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27 February 2024


Rabbi bar-Hayim and Jonathan

The Upcoming Battle in Judea and Samaria 

Prayer is returning to its Roots PART III

In Mitzrayim, after many years under the heavy yoke of the back-breaking decrees of Pharaoh, the Children of Hashem, the Israelites, "groaned" and "cried out" –

"And the L‑rd heard our voice" as it said: "And G‑d heard their groaning, and G‑d remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

From the Haggadah:

Are we now not under the oppressive government with its decrees (constrictions) against its citizens:

"Supreme Court orders State to explain: Why not enlist yeshiva students?…Supreme Court justices demand State explain why yeshiva students should not enlist, freezes reduction of military service for haredim."  

Is there a difference between Pharaoh and the Israeli Memshelah? This could turn out to be "oppressive ruler like in the days of Haman" and his anti-semitic decrees.

What will be next?

Did you vote for the same old same? If so, that’s what you’ll get!
Only maybe worse!


Rabbi Weissman — I wasn't going to vote...and new "luxury" living

 I wasn't planning on voting in the municipal elections.  Your life stinks, you're a slave, and it's going to keep getting worse no matter who you vote for.  You're getting Klaus and friends no matter who you vote for.  I'm done giving legitimacy to the system.

Some people tell me that I'm just one person, and boycotting the elections won't make a difference.  But it makes a difference to me.  And your vote doesn't.   

I'm sure you'll accomplish great things with your defeatism, though.  Very inspiring.

Anyway, I wasn't planning on voting.  Then cars started riding around the neighborhood blasting music in favor of various candidates.  It was like color war.  Around and around they drove, blasting narcissistic songs day and night.  

That definitely got my attention!  It takes a lot of money to hire people to compose an original song and professionally record it, then get some joe to drive around playing it from loudspeakers.  These candidates clearly know how to get things done!  And if people have to be disturbed when they're trying to work, or learn, or daven, or put a child to sleep, so be it.  We have to vote for the right person to continue to manage public funds so responsibly, infringe on our lives, and live a cushy life for the privilege.

I also couldn't help but notice all the posters and billboards they plastered all over the place with their mug and a vapid slogan.  Change is possible!  Save Yiddishkeit!  For the residents!  For all of us!  The Rabbis have ruled!  

One of these rabbis departed for the other world quite a few years ago, but his visage still directs people who to vote for. 

Then the candidates littered the streets and sidewalks with election-related advertising.  We all want a clean city, but right now it's color war.  They're not spitting on us with the noise and litter.  They're not mocking us with their empty recycled slogans.  They're fighting for our vote, because they care...about getting that cushy life working for people who work for Klaus.

Of course, all of them will force you to take poison shots if so instructed, and all of them will support war propaganda, and 15-minute prison cities, and the war on cash, and increased surveillance, and decreased independence, and prison-style lockdowns, and other forms of tyranny if need be.  

Other than that, though, they'll fight for you to get a bigger piece of the pie, because they care.

So I wasn't planning on voting...and in the end, I didn't.


Ramat Beit Shemesh Daled

Jerusalem “luxury” apartments

More Jerusalem “luxury” apartments...

...and Tokyo Detention House.  A prison city.

It's a brave new world.


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Prayer is returning to its Roots PART I

Pregnant Woman Shot in Last Week’s Attack Describes Saying ‘Shema’ Before Rescue.  

 “Adi Zohar, who was severely injured in a shooting attack last week as she traveled on Route 1 near Maaleh Adumim, spoke Sunday about the miracle she experienced. "Thank G-d, I am slowly recovering," Zohar told the media from her hospital bed. "I had a great miracle, and I want to focus on that. I got my life back.”  […]“”He looked at me, I tried to slide down in my seat and I thought about my fetus and I said, 'Shema Yisrael,' and he fired at me, I saw blood on my shirt.” In the first News reading of this incident, I read that Adi said she didn’t know the formalized prayer, she just said it FROM MY HEART!  Current article: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/385792

This is what PRAYER was before it was “formalized”. Speaking to    G-d from one’s heart; full of emotion and entreaty. This, I propose, is what Hashem wants from His Children, Am Yisrael.  

