67 posts categorized "Geula and redemption"

And Even Though He Tarries...

All the preconditions that our sages have stipulated for the coming of Moshiach have been fulfilled. The time is especially ripe now. Nevertheless, despite all the eager anticipation, and even though he tarries, we still wait for Moshiach innocently and patiently with simple faith. "And even though" in Hebrew is Ve'af al pi.

The Rambam's 12th principle of emuna is, "I believe with full and complete faith in the coming of Moshiach; and even though he tarries, I shall still wait for him whatever day he comes."

Let's hear Rav Shlomo Carlebach of blessed memory put the Rambam's above principle to music in one of his most soul-stirring melodies. Enjoy it, and may you have a wonderful Shvii shel Pesach and Shabbat, and may we all soon - together - merit to greet Moshiach in our rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem, amen. 


V'hi She'amda: The Eternal Promise

Even though I am cold-turkey on political issues, there are still those who are asking for my reaction to the USA's venomous criticism of Israel: I'm delighted. Maybe now, our people will finally learn that there's no one to trust but Hashem. We certainly can't trust our own elected leaders, who prefer political expediency to justice and truth and who brazenly declare in the media that they refuse to heed Hashem's laws. I pray that we all come back to Him in complete teshuva; this would be the finest response to both our so-called friends abroad, to our enemies and to our own elected officials, none of whom surprise us in the least.

The Gemara (tractate Sanhedrin 97b) says that the Nation of Israel (aka the Jewish People) will be redeemed as soon as they make teshuva, in other words, return to Hashem and the ways of His Torah. The Gemara then asks, what happens if the Nation of Israel doesn't make teshuva? Rebbe Yehoshua answers that if Israel doesn't make teshuva, then Hashem places them under the influence of a wicked king whose evil decrees are as severe as Haman's, and then they make teshuva.

We cannot fathom The Almighty's love for us and His infinite mercy. Despite the fact that we haven't made Teshuva from Love, which is what we need to do in order to be redeemed, and despite the fact that our own misdeeds put us under the boot of each generation's wicked kings, Hashem has made an eternal promise to deliver us from their hands. That's the V'hi She'amda prayer that we recite each year in the Haggada.

Let me share with you something additional about Hashem's love for His people: The Heavenly Altar and Throne is known as Upper Jerusalem; it is situated directly above Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is known in the Zohar, Midrash, and Gemara as Lower Jerusalem. Hashem refuses to dwell in Upper Jerusalem until His permanent dwelling on earth - the Holy Temple - will be rebuilt in Lower Jerusalem (see Gemara tractate Taanit 5a, Midrash Tehillim 122, Vilna Gaon's elaboration of Zohar, Safra DeTzniuta, ist Chapter). Many evil world leaders are denying our right to the area of our own Holy Temple. Once again, we have no cause to be angry at them, for as soon as we make real teshuva, they will crumble. But, until we make teshuva, those evil leaders should be forewarned that by disenfranchising Israel from what they call East Jerusalem, they are in effect trying to disenfranchise The Almighty. Cherished brothers and sisters, that won't happen, period.

Hashem has no gratification by forcing us to make teshuva. When we strengthen our emuna and seek Hashem on our own accord, we sanctify His Holy Name. Let's wake up, beloved brothers and sisters. It's either nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles or emuna books and CDs; the choice is ours. Now you can understand why Emuna Outreach is working so hard to spread emuna around the globe - Rav Shalom Arush says that every emuna book or CD neutralizes one ballistic missile. When Moshiach comes, he'll show us all how emuna saved lives; the Gemara says that anyone who saves one life is considered as if he or she saved an entire world.

V'hi She'amda is a Passover song whose words come from the Haggada. It conveys a very timely message for the Jewish people: He who stood by our forefathers stands by us to deliver us from the hands of our enemies in every generation.

One of Jewish music's favorite sons, my dear friend Yonatan Razel, wrote a beautiful melody for this song, which he sings here with the king of Jewish singers, my very special friend Yaacov Shwekey. You'll get shivers up your spine and tears in your eyes listening to them. We're sure you'll enjoy this musical treat as much as we do. Enjoy it and have a wonderful Shabbat, Seder night and Passover holiday!


Prayer for Rebuilding the Holy Temple

Here is the prayer that Rav Shalom Arush composed for us all to  say tonight at 9 PM (Israel, 2 PM NYC) when we all recite the Shema together:

B"H

Prayer for the Rebuilding of our Holy Temple and for Accepting the Yoke of Heaven

Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One:

(whisper) Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The Lord, He is God: (repeat 7 times)

The Lord reigns. The Lord has reigned. The Lord will reign forever: (repeat twice)

Save us, we beseech You, O Lord! (repeat twice)

Forever, O Lord, Your word stands firm in the heavens. (repeat 13 times)

Master of the World, our merciful Father, please have mercy on the Jewish People and on the entire world. Reign over us, You, Hashem and no other, with mercy and compassion. Reveal the glory of Your kingdom upon us. God and God of our fathers, reign over the entire world in Your glory and may Your splendor be over the entire earth, appear in Your majestic power over all the inhabitants of the globe, Your land. May every action know that You acted upon it and may every creation know that You created it, and may anyone with a soul in his nostrils say Hashem the God of Israel is King, and He reigns over everything.

