Monday, January 23, 2017

The Monumental Merit of Family Kushner

For several months now I have been wondering about the great merit of Jared Kushner to influence the heart of an incoming American Emperor.  And Donald Trump's ascension to the Presidency is the stuff of legend.  Not an ordinary President is he.  This is not a post on what Jared may actually do in the role of one of Trump's Chief confidants, but it IS a post about Why.    And this blog, dedicated to discussing the End of Days, is all about Why and not just a series of events which hopefully will climax nine months from now during the Feast of Sukkot.  The story starts with with his grandfather, Holocaust survivor extraordinaire Yoseph Kushner.  Here is Jared in his own words describing why his father-in-law is not an anti-Semite and how his grandfather survived the Shoah.  His writing style is direct and to the point and full of intense detail.  But it is not here that you will find the essential reason for his great merit, but it is part of the story.

One might mention that once Yoseph Kushner moved to America after the Shoah, he rather quickly became very wealthy because of incredibly hard work and the same street smarts that helped him survive the Shoah.  He worked hard, and most of his investments paid off.  Like Yosef in Egypt, Kushner was truly blessed by G-d in terms of his personal prosperity after his years of excruciating pain in the Shoah.  When he passed away in 1985, he bequeathed over 4000 rental properties in New Jersey to his sons Murray and Charles Kushner.  Charles Kushner, father of Jared, then built two Torah intensive, Land of Israel loving day schools in New Jersey, The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, New Jersey and The Rae Kushner Yeshivah High School on the same campus.  Rae Kushner was Joseph Kushner's wife who survived the Holocaust with him after she escaped from the Lithuanian/ Belarus Ghetto  Novogroduk.  He was hiding out in a hole dug by himself in the forest near the ghetto at the Belarus/ Lithuanian border.  From this I learned that Yoseph Kushner was likely a Litvak which plays a part at the end of this story.  So we see here that Charles Kushner, the father of Jared, built Torah schools in New Jersey.  Yes he plea bargained and admitted guilt to a felony which landed him in jail, but as we see from a famous recent plea bargain here in Israel, a plea bargain is not necessarily a guarantee of real guilt,  I will simply leave it to G-d to know if Charles Kushner committed the crime for which he plead guilty.  If he did the crime, then he did the time.  I am leaving it at that.  Yet, it is not in the merit of these Torah schools that Jared has the ear of Caesar at this time.  There is something else, a missing ingredient.  Many great Jews built Torah in America.  Not all of the have the ear of Caesar at this pivotal point in world history.  Something else is going on.

And then I saw it.  For several months I have been wondering about which ArtScroll publication was proudly sponsored by the entire Kushner clan who descended from the righteous Yoseph Kushner zt"l who survived by digging a hole in the woods near the Belarus/ Lithuanian border during the Shoah.  I checked the Schottenstein Gemorrahs to no avail.  The Kushners are not in the long list of donors to ArtScroll's Talmud project.  It was only this evening that a friend of mine from Dallas, Texas brought it up in a conversation with me.  (He wants to remain anonymous.)  We were discussing the spate of lashon hara going around about the Kushner's taking a ride on Shabbat from the Inauguration which can be easily explained by Jared Kushner's new post as Donald Trump's Mideast envoy.  For a committed Zionist Jew to have that position, which wicked hatefilled Jew hater on the planet would NOT want to assassinate him at this critical time?  All of them would.  The Kushners simply can't stay in hotels anymore and expect to not be a target.  Kushner by virtue of his new position is likely one of the most hated and targeted people on Planet Earth for assassination before Trump announces his first move in the Middle East.  If I were in Jared's shoes (which I am not), I would thank HaShem for the very tight and scrupulous protection of the Secret Service who drove him home on Friday night.  He likely owes them his life which HaShem has placed in their hands.  All this lashon hara about what Jared and Ivanka have to do to live through this simply has to stop.  We are not in their shoes.  We are not the target of every evil Jew hater on the planet.  From this past Friday, they are their target.

So what is it that I saw?  I took out My ArtScroll Nusach Ashkenaz (Litwak) SUKKOT MACHZOR!  And there it was.  The entire Kushner clan was the sole sponsors of this Nusach Ashkenaz machzor, the machzor in whose pages we read about the final chapters of GogUMagog at the end of the nine months of when the 70 nations, at least, try to gather against Yerushalayim!  They named the Sukkot Machzor: Machzor Beit Yosef in the merit of their father and grandfather Yoseph Kushner zt"l.  Think of the Torah they are responsible for spreading in this Machzor which are contained in its very pages.

From the Qabbalistic blessing that we say as we enter the Sukkah on the First night of Sukkot:

May it be your will, HaShem, my G-d and the G-d of my forefathers, that You cause Your Presence to reside among us; that you spread over us the Succah of your Peace -- in the merit of the mitzvah of succah that we are fulfilling -- to unify the Name of the Holy One, Blessed is He, and His Presence, in fear and in love, to unify the Name Yud -Key with Vav- Key in perfect unity, in the name of all Israel; and to surround us with the aura of Your honor, holy and pure, spread over our heads from above like an eagle arousing its brood; and from there cause an abundant outpouring of life for Your servant (Hebrew first name) son of (Mother's Hebrew name) Your handmaid.  And in the merit of my leaving my house to go out - and I will enthusiastically pursue the path of Your commandments.  -- May this be reckoned for me as if I have wandered afar.  Cleanse me thoroughly from my iniquity, and from my sin purify me.  From the exalted Ushpizim guests, the guests of faithfulness, may Your ears hear abundant blessings.  (To the hungry and the thirsty, may You give their food and their unfailing supply of water.)  May You endow me with the privilege to dwell and to take refuge in the sheltering protection of Your wings -- at the time of my departure from the world -- to take refuge from the Stream of Fire and the fiery rain, when You rain coals upon the (heads of the) wicked.  May this mitzvah of succah that I perform be reckoned as if I had fulfilled it in all its details, implications and speifications, as well as all the mitzvos dependent on it.  May You seal (The Book of Life) for our benefit, and allow us the opportunity to dwell many days upon the Land, the Holy Land, in Your service and in Your reverence.  Blessed is HaShem forever, Amen and Amen.  

