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Monday, May 25, 2015

"Moderate sic Fatah?" Another in My Myth-Breaking Series

As of late, I've been writing a lot of what could be called a Myth-Breaking Series of posts. I've taken on subjects and issues which are highly misunderstood and distorted by most, like Jewish Morality and Apartheid.

Is there any real difference between Fatah and Hamas, which is recognized by many as a terrorist organization? That is a funny phrase, terrorist organization, as if they just do lectures and luncheons. Arab terrorists whether Hamas, Fatah or "unaffiliated" murder and maim Jews. They are the antithesis of "peace partners," and must be recognized as such.

Fatah only agrees to negotiate with Israel in order to destroy Israel by strengthening its corrupt and violent rule. The violence is not only against Jews. Ordinary Arabs suffer on a daily basis. Life under P.A. Palestinian Authority rule is awful. That's why many Arabs do all they can to get work in Jewish businesses and communities. Giving the Arabs more independence and autonomy will only make their leadership, like Mahmoud Abbas crueler and more dictatorial.

Read the latest from Palestinian Media Watch:
Abbas' Fatah wants to destroy Israel:
"What was taken by force can only be regained by force"

Rifle and map including all of Israel on Fatah's Facebook page
 by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik 

On the occasion of Palestinian Nakba day - the day Palestinians commemorate "the catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel - Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement posted a drawing on Facebook that encouraged the use of violence to destroy Israel. "What was taken by force can only be regained by force, the 67th anniversary of the Nakba"[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," May 14, 2015] This statement appeared on an image showing the number 67 in Arabic numerals with the digit 7 made of a key, a rifle, and a map that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel. Fatah often reiterates its support for the use of violence and arms to gain statehood  as Palestinian Media Watch has documented...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Myth of anti-Arab Apartheid Roads

One of the big lies about what exists here in Judea-Samaria is the myth of the "Jews only road system." Such roads don't exist. There are many roads that are judenrein, free of Jewish drivers and passengers, but Arabs can be found on all of the roads.

The only places where Arab access may be restricted would be what Americans call "gated communities." Yes, just like the gated communities in the United States that have a security gate to keep out those "uninvited," we do the same.

Think of it as a doorman security restricted apartment house that's all spread out over acres or miles or kilometers, rather than vertical.

When I'm in New York and want to visit my friend, I can't go near the elevator until the security guard calls her and gets her approval. If that's acceptable in Manhattan that not just anybody can wander around the hallways near apartments, then why should people be so upset that for security reasons we want control over who is entering our community?

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Faux Morality aka Total Hypocrisy of Those Who Oppose Jewish Life in Judea, Samaria and Jordan Valley

It never ceases to shock me when I hear of Jews, especially, who "will not cross the Green Line" sic, because they, in principle" oppose Jewish Life in any of the Land Israel liberated in the 1967 Six Days War.

I haven't heard of any who won't take the highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which crosses the "line." And I don't know how many actually are careful to avoid Jerusalem neighborhoods like French Hill, Ramat Eshkol, Ramot and Giloh which all have residents who follow Leftist ideology. And I'm not sure that there are many who also boycott Jerusalem's Old City.

But when it comes to communities like my very own hometown of Shiloh, they act on their "moral principles" which in actuality promote apartheid, pure and simple.

I've never been able to understand how promoting the segregation of Jews, forbidding Jews to live in certain places can be considered moral. During my recent visit to the states, I spoke at the Chabad of Jericho-Syosset, Long Island, and opened my talk by telling them how thrilling it was for me to speak there, because over the years when defending my right to live in Shiloh, I've frequently used the fact that since it's acceptable for Jewish to live in Jericho*, Long Island, why shouldn't Jews be able to live in the original Shiloh, Land of Israel.

These very same people who want to keep Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley etc judenrein, which was the Nazi plan for Europe and then the world, are outraged when for security reasons Arabs are inspected or kept out of certain places. There are thriving Arab villages near us, but in Arab countries like Jordan, we are not welcome to live.

I find this principle of not wanting Jews to live in our historic homeland (or any place in the world,) inexplicable and totally immoral! It's out and out antisemitism cloaked in faux moral poppycock!

