Beautiful captive vs sex slave


In my recent message, ”I am peace ”, I mentioned the graphic example given by Rambam (R’ Moses Maimonides) in his Iggeret Teiman to illustrate the difference between the Torah and false religions. He compares the latter to man-made stuffed dolls (clones) crafted to resemble a real human from the outside, but without any of the bones, flesh, blood, nerves and vitality of a living person. In terms...

I am peace, but they…


Too long have I dwelt with those who hate peace. I am peace, but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalms 120:6-7) We did not want it. We did not expect it. But now we see all the world hurtling deeper and deeper into wars all over. Here in Israel, we today face active warfare on no less than seven fronts, with the ongoing conflict in Gaza, daily attacks from Lebanon and Syria in the north, terror...

From LFJ to Northern Breeze


I am writing to you from the celestial city of Tz’fat (Safed), set amidst the green hills of Israel’s beautiful Galilee, where I moved from Jerusalem with my dear wife just over a month ago, finally fulfilling a dream of many years to live in this holy place. It is close on 5 years since I fell ill and had an operation to remove a life-threatening cancerous growth. After four years of treatments...

Plea for the captive souls


Rabbi Professor Hillel Weiss of the Renewed Sanhedrin writes: I received a desperate distress call from Kabul from our friend there. The position of the organization of seventy nations. The Pashtun tribes that stretch across Pakistan, Afghanistan and India are estimated at tens of millions. Data are in demographic and scientific articles. Some of them have a tradition of belonging to the Ten...

Taliban and the Ten Tribes


We’ve been primed to hate the Taliban, but I just wonder if embedded among among the Pashtun-Taliban are souls of the Ten Tribes, who were originally exiled to that region. Zohar states that at the end of days the tribe of Reuben will rise and make war on all sides!

The Loaf & the Rod


⁦R. Shimon b. Yochai says: A loaf and a rod descended intertwined from heaven. The Holy One Blessed be He said to Israel: If you observe the Torah, here is the loaf to eat. If not, here is the rod to be smitten with. And where is this articulated? — (Isaiah 1:19-20) “If you accept and you heed, the good of the earth shall you eat; and if you refuse and rebel, the sword will devour you. For...

Freedom from political correctness


With outright war being waged against us on all sides and on all levels, we must break free from the surrounding political correctness and recognize that the Final Redemption, may it come soon in our time, depends on the overthrow of all the fake religions and ideologies that hypnotize the millions, such as all those who murder, rape, pillage and wreak havoc in the name of their idols. This is...

Learning Torah at night


From this point in the year onwards, the nights are becoming noticeably longer (in the northern hemisphere) and we should add to our Torah studies during the night-time hours because “a man learns most of his Torah wisdom only at night.” (Rambam, Laws of Torah Study 3:13)

The concealed festival of love


This Friday night and Shabbat July 23-24 is the Fifteenth of Av (Tu B’Av), one of the holiest, albeit concealed festivals of the Torah calendar, marking the day when death ceased for the generation of the wilderness and also the reconciliation of the Tribes of Israel with the tribe of Benjamin (Judges 21:19; Ta’anit 30b). Today is particularly propitious for prayers for one’s...

Avraham Ben Yaakov

Avraham ben Yaakov Greenbaum is a Torah teacher in Tz’fat (Safed) in Israel’s Galilee, and author of translations and commentaries on Bible, Hassidut, Kabbalah, Spiritual Growth, Health, Healing and the Environment.

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