Thursday, August 28, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Shofetim 5774

From Rav Fish's latest (some very interesting stuff here):

  • 278 Shemitot
    • I [=Rav Fish] heard from Rav Yosef Morsiano Shlit"a, based on what is brought down in Targum Yonatan on Shemot 12:40 that every Shemita is called "שנה" [lit. year] and every year is called "יום" [lit. day].  And if we calculate from the time of the Destruction of the Second Beit Hamikdash in the year 3828 until the Shemita year of 5719, there were 270 Shemitot, which hint to the 270 days of pregnancy which correspond to exile.  And the year after the Shemita year of 5726 - in 5727 was the Day of Birth.  Therefore, it was a Time of Acceptance of Prayers with the Six Day War.  However, we had not yet been redeemed at that time since we need to add another 7 Shemitot to complete the 8 days until the Berit Mila, at which time we will connect to Hashem completely in the Sod of Redemption.  And this comes out to the year 5775, when on Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes.
      • This analogy of Geula to Berit Mila was brought down by the Or Hahayim (Vayikra 12:2) where he compares the first seven days of the baby's life to the seven years of Hevlei Mashiah as Haza"l talk about שבוע שבן דוד בא.
      • Also, R' Menahem Barhoum brings down that when the gemara says: "On the seventh year, there will be wars, and on Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes", that relates to all 3 Gog Umagog Wars.  WWI ended in 5677 - a Shemita year.  WWII ended in 5705 - a Shemita year - and broke out in 5699 - a year after Shemita.
      • I [=Rav Fish] also heard that Motza'ei Shemita year 5761, the US had Shemitat Karka'ot [the Shemita of the land - lit., having the land lay fallow] which refers to the the fall of the Twin Towers.  And on Motza'ei Shemita year 5768, the US had Shemitat Kesafim [the Shemita of money - lit., forgiveness of loans] which refers to the economic collapse that year.  And both events occurred right at the end of those years.
      • In the year 5678, which was Motza'ei Shemita, occurred the Balfour Declaration, as is brought down in the book "Yemot Olam" by Rav Yoel Schwartz Shlit"a.
      • And now, we are awaiting the Motza'ei Shemita of this coming Shemita year - 5775 - at which time, the filtering of good from the bad will be complete, as the Ariza"l brought down.
      • R' M.P. adds that the Shemita year corresponds to the Sefira of Malchut and Motza'ei Shevi'it hints to the time of birth when the Malchut finished its work and birthed whatever was inside it to come outside of it, which is why this is a time of Redemption in all levels.
      • R' Y. Fishman adds that the year תשע"ו [the year 5776] is hinted to in the verse  וְסָפַרְתָּ לְךָ, שֶׁבַע שַׁבְּתֹת שָׁנִים--שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים, שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים; וְהָיוּ לְךָ, יְמֵי שֶׁבַע שַׁבְּתֹת הַשָּׁנִים, תֵּשַׁע וְאַרְבָּעִים, שָׁנָה [And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and there shall be unto thee the days of seven sabbaths of years, even forty and nine years.]
      • Also, the verse מִקֵּץ שֶׁבַע-שָׁנִים, תַּעֲשֶׂה שְׁמִטָּה [At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.] has the letters תשע"ה [the year 5775].
        • Also, the word מקץ hints to the Keitz.
        • Also, the gematria of the phrase שבע שנים [seven years] plus the words and the Kollel equals תשע"ה [the year 5775].
      • Also, the gematria of the Rashei Teivot and Sofei Teivot of במוצאי שביעית בן דוד בא [after Shevi'it, Ben David comes] equals תשע"ה [the year 5775].

BD"H - A Body Matching Aharon Sofer was Found


BREAKING: Body Suspected To Be Of Missing Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer Found In Jerusalem Forest

A body thought to be that of missing Yeshiva student Aaron Sofer was just found in the Jerusalem Forest – the same forest where Aaron was reported to have gone missing last Friday while hiking.

