Thursday, December 8, 2016

Prophecy Being Fulfilled (conclusion, I hope)

The answer to When all this will occur has not changed at all. The Tenach verses that I have been quoting still stand. The most prevalent is in Numbers 24:17 telling us about the Star of Jacob coming. The end of Malachi giving us details that the Star will heal the righteous and eliminate the evil of the world and that Elijah the prophet will come in advance to let us know is completely still valid. Also the number of righteous that will survive and the evil ones that will be eliminated still holds from the verse in Zechariah 13:8 (1/3rd survive, and 2/3rd gone). It does appear that the prophecies of Obadiah pertain to the 2/3rd group, but that is not all non-Jews, just the ones who follow the idolatry that is contrary to the truth of Hashem.

So what we need is not an explanation of what will happen, or what is already happening, but a status report on the culmination of it all. In other words, when is the Star of Jacob, Nibiru, going to do its worst damage, and its miraculous healing?

We have discussed extensively the craziness that is happening that is telling us that Nibiru is getting closer. The tremendous increase in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, crazy weather, etc. are perhaps the most obvious signs, since we know that the gravitational and magnetic effects of Nibiru have been wreaking havoc worldwide and have increased greatly.

As an example: in the past 7 days there have been 1459 earthquakes worldwide, 190 in the past 24 hours (as I type at 10 AM Israel time, 7 Dec 16). 83 were over 4.5 in intensity, with many over 6. These are record breaking numbers that are telling us very definitely about the increasing instability of planet Earth. The global elite controlled media hasn’t even reported most of the devastating events including the death toll and damage reports.

The crazy weather worldwide has been in the news. It has included much flooding, but once again, a lack of casualties and damage loss reporting. Many of my readers have been sending me videos that I have posted in the comment section. Then, off course, there are the readers who don’t have a clue about what all this means who are asking: Are you the Weather Channel (I have received that comment, or something just as uninformed, many times)? I appreciate the comments that I receive since it is telling me that others are seeing all this mayhem and that I am not making it up.

There has been a great increase in the number of meteors and asteroids hitting the Earth recently. Is this an indication that we are already experiencing the debris field that surrounds Nibiru? Once again, the professionals, especially NASA, have been silenced and are not reporting the devastation, but it is happening, it is increasing and it is all pointing to the closeness of Nibiru.

Recently there have been videos saying that Nibiru will fly by this month. They have all been amateur videos but some are saying that NASA is confirming the fact. But the videos that have me investigating the most are three from Rav Glazerson who is saying that NASA has reported that it will occur this month, and he shows us his very interesting searches in the Torah Codes. Watch these videos:

I have mentioned that Ben Golden’s last message tells of the leaders going into their underground fortresses soon. He talks about the fact that at the time that Trump is due to be inaugurated, they will be hidden underground. What does this mean for the next president elect? If they are underground at that time it would be due to the global elite knowing that Nibiru has come and caused tremendous devastation, and/or they have plans of being at war at that time. Either way, what is the possibility that Obama, by Executive Order, would curtail the swearing in of a new president? Is this the trick that the global elite are planning to keep a member of the Gog cabal in office? It was so obvious when Republican former President Gog Bush, Sr made such a big announcement about voting for the Democratic candidate. Hillary and her husband are members of the cabal, and like Obama work for Gog. They are very much involved in trying to institute the evil New World Order. Of course, if there is an anticipation that the US will no longer exist in the near future, there is no need for a new president. We must look at this last statement in very positive light. Even though it is part of the agenda of the New World Order to eliminate all nations, Hashem has a much better plan: Moshiach will be King of the entire world; no more governments needed.

Another message of great interest is from Rav Nir Ben Artzi, shlita, saying that the two souls of the Moshiach (the heavenly soul and the earthly soul) are being combined. How long is this process, since the outcome will be that the Moshiach will be crowned as King? Again, are we looking at this month for the crowning of Moshiach?

Another big curiosity is that the three pertinent Parshas and Haftarahs talking about the end are being read this month. Is this another message from Hashem that these prophecies, which appear to be happening now, will come to fruition this month?

