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Rosh Hashanah Foods

Before Rosh Hashanah starts be sure to dip your iPhone into honey for a sweet year and after Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day go out and get a Kosher Cell phone.

Apple iPhone dipped in Honey for Rosh Hashanah

After dipping your Apple iPhone in honey get a Kosher phone after Rosh Hashanah for a good and sweet year

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Kosher Cell Phone

From chabad.org Rosh Hashanah Eve Meal

Rosh Hashanah Seder According to Ashkenazi Custom

Kiddush

Before starting the Rosh Hashanah meal, we sanctify the holiday by reciting the kiddush over a cup of wine or grape juice. Click here for the Hebrew text of the kiddush.1

Rosh Hashanah foods consist of the basic foods mentioned by Rabbi Abaye: pumpkin, the specific type of bean-like food called rubiyah (such as fenugreek, chick-peas, black-eyed peas, string beans, green beans, and aniseeds), leeks, beets or beetroot leaves, and dates. However, over the centuries, additional foods have been added to the Rosh Hashanah meal, with the type of food or foods added differing depending on the Jewish community in a given country. Foods that have been popular additions to the Rosh Hashanah include: apples and honey, challah pomegranates, figs, carrots, Swiss chard, other gourds besides pumpkin such as squash; scallions, spinach, zucchini, whole cloves (as a spice), sesame seeds, and sugar (instead of honey when used with apples). All the aforementioned Rosh Hashanah foods are known as “simanim” in Hebrew, meaning the “symbolic foods” of Rosh Hashanah.

Ashkenazi Jews usually serve the following foods at their Rosh Hashanah festive meals: chopped liver, brisket or roast turkey (usually stuffed) or roast chicken, lokhshen kugel (“lokhshen kugel” means “noodle pudding” in Yiddish), matzo balls (usually chicken soup or vegetable soup with matzo balls), tzimmes or tsimmes (usually a sweet carrot, prune, and raisin compote, but sometimes containing meat as well), gefilte fish (“gefilte” means “stuffed” in Yiddish, symbolizing the hope that the upcoming year will be filled with good omens), coleslaw, sliced tomatoes, eggplant, specific cooked vegetables that support the themes of Rosh Hashanah such as sliced carrots and string beans, and sponge cake or honey cake. Challah bread dipped in honey and wine are also used in the Rosh Hashanah.
DATES

Sweet dates are served to symbolize the wish that the New Year will be equally sweet. After reciting the yehi ratson prayer (below), most Sephardim eat the dates as they are. Some Moroccan Jews add a gourmet touch. They dip the dates in a mixture of ground sesame seeds, anise seeds and powdered sugar. (Apples are also dipped in this mixture). Interestingly, “yitamu”, which sounds like “tamar”, the Hebrew word for date, is introduced in the yehi ratson in a sense that gives this word another meaning. “Yitamu hata’im” literally means “May the wicked of the earth be removed.”

As we eat this date, may we date the New Year that is beginning as one of happiness and blessing, and peace for all men. Blessed are Thou, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.
POMEGRANATE

Every pomegranate, it is said, contains exactly 613 seeds, precisely the number of mitzvoth, Biblical commandments Jews are obliged to fulfill. As they eat this fruit, Sephardim pray that their lives during the coming year will be filled with as many good deeds as the pomegranate has seeds.

In the coming year, may we be rich and replete with acts inspired by religion and piety as this pomegranate is rich and replete with seeds.
APPLE DIPPED IN HONEY

The apple’s roundness symbolizes a hope that the New Year will be joyous from the beginning until it goes full circle. Dipping an apple in honey expresses a wish for a sweet New Year.

May it be Thy will, Lord our God, God of our father, to grant us a year from the first day to the last, goodly as the apple and sweet as honey. “And Nehemiah said to them, go, eat rich dainties and drink sweet drinks, and send portions to him to has nothing ready, for today is holy to our Lord. Grieve not, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
PUMPKIN OR GOURD

Food made with pumpkin is served to express the hope that as this vegetable has been protected by a thick covering, God will protect us and gird us with strength. The Hebrew word for pumpkin or gourd is “kraa”. Sephardim pun on this and say “yikaru lefanekha z’khuyoteinu,” May our good deeds be called out before the Lord at the time of judgment.

“May the coming year grow as a gourd in fullness of blessing. In the year to come, if enemies gird at us, mayest Thou guard us as we eat of this gourd with the prayer: Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who createst the fruit of the earth.”

LEEK

“Kartee” is the Hebrew word for leek. In the yehi ratson, Sephardim say “yikartu oyvekha,” May all of God’s enemies be cut off. This pun in English on “leek” probably evokes more chuckles than any other double-entendre in the yehi ratson ceremony.

Like as we eat this leek may our luck never lack in the year to come.
BEETROOT

Sephardim generally perform the yehi ratson with spinach or Swiss chard, although the leafy part of the beet may also be used. In English translation, the stress is on our desire to “beat” those who intend to do us harm. “Silka” is the Hebrew word referring to the greens mentioned above. The verse that begins “yistalku oyvekha” also expresses the wish that the enemies of the Jews will be removed.

As we bite this beet, may those who in the past have beaten us or sought our harm beat to cover in the coming year.
SHEEP OR FISH HEAD

“Rosh Hashannah” literally means head of the year. The sheep or fish head symbolizes the hope that each of us will be at the head of whatever we do, rather than at the tail end.
May it by Thy will, Lord our God, God of our fathers, that in the coming year we may go ahead in all we undertake. “And the Lord will set thee ahead and not back, and thou shalt go only upwards and not down, when thou wilt hearken to the commandments of the Lord thy God which I command thee this day to observe, and to do them.”

Rosh Hashanah meals often include apples and honey, to symbolize a sweet new year. Various other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served, depending on local minhag (“custom”), such as cooked tongue or other meat from the head of an animal (to symbolize the “head” of the year).
On the second night, new fruits are served to warrant inclusion of the shehecheyanu blessing, the saying of which would otherwise be doubtful (as the second day is part of the “long day” mentioned above).

From aish.com Symbolic Foods

On Rosh Hashanah, we eat foods that symbolize good things we hope for in the coming year. We contemplate what these foods symbolize, and connect with the Source of all good things. Here is a list from the Talmud of symbolic foods customarily eaten on Rosh Hashanah. (The food and its related meaning are written in capital letters.)

