Friday, February 28, 2020

The Writing's On The Wall - Updated

מְנֵא מְנֵא, תְּקֵל וּפַרְסִין

And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN.  [Daniel 5:25]

See the final letters of the words above :  סִין - China
[another hint here is that China has a great Wall - Devorah]

When they chose the Name Covid-19 (19 – כוביד) they chose a Name that begins with a Name of G-d. It begins with (כו) or 26, as in the Tetragrammaton (יהוה), and it ends in Yad (יד), Hand, as in the Hand of G-d. In fact, being split into 28 and 14, Covid reflects the 3 Hands of G-d we just saw in the final word of “the writing on the wall” in Daniel 5:25

Read the entire article at Kabbalah Secrets: The Coronavirus: What's Really Going On

And in this we see yet another connection to Purim: [HT: AK]

The Handwriting on the Wall 

Evil Merodach ruled 23 years, then his son Belshazzar assumed the throne in the year 3386. In 3389, the third year of his reign, he realized that 70 years had elapsed since Nebuchadnezzar’s domination of the Jewish people in 3319. Assuming that the 70-year period was up, and that the Jewish people would never leave exile, Belshazzar decided to celebrate. At his lavish feast, he demonstrated his contempt for G‑d by drinking from the holy vessels that his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar had plundered from the Bais Hamikdash. Suddenly, a hand appeared and wrote a mysterious inscription on the wall: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. These words were written in a strange script and in an acrostic form; thus they were seemingly indecipherable. Nevertheless, Daniel interpreted the words as follows: Mene, Mene: G‑d has counted the days of Belshazzar’s kingdom, and they are numbered. Tekel: G‑d has weighed Belshazzar on the scales of justice and has found him guilty. 

Source: Chabad

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Enter Your Chambers

Someone asked me via email if we will be alone in our rooms when Moshiach comes.  This was also mentioned in the comments of the Years of Awe blog, and referenced by Yaak as follows:

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Bava Kamma 60b
The Sages taught: If there is plague in the city, gather your feet, i.e., limit the time you spend out of the house, as it is stated in the verse: “And none of you shall go out of the opening of his house until the morning.”

Rabbi Kessin: Footsteps of Moshiach

I don't know when this was recorded but I think it is the latest shiur from Rabbi Kessin - it's probably things you have heard him speak of previously, but anyway here it is, for anyone who wants to watch it.  Thank you MQB for sending it to me.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Secret Life of Queen Esther

A brilliant insight from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on ''Esther's Fast''

This women's class was presented by Rabbi Y. Y. Jacobson on Tuesday Parshas Tzav, 12 Adar II, 5779, March 19, 2019 at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY

Adar The Month of Mazal

From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Yehoshua Metzinger

When the archenemy of the Jews, Haman, was drawing lots for an opportune time to wage his personal war against the Jews, he was delighted that the date of the deadly decree fell in the month of Adar. The reason he was so happy was that he found that every other month on the Jewish calendar had some auspicious date to aid the Jewish people, but in Adar he saw that Moses passed away on the 7th. Haman was so sure that this date would cause misfortune for the Jewish people that he made Adar the deadline for the decree.What are the special qualities of Adar that grant the Jewish people good fortune…?

However, what Haman didn't know is that Moses was also born on the 7th of Adar, which made the month an auspicious one for the Jewish people, not only during the events of Purim but also today. How did the joy of Moses' birthday cancel out the misfortune that the 7th was also the day of his passing, and what are the special qualities of Adar that grant the Jewish people good fortune?

Adar is under the constellation of the fish. Haman saw nothing particularly lucky or beneficial in the constellation of the fish. He was threatening to swallow up the Jewish people like a fish swallows food. But he didn't see that there was a bigger fish, and that he would be swallowed up himself. Just as larger fish swallow smaller fish, so the tragedy of Moses' passing is swallowed up by his birth, for that joy is greater than the sadness of mourning.

The mazal…and the soul are in perfect alignment on that day…

How do we know this is so? The Lubavitcher Rebbe points out that a person's soul shines stronger on his or her birthday. The aspect of the soul that is contained within a person is actually a spark of the person's root Neshama, which stays above. This Neshama that is above the earthly Neshama is called "mazal". A person's mazal is stronger on the birthday because the mazal, which drips vitality into the soul, and the soul are in perfect alignment on that day.

