Thursday, November 29, 2012

Letter from Rav Chaim Kanievsky On Current Matzav

Translation by a commenter: original can be found at Matzav.com

Letter from the Rav Gaon Gadol R’ Chaim Kanievsky Shlit”a
8th of Kislev 5753 [Nov. 22nd]

Tumultuous Time for Ya’akov
Eretz Yisrael needs mercy from Hashem due to the seriousness of the current situation. Mercy’s also required for our brethren in the United States to deal with the aftermath of the serious storm. Hashem is sending us a message…”the voice of Hashem breaks the cedars” [Ps. 29]

What is it that Hashem wants from us now? What do we need to improve in?
Teshuva!
Hashem is telling us to do Teshuva. The beginning of the judgement of man are the words of Torah. We need to strengthen ourselves in the area of Torah learning.
Bnei Torah need to learn with tremendous dedication.
Ba’alei Batim need to make a serious point of setting time to learn daily.

The reward of Torah is very great, The Torah will save us and give us the success we need.
The merit of Torah will benefit us spiritually, materially and give us success in both the World to Come and this world.

May the Redeemer come to Zion soon, amen.

HT: Creed of Noah

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sydney Australia: Blood Red Ocean


Several popular Sydney beaches, including the iconic Bondi, have been closed after patches of red algae were spotted in the water. 

Patches of the red algae, a natural phenomenon that can be exacerbated by certain weather conditions, have been sighted between Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach this morning. 

Both Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach are closed while authorities conduct tests in the water. 

Gordon's Bay was also closed due to the algal bloom, with Beachwatch posting a photograph on Twitter showing water the colour of tomato juice. 

Read more: News.com and Herald Sun



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Moishela: Very Soon There Will Be Another War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tikkun HaKlali

A beauiful video of the Tikkun HaKlali [Complete Rectification] - Psalms sung in Hebrew. Thank you Stella for forwarding the link.

 

Watcher Angels



By Rabbi Ariel bar Tzadok

This week's Torah portion is called Vayetzei [Genesis 28:10-32:3]

In this week's Torah portion we read about the building of the family of Jacob. Because of the recent episode where Jacob tricked his brother Esau out of his patriarchal blessing, Jacob is forced to leave his family and to seek a wife from his wife's brother Laban.

In travel, Jacob settles down for the night and has a fantastic dream. He not only sees God, who makes promises to Jacob, he also sees angels ascending and descending on what Jacob describes as a ladder going up to Heaven. Although dream language is archetypal in nature and is thus never literal, nevertheless Jacob saw a spiritual reality which is most revelatory. While many thinkers wish to interpret angels as being only symbolic representations, Jacob's dream reveals that indeed, these are actual entities, and apparently they have regular purpose for being here on Earth.

Continue reading at Kosher Torah

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Red Alert to Klall Yisroel in the name of HaRav Moshe Sternbuch, shilita

The Jewish people are witnessing miracles in Israel. The missiles fired at us have the power to level buildings, yet miracles are taking place and we were spared from mass destruction. Even the most secular newspapers report that there is no way to explain these events according to natural law.

While the word "miracle" has been liberally splashed around by the media, neither the secular nor the religious press grasped the vital message of the hour. The situation arouses an urgent and critical obligation for each Jew to ask himself: "Why is Hashem performing these miracles for us? How should I be conducting myself in these extraordinary times?

If we do not deal with these questions immediately, this current security crisis could – Chas Veshalom – escalate into the most dangerous period in Jewish history. Hashem performs miracles for the Jewish people so that we will become more aware of His Presence in our lives. In recent days, He has made perfectly clear that He alone wields power in the world and that no missile can harm so much as a hair on the head of a Jew without His consent. Every rocket has an address that He predetermines, though the terrorists may believe that they can aim at a particular target.

Miracles are Hashem's alarm bells, "a red alert" that we must wake up and become truly conscious of Hashem's hashgachah in our daily lives. If we ignore these messages and conclude that miracles are just a natural part of living in Israel, the tables w could – Chas Veshalom – quickly turn.

We could – Chas Veshalom – in fact be handed over to natural law, and the missiles inexplicably could – Chas Veshalom – begin to hit their targets with greater frequency. And that means that the lives of our fellow Jews – our brothers and sisters living in Israel – could – Chas Veshalom – be in mortal danger.

We must learn this lesson from the story of the meraglim (spies). When they returned from Eretz Yisrael they claimed this land was a place where miracles were apparent on a daily basis, and therefore an extremely high spiritual level would be demanded of those who dwelled there. There was no way that Klal Yisrael as a nation could maintain such a level, and therefore the spies, who were all Gedolei Yisrael, ruled that the people should not enter the land.

The opinion of the meraglim was brought before the Sanhedrin, and they concurred with their ruling. It may seem, on the surface, that their reasoning was sound, and logic dictated that it was unwise to enter Eretz Yisrael. Yet we see from the grave punishment incurred by that generation that they could not have been further from the truth. What was the mistake in their reasoning?

The answer is simple. If Hashem told us to enter Eretz Yisrael, He obviously knew that we would ascend to the spiritual level necessary for a nation that sees miracles on a daily basis. For this reason, the claim of the meraglim was heresy, and we suffer from its bitter consequences to this very day.

