Friday, March 31, 2017

European Rabbis are Right,...for Once,...Sort of

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ ויקרא תשע״ז
YNET: European rabbis slam EU court ruling on religious symbol bans
Court of Justice sets precedent for enabling employers to ban visible religious symbols in the workplace, in a ruling related to dismissal of 2 women for refusing to remove headscarves; move sparks harsh words from European chief rabbi: 'Europe's faith communities are no longer welcome.' 
Reuters and YNET, 14.03.17 
Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, issued a scathing statement slamming Tuesday's first ruling by the European Union's top court on the issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work.
According to the precedent-setting decision, employers may bar staff from wearing visible religious symbols.

Rabbi Pinhas Goldschmidt at the Conference of European Rabbis
“This decision sends signals to all religious groups in Europe. With the rise of racially motivated incidents and today’s decision, Europe is sending a clear message; its faith communities are no longer welcome,” the statement read. 
“Political leaders need to act to ensure that Europe does not isolate religious minorities and remains a diverse and open continent.” (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Although Rabbi Goldschmidt comes off as a defender of Islam, he is right about one thing. If Muslims lose any of their religious rights, Jews will be next.

Already in France, Jews wear baseball caps and other nondescript head coverings, not to mention the traditional, French beret, in order to maintain the Jewish custom of covering ones head. Religious Jewish women have done the same, but French style hats a couple of sizes too large, so that they can be pulled down lower than the usual style in order fully to cover their hair.

Jews have been doing this throughout history, in order not to stand out, and risk ostracization, beatings, and even death at the hands of the residents of their non-Jewish host countries.

American Jews have already been down this road. Even as recently as the 1990's a Jewish postal worker in "liberal," Southern California fought, and lost, for the right to wear a kippah (traditional Jewish men's head covering) to work. Meanwhile, in U. S. prisons the fight continues to obtain kosher food for Jewish prisoners, while Muslim prisoners already enjoy their hallal certified meals without any worries.

Unfortunately, most American Jews will not make the connection that Rabbi Goldschmidt has.

I will go further and suggest that not only will anti-Semitism rise, the Jews will also be blamed for the loss of religious rights of Muslims. Even though Jews are their biggest cheerleaders. This should come as no surprise to anyone, as getting stabbed in the back by those we have aided is embedded in the history of our people.

Rabbi Goldschmidt himself still has not made the connection that the atmosphere toward "faith communities," is a signal for all Jews to leave Europe, and for Jewish leaders like himself to encourage the exodus, and subsequent journey back to the only home of the Jewish People, Eretz Yisra'el.

European Rabbis are right,...for once,...sort of.

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Rash"i suggests the possibility that only 20% of Israel left Egypt, at the time of our great exodus from there. How so?
וַיַּסֵּב אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָעָם דֶּרֶךְ הַמִּדְבָּר, יַם-סוּף; וַחֲמֻשִׁים עָלוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם. (שמות יג,יח)
But God led the people about, by the way of the wilderness by the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went up (hamushim) armed out of the land of Egypt. (Ex. 13:18)
On the word hamushim, he offers an alternative translation to "armed."
דבר אחר: חמושים אחד מחמשה יצאו, וארבעה חלקים מתו בשלשת ימי אפילה.
Another thing: one fifth of five [fifths] left, and four parts (fifths) died in the [plague of the] three days of darkness.
Several sources, such as the Kol HaTor, suggest parallels between our exodus from exile in Egypt and how we will complete our exodus from the current exile of Edom, including the possibility that only four fifths of us will make it out this time as well.

Who knows? There might even be three days of darkness. However, this time final time around, will these days of darkness necessarily be physical?

Instead, they could be spiritual, and unfortunately, the may have already begun for European Jewry.

May our recalling of the exodus from Egyptian exile this Pesah (Passover) inspire those Jews still entrenched in Europe, to complete their own Exodus.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ארה"ב מתנצל על האיסלאם/The U. S. Apologizes for Islam

ב׳ לחודש הראשון תשע"ז
English follows the Hebrew.
כיכר השבת: האמריקאים חיסלו מהאוויר בכיר באל קעידההפנטגון הודיע כי לפני כשבוע חיסלו כוחות אמריקאים מהאוויר את קארי יאסין, בכיר באל קעידה, שאחראי לכמה פיגועי תופת קטלניים וגדולים בהם נהרגו ונפצעו עשרות בני אדם (בעולם) 
דניאל הרץ, כ"ח באדר תשעז 26.03.17 
...שר ההגנה של ארצות הברית ג'יימס מאטיס מסר בהודעה לתקשורת: "מותו של קארי יאסין היא הוכחה לכך שטרוריסטים המכפישים את שם האסלאם ותוקפים בכוונה אזרחים חפים מפשע, לא יוכלו לחמוק מאחריות"....
עשר אגורות (2¢):
אני הבן אדם היחיד שלא פיספס את הדו״ח הזה?

האם ג'יימס מאטיס מאמין שהאיסלאם באמת הדת של שלום? אם כן, אז אני מאמין שאמריקאים צריכים לפחד ממנו. האיש הזה אמר שטרוריסטים המכפישים את שם האסלאם. וג'יימס מאטיס הוא לא סתם איש, אלא הוא שר ההגנה של ארה״ב, ואמור לקחת אחראיות על הגנת נפשות האזרחים שלה מטרוריסטים כמו קארי יאסין.

