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      Adar Bet 15, 5774, 3/17/2014

      Slaughter House of Human Meat

      by Tamar Yonah

      WARNING:  This blog contains extremely graphic material!

      According to Walid Shoebat, there is a Christian holocaust going on in Syria. We have long known about the abuse of Christians, Jews and even certain Muslims, under Islamic regimes.  We have heard about the rapes and kidnappings of Coptic Christian women in Egypt, the beheading of civilians by terrorists all over the middle east, and the mutilation of bodies of their victims.  However, I don't think anyone has imagined the scale of evil that is taking place in Syria today.  Below, I am posting a blog written by Walid Shoebat and his son, Theodore, showing graphic video images of, what they call, a Christian holocaust taking place in Syria.  When Jews were being slaughtered in Europe during WWII, no one wanted to listen, and after the war, people claimed they didn't know what was going on and so couldn't do anything to help.  Well, this blog post below by the Shoebats, WILL inform you of what is going on in this 3 year civil war in Syria.  I am posting the information here for my readers, but I ask that you give a click on this link below, to give credit where credit is due.

      Please click here:  https://shoebat.com/2014/03/17/actual-literal-islamic-human-slaughterhouses-christians-discovered/

      Actual And Literal Islamic Human Slaughterhouses For Christians Discovered
      by Ted on March 17, 2014
      By Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
      Saif Al-Adlubi told the story when the Egyptian butcher would examine the row of people who were waiting their execution. Al-Adlubi witnessed at least two Armenians who were waiting their turn to be slaughtered since no one paid their ransom, the sum of $100,000 each.
      “He grabbed the neck of one elderly Armenian Christian”, says Al-Adlubi, which the Egyptian butcher was about to slaughter. The Egyptian butcher felt the neck of the Christian Armenian saying “you’re an aged man and your neck is soft and I don’t have to sharpen my knife for you”. Others might be more difficult depending on their physique.
      Saif Al-Adlubi tells of his miraculous escape to the Turkish village of Rehaniyeh from Syria. He was probably one of the few survivors who sounded the alarm on one of the gruesome systematic human extermination centers carried out by the Takfiri Jihadist group ISIS.
      Rescue Christians translated an interview with Al-Adlubi:

      The prison centers where the ISIS (Da’ish) controls have become miniatures of what was during the Nazi SS extermination camps, except the ISIS carries out the extermination in a much more horrific way. Da’ish transforms the prisons into kangaroo courts with systematic slaughterhouses and killing centers to exterminate Christians and Muslims who disagree with the Takfiri ideology. Once they are found guilty, the way they deal with the victims was as if they were cattle.
      The ISIS stands for The Islamic group of Iraq and Syria. ISIS is also known in Middle East circles as Da’ish. Rescue Christians obtained footage of another slaughterhouse from one Syrian Christian named Kamil Toume to confirm the claims.
      It all adds up. Toume confirmed what was told by Al-Adlubi and he provided some leaked footage to prove it:

      WARNING:  Extremely graphic!

      This is the Siba’ District Human Slaughterhouse in Homs, Syria.
      Rescue Christians aided Toume’s plight to escape the fate of his father and sister after they were ritually sacrificed and cremated by Al-Nusra Islamist rebels in Duwair near Homs.
      We also work in order to rescue Christians from this horror in Syria. Please donate to save the lives of Christians in Iraq and Syria from this unbearable brutality and evil. When you donate, you save a life and fight evil.
      “You never heard of Umm Muhammad slaughterhouse?” Kamil told us when we asked him to comment on the story of Saif Al-Adlubi.
      “What do you mean by Umm Muhammad Slaughterhouse”? We asked in unbelief.
      The footage is from two separate slaughterhouses, one in Bayyada and the other is even 3 years old in Al-Siba’.
      Slaughterhouses has been going on for 3 years in Syria.
      Al-Adlubi is Muslim fundamentalist who joined the FSA (Free Syrian Army) and was a militant and a media agent for the FSA. He was captured by Da’ish and tells his horrific tale explaining how he has never experienced or seen such horror under the Assad Regime. He was one of few that made it out when the Syrian militia finally defeated the Da’ish rebels in that specific prison center.
      “How could I be considered Kafir (heathen) if I pray and fast?” he asked the prison official as he tells his story to several Arabic news agencies.
      “you are “murtad” [apostate]” answered the official.
      “I asked him, what is my destiny. I want to get a closure. What is it, a year two years in prison?”
      “He said in Arabic “Abshir Bithabih”, in English, “Rejoice, you will be sacrificed”.
      According to Dai’sh Islamic theology, he would be sacrificed as a martyr by being slaughtered for his sin. This is not the same fate for Christians who in their view will end up in eternal hellfire.
      Before he was freed, Al-Adlubi saw the bodies of young men who were systematically slaughtered and disemboweled.
      “The slaughterhouse was on a hill. It is secluded and is void of any homes nearby” says Al-Adlubi. “I witnessed lifeless bodies hanging upside down as if they were slaughtered sheep,” he added.
      “In the center of the slaughterhouse is a huge Egyptian about two meters high. He was the one doing the slaughtering”
      The Egyptian butcher examines the row of the young and old men who were about to be slaughtered: Armenian Christians, Syrian Christians, Shiites and even Sunnis. Each had to be physically examined. They are decapitated from the root of their necks, their chest cavities are opened and disemboweled and hung upside down.  The neck of the aged Christian Armenian man was a simple one.
      The stories told by Al-Adlubi and Toume adds up. Toume sent us some footage that circulated the Syrian community after the human slaughterhouse finally ended, and the ugly remaining evidence was revealed when Umm Muhammad’s slaughterhouse in the Siba’ district in Homs was busted by Syrian police 3 years ago in August 2011. This was during the infancy of the revolution in Syria. Umm Muhammad’s slaughterhouse was not operated by Da’ish but by the FSA (Free Syrian Army) during its infancy. The slaughterhouses were in progress for years and only the future will show the extent of such operations. We have also reported in the past how a rare disease (Kuru) that infected Syrians which can only be contracted as a result of cannibalism.
      Umm Muhammad was a Sunni woman in charge of dismembering human bodies. In the footage, it can be seen with human bodies being chopped up exactly as is done in a cattle slaughterhouse. What is striking is the way of the superior care in the chipping of the body parts without having clear traces of torture, which indicates that the potential target was to pile the body parts for an unknown reason. The table is the type used in a morgue or in Forensic Medicine.
      Al-Adlubi’s story also checks out from footage obtained from Al-Bayyada, another slaughterhouse, which Rescue Christians was able to obtain footage from. And just as Al-Adlubi stated, they were hanging upside down, headless, like slaughtered sheep. The heads were removed from the root of the chest cavity just as Al-Adlubi stated when describing how the Egyptian was doing his meticulous methods and how Toume described the Umm-Muhammad slaughterhouse in Al-Siba’ district.

