Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fourth Night of Chanukah and the Ohr Ganuz

The 28th and the 29th of Kislev and the first night of Rosh Chodesh Tevet, which in this year there is only one day of it anyway, are the darkest nights of the year.  The nights are longest usually during Kislev with additional matter that the moon will not be seen during the entire night this late in the month at all.  It would seem to represent total darkness except for the stars that are always there since the formation of our Galaxy on the 2nd Day of Creation.  See here:  http://yearsofawe.blogspot.co.il/2005/03/science-slowly-catches-up-with-torah.html .  Here is a detailed explanation of how the universe came into existence just six 24 hours days ago in accordance with G-d's reference frame where G-d fills the universe with His Glory and therefore feels the entire gravitational pull of the entire universe at the same time.  Using Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, what for G-d was only six 24 hours days, for us time was expanded by a factor of a million million in our reference from so that here in our post Gan Eden reference frame the Creation itself has experienced those six 24 hour days as 6 days / 365 days per year = 0.0164 years x 10 to the 12th = 16.4 billion years in our reference frame.  Now Man was created in Gan Eden and expelled in the 23rd hour of the 6th day, but Gan Eden is in G-d's reference frame not ours.  So when he was expelled, Man with a neshama has existed since being expelled for another 5772 of our years since the expulsion took place on Rosh HaShana of the year One.  Those 5772 years are in our reference frame only.  The evidence is overwhelming for this.  Prior to the appearance of Adam in our reference frame there was a bipedal species called Adnei Sadeh (Cro-Magnon Man) who only had an animal soul like the rest of the animals in the world.  Other than that he looked like us in every possible way, but he left no written historical record.  All that he left behind were cave paintings, pictures and not words.  Only starting about 5500 years ago do we see the first evidence of ancient writing which is a sign of a written form of speech (Dibur) indicating that starting just before that point Man had the ability to speak and therefore had a Divine soul (a neshama).   For a further explanation read Dr. Gerald Schroeder's The Science of G-d.  For years Dr. Schroeder lectured for Aish HaTorah at the request of Rav Noach Weinberg zt"l throughout the English speaking world in order to mekarev Jewish scientists and engineers by giving unequivocal proof of the confluence between the hard sciences and the Torah.  end of that discussion, or you can read the link that is posted above..  Don't ask me questions about  the Great Flood.  I am well aware that that event took place in our reference frame about 4100 years ago.  I have answered questions about the Great Flood on other occasions.  And yes the answers are more complex, and they are not easily discernible since unlike the Creation, the evidence of the Great Flood was intentionally hidden from Noach to avoid traumatizing him with the destruction of his former world because of the Great Flood (Mabul).  He was traumatized enough since immediately after offering korbanot of thanks for deliverance and being part of the Covenant of the Rainbow, he immediately planted a vineyard and got drunk.  We need no more evidence of his trauma than that.  Here was the tzaddik of his generation turning to wine to help him cope with the loss of the world that existed before the Mabul.

