Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Yes, that's the bottom line, the uncomfortable truth.
Nadia Matar, Yehudit Katzover (of Women in Green) and the many others who have been dedicating their time of late to promoting Sovereignty nailed it correctly. The 7th edition of their Sovereignty Journal was recently published. It's a must-read for sure!
If Sovereignty had been declared over all the Land in June, 1967, we would never have gotten mired in the "occupation" dilemma. Today's security and diplomatic problems are results of lack of clear Israeli Sovereignty. The longer it's delayed the more complicated it will be to clear up the resulting problems and dangers.
It's not "frustration" and lack of "state of their own" that pushes the Arabs into terrorism, it's the weakness of the Israeli Government and the fear that there will be a new Arab state called Palestine, sic, that makes Arabs feel that they must show their "anti-Israel" stance. So, the nicer, weaker and more understanding we are towards the Arabs the more they feel the need to show their support for terror/Hamas. Call it self-preservation Arab style. That's right. The further the Israeli Government goes from full Sovereignty, the closer the Arabs go to terrorism.
It is time to change tracks and have the Government of Israel declare full Israeli Sovereignty on all of the Land we now hold. And, yes, that does mean we must "phase out" the PA Palestinian Authority and declare it null and void.
Only that will bring us peace and security!!
Monday, August 29, 2016
Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah
by Mr. Cohen
and his grandson will rule after that.
For more proof that the messiah will have sons, see the Metsudath David commentary on Yechezkel chapter 44 verse 3 and Yechezkel chapter 45 verse 7, which identifies the prince who leaves an inheritance to his sons as the King Messiah.
PLEASE HELP SUE THE TERRORISTS IN COURT:
We've known Geula Cohen and her family, her late husband Emanuel (Adam, his underground Lechi name) Hanegbi and son Tzachi Hanegbi, pretty much ever since we came to Israel. My husband first met Emanuel before our aliyah when he had been a student in Machon Hamadrichei Chutz L'Aretz.
The Begin Heritage Center Auditorium and meeting rooms (set up with screens and speakers so people could see and hear the event) were packed, while many others found themselves even closed out of those extra venues, since there just wasn't enough space for all who wanted to attend this very special tribute/birthday celebrating Geula Cohen's 90th. It's so wonderful when someone who contributed so much to the Jewish People and the State of Israel is alive to hear what quite often just gets said at memorials.
Geula began her contribution to the Jewish People when still a teenager in what was then called Palestine, part of the Mandate the British were entrusted with to establish a Jewish State. When the British refused to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish State, a number of underground groups were formed to "convince" the British to leave. Among them, and the least compromising of all, was Lechi aka the Stern Group. As its iconic radio announcer Geula made her mark. At one point the British succeeded in arresting and trying her for the "crime." Actually, she was tried and sentenced for two crimes, her radio work and having a gun on her. They sentenced her for seven years for carrying a gun and two for broadcasting on the radio. She could not understand why they thought the gun was more a danger to their rule than her broadcasting, because she believed firmly in the power of words. No surprise that later on she made her mark as a journalist, and after that, when she was a Knesset Member, her speeches and phraseology were electrifying.
Geula has kept to her principles to this day, earning the respect of the Israeli establishment, even those who don't agree with her. In 2003 she received the coveted Israel Prize on Independence Day for her lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State.
Here are some photos I took at the celebrations:
We should all be thanking Geula Cohen, ad me'ah vi'esrim...
Sunday, August 28, 2016
So, is that another of Menachem Begin's big tragic mistakes? I think so. These seemingly harmless domestic responsibilities given to the Arabs here have morphed into dangerous terror states recognized as real states/countries by most of the world and pretty much all of the international bodies from the United Nations to the Olympics. And it has puffed up and strengthened Hamas, which unabashedly supports terror against Jews.... With the establishment of peace we shall propose the introduction of an administrative autonomy for theArab residents of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip on the basis of the following principles:
The administration of the military rule in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip will be abolished. In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip an administrative autonomy of, by and for the Arab residents will be established. The residents of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip will elect an administrative council which will be composed of 11 members. The administrative council will act according to the principles postulated in this document. Every resident 18 years old or older, regardless of his citizenship or the lack of it. will be entitled to vote for the administrative council. Every resident who is 25 years old or older the day the list of candidates for the administrative council is presented will be entitled to be elected to the administrative council. The administrative council will be elected in general, direct, personal, equal and secret elections.
