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Nisan 8, 5770, 3/23/2010
Charlie Shrem, a student who is majoring in 'Middle Eastern studies' in New York, wrote me a disturbing note about what is going on in his and other schools with their text books.
He wrote me that he's writing a paper for his middle eastern studies degree, and basically took his textbook that the college uses, and would, in his thesis, prove his text book was wrong!
Charlie wrote me the following,
'Tamar, You have no idea how many blatant lies were in the textbook that the whole school uses! It was ridiculous. The textbook is supposed to objectively cover the "Israel-Palestinian Conflict " but it was so biased to the Arabs, it was disgusting. I proved all their examples wrong in every chapter, using quoted actual sources, not media reports. I quoted British Police reports from 1948, speeches and interviews by Israel, Arab, British and American leaders. It's horrendous that this is what the American Jewish youth is learning in universities today.'
And so I had Charlie on my show to talk about it. Following the airing of the show, I received an email from one of the listeners named Elka, who wrote me the following:
I've just finished listening to your show where callers complained about their college textbooks.
Complaining to the college or to the publisher will not do any good because this is a question not of just a couple of textbooks with "errors" or "lies" in them, this is a question of the views that are a "must" for anyone who wants to write textbooks and have them published. This is too big for mere complaints and, basically, at this point, insurmountable.
It starts in public schools where European history is taught as the history of the church using the textbooks where Jews are mentioned in a couple of sentences not forgetting the trading and the money lending as their (sigh) sole occupations (most Jewish children in the US, as you must know already, attend PUBLIC schools).
The only EFFECTIVE way to fight this is for ALL the Jewish students to quit these universities en masse and continue their education in Israel i. e., HIT THEM IN THE POCKET! And write a nice letter to the university president thanking him for helping them make the decision to make aliyah and mail it right before boarding the plane.
Please do not give them mixed messages, i. e., "Stay where you are and fight!" vs. "This is the 30s in Germany, get out!" because they cannot do both.
Here are my own examples:
I am currently enrolled at a college in the Midwest which shall remain nameless because I have no grudge against the college (as I already explained, the problem goes much deeper).
I took a History course (Western Civilization, the textbook written by a Jew) where the instructor talked at length about "Jewish persecutions of (early) Christians", reenacted for the class how the Jews shouted "Crucify him! Crucify him!", announced before the class that in 1492 Muslims(!) were expelled out of Spain (in actuality in 1509) without mentioning the Jews (I had to say it out loud for him). The textbook didn't mention anything about the Jews aside from the usual.
I've also taken an Anthropology course where there is ONE sentence (nothing of importance) devoted to Jews but a whole article about the most peaceful religion in the world.
I also have a college Geography textbook where the author emphatically states that the science has proven that all civilization started in East Africa (not the Middle East) from where Homo sapiens crossed on their way into North Africa, Arabia, "and spread all across Asia" although she does state that animal domestication, irrigation, etc. started 10,000 years ago in the ME - very confusing), and both India and China are called "civilization hearths" with Hinduism being named as the oldest religion in the world, and China - the oldest known civilization.
About Israel - not a word about the mandate; creation of Israel by the UN caused the conflict, etc.; small size and population belie Israel's "real power", Israel gets "massive" U.S. financial aid, the number of "stateless" "Palestinians" is estimated at 10(!) million, Golan and Jerusalem are a "problem", etc. Bombing of Israel from Gaza is replaced with "border skirmishes".
This is NORMAL, Tamar. This is the party line of every red-blooded college professor and researcher (and schoolteacher).
It cannot be fought in the U.S., not anymore. It's a different country than the one you remember.
Why is the Jewish Agency sitting on its hands?
The Jewish Agency has just announced that it is doubling its representation on American campuses. How far from zero was that before the "doubling up"?
Why is Nefesh B'Nefesh selecting rich retirees and the wealthy to make aliyah? The rich can lose their money quickly, and then what? No aliyah?
A million Jews in Yehuda and Shomron and another million in Yerushalayim would stop the "piece process" cold.
For those interested, you can hear Charlie Shrem being interviewed about his text book here.
Also, thanks to Elka for her email and comments to me, very enlightening, and good advice to make aliyah NOW.
Nisan 6, 5770, 3/21/2010
Let's face it, things are getting worse in the news, and it sure looks like the stage is being set for the war of Gog and Magog.
Obama wants to split Jerusalem, divide the Holy Land of Israel and give it to the Arabs for a new terror state called Palestine.
U.N. head Bank Ki-Moon wants to split Jerusalem and give it to the Arabs for a new terror state called Palestine and he says Jews can't build in liberated Jerusalem. This 'Two State Solution' they are pushing for, is really the Final Solution, as the state of Israel cannot exist with a terror state embedded in it's belly. It means the end of Israel.