In more recent times, Rav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg once told Rav Sternbuch about a meeting of secular non-Jewish and Jewish professors to discuss the authorship of the Torah. Their conclusion was that while the Torah was far too complex to be man-made, they were not ready to attribute it to a Divine source that they knew nothing about. Like the meraglim, they perceived the significance of the Divine influence, but refused to follow through by accepting the full import of this conclusion.

During the current military operation, we are facing the very same challenge. Hashem is sending us a message that we must make real changes in our lives and raise our level of consciousness of His Presence, to the point where we are worthy of such supernatural treatment. If we rise to the occasion and raise our level of emunah as a result of these miracles, then we will pass the nisayon (test), and it is very likely that Moshiach will arrive shortly.

Chazal offer us practical advice in this area, and write that reciting a hundred brachos every day and saying Amen yehei Shmei Rabba has the power to annul decrees. Reciting Tehillim is important, but we need to make sure that our tefilah is also said with the proper kavanah. Everyone should take upon themselves to do something small to raise their level of emunah.

We must consider ourselves warned by the lessons of our history: If Hashem shows us miracles and we do not respond by strengthening our emunah, His mercy could – Chas Veshalom – turn to fury and we are handed over to the forces of natural law. We dare not speak about what this could could – Chas Veshalom– lead to, but we all understand the ruthless nature and implacable hatred of the enemy we face.

Now is the time, while Hasehm continues to shower His miracles upon us, to recognize His hand in our lives on a national and individual level, to turn to Him in tefilah and teshuvah, and eagerly watch the redemption unfold before our eyes.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Gate of Trust - Shaar Ha'Bitachon

from Chovos Halevavos - Duties of the Heart
by Rabeinu Bahya ibn Paquda
translated by Rabbi Yosef Sebag © 2012

Level: Intermediate
permission granted to redistribute this in any format for non profit Jewish purposes

Contents
Translator's Foreword
Introduction - benefits of trust
Chapter 1 - What is trust
Chapter 2 - The criteria for trusting someone
Chapter 3 - The factors which would obligate one to trust in G-d, and the obligation to engage in a livelihood.
Chapter 4 - When trust applies and when it does not
Chapter 5 - The difference between one who trusts in G-d in earning a livelihood and one who does not.
Chapter 6 - Obligation to refute those who promote delaying the service of G-d until reaching sufficient material prosperity.
Chapter 7 - Things that damage one's trust in G-d, and a summary of the matter of trust.

Click here for full document: Daf Yomi Review

The War and More

Rabbi Yossi Mizrahi presents a new video: The War and More
HT: Joe

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Shmira Project - For Soldiers and Residents in Danger

This grassroots program pairs individual Jews worldwide with an Israeli soldier or resident in danger. By you doing acts of kindness, prayer and learning Torah in their name it adds to the spiritual merit of that soldier. It’s simple, it’s one on one and it’s powerful.

In times of crisis Jews come together. As seen when over 100,000 people joined the first project of this kind during Project Cast Lead.

Israeli soldiers and recently also civilians are in the line of fire. The army trains them to think in terms of their unit, first and foremost. In the same way, we have to think in terms of our unit as well: the Jewish People. The only way we can overcome our enemies is if we band together.

This is a person to person match that everyone can do.

The families of the soldiers would enjoy the reassurance that Jews around the world are spiritually supporting their children. All participants are helping to bring about unity, connectedness and the spiritual growth of the Jewish People.

Everyone wins.

Join The Shmira Project. It’s personal. It’s important. It’s one name at a time.

It’s guard duty for the rest of us.

This new project is inspired by Rav Simcha Kook and the Bostoner Rebbe, zt”l and supported by many other Great Rabbis in 2009. It's been led by parents of a lone soldier. Let’s join together, now take a name and make a difference.

If you want to participate or sign up a soldier, click here

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Moishela: ''very soon this has to be the end of the world as we know it''

Discussion with Moishe’la (and his family)
A handicapped child
2 Kislev 5773 (Nov 15’12)

The State of Israel is Now Being Targeted
Well, I Guess I can say I told you so.

Every place in the world is going to be dangerous, America, Europe, Israel, the Arab countries, Africa, Australia, Asia. Every place is going to be dangerous.

Israel is now being targeted. How it will develop exactly, I don’t know. I do know that there are many outside influences here causing this to happen, just like the storm Sandy was a result of planning. True the greatest and only planner is HaKodosh Boruch Hu and He is going to direct the Reshoim straight into oblivion and He is in control of everything even though the Reshoim are sure that they are in control. Soon the Reshoim will have a great surprise, but by the time they understand what’s happening they will be gone, gone from existence.

The American Jews think that they can get back to “business as usual” even though the storm Sandy destroyed so many Jewish Frum homes and caused so much damage. Even though things are sort of getting back to a kind of normalcy, still the marks are deep and very very painful. Still most Yidden want to get back to life the way it was. And for those who want to ignore the message Hashem is trying to send us, then I suggest you don’t get too happy too soon, because America is in for much more than Frankenstorm. The Yidden will be very much part of the tragedies that await the United States of America.

