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31 January 2017

UPDATE - "There is NO Muslim Ban"

"At a news conference Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary emphasized that Trump's executive order on immigration "is not - I repeat - not a ban on Muslims."

He also noted: "I would be less than honest if I told you that some of those countries that are currently on the list may not be taken off the list anytime soon."

The countries named in the temporary travel halt were actually 
listed by the 
Obama administration.

Because of the insanely dishonest media, we now have physically violent mobs rampaging through U.S. airports, punching people in the face. Welcome to the "mob-ocracy" of America, where insanity rules over reason.

“Muslim ban” a total lie… fact-less media* gins up mass hysteria among left-wing… America now a “mob-ocracy”

"This may come as a shock to anyone stupid enough to still believe the lying left-wing media, but there is no Muslim ban in America. President Trump‘s executive orders, signed last Friday, are only a temporary halting of immigrants and refugees from seven countries with strong ties to international terrorism.

None of those seven countries are among the list of nations from where the largest number of Muslims immigrate to America.

"The seven countries were chosen and named by Obama administration officials! (They were chosen by Obama, not by Trump.) Both Obama and former President Jimmy Carter invoked temporary bans on travelers from terror-linked countries, by the way.

"Yet the wholly dishonest, anti-America left-wing media has no interest in reporting the truth about any of this. They’re using the executive order to whip up mass hysteria as an emotional weapon against President Trump.

"What we’re all really witnessing yet again is the complete collapse of the credibility of the left-wing media and its mindless zombie followers. They are all truly unhinged, mentally ill “emotional zombies” who are instantly manipulated into faux outrage on any event the media seeks to contort into hatred directed at Donald Trump.

See also:  Goodbye, Obama, You “Sleeper Cell” Traitor And Enemy Of America… (You Won’t Be Missed). Leaving the White House is “sleeper cell” Barack Hussein Obama, an enemy of liberty, a serial liar and someone who meticulously followed a Soviet-style plan of subversion to systematically destroy America. Read the whole staggering list and more about How Obama aided and abetted America’s enemies over the last eight years

Above Full Article Source: NaturalNews

AND THIS,  from a letter writer to the JPost:
"Israelis are not permitted to enter 15 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen. Can someone show me where all the demonstrations are concerning this discriminatory policy? When its Jews who are locked out, it seems that nobody, including the Left’s humanitarians, cares.”

Obama Routinely Bombed 5 out of the 7 Countries

. . .Trump just banned, but the media said nothing: Total hypocrisy. Out of the seven countries that were banned by President Trump last Friday, five were bombed by the Obama administration: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. It’s fine for the Nobel Peace Prize winning President to bomb these people in their own countries, but for President Trump to temporarily prevent them from traveling to our country to keep America safe is “un-American” and “unconstitutional.”


*The Leftist Socialists in Israel and the leftists worldwide use the same mo·dus op·e·ran·di [– a Latin phrase, approximately translated as "method of operation”] of lies, i.e. –

1. Bluff: a statement intended to deceive or confuse
2. Canard: an unsubstantiated story or report
3. Deceit: a deceptive statement
4. Deception: A statement or action intended to mislead
5. Distortion: a deviation from the true meaning, or an overstatement of proportion
7. Exaggeration: an overstatement or overemphasis
8. Fable: a fictitious statement or story, in the sense of something made up to explain or justify an unmerited action or state of affairs
9. Fabrication: a made-up fact or incident
and the list goes on ...

Amona Residents Ordered To Evacuate

The Knesset House Committee approved the Regulation Law Tuesday afternoon, with eight MKs voting to approve the bill and seven MKs voting against the bill.
The Regulation Law was brought for its second and third readings in the Knesset Monday.
Vice chairman of the House Committee, MK Shuli Mualem (Jewish Home), said: "I reject outright all of the talk we are hearing on theft and stealing. It is rewriting the Bible and the Jewish world. The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. We never said otherwise. Again and again [we said that] the right-wing government will pursue a right-wing agenda and rule from the right."

MK Mualem told MKs opposing the bill: "We were elected to the Knesset in order to promote what we believe in, and not what Meretz, the Zionist Union, Yesh Atid, or the Joint List believe in. The Regulation Law is the obligation of the right-wing government to lead the normalization of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, after 50 years have passed since the great miracle which occurred during the Six Day War."

At the end of the vote MK Mualem said: "With G-d's help we will do it and we will succeed. The Land of Israel and the State of Israel won a great victory today."


Residents of the embattled town of Amona in Samaria have been ordered to abandon their homes and evacuate by the end of the day.

An army order posted in Amona Monday night warns that a general closure on the town will be imposed 
within 48 hours
According to the order, all property must be removed by residents before Wednesday.


In a further blow to the Amona deal, the Knesset announced on Tuesday that voting on the Regulation Law, a key component of the agreement, would be delayed yet again. While the bill was set to be voted upon this week, the Knesset declared no moves would be taken on the proposal prior to February 6th.
(reprehensible cowards)

The People Know . . . The Government Will Be The Last to Realize The Error of Their Ways

Listen to what they say"

"As I said many times. We just do not want to face reality. There never was any intention to either protect the families or to have replacement dwellings. Amazing how gullible, simple minded we are. NETANYAHU never had any other intention or ever will. He is destruction personified."

" no work has yet been done on the new neighborhood promised under the agreement. Amona residents have nowhere to go." CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT IN WINTER, SOME CRUEL FACTION OF THE GOVERNMENT IS THROWING FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES! And these people are victims of a governmental (sic) mistake!!! To make matters worse, the agreement made has not be [en]kept, but these poor people have to up and leave. TO WHERE????"

"It is a very bad news causing serious consequences. We are divided in political military and spiritual way Our enemies know now our weakness and they will take advantages as EU particularly France are making business with Iran. The French foreign minister is visiting Teheran in company of numerous business men. He has met the chairman of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani promising him to improve France s relationship with Teheram error Teheran. Shiites and Sunnits are preparing an alliance as Hitler did with Stalin just to destroy Israel and Trump."

"Our government stinks. We need moshiach. These people are being treated like the residents of Gush Katif."

"I’m not sure about Moshiach, he might delay his coming yet again. In meantime I would’ve given a chance to Feiglin and his Zehut party. The others are certainly sheat and do not deserve any.”


Incredible UFO Cloud Spotted in Sweden

Incredible UFO cloud spotted in Sweden

The cloud photographed in Åre. Photo: Felizia Lorenzotti

A mysterious UFO-shaped cloud baffled skiers when it appeared in the sky over Sweden. The bizarre cloud floated in the sky over ski resorts Åre and Duved on Thursday, prompting some to speculate that Martians had arrived for a day on the slopes.

Many rushed to take pictures of the unusual phenomenon and posted them on social media.

"I thought it was pretty cool," one of them, Elvira Kuper, told broadcaster SVT.

Experts explained it was a so-called lenticular cloud, which forms over mountain peaks when the air is forced to rise as it hits the hillside. As it cools it condenses into a cloud.

Thanks to their peculiar shape, they are often mistaken for UFOs.

Here are more of the best pictures of the cloud

30 January 2017



The gathering is the first indication of how the Kushner-Trump power couple will combine their White House roles with the demands of Shabbat. Will more Jews in the Government come to learn about Shabbat and even begin keeping some of the laws (Halachos) of Sinai? What a Kiddush HaShem this could be.

The London-based Daily Mail published photos of food and caterers, flowers and a makeup artists arriving at the Kushner’s new home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington DC. Local Chabad rabbi Levi Shemtov also was photographed outside of their house on Friday afternoon.

Photos showed Secret Service agents inspecting boxes of food as well as floral arrangements, and the delivery men who brought them, that arrived to the couples’ home.

Photos taken clandestinely by the Daily Mail also showed guests arriving including: Department of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross; Trump Strategic Communications Director Hope Hicks; Ivanka Trump’s unofficial adviser Dina Habib Powell also joined the celebration; former president of Goldman Sachs and top economic policy adviser Gary Cohn; and Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin and his partner Louise Linton.   Source: JPost

*Yoel and Yael

Secret Service stand outside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's house in northwest Washington, D.C

Daily Mail Article: 
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner celebrated Shabbat with a flurry of cabinet picks on Friday Department of Commerce pick Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross attended the festivities Strategic Communications Director Hope Hicks, former president of Goldman Sachs and top economic policy adviser Gary Cohn, and Department of the Treasury pick Steve Mnuchin also visited the Kushners' new home.  Workers at Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner's home were seen preparing for the Jewish Sabbath in Washington, D.C.  Secret Service inspected people bringing flowers and boxes as they came into the house.


THE INAUGURAL SHABBAT:  The evening before, clumps of middle-aged out-of-towners, red Make America Great Again hats covering their kippahs, clustered around tables at the Char Bar kosher steakhouse. The most common topic of conversation: Would Trump’s Orthodox Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, set to assume a role as a top adviser, make it out of their parade limos the next day in time for Shabbat? (They did: The limos pulled up to the White House at 4:35 p.m. Shabbat came in a few minutes after 5.)

Earlier Thursday, a select group of Jewish Trump supporters attended the exclusive Republican Jewish Coalition reception, which featured Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the House majority leader, and Tom Rose, the conservative Jewish talk show radio maven who is close to Vice President Mike Pence.

On Friday night, they gathered on the lower floors of the Marriott Marquis at “The Inaugural Shabbat,” sponsored by the Israel Forever Foundation. The hotel is connected to the Washington Convention Center where, as the Shabbat dinner got underway, Trump took his first dance with his wife, Melania, mouthing the words to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

Or they were at the American Friends of Lubavitch headquarters near Dupont Circle, where Friday night services were packed with visitors. Rabbi Levi Shemtov’s sons squeezed between worshippers with trays bulging with tiny plastic cups of sweet kiddush wine.

The sense of a homecoming, of relaxed and happy banter, was natural, said Matt Brooks, director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “At the end of the day, I think there’s a huge sense of relief,” he said. “This last eight years we have seen a significant weakening of the US-Israel alliance. Things are going to be very different from the Obama administration. We’re looking forward to a different tone and a relationship.”

And Trump’s quotation of Psalm 133?
Read more at TimesofIsrael

Tehillim 133
A song of ascents of David. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers also to dwell together!
As the good oil on the head runs down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, which runs down on the mouth of his garments.
As the dew of Hermon which runs down on the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, life forever.


'Is This The Hand of G–d?’

Odd-shaped clouds spark a social media storm in Mexico where weird formations in the sky leave people baffled. 

A cloud, shaped like the arm and hand of a giant, was spotted in the town of Uruapan in the western Mexican state of Michoacan - and had residents debating whether it was a sign from above. A video of the bizarre sight was uploaded to social media and saw many people line up to comment. Source: DailyMail. [no link cause of pics]

Well, we Jews know that this is NOT the Hand of Hashem; however, a sign, a siman, it might be.

And here is a video of a similar event:

Skip the beginning words, go to :041 to see this also in Sao Paulo Brazil on 26 January. 

Plus harken to the words of Binyamin at Tomer Devora, an audio translation of Binyamin, “Rely Only on Hashem."

Also recommended: Hint to Nibiru in which is included an interesting video on Venus.

29 January 2017


Based on Zohar Shemot 32A
Translated and annotated by Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin from the Zohar selection in Hok L'Yisrael

Come and see: for four hundred years, the minister of the children of Ishmael stood and begged before G‑d. He said to Him, 'whoever is circumcised has a portion in Your name'. He said to him, 'it is so'. He said to Him, 'Behold Ishmael who is circumcised. Why does he not have a portion in You like Isaac?' He said to him, 'It is not so, the one was circumcised properly and according to the full requirements, while the other was not so' [as Ishmael do not fulfill “periyah/uncovering”]. Moreover, the ones cleave to Me as is specified on the eighth day, while the others are distanced from me for many days [being circumcised only at age 13]. He [Ishmael's guardian angel] said to Him, 'But still in all, since he is circumcised, would he not have a good reward for this?'

[R. Hiyya then says] Woe is to the time that Ishmael was born into the world and was circumcised. What did G‑d do [to appease Ishmael]? He distanced the children of Ishmael from supernal cleaving and gave them [only] a portion below in the Holy Land on account of their circumcision.

And in the future, the children of Ishmael are destined to rule over the Holy Land for a long time when it is empty from anything, like their circumcision which is empty and imperfect. And they will prevent the children of Israel from returning to their place until the reward for the merit of the children of Ishmael reaches completion.

The children of Ishmael [i.e. the Arab nations] will cause great wars in the world and the children of Edom will gather against them and wage war against them, one on the sea, one on the dry land, and one near Jerusalem. And they [the children of Edom] will rule over them [the children of Ishmael], but the Holy Land will not be given over to the children of Edom. [The children of Edom is the Christian West, for Edom is Rome (see Num. 24:19, Rashi) and Rome signifies Greece-Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, the foundations of Western Civilization]

At that time, a nation from the end of the earth will be aroused against evil Rome and wage war against it for three months. Nations will gather there, and [Rome] will fall into their hands, until all the children of Edom will gather against it [that nation] from all the corners of the world. Then G‑d will be roused against them. This is the meaning of: "For G‑d has a sacrifice in Botzrah". (Isaiah 34:6) And afterwards, it is written: "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth..." (Job 38:13) He will destroy the descendants of Ishmael from the land, and break all the powers of [all the nations' guardian angels] Above. There will not remain any power of any people on earth, except the power of Israel alone. This is the meaning of "G‑d is your shade upon your right hand". (Psalms 121:5)

For the Divine Name is on the right [malchut is rectified by chesed from the right] and the Torah [the secret of Zeir Anpin also] is on the right. Therefore, everything stems from the right. We learned that we should raise the right over the left, as it is written: "At His right hand was a fiery law unto them". (Deut. 33:2) In the future to come: "Save with Your right hand and answer me". (Psalms 60:7) And of that time, it is written: "For then I will convert the peoples to a purer language [i.e. Hebrew] that they may all call upon the name of G‑d to serve Him with one consent" (Zephaniah 3:9) and: "On that day G‑d shall be one, and His name One". (Zachariah 14:9)

Blessed is G‑d forever, amen and amen.


PRESIDENT TRUMP:  “Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW,” Trump told his almost 23 million Twitter followers early Sunday. “Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!” ;…' Trump and his aides said those who opposed the order were overreacting and misinterpreting. "It’s not a Muslim ban,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office. “We were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It’s working out very nicely."
Source: Bloomberg

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS: Europe 'a horrible mess' due to immigration policies
President defends executive orders limiting immigration from terror hotbeds, says Europe 'a horrible mess' due to immigration policies. Under the new directive, no asylum seekers will be permitted into the US for a period of 120 days. In addition, the order creates a general ban on refugees from Syria even beyond the 120 days. Also, all non-citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – including green-card holders – would be barred from entering the United States for 90 days. Read more at ArutzSheva


American citizens are not affected; green-card holders and others from seven Muslim countries are. President Trump signed on Friday an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The order has been widely criticized and praised. Here’s what it does and doesn’t do. Read more at The Atlantic


DHS said the court ruling would have no effect on the overall executive action.
"President Trump's Executive Orders remain in place - prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety," according to the DHS statement. Source Article

Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants (Reuters)
The Department of Homeland Security said about 375 travelers had been affected by the order, 109 of whom were in transit and were denied entry to the United States. Another 173 were stopped by airlines before boarding.The order "affects a minor portion of international travelers," the department said in a statement, saying the measures "inconvenienced" less than 1 percent of travelers. Source Article

While UK’s May is Critical, Nigel Farage says as he defends US President's immigration crackdown. He said the US president is entitled to introduce the measures in a bid to crack down on any would-be jihadis entering the country.Britain should follow Donald Trump's lead and introduce 'extreme vetting,' Nigel Farage says as he defends US President's immigration crackdown. Ex-Ukip leader and friend of Trump defends controversial executive order to prevent anyone entering US from seven Muslim majority countries. Says President is entitled to introduce measures in bid to crackdown on jihadis.  Blames ban on Angela Merkel's open-door policy towards refugees fleeing Syria. Daily Mail

See Also:

EDOM vs YISMAEL at Shirat Devorah.

Yishmael and Geula

Amaleq in Edom

27 January 2017


By Roy S. Neuberger

In this week’s parsha, Va’eira, we are deep in Mitzraim, seeing first-hand how Hashem extricated us from this fearsome golus. From this we learn how He will extricate us from our present golus. As the Chofetz Chaim said,

“We can learn about the end of our [current] exile from what happened at the end of our exile in Egypt.” 
(Quote from Rabbi Elchonen Wasserman zt”l)

It says in next week’s parsha, “I, Hashem” will take you out of Mitzraim, on which Rashi comments, 

“I Myself, not through an emissary.” 
(Shemos 12:12)

What was so difficult that Hashem Himself had to do it? And why is it so agonizingly difficult to end our present golus? We have to try to understand.

