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

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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War? Probably Not Until Hoshanah Rabbah


An Urgent Call to Make Tshuvah

By Rav Ya’akov bar Nahmann

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Roshanah Rabah

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Last week, in his post The End of Repentence (B’Ahavah), R’ Dov bar Leib wrote:

Yes, this is it folks.  We have finally arrived.  The Cosmic Clock says  that we are ending the Year of Hoshanah Rabbah.  The end of repenting out  of love for our lack of human decency is very, very near.  Technically,  and maybe even in action, the last time that one can repent for one’s  lack of human decency, out of love, will likely be this coming Yom Kippur 5773 (Yom Kippur of 2012).  And the last time that one can repent for this through joy is  likely this coming Hoshana Rabbah 5773. After that, the Cosmic Clock  predicts, that the only way that one will be able to repent for one’s  lack of human decency will be out of Reverence for G-d or sheer Terror  from his Wrath.

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The following is Rav Yaakov bar Nahmann’s weekly email,
where he writes that the war has only been delayed until
after Hoshanah Rabbah 5773

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Ki Tavo 5771 (5951) [Dvarim/Deut 26:1-29:8]

First here’s some good news. You will likely remember that last week I sent you the warning that a major catastrophic war is in the offing and was due to hit before Rosh Hashanah (within 2 weeks). Along with that I also gave you Rav Arush’s suggestions/requests for what to do to delay it until after Rosh Hashanah. Remember that the decree from Heaven is that it MUST happen; there is no more ability to cancel it, only to delay it. As per HIS instructions hundreds of people did 6 hour personal prayer/discussions with HaShem to beg for the delaying of the war in order to give more people a chance to start tshuvah, to do something right that they did not do before. Also there was a gathering of nistarim (hidden sages/pious/righteous ones) at the Kotel (Western wall) this week. The plea was accepted the decree has been delayed. Now we must continue that it be delayed to after Hoshana Rabah (the last day of Sukoth) so that the harsh Judgments that were to fall on Israel be shifted to fall upon the enemies of our nation.

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It never fails. HaShem programmed the Torah and HIS world together. Again, as usual, we find the “current events” in the week’s parshah.
26:1 “And it shall be, when you have come into the Land which HaShem your G-d gives you  for an Inheritance, and do possess it, and dwell therein.”

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A few days ago the president of the “Supreme Court” in Israel, Erev Rav Dorit Beinish, handed down yet another anti-Jewish decision giving Arabs the upper hand to grab lands in our Holy Promised Land that are not listed as being state property. Among other laws she is in direct violation of the Torah Law against giving Holy Land lands to goyim. The Rambam zassa”l and the “Alter Rebbe” of Lubavitch zassa”l both declared very harsh halakhik rulings against anyone doing what she has been doing.

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HaShem gave it to us as an Inheritance. Who is she to give it to someone else?  If I may borrow an American street cliché “Who died and left you god?”.

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More than that just look a bit further in the parshah. See that we are commanded to express and show our gratitude for HaShem giving us the Land and its fruits.

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2 “…that you shall take of the first, of all the fruit, of the ground, which you shall bring in from your Land that HaShem your G-d gives you; and you shall put it in a basket and shall go unto the Place which HaShem your G-d shall choose to cause HIS Name to dwell there. 3 And you shall come unto the Cohen that shall be in those days, and say unto him:

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‘I profess this day unto HaShem your G-d, that I am come unto the Land which HaShem swore unto our fathers to give us.”

Will somebody try to explain how giving away the land — and yet to the very populace that continues to threaten our very existence — is an expression of gratitude?

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Let’s look on further yet and we will surely see what is behind this.

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16 “This day HaShem your G-d commands you  to do these Statutes and Ordinances; you shall therefore observe and do them with all your heart, and with all your soul. 17 You have vowed to HaShem this day that HE be your G-d, and that you would walk in HIS Ways, and keep HIS Statutes, and HIS Commandments, and HIS Ordinances, and hearken unto HIS Voice. 18 And HaShem has avowed you this day to be HIS own Treasure, as HE has promised you, and that you should keep all HIS Commandments; 19 and to make you high above all nations that HE has made, in praise, and in name, and in glory; and that you may be a Holy People unto HaShem your G-d, as HE has spoken.

