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Monday, February 27, 2017

Why Do We Jews Keep Lying to Ourselves?

I don't think I'll ever understand the pathetic and dangerous worship most American Jews have for the Democratic Party? It has never supported Jewish needs properly. The Democratic idol of many, Franklin Delano Roosevelt did absolutely nothing to rescue and accept Jews fleeing the Nazis. And his successor, Harry S. Truman, was ready to accept the State Department's recommendation to vote against the approval of a Jewish State at the United Nations.

Since then, there hasn't really been any improvement.

Today's Democratic Party is extremely pro-Arab and pro-Palestine, sic. Their pet Jewish organization is J-Street, which promotes the weakening of the State of Israel and the establishment of another judenrein anti-semitic terror state to be called "Palestine."  Don't forget that former USA President Barack Hussein Obama had pledged to facilitate that state and considers his failure to be the worst of his presidency. I wouldn't be surprised if he joins another Israel-hater and former president, Jimmy Carter, to try to "rectify" it.

So, when I read Ruthie Blum's  Alan Dershowitz Following Defeat of DNC Chair Hopeful Keith Ellison: I Will Remain in Democratic Party, But Will Fight for It to Move Away From Anti-Israel, Far-Left Trends in algemeiner, I just couldn't stop thinking of how pathetic such an intelligent man sounds.
Why can't Alan Dershowitz finally see and admit the truth? 
The Democratic Party is not the best party for him and other caring Jews!
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I'm not saying that they should join the Republican Party. But I do think that they, led by Dershowitz, should resign from the Democrats. In all honesty, I think that American Jewry would have more power if it wasn't tied to a specific party.
  • American Jewish voters should make it clear that they vote according to issues, background and personalities. 
  • American Jews should make it clear that they donate according to specific issues and if the candidate or cause is associated with antisemitism or anti-Israel policies and groups, they won't get money.
J-Street should be shunned by anyone who really cares for the State of Israel, since its policies, its raison d'être  completely endangers the security, stability and survival of the only Jewish State in existence. Just because they claim to be pro-Israel doesn't mean that it's true.

Yes, this would be very earth-shattering and traumatic for many, but I think it is necessary and would be much better for American Jewry in the long run. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

GUEST POST: JOSEPHUS VS MUSLIM LIARS

JOSEPHUS VS. MUSLIM LIARS
a GUEST POST from Mr. Cohen

NOTE: The first four quotes shown below are from Flavius Josephus,
who was born in year 37 CE and was still alive in 81 CE.

In a previous blog post, I quoted Tacticus, the ancient Roman historian who said that the Temple of the Jews was in Jerusalem. 

My intention was to refute Muslim propagandists who falsely claim that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

Now I present four quotes from Josephus, another ancient Roman historian who mentioned at least four times that the Temple of the Jews was in Jerusalem:
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 “At this point Crassus arrived to take over the governorship of Syria.
For the campaign against the Parthians he removed all the gold from the Sanctuary in Jerusalem…”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 1, page 51) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
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“Gaius Caesar’s accession to power so completely turned his head that he wished to be thought of and addressed as a god, stripped his country of its noblest men, and proceeded to lay sacrilegious hands on Judea.  He ordered Petronius to march with an army to Jerusalem and erect his statues in the Temple: if the Jews refused them, he was to execute the objectors and enslave all the rest of the population.”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, pages 139 to 140) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
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“…Cumanus, whose governorship was marked by  disturbances and further disaster to the Jews. 
The people had assembled in Jerusalem for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Roman cohort stood on guard over the Temple colonnade, armed men always being on duty at the feasts to forestall any rioting by the vast crowds.”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, pages 143 to 144) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
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 “… the Jerusalem magistrates, rushing out clad in sackcloth and with ashes poured on their heads, besought them to return and not to provoke the Romans to attack Jerusalem by reprisals on the Samaritans: they must spare their country and their Sanctuary, and their own wives and children…”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, page 145) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 & 978-0140444209 
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Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Roman historian who lived
from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:

“Much of Judea is thickly studded with villages,
and the Jews have towns as well. 
Their capital is Jerusalem. 
Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”

MODERN SOURCE OF QUOTE:
The Western World (page 141) by Pearson Custom Publishing, 2009 CE

ORIGINAL SOURCE OF QUOTE:
The Histories by Tacitus, The Jews (Book 5), paragraph 8 of 13.
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CONCLUSION: The Bible and Tacticus and Josephus all say that the Jewish Temple was in Jerusalem. People who claim that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem are LIARS!

