Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Oscars Are Upon Us. So What?

כ"ו לחודש האחד עשר תשע"ז

Once again, I go back and forth, as to whether I should be giving Asher Schwartz and the [not always] Jewish Press free publicity.

Oh, well. What the heck.

by Asher Schwartz

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Asher, thanks for pointing out how star struck and materialistic we can be, and that we sometimes worship what we shouldn't be worshiping. At least that's what I got from your comic.

And, unfortunately, I cannot disagree with you.

Even more so, as a native Southern Californian, and one time very materialistic Southern Californian at that, I learned early on how tacky it was to treat celebrities as being on a higher level than everyone else.

We laughed at the tourists, and immigrants from suburbs, and yes, even those from New York City, who did.

It was even tackier to name drop. Anyone who said that he had just met a celebrity, either saw said celebrity in concert, on a talk show with a few hundred other star struck fans, or was simply lying. (Cocaine can do that, you know.) Even referring to celebrities by first name was at best borderline, but really to be avoided.

Instead, we would hint...

Remember that time in '85 in Nichols Canyon when the cops were called?


Why weren't you at the Santa Monica party last night? (The one which had been in the news.)

*"The Santa Monica party" means that there was, after all, only one party of many in Santa Monica that night, which was worth mentioning.

If you didn't get it, then you were irrelevant. If you did get it, then you were probably just pretending that you got it anyway, and were irrelevant, unless you could be of use somehow.

You see, if we put celebrities on a pedestal, then we could never aspire to hang out with them, unless we were lucky enough to become one of the select few groupies, which we would never deign to become.

Mentioning street names and corners instead of cities or neighborhood names really threw people off, and was a sure way to weed out the tourists from the natives.

As a San Diegeño, I was quickly accepted into the fold upon moving to Los Angeles, since Angelinos, and everyone else in the U. S. and around the world, consider all of Southern California to be part of Greater Los Angeles anyway. I just made sure never to be seen rolling my eyes, every time this fallacy happened to be mentioned in conversation.

If you guessed that we were snobs, then you guessed correctly.

But, once you got to know us, and you accepted your place in the greater scheme of things,...beneath us, then you realized just how nice we really were.

If you guessed that we were condescending as well as snobs, then you guessed correctly again.

Seriously, though, Angelinos get a bad rap. They are really quite nice, just annoyed when others,...outsiders that is,...pretended that they're natives.

These individuals were simply not tolerated. But, everyone else was treated very nicely and with those friendly smiles, which everyone always thought were pasted on fakes, but really weren't,...most of the time.

Actually, you know who the nicest Angelinos are? The celebrities themselves. Every celebrity I have met (notice no name dropping?) has been super nice, and genuinely so. I was most impressed with the Oscar nominee standing in back of me in line to get into a club. Why didn't she just go right in? Surely, she would have been recognized. I took the opportunity to turn around casually to smile and say "Hi," which is code for "I'm on the same level as you. Wanna hang out?"

The answer was "no." But, I guess you get the point.

Our priorities were messed up. At least mine were. I had even been exposed to Torah observance as a kid, and even liked it.

Fortunately for me, these messed up priorities were just a phase.

I mean, who cares about who I knew and which clubs I was able to get into? (This was the beginning of the "selectors" in LA. OK. So, we stole the idea from New York,...I think. So, what?)

Or for that matter, who wins the Oscars?

Sure, I do watch movies, and the Oscars can be a helpful guide as to what to watch,...albeit less and less, and that was even before it became overrun by the ultra-Left-wing political agenda.

But, still, how will the results of the Oscars affect the universe?

Not at all.
הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים אָמַר קֹהֶלֶת, הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים הַכֹּל הָבֶל. (קהלת א,ב)
Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; vanity of vanities, all is vanity. (Eccl. 1:2)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

להתעלם מהפיל הנוצרי בחדר/The Christian Elephant in the Room

כ״א לחודש העשירי תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.

בזמן שאנשי הסברה בוכים, צועקים, זועקים, ומנסים להסביר על מה שקרה בכנס בפריז, המתנחלים חוגגים על מה שאמור להתקיים ביום שישי הזה בארה״ב. ביום שישי הזה ב-20 לחודש ינואר למניינם (התאריך הקבוע של השבעות של נשיאי ארה״ב) ההשבעה של הנשיא החדש של ארה״ב דונלד טראמפ תתקיים.
NRG תקדים: בכירים ביש"ע הוזמנו להשבעת טראמפ
עודד רביבי, המנהל את אגף קשרי החוץ של ההתיישבות, וראש עיריית מעלה אדומים, בני כשריאל, ייסעו לטקס שיתקיים בשבוע הבא. אישים נוספים מיו"ש הוזמנו להשבעה אך הם שומרים את הדבר בסוד

מקור ראשון | אריאל כהנא | 13/1/2017

תגיות: דונלד טראמפ, השבעת הנשיא, עודד רביבי, יהודה ושומרון, התנחלויות, בני כשריאל ראשי מועצת יש"ע קיבלו ממקורביו של הנשיא האמריקני הנבחר דונלד טראמפ הזמנה להשתתף בטקס ההשבעה שלו, שיתקיים ביום שישי הבא בוושינגטון, בשעות שלאחר כניסת השבת.

את ההזמנה העביר ארגון הקשור ליועצו המיוחד של הנשיא ג'ייסון דב גרינבלט. בכוונת ראשי המתנחלים להיענות להזמנה, ומי שככל הנראה ייצג אותם יהיה ראש מועצת אפרת, עודד רביבי, העומד בראש דסק החוץ של מועצת יש"ע. יצטרף אליו בני כשריאל, ראש עיריית מעלה־אדומים.

ל'מקור ראשון' נודע כי אישים נוספים מההתנחלויות הוזמנו להשבעה, אך לפי שעה הם מבקשים לשמור את הדבר בסוד. תהיה זו הפעם הראשונה שראשי ההתיישבות ביהודה ושומרון משתתפים באירוע של השבעת נשיא. בחצי השנה האחרונה חיזקה מועצת יש"ע את פעילות אגף קשרי החוץ שלה. רביבי נכנס לנעליו של דני דיין, שמונה לתפקיד קונסול ישראל בניו־יורק, כאחראי על הקשרים עם גורמים בינלאומיים. בין השאר נפגש עם חברי קונגרס אמריקנים ואירופים, שגרירים ונציגים זרים אחרים.

דובר מועצת יש"ע יגאל דילמוני בירך על ההזמנה ואמר כי היא "מבשרת על הרוח החדשה הנושבת מארה"ב, המלמדת על שינוי ביחס לישראל - ובפרט להתיישבות ביהודה, בשומרון ובבקעת הירדן. הרוח החדשה הזו באה לידי ביטוי גם בביקורו של המושל מייק האקבי בשבוע שעבר במעלה־אדומים, ואנו כבר נערכים אליה".