The emboldened pasuk is what happens at the End of the Nine months on Hoshana Rabbah for which the flimsy Sukkah which one enters on the 15th of Tishrei provides protection as it says in Psalm 27:

5.  For He concealeth me in His Succah in the day of evil; {N}
He hideth me in the covert of His tent; He lifteth me up upon a rock.
 כִּי יִצְפְּנֵנִי, בְּסֻכֹּה--    בְּיוֹם רָעָה:
יַסְתִּרֵנִי, בְּסֵתֶר אָהֳלוֹ;    בְּצוּר, יְרוֹמְמֵנִי.

That Day of Evil is not really evil at all, but it is a day of supreme judgement on the wicked nations of the world, the Great and Awesome Day of HaShem, the Hoshana Rabbah at the end of the 9 months.

At the beginning of this Nusach Ashkenaz ArtScroll Machzor for Sukkot we see the Dedication/ Approbation page:

This Machzor is dedicated to the memory of Joseph Kushner .ע"ה   which can either mean (Servant of G-d or Upon him is HaShem's peace) Reb Yosef ben Moshe HaLeivi ע"ה
October 5, 1985 (the 6th day of Sukkot 5746)

Surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, he came to a new land to build a glorious future.  Success never compromised his integrity; nor did it cloud his vision of raising a loving, loyal family, and building a community whose centerpiece would be Torah, its values and its institutions.

In glowing memory, he remains the model of the Jew whose character and prosperity, the themes of Succoth and Koheles (Ecclesiastes), are a means to help others.

Signed all the Kushner children and grandchildren and his wife Rae.
Under Seryl and Charles Kushner we find the names Dara, Jared, Nicole, and Joshua.

So now we know why Jared Kushner has been chosen for a time such as this.  May he succeed in G-d's endeavor for him to fulfill this role for his immediate future to sanctify HaShem's Holy Name during these final contractions of the pregnancy of GogUMagog!.  

Addendum:  Notice when Yoseph Kushner zt"l passed away on the 6th Day of Sukkot, the Day of the Ushpiz of Yoseph HaTzaddik, and the very day on the Eve of Hoshana Rabbah.   From the 2nd War of GogUMagog in the forests of Belarus to the 3rd War of GogUMagog in and around Yerushalayim is the passage of only one day....

For informational purposes only:, I recently changed my street address to 90 Nahar Shalom in Kochav Yakov.  The Israeli Post Office thrust this change upon us, forcing us to add the adjacent cul de sac to our address line with the same house number.  If you sent a letter by snail mail to my old address, please email me at  so that I can watch out for your letter.  If a letter is returned to you, simply change the street line in the address to 90 Nahar Shalom and resend it.  Thank you.


Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Notice when Yoseph Kushner passed away on the 6th Day of Sukkot, the Day of the Ushpiz of Yoseph HaTzaddik, and the very day on the Eve of Hoshana Rabbah.

1/23/2017 3:10 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

From the 2nd War of GogUMagog in Belarus to the 3rd War of GogUMagog in and around Yerushalayim is the passage of only one day....

1/23/2017 3:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt something very auspicious happening. Almost like an inverted Purim story too. Jaryd playing the role of Queen Esther but with his wife who converted to Judaism. Jaryd having the ear of his father in law who is king of the world,(USA). Anyone that knows the Trumps know that the only people that Donald will listen to for more than five minutes are his loving and loyal daughter and son in law. The evil (Iranian mullahs and Arabist state dept.) plot against us, but the king loves and admires his daughters husband and their people the Jews. Is there a Mordechai to guide the young Jaryd and Ivanka to tell them what was told to Queen Ester? Who knows Jaryd if you were put here just for this moment and time in history to help the Jewish nation reach its fulfillment.

1/23/2017 3:39 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

I believe Dov's piece has been a bit spellbound and needs some moderation.

As Trump Confirms Kushner Will Broker Israel-PA Deal, Don’t Take Jared for GrantedMonday, January 16th, 2017

Jared Kushner is a man who knows how to keep a grudge, and knows the secret of revenge being best served ice cold. It should serve as a stern warning to both Israelis and Arabs as he embarks on yet another US administration’s attempt to broker a long lasting peace deal in the Middle East: don’t underestimate him, don’t mess with him, don’t take him for granted. The man is extremely bright, unbelievably ambitious, and has a very long memory.

Netanyahu’s circle seemed elated last November, when a victorious Donald Trump told the NY Times he was mulling making Jared Kushner his envoy to the peace negotiations. Ambassador Ron Dermer said, “There’s no question that he feels a strong commitment to Israel’s security and Israel’s future.” But the Times pointed out that Kushner is not on a first name basis with the business and political elite in Israel – his only friend in Israel is Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Kushner was a child when he met Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter visited Charles Kushner at his NJ home. Trump told the Times that his son-in-law “knows the region, knows the people, knows the players.” But that might be an exaggeration.