Prayer is returning to its roots

The ancient Israelites were taught by Avraham Avinu, and passed down from Yitzchak Avinu to Yaakov Avinu how to 'pray' (speak) to our Creator.  Avraham is credited with Shachris, Yitzchak would be known for Mincha, and Yaakov Maariv.

Because of the dispersal of our ancestors from their Land and the only home they knew, Eretz Yisrael, prayerful words were "formalized" and written down for all Israelites and Yehudim henceforth to be read daily in communication with HKB"H, our Father in Shamayim.

No longer did we have the Shechina close to us in our Temple. (IY"H we hope to see the third Beis soon)

An explanation from Chabad.org:

there was not always formal prayer in Judaism. Until the time of Ezra, each person would pray according to his ability and eloquence. A person who was so inclined would offer many lengthy prayers and requests, and one who was less articulate would pray less. Some would pray once daily; others, several times.

After the destruction of the First Temple and towards the end of the Babylonian Exile, the Jews were dispersed in Persia, Greece and other lands. The Jewish children born in these foreign countries spoke a peculiar mix of Hebrew and other languages, and were unable to express themselves coherently in any one language. In the words of Nehemiah: “Their children spoke half in Ashdodite, and did not know how to speak the Jewish language. Rather, [they would speak] according to the language of various other peoples.”2

This greatly hampered their ability to pray to G‑d in unadulterated Hebrew. When Nehemiah’s co-leader Ezra and his court saw this, they formalized the 18 blessings of the Amidah, which is the heart of the daily prayer service. (The formalized Amidah leaves room for one to express personal requests and prayers.)

At that time, they determined that this formula of standard prayer be said thrice daily, corresponding to the Temple sacrifices.

In truth, even in the centuries between the patriarchs and Ezra, some people prayed three times a day. For example, King David declared, “Evening, morning and noontime, I speak and moan, and He hearkened to my voice.”3 Concerning Daniel, the verse states, “Daniel . . . came to his house, where there were open windows in his upper chamber, opposite Jerusalem, and three times a day he kneeled and prayed and offered thanks before his G‑d, just as he had done prior to this.”4

Thus, Ezra, together with the Men of the Great Assembly, instituted and formalized the prayer routine that had already been practiced by a select few.5

Concerning prayer, the Torah states, “And serve Him with all your heart.”6 The sages explain: “What is the service of the heart? This is prayer.”7 Thus, while the words and order are extremely important, don’t lose sight of the fact that the most important ingredient in prayer is the part that comes from your heart. [about the "Heart", see below from Mayim Achronim]

see also Prayer is returning to its Roots PART II (separate post)

THIS IS A NEW 3-D MAP...THE "LITTLE BRAIN" WITHIN THE HEART  "Nerve cells (yellow) that make up a heart's "brain" cluster around the top of this reconstructed rat heart, near where blood vessels enter and exit the organ. Other colors show the contours of distinct heart areas, such as the left atrium (green) right atrium (teal), left ventricle (blue) and right ventricle (purple).

It has been assumed that the source of all thought, prayer, and heart, stemmed from the BRAIN, and that the heart was just another organ. But we can read from recent scientific studies that the heart contains a "mini brain". This is important in many respects, especially when determining "time of death" in halachic terms. 

In this respect, see also Mishkan Kabbalah = "Although Binah is a mental faculty, it is also associated with the heart. Today, scientists know that the heart has a neural network of its own, and may indeed play some role in our emotions and unconscious. The heart has even been called “the little brain” by some researchers. Thus, Binah is a fitting place for the circulatory system. Binah is described as the “mother” that gives birth to the Sefirot below and keeps them nourished....."

Prayer is returning to its Roots PART II


Continuing in dialogue about the Prayers of Am Yisrael:

Concerning prayer, the Torah states, “And serve Him with all your heart.”6 The sages explain: “What is the service of the heart? This is prayer.”7 Thus, while the words and order are extremely important, don’t lose sight of the fact that the most important ingredient in prayer is the part that comes from your heart.

