Monday, September 22, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Ha'azinu 5774/5775

Please excuse the very long list of links


Rav Chaim Brim would recall the fear that overcame him when he was in the presence of the Brisker Rov. He retold his experience when the Rov spoke at the celebration of a sheva brachos for his son, Rav Meir Soloveitchik.

He recounted that the Rov said that the words we recite affirming our belief in the imminent arrival of Moshiach, “achakeh lo bechol yom sheyavo,” do not mean that a person waits for Moshiach each day once a day. Rather, it means “kol hayom,” throughout the entire day. We await the arrival of Moshiach all day.

“When the Rov said this vort,” testified Rav Chaim, “we all lowered our heads in shame in the face of his obvious, tangible emunah and our own low levels. It was humiliating.”
 5775 - ... Other Sources

The Hope for Geula [Redemption] 5775 (besides linking to my post, an interesting first comment there)


Anti-Semitism and Terrorism

Orthodox Union Hails U.S. House Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren: ‘Fair’ to Compare Israel’s Actions in Gaza to Holocaust

US Senate Candidate Uses Campaign To Spread Slogan: ‘With Jews We Lose’
SHOCKING: Anti-Semite In Kentucky Running For U.S. Senate; Uses Campaign Slogan ‘With Jews We Lose’

Britain Growing Increasingly Anti- Semitic: Really? You Think?

National Lawyers Guild Seeks to Indict Obama for Helping Israel Build Iron Dome

Texas Sheriff: Reports Warn Of ISIS Terrorist Cells Coming Across The Border

Americans in ISIS Have Returned to U.S.


(The Satmar Rebbitzen prayed 40 days for Shidduchim for 2 grandchildren and both got engaged on day 40)

Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha Coincide This Year

This year, the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates their very-much-mistaken notion that Yishmael was taken up as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah instead of Yitzhak, falls out on October 4th according to Wikipedia and Google.  (However, has it as Sunday, Oct. 5 for English-speaking countries like the U.S.)  This timing is quite interesting yet again.

Remember when Eid al-Adha fell on Parshat Vayeira 3 years ago and then again last year?

Fears of Violence in Mixed Areas as Jewish, Muslim Holidays May Collide in Once in 30 Years Occurrence

In the wake of a summer wracked by Arab-Jewish violence within Israel, in Gaza, and in the West Bank, security and local authorities in mixed Jewish Arab areas are bracing for a potential “perfect storm”: the solemn Jewish Yom Kippur fast and the festive Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday – falling on the same day, Israel’s Walla News reported Sunday.

While leaders in mixed–populace cities like Jerusalem, Jaffa, Acco, Ramle, Haifa, Nazareth and elsewhere are trying to convey a message of reconciliation, the fact the two observances have such different characteristics makes that difficult: Yom Kippur involves 24-hours of fasting, prayer and introspection, while Eid al-Adha is a family celebration in which lambs are routinely publicly slaughtered for a feast.
It's interesting to note that there are opinions that say that Akedat Yitzhak occurred on Yom Kippur, such as the Yalkut Reuveni and the Rikanati.

May the fasting and Teshuva we do this year on Yom HaKippurim overpower the slaughtering and feasting done by our Muslim cousins so that we may be rid of this Galut Yishmael we are in once and for all.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rav Fish on the "6000 Verses" in the Torah for 6000 Years

Rav Fish this week has an absolutely amazing essay on how each verse in the Torah corresponds to a year.  He goes through quite a few verses and their corresponding year and shows how they match.  Sometimes, he's off by a bit, but it's still very interesting.

He even goes into future years too!  This goes according to his Shita of what he believes will occur during those years.

The gemara in Kiddushin 30a says that there are 5888 verses in the Torah.  The Mesoret Hashas there gives 2 other figures: 5845 and 5842.  These latter 2 figures depend on whether one reads the Ten Commandments as printed in Humashim (13 verses), using Ta'am Tahton (12 verses), or using Ta'am Elyon (9 verses).  It also depends on whether Bereishit 35:22 is divided in half or not.  The 5888 figure can be arrived at if we use the 5845 figure and count each verse in Ha'azinu as 2 verses.

So, how do we get to 6000 verses?  The Roke'ah gives an explanation that really, in Shamayim, there are 6000 verses.  Moshe Rabbeinu reached the 49th gate (ותחסרהו מעט מאלקים) and only reached the 50th gate on the last day of his life, whereby he was able to include the last 8 verses.  Each gate contained 120 verses, so 49x120 = 5880, plus the last 8 verses from the 50th gate = 5888.

Many of the examples he cited came from either the book "Matbe'a Shel Avraham" or Rav A. Kalil.

One example he gave is that in the year 4000 begins the "Days of Mashiah", who is from the tribe of Yehuda.  The 4000th verse of the Torah is וַיִּסַּע דֶּגֶל מַחֲנֵה בְנֵי-יְהוּדָה, בָּרִאשֹׁנָה--לְצִבְאֹתָם; וְעַל-צְבָאוֹ--נַחְשׁוֹן, בֶּן-עַמִּינָדָב.

Another example is that in 4895, the Rambam - Rav Moshe ben Maimon - was born.  The 4895th verse of the Torah is הוֹאִיל מֹשֶׁה, בֵּאֵר אֶת-הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת לֵאמֹר, referring to the Mishneh Torah (Sefer Devarim), which is the same name the Rambam used for his magnum opus.

For Hebrew speakers, it's very much worth seeing all the connections made.  Again, some of the years are a little bit off, but not by much.  It's all very interesting.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The 5775 Hope for Geula - Part 3 - Final

Continued from Part 2 (or start at Part 1)
  • 11) 7-Year Shemita Period in Which Ben David Comes
We know from the gemara Sanhedrin 97a:
Our Rabbis taught: in the seven year cycle at the end of which the son of David will come-in the first year, this verse will be fulfilled: And I will cause it to rain upon one city and cause it not to rain upon another city; in the second, the arrows of hunger will be sent forth; in the third, a great famine, in the course of which men, women, and children, pious men and saints will die, and the Torah will be forgotten by its students; in the fourth, partial plenty; in the fifth, great plenty, when men will eat, drink and rejoice, and the Torah will return to its disciples; in the sixth, [Heavenly] sounds; in the seventh, wars; and at the conclusion of the septennate the son of David will come. R. Joseph demurred: But so many septennates have passed, yet has he not come! — Abaye retorted: Were there then [Heavenly] sounds in the sixth and wars in the seventh! Moreover, have they [sc. the troubles] been in this order!
As I showed in the first half of this post, based on a Midrash that was similar to this gemara, the first 5 years of this Shemita cycle (5769-5773) were eerily accurate.  Regarding the men, women, and children, pious men and saints dying in the third year, 5771 saw the brutal murders of Leiby Kletzky A"H and Baba Elazar ZY"A, and started a period whereby we lost many of the Gedolei Yisrael.

In the sixth year, we hear "sounds".  Rashi's first explanation is that we hear sounds that Mashiah is coming.  Refer to Rav Kanievsky, the Halban, and Rav Shernbuch above.  The intensity in which we've heard these sounds has really picked up.  Rashi's second explanation is that it refers to the sound of the Shofar.  This may help explain.

In the seventh year, 5775,  there will be wars.  The US-led coalition against ISIS is shaping up. Thousands of Hizbolla missles are aimed at Israel while they're not fighting Syrian rebels.  The Gaza ceasefire is expiring on Rosh Hashana.  The Russia/Ukraine conflict is still an issue.  Terror cells are popping up everywhere in the world.  Let's just say that it doesn't look like world peace is happening any time soon.

The Zohar mentions that in the 73rd year, a bunch of nations gather in Rome and get pummeled with rocks from the heavens while the Mashiah is revealed throughout the world, followed by an ingathering of the exiles.  Since Adam Harishon was created in year 2, which at Rosh Hashana, 5775 will have been 5773 years prior, it's possible to call 5775 the 73rd year of the century.  The Zohar continues and says that until the end of the century, Yishmael leads many nations to fight against Yerushalayim.

