86 posts categorized "Geula and redemption"

Backflips and Geula

Everyone in Israel, as well as Israel's friends abroad, are in shock today; that is, except for our cherished friends - may Hashem bless you - who read the Beams. No one (except us) can believe that POTUS Trump just now handed Syria on a platter to Iran.

We know that the Geula is happening fast, but it looks like that Hashem has just shifted into a higher gear. Just two days ago, we wrote here that Trump is very similar to Achashverosh in a number of ways, especially in his topsy-turviness. Yet, today's backflip would win a gold medal if there were Political Olympics; look at this:

Exactly a month ago on Dec. 4, 2018, the Atlantic quoted the Trump Administration and said that American forces would remain in Syria as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias. Yet yesterday, a mere 4 weeks later, POTUS Trump said Iran can do whatever they want in Syria, because American troops are going home.

Have you ever seen a more complete backflip than that? 9.98 rule the judges, Gold Medal for Mr. President...

I have a secret for you - Trump did not initiate the backflip; Hashem did. King Solomon says so: "The king's heart is in the hand of the Hashem...He turns it wherever He wants" (Proverbs 21:1). Hashem doesn't want Israel depending on America or on American troops to protect against Iran, who will now complete its control over and presence in Syria our next-door neighbor, so Hashem is pulling the USA out of Syria.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev explains that a lack of emuna is what delays the Geula (see Likutei Moharan I:7). Hashem wants us all to believe in Him, not in any flesh-and-blood of any shape or form.

This week's Haftara, Ezekiel 29, is the real news - Israel thought that Egypt would protect them against Nechadnezzar and the Babylonian army; Hashem tells Israel that leaning on Egypt is like leaning on a reed; in other words, undependable.

I remind everyone once more what we said two days ago: to quote Sota 49b, we have no one to lean on but Hashem. The sooner we internalize that, the quicker we'll say the splendor of Geula, speedily and in our days, amen.

The Ongoing Megilla of the Geula

מגילת גאולה
People lose patience - let's not hold a stopwatch in front of Hashem. Yes, we all want Moshiach and Geula; we neither know when it'll happen or how. But we do know two major facts that none of our spiritual leaders argue with:

  1. The more people learn emuna and enhance their relationship with Hashem, the more peaceful and miraculous the Geula (the full redemption of our people) will be; and,
  2. The Geula is fast on the way. Just as you don't feel planet Earth traveling around the sun at the blinding orbital speed of 19 miles per second, or 67,000 miles per hour, you don't feel the speed that the Geula is unfolding. I'll give you an example - it takes 30 minutes to read the Megilla of Esther; when juxtaposed, the events seem rapid-fire successive, one after the other. But in actuality, it was a 13-year process. Same goes here.

Do you remember when I told you that POTUS Trump is Achashverosh, 22 months ago? Although Trump fans in Israel, from PM Bibi on down to the pro-Trump man on the Tel Aviv Street, are lamenting that Trump sold Israel down the river by his abrupt pullout from Syria. This to me is great news, because we don't depend on any flesh-and-blood, only on Hashem. But even so, it's not the first time Trump has been topsy turvy ideologically, just like Achashverosh, who one minute kills his wife because his adviser says so and the next minute kills his adviser because his wife says so.

What's the difference between Obama caving into Iran on the unfortunate nuclear deal and Trump handing Syria to Iran and Russia on a platter with his pullout decision? No difference - they're both sellouts.

Do you know why I love sellouts? Because they are a gift from Hashem so that no one here will have anyone to turn to but Him. Remember, Hashem uses rightists and leftists, Democrats and Republicans, or whoever else all as puppets to implement His script. 

In August of 2015, in a post entitled Geula and Sellout, I wrote something that is even more relevant today that when I wrote it: "One of the major preconditions of Geula - the full redemption of our people, the ingathering of the exiles, the coming of Moshiach and the rebuilding of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem - is that Israel will stand alone. This means that Israel's so-called friends will sell her down the river. Whether or not the USA backs Israel is meaningless to those of us who are fortunate to trust in Hashem rather than in any wobbly reed. Soon, the USA won't be able to help itself, much less anyone else. Yet, today the US Administration's sellout of Israel is official. Looking at current affairs through eyes of emuna, we should all be delighted, for this is one additional quantum leap toward Geula and the type of world we dream of. 

