Friday, April 22, 2005

The Face of the Dog

I decided to post this now although technically according to the clock, I have no time. It is the answer to a post asking what about the year 5764? What seminal event happened in the year 5764 (Fall 2003-Summer 2004) that corresponds with offering up the Paschal Lamb (Korban Pesach). It of course would need to be a miracle from below, an act of faith in our deliverance coming from something other than our own flesh and blood or from the efforts of gentile kings. Here is my answer to the question posed by one of the readers of this blog:

The answer to your question will be in an essay that I want to write on the gemarrah in tractate Sotah "Dor acharon dor pnai' hakelev" The final generation will have the face of a dog. It basically revolves around the fact that all the gods of Egypt were destroyed except for Baal Tzafon (the god of the north which supposedly trapped Israel between Pharoah's army and the sea) which according to the Vilna Gaon in his haggadah had the face of a dog. When we offered up the sheep god as a Pesach sacrifice we were rebelling against the world power of Egypt and its god for the month of Nissan, the sheep. The final false Egyptian god would need to wait to the final generation, our generation, for its destruction.

The face of the dog's principle hold on people is that all that matters is public opinion. Bill Clinton, the leader of that Avodah Zarah (idolotry) fashioned almost all of his public policy positions on focus groups and polls. He rarely had a core belief that was not formed by these polls. Polls and referenda are the stuff of serving this alien god. Yet, every once in a while G-d conducts his own referendum. He conducted one last year in 5764 to see if the Jews of Eretz Yisrael wanted to do tshuva (repentence) for the Sin of the Spies (rejection of the land of Israel when the spies in the Book of Numbers came back with a frightening report about the nature of our enemis there). Ariel Sharon has ignored the results of this poll. Apparently according to a growing number of mekubalim, G-d has not. Acording to Rav M. Eliyahu there will be miracles this summer if the Gaza uprooting is not stopped by natural means. G-d is as pleased as if we had offered up our own Korban Pesach. The Likud rank-in-file spit in the face of world public opinion, and like God's Dog, Kalev ben Yefunah, the mitpakdim (Likud rank and file) said that they did not want to become mitnatkim (disengagers from Gaza). By the way, the name Kalev Ben Yefunah has the exact same letters as Pnai Hakelev. When he prayed in Chevron he was not just requesting from G-d to be protected from the evil council of the majority of his fellow spies. I am sure he was praying for our generation, the Calev ben Yephunah generation ( Pnai HaKelev generation.) It is no accident that he chose Chevron, for while serving G-d lishma (for its own sake) is best done in the Holy City of Yerushalayim, serving G-d by loving one's fellow man (bain adam l'chavero) is best done in the Holy City of Chevron. Since commandments between man and G-d needed to be proceded by commandments between man and man, when it was time for the morning daily sacrifices in the Temple in Yerushalayim, first it needed to be decided if the sun had already risen in Chevron. For if the sun had not risen in the quintessential city of loving your fellow man, how could we dare to offer up animal sacrifices to repair our relationship with G-d.

In this vein, I believe much will be required of American Jews this summer to prevent this Gaza atrocity, for unlike those of us who live here, you have not yet offered up your Korban Pesach to repair the damage done by the sin of the spies. I do not know whether there will be open miracles or only hidden miracles before G-d redeems the Jews of Gush Katif this summer. I do not know what great spiritual awakening we will experience at the Pesach Seder, or if we will be uplifted in a natural way during the Counting of the Omer. I do sense though that our Avodah (service to G-d) regarding this issue has not yet been completed.

G-d willing this Pesach is our taste of our reward for that awesome "from below" miracle last year. Remember the dogs did not bark when we left Egypt because of our lofty spiritual status. May we leave the Egypt of our present exile like Calev, G-d's Dog, and not like Bill Clinton or any of his admirers, when the Clintons boarded Air Force One at the end of his term with the White House silverware. Happy Pesach, and prepare yourself for the Avodah ahead if it becomes necessary.

Remember, as that paragon of feelings, Sir Bill was accustomed to saying, we may all need to "feel the pain" of those who are about to lose their homes to Sharon's bulldozer and of those far and wide who will be bombed into oblivion from the evacuated areas by more advanced missiles in Hamas's hands. It is time to tell the world to "lech l'azezel" (go to H___!).

Note: The word Kalev which means dog is created with two words Kal Lev (All Heart). WE FEEL THEIR PAIN!!!

16 Comments:

Blogger MatzahNacho said...

