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Thursday, August 25, 2016

guest post: CHRISTIANS WHO CONVERTED TO ORTHODOX JUDAISM

(a guest post by Mr. Cohen)
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AVROHOM BEN AVROHOM is the biography of Graf Valentin Pototcki, a European nobleman who converted to Judaism in the early 1700s.

SO STRANGE MY PATH by A. Carmel is the biography of Father Kenneth Cox, a Catholic priest who converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1953.

ORDAINED TO BE A JEW is the autobiography of John David Scalamonti, who was a Catholic priest for 5 years before he converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1972. 

ESCAPE FROM JESUS is the autobiography of Shlomoh Sherman, a "Jewish Christian" rejected Jesus and accepted Judaism, published by Decalogue Books in 1983.

MY SISTER THE JEW is the autobiography of Delores Grey, who was a Christian minister before she converted to Orthodox Judaism. 

PLAYING WITH FIRE is the autobiography of Tova Mordechai, who became a Christian minister at age 25, before she became an Orthodox Jew.

Aharon Calderon, a former Benedictine monk born in 1970, converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1998.  He said: “The G_d of Israel is a G_d of love who accepts all mankind.”
SOURCE: Hamodia Magazine section, 05/31/2006, pages 12 and 21, article by Michael Fruend, entitled: From Monastery to Meah Shearim.

Asher Wade, a former Methodist minister, converted to Orthodox Judaism in May 1983. 
His web site is: www.AsherWade.com.

NOTE: This list of converts to Orthodox Judaism is very far from complete, and some of the books mentioned above have been out-if-print for decades.  Sorry about that.


Others Blog, Too. Blog Round Up HH 18 Most Interesting


This edition of Havel Havelim, the ongoing blog carnival has 18 posts, and as I like to do it, only the titles will be listed. I hope that piques your interest. If you think I missed a good one or a blog that I should include, then please write to me in the comments, thanks. Of course the idea is for you to visit and share the various blogs posts etc. Think of this as an "internet magazine" with a variety of articles by various authors. You can always join our facebook page.

ENJOY!
  1. Rebetzin Esther Jungreis a''h
  2. Cold Coffee Update AOK for Strict Sabbath Observers
  3. August Jewish Book Blog Carnival
  4. Weird, wacky, wonderful (Hebrew) words: שַׁלֶּכֶת/ shalechet
  5. Stealing “Palestine” from the Jews
  6. Strict Apartheid in Israel Against Jews
  7. The Jewish Left Lies About Tikkun Olam
  8. Surprise, surprise. JStreet U officer supports Black Lives Matter platform on Israel
  9. The 9th of Av: It's About the Temple!
  10. More on Jewish Mourning Customs
  11. The BBC and the First Temple
  12. Who Would Have Thought
  13. Jabotinsky Tribute
  14. The Wonders of a Wood Workshop
  15. Dancing Camel marks 10 years with three collaboration beers
  16. A Day With The Grandkids
  17. Brussels Airlines Serves Up A Steaming Hot Plate Of B(D)S
  18. #BlogElul and #ElulGram 2016
There is no significance to the order of the posts. Numbering just made it easier for me to compose/write the Havel Havelim.

Remember you don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share this roundup and the included posts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Strict Apartheid in Israel Against Jews

In all honesty, I can't deny the fact that there is apartheid in Israel, but the truth is that the restrictions are against Jews, not Arabs.

Israeli Sign

Not only are Jews/Israelis forbidden to enter sections of Israel administered by the P. A. but violence against those Jews/Israelis is excused/justified. I will copy the English on the sign for you, as it is written exactly:
"This Road leads To Area "A"
Under The Palestinian Authority
The Entrance For Israeli
Citizens Is Forbidden,
Dangerous To Your Lives
And Is Against The Israeli Law"
This is a threat of violence against Israelis. The policymakers responsible for the sign expect Israelis to be attacked and actually condone it. Attackers are no prosecuted; only Israelis who venture, whether intentionally or not, are.

A few days ago, a few dozen Breslover Chasidim entered the holy site of Joseph's Tomb, which had been mentioned specifically in the Oslo Accords as a Jewish Holy Site that the P.A. was supposed ensure for Jewish worship. Not only were they attacked by the Aarbs, but after their rescue they were jailed by Israel.

