Hashem's unfathomable loving-kindness doesn't stop for a split second.
Earlier today, we received word from the IDF spokesman that the IDF has neutralized, for the first time, a naval terror tunnel belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization. The tunnel would have enabled Hamas terrorist frogmen to leave land and head out to sea undetected, resulting in total-surprise assaults on Israel's southern shores.
Defense sources presume that there are likely to be additional underwater assault tunnels.
This is only a temporary victory for the IDF. No sooner does one Hamas scheme get foiled and the terrorists come up with new ploys. As we wrote last week in the Kite-Kid Commandos, we cannot depend on our super-sophisticated military, because if Hashem so desires, our $multi-billion defense systems don't have an adequate answer to the terrorist incendiary kites that 14-year-olds construct for less that a dollar.
As far as national defense goes, only teshuva and emuna will help. As King David says in Psalm 127:1, "If Hashem won't guard a city, the watchman guards in vain." Thank You, Hashem, for giving us much more than we deserve.
Above image - British free-speech activist Tommy Robinson on an IDF Merkava IV tank in the Golan Heights during a 2016 visit to Israel - Photo: Brian of London
Everybody - the British media, the British government, even Wikipedia - are trying to convince the world that free-speech advocate Tommy Robinson is a far-right fascist. A Jew today in the UK would no sooner come out in public support for Tommy than he would demonstrate in Piccadilly Circus for unlimited Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. The vast majority of our UK brethren would rather lower their heads in utter denial than admit that the ground is burning under the feet of British Jews.
Tommy Robinson is a true British patriot and a free-Speech advocate, who contrary to what the leftist Jews and media want to tell you, is starkly pro-Israel. Tommy Robinson has been fighting -single-handed - a battle against the rampant gangs of Islamic immigrants in the UK that go around pillaging and raping. For fear of political correctness, neither the police nor the government challenge these thugs. So what's the outcome?
Tommy Robinson is currently serving a prison sentence of 13 months in Hull Prison for, accused for committing contempt of court while reporting on a child rape gang case via Facebook Live outside Leeds Crown Court. Jolly good British justice, eh mate? The magistrate was a kangaroo...
Tommy Robinson was sent to prison in a whirlwind move by British authorities for one reason and one reason only, to silence him. The bloke rocked the British boat.
Do you know what that means, Golder's Green and Stamford Hill? Do you think for a moment that your Royal British Police and Government will protect you? When the Muslim gangs start molesting Jews, like they've been doing all over England in recent years, no one will lift a finger. The media certainly won't. When a gang of 18 lowlifes were caught after molesting over 700 victims, The Independent didn't mention a single word that they were all Muslims.
Tommy Robinson has been calling the monster by its real name. That's why he's in a British prison. But yesterday, thousands of Brits came out in favor of Tommy, angrily demonstrating in Trafalgar Square. Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders attended, to praise Tommy Robinson's courage and call for his release.
We too at the Beams call the British Government to #FreeTommy.
We have a second call, too, to our brothers and sisters in the UK. Hashem's writing on your wall is now in the Queen's English. Make plans for Aliya, now, while you still can, and start praying for it. Don't stay behind in the Egypt of the UK.
The South of Israel along the Gaza border is ablaze. Over 12,ooo dunams (3,000 acres) of agricultural fields, forests and nature preserves have burnt to a charcoal crisp from the newest terror weapons from Gaza - the incendiary kites. Beyond the millions of dollars of damage, we've lost trees, flora and fauna that have been nurtured for years in this desert climate of ours.
Hashem's message here is a showstopper.
Israel boasts (that's one of the problems) the world's highest-tech military. It has F35 stealth fighters that Russian radar can't detect. It knows how to jam Russia's newest anti-aircraft system. It has a home-grown anti-missile system that's one of the world's best, nuclear capabilities, spy satellites that can photograph a bee gathering pollen from miles up in space. The list goes on...
But mighty Israel can't stop a 14-year-old kid with goat poo on his sandals who builds a kite for less than a dollar, sets it on fire, and sends it up in the prevailing winds that blow in off the Mediterranean from Gaza and eastward to the fields of southern Israel. Despite the hi-tech answer to the kites that Israel flaunts - the anti-kite drones - many kites sneak past and do their dire damage as you see in the above photo.
The Gaza kite-kid commandos are the new heroes of what the terrorists call, "The Resistance." They've drawn blood in a way that the Hamas missiles haven't even succeeded. The kids are proud that they are independent of Hamas and the Jihad. Who founded this unit?
Hashem did, just as He does everything else in the world.
As the south burns, the Israeli government continues - this very week - with its gay parades and its nationally-sanctioned abominations. Hashem hates that. Israel thinks that its hi-tech will save it. Hashem says, "You're wrong!" Only teshuva and emuna guarantee our national security. The hi-tech military, with its own debauchery and mixed gender units, just ain't deliverin' the goods against the kite-kids from Gaza. Israel is burning - only teshuva and emuna will extinguish the fires. Blessings for a peaceful Shabbat.
If I were running for office or attempting to win a popularity contest, I wouldn't be writing this post. Many of our readers outside of Israel are not going to like this. But what can a person do if he doesn't like the weather? Bury his head in the ground? Close the curtains and say that there's no hurricane with killer winds outside? Once a person's house becomes flooded, the closed windows and curtains don't help anymore. There comes a time when one cannot escape the storm outside. Yet, once the storm is predicted, he doesn't sit with folded arms until it washes him away. He can get in the car or on a plane and move to a more amenable climate.
Don't forget that the inclement weather, as well as the inclement political climate, all come from Hashem and for a reason.
Be patient, I'm getting to the point. But first, I must preface and ask a question: Why are we so happy on Passover Seder night? Any 7-year-old will laugh and say, "What a dumb question! That's when Hashem took us out of slavery in Egypt!"
Is it such a dumb question when I show little 7-year-old Chaimk'e and his parents that in the three days that preceded our Exodus from Egypt in the Hebrew year of 2448 (1282 BCE), eight million Jews died, and that's according to the conservative figure. Some say it was 10 million. Rashi explains that only 1 out of 5 Jews left Egypt in the Exodus; the other 4 died during the three days of darkness. Since a minimum of 2 million left, that means that at least 8 million perished!
Why, therefore, do we not mourn during the three days that precede Pesach, and declare them as national Holocaust Days, when 33% more Jews died than during the entire six years of the Nazi Holocaust? Not only do we not mourn, we rejoice! What's going on?
Our sages rule that we do not mourn anyone who denies the Redemption and refuses to be a part of it, just as we don't mourn a heretic who denies the veracity of Moses's prophecy and the Torah (Rambam, Laws of Teshuva, 3:8, and other places). This notion is even anchored in The Code of Jewish Law (see Shulchan Oruch, Yora Deah 345:5; Mishna Berura on Orach Chaim 126:1, letter b). Moses, in the Name of Hashem, told the Children of Israel to arise, we must quickly leave Egypt. 80% didn't listen to him. They paid a steep price but we don't mourn for them. They had become used to Egypt and had no desire - despite what Hashem wanted - to leave Egypt. Even though they were slaves, they liked the Egyptian culture, music, pastimes and food. Moses said no, we must go to our Promised Land. Egypt is not our home.
Moses's voice saying, "We must go to our Promised Land", echoes through all of our history.
The periodic "Golden Ages" of our Diaspora have always been followed by calamity. The Golden Age of Jewry in the Iberian Peninsula culminated in 1492, when the horrendous Inquisition began. Jews were either killed, exiled or forcefully converted to Catholicism. The Golden Age of German and Eastern European Jewry ended in Hitler's Holocaust.
There is only one, true Golden Age in Judaism, and that's when our exiles return home, Moshiach comes and our Holy Temple is rebuilt.
Hashem wants to redeem His people but in the meanwhile, He won't until they come home. The sand of that "meanwhile" keeps is emptying out from the top of that 2,000 year hourglass. When a certain date comes according to Hashem's timeline, He won't wait anymore and Moshiach will come whether we like it or not or whether we're here in Israel or not.
Rav Yehuda Zev, of saintly and blessed memory, lived through the Nazi Holocaust. He witnessed the slaughter of his parents, his siblings and his fiance. He never had children because of the torture that the satanic Nazis did to his body. He did not take the word "Holocaust" lightly - he lived through it and experienced it on his own flesh and in his own heart in the most excruciatingly painful way. Though scarred, completely, inside and out, he was a tzaddik of perfect emuna and not bitter in the slightest. He knew that everything was from Hashem. Yet, with all his heart, he did everything to prevent another Holocaust. He didn't want Moshiach to come if the price would be tragic.
A tzaddik of Rav Yehuda Zev's caliber has 20/20 spiritual vision because nothing in this world can fool, sway or tempt him. No wonder he was so accurate in predicting the Arab Spring and Bibi's inability to attack Iran as we wrote on our No Go post from this past Friday.
A movie clip has now become public, where Rabbi Aharon Stern shlit'a from Bnai Brak, who was Rabbi Yehuda Zev's personal attendant, reveals the tzaddik's third prediction and says: "Before his death,Rav Leibowitztold me that the anti-Semitism in the United States is only going to continue to grow, until it gets to the point where the Jews will be forced to flee. They must come to Israel soon; if they wait too long, they'll be lucky to exit with the shirt on their backs...come soon, the Redemption will be here in the Land of Israel, not anywhere else." In case anyone doubts the veracity and authenticity of the quote, at the bottom of this post is the vid in Hebrew where you can see Rav Stern saying this (see minutes 2:48-3:40).
Hashem wants to redeem us, so He wants us all here. But what about those who for any number of reasons can't come now? What about those with joint custody on children from a previous marriage or those with an elderly parent? (Plug in your own reason...)
Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a says that even if you can't come now, you can do 2 things:
1) Pray daily for Aliya, so that you too can come home to the Land of Israel;
2) Spread emuna far and wide, in any way you can. This will protect you in the meanwhile, because the spread of emuna is also needed to expedite Geula, the full redemption of our people, speedily and in our days, amen!
"No go" in military jargon is an abortive mission, in other words, a mission that was on the table, planned and ready-to-go but due to an insurmountable obstacle, it cannot proceed. The troops get recalled and the jet fighters make a 180 back to base.
In the case of PM Netanyahu's planned attack on Iran, the insurmountable object was the decree of the head of the 36 hidden tzaddikim, who disguised himself as a gardener and street cleaner for the Tel Aviv municipality. But, the true tzaddikim of yesteryear, such as the holy Beis Yisroel of Gur, knew exactly who he was.
We are referring to the holy concealed Kabbalist, Holocaust survivor Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz osb'm, Rabbi Shalom Arush's teacher and spiritual guide, who left this physical world in September of 2o1o (Elul 27, 5770). As I wrote in Rav Yehuda Zev's Legacy over six years ago, before he died - among other things - he said that Bibi will want to attack Iran but he won't be able to, for Hashem has other plans for Iran like He did for Sadaam Hussein.
Yesterday in the Israeli media, all chaos broke loose when former Mossad head Tamir Pardo revealed that he almost resigned from his post following a serious confrontation between himself and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What was the confrontation? Bibi ordered the IDF in 2011 to prepare the defense forces for a possible attack on a 15-day notice. Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted to attack Iran; in fact, he was dead-set on it. But, when former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz also opposed the mission, as the media reports, Bibi backed off.
Don't be so naive for a moment to think that Pardo or Gantz had the power to stop Bibi. There are plenty of instances when the PM overrode the head of the Mossad and/or the Chief of Staff. By law, they are required to heed the PM. Sure, they can make recommendations, but the PM has the last word.
The tzaddik knew what Hashem wanted. Notice that in recent years, the IDF has not enjoyed any decisive victories. Even with all the bravado of destroying the Hamas and Islamic Jihad infrastructure in Gaza this week after over 70 rockets were fired at the south of Israel, not a single Hamas or Jihadi terrorist was killed. The unofficial ceasefire, as in all the recent Gaza campaigns, have been dictated by the terrorists for their own benefit. The snake-pits of Gaza are still active and venomous as ever.
Why no decisive victories, like in 1967? Hashem is fed up with the "might of my right hand" mentality. Hashem wants us to spread emuna, not military might. How do I know? Rabbi Yehuda Zev told Rav Shalom that only the spread of emuna will save our nation. He told Rav Shalom that he must devote all of his assets and energies to this end. That's why we do what we do.
The tzaddik decreed and Bibi's hands were tied. The PM won't be able to attack Iran. This was Rabbi Yehuda Zev's second prediction, which as we learn retroactively this week, came true.
His first prediction, Arab Spring, completely materialized, starting 3 months after he died.
I don't like to speak about his third prediction, but it's alarming. I will say two things - if you're outside of Israel, help spread emuna. Start with yourself and your family. If you are thinking about moving to Israel, move forward with your plans.
The IDF and IAF are now operating in Gaza (above image) in responsive to three barrages of nearly 30 mortar shells altogether that the Islamic Jihad in Gaza fired at the south of Israel earlier this morning. The Iron Dome Missile Defense system intercepted most of the mortar shells, but one sneaked past, exploded and peppered a kindergarten with dozens of chunks of deadly shrapnel (image, bellow) . At this time, there is quite a bit of jet fighter activity overhead. Thanks to Hashem, no one has been hurt.
Update, Israel time, 2:45 PM - more red alert sirens have just been heard in the south of Israel, for the 4th time today - we're awaiting further details
Update, Israel time, 2:53 PM - sirens are now sounding in the Ashkelon area
Update, Israel time, 5:03 PM - there have been more barrages, heavy machine-gun fire from Gaza and 107 mm rockets - the IDF just announced that 3 Israeli soldiers have been wounded
Yesterday, EmunaNews hear at the Beams quoted a Sky News in Arabic report that a sensitive Iranian electronic warfare facility in Syria had been knocked out, with local sources reporting the explosions, and other reports from Beirut that Israeli jets had been spotted flying directly over the Lebanese capital. It turns out that those planes were Israel's newest jet fighters, the F35 "Adir", pictured above.
Just this morning, IAF Commander Maj. General Amikam Norkin said, "We can assume that there have been strikes since the last events in Syria (Operation "House of Cards" from May 8, 2018 - LB). We have maintained our freedom of action over Syria... and continue to work with determination to thwart the entrenchment of Iran and the arming of Hezbollah." In case you need a translation of the intentional Israeli ambiguity, it means, "Wedunnit". Good job, General Norkin, but Hashem dunnit - we thank Hashem for giving our pilots the skill and courage to strike our enemies and foil their evil designs.