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Monday, January 16, 2017

Paris Conference 2017, Like Major Surgery to Cure a Cold

The fact that 70+ countries wasted time and resources on a photo-op "peace conference" about the Israel-Arab problem defies all logic. When you rank all the truly serious and dangerous things that are going on in the world, the situation here in Israel shouldn't even make it to the top ten.

Just to prove my point:
How many are killed or flee from Israel due to the "situation" weekly/annually?List a few countries/areas more dangerous, with a higher rate of refugees.

Family picture during the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017. REUTERS/Bertrand Guay/POOL

But in the past few weeks, the United Nations Security Council made a big deal about voting to condemn Israel for doing what any normal nation would do, and now there was this big international "happening" which came to the "conclusion" that there must be a "Two State Solution," sic.

In terms of international peace and stability, even with the Arab terrorism, Israel is still one of the safest places in the world. The criminal murder rate in most western countries is much higher than the combined murder-terror rate here in Israel.

So it's very clear that there was something other than "peace-loving good intentions" behind this Paris Conference. It was simply to put more pressure on Israel to accede to establish an Arab terror state that has as its unabashed goal the destruction of the State of Israel and to give the Obama-Kerry administration a "last hurrah" before Donald Trump is sworn in as US President.

And about their ideas for a "Two State Solution," they are totally unworkable, not that such details make a difference to those promoting it. And I honestly  can't comprehend why so many Israelis agree to it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

GUEST POST: Forgotten Oppression

Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews
a guest post by Mr. Cohen

“According to a verse repeated twice in the Koran (2:58, 3:108) or at least according to its interpretation, God [Allah] has ordained that the Jews be poor. 
In Yemen and other Muslim countries, this is taken literally.
The Jews avoid any appearance of affluence.

In times of anarchy or in regions beyond the reach of the central government, Jewish property, even houses, were taken away from them under the pretext that they presented a picture of wealth incompatible with the state assigned to the Jews by God [Allah].”

SOURCE: Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts through the Ages (chapter 5, page 75) by S. D. Goitein, 1955, 1964, 1970 by Schocken Books, New York, ISBN-10: 0805204644 ISBN-13: 978-0805204643, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 55-7968
Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura in a letter to his father in year 1488 August 15:

“Jews in Muslim lands make themselves appear poor.
They go about like an impoverished, despised people,
with their heads bowed before Muslims.”

CHRONOLOGY: Rabbi Ovadiah ben Abraham of Bartenura was born
around 1445 CE in Bertinoro, Italy, and died around 1515 CE in Jerusalem.

SOURCE: Pathway to Jerusalem: the Travel Letters of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura, written between 1488 and 1490 during his journey to the Holy Land (page 40) translated by Yaakov Dovid Shulman, year 1992 CE, 93 pages,
CIS Publishers, Lakewood, New Jersey, ISBN 1-56062-130-3

 “A scourge even more terrible than the prohibition against [Jewish] emigration was the forced conversion of [Jewish] orphans practiced by the Shi’ites of Yemen.
Since [year] 1929 [CE], when I first began to study the language and life - it would be more correct to say the languages and lives - of the Jewish communities of Yemen, I have been collecting materiel on this sad chapter in Arab-Jewish symbiosis.

Its worst aspect perhaps was not so much its coercion in matters of conscience, terrible as that was, but the fact that children were torn away from their mothers and brothers from sisters.  To my mind, this law, which was enforced with new vigor about thirty years ago, more than anything else impelled the Yemenite Jews to quit this country to which they were very much attached.”

SOURCE: Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts through the Ages (chapter 5, page 77) by S. D. Goitein, 1955, 1964, 1970 by Schocken Books, New York, ISBN-10: 0805204644 ISBN-13: 978-0805204643, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 55-7968


Ancient Roman historian connected Jews with the Land of Israel:

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:

Seven Times Stronger:

Why Muslims Hate Jews:

Quick Bible Quotes from Joshua and Jeremiah:

How to Convict the New York Times:

The World Gangs Up on Israel and Trump

I don't expect any international support for the State of Israel. We don't have any true allies. All of the nice words are just lip-service to mask the simple fact that there isn't a country that would truly mourn if Israel ceased to exist. Individual, yes, but not countries. Why else does the United Nations spend so much time condemning Israel, while there are really horrible things going on in other parts of the world?

Nazi Holocaust
Remember that it took over half a century for other countries to begin building Holocaust memorials. And even if they mention that the Nazis were evil, they generalize it and lump the systematic murder of Jews with the discrimination and murder of the handicapped, homosexuals etc.

And now in Europe, at this Paris meeting, over seventy countries have sent representatives to try to find a way to facilitate the replacement of Israel with a new Arab country which they will call Palestine, sic.
At Paris meeting, major powers to warn Trump over Middle East peace
Major powers will send a message to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday that a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians is the only way forward, and warn that his plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could derail peace efforts.
Some 70 countries, including key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, are due in Paris for a meeting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected as "futile" and "rigged". Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians will be represented.
But, just five days before Trump is sworn in, the conference provides a platform for countries to send a strong signal to the future American leader.
Trump has pledged to pursue more pro-Israeli policies and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, where it has been for 68 years, to Jerusalem, all but enshrining the city as Israel's capital despite international objections. (Reuters)
Donald Trump, the incoming American President is being told "not to rock the boat." There's a great irony in that, because the very election of Donald Trump was a cry from the "non-elite" American citizens, those not represented by mainstream media, academia and cinema, that they wanted to "rock the boat." They want serious change, because aren't happy with the direction their country has been going under lame-duck outgoing POTUS Barack Hussein Obama.

