Family matters

Yesterday I caught up with perhaps my favourite cousin. She lives and works (as an accountant for one of the "big four") in Christchurch but had some kind of course or conference in Wellington. Tonight I've been babysitting for my other cousin - I enjoyed reading two chapters of James and the Giant Peach to Tim (son number two).

Mum and Dad are coming up on Saturday and will be staying five nights with me. They must really like Wellington! Dad has done surprisingly well at an exhibition in Timaru so they might be feeling quite flush when they get here. I'm really pleased for him - although they're in good financial shape, he still feels a certain amount of pressure to sell his work (some of which has been applied by Mum I think). I guess the only way he knows his paintings are appreciated is if people buy them. No doubt we'll look at some open homes on Sunday.

Unfortunately my football predictions came true. Blues were a bit unfortunate to lose 1-0 in Braga after being on top during most of the first half in which they missed a penalty. And to cap it all off, Brugge came back from 3-0 down with 17 minutes to go to win 4-3 in Slovenia. You couldn't make it up. Now Blues have to beat Maribor at St Andrews and hope that Braga somehow win in Bruges. Well, for Blues fans it's been blissful escapism from the grind of league football, and don't we all need to escape occasionally.

Amalek: The Enemy Within And One To Live Without



The Vilna Gaon says there are 3 types of Amalek: (that imprison and take the life away from man)
1) Of the Heart: vices and lusts and yetzer hara
2) Of the Spiritual: The Samech Mem, and the Satan and his Bride
3) Of the Physical: Esav, Yishmael, and Erev Rav


We are all prisoners to our personal Amalek. Here is a first hand account of being a prisoner to Amalek in realtime. This may be a hint of what one goes through either in his Heart,Body, or Soul (Heart-Spiritual-Physical; Personal Amalek)





Grapel: I'm no Gilad Shalit
Israeli American Ilan Grapel, who was held in Egypt on espionage charges, recalls hellish experience
Smadar Shir



A month after his release from Egyptian prison and his return to his parents' home in New York Ilan Grapel, who was held in Egypt for four months on espionage charges, shares the story of his hellish imprisonment in Cairo with Yedioth Ahronoth

It was Sunday, June 12 at 8:30 am, Grapel was still sleeping when 30 men in civilian clothing barged to the room. Two of them asked him what his name was and which citizenship he carried.

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Grapel pointed to his two passports, American and Israeli and hoped that would be the end of it: "I was sure they would take me to a police station and then the US Ambassador would arrive and everything would be fine," he recalls.



Grapel after his release (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

"But when they put the handcuffs on I started to get scared. When we got to the street and I saw the black van, they called it a 'limousine' my fears grew. Then I was blindfolded and put in the van. At this stage I knew they were Egyptian security services and I told myself: God, I just hope I don't become the second Azam Azam."

He spent 150 days in a four-by-four meter room, two weeks of which he spent in complete confinement that made him nearly lose his mind. Since his release on October 27, during which 25 Egyptian prisoners were released, he has been shutting himself in his parents home, trying to get used to his new situation.

Grapel may be free, but the memories won't let him go. "At the beginning of the investigation, the Egyptian prosecutor told me I was suspected of spying.

I answered in Arabic that there was nothing to talk about; he claimed that I needed a translator. I told him: "I'm learning Arabic and I'd like to improve my knowledge of the language. He didn't smile and told me: 'Are you crazy? You're looking at five life sentences'."

In the holding cell Grapel tried to keep himself busy by exercising and in order to make sure that he didn't lose his voice he says he "hummed the songs I had heard at the youth hostel." He added: "I also tried to make every meal last as long as possible. I washed my hands before eating bread, that's five minutes and the blessing on the bread is another five minutes.

"During the month of Ramadan I fasted and only ate in the evening so that the prison guards would see that I respect them and maybe like me, time just stood still."

Not like Gilad Shalit
Even now, when he is far away from Egypt and the threat of incarceration, Grapel emphasized: "I wasn't tortured in prison. Not in the conventional sense of the word. They didn't rip out my fingernails. They didn't break my back. But I spent 150 days in a room with a bed, a chair and a barred window, without any company, without having any idea what the next move would be."

During the interview Grapel shared one of the toughest moments of his time in Egyptian captivity: "After two weeks in solitary confinement I told the investigator: Give me the death sentence. He answered: 'That's not possible; there isn't war between Israel and Egypt."

Grapel says that during his imprisonment he often thought of Gilad Shalit but asks that no comparisons be made between the two cases. "The circumstances are different," he explained. "He was taken hostage as a soldier in uniform; I was a civilian who came to help. I told myself that if Gilad was enduring fore fie years, I can't break. I would not have felt comfortable if I had been released in exchange for terrorists."

In retrospect, Grapel still finds it hard to understand exactly what the Egyptians wanted from him. "I think I was arrested because I am Israeli and I was released because I am an American. And I think it took such a long time because the Egyptians didn't know how to climb down the proverbial tree."





Moshe built an altar and called it Adon-ay-Nissi [G-d is my banner] saying, "The hand is on G-d's Throne. G-d will be at war with Amalek for all generations." (Shemos 17:15-16)

Will Amalek be blotted out in 5772?

Worrying trends



It is a worrying trend that more and more content in the Sydney Morning Herald broadsheet is either media release or opinion trotted out by unnamed journalists ("After the uprising, a revolution in education begins", November 26-27).

To have seven hundred and seven words surrounding a large emotive photograph unattributed to anyone is of significant concern. In fact it leads me to wonder why the SMH has reported so little opinion from the ‘other’ side in Libya (you know, the one that required North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombers & fighter planes to ignore the principle of state sovereignty) and to wonder also whether Article 1 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation treaty still stands (you know the one where NATO undertakes to settle any international dispute in which it may become involved by peaceful means).

I would really like to know who is behind this particular ‘opinion’; why so often there are no 'journalist' names for background search purposes; and whether this type of journalism is actually insidious propaganda for NATO's continued 'mission creep'?