We are so deep in golus that we are unaware that we are in golus. We are in such darkness that we do not see. We have to come to grips with this, because – when the alien civilization in which we dwell comes crashing down – we don’t want our fate to be entangled with theirs, the way the fate of four-fifths of Am Yisroel was entangled with the fate of Mitzraim. (See Rashi to Shemos 13:18 and 10:22)

I had a personal insight into this when my wife recently found some letters from the 1960s, when we were first married. We were sailing (yes!) to England, where I was enrolled as a graduate student at Oxford University. Before beginning our studies, we toured Italy. This was a world of goyish antiquity and “culture.” At that time, there was no such thing as email or cell phones. People wrote letters. Some of our letters were eight sides long, with tiny writing and even a detailed floor plan of our “flat” in Oxford. Reading these letters is frightening.


Everything is described as beautiful and interesting and adventurous. In photographs from this era, we look normal and happy. We were enmeshed in golus, and we were smiling! That is frightening! How could we have been happy?

“Al naharos Bavel … By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and also wept when we remembered Tzion…. How can we sing the song of Hashem upon the alien’s soil? If I forget you, Yerushalayim, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue adhere to my palate if I fail to recall you, if I fail to elevate Yerushalayim above my foremost joy.” 
(Tehillim 137)

What has happened to us? How did we forget?

Sometimes people finish davening and immediately laugh and joke as they leave the shul. How can they do that? Didn’t they just cry for Yerushalayim?

What has happened to us? 
How did we forget?

When I look at those old letters and photographs, I realize that I was fooling myself completely! It is so easy to fall into the no-responsibility life of golus! Enjoy! In the words of the ad, “Just do it!” Go on vacation! Do what you feel like! Go to the stadium! You can even eat kosher, just like in Shushan ha Bira!

Why actually did my wife and I leave that life of being buried alive in golus? If we thought we were so happy, why did we become observant Jews? What shook us out of our drugged stupor?

In October, 1973, we visited a man named Walter Grunfeld. He was watching the TV news, which described the Yom Kippur War, as General Ariel Sharon’s forces crossed the Suez Canal and surrounded the Egyptian Army. Israel was saved from death! Walter Grunfeld was crying with happiness! I remarked to him, “Oh yes, I read in the newspaper that there is a war somewhere in the Middle East.”

And then he started screaming at me. “What kind of Jew are you? Are you made of stone! Don’t you have a heart! What kind of Jew are you?” I stood there like an icicle. I had never heard such words before. Those words never left me, to this day:

“What kind of Jew are you?”

Walter Grunfeld’s words began to melt the ice. I began to realize: I am dead!

In those days, we lived in a small Hudson-Valley town. I was in the ambulance corps. My friend was the local pastor. He was only thirty seven, but he was already making plans for his retirement home in Florida. He was designing the home so the corridors would be wide enough to maneuver the stretcher when they took him on his final trip … to the morgue!

This is golus! This is the culture that surrounds us! The mouth of the pit is opening before us! The Satan dangles toys before our eyes and, for this, we run away from the Ribono shel Olam and Eternal Life!

Decades ago, I entered an electronics store in Borough Park to buy a big-screen monitor. The clerk, with long payos swinging, said,

“The Yetzer Hara dancing on the screen … how big do you want it to be?” 

I ran out of the store!

That is why Hashem Himself had to enter Mitzraim. This is too big a job even for a malach! Hashem Himself had to descend to Mitzraim because His children were clutching so desperately at the emptiness!

My friends, the nations of the world are now gathering to plan the culminating attack of history, to complete the job – G-d forbid – which they have been plotting since the days of Yishmael and Esav. This time, they are sure they will succeed. They are not going just against the Land of Israel, but against the entire Nation. They have become “disgusted because of the Children of Israel.” (Shemos 1:12)

We make them physically sick!

It is time to stop fooling ourselves! We smile for the pictures, but the scenery is fading. “Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of man. They have a mouth, but cannot speak. They have eyes, but cannot see … those who make them should become like them, whoever trusts in them! (Tehillim 115)

Before the culture of emptiness blows itself up, we must flee to the Mountain of Torah. “Hashem Hoshia, hamelech ya’anainu b’yom kareinu … Hashem will answer us on the day we call!” (Tehillim 20:10)

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.

© Copyright 2017 by Roy S. Neuberger

26 January 2017


A VIEW of Umm Al-Hiran, the Beduin village in the southern Negev Desert demolished by police last week.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Ari Briggs, Regavim

In the continuing series on why terminology matters, screaming from the front page of The Jerusalem Post on January 16 was the following headline: “State pressures Beduin to leave Negev village to make way for Jewish town.”

