For the entire Shabbat, which ended not so long ago, I was preoccupied with a troubling thought. It struck me that we are not completely aware of the terrible situation Eretz Ysrael is facing. The fact is that there are very dark clouds hoovering over our Holy Land.
Presently our Government is caught in a terrible dilemma, seemingly prepared to give in to the pressure of the Muslim President of the U.S.A. Barack Hussein Obama. He demands that we freeze all future construction and proceed to evict 300,000 of our Brethren from Samaria and Judea, Heaven forbid, and hand over Jerusalem to our enemies, Heaven forbid.
I beg you to please stop fighting with each other; whether you are a Religious Zionist, Haredi, Secular, or Reformist, we are all Jews, and therefore we must remember this fact at this moment in history.
A Zionist, Secular, or Haredi, is definitely not my enemy. Such distinctions did not save any Jew during the Shoah. The spokesman for our common enemy today is Barack Hussein Obama, a Muslim, and his consorts. We should focus all our attention on Obama and his consorts, and counterattack this evil.
It’s true that some of our Holy Sages advised and warned us not to return to and form a Government in Eretz Yisrael, till Moshiach came. But Rav Teichtal, desperate to escape the Nazis, realized too late that Hashem had opened a way for us, and that it was because we failed to understand this that the terrible sufferings were visited upon us.
In spite of all obstacles, we formed a Government, and fought to establish our Jewish homeland. But too many of those who built Eretz Yisrael failed to acknowledge the fact that only because of Hashem’s Mercy and the love that He has for His children, we are still alive. They believed that it was through their power alone that Yisrael came into being. Unfortunately they took everything for granted, left Hashem out of the plan, and didn’t walk in the Path of Torah.
I’ll give you just one small example of what I’m referring to.
Don’t you think things would be quite different today if when The Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were liberated during the 1967 Six Day War, we would have got hold of all those foreigners living there, be it Arabs, Xians, or whatever and put them on trucks and delivered them to the border? Of course the world would have raised its voice, but that would have only lasted a couple of months, and everything would be quite different today.
Unfortunately today there are some of us, who believe that the people who call themselves “Palestinians” have more of a right to our Holy Land than we do. Even though it makes no difference to them that the Torah tells us to whom Hashem gave Eretz Yisrael, they should consider the International Law they talk about so often. In 1922 this Law established the Jewish Homeland from the Jordan to the Mediterranean. We cannot expect them to accept that this was by Hashem’s will. But we can expect – no, demand – that they abide by their precious International Law.
I want to request my Brethren, please stop all that baseless hatred towards your fellow Jew and start showing tolerance, patience, mercy, LOVE toward each other. Let us all unite in prayer and beg Hashem to strengthen and give wisdom to our Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, in order that he have the conviction to tell Barack Hussein Obama and his consorts that Eretz Yisrael is not evicting one single Jew from his house in Holy Land, Heaven forbid; that the building of houses will continue, and that not one single inch of Holy Land will be handed over to our enemies, Heaven forbid. Give Mr. Netanyahu the wisdom to see that Klal Yisrael has suffered and been distressed enough.
Another thing that should be taken into consideration is the fact that every Nation in the world has their own constitution to serve their own purpose and existence. It’s obvious that we Jews are distinct in the world and that we should have different rulings. How can it be possible to have Arabs in the Government, even if they have been born in the Holy Land? They are and will always be hostile to us, and will do whatever it takes to afflict us. Therefore, the Government should give these people a different status, but definitely not to rule over Jews. And our government should proclaim that and we don’t follow man, but our King Hashem.
Has any gentile government told the Palestinians to stop firing rockets or mortar bombs into Eretz Yisrael. Of course the answer is “NO”; therefore I ask why should our Government even think of negotiating with these criminals, Heaven forbid.
Be warned that “the hearts of rulers and kings are in the hand of G-d.”, and that we are presently being tried by our King regarding in whom we place our emuna; so let’s show Hashem that we put all of our Emuna in Him, that He is our Ribbono shel Olam.
And to conclude, Brethren I can guarantee that the day we all unite and place our Emuna in Hashem, nobody, repeat, nobody will ever be able to afflict one single Jew.