E for excruciating

I got my hair cut yesterday during my lunch break. I had to talk which I really wasn't in the mood for. It was also the most expensive haircut I've had in my life.

I went swimming last night and will take a break from it for a while. I've got a skin condition - it seems to be dyshidrosis (awkward spelling). Lots of tiny bubbles appear under the skin of my hands, mostly around the base of my fingers and in between my fingers. The bubbles burst, the skin cracks, peels and sometimes bleeds. The Wikipedia page mentions chlorinated water, which seems quite likely given how much worse it has got since I started swimming, so I'll give it a rest and see if it improves.

My new boss mentioned the dreaded E-word - exams - in yesterday's weekly catch-up meeting. He recommends that I resume them sooner rather than later. Oh no. At Monday's autism group I said I'd like to be my own boss one day; some people there thought that would be very stressful. My dad has been his own boss since 1977 and has never been unduly stressed by it.

Tomorrow morning (our time) Birmingham play Braga in Portugal in the penultimate group-stage match of the Europa League. Win and Blues are into the next round, but that's a very tall order. My prediction is that Braga beat Blues while Brugge beat Maribor in the other match. Then Blues thrash Maribor in the last round of matches but it will all be for nothing because Braga and Blues play out a draw that sees them both through. Blues would miss out despite an impressive haul of ten points. Let's hope I'm wrong.

Erev Rav + Amalek = Moshiach And An End To History





Just how deep is Israel and its Mossad in Iran? Maybe this is why Gog V' Magog will only last under 10 minutes! Iran is probably rigged like the Twin Towers - waiting to fall!
Is this the Messianic Dream of Iran urging to fulfill itself? Something just isn't normal In Peras.





Iranian news agencies reported an explosion Monday in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, which hosts a nuclear research facility, but on Tuesday the provincial deputy governor denied there had been any explosion.
It was never made clear where the reported blast occurred, although there was nothing to link it to the research facility attached to the city's university.
But the explosion-that-never-was, the Iranians say, underlines how the country is being spooked by covert operations against its nuclear program by U.S. and Israeli intelligence services.
The Isfahan episode occurred just more than two weeks after a massive explosion at a ballistic missile base near Tehran killed the architect of Iran's strategic missile program, Maj. Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam.
It also came hard on the heels of an Iranian announcement that security authorities had captured a dozen "CIA spies" targeting the nuclear program. That followed reports earlier in the week that other alleged CIA operatives had been rounded up in May.
None of the reports have been verified and the CIA declined comment, although agency officials had in recent days admitted -- unusually -- that bungled operations in Beirut against Hezbollah, Iran's key proxy in Lebanon, had led to the capture of a dozen Lebanese informants.
"The U.S. and Zionist regime's espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from outside and inside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services," declared Parviz Sorouri of the Iranian Parliament's national security committee.
Iranian officials say the Nov. 12 blast at the al-Ghadir base, a storage and testing area for Shehab-3 ballistic missiles, was an accident that occurred during the testing of a new missile.
Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad, has been widely seen as responsible for the explosion as part of its clandestine campaign to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. However, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani denied that Israel was involved.
Israel has made no direct comment on this. However, Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor observed elliptically after Monday's report of an explosion that in dealing with the Iranian threat "there are countries that impose economic sanctions and there are countries who act in other ways."
Meantime, Brig. Gen. Ithai Baron, head of the research directorate of Israel's Military Intelligence, told Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that al-Ghadir explosion could delay Tehran's drive to produce intermediate-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching the Jewish state.
But he stressed, "We must emphasize that Iran has other development tracks in addition to that facility."
The al-Ghadir blast followed the assassination and defection of several Iranian nuclear scientists and a formidable cyberwarfare assault, suspected to be run by Israeli intelligence, that damaged Iran's nuclear program.
Iranian officials have copiously accused Israel and the United States of covert operations but insist that the al-Ghadir blast was an accident.
In recent days, Iran's leading generals have been falling over themselves to warn the Americans and Israelis of the dire and terrible retaliation they face if the Islamic Republic is attacked, as Israel has threatened to do.
Veteran Middle East analyst Mahan Abedin sought to explain this paradox by observing: "Mischievous Israeli posturing notwithstanding, there is no evidence or credible information at this stage to suggest that the explosion at the al-Ghadir base was anything but an accident caused by an important experiment involving ballistic missiles and high explosives.
"But assuming the explosion was the result of sabotage, senior Iranian officials have two overriding reasons to insist on an accidental cause.
"In the very short term, an admission that sabotage is the cause runs the risk of inflaming public opinion with the resulting overwhelming demand for immediate retaliation," Abedin noted.
"For various reasons -- not least the desire to avoid escalation -- Iranian leaders are not overly keen to respond to Israeli and American provocations which they view as a trap.
"At a deeper level, this remarkable forbearance in the face of seemingly intolerable provocations is the result of Iranian leaders' strategic calculus.
"Iran's leaders long ago concluded that enormous pressures -- including sabotage operations -- would be directed against the country to coerce the leadership to discontinue the nuclear program," Abedin observed in an Asia Times analysis.
"By refusing to retaliate against the country's enemies, Iranian leaders are sending yet another signal that they are committed to staying on the same strategic trajectory regardless of the costs."



Maybe its True,and Moshiach will come in 2011...otherwise...2012 is looking like the real deal.
So many points converging at once - in every sector of the World!
Remember, that in Jewish Time, every year is connected to the year before and after it: thus according to Ramban's calculations, 5771 is virtually the same in emphasis as 5772.

Will Chanuka usher in some Geulah Shleimah flavor? - as Chanuka is the ongoing saga of Moshiach Ben Ephraim (Yosef) - fighting for God...And it looks like the fight is really on at this point! - Last Round of Erev Rav and Amalek?
Will Iran have had enough?
How much more does Erev Rav have in the tank to instigate the World?

5772 - The Final Frontier. Is this the year we can finally Be Jewish in the Jewish Land with the Jewish Temple in the Jewish City learning and teaching Jewish Torah?

