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Monday, February 29, 2016

Israeli Sovereignty, Every Victim-More Proof of Need

Nadia Matar
Yehudit Katzover
Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover, of Women in Green set up a protest vigil, thirty-three 33 hours, one for each of the recent victims of Arab terror.
Activists for applying Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria began a 33-hour vigil outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence Sunday to protest the 33 murders since the wave of Arab violence began on the eve of Rosh Hashana. (Jerusalem Post)
Women in Green co-director Nadia Matar told Arutz Sheva that the primary purpose of the vigil was to shake the Israeli public awake and prevent people from simply "getting used to" daily anti-Semitic attacks in the Jewish homeland.
"This cannot go on, we cannot get used to it!" Matar said. "We're not in (pre-war) Poland - we are in Israel, in sovereign Israel, in 2016!" (Arutz 7) 
Gd willing there will be no reason to extend the vigil. May there be no more innocent Jewish victims of Arab terror!!

It has been awhile since I've made it to one of their protests, but I was greeted with warm hugs and a request to speak. Matar and Katzover planned this protest as a "Hyde Park" style protest vigil offering various people the opportunity to voice their opinions. And since they both think of me as "Batya Shiloh," because of Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers, and the obvious fact that I live in Shiloh, I did mention in the few minutes I spoke, in both Hebrew and English, that next Rosh Chodesh Prayers will be Friday, the first of Adar Bet, March 11, Gd willing.

I felt very privileged to be included among the much more important speakers who gave extremely informative and fascinating speeches, professors,  an architect and the new young Director of Moetzet YESHA Shiloh Adler, among others.

I've always found it inexplicable that the State of Israel reacted so negatively to the miraculous victory in June, 1967. Instead of immediately declaring sovereignty and encouraging Jewish settlement over all of the Land we miraculously liberated from illegal Arab occupation, the Leftist Labor rulers treated our precious Land as if it was leprous. And we are still paying the painful deadly price for their mistakes!

Here are some photos from the vigil.

Director of Moetzet YESHA, Shiloh Adler






Sunday, February 28, 2016

Guest Post: Jewish Newspapers and Christian Missionaries

Instead of writing articles that give free publicity to Christian missionaries who target Jews [which is what most Jewish newspapers do, when they write about the missionary problem], Jewish newspapers should instead publish articles that give free publicity to the people who FIGHT AGAINST Christian missionaries who target Jews.

This is a recently-updated list of people who FIGHT AGAINST Christian missionaries who target Jews (in alphabetical order):

Baltimore Branch of Jews for Judaism
www.JewsForJudaismBaltimore.org

Daily Minyan
Gene Shlomovich is a FORMER “Messianic Jew” who returned to Judaism:
www.DailyMinyan.com

Jewish Israel
watching evangelists in Israel since 2008
www.JewishIsrael.com

Jeff Neckonoff returned to Judaism:
www.JewsForHashem.com/1.html

Jews for Judaism
www.JewsForJudaism.org

Judaism’s Answer to Missionary Claims
probably by Moshe Shulman
www.JudaismsAnswer.com

Messiah Truth
http://MessiahTruth.yuku.com/

Thematic Index of Counter-Missionary Articles
http://thejewishhome.org/counter-index.html

Ohr Somayach / Ask the Rabbi
http://ohr.edu/ask/ask00j.htm

Outreach Judaism (Rabbi Tovia Singer)
www.OutreachJudaism.org

Penina Taylor escaped from Christianity and accepted Orthodox Judaism:
www.PeninaTaylor.com

Their Hollow Inheritance
Michoel Drazin refutes Christianity
www.drazin.com

Torah Atlanta
www.TorahAtlanta.com

Truth About Mashiach
www.moshiach-truth.blogspot.com

Why Jews Reject Jesus by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
www.aish.com/jw/s/48892792.html

Yad L'Achim
They fight against evil missionaries, but only in Israel.
www.YadLAchim.org

My hope in publicizing this list, is that Jews NOT focus all their attention on the organizations that are most famous or have clever-sounding names.  Sometimes the unknowns do great work, even better than the famous organizations, sometimes much better. 

