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Moses's Rock, Miriam's Well, the 3 Weeks and the Recent Earthquakes

Epicenter Earthquakes July 2018

Miriam's Well July 9 2018
For years, veteran Galilee fisherman have known that there's a small area northeast of Tiberias that you avoid; it's dangerous and it has very strong undercurrents.

For years, experts have been baffled how so many experienced swimmers have drowned in the Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee, which by Swiss or American standards, would be no more than a medium-to-small-size docile lake whose waves at their choppiest barely reach a foot tall.

Since the 4th of July a week ago, there have been over a dozen earthquakes in Israel. Nine felt earthquakes, those 3.0 on the Richter scale and higher, have been smack in the middle of the Kinneret, all revolving around the earthquake epicenter (see above graphics), which is the exact place of the great Syrian-African Rift that separates between Asia and Africa. This is also a potential center of volcanic activity, as bear witness all the volcanic rock that surrounds Kinneret. In fact, the old houses in Tiberias, Capernaum and all around the Sea of Galilee are built of that familiar black volcanic rock.

All week long, I've been asking myself what the message Hashem is conveying by way of the earthquakes. This has been in my prayers as well.

This morning, after Shacharit prayers, I had a strange urge to run home and open up a Chumash. I did, and my Book of Numbers opened up to Chapter 20, that tells about Moses hitting the rock to elicit water in the desert instead of talking to the rock. The holy Ramban (Nachmanides) says that this rock was Miriam's Well that accompanied the Jewish People for forty years in the desert. Rashi, in his elaboration of the Gemara in Pesachim 54a agrees with the Ramban and says that the rock Moses hit was Miriam's well. Comes along the Yerushalmi Gemara, tractate Ketubot 67a, and tells us that after the Jewish People came into the Land of Israel, Hashem deposited and concealed Miriam's well in Kinneret, off the coast of Tiberias. This fact was later substantiated by the holy Ariza'l and his prime disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital.

So you see, Moses didn't have to hit the rock. The rock, inasmuch as it was Miriam's well, was ready to flow forth with sufficient water to quench the thirst of an entire nation, if he would only have spoken to it as Hashem requested. 

Hold it - this is getting much more exciting. The same rock that provided water for all the Jewish People for forty years in the desert became the rock that Moses was punished for. If you look at Rashi's commentary on Numbers Ch. 21, verses 15-16, you'll see that the same benevolent rock not only triggered an earthquake that led to the death of the Amorites who hid in the mountain crevices waiting to ambush the Jewish People on their way to Israel. Not only did the rock trigger the tremor, but its water later washed up the remains of the Amorites to show the Jews the miracle that Hashem did for them.

We see an amazing principle fact here: the rock, which is also Miriam's well, can be a source of life or a source of destruction.

It can be a source of abundance, of healing waters, or the epicenter of destructive earthquakes. 

What does all this have to do with the Three Weeks? The Yerushalmi Gemara in Berachot 64a says that Elijah the Prophet told Rabbi Nehorai that when Hashem gazes down at earth and sees all the plush stadiums and theaters, yet His Holy Temple is still destroyed, His roar causes earthquakes. That same Gemara lists two other causes of earthquakes - failure to give sufficient charity and homosexuality. The Babylonian Talmud in Berachot 59a gives a slightly different reason, but also connected to the Three Weeks: when Hashem sees that His children are still dispersed among the nations, He sheds two tears in the sea and this causes earthquakes.

No wonder we read the Torah portion of Chukat, which talks about Miriam's well and Moses with the rock, a week before the 17th of Tammuz and the start of the Three Weeks. No wonder the string of earthquakes, which has the whole north of Israel losing sleep at night, began with the Three Weeks.

Meanwhile, the south of Israel is still burning. Rather than making emuna and teshuva a national priority, our Nero-like leaders, rather than taking the earthquakes and the chance of a "big one" on the way as experts are warning, they're worried about sending an Israeli spacecraft to the moon. I truly wish I were joking, but I'm not.

