Monday, March 23, 2020

The Time before the Mashiach, is it now? and did The Simpsons Predict The Coronavirus? Bill Gates did Exactly in 2015 on this Ted Talk

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money,  and spiritual engagement. Now also a Blogger on the Times of Israel. Look for my column

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A Creative Diagnosis

Abe goes to the doctor's office to collect his wife Sara's test results. The receptionist tells him, "I'm sorry but there's been a bit of a mix-up. When we sent your wife's samples to the lap, they got mixed up with the samples from another Mrs. Cohen and we don't know which one is your wife's. The bottom line is that the situation is either bad or not so bad."

"What do you mean?" asks Abe.

"Well," says the receptionist, "one Mrs. Cohen has tested positive for Alzheimer's disease and the other for gingivitis. We can't tell which is which."

"That's terrible," says Abe. "Can you do the test again?"

"Normally, yes. But your health insurance policy won't pay for these expensive tests more than once."

"Well what should I do?" asks Abe.

The receptionist replies, "The doctor recommends that you drop your wife off in the middle of town. If she finds her way home, don't borrow her toothbrush."

Ideas, that help explain how the world works

Berkson's Paradox: Strong correlations can fall apart when combined with a larger population. Among hospital patients, motorcycle crash victims wearing helmets are more likely to be seriously injured than those not wearing helmets. But that's because most crash victims saved by helmets did not need to become hospital patients, and those without helmets are more likely to die before becoming a hospital patient.

Bill Gates predicts 300 Trillion lost in this 2015 TED Video

He is unbelievably spot on in this video.

He qualifes as a prophet for sure and knows how to make a profit as well




I've often heard that "icy" is the easiest word to spell. Looking at it now, I see why.
If Bill Gates had a penny for every time he reboots my computer... Oh wait...he does. **************************************************************************   I got in touch with my inner self today. That's the last time I use cheap toilet paper.
The World Health Organization has declared that dogs cannot transmit Coronavirus, and there is no reason to quarantine dogs anymore. W.H.O. let the dogs out! ****************************************

What's the most groundbreaking invention of all time? The shovel. ****************************************************************************
My wife text messaged me with one word: "Earth." It meant the world to me. ************************************************************************

Just went in to Starbucks and the barista was wearing a face mask. I asked: Why are you wearing a surgical mask? She said: I'm not; it's a coughy filter.  ***********************************************************************
Yesterday I purchased a world map...gave my wife a dart and said to her "throw this and wherever it lands, I'm taking you for a holiday". Turns out we're spending three weeks behind the fridge.

 A guy walks into his doctors office saying, "Help me, doctor, I'm shrinking." "Hold on," says the doctor, "Be a little patient." 

I called the doctor "My wife is going into labor! What should I do?" "Is this her first child?" he asked. "No, this is her husband."

I don't want to brag, but I finished the jigsaw puzzle in a week... ...and it said 2-4 years on the box. ******************************************

My wife tried to take a selfie in the shower, but it was too blurry. She has selfie steam issues. *********************************************
How do you make the number one disappear?  You just add a G and it's gone. 

The Time Immediately Before Mashiach

I am not frightening anyone with predictions of an immediate coming of the Mashiach. Everyone knows we want this to happen so that we finally live a peaceful loving existence. And with all the strife and hatred in the world, we need divine assistance to get to this point.


What is not agree is when it will happen. Are we living in these times?


The time appointed by G-d for the Messianic redemption is a closely guarded secret. (according to our Oral Torah the Talmud (Pesachim 54b; Midrash Tehilim 9:2. See Zohar Chadash, Bereishit, 8a.)

 Nonetheless, we are offered many hints to recognize its proximity: when certain conditions come about, await the imminent coming of Mashiach

Most of these conditions are quite disturbing, clearly displaying a situation of the very "bottom of the pit." (We know from the natural world- that the darkest moments of the night are immediately before daybreak

One major source describes the world-condition in those days as follows: increase in insolence and impudence; oppressing inflation; unbridled irresponsibility on the part of authorities; centers of learning will turn into bawdy houses; wars; many destitute begging, with none to pity them; wisdom shall be putrid; the pious shall be despised; truth will be abandoned; the young will insult the old; family-breakup with mutual recriminations; impudent leadership, and what concerns us today a Major Plague troubling society ( Sotah 49b)

Other sources add lack of scholars; the succession of troubles and evil decrees; famines; mutual denunciations; epidemics of terrible diseases; poverty and scarcity; cursing and blaspheming; international confrontations nations provoking and fighting each other. (Sanhedrin 97a; Shir Rabba 2:29.)

In short, it will be a time of suffering that will make it look as if G-d were asleep. These are the birth-pangs of Mashiach, bearable only in anticipation of the bliss that follows them.

"When you see a generation ever dwindling, hope for him… when you see a generation overwhelmed by many troubles as by a river, await him.

"When you see nations fighting each other, look toward the feet of Mashiach."

Little wonder that some sages expressed apprehensions about those days in terms of, "Let [Mashiach] come, but let me not see him.(Sanhedrin 98b)

"The prevailing attitude, however, is to await his coming in spite of all, even if thereafter we shall merit no more than sitting "in the shadow of his donkey's dung!"

The troubles and agony of chevlei Mashiach (birth-pangs of Mashiach), however, are not unavoidable:

"What is a man to do to be spared the pangs of Mashiach? Let him engage in Torah and acts of loving-kindness!"

