Monday, July 21, 2014

MK Elazar Stern's "Kosher Style" Restaurants!

כ"ג לחודש הרביעי תשע"ד

MK Stern after
being attacked
by a refugee
The chipping away of any remaining influence of Torah on the supposedly Jewish State of Israel pushes onwards, thanks to the efforts of MK Elazar Stern (HaTenu'ah)

You may recall that MK Stern as Gen. Stern, Head of IDF Personnel, was responsible for push behind the demanding that soldiers violate halakha. Oh, don't get me wrong. I am certain that Stern had a "rabbi" to back him up with some back flips on these issues, bending over backwards, as it were, to find backing for his agenda.

So, what was the latest MK Stern to pull out of his sleeve?
JPost.com: Bill approved to make restaurants kosher and open on Shabbat
According to MK Elazar Stern’s bill, the only requirement for a restaurant or other business to get kosher certification would be to serve kosher food.

Jeremy Sharon, July 14 2014

Having seemingly agreed upon a solution to his contentious conversion bill, Hatnua MK Elazar Stern had another controversial bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Monday, which will allow restaurants to receive a rabbinate kashrut license and stay open on Shabbat.(cont.)
Unlike Israeli hotels and soup kitchens open on Shabbath, money will be exchanged at these "kosher" restaurants.

Even those controversially kosher doughnut shops in the U. S. have set up a system in which its ownership transfers fully to a non-Jewish partner during Shabbath, major holidays, and all of Passover. I know that in at least one such shop, a bagel shop, the policy was never to cook anything on Shabbath, saving for warning up something already cooked in a microwave by a non-Jew.

The precautions taken by these American eateries make them look "ultra-Orthodox" compared to MK Stern's "kosher" restaurants. This new system of Open-On-Shabbos-Kosher restaurants is meant to help business owners financially The spiritual conditional of business owners and their customers more than just falls by the waist side; it gets thrown out the window. To put it bluntly, MK Stern makes it easier for business owners and their customers to violate Shabbath, yarmulke on his head not withstanding.

A certain descriptive noun comes to mind in relation to MK Stern's halakhic (Jewish legal) status. However, I would not want to risk violating Israeli law by "calling a government official a name." So, I will have to let you look this one up on your own. Might I suggest the Laws of Teshuvah of the Ramba"m... Oh, I don't know... maybe chapter three? 

Already we have seen the government intervene in matters of halakhah, mainly through its "legislate from the bench" extraordinaire, Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has involved itself with kashruth, Shabbath, not to mention countless other issues, with many mamlakhti (diehard State loyalist) "rabbis" insist are not halakhic matters, but rather political in nature. Do not get me started!

On the other hand, the entire Chief Rabbinate system, both on a state level, and on the military level, is nonoperational, a leftover from our lovely British and Turkish oppressors. The Chief Rabbinate's silence on gross violations of the Torah by the Israeli Government is deafening, in and of itself. In my opinion, it currently serves us only as a necessary evil to prevent the majority of the Jewish public from ingesting non-kosher food items, from marrying individuals who are prohibited to them, and to maintain proper divorce actions, to prevent mamzeruth, if nothing else.

My issue is not so much with Stern, as it is with the un-Jewish system of government of the Land of Israel, not the least of which is the lack of properly appointed, independent, Torah judicial body, ie. Sanhedrin.

More and more, I have been successfully convinced that the State of Israel is only Jewish based on cosmetics and window dressing, and the fact that a great many Jews happen to reside within it.

Fortunately, we may not have to worry about the "Stern Kosher Style" restaurant coming to a theater city near you,...at least not in the immediate future.
JPost.com: Bayit Yehudi vetoes Stern’s 6-day kashrut bill
Jeremy Sharon, July 17, 2014

“The Bayit Yehudi party continues to represent the most extreme positions in Judaism,” Hatnua MK Stern says following the move. (cont.)
Now, if an MK who identifies himself at "religious" believes that the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party is in the least bit extreme, and for opposing his "Kosher Style" restaurant scheme, then we have a much  bigger problem in the Jewish education department than any of us initially thought.
...The source said that Bayit Yehudi also opposed the bill on grounds of social welfare by obliging restaurant staff to work on Shabbat instead of enjoying a day of rest. (cont.)

Is this good reason? No. It is not. Yet, MK Stern, a graduate of the prestigious Netiv Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, finds it to be "extreme."

Sure, I understand that Bayit Yehudi is trying to reach secular Jews with their message, not to mention those "religious" Jews deluded into thinking that democracy has anything to do with a Torah way of life. Nevertheless, would it have killed it to protect Shabbath observance in its statement of opposition?

But, wait! MK Stern appears to redeem himself! Or rather he knows better than to take on the Torah head on, and attempts to chip away at one piece of the Torah, while appearing to support a different piece.
Life In Israel: Proposed law: Hebrew dates on driver's license (July 18, 2014)
a new law has been proposed, and has already passed its first reading in Knesset.

The new law will add a person's Hebrew birthday to his driver's license, rather than it just bearing the "English date"..

MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua) has proposed this law because recent studies have shown that over 50% of people in Israel do not know the Hebrew dates or even their Hebrew birthday.