 Getting back to our story, therefore what was the Great Light from the first day of Creation that is now hidden on day 6, over 15 or 16 billion years later?  This light is called the Ohr Ganuz (the hidden light).  It stretches from one end of the universe to the other, and at the End of Days, tzaddikim will know how to utilize this light to see from one end of the known universe to the other.  On the first day of Creation there was a Big Bang.  All time, space, and matter came into existence at the same instant.  Now right here we are talking about an instant, that did not have an instant that preceded it, since before this instant there was no time.  Explain that Watson or one's favorite aetheist cosmologist like the late Carl Sagan or the very much alive Stephen Hawking.  Some of these eggheads whine and hem and haw to try to justify that something can naturally come from nothing if given enough time.  But wait a second or an instant, THERE WAS NO TIME BEFORE THE BIG BANG blasted out of singularity smaller than a mustard seed.  It is not worth arguing with such folks who seek to deny G-d at every turn.  So we should now drop the subject.  They will always have their elaborate excuses which emanate from their even more elaborate evil inclinations.  When did this Ohr appear.  Well to understand that one must first understand that had we been there when the universe was a million million times hotter (in terms of the shortness of the wavelength of the blackbody heat) than it is today, we would not have seen light at first.  First G-d created several elementary particles which coalesced into hydrogen and helium nuclei (90% protons or hydrogen nuclei and about 10% helium nuclei).  The Ramban on his commentary of Bereishit called this mixture of nuclei (Hylee).  Notice that Hylee is a combination word between hydrogen and helium without their respective Latin or Greek suffixes.  And notice the word hydrogen denotes hydro- prefix as in water.  Helium is an inert gas and therefore forms no molecules even if the electrons had been bound to the various nuclei at the time of the Big Bang.  For several thousand years, (from 30,000 of our years until 380,000 of our years {I am checking this for a definitive amount of time}) the universe was way way too hot for the sea of electrons and the hydrogen and helium nuclei to be bound as atoms.  So every time a photon of light was released it was quickly absorbed by a nearby free electron which gained energy and ended the photons path.  So the universe was opaque for the first 30,000 to 380,000 years.  There was chaos (tohu) and energy with something in it (bohu) and there was total opaque darkness (Choshech) on the face of the abyss (the black hole that was likely formed at the instant of the Big Bang).  And the Spirit of G-d hovered over the face of the waters (the 90% hydrogen nuclei mixture called hylee).  Now keep in mind that there had to be opaque darkness.  Photons of light could barely move before being absorbed by free electrons.  But as the universe expanded, it began to cool.  And at about 30,000 years after the Big Bang suddenly the universe cooled so that hydrogen nuclei could absorb the floating electrons and become bound as stable hydrogen atoms at about 3000 degrees Kelvin.  Suddenly and almost instantaneously the opaque universe for the first 30,000 years was filled with light because photons of light and other forms of electromagnetic energy could suddenly travel for millions of miles and be seen since in order to react with bound electrons, only certain quanta of light could excite a bound electron in a hydrogen atom.  The rest of the wavelengths of light would just pass on through unimpeded.  The radiance of the universe was total and could be seen with the naked eye if the temperature of 3000 degrees Kelvin did not burn one's cornea to a crisp.  "So G-d said, "Let there be Light", and there was light.   G-d saw that the light (that had been there unseen since the Big Bang) was good, and G-d separated between the light and the darkness."  Now this is the light from the beginning of the universe which would be hidden over the eons in the following way.

The universe continued to expand, much more quickly first, but more slowly as the millions upon millions of years passed on.  As the universe expanded, the blackbody radiation light from the Big Bang also cooled as the wavelength of the light expanded as the universe continued to cool.  It turns out that the half life of the expansion was one of G-d's 24 hour days.  So it worked as follows. 24 hour Day One lasted about 8 billion of our years.  24 hour Day Two lasted 4 billion years.  Day 3 lasted 2 billion years.  Day 4 lasted 1 billion years.  Day 5 lasted 500 million of our years.  And Day 6 lasted about 250,000,000 of our years.  (That is a total of 15.75 billion of our years, and yes it is an approximation)  Now in G-d's reference frame these were 24 hour days, but in our reference frame because of the expanding universe, the General relativistic effect on time becomes less and less with a larger and larger universe since the effect of less intense gravity on the passage of time is to lessen the time dilation.  In the meantime, that Primordial light became dimmer and dimmer and redder and redder until as the universe was cooling because of the expansion, it could no longer be seen by the naked eye.  But all that Cosmic echo from the Big Bang is still there.  It is just that the average temperature of the expanded universe is now only 3 degrees Kelvin (2.725 K to be exact).  This three degree Kelvin Cosmic background radiation can be detected by radio telescopes at about 1.873 millimeters of wavelength.  So the light of the Big Bang is still there and detectable but cannot be seen by the naked eye.  It is truly a "Ohr Ganuz" a "hidden light".  Yet, this Cosmic Background radiation fills the universe from one end of the universe to the other.  And somehow on Chanukah in the darkest time of winter when we light our Menorahs we tap into this hidden light in the darkest part of the winter when reflected light from the moon is non-existent.   The Shekhinah does not descend lower than ten tefachim (about 36 inches) above the surface of the ground.  So try to keep your Menorah lower than that to tap into the Ohr genuz.  How will Tzaddikim use this hidden light, now 21 cm radio waves  to see from one end of the universe to the other?.....You tell me.  I am open for suggestions.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once had the chance to speak to Morris Engelson a frum yid, holocaust survivor, and former cheif scientist of tectronix.
Not only is he a world expert on microwaves in engineering but he has even written a book on your topic of creation and cosmic microwave background radiation. When we met we actually discussed what meaning was hidden in 2.725 Kelvin, he didn't know of any at the time.
Just FYI while the signal is present at 23cm band it is spread all across the microwave spectrum into the mm wave bands.

