Bin Ladin is gone, is it good to remember? With Hashems help!
Good news the-jewish-connection-to-eretz-yisrael-land-of-israel<- with Rav Moshe Wolfson shlita comes home this week to Yerushalyim/Jerusalem!
Happy 2 remember our RebbeWhat is all the independence for? Well today is Gimmel Tammuz – The Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe! The 3rd day of the Jewish month of Tammuz – Gimmel be’Tammuz, and the Jewish world is commemorating the Yahrzeit of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe.
For those who remember. The Rebbe spoke at the time of a serious threat he had been called about by the ISraeli gvnmt. who had frantically asked for a blessing to avert the impending danger. The Rebbe said this sicha giving instructions on how to deal with this on a spiritual level. The next day the aspiring terrorists were caught at sea trying to infiltrate Israel from there.
In a recent lecture, Rav Moshe Wolfson shlit’a, the esteemed mashgiach (spiritual Dean) of Yeshivat Torah V’Daas said that the fall of a nation is preceded by the fall of it’s sar, or administering angel. Once the sar falls, then the nation will fall. This is based on the Zohar (section 2, page 18a – LB) which says that what the Jews saw on the banks of the Red Sea suf was the sar of Egypt dying. Yishmael has 12 sarim (plural for “sar”).
Rav Wolfson was also quoted as saying (on Monday after morning prayers), “Osama bin Ladin, being the biggest danger to the entire world, had the biggest sar of Yishmael. During these past few weeks as we saw so many entrenched arab leaders, heirs of Yishmael, fall, it is apparent that their defending sar has already fallen and they will continue their downfalls. It is a great thing when sarim fall. The Princes of Yishmael are falling. Bin Laden had their biggest sar. The way the Maharal puts it, he does not have to be a direct descendant of Yishmael. Bin Laden is from the culture of Yishmael.”
The Mashgiach goes on to reference the Zohar which says that when Moshiach comes there will be 2 seven day Passovers – Pesach Mitzrayim, like we have now, and Pesach Moshiach, the Passover of Moshiach. Pesach Moshiach will start on the last day of our current Passover – Pesach Mitzrayim – and will celebrate the miracles involved in the coming of Moshiach. This is why the haftorah on the last day of Passover deals with Moshiach. Pharoah’s final fall was on the last day of Passover. Bin Ladin was killed on last day of this second Passover, the Passover of Moshiach! It also happened during the second week of Counting of the Omer, which corresponds to stern judgment, or gevura.
The article that was forwarded to me ends with another quote from the Mashgiach. “The time is very auspicious. The sitra achra (Dark Side) is falling. The Gemara says that when the ox falls down, slaughter him then and there. The sitra achracan now be removed. If Jews will concentrate on serving Hashem, purity, and holiness, we can bring the Geula – the full Redemption of our people – because the time is opportune for it.”
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-We are in crises, and with every day the crises intensifies. There is a new Hitler on the world scene – Ahmadinejad, who unabashedly proclaims his plan to annihilate Israel, and he is preparing to do so. Some say that he is a few months away, and some say it will be a year or so ….. and still others say that he already has it in his hands. He has the arsenal that, in minutes, can do to an entire nation that which the gas chambers did to six million
And what are we doing about it? “ Shockingly, NOTHING! Our world is crumbling and we are going on with “business as usual”
And should you be among those who take this threat to heart, you will quickly be assured that Ahmadinejad is a madman… not to be taken seriously.
Yes, I agree, he is a madman, and that is precisely why he should be taken seriously. We should be concerned. Madmen are mad enough to carry out their satanic plots.. Trust me– I know. I saw Hitler in action and I also saw a cruel, evil world willingly accept and participate in the barbaric extermination of our people.
Prior to Hitler’s conflagration, Hashem sounded the alarm. He sent us many wake-up calls, but we went back to sleep until the inferno consumed six million of our people. One would have imagined that we learned our lesson and would not allow this tragedy to be repeated. Hashem’s wake up calls have once again been sounded, but once again we have turned a deaf ear and shut our eyes. since Hitler’s conflagration was so recent and not something that occurred centuries ago, we would surely not fall into that trap again, but incredibly, we see it unfolding before our very eyes, We never absorbed the lesson. Tragically, we keep repeating the same mistakes and obdurately remain deaf and blind. Compulsively, we repeat the tragedies of the past. I have been speaking about this for many years, and there have been those who advise me to focus on “happier subjects” – subjects that are “entertaining”; subjects that are “light”. But I dare not remain silent, I dare not ignore the wake up calls and the catastrophe they portend, So my ensuing columns, which I ask all our readers to read with their hearts, will be devoted to this painful topic. I will limit myself to the wake up calls that we have witnessed in the last couple of years. But the wake-up calls commenced many years ago.
