Friday, December 19, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Miketz 5775 IV


Geula Update from Rav Fish (sorry, no translation.  I found some errors in his date calculations, but still interesting.)

Mikeitz - The End of Time (audio, about 24 minutes)

(Also, 32 days after the Har Nof Massacre is this Shabbat.)

3 Cubans and Alan Gross freed, but not Pollard

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Election Stuff

Open Orthodoxy

Upstart Open Orthodox “Poskim” Change Geirus Requirements

What Is Chanukah?


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Alan Gross' Freedom Gematria

Alan Gross' Hebrew name is אבא חונא גרוס.  The Milui of this name is:

אלף בית אלף חית ואו נון אלף גימל ריש ואו סמך

The gematria of this Milui plus the 3 words of his name and the Kollel = 2012.

Miketz - this week's Torah reading:
וַיְרִיצֻהוּ מִן-הַבּוֹר; וַיְגַלַּח וַיְחַלֵּף שִׂמְלֹתָיו, וַיָּבֹא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה
...and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. And he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
Both Yosef HaTzaddik and Alan Gross were hastily brought out of prison.

President Obama is often compared to Par'oh.  One can expect such a meeting between the 2 very soon.

The gematria of this phrase from Miketz = 2012.

Interesting Recent Links - Miketz 5775 III

Alan Gross Freed!!!

OU Statement on Release of Alan Gross  (makes connection to Yosef in Miketz)

EU Hypocrisy on Hamas and Palestinians

Terrorsim and Anti-Semitism

Election Stuff


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This year is also Thanksgivvukah!

Repost from last year

Early Sources for Thanksgivvukah:

שבת כא:
לשנה האחרת קבעום ועשאום ימים טובים בהלל והודאה

רמב"ם הלכות חנוכה פרק ד' הלכה י"ב
מצות נר חנוכה מצוה חביבה היא עד מאד וצריך אדם להזהר בה כדי להודיע הנס ולהוסיף בשבח האל והודיה לו על הנסים שעשה לנו.

רש"י שבת כד. ד"ה מה תפלה בברכת הודאה
דהא כולה מילתא דחנוכה עיקרה להודאה נתקנה

ט"ז או"ח סי' תרפ"ב ס"ק א'
דכולי מילי דחנוכה הודאה נינהו

מ"ב סי' תרפ"ב ס"ק ב'
דכולה מילתא דחנוכה עיקרה הודאה היא

כל בו הלכות חנוכה
ערבית שחרית ומנחה מזכירין חנוכה בהודאה

דרך ה' חלק ד' פרק ז' אות ה'
ואחר כך זה חנוכה ופורים, שאין בהם ביטול מלאכה אלא הודאה בחנוכה ושמחה ג"כ בפורים

Interesting Recent Links - Miketz 5775 II

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Election Stuff

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Humble Take on Eli Yishai's New Party

There is so much to say about Eli Yishai's new party I don't know where to begin.  I must say that the party looks very exciting.  This party, still in formation, and whose bylaws are still in formation, is for those religious Jews who never quite found their niche.  It appears that they will now.

(Of course, I live in Hutz La'aretz, so take whatever I say with a grain of salt.  Nevertheless, I've been following Israeli politics since I can remember, which is a very long time.)

I've always been and continue to be a Rav Ovadia fan and try to follow his Halachot to the best I can.  I've always believed in his Shas party and what it stood for - and I still do to some extent.  There is still a lot of good in the Shas party - especially, its formation of institutions of Hinuch and its care for the needy.  The Israeli public owes a lot of Hakarat Hatov to the Shas party.  Especially Sepharadim should have this Hakarat Hatov because since 5744, they have had a voice in the Knesset.

Nevertheless, without the glue that kept the pieces together - namely Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L - things are not as they once were.  Rav Ovadia gave his lifeblood for the party - possibly literally.  He was its heart and its soul and as long as he was around directing it, I couldn't imagine voting for another party in Israel.  Even after his untimely demise, the party was the best party out there for a large group of people.

There is, however, a large subset of Shas voters who have seen and bemoaned the fact that half the party MKs lean way to the left on some issues.  It is no secret that Aryeh Deri has in the past leaned to the left on many security issues.  It was always the belief that Eli Yishai - and the Shas voters themselves - would keep a leash on the left-leaning MKs.  It was, however, becoming increasingly more difficult to do so.