This list of ANTI missionary links can be printed on paper and distributed Jews who need it.

Please feel free to suggest improvements to this list!

Disturbing Visit to Mike Evan’s FOZ Museum and Pat Boone croons a missionary tune

posted by JewishIsrael.com

A former Texas Missionary’s Visit to Mike Evan’s FOZ Museum
 
In a stunning and very personal account former Texas missionary Shannon Nuszen, who has since converted to Judaism, describes her distressing visit to the new Friends of Zion Museum (FOZ) in Jerusalem which was founded by evangelist Mike Evans. "The building is exquisite. The art gorgeous. The presentations are impressive. The technology is state of the art. The message is heart-warming. But for somebody like me who understands the language and techniques of the most aggressive missionaries, it was infuriating and heart-breaking all at once."…more


Related Video:  Missionaries Pat Boone and Sid Roth target Jews for conversion on TBN

Pat Boone will be singing to Israeli Soldiers at the Friends of Zion Museum (FOZ) in Jerusalem today. But watch this Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) clip of Boone and Sid Roth targeting Jews for conversion and the theme song to "Exodus" will never be the same.

(BTW CUFI has just announced a partnership with the missionary network TBN...stay tuned)

Travel Dangers in Judea vs Binyamin

The other week when traveling with my daughter and her daughters to Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion to see the play "Sisters," we noticed something very surprising to us. On the Gush Etzion part of Highway 60, unlike the Mateh Binyamin section of the same highway, there are bus stops.

thanks to Ruth Jaffe Lieberman

Security authorities in our area, Highway 60 from Adam to Eli, do not permit bus stops on the main road. There are trempiadas, places one can wait for rides or offer rides outside of communities like Ofra or at junctions like Shiloh and Eli, but no public bus is permitted to have stops there. We, the carless, have to decide at times whether or not to wait for a bus and possible tremp inside at a bus stop, or wait for a tremp where this is no chance a bus will stop.

In Gush Etzion, the trempiadas on the main road,  Highway 60, are also bus stops, which can make traveling easier, but there's a downside to this. Highway 60 is a popular venue for Arab terrorists. They take advantage of the lack of real protection for innocent Jews. It's very easy for them to shoot and stab, since they don't have to pass through a security check to get to the bus stop. And as we all know, many of the victims of Arab terror at the Gush Etzion bus stops had considered themselves careful since they weren't going to tremp.

I don't claim to be a security expert, and didn't serve in the IDF, but I've been living in Israel since 1970 and in Shiloh since 1981, and I'm also a terror attack survivor, injured, too. But it seems to me that life in Gush Etzion would be safer if they kept bus stops off of the road. At least it would be harder for the terrorists to reach/harm/kill innocent Israelis.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Refreshing to Read Some Truth About "Palestine" sic

I was surprised to see something so true on the internet as this article:
Unfashionable Truths in Palestine: Jonathan Schanzer Takes on the Abbas Racket
In May 2009, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Washington, preparing to meet the new American President, Barack Obama.  Nine years earlier Mr. Abbas’ boss, Yasser Arafat, rejected an offer for the very Palestinian state that Palestinians claim they seek. The deal Mr. Arafat rejected would have given Palestinians an independent state on roughly 95 percent of the West Bank, all of the Gaza Strip and a capital in East Jerusalem. All Mr. Arafat had to do was renounce conflict with Israel—which he was unwilling to do.
Instead, he opted to launch a four-year bombing campaign in which young Palestinians were used to blow some 1,100 Israeli civilians to pieces—a campaign that boomeranged badly.... 
Too many people don't have the guts to look at the situation here objectively. They don't want to be objective when it comes to Israel. They wouldn't care if Israel was destroyed Gd forbid. And they keep insisting that Mahmoud Abbas is a "peace-loving" moderate, which is a total and utter lie!

Elder of Ziyon

Friday, February 26, 2016

Guest Post: message to a Jewish Blogger

One popular Jewish blogger posts a few messages every week.
Her blog posts are harmless, but are relentlessly focused on trivial matters.

