Sunday, July 27, 2014

Heading South - to Help Our Soldiers

We Jewish folk are a special people, with a special land, a special mission (to embrace the Geulah), a special language and a special relationship with The One G-d!  [9 min.]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Rebbe's Tactic for War

Said 32 years ago, the Rebbe tells how to deal with terrorists. Of course, what the Rebbe said then applies just as well today!

(Spoken Yiddish & Hebrew Subtitles.
1 min.)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Example of a "Dark Mindset"

Here's my email exchange with another Jewish blogger. I knew him 53 years ago in Telshe Yeshiva (Ohio) that I attended (for a year) at age 15. I recognized his name, recognized his blog's popularity, so I wrote him this request:

Harry, you and I go way back. I remember you during the one year I learned at Telz. My name is Leslie E. I must have been, then, maybe 14.

Anyhow, we're talking a good 54 years ago.

I ended up leaving the Jewish scene at about 18,
but lucky to have picked it up again at 40.

I ask that you please include my blog in your blog roll list.
We each see things quite differently, I'm sure, because
I count myself a soldier of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and you
know well just how apart we are, therefore.

Nonetheless, because you command a huge audience,
and because I suppose you won't be מקפיד on our
differences of opinion, that you will do me the favor and
add mine too. (The link is

Thank you and G-d bless Am Yisrael!

Do you at all remember me?

Kol tuv!

He answered me this:

Leslie, I remember you well. I have no problem with opposing views and wouldn't mind linking to your blog. But if I read correctly, you are a flaming Meshichist now. And I will not link to any blog that is operated by a Meshichist of any kind.

Hope you understand.

Be well

I'd like you the reader to sense the eminent darkness, the depth of exile mentality, from whence such words emanate. He speaks his mind that is contradictory onto itself, yet the pinnacle of Jewish yearning he feels compelled to brush away, incisively.

He learned in the misnagdish Telzer Yehiva that Moshiach is a thing of the future, and he means to keep it that way!

That, instead, we could be sooner in Jerusalem in happy harmony with Moshiach, Jews and the world-at-large, holds for him not the slightest spark of motivation! This is what the Rebbe refers to as "חושך כפול ומכופל" - referring to a Jew who would be happy with another 2,000 of exile without Moshiach, G-d forbid, as long as he lives conveniently with his money, prestige, power, ... everything but the main thing - Redemption! This guy can't be bothered with accepting Moshiach as he "coasts" merrily along in his exile mindset.

And if he's not ready for Moshiach, nobody else should be!

As the Rebbe says, one first needs to actualize a personal redemption before it evokes an urge for the collective redemption.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pictures Media Won't Show of War with Hamas

Note too the "disproportionate" behavior of Israeli soldiers, as compared with those who use children as shields.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just Look at the Miracles

Just look at the miracles since operation "Cast Lead" until today, or from earlier, since Jewish settlements came under rocket fire by the Arab enemy. After thousands of rockets rained down, which could have left in their wake considerable damage, God forbid, by the grace of Hashem, when the sirens, noise and explosions faded away, all we saw were miracles.

Many rockets the "Iron Dome" smashed in mid-flight. Shrapnel therefrom caused little damage. Many other rockets God's unseen hand "diverted", guiding them to open spaces. Where a few rockets made direct hits, damage was inflicted upon material only, but not upon soul.

Also distinctly unique, we note that some glimmer of broad political favoritism gleamed our way from across the global spectrum.

Too, think about the raids terrorists tried to pull off under the thick of night. In one such move, 13 heavily armed Hamas/Palestinian operatives emerged from a tunnel they dug, the mouth of which opened within the borders of a kibbutz. Then there were nightly terror incursions we stopped that came in from the sea, also under cover of darkness. In Hashem's good, free grace, we nipped all these potential horror scenarios in the bud.

A couple, Chabad emissaries of the Rebbe living in central Israel, wrote to the Rebbe via his Igrot Kodesh. The wife, inasmuch as they had no "security room" available at their present locale, asked whether to move to where her parents live, where they have one. The Rebbe answered (vol. 7:161) "Regarding your question of moving from ... it seems entirely unnecessary ... besides not knowing which place is safer, soon anyways you will have overcome your worries with fear alone. And since fear depends upon one's will, you have the option not to fear at all and instead rely entirely on the good graces of Hashem, may He be blessed, free grace so no anguish shall come of it, God forbid."

We have much to be thankful for to God as He pours upon His people free charity.

