Tamar Yonah is one of Israel's most popular English-speaking radio show hosts. She made Aliyah from Southern California and after serving in the Israeli army began a prolific career in radio, including production, news and program development. She was the original creator and producer of 'The Aliyah Show' and still works whenever she can in that field. Tamar is a political activist, wife and mother residing in Judea and Samaria and currently hosts the top-rated shows of The Weekend Edition & The Tamar Yonah Show. Her award winning blog covers current events, religion, politics and anything else that's on her mind.
It was sometime after 4am and I was awake at the computer because I had gotten up to have a quick breakfast before the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. This fast day marks the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem, as well as the beginning of the grueling Three Weeks of mourning. It ends with the fast of Tisha B'Av, the 9th of the month of Av when our Holy Temple was destroyed by the Romans and the subsequent 2,000 year Exile .
As I was on the computer, I got an instant message from a rabbi friend of mine (we are actually related) and he wrote me this:
4:40 AMRabbi: I'm sick of fasting. Let's just build the Temple instead.
Me: ha! I am with you!
Rabbi: I can't stand the "mourning game." Well sorry for attacking you at this hour; just had to get it off my chest before going to shul (synagogue) and seeing all the people wailing over the Temple as if they cared; when I try to talk to them about it say, in December, they look at me like I'm crazy; but now in the Three Weeks it's politically correct in Orthodox circles to act as if it's important.
Me: you have no idea how much you are appreciated!
Rabbi: oh go on, now.
Me: I would love to be a fly on the wall when you do say that to the other Jews. I think we all need to keep hearing this, to wake us from our stupor. We learn it is a mitzvah to build the Temple and we even learn that the Second Temple was empty, didn't have the Holy Ark or the Show Bread, yet we still built it and had it, so why can't we build the Temple today? When we came back to Israel from Persia (after the Purim story) we built the Temple. We didn't wait for it to be dropped from heaven, or until the Messiah came.
Rabbi: May we collectively start acting Jewish
4:48 AM Rabbi: That is exactly true, the mitzva is beckoning to us in every generation, no less now then it was then, and we have become as a people so twisted in thinking, that we think that halachically (the code of Jewish law) there is a problem, when in reality halachically we are supposed to begin building.
(end of instant messenger conversation)
So, my friends, we are really acting pathetically today. Why do we settle to pray and worship at a wall that sits below our holiest place on earth, where our Temple stood? I am tired of settling for praying at a 'wall'. Yes, it's the Kotel, the Holy Western Wall, but with all due respect, I want more. I want the real deal. I want G-d's house and I want His presence, His Shechina, hovering here with us.
These three weeks, we are supposed to be immersed in mourning. As Rabbi Richman stated on his last show of Temple Talk, he said that most people think something like, 'oy, the three weeks, let's just try to get through this as fast and painless as we can." But this is the time to really feel and yearn for the Third Temple. He continued saying that how will we merit the Third Temple, if we don't really yearn for it?
Losing our Temple, should be like losing our spouse ...G-d forbid. We should be looking towards the Temple Mount and crying and pacing back and forth like someone in shock, after losing their partner in life. We should be looking at the void on the Temple Mount (not at the big gold pimple) and say to ourselves, "How can I go on? Oh my gosh! We have lost our Temple! We have lost the Shechina (G-d's hovering presence) from our midst!" We should be feeling as if we can't continue, like if we G-d forbid lost our spouse. We should be asking ourselves as we pace nervously, "How can I go on? How can I fill this void in my life? Oh my, we need our Temple!" THIS is what we should be feeling, this yearning for not settling to pray at an outside surrounding 'Western Wall'. We want to go UP! We want HaShem to dwell with us again.
Every morning, in addition when I pray, I look towards Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount, and I add to my morning prayers, "Please G-d, bring us the Moshiach (the Messiah) and let us have the Holy Temple back. We need it so badly!"
But do most of us yearn for building G-d's house? Everyone here is worried about buying their own house, re-doing their kitchen, or renovating their home, but what about G-d's house? Why doesn't anyone worry about building HIS house? How do we continue to 'settle' for the wall, when we should be yearning, crying, aching for the Holy Temple?
We are already a (modern) state for over 60 years, and yet we are still content to pray at a wall.
