US Ambassador to Israel Meets With Rav Elyashiv

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rav-elyashiv2US Ambassador to Israel James B. Cunningham paid a visit, along with Alex Daniels director of the American Cultural Center, and an entourage, to the home of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv shlit”a following a request by the Ambassador to hear Rav Elyashiv”s remarks on the state of Israel and the needs of the chareidi community. Rav Yosef Efrati, Rav Elyashiv’s close confidante, was also on hand for the visit.The meeting was held eight months after Cunningham assumed his post. At the start of the visit, the Ambassador told Rav Elyashiv via Yerushalayim Deputy Mayor Yitzchok Pindrus, serving as interpreter, that he had come to get to know the chareidi community and learn about its needs. In response, Rav Elyashiv said, “Merubim tzorchei amcho” (i.e. “Your nation’s needs are numerous,” paraphrasing the Gemara in Brachos 29b).

The Ambassador then asked for any advice Rav Elyashiv might offer to help him carry out his many responsibilities. Rav Elyashiv replied that if he strives to do good and work for the sake of the Jewish people he would succeed, adding that everything depends on good will.

When Cunningham asked which matters need to be addressed, Rav Eliashiv noted the state of security is cause for deep concern, saying the residents of Eretz Hakodesh are in constant danger.

The Ambassador replied that the issue of security is of concern to President Obama as well, saying Israel’s security is among the President’s top priorities.

When asked for a bracha at the end of the visit, Rav Elyashiv bentched him for success in his post and that he have the merit to act for the sake of the residents of Eretz Hakodesh.

The visit was coordinated through the efforts of Reb Mattisyahu Cheshin, who works extensively to promote Jewish affairs through the US Embassy in Israel.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}

7 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t find it surprising that Rav Elyashiv would not mention the cause of contention in Israel. He only wished for the security of Jews in Eretz Hakodesh! What about the security of the palestinians? President Obama does’nt seem to understand the ramifications by appointing as ambassador. It will only fuel the conflict (in the eyes of Palestinians)!

  2. Hashem, zionists don’t wish for peace! They hide the truth….If so, you believe you are in accord with Torah teaching, please allow dialog among all…

  3. Shalom Rav Elyashiv, Please allow me to extend an offer to attend the G 20 summit scheduled in Pittsburgh, PA 2009. Below are my comments to all world leaders and people…

    Exodus Chapter 25
    ? ?????????? ??????, ???-?????? ???????. 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: ? ??????? ???-?????? ??????????, ?????????-??? ?????????: ????? ????-????? ?????? ??????????? ??????, ???????? ???-???????????. 2 ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, that they take for Me an offering; of every man whose heart maketh him willing ye shall take My offering. ? ??????, ???????????, ?????? ????????, ????????: ????? ???????, ??????????. 3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them: gold, and silver, and brass; ? ????????? ???????????? ?????????? ??????, ??????? ?????????. 4 and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair; ? ??????? ?????? ??????????? ??????? ??????????, ??????? ????????. 5 and rams’ skins dyed red, and sealskins, and acacia-wood; ? ??????, ????????; ?????????? ???????? ???????????, ??????????? ??????????. 6 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense; ? ???????-??????, ????????? ?????????, ???????, ??????????. 7 onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate. ? ???????? ???, ?????????; ?????????????, ?????????. 8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. ? ??????, ?????? ????? ??????? ???????, ??? ????????? ????????????, ????? ????????? ????-???????; ?????, ?????????. {?} 9 According to all that I show thee, the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the furniture thereof, even so shall ye make it. {S} ? ???????? ??????, ????? ????????: ?????????? ??????? ????????, ???????? ??????? ????????, ???????? ???????, ???????. 10 And they shall make an ark of acacia-wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. ?? ?????????? ????? ????? ??????, ???????? ???????? ????????????; ?????????? ?????? ??? ?????, ??????. 11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. ?? ??????????? ????, ???????? ???????? ?????, ??????????, ??? ???????? ???????????; ????????? ????????, ???-??????? ???????, ????????? ????????, ???-??????? ??????????. 12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four feet thereof; and two rings shall be on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. ?? ?????????? ??????, ????? ????????; ?????????? ?????, ?????. 13 And thou shalt make staves of acacia-wood, and overlay them with gold. ?? ????????? ???-?????????? ????????????, ??? ??????? ???????, ??????? ???-???????, ??????. 14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings on the sides of the ark, wherewith to bear the ark. ?? ???????????, ???????, ???????, ??????????: ??? ???????, ?????????. 15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. ?? ?????????, ???-???????—???, ???????, ?????? ??????, ???????. 16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. ?? ?????????? ????????, ????? ??????: ?????????? ??????? ?????????, ???????? ??????? ?????????. 17 And thou shalt make an ark-cover of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. ?? ?????????? ???????? ?????????, ?????; ???????? ????????? ?????, ????????? ?????? ???????????. 18 And thou shalt make two cherubim of gold; of beaten work shalt thou make them, at the two ends of the ark-cover. ?? ???????? ??????? ????? ????????, ??????, ????????-????? ????????, ??????; ???-??????????? ????????? ???-???????????, ???-?????? ?????????. 19 And make one cherub at the one end, and one cherub at the other end; of one piece with the ark-cover shall ye make the cherubim of the two ends thereof. ? ??????? ??????????? ????????? ????????? ?????????, ???????? ????????????? ???-???????????, ??????????, ????? ???-??????; ???-???????????—???????, ?????? ???????????. 20 And the cherubim shall spread out their wings on high, screening the ark-cover with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the ark-cover shall the faces of the cherubim be. ?? ????????? ???-??????????? ???-???????, ???????????; ?????-???????—??????? ???-???????, ?????? ?????? ???????. 21 And thou shalt put the ark-cover above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. ?? ????????????? ????, ????, ????????????? ??????? ????? ??????????? ??????? ?????? ???????????, ?????? ???-?????? ???????—??? ????-?????? ???????? ???????, ???-?????? ??????????. {?} 22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will speak with thee from above the ark-cover, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. {P} ?? ?????????? ????????, ????? ????????: ?????????? ???????? ???????? ????????, ???????? ??????? ???????. 23 And thou shalt make a table of acacia-wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. ?? ?????????? ?????, ????? ??????; ?????????? ???? ??? ?????, ??????. 24 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. ?? ?????????? ???? ?????????? ?????, ??????; ?????????? ???-????? ???????????????, ??????. 25 And thou shalt make unto it a border of a handbreadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. ?? ?????????? ????, ???????? ???????? ?????; ?????????, ???-???????????, ??? ???????? ????????, ?????? ?????????? ????????. 26 And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. ?? ????????, ?????????????, ??????????, ???????????—????????? ?????????, ??????? ???-???????????. 27 Close by the border shall the rings be, for places for the staves to bear the table. ?? ?????????? ???-?????????? ????? ????????, ?????????? ????? ?????; ?????????-???, ???-???????????. 28 And thou shalt make the staves of acacia-wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. ?? ?????????? ??????????? ???????????, ???????????? ????????????????, ?????? ???????, ??????; ????? ??????, ????????? ?????. 29 And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and the pans thereof, and the jars thereof, and the bowls thereof, wherewith to pour out; of pure gold shalt thou make them. ? ????????? ???-??????????? ????? ???????, ??????? ???????. {?} 30 And thou shalt set upon the table showbread before Me alway. {P} ?? ?????????? ???????, ????? ??????; ???????? ????????? ???????????, ???????? ????????, ??????????? ????????????? ???????????, ????????? ???????. 31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made, even its base, and its shaft; its cups, its knops, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it. ?? ?????????? ??????, ???????? ???????????: ????????? ????? ???????, ?????????? ???????, ??????????? ????? ???????, ?????????? ?????????. 32 And there shall be six branches going out of the sides thereof: three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candle-stick out of the other side thereof; ?? ????????? ???????? ???????????? ????????? ???????, ????????? ???????, ??????????? ???????? ???????????? ????????? ???????, ????????? ???????; ???? ????????? ?????????, ??????????? ???-??????????. 33 three cups made like almond-blossoms in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three cups made like almond-blossoms in the other branch, a knop and a flower; so for the six branches going out of the candlestick. ?? ????????????, ?????????? ????????: ????????????—?????????????, ???????????. 34 And in the candlestick four cups made like almond-blossoms, the knops thereof, and the flowers thereof. ?? ?????????? ?????? ?????? ????????? ?????????, ?????????? ?????? ?????? ????????? ?????????, ??????????, ??????-?????? ????????? ?????????—?????????, ?????????, ???????????, ???-??????????. 35 And a knop under two branches of one piece with it, and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of the candlestick. ?? ?????????????? ?????????, ????????? ???????; ???????? ???????? ?????, ????? ??????. 36 Their knops and their branches shall be of one piece with it; the whole of it one beaten work of pure gold. ?? ?????????? ???-?????????, ????????; ?????????, ???-?????????, ????????, ???-????? ????????. 37 And thou shalt make the lamps thereof, seven; and they shall light the lamps thereof, to give light over against it. ?? ????????????? ??????????????, ????? ??????. 38 And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. ?? ??????? ????? ??????, ???????? ??????—??? ????-?????????, ????????. 39 Of a talent of pure gold shall it be made, with all these vessels. ? ???????, ????????: ?????????????—??????-?????? ???????, ??????. {?} 40 And see that thou make them after their pattern, which is being shown thee in the mount. {S}

    Bible – Exodus –
    Chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

    President Obama, other world leaders and people of this world! How long do you think G_D will continue the world to continue on the course we’re on?

    I CHALLENGE ALL WORLD LEADERS (GOVERNMENT) AND PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO GIVE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARD PROVIDING “A RESTING PLACE FOR G_D’S PRESENCE” !

    Thus saith the Lord…“They shall make a Sanctuary for Me – So that I may dwell among them”.

    IT IS MOST BLESSED TO KNOW THAT IN THE VERY FIRST ACT OF A CONSECRATED LIFE, WE ARE NOT ALONE, BUT HE HIMSELF BECOMES OUR CONSECRATION, AS HE WILL AFTERWARDS BECOME OUR OBEDIENCE, AND OUR STRENGTH STEP BY STEP TO THE END. hAVING THUS SURRENDERED OURSELVES TO HIM FOR HIS SANCTIFYING GRACE, WE MUST NEXT ACCEPT HIM IN HIS FULLNESS THAT HE DOES BECOME TO US HENCEFORTH ALL THAT WE TAKE HIM FOR, AND THAT WE ARE NOW OWNED, ACCEPTED, POSSESSED, CLEANSED AND SANCTIFIED BY HIS INDWELLING, AND THAT HE IS SAYING TO US, AND RECORDING OUR GLAD AMEN,,,,

    AT THIS POINT GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE ARE COMPELLED TO FACE A VERY SOLEMN CRISIS; EITHER WE MUST ACCEPT THE WORD OF G_D LITERALLY AND IMPLICITLY WHILE WORKING ATTEMPTING TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE THROUGH AN AWAKENED HEART…

    2009 G-20 SUMMIT should be about providing a resting place for G_D’S PRESENCE, NOT THE ECONOMY OF MAN!

    Comment by Rabbi Samuel Hurt on 7/28/09 at 2:07 pm

  4. I pray that G_D intervenes righting the many wrongs that we have committed against each other! To all my Israeli and Palestinian brothers and sisters, if I have said anything which has offended thee, please forgive me.
    G_D incline our hearts, the heart of your seed, to love you with all our hearts and souls, that we may live in peace with one another!

    Rav Elyashiv, please forgive me! As we all are inscribed in the Book of Life!

  5. Author of the afforementioned post! To review my Presidential Platform, please go to:
    http://facebook.com/rabbi.samuel.hurt

    or log onto facebook and search “Levi Chevarim Hurt

    In the weeks to come, I will give a statement of support, supporting the state of Israel, outlining the direction we should proceed for peace, and renewal! Shalom and Todah

  6. Both Palestine and Israel must be stripped of secular lifestyle, remove pagan idols, and enforce the law of G_D, if there is to be peace in (Isreal) Israel! The Palestinians, who are descendent Isrealites must make a distinction, based on nationality, whether they are Isrealite or Muslim! If Isrealite, they must submit to the law of Moses; If Muslim must accept the convenant between G_d a Abraham! For the eastern and western European Jews, they must enforce unequivocally, the Commandments, removing all pagan influences, all idols, complete acceptance and enforcement of the law! The Coptic Christians must conform to the law of Moses, in it’s entirety. Isreal (Israel) of old, was promised to the descendents of Abraham, the children of Isreal, not Israel! Any wishing to live in modern day Israel, all should come under the law of Moses, not being a state, but One Nation! A G_dly nation, upholding the Commandments, unsecular, and holy! Serving as an example of holiness to the world! This is the only way to acquire peace! No state of Israeli occupation, no state for Palestine, but both assimulating together being One Nation, one nation, prescribed by G_D!

  7. President Obama, and Prime Minister Netanyahu, I encourage you to enforcce G_d’s Commandments in Jerusalem! Jerusalem, originally the center of all Spirituality, now stripped and void of G_d’s presence, you must adhere, and enforce the law of G_d, not the law of man! If not, the seed of unrest will continue to be upon all the world!

    All must be made to except the word of G_d, as it is applicable in this time, as it was in the old! No man, void of the spirit of holiness can broker a peace agreement when they are secularly unholy in the eyes of G_D! There must be a meeting of the righteous elite, lead by the prophet of G_D! And there is a prophet in the land; because the sceptre has always rested with Judah, not Israel!

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