Saturday, 30 January 2016

“We [the government of Israel] have agreed to give you whatever you want”

Jewish boy stabbed by the Shechem Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
  In the days of the Hasmoneans there were four kingdoms ruling Israel. The Jewish people were divided in their method of dealings. On the one hand there were the Hellenists [Jews who had discarded their Jewish faith] who in line with their system of thinking, continuously groveled after one or the other of these kingdoms, caving in to all of their demands. 

The second category: not only did they not run after, flatter or fawn any nation; rather these nations humbled themselves before them. As the Talmud recounts how the Queen of Sheba subjugated herself before Rabbi Judah the Prince because of his strong stand for the principles of his faith. 

Today we see the very opposite taking place. Israel runs after the Arabs and is prepared to give them everything. The main objective of the government is to receive some word of praise from the gentiles. Israel gets to the point of saying harsh words to the Arabs, but, behind closed doors tell them: “Please listen, for a specific reason we have no choice but to publicly raise our voice against you and state that we will under no circumstances agree to your demands. But please, know, we have already agreed to give in to whatever you want.” 

We once spoke at length that today’s situation parallels that of the Seven day war against Aram. Israel won a resounding victory, yet they begged Hadad King of Aram for peace [Kings 1.20]. So too today, it is now three years [the Rebbe was speaking in 1971] that the government is begging the Arabs every single day to please agree to take back conquered territories. 

I argued with a certain Israel diplomat: “Why are you pursuing negotiations with only one gentile [the Arabs]? If you were to negotiate with two different nations you would thereby benefit. When the gentile [Arab] sees that you have other choices and you aren’t bound to depend on him because you have another partner with whom to negotiate, he will agree to a price in the dealings”. 

He replied: “Now, that’s not nice, how can I mislead this gentile [Arab] or the other?” [This is what he actually said to me!]. I replied: “Wait, you are a diplomat, right? Can you please tell me of one single diplomat who has ever spent a day which his 24 hours were truthful words?” He remained unconvinced. 

I said: “I will bring you proof of a gentile nation who is doing just this. Egypt negotiates this way, but differently to Israel who have no self respect. They pursue negotiations with a sense of self dignity. Egypt pursues negotiations with two nations at the very same time when they have needed to do so. They send a mission to Washington, and thereafter to Moscow. Both of these parties know that Egypt is connected to another party”. 

After he heard this from me, he said: “I have to think about it”. 

I continued asking him: “When you run after the gentile [Arabs] wanting to give away territory, why give him only Hebron the place of the Cave of Machpela, perhaps give him Jerusalem with the Western Wall?” 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Prophecy quoted by the Lubavitcher Rebbe for our time.


Salonica Edition 1526
Yalkut Shimoni  [13th Century]. ילקוט שמעוני:

“Rabbi Yitzchak said: ‘In the year that Melech HaMoshiach [King Moshiach] is revealed, all world national leaders will act with aggression one against the other. The King of Persia (Iran) will show aggression to the King of [Saudi] Arabia, and the King of [Saudi] Arabia will go to Aram (Edom - the West) to take counsel from them…..all nations of the world will be in tumult and panic stricken. They will fall on their faces, and they will be stricken with pangs like the pangs of one giving birth. 

Israel too will be in tumult and panic stricken and ask, where shall we turn to, where shall we turn to, where shall we turn to? But G-d will say unto them, “My children, do not fear All that I have done is only for your benefit. Why are you so fearful?  Do not be afraid,  הגיע זמן גאולתכם - the time of your Redemption [Geula] has arrived!

אמר רבי יצחק: שנה שמלך המשיח נגלה בו, כל מלכי אומות העולם מתגרים זה בזה. מלך פרס מתגרה במלך ערבי, והולך מלך ערבי לארם ליטול עצה מהם…. וכל אומות העולם מתרעשים ומתבהלים ונופלים על פניהם ויאחוז אותם צירים כצירי יולדה.

 וישראל מתרעשים ומתבהלים, ואומרים: להיכן נבוא ונלך, להיכן נבוא ונלך? ואומר להם [=הקב"ה לישראל]: בני, אל תתייראו, כל מה שעשיתי, לא עשיתי אלא בשבילכם. מפני מה אתם מתייראים? אל תיראו, הגיע זמן גאולתכם.

