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“Midah keneged Midah” (“Measure for Measure”) or: President Trump, Esau and Christianity. A spiritual view.

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(Video published 9-JUL-2020) 21st Century #56 | What Could the End of the American Exile Be?:

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This edited transcription is composed in honor of the second yahrzeit of my mother, Devorah bat Shoshana, 22nd of Tammuz. The merit of this transcription which might elevate the spirituality of a reader should elevate my mother’s neshama in Gan Eden.

The rabbi begins his lecture with basic questions in order to erect a foundation of his analysis upon the firm ground of the Divine Agenda. The topic is the American exile which is galus—exile, the final exile. How will it end?

The questions are asked in the context of two catastrophic events: the Covid-19 pandemic that has “erased or halted achievements of Trump” and the eruption of chaos and insurrection which has given power and recognition to the liberal Democrats and their allies, ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, etc.

Question #1: Why would G-d do this now and not after Trump’s re-election? Why create an atmosphere which could foster doubt as to Trump’s electibility?

Question #2: What is the significance of America as the last exile?

Rabbi Chaim Volozhin—the greatest student of the Vilna Gaon—said that America is the last galus, “the last stop.” From this we conclude that America is, in fact, an exile and that it is the last one. The Redemption will happen once this exile ends. In order to answer these questions, the rabbi first explains what “galus” means. Despite what many think, it is far more profound than the popular notion that it is about sociopolitical and/or economic domination. In order to understand the task of man and how galus impedes it, we have to review the primordial story.

The Primordial Story: The Tasks of Man

Primordial Adam was commanded not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Adam’s task was merely to avoid evil, to avoid going against the Will of G-d. In the form of the snake, “the mouthpiece of the Satan,” Adam is told he can rival the power of G-d if he eats from the tree. Had Adam resisted the snake and obeyed G-d, “hispashtus kedusha—proliferaton of holiness would have occurred….and ushered in the messianic era” with Adam as messiah, had he “held out” until Friday evening. Prior to Adam’s rebellion, the Satan had no power over the physicality of Adam, over his body, due to Adam’s physical nature existing in a dimension beyond the Satan’s power to affect it. At that stage, man’s interaction with the Satan was one in which he could realize his potential fully as the Satan had no influence because primordial Adam was not, essentially, physical. Of course, that changed.

Now we enter a second stage when “Adam fell from his lofty level in the Garden into a different dimension of reality” and, as a predominantly physical being, became subject to the defilement of physicality, the zeomah—disintegration, entropy over which the Satan had command. Man became mortal, and physicality itself became subject to defilement and dissolution. Existence entered a different dimension called olam asiyah, world of action. In this fallen state, the task is no longer was to avoid temptation but to “deal with the zoamah.” The substance of defilement and disintegration was no longer outside man but inside him.

“Dealing with the zoamah,” the task at this second stage,  is to take back the holy energy from the Satan which he gets from our sins. In so doing, the Satan is weakened and the holy energy he gleaned from our sins is wrested from him and returned to the side of holiness. In this stage, man’s task is to engage in kefias ha’ra—subduing evil to and restoring holiness to serve the good thereby activating his own potential and enjoying the realization of it. If mankind can avoid “being ensnared in the advice of the Satan,” avoiding Satanic urges, man’s potential can be actualized. This is the second interaction man has with the Satan.

But “now, we carry the snake around in our minds, in our psyches.” With this, we begin to see the concept of galus, a state when a person must now, more than ever, “contend with enormous obstacles and forces to try to achieve some aspect of holiness.” In this stage of exile, man struggles, and his struggles are impeded greatly and he cannot be all he can be. Exile is not merely that we are “not in our place, are not in Eretz Yisrael,” not able to sacrifice in the Holy Temple, not able to have the presence of the Shekhina—Divine Presence. This third interaction with the Satan is fraught with, and defined by, struggle often perceived as futile or unproductive. Mankind is frustrated by his disability to achieve his full potential.

Galus: What is it?

“The concept of galus is much worse; we are exiled from ourselves.” We struggle and achieve so little. Our task is stymied constantly. When we consider the students of Hillel who were so great that the Divine spirit could have rested upon them, as it did Joshua who suspended the progress of the sun because he had the consciousness of Moses, we sense the tragic limitations of gifts denied that generation.  The problem of this lack “will be solved in the messianic era when every Jew will be able to access holiness with incredible ease.” Zoamah will have been destroyed.

Now that we understand the true nature of exile, the rabbi enumerates the eight nations that comprised exile. The exiles of the ancient world were:

1 Egypt
2 Babylon
3 Persia
4 Greece
5 Edom/Rome/Christianity/Western Civilization

The more recent are:

6 Ishmael/Islam
7 Amalek
8 Eirev Rav (Jews in positions of authority or influence who seek to supplant the authentic covenant with mere culture)

The primary four which occurred after the giving of the Torah and the emergence of nationhood (Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome) are referred to in the Torah in Genesis as four aspects of the states of Creation. In the description of its formation, the verse relates that the earth was “tohu”—chaotic, “vohu” –astonishingly empty, “v’choshech al pnei tehom”with darkness upon the surface of the deep. Exegesis explains that this alludes to the four exiles; “tohu” refers to the exile in Babylon, “vohu” refers to the exile in Persia, “choshech” refers to the exile in Greece, and “tehom” refers to the exile of Rome/Edom.

How each exile is associated with each term of formation is described in greater depth in another lecture but, for example, Babylon was a mixture of good and evil in one environment and so embodied chaos. It had spirituality but in the form of idol worship. Persia was devoid of spirituality so it was “empty.” Greece, which illuminated the world with new sciences and philosophies, is characterized, ironically, as “darkness” because, for all of their advancements, they were bereft of spirituality and their rational philosophy was an attempt to replace spirituality with secular, rational systems and eradicate the last vestiges of spirituality from the Jews. Rome was the manifestation of Greece’s systems spread far and wide becoming the dominant global culture.

The exile of Rome, of Western Civilization, is rooted in Edom, Esav. It has been the most enduring and treacherous. The rabbi has described many, many times in previous lectures, how Western Civilization has reflected the three dominant characteristics of Esav: his arrogance, his fraudulence, his hedonism. His arrogance was reflected in Russia, particularly the Soviet Union. His fraudulence is Europe with its pretensions of enlightenment while instigating treachery. The most benevolent of Esav’s faults, his hedonism, is America steeped as it is in pleasure-seeking and materiality.

But Esav has a redeemable side as prophesied to his mother Rivkah when she is told that he will serve his younger brother, Jacob, eventually. The unresolved feud between Esav and Jacob, the repentance that Esav couldn’t quite complete, his failed patriarchy, all these were temporarily reconciled. How and when? Rome’s governor in Tiberias, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, who later became emperor, governed during the time of Yehuda Ha’Nasi, better known as “Rebbe.” The treachery of Rome notwithstanding, Marcus Aurelius assisted and supported the Jews, demonstrating acts of repentance on behalf of Esav via his relationship with Rebbe who was a spiritual surrogate for Jacob. This topic is covered in greater depth here: https://www.jerusalem-herald.com/single-post/2018/01/29/Divine-Contingency-Plans-From-Antoninus-to-Trump

Marcus Aurelius recognized and acknowledged the value of the Jews and the Torah by, among other things, assisting Rebbe in his endeavor to compile the Mishna. Fearing that the oral tradition might be forgotten when exile seemed inevitable and imminent, Rebbe undertook the mission of convening a conference of the tannaim–rabbinic sages for the purpose of consolidating the various opinions of the oral tradition into one body of law that could be taken into exile, a standardized text — the “Mishnah.”

Antoninus also fostered Torah scholarship through cultivating peace and serenity in occupied Judea. This propitious environment was enhanced by the affectionate and brotherly relationship that developed between Antoninus and Rebbe.

Tov she’b’Esav: The Final Exile

This relationship establishes what the rabbi deems the “tov she’b’Esav”–the good aspect of Esav, We know that Esav attempts to repent upon meeting Jacob enroute to Cana’an from the house of Laban, his father-in-law. For whatever reason, Jacob failed to recognize Esav’s overture when Esav said to him, “Let that which is yours be yours” essentially renouncing all claims to the blessings. Because he tried, G-d would enable him to complete his repentance near the End of Time in the form of the tov she’b’Esav before the messiah comes. It will come by assisting the Jews, his “brother” to complete the tikkun–rectification of Creation. As a result, his reward will be immeasurable.

The rabbi points out that this lecture, being given on the eve of the 17th day of Tammuz, is particularly propitious. Aside from its association with many Jewish catastrophic events, the 17th of Tammuz coincides with the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Why would America “rise” on that date? This is the beginning of the tov she’b’Esav. How is America the embodiment of the benevolent aspect of Edom, of Esav?

First one can contrast it with other Edomic manifestations, with Russia and Europe. Both “slaughtered” the Jews. In contrast, America has been benevolent both to Jews and others in terms of religious freedom. For the Jews, this has meant freedom to study and practice Torah and continue their mission to rectify Creation.

There is another connection between the “rise” of the tov she’b’Esav with that date. Our sages tell us that the messiah will born on the 9th day of the month of Av. “This would seem to mean,” says the rabbi, “that such a day of churban—destruction is to become a day of unbelievable glory” because the Redemption will begin on 9th of Av, the very date of the culmination of the strife begun on the 17th of Tammuz. So, both dates are intimately affiliated with the messianic process, a birth from struggle and destruction to redemption and actualization. That Jews were able to abide in a country like America where they could strive and flourish “is redemptive.” As exiles go, America’s was “gentle.”

Another connection between America’s founding at that time in the mid-18th century can be ascertained by looking at that date on the Creation Calendar and its reckoning with the Creation Clock. King David stated that one day in G-d’s Eyes is as a thousand years in man’s. Based on that proportionality, the 6,000 years of existence of olam ha’ze–this world coincides with the six days of the week. By that calculation, the year 1740 is equivalent to 5500 which, on the Creation Clock, is equivalent to 06:00 Friday morning, “the dawn of the last day of this world.” Only a few decades later, America is founded and the tov she’b’Esav advances from being embodied in one man, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, to being a country, America. Also at that time, other events explicate the diminution of the suffering of Jewish exile: the French Revolution and the growth of democracy in Europe.

Additional evidence for America being the good aspect of Esav, is the Divine Providence with which it has been treated. The rabbi has discussed this and other examples before so he offers but one example here which is, ironically, the Civil War. The destruction America deserved by Divine decree as retribution for engaging in the commerce of slavery was supplanted with a Civil War which, though devastating, enabled America to survive. The war removed America’s culpability for that sin. The rabbi touches too on the prosperity of America which is also evidence for its preferment, of it being the tov—good.

The end of this last, most benign, exile, has been brought about by Jewish observance and service enabled by, and in conjunction with, the good part of Esav. The end of this exile is an expression of the completion of the rectification mission and the ushering in of the messianic era when the interaction between man and the Satan reverts back to what it should have been had Adam not rebelled.

The exile must end, and so must the Jewish presence in America. G-d says that no matter that Jews are at the farthest ends of the heavens, He will gather them and take them to Himself. There is a Divine decree that, at the end of time, the Jews will leave the exile, return to G-d and Israel and be rehabilitated. So how does the American exile end?

Scenarios 1 and 2:

The rabbi offers two possible scenarios: Normally, an exile ended when the environment was rife with anti-Semitism and its attendant threats of violence. The Jews are expelled forcibly or they are compelled to flee. The “classic” is Spain. Could this happen in America, the rabbi asks. Yes.

In reviewing the options between a Biden presidency vs. a Trump re-election, a Biden victory would mean that the unrest we’ve been seeing, the incitement of  racial divide, the continuing incentivization of forces bent on destroying Trump’s America, the anti-Semitism, all could be further stimulated, and Jews would have to flee. Biden’s “cognitive challenge” suggests that those currently orchestrating and fomenting unrest would be the actual power brokers and Biden would be a mere “puppet.” Also, the pandemic’s having compromised so much of Trump’s success would seem to threaten a Trump victory. Could G-d have unleashed the pandemic for the purpose of putting an end to Trump’s job which has been, from a spiritual point of view, to assist the Jewish people? Is Trump’s mission done? Is the final exile terminated in a climate of fear and dread? Does America become the ra she’b’Esav”—the evil of Esav?

The rabbi believes, on the contrary, that a second possibility is more likely, that the pandemic and the resultant unrest has revealed to the “silent majority” of prospective voters, just what the result of Democratic Party leadership would mean: insecurity, crime, lawlessness, economic dysfunction. This exposure would seem to assure the election of Trump.

How will this last exile end? With Egypt as a model, (although that redemption was achishena—hastened in its appointed time, merited through suffering despite not all Jews being saved, as opposed to this redemption which is b’ita—in its appointed time and, therefore, irrevocable with all Jews being saved) Moses, as Mashiach ben Yosef, simply takes them out. Indications are that Mashiach ben Yosef is being “released from whatever impediments tie him down and he will grow to be an awesome spiritual individual…and he is in America.” As the Gemara says, “Messiah stands at the gates of Rome,” meaning he resides in that land which he overthrows. He will, like Moses who grew up in the palace of Pharoah, overthrow the hold that America has had on the Jewish imagination and reveal that light which was invested in him via the yechida—the highest aspect of the soul that is in direct contact with G-d an aspect shared with him from primordial Adam, thereby allowing the entry of the messianic light, the comprehension of G-d’s rulership over all Creation. This light will imbue the Jewish people with a higher consciousness that inspires Jews to return home.

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(Video published 18-JUN-2020) 21st Century #55 | The American Upheaval, the Widespread Protests, and the Messianic Process:

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Continuing his lectures on current events based on hashkofa, this one, given June 19, 2020, addresses the “eruptions, upheavals and catastrophes” in America. Lest we think the rabbi refers only to the most recent events, he reminds us that these upheavals began when Trump announced his candidacy.

The Vendettas

The vendettas began with accusations of Russian collusion and repeated suppositions of treason. Despite being a “hoax,” such accusations and the encumbrances to government function that they created set the tone of Trump’s presidency. These distractions prevented him both from being his most effective and, ultimately, hurt the country’s advance toward the promise of greatness.

The second upheaval was the Mueller investigation which “prolonged the agony” for two years and wasted thirty-five million dollars. Despite this second assault, Trump was still able to achieve impressive feats both domestic and foreign.

Then came the third upheaval—the impeachment trial, a spectacle which only happened twice before in American history. This created tremendous turmoil. Of course, he was acquitted demonstrating the absurdity of the endeavor but not before spending millions of dollars and continuing to handicap Trump’s freedom to perform.

Then came the fourth upheaval—the pandemic which “mopped up America with people dying all over the place” under horrific conditions of isolation, without families being able to provide solace or support. Add to that the economic upheaval and the threat of the dissolution of the American economy.

Coming on the heels of all this, with scarcely the ability to “draw a breath,” insurrection instigated by Black Lives Matter and Antifa rocks the nation. Its fundamental nature stems from a segment of a protesting population being manipulated into rioting, looting, murdering while an incredulous population wonder what is going on.

The Hashkofa

We know none of this is by accident; we know everything is decreed by G-d. The question is, how do we understand this ongoing turbulence in terms of the Divine Agenda? What does this lead to, particularly for the Jewish people? “What are we watching, an aberration of history? Of course not!”

Turning to the Torah where all answers reside, the rabbi refers to events of four thousand year ago, to the story of Noah. “We know that mankind had corrupted itself” to the point of G-d’s termination of mankind’s life on the entire planet. As in previous lectures, he reminds us that this corruption was caused primarily by sexually-related depraved behaviors. An exegesis from “Midrash Raba” teaches that the decree against the destruction of the Earth was “sealed” when contracts were created to legalize and normalize behaviors such as same-sex marriage and even relationships between humans and animals. “That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” the rabbi says. “What G-d wants is tikkun—rectification of Creation” which cannot be accomplished if procreation is inhibited by aberrant behavior. “Pru u’rvu”—be fruitful and mulitiply is a commandment to all mankind in the beginning of Genesis. “Perversion of reproduction is the beginning of the end.” G-d will not permit this. It is a “deal-breaker.”

But why a flood? The Kabbalistic understanding of this particular method makes plain what is happening today. G-d intended that the ten generations after the rebellion of primordial Adam should rectify the ten sephiros—spiritual forces damaged by that rebellion. These forces create the realities of existence. Ten generations, ten sephiros. But those ten generations failed. The hopelessness of the situation required a “restart” and Noah became a second Adam. Kabbalistically speaking, water is the analogue for the Messianic Light. Had mankind succeeded to rectify Creation and bring Redemption, the Messianic Light would have “flooded” the world, restoring man’s knowledge of G-d as “water covers the seabed.” Since G-d’s actions are expressed, as per His established legacy, according to mida k’neged mida—measure for measure, it is logical that, rather than a “flood” of enlightenment and spiritual transformation, the earth was flooded by water.

“Now we can understand what is happening today,” how sexual perversion’s normalization is epidemic and sufficient for G-d to determine, as in the time of Noah, a state of hopelessness. A “restart” is in order. But this time, the planet won’t drown in water but in the Redemptive Light itself. Creation is being restarted but in a qualitatively different way.

Anticipating a question of why a re-start as opposed to interference, the rabbi explains that G-d doesn’t “operate” like that. He desires that man rectify Creation “willingly, using free will, being responsible and accountable” to merit the rewards of his efforts. As the rabbi pointed out in previous lectures, without man being the cause of his own actions, of rectification, he would be incapable of experiencing the infinite goodness, the dveikus—attachment to G-d, that awaits him.

In the “Talmud Yerushalmi”—Jerusalem Talmud, it says that when asked what causes earthquakes, the prophet Eliyahu, rather than answer about techtonic plates rubbing against each other or some other scientific explanation, he blamed sexual deviancy. This shows how disruptive this behavior is and how intolerable a sin to G-d. What is a basic foundation to man’s survival? — the stability of the ground he walks on, lives on, builds on. The threat to man’s survival due to sexual deviance is akin to an earthquake. The foundations are shaken and everything constructed is destroyed.

Current Events

In July of 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. This ruling was a distortion of the Constitution and normalized a perversion of marriage. Reversing such a decision is highly unlikely, if not impossible, requiring a constitutional amendment. “That’s not going to happen!” the rabbi exclaims. It is near to “hopeless as in the time of Noah.” This similar condition will prompt a similar response from G-d—a restart.

How do we recognize this restart in progress? At the same time that this amendment occurred, Donald Trump announced his candidacy. The rabbi has lectured at length about the nature of Trump’s presidency and his mission to accelerate the messianic process. In summary, Trump is a reincarnation of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus whose spiritual root in Esav, the progenitor of Edom which became Rome, Christianity, and Western Civilization. Trump’s mission to enact the teshuva of Esav has been laid out as the rabbi’s thesis since 2015. Briefly, Esav’s statement to Ya’akov to “let that which is yours be yours,” is a stunning admission that the blessings Ya’akov “stole” were deserved and rightfully bestowed. Such is a confession prompting penance, an acknowledgment that the entire “spiritual heritage, the Land of Israel, is ‘yours’.” Esav relinquished everything. Unfortunately, Ya’akov did not acknowledge this gesture and so Esav “returned to Seir” which, emblematically speaking, means that Esav returned to his wicked ways. But G-d says that because Esav atoned, G-d promises that Esav will return to complete his teshuva–repentance in order to fulfil the prophecy that he, as the elder brother, will “serve the younger”—his brother Ya’akov, the Jewish people, in their final push to complete the rectification.

The rabbi emphasizes the miraculous nature of Trump’s election, a victory against so many political “heavyweights” and reiterates that Trump is a messianic figure although not the Jewish messiah. Trump contributes enormously to the messianic process as a messiah of Edom. As such, Trump has several “assignments”:

1- protect the Jewish people and Israel i.e. applying sanctions upon Iran, defunding the U.N., shuttering the Palestinian office in America, cutting aid to UNRWA
2- return the land of Israel to the Jews (as Esav said, “Let that which is yours, be yours”) as he has been doing by recognizing Israel’s claim to the Golan and moving the American embassy to Jerusalem in recognition of it being the capital
3- make America great in order to prompt nations to curry favor with it which prompts deference to Israel as one means of achieving such favor

The situation has worsened when, just a few weeks ago, Neil Gorsuch, the first conservative judge and Trump nominee to the Supreme Court, enacted a stunning and dangerous ruling. It reinterprets and broadens the law against sexual discrimination to include protections for the heretofore nonexistent rights of those who self-identify by gender. Any person can claim to be of any gender-related orientation and, on that basis, claim discrimination and demand legal protection.

