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Complains To The King (Continued From Last Week)

Friday, November 11th, 2016

When Terach returned home and saw the havoc that his son Avram had caused, he became very angry and complained to King Nimrod.

“I cannot control my son anymore,” he told the king. “He has destroyed my gods for the second time. I give him over to you to punish.”

The king immediately sent soldiers who captured Avram and brought him before the king.

“Why did you burn your father’s gods?” the king asked him.

“Your honor, it was not me who destroyed the gods,” Avram answered. “It was the large god standing in the rear of the store who did it.”

“Do you think me to be a fool that you tell me such stories,” the king shouted at him. “These gods are not alive; they cannot move.”

“Then why do you worship them, if they are not alive?” Avram asked the king. “Why do you fool all the people into believing that they can help you? Why don’t you worship the true God in Heaven, Hashem? Put your faith and trust in Him and He will help you. You know that it was only because of behavior such as yours that our forefathers were drowned in a terrible flood that Hashem brought upon them.

“Unless you repent you will suffer a similar fate.”

“What are you talking about!?” shouted Nimrod. “I am the true god. I created the world. There is no other god except me!”

“Very well,” answered Avram, “if you are the god then order the sun that usually rises in the East and sets in the West to reverse its order, then I will believe that you are a god.


Argues With The King

Realizing that he couldn’t fulfill Avram’s request, Nimrod then decided upon another line of reasoning. “I may not be an all-powerful god, but I do know who the true god is. It is fire that I bow to.”

“Then why don’t you bow to water that extinguishes the fire?” Avram asked.

“Very well, we will bow to the water,” replied Nimrod.

“Better worship the clouds that carry the water away,” Avram persisted.

“Very well, this we will do,” the king agreed.

“Better worship the winds that are able to blow the clouds away,” Avram replied.

“This too we will do,” Nimrod answered.

“But man is more powerful than the winds for he is able to withstand them,” Avram said.

“Therefore you should worship man.”

Finally, Nimrod grew exasperated and in a rage he ordered Avram imprisoned. He remained in prison for 10 days until the king decreed that Avram should be thrown into a burning fire.

“We’ll see how powerful his god is,” said Nimrod. “If He is stronger than our god of fire, then He should be able to rescue him.”

When the appointed day arrived, the king gathered all of his ministers and the people of his kingdom to watch the spectacle.

When the king’s ministers saw Avram, they immediately recognized him as the boy about whom they prophesied and told the king. The king became very angry, and he summoned Terach.

“Why did you fool me when I told you to give me your son?” the king shouted at him.

Terach became frightened and he began to plead, “It wasn’t my idea,” he said. “It was the idea of my oldest son Haran.”

Haran was brought before the king and asked if he was in accord with his brother Avram. “Do you believe in his god or in my god, the god of fire?” he was asked.

Haran replied, “I will wait and see the fate of my brother, Avram. If he survives the fire then I will believe in his god; otherwise I will believe in yours.”


Thrown Into The Fire

The king then ordered them both to be thrown into the fiery cauldron. Their hands were bound and they were heaved into a fire that had been raging for over a week.

Immediately the angels appeared before Hashem and pleaded, “Lord of the Universe!” they said, “Give us permission to rescue this holy tzaddik from the fire.”

They then began quarreling amongst themselves, each wanting to be the one to descend into the fire to rescue Avram.

But Hashem stopped them, saying, “I am One and Only in this world, and so is Avram one and only in his land. It is only befitting that I personally rescue him.”

Immediately, Hashem Himself descended into the fire and surrounded Avram with cool air that protected him from the intense heat. Only the rope binding his hands burned. His clothes, even his shoes, remained intact, untouched by the fire. His brother Haran, in the meantime, was burned.

The people saw Avram walking around in the fire and were in awe. They notified the king who approached the fire and he, too, saw Avram walking around in the intense blaze. He ordered his soldiers to take Avram out of the fire. But the soldiers could not approach as the heat was so intense that it burned their skin. But upon the king’s command the soldiers tried to enter the fire. Eight soldiers immediately died, and many more were terribly burned.


