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Rabbi Chaim Clorfene is the co-author of the highly respected guide for Noahides, The Path of the Righteous Gentile. First published in 1987, it was the book that introduced the Seven Laws of Noah to the English-speaking world and began a movement that has grown exponentially over the past generation. Now, Rabbi Clorfene is in pre-publication production of the much-awaited, The World of the Ger, a book which he calls an introduction to the second phase of the Noahide movement.
In short, through meditations of the I-Ching McKenna was able to identify a scientific fractal identity to time itself. Through study of time, we saw that there is indeed an "end" to time, something he calls a descent into novelty. Although novelty is scarcely defined by him, he describes novelty the best he can [as he died in 2000] by depicting a reality [seen through the lens of time] much like we are experiencing now. Despite the fact that his conclusions were drawn to 2012 [aside from the Mayan calendar], we do see that our world's plight was born around that time, for extremism officially began between 2010-11. McKenna openly states the 2012 isn't a definitive date to search for in time, but rather to anticipate the new epoch of novelty.
JPost.com: Why we want to be here – a Tisha Be’av message for the Jewish People from Battalion 969 Upon learning that we would be released next week – a month after our emergency call-up to fight this war – my reserve unit drafted a petition expressing our willingness and desire to continue in this war effort and defeat those who have been murdering and terrorizing our nation. As a soldier in Battalion 969 allow me to share why we drafted this petition and why we want to be here.
We want to continue fighting not because we love war, but because we love you.
On a personal level, the paradox of the past month is that in the face of heartbreaking pain and the violence of war, my experience has been one of unparalleled love.
The Hebrew word for “love” is “ahava” – the root of which is “hav,” which means “to give.” When you love someone you desire to give to them – and when you give enough to someone you come to love them.
The love I have felt for my fellow soldiers during this war has transcended anything I have experienced before.
While the bond of “brothers in arms” is a universal phenomenon, I find the love I feel for my fellow soldiers overtaking me like a wave. It is hard to explain as I don’t fully understand it myself. All I know is that I would happily give my life for any one of my fellow soldiers and I don’t doubt for a moment that they would do the same for me. Together we would not hesitate to give our lives for you.
Throughout this war we have felt the love you have showered upon us – you have given us so much. I have never felt so much love from so many. Jews from both Israel and the Diaspora have flooded us with more care packages, clean underwear, dry socks, candy, potato chips and toothpaste then we can use. Jewish communities, federations, missions and individuals have not let the dangers of this war stop them from coming and volunteering. Hospitals have had to issue statements requesting that people refrain from visiting the wounded, for the lines to visit them were clogging the hallways and stairwells.
Tens of thousands comfort the families of the soldiers slain and communities around the world hold solidarity and memorial rallies.
We hang up your children’s letters next to our beds. I know a couple of them by heart. We read the articles, videos and Facebook posts with which you defend us and support us as we fight this just and moral war.
While there will always be exceptions, from here it seems that this wave of solidarity spans the entirety of the religious, ideological and political spectrum. From the Gaza border the unity behind us feels unprecedented.
But why? Why do we love each other so much? Today is Tisha Be’av, the darkest day on the Jewish calendar. It is the day our Temple was destroyed.
Our sages explain that the Temple was destroyed not because we were weak but because there was “baseless hatred” among us. Yet in those times there was rampant corruption and existential ideological rifts within the nation. Nonetheless, our sages have made it clear that regardless of how compelling an argument one can make, hatred within our nation is fatally destructive and never justified.
We love each other because we love Israel. I am not referring merely to the state or the land. Israel was the name of Jacob, the father of the 12 tribes from which we are all descended. We are not a race or a religion – we are a family. We share a home, a father, a future and a fate.
The reason that I and my fellow soldiers want to continue putting our lives in jeopardy, sleeping night after night in the dirt under mortar fire, rocket attacks and the perpetual danger of terrorist attacks via tunnels is because this war is not yet over. Israel is in danger and when Israel is in danger every member of the Jewish family is in danger.
Today Jews around the world are experiencing the greatest fear and insecurity since the Holocaust.
The masks are coming off and it is increasingly clear that this is not a war against Israel, but a war against the Jewish People. This week’s cover of Newsweek was titled “Why Europe’s Jews are fleeing once again.” Scarcely a day goes by when there is not another horrific act of anti-Semitism somewhere in the world. A poll this week indicates that a vast majority of Jews in France are considering leaving. A friend in the army told me that there is not a family in Holland that is not considering leaving. We have seen how quickly the winds can change and we are here fighting this war to protect your home for when you should want – or need – to return.
So to our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world, we are grateful for your love, and we are grateful for the privilege of serving in the IDF and expressing our love for you.
