23 June 2018

THE LEFTISTS HAVE FALLEN OVER THE CLIFF OF DECENCY

The Leftists and Erev Rav Jews of America have fallen over the cliff of decency:

Donald Trump Jr.’s Daughter Chloe Threatened:
‘We’re coming for Chloe, too’
On Wednesday actor Peter Fonda, brother of Hanoi Jane Fonda,
threatened Donald Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron . . . .
Hollywood writer Pat Dussault responded to Peter Fonda’s threat of Barron Trump by going after POTUS’ granddaughter and Donald Trump Jr.’s daughter Chloe

Source:  GatewayPundit but do not read it, because it is too insanely gross.


CAROLINE GLICK: THE PERIL OF POLITICIZED ANTISEMITISM

"Google search of the terms “Trump Nazi,” brings up 70,900,000 results.

"His daughter Ivanka is Jewish. His daughter-in-law is Jewish. Half his grandchildren are Jewish and his non-Jewish ex-daughter-in-law is half Jewish.

"How many Nazis have Hanukka celebrations in their homes starring their Jewish grandchildren?

"Beyond his *Jewish immediate family, Trump has shown extraordinary friendship to the Jewish state. It isn’t simply that Trump kept the promise none of his predecessors kept and moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, although that would have sufficed to prove his friendship.

"Trump shows his friendship and respect for Israel every single day.”

So what explains the 70,900,000 results to the “Trump Nazi” Google search? "US government policy of separating illegal immigrant minors from their illegal immigrant parents.”

[At this point I recommend reading "Illegal Aliens Fatally Separate American Parents and Children” by SultanKnish]

Trump signed an Executive Order banning OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRACTICE [the Obama administration separated children from their parents, placed them in cages and wrapped them in aluminum foil]  US government policy separating illegal immigrant minors from their illegal immigrant parents. (edited for brevity)

[Id like to suggest something here. Maybe give DNA tests to these male teenage children to see if they really belong to their so-called parents, and are not just teenagers trying to enter on their own. Like the Muslims into Europe?]


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So this is why it can be said that the American Leftists exhibit and spew insanity in their hatred for President Trump. They accuse the Far-Right (i hate that term) Republicans of having Nazi leanings, when they, the Leftists, sound just like the Fuhrers spewing their insanity about the Jews.












* Trump learns Torah secretly (as if with Rebbe in the Cave) and maybe, like Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus wikipedia he may join the Jewish People. We shall see what develops.

22 June 2018

FIRE

Fire

By Roy S. Neuberger

Every day in davening we say: “V’ha’ofanim v’chayos hakodesh … Then the Ofanim and the holy Chayos… raise themselves toward the Seraphim facing them. They offer praise and proclaim: Blessed is the glory of Hashem from His Place.” What are Ofanim, Chayos and Seraphim? They are heavenly beings, but how are we to relate to them? 

Avraham Avinu was familiar with malachim. “[Hashem] sent malachim to him in the form of men.” (Rashi on Beraishis 18:1) Yaakov Avinu was familiar with malachim: “And Yaakov sent malachim before him to Esav his brother….” (Beraishis 32:4) 

But what about us? Can we understand? 

There is no intrinsic reason why we should not be aware of the presence of malachim. Every night we echo the words of Yaakov Avinu: “Hamalach hagoail … May the angel who redeems me from all evil bless the lads….” (Beraishis 48:16) And every Friday night, we welcome the Shabbos angels into our home. We have to take these words seriously. 

Those familiar with my personal story will remember that, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on January 10, 1966, in the dramatic moment when I first “met” Hashem, it seemed to me that there was a heavenly being present who was “redeeming me from evil.” Maybe it was imagination; maybe it was real, but I never ceased to believe in the reality of these holy messengers. Many years later, when I would watch the bus taking our children to school, I would ask the malachim to accompany them. I believed in this … and still do. 

Rabbi Moshe Grossman Shlita”h told me the following story he heard from Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz zt”l, who heard it from Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner zt”l. As a young boy in Hungary, the Satmar Rebbe learned Sefer Yechezkel, in which the Novi describes the scene in Shomayim: “a great cloud with flashing fire and brilliance surrounding it. From its midst, like the color of the Chashmal from the midst of the fire ….” (Yechezkel 1:4) The word “chashmal” inspired awe and trembling among the cheder boys. Decades later, when the Rebbe heard that the word “chashmal” was being used in modern Hebrew to denote “electricity,” he was shocked. How could the name of a Heavenly Being be demoted to such common usage? 

Rabbi Meshulam Halevi Jungreis zt”l told us that, in Hungary, they would never blow out a candle, because the sound you made with your breath is the name of an evil malach

My friends, there is an entire spiritual world we do not see. 

