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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

King, Messiah: New Baby Names Suggest High Hopes

As awareness of the Redemption penetrates the world, there is bound to be some unusual quirky fallout. Here's an example in an Associated Press story. We know that the actual Messiah is a King, and his title is The King Messiah. So here we have a story about the shifting popularity of baby names. True, King and Messiah have made the list. But it's startling to see these names together in the headline, no?
We'll say no more.

King, Messiah: New baby names suggest high hopes

Suggested by S.Koncepolski

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names forAmerican boys.
They're just a little behind Major, the boy's name that jumped the most spots on the Social Security Administration's annual list ofpopular baby names.
Jacob is the most popular for boys — again — and Sophia is the top name for girls, according to the list released Thursday.
It was Jacob's 14th straight year at the top. Next were Mason, Ethan, Noah and William. Liam cracked the top 10 for the first time, coming in at No. 6. Daniel slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since 1998, to No. 11.
It was Sophia's second year in a row at the top for girls. Next were Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava.
But what about those rising boys' names?
Typically, says Laura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard" and founder of Babynamewizard.com, "You don't get a lot of Messiahs. You can have a lot more Majors."
"I have no doubt Major's rising popularity as a boy's name is in tribute to the brave members of the U.S. military, and maybe we'll see more boys named General in the future," said acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin.
Wattenberg said Americans have long given their children "aggrandizing names." She noted that Noble and General were on the list of popular boys' names for much of the 20th century, though neither ever cracked the top 100.
"We've pretty much run out of presidential names, all the Jeffersons and Jacksons and Madisons, so we're moving on to the aristocracy, I guess, or to the military."
Jennifer Moss, author of "The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book" and founder of Babynames.com, says she discourages parents from giving children "expectation names, like Justice and Chastity."
"We feel that it kind of puts an undue pressure on the child when you use those kinds of grandiose or purity names," Moss said.
Chastity was in the top 1,000 for more than two decades before dropping off the list in 1994. Justice was on the list in 1880 but then fell off for more than 100 years. The name reappeared in 1992 and was No. 518 last year.
Jacob's popularity endures because the name has much of what parents look for in a boy's name, said Moss.
"It's easy to pronounce, and it's easy to spell. It's a solid manly name," she said. "It's a biblical name, and biblical names are always in style."
On the girls' side, Sophia first cracked the top 100 in 1997. Isabella dropped off the list from 1949 to 1990.
The Social Security Administration's website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 123 — the lowest for both names.
The list, which also includes top baby names by state, draws millions of viewers. The agency hopes that people go to the website to see the baby names and stay to learn about other services.
The website also shows which names are gaining — and losing — popularity. Among the boys' names that are spiking, Major jumped 505 spots, to No. 483, followed by Gael, Jase, Messiah and Brantley. Messiah gained 246 spots, to No. 387.
Jase Robertson is a character on the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," about a family that runs a business making duck calls and other duck hunting gear. Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal is a Mexican film actor and director.
Among the other boys' names gaining in popularity: Maverick, Armani and King, which jumped 133 spots, to No. 256.
Among the rising girls' names, Arya jumped 298 spots, to No. 413, followed by Perla, Catalina, Elisa and Raelynn. And Raelyn with one 'n' was eighth.
Arya Stark is a character in the TV show, "Game of Thrones."
Among the girls' names that are losing popularity, Dulce dropped the most, 159 spots, to No. 574. Next were Mikaela, Estrella, Danna and Audrina.
Among the boys' names that dropped, Braeden fell 105 spots, to No. 581. Next were Yahir, Kieran, Cullen and Brayan.
The popularity of Cullen was fleeting. In 2010, it was the fastest rising name for boys. Edward Cullen is a vampire in the "Twilight" books and movies.
The list shows that top names for boys have been more stable over the years than names for girls. William, for example, has been a popular boy's name for more than 100 years, never falling out of the top 20. Mason is an exception, entering the top 100 for the first time in 1997.
Today's top names aren't nearly as popular as the top names were a generation ago.
For example, 18,899 babies were named Jacob last year. Two decades ago, that wasn't good enough to crack the top 25. In 1992, Michael was the top name for boys, with more than 54,000 boys getting the name.
"We're seeing a total revolution in terms of the diversity of naming," Wattenberg said. "Parents are really focused on choosing a distinctive name that will make their child stand out."
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Israeli War Hero Wrote of Redemption, Holy Temple, to His Bride.