The body has been taken by Zaka and police for further examination and to determine the exact cause of death. It seems that he fell off a cliff while trying to navigate his way out of the forest and that his death was caused by dehydration. There are no signs of violence apparent on his body that would lead to the notion that terror was involved.

The parents of Aaron Sofer had traveled to Israel on Sunday, where they have been working with police and search teams.Thousands of volunteers searched the forest and other areas the past 6 days, while hundreds of thousands around the globe davened for his safe return.

Further details will be published as they become available.


Body 'Fitting Aharon Soffer's Description' Found in Jerusalem

As the search continueed for Aharon Soffer, a 23-year-old yeshiva student from New Jersey who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest last Friday, police were reported to be widening the area being searched and adding additional forces to the efforts, but the latest reports indicate that the search may be over, after a body was found in Ein Kerem Thursday afternoon.

Police are attempting to determine if it is Soffer's. The body is reportedly that of a man. Walla! News reported that the body fits Soffer's description. Behadrei Haredim, a hareidi news site, reported that the body is indeed Soffer's and that the search was called off after certain items connected to Soffer were found next to the body.

An uncorroborated report in the Lakewood News cited unnamed sources who also said the body found is indeed Soffer's and that the death does not appear to be terror related. Additionally, it appears he may have fallen down a cliff while attempting to navigate his way out of the forest, reported the news outlet. Soffer is originally from Lakewood.

The IDF's canine units and the Jerusalem District Police's mounted units intensified the searched Wednesday night and on into Thursday through a wider ring of the Jerusalem Forest.

The decision to expand the area being searched was put into effect on Thursday afternoon, and has search teams fanning through the neighborhoods bordering the Jerusalem Forest, including Ein Kerem, Kiryat Yovel, Beit Zayit, Bayit Vagan and Har Nof.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Shofetim 5774 III


War Wounded and Casualties

Aharon Sofer (may he be found safe and healthy)

(Rav David Yosef Shlit"a met with Ambassador Dan Shapiro and discussed Aharon Sofer among other topics)

Geniza Gone Wrong

War in the North Now?


Arabs Assault Jewish Kids in North After Asking 'Are You Jews?'


(107-year-old Yemenite Kabbalist Rav Zecharia Humri (Homri?) passed away)

'Quiet War' on David's Tomb 'as Dangerous as Arab War'

Terror Victim Adele Biton is Returning Home

Selihot Start for Sepharadim

Sephardic Jews start reciting Selihot tomorrow morning.  To honor the occasion and to get us all in the Elul mood, here are links to posts that I posted 3 years ago that link to various piyutim which we have a custom to recite during the days of Selihot and during Rosh Hashana and Kippur:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Racheli Frankel Meets Chulda Sofer

Kikar has an article, pictures, and a short video of Racheli Frankel meeting the Sofer parents in the Sanhedria section of Yerushalayim.

The Algemeiner says that the parents are offering a $28,000 reward for a safe return.

May Hashem allow Aharon ben Hulda to be found and returned safe and healthy.

Interesting Recent Links - Shofetim 5774 II

Cease 'n Fire

Nachal Oz to Name Neighborhood after Daniel Tregerman Hy”d

Terror Near Betar Illit – Avreich in Moderate Condition

Kinnah for the Current War

War Miracles

Ashkelon Man Tells of 'Miraculous Escape' from Rocket Strike

Aharon Sofer (please pray for Aharon ben Hulda)



Incredible Stories

Yizkor (p. 2 of the embedded pdf)

Speaking during Prayer (p. 2 of the embedded pdf)


 (I cried again looking at these pictures) לא נכנעים: בית חב"ד במומבאי נחנך מחדש

Interesting Recent Links - Shofetim 5774


The End is Near

The War to End All Wars (couldn't find online - Mishpacha Magazine by Rabbi Grylak)

War Miracles

Three War Miracles that Never Happened (It's amazing how many people I saw quote this article as if only 
it has the truth while claiming that the original stories "must be made up".  פתי יאמין לכל דבר, but full-fledged skeptics are twice as foolish.)