This week we read about a fiery serpent placed on a pole. (Bamidbar 21:8). “Anyone who was bitten [by the serpents] would look at it and live.” But how does this work? Chazal ask: “Does [the image of] a serpent cause death or … restore life? Rather, when Israel looked upward [at the fiery serpent] and subjugated their heart to their Father in Heaven, they were healed. But if not, they perished.” (Rosh Hashana 29a) 

I want to point out that the fiery serpent Hashem commanded Moshe to make is called “saraf.” It mirrored the “fiery serpents” that were biting the people, but it also had the name of a malach, as we mentioned above. 

Over the last few weeks, our enemies have unleashed a new fiery weapon upon our brethren near Gaza. Fields and forests have burned, and a defense against this primitive weapon has not been completely effective. When we see fire in the sky we should take a lesson from this week’s Parsha. It is a sign that we must look upwards toward Shomayim and subjugate our hearts to our Father in Heaven. My friends, we have to understand that this is everything. “Ele v’rechev v’ele vasussim … Some with chariots and some with horses, but we – in the Name of Hashem, our G-d, we call out!” (Tehillim 20) 

What does it mean that our ancestors looked at the fiery serpent and lived? How does that work? I would like to say this: Moshe took copper, “nechoshes,” which is spelled with the same letters as “nachash,” and it became a fiery serpent. (See Bamidbar 21:9) When you see a fiery serpent, it is a sign that the fiery serpents which bit the people were sent from Shomayim

It was no accident that the serpents bit the people. When you look at the fiery, copper serpent on the pole you realize that the serpent on the ground that bites people emanates from Hashem just the way the fiery serpent emanates from Hashem. Every incident in this world is directed from Heaven. If the serpent bit you, it is because Hashem authorized the serpent to bite. And if you realize that, then you know that you can change your behavior and remove the cause of the serpent biting you! This is called “teshuva!” That is why looking up at the burning serpent will save your life. “[The Torah] always removes harm by [means of] that which harms, and heals the sickness by [means of] that which sickens.” (Ramban on Bamidbar 21:9)


If fire is sent against us, we have to look toward Heaven. 


When we understand that all things come from Hashem, we will be protected. Summer is the season of danger and the season of teshuva. If we look toward Heaven, we will not be afraid, “For behold, a day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the wicked people and all the evildoers will be like straw, and that coming day will burn them up, says Hashem, Master of Legions, so that it will not leave them a root or branch. But a sun of righteousness will shine for you who fear My Name, with healing in its rays…” (Malachi 3:19-20)

May the sun of righteousness shine upon us soon! “When the wicked bloom like grass and all the doers of iniquity blossom, it is to destroy them to eternity!” (Tehillim 92)


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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.
© Copyright 2018 by Roy S. Neuberger

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Added (by me) picture of Fire from sfgate

EREV SHABBAT AND THE NEWS IS NOT GOOD

If The Arabs are Smiling
It is Bad News for the Jews



HEADLINES ON TIMESOFISRAEL:

Kushner, Greenblatt due in Israel for talks on peace push, Gaza. US envoys wrapping up Middle East tour after whirlwind visits to Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Jordan king heads to US to discuss peace plan with Trump


Kushner and Greenblatt discuss Gaza, Trump’s peace plan with Qataris


Kushner, Egypt’s Sissi discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process


Headlines and photos from TimesofIsrael

NOTE: This blog is not the first (which I found after putting this together) to sense foreboding on the coming so-called Peace Plan. However, by Trump’s former actions on behalf of Jewish Israel, and that he has been learning portions of our Torah, there may be a surprise awaiting all. Two scenarios are possible: one, that the ‘Plan’ is favorable to the Jews and thus a war between Yishmael (Muslims) and Eisav (America); or a ‘world’ catastrophe occurs to block all implementation and crises arise that keep everyone very busy. 
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TAKE THE FOLLOWING TO HEART AND KNOW WHERE THE TRUTH LIES:

In an article by Melanie Phillips in the Jerusalem Post, Melanie outlines pertinent information that should reflect wisely in any Peace Plan. This is not the subject of her article; it is about Prince William the future King of England.

"The issue here is not just the territorial status of the Old City. Contrary to the FCO’s formulation, there are no “occupied Palestinian territories.” That’s because there never were any Palestinian territories, and there is no “occupation.”

"The lands now constituting Israel, the “West Bank” and Gaza were occupied by the Ottoman Empire and then administered by Britain under the Palestine Mandate. After the 1948 Arab war of extermination against the new State of Israel, the area beyond the cease-fire lines, including east Jerusalem and the West Bank, was illegally occupied by Jordan.

"In a new book, Israel on Trial: How International Law is being Misused to Delegitimize the State of Israel, two international lawyers, Matthijs de Blois and Andrew Tucker, write that the assumption that these territories “belonged” to the Palestinian Arabs before Israel conquered them in 1967 is backed by neither law nor facts.