The detainees with Ben Gvir
The detainees with Ben GvirFlash 90
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing 32 Breslov Jews who entered Joseph's Tomb overnight in Shechem (Nablus) without permission from security forces, demands that police release them immediately.
The bus of worshippers was attacked by Arabs upon entering Shechem, who threw stones at it. The bus' 60 passengers were rescued by IDF forces.
Several haredim were lightly wounded from the stoning, and were treated on site. 32 of the pilgrims were arrested.
"When leftist extremists, led by [poet and activist] Eliaz Cohen, entered Ramallah and were attacked, the police didn't arrest them, didn't touch the matter, and no one called them in for questioning," Ben-Gvir recalled. "The feeling here is that the police discriminate again and again." (Arutz 7)
We must cease this farce of an "occupation" and make all of the Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War part of sovereign Israel!

The present policy strengthens and justifies Arab terror against Jews! It must be stopped!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Truth and Consequences, Ryan Lochte Drowning in Lies

US Swimmers | Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz & Ryan Lochte, lied about being held at gunpoint & robbed, realitywives.net


Growing up in post-World War Two USA, sportsmen and sportsmanship were the epitome of morality. Of course, that was long before there was an awareness and the systematic testing for all sorts of drugs to enhance performance and mask severe pain. Naivete and ignorance were valued characteristics for us audience. This wasn't only true when it came to sports. Show business, movies, theater, TV etc, was no better; it was possibly worse. And looking back without the rose-colored glasses, it's clear that politicians were also hiding a multitude of sins...



Just a week or so ago, Ryan Lochte and some teammates were basking in sympathy as innocent victims of crime. And then suddenly, unexpectedly for them, the proverbial #$%%$#!!# hit the fan as the truth came out that Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were the perpetrators of a crime, not innocent victims.
Ryan Lochte on Rio Robbery: ‘I Overexaggerated That Story’

Originally, Lochte told NBC’s Billy Bush that he and the three swimmers were in a taxi headed back to the Olympic Village from a party at France House when they were pulled over by thieves impersonating police, who pulled guns and demanded they get on the ground and relinquish their money.
That version of events soon unraveled, and on Saturday, Conger offered another version of events. In a statement, Conger said that the group pulled into a gas station in order to use the restroom. Instead, they ended up relieving themselves against a wall, and Lochte damaged a sign, Conger wrote. When confronted by armed security to pay for the damage, the group offered $20 in U.S. currency and about $33 in Brazilian reais.
Being a top Olympic athlete, especially in the popular individual sports like swimming, is BIG BUSINESS. Winning in the swimming pool can provide a lifetime of comfortable big-time money. In the United States, Olympic athletes may still be officially "amateur," but they can earn big bucks from sponsors.

Ryan Lochte, like his teammate and Olympic legend Michael Phelps, is over thirty, and apparently a leader/role model for the younger swimmers. While Phelps came to Rio with his fiance and their baby, Lochte came to party.

It's good to hear that Lochte is losing sponsors, Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren Among Companies Dropping Ryan Lochte Amid False Robbery Claims.   But I think that the Olympic Committee should take much stronger steps, such as taking away their medals. Yes, take them away from all four tarnished athletes. That's because we don't want a situation in which the "follower" or the more successful at placing the blame on another can be immune from consequences. It's not enough for the sports-trainers to teach athletic skills, the athletes must learn morality.

Though, considering that the sportsmen in the Olympic Village were supplied with condoms along with their sports drinks and fitness facilities, I wonder what really goes on between competitions and the moral fiber of the athletes and their trainers.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fire Back! Show Strength!

An explosion and smoke are seen after Israeli strikes in Gaza City. (photo credit:REUTERS)
Jerusalem Post

Most everyone here in Israel, and in many parts of the world, are happy that for once the State of Israel has shown some strength in its response to Arab Gazan terror attacks on the south of the country.
Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shells

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said... An Israeli shell during an initial retaliation damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said.
Multiple air strikes later in the evening hit at least 30 different sites in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, the smaller Islamic Jihad and other militant groups and two people were lightly hurt, Gaza health officials said.
A music festival in Sderot attended by hundreds of Israelis was temporarily disrupted as people sought shelter, television footage showed.
Have you noticed that even Reuters has properly sequenced its headline? Could this be a sign the Moshiach (Messiah) is getting closer?


Is our new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman really changing the rather useless gentle fly swatting responses to the dangerous missile attacks by Gazan Arab terrorists to proper and suitable bombing? Or is this a one time event? Only time will tell. Most Israelis have gotten fed up with the namby-pamby Israeli responses and the very Leftist utterings of the previous Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon. The big problem with Lieberman is that he is so totally inconsistent, but he does have the knack to say what the public wants to hear.

