31.12.08

It's as simple as 1,2,3

B"H

It is as simple as 1,2,3. Defense Minister Barak laid out the three objectives of the offensive: dealing Hamas a forceful blow, fundamentally changing the situation in Gaza, and bringing to the cessation of rocket attacks against Israeli citizens. Chances are that these objectives will not be met. I suggest the three real reasons are: 1. To re-elect Kadima and re-empower our own PLO, Peres, Livni and Olmert. 2. To replace Hamas in Gaza with Fatah in order to bring about the one state dissolution and 3. To give Gaza to "our" terrorists - the 'moderate' murderers under Abbas with whom the leftist Israeli establishment can negotiate away our existence.

Conclusion: no elections will ever make any difference here, in the Holy Land: only Hashem will and the best way to fasten this process is to stay away from the polling station. It is not desirable nor it is possible to re-form the State from the inside - as it has no form.

- This is comment # 16 on Sever Plocker's "Postpone elections to June"

23.12.08

The whole financial structure is fraudulent

B"H

The world financial system as a whole is fraudulent in as much as states borrow against taxes, which is a legalized "ponzi scheme". Not only. They also create money from nothing, not backed by anything, and then they sell it to the commercial banks at what they call base rate. The banks, in their turn, resell the nothing to their customers. Not only: Jewish law requires the assumption of one's responsibility for one's debt. Limited corporations do not. The whole idea of limited corporations is to avoid personal liability, a concept alien to Judaism. Why the rabbis don't talk about these burning issues? Because it is easier to take it out on the one scapegoat Jew Madoff?

- This is a comment sent in on "The Madoff Affair" to Aish.com's Jewish Ethics column, run by Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir.

19.12.08

I'm an obstacle to peace, thank G-d.

B"H

Down with the British, Jew, prepare for war of Magog! Oh and by the way, don't buy property there. If you have one, sell it and come home before they pass legal measures to limit your freedom and eventually to kill you, because you are a Jew.

- this is talkback #1 on Report: UK to advise citizens not to buy land in settlements

The Chanukah Message

B"H

Maybe the IDF cannot but the People of Israel with G-d's help CAN! Let's not repeat the Sin of the Spies

- This is talkback # 58 on Dudi Cohen's "Former general: Israel can't defeat Iran"

14.12.08

Money worth only the paper it's printed on

B"H

It works like this: the Bank of Israel prints the money on paper, or on plastic now, at an industrial cost that is irrelevant respect of the face-value printed on the bank-notes. It sells it to the banks at base-rate, expressed in percentage of the face-value. The price of money was reduced to 4.65% in November from 5.41% in October. I assume this is the price the pals too buy their shekels for. The difference between the sales price of the money and the industrial cost of its production is the profit of the Bank of Israel, practically a 5.41% non-tax tax on the economy. The banks sell the money to their clients, to you and to me at about double the price. The difference between the retail and wholesale price of the money is the profit of the banks. Sending shekels to the pals is a political problem, in as much as it helps them, not an economic one. There is no economic damage to Israel, in as much as the pals buy their shekels, at least I hope they do. Money-printing for the pals does not produce much inflation in Israel either, as they have their largely indipendent economy and buy limited amounts of supplies from Israel.

- This is talkback # 7 on "Gov't to rethink cash transfers to Gaza"

Umm al-Fahm

B"H

Umm al-Fahm is an Israeli town. It does not need to invite or disinvite Jews. Jews can, per definition, go there and walk up and down in its streets and squares without ethnic, religious, political, sex or age discrimination. The very fact that the Arabs threaten violence against right wing Jews is illegal and intolerable under the rule of law. If right wing Jews are not allowed to walk up and down freely in Umm al-Fahm, the de facto secession of the northern triangle can be considered completed: if it's a no go zone for Jews, it's not a part of Israel anymore.

- This is talkback # 7 on "Umm al-Fahm invites Jews ahead of rightist rally" and # 11 on "Police delay rightists' Umm al-Fahm march"

11.12.08

And again: Re: # 10-12 Ya'akov

B"H

1) I don't think I'm "creating a problem", I'm just expressing my opinion and if you, as many Feiglin followers, want to hear only your opinion, that really is your problem, in as much it qualifies you, not me.

2)You are right, as a Jew my reality is not what I see in front of my nose but what is written in the Torah (Deut. 16:18, 17:14, 19:1 for example). Bettering this world to me means to make it conform to Torah standard rather than bend the Torah to try to fit it into what you call “reality”.

3) Jews in Eretz Israel not supposed to vote for or to have a knesset, it's only an expression of man's arrogance and a rebellion against the Creator.

4) Why you guys say that acting in a Jewish manner is bad is a mystery to me: pull up your socks and learn!

5) Yes, our rabbis are in fault not discussing our present and new status in the Land.


- This is comment # 15 on Jason Gold's "A Message to Binyamin Netanyahu"

And again: Re: # 9 Shy Guy

B"H

I take your criticism seriously Shy Guy. I wish you were right and everything's black or white in a world of Zionists and anti-Zionists. However as I’m a simple Jew in Eretz Israel, a “settler” for some, to me reality looks different. My fear is that Feiglin will turn into the next Bassi or Sinai-giver-away-Begin or Hevron giver-away-Netanyahu, in as much as he is already DOING the exact opposite respect of what he is PREACHING. I fear Shy Guy, that you cannot turn the State of the [erev rav] so called Jews into a Jewish State the American way, because I think Shy Guy that you can only do it the right WAY, that is the Jewish way, that is the Torah way and so with Hashem's help, not against Him. I strongly believe that running or even voting for knesset is anti-Jewish, in as much as knesset itself is anti-Jewish per definition: not for what it DOES but for what it IS.

- This is comment # 14 on Jason Gold's "A Message to Binyamin Netanyahu"

I made aliyah from Italy

B"H

I made aliyah from Italy and I'd have a request [to make]: please don't think for a moment that Italians like Israel or Israelis or Jews. There may be a few exeptions, but I can testify that even the Federation of the Italia-Israel Friendship Associations, an officially pro-Israel group, was and is strongly in favor of "disengagement" and of "disengagements" for "peace". The only and small "pro-Israel" political party wants Israel to join the EU as if saying: you either like us or you're dead. In Italy there is only a handfull of people who think Israel has a right to exist and almost none of these because Israel is Jewish, but because it is "the only democracy in the Middle East". With other words, don't expect Esau to be Yacov, he is not. And there is no reason for Israelis to lick the boots of the Italians. Of course I have no comment on the Red X

- This is comment # 1 on Anav Silverman's "Italian MPs 'Sosta' in Sderot"

How can you?!

B"H

How can you Jason declare Feiglin "incorruptible" when he never held power? (???) Because he says so of himself? If he were really concerned about his slogan "turning the State of the Jews into the Jewish State", he'd fight for institutions prescribed for the Jews in Eretz Israel in the Torah, for a discontinuity with the institutions of the State as we know it. Why? Because it is based on a Hellenistic model, that is good for the nations, not for the Jews. Instead, he is running for one of the existing institutions, from which no Jewish reform can come as it is one of the Hellenists stronghold on this country. How's about this for corruption, of at least the Feiglin idea of "reforming from the inside? We know that the regime will never allow it. We've seen it all already. The only way for change is to disengage from “their” system and that means not voting. The rest is only vanity and opportunism. And believing in the existent.

- This is comment # 7 on Jason Gold's "A Message to Binyamin Netanyahu"

9.12.08

A pre-post-political message to Yosef

B"H

Hi Yosef,

With reference to your "Mazal Tov to Moshe Feiglin and Manhigut Yehudit!" [fb] group invitation I would like to invite you and fellow group members to - think. If Hashem wanted us to have a knesset at the first place, He would have given us a Torah that says "When you come to the Land that Hashem, your G-d gives you, and possess it, and settle in it, and you will say, "I will set a knesset over myself, like all the nations that are around me." You shall surly set over yourself a knesset..", in Deut. 17:14, instead of what it actually says there. Democracy may be good for the nations but the Jews in Eretz Israel are meant to do a different thing: we are told to establish Jewish institutions here, not Hellenistic ones. There is no reform that can come from knesset, because knesset itself is there to prevent the Jews from being Jewish on their own Land. The State is not re-form-able in as it doesn't have a - form. The choice is between participation and no participation.

7.12.08

Ronny is 100% right [ironic]

B"H

Of course Ronny is 100% right. If we didn't have an Israel to defend, there would be peace. Peace of the cemetery? Yes of course, but who cares? We want peace, and peace is peace! If we didn't have a Torah, if we were all "secular", like Ronny, we would be exactly like the nations, just a nation amongst the many and they wouldn't have any reason to hate us. The Jews wouldn't have enemies, as they themselves would be just like them, their enemies. So, the best way to peace is to beat the hell out of a Jew, any Jew, who cares about his Torah. He who hates his Jewishness, like Ronny, is the best way to peace: let's do everything possible to be just like the goyim, let's drive on Shabbos and let's eat cheeseburgers on the festivals! The Jew is the obstacle to peace. Why? Because he insists of being – different. So, let's go and get rid of him! Let’s organize an Israeli pogrom police and let’s unleash it on Torah-Jews. Or, as Borat put it: "My country has a problem and the problem is the Jew: Let's throw the Jew down the well, so that my country can be free..". Hm, sounds familiar, doesn't it? Barak, Olmert, Livni and all the Rons out there, you're 100% right! Let's give Israel over to Palestine, as the map shows on the wall of Mr. Moderate Abu Mazen's office! That’s a great peace plan for you all, Torah-less, Jew-hater geniuses!