חרף שמועות שנפוצו בשבועות האחרונים, ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו לא אמור להשתתף בהשבעת טראמפ. מי שייצג את ישראל באירוע יהיה השגריר בארה"ב, רון דרמר. גם רותי ליברמן, העומדת בראש ארגון 'יס, ישראל', תשתתף בהשבעה.
עשר אגורות (2¢):
הם לא רק חוגגים על ההשבעה של הנשיא החדש הזה שאמור להציל ולהושיע אותם ואת הביתים שלהם. אלא הם גם חוגגים על עוד משהו:

מנהיגי יהודה שומרון ועזה [יש״ע*] יהיו אורחים מיוחדים בהשבעת הנשיא החדש דונלד טראמפ.

המתנחלים חוגגים מפני שהם חושבים שסוף סוף מתקבלים כבני אדם ולא כרוצחי תינוקים ערביים. הם גם חושבים שהם מקבלים את הזכויות שלהם להמשיך לגור ביהודה ובשומרון. אבל, לדעתי המתנחלים האלה עוד מעט יקבלו הפתעה גדולה בכלל לא טעימה.

לא משנה. הם פשוט ימשיכו לעשות את אותה הטעות שוב פעם, בכל מקרה: לסמוך על כוחות הגוים, לסמוך על כוחות של בני אדם.

אבל איך ה״מנהיגים״ האלה קיבלו הזמנות להשבעה בכלל? התשובה לשאלה הזאת לא מופיעה בחדשות בעברית (לפחות אני לא מצליח למצוא את זה.)


הנוצרים שמגיעים לארץ ישראל ״להתנדב ולעזור״ למתנחלים בקטיף הענבים ובמסיקת הזיתים ועוד.

הנוצרים שטוענים שאין להם שום אינטרס לנסות לנצר יהודים, למרות כל המון הקשרים שלהם לאירגונים מיסיונריים ואנשי מיסיונריים.

ה״מתנדבים״ של הנוצרים האלה גרים בבתים שהיו של יהודים. היהודים שגרו שם ברחו מהנוצרים שנכנסו למאחז ומהמסים הגבוהים מאוד, ומשליטת רב הישוב הנמצא לידם.

מפלגת הרפובליקנים
Republican Party
הנוצרים שרוצים את ארצינו. הנוצרים שטוענים שארץ ישראל היא הארץ שלהם. ובזכות הזאת, הם מוכנים לקחת הפסקה [זמנית] נסיונות לנצר יהודים. הנוצרים האלה הם סבלנים כמו אב הקדמון שלהם עשו, אח התאום של יעקב.

ועכשיו צוות המעבר הנשיא טראמפ מבקשים עיצה מהנוצרים האלה. כמובן המתנחלים חושבים שזה דבר טוב מאוד, מפני שהנוצרים האלה יספרו בשבח שלנו. וכמובן המתנחלים האלה חושבים יותר השפעה מהנוצרים ויותר השפעה מממשלת ארה״ב בכלל הם גם דברים טובים מאוד.

וכל זה בגלל כל הכסף ו״עזרה״ שהם מקבלים? לא. אלא זה בגלל משהו יותר גרוע מזה. זה בגלל האהבה והתקבלות שהמתנחלים חושבים שסוף סוף הם מקבלים ושמגיעות להם. ולצערי, הדברים אלה נראים להיות יותר חשובים להם מהאהבה ומההתקבלות מהקב״ה.

ב״ה יש עדיין כמה מתנחלים שלא יכולים לראות את הפיל הנוצרי בחדר, כאילו בשטח.


*למה עדיין מזהים אותם כמנהיגי יהודה שומרון ועזהֿ, ולא רק כמנהיגי יהודה ושומרון? חברי מועצת יש״ע עצמה שיתפו בפעולת גירוש היהודים מחבל עזה (כולל גוש קטיף) בשנת תשס״ה/2005, ואז איך אפשר להציר שהם עדיין שולטים על עזה?
Jewish Forward: Israeli Settler Leaders Will Flock to Trump Inauguration
Naomi Zeveloff, January 16, 2017

Israeli settlers and their American evangelical supporters are among the invitees to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20.

Yehuda Glick, a Brooklyn-born rabbi and member of the Israeli parliament’s ruling Likud party confirmed that he will be attending the inauguration with fellow Likud lawmaker Sharren Haskel. They will be joined by Atlanta-born Israeli rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, who spoke about his intention to attend on a radio show on the Land of Israel Network. Gimpel is bringing his teenage son, a Trump fan, as a present for his bar mitzvah trip.

Glick is a well-known agitator for Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount who survived an assassination attempt by a Palestinian assailant for his activism in 2014. Israel’s security apparatus considers Glick’s project a threat to the fragile status quo at the Jewish and Muslim holy site.

Glick, who lives in the Otniel settlement in the Israeli occupied West Bank, told the Forward it was a “privilege” to attend Trump’s inauguration. He said that Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence have “definitely expressed a very warm relationship toward Israel,” though he had no predictions about the incoming administration’s policy toward Israel.

Gimpel, a onetime Knesset candidate on the Jewish Home list, has close ties to the American evangelical pro-Israel movement. He founded the Land of Israel Network, a TV and online network that advertises itself as “G-d’s PR agency.” The programming advocates for Jewish sovereignty in the West Bank, where Palestinians hope to establish a state. Gimpel came under fire in 2013 when a video surfaced of him advocating to “blow up” the Dome of the Rock Islamic holy site in a speech at Fellowship Church in Winter Springs, Florida.

Gimpel said that he is being “sent from god with a message from Zion” to the inauguration on the Land of Israel Network radio interview Jeremy Gimpel was caught on tape saying that the Islamic holy site the Dome of the Rock should be “blown up.”

Haskel and Gimpel did not respond to immediate requests for comment.

The three are part of a delegation from HaYovel, an American evangelical group that brings Christian volunteers to pick grapes and olives in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

According to Caleb Waller of HaYovel, Trump’s advisers contacted his father Tommy Waller, the group’s founder, to hear his opinion on “what needs to happen in Judea and Samaria,” the biblical terms for the West Bank, and invited him to attend the inauguration with a delegation.

On the Land of Israel Network radio interview, Gimpel said he was invited separately by an unnamed politician and then joined HaYovel’s delegation.

Caleb Waller said that HaYovel’s presence at the inauguration is “part of one big effort on Israel’s part to make sure to start this administration on a very solid Israel foot.” Evangelicals, who are among Israel’s biggest American supporters, helped Trump to clinch the presidency in spite of predictions that they would be put off by his crude behavior in the campaign. Some 81% of white evangelicals voted for him. An email to Trump’s press office for this story was not immediately returned.

Also, it was reported on January 13 that a separate delegation of settlers was invited to Trump’s inauguration. According to the Times of Israel, Oded Revivi, the chairman of the Yesha settler’s council, will be attending along with Benny Kasriel, the mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim, a settlement outside Jerusalem. Yossi Dagan, a settler activist and head of the Shomron Regional Council will be joining them, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Revivi said he saw his invitation as a “clear indication” that the new administration understands the importance of the settler movement.