Would you rather wait for Ezekiel's prophecy to manifest itself? "For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel" (Ezekiel 38:19).

I can only imagine the boo-hoo and bellyaching that this post will elicit, but that's too bad. People argue with Emuna News because it bursts the bubble of their comfort zone, while Torah, emuna and teshuva take a second place (or no place at all) to chatrooms and social media. But, you're not arguing with me, incredulous brothers and skeptical sisters: I've listed all my sources above. All I did here was to connect the dots. Go argue with our sages - Elijah the Prophet, Ezekiel the Prophet, Rebbe Yochanan, Rava, Rav Ashi, Rabina, Rashi, the Ramban and the Ariza'l, and that's not all...

Guess what will happen when Moshiach will come and reveal the exact place of Miriam's well: people with an incurable and terminal diseases will immerse themselves in its waters (one source says a mere sprinkle will suffice) and emerge with perfect health. Even the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch, Rama, Orach Chaim 299:10) mentions the healing powers of Miriam's well.

So what do we prefer, the lust and folly of this world together with earthquakes, or emuna and teshuva with the abundance of Miriam's well? Hashem is showing us that the choice is ours; He of course commands us and wants us to make the right choice (see Deuteronomy 30:19).

One Person to the Rescue

The Torah tells us how the acts of one person, who many people ridiculed, belittled and disparaged, saved the entire Jewish People. If he could, then every person alive today is ingrained with this same power…

The 26-minute vid you're about to see is the replay of this week's live broadcast, which Hashem turned into one of the most powerful broadcasts I ever did. You'll hear about how the suicide of a lone Jewish inmate in a rough Texas state penitentiary was prevented. You'll meet a former Golani sergeant who'll tell you in his own words how someone saved his life and the life of buddies on the Gaza border. This is an absolute must-see:

Can you imagine the reward in Heaven - and one earth - from saving lives? Unfathomable! You can be one of them. Now you can understand why Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a says that there is no tzedakah - no form of charity on earth that can compare to Emuna Outreach. You too can be one of these heroes who saves lives! Donate to Emuna Outreach - you'll be glad you did!

The Kite and Balloon Terror from Gaza: Beware of your Backyard

Kite and Balloon Terror
It doesn't take much explosives to create an anti-personnel mine that's strong enough to blow off a soldier's foot, boot and all, Heaven-forbid. The smallest US Army anti-personnel mine that we're familiar with is the US M14 mine, which uses one ounce (29 grams) of a deadly explosive known as tetryl. If you remove the battery, you can fit that much in the cavity of a pocket flashlight.

It shudders one to think of such a device - land mine/pocket flashlight - falling in a person's backyard. A zillion times Heaven-forbid that a child should step on such a monstrous thing.

Guess what - these demonic little death devices are the latest aerial regards from Gaza to the south of Israel. Just this morning, one landed 20km northeast of the Gaza border, carried by a balloon that caught a long ride from the prevailing wings (see chart above and image below).

As the summer broils on with progressively more dryness, heat and prevailing winds, the kite and balloon terror from Gaza is only getting worse. Israel's Government and Defense establishment, despite their multi-$billion high-tech resources, has found no solution. How is it that they are being outsmarted by chemistry and physics student-terrorists in Hamas high schools?

It's not the Gaza high-schoolers that are putting incendiary kites and explosive-device balloons together. It's Hashem. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said: "There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Hashem" (Proverbs 21:30). In other words, try all you want, but you can't outsmart Hashem.

Everyone has the right of choice to live their lives as they wish, behind closed doors. At any rate, we are all ultimately accountable - no one has ever circumvented Divine justice when the final whistle blows. But, the Israeli Government has no right to make trampling of the Torah official government policy, especially when the so-called democratic policies are called abominations by the Torah. Government-sanctioned trampling of the Sabbath and of our holy places, the mixed gender units in the army and the public officially-sanctioned displays of debauchery are not the way to appease the King in His holy palace of the Land of Israel.

