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Who moved my cheese?

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Goodbye Prozac, Hello Emuna

By: Howard Morton 3Jnauary2015 http://www.breslev.co.il/articles/family/health_and_fitness/goodbye_prozac__hello_emuna.aspx?id=19866&language=english

“Prozac took the edge off my depression and helped me function better. But there was one side effect—I felt my entire being was encased in a kind of invisible cellophane…”

During my annual checkup several years ago, my physician asked me how I was feeling. “Lousy,” I said. I told him I felt both lethargic and agitated, shrouded by a heavy sadness that seemed almost tangible. I said I had had trouble concentrating and that even small tasks seemed to require an incredible amount of effort.

He told me I was suffering from depression and prescribed Prozac.

That quick diagnosis came to no surprise to me; I was just laid off from the job I loved. My employer was one of the largest corporations in America where I was a vice president in charge of marketing for six states. Having just merged with another Fortune 500 corporation, the company I had helped increase revenue and brand awareness for announced it was laying off 10,000 employees. And I was one of them.

Of course I saw it coming. Rumors were flying for weeks. But it didn’t make it any easier when I received the phone call from the regional Senior Vice President saying my job had just ended. I was forced to stop clinging onto a false sense of hope. So here I was with a wife and half dozen kids to support with no income. Thank G-d for my generous severance package and unemployment benefits, but all that had run out after several weeks.

My new full-time job was looking for a full-time job. The recession was in full swing, and I was repeatedly told that most companies weren’t hiring—and if they were hiring, they weren’t hiring higher paid marketing executives with a couple of decades of experience. Budgets were slashed. Doors were closed. I started collecting post-interview letters wishing me good luck on my future endeavors.

Throughout all this, I was fighting depression. The waves of depression kept growing higher and higher until I felt I was drowning. But when my family doctor prescribed Prozac, I didn’t get the prescription filled. I thought, “This doctor’s a general practitioner. What I need is a specialist.” So I went to see a well-known psychiatrist. I sat in the waiting room with other embarrassed people while the intercom system piped in a Vivaldi concerto. When I finally saw the psychiatrist, he asked me if I heard voices coming out of my nose or if my TV told me what to do. Standard questions to him, strange questions to me. I told him my symptoms and my worries about paying my mortgage payments and putting food on the table. He diagnosed me with depression and prescribed Prozac.

Prozac is part of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short. Other SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft. All these type of drugs work by seemingly making nerve cells form stronger connections in parts of the brain. For me, Prozac took the edge off my depression and helped me function better. But there was one side effect—I felt my entire being was encased in a kind of invisible cellophane. There was a thin, transparent barrier between the Prozac me and the real me, and sometimes it would irritate me so much that I would stop taking the Prozac. But then the the concrete-like sadness, agitation and other depression symptoms would come flooding back, which my wife found unbearable. So I began a roller coaster ride of on-again, off-again Prozac.

Even when I started a new job with a higher salary, I was still depressed and still dependent on Prozac. Then a friend of mine introduced me to The Garden of Emuna. And my life changed.

Actually, it wasn’t until I read The Garden of Emuna for the third time that all the lights started blazing in my head. Previously, I thought I already had emuna—of course I believed there’s a G-d in the world. Yet now after reading The Garden of Emuna the third time, I saw I never really had emuna. I now saw the world in an entirely new light: Hashem Hu HaElokim ain od m’valdo, Hashem is G-d and there’s nothing else besides Him. I now saw that every single thing in my life was by Hashem’s decree. And that everything Hashem decrees is for the absolute benefit of my soul, even if it doesn’t feel comfortable. And that everything Hashem does is a tailor-made message for me to achieve my soul correction. And that nobody can help or harm me without Hashem’s permission.

I finally saw the root cause of my depression: I was lacking emuna.

I was depressed because I wanted to be in control in this seemingly cause-and-effect world. And I was anything but in control. The Garden of Emuna plucked me into a new reality where I could connect my intellect with my emotions and recognize that only Hashem is in control. Not me. Not the company that laid me off. Not my new employer.

I felt much like Neo, the protagonist in the 1999 film The Matrix when he realized the world he lived in his entire life was not real. It was all an illusion. There was one scene in the movie I now especially identified with. It’s the scene where Neo is waiting to see the oracle, and in the waiting room is a bald nine-year old boy bending a spoon with his mind. When the boy catches Neo watching him, he says: “Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.”

“What truth?” Neo asks.

“There is no spoon, “the bald kid answers. “Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.” And so I bent, realizing Hashem did, does and will do every single deed. I realized Hashem is the cause of every catalyst, and that any situation of stess or sorrow is only a test of emuna.

I started focusing on relying only on Hashem—and stopped relying on Prozac.

Prozac could only take care of the symptoms; The Garden of Emuna helped me take care of the root cause—emuna. With my new awareness of emuna—and with my newly acquired practice of talking to Hashem in my own words—I went off Prozac cold turkey. It’s been nearly three years since I’ve stopped taking Prozac, and my depression never returned. I know I’m one of many who have successfully replaced meds for emuna, and I can’t begin to express my gratitude to Rabbi Shalom Arush for having written The Garden of Emuna (and subsequent emuna books), to Rabbi Lazer Brody for tirelessly reinforcing the importance of emuna to the English-speaking world and, of course, to Hashem, the ultimate cause of everything.

Rabbi Lazer Brody, The End of Days-21July2015

Lech Lecha – Does that Mean Me?

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Torah Tidbits #1145 – Matot-Mas’ei
July 17-18 2015, ’15 – 2 Av 5775website: www.ttidbits.com
http://www.ttidbits.com/1145/1145lite.pdf
CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim & not-yet-Olim respectivelyIn the early 1980s I met with the Olim parents of a group of boys whom I was teaching in preparation for their Bar Mitzva. As we discussed the boys’ upcoming celebration, one of the mothers, a recent Olah from Iran, broke down in tears. Noticing my surprise, the woman explained that she could not enter into the festive mood seeing as her husband and daughter were still trapped in Iran. She proceeded to describe how the family of four had arrived together at the Teheran airport planning to board a plane out of Iran, when they were notified that only two of the four family members would be allowed to leave the country. The Iranian authorities did not trust their claim that they were touring Europe, suspecting their real intention of making Aliya. The mother and son were told that they could leave, and upon their return from the “European tour”, the husband and daughter would be allowed to conduct a similar visit.
This woman had already been in Israel for a few months and the prospects of the family reuniting in the Holy Land any time before the Bar Mitzva were bleak.
As the woman continued her story, she wistfully noted that had they chosen to leave Iran a few years earlier they would not have met with such difficulties. Now, however, once the Ayatollah had overthrown the Shah, the family’s only hope was for the husband to find an underground smuggling ring to help him get across the border. Why had they not emigrated earlier? The answer was as predictable as it was tragic: She bitterly described the successful chain-store which had once been owned by her husband’s family and how the thought of forsaking this business was simply too difficult for them to countenance. If only they had known what was in store for them…
This story came to my mind as I studied the Torah’s account of the tribes of Reuven and Gad. The two tribes heightened concern for the protection of their wealth and livestock led them to choose to remain on the other side of the Jordan River near the coveted, vast pasture lands.
Rashi writes that their attachment to their wealth overshadowed their concern for their own children. The Torah quotes their telling Moshe: “we will build corrals for our sheep and cattle, and then build cities for our children” – Moshe realizing they have their priorities reversed sets the record straight – children and family must come first!
Ba’alei Tosafot were somewhat milder in their critique, however. They too pointedly noted how the tribes’ attachment to their possessions led them to disassociate themselves from their brethren. Indeed, till today many Diaspora Jews find that they are tethered to the Diaspora, since they are incapable of severing the umbilical cord connecting them to their business concerns.
In his response to the tribes’ request, Moshe raises an additional concern: “Will your brothers go to war and you will sit here?!“ (Bamidbar 32:6). The Malbim explains that their request not to cross the Jordan is neither ethical nor just – even if they truly believe that they will not be missed. To carry one’s own share of the war effort is crucial even when an objective assessment of a person’s actual assistance reveals it may not be needed. For when one chooses to stay away from the fighting, sitting outside in peace and tranquility, this undermines the resolve of all of those who will enter into battle. (Thus, Ibn Ezra translates the phrase LAMA TENI’UN, as why do you break the hearts of the people, (32:7) and Moshe proceeds to compare them to the Meraglim, the spies, who turned the hearts of the people).
The Malbim succinctly states the point: “By not crossing the Jordan they will lead the people to think that it was the fear of fighting the inhabitants of the land that motivated them. As a result, the others will be afraid and refuse to cross as well. “
The simple truth is that the entire Jewish People share a common destiny: Those who remain “on the other side of the Jordan” affect the lives of those in Israel, and vice versa. Nonetheless, as we all know, we face different challenges and dangers.
While the attachment to the land naturally strengthens one’s attachment to the people, life in the Diaspora can lead to a weakening of these familial ties. As we all know from bitter experience, intermarriage occurs. (Interestingly, in Divrei HaYamim Alef 7:14, we see that Menashe had two wives – one of whom was an Aramean). Current rates of intermarriage in America reportedly exceed 50%, while in Israel this challenge remains negligible.
For those who see the move to Israel as involving too great a sacrifice of their “livestock across the Jordan”, I would advise to focus on the following thought: If you choose to come here, you can at least rest assured that whatever belongings you leave behind, after your death, will be inherited by Jewish descendants…Rabbi Yerachmiel Roness, Ramat Shiloh, Beit Shemesh

אני יהודי

Non Sequitur

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The Fingerprint of God : Fibonacci numbers & Golden ratio 1,618…

Leonardo Bonacci (c. 1170 – c. 1250)[2]—known as Fibonacci (Italian: [fiboˈnattʃi]), and also Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, Leonardo Fibonacci—was an Italian mathematician, considered to be “the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages“.[3][4]

Fibonacci popularized the Hindu–Arabic numeral system to the Western World[5] primarily through his composition in 1202 of Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation).[6] He also introduced to Europe the sequence of Fibonacci numbers which he used as an example in Liber Abaci.[7]

Fibonacci number

In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence:[1][2]

1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\; \ldots\;

or (often, in modern usage):

0,\;1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\; \ldots\; OEISA000045.

The Fibonacci spiral: an approximation of the golden spiral created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling;[3] this one uses squares of sizes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34.

By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are either 1 and 1, or 0 and 1, depending on the chosen starting point of the sequence, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.

In mathematical terms, the sequence Fn of Fibonacci numbers is defined by the recurrence relation

F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2},\!\,

with seed values[1][2]

F_1 = 1,\; F_2 = 1

or[4]

F_0 = 0,\; F_1 = 1.

The Fibonacci sequence is named after Italian mathematician Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics,[5] although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics.[6][7][8] By modern convention, the sequence begins either with F0 = 0 or with F1 = 1. The Liber Abaci began the sequence with F1 = 1.

Fibonacci numbers are closely related to Lucas numbers in that they are a complementary pair of Lucas sequences. They are intimately connected with the golden ratio; for example, the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, … . Applications include computer algorithms such as the Fibonacci search technique and the Fibonacci heap data structure, and graphs called Fibonacci cubes used for interconnecting parallel and distributed systems. They also appear in biological settings,[9] such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit sprouts of a pineapple,[10] the flowering of an artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone‘s bracts.[11]

James Burke Masters of Illusion 1991

Villagers talkiing to J street jews

Comment: J Street is defiantly Non Sequitur

My test for whether people are really "pro-Israel" stands, and J-Street has flunked.

My test for whether people are really “pro-Israel” stands, and J-Street has flunked.

Chaz the Yeshiva Spider

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Once upon a time there was an elderly man who was partially blind who faithfully each day  attended the English program on the top floor of a prominent yeshiva.  It got very cold in the Winter and blazing hot in the Summer and as they were the least important and smallest group were relegated the most uncomfortable rooms way on the top.  The man’s wife always had left over cholant for the man to take with him with fruit, napkin and water along with his books and hearing protectors.

Unbeknownst to this man was outside the window where he sat lived a young tiny spider who enjoyed listening to the lectures each day and grabbed crumbs from underneath the table where the men sat.  His name was Chaz.  One particularly hot day when there happened to be a scorching heatwave, Chaz crawled into the elderly man’s hollow aluminum folded cane for some relief while the Rabbi was explaining a particularly difficult gemorah passage in Moloches and Chaz took a siesta.  Woop!  Chaz got stuck inside the man’s cane when it was unceremoniously unfolded and time to go home on the bus.  Poor Chaz had been trapped inside where the circular walls were bashing him back and forth as the man moved his cane to help him see his way down the cobbled streets.  He couldn’t get out, what was Chaz to do?  After an amazingly long trip poor Chaz passed out and the man had left his cane extended by the apartment doorway back home.  Time passed and in the bottom of the cane there was a crack large enough for him to crawl through and with his handy string he crawled up to get his barrings.  A lovely cool place this was…except it was guarded by four terrifying cats who wooshed back and forth.  Chaz was tiny and dark, too insignificant for the cats to see, thank heavens, and he noticed they preferred chasing an occasional fly, (he couldn’t blame them for that!).  So Chaz spent the night in the cane inside a homemade hammock and in the morning would go back to the yeshiva on the bus.  This went on for sometime and foolish Chaz thought it was a lark.

One evening unbeknownst to Chaz it was the man and wife’s wedding anniversary and they had a date to go to the felafel stand in the center of town.  (Listen, if you don’t have much cash this is a special treat!)  The wife decided to not have an overpriced drink so as to save a little money but still enjoy a wonderful lafa bread felafel with the works inside.  The only problem was when they sat down after washing that the music playing was some hideous American 80’s rock n roll , but oh well…the hecksure was good and they each had a stool to sit on.  The Lafa sandwiches were so good and not expensive and she was content as she didn’t have to cook dinner.  On the way home the happy couple got seats in the front and the bus was air conditioned.   Chaz was dangling on the end of the man’s cane, he had been sick from the horrible noise and couldn’t resist the cool air.  Just then the wife spotted Chaz and almost screamed but being now considered an Israeli with her identity card and all, she bravely grabbed the man’s cane and tipped it upside down.  Surprised as all get out Chaz freaked and he ran down towards the bus driver.  The man’s wife explained what just occurred to her husband who then mentioned that he had noticed a cobweb everyday on the cane’s handle.  He also had an Israeli identity card and had always been brave, his wife always admired him for that.

“Ech!” said his wife, “you were walking each day with a spider on your cane, how could that be?”
“Well, the cane is hollow and when I fold it up each day,” he explained .
“So, the spider climbed inside I guess,”  concluded his wife.
And now the spider’s stuck in the 8 bus …forever.

And the moral of this story is:
If you don’t make proper arrangements and sign a contract you might get caned.
Or …desperation may lead to certain doom.

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A Story from Los Angeles, California:

I have a funny story. Last week, I was playing the piano at work and after like 20 min or so, I hit a low note and it just thumps. I wonder what the heck, because I fixed all the keys that did that. I shine a light and I see a bird just relaxing and perched on a few hammers. I named the bird Spaci

We have no other country – אין לנו ארץ אחרת

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14February2015 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191334#.VOlt3mP1G1E

“Many people around the world ask me, ‘how does such a young country, such a small country, who is attacked by enemies at every turn – how does such a country reach such great achievements?” Netanyahu begins.

Netanyahu then related to a personal story, about his grandfather, Natan Netanyahu Mileikowsky.

“He stood at a train station in the heart of Europe at the end of the 19th century, along with his younger brother Yehuda – two yeshiva [Torah academy – ed.] students,” he recounted. “Suddenly, they saw many anti-Semitic thugs waving batons, screaming, ‘Death to Jews.”

“My grandfather turned to his brother and told him, ‘Run, Yehuda, run!'” he continued. “He tried to chase after the thugs to save his brother. They beat him until he lost consciousness.”

“They left him to die.”

“Before he lost consciousness, lying in his own blood, he thought to himself: ‘What a shame. The descendants of the Maccabees are lying here in mud, unable to defend themselves,” he continued. “He promised himself that if he would survive the night, he would bring his family to the Land of Israel and help build a new future for the Jewish people in Israel.”

Netanyahu then brought the scene back to the present-day.

“I am sitting here now as the Prime Minister of Israel because my grandfather kept his promise,” he said. “Here in the Land of Israel we have returned to what the Jewish nation did not have for thousands of years: security.”

“Security to stand up for ourselves and secure ourselves under our own sovereignty, to protect ourselves with our own power – security not just to survive, but to alloy one of the most advanced countries in the world,” he continued.

“We are a nation that aspires to peace – our hands are extended in peace to all who choose to grasp them,” he added.

“But to our enemies, I say: there is no baton, there is no rocket, there is nothing that can defeat us – because we are united in our faith and in our right to our land – the Land of Israel.”