Monday, 18 January 2016

MOSHIACH NEWS: World leaders are no longer leaders


Quotation from the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn:

“Everyone is doing the best of their ability to survive the situation. But now everyone can see with clarity and with innumerable indications that it is G-d Who is leading the true strategic war from above.

World leaders are no longer leaders; rather, they are the one’s who are being lead continuously without they even knowing where they are being taken.  They have been set in place to be as messengers of G-d to lead the complete Redemption of the Jewish People; and this mission of theirs - they will achieve!”  

Ancient Jewish Hebron

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Peace Now

 The weekly portion [Shelach] tells the story of the spies from which we learn a real message for our times. By way of introduction: The story of the spies took place whilst the Jewish People were not in Israel but in the desert and were not short of anything. They ate manna, a food without any waste; they drank water from the well of Miriam and benefited for the Clouds of Glory which destroyed the snakes and scorpions, straightened their way forward, and un-soiled their clothes. When they stood on the thresh-hold of entering and conquering the Land they sent out spies to investigate. Upon their return the spies recommended that it is better to remain where they were with all the benefits and not endanger themselves by entering the Land. The intention of the spies was to prevent the Jewish people from being endangered. In reality however the very opposite took place. It was the spies who endangered the Jewish People! 

The message for our times is simple. In those times the Jewish People were still in the desert where they had all the benefits, therefore the spies argued to remain there. In contrast today, G-d has handed to the Jewish People the Land of Israel [not however ‘independent’ since never has there been such dependence on the gentiles as now. Yet, in a spiritual sense the Jewish People are the masters [with some control in material matter].

Now there arrive some Jews who scream “PEACE NOW!” They are joined by communists and Arabs who demand that Israel must hand over portions of the Land of Israel from the sovereignty of Israel. They do not say be passive, as the spies argued to remain in the desert, but argue to actually give away the land of Israel! The argument of Peace Now, as is the argument of the communists and Arabs is based exactly on the thinking of the spies in their time that the nations inhabiting the land are too powerful for us to overwhelm. Do not conquer or put down roots in the land of Israel! Since there dwell in Jerusalem 60,000 Arabs [1980], they say that they are far more powerful than the Jewish people, quoting the spies–  “they are stronger than us”. Therefore Jews must not be allowed to live in the Old City [of Jerusalem]. If Jewish people already live there, they should be evicted by all means available. The Old City must be given away, including the Temple Mount and the spot of the holy of Holies – to the Arabs! 

They raise the same argument about Hebron. Since there live there 50,000 Arabs [1980], they are stronger than the Jews who live there. They raise further arguments in favor of the Arabs, that they are descendents of Abraham the patriarch who is buried in the Cave of Machpela in Hebron. Therefore, we must not allow Jews to live there, and those that are there already must be thrown out! They argue further that any lands that Arabs demand must be handed over to them, since they are more powerful than our selves! 

The spies argued: “All the peoples whom we saw there are giants who fell from the skies– one is a giant murderer, the second is a giant armed robber, the third is a giant thief, the fourth a great diplomat, one who knows many languages and more. And on top of all these arguments they announce ‘Peace Now!’ In addition to all their arguments they are coming to offer peace, and the peace will be NOW, peace unto Israel! And more! They argue that giving away the lands to the Arabs is human justice! Thereby danger to the Jewish People will be averted since it is a land which devours its inhabitants. If we annoy the Arabs and not give in to their demands – they will eat us alive! And if we do give in to them, giving the land away, there will be peace NOW! Who poses this argument? Jews and Jewish communists!

The destruction of a Jewish town - Amona 

These people bring down terrible danger onto Jews and onto the Land. These people are the ‘demolishers and destroyers’ from amongst the Jewish people and of the Land of Israel. 