Even though we all individually have birthdays, Moses's birthday is like the collective birthday of the Jewish people. How is this so? Because the leader of the Jewish people is equal to the Jewish people collectively. [Num. 21:21, Rashi] Since every generation has a spark of the soul of Moses, his birthday is also the birth of the essence of the souls of the Jewish people. This is why the mazal of the Jewish people is stronger in Adar.

Adar is also the month of completion, rectifying the lunar year to the solar cycle and readying us for revelation. In leap years there are two Adars. In such a year, what was incomplete reaches its full potential. Just as the Jewish people are frequently compared to the moon, Adar is an auspicious time to reach one's spiritual potential.

Also, the two Adars together have 60 days. If an unkosher liquid falls into a pot, the mixture can still be considered kosher if the unkosher part is less than a ratio of 1/60. The 60 days of these two months reflect the ability of this number to nullify negativity.

But the sages have said that the Jewish people are beyond mazal and there is no ('ein' in Hebrew) constellation that is associated with them. This is why the Jewish people were able to show such self-sacrifice on Purim, and at all times; the capacity for self-sacrifice is beyond logic.

This greatness is hinted in the name of Adar which is spelled alef, dalet, reish. The alef represents the power of G‑d, which may seem to be separate from everyday existence. The dalet and reish form the word "dar", which means "to dwell". The alef, or G‑d's unlimited power, aims to create a dwelling place in this limited world.

Adar is a propitious month…for joy…

Moses tried to accomplish this in the last seven days of Adar when he worked to build the Tabernacle. The Shechinah wasn't revealed in the Tabernacle, so he kept rearranging and rebuilding it. Finally, on the last day, the Shechinah was revealed in the Tabernacle. The last seven days of Adar during which Moses spent building the Tabernacle correspond to the seven generations during which the Shechinah was not revealed. G‑d's intention was that he should have a dwelling place in this world, and this was being accomplished at the end of Adar.

Haman's mistake in thinking that Moses' passing ruined the month of Adar for the Jewish people was actually to our benefit; he chose to set the decree in the month of the greatest mazal for the Jewish people. This teaches us that Adar is a propitious month for protection, for improving ourselves and for joy, which reaches greater and greater levels as we progress through the two Adars.

Source: Chabad

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Lockdowns, Cyclones and Stocks Crashing

Where to begin......

Cyclone Esther [a pre Purim event] hits Australia

Iran's staggering death toll from virus
A lawmaker from Iran’s Qom on Monday accused the government of covering up the full extent of the coronavirus outbreak in the holy city, according to semi-official news agency ISNA. In the report, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani accused Iran’s health minister of “lying” about the outbreak.

Europe in lockdown over virus outbreak
Friends in Italy tell me that churches, schools, universities are closed. Coffee bards have to close at 6pm. Buses, trams, subway are empty.  Offices ask their employees to work from home.

Harvey Weinstein found guilty, sentencing Shushan Purim

Dow Plunges 1000 Points as Coronavirus Surges

And that was just my first ten minutes on the internet.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Prayer to be Saved from Coronavirus

This prayer was written by Rabbi Eliezer Berland who is currently sitting in jail for various dubious charges against him.  If you can read Hebrew, say it in Hebrew, and see this link for gematrias associated with this prayer. 

Meanwhile, Rabbi Mizrachi is expecting the worst.

Give tzedaka, do teshuva, pray for Hashem to remove this disease from the world, and trust that we will be see Moshiach very soon.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sweetening Judgments

Art OceanXGoddess

from the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

When the messengers who bring suffering are despatched, they are made to take an oath: that they will neither set out nor return except on such and such a day, at such and such a time, and only [carry out their mission] by using the designated means. However, repentance, prayer and charity have the power to nullify [the enactment of] this oath.

Reciting the Torah chapters concerning the Choshen, the Breastplate [Exodus 28:15-30; 39:8-21] is a tikkun [rectification] for harsh judgments.

A person who suffers affliction should give charity. This charity will be considered as if it were a fee paid to a judge for his services, which when accepted, nullifies the verdict's validity. And through this his suffering will be alleviated.

When a person rebukes his friend for the right motives, he has a thread of loving-kindness drawn over him.

A person who does not accept rebuke will experience suffering.

To sweeten harsh judgments, recite Psalm 39 and Psalm 77.