This type of headline has only been seen previously in the likes of the The New York Times: “Village of Bedouins Faces Eviction as Israel Envisions a Village of Jews” (May 16, 2015) and Haaretz: “Supreme Court Allows State to Replace Bedouin Village With Jewish One” (May 6, 2015).

"[…] Justices Rubinstein, Hendel and Barak-Erez rule in their final judgment in 2015 (3094/11) that the petitioners have no ownership of the land, and that their settlement in that location was only temporary according to the lease agreement they signed with the state during the Fifties.

“We are dealing with a Beduin tribe that moved to the area in dispute about six decades ago, in accordance with the directives of the authorities. Although they lived there legally, at no time did the tribe acquire ownership of the land according the property law of our legal system; they built extensively on the land without any permits, and this is illegal. Most of the tribe moved to Hura, a Beduin settlement with a regulated and connected infrastructure; the remaining respondents must be evacuated from their homes, while offering them the option of moving to Hura.
“Clearly, when it comes to evacuating those who have been living in an area for many years, we are not speaking of ‘deportation’ or ‘forfeiture.’ Instead, the projected evacuation involves multiple proposals for moving, building, compensation and the possibility of homes either in the town of Hura (to which most of the residents of these illegal villages have moved) or to the town of Hiran, which is about to be constructed. They are being offered preferred ‘general’ conditions of purchase based on seniority, a designation apparently being offered as compensation for their investment in their prior, albeit illegal, construction.”

“[…] According to George Orwell, in a democratic society if clarity in language collapses, he predicts that the society itself will collapse. We need to ensure this doesn’t happen by holding politicians and the media to account for the terminology they use. 
The use of the term “Jewish town” is incorrect, libelous and extremely damaging to Israel.

Its use should be halted and retractions and apologies should be made.

Source: JPOST

25 January 2017


A woman flew through a tornado in a bathtub and survived

Violent thunderstorms tore across the South over the weekend, killing 19 people. But in an incredible stroke of good fortune, a bathtub probably saved the life of a woman sheltering from a twister that carved a 13-mile path in east Texas, near the border with Louisiana.

John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun Herald/TNS via Getty Images

The National Weather Service forecast office in Shreveport, La., filed a storm report Monday night that is a simply jaw-dropping. It describes an 800-yard-wide tornado packing winds of 130 mph that tore off the roof of a storage building on Saturday and tossed a party barge 200 yards into a grove of trees. But here is the unbelievable part:

A woman inside took shelter in a bathtub and the tornado lifted the tub out of the home and deposited it in the woods with the woman still in the tub but the woman was not injured.

Jason Hansford, a senior meteorologist who conducted the storm survey, said he spoke to the woman after the incident.
“She heard the tornado warning come out and she took cover in the tub in her bathroom,” he said. “The only thing she remembers is that the tornado came in from the southwest across her home. At that point the whole backside of her house was sheared off. Her bath tub was ripped out of her bathroom and she ended up still in her tub in some woods near her home.”
Hansford said he didn’t know exactly how far the women, who he estimated to be in her 60s, was thrown. Except for some cuts and bruises, “she was uninjured but emotionally shaken,” he said, adding that her house was totaled

This stands out as one of the most incredible tornado survival stories I’ve read. In the absence of an underground storm shelter, meteorologists frequently tell people to shelter in a bathtub during a tornado because it is heavy and typically well-secured.

“The bathroom has strong framing and the pipes in the walls could help hold them together, according to Tornadoproject.com,” wrote AccuWeather in 2011. “The bathtub and commode are directly anchored to the ground. They are often the only things left intact after a tornado passes.”

Several people survived the deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011 by huddling in bathtubs, Bathtubs Provide Shelter During Tornadoes Accuweather reported.

Source: Washingtonpost

Who Really Runs the American Government

What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People

In an interview on C-Span's Q&A, Benjamin Ginsberg, John Hopkins professor and author of What Washington Gets Wrong:The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People, made the point that there are 12 to 14 million people connected to the bureaucracy in one form or another, from government employees and contractors to lobbyists and government suppliers, and that they are the ones who really run the government.

Government employees lean towards being liberal Democrats and may be expected to hinder President Trump's agenda. They are difficult to fire without reform of the civil service act. Prof. Ginsberg explains where the leverage points are for dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy.  ArutzSheva

24 January 2017

Below is a very interesting contribution to my previous post,  Special Announcement

Megilla 13a


דלא קטליה דוד לשמעי דאתיליד מיניה מרדכי דמיקני ביה המן that David did not kill Shimei from whom was descended Mordecai who provoked Haman. 
ומה שילם לי ימיני דלא קטליה שאול לאגג דאתיליד מיניה המן דמצער לישראל “And how a Benjamite repaid me”, that Saul did not slay Agag from whom was descended Haman who oppressed Israel. 
רבי יוחנן אמר Yohanan said: 
לעולם מבנימן קאתי ואמאי קרי ליה יהודי על שום שכפר בע"ז He did indeed come from Benjamin. Why then was he called “a Jew”? Because he denied idolatry. 
שכל הכופר בע"ז נקרא יהודי כדכתיב (דניאל ג, יב) איתי גוברין יהודאין וגו' For anyone who denies idolatry is called ‘a Jew’, as it is written, “There are certain Jews etc.” (Daniel 3:13). 
רבי שמעון בן פזי כי הוה פתח בדברי הימים אמר הכי R. Shimon b. Pazzi when he would begin an exposition of the Book of Chronicles would say the following: 
כל דבריך אחד הם ואנו יודעין לדורשן “All Your words are one”, and we know how to find their inner meaning. 
(דברי הימים א ד, יח) ואשתו היהודיה ילדה את ירד אבי גדור ואת חבר אבי שוכו ואת יקותיאל אבי זנוח ואלה בני בתיה בת פרעה אשר לקח מרד [It is written], “And his wife the Jewess bore Yered the father of Gedor, and Hever the father of Socho, and Yekutiel the father of Zanoah, and these are the sons of Bitya the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took” (I Chronicles 4:18). 
אמאי קרי לה יהודיה על שום שכפרה בע"ז דכתיב (שמות ב, ה) ותרד בת פרעה לרחוץ על היאור ואמר רבי יוחנן Why was she [the daughter of Pharaoh] called a Jewess? Because she repudiated idolatry, as it is written, “And the daughter of Pharaoh went down to bathe in the river,” (Exodus 2:5) and R. Yohanan, [commenting on this,] said that 
שירדה לרחוץ מגילולי בית אביה she went down to cleanse herself from the idols of her father’s house. 
ילדה “Bore”: 
והא רבויי רביתיה But she only brought him [Moses] up? 
לומר לך שכל המגדל יתום ויתומה בתוך ביתו מעלה עליו הכתוב כאילו ילדו This tells us that if anyone brings up an orphan boy or girl in his house, the verse treats him as if he had bore him. 
ירד זה משה ולמה נקרא שמו ירד שירד להם לישראל מן בימיו “Yered”: this is Moses. Why was he called Jered? Because manna came down [yarad] for Israel in his days. 
גדור שגדר פרצותיהן של ישראל חבר שחיבר את ישראל לאביהן שבשמים “Gedor”: [he was so called] because he fenced in [gadar] the breaches of Israel. “Heber”, because he joined [hiber] Israel to their Father in heaven. 
סוכו שנעשה להם לישראל כסוכה “Socho”, because he was like a sheltering booth [sukkah] for Israel. 
יקותיאל שקוו ישראל לאל בימיו “Yekutiel”, because Israel trusted in God [kiwu le’el] in his days. 
זנוח שהזניח עונותיהן של ישראל “Zanoah”, because he made Israel abandon [hizniah] their inquities. 
אבי אבי אבי אב בתורה אב בחכמה אב בנביאות “Father of”, “father of”, “father of”: he was a father in Torah, a father in wisdom, a father in prophecy.

Generals Mattis and Kelly Confirmed in Trump Government

Gen. James Mattis, Gen. John Kelly Confirmed For Trump Cabinet Spots

General Mattis: A Warrior Diplomat

Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and Gen. John Kelly was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security in a pair of Friday evening votes.

Mattis was approved by a vote of 98-1. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the lone vote against. Kelly was approved 88-11. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., did not vote on either Kelly or Mattis. Sessions has been nominated to be Attorney General.

Trump signed the commissions for Mattis and Kelly later Friday. Vice President Mike Pence swore in both Generals.