*Today, there is no Jewish community in the original Jericho, which is southeast of Shiloh. During Biblical times, after the Exodus from Egypt and forty years in the wilderness Joshua brought the Jewish People into the Holy-land via Jericho. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why I Don't Vote Likud: Bibi's Support of Palestinian State

This shouldn't really surprise anyone who has been following the news here in Israel, especially when it comes to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He has stated repeatedly, over and over in all sorts of forums that he thinks the so-called "Palestinians" sic deserve a state aka supports the "two state solution."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.
Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on her first visit to the region, and a week after his new government took office, Netanyahu said:
"We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all ... I don't support a one-state solution, I don't believe that's a solution at all, I support the vision of two states for two peoples." (Reuters)

Times of Israel
Netanyahu fudged, liked a tricky lawyer or used-car salesman, during the recent election campaign which shouldn't surprise anyone. He desperately wanted votes from the Right. That's also why he drafted Benny Begin to his list, promising him a vague cabinet position that wouldn't be too stressful.

No surprise to me, but terribly unfortunately, too many voters from the Right who, davka, oppose giving the Arab terrorists-Fatah and Hamas- a state fell for Bibi's scam that he would protect us from a new state in our Biblical heartland, which overlooks Tel Aviv, Netanya etc.


A simple look at recent (post 1967 Six Days War) Israel shows that all policy decisions to destroy Jewish cities and communities stem from Likud governments. Binyamin Netanyahu is no more a Land of Israel patriot than were Menachem Begin or Ariel Sharon. Begin's (father of Benny) Camp David Accords which not only ceded the Sinai to Egypt but established the policy of Arab autonomy alienated me from the Likud. Even though there are some very reliable Right MKs, they do not have the authority to impose policy. They are no more than "window-dressing."

I pray that not only will G-d bless our government leaders with wisdom, but He must also bless the ordinary voter with the ability to choose the best political party to lead our precious State of Israel out of this mess.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chodesh Sivan Tov, Close to The End of The Omer

We are now in the Jewish Month of Sivan. Iyyar is behind us, and the Holiday of Shavuot is in just a couple of days. We are also in the seventh week of the 49 days in Sefirat Ha'Omer, the counting of the Omer which leads us from Passover to Shavuot, escaping slavery to Pharaoh in Egypt to the receiving of the Torah (Ten Commandments) from G-d.

As is my custom, I prayed at the site of our Biblical Tabernacle, here in Shiloh on Rosh Chodesh.

My friends and I connected with our Biblical ancestors in the very same spot where they came to pray. 

I find myself more focused on G-d when at this holy spot than any place else.

Even though we're all so busy it was a great pleasure to be able to sit quietly and pray there.

Refuah shleimah, a complete and speedy recovery for all in need.

The next Jewish Month is Tammuz.

This is to invite women to join us in Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
Thursday June 18, 2015
1st of Tammuz, 5775, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש תמוז בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ה' 18-6  א' תמוז, תשע"ה 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please save the date, publicize it and join us.
Please mark it on your calendar and make arrangements to come. Also, whether you can come or not, please let friends and family know about it, thanks.

You're welcome to join our facebook page.

Mark your calendar, and join us. For more information, please contact me at shilohmuse@gmail.com with "Rosh Chodesh at Tel Shiloh" as subject, thanks.

You can visit the holy site anytime. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il or phone 02-994-4019. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

No More Dangerous Wishy-Washy "Conditions" for Palestinian State!!

Chodesh Tov! Today is the First of the Jewish Month of Sivan.

We have to just be clear and state what is the obvious to save the State of Israel.
There should never, ever be an
Arab Palestinian sic State here!!
Yes, I've said it!

It wasn't hard to do it.

A few days ago I wrote about how according to true Jewish Morality there is no justification for the "Two State Solution" sic. It has been so common to distort the definition of Jewish Morality to not only justify but to demand that we cooperated with and even lead in the establishment of an Arab state in he heartland of the Land of Israel.

All of those who put (even what they think are impossible to comply with) conditions on the establishment of a Palestinian State are just playing into the hands of our mortal enemies.

It's just like the famous tale of a man, attributed to George Bernard Shaw? Winston Churchill? Groucho Marx? Max Aitken? Mark Twain? W. C. Fields? Bertrand Russell? and a woman...
I tell them the old joke about the man who asks a girl if she will sleep with him for a million dollars. Of course, she says yes. He then offers her two dollars and she slaps his face, saying, ‘What do you think I am?’ He answers, ‘I know what you are. We are just haggling over the price.’ (Quote Investigator) 
The Arabs who go by the name of Palestinians have been very clear and upfront in their admission that their aim is to destroy the State of Israel!
Fatah: "From its Sea to its River... it is ours"

So, please stop encouraging them!!!