       WARNING:  Extremely graphic!

      This is the Al-Bayada Human Slaughterhouse
      Saif Al-Adlubi’s nightmare was over when Syrian civilian militia finally swarmed into the Da’ish prison in Edbana.
      We report this story because of the silence on the systematic killing of Christians, Shiite minorities and even Sunni Muslims in Syria who disagree with the Takfirist theology. The story is reminiscent to the initial reporting on the extermination of European Jewry and other minorities when little coverage was given to the truth in these days.
      We predict that history will repeat itself in the case of Christians in Syria and Iraq. When Dr. Gerhart Riegner, the representative of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, learned what was going on from a German source. Riegner asked American diplomats in Switzerland to inform Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, one of America’s most prominent Jewish leaders, of the systematic killing centers. But the State Department, characteristically insensitive and influenced by anti-Semitism, decided not to inform Wise.
      The rabbi nevertheless learned of Riegner’s terrible message from Jewish leaders in Great Britain. He immediately approached Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles, who asked Wise to keep the information confidential until the government had time to verify it. Wise agreed and it was not until November 1942 that Welles authorized the release of Riegner’s message.
      Wise held a press conference on the evening of November 24, 1942. The next day’s New York Times reported his news on its tenth page. Throughout the rest of the war, the Times and most other newspapers failed to give prominent and extensive coverage to the Holocaust.
      In the case for Syria, history is repeating itself. Rescue Christians will do a press release for media interviews to speak to Mr. Toume and the plight of Syrian Christians and how his family were murdered by rebel forces in Syria.
      The cruelty expressed by the Muslims in the Syrian slaughterhouses is reminiscent to the violence perpetuated by the Ottoman Turks.
      For example, the Egyptian executioner who told the elderly Armenian man that his neck was soft and easy to cut parallels the hatred which the Ottoman Muslims expressed toward the Armenians. Today we have actual footage on how the extermination of the Armenians was carried out.
      A German, who was present in the Armenian Genocide, was running an orphanage in the area of Moush where the Turks were conducting their massacres. When he asked a Turkish officer in charge if the Armenian children of the orphanage would be given guaranteed safe passage, the Turk replied:

      You can take them with you, but being Armenians their heads may and will be cut off on the way. (1)

      In the slaughterhouses in Syria, there are countless corpses, all severely mutilated and cut into parts. This is exactly what the Turks did to Christians in their infamous Genocide. 
      Turkish peasants seized entire multitudes of Armenians and cut their bodies into pieces while they were still alive. A letter written by an anonymous source recounts how Turkish farmers cut to pieces a large body of Armenian men with their farming tools:

      In the valley of Beyhan Boghazi, six or seven hours’ distance from the town, they were attacked by a wild horde of Turkish peasants, and, in pursuance of the order, were all massacred with clubs, hammers, axes, scythes, spades, saws — in a word, with every implement that causes a slow and painful death. Some shore off their heads, ears, noses, hands, feet with scythes; others put out their eyes. …The bodies of the victims were left in pieces in the valley, to be devoured by the wild beasts. (2)

      William Willard Howard, an eye-witness to the Armenian Genocide, actually described how the Turks mutilated and cut to pieces the bodies of Christians:

      …the soles of his feet are held before an open fire until the flesh drops off. After that his tongue may be pulled out, or red hot irons thrust into his eyes. If he is not dead by this time he is hacked to pieces with knives. (3)

      Samuel Gridley Howe, an American who helped the Greek Christians revolt against the Turkish occupation in the 19th century, described the massacre of the Greek Christians by the Turks as a literal slaughterhouse, with severed body parts and decapitated heads being found without number. He described one massacre of a Greek town as such:

      [T]he Turkish troops gathered round the town, rushed in among the defenseless inhabitants, and begun to butcher all they found. …And a few hours were sufficient for all this; a few hours of rapine and murder had changed the beautiful town to a scene of utter devastation; to a slaughter-house, still steaming with the blood of thousands of all ages, and of both sexes, whose mutilated and headless bodies, lay in every direction about the streets (4)

      The slaughterhouses in Syria are really centers for ritual human sacrifices. Rescue Christians even obtained footage to prove this as well:

      WARNING:  Extremely graphic!

      In the video, which is filmed at yet another unknown slaughterhouse, the executioner declares this prayer before making the slaughter:

      In defense of the Sunnis O Lord, O Lord, We bring these offerings to you, O Lord. Please accept this sacrificial offering, O Lord. O Lord, accept this from us, accept this from us. In the name of Allah. Bismillah (In the name of Allah). Allahu Akbar

      The victims could be shot or slaughtered, but one thing is true, these are ritualistic killings.
      This can be deduced by paralleling the slaughterhouses in Syria to Islamic ideology in regards to shedding Christian blood, which can be observed in historical accounts. For example, Howe, an eyewitness to Turkish violence, recounted that the Muslim Turks “thought the blood of a Christian an acceptable offering to God.” (5) 
      Now, in conjunction with this statement, here is an account of John Eshoo, an Assyrian reverend who survived the Assyrian Genocide under the Turks, in which he refers to the carnage as a literal slaughter house and describes how the Muslims butchered the Christians in the same fashion as the system of animal sacrifice during the Islamic fasts: 

      The fearful place became literally a human slaughter house, receiving its speechless victims, in groups of ten and twenty at a time, for execution. … These helpless Assyrians marched like lambs to their slaughter, and they opened not their mouth, save by sayings “Lord, into thy hands we commit our spirits. The executioners began by cutting first the fingers of their victims, join by joint, till the two hands were entirely amputated. Then they were stretched on the ground, after the manner of the animals that are slain in the Fast, but these with their faces turned upward, and their heads resting upon the stones or blocks of wood Then their throats were half cut, so as to prolong their torture of dying, and while struggling in the agony of death, the victims were kicked and clubbed by heavy poles the murderers carried Many of them, while still laboring under the pain of death, were thrown into ditches and buried before their souls had expired. (6)

      All of this sadism and cruelty was done in the fashion of an Islamic animal sacrifice, and in the Muslim religion, it is permitted that a human being replace the animal in the sacrificial rituals. This theology of human sacrifice is based upon the very ancient story of Khalid Abdullah al-Kasri, who ritually sacrificed Jaad bin Durham in the place of an animal on the Islamic holiday of The Festival of Sacrifice. He dragged Durham into a mosque, and before spilling his blood, proclaimed:

      O people, sacrifice, Allah accepted your sacrifices. I am now sacrificing Jaad bin Durham.

      The story is accepted as orthodox by several of the most forceful Muslim theologians during the history of Islam like Al-Shafi’, Ibin Tayymiya, Bukhari, Dhahabi, Ibin Al-Qiyam, Darami and Ibin Katheer.

