23 July 2012

If It's Too Early in the Morning, It Don't Matter How Interesting the Subject Is - I Still Fall Asleep


Originally published as a Note on Facebook
ג באב, התשע''ב
22 July, 2012

Copyright © R. Kossover, 2012
Thirty three years ago, in the summer of 1979, I moved from Brooklyn with my ex to study law at a spanking brand new school in St. Paul, MN, Hamline University School of Law.  Classes started early, and my first class was "torts" which is a topic that has nothing to do with baking.  Torts have to do with damages from things that go wrong, or from things purposely done wrong - what is called in Jewish law, "neziqín". 

Anyway, first year law school is all about reading appeals decisions of judges and trying to isolate from the appeals decisions "rules of law", which are then applied first in law school exams, and later to the practice of law.   This is a basic ability that any American lawyer is expected to have.  So, torts was all about reading appeals decisions on things that went wrong - gun accidents that killed or injured people, car accidents that killed or injured people, etc., etc., and inferring from them first the "proximate cause", the cause most directly responsible for the tragic event, and then assessing responsibility according to rules of law found in these appeals decisions - which were not always clearly writen by the appellate judges.

It's the kind of thing that can put you to sleep real fast, and it often did, especially in a first period class.  The professor was aware of this, and he told us to buy a book on torts that had a very interesting item in it - the decision of an appeals court concerning the issues surrounding the ship the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which carried taconite on the Great Lakes between Canada and the United States, which had sunk in a storm in Lake Superior in November, 1975.  This was an issue especially close to the kids in the class - mostly from Minnesota or Wisconsin, but it rang a bell with me because of Gordon Lightfoot's song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", which even parochial Brooklyn boys like me had heard on the radio.

The poor torts professor failed in keeping me awake in class - even though there was a spirited discussion about the insurance issues surrounding the sinkning, etc.  For me, everything other thanGordon Lightfoot's memorial to the 29 sailors who died on the SS Edmund Fizgerald was an etc. - one of the reasons I am not an attorney today.

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Originally published as a Note on Facebook

כ'ח בתמוז, התשע''ב
18 July, 2012

Copyright ©  R. Kossover, 2012

All over Facebook and other media we have been inundated with requests to honor the 11 slain athletes killed at the Summer Games in Munich in 1972.  And all we have been asking is ONE MINUTE OF SILENCE.  One minute, out of several hundred thousand.  One would think that human beings who presumably have a sense of common decency, would accede to such a thing with no difficulty at all.  But reality seems very different from common decency - the viciousness of barbaric sons of animals comes out when they smell money and the chance to humiliate the hated JOOS - and will allow nothing to stand in their way!!  A member of the International Olympig Committee apologized to the widow of one of the murdered, saying his hands were tied by the admission of 46 Muslim nations to the International Olympig Committee.  

And it got me to thinking.  Why should the admission of 46 Muslim nations get in the way of a minute of silence to honor 11 dead Israelis - killed 40 years ago?  And I realized that something bigger was going on here.  The devil is in the details, the saying goes, and here is the detail that really caught my eye - for I saw the horns of the devil sticking right out of it.  The Summer Games of 2012 begin on the Sabbath.  And ANY JEW  who wants to participate has to violate the Sabbath.  MY priorities are clear.  The Sabbath, a commandment in the Torah, comes before any pagan trash.  But for many Jews, this is not so clear, as they wallow in the culture of self-worship and materialism pushed by the Olympigs. They beg and plead for acceptance by this culture under any rubric of bullshit names, so as to escape what G-d said of the Children of Israel through the words of Bila'am: They shall dwell alone, a people reckoned separately from Mankind [b'midbár/Numbers 23:9 - in part].   But nota bene, the INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIG COMMITTEE refuses us this acceptance.   And in addition, it spits in our face - with its refusal to honor our athletes AND by KNOWINGLY VIOLATING OUR SABBATH to start their pagan games. So, the bottom line is this: 


A combination of events and the simple commandments in the Torah are coming together - and G-d is testing US - THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.  One does not need a long-bearded rabbi spouting halakhá to know this; one does need committee after overpaid executive committee to know this; one simply has to be a believer in the Living G-d of Israel, and NOT BE BRAIN DEAD!

Those of you who believe in the Living G-d of Israel, and who are not brain-dead, will get the point damned fast - and PASS the test. As for the rest of you - well, it's not MY job to try to make you see what you will not see. Either you will die because you REFUSE to see Truth - or you will live, and have Truth revealed to you in a way of G-d's choosing. It's HIS universe, and HE runs it.

Shabbat Shalom from Samaria, ISRAEL.

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Originally published as a Note on Facebook

טו בתמוז, התשע'ב
5 July, 2012

Copyright © R. Kossover, 2012

The boys at the Extinction Protocol can't get used to the idea that WWIII is here already. It started. The only question is how quickly will it spread and to where? I don't have the answer to that one, but a young woman whom I'll describe as the Holémet - the dreamer - has a clue. She has given permission to share that clue with you all.

I strongly suggest that you read this Note in conjunction with two previous Notes; LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE PAST 2012: Peeking beyond Zionism and its malcontents and THE HAMMER OF G-D.  The three form a single body of work.

Today, Rabbi Rachamim Pauli noted on his own page that the World Net Daily is carrying a piece about Donald Trump warning of an "October Surprise" - Trump: Obama will start Iran war to win election.  The rabbi asks us to focus on the Jewish holiday Hoshaná Rabá, which tradition says is the day G-d will execute judgement (annually) on the Children of Israel.  I would note that the Great Depression started the day before Hoshaná Rabá in the year 5690 (1929). 

In the meantime, enjoy peace while it lasts. Cherish these days, for they are the final days of an era. The "seeds of World War III" have sprouted.

The following is what The Holémet allowed me to share with you.  I sent this out as an email on 9 June of this year.  What follows is the text of the e-mail.

This is not really a vision but a description of a dream had by a young woman, whom I'll call the Holémet (Hebrew for "the dreamer").  I had a conversation on FB Chat with her on Thursday, 7 June.  Here are the key points.  

First, this is not a one time or two time dream.  The Holémet had this dream numerous times, with no  variations in it.  

Second, when the Holémet has had dreams of this nature, she has had them repeatedly for a period of time, and then they came to an end - and then the event dreamt of occurred.  In some instances the event occurred immediately.  But in many instances, it took at least a month.  In the case of Hurricane Katrina, the dreams stopped one month before.  
The Holémet wrote, 

"I saw Katrina four months before it came, and again several times - and then it stopped a month before it hit.  Is that a normal pattern?   What is normal?  I guess there is no normal."

Then later, she wrote,

"Well, [for] the Rabin one [there was] about two months pause; Katrina about a month; Japan, that melt down recently,  I did not know the location, only that it was in Asia - [for that] about 6 a month pause.  I saw the one in Italy recently with no pause, and told my sister about it.  [I have] many natural disaster ones [dreams] with about a month's pause, occasionally no pause."  

If you reflect, you will realize that the events in Japan, the earthquake, and the meltdown, are far more significant than say, an earthquake in the mid-Pacific, or Italy.  Clouds of radiation have been circling the planet due to the meltdowns at Fukushima. 

Thirdly, it is important to relate that 80% of the Holémet's dreams have come true.  Thus in looking at all this, the element of uncertainty is balanced by the repetition of the dream itself in exactly the same way.  

In the case of what I'll relate below, the Holémet has experienced this dream dozens of times.  Four months ago, they stopped - though in recalling it for me, she said she was shaking badly, it scared her so much.

This is her dream.  I've edited her writing to give it coherency, and remove the spelling errors.  But this is what the Holémet told me.

"These most recent dreams are so vivid and real.  I am not myself, but looking through the eyes of another -  in Jerusalem, an older woman with white on.  I feel the embers burn through the cloth on my arms and hear the screams and sirens, dogs barking.  Everything, just everything [has] the smell of ash and metal and hot air in my mouth.  It was at night during the attack though it was not hot at all outside, chilly, but not cold.

About, I don't know, a 1/2 mile from the Mount, standing in the south archway in front of me, a market to my right, I watched it [the missile] come in from the east going west.  The first one obliterated al-Aqsa, and the Dome [of Omar] literally exploded.  Everything on the top was wiped out.  I do not know what would cause that, but I sensed that they [the structures on the Temple mount] were not the target. The target was a government building, but the [missile] missed.  Anyway the follow up was [that] Iran was invaded by everybody.  The Arab nations were not happy with Iran.

Will it happen? I don't know.  Who has a weapon that can shear a man in half after lifting him off the ground?

But the [Temple] Mount was clean after that.  Well rubble, but clean!  One of the missiles clears everything to the Jaffa Gate with fire right up a road.  I went and looked at a map about a year ago, that clarified what I saw.  People are going to die.  This is a massive missile, not some little rocket.  

The sky above the [Temple] Mount is on fire.

Yes, [I had this dream] several dozen times.  It stopped suddenly about four months ago.  I do not know if something changed in the timeline to stop it, or if it is about to happen, but the war follows it.  I see these dreams as like snippets of time lines that I am given.  I did share it with Bibi [Netanyahu].  I sent it to one of his people.  But the people dying, Jews, Christians, Muslims, all sorts.  I could never have wishful thinking about [them dying], you know?  And then the war that follows it, [it is] just horrible - but Israel survives it.  Persia will fall, and Syria, too.  

Sorry I am shaking thinking about it."

There the narration the the Holémet ends.

I have never had a dream as vivid as that, though I did have a brief dream about nuclear war about 30 years ago.

Please think about what I've just related above.  If this dream stopped coming to the Holémet because something in the timeline caused it to stop, or if we are being given time to "clean up our act" by the Almighty, is not something I can say.  

If this dream is true, that is to say a vision of the future, then I suspect that it is a mere fragment of a whole series of other events that, were the Holémet to experience in dreams or visions, would overwhelm her. She sees these dreams as "snippets of timelines".

I'm guessing, and I have to emphasize that this is merely a guess on my part, that the amount of time between the cessation of the dreams and the event occurring is a message of some kind to the Holémet (and us) as to the ultimate import of the event in question.  In other words, there was a one month cessation before the onset of Hurricane Katrina - and a six month cessation before the onset of the disaster in Japan - I suspect that radiation clouds traveling around the earth are more important than the destruction of the "Big Easy".

There has already been a four month (as of now, July 2012, a five month) cessation from the time that the Holémet had this dream about Jerusalem last - and I suspect that the cleansing of the Temple Mount is of greater import than radiation clouds from the Fukushima disaster.  So, I suspect, and I must emphasize that I am telling you my analysis of all this, and not anything that the Holémet told me, that we have at least two months time before this event occurring - perhaps more, perhaps four months.  This brings us to October on the Christian calendar - and the beginning of the year 5773 on the Rabbinic calendar.

However, I may be wrong.  First, this merely may be a dream, and nothing more.  Second, even if it is a vision of the future, it may occur sooner - or later - than I'm guessing.  

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Originally Published as a Note on Facebook

ו בסיון, התשע''ב
27 May, 2012

Copyright © R. Kossover, 2012

We had the pleasure of being the meal guests today (Sunday, 27 May 2012 - Shavuót) of one of the most brilliant individuals I've ever known, a modest man who would never let me use his name in quoting his own brilliant work on the Calendar of Jubilees.

In introducing a d'var Torah, a commentary on Torah required at holiday meals, his wife told us of a dream her son had a decade ago, a dream that terrified him - and that his mother, like Jacob, our ancestor, has "kept in mind".

I'll describe the dream for you briefly.  In it, he saw two large TV screens.  On the left screen, he saw a blackened city with huge amounts of destruction and fallen buildings.  On the right screen, he saw a hand with a huge hammer splitting a mountain in half - and the two halves moved away from each other.

The next morning, after he said his prayers, the young man went to the rabbi who headed the yeshiva he was attending. The rabbi kind of equivocated, saying this was something for a wiser man to pursue.

Not long after, the students in the yeshiva were taken on a tour of Jerusalem and the areas surrounding it - and when he saw the Mount of Olives, he told his friends, "that's the mountain I saw in my dream."

The young man had never read the Book of Zechariah before - but in the last chapter of that Book, what the young man saw in his dream was described.  

"HASHEM will go out and wage war with those nations, as He waged war on the day of battle.  His feet will stand on that day on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will split open at its middle, forming a very wide valley; half the mountain will move to the north, and half to the south." [Zech.14:3-4]

Our hostess' point was that she believed that her son had dreamt of that day - the day that the Hammer of G-d would split the Mount of Olives - and that its approach was very very close.

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09 July 2012

Ruminations on the Destiny of the People of Israel, Part II

I. Introduction

Today (10 July 2012) is less than three weeks away from the 9th day of the Rabbinic month Av, tish'á b'av, the fast day of remembrance of the destruction of the Temples of Solomon and of Herod - both of which occurred on this day of disaster.  It is fitting that I return to the subject of the Destiny of the People of Israel, a subject I considered first in early 2007. The original essay on the topic can be read here, and I strongly suggest you do read it before you continue reading what I write below. It lays out, if nothing else, important definitions that allow one to speak with clarity of the Children of Israel, a clarity that avoids confusion. Like my previous essay six years ago, this essay does not deal with "the 'Arab-Israeli crisis,' the 'Middle East crisis' or any other of the cataracts that stand in the way of free flow of thought, ideas, people and commerce in this part of the world. I’m not writing about peace, I’m not writing about war. I’m not writing about making peace or making war. Those issues are not for this article. I’m writing solely about the destiny of my people, עם ישראל, the People of Israel."

II. בני ישראל - The Children of Israel -Their Traces

It is worth noting that the People of Israel world-wide refer to themselves with just this term - "Children of Israel" (b'néi yisraél). The Pakhtun, or Pashtun, also use this term, though it is influenced by the Arabic they have learned along the way, and they call themselves "báni israíl".

The reason this is worth noting is that Jacob, renamed Israel in the Torah [b'reishít/GENESIS 35:10], was blessed with twelve sons given him by four wives [b'reishít/GENESIS 35:23-26]. In addition to the twelve sons, he adopted as sons the sons of Joseph (his favorite son), Ephráim and Menashé [b'reishít/GENESIS 48:5-6]. These then constitute the Tribes of Israel, as these were the patriarchs who produced tribes. The Torah and Jewish tradition do not generally refer to a "Tribe of Joseph", referring instead to the tribes of his two sons. But amongst the Pashtun, we see a large tribe called Yusufzai - the tribe of Joseph. The Pashtun are the descendants of those Israelites driven from the Land by the Assyrians 2,730 years ago. We see their path to their present homes in Central Asia in this video in Hindi featuring Dr. Navras Ja'at Aafreedi. While most of you reading this have only the vaguest notion of Hindi, the maps repeatedly showing the path of the Israelites driven from the Land make the point rather clearly. The reason I raise this issue is that in the Torah, Jacob gives Sh'khem to Joseph as a possession. [b'reishít/GENESIS 48:22]

Is it possible that the tribe the Pashtun call the Yusufzai came from the city of Sh'khem and its environs? That they called themselves by this name, rather than Ephraim or Menashe? This seems, to me at least, a possible explanation for the title appended to such a large tribe. In attempting to trace the tribes of Israel, the only tribe I have heard no mention made of at all of is issakhár. So, out of the twelve tribes we are able to see the lines of at least ten.

At the moment, a powerful Pashtun nationalism is spreading among the Pashtun, something one can see in videos on YouTube. A large stretch of territory has been renamed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan in recognition of the Pashtun living in the north of the country. A tremendous resentment is brewing against the Taliban, the Americans and all foreigners who, in the eyes of the Pashtun, have brought nothing but death and destruction to Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. One can look at You Tube videos - or read the work of Professor Fazal ur-Rehman Afridi, who is now a journalist writing from Paris.

It appears to Jack Golbert, an Israeli law professor commenting on the near genocidal death faced by the Pashtun in their own land, that
a striking fact about all of the descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel is that they all are in places wracked by war and turmoil. The ground is fairly burning under their feet and they cannot remain where they are, where they have lived for much more than two thousand years. I am impelled to the conclusion that the time has come for their return to the House of Israel, the Torah of Israel and to our national homeland.
File that thought away. We'll come back to it later.

If you tote up the number of Pashtun and add it to the number of Jews in the world, you get a grand total of roughly 45 million souls, most of them Pashtun. Up until recently, that is how many Children of Israel I thought inhabited the planet.

I was wrong.

III. Check That Tote Board Again, Folks!

While communicating with Professor Afridi, I was requested to contact a gentleman named Remy Ilona from Igbo Israel Online, an organization in Nigeria. The name sounded familiar, and with a little research, I found out that the Igbo were already known to me as the Ibo. What I knew about the Igbo was that they were from southeastern Nigeria, many of them had been converted to Christianity by the British, were trained by the British as second level administrators there, and then when the Brits left in 1961, were stuck with the task of running Nigeria without the backup of British guns.

The familiar story happened to them as happens to any minority stuck with trying to rule. The majority - Hausa and Yoruba peoples of Nigeria - attacked the Igbo in pogroms (sounds awful familiar), and the Igbo fled most of the country to their homeland, which was then known as the Eastern Region. They declared independence for the region, naming it Biafra. A look at the map will tell you how successful that revolt was.