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Examples of Israel taking action to rescue and protect Jews:

Israeli attack on Osirak reactor - Operation Opera (Hebrew: אופרה‎), also known as Operation Babylon, was a surprise Israeli air strike carried out on 7 June 1981, which destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) southeast of Baghdad. The operation came after Iran's Operation Scorch Sword that had damaged the same nuclear facility the previous year. Operation Opera, and related Israeli government statements following it, established the Begin Doctrine, which explicitly stated the strike was not an anomaly, but instead “a precedent for every future government in Israel.” Israel's counter-proliferation preventive strike added another dimension to their existing policy of deliberate ambiguity, as it related to the nuclear capability of other states in the region.

Israeli attack on Osirak reactor – Operation Opera (Hebrew: אופרה‎), also known as Operation Babylon, was a surprise Israeli air strike carried out on 7 June 1981, which destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) southeast of Baghdad. The operation came after Iran’s Operation Scorch Sword that had damaged the same nuclear facility the previous year. Operation Opera, and related Israeli government statements following it, established the Begin Doctrine, which explicitly stated the strike was not an anomaly, but instead “a precedent for every future government in Israel.” Israel’s counter-proliferation preventive strike added another dimension to their existing policy of deliberate ambiguity, as it related to the nuclear capability of other states in the region.

Operation Entebbe was a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on 4 July 1976.  A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by a hijacker of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – External Operations (PFLP-EO)

Operation Entebbe was a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on 4 July 1976. A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by a hijacker of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – External Operations (PFLP-EO)

Operation Entebbe was a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on 4 July 1976. A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by a hijacker of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – External Operations (PFLP-EO)

Since we did not have a strong Jewish state during the Holocaust where Jews could come home to for protection and to fulfill their destiny to serve HaShem:

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Some people are still torn as a result of what they had to cope with, Rabbi Krieger says. Auschwitz (Photo: EPA)

Auschwitz (Photo: EPA)

Grand Rabbi - Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wassertheil - the Riminover Rebbe

Grand Rabbi – Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wassertheil – the Riminover Rebbe

From Rabbi Lazer Brody 29March2015 http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2015/03/brothers-and-sisters-come-home.html

Brothers and Sisters, Come Home!

For the last seven years, my beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush and I have been pleading with Jews around the world to make Aliya and come home to the Land of Israel. Many of our brothers and sisters, especially in the USA, have been looking at us as if we’re from another planet. Does this remind you of the attitude of European Jews before the Holocaust?

We’re no longer the lone voice. A holy tzaddik in Brooklyn, Grand Rabbi Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wassertheil – the Riminover Rebbe (image, above) – is now calling for all of America’s Jews to leave and go to Israel. He warns of civil war in the USA.

Pesach is coming, and it’s time to leave Egypt. We await you here in the holy Land of Emuna.

It’s time to come home! Nefesh B’Nefesh: Live the Dream 1-866-4-ALIYAH UK 0800 075 7200 Come home to the Land of Emuna

Nefesh B'Nefesh: Live the Dream 1-866-4-ALIYAH UK 0800 075 7200 Come home to the Land of Emuna

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You have seen the news of anti semitic attacks in Europe, Canada, the US and Australia.

It’s time to pack up and come home before you are a statistic.

The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus

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http://www.amchainitiative.org/

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10 Forms of Antisemitic Activity

  1. Denying Jews Their Right to Self-Determination
  2. Using Symbols and Images Associated with Historical Anti-Semitism
  3. Comparing Jews to Nazis
  4. Accusing Jews and Israel of Inventing or Exaggerating the Holocaust
  5. Demonizing Israel
  6. Delegitimizing Israel
  7. Holding Israel to a Double Standard
  8. Promoting Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Against Israel
  9. Condoning Terrorism Against Jews, Supporting Terrorist Organizations
  10. Targeting Jewish Students for Discrimination, Harassment, or Intimidation
Survey: More Than Half of Jewish College Students Report Antisemitism on Campus  Click to download PDF file Download the Report trinity-Anti-Semitism 24February2015 http://brandeiscenter.com/publications/research_articles/ldb_trinity_college_report
The 10 Campuses With The Worst Anti-Semitic Activity 21Febraury2015 http://www.jewhatredoncampus.org/news/10-campuses-worst-anti-semitic-activity

By: Asher Schwartz http://www.jewishpress.com/cartoons/god-will-save-us/ Published: February 16th, 2015

By: Asher Schwartz http://www.jewishpress.com/cartoons/god-will-save-us/ Published: February 16th, 2015

For those who keep insisting that everything is hunky-dory for Jews in the U.S.A. I suggest taking Biden’s message into consideration. Remember that Vice President Joe Biden speeches are written in advance and checked for snafus. This is a very clear message from the American Government that Jews are not full-fledged Americans.

Biden Reveals American Jews Can Only Rely on Israel, Not US

By Ari Yashar, Tova Dvorin 3/30/2015 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193387#.VRk3mc37tC0

US Vice President Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden

An incredible admission by US Vice President Joe Biden has been revealed, in which he told Jewish leaders that should the American Jewish community be in danger, it has only Israel to rely on – and not America.

Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg reveals in the April issue of The Atlantic how at a [official] Rosh Hashana event in Biden’s home last fall, the vice president told Jewish leaders and Jewish officials in US President Barack Obama’s administration how he met former Prime Minister Golda Meir when he was a young Senator.

“I’ll never forget talking to her in her office with her assistant – a guy named (Yitzhak) Rabin – about the Six-Day War,” he recalled. “The end of the meeting, we get up and walk out, the doors are open, and…the press is taking photos. …She looked straight ahead and said, ‘Senator, don’t look so sad…Don’t worry. We Jews have a secret weapon.'”

Biden states he asked Meir what the weapon was, noting “I thought she was going to tell me something about a nuclear program” – an ironic comment given the US’s recent declassification of documents revealing Israel’s nuclear program in a breach of understandings with the Jewish state.

But according to Biden, “she looked straight ahead and she said, ‘We have no place else to go.'” Addressing his guests at Rosh Hashana, Biden paused for effect and repeated, “we have no place else to go.”

“Folks, there is no place else to go, and you understand that in your bones,” Biden said. “You understand in your bones that no matter how hospitable, no matter how consequential, no matter how engaged, no matter how deeply involved you are in the United States…there’s only one guarantee.”

“There is really only one absolute guarantee, and that’s the state of Israel,” he stated.

Responding to the statement, Corey Robin of Salon wrote how disturbing the statement is, given that it consists of “a sitting vice president telling a portion of the American citizenry that they cannot count on the United States government as the ultimate guarantor of their freedom and safety.”

“The occupant of the second-highest office in the land believes that American Jews should look to a foreign government as the foundation of their rights and security,” she added. “A country that once offered itself as a haven to persecuted Jews across the world now tells its Jews that in the event of some terrible outbreak of anti-Semitism they should…what? Plan on boarding the next plane to Tel Aviv?”

Brothers and sisters, it’s time to contact Nefesh B’Nefesh. Don’t waste any time, for this is the time to leave your Egypt and start a new life in the Land of Emuna.

Comments:

Could Hashem be talking to us through the American Vice President? This message was given to the leaders of the American Jewish Community on ROSH HASHANA. It was made public for everybody to hear on 10 Nissan — the anniversary of the day we entered the Land of Israel.

Tisha B’Av and the threat of a new Holocaust

24July2015 Elder of Ziyon http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2015/07/tisha-bav-and-threat-of-new-holocaust.html#.VbPTULb7tTA
On Sunday we will mark Tisha B’Av (pushed off a day so as not to be on Shabbat.) It is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, one that marks several tragedies that happened on that day. mostly the destruction of the Temples.

Usually I write a historical post on Tisha B’Av.

But this year it is hard to concentrate on anything but the danger of nuclear weapons being built for the purpose of destroying Israel.

The genocidal words from Iranian leaders indicate that destroying Israel is their top priority – not the economy, not the war in Iraq, but destroying Israel. They have dedicated an annual holiday just to call for Israel’s destruction. They have ensured that even during sanctions, their payments to Hezbollah remain sacred.

But Israel has a much larger problem.

The US allowed this situation to happen. It was not just naivete in negotiating skills, although that played a part. If the White House truly wanted to minimize the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, it would not have given up concessions the way it did. It would not have communicated its message that the military option is impossible. It would not have publicly defended Iran’s cheating on its existing promises.

No, the Obama administration has made a conscious decision that a nation that encourages chants of “Death to America” is a better strategic partner than Israel (and the Gulf states.)

