1 sheep and 70 wolves

At least someone from New Zealand has brains

Everyone that lives in Jerusalem is condemning UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Even American Jews are complaining:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive!

From israel matzav: Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive!

חֲנֻכָּה Hanukkah is here. Hopefully people will do Teshuvah.

An announcement of the Haifa Jewish Community Committee declaring 3 days of events against the Nazi inferno: including a day of fast and prayer, a day of cessation from work and a public protest assembly, 1942

An announcement of the Haifa Jewish Community Committee declaring 3 days of events against the Nazi inferno: including a day of fast and prayer, a day of cessation from work and a public protest assembly, 1942

We need to go to the field and beg Hashem to help us. Trusting in flesh and blood rulers will not work. Only Hashem is our true King of Kings. We need to turn to our Gedolim for guidance.

The Remarkable Shepherd

Friday, 05 December 2014 http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/12/bedouin_shepher.html
The Midrash tells us that when Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chanania (one of Rabbi Akiva’s teachers) was visiting Rome, he was summoned by Adrianus Caesar. Caesar said, “I find a sheep that is capable of surviving among 70 wolves quite remarkable!”

“Such a sheep is less remarkable,” replied Rabbi Yehoshua, “than the shepherd that’s capable of protecting it from the seventy wolves!”

Interpretation: The seventy wolves – the nations of the world, inherently hostile to Israel; the sheep – Israel; the shepherd – Hashem.

Wolves and Briars

Thursday, 10 June 2010 http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2010/06/pick_a_path_of_.html
Someone asked me how to sum up current events in one spiritual-standpoint sentence:

“If a flock of sheep is so inane as to stray from the shepherd – thinking that they know a better way to green pastures than the shepherd does – they’ll definitely run into a pack of wolves.”

One who strays off the path shouldn’t complain when scratched by the briars.

Emuna – a Working Definition

Emuna is the firm belief in a single, supreme, omniscient, benevolent, spiritual, supernatural, and all-powerful Creator of the universe, whom we refer to as G-d. He alone cares for each of us in a unique, tailor-made fashion according to our own individual needs. Everything that happens to us in life is the product of G-d’s will and personal intervention in our lives, which we refer to as Divine providence, or DP. DP is designed to help us perform our task in life and to assist us in realizing ou personal potential to the hilt.


Prayer for Fortitude

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

– Genesis 12:1-3


Rabbi Meir Kahane Tells the Truth AZZ Conceal

Greatest Speech Ever Delivered at U.N. * Moynihan on Zionism is Racism, 1975

Column One: Obama and Israel, strike and counter-strike

By CAROLINE B. GLICK 12/29/2016 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-Obama-and-Israel-strike-and-counter-strike-476948
Resolution 2334 asserts that Israel has no right to any of the lands it took control over during the Six-Day War.
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was the first prong of outgoing President Barack Obama’s lame duck campaign against Israel.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday was the second.

On January 15, stage 3 will commence in Paris.

At France’s lame duck President François Hollande’s international conference, the foreign ministers of some 50 states are expected to adopt as their own Kerry’s anti-Israel principles.

The next day it will be Obama’s turn. Obama can be expected to use the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to present the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel as a natural progression from the American Civil Rights movement that King led 50 years ago.

Finally, sometime between January 17 and 19, Obama intends for the Security Council to reconvene and follow the gang at the Paris conference by adopting Kerry’s positions as a Security Council resolution. That follow-on resolution may also recognize “Palestine” and grant it full membership in the UN.

True, Kerry said the administration will not put forward another Security Council resolution.

But as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained in his response to Kerry’s address, there is ample reason to suspect that France or Sweden, or both, will put forth such a resolution. Since the draft will simply be a restatement of Kerry’s speech, Obama will not veto it.

Whether or not Obama gets his second Security Council resolution remains to be seen. But whether he succeeds or fails, he’s already caused most of the damage. A follow-on resolution will only amplify the blow Israel absorbed with 2334.

Resolution 2334 harms Israel in two ways. First, it effectively abrogates Resolution 242 from 1967 which formed the basis of Israeli policy-making for the past 49 years. Second, 2334 gives a strategic boost to the international campaign to boycott the Jewish state.

Resolution 242 anchored the cease-fire between Israel and its neighbors at the end of the Six Day War. It stipulated that in exchange for Arab recognition of Israel’s right to exist in secure and defensible borders, Israel would cede some of the territories it took control over during the war.

Resolution 242 assumed that Israel has a right to hold these areas and that an Israeli decision to cede some of them to its neighbors in exchange for peace would constitute a major concession.

Resolution 242 is deliberately phrased to ensure that Israel would not be expected to cede all of the lands it took control over in the Six Day War. The resolution speaks of “territories,” rather than “the territories” or “all the territories” that Israel took control over during the war.

Resolution 2334 rejects 242’s founding assumptions.

Resolution 2334 asserts that Israel has no right to any of the lands it took control over during the war. From the Western Wall to Shiloh, from Hebron to Ariel, 2334 says all Israeli presence in the areas beyond the 1949 armistice lines is crime.

Given that Israel has no right to hold territory under 2334, it naturally follows that the Palestinians have no incentive to give Israel peace. So they won’t. The peace process, like the two-state solution, ended last Friday night to the raucous applause of all Security Council members.

As for the boycott campaign, contrary to what has been widely argued, 2334 does not strengthen the boycott of “settlements.” It gives a strategic boost to the boycott of Israel as a whole.

It calls on states “to distinguish in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”

Since no Israeli firm makes that distinction, all Israeli economic activity is now threatened with boycott. Tnuva is an “occupation” dairy because it supplies communities beyond the 1949 lines.

Bank Hapoalim is an “occupation” bank because it operates ATM machines in post-1967 neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The Fox clothing chain is an “occupation” chain because it has a store in Gush Etzion. And so on and so forth.

Resolution 2334 gives Europe and its NGOs a green light to wage a complete trade and cultural boycott against all of Israel.

Obama is not using his final weeks in office to wage war on Israel because he hates Netanyahu.

He is not deliberately denying 3,500 years of Jewish history in the Land of Israel because the Knesset is set to pass the Regulations Law that will make it marginally easier for Jews to exercise property rights in Judea and Samaria, as Kerry and UN Ambassador Samantha Power claimed.

Obama’s onslaught against Israel is the natural endpoint of a policy he has followed since he first entered the White House. In June 2009, Obama denied the Jews’ 3,500 years of history in the Land of Israel in his speech in Cairo before an audience packed with members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Instead of the truth, Obama adopted the Islamist propaganda lie that Israel was established because Europe felt guilty about the Holocaust.

Throughout his presidency, Obama has rejected the guiding principle of Resolution 242. His antisemitic demand that Israel deny its Jewish citizens their civil and property rights in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria simply because they are Jews is just as antithetical to 242 as is Resolution 2334.

In his speech, Kerry repeatedly castigated the government while flattering the Israeli Left in yet another attempt to divide and polarize Israeli society. Kerry’s professed support for the Israeli Left is deeply ironic because Israeli leftists are the primary casualties of Obama’s anti-Israel assault.

In the post-242 world that Obama initiated, the UN makes no distinction between Jerusalem and Nablus, between Gush Etzion and Jenin, or between Ma’aleh Adumim and Ramallah. In this world, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog’s plan to retain a mere 2-3% of Judea and Samaria is no more acceptable than Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett’s plan to apply Israeli law to 60% of the area or to other plans calling for Israeli law to be applied to all of Judea and Samaria. All are equally unlawful. All are equally unacceptable.

For the next three weeks, the government’s focus must be centered on Obama and minimizing the damage he is able to cause Israel. Since Israel cannot convince Hollande to cancel his conference or Obama not to give his speech, Israeli efforts must be concentrated on scuttling Obama’s plan to enact a follow-on resolution.

To scuttle another resolution, Israel needs to convince seven members of the Security Council not to support it. Only measures that secure the support of nine out of 15 Security Council members are permitted to come to a vote. The states that are most susceptible to Israeli lobbying are Italy, Ethiopia, Japan, Egypt, Uruguay, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia.

Netanyahu’s furious response to 2334 advance the goal of blocking a vote on a follow-on resolution in two ways. First, they create Israeli leverage in seeking to convince member states to oppose voting on an additional resolution before January 20.

Second, Netanyahu’s seemingly unrestrained response to the Obama administration’s onslaught enables Donald Trump to join him in pressuring Security Council members to oppose bringing a new resolution for a vote.

By taking an extreme position of total rejection of Obama’s actions, Netanyahu is enabling Trump to block a vote while striking a moderate tone.

In three weeks, Obama’s war with Israel will end. His final legacy – the destruction of the landfor- peace paradigm and the two-state policy-making model – obligate Israel, for the first time in 50 years, to determine by itself its long-term goals in relation to the international community, the Palestinians and Judea and Samaria.

Regarding the international community, the Security Council opened the door for its members to boycott Israel. As a result, Israel should show the UN and its factotums the door. Israel should work to de-internationalize the Palestinian conflict by expelling UN personnel from its territory.

The same is the case with the EU. Once Britain exits the EU, Israel should end the EU’s illegal operations in Judea and Samaria and declare EU personnel acting illegally persona non grata.

As for the Palestinians, Resolution 2334 obligates Israel to reconsider its recognition of the PLO. Since 1993, Israel has recognized the PLO despite its deep and continuous engagement in terrorism. Israel legitimized the PLO because the terrorist group was ostensibly its partner in peace. Now, after the PLO successfully killed the peace process by getting the Security Council to abrogate 242, Israel’s continued recognition of the PLO makes little sense. Neither PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas nor his deputies in Fatah – convicted, imprisoned mass murderer and terrorism master Marwan Barghouti, and Jibril Rajoub who said he wishes he had a nuclear bomb so he could drop it on Israel and who tried to get Israel expelled from FIFA – has any interest in recognizing Israel, let alone making peace with it. The same of course can be said for the PLO’s coalition partner Hamas.

An Israeli decision to stop recognizing the PLO will also have implications for the Trump administration.

In the aftermath of 2334, calls are steadily mounting in Congress for the US to cancel its recognition of the PLO and end US financial support for the Palestinian Authority. If Israel has already ended its recognition of the PLO, chances will rise that the US will follow suit. Such a US move will have positive strategic implications for Israel.

There is also the question of the Palestinian militias that are deployed to Judea and Samaria as part of the peace process that Obama and the PLO officially ended last Friday. In the coming months, Israel will need to decide what to do about these hostile militias that take their orders from leaders who reject peaceful coexistence with Israel.

Finally, there are the territories themselves. For 50 years, Israel has used the land-for-peace paradigm as a way not to decide what to do with Judea and Samaria. Now that 242 has been effectively abrogated, Israel has to decide what it wants.

The no-brainer is to allow Jews to build wherever they have the legal right to build. If the UN says Israel has no rights to Jerusalem, then Israel has no reason to distinguish between Jerusalem and Elon Moreh.

More broadly, given that for the foreseeable future, there will be no Palestinian Authority interested in making peace with Israel, Israel needs to think about the best way to administer Judea and Samaria going forward. The obvious step of applying Israeli law to Area C now becomes almost inarguable.

Shortly before Obama took office eight years ago, he promised to “fundamentally transform” America. Trump’s election scuttled any chance he had of doing so.

But by enabling Resolution 2334 to pass in the Security Council, Obama has succeeded in fundamentally transforming the nature of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Israel’s actions in the coming weeks will determine whether it is fundamentally transformed for better or for worse.

How Obama Cracked Jewish Solidarity (Michael Lumish)


Temple Talk Radio: United Nations Resolution 2334 and Chanukah: Same Old Same Old

A “Judenrein” Jerusalem? New Zealand’s Shame

 

Geulah


The Ten Lost Tribes

Hanukkah With The Duke

Hanukkah With The Duke Copyright © 2016 Sharona Butterfield

“We have not taken foreign territory or any alien property, but have occupied our ancestral heritage, for some time unjustly wrested from us by our enemies; now that we have a favorable opportunity, we are merely recovering our ancestral heritage” (Maccabees 1, 15:33-34).

We weathered the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazis and the Communists. We’re still here and they’ve all disappeared. It seems that the oppressors of today want to join them. They’ll never learn. Meanwhile, we’re not budging.


IM Tirtzu- Building the Zionist dream

The only hope we have is Hashem with Emunah and by listening to the Gedolim.

Emuna, OK... Monday, 12 December 2011

When things turn out OK, that’s no sign of emuna.

When we’re OK with whatever way things turn out, that’s emuna.


The Maccabeats – Home (Medley) – Israel

‘Academia is Greek culture in disguise’

Rosh Yeshiva of Or Yisrael says academic studies are Greek culture in disguise and must be avoided.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/222311
Rabbi Yigal Rosen, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Or Yisrael Yeshiva in Petah Tikva, slammed the academic study of haredi students, calling academic studies ‘pagan’ and ‘Greek’ on the second day of Hanukkah, when the Jewish people celebrate their victory over the Syrian Greek invaders who wished to supplant Jewish culture with the culture of ancient Greece.

“Greek culture causes a man to constantly reach for another degree and another degree, whether it be called doctor or whether it be called professor. The idea is greater than the person. Greek culture is a forgery of the Torah of Israel. It takes the hidden things and makes them external.” Rabbi Rosen told his students.

Rabbi Rosen stated that the economic motive is not a factor in matters related to spirituality. “The ones who began [academia] were the Greeks. It is Greek culture. The word ‘Akademos’ is a Greek word which belongs to their culture [and means] to elevate the idolatry of wisdom – ‘you become greater with a degree.’ This forgery began to penetrate our culture by appearing in the guise of livelihood, but in truth it is Greek culture.”

While Rabbi Rosen stated that the need to make a living cannot be discounted, he compared learning in academia to make a living to ringing church bells to make a living.

A special conference on setting up seminars for the haredi community was held last week at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem. Sveral speakers from the conference said that contact with the secualr world through academic study was lowering the spiritual level of haredi women.

Calls were made at the conference to establish seminars for haredi women which would be free of the influence of academia.

#CHANGE Time for an Israeli victory

Some 2,300 years after the Hasmonean’s Chanuka military victory (caused by some miracles from God), Daniel Pipes argues it’s time for another Jewish victory.
I propose an Israeli victory and a Palestinian defeat. That is to say, Washington should encourage Israelis to take steps that cause Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashal, Saed Erekat, Hanan Ashrawi, and the rest of that crew to realize that the gig is up, that no matter how many U.N. resolutions are passed, their foul dream of eliminating the Jewish state is defunct, that Israel is permanent, strong, and tough. After the leadership recognizes this reality, the Palestinian population at large will follow, as will eventually other Arab and Muslim states, leading to a resolution of the conflict. Palestinians will gain by finally being released from a cult of death to focus instead on building their own policy, society, economy, and culture.

While the incoming Trump administration’s Middle East policies remain obscure, President-elect Trump himself vociferously opposed Resolution 2334 and has signaled (for example, by his choice of David M. Friedman as ambassador to Israel) that he is open to a dramatically new approach to the conflict, one far more favorable to Israel than Barack Obama’s. With his lifelong pursuit of winning (“We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning”), Trump would probably be drawn to an approach that has our side win and the other side lose.

Victory also suits the current mood of Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. He’s not just furious at being abandoned in the United Nations, he has an ambitious vision of Israel’s global importance. Further, his being photographed recently carrying a copy of historian John David Lewis’s Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History signals that he is explicitly thinking in terms of victory in war: Lewis in his book looks at six case studies, concluding that in each of them “the tide of war turned when one side tasted defeat and its will to continue, rather than stiffening, collapsed.”

Finally, the moment is right in terms of the larger trends of regional politics. That the Obama administration effectively became an ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran scared Sunni Arab states, Saudi Arabia at the fore, into being far more realistic than ever before; needing Israel for the first time, the “Palestine” issue has lost some of its salience, and Arab conceits about Israel as the arch enemy have been to some extent abandoned, creating an unprecedented potential flexibility.
Sounds like a plan.

Netanyahu: “Enough with the exile mentality”

The Prime Minister defended Israel’s response to the UN Security Council resolution, calling it “rational, resolute, and responsible.”
Nitzan Kedar, 26/12/16 18:58 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/222315
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday afternoon responded to criticism of his response to the UN Security Council resolution.

“This morning I read in several newspapers that the aggressive stand I took with the countries that voted against us has been accepted. Israel is a country with national pride, and we do not turn the other cheek. Our response was rational, resolute, and responsible. It was the natural response of a healthy country which makes clear that the United Nation’s action is not acceptable to us.”

“There is an ongoing importance to our response, even if there’s another attempt or two to hurt us in the coming month. But there is no substitute for a resolute response since it creates the basis for different treatment later. To describe our protest as a world war is ridiculous.”

“Enough of this exile (mentality),” said Netanyahu. “There is no political wisdom to being obsequious. Not only were our relations with the countries of the world not hurt by this event, but they will actually improve over time. Countries respect strong states that stand on their own and do not respect weak states that are obsequious and bow their heads. Israel under my leadership is a strong, proud country. We will continue to defend our country and we will continue to develop our country.”

Netanyahu’s remarks were made at a ceremony launching a new economic and social development program in the Galilee city of Maalot.


Q&A Session | Should I make aliyah? What if my Rabbi said not to?

Tenenbom’s latest book demonstrates why a concerted effort should be made to encourage American Jews to emigrate to Israel

Asaf Shimoni February 3, 2017 http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/tenenboms-latest-book-demonstrates-why-a-concerted-effort-should-be-made-to-encourage-american-jews-to-emigrate-to-israel/
Tuvia Tenenbom’s book The Lies They Tell demonstrates why American Jews should move to Israel. The book is a seething indictment of the mindframe of the “progressive” American global melting pot and its “progressive” Jewish community, whose members deny their very essence and are at the forefront of the fight for the rights of every group in the world, with the exception of the Jews.

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While travelling through the United States Tenenbom meets people who refuse to discuss politics and philosophy and are afraid to speek their minds unless their opinions are ‘politically correct’. The world is divided into good and bad, black and white, left or right. The politically-correct decultured global white progressive American is inevitably ‘pro-Palestinian’ and opposed to ‘global warming’. Needless to say, all who profess to be ‘pro-Palestinian’ and ‘progressive’ know — with the exception of slogans and for the most part slanted or incorrect facts — absolutely nothing about Israel.

The ‘progressive’ Jews are busy committing cultural suicide/genocide by denying their own culture and internalizing a melting pot without essence. They speak little if any Hebrew or Yiddish and with the exception of superficialities do not identify with Judaism and know hardly anything about it.

Political activists complain about Israeli ‘apartheid’ but are apparently unaware of the fact that nearly half the Israeli Jewish population have their origins in Muslim countries. Nearly all of these countries refuse to allow a single Jew into their country. Nor do they seem to be aware that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas do not allow Jews to live or study in ‘Palestine’ which, of course, opposes apartheid. That the Israeli apartheid state is 20 percent Palestinian while ‘Palestine’ is 0 percent Jewish seems perfectly logical to “progressive” Jews.

The Jewish character trait of understanding the other ad nauseum is of course not only confined to American Jews. The Holocaust is a perfect example of how millions of innocent and gullible people were butchered by ideological madmen. How Israel can be a powerful nation which can protect Jews from slaughter while at the same time upholding moral standards is the biggest puzzle.

What anti-Israel activists ignore is that Israel has a citizen’s army and that its soldiers could hardly be a bunch of sadistic butchers as portrayed by Palestinian authorities and a number of ‘progressive’ activists and media groups. In his previous book Catch the Jew, Tenenbom toured Israel and the areas controlled by Palestinian authorities. He is taken on guided tours by ‘human rights’ activists who do their utmost to manipulate and stage news events. Journalists are not supposed to ask uncomfortable questions and Jews must fear for their lives. The Palestinians regard the journalists as idiots who must be manipulated for a just cause.

The trial of the Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria offers a perfect example of some of the moral quandaries facing Israel. While the soldier obviously overstepped his bounds and sits in court with a smug smile on his face, much of the public questions why Israel must always uphold a superior moral standard. Shooting terrorists who believe that it is perfectly ok to stab every Jew in sight because all Jews are devils is a crime. But human rights activists do not decry the fact that Palestinians who stab little girls are declared martyrs by the Palestinian Authority or that Palestinians stabbed a 70-year-old Arab man who they mistook for a Jew. However, they accuse Israel of being a racist apartheid state.

The fact that Israeli politicians are constantly being jailed also points to Israel’s high moral standards. Much of the public, and politicians in particular, argue that politicians in other Western democracies get away with a lot more without being tried or jailed. Often the public in Western democracies are not even aware of this because of ther faith in the press.

