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Term[1] invented in Soviet Russia to describe people who blindly supported the likes of Lenin and Stalin while they committed atrocity after atrocity.

This term (singular: полезный дурак) was attributed to Lenin by some Russian writers, e.g., by Vladimir Bukovsky (1984).[4]

Today, it refers to brainwashed liberals and leftists the world over (usually college students that aren’t necessarily idiots, but just misinformed, naive, and ignorant of facts due to being indoctrinated with liberal/socialist propaganda through their public education) who believe that George W. Bush has committed more crimes against humanity than leftist darlings like Saddam Hussain, Yasser Arafat, and Osama Bin Laden, and still defend Communism, the cause of over 100 million deaths to this day.

Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.

Vladimir Lenin [5]

Is J Street Still Pro-Israel?

23December2018 by David M. Weinberg / – When it was founded 11 years ago, J Street claimed to be a pro-Israel and pro-peace organization. That was taken to mean partnering with the mainstream Israeli political Left to build support in Washington for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Or so we were led to believe.

Since then, alas, J Street has become something else altogether: an organization that spends almost all its time and money besmirching Israel, smearing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and other leading American Jewish organizations, boosting US-Iran relations, and backing political candidates for whom promoting the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement is a badge of honor.

Its campus arm, J Street U, has become a primary vehicle for conveying the most poisonous messages against Israel to students and the sapping of support for Israel at American universities.

I hear firsthand more and more about J Street U’s venomous campaigning and destructive activities — from young Israeli men and women who serve as Jewish Agency emissaries on campus, and Hillel and Orthodox Union professionals who work with students. Almost every truly pro-Israel activity they try to organize is opposed or disrupted by J Street U hatchet men and women.

About one year ago, J Street launched its “Stop Demolitions, Build Peace” campaign, designed to “challenge our communities to wake up to the omission and erasure of Palestinian perspectives and narratives, which create the environment that makes it easy to ignore demolitions, settlement expansion, and occupation.”

The younger J Streeters hosted teach-ins and sleep-ins, marched to Israeli embassies and called consulates, formed coalitions with progressive campus organizations across America, and pressed congressmen to speak out critically against Israeli policy in Judea and Samaria (which, of course, many J Streeters call by its UN moniker, the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” or OPT).

Now J Street is on a second phase of its campaign — to undermine the Birthright program because it serves the “right-wing annexationist agenda.”

Birthright is one of the American Jewish community’s most important and successful initiatives of this generation; a lifeline in the difficult struggle to keep young American Jews Jewish and to give them some Zionist foundations.

But J Street is not happy with Birthright because it, and many other trips that bring some 50,000 students on tours of Israel, are major sources of “omission and erasure,” i.e., the trips “omit Palestinian narratives in their programming and erase Palestinians and the occupation from our collective consciousness.”

I’m quoting here verbatim from J Street campus propaganda: “Birthright completely ignores the voices and experiences of Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank. These trips therefore perpetuate the attitudes and politics that help make demolitions and occupation possible.” They might, God forbid, lead “our communities to feel no compulsion to speak out on behalf of Palestinian rights.”

J Street claims it wants to reform Birthright content, but it hasn’t approached Birthright with thoughtful, constructive educational ideas; it’s just sought to sabotage the program. Dozens of campus professionals in the field tell me that J Street U activists work assiduously to undermine Birthright recruitment drives. They make life hell for potential participants.

So you see, “bringing home the realities of the occupation and mobilizing our communities to help bring it to an end” is the hostile hobgoblin that J Street has become.

In the name of “our communities” — a term that J Street loves using, denoting a hard-left orbit of Jews and non-Jews for whom haranguing Israel is the psychoneurotic driving force in their lives — J Streeters are prepared to throw the baby out with the bathwater and kill Birthright.

Crushing the “occupation” and promoting Palestinian independence-cum-dictatorship is more important than building basic Jewish identity and core Zionist sympathies.

The truth is that in historical perspective we can’t be too surprised that members of J Street’s younger generation have ended up so distant from Israel. Their elders certainly laid the groundwork over the past 20 years for such souring on Israel.