A brief reiteration from past lectures on the current status of G-d’s prime persecutory agent and fool, the Satan (please refer to previous three lectures for more on this subject), reminds us he is “dying.” That desperate condition results in a heightening of the stakes in this war between the good and bad of Esav. The evil aspect of Esav is represented by the forces currently wreaking havoc on the streets of America and those who support them whether they be corporate entities, the political establishment, the Democratic Party, and liberal democrats, etc. These are the Satan’s front-line soldiers. The Satan’s chief adversary is Trump and Trump’s America, the America which will bolster Israel’s status and help the Jews finish the tikkun. “Of course,” says the rabbi, “the Satan doesn’t want that! It would end his dominion.” Trump is an existential threat to the evil aspect of Esav and the Satan’s prevalence. The struggle between them appears supernatural. That is how we know it is messianic, says the rabbi. “It never happened before,” particularly, the uncanny and virulent hatred of Trump. The “gut hatred” resembles a national neurosis despite the good that he’s done. Not only will his adversaries never acknowledge the good, they will deny it!

The rabbi expresses his incredulity at yet another expression of Trump Derangement Syndrome, as it has been termed, the propulsion of Joe Biden the role of Democratic candidate despite his senility. The hatred of Trump is so great that “it exceeds the welfare of the United States.” It isn’t just historic, “it’s tragic…it’s abnormal…it’s extraordinary. It’s satanic.”

The rabbi then explains America’s history of racism and slavery in the context of hashkofa. America’s crime, and for which it paid dearly during the Civil War, was the crime of kidnapping. According to Torah, kidnapping makes one liable to the death penalty. Rather than destroy America, G-d decreed that there be the Civil War. The atonement America garnered through the suffering of that war permitted it to survive and, since then, America has succeeded in purging institutional racism. Again, the charges of racism are mostly manufactured, the result of manipulation by forces out to destroy Trump. From a Divine perspective, G-d has allowed the upheaval to take the form of racial struggle, having “commissioned the blacks to rebel because it conforms to His agenda.” America is being punished for its acceptance and comfort with sexually deviant conduct. A history of racial injustice and remnants of such make the ignorant among the black population and liberal whites prone to claim victimhood for themselves and instill guilt in others based on what they deem to be unjust privilege. This hostility prompts G-d’s agenda to be furthered.

The rabbi clarifies the erroneous beliefs about slavery which many believe the Torah condones. The Torah describes a system which has been mischaracterized and defined as “slavery.” It is, more precisely, “indentured servitude” which is voluntary. A destitute person can sell himself into such servitude in order to save himself from dire poverty’s threat to his survival. His servitude is governed by strict rules to ensure his dignity and survival, stipulating limitations and boundaries to his treatment.

The rabbi reviews other examples of Divine responses to sexually deviant behavior and society’s acceptance of it: There is a convergence between the leap forward in the progress of the gay struggle in 1968 and the assassination of Martin Luther King which unleashed tremendous upheaval. Also, as the rabbi has discussed before, Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed New Orleans just two days before the city’s annual “Southern Decadence Day” was slated to allow rampant promiscuity and lewd activity in places it would normally be outlawed. In 2005, G-d prevented the festivities from occurring because the government would not.

The US is now in a makom sacana—life and death situation as when someone is on trial and the outcome is life or death. Either Trump wins to restore America and help Israel, or Biden wins and government would be ruled by those who have been trying to destroy Trump all along. The evil aspect of Esav, the power of the Satan, would endure. They would dismantle the traditions and values of America: independence, freedom, self-determination, free-market economics, and would redirect its course to create bloated government with all its attendant regulations and constraints and restricting the freedoms of all who oppose them.

The rabbi offers his expectation of a Trump victory and the aversion of destruction. He bases this expectation on the value of America’s merits, historically. America’s charity both domestically and internationally is well-known and documented. Its treatment of the Jews and other immigrant groups has endowed it with a reputation for tolerance and generosity. Relatively, its judicial system is fair.

In terms of the Divine Agenda, it can be assumed that G-d wants Trump to continue his “messianic contribution” and Trump will have a powerful victory. How might G-d guarantee this? As the rabbi discussed in the lecture given prior to this one, the nature of the relationship between G-d and the Satan is the key. The Satan thinks that he has the upper hand with American cities rife with violent confrontation, crime, and lawlessness. But it is ironic that the more complacent the Satan is made to feel, the more he is being undermined. The terror being struck in America will produce a backlash against these forces who are actually a minority but whose power is being artificially magnified by the media. What appears to be a win for the rebels will appear differently come November when massive numbers of Trump supporters vote.

The Future

The abiding idea is that the exile must end. As such, we know that G-d’s oath to gather the Jewish nation to Him in Israel is imminently pending. The obstacle is still an Israeli government incompetent to deal with the absorption of millions of Jews. With its copious bureaucracy, overbearing regulations and cost-of-living, insufficient residential real estate, and suppression of creativity, something momentous must happen. The numbers of those wishing to emigrate is, reportedly, beginning to swell. Jews in America have been given a glimpse of an America where safety and stability are no longer a given, not even for the non-Jew. The “love affair” between the Jew and America is fading. Can we expect that G-d will “chase” Jews from places of escalating anti-Semitism to Israel with no prospects for livelihood and residence? The dissolution of the current Israeli government is necessary and imminent, the rabbi believes.

If Trump wins, is the future assured? The rabbi proposes that the future is not assured because academia in America has been inculcating the youth in values contrary to traditional American values, be they economic or sociopolitical. Post second-term, there could be a resurgence of what we are seeing now, particularly if the moral degradation isn’t reversed. “I want to tell you something” the rabbi says forebodingly. “G-d is mad” because America has decided, via the Supreme Court, to legalize that which is forbidden. In the Torah, the punishment for homosexuality is death. It is not what I say; the Torah says it.”

The main thing is that the future is an unknown in terms of how the Redemption will unfold. The rabbi leaves us with an idea he has shared many times over the years, his contention that a spiritual rehabilitation must happen. The Redemption is not just a material one relieving mankind of injustice and tyranny. It is a spiritual transformation in which each person, particularly each Jew long estranged from Judaism, can realize his full potential and a more intimate relationship with G-d.

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The rabbi begins his lecture honoring the memory of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, the RaMCHaL, and dedicating the lecture to the aliyus neshama of Rabbi Moshe Chaim ben Yakov Chai.

We are to note that RaMCHaL was one of the masters of Kabbalah, in fact, one of the greatest in the past 500 years. “Even the Vilna Gaon said that, had the RaMCHaL been alive at that time (the time in which the Vilna Gaon himself lived), he would have walked from Vilna, Lithuania to Padua, Italy” to have met with him to learn from him. Furthermore, the rabbi points out that RaMCHaL was a master in many fields: logic, poetry and drama, grammar, ethics, hashkofa, a scholar whose unique intellect inspired the rabbi to devote himself to the study of the RaMCHaL’s Torah. “I owe him a tremendous debt….so he is obviously one of my major rebbes.”

The rabbi establishes the yahrzeit—commemoration of passing as the date chaf-vav Iyar—26th of the month of Iyar of which the sephira count is “yesod, she’b’yesod—the secret of the ‘foundation of the foundation’,” which is indicative of foundational ideas of Judaism that the RaMCHaL helped illuminate.

To address the ongoing “confusion” that so many people continue to experience during this period of pandemic and its aftermath, the rabbi lays a foundation for showing the “inscrutable ways that G-d brings the Redemption.” The context for understanding events is the system G-d “instituted” in the form of three categories of actions called hanhagas:

1- Hanhagas ha’Kium: actions that “set-up” Creation, assigning characteristics to its spiritual and physical domains: The construct’s ultimate objective is for mankind to bring about its tikkun–rectification so that a “nation,” a population, will exist in olam ha’ba– Future World.

2- Hanhagas ha’Mishpat: the justified actions G-d takes in response to the acts of man based on man’s freedom of choice: Cause and effect is the dynamic. Consequences are the effect of G-d’s judgement caused by man’s decisions.

3- Hanhagas ha’Yichud: actions to ensure that, despite the inclination of mankind to exercise his choice to sin excessively, there will be an ultimate rectification and existence in the Future World.

 Were it not for this last system of Hanhagas ha’Yichud, the entire journey of life—a life more likely to be rooted in sin than in serving G-d–would not only be wasteful, but frustrate G-d’s ultimate purpose. So, Hanhagas ha’Yichud can be thought of as a “back-up system” guaranteeing that “G-d’s Will cannot be frustrated, cannot fail.” Though these actions of Hanhagas ha’Yichud are rooted in justice, in cause and effect, they are, nevertheless, inscrutable. The Gemara recognizes this when it says, “rasha v’tov lo,” that an evil person can have much good fortune and that “tzaddik, v’ra lo,” a righteous person is dealt what seems to be a terrible hand..  To us, it doesn’t seem to make sense.  These outcomes that seem counterintuitive are those of Hanhagas ha’Yichud.

Why are these actions so mysterious?  There is a famous story by our sages of the execution of Rabbi Akiva that took place on Yom Kippur in Caesaria when it was part of the Roman Empire. Rabbi Akiva, considered one of the greatest rabbis who ever lived, responsible for the transmission of the Oral Law to future generations, a scholar knowledgeable of an “astounding amount of chochma—wisdom of Torah” was being executed in a most horrible way. He was flayed so that his death was torturous and protracted. Before he died, he uttered the famous words “Shema Yisroel” (Hear O Israel) and the sages tell us that the angels exclaimed incredulously to G-d asking how could this be the just reward for such devotion to Torah and service?

G-d’s response establishes the mysterious nature of Hanhagas ha’Yichud. G-d warns the angels to desist from asking why this fate should befall Rabbi Akiva. When they refuse, G-d warns that their persistence would result in the annihilation of Creation, returning it to its state of “tohu v’vohu”—unformed and void as described in the beginning of Genesis.