I wouldn't venture a guess as to how long this new policy will last, but in the meantime, I support it!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

FIRE!! West of Shiloh by The Vineyards

Everything was going fine for me on my way home from work this afternoon. That is until I got out the tremp/ride at the Shiloh Junction. It stank, and it was full of smoke. Just across the way, to the west of Shiloh I could see smoke and some flames over the vineyard. No, this wasn't a small localized fire. It spread all around. The only thing that kept the flames low was the simple fact that there wasn't all that much to burn, not many trees, mostly low brush. The soldier waiting at the stop, at which I found myself, said that it had been going on for two hours. I could see a few fire trucks.

Deja vu, all I could think of was the fire about twenty years ago. Arabs has set the first small vineyards alight, and my son was one of the volunteers who put it out. Once the fire was out, it was decided to plant many more grapevines there, and now the area is full of grapes which are well-known for the excellent wines they make. And, yes, the same son began working that summer planting the grape vines.

Here are some pictures of the fire. I apologize for the lack of focus and composition. I, literally, couldn't see the camera's screen and just blindly aimed and shot:










PS In a news report on the internet, it claims that there are olive trees on fire. A neighbor who had been with the crew trying to put out the fire confirmed that olive trees were burnt to a crisp.

American Presidential Elections, 2016, Bad for America No Matter Who Wins

The Varsity

With Hillary winning America will be worse, and if Trump wins he won't get anything done, since he has no congressional support. I know of a lot of Americans who would rather sleep the next four years, and hope this is all just one nightmare that will soon be over.

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BBC
There are just too many questions about Hillary's ethics, her emails and who's really funding her etc. And there are too many questions about her close ties with Arabs, especially since her top aid/advisor is Huma Abedin.

And even though I do prefer Trump over Hillary, I have no illusions that he would be a good effective President. My fear is that Hillary will be too "effective" and powerful taking the United States in directions I think is bad for the world, America and Israel. Trump, on the other hand, will find himself incapable of effectively functioning as President, passing bills, etc. While she has been spending decades making "friends" and deals with senators, congressmen, their aids etc, he's a total and utter stranger to that world.

Personally, I'd rather Donald Trump win and waste four years, in the hope that in 2020 Hillary Clinton will be considered too old and too stale to run, and by then there will be some newer, younger players on both sides who are better suited to be POTUS.

I can always hope.

And then during those four years, without a strong president, things will flow along pretty safely, with a Republican Congress making sure that the United States doesn't make any crazy dangerous moves.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More on Jewish Mourning Customs

Even though the shiva/mourning candle may burn for seven days, actual mourning lasts longer, and the opportunity to comfort a mourner does not expire once the candle ceases to burn.

I know that many of us feel that if we "missed the shiva," didn't have the opportunity to get to a mourner's house to pay a "condolence call," or as it's called in Hebrew לנחם linachem, comfort the mourner/mourners during the  shiva, then it's just too late to do anything about it. That isn't the case at all.

Sometimes, because of a Jewish Holiday, there is no real shiva when one sits. That happened when my maternal grandmother passed away on the Eve of Passover when I was a little girl. She was buried just before the Seder, and her husband and children never had the chance to sit  shiva. My father died this year three days before my grandmother's yartzeit, and I sat until a few hours before the Seder. If I had been in New York for the funeral, I wouldn't have sat shiva at all. Actually I got up before he was even buried, a few hours before Passover, New York time.

When my brother passed away three months later, I flew to New York for the Friday funeral and got home with enough time to, again, sit shiva just three days.  And ever since then, people have been coming over to me to  לנחם linachem. It's really amazing. For the first two and a half weeks after I got up from sitting shiva for my brother, not a day passed without at least one person coming up to me with kind words and/or the traditional Jewish greeting/wishes/farewell to a mourner. A couple of times, people stopped their car and reversed to speak to me, even offering me rides as they apologized for not getting to one of both of the  shivas.

Customers and friends would come up to me at work. And even on Shabbat, people seeing me would say kind comforting words.

I must say that from this I definitely learned a lot. I learned that it's never too late to comfort and mouner and how much the mourner truly appreciates the words and feelings.

Thanks to all...

My father and brother enjoying a relative's backyard pool. They died only three months apart, not all that long ago.