Trump’s pick for Israel envoy, David Friedman, has close ties to the settlers and is the head of American Friends of Beit El Institutions, which raises American money for Beit El, near Ramallah. He has advocated for Israel’s annexation of portions of the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not invited to and will not be attending the inauguration, in spite of earlier reports that Trump’s advisers were courting Netanyahu to attend.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
בבר הפיל
Settlers are not only celebrating the swearing-in of the new president, who they believe will help and save them and their homes. They are also celebrating something else:

Leaders from Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip [YeSh"A*] will be special guests at President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The settlers are celebrating because they think that they are finally accepted as human beings and not as murderers of Arab babies. They also think that their right to live in Judea and Samaria will be validated. But, personally, I think these settlers are soon going to get a big surprise, and a very rude one at that.

It doesn't matter, though. They are just going to continue repeating the same mistake over again, all the same, expecting that "this time, it will be different. And that mistake is over-reliance on leaders, even more so, non-Jewish nations and their leaders.

But how did these leaders receive invitations to the inauguration in the first place? The does not appear in Hebrew language news. At least, I have not been able to find it.


Christians who come to Israel to "volunteer" and help the settlers during the grape and olive harvets, and in other things.

Christians who claim they have no interest in trying to convert Jews, despite their numerous connections to missionaries and missionary organizations.

The Christian "volunteers" live in houses where Jews used to live, until the Jews fled from the rising taxes, from their new Christian "neighbors," and from control of the neighboring town's rabbi.

דמבו הפיל
Christians who want our Land. Christians who claim [when no one else is around] that the land of Israel is theirs by right. And because of that, they are prepared to take a [temporary] break from their goal of missionaizing Jews. Christians can be patient, just like their forbear Esau, Ya'aqov's twin brother.

Now members of President Trump's transition team are now apparently seeking counsel from these Christians. Of course, the settlers think this is also a very good thing, because these Christians will sing our praises. And, of course, the settlers think that the increasing influences of the Trump Administration and Christians in general are very good things as well.

And this is because of all the money and other aid that they receive? No. It is because of something much worse than that. It is because of the love, validation, and acceptance the settlers believe they are finally getting that they deserve.

And unfortunately, these seem to be more important to them than love, validation, and acceptance from the Holy One, Blessed Be He.

Fortunately, there are still at least some settlers able to see the Christian Elephant in the room.


* Why do they still identify as leaders of Judea, Samaria and Azza [YeSh"A], not just Judea and Samaria [Yo"Sh]? Members of the Yesha Council itself participated in the deportation of Jews from Gaza back in 5765 / 2005. So, how can they say that they still control Gaza?

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Truth about Moving the U. S. Embassy to Jerusalem

ו׳ לחודש העשירי תשע״ז

The following is one response to yesterday's announcement of the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, proposed by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dean Heller (R-NV).
MEMRI: Fatah Official Sultan Abu Al-Einein: Transfer of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Will Lead to Renewed Bloodshed

Broadcast on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sultan Abu Al-Einein of the Fatah Central Committee warned that any "act of stupidity" by the new U.S. administration would "ignite the Palestinian territories.” In an interview with the Egypt-based Alghad TV on January 1, Abu Al-Einein said that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would lead to renewal of bloodshed, for which the U.S. and Israel would bear responsibility.
Fata"h Emblem
Esser Agaroth (2¢):

Anyone in the West who does not believe that Arabs are simply using this as yet another excuse to execute terrorist attacks against Jews, is living in a Western fantasy world.

The Arabs are Yishma'elites who understand physical force. They also understand the State of Israel's consistent lack of follow-through, and repeated cave-ins to international pressure.

Trying to fit an Arab peg
into a Western slot.
The members of Abbas's Fata"h Party do not just want Jerusalem. They do not just want Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria). They want Be'er Sheva, Yaffo, Haifa, and Tel-Aviv; They want everything. (See the map in the image - upper right)

The Arabs are not like the Western Edomites (ויקרא רבה יג,ה) who, over the centuries, have settled on the strategy of using their mouths and wallets as weapons, as much as their guns and missiles.

However, perhaps the Arabs feel threatened not by the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and moving of the U. S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Perhaps, they feel threatened by this....

Local Jerusalem Bus Routes to the U. S. Consulate
Notice that the current U. S. Consulate is located on the Arab side of the 1949 Armistice Line. If the U. S. were to declare that this Consulate is now the Embassy to Israel, you can only imagine how they will react. In other words, if the U. S. says that its Embassy is located IN Israel, even though Arabs have always taken for granted that the Jew-Hating United Nations and U. S. State Department consider this to be Arab territory, they will not be pleased.

No wonder many Israeli Government officials are not thrilled with the idea either. We will undoubtedly be forced to defend ourselves, and then endure yet another wave of international condemnations, which to them would be a fate worse than Israeli deaths.

(Click to Enlarge)

Of course, I am all for the U. S. moving its Embassy to Jerusalem. But, will the Israeli Government do 100% of what needs to be done, in order to protect its citizens from Arab repercussions?

Only time will tell.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Meets with Israeli Members of Knesseth

ה׳ לחודש העשירי תשע״ז
Here are a few of those Members of Knesseth [MK] attending:

MK Betzalel Smotrich
MK Betzalel Smotrich who spoke in a Christian church (excuse me, "prayer tent") in Har Brachah, who seems to think that annexing Ma'aleh Adumim would be a victory. Progress not perfection? I don't buy it. When you annex, or put a fence around something, you are not sending the message "this part is ours." Rather you are sending the message that "all of the other parts are not ours."

By ALL means, if this is not a "prayer tent," then please tell me what other violation of the negative commandment  (דברים ז,ב) "לא תחנם" it is. Structures for goyim in Eretz Yisra'el are only permitted for storage (Mishneh Torah, Hil. Foreign Worship and the Laws of Non-Jews 10:4-5 [3]).

And, I had such high hopes for him, too. (frown)

MK Shuli Me'ulam-Refaeli (is that hyphenated name I see?) who succeeded in chipping away at parental rights, thus facilitating the indoctrination of our children into State loyalty. Do I even have to mention the diminishing rights of single father? So much for the Orthodox Hierarchical Patriarchy!

Would you believe that these MK's are from the -- wait for it! -- the "Jewish" Home Party, led by Naftali Bennett, who has the brilliant idea to give yet some more Arab nationalists Israeli citizenship. (See above regarding the negative commandment "לא תחנם")

Bennett's Plan

Then there is MK Yehuda Glick from the ruling Likud Party who wants goyim, false deities and all, to be able to pray on Har HaBayith (The Temple Mount), ie. bringing together Yishma'el with Esau (מי שמבין יבין). I looked up the yeshivas where he studied (Otniel and Har Etzion), and so I am not in the least bit surprised.

And these are only three of the representatives meeting with the Orthodox Jewish Congress.

Not only am I NOT impressed with our lovely MK's, I am extremely disappointed,...extremely embarrassed.

(Left to Right) Aaron Klein, Journalist; MK Oren Hazan, MK Yehuda Glick
(Screen Capture from Ari Fuld's Live Knesset video coverage)
Well, I did also recognize the highly scrutinized MK Oren Hazan (Likud). I have more respect for him then most other MK's. At least he is a straight shooter, and we know where he stands.


Note: The presence of the photo from Ari Fuld's video, neither constitutes any endorsement, nor even any agreement with this post nor Esser Agaroth in general.