At the same time, mostly the same group of Shas voters is not pleased with the makeup of the Mo'etzet Hachmei Hatorah as it stands today.  Without the presence of Rav Ovadia's leadership, they believe that its membership should be expanded to include other Sephardic Rabbanim who are equally as great as those who are currently members.  For example, Rav Shelomo Moshe Amar Shlit"a at one time long ago was slated by Rav Ovadia ZT"L himself to take the leadership position to succeed him.  That idea soured of late, and now, as current Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, he is now unable legally to take it, let alone be a member therein.  Many other great rabbis were considered good candidates as well.  The idea to expand the Mo'etzet was ultimately rejected to the chagrin of this group.

Meanwhile, there was a concurrent growing discontent among a subset of Bayit Hayehudi MKs and voters.  This group saw that under the leadership of Naftali Bennet, the party has shifted from a religious party to just another right-leaning party that actually hurt religion.  Its union with Yesh Atid was the first sign of this and its legislation for the draft and conversions sealed the deal.  It is not at all surprising that Yoni Chetboun, who I consider to be the hero rebel of BY, will be joining Yishai in his new party.  Speculation about Tekuma joining is a bit more surprising, but not much so in the scheme of things.  Wild speculation that Otzma LeYisrael will join them is interesting, although probably not likely, and I'm not sure if this idea will help or hurt either side.

What is being formed is a party that doesn't care what flavor of Yahadut you represent as long as you know that the Torah and its leaders are supreme.  It makes no difference if you are Haredi, Hardal, or Dati Leumi.  It makes no difference if you are Sepharadi, Ashkenazi, Teimani, or otherwise.  Everyone will be represented and taken care of.  What is the glue that will keep this group together?  Its adherence to Torah, its leaders, and right-wing views on security.  That was what was missing in the 19th Knesset on a full-party basis.

The other religious parties have their place too.  UTJ and Shas will keep fighting anti-Torah legislation.  Shas will keep fighting for the poor and for Sepharadi schools.  BY will keep fighting against the 2-state solution.  This new party, I believe, will do all of the above.  And, to top it all off, it will not have the stigma of having supported the Oslo Accords.  This is what excites me.

May Mashiah come soon, at which time we will have no need for parties in Israel since כִּי-אָז אֶהְפֹּךְ אֶל-עַמִּים, שָׂפָה בְרוּרָה, לִקְרֹא כֻלָּם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה, לְעָבְדוֹ שְׁכֶם אֶחָד [For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent.]  Until that occurs, I believe that this new party will create the Jewish, Torah-based unity that is needed to bring about Mashiah's coming, speedily in our days, Amen.

Interesting Recent Links - Miketz 5775


Terror in Sydney

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Election Stuff

An Open Letter to Eli Yishai (I'm not sure I agree with R' Lazer on this)

Chetboun Refuses to Sign Bennett Letter
No Agreement Reached in Meeting Between Bennett and Ariel

MK Chetboun Decides to Bid Farewell to Bayit Yehudi

Yishai Announces the Launch of his New Party

(This is very sad.)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Vayeshev 5775 IV

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Terrorist Car Attack Suspected in Samaria

Election Stuff

Shas Split Imminent: Deri 'Doesn't Need Yishai'

Yishai Gets Hareidi Leader's 'Blessing' for New Party with Ariel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Vayeshev 5775 III


Shechita in Poland

Abu Ein YM"S's Death

Attack at 770

Crown Heights: Dramatic Improvement In Condition Of Lubavitcher Bochur Who Was Stabbed In 770 Eastern Parkway
Dramatic Improvment in Wounded Bochur’s Condition

Injured Bochur Reunited with Mother

Election Stuff


(Kiddush Hashem article!)