Hashem is also dismantling the Israeli politician-power myths. With elections on the way, both the Israeli right and the Israeli left are in a crumbled disarray with more splintering, bickering and treachery than I ever remember in the 49 years that Israel has been my home. To add to the chaos, our sources say that there could be earth-shaking indictments before the upcoming elections of April 4th. The Geula steam-roller is picking up both speed and intensity. As the classic phrase in Sota 49b says, we have no one to lean on but Hashem. The sooner we internalize that, the quicker we'll say the splendor of Geula, speedily and in our days, amen.

BTW - if you think this is exciting, don't leave the stadium yet - the game's not over... 

Double Concealment: You Don't Fool Us, Hashem!

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With times as difficult as they are, war on one or more of our borders almost inevitable, chaos in the government and dissolution of the Knesset with elections on the way that simply cause more slander and intramural hate, and on top of it all, losing a great tzaddik yesterday Rabbi Koenig zatza"l, it looks like Hashem is not with us, Heaven forbid. But that's not true! Hashem, we know You're here...

Before his death, the famed Toldos Aaron rebbe, Rebbe Aaron Rota zatza'l, warned that the time before Moshiach would be a period of deep spiritual darkness - the supreme test of faith. But, those who don't get discouraged - and cling to their pure and simple emuna - will invoke the Divine compassion that is not only needed to survive turbulent times, but shall also hasten the Geula.

This period in time is a "hastora", the concealment of Hashem's Divine light. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that the period preceding Moshiach is a "hastora betokh hastora", or double concealment. But, just like Olympic gymnastics, for a greater level of difficulty, you score higher points. When emuna (faith) comes hard, the rewards are beyond our wildest dreams. Hold on, don't give up hope, and keep the faith no matter what - that's the key to staying on your feet in this insane world. Above all, be happy and don't ever despair.

Hashem can hide all He wants, but He's always here - close by - and that's a solemn promise from your friend and brother Lazer. Some chutzpa Hashem enjoys, like when we smile and tell Him, "You don't fool us, Hashem. We know you're here." The warmth of love in our hearts tells us so. How? That's Hashem's light glowing in our chest cavity, right now. I love You, Hashem.

Moshiach: No Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon
The little guy in the above photo is a cutie, but he's neither King David nor Moshiach. How do we know for sure?

First of all, at this little boy's age, King David was already alone in the wilds of the Judean Desert, tending his father's flocks and fending off bears and lions. And second, Moshiach wasn't (nor will be) born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

No one of true greatness was ever born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Moshiach – the anointed King of Israel – leads the pack when it comes to tough lives. Look at King David – no one had more challenges than he did.

People with superficial learning of Torah think that King David did have a silver spoon, coming from the prestigious tribe of Judah and the prominent family of Jesse from Bethlehem-Efrat. Let's take a closer look. Read The Soul of Moshiach, my feature article in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Free Meals and Free Will

Gedale Fenster - Happiness and Your Fork

Racheli Reckles - Sleep for the Cure

Rivka Malka Perlman - 4 G's for a Good Night

David Ben Horin - The Life App

Lori Steiner - Stop the Sparks

Dr. Zev Ballen - Milestone Makers

Have you heard about "Emuna: Where Body and Soul Meet"? Check this out:

Emuna Poster FebMar2019

Moshiach and Mount Zion

Har Tzion Mezuza
And saviors will ascend Mount Zion to judge the Mountain of Esau, and the kingdom will be Hashem's
(Ovadiah 1:21).

Our sages elaborate on the above prophecy and say that Moshiach and his colleagues will exact retribution from the descendants of Esau, Zion's arch-enemy. Then, everyone will acknowledge Hashem.