  • 13) Troubles coming like a river
We know from the gemara Sanhedrin 98a:
R. Johanan said: When thou seest a generation overwhelmed by many troubles as by a river, await him [i.e., await Mashiah], as it is written, when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him; which is followed by, And the Redeemer shall come to Zion.
This summer has been a summer for the ages.  First, 3 boys were kidnapped, and we all prayed while the IDF went to go find them.  Then, we found out they were murdered.  This was followed by rocket attacks by Hamas that lasted the better part of 50 days.  Then, the UN decided that Israel committed war crimes so it is now investigating those.  Meanwhile, anti-Semites in the world have awoken from their slumber in the name of anti-Zionism or even the old-fashioned kind.  Over by the Euphrates River, a new enemy has popped up, threatening to make a caliphate that includes Eretz Yisrael.  This is not to mention Iran, who's happy the world is looking elsewhere and might just pop up with a nuclear weapon any day.  Like a river indeed.

  • 14) Spiritual Awakening
We have to constantly see what caused the Destruction of the Beit Hamikdash to see what is needed to rebuild it.  Our sages tell us that baseless hatred caused the Destruction.  This past summer, for the 18 days that we didn't know where the 3 Yeshiva boys were, the entire Jewish nation prayed for them in a show of unity for a cause.  Unfortunately, the outcome wasn't what we had hoped, but our efforts to unite surely made an impression in Heaven.

In addition, we know from the gemara Shabbat 118b:
R. Johanan said in the name of R. Simeon b. Yohai: If Israel were to keep two Sabbaths according to the laws thereof, they would be redeemed immediately, for it is said, Thus saith the Lord of the eunuch that keep my Sabbaths, which is followed by, even them will I bring to my holy mountain, etc.
This upcoming Parshat No'ah, there is a worldwide Shabbos Project to help those who have not had the opportunity to keep Shabbat before in their lives do so halachically with thousands and millions Jews throughout the world.  May those who see the beauty of that Shabbat continue to see the beauty of future Shabbatot for the rest of their lives and may that Shabbat bring us to our immediate redemption, as promised.

UPDATE: A commenter reminded me of this one and I decided it really should be added.

  • 15) 70 Years since the end of WWII

Rav Elchonon Wasserman HY"D said in the name of the Hafetz Hayim ZT"L that the period of Ikeveta Dimshiha will last 70 years after the next big war, which happened to be WWII.  While it was thought at first to be 70 years since the start of the war, it can easily be applied to the end of the war, which ended in 5705.

In conclusion, there is much to be excited for in the coming year.  The 1946-year wait may be coming to end.  What does this mean for us?  It means that we must repent.  We are in the month of Elul when repentance is the word of the day.  But, if our minds realize how great a feat our repentance can accomplish, it may give us that extra boost of energy to push the Yetzer Hara away for good.  Furthermore, if we don't repent, a king whose decrees are Haman-like comes into the picture.  Let's not go there.  May the merit to see our Final Redemption happen mercifully this coming year.  Amen.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The 5775 Hope for Geula - Part 2

Continued from here
  • 5) Vezeh Lecha Ha'ot

I translated Rav Fish here:
And it's also brought down in the book "Vezeh Lecha Ha'ot" by Rav David Margalit, a student of the Ketav Sofer, that the process of Redemption will be from 5760 until 5775, and then, Mashiah Ben David will come.
(I've searched for this book online at Hebrewbooks, huji, Google Books, and Otzar HaHochma without success.  With the exception of Rav Fish's newsletter, I have yet to find an online reference to its existence or even the existence of its author.  If someone has a copy or knows where one could find it online or even a reference to it online, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know.  Thanks.)

  • 6) Rav Kanievsky Shlit"a
A number of statements have been coming from one of the greats of the generation - Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a since this past Spring, 5774 about us being close to Mashiah's arrival.  See herehere, here and here, just to name a few.