Yet they shout “PEACE! ‘The wicked have no peace [to offer!]’. ‘The wicked will have no peace, says G-d’ [Isaiah 49.17]– they offer no peace [agreements]. The intention of the Arabs terrorists are well known, as they ascertained at their recent gathering, that all Jewish People are to leave the Land of Israel. This is no secret– they have said this openly and it has been published everywhere, and this is known to all. This is nothing new; it is now 32 years that they have been announcing this! So it is self understood that any agreement with them will not bring to peace. Even should one agree to give in to their demands on condition that they sign a piece of paper that they are making peace for a while, as is the wish of Peace Now, not only will this not help, but this will bring actual danger onto the Jewish people.

Beautiful Neve Dekalim before destruction
We saw this in actuality at the time of the Six Day War; there were Jews who said that they do not want to conquer the Old City of Jerusalem. Thereafter, when there was no choice but to conquer the Old City and the rest of the territories. 

Synagogue of Gush Katif - later destroyed
The Government of Israel immediately sent messengers to Washington to London and to Paris to make it known that their intention is to return everything.

Gush Katif Destroyed
The only reason why they did in fact not return these was because gentiles have no real freedom of choice– ‘the heart of kings and princes is in the hands of G-d’, G-d did not permit them to take these!

Desecration of Jewish Holy books of Gush Katif

But the Arabs knew that Israel had sent this delegation [to surrender more land] and this gave them the fortitude to continue their acts of terror until this very day, becoming progressively more aggressive, may G-d protect us! 

It is not as those who mistakenly think that terror is only a recent phenomenon. This is absolutely untrue. Terror continues month by month from the time of the Six Day War, from when the Arabs were encouraged by becoming aware that the Jews are afraid of them, and are sending emissaries to surrender!  

This is how it is spun; whenever Jews conquered some land from the Arabs, they offer the gentiles to surrender that which was conquered, stating that they want peace, justice and integrity. Each of these occasions gives further fortitude and strength to the Arabs, to the point that they killed a Jew, a yeshiva boy, in the center of Hebron. Peace Now brings actual danger onto the Jewish people and onto the Land, and yet, they continue demanding lands be given to the Arabs in return for that piece of paper which states that we are making peace. It is not enough for them that lands with the oil wells were already surrendered, weakening security. They do all this arguing that in return we will receive peace NOW. And since the Jews are a wise nation [??] they argue, they will certainly be able to sort things out without oil and without land security! 

This is the greatest delusion – thinking that in return for surrender we will get peace! 

Yet, we see openly what Arab intentions are! Even if we were to say [in reality this is not the situation] that in return we will be in receipt of a temporary peace [as Peace Now argue], it is well known that when discussing an ongoing situation one does not focus on the present, but how this will unfold into the future, in which direction this will move. If the present is not good and is moving towards good, one must take that into consideration. Similarly, if the present situation is good but deteriorating, one takes that into consideration. Our situation is the same: we see where surrender to the Arabs is leading. 

Even if one were to delude oneself that at present there is peace, it is irrelevant because we see that we are moving forward into a negative situation– since their intention is not one of peace, but to eradicate the Jewish People from the land of Israel. 

Public discourse Shabbat Parshat Shelach 1980

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Stand with Strength! Interview with the Gerrer Rebbe 9 Elul 1978

The Rebbe: I wish for a strong standing and determination with all matters pertaining to peace. [Liquor was brought in and the Gerrer Rebbe said: ‘LeChaim, may it be a good year. Visible and revealed good, LeChaim]. We mentioned determination [leading to] and peace. Since you are the elder of the Chassidic Rebbes in the Land of Israel, it would be worthy that you go public and publicize with determination the Jewish Law that when [an enemy army approaches] asking for no more than straw and stubble, the law demands a stand with weapons of war, and ‘there befall them fear and trepidation’. 

The Gerrer Rebbe: Yes, in fact we see that the Song [at the splitting of the sea] is written in the past tense, with the phrase ‘there befall them fear and trepidation’ in the present tense. 

The Rebbe pointed out that this can be translated / interpreted also in the future tense, meaning, the Song relates to the past, while G-d throws forth His fear in our times as well.

The Rebbe: Since there are those who are fearful and weak hearted and we need to be assured that they will not weaken the hearts of their brothers, there is a need to publicize this law, [not specifically bound up with the holiness of the Land] which is applicable to any concentration of Jewish People [even outside of Israel], even on the Shabbos to go out armed, even when they want no more than cattle fodder, because they are on the border. 