-this is comment # 24 on Ron Ben-Yishai's "Is worst yet to come? Evacuating Hebron house was easy; containing violence of Jewish radicals a tougher task"

I can't believe this!

B"H

I can't believe this! "Security" forces beat up dozens of Jews who are there to defend a Jewish cause, injuring some of them seriously, and you guys reporting on a Haaretz photographer who is there for money? Did you publish the names of the Jews ended up in hospital because of the attack on them by the Israeli “security” forces? If not, why not? Are you aware that this technique is known as dehumanization? Are you a propaganda outlet or a newspaper?!

- This is talkback # 17 on Tal Rabinovsky's "Soldier assaults photojournalist in Hebron"

4.12.08

On the Hebron eviction

B"H

So now, that Israel proved itself a "law" respecting democracy (once again by attacking its Jews), just like any normal country, I wonder how many thousands of its Arab subject sit in fear in their living rooms in the villas they constructed without a permit? Will they too face tear gas and stun grenades in this very just and necessary effort to remove them to legality, or will the government provide some political arrangement for them and a credible-sounding explanation for the public?

- This is Talkback # 28 on Efrat Weiss' "Hebron evacuation completed within hour"

30.11.08

Olmert praising Indians


B"H

Ah, enough of this nonsense already! Even they themselves described their own operation "helpless" and "clumsy". There is not one thing olmert can get right, not one! And Tzipy sitting right next to him and says yes, yes.

This is TB # 2 on Ronen Medzini's "Israel praises Indian rescue efforts"

27.11.08

OU may deserve a new dose of Jewish Ideas

B"H

The OU may deserve a new dose of authentic Jewish Ideas. Can this come from the present, keen to balance everything out Board and Management? The moneys from the Jewish Agency seem to be buying the organization's silence on relevant Jewish issues and on US and Israeli government policies opposing anything authentically Jewish. Also, if lightbulbs were changed in the Israel Center building and toilettes didn't stink.. Oh, just dreaming

- This is Comment # 6 on Hillel Fendel's "OU Called to Task for Lack of Judea/Samaria Speaker"

RE: # 4 Terry

B"H

Yes Terry, there is something to be said about Feiglin: he wants to bring Torah values and Torah-truth personel into knesset, forgetting that knesset itself is a Hellenistic institution serving foreign, Hellenistic interests. The only way (Feiglin's slogan) "To turn the State of the Jews to the Jewish State" is to push for authentic Torah institutions, not by partecipating in the game and in the games of the secular. Knesset and Supreme Court are just two of these secular's games and they have nothing to do with Torah and with Judaism.

This is TB # 32 on Amnon Meranda's "Bibi warns Likud members not to back Feiglin"

23.11.08

Gabi Ashkenazi, go and uphold the law at the Herskowitz

B"H

Gabi Ashkenazi, go and uphold the law at the Herskowitz house in J.em. There, Arab squatters are occupying the Jewish owned property, house and land, and the court order to evacuate the Arabs are refused by the police, claiming shortage of manpower. Go and help THEM out first, Gabi - It is very important that we uphold the rule of law - Ashkenazi!

- This is TB #22 on Hanan Greenberg's Army chief: We must uphold rule of law in Hebron

20.11.08

I had brit milah at 47 and I'am very proud of it.


B"H

I had brit milah at 47 and I'am very proud of it: reconnected with my people. A week of pain, well worth it.

This is TB 47 on Yigal Rom's "Child circumcision to be banned in Denmark?"

"High" court




B"H

- Dichter: "Disputed Hebron house will be evacuated"

- ABY: "High" court will be evacuated, with G-d's help

This is TB # 24 on Efrat Weiss' "Dichter: Disputed Hebron house will be evacuated"

Let's not forget


B"H

Let's not forget that these demolitions do not take place in a vacuum, as claimed by the leftist establishment and by the security forces, “in defense of legality”, but in an ethnic competition (war on Jews) for the Land. That is why punishing Jewish "illegal construction" institutionally appears to be anti-Semitic, in as much as thousands if not tens of thousands of Arab structures built illegally are allowed to stay in place unharmed and intact.

- this is comment # 4 on Maayana Miskin's "Clashes Follow Destruction in Neve Tzuf"

18.11.08

Yadlin

B"H

Another general without kippah and without G-d, another general with an extreme-left political agenda. He clearly is a danger to the Jews. To Jewish Jews, that is.

- this is talkback # 25 on 'Assad ready for peace, if he gets what he wants'

16.11.08

Two good blogs on bridge




B"H

Two good blogs on bridge:

http://esseragaroth.blogspot.com/2008/11/that-bridge.html

and

http://thetorahrevolution.blogspot.com/2008/06/goy-bridge.html

- This is TB # 21 on "Barkat to consider bringing down J'lem bridge"

12.11.08

Democracy vs Judaism

B"H

"Democracy" is "People's Power" as demos means people and cratos means power: in Greek. It is an intrinsically Hellenistic system that is the exact opposite of what Judaism stands for: Hashemcracy. Now, if this sounds extreme to you, think of Rosh Hashana, one of the most observed of Jewish holidays. At Rosh Hashana we declare Hashem King. Not big brother, not uncle, not friend, not benefactor: KING. A king is a "political" figure and we attribute sovereignty to Hashem. That's why Jews in Israel should have institutions compatible with Hashem's Torah, not with the bogus foreign boards of the democratic power-structure! Democracy may be good for the nations, Jews are meant to follow a different pass and not allow themselves to be divided into part-ies. That is why Jewish Jews don't vote, thank G-d.

- This is TB # 9 on Amnon Meranda's "Interior minister: Low voter turnout rate to distort results"

10.11.08

Have you ever wondered?

B"H

Have you ever wondered why secularist politicians put kippas on their heads in "solemn" occasions? To cover up their distance from and hostility to Judaism?

- This is TB # 32 on Rabin memorial: Olmert calls for concessions in Jerusalem

5.11.08

They know

B"H

It seems that they, the extreme leftist establishment, know there will be violence. They are beating their drums for weeks now. If there will be violence, it will be a result of the work of shabak agents and pogrom police provoking Jewish Jews and Jewish Values. The extremist disengagers are looking for disorders [in order] to win the next election. It didn't work last time, it won't work now. They are only erev rav (mixed multitude) with no Jewish sense of Torah of Israel, People of Israel and Land of Israel.

- This is TB # 19 on Ronen Medzini's "Ben-Eliezer: Next political murder right around the corner"

2.11.08

Thought police and "because I fear"..

B"H

Thought police and "because I fear".. Stalinists in the government want their political adverseries behind bars: "We must locate, register and arrest the radical elements, search for weapons in their homes and property, because I [left wing extremist Yuli Tamir] fear they may be in possession of arms and may use them to carry out the next murder, and third, change the legislation on incitement."

- This is TB # 11 on Roni Sofer's article, "Shin Bet chief warns of political assassination"

29.10.08

The bottom line

B"H

The bottom line is very simple: voting is sustaining Israel's "democratic" system. Unnecessary. Why? Because Jews have already voted for Hashem's Law in Sinai and any further vote can only lead to new "new testaments". Let's accept Torah Law and forget about voting for disgusting and arrogant man-made new legislation: it is the face of the tyrant today.

This is a comment on Batya's "The dangers of democracy"

Interview with Elisheva Federman

26.10.08

Pogrom at the Federman farm in Hevron

Re: # 30 That's precisely the issue

B"H

That's precisely the issue here "observer", over and above the humanitarian one presented by this family of newly created pogrom-victims: the Federmans.

For Jewish Jews the whole Land of Israel is per definition "legal" as the law-book of reference for them is the Torah (and related writings and comments of course). For the seculars the law-book of reference is the civil code. In my view civil war now will erupt because I don't think the G-d of Israel can tolerate such open, aggressive and public desecration of His Name. At the same time we know that the seculars are unable to moderate their appetite for power (See Altalena episode), so the scene is set for a confrontation.

- This is talkback # 39 on Efrat Weiss' "Rightists say all IDF soldiers 'should become Gilad Shalit'"

Olmert wants civil war in order to stay capo

B"H

This is talkback # 23 on Efrat Weiss' "Rightists say all IDF soldiers 'should become Gilad Shalit'"

23.10.08

Kaniuk

B"H

I hate Shas prostitution and Torah blindness but Kaniuk's calling the religious "lazy bums" and "draft dodgers" and "ignoramuses who will grow up in huge families" is outright anti-Jewish hatemongering, that is a penal offence in most countries.

