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Thursday, February 8, 2024

The Atzeret War (מלחמת עצרת)

This war began on Shmini Atzeret. Atzeret means to “tarry” or to “stop.” This war has been longer than previous recent confrontations. It is a war in which we have needed to tarry in order to finally stop the constant evil and terrorism we have faced.

Atzeret is also a term used for Shavuot. Both Shmini Atzeret and Shavuot represent the idea of Divine revelation that is above nature, connected to the number 8 (7+1) and to the number 50 (49+1). Modern Jewish holidays are commemorated during the Counting of the Omer. Yom HaShoah (13th) followed by Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzma’ut (19th/20th) and then Yom Yerushalayim (43rd). Each day represents an additional step towards the final redemption. The time has come to reach the end of the count, to stop only when our part of the job is done. Hashem will then do the rest.

(See also the Song of the Eagle in Perek Shirah for the Week of Shmini Atzeret (Week 4 of the Book): “And You, G-d, Lord if Hosts (Tzva-ot), Lord of Israel, awake to remember all the nations; do not be gracious to any wicked traitors, sela!” (Psalms 59:6))

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

#2 in Hamas eliminated: Arouri

 “Arour” in Hebrew means “cursed,” as in:

 אֲרוּרִים כָּל הָרְשָׁעִים

(“Cursed are all the evildoers,” verse from the Purim song, Shoshanat Yaakov, read after the Megillah.)

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Hamas and Sinwar

“Hamas” in Hebrew means violent robbery. If that wasn’t enough, the terrorist behind the attack is called “sin-war.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

138 hostages, gematria מנחם

 Menachem means “comforter.״ May we soon see comfort: an end to evil, and end to the pain and an end to the suffering.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

238 hostages, gematria רחל

 238 hostages, gematria רחל

16And there is hope for your future, says the Lord, and the children shall return to their own border. טזוְיֵשׁ־תִּקְוָ֥ה לְאַֽחֲרִיתֵ֖ךְ נְאֻם־יְהֹוָ֑ה וְשָׁ֥בוּ בָנִ֖ים לִגְבוּלָֽם:

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