All of this is so deja vu for me. Remember that I'm old enough to have been perfectly aware during the frightening weeks that led up to the 1967 Six Days War to remember how quickly and enthusiastically the United Nations removed its "peacekeeping" forces from the area after being ordered to by Egypt's Nasser. And I remember how Israel fought without any human, diplomatic ally to a totally miraculous and unprecedented victory. That's because the Jewish People and individuals all over the world prayed for Israel's survival.

When the dust settled, Israel had not only survived but liberated all of Jerusalem and the Land to to the Jordan River on the east, the Golan heights on the North and to the Suez Canal on the South. Those became Israel's new borders. According to International Law and all historic precedent, this Land belongs to Israel.

Unfortunately, Leftist, weak-willed secular Israelis were ruling and decided that the liberated Land should be used as a bargaining chip to "make peace" with the Arabs. They didn't understand that Peace was already in our hands and that their policy would destroy that Peace. And in that vacuum, stepped those who had already invented the idea of a "Palestine," sic, and they have been trying that weapon to destroy the State of Israel ever since.
Pro-Israel Protest
Yes, here we go again...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"The Times They Are a-Changin"

It seems that "change" has come to the United States. Hasn't it? I was playing around, as only an English Teacher can do with the grammar of that first sentence:
Change is coming...
Change has come...
Change will be coming...
Or should I just quote Bob Dylan and say:
"The Times They Are a-Changin"
Dylan may not like my using his words for this blog post. According to Wikipedia, Dylan wanted to "encourage" change in a certain direction, but I'm using the title of his song to describe a change that the "experts" had failed to predict, and the politicians from both parties, Democrats and Republicans had failed to notice or comprehend. Yes, American politicians Right, Left and Center were caught flat-footed by a tsunami of Republican Primaries voters who chose the hard to categorize unconventional and idiosyncratic television personality, the building mogul Donald Trump, over a slew of wannabes to be the Republican nominee for the Presidency.

And then completely shocking all of the professional pollsters, and possibly himself, too, not only was Donald Trump elected President of the United States, but the Republicans took the Senate, Congress and more governorships than they had expected.

Yes, the United States had change, though not in ways that Obama, the Clintons and the perpetually Leftist media, academia and celebrities in both film and fields can accept.

I see a very broken, split disunited United States of America. Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are angry. The "Right" is so angry with the directions they see their country going that they preferred voting for a gutter/locker room-mouthed New Yorker rather than anyone else, and the Left is in shock that Americans, even women, blacks, Mexicans and other minorities all over the country didn't want more of Obama-type  policies and didn't think "it was time for a woman in the White House." Voters from most states also weren't impressed by the movie stars and athletes who had come out telling them to vote for Hillary Clinton.

American Jews who support groups like J Street are in shock that in a Trump White House they will no longer be the "court Jews." Gd willing by next Shabbat, a different type of Jew will be welcomed in the White House, and most of those not only will be eating kosher food, they won't visit on Shabbat.

It's time for Americans to accept changes and make peace with each other. I don't claim it will be easy and speedy, but for the sake of the future of the United States of America, it must be done.

And until that glorious day, please don't drive us in Israel crazy about "peace" in our area of the world. We have a much more serious problem. The Arabs want the State of Israel to be destroyed and all Jews banished. The only way there can be peace here is for the State of Israel to be stronger and sovereign here in all of the Land we hold. We deal with very big problems here, so please take care of yours, and we'll take care of ours.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Filmmaker Proves Arabs are Lying

It's so rare to hear anyone bothers proving that accusations from the Arabs and their NGOs aren't true. Ever since the State of Israel had been forced by Arab terrorists to put up roadblocks to prevent/reduce terror attacks, the pro-Arab/terror- Palestine sic NGOs keep claiming that Arabs are held up for hours when trying to travel because of insulting, invasive prejudicial security inspections, sic.

Now, of course, they don't take responsibility for the fact that not only terrorists/explosives etc have been caught by these inspections, but agricultural products which haven't passed Israel's up-to-date modern standards are also caught and confiscated. Consider that if you're going to the United States from another country and don't finish eating the fruit and/or nuts you had brought for the plane ride, and try to bring it into the USA you can be arrested. So of course Israel has the right to inspect all entering areas that are under full Israeli Law.

And also, they persist in ignoring the fact that the inspection aren't just for Arab cars. Jews and Arabs have to pass the very same checkpoints. And we ride in the same lanes, so if an Arab car is checked, the Jews behind it also wait.