Moshiach Ben Ephraim...Being Jewish...Chanuka 2.0....2012/5772

Have bike will travel





The Brompton arrives in Newtown from Scone!

It just has to be the most perfect bicycle for Australian train travel conveniently fitting into a bag thus conveniently fitting into Countrylink's inconvenient parameters for bicycles!

Not for me the joys of a train without changing in Newcastle though - I'd have buckley's getting my bike into a bag - CityRail it'll still have to be!

Gog And Magog : Crusade And War In Pakistan




The Latest In Pakistan: An American Crusade!


Hundreds of enraged Pakistanis took to the streets across the country Sunday, burning an effigy of President Barack Obama and setting fire to US flags after 24 soldiers died in NATO air strikes.
The rallies were organised by opposition and right-wing Islamist groups in major cities of the nuclear-armed country of 167 million people, where opposition to the government's US alliance is rampant.
In Karachi, the port city used by the United States to ship supplies to troops fighting in Afghanistan, more than 700 people gathered outside the US consulate, an AFP photographer said.
They shouted: "down with America, stay away Americans, Pakistanis ours, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our army", while Pakistani riot police were deployed near the consulate.
Outside the press club in Karachi, dozens of political activists burnt an effigy of President Obama, an AFP photographer added.
In the central city of Multan, more than 300 activists loyal to the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as well as local traders took to the streets, burning US and NATO flags.
They carried placards and banners, and shouted: "down with America," "down with NATO," "Yankees go back", "vacate Afghanistan and Pakistan" and "stop drone attacks" -- a reference to a CIA drone war against Islamist militants.
Speaking at the rally, opposition lawmaker Javed Hashmi demanded that the government end its alliance in the US-led "war on terror".
In Islamabad, at least 200 activists of the radical Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party held a rally in the middle-class I-10 neighbourhood.
"We strongly condemn the attack and the killing of our soldiers," local JI chief Mian Aslam told the rally in reference to the air strike early Saturday, as protestors chanted "Pakistan is America's graveyard."
Pakistan has reacted with fury over the killings, and has called the attack by NATO helicopters and fighter jets on two military posts close to the Afghan border "unprovoked".
In response, Islamabad has sealed its Afghan border to NATO supply convoys and is reviewing its alliance with the United States and NATO, mulling whether to boycott a key international conference on Afghanistan next month.

A fallen Pakistan, is an American Stranglehold on the entire World: Keeping China and Russia at bay, strengthening the Aussie pipeline, securing the Middle East, from India to Morocco, channeling into Europe, allowing Sony to be pumped all over North America, and funding South American goods for American Consumerism in the Food Sector...Welcome to the final stage of Galus Edom...(Africa will become vacation ground, like a relic? - producing safaris and diamonds for the Wests' leisurely desires)

Please Hashem Moshiach in 2012/5772...Do we have to watch this play out like a bad rendition of a Hollywood film starring an old Sylvestor Stalone?
The Problem: Galus Edom. The Answer: Jerusalem Rebuilt...5772




"This is protection!"



And so it came to pass that Big Helma ensured 'eager-beaver' mainstream media received all helmet safety facts necessary to support Big H's position on mandatory helmets.

Consequently fact-finding and scientific debate morphed into fact-fighting and misinformation as the 'discrediting duel' continued within the ranks of academia.

Methinks this smacks of a great big public relations exercise!

Interminable tedium whatever!

The Evil Of The Erev Rav [Is Not A Joke]




Click Here For More Information On The Erev Rav And Who They Are Today!

Chanoch - Sinned with Erev Rav, Ignored Them
Noach - Sinned With Erev Rav, Did Not Eradicate Them; Brought Them To New World
Elijah - Sinned With Erev Rav, Tried To Just Kill Them
Moshe - Brought Out Erev Rav; Did He Sin?
Moshiach - Will Finish Moshe's Job With Erev Rav, Thus Completing Neshama Status Of Moshe; With Mercy Moshiach Will Defeat Erev Rav

-Arizal on Erev Rav

Erev Rav (And Katan) Reference In Talmud: (By Rabbi Bakst)



The Talmud (Succah 48b ) records the following tradition:
Once there were two Jewish heretics,[307] one was called Sasson (joy) and the other was called Simcha (happiness).   Sasson said to Simcha, "I am better than you, since it is written, 'They will obtain Sasson [first] and [then] Simcha'" (Isaiah 35:10). "I," said Simcha to Sasson, "am better than you, since it is written, 'The Jews had Simcha [first] and [then] Sasson'" (Esther 8:17). "One day," said Sasson to Simcha, "they will take you out [from heaven] and make you a runner, since it is written, 'For with Simcha they will go forth'" (Isaiah 55:12). "One day," said Simcha to Sasson, "they will take you out [from heaven] and use you to draw water, for it is written, 'You will draw water with Sasson from the wellsprings of salvation"' (Isaiah 12:3).
The Jewish heretic whose name was Sasson once said to R. Abbahu, "You are destined to draw water for me in the World to Come, for it is written, 'Therefore with Sasson you will draw water from the wellsprings of salvation.'" "If," R. Abbahu retorted, "it had been written, for Sasson (L'Sasson) it would be as you say, but since it is written with Sasson (B'Sasson), the meaning must be that a water-pouch will be made of your skin, and water will be drawn with it.