Can you imagine what G-d might say if He really saw the Jewish people not sit and be content with the Kotel? And instead we demanded that the government allocate the money and build the Temple, and thumb our nose to the world if any of them so much as say 'boo'?? Looking down on us, G-d might tell the angels, "Look! My children want the Holy Temple back! They want me to return to them, as they are returning to me. They are willing to get their heads bashed in, they are willing to not settle for mediocrity, and they call for me. I will respond. I have been waiting for you, my Holy Children, to desire Me and now that you call upon me, I will grant you the privilege of having my Temple once again, and this Temple will be a place where the whole world will come to. Because you have showed me your yearning and your actions and willingness to sacrifice for it and I will reward you with it."
Wouldn't that just be something?
And let's remember, that even if we can't convince our leaders to be courageous and forge ahead with building the Temple, just SPEAKING and YEARNING about it could help. Remember, G-d SPOKE the world into being. He did not take his hands and mold planets and stars, He SPOKE the world into being, "And G-d said, Let there be light."
So even if we can't actually go and get the permission to build it, we can still speak and yearn for it in our prayers, but really mean it. Wouldn't that just be what G-d would want?
And wouldn't the building, or at least REAL yearniing for the Temple be helping the revealment of G-d in this world, and thus we would have a more peaceful world where mankind can finally understand that G-d is one and His name is one? Yah, I am ready, I am yearning, and I am tired of praying to a wall.
There is an Israeli commerical ad for Cellcom cell phones being broadcast presently in Israel which has a very big debate going on because of it. Some say the ad is sweet showing that Israel wants to have peace with it's neighbors and that our soldiers would much rather play ball than have to guard borders. The other side says that the ad is demeaning to the Arabs because you don't see them in the ad, and that it belittles the middle east conflict, because the security wall is such a strong symbol, and the Arabs are upset about that. The security wall which protects Israel from terrorist infiltrations is a hated thing by the Arabs. They say that this ad shows Israelis can play ball near it and turn it into a 'nice' thing and not the 'deplorable' wall that they claim it is.
Watch the ad below. What do you think?
Here's another ad just for you to get a feel of another Cellcom commerical. It is saying that families are the most important thing, and they have a family plan for phones, because families need to be able to stay in touch.
I did a radio program this morning on the false prophets of today, mainly the ones many think of as the 'enlightened'. These 'Enlightened Ones, the ones who hob nob with the 'Beautiful People' of today, are propelling mankind to live under a globalized and central 'one world government', or a 'New World Order'. One of the people who I believe is pushing Israel towards a NWO is Shimon Peres. If you missed the program, listen to it here below. This 'new middle east' that he talks about goes against Torah, in that the 'enlightened ones' want the Jewish people to rely on other nations for their sustenance, and not G-d. Here are my thoughts on the issue.
After hearing the audio above, watch the speech yourself, hearing how Peres says that our youth should "watch out for your parents, your teachers and your friends". Meaning, do not let them influence you, as technology and science are the new gods, and the future is yours to actualize this, so don't let history, parents or teachers sway you from your dreams of a new reality in the world, a reality where the age of borders and land are old fashioned. isn't this what the NWO pushes, no more borders???? He also basically states that history is irrelevant, so if you want to remember history, just buy a computer to store it, but then go on and forge a new future. He also states that G-d is not 'reliable' ( 8:50 into the speech) and that "He drives us crazy". This is what he wants to impart to our youth.
Speaking about youth and the NWO agenda of throwing out G-d's word and re-writing what is moral (like in the story of the Tower of Babel), the EU attacked Poland for being homophobic. They were referring to a move by Poland, a more traditional catholic country, for putting a stop to homosexuals coming into Polish schools and pushing the homosexual agenda on their youth. The European Union vilified Poland as "hateful" and "repulsive" for refusing and forbidding homosexual propaganda in their schools. Poland's minister of education responded that "One must limit homosexual propaganda so that children won't have an improper view of family". But this is not acceptable to the EU and ITS values. Hindering homosexuality goes against their commandment of, "Thou shalt not be politically incorrect" and "Thou shalt not stop homosexual propaganda". But this is what you get, when nations who clearly have different values, especially religious ones, cannot remain sovereign and free to practice them, under a NWO which redefines what is right and wrong. Today's enlightened want us to think;
sexual promiscuity = 'sexual experimentation' homosexuality 'an abomination' = 'alternative lifestyle' stripper = an 'exotic' dancer. So much nicer to say to one's neighbor when asked what their daughter is doing now-a-days that "Our daughter is an exotic dancer", than saying, "Our daughter is a stripper." Pornography = ' art ' Pornography also = 'adult entertainment' - It's so much of a nicer and innocent term.
