Among the most exciting moments in this process of Redemption is watching the pieces come together. Anyone can do this. (You don't have to be a prophet!) Just by being an observer of the human scene,...current events, talk radio, internet news and daily experiences,--all this can be eye-opening about how the Rebbe's prophecy is being fulfilled.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Prophetic vision of the Rebbe in 1991: Iran and Syria are the problem

As the year 1991 drew to a close, the West basked in the defeat of Iraq in the Gulf War. Saddam Hussein was still in power and attention was still focused on Iraq. Iran was scarcely in the headlines. In October of 1991, on the Sunday "dollars line," when the Lubavitcher Rebbe would give blessings and a dollar to hundreds of people, the mayor of Ariel, Israel, had his turn. First he thanked the Rebbe for the prophetic blessing he received on his visit a year and a half before, -- that the population of his city should double. He told the Rebbe this blessing had been fulfilled. Then the Rebbe told him what is now revealed as another prophecy. The Rebbe said the real problem is Syria and Iran. These countries are not only against Israel, but the Rebbe said, "even more so" against America. In the Rebbe's words, "They want the United States to fail." The Rebbe said it is in America's best interest, and in the interest of the entire world, that there be a strong Israel. It seems clear that the Rebbe wanted this publicized as he gave the Mayor of Ariel, Ron Nachman, an extra dollar as his "share" in advertising these words. Today, twenty-two years later, the world is focused on the nuclear threat coming from Iran. And who is Iran's chief supporter? Syria.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Canada Signs Historic Declaration Against Anti-Semitism; Seeks Global Agreement

Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office, Canada has become known as "Israel's best friend." Recently, the Canadian government signed an historic document condemning anti-Semitism in all its forms,  and particularly the modern version which denies Israel's right to exist. The first to sign were two cabinet ministers, Jason Kenney and John Baird. It is expected that France, the UK and the U.S.will sign next.

"Canada will not stand  behind Israel at the United Nations.
We will stand right beside it." - John Baird, Foreign Minister

"We stand in solidarity with the Jewish
people and their democratic state." -
Jason Kenney, Citizenship & Immigration Minister

The Ottawa Protocol: Canada's Fight Against Anti-Semitism

From Huffington Post, 21 Sept 2011, by Avi Benlolo, President and CEO, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, Canada

The government of Canada took an historic step yesterday by signing the Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism. By doing so, it recognized anti-Semitism as a pernicious evil and a global threat against the Jewish people, the State of Israel and free, democratic countries everywhere. 
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has noted, 
"Those who would hate and destroy the Jewish people would ultimately hate and destroy the rest of us as well." 
The protocol is a declaration that hatred of this nature will not be tolerated in this country. It sets out an action plan for supporting initiatives that combat anti-Semitism and provides a framework for other nations to follow. 
It also sets out a vibrant definition of anti-Semitism which, for the first time in history, links anti-Semitism to the denial of the right Jewish people have to their ancestral home land -- the State of Israel. This, in fact, is what sets post-World War Two anti-Semitism apart from its historic roots. Today's anti-Semitism is all about denial: denial of the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish movement to reclaim the land of Israel; denial of a Jewish history in connection to the holy land and, in particular, the centrality of Jerusalem to the Jewish people; denial of the Holocaust (while at the same time accusing Jews of Nazism); and denial of Jews to live free of anti-Semitism, hate and intolerance.
In announcing the Protocols, Foreign Minister John Baird has expressed his government's unequivocal support for the State of Israel. In referring to this week's turmoil at the United Nations and the Palestinian threat to unilaterally declare a state, Baird said, 
"Canada will not stand behind Israel at the United Nations, we will stand right beside it. It is never a bad thing to do the right thing." 
According to Baird, more and more countries are refusing to participate in the UN conference dubbed "Durban III" -- otherwise known as an anti-Semitic hate fest which began as a human rights forum in South Africa in 2001; the forum ultimately degenerated into an anti-Semitic slinging match in which repressive Arab and African countries blamed all the problems facing their own countries and the world on Israel. The governments of France, New Zealand and Poland (today) joined Canada and 10 other western nations this week by declaring they will not take part.
Unquestionably, the Government of Canada's stance on Israel is based on the principle of standing by your friends -- especially when they are democracies and advocates for human rights. Most Jewish leaders would agree that Israel is indeed Canada's greatest ally in the fight against hate and intolerance.
But the fight against hatred and anti-Semitism must be won here in Canada as well. The Ottawa Protocol is mostly the result of a report published this summer by a Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism which was comprised of leading Canadian politicians who volunteered their time to probe the increasing and alarming tide of anti-Semitism in Canada. 
In a letter accompanying the report, Chairs of the Inquiry Panel and the Steering Committee Mario Silva and Scott Reid wrote, "The Inquiry Panel's conclusion, unfortunately, is that the scourge of anti-Semitism is a growing threat in Canada, especially on the campuses of our universities." The report cites numerous examples of anti-Semitism on various campuses including the infamous incident in 2009 when Jewish students at York University were chased and barricaded themselves in the Hillel lounge while a mob outside taunted them with anti-Semitic slurs. The list of examples is quite long and disturbing.
Universities should take note of the report and the signing of the Ottawa Protocols. They should put an immediate end to hateful and fallacious events like Israeli Apartheid Week; they should state unequivocally that freedom of speech should not be abused to provide a cover for anti-Semitism; they should ensure that Jewish students feel welcome on campus and that their learning environment should be freed from anti-Israel occurrences and finally, universities must become accountable for allowing their private property to be venues for hateful conduct among students.
The Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism is a template for every Canadian to consider. But it is especially a document of significance for universities that have allowed themselves to become vehicles of hatred and complicit in its promotion. As my friend, Professor Irwin Cotler said last night at the Ottawa signing ceremony, anti-Semitism is not only the longest known form of hatred in the history of humanity -- it is the only form of hatred that is truly global. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Courageous Leaders Speak the Truth About Israel's Enemies

Recently, Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pierced the thick veil of lies known as the "peace process." There never was a Palestinian people, Mr. Gingrich said. The former Speaker of the House called  U.S. participation in the land-for-peace process, "tragic."