Monday, January 02, 2017

The Torah Trumps Trump

 ד׳ לחודש העשירי תשע״ז

U. S. President-Elect
Donald Trump
Don't get me wrong.

The theoretically better candidate won the recent U. S. Presidential election. What bothers me is the insistence of Jews on the Left, as well as on the Right, to place their focus on human powers, and even more so, non-Jewish powers, for their salvation, instead of making an intellectually honest examination of what HaShem really wants from us, and then making it happen, to the best of our ability.

Halakhah (Torah Law) is not the rocket science many "rabbis" want us to think it is. This is not about different understandings and interpretations, and me pushing the ones I happen to like on you. We simply need to examine the [uncensored] sources, listen to refutations of them, and check which point of view stands up to scrutiny.

If we do this, using uncensored sources, and freeing ourselves from hashqafah (in this case: preconceived notions) and distorted notions, based on our feelings, then I believe it will be revealed to you

The Torah touches every aspect of our lives, not just "shabbos and kashrus shailos." It covers everything from running a truly Jewish government, running a Jewish military, fighting a war in a Jewish manner, and relating to non-Jews, both in times of war and peace, whether Israeli politicians and their State "religious" yes men, like it or not.

There is no separating any particular aspects of our lives from Torah. We cannot call one thing halakhah, and another thing "politics," letting so-called "rabbis" off the hook from their responsibility to teach the truth.

So, what does this all have to do with the outcome of the recent U. S. Presidential elections?

U. S. President-Elect Trump's 16 point position paper on Israel was recently released, and it behooves us all to examine it, through the only perspective a Jew should use, a Torah perspective.

If you disagree with my understanding of this perspective, by all means, you should say so. Just don't forget to support your position with sources, so that we can have a discussion which enables us to discern the truth, as opposed to simply throwing around our opinions, based on nothing more than our feelings.

Here, I have addressed Trump's 16 point position paper on Israel, point by point:
Jason D. Greenblatt, EVP/Chief Legal Officer of The Trump Organization, co-chairman of Mr. Trump's Israel Advisory Committee; Co-Founder of - Nov 2, 2016

Joint Statement from Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, Co-Chairmen of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump

It has been an exhilarating election cycle. Approximately seven months ago, we were blessed to have been tapped by Donald J. Trump to be his top advisors with respect to the State of Israel. We have been fortunate to work with a talented team of people and have put together the below positions. Each of these positions have been discussed with Mr. Trump and the Trump campaign, and most have been stated, in one form or another, by Mr. Trump in various interviews or speeches given by him or on his social media accounts. For those of you who are true friends of the State of Israel, and for those of you who believe that the State of Israel and the United States of America have an unbreakable friendship, we urge you to read the below. We would like to express our gratitude to those individuals who have helped us over the past few months. We truly appreciate your efforts, friendship and guidance. We would also like to express our gratitude to our friend, a great friend of the State of Israel, Donald J. Trump, who gave us the tremendous opportunity to serve in this capacity. May God bless the United States of America and the State of Israel.

1 - The unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel is based upon shared values of democracy, freedom of speech, respect for minorities, cherishing life, and the opportunity for all citizens to pursue their dreams.
Unbreakable bond? It would take too long to elaborate on all that is wrong with this first point on the list, and so I will be brief. The bond between the United States and Israel should have been broken long ago. Unfortunately, those calling for Jews in Israel to be "realistic" and "practical" are simply covering up the lack of emunah (faith) in The Almighty being propagated. The only reason for this bond not to be broken would be if Israel, a Torah-observant Israel, was calling the shots. This hails back to that old canard, the artificial notion of "Judeo-Christian Values."

Who said that the current manifestation of democracy in the world actually has anything to do with Torah? And, even if it did, how on earth could anyone mistake the State of Israel's system of governance for a democracy, especially with the incessant legislation from the Bench by the anti-Torah Israeli Supreme Court? It is not. Rather, it is a deMOCKracy.

