Is this for real? When they said chachmas sofrim [and all the like], I didn't think the in-house fighting would be that bad.
What happened to the good 'ole days when at least one was called a baal ha-baas or an am ha-aretz? Are we playing by terms of evil [openly] now? If so, the rabbi wars are sure to be prolific at the very least.
Toldos Yaakov Yosef says there are 3 types of galus: a) Israel among nations b) talmid chacham among amei ha-aretz [as was Rebbe Akiva] c) kosher talmidei chachamim among false talmidei chachamim.
Rav Yosef pulled out the big artillery...should we assume the final galus is upon us? In a largely gadol-less dor, it would seem this is our task in the End of Days, to use free will to ascertain kosher from treif, as the Toldos Yaakov Yosef goes on to explain concerning the 3rd type of galus.
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef issued a fierce attack against candidate for the chief rabbinate Rabbi David Stav Saturday night, calling him "an evil man."
Yosef's comments come just days after the rabbi instructed Shas MKs to block the so called Amar bill which was designed to allow serving Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to stand again for election.
The terms of the deal were for Amar to support Stav in return for Bayit Yehudi helping pass the legislation to enable Amar's re-election.
"This man is dangerous to Judaism, the Torah and the rabbinate," said Yosef in reference to Stav during his weekly Torah lesson.
"Rabbi Amar is an upright and righteous man by they are using his name to elect an evil man who is unfitting to be anything," Yosef continued.
"Suddenly everyone is shouting that they want Stav [as chief rabbi]; if he was a Talmud Hacham [learned Torah Scholar] they would hate him," the rabbi claimed.
On Sunday, the five members of the oversight committee for the chef rabbinate elections will be presented to the cabinet and are expected to be confirmed.
Once this body had been appointed it will no longer be possible to make any legislative changes to the process for electing chief rabbis. This will kill off once and for all any chance of Amar being able to stand again for chief rabbi.
The oversight committee will include for the first time two women, who have been appointed by Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan, who emphasised his work in the past promoting women's advancement in society.
Dahan said that he hoped the process would lead to the appointment of a national religious rabbi.
In the beginning of all of these Creations, God created
Heaven and Earth. It was soon apparent that Creation would need God’s word, as
the highlight of God’s Creation, Man, had drifted off of the divine path, due
to one of God’s other creations. This other Creation is called evil, and evil
would have a special place with God, for although God regretted creating it as
an inclination within Man, for the sake of his reward of having been created,
evil would be the catalyst of creation. The end of evil is to be slaughtered to
the tears of joy of the righteous [and tears of sorrow for the wicked], yet
ironically it revert to ways of Good, showing that all that God does is actually
the highest good. Evil then, will one day contain the best of God, of which the
6th Day of His Creation is witness to the restoration of evil to be
within the boundary of good, making it Very Good; evil all along was actually
an agent of God to teach the highest Good that God can do – revealing His
mastery of Creation in an entirely righteous fashion. This is a story of God,
Hewho is Good.
Man was created to perform the Will of God, and had he
succeeded, reality would have been painted with a different picture. Perhaps we
would all be thanking the first man, Adam, for having chosen wisely in the
command of the Garden of Eden. Or perhaps Noah’s sons would have all been
righteous and would have chosen a different route of World population [and
respect to Noah in that area]. Needless to say, there are an infinite number of
ways that Creation could have/would have/should have been perfected from the
very first instance of man; yet man has stumbled. However, these efforts would
not be for naught, nor would the men of the earlier times be left devoid of
Divine Revelation. One day all that was recorded above, would serve as a
function of delivery in God’s master plan. This plan is called the Torah; the
eternal word of God.
History would soon take the path to Very Good from the dust
of defeat, for Adam’s lineage would one day merit a Shem son of Noah, who would
set his sights on the Tree of Life, live forever, know not of this evil, and
diligently serve God to repair history’s wrong. Shem had in mind one massive goal
– to help inspire a Nation that would reiterate his achievements in principle,
such that this would warrant a revelation of God’s Torah to be delivered in
front of a live audience of Shem’s offspring. To make this vision clear, Shem
sought after and found a willing candidate to set things in motion, someone
that would inherit the entire World in the order of Torah. This Man was
Abraham, and he did in fact fulfill his divine mission, as it is he who is
considered the father of what will be the two nations that live out God’s Will
in a time of Universal repair; the Nation of Israel and the Nations of Gerim.
One Book, One Torah would serve Mankind under this pretext.
Many peoples, generations, and miracles later would
culminate into the promised revelation of a Giving of the Torah, through the
hands of a King named Moses. Moses was born from Kings, raised amongst Kings,
became a King, and died with a crown on his head, placed there as such. Moses
was a unique King, for while the scepter was in his hand, he still was able to
clearly perceive the King of Kings, Hakadosh Baruch Hu. This King of Kings
isn’t like flesh and blood, for He demands righteousness and nothing short of
absolute devotion towards sanctifying His Great and Holy Name. For this, Moses
would be a Man of great Might, and the Torah of Fire[y Law] would be given
through him, and delivered by a mouth that could only be opened by The Lord
Himself, for Moses was of heavy tongue and uncircumcised lips.