Yehuda Glick Meets with JewishIsrael to Discuss Red Lines in Israel-Christian Relations

posted by JewishIsrael.com

Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick will receive the "Lion of Zion" Moskowitz Prize for Zionism on Tuesday, May 19. While JewishIsraelhas personally expressed reservations to Yehuda regarding his campaign for "equal rights" for all religions on the Temple Mount,JewishIsrael congratulates Yehuda on his award and commends him for his courage, commitment and dedication.
JewishIsrael's directors had the opportunity to meet at length with Yehuda in his home just before Pesach. It was a cordial and productive meeting...more

Monday, May 18, 2015

What Does Bibi Have Against Hanegbi and Erdan?

It's perfectly understandable that Tzachi Hanegbi and Gilad Erdan are fuming at the power snubs against themselves.

Gilad Erdan Photo Credit: Flash 90
Tzachi Hanegbi 
Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
Hanegbi has spent most of his adult political life in the Likud. He did go with Sharon and Olmert to Kadima, but was possibly the first prominent MK/minister to return to Likud. Erdan, who is younger, has always been in Likud is extremely popular with its members. Look at their rankings in the most recent Likud Primaries.
2 – Minister Gilad Erdan (#3 in 2013 and 2009)
12 – Deputy Minister Tzachi Hanegbi (#17 in 2013, Kadima MK in 2009)
So, why has Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu given them such low level cabinet appointments?

Hanegbi, davka, got the most difficult parliamentary position there is, Coalition Chairman. It requires major and unabashed arm-twisting, along with enormous doses of charm. With a razor-thin margin, the bare-bones 61 member coalition does require an experienced, talented and expert politician like Hanegbi, but Bibi should have sweetened the package and prepared him better.

Erdan is a generation younger than Netanyahu, (Bibi and I are the same age, and Erdan was at Bar Ilan with one of my daughters,) so considering his popularity in the Likud it's obvious that he expects to succeed Bibi as party head and  Prime Minister. It seems that Netanyahu isn't thinking of retirement quite yet.

Netanyahu's cabinet appointments has only made Hanegbi's job more difficult. One wonders what Gilad Erdan has up his sleeve.

From left to right: Gilad Erdan (Likud), Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), Yuval Steinitz (Likud) and Yair Lapid (seen from the back) at the Knesset during the presentation of the new government, on May 14, 2015.
Photo credit: Isaac Harari/Knesset Spokesperson

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pope Francis Proves He Doesn't Know a Sinner from a Saint (Revised)

There are a lot of people, including non-Catholics, who think that Pope Francis is a good man to be pope at this time. But if the Vatican's recognition of "Palestine as a state" wasn't bad enough, his calling Abbas "Angel of Peace*" should convince them that this Pope Francis wouldn't know a sinner from a saint.
Pope Francis welcomes Palestinian authority President Mahmud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican on May 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)
Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, calling him "an angel of peace," days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine to the anger of Israel. (Yahoo)
*It is now being said by linguists who read the original Italian of Pope Francis that he said something different. He did not say that Abbas is presently "an angel of peace," but that he should act in a way that would make him one. One shouldn't ignore that in a previous meeting between the pope and Abbas, the pope did call Abbas a "man of peace." Considering the recognition of "Palestine," the increase in Arab terrorism and Abbas's financial support for terrorists and their families, I'd say that this correction is just a technicality. It does not change the fact that Abbas is very far from being a "man of peace," too. So, my point still holds that Pope Francis's sympathies lie very far from Israel and Jewish Rights. 

This new pope is a throwback to Pope Pius XII, who is notorious for his ignoring the persecution and systematic murdering of Jews during the Holocaust.
Within the Pope's own church, Cardinal Theodor Innitzer of Vienna told Pius XII about Jewish deportations in 1941. In 1942, the Slovakian charge d'affaires, a position under the supervision of the Pope, reported to Romethat Slovakian Jews were being systematically deported and sent to death camps.(6)
In October 1941, the Assistant Chief of the U.S. delegation to the Vatican, Harold Tittman, asked the Pope to condemn the atrocities. The response came that the Holy See wanted to remain "neutral," and that condemning the atrocities would have a negative influence on Catholics in German-held lands.(7)
In late August 1942, after more than 200,000 Ukrainian Jews had been killed, Ukrainian Metropolitan Andrej Septyckyj wrote a long letter to the Pope, referring to the German government as a regime of terror and corruption, more diabolical than that of the Bolsheviks. The Pope replied by quoting verses from Psalms and advising Septyckyj to "bear adversity with serene patience."(8)  (Jewish Virtual Library)
And don't forget that the few Jews, mostly children, who did find refuge in church-run institutions were subject to pressure to convert to Catholicism. Many children had no idea that they were actually Jewish and to this day are lost to their Jewish People.

