The American-Jewish Olive

Today, an olive best categorizes the American Jew. We'll learn how and why in today's emuna-oriented analysis of current events in the USA.

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Yisgadal V'Yiskadash: MP3 Vocal

For those who had difficulty downloading the mp4 video of Yisgadal V'Yiskadash, here is a much lighter file of the vocal only. Click the link below the audio player, and you be directed to our site where thanks to our loyal donors, you can get a free download. This is a vital message about Aliya and sanctifying Hashem's Name, so there's big rewards in sharing this with as many people as possible. Hope to see you soon in Israel, with Moshiach and our rebuilt Holy Temple, amen!

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Yisgadal V'Yiskadash: Hashem's Holy Name and the Land of Israel

In Tana D'Bei Eliahu, Eliahu Hanavi teaches us that when the People of Israel settle in the Land of Israel, Hashem's Name is sanctified around the world. We therefore exalt Hashem's Name by settling in the Land of Israel and building it, as we see and hear below:

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Onions and Lame Ducks

Shavua Tov! This week's Emuna News shows how the similar pattern of politics on both sides of the Atlantic is a clear sign of the way Hashem is preparing the world for the new era of Moshiach.

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Aliya and Emuna

Many people have been asking for my thoughts on Aliya. Successful Aliya depends on emuna, but to attain complete emuna, a person must make Aliya. This 11-minute vid is very befitting for Erev Shabbat Lech Lecha, when our forefather Abraham, who is also the father of emuna, got his marching orders from Hashem. Here's food for thought, not just about Aliya, but where life is headed:

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Reader's Feedback:

YK sent me a beautiful email about the above post; see this:

HaRav Brody, your comment about "kosher tomatoes" in Eretz Yisrael reminded me of an incident many years ago. My mother came for a visit when I was living in Migdal HaEmek, a development town in the Galilee. 
One time, she and I went to the outdoor shuk (open market) to buy produce. The tomatoes were exquisite,  so Mom selected the best of the best in order to harvest their seeds and plant them in her yard when she returned to Ohio. Mom grew up on a farm and she raised us on a home farm. She was an expert in harvesting seeds, storing them, and planting them in just the right environment for their optimal development. She was so anxious to get the seeds back to the States and eat  awesome Israeli tomatoes there!
What happened? Mom planted the seeds in the rich Ohio soil. But instead of big, lucious, juicy tomatoes...she got long, spindly vines with a few very small tomatoes. Such a disappointment! Everything seemed right - strong seeds planted in a rich soil. Optimum environment. Mom was baffled - in her 50 years of farming, this had never happened!
I think the tomatoes "knew" they were no longer in Eretz Yisrael. True, they did take root and produce tomatoes. But since they weren't in the optimal environment (Eretz Yisrael), they couldn't reach their peak development. We're like those tomatoes - we can only reach our peak in Eretz Yisrael. 
HaRav, you also mentioned Rav Pinchas Winston as one of the rabbanim encouraging aliyah. He wrote a fantastic book about just how special (and imperative) Eretz Yisrael is to a Jew and to Redemption - Talking About Eretz Yisroel-The Profound and Essential Meaning of Making Aliyah.  It's unbelievable how precious and critical it is for a Jew to live in the Land!
Thank you for this important video message. May all Jews desire the Land and come home!


Emuna News: Avalanche or Birth?

Welcome to Emuna News, where you find out what's really happening in the world. Today's news update and message is, "Avalanche or Birth?" It sounds weird, but it's an exact description of current events right, where we find out the connection between COVID 19, wildfires, BLM, Geula, Moshiach and Yom Kippur.

Tending the Vines

Throughout Tanach, "Hashem's vineyard" (see Isaiah 5:7, for example) is a metaphor for the Land of Israel and the vines symbolize the Jewish People. On the Sabbath, we sing the ancient "Dror Yikra" sonnet that was composed over a thousand years ago by Donash ben Labert from Spain, where he alludes to a prophecy in Jeremiah 2:21 when Hashem promises that He will replant the "cuttings" - those who have been cut off from their ancient homeland - in His vineyard. As such, the flourishing vineyards in the Land of Israel are a clear sign of the imminent redemption and ingathering of the exiles, as is we see today with our own eyes.

Moshiach and Geula: The Gaon of Vilna with Today's News

Reading the description of what will happen directly prior to Moshiach and Geula in the teachings of the Gaon of Vilna osb"m describes exactly what's happening in today's current events, but not at all in a politically correct fashion. Today's lesson pulls no punches and is taken directly from "Even Shlema," one of the Gaon's phenomenal books: