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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!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Deif YM"S

Israel targeted Mohammed Deif YM"S.  His wife and son died in the explosion.  Some say he died too.  Some say he didn't.  I tend to believe the first version, but even if he wasn't killed, he was dealt a serious blow.

Rabbi Lazer Brody reminds us that the mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of Nachshon Wachsman HY"D in Heshvan, 5755 was Mohammed Deif YM"S, and adds:
If he's not dead already, the snake with 9 lives will soon lose its head.
וְנִקֵּיתִי, דָּמָם לֹא-נִקֵּיתִי

Rashi comments:
"ונקיתי דמם לא נקיתי" - ואף אם אנקה אותם משאר עבירות שבידם ומרעות שעשו לי דמם של בני יהודה לא אנקה מהם אימתי תהיה זאת בזמן שהקב"ה שוכן בציון
[Even if I will wipe them clean from other sins that they [i.e., the nations] committed and evils they did to Me, the blood of the children of Yehuda, I will not wipe clean from them. When will this occur? When HKB"H dwells in Zion.]

We are nearing that time that Hashem will punish the wicked and avenge the blood of His people.

Metzudat David comments:
"ונקיתי" - ר"ל אף שאנקה את העכו"ם מעון החמס במה שישראל ישובו לקחת מהם כספם וזהבם הנה עון שפיכת דמם לא אנקה בכופר ממון כ"א בדם שופכו
[In other words, even though I will wipe clean the idolaters from their sin of (Heb. Hamas) thievery in that Israel will retake their silver and gold from them, nevertheless, the sin of murder I cannot wipe clean via a monetary absolution payment - rather, only with the blood of the murderer.]

The Wachsman family was awarded $25 million from Iran, but that does not wipe clean the sin.  Only when the murderer is killed will there be justice.

נחשון מרדכי בן יהודה אריה וקסמן [Nachshon Mordechai Ben Yehuda Aryeh Wachsman] is the gematria of 1242.  Add the 19 years waiting for justice to occur and you have 1261.

וְנִקֵּיתִי, דָּמָם לֹא-נִקֵּיתִי is the gematria of 1261.

כֵּן יֹאבְדוּ כָל-אוֹיְבֶיךָ, יְהוָה