), and against her let him rise up in his armor; and do not spare her bochurim (young men).  Destroy utterly all her army.  4  Thus the slain shall fall in Eretz Kasdim (the Land of the Chaldeans, or Babylonians), and they that are thrust through in her streets  5  because Yisrael has not been forsakennor Yehudah by G-d – by HaShem Tzva’ot (HaShem of the Legions) – even though their land be filled with asham (guilt) against Kadosh Yisrael (the Holy of Israel).
6  Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every ish (man) his nefesh (soul).  Do not be slain because of her avon (sin), because this is the Time of Hashem’s Vengeance.  He will render unto her a Full Recompence.
7  Babylon has been a Kos Zahav (Golden Cup) in Yad Hashem (the Hand of HaShem), that made kol ha’aretz (the whole world) drunken.  The Goyim drank of her yayin (wine), therefore the Goyim go mad.
8  Babylon is suddenly fallen and broken.  Wail for her!  Take balm for her pain, perhaps she may be healed…
9  We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed.  Forsake her, and let us go every ish (man) into his own country, because her Mishpat (Judgment) reaches unto Shamayim (the Heavens), and is lifted up even to the skies.

HaShem's Judgment

Do you realize that these verses are talking about something terrible that reaches up into the atmosphere?  If you still have some sense left in you, if you are not drunk enough with her wine fly away and do not look back like the foolish wife of Lot once did and lost her life in a terrible way.  Fly away with your body, your soul and your spirit.  Fly for good.

The main reason  for which HaShem shall destroy the New Babylon is because of the blood that she is about  to cause the Jewish people to shed.  And I deal with that here, and soon shall do so in more detail.  Observe that in this article I also deal with this warning and Prophecy.

Shabbat Shalom

Ya’akov

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