Thursday, November 29, 2012

The World is Upside-Down

There is a very interesting story in the Talmud (Pesachim 50a) which tells:
When Rabbi Yosef miraculously recovered from a deathly coma, his father, Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi, asked him to describe the glimpse he caught of the World of Souls where he had briefly sojourned.
"I saw an upside down world," he replied, "in which those so honored here because of their wealth were placed very low, while those so low here because of their poverty were there so highly placed."
"You saw a clean world," his father assured him. "But tell me, what was the status of Torah scholars like ourselves?"
"The same honor we enjoy in this world," replied the son, "is accorded to us there."

The story is basically telling us that we live in an upside down world where what is important isn’t really important and what is unimportant is really important.  This is a world of fantasy and materialism and not spirituality.  We are not physical beings that just happen to have a soul; but, spiritual beings wearing physical clothing which allows us to accomplish our mission in this allusion of a physical world.  It is not an easy concept to convince anyone, even very observant Jews.  When we get away from this gashmius world (the physical world) and start living the true ruchnius life (spiritual life), all the nonsense and craziness disappears.

So the big question is “what is your status in this crazy, fantasy world?”  Take a fast test, just 20 questions – answering yes or no to each.  Be honest with yourself since the only One grading you is Hashem.

Test part 1 (yes or no)

Did you pay attention to US Major League Baseball World Series?
Are you rooting for your favorite football team to go to the Super Bowl?
Do know the latest pop music releases?
Do you have your favorite TV shows?
Do you know Yushka’s mother’s name?
If you are American, did you vote believing that you needed to help get the best leader in office (if not an American did you follow the campaign and have a favorite candidate; someone that you think would be best to help the world situation)?
Did Christopher Columbus discover America?
Does everyone celebrate Xmas, even nonXtians, after all it is a national holiday?
Do you celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving?
Do you know who Big Bird is?

Test part 2 (yes or no)

Can you name the five books of Moses in Hebrew?
Do you know Yushka’s mother’s name in Hebrew?
Do you know the names of Moshe Rabbenu’s mother, father, sister and brother?
Are you familiar with Shatnez?
Did you ever study the Mishna Berurah and Shulchan Aruch?
Do you know how many mitzvot are in the Torah?
Is your mother Jewish?
Do you know how many Challahs are used at the Shabbos meal?
Do you know the Hebrew letters?
Do you know what a Minhag is?

You may have psyched out my test by now and tried to answer everything in a favorable light rather than an honest answer.  If you said “Yes” to all or even most of test 1 and “No” to test 2, you are most likely living the materialistic, fantasy life of this world.  If you answered the opposite: “No” to test 1 and “Yes” to test 2, consider yourself a more spiritual person with a bright future.  Your trip through life has been on a positive path – seeking the truth and Hashem’s ways.

The problem is that the people who have not studied Torah seem to think they have all the answers.  They definitely have the most distorted view of reality.  Living in this fantasy world is completely caused by a lack of scholarship in the real world, the world of truth.  As long as an individual is convinced that he or she knows what reality is, that perception blocks to ability to see the truth.  I thought I would go over some areas of studying scriptures and the truth of this world to hopefully help you as an individual see where you may be going astray.

Let’s begin with a question:  Do you understand the message of the Torah or do you have to refer to the Talmud and 1000’s of years of commentary in order to fully understand Hashem’s message (and even with many years of study do you still have more questions than answers)?  Watch it – this is a trick question.  The person who makes statements such as “I know Halachah” or “I have read the Torah (in English no less) and fully understand its message,” should be avoided – that is a person with an opinion and not scholarship.  The Gedolim, that I have had the privilege of knowing and with whom I have personally studied, would never give me an answer off the top of their heads, but would always look it up before answering.  I have heard many times that the more years one studies Torah, the more one realizes how little one knows and how much more one needs to study.  Torah has everything there is in life and covers everything in the universe – there is no missing subject.  Do you feel that you know everything about life and every detail of the universe?  I have said it before and will say it again “Torah is the most difficult subject in the world since it includes every subject in the world!!!!!”

But, us human beings think we can logically figure it out, even though, I also have mentioned, how flawed our logic is (“For My thoughts are not your thoughts” says Hashem, Isaiah 55:8).  The final result is we get into more trouble using our own solutions than just turning to Hashem for His solution to our problems.  One proof of that is personal interpretation.  The Torah was given to Moshe in a string of letters (304,805 to be exact) without breaks, without sentences, without punctuation and, the best one of all, without vowels.  In other words, there are so many interpretations to every word, even every letter, that to say the English translation we use gives up the deep meaning to Torah is total nonsense.  We even have the problem in English that if something is written with improper punctuation or even improper emphasis, it can mean something completely different.  As an example (another test question), place punctuation in the following statement:

Woman without her man is nothing

I like this example since most men punctuate it as:  Woman: without her man, is nothing.  (The pause being between “man” and “is”)
The woman usually punctuates this as:  Woman: without her, man is nothing.  (The pause being between “her” and “man”)
What a profound difference in meaning by just moving a comma.

What if we put emphasis on certain words in a sentence to cause change in meaning.  Examples:

What do you have on your mind?  Could become:  What do you have on? Your mind?  I added a question mark but I changed the emphasis on my pronunciation that changed the entire thought.