That goal of a long-term alliance with a crazed Islamic theocracy was more important than the goal of erasing nuclear weapons capability. Demands from Iran during the negotiations were not treated with derision but with the respect of a would-be suitor. “Well, of course Iran cannot be expected to cave on demand X, Y and Z – it would not be fair!”

The situation is mind boggling. And now we are in a lose-lose situation, where the options have dwindled down to a nearly meaningless choice. Because President Obama chose the priorities, and those priorities do not include Israel.

Taking a long-term view, this is the direction that the US is going anyway. College students are being poisoned against Israel and they are the leaders of tomorrow. This blog and many others regularly point out the hypocrisy of the “liberals” who embrace Iran and Hamas but it does not make a dent – logic does not enter the picture. As mainstream media uncritically parrots the lies of the Arabs, we can expect the trend to be less and less sympathy to Israel in the coming decades – and more sympathy for those who want to destroy Israel. The US will act like Europe in the not-too-distant future. Israel will be alone, again.

Perhaps prayer on Tisha B’Av is the most logical response.

America Tomorrow

Howard Morton 17April2013  http://www.breslev.co.il/articles/society/current_affairs/america_tomorrow.aspx?id=24281&language=english

America TomorrowWhat 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 a January 2012 “Lazer Beams” posting, Rav Brody chose not to disclose the third prediction.

That was more than a year ago. 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:

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

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

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Elegibilidad, Beneneficios, Estudios y más. Todo lo que siempre te preguntaste con respecto a la Aliá, en un solo lugar.

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If you have questions, we’ve got answers. Whether you are considering a short or long-term visit to Israel, or you are thinking about moving to Israel permanently, or you are looking for home hospitality with Israelis, we can help you get started.We look forward to hearing from you at the Global Service Center. We’re open from 8:00 – 22:00 (Israel time), six days a week, and we can talk to you in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Hebrew, or Amharic. http://www.jewishagency.org/global_center

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The Mystery of the Jews

Rare Footage Of The Chofetz Chaim, Yisrael Meir Kagan, At First Knessia Gedolah 1923

Six Day War – Israeli victory – Documentary

The War of redemption
Only Hashem protects us, No one else. As history repeats over and over again

Latma is back

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The first new episode has been aired to IBA’s website and can be viewed here, but currently only exists in Hebrew.

The second new episode הכול שפיט – פרק 2

Hakol Shafit, the Channel 1 TV show of right-wing satire Latma

Hakol Shafit, the Channel 1 TV show of right-wing satire Latma, was greeted with mixed reviews last Thursday when it debuted and broke the leftist monopoly on television satire – while it still is getting some skeptical criticism over some weaker skits, the show’s second airing seems to have recaptured the magic that originally gained Latma a devoted following.

The show begins with a poke at US President Barack Obama’s anti-Israel stance and his entrenched opposition to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s planned Congress speech next month.

Obama can be seen, in a take-off on Martin Luther’s famous “I have a dream” speech about freedom, saying “I have a dream that the Israelis will withdraw and return to the ’67 borders – 1567. I have a dream that in Palestine a binational state will arise, comprised of the two nations, the Palestinians and the Bedouins. I have a dream that Jews of Israel will finally be able to live in peace in their homes in the Slovakian hills, in Polish valleys and villages in Libya.”

Addressing Iran, which Netanyahu plans to warn about in his speech, Obama continues “I have a dream that Iran will stop developing nuclear weapons and start producing them already. Come on, how much time can you give to development?”

After making an anti-Semitic statement that he hopes Jews will integrate in all social spheres “and not just control the banks,” Obama wakes up in the skit at the AIPAC convention, where he pledges to “have Israel’s back.”

The show only appears in Hebrew. Apparently the show is not being given an English subtitled version as Latma was on YouTube.

The show also includes an interview with Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Herzog of the “Zionist camp” who present their vague plan of “giving the money back to the public” without explaining how.

At that point Latma favorite Tawil Fadiha, the Palestinian minister for matters of uncontrollable rage who represents the Palestinian Authority, comes in and explains his plan for Jews to leave Judea and Samaria, disband the IDF and die, which Livni and Herzog busily try to play down.

Rounding out the second week, the show went on to make fun of the media obsession with criticizing Netanyahu’s relations with America, a skit on failed ads of the leftist V-15 campaign, and another poke at the elitist leftist High Court.

Who need Ulpan when you have Latma!

OK, LATMA in English.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 2

The second episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, February 12, 2015

We’ll be the Judge, episode 3

The third episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, February 19, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 4

The Fourth episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, February 26, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 5

The fifth episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, March 5, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 6

The six episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, March 12, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 7 Election results

The Seven episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, March 19, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 8

The Eight episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, March 26, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 9

The ninth episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, April 1, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 10

The tenth episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, April 17, 2015.

We’ll be the Judge, episode 11

The eleventh episode of the Israeli satire program “We’ll be the Judge,” from the creators of Latma’s Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, April 30, 2015.

There are some classic clips.

Flotilla Choir presents: We Con the World

Latma presents: The Audacity of Dopes Band brings you “Guns, Guns, Guns!”

Abba in Latma’s Studio +English Subs

Quand est-ce que tu quittes la France?

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Israël : Clip pour l’Aliyah “Quand est-ce que tu quittes la France ?”  Israel Clip for Aliyah “When do you leave France?”

Reportage : les juifs qui quittent la France pour israël
Report: Jews leaving France for Israel

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Reports in Israel on Friday indicated that the Jewish Agency received hundreds of calls from French Jews seeking to make aliya (immigrate) to Israel.

Kindergarten – Israeli Style

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The dog is relieving himself on a campaign sign that says "Left is Meretz."

The dog is relieving himself on a campaign sign that says “Left is Meretz.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is playing in the kindergarten – ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו משחק בגן הילדים

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Subtitles – commentary and additions in parentheses:
Netanyahu: “Children, calm down! We can’t accomplish anything today (while acting up). Ivette (Liberman of Yisrael Baytenu), you must left to share with the other children.”
Child Pretending to be Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) being hit by child Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid): “Ahkh, ahkh, ahkh (ouch, ouch, ouch)!”
Netanyahu: “Yes, yes, he’s an ahkh (also brother in Hebrew), he’s an ahkh.”
“Yair, stop playing with this. You are ruining it.”
Child Bennett and child Lapid: “I got it (first), I, I, it’s mine, mine, mine!”
Netanyahu: “Yair and Naftali, enough fighting over the seat.”
“Tzippy, Tzippy, Tzippy (Livni of the Zionist Union), enough running from place to place!”
“What a waste of time. We can’t continue with this kindergarten. In order to run a country, you need a strong and stable government. Vote Likud for a change of method (of running a government).”

08 February 2015 http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2015/02/one-foot-in-the-next-world.html
From Rav Lazer Brody:One Foot in the Next World

Hope kindergarten

A brilliant skit from the Israeli comedy show “Eretz Nehederet” (lit: “Wonderful Country) on Channel 2. This skit depicts a joint education program devised by the right-wing (yet mainstream) organization Im Tirtzu with the Ministry of Education that helps kindergarten children be prepared for the complicated life in Israel.

The Many Roles of Rivka Ravitz

Rivka Ravitz is destroying stereotypes. She’s an ultra-orthodox mother of 11 who is also President Reuven Rivlin’s powerful chief of staff. 

Rivka Ravitz, 39, has been called a modern-day “renaissance woman.” She is talented, well-educated and has one of the most important roles in Israeli politics. She certainly challenges the ultra-orthodox female stereotype.

Ravitz, who has been by Rivlin’s side for the past 16 years, is considered to have been the engine behind his presidential victory.

Missile Warning Times after a Palestinian State

On the right, is the missile alert map that was issued last summer in connection with Operation Protective Edge. The map shows how much time you would have to reach a shelter in the event that you are in a given area when a rocket is fired. The top time is 'immediate,' the next three times are 15, 30 and 45 seconds, and the last three times are a minute, a minute and a half and three minutes. The map on the left is what our warning times would look like in the event that a 'Palestinian state' is established in Judea and Samaria. Notice how much of the country goes from a minute and a half to 45 seconds or less....

On the right, is the missile alert map that was issued last summer in connection with Operation Protective Edge. The map shows how much time you would have to reach a shelter in the event that you are in a given area when a rocket is fired.
The top time is ‘immediate,’ the next three times are 15, 30 and 45 seconds, and the last three times are a minute, a minute and a half and three minutes.
The map on the left is what our warning times would look like in the event that a ‘Palestinian state’ is established in Judea and Samaria. Notice how much of the country goes from a minute and a half to 45 seconds or less….