Read more at General Mattis Confirmed and yeranenyaakov 

Gen. Mattis is known as an intellectual in the military ranks, and was once called a “warrior monk.” He reportedly has a library of 7,000 volumes, is fond of reading diplomatic cables, and has carried with him on all his deployments a 

The legend of Antoninus (Marcus Aurelius) begins with his earliest youth. The mother of Rebbi exchanged her son soon after his birth for Antoninus—the child of an intimate acquaintance. In this way she and her child managed to escape the officers of Hadrian, who were persecuting the woman because she had her son circumcised. As a consequence Antoninus imbibed with his milk a love for Jews and Judaism (Tos. 'Ab. Zarah, 10b); and it was Rebbi, the son of this vicarious mother, who served as the guide and friend of Antoninus; succeeding finally in getting him to embrace Judaism (Yer. Meg. i. 72b; B. H. vi. 130, 131).

He is called "the father of "(Severus) by the Babylonian Talmud, but which Roman emperor is actually meant by this name can hardly be determined. He has in turn been identified with Marcus Aurelius (Rapoport and Bodek), Septimius Severus (Graetz, who identifies Rebbi with Judah ha-Nasi.)

[…] In like manner Antoninus could not see why the Jewish law appointed certain hours for prayer, since the latter should be offered at any time that the impulse to devotion was felt (Tan. ed. Buber i. 196); Rabbi accordingly showed him by an apt illustration. But sometimes, on the other hand, it was Antoninus who instructed Rabbi, making, for instance, the statement that while the unborn child receives its vital principle at conception, the germ of mentality and its concomitant, evil inclination, are received at birth only (Sanh. l.c.).


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The father, the previous emperor Antoninus Pius was known as a man of exceptional kindliness […] His adopted son (and son-in-law) is still famed for his philosophic work, “Meditations of Marcus Aurelius”. “He exceedingly loved to engage in the study of wisdom (Dio Cassius 71,1) and it is certain that he read the Greek version of the scriptures and was inspired. Rabbi Judah the Nasi (“Rebbi”) probably met him at Rome.

Marcus Aurelius resided for a time in the Land of Israel at Caesaria, when Rebbi was at Zippori (where he spent the last 17 years of his life, e except for a short time before his death when he resided at Beth Shearim), and a most unusual episode in history transpired at that time.

The Roman emperor became the devoted disciple of the Nasi. By means of one of the underground tunnels (which abounded in the Land of Israel and which were famous in the war of Betar), Antoninus visited his teacher frequently and sought his counsel not only in matters of mind and soul, but also in the affairs of government. The relationship between these two was a perilous secret which was never divulged to anyone (except Rebbi’s closest disciples) during the lifetime of the two participants.

Now was fulfilled the *true function of Esav as foretold: “The elder shall serve the younger” (Bereshis 25:23). Had Esav been subservient to his greater younger brother, the history of Mankind would have been very different. Here, something of the kind took place. The ruler of the mightiest nation of the gentiles became a loyal disciple of the greatest Jew of the time, and thereby was accomplished an achievement of the very greatest magnitude: the Closing of the Mishnah.

Source: Exalted People [History of Am Yisroel from Destruction of Second Temple down to the Sealing of the Talmud], by Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt”l (5744)

His Alleged Conversion

The earlier legend sees in Antoninus only the Godfearing non-Jew, so well inclined toward Judaism that he erected an altar to the Jewish God, without actually becoming a Jew (Yer. Meg. i. 72b; thus also probably Midr. Teh. xxii. 24). The later legend, however, regards him as the type of the true proselyte, , and it is affirmed that at the resurrection he will arise and be the leader of all proselytes (Yer. Meg. l.c., Lev. R. iii.). The cause of his conversion is said to have been his inquiry of Rabbi whether he would be entitled to partake of Leviathan in the future world. Rabbi assured him he would be considered worthy, but Antoninus would not believe him, because the law concerning the paschal lamb (Ex. xii. 48) states distinctly that no uncircumcised one shall partake of that.

He accordingly entered the covenant of Abraham and became a Jew (Yer. Meg. l.c.). This is also in the Talmud, Sanhedrin, Cheilik, Ch 11, page 91a, in a discussion of Antoninus and Rebbi; also in footnote (37) on same page.

Source: JewishEncyclopedia/article 1617


Let us hope we see similar good relations between “warrior monk” General Mattis and the Jewish Nation, who stated:

“Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future,” Mattis said. “Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department, to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.” Matzav

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