So I just want to tell Jews here in Eretz Yisroel and in the whole world that the suffering is only beginning. The outside suffering is only beginning. When I say outside suffering, I mean like what the Arabs are doing now, the wars. But the inside suffering all over the world has been going on for a long time and also here in Eretz Yisroel. The ill and the dying from so-called natural causes is a heartbreak to say the least. Also there are people who are under terrible pressure financially just to feed their children and this is a pain that’s hard to live with. There are children that have gone off the Derech and this is a tragedy for Jewish families that is hard to describe.

We have been living in the most wealthy society ever, with the most material toys that were ever in existence, but our suffering is no less than the former generations who had so much less of this Gashmiusdik world. So we are not really better off. In many instances worse off.

The suffering will continue, it will continue with a lot of force. Many people will be suffering for many different reasons but the outside suffering is starting now. The suffering that comes from outside incidents, whether it will be war, famine, drought, or storms etc. Whatever it might be it will be an outside suffering. Until now Hashem tried to bring us back with personal sufferings, but that does not seem to work because people are so involved in the Gashmius that even death they ignore, but now they will be frightened.

All over the world there will be a great fear. There are maniacs ruling, or think that they are ruling the world, so we can never know from where anything will come from. When unbalanced people try to rule, they have all kinds of crazy ideas and we can’t really follow crazy ideas, so we’re at the mercy of a group of mentally ill very intelligent people that have much control over the world. And we also think they are controlling the world but really they are also puppets, and Hashem has sent them to help Am Yisroel do complete and absolute Teshuva. However Am Yisroel is full of Erev Rav. Even the most Frum could be Erev Rav.

Again I will tell you an Erev Rav has no pity on a fellow Jew and that’s the greatest sign. He can do the most terrible things to another Jew with out any remorse. He could have a fellow Jew put in jail. He could have a Jew killed. He could beat up a Jew, no problem. However when he does it, he does it as if it’s LeShem Shomayim, but he has no feeling for Shomayim either or for HaKodosh Boruch Hu. He may pretend to have, but it doesn’t mean he does.

Erev Rav are also good actors. You just have to keep your eyes open and try to see the Simonim (the signs) of all of these characteristics. So what can I say? We’re in a very confused world. Many people are just crazed with the desire for power, wanting to compete with HaKodosh Boruch Hu, Chas VeSholom, for total control over the universe.

That can never be. He, HaKodosh Boruch Hu with a flick of His finger, so-to-speak can destroy them. With one little breath, so-to-speak. He can destroy them all. Here in Eretz Yisroel we’re on the verge of a war, on the threshold of war. Will it continue? Will there be a ceasefire or not, like all the other times? I don’t really know, but my feeling is that if there is a ceasefire it’s not going to last. We’re going into a time of war. The whole world is going into a time of upheavals and wars. The cruelty of peacetime is going to exchange itself for the cruelty of wartime, and therefore very soon this has to be the end of the world as we know it. If there is a ceasefire that only means that it will take a little longer, that only means that Hashem is giving us a warning and that soon the real thing will begin.

If it continues, then I suggest to all of you to start doing Teshuva fast, because there is no time. We’re really coming to the end. If there is a peace treaty or ceasefire then use the time really to dig down deep into your lives and get rid of all the Aveiros that you have done. Look for forgiveness from HaKodosh Boruch Hu and from every Jew that you hurt, lied to, swindled etc. Come closer to Hashem. Hold on tight because it’s going to be a very, very rough ride and if you dare to loose your grip on the spiritual rope that connects us to HaKodosh Boruch Hu then you’ll fall into oblivion.

I only want to tell you these things because everyone is very nervous about what’s happening and very frightened. When the air raid warnings start to go off in Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim then people really get jittery. When people are killed in Kiryat Malachi, it’s scary but it’s still the South and it’s sad, but still we can continue our daily lives. However when there is an air raid warning in Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim that’s a different story, and then of course we still have the danger from the north and the danger from Egypt and the danger from every country in the world. No one loves us at all and everyone hates a Yid. All the Goyim hate us. All the Goyim are against us even if they pretend they are not.

The State of Israel has not been successful in changing the attitude of the Goyim against the Jews. The Goyim still look upon us as dirty Jews. No matter what we do we’ll always be dirty Jews, until the Geula. And then everything will be different and we’ll again be the royal sons and daughters of our king HaKodosh Boruch Hu. But until then to the world we’re only dirty Jews. Jews that have no right to anything and certainly not to believe in HaKodosh Boruch Hu.

The Goyim hate it. The Amolaikim hate it, and the Erev Rav despise it. They can not stand the love that Hashem has for His chosen people. The Goyim can not stand HaBen Yaker Li Efraim. They can’t tolerate it. They’re jealous and they hate us. Therefore anti-Semitism is blossoming all over the world and the worst anti-Semitism is the Jew’s hate of his fellow Jews, and that’s absolutely the worst sin. That’s the thing HaKodosh Boruch Hu can’t stand so-to-speak. And He will destroy anyone who continues this way of action, going against another Jew. Also there are Jews that despise other Jews because of their love of HaKodosh Boruch Hu, and because they are constantly trying to become closer to the Truth by trying to detach themselves from the plastic Yiddishkeit and trying to live as our forefathers who were great Tzaddikim once did.