There is evidence that various military units and government organizations have relocated to higher ground due to anticipated devastation in their low-lying areas. Nibiru is expected to cause great flooding along the coastal areas (east coast, west coast and the gulf coast).

This month has a very rare occurrence. The dates of the Hebrew month of Kislev and December track with each other. This happens every 38 years. We saw this in the years 1902, 1940 and 1978. Is it a sign that this year it means a lot more, considering the first day of Chanukah, which is the 25th of Kislev will happen on the 25th of December, which I believe is a pagan holiday for the Xtians? If the prophecies of Obadiah are fulfilled next week when that Haftarah is read, is Hashem hinting to the cancellation of the pagan celebration this year (and forever)? After all, there may not be any pagans left to celebrate, if Nibiru flies over and wipes them out.

Kislev appears in the Tenach, with a letter separation of up to 10 letters, 276 times. If I increase the letter separation to as much as 100, it appears 1024 times. The year 5777 appears 93 times with a letter separation up to 100. With a letter separation of only 10 letter or less, it still appears 13 times.

Kislev appears in Obadiah in verses 4 and 5 with a letter separation of 24. In verses 7 to 15 we find the year with a separation of 135. There is much more that I could do in matching up pertinent verses covering pertinent events with exact dates. The last time I did that was when Hashem caused my computer to fail. Yes, I am curious, but I understand the message from Hashem, and I can’t afford to keep buying computers. Besides, I am not Elijah the prophet and shouldn’t be trying to take his job.

Where does all this leave us? As I have stated many times, I am not a prophet, just a dot-connector. I just am very excited by the fact that in all the years I have been doing this type of evaluation, I have never had so many dots to connect. But, I also know several other facts that are indisputable. One, all the prophecies that we are reviewing “will happen, and will happen in more miraculous ways than we can imagine.” My proof? Everything that has happened for thousands of years has been prophesied with such detail that it could not be anything other than the word of Hashem. Two, all that is prophesied about the end of days, has already happened (past tense), or is obviously happening now. Three, since the final end will be announced by the prophet Elijah, all the sources that could give us a date have been quelled. It is the bottom line about NASA and all the professionals not being able to speak. They are doing it for evil reasons, but we know that Hashem is using them and their evil ways to carry out His will. It is also the reason that I can’t get a definite date (or even if I have one, I am not allowed to divulge it). It is the reason that such individuals as Rav Nir Ben Artzi, shlita, has so much information, but is not allowed to give a definite date. It is the reason that the Facilitate Communications individuals get messages from Hashem, but would never be given the most important date, the end, Judgment Day.

Why would Hashem do all this and still keep us in the dark about the actual date? It is the best way to get us to do Teshuvah. By knowing that we are close, by Hashem giving us so many hints to the end time, we should all be excited about it, but very involved in preparing for it. It is brought down in scriptures that we must do Teshuvah the day before we die. How do we know when that will be? Exactly, we don’t, therefore we must do Teshuvah today in case, chas v’shalom, tomorrow is the day. We do not know exactly when Nibiru will do its thing, but we need to do the best preparation since it could be tomorrow (or even today).

Everything Hashem does is for us. He delayed the worldwide redemption from last year to now to give us more time to prepare; after all, it is preparation that will last us for all eternity. I had readers who stated: “Hashem sees the future and knew very well that it would not be 5776. Why would He do such a thing, while knowing the truth, give us such information that turned out to be untrue? As I said, Hashem does everything for us. By Him giving us so much proof that last year was the time, He knew that we would do preparation that we would have put off if He only told us: “it will be 5777.” Hashem’s plan is perfect; we are the ones who are not perfect and sometimes have to be prodded to do the right thing in spite of ourselves. Thank you Hashem.

We are now aware that we were not ready last year and that Your help was the only thing that caused us to do what we should have done. Are we ready now? Not really, but Your great mercy of giving us additional time has brought us that much closer to You. We also know that the hints that you are giving us now are for real, and that we are very close. Are there skeptics that will say to me: “your very own words tell us that we are not ready and that it will not happen soon.” Who says such things? The ones who are the least ready, and are shooting themselves in the foot by looking for excuses rather than helping themselves succeed.

