1 Kings 11:14-15 "And the Lord raised up an adversary (satan) against Solomon, Hadad, the Edomite; he was of the royal lineage in Edom." See also Psalm 89:31-33, II Samuel 7:12-14.
Edom; the nation which descended from Esau. In the rabbinic texts, Edom is often equated with Rome.
The Roman Empire came to be dominated by Edom and Ishmael (Iron and clay), represented by Christianity and Islam - Fourth kingdom - comprise the latter day, "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom;.." (Daniel 2:31-35,40-44, Ch. 7, Isaiah 25:6-9).
Tune in to this week's TEMPLE TALK as Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven discuss the mysterious balance of light and darkness during the month of Kislev,
and the eternal struggle between Ya’akov and Esav, as exemplified by Ya’akov’s wrestling with an angel in this week’s Torah portion of Vayishlach, even as the United States once again pressures Israel to freeze Jewish building in the Land of Israel.
This week's haftorah (Obadiah) by Rabbi Dovid
, reveals to us the true nature of Edom, descendents of Eisav, and displays her two-sided character. It teaches us to recognize Edom's perpetual hatred for the Jewish people and never to trust her friendship. Although there may be moments when Edom displays true brotherhood we must always be wary of these situations and never establish any close association with her. We are reminded of the unique "brotherhood" of Edom. Due to their two-faced character, they could easily pass for true brothers awaiting to help the Jews in their time of distress. But, in truth, this disguise only provided them a perfect opportunity to eradicate any trace of the Jewish people, should the situation arise.
White House links Iran nukes to Palestinian state:
Israel now faces a moment of truth - it can either acquiesce to international demands and in return have its most serious threats dealt with, or maintain the status quo and have those threats persist. (Israel Today, May 04, 2009).
Report: Obama leverages Iran to extract Israeli concessions
(August 2, 2009, Israel Today).
Obama about to betray Israel, says former intel official:
A former top US intelligence official warns that the Obama Administration is about to break America's long ties of friendship with Israel, and maybe even take steps toward the dissolution of the Jewish state. "I have every reason to believe, based on what I’ve seen at my level of [security] clearance especially over the last several years, that Israel will soon be completely on their own… or worse."
The Obama Administration is preparing to "provide more support to Arab countries [with] financial and military aid, undercutting Israel’s defense efforts all while pushing Israel to succumb to the pressure of unreasonable demands designed to end with their political annihilation as a nation," said the source. (Israel Today, March 19, 2009).
The declaration of war (9/11) against the USA invited to military alliances, which years ago was beyond the realm of possibility. Yesterdays enemies were suddenly potential friends. USA have again and again demonstrated through military actions, economical and political sanctions - what happens with nations - who oppose the will of the USA. And as long Israel is dancing - at USA's democratic pipe of peace - in the struggle for her existence - for the political, military and economical interests of the USA in the Middle East - that is how long these alliances will last. Uncle Sam has to buy his friends, force or frighten - for himself – “friends”.
Obama Bows to Saudi King, Supports Saudi Initiative:
In January of 2009, Saudi officials warned that the U.S. would need to “drastically revise” its Middle East policy, particularly towards Israel, if it wanted to maintain influence in the region. "If the U.S. wants to continue playing a leadership role in the Middle East and keep its strategic alliances intact – especially its 'special relationship' with Saudi Arabia – it will have to drastically revise its policies vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine,” former Saudi ambassador Prince Turki al-Faisal said at the time (INN, 04/03/09).
Democracy was supposed to stand by the victim - not the executioner.
Iran: Leaks psychological warfare:
President Ahamdinejad comments on WikiLeaks affair which revealed Arab world's call to attack Islamic Republic, calling it satanic plot. 'Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations,' he says,..
According to the cables released Sunday by online whistle-blower Wikileaks, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. We don't give any value to these documents," Ahmadinejad told a news conference "It's without legal value. Iran and regional states are friends. Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations." (Ynet News, 11.29.10).
