Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Devorah, The Wife of Lapid (ot)

I just wanted to repost what I had discovered over Shabbat about the Haftarah from The Book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim).  It was the portion that we read from the Books of the Prophets after the Torah portion was read this past Shabbat.  But I think what I wrote about it needs emphasis.  It is in the comment section of my previous post.  So here it is:

Oh boy, Oh boy. Blame this on the fact that I often don't get to learn the Haftarah until Shabbat, usually late Friday night. It is about 9 or 9:30 on Friday night, and my daughter is singing Shabbat zemirot with me and then she continues to sing by herself. And I open up the Haftarah, and bang. It is all right there. Devorah was the Eishet Lapidot. Now this is interpreted in three ways by Chazal

1) she twisted wicks for the Menorah in the Mishkan at Shilo. Since wicks of that Menorah give off the light of Torah, then she is propagating Torah throughout Israel.

2)She was the wife of Barak aka Lapidot who goes off and fights the war against Sisera and Yavin with Devorah at his side. Barak is of course from Sheivet NAFTALI. (We will get back to that a bit later.) So the question comes up. Why is Devorah sitting underneath a Tomer tree (Date tree) on top of Har Ephraim judging the nation. This brings us to option number three.

3) Her first husband, Lapid or Lapidot, was from the Tribe of EPHRAIM. He passes away, but she is a widow who likely (or maybe not) had children from her first husband. Again, either his name was Lapid or it was Lapidot. So if option three is more likely than option 2, her first husband was Lapid from Sheivet Ephraim ben Yosef. I will have to look at the Gemorrah in Chulin where this is discussed. This option then allows for option number 2 to take place where Barak becomes a 2nd husband. This would of course infer, that Ya'ir Lapid who also gives off light is spiritually from the Tribe of Ephraim like the wicks on the Menorah.

Option number 3 would therefore explain why, as a widow, Devorah would be sitting under a date tree on the property of her first husband on Mt. Ephraim. 

I am writing this from Kochav Ya'akov, but write now I am in an office which was a former shul on this yishuv. The name of the shul was Tomer Devorah. 

Now read and watch the video in the previous post.    So what is really going on so far as we sit in the shadow of the War in Syria becoming a much wider conflict.  Ya'ir Lapid has been put in charge of the Stick of Ephraim, and Naftali (ben Ya'akov) Bennett has been put in charge of the stick of Bait Yehudah.  In short we are in the process of putting together the pieces of Malkhut Ephraim.  We are not at Malkhut David yet.  Again reread Ezekiel 37: 16- 17.  The two sticks of wood have not yet been brought together.  The upcoming Syrian/ Lebanon War in the North will most likely accomplish that.

So why is Naftali in charge of the Bait Yehudah faction of this process?  The reason is from a medrash that appears in the Talmud in Sotah 13a.  You can read it here.  And there they lamented with a very great and sore lamentation.7  It has been taught: Even the horses and asses [joined in the lamentation]. When [the cortege] arrived at the Cave of Machpelah, Esau came and wished to prevent [the interment there], saying to them, Mamre, Kiriath-arba, the same is Hebron8  — now R. Isaac has said: Kiriath-arba [is so called] because four couples [were buried there], viz. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah — [Jacob] had buried Leah in his portion and what remains belongs to me'. They replied to him, 'Thou didst sell it'. He said to them, 'Granted that I sold my birth-right, but did I sell my plain heir's right!' They replied: 'Yes, for it is written: In my grave which I [Jacob] have digged for me',9  and R. Johanan has said in the name of R. Simeon b. Jehozadak: The word kirah [dig] means nothing else than 'sale' [mekirah], and thus in the coast-towns they use kirah as a term for 'sale'. — He said to them, 'Produce a document [of sale] for me'. They replied to him, 'The document is in the land of Egypt. Who will go for it? Let Naphtali go, because he is swift as a hind'; for it is written: Naphtali is a hind let loose, he giveth goodly words10  — R. Abbahu said: Read not 'goodly words' [imre shefer] but imre sefer [words of a document]. Among those present was Hushim, a son of Dan, who was hard of hearing; so he asked them, 'What is happening?' They said to him, '[Esau] is preventing [the burial] until Naphtali returns from the land of Egypt'. He retorted: 'Is my grandfather to lie there in contempt until Naphtali returns from the land of Egypt!' He took a club and struck [Esau] on the head so that his eyes fell out and rolled to the feet of Jacob. Jacob opened his eyes and laughed; and that is what is written: The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.11  At that time was the prophecy of Rebekah fulfilled, as it is written: Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?12  Although the death of the two of them did not occur on the one day, still their burial took place on the same day.

