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The 4th of July-Roman Peace (Pax Romana) and the 17th of Tammuz

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THE GOD DID NOT WANT ANY DAYS OF MOURNING BUT HOLIDAYS EVERY MONTH !  Rav Calphon in Aor Ganuz writes that the 17 of Tamuz would have been the greatest of holidays, it the “luchot” (Tablets of the covenant) were not shattered on that day. May it be quickly in our days !

We learn in Pesika d’Rav Kahana  from Rabbi Levi he  said: During every month of the summer, God wanted to give Israel a Festival. In Nisan, He gave them Pesach. In Iyar, He gave them Pesach Sheni [on the 14th of the month, a day when the Pesach offering was brought by those who could not offer it on the 14th of Nisan]. In Sivan, He gave them Shavuot. In Tammuz, He wanted to give them a major festival, but they made the golden calf and He annulled [the Festivals that had been set for] Tammuz, Av, and Elul. When Tishrei came, He repaid them with Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Succoth. God said, “Tishrei repays others [i.e., makes up for the festivals missing in the previous three months]. Shall he not take for himself as well [i.e., is it possible that the month not have its own Festival]?” He therefore gave it one day – Shemini Atzeret.

In Magillit Tynit we learn that the 8th, 9th and 10th of Tevet were observed as days of mourning as on the 8th the Torah was translated to Greek, the sages compare this to as grave a sin as making the golden calf. On the 9th Nachemyah and Ezra died and on the 10th of Tevet, which is the 10th day of the 10th month the siege on Jerusalem began by Bavel.

Parashat Matot, Masei and Devarim— are read during the interval of “Bein HaMeitsarim” (between the straits), the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. ALL THESE PARSHA COME TO REMIND US THAT WE NEED TO FIGHT AGAINST THE EVIL FORCE AS THEY ARE RELENTLESS AND THERE IS MUCH TO LOSE !

From the Senate in Rome till the Senate in Washington there has never been another like it

On July 4th in 13 B.C. began the culmination of Italy’s first unification under Rome as well as the start to the Roman Peace (Pax Romana), a 200-year period of relative peace in Europe and the Mediterranean. Roman “peace”  came from crushing opposition by military force.

Pax was a Roman goddess and the personification of peace, the Roman  equivalent of the Greek goddess Irene (Eirene). Augustus promoted the goddess Pax, who is depicted as a young woman with a cornucopia and olive branch or staff. A temple to Pax (Templum Pacis or Forum Pacis), built on the site of a meat market, in Rome, by Vespasian, was dedicated in 75. This would be shortly after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring  independence  from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

This day July 4, 1776 was in the Hebrew Biblical calendar the 17th of the month of Tammuz.

On the 17th day of Tammuz, Jews the world over fast and lament to  commemorate  the many calamities that have befallen our people on this ominous day.

Moses descended Mount Sinai on the 17th day of Tammuz and, upon seeing the Golden Calf broke the first set of Tablets carrying the Ten Commandments.

On the 17th of Tamuz the Greek occupation forces destroyed the oldest existing Torah Scroll and then placed a idol in the Temple.

In the First Temple Era on the 17th day of Tammuz The priests  in the First Temple stopped offering the daily sacrifice on this day

And the next year on the 17th day of Tammuz the walls of Jerusalem  were breached after many months of siege by Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces.

King Menashe, one of the worst of the Jewish kings, had an idol placed in the Holy Sanctuary of the Temple on . 17th day of Tammuz

In the time of the Roman persecution, Apostomos, captain of the occupation forces publicly burned the Torah on 17th day of Tammuz

Titus and Rome breaching the walls of Jerusalem in 70 CE on the 17th day of Tammuz

Pope Gregory IX ordering the confiscation of all manuscripts of the Talmud in 1239 on the 17th of Tammuz

In 1391, more than 4,000 Jews were killed in Toledo and Jaen, Spain on the 17th day of Tammuz.

In 1559 the Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted on the 17th day of Tammuz.