Furthermore, according to halakhah, there are limits on speech, limits on respect for non-Jewish minorities, who are only allowed to reside within Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) under certain circumstances, and thus also limits on their " pursue their dreams" here (See Deut. 7:2; Mishneh Torah Laws of Foreign Worship and Non-Jews and Laws of Kings and their Wars).
2 - Israel is the state of the Jewish people, who have lived in that land for 3,500 years. The State of Israel was founded with courage and determination by great men and women against enormous odds and is an inspiration to people everywhere who value freedom and human dignity.
This one is a reminder of the trendy, "Indigenous Argument." Whoever was here first has nothing to do with the Jewish People's claim to Eretz Yisra'el. Rather, our claim to the Land should be based solely on the decision of the Holy One, Blessed Be He, and who he decides will conquer it, at any given time. First, it was the Canaanites, then it was us, then it was the Babylonians, then it was us again, and so on.
3 - Israel is a staunch ally of the U.S. and a key partner in the global war against Islamic jihadism. Military cooperation and coordination between Israel and the U.S. must continue to grow.
Four words: American Troops on Israeli Soil.
4 - The American people value our close friendship and alliance with Israel culturally, religiously, and politically. While other nations have required U.S. troops to defend them, Israelis have always defended their own country by themselves and only ask for military equipment assistance and diplomatic support to do so. The U.S. does not need to nation-build in Israel or send troops to defend Israel.
Culturally, religiously, and politically? Most Ashkenazy Jews from the U. S., both Torah observant and non Torah observant, will agree that the U. S. and Israel have cultural similarities. They may even be correct. But, they should not be. The feelings-oriented "culture" of Edom has most definitely infiltrated into Israel, and it must be eliminated, or at least tempered and filtered. This goes for the influence of the Christian conservatives, just as much as the libertine, "progressives." I have already explained "religiously" and "politically" above.
5 - The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the American and Israeli Governments is a good first step, but there is much more to be done. A Trump Administration will ensure that Israel receives maximum military, strategic and tactical cooperation from the United States, and the MOU will not limit the support that we give. Further, Congress will not be limited to give support greater than that provided by the MOU if it chooses to do so. Israel and the United States benefit tremendously from what each country brings to the table. The relationship is a two way street. 
Sure. Let's become even more financially dependent on the U. S. (sigh)
6 - The U.S. should veto any United Nations votes that unfairly single out Israel and will work in international institutions and forums, including in our relations with the European Union, to oppose efforts to delegitimize Israel, impose discriminatory double standards against Israel, or to impose special labeling requirements on Israeli products or boycotts on Israeli goods.
Good for the U. S. But, Israel should stop caring about what the non-Jewish, "International Community" thinks of us already.
7 - The U.S. should cut off funds for the UN Human Rights Council, a body dominated by countries presently run by dictatorships that seems solely devoted to slandering the Jewish State. UNESCO's attempt to disconnect the State of Israel from Jerusalem is a one-sided attempt to ignore Israel's 3,000-year bond to its capital city, and is further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias of the United Nations. 
OK. I agree.
8 - The U.S. should view the effort to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel as inherently anti-Semitic and take strong measures, both diplomatic and legislative, to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israeli areas, in a discriminatory manner. The BDS movement is just another attempt by the Palestinians to avoid having to commit to a peaceful co-existence with Israel. The false notion that Israel is an occupier should be rejected.
It does not matter what the so-called BDS movement's motivation is. The Arabs calling themselves Palestinians have no interest in a peaceful co-existence with Israel. See above, regarding a non-Jewish presence within Eretz Yisra'el, under ideal circumstances. Meanwhile, Jews should be instituting their own Jewish BDS.
9 - The Trump administration will ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.
As it should be. However, we Jews need to ask ourselves why any Jews, and I assume that some of these "students who support Israel" are Jewish, still remain on U. S. college campuses. Most everything which needs to be learned in university can be learned at Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Technion, etc. There are even B. A. and graduate programs, including three medical schools, where students may study in English. Besides, whoever said that Jews had to study in university??
10 - A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Additionally, the Palestinians are divided between PA rule in the West Bank and Hamas rule in Gaza so there is not a united Palestinian people who could control a second state. Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization that actively seeks Israel's destruction. We will seek to assist the Israelis and the Palestinians in reaching a comprehensive and lasting peace, to be freely and fairly negotiated between those living in the region.
Well, there are several other Arab groups I would add to that Department of State's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations Abbas's Fata"h, among them, which also believes in wiping Israel from the map (see Fata"h's map of "Pseudostine," embedded in its emblem to the right). In addition, Jewish groups should be removed from this list, which, I believe, were only added because of their religious beliefs.  So much for "freedom of religious expression." However, we Jews must also finally realize that gestures of "friendship" from Esau (Edom/The West) can be just as dangerous as the open hostility and aggression from Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims).
11 - The Palestinian leadership, including the PA, has undermined any chance for peace with Israel by raising generations of Palestinian children on an educational program of hatred of Israel and Jews. The larger Palestinian society is regularly taught such hatred on Palestinian television, in the Palestinian press, in entertainment media, and in political and religious communications. The two major Palestinian political parties, Hamas and Fatah, regularly promote anti-Semitism and jihad.
No arguments here.
12 - The U.S. cannot support the creation of a new state where terrorism is financially incentivized, terrorists are celebrated by political parties and government institutions, and the corrupt diversion of foreign aid is rampant. The U.S. should not support the creation of a state that forbids the presence of Christian or Jewish citizens, or that discriminates against people on the basis of religion.
If the U. S. really wants to support up, then it will do everything in its power to prevent any additional sovereign, or semi-sovereign, state to be created anywhere within the borders of Eretz Yisr'ael.
13 - The U.S. should support direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians without preconditions, and will oppose all Palestinian, European and other efforts to bypass direct negotiations between parties in favor of an imposed settlement. Any solutions imposed on Israel by outside parties including by the United Nations Security Council, should be opposed. We support Israel's right and obligation to defend itself against terror attacks upon its people and against alternative forms of warfare being waged upon it legally, economically, culturally, and otherwise.
Jews must recognize the hidden agenda here, being pushed by the Christian-right. Christians (some of Esau's spiritual descendants) have changed their strategy against the Jews. Missionizing has been put on hold by an increasing number of Christian groups, including Christian "friends" and "volunteers," in favor of working toward gaining a foothold in the Land. Actions toward this goal have included maintaining residences for volunteers within Jewish communities, for employees of "pro-Israel," non-profit organizations, interfaith events and activities, and even lobbying for rights to immigrate and obtain citizenship. Read all about this in The Kiss of Esau.
14 - Israel's maintenance of defensible borders that preserve peace and promote stability in the region is a necessity. Pressure should not be put on Israel to withdraw to borders that make attacks and conflict more likely. 
I suppose. See above for what I wrote about Israel's borders.
15 - The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and Mr. Trump's Administration will move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
Once again, I expect that we Jews will hail the act of moving the U. S. Embassy as some sort heroic act, but not one of propagating the truth. Rather, underneath all of the "you did the right thing, Mr. Presidents," there will be a plethora of slobbering over America, how much of a friend it is to us The status of the State of Israel as the 51st state of the United States will be solidified, and the majority of the Jewish People will be reduced to the lowest form of co-dependence
16 - Despite the Iran Nuclear deal in 2015, the U.S. State Department recently designated Iran, yet again, as the leading state sponsor of terrorism, putting the Middle East particularly, but the whole world at risk by financing, arming, and training terrorist groups operating around the world including Hamas, Hezbollah, and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. must counteract Iran's ongoing violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran's quest for nuclear weapons and their noncompliance with past and present sanctions, as well as the agreements they signed, and implement tough, new sanctions when needed to protect the world and Iran's neighbors from its continuing nuclear and non-nuclear threats.
Sound reasoning, right? The best lies are filled with mostly truth. Expect closer ties and "friendship" to lead to more IDF deaths, fighting America's proxy wars. We WILL see U. S. troops in Eretz Yisra'el, whether the U. S. views it as Eretz Yisra'el, or not.
Jason D. Greenblatt

EVP/Chief Legal Officer of The Trump Organization, co-chairman of Mr. Trump's Israel Advisory Committee and Co-Founder of Inspire
And so, before you start criticizing me for being "unrealistic" and "impractical" --my two favorite criticisms-- I suggest that you read the above again. Being wary of foreign influences is very realistic and practical. And, protecting our status as a people, separate and distinct is very... Torah. Of course, this will not do us in Eretz Yisra'el, nor you, still living in the golah (exile) one darn bit of good, until you wake up to the fact that American influence, financial, military, emotional, and otherwise, IS foreign influence.

The better candidate for the U. S. Presidency may have won, but here in Eretz Yisra'el the sky has, indeed, begun to fall.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ארץ ישראל שייכת לעם ישראל או לא?/Does the Land of Israel Belong to the Jews or Not?

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English follows the Hebrew.

עם ישראל צריך להחליט כבר אם ארץ ישראל שייכת אליו ולהצהיר את זה ולפעול למען השייכות הזאת.

ואם לא, עם ישראל מסכן לאבד את ארץ ישראל.

לפני כמה חודשים הופיעו ב- YNET.CO.IL מפות של ישובי יהודה ושומרון, ובהן חלקי הישובים מסומנים כשטחים נטענים על ידי בני ישמעאל (ערבים).

ועכשיו בעמונה, המאחז בגבעה מזרחית לישוב עפרה הנמצא בשטח של שבט בנימין, התקבלה הפשרה בין לבטל את פינוי המאחז, או יעבירו את זה צפונה לישוב עלי, או משהו אחר. נכון שאני לא השקעתי את הזמן וכוח לבדוק את זה בחדשות. זה משנה? הכי חשוב לדעת שרוב תושבי יהודה ושומרון יצהירו שהם ניצחו נגד הממשלה (הבג״ץ)?

איזה שטויות! איזה דוגמאות מצוינים של שטיפת מוח אינדוקטרינציה של מערכת החינוך הממלכי הדתי!

וכל זה מפני שאיזה בן ישמעאל טוען שחלק השטח הזה שייך אליו. לא צריכים לשאול איפה הוא היה לפני 15 שנה בקיום המאחז. ולא צריכים לשאול איך המסמכים של בן ישמעאל הזה שאמורים להוכיח שהשטח הזה שלו פתאום הגיעו לידי בית המשפט אחרי כל הזמן הזה.

אלא פשוט צריכים לשאול:

למה חושבים שקיימת מערכת ממלשלתית דמוקרטית אמיתית בכלל בארץ?