  • After eating LEEK or CABBAGE, say: “May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be CUT OFF.”
  • After eating BEETS, say: “May it be Your will, God, that our adversaries be REMOVED.”
  • After eating DATES, say: “May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be FINISHED.”
  • After eating GOURD, say: “May it be Your will, God, that the decree of our sentence should be TORN apart, and may our merits be PROCLAIMED before You.”
  • After eating POMEGRANATE, say: “May it be Your will, God, that our merits increase as the seeds of a POMEGRANATE.”
  • After eating the HEAD of a sheep or fish, say: “May it be Your will, God, that we be as the HEAD and not as the tail.

You can also use other foods and make up your own “May it be Your will…” For example, eat a raisin and celery, and ask God in the coming year for a “raise in salary” (raisin celery)!

From chabad.org Rosh Hashanah Seder According to Sephardic Custom

On both nights of Rosh Hashanah, a number of foods are eaten to symbolize our prayers and hopes for a sweet new year. Many of these foods were specifically chosen because their Hebrew names are related to other Hebrew words that convey our wishes for the coming year.1 An accompanying prayer is recited, expressing our wishes inherent in these words and foods.2 Recite each prayer while holding the particular food in the right hand, immediately before it is eaten.

Before Rosh Hashanah, gather the following items:

  • Dates
  • Small light colored beans
  • Leeks
  • Beets
  • Gourd
  • Pomegranate
  • Apple (cooked in sugar) and honey
  • Head of a ram (or a fish)

After chanting kiddush, washing, and breaking bread, the following foods are eaten:

תמרים

Dates. Related to the word תם—to end.

Take a date and recite:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.

After eating the date, take another one and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁיִּתַּמּוּ אוֹיְבֵינוּ וְשׂוֹנְאֵינוּ וְכָל מְבַקְשֵׁי רָעָתֵנוּ

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that there come an end to our enemies, haters and those who wish evil upon us.

רוביא—לוביא

Small beans. Related to the words, רב—many, and לב—heart.

(The following blessing over vegetables is only recited if one has not recited the blessing over bread:3

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.)

Take some white beans and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁיִּרְבּוּ זָכִיּוֹתֵינוּ וּתְלַבְּבֵנוּ

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that our merits shall increase and that You hearten us.

כרתי

Leek. Related to the word כרת—to cut.

Take a leek and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁיִּכָּרְתוּ אוֹיְבֵינוּ וְשׂוֹנְאֵינוּ וְכָל מְבַקְשֵׁי רָעָתֵנוּ

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that our enemies, haters, and those who wish evil upon us shall be cut down.

סלקא

Beets. Related to the word סלק—to depart.

Take a beet and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁיִּסְתַּלְּקוּ אוֹיְבֵינוּ וְשׂוֹנְאֵינוּ וְכָל מְבַקְשֵׁי רָעָתֵנוּ

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that our enemies, haters and those who wish evil upon us shall depart.

קרא

Gourd. Related to the word קרע—to rip apart, and also קרא—to announce.

Take a gourd and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתִּקְרַע רוֹעַ גְּזַר דִּינֵנוּ, וְיִקָּרְאוּ לְפָנֶיךָ זָכִיּוֹתֵינוּ

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that the evil of our verdicts be ripped, and that our merits be announced before you.

רימון

Pomegranate.

Take the pomegranate and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁנִּהְיֶה מְלֵאִים מִצְוֹת כָּרִמּוֹן

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that we be filled with mitzvot like a pomegranate [is filled with seeds].

תפוח בדבש

Apple and Honey.

Dip an apple in honey – some have the custom of using an apple cooked with sugar – and say:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה כַּדְּבָשׁ

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that You renew for us a year good and sweet like honey.

ראש כבש

Ram’s Head (or the head of another kosher animal or fish4).

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁנִּהְיֶה לְרֹאשׁ וְלֹא לְזָנָב

May it be Your will, Lord our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that we be a head and not a tail.

(The following is added only over the head of a ram:

וְתִזְכֹּר לָנוּ עֲקֵדָתוֹ וְאֵילוֹ שֶׁל יִצְחָק אָבִינוּ בֶּן אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ עַלֵיהֶם הַשָּׁלוֹם

…And You shall remember for us the binding and the ram of our forefather Isaac, the son of our forefather Abraham, peace be onto them.)

How to put together your Rosh Hashanah seder:

Swiss chard latkes – Get the recipe here.

Dates – Simply serve plain dates, or if you can get fresh yellow dates (available in September at many Middle Eastern stores) you can chop them into green salads.

Haricots verts – Mix with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until tender.

Squash – The traditional Mizrahi and Sephardi way is to fry chunks of pumpkin or squash and serve it dipped in sugar. You could also mix butternut squash chunks with honey, olive oil and kosher salt and roast in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour, or until tender.

Pomegranate – You can either serve the seeds plain or try this recipe for pomegranate and roasted beet salad (two blessings in one dish) or this recipe for tilapia and pomegranate ceviche (again, two blessings in one, the fish and pomegranate).

Apple Jam – An Iraqi tradition. In a large bowl, mix 2 pounds of red apples with 1 pound sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom. Cover and let sit overnight. The next day, transfer to a pot, bring to boil, remove foam, and cook on low heat until very tender. Add juice of one lemon at the end. Keep in the fridge.

Leek latkes – Excellent with or without meat. Those are hard to resist, especially hot straight out of the pan, so hide them well until dinner.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/modern-manna/1.675294

Rosh Hashanah Food Customs

An unusual Rosh Hashanah custom—which is actually mentioned in the Talmud and in other halakhic codes—is making puns on foods. No, the Talmud doesn’t tell us we should make puns; R. Abaye says that each person should eat at the beginning of the year certain foods that have a symbolic significance. But it turns out that the significance the Talmud cites is based on some adroit wordplay—in Aramaic (b. Horayot 12a). We know about the custom of eating pieces of apple dipped in honey, which is symbolic of the hope for a sweet new year. After Nehemiah read the Law to the assembled people on Rosh Hashanah, he sent them home with the advice to “Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet…” (Neh. 8:10). Taking the idea of symbolic foods a little further, the Talmud enjoins us that on Rosh Hashanah night we should eat foods whose names suggest good things for the future. The examples the Talmud mentions would not make much sense to us since they are, of course, in Hebrew and Aramaic, but this idea could certainly be extended to whatever language we speak.

