22 December 2015

Time of Jacob's Trouble? Part 3

BS"D בס"ד
10 Tevet 5776 
Fast of Asarah b'Tevet — due to the beginning of the siege of Yerushalayim before Galut Bavel (the Babylonian Exile). 


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

This is the last part of the series discussing Jeremiah 30/ירמיהו ל, comprising verses 18-25. It holds some very good news for the Jewish People, and all of it is despite the plans of the wicked of this world, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Yes, we will be saved from 'et tzarah l'Yaaqov — the time of Jacob's trouble — forever! The Complete Redemption that follows is eternal!

Yes! Wicked! Hellions! The Jews who order and carry out the torture of innocent Jewish youth to the point of desire for suicide in order to get false confessions out of them for the sake of the non-Jews who give them the orders to do so are the same ones (or their spiritual descendants and students) who decided —whether on their own or at the behest of the nations — that there is no G-d; that the return of the Jews to the land of Israel was sin; that we must give the land to anyone who claims it to be theirs; who hate being the Chosen People (although many also believe that we were chosen to be punished); and who declare, as the recently late Yossi Sarid — a stimulus to many of these traitors in high places — said that those who are mockingly called settlers (actually inheritors) "are not my brothers." More on him here and here.

Well, maybe we are not your brothers, Yossi Sarid (and hevre — translated much like "posse" or "gang" as used by young Americans). You must have been from a different nation altogether. Like one that was descended from apes, as those who advocate evolution always say about human beings! Precisely because you were born of a Jewish mother makes you subject to more punishment where you are now for what you did to make life harder for the nation of Israel and its reborn state. Don't worry. The others will follow in haShem's good time and in His way.


יח  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי-שָׁב שְׁבוּת אָהֳלֵי יַעֲקוֹב, וּמִשְׁכְּנֹתָיו, אֲרַחֵם; וְנִבְנְתָה עִיר עַל-תִּלָּהּ, וְאַרְמוֹן עַל-מִשְׁפָּטוֹ יֵשֵׁב.
18 Thus said HASHEM: Behold, I am returning the captivity of the tents of Jacob, and I will have mercy on his abodes, and the City will be built on its hill, and the Palace will sit in its proper place.

Rashi: and the Palace: The Temple.

Hava haAharona: This is one of the things that we are waiting for, and striving to see through.
יט  וְיָצָא מֵהֶם תּוֹדָה, וְקוֹל מְשַׂחֲקִים; וְהִרְבִּתִים וְלֹא יִמְעָטוּ, וְהִכְבַּדְתִּים וְלֹא יִצְעָרוּ.
19 The sound of thanksgiving and the sound of merrymakers will emanate from them; I will multiply them, and they will not be diminished; and I will make them heavy [of number], and they will not dwindle.

Rashi: and I will multiply them: I will make them a numerous nation.

and they shall not dwindle: like יִמְעָטוּ.

Hava haAharona: I will multiply them, and they will not be diminished: The nations have been "wise with us" just as Pharaoh advised thousands of years ago, and we have been diminished until now as a result. No longer! We will be far larger than we ever have been before, despite the plans of those who want to kill most of mankind, including all of us children of Yaaqov. I have neighbors who say that we are going through a continual baby boom and it never stops. I have seen it in action all the days I have been here, and I am sure many others will say the same.
כ  וְהָיוּ בָנָיו כְּקֶדֶם, וַעֲדָתוֹ לְפָנַי תִּכּוֹן; וּפָקַדְתִּי, עַל כָּל-לֹחֲצָיו.
20 His sons will be [beloved] as in the past, and his assembly will be established before Me, and I shall deal with all his oppressors.

Hava haAharona: I shall deal with all his oppressors: Please include the Jewish ones! It seems they are the worst of all, as bad as the non-Jews have been.
כא  וְהָיָה אַדִּירוֹ מִמֶּנּוּ, וּמֹשְׁלוֹ מִקִּרְבּוֹ יֵצֵא, וְהִקְרַבְתִּיו, וְנִגַּשׁ אֵלָי:  כִּי מִי הוּא-זֶה עָרַב אֶת-לִבּוֹ, לָגֶשֶׁת אֵלַי--נְאֻם-יְהוָה.
21 His leader will be from his midst, and his ruler will emerge from within him. I will bring him close and then he will be able to approach Me; for who then would embolden his heart to approach Me? — the word of HASHEM.

Rashi: His leader: lit., his mighty one.

embolden his heart: an expression of a pledge (fermaille, aatine in French).

to approach Me: to war, to stop Me.

Hava haAharona: His leader will be from his midst…: Those who think they will rule over us from afar or within the country, from other places, will find an unpleasant surprise. While we were gone no other could survive continuously here, and while we are here, a Jew with emunah (basic faith in haShem and His rule of the world) has to rule. And he will. A ruler without emunah does so on haShem's sufferance.
כב  וִהְיִיתֶם לִי, לְעָם; וְאָנֹכִי, אֶהְיֶה לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים.  {ס}
22 You will be a people unto Me, and I will be a God unto you. {S}
כג  הִנֵּה סַעֲרַת יְהוָה, חֵמָה יָצְאָה--סַעַר, מִתְגּוֹרֵר:  עַל רֹאשׁ רְשָׁעִים, יָחוּל.
23 Behold, the storm of HASHEM: A rage shall go forth, a tempest will seek rest; it will rest upon the head of the wicked.

Rashi: tempest seeking rest: camping and dwelling an expression of “the land of the sojournings of (מְגוּרֵי) ” (Gen. 37:1), and a similar case is “and a whirling (מִתְחוֹלֵל) storm” (supra 23:19) stated in the other verse is the same as this for both of them are expressions of camping.

on the head[s] of the wicked: On the heads of the heathens.

Hava haAharona: And on the heads of Jews who attempt to establish heathenism here.
כד  לֹא יָשׁוּב, חֲרוֹן אַף-יְהוָה, עַד-עֲשֹׂתוֹ וְעַד-הֲקִימוֹ, מְזִמּוֹת לִבּוֹ; בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים, תִּתְבּוֹנְנוּ בָהּ.
24 HASHEM'S burning wrath will not recede until He has accomplished it, and until He has upheld the plans of His heart. In the end of days you will be able to understand it.

Hava haAharona: In the end of days you will be able to understand it: Plain, decent people (let alone righteous, learned tzaddikim) should be able to grasp what HaShem is doing ahead of the Complete Redemption.
כה  בָּעֵת הַהִיא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, אֶהְיֶה לֵאלֹהִים, לְכֹל מִשְׁפְּחוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְהֵמָּה, יִהְיוּ-לִי לְעָם.  {ס}
25 At that time — the word of HASHEM — I will be a God for all the families of Israel, and they will be people for Me. {S}

"Israel" throughout refers to the 12 tribes and those who joined the Jews by proper conversion, not those who believe in the supersession by Christianity and the super-supersession by Islam. Need I say more.

We Jews have never demanded that people convert to Judaism. As my rabbi always says, Do the 7 [Noahide Laws], go to Heaven!

PS: Have an easy (pain-free) and extremely meaningful fast, if you can. Today is possibly a watershed day in Jewish history. Make the most of it, as best you can.


More reading: Jews Are Not Terrorists | The People Protest Torture... | All About 10 Tevet | Meanwhile the 10th of Tevet... (be sure to read the updates there too)| Demand Civil Rights for Jews in Israel! |

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