PS: Tacticus and Josephus made numerous mention of: Jews, Levites, Pharisees, Essenes, Idumaeans, Syrians, Sicarii, and Romans in the Holy Land, but they never mention the Palestinians, because there were no Palestinians in the times of Tacticus and Josephus.
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OTHER BLOG POSTS BY MR. COHEN:

Quick Bible Quotes from Joshua and Jeremiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-joshua-chapter-23-verse-12.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-jeremiah-chapter-17.html

Ancient Roman historian connected Jews with the Land of Israel:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

Why Muslims Hate Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-moynihan-1982.html

Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html

Seven Times Stronger
(a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust):
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-seven-times-stronger.html

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

How to Convict the New York Times:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-why-pray-for-idf.html

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-pray-for-tzahal-idf.html

Where's the Outrage Over Discrimination Against Jews/Israelis?

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Let's be even-handed here. So many people all over the world and especially in the United States condemned POTUS Trump's rather badly and hastily constructed/worded ban on those born in some Muslim countries on entering the United States, but where's the condemnation, the outrage over the ban by many Muslim countries on Jews/Israelis?
Here a list of all the Muslim countries that ban Israeli Jews:
  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Libya 
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Sudan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
dailywire.com
This hypocrisy isn't something new. There are Jews who have to hold duplicate passports, because they travel to Israel and to some of the listed countries.

If banning the entrance of certain nationalities and visa/entry stamps is immoral when used against Muslim countries, then the principle must hold when it's used against Jews or Israelis. If it isn't then this is just another sign of widespread international antisemitism and self-hate by some Jews.

GUEST POST: JUDAISM UNDER ROME

JUDAISM UNDER THE ROMAN EMPIRE
a GUEST POST from Mr. Cohen

NOTE: All four quotes shown below are from Flavius Josephus,
who was born in year 37 CE and was still alive in 81 CE.

“It was known even to the Romans that they [the Jews] did no work of any kind when the seventh day came around…”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 14, page 241) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 ISBN:  978-0140444209 
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“The next day Pilate took his seat on the tribunal in the great stadium and summoned the mob, on the pretext that he was ready to give them answer.

Instead, he gave a pre-arranged signal to the soldiers to surround the Jews in full armor, and the troops formed a ring three [Roman soldiers] deep.  The Jews were dumbfounded at the unexpected sight, but Pilate, declared that he would cut them to pieces unless they accepted images of Caesar, nodded to their soldiers to bare [reveal] their swords. 

At this the Jews, as though by agreement, fell to the ground in a body and bent their necks, shouting that they were ready to be killed, rather than transgress the Law [of the Torah]. 

Amazed at the intensity of their religious fervor, Pilate ordered the standards to be removed from Jerusalem forthwith.”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 7, bottom of page 138) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 ISBN:  978-0140444209 
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“…Domitian [the Emperor of Rome from year 81 to 96 CE. He was the younger brother of Titus and son of Vespasian] was becoming more and more of a tyrant as his reign proceeded, hostile to converts to Judaism for their refusal to participate in the worship which he as a living emperor demanded…”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (introduction, page 17) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 ISBN:  978-0140444209 
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 “At this time the people of Damascus, learning of the destruction of the Roman force, were eager to exterminate the Jews in their midst.  As they had them cooped in the gymnasium for a long time now, taking this precaution as a result of suspicion, the task appeared perfectly simple: but they were afraid of their own wives, who had almost all gone over to the Jewish religion, so that their chief anxiety was to keep them in the dark.”