Whatever improvements Pope John II had made with the Jewish People and Israel have been totally wiped out by Pope Francis!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jerusalem Day Havel Havelim

Chag Sameach! It's Jerusalem Day. Forty-eight 48 years ago, against all odds aka miraculously, the IDF liberated the area of Jerusalem that had been illegally occupied by Jordan since 1948. And not only that, Israel was victorious in a war that had been expected to result in Israel's destruction. While the world stood by watching, and Jews all over prayed, Israel defeated three enemy armies, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Israel also ended up liberating the Golan Heights, Sinai and all of the land to the Jordan River! For this we are celebrating!

Jerusalem Day Prayers in the Mishkan Synagogue, Shiloh, Israel

Havel Havelim is the long-running weekly international Jewish and Israeli blog carnival, founded by Soccer Day who no longer blogs, that floats from blog to blog. If you'd like to host one then please let me know (shilohmuse@gmail.com) and join our facebook page.

Here are the posts sent to me, some of mine and a few I chose. If you want to be included, please send the weekly host your link with a short blurb if possible. Information will be on our facebook page, or email me. Please visit the various blogs. Enjoy.

From Jacob Richman Educational Resources for Jerusalem Day and Educational Resources for Shavuot
Tzivia not only hosts Havel Havelim about once a month, but she also hosted the latest Carnival of Jewish Books – May 2015 / Iyyar 5775
From Zahava At the shuk with the living and the dead
Adventures of a Chief Rabbi Beneficial Obedience
Marcia Helping Others
Rosh Chodesh Sivan this week! Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
I found a good reply for countering the faux moral Left Jewish Morality and the "Two State Solution"
About a fantastic Jewish Movie! "A Turkey can Eat From a Plate and Still be a Turkey" and The Torah Observant can Make Movies and Still Observe the Torah!
My mother would have been 90 this past week. My Newest Granddaughter and My Mother's Gifts
What Doesn't Make the News
Moderate Muslims Speak Up — And It’s Not Pretty
The Arguments over Jerusalem
Why didn't Rav Soloveitchik make aliyah?
Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshios Behar-Bechukosai
Israeli craft beer at the Jerusalem market
When is food "Kosher"?
Do We Need a Rule about Breastfeeding in Shul?
Language Firsts

I'd like to remind you of something:
You don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share Havel Havelim!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stormy Seas for Netanyahu's New Government

Since yesterday I blogged about the dangers and non-Jewish basis of the so-called "two state solution," which places an Arab terror state in the heartland of the historic Land of Israel, I'm not blogging on the subject today. That is even though there are new pressures from the American President Barack Hussein Obama and more admissions from his proteges in the P.A. calling for Israel's destruction.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends 
the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in 
You'd think with all the experience that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has had in putting together coalitions and controlling the Likud, that he'd have an easy time constructing this most recent coalition government.

It started well way back when a few months ago when he fired the unabashedly rebellious government ministers Tsippi Livni and Yair Lapid, declaring new elections in March. The polls showed lots of support, especially for him as Prime Minister, even among those who had no plans to vote for the Likud.

Labor's prince and wannabe Prime Minister Isaac Herzog is not considered PM material by large swaths of Israeli society. And things aren't going all that well in his party which was renamed Zionist Union when Tsippi Livni joined him, after she shocked her supporters and deserted her own party. Her popularity as the campaign got swinging was so low that although the original announcement was that they'd be interchangeable leaders and Prime Ministers, her position was moved to the back. But this didn't placate former Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich who has not been a happy camper at all.

But like it or not, Herzog is the head opposition leader which does give him a prominent position and opportunities to criticize Netanyahu to the maximum.