Believes In Avram’s God

When the king saw this he approached the fire and shouted, “Avram, servant of the true God in Heaven, come forth from the fire. I believe in your God.”

Immediately, Avram walked out. He was untouched by the fire, and when people saw this, a great shout burst forth from them.

The king and his ministers then gave Avram silver and they served Hashem. The king also gave Avram a servant who was named Og.

Hundreds of people began serving the God of Avram, and from that day onward a new religion was launched – a belief in the true God of Israel. May the day soon come when all the inhabitants of the earth shall turn their hearts to the true God in Heaven and may He enter into all of their hearts, and may all the people become as one. Amen.

Rabbi Sholom Klass

After November 8th, the King is Coming

Monday, November 7th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Israel Rising website}

The world is about to be thrown into a level of chaos of unknown proportions. None of this depends on the outcome of the elections in America.  Either way the path ahead post elections is fraught with danger.  The prophecies in the bible are clear.  When the nations of the world gather and come against Israel’s control of Jerusalem, the Almighty himself will intervene and save his children.  This prophecy can, like all prophecies be revealed in a variety of ways.

It is almost guaranteed that Obama will, especially if Trump wins come against Israel in the UN. Eventhough the UN Security Council vote will not come with a force of arms attached to it, the coming vote (which Obama will not veto) will lay down the “final boundaries” of a “Palestinian” State. This will include Israel’s biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria and “East Jerusalem.”  Expect the Old City to fall under international control.

With three months left in Obama’s term there will not be enough time for the world to send forces against Israel. However the vote itself will fulfill the prophecy in both Zecharia and Yechezkiel. What will happen afterwards are events that have already been set into motion. The nations of the world instead of destroying Israel will fight one another as it says, “Jerusalem will be a Cup of Poison.” Russia is already preparing for war against the USA, as is China. Europe is preparing to repel an invasion from Russia.  Iran and Syria are ready to attack Israel and Saudi Arabia is ready to defend against attacks from Iran.

Chaos is coming, but we know that chaos leads to order as it always has. Afterall in creation, night comes first followed by the day.  Night represents chaos and day represents order. Noah and his children experienced intense chaos and yet when the door to the Ark opened, the world was ready to be put back together again by their descendents.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov tells us the Messiah, descendent of King David will conquer the world without firing a shot. He will fight with prayer as “prayer is his main weapon” (Lekutei Mohran, Lesson 2).  In a moment when the world has exhausted itself and G-dlessness reigns he is revealed to teach us that it is in fact the Creator who directly has done, does, and will do everything in the world for our good. The Messiah will open our hearts so we can worship the true King, G-d Almighty directly.

In Rebbe Nachman’s lesson concerning Tzohar (Lekutei Mohran, Lesson 112) the light in the Ark, he teaches that all holiness comes to the world surrounded by evil. We ourselves find it hard to allow the Creator’s light into our lives. The flood of anti-holiness and G-dlessness has gripped the world. However desperate things appear, Rebbe Nachman teaches that any of us can break through the layers of darkness and despair by making an opening to the Creator’s light within our own lives.  Afterall, there is no despair in the world at all since everything is done for our own good.

What is coming may be scary, but it is the final moment of chaos and darkness before the greatest light is revealed. The Midrash in Yalkut Shemoni relating to the End of Days says: “Do not be afraid my children. Everything I have done I have done for you.”

Buckle your seatbelts, the King is coming.


David Mark

Beyond The Matrix – An Israeli Yankee in King Arthur’s Court [audio]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Ira and Rod discuss what it is like for Ira to be in America after the Jewish holidays, and dealing with the commercialism of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Beyond The Matrix 01Nov – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

King David’s Diaries

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Parshas Haazinu is a song, a shirah to Hashem.

Our haftarah is a song as well, shiras Dovid.

This is the general connection between the two. Interestingly, Parshas Haazinu is a short parsha with 52 pesukim, while our haftarah with 51 pesukim, albeit short ones, is perhaps the longest haftarah.

