When Balance Becomes Betrayal — Liberal Jewish “Universalism” Can Be Anti-Jewish


I’ll Tell You A “Secret”:
True Judaism Is Much More Than Being Liberal

Could It Be That We need To Read The Prophets A Little More?

No, David HaMelech Was No Liberal, But He Surely is Our National Hero

Could Someone Be A Traitor To His Own People And Not Know It?

By Daniel Gordis

Universalism, Cynthia Ozick once noted, has become the particularism of the Jews. Increasingly, our most fundamental belief about ourselves is that we dare not care about ourselves any more than we can about others. Noble Jews have moved beyond difference.

Innocent Israeli childrenAbove: Children in Israel

Beaasts of HamasAbove: Children in Gaza

One of the Fogel children murdered for being JewishAbove: The children in Israel the media and the world ignore
This innocent Fogel kid was stabbed to death with his entire family of five
by “Palestinian” civilians.  Who deserves to be killed?

This inability to distinguish ourselves from the mass of humanity, this inability to celebrate our own origins, our own People and our own homeland, I argue in my latest book, The Promise of Israel, is dysfunctional. Do we not care about our own children more than we care about other people’s children? And shouldn’t we? Are our own parents not our responsibility in a way that other people’s parents are not? The same is true of nations and ethnicities. The French care about the French more than they do about others. So do the Italians. So do the Spanish. It’s only this new, re-imagined Jew who is constantly seeking to transcend origins which actually make us who we are and enable us to leave our distinct fingerprints on the world.

That ­an utterly universalized Judaism is almost entirely divorced from the richness of Jewish heritage and the worldview of our classic texts is bad enough. But on weeks like this, with hundreds of thousands of Israelis sleeping in bomb shelters and many millions more unspeakably frightened, it’s become clear that this universalized Judaism has rendered not only platitudinous Jews, but something worse. It bequeaths us a new Jew utterly incapable of feeling loyalty. The need for balance is so pervasive that even an expression of gut-level love for Israelis more than for their enemies is impossible. Balance has now bequeathed betrayal.

For me, the most devastating representation of this ethical and emotional confusion this week came from the pen of someone for whom I have great admiration, respect and affection. Rabbi Sharon Brous [ Ya’akov’s note: so-called “rabbi” ] is, to my mind, one of the most intelligent and creative minds in the American Jewish community. A perpetual fixture among the Forward 50, she is almost universally recognized for her path-breaking vision of what a synagogue can be, and her combination of deep intelligence and authentic soulfulness have reached many Jews who would otherwise not be attached to the Jewish world.

Because I hold Rabbi Brous in such high esteem and consider her a friend, I was especially devastated to read her message to her community this week, which I quote in full:

“It has been a devastating couple of days in Israel and Gaza.

I believe that the Israeli people, who have for years endured a barrage of rocket attacks targeting innocents and designed to create terror, instability and havoc, have the right and the obligation to defend themselves. I also believe that the Palestinian people, both in Gaza and the West Bank, have suffered terribly and deserve to live full and dignified lives. And I happen to agree with the editors of the New York Times that the best way for Israel to diminish the potency of Hamas – which poses a genuine threat to Israel – is to engage earnestly and immediately in peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

But most critically at this hour, I believe that there is a real and profound need for all of us to witness with empathy and grace. Take a breath. We are deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil, victim and perpetrator – and we are scared. Over one million Israelis will sleep in bomb shelters tonight and rockets have nearly reached Tel Aviv. So it’s tempting to dig in our heels, to diminish the loss on the other side of the border, even to gloat. This is not the Jewish way. However you feel about the wisdom and timing of Israel’s response to the Hamas threat, the people of Israel need our strong support and solidarity. At the same time, supporting Israel’s right to protect and defend itself does not diminish the reality that the Palestinian people are also children of God, whose suffering is real and undeniable.