Flash 90

It seems like this time Netanyahu is going through even more than hell and high water to get his government off the ground. He did pull it off late last night at a very tense vote of 61 vs 59.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 20-minister government was sworn in late Thursday night, following a day full of problems with Likud appointments to his cabinet. The Knesset approved the government 61-59 just after 11 p.m. on Thursday. (Jerusalem Post)
Everyone's wondering if it will get better or worse for Bibi. Will his Likud  party calm down? Promoting all sorts of relatively new and young MKs at the expense of the loyal and experienced Tzachi Hanegbi had me, and Hanegbi, very surprised. Or does the wily Netanyahu know or plan something that would shock us all?

Netanyahu is very well respected abroad as we saw two months ago as he was so enthusiastically cheered in Congress. Obama and fans had threatened and predicted a boycott/walkout for Bibi, which didn't really happen.

It may be easier for Prime Minister Netanyahu to charm the Americans than his fellow Israelis. With Herzog and Yachimovich locking horns the opposition isn't as powerful as the Left leaning media likes to pretend.

So, the embattled Bibi may be in power for longer than most would predict.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jewish Morality and the "Two State Solution"

Honestly, I think that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's greatest and most tragic mistake is his declared support for the so-called "Two State Solution." By doing so he has opened a deep cavernous pit of a Pandora's Box which endangers the continued existance of the State of Israel and takes what was once the policy of the Extreme Left and puts it Center-Right.

Now, our enemies have an easy tool to use against us with the official approval of the Likud Prime Minister. Obama: 'Difficult path’ toward Palestinian statehood. United States President Barack Hussein Obama is no friend of Israel but he's a passionate supporter of the Arab terrorists who are slated to administer such a country if it G-d forbid comes into being.

This week I was interviewed for an educational program (I will reveal more when the program is released to the public) about how such a scenario would impact on my life in Shiloh. The person in charge wanted his audience to hear from a woman and told me to try to give a personal, rather than political slant.

The institute putting this program together stresses what they consider "Jewish Morality," so I began by questioning the definition of Jewish Morality. Simply put, I disagree completely with their interpretation. Like too many Jews and Jewish organizations, this one embraces the idea that Jewish Morality means caring more for strangers/non-Jews than ourselves. They claim that this is a Jewish precept, and they strongly fanatically identify with what they see as "Palestinian nationalism" sic which they consider their responsibility to bring to fruition.

They unquestioningly support the "Two State Solution" and consider it sacrilegious to do otherwise. So my aim was to try to poke major holes in their basic belief.

Jewish Morality

I reminded them of the Talmudic Law which tells us that if we are in the desert with another person and have just one bottle of water which could save only one person, and both of us would die if we shared it, our instructions are very simple. The water is to be drunk only by us. We are commanded to save our life, yes, even at the expense of another person's death. This and this only is Jewish Morality! We are not to endanger our life for the life of any other!!! 

That means that it is against Jewish Law to "sacrifice for peace!"

All who recommend "sacrifices for peace" contradict Jewish Morality!

Another example to try to explain this is the story of King Solomon's Wisdom and the Two Mothers:
Two women gave birth at the same time. One had a live baby and the other's died. They fought over the live baby, each claiming that it was theirs. King Solomon suggested compromise. He would take the living baby and divide it in half, giving each woman half a baby. One woman accepted the compromise and the other refused, because she said that dividing the baby would kill it.
King Solomon then decreed that the second woman was the true mother, because she cared for the living baby and knew that dividing it would cause death.
The Land of Israel is a living being, and dividing it would destroy its present society. I have no doubt that G-d would not save the State of Israel if we do something so suicidal. Jewish History is full of cycles of destruction and exile. It would just happen again, and Redemption and the Messiah would be delayed.

The Jewish Morality in giving our enemies a state in our historic Biblical Homeland is as Jewish as Pinocchio's "Honest John" is honest.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saddest Day in My Entire Life by Netivotgirl