This law is intended to strengthen that status of the Hebrew calendar, as an integral part of Israel being a Jewish state....
Sounds like a great idea, right? MK Stern should be praised, right? Wrong!
...Stern said that he believes Israel must remain both Jewish and democratic in character, but not at the expense of minorities.. the Hebrew date is an important part of this, but anybody who does not want it to appear on his or her license, for whatever reason, will be allowed to say so and the Hebrew date will not be added to that license.
source: Ladaat (cont.)
Stern ruins his new proposal, as he as ruined everything in his path, by his incessant attempts to Hellenize the Torah.

MK Stern would do well to review the authentic story behind the creation of the holiday of Hanukkah, not to mention the entire history of the Jewish People's battles against assimilation.

Unfortunately, I do believe that it would do him, nor the Jewish People, one darn bit of good.

Joel Skousen, Mostly Right about Israel and Hamas

כ"ג לחודש הרביעי תשע"ד

THE FUTILITY OF THE ISRAELI-GAZA CONFLICT
Joel Skousen

I’ve waited for a week or so to comment on the latest (and inevitable) Israeli-Arab conflict to see if anything different was going to happen compared to the last time Israel had to go after Hamas for firing rockets into Israel. Apparently, it’s going to be more of the same—a truce, brokered by Egypt (the hypocrite), and Israel always stopping short of actually rooting out Hamas and all its armaments. There are many complexities to explain this week, but the bottom line is that for the good of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians, Hamas has to be destroyed and Gaza has to be re-occupied—and not because Israel’s globalist puppet government is good or benevolent, but simply because, of the few alternatives available, that’s the only option that historically has given the innocent on both sides the chance to work and live normal lives without constant violence. It’s not real independence for the Palestinians, but as long as they have no power to elect peaceful leaders that’s the best thing they are going to get.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I will assume that Skousen has more "inside" sources of information than I. But, I am not sure how relevant that is, since I fully agree with him on the less than popular claims regarding "Israel’s globalist puppet government." That is a pretty good description. My only question is "Where are the orders originating exactly?" Perhaps Skousen has the answer, or at least a theory, regarding this.

I also believe that Skousen hits the mark with each of the other points he makes in this brief, with one exception.

Unless Skousen is suggesting that the election of Hamas was set up, rigged, or otherwise ..., which I would agree is certainly possible, I must then insist that the "Palestinian People" did freely choose Hamas in its last elections, knowing full well who they are.

Yes, as far as I know, Hamas does use some of its funds from Iran and elsewhere to build hospitals and midrassas (Muslim religious schools), and provides the people with just enough food, in order to have the strength to come out en masse to protests and move around enough to adjust for Hamas's needs for human shields.

However, the "Palestinian People" also are fully aware that Hamas is hellbent on Israel's destruction.

And while we are on the topic of the "Palestinian People...."

For those of you who believe in the myth that Fatah is "better" than Hamas, let us not forget Yassar Arafat's (Fatah) Palestinian Liberation Organization's [PLO] insignia (left). It included a map of his vision of "Palestine," which was not just Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, but all of Israel as well. The Golan Heights were not included, as he had the intention to turn this area over to Syria, once Israel had been wiped off of the map.

And what do you know? Here is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah), holding up yet another map of "Palestine." (below - right) Regardless of the source of this particular map, the flag and title at its top says it all.


The only real difference between Fatah and Hamas is that Hamas is the more patient of the two.

Now, back to Gaza, whether following their government due to ideology or "sheepledom," the residents of Gaza are most certainly culpable.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Haveil Havalim Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up, Parashath Matoth 5774: What War With Gaza?

כ״ב לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד


Founded by Soccer DadHaveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by different bloggers each week, jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group.The term 'Haveil Havalim,' which means"Vanity of Vanities," is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other 'excesses' and realized that it was nothing but 'hevel,' or in English,'vanity.' Submissions may be may through our on-line submission form on BlogCarnival.com, which requires you to log-in first.
Just to let you know straight off Batya at Shiloh Musings will be hosting next week's edition. You may start emailing her your submissions now to shilohmuse at gmail dot com! Posts should be from Saturday night to Friday afternoon....

Now, most people living in a country with rockets flying overhead would think that they are in a war. But, do Israelis? Let's find out...

Torah

Rabbi David Bar-Hayim teaches us about Yishmael: Pere Adam - Uncivilized and Lawless.

Avraham Ben Yehuda writes about Arab War Tactics and Human Sacrifice in the Bible.

Daniel Pinner writes on Parshat Mattot.

Dov Bar-Leib at End Of Days presents The Turtledove War: The Process of Kolot in Year 6, Part 2.

Rafi at Life In Israel reports on an Interesting Psak: Going to Ashdod for Sheva Brachos. (Ashdod is well within range of rocket fire from Gaza.)

Israel

Current Events and Life in Israel

Rafi also brings us this photo of the day...

IDF Soldiers protect a 4 1/2 year old boy during rockets warning sirens in Rehovoth.

...Make sure to read his commentary.

Yitzchok Meir, founder of the Jewish Unity Project, video blogs his trip to the south, taking only his guitar, humous, and some friends. In American terms, Yitzchok Meir is Israel's one-man equivalent of the USO, and he is on a mission to win the war against sinath hinam (baseless hatred)!