          What is up the road ahead?  Could become:  What is up the road?  A head?

These may be silly examples, but they make one question one’s interpretation – how far is our thinking from the truth?  If we are reading Hebrew without punctuation, and even without vowels, how can we be so sure that we understand the meaning – because we have an English translation?  The English is always the simple surface meaning with almost no depth to its content (pshat).  We are told to rely on thousands of years of Torah scholars (the great Rabbis) who we were told by Hashem would give us the insight and the depth.  We definitely have deeper meaning available because of Rashi or the Rambam or the Ramban or the Arizal or the Vilna Goan, etc, etc, etc.  These and many other great Torah scholars throughout the years have guided us and taught us ways to see scriptures that we never could have known.   Any Yeshivah student will tell you that studying the Talmud without Rashi or Tosefos, is not understanding what you are studying.  If you are not familiar with Rashi or Tosefos, than you are exactly who I am talking about.

RAV YITZCHAK HUTNER zt'l (in PACHAD YITZCHAK, Yom Kippur 5, Pesach 60 (and notes to Pesach 5:2), Shavuos 25:9) offers a penetrating insight based on the Talmud. 
Rav Hutner explains that the three differences between this world and the next as described by the Talmud and by Rashi in Devarim are inherently related to each other. In this world, we do not perceive things the way they really are; reality is blurred, and Hashem's presence is not clearly recognized by all. If we would be able to see Hashem's good and perfection clearly, His true essence as One would be obvious. In the World to Come, reality will no longer be blurred, and it will be apparent to all that everything is good. At that time, the nations of the world will proclaim Hashem's Oneness together with us. 
Accordingly, all manifestations of Hashem's attribute as "One" are based on the clarity of Hashem's presence that will be evident in the World to Come.
The truth is that even in this world it is possible, to a certain degree, to disperse the clouds that blur man's perception and understanding of reality and to feel the omnipresence of the Divine will. This is because even in this world, no true "bad" or "injustice" is ever wrought. Everything that transpires is the Divine design and is intended to be for our ultimate good (see Berachos 60b). Although the ultimate purpose behind what occurs in this world is often hidden from our perception, the reality is that it is the Divine plan. When we strive to recognize the Divine plan and to accept it, we gain a "glimpse" of the Creator.
The moment at which it is most imperative that we experience the clarity of the presence of Hashem is when we declare, "Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad," and proclaim the Oneness of Hashem.  As Rashi explains, this exclamation expresses our longing for the world in which Hashem's presence will be fully revealed and He will be recognized as One. When we recite this verse, we attempt to gain clarity of Hashem's Oneness in this world of confusion by finding the hidden, inherent good that exists in everything that happens and that exists in this world.

Several additional points that need to be made about the way we evaluate Torah in this upside-down world.  Many times I have received rebuttals to subjects with the statement “this Rabbi says this or that,” or “my Rabbi allows us to do this or that.”  Be aware that you can probably find almost any answer that you want from a Rabbi – just keep looking.  Does that mean that they could be wrong?  No it usually means that we are getting very superficial answers on very complicated questions – sometimes questions that have been debated for thousands of years.  We very rarely get to talk to the Rabbi in depth to hear the real answer or, even more important, what is Hashem’s opinion on that question.  A Rabbi that answers off the top off his head without an in depth search into scriptures, may be giving you nothing more than his personal opinion.  Sometimes the Rabbi is trying to make it easier for you to accomplish a Halachah and will give you a very lenient response that is convenient but not the best answer.  This, I know, even comes from the Gadolim.  Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l, one of the greatest authorities of our modern times has given lenient answers but would not necessarily follow his own advice.  An example would be about a Shabbos timer used to turn on and off various electrical appliances, lights or even heating and air conditioning systems.  Rav Moshe gave permission to use such timers saying they were halachically acceptable, but he, himself, would never use one.   It comes down to a decision made by an authority of the highest level that says “I have found no violation in doing something a particular way, but to be as stringent as possible in the eyes of Hashem, I still would not do a particular act in case there is a slight doubt.  We are not on the level of a Rav Moshe and in no way is he not giving us a totally correct answer, but because we do not go into the depth of life’s questions as a Gadol such as Rav Moshe, our complete understanding of each answer is only surface information and should be studied allot deeper before we claim to have the right answer or, even worse, pass it on to others as the truth from Hashem.  I studied for years with a talmid (a scholarly student) and former neighbor of Rav Moshe and saw the tremendous depth and scholarship that such a brilliant Rabbi is capable of.  Yet, as my mentor told me, information becomes very distorted when past down from one Jew to another or even how information can be completely misunderstood by an observant Jew.  I have talked about bad habits and how people can truly believe they are doing the right thing but are, in essence, hurting themselves and others by pontificating opinions rather than scholarship.  I have been accused of not telling the Absolute Truth on this blog, but I have yet to receive any refutation of any information, with the refutation being backed by scriptural proof.  This has been disturbing since I know that I have extensively researched and presented facts with complete confidence and that the individual who is making the comment is hurting him or herself with false interpretation.  Saying that I am wrong on a subject without giving me a scriptural reference to counter the argument is useless to me or my readers.  I am very, very open minded to the fact that I am human and make mistakes but I try to compensate with years of research on the one question that I always ask on any subject: “What is Hashem’s opinion on that?”  Giving me an answer from a Rabbi should also be supported with his deep insight from scriptures and not off the top of his head.  