About Nechemiah ben Chachalyah:

A minister in the Persian King Artaxerxes' court, he returned to Israel in 335 BCE to strengthen the fledgling Jewish commonwealth. Under his leadership, the walls surrounding Jerusalem were rebuilt, increasing the city's security against its hostile neighbors. Together with Ezra, he reintroduced the observance of laws of the Torah, many of which had been forgotten in exile. 

Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah (Nechemiah ben Chachalyah) was appointed as the governor of Israel by the Persian king Darius during the beginning of the Second Temple period. He was instrumental in rebuilding the defenses of Jerusalem and the surrounding area and provided much-needed stability and management to the fledgling Jewish community who had just returned there from Babylon.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE (Chabad) ENGLISH VERSION OF THE VIDEO I POSTED FROM IR DAVID IN IVRIT:  https://habayitah.blogspot.com/2024/02/yerushalayim-my-yerushalayim.html

One day, in the 20th year of the reign of King Darius, Nehemiah was speaking to his friend Hanani. He asked Hanani how the Jews who had journeyed to Israel years earlier were doing. The Temple had been rebuilt more than 12 years before this, and the Jews of Babylon were eager to hear news of their fellow Jews’ lives.

Hanani related to him how the Samaritans of the area had been enraged by the completion of the Temple and had descended on Jerusalem, destroying the walls and ransacking the city. The situation was worsening by the day.4

Overcome with sadness, Nehemiah began fasting and weeping. His grief continued unabated for several days. He prayed to G‑d to help his brethren in Israel, to forgive them for their unfaithfulness and to fulfill His promise to gather all the Jews back to the land of Israel.5

The next month, Nehemiah was called in to serve King Darius wine. Despite his best efforts, his grief could not be contained, and King Darius realized immediately that something was wrong. After being pressed to share what was on his mind, Nehemiah told the king that the plight of the Jews in Israel weighed heavily upon him, and that he wished more than anything else to travel to Israel, with the permission of the king, in order to assist the Jews with rebuilding the city and protecting them from their enemies.6

Moved by his sincerity, Darius allowed Nehemiah to travel to Israel, giving him travel permission, and timber from the royal storehouse to be used for roofing. Accompanied by an armed royal escort, Nehemiah gathered a few of his friends and set out for Jerusalem.7

Three days after arriving in Jerusalem, Nehemiah went on a secretive night excursion to evaluate the damage to the city walls and assess the possibility of repairing them. He traveled up and down the length of the wall, noting the areas that had been breached and the towers that had been burned. Although it was painful to see, the evaluation of the extent of the damage also gave him room to hope.8

The next morning, Nehemiah gathered the leaders of the Jewish tribes and exhorted them to begin rebuilding the walls so that they would be protected from their enemies. He told them of the approval that he had received from King Darius and of the supplies that he had been given.

Strengthened by his words and the support of the king, the people feverishly began rebuilding the walls.9 They divided the wall into sections, with each family and tribe responsible for the repair of one section.10

When the Samaritans, headed by a man named Sanballat, heard that the Jews were attempting to rebuild the walls, they became enraged. They organized a force of fighters to attack the builders and prevent the wall from being rebuilt. The idea that a group of refugees could gain independence and military security was not something they were willing to tolerate.11

Knowing of the danger, Nehemiah took steps to protect the workers and allow the project to continue. He split the men into two groups, one of which would always be armed and would stand guard, while the second one continued the work. He also gave each group trumpets to blast in case of attack, so that the other defenders could rally to them quickly. Additionally, everyone was encouraged to sleep in Jerusalem during the construction, even if they lived in other towns, so that the could join the night guard. Nehemiah himself took part, standing guard night and day.12

The work continued unabated for 52 days, morning to night. Finally, the wall had been completely re-enclosed. It still only stood at half its previous height but had no more breaches or openings. Only the doors of the gates were yet to be completed. Finally, after years of fear, the Jews of Jerusalem felt secure.

One of the primary issues that Nehemiah had to deal with was the staggering wealth inequality. The widespread poverty in the land had forced many to borrow large sums of money from the wealthy. Later, when they were unable to pay the debt back, they had to pawn off all their possessions one by one in order to repay their loans. The situation had deteriorated to the extent that some of the poverty-stricken populace had already sold their daughters into slavery to pay off their debts. With mounting debt and no source of income now that their fields and vineyards had been repossessed, many of the Jews had no way of pulling themselves out of the red. With no other recourse, many saw no options other than selling themselves as slaves.13

Nehemiah immediately set out to rectify this. He gathered the nobles and wealthy men and began berating them in front of a large crowd. He reminded them of how money was being continuously raised to buy back Jews from slavery, and that their actions were likely to force many of their brethren to sell themselves as slaves voluntarily.