אם ג'יימס מאטיס באמת מאמין שיאסין הוא לא מוסלמי אמיתי ושהעיקרונות של האסלאם האמיתי לא כוללות המטרה לכבוש את כל העולם לבסוף, ולהרוג, לאנוס, ול** את כל מי שנוגד במטרה הזאת, אז ארה״ב יושבות בסכנה גדולה.

במשך שמונת השנים הקודמות היה ברור לכל אחד שהיה לו מוח ועיניים פתוחות יכל לראות נשיא ארה״ב הקודם היה שיתוף פעולה באסלאם.

אבל הניש טראמפ? התומכים שלו לא ראו שהצרה כזאת בדרך, וממשיכים להתיחס אליו כאילו הוא המשיח, ממש כמו האמריקאים השמאלניים התיחסו לנשיא אובמה. בינתיים אותם אמריקאים השמאלניים, שהשמיצו וממשיכים להשמיץ את הנשיא טראמפ, צועקים שהזכויות של מוסלמים בסיכון להבטל.

כמו שכל נוצרי שלא תומך את המיסיונציה הוא לא נוצרי אמיתי, כל מוסלמי שלא עובד גופנית, מילולית, או כלכלית, למען השליטה האיסלאמית בעולם הוא לא מוסלמי אמיתי.

U. S. President Donald Trump pointing to Sec. of Defense Jim Mathis
FoxNews.com: US airstrike kills high-profile terrorist leader
Lucas Tomlinson, March 25, 2017
Yasin, a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted multiple Al Qaeda terror attacks, including the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens of innocent people, among them U.S. Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant. 
Yasin was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the team injured. 
"The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Did most people really miss this?

Does Jim Mathis really believe that Islam is the religion of peace, or other such nonsense? Well, I believe that Americans should be scared, very scared, because that man who just said that a terrorist operates against the principles of Islam (That's what he said, right?). Jim Mathis is not just any man; he is the U. S. Secretary of Defense, who is responsible for defending the Americans from terrorists such as Qari Yasin.

If Jim Mathis really believes that Yasin does not represent the ultimate goals of Muslims, which includes the eventual domination of the world, and killing, raping, and otherwise oppressing anyone standing in their way, then the U. S. in big trouble.

At least in the case of the administration of the previous U. S. President, anyone with half a brain could tell that he was a passive, if not active, collaborator.

But, with President Trump? His supporters never saw a statement like this coming, and still continue to decry him as their savior, much like the Left did with President Obama. Meanwhile, the same Left which vilified, and continues to vilify, President Trump, cry oppression of innocent, "moderate" Muslims.

Just like any Christian who does not support at least some kind of missionizing is not really a Christian, any Muslim who does not work physically, verbally, financially, is not really a Muslim.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

המקור של המם: אתה לא הנשיא שלי/You Are Not My President Meme Origin

ראש החודש הראשון תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.

בטח שאתם כבר ראיתם את הממים,* התמונות עם כתוביות המסתובבות באינטרנט, ונמצאות בחולצות ובחומות על נשיא ארה״ב הדי חדש דונאלד טראמפ. בכל מיני תמונות כתוב בהן ״הוא לא הנשיא שלי.״ (הפירוש המלא של ״מם״ נמצא למטה.)

האמריקאים שיוצרים ומעבירים את התמונות האלה הם שמאלנים. הם הם לא רק מאוכזבים על תוצאות הבחירות הארציות. אלה הם כועסים ומתוסכלים עליהן. הם אמרו לאמריקאים הימינים לכבד את תוצאות הבחירות אבל עכשיו, אחרי שהמועמדת של השאלנים הפסידה, הם לא מכבדים את תוצאות הבחירות כמו שהם ביקשו דרשו מהימינים, אלא הם מביעים את הצביעות שלהם.

״לא הנשיא לשלי״
והנה, אני מצאתי עוד תמונה. התמונה הזאת של נשיא מדינת ישראל ראובן ״רובי״ ריבלין וכתוב בה אותו הביטוי ״אתה לא הנשיא שלי.״

אז, נראה לי שאתה חושבים שישראלי גנב השיג את הרעיון הזה מהשמאלנים האמריקאים.

לא נכון! התאריך של התמונה הזאת של הנשיא ריבלין הוא יוני, 2015, יותר משנה לפני הבחירות בארה״ב. אז איזה אירוני אם ההפך קרה, שהשמאלנים השיגו גנבו את הרעיון לעשות מם על הנשיא טראמפ מהיהודים הימינים בארץ ישראל שיצרו את המם על הנשיא ריבלין.


Caption: "You are not my president."

Surely you have seen the memes of the recently elected, President of the United States, Donald Trump. All kinds of photos and drawings with the caption "He is not my president."

The Americans who created these meme are leftists. They are not only disappointed. They are angry and frustrated at the results of their national elections. They told the right-wing Americans to respect the election results, but now that their candidate has lost, they are ones not respecting the results of the elections as they asked those on the right to do. Instead, they are expressing their hypocrisy.