למה ה״רבנים״ הממלכתיים ממשיכים להדריך את הקהילות שלהם לטעות שאין הבדל בין שמירת תורה ומצוות לשמירת חוקי מדינת ישראל? האם הם מפחדים מהמשלה להגיד לקהילות שלהם את האמת? או האם הם גם הושפעו בשטיפת המוח באינדוקטרינציה של מערכת החינוך הממלכתי?

אף על פי כן, מתי עם ישראל יתעורר על המספר הגודל של הסתירות בין התורה לבין חוקי המדינה? האם הם באמת כל כך עיוורים אליהם?

וגם אם היו מקום דמוקרטיה במדינה יהודית באמת, מתי עם ישראל יתעורר כבר על העובדה שמדינת ישראל לא מדינה דמוקרטית אמיתית אפילו? במדינה דמוקרטית אמיתית, בית המשפט העליון אינו מבטל כל דין זה פשוט לא אוהב, ואשר מתנגד [אנטי-התורה] סדר יומה (אג׳נדה), ואפילו מתנגד לרצון העם.

זה נכון שיהודים צעקו על אחד שרי הממשלה שהגיע לעמונה ולא נתנו לו לדבר. והיהודים האלה צדקו על זה.

אבל ראינו את דבר כזה לפני זה. ראינו את דבר כזה הרבה פעמים כבר. וכל פעם שקורה דבר כזה יהודים האלה נרגעו לבסוף ושוכחים שוב על האסון שקרה להם בעבר .

כל זה קרה לנו כבר, ולצערי, כל זה יקרה לנו עודה פעם בעתיד.

Jews have to decide already whether the Land of Israel belongs to them or not, declare it and work toward this goal.

If not, the Jewish People risk losing it all.

A few months ago in YNET.CO.IL maps of West Bank settlements were shown, which included parts marked as areas claims by Yishma'elim (Arabs).

And now Amona, an outpost on a hill east of the town of Ofra in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin, accepted a compromise between cancelling the destruction of the outpost, and transferring it northward to the town of Eli, or something else. I never invested the time and energy to check out the details on the news. Does it really matter? What is most important to know is that most of the residents of Judea and Samaria have declared a victory against the State (the High Court).

Nonsense! Such excellent examples of brainwashing indoctrination of the state religious school system!

And all because some Yishmaeli claims that some of this land belongs to him. No need to ask where it was 15 years ago outpost. No need to ask how the Yishmaeli's documents which supposedly prove that this area belongs to him, suddenly came to the court after all this time.

But what does need to be asked is:

Why do Mamlakhti (diehard state loyalist) "rabbis" continue to educate their communities make the mistake that there is no difference between keeping Torah and mitzvoth and keeping the laws of the State of Israel? Are they too afraid of the government to tell their followers the truth? Or are they, too, casualties of the State's education system's indoctrination?

Even so, when will Jews wake up to the increasing number of conflicts between the Torah and the State's laws? Are they really that blind to them?

And even if there were room for democracy in a truly Jewish, sovereign nation, when will Jews wake up to the fact that the State of Israel is not even, a truly democratic state? In a real democratic country, the Supreme Court does not cancel any law it simply does not like, and which goes against its [anti-Torah] agenda.

It is true that Jews shouted one of the ministers who came to Ofra and did not let him speak. And these Jews were right to do so.

But we have seen this all before. We have seen this all before, many times. And each and every time something like that happens these Jews eventually calm down, and forget about the tragedy which they just endured.

This has all happened before, and I am afraid that it will all happen again.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Is This Hanukkah?

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Only Simchas: Watch: Obama Hosts His Last Chanuka Reception at White House Using Shimon Peres' Menorah


President Barack Obama hosted his final Chanuka reception at the White House where a menorah owned by the family of late Israeli President Shimon Peres was lit.

The menorah is one preserved during the Holocaust by the Waldens, the family of Peres’ son-in law, and was used for years at family Hanukkah lightings.

“The menorah survived the Holocaust and was carried from Poland, to France, and finally, to Israel by the family of the Ninth President Peres’ son-in-law, Professor Rafi Walden,” said the statement. “The late Ninth President Shimon Peres, who was raised on Jewish values and traditions at the knee of his grandfather, Rabbi Zvi Melzer, lit the Hanukkah candles every year, and made sure that this special menorah held a place of honor in the Walden-Peres family.”

Peres’ son, Chemi, and granddaughter, Mika Almog, attended the ceremony, which you can watch below. The service was run by Rabbi Steven Exler of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. (Skip to the 45 minute mark)

The White House will also host an evening Chanuka reception starting at 7:35 p.m. EST, which OnlySimchas News will stream live online.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I am just beside myself over this report.

The event itself?

Not so much.

No real surprises here.

An American president, pushing for the removal of Jews from the Land Divinely promised to them, hosts a "Hanukkah reception" .

Barack Obama
An "Open Orthodox rabbi" participates, in what I can only assume is a demonstration of a Jewish holiday observance at the seat of Esau's power, and not an manifestation of לא תוסף עליו, ולא תגרע ממנו, the prohibition against adding and subtracting from the Torah (משנה תורה הל׳ ממרים ב,יג [ט]).

But, seriously? Did a Hanukkiyah really have to be lit? I guess the visual "special effect" was expected.

(I'll give you a topic. "Open Orthodox rabbis are neither open, orthodox, nor even rabbis." Discuss amongst yourselves.)

Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres, quintessential Erev Rav, believing in the removal of borders, chipping away at Torah, assimilation into a global community, and the unification of Esau with Yishma'el, is praised.

Hanukkah is about a war against assimilation, and against Jewish collaborators. Hanukkah is one of our most politically-incorrect holidays. But, you would never know it from such an event. Would you?

As pessimistic as this may sound, none of the above surprised me. Not in the least.

What did surprise me was that this event was publicized on Only Simchas.

Where is the simcha (happiness) in collaborating with the supposed leader of the Western world (Believe me when I tell you that there are quite a few individuals much higher up in the food chain that Barack Obama.), who, interestingly enough, who has a mother from Esau, and a father from Yishma'el.

It may be necessary for Jews to get along with their non-Jewish neighbors, and not cause trouble in their non-Jewish host countries. But, slobbering over and kushen tuchus (Google it!) someone who fought against The Almighty's Will for the Jewish People? Is this really necessary? No. But, like I said. This event did not surprise me in the least.

Where is the simcha in praising an individual who fought against The Almighty's Will for the Jewish People from within Israel? Using his family's hallowed menorah seems apropos.

Where is the simcha in potentially misleading uneducated and assimilated Jews regarding how to observe a Jewish holiday?

If you answered, "There isn't any" to the above questions, then you answered correctly.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

How Many Israelis does it Take to Write a Constitution?

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Answer? None.

Why? Keep reading.

I was bored and didn't have the ko'ah to write in Hebrew, so when I saw this from Abu Yehuda "A blog about the struggle to keep the Jewish state."
Israel needs a constitution, but won’t get one
Posted on December 4, 2016 by Vic Rosenthal

Israel’s Declaration of Independence states that a constitution for the State of Israel “shall be adopted by the Elected Constituent Assembly not later than the 1st October 1948.”