Saddest Day in My Entire Life

by Netivotgirl

Today was one of the saddest in my entire life. The head of Netivot's Chevra Kadisha, a very young saintly woman named Yaffa died suddenly from a head trauma resulting from a fall at age 49. She'd been taking care of her wheelchair bound husband for the past 3 years as well as taking part in almost every single tahara for women in Netivot. I want to tell you about her: She was Sephardic and forty nine years of age. Yaffa's entire life was chesed, and all she did was done without fanfare. She was an ardent Zionist and dedicated her entire life to concern for our brothers and sisters. I feel blessed to have been counted among her friends.
Many people knew her only from her work on behalf of Netivot's poor. She had a gemach for poor brides and anyone needful of food or clothing knew that Yaffa would aid them. Although far from wealthy (she worked as a cleaning lady before her husband's stroke,) she literally lived for others to live....and those who had died.
Chevra Kadisha. A phrase that gives us all goosebumps. Despite the fact that "Chesed shel Emet" is the truest act of loving-kindness possible without recompense, not many men or women feel comfortable washing and preparing bodies for burial. Yaffa was initiated into this mitzva when she became Bat Mitzva; she is a descendant of a most prestigious Sephardic rabbinical dynasty. This is a fact I only learned years after meeting her, because she was extremely humble about herself and her activities. Even the motzei Shabbat when the Cast Lead Operation began (with many rockets causing havoc in Netivot,) Yaffa was in the cheder tahara preparing an elderly woman for burial.
Whenever there was a funeral, she'd leave her job, do what needed to be done and later commence her cleaning activities. Her employers all adored her, as did all who knew her. Do you know a happy person around whom others gravitate like moths to a bright lamp? Yaffa was one of them. Her countenance was truly regal! Her immense yirat shamayim and midot were stamped on her face as was the joy she showed in helping others. Whenever someone apologized for troubling her, the reply was "It's not hard. Nothing is hard. Hashem will surely help." She then quietly went from door to door until she found the aid required
Let me give you further proof of Yaffa 's righteousness She and her husband "adopted" a single man whom I'll call Pinny. Estranged from his Netivot relatives, for years Pinny had lived alone and was a frequent Shabbat guest at their table. He was tragically killed in the Cast Lead Operation . Yaffa organized a children's Tehillim group in his memory and her husband said Kaddish for this poor soul, as he had no children to do so. Pinny appeared in a dream and told her that he bequeathed his car to her for her Chesed activities. So well known was her support for this lonely man when alive that all Pinny's relatives believed her description of the dream and finally she had a car to aid her saintly pursuits
May we continued to be blessed with other"secret" heroines that live among us who in their quiet manner are paving the way for Moshiach's arrival. Please say a perek Tehillim for the illuee nishama of Yaffa bat Rachel.

Heads Up, Media! The Vatican Already Recognized the "State of Palestine" a Long Time Ago…

Ha’aretz headlines have just declared, "Vatican treaty uses term 'state of Palestine' for first time", and Israeli officials are "disappointed" and awaiting "clarifications".
It is certainly not the first time. JewishIsrael noted in our June 2014 report that official Vatican mouthpieces had been using the term "State of Palestine" on a number of occasions, going as far back as January 2013. At the time, Israel’s Foreign Ministry tried to make it go away by using virtual white out...more

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Avigdor Lieberman's "Last Hurrah"

A couple of elections ago, here in Israel, Avigdor Lieberman was given an irresistible offer by Binyamin Netanyahu to combine their parties for a joint run for Knesset seats, forming "Likud Beitenu."
On 25 October 2012, several days after the decision to dissolve the18th Knesset and after the decision was made to hold general elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman convened a joint press conference in which they announced for the first time that their respective parties have established an electoral alliance in preparations for the 19th Knesset elections to be held in January 2013. Four days later the Likud's Central Committee approved the decision. (Wikipedia)
It guaranteed a set proportion of seats for Lieberman and top pickings in the cabinet. The actuality was even better than expected for him, since persistent legal battles immediately after, reduced his popularity and actually dragged down that joint party. The result was that Lieberman got more seats than he would have gotten on his own, and Netanyahu's Likud got less than he could have.

The political marriage broke up, and this time, they ran as separate parties. Lieberman's shrank considerably, and the Likud received enough MKs to form yet another government. All the pundits and the Likud took for granted that Lieberman would rejoin the cabinet. He was even offered the prestigious Foreign Ministry yet again, even though his party is one of the smallest in the Knesset.

But instead of joining Netanyahu's newest government coalition, in Lieberman's Last Hurrah he suddenly surprised everyone and rejected Bibi's offer. Since then Lieberman has been trying to show himself as a powerful leadership contender by marketing himself to the Right of Netanyahu.

There's an irony, or better termed as hypocrisy, in Lieberman's claim that he's to the Right, because at other times he has promoted "peace" sic plans far to the Left. Actually, if you check out the history of Avigdor Lieberman's statements and policies you'll find him all over the ideological map.