Hashem is infinitely merciful. Let us all take advantage of His mercy and kindness and understand His ways. A tremendously positive attitude will result in a tremendously positive eternity for each of us. It is still measure for measure what we receive. Positive receives positive; negative are for fools who are throwing it all away. Do the right thing, we are just about there.

Final note: I will be very selective about the comments I post. To send me a negative comment at this point is very ignorant and foolish. If you don’t believe that Hashem reads all the comments and Emails that I receive, you know very little about Hashem. I will not help you doom yourself and your loved ones by posting such nonsense. You may think you are hiding behind the name Anonymous, but Hashem knows exactly who you are and how much you are hurting yourself, your loved ones and trying to hurt all my readers. I therefor will ignore all idiotic comments. Since many of the comments come from flawed human logic that lacks scholarship (pure human emotions), I will do the right thing and not help you shoot yourself. You are totally welcome. Of course, if you have a question or a personal matter to discuss, my private Email is there for you. The only problem with private Email is that cowards don’t use them, since they give me a return address. In the over 16,000 comments and Emails I have received, I rarely get a nasty Email, when I have the return address.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Prophecy Being Fulfilled (continued)

The third Parshah of interest is Parshas Vayishlach. This Parshah continues the conflict between the two brothers, but more importantly we can see how the events occurring are prophecies for the future between the Jews (Jacob) and the Xtians (Esau), and the end to it all – the end of the long disgusting exile. Once again, the details are too extensive for a discussion here, but the outcome is our focus. The Haftarah is nothing more than the prophecy of the end of Edom, the end of Xtianity. Let us review the Haftarah commentary in the Artscroll Chumash:

Haftaras Vayishlach – Obadiah 1:1 - 21
The Book of Obadiah, the shortest in all of Scripture, is read in its entirety as the Haftarah of the Parshah that deals with the climactic encounter between Jacob and Esau, and the subject of the Book is Hashem's wrath against Edom, the descendants of Esau. The Sages teach that, of all the prophets, this vision was left for Obadiah for two reasons: (a) He was a descendant of an Edomite proselyte (Yalkut, Job 897; Zohar); and, (b) Obadiah was the antithesis of Esau. Esau lived among two righteous people, Isaac and Rebecca, yet he did not learn from them. Obadiah, on the other hand, was a courtier of two of the wickedest people in the annals of our people, King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, yet he remained righteous. Moreover, at a time when the king and queen murdered nearly all of the prophets of Hashem, Obadiah risked his life to shelter and feed a hundred surviving prophets.

The Haftarah follows Edom through various periods of its history, culminating in its eventual defeat and final downfall in Messianic times. Edom began as a small and insignificant kingdom to the south of Eretz Yisrael, that, like a jackal, despoiled Israel in the wake of the triumphs of others. It enjoyed the travails and suffering of its "cousin," instead of feeling compassion. Then, in a vision of the future, Obadiah turns to the Roman Empire and its barbaric treatment of the Jews under its control. True to Isaac's blessing, Rome lived by the sword, and its sword drank thirstily of Jewish blood.

Finally, however, Edom will be repaid in kind. On Mount Zion there shall be a remnant: Despite all its suffering and persecutions, Israel and its land will survive and haughty Edom will be cast down. Israel will return to its land and its Temple Mount. It will judge Edom for its horrors and all the world will know that the kingdom will be HASHEM'S.
So what are some of the indications that this is already occurring, and of course the golden question: WHEN?

First I would like to make it clear why the destruction of Edom which is spoken about many places in Jewish scriptures is referring to Xtianity (even though all the religions of the world are about to disappear – you can’t go into the world of truth and goodness with a tremendous amount of people practicing made up faith systems that go against the truth of Hashem, the Absolute Truth). Esau came from a family of very high spirituality. His parents Isaac and Rebekah are the epitome of devotion to Hashem’s will. Esau, however was a rebel, a man who turned against the ways of his family. He married two Hittite women and then the daughter of Ismael. This alone means his descendants were not Jewish. Even worse, his descendants were pagan and included the worst enemies of the Jews in history. Amalek, our mortal enemy from the time we were in the desert after leaving Egypt, was Esau’s grandson. From Amalek descended Haman, another enemy who tried to wipe out the Jews. This goes on and on including, believe it or not the Germanic tribes which lead to the Nazis and as you can guess Haman descendants in Persia that today are our friends the Iranians. Many countries and leaders that tried to exterminate the Jews are the offspring of Esau.