Those Yidden Frum or not Frum that despise a fellow Jew because he tries to be close to HaKodosh Boruch Hu are obviously not Yiddishe Neshomahs. Therefore those people will disappear from the earth. We don’t have to help HaKodosh Boruch Hu to get rid of them. The only way we can help is by doing Teshuva, davening and begging Him to help us, and to hold on to that spiritual rope that connects us to Him.
Tatti: What do you have to say about the three people of Kiryat Malachi that where unfortunately killed today?

Moishe’la: Those Jews that were killed in Kiryat Malachi were a Korbon Tzibur. They where born for this. They were born to be an example. They where born in order to die Al Kiddush Hashem. The Yidden that were killed and the ones that have been injured up until now were injured and killed in order to make the Yidden afraid and make Yidden want to do Teshuva and make Yidden take notice, because without tragedies unfortunately the Yidden don’t take notice. They were Korbonos they are Tzaddikim.

I also want to tell you that America is in great danger, great great danger, and all the people in America are in great danger, no less then the people in Eretz Yisroel. The people in Europe are also in great danger no less the in Eretz Yisroel. But the Yidden in these countries all over the world are in the greatest danger from Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism will cause great loss of life and certainly of wealth.

I’m warning all the Yidden that if you don’t have the Kedusha and the Kesher with HaKodosh Boruch Hu to be a shield for you, then you’re going to be in big trouble. Since the Kedusha has been discarded by most of us and the world is full of Tumah and evil then we don’t have the same protection that we once had. And therefore we must come back to HaKodosh Boruch Hu. Come back even though we think we’re not far --- we are. Because the Gashmius has confused us and we don’t realize how far away we have have gotten from the Truth. We must come back, must, must come back. We must hold on to that spiritual rope that ties us to HaKodosh Boruch Hu and He will shake the rope very hard Kivyochol, and we’ll feel that we can barely hold on, but still we must hold on, Hashem Yaazor. After that Moshiach will come, and the third Bais HaMikdosh will be built and we’ll be Makriv Korbonos.

I have nothing more to say now; we have to wait till things develop.

I want to reiterate that Jews all over the world should really start thinking about packing their bags and coming to Eretz Yisroel, because Jews from all over the world will soon be hated and assaulted. Eretz Yisroel will not be safe but it is Eretz Yisroel, and if we show Hashem that we are doing Teshuva and we are MeKabel Ol Malchus Shomayim, if we show Hashem that we are willing even to go one step further and come to Eretz Hakodesh and continue to hold on to that spiritual rope that connects us to Hashem, Hashem will save us all.

YOU WONT SEE THIS ON BBC OR CNN - Israeli soldiers SHIELDING Arab kids from Gaza rockets 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Massive Superstorm : Just the beginning

Australia: A damaging storm has turned "day into night'' in Brisbane, as lightning and winds brought down powerlines and left more than 6000 homes and businesses without electricity. Meanwhile, another severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for other parts of the state. Story: News.com


Friday, November 16, 2012

Killed on Mumbai Anniversary

The victims of Thursday's attack in Kiryat Malachi were identified as Ahron Smadga, Yitzchak Amsalam, and 25-year-old Mira Scharf (nee Cohen), who was pregnant.

By COLlive Staff

The victims




 Three Lubavitchers have been killed in a grad rocket attack on a Chabad neighborhood of Kiryat Malachi, Israel Thursday morning.

The victims were identified as Ahron Smadga, 50, Yitzchak Amsalam, 27, and Mira Scharf (nee Cohen), 25, who was 7 months pregnant.

Scharf's husband Shmuel was critically injured, as were their 3 children.

The Scharfs were active in the Jewish community in New Delhi, India.

Her funeral will take place Thursday at 8 pm from Shamgar Funeral Home in Jerusalem.

Today, Rosh Chodesh Kislev is the yahrtzeit of Mumbai Shluchim Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg obm, murdered in a terrorist attack in 2008.

50-year-old Ahron Smadga leaves behind 3 children, a set of twins and a 2 year old baby, which were born after 14 years of marriage.

His funeral will take place Thursday at 8 pm from Nachlas Har Chabad.

Six others were injured in the attack, including two infants, one of them eight months old. An additional victim, a four year old boy, was taken to Tel Hashomer hospital in central Israel for treatment. along with his father. The boy was in serious condition, and the father in moderate condition.

Altogether, seven people were injured in the Kiryat Malachi attack. Six others were treated for shock in the attack.

Please say tehillim for: Shmuel ben Chaya Sarah Yehudis, Yosef Yitzchak ben Mira Rut, Chana bas Mira Rut, Geulah bas Mira Rut.

The victims were killed and injured when a Grad rocket hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi. The dead were among a large group that had taken refuge in an old building that suffered a direct hit from a Grad rocket.

When Yishmael Falls in the End of Days

The Baal HaTurim states: when Yishmael falls in the End of Days, Moshiach ben David will sprout/flourish, as he is offspring of Isaac [Avinu].  See World War Gog: In Real Time

Links to: the final verses of last week's parsha [Chayei Sarah], and the first verses of this week's parsha [Toldot] which talks about the fall of Yishmael.