Kushner was a valuable asset to Trump in making the connections for him with Netanyahu and Dermer, as well as Sheldon Adelson and other right-leaning, influential American Jews. His start point is probably more favorable to Israel than any of his predecessors in the thankless job of trying to broker peace between Israelis and Arabs. But that’s no guarantee. If, for instance, PM Netanyahu tries his usual yes-but-not-now approach to the two-state solution, he might not get far with Kushner. The PA, by the way, are besides themselves with anxiety over the emphatically pro-Israeli new White House. Which could mean they’d be willing to give up more to Trump than to say, the ever-beseeching John Kerry. Such a change in attitude might, paradoxically, give them a leg up with Kushner.

Indeed, while recent polls have shown that a majority of the PA and Gaza Arabs have given up on the two-state solution, many Arab pundits, such as Ramzy Baroud, suggest there never was a real Arab consensus in support of partition. The new trend for both rank and file and intellectuals on the Arab side is to embrace the one-state approach, just make sure it won’t be Jewish.

This might be a rougher ride than the Israeli right imagined.


1/23/2017 5:41 AM  
Blogger Devorah said...

This is fantastic!

1/23/2017 5:48 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Read that sentence Meir from my post: This is not a post on what Jared may actually do in the role of one of Trump's Chief confidantes, but it IS a post about Why.

In short I have no idea at this time what Jared Kushner will do with the opportunity that G-d has presented to him. And I am not going to specifically predict his first move either. But an opportunity has been placed into his hands. And if he chooses to grab hold of it, great. If he squanders it, the Redemption will come from another place....As it says:

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time about (Israel's dire circumstance), then will relief and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place, but thou and thy father's house will perish; and who knoweth whether thou art not come to "royal" estate for such a time as this?'

1/23/2017 6:38 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Well, I just learned from Merriam- Webster that confidant is the "preferred" word for a trusted male adviser and that confidante, at least in French, is the word for a trusted female adviser. My next post is about French as the international language of Zenut (prostitution or whoredom). So I don't know French very well. I have no desire to be "one of them". But I will take it into "condfidence" that this is the case. From now on I will spell it "Confidant" for a male adviser.

1/23/2017 6:49 AM  
Blogger Neshama said...

I have been wondering for some time now, and on Shabbat I asked my husband and we discussed it. Now I know what was penetrating my thoughts, min HaShamayim:

Yered (ירד), implying “descent.” According to one opinion, Miriam gave him this name, for because of him she went down (yarad) to the Nile to see what would become of him. Alternatively, Moses was called this name because he brought the Torah down to the Jewish people, and the Divine Presence back down to this physical world.


Could this be Mashiach ben Yosef!!

1/23/2017 8:55 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes Neshamah. Even though it is too early to be sure, he might be. He may truly compensate for Netanyahu's lack of courage. Netanyahu's spiritual cowardice with regards to confronting Mankind have created the need for a Jared Kushner.

1/23/2017 12:56 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

The last straw was back in 5774 when Bibi released 78 cold blooded murderers from jail to "admit by doing so that these murderers were freedom fighters for Paleostine". He did this to keep Ovomit from going to the UNSC at that time. By doing so, all of our faces were blackened with undeserved shame.

1/23/2017 1:04 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yet these prisoner releases occurred during the Ba'al Kerry's nine months of negotiation process with the Squatter Nation. Because we sufferred from intense shame during the Baal Kerry's nine months, these last nine months have apparently have been sweetened of most of their suffering. So Bibi's brown nosing has served at least one purpose for good.

1/23/2017 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Reb Dov, I confirm you that the word "confident (m) / confidente (f)" is the best word in French to define someone you can really entrust a secret (and it's not specifically about politics, rather someone's best friend he can tell everything).

If you need further translations, feel free to ask since I was born and raised in Paris, France where I still live, until I can settle in Eretz Israel, like many of my friends did lately.

Here in France, you should know that most of the French Jewish people did and does support Donald Trump's election (whether they are religious or sionists or just traidtionalists people. A few minority did support Hillary).
We have no stats since it's forbidden (unlike in the USA), but pretty easy to check this fact on facebook.

I think it's a huge difference from most American Jewish people, much more leftists and/or less concerned with Israel.
In fact, most of French Jewish people are descendants of Maroccan/Tunisian/Algerian Jewish who were forced to move from North Africa because of decolonization in the 1950's.
So we know pretty well both the Arab and the European mentalities, and many of us here do not trust any of them when it comes to our safety (whereas in EY or Jews here in Tsarfat).

I am not 100% sure but I guess this fact has something to do with the prophecy in the pasuk that says approximately that "the exilees from Tsarfat will come to settle in the cities of the south of EY. And then the Meshikhim will come to the Mount Sion to judge the Mount of Esav"...

What's your opinion Reb Dov ?


1/23/2017 6:08 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Sefer Ovadia only has one chapter:
כ וְגָלֻת הַחֵל-הַזֶּה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר-כְּנַעֲנִים, עַד-צָרְפַת, וְגָלֻת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֲשֶׁר בִּסְפָרַד--יִרְשׁוּ, אֵת עָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב. 20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites, even unto Tzarfat, and the captivity of Jerusalem, that is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South.

Placing the tomb of the Baba Sali in Netivot, almost made this prophesy a self-fulfilling prophesy.

1/24/2017 3:54 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

כא וְעָלוּ מוֹשִׁעִים בְּהַר צִיּוֹן, לִשְׁפֹּט אֶת-הַר עֵשָׂו; וְהָיְתָה לַיהוָה, הַמְּלוּכָה. {ש} 21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S. {P}

Also Mt. vESUVius is Har Esav. It blew its top during the reign of Titus as Caesar in Rome nine years after he was the General who destroyed the 2nd Temple. He would make pilgrimages to the ruin of Pompeii contemplating why he deserved such a fate... It seems that he actually figured it out.

