Ella Shebechol Dor VaDor...
Read my post last year (including a chart) on how this year (5774) is the last of 4 Aharei Mot leap-year Shabbat Hagadols in a row, which hasn't occurred in almost 250 years! Also, Shabbat Hagadol will not fall out on Parshat Aharei Mot again for another 21 years. Instead, the leap-year Shabbat Hagadols will fall out on Parshat Metzora in the interim.
Perhaps, the significance is that we will no longer be cast away as a Metzora, but rather, we will be Aharei Mot - after the period of death and into a new era of life for all mankind. And after 4 times of Aharei Mot in this era of Ikveta Dimshiha, we can finally achieve הנה אנכי שלח לכם את אליה הנביא, which is read on Shabbat Hagadol.May it be so.
Apparently, just sitting in the waiting room for a Beracha is enough merit to have a miracle performed.
Harav Hagaon Rav Tzvi Neker (sp?) Shlit"a tells over in his new book entitled "Emunah Sheleima" the amazing following story that happened recently:And here's another interesting story I found online from the same book.
A short time ago, a Magid Shiur in one of the Yeshivot told over to me the following amazing story:
The Mashgiah of that Yeshiva's neighbor had a great Simha. His daughter gave birth to small and cute baby boy. The baby was premature and was born weighing just 55 grams! However, then a strange thing happened.
Immediately after the birth, the mother felt that her legs were paralyzed and she couldn't move them at all. First, the doctors thought that this is a temporary paralysis that came in the wake of the woman's exhaustion after the birth. However, that was not the case. A day passed and another day and her legs remained paralyzed without being able to move them.
The doctors started to worry and arranged a series of tests that all showed the same thing: paralysis of the legs. The doctors had no cure or solution to suggest for such an occurrence. They summoned the woman's father and her husband and informed them that in the wake of this out-of-the-ordinary and strange event, they have no solution but to move the woman to rehab in "Beit Levinstein".
The family was shocked to hear this news. "It appears that there is a nerve in the brain that was damaged during the birthing process and damaged the birthing mother's legs, so the chances are that she will no longer be able to walk on her own," said the doctors despondently. "Therefore, you must take her to rehab in Beit Levinstein - maybe you will be successful in saving her ability to walk a little bit."
The family was totally broken. The young mother would be crippled her whole life... so suddenly in the beginning of her life. The family prayed, cried, and went to accept blessings from Tzaddikim and Gedolei Hador.
The father of the family requested one of the neighbors if she would do a favor to go to Rabbanit Koldetzky Tlit"a, the daughter of Maran Harav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a, who blesses visiting women, that she should request mercy for his daughter.
The neighbor went to Rabbanit Koldetzky and waited to receive a blessing. In the meantime, exactly at those moments, members of the family sat around the bed of the woman who gave birth, and suddenly an amazing thing occurred... This woman was sleeping for a couple hours already and she suddenly woke up saying in a panic, "I feel strange "stings" in my legs! I am starting to feel my feet!"
The family jumped for joy and happiness while the woman continued:
Exactly, at this moment, I dreamt a unique dream and immediately afterwards, I felt my legs. You won't believe what I dreamt:she told over in astonishment to all those around her. The doctors came quickly to check on her and the miracle wasn't long in coming... After a quarter of an hour, the woman got up from her bed and started walking around the hospital ward in full sight of all the shocked doctors and family.
I saw myself in my dream at the wedding of my brother, which is to take place in a few weeks, and I was sitting on a wheelchair with my legs paralyzed. Suddenly, I saw opposite me the Rabbanit Bat Sheva Kanievsky ZT"L [the late wife of Rav Chaim Kanievsky] entering the banquet hall. She approached me and asked me, "Why aren't you dancing with everyone at your brother's wedding?"
"I can't - I'm handicapped with my feet since the birth," I answered her in the dream.
"What do you mean you can't dance?" asked the Rabbanit. "It's your brother's wedding. You have to dance!"
Suddenly, I turned to her and asked, "Hold on a second, Rabbanit, what are you doing here? I was at your funeral!"
