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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Biblical Prophecies About Egypt in the End of Days.

In 1991, the Rebbe said as a prophecy that we are in the era of the Redemption. He also urged, "Open your eyes."The prophecies below seem relevant to current events.

Military vehicles in clashes with Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, August 14, 2013.
 Reuters: AMR Abdallah Dalsh

Isaiah 27: 12
"And it shall come to pass on that day, that the Lord shall gather from the flood of the river to the stream of Egypt, and you shall be gathered one by one."
Commentary on "one and one" from the Redak: Egypt is mentioned here in accordance with the prophet Daniel (11:43) that Egypt will be the end of the kingdoms of the nations, when the king of the north will war with the king of the south.

Isaiah 19: 1
The harsh prophecy of Egypt...
Commentary from Arbarbanel: ...concerning the destruction of Egypt, through which they too will recognize G-d's power and return to Him.

Isaiah 19: 2
And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians, and they shall war one man against his brother, and a man against his friend, a city against a city and a province against a province.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Airline Breaks the Rules To Perform An Act of Kindness

In 1991, the Rebbe told a CNN reporter that all that was necessary to bring Moshiach was "something additional in the realm of goodness and kindness." Then the Rebbe added, "At least a little more..." (See YouTube video:   http://youtu.be/r_sx3PzUtjg)  Here's an example of "at least a little more,"-- El Al airline's decision to bend the rules and routines of airport operations to do a favor for a little girl.

As seen in www.YeshivaWorld.com
The following story was reported by Rabbi Yaakov Pinsky, director of Chaiyanu/Chai Lifeline Israel.
I have just witnessed one of the most incredible stories regarding El Al that I have ever come across in my life.
Today we sent 30 Israeli children with cancer to Camp Simcha in the United States for a life-affirming break from their illnesses. For the past 20 years, El Al has been our partner in the process, helping us to make sure our children are safe, secure, and happy during their journey. 
After everyone was checked in, the Chaiyanu medical staff gave our children a final pre-flight examination and our group was seated on the flight. Once everyone was comfortable, our senior staff member collected the passports to have them prepared for entry into the United States. The passports were counted, and to everyone’s shock, one was missing.
No one could find Inbar’s passport. Our staff looked high and low, in and under every seat and seat pocket. No passport was found. The flight attendants immediately called the ground crew to help them locate the lost passport. The airport was alerted, and they too searched everywhere from the boarding gate to the El Al aircraft.
Time was passing fast and the flight needed to depart. Still no passport was found. The ground crew entered the plane and searched frantically for Inbar’s passport. After 25 minutes of pulling apart the aircraft, the crew admitted defeat. El Al had no choice but to tell Inbar that she could not fly. El Al sadly called her mother to tell her that Inbar’s passport was lost and that the girl, who had been fighting illness so valiantly, would not be able to fly to Camp Simcha.
What a horrible experience for an 11 year old girl to have to go through. As the reality dawned on everyone, passengers, crew, our group, and Inbar herself, the mood on the plane went from dismay at the inconvenience to sadness and shock that Inbar was losing her chance for a vacation from illness. It was terrible to experience. It wasn’t enough that she has cancer, but now Inbar was facing another horrible disappointment in her life. The flight attendants were crying as they escorted Inbar off the plane. The doors shut, and the plane left the gate.
The plane was almost on the runway when some shouted she found Inbar’s passport in another child’s knapsack. The news was heard on the entire airplane, and of course the crew immediately radioed that the missing passport was on the plane. But once a plane departs from the gate, it does not return to the gate to pick up a passenger.
So began frantic phone calls between the El Al staff and airline crew on the plane, the El Al offices on the ground, and the Ben Gurion Airport authorities. It seems so hopeless. It really looked like Inbar was in for another disappointment. But after 15 minutes of phone calls, and a subsequent delay of more than a half hour, El Al did the unthinkable and unprecedented: the plane returned to the gate to pick up this 11-year-old girl with cancer and take her to Camp Simcha.
Inbar couldn’t believe it. Her dream came true! Those of us on the plane experienced something as well. Instead of the hostility that usually greets a plane delay, there were cheers and tears on that El Al plane, flight 007. Passengers and crew shared Inbar’s happiness and excitement.
Today was one of the greatest moments I have ever experienced! There are no words that can describe the heartfelt gratitude and appreciation we have to El Al and the Ben Gurion Airport authorities. They have performed a miracle for some very special people today. It was an event for the history books, and everyone on that plane will be forever touched by El Al’s determination to accompany Inbar to the US.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Colombian Villagers Embrace Jewish Roots and Convert