But nothing was more ruthless than the Romans who converted their pagan ways into Xtianity. It has been the greatest cause of genocide in history, all in the name of a false prophet, a false messiah and a false deity that was painted as Hashem on Earth.

Anyone who knows the slightest thing about Judaism knows that Hashem is One and is everything. We are all Hashem on Earth. We are all considered His children. To say that He gave His only son to the world, and that we should pray to him is blasphemy, idolatry and totally against Hashem’s Torah. To say that this evil rebel died for our sins is also blasphemy since a very important message in the Torah is that we are completely responsible for ourselves, measure for measure, what we do and say. The entire system of this world is that we were given instructions, the commandments of the Torah, to perfect ourselves and give us a tremendous eternity. Give people the excuse that someone died for our shortcomings and the world is open for chaos. The proof is that the world couldn’t be more chaotic – I rest my case.

What about this guy, Yushka (it is the best name that I like to use in an effort to show as little respect for the villain as possible). Yushka did not live in time when they were looking for a messiah. With the messiah being the one who would bring us back to Israel, restore the Temple, end the exile, among other thoughts, why would the people of Yushka’s time think that he was the messiah. They had the Temple, they were living in Israel, there was no exile and, even worse, all this was lost after Yushka’s time. The fact is we learn from the Torah that the earliest year for the real Messiah to come was 4250 (490 CE), way after Yushka. Also, this Messiah must be a descendant of King David; after all, the Messiah is a king on Earth descended from the kings of Israel. The new book of the Xtians give two bogus lists of descendant for Yushka that could not be possible (the two lists don’t even agree). One is through his mother and the other is through, I believe, his stepfather. You do not receive kingship either way. The funnier belief is that he was born of a virgin, which is a pagan belief that the new Xtians didn’t want to relinquish. If Hashem is his only father, does that make Hashem a descendant of King David, chas v’shalom? None of the possibilities work and therefore Yushka could not be the messiah. Everything is in our Bible. Could something as important as the messiah will come, but have to return two thousand years later be forgotten? That would be so important that Hashem would have put it many times. It is not there, because it is not true.

I have also question for decades: what prophecy can be found in the so-called new testament that is not in the Tenach, the Jewish Bible? Give me one prophecy that has happened that came from their book, that is not in our Bible. No one has answered my question, since “anything in their book that is true, is not new; and anything that is new, is not true (Rabbi Tovia Singer).” I have spent decades on this subject including reviewing the famous “sermon on the mount” that Yushka supposedly gave. It is 100% a cut and paste talk from our Bible.

There is so much more that could be said about the lies of Xtianity, such as Yushka being a Torah scholar (a requirement for the Messiah). It is well documented by Yushka’s Rebbe, Yehoshua Ben Perachia, that Yushka was a rebel and no Torah scholar.

One more tidbit: according to the Arizal and other prominent sources: Yushka was Esau returned. Esau was reincarnated to Yushka to continue his quest to kill his brother Jacob. If you want Hashem’s opinion on the subject, watch Rav Glazerson show us where in the Torah Codes Esau came back as Yushka (three different videos to watch):

Why did Hashem allow Xtianity to even exist? We saw yesterday in the Haftarah for Toldos and many other places in scriptures that the Jews throughout history have strayed from the ways of Hashem. The non-Jews were always there to give us retribution, and to help us work together to come back to Hashem. They have been the disciplinarians throughout history to help us do the right thing, not to assimilate into their ways, which has always led to disaster, and to push us back to the absolute truth of Hashem as we saw the nonsense they were living. The RAMBAM even made the statement that Yushka was necessary for the Jews. If we didn’t have a false messiah, we would have forgotten about the real Messiah centuries ago. It is sad that a false messiah has been needed to keep the idea of messiah alive.

