21 August 2019

President Trump is NOT Crazy and NOT First President to Offer to Buy Greenland

History of Who Owns Greenland

Q1: Some basic info about why Greenland is owned by Denmark:
From 986, Greenland's west coast was settled by Icelanders and Norwegians, through a contingent of 14 boats led by Erik the Red. Later, Norse Greenlanders submitted to Norwegian rule in the 13th century under the Norwegian Empire, and later the Kingdom of Norway entered into a personal union with Denmark in 1380. When the union between the crowns of Denmark and Norway was dissolved in 1814, the Treaty of Kiel severed Norway's former colonies and left them under the control of the Danish monarch.

Norway occupied then-uninhabited eastern Greenland as Erik the Red's Land in July 1931, claiming that it constituted terra nullius. Norway and Denmark agreed to submit the matter in 1933 to the Permanent Court of International Justice, which decided against Norway.

When Denmark was occupied by Nazi-Germany the United States (April 8th, 1941) occupied Greenland to defend it against a possible invasion by Germany. Following World War II, the United States developed a geopolitical interest in Greenland, and in 1946 the United States offered to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100,000,000, but Denmark refused to sell it.

Q2: “[…] yet Iceland claims it as their territory”
Why is Greenland owned by Denmark, yet Iceland claims it as their territory?
Iceland doesn’t claim Greenland as their territory. There are however areas such as Jan Mayen, which Norway, Denmark (due to its ownership of Greenland) and Iceland have debated who is the rightful owner. quora


Trump is NOT the first President to offer to buy Greenland
[don’t believe the fake DS news that Trump is zany!]

[T]his is not the first time the U.S. has considered to purchase the massive ice-covered island. William Henry Seward, President Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State in the 1860s proposed both the purchase of Greenland and Iceland when he was negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia. A report commissioned by the State Department of the following Andrew Johnson administration concluded that Greenland's natural resources would make it a valuable investment. And in 1946, after World War II, President Harry Truman offered to $100 million to buy Greenland for its geopolitical strategic importance, which Denmark declined. voanews

[T]here’s precedent for the US president’s desired territorial expansion. The US has bought land from foreign governments before and it has apparently considered acquiring Greenland in the past, too. As Joseph Blocher of Duke Law School explained in a 2014 University of Pennsylvania Law Review article (pdf) about buying and selling state borders, the idea of an intergovernmental market for sovereign territory is “not just [a] fever dream.”

“The United States as we know it was shaped by land sales: the Louisiana Purchase, Alaska Purchase, and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo together account for more than half of the nation’s landmass, and they are not the only territories whose sovereign control has been bought and sold,” he wrote.

Under the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the US bought land in North America from France for $15 million. In 1867, the US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. In 1917, the US bought the islands then known as the Danish West Indies from Denmark for $25 million and renamed them the Virgin Islands, which is indeed evidence that Denmark has in the past been amenable to selling its territories.

Still, Denmark does seem particularly attached to Greenland and has rebuffed all previous American attempts to purchase the Arctic property. In fact, according to a 1977 report in the Telegraph, Danish historian Tage Kaarsted said that at a United Nations gathering in New York in 1946—during Harry Truman’s presidency— American secretary of state James Byrnes offered $100 million for the territory to Danish foreign minister Gustav Rasmussen. Byrnes reportedly told Rasmussen that Greenland was just a big lump of ice burdening the Nordic nation, but that it was of great strategic importance to the US. Previously, while Andrew Johnson was president, in 1867, the State Department inquired into buying Greenland and Iceland.

Now, as then, Greenland is considered important to American national security interests. The American Thule Air Base in Greenland, 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is used by the US Air Force Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. It includes a radar station that is part of a US ballistic missile early-warning system. Wisconsin congressman Mike Gallagher today tweeted that the US has “a compelling strategic interest in Greenland.” qz.com

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arutzsheva: Donald J Trump: "The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen: "Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let’s leave it there." She added: "We will of course love to have an even closer strategic relationship with the United States.”

[my estimation is that he wants to pre-empt the Dragon]

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Has Anything Changed?

Early Years of the Zionist State

■ THE STORY [by Greer Fay Cashman, JPost (Left of Center), August 21, Comments and Features] of mainly Yemenite but also other children who were members of families taken to transit camps in the early years of the state, and who disappeared from hospitals where they had been taken by their parents for treatment of mild illnesses, has still not been resolved. Parents were told that relatively healthy children had died, but were seldom shown a grave. In some cases, so-called graves had no bodies. Now there is another horrific story which is coming to light not for the first time, but perhaps in greater detail than in the past.

Under Israeli law, social workers have unbelievable authority to separate infant children from their biological families, particularly in cases where the parents are minors, regardless of whether adult family members are prepared to take responsibility for the welfare of the mother and child.

Some of the draconian adoption laws have been amended, most notably the law that made it a criminal offense for adoptees to publicly state that they had been adopted. The law permits adoptees to apply to see their files once they have turned 18, but according to an in-depth feature in last Friday’s Israel Hayom, the files were censored with important pieces of information edited out, including the disappearance of letters and photos brought to child welfare offices by biological parents and siblings.

Moreover, administrative staff in child welfare offices deliberately lied to adoptees who were trying to locate their biological families. Very few of these stories have a happy ending. Worse still, because of the lies told to adoptees, they can never get past the trauma of possibly being abandoned by their biological mothers even if they had the most loving and supportive adoptive parents. There are numerous cases in which biological parents have come to child welfare offices every year on the birthday of the baby they were forced to give up and have deposited letters and photographs, assuring the infant that they can’t wait for him or her to turn 18 and to begin searching for their roots. Most of these letters were not filed, but were thrown in the trash.

In researching this painful and immoral story, Hagit Ron-Rabinowitz interviewed several adoptees. The story with the happiest ending is that of Sitvanit Atzmon, who when she went to open her file, was told by a social worker that there was no chance that anyone would ever look for her. The social worker told her a pack of lies, and caused the 18-year-old Sitvanit so much anguish that she decided that there was no reason for her to remain in Israel, and after completing her army duty, she migrated to Canada. Sitvanit had been conceived when both her parents were minors. Although her paternal aunt was willing to take responsibility for raising her and giving a home to both her parents, this was unacceptable to the social worker who separated the parents and sent Sitvanit’s mother, Aliza, to some facility for pregnant minor unwed mothers to await the birth.

Aliza barely had time to set eyes on her baby before the infant was taken away from her. She was given papers to sign for what she thought was foster care, but in fact was permission for adoption and her agreement to relinquish all claims to the child. A similar document was given to Sitvanit’s father, Moshe Buzaglo. He too was unaware of what he was signing. It was a pre-cellphone era. In fact, very few people even had ground lines, so Moshe and Aliza lost touch with each other. By chance they met up again in the army and soon after their discharge, Aliza was again pregnant. The couple were not about to lose a second baby, and immediately got married. They had a son and later a daughter, and every year on Sitvanit’s birthday they went to the child welfare offices and left a letter and photographs to be placed in her file so that she would know that she had a family that was waiting to be reunited with her.