Tomer Devorah informs us of what is really going on behind reports of the mainstream news media in Thinking The Unthinkable.

Yeranen Yaakov writes on Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: "Thank Hashem for Miracles" and Explains Every חמס in Tehillim.

Tzvi Szajnbrun presents an interesting side to the IDF's current military Operation - Operation - "Tzuk Eitan" (Protective Edge).

Sara Layah Shomron, posting at Shiloh Musings, writes about Operation Protective Edge Your Way Around.

This Anonymous blogger begs Israeli parents Tell your Children to Come Home Before They are Sent Home in a Casket.

Speaking of the IDF, I report on Amit the Soldier and the Deafening Silence.

Donny Fuchs reminds us of the time when Wars were Wars and Men were Men.

The Jewish Fist asks dares to re-examine the popular question making the rounds, "Is Revenge Jewish?" He also brings us two audio posts, Loony Jews With Kipot and Obscene Defined.

See what Ariel Ben Yochanan experienced at Ben-Gurion Airport Under Attack. He also asks, What Are You? A Soldier of the State or a Jew, a Soldier of Hashem? and questions IDF military strategy in IDF Calls on 100,000 Gazans to Evacuate.

Sultan Knish chimes in with Winning the Moral High Ground is a Loser's Game.

Batya at Shiloh Musings has been Listening To Ordinary Israelis. She also tells us that Davka This Year, They had Planned on Coming to Israel. and writes about The Problems of Being a Jewish Mother Patriot.

Tomer Devorah asks What If It's All Distraction?

Ricki's Mom at Beneath The Wings shares with us first hand hand experience in A Taste of Life Under the Rockets.

Tzivia at Adventures In AliyahLand asks Know Where It's Dangerous?

Yocheved at It's My Crisis and I'll Cry if I Need To brings us Empowering Myself and Other People to Cope with War.

One of the boys recently abducted and killed by Arabs, Naftali Frankel hy"d, was an American citizen. I ask So What?

Meanwhile, Is Israel a Fashion Powerhouse? Check it out on Me-Ander by Batya.

Ricki's Mom at Beneath The Wings brings us a look at how we enjoy our grown children learning that we weren’t such bad parents after all in Like His Father, My Son


Jews Out There

Yeranen Yaakov reports on Turkish Prime Minister Erogan's Attack on Turkey's Chief Rabbi. Read this piece, and you will wonder like I have if things are really going down this time!

Shmuel Sackett follows this idea up with Don't Cancel Your Trip to Israel.

Debbie Schlussel reports that JetBlue Removes Pro-Israel Jews After Palestinian Complains. She also reports on the worldwide, anti-Jew violence in Kristnacht 2014, and on the death threat against her! That's right! Check it out in Jew-Hatred Tweet of the Day.

Tzivia at Adventures In AliyahLand asks When is the Right Time to Make Aliyah?

It's Broken Record Time: Jews! Get Out Of France!

Previously I posted a video from Rivky Stein regarding her marriage and request for a get from her husband Yoel Weiss. To be fair here is a post from Yoel Weiss, published at Daas Torah. 

Guest Post: Tell your Children to Come Home Before They are Sent Home in a Casket

מוצש״ק פר׳ מטות תשע״ד

I was sent the following view of the "war" and current security situation in Israel, for me to post anonymously. What do you think?

Does the Israeli Government really care about your children serving in the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF]?

Does the Israeli Government care more about how it looks in the eyes of the "international community" than its own constituents and soldiers?

Please leave your thoughts as comments below.

********

To those of you have have friends, family and or children that have joined the IDF and recently were sent into this politically motivated battle, I implore that you beg and demand they return home before they G-d forbid are sent back in a casket...
The current mini war is a means for Pipi to strengthen himself in the polls and not to restore and false sense of security to Jews.

The state of Israel directly funds and arms the Hamas and Fatah.

The IDF is one of the most Inhumane armies in the world.

Serving in the IDF is a Chilul Hashem and brings unnecessary danger to those who enlist

There is no mitzvah to be political canon-fodder.. Please come home...
Regardless of their motivation for enlisting and going in to battle, this current mini-war is a farce and will accomplish nothing. The Hamas will remain in power, (and if not them it will be Fatah which is the same) the rocket supplies will soon be replenished, and the tunnels will continue to be dug faster than they can be destroyed. There is no reason for your friends or children to have their lives wasted in this politically motivated mini-war so Pipi can gain some popularity in the polls. The operation will not store or restore any security. There hasn't been any security for the last 65 years. Albeit the recent rocket attacks are now reaching the center of Israel but this is what the residence of the south deal with on a daily basis and will continue to deal with on a daily basis, long after this operation is over. Suppressing the rocket attacks and preventing terror can be done using unmanned aircraft without risking your children's lives!