I should also mention that since the words in the Torah are all prophecy, we can easily see why Esau married the daughter of Ismael. When Esau saw that he was not able to kill his brother Jacob, he married her and told his father-in-law to kill Jacob. When the Nazis were unable to kill the Jews, they told the Arabs to do so. The wars of 1948, 67, 73, 82, 91, 06, etc, all came after the marriage when the non-Jews counted on the Muslims to wipe out the Jews. This is another very long story, but you get the idea.

Yes, it has been Hashem’s plan throughout history to prove that when Jacob is studying Torah, Esau can’t touch him. When the Jews strayed from the Torah, Esau’s descendants wouldn’t leave us alone.

So, when will it end? When will the prophecies of Obadiah come to fruition? See you tomorrow and we will find out, B”N.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Prophecy Being Fulfilled

I have mentioned that every verse, every word, even every letter of the Torah is prophecy. I have also presented the evaluations of the Haftarah on many parshas showing how Hashem is telling us through the prophet the way the prophecy will be fulfilled.

We are now in a series of three parshas that tell the story of Jacob and his brother Esau, from birth through the time of conflict between the brothers. It is not the end of their story, but it does seem to cover the details of the present exile of Edom (Jacob being the Jewish people and Edom being the descendants of Esau, better known as Xtians, who have been trying to kill us for thousands of years).

The details of the story of the two brothers is extensive and not my purpose here. We must only know that Esau hated his brother Jacob and wanted to kill him. This is the parallel of our history for the past two thousand years of the exile of Edom. We are told that when Jacob studied Torah, Esau couldn’t touch his brother. Unfortunately, the Jewish people went into just about every country and made the same mistake. If we studied Torah, the non-Jews were powerless to hurt us, but we assimilated into the societies of these countries against Hashem’s will, and forgot our Torah. This resulted in Esau trying to kill us, and, chas v’shalom, succeeding in many places (the Inquisition, the Crusades, the Pogroms, the Holocaust, etc). We strayed from Torah, we strayed from Hashem’s very clear instructions, and we suffered.

Now the good news (I see everything as good news since it is all from Hashem). These parshas and especially the prophesies in their Haftarahs are very much hinting to the end of the Exile, followed, of course, by the worldwide redemption.

Let us get specific:

Parshas Toldot that we read last Shabbos has the prophesy of the last prophet, Malachi. The book of Malachi starts with this Haftarah and ends with the prophecy of the coming of the Star of Healing for the righteous, and the wiping out of the wicked (I have talked about that many times). The prophet Malachi ends with the famous announcement of the coming of the prophet Elijah just before the great day of awe of Hashem. Malachi, by the way, is Hebrew for “my messenger,” the perfect name for the last prophet.

To give more detail about the Haftarah, I use the commentary from the Artscroll Chumash:

Haftaras Toldos – Malachi 1:1 – 2:7
The Parshah depicts perhaps the major turning point in the spiritual history of the world - the choice of Jacob over Esau to receive the Torah and bear the Patriarchal legacy. But the choice was not automatic. Esau was the firstborn and, however one understands Isaac's motives, he wished to confer the blessings upon Esau. Only Hashem's will, as set in motion by Rebecca, secured the blessings for Jacob.

The Haftarah says at the outset that Hashem's choice of Jacob was a sign of His love for Jacob and His hatred for Esau. Because of this hatred, the prophet states that Edom, the nation that stems from Esau, will not prosper eternally; that it is doomed to destruction, as indeed the evil that is incarnated in Edom will ultimately be destroyed. It will take time. The Roman Empire brought about the current exile and most of the powers of Edom. Like most prophecies, we do not know when this one will be fulfilled; we know only that it will.

But this is not enough. Israel cannot achieve its destiny merely because of Esau's downfall. A chosen people must deserve its chosenness. Thus the prophet chastises Israel severely for the hypocrisy of those who think that they, who are encouraged and abetted by their self-serving priests, can turn their service of Hashem into an insincere practice. How dare they offer their old, crippled, and ill animals as offerings to Hashem, while retaining the best for themselves? Would they dare do the same for their human rulers?