I recently sent this message to her blog:

Dear (name omitted to avoid Lashon HaRa),

I realize that you will delete this message,
but are some things that I MUST say to you:

When will you use your blog to help combat anti-Jewish propaganda?
When will you use your blog to help combat media bias against Israel?
When will you use your blog to help combat the anti-Israel BDS movement?
When will you use your blog to help combat Islamic terrorism?

After 120 years, the Heavenly Court WILL ask you these questions!

You will then have to explain why you only used your blog to discuss trivial matters, instead of using it to help your fellow Jews who were being attacked because they were Jews, and needed all the help they could get.

Sincerely,
Mr. Cohen
____________________________________________________
Please help Shurat HaDin SUE the terrorists in court:

www.IsraelLawCenter.org    

PS: Check out these pro-Israel web sites:
www.camera.org * www.HonestReporting.com * www.memri.org * www.ActForAmerica.org * www.aish.com
____________________________________________________
The author of this article is the moderator of the Derech Emet yahoo group.

One of "My Dumb Questions" About "Sin of The Golden Calf"

I'm known for my "dumb questions." I wasn't brought up with the usual Torah stories, and I tend not to take everything as true unless it's straight from the Biblical text.

By Nicolas Poussin - http://www.cts.edu/ImageLibrary/Public_domain.cfm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=475193

In the Biblical story of the "Sin of The Golden Calf" in this week's Torah Portion, Ki Tissa, something has been bothering me. I wonder how in a time before reliable watches, clocks, cellphones etc  the recently escaped from slavery Jewish People could have had been so sure of the exact time that they went into a panic when Moses hadn't arrived back at the "right time."

It wasn't all that long ago that it was normal to just wait, because one never knew when exactly someone would arrive, and there was no way to contact them. There could always be justified delays from weather, traffic, unexpected snafus. Way back when, just a few decades ago, we'd take for granted that forty days could be forty-two or even more.

Could the sin be that organizing that calf/idol really started well before the forty day deadline?

What do you think?

The New American Consulate in Jerusalem


I haven't made it there yet, but when I was taking a walk with a friend in the Arnona neighborhood she pointed it out. Can you see the American Flag in the distance between the two trees?

The old one, near the former  "seam" by the ceasefire lines between what had been in Israel's hands and Jordan, was a very unpleasant and decrepit place to go. The last time I was there it rained inside the courtyard where we had to wait.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Friendly Fire," The Most Painful Death/Injury

"Friendly Fire" is the euphemism used for when an army/soldier unintentionally kills/injures a fellow soldier (or nearby civilian) from his/her own side. And some of you may want to amend/correct this by mentioning that training accidents are "Most Painful Death/Injury." Basically, they, too, are a form of "Friendly Fire."

Eliav Gelman, killed by friendly fire yesterday
These terrible losses have been in the news lately, because in the chaos of terror attacks, some very precious lives have been lost.

The 30-year-old Karmei Tzur resident and father of two was killed Wednesday afternoon in a terror attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, a popular hitchhiking spot south of Jerusalem.
The attacker, a mathematics teacher from the Arab village of Dura who approached Gelman and a group of soldiers while brandishing a knife, was shot and wounded by security forces on the scene. One stray bullet, however, struck Gelman, fatally wounding him.
The extra pain of these losses is suffered by the shooter who has to live with the guilt of killing/injuring the wrong person, even when as in the case of yesterday's tragedy, the terrorist was executed.

One of my sons once told me that the most difficult part of milu'im, reserve duty is that he's not familiar with the walk/posture/body language of the men (women, too?) he serves with. He has the talent to recognize people's walks etc even from distances, but when each period of milu'im is with soldiers he doesn't know, it's very hard to know if the approaching person is friend or foe. Military History from all over the world is full of tragic stories of soldiers and officers who had been killed because the guards thought they were approaching enemies.

המקום ינחם HaMakom yinachem, May Gd comfort the mourners, the family and friends of Eliav Gelman, and may Gd also comfort the person who unintentionally killed him.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It Seems that people agree with me, or...