SOURCE: The Jewish War (chapter 10, page 179) by Flavius Josephus, translated by G.A. Williamson, 1984, published by Penguin Classics, ISBN:  0140444203 ISBN:  978-0140444209 
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OTHER BLOG POSTS BY MR. COHEN:

Ancient Roman historian connected Jews with the Land of Israel:

http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html

Seven Times Stronger
(a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust):
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-seven-times-stronger.html

Why Muslims Hate Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-moynihan-1982.html

Quick Bible Quotes from Joshua and Jeremiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-joshua-chapter-23-verse-12.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-jeremiah-chapter-17.html

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

How to Convict the New York Times:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-why-pray-for-idf.html

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-pray-for-tzahal-idf.html

Saturday, February 25, 2017

We're Here to Stay!

I just want to make things clear.

Many people all over the world seem to think of me, my neighbors and other Jews living in various towns and cities in Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley and Golan Heights as easily movable pawns or checker pieces.

Part of the Shiloh School Campus
  • First of all, it's not true, and 
  • second of all, we are already over  half a million Jews
  • Considering that many of the communities are about forty years old already, a second and in some caceas a third generation is already raising its family, building homes, schools and businesses in our communities. 
Senior Citizen activities
Today, unlike when we first moved to Shiloh over thirty-five years ago, life in Judea/Samaria is very self-sufficient. One doesn't have to cross the so-called "green line" for almost anything except if you need a hospital. Although we have lots of medical clinics in the "yishuvim," communities and cities, no hospital has been built yet. Remember that the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus was technically "Israel" during the Jordanian Occupation from 1949-1967.

New homes in Shiloh

fruit in local Shiloh supermarket
There are banks and government offices in the cities and communities. Of course we have all sorts of stores, schools, industries, university, business and more. And since the retirement community/age group is now growing very rapidly, as the pioneers of thirty-forty years ago are now "senior citizens," there are lots of programs for us.

And after almost a half a century after the 1967 Six Days War, even middle-aged Israelis have no idea what the country was like before the war, when it suffered constant terror by Jordan, Syria and Egypt from the other side of the "Armistice lines.

Yes, no doubt that We're Here to Stay!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dumb Question Re: Elor Azaria Case

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Besides all of the issues that everyone, including yours truly, have written about numerous times, there's something that keeps bothering me.
IncidentSite of the shooting, several months before the incident
On 24 March 2016, two Palestinian assailants stabbed an Israeli soldier and moderately wounded him in Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron. Both assailants were shot and seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers.[3] One of the assailants soon died. His companion, Abed al Fatah al-Sharif, lying incapacitated on the road, was shot in the head and killed by Elor Azaria, an IDF medic serving in Shimshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.[4][5] A video published by B'tselem, showing an IDF soldier approaching the supine al-Sharif and shooting him in the head from less than two metres,[6] went viral on Israeli social media, sparking controversy.[7] Wikipedia 
How/Why was B'tselem there on the spot?

Yes, it's another of my dumb questions.

I can think of only one reasonable, rational answer to the question of:
How could that photographer been ready at the draw to photograph everything so quickly if he hadn't been involved in the planning and staging of the attack?
We all know that many Arab terrorist attacks in Israel are documented and "egged on" by the media and NGOs. Could this have been the case then, too? And if so, why hasn't this possible involvement been properly investigated by Israeli authorities?

As I'd written in my earlier posts about the attack, I find it worse than suspicious that B'tselem immediately shared silenced videos which were meant to distort the reality of the scene and make Elor  Azaria look much more violent and guilty than he was.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Finally, Consumer Protection and Warnings for Israeli Citizens Over "Green Line"

Israeli citizens like myself, who live over the "Green Line" in communities that are boycotted by some Israeli businesses are getting some legal protection.

I had to buy my washing machine from a repairman who was
an agent for a company in order to get full service coverage.
To explain how we're effectively second class citizens, it has happened to me and many others, that after choosing to purchase something, a store will suddenly announce:
"We don't deliver to ___"
At best they will give the number of someone who charges a lot more than the distance from store to location would normally cost. And then if the appliance or piece of furniture requires some installation or assembly, we have to pay privately and won't get serviced unless we deliver the malfunctioning appliance/furnishings etc. I have also discovered that the standard service renewal offers haven't been sent to me by many companies. That means that after the required/promised service contract, I have to pay privately. I have no other option. After living in Jerusalem over a decade before our move to Shiloh, I found that to be an unpleasant, unexpected and potentially expensive surprise.