Have you ever heard of a place where “fundamentalists and gangs” in a “surging tide of extremism,” “spit,” “beat,” “vandalize,” “assault,” “attack,” “fight” and “brutally abuse” innocent people?

Are you familiar with a country (mention Afghanistan and Iran to hint at its nature) where “religious extremists” seek to “turn back the clock” (mention this three times for emphasis), notoriously practice “discrimination” (repeat four times), and otherwise seek to “impose,” “intimidate,” “demand,” “repress,” “coerce” and “dictate” (nine repetitions) their “intolerant” views on a beleaguered society?

Well, that was the language used by the New Israel Fund to describe Israel in a fundraising campaign launched in 1997 to “promote religious pluralism in Israel.” Israel was further described as a country that “shows the world a repugnant face of Judaism” and where it is not safe to walk down the street without being “set upon by a gang of angry, enraged men.”

All this hyperbolic, radical imagery — which wasn’t true then or now — had the long-term corrosive effect of painting Israel as a dark, extremist place. Think of Israel and think of cancer. Think of Israel and think of intolerance and occupation. Who in their right mind wants to be associated with such a retrogressive, thuggish place?

It’s no surprise then that not a few sons and daughters of the Jewish leaders of yesteryear are J Street U, Jewish Voice for Peace, and If Not Now leaders today. They are next-generation poisoned fruit, carrying the demonization of Israel a step further.

J Street campaigns love to reference the “character” of Israel; Israel’s “soul that is being corrupted,” as it were. They’re out to save Israel from rot, and they will fight on until Israelis realize just how good American-style religious pluralism really is or how wonderful full-fledged Palestinian statehood would be.

Of course, all Jews on either side of the Atlantic are entitled to their opinions and their political campaigns. But to spuriously malign Israel as medieval and militaristically criminal is beyond the pale. In painting the situation in such dire and apocalyptic terms and by attacking Birthright, hard-left activists are cutting away the limb — love for and identification with Israel — upon which all pro-Israel Jewish community activity must be based.

David M. Weinberg is vice president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, His personal website is

At the Democratic National Convention 2016

Protester burn Israeli flag outside DNC, Byron Tau/ Wall Street Journal

Protester burn Israeli flag outside DNC, Byron Tau/ Wall Street Journal

Palestine sic flag at Democrat Convention, Social Media

Palestine sic flag at Democrat Convention, Social Media

Protesters burn Israeli flags outside the DNC and DNC delegates wave Palestine sic flags inside the DNC

The long-time Jewish worship of the Democratic Party is based on the false premise, that U. S. President F.D. Roosevelt was pro-Jewish and saved the world by defeating the Nazis. He is also credited with ending the Great Depression, and that is another untruth.

  • FDR was pushed into having the USA enter World War Two when American military was attacked and to save Britain and Europe. At no time was it a military, or diplomatic aim to stop the Nazi Holocaust of Jews.
  • It was the economic needs of the American military that drastically improved the American economy, thereby bringing on the economic recovery and end of the Great Depression.

AMCHA-logo-revised20Campus antisemitism is highly prevalent in public and private schools with significant Jewish undergraduate populations, irrespective of school size.

Click to download PDF file Report-on-Antisemitic-Activity-During-the-First-Half-of-2016

  • More than 300 antisemitic incidents occurred at top Jewish schools in 2015.
  • 70% of schools played host to one or more kinds of antisemitic activity.
  • Schools with the highest incidence of each kind of antisemitic activity

Strong correlation between anti-Zionist student groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and antisemitism.

  • 99% of schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups had one or more incidents of antisemitic activity, whereas only 16% of schools with no active anti-Zionist student group had incidents of overall anti-Semitic activity.
  • 57% of the schools with one or more active anti-Zionist student groups had one or more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm, 91% of the schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups showed evidence of antisemitic expression, and 80% of schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups showed evidence of BDS activity.

Strong correlation between the presence of faculty who have expressed public support for an academic boycott of Israel and antisemitism.