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz. Photo: Facebook.
Ruthie Blum on the algemeiner features this surprising video, Palestinian Road Trip! by Ami Horowitz.
A New York-based documentary filmmaker known for his controversial videos-gone-viral told The Algemeiner on Wednesday that he was surprised by what his newly released clip — “Palestinian Road Trip!” — revealed: that accusations against Israel about the “hours” it takes West Bank Arabs to travel from place to place as a result of Israeli roadblocks are highly exaggerated, if not outright false...
This dose of truth is very refreshing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What Will Really Happen if USA Moves Embassy to Jerusalem?


I truly believe that if the United States quickly facilitates the move of its embassy to Israel's Capital City, Jerusalem, then other countries will follow suit.

Current location of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Flash 90, Arutz 7

The logistics of dealing with the Israeli Government offices, officials etc., which are located in Jerusalem, from Tel Aviv and its suburbs requires a rather long commute, at least by Israeli standards.

And for years I've been saying that the State of Israel should move all of its embassies to cities/locations other than country capitals as the most suitable response to the insult of the international boycott of Jerusalem.

But of course, we don't know if Donald Trump will really pull off the move the way many of his supporters hope and pray. Let's see what happens.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

For Those Who Claimed That Trump is an Antisemite...

David Friedman, YNetnews
Photo: Michael Friedson/The Media Line
Has there ever been an American President who has appointed so many Orthodox Jews to high positions as President Elect Donald Trump? Before the elections, people kept trying to tell me that Trump is antisemitic, because some antisemites supported him. Of course, the same people weren't bothered by the fact that all sorts of people who wanted to replace Israel with Palestine, Gd forbid, supported Hillary Clinton.

Besides appointing David Friedman to be the American Ambassador to Israel, now it has been revealed that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law will be the Senior Adviser to the President, NBC News reported.

Lots of past presidents have appointed numerous Jews to high positions, but those Jews were the more "J Street" type, Leftists, more assimilated.

It will be interesting to see how things will change starting in the next couple of weeks. Hang on. Hold onto your hat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Boycott of YESHA Products Proves How Productive We Are"

Many years ago, I heard that message from Women in Green founder Nadia Matar, and it's relevant today, too.

The fact that there's industry in Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights owned by Jews is a wonderful thing. And the fact that the BDS and their fellow travelers love to list them makes it much easier for people to davka patronize them.

There's industry here, and the products are sold and used all over the world, not just locally.

Too many people even in Israel still like to think that we somehow live in tents and caravans commuting to work in "Israel." The "settlement enterprise," sic has been thriving for about forty years already.

Besides the traditional, going back to Biblical times, of wines, olive oil etc, there's also high tech here and all sorts of other industries, international, too. And contrary to what people like to think, Arabs work together with Jews in some of them.

The Ariel University is probably the fastest growing one in Israel. And it, too, benefits Arabs.

Nothing is apartheid against Arabs. The only people restricted are Jews. There are places where are warned not to enter, roads not to drive on, businesses we are kept out of and schools we are forbidden to study or teach in.

BDS and the like-minded actually do us a favor by mentioning all of the businesses and educational opportunities here. Patronize them, please.


a guest post by Mr. Cohen
Popular concern for Europe’s Jews could not develop without wide-spread knowledge of what was happening to them.  But the information gap, though extremely important, was not the only limiting factor.

Strong currents of anti-Semitism and nativism in American society also diminished the possibilities for a sympathetic response. A quieter, more prevalent prejudice, a “passive anti-Semitism,” was another major barrier to the growth of concern. 

It was reflected in opinion surveys taken by the [USA] Office of War Information.
They showed that the impact of atrocity information on the average American was seven times stronger when it involved atrocities-in-general, than when it referred specifically to atrocities against Jews.

SOURCE: The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945
(chapter 16, page 327) by David S. Wyman, year 1984, Pantheon Books, New York, ISBN: 9780394428130, 0394428137, 9780394740775, 0394740777.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Was Elor Azaria Setup?

Although the legal/moral/political/philosophical debate about when and if to shoot Arab terrorists is a very old one, even predating our move to Shiloh in 1981, the sacrifice to 21st Century Political Correctness of Elor Azaria has modernized the controversy.

Elor Azariya, Arutz 7
The well-planned public outcry from the Left was spurred on by the convenient/coincidental or had it been pre-planned video of the scene by the extreme Left anti-occupation sic of B’Tselem.
The left-wing foreign-funded NGO B’Tselem, which holds its own government responsible for terrorism against Israelis — on the grounds that Palestinian violence is an expression of justified frustration at their plight as an “occupied” people — was on the scene filming the event. (Ruthie Blum, Algemeiner)
Considering the very simple arithmetic of 1 +1 = 2, I just can't ignore that crucial detail. Why wasn't B’Tselem prosecuted for complicity in that terror attack?
Consider that one of my "dumb questions."
And if B’Tselem had staged and planned it, then the suspicious heavy unseasonable clothes, which are supposed to be one of the signs of a suspected terrorist, were also part of the planned scene/act/terror attack. This entire case, situation travesty of justice and morality can be traced back to B’Tselem, no doubt at all. And the IDF and government leaders were the patsies the fools who fell for it. We all know that the so-called justice system here in Israel is so far to the Left, that they didn't need the distorted silent video to convince them.

