The incredible wonder of Lag B’Omer in Israel, where the revival of the Jewish Nation in Israel is a wonder that is impossible to explain.
ed note–again, as discussed in the ed note intro to this previous post, it is of vital importance that all Gentiles with a vested interest in their own future survival read the various ‘diary entries’ and ‘manifestos’ which the ‘people of the book’–meaning the followers of Judah-ism–write for themselves in understanding the nature of the existential threat which Gentiledom faces at present, and, truth be told–which they have ALWAYS faced.
First a little background info on this ‘Lag b’Omer’ which serves as the topic of discussion in the piece scribed by our deranged Hebraic writer.
Like virtually ALL Judaic celebrations, it is first, foremost, and in toto a celebration of Judea’s ETERNAL and UNCEASING war against Gentiles, just as Passover celebrates the destruction of Egypt, Hanukkah the destruction of Greece and Purim the destruction of Persia.
Now, as to the aforementioned, while indeed the followers of Judah-ism celebrate PAST violence against the Gentiles of Egypt, Greece, and Persia, ‘Lag b’Omer’ (while not mentioning specifically–at this time at least–any particular Gentile nation like the previous three, nevertheless) can be understood to be the ‘opening’ celebration of the eventual defeat of Rome which at present the followers of Judah-ism are in the process of bringing about.
Since the unholy/ungodly resurrection of the Jewish state in the 20th century, ‘Lag b’Omer’ has been the remembrance/celebration of those feral Jews of Bar Kochba who fought the final war against Rome and lost.
‘Rome’–meaning the West–represents the greatest enemy that Judea has ever faced up to this time. ‘Rome’, as in the Roman Empire, destroyed Joo-roo-salem 2,000 years ago, leaving ‘not one stone upon another’ just as Jesus Christ Himself warned would take place, scattered the followers of Judah-ism to the 4 corners and forbade the Jews (under penalty of death) from ever returning to the ‘promised land’ again, except for one day out of the year, ‘Tisha b’Av’, the 9th day of the 11th month in the Hebrew calendar (911) the day when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD and later in 135 AD when the terrorists of Bar Kochba were defeated in the 3rd and final war against Rome and which led to the ‘Diaspora’ or ‘the scattering’.
Now, as far as the yearly celebration itself of Lag b’Omer, the curious Gentile with a vested interest in his/her own future survival will not hear specifically about ‘Rome’ in the same manner as one hears about ‘Egypt’ during Passover, ‘Greece’ during H’Nooka or ‘Persia’ during Purim. Just like virtually ALL Judaic ‘celebrations’ rooted in anti-Gentilism, all the noise and ‘jrama’ taking place are presented as ‘harmless fun’ like the lights of H’Nookah or the costumes of Purim.
In this case, the deranged followers of Judah-ism, the ‘children of Israel’ as they love to refer to themselves, light bonfires, just as the Hebraic author of this piece describes. Hundreds of them, all over the ‘Jewish state’, after spending weeks gathering whatever pieces of combustible materials–logs, branches, wooden crates, etc–and then piling them up for the ‘big day’, where simultaneously, they are all set on fire.
There isn’t anything harmless about this celebration as the followers of Judah-ism would like the soon-to-be-burned-to-a-crisp Gentiles to believe. Just as it is during Purim, where the ‘children of Israel’ engage in a symbolic form of cannibalism by eating pastries made out to be the body parts of their Persian enemies, likewise, those bonfires represent the various cities of the West, ‘Rome’ in the eyes of Judah-ism, which the ‘children of Israel’ are planning to exterminate–by fire, either in the form of nuclear weapons or in the social/political disintegration and riots that are on their way as a result of economic collapse and starvation–as a ‘burnt offering’ to yah-way, the violent deity which the followers of Judah-ism worship, a burnt offering which certain ‘prophets’ such as Obediah, Ezekiel and Isaiah foretold, to wit–
‘On that day the clans of Judah will be like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among the sheaves, and they will consume all the peoples around them on the right and on the left, while the people of Jerusalem remain secure there…’
‘…On Mount Zion there will be deliverance and the house of Jacob will reclaim its possession…Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire, and the house of Joseph a burning flame and the house of Esau will be reduced to mere stubble, for Jacob will set it ablaze and consume it and no survivor will remain from the house of Esau…’
And, finalmente, please note as well, and ESPECIALLY all yuuz ‘eks-purts’ out there still clinging to the baseless assertion that modern-day followers of Judah-ism have abandoned their ‘Torah’ in favor of the Talmud, just how many times the Torah (Old Testament) is referenced in the piece below.
Tzvi Fishman for Israel National News
For several weeks now, children, teenagers, and adults in Israel have been gathering tree branches, logs, and wooden crates for their Lag B’Omer bonfires. They work like skilled engineers, erecting tepee-shaped towers that rise thirty-feet high into the sky. The heat of the blaze is so intense, I have to be careful that my beard doesn’t catch fire.
The incredible wonder of Lag B’Omer in Israel is like nowhere else in the world. Not only are the hillsides of Jerusalem ablaze with towering bonfires in tribute to the great light of Torah that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed; not only are the streets of Jerusalem inundated with the smoke of burning embers, but mountainsides and forests all over the country are lit up with the fiery love of Torah which kindles in every Jewish heart.
Not only the streets, but the smoke of these holy bonfires penetrates into every single apartment and house, like the aroma of incense on the Temple’s altar, penetrating through windows and concrete walls to reveal the inner spirit of every Israeli soul, of every Israeli home, revealing the secret, inner holiness of the entire country of Israel whose National Soul is completely Torah, no matter how secular its surface appearances may seem to be.