The state of Israel funds the Hamas. Yes! You heard correctly! The state of Israel directly arms and funds the very terrorists that your pathetic friends and children are being sent to fight! See this article for example:
YNET: The Best Bank Governor of the State of Hamas (translated from Hebrew)
Israel is obligated by law to transfer funds to the Gaza Strip for humanitarian aid through the Bank of Israel. But is it legal to put money into the hands of those who kill our children?
Orna Shimoni, October 2010
 
Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, winner of the World's Best Governor Prize, has been the central figure behind the pressure for the sweeping transfer of funds to Hamas. He is the one who has saved the terrorist organization from collapse, and continues to rebuild it and also prevent the collapse of the banks in the Gaza Strip. (cont.)

Isn't it ironic that the same state that funds these terrorists and buys them their weapons is now going to risk your child's life to “fight” them? Isn't that appalling? How are you not outraged?!

The IDF likes to boast on facebook and twitter, pictures of Israeli soldiers putting themselves in danger in order to save Arab children. They boast about how they called off airstrikes, thus, allowing rockets to be launched into the heart of Israel, simply because there were “civillians” in the vicinity of the rocket launching pad. They believe that it is humane to risk the lives of its own soldiers and civillians in order to spare lives of the enemy “civillian” population so they can gain popularity in the eyes of the world, thinking they will love us for being cruel to ourselves.... Is that the type of army you want your children serving in? Are you willing to risk your sons' lives so the IDF can “tweet” about how he died being “humane”?!

It is not my intention to go in to a lengthy halachic discussion regarding the countless issurim for serving in the army, maybe in another post. I would like to say that serving in an army that razes synagogues, Jewish homes, beats and torments Jews, and risks the lives of other Jews in order to look good in the eyes of the world is neither moral or halachicly appropriate. Simply put it is a Chilul Hashem!

To those still reading this I ask that you speak with your friends and family in a manner in which you think they will listen and request that they return home. There is no mitzvah or honor in being canon fodder in a politically motivated war which will accomplish NOTHING. Additionally, once this mini war is over the next target of the IDF and state will be us Jews living in Yehuda and Shomron! The politicians do not care about your childrens lives, if they did they would carpet bomb from the air until there is nothing left of Hamas and then, if need be send in some troops for some clean up... Don't allow your friends and children to be sacrificed on Pipis alter of public opinion. Beg and demand they come home before they are sent home in a coffin Heaven forbid...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Amit The Soldier and the Deafening Silence

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ מטות תשע״ד


צוער בקורס קצינים שמשרת במגלן, הודח מהקורס כי סירב להשתתף בשיחה על יהודים משיחיים ובאימון מעורב עם בנות. צה"ל בתגובה: ״הצוער הודח בגין בעיות משמעתץ״ (יש המשך)

Walla! A Religious Cadet was from Officer Candidates' Course because of "Religious Extremism" (translated)

Yacky Adamkar, May 5, 2014

A cadet serving in Maglan [a special forces unit] in an officer candidates' course was dismissed from the course because he refused to participate in a discussion about 'messianic' Judaism, and in training with girls. The Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] responded: "The cadet was dismissed for disciplinary problems." (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The incident above occurred two months ago. As far as I could tell, Christian supported JPost.com and Christian supported Arutz 7 were silent on this incident. But, like I said. Perhaps I missed the reports, and it was buried somewhere. Arutz 7's Hebrew weekly b'Sheva did have a short piece on it, with comments from rabbis from Amit's influential, Mamlakhti (diehard State loyalist) yeshivah B'nei David in the moderate, Shomron town of Eli. But this did not surprise me, as Mamlakhti rabbis have long expressed concerns over the dangers of Christians operating in Israel, and the influence they have been acquiring.

You can imagine my disappointment when I attempted to start an on-line "Support Amit" campaign. Even those sympathetic to Amit's situation felt they already had their hands full, putting forth their efforts for the sake of Am Yisra'el and Eretz Yisra'el in other directions.

In contrast, an amazing campaign set up to support David, a soldier who faced disciplinary action for daring to defend himself, appears to have been making the IDF itself nervous. The IDF has even taken in soldiers for questioning, soldiers who failed to cover the faces in other on-line campaigns.

Meanwhile, "messianic" websites ysh"w have been abound with decries of victory for their cause to spread their avodah zarah in Israel.

So why have I come up against nothing but brick walls when investigating the worth and effectiveness of such a campaign for a soldier accused of "religious extremism?"

MK Danny Danon (Likud)
and John Hagee (Jeezer worshipper)
Is it that the IDF is well-aware of the Christian money pouring into Israel, and does not want to rock the boat?

Has the IDF been receiving orders from higher up?

After all, just fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) has connections to American Christian communities, and as Chair of the World Likud has been involved with encouraging Christians to settle in Israel. Even though this is forbidden under Jewish Law, even temporarily.

Coincidence?

Expect Danon to find a way to turn his firing into an advantage, when running for Likud leadership in the next primaries.

Furthermore, the officer candidate giving the "lecture" above is far from the only aberration of his kind to be found in the IDF. I periodically receive reports of such soldiers embedded with the IDF.

There are a few reasons to find such misguided Jews, and not-Jews, in the IDF, even in officer candidates' courses. Some American Christians volunteer to serve in the IDF as way to boost their chances for receiving Israeli citizenship. As disgusting as it sounds, such individuals have been granted citizenship.

Other soldiers are goyim from the former Soviet Union searching for their personal niche in Israel, as if they should have been allowed to immigrate in the first place.