The angels were right. Why such a response from G-d? It seems like a threat.  There is a powerful explanation for this: The agonizing death of Rabbi Akiva, though appearing to be contrary to G-d’s system of justice, happened to ensure Creation’s rectification. The inexplicable events that seem to invert justice are part of Hanhagas ha’Yichud—somehow.

Why not explain this to the angels?  Such information would inevitably come to the attention of the Satan, the chief prosecuting agent in the Holy Tribunal. The Satan doesn’t want a rectification. He will claim, prosecute, accuse—do whatever is within his purview—to prevent this mysterious, inexplicable system from culminating in outcomes contrary to his desire, a desire for an unredeemed world thwarting G-d’s Plan to bestow the ultimate good upon mankind during the messianic era and in the Future World.

Who is this extraordinary angel G-d created, the Satan? He has three “jobs”:  He is a tempter, known as the “yetzer ha’ra”—the evil inclination. He is the “mekatreg”– accuser, the heavenly chief district attorney. He is the “malach ha’mavet”—the Angel of Death who executes the judgement of the Heavenly Tribunal should that be its verdict. Given these three tasks, we might anticipate the problem. Throughout history, Jews have sinned and the Satan, based on the demands of his jobs, is authorized to prosecute and carry out the justified consequence. But, G-d does not always want to abide by the justice system He created as required. Perhaps He wants to delay the consequence. G-d must somehow “get around” his own system. So, what does G-d do to dissuade the Satan from bringing a case? He “gives” the Satan the trait of yielding to self-interest that he may be biased. If he is biased, he can be bribed! So how is this bias instilled so that the Satan can be thwarted from his G-d-given task?

The rabbi describes it as a dictate issued to the Satan by G-d in which G-d tells the Satan that his survival, like that of all Creation, is sustained by a “Divine Flow.” But, after the sin of Primordial Adam, the Satan’s existence will now be sustained and empowered by holy energy diverted from the Jews when they sin, and this, principally, from the Satan’s efforts to tempt them.

The Satan now has two reasons to prosecute: Primarily, it’s his “job,” but, more provocatively, and exceeding his assignment, the Satan’s motivation is to recognize and realize his self-interest.  To do so both nourishes and tremendously empowers him each time he wins a case bestowing upon him, rather than the Jew,  the energy of kedusha—holiness that enables him to continue as tempter and executor.

But G-d can exploit this bias too by persuading the Satan to refrain from some particular accusation because, to refrain will result in even greater profit. What does G-d gains from this? Should G-d want to give the Jews something that justice would terminate, G-d can “get around” this and the Jews get what G-d deems necessary for them to have.

This has occurred throughout history. And here, the rabbi offers two examples of this shochad–bribery: G-d approaches the Heavenly Tribunal in 1898 issuing a directive for the return of Israel to the Jewish people. Immediately, the Satan rightfully argues that the Jews don’t merit it. So, G-d makes a deal.  He tells the Satan that his efforts to promote sin will be eventually boosted when those at the forefront of the establishment effort—those prime targets of the Satan’s subversion–will be installed and in control. G-d will allow them to be the rulers of the fledgling state. In exchange for the Satan’s agreement to a Jewish state, G-d agrees to give initial control of the state to rulers who will compel Jews to sin.  G-d makes his case for “those guys (the Eirev Rav)” from whom the Satan has been successfully siphoning off holiness for quite some time. So, with the prospect of even more holiness coming his way, he agrees. Who founds the state? Theodore Herzl. So, despite the Jews’ lack of deservedness, the Jewish state is established.

Another example occurs in the 1960’s-70’s when it is G-d’s judgement that then was a propitious time to bring the beginning of the study of the messianic Light—Kabbalah. And true to his calling, the Satan says, “You cannot give them this hasaga—ultimate understanding! They’re undeserving!” And, justice is correct. G-d wants to appease him, as per the system He Himself set up. “You can’t quiet the guy!” So, G-d says, “I’ll bring the concept of Kaballah to the world and you can get your guys (sinful gentiles) to degrade it.” The Satan figures this to be a “great idea” because if it is degraded, the Jews are apt to dismiss it and he profits. And that is what happened. The Kabbalah gets “mixed up with all that New Age stuff, crystals, all that stuff “ and Kabbalah becomes commercialized, trendy, and oh-so-chic. The Satan says, “This is great!”

The ultimate strategy G-d employs to hide his intent is, using his infinite intellect,  His use of the Satan himself to be the instrument of Redemption. While the Satan thinks he’s getting the better part of the deal, he is being made the fool. He is the “vehicle” to bring the Redemption. In fact, the gematria of Hanhagas ha’Yichud is 496. That is the exact numerical value as in the phrase “b’yad sitra achra”—in the hand of the “other side,” referring to the other side of holiness, the kingdom of the Satan. So, the hanhagas ha’Yichud progresses, expressing itself tactically, in the hands of the Satan!  In the end, we will recognize this. “And the one who is going to have a heart attack is the Satan!” says the rabbi.  He thought he was furthering the cause of justice and would enhance his own power, but he was actually bringing the Redemption closer.

This is not unlike Moses being raised in the palace of Pharoah. “But that’s ridiculous!” the rabbi exclaims in light of Pharoah having ordered the murder of all the firstborn of Israel because he’d been told that a redeemer had been born. Ironically, Pharoah raises the redeemer in his own house, being responsible for the education and nurture of he who Pharoah most feared and tried to do away with. “That,” the rabbi emphasizes, “is how G-d works.” What we assume is happening is seldom so. The paradoxical nature of events is disguised.

“Now we can begin to understand what is happening today. You are looking at the actions of Htoanhagas ha’Yichud.” A question arises, and has been brought to the rabbi’s attention regarding the extraordinary fulfillment of the completion of the Daf Yomi cycle by hundreds of thousands of diligent Jews who have studied, and completed “Shas,” the Gemara, “and celebrated it!”  How can it be, the rabbi has been asked, that such a luminous accomplishment, conferring so much merit on the Jewish people, culminates in the Torah being “taken away”? Due to the pandemic, shuls and yeshivas are closed and there are no Daf Yomi lessons taking place. And if this were not enough, so many teachers, so many Torah scholars have died! A second question arises: since the time from Purim through Passover is regarded, traditionally, as redemptive, and we know that the final Redemption will follow traditionally, how can it be that the pandemic comes at such an auspicious time? Every expectation is dashed. That which is logical to predict, to hope for, is inverted to its opposite—or so it appears.

“So, what are we looking at? It is absolutely a paradox. You are looking at the actions G-d must take to further the Redemption….In fact, you are looking at what is identical to the death of Rabbi Akiva,” the rabbi says, a torturous execution conferred upon a person so undeserving of it, an outcome that is “unintelligible based on what we know is the justice and the goodness and the kindness of G-d.”

“Is it possible,” the rabbi asks, “to figure this out, to get some insight into how G-d works—the depth of the intellect of G-d? And the answer is yes!”

Referring to the two previous installments of lectures about the pandemic, the rabbi reminds us of the idea of the Messianic Light entering Creation through a Gate which is “vast” but which closes as the Jews sin.  At this point, an alternate access for the Light, the holiness, a Window within that Gate, opens. It is an aperture to ensure that Creation doesn’t completely cease though this inferior Light differs markedly from the past when the world was infused with more holiness. As this Window continues to close due to ongoing rejection of holiness, “that’s very bad!” But the rabbi mitigates our anxiety with the idea that final closure of the Window prompts the final re-opening of the Gate—the Redemption. This is Hanhagas ha’Yichud.

 “Think about those things that are enormously threatening to the Satan. First of all, we know that Torah is the greatest antidote to the satanic influence,…a cure,” as the rabbi terms it.  Torah gives a person kedusha because Torah and the soul “are one” so that studying Torah changes the individual. Chazal–our sages, record G-d’s pronouncement that, should the Jews abandon Him, they will, inevitably, be restored to Him by retaining their study of Torah. The Torah is, among other things, a compendium of His Will, the mitzvahs, the knowledge of His Will. This is the “cure” to the infirmity of the satanic enterprise that confers decrepitude when “we don’t know anything.”

The rabbi’s next question: “Why is the world ‘caught up’ in smartphones?” Since the greatest threat to a person is his ignorance, The Satan knows that people are more apt to think about their lives, be introspective, if they have fewer distractions and more contemplative time—“Who am I? What am I? What have I done? Where am I going? What is my purpose? Who is G-d? What is a Jew?” So, the strategy is to distract with smartphones, compulsively so.  The hyperavailability of the internet by means of the smartphone has become a means to deliver dangerous content, fake news, constant distraction. “These devices are satanic” particularly in that they are a component of another deal forged between G-d and the Satan. G-d directs the invention of a device to ultimately enable the transmission of Torah. The global connectivity this device offers will enable the messiah “to give a shiurlecture to seven billion people!” But then, typically, the Satan provides evidence for mankind’s lack of deservedness. So, G-d assures him saying, “OK. You can have it first. You can have all the shmutz, all the filth, all the time-wasters you want!” That’s the bribe taking advantage of the Satan’s bias, his self-interest.

The Satan realizes that, since Torah is the antidote to ignorance surrounding the meaning of existence and Who G-d is, the Torah is the most dangerous adversary the Satan has. “So, guess what? Daf Yomi! The….greatest ensemble of the Jews in the history of the world…..becomes the greatest threat” to the Satan. He realizes he must stop it.

After ignorance, the second threat to the Satan is Trump, a messianic figure and the embodiment of the tov she’beEsav—the good aspects of Esav fighting the ra she’b’Esav—the evil aspect of Esav. The rabbi has spoken about this at great length in many video lectures since 2015. The entire establishment: Democrats, the Deep State, Trumps adversaries, “are the Satan’s main guys.” Their defeat will be cataclysmic to the Satan’s survival.

The adjunct threat of Trump is his assistance to Israel. The reunification of territory that is in the offing is not something the Satan can allow. Despite Trump’s untrammeled electability, this pandemic has cast a shadow on a landslide success that would have cinched the unleashing of Trump’s unencumbered power to do even more on behalf of Israel. The Satan has to stop this “at all costs.”

