119 posts categorized "Emuna News"

Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, of saintly and martyred memory

Henkin funeral

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!

Yeshiva, Synagogue Bulldozed at Dan ben Yaacov Gravesite

I have no words. It's astonishing, shocking, heart-breaking, cruel and evil.

The holy gravesite of Dan the son of Jacob our forefather is located in a forest north of Bet Shemesh, in the area where Samson the Mighty, his descendent, was born and raised, in land that belonged to the Tribe of Dan.

Nearly a decade ago, my esteemed and beloved rabbi and teacher Rav Shalom Arush, may Hashem bless him, made major improvements at the gravesite so that more people would visit and pray there, in honor of the holy tzaddik Dan ben Yaacov. He built an entrance hall, a synagogue, a mikva and a special place for women to pray. He then took one of our finest young rabbis and started a yeshiva there for boys at risk who were not accepted to any other yeshiva. Removing them from the city and bringing them to this holy pastoral surrounding where there was nothing to do but learn Torah, pray and talk to Hashem in personal prayer, Rav Shalom did wonders with these boys, many of whom were from Ethiopian-immigrant families.

The Government of Israel, via the Israel Land Authority and Keren Kayemet (KKL), weren't happy with the excess of holiness at the gravesite of Dan ben Yaacov. This past Sunday evening, in a manner that any Jihadi, Cossack or Crusader would be proud of, they bulldozed the whole site, leaving only the original small stone edifice that houses the tomb. In fact, from where the women's section used to be, the buried the tomb under further sand and rubble. They destroyed the aron hakodesh, the synagogue, the yeshiva, the mikva and the women's section. Could the Keren Kayemet be trying to find favor in the eyes of MK Yair Lapid, who has been accusing them of corruption? You be the judge.

Keren Kayemet claims that Rav Arush's building weren't properly licensed. The Israeli Government's heroes of justice! Would they have bulldozed a mosque or a church, scores of which are illegal structures in and around Jerusalem? Never in a million years! What would the world say?

I have yet to here a single voice from the Knesset that protests this villainous act. Where are all the religious and Haredi politicians? Where are all the nationalists? A deafening silence.

The Israeli Government, who bows down to the Pope, doesn't realize that its eroding morals and eroding power of deterrence go hand in hand. So, in order to show how tough they are, they order a raid against Kever Dan ben Yaacov. This might be retribution against Rav Shalom for getting in their way at King David's tomb, which we are also fighting tooth-and-nail for. Our sages say that he who is kind to the cruel ends being cruel to the kind.

This is beyond surreal. Moshiach and Geula must be ever so close.

Kever Dan - Before and after:

1. Before - women's section; it has been bulldozed.

Kever Dan - women's section

2. Before - Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva at Kever Dan ben Yaacov, now only rubble

Yeshiva Chut Shel Chesed Kever Dan

3. After - the bulldozed synagogue and yeshiva

Kever Dan after destruction

4. After - Rav Shalom Arush tearfully praying at the bulldozed site

Rav Shalom at Kever Dan

Harry Dent: The Bubble Will Burst

Best-selling author and financial analyst Harry Dent agrees with everything we've said here on the Beams in recent weeks about Wall Street. If you're not out of the stock market already, take advantage of the temporary rally and liquidate while you still can. See for yourself:


Geula and Finance: Best Advice for Investors

Broker and Gold
The world stock markets continue to tumble and people are looking for "safe" havens for investment. Who can they trust for advice?

At the time of this writing, Wall Street seems to be rallying. Loads of financial correspondents are calming the American public, "Don't panic - stay in the market; everything will be OK!"

Do the big investment bankers believe that everything will be OK on Wall Street? If so, why are they all hoarding gold as fast as they can?

According to securities attorney Avery Goodman, Goldman Sachs and HSBC took major positions in  physical-hold-in-your-hand gold last week, while continuing to recommend against buying gold to their clients! The gold bars were not purchased for bank clients. They were  purchased for the banks themselves. How do we know this? They are  designated by the exchange as being for delivery to the bank’s “house”  accounts at COMEX, not to client accounts.