One more word about what Rabbis have said which is very important to this discussion is that very often Rabbis change their rulings on questions as times changes or as circumstances dictate.  An example:  In the 1990’s there were Rabbis that cautioned about listening to the Facilitated Communications individuals as marking them as true messengers from Shamayim.  Why?  The FC individuals were, at that time, without a track record of making statements that came true.  The Rabbis were totally correct in cautioning us -- then.  Here we are 15 years later and the same Rabbis have emphatically stated that these individuals have satisfied the prophecy of Bava Basra 12b, that prophecy has been given to the Shotim and the children (this is a long discussion that has been discussed already – several times) and also that they have satisfied the test of a prophet given to us in the Torah.

Another topic that I have discussed is that we have the choice to be lenient or stringent on everything we do.  Refer to my post “Habits” 29 May 2012 for details.  The basic concept here  is that we are watched and judged by Hashem with everything we say and everything we do.  We then received in return measure for measure what Hashem thinks we are worthy of.  In other words, if we serve Hashem with the absolute best intentions and with complete love, He judges us favorably in the same way and life is good.  If we do as little as possible, with the idea that we are just getting by doing the mitzvot, then we should never complain when our life is just getting by with what Hashem gives us.  Pirkei Avos tells us that Hashem doesn't want us to study Torah; He wants us to live Torah.  Of course we can’t live Torah to the fullest unless we study our instructions in great depth.  Bottom line, especially in the end of days is: be as stringent in doing Hashem’s will as you possibly can, and do it with great joy.  It may sound strange but when you are doing Hashem’s will to the fullest with the best of intentions,  life becomes so wonderful that you are greatly encouraged to do even more.  It’s habit forming.  I wanted to mention that at the time I talked about being very stringent (machmir) in performing Hashem’s will, sure enough, I receive comments telling me of Rabbis who say that you don’t have to be so stringent.  I suspect that those Rabbis were either very misunderstood or are leading lives that are somewhat less than joyous.  It is one thing to cut yourself short of a happy life, but to pass that on to others is not Hashem’s way.  I have had it happen to me that with the best of intentions a Rabbi gave me a watered down response to make it easier.  The final result is I developed an incorrect habit that needed changing.  Sometimes being more lenient is not helping anyone.  I have taught people easier ways to do things but have included the path to become more stringent.  Building up to a process with baby steps is a good way to learn but don't stay at the lower level, continue to build.  As we used to say in the Army "be all that you can be."  Never stop growing nor be satisfied with something less than perfection.

There is another very big misunderstanding.  Issues like women hair covering (recently discussed), kashrus, purity and all the 613 mitzvot are matters of spiritual guidance.  We absolutely do not know how a violation of a mitzvah or even performing a mitzvah in a lenient versus stringent way affects our soul.  I received a comment from a well intentioned woman who told me that her husband is not affected by seeing a woman's head covered in a sheitel instead of a snood or tichel.  This means he knows exactly what the neshamah is experiencing and that is ludicrous.  I know she is referring to his physical reaction but the physical reaction means nothing – it is the spiritual reaction or damage that I am referring to. Refer to my post “The Human Aura” 7 June 2012 to see that what we experience spiritually and physically are two different things.  To say we know how we feel about something is a physical reaction.  To say that we know how it is affecting us spiritually is beyond human comprehension.  To tell me that a Rav said it is all right does not pass the common sense test of what makes it all right.  I live by a very convenient motto:  “when in doubt, leave it out.”  If there is the slightest possibility that what I am doing is not the most advantageous way according to Hashem, than I look deeper into reality and figure out the best way.   It is my choice and when I don’t have the slightest comprehension as to how something could be hurting me or my family spiritually, I don’t question it any further but take the safe route.  This is especially true in the end of days when we need all the help we can get.  Listening to very lenient advice from a Rav is shooting yourself in the foot.  Even though his effort, his advice is with the best of intentions, the result may be you getting a much lesser Olam Habah.

People are weak and have very little discipline; I know, being a retired US Army Officer, about the infinite number of excuses to do things the easy way.   In the military a lack of discipline can cost you your life on the battlefield; in life in general a lack of spiritual discipline can lessen one’s level of eternity and even hurt us in this life.  We work hard to get closer to Hashem, not to look for every shortcut to make life easier which in turn distances us from our goal.

The spiritual level that we want and don't have is exactly what our life's work is.  There is no all or nothing.  Seven billion people on Earth are at seven billion different levels and each person has the obligation to him or herself, and to every family member that we are responsible for, to work hard to raise that level.  Turning to Hashem with complete trust and faith is the nicest thing one can do for oneself and family.  It is not Hashem or us -- we are one -- on the same team with the same goal -- Tekun HaOlam.  I have heard for years people tell me "I have not been too lucky in life."  I have also heard and personally experienced that the more we turn to Hashem and follow His ways, the luckier we get.  There is no such thing as luck -- there is only experiencing everything going better and better when we work harder within the system that the Creator of this life provided.  His instructions are foolproof and guaranteed to work.  The problem is our misconception of His instructions, since I have heard also "I follow Hashem, but I still have problems."  I have evaluated many cases of people who think they are following His ways (including many of my blog readers), but have made up their own set of rules.  The study of Torah resulting in living the Absolute Truth is a rare commodity; but, the very undisciplined human being comes to the conclusion "what I am doing is good enough” and then follows with “but it doesn't seem to be working.”  Duh!  Maybe you haven't reached a spiritual level that is good enough.  Maybe you need to spend the rest of your days increasing that level.  I am pointing out the obvious but it doesn't make any difference since we all, yes including me, have a long way to go and are greatly clouded and deceived by this fantasy of an upside-down world.  Those of us who are cognizant of what we lack and do Teshuvah every day to work on it, are the ones in good shape and heading in the right direction.  People, who are satisfied with their level of spirituality, don't have a clue as to how much they are hurting themselves in this life and all eternity.  Get with the program and experience true happiness.  Hashem guarantees it.  Try to see this world right-side-up as described in the Torah and see what a difference your life will be.

