Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Dung of a Jackass

The Rabbaim of this generation or not dreck, G-d forbid, as a letter writer to my previous post wrote. They are falling victim to a well-known medrash that Rav Ezriel Tauber quotes at the end of his book, Days Are Coming. They are staring through the dung of a jackass, and Moshiach is riding in the saddle. More on this later, G-d willing, before Shabbat.

G-d has willed that I continue this on Motzei Shabbat, but it is based on the following quote from the Talmud in Sanhedrin 98b:

Three great sages- Rabba, Ulla, and Rav Yochanan- said "Let him (Mashiach) come, but I do not want to have to live in that time." Rav Yosef said, "Let him come, and I will see him. And furthermore, let me be worthy to sit under the shadow of the dung of his donkey!"

As you can see, the biggest test right now is on the Torah scholars of our generation. The Torah scholars of previous generations did not think they would properly pass this excrutiating test. They did not want to be around to be tested with a test where the physicality of Creation could no longer be perfected.

The Hebrew word for donkey is Chamur. The word for materialism is Chomer. Both words are comprised of the same letters chet-vav-mem-resh. The main point to understand is that only Mashiach will be given mastery over the physicality of this world which can no longer be refined. The rest of us including the sages of this generation will be inundated with imperfectable chomer. There is an expression. "Where there is no flour there is no Torah." In this generation, it is best to be careful where the flour is coming from. Taking it could displace tens of thousands from their homes.


Blogger Rabbi Moshe Yess said...


I found that metaphor regarding "dung" extremely humourous. Thank you.

Of course it also raises a question or two. Seeing as how they are Rabbis and seemingly fully aware of that specific Medrash..hence forewarned...then how come with such clear definitions of circimstances having been already provided...they cannot distinguish between dung and Moshiach?

This raises a topic which needs to be addressed in my opinion. Every profession be it doctor, lawyer, President or engineer has options for accountability. Any of the above answer to someone or some authoritative or administrative body. But for the office of Rabbi no such option (as remedy for malpractice) exists...aside from Divine Punishment.

I have seen things happen both in EY and in America which involve Rabbinic malpractice which I will not reveal here. Suffice it to say that they bordered on nothing less than felonies. Were such activities similalrly done done in the military there would be a court marshal or in some rare cases, being shot for treason.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. While the vast, vast majority of Rabbis are very decent Jews deserving of respect...the public has no remedy against Rabbinic malpractice...unless a secular law is violated.

When people whose chosen profession is that of being a Rabbi cease to hold by and cease to be a personal example of the Torah's Directives and standards...then a fraud is being perpetuated upon Jews who have the right to expect and demand such loyalty to Torah.

Posing as a spokesman for Torah..posing as a personal example of Torah observance...taking money via tzedoka on such perceived assumptions and then acting or deciding matters in a manner that contradicts Torah is open and shut fraud.

I am sensing that an ever growing awarenss of Torah Laws by the Jewish public is causing awareness of this issue to increase dramatically. No Rabbi has the duty to be an absolute Tzaddik. Few can achieve that. But EVERY Rabbi is able to follow Halacha and Orthodox standards. Should they not do so..then they are off the hook vis a vis accountability because they answer to no one except Hashem and a this-worldy remedy seems to be non-existant.

Rabbi Moshe Yess

5/02/2006 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell it like it is Rabbi Yess. You are speaking for so many of us all around the world.

To Dov Bar Leib: could you explain why it is specifically the rabbis are falling victim to this disease?

5/03/2006 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, I really enjoy reading this site.

Second of all, I pray that Rabbi Moshe Yess and R. Dov Bar-Leib iron out their differences. Since this rivalry has grown so strong, we need some Divine intervention to help these two gentlemen in their quest for truth.

Third, we dont know what tests or tribulations the Gedolim are facing right now. One rabbi told me "Rav Ovadiah's mind is faster than the speed of sound. Don't even try to understand him. The tzaddikim among themselves disagree - don't get in the middle of their argumaent unless you have the entire Gemara at your fingertips like they do."


PS. Dov, keep the good stuff coming!!!

5/04/2006 2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to significant mekubalim, Sharon was to be the last prime minister. Until today, Ehud Olmert has essentially been serving out the remainder of Sharon's premiership.

Tonight comes the fateful hour in which Olmert is set to become the new Prime Minister unless something prevents it.

Will the words of the mekubalim be proved right or wrong?

JPOST: Olmert cabinet, comprising 4 parties, to be sworn in today

"...At 8 p.m., after a factional debate, the Knesset will vote on the new government, Olmert and the other 24 ministers will be sworn in and make their way to Beit Hanassi for the traditional group photo."

5/04/2006 12:49 PM  
Blogger Rabbi Moshe Yess said...


To Robert:-

Contrary to your characterization I have few, if any, differences with Dov whose grasp of Torah soars way above my own. We don't necessarily believe and see all things in exactly the same way (who does?) but on the major matter that Moshaich's arrival is very near...we are exactly on the same page of certainty.

To all:-

Perhaps some of you have seen this citation from Yakov Nathan's website:-


Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz, ztvk"l, (1690-1764) states in his sefer (Sacred Book) : Yaaros Dvash:

At certain moment the time will come when Moshiach (Judaism's King Messiah) should have already arrived but the Redemption has not yet come. The Moshiach will ask how it could be that the time for Redemption has arrived and he still undergoes sufferings? The response that he will receive is that he must wait for nine months. Why? In order to wait for the fall of Persia (Iran) at the hands of Edom (the Christian West), and then the final redemption will come.
Yakov Nathan was kind enough to respond to an email from myself (and one from my mentor, Yakov Shalom Rosh), regarding and questioning just how
connectable the above Prophecy (based on Yoma 10A) is to the seemingly pending war with Iran by America. Yakov Nathan replied to this question. Here is the crux of his reply:-

"The Yaaros Dvash is clearly talking about acharit hayamim [End of Days, Latter Days], not ancient Persia. And in any event Persia never did fall to the Romans, and the prediction of chazal is as they state clearly: "l'asid" (in the future). As far as I am concerned, the brewing broughaha between Iran and the US (whom the Rebbe identified as the inheritor of Rome [in its benevolent form of Iram al kol panim]) is exactly what chazal were talking about. Feel free to differ, I do not claim to be a mekubal."
Now..for the sake of full discolure...let it again be known here that I am not ordained. As to why I call myself Rabbi see here:-


I am an itsy bitsy teeny weenie (you can omit "yellow polka dot bikini" please) Rabbi. If fact I am even less than than that. I am a worm. No! even that is far too self aggrandizing. I am lower than dust. What an insult to dust. I am beneath dust in stature. In fact I am so lowly that I can barely pronounce the word "I".

So as I self implode into my usual state of infinite humility I bid you all to forget that I even exist...because I hardly do.

If you hear this barely audible squeeky little voice coming from beneath your carpet...it's probably me.

Vanishing further now...into oblivion. But, Hashem willing, I'll be back.

Rabbi Moshe Yess

5/05/2006 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rabbi Yess,
Thanks for your candid redirect to your posting who_is_a_rabbi...

(and, if I'm allowed a bit of humor..)

This reminds me of the following story...

"..The Rabbi of a shul goes to the shul president, and tells him... "I'm nothing".

The president looks at him and says.. "You're nothing?", (emphatically) "I AM NOTHING!!!"..

The Gabbai, who happened to overhear the dialog, looks at them, and says... "I am nothing...", at which point the Rabbi and the president look at each other, and say "LOOK *WHO* THIKS HE'S NOTHING!!!"


As you know, to us (humans), both statements "the maggot was created before you" and "the world was created for your sake" apply.

(just something to keep in mind, for when coming out from underneath the carpet.)

Shabbat Shalom!

5/05/2006 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Yess,

We are all less than dust, from a physical standpoint, and yet we are all precious to Hashem. I need you to help bring Moshiach, especially with your powerful appetite for truth!

Keep the healthy skepticism going strong, and yet keep yearning for Moshiach!


5/05/2006 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It took me 30 years to become a nothing!

5/06/2006 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that Sharon was the last Semi Sovereign Leader in Israel "The last of the Mohegan's".
In other words even though Sharon was weak and fell for the plans of the New World Order, perhaps he cared about Israel.

Olmert or Armulis is not representing Israel at all. He is the head of the Erev Rav. His soul likely stems from Bilam. He will do whatever he is told by Gog Bush, Coni Riech and the other leaders of Bais Lavan (the white house). His own children refused to serve on the Israeli Army, for Israel, unless you are Chareidy, this is the complete opposite of Patriotism and boarders on treason, they do not even live in Israel anymore, plus his daughter is an open Lesbian. Olmert could not care less about the Future of Israel as a Jewish State or for Jews anywhere. He cares about himself and his false prestige in the Gentile world only.

Perhaps he is one of the most dangerous enemies to the Jewish people. I don’t think the average Israel understands this yet. But when Olmert allows foreign troops into Israel to Divide Jerusalem, more people will see his true colors.
Then they can elect a real Jewish Leader someone like Moshe Feiglin, who will listen to the burning Bush not George W. Bush. The power to be redeemed is in our hands, we only have to vote for it. If you live in Chutz Laaretz sell your house while it’s still worth some money and buy one in Israel. If you are not ready for Aliya yet you can down size and rent for a while it’s good for the soul. At least your money and housing future will be safely invested in Israel. That’s what I did.

5/09/2006 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you live in Chutz Laaretz sell your house while it’s still worth some money and buy one in Israel. If you are not ready for Aliya yet you can down size and rent for a while it’s good for the soul. At least your money and housing future will be safely invested in Israel."

Can you give me the exact source of this prophesy.

What do they have to say about all the G-d fearing holy Jews in Chutz L"A who are still serving G-d with vigor and not running away vs. all the unholy and untsnius anti-Jewish Israelis? Are the anti-Jews better in G-d eyes b/c they are in Israel?

Find that one in prophesy for me too.

5/10/2006 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One "source" of the prophecy is the GR"A's take on the pshat of Yoel 3:5.

There it says in Tzion and in Yerushalayim there will be a refuge, and survivors that will arrive, implying that many will not make it out of Galut.

That is the GR"A's interpretation, not mine. That is one of the reasons he sent his students to lay the groundwork for what we have today.

5/11/2006 1:23 AM  
Blogger Rabbi Moshe Yess said...


This idea that all Jews in EY are safe and all Jews elsewhere are in danger is NOT supported by the following.
A lone Jew in a gentile city
"If even one lone Jew will be in a city of the gentiles, I will take him from there, and similarly the family, and in their merit they will go out from exile."

Commentary of the Radak Yermiyahu 3:14 "I will take you one from a city and two from a family and I will bring you to Zion."

Rabbi Moshe Yess

5/12/2006 3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drop by everyday looking for something new. Anything coming down the pipeline?

5/23/2006 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read today about the chief rabbinate in EY invalidating conversions and divorces performed by American (or was it Chutz Laaretz) rabbinim. The words dung, jackasses, and dreck came to mind, so I thought I'd inquire herein. What are we to think of this? Is there any validity? Is this about turning away proselytes?
Political power struggle?

5/26/2006 6:06 AM  

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