I just found another meme, one of the President of the State of Israel, Re'uven "Ruby" Rivlin, with practically the same caption, "You are not my president."

Perhaps you are thinking that an Israeli got the idea for this meme from American leftists.

Nope! The date of the President Rivlin meme is June, 2015, over a year before the American elections. How ironic it would be if it was the opposite which occurred, that the American leftists got the idea to make this meme for President Trump from the Right-wing Jews who made the above meme of President Rivlin.

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meme noun

מם, יחידת מידע תרבותית (כמו רעיון, מנהג, שפה, שיר) העוברת מדור לדור

meme יחיד | memes רבים

מֵם (מלועזית: Meme; המונח נגזר מהשורש היווני שמשמעותו "זיכרון") הוא יחידת מידע שמשתכפלת ממוחות ומאגרים לא-חיים של מידע (כגון ספרים ומחשבים), למוחות או מאגרים אחרים. במונחים יותר מפורטים, מם הוא יחידה של אבולוציה תרבותית שמשכפלת את עצמה, והיא דומה במקצת לגן (היחידה של הגנטיקה). ממים יכולים לבטא חלקי רעיונות, שפות, חלקיקים אלמנטריים, מנגינות, דגמים, כשרונות, ערכים מוסריים או אסתטיים או כל דבר אחר שנלמד ומועבר לאחרים כיחידה אחת. תחום הלימוד של המודלים האבולוציוניים של מעבר מידע קרוי ממטיקה. את המושג "מם" טבע ריצ'רד דוקינס ב-1976 בספרו "הגן האנוכיי". ל

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

רבנים ממלכתים דתיים מקבלים את מה שמגיע להם/Diehard State of Israel Loyalist Rabbis Getting what they Deserve

כ״ג לחודש השנים עשר תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.
עימות ישיר בין שניים מראשי סיעות הקואליציה, על רקע נאום ה"לא חמות" של הרב. במשרד הביטחון ביקשו לדון באפשרות לסגירת מכינת עלי, שלוינשטיין עומד בראשה, ובלשכת בנט ענו בעוקצנות והוסיפו: "המכינה הצמיחה גיבורי ישראל. מה שדרוש תיקון יתוקן, בלי התלהמות"

מורן אזולאי, 08.03.17

נאום ה"לא חמות" של הרב יגאל לוינשטיין נגד לוחמות צה"ל עורר סערה והוביל לחידוש הקרב היצרי בין שניים מראשי סיעות הקואליציה - שר הביטחון אביגדור ליברמן ושר החינוך נפתלי בנט. זה החל לאחר שבמשרד החינוך התקבלה היום (ד') בקשה ממשרד הביטחון לכנס את ועדת המכינות שבראשה עומד מנכ"ל משרד החינוך על מנת לדון באפשרות לסגירת מכינת עלי, בעקבות דברי הרב העומד בראשה.

ממשרד הביטחון אף הודיעו כי מכתב בנושא כבר הועבר למשרד החינוך. בלשכת בנט שמעו את הבקשה, ראו בה ניסיון לאתגר אותו - ומסרו תגובה עוקצנית. "נשקול לדון עם שר הביטחון על סגירת מכינת עלי, לאחר שישלים את חיסול איסמעיל הנייה", נמסר מלשכת בנט. (המשך)
עשר אגורות (2¢):
הרב לוינשטיין  צודק במסקנה שלו. אבל אם הוא באמת אמר מה ש-YNET טוען שהוא אמר, אז ההגיון שלו הפוך, ומתאים לפורים אבל לא לעולם המציאותי.

אם ממשלת מדינת ישראל ורבניה סוף סוף יתעוררו ויקבלו את העובדה כי יש איום גדול לחיינו כל הזמן שאנחנו יושבים בארץ ללא לעשות מספיק להגן על עצמינו, אז נשים כן יצטרכו להתגייס לצה״ל אבל לא ביחידות קרבים מעורבות, עם גם גברים ונשים ביחד כמו עכשיו, מפני שהמצב כזה מעודד את הזנות.

בכל מקרה, הטעות העיקרית של הרב לוינשטיין ושל הדומים לו שהוא בוטח בממשלה, ומאמין שאכפת למדינה על התורה באמת. אכפת למדינה על התורה כשנוח לה עבורו להעמיד כאילו שהיא עושה.

כדאי לכם להבין שתכנית המכינה לפני שרות צבאית של ישיבת בני דוד היא לא סתם תכנית המכינה; אלא היא דוגמא הכי טוב של תכניות המכינה, הכי נאמנת במדינה. בניגוד ישיבות ההסדר, שבתהליך פריקה כעת על ידי ממשלת ישראל, תוכניות מכינה לפני שרות צבאית הן מוסדות דתיות ממלכתיות מובהקות (נאמנים במדינה באופן עקשני). ראש המכינה בני דוד לשעבר הרב אלי סדן היה אחד הרבנים המתנגד ביותר לחיילי צה"ל שסירבו את הפקודה לזרוק יהודים מבתיהם ומאדמותיהם בעזה. הרב סדן אמר את ההפך של מה שראש ישיבת מרכז הרב קוק הרב אברהם שפירא זצ״ל  אמר לחיילי צה"ל: לשבת בכלא במקום לעבור עבירות התורה, ולהיות גאה לשבת בכלא במסירות הנפש.