The Kovno ghetto was liquidated on the 17th day of Tammuz in 1944

In 1970 Libya ordered the confiscation of all Jewish property on the 17th day of Tammuz

Noah sending out the first dove to see if the Flood waters had receded was on the 17th day of Tammuz, .Pax Romana  July 4th all being the same day the 17th day of Tammuz is no coincidence. It is no coincidence at all, any intelligent person can see that. This pattern of tragedy does not stop at the 17th of Tamuz but continues for 3 weeks, till the 9th of the Biblical month of Av when on the same day Both temples were destroyed and many other tragedies happened. This “dangerous” period is called “Bain Ha’Mitzarim“. Time is a fluid continuum and according to our actions we create the influence of the Time. The sins that the children of Israel did on the 17th of tamuz lead up to the month of Av which is the astrological sign “Ariyah” (Leo) which is a fire sign according to astrology that is prone to Judgment. But ultimately it is the God who imposes the orders of influence of the Heavenly bodies, Astrology in order to make needed correction in His creation. Once we learn the lesson we will no longer need the severities of this time to be channeled to the world. One this will be when we have made corrections for the errors and lacking we inflicted in this time period. This is becouse as said in saying of our fathers ‘All is foreseen but there is freedom of choice”. The 17th of Tamuz was the result of the sin of the Golden calf in the first year after Yisrael left Egypt. The 9th of Av resulted from the sin of the spies. Time is a fluid continuum for evil or good, which builds..