Let us pray that this conflict comes to an end quickly, and that we soon see a return to negotiations and a real, viable and sustainable peace.”

It is, on the surface, a lovely and innocuous message. But what’s deeply troubling about it is that every single expression of sympathy for Israelis immediately coupled to a similar sentiment about the Palestinians. Absolute balance, even on a week like this, has become the supreme commandment. “Thou shall love thy neighbor who attacks thee as yourself.”

What do we have? Israelis have a right and obligation to defend themselves, but in the very next sentence, Palestinians have a right to lives of dignity. Nothing wrong with that. Israelis are scared, but so are Palestinians, and it is not our place to gloat. Fair enough. And even more balance: “the people of Israel need our strong support and solidarity. At the same time, supporting Israel’s right to protect and defend itself does not diminish the reality that the Palestinian people are also children of God, whose suffering is real and undeniable.”

Unobjectionable, sort of.

For the clincher is this: “We are deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil, victim and perpetrator – and we are scared.” Yes, we are all deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil. But why does Rabbi Brous not feel that it’s her place as a rabbi to tell her community (I know that I sound like a dinosaur to her community in saying this) which side is good and which side is evil?

Of course Israel is far from perfect, and yes, much of life in Gaza is miserable. Yet why can we not actually say what we know to be true? Why cannot a leader of the American Jewish community say that the only reason that Israel and Hamas are at war is that Hamas wants to destroy Israel? Does anyone really imagine that even a return to the 1967 borders would mollify Hamas? How do I know that it would not? Because they say so. They say that they will never end the “armed resistance” until the “Zionist entity” is utterly eradicated. Why don’t we believe them? Why this paternalistic, virtually racist, “oh they couldn’t possible mean that – it must be a cultural difference in how we express ourselves”? XXX

The “we’re all entrenched in our narratives of good and evil” worldview leaves no space for calling evil what it is. Why can we not simply say that at this moment, Israel’s enemies are evil? That they’re wrong? Why cannot someone as insightful and soulful as Rabbi Brous just say, without obfuscation, that whatever fault one finds with Israel, it is the Jewish State that for seventy years has sued for peace and the Arabs/Palestinians who have always refused. Does anyone bother pointing out to her community that whatever you think of Israel’s presence on the West Bank (or Judea/Samaria), that when Israel left Gaza, the Palestinians elected Hamas, and that when Mubarak fell, the Egyptians elected the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are these obvious facts utterly unmentionable? Because hope must spring eternal?

Yes, Jewish hope must spring eternal. And in order for it to do so, in order for us to find the strength to continue, to send our children to war and to raise another generation in a place that will tragically not know peace in any of our lifetimes, we need to tell Jews what this is. This is a battle of good versus evil, the battle between those struggling to avoid civilian casualties and those who are intentionally trying to kill civilians, the battle between those who have time and again sought peace, and those who said “no” in Khartoum in 1967 and still say “no.”

As I read Rabbi Brous’s missive, I couldn’t stop thinking about my two sons, both in the army, each doing his share to save the Jewish state from this latest onslaught. What I wanted to hear was that Rabbi Brous cares about my boys (for whom she actually babysat when we were all much younger) more than she cares about the children of terrorists. Especially this week, I wanted her to tell her community to love my family and my neighbors more than they love the people who elected Hamas and who celebrate each time a suicide bomber kills Jews. Is that really too much to ask?

But my friend left me heartbroken. If people as wise and as deeply Jewishly knowledgeable as Rabbi Brous (whom I told that this response was forthcoming) cannot come out and say that at least at this moment, we care about Israel more than we care about its enemies because we care about the future of the Jews more than almost anything else in the world, then her Jewish world and mine simply no longer inhabit overlapping universes.

I knew, even before reading Rabbi Brous’s missive, that we Israelis are surrounded by enemies. When I finished reading her, though, I understood that matters are much worse than that. Yes, we’re surrounded, but increasingly, we are also truly alone, utterly abandoned by those who ought to be unabashedly at our side.