Yes, Elor Azaria was thrown under the bus and made to pay for a crime he didn't commit.

Fallout from the Azaria trial was that there were IDF soldiers who fled yesterday's fatal Arab terror attack afraid to shoot the terrorist...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Jerusalem Arab Murders at Least 4 in Terror Attack

Yes, that is what has just happened, not the way many headlines word it:
Jerusalem ramming attack: Four killed as truck slams into crowd
Ramming attack in Jerusalem kills 4
Sorry, but unlike what the Jerusalem Post said, the truck isn't guilty, nor did the "Ramming attack" do it all by itself.

Scene of ramming attack in Jerusalem (Credit: Magen David Adom)

According to the news, the Arab terrorist was an Israeli Citizen, holder of a blue Identity Card. Yes, this is an important detail. And the truck didn't drive itself into the young soldiers.

רפואה שלימה refu'ah shleimah, a complete and speedy recovery to the injured.
ברוך דיין האמת
Baruch Dayan Ha'emett

Jews, Don't be Complacent! Jerusalem May Again be Destroyed, 10th of Tevet

Too many times I've heard people say that Gd will never allow Israel/Jerusalem to be destroyed. Sorry, Charlie, but it's not true. That's the main message, reason we are supposed to fast on the10th of Tevet.
The siege of Jerusalem that began on the tenth of Tevet is marked -- and observed each year as a public fast day -- as the event that began the downward spiral toward the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the exile (galut) of the Jewish people from their homeland. The actual process, however, originated when the Jews began straying from G‑d, long before the siege of Jerusalem......The Temple was supposed to last forever; this depended, however, on the Jews' adherence to the Torah and its mitzvot (Divine commandments). At first, the Jews kept the Torah and steadfastly retained their faith, enjoying peace, prosperity and a direct connection to G‑d through the Temple. However, after 300 years the Jews began to stray from the Torah and leave the path of their fathers. G‑d sent prophets repeatedly to admonish them, but the Jews refused to change their ways, choosing instead to deride these prophets as false messengers come to discourage them with predictions of destruction. Chabad
Ever since the State of Israel and the Jewish People began its misguided worship of the Kotel, The Western Wall and gave the Muslim Wakf and the Kingdom of Jordan sovereignty over the Temple Mount, I've been anxious regarding our future.

Model of the Second Temple
built by the very talented Catriel Sugarman and his staff

In June, 1967, Gd facilitated a great miracle and not only did the Sate of Israel survive, but a good portion of our Historic Homeland was liberated and in our hands, The Temple Mount, Hebron, Shechem, Beit El, Shiloh and more. Unfortunately, successive Israeli governments have abused the gifts Gd gave to us. Our precious Land have been given to Arabs, even when it required destroying Jewish communities. And instead of trying to please Gd, the Government and influential Jews keep insisting that we must appease and please foreign states and rulers. I fear another great punishment and exile, Gd forbid.

Tzom Kal v'Ya'il
May You have an Easy and Effective Fast

Saturday, January 7, 2017

More Thoughts About "Vayigash," Torah Portion of the Week

It's not that I write about the Parshat Shavua, Torah Portion of the Week every week, so it's a bit unusual that not only did I write before Shabbat, Judah's Eternal Message: Don't Cower! Torah Portion of the Week, but now I'm writing about another aspect of Vayigash.

Torah Tidbits OU

As I read the OU's Torah Tidbits and then the entire text of Vayigash, I became more and more annoyed at Joseph's words and behavior.
Genesis Chapter 45:8And now, you did not send me here, but God, and He made me a father to Pharaoh, a lord over all his household, and a ruler over the entire land of Egypt.
חוְעַתָּ֗ה לֹֽא־אַתֶּ֞ם שְׁלַחְתֶּ֤ם אֹתִי֙ הֵ֔נָּה כִּ֖י הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַיְשִׂימֵ֨נִי לְאָ֜ב לְפַרְעֹ֗ה וּלְאָדוֹן֙ לְכָל־בֵּית֔וֹ וּמשֵׁ֖ל בְּכָל־אֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם:
9Hasten and go up to my father, and say to him, 'So said your son, Joseph: "God has made me a lord over all the Egyptians. Come down to me, do not tarry.
טמַֽהֲרוּ֘ וַֽעֲל֣וּ אֶל־אָבִי֒ וַֽאֲמַרְתֶּ֣ם אֵלָ֗יו כֹּ֤ה אָמַר֙ בִּנְךָ֣ יוֹסֵ֔ף שָׂמַ֧נִי אֱלֹהִ֛ים לְאָד֖וֹן לְכָל־מִצְרָ֑יִם רְדָ֥ה אֵלַ֖י אַל־תַּֽעֲמֹֽד:
I kept comparing it to the Yehuda-David line of leaders who took responsibility, apologized, did Teshuva, repented. At no point, not in these lines, nor later does Joseph ever admit that his behavior and attitude towards his brothers may have played a large part in their putting him in the pit and their selling him to the traders. He's still bragging by instructing his brothers to tell their father about his great position in Egypt. And does he ever apologize for the awful practical jokes, the tricks he played on them by returning their money and putting his after through even more worry and pain by imprisoning Simon and demanding Benjamin? No, he doesn't.