Our prophet Isaiah states in chapter 5 verse 20, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
A three hour [nuclear?] war. Two thirds of the world's population destroyed? The West obliterated? Is this what the King of Persia [Iran] will do?
A few shows back, I read out one of the more famous predictions of what mankind may face in the future during the Messianic era. It was taken from MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60). I roughly translated it from the Hebrew on air, but I now received a better and complete translation in my email inbox just yesterday already in English, so I am reposting this article from www.torahnews.org here:
WORLD WAR THREE
MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60):
“Rabbi Yitzhak said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke each other. The king of Persia [in modern times they changed the name of their country to “Iran”] will threaten the king of Arabia [today called “Saudi” Arabia] and because of this the king of Arabia will go to the king of Edom [USA] for advice.
Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”.
And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we come and go? Where will be come and go?
And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!
THE EXPLANATION OF THIS MEDRISH:
Rabbi Yitzhak said [about 2000 years ago!]:
The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed [what is expected to happen in the world at the time when Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed], all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke1 each other [the threats of war among the nations will be heard in every corner of the world throughout the countries and between one another].
SUMMARY OF THE DEVELOPMENTS
[The numbers in parenthesis refer to further explanations found in the Hebrew version]
PHASE 1 (2) King of Persia [Leader of Iran] (4) will threaten (3) the King of Arabia [threats of war against the king of Saudi Arabia (which is the only Arab country which still has the name “Arabia”)]
PHASE 2 (5) The king of Arabia goes to Edom to get advice from them [The king of Saudi Arabia goes to the Western countries, which are led by America, to consult about how to act against the threat of war from Iran].
PHASE 3 “And King of Persia goes back (6) and destroys the whole world [it is clear that you cannot destroy the whole world with conventional weapons. It means to annihilate the world with nuclear weapons. ["and destroys the whole world"– the meaning isn’t actually the whole world, the meaning is "most of it is as all of it", meaning to destroy most of the countries of the world]”.
“And all the nations of the world will be frantic and hysterical and “falling on their faces” and will be as if seized by (7) something like birth pains [a terrible and horrified fear that was unknown until now will grasp all the remaining nations - lest they too will die in a nuclear war (because they will be unable to protect themselves from the nuclear explosion and the radioactivity that will be formed)].
And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical [because of the terrible fear that will be in the world that Iran (Persia) will also attack Israel]. And they will say, where will we come and go [since there will be no possibility to find help or support and there will be no natural way to be saved - and about this situation it is said "we have no one to rely on except our Father in Heaven"] and they will say: “Where will be come and go?” [The Medrish repeats this twice to emphasize the helplessness and fear that will be then].
And Hashem will say to them [HaKadosh Baruch Hu to the people of Israel]: do not fear my children [you have nothing to fear], all that I have done I did only for you [HaKadosh Baruch Hu calms Israel, that all the destruction of war was only for your good - to destroy the wicked Kingdom of Edom and to remove evil from this world and make it possible for the Melech HaMoshiach to be revealed and rule over the world] Why are you afraid? “The time for your Redemption has come!”
CAN WE SEE THIS HAPPENING NOW?
In order that one should not think these words of the Medrish are incompatible with the reality of our days, it is important to clarify what often appears in the media regarding the “King of Persia” (President of Iran) and about the "mahdi".
The current president of Iran since his election has declared several times in public, that the main purpose of his government is to promote the arrival of the "mahdi", and for this purpose all military and economical resources will be given. He also said in the UN Assembly (September 25, 2007) that very soon the powerful Western countries will fall and be destroyed.
According to his belief and the belief of the radical cult that he is part of, the way to bring "the mahdi" (the Shiite "messiah” who is supposedly, according to their distorted beliefs, going to impose the region of Islam on the whole world) is by creating a situation of chaos with local and international destruction. That is why the President of Iran says they must ignite a local war and then destroy the Western world (which in his opinion is the root of all evil) using nuclear bombs.
This threat isn’t just an ideology or idle talk. Recently there was an article in the press that Israeli Intelligence has concrete information that Iran has a secret nuclear reactor that it is producing there nuclear warheads for rockets.