Clearly they’re running a little late. And this is more than Jewish standard time. Despite (or because of) the Jewish proclivity for legalistic arguments, this never happened. In 1950, the Knesset gave up and decided instead to work toward a constitution piecemeal by passing a series of Basic Laws that taken together would ultimately serve the purpose of a constitution. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
We already have a Constitution. It's called the Torah. Democracy, or in Israel's case deMOCKracy, is good for the goyim, not for us. 

Glad you're back in Israel. But, remind me again what's Jewish about the "Jewish" state?

OK. So, I know this sounds a little smarmy, even though it's really not supposed to. The reality is that Vic just handed me an opportunity to remind you (get through your thick skulls) about the following:

Vic has at put his money where his mouth is, and has moved back to Israel, where all Jews belong. This is a heck of a lot more than I can say about all you armchair "Zionists" out there in the U. S., who really have no clue, and many of whom still believe that organizations such as B'nei B'rith, the ADL, and AIPAC are actually good for Israel.

So, why am I so facetious? It is SO frustrating how the Israeli public keeps repeating the same mistakes over again, expecting different results. We believe we're voting for a "right-wing" coalition, when in fact they're all just the same, more concerned with what the so-called "international community" thinks of us, rather than what its own constituency thinks, not to mention what HaShem thinks.

Binyamin Netanyahu gave away control over Hevron, Yericho, and Azza, not Yitzhaq Rabin. (*Sure, Rabin gave Arab guns, but does most of the Israeli public even remember that?)

Video: Hero chastised by journalists for mentioning the government's arming of Arabs

Ariel Sharon kicked almost 10,000 Jews out of their homes, not Shimon Peres. (Well, actually, that's not exactly true, is it? Who was really in control of the "Sharon Government?")

Naftali Bennett's "plan" for Arab autonomy and granting other Arabs Israeli citizenship violates the negative commandment of "lo techonem" (Deut. 7:2)*. So do all other leftist land giveaways. But, Bennett has a kippah on his head, and that's suppose to mean something, right??!! No. Not really.

Bennett's Plan vs. Arafat's Plan
Can you tell the difference?
Meanwhile, those politicians who to question the direction of the State, and who do actually speak for the people, get pushed out of the way: Moshe Feiglin, Michael Ben-Ari, Yoni Chetboun, Eli Yishai, and -- dare I mention -- Rabbi Meir Kahane hy"d.

As "impractical" and "unrealistic" this may sound, we need to be talking just as much about the long-term, and not just about the band-aids to fix the unfixable, unfair and (yes, I am going to say it...) ultimately anti-Torah, Israeli system of government.

As I hinted above, the average Israeli (...and the surveys always say that's religious/traditional, right of center, and against all land giveaways) continues to vote for those whom he believes stand for what he stands for, and is continually disappointed.
One of the biggest problems is the self-perpetuating, legislating from the Bench, Israel Supreme Court. Its justices are not going anywhere, with or without legislation. The only thing getting rid of them is some event or events which will them to reveal their foreign passports (alla former Knesseth Speaker Avraham Burg), and to escape on the first plane out of here. This Court is the ultimate example of the illusion of an Israeli democracy.

In addition, the masses have been thoroughly indoctrinated brainwashed into believing that the State of Israel is a real democracy, and that it has successfully adapted this Hellenist form of government to fit the Jewish People. Even though Jews are obligated to live according to HaShem's Will, vis-à-vis the Torah, and the number of conflicts between Israeli Law and Torah Law rises on a regular basis. And so, the Israeli public has been convinced that it must [settle to] be like every other nation in the world.

So, do we really need a Constitution, every other nation of the world?

No. Of course not. We have the Torah.

Besides, any Constitution which ever gets written will undoubtedly 


*This assumes that Israel is in actually control over the Land (eg. issues the local currency, etc.). Sometimes, I'm not so sure.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

מי שורף את הארץ?/Who is Burning Israel?

כ"ג לחודש השמיני תשע"ז

English follows the Hebrew.

לפי מבזק החדשות של שריפות קיימות בכל רחבי הארץ. הטכניון צריך להחליט לפנות את הקמפוס. רה״מ נתניהו מבקר אתרי השריפות. והשב״כ מחקר את האפשרויות שהתחילו את השריפות בגלל מוטיבציה לאומית.

Photo: Stand With Israel
אחד המקומות שנשרף הוא...

שריפה בקיבוץ נווה שלום
מה זה נווה שלום? נווה שלום הוא קיבוץ שבו גרים יהודים וערבים ביחד,...ב"שלום."

הערבים גם רוצים לשרוף אותם.ֿ

According to news flash, there are fires all around the country. The Techion University is deciding whether to evacuate its campus, Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting sites of the fires. And the ISA` (Shabba"k) is investigating the possibility of nationalistic motivations behind the fires.

The map above shows the major sites of the fires. A closer look reveals that one of those sites is the Neveh Shalom kibbutz, where Jews and Arabs, live together, "peace."

However, the Arabs apparently want to burn them, too.

Food for thought.

המלחה נגד התורה ע״י בית המשפט העליון ממשיכה/The Israeli Supreme Court's War on the Torah Continues

כ״ג לחודש השמיני תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.
אייל קרים אמר בעבר כי יש להרוג מחבלים שנפצעו, הומואים הם חולים ונשים הן סנטימנטליות. שופטי העליון, שדנו בעתירת מרצ נגד מינויו, מתחו עליו ביקורת חריפה ודרשו שיבהיר עמדותיו
גילי כהן, שרון פולבר, יהונתן ליס, 21.11.16
בג"ץ הורה לעצור את מינויו של אלוף משנה אייל קרים לרב הצבאי הראשי עד שיבהיר את עמדותיו, זאת לאחר פרסום התבטאויות עבר בעייתיות שלו, בין היתר בנוגע לנשים. שופטי בג"ץ דנו היום (שני) בעתירה של חברות כנסת מפלגת מרצ כנגד מינויו של קרים. במהלך הדיון מתחו השופטים ביקורת על אמירותיו ודרשו כי יבהיר את עמדותיו בנושאים לגביהם התבטא. צו ביניים הוצא למינויו לתפקיד.

שופטי בג"ץ קיבלו את טענת העותרות, לפיהן מאמירותיו של קרים "עולה שנאת נשים יוקדת, הומופוביה וחוסר סבלנות משווע כלפי זרים". במהלך הדיון אמרו השופטים: "רב ראשי בצה"ל הוא דמות ערכית ומוסרית. לא יכול להיות שדברים כאלה מזעזעים יעברו מבלי לקבל הבהרה. האם הרב עומד מאחוריהם גם היום?". השופט סלים ג'ובראן אמר כי "הדברים שנאמרו מזעזעים בלשון המעטה", ושאל: "איפה בהלכה כתוב שמותר לאנוס נשים?".

