Why do we read the tochechos before Rosh haShana?   So the year and its curses should end

Why must the year have curses?And this year ,in paticular, a year ending with so much confusion?We thought we had a fantastic friend in the White House, but is Israel friend with themselves?The last (it seems)   Likud PM, pushed through an enshrinement of the original  'zionist ' dream of a J'ewish State'. What will be of that dream,when the jewish academics vote with the arab bloc?

And we , living in the golah, are we  free of confusion?Growing anti semitism, our holy ways of chinuch being challenged in England  and in NY State ,bastions of torah .And where do we stand with regards the Holy Land ?Is it our land, or just a place to visit(and support)?(As my readers know, I have been 'begging', almost for years for friends to participate wih the program of  https://www.buyapieceofisrael.com/ with very little success). Do we truly look forward to 'Redemption"Does that word , 'Redemption', have any meaning to us? We are 'free', we are 'frum' and successful.What more could we want?

This coming year,5780, we are looking foward to the incredible bar mitzva celebration , the 13th cycle of daf Yomi ?Why , what redemption?Our world of Torah and Yiddiskeit is fantastic.

Is it so? The attack on Jewish chinuch in NY  State has been pushed by disenchanted ,originally 'frum', Jews.We have heard terrible stories of Jewish youth taking their own lives, r'l, even a special mossad opening to deal with such unhappy souls..Something is lacking in our personal connection with the Creator.Is our 'success' our undoing?

If we end this  year in confusion ,perhaps we should be investing energy in introspection, ourselves as indviduals ;ourselves as a People.And isn't that what the month of Ellul, and especailly the time before Rosh haShana all about?. And when we read of in these parshios, of "arvus", our neshamos are mixed and responsible one for the other, is it not time to wonder if we are dedicated to be a Holy Nation ,a 'light unto the Nations', in our holy land, no longer in golus, living a higher and more elevated life?

Before reading the Tochecha, we read two parshios,the bringing of Bikkurim, and 'vidui' (admission) of maaser.When you come to the Land , haShem has given, bring up to the beis hamikdash a basket of 'bikkurim' the first and best of the fruit of the land, place it before the Cohen of that time and say "I've come to the land promised to our forefathers (Rashi - 'that you do not deny the good' ), and then begins the famous parsha we read and elucidate on the seder night.Lavan arami seeked to eradicate all -our faith, and the Egyptians afflicted us heavily - our bodies, and with all the affliction we grew mightily, we cried out to Heaven and were answered.. .Leave the Bikkurim before haShem and be happy with all the good which haShem has given...     

The next parsha follows .... 'vidui maaser', admitting that we have given our maaser responsibilities properly. We usually connect the word 'vidui' to admitting one's sins (as it is used in selichos and Yom Kippur).but here we see that the root is to admit that all is from Him, and with that , we pray He should look down and bless 'your nation and the land. Our name - jew, Yehuda, comes from that characteristic.

We find in the middle of the tochcha 'tachas asher lo avadata es haShem Elokeche  b'simcha uvtuv levov merov kol' , instead of serving haShem with joy and a good heart from much good.All the curses come from the lack of joy in our service of haShem when we had it good.Our destiny is to realize that all is from Him;to internalize the joy of faith  that we cannot rely on anyone , and as a people, not on the US.

Trumps' plan ? Who is coming to the table?

Have we forgotten that Yishmael did teshuva  at the end? Are we truly a spiritual nation?

Apparently, according to a talmid ,  Rabbi Kaduri ztz'l  predicted Moshiach to come when twice the government won't be able to form a govrnmentorty years ago. Rabbi Eliyahu Merav was a young man and looked to Rabbi Kaduri as his spiritual guide. 

“It is very important to understand such things in context,” Rabbi Merav said. “Rabbi Kaduri spoke very little so it was very important to understand precisely what he intended. One day, he was taking questions and someone asked when the Moshiach (Messiah) would arrive and whether there were signs the would precede his arrival. The rabbi answered, ‘When there will be elections but there will not be a government’.”