"In 1922, the League of Nations conferred upon Britain the mandate to facilitate the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

"When Israel was finally restored as a sovereign state in 1948, it inherited those rights to all of the land under the mandate – including Jerusalem and the “West Bank.”

So when Israel took possession of east Jerusalem and the “West Bank” in 1967, “it was taking physical possession of territory that – as a matter of law – already belonged to Israel.”

"The authors go on: “The law of occupation makes no sense, and has no application… when there is no sovereign power that is ‘ousted’ from the territory.” In 1967, there was no sovereign power to which the “West Bank” and east Jerusalem belonged. So under international law there is no occupation.

"So why does Britain’s FCO continue to propagate these inflammatory falsehoods?

This is from Prince William Comes to Israel by Melanie Phillips

Profound Shiur: What Do Your Hands Say About You?

BS”D Parashat Chukat 5778
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

What Do Your Hands Say About You?


Our parsha begins with the unfathomable ritual of para aduma, the red heifer. The completely red-haired animal is burned on Har Ha’zaytim to the east of the Temple Mount, in direct line with the Holy of Holies, which enabled the officiating kohen to see into the Holy of Holies.
The Torah informs us that all the people involved in the preparation of the para aduma become tamei (a state of ritual impurity), even though the result of their efforts is the purification of people or objects which became tamei through contact with a corpse.
How strange that the people who are engaged in the purification of others become themselves impure!
But here the Torah is teaching us a huge lesson in Yiddishkeit; that, in the fulfillment of Hashem’s will, a Jew at times is called on to dirty his hands – literally and figuratively.
The Gemara in Pesachim 57a tells of a kohen gadol (high priest), Yissachar of Barkai, who would protect his hands with a silken cloth when performing the sacrificial rituals: shechita (ritual slaughtering), collecting the blood, cleaning the innards, taking down the charcoal, etc. In his opinion these were not for a Kohanic aristocrat brought up on the west side of the suburb of Barkai (or any other west side)!
He was eventually punished, when he came into conflict with the king who ordered his two hands to be amputated. Hashem was saying in effect to this kohen, “Why did I give you hands if not to serve me. If it is unbecoming of you to dirty those hands in my service, why do you need hands?"
I have a friend who is now retired from work as a dustman (sanitation worker) in Yerushalayim. I would always stop to talk with him; and while leaning on his broom, he would quote pasuk after pasuk from the Tanach. This special Temani (Yemenite) man would always remark how much pleasure he got when seeing the beauty of Yerushalayim and knowing that he had contributed in some small way to it.
There was a man from Bnei Brak whom I knew many years ago. He told me what was happening at that time in his family. His usually happy, energetic teenage daughter suddenly became extremely despondent, but refused to reveal what was troubling her. After his wife and he made it very clear to their daughter that the situation could not continue and that they were preparing to call in professional help, she divulged to her mother what the problem was. Her father had never discussed his work with his children, so they never really knew what he did. One day, while riding the bus, she saw her father together with other men paving the road between Bnei Brak and Petach Tikva. She was so shocked to learn that he was a manual laborer that she closed herself off.
The man told me how he then sat down and explained to the young girl that to pave the roads in Eretz Yisrael is more honorable than the prestigious job he had filled in Hungary before the war. The road he was building would bring untold people to do mitzvot; and in Hashem’s painstakingly exact calculation, a part of every mitzva would be accredited to him and the entire family.
In the process of bringing purity and kedusha to the world, one must be prepared to dirty one’s hands and soil one’s clothing if necessary.
This is the diagnosis of the ailment from which we religious people suffer. How much more pleasant to escape the responsibilities of being an active partner in bringing about the redemption of our nation. It was more pleasant to go on with one’s life in Europe in the early 20th century than going to the Galil to drain — the Chula swamp, or to clear the fields of the Jezreel Valley of the stones to prepare the land for planting after 2000 years of dormancy.
We who believe in the Torah and the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael didn’t do it; the Chalutzim (pioneers), whom we mock for their alienation from Torah, did. They fell from malaria, fought off the Arab gangs with no more than sticks in their hands, went into the ocean to bring in our brothers from the refugee ships under the noses of the brutish-British, and they established the State. And the nearly one million religious Jews in chutz la’aretz led by certain people continue to mock, degrade, despise, scorn, and disdain, the “Tzionim”; but to this day continue to sit on the sidelines, spectators of the renaissance of our nation.
I can hear the response of some people reading this. Why am I “picking” on the benei Torah in chutz la’aretz when the same is going on in Eretz Yisrael in certain circles? You are correct!  True, it’s not very pleasant to have to crawl on your belly in a thorn field or to have to learn how to throw a hand-grenade for 5 hours under the beating sun in basic training; not to mention being shot at. Why dirty my hands when someone else or his son can do it?
The Kohen Gadol Yissachar from Barkai learned the lesson of dirtying one’s hands in the service of Hashem; but we, unfortunately, have not learned the lesson of the Shoah that what we don’t do ourselves that which no goy will do for us.
The hills of Yehuda and Shomron begged for the Children of Israel to come and claim their God-given heritage. The beautiful seaside plains of the Gaza area stood waiting for the tens of thousands of Jews to come. The rolling hills and mountains of the Galilee waited for the fulfillment of the prophecy of the words of Yirmiyahu to our mother, Rachel, that the “sons” will return to their land. But, no, for tens of thousands of our brothers, it is a bigger mitzva to fill Madison Square Garden and pat each other’s back for the great sacrifice of learning a page of Gemorah a day.
So we paid and are still paying the price. Two organs were amputated from the body of Eretz Yisrael, one in Gush Katif and the other in the northern Shomron.
Yehuda Ha’Levy laments his inability to come to Eretz Yisrael, if only to embrace the soil on the ground.
But thank God there is a generation of kippot serugot in the land – “produced in Israel for domestic use, not for export” – who will be the backbone of the next generation. I stood with the young people in defiance of the undemocratic and immoral decree of our government to evacuate Jews from parts of Eretz Yisrael. This never could have come about if there were another one hundred or two hundred thousand G-d fearing people in the land.
So, take a good look in the mirror, and then look at your hands and try to find the calluses.