- This TB # 45 on Yoram Kaniuk's article "Yishai, how dare you?"

Sir Shimon,

B"H

Sir Shimon, I don't know if for a Jew in general and for a President of a sovereign Israel in particular becoming Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's knight is an honor or an absolute disgrace.

- This is TB # 19 on Itamar Eichner's article "Peres to be knighted"

Social Engineers

B"H

Social Engineering and "People's Policy Planning" are failed leftist activities aimed against the Torah and the People of the Torah. Jews would be better off following Torah principles and Law: low taxation and tzadaka directly to the needy. Government operated what Della Pergola calls "infrastructures" are political intermediaries that always serve the interests of their operators rather than their needy customers'. I have a friend who has no house, no family, no money, none, no income, no meals, no transport, weared out shoes and clothing and there is no government agency to help him. Della Pergola, you should think twice before you sit down in front of your computer in your luxurious appartment to write an article about poverty you know nothing about.

- This is Talkack # 1 for Sergio Della Pergola's article "Payments for whom? - Instead of raising child allowances, government should provide better services"

13.10.08

The False Nation

B"H

"They provoked Me with a non-god, angered Me with their vanities; so shall I provoke them with a non-people, with a vile nation shall I anger them". (Deut 32:21)

I always believed that the "non-nation" Hashem tells us He will anger the Jews with were the so called "palestinians". But now I have my doubts. This false nation might very well be the Israelis themselves, their mixed multitudes (erev rav) in power, in as much as official Israel is "democratic" and "multi-cultural" and "multi-ethnic" and "western" and "gay and equal rights-ist" and thus substantially against anything and everything Judaism stands for: Torah Law and Torah Institutions and Torah Values for and by the Jewish People, in Eretz Israel.

- This was originally meant to be a talkback to Shaul Rosenfeld's Enmity and weakness in Akko. But ynetnews censored it. At least it seems like it so far.

28.9.08

Judaism and Democracy

B"H

Judaism has nothing to do with democracy. Wake up Jews and stop worshiping this modern day golden calf, that the State of Israel is.

- This is talkback # 14 on the same article.

Over-extended media milage

B"H

The word "Sternhell" produces 34 results only on ynetnews.com: clearly an over-extended media milage. "Tovia Shtatman", the 9 yrs old Israeli Jewish, and let me add religious, kid stabbed by an Arab terrorist seven times in Yitzar little more than two weeks ago, returns zero results. Now let me say, and shout it out as loud as I can: this is dishonest reporting and ynetnews.com, if it wants its readers to take it seriously, should review and correct its editorial policy.

- This is Talkback # 12 on Ronen Medzini's "Sternhell: Coexistence should be norm"

21.9.08

Re: # 2

B"H

His real agenda is to stay alive in an arid land. Just like the hyacinth. He certainly preaches well but then brings all the Jewish nationalistic support he can lay his hands on into the non-Jewish and Jew-hater likud party. Did Hashem command us to divide ourselves into PARTies and elect ourselves a knesset that gives us our laws of the land? In Eretz Israel? NO WAY! He commanded us to follow HIS Law and to do mitzvot. The "party-political" game is entrancingly a Hellenistic one and Jews should keep themselves as far from it as possible. Read your Torah, Moshe Feiglin and stop wasting our time (and the money of some) on your nonsense. Fight for Torah institutions! It's not too late. Democracy may be good for America, for the nations, but we Jews, in Eretz Israel, are commanded to do something else. (Not to mention the fact that the system has proved time and again that it is insensible to attampts of inside reform).

- This is TB # 6 on Moshe Feiglin's "Hyacinths and Jewish Renaissance"

17.9.08

Jewish Judea would strengthen Israel

B"H

1.The Jewish claim on the "West Bank" is as strong, if not stronger, as that on Tel Aviv or Haifa.

2. A Jewish Torah State in the "West Bank" would actually protect Israel against terrorists.

3. The Jewish people are told by the Torah to occupy the whole Land of Israel, not just parts of it.

- This is comment #15 under Muki Dagan's article entitled "Separatist settler camp emerging in West Bank threatens Israeli democracy". It is interesting to see how strong language (and negative analysis) emerges the moment Jewish identity, pride and determination become visible to the larger public.

14.9.08

Soon Olmert will not say anything in public

B"H

Olmert says "There will be no pogroms against non-Jews". Meaning he is for pogroms against Jews.

- this is comment #9 on Hillel Fendel's "Olmert Lashes Out at Beleaguered Samaria Jews"
B"H

This is the response "pastor" Tim White got to his facebook friends request:


Your Facebook friends request to Ariel Ben Yochanan
Between Tim White and You
Ariel Ben Yochanan

September 10 at 8:39pm
B"H

Tim, thank you for your Facebook friends request, but I'm not your friend: From a small and insignificant pseudo-Jewish sect 2000 years ago, xtians evolved into a major group of evil-doers and persecutors of my people. It is a miracle we survived you. If you really care about G-d's will and/or about the Jews I'd suggest you look into the Noahide faith, to G-d's instructions to the nations. See www.noahide.org and www.noahide.com

Your missionary efforts amongst the Jews are despicable and of course I don't wish you well. I trust the Creator will punish you for it, in hell for eternity.

Ariel Ben Yochanan
Kfar Tapuah
Efraim
Eretz Israel

Tim White
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... and here is his answer:


Ariel, thank you for your honesty. I would much rather have someone tell me their honest oppinion of me than to be dishonest. I will check into the web sites that you recommend as I am not familiar with them. Since I have always been a supporter of Israel - I have not met anyone of Jewish faith with such sarcasm and bitterness towards my personal faith. I had the privilege of living in Jerusalem while going to graduate school as a young man and developed a deep love for Israel and its people. You sound as though you have a fine education so I am sure that you are aware that not all Jews express their faith alike and neither do christians. I am sorry for any persecution that you or anyone else has received in the name of Jesus Christ. I do not belive that this is consistent at all with his teaching or way. Especially since he was a jew and so was the apostle Paul. I for one do not believe that I can convert anyone to become a Christian instead I focus on trying to serve and help people because that was his way and is the heritage that I try and pass on to my church and my large extended family. I began my quest on facebook to learn from other religions so that I can treat them with more respect when my only grandson moved with his parents (my daughter and son in law) to a very poor country to live with and help children and families living in a city dump. After my son in law was shot at - and my daughter robbed at knife point I felt compelled to try and make friends with people on this planet with whom I might disagree. I feel this even more intensily because I am a religious leader and have the opportunity to often meet political leaders. We have a lot of disagreements and injustices that need to be addressed through heart felt honesty as you display in your letter but if we do not have a ground to communicate and some respectful friendships than the only level of communication that nations defalut to is war. I have seen war first hand and witnessed what it can do and am not entirely naive. I know sometimes it is necessary. And I have generals and other military leaders in my church. But my job as a pastor not a warrior - as I understand it is to reach out and try and build some bridges of communication unless I want my grandchildren to grow up in a world which at times such as the holocost can be hell on earth. There are too many ethnic cleasnsings taking place even today and unless common people can find the best in each of our religions the highest ideals in how we treat one another than I believe we have not lived up to our responsiblity.

You may not be my friend, but I would still like to be yours.

Pastor Tim White (wacathedral.org)

3.9.08

Moshe Rabbinu's cause in this week's parsha

B"H

William, I ignore your Moshe Feiglin Facebook support group invitation, not because I don't agree with what Moshe Feiglin is saying, but because I don't agree with what Moshe Feiglin is doing. Siphoning good Jewish energies away from the cause of the Jews into the likud party and thus in support of a parliamentary system in Eretz Israel in my view is nothing short of criminal. I counter-invite you to consider this: Moshe Rabbinu gives us specific instructions vis-a-vis what institutions to set up on the Land and how to run them in the Torah, actually two of them right in this week's [Shoftim] parsha: Kingship and courts of justice with "officers" to enforce the Law. As Jews, don't you think we should be doing this, instead of engaging in Hellenistic politics? I post this text on http://www.thetorahrevolution.blogspot.com/ and invite you to diffuse it as widely as you can. Jew, fight the cause of Moshe Rabbinu, not Moshe Feiglin's!

1.9.08

Hot water

B"H

We are the only nation in the whole world for Heaven's sake, lucky enough not having to invent the hot water every time: it's all there for us and time and again we choose not to listen. The Torah gives us a specific institutional design we are called upon to set up in Eretz Israel. Why the Jewish people refuse to accept all the mitzvot is a mystery to me. We are angering Hashem with this senseless behavior. The same story over and over again. And then we have the chutzpa and complain that things aren't going the way they should. What a stupid, ignorant crowd! Where are the rabbis with a Torah vision? Why don’t they speak up? Democracy is an alien, Hellenistic system that may be good for the nations, but should have nothing to do with us! Arbitrary inventions and designs like the one this author puts forward is a parody of what we call wisdom. Wisdom for a Jew should mean the acceptance of the Torah, all of it, not just parts – or worst: none.