      This is the reality of Islam, it is a pagan and utterly depraved and sadistic religion. It takes the soul of a man and purges any remnants of human affection from his very being. Look to your own soul, and understand your own obligation to help the Christians from this horror. Please donate to save Christian lives in Syria.

      (1) Moush: Statement by a German Eye-witness of Occurrences at Moush; communicated by the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, in Arnold Toynbee, The Treatmen of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, p. 89 
      (2) Angora: Extract from a letter, dated 16th September, 1915; appended to the memorandum (doc. 11), dated 15/28th October, 1915, from a well-informed source at Bukarest
      (3) William Willard Howard, Horrors of Armenia,  ch. 1, p. 6
      (4) Samuel Gridely Howe, An Historical Sketch of the Greek Revolution, ch. 3, pp. 99-100, brackets and ellipses mine 
      (5) Howe,  An Historical Sketch of the Greek Revolution, ch. 3, p. 100
      (6) In Joel Euel Werda, The Flickering Light of Asia: or, the Assyrian Nation and Church, ch. 26, ellipses mine

      Again, if you did not click on this link, please do so now to give credit where credit is due. 


      Adar Bet 11, 5774, 3/13/2014

      The Same Question Over & Over

      by Tamar Yonah

      Someone asked me, "When will these attacks on Israel end?" 

      I will tell you. 

      It will end when, (in the words of one of our IDF generals) "When one side wins." All these years, we are never allowed to win the war. We are never allowed to exterminate the terrorists (like the U.S. does). We are only allowed to strike back and hurt them a bit. --But it is like swatting at wasps. The wasp's nest has to be REMOVED. Swiping does no good. Every time we got close to winning, the international community gets nervous and the U.S. secretary of state, Condi Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, etc. are sent to STOP Israel from winning the war thrust upon us by these terrorists, in our back yard.  They force Israel to make yet another cease-fire, where we 'cease', and they 'fire'. Where we cease, and they re-arm for another day. And that 'other day' was today and yesterday. 

      This is a pattern that we will continue to see and suffer year after year until we can finally WIN this war and take out the terrorists and their infrastructure, and return the Gaza region, which is Jewish land (belonging to the tribe of Judah) back to the Jewish People.

       [To see map, go to my facebook page.  If you are not a fb friend of mine, then send me a request - so you can see the map and pass it on to others.  Link to fb:  Tamar Yonah ]

      We will then stop this 'terror rain of fire', and people will not have to live in bomb shelters. These terrorists are getting away with it, and without justice, no society can enjoy peace. Our prophet, Isaiah wisely said: 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever." Right there is the formula for peace. Not a two-state solution, not the tolerating and rewarding of evil terrorists. -Rather, righteousness and justice as our Prophet Isaiah says.  To see my enlightening article on how to obtain peace based on Isaiah, click here:  THE ISAIAH PLAN 

      Adar 4, 5774, 2/4/2014

      Protect Yourself And Make Money Doing So!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Protect yourself AND your money. Put your 'paper money' into something SOLID: Property in Israel!

      Buy Property in Israel, and protect yourself and your life's savings too. 

      [Disclaimer] I am not an expert in finance or real estate.  However, I believe I have something important to say about the virtues of owning property.

      Scenario:  You have your life savings in the bank and in stocks and bonds.  But what would happen if the dollar all of a sudden devaluates and/or crashes? You would be left with zilch, and it could take a wheelbarrow of that 'paper stuff' you worked so hard for all your life, just to buy a loaf of bread.   Remember the Depression of the 1930's?   Even if the dollar were to remain stable, how much does your bank pay you each month in interest?  However, if you took your money and purchased an apartment with it, not only would you have something solid for all your life's savings, but you'd be raking in perhaps a thousand dollars plus/minus each month into your own bank account from the rent it could garner.

      This is not an info-merical.  
      I am not making any money, and I have nothing to gain from writing the following words to you all.  In fact, I may get castigated for doing so, since admittingly, I am not a financial or real estate expert.  So be it. Read on at your own risk, though it may also save you from a collapsing economy, and  at least I can get this off my chest and ease my conscience that I tried to help people.  

      You've worked hard and have saved money, either for your retirement or a rainy day.  But are your savings going to save you if times get really bad?  I believe, sadly, that the US dollar is going to be very risky to hold onto.  Perhaps other currencies around the world as well. However I want to concentrate on the U.S. dollar. Can one be safe holding onto paper money? There is no gold or silver behind the dollar anymore. It is only fiat money today.  Paper.  Fiat money is defined as:  "Currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, despite the fact that it has no intrinsic value and is not backed by reserves..." i.e. gold or silver.  

      Long ago, the dollar actually had printed on the bottom of the bill:  

      "IN SILVER PAYABLE TO THE BEARER ON DEMAND"  Click here for a photo of it. 

      Once, you could take your dollar bill, and go to the bank and redeem it for its equivalence in gold or silver.  It was first based on Gold and then on Silver.  Sadly, now it is based on... pretty much nothing. 

      Today, all your savings in dollars (and most all currencies today) are just paper.  You can't redeem it for anything.  
      If all of a sudden, the dollar devaluates, you are left with almost nothing.  
      All your life's work and savings are gone.  
      That's why I believe that it is wise to invest in something solid, and I don't mean gold or silver or stocks. I am suggesting very strongly, that my Jewish brothers and sisters purchase property here in Israel.  

      First, if you are a Jew, it is a mitzvah to own a home in Israel.  Second, you can rent it out and make (for example) a thousand dollars a month.  Will your bank pay you $1,000 a month interest on the money you are keeping with them???  I doubt it.  

      I believe it is better to invest your money in property here. That way if the dollar goes bust, you have SOMETHING for your money, and you can most likely sell your property here later on, for even MORE money than what you bought it for.  In Israel, real estate is high, AND it could be making you money every 30 days via rental.  There are plenty of property management agencies that will find renters for you and tend to your apartment's needs.  You can just sit back and relax and watch the money come in each month it it rented.  Seems that logically, it's a win-win situation; You have something solid for your life's savings, AND it is making money for you every month, AND it will probably be going up in value each year. As a perk, if you have property here, you have put a root  down into the soil of the Land of Israel, and you are more likely to one day make aliyah since you have something here. Or, if worst comes to worst and you have to flee because of anti-Antisemitism or violence, or danger or you lose your home in some natural disaster, et al, you have a home here waiting for you!  Win win all around, no?  If the home/apt. you buy here is not your 'dream house', no problem, you can sell it later on, when you are ready to move here to help you buy the one you'd want to live in yourself. Again, real estate in Israel has been going up each year.  We are a small country, there is a limited amount of space.