Especially, see here, where I translated Rav Fish:
I [=Rav Fish] heard in the name of Rav Eliyahu Borer Shlit"a who merited to learn as a Havruta with Maran Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky 30 years ago, and he remembers that in his time, Maran said about the Ketz of Redemption, "Whoever knows doesn't say." This is because there is the Ketz of the Gr"a that some people know about, but don't talk about. Now, as 30 years have passed, we hear from Maran again and again that Mashiah is at the doorway. Lich'ora [at first glance, it seems that] this is a proof that indeed the Ketz of the Gr"a has arrived.
Note that in Tamuz, Rav Kanievsky denied rumors that quote him as saying that Mashiah is coming this year so that one can hold weddings during the nine days, etc.  Nevertheless, he made clear that we are on the threshold of Redemption, and, as Ladaat reported, repeatedly mentioned the gemara that says that in Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes.

  • 7) The Halban (Milkman) Shlit"a
Translated from Kooker from the beginning of Av this year:
And to conclude, [we will] bring down the message that the Halban wanted to give over a few days ago and right in the middle of Operation Tzuk Eitan, which is happening in Gaza:
They informed me from Heaven that the Geula process started today.  Am Yisrael is going to be redeemed.  No one knows how long it will take, dear brothers, but know that the Complete Redemption process has begun, and because of this, the troubles are not going to cease in coming.  However, you should know, brothers and sisters, that you now have the chance to get on the Geula train.  May it be Hashem's will that we merit this, Amen.
See also the video posted at RealBibleCodes and Shirat Devorah.

  • 8) Rav Moshe Shternbuch Shlit"a 
Rav Shternbuch started dealing with the Russian capture of Crimea and its Geula implications, as per a tradition from the Gr"a, at his Purim Seuda.  He repeated his words later, saying, in part:
At this point of his words, Rav Shternbuch switched to deal with the capture of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russians and said: "Our rabbi, the Gr"a, said close to his death that when the Russians will capture Crimea, we will know that this is a sign for the footsteps of Mashiah.

"It's accepted from the Gr"a that when Russia gets stronger, then Tum'a gets stronger. The Kelipa of Russia is 'Dubiel' who inherited the Kelipa of Persia, and since they are Greek Xtians, they in turn have mixed in with them the Kelipa of Yavan with Edom," said Rav Shternbuch. He added, "Also, the author of 'Binyan Olam', Rav Yitzhak Isaac Haver, the student of the Gaon Rav Hayim of Volozhin ZT"L said before his death to his student Rav David Luria ZT"L that 'If the Russians will capture the entire city of Crimea - and especially the fortification of Kerch - one should already expect the feet of Mashiah.

"Similarly, " continued Rav Shternbuch in his words, "The Gaon Rav Simha Zelig Rigger ZT"L, the Av Beit Din of Brisk, said that it was a tradition passed to him from the students of the Gr"a in the name of the Gr"a that the kingdom of Russia will strengthen before the coming of Mashiah and the nations will fear them.

"The Gaon Rav Hayim of Brisk ZT"L also saw the Russians as a Kelipa that gets stronger before Mashiah. However, Rav the Gaon Rav Hayim added that the matter is dependent upon us - that only if we will be awakened and be strengthened in Torah and pure fear of Hashem, then HKB"H will hasten to redeem us at this time of Divine will. However, if we don't awaken, then G-d forbid, we will lose the moment and we will need to endure Hevlei Mashiah.

"What comes out of his words," summarized Rav Shternbuch, "is that the capture of Crimea is calling us from Shamayim that this is an opportune time to now work on the coming of Mashiah by awakening, strengthening in Torah, and pure fear of Hashem."
Later, in Iyyar, he said the same.

  • 9) Rav Kaduri ZTVK"L
Ariel Sharon passed away this past Tevet.  Rav Kaduri - along with other Kabbalists in 5765-5766 - said (see the end of this post) that after Sharon will be the Mashiah, which was originally interpreted to mean that after his tenure as prime minister, the Mashiah will arrive. But as Rav Fish explained, it's possible that he meant after Ariel Sharon's passing.

(That is also how an Israel Hayom article interprets it straight out, citing Xtian sources.  However, I wouldn't trust the Xtian sources so much - their track record on anything that has to do with Rav Kaduri is terrible.)