"The Time of Our Simcha"
After unvieling the identity of Sasson and analyzing his highly paradoxical personality we are now at the point where an obvious question that has been glossed over must be answered. Who is Simcha? In the Last Generation of the Ikveta D'Meshicha who is the embodiment of the other Jewish heretic called Simcha and what, in today's Jewish world, is the form of his disbelief? 
It is very clear that Sasson and Simcha are a pair. An obvious symmetry exists between them and one cannot exist without the other. Yet, basing himself on the GRA's sod of "the Torah that has been given over to the external forces," R. Yitzchak Izik speaks only of the collective personality of Sasson. He is strangely silent concerning the nature of Sasson's compatriot Simcha. It may be suggested that since the Talmud only records a secular-religious debate between R. Abbahu and Sasson, and not with Simcha, R. Yitzchak Izik likewise saw fit to concentrate exclusively on thesod of Sasson. 
Yet, this is precisely the question. Why doesn't the Talmud record a similar conflict between R. Abbahu and Simcha? Did such a dialogue never occur? An "obvious symmetry" notwithstanding, the sages themselves appear to be strangely silent about further detailing the identity of Simcha. Is there something else in the sod of Sasson and Simcha that they were careful not to even allude to indirectly? And after the Kabbalah of the GRA has revealed the amazing hidden personality of Sasson, is there anything left about Simcha that could shock us?
It is evident, however, from their own debate - "I am better than you," "No, I am better than you" - that Sasson and Simcha are an eternal polarity in the makeup of the collective heart and soul of Am Yisrael.    They are, in fact, as R. Hillel revealed above in accord with the GRA's doctrine of the Trein  Mesheecheen, the embodiment of the Two Messiahs - ben Yoseph and ben David - that exist and operate in every generation.   Indeed, if there was any doubt, it is now imperative that one cannot exist without the other. This is especially true in the "Last Generation," as explained at length in Kol HaTor   (Chapter 2, section b) which is entitled "The Two Messiahs of the Generations."
Whether they are in a state of Kedushah or in a state of Klipah   (as is the case with our Sasson and Simcha), the eternal polarity as well as the absolute interdependency of the Trein Mesheecheen functions according to a well known law in the Kabbalah. This is known as the Netzach/Hod paradigm. Netzach and Hod are the 7th and 8th of the Ten Sefirot that correspond to the two legs of the human form. Just as the two legs "split" the singular trunk of the body into two branches so too doNetzach and Hod "split" the higher unity of divine providence into two parallel modes of influence. They are therefore known in the Zohar as Trei Palgei Gufa, "Two Halves of [One] Body." They are the greatest manifestation of the paradox of the "dual unity" that is found throughout the Kabbalah. This is especially true here in our case where the Trei Palgei Gufa are the underlying structure of the Trein Mesheecheen. Therefore, the Two Messiahs are not only dependent on each other, but each one defines the other because each one contains the other.
There is one other fragment of a manuscript in which the GRA himself comments on the sod of Sasson and Simcha. Apparently even R. Yitzchak Izik did not know of it. There the GRA writes:[367] 
... Netzach is called Sasson and Hod is called Simcha. Their parallel in theKlipot (Sitra Achara) is described in the verse, "The runners went forth, rushed by the King's order, and the law was announced in Shushan the capital. The King and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was bewildered" (Esther 3:15).   [The runners here are the evil aspect of the two legs and feet ofNetzach and Hod ] as it is written in the Zohar. [They were bewildered because] their point of vulnerability is there [below the trunk of the body where the split begins] as explained in the Idra Rabba.   One is more elevated than the other... (here a line was accidently skipped in the original transcription). Netzach is more elevated from one point of view, and Hod is more elevated from another.
This is the meaning of Sasson's statement to Simcha, "I am better than you" and Simcha's statement to Sasson, "I am better than you." "One day," said Sasson to Simcha, "they will take you out [from heaven] and make you arunner, since it is written, 'For with Simcha they will go forth'" (Isaiah 55:12). "One day," said Simcha to Sasson, "they will take you out and [after removing your skin] use you to draw water, for it is written, 'You will draw water with Sasson from the wellsprings of salvation"' (Isaiah 12:3). As explained above, they [Netzach-Hod and Sasson-Simcha ] are the two conduits of divine water (i.e. Supernal Wisdom). In the future, a Succah -Canopy will be made from the skin of the Leviathan. This is the sod of the stripping of the skin [of theKlipot   of Sasson and Simcha] that is mentioned here. This will signal the advent of the "Time of our Simcha (happiness )." For Netzach and Hod are both from the side of Gevurah... from which the sweetened waters of Gevurahwhich are called "Salvations" will be drawn. This is the meaning of the verse, "You will draw waters with Sasson (joy) from the wellsprings of salvation." 
An essential fact that we learn from the GRA's explanation is that, similar to theSasson/Netzach   aspect of the Trein Mesheecheen , the Simcha/Hod aspect also has a vulnerable "backside" or potential Klipah. Actually, we already know this simply from the fact that the prototype of Simcha in the Talmud is also portrayed as a heretic. This means that the Kedushah of Simcha is also temporarily in a "fallen" state of heresy. 
When we overlay the symmetry of the Trein Mesheecheen upon this framework, an obvious yet no less surprising equation emerges. The aspect of Mashiach ben David also has a vulnerable backside and if, as in the case with Mashiach ben Yoseph, his mission is thwarted on the surface, it will continue regardless, only now partially inverting "inside-out" and going "underground" into his respective Klipah. Yet, because the ben David process is quite different relative to the ben Yoseph process, the mode of its Klipah will accordingly also be very different. In order to grasp the sod of Simcha it is essential to remember that although the symmetry between Sasson ben Yoseph and Simcha ben David demands that they are both equally necessary, they are not equally equivalent. The form of Simcha's Klipah and the nature of his disbelief and rejection of Torah theosophy will be very different from that of Sasson's. It will be so different that the observant Jew will initially recoil from even the insinuation that the GRA would consider his religious belief system as containing elements of "heresy."