"And it shall come to pass on that day, that...you shall be gathered one by one, O children of Israel." - Isaiah 27:12
         "And the Lord your G-d will bring back your captivity and have compassion upon you. He will return and gather you (from among the nations)..." - Deuteronomy 30: 3 -5

One of the promises of the final Redemption is the ingathering of the exiles, when the Jewish people will be gathered one by one from the four corners of the world...


The congregation in Bello gathers round the synagogue’s Torah, a 120-year-old scroll written in Amsterdam and obtained by the community five years ago. A kosher bakery has also opened in the town, and kosher meat arrives from a butcher in the capital, Bogota. There is a Hebrew preschool, which operates every afternoon. Paul Smith / For The Washington Post

“It was like our souls had memory...It awakened in us a desire to learn more — who were we? Where were we from? -  Juan Carlos Villegas, Bello community leader

By Juan Forero,November 24, 2012 

BELLO, Colombia — They were committed evangelicals, devoted to Jesus Christ.
But what some here called a spark, an inescapable pull of their ancestors, led them in a different direction, to Judaism. There were the grandparents who wouldn’t eat pork, the fragments of a Jewish tongue from medieval Spain that spiced up the language, and puzzling family rituals such as the lighting of candles on Friday nights.
So, after a spiritual journey that began a decade ago, dozens of families that had once belonged to a fire-and-brimstone church became Jews, converting with the help of rabbis from Miami and Jerusalem. Though unusual in one of the most Catholic of nations, the small community in Bello joined a worldwide movement in which the descendants of Jews forced from Spain more than 500 years ago are discovering and embracing their Jewish heritage.

They have emerged in places as divergent as the American Southwest, Brazil and even India. In these mostly remote outposts, the so-called Anusim or Marranos, Jews from Spain who fled the Inquisition and converted to Christianity, had found refuge.
“There’s a real awakening that’s taking place,” said Michael Freund, who directs Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based group that helps new Jewish communities such as Bello’s. “The Jewish spark was never quenched, and these Anusim are really fulfilling the dreams of their ancestors in that they are taking back the Jewish identity that was so brutally stolen from their forefathers.”
This northwest state of Antioquia, with its high purple mountains, picturesque pueblos and fervent, almost mystical Catholicism, is surely one of the most unusual corners of the world for such Jewish stirrings. 
Bello, Colombia
For the families of Bello, the journey to Judaism began after the minister of a 3,000-member evangelical church, the Center for Integral Family Therapy, visited Israel in 1998 and 2003 and began to feel the pull of Judaism.
Juan Carlos Villegas, who has taken on the Hebrew name Elad, then told his flock that he planned to convert. Dozens joined him.
“These people had the capacity to say, yes, I’m open to finding the roots of my family,” said Villegas, 36, speaking in the community’s synagogue, a white-washed, two-story building on a street of rowhouses.
Villegas and the others said they felt history coursing through their veins as they explored the past and put together pieces of a puzzle that pointed to a Jewish ancestry.
“It was like our souls had memory,” he said. “It awakened in us a desire to learn more — who were we? Where were we from? Where are the roots of our families?”