קרים ספג ביקורת בעקבות התבטאויותיו בנוגע לאונס נשים בזמן מלחמה וגיוס נשים לצה"ל. כמו כן, טען הרב קרים בנוגע לשאלות שהופנו אליו באתר "כיפה" כי יש להרוג מחבלים מתאבדים שנפצעו, כי נשים אינן יכולות להעיד בבית משפט מפני שאופיין "הסנטימנטלי" אינו מאפשר זאת, וכי היחס להומו צריך להיות כאל "חולה או בעל מום". בנוסף, סבר קרים כי יש לשרוף את הברית החדשה. (המשך)
עשר אגורות (2¢):
הנה בית משפט גדול צדק [בג״ץ] חילוני ,שרוב (כל?) השופטים שלו פסולים לעידות, שולט על מינוי של רב.

הנה שופט ערבי שרוצה ללמד אותנו תורה? והשופט הזה הוא נוצרי. חוסר לנוצרים חצי התורה, תורה שבעל פה, ואז הם לא יכולים להבין את הפירושים המדויקים של התורה שבכתב.

אבל יש משהו יותר גרוע מזה: יש יהודים, יהודים שטוענים שהם שומרי תורה ומצוות, שמקבלים את זה. למה? ״למען הדמוקרטיה.

 בואו נקרא את מה שכתוב בתורה. ואחר מכן, אתם תוכלו להגיד לי מי יודע תורה יותר טוב, הרב כרים או השופט ג׳ובראן והשופטת נאור.

אונס נשים בזמן המלחמה (והמלחמה הזאת היא מלחמת רשות):
וְרָאִיתָ, בַּשִּׁבְיָה, אֵשֶׁת, יְפַת-תֹּאַר; וְחָשַׁקְתָּ בָהּ, וְלָקַחְתָּ לְךָ לְאִשָּׁהכִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ; וּנְתָנוֹ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּיָדֶךָ--וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיוֹ. (דברים כא,י-יא)
להסתכל למחבלים ערבים כחיות בר:
וַיֹּאמֶר לָהּ מַלְאַךְ יְהוָה, הִנָּךְ הָרָה וְיֹלַדְתְּ בֵּן, וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ יִשְׁמָעֵאל, כִּי-שָׁמַע יְהוָה אֶל-עָנְיֵךְ. וְהוּא יִהְיֶה, פֶּרֶא אָדָם--יָדוֹ בַכֹּל, וְיַד כֹּל בּוֹ; וְעַל-פְּנֵי כָל-אֶחָיו, יִשְׁכֹּן. (בראשית טז,יא-יב)
 הומוסקטואלים (זכרים; ולפי רש״י מדברת כאן על התנהגות מסוימת אחת):
וְאִישׁ, אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב אֶת-זָכָר מִשְׁכְּבֵי אִשָּׁה--תּוֹעֵבָה עָשׂוּ, שְׁנֵיהֶם; מוֹת יוּמָתוּ, דְּמֵיהֶם בָּם.(ויקרא כ,יג)
אתם לא צריכים לאהוב את זה. אתם לא צריכים להסכים עם זה. אבל, להגיד שהרב כרים לא יודע תורה, הוא דבר מגוחך.

זה לא ששופטי הבג״ץ לא אוהבים את הבנת התורה של הרב כרים. (בטח שהם לא אוהבים את זה.) אלא, השופטים האלה לא אוהבים את התורה בכלל. שהתורה משפיעה ליהודים ואפילו למדינת ישראל טיפה קטנה מכעיס ומפחיד אותם להם חבל על הזמן.

השופטים האלה פשוט רוצים שמדינת ישראל תהיה כמו כל מדינה בעולה וחברה בקהילה גלובלית, ורוצים שעם ישראל יהיה ככל עם אחר בעולם. אבל, האנשים ששולטים עליהם מאחרי הוילון רוצה להשמיד את עם ישראל, ואת השליטה היהודית על ארץ ישראל, מבפנים.

הרב כרים טוען שסילפו את הדעות שלו לגבי העניינים הרשומים למעלה. וח״כ זהבה גל-און טוענת שהרב כרים מתחרט על הדעות שלו ולכן יש [למפלגת מר״צ] ניצחון.

כנראה, הרב כרים דיבר על העניינים האלה בעבר בשיעורים ובעיקרון. ועכשיו הוא הבהיר את הדעות שלו.

HaAretz: Israeli Court Delays Appointment of Top Army Rabbi Who Implied Rape Permitted in Wartime
In response to Meretz petition, justices demand affidavit clarifying Col. Eyal Karim's past contentious remarks, including calling gays 'sick' and terrorists 'animals.'

Gili Cohen , Sharon Pulwer and Jonathan Lis Nov 21, 2016

Israel's High Court of Justice issued an interim order on Monday to delay the appointment of Col. Eyal Karim as the new chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces. The court ordered Karim to clarify his positions in light of reports of problematic statements – including on issues concerning women and gays – that he has made in the past.

In response to the court's order, the IDF cancelled Wednesday's planned ceremony at which Karim was due to officially replace the current chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz.

The High Court's decision was taken at a hearing Monday after a petition was filed by the Meretz party against Karim’s appointment, which was proposed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot. During the hearing, the justices criticized a number of statements made years ago by Karim. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
So, basically, we have a secular court with the power to intervene in the appointment of a rabbi. Not only that, but , most (all?) of the judges of this High Court are disqualified under Torah Law from providing testimony in a Rabbinic Court, and thus disqualified from serving as judges of Torah Law.

We have a non-Jewish judge telling Jews what the Torah says. Even more so, we have a Christian judge, one who lacks the Oral Torah, and thus could not possibly understand the Written Torah, in the first place.

Let us take a look at what the actually Torah says, vis-à-vis Rabbi Karim's comments:

As a civilian, over a decade ago, Karim was asked about the biblical verses relating to how a soldier should act during wartime if he sees a beautiful woman behind enemy lines and wants to rape her. At the time, Karim reportedly said, "Although fraternizing with a non-Jewess is a very bad thing, it is allowable in war out of consideration for the difficulties of the fighters."
When you go out to war against against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands, and you carry them away captive, 11 and sees among the captives a woman of goodly form, and you have a desire for her, and would take her to wife... (Deut. 21:10-11)
Gay Men:
And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Lev. 20:13)
Arab Terrorists as animals:
Behold, you are with child, and will bear a son; and you will call him Ishmael, because the LORD hath heard your affliction. And he will be a wild ass of a man: his hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he will dwell in the face of all his brethren. (Gen. 16:11-12)
You can agree or disagree, like or dislike, but the point is that is statements regarding what the Torah says are not out of the blue, not even close.

It is not that they do not like Rabbi Karim's understanding of the Torah. They don't, of course. But, rather, it is that the do not like the Torah period. The thought of the Torah having anymore influence in Israel than the little that it already does, both angers and frightens them.

These judges may simply want the State of Israel to be like any other member state of a global community, and want The People of Israel to be like any other people. But, those who are pulling their strings, whether they know it or not, are trying to destroy the Jewish People, and Jewish sovereignty over the Land, from within.

Rabbi Karim believes his statements were distorted. MK Zahava Gal-On believes that Rabbi Karim has recanted on his statements, and that this is [some sort of] of victory [for the Mere"tz Party and the Left].

My guess is that Rabbi Karim was speaking about these issues in class and theoretically in the first place.

I stand by the main point of the this post.
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