In order to take a closer look at Simcha's identity - which is synonymous with the phenomenon of the forced descent of Mashiach ben David into its relative Klipah - we must first present another as yet unsolved riddle in the GRA's teachings. The question is, who is the Erev Zeir?   Every student of Torah is familiar with the Erev Rav - the great Mixed Multitude of converts that Moshe Rabbienu brought out with him from the Land of Egypt at the time of the Exodus. The Erev Rav, however, has a twin brother (which by now should have been logically suspected) - the Erev Zeir.
In his commentary to the Tikkuney Zohar Chadash the GRA writes:[368]
All arrogant and wicked Jews in every generation are the transmigrated souls of the Erev Rav, the sons of Cain. Our suffering, the destruction of our Temple and the long exile from our Land, all of these began when Moshe accepted theErev Rav  as righteous converts from the side of the "good." Concerning the true righteous converts, the sages said, "The Holy One exiled Israel only in order for them to gather converts" (Pesachim 87b). The mixed multitudes, however, were from the side of evil, as is indicated in the initials of the wordsErev   R av, which spell Ra -Evil backwards. 
The Erev Rav is also alluded to in the verse, "Woe to us for the day has turned and the shadows of the evening (erev ) have stretched out" (Jeremiah 6:4). The "evening shadows" are the Erev Rav that began constructing the Golden Calf at the 6th hour of the day (high noon), as the Talmud interprets the verse, "The people saw that Moshe was late (bo-shesh ) in coming down the mountain" (Exodus 32:1). The Talmud (Shabbat 89a) explains that the word bo-shesh (literally, "the 6th hour has come") alludes to the fact that the "people," the Erev Rav, gained their power only at the 6th hour. This is the period known as Erev Rav, the Greater Evening.[369]
There is also an Erev Zeir, a Lesser Evening. This is the significance of the term Bein HaArvayim, which means literally, "Between the Evenings," and indicates that there are two evenings, a Greater Evening and a Lesser Evening. Paralleling these, the sages instituted two periods for praying the afternoon Minchah service - Minchah Gedolah (the Greater Minchah) andMinchah Katanah (the Lesser Minchah) - in order to weaken the power of theKlipot of the two Erevs.
The GRA continues:[370]
Another sense of the word Rav is "Leader." This is because the Erev Rav act as the leaders of the nation while it is in exile. The public at large, who are good, are subjugated under these men... They are the Chametz (leaven) in the bread [i.e. the evil inclination]. The reason that the Torah requires the removal of Chametz from the 6th hour after sunrise on the day before Passover is because the Erev Rav constructed the Golden Calf exactly at this time. They are considered worse than idolators, for the people of Israel are fooled by their apparent success. In reality, they are the cause for the length of our exile.
The GRA has made it clear that the Erev Zeir is a necessary counterpart to the Erev Rav.   He has also explained that the collective soul of the Erev Rav transmigrates in every generation.   The next logical step is to conclude that this must also be the case with the Erev Zeir. Our question now is, who are the Erev Rav today and, correspondingly, who are the Erev Zeir?   The answer to this question will supply the missing clue to the riddle of Simcha's identity and to the unique form of his disbelief.
It has been pointed out by a number of Torah masters and accepted as religious truth for many decades in certain Orthodox Torah circles that the contemporary manifestation of the Erev Rav is none other than the secular Zionist leadership.[371]   According to this school of thought, it is to the phenomenon of secular Zionism that the sages referred when they prophesied, "In the Ikveta D'Meshicha [i.e. prior to Mashiach ben David] Chutzpah-Arrogance will increase"  (Sota 9:16). It was the leaders of the "New Erev Rav" who consciously led an entire generation of Jewish youth away from a life of Torah and away from the deeper meaning and purpose of the Jewish People. They rallied around the idolatry of a new Golden Calf - a secular state fueled exclusively from secular aspirations and secular knowledge. They struggled hard to remove and uproot traditional Torah values and, in 1948, when the incarnated Erev Rav  gained political control over the Land of Israel they hopefully predicted that Orthodox Judaism would all but disappear within a generation.
Yet it was these very men and women whose blood, sweat and tears powered by a mighty spirit paved the way for a whole generation of Jews to enter into a new era and into a new land - Palestine. With their statesmanship, scholarship, artistic vision, literary talent and technical knowledge they led and continue to lead and influence much of the Jewish world. How do we explain the powerful, almost miraculous phenomenon of secular Zionism? 
Once again, as in the case of science and technology, it is not sufficient to simply label it the workings of the "Sitra Achra."- the Other Side   As we have demonstrated above at length, this is because the existence and continuing success of the forces of evil - the "Other Side" - depends entirely on the immutable law of the inverse relationship. Therefore, just as the Chochmah  aspect of Mashiach ben Yoseph is forced to go "underground" into its respective Klipah, the same paradoxical principle is true regarding the Land of Israel. In other words, because the Torah leaders did not sufficiently behold the GRA's "Vision of Zion" and grab the hour, the Kedushah ofEretz Yisrael   fell into its own "backside" - the "Tumah" of Medinat Yisrael. Secular Zionism is simply the political or nationalistic corollary of Mashiach ben Yosephbeing inverted "inside-out" and forced to go "underground" into its correspondingKlipah. Yet, after the fact, regardless of the many paradoxes incurred and the difficult Halachic questions now to be solved, the Divine Will, not stopping for a single moment, continues to be fulfilled.
Here, in preparation for what follows, a point of clarification is in order. Until now we have identified the heresy of the Jewish scientist as the actual forced descent ofMashiach ben Yoseph into the K'lipa. Now the GRA has introduced a new concept - the Erev Rav. The Erev Rav is simply the political counterpart in the Jewish world to the phenomenon of the Jewish scientist in the scientific world. The Jewish scientist in the Klipah of Science is the "backside" of Mashiach ben Yoseph's ownwisdom (the "Soul" of the Jewish body), whereas the Jewish secularist in the Klipah of Zionism is the "backside" of Mashiach ben Yoseph's owngeography (the "Body" of the Jewish soul). The point is that Sasson and the Erev Rav are both just different modes of the same "backside" of Mashiach ben Yoseph.
Now, we are ready to introduce another fallenstar into this constellation of forces, namely the Erev Zeir. Since, as we said, the messianic process of Mashiach ben David is different than that of Mashiach ben Yoseph, its Klipa will necessarily be of a different nature altogether. Nevertheless, the light of Mashiach ben David is also forced into its corresponding Klipa and this is what the GRA identifies as the  Erev Zeir. 