Today, start changing your mind frame, and start saying “Hashem will deliver Klal Yisrael from her enemies“.
Note: I want to thank Brother Bob Martin, who was so kind in reviewing and correcting this post for me.
THE RETURN OF OUR SOLDIERS
Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser (Ehud Ben Malka Goldwasser)
Eldad Regev of Kiryat Motzkin
May Hashem avenge the blood of Eldad and Ehud, and may their holy martyred souls rest in eternal peace.
MAY THEIR MEMORIES BE FOR A BLESSING AND MAY THEIR FAMILIES BE COMFORTED WITH ALL THE MOURNERS IN ZION AND IN JERUSALEM.
May Hashem bring Shalom to the Goldwasswer and Regev families and heal their broken hearts, and the hearts of all Israel.
O G-d of vengeance, Hashem; O G-d of vengeance, appear! Arise, O Judge of the earth, render recompense to the arrogant. Until when will the evil, O Hashem, until when will the evil exult?…with their own evil, He will strike them down; Hashem our G-d will strike them down!
343. Without Distinction
(To a rabbi who wrote about “secular Jews” the Rebbe responded:)
You categorize them as religious Jews and secular Jews. How dare you make such a distinction? There is no such thing as a secular Jew!
All Jews are holy.
Following are some excerpts from the essay “Growing Pains“, which I strongly recommend you read, it’s a must. This essay is written by Rabbi Nosson Weisz, of AISH.com, who writes in his section Mayanot, Wellsprings.
We Jews subscribe to the belief that the world is run by Divine Providence. God obligated Himself under the terms of the Covenant that He signed with us, the Jewish people, at Mt. Sinai, to treat us as the most beloved treasure of all peoples (Exodus 19:5). The very undertaking to provide Jews with special treatment assumes a world subject to Divine direction. Since it is quite unthinkable to suspect God of deliberately violating His agreements, we are forced to conclude that the events of Jewish history constitute an exact demonstration of God’s interpretation of this obligation to treat us as His most beloved treasure. Needless to say, in light of the horrors that the Jewish people have endured over the centuries, especially the most recent horror of the Holocaust, the perception of our ‘treasured’ status is problematic to say the least.
With an eye to discharging this Jewish civic obligation, this essay focuses on the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. We are totally demoralized by daily acts of senseless terror perpetrated by people who enthusiastically sacrifice their lives to create havoc and murder against innocent civilians. No matter what solution we attempt, we seem quite helpless to stop the carnage. To add to our national frustration, a large part of the ‘civilized’ world regards us Jews as the perpetrators of the very violence of which we are the victims. Why is this happening to us? Why can’t we reach a peaceful accommodation with our Palestinian neighbors no matter what concessions we offer?
This article Thou Shalt Not Forget, reprinted with the kind permission of The Lekarev Report.
Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel begins at 7:30 this evening with a ceremony at Yad Vashem to be attended by government leaders, Holocaust survivors and hundreds of Israelis. President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will deliver speeches during the ceremony, and Holocaust survivors will light up six torches, in memory of the six millions murdered in the Shoah.
A ceremony attended by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will be held at 8:00 pm at the Massuah Amphitheater in Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak. Veteran Israelis who arrived to Israel on the ship Exodus will light up the Torch of Revival.
At 10:00 am Thursday a siren will be heard throughout the entire country and Israelis will stand in absolute silence and attention for two minutes. Immediately following the siren, wreaths will be laid at the foot of the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
The annual ceremony ‘Unto every person a name,’ during which the names of Holocaust victims are read aloud, will begin at 10:30 at Yad Vashem and at the Knesset.
Zanne Farbstein was 16 years old when she was deported with her two younger sisters to Auschwitz. While working as a slave laborer, Zanne found her father’s prayer shawl while sorting through the clothing of the prisoners who had been murdered in the camp. Zanne survived Auschwitz , and moved to Israel with her few surviving family members, where she began a new life. Click below to hear Zanne tell you in her own words about her experience:
In Jewish homes around the world tonight, a 24 hour memorial candle will be lit in memory of the six million who perished at the hands of the Nazis. You are most welcome to join us.