As it is known today, the government of Iran is made up only from the people of this cult who believe in this "mahdi" ideology. Whoever doubts this is dismissed from the government (as was the commander of the Iranian revolutionary guards; he was removed from his position and replaced by someone loyal to the President of Iran ym"s)
Another interesting item that often appeared in the world press: astrologists see something amazing: very soon the Western world will be destroyed by Iran by nuclear weapons (this corresponds exactly with the words of the Medrish above). To differentiate, lately there have been a few Tzaddikim in our generation who also say that soon there will be a nuclear war outside of Israel and in Eretz Yisroel will be the “selection” that was foretold in the prophesy of Zecharia (13:8) and Isaiah 6 ("v'od ba assirya etc" –see Kesubos 112b) by an earthquake, terrifying in its power, unlike anything known in the past.
In view of all this, it is clear that the words of this Medrish: "and the King of Persia returns and destroys the whole world" are very realistic and in light of ongoing world events, it is quite possible that this will actually happen in the near future.
There is also another striking event related to this in the words of our Torah Sages of 2000 years ago (in Yalkut Shimoni Shs”h 4:988) "Rabbi Barchiya said: in three hours in the future HaKadosh Baruch Hu will punish Esav and his men." Thus our Torah Scholars (z"l) tell us here that the destruction of the evil Kingdom of Edom will be accomplished "in three hours".
It is very possible that a nuclear war, as mentioned above, could last only 3 hours and in that time, the evil Kingdom of Edom could be destroyed . It is known from our sages z”l [Malbim, Abarbanel etc.] that today Esav is America, the countries of Europe and the West.
NOTE: When the Medrish says "and destroys the world", it doesn’t mean "the whole world, literally"; it means according to the Talmudic axiom “most of it is considered as all of it”. One can understand the words of the Midrash from the prophesy of Zecharia (13:8) "and there was throughout Land the words of HaShem, "two parts [of the world] will be cut off and destroyed and a third of it will remain", which means two thirds of the population of the world will die. Only a third will be left.
All this is regarding the nations of the world as it says in the commentaries there. However concerning Am Yisroel, chas v'shalom, the situation could be even worse if we don't do Tshuva, as it is written in the Gemorrah (Kesubos 112b, see there). Rashi explains there "when nine parts (of Am Yisroel) will be lost and nothing will be left but a tenth". Meaning that in the selection process that will take place before the arrival of the Moshiach, 90% of Am Yisroel will die chas v'shalom (if they don't do tshuva) and only a tenth will survive.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ALL OF THIS?
We can see that we are very likely right before a third World War, the like of which has not been known in the past, which will start because of Iran. As we saw clearly the Prophets and Torah scholars of Israel predicted this thousands of years ago. According to their words as we explained above, the war will develop in 3 stages, one after the other:
Phase 1 - Iran threatens and provokes the king of Saudi Arabia
Phase 2 - King of Saudi Arabia goes to the countries of the West [lead by America] to get advice how to protect themselves
Phase 3 - Iran opens a nuclear war and destroys the Western world.
(It is possible between these phases there will be only a few hours)
WHAT EACH OF US CAN DO
Now everyone has a last opportunity and must choose the direction in which he is headed and decide where his loyalties stand. He has to choose between the good and the bad, between life and death. He has to choose between complete loyalty to the Creator of the World and abandoning himself to the dangers of death, chas v'shalom (if he continues to act according to his desires and follow the vanities of this world).
Whoever wants to save himself, his family and more Jews, the path he should take what he should do to be saved B'Ezrat HaShem is: to accept upon himself Mitzvat Aseh of Tshuva, and make a true chesbon nefesh [accounting] as he never did before, on all his deeds until now (as many as he can remember) and then:
1. Regret every sin that he did against the will of G-d (lo taaseh) and every sin he avoided doing, Mitzvos HaShem [mitzvat Aseh]
2. Confess with as much tears and sorrow as possible
3. Accept upon himself that he will be faithful to the Creator, will keep all the mitzvos, keep the ways of HaShem with all his heart and not go back to his evil ways.
4. Of course, if one fails and falls again, then he must immediately get up and start anew, and also l'asok B'Torah and gmilus chassadim l'shem Shomayim, and he will be saved B'Ezrat HaShem, and merit to greet Moshiach Tzidkaynu speedily in our time, Amen.
I sometimes wonder if there are people hired by the government to come up with ludicrous conspiracy theories in order to discredit the people who are really exposing and whistle-blowing on the dirty deeds that are being done behind our backs.
We know conspiracies exist. We just read about one this last week in the Torah portion about Balak and Balaam.
The Jews were camping out in the desert on their way to the Land of Israel. King Balak from Moab, unbeknownst to the Jews who were minding their own affairs, conspired with the great magician Balaam to destroy the Jews through putting a curse on them. All the while, the Jews were oblivious to their evil plan.