The administrative council will establish the following departments: department of education: department of transportation: department of construction and housing: department of industry, commerce and tourism: department of agriculture: department of health: department of labor and social betterment, department for the rehabilitation of refugees: department of legal administration and supervision of the local police force. The administrative council will issue regulations pertaining to the activities of those departments.
Security and public order in the areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza will he entrusted to the Israeli authorities....
Senior-level PA officials urge Abu Mazen to cancel elections: “You will hand over the West Bank to Hamas”You know what's said about the road to hell being good intentions....
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I couldn't find a head to toe picture of me in my bathing suit, but as you can probably guess from this selfie here, it's more burkini than any classic tank, blouson, skirted, one or two-piece held up by skinny straps. Actually I do wear a two piece bathingsuit, but the top has a high neck, and the sleeves go past my elbow. Most of the time I wear it with a swim-skirt past my knees, that has sewn in shorts. The running joke is that I'm dressed up for a fancy outing. It really doesn't look like a bathing suit. And I guess you may be surprised that I wear it to female only swimming time in our local pool.
No, I'm not some sort of overmodest repressed nut-case. And I'm not Muslim.
- I'm a religious Jew who adheres to the Jews Laws of Modesty, and wearing this sort of bathing suit, swimsuit as some call them now, means that I can walk around in public, from house to pool without a robe or having to change my clothes/cover up.
- Another reason is health. I'm high risk for skin cancer, and besides slathering sunscreen on my neck, face etc, the shirt covers me well.
- When I swim in our outdoor pool at night, I wear my swimming shorts and a top like this. At night the covering protects me from the cool breezes which used to make night swimming just too uncomfortable. At night I wear a heavy robe to go to and from my house and pool to both cover up and keep warm.
- The "modest swimsuit" also makes it possible to swim when there's a male lifeguard and the rare occasion when I am at a "mixed swim." The special swimsuit fabrics provide more modest cover up and better protection from the sun, than a wet T-shirt.
Friday, August 26, 2016
- In the long run, does a United States President control the State of Israel?
- Or in the short run, does a United States President control the State of Israel?
- Can a POTUS veto Israeli Prime Minister and Knesset?
- Can the Israeli Prime Minister act independent of American Governmental policy/orders?
Thursday, August 25, 2016
AVROHOM BEN AVROHOM is the biography of Graf Valentin Pototcki, a European nobleman who converted to Judaism in the early 1700s.
Asher Wade, a former Methodist minister, converted to Orthodox Judaism in May 1983.
His web site is: www.AsherWade.com.
NOTE: This list of converts to Orthodox Judaism is very far from complete, and some of the books mentioned above have been out-if-print for decades. Sorry about that.
This edition of Havel Havelim, the ongoing blog carnival has 18 posts, and as I like to do it, only the titles will be listed. I hope that piques your interest. If you think I missed a good one or a blog that I should include, then please write to me in the comments, thanks. Of course the idea is for you to visit and share the various blogs posts etc. Think of this as an "internet magazine" with a variety of articles by various authors. You can always join our facebook page.
- Rebetzin Esther Jungreis a''h
- Cold Coffee Update AOK for Strict Sabbath Observers
- August Jewish Book Blog Carnival
- Weird, wacky, wonderful (Hebrew) words: שַׁלֶּכֶת/ shalechet
- Stealing “Palestine” from the Jews
- Strict Apartheid in Israel Against Jews
- The Jewish Left Lies About Tikkun Olam
- Surprise, surprise. JStreet U officer supports Black Lives Matter platform on Israel
- The 9th of Av: It's About the Temple!