כשבנייני דירות בבית-אל נהרסו אפילו שעמדו כבר במשך 13 שנים, וסילקו את בעלי הדירות והשוכרים מביתיהם באלימות, אחד הרבנים של בית אל, הרב זלמן מלמד הביע אכזבה על החלטת ממשלת ישראל לעשות כך. הוא האמין שהממשלה שברה את ההסכמים ביניהם. הטעות שלו גם היתה שהוא היה בטוח בממשלה.

זה נכון שהרבנים אלה של תוכניות מכינה לפני שירות הצבאית יושבים במצב קשה. המוסדות שלהם מקבלים את כספי הצקציבים שלהם מהממשלה, ולכן אין להם שום תירוץ לגיטימי להתלונן.

אם לא רוצים להיות חייבים לממשלה, אז אל תקבלו כסף ממנה.

אף על פי כן, את הטעות של אמון בממשלה הם כבר חזרה הרבה פעמים כבר, וגם את הטעות להתבלבל בין חוקי מדינת הישראל לחוקי התורה (גלגול עיניים). אז הרבנים האלה צריכים לדעת את התוצאות הטעויות כאלה מראש.

האם אתם חושבים שהממלכתים מתחילים להתעורר מהאינדוקטרינציה המדינית משטיפת המוח שלהם?

הלוואי.

רבנים הממלכתים הדתיים פשוט מקבלים את מה שמגיע להם.

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תצפו את הסרטון הזה ע״י ראש מכון שילה הרב דוד בר-חיים, ללמוד עוד מבחינת התורה על שירות צבאית של נשים.




YNET: Bennett mocks Lieberman following Levinstein’s speech
Naftali Bennett ridicules Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over controversial speech by Rabbi Levinstein; ‘We’ll consider closing his school when Lieberman liquidates Ismail Haniyeh.’

Moran Azulay, 08.03.17

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Minister of Education Naftali Bennett locked horns on Wednesday in the aftermath of a speech by Rabbi Yigal Levinstein against women serving in IDF combat roles.

Tension began to mount after the Ministry of Education received an application on Wednesday from the Ministry of Defense, asking to convene the Joint Council of 'Mechinot' (pre-military academies) headed by the Director General of the Ministry of Education to discuss the possibility of closing the Eli pre-military academy, co-directed by Rabbi Levinstein.

The Defense Ministry also announced that a letter on the subject has already been transferred to the Ministry of Education.

Upon hearing the request, Bennett's office appeared to have perceived it as an attempt to challenge him, and therefore responded in kind.

"We will consider discussing the closure of the pre-military academy Eli with the defense minister once he liquidates Ismail Haniyeh," said a statement by Bennett's office. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Although Rabbi Levinstein's conclusion regarding women is correct, if he actually said even some of what is reported here -- and I doubt it, since it's YNET doing the reporting -- his reasoning is upside down and backwards, appropriate for Purim, but not for real life.

If the Israeli government, and its rabbis, would finally wake up to the fact of the existential threat (ie. dictating a milhemeth mitzvah/Torah mandated war) we are in, then yes, women should be conscripted into the IDF, but NOT placed in mixed combat units, as they are in now, which encourages rampant promiscuity.

Nevertheless, the primary error of Rabbi Levinstein, and of those like him, is his continued trust in the State, and belief that the State gives a hoot about Torah, or for that matter, has anything to do with Torah, save for when it is convenient for it to pretend that it does.

You see, the Bnei David Yeshivah does not have just any mechinah program; it has THE mechinah program. Unlike many of the Hesder Yeshivas, now being systematically dismantled by the Israeli Government, the mechinah programs are the quintessential mamlakhti (diehard State loyalist) religious institutions. Its previous head Rabbi Eli Sadan was on of the most adamant rabbis against refusing IDF orders to throw Jews out of their homes, and off their lands. He was the antithesis of the late head of Merkaz HaRav Kook Rabbi Avraham Shapira ztz"l who told IDF soldiers to sit in jail, and to be proud to sit in jail, before committing such grave sins.

When apartment buildings in the town of Beth-El, which had stood for 13 years, were destroyed, and owners and renters were violently removed, one of Beth-El's rabbis, Rabbi Zalman Melamed  expressed disappointment over the Israeli Government's decision, and believed that the government had violated its side of their agreements. He had made the identical mistake of trusting the Government.

Granted, these rabbis of the pre-IDF service mechinah programs are in a precarious position. These institutions receive their funding from the government, and so they have no legitimate reason to complain.

If you don't want to be beholden to anything, they don't take money from it.

The mistake of trusting the Government has been repeated too many times already, not to mention the mistake of confusing Israeli law with Torah (eyes rolling); they should know the outcome in advance.

Hey, do you think that the mamlakhtim are beginning to wake up from their numbed out, indoctrinated state brainwashing?

If only it were so.

These rabbis have made their bed, and they are going to have to sleep in them.