I posted back in March of this year my introduction and stated:

The symbol that I used, showing the two fingers together, has the following meaning:
          The space between my fingers is how long life is on earth.
          The space outside of my fingers is eternity and the length of our eternal life.

We work so hard to make life on earth as pleasurable and successful as can be and we ignore the real life which goes on after we change addresses.  We do live forever but the time in this upside-down world is very limited and is the only opportunity to get is right for all eternity.  Be as skeptical as you want about the truth; but, be aware that a day is coming soon that you will know without a doubt what the truth is and you will have to live with whatever you provided for yourself. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"The Tzaddik's Dream"

This was sent to me by the source I have for Moishela's comments:

I just heard on a hotline from Rebbetzin  Kalminovitch an outstanding Dream that a big Tzaddik had this year. A Rav & Posek from Boro Park N.Y. had a dream about the Gedolei Yisroel who are already in Shomayim  who were Niftar this year.l"a

The Gedolei Yisroel were by the Beis Dein Shel Ma'ala and were begging Hashem Yisborach to look at how much “we” the Yidden have worked on ourselves, and how much we as Klal Yisroel have grown this year. They were saying to Hashem, please Look how many Yidden got rid of the Tumah in their homes, and how much we really want to be connected to Hashem and looking forward to the Geula.

They were begging and begging the Eibeshter (Hashem) to end this long and dark Galus to bring Moshiach fast. When... Suddenly a loud voice was heard saying: "Do Bnei Yisroel really want Hashem's Name to be known with his full Kedusha in the world? What about how Yidden are acting, especially in Shul’s, talking during Kedusha Kaddish and Davening, not giving proper Kavod to the Shul? Do they really want it?" the Geula?

And then the Beis Dein Shel Ma'ala decided to come up with a conclusion that this year - Taf Shin Ayin Gimmel - is a big Ais Ratzon and Moshiach is really able to come to us and Hashem really wants to bring him to us.

There is just one condition that: Hashem will test us this year in a huge way to see if we are really ready for Moshiach, if we are doing things for the Kavod of Shamayim or for the Kavod of ourselves c"v. This year could be the end of the Golus and the year of the  Geula  Be'ezras Hashem.

This Tzaddik woke up in a sweat. He was so shaken up and couldn't believe what he had heard and seen. He was shaking from real fear. Can we imagine that this is where we are up to? Moshiach is at our doorstep and every single Yid has the power to show Hashem:  that "I just want to do Mitzvos for your Kovod to bring Kavod to Your Name, Hashem" and then we will hasten the Geula.

Imagine the sound of the Shofar Shell Moshiach and YOU’RE being there to witness this special long awaited day, for two thousand years, It's surely beyond our imagination that we could be alive to really experience this day, first hand, Greet Moshiach and see it all with our own eyes. Rebbetzin Kalminovitch said that when such a strong rain falls, it is a sign That Hashem Yisborach wants us to change, so that we can be Zoche to realize that the Geula is ever so close.

It's all in your hands. Let’s wake up and see: "How can I do a mitzvah and do it only because I just want to bring Kavod to Hashem's Name? Let's all take this lesson to heart and realize that we really must wake up and shake ourselves back into reality of how a real Yid has to conduct themselves, in order to increase the Kovod Shomayim and do a real Teshuva to bring Moshiach in Taf Shin Ayin Gimmel with the building of the third Bais Hamikdosh.

Many of us say “I am ready for Moshiach” but we are fooling ourselves, we have not done anything to speed up the Geula, we have been dragged into a lavish life style much too far from the life of a real and true Yid’s lifestyle, living their life the Torah way.  We have to turn around and change all our ways and live a complete Torah life guided only by the Shulcon Aruch and our Gedolim.

May Hashem help us that in the Zechus of doing Teshuva and not talking in Shul, especially not during Davening, we should all merit to greet Moshiach.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hooray for Pallywood

What you never heard of Pallywood?   But, you have seen some of their best productions on CNN, BBC, Reuters, Associated Press and thousands of other eager news organizations anxious to make money whether they are telling the truth or not – no matter who gets hurt.  Let me show you some examples to jog your memory:

Pallywood - truth in the middle east hollyland, what goes behind the scenes and for the cameras

Photo Fraud in Gaza.

Muhamad Al-Dura was not killed

If you want to see some more of these fine productions, go to Youtube  -- it will keep you entertained for hours.