Leading by example, Nehemiah announced that he would forgo all money owed to him by the poor, and would be returning any property that he had collected from them in lieu of payment. He encouraged the wealthy that had gathered there to do the same.

His words were heeded, and those gathered there agreed to return all confiscated property and forgo any outstanding debts. This drastic reform allowed many a clean slate and jump-started the economy of the land.14

Additionally, Nehemiah refused to accept payment for the entirety of his tenure as governor of Jerusalem. This was in stark contrast to his predecessors, who had used their power to levy high taxes to support lavish lifestyles. Nehemiah also hosted more than 150 people daily for meals, paid for from his own pocket.15

After 12 years16 of serving as the governor of Jerusalem, long overstaying the date that he had originally been given, Nehemiah returned to Babylon to King Darius. After a short time there, Nehemiah once again begged to return to Jerusalem and resume his duties. Once again his request was granted.

Although he had not been gone that long, Nehemiah returned to find that Tobiah, an Ammonite official and an enemy of Nehemiah who had opposed the rebuilding of the walls, had actually been given a room in the Temple for his possessions. That room had housed many important items, including the money allotted to pay the Levites for their time in the Temple. With no payment forthcoming, the Levites had abandoned their posts and returned to their homes to work their fields.

Overcome with rage, Nehemiah had all of Tobiah’s possessions thrown out of the room and the entire room purified. He ordered that the Levites be paid once again, and coaxed them to return to their posts. He also doubled down on tithes, making sure that they were properly collected and sent to the Temple.

Then he appointed new officials to be in charge of the rooms of the Temple, trustworthy men who would not do such a thing again.17

The observance of the Sabbath had slowly eroded over the time that the exiles had returned to Jerusalem, and despite his best efforts, Ezra had been unsuccessful in reversing the tide. During Nehemiah’s absence things had deteriorated even further. It was common to see people crushing grapes on the Sabbath, and vendors publicly displayed their wares for sale.18

Nehemiah tackled the problem from another angle, using practical obstacles and preventative edicts to change the culture, rather than relying solely on Ezra’s methods of inspiration and education. He instructed that the gates of Jerusalem be closed at sunset on Friday evening and remain locked throughout the Sabbath. This ensured that merchants and vendors could not bring in their goods to sell. Many a merchant was forced to spend the Sabbath outside the city walls. If Nehemiah saw vendors arriving on the Sabbath, he warned them not to do so again. Levites were posted at all the gates to make sure that no one entered on the Sabbath.19

He also convened the court and instituted the laws of muktzeh, forbidding handling certain items on the Sabbath.20 These restrictions helped curb the transgression of the Sabbath in a very short period of time.

He also convened the court and instituted the laws of muktzeh, forbidding handling certain items on the Sabbath.20 These restrictions helped curb the transgression of the Sabbath in a very short period of time.

SOURCE and FOOTNOTES:     https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4166033/jewish/Nehemiah.htm

26 February 2024

Shalom Pollack – 3 in 1 Tour Itinery

"Three in one" tour

Wednesday, March 20

Experience three distinct pearls of our beloved land and people.

We will begin the day with a visit to biblical  Bet El where the earliest Tanakh stories come alive.

Today, this holy and historic site is home to a large flourishing Jewish community. The attractive middle-class town, once barren and forlorn in the  "hills of Benjamin" is the exhilarating fulfillment of the biblically prophesied return to the land.

The local council is now offering an educational extravaganza, using the latest technology, to capture the history of the biblical site.

After witnessing the fruits of the sacrifice of the founding generation of idealists we will meet the next generation of Jewish heroes.

The handful of current-generation Jewish pioneers/heroes single-handedly guard and expand our hold on our beloved land. The "hilltop youth " defy overwhelming challenges and threats.

Sub-level living conditions in extreme weather, murderous Arabs, and a hostile  Israeli administration do not shake their determination in their mission on the part of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael.

We will have the honor of visiting a hilltop site where we will learn, be inspired, and support the extraordinary heroes who are writing our history today.

Finally, we will travel through the beautiful Judean desert to the area of biblical Jericho where we will visit the new  Jericho nature reserve which includes an oasis of springs and flora to delight our senses and our soul.

Depart from the Inbal hotel at 8:00 Return around 5:00
Bring lunch
230 shekels.

now is REALLY the time!


Rabbi Glatstein — Origins of Evil

 Yishmael: Origins of Evil 


 Hidabroot - Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Glatstein is an American Orthodox Rabbi, public speaker, author, prolific researcher, and teacher with a global following and one of the most popular English speaking Torah teachers in the contemporary Jewish landscape. The Rabbi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in the Five Towns with his wife, children and family where he furthers his research, writing and teachings to the masses worldwide via the internet, his local community and Kahal Kadosh.

Another Terrible Mistake — Gaza will look like Paradise compared to Beirut

 not ours, but theirs, if you believe this
[orchestrated propaganda, but possibity]

There is ultimately only one way to prevent the massive destruction of areas of major Lebanese cities, and that is for Hezbollah to remove the rockets and missiles embedded in those areas. Op-ed.

If Hezbollah doesn't remove the rockets and missiles it has embedded in Beirut and other populated areas of Lebanon, those areas will be turned into moonscapes, which will make Gaza, by comparison, seem like Paradise.

To be clear:

We won't turn those areas into a moonscape as punishment.

We will do this because the rockets and missiles are so deeply embedded inside the civilian population that even precision attacks will level the areas.

We have no choice.

The devastation we could suffer in a full-scale battle with Hezbollah is unprecedented.

We are being warned to expect no electricity for days, and that some areas may have no power for many weeks.The Israeli authorities are starting to provide a glimpse of what we are facing, and the public is reacting.

The Ministry of Health is scrambling to arrange solutions for the many tens of thousands of Israelis who rely on oxygen concentrators to survive.

People are buying battery systems that include solar panels to recharge them

And since the telephone system and mobile towers will crash in areas with extended blackout periods, many who must maintain constant contact with the world are buying telephones and modems that communicate via satellite.

It is finally sinking in that when this full-scale battle takes place, we will not have the resources to even attempt to intercept rockets and missiles on the way to hitting non-strategic targets.

Indeed, it is a nightmare scenario.

But a real one.

There is ultimately only one way to prevent the massive destruction of areas of major Lebanese cities, and that is for Hezbollah to remove the rockets and missiles embedded in those areas.

I say "ultimately" because even if there is some kind of deal that pulls back Hezbollah from our border, those rockets and missiles will continue to be a clear and present danger.

The only question is if on "judgment day," our leadership chooses to take the initiative in a surprise attack, which will save thousands of Israeli lives and a huge chunk of our economy.

Because that is the difference in the destruction we will endure between a surprise Israeli attack and an Israeli response.

And I will add an important note: if we are as clueless about Hezbollah as it turned out we were clueless about Hamas, then this makes weighing the options that much more difficult for our policymakers.

Dr. Aaron Lerner heads Independent Media Review Analysis., founded with his late father Joseph in 1982


From Sodom to Nineveh — Op-ed


It would be a terrible mistake to confuse compassion for the Gazans with mercy for Hamas and its ilk. True compassion dictates the eradication of the latter in order to salvage the former. Op-ed.

Nothing is more poignant than the fall and destruction of a city. What passed as a haven of civilization, art, wealth, beauty, spirituality, or just as a safe place, is reduced to ashes; its inhabitants, once proud or arrogant or just tranquil, have been starved to death or killed by the sword, or reduced to slavery. Should such reversals in human destinies be ascribed to God’s higher justice, or seen as ultimate evidence of life’s nonsense and absurdity?

Judaism dwells at length on these matters. The Hebrew Bible devotes countless pages, either in prose or poetry, to Jerusalem, the chosen city of the chosen people, its greatness and its sins, its collapse at the hand of merciless invaders and its future resurrection. Three yearly fasts and one three weeks mourning season commemorate the destruction of both Temples and the ensuing devastations of the holy city and the land. 