      Jews, if you have the money, I would suggest you think strongly about getting it out of the bank now and buy SOMETHING, ANYWHERE in Israel. All cities have their flavor and there's much to choose from.  And remember, you can always sell later on if you decide you want to buy somewhere else when you make aliyah.  There are many places all over Israel; on the coast, in the mountains, in the valley, in the plains, in the desert, etc...  I am not a real estate agent, but I have helped friends find, and purchase their homes. All of their homes today are worth twice or more than what they paid for it today.

      Why am I writing all of this now?  Because recently some articles have come out saying that the USA's economy is looking up, and that people can have confidence to buy stocks and save money! When I read articles like these, I think back in history about building false confidence just before a great fall, and a red flag goes up in my mind.  I would worry when I have to read optimistic articles that say 'not to worry about the economy' and that it is getting better.  Why not buy now, get something for your money, AND MAKE approx. a $1,000 each month that goes into your pocket?!  It's a mitzvah as well!  ...And we can all use more mitzvahs!

      Anyone who wants me to help advise them, and again, I am not an expert, you can skype me and I will (time allowing) speak with you and try to assist you. My skype user name is TAMYON.  If you add me, write in your name and why you are contacting me.

      For those that would like to listen to the radio show I just did on buying property in Israel, click HERE to listen:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/News.aspx/5172#.UvDl7z2SxIE

      Show synopsis:  

      "Tamar explains why she believes it is important to purchase property, and hosts two realestate agents who give their take on it as well.  For more affordable homes and property, look to the north and south of the country.  Laurie Silverman from Alon Properties at RealEstateNorthIsrael.com shares her experiences with real estate up north. Also, Haredi businessperson, Shia Getter, author of, Everything You Need to Know About Buying Real Estate in Israel comes on the show and talks about property in Jerusalem, and why he believes it is a good investment.  He also talks about Haredi interests and how it affects the real estate market.  This is an important show with information to strongly consider."

      Tevet 19, 5774, 12/22/2013

      "Hey, I didn't Know They Were Jewish!"

      by Tamar Yonah

      A disproportionate amount of famous people in Hollywood (and on the world scene) may be Jewish or even have a Jewish father. But having a Jewish father or a Jewish sounding last name doesn't make one a Jew.  Not even in Hollywood.  Well, here is a short list of famous Jews who actually ARE Jews according to Halacha (Jews according to the requirements of Jewish Law where their mother is Jewish).

      Note: Much of the information below was researched from Wikipedia.com)                                                                           

      "Hey, I didn't Know They Were Jewish!"

      Guest post by Leslie-Ann Stoffel

      We all know of how the Jewish People make up only 0.2% of the world population, yet comprise 22% of Nobel laureates.  The Jewish nation far outnumbers the average representation we should have, compared to other nations.  We see so many Jewish achievers, famous in so many fields.  

      But let's just take a look at some of these people whom you might be surprised to know are Jewish, Halachicly Jewish, in the entertainment and other fields.

      Paula AbdulFor those who watched LA Laker Games back in the 80’s we weren’t surprised to see this Laker Girl advance quickly from Janet Jackson’s choreographer to singing and dancing in her own music videos. Paula Abdul is a pop singer, choreographer and is probably most famous for her role as a judge on American Idol.  She was born in San Fernando, California, (to Jewish parents.) Her parents according to Wikipedia indicates that Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States. Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M. (née Rykiss), grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa, Manitoba in Canada, with ancestors from the Ashkenazi Jewish minority in Russia and Ukraine.  Paula Abdul also lights Shabbos candles.  Watch it here.

      Harrison Ford - He took movie goers on swashbuckling adventures from outer space to searching for ancient artifacts. Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American film actor and producer. He is best known for his performances in Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and several other Hollywood films. Ford was born July 13, 1942, in ChicagoIllinois. His parents according to Wikipedia tells us that  his mother, Dorothy (née Dora Nidelman), was a homemaker and former radio actress, and his father, Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), was an advertising executive and a former actor.  Ford's maternal grandparents, Harry Nidelman and Anna Lifschutz, were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus (at that time a part of the Russian Empire). Dreamy Harrison Ford is indeed a Jew according to Jewish law!

      Natalie Portman - The stunning Israeli actress, Natalie Portman burst onto the screen with her fist film role as accidental side kick to a hit man, in the action film Leon: The Professional.   Born Natalie Hershlag; in Jerusalem June 9, 1981. Natalie has American and Israeli citizenship. Later she would be cast in the Star Wars prequel and in 2010 she would star in The Black Swan, winning the Best Actress Award for 2011. Her parents according to Wikipedia states that she is the only child of Shelley (née Stevens), an American homemaker who works as Portman's agent, and Avner Hershlag, an Israeli citizen who is a fertility specialist and gynecologist.   

      Gal Gadot - Israeli actress Gal Gadot is an Israeli, who is set to play the role of 'Wonder Woman' in the new upcoming 2015 movie 'Batman vs. Superman'.

      Superman - Really?  Well, let's just say that he was created by two Jewish high school students named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Superman was given a background similar to what many American Jews experienced, in the they came from a  far away place to a new land (america) and Superman's name on planet Krypton, was Kal-El and his father's, Jor-El, both whose names have the name of G-d (EL) in it. For more on Superman's background, see here and here.

      Scarlett Johansson - The striking American actress, model and singer, Scarlett Johansson was born November 22, 1984.  Scarlett’s breakout performance came in The Horse Whisperer in 1998. She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) where she portrayed the girl in the Vermeer painting.  She would go on to win Golden Globe Awards for both Girl with a Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation in 2003. These led to other roles including The Other Bolyn Girl in 2008 with many more films and awards after that.  Scarlett’s parents according to Wikipedi indicates that Karsten Johansson, her father, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx. Melanie's ancestors emigrated to New York from Minsk, Tsarist Russia

      Goldie Hawn - Both beautiful and funny and by now a Hollywood legend is Goldie Hawn. Goldie captured everyone’s attention when she appeared on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In where she was a dancer on the show. Taking her good looks and talent she went on to more television, movies and producing her own films. Cactus Flower in 1969 won her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Later on she would go on to star in and produce Private Benjamin, Swing Shift and Protocol to name just a few.  Goldie has maintained a relationship with Kurt Russell since 1983 which is unusual in Hollywood. She has two children by a previous marriage, Kate Hudson & Oliver Hudson, both actors in their own right. Hawn’s early years and parentage according to Wikipedia indicate that she  was born in Washington, D.C. The daughter of Laura (née Steinhoff; November 27, 1913 – November 27, 1993), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn (September 28, 1908 – June 7, 1982), a band musician who played at major events in Washington. Another interesting fact about Goldie is, through her father, Hawn is a direct descendant of Edward Rutledge, the youngest signatory of the Declaration of Independence Her father was Presbyterian and her mother was Jewish, the daughter of immigrants from Hungary; Hawn had a Jewish upbringing.