...maybe they want to argue. What do you think?
Again three out of the six most popular blog posts on Arutz 7 are mine.

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Adar Bet Double Joy

We are halfway through the first month of Adar, and some people celebrate Purim this month, too. But whether or not you're celebrating Purim Katan today or not, in another month we will all be celebrating. In just over two weeks it will be Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, and two weeks later PURIM!

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, 
Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet (#2)
Friday March 11, 2016
1st of Adar Bet (#2), 5776, 8:30am
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אדר ב 
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ו' 11-3  א' אדר ב, תשע"ו 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please save the date and let others know. Join our facebook group for more updates. And remember that there are many other things to do at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. It's open to visitors six days a week. For more information call 02-994-4019.

And if you're interested in organizing rides for yourself and neighbors, then please contact Ben Levine of Awesome Tours. He has a supersized van, a bus that has room for fifteen 15 passengers comfortably.

Ladies, please remember that Rosh Chodesh is the "Women's Holiday," and it's when we should do something very special, like doven together in Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, where the Biblical Chana successfully prayed for a son, whom she promised to dedicate to Gd and the Jewish People.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why Grandmothers and Others Tremp aka Hitchhike

Even bus stops aren't all that safe and comfortable, especially when you don't know when the bus will arrive.
One of the things that kept me from falling asleep last night was wondering what to blog here on Shiloh Musings this morning. I do try t keep my blogging topics varied and interesting and from a perspective you may not get anyplace else. I guess you'd call this one in the "not get anyplace else" category. How many retirement age grandmothers admit to hitchhiking besides yours truly?


It's not that I have anything against buses. There are times I really look forward to taking a bus for the comfort and quiet and chance to say my daily Tihillim Psalms or the Mincha Afternoon prayer. When my husband travels home, especially, heavy bags from the shuq, open air Machane Yehuda Market he has been known to wait hours for a bus to Shiloh rather than struggle with his bulky, heavy bags and tall frame in a small crowded car seat.

 Our buses do not stop
on the road.
Why would he be waiting so long when there are generally one or even two buses to Shiloh from Jerusalem when he's on his way home? Well, that's the schedule, but sometimes the buses just don't arrive. Apparently there aren't any spare buses. That means that the very impressive bus schedule that the "powers" worked out took for granted that no bus would ever break down, and all drivers would be in good health and show up as scheduled. Of course in the real world you need backup plans, and when you don't have good ones, innocent, trusting travelers are left in the cold. And we are also in a panic.
If we take another bus in order to get to a bus/hitchhiking stop will we see our bus passing and then miss it?
That's the "Murphy's Law" for travelers like us? If we take a ride to Ofra, we may have to run like mad, or end up missing the bus if it comes quickly. And if I take a ride to the Shiloh Junction, there is a bus stop, but few drivers pick up passengers there. A number of times I've ended up waiting either there or at the Shvut Rachel-Shiloh Junction where no bus stops at all.

So you must wonder why I tremp. First of all, you should know that most of the drivers are friends or very familiar people, considering that I've been living in Shiloh for over 34 years. I know lots of people from nearby communities and my work in Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin. We do quick profiling, as do the drivers.

I'll give an example of what happened to me the other day. I was on my way home and had taken the lightrail to Ammunition Hill, which is near Ramat Eshkol and French Hill, Jerusalem. From there I walked to the bus stop on the top of Eshkol Blvd. There was supposed to be a bus in a few minutes, so I waited, and I waited. And I didn't get on any of the buses that could easily have taken me to the "cityline," the border of Jerusalem, where there are buses and tremps. I was waiting for the bus that would take me just a few steps from my house. Yes, I have absolutely nothing against taking buses. But the bus never came. I was getting tired of standing, and if you're wondering about safety, there's no guarantee that standing there is any safer than standing at the "cityline."

Finally, when a bus to Ariel, which doesn't stop in Shiloh, came I got in. I was able to use my train ticket's free transfer which made the trip free until the Psagot/Tel Zion/Kochav Yaakov stop. But I got off at the "cityline." And just as I got off, a neighbor pulled up, so I got in, and someone told me that another neighbor was right behind her. She took me straight to my door. To me, that was the sign that I had done the right thing by tremping.