As of August 6, before the stock-market bubble began its nose-dive, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and HSBC (NYSE:HSBC) took delivery of a sum total of 7.1 tons of physical gold. Goodman writes, "No, I have not made any typographical errors. And no, I am not talking about electronic paper claims. I am talking about shiny yellow metal stuff that you can touch and feel."

Many people had a fit when a gave a straightforward spiritual analysis of where the market is going, both major investment banks Goldman Sachs and HSBC seem to be listening to what I wrote 9 weeks ago.

The conclusion one might make is not to do what your broker says, do what he does.

A better conclusion is not to listen to your broker at all; listen to your spiritual guide. If you don't have one, then search for one. Pick a spiritual guide who totally walks the walk and not simply talks the talk.

So what do you do with your money? Don't invest in the USDollar or in the Euro, for they are simply printed currency with no backing. Gold - solid gold - is better.

Yet, better than solid gold is real estate in Israel. The best is to buy yourself a flat (apartment in our local jargon) in Israel, make aliya and come live here. Hashem is creating all the difficulties around the world to bring His beloved children home to Israel when they wouldn't get up and do it on their own, so that they won't hold up the Geula process.

The historical pattern of financial difficulties is always followed by blaming the Jews. Don't wait for that to happen. Come home now, cherished brothers and sisters.

A tip of the kipa to Dr. Harry Hamburger for his contribution to today's post 

More Market Meltdown


Black monday

Above image, Chinese stock-market board this morning, courtesy Rolex Dela Pena/EPA via Washington Post

The Chinese stock market opened this morning and took an immediate 9% dive, as investor's panicked to dump their holdings, especially the speculative stocks. Alarm bells rang and the market closed down to prevent further plunge.

"Everything will come back," one senior financial analyst told me. "This is only correction mode." "Correction" is a negative compensative movement of at least a 10% drop in a stock, bond, commodity or index to adjust for an overvaluation. When the price gets low enough, buyers come in to pick up the stocks at bargain prices and the market comes back. But, on a recession or meltdown, the market doesn't come back so quickly. We therefore respectfully disagree with our analyst friend - the market is in meltdown mode, not correction mode.

Worst hit are the oil-rich countries - Iran and the Arab world. Last year, they were getting $100/barrel for crude. Now, they're getting only $40, with prices on the drop and yet to stabilize. They'll still purchase weapons, but they'll let their populations starve and then blame Israel and the Jews of course.

If all the above is not yet stimulating all of us to teshuva, then we should have an emergency EKG to check whether our heart's are composed of stone or not. Hashem's light is only getting brighter and brighter by the day; emuna makes us worthy spiritual receptacles of that light, which either heals the worthy or scathes the unworthy.

Update, breaking news, 6:30 PM Israel, 11:30 AM EDT - Wall Street Drops Sharply

Moshiach's ETA


The Geula is surely gaining momentum.

Two months ago, I urged people to get out of Wall Street. Many scoffed and said that the market has never been better...

This week, world stocks had their worst week of the year. Dow-Jones fell 358 points and the US stock market tumbled across the board more than 2%. US oil is at its worst in 29 years, with supply accumulating and no one to buy.

Meanwhile, North and South Korea are on war footing. Russia and the Ukraine are on the verge of war, something that could ignite all of Europe.

Amazingly, other than Reuters, the mainstream US media has totally ignored yesterday's Wall-Street crisis. Is this the Nero syndrome, fiddle while Rome is burning?

Moshiach has an ETA - not estimated time of arrival, but Emuna, Teshuva, and Aliya. We can all strengthen ourselves in the first two; if you can't make aliya now, at least help spread emuna wherever you are. With ETA, we'll all greet Moshiach with big smiles on our faces, soon, amen!