20 December 2015

The Time of Jacob's Trouble? Part 2

BS"D בס"ד 
8 Tevet 5776

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

This is the continuation of the prophecy of Yirmiyahu haNavi (Jeremiah the Prophet) that speaks of a terrible time of trouble for the nation of Israel (whose original name is Yaaqov), from which it will return to G-d, be saved and redeemed. Things will never go back to the way they were, much to the chagrin of the nations.

This second of three parts goes more into the pain and suffering of the Jewish nation, and at the end of this section haShem begins to pay attention to our plight in an open manner — not just saving us through the wars, but setting us up for the Complete and Final Geula.

During the writing of this part, I have found out that since "ירמיהו ל Jeremiah 30 is not used at all as a Haftarah (Prophetic passage to go along with a Torah portion) it is rarely, if at all, studied. I hope this series will stimulate attention from Jews, if nothing else. After all, it seems that whatever we neglect, others pick up, appropriate and use against us if they can.

The second part covers verses 12-17.

יב  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה, אָנוּשׁ לְשִׁבְרֵךְ--נַחְלָה, מַכָּתֵךְ.
12 For thus said HASHEM: Your injury is grave, your wound is acute.

Rashi: Your injury is grave, your wound is acute: (Enfers in Old French).

Hava haAharona: Could Enfers be the root of the English "infirm" and "infirmary"? Are we in the infirmary?
יג  אֵין-דָּן דִּינֵךְ, לְמָזוֹר; רְפֻאוֹת תְּעָלָה, אֵין לָךְ.
13 No one judges your wound to have a cure; medications or remedy do not exist for you.

Rashi: to be healed: cure. No one thinks that you will have salvation.

Hava haAharona: No one thinks that you will have salvation: So we have seen via both major "Abrahamic" religions as long as they have been around! But they have denied us freedom of speech one way or another, to the point where we self-censor constantly for fear of offending them. Else they might actually hear the truth - worse yet, we just might hear the truth too.

Rashi: healing: a cure, an expression of availing.

Hava haAharona:  medications or remedy do not exist for you: Explicitly stated by the New Age movement and the New World Order folks! This is their excuse to somehow rid the world of us, and they have the chutzpah to expect us to agree to it!
יד  כָּל-מְאַהֲבַיִךְ שְׁכֵחוּךְ, אוֹתָךְ לֹא יִדְרֹשׁוּ:  כִּי מַכַּת אוֹיֵב הִכִּיתִיךְ, מוּסַר אַכְזָרִי--עַל רֹב עֲו‍ֹנֵךְ, עָצְמוּ חַטֹּאתָיִךְ.
14 All your paramours have forgotten you, they do not inquire after you. For I struck you with the blow of an enemy, with a cruel reproof, because of your many sins, your transgressions that were so numerous.

Rashi: cruel chastisement: cruel reproof. The reproof is cruel.

Hava haAharona: All your paramours…do not inquire after you: The nations who benefit from Israel's inventions and out-of-the box ideas take them for granted, so they don't care whether Israel suffers in the meanwhile. But sometimes, when they have nowhere else to go, they come to us.
טו  מַה-תִּזְעַק עַל-שִׁבְרֵךְ, אָנוּשׁ מַכְאֹבֵךְ:  עַל רֹב עֲו‍ֹנֵךְ, עָצְמוּ חַטֹּאתַיִךְ--עָשִׂיתִי אֵלֶּה, לָךְ.
15 How can you cry out over your injury, over your pain that is grave? It is because of your many sins, your transgressions that were so numerous, that I have inflicted these upon you!

Hava haAharona: How can you cry out…It is because of your many sins…: I believe this is addressing the system (where even "right-wing" leadership follows the left wing's lead for the most part). The powers behind the political, educational, judicial, financial and  military leadership want Israel to be just like any other country, and that just doesn't work here. Israeli Jews' complaints are derided while the same ones put forth by others are taken seriously in the world because haShem wants us to take Him seriously. And they don't wanna! But too many of us do so want to do haShem's will — set up Torah governance, get victory over our enemies and build the 3rd Beit haMiqdash! (Sanhedrin 20b)

UPDATE: Now our government so desires to squelch the desires of those who wish to serve HaShem that they torture administrative detainees over last summer's Duma house-burning-and-murder who had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT! This is the worst of the many SINS (avonoth עונות and heta'oth חטאות) for which we are being punished. Read this and weep - and pray for haShem's retribution for the people of Israel and whatever we can do to help! Or else, we deserve to be punished if we do not speak up for our brothers and sisters whose families are suffering this!!!

טז  לָכֵן כָּל-אֹכְלַיִךְ, יֵאָכֵלוּ, וְכָל-צָרַיִךְ כֻּלָּם, בַּשְּׁבִי יֵלֵכוּ; וְהָיוּ שֹׁאסַיִךְ לִמְשִׁסָּה, וְכָל-בֹּזְזַיִךְ אֶתֵּן לָבַז.
16 Nevertheless, all who devoured you shall themselves be devoured; all who oppressed you will all go into captivity; who trampled you will be trampled; and all who despoiled you, I shall deliver to become spoils.

Rashi: Nevertheless [לכן]: This is an expression denoting an oath.

those who trample you: an expression of spoil, and so did Jonathan render it: וִיהוֹן עָדַי לַעֲדִי.

Hava haAharona: and so did Jonathan render it…: Targum Yonatan?
יז  כִּי אַעֲלֶה אֲרֻכָה לָךְ וּמִמַּכּוֹתַיִךְ אֶרְפָּאֵךְ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  כִּי נִדָּחָה, קָרְאוּ לָךְ--צִיּוֹן הִיא, דֹּרֵשׁ אֵין לָהּ.  {ס}
17 For I will make a cure for you, and I will heal you from your wounds — the word of HASHEM; for they called you 'Discarded!' [saying,] 'She is Zion — no one cares about her!' {S}

Rashi: cure: Heb. ארכה.

Hava haAharona: for they called you 'Discarded!': Threatening not to do business with Israel, labeling us a "pariah nation," the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement, threatening to arrest our leadership if they dare go overseas, putting the whole country on trial, calling our presence "occupation," demanding that we not protect ourselves properly…? Need I go on?

I suppose it could be worse, but how much worse? The fish in the Pacific Ocean are still dying from the Fukushima disaster in 2011, and lots of other creatures are affected. Soon even sick people will not be able to get a fish to eat. Sanhedrin 98a is coming true, just in case you didn't realize that even the words of our Talmud can prove prophetic.

The revealing of Mashiach cannot be far away, Baruch haShem!

The last part will come soon, be"H.

More reading: 10th of Tevet Special Announcement | Israel Suddenly Unpopular with Presidential Wannabes | Why Belief in Mashiach is One of the 13 Principles | Say the 'Shema' With Us Monday at 9PM Israel Time! | Anti-Semites Unwittingly Aid Israel | When All Else Fails, Call Israel | In Retrospect | They hung me by my hands and burned them... |

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