When is Vesuvius set to blow its top again?

1/24/2017 4:04 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Instead of arresting Madonna for threatening to blow up the White House, perhaps we should place those who happily taught her Qabbalah into Cherem. just a thought.

1/24/2017 4:37 AM  
Blogger Devorah said...

Dov: you quoted from Sefer Ovadiah: ''even unto Tzarfat'' = any correlation to France?

Also re Madonna, she learns Kabbalah whilst still wearing a crucifix around her neck. Yes definitely these people should be put in Cherem. And warnings posted on the internet regarding fake kabbalists and their names.

1/24/2017 5:03 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes, Tzarfat is France. They even share the same letters etymologically even though those letters are a bit jumbled up except France has an extra N. TzaRFaT is PaRaTzTa too as in PierRCing the Darkness at the End of Days. The last home base of the Yetzer HaRa at the End of Days is Tzarfat. As you may know, the Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke about this 30 years ago. Just Another example of the Rebbe's incredible depth of spiritual understanding that some would say is Ruach HaQodesh. I am writing a post about this right now.

1/24/2017 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

Haters and enemies of Israel!

France blasts Israel's approval of Jerusalem homes

Says R' Nir ben Artzi:

France is making conference to establish a Palestinian state, their plans is to put there all refugees and infiltrators. The Creator says: "I will destroy France!’ They are dealing with the Creator of the world. All Jews run away don't wait!

1/24/2017 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine'
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Tuesday that "East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state."

He made the remarks following a meeting with Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir in Riyadh. - A7

1/24/2017 4:15 PM  
Blogger Jesterhead45 said...

Will take a wait and see presumption of innocence approach regarding Jared and Ivanka, my expectations are very low at this point yet would be grateful to have Jews in positions of power and influence for a change NOT turn out like Bibi, Rivlin and the sell-out deep-state establishment though it is in the Hashem's hands at the end of the day.

At the same time am disgusted at those on the religious right (never mind the degenerate left) who cast aspersions regarding both the Jewishness and Observance of Jared and Ivanka as heard from a recent talk, slandering the Kushner family as well as violating the prohibition of oppressing the convert without citing any evidence to prove their assertions.

1/24/2017 4:52 PM  
Blogger HDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

Reb Dov, congratulations on the reblogging of this post here! ;)

1/24/2017 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the teaching of the (phony) kabbalah to Madonna was by the so-called 'rabbi' Berg who opened up all these so-called kabbalah centers for goyim and so-called jews. They were making a fortune. the corruption of everything holy is astonishing in this era of super SHEKER.

1/24/2017 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Madonna, Rabbi Philip Berg was a ray of light

Philip Berg: A Counter-Obit

Feds investigate Madonna’s Kabbalah Centre for Malawi scandal

Is Madonna the Kabbalistic Queen of the New World Order?

1/25/2017 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...


PA officials: US caved to our pressure, won't move embassy

1/25/2017 11:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't believe it was PA. Obviously I could be wrong but I believe it was Bibi who wanted to wait, be careful, let's consider. It is his complete M.O. and it's far easier to believe that Trump listened to Bibi on Israel than to a terror organizatio.

Whatever it is, I'm trying to work my way out of feeling down. It always hurts so much more to see Jewish mistakes.

1/25/2017 12:34 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

That is part of the point of b'itah. This Geulah comes in spite of Bibi, not because of the spineless faithless leader who wants to preserve the status quo.

1/25/2017 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giuliani to JPost: Trump backs Jerusalem embassy move, but reality is complex

1/25/2017 3:43 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Well It was only a matter of time, but I will likely keep running into the dedicated results of Charles and Seryl Kushner's generous wallet or the wallets of their children. The main campus at Sha'arei Tzedeq Hospital in Yerushalayim (along with all of its recent renovations) has been named the Charles and Seryl Kushner Campus.

1/25/2017 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

Says R' Nir ben Artzi: In the holy land of Israel, a wall of fire surrounds the borders of Israel. God is telling the people of Israel: "Obey the ten commandments, learn Torah, pray to me and I will watch over you and protect you against enemies, I will give you all of the good in the world!" Nothing is missing in Israel, whoever thinks it is bad here is looking for the bad to come to him. The choice is with man to choose bad or good.

Israel cracks US magazine’s ‘Great Powers’ list

The American Interest attributes Jewish state’s growing stature to its technological ingenuity, regional influence and smart diplomacy; ranks it No. 8, one below Iran

1/25/2017 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Sharbano said...

I am of the firm belief the embassy delay is due to Netanyahu. I had seen an interview with Danon and he was specifically asked about the move. He was evasive as any politician could get. Immediately I thought any delay was not because of the US but the Israeli government instead. THIS may have been the reason behind the waiver all these past years. I've never trusted Bibi in Anything.

1/25/2017 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the run up to the election PM Netanyahu stated he wanted Trump to help him enact the two state solution. He doesn't know anything else but to stall. This is a big zchut for Trump, however..he has more guts and a better internal compass of what is right and wrong for the Jewish nation. It reminds me of the phrase, "Blessed is he who speaks and does." Trump is a manifestation of G-d's will. What Rabbi Kessin said was true. The Satan is dying. That's why there is all this hysteria and overblown reaction to everything by the Left. My G-d! Are we privileged or what to be alive today to see this!!

1/25/2017 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

The Price of Patriotism in Exile

President Trump sincerely seeks to make America great again. He has plans, programs, ideas, proposal, propositions, projects, procedures, strategy, stratagems etc., on how to go about realizing his dream. But however ambitious and diverse these objectives might be, they are all contingent on one factor – patriotism. For if there is no love of country and willingness to sacrifice for its security and economic advancement nothing will change.