-This is comment #40 on Daniel Ashkenazy's "Time for political revolution"

Negotiating is against the Torah

B"H

"and Hashem your, G-d, will deliver them [our enemies who claim a right to our Land] before you, and you will smite them - you shall utterly destroy them; you shall not seal a covenant with them nor shall you show them favour." (Deut. 7:2)

-This is comment #14 on Roni Sofer's "Israel, Palestinians seek quick 'understandings'"

28.8.08

from http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=24067468479&topic=5409

BS"D

This week's Torah portion, Re'ei, teaches us the laws of the IrHanidachat. An Ir Hanidachat is a city where the majority of thegrown men actively involve in idol worship. Once it has beenestablished that a city has fallen into this category, the entirefamilies of the sinners are put to death by beheading and allpossessions of both sinners and non sinners are burned publicly.Then the entire city needs to be destroyed never to be rebuilt.There is an opinion in the Talmud that such a city never existed andnever will exist but that the sole purpose of the Torah teaching usthe laws of Ir Hanidachat is to increase the merit of Torah studyfor those who learn about it.Therefore let's take a closer look at some of the laws.HUMAN JUDGES VERSUS THE HEAVENLY JUDGEIn general repentance only affects a verdict made in the heavenlycourt. Once someone has sinned and a rabbinical court issued averdict, repentance doesn't help to change that. G-d will onlyforgive that person after he receives his earthly punishment.The simple reason for this difference is that human judges do notread minds. Maybe the sinner truly feels remorse for his misdeed,but it may be that the worry about undergoing his punishment spurshis claims of repentance.G-d on the other hand knows what goes on in people's minds andhearts. If He sees that someone truly repented, He can forgive himfor his sins.RAMBAM'S RULINGThe Rambam rules that if the sinners in an Ir Hanidachat repentbefore the verdict has been executed, it can be overturned. If partof the city repents and the non-sinners regain their majoritystatus, the city will be spared.According to the above rule that only heavenly punishments can becancelled, this law of the Rambam needs to be clarified.The Kesef Mishna offers the following explanation.In order for a court to punish someone, he needs to be warned aboutthe severity of the sin before he does it. This needs to be done bytwo kosher witnesses.The Ir Hanidachat does not have a specific warning. Each individualneeds to be warned that idol worship is a sin. In order for anindividual to be punished for idol worship a warning will suffice.But the Ir Hanidachat status and its consequences is a result of acombination of many individuals deciding to sin. Therefore, since nowarning can be issued to an Ir Hanidachat, the verdict can berevoked if enough people repent to make the sinners a minority.Our original question however still remains. Although we understandthat there is a difference between individuals and a city, whichallows room for changing a verdict, we still don't have a goodreason to say that in this case human judges know if the repentanceis sincere.The Tsofnat Paneach explains that Rambam never meant to say that theactual sinners can get off the hook by proclaiming they repentedafter the verdict has been issued.The sin of an Ir Hanidachat is so severe that even the innocentwives and children of the sinners are put to death. In addition, allthe physical belongings of all inhabitants are publicly burned asmentioned above. Rambam's rule applies to the women and children andthe belongings. If the husbands claim to have repented they lose thestatus of an Ir Hanidachat thereby saving their families andeveryone's possessions. They themselves will still be put to deathfor their earlier actions.This explanation still has the same problem as before though.If the rule is that human judges can not change a verdict based on asinner's claimed repentance, why is this case different. At the endof the day we still change the status of the city as a result ofthe `repentance'.THE SOURCE OF RAMBAM'S RULINGWhat does the Rambam base his ruling on?According to the Tsofnat Paneach this can be learned from the cityof Sedom. The city that was destroyed by Hashem in the times ofAvraham.Although we all know the stories about the wicked characters of thesodomites, this was not enough of a reason to kill them all. Oursages explain that the reason why the city was destroyed is becauseof idol worship, thereby rendering it an Ir Hanidachat.On the verse which tells us that Hashem says He is going to take alook to see what really is going on in Sedom, the Targumtranslates/explains "if they repent I will not punish them"This teaches us that it is possible for an Ir Hanidachat to repentand change its status.The Talmud Yerushalmi teaches us another law based on the Sedomstory. Avraham's nephew Lot was considered righteous enough to besaved. His belongings had to stay behind though and they weredestroyed together with the entire city. From here we know that eventhe belongings of the righteous in an Ir Hanidachat have to beburned.LAWS BEFORE THE TORAH WAS GIVENThese two teachings we learn from Sedom are very interesting andmake good speech material. There is however a slight problem.We have a rule that we do not derive any laws from occurrences thattook place before the Torah was given even when they are mentionedin the Torah. For instance we do not circumcise our children becauseAvraham was instructed to do so. His descendents till the Torah wasgiven on Mt. Sinai did so because of that instruction. We do itbecause we were given a mitzvah to be circumcised on the 8th day.The action is the same, the commandment a different one.Since the story of the destruction of Sedom took place long beforethe Torah was given, how to we derive laws from it?UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE?Another rule.Torah law knows four types of capital punishment. When someone isfound guilty of several sins punishable by different types of death,the law is that he is given the most severe type of punishment.Idol worship is punishable by death by stoning which is considered aharsh death.The sinners in an Ir Hanidachat are put to death by beheading. Thisis a relatively smooth procedure. Much less painful, emotionally adphysically, than stoning.Based on the rule that when one deserves various death types he isgiven the harshest one, it would follow that the inhabitants of anIr Hanidachat should be stoned.In general this law needs clarification. We said that if a city doesnot have a majority of sinners, everyone gets convicted to death bystoning. Once there is a majority this becomes the lesser punishmentof beheading!Let's say a city has 100 people of which 50 worship idols. Oneperson is debating whether to join his righteous neighbors or hisidolatrous neighbors. Finally the sinners win him over to theirside. By doing so he lessens their punishment!!INDIVIDUALS VERSUS COMMUNITIESThis seems to indicate that an Ir Hanidachat is not a collection ofindividual sinners but rather a new entity. An Ir Hanidachat. Thiscity needs to be dealt with in a certain way. Every sinner livingthere is killed by the sword and all its possessions are burned. Ifthe sinner would retain his original identity, his upgrade to IrHanidachat member would have to lead to a more severe punishment.By looking at all the members of the Ir Hanidachat as people livingin a doomed city, this problem is resolved.It also explains why the innocent women and children are killed.This does not come as a result of an action they did, because theydid not sin. It is a result of them living in a city of which allwomen and children need to be put to death. The same applies to thepossessions of the righteous people of the Ir Hanidachat.The city is doomed. The righteous people living there are notconsidered part of the doomed city. Their belongings are. Thereforethey survive but their belongings don'tWhere do we know this difference from?That we derive from the story of Sedom.Sedom doesn't teach us the law that we burn the material possessionsof the non-sinners. It teaches us that it is considered part of thecity. For if not Hashem would not have destroyed it.In other words, the law that we destroy an Ir Hanidachat is based onwhat we were told on Mt Sinai. What is considered part of the citywe learn from an earlier story. This is not a contradiction to therule that we do not base a law on something that happened before theTorah was given. The law is written in the Torah as a mitzvah. Wherethis law does not apply we derive from a story that took placeearlier.Similarly when the Rambam ruled that repentance would help in thecase of an Ir Hanidachat he did not rule that they were changingtheir punishment. That would contradict the law that once a verdicthas been issued it can not be changed. Rather it allows the sinnersto change the status of the city they live in. That this willimpact the type of punishment they will receive as well as the fateof their wives and children and the physical belongings of therighteous people does not matter.They do not change their individual punishment, they change theirstatus from `individual' to `member of a city that deservescollective punishment'.That this is possible we also derive from the Sedom story asmentioned before. Here too we do not teach a law but rather clarifywhat is considered a doomed city.That a city with a population of which the majority worships idolsis doomed is written as a mitzvah. That this majority status doesnot apply when people repent we learn from a story that took placebefore the Torah was given.HUMAN JUDGES VERSUS THE HEAVENLY JUDGE #2Our first question still remains though.How do the human judges know that some people truly repented,thereby changing the status of the city?Maybe we should redefine the reason why repentance only works forspiritual punishments meted out by the heavenly court but not forverdicts issued by human courts.The reason why a human judge can only rule based on what he seeswith his own physical eyes is because he only punishes for physicaldeeds.The heavenly court punishes for thoughts and feelings too, so theyhave to know what goes on inside the heart and mind of the sinnerand later repentant.When a human judge finds out that someone performed an action ofidol worship, denying G-d's existence, he needs to punish thatperson with the appropriate punishment regardless of the sinnersintentions. Intentions are not his territory.INDIVIDUALS VERSUS COMMUNITIES #2The upgrade to Ir Hanidachat status is different.Only Jewish people are considered a Tzibur, a community. When tenJews gather they form a minyan. This minyan can be comprised of allkinds of people. The word tzibur is an acronym for the wordsTzadikim,Benonim,Reshaim. Righteous,average and wicked people. Theyare all one because they all have a neshama, a spark of G-d, inside.Since G-d is One all Jews are also one. They form a community. Notonly the soul is Jewish, the entire person is. The perfectlyrighteous is obviously tuned in to his souls messages. But even theaverage person and the sinner are still called Jewish. In the caseof the Ir Hanidachat we even extend this G-dly communal bond to alltheir possessions.How can this G-dly connection be expressed in case of denial of G-dsuch as the Ir Hanidachat?A computer will never rebel against its programmer. It may stopfunctioning if there is a technical problem but it will neverperform actions it wasn't programmed to do.G-d is more than a computer programmer. He is omnipotent. He is sopowerful that he can even create a being that He allows to rebelagainst Him. The power to sin is a G-dly one.Therefore even in the case of an Ir Hanidachat we apply the G-dlypower that unites all Jews to upgrade them to a community of sinnerswith all consequences thereof.This explains why repentance can be accepted by human judges in thiscase.In general G-d gave the judgment of inner feelings to the heavenlycourt and the judgment of physical actions to a human court. Thehuman judge is not required to take anything past the physical deedinto consideration regardless of his ability to read minds.Although the sinner may claim he repented this is not enough torectify his sin. His sin was performed on an outward level with hisphysical body so it needs to be punished with a physical punishment.The Ir Hanidachat status is established by an inner power. That theoutward appearance is affected by this is also a result of thisinner power as opposed to a regular individual sinner who sins withhis outer appearance only.So as soon as the sinners declare that they repent, they indicatethat they did not sin with this inner power that renders them acommunity and they return to the status of individual sinners forwhich the human judge can give a rectifying punishment.May reading about Teshuva inspire us to do Teshuva so we can meritthe coming of Moshiach now.
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25.8.08