Now it looks familiar!  It seems that Israel is losing the propaganda war since most news organizations turn to the Arabs for their information.  Even though it is all lies and not too well staged, it definitely has much more Jew-hating sensationalism than any truth coming out of Israel. And that is what we want today in the news: exciting fantasy to justify our hatred of Israel and the Jews.  I have said all along "don't believe what you see in the news.  If you want the Absolute Truth, study the Torah.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Very Soon There Will Be Another War (continued)

I personally wanted clarification from Moishela about the war that he spoke of in Part 10.  Here is the reply that I received:

This answer is from Moishela himself. First of all I would like to thank you Rav Menachem Shlita for being a good Shaliach and helping to enlighten the Frum Jewish community to the true situation that we are all in.

The wars have already begun. They will be also in Eretz YIsroel and in the whole world. Before Moshiach reveals Himself, every Yid that comes to Eretz Yisroel with strong belief that this land was given to our forefathers Avrohom, Yitzchok and Yaakov and this is where we have to be, all those Yidden that come for the right reasons and call out to Hashem those Yidden will be saved. To be outside Eretz Yisroel is a problem because we know two thirds of the world will be destroyed (Zechariah 13:8) and Edom will be totally destroyed (Ovadiah 1:1-21) but no matter what, Eretz Yisroel won’t be destroyed.

Isn't it logical that if we have a promise from Hakodosh Boruch Hu that the land of Israel  wont be destroyed, and the Jewish Neshamas that are spiritually tied to Hakodosh Boruch Hu and to the land, isn't it more logical that we will be infinitely safer here? Of course this protection extends to those Jews whose Neshamas were at Har Sinai and that are trying to do Hashem's will.

No matter what happens in the world at this time in history the safest place for a true Jew is in Eretz Yisroel. It doesn't mean people won’t die even in Chutz La'aretz they will die, but we are talking about the very last stage before the Geula. Already Europe and America have become extremely dangerous.

I thank Moishela for his quick response to my questions.  May Hashem bless him and his family for all their effort in helping the Jews of the world see the Absolute Truth from Shamayim.

Very Soon There Will Be Another War

Discussion with Moishela (and his family) Part 10
A handicapped child
9 Kislev 5773 (Nov 22’12)

I’m sorry that I inconvenienced everyone so much to hear what I have to say tonight. But I truly believe that we are going into a very frightening dangerous time. Yesterday I wrote that no one should leave Eretz Yisroel (in discussion-part 9). There is no reason whatsoever, ever now to leave Eretz Yisroel.

I’m sure that many who read what I said are very upset with this idea, but I must tell you clearly that I know what I’m talking about. And of course many people will go anyway and they’ll come back safe and sound and they’ll say, “Look, I went and I came back and everything is fine so the warning is a bunch of nonsense”. But I will tell you this, it’s not nonsense and in Shomayim there is a Kitrug (i.e., its legitimacy had been challenged in the Heavenly Court) on Am Yisroel, because Am Ysroel goes against a very important Halachah that is brought down in Gemara,  that you’re NOT allowed to leave Eretz Yisroel Stam (for no valid Halachic reason) and when everybody flies off for vacations or for weddings, or for Bar Mitzvas, or to buy the Kallah her wardrobe, or to get a breath of fresh air, there is a very big Shailah (question) on all of these things. A person who is more Frum can find reasons for going. One of the biggest reasons is Parnassa (livelihood), but so many of those that go for Parnassa, are exposed to the worst Pritzus (unseemliness or inappropriateness) in the world.

Air travel for example is very not Tzniusdik (modest). Men and women gather in front of the toilets waiting. This is not very Tzniusdik. Men stand and Daven. Sometimes it’s so crowded when they Daven that they lean on the people sitting in the isles and many of those people are women, not to speak of the seating arrangements that are not always what we would like. People on airplanes sleep, especially when they go to America; the Frum and the non-Frum, and you can never know how you’ll see a woman sleeping, which is absolutely not Tzniusdik. And besides all the non-Frum with their skimpy outfits, and their giggling and their talking, it’s not for a Frum person to be exposed to, and a real Yid, a Shtarker (strong) Yid would never expose himself to that, and he would trust Hashem for his Parnassa.

This traveling back and forth will come to an end, an abrupt end. And when it happens there will be those stuck in foreign countries without a way to get back. I’m warning you in Shomayim it’s coming to the end, in Shomayim they are not willing any more to hear of such things.

There are also those who fly back and forth for family Simchas. They just wait for a family Simcha as an excuse to fly away. There are people that leave their children in all different homes, Erlicha (G-d fearing) homes and fly off to all the Simchas. But it’s improper to leave your children in strange homes, even if they are relatives unless there’s an excellent reason, flying off to a Bar Mitzvah or to a wedding is not an excellent reason.

A home that’s not the child’s home, could have a different level of Kashrus, could have different Minhagim in Tznius, and therefore it‘s not the thing to do at all. There are those who simply go for vacation to Italy to rest or maybe to The Alps for Pesach in a strictly Kosher LeMehadrin not Gebrox Hotel. However, how can it be that we suffered so much to leave Mitzrayim; we Davened so much to leave Mitzrayim and we leave Eretz Yisroel to go to Switzerland for Pesach? It’s absolutely horrific. It’s absolutely absurd. Then there are those that go to work for Parnassa. To work in Chutz Laaretz technically that’s allowed (Halachicly) but actually it’s better to stay here.