Moses found himself appointed as King, for he came knocking
on the footstep of God, by the fact that he seemed to speak God’s language. God
trusted Moses more than any other Man, for only God knows the heart of Man;
moreover, who dare to stand up against Moses – he who stands before the
Presence of God! Hence Moses, was certainly the King’s King amongst man.
God wished to make Moses not only a King over the exiles,
but it was His will to bring Moses to God’s Holy Land and place him as King
over all that belongs to God! For this to happen, Moses would need to deliver
God’s Word that he knew all too well over the entire World. While this was no
small task, Moses would seek to rule over all who inquired of God [at that time
it was conceivable that the whole World would come to recognize God], by
adhering to God’s strict word, and breathing endless divine fire among the
people, making Offerings of their own evil, a natural combustion for those
applying the yolk of heaven upon their souls. A miraculous time it was – forty
years of Divine Revelation from every unexpected twist and turn, highlighting
history as a miraculous strand of divine encounter that would finally surface
when the King of King’s would yet call one’s name and number. Such was the
Divine Code of all those who stood on unique holy groundbefore God, yet Moses remained steadfast
carve the eternal Torah of Fire into the hearts of the populace; Ger and
Israelite…as one before God, thought to express God’s unique sovereignty over
Man as One.
While Moses stood with certainty as a true scholar of the Lord,
keeping pace with Torah of then, now, and beyond [as Moses was the highest
order of prophecy; a type delivered by God], issues of poor scholarship would
arise both in the camp of Torah, and in the spectrum of all of time; Moses’
wrath to such frivolous behavior would only burn even greater – who dare arouse
Moses, the Man of God!? Fate would have it, that this is actually the very
essence of the evil that God created, as a test of freewill and essential
scholarship to ascertain that which belongs to God, or God Forbid, to God’s
creations of evil, which only serve as the basis for such choice on the basis
of reward and punishment.
After some time, God wished to bring Moses and the people
into God’s sacred Land where God’s name would be expressed as One, and Moses
would be called upon to accurately reflect God’s Holy Kingdom, sanctifying God
in the eyes of all; Gerim and Israelites. Moses was prime to succeed, for there
were none like Moses until this time; thus Moses carried on as usual, through
being commanded to breathe his fire through the breathe of speaking to a rock
of many miracles [present and future]. Yet Moses was a man of truth, and by the
nature of that truth, he would exist as Man, in his merit, Moses would never be
worshipped as a god to idolatry in his great merit of humility. The drawback to
such great humility is the assumption that all are equal before God; this would
allow Moses to err in that he would bark orders to the nobles as he perceived
the same upon himself. Moreover, Moses would soon realize that he in fact
conducted affairs not to only the nobles as such, but to all who stood in line
for counsel from the Lord and His Torah.
The wrath of Moses burned even the heart of God, to such
extent that the Kingdom of Heaven was God forbid tarnished, for God looks to
the heart of every Man, as per the deeds of Man; a providence individual for
all. Moses portrayed an inaccurate account of God’s heavenly Mazal, and instead
displayed a mazal of nature, one that the Torah stresses to step out from
under, as this is the shroud of God’s creation called evil. The King of King’s
knows all of His subjects by unique name and number, whereas Moses only related
to the evil of man and the Torah as its antidote; such was the mission of Moses
as the giver of the eternal Torah. Ironically, Moses would give the Torah,
God’s portion, and even death, all from the same miraculous hand, as he would
be buried in the plains of the evil Moav, to the exclusion of the song that
Israel sang [and will sing] in light of God’s numerous miracles.
Such would be the Mazal of God for every generation [Jew and
Ger] until the last days, where God’s miracles would somehow be hidden by God’s
creation of evil. All who stood to perceive the hand of God, even Moses [as it
is said of Moses as well, that he WILL sing; i.e. in the End of days], will
inherently praise God, and ultimately die, having those praises and prayers
[that come from miracles] aimed towards those who will aim their hearts to the
Messianic Peak of Faith, in the Days of Darkness, as they shall be devoid of
God’s Presence, having no recollection of a connection [being connected; a
point-connected- perception of providence to the point of revelation of God’s
hand in an intimate expression of life] in a lonely physical I-Pod Coca Cola
In the blink of an eye, in a time where Torah scholars must
be able to ascertain who is true from who is false, a time that the Torah will
be under siege from the prophesied Gog [v’Magog], the holy ones [which as per
the laws of the Red Heifer, Holy applies to Jews and Gerim – Gra; “…and the Ger
amongst you”] will be prayed for by history’s Men of Torah, a prayer service
led by Moses himself, he who for the sake of his fire, was forced to lay in the
plains of Moav. From the ashes of death, God has promised to spawn new life,
from the endless tears of redemption. Yesterday’s miracles are to stand as
today’s salvation rights, and ways of error and duress, remain pathways of
Moses was indeed challenged by one man named Korach, and
ironically Korach’s hidden agenda was that he believed Moses wasn’t a King; he
was bold enough to speak a sour truth. Yet the Haftorah explains that it is
Korach’s offspring, the righteous Shmuel, who was appointed to elect a King in
David. Hashem did not wish for the people to request a king, for even Moses
came up short in this endeavor, and Moses was the most trusted of God’s Men.