Below is Rabbi Glazerson's Torah Codes on The Fall of Ishmael, and Moshiach.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pillar of Cloud


And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to cause it to lead them on the way and at night in a pillar of fire to give them light, [they thus could] travel day and night. [Shemot 13:21]

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Limits of Tolerance

A recent news story about the wealthiest rabbis in Israel raises questions of when rabbinic behavior becomes unacceptable. Even the most tolerant of people recognize that at some point they must object to deviant, borderline criminal, behavior. However you define your red line, there is some person or group who lies beyond it, past the threshold of unacceptability. Engaging in that tricky business of rejection is a necessary part of tolerating those within the bounds. If every group is acceptable, even cults and criminals, then inclusion is meaningless.

A little over ten years ago, R. Shlomo Aviner published a collection of his letters against a cult rabbinic figure in the book Bein Or Le-Choshekh: Bein Chakhamim Amitiyim Le-Admorim Mezuyafim. Without naming anyone (in the book), R. Aviner reproduces his attempts to convince adherents that the charismatic leader of a specific religious group is a fraud. Watching R. Aviner walk this tightrope of opposition is a profound lesson in the limits of tolerance.

Special Powers
The specific leader claimed paranormal powers, the ability to see into people’s lives, tell the future and communicate with the dead, which he attributed to prophecy and messianic claims. I would have objected that he is merely tricking people but this would probably have proven unsuccessful. R. Aviner, instead, accepted that he performs these amazing feats. However, he argued, it is all irrelevant because it proves nothing.

Paranormal powers are documented among many different people, including those non-religious and non-Jewish. Police investigators sometimes even consult with such seers. This man’s abilities only demonstrate a rare gift, not prophetic power. R. Aviner quotes two incidents of apparent prophets, one from Vilna and the other Kovna, about which R. Chaim Volozhiner testified that the Vilna Gaon denounced as non-prophetic activities (introduction to Sifra De-Tzeni’usa; Keser Rosh, Ma’amarim 6-8). Similarly, a student of R. Tzvi Yehudah Kook was amazed by someone who could tell him intimate details of his private matters. R. Kook dismissed the entire matter.

Continue reading at Hirhurim


HT: Josh

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Storm Hitting Sandy-Battered NYC, NJ, CT

A nor'easter is hitting New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with snow, rain and heavy winds. The storm is knocking out power to thousands, including some who just had it restored.
 

 See Article: Winter Storm Athena on the East Coast

 Message from Moishela Parts 1-3 click here
 Part 4 here

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fire and Brimstone: What Does It All Mean?


The continuation of my article for the Jewish Press on the power of prayer was ready to go but then tragedy hit. A tragedy of a magnitude that none of us could have envisioned. Not even in our wildest imagination. New York the capital of the world -the invincible citadel is shaken to its core and before our very eyes buildings tumble - our highways are flooded - our bridges and tunnels are closed down - filthy disease carrying sewage enter our homes - and they sink in water - our cars float away - people lose their homes - and worse their very lives. We who prided ourselves with the most advanced state of the art technology stood humbled - our lights dimmed - we were left in darkness - our electricity betrayed us. We watched helplessly as our beautiful neighborhoods turn into war zones. What do we do? How are we to understand this?

Those of you who have read my books or heard me speak can testify that whenever suffering befalls us I search our holy books to find illumination and guidance. I turn to my most loyal friend, my friend who has always been at my side who has given me comfort and strength, my friend who never betrayed me, my sefer Tehillim, my Book of Psalms. "Hashem gave us the Torah and we gave Him the Book of Psalms" - the Psalms which were written by King David - the man who experienced every pain - every suffering that can befall mankind - each word that David wrote was drenched with his tears and his words speak for all eternity - for all mankind. 

The devastation occurred on Monday, October 29th - the 13th day of the month of Cheshvan. The Psalm designated for the 13th day of the month is Psalm 69. I opened to it and the words jumped out "Save us oh G-d for the waters have reached onto my soul". And there is more. This Psalm does not leave us in the cold - it also provides our remedy - our answer. "Va-ani, s'filosi l'cho Hashem'' - but as for me, my prayer is to You Hashem". Yes we must turn in heartfelt prayer to our Heavenly Father and beseech His Mercy - His Salvation. 

I look at the "Parasha" and once again the opening passage speaks - our father Abraham whose kind hospitality had no bounds - opens his home to strangers. That which our forefathers experienced - that which shaped their lives has become part of our DNA - lives forever in our yiddisha neshamas. I think of all the many people who were left homeless and then I think of those who lost power and were left in cold darkness. I know of a woman standing in her home - waist deep in water with fish swimming all around her while she was desperately searching for photographs of her father and mother who are no longer here. Who can comprehend the pain - the suffering? And then let us think of all the wonderful people who opened their homes like our father Abraham. I know for I am one of those who had to evacuate and I too have benefited from that hospitality and as I am writing this column I continue to benefit from that chessed. And there is more, much more.