Rav Dovid Feinstein adds another connection, pointing out that Shiras Haazinu was stated and sung by Moshe at the end of his life and the song of Dovid in the haftarah was also stated and sung at the end of his life. Furthermore, Dovid’s song was sung as gratitude to Hashem for saving him from all his enemies and Haazinu ends with Hashem saving Klal Yisrael from all of our enemies.

Our haftarah comes from Shmuel Bais, perek 22, but also appears in Tehillim, perek 18, albeit with some slight differences. The question is: Why are both versions necessary? Wouldn’t one have been enough?

Rav Moshe Eisenman’s book, Music Made in Heaven – Thoughts on Dovid HaMelech and Sefer Tehillim” (pages 47-50), points out that Sefer Shmuel tells us practically nothing of Dovid’s personal life and feelings. It is only in Sefer Tehillim that we meet the true Dovid. The book quotes extensively from Dr. Henry Biberfeld’s David, King of Israel which explains how Dovid’s real life is described in Tehillim:

“This is the true mirror of his being, reflecting every phase of his life. If the historical books (and Tanach) show the outward contours of his image, the Psalms probe his deepest secrets. The Psalms are his world, the world of the idea of G-d with all its variety. It is a world detached from and beyond the material sphere. Hence, allusions to actual events occur only rarely in Psalms. The historical books provide the form to be filled in with idea and experience. We cannot expect such a ‘biography of an idea’ to conform to the usual pattern of history. The life of the idea progresses in a reality above space and time. David’s mind, responsive as no other, found in the omnipresence of G-d the one experience that became the dominant force in his life, the atmosphere and living-space of his existence.

“When the supreme ‘event’ of an idea of G-d was perceived by David, an experience was born of such singular force that it reverberates throughout the ages. The Psalms are the record of that great union, when the impact of the omnipresence of G-d struck the responsive chords of David’s being. David’s reactions to the erratics of life were no longer his own. The Divine in David thought, felt, spoke, and acted through him. The inner history of the life of David, his true biography, was called Tehillim, which we should really loosely translate as ‘Reflections,’ for all of Tehillim are reflections of the Divine in the clear mirror of the soul. Triumphs and tragedies, periods of calm and of unrest, of supreme confidence and hopeless despair, mystic surrender and moral reflections, universal love and implacable wrath, find expression in the Psalms.”

Shiras Dovid, which begins, “Dovid addressed the words of this song to Hashem, on the day that Hashem had saved him from the hand of all of his enemies and from the hand of Shaul,” is understood by the Abarbanel as having been sung by Dovid each time he defeated his enemies. Whenever Hashem saved him, he sang this song of gratitude. It is for this reason that Sefer Shmuel does not attach it to a particular event in Dovid’s life; Dovid sang it after many victories.

Rav Dovid Cohen in Sefer Ohel Dovid cites the Vilna Gaon who says that the mizmor in Sefer Shmuel was written before Dovid sinned with Batsheva and the kapitel in Tehillim was written after the sin. He utilizes this approach to explain the small and subtle differences between the two. With this Vilna Gaon, Rav Cohen suggests why we say “Migdol Yeshu’os Malko” in Shabbos bentching, while during the week we say “Magdil Yeshu’os Malko.” The migdol pasuk comes from the end of the mizmor in Sefer Shmuel while the magdil pasuk is from the end of the mizmor in Tehillim.

On Shabbos, says Rav Cohen, we exist in a world of mei’ein Olam Habah, a microcosm of the next world, a taste of Gan Eden. In this world, there is no sin. This is why we don’t say, “V’Hu rachum yechaper avon, Hashem will atone and forgive our sins” at the beginning of Maariv Friday night because we don’t want to mention sin. So too, we say Migdol in Shabbos bentching because it was written prior to the sin with Batsheva. We say Magdil during the weekday because it comes from the version written after the sin and that is the world we live in during the week.