When the nations have issued an evil decree against the Jews, Psalm 62 should be said.

A person can determine and understand his sins from the suffering which he experiences.

There are four things which abolish harsh decrees: Tzedakah [charity], crying out to G-d, changing one's name and improving one's conduct.

Crying out to G-d helps the individual only prior to the final decree.

A person's accusers are beaten off by the study of Torah.

A final decree accompanied by an oath cannot be abolished, even for the sake of an entire community.

The effects of a decree against a person apply only in a specific place. He can save himself by changing his location.

A person should tell others of his anguish so that they will pray for mercy on his behalf.

Accepting suffering with love is like bringing a sacrifice.

A person who falls down while walking should see this as a sign of a downfall on a spiritual level. Falling down while walking sometimes serves to nullify a pronouncement of death which has been issued against the person.

A person who finds himself suffering from harsh judgment should make it a habit to gaze at the Heavens.

The Holy One exonerates the person who teaches righteousness to the wicked.

A man of truth receives G-d's lovingkindness undisguised by judgments.

Trust in G-d sweetens judgment and draws down loving-kindness.

Through faith [emunah] it is possible to convince G-d to follow your will.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Iran Plans and God Laughs

Yesterday there was an article in the Yeshiva World News stating that Iran planned to detroy the kevarim of Mordechai HaTzadik and Esther HaMalka and replace it with a Palestinian Embassy, G-d forbid.

Today on Twitter: #BREAKING: Security forces of #Iran's Islamic Regime including #IRGC Ground Force are now sending their troops and military equipment including these MRAPs to the city of #Qom in-order to establish military curfew over #CoronaVirus outbreak and death of two people in the city!

Another video shows arrival of the MRAPs of #IRGC Ground Force at the entry points of the city of #Qom for military curfew and closure of main roads to the city over the #CoronaVirus outbreak in the city!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Crazy Light Show Last Night

We had the most amazing lightning last night, I was mesmerized.  The night sky lit up, on and on and on, never seen anything like it, and we have a lot of storms here but this one was something else again.

Here's a video that will give you some idea

Monday, February 17, 2020

Rabbi Kessin: Current Events and Messianic Process

Just in, shiur given Feb 16.

Discreet Tzedaka

by Rabbi David Hanania Pinto

 "When you lend money to My people, to the poor person who is with you" [Mishpatim 22:24]

The word 'עמך', who is with you, seems to be superfluous?

The sefer 'Lekutei Hamelitz', written by Rabbi Meir Laniado zt"l, offers a beautiful explanation: The Gemara says [Chagigah 5a], that one who gives charity to the poor must do so secretly. However, one who lends money to his friend, should do so specifically in the presence of witnesses, for if not, he transgresses the prohibition of, "You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind", for the borrower may forget about the loan and deny that he borrowed money.

The precise wording of the verse expresses this idea clearly: 'עם כסף תלוה את עמי', when you lend money to My people, meaning if you lend money to your friend, you should do so with 'עמי', meaning in front of witnesses. But if you are donating charity to the poor, this should be carried out discreetly, which is implied by the wording, 'את העני עמך', specifically 'with you', and not in front of others.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rabbi Mizrachi; Corona Update

The Corona Virus and Its Impact on the World

From close to the beginning of the shiur

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus Foretold

HT: Dan and Yaak

From the Medrash Yalkut Shimoni  [Based on Shir Hashirim 2:13] -  see 2nd-5th lines in image above.

התאנה חנטה פגיה
Ribbi Hiya bar Abba said: a sign for the days of Mashiah: a great pestilence will come and the Resha'im [wicked ones] will be destroyed therein.

והגפנים סמדר
These refer to those who remain, as it says, [Yeshaya 4:3] "And it will be that he who remains in Zion (...will be considered holy)."


from the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

Faith is a very strong thing, and it can greatly fortify your life.

If you have faith, then you have a source of comfort and inspiration even when troubles strike. You realize that all troubles are ultimately for your good and are an atonement for your sins. You know that G-d will be good to you in the end, both in this world and the next.

The faithless skeptic, on the other hand, has nowhere to turn when troubles strike. He is utterly alone, without comfort or inspiration.

It is impossible to put everything into writing, but an intelligent man should be able to build upon this himself.

The main thing is innocent faith. With it, one can have a portion both in this world and the next. Happy is he who has such faith, for he shall never be moved.

