- At the LA Times, a video and article about how the copper ruins in Jordan bolster the biblical record of King Solomon. From the article, but read it all:
Because wood was used to produce the heat for smelting, charcoal samples are available for dating. Two years ago, Levy reported radiocarbon dates from the site indicating that mining was taking place in the 10th century BC. Finkelstein and others objected, noting that archaeological evidence in the nearby highlands of Edom showed no evidence of habitation before the 8th century BC.
To answer those criticisms, Levy's team excavated through 20 feet of slag near the center of the site, carefully documenting the location of each bit of charcoal and other artifacts. The charcoal was then dated by physicist Thomas Higham of Oxford University.
The bottom stratum of the site revealed a period of extensive mining that lasted for about 40 years around 940 BC and produced 9 feet of slag. There was then a major disruption in mining about 910 BC, followed by a resumption in the 9th century BC.
- Update to the above: see the discussion at PaleoJudaica.
- Achas LeMaalah unfortunately supports the autistic false prophets. See here and here.
- A disprove of Jewish Freemasonry? A while back, in September, Shirat Devorah cited the following false prediction by Dov Bar Leib:
"I believe by Sukkot 5769, 2 1/2 years from now, it will all be over. Baruch HaShem that we can survive this."
Immediately before Succot, on October 5th, 2008, Dov Bar Leib posted the most recent entry on his blog. An excerpt:
It is now seven full years since 9/11/2001 and almost seven full years since President Bush started bombing Afghanistan. The Sabbatical cycle in now complete. How G-d advances the Redemption this year, only He knows.Now that Succot has come and gone, and it is not all over. I guess this disproves Jewish Freemasonry. Or not. Events are being (or likely will be) "interpreted" as fulfillment of predictions. And he has now given himself at least until January, and will post sparingly, thus not putting himself out so much.
We still do not know if George W. is Gog. We will definitely know by mid-January. Until then I will write sparingly. If he turns out not to be Gog, and the Redemption comes anyway, I will gladly herald the good tidings along with many other bloggers.
In the comment section, a meshichist, Moshe Yess, writes:
So far no Basra "slaughter" and no multi-national boots on the ground in Jerusalem. Oil has fallen below $100 again. Nothing in your prior posts referenced a global economic collapse on Eruv Rosh Hashanna 5769.He has a few nice comments there. Another excerpt:
What occurred on Eruv Rosh Hashanna with the Dow falling around 777 points means one thing only: i.e. the Dow fell around 777points. The temperature in Phoenix may have been 83 degrees that same day. Are we to see a "sign" in that number too?Sometimes, having an alternate (though likely false) belief can impel people to make some good observations.
I took issue with 3 matters stated by Dov: 1) That there was an irrefutable Bas Kol "Message from Hashem" in the number 777. 2)That we could therefore accurately extrapolate that a Divine Blessing had departed "only" from America. A corrupt and illusion-based economic structure has collapsed GLOBALLY...not just in America. 3) To spin this global event as a "Message from Hashem" to make aliya or else die by not doing so is open and shut, self serving, Zionist propaganda wrapped up in Dov's Kaballistic divination of what occurred.
The fact remains that we are facing a global event that of itself is not new in human history. Around the 14th century there was an old world economic collapse born from the tricky practices of some Venice banks. This affected all of Europe and any country which had ties to that regional economy. Then there was the 1929 crash we all have heard about. Were those "make aliaya or die" Messages as well?
In summary what we have before us is a global economic crisis born of greed and Wall Street fraud. This became global because the global economy is inter-connected as never before in human history. A second shadow (and unregulated) banking system was established via the free market policies that got put into place these past 2 decades by special USA interest lobbyists.
The inherent Jewish desire for Moshiach and Geula has spawned many false announcements and incorrect interpretations in past Jewish history. Such were based upon Torah calculations of the End by emminent Sages which later proved wrong.
I have zero doubt that Moshiach is on his way and that his arrival is imminent and that it will change the world forever. But so far the "rule of evil" has not been lifted from the world. Jerusalem is in as much golus as NYC. And the State of Israel will not be immune from all this global financial chaos. Israel needs European markets and American annual charity just to survive according to the laws of nature. Can Hashem send manna from Heaven? No question. Will such happen now? I don't know. Possibly or possibly not.
Dov, as your long time friend, I am asking you to stop yelling "fire" in a crowded theater and creating a stampede of fear to promote "aliya".
- In terms of DreamingOfMoshiach's misinterpretation of a passage from the non-Zohar that Gog Bush would cancel the elections, she now suggests that Bloomberg's going for a third term, (which was not "rubber-stamped, by the way), where he still will have to run against someone else, is a precedent for Bush canceling the election. Well, November 4th is not so long from now, so we will see. Except in the same post she extended the time span for herself, just as Dov Bar Leib did, to January, stating:
"Even if the elections will not be cancelled, January inauguration willl definitely be cancelled and no one except President Gog Bush will preside until Moshiach arrives."
- Tanach Yom Iyun at YU, some of it webcast:Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future presentsCONTROVERSIAL FIGURES IN TANACHSunday, November 2, 2008Furst Hall (Corner of Amsterdam and W. 185th St), New York, NYSchedule9:45am
Dr. David Pelcovitz: Yosef and his Brothers: Insights on Forgiveness from Positive Psychology
Rabbi Hayyim Angel: Gideon: His Complexity as a Key to Understanding the Transition in Shoftim
Mrs. Nechama Price: Shimshon: The Greyest Character in Tanach
Rabbi Allen Schwartz: Mordechai: Why Wasn't He Accepted by ALL his Brethren?
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder: Eisav and Balaam in the Portrayal of Chazal
Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster: Tzidkiyahu, the Last King of Judah and the Question of his Surrender
Dr. Mordechai Cohen: Jonah's Struggle with Man and God: A Literary Analysis
Dr. Shalom Holtz: Yohanan ben Qareah: From Righteous Avenger to Insolent Man
Dr. Michelle Levine: The Sacrifice or Sanctification of Jepthah and his Daughter
Mrs. Smadar Rosensweig: Devorah: Prophetess, Political Leader and Judge
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag: David Ha'melech- What Makes Him the Paradigm of the Moshiach?
Rabbi Shalom Carmy: The Prophet and the Prostitute: A Literary and Midrashic Analysis
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag: The Problematic Stories about David ha'Melech and the Prophetic Purpose of Sefer Shmuel
Rabbi Mitchell Orlian: HaYotzer v'HaYetzer B'Sipurei Shimshon
Dr. Shira Weiss: Pharoah: Malicious Tyrant or Divine Puppet?
No Registration Required | Free AdmissionFor Men and Women | For more information, please email YUYomIyun@yu.eduProgram will be partially webcast live at www.yutorah.org/live