Another version:  I believe this is from Rabbi Lipman Podolsky:  Please help me if I am wrong on the exact source:

When Jacob's funeral procession reached the land of Canaan, Esau heard of this and came with many armed men to Hebron, and would not allow Joseph to bury his father in the Cave of Machpeila, saying: "There are eight burial places in the Cave; already buried there are Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca. Jacob has buried Leah in his portion, and the one remaining plot belongs to me."
Said Jacob's sons to him: "You sold your portion to our father."
Said Esau: "Granted that I sold my birthright, but did I sell my ordinary heir's right?"
Said they: "Yes, you did sell it."
Said he to them "Produce a document of sale for me."
Said the sons of Jacob: "The document is in the land of Egypt. Who will go for it? Let Naphtali go, because he is swift as a deer."
Among those present was Chushim the son of Dan, who was deaf; so he asked them, "What is happening?" They said to him, "Esau is preventing the burial until Naphtali returns from the land of Egypt."
Said Chushim: "Is my grandfather to lie there in contempt until Naphtali returns from the land of Egypt!" He took a sword and severed Esau's head, which rolled into the Cave of Machpeilah and came to rest in Isaac's lap, where it remains to this day. Thus it came to pass that "Esau's head lies in the bosom of Isaac."
(Thus was fulfilled the prophecy of Rebecca, who said: "Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?" (Genesis 27:45). Although the death of the two of them did not occur on the same day, their burial took place on the same day.)
(Targum Yonatan; Talmud, Sotah 36b)

So here is the general theme in order to enter fully into the Era of Mashiach ben Ephraim.  Esav is standing at the entrance to the cave to prevent the burial of Ya'akov from continuing into the Cave of the Patriarchs.  Ownership of the cave represents two things.

1. Only one people can exist in the land between the Mediterranean and the Yarden
2. Only Israel can lead the world into the Messianic Era.  Esav has no leadership role in that process.

So Naftali is sent back to Mitzraim, the narrow straits of exile, to get the contract that was signed between Ya'akov and Esav over the birthright for who inherits the double portion of Yitzchak's inheritance which includes the deed to who will lead Mankind into Yemot HaMashiach since like the Cave itself, the Messianic Era is the vestibule to Olam HaBa.  But it is more than that.  Yitzchak's inheritance was an extremely unusual inheritance.  He was one of the few people who ever lived who lived in both this world and the World to Come at the same time.  Originally, Esav's inheritance included his portion in this world (Eretz Yisrael) and a portion in the world to come while Ya'akov had a portion only in the World to Come, and it did not include his portion even in the Messianic Era.  When Esav sold the birthright, his double portion, he thought that he was selling his portion in this world because he figured that he could take care of himself in this world, but that he was keeping his portion in the world to come.  Ya'akov in the meantime legally and fully above board had purchased his portion in this world which included the above two stipulations along with guaranteeing his portion in the World to Come.  So Ya'akov received the double portion that Esav sold to him for a bowl of red lentil stew.  Approximately 46 years later when the two of them were 63 years old, Esav learned the Truth.  What he had sold was his portion in the World to Come and not his portion in this world, even if his entire portion in this world would be outside of Eretz Yisrael.  He let out a blood curdling scream when he heard this from his father when he went to get his blessing.