Close to Sitvanit’s 18th birthday, Aliza sat down with her two younger children, Hanan and Moran, and told them about Sitvanit. They were thrilled to know that they had an older sister and they too began writing to her just before her birthday. Year after year they waited for her to make contact, but she never did. After 20 years had passed with no sign of Sitvanit, Moran, at her own initiative, hired Anat Kirsch, a private detective who apparently had connections in all the right places. The story doesn’t say how she located Sitvanit, only that she telephoned her to Canada very soon afterward, told her the truth about her background and how her family had been seeking her for years. Sitvanit could hardly believe her ears. “I want to speak to them immediately,” she declared. The date was March 2, 2016. In Israel it was 10:30 p.m. when Moran’s phone rang. Kirsch was at the other end of the line. “Moran, I found her,” she said. “You can talk to her right now.

Four months later, Sitvanit arrived in Israel to meet her siblings and her biological parents. It had taken 40 years for this reunion to happen. She was introduced to her extended family as well, and since then she is in daily contact with her parents, her siblings and other family members. Some of the other stories are much more harrowing, though in one case where a mother and daughter were unsuccessfully looking for each other, the mother died, but the daughter somehow became reunited with her sister, who told her that their mother had never stopped trying to find her and when she knew that she had incurable cancer, had left a long detailed letter for her, convinced that one day her two daughters would find each other.

Here, too, the social workers had lied. There seemed to be some policy of keeping adoptees permanently separated from their biological parents. Today it’s much easier because of DNA testing. There is no longer any need to go to child welfare authorities because genealogical search organizations conduct DNA tests, and presumably one day will exchange data on who is seeking who without necessarily disclosing the names of the seekers. They will simply make DNA results accessible to each other in the same way that hospital records are made accessible to health clinics – and there will be a little less misery in the world.


The Zionist State Today

“Our only priority is the welfare of the baby and we are trying to find the best solution,”  
HELP THE MOTHER TO REGAIN HER FOOTING 
DON”T TAKE AWAY HER BABY!
(after mothers claims, with all the worldwide ‘child-trafficking’ being exposed 
why would Israel get involved?)
HELP ME SAVE MY BABY 

GoFundMe: MY STORY:  I am josephine Gillan and I'm an actress from the HBO series game of thrones, I'm not currently working as it's finished now and I've been busy with motherhood, I came to Israel to have my baby, my beloved daughter is almost 8 months old, I raised and cared for her from birth, when she was 5 months old the Israeli social services decided my baby should stay with my friend while I go to therepy for post natal depression, my friend has been amazing and her and her amazing family love and cares for my daughter Gloria with a true love to me and her. 3 nights ago the social services came in the night at 12:30am! With the police and kidnapped my daughter and took her to another family! I'm not allowed to see her or have contact! I have no idea where she is!! I was not there at the time and was not aware of what they had done! It's absolutely outrageous! I have not done anything wrong and neither has my friend who was caring from her! They threatened to take my friend to jail if she doesn't give our Gloria! They marched her out with police either side of her and took her away into the night! what Israeli social services have done is illegal and I'm fighting to get her back! But unfortunately the legal costs I can't afford right now! Good lawyers are costly but worth it for my baby to have a chance of happiness and love that she deserves! So I'm reaching out for donations to please help raise enough money to bring her back to where she is safe and loved! No child should be without there parent! Especially if they are good and care for the child devotedly! I appreciate you reading this and please find it in your heart to help and also your prayers would mean alot also! I'm heartbroken at the moment and just want to see and be with my baby girl again 

timesofisrael:  British-Israeli “Game of Thrones” actress Josephine Gillan has accused the Israeli government of kidnapping and trafficking her daughter after child welfare authorities removed her daughter from her care earlier this month. When she first got the part, she described in an interview with the Daily Mail how the role had saved her from a past of childhood sexual abuse, working in pornography, drugs and prostitution.

Gillan, who is Jewish, immigrated to Israel last year just before her child was born. Gillan . . . said in a series of tweets Thursday that her eight-month-old daughter had been “kidnapped” by the “sick and twisted” social services in Israel. Gillan says she left the child in the care of a good friend while she received treatment for postpartum depression, but has since recovered. Earlier this month, social services took Gillan’s baby from a family that had been looking after the baby and placed her in foster care, saying it was in the best interest of the child. Gillan said she was “sick with worry” that her daughter would be sold into sex slavery by traffickers. She also liked and retweeted a series of tweets calling Israel “racist” and a “terror state that pretends to be a democracy.”
“Three nights ago the social services came in the night at 12:30am! With the police and kidnapped my daughter and took her to another family! I’m not allowed to see her or have contact! I have no idea where she is,”  
“I was not there at the time and was not aware of what they had done! It’s absolutely outrageous,” Gillan wrote. “I have not done anything wrong and neither has my friend who was caring from her.” 
On Tuesday, Gillan appealed for help in getting her daughter back, and launched a GoFundMe page to help with legal fees.
Israel’s Channel 12 news reported […] that one of the reasons she moved to Israel was because she feared British welfare authorities would take away her child. “Eight months ago she gave birth in Israel and began to raise her child under close supervision from the social services in her community and with the help of a friend,” the report quoted a person close to the situation as saying. “At a certain stage she left the baby with a friend and flew to the UK for an extended period, which caused the intervention of welfare authorities and the courts.”

The report said that Gillan’s child was removed from her friend’s care after a court order was issued, and that a hearing on the matter would be held next week. Channel 12 said that Gillan returned to Israel to fight the order.

Gillan posted a video showing authorities taking away the baby at night while neighbors yelled at them and a woman sobbed. [twitter video unfortunately, the video in Ivrit is not clear]

The Welfare and Social Services Ministry has declined to comment on the specifics of the situation, citing the privacy of the child and the necessary secrecy of such cases. However, it noted that the case was being dealt with by various departments including the ministry’s international department which was in contact with British welfare authorities.

“Our only priority is the welfare of the baby and we are trying to find the best solution,” the statement said.

Maybe the Social Services has changed? And maybe they are really doing the best for these babies/children? There are many questions surrounding this story; and maybe the baby should be given to the father’s family to raise? Pretty little girl looks ‘yemenite’.  Children taken from a parent should ALWAYS be placed with other family members to raise; this is both genetically and culturally appropriate, and humane. 
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(The original article on timesofisrael was written in a sketchy manner, so I rearranged sentences to read intelligently); did not change language. [ my comments in brackets ]

Terrorism — Risk to a Free Society Very High


Exposing Physical and Intellectual Terrorism to Awaken the Oblivious

The risks to free society are too high to remain timid or silent and let evil prevail.

