Tuesday, 28 August 2012

"...under the pomegranate-tree which is in Migron"

It is in Migron where Shaul HaMelech and his men were positioned when his son Yonathan made a quick and surprising move against the Plisti'm. Migron was the place that Shaul paused and as he always had done over thought and feared of action.  Shaul was the first King of a United Israel and with all of that failed at leadership because he was weak.  Dawid and Yonathan were the next generation and they had the basic quality that Shaul was always missing, purpose and faith.

Yes, Shaul was King and he knew intellectually what that meant, but that was never translated into successful action.   The crisis of the State of Israel is the crisis of the Kingdom Shaul. It is the lack of an internal realization in a bigger divine purpose than just making a secure Israel.  It is why Shaul "tarried" in Migron and it is why Bibi and the regime he represents seems stuck now.  The confusion of what to do with the modern day Migron represents the same sort of confusion Shaul and his followers stumbled through.  This catharsis in 5772 over whether or not to uproot Israelis from their homes that now are for sure legally purchased has created a malaise in the direction of the once proud Zionist Party, the Likud.  Of course this malaise is not new and has been systemic since the beginning of the state.  It's what caused Begin to abandon the Atalena and prevented Ben Gurion from applying all of the State's resources to liberating the Old City of Jerusalem in 1948.  This same malaise caused the Eshkhol gov't to hand the keys to the Temple Mount over to the Wakf in 1967 as well as being the prime cause behind Begin's relinquishing of the Sinai.

Israel has and still suffers from a lack of defined direction and this is the "Shaul Complex."  It is this Shaul Complex which prevents the State from realizing it's divine mandate and it is the Shaul Complex which holds the gov't back from finally erasing Amalek from among us, near and far.  Shaul's Kingdom eventually crashed and from within it Dawid rose from a point of gestational expansion to a true actualization of Messianic fulfillment.

What we are watching, which is encapsulated within the Migron debate (no matter how it turns out) is the collapse of the Shaul regime, which has been in power since Begin, if not earlier. With that collapse the true Kingdom and Messianic regime of the ben Dawid will rise.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

"I will save My people from the east country, and from the west country..."

  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, הִנְנִי מוֹשִׁיעַ אֶת-עַמִּי מֵאֶרֶץ מִזְרָח, וּמֵאֶרֶץ, מְבוֹא הַשָּׁמֶשׁ.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will save My people from the east country, and from the west country;
ח  וְהֵבֵאתִי אֹתָם, וְשָׁכְנוּ בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם; וְהָיוּ-לִי לְעָם, וַאֲנִי אֶהְיֶה לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים--בֶּאֱמֶת, וּבִצְדָקָה.  {ס}8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. {S}
--Zechariah Perek 8

Are we in Geulah or Galuth?  Geulah is about coming home.  About putting your feet on the dirt of your ancestors Land and walking where your fore fathers walked.  We have come home and we are coming home now.  The World is crumbling and yet we persist and continue to build that which is ours.  The Creator of the World has kept his promise and yet we are still waiting for the complete fulfillment, but that in of itself is the problem..."waiting."

The Creator wants us to build.  We are required to build his Land and his Mikdash:

יב  אין בונין את המקדש בלילה, שנאמר "וביום, הקים את המשכן" (במדבר ט,טו)--ביום מקימין, לא בלילה; ועוסקין בבניין מעלות השחר, עד צאת הכוכבים.  והכול חייבין לבנות ולסעד בעצמן ובממונם--אנשים ונשים, כמקדש המדבר; ואין מבטלין תינוקות של בית רבן לבניין ואין בניין מקדש דוחה יום טוב

-Rambam, Mishneh Torah Sefer Avodah Perek 1

The key point in the above halacha of the Rambam is that everyone in Am Yisrael has to help build the Mikdash.  This is not just a special mitzvah for the King, but rather the entire Am has a duty to do this.

Eretz Yisrael is about building.  Geulah is that moment in time when we realize we have come to our Land, the "Land of Milk and Honey;"  To build our redemption and to finish the job that our ancestors were waiting  for over the last 20 centuries.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Leader's Ideas Never Go Away

Avraham (Yair) Stern mapped out an active plan for the redemption of Am Yisrael.  This map is as good today as it was 70 years ago!

National Revival Principles (HaTechiya)
The Fighters for the Freedom of Israel (FFI)  - The LEHI
by Avraham (Yair) Stern, zt"l

The Jewish people is a covenanted people, the originator of monotheism, formulator of the prophetic teachings, standard bearer of human culture, guardian of glorious patrimony. The Jewish people is schooled in self-sacrifice and suffering; its vision, survivability and faith in redemption are indestructible.

The homeland in the Land of Israel within the borders delineated in the Bible ("To your descendants, I shall give this land, from the River of Egypt to the great Euphrates River." Genesis 15:18) This is the land of the living, where the entire nation shall live in safety.
Israel conquered the land with the sword. There it became a great nation and only there it will be reborn. Hence Israel alone has a right to that land. This is am absolute right. It has never expired and never will.

1. Redemption of the land.
2. Establishment of sovereignty.
3. Revival of the nation.
There is no sovereignty without the redemption of the land, and there is no national revival without sovereignty.

These are the goals of the organization during the period of war and conquest:

Educate the nation to love freedom and zealously guard Israel's eternal patrimony. Inculcate the idea that the nation is master to its own fate. Revive the doctrine that "The sword and the book came bound together from heaven" (Midrash Vayikra Rabba 35:8)
The unification of the entire nation around the banner of the Hebrew freedom movement. The use of the genius, status and resources of individuals and the channeling of the energy, devotion and revolutionary fervor of the masses for the war of liberation.

Make pacts with all those who are willing to help the struggle of the organization and provide direct support.

Consolidate and increase the fighting force in the homeland and in the Diaspora, in the underground and in the barracks, to become the Hebrew army of liberation with its flag, arms, and commanders.

9. WAR
Constant war against those who stand in the way of fulfilling the goals.

The conquest of the homeland from foreign rule and its eternal possession.

These are the tasks of the movement during the period of sovereignty and redemption:

Renewal of Hebrew sovereignty over the redeemed land.
The establishment of a social order in the spirit of Jewish morality and prophetic justice. Under such an order no one will go hungry or unemployed. All will live in harmony, mutual respect and friendship as an example to the world.
Build the ruins and revive the wilderness for mass immigration and population increase.

Solve the problem of alien population by exchange of population.

Total in-gathering of the exiles to their sovereign state.

The Hebrew nation shall become a first-rate military, political, cultural and economical entity in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean Sea.

The revival of the Hebrew language as a spoken language by the entire nation, the renewal of the historical and spiritual might of Israel. The purification of the national character in the fire of revival.

The building of the Third Temple as a symbol of the new era of total redemption.

Taken from Save Israel

Thursday, 2 August 2012

"...if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance..."

"When there is a great War in the World the potential of Mashiach is awakened. The time of song has arrived...The Evil Ones are removed from the World and it becomes stable.  And the Voice of the Turtle Dove is heard in our Land." 
-Orot on War, 1 Rav Kook

There is war in the world.  There is war within us and throughout the globe.  Ishmael and Esau stand ready to fight and we Yaakov are here, home.  We have come home after all these years, yet our House, the House G-d is still in ruins, occupied by squatters and ignored by it's rightful owners. Even that is changing for we can feel the Creator set to come home to his Children.

We pray and we yearn, but fail to see that we stand at the gate of the final stage of our Great Return.  The World is cracking and shaking and yet me should not be scared.  The statue of the nations is coming down and a new Kingdom, the Kingdom of Israel in all of it's splendor and radiance stands ready to be birthed.  We are the children of Kings and Prophets.  This is our Land and our inheritance.  We have come home never to leave again.

Tonight is Tu B'Av and while "the Building of the World cracks," (Orot of War 9, Rav Kook) we dance. The Nation rises and the supernal light held within us is set to redeem the World.  Our World is filled with trepidation and fear and yet this is just the pangs of our actualization and the realization that all is One.

The daughters of Shiloh are dancing again and the men of Binyamin have returned to their borders.  Our mother Rachel is crying her last tears as her Children have returned home.

יד  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, קוֹל בְּרָמָה נִשְׁמָע נְהִי בְּכִי תַמְרוּרִים--רָחֵל, מְבַכָּה עַל-בָּנֶיהָ; מֵאֲנָה לְהִנָּחֵם עַל-בָּנֶיהָ, כִּי אֵינֶנּוּ.  {ס}14 Thus saith the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuseth to be comforted for her children, because they are not. {S}
טו  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, מִנְעִי קוֹלֵךְ מִבֶּכִי, וְעֵינַיִךְ, מִדִּמְעָה:  כִּי יֵשׁ שָׂכָר לִפְעֻלָּתֵךְ נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְשָׁבוּ מֵאֶרֶץ אוֹיֵב.15 Thus saith the LORD: Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

Mishkan in Shiloh - From the Temple Institute