Friday, August 19, 2016

American -Obama- Antisemitism, Anti-Israel is REAL

There are many of us here in Israel who do not consider the American aid, sic, to be aid for Israel. We look at the bottom line and see it as a way of weakening the Israeli economy especially our military industries. Because the truth is that it's really just a way for the American Government to strengthen and subsidize its own military industry.

Americans Burning Israeli Flags
When the USA give "aid," it doesn't give money, it gives BUY ONLY IN AMERICA SHOPPING COUPONS. A small amount/percentage may be used in Israel. But if Israel produces anything that has even one small American screw, we're screwed if we sell it to another country without American approval.

And now, Mr. lame duck POTUS Barack Hussein Obama has made it clear that he's out to destroy Israeli military industries by restricting all the shopping coupons to American businesses.
Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors
If successful, the administration’s push to remove the clause would inflict some real pain on Israel’s growing security sector, which already exports more arms overseas than almost any other country apart from the United States. On the flip side, the change would mean a potential windfall for American defense contractors scrambling to sell their wares abroad to make up for declining sales at home. The Middle East and Asia are now driving growth for major U.S. contractors, with about a quarter of revenue coming from international sales, compared with 15 percent in 2008.
The proposed shift “could be very good news for the U.S. defense industry,” said Loren Thompson, a longtime consultant for American military contractors, because “domestic defense spending is flat as a pancake and Israel is a consumer of high-end military technology.”
Yes, he considers Israel to be a competitor not an ally. And Obama's aim is to weaken us, not to help us.

I think that the time has come for Israel to quit these deals cold turkey and, as complicated as it seems at this point, stop accepting this shopping coupons. The "tweaking" our experts and engineers do in requesting changes to the arms bought with the coupons help the Americans to upgrade their products, without actually having the brainpower and skills to do it on their own. It's time for us in Israel to use our talents to promote our own military industry!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why Hasn't Israel Pushed Harder to Get IDF Bodies Returned?

According to Jewish Tradition, one is to be very careful and caring of the dead Jewish body.
  • It is to be washed in a specific, gentle and ritualistic way, tahara.
  • The body is not to be just stuffed in a  morgue refrigerator. There should be a guard who will say certain prayer while waiting for burial, shmira
  • Burial should be as soon after death as possible, preferably even the same day. 
Related to this is that one of the IDF's paramount principles was never to leave a soldier's body in the field. That was even if it would endanger the rescuing soldiers.

So how is it that the Israeli Government hasn't succeeded in rescuing/returning the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul after two long years?
“The time has come for the Israeli government to internalize the fact that it has the ability to put Hamas under a great deal of pressure to return Oron and Hadar,” the Goldin family said.
The family added that the return of terrorists’ bodies should be conditioned on the return of the bodies of the two fallen IDF soldiers.
During this time period bodies of Arab terrorists have been handed over to their families. There is no reason to do so. We must first demand that our soldiers' remains be returned, and only after genetic testing proves that they have been, may we return Arab terrorist bodies.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aliyah to Israel, The Big Move Up... Photos from NBN 2006

Forty-six 46 years ago, just after our wedding, when my husband and I were "packing" our few paltry possessions to take to Israel by boat, we had no role models, no experienced experts to ask advice. Not only was it decades before the advent of Nefesh b'Nefesh, email, internet, cellphones etc, but an overseas phone call to and from Israel was a complicated procedure.
forbes.com
station to station
or
person to person
amazon
Both options were via an operator. There was no "direct dialing" for overseas calls, and many Israelis didn't have phones at home. We had to trust that our Jewish Agency shaliach had given us correct information, and all communication to friends in Israel was by mail and the iconic aerogramme.

And even worse for our parents was the fact that they didn't know anyone whose children had made the move to Israel. For my parents, it had been hard enough about five years earlier when I had announced that I was going to be "religious," meaning keeping kashrut and Shabbat, among other things. But the idea that I'd be leaving the country, leaving America, was definitely not something they had ever imagined one of their children would do. Remember that this was in 1970, when we made aliyah, and since World War Two the American economy had been booming. Nobody in their right mind would leave it. Yes, obviously, we were nuts, and may still be...


Queen Anna Maria
So when we boarded the boat, the Anna Maria, Greek Line, we really hadn't a clue. It certainly didn't help that we were pretty young and very ignorant/naive. We didn't even know that a ship like that was more like a town, in terms of "population" and services. Considering that there were different areas for different "classes" on the ship, different kitchens, dining rooms, pools etc, it was like a resort town with various populations, that didn't mix.