All this running from place to place only confuses the person. Travelling shakes a person up, and brings him out of his Seder. Can you really Daven on an airplane?  The first few days you are in America can you really Daven or in England or in Europe or in Australia or wherever, can you really Daven? When you’re running from place to place can you really have closeness to HaKodosh Boruch Hu? It’s very hard.

A Jew needs a Seder. He has to get up everyday at a certain time, Daven at a certain time, eat at a certain time, and continue his day divided up between learning, maybe making a bit of Parnassa, and Davening. A person needs his place always; his usual regular place. He needs his place where he stands in the Shul and Davens. He needs that Seder in order that he should have a clear mind without confusion, but whoever likes the excitement of the confusion, can’t ever really get close to Hashem. That’s why our world today is full of confusion. We have every kind of fast food you can dream of with a Hechsher, a Mehadrin Hechsher. We have all kind of plays and shows on Chol Hamoed. We have all kind of trips for Avreichim and their wives, and it’s all to confuse us. Of course it’s not as bad as in America, where people hop off to Disney world, or Disney Land, or Epcot, or who knows what. But still it’s not the way it’s supposed to be. We’re confused and we’ve been getting away with it for a long time. But now the problem is that those young people who grew up in such a world can’t really be Yiddishe Mamas and Yiddishe Tattas because they don’t know how. They don’t know how to pass on the true Mesoras (tradition). Of course there are exceptions, but the exceptions are very small.

Most of the Olam have forgotten the feeling, the sensitivity of a Jewish heart, of a Jewish mind. They don’t understand why flying could be not Tzniusdik. They do not understand why having Pesach in Switzerland might not be appropriate. They don’t know why they can’t go to the Dead Sea, Pesach time to a hotel with the best Hechsher and non-Gebrox. They don’t understand why they cannot go swimming and come out of the pool and eat the tantalizing kosher L’Pesach food in their wet bathing suits. These people usually are very insistent that all the food should be Mehadrin non-Gebrox but they have no problem saying a Brocha in a bathing suit. In this kind of generation, what kind of children can it produce? What kind? Even those families that the children are seemingly more Frum than the parents, something is missing because that’s the way they were raised and even if they look much more Frum inside, they still go out for dinner and this brings to very terrible things.

In the United States people go out to eat dinner as I just said. What’s going out for dinner? They call it “quality time together”. They talk like the Goyim, in Israel it’s become the same. They need to get away from their Tzoros. They don’t go to Daven at the Kosel. They go out to eat in some place that tantalizes your taste buds and gives you some kind of Goyish atmosphere, all with a Hechsher. Even in Israel this definitely exists. Not only the Frum Americans that live here indulge in this, the Frum Israelis as well.

All these things are producing Yiddishe children that have lost the beauty of the Erlich Yiddishe Neshamah, lost the beauty of the Temimusdik face, lost the beauty of the soul, and this is the saddest part of this time in history. Once you could always find really Erlicha Yidden, but today most are only putting on a show. Most are only a bad imitation of what once was.

We have Chassidim that are very exact in all their Levush (dress code) short pants high socks Shtreimels. Have you seen the Shtreimels lately? It’s absolutely ridiculous. You could think it’s a clown’s hat. It’s so high that I don’t even know how they balance it on their heads, it’s absolutely ridiculous. Their clothes, the men’s’ clothes are often so tight that you can see the men’s’ bodies wiggling as they walk in the street. I can’t understand it. Men that were Chasidim in by gone years, in Europe and in America that had the courage to wear all the Levush in public even though non religious Jews and Goyim both obviously were angry at their appearance. They wore large coats, not clothes that show their bodies as they walk. However if someone today dares to go with clothing that seems to large they are branded with disdain as “Chanyok”. What happened to Am Yisroel?

The Litvish won’t get off the hook either. How many boys in Yeshivas are only worried about their hats, their ties, their suits, their shirts, and their cufflinks? Their cufflinks are a major problem for some of them. And when they go out with a girl, well, they have to know if she has good Middos, but they are not talking about the characteristics of the girl, if she is kind, if she is smart, if she is charitable. They are talking about the size of her dress. This is so sad, so very sad. This is not Yiddishkeit; it’s Goyishkeit. And I want to tell you that it’s going to stop. You can pat yourselves on the back from morning to night, and be sure that you are the best Jews around, that you are so close to Hashem, and that you learn very many hours. It’s all worth nothing, if you don’t have the spirit. If you don’t have the Pnimius, then it’s worth nothing. Hashem is going to stop it.

You saw what happened with Sandy? The Egel HaZahav got the brunt of the destruction. Just take away the electricity and we’re all in bad shape. We’re finished with our fancy ties. We’re finished with our fancy Shaitels. We’re finished with our tight dresses. We’re finished with our makeup. We’re finished with food and we’re finished with almost everything that keeps us alive. No electricity means we’re finished, Chas VeSholom!

So I suggest right now that you take stock of yourselves. See clearly how far away you have gotten, how far we’ve gotten in so short a time. Sixty years ago there were still some people that were really Erlich. Today you have to look for them with a magnifying glass. So this message is to prepare us. Remember what I said. We are doing things that are improper, and we think they are Kosher. We think that when we’re on an airplane and eat a Badatz meal, that we’re Kosher but we’re not. Because the whole thing is Traif. It’s all Traif. And you can go to any Rav and ask them and they will often say to you, “you can fly”. It’s just what is written about this generation; Pnai HaDor KePnai HaKelev.