      Kate Hudson - Of course we can’t mention Goldie without mentioning her radiant daughter Kate Hudson – Although Ms. Hawn has two children who are in the spot light, the most well known of the two is Kate Hudson.  She was propelled to stardom in 2001 after winning the Golden Globe and being nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the film Almost Famous.  Later she would go on to star in the remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, a film which was not well received by critics or audiences. Her next film, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.  Her parentage and early years according to Wikipedia: Hudson was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1979 the daughter of, as we said earlier,  Academy Award–winning actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor, comedian, and musician. Her parents divorced eighteen months after her birth; she and her brother, actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Colorado and California, by her mother and her mother's long-time boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell.

      Mila Kunis  - Next, from That 70’s Show we have the very alluring Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis (born August 14, 1983) is an American actress and voice artist. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity acting obviously came easy for her as she was in many TV commercials before starring in That 70’s Show bringing her to the public’s attention.  She later won the supporting role in Black Swan opposite Natalie Portman. Her performance brought her nominations from the Venice International Film Fest, Golden Globes & the Screen Actors Guild. Her young life and parentage, according to Wikipedia states that Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).  Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver. The transition from the former Soviet Union to the US was difficult for Mila as she did not know English when first moving there.  

      The Three Stooges -  When we were kids, these three kept us laughing until our sides hurt - The Three Stooges. Wikipedia tells us the following about their parents & early life, Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp were born Jewish. Moses Horwitz was born on June 19, 1897, in Brooklyn to Solomon Horwitz and Jennie Gorovitz, the fourth of five brothers of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. Although his parents were not involved in show business, Moe, his older brother Samuel (Shemp) and younger brother Jerome (Curly) all eventually became world-famous as members of The Three Stooges. Larry was born to a Jewish family as Louis Feinberg in Philadelphia. His father, Joseph Feinberg, was a Russian Jew and his mother, Fanny Lieberman, owned a watch repair and jewelry shop. 

      Tony Curtis -  (born Bernard Schwartz, June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010)   made a splash on the screen as a handsome leading man in film and later TV.  His greatest popularity was in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Using his inherent comedic timing he delighted us with his performance in the classic Some Like It Hot. He could also be dramatic and serious as in Sparticus. These were two of his more well known films although he appeared in many.  After a decline in his career he once again grabbed film goers’ attention with his dramatic role in The Boston Strangler in 1969. Tony was also a prolific artist, creating many works of art throughout his life. Curtis was the father of actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis by his first wife, actress Janet Leigh. His young life and parentage are described in Wikipedia as follows: Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in The Bronx, New York, one of three sons of Helen (née Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz. His parents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants from Mátészalka, Hungary. Hungarian was Curtis's only language until he was five or six, postponing his schooling.  

      From a Jpost piece: The world Jewish population is estimated at being 02. percent of the total populace – some 13.5 million, with just over 5.7 million in Israel, 5.6 million in the US, half a million in Russia and France, 280,000 in the UK and 200,000 in Germany. Yet in Vanity Fair’s latest list of the 100 most powerful people in the world, 51 are Jews. Ten of the 50 people on this year’s Forbes’ annual billionaires list are Jewish. Of the 802 Nobel prizes handed out to date, 162 have gone to Jews." 

      Dr. Jonas Salk - In the realm of the sciences and medical research an outstanding advance was made by Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995). Before him, millions suffered from and died from the ravages of polio. Because of him, the disease has been eliminated from the face of the earth.  According to Wikipedia Dr. Jonas Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine.  We also read in Wikipedia that he was born in New York City to Jewish parents. Although they had little formal education, his parents were determined to see their children succeed.

      Carl Sagan -  Continuing in the field of the Sciences we have Carl Edward Sagan, November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996. Sagan took to the skies with his study of the stars and planets sharing those findings with us. He made the universe understandable to all and made its wonders something all could be part of as an American,  astronomerastrophysicistcosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. His parents according to Wikipedia states that he was born in Brooklyn, New York.  His father, Samuel Sagan, was an immigrant garment worker from PodolskRussia, in today's Ukraine. His mother, Rachel Molly Gruber, was a housewife from New York. 

      Irving Berlin - Although music is mathematical we will concentrate on the melodic aspect as we recognize Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Beilin, May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989). An American composer and lyricist, he brought utter joy to millions with his music.  Composer of some of the best known and most loved songs in American life, including "G-d Bless America," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "You're in the Army Now," and about a thousand others. His parents according to Wikipedia – states that he was Belarusian-Jewish origin (born near Mogilyov, Russian Empire, present-day Belarus), one of eight children of Moses and Lena Lipkin Beilin . Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history.  The family escaped a pogram by going from town to town until they made it out and to the US.  

      Ted Koppel - We’ve covered much in the realm of entertainment but none yet in the genre of television journalist/interviewer, which brings us to Edward James Martin "Ted" Koppel (born February 8, 1940). Many considered him to be the best interviewer on television, he showed us just how powerful a medium it is when it's done right.  He is a British American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program's inception in 1980 until his retirement in late 2005. After leaving Nightline, Koppel worked as managing editor for the Discovery Channel before resigning in 2008. His parents and early life according to Wikipedia:  Koppel, an only child, was born in Nelson, Lancashire, UK, after his German Jewish parents fled Germany due to the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. Koppel, at 13, immigrated to the United States in 1953 with his family. His mother, Alice, was a singer and pianist, and his father, Edwin, was a tire factory owner.  

      Bob Dylan - He changed the face of pop music with his folksy style and stripped down delivery, Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) His songs captured the spirit of a generation and gave expression to what many were feeling. Dylan, an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. According to Wikipedia Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman) in St. Mary's Hospital on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Iron Range.  His parents, Wikipedia explains, were Abram Zimmerman and Beatrice "Beatty" Stone, were part of the area's small but close-knit Jewish community. Robert Zimmerman lived in Duluth until age six, when his father was stricken with polio and the family returned to his mother's home town, Hibbing, where Zimmerman spent the rest of his childhood.

      The Marx Brothers - When we’re talking about a genius in humor we think of  Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977 (and the Marx brothers). His mind was so fertile and his mouth so fast, it's hard to keep up and harder not to laugh. He's influenced all comics who have come since.   Marx was an American comedian and film and television star. He is known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators. According to Wikipedia He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life.  Marx's family was Jewish. His parents, as described in Wikipedia are described as , his mother was Miene "Minnie" Schoenberg, whose family came from Dornum in northern Germany when she was 16 years old. His father was Simon "Sam" Marx, who changed his name from Marrix, and was called "Frenchie" throughout his life because he and his family came from Alsace-Lorraine.  

      Louis B. Mayer  (MGM Studios) - Not only was he a brilliant filmmaker but also a visionary in the field of movie making.  Mr. Mayer set the standard for film makers to follow.  Considered a giant in old Hollywood, Louis B. Mayer - Born Lazar Meir, possibly on July 12, 1884 (from MGM) Head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was the most influential of all movie studio moguls with a keen sense for what Americans wanted to go to the movies to see.  He also set up the “star system” in Hollywood as well as creating the Academy Awards. His Bio in Wikipedia states that Mayer was born  to a Jewish family in Minsk, Russian Empire.  His parents, Wikipedia explains, were Jacob Meir and Sarah Meltzer.  

