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America Tomorrow

Are the Jews of America in Danger? Are they set to be the scapegoats of a great economic crash which economists say is on the way? Are there tangible signs?


America Tomorrow- What the Kabbalist Foresaw
Shortly before his death in 2010, the Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz revealed to his student, Rav Shalom Arush, three historic events he foresaw would happen throughout the world.
Two of them have already materialized — namely, the “Arab Spring” uprisings and the fact that Netanyahu was unable to attack Iran when he wanted to.
The third prediction Rav Yehuda Zev revealed to Rav Shalom Arush has not yet occurred. Hopefully it never will.
That third prediction is especially alarming. When Rav Lazer Brody originally announced Rav Yehuda Zev’s three predictions in January 2012, Rav Brody chose not to disclose the third prediction.
With economies crumbling, anti-Semitism skyrocketing and North Korea and Iran notching up their nuclear threats, the world is seemingly about to erupt. Literally. So with Rav Brody’s permission, I’m relating here Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz’s third prediction — which is no longer a secret.
But before I do, it’s important to first get a brief glimpse of who Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz was.
Rav Yehuda Zev was said to be one of the 36 hidden righteous people of the generation. Born in 1921, Rav Yehuda Zev studied in his youth under the famed Rav Yoel Teitelbaum in Satmar and was the only member of his family to survive the horrors of the Holocaust. After immigrating to Israel, he studied with leading Kabbalists and authored works on Kabbalah. Though he concealed his greatness and preserved his anonymity most of his life (his neighbors considered him a simple Jew), the heads of yeshivas knew him as an extraordinary holy and pure man. It was also known he could work wonders.
So what was this holy Kabbalist’s third prediction (the only one that has not yet taken place)?
That the Jews in America would be targeted and attacked.
Call it a holocaust. Call it state-sponsored pogroms with a 21st century, technological twist. Call it whatever you want; it’s one of the most worn-out plots in history: the Jews enjoy a “golden era” in whatever exile-land they happen to be living in and it turns horrifically sour. It’s happened too often before, and it takes a lot of suspension of disbelief that Jewish citizens of the U.S. are somehow immune to it.
Yet the obvious question remains: Would the United States government today actually kill its own citizens?
Shockingly, the answer appears to be yes.
In the beginning of this year, NBC News obtained a 16-page, confidential Justice Department white paper that justifies the killing of American citizens by targeted drone strikes. All without an arrest. All without trial. And all in the name of national security. 
The white paper states that if an American poses an “imminent threat of violent attack against the United States,” he or she “does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.”
Not only that, but the white paper reveals that an “informed, high-level official of the U.S. government” can authorize the killing of that American.
Who is this “informed, high-level official”? A senator? A police chief? A Chicago alderman? The white paper doesn’t say. But what it does say is that the only thing this unnamed official has to do to knock off an American citizen is to “determine” that this citizen has “recently” been involved in “activities” threatening an attack on the U.S.
The Justice Department white paper calls this a “lawful killing in self-defense.”
Andrew P. Napolitano, author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution and a former judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, disagrees.
In a recent Fox News article, Napolitano wrote that under the Constitution, the only time the president (not to mention any “high official”) can order a lawful killing is by “using the military when the U.S. has been attacked,” “when an attack is so imminent that delay would cost innocent lives” or by “using the military in pursuit of a declaration of war enacted by Congress.”
What makes the targeted drone-killing of Americans especially dangerous is that it clearly opens the door to genocide. All it takes is for some "high officials" to decide one day that Jews in America pose a threat to the country.
And if the idea of singling out Jews in the 21st century sounds far-fetched, take a look at today’s Hungary. Lawmaker Marton Gyongyosi of Hungary’s third-largest political party, Jobbik, called on the Hungarian government to compile a “list of Jews” he believes “present a national security risk to Hungary.”
This implication that by merely being a Jew poses a security risk sounds like Nazi-era rhetoric. But it was uttered less than five months ago.
And much more recently than that, the Jews of Greece are also finding themselves at increasing risk. A headline from an April 2013 issue of The Times of Israel exclaims: “Greeks Find Cause of All Their Woes: The Jews.” The subhead continues: “As Greece’s economy teeters on the brink, virulent anti-Semitism is making an alarming comeback.”
Could that possibly happen here in the United States?
Many economists warn of a near-future financial collapse in the U.S., and historically Jews are always the first to be blamed. After all, who would be easier to blame for an economic disaster than the Treasury Secretary (Jacob Joseph Lew) and the Federal Reserve chairman (Ben Shalom Bernanke)?
Finally, there’s the concept of emunat chachamim (faith in the sages). If the Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz said there will be a catastrophe for the Jews in America (and he was right about his other two predictions), then it doesn’t seem prudent to ignore the warning.
So what should those of us in America do then?
Let me quote Rav Lazer Brody:
“If you don't plan to make aliya in the near future, do two things:

Start praying every day that you and your family will be able to make aliya;

Do what you can to spread emuna — that way, you are Hashem's shaliach (emissary) wherever you are.”

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Forget me not3/20/2020 11:57:48 AM
  HaShem is the G-d and protector of Jews in America too!
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