To get into the mood, consider these examples. One may eat an avocado in the hope that God might be our advocate, or the thought that “I will pare away my sins in this new year” could be accompanied by eating a pear. But let us not take this too far: “Lettuce look forward to a wonderful year” might be going over the edge. But restraint wasn’t apparently on the mind of one well-known rabbi, who commented that perhaps eating a raisin with a celery stalk could certainly express the hope for “a raise in salary” (attributed to Rav Moshe Heinemann of Baltimore). But more on this later.

There are many celebratory activities that take place at Rosh Hashanah, and many of these take place at the festival table. Not only do we dip apples in honey; it’s traditional to have honey on the table during the festive meals and dip the challah in it, instead of salting it as is done during Shabbat and all other festivals. The Rosh Hashanah challah is different, too. It is round, to signify the cyclic nature of the year. Some even bake raisins into their challah, perhaps again to enhance its sweetness. In some communities the holiday challah may be formed into the shape of a five-runged ladder; the ladder, Hebrew: sulam, in gematria (study of the mystical relationship of words and numbers), has a value of 130, equal to the name “Sinai.” The symbolism refers to Moses’ ascent of Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah, and also to the ascent of prayers to heaven. Another view of the ladder symbolism is a prediction of how people will fare in the coming year—those whose fortunes ascend and those whose fortunes decline.

Many of us are familiar with some or even most of these food customs. But do you know the reasons that underlie these customs? Let’s look at some Rosh Hashanah food customs. The first three are common, but the ones that follow are less so. Much less common. Remember what I said above about puns? Keep that in mind when reading about some of these foods.

  • Honey. The symbolism is clear with honey. It represents a wish for a sweet year.
  • Apples. This food has a more complex symbolism, and there are several reasons for eating apples. The Hebrew word for “apple” is tapuach and in gematria, tapuach is equivalent to seh akeida, “lamb of the binding.” In the Genesis story of the Binding of Isaac, which in rabbinic tradition took place on Rosh Hashanah, when Isaac observed that they had the materials necessary for the sacrifice but not the sacrificial lamb, Abraham told him that God would provide the lamb for sacrifice. But Abraham knew that his son was to be the sacrifice, was to be the seh akeida. At the last minute, however, God did provide an animal—a ram—for the sacrifice, sparing Isaac (and giving us another tradition concerning the use of the ram’s horn for the shofar). Through the chain of gematria, by eating apples at Rosh Hashanah we symbolically express the hope that some of Abraham’s merit in trusting God will accrue to us, and we will be granted a good year.Another reason mentioned by the Rabbis is based on the Torah, where Isaac blessed Jacob by saying, “The fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field which Adonai has blessed…” (Gen. 27:27). The Rabbis of the Talmud identified this “field” as an apple orchard (Ta’anit 29b, Biyur Hagra).
  • Pomegranates (rimon). The rimon is ripe in the early fall, so it’s a “new” fruit, and it’s also chock full of seeds. Tradition claims that there are as many seeds as there are mitzvot (613), so eating this fruit symbolizes the desire to observe all of the mitzvot. (Try counting the seeds…people who’ve done it report results pretty close to 613! Who knew?)
  • Fish (or even sheep) head. Eating from the fish head (rosh shel dag) or from the head of a sheep symbolizes the desire to be at the “head” or front of any endeavor. The head also symbolizes the intellectual and spiritual rather than the more base qualities with which it may be contrasted. Also, fish are said to multiply quickly, so a blessing is prescribed when eating fish: “May it be Your will that our merits be fruitful and multiply as do the fish.”
  • Beets. The Aramaic word for “beets” is salka. In Hebrew, that word suggests the word meaning “to remove,” as in “remove us from sin and temptation,” or even “remove our enemies from us.”
  • Leeks. Called karti in Aramaic, it suggests the Hebrew word meaning “to cut down.” Using this word, one could say, “May our misdeeds, our spiritual enemies, be cut down.”
  • Dates. Here we have another Aramaic word with a related Hebrew word. The Aramaic tamri is related to the Hebrew meaning “consume.” I’m sure you’re getting into the flow of the symbolism here.

  • A variety of squash. Called kera, it’s a homonym to the Hebrew words for “to read” and “to tear,” as in “May You read our merits in the Book before You” or “May You tear up our negative judgments.”
  • Carrots. Changing language for a moment, this vegetable is called merren in Yiddish, which also has the connotation of “more,” as in doing more good deeds, having more knowledge, wealth, whatever.
  • A variety of green bean. This vegetable is called rubiyah; the word also means “to increase.” I think we’ve covered enough of these; sufficient for a well-stocked festival table!

Eating a new fruit, that is, one that has just come into season or that the family has not eaten in some time, like several months, is a custom that is observed on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, so that one has an additional reason for reciting the sheheheyanu blessing over something new.

One food that is avoided during Rosh Hashanah is nuts. No nuts. Why? According to gematria, the Hebrew for “nut,” egoz, is equivalent to the word for “sin,” chet. But if you try it yourself, and add up the numerical letter values, you’ll find that egoz = 17 but chet = 18. So what’s the problem with nuts, or didn’t the mystics who did this calculation know how to add? Nothing like that—one of the primary gematria tricks (we would call it fudging) was to assign the comparison word itself a value of one, so that the gematria in both cases is 18. if you don’t buy that argument, consider that on Rosh Hashanah we don’t even want to come within shouting distance of a sin, and 17 is awfully close to 18. So just skip the nuts for two days.

 

Calling all Kohanim

The Nezer HaKodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies: The World’s First Institute for Training Kohanim

נזר הקודש – המכון ללימודי הכהונה מיסודו של מכון המקדשThe Nezer HaKodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies

The Temple Institute, established nearly thirty years ago, has now established the world’s first school for training Levitical Priests to serve in the Holy Temple. Your support will help to strengthen and develop this school.