Tenenbom’s experiences in his tour of Israel are in stark contrast to those in the United States. In the land of the brave people do not dare talk about politics. In Israel the general public discusses politics, philosophy and religion on street corners, bus stops and in supermarkets. Most people are warm and go out of their way to help others – if they have the time – and do not waste their time on useless blather.

Jews seeking an identity can find one without resorting to Buddhism (the Dalai Lama’s ponderings look as if they had been picked straight out of the Mishna) or a belief in coincidence or nothing in particular. There are many streams of Judaism which incorporate quantum theory and sciences such as kabbalah. These offer more intelligent and meaningful ways of living than anything found in the modern Western melting pot.

The Israeli authorities only support aliyah in cases of emergency. Lack of money and resources has been a problem since before the country’s founding and available funds are distributed among the various constituencies. However, the Israeli public is always supportive of Jews who arrive in Israel.

Instead of worrying about the rights of Palestinians and blathering on about global warming (there’s nothing wrong with conservation, which even conservatives would support and amounts to the same thing) Western Jews and organisations should concern themselves with their own identities, social issues and the rights of their own people, the nation of Israel.

Chabad Santa Monica (CA) Synagogue Vandalized During Hanukkah

Santa Monica Synagogue Vandalized During Hanukkah, Feces Smeared on Window Near Menorah Display
Posted December 25, 2016, by Los Angeles Times, http://ktla.com/2016/12/25/santa-monica-synagogue-vandalized-during-hanukkah-feces-smeared-near-menorah-display/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5860dd3f04d30130c25ce7bf&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook
When Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz arrived at his Santa Monica synagogue on the second day of Hanukkah, he made an unpleasant discovery.
The front window was smeared with feces and rice, in close proximity to a menorah display.

The vandalism, which occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning, did not include any anti-Semitic messages. But officials at the Living Torah Center Chabad on Wilshire Boulevard suspect the building was targeted for religious reasons.

“This seems kind of intentional,” Assistant Rabbi Dovid Tenenbaum said on Sunday morning. “With a religious artifact in the window, we have to assume so.”

From The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Jews targeted most in post-election hate crime spree – NYPD

Source: timesofisrael http://antisemitism.org.il/article/110390/jews-targeted-most-post-election-hate-crime-spree-%E2%80%93-nypd
The New York Police Department said it has seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump, with the majority of incidents directed at Jews.

There has been a 115 percent increase in bias crimes in New York City following Election Day, with Jews being targeted in 24 of the 43 incidents during that nearly monthlong period. The anti-Semitic incidents represented a threefold increase from November 2015, The New York Observer reported.

In total, hate crimes have increased 35% from 2015, the NYPD’s chief of detectives, Robert Boyce, said Monday morning.

“We had a huge spike right after Election Day, it’s somewhat slowed a little bit,” Boyce said. “We’re seeing across the board an increase right now.”

Besides Jews, other targeted groups included Muslims, whites and the LGBTQ community, according to Boyce.

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The Israel Philharmonic (with Yedidya Wexler singing) playing the grandest version of Maoz Tzur you are likely to hear.

הדלקת נר שני של חנוכה – חגיגות ה-80 לתזמורת הפילהרמונית הישראלית 25.12.16

 

Are they right?


Rabbi Asked Does Islam Teach Jews are Apes? Rabbi Tovia Singer Answer


BarK Mitzvah by the filthy REFORM movement.

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Caroline Glick The American Jewish Community’s Moment to Choose

There is a total lack of Jewish Education in America, when Jews can’t even remember the words to Hava Nagila and the “rabbi” does not even know what a bracha (blessing over something you eat, smell or see) is and why you thank Hashem (G-d). In America, did the Greeks win in Hanukkah?


Sophia’s the pomeranian’s Bark Mitzvah w/Lee Day & Rabbi Otis on Nat Geo Wild Spoiled Rotten Pets
Comment: Have the reform gone to the Dogs?

  • If a Dog or Cat has a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, then he or she can have an Aliyah (being called up to the Torah).
  • If they can have an Aliyah, then they can be counted in a Minyan (Prayer quorum).
  • If they can be counted in a Minyan, then they can lead the Prayers.
  • If they can lead the Prayers, then they can hold other functions such as Temple President.
  • If they can be Temple President, then they can be “Temple rabbi”.
  • If a Cat or Dog can be “Temple rabbi”, then why not a Robot?
  • If a Robot can be “Temple rabbi”, then why not a Pig?
  • If a Pig can be a “temple rabbi”, then they can conduct a Jewish Wedding.

Idgie’s Cat Mitzvah – Hava Nagila

There is a total lack of Jewish Education in America, when Jews can’t even remember the words to Hava Nagila and the “rabbi” does not even know what a bracha (blessing over something you eat, smell or see) is and why you thank Hashem (G-d). In America, did the Greeks win in Hanukkah?

If you want to really learn what it is to be Jewish Click Here or Here.

How to celebrate and understand Hanukkah: Chabad, Breslov

And now something for an American Hanukkah.

Just a reminder: You DO NOT give presents on Hanukkah or have a Hanukkah bush.

Just a reminder: You DO NOT give presents on Hanukkah or have a Hanukkah bush.

Cookbook:Deep Fried Mars Bar

A deep-fried Mars bar is an ordinary Mars bar normally fried in a type of batter commonly used for deep-frying fish, sausages, and other battered products. The chocolate bar is typically chilled before battering to prevent it from melting into the frying fat, though a cold Mars bar can fracture when heated.

The dish originated at chip shops in Scotland as a novelty item, but was never mainstream. Since various mass media have reported on the practice since the mid-1990s, in part as a commentary on urban Scotland’s notoriously unhealthy diet,[1] the popularity of the dish has spread. The product has not received support from Mars, Inc who said “deep-frying one of our products would go against our commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles.”[2]

This recipe for the deep fried Mars bar illustrates a typical procedure. The ingredients in the dish’s variations may vary indefinitely, but the procedure will remain more or less the same. For authentic flavor, fry the treat in beef drippings rather than vegetable oil (it is worth noting the high saturated fat content this method of cooking involves).
Ingredients

1 UK or Canadian Mars Bar or 1 US Milky Way Bar
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 egg
Enough oil to fill the pot or fryer you are using (oil or fat can be used as well as suet for authenticity)

Procedure

Chill, but do not freeze, the Mars bar by leaving it in a fridge, or freezer, for a short while.
Mix the milk, flour and egg in a bowl.
Whisk together to create a creamy batter.
Heat the oil.
Coat the Mars bar completely in batter.
Lower into hot oil (around 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit, 175-190 Celsius) and fry until batter is golden brown. (Note: be careful to lower it gently; otherwise the batter may come off)
Serve.

If you want a real Hanukkah come home to your Homeland, Israel and see what Hanukkah is really about.


Israeli doughnut “sufganiyot” Chanukah Taste Test | Nefesh B’Nefesh

Strawberry Mango Sufganiyot

http://www.leahcookskosher.com/show_recipe.php?id_recipe=21

*I’m adding this comment on November 25, 2013 – I decided to shoot a ‘how-to’ video for this recipe. Apparently, I’ve simplified things a bit over the years and put the dough together as I do my challah and yeasted sweet dough. Dry ingredients in the bowl and then add the liquids. Since I make these without dairy, I don’t heat the soy milk on the stove thinking soy milk probably doesn’t need to be scalded. (NOTE: in the video, I say “milk” and I should have said “soy milk”) So, I melt the margarine in the microwave, add the soy milk to cool it to an appropriate temperature (125′ for rapid dry yeast) and just mix it into the dry ingredients. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean!)

Sufganiyot are the coveted sweet for Chanukah. We never made them commercially at the bakery as I feared how many sufganiyot would be ordered….and, feared my staff’s reaction if I asked them to make thousands. Another reason we didn’t make them is that I’m a purest. I love these fresh out of the oil. I usually have my fill eating the duds; the blobs of dough dropped into the oil to test the temperature. As with many things I make, my pleasure is in watching others eat something I know they can’t get anywhere else.

Program director and students at Cafe Levine, Hillel UW.
Many recipes are similar so I opted to use one from my 1963 copy of McCall’s Cook Book"" . It is the bible of cookbooks in my family. My mother, four sisters, BFF (Best Friends Forever), daughter and niece all have this book. Vintage early 1960’s is the best. I have multiple copies; each successive find at Goodwill as thrilling as I imagine winning the lottery would be. Of course, sufganiyot are “Jelly Filled Donuts” or even “Bismarks” in the index. The World of Jewish Entertaining"" by Gil Marks has a similar recipe with good tips. This is another must have cookbook I frequently reference.

In my recipe steps, I’ve inserted many pictures to demystify the process; don’t be frightened! Ultimately, these are easy to make.  Have the kids help knead and roll the dough, and cut them out. You do the frying. Offer an assortment of fillings; I’ve used a gourmet jam here. But, a chocolate hazelnut spread or whipped marshmallow filling sound great to me! That is a perfect Chanukah party.

Kosher Status: Parve
Number of servings: 15
Main Ingredient(s): Flour – Unbleached All Purpose
Preparation Time: 01:00
Cooking Time: 00:10
Skill Level: 3 (1 Easy – 5 Hard)
Estimated POINT value:
Average Rating: 5/5


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soy milk (or milk for dairy version)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine (or butter for dairy version)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages active dry yeast (4 teaspoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Oil for frying (canola or grapeseed)
  • Strawberry – mango jam

Steps:

Heat milk in small saucepan until bubbles form around the edge of pan; remove from heat. Add sugar, salt, and butter; stir until butter is melted. Let cool to lukewarm or,  130′ if using instant yeast.

Combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the milk mixture, eggs and the water. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Add most of the remaining flour, mixing by hand to form a soft dough. Add flour as necessary so dough is not sticky.

Put dough on work surface and knead until smooth, just a couple of minutes.

Cover with a towel and let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1 hour. When you press 2 fingers into the dough and it keeps the indentation, the dough is ready.

After dough has risen, punch down and knead for 2 minutes. Invert the bowl over the dough and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Roll out the dough into 1/2″ thickness. If the dough resists being rolled, cover and let rest for a minute or so. Continue to roll to an even thickness.

Cut out donuts using a 2 1/2″ round cutter. Reroll the trimmings, letting dough rest if necessary. Cut out additional donuts. Cover with towel and let rise for another hour until double in thickness.

Slowly heat 2″ – 3″ of frying oil in a heavy skillet to 375 degrees. I use a flatbottomed wok on the gas range. Drop 3 – 4 donuts into the heated oil. They will sink, bubbles will form and the donut will rise to the top. Let it cook for about 1 1/2 minutes and then gently turn them over using a slotted spoon. Let cook about 1 1/2 minutes longer. The correct oil temperature is important. Too hot, the donut browns to quickly and will be raw in the middle. Too low, the donut will absorb too much oil and be heavy.