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This talkback is first published under: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3584656,00.html # 58 "This land isn't Israel" by Yair Lapid:


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22.8.08

Parshat Eikev by Daniel Pinner

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Parshat Eikev:
The Shema as Declaration of Faith

“It will be if you diligently hearken to My mitzvot which I command you today, to love Hashem your G-d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give the rain of your Land in its appropriate season – the first rains and the last rains. And you will gather in your grain and your wine and your oil, and I will give grass in your field for your animals, and you will eat and be satisfied. Guard yourselves, lest your heart be tempted, and you turn away and serve other gods and bow down to them; for then Hashem’s fury will be upon you, and He will close up the heaven so that there will be no rain, and the earth will not give its produce, and you will be destroyed swiftly from upon the good Land which Hashem gives you. And you shall place these words of Mine on your heart and on your soul, and you shall tie them as a sign on your arm and they shall be an adornment between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your sons, speaking of them while you are dwelling in your home, and while you are walking along the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up; and you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, in order that your days and your children’s days be prolonged on the Land which Hashem swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven above the earth” (Deuteronomy 11:13-21, the second paragraph of the Shema).

These are surely among the most familiar words for any Jew, anywhere in the world, any time in history. The echo of Shema Yisra’el… will resonate in the soul even of the Jew who is the furthest removed from Torah. These are the first words that a Jew learns to utter in prayer at his mother’s breast; and these are the last words that a Jew says as he is about to leave this world.

But for too many of us, these words are so familiar that we recite them twice every day as a reflex action, with no conscious thought, without delving into what G-d is really telling us here.

The very first words of the Mishnah discuss the correct time to say the Shema of the Evening Service: “From what time do we read the Shema of the Evening Service? – From the time that the Kohanim [Priests] enter [the Holy Temple] to eat of the terumah [the Priestly dues], until the end of the first watch, according to Rabbi Eliezer. And the Sages say, until midnight. Rabban Gamliel says: Until the first hint of dawn” (Berachot 1:1).
The question leaps out from this Mishnah: what is the connexion between reading the Shema and the Kohanim eating the terumah?

Perhaps a clue to the answer lies in the fact that Hazal selected these three passages from the Torah as the Shema because these 20 verses between them reiterate some of the most fundamental principles of Judaism: that G-d exists; that He is One, indivisible and unique; that it is fitting to pray to G-d, and only to G-d; that G-d knows all our thoughts and actions; that G-d rewards all those who obey His mitzvot and punishes all who transgress them; that the redemption will one day come (the phrase “…that your days and your children’s days be prolonged on the Land” is an oblique reference to the days of Mashiach and the eventual Resurrection of the dead – see Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishma’el, Nezikin, end; Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a, and Rashi ad loc, s.v. lema’an yirbu yemeichem…).

So since the Shema is the quintessential Jewish proclamation of faith, it is inherently interconnected with the Holy Temple, whose very existence symbolises redemption and whose destruction epitomises exile. “It is good to give thanks to Hashem, and to sing praise to Your Name, O Most High; to speak in the morning of Your loving-kindness, and Your faith in the nights” says King David (Psalms 92:2-3). Morning – the bright sunshine of redemption, the time when the Holy Temple stands – is the time to speak of G-d’s loving-kindness. During the long, dark night of exile – when the Holy Temple lies in ruins, buried beneath the rubble of idolatry – it is impossible to see G-d’s loving-kindness. In the shadow of the Crusades, in the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition, in the blood-soaked fields of Chmielnitzki’s Poland, in the pogroms of Kishinev, in the hideous chambers of Auschwitz, it is impossible to see, or even to speak of, G-d’s loving-kindness. There, in the depths of exile, all we have is faith.

But in the bright morning of redemption, when we return home in freedom to our own Land, when we defeat our enemies who come to exterminate us – that is the time to speak of G-d’s loving-kindness.

And the Shema stands by us throughout: “you shall teach [these words] to your sons, speaking of them while you are dwelling in your home” – while you live in peace in your homeland, in Israel; “and while you are walking along the way” – wandering through exile, to the furthest corners of the earth; “and when you lie down” – when your time comes to return your soul to its Maker and to sleep in the dust, you will still keep the faith; “and when you rise up” – in the time of the Resurrection of the dead.

So this is the connexion between reciting the Shema and the Temple sacrifice. Start to proclaim faith in G-d “from the time that the Kohanim [Priests] enter [the Holy Temple] to eat of the terumah [the Priestly dues]” – which is the time of sunset, the end of the daylight of freedom, the very end of independence, immediately before the onset of the night of exile, while the Holy Temple is – just about – still standing.
And continue with this faith “until the end of the first watch, according to Rabbi Eliezer”.
The night was divided into three watches; Rabbi Eliezer’s declaration of faith endures for the first third of the night. Whenever the Talmud quotes Rabbi Eliezer without defining which Rabbi Eliezer, it always refers to Rabbi Eliezer ben Horkanos, the son-in-law of Rabban Gamliel the Elder. And Rabbi Eliezer ben Horkanos, known as Rabbi Eliezer the Great, was the rabbi and mentor of Rabbi Akiva (Jerusalem Talmud, Pesachim 6:3) – the great leader and visionary who tried, with his legendary general, Shimon Bar Kochba, to bring the redemption. He failed – a tragic, magnificent failure – a failure that included an unprecedented victory against the Roman Empire, a military victory that no other nation in the world would ever match, a victory that would restore Jewish sovereignty to Israel for three years. Rabbi Eliezer was the man who, with his friend and colleague Rabbi Yehoshua ben Hananya, smuggled Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai out of Jerusalem during the destruction of the Holy Temple (Gittin 56a) in a desperate attempt to salvage something from the wreckage wrought by the Romans. Rabbi Eliezer, who saw the Holy Temple in its final days, who lived through its destruction, and was so connected with the redemption but failed to actualise it, accompanies us for the first third of the long night of exile.
“And the Sages say, until midnight” – the Sages support us for the first half of the night.
“Rabban Gamliel says: Until the first hint of dawn” – Rabban Gamliel still stands by our side, accompanying us throughout the long, wearying night of exile. Whenever the Talmud quotes Rabban Gamliel without further definition, it always refers to Rabban Gamliel II, the grandson of Rabban Gamliel the Elder. Rabban Gamliel II was the grandfather of Rabbi Yehudah the Nasi (“Prince” – i.e. head of the Sanhedrin), who redacted the Mishnah. Rabban Gamliel II was appointed Nasi about two years after the destruction of the Holy Temple (Tosafot to Shabbat 54b, s.v. Hava me’aser). His father, Rabban Shimon, was murdered in Kiddush Hashem by the Romans (Sotah 48b and Sanhedrin 11a with Rashi ad loc); Rabban Gamliel named his son Shimon after his father. It was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai who selected Rabban Gamliel as Nasi, because Rabban Gamliel was the direct male-line descendant of Hillel, who was in turn a direct descendant of King David (Jerusalem Talmud, Ta’anit 4:2). Hence he represented – and still represents – the unbroken link from before the destruction of the Holy Temple, from before the onset of the night of exile, to the sunrise of the final redemption.
The dispute as to the correct time to recite the Shema is between Rabbi Eliezer and Rabban Gamliel; and there is a halachic principle that in every dispute between Rabbi Eliezer and Rabban Gamliel, the halachah always follows Rabban Gamliel. We have been saying the Shema – declaring our faith in Hashem throughout the horrifyingly long and wearying night of exile, until – in the words of Rabban Gamliel – “until the first hint of dawn”. The dawn has already broken, and the time of morning has come to speak of Hashem’s loving-kindness.
The second Mishnah continues: “From what time do we read the Shema of the Morning Service? – From the time that one can distinguish between techelet and white” (Berachot 1:2). “There is no Torah like the Torah of the Land of Israel” (Leviticus Rabbah 13:5; Yalkut Shimoni, Bereishit 22), because Torah learnt in the Land of Israel is the Torah of redemption, whereas Torah learnt elsewhere is Torah of exile. That is why Rabbi Zeira, when he made Aliyah from Babylon, fasted one hundred fasts to forget all the Torah he had learnt in Babylon (Ketuvot 112a, Bava Metzi’a 85a). And just as the Torah of Eretz Yisra’el is incomparably greater than the Torah of exile, so too is the Shema of redemption incomparably greater than the Shema of exile.
The dawn has begun to break, and we are poised on the verge of reciting, after 2,000 years, the Shema of the Morning of Redemption. And the recital of the Shema is inextricably intertwined with the service of the Holy Temple: as long as it has not been rebuilt, all our service is defective. “Every generation in whose days the Holy Temple is not rebuilt is considered as though they had destroyed it” (Jerusalem Talmud, Yoma 1:1). Harsh words indeed! Why should a generation be considered as though they had destroyed the Holy Temple just because it had not been rebuilt in their days? The Midrash explains: “What is the reason? – Because they had not repented” (Yalkut Shimoni, Psalms 886). Had our generation – we personally – done true teshuva, then the Holy Temple would already have been rebuilt.
We have nurtured this faith for thousands of years, while we walked along the way in a hundred countries of exile. And now we are to speak of this faith while we are once again dwelling in our home in the Land of Israel. The time has long since come for us all do genuine teshuva, to proclaim the Shema of complete faith, to proclaim the Shema of the morning of redemption, to put the long night of exile behind us, and to allow the sunlight of Mashiach to burst forth over the rebuilt Holy Temple, from there to illuminate Zion and the whole of Israel, “in order that your days and your children’s days be prolonged on the Land which Hashem swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven above the earth”.
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18.8.08