Still others are disenfranchised, Jews, often immigrants searching for something, but do not know exactly what, belonging perhaps.

I wonder what would have happened if an officer candidate wanted to give an anti-messianic/anti-Christian lecture? What if the "messianic" refused to participate? What if an Arab Christian refused?

Who would have been disciplined then?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Naftali Frankel hy"d was an American Citizen. So What?

י״ט לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד

WND: Kerry omits fact kidnapped teen is U.S. citizen
3 boys believed to have been abducted by terrorists
Aaron Klein, June 15, 2014

John Kerry
TEL AVIV – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s condemnation Sunday of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers omits the fact that one of those abducted is a U.S. citizen.

“The United States strongly condemns the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and calls for their immediate release,” read Kerry’s official statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.” (cont.)


Naftali Frankel hy"d
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Yeah, I know what you're going to say. Not enough time has past to post this kind of piece.

Sorry, but time is of the essence. If you haven't noticed, rockets from Gaza can now reach much farther into Israel than the last time there were barrages focusing on just the south.Sirens and exploding rockets have both been heard as far away from Gaza as Jerusalem, Hadera, Zikhron Ya'aqov and Haifa.

Apparently the rockets are not yet filled with explosives to capacity. If appears that Hamas is focusing on showing off the distance their rockets can now reach, much farther than only a few years ago.

But, I digress....

The difference between most American Jews in Israel and their Yemenite counterparts appears to be that Yemenite Jews, and for that matter, Tunisian, Iraqi, and Persian (Iranian) Jews, are well aware at how ridiculous it is to look to the governments of the lands of their exile to rescue them. Also, unlike American Jews, these Jews are well aware that the governments of their exile despise them.

Jews are still getting killed in Yemen, and their daughters are still potential targets for kidnapping into marriage, thus the custom there of betrothing and marrying them off at young ages in contrast to contemporary Western standards.

Various ethnic groups in Iraq have been successfully obtaining compensation from the current Iraqi regime for properties lost during the reign of Saddam Hussein. All ethnic groups have been successful, except for the Jews.

Jews have been regularly set up, and punished, as "spies" for Israel in Iran. Jews, and others, may not leave the country with more than like $500. More than one member of a family leaving at the same time is complicated at best, and rare. Arrangements to move to Israel, must be made by sending communications to Turkey, or another Muslim country, where Jews there act as relay stations with the Jewish Agency in Israel or the U. S. Open contact with Israel can be fatal.

But, it has been trickier for American Jews. The weapons of the U. S. government used against Israel have included only pen and paper, the news media, and its financial resources and influence. The weapons of the U. S. Government against Israel have not included swords, guns, drones, nor bombers in the air,...yet.

We were all born with the specific challenges inherent in the lands of our exiles. Jews born in Yishma'elite/Muslim countries may have had a more difficult time of it regarding their physical safety. Yet, this has always made it easy for them to know the reality of the punishment of exile.

American Jews have been faced with the spiritual challenges of assimilation, intermarriage, pseudo-conversions, quasi-Judaism, etc., and many have failed to through them, believing them to be the answers as to how to regard the modern Western world which encircles us.

The lack of physical threats for the most part during recent times has also contributed to the "forgetting" that exile is a punishment; living outside of our only true Homeland is a punishment. Meeting the financial and emotional challenges of the exile with financial success and major contributions to the benefit of American society perhaps have blinded us to the importance of looking toward residing in the Land of Israel, as our ultimate objective.

Jews raised in Arabs countries may have incurred horrible physical suffering and torture over the years. However, in the long run, this may have been a blessing. Whereas the experiences of Americans have blinded them to the reality that American is not our "friend." Exile is still a punishment, no matter how many cars you own, nor how many bedrooms your house has, nor how much "respect" you believe you garner from your colleagues in your high-paying, prestigious professions.

Many Americans are so blind that they still proudly identify themselves as American Jews, even though they live here, in Israel! "American" is not an ethnicity with rich customs like Yemenite, Iraqi, Persian, or even Lithuanian, Russian and Yekke!

America is a nation, founded only 238 years ago, an that is all it is. Incidentally, it was founded on 17 Tammuz. What does that tell you? Granted it is a "land of opportunity," with various freedoms unavailable in most other countries around the world. Or, at least it was.

No wonder why Americans have such a hard time adjusting to life in Israel. There bodies are here, but their hearts are still across the Atlantic Ocean!

Dare I bring up the Holocaust's influence on Western Jews? After having been broken physically, undoubtedly worse in some ways than our brothers and sisters to the south and to the east, we have such short memories! The world has not changed its mind about the Jews. Rather, we are in denial of this, or pretend not to care, even when we really do.

John Kerry
The fact is that John Kerry was sending American Jews us a message, and in particular American Jews residing in Israel.

You are not really Americans, no matter how much you contributed to America and its society, since before the Revolutionary War,...and you never have been.

It seems to me that this message, whether a conscious or unconscious omission, may have been sent to us from higher up, and Secretary of State John Kerry was just a tool of delivery. After all, it would not be the first time He has used a non-Jew or Jew of questionable status as messenger.

Just look at all of the "piece negotiations" (spelling on purpose) which have failed miserably due the Arabs rejecting them.