One of the first things I discovered from Mr. Ilona was that the white mainstream media never really reported on what was a genocide in Nigeria. The second significant thing I discovered from Mr. Ilona was that the "hopey changy Jesus salvation thing" (the Christianity the British shoved down their throats) wasn't working out for the Igbo - who have begun to return to their Israelite roots in a big way.

That's right. I didn't make a mistake typing. I wrote "Israelite roots".

Apparently for millennia, the Igbo have been keeping Israelite (or if your mind can't stretch that far, Jewish) customs. The big difference is that they have appeared to have lost all of their Hebrew, and, given that they have a four day week, do not have appeared to have kept the Sabbath in any way that a Jew would recognize it.

But when you look at the numbers, you have another 15 to 30 millions, living all over the world, but mostly in Nigeria.  There is an article in Wikipedia dealing with "Igbo Jews". According to this article, there are about 30,000 Igbo practicing Judaism in one form or another.  How accurate the article is per se is not all that important.  Christianity, the faith of the overwhelming number of Igbos, is based on a fellow who showed up about 2,000 years ago in Israel who was allegedly the messianic redeemer.  His claims and authority were rejected by Jews in what was then the Kingdom of Iudaea, a Roman puppet state, and he wound up nailed to a cross - the fate of hundreds of thousands of Jews under the rule of the Roman savages.

The point is that once messianic Redemption does occur, and it appears that it will occur relatively soon, Christianity will have outlived its usefulness.  So will Islam, for that matter.  Those people who are not Children of Israel, will take to obeying the Seven Commandments of Noah.  Those of us who are Children of Israel will be attempting to obey the Torah Moses gave us.  And one of the jobs of the messianic Redeemer will be to figure out just who is and who isn't a Child of Israel.  If we take the most generous estimate of the Igbo population, and assume that they are of one of our Tribes, we need to add another 30 millions to the 30 million Pashtuns and 15 million Jews.  

So now we are at 75 million souls.  And do note that the "Europeans" - the "white folk" among these 75 millions - are not the overwhelming majority at all.

IV. Shade Your Eyes From the Sun!

But there is more.  Here, however, it gets really tricky.

When we look at the Book of Ezekiel, we learn that the Hebrews living in Judea, the high priests especially, had become sun-worshipers [yehezkél/EZEKIEL 8:15-17].  When I spoke with a Pashtun woman about what religion the Pashtuns followed at first, she said that they too, were sun-worshippers.  So, we can come to the reasonable conclusion that our ancestors had departed the worship of the G-d of Israel, and at least some of them had become sun worshippers.

When you watch these You Tube videos - this one, this one and this one, you see the possibilities - though you also see serious errors in the perceptions of those who follow a religion that is based on, among other things, sun-worship - the Japanese.

I thought it worth following up, at least on You Tube, and found a series of seven videos dealing with this precise topic.  It is evident that the material from the videos highlighted in the previous paragraph were pulled from the seven videos linked to in this paragraph.  And, in watching it, I saw fewer distortions in perception.

The series of seven videos talks of 7,000 families, totaling up to about 190,000 people, who came to Japan along the Silk Road - this at a time when the total population of Japan was about 6 million people in all..  It displays similarities between Hebrew script and one of the ancient Japanese scripts, and quite a number of similarities between Hebrew words and Japanese words.  It talks of a "Gion Festival" where an ark, covered in gold, carried on two poles as was the ancient Ark of the Covenant, is hauled about for a month or so, .  claiming that this analogous to a "Zion Festival", supposedly from the days of King Solomon.

But these are not the real issues.  The real issues are "who are the Children of Israel in Japan?" and "how much of this is real?"   This is an issue for far wiser men than I.  What I can say is that if there are a significant number of Children of Israel amongst the Japanese, the image of Children of Israel being "your typical white man" will have been permanently erased.  If there are, say 20 million Children of Israel amongst the Japanese, then our numbers will have been increased to nearly 100 million people - and we will look like a cross-section of the entire world we will be expected to lead.  How this will sit with the types who think we should all look like pale wraiths clothed in black doesn't really bother me a whole lot.  They need their world-views shaken up badly.

V. Conclusion

In concluding this, I'm forced to return to a Biblical adage - "the people will starve for lack of vision".  The Jewish people lack for vision.  We don't lack intelligence or imagination.  If we did, we would not be the leaders of technology or science that we are, nor would we have survived against military enemies far stronger than we are.  We should have been defeated decades ago, suffering, if we were suffered to survive at all, in a backward morass of the Arab world, wounded indignity heaped upon indignity and going backwards on the planet, as our Arab neighbors are.

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