Rabbi Merav noted that at the time, this statement was very confusing.

“It seemed contradictory,” Rabbi Merav said. “How could there be elections but no government? If there are elections, there will be a government. That is simply the way things work. No one understood him at the time but this is really how it is with prophecy; you don’t understand it until it happens.”

And there are more 'signs' from the mekubalim............

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/137190/israels-elections-going-according-zachariahs-prophecy-foreshadowing-messiah/

The Chazal say , there is no simcha like 'hateras hasafek', solving our questions, so theoretically , we should be in joy.However these predictions are accompanied by predictions of war too.

The Gaon from Vilna is quoted as saying "The fault is in years ,  the tikun in generations" (the loose translation is mine), that is why Avraham was told that we would be in Egypt for 400 years , but we would leave after 4 generations.

May the curses of the past leave, and may we emerge this coming year newly sanctified with our national misson to be"a light unto the Nations".

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As the Jewish people approach the saddest day of the year,let us remember we do no cry in vain   

Tisha B'Av is a 'Moed', a time to 'meet'  again with haShem and rebuild a little more every year our Beis haMikdash

The most beautiful story this year   

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This article went viral this week

Holocaust survivor Shoshanna Ovitz had requested ahead of her birthday that “all of her children, grandchildren and descendants come together to the Western Wall.”

On Wednesday, hundreds heeded the call, flocking to the holy site days before Ovitz’s 104th birthday.

We don’t have an exact number, but there are about 400 grandchildren and descendants here,” Pnina Friedman, Ovitz’s eldest granddaughter, told the Walla news site, as a photo of the gathering swiftly went viral.

It wasn’t easy to organize such a one-time event. We started sending out emails, messages and making phone calls. It was important for us to contact everyone. She asked us to put together a list of all the names of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren so that she could look and pray for them,” Friedman said.

 

Some of Ovitz’s descendants lived abroad and couldn’t attend, Friedman added.

“It wasn’t until we got to the middle that we realized what a big undertaking this was. Everyone had tears in their eyes. It was very moving,” Friedman said.

One of her grandchildren told Israeli journalist Sivan Rahav Meir of Channel 12 that Ovitz survived Auschwitz and was separated from her mother, who was killed, by Josef Mengele.

birthday, August 7, 2019. (Courtesy)

Holocaust survivor Shoshanna Ovitz had requested ahead of her birthday that “all of her children, grandchildren and descendants come together to the Western Wall.”

On Wednesday, hundreds heeded the call, flocking to the holy site days before Ovitz’s 104th birthday.

“We don’t have an exact number, but there are about 400 grandchildren and descendants here,” Pnina Friedman, Ovitz’s eldest granddaughter, told the Walla news site, as a photo of the gathering swiftly went viral.

“It wasn’t easy to organize such a one-time event. We started sending out emails, messages and making phone calls. It was important for us to contact everyone. She asked us to put together a list of all the names of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren so that she could look and pray for them,” Friedman said.

Some of Ovitz’s descendants lived abroad and couldn’t attend, Friedman added.

“It wasn’t until we got to the middle that we realized what a big undertaking this was. Everyone had tears in their eyes. It was very moving,” Friedman said.

One of her grandchildren told Israeli journalist Sivan Rahav Meir of Channel 12 that Ovitz survived Auschwitz and was separated from her mother, who was killed, by Josef Mengele.

 

Ovitz met her husband while the two were searching for surviving relatives after the Holocaust and married when she was in her early 30s. Before moving to Israel, they lived in a transit camp in Austria, where their first daughter was born. They later moved to Haifa, where they established their family, which grew to include two sons and two daughters — and decades later, hundreds more descendants.

   

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Av , the month of National Mourning approaches

Worldwide idiotic hate attacks, which come very close to home

The Angels of Death do their best to target the Holy Land

and Political chaos in that very same ' Holy Land'

It is a minhag Yisrael to say Yom Kippur Katan (and some actually fast too); I saw nothing more fit than to publish the 'Reason' the Y'sod  v'Shoresh havoda writes..'as children , so to speak of haShem , we need to suffer the tzar of kudshe boruch hu, of the chillul hashem we cause still being in golus............

YomKippurKatan erev rosh Chodesh Av

 

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The Gematria Hint connecting Ilhan Omar to Haman Amalek

Our good friend , Boruch Fishelowiitz, who has been sending us incredible torah words for some time now, just sent me an incredible connection between Ilhan Omar and Haman Amalek.  We just posted the article and had to comment on it.

I asked myself a question. Why a woman?War is with men , no?

 Today , no.Not only that , the main strength of women is in the mouth (please any lady , reading forgive ; I mean no bad).

Rashi mentions that Amalek used kishuf (' black magic '- kishuf - that which contradicts the natural divine ways) .That was the strength of the 'snake' in the garden , which 'talked' Chava into sin.The entirety of Amalek is empty.Falsehood has no base; today is the age of fake news. Everything is confusion and doubt, here and in Israel. If they can't beat us at war; confuse issues so that we 'beat each other".

If israel was thrown into exile repeatedly because of sinas chinum and bittul torah, then the refuah need be, ahavas chinum and the acceptance of torah (the only ultimate foundation for truth).

A Freilich Purim!

 

 

 

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 A "Yankee " Liftoff in the week of Purim Kattan ,

Shalach Manos on Washington's Birthday

So what you say ? Why am I, an Orthodox Jew , devoted to the holy talmud,so excited?And what is this thing about Purim Kattan and Washington ?

The foundation of our faith , and of our survival through all of history against incredible odds, is that there is no such thing as ``chance.And even if we can't see clearly the hand of haShem, and all is hidden in Nature, nevertheless,it is 'haKodosh Boruch Hu' ,the 'blessed one' guiding and bringing about all that happens. This is the overriding message of Purim.When we thought all was lost and we were finished as a People, the Creator reveals Himself as our all loving "Father" , no matter how far we might have strayed.

On a leap year like this , Purim Kattan , the 14th ànd 15th  of Adar Rishon, fall out in the week we read of the sin of the golden calf and which ultimately led to our dispersion amongst the Nations, and of the breaking of the luchos rishonim and rewriting of the luchos sheniim.

Our meforshim explain that Moshe received a 'thankyou' from haShem, because the breaking of the luchos and the subsequent prayers and teshuva for the new, renewed our kesher with Kudhse B'rich Hu, brought down to this world, new luchos, which through toil, love and devotion ,gave us a much deeper and everlasting connection with the torah.The same happened hundreds of years later; the second Temple,(after 70 years of exile, with the miracle of Purim) though it lacked the 5 miracles which were daily found in the first Temple, had greater honour , and actually all the ever growing body of torah she b'al peh, the oral law, as represented in the miracle of Chanuka started in the second Temple.

There is a mesora, going back to the Gaon from Vilna, that the last journey for the Jewish people in 'golus  Edom'-- Esau' before we return Home, would be in America.And that , somehow, that last nation would be better than previous ones(though not completely). One of the reasons given for the name 'chazir' describing Eisav is the in the future eh will 'return ' the ingdom to  Israel.The incredible symbiosys we see going on now in world history is a direct reflection of that medrash.

There is a legend (and I don't believe , I've yet seen any clear proof of its veracity), that Washington was ready to give up , just before an important battle, but then 'happened', on a yiddish soldier lighting his Chanuka light, and that was what gave him the courage to go forward to eventually win the war.It always sounded to me kind of preposterous, a 'frum yiddle' in the middle of nowhere?

Lo and behold, last week, the good people responsible for the Inyan magazine gave us a well documented article by Rabbi Menachem Levine about the Jew who saved the American Revolution - Haym Salomon, who basically single handidly financed the War effort (and died penniless as they never paid him or his heirs back).Salomon was a proud and observant Jew ,involved in the active Orthodox congregation , Mikve Israel in Philadelphia, now known as the synagogue of the American Revolution.