12/11/2012 8:43 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes, I just made the correction and will make further minor corrections on the nature of the 2.725 degree Kelvin microwave background radiation as minor edits to this post a bit later tonight, bli neder. Thanks.

12/11/2012 8:48 PM  
Blogger Daniela said...

Did you attend Aish HaTorah?

I assume you have read the email which is circulating, with the response to someone who has contacted Aish HaTorah. They are not hastening to endorse this blog and they remark that the well-known blogger Lazer Brody, whom they do not call rabbi, is no longer affiliated with Aish HaTorah. Is the email a fake? I have great respect for dati leumi Rabbis as well as for any other legitimate mainstream Rabbi, as we are obligated to do.

12/12/2012 1:06 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I had an emergency. I will make more minor edits later so that the post is 100% scientifically correct. There is a lot of material about the Cosmic Background Radiation out there with various values for various wavelenghs and the age of the universe when the decoupling between matter and energy took place, the "let there be light moment". Blackbody radiation from the Big Bang is complex since there are several wavelengths of radio and microwaves that reflect that radiation since CBR blackbody radiation is not a specific wavelength but a range of wavelengths, like all blackbody radiation. I will clean up the mimor corrections when I can find time in the near future. But all the major concepts in this post are correct.

12/12/2012 2:53 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

No, I have not seen any circulating email. Plus it sounds like lashon hara or even worse, motzi shem ra (libel or slander). I did not attend Aish here in Israel. Aish HaTorah was very active in St. Louis. At one time the St. Louis chapter of Aish HaTorah was the most successful at kiruv in the United States. That was because of a powerhouse named Rabbi Elazar Grunberger. And the Russian kiruv Discovery weekend run by Rabbi Mordechai Yarushlavitz known affectionately as Yari. Discovery weekends run throughout the US based on the Israeli Arachim weeklong program were very successful kiruv tools for years in the English speaking world.

I am sure that Rav Lazer Brody has smichah. Why don't you write him and ask him from where he received Smicha. All you have to do is contact him, yourself.

12/12/2012 3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from a noahide on rabbi lazer.
this information was on his site. i cant understand why anyone would not refer him as rabbi.
Rabbi Lazer Brody was born in Washington, D.C. in 1949. Upon completing his agriculture studies at the University of Maryland, he moved to Israel in 1970, joined the Israel Defense Forces regular army and served in an elite infantry unit. He is a veteran of two wars and many counter-insurgence operations.
Following the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 1982, Rabbi Brody could no longer ignore the hand of Hashem in his life. He left his mountaintop farm to study Torah in Jerusalem.
Nine years of intensive Talmudic, ethics, and legal studies, led to his rabbinical ordination in 1992. He subsequently furthered his postgraduate learning as the understudy of the famed Melitzer Rebbe in Ashdod.
In 1998, Rabbi Shalom Arush, head of the "Chut Shel Chesed" Institutions in Jerusalem, chose Rabbi Brody to be "Rosh Kollel", or Dean of the Chut Shel Chesed rabbinical seminary branch in Ashdod. Since then, Rabbi Arush has beeen Rabbi Brody's exclusive teacher and spiritual guide.
In 2005, Rabbi Arush decided to begin spreading his teachings, based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, beyond Israel's borders. Rabbi Brody became his English-language mouthpiece. He has translated all of Rabbi Shalom Arush's major works including the international bestseller, "The Garden of Emuna." His English CDs - translations and adaptations of Rav Arush's emuna lessons - now circulate worldwide in over 120 titles and more than a million copies. Rabbi Brody is also the English-language editor of Breslev Israel's highly popular English-language website at www.breslev.co.il, and the founder and director of Emuna Outreach.

12/12/2012 5:51 AM  
Blogger Dan G said...

