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Europe Died in Auschwitz

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In light of current events, the following essay - written in 2004 by a Spaniard using the pen-name of Sebastián Vilar Rodrigez - is especially timely. It tells a truth that few people want to hear:

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz.

We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.

These are the people we burned. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naïve hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

If you don't think that the USA is already making the same mistake, see this from ABC News.


The National Wave of Terror

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Above image, credit AFP via Jerusalem Post: Malchei Yisrael Street in Geula, Jerusalem, scene of one of Tuesday's heinous terrorist attacks where Rabbi Shaya Krishevsky Hy"d was brutally murdered

I have been in Israel for 45 years and I don't remember a security crisis like the present. Even during the wars of 1973 and 1982, families of soldiers were under pressure but there was no fighting in the streets of Israel. As far as the rocket attacks we get in the south of Israel, you get a warning siren and 30 seconds to run for cover. But, when a terrorist attacks from behind on a crowded street with a knife, there's no siren and no time - one must react in less than a second.

There have been terrible, excruciatingly painful terrorist atrocities in our recent history. Yet, there has never been a situation where people all over the country feel the tension.

Yesterday (Tuesday) was a rough day. The 5 terrorist hits were all perpetrated by Arabs with Israeli IDs, those who received good salaries from Jewish employers, such as the cursed Alaa Abu Jamal who worked for the Bezeq phone company and killed our beloved friend Rabbi Yeshayahu (Shaya) Krishevsky, 59, a Pinsk-Karliner Chassid, a Torah scholar and the nicest most gentle person you'd ever want to meet. I don't want to be too graphic, but Abu Jamal split Shaya's skull open with an ax. Words cannot express such barbarians. Yesterday here on the Beams, we gave you a glimpse of their spiritual leaders (sic) who incite them.

We must do our hishtadlut (effort) to protect ourselves. Those who have weapons and know how to use them should carry them. Learn the basics of how to protect yourself against different types of knife attacks and increase peripheral awareness while walking down the street. Try to anticipate trouble before it happens.

This is probably the hardest national test of emuna yet, for the enemy is within our midst. Yet despite the losses, big miracles have been happening also. We must be strong and know that Hashem is with us, and nothing provides the inner strength that emuna does. Spreading emuna is therefore critical at this time; so is Jewish unity. We must put all the petty differences and intramural bickering aside, immediately.

The root treatment to terror is prayer, teshuva and like we said - emuna. G-d willing, I'll elaborate much more on my shiur and broadcast this evening. One thing is sure - everything comes from Hashem and it's all for the best. Our current wave of troubles is definitely paving the way to Moshiach and Geula. By the way, the neighborhood where Shay Krishevsky was so brutally martyred yesterday is Geula - that's where we're heading, soon, amen!

Breaking the Blade

Breaking the Blade
The war used to be on our borders. Yet today, Islamic terror plagues our entire country. What's more, because of the Islamic Movement inside Israel joining forces with Hamas in Gaza, Israeli Arabs are now participating in terrorist acts together with there brothers in Gaza and in the so-called Palestinian Authority (PA). What is behind all this terrorist violence that has spread all over Israel in recent days? Why are all Jews affected? What's Hashem's message and what can we do to solve the problem? Find answers to all these probing questions in today's emuna shiur and live broadcast, which is a must-see...  

"Breaking the Blade," today's emuna shiur and broadcast will take place this evening (Wednesday), G-d willing, at 7:00 PM local time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it on this coming week on Lazer Beams.

The Religion of Peace?

"Islam is a religion that preaches peace..." (Barack Obama, President of the USA, UN Speech, Sept., 2014).

Is that so, Mr. President? Have you attended mosque services in Gaza lately? Thanks to our esteemed friends at MEMRI, we get a glimpse of an Islamic spiritual leader, "Abu Rajab", from the Al-Abrar Mosque in Rafah, Gaza brandishing a dagger during his sermon and inciting his listeners wherever they are to go and murder Jews. This video is not for the faint of heart. But don't worry, our shiur tomorrow, G-d willing, will address current events and explain how to disarm the Abu Rajabs of the world.