Everyone is worried if you don’t let them do what they want, they may leave Yiddishkeit or they might become less observant. Well it’s not going to help to give them what they want. Hashem is going to make a Seder and everybody who is a real Yid is going to do Teshuva. It’s going to be hard, so start the process now. As I told you before, we’re in a dark tunnel already. There is only two little slivers of light left. We’re going into a great darkness. If you’re not going to be prepared, if you don’t really have a Jewish Neshamah and I’m not talking about Geray Tzedek, I’m talking about Erev Rav who are Jews from birth, if you don’t do Teshuva now, and you don’t straighten out your lives, then by the time Moshiach comes,  I guess you won’t be around to greet him.

It’s very nice to talk about Sandy and to talk about the missiles that were in Israel in the last week or so, but when it comes to Teshuva nobody knows what I’m talking about. So what is Teshuva? People think that if they take their Tehillim say a few Kapitlach (chapters), and are a little bit more careful about their Kashrus, and make sure they don’t talk Loshon Hora about Reshoim, then they think they are being good. It’s not enough. It’s ridiculous. We’re nowhere near where we need to be, and I’m worried and I’m afraid for Am Yisroel. So if my words are too sharp for you, I’m very sorry but I must try to save you Beezras Hashem or to get you to try to save yourselves and if its too hard, to harsh, then throw this paper away, and I’ll Daven for you.

Yesterday a ceasefire was signed between The State of Israeli and the Arabs. This ceasefire is a joke. Very soon there will be another war that will drag on and on and cause us much anxiety and suffering. The only way that we can get through this is Rachmai Shomayim.

What I have said above is only examples of the problems of our generation. These are only small examples of how far this generation of so-called Frum Yidden have gotten from the Truth, and I feel that I must say these things to you my fellow Jews because I love you and I want you to get through these last wars without unneeded suffering. I Bentch all Am Yisroel that we should greet Moshiach Tzidkainu BeRachamim Uv’Simcha in the very near future.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

There Are Almost No Leaders and All Is Confusion

Discussion with Moishe’la (and his family) Part 9
A handicapped child
7 Kislev 5773 (Nov 20’12)

It has been a very very hard day for all here in Eretz Yisroel. There have been many attacks on cities, villages, Moshavs in the South, rockets in Ashkelon and Ashdod etc.

We’re under siege, and still Hashem has made unbelievable Nissim happen. When you consider that probably over a thousand missiles have been shot into Israel, and of course every Yid that was killed is an important person, still the casualties have been unbelievably low. Mamash a Ness! And many people are reporting unbelievable Nissim. Whole families in apartments that blew up and everyone walked out unscathed. And this type of thing has happened a few times. As much as the Arabs fire rockets at us, still comparatively they have done very little damage. True, houses have been blown up, but its still much less than the damage that was done with Sandy.

We can see clearly that Hashem is guiding us, trying to give us a message, and the message of course is “my children come back to Me. My sweet Yiddishe children come back to Me, leave the Egel HaZahav and come back to Me, leave all the stupidities of the Olam Hazeh and come back to Me. Because if not it’s going to get much worse, Hashem Yishmor.”

Now they’re speaking of a ceasefire, but they aren’t speaking to the Israelis. They are speaking to each other the American’s the Arabs, the Europeans, and they will let us know what they want Israel to do. They will bring us to the table and give us a pen and say sign. Of course ceasefires like that will only last a short time and we all know that the Arabs are notoriously known for breaking ceasefires. Usually what happens is, the Israelis keep the ceasefire meticulously, and the Arabs launch a few missiles here, a few there, but that’s not counted. The Israeli government doesn’t count it, and no other government counts it. It’s as if nothing has happened. However Am Yisroel is very angry about the situation and they have been demonstrating because they know if you don’t finish the job now then it won’t be finished. It will continue. The only problem is that most Yidden are wrong and everybody is seeing this not correctly. Hashem has sent the Americans or the Europeans or the English to force Israel into a battle; to force Israel into a battle that she can win only by a huge Ness and both Edom and Yishmoel want to take over Eretz Yisroel.

I’m warning you Am Yisroel. People from the outside have great designs planned for Eretz Yisroel, Hashem Yishmiranu. They don’t like Jews. We’re not Israelis, we’re Jews, and they hate Jews and they want Eretz Yisroel. They want it to be the center of their satanic religion. They want to show HaKodosh Boruch Hu that they are in charge or that their so called Moshiach is, really going to come to Eretz Yisroel and rule. But Hashem will not let them rule. We’re going to have a very hard time until Moshiach Tzidkainu will come and rescue us.

We have to rescue ourselves. We first have to do Teshuva, so that this hard time that’s coming upon us, will pass by with Rachamim. I told you it’s like a tunnel. We’re already in the middle of the tunnel and the door behind us is closing and the light is getting dimmer and dimmer, and we’re going forward deeper into the darkness. The darkness is still not as dark as it’s going to be. It’s going to be so dark that we’ll see nothing, nothing in front of us, nothing behind us. We won’t know where behind is and where in front is. We are going into total darkness.