  • 81% of the schools with one or more faculty boycotters had one or more incidents of overall antisemitic activity, whereas only 17% of schools with no faculty boycotters had incidents of antisemitic activity.
  • 100% of the 33 schools with 10 or more faculty boycotters had one or more incidents of antisemitic activity.
  • 46% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of targeting Jewish students for harm, 74% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of antisemitic expression, and 62% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of BDS activity.

BDS activity strongly correlates with antisemitic activity.

  • 56% of schools with evidence of BDS activity had one or more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm, whereas of the schools with no evidence of BDS activity, only 23% had incidents targeting Jewish students. In fact, schools with more incidents of BDS activity tended to have more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm.
  • 95% of schools with BDS activity had one or more incidents of antisemitic expression, whereas of the schools with no evidence of BDS activity, only 33% had antisemitic expression. Schools with more incidents of BDS activity tended to have more incidents of antisemitic expression.

Presence of SJP, faculty boycotters and BDS strong predictors of antisemitism.

  • The presence of anti-Zionist student groups and the number of faculty who have publicly endorsed an academic boycott of Israel are, in combination, very strong predictors of overall antisemitic activity.
  • BDS activity is the strongest predictor of incidents that target Jewish students for harm, the factor with the most deleterious effect on campus climate.

‘Slap on Wrist’ of Violent Anti-Israel Student Protesters at UC Irvine ‘Feckless Punishment,’ Say Campus, Legal Groups

The heads of major campus groups told The Algemeiner on Monday that they are outraged by the mild response of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to the violent behavior of an anti-Israel student organization on its campus.

Referring to a letter from UCI’s vice chancellor of student affairs criticizing Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for “disrupting” a pro-Israel event, Ilan Sinelnikov, founder and president of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) — whose UCI chapter was the target of SJP’s violent protest in May — said, “UCI has turned its back on the Jewish and pro-Israel campus community.”

From the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The image was accompanied by a poem which read: “…We will scream out the names of the martyrs and paint with their blood the proof of our claims…Do you hear our war cry…Do you see our weapons?”Summer Awad — a 2016 graduate who was a member of UTK’s SJP chapter and is a supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement — shared an image on Facebook in June featuring the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem alongside five hands representing various forms of Palestinian aggression against Israel.

The image was accompanied by a poem which read: “…We will scream out the names of the martyrs and paint with their blood the proof of our claims…Do you hear our war cry…Do you see our weapons?”

Ignore It at Your Peril

Just because Trump said it doesn’t mean it’s not true: The Democratic Party is becoming unsalvageable

By Liel Leibovitz
August 22, 2019 •

This, American Zionists realized early on, is a tricky proposition in a meting pot society where, as Woodrow Wilson thundered in 1915, “you cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will thorough Americans.” Conscious of the perpetually pending charge of dual loyalty, Brandeis helped engineer an ingenious solution.

“Let no American imagine that Zionism is inconsistent with patriotism,” he wrote, adding that “a man is a better citizen of the U.S. for being also a loyal citizen of his state, and of his city, for being loyal to his family… every American Jew who aids in advancing the Jewish settlement in Palestine, though he feels neither he nor his descendants will ever live there, will likewise be a better man and a better American for doing so.”

Put simply, Brandeis believed that if you didn’t support Israel, you either lacked knowledge or showed a great disloyalty to your own people — a view that would’ve been utterly uncontroversial, even banal, until very recently. Unless you require neither context nor reason and are inclined to hear everything the president says as hate speech, you can rest easy and understand his latest gaffe as poorly stated at worst.

So where does all of this leave us American Jews? Many of us are losing a bunch of sleep these days, feeling as if the world may be coming to an end. It’s not, but it is changing, which is history’s single defining characteristic and the thing that makes human life on this planet so terrifying and so thrilling. And, historically speaking, Jews who refused to take heed when things started changing dramatically all around them very often wound up as dead Jews.

