83 posts categorized "Geula and redemption"

Bayer and Monsanto: Axis of Evil

Block 10
Block 10
 (image, above) was the infamous hellhole in the bowels of the Auschwitz concentration camp where the epitome of evil Nazi "doctor" Josef Mengele performed his atrocious experiments on humans during the Holocaust. Block 10 leads to Mengele, Mengele leads to Bayer, Bayer leads to Monsanto and Monsanto leads to the convenience food you're eating, either at home or on vacation. Sounds surreal? We wish it were...

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we see Divine justice settling unfinished scores. An apparently innocuous item on the international news-wire reveals an iceberg of evil that Hashem's fiery wrath will soon erase from the face of the earth. The shares of Bayer Pharmaceuticals just fell 10%, the result of  their subsidiary Monsanto's failure to warn of the cancer risks posed by its infamous weed killer, Roundup

Before I tell you who Bayer is, they bought Monsanto earlier this year for $63 Billion. Our sages teach that evil attaches itself to evil. In short, Monsanto is a conglomerate of evil that creates pesticides that destroy every type of viable seed - not only weeds - except for seeds that Monsanto genetically engineers. So, once you spray your field with Roundup, your soil is poisoned to regular seeds and you can only use Monsanto's genetically-engineered seeds. But, new types of weeds set in that are immune to conventional weed killers, which require more and newer Monsanto weed killers. With mafia-like tactics, Monsanto has gone around the world, not only impoverishing farmers, poisoning their soil and indenturing them into virtual slavery, but causing an epidemic of farmer suicides, especially in India.

Monsanto also hijacks faculties of agriculture in the world's universities, so that agronomy students will learn to use their products only. Thank goodness I majored in horticulture and deciduous orchards, where Monsanto's poisoned hands didn't yet reach my teachers. Fortunately, you can grow an apple, a peach or a plum without spraying Roundup...

Back to Bayer, who owns Monsanto. Do you know who Bayer is? Have you ever heard of IG Farben?

Both my pulse and my mind are racing much faster than I can type (chill, Lazer!) - let's take it slow.

Do you know that IG Farben was behind the Nazi's mutilation of our holy teacher, Rav Shalom Arush's spiritual guide, Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz of saintly and blessed memory? That's why he could never have children. Let me be more specific:

IG Farben financed Hitler’s electoral campaign and became a staunch supporter of the Nazis. IG Farben worked closely with the Nazi party to take over manufacturing plants when the Germans invaded other European countries. IG Farben also held stock in and was represented on the board of the company which produced the gas used in the Holocaust gas chambers. IG Farben tested its products on the concentration-camp prisoners of Auschwitz. Even more, IG Farben had its own concentration campJosef Mengele, the gruesome butcher of Auschwitz, the SS doctor (sic) and Hitler's right-hand man in the planned annihilation of European Jewry, worked with IG Farben in doing his experimentation on human guinea pigs, one of whom was our sacred and beloved teacher Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz who succeeded in surviving the Holocaust.

Bayer is the successor and continuation of IG Farben. Monsanto belongs to Bayer.

Is the GMO and GE domination of our fields, crops and foodstuffs a continuation of the Nazi conspiracy to dominate the world? You make your own conclusions.

For anyone who seeks my advice, eat natural and organic as much as possible. Steer clear of US commercially grown corn and soybeans as well as processed foods that are full of such derivatives as corn syrup solids and soy isolate. If you have a headache, don't take Bayer aspirin. Chances are that your headache - and many other ills, such as your close friend's, your relative's or your own autistic child - come from the use of Roundup in growing the food you eat.

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we'll see evil's foundations crumble. Meanwhile, don't lose heart, because the darkest darkness is right at the end of night, before the dawn of a new day.