After millennia of yearning, only one organization is paving the way for the rebuilding of the Temple: the internationally-acclaimed Temple Institute (מכון המקדש), a research organization founded nearly thirty years ago and located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Temple Institute is dedicated to every aspect of preparing for the renewal and ultimate construction of the Third Temple, and has succeeded in bringing about a spiritual awakening – bringing the concept of the Holy Temple back to forefront of our consciousness. The Institute has created nearly all of the sacred vessels needed to resume the Divine service in the Holy Temple, including the High Priest’s breastplate featuring the twelve precious stones of the tribes of Israel, the half-ton golden menorah, and the musical instruments of the Levitical choir. It has also made huge advances in preparing the architectural plans for the building of the Temple, and many other areas of research.

But who will serve in the rebuilt Holy Temple? The Temple Institute has established the world’s first school for the training and preparation of Kohanim – the Levitical Priests: Nezer Hakodesh, Hebrew for ‘Crown of Holiness,’ the Institute for Kohanic Studies. The Kohanim (plural for Kohen, the Temple priests) are the representatives of both the Creator and all of Israel, as well as all of humanity. The Institute’s goal is to prepare these men to assume their duties and responsibilities in the Holy Temple.

Nezer Hakodesh brings alive the knowledge required by the kohanim through educational practice drills on every aspect of the Temple service, held throughout the year. In addition to all the relevant sources of Torah halacha and knowledge, the school’s curriculum also includes in-depth courses such as:

  • The Role and Application of Modern Technology in the Third Temple
  • The Mathematics of the Holy Temple
  • The Temple Service: Theory and Practice
  • Holy Temple Administration
  • The Sacred Temple Vessels: Aspects of Engineering and Design
  • The Topography of the Temple Mount and the Structure of Ezekiel’s Temple

The Nezer Hakodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies was established four years ago with an initial student body of 12 participants. At present there are many potential students from all over Israel with whom this great responsibility resonates, who wish to register for these programs to prepare for their duties.

Some More Information About the Kohanim (Levitical Priests):

Who are the Kohanim ?

“And it shall be for them an appointment as priests forever, for all generations” (Ex. 40:15)

“For the L-rd your G-d has chosen him out of all of your tribes, to stand to serve in the name of the L-rd, him and his sons forever” (Deut. 18:5)

The first kohen, the founder of the priestly clan of Israel, was Aaron, brother of Moses, of the tribe of Levi. Levi was the patriarch Jacob’s third son, and Aaron was a fourth generation descendant of Levi. Aaron and his four sons were designated as the first priests; Aaron served as the first High Priest. As the verses indicate, all of his male descendants were chosen by G-d to be priests forever; it is an eternal covenant. Thus even today, a kohen among the Jewish people is genealogically a direct descendant of Aaron. In our time, new advances in science and medicine have established the identity of the descendants of Aaron beyond any doubt, through DNA.

The Role of the Kohanim in the Holy Temple

G-d chose these men to be in a position of spiritual leadership. They are responsible for the sacred service in the Holy Temple — and in general they are responsible for our spiritual welfare. The Hebrew word kohen actually means ‘to serve,’ and a deeper linguistic connection can be found in the word ken, meaning ‘yes,’ itself related to the word kivun,‘to direct.’ Thus a kohen is called upon to direct in the proper service of G-d: “And you, separate your brother Aaron and his sons from among the Israelites, and bring them close to you… so they can serve me” (Ex. 28:1).

A Conduit for Divine Blessing

In attending to the various aspects of the Divine service, the kohanim serve as a conduit to bring G-d’s radiant blessing into this world. It is on this account that they are commanded to deliver G-d’s blessing of peace and love to the people, as well: “Say to Aaron and his sons… Thus shall you bless the people of Israel: ‘May the L-rd bless you and protect you. May the L-rd shine His face upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the L-rd lift up His face to you and may He grant you peace’ ” (Numbers 6:22 – 26).

The kohanim represent the attribute of kindness, and the focusing of life’s energies on sanctity and Divine purpose. It was the attribute of kindness, understanding and love for all which Aaron, the first Kohen Gadol – High Priest, was best known for, and his descendants are entrusted to exemplify Hillel’s famous dictum in the Chapters of the Fathers (Avot 1:12): “Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow-creatures, and drawing them near to the Torah.”

The daily blessing of the kohanim in the Temple serves to open the Heavenly gates of mercy. Through it, the people of Israel and the entire world merit not only material well-being – including offspring and longevity – but spiritual blessings as well; mercy, Divine protection and the greatest blessing of all… true peace. Since the kohanim represent the attribute of kindness, G-d channels His blessing through their service in the Holy Temple.

Myth and Fact

Myths:

  • The Temple will come down miraculously from the sky.
  • The Temple will be achieved through violence.
  • The Temple will be open to limited Jewish groups.

Facts:

  • The Third Temple will be built through human effort in the natural course of human events.
  • As stated by the prophets: the Holy Temple stands for the sanctity of human life and peace and therefore will be rebuilt as an expression of unity and peace;
  • The Holy Temple will once again be the focus of prayer for the entire world;
  • The Holy Temple will be the focus of an inspiring pilgrimage for all people.

 

Rav Chaim Dovid Stern of Bnei Brak message regarding Rav Berland

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Throughout the last three years’ of Rav Berlands exile, there were many indications from other leading figures and tzaddikim that the situation facing Am Yisrael was as bleak as indicated by Rav Berland himself. One such person was the kabbalist and Rosh Yeshiva from Bnei Brak, Rav Chaim Dovid Stern. In 2014, Rav Stern told his attendant that the previous year, he’d seen terrible decrees being made in Shemayim in relation to Israel’s enemies – so bad, that he’d even started telling the people who were visiting him that they didn’t need to worry about money any more, and that they should start giving all of their money away to tzedaka, because shortly there would be such a period of chaos and destruction descending on the world that money wouldn’t be worth the paper it was printed on.

Day after day, Rav Stern described how he could see how these decrees were gathering steam – until Rav Berland decided to take upon himself the terrible shame and criticism, and to leave Eretz Yisrael and go into exile abroad. According to Rav Stern, Rav’s Berland self-sacrifice is what cancelled these terrible decrees.

He continued that if there had been a tzaddik before World War II who’d have taken such harsh suffering upon himself, then there wouldn’t have been a holocaust. Unfortunately, none of the Tzaddikim who were alive at that time could have withstood such a difficult test. When Rav Stern heard from one of his yeshiva students how Rav Berland had been praying alone for hours in the African jungle, in places where no other person would come without an armoured jeep and a gun, Rav Stern said: “It’s because of his incredible kedusha! The animals don’t have any permission to harm him – not the animals, and also not the human beings!”