It is terrible that incidents like using cars to run over innocent children and other means of terror are still happening in Israel and around the world, and that so many oblivious individuals are not being informed about these events - and even if they get to know about them, they do not care. [me: car ramming, car/truck accidents, attempted lynchings, stabbings, kidnappings, child abuse, 
ad infinitum]

They do not understand that once evil is unleashed, ALL people from ALL walks of life, will become its victims.

Unfortunately, terror today is taking two major forms. One is the physical attack, by all kinds of weapons which may include cars, knives, bullets, rockets, bombs, etc. The other one is the verbal attacks which intend to incite, maline, deceive, rewrite history and educate the oblivious to become the perpetrators of malicious action. These actions could be physical terrorism and/or no less aggressive non-violent terrorism, which includes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

Our fight against evil is relentless but there is too much uncontrolled evil to address with too few people fighting it. Therefore, it is imperative to educate as many people as possible with the correct information. This will help them join the effort to stand up against evil and expose the perpetrators of the deception, even if those perpetrators are members of Congress, University Professors, High School Teachers or any other person in important decision-making or educational positions.

The risks to free society are too high to remain timid or silent and let evil prevail [. . . .]

For Example: At the scene of a horrific 4 or 5 pileup.
When I arrived on the scene, it was a difficult sight. A semitrailer was standing in the middle of the main road, and near it, there were a number of vehicles that were destroyed in the crash, striking the trailer portion of the truck”

Could anyone guess whether this semitrailer plowed into regular unsuspecting traffic in its way, because it was speeeeeeeding? Just asking, who was driving the weapon?


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The above was written by Dr Shmuel Katz:

Dr Shmuel Katz was born in Hungary and was raised in Israel. He served as an officer in the Israeli army during the Six Day War (1967) where he decided to become a doctor. He gained extensive trauma experience while serving during the Yom Kippur War (1973). He is double-boarded in Surgery, a Fellow of the Israeli Surgical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of multiple other medical societies. Dr. Katz is currently a Senior VP and past Chairman of the Executive Board of the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy; is currently on the board and served as the Past President of the Greater Miami chapter of the Friends of the IDF; on the National Board of the FIDF; on the Board of Trustees of The Shul of Bal-Harbour; a member of the international Board of StandWithUs, PJTN, Jerusalem U, and has played a key role on multiple additional advisory boards and committees, in the USA and abroad.

20 August 2019

PA Terrorist Fires Advisers – Shuffles Money for Arab Settlers to Jordan Valley

A Negligent Israeli Government Allows Arab Takeover of 
Lands of Eretz Yisrael

Abbas fires all advisers (and moves cash to land takeover)
PA chairman fires all of his advisers amid budget crisis. Payments to terrorists to continue amid austerity measures. [is the tightening of funds to the PA working?]

PA Grants to Arabs to Move to Jordan Valley
The Palestinian Authority may offer grants to Palestinian university graduates who move to the Jordan Valley, PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced on Monday.

His statement comes as Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political opponent Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, have all made statement about the need to place the Jordan Valley under Israeli sovereignty in the future.

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30% of the West Bank. Nearly 65,000 Palestinians and some 11,000 Jews live there.



Will the “Deal of the Century” Protect the Land of Eretz Yisrael?

The Palestinians are now embarking on a campaign with regard to the Jordan Valley, because they fear that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, known as the “Deal of the Century,” will include placing the Jordan Valley within Israel’s sovereign borders.

“The Palestinians are very scared of the Deal of the Century,” Lahiani told The Jerusalem Post.

In June, UN National Security Adviser John Bolton visited the Jordan Valley and said it was important for Israel’s security.

The PA holds that the Jordan Valley and all of Area C, which is now under Israeli military and civilian control, must be part of their future state.


Source: Jpost and arutzsheva

Democratic Union Attacks Education Minister for Teaching Judaism

Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz initiated a significant expansion program for "Israeli Jewish culture" classes in state schools. B”H

 It's the History of the Jewish Nation. is Dem Party anti-Jewish History?
Jewish History did not begin in 1948. Is Dem Party not Jewish?
We are Jews because of Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Sarah, Rochel, Rivka, Leah, our Lineage.
Look in the Mirror, Israelis are here today because of our Jewish Lineage!

Democratic Union attacks education minister for teaching Judaism
Democratic Union party says Education Minister Peretz attempting to 'brainwash' children by expanding teaching of Jewish texts in schools. [the Dem Party is seriously in need of the history of our people, unless they are not one of us?]

"The education minister this morning is moving a system meant to educate our system another step towards a system devoted to brainwashing," the party said in a statement. "The same education minister who introduced the racist Nationality Law into the high school curriculum this past weekend also prefers not to address the high number of students in classrooms, improve the status of teachers in Israel or strengthen the system - it's just religion and more religion," it added.

Rabbi Peretz added:
"The connection to our heritage and history is the bedrock of our existence and is the glue that connects us as a society. We have the duty of education to safeguard it.” . . . . "Judaism is an ocean of wisdom. Students will be exposed to many values, morals and love. These values ​​will help us establish a more 'values ​​and moral' society here," arutzsheva

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Who are the Democratic Union?
The Israeli political parties are variants of Leftist Progressive (socialist) Ideologies, wrapped in what they call democratic. Members are ‘enlightened racists,’ some with alleged ‘connections to a child trafficking czar, and suspicious 9/11 conspiracy’. They do not have the survival of the Jewish People on their agenda.

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Miri Regev: "not the people, but the holy One Blessed be He will decide the next prime minister."

This was after the interviewer said that Liberman would be the deciding factor as to whom the next prime minister would be. Liberman has previously made public his intention to force a unity government. The polls are predicting that he will gain ten mandates. JPost

19 August 2019

WHAT'S KILLING ISRAEL?

WHAT'S KILLING ISRAEL? 
Hint:  It’s Not Terror

 A new report, “Leading causes of death, 2000-2016,” published by the Health Information Division of the Health Ministry, found that diabetes has now become the third-highest killer in Israel (up from No. 4). JPost

Type 3 Diabetes = Alzheimer’s. 
Diabetes ... Dementia  ... Alzheimer’s 

Health Nutritionists and Science Says:
Mediterranean Diet Linked to Better Memory for People with Diabetes.