Thanks for an amazing article.
Mamash Caftor VaFerach how everything fits into place.
But please don't overlook the fact that the physical aspect of Ohr Haganuz that you describe here is only an allusion to its main, spiritual aspect.
Chazal say that HKB"H hid the primordial light in the Torah, and tzadikim use it even now in our dark ages.

12/12/2012 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Limo VIP Bus said...

Great post.
Thanks and do keep it up.

12/12/2012 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Places like Aish have a mission of keruv, this takes money, no matter how important a non-absolute mitzvah topic (like shabbat) the least bit controversial will be distanced as it could get in the way of the most important mission of keruv which leads to other mitzvot.

As for smicha according to Rabbi Shabsi Bullman son of Rabbi Nachman Bulman that many to many rabbis even gedolim never received a formal certificate of smicha only taking on a title when the job required it.

Denying the Rabbi title is not a failing on the part of Aish or other vanilla mainstream orginization who cant be contraversial, it is the fault of a population so comfortable in gallus that they would cut off someone who told the a stark truth.

A now famous kiruv rav once told me in confidence that the wealthy are not pushed too hard on teshuva as they fund the community, the poor have to get moving on the sweat equity mitzvot as that is the way they can move the community forward.

The same sweat equity whip is to be cracked at the heads of the mostly poor averachim in yeshiva/kollel (as opposed to their wealthy supporters) who make up 1/3 of our Jewish army along with the 1/3 jobniks in logistics and the 1/3 kravi soldiers with rifles, submarines, tanks, and planes.

12/12/2012 7:50 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Immensely fabulous! more ... more...

12/12/2012 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is ultimately more valuable to the Jewish nation? Money or Kedusha?

12/14/2012 2:01 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Kedusha of course: Are you asking a trick question? Why would anyone ever answer money to that question? Sadly the path to kedusha requires money. Ain kemach, Ain Torah. We need money for mitzvot. to buy the sweetest smelling etrog for Sukkot. to buy shmurah matzot with the best hekhsher for Seder night. Money is a necessary component of doing mitzvot. Did I mention $10,000 for a year of day school education in the United States? I wish life were so simple that we could have pure kedushah without money. It is not the way that G-d made the world though. Interestingly enough, that day school education in Eretz Yisrael is much cheaper. So is that sweet smelling etrog. But it still costs money even here.

12/14/2012 2:25 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Ah, I get the question. It has to do with how Aish HaTorah fundraises. I have an idea. Actor Kirk Douglass has taken on a lot of mitzvot at the end of his very long life, may he live to be 120. He now learns Torah regularly at Aish LA or Palm Springs. For me he will always be memorialized as Mickey Marcus in Cast a Giant Shadow, the Aluf who broke the blockade to Yerushalayim by building a backdoor Burma Road up an otherwise sheer cliff after the Jordanian Arab Legion took the fortress at Latrun and blocked the main road. He did it by befriending the Arab Sheikh of Abu Ghosh. been there done that, and seen all these places. There would have been no Yerushalayim to unite in 1967 without Mickey Marcus in 1948. Of course, Kirk Douglass was just the actor.

Last time I checked Douglass is learning as much Torah as he can at the end of his long life.

12/14/2012 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In memory of Rav Weinberg zt"l I share a bit from one of his schmozes from a few years back.
He lamented that we never say shalom in modern Hebrew, especially the common phone greeting has been replaced with 'allo.
Shalom is one of the names of Hashem that we are permitted to say in everyday speach and it is a rightous and special thing to greet and say goodbye by invoking Hashems name and wish peace, and goodness, and movement toward redemption to people around us.

12/14/2012 12:45 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

I think I remember you writing about how the reckoning of the nations would begin in the far east. Shirat Devorah has a post about a tropical storm Evan headed toward Fiji. Add this to Japan, China, Indonesia. Is this what we are seeing now?

12/17/2012 8:33 PM  
Blogger Issachar and Yosef Reuvan said...

Dov, what do you think of the connection of hurricane Sandy and the recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary? What is the gematria of Sandy? 26 died at the school (tetragramatron) and shooter was named Adam and the first funeral is for a Jewish boy named Noah.