- More on Jewish Mourning Customs
- The BBC and the First Temple
- Who Would Have Thought
- Jabotinsky Tribute
- The Wonders of a Wood Workshop
- Dancing Camel marks 10 years with three collaboration beers
- A Day With The Grandkids
- Brussels Airlines Serves Up A Steaming Hot Plate Of B(D)S
- #BlogElul and #ElulGram 2016
Remember you don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share this roundup and the included posts.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Not only are Jews/Israelis forbidden to enter sections of Israel administered by the P. A. but violence against those Jews/Israelis is excused/justified. I will copy the English on the sign for you, as it is written exactly:
"This Road leads To Area "A"This is a threat of violence against Israelis. The policymakers responsible for the sign expect Israelis to be attacked and actually condone it. Attackers are no prosecuted; only Israelis who venture, whether intentionally or not, are.
Under The Palestinian Authority
The Entrance For Israeli
Citizens Is Forbidden,
Dangerous To Your Lives
And Is Against The Israeli Law"
A few days ago, a few dozen Breslover Chasidim entered the holy site of Joseph's Tomb, which had been mentioned specifically in the Oslo Accords as a Jewish Holy Site that the P.A. was supposed ensure for Jewish worship. Not only were they attacked by the Aarbs, but after their rescue they were jailed by Israel.
|The detainees with Ben GvirFlash 90|
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing 32 Breslov Jews who entered Joseph's Tomb overnight in Shechem (Nablus) without permission from security forces, demands that police release them immediately.We must cease this farce of an "occupation" and make all of the Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War part of sovereign Israel!
The bus of worshippers was attacked by Arabs upon entering Shechem, who threw stones at it. The bus' 60 passengers were rescued by IDF forces.
Several haredim were lightly wounded from the stoning, and were treated on site. 32 of the pilgrims were arrested.
"When leftist extremists, led by [poet and activist] Eliaz Cohen, entered Ramallah and were attacked, the police didn't arrest them, didn't touch the matter, and no one called them in for questioning," Ben-Gvir recalled. "The feeling here is that the police discriminate again and again." (Arutz 7)
The present policy strengthens and justifies Arab terror against Jews! It must be stopped!!!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
|US Swimmers | Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz & Ryan Lochte, lied about being held at gunpoint & robbed, realitywives.net|
Growing up in post-World War Two USA, sportsmen and sportsmanship were the epitome of morality. Of course, that was long before there was an awareness and the systematic testing for all sorts of drugs to enhance performance and mask severe pain. Naivete and ignorance were valued characteristics for us audience. This wasn't only true when it came to sports. Show business, movies, theater, TV etc, was no better; it was possibly worse. And looking back without the rose-colored glasses, it's clear that politicians were also hiding a multitude of sins...
Just a week or so ago, Ryan Lochte and some teammates were basking in sympathy as innocent victims of crime. And then suddenly, unexpectedly for them, the proverbial #$%%$#!!# hit the fan as the truth came out that Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were the perpetrators of a crime, not innocent victims.
Ryan Lochte on Rio Robbery: ‘I Overexaggerated That Story’Being a top Olympic athlete, especially in the popular individual sports like swimming, is BIG BUSINESS. Winning in the swimming pool can provide a lifetime of comfortable big-time money. In the United States, Olympic athletes may still be officially "amateur," but they can earn big bucks from sponsors.
Originally, Lochte told NBC’s Billy Bush that he and the three swimmers were in a taxi headed back to the Olympic Village from a party at France House when they were pulled over by thieves impersonating police, who pulled guns and demanded they get on the ground and relinquish their money.
That version of events soon unraveled, and on Saturday, Conger offered another version of events. In a statement, Conger said that the group pulled into a gas station in order to use the restroom. Instead, they ended up relieving themselves against a wall, and Lochte damaged a sign, Conger wrote. When confronted by armed security to pay for the damage, the group offered $20 in U.S. currency and about $33 in Brazilian reais.
Ryan Lochte, like his teammate and Olympic legend Michael Phelps, is over thirty, and apparently a leader/role model for the younger swimmers. While Phelps came to Rio with his fiance and their baby, Lochte came to party.
It's good to hear that Lochte is losing sponsors, Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren Among Companies Dropping Ryan Lochte Amid False Robbery Claims. But I think that the Olympic Committee should take much stronger steps, such as taking away their medals. Yes, take them away from all four tarnished athletes. That's because we don't want a situation in which the "follower" or the more successful at placing the blame on another can be immune from consequences. It's not enough for the sports-trainers to teach athletic skills, the athletes must learn morality.