Daniel Tregerman HY"D

Aharon Sofer - may he be found safe and well

Eretz Yisrael

Rav Ovadia ZT"L


Chicago Threats?


"It's Almost Rosh Ha-Shanah..." (Pray for and send a note to Pollard)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Napa Earthquake II


Sotah 49b (Daf | Text | English)
בעקבות משיחא חוצפא יסגא ויוקר יאמיר הגפן תתן פריה והיין ביוקר

Although Rashi (in Sotah and in Sanhedrin) gives other reasons why the price will rise despite the abundance, an earthquake causing the spillage of an enormous amount of wine is as good a reason as any.

(h/t for the idea - commenter Leah on previous post)

Napa Earthquake

Billions Of Dollars Of Wine Lost In California Earthquake

A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries

Ovadia 1:5-6
אִם-גַּנָּבִים בָּאוּ-לְךָ, אִם-שׁוֹדְדֵי לַיְלָה--אֵיךְ נִדְמֵיתָה, הֲלוֹא יִגְנְבוּ דַּיָּם; אִם-בֹּצְרִים בָּאוּ לָךְ, הֲלוֹא יַשְׁאִירוּ עֹלֵלוֹת

אֵיךְ נֶחְפְּשׂוּ עֵשָׂו, נִבְעוּ מַצְפֻּנָיו

If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night--how art thou cut off!--would they not steal till they had enough? If grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes?

How is Esau searched out! How are his hidden places sought out!

אִם-בֹּצְרִים בָּאוּ לָךְ, לֹא יַשְׁאִרוּ עוֹלֵלוֹת; אִם-גַּנָּבִים בַּלַּיְלָה, הִשְׁחִיתוּ דַיָּם

כִּי-אֲנִי חָשַׂפְתִּי אֶת-עֵשָׂו, גִּלֵּיתִי אֶת-מִסְתָּרָיו, וְנֶחְבָּה, לֹא יוּכָל; שֻׁדַּד זַרְעוֹ וְאֶחָיו וּשְׁכֵנָיו, וְאֵינֶנּוּ

If grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? if thieves by night, would they not destroy till they had enough?

But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself; his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rav Fischel Schachter on the Matzav

Click here - especially see from the beginning until 13:37

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mashiah and Aliya Message

Rabbi Nachman Kahana:

As part of the redemption process, Hashem will bring about our isolation from the "enlightened" nations of the world to insure that we will not share in their destinies. The United States will turn its back upon us, by very soon deciding that they have had enough of the Israel-Arab conflict.

Hashem will always look after His people in Eretz Yisrael. Perhaps the recent find of huge natural gas deposits off Haifa is the first sign of what I have written very often: that we will be the wealthiest nation on earth.

The things which I write concerning the present and near future are not figments of my imagination but are based on holy Jewish sources.

The essential bottom line to all of this is to come home and be part of the greatest ongoing miracle ever created.

I previously quoted the Yalkut Re’uveini’s prediction that, in the future, Hashem will bring about the long-awaited in-gathering of His people to Eretz Yisrael. Here, they will be wealthy beyond imagination, with the wealth of the world rising from the sea at the "port of Yafo". It is therefore not surprising to learn that the new-found wealth of our beloved land has its source in the gas finds under the seabed of Jaffa.

This new-found wealth will permit us to develop the Negev, the Galil and the Golan. Electric power will be cheap and the government will have sufficient funds to better the lives of its citizens. There will be sufficient funds to complete the plans for sea water desalinization; so when Hashem punishes our neighbors by turning the Middle East into a brown region for lack of water, Eretz Yisrael will be green and lush.