12/17/2012 9:21 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes, Sandy has returned. I want to wait a full week before writing a post about this. People involved in this immense tragedy are still burying their dead. All the victims are innocent victims of a raving lunatic, and the Westboro Baptist Church's attempt to somehow blame the victims for their own deaths is the ultimate in pure evil. Yet, their original contention that somehow Divine Protection, where sanity rules, has somehow been removed from certain legal jurisdictions in America because of certain states and other legal jurisdictions having decided to sanctify homosexual unions with marriage certificates and Civil Union certificates sadly might have some validity. Yet, in no way should this be pinned on the victims (the little children and their teachers), and to in any way suggest that these children have brought about their own deaths is as evil as what these states are doing to themselves.

Sandy is a double entendre. The Gemorrah in Chulin can mean both "Mundane" and "Sandy". This Gemorrah in Sandy or Mundane called Chulin on daf 92 speaks of the covenant that the gentile nations have with HaKodesh Baruch Hu. Here it is:


There are two things for which G-d immediately brings the gentile nations in for judgement: 1. Do they sell human flesh in the market place?
2. Do they grant marriage contracts to homosexual men?
There is a third thing which is a positive commandment to show honor to the Torah. Without these three things, the protection on gentile nations is removed. THIS IN NO WAY SHOULD BE REGARDED AS A JUDGEMENT ON ANY OF THE INDIVIDUAL VICTIMS TO THIS IMMENSE CATASTROPHE!! Shame on those who would point to the meitim (the dead) and pronounce such evil accusations on those who were murdered in cold blood. Because this is such an epic catastrophe, I will refrain from saying anything more except that Jews who live in these states that grant these contracts for the Abomination should immediately remove themselves from the makom sakanah, the dangerous place from which Divine Protection has been removed. Please take care of your lives. And may G-d receive the souls of these innocent victims with Love.

12/17/2012 10:30 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

In short Chulin means both "Sandy" and "things which are mundane". The twin word Chilul means things which are "profane".

12/17/2012 10:33 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Said Ulla: There were thirty commandments that Noahides accepted, but they keep only three: not to write a ketuba for males; not to weigh dead human flesh in the market; and to show respect for the Torah.

Talmud Chulin daf 92

12/17/2012 10:38 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

All the blue states in the following map are the Sandy states.


Dark blue is in those states that grant marriage contracts to homosexuals. The lighter blue is for Civil Union Contracts for homosexuals. The map speaks for itself.

12/17/2012 10:49 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

In short Yissachar and Yosef Reuven:

1. The name of the Jewish deceased boy seems to be related to the fact that the basic infraction of sanctity is at a level where Noachides are bound. Notice that Gemorrah in Chulin referred to above. Again I am not speaking about the individual Jewish boy who was murdered, just his name. May the Omnipresent comfort bereaved members of his family amongst the remnant of the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

2. Adam was given these same rules except for not tearing a limb off a live animal since people in the pre-Flood world did not eat meat. But definitely laws on sexual immorality applied to Adam too. And of course laws against mass murder also applied to him. I will not analyze the mass murderer's name any further than that.

3. Laws on gun ownership will not solve this spiritual problem created by these States through legislation or now through popular vote in Maryland, Maine, and Washington State. Good people can own guns to protect themselves and to guarantee a free people who can abide by G-d's Laws of decency. The fact that some States are rebelling against G-d has taken them out of the ability to maintain their freedom by abiding by His Laws. So if they cannot keep His basic Laws, they will lose their freedom to bear arms.

4. Gematriah of Sandy is 124.

12/18/2012 1:30 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Of course I was spelling Sandy with a Samech (60) which is traditional for foreign words with an S sound. Rav Lazer Brody just went and spelled it with a Sin (300) instead, making the Gematriah of Sandy 364 which is the same as HaSatan. It gives the Sandman an entirely new meaning. But the point is abundantly clear. If it is HaSatan, he has come knocking twice already. Things relating to the Satan often come in threes since he is the yetzer hara (evil inclination), the Chief Prosecutor in Shamayim, and the Angel of Death. It is why we blow the shofar three times for each group of blasts on Rosh HaShana to annul all three of his powers, that is each tekiah, teruah, tekiah come in groups of three.