During the summer of 2002, a terrible tragedy occurred in a bungalow colony in New York’s Catskill Mountains, A mother had just bathed her infant and put her into her carriage for a nap. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a wild bear appeared, snatched the baby from her carriage, and made off with her. The shocking story appeared in newspapers and the media, but somehow it failed to make an impression, yet our Talmud clearly states that the generation that witnesses a wild beast snatching a baby from its cradle should sound the alarm with a shofar to awaken the people. But the shofar was not sounded and we were not awakened.
During the last few years, the number of catastrophes has multiplied to such an extent, that we have all but become immune to them. Natural disasters like tsunamis, Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes (even in New York City), global warming, dead birds falling from the skies by the hundreds of thousands, dead fish and sardines washing up on the shores by the hundreds of thousands, wild animals….. lions, tigers, wolves, roaming the streets of Ohio, world economic crisis, devaluation of the dollar and the Euro, accompanied by crippling unemployment, high oil prices, hitherto unknown diseases, barbaric acts of terror, nuclear spill in Japan and today’s nuclear threat from Iran that threatens the very survival of our civilization, have all come to be accepted as the norm. “It is what it is,” we tell ourselves with resignation, and we go on with our lives as usual. But can all this be attributed to mere coincidence? Shouldn’t these afflictions give us pause? Shouldn’t we stop and take stock of our lives? But incredibly we remain blind deaf and dumb.
There is a story about a Hasidic rebbe who was walking with his disciples when he noticed a little boy behind a tree, crying bitterly.
“Why are you crying?” he asked.
“I’m hiding, and no one is looking for me.”
The words of the child were like a sharp knife in the heart of the rebbe. “Woe is us,” he said to his students, G-d is waiting for us to find Him, but we have failed to search for Him. Woe is us!”
Maimonides taught that, when suffering is visited upon us, we are commanded to cry out and awaken our people with the sound of the shofar, Everyone must be alerted to examine his or her life, and commit to greater adherence to Torah and mitzvos. Maimonides warned that, if we regard the tragedies that befall us simply as “the way of the world” – “natural happenings.” we will be guilty ofachzarius – cruelty.
At first glance, it is difficult to understand why Maimonides would choose the term “cruelty” to describe those who view trials and tribulations as “natural happenings.” Such people may be unthinking, apathetic, foolish, blind or obtuse, but why accuse them of cruelty.
The answer is simple, If we regard our pain and suffering as “mere coincidence” we will feel no motivation to examine our lives, abandon our old ways and change. So yes, such an attitude is cruel, for it invites additional misfortune upon ourselves and others.
It would be the height of cruelty to dismiss that which is occurring in the world today as mere happenstance. Great Torah luminaries of past generations such as the Chofetz Chaim and Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman, told us that we are entering the final stages of history – a period in time called “Ikvesa DiMeshicha – Footsteps of the Messiah” Our Torah foretells four exiles through which our people would suffer: Egypt, Babylonia – Persian-Mede Empires, Greece and Rome – (the exile in which we presently find ourselves, for it was the Romans who exiled us when they destroyed the Second Temple).
In Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer, an early Midrshic work, it is written that, before the coming of Messiah, we will have to contend with a fifth source of tribulation that will come from Yishmael – the Arabs – who will inflict terrible suffering on the world and on our people. This teaching is reaffirmed by Rabbi Chaim Vital, the illustrious disciple of the Arizal, who wrote that before the final curtain falls upon the stage of history, Yishmael will inflict torture upon our people in ways the world has never before seen. One need not have great powers of discernment to recognize the painful veracity of these predictions, Consider only the suicide bombers, the decapitations, the hijackings, the missiles, the rockets and the constant, senseless, brutal acts of terror.
We are the generation that has been destined to witness the fulfillment of the prophecy given to Hagar the matriarch of the Arab-Moslem world (Genesis 16: 11-13). “Behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you shall name him Ishmael…and he shall be a wild ass of a man; with his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and over all his brethren shall he dwell…..”
The long arm of Ishmael’s terror shall has indeed reach every part of the world.
There is yet another amazing prophecy in theYalkut Shimoni – a Medieval Midrashiv compilation that eerily foretells the events of today and should give us all pause. Rabbi Yitzchok said: :The year in which Melech HaMashiach will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other, The King of Persia (Iran) will provoke the King of Arabia (Saudi Arabia) The King of Arabia will go to Edom (the leader of the Christian nations – the President of the United States) to take counsel and the King of Persia (Ahmadinejad) will threaten to destroy the entire world..
“The nations of the world will be outraged and panic . They will fall on their faces and experiences pains like birth pangs…… Israel too., will be outraged and in a state of panic, ask, “Where do we go?”
“But say unto them, ‘My children, do not fear, The time of your redemption has come….. And this last redemption shall be different from the first that was followed by further bondage and pain. After this last redemption , you will not experience any further pain or subjugation” (Yalkut Shemoni, Isaiah 59).
The Klausenberger Rebbe, z”tl, referring to this teaching, said, “Remember these words. They are perhaps not understood now, but in time they will be, and will be a source of strength to our people.”
(To be continued <=click here)
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