People with diabetes may have better brain function if they follow a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and healthy fats, a US study suggests. Mediterranean diets have long been linked to better heart and brain health as well as a lower risk of developing diabetes. But research to date hasn't offered a clear picture of whether any cognitive benefits of eating this way might differ for people with and without diabetes, said lead study author Josiemer Mattei of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. JPost: ALSO […] Israelis tend to consume relatively high amounts of sugar and not enough whole grains. Almost half of Israeli children drink sugar-sweetened beverages every day – rates that are even higher than in the US. JPost

However While They Tell You to Eat More of. . . 
fruits and veggies . . .
at the very same time you are possibly ingesting toxic glyphosate sprayed on those fruits and veggies (and wheat called ‘ roundup-ready'). This toxin has been proven to cause Cancer, and other Neurological Disease. [there may be differences between the US and Israel]

Between 2008 and 2010, the amount of active chemical pesticides used in Israel per 1,000 dunams of agricultural land – 3.5 tonswas significantly higher than that of any other OECD country […]  Israeli farmers use the largest amount of active chemical pesticides per agricultural dunam out of all OECD countries, a Central Bureau of Statistics survey has revealed. [*“Survey of Pesticides in Agriculture 2008- 2010]

In the report, “*Survey of Pesticides in Agriculture 2008-2010,” questionnaires were sent to 90 companies for the purpose of identifying sales and imports of chemical agricultural pesticides approved by the Agricultural Ministry for the years 2008 through 2010 […] Designed to help identify trends and processes of marketing pesticides, the survey looks at both the data of Israel and other comparable countries. Out of all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries, Israeli farmers on average use 3.5 tons of pesticides per 1,000 cultivated dunams (100 hectares), while the next highest number belongs to Japan, at 1.55 tons per 1,000 dunams, according to CBS.[adjusted present tense to past tense]

[It is advised to read the JPost article and the mag.gov for more details]

The State of Israel is a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, which aims to protect the ozone layer, while limiting the use of harmful substances,” the ministry said. “In recent years, there has been a decline in the use of pesticides, in all types of fruits and vegetables tested. This can be attributed to the activity of increased enforcement and monitoring performed by the ministry.” JPost

However, during those years and probably prior to that, Israelis were consuming exorbitant amounts of pesticide residues, in addition to possible glyphosate on making Wheat “roundup-ready” [to market]. It is no wonder that cancer has skyrocketed, along with diabetes among the public. 

Current Pesticide Use on Israeli Crops 
[a link to this new report not included in JPost report]

As a result of the 2008-2010 Report, there has been a drastic reduction of pesticide use. New in this year’s (2019) report: A new sampling unit, increased volume of samplings, increased enforcement and reassessment of pesticides. Report: Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables 13/02/2019 **mag.gov.il.  [which year did they begin to cut back between 2010 and 2018?]

The results: 89% of all samples were found to be OK • 36% of the samples were found not to contain any pesticide residues at all • The findings indicate that there has been a drastic reduction in exposure to toxic pesticides • Significant drop in percentage of irregularities in fruit and veggies. [but lettuce and herbs are still a problem]

CAUTION:  Big-Pharma “insists” that Round-Up, containing glyphosate, is not harmful to people, it is sprayed on the FOODS to make them resistant to contamination, and at the same time kills everything around it. We are still ingesting this very high toxin as residue. It is difficult to convince farmers who want to stop the ‘insect invaders’ because it harms the crops and their appearance. People don’t want to buy ‘ugly’ fruit and veggies. This is a big problem. In Israel, the Kosher producers grow our veggies and herbs in water and sand which bypasses the invasion of insects into the food, but one must be cautious about ‘flying insects’ that may stubbornly find a way into  packaging. So inspecting and cleaning with or without a heksher is vital.


*2008-210 Survey Report

**mag.gov.il and old.cbs.gov.il

Zilber’s Discriminatory Behavior Should Disqualify Her From Sitting as a Judge . . .

because she discriminates against the Haredi Community but fails to apply the same law on other communities in Israel that hold the same customs as Haredim; i.e. separate seating and separate swimming.

As explained:

Ben-Gvir Calls To Prohibit Gender Separation In The Bedouin Community Of Rahat As Done In Kiryat Arba

Ben-Gvir, one of the leaders of the Otzma Yehudit party, sent an urgent letter to Deputy AG Zilber on Sunday, demanding she enforce the law regarding the separate swimming pool in Rahat as she announced she would do a year ago.

Last summer, Zilber announced it is illegal to have separate swimming in the Kiryat Arba pool, leading to Otzma Yehudit turning to Zilber in a letter, demanding the same in the municipality of Rahat, where there is also separate swimming.

In response to Otzma Yehudit, Zilber stated that the policy in Rahat was illegal, and she would act to bring an end to it in Rahat too. Zilber turned to Rahat’s legal advisor, demanding enforcement of the law prohibiting gender separate events as it is discriminatory against women.

However, a year later, journalist Kalman Lipskind revealed that Zilber did nothing to enforce the law in Rahat, which continues its separate swimming. Lipskind added that not only has nothing been done to enforce the law, Zilber and/or the Justice Ministry has no plan to intervene in running the pool in the Bedouin community.

This led to Ben-Gvir’s letter to Zilber on Sunday, citing the selective enforcement regarding Kiryat Arba and the chareidim while turning a blind eye when it comes to the Bedouin community.
YWN

Is Zilber afraid of the Bedouin reaction if she applies the same law that she tried to enforce against the Haredim, to the Bedouin’s?

Is “selective application” of the law Legal?

Was she advised by the AG to refrain?

Ben-Gvir has uncovered the prejudicial duplicity in applying anti-judicial laws.

Not the People, but HKB”H Will Decide Next PM

Miri Regev: "not the people, but the holy One Blessed be He will decide the next prime minister."

This was after the interviewer said that Liberman would be the deciding factor as to whom the next prime minister would be. Liberman has previously made public his intention to force a unity government. The polls are predicting that he will gain ten mandates. JPost


Shaked: Netanyahu's attacks a sign he wants a leftist gov't
Yamina chairwoman unfazed by Netanyahu’s personal attacks, urges PM to work on growing the right-wing bloc instead of attacking its members. arutzsheva



Culture Min.: Votes for Liberman will put Lapid, Gantz, in power
Min. Miri Regev warns voters: 'Right-wing politicians don't topple governments to put the Left in power, MK Liberman is a trickster, liar.’ arutzsheva

18 August 2019

What is So Scary About the Otzma Yehudit Party?

Otzma Yehudit Party and its Agenda.
Otzma Yehudit leaders have described themselves as proud disciples of the late rabbi Kahane. The party supports encouraging emigration of non-Jews from Israel, and expelling Palestinians and Israeli Arabs who refuse to declare loyalty to Israel and to accept diminished status in an expanded Jewish state whose sovereignty extends throughout the West Bank. OtzmaYehudit

Do we have some hypocrisy here?
AG Avichai Mandelblit calls for disqualifying extremist right candidates Gopstein and Marzel. But in his legal opinion, says no grounds to ban Otzma Yehudit’s Itamar Ben Gvir. Mandelblit based his recommendation on the Basic Law: The Knesset, which stipulates that political parties or candidates cannot run for office if they engage in incitement to racism. Otzma Yehudit’s former No. 1 Michael Ben-Ari was barred from running in the April elections by the Supreme Court due to the racism clause, and was replaced at the party’s helm by Ben Gvir. timesofisrael

Just what does “Democratic” mean to the secular leftists?
What about the inciting language used by Stav Shaffir against Itamar Ben Gvir; the secular left can incite without repercussions? Shaffir warned that Otzma Yehudit’s “terrible racism” would destroy Israel’s “delicate social fabric,” and accused the party of “bullying” opponents as it “crawls its way into the Knesset.”She called Otzma Yehudit “anti-Zionist” and “anti-democratic,” sparking cries of protest from Ben Gvir and other party members attending the debate. Committee chairman and Supreme Court justice Hanan Melcer ordered Shaffir’s microphone cut off after she ignored several calls to finish her comments. StavShaffir and her “nazi” accusation

Where is AG Mandelblit on the Leftists’ Incitement and Anti-religious Aggression?
Mandelblit’s legal opinion is a response to a petition to the elections committee by the left-wing Democratic Camp party. But the Democratic Camp includes Ehud Barak, with a questionable connection to the child trafficker (with more sordid actions) – (to be unnamed in my blog). Where is the AG on this? Why isn’t he disqualified?