12/18/2012 2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In tehillim bearing arms is called the hod or glory for a man, so much so that beged ish prohibition for women is on one opinion taken to be a prohibition on carrying long arms (except in cases of pikuach nefesh) as it is the glory of a Jewish man similar to a crown or jewelery for a woman.
America will loose the glory for its men to bear arms in peaceful and safe times, once a sign of the aristocracy, as a simon of divine turning away.

12/18/2012 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FWIW Westboro Baptist Church is no more a church than a battery farm is a petting zoo.
WBC exists only to troll inflamed and emotionally bruised Americans into assaulting them in blind anger. The members of this so called church are a well trained family legal team sowing nasty and insincere but 100% legal behaviour and harvesting assault, slander, and libel lawsuit judgements.
their business plan is like this
1-incorporate as a church which is tax exempt
2-inflammatory speech is unregulated in the US and not a defence in assault damages lawsuit
3-people are emotional after a personal tragedy, properly trolled they will snap
6-after a tragedy or military death there is often some sort of life insurance or compensation check coming
7-you can sue a person after baiting an assault and take that check away
8-massive profit tax free by sheltering behind a faith based corporation

If it wasn't so evil what an airtight business plan!

Anything true they say is accidental a masai koof not of even incidental daat Torah among the goyim but as a strategy to monetize the bent words of the Torah in the most corrupt way possible. In this way they may be mindless conduits of Hashem without ever realizing it their debor could be like that of a parrot and controlled from above.

12/18/2012 11:20 AM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Dov, thank you.
I like the way Dov Bar Lieb and Rabbi Brody connect the dots. I wonder if Shomayim is also pleased with His quasi-prophets in Eretz Yisrael?

12/18/2012 8:33 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I am no prophet, but I hope that these Sandys get people to leave America with their live and with their possessions. I would not want to be in America when the Sandyman comes knocking a third time. America is in virtual collapse right now. R. Wright said G-d damn America. So now G-d has sent his number one parishioner to fulfill R. Wright's heartfelt prayer. Who would want to remain on board a sinking ship?

12/18/2012 9:19 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

If one sees trouble coming, one must blow a shofar to warn of the coming danger. The one who refuses to blow that shofar has the blood of innocents on his hands. Yechezkel 33

There are actually a few who are listening. Some American Jews can see the danger and are more attached to Ruchniyut than their basements. Obama is an evil man through and through. And over 50% of Americans voted for him twice even if they did so because he looked so Presidential after Hurricane Sandy. So Danger Red is flashing now. And we need to ask American Jews to pay attention that the mighty American nation of decency is no more. The decent subscribe to The Blaze and listen to Rush Limbaugh, but the torrential majority have turned against G-d.

12/19/2012 8:26 PM  
Blogger Ronnie Rendel said...

Expand your mind, broaden your perception, think not in finite physical terms. Go out from your limitations. OR HAGANUZ? YOU HAVE TO THINK HIGHER.

12/20/2012 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Shiloh said...

Dovy, so what did you post on Akiva's blog that was so quickly erased. That's not the norm, so I have suspicions. Remember in the book of Job, when he was slandered and accused, whom did God punish? I was advised by a brilliant Rabbi, the title should be hakham instead to actually be thankful for the slander and libels against me as it's a tikun for those responsible and they don't even know why it's coming against them. Meveen? Let me know please.

12/21/2012 11:15 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

It was an accidental double-click of the same thing that I said above, that Yerushalayim should be a refuge. So I deleted the repeat comment. Shabbat Shalom. I see my Internet is working. So the world did not come to an end today even if America did go over the Fiscal Cliff before Xmas vacation. The House of Reps. passed a major bill cutting expenditures, and the Senate is simply going to ignore it. It won't even require Obamanation to veto it in favor of his bill for Draconian tax increases on the wealthy. There is no deal between responsible parties in the US Govt. So over the Fiscal Cliff they go. That seems to the the game changing event of Dec. 21st, 2012.

12/21/2012 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Shiloh said...

Tov, todah. I am not following the fiasco in America, thankyou for the updates as we watch this all unfold.

Shabbat Shalom to you and your family. Be well.

12/21/2012 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw this comment on JPost from someone regarding te Likud reaction to Bennett's stance in evicting Jews: "Shadowy pretenses against Bennett are palpable. If you ask me it's jealousy just like Saul of David"...seems like you aren't the only one who thinks like this...