In closing, the prophet exhorts the Kohanim to live up to their calling. They must be the teachers and models. Only if they live up to their responsibility can they pull the people up with them. The same responsibility applies to all leaders - they have the duty to teach and lead by example.
We can see that the prophecy tells us who the players are in this exile, but it also clearly tells us why it has taken so long. We have not turned to Hashem and performed His will with completely devoted service. Like our prayers, we give it lip-service and take shortcuts. A very strong lesson for those who like to ask: why are we waiting so long for Moshiach? Until we do sincere Teshuvah, we are not ready.

Then we get the lesson of this coming Shabbos. The Torah continues to tell of the conflict with Parshas Vayeitzei. The parshah starts with the famous story of Jacob’s ladder, where he dreamed of angels going up and down a ladder, the number of rungs representing the number of years of each of the exiles. The last exile, the present one from Edom the angels went up and up and were not even visible. This was the prophecy that this exile would last thousands of years. Once again the many prophetic details of the parshah will not be covered here.

The Haftarah covers another aspect of our long exile:

Haftaras Vayeitzei -- Hosea 11:7 – 14:10
The Sages teach that Hosea, the prophet of this Haftarah, was one of the greatest of the prophets. A contemporary of Isaiah, he too cried out vainly against the rapidly deteriorating Kingdom of Samaria, the Ten Tribes of Israel. Hosea remonstrates with the people, and contrasts Hashem’s mercies of the past with Israel's failure to recognize that everything they have is due to Hashem's kindness. And it is a kindness that remains strong, despite Israel's shortcomings. Hashem says poignantly that He will never desert Ephraim, the wayward leader of the Ten Tribes, despite His justifiable wrath. Like a spurned but still merciful Father, Hashem confesses that He will not make a permanent end of Ephraim, because He has pledged that Israel will remain His people and because Israel, innately good as it is, will eventually heed Hashem’s call to repent and resume its mission. When Hashem will roar like a lion that the End has come, even Ephraim's children will come rushing from the west to declare their renewed allegiance to Him.

The prophet contrasts the rebelliousness of Ephraim with the loyalty of Judah, but declares that Judah, too, will falter. And when that time comes, Judah will be punished as well. It will be a sad outcome for the people who descended from a Patriarch who defeated Esau's angel, as described in the parshah, but Hashem’s justice must be served. Thus Judah will join Ephraim in an exile that will recall the origins of the nation in Egypt.

The prophet continues his rebuke of the Kingdom of the Ten Tribes, which - led by Ephraim - had come to think that it was invincible, because of its wealth and power. It had forgotten its humble origins - that Jacob had once been a humble shepherd who had been reduced to tending sheep in order to earn the right to his bride, and that Ephraim had achieved its eminence as a leading tribe only because it spoke harshly against Solomon's successor, Rehoboam, who abused his holy calling. Thus it should have been clear to Ephraim that protection and success are gifts of Hashem, and are not acquired by strength, guile, or coincidence.

But Ephraim sinned through arrogance and idolatry, and therefore was condemned to defeat, exile and death. Hashem does not forget sins; He binds them up and stores them away, as it were, to punish the perpetrators when His wisdom decrees that they are no longer entitled to Divine forbearance. Israel's sins are all the more serious because the nation ignored its infinite debt to Hashem. Had He not brought them forth from Egypt and made them a nation?

Nevertheless, Hashem does not abandon Israel. The prophet's ghastly warning of retribution concludes with a loving call to repentance. It is the same passage which begins the Haftarah of Shabbos Shuvah, the Sabbath of the Ten Days of Repentance. True, Israel, as symbolized by Ephraim, has sinned grievously, but its essence remains good and pure. It is not hopelessly evil; it has stumbled into sin. The potential for repentance always remains, and Hashem is always ready to accept it and forgive.
Another important event in this parshah is the fight that Jacob had with the angel of Esau. It continued to typify their relationship, but it ended with the angel giving Jacob the new name of Israel. From this we now have the Land of Israel, which goes back thousands of years and not to 1948 as the propaganda of the Muslim’s would have us believe.