Then, she turned to me and answered, "I came from the World of Truth to give joy to the bride and groom. Therefore, you should also get up and give joy to your brother and his bride at the wedding," she said and she offered her hand to dance with her.
Exactly, at that moment that the Rabbanit offered her hand, I felt stinging pain in my legs and I woke up...
After the great success and much-praised Shabbos Project that South Africa Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein inaugurated for South Africa last year, he has decided to raise the stakes and go global, reports YWN.
From Rav Fish's latest (again, I'm omitting a lot of what he writes - click the link to see it all in the source):
(Bereishit 46:26) "all the souls were threescore and six" - 60 to awaken the first Mashiah and 6 to awaken the second Mashiah. That leaves 6 years until 72 to fulfill what it says: "Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof." As it says: "Israel is the LORD'S hallowed portion, His first-fruits of the increase."
David said before HKB"H: There are 2 Kitzim, 1 to the right and 1 to the left, and they are 2 paths for people to go to the next world. There is a Keitz to the right, as it says: "לְקֵץ הַיָּמִין" and a Keitz to the left, as it says: "קֵץ, שָׂם לַחֹשֶׁךְ , וּלְכָל-תַּכְלִית, הוּא חוֹקֵר" - this is the Angel of Death, this is the Snake. [The verse] קֵץ כָּל-בָּשָׂר [regarding No'ah's flood is consistent with] קֵץ, שָׂם לַחֹשֶׁךְ because it comes from the side of melting gold. וּלְכָל-תַּכְלִית [And to the furthest bound] - when unmitigated justice is prevalent over the world - הוא חוקר [He searcheth out] - to be a prosecutor for the world, to darken the face of mankind. Here, David said to HKB"H: הוֹדִיעֵנִי יְהוָה, קִצִּי [LORD, make me to know mine end] - what is my ultimate purpose? And he didn't calm down until he was informed: שֵׁב לִימִינִי [Sit thou at My right hand].
[The verse says:] "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon." And Rav Yosef said: If it were not for the Targum on this verse, I would not know what it means: At that time, the eulogy in Yerushalayim will increase like the eulogy for Ahav ben Omri, who was killed by Haddadrimon ben Tavrimon in Ramot Gil'ad, and like the eulogy of Yoshia ben Amon, who was killed by Par'oh The Lame in the Valley of Megiddo.And we see in Sukkah 52a:
This eulogy, what is it for? Ribbi Dosa and the rabbis differ. One says it's for Mashiah ben Yosef, who was killed...That is, after 66 years, they will reach Megiddo, which is where the end of the period of MBY is, as we see from the verse that there is where he dies. And even though our rabbis say that we need to pray for MBY that he doesn't die, the hint to the end of his kingdom in Megiddo at the time that Tishbi comes after 66 years is amazing, with the fact that Highway 66 takes you from Megiddo to Tishbi, by way of Yokne'am.
From Rav Fish's newsletter last week, I just want to translate one more thing that he mentioned in addition to what I already translated last week:
I blogged yesterday how Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a said we're in Hevlei Mashiah. Now, Rafi points to an article on Kooker, which stated that a certain Rosh Yeshiva wanted to collect money for his Yeshiva overseas and came to Rav Kanievsky asking for a blessing for his endeavor. Rav Kanievsky refused to give him the blessing, saying that the trip to fund-raise is unnecessary since Mashiah would be coming in the meantime. The article notes that Rav Kanievsky is not just saying Mashiah is close, but also taking the added responsibility that the fundraising is not needed. The Rosh Yeshiva, in turn, canceled his trip overseas and instead helped his wife with house cleaning for Pesah, not worrying about the money.
(Hat tip to Rafi for all)
A couple weeks ago, it was Rav Shteinman Shlit"a, and now, Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a said (my translation of one paragraph):
During [Rav Ezrachi's] conversation in the home of Maran Sar Hatorah Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky, he [Rav Kanievsky] expressed - in a rare statement of this nature - that we are currently in Hevlei Mashiah. Hagaon Rav Chaim quoted the gemara at the end of Mesechet Sotah that says that before Mashiah comes, the kingdom will turn to apostasy, insolence will increase, and the young men will shame the elders, etc.
If you haven't yet, see what he said on Purim. See also what Rav Fish said about this.
In the latest words that the Ra'avad of the Edah Haharedit Hagaon Rav Moshe Shternbuch spoke, he related to the capture of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russians and said that the matter testifies the soon coming of Mashiah.See also the Mashiah is Coming blog who quoted Behadrei Haredim with a similar article.
In the beginning of his words, Rav Shternbuch spoke about the sin of Leshon Hara and especially in circumstances when people are speaking evil against Gedolei Hador, as he asserts that the prayers of those who speak evil are not heard [in Shamayim]. "What is the guilt of all the Geonim and Tzadikkim of the generation that they should be so punished that they should speak so much Leshon Hara against them?" asked the Ra'avad. And he said that the matter comes in order to increase their merits as for those Tzadikkim, it's not a punishment.
At this point of his words, Rav Shternbuch switched to deal with the capture of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russians and said: "Our rabbi, the Gr"a, said close to his death that when the Russians will capture Crimea, we will know that this is a sign for the footsteps of Mashiah.
"It's accepted from the Gr"a that when Russia gets stronger, then Tum'a gets stronger. The Kelipa of Russia is 'Dubiel' who inherited the Kelipa of Persia, and since they are Greek Xtians, they in turn have mixed in with them the Kelipa of Yavan with Edom," said Rav Shternbuch. He added, "Also, the author of 'Binyan Olam', Rav Yitzhak Isaac Haver, the student of the Gaon Rav Hayim of Volozhin ZT"L said before his death to his student Rav David Luria ZT"L that 'If the Russians will capture the entire city of Crimea - and especially the fortification of Kerch - one should already expect the feet of Mashiah.
"Similarly, " continued Rav Shternbuch in his words, "The Gaon Rav Simha Zelig Rigger ZT"L, the Av Beit Din of Brisk, said that it was a tradition passed to him from the students of the Gr"a in the name of the Gr"a that the kingdom of Russia will strengthen before the coming of Mashiah and the nations will fear them.
"The Gaon Rav Hayim of Brisk ZT"L also saw the Russians as a Kelipa that gets stronger before Mashiah. However, Rav the Gaon Rav Hayim added that the matter is dependent upon us - that only if we will be awakened and be strengthened in Torah and pure fear of Hashem, then HKB"H will hasten to redeem us at this time of Divine will. However, if we don't awaken, then G-d forbid, we will lose the moment and we will need to endure Hevlei Mashiah.
"What comes out of his words," summarized Rav Shternbuch, "is that the capture of Crimea is calling us from Shamayim that this is an opportune time to now work on the coming of Mashiah by awakening, strengthening in Torah, and pure fear of Hashem."
At the end of his words, Rav Shternbuch related to the idea that many Kollelim are closing their doors recently and said: "There is a terrible decree upon hundreds of Avreichim Bnei Torah who remain without Kollels. Nowadays, people are talking about the decree of the draft, but now, there is an even more terrible decree that worries me more - that hundreds of Avreichim who learned until now in Kollelim with diligence are now left without a Kollel in the immediate future.
"This is a great danger," said Rav Shternbuch, "We're not dealing here with those who are weaker that would fall from the path, like with the decree of the draft, but the concern is really about Talmidei Hachamim who are learning Torah day and night, and in this situation, when they don't have a source of Parnassa, they cannot continue their studies, and I am very pained from this and I have no rest from this at all."
Rav Shternbuch continued and said, "This matter even prevents the coming of Mashiah and strengthens the power of Amalek. This is because when Israel weakens their hands from Torah, that is when the power of Amalek strengthens in the world. And at this time, when the Torah world requires strengthening, both here in Eretz Yisrael and also in the Diaspora, then all we can do is pray and hope to our Father in heaven that He will have mercy upon us at this time of trouble."