There are other approaches as well. The Torah Temimah in Baruch She’amar, his sefer on Tefillah, says that our custom is actually the result of a printing error. The original practice was to say Magdil even on Shabbos but the word Migdol was written in parenthesis with the letters shin and beis referring to Shmuel Beis. A later printer assumed that the intention was to say Migdol on Shin Beis, which he thought was a reference to Shabbos, and so printed the Shabbos bentching differently. Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Derech Sichah, page 682) quotes his father, the Steipler Gaon, who met the Torah Temimah and told him he thought it was incorrect because the Avudraham, a Rishon, mentions saying Migdol on Shabbos, and Sefer Shmuel had not yet been broken up into Aleph and Beis during the times of the Rishonim.

The Rogachover Gaon (Shut Tzafnas Panei’ach 2:5) suggests the Migdol change came as a result of a Gemara in Shabbos 115a and 116b where Chazal forbade people from learning Kesuvim on Shabbos, which includes Tehillim. Therefore, the pasuk from Sefer Shmuel, Migdol, is said in bentching and not Magdil from Tehillim. This served as a reminder that after the meal, when people would go learn, they should not learn Kesuvim. (Nowadays, it is permitted.)

Rabbi Boruch Leff

Jordan’s King Abdullah: Threatening the World

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Last month, Jordan’s King Abdullah addressed the world from the UN Podium, directly warning Israel that it could “be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil.”  These threats were not “just talk” as some of his few remaining Western cheerleaders would like to claim, but in fact, the king was making a threat, which he has executed into actions that could bring the world one step closer to another war in the Middle East.

But, why is the King doing this?

For the Jordanian Opposition Coalition (JOC), the answer is simple – Abdullah is weak, fragile and literally standing on his very last leg. As a result, he is playing the oldest trick in the book, blackmailing the world by working both ends against the middle and either threatening war or allowing it to happen. Let’s see how.

One day before the king made his threats at the UN, the Jordan’s parliamentary elections took place on 20 September, and they were largely boycotted by the Jordanian people. In fact, even with the “success” that the king claims, the official turnout rate was the lowest in Jordan’s history – just a mere 37.5% of those eligible to vote, voted. Even worse, this rate is being contested amid allegations that the king’s Ministry of Interior “rigged the elections,” issued fake IDs for its affiliates, allowing them to vote multiple times in order to increase the rate. Furthermore, the turnout rates in Jordan’s major cities, Amman and Irbid, were as low as 17%.

In addition to the low turnout rates, it appears that for some reason, the king executed the elections in a very hasty and chaotic fashion. For example, several ballot boxes were lost, while many more mysteriously disappeared. For example, in the “Central Bedouin District” where the candidates are contesting the results in court because of the missing ballot boxes, 8 appeals have been made in court by several candidates accusing the government of rigging the elections.

This holistic chaos and royal disregard for the public’s desire has evolved into protests, marches and a general public outcry against the king, the elections and those who won seats.

What’s most alarming about this whole situation is this: the king clearly handed the parliament to Islamists whose agenda is to radicalize the public, cause instability in the region, and spread hatred against the West, USA and Israel.

In total, at least 35 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) are now in the parliament (Almost 27% of 130 seats) 15 members come from the Islamic Action Front Party, 10 from the Centrist Islamic Party and 10 MB affiliates who are not official members, similar in nature to the way Mr. Bernie Sanders was not a registered Democrat, yet ran as one.

What’s alarming about this should be clear to everyone who follows Jordanian politics: Islamist have boycotted the last three parliamentary elections, making their vigorous return to the parliament evidence of a much-rumored “handshake” deal between the MB and the king. In fact, with Constitutional changes made by the Parliament just before they were disbanded last year, the king ensured that changes in the elections law not only gave him more power, but muddied the elections law allowing for these fundamentalists to not only take hold, but to capture seats in an already contentious Parliament. For example, take the so-called

Virtual District” This odd concept gave the king a free hand to secure the Islamists a victory by assuming a non-factual contingency, and came at a time when concrete fundamental connections between the MB and ISIS ideology and structure are clear and evident. As a result, it appears that the king’s new elections law was specifically designed to empower fundamentalists in the next parliament in exchange of their unconditional support that will keep the monarchy in power.