I think the bus came just a few minutes later, but since I had no idea it would be arriving at all, I think I did the smart thing. Too many times my husband reports that buses didn't show at all, and there's a limit to how long anyone should stand helplessly at a bus stop.

Yes, that's me at the "cityline." Those signs are no longer there, but cars still stop supplementing the bus service.

Monday, February 22, 2016

More Dangerous Stupidity from Bibi's Government!

Kahlon and Netanyahu
 Flash 90


Here's further proof that the latest Likud-Netanyahu is far from Right and even further from good for the State of Israel. Regardless of the difficulties, poverty, Arab terrorism the ordinary Israeli suffers, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has nothing better to spend his time on than trying to enrich the corrupt Arab pro-terrorist PA-Palestinian Authority.
Report: Israel formulating economic assistance plan for PA
Kahlon reportedly putting together a series of economic measures to help alleviate the pressure on the Palestinian population.
Is this some Purim joke? I don't think it's funny at all.

Money, or the lack of it, isn't the cause of the problems in the PA-Palestinian Authority. Their problem is their culture and corruption which are one and the same. No matter how much money they are given it won't be enough, because Abbas and his friends will pocket it all.

The Fire of the Jewish Kitchen -- What is Jewish Food? -- Guest Post by the goyisherebbe

Looking ahead to Parshat Vayak'hel, in the middle of the details of the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), we suddenly find verses repeating the subject of of refraining from work on Shabbat.
Shemot (Exodus) 35:1-3:

וַיַּקְהֵ֣ל מֹשֶׁ֗ה אֶֽת־כָּל־עֲדַ֛ת בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֲלֵהֶ֑ם אֵ֚לֶּה הַדְּבָרִ֔ים אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּ֥ה יְהוָ֖ה לַעֲשֹׂ֥ת אֹתָֽם׃
שֵׁ֣שֶׁת יָמִים֮ תֵּעָשֶׂ֣ה מְלָאכָה֒ וּבַיֹּ֣ום הַשְּׁבִיעִ֗י יִהְיֶ֨ה לָכֶ֥ם קֹ֛דֶשׁ שַׁבַּ֥ת שַׁבָּתֹ֖ון לַיהוָ֑ה כָּל־הָעֹשֶׂ֥ה בֹ֛ו מְלָאכָ֖ה יוּמָֽת׃
לֹא־תְבַעֲר֣וּ אֵ֔שׁ בְּכֹ֖ל מֹשְׁבֹֽתֵיכֶ֑ם בְּיֹ֖ום הַשַּׁבָּֽת׃ פ


1And Moses assembled all the congregation of the children of Israel, and said unto them: ‘These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them.
2Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of solemn rest to the LORD; whosoever doeth any work therein shall be put to death. 3Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.’

Before and after this passage about the injunction to keep Shabbat we have accounts of the building of the Mishkan. We also have a passage in Parshat Ki Tissa in Shemot 31 where the subject of Shabbat is in juxtaposition with the building of the Mishkan.

But right now we are going to discuss the verse concerning fire on Shabbat.
Making fire is one of the 39 forms of creative work used in the building of the Mishkan and therefore one of the 39 types of work forbidden on Shabbat. If all of these are derived implicitly from the placement of Shabbat next to Mishkan, then why is fire mentioned explicitly. One reason is because it is different in its penalty than the rest of the forbidden activities. That is a complex Talmudic discussion with disagreement between the Sages, and we can't go into it here. The other is that fire is forbidden in your habitations, but not in the Tabernacle or Temple. The sacrifices are brought as usual on Shabbat. But the issue of fire on Shabbat has been an area of contention between the Sadducees and later the Karaites as opposed to the Pharisees, who explicated what is now known as Rabbinic Judaism.

