Sunday, January 25, 2015

Makat Hoshech in Pakistan

Yahoo News:

Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness

Pakistan was plunged into darkness after a key power transmission line broke down early on Sunday in an incident blamed on a rebel attack, the latest reminder of the country's crippling energy crisis.
The power failure, one of the worst Pakistan has experienced, caused electricity to be cut in major cities throughout the country, including the capital Islamabad.
It was later restored in much of the country, with the national power company saying normal distribution would resume within hours.
Officials said the blackout began after midnight when a transmission line connecting a privately-run power plant to the national grid was damaged.
A senior official at the National Grid station in Islamabad said around 80 percent of the country was hit by power breakdown.
Yeshaya 60:2:

כִּי-הִנֵּה הַחֹשֶׁךְ יְכַסֶּה-אֶרֶץ, וַעֲרָפֶל לְאֻמִּים; וְעָלַיִךְ יִזְרַח יְהוָה, וּכְבוֹדוֹ עָלַיִךְ יֵרָאֶה.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 IV

North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Tensions in the North

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Video Of Interest: How Muslims Respect Har Habayis (על הר ציון ששמם שועלים הלכו בו)

Election Stuff

Ariel Calls for Unity to Avoid Wasting Votes


‘Doomsday Clock’ Ticks Close to Midnight

Thousands attend levaya for Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L in Brooklyn and Lakewood

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2 Arabian Leaders Deposed in a Day

Yemen's president quit, which is not good for the US fight against Al-Qaeda, and is certainly not good for the few remaining Jews living there.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died, leaving the country in the hands of Salman (who, by the way, is suspected of having dementia and Alzheimer's).  Perhaps, a hint that our monarchy will also soon be restored to a descendant of Salmon - son of Nahshon and father of Bo'az.  אכי"ר.

Ramban and Rav Fish on "La'asot"

Bereishit 2:3:
וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל-מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת
And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made.

The famous Ramban on Bereishit 2:3, where he compares each of the six millennia to the six days of creation, states that the basis for this comparison stems from the word לעשות.  He starts off this idea when he says (my translation):
ודע כי נכלל עוד במלת "לַעֲשׂוֹת" כי ששת ימי בראשית הם כל ימות עולם כי קיומו יהיה ששת אלפים שנה ...
And know that also included in the word "La'asot" is that the six days of Creation encompass all the days of the world because its existence will last six thousand years...
The Chavel Ramban quotes the Levush on the Rekanati, who explains this by saying (my translation):
כי מלת לעשות משמע שיעשו ויפעלו עוד כל ימות העולם את פעולתם
For the word "La'asot" implies that all the days of the world will do and perform their duties further.
Rav Fish's latest says that this word לעשות hints to ל-תשע"ו, meaning that the entire Creation was a preparation for the year תשע"ו.  According to the this Ramban, one can say more simply that all the days of the world will continue to perform their duties in the normal way until the תשע"ו year of the sixth millennium.

(Even though the end of that Ramban gives a explicit Ketz of 5118, that's because he wanted it closer to his time and didn't want to delay it too much, but from the word in the Torah that the Ramban uses to convey this idea, 5776 works perfectly.)

Incidentally, Rav Fish quotes R' Yosef Marciano who says that the statement from the Hagaddah:

בָּרוּךְ שׁוֹמֵר הַבְטָחָתוֹ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, בָּרוּךְ הוּא. שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא חִשַּׁב אֶת הַקֵּץ, לַעֲשׂוֹת ...

can also hint that Kivyachol, HKB"H calculated the Ketz to תשע"ו.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 III

Stabbing Attack in Tel Aviv

The Situation in the North

European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Aliya From France

South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Netanyahu Invited to Speak to Congress

Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L

Election Stuff


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 II

Father of Paris Victim Shares His Memories and Pain

Turkish Prime Minister Equates Netanyahu And Paris Terrorists

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Palestinians Burn French Flag On the Har Habayis To Protest New Charlie Hebdo Cover
WATCH: Muslims Set French Flag Ablaze on Har Habayis

ALL CLEAR GIVEN: Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Passengers From Delta Flight At JFK Headed To Israel [UPDATED]
Delta Flight From New York to Tel Aviv Cleared After Bomb Threat

Ambassador Prosor in UNSC: The Situation in the Middle East (video)