  • 10) Moishela, an autistic boy
I personally don't have an opinion on whether messages from autistics come from a Higher Source or not.  I can tell you that some people I respect do consider them from that Higher Source.  But even if you personally don't consider these messages coming from that place of Kedusha, they're always worth reading since they are always filled with Mussar that we all need.  Plus, just the mere fact that someone would go out on a limb and make the following amazing prediction warrants mention.  Here's an excerpt:

I Have Been Given Permission to Reveal to you Future Events


Then we will come to Purim and we will beg Hashem to save us from Haman and we will have a Haman here, a Haman that we will have to be saved from and we will have to fight, fight our fears, beg Hashem to save us from this awful terrible horrific person and his armies and his police. We will have to beg very hard. Hashem will save us.

He will save us, and then will come Pesach and we will be a tattered bunch of tired people when we sit around the Seder table, with Matzoh and wine miraculously provided for us by Hashem and we will beg Hashem to save us. We will beg Hashem. We will beg Hashem to bring the Geula Shelaima. On Shvii Shel Pesach we will hear the Shofar. We will hear the Shofar and on Leil Haseder each house will see Eliyahu Hanavi, all the Jews that are Emesdik will see him and it will give us strength, but it still won’t be the time of redemption. I can’t go on farther than that to explain, but when we see Eliyahu Hanavi we will know that very soon this terribly long Golus will be over, and we will be finally free. From that moment on, there will be more and greater wars. There will be false prophets and false messiahs, but we will hold on to Hakodosh Boruch Hu and to the seed of Dovid Hamelech, to our Moshiach Tzidkainu, our true Moshiach. He will reveal himself and we Motzai Shviis will walk into the Bais Hamikdosh and be Makriv Korbonos and be happy and be dancing with the greatest joy ever felt in the whole world, even though around us two thirds of the world will have been destroyed, and very few Yidden and even fewer Goyim will survive.
You can read the whole thing there or here or here.

To be continued - here

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The 5775 Hope for Geula - Part 1

We are coming up to the year 5775, and I think it would be a good idea to review the relevant statements by the great rabbis of the past and present who connected this year with our coming Redemption.

Of course, I must clarify for the public that no year is a definite year and certainly no date is a definite date.  The following is a compilation of what makes the year 5775 an auspicious one for the Final Redemption and what makes it a special year.  One should continue to expect the Geula every day no matter what happens.

Thanks to A.K. and A.M. for their ideas for this post.

The Zohar mentions a sad, bitter sound that will be sounded in the End of Days at the daylight hours when the sun is shining from the 6th day - in the year that Yovel and Shemita come together, which is 274 from the 6th day.  The year 5775 is exactly 274 years from the beginning of daylight hours, which started in the year 5501.  Also, 5775 is a Shemita year, and there is a theoretical calculation made by Gilui that would make 5776 a Yovel year (see the explanation here).

(With Rav Fish's explanation - see here) The Ariza"l takes Shemot 38:28 (וְאֶת-הָאֶלֶף וּשְׁבַע הַמֵּאוֹת, וַחֲמִשָּׁה וְשִׁבְעִים, עָשָׂה וָוִים, לָעַמּוּדִים) and applies the "one thousand" in that verse to the exile of the fifth millennium.  He also explains that the sixth millennium (which is the Sod of Vavei Ha'amudim) is mixed with good and evil.  The implication is that at the year 775 of the sixth millennium, the good will separate from the evil to make a filtered world.