The Jordanian threat: King Abdullah II of Jordan
warned in comments; that time is running out for the Obama administration to help acheive a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
"I've heard people in Washington talking about Iran, again Iran, always Iran," "But I insist on, and keep insisting on the Palestinian question: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the most serious threat to the stability of the region and the Mediterranean."
He said the two sides have a window of opportunity over the next year to make progress on creating a two-state solution, after which point the possibility of a Palestinian state will disappear as more Arab land gets swallowed up by Jewish settlements. (AP, October 19th 2009).
Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned of a new regional war if failure of peace talks - with Israel stalling - moderate Arab states are losing support for peace initiative - which require a complete withdrawal from ”occupied territories” Golan Heights, Gaza, Judea & Samaria, E. Jerusalem (Old City, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Mount of Olives).
King Abdullah of Jordan's ultimatum: peace now or it’s war next year. “The future is not the Jordan river or the Golan Heights or the Sinai, the future is Morocco in the Atlantic and Indonesia in the Pacific. That is the prize.” (The Times, May 11, 2009).
The Egyptian threat: Alluding to Israeli suggestions that the Iranian nuclear program is the region's major problem, Aboul Gheit, said he and Clinton discussed Iran, but that the Palestinian question is the core issue and that continued inaction on it would pose dangers beyond the Middle East.
"In the absence of such negotiations, and success of the negotiations and seeing the emergence of Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel, then I think situation will worsen in this part of the world and we will be, all of us, not only people in the region but countries in the region but also the United States and the Western world as well as the world at large-we will be all witnessing a very difficult situation, " (Press Availability With Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit, May 27, 2009).
That is, we will witness a nuclear Iran, Al Qaida, terrorist attacks from Hezbollah and Hamas; enemies which the nations of the world prevented Israel from defeating; condeming Israel in her struggle for survival in the war against terrorism.
Mubarak warns of wave of global terror: Egyptian president meets with king of Bahrain, says if Palestinian issue is not solved, terror will spread throughout world against Israel and its supporters
(Ynet News, 11.26.10).
UAE Ambassador: Bombing Iran Is Better:
than Iran Getting a Nuke: The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose. Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba publicly endorsed the use of the military option for countering Iran's nuclear program, if sanctions fail to stop the country's quest for nuclear weapons. Rep. Jane Harman of California, a former ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Washington Times: "I have never heard an Arab government official say that before. He was stunningly candid" (Eli Lake, Washington Times).
"Saudi Arabia is not convinced that the economic sanctions on Iran will bear fruits, and it believes the alternative measures available to the Obama administration must be examined, since there is no guarantee that the current policies will stop Tehran from moving forward with its nuclear program." (Report: Saudi Arabia wants US to press Iran, Ynetnews, 06.30.10).
Preparing for Iran: US Trains Oil-Rich Arab F-16 Pilots: While the United States is talking up tough sanctions against Iran, it is training United Arab Emirates pilots on F-16 planes in the U.S. for the first time ever, to help the Arab nations prepare for war with Iran. (INN, 09/01/09).
Arab States Scorn "Evil" Iran
Leaked U.S. State Department cables catalogue a litany of complaints from the Saudis and smaller Gulf states, as well as Egypt, Jordan and others, on issues from Tehran's nuclear ambitions, to its involvement in Iraq and support for Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Palestinian Hamas. "You as Persians have no business meddling in Arab matters," Saudi King Abdullah was quoted as telling Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran's foreign minister. Abdullah declared: "May God prevent us from falling victim to their evil. We have had correct relations over the years, but the bottom line is that they cannot be trusted."
Abu Dhabi's crown prince and deputy commander of the UAE armed forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, referred to Iran as an "existential threat" and even suggested that the U.S. should send in ground forces if air strikes were not enough to "take out" Iranian nuclear targets. The UAE foreign minister is described as viewing "Iran as a huge problem that goes far beyond nuclear capabilities....Iranian support for terrorism is broader than just Hamas and Hizbullah. Iran has influence in Afghanistan, Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and Africa." (Guardian-UK,
Sunday 28 November 2010
Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran to Stop Nuclear Program
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the U.S. to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.