Gently remove from oil and drain on papertowels.

Fill pastry bag fitted with 1/4″ round tip with jam of preference. I’m using Strawberry Mango.

With a small paring knife, cut a slit about 1 1/4″ long into the center of the donut. Insert the tip of pastry bag and squirt in about 1 teaspoon jam.

Dust with granulated or powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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Sephardic Hanukkah foods

by Dec 11, 2012 http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/978717/sephardic-hanukkah-food-recipes

Beyond latkes

In the U.S., Ashkenazic Jewish foods (like gefilte fish, matzo ball soup and latkes) are the most well known. This Hanukkah, look to Sephardic Jewish traditions to revitalize your holiday menu.
Sephardic Jews are originally from the Mediterranean and Iberian Peninsula, hailing from places like Greece and Spain. After the Spanish Inquisition, Jews were expelled from Spain, and so the Sephardic community was dispersed and many ended up in Turkey, and as far as Africa. Where Ashkenazic Jews traditionally spoke Yiddish, Sephardic Jews spoke Ladino, a hybrid of Spanish, Hebrew and a number of other languages.

Sephardic foods differ greatly from their Ashkenazic cousins, reflecting their Mediterranean heritage. For Hanukkah, Sephardic Jews also celebrate with menorahs and fried foods, but the recipes differ. Here are a few favorites to inspire you this Hanukkah.

Sephardic keftes de prasas (leek patties) recipe

Keftes de prasas

Whereas kofte, popular in Turkey and the Middle East, are meatballs, Sephardic keftes (also known as keftikes) are more like patties and very often do not contain meat. Keftes de prasas, or leek patties, are one of the most popular varieties and are eaten at Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Passover (for Passover substitute matzo meal for the breadcrumbs). Recipe below.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds leeks, trimmed and cleaned
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Put the leeks in a pot of water, cover and cook over medium-low heat until very soft. Drain and cool.
  2. Put the leeks in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Mix in the egg, salt and breadcrumbs. The mixture should be quite soft but just firm enough to form into patties.
  4. Put about 1/2-inch of oil in a pan over medium heat.
  5. Form the leek mixture into small, flat patties and drop in the oil. Fry until evenly browned and crispy on both sides.
  6. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately (or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven).

Exotic Hanukkah Foods

Try something a little different – and very yummy!

by http://www.aish.com/h/c/r/Exotic-Hanukkah-Foods.html

Sephardic Latkes or Svinge

Svinge is the Sephardic answer to latkes, light and crunchy eaten sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

Rabbi Maimon the son of Yosef, the father of the Rambam (Maimonides) says that eating svinge is integral to the Hanukkah celebration. For a small batch – enough for six people combine

  • 11/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t instant yeast
  • 7/8 cup of warm water

Mix these into a batter.

Let the batter sit for three hours until it has doubled or tripled in size. Then heat oil in a frying pan – this is another deep fry dish. Wet your hands. Tear off plum-sized pieces of the dough. Stretch them a bit and form a hole in the middle and fry on both sides. Drain on paper towels, Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and eat right away.

Fried Fish Balls

Fried foods to recall the miracle of the flask of oil and fish is a traditional Shabbat food – so it’s a perfect Shabbat Hanukkah dish. In the UK, these fish balls are featured at all Jewish celebrations and for good reason – they are absolutely delicious and easy to make.

Defrost one roll of gefilte fish.

Add matzah meal one handful at a time, just enough to form the fish into walnut-sized balls. Deep fry about six minutes until browned on all sides.

(optional: add 1/4 t black pepper to the fish mix for a spicier fish ball)

Eat hot or cold. Yum!

Kuku Sabzi

This is a Persian frittata traditionally eaten on Hanukkah. Very healthy and very yummy.

  • 2-3 eggs.
  • Half a bunch of fresh coriander
  • Half a bunch of fresh parsley
  • Quarter of a bunch of fresh dill
  • Half an onion or three scallions

Chop all the vegies fine.

Lightly grease a ceramic nonstick frying pan (2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or ghee).

Lightly beat the eggs.

Add spices, salt, pepper, turmeric to taste.

Chop the herbs and onions or scallions are finely as you can – use fresh or frozen, never dried. You can also substitute fresh spinach leaves for the herbs.

Combine the herbs with eggs.

Pour the mixture into a heated greased frying pan. Fry until lightly browned, then flip over.

Cut the kuku into wedges and served with yogurt and rice or crusty bread and feta cheese too.

Serves three. You can freeze this!

Lasagna

We eat dairy foods on Hanukkah to remember the bravery of Judith, the valiant Maccabee woman who slew the wicked Syrian Greek general Holofernes by first feeding him cheese to stimulate thirst and then wine to get him drunk. After that she beheaded him. The sight of his skull rolling through his tent frightened the Syrian Greeks so much that they ran away and the Maccabees won the war.

I love this recipe. You don’t precook the noodles or the sauce. You just layer everything and it all bakes together until a tinfoil blanket. Easy and delicious.

  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes (800g or 19 oz)
  • 1 large can of tomato paste (not sauce) also 19 oz.
  • Combine and add 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 2 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper

Thin the sauce with a little bit of water. Don’t cook this, just mix ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine 16 oz or 750 grams of cottage cheese, ricotta cheese or white cheese (or any combination of the three – three Israeli cottage cheese packages are okay) with one egg.

Layer sauce, noodles, cottage cheese, two big handfuls of grated cheese (I use low fat mozzarella). REPEAT. Last layer is noodles and sauce.

Bake in a 9×12 inch pan covered well with tin foil for one hour at medium heat (350F or 180C).

For the last 10 minutes of baking, uncover and add two handfuls of grated cheese to the top so the cheese can melt and look pretty.

Latkes

Here’s a cooking lesson cast in rhyme
So your latkes can rock at Chanukah time.

Latkes are a part of our history
I’m going to unlock the mystery

Of how to make them crisp and light
For your guests to eat on Chanukah night.

Rule #1 – don’t skimp on oil
¼ inch in the pan, bring it close to boil

Rule #2 – make your latkes of equal dimension
Don’t crowd them in the pan
They need personal attention

Rule #3 – when they’re brown then flip
Fry other side, and then place on towel to drip

Rule #4 – eat right away
Your latkes will be soggy if you wait another day.

Rule #5 – don’t forget to smile
Let the Chanukah light shine on you for a while.

My Latkes Recipe

Using the grating attachment on your food processor, grate together

  • 1 small onion,
  • 4 large potatoes,
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup matzah meal.
  • Add 1/8 t black pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed skillet. Make sure the entire skillet is covered with oil 1/4 inch or more deep.

Drop in a tiny bit of batter. If it browns then you’re ready to fry.

Spoon in latkes. Don’t crowd.

Fry three minutes on each side. Remove, place on paper towel to drain excess oil and serve ASAP!!

You can reheat in a low oven and serve later ,or if you really have to freeze, but nothing tastes as good as fresh.

Safety note: turn frying pan handles inward and never leave a frying pan full of hot oil alone even for a minute. Also don’t let the oil smoke because that will spoil your latkes.

Bimuelos

Probably the most traditional Sephardic Hanukkah food, bimuelos are fried dough puffs. As Claudia Roden writes in The Book of Jewish Food, “Bimuelos is the Judeo-Spanish name for the little flour-and-yeast fritters. In Egypt, where they were sold on the street, they were called ‘zalabia,’ and in Iraq, Persia and India they were ‘zengoula.’ All over the Middle East they were eaten at Hanukkah.” Whatever you want to call them, these sweet dumplings will steal the show at any meal.

Doughnuts

Dough:

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs

For frying:
Mild flavored oil

For dusting:
Granulated sugar, or a blend of sugar and cinnamon

OR
For filling:
Orange marmalade at room temperature, with or without toasted chopped walnuts

For syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (optional)

Directions

1. Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside.

2. Put the water, butter, sugar and salt (and orange zest, if using) into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add all the flour at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon, just until the ingredients are blended and the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot, then STOP! Set the pot aside for two minutes.

3. Pour oil to a depth of three inches into a heavy gauge saucepan. Heat the oil to 375°F. Unless you have a deep fryer, I strongly advise using a candy thermometer to monitor the oil temperature, which will fluctuate rapidly and wildly as you cook. Too hot and the oil will burn, burning the bimuelos with it. Too cold  – anything lower than 350°F – and they won’t expand properly or cook thoroughly inside without overbrowning.

4. Add the eggs to the still-warm dough one at a time, blending each in thoroughly with a wooden spoon before adding the next. The dough will be very shiny and sticky, but there should be no runny egg left.

5. Dip two soupspoons into the hot oil. Scoop up a tablespoon of dough with one, use the other to nudge the dough into a globe shape, and slip it into the hot oil. Cook no more bimuelos at one time than can float freely without crowding, in a single layer in the oil. At first they’ll sink like a stone, then float up to the surface. Leave them to cook on one side, until medium golden. When they’re cooked on one side, bimuelos usually roll over by themselves, but might not if the pot is crowded. If they don’t, coax them with tongs, and finish browning on the other side.

6. Remove them with tongs as they are done. They will not need draining on paper. If you’re not filling them, roll immediately in a bowl of sugar, or sugar and cinnamon. If you’re going to fill them, set them aside to cool slightly, then gently prod open like a clamshell, spoon in the filling and shut them again.

7. To make the syrup, bring the water to a boil, add the sugar, and reduce until slightly thick but still runny. Blend in the honey off the stove, if using, without letting it boil.

Serve the bimuelos soaked in syrup, or pour the syrup in small bowls for dipping.

Fried Zucchini

Recipe created by SheKnows on May 30, 2011

Prep: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Serving: 4-6 servings

A tasty parmesan breaded zucchini patty side dish.
Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchini, grated
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tube round, buttery crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and season with the salt and pepper.
Drop spoonfuls of batter into a skillet with oil. Fry for 15 minutes, until browned on both sides.