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Watch this video from Machon Shilo Head Rabbi David Bar-Hayim for more on the Torah's perspective of women's service in the military.

Friday, March 17, 2017

הקוסרבטיבים מקבלים חברים הלא יהודים/Conservative Synagogues Accept Non-Jewish Members

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ כי-תשא/פרה תשע״ז

English follows the Hebrew.
הארץ: הקונסרבטיבים בארה"ב פותחים דלת ללא-יהודים
פתיחת שערי בתי הכנסת לחברים שאינם יהודים היא חלק ממגמה בזרמים הליברליים הצפויה להעמיק את ההבדלים בין התנועה הקונסרבטיבית ובין היהדות האורתודוקסית בארה"ב

07.03.2017 ,יאיר אטינגר

"אנו חוגגים את הרבגוניות בין ובתוך קהילותינו ומעודדים קשר עם כל מי שמחפש בית רוחני וקהילתי בסביבה יהודית אותנטית ודינמית", צוטטה ההחלטה באתר JTA. "אנו קוראים לכל קהילותינו לפתוח את שעריהן לרווחה בפני כל מי שמבקש להיכנס. הבה נשאף להגשים את חזון ישעיהו 'כי ביתי בית תפילה ייקרא לכל העמים'". את נוסח ההחלטה כבר אישרה לאחרונה הנהלת USCJ, וכעת ההצעה הובאה לאישורו של גוף בוחר רחב יותר, האסיפה הכללית.(המשך)
עשר אגורות (2¢):
יש דרכים מולחים לקרב לתורה את יהודיות הנשואות לגברים לא יהודים והילדים שלהם ללא לתת לבעלים שלהן להתקבל כחברי הקהילה ולהצביע. אירגונים כמו חב״ד ואש התורה מצליחים לעשות את הזה המון שנים כבר. הם יודעים טוב טוב שילדי המשפחות כאלה בסיכון גבוה להתבולל לגמרי אם הם מקבלים חינוך יהודי, כאילו חינוך תורני.
גם רשת בתי הספר הקונסרבטיביים בארה"ב, שכטר, מקבלת ילדים שרק אביהם יהודי (כלומר,הם אינם יהודים על פי ההלכה), ובלבד שהילדים יעברו גיור עד שיגיעו לגיל מצוות.
למה מקבלים אותם בכלל? הם לא יהודים...בכלל, נקודה.
באיחוד בתי הכנסת הקונסרבטיביים בצפון אמריקה יש כמעט 600 קהילות. על פי מחקר של מכון Pew משנת 2013, 18% מיהודי ארה"ב מגדירים את עצמם קונסרבטיבים, קבוצה של מיליוני בני אדם שמצטמקת והולכת, ומאבדת את בניה לטובת זרמים היהודיים האחרים ובשל תהליכי ההתבוללות.
בינתיים, אני מניח שרובם עדיין יהודים אמיתים. האם מספר חברים (והכסף שלהם) של התנועה ה״קונסרבטיבי" יורד עד כדי כך? האם זה נואש לחברים לממן מכונת עיוות התורה שלה כדי שהיא לא תמות? או שזה סוף סוף מודה שזה קבוצת היהודים בראשות רגשותיהם, ולא הלכה (חוק תורה), כמו כל קבוצה אחרת של יהודים "מתקדמים"?
בפועל, ההחלטה האחרונה של USCJ נותנת תוקף רשמי למציאות הקיימת ברבים מבתי הכנסת הקונסרבטיביים, שאליהם באות משפחות מעורבות מבחינה דתית.
עוד עדות ההתעלמות של הלכה. עוד מעט יצביעו לאשר את החלטת הרבנים המנהיגים שלהם לקבל את אנשים לא יהודים בחברים. האם הם גם יצביעו להפיך את החזיר להיות כשר?

ומה עם תלמידי בתי ספר שלהם שחושבים שהם מתגיירים? הם ״מתגיירים״ מפני שההורים או המורים שלהם לוחצים אותם לעשות כך? האם הם כאילו מתגיירים כדי להרגיש שהם מתקבלים? האם הם כאילו מתגיירים בלי שום כוונה להתגייר? ואם לבסוף הם מתחתנים/ות עם יהודים/ות אמיתיים/ות, הם ידריכו את בני זוג רחוק מיהדות או אפילו יולדות ילדים לא יהודים?

ה״קוסרבטיבים״ לא פותרים את הבעיה של נישואי תערובת; אלה הם מחמירים את המצב.

אבל, זה בכלל לא סוף הסיפור העצוב הזה.

אני צופה כי החלטה זו תועבר לתוך סניפי תנועת המסורתית כאן בארץ.

אנשי השמאל יצהירו שההחלטה הזאת היא ניצחון נגד גזענות. האמת היא ניצחון עבור התבוללות וגלובליזם.
"אנו חוגגים את הרבגוניות בין ובתוך קהילותינו ומעודדים קשר עם כל מי שמחפש בית רוחני וקהילתי בסביבה יהודית אותנטית ודינמית,..."
סביבה יהודית? איזה סביבה יהודית מעודדת יהודים להתחתן עם גוים?
הבה נשאף להגשים את חזון ישעיהו 'כי ביתי בית תפילה ייקרא לכל העמים'" (ישעיהו נו,ז)
לא. הפסוק הזה לא אומר לנו להכניס גויים לבתינו. (נאנח) עוד דוגמאות של סילופי התורה, באדיבות התנועה שנקרא ״המסורתית."