Let us, then, observe these changes candidly and without succumbing to the pressures of screaming ideologues on either side. The party our parents voted for, the party we thought would be ours for eternity, appears to be well on its way to becoming something entirely hostile to Jews. The president we are told again and again is the single greatest menace to our community is many things, but certainly not that.

What you choose to do with these realities is entirely up to you. Decent people will likely invest their energies in divergent projects, working in good faith to create a safe and sustainable future for themselves and their children. We may still disagree. We may still find ourselves divided on important, substantive questions, from immigration to health care reform to foreign policy. Arguing, after all, is our birthright. But if we grow addicted to the narcotic effect of absurd histrionics masquerading as moral outrage on social media, and if we insist that observable reality take a backseat to our feverish fantasies and desperate hopes, we’ll find ourselves the authors of a new and particularly bleak chapter of the timeless Jewish story.


Only if you’re a FAKE JEW or RUSSIAN AGENT have you not seen the signs…..

* The pretending that Jew-hate of Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, and Al Sharpton meant nothing.
* The pro-PLO/anti-Israel/anti-America Leftist/Globalist takeover of American Academia and Educational Establishment.
* The championing of a provably anti-Semitic and Black Nationalist Buraq HUSSEIN 0Bola
* The stalwart defense of the pro-Persian nukes JCPOA by Kapo “Jews”
* The booing of a innocuous Plank relating to Jerusalem and G_d at the 2012 DNC.
* The burning of an Israeli flag at the 2016 DNC
* Most Democrat Representatives voted for an anti-BDS resolution, just this year

And now, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist sentiments openly expressed by the newest elected representatives of the Party and the DNCNNYT Media-Machine, openly abetted by the voting base and “leadership” of the Party, itself. It seems that, every day, we’re treated to yet more links from Ian covering this, and from hitherto unknown individuals of that persuasion.

Just as surely as Gazans deserve the destruction and death they’ve gotten by voting for Hamas, so, too, do the “Jew-ish” “American” Democrats deserve what’s coming to them, in the very near future and from whatever quarters it’ll come, that they, themselves, voted for.

And The Ugly

Jerusalem Cats Comment: Is America in the same position as the former Soviet Union before it collapsed? Deep State and CIA of the 2000’s compared with the KGB of the late 1980’s

2016: The No-Choice Choice
If Donald and Hillary are the only two choices, it must mean that Hashem can use either one of them in moving the world in the direction that He wants it to go…
By: Dr. Zev Ballen Update date: 8/1/2016,
The Jewish ideal of a good president is a person, who not only has the right kind of knowledge and skill to run the country, but is also a person whose ethics and morality is beyond reproach. So what is a thinking Jew supposed to do if there are only two choices – voting for an arrogant, nasty megalomaniac or a pathological liar who’s been involved in all kinds of scandals and cover-ups?

Some people say: “Well why should I vote at all!? There’s really no one to vote for! They’re both terrible!”  But as anyone who reads this website knows – this is the wrong question to ask. And why is that? Because since we know that everything is coming from G-d, the question that we should all be asking is: “Who does G-d want for president?”

G-d certainly has a plan for us despite how ridiculous the candidates are –  so If Donald and Hillary are the only two choices, it must mean that G-d can use either one of them to fulfill  a necessary role in moving the world in the direction that He wants it to go. And who knows, perhaps G-d prefers one candidate over the other and that one can get in based upon the behavior of the Jewish people.

So what direction does G-d want for the world? We don’t have prophets today to tell us what G-d wants, but we can make “educated guesses” based on what prophets of old have said and how our Rabbis interpret those prophesies. Everybody knows that the world, as we know it, will exist for 6000 years and then come to an end. After that, many marvelous things are predicted to happen. We also know, from our prophets and Rabbis, that there are very specific events that must take place before the 6000 years come to an end – for example that a Messiah (Moshiach ben Yosef) will come; and that there will be a war between Israel and certain nations (which Israel will win through great miracles); that the Messiah will rebuild the holy temple; and that a second Messiah will then appear (Moshiach ben Dovid) who after 2000 years of exile, with miracles the world has never seen,  will elevate the status of Israel and the Jewish people in the eyes of the world in order to fulfill G-d’s Plan for us to serve as the spiritual leaders and teachers for the other nations.  These are not just goals for the future, these are events that we know must happen and that G-d is going to make happen one way or another.