Joesph just gives this ladidah self-centered response that "it's all Gd's will" and his success is proof of it.

At our Shabbat women's shiur I connected this contrast of Judah and Joseph with the David-Saul (Leah-Rachel) differences in personality, character and leadership. We can see that David inherited so much innate leadership and charisma from Judah. Maybe Leah's "soft eyes" were from her sensitivity to other people's problems. It's impossible to imagine Judah or David playing such hurtful tricks on others as Joseph did, or trying to kill a potential rival the way King Saul persecuted David.

May we be blessed in having a true leader of the Davidic Line, speedily in our days...

Shavua Tov
and Tzom Kal to those fasting on the 10th of Tevet

Friday, January 6, 2017

Judah's Eternal Message: Don't Cower! Torah Portion of the Week

This week's Torah Portion of the Week,  Vayigash, And he (Judah) approached..., is an eternal reminder for us:
Bereishit - Genesis - Chapter 44:1חוַיִּגַּשׁ אֵלָיו יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר 8 Then Judah approached him and said...
This act of Judah, Yehuda, showed his innate leadership quality. By following Judah's progression, the growth of his character from his public admission that he had impregnated his daughter-in-law Tamar and was the father of her twin sons, Peretz and Zerach. And then it was davka Judah's reassurance and pledge that his father Jacob accepted before sending Benjamen with the brothers to Egypt.

Bereishit - Genesis - Chapter 43:
8And Judah said to Israel, his father, "Send the lad with me, and we will get up and go, and we will live and not die, both we and you and also our young children.
חוַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה אֶל יִשְׂרָאֵל אָבִיו שִׁלְחָה הַנַּעַר אִתִּי וְנָקוּמָה וְנֵלֵכָה וְנִחְיֶה וְלֹא נָמוּת גַּם אֲנַחְנוּ גַם אַתָּה גַּם טַפֵּנוּ:

9I will guarantee him; from my hand you can demand him. If I do not bring him to you and stand him up before you, I will have sinned against you forever.
טאָנֹכִי אֶעֶרְבֶנּוּ מִיָּדִי תְּבַקְשֶׁנּוּ אִם לֹא הֲבִיאֹתִיו אֵלֶיךָ וְהִצַּגְתִּיו לְפָנֶיךָ וְחָטָאתִי לְךָ כָּל הַיָּמִים:
Judah took his pledge very seriously and understood that he had to take charge. And it was this action that finally broke Joseph's mask and made him admit his true identity.

I want to go back to the birth of Judah, Leah's fourth son.
 Bereishit - Genesis - Chapter 29:35And she conceived again and bore a son, and she said, "This time, I will thank the Lord! Therefore, she named him Judah, and [then] she stopped bearing.
להוַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן וַתֹּאמֶר הַפַּעַם אוֹדֶה אֶת יְהֹוָה עַל כֵּן קָרְאָה שְׁמוֹ יְהוּדָה וַתַּעֲמֹד מִלֶּדֶת:
The Hebrew root of of Judah, Yehuda יהודה comes from "to thank." In the simple interpretation of the verse, it means that she thanked Gd that she had four sons, while at the same time, her sister didn't have any. Chazal, the wise men, say that she knew Jacob would have twelve sons, from four wives/women, and she now had more than a quarter of the sons.

But I'd like to go a bit further. If Leah knew that, then she also knew that the Kingship of the Jewish Nation would have to come from either her son or from one of Rachel's. And therefore when Judah was born, she knew that the kings would be descended from him, and that's why she thanked Gd and called her baby son  Judah, Yehuda יהודה, which also has the name of Gd.

And we do see how Judah did show a kingly confidence, which was trusted and recognized by his father Jacob. And then Judah had no problem confronting the Egyptian leader, Joseph, Rachel's son who buckled under Judah's words. And later on we see them sparring via their descendants, Saul and David.

A true leader doesn't cower.

Gd willing we will soon see one here in Israel, speedily in our day...

Lion of Judah

Thursday, January 5, 2017

High Court Endangers Israeli Security

A supporter of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who is charged with manslaughter by the Israeli military, wears a shirt depicting Azaria with the words in Hebrew "Bringing the light back to Elor" during a protest outside the military court in Tel Aviv on the verdict day for the soldier, Tel Aviv, Israel. (photo credit:REUTERS) Jerusalem Post
A few months ago, the very talented movie-maker Tzvi Fishman produced a short movie which explains/predicts what court verdicts like the Elor Azariya one will make more common, Gd forbid.

I have said/blogged repeatedly that any Arab terrorist caught in the act should be immediately executed. There is no reason to waste our precious money, taxpayers money, on supporting/bed and board for Arab terrorists and then wasting even more money on trials and then housing them in prison for years. They attempted to murder or actually succeeded in murdering, maiming, terrorizing, and that is a crime that should end in immediate execution.