"He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake," the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir said, according to a report on Abdullah's meeting with U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in April 2008. The leaked U.S. cables also reveal that officials in Jordan and Bahrain have openly called for Iran's nuclear program to be stopped by any means, including military. (Guardian-UK,
Sunday 28 November 2010
Amalek is the embodiment of the evil of the primordial serpent, glorying in cruelty, bloodshed and murder. Ezekiel Ch. 35 foretells the future destruction of Edom, the offspring of Esau, who was the embodiment of the primordial serpent and chief adversary of Israel 's founding father Jacob. A snakes forked tongue is synonymous with duplicity...
An advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
has compared Netanyahu’s attitude towards Iran to the traditional Jewish view of Amalek, the ultimate enemy
which must be destroyed. (Netanyahu Sees Iran as Amalek, Advisor Says, INN, 05/17/09).
Thus Haman – from the seed of Amalek, who was Esau’s illegitimate grandson – attained power in Persia, and his descendants appear to have gained power in Iran today as well as over other groups that promote the killing of Jews (Hamas, Hezbullah, Islamic Jihad, etc).
Islamic Jihad: If Israel Withdraws to the '67 Borders, We Will Operate from the West Bank to Liberate the Rest of Palestine
Abu Ahmad, spokesman of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, said that the resistance groups in Gaza have formed a joint headquarters to fully coordinate their military activity. He explained that, if another war breaks out, the resistance will not restrain itself and its rockets will reach targets beyond Ashdod and Beersheba. He added that the resistance is making serious efforts to transfer its expertise to the West Bank, and that if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, the resistance will operate from the West Bank to free the rest of Palestine. (MEMRI) .
Genesis 3:15 ”And I shall place hatred between you (the serpent) and between the woman, and between your seed (Edom) and between her seed (Israel). He (God) will crush your head (Edom), and you (Israel or the woman) will bite his heel."
Homiletically, the Sages derive from this description the proper tactics in the eternal war between man and the Evil Inclination, which is symbolized by the serpent/satan. The serpent seduces the Jew to trample the commandments with his heel, and the Jew can prevail by using the head, meaning the study of Torah (Midrash HaNe’elam).
Hosea 12:4-5 ”In the womb, he (Yaakov) seized his brother's (Esau) heel (as a sign that he would be master over him), and with his strength he strove with an angel.” That angel was Esau’s genius.Jacob overcame the angel, who wept and begged Jacob to release him, promising that he would later testify at Beith El that he and Esau agreed that Jacob deserved Isaac's blessings (Rashi; Hullin 92a). See Genesis 25:26, 32:25-31.
US bribing Israel with war planes to freeze West Bank construction:
The US is desperately trying to revive the stalled Middle East peace talks by enticing Israel to extend its construction moratorium in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Washington has put 20 stealth fighter jets worth $3 billion on the table, as well as a pledge to fight any international resolutions against Israel.
In exchange, it wants Israel to halt construction in the West Bank for three months, with a US promise not to ask to prolong it further. (14 Nov, 2010, rt.com).
Should Israel accept the 90-day settlement building moratorium, the US in turn has pledged in the next year to veto any efforts by the UN Security Council to impose on Israel a non-negotiated solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, as the Palestinians have requested. It would further veto any resolutions that deny Israel the right to self-defense or seek to de-legitimize Israel. The US would also oppose such efforts in other UN bodies and forums.
This is the test for the ministers," the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said in a statement it issued to the media. "Are you building or surrendering?" it asked. "The request to renew the freeze is a trap that Israel's must not fall into," said the council. Israel's position was clearly and unequivocally stated, that the former freeze was a one-time temporary gesture, said the council. If this position collapses, than how can Israel hold on to any of its other principles? asked the council. (
US asks Israel for 90-day settlement building moratorium,
Obama's UN Officials Silent on Nine Anti-Israel Resolutions
Report: U.S. Completes Letter on Freeze Deal
The parties have finalized the text for the U.S. letter to Israel concerning the terms of a renewed settlement freeze, according to Middle East expert David Makovsky. Makovsky, who spoke at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on Tuesday, referred to a "verbal affirmation" from Netanyahu to Secretary of State Clinton that there would be "meaningful progress" on border issues during the 90-day freeze.