Precipizi

In addition to pollo fritto, Italian Jews also celebrate Hanukkah with precipizi. These lightly sweetened dough balls are fried and dipped in honey that hardens to create a satisfying and sticky exterior. Get the recipe below!
Precipizi (Italian fried dough balls) recipe

Makes 20-24 dough balls
Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rum or other clear spirit
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, flour, sugar, olive oil and rum. Knead until you get a smooth, soft dough.
Shape into 20-24 small balls about the size of olives.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over high heat.
Add the dough balls and fry until golden on all sides, working in batches if necessary (do not crowd the pan). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate as they finish cooking.
Carefully wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and add the honey.
When the honey is hot, add the dough balls back into the pan and stir to coat.
Pour onto a baking sheet and allow to cool. As they cool the honey will harden slightly.
To serve, arrange however you’d like (they make a pretty tower) and top with powdered sugar, if desired.

Cheese Bourekas

Recipe by: GCBENEZRA
“Middle-Eastern style puff pastry pockets filled with cheese. Great served as an appetizer or the traditional Israeli way for breakfast with salad, olives, cheese, and plain yogurt. Could also be filled with leftover mashed potatoes, or a spinach and feta mixture.”
Ingredients
12 servings 294 cals

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch onion powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Add all ingredients to list
Directions
Prep 30 m
Cook 30 m
Ready In 1 h
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
Beat 1 egg in a medium bowl, and mix in the cheese. Season with parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
On a lightly floured surface, cut each sheet of puff pastry into 6 equal squares to give 12 squares in total. Beat the remaining egg with water in small bowl. Brush edges of each square lightly with egg wash. Place a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture in the center of each square. Fold pastry over the filling, and seal edges with a fork. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, brush with remaining egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

From the OU

Fried Macaroni & Cheese

Andrea Reynaldo | Dairy https://oukosher.org/recipes/fried-macaroni-cheese-dairy/
Ready In: 11 hours Prep Time: 35 minutes
Wait Time: 10 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

A totally over the top recipe but my friend swears it’s amazing

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup milk
  • 12 oz. processed cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups crackers
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • Pot of oil

Instructions

Grease a 9×13-inch pan.
In large saucepan, bring water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to boil. Add pasta and cook 6 to 8 minutes, drain well.
In a large bowl, combine hot pasta, 1/2 cup milk, cheeses, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted and then spoon the mixture into prepared baking dish.
Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or until firm.
Scoop out large Tablespoons of the mixture and roll into 1” balls and place them on a baking sheet, freeze for 2 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and remaining milk.
In a separate bowl combine crushed crackers and corn meal.
Dip the macaroni balls into the egg mixture, and then roll them in the crumb mixture.
Heat about 2 to 3 inches of oil in a deep fryer or sauce pan. Fry the macaroni and cheese balls for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


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the evil high court

What are you doing destroying Amona? Do you want this all over again?

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Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants. The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants. The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing, also called the Sbarro massacre, was a Palestinian terrorist attack on a pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem on 9 August 2001, in which 15 civilians were killed, including 7 children and a pregnant woman, and 130 wounded.

The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing, also called the Sbarro massacre, was a Palestinian terrorist attack on a pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem on 9 August 2001, in which 15 civilians were killed, including 7 children and a pregnant woman, and 130 wounded.


Gush Katif: 1000 Days Without a Home

Leave the Jews of Amona alone in peace. Do not touch their homes. Didn’t you do enough damage with Gush Katif!

‘Do not participate in razing Amona’

Leading rabbis have called on security forces not to participate in the destruction of Amona.
Yoel Domb, 15/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221771
The Derekh Haim organization, which is devoted to implementing the Torah’s dictates in Jewish public life, has called on security forces not to participate in the destruction of Amona. They emphasized that the community is situated on land belonging to the Jewish people which was redeemed from the hands of gentiles.

In a rabbinic letter publicized Thursday morning, the organization wrote “We encourage the dear residents of Amona at this time when the sword of exile is hanging over them, heaven forfend. May G-d guard and protect you within His nation and His land. The town of Amona resides on land belonging to the people of Israel as is written in the Torah, land which was redeemed from foreigners who conquered our country when we were forcibly exiled from it.”

The rabbis called on the public to join the protest against the destruction and called on security forces not to participate in the destruction. “We call on the public to join the protest against the injustice. We call on members of the security establishment to act according to justice and integrity and not to blindly fulfill every command. The halakha states that “If a king decreed to violate a mitzvah, one does not obey him” (Maimonides, Laws of Kings). Even according to the laws of the country, one should not fulfill an order which is implicitly illegal. May we merit true leadership which stands firm in the way of the Torah for the sake of the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”

The letter was signed by Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the “Derekh Haim” movement and of the “Gal Einei” institutions, Rabbi Dov Lior, rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hevron, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the Temple Institute, Rabbi David Druckman, rabbi of Kiryat Motzkin, Rabbi Simcha Statner, head of the Nahalat Yisrael institutions, Rabbi Daniel Dov Stavski, head of the Baal Shem Tov house and Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, head of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva.

In the meantime Derekh Haim have stepped up their campaign against the High Court and against what they term the “dictatorship of the High Court of Justice”. Derekh Haim activists distributed flyers and manifestos with campaign messages and demonstrated repeatedly outside the High Court and outside the house of Chief Justice Miriam Naor.
Arutz Sheva comments:Sid Levine

Walter – did you remember Gush Katif. How many are still homeless and jobless despite government promises or even Yamit!
Do you expect the youth who were present at the demo on Tuesday, as you and I were, to constantly accept the ill judged decisions of Israel’s Supreme Court for matters drawn to their attention by such NGO’s as Peace Now etc who are funded and probably directed in their agendas by foreign governments, like those in the UK.

‘High Court President crossed the line’

MK Nurit Koren says President of High Court crossed line by forbidding candidates for High Court from meeting with politicians.

Hezki Baruch, 14/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221731
The President of the High Court, Miriam Naor, crossed a red line when she instructed candidates for the court not to meet with MKs, MK Nurit Koren (Likud) told Arutz Sheva.

“I am a member of the Committee for the Appointment of Judges, and I have unfortunately encountered many difficulties.” MK Koren said. “I want to meet with the candidates who have been judges in our court system and wish to advance. The president [of the High Court] specifically prohibited them from meeting with politicians. She told them that those who meet with politicians will not be appointed.”

“It crosses a red line for me.” she explained. “My voice is like that of any other member [of the Committee for the Appointment of Judges]. It cannot be that I am prevented from meeting with the candidates. It is important to meet with them and have a private conversation, because there are issues that do not always come up at the Committee table.”

“We should not forget, even the courts have internal politics.” she added. “They sometimes delay the appointment of a judge because he does not belong to the correct group or does not have ‘suitable’ opinions. I want to know these things.”

When asked why the President of the High Court issued that directive, Koren replied: “Sometimes the enlightened President Naor wants to have the last word and make the decision. I told her that I am not a rubber stamp. I want to see the candidates, examine them, gather background information. I do not always feel like I receive the [necessary] material.”

“Will the court not maintain the democratic principals it [constantly preaches about]?” she asked.

“I was elected [to the committee] by the 120 members of the Knesset. I do not believe that I should be treated differently from the judges or lawyers who meet with the candidates.”

 

In the news – Inside the high court

The chief culprit is the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is today’s most harmful factor affecting the Jewish state and its values. Concerning Amona, the courts favored the petitioners over the Jewish residents, only because they are Arabs.

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19894

Last week, I dealt with the issue of clarifying the mitzvah of ‘eshet yefat toar‘ and the inherent moral ‘tikkun‘ (improvement) it embodies: on the one hand, as opposed to the conventional legal situation in the world where it was permitted to do anything with prisoners of war, the mitzvah of ‘eshet yefat toar‘ represented an enormous improvement; on the other hand, the Torah teaches us that it was a transgression permitted bediavad (after the fact), and seeing as ‘aveira goreret aveira’ (one sin leads to another) it was liable to cause conflicts in the family and result in bearing children who are rebellious (Tanchuma Ki Tayzeh 1).

Regarding this, our Sages said: “The Torah only provided for human passions: it is better for Israel to eat flesh of animals about to die yet ritually slaughtered (a doubtful prohibition), than the flesh of dying animals which have perished (a definite prohibition)” (Kiddushin 21b). In this way, the Torah gradually elevates a person until he reaches a complete ‘tikkun‘.

In contrast, the members of the media who ridiculed the Torah’s mitzvot, and the women members of Knesset who petitioned the High Court against the Chief IDF Rabbi’s appointment, defamed the Torah. Besides slandering the word of the living God with their remarks and actions and the tradition of their ancestors who sacrificed their lives to guard it – no less severe, they harmed the welcome moral influence of the Torah in ‘tikkun olam’.

Arrogance and Superficiality

Their behavior is a direct result of their arrogant and superficial worldview which, out of good intentions, offers the world “new religions” and “moral solutions”, that in practice, cause destruction and devastation. Consequently, in order to help the poor, one movement offered the world the “religion of communism” whose followers denounced property rights, initiated murderous wars, and  created an evil, dictatorial regime.

Correspondingly, in order to strengthen the rights of the individual, another movement offered the world the “religion of liberal democracy” whereby, regardless of a country’s national character or social circumstances, come what may, the democratic system is expected to always bring about peace and prosperity – and thus, out of blind devotion to the “religion of democracy”, America helped Khomeini establish an evil regime in Iran, and caused havoc and wars in every country they attempted to offer assistance (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, etc.).

At the same time, inwardly, the “religion of freedom and egalitarianism” caused the breakup of the family and community, decreeing loneliness and misery on countless numbers of people, demonstrated by the constant and alarming decrease in demographics.

The values ​​in whose name they speak, such as justice, brotherhood, equality and freedom are sacred values whose foundations stem from the Torah, but when they emerge out of a superficiality rooted in arrogance and contempt for other values ​​and cultures, as well as ignoring the infinite complexity of human life, they cause immense suffering to countless numbers of people.

It is precisely the Torah that is intended to guide all of us through the complexities of life, teaching us to choose well within a complicated reality.

The Fault of the Legal Establishment

Under normal circumstances a libel suit should have been brought against those who slandered the Torah and Rabbi Krim for allegedly not respecting moral values. But to whom can one appeal? Indeed, the entire legal establishment is contaminated! The Supreme Court judges accepted the petition on the grounds that presumably the allegation that Rabbi Krim supported attacking women during wartime was true.

They should have rejected the petition out of hand for one of two reasons: A) it is not a matter for the court to intervene in administrative decisions, as long as there is no criminal allegations. B) There is no feasibility of truth in the actual petition itself. After all, at no time in history was there ever a Torah commentator who claimed that the taking of an ‘eshet yefat toar’ was a good thing, and it’s illogical to presume that precisely Rabbi Krim would all of a sudden say it was a mitzvah from the Torah. Instead, the judges agreed with the petitioners, accepting the libelous slander that perhaps the Torah actually says so, and consequently, a rabbi could give such a directive.