Thank God.

How many more messages will He have to send to us before we finally get it through our thick skulls  that we are a people, separate and distinct from other peoples.

We stand alone, with only the Holy One, Blessed Be He beside us, and certainly not the U. S.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Look at the U. S. Border with Mexico

י״ח לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד

Many of you may wonder why I am writing about this, since I have often stated how little I care about what takes place with the U. S., and especially since I renounced my U. S. citizenship a few months ago.

This issue caught me attention, as a dot which could potentially be connected to the dots represented by other events around the world. Just because I generally do not care about what takes place with the U. S., does not mean that we cannot still glean crucial information from what takes place there, from the way the U. S. government operates, and from the quality of the response from the American people,...or lack thereof.



It can also be helpful to keep up to date on events in the U. S., in order to bring them to the attention of all those Jews still imprisoned there spiritually, or in one way or another. Moderate and apparently temporary, levels of fear have repeatedly failed in influencing Jews to leave their current exile. Memories are too short and too occupied with the daily grind, in order to connect the dots. Yet if I can wake up even Jew to the face that the U. S. is the land of his exile, and succeed in reminding him that exile is, in fact, a punishment, then this was all worth it.

As we learn...
וכל המקיים נפש אחת, מעלים עליו כאילו קיים עולם מלא.
(משנה סנהדרין ד,ה)

Anyone who sustains a life, it is as if he has sustained an entire world. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)
This, from the Governor of Texas, was what first caught my eye...
Yahoo! News: Rick Perry stands by Obama immigration conspiracy theory
Eric Pfeiffer, July 7, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry repeated an accusation that undocumented children coming to the U.S. from Latin American countries might be a result of “ulterior motives” from President Obama.

“I have to believe that when you don’t respond in any way that you are either inept or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from,” Perry said during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure,” Perry said when asked by host Martha Raddatz if he stood by comments made in a June 17 interview with “Fox and Friends.”

“This president, I will suggest, is either totally and absolutely either inept, or making some decisions that are not in the best interests of American citizens,” Perry said during that interview with Fox News.

Perry also suggested that non-Mexicans crossing the U.S.-Mexican border are coming from Middle Eastern countries such as Syria.

“We also have a record high of other than Mexicans being apprehended at the border,” Perry said. “These are people that are coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes.”
Then there was this from an American Four-Star General....
WND: General: Border crisis threatens U.S. existence
Top commander worries about what's 'easily' smuggled in
Drew Zahn, July 6, 2014

...Particularly in regards to the drug trade, murder rates and terrorist activity brewing in Central America, Kelly says, the waves of Latin Americans sweeping through Mexico and illegally into Texas presents a threat to the U.S. every bit as serious as Iran or North Korea...

...“Last year, we had to cancel more than 200 very effective engagement activities and numerous multilateral exercises,” Kelly said, explaining that a full 74 percent of “actionable illicit trafficking events” simply go unanswered, because he doesn’t have the funds or resources to do anything about it.

“I simply sit and watch it go by,” he continued. “And because of service cuts, I don’t expect to get any immediate relief, in terms of assets, to work with in this region of the world.”

Worse yet, he continued, with smuggling routes wide open for business, it’s far more than cocaine or children seeking a better life getting a free pass across the border.

“Clearly, criminal networks can move just about anything on these smuggling pipelines,” Kelly said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in February. “Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even quite easily bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.” (cont.)
Tomer Devorah adds her analysis...
The US has opened its southern border to an invasion force of illegal aliens which the media has now labeled "undocumented immigrants." Word is that this is part of a larger plan to turn America into a North American Union - no more border with Mexico to the south or with Canada to the north. They are being picked up and bused or flown to all parts of the country. There have already been stand-offs in a few places where citizens are trying to stop the onslaught. Maybe this is why the police in the US have been militarized over the past few years. How long until federal drones are raining hellfire on Texas? Dallas-Fort Worth City Plans Heavy Police Presence To Discourage Border Protests  

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I wonder if the U. S. is being punished "middah ka'neged middah," (measure for measure). While the U. S. pushes Israel in the direction of weakening and irrelevant borders, fading Jewish identity, and ultimate destruction from Arabs both inside and outside of Israel, the U. S. appears to be incurring the very results it wants to impose on us.

The southern border of the U. S. is becoming irrelevant. In addition to the transformation of American society by facilitating the introduction of millions of undocumented workers illegal aliens, greater and greater dangers now appear to be passing through, as mentioned above.

Part of this is simply the U. S. Government's complicity in the globalist agenda, attempting to pull the nationalist carpet out from under the feat of the American people, some of whom do not intend to take this lying down.
(WMD) Radio host Rush Limbaugh led his show Tuesday with stories about the successful pushback against the illegals going on across America.

“Here’s what you do not know,” he said.  “There are towns all over America standing up to this invasion, just like they did in Murrieta, California.  You’re not hearing about it, however, and I am here to tell you why you’re not hearing about it.  Westminster, Maryland, is a town standing up to it, just like Murrieta, California, did. Oracle, Arizona, is standing up to it.

“In Nebraska they’re gonna stand up to it when they find out. The governor is fit to be tied,” Limbaugh continued.  “Upper Michigan, same thing. There are towns all over America standing up to this.  There are protests happening, but they’re not being covered.”
These Americans will no doubt be demonized as racists, in some distorted way, just like Israelis have been demonized.

The U. S. Government's treatment of Israel should not be underestimated as having influence on the consequences of it actions.

Its blatant hypocrisy can only serve to make things worse. Here are some examples.

The belief that the American acquisition of various parts of the southwestern U. S. was less than "kosher," has been gaining prominence.

Won fairly in a war? Through final settlement negotiations?

The addition of the California Republic to the U. S., how consensual was that? That's right. Many do not know this historical fact, but California was an independent state before joining the Union.

Just ask Native Americans living on reservations about "Land For Peace." Some have suffered health problems such as obesity, due to the U. S. Government's gracious food subsides, as in foods running contrary to their dietary needs. I could on for quite some time regarding the damnable treatment by the U. S. government toward those who were residing in North America long before them.

A banner which used to hang from an apartment building in Jerusalem
the corner of King George and Agron Streets

And what about the "encouragement" of the Queen of Hawaii to relinquish her islands to the U. S. Government?

When I was a kid, like every American elementary school student, I learned about the "purchase" of the island of Manhattan from the local Native American tribe for $24 in goods (est. $1,000 today). But, since the Dutch did it, and then the British acquired it from then, and then was included in the lands won by the nacent U. S. A. from the British, that makes it ok.

And, who does not remember the phrase "Manifest Destiny," already a developing concept before America's Revolutionary War? Who else remembers these propaganda educational shorts from the 1970's?



The participation of the U. S. government in the globalist agenda will surely backfire, in one way or another. Having dared to tell Israel what it should or should not do with the our Divinely granted Land will only make things worse for them.
וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה.
(בראשית יב,ג)

And I will bless them that bless you, and him that curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. (Gen. 12:3)

The U. S. will eventually die. Let's hope that the Jews finally wake up to this fact, and pass the current test presented to them: Coming back to their only true home, in spite of the rockets, in spite of the potential, future rockets with more explosive power, potential future rockets from the North, threats from Iran, and now the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS].

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Broken Record Time: Jews! Get Out Of France! (Updated)

ט״ז לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד

Mes Frères, Retournez-vous à votre maison, Israël!


Times Of Israel: Hundreds trapped in synagogue as Paris protest turns violent
Thousands gather in Paris to demonstrate against Gaza operation, hurling stones at house of worship
By AFP and Times of Israel staff July 13, 2014

PARIS — Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.

Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People”.

But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest was continuing early Sunday evening.

Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside a synagogue in the area and police units were sent to rescue them.

A person in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 news that protesters hurled stones and bricks at the building, “like it was an intifada.” (cont.)

(Tip: Yair Rosenberg)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Like an intifada? Perhaps. Try siege. It is much more specific.

During this very month, the Fourth Month or "Tammuz," almost 2,600 years ago, and then again 1,934 years ago, the ancient city of Jerusalem lay under siege, first by the Babylonians, then by the Romans.

Nine years ago, in the next month of "Av," the Expulsion of Jews ended with last stand by Rabbis Dov Lior from Hevron-Qeriyath Arba and Zalman Melamed from Beth-El, along with many young Jewish men and women, on the roof of the synagogue in the now Judenrein town of K'far Darom in Southern Gaza.

Interestingly enough, tomorrow commemorates one of Europe's greatest and most successful sieges, Bastille Day.

If you are going to be subject to a siege -- and do not think that this will be that last one, nor that the police will be infallible with their rescue efforts -- then you really should be in only true, Homeland, the Land of Israel, and where you will actually have a chance at survival.

After killings and beatings and assorted threats, it is time to take the hint already.

Just pack your bags, and get on the plane!

*********

Update: Maybe you are getting the message!




Undeterred by Rockets, 400 French Jews to Make Aliyah Today
July 16, 2014

Jewish Agency notes record figures in French aliyah still on track despite rocket attacks; many choosing to live in southern Israel

Some 400 French Jews will be making aliyah to Israel Wednesday, undeterred by the ongoing rocket fire and conflict with terrorist groups in Gaza. (cont.)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Former Clinton Administration Official Larry Haas is Almost Right

ט״ז לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד

WND: 'Israel should deal a mortal blow to Hamas'
Ex-Clinton strategist chastises Obama for 'fool's errand' in Middle East

Greg Corombos, July 12, 2014

Larry Haas
A former Clinton administration official believes President Obama is doing a pretty good job responding to the immediate Middle East crisis, but is decidedly unimpressed with the administration’s overall Middle East policy and its attempt to establish a moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Larry Haas was spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton administration. He is now a columnist who writes frequently about the Middle East and is also the author of “Sound the Trumpet: The United States and Human Right Promotion.”

Haas told WND it’s only a matter of time before the Obama administration and other world leaders declare the Israeli military action has gone on long enough and demand a cease-fire. He says Israel should ignore those calls until Hamas is dealt a “mortal blow” and other long-term goals are met.

