Thursday, September 7, 2017


A picture paints a thousand words.

Photo Jayson Krause


Anonymous said...

R’ Elazar ben Avina tells us, “Misfortune comes to the world only on account of Israel..." (Yevamos 63a, see Rashi “בשביל ישראל” and Rashi to Shemos 7:3 “ואני אקשה”). The Meiri says, “If misfortune rains upon the Jews themselves, they should assume responsibility for the tragedy...” (Artscroll Yevamos 63a, note 44).

Therefore, when the nations of the world blame us for their problems, let's stop accusing them of making anti-semitic remarks and realize that we are "a stiff-necked people" (see Shemos 32:9; 33:3, 5 and Devarim 9:6, 13) who don't want to submit ourselves to our Creator's Will.

As Rashi says, “They turn the hardness of the back of their necks toward those who admonish them and refuse to listen” [(Shemos 32:9). see also Rashi to Shemos 33:3)].

Neshama said...

Anon, well said. It is surely apocalypse america.
The Rabbis have an obligation to warn the Jews that they should give up on America, and that Eretz Yisrael is their salvation!

Devorah said...

I feel it's more to do with giving up materialism, rather than giving up America. It's pushing people to return to the spiritual, whether that be Eretz Yisroel or not. America is getting hit because it epitomises gashmius [materialism] - and notice how the billionaires homes have been destroyed..... [eg Richard Branson] - just my thoughts anyway.

Dov Bar-Leib said...

Anon.: Is it possible that in some of these cases, Americans are suffering for their own Sins? They elected Gog HW Bush Sr. in Houston to represent them in Congress long before he became President of the United States. Gog Sr, then proceeded to declare a New World Order at the 33rd level of purity, 3300 years after Matan Torah, where the World no longer needed to perfect itself in G-d's eyes by doing good in order to receive Divine Providence to continue to become even better and more moral above the 33rd level of purity. Once Prosperity had been achieved by having a Chazakah on Money (Mon) on Lag B'Omer the third day that the Mon fell, Esav tried to build a roof with no holes in it (a Gag) between his civilization and Heaven by Gog declaring his New World Order. This is why the pyramid on the back of the dollar bill declares a New World Order (Novus Ordo Seclorum) while the pyramid is cut off precisely at the 2/3rds mark since 33 is 2/3rds of the way to 50. Immediately after doing that, he prosecuted the Global War against Saddam Hussein driving him and his Babylonian forces out of Batzrah. Gog's next move was to declare an international Peace Conference in Madrid with the sole purpose of dividing Yerushalayim and Eretz Yisrael. We all know how that causes G-d to frown and be angry at the End of Days. And then as his final act as President in the area of foreign policy, he condemned Israel in the UNSC on the first night of Chanukah 5753 (December 1992) for throwing 400 Hamas thugs into Southern Lebanon. The US did not veto that resolution that Gog himself wrote. Just for the record, the Israeli/ Lebanese border is at the 33rd parallel latitude on the Globe. Two weeks earlier we had just read Parshat VaYishlach in shul, the first pasuk of the 33rd Chapter of Bereishit, a Sefer with a total of 50 chapters

א וַיִּשָּׂא יַעֲקֹב עֵינָיו, וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה עֵשָׂו בָּא, וְעִמּוֹ, אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת אִישׁ; וַיַּחַץ אֶת-הַיְלָדִים, עַל-לֵאָה וְעַל-רָחֵל, וְעַל, שְׁתֵּי הַשְּׁפָחוֹת. 1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

Perhaps at least in Houston all of Gog Sr.'s voters were suffering for their own sins, and not my stiff neck??