On July 27th, 2004 Senate candidate Barack Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Obama walked on stage unknown, and walked off as a star. July 27th, 2004 was the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, “Tisha B’Av.” The perpetual day of mourning for the Jewish people. It is the day when both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed, also the same day the spies in the Bible brought a bad report about the land. It this was this day that Obama’s star began to rise, so it surely wasn’t good for the People of Israel. Barack Hussein Obama in Hebrew is numerical value – בראק חוסיין אובאמה – 502. The numerical value of “Edom Ishmael”, like this – אדום ישמעאל – is also 502. The Zohar says the unification of Edom Ishmael make Amalak (Souls who hate God and His people) Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the USA 44 is numerical value דם (blood) This year, the 4th of July Independence day celebration falls on Shabbat, the 17th of Tammuz, which is to Yisrael a day of mourning and fasting. Know, this brings us full cycle as America was founded on the 17th of Tammuz ,also a Shabbot on the 4th of July in 1776 Just this week the American supreme court ruled that Yerushalayim does not belong to Israel, but the court decided to make gay marriage legal and to be enforced through all 50 states. Also this week they made the White house lit up in rainbow colors, symbolic of the covenant of Noach, which reminds us that when God is very upset with the people on earth, like he was at the time of the flood He will not destroy the world with a flood. In the same week the court ruled that a monument commemorating the 10 commandments on public property must be removed. The Rebbe of Riminov, who visited communities composed of immigrants from South America and from France in Florida, gave an unequivocal order for Jews to leave and go to Israel, saying that a civil war will break out in the US. The Rebbe said: “Leave as long as you still can. The situation will get worse and it will be difficult to move from one state to the other, after World War II the survivors came and asked why Gedolei Yisroel and Hasidic leaders did not instruct the Jews of Europe to leave in time and immigrate to Israel or the United States before the war broke out? The truth must be told: they said and how they said, they begged Jews, please flee from the burning ground, but part of the decree was that they did not listen. “Today,” said the Rebbe of Riminov, “Listen to me carefully dear Jews, whoever can get up and move to the Holy Land should get up and do so as soon as it is still possible, this includes large parts of South America and most of Europe. “The US too will be a place of danger in the war and it is still too early to point out which state within the United States will survive, but many parts will be destroyed and poisoned, even a civil war will break out in the United States and states will cut themselves off from the federal government. They US will not serve as a safe haven but survivors will remain here. Eretz Yisroel will be the safest place to survive the war, although there will terrible difficulties there as well. FROM http://www.bhol.co.il/article.aspx?id=81678 It was on the 9th of Av Moses sent out the spies to the Land of Israel and they brought back a bad report which resulted in people loosing faith and fearing to enter the land. On this same day years later the Babylonians destroyed the 1st Temple and Killed many of the Jewish Population and on this same day over 400 years later the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple and Killed many of the Jewish Population. A Year later the Roman emporor decreed to build a pagan temple on the Temple mount. Jeremiah in Lamentations writes :The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; He will no more carry you away into exile; he will visit your iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will uncover your sins.” (4:22) Jeremiah said this before Edom- Rome destroyed the 2nd Temple. From this we see that after the destruction of the 2nd Temple by Edom and its exile, there will be no more exiles.He will no more carry you away into exile”. What we will see is the punishment of Edom for their cruelty :he will visit your iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will uncover your sins.” Rabbi Acha was walking with Rabbi Yehuda on the way. As they were walking, Rabbi Yehuda said it is written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise” (Amos 5:2). I came to Rabbi Shimon with a darkened face. He said to me, from the look on your face what is in your heart is seen. I said to him, indeed my mouth and heart speak the same. He said to me, speak up. I said to him, it is written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise.” So if a man who is angry with his wife and she goes away, she will never go back to him. If so, woe to the children who are exiled with her. He said to me, is what the friends said about this not sufficient to you? I said, I have heard what they say, and it is graceful. But my mind is not yet clear about it. He said to me, woe to the generation where there are no shepherds, and the flock wanders and goes without knowing whither, neither right nor left. Assuredly this verse needs to be familiar, and everything is revealed to those who look through the way of the Torah in a true way. Come and see: For all the exiles of Isreal, He set a time and limit to them all. God set a limit to the time period of all the exiles of the Jews, except the last. Concerning the first exile of the Hebrews. The Egyptian exile had been foretold to Abraham at the famous Covenant Between the Pieces (Genesis 15:13). “And God said to Avram: You must surely know that your offspring will sojourn in a foreign land; they will enslave them and hurt them for four-hundred years.” Ultimately, the Egyptians went “above and beyond the call of duty” in their fulfillment of “they will enslave and hurt them.” – “They embittered their lives with strenuous work (Shemos/Exodus 1:14). In the end, the Jews were in Egypt for only 210 years. It was the intensity of their subjugation that facilitated their premature emancipation. Jeremiah prophesied the 70-year exile of Babylon, the first temple exile. (Jeremiah 25:1) In them all, they turned to the Holy One, blessed be He, and the virgin of Israel, returned to her place in the time decreed. On the last exile, it is not so, for she will not return as in the times of the other exiles. This verse teaches this, for it is written, “The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise” and not written, ‘is fallen; I shall no more raise her’. There is an allegory of a king who was angry with the queen and cast her away from her palace for a certain time. At the appointed time, the queen immediately returned and came before the king. It happened so once, twice, thrice. On the last time, she went far away from the king’s palace and the king cast her from his palace for a long time. The king said, This time is different than other times. She will not come to me but I shall go together with all the retinue of my palace and seek her. When he reached her, he saw her lying in the dust. Who has ever seen the glory of the queen at that time and the entreaties of the king before her? Eventually the king held her in his hands, raised her and brought her to his palace and swore to her that he would never separate from her again, nor stay away from her. The Holy One, blessed be He, will do likewise. Whenever the Community of Isreal was in exile, when the time came, she returned and came before the King. But in this exile, the Holy One, blessed be He, Himself will hold her hands, raise her, reconcile Himself to her and bring her to His palace. Come and see: It is indeed so as written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise” BY HERSELF. Therefore, it is written, “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen” (Amos 9:11). She will no more rise as in other times, but I shall raise her, SHE WILL NOT RISE OF HERSELF. This is why it is written, “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen.” I will raise up the tabernacle of David. What is the tabernacle of David? It is the virgin of Isreal “that is fallen,” as in the words: “is fallen.” It is to the glory of the virgin of Isreal and to her praise THAT SHE WILL NO MORE RISE OF HERSELF, BUT THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, WILL RAISE HER. I have learned this at that time. Rabbi Yehuda said, Surely you have persuaded me and it agrees with me. This is the explanation of this matter. This agrees with another explanation, which I have heard but forgotten, but now I have regained it. We learned what Rabbi Yosi said that the Holy One, blessed be He, will proclaim about the Community of Isreal saying, “Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem” (Isaiah 52:2); namely, like one holding his friend’s hand, saying, Shake yourself and rise. So will the Holy One, blessed be He, hold her and say, Shake yourself, arise. Rabbi Acha said to him: All the retinue of the King’s palace started also TO SPEAK TO HER in this language: “Arise, shine; for your light is come” (Isaiah 60:1), for the King is here. Surely then, when the King makes peace with her, it is her glory and the joy of everyone. On every occasion, she came before the King and rose before Him, as written, “And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king” (I Kings 1:28). This time it is not so, but the King will come to her and placate her and return her to His palace. Hence, it is written, “Behold, your king comes to you” (Zecharyah 9:9) and not you to him. He “comes to you” to pacify you and to raise you. He comes to you to perfect you in everything and He comes to you to raise you to His palace and join you in a CONSTANT everlasting union, as written, “And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness” (Hosea 2:22). This is referring to the ultimate redemption. As preparation to bring the messianic era closer and to reveal the positive qualities and joy that are latent in these Three Weeks. It  is a very good custom to  conclude   Torah works you learning in these 3 weeks, especially the 9 days of Av and have a  “siyyum” (celebration one makes when completing reading a book) These should be held on each of the Nine Days, including Shabbat.