Having not rejected the petition, they became partners in the slander, similar to what we have learned concerning those who hear loshon ha’ra (evil speech) that they are also considered sinners. For it’s not only the mouse that is a thief, but also the hole encouraging him to enter. The lawyer representing the government whose job it was to defend the Chief IDF Rabbi’s appointment, muttered some nonsensical arguments demonstrating ignorance, disrespect, and mistrust of the Torah and rabbis.

The aim of the petition was to humiliate the laws of the Torah and its adherents, and to show everyone that the secular law is above the Torah, and since the legal establishment volunteered to be part of this, the primary blame lies with them.

The Case of Amona

Also with regard to Jewish settlement in the community of Amona, the legal establishment acted similarly. Ignoring the mitzvah of yishuv ha’aretz (the commandment to settle the Land) and the vision of its redemption in Torah, the Prophets, and Jewish heritage, from the very beginning the courts gave priority to the flimsy claims of the petitioners, which even if they do exist, not once did any of their family members ever purchase these lands, or settle them. The only advantage the petitioners have over the settlers is that they are Arabs, whereas the settlers are Jews; consequently, the court ordered the demolition of their homes.

Harm to the Jewish Identity of the State

In a continuous process, the legal establishment has gnawed away at the country’s Jewish identity. Let’s now recall their main decisions and orders in this issue:

1) In a series of decisions the courts weakened the importance of Shabbat, permitting increasing public desecration of Shabbat (cinemas, shopping centers in outlying areas, etc.);

2) Despite the Knesset passing the “Foundations of Law” statute, whereby in a case of any legal question undecided by Israeli law, the court must decide in accordance with the values ​​of Israel’s heritage – in practice, the Supreme Court depleted this law from all content;

3) the courts harmed Jewish family values by recognizing the adoption of children by same-sex couples;

4) they recognized Reform conversions performed outside of Israel;

5) the courts recognized in practice (de facto) civil marriage ceremonies conducted outside of Israel, including same-sex “marriages”;

6) They harmed the status of the Hebrew language as the official national language of the country by nearly equating Arabic to Hebrew;

7) they prevented the disqualification of the Balad party and anti-Zionist candidates for Knesset, and this, in opposition to the opinion of the Elections Committee who relied upon the Basic Law of the Knesset prohibiting a party that negates the Jewish identity of the state to run for election;

8) the court system forced the participation of women singers and actresses in official and semi-official ceremonies, without taking into account the position of halakha and the religious Zionist and haredi communities.

Harm to the Rabbinate and Religious Courts

1) In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court intervened in the discretion of municipal Chief Rabbis regarding the provision of kosher certification;

2) they obligated the religious courts to decide according to secular law in monetary matters;

3) prohibited national religious courts from serving as arbitrators according to the Arbitration Law;

4) established courts dealing with family issues, designed to compete with the religious courts.

Harm to the Importance of Yishuv Ha’aretz

For over 150 years, a national struggle has ensued between the Jews and the Arabs over the Land of Israel. In order to redeem and settle the Land, the ‘Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael’ was established, and afterwards, the State of Israel. However in a gradual process, the Supreme Court has hindered the ability of the State of Israel to fulfill its mission.

1) The Supreme Court prohibited the government from allocating state-owned land for settlement exclusively by Jews.

2) Prohibited giving incentives to Jewish communities in the Galilee and Negev (“making the Galilee and Negev Jewish”), thereby invalidating the ideal which accompanied the Zionist movement from its inception.

3) Even with respect to the lands owned by the ‘Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael’ which were purchased exclusively with Jewish money, as a result of deliberations in the Supreme Court, the then Attorney General Mr. Mazuz, ordered not to give further preference to Jewish settlement.

4) As a result of petitions by leftist organizations, the Supreme Court hastened to intervene, demanding the evacuation of Jewish outposts in Judea and Samaria, while breaching the rules of deliberation obligating a legal process of clarification of ownership of the land before a District and Magistrates court.
5) The courts prohibited the state from crop-spraying to shower pesticides on illegally-planted plots of land by Bedouins in the Negev, despite this being a proven method of restraining their seizure of state-owned lands.

6) As a result of pressure from the courts, the Attorney General obligated the state to divert the route of Nahal Hevron in the northern Negev at the cost of 30 million shekels, claiming the sewage that the Palestinian Authority spilled into it, inconveniences the illegal Bedouin outpost ‘Um-Bitin’ located next to the path of the stream.

7) In the latter part of his first term, the courts prohibited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from closing the ‘Orient House’, claiming that his government was a ‘provisional government’; on the other hand, they deferred a similar petition against the peace talks in Taba at the end of Ehud Barak’s tenure.

Harm to Israel’s Security

1) The courts prohibited the shaking method of interrogation of suspects by the Shabak (Secret Service), including cases of “ticking-bombs”.
2) They abolished the procedure of “human shields”, when arresting terrorists, a method that had saved the lives of numerous soldiers.

3) The court placed severe restrictions on the IDF, tying their hands in the harming of terrorists about to carry out an attack;

4) The courts disqualified a law – despite being passed in the Knesset – allowing the incarceration of ‘hard’ terrorists for a period of two weeks without seeing a judge, despite the security needs for such a procedure in order to obtain information from them;

5) In opposition to the opinion of the defense establishment, the Supreme Court instructed the dismantling and relocation of sections of the ‘security fence’ and settlement’s security fences in several locations, and also the opening of roads and removal of roadblocks, in full knowledge that this would likely cause a security risk;

6) In a series of decisions, the courts and the legal establishment forced the IDF to enlist women soldiers in combat units, in opposition to the opinion of professional committees.

On occasion, the mere fact that the Supreme Court starts hearing a petition leads governmental agencies to cancel their plans. For example: the Supreme Court held discussions on petitions brought by leftist groups against reducing the supply of gas, electricity, and other goods to Gaza, and subsequently, the then Attorney General Mr. Mazuz, ordered the government to fold up its plans.

Strengthening those Loyal to the Nation and the Land

This short overview is as much as necessary to determine that the legal system is currently the most alienated and most harmful institution in Israel in its affront of Jewish and Zionist values.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that within the legal establishment there are also many positive aspects: it acts in the field of ‘derech eretz’ which precedes Torah, and its very existence helps in keeping law and order, and allows the normal functioning of social and economic frameworks.

It should also be pointed out that we, members of the religiously observant community, are also guilty for the current situation, by not offering a proper alternative to the legal system. I hope to expand on this issue in my next column. In the meantime, let us thank those lawyers, judges and advisors who, out of a deep-seated loyalty to the values ​​of Torah, the nation and the Land, attempt to do their jobs within the existing legal system, thus paving the beginning of the path to correcting the situation.

This article appears in the ‘Besheva’ newspaper, and was translated from Hebrew. Other interesting, informative, and thought-provoking articles by Rabbi Melamed, including all his books on halakha and Jewish thought in Hebrew, and a few in English, can be found at:
http://en.yhb.org.il/

Poll: Faith in Supreme Court plummets

Survey shows faith in high court has fallen significantly over the last two decades.

Shlomo Pyotrovsky, 11/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221551

A new poll conducted by the Geocartographia polling firm, shows the public’s faith in Israel’s legal system has eroded significantly since the 1990s, dropping to the lowest level recorded.

According to the survey, which was headed by Professor Avi Degani, just 22% of Israeli Jews say they fully trust the Israeli Supreme Court to carry out its duties properly.

By contrast, in a similar poll carried out in 1991, 41% of Israeli Jews said they had full faith in the high court.

While in 1991, 80% of Israelis – both Arabs and Jews – said they either totally trusted or had a large degree of faith in the Supreme Court, today, just 56% of Israelis said they placed a significant level of trust in the court.

On the other hand, the number of Israeli Jews who said they have no trust whatsoever in the court quadrupled, from 3% in 1991 to 12% in 2016.

Nor was the Supreme Court the only body in the Israeli legal system to experience this drop in levels of public trust.

The poll also shows the Israeli public putting significantly less in the State Comptroller’s office.

While 80% of Israelis had total or a large degree of trust in the State Comptroller in 1991, just 55% said the same in 2016.

A far smaller drop in the level of public trust was recorded for the Knesset, which had a poor rating even in 1991. Compared to 27% who had a significant level of trust in the legislature in 1991, 23% had a similar level of faith in the Knesset in 2016.

Professor Degani said the results were a warning sign for Israeli democracy.

“It is very important for Israeli democracy to take account of the fact that most of the Israeli public (70% of it) doesn’t trust the Knesset. In general, the situation of Israeli democracy is worrisome when so few people have faith in the two agencies [the Supreme Court and Comptroller] which are supposed to act as a check on the executive branch.”


Using God’s Greatness Against Him (Powerful Musar About The Fake Life)

 

Stop the Presses

  “Stop the Presses” is a phrase stemming from the printed news media industry as an exclamation signifying the discovery of the need to change the content of an issue just before, or during its printing.

It is time to not only Stop and think before you speak but also before you read a Newspaper, a Magazine or look at the Internet!