Janus Faced USA: Barak said it was critical for Israel to come to an agreement with the US over the understandings regarding settlement construction. “Either we will reach an understanding with the Americans, and the Palestinians and the Arab world will have to suit themselves to it, or the opposite will occur – the Arab world and the Palestinians will reach an understanding with the Americans, and we will have to suit ourselves to the conclusions,” he said
II Samuel 7:14 "I will be to him (Solomon) a father, and he shall be to Me a son; so that when he goes astray (from the Torah) I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the sons of Adam." See also Psalm 89:31-33 Isaiah 53:5, Leviticus Ch. 26. "And God raised up against him (Solomon) an adversary (SATAN), Rezon, the son of Eliada,.. And he assembled men around him, and he became commander over a battalion when David slew them, and they went to Damascus and settled there and ruled in Damascus. And he was an adversary (Hebrew: SATAN) to Israel all of Solomon's days with the evil that was caused by Hadad, and he detested Israel and ruled over Aram (I Kings 11:23-25).
Amalek represents the leading force of evil (Num. 24:20), just as Israel is the leading force of good.
Consequently, their struggle is the eternal struggle of good versus evil.
Genesis 25:22 "And the children (Esav and Yaakov) struggled within her, and she said, "If [it be] so, why am I [like] this?" And she went to inquire of the Lord." That He would tell her what would happen in the end.
Genesis 25:23 "And the LORD said unto her (Rebekah): Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people (Esau, Edom) shall be stronger than the other people (Jabob, Israel); and the elder (Esau) shall serve the younger (Jacob). " See Isaiah 49:24-26, Daniel 7:26.
Jeremiah 31:10-11 "For the LORD hath ransomed Jacob, and He redeemeth him from the hand of him that is stronger than he.
And they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow unto the goodness of the LORD, to the corn, and to the wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd; and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not pine any more at all."
Incoming MI Chief: Victory in Battle is the Test:
Joshua 11:20 "For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, to come against Israel in battle, that they might be utterly destroyed, that they might have no favour, but that they might be destroyed, as the LORD commanded Moses."
Joshua Ch. 10 "And the LORD said unto Joshua: 'Fear them not; for I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand against thee.' And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter... (See also Ezekiel 38:18-23, Zech. Chs. 12-14).
And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel,.. that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them... and they died; they were more who died with the hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword... (See also Job 38:22-23, Psalm 18:13-14, Isaiah 30:25-33)... And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel."
"And it was when David was in Edom that Joab, the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, since he had slain every male in Edom."
Yonatan ben Uzziel translates it; "to strip the slain, to take their clothing" - just as the Israelites are destined to bury the fallen hordes of Gog and Magog in time to come (Ezekiel 39:13):
"Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them, and it shall be to them a renown; in the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD."
See also Jeremiah 33:6-18, Tzefaniah 3:19-20.
Psalm 41:6-14 ”My enemies speak evil of me (David, Israel); "When will he die and his name be lost?"
And if he comes to see [me], he speaks falsely;
his heart gathers iniquity for him; when he goes outside, he talks.
All my enemies whisper together about me; concerning me, they think evil.
"An evil thing shall be poured into him, and once he lies down, he will no longer rise."
Even my ally, in whom I trusted, who eats my bread, developed an ambush for me.
But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, so that I may repay them.”
”With this I shall know that You desired me, when my enemy does not shout joyfully over me.
As for me, because of my innocence You shall support me, and stand me up before You forever.
Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel from all times past and to all times to come. Amen and amen.”