      Harry Houdini - The first person to make escape artistry an art form, Harry Houdini Erik Weisz in BudapestAustria-Hungary, on March 24, 1874 A sensation of his time, his amazing escapes made him one of the greatest showmen of the century. His Wikipedia Bio states that his parents were Rabbi Mayer Sámuel Weisz (1829–1892), and Cecília Weisz (née Steiner; 1841–1913). Houdini was one of seven children.  

      Even today, singers absolutely love to perform using his timeless music. George Gershwin Composer of some of the finest and most enduring of American music, including Porgy and Bess, and An American in Paris. Gershwin’s Wikipedia biography states that he came from Russian Jewish heritage. His grandfather, Jakov Gershowitz, had served for 25 years as a mechanic for the Imperial Russian Army to earn the right of free travel and residence as a Jew. He retired near Saint Petersburg. His parents according to Wikipedia, were Morris and Rose married on July 21, 1895, she was 19 and he was 23. Gershowitz changed his family name to Gershwin some time between 1893 and 1898, perhaps at his marriage. They made their home in the US.  

      Frank Kafka - A complex early life in Prague coupled with a difficult paternal relationship created what is considered by critics to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.  Frank Kafka’s angst would be expressed as existentialism in his books and writings.  Kafka’s Wikipedia biography tells us that he was born near the Old Town Square in Prague, then located in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His family were middle-class Ashkenazi Jews. His parents according to Wikipedia - Frank’s father, Hermann Kafka (1852–1931), was the fourth child of Jakob Kafka, a shochet or ritual slaughterer in Osek, a Czech village with a large Jewish population located near Strakonice in southern Bohemia.  Hermann brought the Kafka family to Prague.  

      Mel Blanc - Cartoons and animation would not have been the same without our beloved Bugs, Daffy or should I say aka:  Mel Blanc (1908-1989) American comedian and voice actor, voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and many more cartoon characters bringing joy and laughter to millions.  Taking note from his Wikipedia biography, we read that Blanc was born Melvin Jerome Blank in San FranciscoCalifornia.  His parents also according to Wikipedia were Jewish, Frederick and Eva Blank.

      Rodney Dangerfield - This guy thought he got no respect but he was held dear in the hearts of many,  Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) American comedian and actor.  Bringing laughter to audiences with his famous line, “I don’t get no respect!”  He made us laugh in his roles in Caddyshack, Easy Money and others. According to Wikipedia his early life began on November 22, 1921 with the given name Jacob Rodney Cohen.  Dangerfield was born in Deer Park within the Town of Babylon, New York, in Suffolk CountyLong Island, New York.  Parents: Wikipedia tells us that he was the son of Jewish parents, the vaudevillian performer Phil Roy (Philip Cohen) and Dotty Teitelbaum.  

      Neil Diamond - For those of us of a certain age Neil Diamond’s music resonate as the theme song to our lives. Neil Diamond -  Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941)  American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s and has spanned the decades with adoring fans enjoying his music.  Diamond’s Wikipedia biography states that he was born in Brooklyn, New York. His parents also according to Wikipedia, were Jewish family and descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. His parents were Rose (née Rapaport) and Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, a dry-goods merchant.  He grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, attending Abraham Lincoln High School.  

      Ralph Lauren - He has a gift for selling dreams of lush lifestyles to his clients whether they be of modest or wealthy means.  Ralph Lauren, (born Ralph Lifshitz October 14, 1939 in New York City) American fashion designer and business executive. His Wikipedia biography states that Lauren is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand, and a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise. He was born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York. His parents according to Wikipedia were  Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, from PinskPoland (now Belarus) Fraydl (née Kotlar) and Frank Lifshitz, a house painter.

      Lou Reed - One of THE Guys of Rock N Roll and deeply missed. Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) (1942-2013) American rock musician, songwriter and photographer.  After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades. Wikipedia states that Reed was born at Beth El Hospital (now Brookdale) in Brooklyn and grew up in Freeport, Long Island. Contrary to some sources, his birth name was Lewis Allan Reed, not Louis Firbanks, a name that was coined as a joke by Lester Bangs in Creem magazine. Reed’s parents: according to Wikipedia were Toby (née Futterman) and Sidney Joseph Reed, an accountant. His family was Jewish, and although he said that he was Jewish, he added, "My God is rock'n'roll. It’s an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar."

      Neil Sedaka - Capturing the essence of popular themes in the 50’s  he gave us tunes that are considered to be timeless. Neil Sedaka (born 1939) American pop singer, pianist and songwriter. His parents  according to Wikipedia, Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Mac Sedaka, was a taxi driver and a Sephardic Jew of Lebanese descent ("Sedaka" and "Sadaka" are variants of "tzadaka", which translates in both Hebrew and Arabic as the word charity). Neil's mother, Eleanor (née Appel), was of Ashkenazi Polish-Russian descent. He grew up in Brighton Beach, which lies on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Sedaka is a cousin of the late singer Eydie Gormé.

      WIlliam Shatner - Beem us up Scotty,  William Shatner  Canadian actor, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek.  His Wikipedia biography states that Shatner was born on March 22, 1931, in the Côte Saint-Luc neighborhood of MontrealQuebecCanada. His parents: according to Wikipedia were Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer, and Anne (née Garmaise). Shatner was raised in Conservative Judaism.  

      Leonard Nemoy - Star Trek also brought us  Leonard Nemoy. Nemoy is of Jewish heritage and played the role of Spock.  Who knew that as a boy, while sitting in Shul on Yom Kippur, he would look up to see the Rabbi using a hand gesture to bless the congregation.  Later, when on Star Trek, Spock would adopt this hand gesture as his trademark method of communication on the show. His Wikipedia biography states that Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the West End. His parents according to Wikipedia were  Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Soviet Union (now Ukraine). Nimoy is four days younger than his Star Trek co-star, William Shatner. His father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of the city. His mother, Dora Nimoy (née Spinner), was a homemaker.  

      Jon Stewart - Funny, biting and sometimes caustic, comedian and satirist, Jon Stewart (born 1962) American born, host of The Daily Show.  His early life and parents according to Wikipedia:  born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City. Jon's mother, Marian (née Laskin), is an educational consultant and teacher. His father, Donald Leibowitz, was a professor of physics at The College of New Jersey from 2001 through 2008 and then taught an online course at Thomas Edison State College. His father died on June 8, 2013. Stewart's family migrated to the U.S. from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus; one of his grandfathers was born in Manzhouli (now part of Inner Mongolia). Stewart's parents divorced when Stewart was eleven years old, and Stewart was apparently largely estranged from his father.