And with regard to the Jews who at that time will have been permanent residents of Eretz Yisrael, in addition to wealth, Hashem will open for us the earthly Paradise, Gan Eden, to reveal the Torah’s secrets. The Midrash continues to relate that the Jews who are brought from the Diaspora will request to enter the earthly Gan Eden like their Israeli brothers and sisters, but Hashem will deny them entrance on the grounds that this unique spiritual experience is the exclusive right of the Jews who built and fought and were willing to die for this land.

These things are occurring very quickly. There is so little time left for free emigration from the US, so I say for the thousandth time - don’t listen to your rabbis or mentors. Just leave everything - come here today - yesterday - and take part in all the blessings awaiting us in Eretz Yisrael.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Re'eh 5774

From Rav Fish's latest:

  • 5774
    • Rav Y.V. adds that the verse קָרַב קִצֵּנוּ מָלְאוּ יָמֵינוּ, כִּי-בָא קִצֵּנוּ [our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come] has a gematria of 774.  The verse can thus be interpreted: 5774 is our end.
  • 5775
    • The verse ושנת גאולי באה [and My year of redemption are come] has the same gematria as גאלה תשע"ה [Redemption 5775].
    • Rav Gamliel Rabinowitz Shlit"a adds that תשע"ה stands for תהא שנת עת הגאלה.
    • [After quoting Bereishit Rabbat 34 that the time of the Geula will have the aspect of the Great Flood,] Rav M.P. adds that  ויהי המבול ארבעים יום על הארץ is the gematria of 775.
  • Ramha"l
    • משיח [Mashiah] is hinted to in the Ramha"l's name - Moshe Hayim משה חיים.
    • I heard from Rav Dan Mehaber that רמח"ל is the same letters as למחר because he worried about what tomorrow's future may bring.
    • Also, רמח"ל stands for רק מ' חזר לתקן [only 40 years, he returned to rectify], as is known that he lived only 40 years.  
  • MBD
    • משיח בן דוד is Sofei Teivot נדח [one who is banished], and the leftover letters in order make משי"ב ד"ו.  This means that MBD will return the 10 banished tribes.
  • Or HaHayim Hakadosh
    • The Or HaHayim Hakadosh toiled to connect Peshat with Sod.  Therefore, he passed away in the year 5503, the gematria of גש"ר [bridge], meaning he had the aspect of a bridge to connect worlds.
    • רבי חיים בן עטר [Ribbi Hayim Ben Attar] is the same gematria as תורה [Torah].
  • Dispute Whether Mashiah Comes in Times of Distress or Not
    • R' Yehoshu Leib Diskin said that before Mashiah, there will be a filtering between the righeous and the evil-doers.
    • R' Aharon of Belz famously said that Mashiah couldn't come right after the Holocaust and the Jewish people would need to build itself up first to a state of greatness.  It's not possible for Mashiah to come right afterwards since in a state of broken-hearted people where people lost their families and everything dear to them, the Redemption would not be complete in such a state.
    • Tzarich Iyyun how the filtering will come about not through tragedy.
  • Hamas
    • חמאס is Rashei Teivot the verse אל סיחון מלך חשבון [to Sihon, the king of Heshbon], which are names that hint to Teshuva, as per Bava Batra 78b.
  • Hadar Goldin
    • The word גולדין is the same letters as דלוגין [skips] that hints to the speeding up of Redemption, as the verse מדלג על ההרים is expounded in Midrash.

ISIS Vaad HaTzeniut Patrol

Guest Post from Mohammed al-[eat]-Islami


See how nicely he asks!  Such Darchei No'am!  As it says, "The ways of the Holy Quran are ways of pleasantness and all its pathways are peace."  (OK, so he's holding a machine gun.  Big deal.)  We should all learn from this member of the mujahidin!  The obvious breach of Tzeniut is there for everyone to see!  Shame on her for being dressed that way!  If they don't listen, those who don't obey will be forced!