Monday, September 17, 2018

Tzedaka for Ari

It is customary to give tzedaka before Yom Kippur to serve as protection against harsh decrees.

Heartbreak and Heroism Shatter the Night as Thousands attend Funeral of Ari Fuld

Please consider giving to help the family of Ari Fuld HY"D who was killed in a terror attack - click here to donate.

Wishing everyone an easy fast.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fooling Yourself

People mistakenly think they can hide those parts of their personality they don't want the world to see, and reveal only the parts they are willing to let others know about.

But the truth is that even the deepest parts of a personality stand out on the tip of your nose for everyone to see - everyone except yourself.

A person thinks he knows himself, but even that he doesn't know. Similarly, a person thinks he knows how his voice sounds, but when he hears himself on a tape he sounds strange. He can't believe it's really him while others recognize his voice right away. This is also true of our drives and motivations: we deceive ourselves as to what we really think, while to an outsider it is obvious.

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan "Reb Mendel and his Wisdom" by Yisroel Greenwald

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Shana Tova

Wishing everyone a Shana Tova and may we all be written in the Book of Life for all revealed goodness for the coming year. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Fake News, Fake Torah and Fake Moshiachs

In one of his videos, Rabbi Anava spoke about the war of  גיגים  [gigim - thoughts].   He said this is really what is meant by the war of Gog u Magog at the End of Days.  I can't remember which shiur it was, and I don't have time right now to locate it, but perhaps it will show itself [or someone else will remember] and I'll link to it in the comments. 

People are so confused, we don't know who to believe anymore. 

Sometimes it's very obvious to me that it's fake, and sometimes I still get sucked into believing nonsense, even after all my years of blogging about deception and abuse.

It's got to the point where we even doubt things we know for sure !  

That is why I try to stick to blogging from the older Rebbes, because their Torah is the Torah I trust.  

But even then, there is controversy, and this is because some of the followers of some of these great Rebbes have, in today's world, become over-whelmed and lost their minds.  They are worshipping Rebbes akin to idolatry, and inventing reasons why it is permissable to do so.  They twist the truth to suit their needs and actually believe they are right and everyone else is wrong. [It's an ego thing as well, in my opinion]  In other parts of the world innocent families are caught up in scandals and the worst forms of abuse, and continue to protect the abuser and even claim that he is the Moshiach.   

When we look at these things from far away, we wonder how it can happen: that intelligent and righteous people can be fooled this way.  You think you know who somebody is... and then you realize you don't know at all.... and everything is turned upside down.   It's incredibly difficult to come out of something like that, and many times it can break you.  That is the war of Gog u Magog. The war for your thoughts. I think it really is a war for the truth. 

Right now it is confusion and chaos, and I guess that is absolutely as it should be, before Moshiach. The world is pretty much incapable of handling the truth anyway, most peoples' minds are so distorted by the barrage of nonsense all around them, and they have no Torah learning to ground them.

In the meantime, I want to apologize if I have led anyone astray by anything I've put up or linked to on the blog.  Whenever I realize I've linked to something questionable, I do remove it as soon as possible.

I also want to apologize if I've offended or upset anyone, by anything written here.

Just remember one thing: it's not a crime to have been duped.  You may feel silly and embarrassed but you didn't do anything wrong. It's a process... you wake up to the truth. 

Mind Games

So much seems to be happening right before Rosh HaShanah, but the rules of lashon hara prevent me from saying exactly what I want to to say right now....   so I went searching my blog for a old post which reflects how I'm feeling.

Art: Mike Worrall

The Baal Shem Tov said : "The world is a mirror. The defects you see in others are really your own."

That solves one problem: if we see a defect in someone else, we can rest assured that defect exists in us too, otherwise we wouldn't have noticed it.

But what happens when that defect does not exist in you, and therefore you don't notice it in someone else... ?

That's how simple, naive, innocent people fall for con-artists [and narcissists]. These innocent people don't possess a sneaky or manipulative trait: for them, it would be unthinkable to deceive someone else or use a friend to further their own agenda.... and therefore they do not realize when they are being taken for a ride, being used and manipulated.

They didn't see it, because they don't have that quality themselves.

When the truth finally hits, that they have actually been deceived, they are in a state of shock. It's hard to believe, how could this happen? Sometimes the victim may turn nasty and try to shoot the messenger, but ultimately, once they have given the matter a lot of thought, they should realize that the "messenger" was the one they should be thanking for waking them up and ensuring that they will be on their guard in future relationships.

It's no crime to be innocent and naive, in fact it's a virtue, but these days the world is a very dangerous place, and we need to be on the alert for anyone who's messing with our minds.

Geneivat da'at - Theft of the Mind - is the worst theft of all.

Geneivat da'at is not limited to con-artists..... it's practised all the time by abusers and manipulators.  They do the crime, but they won't admit it, or accept responsibility for it.  Instead, they'll blame you, the victim, for everything, and bring attention to your defects in order to take the heat off themselves.   They will try to discredit you in every way possible in order to ensure that no-one will listen to a word you're saying.

Be aware that this is how abusers behave, and be on your guard in the future. Get as far away from these people as you can, and don't go back. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Messianic Light


Source: Rabbi Mendel Kessin, an excerpt from his soon-to-published book

There's a midrash that relates that the Torah of Moses, which is everything that Jews have now, will seem as vacuous as air when compared to the Ohr Mashiach, the Messianic Light that will come into the physical world. 