For the millions who attended the inauguration ceremony in person or saw it through the media it was a time for patriotic love for their country, as they viewed the pomp and circumstance. Pride in being citizens in the most free, most powerful and most prosperous of the family of nations.

The formula for measuring the degree of pride and patriotism among the Jews in the United States is the converse of their pride and patriotism to their own motherland, Eretz Yisrael.

The secular, reform and conservatives are the most patriotic of Jews; feeling as American as anyone whose ancestors came on the Pilgrim’s Mayflower ship, because their connection to Eretz Yisrael is non-existent.

The religious segment of American Jewry is, despite some warm feeling for the holy land, total loyalty as citizens of America, even relying on halachic sources to base their attachment to that gentile county.

In a very short time the Jews of America will have the opportunity to exhibit their love and devotion to the “stars and stripes”.

Overzealous Patriotism - Rabbi Nachman Kahana

1/25/2017 9:22 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Wow, this was right by you: "No Israelis injured as truck smashes into protective bollards outside Kochav Yaakov settlement in apparent terror attempt". So, according to this article, you live in a settlement.
knife in hand....

1/25/2017 9:30 PM  
Blogger Shimshon said...

Of course the lack of embassy move is due to Bibi. This is just as Moshe Feiglin predicted would happen. You will also see no move towards applying sovereignty in any way. Nothing is going to be done because Bibi doesn't want it to be done. Let's see how long he lasts.

By the way, Vox Day interviews Moshe Feiglin:

1/26/2017 1:42 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Just for what it’s worth: "It was one of those magical moments that you will never forget. The inauguration of Donald Trump was being watched live by tens of millions of people all over the world, and it was at that precise moment that God gave all of us another little reminder that He is in control. It had not been raining prior to the time that Trump stepped up to the Inauguration platform, but when he did, the rain began to fall. Considering everything else that was going on at the time, it would have been really easy to miss that little detail” (the AmericanDream)

1/26/2017 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The secular, reform and conservatives are the most patriotic of Jews; feeling as American as anyone whose ancestors came on the Pilgrim’s Mayflower ship, because their connection to Eretz Yisrael is non-existent." Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Don't really know what he is referring to; in actual fact, the secular, reform and conservative Jews in America are for the most part lefties to whom American patriotism is a foreign and abhorrent concept. They dislike, and have as much disdain for America as they do Israel - not all, but a majority for sure.

1/26/2017 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Doomsday clock has been adjusted 2 minutes forward, to 3 minutes to midnight.
The title of the article is incorrect (mentions 30 secs), but you can see the video here..

I know that everything comes from the HKBH, but this is possibly why even in Chazal we find a voice not wanting to live through this period.. The comments on the duration of the last war, by the Vilna Gaon, also come to mind, May Hashem protect us.



1/26/2017 11:23 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

A: WW1 and WW2 will most assuredly mitigate the amount of pain and suffering of the Jewish people and of the righteous throughout the world in WW3.

David Matlaw: I received your latest comment. Let me edit it and present it in a less explosive format, one that does not hurt people's feelings unnecessarily. On the subject of talking about N.B.A. (not the North American basketball league), we all have to agree to disagree over whether he is a seer or a crackpot. Apparently, no one will give up on their opinion over either possibility.

1/26/2017 11:31 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

From David Matlaw: Me'ir please stop cutting and pasting. Small quotes and the link plus some analysis in your own words will peak interest so that readers are not bored or aggravated to tears. Yes, that was the policy set forth a few years ago on this blog.

On the issue of Nir ben Artzi,...... see above. And yes, the R. stands for Reb not Rav.

As for me, Dov, I actually like Reb Nir ben Artzi. He definitely represents the pulse of Emunah of a large number of Dati Jews in Israel. Is he a seer as in the Chozeh of Lublin? He may not be on the Chozeh's level in Limud Torah, but he has a powerful 6th sense about him. And sometimes things that he talks about do happen in close proximity to his mentioning them. I don't believe that he is a crackpot.

1/26/2017 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I found this in the Disputation At Barcelona, Translated by Charles B. Chave
Published 1983

Page 8

'Rabbi' is not the rendition of 'Maestro.' 'Rav' is identical to 'maestro' and in the Talmud, scholars are called "Rav" without ordination.

*Babylonian master's were called Rav - like Rav Yehudah.


1/27/2017 1:56 AM  
Blogger Devorah said...

Rabbi simply means ''my teacher''. Rav, as far as I am aware, is used to indicate a Dayan [official judge on a Beth Din]. People calling themselves ''Rav'' without qualifications are basically deluding themselves and everyone else.

1/27/2017 2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did someone post Jared Kushner's Hebrew name ? I can't seem to find it though I know I read it on one of the Geulah blogs. And his father's Hebrew name?

1/27/2017 2:40 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I believe that his name is Yo'el Chaim (HT Devorah). It is one of the reasons that Ivanka chose the name Ya'el even though Ya'el is spelled with an Ayin and Yo'el with an Aleph.

So his name would be Yo'el Chaim ben Chanan (haLeivi) veShifrah Yes, Charles Kushner is Chanan, and Seryl is Shifrah. I got those names from the monument dedicating the Dor Chadash (New Generation) Children's Hospital at the Sha'arei Tzedeq Medical Center in Yerushalayim. They were the principle donors to build that children's hospital. The contribution must have been significant because the entire campus leading to the 4th floor entrance at Sha'arei Tzedeq is now named after the Kushners.