May they never be forgotten and may their memory be forever blessed.
This article Thou Shalt Not Forget, reprinted with the kind permission of The Lekarev Report.
Following are some excerpts of Holocaust? No, it can’t happen here…, from Rabbi Lazer Brody’s, Lazer Beams blog – Reflections of Emuna with Rabbi Lazer Brody , which deals on the gathering clouds of American antisemitism.
Famous last words of German Jews prior to Kristallnacht: “No, it can’t happen here…”
American Jews, ever so comfy, say the same thing today. With oil up to $120/barrel and the value of the dollar down by over 30%, with a waning economy and increasing unemployment, it’s only a matter of time until the ground really starts burning under the feet of American Jews.
Due the last news, which are quite disturbing, I requested Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths, to allow me place this video of HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, where he gives a powerful example of hitbodedut (personal prayer), showing how to express one’s emunah (faith) in the Creator of the world. Rabbi Arush, shlita, is the author of The Garden of Emunah and the Rosh Yeshiva of Chut Shel Chesed in Jerusalem.
This video, placed with the kind permission of Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths.
Here you have it beloved brethren, the only weapon that will defeat Eretz Ysrael’s enemies, is PRAYER, not weapons, or any person or army but simple sincere PRAYER from way deep within our heart.
We have to get hold of our sword (Emunah) and start praying (Tefillah) to Hashem, in order to clean the path so that Mosiach can come and deliver Klal Ysrael from our enemies.
Rabbi Lazer Brody from Lazer Beams has a wonderful spiritual explanation about the threat against Israel and how to deal with it.
Kindly click here to listen.
Jerusalem Post October 9, 1999
IN MUSAF OF ROSH HASHANAH, we find a description of G-d’s “remembrance”: “When the remembrance of every created being comes before you — every person’s deeds and mission…” The term “deeds” refers to a person’s observance of the commandments. But what is meant by a person’s “mission?”
There is no Jew without his or her own individual task. That task can be performed by no one else, for no one else was born with precisely the same configuration of strengths and weaknesses, no one else is born into the same family at precisely the same moment or into the same historical situation, and no one else confronts the same challenges and tests in life.
Because each Jew is a world unto himself and absolutely singular so is his task in life unique. That task is the “mission” referred to in the Zichronos section of Musaf.
We might think that so long as we have kept our sins to a minimum that we are destined for a favorable judgment on Rosh Hashanah. But the Midrash makes clear that our fulfillment of our appointed task is no less determinative. The Midrash recounts the story of Navat the Carmelite, who was put to death by Queen Jezebel. Navat was a completely righteous man, who refused to sell his vineyard to Jezebel. How can I sell that which G-d gave to my forefathers? he told her. As a consequence, Jezebel hired false witnesses to testify against Navat, and he was put to death.
The Midrash asks: How could such a righteous man have come to such a terrible end? And the Midrash answers that Navat had a uniquely beautiful voice. Each festival those going up to Jerusalem looked forward to hearing his beautiful prayers. One year, however, Navat did not come thereby disappointing all those who eagerly anticipated listening to his prayers. That year he was put to death by Jezebel. When a person does not use the gifts that G-d has given him in the manner intended, the Midrash teaches us, he or she has no further reason to live.
The Jewish people together constitute a potential symphony orchestra of praise to G-d. No Jew is born without an instrument or the ability to play it.
Say a prayer for the soldiers of the IDF, and for all residents of the Holy Land (suggestion: Psalm 20 is traditionally said in times of distress).
Charity and acts of kindness: Put a coin in a charity box, give a gift of money to a fellow in need or to a charitable cause, or extend a helping hand to someone who needs it.
Tefillin: If you already put on tefillin every day, encourage a friend to do so. If you don’t yet, now is a good time to start!.
Mezuzah: If you don’t yet have a mezuzah get one now! If you already do have one, it may be time to have it checked to ensure that the words on the parchment have not faded.
Tzitzit: start wearing tzitzit even during the night, and even while sleeping.