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15.8.08

Parshat Va'Eschanan - G-d's Peace Plan For The Jewish People

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Parshat Va'Eschanan - G-d's Peace Plan For The Jewish People

Deut
7:1
When God your Lord brings you to the land you are entering, so that you can occupy it, He will uproot many nations before you - the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizites, Hivites and Yebusites - seven nations more numerous and powerful than you are.
7:2
When God your Lord places them at your disposal and you defeat them, you must utterly destroy them, not making any treaty with them or giving them any consideration.
7:3
Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons, and do not take their daughters for your sons.
7:4
[If you do], they will lead your children away from Me, causing them to worship other gods. God will then display His anger against you, and you will quickly be destroyed.
7:5
What you must do to them is tear down their altars, break their sacred pillars, cut down their Asherah trees, and burn their idols in fire.
7:6
You are a nation consecrated to God your Lord. God your Lord chose you to be His special people among all the nations on the face of the earth.
7:7
It was not because you had greater numbers than all the other nations that God embraced you and chose you; you are among the smallest of all the nations.
7:8
It was because of God's love for you, and because He was keeping the oath that He made to your fathers. God therefore brought you out with a mighty hand, liberating you from the slave house, [and] from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
7:9
You must realize that God your Lord is the Supreme Being. He is the faithful God, who keeps in mind [His] covenant and love for a thousand generations when it comes to those who love Him and keep His commandments.
7:10
But He pays back His enemies to their face to destroy them. He does not delay the payment that He gives His enemies to their face.
7:11
So safeguard the mandate, the rules and laws that I am teaching you today, so that you will keep them.
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12.8.08

"Splitting" water. Is it possible or a hoax?

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See the video and decide for yourself. I say it's a hoax. Why do I think so? Because of what's written on the side of the "water-powered" car: a lie (at the begining of part two - second video).





Israel at the olympics

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The whole idea of partecipating in an olympics is Hellenistic per definition. If Jews understood the meaning of what is Jewish, they stayed at home, building the Temple.

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3580682,00.html, talkback # 5

5.8.08

If we do not open our eyes

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If we do not open our eyes by Ariel Ben Yochanan

You close your piece Moshe by saying: "If we do not open our eyes and reject these Christian groups and their money, we will all pay the price".Agreed! So, let me say to you and to your followers this: if we don't open our eyes and reject your attempt to siphon good Jewish energies to prop up your Likud fraction and by doing so a party-system that has nothing to do with Jewish tradition and with Jewish values and with the Jewish Law, if we don't reject your using us to support a Hellenistic system, than yes, we will all pay a heavy price. Where does the Torah tell us to divide ourselves into part-ies and elect ourselves a knesset of Jews and Arabs that sits in the morning and sits in the evening to give us laws that may or may not respect the Torah? Where in the Talmud you read about a "prime minister"? Come on Moshe, how can you call your movement "Jewish" and build Hellas with it?
With other words, if you don't recognize that what we need is institutional discontinuity, instead of the "democrtic change" you are proposing, you will not turn the State of the Jews into a Jewish State. the best you'll achieve is to turn the State of the Jews into a State of Feiglin. Should honest Jews want this? I bieleve not. Why? Because it is just another lie that has nothing to do with the State the Torah wants us to build. Democracy may be good for America, for the nations. The Jews are told to do something else. We are given three national mitzvot upon entering the Land: to appoint a king, to annihilate Amalek's seed and to build the Temple. There is no mention of "prime minister" and "knesset" and "likud" and "party". Stop confusing the Jewish People, Moshe!

This comment was first published at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/8152 #2 and #4

1.8.08

Parshat Mas'ei by Daniel Pinner

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Parashat Mas’ei:
After the wandering

“Hashem spoke to Moshe in the plains of Moab, by the Jordan at Jericho, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the Land of Canaan, you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the Land before you; and you shall destroy all their houses of worship, and all their metal idols shall you destroy; and all their high altars shall you demolish. And you will inherit the Land and will dwell in it; because it is to you that I have given the Land to inherit. And you will settle the Land as an inheritance, dividing it up by lot among your families – to the greater you will give a greater inheritance, and to the smaller you will give a smaller inheritance. Wherever it turns out for him, there will his lot be; you will settle your inheritance by your fathers’ tribes. But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land before you, then those of them whom you leave will become thistles in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you on the Land wherein you dwell. And it will happen that what I planned to do to them, I will do to you” (Numbers 33:50-56).

Our Parashah opens by recapping the entire desert trek from Egypt to the threshold of Israel: “They journeyed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth of the first month; the day after the Pesach-sacrifice, the Children of Israel left” (33:3). The subsequent forty-seven verses detail the forty-two journeys (or stages of the journey) to this site, on the banks of the River Jordan, facing Jericho. Now, in the final few weeks before returning to the Land of Israel, in the final few weeks before the forty-year long desert trek is over, in the final few weeks of Moshe’s life, the Torah sees fit to recount all forty-two stations along the way. As the Midrash so movingly allegorises, “Throughout those forty years that you were in the desert, I ensured that you had nothing to flee from; rather, I cast down all your enemies before you just by being with you. And more than this – the place was full of snakes and fiery serpents and scorpions, as the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:15) says, ‘snakes and fiery serpents and scorpions’; yet I did not allow any of these to harm you. And thus G-d told Moshe: Write down the journeys that Israel made in the desert, so that they may know what miracles I wrought for them… This is like a king whose son was ill; he took him to a distant place to cure him, and on their return journey, the father started recounting all their journeys, saying: Here we slept, here we cooled ourselves, here you felt pains in your head. Thus did G-d tell Moshe: Recount for them all the places wherein they angered Me” (Numbers Rabbah 23:1-3; Tanchuma, Mas’ei 1-3).

And immediately following this, G-d commands us how to behave when we enter the Land, barely more than a month in the future: “When you cross the Jordan into the Land of Canaan, you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the Land before you; and you shall destroy all their houses of worship, and all their metal idols shall you destroy; and all their high altars shall you demolish”. At this juncture – on the threshold of redemption – the preciousness of the Land of Israel, and how we are to live in it, had to be instilled in this generation that had been born and brought up in the desert. And commensurate with this comes the stark warning: “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land before you, then those of them whom you leave will become thistles in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you on the Land wherein you dwell”.

The Ohr ha-Chayyim (Rabbi Chayyim ben Attar, Morocco and Jerusalem 1696-1743), gives a crucial insight, chilling in its incisiveness. On the words “…you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the Land before you,” he expounds: “Since the Torah (Deuteronomy 20:16) commands, concerning the seven Canaanite nations, that ‘you shall not allow any soul to remain alive,’ it is apparent that here the Torah speaks of other nations than those seven Canaanite nations who were here then. So the Torah is precise in its wording, specifying that we are to ‘drive out all the inhabitants of the Land’ – saying that this applies even to those inhabitants who are not of the seven Canaanite nations”.

And he gives the reason for expelling all the inhabitants when commenting on the words “they will harass you on the Land wherein you dwell”: “Not only will they cling to that part of the Land that you did not merit to conquer; but even in those parts of the Land that you did merit to conquer and wherein you dwell they will harass you, saying: Get up, get out from our midst”. Little wonder that the Ohr ha-Chayyim is reputed to have written his commentary with Ruach ha-Kodesh (“divine inspiration”)! Two and a half centuries ago, he already warned us of precisely what is happening in Israel today. You may live in part of the Land of Israel – but if you allow the inhabitants to remain in Shechem, their suicide terrorists will blow you apart at the hitch-hiking station in Jewish-inhabited French Hill in Jerusalem; if you allow them to remain in Tulkarem, they will massacre you in the Park Hotel in the Jewish city of Netanya; if you allow them to live in Jebel Mukhabber, they will crush you to death in Jaffa Street in the heart of Jerusalem.

And this is a particularly grim example of the principle of measure-for-measure: our disloyalty to the Land inevitably brings the Land’s disloyalty upon us. The Ohr ha-Chayyim continues: “the word al (‘on,’ in the phrase ‘they will harass you on the Land’) means ‘because of,’ as in the verse ‘because (“al”) you did not sanctify Me’ (Deuteronomy 32:51)”. That is to say, the Ohr ha-Chayyim renders this verse: “If you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land before you, then those of them whom you leave will become thistles in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you because of the Land”. We will be harassed, massacred, blown apart, because of the Land to which we are disloyal.

Or, in the telegraphically brief, but oh-so-insightful comment of Rashi: “‘And you will settle the Land as an inheritance’ – you will disinherit it from its inhabitants, and then you will dwell in it, you will be able to exist in it. And if not, you will not be able to exist in it”.

All this gives a particularly poignant understanding to the Ramban’s commentary: “‘You will inherit the Land and will dwell in it,’ because to you have I given the Land to inherit. In my opinion, this is a positive commandment – He commands them to dwell in the Land and to inherit it, because He gave it to them, and they are not to despise G-d’s portion. And those who consider going to conquer Shinar [modern day Iraq] or Assyria [modern-day Iran/northern Turkey] or any other countries and living there are transgressing G-d’s command” (Commentary to verse 53).
Central to this is the command that “you shall destroy all their houses of worship, and all their metal idols shall you destroy; and all their high altars shall you demolish” (Numbers 33:52). For “houses of worship,” the Torah here uses the word maskiyotam. There are slightly differing opinions regarding the precise meaning of the word maskit (though all agree that it is something used in idol worship). Both the Targum Onkelos and the Targum Yonatan render “their houses of worship,” using the Aramaic phrase beit sig’dat’hon, from the root seged (“to bow in worship”). (The parallel Arabic root is sajid [“to bow in worship”], giving the Arabic word masjid [“place of worship,” hence “mosque”].)
Rashi amplifies that the word maskiyotam is to be understood “according to the Targum – their houses of worship, which are given this name because [the idolaters] would cover [sakhakh, the root of maskit] the ground with a floor of marble stones, upon which they would bow down with hands and feet outstretched”.

This is the most fundamental issue of the struggle between the Nation of Israel and all other nations who occupy the Land of Israel: it is the conflict between the G-d of Israel and the false gods of those nations, and as such it is the essence of Kiddush Hashem (“sanctification of the Name of G-d”). For the houses of worship of the inhabitants of the Land to remain – even when they themselves have been vanquished – entails their false gods to remain; the destruction of their houses of worship by the people of Israel at the command of the G-d of Israel is the essence of the might and the supremacy of the G-d of Israel.

Immediately following this command, the Torah defines the borders of Israel (34:1-12), and then how to apportion the Land among the twelve tribes (34:13-35:15) including the six cities of refuge, leading very naturally to the definition of how the cities of refuge are to be governed (35:16-32). The reason that the Torah defines Israel’s borders is, as Rashi (commentary to 34:2, based on Gittin 8a-b) explains: “Because many of the Mitzvot apply within the Land and do not apply outside of the Land, it was necessary to write the borders of the surrounding edge, telling you that from inside these borders these Mitzvot apply”.

But even before knowing the precise borders of the Land, the Torah had to give us this most fundamental of precepts – more fundamental even than the other Mitzvot which are dependent upon the Land of Israel. Because as long as we allow the hostile inhabitants to remain in the Land, not only is our observance of all the Mitzvot inherently defective; our very existence throughout the Land is precarious.

And to understand this, we do not need the explanations and commentaries of Rashi, Ramban, or the Ohr ha-Chayyim; we need look no further than tomorrow morning’s newspaper headlines.
SHABBAT SHALOM

20.7.08

Haveil Havalim

B"H

Haveil Havalim is up at http://esseragaroth.blogspot.com/2008/07/haveil-havalim-174.html

Please help get the word out by posting about it, with the above link.

For those of you fasting, have an easy fast.

18.7.08

Parshat Pinchas

B"H

Quickly: this is another parshah that warns us against democracy. We are shown, here again, how Jewish leadership is supposed to be installed. Hashem said to Moses "Take to yourself Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lean your hand upon him." (Num. 27:18) Nowhere Hashem tells us "Elect yourselves a knesset that will sit in the morning and will sit in the evening and will give you the laws of the land". Instead, we are told: "You shall return and listen to the voice of Hashem, and perform all his commandments that I command you today" (Deut. 30:8). "All his commandments", that is including the mitzvot that relate to how to conduct our national affairs in Eretz Israel. The Rambam says in Hilchot Melachim 1:1 "Three mitzvot were commanded to Israel on their entering the Land: to appoint a king, as it says "You must appoint a king" (Deut. 17:15), to annihilate Amalek's descendants.. and to build the Temple.

Are we doing any of these things?

Shabat shalom indeed!

16.7.08

To Eidelberg

B"H

What matters for Jewish survival and national well being Professor, is not the ins and outs of the democratic parliamentary system (which you are an expert of), but the degree of adherence to Jewish values and law (halacha) of which you largely choose to remain silent. "Tsuva" exists on two different levels, individual and national. The later is ignored by most. When you'll realize that Jews in Eretz Israel do have national mitzvot to follow and they are ignoring them, that we shouldn't have a knesset in the first place, perhaps you'll start to grab the magnitude of the "reoldal" we need and indeed will call for institutional discontinuity, i.e. "revolution" rather than democratic reforms [of the existing evil Hellenistic system].

15.7.08

On approving giving Kuntar to the terrorists

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3567901,00.html Talkback # 15

B"H

Uri Misgav is not Haim Misgav. The second is a wise Jew. This author is not. He lists a series of false propaganda elements and I wonder how can he or his editors aspect anyone to believe him. The first point he raises is that Kuntar is no longer a terrorist threat, after such a long jail term. False! The fact is that we don't, we can't know for sure. At best. There were reports saying that he will return to active terrorism, to killing Jews. At worst. Then Uri Misgav who is not Haim suggests that giving Kuntar to the terrorists will satisfy their hunger for Jewish blood. False! This has never happened before and won't happen now. Giving terrorists anything, including land, conveys just one single message spelled out in big block letters: the Jews are weak. And this message is deadly. We'll see this G-d forbid in the coming weeks and months. The symbolism of this case is devastating. But what hits harder than anything is the lack of Jewish vision: we are not supposed to pay unproportional rensoms. And the word "unproportional" here stands for: life.

If we were a Jewish State this deal wouldn't have gone through

B"H

If we were a Jewish State this deal wouldn't have gone through

See http://www.torahmitzion.org/eng/resources/showLaw.asp?id=435

“We do not redeem captives for more than their value”

Jewish communities throughout history would often spend large sums of money to perform the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim. This practice led to the concern that kidnappers would exploit this willingness to pay by demanding exorbitant amounts for the release of captives, such that the importance of this great Mitzvah would be diminished with the loss of other important values. Already in the SecondTempleperiod, therefore, the Rabbis made a seemingly cruel enactment that“We do not redeem captives for more than their value.” Their “value” is determined by the price that the captive would fetch in the marketplace if he were to be sold as a slave; or it would follow the standard ransom for non-Jewish captives. Kidnappers demanding significantly above the going rate should not find a partner with whom to do business in the Jewish quarter.
The reason for this restriction is a matter of dispute in the Talmud(Gittin 45a). Some say it is meant to avert the impoverishment of the Jewish community at the hands of greedy kidnappers(the economic consideration); others say that if exorbitant ransoms are paid, it will provide an incentive for more kidnapping(the security consideration). Rashi explains that the practical difference between these two reasons would be a case in which ample funds are available to meet the captors’ demands(e.g. the individual, his relative or a private benefactor can pay off the ransom): here the economic consideration would not be relevant (as the public purse would be unaffected); however, the security consideration, viz. the problem of generating incentive,would still remain.
The Rambam (ibid. 8:12)(and the Shulchan Aruchin his footsteps) rulesaccording to the second opinion: “Captives are not redeemed for greater than their value… so that the enemies should not pursue them to take them captive.” It therefore follows that the ability of the individual or of the community to payfor the ransoming of captivesis of no consequence
Notwithstanding the above, it has been accepted practice throughout the centuries to redeem Jewish captives at almost any cost. As we shall see in detail in our next column, Halachic authorities havefound various justifications for leniency. In the event that the prisoner's life is at risk, or is subject to physical abuse, or religious coercion to renounce their Jewish faith, the rule of “not more than their value” has often beenwaived. Having said that, it goes without saying that each situation is different and has to be considered on its own merits.

