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Breaking: Syrian Chemical Weapons Facility Attacked

This morning, unidentified warplanes attacked a Syrian chemical weapons development facility in Masyaf, in Hama Province. Although it is not clear how much damage has been done, the facility has been neutralized.

According to Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, two facilities were hit - a scientific research center and a nearby military base where short-range surface-to-surface missiles are stored. 

As you read on Lazer Beams and Emuna News 2 weeks ago, our intel sources were well aware that the "research center" was a factory for doomsday weapons and the "missile-storage base" was a cener for manufacturing missiles that were meant for Hezbulla's use against Israel.

Syria is accusing Israel of the pre-dawn attack and so far, the IDF has not confirmed or denied the report.

Michael Horowitz, Director of Intelligence at Prime Source, a Middle East-based geopolitical consultancy firm, told The Jerusalem Post that this Israeli strike is significant due to its location which is close to both a Russian air defense base as well a suspected Iranian missile production facility. 

Reuters quotes Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, who said, “The factory that was targeted in Masyaf produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians.”

In any event, this was a daring strike and it brings Iran-Syrian-Hizbulla vs. Israel tension up a considerable ratchet. This is further manifestation of the Midrash's prophecy that (Yalkut Shimoni, Isaiah, 60:499), "In the year in which the Messiah-King appears, all the nations of the world are provoking each other.


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Mordechai Lewis

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Billy Washburn

Rabbi Brody, I have been so blessed by the teachings of Tanya and Rabbi Arush. My marriage has improved so much since I've been studying. I would like to pass on what I have learned to the members of our very small assembly during this חג הסוכות. I am having trouble condensing the wealth of information from Shalom Arush's book, "The Universal Garden of Emunah ". Do you have any advice that might help. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. My hope is to spark enough interest in the book that they will read it for themselves. Every one of the members in our congregation needs to read this book.


Hi Billy, it's Racheli. I couldn't help but reply to your comment. You should read The Garden of Gratitude, which in my opinion is Rav Arush's best book ever! Basically, emuna means that you believe everything Hashem does is for your best. However, there is something you need to do in order to really internalize emuna and not just keep it at the intellectual level. That something can be summed up in two words: THANK YOU. Expressing gratitude to Hashem for everything in our lives, not just the obvious blessings, works wonders in opening our eyes to His Divine wisdom and creating a close connection with Him. Hope this helps! Shabbat Shalom!

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