1/27/2017 3:02 AM  
Blogger EM Jerusalem said...

The Satan is gasping for breath trying to get in his last licks by roaring louder than ever. He is dying and fighting for dear life and like a very sore loser, he wants to take as many people down with him as possible. The media is the Satan's roaring mouthpiece and the media is gaslighting America, not Donald Trump. I think, this is the real war of emuna. Not to be sucked into the blaring headlines and spin.

There is so much good! All of this is shaking out the wheat from the chaf and it is truly exciting.

Finally an average Joe with some sense!


1/27/2017 9:48 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Big Joe or Average Joe is 100% right about Margaret Sanger and the founding principles of Planned Parenthood. She was a virulent racist and eugenicist. I noticed this interview was on Milo's Facebook page. I just discovered that Milo's mother's mother was a Jew.

1/27/2017 10:10 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I saw this comment from Rahel on Geulah Watch, and I sensed pure Emeth in these words:

Rabbi Mendel Kessin said today (paraphrased): On the Creation calendar, we are at the equivalent of Friday early afternoon. Only a few hours until sundown. As it is written about that time, it says "In the evening, there was light." When did Trump's inauguration take place? Friday mid-day. Furthermore, what parasha was being read? Shemot. The parasha of the beginning of Redemption. Trump is the moshiach to m'taher Edom. He may not be conscious of it, but he's ushering in the time for the appearance of our Moshiach ben David.

Friday at noon. Yep, it was Friday at noon. Not every Jan. 20th inauguration falls out on a Friday. I think the exact time on the Cosmic Clock is now 12:37 and about 55 seconds. Was anyone watching their clock in the US to take note when he took the oath of office? It was Shabbat here. So for us there is no way of knowing.

1/27/2017 12:51 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Oh boy, to really do that calculation justice, one has to figure out astronomically precisely when high noon was in Washington DC on January 20th (anywhere between 11:30am and 12:30pm), and then one has to squeeze all 12 daylight hours into the hours of daylight in Washington on that particular mid-winter day. A halakhic hour is the total hours of daylight on any particular day divided by 12. In the winter time those halakhic hours are much shorter than they are in the summer. Anyway, time is short on these short Friday afternoons because those hours are so much shorter. And high noon here in Israel standard time is around 11:30 am since we are at the eastern edge of our time zone. Shabbat Shalom!

1/27/2017 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just would like to say something about the Kabbalah Centre that everyone seems to want to trash. (I am not even sure how it got mixed in here but...) There is good and bad in everything and I find it sad when I read articles that just trash and make the place into something horribly evil. It's not an evil place, it is a distorted place. It started with the best of intentions and fell apart, I believe, because it lost it's footing due to not staying machmir in halacha. This and mixing pop culture and liberalism with orthodox Judaism. You can't have a foot in both worlds and think it won't bring you down. You can't hang out with celebrities and go to their parties and run after their treif lifestyles and still hold onto to Torah shtark. You will become one of them. The celebrity culture is a seductress, she is a modern day idol that so many worship. I know the KC personally very well and I know that over the years it has fallen very hard, but it has also changed many peoples lives for the good. I have always said that for the people that are there it is good because most of them would otherwise never touch "religion" because it's too square. (I am talking about the average student not the wealthy ones that are being groomed for large donations.) Most people do elevate themselves and learn important spiritual principles there, such as taking personal responsibility as well as truly believing in a Creator. It's serving a certain niche and for that niche it works. It's taking the some of the lowest sparks and elevating them, if only a little bit. I know many people that were on a very dark path that completely turned their lives around from learning there.

I agree that continuing to present itself with anything to do with Judaism, such as having a name like "Kabbalah" Centre, after davka removing references to Judiasm in order to please its clientele and bending halacha to serve its own agenda is a chilul Hashem and real a shame.

1/27/2017 1:45 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

anonymous @1:45 p.m., On the one hand I hear you about chilul aspects that the KC engages in. On the other hand, I'm not sure about the part that it helps people. Why? On one hand that it helps people to "take personal responsibility as well as believing in a creator" can be a good thing, but which "creator" are they believing in?
Once again, on the one hand I hear you that there "were many people on a very dark path who completely turned their lives around from learning there." On the other hand, does this mean that this particular benefit outweighs the negative? Is it viewed separately?
It's definitely a question. I included an article link below as I thought it interesting I also teach a student whom I encouraged to leave the KC 6 years ago.
Dov, what is your opinion on something like this? Does the benefit mentioned here outweigh the other negative stuff?

The first page of this article mentions Madonna walking in with her Catholic cross and her beliefs etc. It just seems (to me) that even though there are people who have turned their lives around while learning at the center, I'm just not sold that it is positive. I can't shake the chilul/ avodah zorah potential here...
What do you think, Dov?

Shabbat shalom.

1/27/2017 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know that Israel is not serious about incorporating Yehuda and Shomron into the State? Just look at the stupid way they put the cart before the horse. The regulation law will likely be overturned by the Supreme Court. The missing piece is the Levi Report. As long as the courts can say that the Arabs have a legal right, even if they can't prove it, the regulation law will be thrown out. The Levi Report explains why the Arabs do not have any rights to lands that they lack a deed too. So recognition of the Levi Report must be passed first.

1/30/2017 3:11 AM  
Blogger LondonMale said...

The New York Times stated "Mr. Trump took the 35-word oath administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. precisely at noon. Michael Richard Pence, a former governor and congressman from Indiana, was sworn in minutes before as vice president by Justice Clarence Thomas."

