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      Shevat 13, 5772, 2/6/2012

      Love as a Verb

      by Tamar Yonah

      Couldn't pass this up!  I want you to watch this short video clip.  

      If you were a parent, and you had a few children, and each child had his own talents, challenges and personality, would you not want them to get along and love each other anyway?  Of course you would!  This is what G-d wants from us.  He wants His children to love each other.  He wants them to love each other, work together, and compliment each other.  Yes, they may be different, but they must still work on themselves to LOVE EACH OTHER.  

      We lost the Holy Temple because of sinat chinam (baseless hatred).  And it is said, that every day that we do not have the Temple, it is because we are still committing this sin - no matter how justified we feel in 'hating' the other.  

      Tomorrow is the the holiday of Tu B'Shvat.  It is the holiday of the new year for trees,  the re-birth of life, the sign of the soon coming spring when one sees their nut and cherry trees all bare of leaves, but filled with budding flowers.  Let us re-birth ourselves and start anew, loving our brothers who may be different.   ---And all Mankind can learn from this. All of us, Jew and Gentile, Black and White, Tall and short, brown or blue eyed, are all brothers and sisters in that we all stem from Noah, and before that, from our mother and father, Adam & Eve.

      Let's break the cycle of what we think is 'justified' hatred, and learn to respect and love each other.  The word 'love' being used as a verb, not an adjective.  The feelings come, after we do the hard work.

      Like it or not, we are all one family.  Watch this video.  Happy Tu B'Shvat!



      Tevet 29, 5772, 1/24/2012

      A Crisis of Faith

      by Tamar Yonah

      Guest post by Jean Krainik

      There may be a crisis of faith pertaining to the role of Torah in the government of the State of Israel, but I will leave that topic for those who are more far more knowledgable than I.

      I want to talk about the crisis of faith in one’s family.

      My father did not often communicate with his children on a one-to-one basis. His approach was to leave that task to our mother, and only get involved when punishment was called for. Regardless of current liberal views on parenting, I can only say that, thanks to our upbringing, I don’t have to worry about seeing my relatives on the latest episode of America’s Most Wanted tv show.

      I recall, on one rare occasion, my father was in a slightly talkative mood, he told us something I’ve never forgotten. He said, “Always remember, in the end, all you have is family.” 

      What I see in the news from Israel is extremely sad and discouraging. The seculars ridicule the religious, the ultra-religious have no patience for the secular, the beach crowd marginalizes the ‘settlers’, the army is used as a political tool against their brothers, and the liberal press works to sensationalize and widen the division.

      Recently I had the opportunity to view Tel Aviv from an unexpected vantage point. The picture posted with this article shows loops of razor wire, and through one of the loops one can just make out the skyline of Tel Aviv resting serenely on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

      I ask the residents of Tel Aviv to wonder who it is that is looking down on their beautiful city. It is your family, your brothers and sisters. This last line of defense is where your brothers choose to live with their families in the most austere and difficult circumstances.

      They are raising up a new generation of children that understands what it really takes to protect family, home, and land. They are found in disproportionately high rates in the IDF, especially in the combat units.

      Have you been to Samaria, visited the lovely cities on the hills, and the ‘settlements’ just birthing, talked with the other half of your family? I hope some will take a few days off from the beauty of the beach, and go see the beauty of the sun setting on the Mediterranean from the hilltop homes of your brothers. Bring along some tools, a few boards, and help your brother build his house, or plant his garden.

      Love of family, land, extends to the entire Jewish family, regardless of where they live.

      “Always remember, in the end, all you have is family.”



      Tevet 17, 5772, 1/12/2012

      The Titanic: Follow the Money?

      by Tamar Yonah

      When I first saw the title and blurb on this documentary, I scoffed, and said, "Oh no, not another conspiracy theory!"  But then after watching this, I must say, it makes a lot of sense.  If indeed we're talking about a multi-million dollar loss for a ruthless elite(s), and a British government that wants to stay in power, then it makes sense that they would have no problem with making a switch, and playing with people's lives - and belongings.  Let's remember, in those days, most poor people who were coming to America never saw their family in Europe again.  They would have taken all their most precious possessions, family sentiments, etc. with them on the ship.  All of it would end up at the bottom of the sea, along with hoards of bodies, ....but millions of dollars is millions of dollars, ....and business is business, and politicians are easily bought.