Just as the phenomenon of the Erev Rav is the "backside" of Mashiach ben Yoseph, the symmetry in the GRA's system requires that the Erev Zeir will be the "backside" of Mashiach ben David. Moreover, since the Erev Rav Klipah ofMashiach ben Yoseph  contains two aspects, a "body" and a "soul," the GRA's system requires that the same relationship will exist in the Erev Zeir Klipah ofMashiach ben David. This follows from the fact that each of the Trein Mesheecheen (Netzach/Hod) is an inverted mirror image of the other. This does not contradict the fact that the Trein Mesheecheen represent, respectively, the "body" and the "soul" of the Jewish collective. Although both of them contain both aspects, in a more general sense Mashiach ben Yoseph is the "body" and Mashiach ben David is the "soul" of Israel. When this double split takes place in the spiritual essence of the Jewish people, one of its manifestations is the great chasm between the secular and the religious Jewish world view. Both, however, are but a fallen version of their true identity as it exists in its higher unified state. The powerful Klipah of the "body" of the Supernal Torah is the Erev Rav.   The powerful Klipah of the "soul" of the Supernal Torah is the Erev Zeir. The Erev Rav are among the leaders of Jewish secularism. The Erev Zeir are among the leaders of Jewish orthodoxy.
Another formula that reveals this symmetry within Mashiach ben Yoseph  is found in the first chapter of Kol HaTor. R. Hillel writes:[372]
According to our master the GRA, the ingathering of the exiles via the awakening from below comes through a process reclamation and redemption. This follows from the verse, "God's redeemed will return and they will come singing to Zion... they shall obtain joy and happiness" (Isaiah 35:10 and 51:11).   This redemption will take place under the leadership of Mashiach ben Yoseph. It will be a redemption from bodily subjugation and redemption from the subjugation of the soul. "God's redeemed (plural) will return" implies this two-fold process: "They will return to Zion" in body [i.e. the secular body of Israel], and "they will come singing to Zion" in spirit [i.e. the religious spirit of Israel].   They will then [both] return in Teshuvah -Repentance. This is implied in the continuation of the verse, "They shall obtain joy (sasson ) and happiness (simcha )."
The double split in the Trein Mesheecheen  is a key to understanding seemingly contradictory statements in the writings of the GRA and his students. In the passage quoted above, R. Hillel defines a "soul-body" relationship within the specific mission of Mashiach ben Yoseph. Commenting on a similar statement of the GRA himself, R. Yitzchak Izik Chaver writes:[373]
It is known that [the energies of] Netzach and Hod are contained within each other... Nevertheless, Israel's redemption from the physical subjugation of the other nations will come about specifically through Mashiach ben Yoseph. It is for this reason that his mission involves the [initial] ingathering of the exiles. Ultimate spiritual liberation from the Angel of Death, however, will only be brought about through Mashiach ben David.
The double split in the Trein Mesheecheen  is a key to understanding seemingly contradictory statements in the writings of the GRA and his students. On the one hand, in the passage quoted above, R. Hillel defines a "soul-body" relationship within the specific mission of Mashiach ben Yoseph.   R. Yitzchak Izik, on the other hand, agrees "that [the energies of] Netzach and Hod are [holographically] contained within eachother..." i.e., both of the Trein Mesheecheen contain a "body" aspect and and both contain a "soul" aspect.   Nevertheleses, he goes on to emphasize that in the overall scheme of redemption Mashiach ben Yoseph's mission involves the ingathering of the "body" of Israel, while Mashiach ben David's  mission relates to the ultimate redemption of the "soul." The main thing to be gleaned from both of these passages is this: Both the secular Jew and the religous Jew are involved, in their respective Klipot, with "body" and "soul." Still, the release from physical bondage isthe highest aspiration of secularism, while the release from the bondage of the soul isthe highest aspiration of religion.
According to the underlying geometry in this doctrine, the inverse side of the Erev Rav Klipah of secular Zionism is the subtle Erev Zeir Klipah of anti-Zionism. The former proclaims itself as a paradoxical "secular" fulfillment of historical Judaism. [It bases its claim to the Land of Israel on the very Biblical teachings that it scorns.] The latter manifests as an outright rejection of the secular state as a distortion of the Torah's prophetic teachings of redemption, or simply as apathy and non-involvement regarding the role of immigration in the redemption process. R. Hillel is very adamant about this last point. Concerning the refusal of the Torah leaders of his time (end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries) to encourage immigration and to initiate the resettlement of Eretz Yisrael   he writes:[374]
What will they say, those with their lame excuses, to the words of the sages, "When Jerusalem will be rebuilt then the Son of David will come"? Likewise, on the verse, "A redeemer will come to Zion" (Isaiah 59:20), the Midrash and Rashi both explain that, "As long as Zion is not built the Redeemer will not come." Rather, they are like the lichen growing out of the walls coming to do battle with the ceders of lebanon. Their excuses are none other than those of the Spies whom Moshe sent to scout the Land of Israel. They spread evil reports that discourage the Jewish People from emigrating to the Land. This is what the sages referred to when they said, "In the Ikveta D'Meshicha truth will become diminished and Chutzpah-Arrogance will increase." This arrogance is an attack against the holy words of our prophets and seers. It is an attack against the past Leaders of Israel and it is an attack against the conviction and holy commandment of the Saint of Israel, our master the GRA. It is our prayer that all of those within whom the spirit of Amalek dwells should quickly return from their evil ways. "[God] is merciful and He forgives iniquity."[375]
It is essential to note in what context R. Hillel is using the well known rabbinic formula"In the Ikveta D'Meshicha truth will become diminished and Chutzpah-Arrogance will increase." This has always been used to refer to modern secularism and atheism as was the case above with the heresy of Sasson. Here, however, it is used to refer to the religious leaders themselves! Thus, we now have another important symmetry in the larger formula. This time it is two modes of Chutzpah - the "Greater Chutzpah" of the Erev Rav and the "Lesser Chutzpah" of the Erev Zeir.[376]




