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      Elul 17, 5771, 9/16/2011

      Obama Supports Apartheid?

      by Tamar Yonah

      This will be short and simple.
      Obama supports the creation of a Palestinian State.  He WANTS to see it created.  This state would be a state that does not allow Jews to reside in it  - an aparthied state, actually worse, a Judenrien state.  And after it is Judenrien, most likely it will be sans Christian as well.

      The definition of Apartheid according to the Free Dictionary:

      1. An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.
      2. A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.
      3. The condition of being separated from others; segregation.

      We know how the Saudies feel about Christians and Jews and their present discrimination against non-Muslims.  

      We know how Egypt feels about Christians and how they oppress their christian Copt population.

      We know how most all Islamic countries treat anyone who is not a Muslim.

      Any new PLO state would likely follow in these same footsteps as their brother states; no Jews, and any infidels would be treated as second class citizens - 'Apartheid'.

      Hence, why is Obama, being 'half' black himself, trying to help create an apartheid state?



      Elul 8, 5771, 9/7/2011

      I Have One Question For You

      by Tamar Yonah

      It is ten years since 9-11 and the horrendous attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon  and the poor innocent passengers on the planes that were hijacked on September 11th, 2001.

      With all the political correctness that has been rammed down our throats, with the newly found involvement of Iran in the 9-11 attacks, with the fact that Iran is building nuclear weapons, with the fact that Islam has successfully marketed itself as 'the religion of peace', with the fact that the U.S. president was raised a Muslim, with the fact that America is seen around the world as being weak and broken, and with the fact that after 2 wars America has fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, I ask you all:  

      Is the world safer today than we were ten years ago, or are the radical Islamic regimes stronger 10 years after the attacks?



      Elul 2, 5771, 9/1/2011

      It's Popular To Hate The Haredim

      by Tamar Yonah

      There's a joke that goes something like this....  The Left hates the Right, the Secular hate the Religious, the Ashkenazim hate the Sepharadim, and everyone hates the Haredim.  Ok, that's not the real joke, the real joke is different.  However, the real truth is that ....even the 'relgious' hate the 'religious'.  And this is a travesty.  

      We, who try to be religious and serve G-d,  are supposed to know better. We ourselves still harbor baseless hatred towards our own brothers.  And probably the ones that get the worst bum rap are the Haredim. ( For lack of a better translation; The word 'Hared' means awe/fear and 'Haredi' is basically one who 'trembles' in awe of G-d, or the more common understanding could be ultra orthodox Jews 'usually' seen  wearing the traditional garb of white shirts and black suits.)  

      Easily identifiable by their dress, secular, and even some religious people look at our Haredi brothers as people who do not contribue to society.  They call them draft dodgers as many choose the path of learning Torah instead of serving in Israel's military.  However, I know PLENTY of 'Haredi' Jews that DO serve in the army, and more and more are serving, so much so, that new units have been made to enable them to train and fight, while not placing them in a 'compromising' environment.  

      "But all they do is sit and study Torah!"

      If not for the Haredi Jews intensely studying the Torah day and night, who would carry on the knowledge and holiness brought to the State, if not for them?  SOMEONE has to learn Torah, and for those of us who feel that we can't do this intensely, or even at all for whatever reason, should be happy that there are those who do. 

      Others like to castigate Haredi Jews as leeches, who don't work.  Tell me, if that were the case, that Haredim do not work, WHO is doing all the business in Meah Shearim, Geula, Bnei Brak, Kiryat Sefer, Beitar Elite, Ramat bet Shemesh, etc. etc. etc. ?  If Haredim are not contributing to the community, WHO are the ones having the bulk of our children, our next generation?  Who are the families that are purchasing the most clothes, apartments, furniture, groceries, and feeding the 'man on the street' economy?  

      Yep, our brothers and sisters in the Haredi community get a bum rap.  This is not to say that every Haredi Jew is perfect.  I believe that people try to do their best, but as in any community, there are good, bad, sick, healthy, loving, uptight, smart and -not so smart people.  But this would inlcude all segments of Israel's and the world's populations.  But Haredim are the ones who are picked on.  

      Nevermind the secular bankrupt youth today who can't wait to leave the country for the fruits of better $$$ overseas.  Nevermind the drugs, sex, and money that drives most of the 'hip Westernized' ones who may even go to university, but do so to be the next generation in their family to 'make it' in the big world.  Their raison d'etre is not to serve G-d, but too often to serve themsleves.  

      Saying this, there are MANY GOOD people who are secular, who mean well, who try to make the world a better place - in their own way.  The point of this blog post is not to besmirch anyone, rather to shed some light on our brothers whom many of us 'love to hate'  - our Haredi brothers and sisters.  One can't 'box' the Haredim.  They are individuals, with some having one perspective, others having another one, -including rabbinical leaders.  

      This blog below was sent to me by email (hat tip to Aviva, a Haredi neighbor of mine) and I wanted to post it, expecially as we are now in the month of Elul, before the High Holidays when we are all supposed to do some serious introspection on self improvement.  