Luckily the Jerusalem furniture where
I bought my couch set a number of years ago
delivered to Shiloh without any problems.
Finally, the Knesset has passed a law that requires businesses to at least warn us in advance.
Knesset passes ban on discrimination against settlers
Now, businesses that do not provide services or ship goods to residents of Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be required to clearly state and display that policy. This makes it different from race, gender, etc. The legislation will prevent a business from deliberately misleading customers about where goods or services will be available.
Businesses that fail to properly warn about their policy — for example with a sign of at least A4 size by the cash register — could be fined up to NIS 10,000 ($2,690).
OK the "advance" is at the checkout counter, but that is still better than nothing. And it must be a properly legible size. The best part is that a business that doesn't comply will be fined.

Many of my neighbors have discovered some excellent appliance shops nearby, in Jewish communities, which offer very competitive prices along with excellent service. We plan on patronizing one of them when we redo our kitchen, Gd willing. We were warned that IKEA doesn't deliver full-service assembly to Shiloh, so I'm not even checking them out. 

A half a century after the 1967 Six Days War, there are many Jewish Israeli citizens living here. The distance isn't great nor is the danger when traveling.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Month of Adar Brings Joy!


Gd willing this upcoming month of Adar will bring great joy to all. Purim is just around the corner. Isn't it?

Next Rosh Chodesh is Adar, and we will celebrate it, Gd willing, with song and prayers on Sunday, February 26, the 30th of Shvat.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Adar, 5777 
Sunday February 26, 2017 
30th of Shvat, 5777, 8:30am 
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh 
Tour of Tel Shiloh 
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson 
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors. 


תפילת נשים ראש חודש אדר
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום א' 26-2-2017
 ל' שבט, תשע"ז 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


There's lots more to do at Shiloh Hakeduma besides our monthly prayers, so I suggest that you contact them and visit. For more information call 02-994-4019.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Finally Moral Sense: US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley

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The Obama-Kerry team left office slinging mud and worse at Israel at the United Nations, so POTUS Donald Trump's US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley's words are super extra appreciated:
The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.

I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East. (UNWatch.org)
The moral compass of the world is so strangely skewered, so improperly set up. Considering their obsession with imagined wrongdoings of Israel, "international moral compass" is an oxymoron.



We must truly thank the Donald Trump team for changing American policy and priorities.

Monday, February 20, 2017

International Leftist Interference in Israeli Affairs

You certainly know what they say about paranoids having enemies...

In the USA there's talk of possible Russian (shades of the USSR) interference in recent elections. Of course, it all depends on whether you're a follower of the NY Times or FOX News. But here in Israel, it's very much documented fact that numerous countries and international bodies from the United Nations and European Union on down have been supporting anti-Israel and extreme Leftist Israeli NGOs for a very long time.

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All the facts and numbers can be found on the NGO Monitor site, hat tip for the reminder, Ruthie Blum on Algemeiner.
NGO Monitor President Prof. Gerald Steinberg said, “The unique and disproportionate funding that a small group of Israeli NGOs get from European governments is used to influence Israeli politics and society. Over the past four years alone, 34 Israeli NGOs have received nearly a quarter of a billion shekels. Our new database brings this essential information directly to journalists, the public and decision-makers, increasing transparency in a clear, comprehensive and user-friendly way.”



In all honesty it is nice to be able to prove it, but I'd really like a way to stop it. No other self respecting country would put up with such sabotage. Yes, sabotage and espionage, too. These pro-Arab radical Leftists have succeeded in limiting the normal acceptable actions and procedures of the security forces, because their agents and cameras seem to be every place. 

And frequently their cameras are so close to and focused on an Arab terror attack against innocent Jews it doesn't take much imagination and logic to assume that maybe those NGOs had actually initiated and directed the attack... I still think that was the original background to the Elor Azaria case, and it should have been very thoroughly investigated. Why was that cameraman there? You don't have to be a university math professor to add 1 + 1 = 2.