The miracles and wonders we see make upon us a reciprocating demand: We need publicize the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach's declaration that "Israel is the safest place". We ought to check our Tefillin, our Mezuzot, if they were last checked long ago; Carry with us a Chitat (Chumash, Tehillim and Tanya - bound in one), as well as a charity box; Fix a charity box on every room wall in the house; Sign up for a letter for every living Jewish soul in a Sefer Torah; and learn about Moshiach, Geulah and the laws concerning the 3rd Temple, out of sheer joy that we are beyond the threshold and into the Era of the Final and Ultimate Redemption of the Jewish people.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SMS Message

------ SMS Text ------
"G-d desires and is concerned about the honor of Jewish people more than his own honor!"  We see how much honor, therefore, we must give each other.

G-d bless you.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Definition of HAMAS

I Googled "meaning of Hamas in Arabic".
Found this: "enthusiasm".

Now everyone knows Arabs, or rather Yishmaelites, and Jews go back 6 generations before Moses, when Hagar gave birth to Yishmael. So no wonder many words in Arabic have Hebrew as their source.

Hamas in Hebrew means robbery (Gen. 6:11 - see Rashi). Only for Yishmael, who was a robber, it was more than that. He was enthusiastic about it. He was also a murderer and enthusiastic about that too (Gen. 21:9 - see Rashi). This latter fact the world can easily witness today as Muslims enthusiastically chop off heads, hands, mutilate, torture, hang, kidnap, rape, undermine, ... you get the enthusiastic picture.

So Hamas in Arabic went from meaning "robbery" to meaning "enthusiasm" in the course of time, as a natural progression for the lustful terrorist.

This is my conjecture of the lingual "coincidence".

Here's something relevant:
The Psychology of Islam.

Muslim Hate for the World to See

Remember when Hashem first told Moshe go tell the Jews of Egypt they'll be emancipated? Moshe goes to the Jews, performs a few tricks, and - the people believed him (ויאמן העם).

Then Moshe turns to Pharoah to tell him to let the Jews free. But here he finds a negative response. From now on, says Pharoah, Jews will continue to fabricate bricks, the same quota, only they must find straw for themselves. Pharoah will no longer supply this material.

So the Jews are forced to hunt for straw where they can find it. They spread out over the land searching for straw. When the Egyptians see out their windows Jews prowling in their backyards and fields, they come out and attack the Jews with sickles, chopping off their legs.

The deep hate Egyptians harbored for their Jewish peers now becomes all too obvious.

And, as if no better time to go, Moshe disappears from the scene.

Moshe asks God, why this negative turn of events. Says God, I'll bring upon the Egyptians 10 plagues; They'll complain, saying, why punish us for Pharoah's sin; It is he who enslaved Jews. Why fault us?

Accordingly God set up a situation where the deep-seated hate of Egyptians came clear for all to see. When the 10 plagues arrived, every Egyptian knew exactly why he was being punished.

The 10 plagues and its aftermath visited upon ancient Egypt is also occurring in our days, as the current Era of Ultimate Redemption unfolds.

Rabbi Zimroni Chik of Bat Yam says we see the same phenomenon playing itself out today with the Arabs. The open and unabashed hate is there for the whole world to see. Arabs cannot complain they had nothing to do with it, it was strictly their leader's agenda. The world watches as Muslims behave hideously.

Take, for example, Israeli Arabs. It is plain to see they've long surpassed beyond all bounds the definition of "protest". Hundreds of Arabs, all over Israel, in "protest", have destroyed Israeli infrastructure, attacked cars with rocks and incendiary devices, butchered, kidnapped and lynched soldiers and babies, burned vehicles, grave sites, homes and forests, used knives, slingshots and sniper rifles, falsified pictures and videos, teach their newborn to despise, to commit suicide, etc., all because of their inherent bloodthirsty lust.

Also plain to see, for everyone in the world, how even among themselves, Arabs and Muslims are chopping off heads left and right, torturing, hanging, mutilating, first chance they get.

As they are annihilated, continue to be annihilated, and will be annihilated, these Muslims will know full-well exactly why they got their one-way ticket to Hell.

And God/Israel/Torah shall remain victorious.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hate in Blatant Relief in America

יהונתן בן מלכה שיחי' ה
News Item:
Chinese Spy Caught
Jul 11, 2:06 AM (ET)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White said Thursday in Oakland that Liew, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had "turned against his adopted country over greed." ....

Meanwhile, after 29 or 30 years of sitting in jail, many of which were in solitary confinement, this U.S. administration, entirely out of anti-Semitic motives, leaves Jonathan Pollard in jail. What I leave unsaid you should understand why.
שלום מרדכי הלוי בן רבקה שיחי' ה

Then there is Sholom Rubashkin. If he's guilty, it's a 1st-time offense (something banks do every day). He has 10 children waiting for him to come home. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison! When you look into this case it's clear this is nothing less than full-blown anti-Semitism, alive and well in America.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Apparent World Entropy

Some things even a blind man can see.

Maniacal Iran is approaching nuclear capability. America is disintegrating economically, politically and demographically. Europe too faces deterioration from within from its Muslim quislings. The Mideast Muslim nations live in an inferno. Poor Israel gets no calm from the world's nations, nor from its indigenous Arab haters. Nigerians are being butchered left and right, and nobody cares. North Korea is another hellhole that's liable to turn another country into a parking lot. Fukashima meanwhile continues to leak. Toxicity is in the air, in the earth and in the water. And so on.

People the world over are experiencing a silent tremor. They sense correctly that the world is in turmoil, tailspinning into chaos. Given the path that Nature takes, we are on the brink of WWIII, and were that to happen that would be the end of the world.

There's just one little detail left out of this panorama. The Jewish people are a Supernatural eternal people. And therefore, this horrible scenario cannot happen. The world was created for their sake and for their sake it will continue to exist.

What really is happening is that Israel will be squeezed into a corner by the Evil in the world and G-d will save the Jews and usher in for them the Era of the Ultimate Redemption. In the meantime the forces of Evil are separating out from the forces of Good, so as to give people everywhere the clear free choice to forge their own destiny. Because, when the clouds of smoke dissipate, the only ones left to enjoy the world will be the Jewish nation and those from the Good who sided with her.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Jewish New York Times

Many Jews today, especially those who see themselves as elite, sophisticated or intellectual, a cut above the rest, read the New York Times. Are they ignorant of the bias this paper has against Jews? They may, in fact, not know this bias dates back to WWII when Jews were being exterminated by the millions, but certainly they ought to have sensed the bias by now, after all its commentary on all those wars Israel had with its enemies, until today. More likely they've fallen victim of their own self-worth by identifying with Sulzberger's paper that, after all, is also "sophisticated and intellectual".

The NYT will always downplay horror perpetrated on Jews. Their avant-garde readers are all too eager to join in with its rationale. As you would expect, Reform Judaism plays a key role. (Notice the "aristocratic" air of the Sulzberger pose. No sign of "Jewishness" here.)

Here's a well enunciated, well presented 12 minute clip of the stance the NYT took during the holocaust years, and why:

P.S. See here for the NYT's latest advocacy of terrorism against Israel!
P.S. (7/21/14) See here how NYT toes the line of Hamas' demands during coverage of Protective Edge war.
P.S. During war on Hamas ("Protective Edge") - here.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Joseph Telushkin's Book on the Rebbe

Joseph Telushkin wrote a book about the Rebbe. Would the Rebbe approve this book by a "Conservative rabbi" (akin to a "Reform rabbi")? Not only does he dilute his own Judaism, he encourages its dilution for all his congregants.

Would the Rebbe want a book about him written by a rabbi whose synagogue features a "lady cantor"? This practice does more than scorn the halachah of Kol Ishah or mixed seating; It encourages the scorn, disgraces the Torah scroll and feigns a holy atmosphere. And of course there's a modesty issue. It's highly likely one must not enter such a place to pray in the first place.

Here's a Facebook ad [with my graffiti] where his synagogue heralds an upcoming Shabbat ("... join us to hear her beautiful voice"):

I come not to review the book because I'd never read it. Would you buy gold from a dealer who dilutes the precious metal?

No doubt this book is full of platitudes, portraying the Rebbe as a "great person", in which case he misses the whole point. He does not understand the Lubavitch chassidic movement's real purpose, with the Rebbe at its epitome, which is to raise the expectations and yearnings of the Jewish people for Moshiach in the latter generations!

There may well be a hidden agenda too, at least a subliminal one, and that is - to distance Jews from current Messianic expectations (so they approach his own view).

One thing is almost certain; The Rebbe himself would never have endorsed the book, let alone vehemently trash it.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The USS Missouri - And the Rebbe

The USS Missouri was the platform upon which World War II ended. Not on land - but on a gunboat of the United States. That's where General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, held the solemn ceremony, where the enemies formally surrendered.

Who was responsible for wiring this huge battleship? The Rebbe of Lubavitch.

I already recalled one story I heard about this work the Rebbe did back then, circa 1944, which I related here: Escorted by Generals.

Now I came across another such story. Here's the transcript of the video. At the end of this narrative I leave you with a link to the video to see 1st hand, and because of slight changes from the transcript.

(Interview of Milton Fechter with "My Encounter With The Rebbe".)

I worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard from January 1943 till June 1945. A retired admiral came to City College and said that they were desperately in need of engineers for the Navy Yard. They were building the battleship Missouri there - that's the battleship on which afterwards General MacArthur accepted the surrender of the Japanese in Tokyo Bay after the war - and they were also working on a smaller battleship, the Idaho, and one of the aircraft carriers, but I forget the name for that one.