We in America might not have moved to Israel yet, but I hope G-d will show mercy and value the things we have done.

Hubby and I took a trip there in fall of 2003, right during the time period you're discussing. We had never traveled before. I was afraid of flying my entire life. Hubby had recently become unemployed. Everyone we mentioned our trip to tried to talk us out of going because of the terrorism going on there, including bus bombings at the time, and because it seemed reckless to them to take a big trip when we weren't sure we'd have money to even pay our bills.

We went anyway. I didn't sleep for two days before the trip, didn't sleep on the 17+ hour flight, and didn't sleep more than a couple hours the first two days in Israel. We spent most of the trip in Jerusalem, cherishing her dust and stones. It was an amazing experience.

I realize that for some, travel is no big deal, but for us it was a life-altering huge event. And considering all the fear that was overcome, the faith that was expressed, the sleep that was lost, and the money we didn't have that we joyfully spent, even though we haven't moved there yet, I'd like to think G-d took note. And I hope the same thing for all the others who took trips to Israel, bought Israeli products, donated to Israeli charities, and expressed their love in whatever way they can.

Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Pesach Saméach to all!

4/22/2005 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

matza,
It's easy for us Israelis to chide American Jews in general for not making aliyah. Most Israelis give that 'nu, when are you moving here' plain lip service, and others really believe that you should be here now.

On one hand, most American Jews don't see themselves ever making aliyah even if they 'LOVE' Israel, visit Israel, buy, donate, etc... On the other hand, there are many that are contemplating it to a certain extent, and many even actively preparing for it either at a crawl or with great speed. Given that many people have chains that are holding them back, I think that God will judge these people on how they strive(d) to break the chains (as opposed to using them as easy and convenient crutches) and if they prepared to make aliyah.

My first trip to Israel was in 1984 and it took me another nine years to make aliyah. Hopefully, you will be able to progress faster.

Given that though,
there are two terms that can't be disregarded: midat hadin and midat harachamim. Midat hadin is when God exacts punishement in a massive way and even 'good people' are caught up and suffer (in this world). Some examples; WWII and the Arab bus attacks. I don't want to spread fear, but I also am afraid for my family overseas that are taking their time. Some even claim that they want to be in 'reserves' to replenish Jewry if something happens to Israel.

Josh

5/02/2005 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Likutei Sichos II, p. 619


The same applies to those who come and argue that they want to travel in the place that "Einei Hashem Elokecha bah mei'reishis hashana ve'ad acharis shana"; why must he remain in the diaspora and struggle, when he can flee to Eretz Yisroel.

We tell him that not by your will are you in exile, and not by your will shall you leave exile, this is G-d's matter, therefore, since this is according to G-d, you should not flee from here, because where you are, you are by Divine decree.

But since he was given free choice, he can choose to be where he wants, he has the choice to buy a ticket and travel to Eretz Yisrael, this was not taken away from him. We don't change the natural order because of fools, but what is occuring with him? He hasn't fled from chutz laAretz to Eretz Yisrael, but he has taken along with himself the atmosphere of chutz laAretz to Eretz Yisrael, and there finds himself in the atmosphere of chutz laAretz.

It is brought in Chasidus in the name of the book Asara Ma'amaros that around every Jew spreads the atmosphere of Gan Eden and of Geihinom. When for the "mipnei chata'einu" (on account of our sins, as we say in the tefilla of Musaf of the Yomim Tovim) that he has not yet rectified, he must remain in a state of (the continuation of that prayer) "galeinu mei'artzeinu" (we were exiled from our land) also in the literal sense, and he goes of his own and travels to Eretz Yisrael, then he takes along with him into "the land upon which G-d's eyes are on it" the atmosphere of Geihinom. For he has fled from the place where he must still be in order to rectify his portion in the cause of the Churban and the exile, and this causes the rectification to be prolonged, etc.

When he is in Chutz laAretz (his atmosphere of Geihinom is not so terrible, because)--"they decreed on its land and atmosphere (as being impure)." But the atmosphere in Eretz Yisrael is pure, and he takes along with him the atmosphere of Geihinom into the King's Palace.

5/02/2005 2:46 PM  
Blogger chabadnik said...

That sicha in the previous post was a hashkofic sicha against the zionist movement, not a halachic one banning aliyah. The Rebbe encouraged many individuals to make aliyah, the previous rebbe set up k'far chabad in EY and the first Chabad Rebbe set up a chabad community in chevron.