“The more falsehood there is, the more that the truth will be revealed in a clearer way. The truth will be revealed in the end. As much as the sheker (falsehood, lies) will be spread in the world, more sheker, more falsehood to fool everyone, that’s the degree that the truth will be revealed in the end. They didn’t tell all of the lies yet. It’s only the beginning…

“The more falsehood there is, the more that the truth will be revealed in a clearer way. The truth will be revealed in the end. As much as the sheker (falsehood, lies) will be spread in the world, more sheker, more falsehood to fool everyone, that’s the degree that the truth will be revealed in the end. They didn’t tell all of the lies yet. It’s only the beginning… Rav Berland: falsehood-must-prevail “There are a still a lot of Tzaddikim in the world, in every generation, that aren’t listening to the sheker-falsehood, they’re not letting themselves be fooled by the sheker. There’s not enough sheker. As long as we see that there’s still Tzaddikim in the world so it’s a sign that the sheker is not dominating enough. We need the sheker needs to be victorious. Until the sheker is victorious, there can’t be the redemption. When the sheker is victorious, then the people will go through a birur (clarification process), they’ll be sifted out, according to all of the strong truth that’s inside of them. “And that’s how Moshiach is going to be revealed. Moshiach needs to be revealed from the epitome of sheker, Moshiach and his people. They’re not going to be pulled by the sheker. The sheker wants to take everyone. The sheker says: ‘I didn’t say enough sheker. Maybe I’ll say a little bit more, maybe I’ll succeed in saying something else, a different way.’ “In every generation there are new lies. The sheker makes up things that never existed from the creation of the world. But specifically through this spreading of the lies, the sheker will take over the whole world and there won’t be even a drop of truth. Only a small number of people will hold strong to the truth, but the sheker will take over everyone, like Rav Natan says. And everyone will be taken over by the sheker and everyone will be fooled, and only then will the truth be revealed and Moshiach will come. Only through the increase of sheker. “Therefore, we need to strengthen the people saying the lies. Don’t go against them, give them strength. This is the opposite of Likutey Halachot when we go against them. Likutey Halachot is always telling you the opposite way of what people think. We need to strengthen them even more, so they should make up more lies and do more articles. “Without this commentary from Rav Natan we wouldn’t be able to understand what the verse says, that: ‘the lips of truth will be established forever, after the sheker will become / be fulfilled’. What does it mean that the sheker will ‘come to be fulfilled, will become’? That only when the sheker reaches its end and is completely satisfied, only then will the truth be established. “We want the sheker to be satisfied and to get stronger and stronger without end, [in a way] that wasn’t since the creation of the world, and then whoever is still holding onto the truth, will merit seeing Melech HaMoshiach. Moshiach will come when he sees there are some people who aren’t being pulled and who know that it’s sheker and nothing is able to fool them or confuse them. “Because as long as it’s possible to change people’s minds, to brainwash them to go for the sheker, and then to convince them to go against the sheker, Moshiach won’t have anywhere to go. Because then Moshiach will come and also convince people to come after him… No! We need that the sheker will be able to convince everyone until it’s no longer possible for them to change their minds again. “When everyone’s minds are turned around to the sheker, if there’s even a minyan left, 10 people left, like it says ‘Bei Knishta Hada’, (one small group of people) whose minds haven’t been turned by the sheker, then the Moshiach can be revealed, and he’ll reveal himself to this group of people. And from here, it will go on and spread throughout the whole world. “Like Rav Natan says, the main revelation of truth will be in the End of Days. The falsehood will be spread in the world until it reaches its satisfaction, until there are almost no more people left that it needs to conquer. There won’t be any space for a point of truth. Then, specifically, will ‘the lips of truth be established’, through the sheker being increased very much. When there’s more and more sheker, that’s when the truth will be established. “Therefore, we shouldn’t try to stop it, we shouldn’t go against it. We shouldn’t do articles against articles to prove that they’re wrong. Why do we need more articles? We don’t need more articles against articles “Like Rav Natan says, as it’s known, the sheker has strength to fool the whole world. The strength that it has, it got from the kedusha, the holy side. It all comes from the kedusha, anyways. “So why did Hashem let it happen? Hashem let it happen so that the truth, a person’s truth that he has within him, should be so strong, should be so burning strong, and should get stronger the more he sees that the sheker is winning. That real truth from within him, the pure truth from within him, should get so strong they can’t brainwash him [anymore]. And then, they’ll reach the level of Atik Yomin, a very high level, and then Moshiach will be revealed.”

by Kalman Wiseman

“There are a still a lot of Tzaddikim in the world, in every generation, that aren’t listening to the sheker-falsehood, they’re not letting themselves be fooled by the sheker. There’s not enough sheker. As long as we see that there’s still Tzaddikim in the world so it’s a sign that the sheker is not dominating enough. We need the sheker needs to be victorious. Until the sheker is victorious, there can’t be the redemption. When the sheker is victorious, then the people will go through a birur (clarification process), they’ll be sifted out, according to all of the strong truth that’s inside of them.

“And that’s how Moshiach is going to be revealed. Moshiach needs to be revealed from the epitome of sheker, Moshiach and his people. They’re not going to be pulled by the sheker. The sheker wants to take everyone. The sheker says: ‘I didn’t say enough sheker. Maybe I’ll say a little bit more, maybe I’ll succeed in saying something else, a different way.’

“In every generation there are new lies. The sheker makes up things that never existed from the creation of the world. But specifically through this spreading of the lies, the sheker will take over the whole world and there won’t be even a drop of truth. Only a small number of people will hold strong to the truth, but the sheker will take over everyone, like Rav Natan says. And everyone will be taken over by the sheker and everyone will be fooled, and only then will the truth be revealed and Moshiach will come. Only through the increase of sheker.

“Therefore, we need to strengthen the people saying the lies. Don’t go against them, give them strength. This is the opposite of Likutey Halachot when we go against them. Likutey Halachot is always telling you the opposite way of what people think. We need to strengthen them even more, so they should make up more lies and do more articles.

“Without this commentary from Rav Natan we wouldn’t be able to understand what the verse says, that: ‘the lips of truth will be established forever, after the sheker will become / be fulfilled’. What does it mean that the sheker will ‘come to be fulfilled, will become’? That only when the sheker reaches its end and is completely satisfied, only then will the truth be established.

“We want the sheker to be satisfied and to get stronger and stronger without end, [in a way] that wasn’t since the creation of the world, and then whoever is still holding onto the truth, will merit seeing Melech HaMoshiach. Moshiach will come when he sees there are some people who aren’t being pulled and who know that it’s sheker and nothing is able to fool them or confuse them.

“Because as long as it’s possible to change people’s minds, to brainwash them to go for the sheker, and then to convince them to go against the sheker, Moshiach won’t have anywhere to go. Because then Moshiach will come and also convince people to come after him… No! We need that the sheker will be able to convince everyone until it’s no longer possible for them to change their minds again.

“When everyone’s minds are turned around to the sheker, if there’s even a minyan left, 10 people left, like it says ‘Bei Knishta Hada’, (one small group of people) whose minds haven’t been turned by the sheker, then the Moshiach can be revealed, and he’ll reveal himself to this group of people. And from here, it will go on and spread throughout the whole world.

“Like Rav Natan says, the main revelation of truth will be in the End of Days. The falsehood will be spread in the world until it reaches its satisfaction, until there are almost no more people left that it needs to conquer. There won’t be any space for a point of truth. Then, specifically, will ‘the lips of truth be established’, through the sheker being increased very much. When there’s more and more sheker, that’s when the truth will be established.

“Therefore, we shouldn’t try to stop it, we shouldn’t go against it. We shouldn’t do articles against articles to prove that they’re wrong. Why do we need more articles? We don’t need more articles against articles

“Like Rav Natan says, as it’s known, the sheker has strength to fool the whole world. The strength that it has, it got from the kedusha, the holy side. It all comes from the kedusha, anyways.

“So why did Hashem let it happen? Hashem let it happen so that the truth, a person’s truth that he has within him, should be so strong, should be so burning strong, and should get stronger the more he sees that the sheker is winning. That real truth from within him, the pure truth from within him, should get so strong they can’t brainwash him [anymore]. And then, they’ll reach the level of Atik Yomin, a very high level, and then Moshiach will be revealed.


Parashat Toldot – The Entire Story Of The Jews And The World Around Them Throughout History

Avinu Malkeinu-The Final Redemption
 

 

30 November

In November 2014 the Israeli government dedicated November 30 of every year as a day to honor and remember the Jewish refugees who were expelled from Arab countries following 1948’s Arab-Israeli War.These are some of their stories


“We disappeared.” The story of Jewish refugees from Arab lands
The stories of the people who witnessed the end of Jewish life in their countries of origin, from Iraq to Libya, and were forced to start from scratch: the Jewish refugees from Arab lands. Jewish presence in Arab countries long predates Islam and the Arab conquest of the Middle East and goes back to Biblical times. According to official statistics, over 850,000 Jews were forced to leave their homes in Arab countries between 1948 and the early 1970s. Today, there are fewer than 7,000 Jews left.

The Exile of Jews from Arab Lands – Noemi Lieberman
On December 1, 1947, two days after the U.N. General Assembly approved the Partition Plan, pogroms erupted in most Arab states. These pogroms were a result of the incitement in the state-run media in those countries, and was supposed serve as retribution for U.N. plan. The Arabs considered the partition to be a betrayal by the international community, and many in Arab world still hold that view today and refuse to accept the notion that the Jews should have a state.

They had to sneak out like a criminal in the night. They had to leave everything. They could not take any luggage. They had to dress in layers to take whatever cloths they wanted.

“We were just going out for the evening”,

They did not know the route. They had to use Code Words.
Jews could not have Passports.
They could not return.

“We really lived in denial…”

When they start killing Jews in the street, it is time to leave.

Bernard-Henri Lévy — French philosopher, filmmaker, and activist warns American Jews; Bernard-Henri Lévy Says Election of Donald Trump a ‘Major Event for Jews’; Warns of Rise of ‘American Antisemitism’

From Jewish Virtual Library

Fact Sheet: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

(Updated December 2015) http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/talking/jew_refugees.html
Although much is heard about the plight of the Palestinian refugees from the aftermath of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and the 1967 Six Day War, little is said about the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were forced to flee from Arab states before and after the creation of Israel. In fact, these refugees were largely forgotten because they were assimilated into their new homes, most in Israel, and neither the United Nations nor any other international agency took up their cause or demanded restitution for the property and money taken from them. Legislation passed in the Knesset during 2015 designated November 30 as a day of recognition for Jewish refugees from Arab countries. To read a PDF file about Jewish refugees from Arab countries put together by Ashley Perry, the Director General of the Knesset Caucus for the Reconnection with the Descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Communities, please click here.

Yemenite Jews flee during Operation Magic Carpet

Yemenite Jews flee during Operation Magic Carpet

In 1945, roughly 1 million Jews lived peacefully in the various Arab states of the Middle East, many of them in communities that had existed for thousands of years. After the Arabs rejected the United Nations decision to partition Palestine and create a Jewish state, however, the Jews of the Arab lands became targets of their own governments’ anti-Zionist fervor. As Egypt’s delegate to the UN in 1947 chillingly told the General Assembly: “The lives of one million Jews in Muslim countries will be jeopardized by partition.” The dire warning quickly became the brutal reality.

Throughout 1947 and 1948, Jews in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Syria, and Yemen (Aden) were persecuted, their property and belongings were confiscated, and they were subjected to severe anti-Jewish riots instigated by the governments. In Iraq, Zionism was made a capital crime. In Syria, anti-Jewish pogroms erupted in Aleppo and the government froze all Jewish bank accounts. In Egypt, bombs were detonated in the Jewish quarter, killing dozens. In Algeria, anti-Jewish decrees were swiftly instituted and in Yemen, bloody pogroms led to the death of nearly 100 Jews.