To our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world – thank you for feeling our pain – for crying as we cry.
In the poetic words of King David “He who sews with tears reaps with joy.”
As we cry together this Tisha Be’av as one loving family, may we soon merit the opportunity to laugh together and celebrate with love and joy.
these Parshiot, Pinchas, [the same Pinchas who stood up, remembered the Law,
and killed the betrayers to Moses and Israel] continued his onslaught by
killing Bilaam as a purely holy functioning Priest Anointed for War. This was a raw and animated display of
Pinchas' new spiritual identity – that of Elijah the Prophet, the level that he
earned through his famed Covenant of Peace. [The Midrash says Pinchas actually
used angelic attributes to succeed in the chase of Bilaam, thus bringing
justice and closure to the Book of Bamidbar and thus the whole Torah.] Bringing
this Torah Light into greater focus, please compare these Parshiot with that of
Parashas Pinchas; in other words let's contrast the theme of the last article
and this one through the lens of Pinchas vs. Elijah – the man and his spirit.
Pinchas represents the Law, the straight Law, and such that it represents the
rabbis and the Ger – as evidenced by the famous "broken letter 'vav'
contained in the word 'Peace.'" Whereas this article tells the story
through the zealous nature of Elijah – taking the gifts of Pinchas and avenging
the Brit! The following is a Law discourse that serves as a response to the Law
remembered in a painful truth as was articulated in Parashas Pinchas. This week
we will experience the fire of Truth, in the merit of sanctifying God's Name;
as the Vilna Gaon says – "setting up Men of Truth and redeeming the
truth" [Kol Hator].
task at hand is three-fold and all intertwined:
·Ger Toshav moniker today [and in association with Shabbat as a consequence]
·Is it Akum or Ger [based on
Rambam and others]
·The Ger from left field
·And an extra bonus track
as last week's article mapped out a specific flow of Torah highlighting the Ger
from the unique perspective of the traditional Halachic Rabbi, this week
expresses truth over agenda. Not all Rabbis view the world in halachic and
ultra-practical terms. Some are interested in reality, logic, philosophical –
view- of – serving – God [hashkafa], real learning, etc.
now present the Torah views of the other rabbis that we don't hear about. As is
always the case in Law, there are always at least two views and two schools of
thought. The halachist is a rationalist at heart, not taking into accounts multiple
dynamics and meditative learning [Which is great in its arena; however philosophical
discussions with Gerim are not the appropriate arena for rationalist thought.
Discussing strictly the 7 laws IS the arena of the halachist, and that IS NOT
what we are here to discuss], whereas the views presented in this article allow
for the Neshama [Godly Soul] to come in, and frankly, that's what the World needs, and that's what
the Gerim will deserve and are entitled to.
consistent goal has been to find halachic precedent of a Ger Toshav in today's
World, even if it is not fully enabled by the statutes of Law and reality.
reality and Law most are acquainted with:
·No Ger Toshav until Jubilee
·Ger Toshav Shabbat only functions if one is enlisted as a
type of Ger Toshav [Krisos 9a]
stress again, the rational view says the non-Jews are halachically Akum, can't
keep any type of Shabbat, can be Noahides who keep only 7, etc. This is based
on a radically limited view of the Rambam and in face of a plethora of the
highest rabbis of credibility due to a lack of interest to progress forward in
an area that God clearly has and is radically moving forward before our very
eyes. The irony is every source on the planet has predicted this movement [from
King David, Rashi, Tosfos, etc.] will come, and it is clearly upon us. To not act accordingly, is a crime against
the Torah, God, and humanity.
put this in clear terms: the non-Jews are either Akum or if by their choice
Gerim; the following will justify their claim. Should one realize that he is
indeed a Ger, they would have the deep responsibility to also act accordingly
and to learn about what that means – for Life, as they anticipate redemption,
along with the rest of Israel. The success that comes with being granted like a
Ger Toshav [and full status until the Jubilee] will allow the Ger to partake of
the Shabbat [not like a Jew] by not guarding against Creative Labor [Melacha;
Krisos 9a] and under the terms of not performing idolatry as a Jew guards in
this way [and thus not making a new religious innovation that goes against
Noahide Law], for now he is being stringent to not serve idols, and completely
within the scope of accepted Torah Judaism.
the Rambam on Ger Toshav and Jubilee
are a million views on this, and 90% of them understand the Rambam or agree
with the idea that there is a Ger Toshav today; however it is a halachically
lessened state, for it does not carry with it its stringencies such as "a
command by Jews to sustain him and to perform severe penalties in his
disgrace." The merit that does come with it is in the performance of
additional commandments, closer-to-God relationship, and access to the innards
of Israel [the people and the Land; again, without any binding obligations
either way where that is concerned].