NBN chartered flight
photo by Batya Medad, yes me
We were with the four hundred, yes- four hundred 400, other American Jews on their way to make aliyah, move to Israel. There was a small staff of shlichim, Jewish Agency workers, whose job it was to keep us busy and together. We even put on a show the last Thursday night on the ship. My husband and I even performed some Israeli folk dances together. It was a great vacation, a buffer, between leaving family and starting new lives in Israel. I had always felt sorry for those who flew to their aliyah in Israel by plane, since you land totally exhausted and jetlagged.

JFK Airport before a NBN flight, photo by Batya Medad
JFK Airport before a NBN flight, photo by Batya Medad


But then, just over ten years or so ago, our good friend Charley Levine, Z"L, arranged for me to fly with a Nefesh B'Nefesh flight as a journalist, which I ended up doing two years in a row. Nefesh B'Nefesh managed to turn the hectic pre-flight madness, the actual flight itself and the post-flight exhaustion into an amazing fun experience for all.

NBN in Israel photo by Batya Medad
NBN in Israel photo by Batya Medad
So, why davka today am I blogging about aliyah and Nefesh B'Nefesh? Two reasons, one is that my young friend HaDassah has been bombarding us on facebook about her third son's aliyah which is right now. Here's the post she wrote about son #2. And another reason is that well-known comedian Benji Lovitt recently blogged about his ten 10 year aliyah anniversary, and I first met him on the plane coming to Israel. Here are some pictures I took then:






Benji Lovitt


me

guess who










The Real Jerusalem Streets and friend

guest post: Can Jews learn from Captain Kirk

Can Jews learn something from Captain Kirk? [guest post]

Captain James T. Kirk said:

“We do not negotiate with those who
threaten our lives or the lives of others.”

SOURCE:
Star Trek: Savage Trade (chapter 17, bottom of page 303)
by Tony Daniel, 2015, Pocket Books, New York,
ISBN: 9781476765501 ISBN: 1476765502

PLEASE help SUE the terrorists in court:



THANK YOU!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Integration versus Desegregation, Should People be Pushed/Forced Together?

Having grown up in the 1960's America, the concepts of Integration and Desegregation were lumped together as one, and both were idealized. Looking at them over a half a century later, most of which has been spent in Israel, I see things very differently.
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Before continuing with this article, I must say that one of the biggest changes I've noticed during my periodic visits to New York is the lessening of racial tension in the streets and the subway. You now see New Yorkers of all colors and accents interacting comfortably together, which wasn't the case a half a century ago. You also see many very well-dressed and obviously materially successful blacks and hispanics, which means that people of all races are working and living together to a degree that was hard to imagine when I lived in New York.
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Tennessee4Me
First of all, to distinguish the two terms, one can say that Desegregation is forced Integration, and history has shown it to be problematic and unsuccessful at best. This morning I noticed an article that reminded me of something I had experienced a few decades ago.
Black students seek nonwhite roommates, spark race debate
Students at the Claremont colleges in Southern California initiated a fresh debate about race on college campuses when they narrowed their roommate search to "POC only," specifying in a Facebook post that they wanted only a person of color to join their off-campus apartment.
When a classmate challenged this roommate criteria, the Pitzer College student who posted the notice on Facebook doubled-down. “It’s exclusive [because] I don’t want to live with any white folks,” wrote Karé Ureña, who is black...
It reminds me of a time about thirty years ago, when I shared a podium with a local Arab, and we were asked all sorts of questions about our lives and thoughts. The group was Leftist and came from the mindset of Civil Rights activist America, and for them, as you can still see today among academics, Israel was a White vs Black situation, like 1950's America.

As I remember the Arab man was the first one asked the question, which went something like:
"Wouldn't you like joint activities and events with the nearby Jews?"
His answer:
"No, why would I? I wouldn't want my family to socialize with them."
The group was horrified. That was not the answer they had expected. They projected their concept of equality and an enlightened society on Israel and especially what they called the "occupied sic territories."

Now in the 21st Century, I think that people are starting to realize that Arab muslims are not interested in integrating, whether it's here in Israel or countries they are moving to in great numbers, such as the United States, Europe etc. They are not like the Jews who fled from Eastern Europe a hundred years ago, who quickly adopted American dress and customs to fit in. And they aren't like the Asians of today using their strong work and study skills/culture to quickly climb the academic, social and economic ladders.

Back to the article, even the Black university students who are in a good college prefer to live and socialize among themselves, considering it a right for a "safe space."

Food for thought....