A very important aspect of this Haftarah is the including of the ten lost tribes of Israel that are included in the present exile. That is why I continue to talk about the 2.5 billion people of this world who will be saved (Zechariah 13:8). It is not just the Jews of the world, approximately 14 million, but all those who don’t even know that they are descended from the nation of Israel and will be returning when the exile is completed.

That is enough for today. Tomorrow I will cover the last of the three parshas and Haftarahs and do my dot-connecting to show why this seems to indicate that these prophecies are being fulfilled now.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tests and Suffering

I received this excellent essay from one of our dear readers:

In our own lives, we all go through different periods of hardship. Sometimes we ask aloud to our Creator: “Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Why are You sending me these hardships? There is nothing wrong with asking these questions.[1] For the Gemara [2] says, “A person whose suffering causes him to challenge G-d is not sinful.”

Then, why does Hashem send us hardships? Is it to make us miserable? The Chofetz Chayim[3] tells us that the reason Hashem sends us hardships is: “…in order to test you, to do good for you in your end.”[4] Yes, to test you! Nevertheless, most of us would rather take a written or oral test, than to have G-d test us in life.

Yet, the Medrash[5] tell us something astounding: “G-d does not elevate a person to greatness until He first tests him – with a small matter.”[6] For tests and challenges are not an unfortunate fact of life, but a sign of Hashem’s trust and confidence in our ability to prevail.[7] Yes, He ‘knows’ how difficult things are for us.[8] For the Gemara [9] states: “G-d does not make matters difficult for His creatures. However, He does expect a person to perform according to his capacity.” As Koheles [10] says, “Whatever you are capable of doing with your own strength, do it.”

Hashem gave us free will.[11] Therefore, if we fail a challenge that He sends us, don’t give up! Rav Tzadok HaKohein of Lublin writes: “Just as one must believe in Hashem, so too, one must believe in himself. Hashem wants us to BELIEVE in our strengths, capabilities, ability to overcome evil and achieve greatness.”[12] In the words of Rav Scheinberg: “Serving the Almighty properly involves constant challenges, which takes consistency and persistence to succeed… Only FOOLS give up HOPE.”[13]

What about suffering? Why do we suffer? The Chofetz Chayim cites a Medrash [14] which states that Yitzchak Avinu asked that man should endure suffering as an atonement. No one can escape suffering. As the Medrash [15] states: “There is no man who goes through life without afflictions!” Still, the Gemara [16] says: “Pain that a person suffers[17] in this world atones for sins.”

Speaking of atonement, the Gemara asks: “Why are the righteous removed before their time? To atone for sins of the generation. Because when the wicked flourish in the world, the righteous found among them are seized for their sins.”[18] Then, there is the universal question of: “Why do the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer?”[19] Rashi [20] answers that in his lifetime (i.e. of the wicked person), he pays him that which is coming to him for the good that he has done, in order ‘to make him perish’ from the World to Come.

The posuk [21] said: “In order to test you, to do good for you in your end.” What does “in your end” mean? It’s referring to the World to Come. We create our ‘estate’ in the World to Come based on how one deals with the challenges and situations that He sends us in This World. For the Gemara [22] says that World to Come is one of the three good gifts that Hashem gave to Yisroel that only comes through suffering. Furthermore, the Chofetz Chayim [23] states: “Whenever a person suffers in any way for the honor of Hashem, he is lifted to a higher station in the World to Come.”

What’s the next one? Torah. For Avos [24] states that one of the 48 ways that Torah is acquired with acceptance of suffering. As the Medrash [25] states: “…Fortunate is the man for whom the Torah is the source of his affliction.” As the saying goes: “No pain, no gain. ”For instance, one is in middle of Talmud Torah and suddenly he gets a headache, stomachache, bodily ailment or a situation came up that deprived him of sleep; don’t stop learning! Why? Because “The reward for keeping G-d’s commandments is increased in proportion to the effort and discomfort one experiences in its performance.” [26][27] The Medrash [28] says: “If you learn Torah when it is difficult for you, your reward is one thousand; when things are going smoothly for you, the reward is [only] two hundred. ”On the bright side, whoever engages in Torah study, the Torah makes him great and exalts him above all things. [29]

What’s the “best type” of suffering to endure? The Gemara answer: “When a person ignores insults, Heaven ignores his or her sins.”[30] Rabbi Moshe Cordovero [31] points out that it is far better to achieve atonement for a sin by suffering an insult in silence than to undergo physical punishment which may interfere with one’s ability to perform mitzvos or study Torah.