Source:  Times of Israel

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A Rosh HaShanah Message In Honey For A Fallen Jew


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No Matter What Our Situation Might Be
With HaShem There Is Hope And Recovery

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By Rabbi Aaron Moss

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Honey is a miraculous substance. It can do the impossible.  Just try this experiment with your family at the Rosh Hashana table:

  1. Dunk a slice of apple into a bowl of honey.
  2. Lift the apple out of the honey.
  3. Hold the apple over the bowl and allow a shaft of honey to drip back down into the bowl.
  4. While it is oozing downwards, quickly lift the apple until the shaft breaks.
  5. Watch carefully. The honey on the apple starts to fall a little, and then climbs back upwards towards the apple, defying the laws of gravity.
  6. Say “Wow!”

The upward climbing honey gives us a moving message for the new year. Even if you have fallen, you can always climb back up. Even if you have become disconnected, you can reconnect. You may have become estranged from your people and from your G-d. You may have lost your way in life and fallen to a very low place. But you can always pick yourself back up. No force in the world can stop a Jew coming home.

The honey may fall downwards, but at a certain point it turns around. In fact, it is the falling down that causes the bouncing up. The further you have strayed from Judaism and HaShem the more rebound energy you have built up for your return.

A Jewish soul wants to be Jewish. Materialistic distractions can only hold us back for so long. Our inner pull towards G-d is stronger than the pull of gravity towards the earth.  Honey always bounces back. So can we.

And since we are taking about honey and apples, let us continue at it for a moment with:

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The Healing Powers of Apples and Honey

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It is customary to eat an apple dipped in honey on the night of Rosh Hashanah and ask G-d to grant us a good sweet year. Ideally, the apple should be red and white, as an allusion to the verse,

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 1:18
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.

Apples help cleanse and purify the blood, are beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, respiratory tract infections, skin problems, the liver and the kidneys. They strengthen the body, are soothing to the nervous system, help prevent hardening of the arteries and are recommended for disorders of the kidneys and digestive system. There is a great deal of truth in the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

According to Kabbalah, the apple is an allusion to the mystical level of the Holy Apple Field. Also, when you cut an apple in half horizontally you will see ten little holes and a five pointed star. Ten is the numerical value of the Hebrew letter “yud”, and five is the numerical value of the Hebrew letter “hey”. The stalk of the apple represents the “vav” – together these letters spell out G-d’s Name.

The Zohar tells us that the apple has healing qualities: just as the apple heals all, so the Holy One, blessed be He, heals all. Just as the apple has various colours (white, red, green), so the Holy One, blessed be He, has various supernal colours (white, red, green – corresponding to the attributes of chesed (loving kindness), gevurah (might) and tiferet (beauty). The symbol of the green apple reveals some of the hidden meaning behind this teaching of the Zohar. Tiferet, the kabbalistic attribute of harmony and beauty, is associated with green, the colour of healing.

The Ben Ish Chai writes that the apple tree is the only fruit tree that has its spiritual source in the attribute of tiferet. This is yet another indication of the special connection of the apple with healing.

Honey was called “one sixtieth of manna” by the Sages because it shares many of the curative qualities of the manna from Heaven.

Nowadays the term honey means bee’s honey, but the famous Biblical verse “A land flowing with milk and honey” refers to date honey. Dates are one of the seven species characteristic of the Land of Israel. Honey is fuel for such organs as the heart, brain and liver. Predigested in the bee’s crop it is readily absorbed into the bloodstream where it stimulates circulation and raises the red blood count. It is invaluable for those with heart conditions or weak hearts. Honey strengthens, invigorates and refreshes.

It is helpful in the treatment of stomach ulcers, and is a useful sweetening agent for diabetics since it helps reduce sugar levels while it boosts vitality and physical stamina. Because of its positive effects on the blood count, honey is highly recommended for sufferers of anaemia.