Where does the AG stand on Blue and White’s Yair Lapid (Rashah ben Rashah) and his inciteful hateful rhetoric against the religious and Haredim. Why isn’t he disqualified?

How can the AG Mandelblit call Gopstein racist?
According to the AG: Gopstein leads the racist Lehava organization, which opposes interfaith and inter-ethnic interaction, relationships and marriages. Lehava has held violent protests outside mixed Jewish-Muslim weddings and along the routes of gay pride parades, and has called on the public to alert the organization to cases where Jewish women are discovered to be dating Arab men. Lehava has held violent protests outside mixed Jewish-Muslim weddings and along the routes of gay pride parades, and has called on the public to alert the organization to cases where Jewish women are discovered to be dating Arab men. timesofisrael

A Schizophrenic Attorney General
The AG is a religious man? A halachic Jew? And yet, he judges like a secular and leftist anti-religious politician. Doesn’t he know that the Torah forbids Jewish girls marrying non–Jewish men? How many Israeli men marry Arab girls? Doesn’t he understand that the Torah forbids men on men relationships (under penalty of death)? How can he be considered religious?
“Once again it turns out that the attorney general works for the Reform [Jews] and serves as the representative of the extremist left in the Justice Ministry. This shocking leak of the attorney general’s opinion, while Otzma Yehudit has yet to respond to the appeal [against its candidates], proves his view was pre-decided.”
On Marzel: Marzel led (extremist) rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach party after its founder’s 1990 murder, and has long been identified with the faction’s goal of forcibly cleansing the country of Arabs. And Marzel is reportedly quoted by Mandelblit in the disqualification recommendation as saying of Israel’s Arab citizens: “When we finish dealing with the enemy, tens of billions of shekels will be freed up that now go to waste. Sixty percent of the money of the National Insurance Institute goes to the enemy.” timesofisrael

The Elections
Elections Committee: Marzel, Gopstein can run
With several parties demanding that any unity government involve the removal of Netanyahu as Likud leader, the poll also asked Likud voters whom they’d prefer as a replacement party leader. Former minister Gideon Sa’ar led the pack with 22%, followed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Culture Minister Miri Regev with 12% each, Foreign Minister Israel Katz with 9% and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein with 6%. timesofisrael

Is this the end of the on-again off-again persecution of the Otzma Yehudit Political Party?

17 August 2019

Avoidable Tragedy? So Much Unknown.

NOT QUITE THE WHOLE STORY: 
  El Al flight attendant dies 4 months after contracting measles on plane from NY. 43-year-old Rotem Amitai, who had been vaccinated with 1 dose out of the recommended 2, becomes 3rd fatality in recent outbreak of highly contagious disease
[they don’t even use the term ‘complications’]

The Story: Flight Attendant With Measles Dies of “Meningoencephalitis"

vaccine reaction:  A flight attendant with Israel’s El Al airlines was believed to have contracted measles on a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Tel Aviv on Mar. 26, 2019. Rotem Amitai, 43, developed a fever on Mar. 31 and was admitted to Meir Medical Center near Tel Aviv that same day. She had trouble breathing and was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit where she was placed on a respirator. Amitai fell into a coma the following week and reportedly remained unconscious for five months until she died on Aug 13.

Amitai was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis—inflammation of the brain and meninges, which are the layers of thin tissue that surround the brain and the spinal cord. It has been reported that Amitai had been given one dose of measles vaccine as a child during the 1980s.

The one measles vaccination recommendation was based on the mistaken belief that one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine would reliably block infection with the wild measles virus and provide “life-long protection” against the disease. That turned out not to be true. In 1989 after measles outbreaks in the U.S. and around the world, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) added a second dose of measles vaccine to the childhood vaccine schedule using the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, which had been licensed for use in the United States since 1971.

According to The Times of Israel, “Blood tests revealed that [Amitai] had been vaccinated with only one shot against measles instead of the two inoculations recommended for her age group. Consequently, El Al instructed all flight attendants at the time to get measles shots.”

It is unclear if Amitai was given a second or perhaps even a third dose of the measles vaccine after she was diagnosed with measles, notably when she was admitted to the hospital.  While meningoencephalitis is a complication associated with the measles virus, it has also been linked to the MMR vaccine, which is a live attenuated (weakened) virus vaccine.

In April, Israel’s Health Ministry ordered all El Al crew members to receive measles vaccinations. A Health Ministry directive stated, “Due to the continued spread of measles and the exposure of air crews, we recommend that all your workers be vaccinated. Make sure that your workers receive two inoculations and place a special emphasis on the air crews that come into contact with travelers.”

El Al set up a clinic at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to administer the vaccinations.

Take notice of comments to this article:

1. My condolences to the family of this young woman. This is a tragedy. So much information is missing. My question is this in regards to the statement in the article:

It is unclear if Amitai was given a second or perhaps even a third dose of the measles vaccine after she was diagnosed with measles, notably when she was admitted to the hospital.” It’s known that the measles vaccine can cause brain swelling Encephalitis or encephalopathy. If she was given additional vaccines when he brain was already swollen that is a clear case of negligence considering all her Doctors had to do was read the package insert.


2. The article states…”It is unclear if Amitai was given a second or perhaps even a third dose of the measles vaccine after she was diagnosed with measles, notably when she was admitted to the hospital.“. Why is this UNCLEAR? Are there not hospital records which would confirm this… or are those records being sequestered?


Vaccinated Nurse in Seattle Diagnosed With Measles

vaccine reaction:  A vaccinated nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital was recently diagnosed with measles after having been exposed to a child who tested positive for measles infection. The child had been in the hospital’s emergency room on June 22, June 25 and June 26, 2019 but only showed symptoms of measles during the third visit. Hospital officials said the child immediately had been put in isolation.

The nurse, who is in her 20s and works in the inpatient units, had received two MMR vaccinations and had worn “appropriate personal protective equipment” while caring for the pediatric patient but came down with the disease anyway. An article in The Seattle Times noted that she was “potentially contagious while working from July 8 through July 11.”