In any normative Jewish home on Friday afternoon before sundown the lady of the house lights candles with a blessing crediting G-d with having commanded this act. Actually it is a rabbinic enactment expressing part of the spirit of what is written in the Torah itself. Shabbat is meant to be joyous, with light and food prepared before the advent of Shabbat. That is, a Jew may benefit from work done, or fire made, before the action becomes forbidden. So, unlike the sectarians who eat cold food and sit in the dark on Shabbat, we rejoice in the light of the Torah. So the fire kindled in our houses before Shabbat has a central role in the quality of our Shabbat.

Now I am going to end with a small collection of foods which are quintessentially Jewish because they are solutions to problems in keeping particular Jewish laws. I am not including mere customs which allude to things Jewish, but only where there is a mitzvah act involved. I solicit comments adding any others that I may have missed.

Matza:
Of course this is at the top of the list because it is the only food that we eat which is today a mitzvah from the Torah. It is distinctive because it is both forbidden to eat hametz, leaven, and a positive mitzvah to eat unleavened bread, matza, on the seder night. The rest of Pesach (Passover), according to most authorities, there is no longer a direct mitzvah to eat matza, although the GR"A, the Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, says there is a fulfillment of a mitzvah act to eat matza throughout the festival. I participate in baking matza every year, and it's great. If you can do it or see it being done, it is a fantastic experience!

Cholent or Hamin: 
This is the food which we prepare to sit on the covered fire overnight and eat hot the next morning or noon. As we explained before, it was designed in order to have hot food while being in accordance with the prohibition of lighting fire and cooking on Shabbat.

Gefilte Fish:
These are colorless balls of boned fish mixed with matza meal and cooked in water. This is an Ashkenazi food eaten mostly on Shabbat. The purpose behind the food is to avoid the prohibition of separating the bones from the fish on Shabbat. Eating fish with bones on Shabbat is more difficult because you have to take a bite out of the fish and then take the bones out. I have heard that at least one Sefardi authority is somewhat more lenient in taking some of the bones out, and maybe that is why the Sefardi Jews don't eat gefilte fish. There is a famous Israeli comedy film, Kazablan, with a scene with an Ashkenazi girl bringing a Sefardi boyfriend to her parents' house for dinner. He is served gefilte fish, which he finds himself unable to eat, and finally feeds it to the dog under the table. I've often wondered if there are Ashkenazi Jews who expect to go fishing and catch a gefilte fish in a pond or maybe a salted herring in the Dead Sea.

Jerusalem Kugel or other noodle kugel: 
Yerushalmi kugel is made of noodles which have been cooked in oil and caramelized sugar (some make it more peppery than others) and left in a pot on the covered fire overnight. In addition to being a hot dish on Shabbat (see cholent, above), the kugel is designed for eating at kiddush as opposed to the regular meal. The requirement of kiddush over wine is that it is to be said in the place in which one eats a meal. But many Jews are lenient in making kiddush where cake or some other non-bread product containing flour is eaten. But if you accidentally munch too much cake while talking to your friends and enjoying the various other delicacies, besides spoiling your appetite for lunch, you would be considered to have eaten a full meal, requiring washing of hands before and the full Birkat Hamazon (Grace after Meals) afterward. But no matter how much Yerushalmi kugel you eat, since it is made of noodles and not baked like a cake, it will never trigger those requirements. It might give you a bellyache, though.

Challa:
Everybody knows that the distinctive braided bread for Shabbat and holidays is called challa, but few are aware that its name is connected with the passage (Num. 15:18-21) regarding the dough "left aside" (Heb. challa) for the cohen in time of the Temple. The minimum requirement to separate this dough comes to about 1.2 or 1.6 kg., a little under or just over three pounds. Nowadays without the Temple we merely take off a small amount and burn it. That happens every day in a bakery, but a housewife will usually encounter this requirement on eves of Shabbat, holidays or other festive occasions. So the loaves themselves came to be called challa.

