Thursday, November 16, 2006

Sobering Funeral and the Torah of Shem and Eber

I wanted to share this with you. I could not stop crying. The pain is so great.

But this year 5767 is probably the last year folks (the last year that insanity and rank evil seem to win at every turn). Our Father in Heaven just wants to hear us accept his Torah of Common Decency (the Torah of Shem and Eber). Let us be more decent to each other and hear each other cry. Let us not cut each other off at intersections. Let us not profit on the suffering of others. Let us only learn from Gedolim who did not take a penny from the Sharon government or did take money but cried in pain when they did, sending ten thousand Jews packing into poverty. (There are plenty to learn from: all of Breslov, all of Chabad, all of the Sephardim, the Admor of Sadigora, the Erloir Rebbe, the Bostoner Rebbe, the Sanzer Rebbe, and Satmar who have never joined any government here.... The list is very long. I am sorry if I did not mention yours.)

This is the Torah that Ya'akov Avinu learned for fourteen years before going to Lavan's house. This is the Torah that he practiced for all those years in Lavan's house when he married both wives and fathered twelve of his thirteen children (including his daughter Dina). This is the Torah that he practiced during the year that he spent in Sukkot. The Torah of human decency is kadma (preceeds) the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu. Moshe's year, the fourth year of Sukkot, is next year in accordance to the ushpizim order of the Arizal. This year let's practice the long lost art of human decency as exemplified by the Av (forefather) of Klal Yisrael that rose to greater heights than his esteemed father and grandfather (Yitzkhak and Avraham). Let us behave in a way that would make our abba proud. For G-d's sake our Father in Heaven gave "Kal" (everything) to Ya'akov because he was the greatest "mentsch" of all time. If we have to divide up our avodah into time periods, let's learn to be mentschen. Next year we will perfect Shabbat and Kashrut. Of course if you can do both this year, so much the better. BUT BE A MENTSCH FIRST!!

The world is closing in around us. Baruch HaShem!! Perhaps He is the only one whom we can turn to. In a world where most Jews are ignorant of their lofty heritage, Mentschlichkeit is all that HaShem can expect of the Klal (the whole of Jewry) now. We are a generation of children who have been captured by various idolatries, but there is never an excuse for indecency!

Note: Please refer back to any mention of N. Korea exploding a nuclear device during Sukkot to the previous post . Now that the entire world seems to have accepted upon themselves the spirit of Hamas on the 17th of Cheshvan, the fact that the Koreans have nuclear devices that they can give to Persia for delivery cannot be overstated.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could be wrong, but I think the Jerusalem Post is saying this woman killed in Sderot was a Muslim and her name was Fatima.

11/16/2006 10:40 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

It does not matter. Not all Muslims are suicide bombers or support the barbarity. Righteous gentiles should be treated decently in accord with the laws of common decency. Noahide Law implicit from the Torah of Shem and Eber is for everyone with a divine soul. It is worth noting that Ya'akov Avinu only had two commandments which were given by G-d beyond the Noahide system of common decency which he took with him during the year he spent in Sukkot. 1. Brit Milah- to ensure the continuity of the Holy people dedicated to doing the will of G-d lishma and to ensure it with proper conjugal relations 2. Gid HaNashe (abstaining from the thigh vein)- in order to abstain from wanton or purposeless talebearing (even if it is true). There are 365 negative commandments in the Torah and 365 ligaments, veins, and tendons. The Gid HaNashe corresponds to the "Thou shalt not" of talebearing. After wrestling with the Angel of Edom we were told to abstain from both (Me'am Loez). All of Abba Ya'akov's other activities while in exile from his father's home are shining examples for us on how to be a great human being. All the other mitzvot which make Israel a distinct nation come later except for being fruitful and multiplying. But others do that anyway.

11/16/2006 11:21 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Could be...they made aliya from Causcaus...but the husband and son wore kippot at the funeral...and are sitting shiva.

If you think Ezra and Nechemya had problems being "machshir" people back then, they will have a field day in the coming days when Mashiach arrives.