So, again, the Satan brings a prosecutorial case to stop the Torah and Trump. How? The pandemic: closure of Torah academies, synagogues, deaths of Jewish educators and Torah leaders. Additionally, the destruction of economies creates a chalisha—weakening of faith. “Where is G-d?” many Jews will ask. The unprecedented success of the economic revival in America under Trump is undermined, that selling-point and impetus for a landslide victory.

How could G-d allow this? The Satan doesn’t know about the Gate; he only knows of the Window. His presumption is that the holiness he has usurped will ensure his survival even though the Window closes and existence itself is nullified. But it is G-d’s intent that the Satan shall himself be destroyed. How? By this pandemic! the darkness for a closing Window has been accelerated but, paradoxically, it has also accelerated the opening of the Gate! The Satan is the agent of the Redemption by hastening the darkness he expects will certify his continuity even as the world is destroyed. The Satan is unaware of Hanhagas ha’Yichud, its principle, its mechanisms.  This is why our sages interpret that part of the liturgy stating that, about G-d’s ways, the fool cannot understand. Who is this “fool”?—the Satan.

There’s an argument in the Gemara as to whether or not the Torah will be forgotten by the Jewish people. The chachamim—scholars maintain that, yes, it will be forgotten. We know that the Redemption can come in one of two ways: as “kulam chayavim”—all are sinful, or “kulam zakaim”—all are righteous. Will the Gate open before or after the Window shuts? The scholars maintain that it will come when the fullness of Jewish iniquity is marked by being devoid of Torah, forcing the utter closure of the Window. But Rav Shimon bar Yochai says, “G-d-forbid; the Torah will never be forgotten.” What is Rav Shimon alluding to?—to what is happening today. The Torah has not been forgotten, abandoned. The proof? Daf Yomi. But, it did become enough of a threat to the Satan to compel him to stop it and, paradoxically, hasten the Redemption he sought to prevent. Rav Shimon was right—not only that the loss of Torah is unthinkable, but that its maintenance, even its celebration, would become the Satan’s motivation to step up efforts to oppose it and, thereby, hasten the Satan’s greatest nightmare—his end.

With this presentation, this culmination of the two previous lectures on the meaning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hoped that we have become more adept at resolving paradox, at uncovering irony, more able to grasp that within contradiction, in the sardonic, in the tragic, and even in the tragic-comic there is, most clearly, the Hand of G-d.

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(Video published 23-APR-2020) 21st Century #53 | The Coronavirus Pandemic as a Pivotal Part of the Messianic Process:

[TM: Video Content: The Divine Plan | Actions caused by sin | Why Tzaddikim don’t want to see Messiah coming | Sheffa and the Sefiros | The power of sin and the power of Satan | Pekida and Sechira – Windows shutting and Gate reopening | The reason for the Mabul (Flood) | Why is the Light diminishing | The global effects of the Corona Virus | Pakod Pakadti | Gog and Magog | The Evil will be destroyed | The Tasks of Moshiach Ben Yosef (MBY) and Moshiach Ben David (MBD) | One of the main reasons for COVID-19: The Legalization of gay marriage (go to 1:14:00 on the video time scale) | Erev Rav – the Israeli Government under Netanyahu and Gantz.
Please note that I, TM, do not agree with the superiority of the Jewish soul and it is not only the Jews, who do the Tikkun, but goyim assist in Tikkun, too!]
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Copied from Blogs.TimesOfIsrael.com: The Blogs – Robin DiamondR.M. Kessin: Pandemic as Pivotal Part of Messianic Process Part2“:
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For those who prefer to read, rather than watch, the rabbi’s lecture content, here is an edited transcription of his latest. Thrilling and epic. — Rabbi Mendel Kessin begins part two of his lecture “The Coronavirus Pandemic as a Pivotal Part of the Messianic Process” (given April 22nd 2020) by summarizing part one, the pandemic’s three causes: prevalence of corruption and immorality, frequency and vehemence of loshon hara—denigrating speech which contributes to sinas chinam—baseless hatred, and the world’s obsessive preoccupation with material acquisition and pursuit of pleasure.

Then, he tells us to prepare for a much more profound understanding, one which goes beyond enumeration and consequences of sin. It veers toward understanding the mechanisms of the Divine Agenda itself and how sin affects it. We are also promised the “good news” in terms of how close we are to the Redemption.

He begins with a chazal—scholarly reference within the Meseches Sanhedrin. These revered sages responsible for writing the Talmud, possessed ruach ha’kodesh— prophetic discernment, particularly about the Divine Plan. One of them, Rabbi Yochanan, who wrote the Talmud Yerushalmi says that when the messiah comes, “Let him come, but I don’t want to see him.” That statement, and one not confined to R. Yochanan, refers to the chevlai ha’mashiach— Birthpangs of the Messiah, an era marked by travail and suffering. Most readers presume he refers to predominantly physical sufferings such as persecutions, political upheaval, bankruptcies, even plagues. But that is not what the sages feared.