I love learning this Torah portion because it reminds us that though our enemies plan their evil schemes against us, G-d is ever watching over us and protecting us. This evil conspiracy happened without our knowledge, but still, G-d was lovingly taking care of us and destroying the plans of our enemies while we were worrying about collecting our manna and cleaning our tents and doing the mundane things in life that each day brings on a regular basis.
And so, returning to 'conspiracies', there ARE evil plots going on. We just don't know about them. One of the latest conspiracy theories going around now though, seems quite ridiculous. I am not one for 'theories'. I want the facts. That is why, though I will listen to conspiracy theories, because I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I don't believe them unless I see proof or at least very heavy evidence supporting their hypothesis. I don't like to 'believe' or 'trust' people. Show me the money, I say. So with no further stalling, here's the latest: The CIA killed Michael Jackson. That's right, you read it correctly. Sounds nutty, no? I also think so. Get a load of this short video clip below. Absoultely crazy!
Now, for anyone interested in this conspiracy, the story goes like this: "The reason behind the CIA needing to assassinate Michael Jackson, these reports continue, was an out of court settlement the pop icon signed with son of the king of Bahrain, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, this past November in London, and which stated, in part, that in exchange for millions of dollars previously lent to Mr. Jackson by the Sheikh, Mr. Jackson would allow his sold-out United Kingdom concerts to be a “platform” for warning the World of a soon to occur mass genocide event."
Apparently, they say that some pharmaceutical companies are purposely making us sick with laboratory plagues they realease (bird flu/swine flu [H1N1]), and then these same companies will want to vaccinate us all against what they purpossely released into the public in the first place. Only this conspiracy theory is even more sinister. In this conspiracy theory, they want to perpetrate a 'genocide' by poisoning us all with the very same vaccines they say will 'help' us. The details of this incredibly weird story is here:
What's interesting is that these people use real facts, but mix it with other subjects (like Michael Jackson and the CIA) which really make the whole thing sound absurd. This technique confuses people because SOME of it could be true, but not all. Go then and try to filter out the truth from the absurd. It's confusing.
Do I have proof that the CIA did not kill Jackson? No. However, it seems crazy. But remove the CIA and Jackson from the equation and there the craziness stops. Because the other pieces of their puzzle could be true. It’s just the mixing with other crazy stuff that makes people laugh and then throw the baby out with the bathwater.
I thought you all might want to view this interesting piece (down below) from a former pharmaceutical doctor/employee. While I don't harbor a 'hatred' against pharmaceutical companies, because they DO do some good stuff, on the other hand, I am also very skeptical of their drugs. While a medicine might help your headache, it can damage your kindeys.
If I take an aspirin, you know I am on my death bed. Ok, yes, I am exaggerating, but really, I let fevers take their course unless they are really high, and the only time I took pills voluntarily was when I had sciatica and a slipped disc and I was in excruciating pain for so long, for so many weeks, that I finally gave in. And even then, I only took Advil Gel capsules and/or some Etopan (for Musculoskeletal pain/inflammation) for my back and sciatica pain. Nothing stronger.
But what about the vaccines we pump into our new borns? It seems they all get the same dosage whether they are 10 pounds or 20 pounds. THAT can't be right or healthy, can it? How can they create a 'standard' when one kid is so much bigger than another and then give them the same dosage? Then there is the question of the spike in autism and PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder (like autism but not as high up on the ladder) in our kids? Some are saying that children's vaccines are responsible for this surge in autism cases.
Could it be the mercury in these vaccines that keep them from spoiling that has possibly made our kids autistic? Watch this video and the whistle-blower in it, and come to your own conclusion. As for me, I don't have enough facts to come to a conclusion yet. All I know is that one of my sons started to act strangely as a baby, and was ultimately diagnosed with PDD. Here in Israel, we got great 'free' care for him and today he is almost 'normal'. So much so, that they want to release him out of the school program for kids with PDD. I and others here in Israel are very fortunate that we got such great care and attention and help for our kids, but what about other families around the world? And what about the push to give kids ritalin today? Is that not scary as well? Wouldn't a change in diet be able to help kids sit still in class and concentrate better? Our food is so full of white sugar and chemicals, that it's no wonder kids can't sit still in class and pay attention today. Is THIS a conspiracy to put kids on ritalin today? (The video is in English. Wait for the short intro in Hebrew to pass.)
Is there really such evil and greed in these pharmaceutical companies, so much so that they would purposely harm people just to make money? Some people say yes. What conclusions have you come to?