Facing War – Its Just So Bloody Depressing

October 26, 2009

The war between Edom and Paras drifts inexorably forward.

In Farsi, there is a word, “haq“, which means “divine and inalienable right”.  The term is somewhat related to the Jewish notion of hoq in the sense of its immutable character.

Haq is a term Persians use when discussing the nuclear weapons issue.  For them, having unrestrained freedom to develop and control nuclear weapons is their divine and inalienable right that cannot change or be diminished.

This conflict promises to change the world forever, setting the stage for the final redemption.

HaShem should give us strength and joy!

Because, while true that this too is for the good, to quote my esteemed neighbor from England, the situation is really just so bloody depressing!


The Erev Rav’s Two Big Problems

October 21, 2009

The nefarious Goldstone Report is gaining traction, portending draconian “legal actions” against Jewish people who wish to live free in Eretz Yisrael.

Goldstone is Jewish, and HaShem should have mercy and help him open the door for tshuva. But his actions strongly indicate Erev Rav (the “Mixed Multitude”, the Egyptian wizards who converted to Judaism when the Jews left Egypt).

So, what are the Erev Rav‘s two big problems?

First, the Erev Rav were never slaves.  They never felt the whip. Never felt the terror and fear.  They never felt the pain.

Consequently, at best the Erev Rav are indifferent to Jewish suffering.  At worst they cause it (they were behind Hur’s murder).

Second, the Erev Rav were not miraculously redeemed by HaShemThey never  felt the gratitude.  Rather, out of a desire for glory and self-preservation, they shifted allegiance from one power source (the gods of Egypt) to another (the G-d of the Jews).

Consequently, the Erev Rav are incapable of being grateful to HaShem, or for being a Jew. Rather, they move to assimilate with any power source that promises glory and self-preservation.

In a nutshell, these are the Erev Rav’s two big problems.

Bear Attack!

October 2, 2009

Last night I had a remarkable dream (which bodes especially auspiciously because the dream occured on the sixth night of the week):

I was in a parade and saw a large grizzly bear. The bear stirred, and proceeded to viciously attack me, biting at my arms and hands as I tried to fend him off.

I soon recognized that this was a dream, so I concentrated deeply and said Shema. At “Echad” the bear was repelled, and the attack was successfully defended.

It is known that the symbol of Paras (Persia/Iran) is symbolized by a bear.

Megilla 11a “. …And behold another beast, a second, like a bear,” (Daniel 7:5) – Rabbi Yosef taught that this refers to the Persians, who eat and drink like a bear, and are clothed in flesh like a bear, and are hairy like a bear, and have no rest like a bear;  See also, interesting Torah video, Anger of the Bear

I believe that, possibly, this dream alludes the upcoming global conflict with ParasPerhaps, contrary to my “rational” analysis described in previous posts, this dream portends that Paras, not Israel or Edom, will strike first militarily.

In any event, the only defense we have is our faith in HaShem, as expressed in our efforts to strive for Jewish unity “below” in reflection of his unity “above”.

HaShem should help that we all sit in the Ztael D’emunata (shade of faith) Gam Yachad (as One) this Succot.

Hag Samayach!