12/23/2012 5:07 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes, but can Bibi be put in chains by his coalition partners in just one election cycle, or will we have to watch two years of Shaul's madness before he dies a "glorious" death? Will there be an Ish Bosheth? Or will Bennett or someone else prove to be Mashiach ben Ephraim? Or is he possibly ben David?? I think that he is more a ben Ephraim figure because he is simply leading those who follow him to a Jewish definition of common decency which requires us not to be bound by the world's definition of rules of engagement in times of war and other matters of decency. He is not out promoting Shabbat or kashrut. That will be part of the role of Mashiach ben David. It would be a milestone just to get the Jewish definition of common decency down pat first. If Bennett can accomplish that revolution, he will be Mashiach ben Ephraim.

12/23/2012 10:17 AM  
Blogger Neshama said...

A very interesting read: "Anything for a Volvo"

12/23/2012 8:49 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

It is not so clear Neshama. I don't agree with Batya. Obviously a high government official can never call for another soldier to refuse orders. But he definitely can speak for himself and say that he personally would refuse orders to evict Jews, that he would even go to jail for it.

Yet, he has to make the point that he would never lead a mutiny against Army service from a leadership position in the Knesset. So the points that he is making are valid. And it is also a point that why would Netanyahu need people to prove their loyalty when he pulls off garbage like Migron? Do people really need to prove that they would approve of that garbage of evicting more Jews on an even larger scale if he feels like doing it again? Is that really part of Bibi's platform? These things have to be discussed now, not just over four weeks from now when we crown Shaul, excuse me, Bibi again. Plus I an not sure that Otzma will get the necessary 70,000 votes to pass the minimum threshold of 2% to get into the Knesset. We have been burnt by Marzel before when he got about 50,000 votes and zero seats.

12/23/2012 10:24 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

In 2009 3.4 million Israelis voted in that election. The 2% threshold to get at least two seats was therefore 68,000 votes. So if Otzma gets 70,000 votes, then Otzma gets two seats at least. If Otzma gets 65,000 votes, then Otzma gets zilch, notta, nothing. We have been down that road before with Baruch Marzel. And in such a case it would have been better if Otzma had not ran. Yet, if there is another war which again contributes to pointing out the moral bankruptcy of Bibi's rules of engagement, then Otzma will get 3 or 4 seats if not more. Should we then therefore pray for war? Are we really at that point? Maybe we are. If Otzma can get off the 2% cusp, I will vote for them too. But right now that is where they are stuck. We are in a spiritual battle for the soul of the Jewish people in Eretz Yisrael. If they want to continue to worship their avodah zarah of World Public Opinion, no election will help us out of this quandary. If there is another way besides war to convince Israelis to leave this avodah zarah, I am open to it happening. Yet, apparently even though there has been a shift to sanity because of the Gaza War, it is not yet large enough for Naftali Bennett to come out and say: To Heck with it all. There is no peace process. There is no such thing as an Arab Palestine in the history of the world. And even if such a thing would ever miraculously be negotiated, no Jew will be evicted from his home. Period.

Newt Gingrich made one of these points about there never being an Arab Palestine in world history, and he won South Carolina and Georgia in the US Republican Primaries. But we don't live in Atlanta, Charleston, or the Smoky Mountains either even if both Shiloh and Ma'aleh Levona are beautiful places too. From the Beit El water tower I can see the entire Tel Aviv skyline on a clear day. To my right I can see the famous site of Ya'akov's dream of angels and ladders. To my left I see a big hole where five apartment buildings existed on that very same Ulpana hill. I wonder if there is another way out of this quandary besides missiles on Tel Aviv. So I will leave it in G-d's Hands.

12/23/2012 11:35 PM  
Blogger in the vanguard said...

Probably all calculations of this "big bang" theory maintain Einstein's value for the speed of light.

Physics the last 100 years has shown how awkward and a waste of time their hypotheses appeared in hindsight once the next revelation materialized, and then the next.

This will again be the case once they agree with the Rebbe's assessment that there are - in fact - that which can exceed the speed of light:


Then see, as an example, here:

12/26/2012 4:28 AM  

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