In January 1948, the president of the World Jewish Congress, Dr. Stephen Wise, appealed to U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall: “Between 800,000 and a million Jews in the Middle East and North Africa, exclusive of Palestine, are in ‘the greatest danger of destruction’ at the hands of Moslems being incited to holy war over the Partition of Palestine … Acts of violence already perpetrated, together with those contemplated, being clearly aimed at the total destruction of the Jews, constitute genocide, which under the resolutions of the General Assembly is a crime against humanity.” In May 1948, the New York Times echoed Wise’s appeal, and ran an article headlined, “Jews in Grave Danger in all Muslim Lands: Nine Hundred Thousand in Africa and Asia face wrath of their foes.”

With their lives in danger and the situation growing ever more perilous, the Jews of the Arab World fled their homes as refugees.

Of the 820,000 Jewish refugees between 1948 and 1972, more than 200,000 found refuge in Europe and North America while 586,000 were resettled in Israel – at great expense to the Israeli government, and without any compensation from the Arab governments who had confiscated their possessions. The majority of the Jewish refugees left their homes penniless and destitute and with nothing more than the shirts on their backs. These Jews, however, had no desire to be repatriated in the Arab World and little is heard about them because they did not remain refugees for long.

In Israel, a newly independent country that was still facing existential threats to its survival, the influx of immigrants nearly doubled the population and a put a great strain on an economy struggling to just meet the needs of its existing population.  The Jewish State, however, never considered turning away the refugees and, over the years, worked to absorb them into society.

Iraqi Jews flee as refugees to Israel

Iraqi Jews flee as refugees to Israel

Overall, the number of Jews fleeing Arab countries for Israel in the years following Israel’s independence was nearly double the number of Arabs leaving Palestine. The contrast between the Jewish refugees and the Palestinian refugees grows even starker considering the difference in cultural and geographic dislocation – most of the Jewish refugees traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to a tiny country whose inhabitants spoke a different language and lived with a vastly different culture. Most Palestinian refugees traveled but a few miles to the other side of the 1949 armistice lines while remaining inside a linguistically, culturally and ethnically similar society.

Moreover, the value of Jewish property left behind and confiscated by the Arab governments is estimated to be at least 50 percent higher than the total value of assets lost by the Palestinian refugees.  In the 1950’s, John Measham Berncastle, under the aegis of the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, estimated that total assets lost by Palestinian refugees from 1948 – including land, buildings, movable property, and frozen bank accounts – amounted to roughly $350 million ($650 per refugee). Adding in an additional $100 million for assets lost by Palestinian refugees as a result of the Six Day War, an approximate total is $450 million – $4.4 billion in 2012 prices. By contrast, the value of assets lost by the Jewish refugees – compiled by a similar methodology – is estimated at $700 million – roughly $6.7 billion today. …


Old Historians, New Historians, No Historians: The Derailed Debate on 1948

 

coexist

coexist
These are the current religions of Israel:
Islam, Global Warming, The Internet, Torah Judaism, The Supreme Court, Secularism, and Christianity.
Is Football a religion? מועדון כדורגל בית”ר ירושלים Beitar Jerusalem F.C.

חֲנֻכָּה Hanukkah is just around the corner. Hopefully people will do Teshuvah.

Terrible fires raging in Israel that have now been confirmed as arson attacks

Terrible fires raging in Israel that have now been confirmed by the spokesman of the fire department Yoram Levi as arson attacks. The perpetrators of these crimes have endangered thousands and caused immense damage to people's homes, lives, and of course the environment. We strongly condemn them. Praying for a swift end to the fires and the safety of all those affected.

Photo: Stand With Israel “Terrible fires raging in Israel that have now been confirmed by the spokesman of the fire department Yoram Levi as arson attacks. The perpetrators of these crimes have endangered thousands and caused immense damage to people’s homes, lives, and of course the environment. We strongly condemn them. Praying for a swift end to the fires and the safety of all those affected.”

Fires rage throughout Israel over Shabbat

Fires in different areas of Israel over Shabbat as ‘arson intifada’ continues.
Chana Roberts, 26/11/16
On Friday night, all the residents – 350 families – of the town of Neve Tzuf (Halamish) in Samaria were forced to leave their homes after arsonists set fire to 3 different locations throughout the town.

Fifteen houses were completely destroyed and collapsed, while 25 other houses were seriously damaged from the flames.

Four civilians were lightly injured, including two firefighters.

Three firefighting teams from the Palestinian Authority helped to battle the blaze.

A spokesperson for Neve Tzuf said, “The town has suffered a blow tonight, but we’re strong and we’ll manage to deal with it. The town’s welfare staff and the Binyamin Regional Council are working to take care of all the residents’ needs.”

As well, arsonists reignited a fire in Haifa on Saturday.

The Israel Electric Company disconnected the town, as well as four buildings in Ma’ale Adumim and the towns of Ateret and Nachliel, from the electric grid from Friday night until Saturday morning.

On Friday, arsonists set fire to Beit Meir, near Jerusalem.

‘No active fires left’ after 2,000 blazes scorch Israel

Firefighters remain on ‘high alert’ as five days of fires finally end. 27/11/16

Firefighters have extinguished blazes that ravaged Israel over the past five days and caused close to 100,000 Israelis to flee their homes, authorities said Sunday, blaming arsonists for a large portion of the outbreaks.

Rain could cause problems after fires

And others are saying…

With Every Tragedy We Ask “Why?” and Rightly So

Israeli settler leader: Fires are divine punishment for planned settlement uproot

Rav Dov Kook: The fires currently spreading in Israel are because of the terrible persecution of Rav Berland

This is what we need of stead of Coexistence.

בית מקדש שלישי בירושלים Third Beit HaMikdash Holy Temple in Jerusalem; And rebuild Jerusalem the holy city soon in our days! Blessed are You, O Lord, Who will rebuild Jerusalem in His mercy.

בית מקדש שלישי בירושלים Third Beit HaMikdash Holy Temple in Jerusalem
And rebuild Jerusalem the holy city soon in our days! Blessed are You, O Lord, Who will rebuild Jerusalem in His mercy.

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Gal Gadot – גל גדות
I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom!
#weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf

The Garden of Purity

The Garden of Purity
Rabbi Shalom Arush’s amazing new edition to his English-language literary garden will help you realize your fantastic potential to live a happier, more fulfilled life. This book is a practical, comprehensive and reader-friendly manual to personal holiness, the key to every blessing in a Jewish man’s life.
Don’t miss this ultimate life-changer! 400 pages deluxe softcover, translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
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Garden of Emuna

The Garden of Emuna – English
New Expanded Edition!!! “By way of emuna, life in this world is more beautiful, and…the entire world is like a blossoming garden.” This is a practical guide to life. Discover the power of emuna and powerful tools for dealing with life’s challenges.translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
ISBN: 56-1024

Your average PA or Hamas Arab is tired of all the incitement and lies from the Imams and the PA.

Over a million PA Arabs plan to leave Israel

Arab media reports over 20,000 PA Arabs leave Israel each year, says numbers are growing.
Chana Roberts, 07/01/17 19:22 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/222894
More Arabs are leaving Judea and Samaria every year reported an Arab48 journalist, referring to Areas A and B, under Palestinian Authority control.

“A guy named Ahmad told me there were 44 kids in his high school class, all of them from Kfar Ramon. Only four of them still live there, the rest moved to the United States,” the journalist said.

“There are no more celebrations, because there are no more young people. What will they celebrate, who will put people on their shoulders? In our village, there used to be 14,000 people, but 10,000 emigrated to the US, 2,000 emigrated to Jordan, and there are only 2,500 people left (sic).”

Most of those who emigrate are under 30, single, and jobless. 90% are Muslim Arabs, and the other 10% are Christian Arabs. And only 27% of Arab youth consider themselves to be politically active.

The vast majority of Arabs who leave Israel emigrate to either the United States or South America.

However, a large percentage visit Israel during the summers and vacations.

Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas do not make ensuring their residents have adequate access to education, jobs, and medical centers a priority. Most of the international aid funneled to Gaza and the PA goes into financing rockets and terror tunnels, paying terrorists and their families salaries, and lining the pockets of corrupt PA politicians and terror leaders.

As a result, there is large gap between rich and poor, with much of the Arab public in these areas impoverished and uneducated. According to the Arab48, even those who do complete college and find jobs often earn between 1500 NIS to 2500 NIS each month working in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. Those working for Israelis enjoy a higher income by far, but Israeli firms in Judea and Samaria that employ Palestinian Arabs, such as Soda Stream and those in the Barkan Industrial Park, are subject to boycotts and other threats.

Israeli Arabs are highly educated, in contrast and can be found in every sphere of economic activity earning good wages, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, construction workers, busdrivers, repairmen and other fields. For unskilled workers, the minimum wage in Israel is approximately 5000 NIS per month.

 

Thanksgiving

T is for that we are thankful that we live in Israel
H is for our home in Eretz Yisrael
A is for the alternate News Sites
N is for Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
K is for Rabbi Meir Kahane
S is for Shabbat
G is for our Gedolim
I is for Israeli Innovation
V is for victory for the Jews
I is for the IDF
N is for Benjamin Netanyahu if he is good
G is for Germany bites the dust
Put them all together and that spells Thanksgiving in Israel
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Dear Jewish American Liberal

So, you lost on Tuesday. Thinking about moving to a another country?

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Canadians Don’t Want America-Fleeing Liberals (Especially Lena Dunham)

By Emily Zanotti November 9, 2016

Bad news for anyone looking to relocate to our neighbor to the north after last night’s election results: Canada doesn’t want you.

After Americans—and especially American celebrities—began considering making good on their promises to “move to Canada” in the wake of Donald Trump election victory, Canadians took to Twitter to warn Americans that they’d best stay where they are.

Bad news for anyone looking to relocate to our neighbor to the north after last night’s election results: Canada doesn’t want you.
After Americans—and especially American celebrities—began considering making good on their promises to “move to Canada” in the wake of Donald Trump election victory, Canadians took to Twitter to warn Americans that they’d best stay where they are.
They’re even talking about building their own wall—to keep immigrants from American out of their pristine cities and away from their mounted law enforcement, gravy and cheese covered French fries, superior hockey coverage and French Sesame Street.

Come to Tel Aviv, Israel, where they will love you as you are.

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Clinton’s Jewish outreach director moving to Israel

Sarah Bard, the Jewish outreach director for the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, moving to Israel. 15November2016

Why Ambassador Dan Shapiro is staying in Israel

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