According to the website Nurse.org, “Patients who are diagnosed with measles are required to be isolated in an airborne infection isolation room (AIIR) for four days. Staff who care for the patient should wear N95 masks.” The masks are more technically known as N95 particulate filtering facepiece respirators. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), the N95s are the most commonly used particulate filtering facepiece respirators in the U.S.

Hospital officials reportedly notified patients, families and staff who “may have been exposed, providing information about exposure dates, disease symptoms” and offered “preventative treatment if necessary.”

This measles case in a vaccinated nurse was the 11th case of measles reported in King County, Washington since January 2019. So far this year, there have been a total of 1,182 confirmed cases of measles in the Unites States


Comments:
1. As always much info is left out.
First most important question: Why did the nurse become infected when the vaccine is said to be 97% effective? Spin will be she got the shots but they hadn’t had time to basically take to make her immune. But if you read the Measles CDC’s Pink Book it tells you there is a certain percentage of people the shots will not work on. 2-5% of recipients don’t respond to the 1st injection but supposeably will to the second injection although there is no data in the Pink Book that substantiates that. The CDC doesn’t really discuss failure to the 2nd dose. Probably because they never tested for it but it’s common according to my relatives in the health care field that fully vaccinated people become infected. A nurse posted this on a blog years about about the measles vaccine:

2. In my experience working in mainstream medicine for 22 years, I found that when pediatricians saw kids with the exact same symptoms, labs and history, they would diagnose the un-vaccinated kids with the apparent disease, e.g. “measles,” but the vaccinated would be diagnosed as “viral syndrome, NOS.”

This was on the basis that they assumed the vaccinated kids could NOT possibly have the disease! As far as I know that is standard practice. So the percentage of vaccinated children who get the diseases may in fact be much higher than what we are told.

Questions to ask:
-Was the child who had measles vaccinated?
-If so when?
-What genotype of measleS did the child have?
What genotype did the fully vaccinated nurse have?
-Was a PCR test done to determine if the nurse was infected by the child?
-Is the nurses infection due to antigen drift of the vaccine she was given?
-If recently vaccinated was she infected by the vaccine?

Arch Intern Med. 1994 Aug 22;154(16):1815-20.
Failure to reach the goal of measles elimination. Apparent paradox of measles infections in immunized persons.
Poland GA1, Jacobson RM.
Conclusion: The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons.

Here’s a oldie but a goodie:
Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011. Oxford Journal.
Of 88 contacts, four secondary cases were confirmed that had either two doses of measles-containing vaccine or a past positive measles IgG antibody. All cases had laboratory confirmation of measles infection, clinical symptoms consistent with measles, and high avidity IgG antibody characteristic of a secondary immune response.” This report of measles transmission from a twice vaccinated individual. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index were typical of measles in a naïve individual. Secondary cases had robust anamnestic antibody responses. No tertiary cases occurred despite numerous contacts.

The CDC gives Doctors a protocol for diagnosing people who have measles but are fully vaccinated just to skew the numbers and manipulate the public in Chapter 7: Measles, on their website.


16 August 2019

Parshas Va’eschanan and Reb Zundel

REB ZUNDEL’S MUSSAR
By Roy S. Neuberger

We have made it through Tisha B’Av and we are still alive.

It’s not just that we survived the fast. 

No! We have survived history!

“Nachamu, nachamu … comfort, comfort, My people, says your G-d.” (Yeshiah 40:1)

As I write, the headlines tell of mass shootings in the United States. Blame is shooting back and forth like bullets. There is collective blame, because these shootings are not mere accidents. There is deep sickness in the world. This sickness will not be cured by politics, gun control or a change of personnel. 

Where is the comfort, my friends? “Nachamu, nachamu ….” But where is it? 

This is the week of “T’u b’Av,” one of the most remarkable days of the year. On the Fifteenth Day of Menachem Avwe understand that tragedy and punishment do not last forever. This is the day on which it became clear that the Generation of the Midbar had stopped dying. On this day we began to see Hashem’s incredible chessed and the confirmation of His promise. 

“My L-rd, Hashem/Elokim, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for what power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Your deeds and according to Your mighty acts.” (Devarim 3:24)

Yes, we will enter the Holy Land!

Yes, we will greet Moshiach ben Dovid!

Yes, we will see the Bais Hamikdosh!

Yes, we will see Techias Hamaisim!

We have to know that, hard and painful as our suffering is, there is a reason for everything. There is no person who escapes difficult experiences. I had occasion to speak to a five-year-old who was suffering from painful mouth sores. She had been crying, so I told her, “I want you to know that everyone in life has pain. Whether someone’s mouth hurts, or hand, or leg, everyone has pain. But you will get over it.” I don’t know if it helped, but it is true. And sometimes the pain is in the heart.

A great surgeon told me, “Pain is good. Cancer is painless (at least at the beginning). But if you feel pain, then you know you need a cure and you can do something. Be thankful for pain.”

Hashem sends pain to heal us. 

I heard something beautiful this morning. I thought perhaps I had hit someone with my tzitzis at shul. This can be extremely painful, especially if the tzitzis snaps against a person’s eye. He reassured me, and told me a story. Rabbi Yisroel Salanter zt”l was following Rabbi Zundel Salant zt”l to learn from him. Reb Zundel turned to Reb Yisroel and said, “You want to learn mussar? Don’t hit the other person in the eye when you are putting on tzitzis!”

My friends, if we would learn to be good to each other, the world would be healed.

“Nachamu, nachamu … Comfort, comfort, My People.”

The day of comfort will come soon, b’ezras Hashem.

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

© Copyright 2019 by Roy S. Neuberger

Rabbi Winston – Parshas VaEschanan

You have been shown, in order to KNOW that G–D He is G–D; there is none else besides Him. 
(Devarim 4:35)