אנשי הימין ינצלו את ההחלטה הזאת. החברים מקורות הכסף הנוצרים שלהם יתחילו להגיע לקהילות האלה -- אפילו שהם לא בעלים ונשים של יהודים -- לבסוף יקבלו מכתבים מהן שכתוב בם כי הם חברי הקהילה במצב טוב. הם ישתמשו במכתבים האלה כדי לסייע להם לקבל אישור תושבי מדינת ישראל, או אפילו אזרחות (חס וחליל!) מכתבים אלה גם יסייעו להם להתגייס כמתנדבים בצה״ל. שירות בצה״ל גם עושר להם לקבל אישור תושב. וגם בזמן שמשרתים בצה״ל יהיו להם הרבה הזדמנויות לשתף לנסות לנצר את החיילים בחורים ובחורות בני 18 התמים, הלא יודעים הרבה תורה.

אתם חושבים שאני מגזים? כבר ראינו כמה דוגמאות של המיסיונריים בצה"ל, ונוצרים להצליח להחליק את זה.

הרבה או אפילו רוב ה"קונסרבטיבים" יודעים כי "הרפורמים" לא שייכים להיהדות אמיתית בכלל.

עכשיו, הם לבסוף יצטרכו להתמודד עם העובדה כי גם ה"קונסרבטיבים" לא שייכים להיהדות אמיתית בכלל.

Haaretz: In Unprecedented Move, U.S. Conservative Movement Allows non-Jewish Members
The head of Israel's affiliated movement applauds the decision as a 'moral, Jewish' solution to the problems of mixed couples.

Yair Ettinger Mar 07, 2017

For the first time ever, the umbrella organization of congregations affiliated with the Conservative movement of the United States is encouraging the acceptance of non-Jewish members. The decision, which is not binding and still allows every congregations to follow an independent policy, was passed a few days ago in an internet vote among congregations that belong to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism General Assembly. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
There are ways of reaching out to Jewish mothers, married to non-Jews, and their children, without allowing a non-Jew to vote, and be called a member. Organizations have like Chabba"d have been doing this since time in memorial, recognizing the risk of losing such children to the oblivion of assimilation, and absence of any knowledge of their heritage. 

The Schechter network of Conservative schools in the U.S. has for some time allowed its institutions to accept children who have only a Jewish father (in other words, are not Jewish according to halakha), as long as the children convert before reaching bar- or bat-mitzvah age.
As far as allowing children of Jewish fathers to attend Jewish schools goes, why let them? They are not Jewish, period.
According to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center, 18 percent of American Jews consider themselves to be Conservative, at a time when the greater Jewish population is shrinking and some 22 percent of it defines themselves as having no religion.
Is the "Conservative" Movement losing ground? Is it desperate for members to fund its Torah distortion machine to keep it alive? Or is it finally admitting that it is a group of Jews  led by their feelings, rather than halakhah (Torah Law), like every other group of "progressive" Jews? For now, I assume that most of them still really are Jews.
It should be noted that the decision had already been approved by the executive committee of the UCSJ, before being brought up for ratification by the larger General Assembly electorate.
More evidence of the disregard of halakhah. Do they vote on what is or is not kosher, too?

And what about these "converts?" If their "conversions" were actually valid, what of these kids who "convert" falsely, due to outside pressures? They end up marrying real Jews, and may either lead them astray or produce non-Jewish children.

They are not solving the problem of intermarriage; they are only making it worse.

But, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I predict that this decision will carry over into the "Conservative Movement's" branches in Israel, otherwise know as the Masorati Movement (Heb.: traditional).

The left will hail the decision as a victory against racism (...for assimilation into the "progressive," globalist community).
“We celebrate the diversity among and within our kehillot [congregations] and encourage the engagement of all those who seek a spiritual and communal home in an authentic and dynamic Jewish setting,...”
A Jewish setting? Need I say more? OK, I will.
"...Let us strive to make the words of Isaiah a reality in our time: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:7).”
No. This does not mean to bring goyim into our homes. (sigh) More distortions of the Torah, courtesy of the so-called "Conservative Movement."

The quasi-right will exploit this. It's Christian friends moneybags will obtain letters from such communities, stating that they are members in good standing. These letters will be used to assist them in gaining residency, if not citizenship (God forbid!) These letters will also assist them in enlisting as volunteers in the Israeli Defense Forces, which serves both as ammunition for future residency applications, as well as opportunities to share their faith missionize unsuspecting, and not terribly knowledgeable, 18-year-old soldiers Jewish kids.

Think this is farfetched? We have already seen several examples of missionizing in the IDF, and Christians getting away with it.

Even many, of not most, "Conservative" Jews know that "Reform Judaism" is not really Judaism.

Now, they will finally have to face the fact that neither is "Conservative Judaism."