11/16/2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was a muslim, married to a Jew.
(information courtesy of Israel National Radio)

11/17/2006 4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R' Dov----comments on this latest?

11/19/2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes. It is beginning to look like the entire world is now under Hamas's spell since the 17th of Cheshvan. Edom no longer receives his bracha from the heavenly dew. All bracha in this world is now being funneled through Ya'akov Avinu and those who serve HaShem lishma. Everyone else is connected to the Kochot HaTumah. Now is the time, this erev Pesach, for Ya'akov Avinu to get his bracha from his blind father. Only he will get blessing from Heaven's dew. This Nissan HaShem will remember his covenant with Ya'akov. Until then we must cry out so that Heaven hears Ya'akov's voice. Those who try to behave like Mentschen for the sake of Heaven, HaShem will remember. All the constellations have headed to one place against us. This is the time of Ya'akov's trouble, and from it we will be redeemed.

11/19/2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

This is b'itah, but we still must work on ourselves very hard so that we are part of what will commence around Pesach.

Of course the world will look at it as a challenge, and they will still come here to war with G-d. Ya'akov remained in Sukkot for a year in order to bring Esau to his end on Sukkot. Last Sukkot it began with a North Korean nuclear test. Next Sukkot....

11/19/2006 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said things would change after the 17th. Seems like Europe has been waiting for this. Look at these headlines:

Blair paves the way to his Damascus mission by lambasting the Iraq war as a disaster and inviting European pressure on Israel for concessions to Syria

If Islamic militancy is not stopped today, “we’ll go through World War Three tomorrow,” US Middle East chief warns

Spain, France and Italy push Middle East peace initiative that does not require Hamas government recognition of Israel

Egypt permits Hamas, which claims missile attacks on Sderot, to carry $4m of Iranian and Saudi donations into Gaza

Somali jihadists armed by Syria and Iran fought in Hizballah’s war against Israel. Iran is after Somali uranium

Maybe this is the last component (Somali uranium) for that despot in Iran to complete his threats?

11/19/2006 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can we have passed the year 66 which is the beginning of the Zechirah, and still be in our state? The Ramchal clearly states in Maamar HaGeulah that the *beginning* of the Zechirah is accompanied by an end to suffering for Am Yisrael.

11/19/2006 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you explain "all the constellations have headed to one place against us".

Also... Rosh Chodesh Nissan is the day that Ahmadinejad has mentioned for his proposed nuclear destruction of Israel.

11/19/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

The answer to the 2nd to last comment is the reason for the last comment. The Zohar does not say that a full zechirah will take place in the 66th year. It does say that Mashiach will appear in the 66th year. The Zohar does say this about a full zechirah:

"When the 60th year shall have passed over the threshold of the 6th millennium, the God of heaven will visit the daughter of Yakov with a preliminary remembrance (peqidah)." This, as discussed in the Secret of the Vav in HaShem's Name in the sidebar, refers to the beginning or the end of the year 5760. Because it makes mention of crossing a threshold during the 60th year, it refers to either the beginning or end of that year. More likely it refers to the end of that year since the threshold of that year is in the middle of that year. Therefore the next pasuk is easliy explainable: " Another 6 1/2 years will then elapse, and there will be a full remembrance of her." If we count 6 1/2 years from the end of 5760 and not from the beginning of that year, we arrive at Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5767. It was on Erev Pesach that Yakov Avinu received his blessing from his esteemed, blind father. This is why it says in Leviticus: "I will remember (Ve'zecharti) my covenant with Jacob, and with Yitzkhak, and I will remember my covenant with Avraham, and the Land I will remember." Full remembrance, zechirah, depends on Ya'akov. Only then are the deeds of his father and grandfather remembered. And then the Land of Israel is remembered in short order. This of course historically is tied to a full remembrance this year, the third year of Sukkot, during Nissan. And of course this is 6 1/2 years after the partial remembrance and the onset of the Al Aksa Intafada. It is all set. If Achmadinejad tosses his nuclear arsenal at us we will be under miraculous divine protection. No problem, just be decent, and he will not be able to harm you.

The constellations quote is directly out of Sefer Eliyahu. In the Zohar it refers to the moment when all the nations unite to drive Ya'akov from the world. This appears to be the time.

11/20/2006 12:31 AM  
Blogger STANTON L BOWMAN JR said...

But it can't just be IRAN, that attacks ISRAEL it must be RUSSIA the LEADER as well as IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, ETHIOPIA, GERMANY, TURKEY, SUDAN AND AFRICAN NATIONS. As well as ARABS.This is a Russia, muslim horde not just Iran that will try to destroy Israel.

We must go by What GODS word says not our own.

PSALMS 83:3-7
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek; the Philistines(PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)

EZEKIEL 38:1-12
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TUBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:(TUBOLSK)
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the
nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

ISRAEL also has to be at rest, ISRAEL is not yet secured by the EU. The Eu are willing to bring troops into GAZA now, if this happens, ISRAEL then would be secure, but the BIBLE clearly says that ISRAEL is at PEACE AND SECURITY (FROM THE EU) before this horde marches to ISRAEL.

11/20/2006 5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The language of the Ramchal is rather clear that he is not talking about a "full" or "partial Zechirah.

"And also, the sufferings of Israel will end after the beginning of the Zechirah and onwards, and all the defects of the Galut are repaired double what they were defected in the beginning."

This is from the first paragraph in the section regarding Zechirah in Maamar HaGeulah.

This would imply that either Kibbutz Galuyot is mostly completed before the Zechirah or gets to such a stage in an extremely quick fashion, for how could the suffering end yet Exile continue?

11/21/2006 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who follow the "Russia is Gog" route, no doubt see this ( as the Second Coming of George Bush.

11/21/2006 6:05 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

To previous posters:

The word for partial remembrance used in the Zohar is not zechirah at all. It is peqidah. For those who know the Hebrew Scriptures in Hebrew, you know that there has already been a peqidah of the Patriarchs. It is called the Exodus from Egypt. Any partial peqidah in 5760 excluded remembering their deeds, for this accounting had already been done. Note: Peqidah means to make an accounting. Once something has been taken into account, it cannot be rewarded twice on the side of Truth. Only on the side of Chessed can a good deed be rewarded twice its value. The peqidah in 5760 therefore has been a remembrance of all the generations of the gilgulim that have occurred after the the Exodus. As we can see, it is not very pretty. There have been giants of spiritual greatness in those generations, but the deeds of most of us in our previous incarnations will not bring on redemption. As a matter of fact over the last six years we have been judged severely. The coming zechirah, G-d willing this Pesach 6 1/2 years after the peqidah, will be vastly different. The deeds of the Patriarchs will not just be accounted for. They will be remembered in a way which takes into account all the ways that the world has been bettered by their existence. In addition to this, our good deeds will then ride horseback on their deeds. And as the verse in Leviticus goes, the Land of Israel will also be remembered. Yakov, his name in galut, will become Yisrael.

The world will rebel in a big way. How this will come about is anyone's guess. Because Ya'akov Avinu tarried for another full year before being re-united with his father, the nations will challenge his hold over Eretz Yisrael in general and Yerushalayim in particular from this Pesach until the next one in a very big way. Gog who until now has stayed out of the fray with direct pressure will be forced to join in the fray. This will help to bring on the apocalyptic war with Iran which he is trying to avoid. Gog is not Amalek. More than anyone he represents Brother Essu, or more accurately his son Eliphaz, who will come chasing after us when this propitious Pesach, Yakov receives his blessing from his father.

11/21/2006 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dov, I read both sefarim in the original language. The Pekidah was not the Exodus. The Pekidah occurred before the exodus, whereas the exodus was a Zechirah. This is also explained in Maamar HaGeulah. That is why it says Pakod Pakadti long before the exodus in the past tense.

So basically you are saying by Nissan of this year, all suffering should end for Am Yisrael?

11/21/2006 11:59 PM  

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