And we all know how many guilty murdering terrorists have been let free in exchange for hapless Israelis, civilians and soldiers, such as the Gilad Shalit story.

This controversy isn't new, not at all. I've been living in Shiloh for over thirty-five years, and from the very first days here, neighbors have discussed the issue. Do we act and shoot, or do we wait until... Yes, frequently innocent, well-meaning law abiding Jews wait until it's too late. And they end up dead. So, the common response is:
"I'd rather see you in jail than in a grave."

GUEST POST: Moynihan 1982

Moynihan 1982
a guest post by Mr. Cohen

Daniel Patrick Moynihan said this in 1982 June 18 at a rally at the United Nations:
“Much of the world has chosen to view Israel’s actions in Lebanon through the prism of selective morality.  Many were silent when Syrian troops and armed radical bands occupied the country.
They were silent when Syrian missiles were placed in Lebanon.  They were silent when death and destruction rained down on Israeli settlements. They were even silent when they Syrian regime destroyed one of its own cities in response to entrenched political and religious opposition.”

“But the world finds its collective voice when Israel sets out to liberate Lebanon from those who would use her as a pawn in their political machinations; and let us never forget that the introduction of foreign troops in Lebanon would never have been possible without the provision of weapons by the Soviet Union.”
From the PLO information office in Oslo, 1977 May 5:
“The declared program of the PLO is to bring about the destruction of the Zionist entity of Israel.”
Yassir Arafat as quoted by Reuters in Beirut, 1978 December 10:
“Armed struggle is our only road.  We have no other road to reach Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and every inch of our occupied homeland.”
“The Jews have no rights in Jerusalem,” repeated Faisal, citing a League of Nations inquiry which showed, he said, that the Wailing Wall was part of the Al Aqsa Mosque. “Another wall can be built for them and they can wail against that.”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud (chapter 43, page 419) by Robert Lacey, published in 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, ISBN-10: 0006365094 ISBN-13: 978-0006365099 
 “[USA] President [Jimmy] Carter added insult to injury.  No Arab leader he had ever met, he declared, actually wanted to see the creation of a truly independent Palestinian state…”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud (chapter 47, page 454) by Robert Lacey, published in 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, ISBN-10: 0006365094 ISBN-13: 978-0006365099 
 “Of course,” says one Saudi prince, “if God granted us a wish,
we would like the Palestinians to vanish off the face of the earth. 
We know that they are only nice to us because they want our money. 
They are dangerous men with Marxist tendencies.
But their disappearance would be a second wish. 
The first wish is the disappearance of Israel.”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud (chapter 47, page 455) by Robert Lacey, published in 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, ISBN-10: 0006365094 ISBN-13: 978-0006365099 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tremping, (Hitchhiking) Dilemma

As everyone must know by now, we don't have a car, and
  • I work in a place that, although near as the crow flies, does not have a direct bus line to Shiloh, nor does it have frequent bus service.
  • I am not the type of person with patience.
  • I cannot sit and wait without going nuts.
I generally combine public transportation with tremping aka hitchhiking and in order to get to work in Kochav Hashachar, I send out some whatsapp messages to teachers and staff members who either live in or pass Shiloh. I haven't yet been forced to tremp there from Shiloh, but I have to use tremps and lots of siyata d'Shmaya to get to work on Wednesdays from Jerusalem.

When I finish work to go home or to Sha'ar Binyamin for shopping or to Jerusalem for whatever, I wait at the security gate, and usually I get a ride to wherever I need pretty quickly. But yesterday I waited and waited for a ride in the direction of home. Even one of the staff members who lives nearby ended up going in the wrong direction. I had even planned on taking any ride to the eastern Gush Shiloh area and just tremp, but there weren't any.

I kept staring at the main road, Kvish Alon a few hundred meters away.

There are tremping posts, hitchhiking stations, on the road in both directions, as you can see circled in the photo above. They are even equipped with anti-terror-ramming cement blocks. But I've never seen anyone standing at either of them, though I'm sure some people do. I've gotten off at one coming from Jerusalem, in a tremp going to Beit She'an.

I know that many people going to eastern Gush Shiloh travel on the road, and also those traveling to the Shiloh area from Rimonim and Michmas pass and are potential rides. As I waited I became more and more tempted to walk out to the road. But I didn't. Just as I was about to consult with the guard at the gate, the same neighbor who had given me a ride in the morning came by on his way home, B"H.

But the question still holds. Should I wait there for rides?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Israeli Sovereignty Over Ma'ale Adumim Won't Solve The Problem

As I've written before, the world -even Israel's most sincere supporters- is totally confused by the mixed signals and distinctions successive Israeli governments and almost all Israeli leaders make about our rights to the Land we liberated in June, 1967.

If only we had fully annexed and declared Israeli sovereignty at the end of the 1967 Six Days War. If we had done that and fully supported Jewish settlement in all the Land and cities, we wouldn't be in this awful mess.  The world would have accepted it, maybe without much enthusiasm, but the obviously miraculous might, totally inexplicable by military experts, had everyone in awe. OK, that is except some Israelis and they were in power.