There are souls conceived in absolute holiness. When such a holy soul comes down to this world and is not tainted with sin, it results in a person with perfect faith. Such a person never has any doubts.

Others can express their skepticism in such a man's presence, but his faith is no way disturbed. He is totally oblivious to all doubts. His ears are deaf to all their speculation and confusion.

Even one who is not endowed with such an extraordinary soul can realize that the average person's questions are mere foolishness. Upon close examination, their questions turn out not to be questions at all.

Many people are disturbed by questions for years, not realizing that their questions are actually answers. It is only their lack of intelligence that makes them seem like questions in the first place.

They have questions like those one might ask a child: "If we have a broken window, why replace it with a pane from the next window if a bird can then fly through the remaining empty frame?"

Such a question actually includes its own answer. But a child does not realize this and considers it a very difficult question. He will ponder it and not know what to reply.

But the question itself is really very foolish. The question about the bird is really the answer to the first foolish question. The reason why we do not use the adjacent pane is precisely because it leaves a space through which a bird can fly.

A young child does not have enough intelligence to realize that the answer is included in such a question. For this very reason, the question seems very difficult to him.

The same is true of many people. A foolish question enters their mind, and they have no idea that this question actually includes its own answer. It seems like a difficult question, but only because of their lack of intelligence. Understand this well.

Consider all this and be strong in faith. Flee from this foolishness and confusion, and cast all questions and doubts from your mind.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Women First

Art Michoel Muchnik

by J. Immanuel Schochet

“Thus you shall say to the House of Jacob and tell the Children of Israel.” - [Yitro 19:3]

Our sages state that “House of Jacob” refers to the women of Israel, and “Children of Israel” to the men. When G‑d gave the Torah to Israel, He told Moses to approach the women first.

The purpose of the exodus from Egypt was for the Jewish people to receive the Torah at Sinai, as it is written: “When you will have brought the people out from Egypt, you shall serve G‑d upon this mountain” [Shemot 3:12]. Of the exodus itself it is said that it occurred in the merit of the pious women of that generation. Thus, when it came to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the women were given precedence.

The Messianic redemption, too, will come about in the merit of the righteous women of Israel, as stated in the Midrash: “All generations are redeemed by virtue of the pious women of their generation” [Yalkut Shimoni, Ruth: 606]. Thus the women will once again be first to receive the wondrous teachings to be heard from Moshiach.

Source: Chabad

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Has the End of the World Arrived?

New shiur from Rabbi Mizrachi - @  approx 1 hour 33 mins he starts to talk about the virus, and gives advice on what to do right now.

Trump Acquittal and Another ''Coincidence''

If you remember this post from a while back: where major events were shown as occurring on special Chabad dates.....

here's another one to add to the list.

Trump's acquittal occurring on Yud Shevat : the day the Lubavitcher Rebbe took the reins from his father-in-law, the Previous Rebbe, 70 years ago.  Whilst it is already 11 Shevat here in Australia, the date in America is 10 Shevat.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Peace, Plagues and Politics

Tamar Yonah interviews Rabbi Mendel Kessin Feb 4 2020

Many say that we are indeed in the Messianic Era. If so, what are we to understand from the recent events of peace plans, plagues (the Coronavirus), and politics (the upcoming Israeli elections)?

Click here to listen

Parshas HaMon

Art: Heidi Malott
Parshas HaMon: a segula for parnasa, is recited today Tuesday 5 February.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Riminov [1745-1815], a disciple of the Holy Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk, instructed everyone to read "Parshat HaMann" specifically on the Yom Shlishi [Tuesday] of Parshat Beshalach in the "Shnayim Mikra v'Echad Targum" format, i.e. reading the Hebrew verses twice and the Aramaic translation of Onkelos once.   This year it will occur today Tuesday 5 February.

Not to be confused with the evil villain of the Purim story, Parshat haMann [The Chapter of the Manna] is found in the 16th Chapter of the Book of Exodus: verses 4-36. This Chapter details the episode of the miraculous "Manna" [bread from heaven] that sustained the Children of Israel during their 40-year journey in the desert.

Rav Yosef Caaro, the "mechaber" [compiler] of the monumental Halachic text, the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 1:5, instructs us to recite it daily. Other giants of Halacha also point to the importance of reciting it daily: The Tur 1; Aruch Hashulchan 1:22; Shulchan Aruch HaRav 1:9.