More Gingrich:

“I believe that if somebody is firing rockets at you, they are probably not engaged in the peace process."

“If I’m evenhanded between a civil democracy that obeys the rule of law, and a group of terrorists who are firing missiles everyday that‘s not evenhanded that’s favoring the terrorists,” 

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 5:09pm by Madeleine Morgenstern


    Newt Gingrich, Republican Presidential Candidate

    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the Palestinians are an “invented” people and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process is “delusional.”
    The former Speaker of the House made his comments this week in an interview with cable network The Jewish Channel, which posted excerpts online Friday.
    “I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state, and I believe that the commitments that were made at a time,” Gingrich said when asked whether he considers himself a Zionist. “Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and I think it’s tragic.”

    Asked about peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, Gringrich said, “I think it’s delusional to call it a peace process.”
    “We have an armed truce with a Palestinian Authority that’s relatively weak. And on its flank is a Hamas authority which may become relatively weak because it can’t deliver anything. But both of which represent an enormous desire to destroy Israel,” he said. “Frankly, given their school system and the hatred they teach in their schools, often with money that comes from us through the United Nations, I mean I think there’s a lot to think about in terms of how fundamentally you want to change the terms of debate in the region.”

    He identified his approach to foreign policy as closer to that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he believes in a “tough-minded realism.”
    “I believe that if somebody is firing rockets at you, they are probably not engaged in the peace process. I believe if somebody goes around and says you don’t have a right to exist, they’re probably not prepared to negotiate for peace,” he said. “I think if someone says they wanna wipe you out, you should believe them. So I see a much more tougher-minded, and much more honest approach to the Middle East in a Gingrich administration.”

    Gingrich was also sharply critical of the Obama administration’s so-called “evenhanded” approach to dealing with Israel and the Palestinians, saying it’s actually “favoring the terrorists.”
    “If I’m evenhanded between a civil democracy that obeys the rule of law, and a group of terrorists who are firing missiles everyday that‘s not evenhanded that’s favoring the terrorists,” Gingrich said. “I think they [the Obama administration] actually lie to themselves, I don’t think they lie to the American people, I think they believe the stuff that they say. But is so out of touch with reality."
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    Geert Wilders, Dutch Parliamentary Leader
    Dutch Parliamentary leader Geert Wilders acknowledges that "Israel is the cradle of Western civilization" and is the historic homeland of the Jewish people. Judea and Samaria are the "ancient Jewish heartland." He decries the "land for peace" process. "Did it bring you any peace?" he asks Israelis. Below is part 2 of an impassioned speech he made in Tel Aviv suggesting that the Arabs already have a "Palestinian state:" Jordan.
    December 5, 2010
    "The world finally must recognize that there is an independent Palestinian state since the year 1946 and its name is the kingdom of Jordan." Geert Wilders, leader, Dutch Parliament

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     ....and last but not least, this from PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, who said this in 1977:

    The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.

    Haredi Jews Get Serious About Outreach to Bring the Geula!

    Wow. Many years ago ultra-Orthodox Jews looked upon the non-religious as "goyim" (not Jewish at all).
    They were vehement in their criticism of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and what they perceived as his wild and crazy efforts to reach out to the unaffiliated and uninterested among the Jewish people. They even wondered if what he was doing was correct according to Torah. When the Rebbe went on Cable TV they felt he was immersing words of Torah in a non-kosher medium. Now here it is some 40 years later and Haredi Jews have launched a television channel in Israel to "ignite the Jewish spark." A promotional piece features the headline, "Gedolei Yisrael (sages of Israel) declare: BRINGING THE GEULA MAY BE AS EASY AS WATCHING TV!" And who is pictured on the cover? Not a happy, wholesome, sweet-faced lad or lassie but a guy with an earring in his ear, a tattoo on his neck, dark sunglasses and wearing tefillin (prayer phylacteries) and a prayer shawl! This is outreach to the furthest extent "out." They are serious! Every Jew counts, and why? Because they want the Redemption.

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged everyone to "open their eyes and see that the true and complete Redemption is here in actuality." When you see this cover, and read their heartfelt plea for support for their efforts to
    reach their "brothers and sisters," how can you help but thrill to the evidence that the world has turned!

    “Chazal  (our sages) tell us that the final Redemption will come
    when Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) does teshuva (repent)….
                       And this, frankly, is where the whole drive to geula (Redemption)
     grinds to a screeching halt.

    You see, kiruv (outreach) organizations can reach just a few
    estranged Jews at a time…but there are millions out there – 3 million
    secular Jews in Israel alone, and untold millions that haven’t (yet)
    intermarried in the United States!! How will they ever get back? How
    can you reach them all?

    The answer is simple: TV, of course….a Torah TV channel that
    will reach our estranged brothers and sisters in their own living rooms."
    - Excerpt from Hidabroot the Magazine