Yemenite soup:
This is one that even the most learned of Jews won't be likely to think of, because it is based on a relatively obscure ruling of the Rambam (Maimonides) concerning the preparation of meat. Kosher meat requires soaking and salting to remove the blood. Once upon a time, not so terribly long ago, Jewish housewives commonly bought meat from the kosher butcher and performed this procedure themselves. But nowadays the meat and chickens that you get in the supermarket or butcher shop has already been "kashered" and is ready to cook, with the exception of liver, which must be broiled first. Once the meat has been soaked salted and washed off, no blood is on the meat, and the blood still in the meat will not cause any kashrut violation because it will not move from place to place. But Rabbi Dr. Maimonides, concerned that blood might still move around inside the meat even after the whole salty process is over, requires that the meat be put into boiling water to "fix" the remaining blood inside the meat, a procedure called halita.  Since the blood outside the meat is already gone, the water used for this purpose is perfectly kosher. The Yemenite Jews, those who carefully follow Rambam's rulings,  were extremely poor in the "old country" are never going to throw that water out! So they traditionally make their soup for Shabbat with all the meat or chicken in it and serve most of the meal out of one big pot.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Missionary Foe Turned "Friend"? Judy Lash Balint Interviews Malcolm Hoenlein on Mike Evans' Museum

Posted by JewishIsrael.com

Algemeiner is carrying Judy Lash Balint's fascinating interview with Malcolm Hoenlein. In an incredible Catch 22/checkmate situation, Hoenlein became the recipient of a well-publicized leadership award from the Mike Evans Museum in Jerusalem (FOZ). 

That's the same evangelist Mike Evans whose messianic activities targeting Jewish students in the 1970's caused Hoenlein, then the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York, to mobilize the Jewish community and form an emergency counter-missionary task force.

Balint's interview draws upon extensive research from JewishIsrael. She has also previously written an investigative piece on Evans which appeared in the Times of Israel.

Balint's bottom line : "Enemies in 1977; friends in 2016? Perhaps it’s time for a more discerning look at whom we consider 'friends' these days."..more

Trump Ahead, because He Voices What People Think/Feel

trump

I'm not surprised that Donald Trump, despite all the naysaying pundits, is leading in his quest to get the Republican Party nomination to be President of the United States. Today's Americans just don't trust the government nor do they trust the mainstream politicians. They've seen too much lying and corruption and they don't like the fact that the banks no longer give interest on savings accounts. They understand that the reason is that the American economy is falling down the drain.

They're impressed by a man who can build enormous real estate projects, in which some live and shop, and make money. And they're impressed by a man who isn't afraid to say exactly what they feel and think about today's USA and the issues.

It doesn't bother them that he has never held public/political office. Actually, it's a plus.

Trump's supporters hope and pray that as President he will continue to be "his own man" and not allow the usual paper-pushers to push him around.

Your average American has a justified fear of masses of refugees (or are many just opportunists at best and terrorist/anarchist "sleepers" at worst) who have no plans to assimilate into American culture and norms.

Your average American has been reading the labels on affordable clothes and the expensive ones, and they can't find anything that says "Made in America" any more.

Your average American is angry and scared.

Your average American fears the for the future of the United States of America.

Your average American doesn't like what the government has been doing these past few decades. They don't want another Clinton, Bush nor Obama clone.

And that's why Donald Trump is leading the polls.

What do you think?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

No Age No Criteria When it Comes to Terrorists

Whether 13 or 31, Arabs who attack to with intention to kill us are terrorists. Those young teenagers who wield their scissors, knives, guns etc. are not misguided children; THEY ARE FULL BLOWN DANGEROUS ARAB TERRORISTS!!

Scene at Damascus Gate January 30th
Security Camera
After watching incitement videos online and praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque, two Arab teens decided to murder Jews. (Arutz 7)
Neither they nor their parents deserve any sympathy. Arab society today, with the help of Arab schools funded by the United Nations, Europe and international NGOs are training Arab children to believe that Israel is the cause of all their problems, and that they should kill Jews.



Remember that these teenagers have less maturity, fewer compunctions and are actually more dangerous than older Arab terrorists.
Two 15-year-old boys and one 17-year-old killed by Israeli forces in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank. (Al Jazeera)
And if they survive the attacks, they will become celebrities among their friends which will only encourage more youngsters to murder Jews.