This recognition is doubly important today, in the wake of Israel’s expanding secular government, when it seems that the light of Torah is being threatened.
Not so. Lag B’Omer, and the holy Zohar, which it commemorates, inspire us to look more deeply into the essence of our Nation’s existence and spiritual treasures.
This is what Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai taught us – to see below the surface appearance to the inner reality, to the secrets of Torah, where the light of Israel shines in an eternal, unquenchable blaze. The bonfires which light up the night on Lag B’Omer remind us that the eternal inner light of the Torah can never be extinguished in the depths of our Nation’s soul.
Rabbi Kook encouraged the learning of the Zohar and said it was precisely its study which would forge a pathway to Redemption in helping us to uncover the great hidden light of Israel.
Inspired by the light of the Zohar, Rabbi Kook writes–
Out of the profane, holiness will also come forth, and out of wanton freedom, the beloved yoke of Torah will blossom…. Let the bud sprout, let the flower blossom, let the fruit ripen, and the whole world will know that the Spirit of G-d is speaking within the Nation of Israel in its every expression. All of this will climax in a repentance which will bring healing and redemption to the world…
Indeed, the revival of the Jewish Nation in Israel is a wonder that is impossible to explain in any mundane fashion. Clearly, there are powerful inner forces at work as we return to our Homeland. Increasingly sensitized to our own national longings, we realize that alien Gentile lands cannot be called home.
The process takes time. The Nation is not transformed overnight, but gradually, the curse of exile is erased. From being a scattered people, the Israeli Nation returns to have its own sovereign state. G-d’s blessing is revealed in all facets of the Nation’s existence; military success, economic prosperity, scientific achievement, the resettlement of the Nation’s ancient cities and holy sites — all ultimately leading to a great national t’shuva, the renewal of prophecy, and the return of the Divine Presence to the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, in fulfillment of our prayers.
Rabbi Kook explains that the secular, physical rebuilding which we have witnessed in our time must necessarily precede the spiritual building. The Talmud teaches that the Beit HaMikdash was first constructed in a normal, mundane manner, and only after its completion was its sanctity declared. This is the pattern of spiritual building; first comes the physical vessel, and then its inner content. First the Ark is constructed, and then the Tablets are placed within.
Rabbi Kook writes–
Occasionally, a concept falls from its loftiness and its original pureness after it has been grounded in life, when unrefined people become associated with it, darkening its illumination. The descent is only temporary because an idea which embraces spiritual goodness cannot be transformed into evil.
It must be remembered that the Zionist movement did not begin with Herzl, but rather with the giants of Torah, the Baal Shem Tov and the Gaon of Vilna, more than a hundred years earlier. They sent their students to settle Eretz Yisrael, teaching that the active resettlement of the Land was the path to bringing the long-awaited Redemption. Other great Rabbis, Rav Tzvi Hirsh Kalisher, Rav Eliyahu Guttmacher, and Rav Shmuel Mohliver were the actual builders of the early Zionist groups like the ‘Lovers of Zion.’ Then, as the movement spread, its message attracted many non-religious Jews as well.
The Zohar teaches that the return to Zion and the revival of the Jewish nation in Israel is the earthly foundation for the revelation of the Kingdom of G-d in the world.
However, when a holy idea needs to be grounded in reality, it necessarily descends from its exalted elevation. When this happens, people of lesser spiritual sensitivities seize the idea and profane its true intent. Because greater numbers of people can grasp the idea in its minimized form, its followers increase, bringing more strength and vigor to its practical implementation. This trend continues until the inner spiritual light arises to banish the material darkness.
‘This process will surely come about,’ Rabbi Kook proclaims. ‘The light of G-d, which is buried away in the fundamental point of Zion, and which is now concealed by clouds, will surely appear. All those who cling to it, the near and the distant, will be uplifted with it, for a true revival and an everlasting salvation.’
Rabbi Kook’s deep spiritual insight did not blind him to the unholy lifestyles of the secular pioneers, and we are not blinded to the painful shortcomings of their followers today.
However, as the Lag B’Omer bonfires blaze all over Israel, filling each house with the aroma of Torah, we know that the holy essence of Am Yisrael guarantees that the Nation will return to its roots no matter how secular it appears to be on the outside.
Long before the establishment of the State of Israel, Rabbi Kook described this process in almost prophetic terms, declaring that a spiritual rebellion will come to pass in Eretz Yisrael amongst the people of Israel as a natural developmental stage of the Nation’s revival–
The material comfort which will be attained by a percentage of the Nation, convincing them that they have already completely reached their goal, will constrict the soul, and days will come which will seem to be devoid of all spirit and meaning. The aspirations for lofty and holy ideals will cease, and the spirit of the Nation will plunge and sink low until a storm of rebellion will appear, and people will come to see clearly that the power of Israel lies in its eternal holiness, in the light of G-d and His Torah, in the yearning for spiritual light which is the ultimate valor, triumphing over all of the world and over all of the world powers.
Elsewhere he writes:
The Nation’s eyes shall be opened, its soul will be cleansed, its light will shine, its wings will spread, a reborn Nation will arise, a great, awesome, and numerous people, filled with the light of G-d and the majesty of nationhood. ‘Behold, the people shall rise up like a great lion, and like a young lion, it shall lift itself up’…
Therefore, my friends, don’t despair. Governments come and governments go, but the light of Torah shines on forever.