From Rav Lazer Brody 26March2015: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2015/03/new-height-of-treachery-usa-exposes-israels-nuclear-secrets.html

New Height of Treachery: USA Exposes Israel’s Nuclear Secrets

The ink isn’t even dry on our emuna-news op-ed from yesterday, Mr. V Exposed, where I wrote that the disappointed, angry and frustrated White House now wants to revenge against Israel for reelecting Bibi. Well here it is folks – put a grenade in the hand of an arrogant and frenzied individual and there will soon be shrapnel all over the place.

The President of the United States has just betrayed Israel in the most inconceivable way: he has just revealed a stunning amount of information on some of Israel’s most closely guarded secrets, including our nuclear program, complete with photographs. You can believe that there’s dancing in the streets of Tehran, Damascus and Beirut this morning. We thank The Jewish Press and our good friend Mark R. from Haifa for the tipoff.

Does anyone still have any doubt about the treachery in Washington, DC? How can any Jew support a regime that intentionally endangers 6 million Jews (does the number sound familiar) in Israel?

One thing I’m delighted about – our prophets said that once the Geula begins, Israel will stand alone with no friends. Terrific, let’s get on with the full redemption of our people. Brothers and sisters wherever you are, please come home soon – it’s time to leave your Egypt while you still can. Today, your president betrays us, tomorrow he’ll betray you. Like I said yesterday, BHO’s anti-Bibi psychosis is really anti-Israel, and the anti-Israel is really anti-Semitism. It’s all coming down, and things are happening faster than we can write.

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12 dead in France:The Charlie Hebdo shooting

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12 dead in France:Charlie Hebdo shooting:Islamic attack on Paris offices of satirical newspaper on 7 January 2015 click to enlarge

Freedom of the Press 2014 World Press Freedom Index, compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders.

Freedom of the Press 2014 World Press Freedom Index, compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders.

שיר אירופי מחתרתי לחג המולד Underground European Song for Christmas

From Caroline Glick 16 January 2015 http://carolineglick.com/the-answer-to-french-anti-semitism/

The answer to French anti-Semitism

French Exodus: ‘When Jews Flee, a Nation is Sick’

Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should.
Please read! “Will the world say nothing – again – as it did in Hitler’s time?” He writes: “I AM A JEW — therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing.Nowhere have the flames of Anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France……………………..1. In Lyon , a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire.2. In Montpellier , the Jewish religious center was firebombed;

3. So were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles ;

4. So was a Jewish school in Creteil – all recently.

5. A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails

6. and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus, in Paris , the words ‘Dirty Jew’ were painted.

7. In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bars.

8. The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.

9. According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days.

10. Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming ‘Jews to the gas chambers’ and ‘Death to the Jews.’

11. A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher’s shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Toulouse, France

12. A Jewish couple in their 20’s were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne  -France (the woman was pregnant).

13. A Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles , France .. This was just in the past week

So I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish decency from depravity, to do –

at least – these three simple things:

First, care enough to stay informed. Don’t ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight.

I remind you of what Pastor Neimoller said in World War II:

‘First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.’

Second, boycott France and French products.  Only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than just oil and hatred.

So boycott their wines and their perfumes

Boycott their clothes and their foodstuffs.

Boycott their movies.

Definitely boycott their shores.

If we are resolved we can exert amazing pressure and, whatever else we may know about the French, we most certainly know that they are like a cobweb in a hurricane in the face of well-directed pressure.

Third, send this along to your family, your friends, and your co-workers. Think of all of the people of good conscience that you know and let them know that you – and the people that you care – about need their help.

The number one bestselling book in France is…. ‘September 11: The Frightening Fraud’ which argues that no plane ever hit the Pentagon!

PLEASE PASS THIS ON. LET’S NOT LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

IMAGINE – The Israeli version

Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists?

The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris

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Charlie Hebdo shooting:Islamic attack on Paris offices of satirical newspaper on 7 January 2015

Charlie Hedbo satirical magazine cartoon:Salafist stupidity - Any pretext is good! "Another insulting representation of our prophet!"

Charlie Hedbo satirical magazine cartoon:Salafist stupidity – Any pretext is good!
“Another insulting representation of our prophet!”

Here is a cartoon of Charlie Hedbo Mohammed  in solidarity with Charlie Hedbo (whose editor in chief and several cartoonists were among the dead,). Also (on the right side) cartoons from  Ann Telneas & Tom Toles from The Washington Post and Rob Tornoe from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ann Telneas, The Washington Post:#JeSuisCharlie: Cartoonists react to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris http://wapo.st/1Km0SpS (@anntelnaes)

Ann Telneas, The Washington Post:#JeSuisCharlie: Cartoonists react to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris http://wapo.st/1Km0SpS (@anntelnaes)

 

Charlie Hebdo shooting-Rob Tornoe cartoon

Charlie Hebdo shooting-Rob Tornoe cartoon-Still mortified about our fallen cartoonist colleagues, but free speech will always win.

Editorial cartoonist Tom Toles on the Charlie Hebdo massacre http://wapo.st/142n4E6

Editorial cartoonist Tom Toles on the Charlie Hebdo massacre http://wapo.st/142n4E6

Alyah : mode d’emploi

Alyah : mode d'emploi http://www.jewishagency.org/fr/aliyah/program/7618 Choisissez celle qui vous correspond et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet en cliquant ICI ou par téléphone, en appelant le Global Center au 0800 916 647 (si vous entendez un message vocal d'accueil, vous devez patienter jusqu'à ce que quelqu'un vous réponde). Le Global Center est joignable 6 jours par semaine, de 7h00 à 19h00 (du dimanche au jeudi) et de 8h00 à 12h00 le vendredi.

Alyah : mode d’emploi http://www.jewishagency.org/fr/aliyah/program/7618 Choisissez celle qui vous correspond et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet en cliquant ICI ou par téléphone, en appelant le Global Center au 0800 916 647 (si vous entendez un message vocal d’accueil, vous devez patienter jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un vous réponde). Le Global Center est joignable 6 jours par semaine, de 7h00 à 19h00 (du dimanche au jeudi) et de 8h00 à 12h00 le vendredi.

Alyah : mode d’emploi http://www.jewishagency.org/fr/aliyah/program/7618 Choisissez celle qui vous correspond et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet en cliquant ICI ou par téléphone, en appelant le Global Center au 0800 916 647 (si vous entendez un message vocal d’accueil, vous devez patienter jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un vous réponde). Le Global Center est joignable 6 jours par semaine, de 7h00 à 19h00 (du dimanche au jeudi) et de 8h00 à 12h00 le vendredi.

Reports in Israel on Friday indicated that the Jewish Agency received hundreds of calls from French Jews seeking to make aliya (immigrate) to Israel.

L’arrivée de Hollande et Netanyahu à la grande synagogue

Netanyahu is met with almost frenzied shouts of “Bibi! Bibi!” at the Grande Synagogue – as well as shouts of “help us!” in Hebrew. His arrival obviously greatly heartens the Jews, who are feeling increasingly defenseless in the face of Islamist terrorism.

This is a nice cat friendly website that promotes Aliyah to Israel and will not get in to any controversy (at lest on the front page).

1 January is Sylvester Day יום סילבסטר

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Once you know the history of Sylvester Day, you will just consider 1 January just a regular day and not a day to party.

Israeli-calendarIsraeli society flows according to the Jewish calendar. Schools and businesses are closed on Shabbat, and the whole country shuts down on Jewish holidays like Yom Kippur. For that reason the secular/Christian new year has little significance. Yet when some ultra-secularists discovered that most of the world holds a “New Years party,” they didn’t want to feel left out.Yet they couldn’t call it “New Years” because that title was already taken by Rosh Hashana. So the name Sylvester was adopted in its stead.

From Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chapter 3 Law 2:

One should not follow the customs of the idolaters or be like them neither in (their) clothes, and not in (their) hair (styles), or the like; as it is said: 1 And ye shall not walk in the customs of the idolaters; and it is (again) said: 2 Neither shall ye walk in their statutes; and it is (again) said: 3 Take heed to thyself that thou be not ensnared to follow them…. Also everything that they do, of their customs or laws, even if one suspects that there is even the slightest idolatrous intent, a Jew should not imitate them. And so one should not cut his hair nor let the hair on his head grow as they do, but he should differ from them in his dress, his manner of speech, and the rest of his actions, just as he differs from them in his knowledge and his opinions. And so it is said: 7 I have set you apart from the peoples.