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Nisan 1, 5770, 3/16/2010
I'm speechless. I mean, this really takes the cake. The NY times has posted an article on the health care bill called, "As Health Vote Awaits, Future of a Presidency Waits, Too". The article was accompanied by a picture of Obama (subliminally or not so subliminally) as Jesus. Yes that's right, this photo puts an unconscious idea in the head that Obama is a god, or is jesus. I received this from Dan, who received it from 'D' who pointed out the following:
and the Jesus pose with finger upraised."
Here's the direct LINK to see a larger photo.
Illustration by Nola Lopez, photograph by Damon Winter/The New York Times
I'm not shocked, but I am speechless. Maybe YOU all have something to say about this.
How dumb do they think we are? Appalling.
Special note: Talk backer # 15 - Chaim, said that the photo was removed. I suspected this might happen, and took a print screen shot of the NY Times when they had it up. Unfortunately, the size of the photo is small for this blog but the real picture I have is much bigger and clearer. Here is what it looked like in a smaller sized photo.
Adar 27, 5770, 3/13/2010
For those who don't remember, I posted a piece a while back about one of the readers of this blog, Ignacio. The piece was entitled: "Blog Helps Reader Return to G-d" and Ignacio wrote the following:
"...both my wife and I have come to believe that if he existed "J" was neither G-d nor Messiah and that to believe otherwise is Idolatry. We looked at the scriptures that were presented and finally saw that he didn't fulfill any of the Messianic prophecies and the ones that the christian churches use are ALL taken out of context.")
He wrote me the following and I thought I would post this as well, as it is something we need to remember and consider when it comes to the 'do we trust them or not' issue which, considering history, we Jewish People have every right to ask ourselves.
Here is one of Ignacio's recent emails to me:
I was reading one of the blogs on Arutz Sheva called the "The Wilder Way" , where he was writing about Pastor Hagee and some of the stuff he and his people are doing . Mr. Wilder pointed out things about Torah studies going on and things of that nature and the donations and good things that this group is doing in Israel.
Adar 24, 5770, 3/10/2010
Every cloud has a silver lining. Jews have left their host countries of birth to come home to Israel for reasons that span from war, pograms, anti-Semitism, economics, and yes, even because of Zionism, a love for the Land of Israel. Whatever the reason, we see today that G-d is bringing back the Jewish People from the four corners of the globe on the wings of eagles (air planes).
The last big aliyah is going to come from the West. Whether the Jews are vomited out or come on their own volition, G-d will somehow enable that last largest segment of Jews to find their way back home from our 2,000 year wandering Exile.
Heads up to David, then, for sending me this article from Reuters enetiled: "Some American Jews sit out recession in Israel". Here's a few excerpts from that piece:
"Fed up with the tough job market, some young American Jews are choosing to wait out the recession in Israel, where the government heavily subsidizes their stay while they intern, learn Hebrew or volunteer."
"Israel: A Better Stimulus Plan" is the new marketing campaign from a group called 'Masa' which organizes programs to Israel.
"Rachel Wolfson, 22, graduated last May with a degree in government and English but the Dallas resident could only find work selling shoes. To save money, Wolfson moved back in with her parents, but quickly grew frustrated. "I feel like an undergraduate degree doesn't mean as much as it used to," she said. "And with the economy the way it is, I just decided to leave America."
Her internship costs about $9,000, including air fare (to Israel), room and board for five months. Masa gives her a $3,000 grant and suggested she have $300-$500 a month for personal expenses.
ISRAEL SPARED WORST OF ECONOMIC WOES
Unemployment is up in Israel, but the country was spared the economic beating America and many other rich countries took. High-tech and biotech, Israel's top industries, are booming and many global firms now have a presence there, driving demand for college-educated English speakers.
Elliot Lazarus, a 30-year-old architect from Long Island will soon be relocating to Jerusalem with his wife and 5-year-old son, after spending last fall interning at two Jerusalem architectural firms. When he was initially laid off in December 2008, Lazarus was in despair. But with time, he came to think of his job loss as a new beginning.
"Most people can't just walk away from a six figure salary," he said. "I had to be shaken out of my comfort zone."
Unlike most participants, Lazarus is an orthodox Jews who long had a desire to live in Israel. But he says it took the economic crisis to push him over the edge.
On his blog "Recessioning in Jerusalem", he ruminates about his decision and more everyday pursuits, like haggling over the price of a haircut or jogging through the Old City at dusk.