Historical record
With a void in the historical record, it’s hard to say for sure how the past unfolded for the converted Jews who arrived here centuries ago, establishing themselves as merchants and traders. But there is evidence that they played an important role in the founding of towns here and that their numbers were significant, which is largely unknown to most Colombians.
At the University of Antioquia, geneticist Gabriel Bedoya and his team of scientists found in a 2000 study that 14percent of the men in Antioquia are genetically related to the Kohanim, a priestly Jewish cast that is traced back three millennia to Moses’s brother, Aaron.
But Bedoya wants to conduct a more extensive study, he said, explaining that there is likely to be more genetic evidence to show that an even larger percentage of residents have Jewish ancestry.
There is other evidence of a Jewish past here, including documentation compiled by historians and the homespun stories passed down from generation to generation.
Seeking discretion in forbidding mountains, the converted Jewish families here adopted surnames, many of them from the heavily Catholic Basque country of Spain, said Enrique Serrano, a professor at Bogota’s Rosario University who has studied colonial-era Spanish records. Names such as Uribe and Echeverry, Botero and Restrepo, were “bought,” Serrano said, along with certificates that instantly gave the converts a Catholic family history.
They also took on a form of Catholicism that was greatly ostentatious, he said, with each family in each town ensuring that at least one son became a priest.
Clues in customs
Still, families couldn’t fully let go of the past, said Memo Anjel, a professor at the Pontifical Bolivarian University in Medellin. He said Antioquia, more than other regions, is filled with towns with biblical names or those that come from the Holy Land, such as Belen and Jerico. Anjel said there is also a proliferation of given names that are unusual in other parts of Colombia.
“They are people who call themselves Catholic but have names like Isaac, Ruben, Moises, Israel, Gabriel,” Anjel said. “And then there are also the women’s names — Ruth, Lia, Clara, Martha, Rebecca.”
There are also tantalizing clues in the customs found in the countryside.

The light ponchos worn by farmers, which feature four untied corners that appear like tassels, are nearly indistinguishable from the prayer shawls worn by observant Jewish men. Some of the haciendas feature conspicuous baths in patios, which scholars say may have first been designed as mikvahs for ritual cleansings.
The residents of old homes have also discovered mezuzas. These are tiny scrolls inscribed with verses, which are put in cases that are attached to doorways, as is common in the homes of Jews the world over.
The converts here in Bello also speak of the unassuming rituals of older family members that they now believe demonstrate a Jewish heritage.
Before I converted, when I began to study Judaism and Jewish traditions, I began to notice those things in my family,” said Ezra Rodriguez, 33, as his son, Yoetzel, 4, scampered about an apartment decorated with pictures of Orthodox Jews praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

His grandfather always covered his head, even in church, saying that not doing so showed disrespect. Rodriguez also said his grandparents wore their finest clothing on Saturday, not Sunday.
And he recalled how as a boy he’d laugh at his grandfather’s given name — Luis Maria, which honors the Virgin Mary.
“He would come in close and say in a whisper, ‘We had to give ourselves such names,’ ” Rodriguez recounted.
Despite the belief that they have Jewish roots, the Bello community had to formally convert, with a rabbi from Miami, Moshe Ohana, arriving to officiate. The men underwent ritual circumcision, and the whole community began a long process of intense instruction.
The group now has a 120-year-old Torah, which Villegas said was written in Amsterdam. A kosher bakery opened, and kosher meat arrives from a butcher in the capital, Bogota. There is a Hebrew preschool, which operates every afternoon.
And the synagogue, which segregates men from women as is common for Orthodox Jews, is filled daily with the sounds of Hebrew songs and prayers.
“It’s about showing dedication, lots of dedication, to study the prayers, learn to read Hebrew,¨said Meyer Sanchez, 37. “You have to sacrifice other things, like time with your wife, time with your family, and other things you may like, video games and music.”
Among the most fervent leaders in the community is Shlomo Cano, 34, a supervisor in a motorcycle assembly plant.
Cano, whose name had been Rene, said his metamorphosis began little by little. A musician, he began to play Jewish music when his band had been invited to play for Medellin’s established Jewish community. He also went to Israel.
He has since delved into the Talmud and is fast expanding his Hebrew vocabulary to recite Hebrew prayers and sing Hebrew songs.
Cano keeps kosher — he and his wife, Galit, run the community’s kosher bakery — and his family prays daily at the synagogue.
“You’re Jewish because you want to be Jewish, because you feel it, because you love it,” he said. “Now I can’t live without it.”