  • 3) The Ba'al Hatanya
As I translated here:
I heard from my grandfather, the pious, famous Rav Yehuda Aryeh Leib Tziviak ZT"L, who told over when he was living in Warsaw that he heard from the elders - the Hasidim of the Rasha"b - ZY"A, who told over about a Hasid who received an Aliya to the Torah by the rabbi, the Ba'al Hatanya ZY"A on Parshat Pekudei, and the rabbi was reading the Torah. When he reached the verse וְאֶת-הָאֶלֶף וּשְׁבַע הַמֵּאוֹת, וַחֲמִשָּׁה וְשִׁבְעִים, עָשָׂה וָוִים, לָעַמּוּדִים [And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars], he heard from the holy rabbi that he said in a whisper that the year [5]775 is the time that the coming of Mashiah will quickly be revealed. And afterwards, the Hasid related [to the rabbi] what he had heard from the rabbi's holy mouth. And when the Ba'al Hatanya heard this, he was insistant in the matter [and was not happy that this matter got revealed] and the other man did not finish the year [alive].
The Konanta Me'az continues (my translation):
And the year that the holy rabbi the Ba'al Hatanya talked about was the year 5775.  And this is hinted to when they say, "טהורה לתשעה חדשים וכנגדה באילן זית" [lit. "For a large animal, if it is Kosher, its gestation is for 9 months, and similar to it is the olive tree"], that means that the world will be purified from the impurity of exile in the year תשע"ה 5775 - and similar to the olive tree - as it says "And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives".  That is our righteous Mashiah, who will stand on the Mt. of Olives and resurrect the dead, speedily in our days, Amen Selah.

    • 3b) R' Leibel Groner - Story with the Ba'al Hatanya #2
The following comes from the Hezbos blog (also found this story here)
A discussion is brewing online within the Groner family, שיחי''ו (Rabbi Leibel Groner was one of the Rebbe's secretaries).

The story is that the Alter Rebbe was once reading from Pekudei 38:28, which mentions the sum of 1775 talents collected.

ואת האלף ושבע המאות וחמשה ושבעים

Instead of reading the "hei" of "ha-elef" (the thousand) with a "patach", he read it with a "tzeirei" (which turns the letter "hei" into 5).

When the Alter Rebbe read it as “5775” his Gabbai corrected him. The Alter Rebbe then said again “5775”, to which the Gabbai once again corrected him. This repeated itself 4 times. Thereafter the Alter Rebbe went into deep meditation. When he quit his meditation he opened his eyes and whispered to the Gabbai that “5775” had something to do with the coming of Moshiach.

Rabbi Groner verifies the authenticity of the Rebbe previously revealing this story to at least one of his secretaries.

It is believed this story's source comes from an as yet unknown "Polish" sefer.

    •  3c) Rav Yosef Berger - Story with the Ba'al Hatanya #3 (my translation):
The Ba'al Hatanya ZY"A once entered his Beit Midrash and saw one of his students learning in Parshat Pekudei the verse וְאֶת הָאֶלֶף וּשְׁבַע הַמֵּאוֹת וַחֲמִשָּׁה וְשִׁבְעִים עָשָׂה וָוִים לָעַמּוּדִים וְצִפָּה רָאשֵׁיהֶם וְחִשַּׁק אֹתָם.  The Ba'al Hatanya lifted his voice and said, "Oy!  When will we merit this already!  When will we see this already!"

The student of the Ba'al Hatanya ... understood that his rabbi didn't mean the 1775 pieces of silver, but had something more important in mind.  He thought and thought and didn't understand until it was sparked in his mind that his rabbi, the Ba'al Hatanya, meant the time of the Keitz, the end of the exile, and the Complete Redemption with the coming of Mashiah.

How is this possible?

... ואת ה-אלף means 5000 years.  ושבעה מאות וחמשה ושבעים means the year 5775 - the 775th year of the 6th millennium from Creation.  Then, we will merit that there will be ווים לעמודים for the Mishkan of Hashem.

And on this, the Ba'al Hatanya groaned, "When will we merit this already..."  Will we merit to see the moment of Redemption?  Will we see the coming of Mashiah in the year 5775?!

The Ba'al Hatanya himself writes that the verse ואת האלף should be used to calculate the Keitz.  He uses the calculation to mean the year 5603, which is 1775 years from the Destruction of the Beit Hamikdash.  One may think that this calculation should be used to undermine the use of all the stories of the Ba'al Hatanya to mean this year.  Not so.   He calculates it to mean the year 5603 because he used 172 years of exile from the 4th millennium in the calculation.  However, if we start the calculation from the beginning of the 5th millennium, which start the 2000 years of ימות המשיח, as per the gemara on the bottom of Sanhedrin 97a, it comes out to 5775.

