Thursday, May 31, 2007

Channel 2 Interview With Rabbi Brod

By the grace of G-d

Channel 2 Interview With Rabbi Brod

In a special television program dedicated to the Rebbe on Channel 2 in Eretz Yisroel, Rabbi Menachem Brod (who insists on denying that the Rebbe discontinued the title of Chabad spokesperson) was hosted. Channel 2 reporter Koby Ariely asked him: nowadays, when we say an Israeli kid 'The Lubavitcher Rebbe' the first association he makes is 'Moshiach', is this the success of the Moshiach campaign or is there some sort of misunderstanding here?...

Rabbi Brod answered as follows: I can only say one thing one this matter. The Rebbe was very hurt by such expressions, and on several occasions the Rebbe told Chassidim in charge of presenting Chabad to the media, not to speak about this matter.

While It is pleasing to note that he remembers the directive of the Rebbe to Tzach not to comment on the matter, it is a shame that he does not remember the tens of positive answers from the Rebbe written to both individual Chassidim and Mosdos regarding publicizing the Rebbe as Moshiach, or the entire year that the Rebbe himself encouraged the singing of 'Yechi Adoneinu' with all of his strength. It is also a shame that Rabbi Brod doesn’t remember the edition of Sichat Hashavua (Yud Shvat Nun-Gimmel) where he himself explains how the Rebbe said about himself that he is Moshiach!

Comments from


They should of interviewed Rabbi Wolpo because he says the truth, send a link from here to the articles about the "black book"


The Rebbe said himself that he is Moshiach.


Rabbi Brod is making a chillul Lubavitch


Could you give us (and if possible translate to english) the Sichat Hashavua Yud Shvat Nun-Gimmel


Is this a news item or an editorial??


A while ago you put on the hebrew side of 18 proofs that the Rebbe is Chai Vikayom, could you translate that to english & post it here.


I totaly agree with comments #1 & #6 this site should listen to those comments.


If Rabbi Wolpo would be interviewed it would be the biggest Kiddush Hashem & Kiddush Lubavitch ever.


To number 8 it is never to late Channel 2 can interview Rabbi Wolpo now & he can fix the damage that was done.

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Also check out "Countdown to Moshiach"Moshiach. CAN THE REBBE STILL BE MOSHIACH? by Rabbi Shmuel Butman. Head of Lubavitch Youth Organization *. Published and Copyright 1995, by: International Campaign To Bring Moshiach ...

Moshiach and Zionism

By the grace of G-d

Mr. ----------
London, England

Greeting and Blessing:

Your letter reached me with some delay. In it you express your desire to learn more about the Lubavitch movement, etc. You also ask for clarification of certain questions.

Needless to say, it is difficult in the medium of a letter to expound adequately upon the various questions and matters that you touch upon in your letter. Actually, there is no need to have recourse to such correspondence, inasmuch as your Lubavitcher friends in London, whom you also mention in your letter and with whom you have personal contact, will be glad to go into some of these questions with you at length.

At any rate, in order not to turn you down completely, I will attempt to answer the first question that you put in your letter, where you refer to a statement of mine which you saw quoted in the press, to the effect that the happenings in our time in general, and in Eretz Yisrael in particular, are not the Beginning of the Redemption (Atchalta d' Geulah), while, on the other hand, I state that life in Eretz Yisrael must be conducted in accordance with the Torah, and you wonder whether there is an inconsistency there.

I wish to assure you that there is no inconsistency in the two statements, inasmuch as they are both based on Torah.

Thus, the first statement, namely, that we are not yet at the beginning of the Geula, is based on the clear ruling of the Rambam, who has explicitly defined the conditions and evidence by which to judge whether or not we are at the threshold of the Geula. Be it noted that this statement of the Rambam is to be found not in any of his non-Halachic works, where there may be room for various interpretations, but in his major Code, where he states the laws (dinim) in clear, precise and unequivocal terms. This is what he says after describing the last days of the Galut:

There will arise a king from the House of David, studying the Torah and practicing the mitzvot like his father David, according to the Written Torah and the Oral Torah, and he will induce all the Jewish people to walk in its ways and strengthen its repair, and he will battle the battles of G-d - it may be assumed that he is Mashiach. If he did so and was successful and built the Sanctuary in its place, and gathered the dispersed of Israel - then his is Mashiach with certainty...{Rambam, Hil. Melachim, ch. 11(end)