How's your math?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Witch Hunt or Legit? Case Against Bibi



I'm going to be perfectly honest. I haven't a clue whether there really was anything criminally wrong in whatever Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has done since in office.
GAME OF THRONES: ISRAEL PREPARES FOR NETANYAHU'S POTENTIAL DEPARTURE
Under police probe, Israel's Netanyahu leaves helm of communications ministry
One thing I do know is that the search for some crime to indict him for reminds me of how an immaculate ACD (not me for sure) observant Jewish housewife searches for the forbidden chametz before Passover, lihavdil, to differentiate.

And another very obvious thing is that the Israeli media, extreme Left of course, is trying to manufacture cases against Netanyahu and his wife Sara. It's no secret and it's not at all discreet.

During the Trump-Netanyahu press conference, POTUS Trump made a point of thanking Sara Netanyahu for her kindness to his wife, Melania. I wonder if Sara had called FLOTUS to sympathize about "bad press" and how to survive it. I'd say that Sara gets even worse press than the Trumps and as a trained psychologist may be the best one to give that sort of advice. She has also been raising her two sons under the microscope of public negative and hostile scrutiny.

What do you think?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

From an Expat Living in Israel For Almost Half A Century

As I've written before, my husband and I moved to Israel from New York soon after our 1970 wedding. Israel is the country we know best, even if my Hebrew is still, and will always be, awful.

We still have lots of family and friends in America. Some see the American political scene the way we do, while others think we're raving lunatics. And not only do they think we're crazy, they take for granted that we're ignorant and try to correct our thinking. Sometimes this really gets annoying and tedious. I'm not ignorant. I do follow the news. I just see it differently.


The anti-semitism and anti-zionism, which attack the legitimacy of the existence of the State of Israel, where  I live come from the American Left, not the Right.

Organizations like J-Street, and American politicians like Barack Hussein Obama threaten me personally in their policies. Just because they label themselves as "pro-Israel" doesn't mean that their policies vis a vis Israel would enable the country I live in to survive.

As I've written before, the so-called "Two State Solution" is totally unworkable and won't bring peace to the region, only war, terror and destruction. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's "conditions" of recognizing the State of Israel as a Jewish State and allowing Israel to continue being the military presence in the area, would never be accepted by the Arabs. Yes, that's why he keeps touting them, while claiming that "the Palestinians (sic) deserve a state." His hope/plan is double edged:

  • that the Arabs will never dare accept the conditions
  • that no foreign body will force/impose a "deal" on us that doesn't include his conditions
In a sense POTUS Trump did cooperate with Bibi when he stated that the negotiations must be between Israel and the Arabs. 

The last thing Trump has time for is putting pressure on Israel to risk all in a bad deal. I guess we should be happy about all the mess Trump has to deal with trying to get his government running smoothly. I'm sure that facilitating a "deal" in the Middle East is not high on his list of priorities, and he needs his son-in-law near him to help out in Washington DC. 

Let's just agree to disagree...

Shavua Tov
Have a Wonderful Week

Friday, February 17, 2017

Critical Theological Difference Between Judaism and Biblical Criticism

I consider Biblical Criticism, including theories published by many archaeologists, to have theological agendas. Over the years I've been puzzled by various comments to blog posts here claiming that "God promised not to destroy Israel." And over and over I've had to say that such a thing isn't true at all. It's certainly not Jewish. It is written all over the Bible that if we don't behave, follow Gd's Commandments/Mitzvot, Gd will punish us, cause our Kingdom to be invaded, exile us, cause drought etc.

This week in Matan at Dr. Yael Ziegler's class she mentioned something that helped explain why I keep hearing this totally incorrect "comfort."