However, according to the Rabbis, they will be eventually turned into joyous holidays in Messianic times. The same pattern – disaster and rebirth - is to be found in the Jewish marriage ceremonials, that include Psalm CXXXVII, 5-6 first (“If I forget thee, o Jerusalem”) and then Jeremiah XXXIII, 10-11 (“Yet again there shall be heard... in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem…the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride”).

Christianity and the Christianized Western civilization at large also internalized the Biblical narrative of Jerusalem and applied it to their own circumstances. An intriguing and perhaps ironic example is to be found in Strahlungen, the war diaries of the German writer Ernst Jünger. In his latest entries, as the Third Reich is collapsing, Jünger quotes extensively the Old Testament: the books of Jeremiah, Jonas and Job. A way to depart from the most inhuman and antisemitic regime in history, and at the same time a prayer for the survival of Germany, beyond crime and retribution.

There are other cities in the Bible, however. Maybe we should focus on two of them, Sodom and Nineveh.

In Genesis XVIII, 17-33, God tells Abraham about the impending destruction of Sodom (and her sister-city Gomorrha), “because their outcry has become great, and because their sin has become very grave”. Abraham then raises an essential question: is there anything like collective guilt? Is it conceivable that everybody in Sodom and Gomorrha took part in the national sin, and that innocent inhabitants should be punished along with the wicked ones? Every reader of the Bible is familiar with Abraham’s bargaining with God (“What if there are fifty innocent people, forty, thirty”, etc) and with God’s final answer: the Almighty will spare a city if ten righteous people at least are to be found, but not if this quorum is not met.

The following verses shed light on the nature of Sodom’s sin: depriving strangers of the most basic human rights and subjecting them to abject rape. While the West at large always focused on the second part of this indictment, so much so that sodomy has become an alternative appellation for sexual misbehavior, the Rabbis have been chiefly concerned by the first part. “Sodom’s sins” or “Sodom’s laws”, in the Jewish tradition, refer above all to a polity built on blatant injustice.

Interestingly, Genesis XIX also shows that God is in fact willing to rescue in a miraculous way the last righteous – or semi-righteous – inhabitants, even if they are under the ten souls’ threshold, provided they don’t “look behind” while being salvaged (they definitely cut with Sodom’s culture). A test that Lot’s wife does not pass.

On the face of it, Nineveh’s case, as related in the Book of Jonah, is very similar to Sodom’s: the city so sinful that she must be destroyed. However, when told so by the Hebrew prophet Jonas on God’s command, she repents and is spared. Something Jonas does not fully understand: why should God relent from a just sentence? The Jewish tradition sides with God, and incidentally with Nineveh, on this issue: the Book of Jonas is read in full the synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, dedicated to introspection, inner conversion.

Indeed, God’s ways are not Man’s ways, and Man should never see himself as the infallible agent of God’s justice. Still, the very purpose of Revelation is to bind together Man and God, and infer, as much as possible, from God to Man.

Much has been said and written since October 7 in this respect. The outcry against the Hamas regime in Gaza has been “very great”, at least in the Judeo-Christian world. And comparisons with the sins of Sodom are not irrelevant. The atrocities perpetrated by the Gaza jihadists in Western Israel were widely reported. The hostages that have been released so far have described the eerie inhumanity of their captors. Mia Schem, an Israeli-French hostage released in November, disclosed on December 29 to a French TV station that she passed through “a Holocaust”, as the private booty of a Gaza family, and warned that “everybody in Gaza is a terrorist”.

Father Patrick Desbois, the Catholic priest who helped in retrieving the memory of the “shooting Holocaust” in Ukraine and Belarus and heads the Yahad-In Unum institute on genocide studies, recently added further information about the culture of inhumanity that has been pervading Gazan society.

According to him, jihadists from Gaza were heavily involved in the Daesh genocide of Yezidis in Syria and Iraq, and in the trafficking of Yezidi captives for slavery and sexual exploitation.