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27:1 And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying: ‘Keep all the Commandment which I command you this day. 2 And it shall be on the day when you shall pass over the Jordan unto the Land which HaShem your G-d gives you, that you shall set up great stones, and plaster them with plaster. 3 And you shall write upon them all the Words of this Law, when you have passed over; so that you may go into the Land which HaShem your G-d gives you, a Land flowing with Milk and Honey, as HaShem, the G-d of your fathers, has promised you

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Oooooooooooooooooooooo…………

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Maybe there is a hint there… Maybe the Torah is warning us of something. Jump forward and you will see that there is again mentioned the Concept of Blessing opposite Curse. Cause and Effect: do what HaShem demands of us and we are blessed, do not do as told and we are cursed, has veshalom (G-d forbid).
There are two kinds of inheritance. One only actually given when the parent (or whoever else it is) has died. One given while the parent, etc., is still alive. In the latter the owner still has power to alter the gift, at least temporarily. Read also well the above psukim, there is a Condition hinted there. The Land is ours … as long as we do what HaShem wants of us!  Violate the Rules and HE has the Contract Rights to let others play around (for a while) with our Rights to the Land.

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Face it, the Cause and Effect is there right before our very eyes. The Arabs and their erev rav friends in the courts, the army, the education system the (mis)government etc have the power to steal Jewish lands (of course that can be repaired if we do what we should).

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As Rabi Nahman of Breslov said, “If you believe that you can damage, believe that you can repair”.

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If we are already speaking again of Cause and Effect, let’s look at the pasuk # 5:

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And there you shall build an Altar unto HaShem your G-d, an Altar of stones.  You shall lift up no iron tool upon them.”

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We are to build an Altar without the use of iron tools. Why, what’s wrong with using iron tools? That answer is the same as the answer as to why on Shabat and Hagim (Holy Days) we must remove knives, and on regular days all steel/iron flatware, from the table before the post meal blessing. The table we eat on is equivalent to the Altar. The Altar is there to bring/promote/protect life. Iron was originally, and largely still is used, to kill. Even when harming or killing is done with other metals, the symbolic essence of those metals is still iron. The accuser cannot be the defense lawyer. The iron cannot be upgraded to promoter of life.

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A government and its infrastructure that is controlled by koferim (heretics), and that does all it can to oppose those who wish to follow the Path HaShem calls for to be followed cannot be expected to have the wisdom, or will, or ability to take proper care of its citizens. An army that excludes HaShem, and which opposes the followers of HaShem’s Demands of its People, cannot be expected to have Divine Protection or Guidance either.  (This is a very scary thought indeed).

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A nation that avoids and evades its Responsibility, its required recognition of and gratitude to HaShem, cannot expect to be given leaders who will see properly to their needs. This was already taught to us by the sages of the Talmud many centuries ago.

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From 27:15 to 28:69 there is a list of Curses that HaShem warns will befall us if we violate HIS Commandments. They have fallen upon us time and again. Yet this needs NOT be. ALL those Curses are avoidable. Just do what HaShem wants of us, Pure and Simple.

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Remember well dear ones, that paramount of all are the duties of the heart and the way we relate to each other.

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Remember too that when we do what HE wants of us, there are plentiful greatest Blessings waiting for us.

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29:8  “Observe therefore the Words of this Covenant, and do them, that you may make all that you do to prosper.”

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HaShem loves you. Remember that always: HE loves you, and like a doting Father is waiting for us to show our love and gratitude to HIM. Remember too that along with simply saying “thank you” to HIM many times a day for every little thing in our lives, one of the best ways to show our love and gratitude to HIM is in loving each other, tolerating each other, being good to each other. Just like a loving human parent gets great grief if HIS children are fighting or hating each other, so too the GREAT FATHER of us all gets grieved.

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So let’s all shape up. Let’s all keep up the campaign of pestering HaShem to hold off the war until after Hoshana Rabah 21st of Tishrei, asking HIM to wait for more people (Jews and non-Jews) to do tshuvah, to express and show our love and gratitude to HIM, and to repair our errant ways, to fix the way we relate to each other. That will make the good news we opened this lesson with even better. For it will enable bringing the final full Geulah in more Rahamim (Mercy, Grace) and very soon in our near days, AMEN, KEN YEHI RATSON!

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With that I sign off for this week sending to all of you my precious beloved brothers, sisters, friends and students my blessings.

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Rav Ya’akov bar Nahmann

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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