The Shechina Cries for Israel on Tisha B'Av

Rabbi Avraham Levi was a holy kabbalist and a student of the Ariza'l, who would wake everyone nightly in Tzfat for Midnight Lamentations (Tikkun Chatzot) - he was so holy that on Tisha B'Av, he merited seeing an image of a women dressed in black on the Kotel - the Shechina - begging for the end of exile and the restoration of the holy Temple. That's what you see in the adjacent below - in the spirit of Tisha B'Av, see today's lesson, a meaningful one, in the post directly below this. Have an easy fast, and may we all see the Geula soon, with our own eyes, amen!

The Kotel, Emuna, and Geula


Above image: The Kotel and Temple Mount at twilight

The Divine Presence never leaves the Kotel HaMaaravi, the Western Wall remnant of the holiest place in our history - the Bet HaMikdash. If one needs any kind of salvation, the Divine Presence is available 24/7 - you don't need an appointment. In the holy Land of Israel, especially in Jerusalem, and most of all at the Wall, one feels Hashem's presence.

Our Talmudic sages therefore make a seemingly stiff statement when they say (Ketubot 110b): "Anyone who lives in Israel resembles a person who has a G-d; anyone who lives outside of Israel resembles a person who has no G-d." Rebbe Nachman of Breslev elaborates on this concept, and teaches (Likutei Moharan 7:1) that emuna, prayer and miracles are dependant on Eretz Yisroel. In other words, outside of Israel, one cannot attain the level of emuna and prayer that one can attain in Israel.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev also teaches (ibid.) that the "Geula", the redemption of our people, is dependent on emuna, the pure and complete faith in Hashem. Conversely, lack of faith prolongs the exile and diaspora.

In the same vain, Rebbe Klonimus Kalman, author of "Ma'or VeShemesh" and prime disciple of the Noam Elimelech, writes (Ma'or VeShemesh, parshas Behar) that the material abundance outside of Israel blocks the light of spirituality, and is therefore counterproductive to emuna, whereas in Israel, the brighter lights of spirituality are at the expense of a lower level of materialism.

In light of the above, living in the Land of Israel is conducive to developing higher levels of emuna and spirituality.

According to the above teachings, anyone who strengthens his or her faith, comes to Israel, or does both is making a direct contribution to hastening the Geula, the full redemption of our people Israel, and the rebuilding our our Holy Temple in a united Jerusalem, soon and in our days, amen.

But what if your personal circumstance requires you to remain for the time being abroad? Don't feel guilty - Hashem put you in the situation where you must care for an elderly parent, or you have joint custody with your ex and you can't leave your children, or you haven't been able to find employment in Israel. Hashem doesn't expect you to do what you currently cannot. But, there's plenty you can do outside of Israel to hasten the Geula. We mentioned above that Rebbe Nachman attributes the prolonged exile and Diaspora to the lack of emuna. So, by spreading emuna - wherever you are, be it New York, LA, Miami, Toronto, Melbourne, Hong Kong or Maui - you hasten the Geula.

There's no excuse for not spreading emuna. If you personally don't want to, or can't teach emuna and spread emuna materials, you can partner with Emuna Outreach - we'll do the leg work. All you have to do is to Donate to Emuna Outreach and you'll be a full partner is hastening the Geula. May we hear good news soon, amen!

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.

Three Levels of Peace

Policemanmachpela Lazer with security forces in the holy city of our Patriarchs Hevron, during a day of Emuna Outreach lectures at the Machpela Cave

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev explains that a person's quest for peace must be threefold - between him/herself and G-d, between him/herself and the Jewish people as a whole, and within him/herself.

In order to develop a harmonious approach to life as a whole, one must develop the ability to find Hashem's presence everywhere and in everything. That way, a person can feel love for Hashem regardless of the situation - whether things are good or seemingly bad.

If a person doesn't love G-d, he or she won't feel love for a fellow Jew. Therefore, the love of G-d is a prerequisite for ahavat Yisrael, the love of fellow Jews. Ahavat Yisrael leads to peace and unity; peace and unity among our people will hasten the redemption, soon and in our time, amen.

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.

Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz's Third Prediction

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 Leibowitz told 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!