By so doing, every Jew acknowledges that his/her livelihood comes from only from Hashem. Reciting the Parshat HaMann daily strengthens one's Emuna and Bitachon [belief and trust] in HASHEM, and is a "Segula for Parnassa" [auspicious for having a healthy income].

To read Parshat haMann in Hebrew [with the Aramaic translation of Onkelos], please visit:

English version here:

Miracle of Re-Growth after Fires in Australia

Photo: Cyn Bodycote - Shark Bay Iluka in New South Wales, Australia.

Kate Geraghty: The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images - A green fern stands starkly against the burned flora in the Blackheath woods.

Photo Cyn Bodycote - Shark Bay Iluka in NSW.

KarenHBlack/Getty Images - Christmas bells flowers are only found in Australia.

Andrew Merry/Getty Images - Grass trees are found in all Australian states and territories.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

“Moshiach Is Standing Next To The Wall”

HT: Sherry

“We’re in a terrible situation,” Harav Amar said. “We were never in a situation like this regarding the elections. I’m not a political person and I haven’t spoken about this, but there’s another election and another election and we don’t see a way out. Who knows what Hakadosh Baruch Hu is preparing for us. Who knows if Melech Ha’Moshiach isn’t already on the way.”

“Also regarding what the US President Trump is doing – things that we never dreamed in our best dreams – and he’s continuing and doing more. And all the leaders who came, Putin and others, spreading the name of Israel. It’s impossible to ignore. These are things we never dreamed of. Isn’t it the preparation for the coming of Moshiach?”

“This the preparation [for Moshiach],” Harav Amar emphasized. “I want to tell you something personal. A few weeks ago I went to a wedding in Bnei Brak…My mashgiach from yeshivah ketanah, Tiferes Tzion – the yeshivah that the Chazon Ish established where Harav Chaim Greineman and Harav Chaim Kanievsky learned as well as others – walked in.”

“[My mashgiach] told me that a little while ago he wanted to travel abroad for his kollel. He went to Harav Chaim Kanievsky to tell him. Harav Chaim said to him: “Rebbi Yitzchak, you’re traveling abroad? You don’t know that Moshiach is standing next to the wall.’ Harav Chaim told him to remain and he did.”

Source: Yeshiva World

Monday, February 3, 2020

Current Events and Why Evil Persists

Rabbi Mendel Kessin, new shiur

Min HaShamayim

Art: Vladimir Kush
The manna reminds us that a Jew's food, and his livelihood in general, come directly from G-d, in a manner of "bread from heaven", i.e. even though, at first glance, it appears that a person earns his livelihood through hard work, in truth however the work of his hands is merely a "receptacle" into which G-d places his blessings.

In other words, it is not the hard work in itself that brings a person his daily bread - G-d provides a Jew with food in a manner which is not limited to the rule of nature.  But in order not to disturb the natural order which He created, G-d garbs His gift in natural phenomena, so that it should appear to come from nature alone.

The eternal perpetuation of manna reminds us that, even though we no longer see bread coming from heaven, nevertheless, in truth the bread continues to come from heaven to this day.

Source: Sichas Shabbos Parshas Beshalach 5751, Lubavitcher Rebbe

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Crows over Hubei

Guest Post by Rivka

An unpredecented amount of crows have been flying over cities in Hubei Province.  Crows are associated with death because crows feed on carrion, dead meat.  Video below shows masses of crows over cities in Hubei China, where the coronavirus is killing thousands. In the Hanchuan City video, a large, dense flock of crows was videotaped flying around and cawing loudly. One observer said, “This situation has never occurred before.” [See Epoch Times]

The Hebrew word for “crow” and for “raven” is oreiv. Some see the two birds as two versions of the same.

...every raven according to its kind...[Shemini 11:15]

Why is the raven (oreiv) forbidden to be eaten while the dove (yonah) is kosher?

The Raven (Oreiv) is identified with selfishness and betrayal and it is universally despised as the symbol of heartlessness and cruelty. 

Is this a Divine message of Middah K'neged Middah for a heartless, cruel and selfish country whose society is devoid of compassion just like the crow/raven!?

Our Creator created this world as a kind of mirror, which reflects the actions of mankind. When people behave cruelly to each other, causing damage to each other, then the world treats us the same way and is filled with natural disasters and harmful animals.