      If what this documentary alludes to is true, it is dastardly indeed!

      Watch it, it will open your mind, and let you into a world you and I don't often get a peak into.










      Tevet 13, 5772, 1/8/2012

      Spy or Not Spy

      by Tamar Yonah

      Guest Post by 'Dan, the Guy Who works with Leftists' who appears every sunday night on my show at 9:30pm Israel time.

      Recently, the Israeli government has considered trying Judea and Samaria activists who report on the IDF's activity to residents of the settlements for espionage.
      For example, if someone posted on a hilltop sends an SMS message to a resident of an outpost, "the bulldozers are on their way to your front door," he could be accused of spying.
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      In light of that report, we propose a new game show for Israeli TV, "Spy or Not a Spy."
      Here is our host, Alex Quebec.

      Alex:  "Contestant #1, please choose your category: so-called 'human rights' activists, over-the-top knesset members, or sob-story journalists.

      Contestant #1: I'll put 10 points on so-called human rights activists.

      Alex: Your question is about Jessica Montell, director of B'Tzelem, who, according to Caroline Glick, colluded with the infamous UN Goldstone commission, 
      which investigated the IDF's operation Cast Lead against the terrorists in Gaza.
      Jessical Montell, spy or not a spy ?"

      Contestant #1 answers:  Let me guess, ah ah ah ...,  a spy ?
      Buzzer sounds.
      Alex: I'm sorry, that is not correct, Jessical Montell has never been accused of espionage by the State Attorney's office.

      Alex: "Contestant #2, come on down.  What category do you choose  ?"

      Contestant #2, I choose so-called 'human rights' activists for 20 points.

      Alex: your question is about Yariv Openheimer of Peace Now, which according to its own site, has a 'settlement watch' team which compiles reports on settlement activity.  
      These reports are used by the US State Dept. and the EU to follow settlement construction.
      Is Yariv Oppenheimer a spy or not a spy ?"

      Contestant #2 answers: "I say a spy."
      Buzzer sounds.

      Alex: I'm sorry, that is not correct, Yariv Oppenheimer has never been indicted for espionage.

      Alex: "Contestant #3 come on down.  What category do you choose  ?"

      Contestant #3, I choose over-the-top knesset members for 15 points.

      Alex: "Your question is about knesset member Hanin Zouabi who was aboard the Mavi Marmara ship,  part of the flotilla headed for Gaza,
      in which IDF soldiers who boarded the ship were brutally attacked by militants on the ship, almost killing them.
      Hanin Zouabi, spy or not a spy."

      Contestant #3:  I guess she's a spy.

      Buzzer sounds.
      Alex: I'm sorry, that is not correct.  Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided not to prosecute MK Zouabi.



      Tevet 10, 5772, 1/5/2012

      Is Israel Soon to be Occupied by Foreign (Gog?) Troops

      by Tamar Yonah

      * UPDATE:  Arutz 7 also reports on military troops coming into Israel. See the news report here.  I also want to make the following more clear:  The blog below doesn't necessarily mean that  we will be occupied.  It is based below on the article by Dr. Tabak whose sources and link is below.  However, if there will be an 'occupation', it does not mean that it will be by the US.  It could be NATO (as we just saw in Libya) or other international forces that could follow on the heels of the US Military, into Israel for whatever purposes - defense against Iran, whatever.  It's just that once that door is opened and foreign troops enter....  it's not so easy to close it afterwards.  In any case, with the PA wanting to declare itself a state, and the world pressing us to stop settlements, and people saying that the mid-east conflict has spread to their door, I think that Dr. Tabak's scenario is very interesting, and knowing from history about when we invited Rome in.... it merits watching.

      -----

      Read this breaking news piece before the explanation which will be below.

      The Centre for Research on Globalization just put out an interesting piece which was sent to me by one of my listeners.  Here is their link and report:

      BREAKING NEWS: The Pentagon to Send US Troops to Israel. Iran is the Unspoken Target

      Blacked-out news story in America...