Furthermore, the midrash adds that the Torah of Mashiach will be vaporous compared to the Torah of the World-to-Come. Can you believe this? It's astounding what G-d has in store for klal Yisrael and for those others who are deserving of the Messianic Light’s teachings. 

In truth, we really have no concrete idea as to what will happen in the World-to-Come because we cannot comprehend what it means to be alive in that dimension. Were G-d to show you what it means to be alive in that world, it would completely destroy your free will. 

It's an exhilarating experience of truth and, if you know the truth, you don’t choose anymore. In our world, however, you are compelled to act in the way that is commensurate with the truth you perceive.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Future Redemption

Parshat Nitzavim:

The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G‑d’s laws, but then he prophesies that in the end, “You will return to the L‑rd your G‑d . . . If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L‑rd your G‑d gather you . . . and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed.” 

The Talmud Talmud [Sanhedrin 97a–98a] mentions various signs to identify the generation in which Moshiach will arrive.

In that generation:
  • Torah scholarship will be diminished. 
  • There will be many troubles and difficult decrees. 
  • The younger generation will not respect their elders. 
  • There will be inflation in food prices. 
  • The government will turn towards heresy (denying the Torah). 
  • People will despair of the Redemption. 
  • People will have no money left in their pockets (i.e., savings). 
  • The Jewish people will not have supporters. 
  • The generation will be either entirely righteous or entirely wicked. 
  • There will be no fish available for purchase, even for sick people. 
  • There will be no arrogant people left amongst the Jews. 
  • There will be no judges or enforcers left amongst the Jewish people.

Source: Chabad

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Straits of Hormuz

This is a re-blog from Feburary 2012, as I noticed that the Strait of Hormuz is once again in the news.

Received via email [Yosef Kaner] - free translation from the Hebrew 

Rav Yekutiel Fish posted an interesting quote from Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim from Luntschitz [who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries, more commonly known as the "Kli Yakar"] in his Kli Paz, indicating that the Milchemet [war of] Gog and Magog will be centered in an area he calls Hormuz...... 

In the sefer Kli Paz "The Vessel of Pure Gold" from the commentry Kli Yakar, who was a Rosh Rabbonim [head of the rabbis] in the land of Israel 400 years ago, ''that there will be a sacrifice in Basra'' [Isaiah 34] that should be in the war of Gog and Magog and that it should happen or occur in a place by Basra named Hormuz. And the Navi's words since the sacrifice to Hashem in Basra and the great slaughtering in the land of Edom and it will descend, animals with them and cattle with Abirim [the strong healthy bulls] since the day of vengeance is to G-d and the completion of years of fighting Zion.. And it says ''the animals will descend with them'' to tell you there are many kings in the remaining nations that will join with Edom to help him and the slaughtering to G-d in Basra - a country with a distance from Bavel - its name is Basra and it is next to Asher which is Assyria and Persia in between the boundary of the land of Edom - The Hormuz - and today it is under the rulership of Yishmael and blessed is the one who knows the truth of these things. However it will be there - the war in the end of days.

וְהֶרְאוּנִי דָּבָר מַבְהִיל בְּסֵפֶר 'כְּלִי פָּז' מִבַּעַל הַ'כְּלִי יָקָר' שֶׁהָיָה רֹאשׁ הָרַבָּנִים בְּאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל לִפְנֵי כְּאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה (ישעי' לד) שֶׁהַ"זֶבַח לַה' בְּבָצְרָה" שֶׁיִּהְיֶה בְּמִלְחֶמֶת גּוֹג וּמָגוֹג יִתְרַחֵשׁ בְּמָקוֹם עַל יַד בַּצְרָה שֶׁשְּׁמוֹ הוּרְמוּז. וְנָבִיא אֶת דְּבָרָיו "כִּי זֶבַח לַה' בְּבָצְרָה וְטֶבַח גָּדוֹל בְּאֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם, וְיָרְדוּ רְאֵמִים עִמָּם וּפָרִים עִם אַבִּירִים וְגוֹ', כִּי יוֹם נָקָם לַה' שְׁנַת שִׁלּוּמִים לְרִיב צִיּוֹן". וְאָמַר "וְיָרְדוּ רְאֵמִים עִמָּם וְכוּ'', לְהַגִּיד שֶׁהַרְבֵּה מְלָכִים מִשַּׁאר הָאֻמּוֹת יִתְחַבְּרוּ עִם אֱדוֹם לְעָזְרָם. "כִּי זֶבַח לַה' בְּבָצְרָה", מְדִינָה יֵשׁ רָחוֹק מִבָּבֶל שְׁמָהּ בָּצְרָה, וְהִיא בֵּין גְּבוּל אֲשׁוּר וּפָרַס וּבֵין גְּבוּל אֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם, הוּרְמוּז, וְהִיא הַיּוֹם תַּחַת מֶמְשֶׁלֶת הַיִּשְׁמָעֵאלִים. וּבָרוּךְ הַיּוֹדֵעַ אֲמִתָּתָם שֶׁל דְּבָרִים, אוּלַי יִהְיֶה דֶּרֶךְ שָׁם הַמִּלְחָמָה בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים"