Succot 5770: Moshiach, Redemption — Are We Programmed for Success or Failure?

by Moshe Burt

Having emerged from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and, hopefully we have all been inscribed and sealed for a happy, healthy, successful and meaningful year and years ahead, we find ourselves in the midst of Succot.

During Succot, the B’nai Yisrael, as an Am Segula (a nation apart and unique from the other nations), as Hashem’s special, chosen people, visit, bond, and celebrate our special and unique relationship with HaKodosh Borchu.

Prominent in our thoughts during Succot are the Haftorahs which the prophecy of the War of Gog and Magog, Moshiach, the Ge’ula Shlaima (the Redemption) and the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash are pronounced. Or, as the expression goes among baseball fans each springtime — right down to the fans of the most hapless MLB team; “Hope springs eternal.” [...]  Click here to read more.

Thursday, Friday War News: Kassam Fired From Gaza, Infiltrators From Gaza Nabbed, Gaza “Pals(sic)” Fire on IDF; Faulty Bomb Foils Arab Sinai Terror Attack, Rocks and Firebombs Thrown at IDF, Civilians Near Hevron, Bethelehem, Kalkilya, Gush Etzion, Beitar, IDF Nabs 9 Terrorists, 2 Arab Youths Nabbed for Terror Attacks

Monday Through Wednesday War News: Gaza Arab Terrorists Attacks on IDF, Israeli Arab Killed Attempting Run-Over of Chayal at Checkpoint, Arabs Attack JNF Workers in Negev, Arabs Attack Police Station, Arab Car Jacker Nabbed, 5 Terrorists Nabbed, Molotov and Rock Attacks

Yom Kippur 5770: Kohanim to the Jews; Paradigm for the Jews to Mankind

by Moshe Burt

The Mussaf portion of any prayers; Yom Tov, Rosh Chodesh, Shabbos represent the essence, the main point of that day.

On Yom Kippur, the essence of the service, the ikar is the avodah of the Kohen Godol. So much so is this the case that the Mussaf service centers around the order of the Kohen Godol’s service in the Kodosh Kodoshim (the Holy of Holies in the Beit HaMikdash). The service includes all of the preparations which the Kohen Godol makes prior to the service, the clothing he must wear at each step of the avodah, the number of times that the Kohen must bathe himself prior to each change of clothing and before each step of his service, the drawing of lots determining which goat is for Hashem and which for The Mountain of Azazel (the goat designated by lot to bear the burden of death to rectify B’nai Yisrael’s sins) and more. And by virtue of our being Hashem’s “most favored nation”, The Kohen Godol is to the Jews a paradigm of Hashem’s blueprint of what the Jews are to represent to the other nations of Mankind. [...]  Click here to read more.

Friday Thru Sunday War News: Kassams Fired From Gaza, Attack Foiled at Gaza Border, Israel Retaliates; Firebombings, Rock Attacks in Yesha, Terrorist Attacks Foiled, Arabs Torch 2 Buildings at Havat Gilad, 7 Terrorists Nabbed

How Do Arab Illegals Infiltrate With Jewish Religious Garb?

Commentary:

This author sent the following message on Twitter relating to this story; Police Pull Over 5 Palestinians With Jewish Religious Items on Highway 1 [Near Beit Shemesh, Latrun] two days ago:

Can some1 tell me how illegal Palestinians infiltrate with Jewish religious items, w/o work permits?

Today, a RT (Re-Tweet) was sent:

RTCan some1 tell me how illegal Pals infiltrate with Jewish religious items, w/o work permits? See Y: http://tinyurl.com/100RdblksOff

Basically, this query relates to so-called “goodwill gestures” noted in The Jerusalem Post piece below which put Jewish lives at increasing risk via Arab terror attacks [MB}: [...]  Click here to read more.

Prayers and Learning L’Zechut Jonathan Pollard During the Ten Days

This blog first announces that, whereas, a local Beit Knesset in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef , in Israel, — Kehilla Beit Tefillah – Yona Avraham, has dedicated one Thursday night Mishmar Learning Seder L’Zechut Jonathan Pollard (Yehonoson ben Malkah) each month since January, 2009, this month’s dedicated learning will take place on Thursday night, 24 September, 2009 during the “10 Days” (Asseret Y’mei Teshuva) and ALL Jews are urged to join in, via prayer (tefillot), learning and chessed (kind deeds for one’s fellow Jews). [...]  Click here to read more.

Expulsion of Another 100-Plus Jews Planned

It is reported that the government must present a time-table to the Supreme Count by November concerning plans for “the razing of no fewer than 18 permanent homes…. located in two Jewish towns that are part of the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria: Haresha, and Eli’s HaYovel neighborhood, near Shilo.” Israel National News reports on the planned expulsion of another 100-plus Jews:

The news was greeted with outrage at the time, but it was focused on the fact that one of the homes in HaYovel belongs to the family of Ro’i Klein, who was killed during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 when he jumped on a grenade thrown at a group of soldiers, thus saving their lives. His widow Sarah is raising her two small children in the marked house, alone. [...]  Click here to read more.

Bibi Trying to Cancel Likud 16 Month Vote Waiting Period

Israel National News cites a Maariv report which states that prime minister Netanyahu “plans to cancel the clause requiring [Likud] membership of over 16 months in order to have the right to vote in internal party elections”:

Likud leader and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fears the growing power of Moshe Feiglin’s Jewish leadership faction within the Likud; especially because he wants to pass controversial resolutions supporting a Jewish building freeze in Judea and Samaria. It says Netanyahu therefore plans to hold a lightening membership drive prior to the upcoming Likud Central Committee elections in order to offset the Feiglin support. According to the paper, Netanyahu also plans to cancel the clause requiring membership of over 16 months in order to have the right to vote in internal party elections. [...]  Click here to read more.

Friday Thru Tuesday War News: 2 Katyushas Hit Near Nahariya, 5 Terrorists Nabbed With Jewish Religious Items, 24 Terrorists Nabbed — Including 5 Tanzim and Hamas Head in Tulkarm, 60 Illegals Nabbed, Terror Rock Attack at Ir David