IT IS AMAZING the difference that knowledge makes. I realize this is an obvious thing to say, since everything in life depends upon what we know. Nonetheless, there is something not-so-obvious about it, because a PHENOMENAL amount of people choose ignorance instead, seemingly believing that “ignorance IS bliss.”
Knowledge is THE game changer of game changers. It constantly saves lives, and the lack of knowledge will constantly cost them. Money can’t buy happiness, but knowledge can. Money can’t buy love, but knowledge constantly builds it. You can’t love someone you don’t know. 
You can idolize strangers, but you can’t LOVE them. That takes knowledge, and the more intimate that knowledge is of something, the more you can love it. Infatuation doesn’t require much knowledge, and can happen at “first sight.” True love NEVER does. It’s just the way the world works.
And this thing about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing, is only to encourage us to go the full distance and get ALL the knowledge we can. There is one thing worse than an ignoramus, and that is a PARTIAL ignoramus. An ignoramus knows he has nothing to offer on what he knows nothing about. A partial ignoramus thinks he knows enough to have an opinion when in fact he usually doesn’t. 
This is VERY evident from reading Yirmiyahu about the destruction of the First Temple, and the exile that followed. Not only was Yirmiyahu ignored, but he was persecuted by the very people he was trying to save. For a prophet of G–D, he had a very rough time of it.
He got to say, “I told you so,” because everything he had forewarned about had come true. But it wasn’t about being right for Yirmiyahu. It was about getting the Jewish people back on track, and avoiding destruction and exile. Being proven right only meant to him that he had failed in his mission. 
HOW? How could so many people take a prophet of G–D for granted, even abuse him? How could they throw caution to the wind, and risk so much terrible Divine retribution? EICHAH? How?
Well, how did Adam HaRishon go against the command of G–D, and risk death to eat from the Aitz HaDa’as Tov v’Ra? G–D had not spoken in riddles or parables. Which part of “Do not eat or you will die” did Adam not get? And yet he ate anyhow, and here we are, almost 6,000 years later and no closer to returning to Paradise. HOW?
In the Garden of Eden, there was the snake, that crafty little MISinformation deliverer. He spoke in half-truths and outright lies, and took advantage of what Chava DIDN’T know. He turned G–D into the enemy, made himself out like a hero, and Adam into a naïf. 
In Yirmiyahu’s time, it was the FALSE prophets. Even though the Torah warns about them, and even threatens them with the death penalty, they were rampant in the time right before the destruction of the Temple. They pumped the nation full of good news and upbeat prophecies, despite the fact they kept sinning in the worst ways possible. People listen more readily to what they WANT to hear, and more easily reject what they don’t.
The true enemy of society is stupidity. It’s not a nice word, and actually quite insulting. But even Tanach uses it to describe the intellectual state of the people of Yirmiyahu’s time. It wasn’t saying the people were unintelligent. It was saying that they were STUPID. UNINTELLIGENT means a person lacks knowledge. STUPID means they have the knowledge, but they ignore it, or undervalue it. 
For example, when a three year old goes zooming down a hill without wearing a helmet on his little toy, it is usually due to a lack of intelligence. He just hasn’t learned enough about road safety, and how an accident can hurt him badly or worse, G–D forbid.
When a teenager does it on his bicycle, he is acting stupid. He should know better, but chooses to ignore the information that could save his life and those of others. He has STUPIDLY risked lives for the sake of a bodily thrill, HOPING that nothing will go wrong. The Emergency Room is filled with those for whom hope, and their bodies, weren’t strong enough.
Likewise, when “adults” take incredible risks while driving cars, putting too much trust in their cars, other people, and their own skills, they are REALLY acting stupid. They definitely should know better, but have chosen, for personal convenience sake, to bypass their wisdom and do the stupid thing.
I’m not just being facetious. I’m standing on this point because it means a lot more than people think, but ought to know. Adam’s punishment was more severe than Chava’s because he knew better, and she did not. She had not heard the command from G–D, and what she heard through her husband was somewhat convoluted. She was only punished for what she DID know, and ignored, as was he.
Likewise, Yirmiyahu’s generation would have enjoyed more mercy had they only been unintelligent. G–D never holds a person responsible for what they don’t know, unless they CHOOSE not to know it. The Temple was destroyed, and the people were horribly exiled, because they had acted STUPIDLY, not unintelligently. 
This discussion has major ramifications, especially today, especially for Jews. We’re living in an era that has made being unintelligent next to impossible, at least wherever there is Internet. We have been called the “Generation of Knowledge,” the first one to be called that since the original “Dor HaDayah,” the generation that left Egypt and heard G–D speak.
A big problem today is the quality of knowledge. There is a lot of misinformation. TONS of it. But there are also TONS of ways to overcome it. “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” And even though people often know this they STUPIDLY disregard it.
Tisha B’Av only becomes Tu B’Av when we realize this, and change. The day can get pushed off, and eventually be over. Life can pick up where it left off before the Three Weeks, and give a person the impression that all the danger is gone, over. Just like the false prophets of Yirmiyahu’s time told the people…who later cursed them, and their own stupidity, as they were carted off like cattle to Babylonia. 
The Torah, in the parsha of “Shabbos Nachamu,” states clearly:

You have been shown, in order to KNOW that G–D He is G–D; there is none else besides Him. (Devarim 4:35)

WHO was shown? Not us. Moshe’s generation, but not ours. THEY can be held responsible for THEIR unwarranted mistakes, but not us…right?
Jewish history says otherwise, and current history agrees. Once upon a time, there was a great lack of intelligence, which is why G–D probably had a lot of patience with the world. But out greatest asset is also our greatest liability if we don’t appreciate it for what it is. We’re a HIGHLY intelligent generation. But that makes the stupid things we do STUPID, and punishable. It’s Tisha B’Av all year round when that is the case.
The comfort that these weeks speak about were AFTER the Jewish people had received the shocking news about just how wrong they were, and about just how much damage it had caused. It woke them up to reality, and made them open to comfort, and rebuilding.

But we’re still before that point, thanks to G–D’s great patience and mercy. It has bought us time, but not a free pass. If we wake ourselves up to the truth, and help others to do the same, then we can have our comfort and enjoy it too. Let’s figure out HOW—eichah—we got “here,” and steer ourselves as we were “shown to know.”

Rabbi Kahana – Time for a Major Miracle

BS”D 
Parashat Va’et’chanan, Shabbat Nachamu 
and the 15th of Menachem Av 5779
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