      Rememeber, we were 12 tribes at one time, and all had a different asset, a different 'personality', yet ALL were important and had unique tasks to do in this world.  Who are we to hate one another?

      The article was written by Naomi Elbinger, who blogs about Jewish business, as a guest post for AMotherInIsrael.com

      If you follow the mainstream Israeli media, you probably know all about the fanatical haredim. Their destructive protests in reaction to every perceived breach of their iron-clad principles regularly make headlines.
      But for some reason, none of the major news outlets picked up the story of a recent protest that occurred in my Jerusalem neighborhood, which is home to a large and growing haredi population.
      Last month, some concerned haredi citizens raised on outcry about the fact that the local swimming pool is open on Shabbos. This was discussed on our local community Yahoo Group, where one member wrote:

      “…the frum [religious people] are the majority that use the pool. Our opinions at this point would make a big difference and this certainly creates a strong responsibility to demand that they keep it closed.

      …  On almost every Shabbos they play music and bring a clown to the pool to encourage people to come. They sell tickets and ices like any other day of the week.  Hashem Yerachem [L-rd have mercy], if we could prevent this, we must certainly act fast!
      Please speak to all rabbis and anyone who could make a difference. Send letters to those who run the pool and show your objection so they will know that we will not allow this to continue.
      Please consult whoever you can that has an influence.”

      Can you guess what happened next?

      Were there pashkeveilim (street notices) pasted all over the neighborhood, condemning the pool’s management and calling on all G-d-fearing Jews to join the outcry? Did hordes of black-hatted youths gather outside the pool chanting “Shabbos! Shabbos!,” burning garbage and pelting police with rotten gefilte fish?
      No, none of that happened. If it had, you would have read about it on Ynet already.
      What really happened will never be reported by the press. But I happen to think it’s pretty noteworthy.
      In response to the protest letter, one community member wrote:
      “I suggest that before anybody takes any major action on this highly charged and complex issue, the Mora D’Asra [leading neighborhood rabbi] should be consulted.”
      Later, a veteran community activist wrote at length:

      While I certainly admire and respect your sense of outrage at the opening of the pool on Shabbos, I would like to ask you to consider some points. First of all, one of the main bones of contention here in this country between the religious and the irreligious has always been Shabbos. In a country with a 6-day workweek, a major cause of hatred towards the religious Jew has been the fact that everything is closed on Shabbos: the movies, the malls, the stores, the restaurants, the beach, public transportation to the beach, etc. We have stopped them from being able to do anything on their only real day off.

      They have always felt that we impose our religion on them, and they resent it greatly. I don’t think a single irreligious Jew has been attracted to Judaism by this approach, but much hatred has been engendered instead.
      I don’t think it would be a Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d’s name) to start a project to close the pool on Shabbos at this time. It would probably turn out to be quite the opposite. My suggestion to you, and to all of our neighborhood: if you would like to increase awareness of Shabbos in our irreligious neighbors, if you would like to create a true Kiddush Hashem, if you would like to really impress people with the beauty of our tradition . . . go up to the local shopping center on Friday morning and distribute candles. And then invite a Russian Jew home for a Shabbos meal.”

      These are very nice sentiments, but what did the local haredi rabbis have to say? Surely they weren’t going to identify with this “love thy neighbor” mumbo-jumbo! One million Ynet readers can’t be wrong when they think that all haredi rabbis are rabid fanatics.

      As one community member put it: “your response to hillul Shabbos [Sabbath desecration] seems to me, to be far from understanding the seriousness of the responsibility placed on every frum Jew to enforce God’s will on His people.”
      That pretty much sums up how many people assume haredim think.
      Well, here’s what actually happened:
      After some protest letters against the pool’s opening on Shabbos were lodged with the “minhal,” the local community council, they consulted local rabbis for their opinion on the issue. They first approached the leading neighborhood rabbi of the Litvish (non-Chassidic) community, a venerable sage and halachic authority who is one of the heads of the ultra-haredi She’eris Yisroel Rabbinic Court.
      This is taken from a report of the meeting:

      “The Minhal was asking for a clarification of the position of the Rav and the kehila concerning the position that it is the obligation of the community to enforce Shmiras Shabbos [Sabbath observance] and take steps to force the minhal to close the pool on Shabbos.

      The Rav communicated a clear position that he does not believe in doing anything in this fashion, and will not endorse any such action. He is against our community doing anything of this sort.
      It was suggested that the most effective way to act letovas hatzibur [for the public benefit], to be mekadesh Shem Shamayim [sanctify G-d’s Name], to increase Shmiras Shabbos, and to decrease Chilul Shabbos would be for someone to organize a group to go to the local community center and invite people for a Shabbos meal in their homes. We would encourage participation in this activity.”

      The rabbi who leads the local English-speaking community and the rabbi who leads the local chassidic community, both of them renowned halachic authorities in their own right, were also consulted. They both agreed with the leading neighborhood rabbi’s statements.