Over the last three years, Rav Stern has spoken out about Rav Berland on many different occasions. When he was giving a pep talk at the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva to the students of Rav Shalom Arush, Rav Stern gave over the following serious warning: “Woe to whoever speaks ill of Rav Berland, for they will be punished severely. All those who dare to speak ill of this tzaddik should fear for their lives, for they will all, without exception, receive severe punishments from Above. I knew him 40 years ago, and the way he learned with the Steipler was unmatched by any other. He is entirely holy.”

Guard-your-tongueOn another occasion, he said: “The final test before Moshiach comes is Rav Berland. Anyone who talks against him, or who believes the rumours being circulated about him, won’t merit to witness the imminent redemption of our people.”

Around the time that Rav Berland was detained in Holland, on his way to Uman just before Rosh Hoshana, Rav Stern told Rav Shalom Arush that the people who were slandering the Rav and spreading rumors about him should make some serious Teshuva, if they wanted to avoid the terrible fate that would otherwise await them. Rav Stern said: “I believe that Rav Berland could even hold his hand in the fire, and not be burned! [because of his high level of holiness].” (That’s actually what happened in Johannesburg on one occasion, when the Rav was reciting havdalah together with his followers, and realized that some of them were struggling with serious doubts and confusion about where the truth lay, in relation to the false accusations that had been made about him. After he’d said havdalah, the Rav placed his hand in the flame of the burning candle, and held it there for a good while, without his hand being at all burnt. The Rav turned to his confused followers and told them: “Don’t let all the suspicions and the rumors burn you up!”)

Rav Stern concluded: “The whole subject involving Rav Berland’s exile is connected to the deepest secrets of the redemption of Am Yisrael.”

Stop the Lashon hara

Lashon hara From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

lashon haraThe Hebrew term lashon hara (or loshon hora) (Hebrew לשון הרע; “evil tongue”) is the halakhic term for derogatory speech about another person.[4] Lashon hara differs from defamation in that its focus is on the use of true speech for a wrongful purpose, rather than falsehood and harm arising. Speech is considered to be lashon hara if it says something negative about a person or party, is not previously known to the public, is not seriously intended to correct or improve a negative situation, and is true. Statements that fit this description are considered to be lashon hara, regardless of the method of communication that is used, whether it is through face-to-face conversation, a letter, telephone, or email, or even body language.

Lashon hara (lit. “evil tongue”) is considered to be a very serious sin in the Jewish tradition. The communicator of Lashon Hara (and rechilut) violates the prohibition of “Lo telech rachil b’ameicha (Leviticus 19:16).”[5]

By contrast, hotzaat shem ra (“spreading a bad name”), also called hotzaat diba, or motzi shem ra (lit. “putting out a bad name”) consists of untrue remarks, and is best translated as “slander” or “defamation”. Hotzaat shem ra is worse, and consequentially an even graver sin, than lashon hara.[4] And the act of gossiping is called rechilut, and is also forbidden by halakha.[4]

Laws of Lashon Hara

Parshat Behaalotecha

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/922039/jewish/Laws-of-Lashon-Hara.htm

By Aryeh Citron When Miriam spoke negatively about her brother, Moses, she was rebuked by G‑d and afflicted with the skin disease of tzaraat as a punishment. Due to Moses’ prayers, she was cured soon after, but still needed to remain outside of the camp for seven days.1 Aaron, who had listened to her negative speech without protesting, was also punished, but not as severely.2

Unfortunately, the spies who were sent soon afterwards to Israel did not take a lesson from this story, and they too spoke negatively—about the land of Israel. The result was that the Israelites of that generation all died in the desert.

The idolatrous armies of King Ahab were successful in their battles, because they did not have the sin of lashon haraIn fact, we find that lashon hara, negative talk, is a sin that has caused numerous tragedies for the Jewish people, and indeed the world, since the very beginning of history.

Some examples of this are:

  • The Midrash tells us that the snake slandered G‑d to Eve when convincing her to eat of the Tree of Knowledge.3
  • Joseph spoke negatively to his father, Jacob, about his brothers, causing them to hate him. This led to their selling him, and ultimately caused the Egyptian exile.4
  • At first Moses wondered why the Jews deserved their difficult slavery in Egypt. When he heard that there were talebearers amongst them, he said that he then understood why they deserved this fate.5
  • The slander of Doeg, King Saul’s chief shepherd and the head of the Sanhedrin, caused the massacre of nearly an entire city of kohanim.6 In fact, the armies of King Saul lost their battles with the Philistines as a result of the slander that people spoke against (then future) King David.7
    (On the other hand, the armies of the notorious King Ahab were successful in their battles, despite the fact that they were idolatrous, because they did not have the sin of lashon hara.8)
  • According to the Talmud, it was the slander of Jews by Jews that actually brought about the destruction of the Second Temple.9

The laws of lashon hara are too lengthy to include in one article. In fact, Rabbi Israel Meir Hakohen of Radin wrote an entire book about these laws. The book is called Chafetz Chaim (which caused the author to be known as the “Chafetz Chaim”) too. The name is inspired by the verse in Psalms, “Whoever of you desires life (chafetz chaim) . . . guard your tongue from evil . . .”10

Nevertheless, here is a brief overview of some of the laws, mostly gleaned from Chafetz Chaim:

  1. Lashon hara literally means “bad talk.” This means that it is forbidden to speak negatively about someone else, even if it is true.11
  2. It is also forbidden to repeat anything about another, even if it is not a negative thing. This is called rechilut.12
  3. It is also forbidden to listen to lashon hara. One should either reprimand the speaker, or, if that is not possible, one should extricate oneself from that situation.13
  4. Even if one has already heard the lashon hara, it is forbidden to believe it. On the contrary, one should always judge one’s fellow favorably.14
  5. If one has already heard the lashon hara, he is forbidden to believe it Nevertheless, one may suspect that the lashon hara is true, and take the necessary precautions to protect oneself.15
  6. It is forbidden to even make a motion that is derogatory towards someone.16
  7. One may not even retell a negative event without using names, if the listeners might be able to figure out who is being spoken of.17
  8. In certain circumstances, such as to protect someone from harm, it is permissible or even obligatory to share negative information. As there are many details to this law, one should consult a competent rabbi to learn what may be shared in any particular situation.18