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

50 Years of a "Liberated" Jerusalem?/חמישים שנה לשיחרור ירושלים?

י' לחודש השנים עשר תשע"ז
English follows the Hebrew.
"A United, Unifying Jerusalem"

YNET: "מאוחדת, מאחדת" - הלוגו הרשמי ל-50 שנה לשחרור ירושלים

השרה רגב הציגה בישיבת הממשלה את הסמל שיעטר בשנה הקרובה את נייר המכתבים של משרדי הממשלה השונים. "עובדת שחרורה של ירושלים חייבת להיות מעל המחלוקות הפוליטיות" 
מורן אזולאי, 05.03.17 
שרת התרבות מירי רגב הציגה היום (א') בישיבת הממשלה את הלוגו הרשמי החדש לציון 50 שנה לשחרור ירושלים. "אם אנחנו לא מסוגלים לומר לעצמנו ששחררנו את ירושלים מדורות של כיבוש זר, אז איך אנחנו יכולים לבוא בטענות כלפי העולם", אמרה רגב שהתעקשה על שילוב המילה "שחרור".
הלוגו החדש יעטר מעתה את נייר המכתבים של משרדי הממשלה השונים וילווה את אירועי חגיגות היובל לכל אורך השנה והפרסומים אודותם. "הלוגו הזה מספר את הסיפור האמיתי של ירושלים", אמרה רגב.

"הבסיס של הספרה 5 הוא הנבל שמזכיר לנו את דוד מלך ישראל שקבע את ירושלים כבירה הנצחית שלנו לפני למעלה מ-3,000 שנה. והראש של הספרה זהו האריה - סמלה של העיר ירושלים עד היום. הספרה 5 מייצגת באופן סמלי את ציר הזמן של תולדות ירושלים - מדוד המלך ועד חטיבה 55 של הצנחנים, שנכנסה דרך שער האריות ושחררה את ירושלים במלחמת ששת הימים". 
בתוך הספרה 0 הוכנס דגל ישראל המופיע מעל חומות העיר העתיקה, הכותל והר הבית. הצבע הנבחר של הלוגו הוא זהב, לדברי רגב "כמו בשיר הכמעט-נבואי, של נעמי שמר 'ירושלים של זהב' אמרה רגב.
רגב התייחס גם לסלוגן "50 שנה לשחרור ירושלים. ירושלים מאוחדת ומאחדת" שנבחר ללוות את הלוגו. "עובדת שחרורה של ירושלים חייבת להיות מעל המחלוקות הפוליטיות", אמרה השרה מהליכוד. "ראיתי את התגובות בנוגע להתעקשות שלי על הלוגו הזה ועל המילה 'שחרור' והצטערתי מאוד. אני מצטערת על כל ישראלי, מימין או משמאל שמערער על ההגדרה הזו של ירושלים משוחררת".

עשר אגורות (2¢):
אני כבר ציינתי לכם לפני 10 שנים את הכישלון (אחד מתוך המון) של הממשלה לגבי הסמל על הפנים של חגיגת 40 שנים לשחרור ירושלים. הוא נראה כעכברוש, נכון? (ראה שמאלה)

ועכשיו שרת התרבות מירי רגב מציגה לנו את הסמל הרשמי החדש לציון 50 שנה לשחרור ירושלים. מה אתם חושבים על זה? הוא לא נראה כעכברוש, ב״ה. אבל הסמל הזה ממש יותר טוב מהסמל לשעבר?

קצת.

השרה רגב מזכירה לנו שאנחנו באמת שיחררו את ירושלים מידי האנשים שהארץ לא שייכת להם בכלל. והיא מודה שהבחירה שלה להשתמש במילה הזאת מאוד מפריעה לשמאלנים ואפילו לימינים.

וגם היא משתמשת בביטוי ״מאוחדת, מאחדת ירושלים.״ וביטוי הזה מודה לנו שעיר הבירה לנצח של עם ישראל עדיין לא מאוחדת לגמרי, אפילו שהעובדה הזאת לא נזכרת במאמר הזה של YNET, ויש עוד הרבה לעשות כדי לאחד את ירושלים, כולל לקחת שליטה על הר הבית, אחרי שמשה דיין מסר את זה לוואקף לפני 50 שנים. וזה הכי חשוב.

אבל, לדעתי, הסמל הזה כן נראה כמו אריה; הוא נראה כמו אריה שדוחף עגלה במכולת. הסמל צריך להיראות כאריה שעובד לאחד את ירושלים באמת. מי שמבין יבין.