We see clearly that even after he induces all of the Jewish people to walk in the path of Torah, etc., it may only be assumed that he is Mashiach, but it is not yet certain, and it could in fact turn out that he is not. In other words, there is still a possibility that even this development will not necessarily spell the end of the Galut. As a matter of fact, the Rambam mentions in the previous halacha the fact that there was a time in Jewish history when it appeared that Mashiach had arrived, in the person of Shimon ben Kuziba, yet it later became quite clear that he was not. Only when - as the Rambam says - he will build the Sanctuary in its place and will gather the dispersed of Israel, only then will it be certain that he is Mashiach beyond all doubt.

On the basis of your letter, I think it is surely unnecessary to explain to you that the Jewish belief is that the end of the Galut will come when Mashiach himself brings about the ingathering of the exiles, as is clearly evident from the Rambam quoted above.

With regard to the second part of the statement, about the need to abide by the Torah, etc., I trust it is, again, unnecessary to emphasize to you at length that the Torah was given for all times, both in times of Galut and in times when the Bet Hamikdash was in existence. However, there are certain things which the Torah requires adherence only when the Jewish people are in a position to do so. By way of example: In your city of London, the Jews have no power to compel the closing of certain stores on Shabbat and Yom Tov, or enforce certain other laws. On the other hand, there were times in the past when a Jewish congregation or community had complete jurisdiction over its members, able to impose its will on the life and conduct of the congregation or community and bring it into strict accord with the Torah.

It follows, moreover, that the greater the authority and power the Jews have to direct and order their own life, the greater the duty to see to it that it be in accordance with the directives of the Torah.

Pursuant to the above, I trust you will not take it amiss if I add a personal note, to the effect that what has been said above about the conduct of a Jewish congregation or community, applies also to the individual Jew, namely, the obligation of a Jew to conduct his personal life in accordance with the Torah and mitzvot. This, of course, also includes the great principle of the Torah, V'Ahavta L'Reacha Kamocha{Lev. 19:18}, namely, to share a vision of the good by helping others move in the same direction. This is incumbent particularly upon one who goes beyond being just a private individual and who has an influence upon the many. The responsibility of such a person to exercise good influence in his immediate surroundings and in the world at large is, of course, all teh greater. In your case, I see that Divine Providence has granted you a special gift for writing articles and books, etc., through which you are able to reach a considerable segment of our brethren in different parts of the world. Clearly, it is your sacred duty to utilize this gift to inspire your readers to seek a closer identification with the Jewish people, not only in thought and speech, but in actual everyday life and conduct, in accordance with the principle of our Sages that the essential thing is the deed. {Avot, 1:17}

With blessing,


From The Letter & The Spirit, pages 272-275.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

If the Passover Story Were Reported by CNN or the New York Times

If the Passover Story Were Reported by CNN or the New York Times

Daniel P. Waxman

The cycle of violence between the Jews and the Egyptians continues with no end in sight in Egypt . After eight previous plagues have destroyed the Egyptian infrastructure and disrupted the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, the Jews launched a new offensive this week in the form of the plague of darkness.

Western journalists were particularly enraged by this plague. "It is simply impossible to report when you can't see an inch in front of you," complained a frustrated Andrea Koppel of CNN. "I have heard from my reliable Egyptian contacts that in the midst of the blanket of blackness, the Jews were annihilating thousands of Egyptians. Their word is solid enough evidence for me."

While the Jews contend that the plagues are justified given the harsh slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians, Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader, rebuts this claim. "If only the plagues would let up, there would be no slavery. We just want to live plague-free. It is the right of every society."

Saeb Erekat, an Egyptian spokesperson, complains that slavery is justifiable given the Jews' superior weaponry supplied to them by the superpower G-d. The Europeans are particularly enraged by the latest Jewish offensive. "The Jewish aggression must cease if there is to be peace in the region. The Jews should go back to slavery for the good of the rest of the world," stated an angry French President Jacques Chirac.

Even several Jews agree. Adam Shapiro, a Jew, has barricaded himself within Pharaoh's chambers to protect Pharaoh from what is feared will be the next plague, the death of the firstborn. Mr. Shapiro claims that while slavery is not necessarily a good thing, it is the product of the plagues and when the plagues end, so will the slavery. "The Jews have gone too far with plagues such as locusts and epidemic which have virtually destroyed the Egyptian economy," Mr. Shapiro laments. "The Egyptians are really a very nice people and Pharaoh is kind of huggable once you get to know him," gushes Shapiro.

The United States is demanding that Moses and Aaron, the Jewish leaders, continue to negotiate with Pharaoh. While Moses points out that Pharaoh had made promise after promise to free the Jewish people only to immediately break them and thereafter impose harsher and harsher slavery, Richard Boucher of the State Department assails the latest offensive. "Pharaoh is not in complete control of the taskmasters," Mr. Boucher states. "The Jews must return to the negotiating table and will accomplish nothing through these plagues."

The latest round of violence comes in the face of a bold new Saudi peace overture. "If only the Jews will give up their language, change their names to Egyptian names and cease having male children, the Arab nations will incline toward peace with them," Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah declared.

Monday, May 21, 2007

President Sarkozy Discusses Sheva Mitzvos

President Sarkozy Discusses Sheva Mitzvos

The newly elected president of France Nicolas Sarkozy, met with the Shliach of the Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach to Neuilly, Rabbi Dovid Zaoui, who presented the president with literature on the Sheva Mitzvos Bnei Noach. The bond between Sarkozi and Rabbi Zaui began about 12 years ago when Rabbi Zaui opened the Beis Chabad in Neuilly "Sarkozi always showed support for all Chabad activities, and he always seeks my advice before any important steps" Rabbi Zaoui told Rabbi Zaoui offered him to write to the Rebbe by way of the Igros Kodesh...

...and he always received unbelievable answers.

Recently, after Sarkozy was elected as president of France, he has not forgotten his close friend and confidant, who he shares an ongoing relationship with.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

'The Rebbe Appointed Me'

Following the release of the preview of the 'Black Book' and the media attacks against 'the committee to save the nation and the land', as well as attacks from within, Rabbi Sholom Yaakov Chazan interviewed Rabbi Sholom Dovber Wolpo, who said: "The Rebbe appointed me to be involved in Shleimus Ha'aretz. I will continue working as per the Rebbe's instructions". When did the Rebbe appoint him as his shliach for inyanei shleimus ha’Aretz? Does he act in the name of Chabad? Is the Rebbe in favor of soldiers refusing to obey orders? Which Lubavitchers have been attacking him and why?
Full interview in the latest edition of Beis Moshiach:

Thursday, May 10, 2007

What is a Jew

The Jews of Ethiopia

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Sanhedrin’s peace initiative


The Sanhedrin’s peace initiative

Hoping to rebuild Temple Photo: Haim Zach

Jewish group devoted to rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem to send letters to all world leaders, including Arab ones, inviting them to take part in project, attend conference on Temple Mount in Israel
Kobi Nahshoni

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been gearing up for an Israeli offensive in recent months, is bound to be surprised by the peace feelers he is set to receive from Jerusalem soon.

Without Saudi mediation or diplomatic procedures, the president will get a “Letter of Love and Peace”, accompanied by a historic invitation to visit Jerusalem, from The Supreme Judicial Court of the Jewish People, better known as the Sanhedrin.

After having tried their luck with the High Court of Justice and the government, the members of the Jewish group have set out on a new track in their struggle for the Temple Mount, aimed at rebuilding the Temple in the Jewish capital.

In recent days, the group members have drafted a letter that will be translated into 70 languages and sent to all government institutions in the world, including “the sons of Esau and Ishmael” who do not hold diplomatic ties with Israel.

Jews responsible for world peace

In the letter, the rabbis of the self-proclaimed Sanhedrin warn that the world is nearing a catastrophe, and write that the only way to bring peace among nations, states, and religions is by building a house for God, where Jews will worship, pray and offer up sacrifice, according to the vision of the prophets.

The rabbis also call on the non-Jews to help the people of Israel fulfill their destiny and build the Temple, in order to prevent bloodshed across the globe.

The letter will initially be translated into English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Farsi, and later also into Russian, Chinese and Japanese, and will include an invitation to world leaders to attend a conference dedicated to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem five months from now, during Succot.

Prof Hillel Weiss of the Sanhedrin explained that the Torah and the prophets have tasked the Jewish people with the responsibility for world peace. He stressed that the group’s project was to rebuild the Temple, not a “church for all nations,” but added, “We have all descended from the same father, this is not another primitive and racist approach.”

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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