The question is really how each candidate might further this messianic process that we are already living through. When we look at the election from the perspective of what G-d wants and not just through the way we naturally think, we don’t have to worry so much about Donald’s incredible narcissism and Hillary’s difficult relationship with the truth. I will examine these qualities and others in the candidates but only to see how they might fit into G-d’s ultimate plan for Israel and the world. Certainly their personalities will effect things in different ways.

There is one more thing that we need to be familiar with before we can fully appreciate how each candidate could possibly fit into G-d’s plan and that is something called the “creation calendar.” Imagine a calendar that has six days and one Shabbos.  Each of the six days is 1000 years and when Shabbos comes that is the end of days as we know it. How close are we to the end? We are much closer than people think. Presently we are past mid-day on Friday afternoon. That means all of the above must happen before Shabbos comes plus another 210 years for the resurrection of the dead. The resurrection of the dead will take 210 years because not everyone will get up at the same time. It will depend on how materialistic the person was. The more the person was attached to materialism in this world the longer it will take for him to “get up.” Just imagine how much has to happen in the world even before the resurrection of the dead.

Now having said all of this let’s get back to the election and consider three things: 1. What is the current situation that the next president of the United States is about to face, and 2. What are the psychological profiles of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,  and 3. How do their respective personality styles, personal histories and current day values fit with G-d’s plan for the world.

The State of the World

  • The countries of Esau (essentially the U.S., Europe and Russia) have been “on top” for the last 2000 years since the time of the holy Temple when the Jews were “on top.”
  • Torah observant communities continue to flourish around the world despite the Holocaust (which sought to wipe out the Jewish people completely) and Zionism (which sought to transform Torah Judaism into gefilte fish and kugel
  • The U.S. (which represents the “good” part of Esau) has been very hospitable to Jews and Torah learning up to the present day.
  • Putin, the leader of Russia was orphaned and raised by an orthodox Jewish family, and because of that, he has great respect and appreciation for the Jewish people. Putin recently  told the Chief Rabbi of Russia and other Rabbis at a meeting that he believes that the secret to the Jews’ survival has been “your Torah and your Rabbis.” Can you imagine Brezhnev, Gorbachev or Stalin saying such a thing? Putin has also donated large amounts of money to a Jewish museum in Russia and is welcoming the frightened Jews of terror-ridden Europe to come to Russia for safe haven. Putin is potentially a strong ally for Israel.
  • Militant Islam which could never compete with Esau’s countries was first empowered in 1989 when Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill invited Yasser Arafat to the white house more than any other statesman, and when in 1994, Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Islamic violence and barbarism is no longer confined to the Middle East, it now has a strong foothold in the United States and Europe – who are in many ways less able to defend themselves against terror than Israel is.
  • President Obama, who was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, signed a deal with Iran (Paras, in the Torah), the most violent and barbaric nation on earth, that will legalize their possession of nuclear arms in the near future. (Paras is also the nation that is prophesized to war with Israel prior to the messianic era)
  • The U.S. rate of unemployment is very high and there is terrible poverty though out the land.

Who are Donald and Hillary?

Hillary Clinton is the daughter of a highly abusive father who victimized her and her siblings. Her choice of Bill Clinton, a known womanizer, as a husband, a man whose affairs and scandals preceded their meeting, was a continuation of the victim role that she was accustomed to with her father. Hillary became a classic enabler and co-addict.  She has consistently blamed the other women in her husband’s life (or herself) for Bill’s infidelity, but she has never been able to face the fact that her husband is a sexual addict who needs treatment.

