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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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The Most Horrible Curses in the World!

​   by Reb Gutman Locks
    

The Most Horrible Curses in the World!

 

     This week's Torah portion[i] lists the most gruesome curses a Jew could possibly imagine; each one more horrible than the one before it. They are hard to read let alone look back on our history and see that they actually happened.

     What disgusting sin could we possibly have done or (G-d forbid) could we possibly do that would bring about such horrible things? No one could have done anything that evil.

     The Torah tells us what we did. The curses are listed twice. Here and in the book of Deuteronomy. The second time they are listed the Torah tells us exactly what we did that brought them. They came "…because you did not serve Hashem, your G-d, amid gladness and goodness of heart, when everything was abundant."[ii]

     We were serving. It does not say that the curses came because we refused to serve G-d. It says that even when everything was good for us we did not serve Him with joy.

     G-d wants His children to be happy. Every father wants his children to be happy. And when even an earthly father gives his child whatever he needs and still sees the child serving him reluctantly or with sorrow, the father gets angry with the child.

     G-d wants us to be happy so He gives us what we need. No, we do not get everything on our dream list. We get the things that are best for us and have earned.

     G-d wants us to be happy, especially when we are doing a mitzvah. Then, when He sees that we are following His instructions happily He will be able to give us even more.

 



[i] Leviticus 26, Bechukosai

[ii] Deuteronomy 28:47

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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A Message from your Mother

   by Reb Gutman Locks
    

A Message from your Mother

 

      I was in a hurry to get to the store and back in time for Mincha but I couldn't resist stopping to give a 30-second Jewish-Survival class to a couple of Birthright boys. A large group of Birthright kids were waiting in the Rova (Quarter) Square for their tour to continue. I picked one who really looked Jewish.

 "Where're you from?"

"America."

"Where in America?"

"San Diego."

"Torrey Pines?"

His mouth dropped open.

"Yeah!" With a look of, "How'd you know?"

He didn't know that Torrey Pines is the only place in San Diego I remember.

"Your mother gave me a message for you."

His mouth dropped open even wider... wondering, "Is this guy for real?"

Pointing and waving my finger at him, with a loud voice I said, "She said that you better marry a Jewish girl or she's going to break both your legs!"

They both cracked up laughing loudly.

"I will!"

And I walked on to the store without looking back.

     Now, what do you think happened? They were not used to such an unusual thing as a grey bearded religious looking Jewish man jumping into their conversation to warn them that they have to marry Jewish girls. I guess most people aren't. But I've found that these encounters are surprisingly effective. I have heard from some of my "customers" many years later that for some reason, "It got to me."

     They learned that marrying a Jew is the most important thing in the world, at least to this "old guy" it was, or else he would have yelled about something else.

 


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

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The Four Most Important Days

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    

The Four Most Important Days

 

     There are four days in a Jewish man's life that are his important days of all, and each of these days is represented in one of the four letters of Hashem's Most Holy Name.

     Hashem's most holy name is Yud Kay Vav Kay.

     The first most important day in a Jewish man's life is the day of his bris, his circumcision. This is his entry into Hashem's covenant with the Jewish people. This act is associated with the first letter of the Name, the Yud, which resembles the place of the bris.

     The second most important day in his life is the day of his bar mitzvah. This day marks his spiritual maturity when he assumes responsibility for the commandments. This day is represented by the first letter Kay in Hashem's Name which stands for Binah (understanding).

     The next most important day in his life is the day of his marriage. This is represented by the letter Vav which is the Yud pulled down into the lower world. The Vav looks like a Yud that has been extended downward, which for the groom represents marital relations and the fulfillment of the mitzvah of having children.

     The fourth most important day of his life is the day of his passing away. This day is represented by the fourth letter in the most holy Name, the final Kay which stands for Malchus, Kingship. This is the day when his soul goes up and stands for judgment before the Holy King.

     These days are his most important and most holy days. They should be spent with great awe, and tremendous joy as Hashem's Presence is only experienced in joy.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Moshe Blew It!

​  by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

Hi Gutman,

     I have a question. A non-Jewish man at my gym always talks to me about the Bible. He wants to know about the story of Moshe hitting the rock, and why it was such a big deal that Hashem got angry with him.