Maybe you think that David is calling for revenge against his enemies? Psalm 51:8-15 says ”For You desire that [people speak] truth in the recesses of their souls; You have taught me wisdom deep within my heart.” David asks for a pure heart, a steadfast, noble spirit and the joy of salvation – so that he ”
will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will (repent and) return to You.” Hopefully; "All the ends of the earth shall remember and return to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall prostrate themselves before You (Psalm 22:28).
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 "And you shall set these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand and they shall be for ornaments between your eyes."
Even after you have been exiled, make yourselves distinctive with My commandments: Put on tefillin and make mezuzoth , so that these will not be new to you when you return. Similarly, it is said, “Set up markers for yourself” (Jer. 31:20).
"And you shall teach them to your sons to speak with them, when you sit in your house and when you walk on the way and when you lie down and when you rise." From this, our Rabbis taught: When the infant begins to talk, his father should speak to him in the Holy Tongue (Hebrew), and should teach him the Torah. If he does not do this, it is as though he buries him. For it is written: "...
in order that your days may increase and the days of your children, on the land which the Lord swore to your forefathers to give them, as the days of heaven above the earth."
From this, we learn that the tenet of the resurrection of the dead (forefathers) has its basis from the Torah.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 "Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.
The blessing, that you will heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today;
and the curse, if you will not heed the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn away from the way I command you this day, to follow other gods, which you did not know."
This teaches that whoever worships idols departs from the entire path that Israel has been commanded. From here [our Rabbis] said: One who acknowledges [the divinity of] pagan deities is as though he denies the entire Torah.
Deuteronomy 4:15-16 " And you shall watch yourselves very well, for you did not see any image on the day that the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire. Lest you become corrupt and make for yourselves a graven image, the representation of any form, the likeness of male or female,.."
King of the hill:
The world’s largest Jesus-statue unveiled in Poland, many Christians declared Jesus as ”king of the universe.”
Giant Jesus statue completed in Polish town:
A gigantic statue of Jesus that Poles claim is the world's largest rose majestically above a small town on Saturday (Shabbat),
as the grandiose dream of a local priest finally came to pass.
The white statue with outstretched arms and golden crown rising above the western Polish plains in Swiebodzin provides competition to Rio de Janiero's (Brazil) iconic Christ the Redeemer.
Zawadzki, known in town as "the builder priest" after also erecting two churches and other buildings, said he felt that he was called by Jesus to build the statue.
"This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest," he told onlookers and reporters who pressed around him (Yahoo, AP, Sat Nov 6).
Numbers 33:50-52 "
The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying:
Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their temples (In their houses of worship they would cover the ground with a marble floor, on which they would prostrate themselves with outstretched hands and legs), destroy their molten idols, and demolish their high places." See also Joshua Ch. 24.
Leviticus 26:1 "You shall not make idols for yourselves, nor shall you set up a statue or a monument for yourselves. And in your land you shall not place a pavement stone on which to prostrate yourselves, for I am the Lord, your God."
Deuteronomy 12:1-3 "These are the statutes and ordinances that you shall keep to perform in the land which the Lord God of your fathers gives you to possess all the days that you live on the earth. You shall utterly destroy (idolatry) from all the places where the nations, that you shall possess, worshipped their gods, upon the lofty mountains and upon the hills, and under every lush tree. And you shall tear down their altars, smash their monuments, burn their asherim with fire, cut down the graven images of their gods, and destroy their name from that place." What shall you destroy from them? Their gods that are on the mountains. See also Isaiah 27:9.
Deuteronomy 32:21 "They have provoked My jealousy with a non god, provoked My anger with their vanities. Thus, I will provoke their jealousy with a non people, provoke their anger with a foolish nation." Israel angered God by worshiping deities that had no power or value. Measure for Measure. God will let them be defeated and subjugated by nations that have no cultural or moral worth, nations that exist solely to exact retribution against Israel.
US Withholds Support for PA National Status:
Behind the scenes, the US continues to thwart symbolic efforts to gain national status for the Palestinian Authority. The American stance is consistent with its long-standing policy to treat the PA as the non-state it is; for instance, the PA has only observer status in the United Nations.