I have no idea whether the Kabbalah Centre started off with the right intentions and applications.
But I do know that any place which currently sells a little piece of red string for NIS 87.82 / £18.50 / US$23.29 is no place that I want any connection with.
I might as well wear a loop of Taffy round my wrist. At least I can munch on it if I get hungry.

And besides, I can go to John Lewis (a British department store, not connected to the American Democrat politician) and buy 100 metres of the stuff for a tenth of the price. Matter of fact, I might just do that. Set up a stall outside the Kabbalah Centre, sell red wrist strings for half the price they do, and use the money for my retirement fund!

1/30/2017 3:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only goes to show how Bibi is playing games. He wants to benefit from passing the Regulation Law while knowing the courts will throw it out.

Statement from Liberman: Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said his party would support Regulation Law but he is "100% certain" that Supreme Court will disqualify it.

The reason is simple. The courts will view the situation based on the Sasson Report and the military status of the territories. What is needed is to change all that. The first step is to replace the Sasson Report with the Levi Report. Than cancel the military status of area C. Only than would the Regulation Law have meaning.

1/30/2017 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

Is Trump backing down from the embassy move?

The gematriah of Trump’s name points to one of his traits that has been especially problematic. 424 is the equivalent of כְּמוֹ-נָחָשׁ (like a SNAKE), which is a referred to in Psalms.

“They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; vipers’ venom is under their lips”. (Tehillim 140:4)

1/31/2017 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

Jews in the Trump administration, in power positions in Galus - not good for Jews in general, as specifically for Jews in Eretz Yisroel. First example

Jewish aide wrote White House Holocaust statement

1/31/2017 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Jew in the Administration - Trump Advisor Stephen Miller, The Architect Of The Muslim Ban

Trump picked another firebrand in Jewish top advisor Stephen Miller. Miller helped develop Trump’s policies on his vision for defeating Islamic extremism, sharpening his plan to suspend immigration and visa issuance from nations struggling especially with terrorism.

Not good for Jews and for Eretz Yisrael!

1/31/2017 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

What if Donald Trump Ends Up a Trojan Horse for Israel?

...Then, one day, President Donald Trump (or Jared Kushner, Trump’s property tycoon son-in-law that he’s certain will broker the world’s most intractable religiopolitical conflict) simply changes his mind about the whole Israel thing...

1/31/2017 12:12 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

Meir, that aide is the daughter of Holocaust Survivors!
I believe Trump didn’t want to overdo the “Jewish” thing. He’s picking up on anti-semitism in the leftist insane public. I could be wrong, but its not what the ‘other side’ is saying it is.

1/31/2017 8:22 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

A heads up: The Houthis in Yemen just shot at a Saudi frigate near the Strait of Mandeb about two days ago AFTER Iran was amongst seven countries whose citizens were banned from traveling to the United States for 90 days until the new Sec of State comes up with rules for extreme vetting of visitors and potential immigrants seeking entrance Visas. Apparently Iran is insulted to the point of shooting off a medium range missile in a missile test which exploded about 600 miles away from being shot in violation of UN Sec Council resolutions 2231 limiting such tests after the nuclear agreement with Iran was signed. Curiously, visitors from Saudi Arabia were excluded from the ban on migration from those seven Muslim majority countries. So Trump has seen fit to "favor" the Saudis in the Persian Gulf against the "terrorist" Iranians, and the Persians are of course insulted. And of course there have been consultations about Iran's encroachment onto the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen with the Saudi king Salman. Apparently now, the Houthi attack on a Saudi frigate was actually an attack on an American warship!

None of this should be of surprise for readers of this blog who know that the Third and Final Prophetic blast of the Shofar of Mashiach would start with a war between Persia and Edom that would start off the shores of Teiman (Yemen) AFTER the king of Arabia held consultations with the new King of Edom.

1/31/2017 8:23 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Some quotes of note from the Foxnews story about the attack on the Saudi frigate which apparently was yesterday and not two days ago as stated in the Comment above.

The Iranian-backed suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials told Fox News.

The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile.

But based on new analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence officials now believe this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel.

In the audio heard on the video, a voice narrating the attack shouts in Arabic, "Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to the Jews."

So originally, the US intelligence thought at the Iranian backed Houthi rebels had shot a missile, but now it appears to have been a ramming of the Saudi frigate followed by the bombing of a suicide bomber, yelling Death to America, Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Hmmm. He is ramming a Saudi ship and yelling Death to America, Israel, and the Jews!

U.S. defense analysts believe those behind the attack either thought the bomber was striking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole, according to one official.

The attack, near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, occurred in the same area where U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October.

1/31/2017 8:35 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

And of course, this was preceded by the perfunctory meeting between The King of Arabia and the King of Edom about the King of Persia's encroachment on the Arabian Peninsula.

This latest incident came a day after President Trump spoke by phone with the Saudi King to discuss setting up safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen. Senior U.S. defense officials who spoke with Fox News say they're concerned by this latest incident, but are confident American warships can defend themselves.

1/31/2017 8:39 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Again these are all "heads up". Back to our regularly scheduled program. Nothing happening here. Move along.

Just remember, if you want to destroy the Israeli Supreme Court's iron fist against Jews who live in places that they deem belong to absentee Arabs (whom no one has really met) with magic deeds to property on massive tracts of land given to them by King Hussein in the 1960s, pray for the paradigm to wildly shift elsewhere destroying the Olam HaZeh and World of Lies that has not been so favorable to our reaching our national destiny.

1/31/2017 8:47 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Plus I have a minor correction. The new wing of Sha'arei Tzedeq Hospital is actually called the Dor HaBa Children's Hospital in the Binyan Chadash. A better translation of Dor HaBa is of course the Next Generation or the Coming Generation Children's Hospital in the New Building.