Someone who aspires to very lofty spiritual fulfillment has a greater fear—that of being seriously deprived of spirituality. They feared me’at ohr—diminishment of spiritual light, justice, righteousness, holiness. Those sensitive to the tenor of the times, noting lacks in goodness, righteousness, and holiness are particularly pained. This warns us what happens at the end of time. It is a time of profound choshech – darkness, an environment they cannot tolerate.
What is it about the Divine Agenda that brings such an era about? The RaMCHaL,—Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto—in his essay on the Redemption, writes that there is such a thing as a shefa—Divine flow of holiness, a Divine energy. It is one of many non-material emanations from what are called the sephiros-—the mechanism that dispenses Divine energy creating realities. If that energy were to cease, were blocked, the entire universe would cease to exist.
In the beginning and through early history, these flows were ample, even luxurious, so much so that the flow can be said to have come through a sha’ar—gate. This Gate was open for a long time, particularly during the time of Moses and the Temple eras. The rectification of Creation that is the mission of the Jew, was being achieved through their performance of G-d’s commandments. What can cause, and did cause, the flow to be diminished, to be blocked?
The first inhibitor is sin. As the sins of the Jewish nation accumulated, the Divine “light” dimmed and the Gate contracted. This has consequences for all of Creation, not just the Jews. Sin has three impacts that deprive the Creation of the sustaining Divine light.
The mechanisms for this inhibition is as follows: First, the angel, the Satan, is given access to Divine energy because his job is to “balance the books” between sin and the retribution that brings atonement. He regulates the extent to which justice prevails. As an operative overseeing Creation, the Satan is the prosecuting attorney responsible for bringing sin to the attention of the Heavenly Court, particularly when a person engages in defamatory speech. Until then, his misdeeds are unlikely to be examined. So, when Jews sin, the Divine energy which would have gone to the Jews goes, instead, to the Satan upon which he is yoneg—nourished and grows more powerful. If the Jews repent, they “take back” that Divine flow. Likewise, if they suffer. Both suffering and teshuva—repentance restore the holy energy to the Jews.
What are the consequences historically? The Jews speaking defamatory speech destroyed the achdus—unity of the nation, their access to the energy, and the Temples themselves. Lack of love of one Jew for another is the “killer.” If the Jews have this kind of power to block or diminish this Divine energy, then they have the power to literally destroy Creation. So, what does G-d do?
He opens up chalonos—windows! The Gate is closed but the Windows are open so the Creation can sustain itself because the Divine energy can get in. But once the energy is restricted, “the Jews begin to suffer terribly.” They go into exile, and their holiness, their mazal–fortune is diminished, and the Satan still has access to it. The Jews first went into exile in their own land under the domination of Rome but, later, were “evicted” geographically after the destruction of the second Temple. As the windows began to close due to their sins, not only were they in exile, but the parade of misery from pogroms, crusades, persecutions, inquisitions escalated and what little was coming through went to the Satan.
How far can the windows close? According to the RaMCHaL, the Window will close almost entirely, until the opening is a mere “nanometer” allowing a “slit” of light only. Then comes the time when the Window too will shut. But G-d will not allow total closure. So, at the moment that the Window shuts, the Gate re-opens and that is the beginning of the messianic era, a time referred to as “peckida.” The subsequent opening of the Gate allowing that luxurious flow to resume is referred to as the “zechira.” Both terms mean, literally, “remembrance.” This flow brings the Josephic messiah, the Mashiach ben Yosef, and the beginning of the rehabilitation of the Jews and the restoration of righteousness and holiness to the world.
What we see is the “scheme” about which R. Yochanan knew. The Jews can bring the Redemption–the restoration of the Divine Light–through teshuva, repentance. If not accomplished by repentance, then by suffering. Now we understand why these holy sages did not want to live at this time.
The rabbi briefly mentions, for those who are interested in a Kabbalistic understanding, that the sephira—Divine energy of Yesod—foundation merges with Malchut–kingship. That merger constitutes the pekida, the restoration of Divine flow and the revelation of Mashiach ben Yosef and the start of the rehabilitation of the Jews. “That’s the plan,” the rabbi says, and now we can understand the agony of those who knew it would be a time of spiritual darkness and didn’t want to experience it.
This situation is similar to the Flood. After ten generations, mankind sinned terribly and the Gate shut, and the Windows also were closing. But just at that ignominious threshold of utter annihilation, G-d said, “No” and rather brought the Flood that killed most of mankind but retained the Creation. The rabbi points out that mankind was destroyed not through the deluge but through the asphyxiation of drowning, not unlike the obvious feature of morbidity of Covid-19. Afterward, G-d “swore” that mankind would never again be given the opportunity to shut the Window through grievous sin without the Gate opening, despite having the free will to sin. The Flood was the only time that man’s free will almost brought complete destruction to the entire Creation were it not for a few righteous people. The rainbow, that symbol associated with the aftermath of the Flood, represents that oath that G-d made to never again give mankind the ability to close both the Gate and the Window. Thus, there was made an alteration in the Divine Agenda.
“Where are we at today?” the rabbi asks. Mankind’s current status is corrupt, the corruption of his nature. “Everyone is into physicality, materialism. Who thinks about G-d, serving G-d, submitting to G-d’s commandments? How many people repent? The amount of loshon ha’ra—defamatory speech is stupendous!” So is the depravity and the corruption of man’s nature—the homosexuality (a topic which he returns to later in his talk)! And what of the devices that make this proliferation much easier? What about the internet and smartphones allowing easy access to the defamation, fake news, and pornography!
When did the severity of darkness really begin? It began with the Holocaust. We don’t know exactly why the Holocaust was the method, “but what I can tell you is what resulted” and that outcome has several notable features:
First, six million Jews died but the number in itself does not reveal the real tragedy. “Every Jewish soul is kodosh— holy. The Jew is a holy being. A Gentile is spiritual in that he has a soul but only a Jew’s soul can affect the spiritual worlds to effect the tikkun—rectification of Creation. As we see from the verse, G-d says ‘I will build them a Temple and I will dwell in their midst,’,” so from this we know that when a group of Jews get together, i.e. when Jewish men pray in a minyan—a quorum of ten participants, the shekhina–Divine Presence, is in their midst and so prayer is augmented, enhanced. When a congregation forms, the Divine Presence intensifies. So, when six million were killed, G-d eradicated the Divine Presence of six million Jews from the world. This he called “extinguishing the Divine Light itself.”
Second, the places that the nazis destroyed were centers of Torah scholarship. Strongholds and places of proliferation such as Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, were wiped out. By doing away with the “cream of Torah,” G-d accelerated the process because “the Windows are closing.”
Why would G-d do this? G-d wants to bring the Redemption but there is a massive debt incurred by the sins of the Jews, a debt which must be paid according to the justice system G-d Himself established. The Holocaust satisfied a great deal of that debt. Whereas such payment would normally have taken five hundred years, it was accomplished in six, from 1939-1945.
Third, we recognize the gradual nature of the closing Window in the many epochs of Jewish life and scholarship and we note the tapering achievements: the era of the Tano’im, one of approximately 300-400 years, the era of the Amara’im 300-400 years, then the eras of the Gaon’im and Achron’im….through these successive levels we see the very gradual nature of waning scholarship.
A fourth and terrible diminution that the Holocaust perpetuated was that G-d Himself was degraded. It was naturally inferred from the deaths of so many Jews that G-d was helpless to protect and save His “princes and princesses” of the Torah, the Chosen People. He must be weak if He can’t save His people.
Fifth: Assimilation, whether by intermarriage, neglect, or lack of affiliation with any sect or stream of Judaism has caused Jews to “disappear.” The Eirev Rav, those leaders wittingly or not, reduce Judaism to a mere culture thereby does away with Judaism as a covenant between the Jew and G-d. Add to that the Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist movements in America and “the Darkness intensifies tremendously.”
Yet another result of the lack of Divine Light is today’s lack of Gedolim—Torah masters or Poskim—adjudicators of Jewish law. “Think about that,” the rabbi tells us. “There are thousands and thousands of students learning in yeshivas but how many are Gedolim? We don’t have any the way we saw even thirty years ago.” Jews no longer have multitudes who are masters of the Torah.
So, G-d wants to intensify the darkness and balance the books, bring the Window down, intensifying the darkness to unparalleled historic levels–and not just for the Jews but for all mankind. What is the device He uses to accomplish this? The Corona Virus.
This virus has many different features: It’s global. It has “invaded the entire planet.” Every synagogue, every yeshiva, every minyan is forbidden to function. A global shut-down of these activities is “bizarre.” G-d has stopped the intermingling of Jews with other Jews. He has shut down the source of kedusha—holiness. Was there ever a Passover when people were alone, or confined to commemorating the greatest event in Jewish history, the Exodus from Egypt, as just a couple or the immediate family present? No communal seders? No extended family get-togethers? In many cases, a person was totally alone.
Another feature is the unusual prevalence of death of many rabbis and Jewish leaders. Tragically, holiness is not only found in a place or even in learning and worship but also in Jewish leaders and teachers. Also, the virus tends to attack and kill the elderly. Elderly Jews are closer to the era of traditional Jewish practice and their loss contributes to the encroaching darkness as per the g’zera—Heavenly decree.
Despite the intensification, mercifully, this virus has spread to 194 countries in less than two months whereas the Spanish Flu, for example, lingered for a year. G-d seems to wish to accomplish His objectives quickly. Another expression of G-d’s benevolence is its relatively low morbidity, particularly compared to the Bubonic Plague or the Spanish Flu. Death doesn’t seem to be the primary objective. It is pachad maves–fear of death that satisfies the judgment because fear of death is a “death-sentence equivalency.”
We know that the last Redemption will be as the first. Let’s compare: The Window nearly closed when the Hebrew nation was redeemed by Moses. The Window was closing when their suffering intensified, when Pharoah decreed they must gather their own straw with which they worked; it would no longer be provided. This virus, for the Jews, is like Pharoah’s decree that Jews will no longer be provided straw. They must gather it all night long and, sleepless, toil. The Window is almost totally shut and G-d says, “Pokod pakaditi”—surely I have remembered you.
Similarly, they were quarantined in their homes when the plague of the death of the firstborn swept through Egypt. That is when the Gate opened and the exodus ensued. But evil resurged when Egypt’s army pursued them to the banks of the Reed Sea. There is always, despite the open Gate, an attempt by evil to resurge and recapture its dominance. But as the Divine Light flowed stronger, the devastation to Egypt’s forces was realized. That was the pekida. The zechira followed with the giving of the Torah at Sinai, that spectacular event stemming from the incremental increases in the Divine flow through an open Gate.
The last resurgence will be the war of Gog u’Magog, a messianic war against the Josephic messiah and a final resurgence of evil to destroy Jerusalem. And just like Egypt, evil will be utterly vanquished and Mashiach ben Yosef will be revealed and he has four “jobs”:
He will bring the Jews back from galus—exile. The rabbi asks how could G-d do that considering the extent to which many Jews are wedded to physicality in whatever countries they live in. “There is a fascinating Gemara,” the rabbi cites, “in which Rav Acha says that the Beit Ha’Mikdash ha’Shlishi—the Third Temple will be built by Mashiach ben Yosef. Imagine if you knew that the Temple just descended from Heaven ‘as a fire’ and the Divine Presence has been restored! Imagine knowing there is now access to an entirely different way of seeing reality!” That consciousness will be revealed as his fourth “job.” Last, Mashiach ben Yosef vanquishes the last remnants of evil within the Gentile world, ushering in the era of the Davidic messiah who reigns as G-d’s representative. it can finally be acknowledged that the Jews have long-suffered for the redemption of all mankind and are the supreme nation for having fulfilled that.
The bad news is that the Window is about to shut. The good news is that it cannot shut without the Gate opening.
“Pokod pokaditi,”–I have surely remembered my people says G-d to Moses in the Torah portion “Vayera” just before Moses demands Pharaoh release his Jewish slaves. The gematria–numerology of that phrase is 780 and we are in the year of the Hebrew calendar 5780. The word “pakod,” has a letter “vav” which is pronounced but not written. Its value is “6,” representing the 6th millennium. “Guess what? That is this year!” says the rabbi excitedly. But for that to happen, the virus has to disappear. And here the rabbi poses a fantastic, yet possible marvel:
“So wouldn’t it be incredible if, on seder night, the 15th day of Nisan, when everybody sat alone–in fact in Israel they said you cannot go out of the house!–Can you imagine? For the first time in history (since ancient Egypt) in Israel and around the world, it is just like what it says in the Torah!” There was a decree to stay indoors as if to avoid the plague of the makas bechoros—plague of death of the first-born. “It is an exact replication of Egypt. So wouldn’t it be amazing, if at chatzos– around midnight, that exact moment that every Jew was in his house–which is the greatest darkness that Jews have ever seen–the Gate opened? Yes! And a half hour later, the Window shut!” In fact, he added, “T’hiye shnas pedkida—it will be the year of pekida, and the Hebrew letters of ‘pekida’ are the numerical values: taf-shin-peh: תשפ (780).”
The rabbi cautions, “One other idea that I must mention and which some people will not like, but it is not I who say this; it is contained in “Medrash Rabah”: The decree to destroy the world was sealed (cannot be overturned) right before the Flood.” Why? A man could marry a man or an animal. True, homosexuality carries a death sentence, but why would it destroy the world? The sin as committed was not simply the abominable behavior (as the Torah describes it); it was its legalization and promotion. Homosexuality and other forbidden unions got a seal of approval through contractual validation. Homosexuality was legalized and made normative. G-d said, “That cannot be.”
What about now? Why is America suffering? Why is the world suffering? According to that medrash, the legitimization of same-sex marriages is being compounded and aggravated by that proud homosexual contender who ran for president until a few months ago. The rabbi is reluctant to utter his name though he was a serious contender. America casually accepted his candidacy and the prospect that, were he elected, he would attend state functions with his husband. What more statutory approval could a nation give to a behavior than to offer it up for election to public office of the most powerful nation on Earth! The pandemic speaks to this because, like the Flood, the virus kills by asphyxiation. The person is deprived of oxygen and “drowns.”
“It is amazing what is happening in Israel. I believe G-d wants to stop the Eirev Rav,” the rabbi continues, end the domination of those Jews bent on “destroying the primacy of Torah and replace it with secularism.” The rabbi exclaims how three elections have taken place and what has resulted is this current government!” The rabbi deems it absurd and explains: Gantz has only about 15 seats yet he has been given equal power to Netanyahu who has 58. Gantz has managed to secure for himself a “co-premiership” and Netanyahu “gave away half the store.” There is a chazal—statement by the sages which says that “two kings cannot make use of one crown.” When G-d created the universe, the sun and moon were equal luminaries. The moon objected to such equality so the moon was relegated to inferior luminescence to preside over the night. “How can there be a government that has two prime ministers?” the rabbi asks. “And they want to create 36 ministries costing a billion shekel? How could Likud allow Netanyahu to be a candidate for prime minister despite being indicted for three crimes?” Incredulous, the rabbi points out that Likud should have expected Netanyahu’s indictment to make him vulnerable to “extortion, blackmail.” Gantz threatened to put term limits or prohibit an indicted prime minister from continuing his role unless, of course, his terms were met. “It’s a mockery. This is lunacy. That is how desperate the Eirev Rav are to rule.” He likened this government’s configuration to evil’s final attempt to resurrect itself, like the Egyptian army trying to retrieve its slaves.
“The darkness is continuing, the rabbi continues. “The Jews are being stripped of their kedusha and the world is being stripped or destroyed by the virus. The Windows are closing and G-d says, ‘I must end it all because the Gate must open’.”
“Yes, G-d will end it,” says the rabbi. When he opens the Gate, the world will begin to be filled with unbelievable tranquility, holiness, goodness, success, justice. It will be a world we cannot comprehend. This is “forthcoming,” for everyone, not just for the Jews. The Satan will be utterly extinguished. Jewish suffering will end. Mashiach will bring the Third Temple, gather the exiles, and show the world who the Jews really are. He will bring down the shekhina—the Divine Presence. That is what is meant by “The Earth will be filled with the knowledge of G-d (the shekhina) as the waters cover the seabed.”
“You cannot believe what will happen,” he continues. “The entire Creation, the hundreds of trillions of angels, every species of animal, every human…. will be screaming at the top of their lungs, ‘The Jews did it; they did the tikkun’!” The world will enter into a period of incredible tranquility, success, peace, holiness, righteousness. The Jews will be able to “hug G-d and G-d will dance with the Jewish people” and all the nations will exult that the Jews accomplished the rectification of Creation.
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(Video published 22-MAR-2020) 21st Century #52 | The reason for the Coronavirus Pandemic, and how to protect from it:

The Reasons for COVID-19: Lashon Hara (Evil Speech), Hatred and Immorality.
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(Video published 16-FEB-2020) Current Events Update February 2020 Messianic Process:

An update on the current political events in the U.S., U.K. Brexit, Iran, Israel and China (Corona Virus)
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(Video published 17-NOV-2019) 21st Century #47 | The Deeper Meaning of the Trump Impeachment Hearings:

An update on the current political events in the U.S. – Kingdom vs. Kingdom
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(Video published 3-NOV-2019) 21st Century #46 | The Rehabilitation of the Jews at the End of Time :

It’s Friday, 12.45h, on the Creation Clock | The current political events in U.S.A. and Israel
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(Audio published 24-SEP-2019) Israel News Talk Radio: What Do the Elections Have to Do With the Coming of the Messiah? – The Tamar Yonah Show :


Another nice recap about Netanyahu, Gantz, Sa’ar – Erev Rav vs. Erev Rav – Gog and Magog – Iran vs. Saudi Arabia.
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(Video published 12-MAY-2019) 21st Century #43 | Anti-Semites in Congress, Bombings in Israel, Notre Dame and the Dying Satan:

Very instructive … about the evil Congress, 700 rocket attacks into Israel and the world keeps silent, the Notre Dame burning and the end of Christianity.
Where I certainly don’t agree with M.Kessin’s dismissive statement about Jesus: ‘Yeshu’ is not “the guy”, he is Yeshua HaMelech HaMashiach!
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(Video published 6-MAY-2019) 21st Century #42 | The meaning of the continued persecution of President Trump:

The ongoing witch hunt of Donald Trump. The irrational behaviour of the Congress. Three evil female Congress members. Satan is dying.
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(Video published 11-NOV-2018) 21st Century #39 | How the Democrats Winning the House is Part of the Redemption Process:

This Shiur talks about why it is good the Democrats won the House of Representatives. It is also another warning for President Trump not to mess up with Israel. It is NOT possible to make peace with the Arabs!
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(Video published 7-OCT-2018) 21st Century #36 | Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation: The Mystical Understanding:

This Shiur talks about the corrupt and evil Washington Establishment and the re-establishment of righteousness in the Supreme Court. The video also explains why the spiritually blind world hates Donald Trump and also Brett Kavanaugh .
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(Video published 2-JUN-2018) 21st Century #32 | The 4th Error of President Donald Trump:

President Trump’s 4th error: He doesn’t take steps against HAMAS but looks for a peace plan with them. Watch the video to understand why.
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(Video published 05-07-2018) 21st Century #31 | The Significance of May 12th and May 14th 2018:

This talk is about the (spiritual) significance of May 12th (Iran Nuclear Agreement) and May 14th (Opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem) and (HOPEFULLY) the end of Gog and Magog!

Video transcript Part 1 (in italic), copied from “shiratdevorah.blogspot.ch/2018/05/part-2-significance-of-may-12th-and-may.htm“, status May 9th, 2018:
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The 2,000 year old Midrash says that at the end of time …..in the [seven year] cycle in which Moshiach comes, Paras [Iran] will make war with Arav [Saudi Arabia]…. and Arav will seek counsel with Edom [America]…. and Paras will instigate a war with the entire world. Israel will be conflicted…. what will they do?…. the entire world will be frightened. [This obviously refers to the fact that Iran can go nuclear.]
And then there will be a Bas Kol [a Divine Voice] that is heard throughout creation for those that are able to hear it, and it will say ”The time of your Redemption has arrived.” Which means that this war between Persia and Israel [and the world] is the last war. The Bas Kol continues ”All that I have done is for the sake of purifying the Jewish people”.
So we can see that this final war is between Iran and the Jewish people.
This prophecy indicates that Iran will succeed with a nuclear bomb and they will use this to make war with the Jewish people and the entire world.
However, a change seems to be happening. We must remember that even if there is a prophecy where things can be very bad, this can change because we don’t know what merit Jews can achieve that has the ability to influence a Divine decree. We see this with Yonah who went to warn Nineveh that there was a prophecy, and Nineveh was saved because they repented.
President Trump is certainly going to create a showdown with Iran. Iran is very afraid of the extreme sanctions which he can issue against them which would destroy their economy. This would lead to a rebellion, of which the Kohmeinis are very afraid. Trump will demand a de-nuclearization, total transparency, prohibit the manufacture of missiles that carry the war-heads, and bring an end to the terrorism all over the Middle East, especially against Israel.
Either way there will be a showdown. And this is the Messianic final war: Iran making war against Israel and the world.
This means that Hashem has changed the decree, and is getting President Trump, who represents the tov she’b Eisav – the good part of Eisav who makes teshuva at the end – to neutralize Iran….. and now we can understand what Eisav will do [is doing] to help Israel at the end of days.
This is Messianic. This means that Hashem has stopped the prophecy – we don’t know exactly why and we don’t know exactly what the Jews have done to merit this. There could be many reasons why. The amazing thing is that Hashem is using Eisav to achieve this. President Trump is involved in the Messianic process and his job is to protect the Jewish people. He is not just stopping Iran, he is stopping the war at the End of Time before the coming of Moshiach, and that is the most incredible thing.
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Video transcript Part 2 (in italic), copied from “shiratdevorah.blogspot.ch/2018/05/part-2-significance-of-may-12th-and-may.html“, status May 10th, 2018:
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Part 2: The Significance of May 12th and May 14th 2018
In Yehezkel 38 and Zechariah 14, it talks about the last war, which is Gog from the land of Magog. There are all types of prophecy, but this clearly is the last war. What is the logic of Gog and Magog? What does it all mean?
In order to understand this, you have to go back to Egypt. Evil has two phases: one is that it tries to destroy good. Specifically it tries to destroy the Jewish people from doing the tikkun, mitzvos and teshuvah. There is no question about that.
However, there is a Phase Two. When evil has been vanquished, they arrive for a last push. It’s like a star before it dies. It takes in all its energy and gives out a monumental cataclysmic explosion. A nova can outshine galaxies….. and we are talking about one star in a billion stars, yet that nova will outshine the whole galaxy. Can you imagine how much energy is in that star?
Evil does the same thing. Before it dies, and while it is dying, it can take it all the energies it has and then explode in a fiercesome explosion. That is the story of Egypt. The Krias Yam Suf [splitting of the sea]. Hashem destroyed Egypt with the ten plagues, but that wasn’t enough… they had to come back after the Jews. That is Phase Two.
First they kept them as slaves for hundreds of years, and then when they were finally destroyed they went after them again by Krias Yam Suf. So the splitting of the sea was really the last attempt of evil to subdue good. That’s why when the Satan is dying he tries to gather all his kitrugim [prosecutions] and find any evidence he can to destroy the Jews. There is the famous one where the angel of the Egyptians [who was working as a helper to the Satan] says ”why do you want to save the Jews? The Egyptians worship idols and the Jews worship idols.” We see that the Satan made a monumental attempt to save the Egyptians.
All the people trying to topple President Trump is the result of the Satan dying. The Satan is trying to get everyone on his side to stop this man. Why? Because they know that Trump is going to drain the swamp…. or rather drain the sewer, which is basically Washington DC. But that is not the only reason why they are all going crazy.
The real reason why is because Trump is going to do something for Israel which has never been done before.
That is the concept of the resurgence of evil to try to destroy good. And that is the concept of Gog from the land of Magog…. an individual who gathers the 70 nations of the world [the gematria of Gog u Magog is 70 representing the 70 nations]…. to go against the Jewish people and especially Moshiach ben Yosef…. and that is the last attempt of the Satan to again wipe out the Jewish people.
Gog and Magog is nothing more than a repeat attempt of Krias Yam Suf.
Hashem can change the form of Gog and Magog, and it is not a person. As far as I am concerned, Gog and Magog is the United Nations, who have representatives of the entire world sitting there trying to destroy the Jewish people. The United Nations is Gog u Magog and they are trying to destroy Israel.
Zechariah talks about not just trying to destroy Israel but specifically the Jews in Jerusalem, because Jerusalem is their major spiritual city. When President Trump wanted to declare Jerusalem the capital, 139 nations voted against it.
If the United Nations is Gog and Magog…. then we will not have a war of Gog u Magog. You should know that a war of Gog u Magog against the Jewish people would be horrendous, as it says in the Gemorrah only one or two families of a city would survive. That sounds like a holocaust.
Hashem split the wars of Gog u Magog into three parts. The Chofetz Chaim says this, by the way. Phase One was WW1 which destroyed hundreds of Jewish communities, even though it wasn’t directly against the Jews, it changed Jewish life in Europe forever. The second phase was WW2 where Hitler yemach shemo [as Gog] united a great deal of the world against the Jews, and there you had the brutality where only one or two families from a city survived. Hashem brought the real brutality of Gog u Magog towards the Jews in WW2. So Gog u Magog already happened twice.
When you read the Novi, you can see that the war of Gog u Magog comes in three phases. The final stage will not be so brutal, it will be in the form of confrontation, which is much milder. We are already seeing that in the form of the United Nations. It will be far less brutal as Hashem has split it into three parts.
Let’s look at Phase Three. If the United Nations is Gog and Magog, where do we see this ending? On May 14 something is going to happen that is beyond belief.
The major claim of Gog/Magog is that Jerusalem does not belong to you, and Israel does not belong to you, and therefore they are going to conduct a war. People don’t make war just to say I want your money or your territory… today that is rare. People have to dress it up and masquerade it as some virtue, such as ”you gotta give everything back to the Arabs”… they can’t just attack you and kill you and say we want your cash. These days Congress has to be justified with some virtuous statement. So they say ”it belongs to the Arabs, you have to split it in half…”
On May 14, which is the 70th anniversary of the Jewish State on the English calendar….there is something happening which is beyond belief, and I don’t think anybody realizes it. We know that 250 individuals from America, congressmen, senators… are going to Jerusalem to open up the Embassy in Jerusalem. It’s incredible that there’s going to be an Embassy of the United States in Jerusalem. So if somebody is born in Jerusalem, it will no longer say that he is a citizen of Jerusalem, it will say that he is a citizen of Israelbecause now Jerusalem becomes Israel. That is incredible.
The second idea is that in making Jerusalem the capital, it is the stamp of approval and it legitimizes the whole area, and that Eretz Yisroel belongs to the Jews.
President Trump has said he will go the opening. Why would the President go to the opening of an Embassy? Think about that. Presidents generally don’t go to openings of an Embassy, they send the Diplomats. Why would Trump say that he would go? It means that Edom now realizes that the Jews are the legitimate owners of the Land of Israel. By making the Embassy in Jerusalem, they are making a statement that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews.
It’s interesting that there are many nations that are going to follow… we already have Guatemala, Czechoslovakia…. and many other nations will follow and there will be a rush, and it means that the world will recognise that Israel belongs to the Jews. If that’s the case, then there can no longer be a Gog and Magog because the argument that Jerusalem does not belong to the Jews is already over. If all the countries are slowly going to put their embassies in Jerusalem…. then there is nothing to talk about ! That’s an admission by every country that Jerusalem is the capital, so it takes away their whole claim… and if that’s the case, then there’s no Gog u Magog.
The King of America, Donald Trump, a Messianic figure of Edom, who represents Eisav, is now admitting to the Jewish people that Jerusalem is the capital and belongs to them. What he has done is single-handedly stopped Gog u Magog.
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(Video published 29-APR-2018) 21st Century #30 | The Third Error of President Donald Trump:

President Trump’s 3rd error: He doesn’t take steps against Iran in order to eliminate its threat against Israel (and the whole world). Watch the video to understand why.
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(Video published 15-APR-2018) 21st Century #28 | The Power Behind the Redemption:

This talk reflects Rabbi Mendel Kessin’s worldview, Status April 2018
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(Video published 24-DEC-2017) 21st Century #25 | Trump, Jerusalem & Rubashkin: The Hidden Meaning, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

This talk reflects U.S. major political events which happened in December 2017. The Shiur is also a recap of “The Repentance of Esau”, “The Repentance of Yishmael” and “Erev Rav”, the seccular Israel.
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(Video published 19-NOV-2017) 21st century #24 | The Return of Yishmael/Islam as a Messianic Precursor, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

In this Shiur Rabbi Mendel Kessin talks about the last big war before Mashiach comes. Iran will fight against Saudia Arabia, and also against Israel and the whole world. This was mentioned in the Talmud 2000 years ago, in Yalkut Shimoni Isa.60, page #499. Kessin also refers to a great article of Caroline Glick, “Our world: Saudi purges and duty to act“, Jerusalem Post, 6 Nov.2017.
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It has been reported that next week United States President Donald Trump will go against the flow of every other UN represented nation as he declares that he (the USA) considers an UNDIVIDED Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. It is also reported that next week or next year he will instruct the US Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump is saying “Yes!” to God’s will and “No!” to the world’s. This is MAJOR news. It is, in my opinion, yet another indicator that the time of Messiah’s return is near. Hopefully other nations will follow Trump’s lead.
Of course, it hasn’t happened yet and could be delayed. However, there is no doubt that Trump firmly desires this to occur and has been waiting for an appropriate time to enact the change.
Interestingly, rabbi Mendel Kessin has some outstanding discussions in his “21st Century” series on the “Torah Thinking” Youtube channel in which he explains how Trump may be the fulfillment of “the repentance of Esav” (Esau) which is one factor which ushers in the Messiah. Another factor which must occur is the “repentance of Ishmael”, which he feels is NOW also occurring as Arab nations, lead by the newly anointed Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who helped form a large Arab coalition, have declared open war upon radical Islam which is represented nationally by Iran. And it is a REAL declaration of war. Inside sources validate that. Saudi Arabia has arrested a LOT of radical clerics and wealthy Saudis who financially support them and has attacked various jihadists strongholds with, of course, US assistance. There is, quite literally, a state of war now existing between Saudi Arabia and its allies vs. Iran and its allies. Amazingly, few people are aware of the profound, unprecedented things that are now ongoing worldwide. The Crown Prince is a realist and pragmatist. He realizes that Saudi Arabia’s future depends upon totally severing any ties with radical Islam. He has also relaxed many oppressive laws, such as now allowing women to drive vehicles and in other ways practice greater freedom. SAUDI ARABIA IS NOW EVEN MOVING TOWARDS AN ALLIANCE WITH ISRAEL AND TO ALLOW RELIGIOUS FREEDOM INSIDE THE SAUDI KINGDOM – JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY! That would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. The “final” war, Kessin feels, will be against Iran, and anyone who keeps abreast of current world events knows that could happen any day (North Korea is closely aligned with Iran). The last “repentance” he feels must occur among the “erev rav”, which he feels is the secular Jewish community (basically Hellenists). I’m not so sure about that last prediction. That would be, by far, the most difficult or miraculous event since the vast majority of ethnic Jews are far from God and Torah. […] Note the descriptive term UNDIVIDED Jerusalem. The entire “Palestinian” bogus fiasco garbage led to past US presidents and the world to divide Jerusalem into “Palestinian” and a “Jewish” sectors. The Temple Mount, Bethlehem, etc. are all in the “Palestinian” sector. President Trump says NO!, there is only JERUSALEM and it is one unit, the capital of Israel, and should be recognized as such. Trump is actually an extremely spiritual man who, more than any President in memory, invokes “God” openly and boldly. He doesn’t hesitate to stand with what he feels is God’s will even when it usually means he must stand against the leaders of this fallen world. This may actually lead to war. It will for sure infuriate the “Palestinians”, Islamic fanatics, and globalists who use them as pawns to further their Satanic agenday (most notably in Europe). Most people are too clueless to recognize how truly profound this is. This is a HUGE change. It is also a primary reason for the worldwide demonic hatred aimed at Trump since even while campaigning he openly stated this as one of his primary goals. The world hates the God of Israel, Israel, and anyone who supports them; therefore, the world hates the US President Donald Trump. But God loves what he is doing, and that’s all that matters. Now watch what happens. You will likely see the world, particularly the ultra-crazy and cowardly European socialists, leftists, globalists leaders attack Trump when he takes this step. He will be labeled with all manner of negative terms. […] I hasten to add that moving an embassy is a massive undertaking for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are locating or building a large, strong facility and securing that facility. You also must find housing for all the employees and secure them in some cases, which includes a contingent of US Marines who guard it. Completing the move could take years and not be completed until Trump’s second term IF he is allowed or lives to have a second term, but the alleged plan is to “officially” do it even before it physically occurs. – Unquote
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(Video published 12-NOV-2017) 21st Century #23 | The Acceleration of the Messianic Process, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

This talk is a repetition of the North Korean threat to the U.S. and what President Trump should urgently do. In addition it is also a warning to the President – he might need to learn a bitter lesson soon.
See also: torahthinking.com.
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(Video published 14-AUG-2017) 21st Century | President Trump’s Wake-Up Call – North Korea, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

This talk is about the continuation of “Midah keneged Midah”: Israel is being threatened by Iran, and President Trump is ignoring it. That’s why the U.S.A. are threatened by North Korea.
Because Trump doesn’t keep his promises towards Israel (e.g. move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, G-d is punishing Trump with NK which is an existential threat to the U.S.
The recent murder attack on the Temple Mount demonstrates that Abbas (HAMAS) is a liar an Islam will never make peace with the Jews.
Measure for Measure, a Godly principle.
See also: torahthinking.com.
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(Video published 24-JUL-2017) 21st Century | The continued attacks on President Trump, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

This talk is about the continuation of “Midah keneged Midah”: Israel is being threatened by Iran, and President Trump is ignoring it. That’s why the U.S.A. are threatened by North Korea. Measure for Measure, a Godly principle.
See also: torahthinking.com.
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(Video published 28-MAY-2017) President Trump and the Beginning of the Messianic Process | The 21st Century , by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

This talk is about the return of Esav/Esau to take part in the tikun/rectification process that will culminate in the coming of Mashiach/The Messaiah.
Where I certainly don’t agree with M.Kessin is that “Yeshu”, how Kessin calls Yeshua (Jesus), is the “Gilgul (reincarnation) of the bad Esav”! Otherwise the video is most informatory from a spiritual point of view.
See also: torahthinking.com.
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(Video recorded in April 2017) The Second Error of President Donald Trump, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

In this talk he speaks of the Almighty’s use of the famous and powerful ‘measure for measure’ principle (found throughout the Tanakh) at the level of nations and world conflicts. His message is very profound.
President Trump’s 2nd error: He wants to negotiate peace between Israel (Jews) and Arabs (Ishmael). But: This is not possible. Watch the video to understand why.
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(Video recorded 12-NOV-2017) The First Error of President Donald Trump, by Rabbi Mendel Kessin:

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(Video published 28-NOV-2016) The Real Reason Trump Won, by Dr. Zev Ballen:

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Words of Terror from Hamas

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The HAMAS (PLO) Charta
Do you know the HAMAS (PLO) Charta? It has one goal: The total destruction of Israel!
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A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East – The Israeli Solution
by Caroline B. Glick
ISBN 978-0-385-34806-5
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