You know how sometimes you don't see the forest for the trees, or if you're too close you miss the picture. That's what happened in a simplistic sense. The Israelis running the country, the National Unity Government was cosmetic to muzzle Right wing opposition/criticism, believed that their policies and tactics had won the war, not Gd's. They had also spent the previous nineteen 19 years brainwashing the population that the State of Israel was large enough and we should be grateful that the United Nations had allowed us to exist. And for them, the fact that the 1949 ceasefire lines gave us more land than the Partition Plan meant that we didn't need any more, except maybe the Western Wall.

Just like my complaints a few years ago, when residents of Gush Etzion got all upset that the security fence/wall locks them out of Jerusalem because they consider themselves "consensus" as permanently part of the State of Israel, I think this new focus on "sovereignty for Ma'ale Adumim" is problematic.
Education Minister and Jewish Home party leader
Naftali Bennett (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
"Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett on Sunday said he plans to introduce legislation this month that would extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jerusalem-area settlement of Ma’ale Adumim."

Uri Ariel, photo: Eliran Aharon
'The time for sovereignty is now'

Agriculture Minister says the time to extend sovereignty over Ma'ale Adumim is now, and not to wait for new US administration.
If Bennett and Ariel think that dividing up the Land we hold into small pieces to gradually make as part of sovereign Israel, they are very mistaken. Those who oppose our sovereignty will just get stronger and more opposed to it. It's like slowly pulling off a very sticky bandage. The longer you take to "gently" pull it off the more it hurts. If you pull fast and hard in one quick movement, the pain is over much more quickly.

Each time Israel annexes Land and declares sovereignty, our enemies will scream, yell, sanction, condemn, so we're much better off doing it once more over all the Land and forever.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Will Israel Finally Have a Friend in The White House with Trump?

I caught a short clip on United with Israel that has Donald Trump say something one doesn't usually hear from American leaders. The Clintons and Obama have been heard to say many times that they'll "stand by Israel" or have its "back," but here Trump says something else:

"We will protect Israel 100%."

There's a big difference between those terms/phrases.

So far it's not official, but there's talk that the Trump team wants to invite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the Inauguration. So far it's just talk, but considering the amount of pro-Israel Jews Donald Trump has appointed to important positions, anything is possible.

I wonder how long it will take, if ever, for Trump to seriously reduce the amount of support the American Government gives to the PA-Palestinian Authority.

DonorContribution (US$)
United States of America408,751,396
European Commission139,402,221
Saudi Arabia103,519,499
United Kingdom95,328,127
Japan (including JICA [Japan International Cooperation Agency])28,278,535
Belgium (including Flanders)10,772,636

The Trump team has a lot of work to do to fix things in terms of Israel and our security.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Drunken New Year's Celebrations- What's The Point?

After over half a century living as a Torah observant aka Orthodox Jew, I'm having real problems understanding the way most of the world, meaning the Christian world/culture/societies all over "celebrates" its New Year.

What's the point of getting drunk?

photo of shofrot taken in Moriah Judaica store
 in the Old City, Jerusalem
The Jewish New Year aka Rosh Hashanah takes place at the very end of the summer and is a process that lasts forty days, from the Jewish Month of Elul until the 10th of Tishrei, Yom Kippur. During Ellul we're supposed to repent, reflect on our actions during that year and try to change our way of living to do it all much better according to Jewish Law. Then we have a two day holiday, Rosh Hashanah, 1st and 2nd of Tishrei, during which we pray and feast and let the sound of the Shofar, horn of the ram, shake us to our very soul.

As in all Jewish festive meals, there can be wine, but we're never supposed to drink enough to get out of control, ok except Purim when drinking is supposed to put us to sleep. And then on the 10th of Tishrei is Yom Kippur, when we don't eat or drink. We fast for twenty-five hours and spend most of the day in prayer beseeching Gd for forgiveness. And we don't just pray for ourselves; we pray for the entire Jewish People. Our prayers are in the plural. There's no such thing as saying:
"I don't need Yom Kippur prayers and fasting. I was just perfect this past year."
We can't be forgiven unless we pray for the entire Jewish People, because we're all in this together. We are one.

Our enjoyment and celebrations do not need liquor.
עבדו את ה' בשמחה
Ivdu et Hashem b'SimchaWorship Gd with Joy

ושמחת בחגך
Vi'Samachta b'ChagechaBe Joyful in Your Holiday

Our joy and celebrations come from worshipping Gd and keeping His Commandments, not drinking hard liquor and losing control.

Drinking too much causes more tragedy than joy. So, I hope you celebrated the New Year in a good healthy way.

Since it is forbidden to photograph on Rosh Hashanah, here's a shofar blast from Israeli Independence Day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Chanukah, The Real Story, Then and Now

Chanukah is Not The "Jewish Christmas"

Celebrating the 8th Night of Chanukah

The simple fact that the Jewish Holiday of Chanukah and the Christian holiday of Christmas come in the same season get people very mixed up. There is no theological nor historic connection between the two. Nowadays it has become customary to give gifts on both of the holidays, so stores market to both Jews and Christians, and that's it.