For some, the appeal of Israel is religious. For others it's practical: life is cheaper there. But overwhelmingly, participants say they are surprised by Israel's work culture, which encourages flexibility and a better life-work balance.
"It was never a problem to ask my boss if I could come in late or leave early," recalls 27-year-old Rachael Freedman who interned at a Tel Aviv architecture firm after losing her job in 2008. "It's definitely more relaxed."
(End of excerpts. For the rest of the article, click here.)
Elliot Lazarus, the architect from the above Reuters article created the Recessioning in Jerusalem blog about his decision to relocate from America to Israel. I am posting his latest post here, but bookmark his blog for future checking in.
Here's to Rockin' Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Just when you thought it was over, Recessioning in Jerusalem takes a dramatic turn. I am pleased to announce that we will soon be moving to Israel. Why, when, are you crazy, do you know how difficult life is over there, what about the army, do they have cable, daffy’s, hersheys, heinz, hellman’s, hermès?
It’s like this, folks. One hits a certain point in their life, for some it’s middle age, for others it’s an overcrowded, and delayed ride home on the LIRR, and begins to wonder what it is all about. One wonders what changes they might institute to create a more meaningful and enjoyable life. But when you are busy and you’re making enough money to buy yourself lame consolation prizes, you don’t bother to rock the boat. Well, my boat was rocked. This recession has given me a long moment of clarity. Life in NY is not what it used to be, and I don’t believe it ever will be again. The one thing that made it work – the consolation prize – is gone for the foreseeable future.
what I like about Israel is that it’s alive. People don’t walk around like zombies.
I belong to a new generation of Forgotten Men. We weren’t born into wealth, and we don’t want a handout from our in-laws, or the government. We don’t want to write off our properties as non-for-profit organizations, and/or take out loans that could never be repaid. We did the right thing. We excelled in school, we worked our hearts out to rise to the top of our fields, we rented, and we saved. What did we get in return? Nothing. Our ancestors ran to the United States of America because it was the land of opportunity. If you did the right thing you’d be OK. Allow me to introduce you to a whole generation of young people who aren’t OK. And most of them have jobs. They all silently wonder how the next one gets by, but are too self conscious to wonder aloud. They want to know what they did wrong. The only thing you did wrong was to buy into a dream that is not grounded in reality. Excellence is no longer rewarded in this country. If you haven’t learned the fine art of taking money from your neighbor’s pocket and putting it in your own, friend, you’re out of luck.
Why Israel? Because I’m Jewish. Is life easier in Israel? No, but even without the consolation prize you don’t want to jump off a tall building (and even if you do they’re hard to come by). Aside from the often quoted, and very legitimate, spiritual and communal benefits, what I like about Israel is that it’s alive. People don’t walk around like zombies. Ironically, this semi socialistic country has way more entrepreneurial spirit than the U.S. And they’re a lot closer to the action. In case you haven’t picked up a newspaper in a while, the U.S. is no longer the economic center of the world. That title is now owned by India and China. The question is who will be the best prepared to service these emerging economies. Per capita, Israel attracts some 2.5 times the amount venture capital that the U.S. attracts. That is a wild statistic. As the U.S. gets bogged down by anti business legislation, an ever-growing bureaucracy, and an out of control welfare system, Israel (under Natanyahu) is becoming increasingly pro business and individualistic.
Per capita, Israel attracts some 2.5 times the amount venture capital that the U.S. attracts.
We are watching history unfold before our eyes as a tectonic shift takes place in global economics and, consequently, politics. When this recession blows over, as it undoubtedly will, life will not settle back down to the way it was. The world will be a very different place. You can either fight it or rock out to it. Here’s to rockin’."
Additional announcement...(posted later by Tamar)
We wanted to let you know about the upcoming Unique event, and to ask you to please help us spread the word.
Ateret Shlomo Institutions, under the direct leadership of Harav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman shlita, has over 20 branches of Kollelim, yeshivot, and Talmudei Torah all across Israel, with more than 3,500 students.
1,800 of the Torah scholars learning in these kollelim will be simultaneously praying for anyone who will sign up to this prayer day taking place on March 15, Erev Rosh Chodesh Nissan, which is a day powerful for Prayer.
This special event has received support and blessings from the Gedolei Yisrael, who have themselves signed up for this Special Prayer Day by sending in their personal requests.
To watch Gedolei Yisrael sign up and add their personal requests, click here: https://www.ateretshlomo.org/presentation1
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Please help us spread this event, by sharing this information on your blog. It is a tremendous opportunity to have your prayers answered and to see the coming of our Salvation soon. Bz'H.
To join, here is the following link: https://www.ateretshlomo.org/donations-nissan