Dr. Ziegler explained that Biblical Critics do not connect the Bible's fifth book, דברים Devarim, Deuteronomy 28:36 to the previous four. It's davka in that book that we read of the Tochacha, the threat/warning, reward and punishment the Jewish People will receive from Gd.
1And it will be if you obey the Lord, your God, to observe to fulfill all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord, your God, will place you supreme above all the nations of the earth.אוְהָיָה אִם שָׁמוֹעַ תִּשְׁמַע בְּקוֹל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לִשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת אֶת כָּל מִצְו‍ֹתָיו אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם וּנְתָנְךָ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ עֶלְיוֹן עַל כָּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ:
2And all these blessings will come upon you and cleave to you, if you obey the Lord, your God.בוּבָאוּ עָלֶיךָ כָּל הַבְּרָכוֹת הָאֵלֶּה וְהִשִּׂיגֻךָ כִּי תִשְׁמַע בְּקוֹל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ:
{and if you disobey Gd}
32Your sons and daughters will be given over to another people, and your eyes will see [this] and long for them all day long, but you will be powerless.לבבָּנֶיךָ וּבְנֹתֶיךָ נְתֻנִים לְעַם אַחֵר וְעֵינֶיךָ רֹאוֹת וְכָלוֹת אֲלֵיהֶם כָּל הַיּוֹם וְאֵין לְאֵל יָדֶךָ:
33A people unknown to you will eat up the fruit of your soil and [the result of] all your toil. You will be only wronged and crushed all the days.לגפְּרִי אַדְמָתְךָ וְכָל יְגִיעֲךָ יֹאכַל עַם אֲשֶׁר לֹא יָדָעְתָּ וְהָיִיתָ רַק עָשׁוּק וְרָצוּץ כָּל הַיָּמִים:
34You will go insane from the vision before your eyes that you will behold.לדוְהָיִיתָ מְשֻׁגָּע מִמַּרְאֵה עֵינֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר תִּרְאֶה:
35The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs with a terrible skin eruption from which you will be unable to be cured; [it will eventually cover you] from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.להיַכְּכָה יְהֹוָה בִּשְׁחִין רָע עַל הַבִּרְכַּיִם וְעַל הַשֹּׁקַיִם אֲשֶׁר לֹא תוּכַל לְהֵרָפֵא מִכַּף רַגְלְךָ וְעַד קָדְקֳדֶךָ:
36The Lord will lead you and your king whom you will have established over you, to a nation unknown to you or your fathers; and there, you will serve other deities [made] of wood and stone.לויוֹלֵךְ יְהֹוָה אֹתְךָ וְאֶת מַלְכְּךָ אֲשֶׁר תָּקִים עָלֶיךָ אֶל גּוֹי אֲשֶׁר לֹא יָדַעְתָּ אַתָּה וַאֲבֹתֶיךָ וְעָבַדְתָּ שָּׁם אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים עֵץ וָאָבֶן:
I suggest reading the entire chapter and more. It's so obvious that Judaism, Gd's relationship with the Jewish People, is a religion that requires that we fulfill our responsibilities towards Gd or we will be seriously punished.

It's not that Gd won't forgive us or doesn't love us. He always loves us, but forgiveness depends on our doing Teshuva, repenting completely. Teshuva, Repentance isn't a simple verbal apology. It requires acting properly when confronted with the same sort of situation as the sin.

Sins can be acts against Gd and His Commandments, against other people or against the Holy Land of Israel. 

Zionism and the subsequent Establishment of the State of Israel, regardless of its legal imperfections were extremely crucial Mitzvot, because it is the responsibility of the People of Israel to return to the Land. Gd would not facilitate the return if we hadn't taken the first steps, yes, very much like Nachshon's stepping into the Red Sea, which then split to allow the Jewish People to escape Egypt.

Unfortunately, and Gd willing not tragically, since the stupendously miraculous 1967 Six Days War, the reactions of the State of Israel and most of the Jewish People have been incorrect.
  • Not only hadn't there been a declaration of Jewish Sovereignty over all of the Land liberated in the war, but most, including the Holiest spots, like the Temple Mount, Judea and Samaria were "held in escrow" to "pay" the Arab enemies for a "peace treaty."
  • Not only wasn't there massive government supported settlement of the Land liberated, but they did their best to stop it and have destroyed Jewish communities and homes on numerous occasions. 
  • Not only wasn't the Land annexed, but most has already been gifted to Arabs.
And this is why I greatly fear Divine Punishment and a new exile, Gd forbid.