      'The Fonz'- Henry Winkler - Hip, slick and cool took on a new meaning when Henry Winkler brought The Fonz to life on Happy Days . Henry, born in 1945, is an American actor and producer.  Wikipedia indicates that Winkler was born in ManhattanNew York CityNew York. His parents and early, also according to Wikipedia state that he is the son of Ilse Anna Maria (née Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, a lumber company president. Winkler's Jewish parents emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1939, "on the eve" of World War II.   

      Daniel Radcliffe (AKA Harry Potter) - Did you know that Harry Potter is Jewish?  Well, sort of...Daniel Radcliffe (born 1989) British actor, best known for playing Harry Potter.   His parents and early life according to Wikipedia states that he was born in West London. He is the only child of Alan George Radcliffe, a literary agent, and Marcia Jeannine Gresham (née Marcia Gresham Jacobson), a casting agent.  His father is from "a very working-class" Protestant background in BanbridgeCounty Down, Northern Ireland.  His mother is Jewish; she was born in South Africa and raised in Westcliff-on-SeaEssex. Her family had originally come from Poland andRussia. Radcliffe's parents had both acted as children.  

      Lisa Bonet - As the very fashionable and chic Denise, she was always able to get her father, Dr. Huxtable to see things her way. Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet; November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and originally starring in its spinoff A Different World. She was married to musician Lenny Kravitz from 1987 to 1993.  Her early life and parents, according to Wikipedia - Bonet was born in San Francisco, California. Her African-American father, Allen Bonet, is an opera singer and was born in Texas; her Jewish mother, Arlene (née Litman), was a teacher.

      Ali MacGraw -The Unforgettable beauty of  Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw the American actress (born April 1, 1939). She first gained attention for her role in Goodbye, Columbus in 1969, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, followed by Love Story in 1970, for which she received an Academy Award nomination and won a second Golden Globe. Her parents, according to Wikipedia tells us that Ali is the daughter of commercial artists Frances (née Klein) and Richard MacGraw. She has one brother, Dick, an artist. Her father was of Scottish descent and her maternal grandparents were from Hungary. MacGraw's mother was from a Jewish family, but did not disclose this to MacGraw's father MacGraw has described her father as "violent".

      Lisa Kudrow - Who knew the off-beat Phoebe was Jewish? Lisa Valerie Kudrow  (born July 30, 1963) Best known for her part as  Phoebe Buffay in the television sitcom Friends, for which she received many accolades, including an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Wikipedia tells us she was born in Los AngelesCalifornia, the daughter of Nedra S. (née Stern), a travel agent, and Dr. Lee N. Kudrow (born 1933), a headache specialist and physician.

      Lorne Greene - A fellow Canadian and a gentleman, Lorne Greene Lyon Himan Green, (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) from Bonanza, Greene was born in OttawaOntario. His parents: According to Wikipedia were Russian Jewish immigrants, Daniel, a shoemaker and Dora Green (Grinovsky). He was called "Chaim" by his mother, and his name is shown as "Hyman" on his school report cards

      Judith Light - The boxer and the beauty, Judith Ellen Light (born February 9, 1949) is an American actress becoming popular in Prime Time television in her role as Angela Bower on the sitcom Who’s the Boss? Daytime viewers will remember her also as Karen Wolek on the soap opera One Life to Live.  Her talent took her all the way to Broadway.  Judith’s young life and parents according to Wikipedia goes on to say that Light was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the daughter of Pearl Sue (née Hollander), a model, and Sidney Licht, an accountant.  

      Jake Gyllenhaal - Keeping showbiz in the family, the ruggedly handsome Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980)- Maybe best known for  JarHead and  Brokeback Mountain.  His parents according to Wikipedia, Jake’s mother was a film producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner(née Achs) is from a Jewish family from New York City, and Gyllenhaal has said that he considers himself Jewish.

      Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy is all grown up and has given up slaying Vampires. She’s married with two kids but is still acting and producing. Sarah Michelle Gellar  best known for  Buffy the Vampire Slayer was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City. Her parents according to Wikipedia tells us that she is the only child of Rosellen (née Greenfield), a nursery school teacher, and Arthur Gellar, a garment worker. Both of her parents were Jewish.

      Moving into the realm of rumor the mysterious Nostradamus might be on that list.

      Nostradamus (?) (Michel de Nostredame) Born December 14/21, 1503 – July 2, 1566 was Jewish, but according to the web site Jewish or Not  they consider him borderline Jewish and the reason is that his father was Jewish but was forced to convert to Catholicism. It’s also been rumored that Margaret Thatcher was Jewish but not so according to the site.  What is extraordinarily fascinating about Mrs. Thatcher’s life is what The Jewish Chronicle reported about her young life:

      According to the Jewish Chronicle:

      Baroness Thatcher (?) - was described as "a giant who had a transformative impact on Britain" by chief rabbi Lord Sacks. He added: "I first got to know her early on in my life when she was the local MP. She was loved and admired by many in the Jewish community who will miss her deeply. Few people in my lifetime have left such a personal imprint on British life. She was always extremely supportive and admiring of the ethos of the British Jewish community," said Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies. "This close relationship began when her family took in a young Austrian Jewish refugee from Nazism in the late 1930s. When she entered Parliament as MP for Finchley, a very Jewish constituency, her relationship with local Jewish institutions blossomed and continued throughout her illustrious career as Prime Minister.

      Christopher Columbus (?) - It  has also been rumored that Christopher Columbus was Jewish as it is believed he was a Marrano, or a Jew who pretended to be a Catholic to avoid religious  but the web site Jewish or Not says no on that one.  Some have even wondered about Abraham Lincoln perhaps being Jewish. There is no conclusive proof but an article from The Jewish Journal states: It is historical fact, however, that Lincoln was very much a friend of the Jews, and he was much loved by the Jewish community, both in his day and after his death. There is even some reason to believe that Lincoln himself had Jewish forebears.

      Sports figures you may have heard of:

      Turning to sports figures we have Tal Brody in Basketball. Mr. Brody is well known in the US, Israel & the Euro League. He stands 6' 2" and his position was shooting guard. Mr. Brody is now a Goodwill Ambassador for Israel. In Baseball we have Michael Schwimer,  relief pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays) and in Boxing Yuri Foreman, Belarusian-born Israeli US middleweight and World Boxing Association champion super welterweight.

      Famous Converts to Judaism (not necessarily halachic conversions) 

      Famous converts including Kate Capshaw, an actress who is married to Steven Spielberg. Ivanka Trump, Donald’s Daughter, the one and only Sammy Davis Jr., the translucent Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, actress Carol Baker and Film Star Polly Bergen.