Moshiach 5772: Defeating The Erev Rav With Rachamim - Zohar

My two seconds of f(l)ame

Yesterday was election day and it turned out to much more exciting than I expected. Not because of the election, although that certainly had its moments, but because of the fiery publicity stunt in Cuba Mall. I was sitting on a bench outside Matterhorn, trying to do the crossword, when a car pulled up (it's a no-car zone there) displaying some message about fractional reserve banking. The driver, wearing an orange high-vis jacket, got out and spray-painted a dollar sign on one of the benches and "What is fractional reserve banking? Google it!" on the ground. He then asked the handful of us who happened to be there what fractional reserve banking was. I made a reasonable stab at his question. Next he said he was about to do some magic trick to make his car disappear, and offered to pay $1000 to anyone willing to record it. Nobody had a camcorder handy and I got back to the cryptic. Then BANG! and the car was suddenly in flames. I must have shouted an obscenity or two, then dashed into the comic shop where I watched the car go up in smoke. The stench was terrible. A couple of shop owners tried to extinguish the flames before the fire brigade and police came. The man made no attempt to get away; I think he wanted the publicity and chose election day to pull off his pyro party trick. I made a police statement and even gave a statement to some student journalists. I have since Googled "FRB", yes I can see problems with it, but setting light to your car in a public space isn't how I would choose to raise awareness.

On last night's news, there I was! My first ever TV appearance, as far as I know.

I've always quite liked elections even though I switch off from a lot of the political machinations that take place in between. The first election I clearly remember was the UK election of 1992 when I was twelve. You had more charts and graphs than you could possibly shake a stick at, and boy did I love that! Peter Snow was very excited by his swingometer and so was I. Unlike Kiwi elections, the polls in the UK don't close until 10pm and the bulk of the results aren't known until after midnight, which was well past my bedtime. Mum and Dad let me watch for a bit, but it was only the next morning that I learnt that John Major's Tories had won a close race. We happened to live in Major's constituency of Huntingdon. It's true blue there, so under FFP your vote is rendered pretty much meaningless.

By the time '97 rolled around, the Tories had been in power my whole life, and I have to admit it felt good to see Labour sweep to power in a sea of red, a landslide win largely brought about by the disproportionality of FPP. In 2001 I was old enough to vote but was living in France; I could still have voted if I'd wanted to but in that particular election I couldn't see the point.

So I voted in a general election for the first time at the age of 25, and as I was out of my electorate I got to cast a special vote. Boy did I feel special. For some reason I found the NZ election of 2005 fascinating. Just like in the UK, urban areas tend to go red while rural electorates vote blue, but the way the votes are counted means the story plays out very differently on the night. In the UK, the votes for each constituency are pooled together and counted in one location, so the very compact urban (left-leaning) areas are counted quickly, while remote areas (the Orkney Islands being an extreme example) take all night. So Labour tend to sprint out to an early lead only for the Tories to come back strongly at the end. In NZ, each polling station counts its votes separately; some booths in the back and beyond in Canterbury may only get a dozen (probably National) voters, but in urban electorates like mine some stations will take thousands. This all means that the pattern you see in the UK is reversed in NZ. This wasn't something I'd thought about, so when Labour overturned a big deficit to sneak home, it took me by surprise.

Three years ago we had a change of government but everything played out almost as expected. This time I found the whole thing a lot more interesting. The biggest highlights and lowlights for me:




  • The Greens. It'll be 11% when the specials come out; maybe a 14th MP. Both Turei and Norman are highly intelligent people, they ran a great campaign, and I think the party will continue to do well until green policy becomes so "obvious" that such a party no longer needs to exist. In Wellington Central (yes I know we're all hippies here) the Greens trailed Labour by just twelve votes (in the party vote) on the night.


  • Winston First. I didn't see that one coming. He will add some flavour to the next three years even if I wouldn't trust the man as far as I could throw him, and he come with the nice little side benefit of preventing National from getting an overall majority. John Key's asset sales just get that little bit harder.


  • John Key himself. National didn't really score a resounding win in this election, but Key sure as hell did.


  • The badly-designed referendum. If you answered yes to the first question, do you answer the second? Who knew? And how many people had the foggiest idea of what all the other voting options were? I've got a maths degree and STV messes with my head (despite that I still thought it was the best non-MMP option).


  • The tied vote in Christchurch (specials still to come). What are the odds of that? And it goes to show your vote really does count - who would have thought that?


  • The TV3 coverage. Really good I thought, even from Paul Henry who I haven't always had much time for. Just one thing - I wish they'd stop saying "60% of the votes have been counted." No, 60% of the polling places have been counted, which is a totally different thing.


It's been another glorious day in Wellington (even if it's blowing a gale now). This morning at the waterfront market there was some march involving drums and bells. I had no idea what it was about. But I love the fact that Wellington people care about stuff and like to express themselves. That's the sort of place I want to live in.


We've got the autism group tomorrow night. No doubt the election will take up a fair old chunk of proceedings. If you're autistic, I'm guessing a big National win isn't quite what you want.

Cinderellarised

Congratulations to Winston First. Not only have you got back into parliament (dammit), you've invented a new word!

Chinese whispers

It was a strange day at work today. It seemed to be dominated by two hour-long conversations between my boss and one of my immediate colleagues, in Chinese, just a few feet away from me. I found it all a bit unnerving. What are they saying? They both speak good English so what is it that they don't want me to hear? I heard more Chinese spoken in the office today than English. I didn't like it, but apart from learning Mandarin (which is something I'd actually like to do one day) there's not much I can do about it.

A phrase I've heard a lot during this election campaign, especially from National, is "getting ahead", as in "if we raise tax rates for higher earners, hard-working New Zealanders will find it harder to get ahead." The phrase is bandied about as if everyone can get ahead. Well I'm sorry, but for someone to get ahead, somebody else has to fall behind. Then when you put in the hard yards and overtake a few people, guess what, there are a whole bunch of people who are still ahead of you! The thing is, hard work absolutely should be incentivised, but for many people, whether they get ahead or fall behind is due to circumstances as much as anything, and a lot of people work their butts off just to stand still.