In an act of self-sacrifice, Roi Klein gave up his life for his fellow soldiers. Here in this video, his wife reveals that he wrote to her about the goal of their life -- the Redemption and the Holy Temple.

In his letter to his bride, Roi Klein asked for G-d's blessing...

“..that we succeed in establishing an eternal home…with the expectation of the salvation and the redemption of Israel with the knowledge that the strength of Israel is the building block with responsibility for this generation that is in the footsteps of the Mashiach, for any step, any progress in building the Holy Temple."

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Muslim Official: We'll Give Up Mount for Messiah

According to the great sage Maimonides, one of the last jobs of the Messiah,--that will confirm that he is actually the Messiah, is to rebuild the Holy Temple. Well, this Muslim official certainly has that right...in the Redemption, it could be that the Muslims themselves will acknowledge the Messiah and willingly give up their claims to the Temple Mount.

“According to the Jewish religion, the Holy Temple is to descend from Heaven when the Messiah comes. Let us allow the place to remain Muslim until that time, and afterwards we will surrender our prayer rights in the area.”
                                                -    Rian Kamal, Alaqsa Fund


Muslim Official: We'll Give Up Temple Mount When Messiah Comes 

An at-times angry discussion took place in the Knesset Wednesday on the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount
By David Lev
Suggested by Neshamala of HaBayitah.blogspot.com

An at-times angry discussion in the Knesset Wednesday on the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount saw a top official of an Islamic organization that funds and manages prayer services on the Mount say that the Muslims would give up their control of the Mount – when the Messiah comes.
Rian Kamal, the head of the Alaqsa Fund, which raises money for services, facilities, and other projects for Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount, spoke at the Knesset hearing on demands by Jewish groups that Jews be allowed to ascend the Mount and pray openly. Currently, Jews are allowed to visit the Mount, but are forbidden from praying. The law is enforced by Israeli police, with Jews often shadowed by a member of the Waqf, who closely watches the Jewish visitor to ensure that his or her lips are not moving in prayer.
According to Kamal, 90% of rabbis are opposed to Jews' ascending the Mount altogether. “I have a good solution,” he told MKs. “According to the Jewish religion, the Holy Temple is to descend from Heaven when the Messiah comes. Let us allow the place to remain Muslim until that time, and afterwards we will surrender our prayer rights in the area.”
MK Miri Regev, chairperson of a special Knesset committee discussing the issue, said that Jews had no plans to surrender their rights to the Temple Mount. “Why does it bother you that Jews would pray on the Mount?,” she asked Kamal, who responded that he was not allowed to pray at the Kotel. “This is a religious issue, not a political one,” he added.
Speaking at the session, Manhigut Yehudit official Michael Puah said that police acted in a discriminatory manner against Jews who sought to visit the Mount. “We cannot tolerate this racist discrimination. It is unthinkable that I would have to stand at the entrance to the Mount and seek entry, only to be denied it because I am a Jew. This is contrary to the very nature of the State of Israel,” he added.
According to the Foreign Ministry, any change in the status quo on the Mount would likely cause an international incident that would put Israel in a very poor light. Speaking at the session, Freida Yuval, deputy head of the Jordan desk in the Foreign Ministry, said that allowing Jews free worship on the Mount would “awaken the entire world,” and bring about another intifada, similar to the one that began after Ariel Sharon ascended the Temple Mount in 1999, or engender riots similar to those that took place after the opening of the Kotel tunnels.