Though, considering that the sportsmen in the Olympic Village were supplied with condoms along with their sports drinks and fitness facilities, I wonder what really goes on between competitions and the moral fiber of the athletes and their trainers.
Monday, August 22, 2016
|An explosion and smoke are seen after Israeli strikes in Gaza City. (photo credit:REUTERS)|
Most everyone here in Israel, and in many parts of the world, are happy that for once the State of Israel has shown some strength in its response to Arab Gazan terror attacks on the south of the country.
Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shellsHave you noticed that even Reuters has properly sequenced its headline? Could this be a sign the Moshiach (Messiah) is getting closer?
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said... An Israeli shell during an initial retaliation damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said.
Multiple air strikes later in the evening hit at least 30 different sites in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, the smaller Islamic Jihad and other militant groups and two people were lightly hurt, Gaza health officials said.
A music festival in Sderot attended by hundreds of Israelis was temporarily disrupted as people sought shelter, television footage showed.
Is our new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman really changing the rather useless gentle fly swatting responses to the dangerous missile attacks by Gazan Arab terrorists to proper and suitable bombing? Or is this a one time event? Only time will tell. Most Israelis have gotten fed up with the namby-pamby Israeli responses and the very Leftist utterings of the previous Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon. The big problem with Lieberman is that he is so totally inconsistent, but he does have the knack to say what the public wants to hear.
I wouldn't venture a guess as to how long this new policy will last, but in the meantime, I support it!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Deja vu, all I could think of was the fire about twenty years ago. Arabs has set the first small vineyards alight, and my son was one of the volunteers who put it out. Once the fire was out, it was decided to plant many more grapevines there, and now the area is full of grapes which are well-known for the excellent wines they make. And, yes, the same son began working that summer planting the grape vines.
Here are some pictures of the fire. I apologize for the lack of focus and composition. I, literally, couldn't see the camera's screen and just blindly aimed and shot:
PS In a news report on the internet, it claims that there are olive trees on fire. A neighbor who had been with the crew trying to put out the fire confirmed that olive trees were burnt to a crisp.
With Hillary winning America will be worse, and if Trump wins he won't get anything done, since he has no congressional support. I know of a lot of Americans who would rather sleep the next four years, and hope this is all just one nightmare that will soon be over.
And even though I do prefer Trump over Hillary, I have no illusions that he would be a good effective President. My fear is that Hillary will be too "effective" and powerful taking the United States in directions I think is bad for the world, America and Israel. Trump, on the other hand, will find himself incapable of effectively functioning as President, passing bills, etc. While she has been spending decades making "friends" and deals with senators, congressmen, their aids etc, he's a total and utter stranger to that world.
Personally, I'd rather Donald Trump win and waste four years, in the hope that in 2020 Hillary Clinton will be considered too old and too stale to run, and by then there will be some newer, younger players on both sides who are better suited to be POTUS.
I can always hope.
And then during those four years, without a strong president, things will flow along pretty safely, with a Republican Congress making sure that the United States doesn't make any crazy dangerous moves.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
|Even though the shiva/mourning candle may burn for seven days, actual mourning lasts longer, and the opportunity to comfort a mourner does not expire once the candle ceases to burn.|
I know that many of us feel that if we "missed the shiva," didn't have the opportunity to get to a mourner's house to pay a "condolence call," or as it's called in Hebrew לנחם linachem, comfort the mourner/mourners during the shiva, then it's just too late to do anything about it. That isn't the case at all.
Sometimes, because of a Jewish Holiday, there is no real shiva when one sits. That happened when my maternal grandmother passed away on the Eve of Passover when I was a little girl. She was buried just before the Seder, and her husband and children never had the chance to sit shiva. My father died this year three days before my grandmother's yartzeit, and I sat until a few hours before the Seder. If I had been in New York for the funeral, I wouldn't have sat shiva at all. Actually I got up before he was even buried, a few hours before Passover, New York time.
