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Netanyahu at the UN

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN and offered the world body a scathing rebuke for providing the president of Iran a platform to spew his hatred and nonsense. It’s been quite a while that someone has spoken with such moral clarity from the podium of the UN. Here’s the first part of his speech:

Years ago, when Netanyahu was the Israeli ambassador to the UN he had the opportunity to meet with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Click here for a video in which he describes the message that he received from the Rebbe.

I wonder if he was thinking of those instructions during his talk yesterday…


Here’s a video of Israeli reporters questioning him (in Hebrew) just after his speech:

Guess what? I was right!

It seems that he spoke again about his meeting with the Rebbe later that night at a special event in New York:

Benjamin Netanyahu has a message to the American Jewish community: It's time to get out and fight against the lies people are spreading about Israel.
Netanyahu himself, as he told a crowd of 1,000 hand-picked Jewish activists at an invitation-only event Thursday evening at New York's 92nd Street Y, has already embarked on the mission of making the world know the truth about Israel.
And this mission was handed to Netanyahu by none other than the late Lubavitcher Rebbe.
It was a lengthy tale, and Netanyahu was at his best: entertaining the audience with anecdotes, giving a personal touch and throwing in the unavoidable references to his military past. The tale begins with a friend of Netanyahu (from his army years) knocking on his door in New York when Netanyahu was Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, and it ends with the Lubavitcher rabbi dancing with a Torah scroll under a glowing circle of light.
The message the rabbi had for Netanyahu was that he is entering a "house of lies," and that his mission would be to "light a candle of truth for the Jewish people."

Read the rest.

Will Moshiach Make Me Wear a Burka?

How's that for a question!?

Here's a great answer from Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, a very knowledgeable and down to earth rabbi, whom I got to know when I studied in Toronto. Click here for the answer (which is an excellent introduction to the basics of the Messianic age).

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