Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775 III

Geula-Related



Fighting in the North (2 Soldiers Killed R"L)
















תקיפות צה"ל בלבנון, הבוקר - הותר לפרסום: אלו החיילים שנהרגו בתקרית בהר דב
Soldiers who died, HY"D.  Source: Kikar


European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism




North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism




South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism






Terrorism and Anti-Semitism







Election Stuff (I'm already dizzy)






Miscellaneous

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rav Chaim Kanievsky: BE"H, If One Learns Hilchot Shevi'it and Keeps its Laws, Mashiah will Come Motza'ei Shevi'it

Ladaat reports that Rav Kanievsky was presented with a new Sefer on the laws of Shevi'it called "הליכות השביעית" by Rav Menachem Mendel Pomerantz Shlit"a.  When he received the Sefer, he said the Yiddish equivalent of "Baruch Hashem, the public is learning about Shemita."

While holding the Sefer in his hands, he said the following (quoted in Ladaat):
אמרו חז"ל: במוצאי שביעית בן דוד בא. החזון איש אמר שאם לא לומדים הלכות שביעית, אזי לא ניתן להגדיר זאת כ'שביעית'. וממילה ההבטחה של חז"ל תבוא בעזרת ה', אחרי שבשביעית ילמדו את ההלכות וייקמו אותן כדבעי, אזי בעזר ה' במוצאי שביעית יבוא בן דוד ויגאלנו.

My translation:
Haza"l said: On Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes.  The Hazon Ish said that if people do not learn the laws of Shevi'it, then one cannot categorize this as "Shevi'it".  And it follows that the promise of Haza"l will come with Hashem's help when on Shevi'it, people will learn the laws and keep it properly, then on Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David will come and redeem us.

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775 II

Tensions in the North


Concreate Barrier in Position Along N. Road to Block Sniper Fire







South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

Chauffeur to Saudi Princesses: I Got the Job Because I Wasn’t Jewish

Obama, Like FDR, Antisemite


Terrorism and Anti-Semitism




Election Stuff






Miscellaneous


Surprise, Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Will Perform the Chasenah

Video Of Interest: The Tziyun of Baba Sali on the Yahrzeit

MAILBAG: Sheldon Silver In Trouble With The Law So ‘We Can Turn To Hashem’ (I will make an exception to my normal policy of not reporting on scandals involving Jews for this interesting letter.)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Beshalah 5775

Geula-Related





Obligatory Jewish Blogger PSA

Don't forget to say Parshat Haman on Tuesday


Rav Shalom Arush's Granddaughter A"H




Tensions in the North and other Threats



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism




South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism



Auschwitz 70 Year Commemoration

Ambassador Prosor's speech on Preventing Genocide- 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz (video)

Simon Wiesenthal Center Strongly Condemns Anti-Semitic Outburst During City Council Vote on Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau


Terrorism and Anti-Semitism




Deri/Lapid Back-and-Forth


Election Stuff






Miscellaneous






Sunday, January 25, 2015

Makat Hoshech in Pakistan

Yahoo News:

Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness


Pakistan was plunged into darkness after a key power transmission line broke down early on Sunday in an incident blamed on a rebel attack, the latest reminder of the country's crippling energy crisis.
The power failure, one of the worst Pakistan has experienced, caused electricity to be cut in major cities throughout the country, including the capital Islamabad.
It was later restored in much of the country, with the national power company saying normal distribution would resume within hours.
Officials said the blackout began after midnight when a transmission line connecting a privately-run power plant to the national grid was damaged.
A senior official at the National Grid station in Islamabad said around 80 percent of the country was hit by power breakdown.
Yeshaya 60:2:

כִּי-הִנֵּה הַחֹשֶׁךְ יְכַסֶּה-אֶרֶץ, וַעֲרָפֶל לְאֻמִּים; וְעָלַיִךְ יִזְרַח יְהוָה, וּכְבוֹדוֹ עָלַיִךְ יֵרָאֶה.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 IV






North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism


Tensions in the North






Terrorism and Anti-Semitism








Video Of Interest: How Muslims Respect Har Habayis (על הר ציון ששמם שועלים הלכו בו)

Election Stuff


Ariel Calls for Unity to Avoid Wasting Votes


Miscellaneous

‘Doomsday Clock’ Ticks Close to Midnight

Thousands attend levaya for Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L in Brooklyn and Lakewood



Thursday, January 22, 2015

2 Arabian Leaders Deposed in a Day



Yemen's president quit, which is not good for the US fight against Al-Qaeda, and is certainly not good for the few remaining Jews living there.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died, leaving the country in the hands of Salman (who, by the way, is suspected of having dementia and Alzheimer's).  Perhaps, a hint that our monarchy will also soon be restored to a descendant of Salmon - son of Nahshon and father of Bo'az.  אכי"ר.




Ramban and Rav Fish on "La'asot"

Bereishit 2:3:
וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל-מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת
And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made.

The famous Ramban on Bereishit 2:3, where he compares each of the six millennia to the six days of creation, states that the basis for this comparison stems from the word לעשות.  He starts off this idea when he says (my translation):
ודע כי נכלל עוד במלת "לַעֲשׂוֹת" כי ששת ימי בראשית הם כל ימות עולם כי קיומו יהיה ששת אלפים שנה ...
And know that also included in the word "La'asot" is that the six days of Creation encompass all the days of the world because its existence will last six thousand years...
The Chavel Ramban quotes the Levush on the Rekanati, who explains this by saying (my translation):
כי מלת לעשות משמע שיעשו ויפעלו עוד כל ימות העולם את פעולתם
For the word "La'asot" implies that all the days of the world will do and perform their duties further.
Rav Fish's latest says that this word לעשות hints to ל-תשע"ו, meaning that the entire Creation was a preparation for the year תשע"ו.  According to the this Ramban, one can say more simply that all the days of the world will continue to perform their duties in the normal way until the תשע"ו year of the sixth millennium.

(Even though the end of that Ramban gives a explicit Ketz of 5118, that's because he wanted it closer to his time and didn't want to delay it too much, but from the word in the Torah that the Ramban uses to convey this idea, 5776 works perfectly.)

Incidentally, Rav Fish quotes R' Yosef Marciano who says that the statement from the Hagaddah:

בָּרוּךְ שׁוֹמֵר הַבְטָחָתוֹ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, בָּרוּךְ הוּא. שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא חִשַּׁב אֶת הַקֵּץ, לַעֲשׂוֹת ...

can also hint that Kivyachol, HKB"H calculated the Ketz to תשע"ו.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Bo 5775 III

Stabbing Attack in Tel Aviv









The Situation in the North

European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism


Aliya From France



South American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism







Netanyahu Invited to Speak to Congress




Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L




Election Stuff


Miscellaneous