     Can you please explain the story, what happened and why it was such a big deal that he hit the rock? Keep in mind that I want to explain it to him so to keep it in basic terms he can understand.

 

Gutman's response:

     A father has two sons; one is very capable, even a genius, while the other one is challenged, borderline mentally handicapped. If the challenged one makes a mistake the father can easily overlook it, but when the very capable son ignores the father's instructions the father get furious! The higher you go in your spiritual life the more is expected of you, and Moshe was the highest of all the prophets, ever.

     Hashem instructed Moshe to speak to the rock to show the people that the miracle was coming straight from Hashem. Hashem's message was supposed to be that the miraculous water came directly from Hashem, not Moshe. The Torah is likened to water. Hashem wanted the people to see that the water (the Torah) comes directly from G-d. Moshe hit the rock and the people thought that the water came from Moshe's greatness. The people needed to see Hashem as the Supreme One was giving them the water (Torah), not Moshe.

 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Spiritual Light & Sefiras HaOmer

by Reb Aharon Rubin, author of Eye to the Infinite at www.Jewish-meditation.weebly.com

Some thoughts on the days of Sefiroh..

By the way, from now till Lag BoOmer, anyone ordering the new edition of Eye to the Infinite from above website [http://jewish-meditation.weebly.com/latest-edition.html] will get a third knocked off the price. Just put Mystic Paths in the comments-box in PayPal [or send a msg via the website].

imageWhen spiritual light enters and then withdraws, it creates a reshimu, an imprint, which is the beginning of the forming of a vessel. This is the secret of the light that entered each and every one of us on the first night of Pesach, and then withdrew. This light is symbolised by the word Ohr spelt thus:

או"ר

א"ו

א

This is gematriah 3 times 72, the secret of the Name of Chessed that was used at Krias Yam Suf (- also gematriah, with its 3 letters, ליל פסח).

But this vessel was only the general outline with no detailed expression. All that was left was the aleph of ohr, which we use to subdue the tempestuous ‘blood’ (דם) of the human condition, thus creating O-dom.[1] This is the secret of sefiras hoOmer, ‘omer’ gematriah 7 times odom, corresponding to his seven attributes - midos.[2]

The word middoh means both measure and attribute, because each attribute is a measure of the soul’s light. Hence Sefiras HoOmer starts with the bringing of the korban hoOmer, an offering of barley – se’orim. The word se’orim שערים has the same letters as she’arim – gates, and the root me-sha’er, to estimate. This is because, as the holy Ari zal explains, this korban represents the keli, the vessel to the light.


[1] זרע קודש

[2]- דרוש ספה"ע שער הכוונות

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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The Most Important Mitzvah

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    

The Most Important Mitzvah

 

     What is the most important mitzvah in the entire Torah? It is so important and we are so blessed to have it. It is wonderful. It brings joy. It is elevating, ancient, holy, and even much more than you can ever imagine since this one particular mitzvah is so much more important than any other.

     Have you figured it out? Which is it? Learning Torah? Lighting Shabbos candles? Putting on tefillin?

     The most important of all the mitzvahs in the entire Torah is the one you are about to do. Enjoy.

 

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Monday, May 16, 2016

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Heartfelt Jewish Prayer

imageReb Shmaryahu Sassonkin records his arrival to the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah generations ago in Lubavitch in Russia:

I still hadn't been accepted into the yeshivah, since I first needed to be tested by Reb Volf Levitin, whose job was overseeing the learning, and so I sought a quiet corner where I could delve into the sugya which I had been told to prepare. I was certain that I would find no one in the small zal since davening had already finished. I entered the zal with my Gemara Gittin, but how surprised was I to discover that while the learning had already begun in the large zal and the resounding sound of study could be heard throughout the area, here, in the small zal, there stood a number of bochurim facing the wall, davening from the depths of their heart. I stood in wonder, staring at them silently, and could not understand why they were still davening after the time for davening had ended.

I had never witnessed anything like this, I had never seen anyone daven so late, and I stood puzzling over what was going on with their davening. Sometimes they would fall silent, deep in thought, apparently contemplating some topic. Then they would become aroused, one humming a heartbreaking tune, while another sang a song of joy. One beseeched in a pleading voice, "May You illuminate our eyes with Your Torah, and may You cleave our heart to Your mitzvos," while another cried out tearfully, "May we not be embarrassed and may we not be ashamed and may we never stumble for eternity."

And there I stood, thinking to myself, "Ribono Shel Olam! What is going on here?! I know that people cry over their miserable lot when they’re upset or depressed, like a pauper dying of hunger, or someone with a sick relative, or when faced with the prospect of a sinking ship. Crying and shedding tears would be quite appropriate in those situations. But these young men – what are they lacking? They don't suffer from hunger, they have no ill ones at home and their ships aren’t sinking!"

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

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30 Minutes a Day

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Shiur from Rav Shalom Arush, shlita this past Shabbat morning:

Chazal tell us that 'the way a person wants to go, he is lead.'

OK, so who wants to have Yirat Shamayim?  (Fear of Heaven)

Who wants to be patient and not get angry?

Who wants to be rid of taavat niuf?

Who wants to be rid of taavat achilla (the desire for food)?

Who wants to be a talmid chacham? (Learned Sage)

Who wants to be happy (by having true emuna) in life?

So if these are some of the things we want, then why are we not getting them???

The answer is in the way we define what we really want.

If you just say you want it, you want this good attribute, or you want to be rid of this bad desire; that is not really called wanting it, and in Shamayim, they do not take you seriously yet.

So how do we prove our seriousness in really wanting something? It takes 30 minutes a day of focused prayer on one thing. If you spend day after day for 30 minutes a day asking and pleading with Hashem to have Yirat Shamayim (fear of Haven), or to break one of your negative character traits or desires, or to gain a good trait, only then can you truly say that it is something you truly want.

Once you do this for a while with consistency, then they will start to take you seriously in Shamayim (heaven) and with Hashem's help, you will truly achieve what it is that you want. 

The Rav ended by saying it is such a shame how we can waste days and years and not make any progress in life. Progress will only happen if we take one thing at a time and pray on it for 30 minutes a day.

May we all be zoche. (May we merit it!)

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Big Question!

​   by Reb Gutman Locks    
    

Big Question!

 

Hi Gutman,

     As I am heading towards the path of dating and I am just wondering how important your prospective partner's looks and attractiveness are when assessing whether someone may be a suitable match for you.

    Different people have suggested a certain girl to me and I have known of her in the community but I never really thought of her in the dating sense. She's a very good natured girl and there's nothing wrong with her as far as looks are concerned, I just never really felt an attraction to her.

     I'm interested to hear your thoughts on what factors I should be looking for when dating. How important is a girl's family? If she has a source of income? Her looks?

     I'd appreciate your thoughts and any advice on what I've mentioned. 

Thanks so much,

Michi 

 

Gutman's response:

 

Big Question!

     Physical looks are important so that you enjoy seeing her, and also know that your children will resemble her, so you should like the way she looks. Even more importantly, your children will most likely act like her, too. There are some guidelines but the bottom line is that you want to be with her and do not want to be without her.

     Do not look for lightning; in fact lightning usually comes for the wrong reason. Assuming all of the basics are in order… basics include, she is Jewish, Torah available (Kosher to marry), physically and mentally healthy, kind, cooperative, wants her home to be a Torah home, enjoys life,…. Then look to see if you share the same goals. How do you want your home to be kept, spiritually and physically? The wife is in charge of the home. Does she want a home that you will be happy in? Where would you like to live? Such things as, do you agree on having guests? Are guests important or not? Whatever you would like in your life, is it compatible with what she wants in hers. And yes, even though you are to be the main supporter of the family, she should be able to help in this, too.

     As for what most young people mistakenly look for when they date…Love…  love grows when you share life. When Isaac met Rivka, first he heard the story of what kind of person she was from Avraham's servant, then he took her into his mother's tent. A very wealthy man like Isaac could have given her a brand new tent but, no …she was to continue in the (tent) ways of his righteous mother Sarah. He married her. She became his wife. And he loved her. He was consoled for the loss of his mother.  Love came later.

     Since you are a Baal Teshuvah you should not make up your mind after one or two dates but meet with her many times.

     See what type relationship she has with each of her family members, and do not expect anything different. Remember, people (including you) are on their best behavior when they are dating. Do not expect anyone to change for the better after they are married.

     Spiritually: pray for your friends to find good spouses, and then yours will come quicker. And when you give charity, or do any mitzvah, ask Hashem to guide you in this most important decision.

     Finding the right spouse is one of the three most important decisions you will ever make in your entire life. The most important is; how to serve Hashem. Next, how are you to help to make the world a better place (and receive a proper income from your effort), and third, choosing the one who will help you to make a Jewish family.

Send me good news. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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The Tricky Waters of Israel Independence Day

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

imageIn most countries, come independence day, you’ll probably encounter those who enjoy the day off, some who enjoy the celebrations, and maybe encounter a few patriots invested in the day.

Israel Independence Day, which was celebrated today, involves much trickier waters – hard for an immigrant or outsider to understand and navigate.  Here’s your guide for the future

The Average Secular Israeli – Appreciates the day and the history of their country which their grandparents fought for and built.  Usually a bit patriotic.  You wish him/her “Yom Atzmaut Samayach – Happy Independence Day”.  They are probably bbq’ing in a park and fill the State parks, or may be visiting one of the many army bases open for tours (we went to an air force base one year – very cool).  They may adorn their home and car with Israeli flags.

The Leftist Secular Israeli – Is happy for the day off but is ambivalent about the existence of his/her country.  May have been in the army and fought for their country, but believes some of their own propaganda about Israel’s existence not being fair to the Palestinians.  Even as they praise Israel they’ll add a “but…”.  You wish him/her “Yom Kef – a nice day off”.  He or she will be having an existential conflict while stopping for some sushi.  He/she used to put up flags, but now thinks it might represent something not so good…so doesn’t anymore.

The National Religious Israeli – This is a holy day representing the fulfillment of prophecy in the ingathering of the Jews and the re-establishment of a State of the Jewish People in the Holy Land.  He will have a special prayer service today including singing praises to G-d (Hallel).  You wish him/her “Chag Samayach – Happy Holy-Day”.  He/her and their family may be touring sites of special religious and cultural/historical significance today…as well as doing a bbq while on the trip.  He/she has flags on their car and home, and school.

The Extreme Ultra-Orthodox Israeli – Since Israel calls itself by the biblical name and is a state started by Jews, but does operate solely by Jewish religious law, and did not arrive together with the arrival of Moshiach (the Messiah), it is not appropriate for it to be.  He/she will ignore independence day, operate their school or business if possible (they can be fined for doing this, so may not to avoid the fine), and will certainly not do anything with their family on this day…unless there is a community protest against the State of Israel – that’s an event they will attend.  You don’t wish him or her anything for this day or they will give you a speech about how that’s inappropriate.  He may request flags to be removed from his neighborhood, or even in some cases tear them down.

The Moderate Ultra-Orthodox Israeli – Appreciates the day and the State of Israel which enables a Jewish oriented society and facilitates the operation of many Jewish religious facilities.  But his religious leadership didn’t agree in the past, and therefore can’t stand against the extremists today.  Therefore he’ll send his children to school if the school is open and won’t put up a flag.  If he’s wished a “Yom Atzmaut Samayach – Happy Independence Day or a Chag Samayach – Happy Holy-Day”, he’ll look around for any extremists before responding with a quiet nod or a “you too”.  If he holds a bbq today, and he might, he’ll tell people “it’s just because I have the day off and the kids are home.”

The Moderate Arab/Bedouin/Druze Israeli – Appreciates the day off and living in a stable country with a decent economy.  Feels they don’t have a part of the day, and those who do actively contribute to Israel are drowned out by politicians and rhetoric against Israel, leaving them ambivalent about the day.  You don’t wish them anything in case their extremists are near by, or at most a “Yom Kef – a nice day off”.

The Extreme Arab Israel – This is a day of protest in preparation for “Nakba Day – the Day of the Catastrophe”, which is aligned with the secular calendar date of the Israeli declaration of independence.  They will hold a protest day, shout about the catastrophe, and burn some Israeli flags.  You don’t wish them anything, as they’re not talking to you Jew.

In Israel it’s never simple.

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Peyot – How Long?

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    

Peyot – How Long?

 

     Peyot refers to the hair between a Jewish man's ears and his forehead. Jewish men are commanded not to destroy or "round off" this hair.[i] As in many areas of Torah there will be differ opinions of how we are to fulfill this commandment. Some say not to cut them at all. Some say not to allow them to grow long enough to intermingle with the beard. Almost all hold that you can cut them with a scissor, but not a razor, and on and on.

     The range of legal lengths of the peyot seems to be; at a minimum, "just not shorter than the hair next to them," or all the way up to, "never cut them at all."

     What do I say the proper length should be? At the very minimum, do not cut them shorter than the distance between the peyot and the bridge of your nose.

     The reason for this is if you find yourself walking down the street and you are looking at something you would be better off not looking at the "wind" can blow them into your eyes and… "Ow! Okay! Okay! I got the message. Thank You."



[i] Leviticus 19:27 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Learning to Appreciate (Israeli) Memorial Day

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

imageI grew up in a safe world, or so it seemed.  People weren’t killed, wars weren’t fought, things didn’t blow up…or so it seemed.

My father did a stint in the US military – they drafted in those days, as did his father and my mother’s father for World War II.  They didn’t talk about it…war came, went, and for Americans was a far away thing.

When I grew older in the US there was no “war” per say, but suddenly there was drive by shootings, car jackings, and violent home invasions.  The world was less safe…and I bought a gun (as one can legally in the US).

On 9/11 I was headed to the airport for a business trip in New Jersey, my children in a school across from Manhattan…we watched the Twin Towers burn and wondered what would be.

When we moved to Israel, when we moved home, yes to our eternal homeland, we stopped worrying about drive by shootings, car jackings, and violent home invasions.  The society is safer than the US, even with threats of terrorism.  But coming home comes with a responsibility, to care for it, to make it better…to protect it.

My children surprised me.  We are part of that religious sector that generally doesn’t do the military – there are exemptions, other options, etc. 

My oldest daughter accepted (she could have easily exempted) draft from the Israeli Air Force.  We said no, she said yes.  She was going to protect her land, doing what she could.  Her service was generally unremarkable…except when her base was under rocket attack.  She lost a commander, one not so much older than her, during her service, meaning her commander was killed in the line of duty, on a training mission when a transport helicopter crashed.  She makes a point of not missing a Memorial Day service.

My oldest son received his draft notice as he finished yeshiva.  We could have worked the system to get him other options, he just quietly said he’s going in.  He was part of Netzach Yehuda, the ultra-orthodox combat battalion.  It wasn’t as good as advertised, his unit was sent off as a base security unit and improperly supervised religiously, but he did his service.  At the end they offered him to stay, be a professional soldier…in the army rabbinute (army chaplain corp).  They trained him to be a kosher supervisor, including for combat field kitchens, and to be part of body recovery – dealing with soldiers killed in combat.  Last night he was part of a Memorial ceremony, and he is spending this Memorial Day in a military cemetery standing honor guard over the fallen.

Children dealing with service, death and sacrifice for their home.  That’s what a Memorial Day is, particularly in Israel.

Two more of my children are in army preparation.  One has entered an army electronics training program, and one gung ho son tried out for (and will be in) the paratroopers and special forces.

We can debate whether Israel is a proper Jewish country, whether it does the right religious things, whether it’s the time for a Jewish government or whether we should wait for Moshiach.  But when Jewish lives are on the line and the Land of Israel, G-d’s gift to the Jewish people and our eternal homeland, is at risk…there are young Jewish men and women who are willing to stand up and put their lives on the line.

Sadly “they” keep trying to kill us and destroy what all these Jews have built, so service and sacrifice is still necessary.

On Memorial Day we remember, and appreciate, and stand with those families.

I worry for my children doing their part, and have no idea where they got the strength and will from.  And thank G-d and pray that my children are kept safe, though they are serving to make sure I am kept safe.

In Israel Memorial Day is not a remote thing, not about distant wars, not about something that happened a generation ago.  I learned that from my kids.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

​   by Reb Gutman Locks
    

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

 

     Sometimes life is likened to walking through a dark tunnel in order to get to the light at the other end. I was walking through the Arab shuk (market) after davening neitz (Sunrise prayer) and this scene reminded me of that saying.

     It is an interesting metaphor in that most of us do not see this world as being dark, and few of us understand what the light at the other end is supposed to be.

     Some Jewish mystical writings call Hashem the "Ohr Ein Sof" (Light without end). More accurately He is called the "M'ohr Ein Sof," (the Giver of the light without end).

     Hashem creates the Universe out of light, but this light is somewhat hidden so it can be formed into the objects that we see. If the light wasn't at least somewhat hidden we would not be able to see the objects that are being formed of it. So actually, this world is not dark, but is filled with hidden light.

     Then we are told that at the end of this life our souls go before the Judge. The Judge is not light. The Judge is the Maker of the light.

     So instead of calling this world a dark tunnel, maybe we should call it the passageway made of hidden light…a gorgeous opportunity when we use it right. And instead of calling it the light at the end of the tunnel we should call it the Glory that emanates from the Source of all light.

     So the description of this world should be; the passageway made of hidden light that leads to the Glory that will draw our souls back up to where they originally came from.

     Well, maybe the light at the end of the dark tunnel is not such a bad way of saying it after all.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

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Sunspot Activity Crashes–Weather to Follow?

Sunspot activity crashes - The monthly NOAA update of the solar cycle was released yesterday, showing the Sun’s sunspot activity in April…After four months of steady decline matched exactly with the low prediction from 2007 in April sunspot activity plummeted to the lowest level seen since January 2011.  This decline shouldn’t surprise anyone. The now ending solar maximum has been the weakest in a century… the big question now is what will happen during the next solar cycle. Will we get another weak solar cycle or will the sun’s sunspot activity recover? Or will sunspots vanish and will the sun enter a grand minimum, with no sunspots for decades? At the moment no one knows, though some solar scientists favor the latter.

“Grand Minimum” - Scientists and astronomers from Physical Research Laboratory in India and counterparts in China and Japan write the decline in solar activity could indicate Earth is heading for another “little ice age” or even a more extended period of low solar activity, a Maunder Minimum, by 2020. During the last Maunder Minimum, between 1645 and 1715 AD, the sun was almost completely spotless and Europe and much of Earth witnessed extremely harsh winters, lack of summer in some places, significantly increased glaciation – an ice age.

Wait, what?  I thought we were in a period of major global warming.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

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2/3rds and Zecharia 13–Dividing Jerusalem

by Dov bar Leib…

imageI am sure you saw the articles about what started at UNESCO (the denying of Israel having any association with the Temple Mount) and has now moved on to the UN Security Council.

Since Ted Cruz pulled out of the contest after his loss in the Indiana Primary, 2/3rds of America is now menuval. They are reprobates, below Mem Tet Sha'arei Tumah. The condition at the very end of Zecharia 13 that 2/3rds of Mankind will be menuvalim has now been met in the last "exceptional" gentile nation under the thumb of Edom. So Caesaria by a 2/3rds majority now lies in ruin.

(In America it is one third for either Bernie the Socialist or Bill's jackass, and it is another third for D. Drumpf.) The very next pasuk is Zecharia 14 that the nations of the world will now gather against Jerusalem to divide it. The very next Pasuk AFTER mentioning that 2/3rds of Mankind will be menuvalim! and only one third will survive by being refined like fine silver and gold!.

This is very quick. America fell to the Epic - 50 just last week, and now they are coming to divide Jerusalem. Can't make this up.

Zecharia 13:
ח וְהָיָה בְכָל-הָאָרֶץ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, פִּי-שְׁנַיִם בָּהּ, יִכָּרְתוּ יִגְוָעוּ; וְהַשְּׁלִשִׁית, יִוָּתֶר בָּהּ. 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the earth, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
ט וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶת-הַשְּׁלִשִׁית, בָּאֵשׁ, וּצְרַפְתִּים כִּצְרֹף אֶת-הַכֶּסֶף, וּבְחַנְתִּים כִּבְחֹן אֶת-הַזָּהָב; הוּא יִקְרָא בִשְׁמִי, וַאֲנִי אֶעֱנֶה אֹתוֹ--אָמַרְתִּי עַמִּי הוּא, וְהוּא יֹאמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי. {פ} 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say: 'It is My people', and they shall say: 'The LORD is my God.'

“In waning days of his presidency, Obama reportedly looking to UN Security Council to force Israel to divide Jerusalem.”  “leaks indicating the Obama administration is considering unprecedented moves to force Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating channel. One option reportedly on the table is a United Nations Security Council Resolution to layout the frame work for a final status agreement – and force both Israel and the Palestinian Authority into final talks.”

Watch out, things may move very quickly.

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