Footnotes
1.See Numbers, ch. 12. The commentaries to vv. 1–2 discuss what it was that she said.
2. See Rashi to verse 9, and Rabbeinu Bechayei to verse 1.
3.See Bereishit Rabbah 19:4 for the snake’s slanderous claim.
4.See Genesis, ch. 37, and Bereishit Rabbah 84:7.
5.See Exodus 2:14 and Rashi on this verse.
6.See I Samuel 22:9ff.
7.Midrash Shocher Tov 7:8.
8.Ibid.
9.Talmud, Gittin 55b–56a.
10.Psalms 34:12–13.
11.See Shulchan Aruch Harav, Orach Chaim 156:10.
12.See Leviticus 19:16, and Mishneh Torah, Hilchot De’ot, chapter 7.
13.Chafetz Chaim 6:2, based on Talmud, Ketubot 5a and other sources.
14.Ibid. based on Talmud, Pesachim 118a, and commentary of Rashbam ibid. s.v. Hamekabel.
15.Talmud, Niddah 61a. See Jeremiah, ch. 41, where the story is told of how Gedaliah did not believe lashon hara at all, and thus allowed his adversaries into his palace. They eventually killed him, as well as most of his men.
16.In the words of King Solomon: “An unscrupulous man, a man of violence, he walks with a crooked mouth; he winks with his eyes, shuffles with his feet, points with his fingers. Contrariness is in his heart; he plots evil at all times; he incites quarrels” (Proverbs 6:12–15).
17.Chafetz Chaim 3:4.
18.See Chafetz Chaim, ch. 10.
By Aryeh Citron
Rabbi Aryeh Citron was educated in Chabad yeshivahs in Los Angeles, New York, Israel and Australia. He was the Rosh Kollel of The Shul of Bal Harbour, Florida, and is now an adult Torah teacher in Surfside, Florida. He teaches classes on Talmud, Chassidism, Jewish history and contemporary Jewish law.

 

America – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

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The Bad

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 US college backs professor's free speech rights after anti-Semitic rants

US college backs professor’s free speech rights after anti-Semitic rants

Term[1] invented in Soviet Russia to describe people who blindly supported the likes of Lenin and Stalin while they committed atrocity after atrocity.

This term (singular: полезный дурак) was attributed to Lenin by some Russian writers, e.g., by Vladimir Bukovsky (1984).[4]

Today, it refers to brainwashed liberals and leftists the world over (usually college students that aren’t necessarily idiots, but just misinformed, naive, and ignorant of facts due to being indoctrinated with liberal/socialist propaganda through their public education) who believe that George W. Bush has committed more crimes against humanity than leftist darlings like Saddam Hussain, Yasser Arafat, and Osama Bin Laden, and still defend Communism, the cause of over 100 million deaths to this day.

Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.

Vladimir Lenin [5]

At the Democratic National Convention 2016

Protester burn Israeli flag outside DNC, Byron Tau/ Wall Street Journal

Protester burn Israeli flag outside DNC, Byron Tau/ Wall Street Journal

Palestine sic flag at Democrat Convention, Social Media

Palestine sic flag at Democrat Convention, Social Media

Protesters burn Israeli flags outside the DNC and DNC delegates wave Palestine sic flags inside the DNC

The long-time Jewish worship of the Democratic Party is based on the false premise, that U. S. President F.D. Roosevelt was pro-Jewish and saved the world by defeating the Nazis. He is also credited with ending the Great Depression, and that is another untruth.

  • FDR was pushed into having the USA enter World War Two when American military was attacked and to save Britain and Europe. At no time was it a military, or diplomatic aim to stop the Nazi Holocaust of Jews.
  • It was the economic needs of the American military that drastically improved the American economy, thereby bringing on the economic recovery and end of the Great Depression.

AMCHA-logo-revised20Campus antisemitism is highly prevalent in public and private schools with significant Jewish undergraduate populations, irrespective of school size.

Click to download PDF file Report-on-Antisemitic-Activity-During-the-First-Half-of-2016

  • More than 300 antisemitic incidents occurred at top Jewish schools in 2015.
  • 70% of schools played host to one or more kinds of antisemitic activity.
  • Schools with the highest incidence of each kind of antisemitic activity

Strong correlation between anti-Zionist student groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and antisemitism.

  • 99% of schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups had one or more incidents of antisemitic activity, whereas only 16% of schools with no active anti-Zionist student group had incidents of overall anti-Semitic activity.
  • 57% of the schools with one or more active anti-Zionist student groups had one or more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm, 91% of the schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups showed evidence of antisemitic expression, and 80% of schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups showed evidence of BDS activity.

Strong correlation between the presence of faculty who have expressed public support for an academic boycott of Israel and antisemitism.

  • 81% of the schools with one or more faculty boycotters had one or more incidents of overall antisemitic activity, whereas only 17% of schools with no faculty boycotters had incidents of antisemitic activity.
  • 100% of the 33 schools with 10 or more faculty boycotters had one or more incidents of antisemitic activity.
  • 46% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of targeting Jewish students for harm, 74% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of antisemitic expression, and 62% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of BDS activity.

BDS activity strongly correlates with antisemitic activity.

  • 56% of schools with evidence of BDS activity had one or more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm, whereas of the schools with no evidence of BDS activity, only 23% had incidents targeting Jewish students. In fact, schools with more incidents of BDS activity tended to have more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm.
  • 95% of schools with BDS activity had one or more incidents of antisemitic expression, whereas of the schools with no evidence of BDS activity, only 33% had antisemitic expression. Schools with more incidents of BDS activity tended to have more incidents of antisemitic expression.

Presence of SJP, faculty boycotters and BDS strong predictors of antisemitism.

  • The presence of anti-Zionist student groups and the number of faculty who have publicly endorsed an academic boycott of Israel are, in combination, very strong predictors of overall antisemitic activity.
  • BDS activity is the strongest predictor of incidents that target Jewish students for harm, the factor with the most deleterious effect on campus climate.

‘Slap on Wrist’ of Violent Anti-Israel Student Protesters at UC Irvine ‘Feckless Punishment,’ Say Campus, Legal Groups

The heads of major campus groups told The Algemeiner on Monday that they are outraged by the mild response of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to the violent behavior of an anti-Israel student organization on its campus.