Maimonides - Rambam taught that when suffering is visited upon us we are commanded to cry out and awaken our people with the sound of the "shofar". He taught that everyone must be alerted. Everyone must examine his or her life and ask, what is my life all about? How would I rate if I were given a "neshama check" up? What does my Judaism, my Torah, really mean to me? Maimonides wrote that if we regard the tragedies that befall us as simply "the way of the world - natural happenings" we would be guilty of "achzarius - cruelty". At first glance it is difficult to understand why Maimonides would chose the term "cruelty" to describe those who claim to be rational 21st century citizens and see trials and tribulations "as the way of the world". They may be unthinking, apathetic, and foolish, blind obtuse or just cynical agnostics but to accuse them of cruelty is rather farfetched.

The answer is simple - if we regard our pain and suffering as "mere coincidence" and feel no motivation to examine our lives, abandon our old ways and change - then indeed, such an attitude is "cruel" for it invites additional misfortunate upon ourselves and others. It would be the height of cruelty to dismiss that which we just experienced and all that preceded it for several years now as mere happenstance. "Daas Torah" - our great Torah luminaries of past generations including the Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman, and others told us that we are entering the final stages of history - a period of time called "Ikvsa Di Meshiach - Footsteps of the Messiach". So I ask you, can we remain silent? Would doing so not be an act of "cruelty"?
Ours is a generation that has been challenged again and again. We have had so many wakeup calls - some terrifying - and some more subtle but no matter what we have remained indifferent to them all. I will not go back to the time of the Holocaust although by every right I should for if that didn't shake us up what would? Sadly, nowaday's very few people can even identify with that monstrous period. It has long been buried in history.

So let us try to commence with 9/11 - but I'm afraid even that story has become tired. The flames of the twin towers are no longer vivid in our minds and the fellowship - the kindness - that ensued in its wake is all but gone. So let us just focus on more recent events.

During the summer of 2002 a terrible tragedy occurred in a bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains. A mother had just bathed her infant baby and put her in her carriage for a nap. Suddenly out of nowhere a wild bear appeared, snatched the baby and made off with her. The baby was never again seen. This shocking story did appear in newspapers and was reported in the media but seldom did I meet people who were actually aware of it. Nor did I encounter too many of those who were aware of the Talmudic teaching that the generation that will witness a wild beast snatching a baby from its cradle should sound the shofar to awaken the nation. But alas the shofar was not sounded and we were not awakened. With the years our slumber has become deeper. There were no alarm clocks capable of awakening us - I should probably qualify this - there is one ring that does make us jump and that's the ring of financial crisis. But no sooner does that alarm stop ringing then we return to our old ways and continue to sleep.

During the past few years the number of catastrophes has multiplied to such an extent that we have all but become immune to them. Natural disasters -tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes, earth quakes, nuclear spill outs, uncontrollable fires, unknown diseases, barbaric savage acts of terror have become all too common and we no longer notice them. Could this be a wakeup call warning us? Somehow it never even occurred to us to ask that question.

Time and time again I have written, spoken and cited the teaching of our Sages - "K'ymei Tzescho....the manner in which you departed from Egypt so shall it be at the end of days". How did we depart from Egypt? What was that which broke the chains of bondage and opened the iron gates? Every child knows the answer and so do we: the 10 plagues. Have we witnessed the 10 plagues in our generation? Of course not you'll protest. But then think again, and think again..!!!!! What was the first plague in Egypt? Blood....the Nile River that the Egyptians worshiped - the Nile River where Jewish children's lives were snuffed out - became blood. Again you might ask; what on earth does that have to do with us? "Think". The Nile was the god of Egypt. Once again you might protest - we are not pagans - we worship the real G-d. But, do we really? Has it ever occurred to any of us that we are the generation that worships with passion and fervor the god of money? And in worshiping it we are prepared to sacrifice everything - even our families - our children. The plagues of Egypt continued to plague us and they came in many shapes and forms. Pestilence....bed bugs in New York. Do you remember that? Yes bed bugs in the finest places - elegant hotels - exclusive shops and mind you it wasn't only in New York. The bed bugs crawled everywhere. And then there were the dead birds falling from the sky by the hundreds of thousands -the dead fish and sardines washing up on the shore by the hundreds of thousands? One of my students asked me - "how about the wild beast that invaded the streets of ancient Egypt we haven't seen that". Really, I said, "you don't remember Ohio when one morning people looked out of their windows to see if it was sunny or raining and low and behold they saw lions- tigers - wolfs - and bears. Can that be? Were they hallucinating? Did they lose it? But as always, for this too there was a rational explanation. Some animals had escaped from their cages. There was nothing to worry about we assured ourselves - it's one of those crazy things that can happen.. And then there was the earthquake in New York City. To be sure it was an unusual phenomenon. I recall people's reaction - laughing..where were you when it happened - did you feel it? And so the earthquake became just another "fun" experience.

And now SANDY arrived in all her fury - mocking us - mocking our technology - mocking our invincibility - mocking our arrogance. This time we are silenced - this time we stand humbly - we tremble and we cry. How did this happen? How could this be? Things like this can only occur in primitive places - places that are far away from civilization - away from the hubs of the United States but it happened and we cannot escape it - this time we couldn't find an explanation because this time it was our house. This time it was our community. This time it was we who were drowning. This time was different. This time we cannot escape it. or will we stubbornly pursue our old ways and remain deaf, dumb and blind? It's all in our hands. Hashem is calling.