Arsonists Torch Car of Palestinian Professor Who Led Auschwitz Trip

Attack on Hizballah

Suspicious Death in Argentina

More Rabbis Recovering from Illness B"H

R' Dovid Winiarz Z"L

Nihum Aveilim in Kfar Chabad

Election Stuff

מבזק כיכר TV: אלי ישי רומז: "הגר"ע יוסף ידע שאקים מפלגה חדשה"

פרסום ראשון: חבר מועצה מטעם ש"ס עזב את דרעי לטובת ישי

שם חדש מסתמן ברשימת אל ישי: משה הגר


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775


European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

European Protection for Jews

WATCH: French Soldiers Play Soccer With Yeshiva Children At Recess

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Identifies Fight Against Antisemitism as ‘Major National Cause,’ Vows to Maintain Heavy Security at Jewish Institutions

Europe’s Leading Rabbi: Jews Must Begin Carrying Guns

Belgium Anti-Terror Raid Highlights Security Fears Within Jewish Community
Belgium Anti-Terror Raid Highlights Security Fears Within Jewish Community

Jewish Schools in Holland, Belgium Closed Following Anti-Terror Raid

Heightened terror alert across Europe

Belgian Soldiers Deployed to Protect Jewish Sites as Europol Warns of Further Terror Attacks

British PM David Cameron Confirms Extra Security for UK Jews, Says ’100 Percent Protection’ is Impossible

African Terrorism

Anti-Israel Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Petira of Rav Ashkenazi from Kfar Chabad

Great Rabbis Who are Recovering from Illness B"H

Election Stuff

Proposed Law: actually moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

(Pictures of Rav Povarsky Shlit"a's visit to Chicago)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rav Fish on Paris

From Rav Fish's latest:

Ovadia Hanavi connected the Aliya of the French exile to Eretz Yisrael right before the Redemption.  (Ovadia 1:20-21):
וְגָלֻת הַחֵל-הַזֶּה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר-כְּנַעֲנִים, עַד-צָרְפַת, וְגָלֻת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֲשֶׁר בִּסְפָרַד--יִרְשׁוּ, אֵת עָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב. וְעָלוּ מוֹשִׁעִים בְּהַר צִיּוֹן, לִשְׁפֹּט אֶת-הַר עֵשָׂו; וְהָיְתָה לַיהוָה, הַמְּלוּכָה.
And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath, and the captivity of Jerusalem, that is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South. And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.
And as Rashi explains there on "that are among the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath":
the exile that is from the Children of Israel who were exiled from the 10 tribes to the land of Canaanites until Tzarefat.
[YY - and later in that same verse, Rashi says that Tzarefat refers to France].

And it is also brought down in the book Nitzotzei Shimshon [not a direct link to the reference.  I found an image of the reference by clicking here and here] from Rav Shimshon of Ostrepoli ZT"L about the End of Days:
Edom and Yishmael will wage war against each other. They will kill armies and they will destroy countries. Mohammed is the name of their king, and that of the kingdom of Edom is Leopold. And the people of France will kill their king. Immediately, their path will be successful. The crown of their glory will increase greatly. And their victors will stand against them - and they are Germany, Spain, and the children of Russia. And one who is called a poor man will overpower the children of Russia and will ingather the exiles from the corners of the earth, and will say to the slaves "You are free" - the man will be called "Ben David". Amen Selah speedily in our days.
And we see that he wrote that he wrote "and the people of France will kill their king" like the words of the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe ZT"L [YY - I'm not sure what the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe said].  Also צרפת with the letters and the Kollel equals תשע"ה. [YY - And צרפת by itself is possibly the number of years since the Talmud was burned in France, like I mentioned earlier.]

[YY - It's also possible that R' Shimshon of Ostrepoli ZT"L, who died in ת"ח ות"ט (in 1648), was foreseeing and referring to Leopold I fighting against Mehmed IV in the Great Turkish War (1683-1699).  Leopold also fought against the French in 3 separate wars.  Neither Leopold nor Mehmed died at the hands of the French, so perhaps it refers to different מחמד and a different type of "killing".]

Note: Rav Fish has a very interesting analysis in regard to the Shas party and recent events.  I'm thinking of translating part of it in a later post BE"H BL"N.