Moreover, there are also good and happy signs indicating the imminent coming of Mashiach: a good measure of prosperity a renewal of Torah-study; and opening of the "gates of wisdom above and the wellsprings of wisdom below," evidenced also by scientific and technological discoveries and advances; a manifestation and propagation of the mystical teachings of the Torah; and also "In the time that Mashiach will awaken, many signs and miracles will occur in the world."

On the verse dealing with the date of the Final Redemption:  "I am G-d; at its time I will expedite it." (Isaiah 60:22), the Talmud (Sanhedrin 98a) says: There are two possibilities how Israel's Final Redemption and the world rule by an exalted personality who will be the anointed [= Mashiach] king from King David's descendants, will occur.

One time will be a fixed date which is the final date set by G-d, without any connection to Israel's spiritual state. When this time arrives, the Redemption process will fully take place.  There is another possible date which is earlier than the final set date and depends on us. If we arrive at a situation where all of us will live according to the Torah, immediately we will be worthy of the Redemption and it will happen immediately!

These are the words of the Talmud:

"I am G-d; at its time I will expedite it."

"If they merit — I will expedite it (I will make it happen early.)

)If they don't merit — it will be in its time." (It will occur at the fixed time set for it)

So among the various conditions, are the fact that the majority of the Jewish People have to keep two Public Shabbat concurrently. With the closing of the airport and all public transportation on Shabbat by forced Government order, we are about to have our two public Shabbat's kept for the first time since the founding of the State of Israel 71 years ago.

Can we know when Moshiach is coming? Is there a fixed date for his arrival?

We, therefore, find that the date of "I will expedite it" is determined by us. And what is the date of "its time"?

The Talmud says::

The world will exist  for 6000 years."

In other words, the world was set to exist in its present state for 6,000 years. It should be noted that we are now in the 5780th year since Creation.

It is astonishing to see the parallelism between these Bible prophecies and their historic fulfillment. It is clear that we are in the time which matches our time period and the final years of "the world's 6,000 years of existence")

The omens that our sages received in the Oral Tradition concerning the characteristics of the pre-Redemption generation which were written down in the Talmud over  1,500 years ago, are being fulfilled before our eyes at an astonishing pace. Here are their words (Sanhedrin 97a):

Rabbi Abba said, there is no more clear sign of the oncoming End of Days than this, as it says: "And you, mountains of Israel, produce your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel, because they are about to come." (Eze. 36:8)

This means that when the Land of Israel will lavishly give forth its fruits, this is a sign that the End of Days is near. There can be no more conspicuous sign than this.

Remember that these words were written when the Land of Israel was completely desolate. So have faith. If we keep the two public Sabbaths, and says this is the time our worries are over.

Love Yehuda Lave


The Simpsons Predict The Coronavirus???

The Simpsons Predict The Coronavirus Season 4, Episode 21

Plague of locusts set to descend upon Middle East in time for Passover

'Extremely alarming' desert locust swarms forming in Horn of Africa — but will skip Holy Land By Amanda Borschel-Dan

A plague of locusts the likes of which have been unseen for over 30 years is about to hit Africa and the Middle East. Adding to the perfect biblical storm, the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting travel of international experts and in-country gatherings for training to combat the locust threat, said Rome-based Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman on Monday.

Cressman works at Locust Watch, a division of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, which gives emergency assistance to countries facing desert locust invasions and constantly monitors the status of potential infestations. According to the organization's most recent forecast report, there are new "extremely alarming" swarms forming in Horn of Africa.

Cressman, who has worked with the organization for over three decades, told The Times of Israel on Monday that the previous time the region has been in such danger was during the plague of 1987-1989.

The Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) "is the most destructive migratory pest in the world," according to the Locust Watch website. As depicted in the Book of Exodus, when the highly mobile swarms of Desert Locust form, "they are ravenous eaters who consume their own weight per day, targeting food crops and forage."

While one locust may not seem a major fresser (eater, Yiddish), the swarms can grow to millions of individuals, "with the capacity to consume the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people."

The current widespread breeding in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia represents "an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season," writes the Locust Watch website.

Locust Watch works in collaboration with affected countries to assess field data, information and reports in real time, said Cressman. The information, he said, "is combined with analysis of remote sensing (satellite) imagery, weather data and forecasts, and historical data in our geographic information system and database that go back to the 1930s."

Swarming desert locusts. (FAO/DLIS)

Institutional memory, as well as Cressman's experience, points to a very difficult year on the horizon: "Starting in early 2020, the global Desert Locust situation deteriorated, as favorable climatic conditions allowed widespread breeding of the pest in East Africa, Southwest Asia, and the area around the Red Sea," writes the website.

It appears that the hardest hit countries will include Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan, and Sudan, the last of which will likely be affected later this summer, said Cressman.

"It is always very difficult to find and treat all infestations, and this is the nature and challenge of managing Desert Locust," he said in an email to The Times of Israel. The inability to travel due to coronavirus restrictions may prevent proper, timely treatment.

Forecast of Desert locust risk. (FAO/DLIS)

Not all regions of the Middle East will be affected, however. Despite the proximity to the Jewish holiday of Passover, according to the useful forecast maps on the site — and confirmed by Cressman — it appears that the swarms will not hit Israel or the country's crops.

See you tomorrow bli neder

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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