Para Aduma brings Tahara and Life


When studying the matter of para aduma, the following thought came to my mind, which may make the matter just a little less obscure.
The atomic table contains (to my last knowledge) 115 natural and artificial elements. However, in the “chemical table” of the Zohar, there are only four elements which – due to their qualitative and quantitative mixtures – produce every physical object in the universe:
  • afar – dust or soil
  • mayim – water
  • aish – fire
  • ru’ach – wind
The Torah relates that at the dawn of mankind there were four major holocausts:
  • One third of mankind was killed when Kayin murdered his brother, Hevel.
    Tradition states that Kayin argued over ownership of the Temple Mount. Kayin then murdered his brother with a rock and buried him in the ground – this is all on the background of the first element “afar”, dust or soil.
  • The deluge (flood) in the time of Noach.
    Humanity was destroyed in the time of Noach through the second element “mayim”, water.
  • When the five centers of culture, Sdom and Amora and their three sister cities, were destroyed.
    Sdom and Amora were decimated by the third element “aish”, fire.
  • When the army of the then superpower of Egypt was destroyed in the Red Sea.
    The waters of the Red Sea (parashat Beshalach) were split by the fourth element “ruach,” when a great wind raged all night and blew again to restore the waters to their natural state.
Para aduma utilizes all of these elements: 1) Fire “aish” burns the para creating 2) “afar” or ashes called “ayfer”; 3) the kohen then mixes the ayfer with water. He does not pour the liquid on the person coming to be tahor. Instead, the kohen flings the mixture on the person by using the 4) wind which he creates by the force of his arm.
We see that when each element is taken alone, it brings death and tuma. However, when taken together through the para aduma, the joint forces of all the elements bring tahara and life.
I don’t know if this is the right track to the true understanding of the para aduma, but the lessons to be learned are certainly applicable. Unity among the Jewish nation creates an atmosphere of tahara, whereas disunity produces strife and tuma.
As an example of this, I would like to relate a most unfortunate incident which occurred several years ago in New York City. The major orthodox organizations decided to declare a prayer event near Wall Street in view of the difficult situation here in Eretz Yisrael. However, the heads of Agudat Yisrael made their participation conditional on not reciting “mi sha’bay’rach” (blessing for healing and safety) for Medinat Yisrael or Tzahal (IDF soldiers).
After the event, I learned of the condition imposed by Agudat Yisrael and wrote a letter to one of their leading administrators, ostensibly seeking advice in a delicate matter. I have a son who is a senior officer in Tzahal. Our army does not award campaign ribbons to its soldiers; but if it would, his uniform would not be big enough to hold the awards he would have received. Thousands of Jews owe their lives to the daily and nightly efforts of him and his soldiers.
I asked the rabbi what I should tell my son when he finds out what happened in New York and asks me: “Abba, why didn’t they pray that I should come home safely to my wife and children?”
And when his wife, who is a talmida chachama (being a teacher in an ulpana, she knows more about korbanot than most rabbis living abroad), asks me: “Abba, why didn’t they pray that my husband should return safely to me and our children?”
And when their children ask: “Saba, why didn’t they pray that Abba come home safely to us?”
Rabbi, please tell me what I should I tell them.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5778/2018 Nachman Kahana

21 June 2018

Parashas Chukas

THIS WEEK’S PARSHA DEDICATION IS IN LOVING MEMORY OF YISROEL YA’AKOV BEN ZVI, Z”L, BY HIS CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, A MAN WHO INSPIRED BOTH LOVE AND RESPECT FROM THOSE WHO KNEW HIM.