A capacity for introspection, self-awareness and connection to her real feelings are not Hillary’s strong points. She tends to avoid conflict where her husband is concerned. Bill Clinton’s behavior with “Monica” was publicized all over the world. His behavior demoralized millions of people. She watched as her husband destroyed his reputation and dishonored his family and country. But she could not assert herself with her husband other than reportedly sleeping on the couch for several weeks. Can you imagine the shame that Hillary experienced? It is impossible that she could be confident of herself as a person and as a woman because she never received affirmation of her womanhood by her husband. But despite her pain, Hillary, the consummate politician, used the situation to play the martyr role. She became the champion of victims everywhere and has tried to market herself as a strong advocate for families and children. Unfortunately though, Hillary is not able to assert her real feelings. If her emotional equilibrium is threatened, as it was by her militaristic father or by her unfaithful husband, she doesn’t know how to manage her feelings, communicate directly and take appropriate action. Instead she is likely to deal with unpleasant feelings and situations in clandestine ways. Let’s take some known examples:

  • She hid the fact that she failed the D.C. bar exam [supposedly not one of the more difficult exams] from her close personal friends as long as she could.
  • Because Hillary has always had difficulty in being truthful with herself about her feelings, she has had a difficult relationship with the truth in general. Her record shows that she is neither trustworthy or honest. Whether it was her work on the Nixon impeachment, whitewater (where she was suspected of illegal real estate activity) or “the server” where she still denies that she used her personal email to send and receive information that was marked top secret despite FBI findings to the contrary. (FBI director James Comey said that 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information and he specified that Hillary was on 7 of those chains that were marked top secret).
  • As Secretary of State Hillary was criticized for denying requests for additional security at the American consulate in Libya prior to its being attacked by Islamic militants. The attack led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and another U.S. Foreign Service person, Sean Smith. (This is a particularly important example as it may shed light on her indecisiveness when under attack by terrorists. She is likely to “freeze” as she did with her father and with her husband)

Donald Trump is of German ancestry. His father was a cold distant hard working man who sent Donald off to a military school when he was 13 years old – not because Donald was a behavior problem but because he didn’t want to be bothered raising a son. Donald clearly did not receive the parental love and admiration that he needed. This explains his need to see his name in lights everywhere he goes. More than any other characteristic, Donald Trump is defined by his absolute defiance. He will not back down to anybody because in his mind there is nobody who knows better than he does what America needs or how we should deal with Islamic terrorists and threat of nuclear war.

Donald Trump is estimated to be worth 8 billion dollars. Just to make this figure a bit more real, a billion is 1000 million. So with about 8000 million dollars, Trump says that he can’t be bought by political interest groups. This is a very important consideration as most politicians, even those who want to keep their pre-election promises, cannot because they need money – Trump is not likely to sacrifice his need to get his way for a bribe of a mere ten million dollars. That’s nothing to him. Trump’s popularity is based on his being different. People are sick of politicians. Trump, who has absolutely no public service experience, was able to defeat heavy weight governors and senators and defied being controlled by rich people in the Republican Party who absolutely hate him.

Trump has become the champion of the middle class by his promise to “make America great again” and his unwillingness to negotiate with terrorists. The fact that he won’t be influenced by any donors or sponsors does give him tremendous leverage. It is possible that unlike Hillary he could actually deliver on what he says. Trump’s megalomania will not allow him to back down to Iran or anyone who threatens him – not because he is such a “good person” (he is highly selfish and self-serving and says many foolish things) but because he must win at all costs. He is an incredibly insecure person who compensates for this by getting in anyone’s face. Unlike Hillary, who really cares what her husband and others think of her, Trump will stand his ground and defy everybody. He doesn’t care how many people hate him because he is sure that he is superior to them all. If the Islamic terrorists pushed Trump too far, which they already have, he would stand up to the entire world by warring with Iran.

It’s also interesting to consider that Trump has done business with a lot of Jewish people in real estate over the years. He has orthodox people working for him and advising him. And his business will someday go to his children who seem to be loyal to him.  His daughter is a convert who keeps Shabbos. He is not well-liked by everyone he does business with, but Trump does seem to recognize that Jews are productive and hard working. Loyalty is everything to him.