A most appropriate time for a major miracle


An indisputable fact comes to light to all who follow the weekly parasha with one eye, and current events with the other. Each parasha casts its spell on the events of its respective week. Therefore, in hindsight, we stand amazed at the correlation between the major events of this past week and the parasha; and we feel so fretfully “stupid” that, with all our knowledge of the parasha, we were unable to predict what was going to happen.
Our parasha begins with Moshe informing the Jewish nation that HaShem has turned down his pleas to enter Eretz Yisrael. Moshe is turned down 515 times (gematria of the word “va’et’chanan”), despite his iron-clad arguments proving that he has merited to perform the mother-of-all mitzvot – yishuv Eretz Yisrael – to settle in the Land of Israel.
The 515 pleas, supplications and entreaties to enter the land, followed by the immense feelings of love that Moshe demonstrates for the land, typify this week’s events. How many tearful prayers were directed to HaShem for the welfare and integrity of Eretz Yisrael? Nearly 2000 Jews ascended the Temple Mount on Tish’a B’Av to declare before HaShem that we have not forgotten, nor will we ever forget, the words of His prophets that He will restore the grandeur that was once Yerushalayim.
The events now being played out in the Holy Land are another part of HaShem’s great design – one more in the conundrum of infinite questions the Mashiach will have to explain. However it plays out in the labyrinth of human events, we will patiently and silently trust in His will.
In keeping with the spirit of our parasha of supplication regarding Eretz Yisrael, I too lift up my eyes and humbly request the following from our Father the King.
Avinu sh’baShamayim, I come before You not even as a drop of water is to the ocean, but less than one of the tens of billions of atoms which constitute a drop of water. So there is no reason that You should have to pay attention to my words, but You must! You are responsible for me being an entity of existence; and as a part of Your handiwork, I possess some degree of importance and even more, because You cast into my frail being the holy neshama of a Jew.
I sit here among Your children of Israel. I am one of them, replete with all the failings and weaknesses that are inherent in us, plus the obstinate and blind qualities we acquired by living in the Galut among the children of Yishmael and Esav.
As a Jew in Eretz Yisrael, I know the nature of my brothers and sisters here. I promise You that, as things stand today, those who have strayed from Your Torah will not do teshuva.
I am certain that this is not an alarming chidush (new idea) for You. But my chidush is – and one for which I give my word and solemn oath – that if You reveal Yourself, even in the smallest way, this nation will return to You in love, loyalty and devotion never seen in any previous generation.
HaShem, please remember that no one is keeping us here. Why do the people who have strayed from the Torah stubbornly insist on maintaining this impossible State of Israel – an arid land on the edge of the desert, with hardly any raw materials to guarantee a livelihood and surrounded by enemies whose numbers we can no longer even estimate?
It is because deep down the people in Eretz Yisrael await Your imminent return, as a wife awaits her beloved husband who has gone off to war.
Never was there a generation as faithful to Jewishness as the people of Medinat Yisrael. If You just open the door a crack, You will find a people who have gleaned from all the sources of human history. There is genius here out of proportion to any country in the world:
  • Expert architects, designers and engineers just waiting to rebuild Your Holy Temple to surpass the glory and beauty of the two which were destroyed
  • Artists, scientists, men and women of profound thought
  • Courageous young soldiers who will uproot the evil in this world as they avenge what was done to Your people for thousands of years
  • Talmidei chachamim whose scope of expertise surpasses that of any previous generation
  • Rabbanim whose halachic decisions range from the most minute details dealt with by scientists to the question of reciting kiddush lavana for people standing on the moon
The moral level and dignity of man expressed even in these most difficult of times will blossom into halachic categories and embrace all of humanity.
Of course, You know about all the intriguing conversations held in taxi cabs. How many times have drivers said to me, “I am not religious”? Then they go on to say, “I never ate anything treif in my life nor would I ever drive my car on Shabbat, but I’m not religious.” How about the many teenagers who, while not dressed in very modest attire, enter their homes or buildings and always kiss the mezuzah?
Father in Heaven. We have strayed, but it is less our fault than the circumstances of our destiny. The love and devotion displayed daily here in Eretz Yisrael for the way of life You have commanded us deserves to be acknowledged by You.
There is a great nation awaiting Your return. Moshe was a great man, so much so that he could suffer to be rejected 515 times. We, however, are brittle and fragile human beings who cannot suffer rejection for very long. We overcame the Shoah. We returned to Your land. We have fought Your battles. Now the time has come to open the palace door and let Your princely children return to the glory which was once theirs.
The 15th of the month of Menachem Av is approaching. It is one of the two days in the year which the Mishna designates as “the happiest days” (the other being Yom Kippur).
Would it be so impertinent of me to suggest that this Shabbat (1950 years since the destruction of the Second Temple) would be an appropriate time for a major miracle?
The eyes of the world are upon Israel. You are the Master of drama and irony. What better way to bring down the curtain on this sad scene of 2000 years of history and open a new one of hope, redemption and kedusha!
If You open the way, even as narrow as the eye of a needle, we will enlarge it as wide as the entrance to the Holy Temple. Bring peace to Your confrontational children as a father restores calm among his feuding sons. We cannot solve the differences among ourselves, so it remains for You to show the way.
You have made us to be born from four different mothers – Rachel, Leah, Bilha and Zilpa – in order to diversify the Jewish genius, but we come from one father Ya’akov. You have dispersed us over the four corners of the globe in order to diversify our keeping of the Torah, and You have returned us home to Eretz Yisrael, just as You brought back our father Ya’akov.
Harav Sa’adia Gaon has stated that we are a nation only by virtue of the Torah. The time has come to restore the feelings of brotherhood here in Eretz Yisrael under the canopy of the Torah. Only You can bring this about.
Give us one more chance – we won’t disappoint You.

FOR THE 15th OF MENACHEM AV


The Mishna in Tractate Ta’anit states: “There were no happier days (yamim tovim) than Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av.” In Tractate Ta’anit of the Jerusalem Talmud, our sages state that the reason Yom Kippur is a yom tov is obvious, for on this day our sins are eradicated. However, they ask, what transpired on the 15th of Av to elevate it to the level of happiness of Yom Kippur?
And the Gemara explains that on this day, Hoshea ben Ela, King of the northern tribes of Israel, rescinded the edict prohibiting the Jews of the northern tribes from going up to Yerushalayim.
In order to fully appreciate what this meant, we have to go back 300 years prior to the time of Hoshea ben Ela. The arch-evil Yeravam ben Nevat incited the people of the northern tribes to secede from the union that had begun with the kings, Shaul, followed by David, Shlomo and then his son Rechavam.
In order to complete the secession, Yeravam began expounding the Torah in his own way, thereby creating the first reform movement. However, the formal act of secession was accomplished by closing the roads to Yerushalayim.
He created two substitute spiritual centers of Bet El and Dan in the north; because he knew that as long as the connection to Yerushalayim existed, his break-away nation would not endure.
Yeravam ordered guards to be stationed along the entire border in order to strictly enforce the prohibition against going to Yerushalayim. This situation continued for more than three hundred years, during which time the Jews of the north were severed from Yerushalayim and the Holy Temple.
Upon ascending the throne, Hoshea ben Ela withdrew the border guards and opened the way to Yerushalayim – and this happened on the 15th of Av.
This was, indeed, a day paralleling Yom Kippur, for now the Jews would be able to offer korbanot in the Mikdash and to achieve atonement for their sins.
After this explanation in the Jerusalem Talmud, Rav Kahana asks: If Hoshea was such a great man, why then did HaShem permit Shalmanetzer, King of Assyria, to invade the northern tribes and exile all the Jews in Hoshea’s time?
The Talmud answers that Hoshea ben Ela opened the way to Yerushalayim – BUT NO ONE CAME!
He was punished, because he did not use his authority to encourage and convince the people to renew their covenant with the Holy City.
The Talmud goes on the explain that in the 300 years when pilgrimage to the Holy City was prohibited by the evil kings, the Heavenly Court could not accuse the people of the north of neglecting their responsibilities to Yerushalayim. However, now that the government of Hoshea had permitted the movement of people to the Holy City, there was no longer an excuse for not going. It was as if HaShem were saying, “You did not come to My house, so I will eject you from your houses.”
Therefore, this is the most appropriate day for the rabbis throughout the galut to utilize their authority and influence to encourage their congregations to leave the galut and return home.
When was the last time your rabbi stood at the pulpit and banged his fist on the lectern demanding that the congregation “go up to the Land, as I am about to do?”
Shabbat Shalom and have a happy 15th of Menachem Av

Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
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