Before this happens, Moshiach will enter Mount Zion. With this in mind, I want you to keep a very special image in front of your eyes - the mezuzah on the Zion Gate (image, above), at the entrance to Mount Zion. I was there yesterday, when I visited King David's holy gravesite atop Mount Zion. This is the mezuzah that Moshiach, King David's descendant, will place his hand on and kiss when he comes to fulfill the above prophecy. Some people say that they can see an image of Moshiach wearing tefillin on this mezuzah - can you?

May we all soon greet our holy Moshiach, this year, amen!

Bayer and Monsanto: Axis of Evil

Block 10
Block 10
 (image, above) was the infamous hellhole in the bowels of the Auschwitz concentration camp where the epitome of evil Nazi "doctor" Josef Mengele performed his atrocious experiments on humans during the Holocaust. Block 10 leads to Mengele, Mengele leads to Bayer, Bayer leads to Monsanto and Monsanto leads to the convenience food you're eating, either at home or on vacation. Sounds surreal? We wish it were...

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we see Divine justice settling unfinished scores. An apparently innocuous item on the international news-wire reveals an iceberg of evil that Hashem's fiery wrath will soon erase from the face of the earth. The shares of Bayer Pharmaceuticals just fell 10%, the result of  their subsidiary Monsanto's failure to warn of the cancer risks posed by its infamous weed killer, Roundup

Before I tell you who Bayer is, they bought Monsanto earlier this year for $63 Billion. Our sages teach that evil attaches itself to evil. In short, Monsanto is a conglomerate of evil that creates pesticides that destroy every type of viable seed - not only weeds - except for seeds that Monsanto genetically engineers. So, once you spray your field with Roundup, your soil is poisoned to regular seeds and you can only use Monsanto's genetically-engineered seeds. But, new types of weeds set in that are immune to conventional weed killers, which require more and newer Monsanto weed killers. With mafia-like tactics, Monsanto has gone around the world, not only impoverishing farmers, poisoning their soil and indenturing them into virtual slavery, but causing an epidemic of farmer suicides, especially in India.

Monsanto also hijacks faculties of agriculture in the world's universities, so that agronomy students will learn to use their products only. Thank goodness I majored in horticulture and deciduous orchards, where Monsanto's poisoned hands didn't yet reach my teachers. Fortunately, you can grow an apple, a peach or a plum without spraying Roundup...

Back to Bayer, who owns Monsanto. Do you know who Bayer is? Have you ever heard of IG Farben?

Both my pulse and my mind are racing much faster than I can type (chill, Lazer!) - let's take it slow.

Do you know that IG Farben was behind the Nazi's mutilation of our holy teacher, Rav Shalom Arush's spiritual guide, Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz of saintly and blessed memory? That's why he could never have children. Let me be more specific:

IG Farben financed Hitler’s electoral campaign and became a staunch supporter of the Nazis. IG Farben worked closely with the Nazi party to take over manufacturing plants when the Germans invaded other European countries. IG Farben also held stock in and was represented on the board of the company which produced the gas used in the Holocaust gas chambers. IG Farben tested its products on the concentration-camp prisoners of Auschwitz. Even more, IG Farben had its own concentration campJosef Mengele, the gruesome butcher of Auschwitz, the SS doctor (sic) and Hitler's right-hand man in the planned annihilation of European Jewry, worked with IG Farben in doing his experimentation on human guinea pigs, one of whom was our sacred and beloved teacher Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz who succeeded in surviving the Holocaust.

Bayer is the successor and continuation of IG Farben. Monsanto belongs to Bayer.

Is the GMO and GE domination of our fields, crops and foodstuffs a continuation of the Nazi conspiracy to dominate the world? You make your own conclusions.

For anyone who seeks my advice, eat natural and organic as much as possible. Steer clear of US commercially grown corn and soybeans as well as processed foods that are full of such derivatives as corn syrup solids and soy isolate. If you have a headache, don't take Bayer aspirin. Chances are that your headache - and many other ills, such as your close friend's, your relative's or your own autistic child - come from the use of Roundup in growing the food you eat.

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we'll see evil's foundations crumble. Meanwhile, don't lose heart, because the darkest darkness is right at the end of night, before the dawn of a new day.