I was listening to the news. The anchor was interviewing one of the most prominent meteorologists and asked, "Is SANDY different from all other natural catastrophes? Is there any parallel to her? "No, this is totally different", he responded. "This calamity had many shades and shapes and they fell upon us at the very same time as one - floods, fires, snow, winds, and rain - all converged upon us. Yes, this time it was different. But the question we must ask - will we be different? Will we get it? Or, will we continue with our sick obsessions, worshiping the "god of Money" and succumb to the enticements of our degenerate society?

Do you remember the story of Elijah the prophet and Jezebel -that satanic evil queen who seduced our people into worshiping pagan gods? Elijah rose like a lion and went to battle to save our people and bring them back to Hashem. And G-d responded and sent a great miracle for all to see and hear. The people actually witnessed the Hand of The Almighty and proclaimed in unison - "Hashem Hu Ho Elokim - G-d He is G-d"! Elijah rejoiced. The people understood. But Jezebel gleefully said, "Wait until tomorrow"! And tragically she was correct. Tomorrow came and it was all forgotten. And the question we must now ask ourselves is -will we forget - will we go back to business as usual? Or - will we remember Tehillim - Psalm 69; "the waters have risen to our souls" and now from our souls our prayers must reach to the Heavens Above.

"V'ani, s'filosi l'cho Hashem" - but as for me, my prayer is for You Hashem...

With Brochos - Blessing from the depths of my soul
Esther Jungries

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Frankenstorm: ''Heralding in a New Era''

I received this via email, and I'm publishing it as I know many readers are interested in these messages.

BS”D
Discussion about world events with Moishe’la (with his family) part 1
Subject superstorm
A Handicapped child
15 Cheshvon 5773
[Oct 30 ’12]

Mommy: Moishe’la you haven’t written for us in a long time. Maybe you have something to tell us about the superstorm that hit the Northeastern coast of the US.

Moishe’la: Sure Mommy. I have a lot to say.

Of course the Frankenstorm is a great message and a warning from Shomayim. to Goyim and Jews alike. However this great storm was sent mainly as a message to the Yidden of the Diaspora.

The massive destruction of this storm, appropriately named “Frankenstorm”, cannot be ignored. It is heralding in a new era just as the Twin towers when they fell began a new era; this storm has also begun a new era for humanity. From this point on, the world will become unrecognizable in every way. From this point on, the world powers will change. What is called nature will continue to bombard nations all over the world, and a great war is on the horizon. Financially things will fall very hard. The financial situation will be the hardest it has ever been, in all the history of this world.

This warning wasn’t a very harsh one, even though many Yidden suffered very much. Still in comparison to other warnings from Shomayim it’s relatively mild. True much damage was done, however not every Yid in the path of this great storm felt the damage. Not every Yid was without electricity, and indeed many walked away from this without even batting an eye, because the result had no effect physically on the person.

Hashem gave leeway to the Yid to either open his eyes, or keep them shut. I hope and I pray that Yidden in America will open their eyes and see that they received a Divine message, a message that can still be misinterpreted. It can be interpreted that we are so good that Hashem saved us from much worse, or it can be interpreted that the end is coming close, and Hashem is warning us by destroying much of the Egel HaZahav that we possess, but not taking a large toll in Jewish lives. Hashem is warning us that next time it will be much worse if we don’t come back to Him and rebuild this distorted Yiddishkeit that has become the Yiddishkeit of America.

I would ask the American Jews to take seriously this warning, take it very seriously. The United States of America is not a friendly country to you anymore. Not that the state of Israel loves Frum Jews. It does not! The state of Israel is ruled by the same type of people that rules the USA even if they are called Jews. Eretz Yisroel is the land of Am Yisroel and the Reshaim will disappear and we will be left with the Kedusha and with Moshiach and Olam Habah and that’s what we want. Every Yid in Eretz Yisroel that cries out to Hashem will be protected. There is no such promise about any other place in the world. Those in Yerushalayim will have particular protection if they cry out to Hashem and try to do His will. Every Yid that believes in HaKodosh Boruch Hu and trusts Him and tries to do His will, will survive Be’ezras Hashem. Every Yid that has a Yiddishe heart for the suffering of his people will be protected everywhere in the world.

Most of Am Yisroel today are Erev Rav. How do we tell who is an Erev Rav? An Erev Rav is someone who cannot cry over the troubles of another Yid. Even if he doesn’t come to tears, if he can at least feel a pain in his heart for the trouble of other Yidden, whether he knows the Yid or not, whether he likes the Yid or not, he must be capable of feeling pain for the other Yid’s troubles.

Erev Rav hate Kedusha and so does Amalek hate Kedusha. Many Yidden today are from Zera Amalek. Amalek hates Kedusha the most. Amalek has no feeling except hatred for people who are close to HaKodosh Boruch Hu. The Erev Rav also have this, but not as intense. However their whole life is the Egel HaZahav. Those Yidden who are from the Shoresh of the Erev Rav, have turned Yiddishkeit in America, into a plastic superficial Gashmiusdik shell of true Yiddishkeit which has infected the world.

Now Hashem is destroying the Egel HaZahav. Those people who will mourn the Egel HaZahav the most, the Yidden who will refuse to the last moment of their lives to admit that the Egel HaZahav is finished forever, they will be revealed as the Erev Rav.