The only effective fire-extinguisher and terror-neutralizer is teshuva. One can't make teshuva until he or she believes in Hashem and realizes, as the Rambam teaches us in the first of our Thirteen Principles of Faith, that everything is from Him. That's why Emuna must be our first national priority. My Hashem let a prevailing wind of emuna and teshuva blow all across Israel soon, amen!

Balloon explosive device


Blood Moon: Total Lunar Eclipse in Israel, July 27-28, 2018

Blood Moon July 2018
Here is exciting news that is closely related to the imminent Geula, Israel's full redemption, may it come soon and peacefully, amen:

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and Israel will be at the center of a total lunar eclipse, the longest of the century, which will take place on July 27-28, 2018, or 15-16 Av, 5778 on the Hebrew calendar. This is an amazing occurrence that coincides with Isaiah's prophecy, as follows:

When referring  to the Geula, the full and final redemption of the Jewish People, Isaiah the Prophet says in the Name of Hashem, "B'ito, In its time, achishena, I shall hasten it" (Isaiah 60:22). Rashi explains that if the Jews so merit, the Geula will be hastened; if they don't merit, it will come anyway in its appointed time. My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush explained to me that a "hastened" redemption will be a merciful and joyous redemption, whereas an "in its time" redemption is liable to be one of wars and strife, Heaven forbid. 

Succa 29a
The Gemara (photocopied, above) in tractate Succah 29a tells us that a Blood-moon lunar eclipse is not a good sign for Israel, especially when it is seen only here in the east and not in the west as the July 27-28 lunar eclipse will be. Yet, the Gemara in tractate Taanit 26b tells us that the 15th of Av (this year, Friday, July 27, 2018) is the best day of the year for the Jewish People. What's more, Saturday, July 28, 2018 is "Shabbat Nachamu" this year, the Sabbath of consolation, when Hashem consoles His people the Shabbat following the 9th of Av.

So what do we expect? Difficult tidings like the Gemara in tractate Succa tells us or good tidings like the Gemara in tractate Taanit tells us? The continuation of the Gemara in Succa answers that question and says: "When the Jews perform the will of Hashem, they need not worry about celestial omens. Thus says Hashem, 'Do not be frightened by the signs of the heavens' (Jeremiah 10:2)." 

If we all do teshuva the best we can and strengthen ourselves in emuna, then there won't be a thing to worry about. That's why it's so important to us to spread emuna as and as wide as we possibly can. There is an amazing Heavenly hint to this in the coming lunar eclipse, as I've circled in the graphic below - the total time of the upcoming eclipse, the longest of this century, will be 6 hours, 13 minutes - 613 is the exact number of the Torah's commandments. Coincidence? No such thing...

Blood Moon July 2018 map

To aid understanding, here's a clip, courtesy of our friends at the Times of India, which clearly explains the natural phenomenon of the coming lunar eclipse. Enjoy it, and may we all hear good news soon.

Kim, Trump, Singapore and Moshiach

A standing ovation for Hashem - what a miracle!

The Capella Hotel in the Sentosa resort area of Singapore? What an unbelievable place for today's historic meeting between North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. As my esteemed friend Rabbi Mordechai Abergel, the Head Rabbi of Singapore can attest, this was the exact place where Emuna Outreach held an emuna gathering for over 120 Noahides some six years ago in Singapore. Could it be that the emuna of the wonderful people there laid the foundation for a future miracle? Could be...

Only 18 days ago, President Trump himself cancelled the planned summit with North Korea. Now, contrary to what every single media outlet and commentator believed or predicted, it happened. Not only did it happen, but Kim and Trump came out with sincere respect for one another. Look at the photo above and the way they're looking at each other - facial gestures and body language don't lie.

Does anyone still doubt the prophecy, that, "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid-goat," (Isaiah 11:6)? Hashem is showing that it can happen, for whatever He decides will be, as King Solomon attests, "The king's heart is in the hand of Hashem; He tilts it to whatever side He desires" (Proverbs 21:1). Hashem decided that Kim and Trump should meet and hit it off so well.