Referring to a letter from UCI’s vice chancellor of student affairs criticizing Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for “disrupting” a pro-Israel event, Ilan Sinelnikov, founder and president of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) — whose UCI chapter was the target of SJP’s violent protest in May — said, “UCI has turned its back on the Jewish and pro-Israel campus community.”

From the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The image was accompanied by a poem which read: “…We will scream out the names of the martyrs and paint with their blood the proof of our claims…Do you hear our war cry…Do you see our weapons?”Summer Awad — a 2016 graduate who was a member of UTK’s SJP chapter and is a supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement — shared an image on Facebook in June featuring the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem alongside five hands representing various forms of Palestinian aggression against Israel.

The image was accompanied by a poem which read: “…We will scream out the names of the martyrs and paint with their blood the proof of our claims…Do you hear our war cry…Do you see our weapons?”

 

And The Ugly

2016: The No-Choice Choice

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If Donald and Hillary are the only two choices, it must mean that Hashem can use either one of them in moving the world in the direction that He wants it to go…
By: Dr. Zev Ballen Update date: 8/1/2016,
The Jewish ideal of a good president is a person, who not only has the right kind of knowledge and skill to run the country, but is also a person whose ethics and morality is beyond reproach. So what is a thinking Jew supposed to do if there are only two choices – voting for an arrogant, nasty megalomaniac or a pathological liar who’s been involved in all kinds of scandals and cover-ups?

Some people say: “Well why should I vote at all!? There’s really no one to vote for! They’re both terrible!”  But as anyone who reads this website knows – this is the wrong question to ask. And why is that? Because since we know that everything is coming from G-d, the question that we should all be asking is: “Who does G-d want for president?”

G-d certainly has a plan for us despite how ridiculous the candidates are –  so If Donald and Hillary are the only two choices, it must mean that G-d can use either one of them to fulfill  a necessary role in moving the world in the direction that He wants it to go. And who knows, perhaps G-d prefers one candidate over the other and that one can get in based upon the behavior of the Jewish people.

So what direction does G-d want for the world? We don’t have prophets today to tell us what G-d wants, but we can make “educated guesses” based on what prophets of old have said and how our Rabbis interpret those prophesies. Everybody knows that the world, as we know it, will exist for 6000 years and then come to an end. After that, many marvelous things are predicted to happen. We also know, from our prophets and Rabbis, that there are very specific events that must take place before the 6000 years come to an end – for example that a Messiah (Moshiach ben Yosef) will come; and that there will be a war between Israel and certain nations (which Israel will win through great miracles); that the Messiah will rebuild the holy temple; and that a second Messiah will then appear (Moshiach ben Dovid) who after 2000 years of exile, with miracles the world has never seen,  will elevate the status of Israel and the Jewish people in the eyes of the world in order to fulfill G-d’s Plan for us to serve as the spiritual leaders and teachers for the other nations.  These are not just goals for the future, these are events that we know must happen and that G-d is going to make happen one way or another.

The question is really how each candidate might further this messianic process that we are already living through. When we look at the election from the perspective of what G-d wants and not just through the way we naturally think, we don’t have to worry so much about Donald’s incredible narcissism and Hillary’s difficult relationship with the truth. I will examine these qualities and others in the candidates but only to see how they might fit into G-d’s ultimate plan for Israel and the world. Certainly their personalities will effect things in different ways.

There is one more thing that we need to be familiar with before we can fully appreciate how each candidate could possibly fit into G-d’s plan and that is something called the “creation calendar.” Imagine a calendar that has six days and one Shabbos.  Each of the six days is 1000 years and when Shabbos comes that is the end of days as we know it. How close are we to the end? We are much closer than people think. Presently we are past mid-day on Friday afternoon. That means all of the above must happen before Shabbos comes plus another 210 years for the resurrection of the dead. The resurrection of the dead will take 210 years because not everyone will get up at the same time. It will depend on how materialistic the person was. The more the person was attached to materialism in this world the longer it will take for him to “get up.” Just imagine how much has to happen in the world even before the resurrection of the dead.

Now having said all of this let’s get back to the election and consider three things: 1. What is the current situation that the next president of the United States is about to face, and 2. What are the psychological profiles of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,  and 3. How do their respective personality styles, personal histories and current day values fit with G-d’s plan for the world.

The State of the World

  • The countries of Esau (essentially the U.S., Europe and Russia) have been “on top” for the last 2000 years since the time of the holy Temple when the Jews were “on top.”
  • Torah observant communities continue to flourish around the world despite the Holocaust (which sought to wipe out the Jewish people completely) and Zionism (which sought to transform Torah Judaism into gefilte fish and kugel
  • The U.S. (which represents the “good” part of Esau) has been very hospitable to Jews and Torah learning up to the present day.
  • Putin, the leader of Russia was orphaned and raised by an orthodox Jewish family, and because of that, he has great respect and appreciation for the Jewish people. Putin recently  told the Chief Rabbi of Russia and other Rabbis at a meeting that he believes that the secret to the Jews’ survival has been “your Torah and your Rabbis.” Can you imagine Brezhnev, Gorbachev or Stalin saying such a thing? Putin has also donated large amounts of money to a Jewish museum in Russia and is welcoming the frightened Jews of terror-ridden Europe to come to Russia for safe haven. Putin is potentially a strong ally for Israel.
  • Militant Islam which could never compete with Esau’s countries was first empowered in 1989 when Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill invited Yasser Arafat to the white house more than any other statesman, and when in 1994, Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Islamic violence and barbarism is no longer confined to the Middle East, it now has a strong foothold in the United States and Europe – who are in many ways less able to defend themselves against terror than Israel is.
  • President Obama, who was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, signed a deal with Iran (Paras, in the Torah), the most violent and barbaric nation on earth, that will legalize their possession of nuclear arms in the near future. (Paras is also the nation that is prophesized to war with Israel prior to the messianic era)
  • The U.S. rate of unemployment is very high and there is terrible poverty though out the land.

Who are Donald and Hillary?

Hillary Clinton is the daughter of a highly abusive father who victimized her and her siblings. Her choice of Bill Clinton, a known womanizer, as a husband, a man whose affairs and scandals preceded their meeting, was a continuation of the victim role that she was accustomed to with her father. Hillary became a classic enabler and co-addict.  She has consistently blamed the other women in her husband’s life (or herself) for Bill’s infidelity, but she has never been able to face the fact that her husband is a sexual addict who needs treatment.