Hashem has unleashed into the world all the Reshaim that ever existed and at the very top is the snake himself. We are being put under their power by Hashem and they will unleash on us the most terrible situations. All the Sheker is oozing out of every corner and we will feel lost in the sea of Sheker. But those Yidden who are now holding on to truth, and are willing to suffer to hold on to that truth will not lose their balance, will not lose their direction. And as much as they suffer now that’s how little they will suffer in the future. Those who are steadfastly holding on to the tail of the Egel HaZahav will be crushed by the same Egel HaZahav. Hashem is crushing the Egel HaZahav and will crush it to the end. There will be nothing of all this Gashmius that’s filled the world and almost destroyed the world. Man cannot destroy the world. Hashem created the world and He only can at His will destroy it, not man! The evil ones will be destroyed!

Yes, the worst Aveirah of this generation is the lack of Kedusha. The lack of Kedusha comes when we are steeped in materialism, when we live to gratify our senses and our desires. We cover ourselves as if we are so-called Frum with Talaisim and hats and beards etc., but inside we are not at all in, most cases, an Am Kodosh. We are not even pretending to be Am Kodosh because many of our wives look like street urchins and things have gone so out of hand that even the most Erlich of people agree to the Pritzus of their wives.

Am Yisroel is commanded to die rather than to become a Goy, to allow himself to be baptized Chas Veshalom. However, we are allowing ourselves to become no better then the Goyim. We are allowing our families to lose all of their Kedusha and I don’t have to go into details to what this has brought upon our Frum society, our so-called Frum society. We find very big problems in Kedusha up to the point that there are many serious questions with Mamzairim etc. Therefore, when our Kedusha becomes challenged, when our Kedusha turns into impurity then Am Yisroel ceases to exist, chas vesholom.

This also brings to conflicts because it’s not only the Kedusha of the body, but also the Kedusha of the mind, of the desire for Kovod and power and that brings us to the subject of Shmiras HaLoshon. All these conflicts that are raging among the Frum Yidden bring us down to the bottom of the barrel so-to-speak, and between our lack of Kedusha and our great lack of Shmiras HaLoshon, make us all but lost, all but lost.

The lack of electricity is basically the end of the Egel HaZahav as we know it. Because without electricity we are cut off from all the very worst of the Egel HaZhav. The problem is that even for our basic every day needs we have become dependent on this electric and this is a very sad situation that our everyday existence is connected with the Egel HaZahav. So now like in Mitzrayim we are going to have to depend ONLY on HaKodosh Boruch Hu and that’s the real way a Yid should live.

Another thing is that people can get ready in all kind of ways to deal with being without electricity: generators, batteries etc. But the message is not about that. The message is to depend only on HaKodosh Boruch Hu and He will save you.

There are those that will cry out “but we must do Hishtadlus, a Jew must do Hishtadlus!” However, there won’t be any Hishtadlus that you will be able to do. So if there is nothing to do then you just have to trust Hashem till the end.

Video - Mordechai ben David amidst the chaos and destruction of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath
Hat Tip Mashiach is Coming


Friday, November 2, 2012

Letter from Lakewood

Received via email from a reader:

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Lakewood

With much of Lakewood still without power for days, I humbly feel that Hashem is trying to send us a message that "we" are putting out the light of the beauty of Lakewood, the largest town in the US of Torah learning. The light of the Kedusha the light of thousands of Torah learners right here in our town of Lakewood is being distinguished by us with our actions.

We have more Yeshivas and Mesiftas than in any other town or city in America BY"H so we have more responsibility to keep Hashem happy with our way of life.

It's time for all of us to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh and see what could be corrected to bring back the light of the Schinah to Lakewood the town of Torah and Chessed.

If we don't take this storm seriously who knows what other difficult message Hashem might have to send us in order to wake up and do Teshuva?

Take a moment and think...are we living a spiritual life at least similar to our great grand parents, the way they lived when they arrived in America some 70 years ago? or are we indulged in our clothing, i.e. shoes, jewelry, belt, coat, & mink coats, handbags, boots, shopping, hunting for bargains, living in restaurants, redoing our kitchens every so often, always planning our next vacations, now Leshem Mitzvah we are busy planning our winter vacation, and of course don't forget Motzai Shabbos hot Pizza & fries, eating it in the pizza shops in mixed company, we have turned into a major planning board not leaving enough time to see and plan our lives as "how to serve Hashem better”.

Lets be honest it's almost impossible to walk the streets and keep our eyes clean, and yes, I am referring to neighborhoods of Bnai Torah and Chasidim, not in Harlem, Miami Beach or Las Vegas.

This "FrankenStorm" has been felt by many of us we are all suffering because of it in one way or another, but..... The million dollar question is: are we waking up to Hashems cry?

Now let’s be strong and say to Hashem: OK we are ready to change our ways of life, our materialism lifestyle that we have lived up to now will change!!! We’ll start getting ourselves ready for the coming of Moshiach by living a true Torah life. BTW When Moshiach arrives there will be nothing left of all our Gasmius, so get a head start...and get rid of it now lets be more careful with all of the Halocos and Mitzovos of our special sweet Torah.

p.s.  I would like to ask everyone to take this Frankenstorm warning from Hashem very seriously.