PARZSHAS CHUKAS
The entire congregation of the Children of Israel arrived at the desert of Tzin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh. Miriam died there and was buried there. (Bamidbar 20:1)

IT IS AMAZING how much we “fight” our parents as children, and then respect them later as adults. For the longest time as teenagers, we think our parents can’t “hear” us, and don’t understand who we really are. Once grown up, and especially after raising children of your own, we usually realize that our parents were just trying to share their gained wisdom with us, as we now try to do with our own children, who claim that WE don’t hear or understand THEM. It’s a cycle of foolishness.

Everything changed for me with MY father on a single day, and rather unexpectedly. I was at university at the time, but I had borrowed a book from a friend on the laws of honoring one’s father and mother. Needless to say, with each page that I turned, I also turned a new leaf. I could not believe how, in fighting for my personal childhood “rights,” I had violated so many Torah laws regarding the all-important mitzvah of “Kibud Av v’Eim.”

Before even finishing the book, I picked up the phone to call my father long-distance from school, and to apologize for years of inexcusable behavior. I told him about the book and what it said, and how I had completely come to realize and accept that even if I was right about the things I wanted, I had been wrong about the way I fought for them.

My father could tell, even long distance, that my apology was heartfelt. We had a decent relationship UNTIL that time, but a far closer one FROM that point. This week marks my father’s, a”h, sixth yahrzeit, and greatly miss his insights, love, and friendship. I dedicate this week’s PERCEPTIONS in his memory, to Yisroel Ya’akov ben Tzvi, z”l.

I didn’t just mention this in passing. This week’s parsha also has something to say about a parent-child relationship, though it is not obvious from the parsha itself. But the Talmud says that the well dried up in this week’s parsha following the death of Miriam to make it known that it followed the Jewish people in the desert for 40 years in her merit.

Which merit? The Talmud relates:

“There went a man of the house of Levi” (Shemos 2:1):  Where did he go? Rav Yehudah bar Zevina said that he went in the counsel of his daughter. A Tanna taught: Amram was the greatest man of his generation, and when he saw that the wicked Pharaoh had decreed, “Every son that is born you shall cast into the river,” he said, “We labor in vain do.” Therefore, he divorced his wife, and all [the men] divorced their wives as well.

His daughter said to him, “Father, your decree is more severe than Pharaoh’s, because Pharaoh decreed only against the males but you hast decreed against the males and females. Pharaoh only decreed concerning this world, but you have decreed concerning this world and the World-to-Come. In the case of the wicked Pharaoh, there is a doubt whether his decree will be fulfilled or not, but in your case, because you are righteous, it is certain that your decree will be fulfilled . . .”

So he went and took his wife back, and all [the men] took their wives back as well. (Sotah 12a)

There are a few questions that should be asked on this little account, especially given that Amram was the Gadol HaDor at the time, and Miriam had been all of six years old, a very MATURE six years old. But why focus on how such a great man could overlook what his six year old daughter clearly saw when we can discuss their relationship that led to the birth of their future savior?

Granted that they were extraordinary people. Most fathers are not Biblical characters, or leaders of their generation. Most six year olds are not mature enough to grasp the gravity of a situation and advise their father about how to deal with it. But, what counts here is not the age, but the example created for other parent-children relationships henceforth.

It’s also important to take a step back and realize the Hashgochah Pratis of the situation. God runs the show, not a Gadol HaDor or his precocious six year old daughter. He wrote the script. He built into it a redemption through a six year old daughter. God is the One Who made the future redemption depend upon the wisdom and confidence of young girl. The question is, why?

Normally we say that a person is zocheh to accomplish great things because of previous great merits. But, this was before the era of Torah and mitzvos, and a six year old is not even obligated in mitzvos. It’s before the age of the yetzer tov, so what free will does such a young child have anyhow? What merit could she have had already by the age of six that would have put her in such a glorious historical position?

The answer to that question actually appeared at the beginning of Parashas Shemos, albeit with the explanation of the Talmud:

Pu’ah was Miriam. Why was she called “Puah”? Because she cried out—po’ah—to the child and brought it out. Another explanation of “Pu’ah” is that she used to cry out through Ruach HaKodesh and say: “My mother will bear a son who will be the savior of the Jewish people!” (Sotah 11b)

A name defines a person. A Hebrew name defines a person’s soul and spiritual drive in life. This is what Miriam was all about, the redemption of the Jewish people, even at the very tender age of six. She may have been advanced for her age, but whether she was delivering babies or predicting the birth of a future savior, her mind was always on the redemption of her people.

So much so, in fact, that people called her by a name that indicated this. And this is why Amram gave her his ear and followed her advice, even though HE was the leader of the generation. He saw a connection to their people and their redemption that he didn’t even see in himself. And, it impressed him enough that her age did not cause him to downplay the importance of her message.

In fact, BEING only six, Amram knew that such a special message through such a special daughter had to be a special message from Heaven. So, rather than stand on ceremony and overlook the one who was truly seeing clearly at the time, Amram heeded the words of Miriam which led to the redemption of the Jewish people, and as Rashi points out in this week’s parsha, the mystical life-sustaining well that followed them throughout their 40 years in the desert.

Though not originally intended as a lead-in to the next part of this message, it has ended up being one.

I have been writing PERCEPTIONS on the weekly Torah reading for Torah.org for about 15 years now, b”H. Ever since the beginning, I have considered it to be a great merit and honor to be involved with such an important organization, so devoted to the dissemination of Torah. For me, it has never been a matter of financial benefit, but one of sharing the beauty and depth of Torah with as many readers as I can. Torah.org has helped tremendously with this.

Over the years, I began my own non-profit organization called “Thirtysix.org.” It has been a way for me to expand my operation, which has included other weekly articles besides Perceptions, books, and audio and video presentations. It has also allowed me to share crucial material about our stage of history, the importance of Israel today, and the Final Redemption.

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Leaders Who Don’t Lead But Follow . . .Foreign Leaders

Leaders of Israel










The Leaders of Israel

This photo is of leaders who are removed and remote from their citizens.

A Terror War is being waged on the Southern Front of Eretz Yisrael. Terrorists are not giving up on their attacking the People and Land of Israel. This has been going on since before 1929.

For weeks and weeks the Terrorists invent ways to attack Israel just under the wire of ‘invasion’. The ingenuity of their tactics shows that they know how to taunt the IDF.

Two of these ‘Leaders’ seemingly appear to be smug with their form of leadership; while the third appears repressed with a countenance of being ‘held back’ by the others. Maybe he wants to finally end the Kite War? Maybe he wants to end the actions of the Terrorists?

This Leadership is failing to truly represent the People of Israel; a game of appeasing world bodies and doing just the minimal amount of offense to appease the People of Israel (and win elections).

Something has to give.

This charade cannot continue.

SOME INTERESTING THINGS TO CONSIDER:

GAZA SITUATION INTOLERABLE: Two nights ago, 45 projectiles were shot from Hamas-controlled Gaza at Israel. The Iron Dome rocked the house and no one was injured. However, clearly an intolerable situation. Alot of warnings coming from Israeli leaders about the threat of escalation and possible Israeli attempt to end the Hamas rule in Gaza once and for all. Keep in mind, the burning kites keep coming as well and setting fires causing widespread damage. Situation not at all sustainable. All logic/good judgement would lead Hamas to quickly deescalate the situation – probably won’t happen.

On the Israeli side of things, every time the Government considers/threatens to disrupt the Yeshiva students and their studies with threats of drafting them to the army, there is a war. So let’s hope they back off…and soon. israelrising

TRUE LEADERSHIP






Committee Votes Down Resolution To Enforce Education Standards at Monsey Yeshivas

They Did It In England, and Now They’re Trying to Do It in New York
Home to 500,000 Chassidim

Its Only a Matter of Time
Committee (narrowly) Votes Down Resolution To Enforce Education Standards at Monsey Yeshivas

Rockland lawmakers have narrowly voted down a resolution that would have pushed for a mechanism to enforce state educational standards at private schools.

[. . .] “This is not to infringe on anybody’s religious right, because again we do have private schools here such as Green Meadow Rockland Country School,” says Legislator Laurie Santulli, who sponsored the bill. “The same idea is to see that they are receiving a rigorous education. Religion is not a factor in this.” YWN

In England they also only wanted a comprehensive/rigorous education for all school attendees: and that meant ‘diversity indoctrination,’ ‘gender equality,’ et al. How soon would that same curriculum be instituted in New York’s schools?

See Also:

A Few Interesting Messages: Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids
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'There is no future for Orthodox Jews in the UK’. Hasidic leader in London says government demands that Jewish schools teach about gay marriage will force Orthodox Jews to leave Britain.

Note:  Maybe if the same curriculum of England is instituted in New York before it spreads to other states, we might :-) see a huge aliyah from Boro Park??

20 June 2018

IF NOT NOW, WHEN??

THERE WILL BE BLOOD
by David Ben Horin

Instead of negotiating with us, offering some sort of compromise, expressing any type of willingness to live a normal life, Hamas has resorted to flying kites full with gas, chemicals, and fire for the sole purpose of burning our land. To date, over 1,000 acres of Israel’s finest greenery has been reduced to ashes.

Outside my hometown of Afula, two monsters drove by a children’s Agricultural School and threw Molotov cocktails at the fields, burning down a portion of the school grounds.

An 18 year old girl on her way to exams was stabbed and almost killed by a terrorist inside the city.