5/02/2005 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Yaakov N said...

Worried because Pesach passed without the redemption? Do not be discouraged. Watch this clip of R' Benayhu Shmueli, respected head of the Kabbalists Yeshiva in Jerusalem and be strengthened!

http://gog.web-site.co.il/gog/bnayahug2.asx

"These two weeks...we have passed a very important Pesach...we are now standing at the threshold of the redemption, G-d willing..."

5/03/2005 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Yaakov N said...

Please see the latest post (in Hebrew) on http://ledavid.net and the comments of Rav Eliyahu, shlita http://ledavid.net/raveliyahu.asx

5/03/2005 11:07 PM  
Blogger MatzahNacho said...

Yaakov N, I can't get to either of the sites, Yiddishkeit or Erev Moshiach. I hope it's just a server problem and that they'll be back up. They're two of my favorites.

As for the Redemption, just because we all didn't "feel" it, doesn't mean it hasn't started. I had a rather frustrating Seder experience myself which kind of put a damper on the spiritual mood I was striving for, but considering we've waited a couple thousand years, I think we can wait more than a couple days after Pesach without getting too impatient.

5/03/2005 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really curious...does anyone know why all of a sudden Erev Moshiach and the Jerusalem Mandate Blog are no longer functioning? I wonder if there is some correlation between this and the fact that they mentioned the potential for Moshiach arriving during this Pesach. I really enjoyed those sites.

5/04/2005 2:57 PM  
Blogger MatzahNacho said...

I was just asking about Erev Moshiach too, so hopefully we'll learn something soon.

As for Jerusalem Mandate, I noticed it was missing right after Pesach so I asked about it and DevoraChaya responded at my blog in the comments here.

I hope the sites that were talking about the Redemption starting this year aren't going to vanish. It's still this year. Besides, I never got the impression Mashiach was supposed to be announced at a press conference of some sort and then go off and start doing his Mashiach thing, I thought he was supposed to accomplish certain things, and then we'll know he's Mashiach.

5/04/2005 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Yaakov said...

By a peculiar hashgacha protis, my web host (for Yiddishkeit.org and ErevMoshiach.org) encountered a problem yesterday which took the sites offline. As of today (10am Eastern US Time) it is still not back up. G-d willing, they will get it straightened out soon.

5/04/2005 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Yaakov N said...

Baruch Hashem, the websites are back up.

5/04/2005 5:52 PM  
Blogger MatzahNacho said...

I'm so glad it was just a server thing and they're back up!

5/04/2005 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MatzahNacho,

Thanks for linking DevorahCahyah's response.

Yaakov,

I'm glad your sight is back up!

5/04/2005 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gog1.com took down the "letter from Moshiach Tzidkeinu." Do you think they found out they had been taken for a ride?

In any event, the statements of the Sephardic Rabbonim stand firm and should keep us all motivated to "polish our buttons" for Moshiach's imminent arrival.

5/05/2005 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Calev Ben Yefunah,
last night I went to the grave/tomb of Joshua Ben Nun located in the Arab village of 'Haras' next to Ariel in the middle of the Shomron, on the day of his yahretzit. The army had set up two command centres, there was a UAV in the air circling overhead, and a few dozen soldiers were visible, I'm sure more were roaming the darkened areas. It could be a ten minute walk, but us Jewish suckers need to crowd into bulletproof buses to drive from the Ariel to the middle of the Arab village that sprung up around the grave. Boy was I jealous of some people who knew the back way in through the village as opposed to needing to leave your car at the main gate.

The tomb includes a small outer courtyard. In order to get into the courtyard, you have to bend over because the only way in an opening about a metre high. And why is that? So that everyone bending down to get in is in effect bending down in front of some Arab grave that was conveniently placed in front of that portal.

We didn't get to visit the site of Calev's tomb or Joshua's father Nun located in the same vicinity.

Next time,
Josh

5/06/2005 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time from Allenby's recapture of Jerusalem Dec 9, 1917 to Rosh Hashana Oct 4-5, 2005 is about 89.1 years (in 360 day years) - add Sarah's time of life to get 90 next July.

But more interesting, there were 14,000 days between departure from Sinia till Joshua entered Israel (Numbers 10:11-12, Joshua 4:19- using 360 day years) - and exactly 14,000 days will have passed from June 7, 1967 to Oct 5, 2005. A solar eclipse is also going to occur over Israel on Oct 3 when the New Moon is suppose to be seen!

5/16/2005 9:20 AM  

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