It might be breaking the law if I were to post election predictions on voting day, lest I influence the thousands of swing voters who frequent my blog, so I'd better do them now (two hours before the deadline) just in case. I'm picking National to have enough seats to govern alone, despite getting below 50% of the vote, due to a fairly large proportion of "wasted" votes (I don't think either Winston First or ACT will make it).

National................64 seats
Labour..................39
Green....................13
Maori......................4
Mana.......................1
United Future..........1
Total....................122

Road users 'occasional' conversation



When the question is...

"WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?"

...I have found the most satisfactory answer to be...

"WHO THE HELL WANTS TO KNOW?"

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Faster Than A Speeding Neutrino! Super Jew[ish Scientists]...Refuting Einstein!





We have 3 central themes in this post :

  • The Final Redeemer is like the First Redeemer (Moshe Rabbeinu, and Moshe as Moshiach Ben meNashe)..in that he is compared to a gazelle; it is revealed, then hidden, and then again revealed - in the fashion of always, "Approaching" - such is the Geulah, its "Coming", just with revelation and concealment.
  • בראשית starts with a ב...yet Chazal say there is a hidden א before the ב. If we isolate the Alef with the Beis, it forms the word, "בא", meaning to come/approach. Genesis is begins with 2 ב''ב...Bereishis Bara [Elokim]...long thought by science to imply the other B'B...The Big Bang..which science is recreating in Geneva at the LHC.
  • Neutrinos have been found while looking for the God Particle/Higgs Boson, traveling faster than the Speed of Light, which Einstein had said would be impossible!
Here is the article:

If confirmed by other experiments, the find could undermine one of the basic principles of modern physics.
Critics of the first report in September had said that the long bunches of neutrinos (tiny particles) used could introduce an error into the test.
The new work used much shorter bunches.
It has been posted to the Arxiv repositoryand submitted to the Journal of High Energy Physics, but has not yet been reviewed by the scientific community.
The experiments have been carried out by the Opera collaboration - short for Oscillation Project with Emulsion (T)racking Apparatus.
It hinges on sending bunches of neutrinos created at the Cern facility (actually produced as decays within a long bunch of protons produced at Cern) through 730km (454 miles) of rock to a giant detector at the INFN-Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy.
The initial series of experiments, comprising 15,000 separate measurements spread out over three years, found that the neutrinos arrived 60 billionths of a second faster than light would have, travelling unimpeded over the same distance.
The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light in a vacuum forms a cornerstone in physics - first laid out by James Clerk Maxwell and later incorporated into Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity.
Timing is everything
Initial analysis of the work by the wider scientific community argued that the relatively long-lasting bunches of neutrinos could introduce a significant error into the measurement.
Those bunches lasted 10 millionths of a second - 160 times longer than the discrepancy the team initially reported in the neutrinos' travel time.
To address that, scientists at Cern adjusted the way in which the proton beams were produced, resulting in bunches just three billionths of a second long.
When the Opera team ran the improved experiment 20 times, they found almost exactly the same result.
"This is reinforcing the previous finding and ruling out some possible systematic errors which could have in principle been affecting it," said Antonio Ereditato of the Opera collaboration.
"We didn't think they were, and now we have the proof," he told BBC News. "This is reassuring that it's not the end of the story."
The first announcement of evidently faster-than-light neutrinos caused a stir worldwide; the Opera collaboration is very aware of its implications if eventually proved correct.
The error in the length of the bunches, however, is just the largest among several potential sources of uncertainty in the measurement, which must all now be addressed in turn; these mostly centre on the precise departure and arrival times of the bunches.
"So far no arguments have been put forward that rule out our effect," Dr Ereditato said.
"This additional test we made is confirming our original finding, but still we have to be very prudent, still we have to look forward to independent confirmation. But this is a positive result."
That confirmation may be much longer in coming, as only a few facilities worldwide have the detectors needed to catch the notoriously flighty neutrinos - which interact with matter so rarely as to have earned the nickname "ghost particles".
Next year, teams working on two other experiments at Gran Sasso experiments - Borexino and Icarus - will begin independent cross-checks of Opera's results.
The US Minos experiment and Japan's T2K experiment will also test the observations. It is likely to be several months before they report back.

And now to tie it all together: are these Neutrinos, which make up the Big Bang experiment, revealing a real higher power? 
If they Got the ב of BIG Bang, maybe they are revealing the divinity of Creation; the place where physicality is actually Spiritual; Metaphysics in this world! 
Thus maybe then these scientists are causing real Metaphysical Reality Changes on Earth? Time Travel, Dimension Hopping, or any other Science Fiction Thriller!
So if they have reached the א in their search for the ב  of בראשית/Bereishit...then maybe they have reached the hidden potential of the World to break the Light Barrier, and into the domain of "Let there be Light"! - Just Let there be!
At this level, we can see that the property of Light, is בא=to Come/Approach...which is the nature of Geulah, as we see with Gazelles - Always approaching from the Woods - and much like Moshe Rabbeinu with Redemption...is Redemption/Light always Coming/Approaching? - And now its revealing its property through Science?
Therefore בא - Approaching = Faster than the Speed of Light! It is of the Alef of Creation, the level of , "Just is [Being]"...and now its as if God is saying, Let there be Light (revelation of the Alef)
In closing:
  • Neutrino is faster than Light
  • Alef is the revelation of Light = Being..Just "To Be"..Yud Kay Vav Kay!
  • The nature of Redemption is to be "Approaching", not "Moving"
Is Hashem Approaching The Geulah/Moshe Rabbeinu - The Final redeemer upon us?

As it says in Shir Hashirim: Hashem, Make yourself as a Gazelle! [To Hasten the Geulah!]

May we see Divinity Manifest in this World of Physicality, with Hashem APPROACHING as a Gazelle, even more than Mt. Sinai!

5772...May The Beis Hamikdash Approach As Light From Shamayim To This World!