The pasuk (Bamidbar 33:17) lists as one of Bnei Yisroel’s travels, “VaYis’u MiKivros HaTaava, VaYachanu BaChatzeiros”. The Chasam Sofer says that we see a Remez from these words that if you overcome your indulgence, you become more Kadosh and closer to Hashem. "VaYis’u MiKivros HaTaava", translates to, “they traveled from burying their desires.” VaYachanu BaChatzeiros, they encamped in the “courtyard”. The courtyard, he says, refers to Olam HaZeh. Like it says in Pirkei Avos (4:21), “Hasken Atzmicha B’Prosdor KDei SheDikaneis L’Traklin.” Once we bury our desires we then enter the courtyard to perform Mitzvos and Ma’asim Tovim to prepare ourselves for our entrance to the palace, Olam Habah.
After listening to a BBC interview (BBC HARDtalk - William Schabas - Head of UN HRCC of Inquiry into Events in Gaza in 2014 (7/7/15)) in which Stephen Sackur makes statements such as the ones below, all I can say is it looks like Mashiach is coming.
Let's just talk about the Human Rights council generally because because you know Israel accuses that council of being fundamentally biased against its interests. They point to one basic statistic that over the last 10 years there have been 61 different condemnations and resolutions directed against Israel. Only 55 against the rest of the world combined. 15 against Syria 8 against North Korea. That just seems fundamentally unfair.
Click here to listen to the interview and to read the comments posted below the video.
The UN weighs in on a historical baptism site over here.
President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders on Monday, including 14 who were sentenced to life in prison, saying "their punishments didn't fit the crime."
What about Jonathan Pollard?