It’s a constant reminder of who they are, and who we are. We build. We educate our children. We grow. We are a free society that rewards citizens for their efforts, and their contributions to the nation and mankind. We honor the sanctity of the Land God gave us by enabling it to grow to its full splendor.

They burn. They destroy. They force their children to be ignorant. They replace their childhood with horror by teaching them how to hate, how to hurt, and how to kill. Achievement is not rewarded. People get paid to murder innocent men, women, children, and babies. They get money to burn the Land God gave us.

They pray 5 times a day that God will continue the work of Adolph Hitler in wiping us out. We pray for peace every time we recite the Shemonei Esrei, Aleinu, and Kaddish – all parts of every set of Jewish prayers. We can’t eat a morsel of bread without asking Hashem for peace.

I love the Land with all my being. It brings untold happiness to my family. Thank G-d, Hashem has put us in a place that is very, very good. I abhor hate, anger, and sadness. But even happy people admit that there are times when these avenues are necessary, even if just for a quick detour.

Hate is love inverted. It’s what you feel when you are willing to go to any length to protect what you love. Only when you love something so much, can you garner so much energy to protect it. We love the Land, so we hate with every fiber of our being any monster who would dare harm it.

There are moments when we need to unleash. Where we shouldn’t care a wink about what the snowflakes over in Burbank studios think, or about what the dystopian Democrats will whine about in their morning papers.

These monsters burnt our Land. A pack of soulless animals burnt a piece of our soul. Rabid savages burnt a piece of our heart.

I know people who wear $100 shirts who bend down and pick up a dirty carton of cigarettes simply because it is lying on the streets of our Land. They see Israel as a trust God gave to us to guard over. Even a piece of trash in a public area is an abomination. He even runs into the middle of the street if there is something detestable.

We are the only nation on earth to have more trees alive and well today than 100 years ago. Every year, a billion fiery red Kalanit flowers light up the Land. Oranges are in bloom in the autumn. Olives sprout in late summer. The Land is our life.

We are a peaceful nation who appreciates those among our cousins who focus their efforts on loving their families. We desire tranquility with those willing to live here as law abiding Israeli citizens.

I know people who wear $100 shirts who bend down and pick up a dirty carton of cigarettes simply because it is lying on the streets of our Land.

But for those who wish to desecrate our Land, know this. You are desecrating our Torah and our God. The passion we Jews have for our God, strengthened over four thousand years, makes ISIS and Iran look like pussycats. Remember Shimshon the Judge? He was the first one to sacrifice his life in the Name of God in order to kill as many idolaters as he could. So were the warriors at Massada.

They didn’t do it for a lifetime pension for their mommies. They did it for God.

Remember the Maccabees? They weren’t spineless cowards aiming at women and children. They fought a war against the mightiest empire that ever existed to defend God’s Honor.

They didn’t do it to share a cup of coffee in Diezinghoff street. They did it so they could serve God.

We will sacrifice more, and fight harder for God than you ever have, and you ever will.

If you burn our land and mock our God, mark my words: There will be blood.


Living in Israel for over 15 years, I want to share with you the real story. The country I live in is happy, laid back, focused, and rich in so many areas of life. It is my greatest desire to share with you all the emotional, physical, and spiritual wealth the State of Israel offers, and to give you a taste of the sublime happiness we all feel here each and every day. My name is David Ben Horin and this is my treasure trove of the Land of Israel.

Source: arutzsheva 

SEE ALSO: Why don’t we defend ourselves? by Abu Yehuda at Israelrising

19 June 2018

UPDATE: Please Daven For HaRav Reuven Noach ben Ruchoma Toba


UPDATE CORRECT NAME REUVEN NOACH BEN RUCHAMA TOIBA.

Dear Friends:

This is a special email to ask you all to daven (pray) for a speedy and complete recovery for our dear friend, the Holy Talmid Chacham and Rosh Kollel,

HARAV REUVEN NOACH BEN RUCHOMA TOBA

who is having extremely critical surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20 at 12 noon Pacific Time (3 pm Eastern Time)

May he have a complete and total recovery and perfect health among all the sick of Am Yisroel.

Please daven with all your heart!

Thank you and may Hashem bless all of us with only good news and may we soon see a perfectly healthy world with the coming of Moshiach ben Dovid soon in our days!

Roy Neuberger

Thank The A-mighty

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The Court Ruled Justly in Part 1 of the Duma Affair

Attorney Adi Keidar of the Shinui organization, who represented the minor, said, "This is a fatal blow that the court directed at the Shin Bet and the State Prosecutor's Office, but beyond that the important thing is the ruling that rejects the statements of the minor during the period in which he answered his interrogators."

Attorney Zion Amir said that "the decision to disqualify the defendant's confession is greeted with joy mixed with sadness. It took two and a half years to reach a decision that in our opinion was self-evident in the first place. The significance of the decision is very dramatic in the Israeli legal world, according to which the investigative bodies, whether the police force or the Shin Bet security service, must take measures according to the law and not use improper means. We congratulate the court for its courage."