When my brother passed away three months later, I flew to New York for the Friday funeral and got home with enough time to, again, sit shiva just three days. And ever since then, people have been coming over to me to לנחם linachem. It's really amazing. For the first two and a half weeks after I got up from sitting shiva for my brother, not a day passed without at least one person coming up to me with kind words and/or the traditional Jewish greeting/wishes/farewell to a mourner. A couple of times, people stopped their car and reversed to speak to me, even offering me rides as they apologized for not getting to one of both of the shivas.
Customers and friends would come up to me at work. And even on Shabbat, people seeing me would say kind comforting words.
I must say that from this I definitely learned a lot. I learned that it's never too late to comfort and mouner and how much the mourner truly appreciates the words and feelings.
Thanks to all...
|My father and brother enjoying a relative's backyard pool. They died only three months apart, not all that long ago.|
Friday, August 19, 2016
|Americans Burning Israeli Flags|
And now, Mr. lame duck POTUS Barack Hussein Obama has made it clear that he's out to destroy Israeli military industries by restricting all the shopping coupons to American businesses.
If successful, the administration’s push to remove the clause would inflict some real pain on Israel’s growing security sector, which already exports more arms overseas than almost any other country apart from the United States. On the flip side, the change would mean a potential windfall for American defense contractors scrambling to sell their wares abroad to make up for declining sales at home. The Middle East and Asia are now driving growth for major U.S. contractors, with about a quarter of revenue coming from international sales, compared with 15 percent in 2008.Yes, he considers Israel to be a competitor not an ally. And Obama's aim is to weaken us, not to help us.
The proposed shift “could be very good news for the U.S. defense industry,” said Loren Thompson, a longtime consultant for American military contractors, because “domestic defense spending is flat as a pancake and Israel is a consumer of high-end military technology.”
I think that the time has come for Israel to quit these deals cold turkey and, as complicated as it seems at this point, stop accepting this shopping coupons. The "tweaking" our experts and engineers do in requesting changes to the arms bought with the coupons help the Americans to upgrade their products, without actually having the brainpower and skills to do it on their own. It's time for us in Israel to use our talents to promote our own military industry!!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
- It is to be washed in a specific, gentle and ritualistic way, tahara.
- The body is not to be just stuffed in a morgue refrigerator. There should be a guard who will say certain prayer while waiting for burial, shmira.
- Burial should be as soon after death as possible, preferably even the same day.
So how is it that the Israeli Government hasn't succeeded in rescuing/returning the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul after two long years?
“The time has come for the Israeli government to internalize the fact that it has the ability to put Hamas under a great deal of pressure to return Oron and Hadar,” the Goldin family said.During this time period bodies of Arab terrorists have been handed over to their families. There is no reason to do so. We must first demand that our soldiers' remains be returned, and only after genetic testing proves that they have been, may we return Arab terrorist bodies.
The family added that the return of terrorists’ bodies should be conditioned on the return of the bodies of the two fallen IDF soldiers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
station to station
person to person
And even worse for our parents was the fact that they didn't know anyone whose children had made the move to Israel. For my parents, it had been hard enough about five years earlier when I had announced that I was going to be "religious," meaning keeping kashrut and Shabbat, among other things. But the idea that I'd be leaving the country, leaving America, was definitely not something they had ever imagined one of their children would do. Remember that this was in 1970, when we made aliyah, and since World War Two the American economy had been booming. Nobody in their right mind would leave it. Yes, obviously, we were nuts, and may still be...
|Queen Anna Maria|
|NBN chartered flight|
photo by Batya Medad, yes me
|JFK Airport before a NBN flight, photo by Batya Medad|
|JFK Airport before a NBN flight, photo by Batya Medad|
But then, just over ten years or so ago, our good friend Charley Levine, Z"L, arranged for me to fly with a Nefesh B'Nefesh flight as a journalist, which I ended up doing two years in a row. Nefesh B'Nefesh managed to turn the hectic pre-flight madness, the actual flight itself and the post-flight exhaustion into an amazing fun experience for all.
|NBN in Israel photo by Batya Medad|
|NBN in Israel photo by Batya Medad|
|The Real Jerusalem Streets and friend|