Honey is unique because of where it comes from. It is the only food taken from a non-kosher animal that we are permitted to eat. Furthermore the bee is an insect that stings and causes pain and bodily damage. Yet at the same time it is able to produce a sweet food that can add a delicious flavor to other things.

This is specifically why we use honey – because it represents the power of Rosh Hashanah. When we begin a fresh new year, the past is not always so sweet. Not everything in the last year might have been completely “Kosher”. Sometimes we may have stung and hurt those close to us. But on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we can turn it all around. We can learn from last year’s experiences and make the future more positive and filled with blessing. Like the bee, we can produce sweet honey.

When we eat the honey on Rosh Hashanah we are making a statement: We are not perfect, but with a little effort we can achieve sweetness. G-d accepts our commitment, and blesses us all with a happy, healthy, prosperous and sweet new year.

Shabbat Shalom, v’Shanah Tovah l’kulam!

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Source: ShiratDevorah

Flashback: Identifying the Evil at the End of Days


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What Every Jew Should Know

By Joel Gallis and Dr. Robert Wolf, zt”l

In the summer of 2008 I came across this outstanding essay written by two Torah and Gematria experts. What they said veryfied some conclusions that I had already drawn from other sources. I showed it to my family, and we all new that there was a direct and gematric Prophecy for our times which identified the two major culprits in reference to the dangers and sufferings of the Jewish people in the End of Days, our days. Since then one of its authors Dr. Wolf passed on — a terrible loss for the Jewish nation — but his insights are even more relevant than before since what he and his associate Joel Gallis said is being confirmed in front of our very eyes this week. This essay not only proves that HaShem really revealed Torah literally to his servant Moshe rabeinu, but that He cares for us enough as to warn us when His Warning is most needed. Read on,

Ya’akov (Jacob) called for his sons and said, האספו, “gather and assemble yourselves.” That is, “unify and become a single nation with לב אחד, one heart, and I’ll tell you about your descendant’s Redemption at the End of Days.” When you have a לב אחד, (gematria of 45), then you will have a גאולה, a Redemption, (gematria of 45) at the End of Days.” But there was no unity among the brothers. There still were bad feelings and finger pointing among them. They did Tshuvah with respect to their brother Yosef, but with respect to each other, they were separate tribes. And so, Ya’akov could not reveal to them what would befall their descendants at the End of Days. He thought that perhaps one of his sons had sinned.

He then searched the names of each of his 12 sons to see if the letters ח or ט, the main letters of the word for ‘sin’, were present in any of his son’s names. He was relieved when he realized that these letters were absent from their names. He then thought that perhaps their lack of achdut (unity) was worse than he imagined. If so, their merit to learn about the future final Redemption was lost.

Ya’akov then searched their names again to see if the letters ק and ץ from the word קץ (end) were present in any of their names. Once again these letters were absent from all 12 names. Ya’akov then realized the extent of their disunity and began to give them various brachot.

Although he was not allowed to tell about events affecting the Jewish People thousands of years in the future, Ya’akov had already hinted at the identity of the evil that would befall their descendants at the Time of the End. He also hinted that the lack of unity that they possessed would continue until the Final Days. For the gematria of האספו is 152, and that is the same as the phrase עד היום הזה (until this day, 152). For until this very day, there still has not been achdut, or unity, among the Jewish People.

However, there was one brief period of time of a לב אחד, at Mount Sinai when the Jewish People received the Torah. This unity lasted until Moshe’s death, and because of it, Moshe was able to tell the Jewish People before he died what will occur to their descendants at the End of Days. He said that the Jewish People would stray from the path of Torah, and that if they angered HaShem through the work of their hands, במעשה ידיכם, then evil would befall them, וקראת, at the End of Days. The only other time this word וקראת is used in the 5 Books of Moses, is when Hagar was told that she would have a son, and she should call him, וקראת, by the name Yishmael. This word, וקראת, which normally is connected to proclaiming and voicing something, is surprisingly used here to tell us that when evil befalls the Jewish People, it was proclaimed in Heaven and it does not happen by chance.