To make matters worse for Jordan and the world, the king allowed the so-called Centrist Islamic Party to secure 10 seats. Despite their name, that party’s leaders are known as diehard loyalist to the king who have an extremely radical Islamist agenda that is against women’s rights -such as passing citizenship to their children-and is vehemently anti-peace and Israel.

Finally, the king helped usher in many anti-Western figures from the non-Islamist camp. An example of those is 3 newly-elected parliament members from the newly-found, and mysteriously well-funded, Maan List. For those unfamiliar with the Maan List, it is well known within Jordan that those on the list are vocally loyal to the king and are publicly very close to Queen Rania’s office. In fact, on its official site, the Maan List ran on highly anti-Western, anti-peace and pro-BDS ticket. Ironically, one of those – Qais Zaiyadeen – allegedly won his seat by securing thousands of votes, despite running for one Amman Christian parliamentary slot, a slot which barely gets a few hundred votes. This alone confirms that the elections were rigged by the king, and in Zaiyadeen’s case, someone seems to have gotten carried away and given him more votes than there are possible voters. To add insult to injury, Zaiyadeen is a very vocal advocate of Syria’s Assad, making his victory unexplainable in a country where Assad is passionately hated and considered to be a butcher.

Now let’s turn our attention to Jordan’s strong General Intelligence Department (GID). The GID has vigorously opposed the king’s empowerment of the Islamists. What’s most significant here is that more than 30 parliamentary candidates who lost their elections are all known operatives and loyalists of the GID, which signifies the perception that Jordan’s king is not only at odds with Jordan’s intelligence body but made their candidates lose in an attempt to put the department in its place. This should come as no surprise as the GID has been distancing itself from the king since 2012 for his apparent alliance with Jordan’s Islamist. What helps the GID maintain its moderate position is its cemented counterterrorism cooperation with the CIA, British MI6 and the Mossad.

To the untrained and uninformed -who usually claim authority about Jordan- they will argue that the above outcomes are evidence that the Jordanian public is radical, and hence, the radicalized parliament is “not the king’s fault.” To those we ask: if the elections were transparent, how come even the major tribal figures lost? How come anyone who is considered a moderate has lost? How come even moderate Christian candidates lost and radical anti-peace candidates won? Why is there no free press in the country to actually report on the violent aftermath of the elections? And, how on earth could the intelligence department’s candidates lose?

It should be quite clear to the world that Jordan’s King created an Islamist and anti-Western parliament so on one hand, “the king can stand up and say to the West that the only one who can protect it and Israeli interests in Jordan is me” and then urge all Western governments to support him economically and militarily. Yet on the other hand, should this parliament become active on 7 November 2016 as planned- the king has primed the country for an all-out political, social and economic civil war that will threaten Jordan and destabilize the region, as well as the interests of the USA, UK, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

In fact, the disastrous outcomes of the king’s gamble are already in, with the results and their effects waiting just around the corner. Today as you read this, Jordanian society has broken out in public unrest that is sweeping the country from the North to the South. In fact, fire, gunfire, riots and confrontations with the police, as well chaotic protests have engulfed the country under a regime-forced media blackout, nonetheless, images and reports of the unrest are still surfacing on Jordan’s social media to this day. The JOC’s Shadow Secretary of Homeland Security, Naseem Al-Gheewan, estimates the “violence will cool down eventually but unrest and chaotic protests shall remain for a long time, this is the beginning of trouble, not the end of it.”

The world must recognize the coming storm in Jordan and at the same time understand the political sabotage Jordan’s king is executing is a threat to the region and therefore the world in order to buy himself more time on the throne, and if the region explodes, he will retire to his mega mansion in the French countryside where he could follow news of the next Middle Eastern war from the safety of his living room.

Mudar Zahran

Jordan’s King Asking UN Help on Syrian Refugees, Offering Lip Service on PA

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The two main concerns Jordan’s King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein brought up in his speech before the UN assembly this week were the need to halt the spread of terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere, and his country’s dire need for help in caring for millions of Syrian refugees that have crossed over from the civil war next door. The king ended his eloquent speech with a scant reference to the Israeli-PA conflict, cautioning that “no injustice has spread more bitter fruit than the denial of a Palestinian State,” and stressing that “Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred.”