“These activities will hasten the transformation of these days into days of celebration, when with true and complete joy we shall proceed together with Moshiach, to the Holy Land, in the true and ultimate Redemption


The 4th of July-Roman Peace (Pax Romana) and the 17th of Tammuz
July 8, 2009, 8:30 am
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On July 4th in 13 B.C. began the culmination of Italy’s first unification under Rome as well as the start to the Roman Peace (Pax Romana), a 200-year period of relative peace in Europe and the Mediterranean. Roman “peace” came from crushing opposition by military force.

Pax was a Roman goddess and the personification of peace, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Irene (Eirene). Augustus promoted the goddess Pax, who is depicted as a young woman with a cornucopia and olive branch or staff. A temple to Pax (Templum Pacis or Forum Pacis), built on the site of a meat market, in Rome, by Vespasian, was dedicated in 75. This would be shortly after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

This day July 4, 1776 was in the Hebrew Biblical calendar the 17th of the month of Tammuz.

On the 17th day of Tammuz, Jews the world over fast and lament to commemorate the many calamities that have befallen our people on this ominous day.

Moses descended Mount Sinai on the 17th day of Tammuz and, upon seeing the Golden Calf broke the first set of Tablets carrying the Ten Commandments

In the First Temple Era on the 17th day of Tammuz The priests in the First Temple stopped offering the daily sacrifice on this day

And the next year on the 17th day of Tammuz the walls of Jerusalem were breached after many months of siege by Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces.

King Menashe, one of the worst of the Jewish kings, had an idol placed in the Holy Sanctuary of the Temple on . 17th day of Tammuz

In the time of the Roman persecution, Apostomos, captain of the occupation forces publicly burned the Torah on 17th day of Tammuz

Titus and Rome breaching the walls of Jerusalem in 70 CE on the 17th day of Tammuz

Pope Gregory IX ordering the confiscation of all manuscripts of the Talmud in 1239 on the 17th of Tammuz

In 1391, more than 4,000 Jews were killed in Toledo and Jaen, Spain on the 17th day of Tammuz.

In 1559 the Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted on the 17th day of Tammuz.

The Kovno ghetto was liquidated on the 17th day of Tammuz

in 1944

In 1970 Libya ordered the confiscation of all Jewish property on the 17th day of Tammuz

Noah sending out the first dove to see if the Flood waters had receded was on the 17th day of Tammuz, they had not

July 4th – Pax Romana  and  17th day of Tammuz all being the same day is no coincidence

This thursday is the 17th of Tammuz