A capacity for introspection, self-awareness and connection to her real feelings are not Hillary’s strong points. She tends to avoid conflict where her husband is concerned. Bill Clinton’s behavior with “Monica” was publicized all over the world. His behavior demoralized millions of people. She watched as her husband destroyed his reputation and dishonored his family and country. But she could not assert herself with her husband other than reportedly sleeping on the couch for several weeks. Can you imagine the shame that Hillary experienced? It is impossible that she could be confident of herself as a person and as a woman because she never received affirmation of her womanhood by her husband. But despite her pain, Hillary, the consummate politician, used the situation to play the martyr role. She became the champion of victims everywhere and has tried to market herself as a strong advocate for families and children. Unfortunately though, Hillary is not able to assert her real feelings. If her emotional equilibrium is threatened, as it was by her militaristic father or by her unfaithful husband, she doesn’t know how to manage her feelings, communicate directly and take appropriate action. Instead she is likely to deal with unpleasant feelings and situations in clandestine ways. Let’s take some known examples:

  • She hid the fact that she failed the D.C. bar exam [supposedly not one of the more difficult exams] from her close personal friends as long as she could.
  • Because Hillary has always had difficulty in being truthful with herself about her feelings, she has had a difficult relationship with the truth in general. Her record shows that she is neither trustworthy or honest. Whether it was her work on the Nixon impeachment, whitewater (where she was suspected of illegal real estate activity) or “the server” where she still denies that she used her personal email to send and receive information that was marked top secret despite FBI findings to the contrary. (FBI director James Comey said that 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information and he specified that Hillary was on 7 of those chains that were marked top secret).
  • As Secretary of State Hillary was criticized for denying requests for additional security at the American consulate in Libya prior to its being attacked by Islamic militants. The attack led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and another U.S. Foreign Service person, Sean Smith. (This is a particularly important example as it may shed light on her indecisiveness when under attack by terrorists. She is likely to “freeze” as she did with her father and with her husband)

Donald Trump is of German ancestry. His father was a cold distant hard working man who sent Donald off to a military school when he was 13 years old – not because Donald was a behavior problem but because he didn’t want to be bothered raising a son. Donald clearly did not receive the parental love and admiration that he needed. This explains his need to see his name in lights everywhere he goes. More than any other characteristic, Donald Trump is defined by his absolute defiance. He will not back down to anybody because in his mind there is nobody who knows better than he does what America needs or how we should deal with Islamic terrorists and threat of nuclear war.

Donald Trump is estimated to be worth 8 billion dollars. Just to make this figure a bit more real, a billion is 1000 million. So with about 8000 million dollars, Trump says that he can’t be bought by political interest groups. This is a very important consideration as most politicians, even those who want to keep their pre-election promises, cannot because they need money – Trump is not likely to sacrifice his need to get his way for a bribe of a mere ten million dollars. That’s nothing to him. Trump’s popularity is based on his being different. People are sick of politicians. Trump, who has absolutely no public service experience, was able to defeat heavy weight governors and senators and defied being controlled by rich people in the Republican Party who absolutely hate him.

Trump has become the champion of the middle class by his promise to “make America great again” and his unwillingness to negotiate with terrorists. The fact that he won’t be influenced by any donors or sponsors does give him tremendous leverage. It is possible that unlike Hillary he could actually deliver on what he says. Trump’s megalomania will not allow him to back down to Iran or anyone who threatens him – not because he is such a “good person” (he is highly selfish and self-serving and says many foolish things) but because he must win at all costs. He is an incredibly insecure person who compensates for this by getting in anyone’s face. Unlike Hillary, who really cares what her husband and others think of her, Trump will stand his ground and defy everybody. He doesn’t care how many people hate him because he is sure that he is superior to them all. If the Islamic terrorists pushed Trump too far, which they already have, he would stand up to the entire world by warring with Iran.

It’s also interesting to consider that Trump has done business with a lot of Jewish people in real estate over the years. He has orthodox people working for him and advising him. And his business will someday go to his children who seem to be loyal to him.  His daughter is a convert who keeps Shabbos. He is not well-liked by everyone he does business with, but Trump does seem to recognize that Jews are productive and hard working. Loyalty is everything to him.

Trump literally says whatever he is thinking. To say that he lacks manners is a gross understatement. He has openly expressed his wish to remove Muslims from the United States until he knows who they are. Can you imagine Hillary in a debate with Trump? It will be like putting her in a tank with a shark that hasn’t eaten for 5 weeks. She will be his dinner. She is vulnerable to him in so many areas and he will say absolutely everything that he has on her. It won’t be pretty. The networks will do very well that night; nobody will want to miss it.

Everything considered it’s possible that the words of our prophets could potentially be carried out through Israel becoming allied with the two biggest countries of Edom (Esau). With the U.S. through Trump and with Russia through Putin who also likes Jews. It is possible that Edom and Russia will join with Israel in the prophesized war with Islam and defeat them. Of course we can’t be sure it will happen this way. It is just one possibility of how G-d could pick world leaders with certain character traits to fulfill His will. Of course G-d can make it happen through Hillary as well. If elected, she will certainly be more sympathetic to militant Islam and terrorism in general than Trump will be so the process could involve more bloodshed, G-d forbid – but in the end, as with everything in the world, the result will depend on the behavior of the Jewish people. It will depend, as Rabbi Arush says, on our level of emuna and the number of mitzvos we do (keeping G-d’s commandments) as opposed to committing sins.

There is no doubt that we are getting close to the end. We see the redemption process in full swing. We see the ingathering of Jews to Israel from the four corners of the world. We have seen the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the reclaiming of Jerusalem in 1967. The Jewish people are the only people in history that have re-established their own country after being exiled 2000 years ago (even though Israel is not yet ruled by Torah authorities, this can be seen as part of the process of redemption). We have also seen the resurrection of the Hebrew language which also was not used for thousands of years and is now spoken by millions of Jews.  All of these are events that are moving us closer to the messianic era. May G-d hear our prayers and accept our repentance and take us through this process in the easiest possible way.

The author is grateful for the teachings of Rabbi Mendel Kessin, from Lakewood, NJ.

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