Trump literally says whatever he is thinking. To say that he lacks manners is a gross understatement. He has openly expressed his wish to remove Muslims from the United States until he knows who they are. Can you imagine Hillary in a debate with Trump? It will be like putting her in a tank with a shark that hasn’t eaten for 5 weeks. She will be his dinner. She is vulnerable to him in so many areas and he will say absolutely everything that he has on her. It won’t be pretty. The networks will do very well that night; nobody will want to miss it.

Everything considered it’s possible that the words of our prophets could potentially be carried out through Israel becoming allied with the two biggest countries of Edom (Esau). With the U.S. through Trump and with Russia through Putin who also likes Jews. It is possible that Edom and Russia will join with Israel in the prophesized war with Islam and defeat them. Of course we can’t be sure it will happen this way. It is just one possibility of how G-d could pick world leaders with certain character traits to fulfill His will. Of course G-d can make it happen through Hillary as well. If elected, she will certainly be more sympathetic to militant Islam and terrorism in general than Trump will be so the process could involve more bloodshed, G-d forbid – but in the end, as with everything in the world, the result will depend on the behavior of the Jewish people. It will depend, as Rabbi Arush says, on our level of emuna and the number of mitzvos we do (keeping G-d’s commandments) as opposed to committing sins.

There is no doubt that we are getting close to the end. We see the redemption process in full swing. We see the ingathering of Jews to Israel from the four corners of the world. We have seen the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the reclaiming of Jerusalem in 1967. The Jewish people are the only people in history that have re-established their own country after being exiled 2000 years ago (even though Israel is not yet ruled by Torah authorities, this can be seen as part of the process of redemption). We have also seen the resurrection of the Hebrew language which also was not used for thousands of years and is now spoken by millions of Jews.  All of these are events that are moving us closer to the messianic era. May G-d hear our prayers and accept our repentance and take us through this process in the easiest possible way.

The author is grateful for the teachings of Rabbi Mendel Kessin, from Lakewood, NJ.

Are the Palestinians committed to peace?

Hate Speech and the New Anti-Semitism

Schieffer On Election Eve: It’s As If The Nation Is ‘Enduring Some Kind Of Curse’

November 7, 2016 9:31 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, CBS News contributor Bob Schieffer said he had never seen a campaign like the one this year – and he didn’t mean it in a positive way.

“I have seen a few, but I’ve run out of ways to say I’ve never seen one like this. It’s as if the nation is enduring some kind of curse,” Schieffer said on the CBS Evening News Monday. “What should we expect next – that it will rain frogs? I wouldn’t bet against it.”

Schieffer said this election stands out in numerous negative ways.

“We tend to call every election the most important of our lifetime, but this one might well be. Those of you who are voting for the first time, take it from me – this election is not business as usual,” Schieffer said. “This one is different – and not in a good way. Most elections believe we’re headed in the wrong direction; the world is a more dangerous place. And yet, the government is in such gridlock that it took Congress longer to approve money to find a vaccine for the Zika virus than it took the founders to write our Constitution.”

Schieffer noted that many Americans neither like nor trust Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and that 82 percent of Americans find the campaign “disgusting.”

“The country seems at a turning point, but the divide over where to turn seems wider than ever,” Schieffer said. “Perhaps we can at least agree on one thing – the first task of whoever is elected must be to repair the damage that’s been done by this campaign to the good name of our country.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Farewell Address 

delivered 17 January 1961

[AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio. (2)]

Good evening, my fellow Americans.

First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.

Three days from now, after half century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other — Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation. My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and finally to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the nation good, rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling — on my part — of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches, and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insiduous [insidious] in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their Government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of threat and stress.

But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. Of these, I mention two only.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. Our military organization today bears little relation to that known of any of my predecessors in peacetime, or, indeed, by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations — corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

>It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations — past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of disarmament — of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent, I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war, as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years, I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

So, in this, my last good night to you as your President, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and in peace. I trust in that — in that — in that service you find some things worthy. As for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nations’ great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings. Those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; and that the sources — scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it.

Thank you, and good night.

 This is the difference between an 18 year old in Israel and America.


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