Way back on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here's what he said: 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.
2 Samuel 8:13-15 "And David made for himself a name when he returned from smiting the Arameans in the Valley of Salt,.. And he placed governors in Edom;.. and all of Edom became servants to David..."
Just as will be in the very near future; see Obadiah 1:21
"Throughout history, we have seen nations and religions rising up and saying that G-d has abandoned the Jewish people and chosen them, just like King Achashverosh claimed.
They try today to put the priestly garments upon themselves. Both the Christians, with their "New Testament", and the Muslims, with their falsehoods, claim that G-d has abandoned the Jewish people and chose them. They try to wear the garments, but no matter how they put them on - they do not fit.
As history plays itself out in our time, all are claiming the garments for themselves; all will turn against the Jewish people in order to claim the royal garments,
but after the dust settles, all will see the Jewish High Priest arising from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem with the splendor of the holy garments upon him - a perfect fit" (Levi Chazen).
Jeremiah 33:17-18 "For so said the Lord: There shall not be cut off from David a man sitting on the throne of the house of Israel (if it is discontinued, it will ultimately be reinstated).
And of the Levitic priests, there shall not be cut off from before Me a man offering up a burnt offering, or burning a meal-offering or performing a sacrifice for all time. See also Zechariah 6:12-13, 14:21, Malachi 3:1-4, Isaiah 56:6-8, 60:6-7, Ezekiel 37:21-28, Chs. 40-47.
Biblical Robe Produced For Use By High Priest In The Holy Temple:
The blue coat, or me'il techelet as it is called in the Torah, sports 72 golden bells alternating with 72 pomegranates attached around its hem, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet wool.
TEMPLE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES: High Priest's crown is ready!
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announces the completion of the Tzitz, the High Priest's headplate - now ready for use in the Holy Temple. The tzitz is made of pure gold, was fashioned over the course of a more than a year by the craftsmen of the Temple Institute, and is ready to be worn by the High Priest in the rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Clinton: WikiLeaks disclosure is 'attack on the international community'
Secretary Clinton forcefully condemned the "illegal disclosure of classified information" by WikiLeaks and declared, "This disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community -- the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity."
"There have been examples in history in which official conduct has been made public in the name of exposing wrongdoings or misdeeds. this is not one of those cases. In contrast, what is being put on display in this cashe of documents is the fact that american diplomats are doing the work we expect them to do. They are helping identify and prevent conflicts before they start. They are working hard every day to solve serious practical problems."
Psalms 9:16-21 "The nations are sunk down in the pit
that they made; in the (Inter)net which they hid is their own foot taken.
The LORD hath made Himself known, He hath executed judgment, the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah
The wicked shall return to the
nether-world (sheol, Gehinnom, a spiritual cleansing place), even all
the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not alway be forgotten, nor the expectation of the poor perish for ever. (Throughout
the Psalms, the poor and the needy refers to Israel).
Arise, O LORD, let not man prevail; let the nations be judged in Thy sight. Set terror over them, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men. Selah." The very counsels and stratagems employed by the wicked contain hidden traps that bring about their downfall (See also Job 18:5-11).
Psalms 35:7-8 "For without cause have they hid for me the pit,
even their net, without cause have they digged for my soul.
Let destruction come upon him unawares; and let his net that
he hath hid catch himself; with destruction let him fall therein.
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; it shall rejoice in His salvation. All my bones shall say: 'LORD, who is like unto Thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?'
The intention of Gog and his allies (Esau/Edom and Ishmael) is to despoil Israel of their wealth (Ezekiel 38:12-13) and appropriate their land (as stated in Ezekiel 36: 2 & 5 and Psalms Ch. 83).
Ezekiel 38:21 and Zechariah 14:13 teaches that the downfall of the nations will come about when tumult and confusion breaks out among the forces of Gog and Magog, who will fight "each against his brother". See also Isaiah 66:15-17.