"It is clear that the Shin Bet caused physical pain and suffering to the interrogee in order to make him confess: A legal system that respects human dignity can not accept the confessions obtained as a result of intentional physical suffering as evidence," attorney Yitzhak Bam, one of Ben Uliel's attorneys, said in response to the decision. "The fear of continued torture was the only reason that the interrogee continued to confess between the rounds of torture.”

Source: arutzsheva

"After 21 days we were allowed to meet. Amiram had just got up from the torture cellars, and it was a difficult sight. I know Amiram, he's a very strong and healthy guy, but the man I met was a wreck. I met a man who shivered, who whined that he said, 'Death is better than my life.' I met a person whom the Shin Bet has turned into a shadow of a human being, and therefore any admission that was made as a result of Amiram's actions is illegal, is unacceptable, is immoral. "

Ben-Gvir emphasized that "Israel is neither Iran nor Syria. It is forbidden to accept such confessions. You cannot hold a man in torture dungeons, beat him, hurt him and deny him his free will, and then use that one statement or another has come out of him."

"People in Amiram's situation would have admitted the murder of Arlosoroff, and I think that the State of Israel must not accept such conduct and such measures, and it is forbidden to convict a person on the basis of statements received after torture,” arutzsheva

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Note: I just cannot believe that this boy or any of the others would have committed such an act that they are accused of. I will be deeply disappointed if any of them are complicit.

STALINESQUE SHABAK TORTURE IN DUMA CASE

Key Decision Expected Today in Duma Arson Case
Court rules this afternoon whether confessions of Duma murder suspects are admissible despite having been extracted through torture.

The Lod District Court will publish its decision this afternoon, Tuesday, regarding the assertions made by the defendants in the Duma arson case, according to which their confessions, which they claim were extracted by Shin Bet interrogators with force and threats, are not admissible. arutzsheva


Home of Key Witness in Duma Arson-murder Catches Fire
Police say findings appear to rule out deliberate arson by Jews; Home of Ibrahim Dawabsheh reportedly targeted, human rights group says, months after he witnessed his relatives being killed in a firebomb attack. Police said they do not suspect any nationalist motive behind Sunday's fire, pointing at findings from the scene that don't indicate Jewish involvement. But details of the investigation were under gag-order. In Sunday's fire a Palestinian relative of the slain Dawabsheh family, was very lightly wounded from smoke inhalation. The house only sustained partial damage and there were no slogans daubed nearby that are more typical of attacks by Jewish extremists. 
NOTE:  WHAT HE WITNESSED “Their faces were covered with a balaclava, with only the mouth and eyes visible. The street light shone directly on them.” . . .as they stood over the burning bodies. Haaretz

So was this a frame by the Shabak? In order to threaten the patriotic “boys” who object to Arab Violence and Terrorism? 
Hamas/Arabs are not immune to killing their own people Hamas plans 13 public executions in Gaza Strip


Habima Square Shabak Torture Exhibit Lets Passersby Experience Duma Prisoners’ Agony

[A] display of torture was exhibited for the public at Habimah Square in Tel Aviv, where activists of Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Might in Hebrew) demonstrated how the suspects in the Duma Village arson case were tortured during their Shabak interrogations. The performance was based on the testimonies of Shabak interrogators in the Central District Court in Lod during the early trial proceedings.

Photo Credit: Otzma Yehudit
Earlier this year, the families of the defendants in the Duma Village case revealed that during the March 15 closing statements stage of the trial’s preliminary segment of the trial, the Central District Attorney’s office announced in an unprecedented fashion that they would withdraw from the indictments’ material several of the defendants’ confessions which were given during interrogations in which “special means,” which the families’ have said is a euphemism for torture, were used.

Passersby were invited to experience personally the Shabak “special means” by demonstrators who used the names of the agents who testified in court. On Tuesday, 72 prominent rabbis, including several yeshiva deans, wrote Prime Minister Netanyahu and Justice Minister Shaked, demanding that the legal proceedings in the Duma Village case be interrupted to allow for an investigative committee to look into the agents’ court testimonies of using torture to extract forced confessions from the accused youths. JPress


As Murder Case Reaches Climax, Discussion Over Jewish Minor Gets Heated

The minor, his parents and Honenu have accused the Shin Bet and the Israel Prisons Service, saying one of the minor’s interrogators sexually harassed him and that he was drugged.

The allegations against the Shin Bet for improper treatment obviously tie the two stories together. However, will we only know how serious the allegations against the current Jewish detainee are – in comparison to the July 2015 Duma murders of the Palestinian Dawabshe family – after the gag order is lifted.  JPost

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See Also:

Rabbis call for Duma trial halt after torture accusations against interrogators timesofIsrael
Duma: Coerced confessions through an American lens timesofIsrael