1) Leviticus 20:23 2) Leviticus 18:3 3) Deuteronomy 12.30 7) Leviticus 20:26

But why is 1 January named Sylvester Day?

Siege of Jerusalem - Year 1187

Siege of Jerusalem – Year 1187

Sylvester the Cat

Sylvester the Cat

In many European countries this day was named after Saint Sylvester. There have been three popes named Sylvester (who later became Saints), but the one after whom the day is named is Sylvester I (314-335). Christianity grew under his rule and it is believed that he died on December 31. In addition, during his rule it was believed that he had been swallowed by the Leviathan sea monster and that the monster would return in the year 1000 to destroy and kill. When it did not, people were relieved and they celebrated. The year before the Council of Nicaea convened, Sylvester convinced Constantine to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem. At the Council of Nicaea, Sylvester arranged for the passage of a host of viciously anti-Semitic legislation. All Catholic “Saints” are awarded a day on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that Saint’s memory. December 31 is Saint Sylvester Day – hence celebrations on the night of December 31 are dedicated to Sylvester’s memory.

Over the following centuries, the New Year reportedly brought much anti-Semitic activity:

On New Year’s Day 1577 Pope Gregory XIII decreed that all Roman Jews, under pain of death, must listen attentively to the compulsory Catholic conversion sermon given in Roman synagogues after Friday night services. On New Year’s Day 1578

Gregory signed into law a tax forcing Jews to pay for the support of a “House of Conversion” to convert Jews to Christianity. On New Year’s 1581 Gregory ordered his troops to confiscate all sacred literature from the Roman Jewish community. Thousands of Jews were murdered in the campaign. Throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, January 1 – supposedly the day on which Jesus’ circumcision initiated the reign of Christianity and the death of Judaism – was reserved for anti-Jewish activities: synagogue and book burnings, public tortures, and simple murder.

example of anti-Semitic art work

The 1899 poster called “The Rat Catcher,” which depicts Jews as vermin and an economic threat to the German people.

Last week we celebrated Chanukah – the restoration of Jewish sovereignty, the restoration of once again living our national life according to our own calendar.

And this brings us back to the 10th of Tevet, which this year coincides with the Gregorian new year. It is distressing indeed to see Jews celebrating this day – as if it has any significance for us whatsoever! It is bad enough when Jews in the USA and Europe and other countries of exile hold new year’s parties on the 1st of January. But mired in exile, forced by circumstances to live their lives according to the Gregorian calendar – what else can we expect?

It is infinitely worse that Jews here in Israel have brought this paganism (yes, overt paganism) into our own country.

We often hear the casual excuses: It’s not a religious celebration; it’s simply an excuse for a party; it has no Christian or pagan significance. It is usually possible to conveniently ignore the contradiction.

10 Tevet - Jerusalem Under Siege

10 Tevet – Jerusalem Under Siege

But this year, the decision is starker. This year, for the first time since 5699 (1939), the 1st of January, Sylvester, coincides with the fast of the 10th of Tevet.

The choice is far more blatant. Fast or feast? Mourn over the destruction of Jerusalem? Or celebrate this highly unsavoury pope and “saint”, who was instrumental in convincing the Roman Emperor Constantine I, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem.

Live and celebrate according to a foreign calendar, instituted by Pope Gregory XIII – as vicious a Jew-hater as any pope? Or live and mourn and celebrate according to our calendar, for which the Macabbees fought?

Or think about the morning after drinking:

Fiddler On The Roof quote: Golde (the wife) to her Husband: “Well, what happened last night, besides you drinking like a peasant?”

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler December 1941

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler December 1941

Hitler Greets a Catholic Cardinal

Hitler Greets a Catholic Cardinal

10 Tevet was chosen to also serve as a “general kaddish day” for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown.

And the current history in Israel.

Jan 1, 1952 – Jerusalem 7 armed terrorists attacked and killed a 19 year-old girl in her home, in the neighborhood of Beit Yisrael.
Jan 1, 1965 – Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb the National Water Carrier – the first attack carried out by the PLO’s Fatah faction.
Jan 1, 2001 – A car bomb exploded near a bus stop in the shopping district in the center of Netanya. About 60 people were injured, most lightly. One unidentified person, apparently one of the terrorists involved in the bombing, died of severe burns. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Caroline Glick tells off Danish ambassador

JerPost Conf. 2: Caroline Glick

Jack Benny

  • Thug: This is a stickup! Now come on. Your money or your life.

[long pause]

  • Thug: [repeating] Look, bud, I said ‘Your money or your life.’
  • Jack Benny: I’m thinking I’m thinking!

It is time to stop thinking and come to Israel

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Hanukkah-The 8th night with Chickens

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Hanukkah-The 8th night with Chickens. The orange one is "Shwarma", the dark one is "Black Bird".

Hanukkah-The 8th night with Chickens. The orange one is “Shwarma”, the dark one is “Black Bird”.

 
 

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Sherut Leumi – National Service

 
 
 
 

Cell Phones:The Day Einstein Feared Has Arrived

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Cell Phones:The Day Einstein Feared Has Arrived

Cell Phones:The Day Einstein Feared Has Arrived

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Via BostonBob at Jim Quinn’s Burning Platform blog
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Texting and-Driving Car Accidents

Stop the Talking in shul and turn off or mute your cell phone

Stop the Talking in shul and turn off or mute your cell phone

Stay alive-Do not text and drive

Stay alive-Do not text and drive

Cause and Effect: It seems as sending an SMS while driving

סיבה ותוצאה: כך זה נראה כששולחים הודעת SMS במהלך הנהיגה

הישראלים מודעים לסכנות בשליחת אסאמאסים ודיבור בטלפון במהלך הנהיגה. עם זאת, ממש כמו נהיגה תחת השפעת סמים ואלכוהול, רובנו עדיין ממשיכים לנהוג ולסכן את עצמנו הנהגים, את הנוסעים ברכב ואת הרכבים האחרים סביבנו. 73% מהנהגים הישראלים מדברים בפלאפון, 35% שולחים אסאמאסים ו-10% בודקים את המייל דרך הסמארטפון.

Either turn it off or use a Kosher Cell Phone that can not Text or use Internet and then live your life to the fullest.

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The Circle of Life - Women with tehillim on bus

The Circle of Life – Woman with tehillim on bus

 

REACTING TO ACTS OF TERROR IN ISRAEL

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no-cell-phonesFrom a school principal which is good for everyone to do:

Think about the importance of two letters: A & R.   A representing “Awareness” and R representing “Responsibility”.

Awareness meaning being aware of what is happening around you when you are outside the home. We recommended that you don’t walk around the streets with your earphones in or talk on your phones because you would be less inclined to know what is happening around you.

Responsibility meaning letting your parents and school know where you are when necessary.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”― Frank Herbert, Dune

 

REACTING TO ACTS OF TERROR IN ISRAEL Rabbi Elan Adler

Once again, we in Israel are thrown into a collective period of mourning, horrified at the pictures we’ve seen and utterly dumbstruck by the callous and depraved indifference for human life exhibited by our enemies. Many wonder, how do people of faith react to these acts of terror in Israel? How do we hold their enormity while professing an unstinting belief in a loving and compassionate God?

For many, these acts of terror on Jewish soil present a huge challenge to faith, and people ask themselves, ”Who needs a God like this?” while others collect each act of terror as evidence that there is no God at all. Yet others look for ways to remain steadfast in their emunah (faith) while not diminishing the horrific nature of what we experience much too often lately.

I’ve gathered some thoughts about faith in the face of calamity and share them with you. All or some may resonate with you, while it’s quite possible that none of them will be satisfying. Before I begin, we all join together in mourning for those who were murdered, ask God to heal those who were wounded, and pray for the comfort and consolation of the unfortunate widows, orphans, relatives and friends of those who died “al Kiddush Hashem,” whose lives in this world were brutally ended yet whose souls we feel are guaranteed immediate eternity.