The Jewish Holiday of Chanukah celebrates a victory over the Greeks who had not only invaded and occupied the Jewish Historical Land, but they did everything they could to prevent the Jewish People from observing the Jewish Religion.

In modern terminology, the Greek "policy" should be considered immoral and against human, civil and religious rights, but in the shadow of the recent United Nations Security Council Resolution and the outrageous and notorious speech by lame duck Obama's lame duck Secretary of State Kerry, and remembering how the "free world" ignored the Nazi Holocaust against European Jewry...

The Story of Chanukah, which happened only a century or two before the beginning of Christianity, is beginning to sound rather modern.
In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in G‑d. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G‑d. (Chabad)
Few Jews fought the Greeks, because many were assimilated. The Maccabees had no allies, no help. It was a miracle that the small band of fighters defeated the mighty Greeks. When things looked black, Gd came in and lit the world. This is so much like the 1967 Six Days War, when small, weak Israel with indefensible borders, was threatened with, destruction, and the United Nations quickly followed Egypt's demands and took away their peacekeeping forces. Then the world patiently watched, expecting the Arab armies to destroy Israel. Jews all over the world prayed for Israel's survival--a victory, and Gd made a miracle.

Yes, those wars were very similar, from the Jewish isolation to the illogical and inexplicable military victory.

There's one big difference. The Maccabees rushed to the Holy Temple and consecrated it as quickly as they possibly could. They recognized that their victory was due to Gd Almighty and not any human prowess. Here in Israel, June 1967, as soon as the proverbial dust began to settle after the State of Israel's great miraculous victory the government, instead of inviting the Jewish Nation to ascend Har Habayit, the Temple Mount and pray together to Gd to thank Him, gave the key back to the Muslims and then thanked the IDF for the victory.

That is why the United Nations, the United States, the European Union etcetera keep insisting that we must give the fruits of that miraculous 1967 victory, including Jerusalem, to the Arab terrorists for a state they want to call Palestine, sic.

Going back to the Chanukah story, the rule of the Maccabees didn't last very long, which is why the Romans ended up here and Christianity began... So, it seems we're still fighting the same war. Gd keeps giving us chances. And now I hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu has gotten sufficiently angry and disgusted enough to recognize that his trying to be a reasonable "Centrist" isn't working. We need a zealot who only tries to please Gd.

Gd willing, speedily in our time...

Chag Urim Sameach
May You Have an Enlightened Chanukah

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best Thing About Hotel... Fox News

Yes, I must say that the best thing about being in a nice warm hotel this week was getting Fox News on television. It was even better than the heat which I kept turning off. Their coverage of Israel and opinions were much better than one hears on the Israeli television news.

Re: Obama on Fox
Of course, considering all the hysteria USA versus Israel because of the Security Council Resolution and then Kerry's horrendous anti-Israel speech, it was the perfect week to watch the station.

But my favorite clip, which I can't find, was when two of Fox's model-like news "men" interviewed someone from the Democratic Party who told them his plans for returning to power.

He made it clear that the Democrats would go further Left to "show America" what's best for it, and those two women thanked him for it. Why? They tried to explain that it would just give the Republicans more seats in the Senate and Congress and more governorships, because American voters in most localities do not want the Obama/Clinton/Democratic policies.

2016 electoral map by county.
As 2016 is about to end, and on the Jewish Calendar it's the first of the Jewish Month of Tevet, Chodesh Tov, and may we all see a better year in 2017.

I wish the world well, really.

Let everyone learn to respect each other. That's stage one.


by Mr. Cohen

“Our hatred for the Jews”, Abdul Aziz told Harold Dickson in [year] 1937 [CE], “dates from God’s condemnation of them for their persecution and rejection of ‘Isa [Jesus Christ] and their subsequent rejection later of His chosen Prophet [Muhammad]…

“Verily the word of God teaches us – and we implicitly believe this O Dickson – that for a Muslim to kill a Jew [in war], or for him to be killed by a Jew, ensures him immediate entry in Heaven and into the august presence of God Almighty.”

Abdul Aziz made this statement to [Harold] Dickson as part of his protest at the Peel Report, Britain’s 1937 plan to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab areas, thereby granting the Zionists the basis for the independent state that they dreamed of…”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud (chapter 29, page 259)
by Robert Lacey, published in year 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 
New York, ISBN-10: 0006365094 ISBN-13: 978-0006365099 

“Arabians are conspiracy theorists, and not afraid to admit it. Just as they believe in an active power for good intervening daily in their lives, so they believe that evil and the powers of darkness are manifest here on earth. 

A Westerner takes the credit for his own successes and blames himself for his failures. And Arabian thanks God for the good and blames the bad on evil influences beyond his control.  It makes for a guilt-free existence. 

It also makes for deep suspicions, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the Arab attitude towards the Jews.”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud (chapter 41, page 386)
by Robert Lacey, published in 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,  New York,
ISBN-10: 0006365094 ISBN-13: 978-0006365099 

“Robert Lacey (born 3 January 1944) is a British historian and biographer.
He is the author of a number of bestselling biographies, including those of Henry Ford, Eileen Ford and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as works of popular history.”
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