Meanwhile, it’s been Jordan being engulfed, as the ISIS hordes have been hammering at its borders from several directions, leaving only one safe border, the one with those bitter fruits of the Israeli-PA conflict. Or, as His Majesty described it, the outlaws of Islam — the “khawarej” — have murdered, plundered, exploited children and rejected the equality of women before God. But he insisted that it was crucial to recognize the difference between that image of Islam and what the religion really teaches.

“False perceptions of Islam and of Muslims will fuel the terrorists’ agenda of a global struggle by polarizing and factionalizing societies, East and West,” the king warned. Islam teaches that all humanity is equal in dignity and that there is no distinction between different nations, regions or races, he said, but the khawarej deliberately hide such truths in order to drive Muslims and non-Muslims apart. “We cannot allow this to happen,” he warned. He explained that those radical outlaws do not exist on the fringes of Islam, but outside it altogether. A new mind-set, new partnerships and reformed methodologies would be needed to confront such a non-traditional enemy. For Muslims it is, first and foremost, a fight for their future.

Admirably truthful and useful ideas, which is why one must wonder how come the king is recommending that, while the rest of the world should be combating these radicals, Israel, his only safe neighbor, should embrace peace with them. It may have to do with the fact that Jordan’s population is 80% “Palestinian,” meaning it is made up of the indefinable hordes who flooded the area from all over the Middle East starting in the 1920s, seeking jobs and safety alongside the Zionist enterprise and under the rule of the British Mandate. Jordan has become a home to many of them who fled Israel during the 1948-49 war, just as it became a home to an estimated 400,000 of them who were deported by Kuwait after the Gulf War of 1991. Indeed, the close to two million refugees who have been invading Jordan in the past five years are no more “Syrian” than the others are “Palestinian.” Those national definitions are synthetic, Western inventions imposed on a region that lives by tribalism.

That was the real message the Jordanian king was sharing with the world in NY City this week, as he put it bluntly in his speech before the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, co-hosted by the US, Jordan, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Ethiopia.

“For many years, our country’s security and stability and our citizens’ generous compassion have led desperate refugees to our doors,” King Abdullah II told the summit. “In the past five years the Syrian crisis has sent Jordan’s burden skyrocketing. Some 2.5 million Syrians have crossed into Jordan since 2011. Today we are hosting 1.5 million Syrians, one for every five of our own citizens. Across my country, Jordanians are suffering. No one is justified in questioning our commitment and sacrifices. The economic and social impact has shocked every sector, every community; and it has set back the strides of our economy and has created tremendous problems in our development, job growth and debt reduction. We are spending a quarter of our national budget on refugee-related costs.”

Noting that “all countries agree that the Syrian refugee crisis will be with us all for years to come,” the king warned that “if regional refugee hosts are abandoned and left to fail, the need won’t disappear. The crisis will simply spread further, prolonging the time it takes to end this ordeal. The cost in human suffering will be unspeakable.”

Which is why the takeaway from King Abdullah II’s speech is not about his faint call on Israel to be more peaceful with its terrorist neighbors, but a cry for help in managing the Arab hordes on either side of his gates.


Netanyahu Heads to The Hague for Diplomatic Mission

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to the Netherlands for a diplomatic visit on Tuesday for meetings with top officials on “deepening the bilateral relations” between Israel and Holland.

Netanyahu with meet in The Hague with Prime Minister Mark Rutte as well as with the Dutch King Willem Alexander at the Noordeinde Palace — the first meeting between the prime minister and the monarch since his succession to the throne on April 30, 2013.

The prime minister will also visit the Dutch States General (parliament) and meet with Senate President Ankie Broekers-Knol and House of Representatives Speaker Khadija Arib.

Netanyahu is also scheduled to meet with members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and expected to discuss with them Israel-Netherlands relations.

According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, Netanyahu will present Israel’s policy in the regional context and vis-à-vis Europe.

Hana Levi Julian

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