  1. We continue saying Tehillim, Psalms, and dedicating our prayers and learning and good deeds to support the souls of the deceased, the healing of the wounded, and to reinforce our faith that all of God’s actions have a purpose, even while their intentions remain mysterious.
  2. The buzz among our great Rabbis and teachers is that today, we are very close to Messianic days, one sign of which is acute chutzpah in the world. When we see the new kinds of terror leveled against Israelis – murders of teens, tractor killings, light rail murders, traffic terror, screwdriver slayings, synagogue pogroms – we may be seeing, right in front of our eyes, an acceleration of God’s plan. Further, when we see how the world’s media defame us and lie about our intentions and get away with it, this chutzpah takes on another dimension. So, as we mourn and pray and are aghast at what continues to happen, there may be a parallel spiritual agenda that is being hastened at this time.
  3. There is a teaching that the closer we get to Messianic days, the more God will test our faith and see whose emunah will remain steadfast and who will fall off the bucking bronco (my imagery). These are called “Chevlei Mashiach,” the birth pangs leading to Mashiach, the hard labor before the birth of a new epoch in Jewish history and existence. One image is God shaking the huge blanket over and over again to see who will cling to it (having faith even during crisis) and who will fall from it (convinced that the horrors of life indicate chaos and no God). So, says the teaching, as we are on the brink of Mashiach, God will test us to see who is with Him and who isn’t. We can be saddened, perhaps scared, that this winnowing involves the taking of precious lives, while, as above, there may be a parallel spiritual agenda that God is accelerating at this time in Jewish history.
  4. It is valuable for us to let the effects of terror impact us more deeply. One neighbor wrote a Facebook post and asked people to STOP! what they were doing and think about the families, saying if we continued reading the rest of her post, we haven’t STOPPED! It doesn’t mean to wallow in misery and depression for the next several days; rather, to stop and think about the lives that were cut short, to think of the unimaginable panic and shock in that synagogue in Har Nof, to think of the wives and children and grandchildren and relatives and neighbors and friends and students and all those whose lives will have a huge missing piece due to terror. Think of the teachings, the good deeds, the voices of Torah and ethics that came into this world because of the ennobled lives of those mercilessly massacred. Stop and ponder, meditate and turn over in your mind what their lives, and deaths, mean.
  5. With these increased acts of terror, horrific and calculated, God is perhaps giving us a gift: clarity. It is becoming clearer by the day, and act, that we cannot afford any more fantasies about appeasing our enemies. Their design and intent only gets clearer with each gross act of murder, while our enemies revel and cheer and pass out candies to celebrate yet another Jew eliminated. This clarity, if absorbed, can urgently move us to effectively keep us safer with God’s help. This clarity can bring us to effective measures to keep ourselves more secure in our homeland.
  6. While there are some whose faith in God tends to falter in the face of terror, and I suspect deep in many hearts, including mine, there are screams of “How can God allow this to happen?” I know I’m only sitting in the bleacher seats while the suffering families are directly on the field of battling with their spiritual bearings. Perhaps we can look at the families themselves, and hear what they are saying about God and how He runs the world, and let them lead. Many of the statements of the mothers of the three boys murdered during the summer were impeccable statements of faith and trust in God, affirming their confidence that God has a purpose and a plan with often mysterious ways, and that He remains at the very core of their lives even in the face of tragedy. We can take our cues about God coming from the mouths of the faithful who are tested in ways none of us would welcome.
  7. This recent terror was perpetrated in a synagogue filled with worshippers whose purpose in being there was to praise God and honor Him with gratitude and appreciation. While it’s impossible to know of God’s purpose, perhaps we can draw a renewed commitment to prayer in general and to worship in a synagogue more often. I don’t dare make the connection that if we prayed more often in a synagogue as a Jewish people that lives would have been spared. I do suggest, however, that given the location and activity in the synagogue, we may draw some message for enhancing our Jewish lives in some way.
  8. Scream for God’s help. I was once in a public pool when the wave machine was turned on to make it more fun. It may have been so for others, but the waves it created were over my head and I couldn’t get my bearings and I began to gag and choke. I begged for others to help but they didn’t hear me. In frustration, in the loudest voice I have ever used, I screamed “HELP!!!” Immediately the wave machine was disengaged, all was calm, and the panic was over. If not for that primordial scream, I doubt I would be writing this. You may feel uncomfortable to scream in the synagogue or in public for God to save us, rescue us, stop the slaughter, bring Messianic days, and eliminate our enemies. Or you may feel more comfortable to scream in your car, when you’re alone, in the shower when no one is home, in the woods. Perhaps when we contemplate that even with all of His messengers there is no one but God to rescue us, and we scream and beg for his liberation like I did while nearly drowning, the wave machine will be turned off, and calm waters will bless our daily lives.
  9. Continue to live life, not as if nothing happened, but in spite of it. Be careful and aware, and keep doing what you were doing. Our enemies have two goals: to eliminate us, and if they can’t do that, to intimidate us and break our spirit and “simchat ha-chaim,” our joy and enthusiasm for life and appreciation of God’s blessings. Just as the worshippers in Har Nof have gone back to their synagogue for services, perhaps we can draw strength from them and get back into our routines, living life as normally as we can. More cautious and vigilant as a gift of our clarity, but uncowered, dignified, and confident.
  10. Living in Israel is a huge blessing and privilege, and even though there are occasional thorns that cause discomfort, pain and even blood, the roses of living life in Israel and being on the center stage of Jewish history at this time can help keep things in perspective. With all the venom our enemies can muster, with any and every evil deed at their disposal, even with gross acts of violence that shock us and bring us unbearable grief and suffering, we live in a proud, productive, and blessed Jewish homeland with nearly seven million Jews. God continue to bless this country, and accelerate Messianic days in our lifetime. God grant strength to His people, and bless us with peace.
 After every terrorest attack we need to return to our regular routines
 The Cats are watching Jerusalem Mayor Barkat on TV.
Jerusalem Mayor Barkat: “This was an act of a coward!”
The Porcupines are watching Jerusalem Mayor Barkat on TV.
Jerusalem Mayor Barkat: “It’s important to return to our regular routines as quickly as possible.”
A Cat talking on his cell phone while eating a sandwich: “Hey… 9:00 tonight.’
Child Porcupine to Mother: “Mon, Can I stay home tomorrow?”
Mother sighs.
Bird on Cell phone: “Dan… 9:00 at Yossi’s place tonight.”
Poker Game: ” Oy..Doris!!!.. Do we have any more beer?!”

This is what you will get when you give land away

Creating A ‘Palestinian state’                                            Now

On the right, is the missile alert map that was issued last summer in connection with Operation Protective Edge. The map shows how much time you would have to reach a shelter in the event that you are in a given area when a rocket is fired. The top time is 'immediate,' the next three times are 15, 30 and 45 seconds, and the last three times are a minute, a minute and a half and three minutes. The map on the left is what our warning times would look like in the event that a 'Palestinian state' is established in Judea and Samaria. Notice how much of the country goes from a minute and a half to 45 seconds or less....

On the right, is the missile alert map that was issued last summer in connection with Operation Protective Edge. The map shows how much time you would have to reach a shelter in the event that you are in a given area when a rocket is fired.
The top time is ‘immediate,’ the next three times are 15, 30 and 45 seconds, and the last three times are a minute, a minute and a half and three minutes.
The map on the left is what our warning times would look like in the event that a ‘Palestinian state’ is established in Judea and Samaria. Notice how much of the country goes from a minute and a half to 45 seconds or less….


Tzeva Adom Missile Alert Siren-צבע-אדום

Abu Mazen embarrassed

I Am Israel

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I Am Israel

This is Israel. (HD)

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Through the desire to come to Eretz Yisrael, this brings about great parnassa (livelihood)

Through the desire to come to Eretz Yisrael, this brings about great parnassa (livelihood)

Mark Twain in the Holy Land, 1867, and the Innocents Abroad

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Quotations from The Innocents Abroad

Mark Twain's Palestine
On Jerusalem
It seems to me that all the races and colors and tongues of the earth must be represented among the fourteen thousand souls that dwell in Jerusalem. Rags, wretchedness, poverty and dirt, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of Moslem rule more surely than the crescent-flag itself, abound.

Close by is the Golden Gate, in the Temple wall–a gate that was an elegant piece of sculpture in the time of the Temple, and is even so yet. From it, in ancient times, the Jewish High Priest turned loose the scapegoat and let him flee to the wilderness and bear away his twelve-month load of the sins of the people. If they were to turn one loose now, he would not get as far as the Garden of Gethsemane, till these miserable vagabonds here would gobble him up,–[Favorite pilgrim expression.]–sins and all. They wouldn’t care. Mutton-chops and sin is good enough living for them. The Moslems watch the Golden Gate with a jealous eye, and an anxious one, for they have an honored tradition that when it falls, Islamism will fall and with it the Ottoman Empire. It did not grieve me any to notice that the old gate was getting a little shaky.A fast walker could go outside the walls of Jerusalem and walk entirely around the city in an hour. I do not know how else to make one understand how small it is. The appearance of the city is peculiar. It is as knobby with countless little domes as a prison door is with bolt-heads. Every house has from one to half a dozen of these white plastered domes of stone, broad and low, sitting in the centre of, or in a cluster upon, the flat .The population of Jerusalem is composed of Moslems, Jews, Greeks, Latins, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, Abyssinians, Greek Catholics, and a handful of Protestants. One hundred of the latter sect are all that dwell now in this birthplace of Christianity. The nice shades of nationality comprised in the above list, and the languages spoken by them, are altogether too numerous to mention. It seems to me that all the races and colors and tongues of the earth must be represented among the fourteen thousand souls.

On the land of Palestine

Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren, they are dull of color, they are unpicturesque in shape. The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with a feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent. The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee sleep in the midst of a vast stretch of hill and plain wherein the eye rests upon no pleasant tint, no striking object, no soft picture dreaming in a purple haze or mottled with the shadows of the clouds. Every outline is harsh, every feature is distinct, there is no perspective–distance works no enchantment here. It is a hopeless, dreary, heart-broken land.

Small shreds and patches of it must be very beautiful in the full flush of spring, however, and all the more beautiful by contrast with the far-reaching desolation that surrounds them on every side. I would like much to see the fringes of the Jordan in spring-time, and Shechem, Esdraelon, Ajalon and the borders of Galilee–but even then these spots would seem mere toy gardens set at wide intervals in the waste of a limitless desolation.
Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies. Where Sodom and Gomorrah reared their domes and towers, that solemn sea now floods the plain, in whose bitter waters no living thing exists–over whose waveless surface the blistering air hangs motionless and dead– about whose borders nothing grows but weeds, and scattering tufts of cane, and that treacherous fruit that promises refreshment to parching lips, but turns to ashes at the touch. Nazareth is forlorn; about that ford of Jordan where the hosts of Israel entered the Promised Land with songs of rejoicing, one finds only a squalid camp of fantastic Bedouins of the desert; Jericho the accursed, lies a moldering ruin, to-day, even as Joshua’s miracle left it more than three thousand years ago; Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and their humiliation, have nothing about them now to remind one that they once knew the high honor of the Saviour’s presence; the hallowed spot where the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and where the angels sang Peace on earth, good will to men, is untenanted by any living creature, and unblessed by any feature that is pleasant to the eye. …. The noted Sea of Galilee, where Roman fleets once rode at anchor and the disciples of the Saviour sailed in their ships, was long ago deserted by the devotees of war and commerce, and its borders are a silent wilderness; Capernaum is a shapeless ruin; Magdala is the home of beggared Arabs; Bethsaida and Chorazin have vanished from the earth, and the “desert places” round about them where thousands of men once listened to the Saviour’s voice and ate the miraculous bread, sleep in the hush of a solitude that is inhabited only by birds of prey and skulking foxes.Palestine is desolate and unlovely. And why should it be otherwise? Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land? Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition–it is dream-land.

Israel’s Supreme Court rejects Bedouin have land right claims in Negev “Al Arakib”

Jerusalem-80-percent- Jewish-British-1864-CensusAn important piece of evidence: The British Palestine Exploration Fund survey map – 1871-1877 –  The PEF people delineated every wadi, every settlement, tree, and home. They crisscrossed the territory, and an examination of the map shows how empty and barren the land was, and how few people lived there.

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From Israel Hayom: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=12671

Something happened in the legal world this week. The High Court of Justice rejected out of hand a petition filed by the Bedouin, backed by leftist organizations, about the village of Al-Arakib in the Negev desert. The place has become a symbol and a flashpoint for everything having to do with state lands. The Bedouin claim ownership of land in the northern Negev on the basis of “ancient rights.” The petitioners spoke of “historical land” from which they had been banished, and argued that the Aloukabi clan had worked those lands at the beginning of the 19th century.

Professor Oren Yiftachel lent his assistance to the plaintiffs by serving as an expert witness, arguing that there had been an ancient Bedouin settlement in the area of Al-Arakib, but all his arguments were rejected. Both the district and the High Court of Justice criticized him severely. Judge Sarah Dovrat wrote: “It became clear that he [Yiftachel] was relying on sources and quoting them without having taken the trouble to read them.” In the High Court ruling, Justice Esther Hayut wrote: “An analysis of the evidence reveals that Professor Yiftachel’s argument is not supported by objective perspective.” A Bedouin tribe might have stopped at the place in question during its peregrinations, but this does not prove that there was ever a pre-existing settlement there.

The interesting thing was the discussion about the desolation of the Negev in the 19th century. The expert witness for the prosecution, Professor Ruth Kark, argued that the plots of land at Al-Arakib were not settled and farmed with any regularity until the start of the British Mandate. She made her case using land surveys, historical maps, official documents, and travel logs. The importance of the legal debate goes beyond the individual story of Al-Arakib and pertains to the historic claim to the land of Israel as a whole, which was mostly wilderness, both in terms of agriculture and population.

An important piece of evidence was the British Palestine Exploration Fund survey map, a thorough mapping survey conducted from 1871-1877 and published in seven volumes.

The map was so detailed that it was printed in 26 issues (which are available today online.) The PEF people delineated every wadi, every settlement, tree, and home. They crisscrossed the territory, and an examination of the map shows how empty and barren the land was, and how few people lived there.

The Bedouin plaintiffs claimed a right to the lands in question because they were “native sons,” but the court cast doubt on that argument, because according to their own version of events the clan had arrived in the Negev after it was already under the control of the Ottoman Empire, and therefore were not a native minority that had been conquered by a foreign regime. The verdict makes it clear that the Bedouin who filed the suit testified that their tribe, the Aloukabi clan, had fought alongside Arab armies against Israel in the War of Independence. After they lost, some of the tribe were dispersed to the Gaza Strip and Jordan. At no stage was a deed of ownership presented — not even a record that the land had been registered to the tribe under the Ottomans. Nor was any evidence presented that either the Ottomans or the British Mandate government had acknowledged that the Bedouin had any native rights. The High Court struck down in principle the attempt to “generate rights out of nothing.”

This is a ruling of unparalleled importance and it should serve as a basis for settling the matter of Bedouin lawsuits over Negev land. This is a powder keg that has ramifications for our linkage to the land of this country. This issue can’t be left hanging. The new government should take note.

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Important:: One of the 3 supreme court judges who wrote this verdict is the Arab judge Salim Joubran.

Come Back – Nefesh B’Nefesh

The much acclaimed NBN video that brought so many people back home. Made by veteran filmmaker Daniel Remer founder of Remervision Video Productions. The simultainious arrival of three flights of new immigrants arriving in Israel on August 16th 2008. This video required a crew of 5 camermen; one on each of the three flights and two at the airport as the flights arrived.

It’s time to come home! Nefesh B’Nefesh: Live the Dream 1-866-4-ALIYAH UK 0800 075 7200 Come home to the Land of Emuna

Nefesh B'Nefesh: Live the Dream 1-866-4-ALIYAH UK 0800 075 7200 Come home to the Land of Emuna

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You Have Reached Your Destination

Part of a new campaign of the Jewish Agency in Britain to encourage Aliyah. The video was produced in London and Israel with a real family actually making Aliyah this coming July, and dozens of volunteers. Enjoy, and come to Israel!
Lead music track Lead Track ‘Summer Hi’ by www.groovalicious.co.uk

Heaven & Earth – BBC 1 – Aliyah

Many people consider emigrating to start a new life in a new country. Sometimes it’s for the weather, sometimes to be with family, but for one group of people, it’s for more spiritual reasons. Since it’s formation in 1948, Israel has had an open door policy for Jews from all over the world who want to settle in the land. The name for this act of returning is Aliyah. Lately there has been a worldwide decline in people taking up the offer, but immigrants from the UK have increased by 45%. Part of the reason for this is because an agency which helps cut through the red tape of immigration has started operating in the UK. Mark and Miriam Kaye are one young couple who have chosen to move from their home in London, to start a new life in Jerusalem.

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Aliyah to Israel (music by The Maccabeats)

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Israel an economic miracle!

1984 2014
1. Population 4.1 million 8.2 million
2. Annual Inflation 447% 1.5%
3. Bank Interest (p.a.) 771% 5%
4. Government Debt (% of GNP) 17% 2.5%
5. Defense Spending (% of GNP) 20% 5.5%
6. Foreign Currency Reserves $3.3 billion $90 billion
7. Exports $10 billion $90 billion
8. Information Technology Exports $0 $28 billion
9. Female Employment 30% 53%
10. Exported Goods and Services $30 billion $320 billion
11. Per Capita GNP $7,000 $39,000

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