Friday, June 28, 2024

Jews and Gentiles Rav Assaf Bednarsh

The halakhic and aggadic traditions make clear that there is vast difference between the spiritual status of a Jew and that of a gentile. Halakhically, Jews are obligated in the six hundred and thirteen mitzvot of the Torah, while gentiles are obligated in a mere seven. In addition, our liturgy is replete with statements emphasizing the chosenness of the Jewish People. For example, "Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us;" "Who has chosen us from among all the nations and given us His Torah;" "Who chooses His nation Israel with love."
In this shiur, we will attempt to identify the source of this fundamental spiritual distinction. Is it essential and built-in to the very substance of the Jew or gentile from the moment of birth, or is it something acquired by means of education and training?


Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Rabbi Miller: The greatest peril to our nation today is the State of Israel

Rabbi Avigdor Miller, 1974

The greatest peril to our nation today is the State of Israel because you have today an organized group of atheists, they are atheists -- and they are not just atheists like the man in the street is an atheist who doesn’t care -- they are interested in wiping out Torah Judaism from the world. And they have today more power than any atheist ever had before. It’s the power of a nation….People in America are asleep. They don’t have any idea what is taking place. They think that these Orthodox Jews are too pious, too extreme. And the people in Israel, or the government, they don’t mean any wrong, they want to build up the state, only they are not Orthodox, but they have nothing against Orthodoxy. Nothing is further from the truth. They are actively interested in stamping out every vestige of Torah. They don’t want any Judaism. They want a brand new kind of ideology called Israel. (Rabbi Avigdor Miller, “001 - Singing in the World,” 1:25:45)

Rabbi Avigdor Miller, 2000

Some people are proposing to take frum boys into the army in frum regiments. You should know that it’s a shtus. The army is made לכתחילה for the purpose of changing the minds of the boys in the army. It’s a statement they made long ago. It’s very long. And it’s only a trick that they are using now to deceive the frummah into entering the army. (Rabbi Avigdor Miller, “E-253-Fortunate Are You,” 1:15:52)


The news, 2024

Attorney General: 3,000 haredim must be immediately drafted into IDF

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara says following Supreme Court ruling that haredi students cannot avoid IDF service that thousands of haredim must be drafted immediately, more must be drafted in the future.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Gershon Veroba Mimkomcha

A few moving images to go with Gershon Veroba's incredible song Mimkocha. Published with permission from Gershon Veroba. מִמְּקוֹמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ תּוֹפִיעַ וְתִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵינוּ כִּי מְחַכִּים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן בְּקָרוֹב בְּיָמֵינוּ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד תִּשְׁכּוֹן תִּתְגַּדֵּל וְתִתְקַדֵּשׁ בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִירְךָ לְדוֹר וָדוֹר וּלְנֵצַח נְצָחִים וְעֵינֵינוּ תִּרְאֶינָה מַלְכוּתֶךָ כַּדָּבָר הָאָמוּר בְּשִׁירֵי עֻזֶּךָ עַל יְדֵי דָּוִד מְשִׁיחַ צִדְקֶךָ Mimkomcha malkeinu tofia From your place, our King, may you appear V’timloch aleinu, ki m’chakim anachnu lach. And reign over us, for we are waiting for You. Matai timloch b’tzion, b’karov, b’yameinu When will you reign in Zion? Soon, in our days, L’olam va’ed tishkon. Forever may you dwell there. Titkadal v’titkadash b’toch y’rushalayim ircha, May You be exalted and sanctified within your city Jerusalem L’dor vador ul’netzach n’tzachim. Generation after generation, and for all eternity. V’eineinu tirenah malchutecha, May Your eyes see Your kingdom. Kadavar ha’amur b’shirei uzecha. As this matter is expressed in the songs of Your might.