10.7.08

A Japanese View of the Palestinians By Yashiko Sagamori

A Japanese View of the Palestinians
By Yashiko Sagamori

If you are so sure that "Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history", I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine:
When was it founded and by whom?
What were its borders?
What was its capital?
What were its major cities?
What constituted the basis of its economy?
What was its form of government?
Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
What was the language of the country of Palestine?
What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
You are lamenting the "low sinking" of a "once proud" nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that "nation" proud and what was it so proud of?
And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call "Palestinians" are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over -- or thrown out of -- the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?
I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day "Palestinians" to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won't work here.
The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it "the Palestinian people" and installed it in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the "West Bank" and Gaza, respectively?
The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so called "Palestinians" have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation" -- or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.
In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as from the land of Israel and accepting Israel's ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.
That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

The losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization

4.7.08

We need a Torah State!

B"H

We need a Torah State! Comment # 11

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=32118121&postID=4699322630409923147


B"H

- MZ: "..yet we are few in number compared to all of world Jewry, maybe 5-10%, and that's why we are not yet ready or able as a people to actualize a truly Jewish State.

- ABY(B): This is a typically democratic concept and we know that Judaism, Torah or Halacha has nothing to do with the size of popular support of an idea. What matters is: truth.That's why we MUST act in a way that promotes the respect of ALL applicable mitzvot. The return of Jewish masses to Eretz Israel before the declaration and under the State of Israel does present a new fact on the ground and it is reasonable to accept and indeed pray for a Jewish spiritual and institutional renewal (that is a “reoldal”).In my view this precisely is the challenge of Judaism in our times. Will we as a nation be able to act on our Torah and refund the Jewish kingdom run by Torah institutions the Torah way or will we limit our national life to ape the Hellenist goyim? In other words, will we chose to live or to die? We are commanded to live and I hope we will chose to do so.

1.7.08

To cure Israel's ills

B"H

This is talkback # 10 on ISI LEIBLER's article "Candidly Speaking: Enough of political perfidy". Unfortunately the Jerusalem Post allows only short comments so that the full presentation of an idea is impossible there. Pity.


To cure Israel's ills or what you call horse trading between the coalition parties, what we need is not a new and improved electoral system as you and others like Prof. Eidelberg suggest, but INSTITUTIONAL DISCONTINUITY, also know as "revolution". Your recepy you see is good and it would work anywhere else in the world. But in Israel, it would not. Why? Because Israel is on Eretz Israel and here G-d have disposed a special plan for the Jewish people. Yes, [I'm talking about] the Torah. The Jewish people have been given free will and can either do what is required from them in the Torah. Or can ignore it.

30.6.08

Attention Jewish bloggers! Please forward

B"H

Attention all Jewish bloggers: missionaries are targeting this specific area. I had a gnmagazine.org AdSense appear on my blogspot "The Torah Revolution". There is a way to combat missionaries targeting Jews. Go to https://www.google.com/adsense/filter-online and add the missionary URL to the black list

No Other Deal? By Ariel Ben Yohanan (Andras Bereny)

B"H

This is comment # 9 on Yair Lapid's article in support of exchanging arch-terrorist Kuntar for two bodies


No Other Deal? By Ariel Ben Yohanan (Andras Bereny)


- Yair Lapid: "There’s no other deal"

- Ariel Ben Yohanan: Yes, there is - or better, there was: we could choose and win the 2nd Lebanon War, destroy hezb'allah and bring our boys home dead, or maybe alive at that time. But no, you leftist losers have decided that it is better to appease the goyim, lose the war and the boys with it.

The young soldiers and the reservists died for nothing in that conflict. For nothing!

- Yair Lapid: "Those who try to hint that they would do it better are lying"

- Ariel Ben Yohanan: You are lying Yair Lapid because you insinuate that this country, Israel, can have no better leaders than the ones you are paid to serve with your naked propaganda pieces. You are insulting ordinary intellect.

The fact Yair Lapid is that every Jew knows that there is a halacha (Jewish Law) on this that forbids us to pay too much ransom. Your arguing that giving a living Kuntar for two bodies is not an honest argument and hundreds of Jews and Israelis will G-d forbid pay the price for it as from tomorrow and in the coming years. G-d save the skin of poor Shalit now, apparently still alive.

Your reasoning, Yair Lapid is immoral precisely because it favors the dead against the living and we are commanded to choose life.

We urgently need a leadership that not only knows Torah but applies Torah. This includes leaving you alone in your corrupt and secularist Knesset and working for Torah institutions: expert judges, the Sanhedrin and a king. Your secularism Yair Lapid is leading the Jewish people to die. If we are to survive, we have to do away with you.

28.6.08

A Goy Bridge

B"H

This piece first appears as comment #10 at "A Truly Ugly Bridge", pulling a number of angry comments on itself from readers of this left-leaning web-site. Anti-Jewish sentiment in Israel is alive and well it seems.


A Goy Bridge

The Chords Bridge of Jerusalem is a goy bridge to symbolise the rule of the erev rav over the Jews in Israel. Designed by a Spanish and made in Italy, assembled by Israeli firms that don’t distinguish between Arab and Jewish labor, it is an arrogant phallic symbol towering over holy, modest Jerusalem: an altogether goy concept. Even the dressed up girls dancing in the inauguration ceremony is precisely: a goy concept. I wouldn’t be surprised if G-d tore it down next winter with a lightening.

27.6.08

Korach

B"H

"Vayikach Korach - And Korach took..."
(Numbers 16:1)by Rabbi Chaim Richman
Sivan 23, 5768/June 26, 2008





Thus begins the story of Korach, the man who would be king. The two opening words in Hebrew, "Vayikach Korach," really tell us all we need to know about Korach. He took. Even before the verse can finish conveying just what Korach took, it is clear that Korach takes what he wants, when he wants, and for his own nefarious purposes. As it turns out the verse in this instance is referring to 250 men that Korach took. How did he take these men? He took them by their hearts, feeding the sweet but deceitful lines about holiness and equality. Why should Moses and Aaron lead, he asked, when we are all equally holy? It remains a persuasive argument to this very day. If we are all equal, and all holy, and each of us can approach G-d in his own way, than why can't we pick and choose, and cut and paste to suit our own needs, the way we serve G-d? Or to use more current terminology, the way we define good and bad, the way in which we perceive and define justice.


We are taught by our sages that Korach was a talmid chacham - a Torah scholar, but his great knowledge of Torah could not prove a fence against his aggrandized sense of self and entitlement. Not being able to find in Torah a reason why he, and not Moses, should lead the people, and why he, and not Aaron, should be the High Priest, he jettisoned the Torah, deciding to go it alone, in order to attain what he felt was his.

We are taught in Ethics of the Fathers (5:13) the following: "He who says, "What is mine is yours, and what is yours, is yours," is a pious person. But one who says, "What is yours is mine, and what is mine is mine", is wicked." When Moses first hears Korach's contention that he, Moses, has amassed too much power for himself, "he [Moses] fell upon his face." (Numbers 16:4) In response to the charge that he has greedily taken for himself that which belongs to others, he shows total self-abnegation - literally falling on his face. Moses has only what G-d has given him, and desires nothing more. He is the pious man: "What is mine is yours, and what is yours, is yours: what's mine belongs to You G-d, and what You have delegated to others is also Yours."

Korach inverts this formula, saying: "What is yours is mine, and what is mine is mine: what you G-d have given to Moses belongs to me. I desire and therefore deserve it. Surely it stands to reason that if what belongs to me is mine, than also what You have granted to others also belongs to me." In effect, the will of Korach trumps the will of G-d, rendering G-d's will, well... irrelevant. Once Korach has reached this place in his logic there is no G-d, there is no Torah, there is no creation. The clever trap Korach set for Moses has caught himself instead. Korach has painted himself into an existential corner. He is alone.

The beautiful and tragic irony of Korach is that once he has made it indisputably clear to G-d that His creation can't contain the ambition of Korach, G-d "accepts" his position, as it were, and creates, yes, creates, specially and solely for Korach and his following, a place in this universe where they can truly be alone, unencumbered by G-d, and man, and Torah: "The earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them and their houses, along with all the men who were with Korach and their property." (Numbers 16:32)

Of course Moses was unique. But his model for selfless leadership for the true good of the people of Israel should enlighten our eyes even today. Far too often modern day Korachs usurp the role reserved for the righteous, and lead the nation not to the tent of meeting to take council with G-d, but to the pit of their iniquity, a place of regret and recrimination.