Such a public notification will have a strong effect. Now is the time! 

Firstly, we read this in the Torah this last Shabbos [Shoftim], that the Cohen, the leader or judge must strengthen the people. Secondly, this will bring a benefit that the weak hearted will not mix in. 

I once said regarding the weak hearted, surely we can do something very simple: convince them that there is nothing to be afraid of!  Yet, we see that the Torah says the opposite: ‘he must go and return to his home’. There is no time to change his mind to ensure that he will not weaken the hearts of his brothers. He can go home and do many good things at home. 

Were you to go out with the strength of Kings – the Rabbis, with all the fortitude of Jewish law, this would have its effect above, and have a responsive effect below.

The Gerrer Rebbe: ‘The Kings are the Rabbis’ is stated in the plural. The intent is not [that] just one should make such a stand. 

The Rebbe: I will make the effort to find several more. There are already more. What is needed is that one should go out with strength. You mentioned earlier that many matters connected with the fear of G-d have become easier. Efforts must be made. Everyone is in agreement that this is life threatening. 

The Gerrer Rebbe: Perhaps you should come to Eretz Israel and work on this?

The Rebbe: [With a smile]: I will put in my efforts to effect change from here, where there are also those who are fearful and weak hearted. Now is the time to do this.

The Gerrer Rebbe: We are working on this already.

The Rebbe: But only in secret. The path to peace, ‘I will give peace in the Land’ is ‘I will lead you upright’ – ‘With an upheld head’ [publicly] [Rashi]. 

My father-in-law once gave an analogy of a lantern. When this stands in the middle of the street, people and Jews gather around. When the lantern is not in the middle of the street, people don’t see, and we don’t know who agrees and who disagrees. If we know the law, it must be publicized with the strength of Kings– the Rabbis. [There will be much more than a few “tens”!]

The Gerrer Rebbe: There is the organization of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah [Council of the Torah Greats]?

The Rebbe: Until they get round to publicizing this, it will take a long time. They will make a meeting, bring a secretary, etc. and all the other good things. 

It is documented that the laws of the Beis Yosef [author of the Code of Jewish law] were decided with 200 Rabbis of great stature. So there are already 200 who believe in this.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Clear Halachic Ruling: Be prepared to go out to war

 There is the clear instruction of Jewish law regarding a situation whereby gentiles who besiege a Jewish city. Even should they demand no more than stubble for their animals, even if in truth this all they want; even if they are only in a state of preparedness having not yet advanced, – the Torah commands to take up arms even on the Shabbos and take a firm stand on the borders in order to close off any entry of gentiles into the Land of Israel. This command of the Torah, is not some inexplicable law but one within human reason. That the land should not be laid open to them, may G-d protect us, will save lives. 

Anyone who wishes to interpret the Jewish law differently is on a collision course with Jewish law, opening up a road of life-threatening danger. Jewish Law makes no distinction of location of such a city or area of land. Should it be in time of exile [such as now], or whether at a time when the Temple stood, whether outside the land of Israel, whether a city mostly inhabited by gentiles or where gentiles are no more than a minority, or in Israel; the ruling is that if we are faced with a situation whereby the land lies open [to the enemy], there is no room for human calculations. Only ‘The word of G-d must stand for eternity’, and ‘They make plots which will be annulled, they construe plans which will have no standing, for G-d is with us’. 

And so it will be, that the Jewish Nation lives and will continue so, both in body and soul with their Torah, as is the Will of G-d, and will study the Torah as is   G-d’s Desire, and those studying will grasp the correct law as Torah lays down [without taking note of this one or that one’s advice, as it is well known who is his advisor and his personal interests in offering such advice]. 

As we have stated, all bad situations will become null and void retroactively, because G-d is with us. As the verse continues, ‘until old age I [G-d] will hold you’; that all negative situations G-d Himself will shoulder. The verse in Isaiah ‘Those who trust in G-d, will have renewed strength; one who trusts in G-d and performs His Will, G-d will exchange his previous weakness for His Powers. An exchange, a gain, as Torah prescribes.