So you thought it was the religious Quakers made America a religious and moral country? No. It was the quiet Yidden busy, worldy and doing good, building a stable civilization , acting as always ,in every generation of golus as the Yosefs, Abarbanels, Rothchilds, and so on (and being paid so often with hate and ayin ra).

 I don't know about the Chanuka light story, but what is documented is that in 1781 the Continental Army had trapped Cornwallis and was ready to deliver the final blow, but the war chest was completely empty.

Washington told his superintendent for finance , Robert Morris ,'Send for Haym Salomon,' and so the Revolution was saved.

In our day we are seeing ,in general an incredible 'partnership' between our people and the United States of America, to the extent that the 'heads ' of the two countries seem to have their lives almost intertwined.So,it struck me that the hasgacha of this launch coming when it did speaks volumes.

I don't know if the other members of Bereshet are observant , but at least ,one ,Arile Gomez, is.What makes this really exciting is that it is in the most true 'Yankee Spirit ' of free enterprise, mixed with a little  'chutzpa and Yiddish ingenuity. What we as Yidden have taught the world in all of history, is that "Freedom' must go with 'Responsibilty'. And yes, they asked shaalos, guidance from gedolim.

if I remember the possuk , 'V'yhi Dovid maskil bchol drochov'- David was successful (ie.'used his head') in all his ways.

The launch of the Space IL as payload on Falcon X was actually a "marriage' in the finest tradition of free enterprise which made America great, and Jewish "sechel " , 'stickability,`and faith. Coming in the week where the kriah discusses the roots of our dispersion and ultimate redemption as fulfilling our `Mission `to be a `light unto the Nations``,we just have to realize , we are a People with a destiny.

Google had ,in 2007 offered a prize of $20 million to the first private company to make a lunar landing by 2015.The spacecraft had to land, travel 500 meters and beam back photos to earth.At the end of 2010 when the registration period was almost closed, 33 companies had joined , but not one Israeli.Three Big Thinking Israelis,Yariv Basch,Yonatan Weintraub,and Kfir Damari put down $50,000 3 years later than most of the others.The others had time to make a separate vehicle to travel 500 meters.Space IL had no time so, 'Passover' - the lander will take off again and hop 500 meters!

In the end (after extending the deadline a few times ) Google withdrew the offer and the other companies simply  dropped out. But Space IL was in for real, and somehow the $100 million came together from many sources necessary for the trip.

So ,Space IL has become  the first privately funded, non profit vehicle off to the moon to prove the strength of the human will and ingenuity , with a little (a lot , actually) of 'sechel' and faith (the first section of the talmud , dealing with agriculture is called 'Emuna' , because without emuna, a person would not plant a seed.

I saw last week divrey torah by haGoan Zev Hoberman , ztz'l ,who  discusses the deep words of the Gaon from Vilna and the Maharal how the miracle of Purim comes from so high , that there is no mention of haShem .Haman cast lots for his success; in the end, that turned around and the mazal of Yidden went up.

Have we not been hearing the serious rumblings of war by the new ambitious Hamans of our times, Iran , Russia?

I heard from the gaon and tzaddik Rav Shmuel Unsdorfer, that milchemes Gog umagog already was.

I want and do to believe that this launch , the world's first privately funded mission, non profit    (& is not just empty pride but will benefit society) is a lift of the Jewish star -- 'bli ayin hara.

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Parshas Kabbalas Torah

The International Remembrance Day

The Internastional remembrance day falls this year just after reading the parsha of kabablas torah, has so much significance to ourselves as the Chahzal say "shum yarda sineh l'olam (there hate came dowjn into the world.')

Apparently it was the day of the liberation from the camps. Hitler, y's ,is quoted in Mein Kamf as saying 2 reasons to hate the Jews.we are the conscience of the world, and we practice bris mila.

This years' commemoration is for us ominous as the news is a year of mounting denial and anti semitism.

The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others during World War II.

Read further ....

Remembrance Day worldwide 

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