      As a result of this, all those who called for the closing of the pool on Shabbos backed down. They are entitled to their opinions and are to be respected for their readiness to abide by the ruling of our community rabbis.
      This whole dispute over the pool unfolded in an unremarkable fashion and was never reported anywhere, not even in our local neighborhood rag.
      Unfortunately we have all heard about incidents that didn’t end so peacefully with an atmosphere of mutual respect and sensitivity on all sides. Why was it different in our neighborhood than in other parts of Israel where there really are pashkevelim and burning garbage and worse?
      Probably because around here everyone knows who the true rabbinic leaders are, and the local authorities went straight to them to obtain a public statement on the matter, rather than letting the rabble-rousers and the press draw the battle-lines.
      Would this approach work in other communities where the situation is more inflamed? I don’t know. But maybe it’s worth a try.
      I am proud of my community, even though I passionately believe that the pool should be closed on Shabbos. However, I understand that this must be put aside for the sake of “ve’Ahavta le’reicha Kamocha” (“Love your neighbor as yourself”). That’s the rabbis’ ruling.
      Rabbi Akiva said it long ago.
      And this is a true story that occurred in Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh in July 2011.

      ——

      Naomi Elbinger is a web entrepreneur who specializes in Jewish audiences. She is one of the co-founders of MavenMall, a mall and fashion magazine for modest clothing. She also writes a popular blog about running a business as an Orthodox Jewish woman – MyParnasa.com. Raised in Australia, Naomi now lives in a friendly, haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem.


      Av 29, 5771, 8/29/2011

      Wild Bill & The Nazi-Arab Alignment

      by Tamar Yonah

      Below are two short video clips that you must see!

      One is of a modern day German, Jew-Hating Nazi, that believes that the Jews have horns on their heads. It is amazing that in 2011, there are still people around like this. It just goes to show that these German-Nazis are breastfed hate through their mother's milk.
      - today. Not unlike the Jew-Hating Anti-Semitic Arab Muslims.

      The second video is of a good lookin' All-American type guy who calls himself 'Wild Bill for America'. G-d bless this guy. He tells it like it is. Though part of his speech was taken from the superb article written several years ago by Yashiko Sagamori, his delivery was a '10'.

      Whose side do you prefer to be on?

      Jews are part of the Devil - I Hate Jewish People.?

      This is the opening scene from the TV show "Antisemitism- Not what you thought it was" which aired in 2005 in the Israeli channel 2.

      ---Dang! I can't post the video or the link here with the new website design, I'll speak with the web master about this. In the meantime, PLEASE do a search for both of these videos (copy and paste them) on youtube and watch the short clips there:

      1)  Antisemitism- Not what you thought it was

      and


      2)  Islam's Greatest Invention


       



      Av 19, 5771, 8/19/2011

      Fire The Defense Minister!

      by Tamar Yonah

      4 terror attacks in one day.

      Grad missiles fired on our cities.

      Regular kassam rocket attacks on our civilian population that is so routine, it doesn’t even make headlines.

      Ehud Barak, the Minister of Defense should be given the pink slip.  He has utterly failed at his job of keeping the Jewish State secure and safe.  I know non-Jews who are not even Israeli citizens who could do a better job.

      Why does PM Netanyahu keep him in the government?  He is weak, the Labor Party that he represents, is weak and ineffective.

      Though I suspect why the Defense Minister is so impotent in his job, (I think it was Barak who first put into policy, and urged the country’s citizens to have ‘havlaga’, or ‘restraint’.   He tried to sell it to the nation that ‘havlaga’ was actually strength, not weakness.  What a manipulation of the people THAT was!) the fact is that Barak has failed to protect our children and our families from being slaughtered inside our own borders.  For goodness sakes, this is Eilat we are talking about!  The most benign and un-political city in the country!

      Yesterday night, following the attacks in Eilat, I heard from someone that when one of the ‘contingencies’ came to ‘inform’ a family that their son, an IDF soldier, was killed in one of the attacks, the mother saw the officials coming towards her front door, she ran out and screamed at them, “NO!  HE’S NOT DEAD!  HE’S NOT DEAD!!” 

      But, he WAS dead. 

      My heart broke when I heard this story.  I tell myself, this is also MY son.  We are one nation and must feel each other’s pain.  This is MY son who was killed.

      I couldn’t sleep last night.

      Does Ehud Barak sleep at night?

      We are at war.  Not a war that we started, nor that we want to be in.  But the fact is others have declared this war on us.

      I have a son in the army.  I don’t want to see anyone’s son killed.  I don’t hate Arabs, there are many nice Arabs, and many who support and help Israel even at risk to their own lives and their family’s lives.  However, we are at war whether we want to admit it or not, and we must respond to these deadly attacks.  

       

      No country can win a war that is fought ‘defensively’.  ‘Tit for tats’ don’t work.  Limited operations and hits against the enemy do not work.  Israel must go on a full scale attack against its enemies.  The Defense Minister needs to be fired, and a Minister of War needs to be appointed.  A minister of war that will lead the country to fight as is needed, until the enemies of Israel are crippled beyond repair, until THEY and the populations that support them, beg Israel for peace, and not the other way around.