For all that, there is also compassion in the Judean-Christian world for the Gazans as victims of war, just because they are victims – and rightly so. No doubt that Israel is doing everything it can do to spare non-combatant Gazans in this bitter war, and the mass evacuation of civilians from Gaza City and other places, whatever its harshness, was a way to protect them. Still, war is war: “a rain of sulfur and fire”.

We know also that not all Gazans are part of Hamas and would welcome the fall of the evil regime. Israeli sources have noted significant differences among Gazans in this respect according to tribal or clanic affiliation.

However, it would be a terrible mistake to confuse compassion for the Gazans with mercy for Hamas and its ilk. In fact, true compassion dictates the eradication of the latter in order to salvage the former. In one of his wisest statements so far, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu listed the “denazification” of Gaza his country’s number one war goal. Another word for transiting from Sodom to Nineveh.

Michel Gurfinkiel is a widely published French conservative journalist and public intellectual. He served as editor-in-chief of Valeurs Actuelles on the board of Commentary, and in 2003, founded the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute. He is a fellow of the Middle East Forum and recipient of the National Order of Merit.

https://www.settimananews.it/informazione-internazionale/from-sodom-to-nineveh/© Michel Gurfinkiel & SettimanaNews, 2023 


SPEAKING OUT: Jonathan Pollard on i24 News


Jonathan Pollard, and International Affairs analyst, Dan Perry debate what the "day-after" should look like in Gaza including the possibility of Israeli annexation, the two-state solution, Jerusalem's relations with Washington, and the future of Israel and Palestine

Here Jonathan explains how the Roman aristocrisy was drawn to Judaism, with many converting, i.e. Onkelos!

Rabbi Weissman – Recent thoughts about the "war" and the propaganda

In 1967 Israel defeated the combined armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in 6 days. In 2024, with all their technological marvels, it's been nearly 5 months and Israel can't defeat Hamas in the tiny territory of Gaza?  Seriously?  Spare me the excuses and rationalizations.  That just doesn't make any sense, no matter how you try to explain it away.  

Meanwhile, Jewish casualties rival those of the '67 war against three countries (see here). It's only official numbers, by the same professional liars who claim there were zero cases of flu in 2020, but the official numbers for the '67 war are 776 military deaths and 4517 military and/or civilian wounded. The official numbers for dead and wounded from October 7 until now are bad enough, but anecdotal evidence suggests they are severely downplayed.  

Almost everyone seems to know a relative/friend/neighbor who was killed or injured.  The "Dati Leumi" cultists in the small Anglo neighborhoods of Beit Shemesh alone are running from shiva to shiva, yet they still believe Israel is doing fantastic in the pretend war against Hamas.  At the same time, they insist that we need to keep sending more people into booby-trapped tunnels and buildings and other assorted death traps indefinitely, and more people should join the army, because we don't have enough manpower.  

How does any of that make sense?  It doesn't.  When I try to raise a counterpoint they scream at me and run away, because that's how death cults work.

It's a meat grinder, and it's deliberate. 

The war is not against “Hamas”.  The war is against us.

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Draft the Charedim! They should be maimed and killed too!  It's only fair!  And it's the only way we can win! 

See here and here for some horrific propaganda that would make Goebells blush. As usual, divide and conquer.  Turn the people against each other, so they won't turn against those truly responsible for this calamity, the Erev Rav from within.  

Yachad Nenatzeiach...

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I generally don't believe in hostage deals, but here's my proposal: all the political and military leaders who were too "surprised" and "incompetent" (not something else) to prevent the events of October 7 or even muster a meaningful response for over 7 hours, for which we still don't have much of an excuse, in exchange for the hostages.  If that's not enough, we can throw in some members of the state-controlled media.  

Who would be against this on EITHER side?

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Truckloads of "aid" for our enemies, but no money for our soldiers to have winter coats.  Don't ask questions!  It's demoralizing!  And treason!

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How is it that the IDF seems to be perpetually short on ammunition and basic supplies, yet Hamas, which is confined to a small geographic area with few points of entry and can't get anything in without Israel letting it through, has endless supplies and ammunition?  Give me your best BS answer off the cuff to explain it away, because G-d forbid anyone stops and thinks.




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Rabbi bar-Hayim and Jonathan The Upcoming Battle in Judea and Samaria