“It has to send a signal to its own people in southern Israel that it’s going to protect them. That is the fundamental thing a government needs to do for its own people, provide them safety and security. So I hope that Israel does not let up until it really delivers a blow that Hamas either will never recover from or will not recover from for a very long time,” he said. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The red highlights indicate where I believe Haas is right on. He basically describes the cycle in which Israel always seems to find itself stuck.

1. Arabs shoot rockets.

2. Israel attempts to stop the rockets, bending over backwards not to harm Arab civilians, used at human shields.

3. Arabs shoot more rockets.

4. Israel increases its efforts to take out only the rocket launchers and munitions.

5. Arabs shoot even more rockets.

6. Israel reaches a point
 of almost bringing the Arabs to their knees.

7. The United States, the United Nations, the European Union, everyone else and his cousin calls for Israel to stop bombing the Arabs (ie. stop bombing the rocket launchers and munitions).

8. Israel stops bombing.

9. Arabs continue to shoot more rockets, just so they can get the last word.

10. Israel rebuilds, and does other repair work, while incurring the hate speech of the entire world.

11. Arabs claim victory, both in the rocket war and in the public relations war, and begins preparations for the next conflict, which they will start, using weapons and supplies smuggled in, and set up using "humanitarian aid" moneys acquired from Western suckers.

12. Repeat.

Dealing a "mortal blow" is the only this the Yishma'elim (Arabs) understand. We even saw this in the Six Day War of 1967. The Yishma'elim finally began believing that we Jews were here in Israel to stay.

Ignoring the calls for "restraint" and to cease before the job has been done properly, in the only way to protect ourselves.

A moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel would be laughable, if we weren't in the middle of a war.

But, "...a pretty good job responding to the immediate Middle East crisis?" This is the part which convinces me that Haas periodically transports to another universe, because he certainly could not have obtained an evidence to this effect in this universe.

Speaking of war, here is the real way to fight a war,...according to Torah. But, there is a catch. First you have to acknowledge that you are actually in a state of war, something which the Israeli Government, not to mention their puppet "rabbis" are hesitant to do.

Why do I mention rabbis? Well, the last time I checked, war had various halakhic (Torah legal) implications, implications which these "rabbis" refuse to touch. Even though, the role of a rabbi is just that, to address the halakhic implications in all areas of our lives.

The "rabbis" who avoid dealing such questions with the excuse that these are not halakhic questions, but rather political or military questions are suffering from a psychological disorder, which I like to call "Galutitis," or "Exile Mentality Disease."

However, I would be remiss if I did not mention that there are others who prefer to call this "Crawl into a Hole, Hide, and Shirk Your Responsibilities" Disease.




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Hero Or Criminal? Israeli Truck Driver Blocks Supplies from Reaching Gaza

ט"ז לחודש הרביעי תשע"ד

אלמוג בוקר, 13/07/2014

דניאל מטרי, תושב האזור, עצר עם המשאית שלו את המעבר דרכו מועברות הסחורות לרצועת עזה. "אחסום את המעבר כמה שאראה לנכון, הערס ינצח"

דניאל מטרי, נהג משאית תושב כרם שלם, עצר הבוקר (ראשון) עם משאיתו את המעבר לרצועת עזה, דרכו מועברות הסחורות למיליוני האזרחים ברצועה.

בשעות הבוקר הגיע מטרי עם המשאית שברשותו, וחנה את רכבו בניגוד לתנועה, כשכל צידה של המשאית חוסמת את המעבר - דרכו נכנסות בכל יום 170 משאיות שמעבירות לרצועת עזה ציוד רפואי ומזון לתושבים. (יש המשך)


Nana10: A Truck Driver blocked the crossing of goods into Gaza at Kerem Shalom: "I cannot go to the store because of the explosions."
Almog Boqer, July 13, 2014

(Photo: Nana10 Screen Shot)

Daniel Metrie, a resident of the area, stopped the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip with his truck. "I will block the crossing into Gaza, as I see fit. May the better thug win."

This morning (Sunday), Daniel Matari, a resident of Kerem Shalom, stopped the passage into the Gaza Strip with his truck, through which the goods are delivered to millions of civilians in Gaza.

Matari arrived in the morning, truck in possession, and parked his vehicle against the flow of traffic, blocking the passage, side to side, a passage through which 170 trucks have been entering each day, bringing medical equipment and food to Gaza residents. (cont.)

(Tip: Kalashnikover Rebbe)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Obviously, I believe that Daniel Metrie is a hero. Even though the only heroic act he appears to be performing is civil disobedience.

Daniel Metrie
It is difficult for me, and hopefully difficult for any normal and non-suicidal person, to fathom that this truck driver could be considered a criminal. Even though he may have violated Israeli law. However, there are certainly those out there who would consider him a criminal for this very reason, he violated the "holy" laws of the "holy" state. Such finger-pointers include, but are not necessarily limited to, many members of the Israeli government, the government's puppet "rabbis" and their brain-dead followers, and delusional, self-hating leftists.

"At night, my children cry, but the goods pass" [into Gaza] - Daniel Metrie (YNET)

You would have to be co-dependent, confused, brain-dead, delusion, or self-hating not to identify with Daniel Metrie, and not to identify him as a hero.

May more heroes like Daniel Metrie arise from Israel!
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