Jerusalem on Trial

Emotional Zikaron for Harav Mosheh Twersky at Toras Moshe Dinner

Jewish Business News Slams Evangelical Publication Israel Today for Deceiving Israelis

Woman Who Survived Auschwitz Concentration Camp Because Nazis Ran Out of Gas Turns 101

IDF Soldiers ‘Kidnapped’ For Their Own Good in Covert West Bank Sting Operation
IDF Soldiers ‘Kidnapped’ for Their Own Good in Covert West Bank Sting Operation

IDF’s Septuagenarian Reservist Never Missed a Day of Training (VIDEO)

Knesset Speaker Calls to Remove Criminal Sanctions from Draft Law

(New Hesder program specifically for Haredim)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Geula Update from Rav Fish - Vayeshev 5775

From Rav Fish's latest:

  • China
  • Asara Betevet
    • He notes that for the first time in 76 years - since Jan. 1, 1939 - Asara Betevet will fall out on January 1st.
      • He notes that the Hatam Sofer writes that on Asara Betevet, the destruction that will occur for that entire year is decreed.
      • Nittel has the aspect of Asara Betevet.
      • [YY - Note that 76 is the square root of 5776.]
      • There are other gematria hints to the 10th of Tevet mentioned.
  • Mesechet Shevi'it
    • The Ma'aseh Roke'ah says that the Sofei Teivot of the 10 chapters of Mesechet Shevi'it equals תשע"ו (i.e. 776).  This hints to the fact that Motza'ei Shevi'it - similar to the Sofei Teivot of Shevi'it - is the year 5776, when Ben David comes.
  • Zohar about the 5 Tzadikim Killed in the Synagogue
    • [YY - see here]
    • 32 days after the attack is Shabbat Hanukka - Parshat Miketz - that hints to the Ketz of the Ariza"l [of the 1775 from Parshat Pekudei].
      • The story of the beginning of Parshat Miketz (Par'oh's dream, etc.) occurred in the year 2000 + מקץ (i.e., 2230, or really, 1 year earlier - 2229).
        • [Rav Fish mentioned on p. 7 of this pdf that] Yosef asking the head butler to remember (הזכרתני) him to Par'oh occurs in the year 2000 + זכר (i.e. 2227).]
    • Rav Moshe Tzadka Shlit"a mentioned this Zohar in a gathering at Yeshivat Porat Yosef.
  • Downfall of the Government
    • It's brought down in the name of Rav Ben Tzion Abba Sha'ul ZT"L that when Haredim are not in the government, Mashiah will come.
      • Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman opposed a last-minute alternative government with the Haredim, stating, "All this will be is דחיית הקץ [pushing off the end] and nothing more."  It seems that Mr. Lieberman was prophesying and not knowing what he was prophesying.
    • R' No'am Ya'akobi adds that the government of לב"ן (Lapid, Livni, Lieberman, Bennett, Netanyahu) fell at the end of Parshat Vayetze, where it says, "וַיָּשָׁב לָבָן, לִמְקֹמוֹ And Laban departed, and returned unto his place."
    • R' S. Reiskin adds that the government lasted 671 days which is the gematria of אסתיר.
    • R' Tzion David Siboni adds that it came to fruition that the oil pipeline of the EAPC (קצא"א) company in Ein Evrona (עברונה), next to Kibbutz Be'er Ora, on Km 19 of the Arava highway - burst open and caused great damage.  
      • קצא"א hints to the קץ (Ketz) of the time of ערב (evening-time) of the sixth millennium, and we will need to be accountable for עבירות (sins), and the 19th government ended in the State of Israel, which is why באר אורה is the gematria of ממשלה (government) and with the words and letters equals משיח בן דוד.  This is because we are now passing into the kingdom of Mashiah Ben David, who has the aspect of באר אורה (wellsprings of light) of the Torah.
  • Ketoret counters Esav
    • The Ariza"l writes that the 11 spices of the Ketoret counter the 11 chiefs of Esav.  The first 4 spices weigh 70 maneh each, totaling 280 maneh, the gematria of יער (forest), which is connected to a pig in the verse יְכַרְסְמֶנָּה חֲזִיר מִיָּעַר, symbolizing Esav.  The next 4 are 16 maneh each + one that is 12 maneh + one that is 3 maneh + one that is 9 maneh, equaling 88 maneh, which equals פ"ח, the name of the "Minister of Dogs" to subdue it.
    • The end of the counting of Ketoret mentions קנמון - תשעה [cinnamon - nine].  The word תשעה hints to תשע"ה, when "He Who returns His Shechina to Tzion" will be fulfilled by subduing the pig [Edom].