Am Yisroel make it easy on yourselves. Am Yisroel, save yourselves much trouble. Save yourselves suffering. Come back to HaKodosh Boruch Hu. Those who are very far, keep Shabbos. Keep all the basic Mitzvos. Say Shema Yisroel in the morning and at night. Wash your hands (with a washing cup) when you get up in the morning and say Modeh Ani keep Taharas Hamishpacha and put on Tefillin. Get close to HaKodosh Boruch Hu. You’re not going to have another chance. Those who are supposedly close to HaKodosh Boruch Hu, dig down inside of yourselves and know what you have done wrong. Know that you’re on the wrong track and straighten it out. We’ve been wayward children, and Hashem loves us, and Hashem wants to bring us back. He is trying to show us how much He loves us with Nissim, so many Nissim. And in America so many people have forgotten Sandy already, and so many people want to go back to their parties, but Am Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel don’t be like the Americans. Be better, be closer. Please I beg you, we should not have to go through more suffering than necessary. Please, please, I beg you. I beg you, come back, because if you come back it will be so much easier. It’s going to be hard. Believe me we’re going to go through Gehenom, but if we have Shmirah because we’re trying to be good, because we’re trying to be Tzaddikim, then Hashem will take care of us and protect us. However if we don’t want to listen to the warnings we have been getting now, like most of the Frum in America that have gone through the Frankenstorm, then we’ll be in big trouble and we’ll suffer very much.

I beg you Am Yisroel, listen to me. I want you to know that even if there is a so-called ceasefire tonight, it will be worth nothing. The Arabs feel that they have won and because of that Israel will be in very big trouble, and it won’t take long till you’ll see that my predictions are coming true.

Am Yisroel brace yourselves. Brace yourselves by doing Teshuva. Brace yourselves by loving each other, and doing Chessed for each other instead of all this Loshon Hora and Motzi Shem Rah, and all the violence in the Frum street one against the other. It can’t continue, and all of those who are working on the side of the Sitra Achra, will be wiped away.

I am saying the following to every Yid in Eretz Yisroel:

There is no reason now for any Yid to ever leave Eretz Yisroel again. I reiterate again, no reason ever to leave Eretz Yisroel again, never ever. First of all, there is nowhere to run to, and Eretz Yisroel is the place that Hashem promised us and this is where we must stay now, and we can’t save our lives by running away because there is nowhere in the world that wants Jews. There is no reason to leave Eretz Yisorel at all ever.

Tatti: Do people in America feel that things are changing?

Moishela: United States of America is a thing of the past and England is also on its way out. Many Jews feel it but many more don’t. Many are worried and are living with a black cloud over their heads trying to keep up business as usual but it doesn’t really work.

Mommy: Why were you crying so much when you woke up this morning?
Moishela: Last night a Tzaddik came to me in a dream. The Tzaddik was my Rebbe the Baal Shem Tov and with words he painted for me a vision of the near future of the world.

I saw death and destruction for much of the world,
I saw Yidden in Eretz Yisroel suffering pain and hunger and confusion,
I saw many Yidden their lifeless bodies strewn around on the ground,
I saw a group of Yidden coming together and crying out to Hashem.
They where wrapped in Talaisim and with Tefillin on their heads and arms they were crying and begging Hashem to forgive them and bring the Geula. They where begging Hashem not to destroy the descendents of Avrohom, Yitzchok, and Yaakov and telling Hashem they know the truth and begging Hashem to forgive them and bring Moshiach. Then the Tzaddik that showed me all this started to fade away and he said it’s up to Am Yisroel and then he disappeared.

Tatti: Wow that was a very frightening vision.
Moishela: Know that this is really the beginning of the end even if there is a ceasefire. The problem isn’t the Arabs the problem is that we the Yidden are not doing what we are supposed to do. The problem is that we Yidden many of us believe in Kochi VeOtzem Yodi ("my own prowess"). We are sure that we are the strong ones that our Iron Dome is what is saving Am Yisroel. There are Yidden that don’t believe that but still don’t believe in HaKodosh Boruch Hu the way they are supposed to.  

There are almost no leaders and all is confusion. The world is full of confusion and evil. Almost over night the world seems to have turned from a jolly democratic world where people had no problem planning for the future with confidence that it would come to pass and as if over night it has turned into a world where evil is taking more and more control. Every person has become afraid and worried about their daily existence and the world seems totally chaotic, like a huge insane asylum run by uniformed Reshoim and this is very frightening.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rav Chaim Kanievsky: Lo Lefacheid

Tuesday November 20, 2012 8:24 AM 

While neighboring Tel Aviv is being targeted by Gaza’s terror organizations, Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky has issued a calming message to the residents of Bnei Brak, stating that the city will not be hit by rockets.
Rav Chaim’s statement was published as a letter on the front page of the Israeli Yated Ne’eman daily.

“When the Chazon Ish said that there will be no bombs in Bnei Brak… that will certainly happen today too,” Rav Chaim said.
“There is nothing to be afraid of,” said Rav Chaim.
Rav Chaim had previously advised a talmid from a yeshiva in southern Israel to remain in Bnei Brak.
Interestingly, during the first Gulf War, missiles hit all the cities surrounding Bnei Brak, but not a single missile landed inside Bnei Brak.
{ Israel News Bureau}