the various views, most of which agree and come with little variation [again,
not many stand out to say under no condition is there any type of Ger Toshav –
for the lack of progression is in lack of Jewish institution and infrastructure/responsibility/philosophy],
the logic of the "Brisker Rav" [a famed rabbi of esteemed lineage was
part of a tradition that became known for superior exegesis in Talmudic Study;
the Brisker style is noted as the Harvard of Talmudics in this day and age]
resonates perhaps the loudest and responds with the most simplicity and
paraphrase the Rav, he says, "Where most say the Akum could be at best
'like a Ger Toshav' (and seen as a worthless endeavor) 'I' say he is a Ger
Toshav 'like an Akum.'" His point is the Ger is in exile just as much as
the Jews, and thus just because he can't fully express himself until the
Jubilee comes, and he is reduced to "like an Akum." By inference and
in a consistent lens of the Brisker, he is actually a Ger Toshav who can't
operate as one, much like a Priest who can't function as one with the lack of a
Temple. The Priest today philosophically functions as an Israelite without the
Temple, and to act in this fashion could be seen as a major offence to God! The
Priesthood must be acknowledged even in its lesser state, and one could compare
with the Ger, and apply the Talmudic teaching, "an Akum who learns Torah
is as the High Priest!" [Now this saying comes with some bang for its
consistent with the Brisker Rav, he sees no problem with the Ger Toshav [in its reduced state] and says of the Rambam [notice that he states - all agree with the Brisker view of the Rambam, as he goes on to show] that [the Rambam] is only coming to state the effects of
the Jubilee, and certainly not to eradicate the Ger Toshav chas v' shalom. He proves this
by offering the words of the Rayvid Commentator, [a contemporary of the Rambam who
challenges and clarifies the words of the Rambam] that the Ger Toshav of today
lives on and is only lacking certain stringencies [such as the sustenance
mentioned above and severe penalties should they occur]. He notes particularly that the case example Ger Toshav may settle into the Land of Israel – even today, of course in a lesser level, but still nonetheless a [type of] Ger Toshav. And as the Brisker
would say, "like an Akum" – and not the other way around, inferring that he in fact is absolutely not an Akum, but an "exalizational-ized" Ger Toshav [thing person etc.] Point being, although in exile, we have not produced an Akum only existence, but rather one that recognizes a faint Ger Toshav in the distance.
finally – a long, long drive out to left field…and i-t-s --g-o-n-e-!
to Zionism and the Ger
I am going to state this in a succinctly clear and concise fashion:
·The Vilna Gaon invented
Zionism around the year 1750.
·The Vilna Gaon, Chabad
Rebbe, and Baal Shem Tov – all sent students to settle Israel – together,
despite any disagreements.
·This was Zionism, and it
has been documented and written about.
·Herzl came with secular
Zionism in the mid-late 1800's.
·Aliyah to the land
intensified in the 1900's.
·By 1948 Zionism became
reality on the World Stage.
·Rav Kook was the first
Chief Rabbi of the Settlement [Israel was referred to as that in its Creation].
·Rav Kook had to solve
halachic issues justifying how the State of Israel could house Jews according
to the Traditional known Law(s). This is the debate of Zionism among the rabbis
who question the validity of Jewish existence in the Land before the Messiah
comes; as to if it could be done in a satisfactory way or not. Rav Kook tackled
the issues, and even though it isn't perfect, he succeeded and it has allowed
all Jews to live here in the Land while being represented by all of Judaism. There
are still grumblings on this issue, but it does work on a minimal level, and it
allows us to function as Jews on the Land in a true [but exiled] way, and in
the eyes of the Nations, as was prophesied. And as we are currently witnessing,
it is winning over the hearts of the presumed "Akum" and they are
rapidly realizing the Ger reality of the World, along with providing the
Noahide movement a wish for a home base once Moshiach comes to redeem.
challenge was presented to Rav Kook, and this is what he and his Beis Din came
up with [in short]:
·The new country would be
halachically valid for dwelling.
·He solved every major
·This was achieved around a
strong stance of particular Jewish Law that made the entire equation possible
to function to a pre-requisite standard. Of course there are many angles from which one
could look at this, but the following was the most striking and pertinent based
on current affairs.