This could lead directly to the peaceful coming of Moshiach, as Isaiah says in the continuation of the above-cited prophecy. That is, if the Jewish People wake up in teshuva and in emuna.

But, if the Jewish People, especially in Israel, continue in the nauseating path of government-sanctioned gay parades and anti-Jewish sentiment, particularly in the IDF where the very best officers don't get promoted if they're Torah-observant, then the Kim-Trump summit could be bad news for Israel. If Hashem so desires, Trump and the rest of the world himself could apply massive pressure to Israel, forcing it to too to denuclearize, saying, "If North Korea did, then so can you!"

Even if Kim and North Korea are sincere, and the starvation in North Korea has forced its leader to alter his path, Iran is happy to step in and fill the nuclear void.

So for us, fellow Jews, we're not out of the woods yet. Our future depends on the degree we strengthen ourselves in emuna, spread emuna and return to Hashem.

The Answer to Israel's Security

Kite Kids
Talk to any General in the IDF or to any senior security analyst outside of Israel and they'll both tell you that the next war in Israel - a biggie - is not a matter of if, but when. On the level of logic, military strategy and the current geopolitical map here in the Middle East, they are absolutely correct.

The IDF is preparing for war - it's no joke. They're taking into consideration that Iran will coordinate both Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south and that the conflict will be a nasty, multi-front challenge with an acute threat to our civilian population, Heaven forbid. And, as we've seen in real-time conflict, our best and most sophisticated anti-missile systems are not fool-proof, to say the least.

As you can see in the image above, Israel's most sophisticated weapons systems don't give all the answers. The Sitra Achra, the "other side" is always coming up with sinister new and unexpected surprises. As we wrote last week, and as the fires in he south are still raging as of this writing, the incendiary kites are doing tons of damage that will require decades to repair.

So what's the answer to Israel's security? What's the message that Hashem is conveying to us, when our brains and military might fail to protect us and our beloved homeland?

Hashem wants us to turn to Him, for only He can protect us, our beloved homeland and our people wherever they are. You don't have to go up north to the Lebanon border to see Hezbollah - you can see them in the streets of London.

My beloved and esteemed teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a says that we can both stop the next war in Israel and protect our families overseas by invoking the type of Divine compassion that mitigates stern judgments. How does one do that? We spread emuna. That's why our whole lives are dedicated to that very purpose, because the future of the Jewish People depends on it.

Spreading emuna is the only effective defense we have, both individually and nationally.

Spreading emuna is the only effective prison-rehab program there is. The emuna graduates of our courses in the Israeli prisons have the lowest percentage or returning to prison once they're out. A thousand policemen can't stop a crime, but one copy of the "Garden of Emuna" or "Trail to Tranquility" can.

Emuna is the best soldier-motivator on earth. One company commander on the Gaza border told me recently, "Rabbi, I'm not religious. And, I don't particularly like rabbis. I don't know what you've been doing with my men, but they are certainly more motivated and better disciplined; the company disciplinary problems have dropped to less than half of what they were. As long as I'm in command of this outpost, you and Emuna Outreach are always welcome." Instead of playing poker and watching unsightly movies on their duty breaks, the soldiers at that outpost are reading emuna books, praying and saying tehillim, as you can see in the image below, taken during one of our recent visits there.

Rabbi Arush, his students and I can't do this prodigious job on our own. We need your help. We need to reach every US soldier in Afghanistan, every prison inmate in the USA as well as Israel and every one of our brothers, in Israel and abroad. If you can't spread emuna books, pamphlets and CDs on your own, partner with us and help us do it. In doing so, you'll provide a spiritual protective umbrella for yourself, your family, and our people wherever they are, both in Israel and abroad. Even if you're not Jewish, by helping us spread emuna to communities around the world, you're hastening Tikkun Olam, the correction of the world. Donate to Emuna Outreach - wait and see the blessing it invokes for you.

IDF Gaza