I don't trust him.

I also don't support any party that goes for narrow ethnic or religious appeal, whether it's the Sephardic Shas or the older version of the Jewish Home-NRP. Now that Naftali Bennett has opened the newly minted NRP as Jewish Home for all Israelis I find it more attractive. And it's now an alternative for the Right voter who didn't want a religious party and had previously voted Yisrael Beitenu.

Does this herald the end of Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu, Israel is Our Home? Maybe not immediately, but very soon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rights of Christian Proselytizing Sect Trumps Jewish Sensitivities in Israeli Court

Posted by JewishIsrael.com

On the Shabbat of May 3rd, Jews of all persuasions attended a prayer vigil in protest of a Jehovah's Witnesses event being held at a sports arena in Ra’anana. After attempts to stop the event failed in an Israeli court, it was reported that thousands of demonstrators, religious and secular alike, staged a mass protest to voice their opposition to the proselytizing sect's activities.
The "Witnesses" are a christ-centered missionary sect with many millions of adherents world-wide. 
The anti- assimilation organizationYad l'Achim told JewishIsrael that of the estimated 2500 Jehovah's Witnesses adherents residing in Israel, approximately half of those are Jewish Israelis who were converted to Christianity by the sect. As of two years ago, the "Witnesses" claimed to have grown to 23 congregations in Israel.

The press reports leading up to the event, including accounts of the various decisions rendered in the Israeli courts, were a source of confusion. Some articles placed an emphasis on concerns of baptisms, proselytizing and offending Jewish sensitivities, while others placed a focus on the matters of "freedom of religion and ritual" and contractual obligations. 
JewishIsrael investigated the background behind the provocative missionary group and their activities in Israel and conducted interviews with Yad L'Achim, as well as community activists and concerned citizens who were present at the protest.....more

"A Turkey can Eat From a Plate and Still be a Turkey" and The Torah Observant can Make Movies and Still Observe the Torah!

Tzvi Fishman, like many before and after him who entered the life of the Torah observant, threw out his former profession along with the bacon. Tzvi had been in the Hollywood movie business decades ago. Today he's a husband, father and grandfather in Jerusalem sporting a very photogenic beard, looking no different than many men in his religious neighborhood.

Besides teaching Screenwriting in the Ma'ale religious Cinema School, he used his talents in different writing media, writing books and articles on various religious and life-style topics.

Today cinema is no longer just an outing to a big theater. Today we have screens at home, and most of us carry our movie screens with us, in pockets or on our belts.There's a real need for something positive, educational and Jewish to watch whether alone or with a group.

Although Fishman hadn't been involved in the movie business for a long time, his talents and interest in it had been fermenting and ripening. With the support of his family he reached the decision to make a Jewish and Kosher movie. He chose some classic stories from Rebbe Nachman and cast a diverse group of professional and amateur actors, all male.
So, thirty years after I left Hollywood, how did I go about making a feature film that is kosher l’mehardrin? After all, in the stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, there are women. The answer is that I chose three stories that have no women, and in the fourth story, “The Worldly Son and the Simpleton,” the role of the Simpleton’s Wife is played by my sixteen-year old son, Amichai. I think he did a wonderful job. It may seem a little surprising to see his slight peach-fuzz moustache, and his voice is a little too deep, but it’s all a part of the fun of the story. I wanted to make a movie that everyone could see, secular Jews, Modern Orthodox, Haredim, and Hasidim. (Jewish Press)
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I must admit that Fishman and his wife are personal friends, and we were invited to the recent preview of Stories of Rebbe Nachman. The film is in its final production stages before official release. Calling the budget "shoe-string" barely describes it. It's probably thinner, more like dental floss, but Fishman is still in need of financing. You can check that out on his Jewcer page.

Honestly, I found it difficult to believe that this totally professional-looking and sounding movie was produced on such a minimal budget and difficult conditions. Costumes, settings, acting and cinematography are all first class. It stars Yehuda Barkan, the well-known Israeli actor and features a handful of others all in various roles.

Fishman chose four very different Rebbe Nachman stories to screen,Turkey Prince, The Treasure, The Worldly Son and the Simpleton and lastly Matter of Trust. According to Fishman:
"Israeli films tend to be downers, lacking hope, and immodest. We are trying to create a truly Jewish movie with a message of faith and joy."
This movie is educational, and the plan is to screen the various stories separately to groups, followed by guest speaker and discussion. Contact:shoshanastreetprod@gmail.com.