YNET: Miri Regev presents the official logo marking 50 years since the liberation of Jerusalem
Minister Miri Regev presents the symbol that will adorn the official stationery of the various government ministries in the upcoming year; 'The liberation of Jerusalem must be above political disputes.' 
Moran Azulay, 05.03.17 
Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) presented the new official logo to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem on Sunday at a cabinet meeting. "If we are unable to say to ourselves that we liberated Jerusalem from generations of foreign occupation, how can we complain about the world," said Regev, insisting on the use of the word "liberation." 
The new logo will now adorn the official letterhead of the various ministries and accompany the Jubilee events throughout the year. "This logo tells the true story of Jerusalem," Regev said. 
"The basis of the number 5 is the harp that reminds us of David, King of Israel, who determined Jerusalem as our eternal capital over 3,000 years ago. The top is a lion's head—Jerusalem's symbol to this day. The number 5 symbolically represents the timeline of the history of Jerusalem—from King David to the IDF's 55th Paratroopers Brigade that entered through the Lion's gate and liberated Jerusalem during the Six Day War." 
Inside the 'zero,' the Israeli flag appears above the Old City, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. 
The logo's chosen color is gold, which according to Regev, represents the "near-prophetic Naomi Shemer lyrics depicting a 'Jerusalem of Gold.'" 
Regev also commented on the slogan—"50 years since the liberation of Jerusalem. A united and unifying Jerusalem"—chosen to accompany the logo. "The liberation of Jerusalem must be above political disputes," said Regev. 
"I saw the comments surrounding my insistence on this logo and the word 'liberation' and I was very sorry. I feel sorry for any Israeli, right-winger or left-winger, who undermines this definition of a liberated Jerusalem," she added.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I already pointed out 10 years ago that the official symbol used to mark the 40th anniversary of the [beginning of the] liberation of Jerusalem,... looks like a rat. Doesn't it? (see above left)

And now, the Minister of Culture Miri Regev has presented us with the official symbol of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem. (top center) What do you think about it? It doesn't look like a rat, B"H. But, is it really any better than the last one?

A little bit.

Minister Regev reminds us that that Jerusalem was, indeed, "liberated," as it was taken back from out of the hands of those it did not belong to. And she acknowledges that there are those on the left and ever the right who take issue with her choice of words.

She also employs the motto "Unified, Unifying Jerusalem," acknowledging that the eternal Capital of the Jewish People is still not unified completely, even though this fact is not mentioned in the YNET article, and that there is still much work to do, including the taking back of Har HaBayith (the Temple Mount), since then Gen. Moshe Dayan turned its control over to the Wakf (Muslim Authority). This is most important.

Minister Regev is far from perfect, but far better regarding many issues than her fellow Members of Knesseth [MK's].

However, in my opinion, the symbol itself may look like a lion alright; it looks like a lion pushing a cart in a supermarket. It should be a lion actively unifying the city. מי שמבין יבין.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

ארבעים וחמישה אחוזים ממבצעי הפיגועים היו בעלי תעודת זהות כחולה/45% of Terror Attacks Carried out by "Israeli" Arabs

ראש החודש השנים עשר תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.
רמטכ״ל גדי איזנקוט
Gadi Eisenkot
IDF Chief of Staff
איזנקוט אמר כי השנה שעברה הייתה טובה יחסית למציאות הביטחונית סביבנו, וציין כי חציה הראשון התאפיין בהמשך הטרור שהתרחש ב-2015, ואילו בחצי השני חל שיפור. הרמטכ"ל אמר כי הלחימה בטרור נמשכת כל העת, וכי בשנה ורבע האחרונות הרג צה"ל 171 מחבלים. הוא ציין כי מתחילת השנה שעברה 45% ממבצעי הפיגועים היו בעלי תעודת זהות כחולה. הרמטכ"ל חזר על עמדתו כי מפתח חשוב בצמצום הטרור הוא הפעלת כח נכונה, שמפרידה בין הטרור לכלל האוכלוסייה, ומתן אפשרות לקיומה של דינמיקת חיים של לימודים ועבודה בצד הפלסטיני, שנכון יהיה לשמור עליה בכל עת לדבריו.
YNET יואב זיתון ואיתמר אייכנר, 22.02.17
עשר אגורות (2¢):
המילה ״ערבים״ לא מופיעה כאן בכלל. כתיבת המילה ״ערבי״ היא גזענות? או איזנקוט טוען כאן שגםאפשר להתיחס ליהודים כמחבלים?

וגם כתוב כאן ״בעלי תעודת זהות כחולה,״ ולא ״אזרחים.״ עוד דרך להמנע מלכתוב ״ערבים?״

בכל מקרה, מה ממשלת מדינת ישראל מתכוונת לעשות להלחם נגד זה?

לדעתי, כלום.
Mentioning some statistics to make his point, Eisenkot said that since the beginning of 2016, the IDF has killed 171 terrorists, almost half of whom were Israeli citizens. According to Eisenkot, a key way in reducing terrorism was the selective use of force that separates between terrorists and the rest of the populace, allowing an environment of education and work on the Palestinian side that is important to maintain at any given time.

YNET: Yoav Zitun, 22.02.17

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Interesting that this report did not come right out and say that these terrorists were Arabs. Would this be considered racist if it did? Or was Eisenkot suggesting that Jews can also be consider as such?

Likewise, the report in Hebrew does not actually use the word "citizen." Rather, it says "holders of blue identification cards," a tricky way of avoiding the need for the word "citizen."

Anyway, what is the Israeli Government going to do about this, now documented fact?

If you ask me, absolutely nothing.

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?

Or

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¢):
הורטון
Horton
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.

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.

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*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¢):
Babar
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.

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.

Dumbo
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.

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* 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¢):
Seriously?

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.

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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.

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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 InspireConversation.com - 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 "opportunities....to 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 Conversation.com.
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.
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