      We’ve literally only scratched the surface as to the scope and influence that the Jewish people have had on our lives and our culture.  It is startling to learn that many escaped poverty and the threat of annihilation in Europe and Russia going on to accomplish so much. Perhaps this is why  we are drawn in and riveted by the mystique that surrounds a people who are able to rise above tragedy and great trial and still manage to reach heights of accomplishment many of us just dream about.

      Feel free to add your own 'famous favorites' who are Jews, to share with the rest of the readers in the comment area below!

      Tevet 14, 5774, 12/17/2013

      I THOUGHT I Was Prepared - Boy Was I Wrong!

      by Tamar Yonah

      I knew a snow storm was coming, and I thought I was ahead of the game.  SURPRISE!

      As an attempt at public service, I am posting on this blog a quick letter I scrambled off to our community list.  Take what you like, leave the rest, and I hope this helps, wherever you are in the world.

      Shalom All,
      We have all experienced this last snow storm, - some with great discomfort due to the electricity being cut off for days.
      Though for me it was uncomfortable, all in all, this could have been a chessed (a merciful act) from Hashem - G-d,  to get us used to the idea that all that we depend on every day, could go out 'just like that', and not return for days.
      We can lose power not just from a storm, high winds, or other natural disaster, but also from terrorism, war, ...or other.
      How will we survive, even for a few days?  How much should we rely on the government, the municipality, the emergency workers, and how much do we have to be responsible for ourselves?  Remember, in times of an emergency, the municipalities and emergency workers cannot do what they usually can do on a normal day.  Thousands of calls came in for help and rescue in this last storm, and we cannot expect others to come and save the day.  This storm I believe, has taught us that we must not rely on others, we have to buckle up, and take personal responsibility.  

      I found that, as well as I THOUGHT I was prepared, I was lacking in this last storm.  


      I thought having candles would be enough when the electricity goes out, but when trying to bench or trying to read in the dark at the table, candle light just didn't cut it.  
      For a light source, I bought myself today, 2 oil lanterns.  The plus side of a lantern over a candle is that you can carry the lantern outside if needed (when it is not Sahbbat of course).  A candle will blow out in the wind outside, and also a lantern will make much more light than tiny little flames of candles set around your house.  
      If you want to buy a lantern, there are oil lanterns or propane lanterns.  Propane is cleaner, not as messy as oil lanterns, but they are much more money, and if you finish your propane can, you are stuck and can't use your lantern. Also, with a propane can, you cannot see as well, how much propane you have left in the orange colored can. With oil, you know how much is in the lantern, and also it is cheaper to buy, and you can use oil you have at home for re-fills.  Take your choice if you choose to buy one.  Oil lanterns can be as low as 35 NIS  as opposed to 200-300 NIS for the propane lanterns/lamps.

      Alternate Non-Electrical Heat Source

      I also did not have an alternate heat source over Shabbat to keep warm.  I do have an old 'gas heater' that is very, very effective, but I was unable to attach it to my stove's gas outlet, because I wanted to have warm food for Shabbat and not run out of gas over Shabbos, so I left the gas space heater off - and we were COLD on Shabbat, huddling under the covers to keep warm. I will need to look into getting a separate small gas balloon for a gas heater, for emergencies.  But ALL of us really should have alternative heating that does not use electricity and can be left on for 24 hours over all Shabbat (like a gas tanur heater that runs on a gas balloon -Keep a window in the room open a crack for oxygen).  You can also purchase a kerosene heater (see link to pictures below) but I find them messy and they often make a bad smell.

      Shabbat Blech/Platta/Hot Plate - I always use an electric platta to keep food warm on Shabbat, and so I did not have a regular standard 'metal sheet' for the stove top in place of an electrical platta for food. (I became creative and used an old Mangal (hibachi) and turned it over on the gas stove, but I could hardly fit more than 2 pots on it.  I am going to try to find this week a 'metal sheet' for the gas stove top.  See example HERE.

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      Photo credit: Yoninah -source HERE

      May I suggest to you all, to make sure you have a corner of your home, or machsan/storage room, set aside for emergencies?  Best place to store these emergency items are of course in your safe-room/bomb shelter. 
      You should have enough WATER and  FOOD for a few days for your family. Don't forget candles, MATCHES, flashlights, batteries, can opener, diaper wipes (in case there is no water) bucket for toilet (possibly with some sand or cat litter in it) if you are stuck in a sealed room/bomb shelter, etc.  

      ***Emergency radio (with hand crank and solar power options) and cell phone charger.  Nowadays they sell the radios with cell phone chargers.  Here's one for $39.00 on Amazon.   *NOTE - On this last storm, I used my tiny emergency hand crank radio to hear the news, know what the status was of the storm, roads, and any other important information.  It made me feel much more secure and connected to the outside world.  I do not like keeping batteries and worrying about them if they are charged or not, so that is why I like these hand-crank/solar emergency radios.  Batteries are also heavy to carry if you have to move, run, or change locations.

      ***(NOTE: I am not recommending any of these specific companies or items, I am only using these photos and links as examples of what you may wish to buy and have for emergencies. )


      Have a 'BUG-OUT BAG' with important documents you need, and it's a good idea to keep imporant papers and documents in sealed zip lock bags so they do not get ruined as easily from water, spills, or other...
      Here is a link of items that one can put in their bug-out bag, for those interested.

      If you have infants, you should make sure you have spare diapers, diaper wipes (in case there is no water) and anything else you need to take care of your children and babies.  Diaper wipes are important to have in any case, whether you have children or not, as a good way to keep your hands and body clean without having to use precious drinking water all the time.  Also have some alcohol hand gel!

      Make sure you also have spare medicines and medications if needed - especially for older people who need to take daily medications.  If you are afraid the medicines will expire, then at least make sure you purchase them -when you are lucky enough to know that a storm or a war threat will be coming- so you have the right supply for when you are locked in your home or community and can't get out safely.
      I am enclosing some photos of items below to help anyone who wants to purchase them.
      If anyone else has ideas or something else to say that I forgot, please feel free to add to the list.
      By the way, for anyone interested, I just did a show with a Jewish IDF officer and 'Doomsday Prepper' that was also featured on the National Geographic channel show of the same name.  The show may be informative for you, and he has some interesting things to say.  The show can be heard here: 

      Audio: Jewish 'Doomsday Prepper' Tells All

      How to survive comfortably even for a few days in an emergency. 
      Oil Lantern  (approx. 35 NIS ) 
      Propane Lantern (could be up to 300 NIS)
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      Tanur Gas / Gas heater - gets its source from a gas balloon or gas line - no need for electricity)
      They can sell for under 1,000 NIS - nicer ones are more, but if only for emergency use, this link to one may be enough for your needs.They say they deliver too, for about 39 NIS
      Kerosene heater
      Not sure how much the cost is, but you can price them at hardware stores or online. Example: Click HERE

      That's about it for now, and please feel free to add to this list if I have forgotten anything, which I am sure I have.