So who is Naftali Bennett?  He is Naftali coming back with the original contract between Ya'akov and Esav over the above two principles.  Notice that the contract does not speak about our relationship with Yishmael or the Arabs.  The final dispensation of those problems will not be decided until the time of Mashiach ben David.   The contract does speak about there being only one nation here in the Land of Israel though even with all of the present Arab inhabitants here.  It is a kal veChomer that if Esav has no portion of sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael, then neither does Yishmael, but the final dispensation with the Arabs will simply have to wait until the Era of Mashiach ben David.  For the above reason he is leading the House of Yehudah (Bayit Yehudi or Bait Yehudah) faction right now in this process because even though there are still 1.5 million Arabs in Yehudah and Shomron, they cannot have sovereignty here because of that contract.  Now as discussed above, at this time Ya'ir Lapid is leading the Ephraim branch or stick in this process, and it remains to be seen if it is up to Sha'ul (Binyamin Netanyahu) to bring the two sticks together in his hand.  Logically by forming a coalition with Lapid's Yeish Atid and Bayit Yehudi for 62 seats, he could fulfill this in a natural way.  But this has not happened yet.  So we will wait and see what happens next.  Also it should be pointed out that Naftali Bennett is the most proficient at using the high speed Internet.  So he gets his message out more quickly than the other leaders in this process.  He is truly Naftali ben Ya'akov.

Yet there is more to come

1. In the coming Syrian War there is a prophesy that has never been fulfilled from the time that Moshe Rabbeinu said it until this very day:  Dan is a lion's cub who leaps forth from Bashan (the Golan Heights)  This of course will be the gilgul of Chushim ben Dan.  Chushim ben Dan is the one who lops off Esav's head while waiting for Naftali to get back from Mitzraim with the contract because he is totally deaf to all the negotiations that are taking place between his Uncle Yosef and Esav.  So he impatiently lops off his head at about the same moment that Naftali shows up with the contract to help to bring Ya'akov into the Cave.  In the End of Days medrashim, his name is Serayah ben Dan.  Serayah is spelled Sin Reish Yud Hey.  And his name could be Aryeh or Ariel.  Hmm.  Years ago before I started this blog, I wrote an essay on how Ariel Sharon might turn out to be this Serayah figure.  He was always deaf to anything that the world was telling him to do.  When he got something into his head, he just did it irregardless of the noise going on around him.  I also noticed that his last name Sharon had the first two letters of Serayah's name because Shins and Sins are interchanageable.  I threw away that essay and lost it on the hard drive of a previous computer that we owned when he disengaged from Gaza.  And now he is awakening from his coma??  You can look at the comment section to the previous post which dealt with a discussion about Sharon waking up from his coma.  I can't take this seriously until he actually awakens.  Now I must admit, that irregardless of whether his mother's conversion is valid, that would be an amazing miracle indeed.  So as of now, the Serayah figure that will play a part in the world war in Syrian remains a mystery.  But Serayah will leap forth from Bashan for sure in this upcoming war.  

2. Then the eyes of Esav will then fall out of Esav's lopped off head onto Ya'akov's upper legs next to his groin.  The eyes of Esav are Amalek, and the groin of Ya'akov is the Yesod of Ya'akov and is Mashiach ben Ephraim whose kingdom will be a kingdom of common decency for its own sake.  Decency in a legal context is best described by Noachide Laws along with those modes of behavior that we have in common with the rest of decent humanity.  The only major legal difference between a society of righteous gentiles and the Jewish Kingdom will be laws against lashon hara which would include gossip or talebearing even if it is true.  If the subject matter is already public information, that is not talebearing though.  So laws against lashon hara will be properly defined.  But private information that is bad but true will be punished in the era of Mashiach ben Ephraim here in Eretz Yisrael.  There will be no ulterior motive for this kingdom except to be an example of G-dliness to the world.  It will be prosperous, but prosperity will not be its reason for existence (as was the case of the United States of America since its founding).  So in conflicts between decency and prosperity, Mashiach ben Ephraim will always choose decency unlike what the United States did for most of its history when such conflicts arose.  That will be the essential difference between what America was at one time and the Malkhut of Mashiach ben Ephraim.  And it is on that Yesod of decency that the Torah will grow rampantly amongst the people of Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael.  It will not grow on the moral quicksand of the Erev Ze'ir that sometimes forgets this essential foundation.  Yes, the Erev Ze'ir will be around to oppose this and will side with our remaining enemies in the world on the side of Yishmael.  So watch out for that one.  We already have Neturai Karta having regular meeting with Achmadinejad, and we have Satmar publicly endorsing Obama, who is the half-Muslim (clay) and half-Xtian (iron) 11th hon dude, for re-election.  So much of this is already in place.