  • 4) The 278 Shemitot
I [=Rav Fish] heard from Rav Yosef Morsiano Shlit"a, based on what is brought down in Targum Yonatan on Shemot 12:40 that every Shemita is called "שנה" [lit. year] and every year is called "יום" [lit. day]. And if we calculate from the time of the Destruction of the Second Beit Hamikdash in the year 3828 until the Shemita year of 5719, there were 270 Shemitot, which hint to the 270 days of pregnancy which correspond to exile. And the year after the Shemita year of 5726 - in 5727 was the Day of Birth. Therefore, it was a Time of Acceptance of Prayers with the Six Day War. However, we had not yet been redeemed at that time since we need to add another 7 Shemitot to complete the 8 days until the Berit Mila, at which time we will connect to Hashem completely in the Sod of Redemption. And this comes out to the year 5775, when on Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes.
Or the alternative explanation:
R' R. Z. explains [it a little differently - ] that we should calculate from the time of the second Beit Hamikdash that was destroyed in 3828 until Shemita of 5726 and there are 271 Shemitot, which is the gematria of הריון [meaning pregnancy, a very famous gematria mentioned by the gemara Nidah 38b] that corresponds to exile. And Motza'ei Shemitta - in 5727 - corresponds to the day of birth. And from then begins the next 7 Shemitot, corresponding to the first 7 days of the boy, culminating in 5775, upon which it says וטמאה שבעת ימים, and Motza'ei Shevi'it of 5775 [5776] corresponds to the 8th day, when the Orla will be circumcized and Mashiah Ben David will come, speedily in our days Amen.

To be continued... here

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Interesting Recent Links - Nitzavim/Vayelech 5774

Adele Biton

Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

NYPD Investigate Anti-Semitic Message Found In Crown Heights Building

Yarmulka-Clad Jew Nearly Run Down, Called ‘Cancer,’ by Passersby in Netherlands

Israeli Family Attacked En Route to Kosel

PA: Hamas Higher-Up in Gaza, Released in Shalit Deal, Pulled Trigger on Israeli Teens’ Abduction

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bavel's 70 Years Redux

Are the 11 Years Between Wars in Iraq Mida Keneged Mida for 11 Years Between Babylonian Exiles?

King Yehoyachin was captured by Babylonian forces and exiled in 3327 along with many Jews.  The Beit Hamikdash was destroyed by the Babylonians in the year 3338.

The US waged war against Iraq in 5763 and captured Saddam Hussein YM"S in 5764.  The US is again waging war against ISIS in 5774 going into 5775.

Just some food for thought.

(See the prophecies about Bavel's destruction: Yeshaya 13-14 and Yirmiya 50-51.)

Megila 11b says that Ahashverosh erred in calculating the 70 years of Bavel too soon.  He started his calculation from when King Yehoyachin was exiled and not from the year of the Destruction, when King Tzidkiya was exiled.

Iraq gained its independence in 5693.  The Second Gulf War occurred 70 years later in 5763 (see the gog1 website for the calculation made then).  On the other hand, since British forces remained in Iraq and controlled it until 5708, it may not be so clear.  It seems that these 70 years were also counted too soon.

Just like the real calculation then included a few years at the end in which Bavel was no longer in power (rather, Paras and Madai were in power), similarly, the new modern-day calculation includes a time when Iraq was occupied by American forces until three years ago, at which time, a pro-Western army and government was set up to work independently.  This turned out to be very weak and much of Iraq has now been taken over by ISIS and America is returning, at least somewhat.

Alternatively, now that Iraq and Syria are joined together by an ISIS land grab along the Euphrates and beyond, we have to take Syrian independence into account.  Syria was supposed to gain its independence in 5697, but the French didn't leave until a year after WWII was over - in Nissan 5706 (actually, it's the 2nd day of Pesah!).  70 years later is Nissan of the Motza'ei Shevi'it year of 5776.