Remember that today's teenage terrorists use very simple weapons, scissors and knives, which are very easily available and simple to hide. Also, all the while that youngsters are considered as innocent kids, they aren't inspected properly. Today's profiling must "upgrade" the dangers of Arab teenagers. The guards at Rami Levy shouldn't be asking to see my lunch/dinner and extra jacket that are in my backpack; they should be checking every single Arab very carefully with high-tech metal detectors and more.

The only way to stop this wave is immediate execution, destroy the home of the terrorist and penalize the schools, like having any foreign volunteers deported. Take away the "romanticism" of terrorism that it has for those young terrorists. Make sure that the families and schools suffer and take responsibility.

Tuvia Yanai Weissman and his wife Yael
A young Jewish Israeli father was murdered Thursday afternoon by a teenage terrorist, because you don't have to be an adult to kill. The fact that the murderers were underage doesn't diminish the death of Tuvia Yanai Weissman, HaYa"D.

We Israelis should stop yearning for peace and just take care of security, because that is the only way we will have true peace! And the first thing when making for a secure nation is to remember who is numero uno, #1, what is our focus and priority. That is what is good for us, not our enemies!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Guest Post: Traif Deli vs Combating Terrorism

Traif Deli vs Combating Terrorism
by Mr. Cohen, 2016/2/18

One secular Jewish newspaper [that will remain anonymous] recently published an article about a delicatessen [that will also remain anonymous] in Manhattan.  That article was filled with praises for the famous restaurant. 

I was very impressed by the article, so I called the famous Manhattan delicatessen, and asked them two basic questions.  They admitted to me that they are not kosher and do not close on Shabbat.

My next step was to send a message to the secular Jewish newspaper.
My message asked them:
"Why do you give free publicity to a restaurant that is NOT kosher and does NOT observe Shabbat? 
Instead, you should give free publicity to an organization that actually deserves it." 

For example: You should give free publicity to the ONLY Jewish organization in the world that actually SUES TERRORISTS in court: Shurat HaDin, also known as the Israel Law Center.
They also combat the anti-Israel BDS movement.

If you possess fluency in foreign languages, or experience as a lawyer in foreign courts, then please contact Shurat HaDin / Israel Law Center, and ask them how you can volunteer to help them. 
Or volunteer to help Shurat HaDin some other way.

You can contact Shurat HaDin by going to:
www dot IsraelLawCenter dot org.

Their Israel phone number is: 972-3-7514175.
Their USA phone number is: (212) 591-0073.
Their  mailing address is: 10 HaTa'as Street, Ramat Gan 52512, Israel.

Thank you for helping!

The author of this article is the moderator of the Derech Emet yahoo group.

No, I Wasn't at Work When There was an Arab Terror Attack

Tuvia Yanai Weissman, HaYa"D
The first I heard of the Arab terror attack in Rami Levy, Sha'ar Binyamin, in the same compound where I work at Yafiz, was when one of my sons called from an unfamiliar number and asked if I was home. I thought he was checking to see if he could visit or was passing by or something like that. I told him that I was home but leaving soon to go to the Raise Your Spirits all female show in Gush Etzion with most of his sisters and and nieces. He told me about the terror attack but he didn't have much information.

"Behind the News" was there and wrote a report plus photos. Some are gory, just a warning.

I must say I was really touched by all the calls, messages and facebook inquiries about my safety. I thank you all for your concern and thank Gd the young terrorist didn't do more deadly damage. I mourn with the family and friends of Tuvia Yanai Weissman, HaYa"D, the young father who had been murdered and pray that the other victim will have a full and speedy recovery. I also thank the shoppers who shot the Arab terrorists.

As you know, I work in the same compound, sharing walls and views with the iconic supermarket. I'm always on alert at work. It's not easy, though I've met many Arabs who are happy to work and shop in Israeli stores. Let those Arabs who don't want to live "in Israel" just leave. There are so many Arab Muslim countries, and I'm sure they can get a good deal on a nice hour in Syria...