Haggai 2:22 "And I will overthrow the throne of the kingdoms, and I will destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations" (Referring to the downfall of the Persian empire at the hands of the Greeks a few years after this prophecy (Rashi).
And I will overthrow the chariots and their riders; and the horses and
their riders shall come down, each one by the sword of his brother."
The Eve of Chanukah is 1 December - 24 Kislev. Today in Jewish history: 354 BCE, the prophet Chaggai encouraged the Jews to rebuild the Holy Temple -- a construction project which had begun 18 years earlier, but was halted due to political pressure. The Temple would stand for 420 years, before being destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. On this same day, Chaggai prophesied the downfall of the great Persian empire, which would ultimately lead to the salvation of the Jews. This is recorded in the biblical Book of Chaggai, chapter 2.
Today is the anniversary of the prophecy of Haggai (2:10ff) taunting the priests
into learning the laws of the Temple and telling Zerubavel, leader of Judah, that the kingdoms of the earth will be overthrown for the sake of Melech Mashiach his descendant (
Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
The festival of Chanukah commemorates
the miraculous saving of the authentic Torah pathway from the assault upon it by Greek culture. The Greeks sought to make Israel forget the Torah and desist from fulfilling the dictates of God's will. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days. In order to commemorate this miracle, we light a Menorah for the eight days of Chanukah.
In the very near future, it will commemorate the saving of the authentic Torah pathway from the assault upon it by Edom-Rome; represented by Christianity and Islam.
Chanukah is a festival of thanksgiving for HaShem's miracles.
Strict policies in Denmark have left arrivals of asylum seekers relatively low, with only 1,910 persons applying for asylum in Denmark during the first half of this year, less than half the number in Norway and a fraction of those opting for Sweden (Sept. 7, 2010, (newsinenglish.no).
Denmark: The immigration test: From Nov. 2010 onwards,
you must pass the immigration test in order to be granted a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification with your spouse/partner in Denmark.
The immigration test is an oral test consisting of two parts: a language test testing your Danish language skills and a knowledge test testing your knowledge about Denmark and Danish society.
Language test: You must understand and answer simple questions as well as understand everyday terms and a number of standard Danish expressions.
The knowledge test: Questions about Danish norms, values and fundamental rights, such as the principles of democracy, an individual's personal freedom and integrity, gender equality and freedom of expression and religion.
There are also questions about practical, specific issues
such as the ban on circumcision,
the ban on forced marriages, parenting, education,.. (nyidanmark.dk). Many Norwegian doctors also wants to ban circumcision of Jewish and Muslim boys.
Deuteronomy 32:13-14 "He made them ride upon the high places of the earth, that they would eat the produce of the field. He let them suck honey from a rock, and oil from the mighty part of the crag.
The cream of cattle and the milk of sheep, with the fat of lambs and rams of Bashan and he goats, with kidneys of wheat, and it [the congregation of Israel] would drink the blood of grapes [which was] as the finest wine." See also Genesis 49:8-12, Isaiah Ch. 55.
The days of Chanukah are days of joy! It is forbidden to fast and it is customary to hold feasts and to eat some fried foods, such as jelly doughnuts, in memory of the miracle of the oil, and a milk or cheese dish in memory of the heroism of Judith, who fed the Greek general Holfurnos until he was drowsy and then cut off his head.
Deuteronomy 33:26-29 "Jeshurun, there is none like God; He Who rides the heavens is at your assistance, and with His majesty, [He rides] the skies,
which are the abode for the God Who precedes all, and below, are the mighty ones of the world. He expelled the enemy from before you, and said, 'Destroy!'
(Christianity and Islam).
And Israel dwelled safely and alone as Jacob [blessed them], in a land of grain and wine; also, their heavens will drip dew. Fortunate are you, O Israel! Who is like you, O people whose salvation is through the Lord, the Shield Who helps you, your majestic Sword! Your enemies will lie to you, but you will tread upon their (the nations highest moral and intellectual levels) heights." (And go from there to even higher levels of conduct).