The authorities, both State and Federal, are quick to say that the ISIS claim of responsibility is false.
The satanic Paddock killed 59 and wounded 527; some are still fighting for their life. The media says that he was using souped-up semi-automatic weapons. That's ridiculous. Even the best military semi-automatic would "spill its barrel" (melt-down) if it fired the type of spurts that Paddock fired. He was using full-automatic, deadly accurate weapons. He was killing people at a range of several hundred meters. He fired at least 1500 rounds, closer to 2,000, and not a few hundred as much of the media claims. Gunfire came from two separate rooms (see above photo), which the media and the authorities are trying to tell us are adjoining. I don't buy into that. As I wrote yesterday, Paddock had the firepower of an entire infantry squad. He was not just some weirdo. He was well-trained. By whom? There's a massive chain of ISIS sleeper cells and training camps in America's own backyard. Someone trained Paddock really well. And that same someone helped him carry out his massacre.
Both the US authorities and the leftist media want to maintain their non-emuna political correctness. They pin it once more on the "lone wolf" and bury the file. They tell America to light candles and recite poems, but there's no need to change. Anyone with the slightest infantry experience knows that a John Rambo or American Sniper would have had difficulty doing what Paddock allegedly did by himself. How did he run from room to room so fast? How did he change weapons so fast? How did he replenish ammo so fast? Where did he get the stamina to run from room to room, reload, fire, break windows and all the rest? Who says suicide? Maybe the accomplice shot him and fled, leaving the dead Paddock to hold the bag? America is seeing a massive coverup that will even outdo the JFK murder, Watergate and Benghazi. Why?
America doesn't want to change. They don't want to smell the coffee.
Remember what we wrote here before the solar eclipse in the USA? In a Shout From Above, we begged America to come back to Hashem. Even the Jews laughed at us. So what happened since then, in a mere six weeks? The entire USA west coast suffered massive forest fires. The South and Southeast suffered the unprecedented damages of the three infamous hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico and most of the Caribbean are totaled. Business as usual? People lit candles and donated blankets. There wasn't a word about returning to Hashem. So what happened? America got the worst gunfire massacre of its history in Las Vegas. And, it looks like the denial is still going strong with everything being swept under the rug. It's not conspiracies than concern us, it's the deadly denial.
Our sages say that Hashem warned Sodom and surrounding cities for 25 years before He destroyed them. The Sodomites denied Hashem and ignored His wake-up calls. Contrastingly. when Hashem sent the prophet Jonah to warn Nineveh (then the capital of Babylon, today's Iraq) that the are about to be imminently destroyed because of their wickedness, the King of Nineveh immediately cast off his royal garments and donned the burlap sack of an ostracized sinner, made sincere penitence and ordered his entire kingdom to follow suit (see Book of Jonah). Nineveh was saved.
What's the difference between Nineveh and Sodom? The Radak explains that the sailors who were aboard ship with Jonah during the tempest at sea came from Nineveh. They told the King of Nineveh about the miracles that they saw and how Jonah and his G-d are the real deal. Unlike Sodom and Gemorrah who denied, the king and kingdom of Nineveh heeded and were saved.
Yesterday, Rabbi Shalom Arush, the tzaddik who Hashem has chosen to spread emuna around the globe in all languages and to all people, said that we must urgently strengthen ourselves in emuna and spread emuna as far and as fast as we can. Like one of the sailors from Nineveh, I know Rabbi Arush intimately. I've had the privilege of doing rabbinical internship under some of the greats of this past generation and the current generation. I cast my lot with Rabbi Arush, because the future of the entire world depends on him. He's the real deal and I can't even begin to tell about his far-sighted spiritual vision. No one who ever heeded him lost out.
What does Rabbi Arush's call to strengthen emuna mean? Neither Rabbi Shalom nor I - his longtime student and English-language mouthpiece - are asking anyone to change their appearance. Men, we're not telling you to grow beards, sidecurls or wear long coats. Women, we're not telling you to wear wigs or scarves, or to cover your hair at all. We're not telling anyone to join a synagogue or even go to a synagogue. We don't ask our esteemed non-Jewish friends to convert. We're not talking about religion or any religious agenda. We're only talking about emuna, genuine faith in the Almighty Creator. He wants us to return to Him, to teach our children about Him, to acknowledge Him and to thank Him. He wants us to uphold the Ten Commandments. He doesn't want us to live in wanton societies that turn what He calls abominations into political correctness and law of the land.
I don't want to see America, or any other country in the world, suffer. Let's put an end to suffering. Every person who strengthens him/herself in emuna is capable of the tipping the scales of stern judgment into total mercy. My sincerest blessings for a happy holiday and all your hearts wishes for the very best.