Watch and enjoy the official trailer.

See you at the movies, Tzvi Fishman's movies of course!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Will New Likud Government Fulfill the Right Promise or Be Another Leftist-Center Disaster?

So deja vu...

Only the Likud can so consistently disappoint its voters and not disappear from the Israeli political scene. From the time in 1977 when Menachem Begin shocked the polls and media by jumping out of the opposition into the Prime Minister's seat and then instead of offering the strong Right patriotic pro-Land of Israel for Jews policies he had been elected to do, there has never been a Likud Government that didn't disappoint its voters.

Only the Likud has destroyed Jewish communities and towns and schools and given our precious Land to our Arab enemies. Davka, it was the Leftist Labor Party that has done any better for us in many ways.

Likud leaders talk the talk, but the truth is that when it comes to policy, they are the most destructive in the History of the State of Israel.

  • Who gave the Sinai to Egypt and destroyed Yamit, Ofira and the agricultural communities there?
  • Who declared Disengagement making Gush Katif and part of Northern Samaria judenrein and ruled by Hamas?

Labor supported these terrible policies, but they were the initiatives of Likud!!

Evacuation and destruction of Sinai, Sadot,  1982
Neve Dekalim Synagogue after Disengagement

Now with the hardliner secular Ayelet Shaked, of Jewish Home (formerly National Religious Party,) as incoming Justice Minister people all over are expecting her to legalize controversial housing, neighborhoods and communities and approve all sorts of building permits that have been frozen for years. That's what we're hoping for and praying for. We'd like Jewish Israeli SOVEREIGNTY on all of the Land of Israel! That's the only way we'll have security.

Honestly, I'm jaded and cynical. I've been disappointed too many times. I really don't doubt that Shaken will attempt to correct all the wrong she can, but I have this nagging feeling that Netanyahu will do his usual hand-tying of his coalition partners. Bibi runs a tight ship, especially when it comes to disciplining those on the Right.

Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu has not yet presented us with his complete cabinet. He is trying to get a new law passed to allow him even more ministers than ever before to try to satisfy the demands of his sixty-one 61 MKs. Rumors still abound that he is hoping to expand his minimal coalition with the addition of some more Leftist MKs or parties.

Considering how little I trust Moshe Kahlon and Aryeh Deri to show coalition loyalty, things should be very rocky for Bibi this time around.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The בהר "Behar," On The Mountain Havel Havlim

Havel Havelim is the long-running weekly international Jewish (and Israeli) blog carnival. It was begun by Soccer Dad who no longer blogs. It's now coordinated on our facebook page. We are always looking for new members and volunteers. Hosting isn't all that much work and will bring more readers to your blog.

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Here is this week's Havel Havelim from Shiloh in the Mountains of Efrayim, בהרי אפרים Beharei Efrayim. Enjoy and share, thanks!

IsraelSeen.com Israeli Soldier Describes Hamas’ Immorality
The Real Jerusalem streets, Jerusalem: Roses, Riots, Politics and What Next
Elder of Ziyon Never Mind the Bomb--Israel Is Looking Fantastic; Let’s Call it Red-Washing
me-ander Lag B'Omer Campfire for Old Folks
Israellycool, Pro-Israel Advocacy: Out With The Old, In With The New
It's All from HaShem, Who Knew?
Shiloh Musings Bibi's Newest Government-- Can it Last?
Redefining Rebbitzen Finishing Four Years
me-ander Looking for Work, but...
A Soldier's Mother Still Say We Have Nothing to Brag About?
Mystical Paths No We’re Not Dying Off Due To Lack of Modesty
Miriam's Words Part 2..Understanding Why??????????????
Shiloh Musings Just as I was Praying Out-loud to Restore Jewish Worship on The Temple Mount..
DeProgram Program-Sha'i Ben-Tekoa The Non-Jewish Jew
Jordana in Jerusalem The Misinformation of Lauryn Hill
Esser Agaroth Scandinavian Jews Seem to be Getting the Message
myrightword Wines from Binyamin Region
This Ongoing War 03-May-15: In Paris, you need to work hard to forget the victims but where there's a will, there's a way
Simply Special My Heart Speaks
Bloggish The Irrepressible Jewish Mother
The Jewish Tribe What Do We Celebrate on Lag B’Omer and Why Is this Lag B’Omer Different?

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