So they gave me my diploma early and I came to work there, in Building 3, on Flushing Avenue and Vanderbilt. The building, it's a giant building, is still there. It was a huge operation - there were 77,000 people working there - and our section had about fifty engineers and craftsmen, evenly divided between Jews and Gentiles. I mention this because at the time, that was one of the things that was on the Gentiles' mind, always to look who is a Jew.

New York City in 1943 wasn't like today. Up in the Bronx, for example, was an Irish man named Joe McWilliams, he was a big anti-Semite and he had an organization called the Christian Front. Half the New York City police were Irish, and many belonged to the Christian Front. And they created a lot of trouble for Jews in the Bronx. In Brooklyn, Ridgewood, you had the Germans, and before the FBI broke up what they called the "Bund," they used to march at night in Hitler uniforms on Bushwick Ave.

There was this guy I went to school with for 5 years - I was 3 years with him in high school and then 2 years with him in City College. A fellow from a good family, with money. I'm sitting next to him in class. It's Friday, June 1940, the professor comes into the class, and he had a long face. Gentlemen, he says, I have some very sad news to report, it just came over the radio, that France had surrendered to Hitler. My heart fell all the way down.

This guy sitting next to me, turns around to me and his eyes are blazing hate. And here is what he says to me: "You'll get yours next." I tell you, I couldn't say a word. I was so stunned. Five years I go to school with him, and didn't know what was in him.

I'm trying to give you a picture of the times. It's different today. It's completely different today. Then, you're in a room with 50 people, everyone knows who the Gentiles are and who's a Jew. The fact that people were so busy working on the war effort had dampened a bit the anti-Semitism that had raged in New York City for a number of years prior to the war, but it was still there.

Our section was separated from the electrical section by a wooden fence about 3 feet high. And that section had about 300 men sitting at drafting tables. So I turn to the man next to me, and I said, what are they doing there? And he said they are all doing wiring diagrams for the ships, mostly the Missouri. So much electrical wiring goes into a ship, you have no idea.

I take a look, and you have 300 people in white shirts, because in those days most people wore white shirts. And in the middle is sitting a guy with a black beard, earlocks, a black hat and a black suit.

So I turn to the guy next to me, I said who is that? He says, "He's a rabbi, and he is also an electrical engineer, a graduate of the Sorbonne." I looked over there and I said to myself, boy I've got to give this guy credit. If I were sitting among all 300, I couldn't wear earlocks and a beard and feel comfortable. He sat there serene as if he was sitting amongst his chevra, and that really struck me.

So, I went over and introduced myself. He told me his name is Schneerson. But he didn't tell me he was the son-in-law of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and I didn't ask him. Nobody knew, as far as I knew.

He spoke quietly, he was a gentleman and he had two very smart eyes. He was a very self-contained individual. He wasn't interested in what someone on the left thought of him, or someone on the right thought of him. He was content with himself and he obviously had a lot of inner strength. It was very illuminating to me, to see a person in a hostile milieu to be so serene.

Friday he left early because of the Shabbos. And Saturday he didn't come in, Jewish holidays he didn't come in. He was the only guy that got that accommodation. Nobody else left for Saturdays or Fridays or holidays. Only one man - him.

I came up there a couple of Sundays to see some people there and I'd see him sitting there all by himself in that vast hall. Oh, it was more than a block long, that building. You take a look at it. It was quite a building.

He came in Sunday, I guess because he didn't come in Saturday. And he worked all by himself Sunday. And, I'll tell you one thing, the rabbi had a lot of courage, to be there all alone on Sunday. The rats that ran around there were about that big. And he sat by himself, drawing the wires for the various electrical wiring that goes into a ship. You couldn't give me a million dollars to sit there by myself on Sunday.

I didn't see him very often, because he never came to the cafeteria. He wouldn't go to the cafeteria; it wasn't kosher. So I didn't speak to him that much, only about three times altogether. But as I say, I was very impressed with his serenity. You see, if he'd sat among three hundred guys with beards and he was perfectly at ease that would be one thing. But to sit among three hundred goyim, completely oblivious to everything around him, that was something that struck me.

Later, when I read in the paper that he became Rebbe, I wasn't surprised because I saw that he was a very bright man and he obviously he had a lot of inner strength. He could have continued working as an engineer. He had the capabilities, the math he knew more than most of us there. Sure he was an engineer but that wasn't his life, he didn't make it top priority with him. His life was rabbinical and not engineering. He had hobbies, and engineering was one of them, but he was a rabbi at heart. Sometimes he was an engineer, but the Rebbe was always a Rebbe.

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(LINK to video)