So just what is the connection between Yishmael and the End of Days? The connection is that the descendants of Yishmael are the evil that will befall the Jewish People at that time of the End. We will anger G-d through the work of our hands, במעשה ידיכם (a gematria of 501), and the evil of ישמעאלים, Yishmael, (also a gematria of 501) will befall us.

So, what could we have possibly done with our hands that would anger HaShem?

With our very own hands, we finance and work to put the wrong people in power over us. This action results in our downfall. By putting into power leaders in Israel who don’t believe in G-d, we help bring about a spiritual collapse. And by electing dangerous leaders in America and other countries, we assist in bringing our physical and moral downfall. We vote for these people, we put them in power, and we raise money for them. This inappropriate work of our hands will bring evil upon us in the form of Yishmael.

For not only is 501 the value of במעשה ידיכם (the work of our hands), and our punishment,  the ישמעאלים, Ishmaelim, but it is also connected to the next President of the United States that we are  helping put in power through Jewish efforts. For 501 is also the gematria of ראש — rosh, head, leader — representing the new head, or leader of America.

So who will be the new ראש of America? Our readers probably will be shocked to  learn that 501 is also the gematria of ברק חוסיין אובאמה, Barack Hussein Obama.

Hashem  watches as countless Jews, especially in Hollywood, California, rush to send their money to Obama’s campaign chest. And so, with our own hands we are in the process of taking  a descendant from Yishmael and placing him as our Rosh in the White House, just 7 years after 9/11. He [Obama] is indeed the evil that will befall us at the End of Days, the evil that  Moses spoke to our ancestors about. But there are those who argue that Obama is youthful and energized in his appearance and his ideas. Why shouldn’t we believe him when he says the magic words that he is a “friend of Israel”?

How do we really know he’s dangerous to us? Not only his is name the same gematria as Yishmaelim (501), evidencing that he is a Muslim —  although he denies it — but it also has a further connection to a wave of impending evil against the Jews and the rest of the world.

At our Passover seders we spill a drop of wine when we mention each of the 10 plagues, and also when we mention the abbreviation of those plagues by saying דצך עדש באחב . Well this abbreviation of the 10 plagues also has a gematria of 501, the same as “Barack Hussein Obama” and the “Yishmaelim”.

Obama and radical Muslims will bring as much havoc, destruction, and confusion to the world as all the 10 plagues together brought to Egypt.

It’s interesting how Rabbi  Yehudah, who made the acrostic or abbreviation of the plagues, took the first Hebrew letter of each plague. However, with respect to the last plague, מכת בכרות , the killing of  the first born, he took the bait (the first letter of the 2nd word of the plague), rather than the mem (the first letter of the first word). Perhaps he knew that in the future, during the End of Days, there would be an Obama. Perhaps his message is a warning to us that has been encoded in the Haggadah for nearly 2,000 years until today.

The foreign minister of Hamas has recently endorsed Obama for president. The Los Angeles Times devoted a lengthy front-page story headlined, “Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama.” Ali Abunimah, a resident of Obama’s district, claims that
Obama said several years ago when running for the Senate, that he was sorry he couldn’t talk more about the Palestinian cause since his primary campaign had constrained what he could say.

Daniel 7 (25) deals with the last king of the 4th beast of exile who will humble 3 other kings. Rav Sa’adia Gaon stated that the 3 kings or leaders who will be humbled, are from Israel, Greece (representing Europe), and Yishmael (representing the Arab nations). This haughty, arrogant king will speak words against G-d and the Jewish People, and he will try to change the Times [Festivals ?] and the Law [Torah ?]. How interesting is it that this very word, “change“, is the key word used by Obama in his campaign?