      January 2, 2012. Jerusalem. In one of the most blacked-out stories in America right now, the US military is preparing to send thousands of US troops, along with US Naval anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel, to Israel.

      It took forever to find a second source for confirmation of this story and both relatively mainstream media outlets are in Israel. With one source saying the military deployment and corresponding exercises are to occur in January, the source providing most of the details suggests it will occur later this spring. Calling it not just an “exercise”, but a “deployment”, the Jerusalem Post (see report here) quotes US Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc, Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany. The US Commander visited Israel two weeks ago to confirm details for “the deployment of several thousand American soldiers to Israel.” In an effort to respond to recent Iranian threats and counter-threats, Israel announced the largest ever missile defense exercise in its history. Now, it’s reported that the US military, including the US Navy, will be stationed throughout Israel, also taking part.

      While American troops will be stationed in Israel for an unspecified amount of time, Israeli military personnel will be added to EUCOM in Germany. EUCOM stands for United States European Command.  ...

      Iran recently made global headlines when it threatened to blockade the Straits of Hormuz if Europe and the US went ahead with their boycott of Iranian oil and the country’s central bank.One-quarter of the world’s oil passes through that waterway every day. President Obama has announced that a closure of the Straits was unacceptable and vowed to take whatever measures are necessary to keep the vital shipping lane open.

      …  Israeli officials suggested the flamboyant Iranian military drills this weekend were a sign that international sanctions on the country were taking a heavy toll and that any additional boycotts, on its banks or oil industry, would be crippling.  [END]

      This report above is quite interesting on a couple of levels.  On one hand, militarily speaking, one of the tactics governments use to take control of another population is to re-deploy the local arm of law enforcement and/or troops to another area on the map (in this case, they speak about Israeli troops going to serve in Europe at EUCOM) and then replacing those troops with your own military/law enforcement.  The reason for this, is that foreign troops on local soil are loyal to their own commanders, and not to the local population whom they did not grow up with and do not know and were never their 'good neighbors' and friends.  I do not know if or how many Israeli troops/personnel could be transferred to serve under EUCOM in the EU, but sending any of our personnel to serve under a foreign force and on German soil is very disturbing to many here.

      And what about on the ground in Israel? 

      Has the Foreign Invasion of Israel Begun?  Those who have read and kept up with articles written by Dr. Yacov Tabak - the man who predicted (through examining Jewish texts) that our brothers and sisters would indeed be expelled from Gush Katif - and those who have listened to my show when I have interviewed him about this, may be fascinated to know that he talked about another possible future scenario:  the foreign occupation of Israel.  Hear the interview HERE.


      Those who know history, know that Rome, the super-power of those days, was 'invited' to bring their soldiers into Israel to help with a power dispute taking place in the Kingdom.  Soon after, Rome used that opportunity and put Israel under its own occupation.

      "The last two Hasmonean rulers (from the line of the Maccabees) were two brothers: Hyrcanus and Aristobolus. Quarreling with each other as to who should be king, they hit on the idea of asking Rome to mediate in their dispute. And thus, in 63 BCE, Pompeii was invited to move his armies into Israel. "  

      Tabak wrote an article less than a year ago, that Israel could see itself invaded by foreign troops ( a benign or 'soft'  occupation is hoped for if this happens)  for a period of approximately 9 months.  In his article he wrote back in April of 2011, he states:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/10144#.TwVL4DWonUQ

      In 2012, the interval between Jan. 15 and Oct. 07, Hoshanna Rabbah – the seventh day of Sukkot, is exactly 266 days – 38 weeks, i.e. the nine months of a human pregnancy. According to BT Yoma 10a, "Ben-David (the Messiah) will only arrive after the evil kingdom of Rome dominates the entire world for a period of nine months as it says in Micah 5:2 "therefore give them the time it takes for her to give birth." The events at the closing stages of the Redemption process will last the nine months of human gestation.

      Since it is understood that the finale of G-d's victory over the nations at the close of the Gog and Magog War takes place on the seventh day of Sukkot – Hoshanna Rabbah, it is logical to seek the year when this interval is 266 days. 2012 is such a year.  To read his article, click here

      Let us keep our eyes open and watch to see what really develops, this is getting interesting.