Yet the people persisted, Shmuel was sent, David was found, and the Messiah was
born. This time, God would intervene and inspire a King Messiah in David and
his seed; this King would reflect the Kingdom of God. For where Moses spoke the
harsh truth [and was attacked by as such from Korach], David would live the
hard truth [by which merit he would exist by], allowing him to sanctify God –
knowing all by unique name and number, identifying them by their name as it
stands in the place of God’s Word.For
David, all are unique to God, due to the spirit God places upon him so that all
should know God, and evil and death would be swallowed up forever; Very Good is
the Messiah [who comes on the auspicious 6th day].
Like Abraham before him, Moses would be humble, seek to
destroy his evil, and he considered himself to be ashes, for he said, “What are
we?” Yet it was his humility and ashes that would resonate as the most ominous
flask of Red Heifer purifying water; a Messianic mission defined through the
riddle that Solomon wrestled with his own Messianic Mind in the name of the Red
Heifer. Yet from a Creation infested with evil and soon to be realized one that
is governed by real mazal, star will be born named David. Moses was, is, and
always will be a King, yet it’s the Prophet Moses of whom never again in Israel
will there be another.
Just as Moses’ fire made the Tablets turn to dust and ashes,
of which God praises Moses at the Torah’s conclusion, and ironically to his own
demise – shall serve as the purifying waters that David will soak the Lord with
through his essential Torah that parallels Moses. To prove as such, David is
destined to come from Ruth, she who comes from Moav; a seed planted within
Israel, as they settle in the plains of Moav to the conclusion of Parashas
Chukas, the parsha that goes on record as seeing beyond the evil, in the ironic
equality expressed in the secret of the Ger and the Jew. What may have been
true for Moses, and a fact for Korach, was just life for David; and God found
His King, one who personifies the mystery of the Red Heifer.
Peres turned 90, and no it doesn't stand for the gematria of צ. NWO anyone?
[liberatarian paternalism anyone?]
All of his friends are here from yesterday's politics, and I believe they may have even cloned Hertzl and Ben Gurion to join up with old school Mikhail Gorbachev and everyone's favorite Chicagoan Operative Rahm-bo.
Iran's election is on Friday and in Israel they are partying like it is 1999 - literally.
This is very similar to a bad superhero flick, only its real, and its catered for Peres? Really?
It is going to be the biggest show in town. President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebrations are scheduled to get underway on Tuesday. The festivities will be broadcast not only on Israeli television, radio and websites, but also globally.
The celebrations are meant to mark not only the birthday of Peres, but the fact that he is the oldest leader in the world. Taking place at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, it is expected to be a giant production with more than 3,000 invitees arriving from Israel and around the world.
Peres’ birthday bash also serves as the opening event for the fifth annual Presidential Conference, which will run for three days and this year will take place at Hebrew University.
So who is expected to stop by to honor the president? World leaders and politicians slated to attend include former US President Bill Clinton, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Hollywood stars including Barbra Streisand, Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone will also attend. The list also includes Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman and Dan Shechtman, technology moguls, business entrepreneurs, and of course Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ministers and MKs, mayors, the chief-of-staff, and the heads of the Mossad and the Shin Bet.
Others scheduled to attend: Rona Ramon (widow of astronaut Ilan Ramon), Keren Goldwasser (widow of kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser), students, soldiers, families of fallen soldiers and others.
The program includes Barbra Streisand's rendition of “Avinu Malkeinu” in Hebrew, at Peres’ request. Peres told Streisand that every time he hears her sing the song, he tears up. The reason? In his youth, Peres would hide under the prayer shawl of his grandfather, a rabbi, when he sang the hymn in the synagogue on the eve of Yom Kippur. It is likely that Streisand will also sing the national anthem in Hebrew.
Other planned entertainment includes singers Shlomo Artzi and Eyal Golan, the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Mayumana dance troupe, and a children’s chorus. Peres’ granddaughters, Eden (6) and Maya (8) will go onstage to wish their grandfather “mazal tov.” This will be followed by a stand-up show from one of Israel's most popular comedians.
Blair, Clinton, Netanyahu and Streisand will all speak as well, and others who could not attend will send video greetings: US President Barack Obama, Russian President Valdimir Putin, respresentatives of France and Germany, and a closing by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
U2’s Bono, Michael Douglas and Jason Alexander, as well as notable leaders from the global Jewish community will also be delivering recorded birthday greetings.
The Presidential Conference is expected to cost around NIS 11 million, and organizers emphasize that the birthday celebration, which constitutes the opening event, is not being financed by public funds or the state budget, but rather by private donations from Jewish organizations and private financers. All the entertainers and speakers will appear as volunteers and will receive no payment, but the conference will cover the speakers' travel expenses.
Peres has asked that those invited not bring him gifts. “It is not something celebratory that I grew by a year, but it is a good opportunity to show the world Israel's accomplishments, and for this I am happy.”