Kook saw that for the country to operate, he would need to institute our
quasi-Ger Toshav according to the understanding of the Rambam that it is
allowed even without Jubilee in a lower level, supported by the stance of the
Rayvid – with explicit rights of dwelling on the Land. This was seen as valid and possible even to
current standards. Thus he saw that the local Muslims, according to their Law,
as it naturally follows an accordance of keeping the 7 Laws, would be able to
qualify as the type of Ger Toshav necessary for this to work [and it should be
known that the Rambam declared Muslims not to be idolaters].
make a long story short, Rav Kook saw the Ger Toshav, in the way it is allowed
to be used today, it is qualitatively NOT an Akum, and by this right, World
Zionism, The Current Noahide movement inspired by Israel's existence [from
1948/67], and the State of Israel in every way – literally has within its DNA
the Ger Toshav [lessened state obviously]. To remove it is impossible; thus the
only way to continue responsibly, if we support the previously mentioned, is to
continue where Rav Kook left off [a continuation of the Zionism of the Vilna
Gaon – Torah of The Land of Israel], and further the development of the Ger
Toshav, working to achieve our long lost Jubilee, Moshiach, and Full
says that it looks like redemption is happening, albeit in its partial stages.
Some have chosen to reject this, while others have supported this; and this
debate is not without its controversial nature. The discussion can ultimately
boil down to two schools of thought: the Torah of diaspora vs. the Torah of The
Land of Israel. This is actually an age old debate, one that the Talmud goes
into great detail over [as in the difference between Talmud Bavli vs.Yerushalmi], and the rationalists will gravitate towards the Bavli/Diaspora
approach, while the soul searchers will gravitate towards the mystical nature
of the Yerushalmi/ Zohar – Land of Israel view point.
And, now, for the bonus track....
Rav Kook's proof and justification in coming to this
conclusion of Ger Toshav and the State of Israel: he found a "Radvaz explanation
on the language of the Rambam" concerning Ger Tzedek. His findings you may find
familiar: there is a Ger Tzedek who is certainly not a traditional Ger Toshav,
but not a complete Ger Tzedek; a quasi-level has been found. In other words, there can be a non-Jew who is
a Ger Tzedek. On that note he surmised, that there must be a middle ground
between Ger Toshav proper and Akum, and that is the Ger Toshav that he
instituted into the fabric of the Land of Israel, for one could argue that IT in fact never even left.
As a result, the Akum discussion is a concept for the diaspora rabbi devoid of the
Land of Israel as his inspiration and motivation, but should we find ourselves
involved in Israel, certainly there is precedent to conclude as did Rav Kook. History
and rabbinic writings concur on this point, to the tune that a strict minority
held [and still hold], in opposition of this novel Light that has come down in
our unique time in Jewish history, that all should be resoundingly clear that we
are in! Times are ever becoming Biblical and Prophetic.
that had been missing from the equation was an opportunity to shine, and Rav
Kook, standing before Hashem with all eyes on him, hit it out of the park…and
the rest shall be given to history…while the Nations finally are able to see
that hidden light shine through. Who are we to attempt a conspiracy against the
illuminated truth. I stand with Rav Kook, who followed in the holy steps of the
Vilna Gaon – the father of Zionism, and the source of the very Noahide movement
we are staring at. To say there is a valid opposition is to contradict and
undermine the very cause we give our lives to; Jews and Gerim working together towards
Moshiach and the Materializing of the Final Temple.
Rav Kook and the Gaon, Israel is coming into proper "mumshelah" [ruler
ship] on the Land, and this alone has generated the Noahide movement and
Universal awakening. The choice is evidently clear: do you see an Akum or a Ger
before you? Do you see Israel or Dayton, Ohio as a home for the Ger? Do you
stand with pure motivation or a return to an old status quo? The answer is
simple – Gaon, Kook, and a path to redemption. Case closed.
Pinchas may be the concept of standing up and remembering the Law, declaring the truth/reality, etc. But it is forever and always Elijah that stands alone as a representation of the fiery zeal that God loves in Man. Rav Kook and the Gaon have that fire in them, and is evident through their self-sacrifice to usher in the final redemption. We have all seen and understood the "spear of Pinchas" in Parashas Pinchas with the Akum stance. And as we recall, in the word "Shalom" when Pinchas is awarded his eternal covenant, the vahv was separated or broken - Vahv Ketia! This break is not forever but to eventually be repaired and bring shalom or wholeness to it. Things, places and people that had become estranged are forged into a greater and stronger bond. Pinchas is Elijah and Elijah brings the fire to reconcile or weld the pieces together. It forges a stronger bond than the original vahv (staff, spear, etc.) Ger and Jew are re-introduced and bonded. Now, I think we can all recognize and relate to the "fire of Elijah" – for as it is said, Pinchas is Elijah, and as the prophet speaks, "Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of Hashem."
to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will
increase in learning."
Attention Gerim...Rashi says in the future the nations will recognize Hashem and announce Hashem is one and His name is one. Rashi says this in his commentary of Shema. Everyday for the war...Jews around the world say Shema at an announced time. Please check the times (daily) and join in on this and show the world that Rashi's words have come true. Amen.