The coded, End of Days message that Ya’akov gave over to his sons was not deciphered by them. But our generation, the generation alive at the End of Days, can understand the clues and break the code. In Ya’akov’s statement there are 4 words אשר יקרא אתכם באחרית (that will befall you in the End). The word אשר that describes the identity of the evil has a gematria of 501, the same as “Barack Hussein Obama”. And if you look at the word ,באחרית, in the End, the first 3 letters contain the initials of Obama. The letter bait is for ברק Barack, the aleph is for אובאמה Obama, and the chet is for חוסיין Hussein.

May Hashem protect us from this evil and bring Mashiach speedily in our days.

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Urmilus

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Source: Redemption 5768

Teheran, Washington and Jerusalem – They Don’t Decide


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But If They Don’t, Then Who Does?

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By Rabbi Lazer Brody

Each passing day brings Iran closer to a nuclear warhead.  Only the blind and the naive

Iran's Nuclear Facilities

Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

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 American government officials such as the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense have visiting 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!”

Our leaders 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 about 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 Hizbulla, Iran’s armed-to-the-gills proxy right on our border too.  Terror is on the rise in lawless Sinai.  What will be?

I asked that question to my beloved teacher, Rabbi Shalom Arush, shlit’a.  Recent events, especially the horror stories of breaches of holiness in the Haredi community, 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.  It was scary. “This is the Minister of the Smile?” I asked myself.  Rav Shalom was seeing a very dark cloud on the spiritual horizon.

He then quoted the Torah:

And I will bring upon you the sword that avenges the vengeance of Covenant
(Leviticus 26:25)

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 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 Haredi 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” Haredi 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 Haredi 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 told me 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.  G-d bless always.

Source Lazer Beams:

Speaking of Isaac(s)


Even More Prophetic “Coincidences” with Hurricane Isaac

UN General Assembly Hurricane Isaac may be the last warning for America. Wondering how I figure that?  Well, I’ll tell you.  There might be nothing to it, but…

Isaac is, of course, the English form of the Hebrew Yitzchak which is the name of the second patriarch of the Jewish people – the son of Avraham Avinu.

It’s in Parshat Vayera (Breishit [Genesis] 18.1 – 22.24) that we read about Akeidat Yitzchak — The Binding of Isaac.  In 2012, we will read that parshah on the 3rd of November, the Shabbat before the US elections.

However, we read it another time … and that is on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Now, get this.  Remember this well-known Zohar on Parshat Vayera?  It says that,

In the 73rd year (of some Jewish century) all the kings of the world shall assemble in the great city of Rome. And the Holy One, blessed be He. will shower fire and hail and meteoric stones upon them, until they are wiped out from the world. And only those kings who did not go to Rome will remain in the world.

Some think “73” could refer to the year that begins on this coming Rosh HaShanah — the year 5773.  Well, guess what is scheduled on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah 5773 which falls on 18 September 2012?

On 18 September 2012, at 3 PM, The United Nations General Assembly begins at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

That’s right.  In the 73rd year, most leaders of the world will be assembling in New York. Meanwhile we shall be reading the parshah from which this Zohar is derived.

Source: Tomer Devorah

Sa’ada a Story of Divine Guidance Through a ‘Near Death Experience’


A Moving Story From ‘the Other Side’

Why Would a ‘Succesfull’ Secular Israeli Woman Leave Behind All She Had Achieved for a Humble Religious Life?

Israel is the Holy Land of Miracles from Shamayim (Heaven). Divine Providence, and Prophetical Visions are not only part of the ancient Jewish past, but rather they still continue to be a part our present experiences; but, unlike the Divine Providence which happens on a daily basis, it is rare for Prophetic Visions to be revealed in our current time.

The story of Sa’ada presents us with a secular Israeli woman who had such a life-changing experience when she died and came back. Such phenomenon resulted in her doing a radical Tshuvah (Repentance and change of lifestyle). This video is worth watching till its very End.

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