1/31/2017 8:51 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Neshama: Boris Epshteyn who had close relatives who died in the Shoah wrote Trump's ill-fated International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement. So much for this message being some anti-Semitic composition by some alt-right fascist. This is a non-story..... except that Trump needs to somehow add polish to his actions to prevent people with nothing else to do from interpreting his actions and statements falsely.

1/31/2017 9:01 PM  
Blogger Neshama said...

I read somewhere that it was a woman who wrote the statement. But I defer to your research expertise. Who is this Epshteyn? What are his affiliations?

1/31/2017 9:54 PM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Neshamah: It is all in that posted link. Link

1/31/2017 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

I noticed that the link was missing

Meir M. said...

What if Donald Trump Ends Up a Trojan Horse for Israel?

...Then, one day, President Donald Trump (or Jared Kushner, Trump’s property tycoon son-in-law that he’s certain will broker the world’s most intractable religiopolitical conflict) simply changes his mind about the whole Israel thing...

1/31/2017 12:12 PM

2/01/2017 4:10 AM  
Blogger Devorah said...

Meir M: Listen to Tamar Yonah interview RAbbi Kessin, and all these negative speculations fall by the wayside. Hashem is controlling Trump, nothing to worry about. It's all going the way it's supposed to go and no-one can stop it.

2/01/2017 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

Devorah said...

Devorah, H' is controlling everything. We are reminded of His Power and Presence in this week's parsha. However, He also gave us free choice hence Trump too has free choice. This blog is about the End of Days. We must come to it and Trump's action may or may not moderate the unfolding of events.

More and more Jews in the US are turning against Trump and for the prophecies to be fulfilled either Trump must "change his mind" about Israel or he will be toppled. So the issue of Trojan Horse for Israel is indeed very real.

2/01/2017 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Meir M. said...

Jews against Trump

Yeshiva University will not assist immigration officials without warrant

2/01/2017 5:54 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I hope and pray that Devorah is correct. We should plead before G-d that she is correct, but if Donald Trump is Esav before the Cheit of murder, idolatry, and adultery which he committed when he was 15 years old, like Esav at age 13 and 14, he could turn either way. I accepted this possibility in my posts on this subject about the Oholibamah Effect. We really don't know for sure yet. The path of choosing Good has been prepared for him with his daughter becoming the Yehudit (who was actually Oholibamah) that he introduced to his parents when he was 40 years old. Both Ya'el and Yehudit one thousand years apart from each other killed the respective enemy generals with milk products and wine. Ya'el, Ivanka's chosen name, killed Sisera after putting him to sleep with a tent stake through the temples. Ya'el was a descendant of Yithro. It is not clear if the descendants of Yithro ever converted to Judaism, but as Moshe and Yithro agreed, the descendants of Yithro did become our most loyal allies throughout world history. Who was Yehudit? Well this story revolving around Chanukah should jog our memories of why women participate in the positive commandment of lighting Chanukah candles and why some make it a point to eat milk products during Chanukah.

Here is the important passages and the prayer of Yehudit from this story:
That evening, when Yehudit entered Holofernes’s (the Greek General's) tent, the table was laden with various delicacies. The general was delighted to welcome her, and bade her partake of the feast. But Yehudit told him she had brought her own food and wine that she had prepared especially for that occasion.

“My goat cheese is famous in all of Bethulia,” Yehudit said. “I’m sure you’ll like it, General.”

He did. And he also liked the strong, undiluted wine she had brought. She fed him the cheese, chunk after chunk, and he washed it down with wine. Before long he was sprawled on the ground, dead drunk.

Yehudit propped a pillow under his head and rolled him over on his face. Then she uttered a silent prayer.

“Answer me, O L‑rd, as You answered Yael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, when you delivered the wicked general Sisera into her hands. Strengthen me this once, that I may bring Your deliverance to my people whom this cruel man vowed to destroy, and let the nations know that You have not forsaken us .

So from this we see that Ya'el Kushner IS that "Yehudit" that Esav introduced to his parents

2/01/2017 6:23 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

So just for clarification, the milk products (salty cheese) and wine put Holofernes to sleep. The text of Shoftim only mentions that Ya'el fed Sisera milk when he entered her tent, but the "Micky Finn effect" of milk works best with alcohol to cause intense drowsiness. Ya'el then killed Sisera with a tent stake through his temples. Yehudit did not bother with a tent stake. She used Holofernes's own sword to decapitate him! But the previous sentence above in my previous comment should have read:

Both Ya'el and Yehudit, one thousand years apart from each other, killed their respective enemy generals with milk products and also wine in the case of Yehudit. Ya'el, Ivanka's chosen name, killed Sisera, after putting him to sleep with milk, with a tent stake through the temples.

This is important information to be used to understand my next post about Tzarfat. I don't want to mention this in the next post because some things should remain hidden as this final redemption unfolds.

2/01/2017 6:51 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I can't deal with the Amona eviction at this time. It is the Supreme Court's attempt to instate and reinstate the Old Order by showing that they can destroy whom they hate. At this juncture, I don't see it as a Geulah event but as an attempt to prevent it. Plus my son is there. I pray that he is safe. Instead I am concentrating on my next post.

If you want to comment about the eviction, please do so.

2/01/2017 7:08 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

This next post about Tzarfat has a rigorous degree of difficulty. I just posted it. Move conversations over to the new post. I pray that it is not too difficult.

2/01/2017 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was and I have cell phone video proof. 12:02:02 when Roberts said congratulations Mr. President and shook his hand. Long after the Noon deadline. Read this.

2/02/2017 11:50 PM  

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