The foundation to foster growth of the Torah will be properly set in its place.  As said before, I believe that Lapid is leading the Ephraim faction in this process.  This is abundantly clear.  Is he Mashiach ben Ephraim, or is it someone else that will appear either during the Syrian War or at the end of the Syrian War?  Time will tell.  But at the conclusion of the upcoming war in the north when two kings will have perished, the Era of Mashiach ben Ephraim will have begun.  And then all the nations of the world will gather in the Great City of Rome, Maryland?? to destroy us.  And that conference will be hit with fire, hail, and a Heavenly shower of meteorites....  And we are likely only three months away.  We are now at the beginning of month number 7 of the nine months.  The properly timed Swiss watch is ticking toward Redemption.


Blogger Dovid Mark said...

I believe, these two men represent simanim of the staff of Efraim and Yehuda as we have discussed before. Then again as Rav Kook says in Hesped Yerushalyim these staves are already around at his time, but seemingly much farther apart. As far as the coalition is concerned there will be broad coalition thus weakening all of its members as Bibi uses their inexperience to continue in the driver's seat. We are at one of those cross roads where it is obvious something is happening but the specifics are shrowded in mystery.

1/29/2013 9:49 AM  
Blogger vincent said...

Three months seem awfully close to me. I know Pesach comes early this year, but for all that to happen in such a short time period?

1/29/2013 12:54 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

There are only two events that need to happen.

1. Assad needs to fall which allows the Jihadi Sunni rebels and Hezbollah separately to have access to the chemicals for the chemical weapons. Then both Israel and NATO will act quickly...and Russia and Persia along with possibly North Korea will resist. This will lead to a quick world conflict in which Erdogan might be the 2nd king to fall. not clear yet.

2. At the same time the world will blame this on Israel for defending itself again and taking territory in Southern Lebanon. They will stop fighting each other to have an international conference to invade us in order to destroy us. They will all be gathered north of us anyway already so that it will be easy to form a NATO and Russian alliance. Individuals on the streets of countries throughout the Western world will push their governments along on this. Anti-Semitism is already again at a fervent pitch. The trigger will be the Syrian conflict. All the masks will fall, and the nations will have our blood on their minds. Yet, here in Eretz Yisrael, they will fail to meet any of their objectives.

1/29/2013 4:10 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I forgot to mention a key part of this story of Devorah being married to Lapidot. Yes, her first husband was Lapid or Lapidot, but her 2nd husband was Barak from the tribe of NAFTALI! Maybe that is the reason why the name Lapid is in the plural. The plural ending represents both torches, her first and second husbands, one from Ephraim and one from Sheivet Naftali.

1/29/2013 4:28 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

So this seems to indicate that we are quickly moving to an international war footing in Syria:


If this blows up, the entire world will blame Israel for taking necessary steps to survive. It matters not who gets those caches of chemical components when Assad falls. It could be Hezbollah or Al Qaeda. Either one of them would be an apparent disaster and would force us to respond. Or NATO would respond leading to a World War. An emergency announcement was made by the Home Front on Sunday for everyone who does not have a gas mask yet to get one this week, the earlier the better. So things are picking up fast. Israel HaYom even says that our only options are both bad or worse. OK so G-d is forcing events along. not to be afraid. He is 100% in control.

Also today Danny Danon announced that the makeup of the next government has already been decided if everyone can work out a compromise: Likud with Yeish Atid, Bayit Yehudi, and Shas. UTJ is concerned about being left out and has sent their Mentsch, Me'ir Porush, to patch up things with Bayit Yehudi in order to form a united Dati front. G-d bless Me'ir. He always was the mentsch of his party and has always worked for unity. It is important that Chareidi concerns be represented in the Government so that a compromise can be reached (which is why Shas will likely be in the government). Yet, there are certain people in leadership positions of UTJ that simply need to publicly apologize for the national catastrophe called the Disengagement from Gaza 7 to 8 years ago. Being a mentsch, I am sure that Me'ir Porush understands this. We all have to make sure that those who did wrong will not stab us in the back again, under similar circumstances. It is reasonable to ask for a public apology or an acceptance that a gross error in judgement was made. G-d bless MK Me'ir Porush on his mission.