Look with your own eyes and listen with your own ears to what's being said less than an hour's drive from my home in the south of Israel. See this and ponder if Israel can ever make peace with such barbarism. Here's a taste of reality from this past Friday:

Rabbi Yoram Abergel, of saintly and blessed memory

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Breslev Israel, Emuna Outreach and the Beams grieve from the loss of an enormous tzaddik, Rabbi Yoram Abergel osb"m, who returned his holy soul to Hashem earlier today on Shabbat afternoon. At the time of this writing (10;30 PM Israel, Saturday night), the funeral procession is about to begin in Netivot, in the south of Israel, where Rabbi Abergel lived.

Rabbi Yoram was the head of the "Rav Pa'alim" Institutions, a huge network of Torah learning all across Israel. He had thousands of students, many of whom he personally brought in to observant Judaism.

He was not only a tremendous scholar and Kabbalist, but he cared tremendously about each human being and did tremendous loving-kindnesses for widows, orphans and the needy. He always had a smile on his face.

This is an irreplaceable  loss for the Jewish People at a difficult time, when we need the merit of our righteous spiritual leaders. Maybe Rabbi Yoram plead in our behalf at the Heavenly throne, and may we soon see Moshiach and the full redemption of our people, amen.

Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, of saintly and martyred memory

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Above image: On the way to the Henkin funeral procession with lulav in hand, this morning (Friday, Oct. 2), Jerusalem

All of Israel mourns last night's tragic and despicably evil murder of two holy martyrs, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, Hy"d, a couple in their thirties from the village of Neria in Samaria. Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4-months, were in the car when drive-by terrorists affiliated with Abbas's Fatah party shot their parents at close range with automatic weapons. Although their bodies are unscathed, who can fathom the scars on the children's souls from witnessing their parents being shot to death. May Hashem avenge the blood of this holy couple, who represented everything beautiful about the Land of Israel and its finest people, and may Hashem comfort the orphans and raise them in health of body and soul.

Terror attacks and violence are nothing new here, but this incident is jolting the people of Israel to the core of their souls. Such indescribable pain comes at the time of the year's greatest joy, Chol Hamoed Succoth. Undoubtedly, since we lack our Holy Temple and ritual sacrifices, the martyred Henkin couple are the two unblemished sacrifices that Hashem has chosen to atone for the Jewish People.

With eyes of emuna, what message can we discern? What is Hashem telling us?

The message is twofold: first, Hashem is reminding all of us, in case we have forgotten, Heaven forbid, that we are Jews. When we forget that fact and pursue all types of anti-Torah lifestyles, our enemies remind us who we really are. Therefore, in loving memory of Eitam and Naama hy"d, each one of us must strengthen his or her relationship with Hashem by reinforcing emuna and more careful observance of Torah, especially here in the Land of Israel, which does not tolerate unholiness. Second, we must trust completely in Hashem and not lean on the wobbly reed of so-called foreign allies who are systematically selling us out. This means doing what we must do without bowing to any foreign dictates, no matter what, including declaring Israeli sovereignty over all the Land of Israel, period.

The Torah says that when the Name of Hashem is upon you, your enemies fear you. This is the deterrence that the IDF needs. A proper government response to Abbas and his Fatah terrorist would be to build two new cities in Judea and Samaria, and call them "Eitam" and "Naama".

One might ask, "How can I dance on Simchat Torah with such a heavy heart and with the tears of four fresh orphans?" Eitam and Naama are dancing for us in the highest Heavenly realm, in the Hall of the Holy Martyrs. It's only proper that we should dance for them down here. Shabbat Shalom, moadim l'simcha, and may we see Moshiach soon, amen!

Beams Bulletin: Rocket Attacks on Ashdod

Israel, 22:50 - The holiday atmosphere here was rudely interrupted with the Red Alert sirens chasing everyone to the bomb shelters. The Iron Dome missile defense system battery stationed near here thwarted the two missile attacks. We were taken by surprise for in recent weeks, things have been calm in the south of Israel. If anything, there's tension in the north with Russia now openly operating in Syria, helping Assad and his allies Iran and Hizbulla, a situation that could easily turn into a confrontation with Israel.

Right now, I'm reassuming my battle station - right here in the Brody succa. Moadim l'simcha - happy holiday!