Master of the World, speedily rebuild Your city Jerusalem, and may the throne of Your servant David be speedily established within it, for King David our righteous Messiah shall reign over us in great mercy, with no wars, no terrorist acts and no suffering.

Master of the World, on the Tenth of Teveth, when the Heavenly Court decrees on the building of the Holy Temple, we ask all the tzaddikim – from our forefather Abraham to the tzadikim of today – to all stand in prayer together with us so that the Heavenly Court shall decree that the Holy Temple should be built this year right away, and may we merit that the Holy Temple should be built, for it is the house of prayer of all nations, speedily this month, during the month of Teveth, amen, may it be Your will.

(Singing) And so we put our hope in You, Hashem our God, to see forthright the majesty of Your power, to wipe idolatry of the earth and to utterly sever false gods, to rectify the world in the Kingdom of God and all of living flesh shall call Your name, all the wicked of the earth shall turn to You, every inhabitant of the globe shall recognize and know, the every knee shall bow to You, every tongue shall swear, before You Hashem our God, they will bow and fall prostrate and give honor to Your Name, and all will accept the yoke of Your Kingship (repeat 4 times) and You shall soon reign over them forever. For the monarchy is Yours, and You will rule gloriously forever. As it is written in the Torah: Hashem will rule forever. And it is said: And Hashem shall be King over all the earth and on that day, Hashem will be One and His Name One.


Worldwide Shema Yisrael, Monday, 21 Dec., 2015 - 9PM Israel Time

Shema-yisrael
Here is a critically important announcement that we request you pass on to everyone you know:

This Monday night, 21 Dec., 2015, is the eve of the Tenth of Teveth. This is a fast day that commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem, which ended in the destruction of our Holy Temple seven months later on the ninth day of Av, or "Tisha B'Av".

My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush quotes the Chattam Sofer osb"m and explains that the Tenth of Teveth was the day that the Heavenly Court decreed that the Temple would be destroyed. Rabbi Arush explains further in the clip below, which I haven't had time to dub with English subtitles, that every generation who doesn't rebuild the Holy Temple is in effect guilty of destroying it. As such, each year, the decree is renewed in the Heavenly Court that the Holy Temple should remain destroyed. Therefore, the eve of the Tenth of Teveth is the opportune time to beg Hashem to reverse the decree, and rather than having the Temple remain destroyed for another year, it should be built this year. To invoke Divine compassion, Rav Arush is calling for a worldwide simultaneous recitation of the Shema prayer on Monday night, 21 Dec., 2015 at 9PM Israel time, which is 7PM London, 2PM NYC, 1PM Chicago, 12 noon Denver and 11AM Los Angeles. Please join us.

To further invoke Divine compassion, as Rav Shalom explains, we all must pray for four things:

  1. That the Kingdom of Heaven should rule on earth;
  2. That King David should rule in Israel;
  3. That the Holy Temple should be rebuilt forthright;
  4. That we should all return to Hashem in complete teshuva.

Rav Arush shlit'a stresses that this is a critical time and conducive for the Geula, the full redemption of our people.

Here's the original clip in Hebrew. Enjoy it and have a wonderful new week with good tidings.


Moshiach's ETA

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!


Geula and The Sellout: It's Official

Cat guarding the Cream
Like we say in Hebrew, the cat will now be allowed to guard the cream...

Two weeks ago, when we showed you US Senator Tom Cotton grilling Secretary of State Kerry about the UN IAEA's secret side agreement with Iran, we wrote that the US Administration was hiding vital information from its citizens. Today, details of the agreement have become public knowledge. Iran will be allowed to police its own Parchin site, the center of her nuclear weapons development. As we have stated here numerous times, Iran already has nuclear weapons capability.

One of the major preconditions of Geula - the full redemption of our people, the ingathering of the exiles, the coming of Moshiach and the rebuilding of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem - is that Israel will stand alone. This means that Israel's so-called friends will sell her down the river. Whether or not the USA backs Israel is meaningless to those of us who are fortunate to trust in Hashem rather than in any wobbly reed. Soon, the USA won't be able to help itself, much less anyone else. Yet, today the US Administration's sellout of Israel is official. Looking at current affairs through eyes of emuna, we should all be delighted, for this is one additional quantum leap toward Geula and the type of world we dream of.