1/29/2013 7:04 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

I don't like the headlines. Ayalon "Israel and Vatican close to historic relationship upgrade" What does that mean???

Also from yesterday:

Why do these weird things keep happening to the President of the USofA? "Barak Obama provides landing pad for fly". This is too hilarious for words.

Speaking of words, alot of dire news
"Hagel ‘will be used to push far-left agenda’ Senator: Obama seeks bipartisan face for policies ‘destroying America’"

OBAMA SECRETLY PLEDGES TO DIVIDE JERUSALEM. Will press Israel into new so-called land-for-peace talks

Muslim Brotherhood group to ‘connect all U.S. schools.’ Partners with State, Education departments on international initiative

Hagel group urges U.S. to join International Criminal Court. Could expose soldiers, civilians to ‘war crimes’ prosecution: — Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, sits on the board!

1/30/2013 11:02 AM  
Blogger Neshama said...

PLUS PM close to "provisional pales state"??

1/30/2013 11:03 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

In the 7th month of pregnancy before judgement on Edom commences (in the ninth month or at the end of nine months), Israel officially entered into the First War of Redemption, the conflict in Syria. I will post updates on this matter as they occur.

1/31/2013 2:16 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Just to note, we entered this war on the 19th of Shevat 5773 immediately after Ya'ir Lapid notified Shimon Peres that he prefers Binyamin Netanyahu to remain as Prime Minister of Israel. The Vulture's (Shimon Peres) final and formal decision to ask Netanyahu to form another government will be on this Friday morning. Netanyahu will have up to six weeks from this Friday to form that government.

1/31/2013 2:23 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

And here will be the pretext along with other things to call for an international conference to shove a PA State down our throat in Nisan or Iyar:


It is Alll Good...if you are here in Israel. I don't know how non-Jews living in the Lands of Edom will react once the meteorite showers begin.

1/31/2013 2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will be terrified, of course and begging G-d to spare us and take us out of here. Those of us who don't have the means will have to wait. What else cam we do?

1/31/2013 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know that Eliyahu hanavi comes at some point though from a classic education it is just in that glob of things we know that will happen in the future history of the geula.

1/31/2013 12:13 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Since this is likely b'itah, unless HaShem speeds up the process, 5774 is the year of Kolot (Voices of Prophesy), the 6th year of the Sabbatical cycle. So Eliyahu HaNavi b'itah would likely come in 5774 since we are in b'itah where it cannot be pushed off any longer. If HaShem advances the process, all the better. If nothing happens to speed this up, there will be a great war with Persia (that is between the remnants of Edom and Persia) which will cover the entire year of 5775, the Shmittah year. Then Ben David comes in the year after the Shmittah year 5776. This fits in nicely with Rav Yehudah HaChassid who seems to refer to 5776 as the Yovel of Yovelot (Jubilee of Jubilees year). Also in both 5775 and 5776, Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat. This again happens in 5778 and 5779 and then in 5782.

1/31/2013 4:38 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Oh, and Tisha B'Av also fell out on Shabbat in 5772 when this nine month pregnancy began (the one in which we are in month number 7 right now). And it is pouring...again here. So far most of the blessing of gashmiyut for the fifth year of this last Sabbatical cycle has come in the form of Geshem or rain.

1/31/2013 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I saw a blog post on Jewish Israel that says that the Pope might get upper room of where King David is buried.

Dov what can you say on this matter

here is a link


2/01/2013 7:43 AM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Hillary warns ... the most detail I have ever read from her Clinton on Syria.

2/01/2013 9:40 AM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Good Erev Shabbat

Oh, now its official: it's OPT "occupied Palestinian territories"! And now 520,000 Israelis must leave! Don't know whether to laugh or .... Vosizneias has the article and you should see what picture of the PM they used!

Between the pope moving in, Persia's vendetta, the UN threat, and Hagel and Brenner, we're in fine shape.

2/01/2013 2:36 PM  
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