Let’s face our daily challenges instead of running away from them. In this merit, may Hashem help us bring forth the hidden greatness that lies within ourselves!
[1] Yet, Rabbi David Aaron tells us: “When life gets rough, ask not ‘why’ this is happening to me but ‘what’ this happening is asking of me. In every painful situation choose to find opportunities for growth and humbly reserve judgment of the Master Mind of the universe.”

[2] Bava Basra 16b.

[3] Chafetz Chaim on the Torah volume 2, pages 241-243 and 253-254 (Israel Bookshop).

[4] Devarim 8:16.

[5] Bereishis Rabbah 55:1 and Shemos Rabbah 2:3.

[6] See The Aryeh Kaplan Reader, page 156 and Ramban to Bereishis 22:1.

[7] The Six Constant Mitzvos by Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz and Rabbi Shai Markowitz, pages 146-147. See also The Aryeh Kaplan Reader, page 156.

[8] Because, “He knows all our thoughts” (see Tehillim 33:15).

[9] Avodah Zarah 3a. See also Shemos Rabbah 34:1.

[10] 9:10.

[11] If You Were G-d by Aryeh Kaplan, zt”l, page 180.

[12] Tzidkas Hatzadik #154.

[13] Rav Scheinberg by Rabbi Yechiel Spero, page 261.

[14] Bereishis Rabbah 65:9.

[15] Ibid. 92:1.

[16] Arachin 16b.

[17] I.e. physically, emotionally or mentally.

[18] See Shabbos 33b, Mo’ed Katan 28a and Vayikra Rabbah 20:12.

[19] Berachos 7a.

[20] Devarim 7:10 “ומשלם לשנאיו אל פניו”.

[21] See note 3.

[22] Berachos 5a-b.

[23] See note 2.

[24] Avos 6:6.

[25] Bereishis Rabbah 92:1

[26] See Avos 5:25. There are many situations in life to which this applies.

[27] Interestingly, Toras Kohanim (20:26) tell us, “A person should not say that he doesn’t want to wear shatnez or that he has no desire to eat pork; rather, he should say that he would love to wear shatnez or to eat non-kosher meat, but he refrained from doing so because of Hashem’s command.”

[28] Shir HaShirim Rabbah 8:14.

[29] See Avos 6:1.

[30] Rosh Hashanah 17a.

[31] Tomer Devorah, chapter 2, 'השלישית - שיחשוב'.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why do we Dream?

by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher
Dean of Students, Diaspora Yeshiva

Row, row, row your boat... Life is but a Dream. The Mishna in Avot states, "One moment of pleasure in the After-Life is better than all of life in this world."

How can we have confidence that another world awaits us after death? The answer is dreams! Have you ever had a dream that was so vivid, that you experienced it as if it were reality, but then you woke up and realized that it was all an illusion?

Dreams remind us that this world is not the ultimate reality. After death, we will awake to an even more real existence, and our experience in this world will be like a dream to us. That is why the Talmud in B'rachot describes sleep as one sixtieth of death, so that we can taste the After-Life in this world. And that is why there are two events in life that one cannot predict when they occur - Sleep and Death. The Zohar teaches that everything in this world serves to teach us about the ultimate reality of the Spiritual World. This world is really just an illusion and the Next World is the ultimate reality.

This world may seem real, but one day, we will leave this physical dimension and enter an entirely different spiritual dimension, which I call the Fifth Dimension!

A dream is a humbling experience, and it is the key to belief in the After-Life. So even a dream, the experience of illusion teaches us about the ultimate reality of the World To Come. This is what the Mishna in Avot means, "This world is compared to a foyer or lobby before the World To Come. Prepare yourself in the foyer, so that you may enter the banquet hall of the After-Life."