Tamar Yonah is one of Israel's most popular English-speaking radio show hosts. She made Aliyah from Southern California and after serving in the Israeli army began a prolific career in radio, including production, news and program development. She was the original creator and producer of 'The Aliyah Show' and still works whenever she can in that field. Tamar is a political activist, wife and mother residing in Judea and Samaria and currently hosts the top-rated shows of The Weekend Edition & The Tamar Yonah Show. Her award winning blog covers current events, religion, politics and anything else that's on her mind.
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.
Iran is more truthful, and its leader Ahamdinejad doesn't want to wait for a PA terror state to eat Israel for breakfast or eat it away like a cancer. He wants to see the end of Israel in one fell swoop. He will try to use his proxies like the Hamas and the Hezbollah to directly wipe us off the map with missile and other direct attacks, and when he can, he will try to attack us with nuclear weapons/bombs to finish the job.
Our own Prime Minister is weak (or worse) and though he says no to some of the demands by the International community, he may very well keep appeasing them and the Arabs until it is too late. He has done this thus far already with his support of ceding Hebron when he was first Prime Minister back in the 90's, voting as a minister under Sharon's government for the expulsion of Jews from Gush katif, implementing a building freeze in Judea & Samaria (and now Jerusalem) and being the first Prime Minister to proclaim his support for a Palestinian State (though demilitarized). Any Palestinian state that is set up with the help of the International community would be, in the words of U.S. Vice-President Biden (on his visit to Israel several days ago) an independent state that is "viable and contiguous". 'Contiguous' means that Israel is split into two. And 'independent' means that this 'Palestinian' state can choose not to be de-militarized.
So, what can we do? Or on a more specific, individual note so we can focus... What can YOU do?
You will argue that you cannot do much, because you are not the Prime Minister of Israel. You will argue that you cannot do much, because the IDF does not take its command from you and you cannot send them out to the defense of Israel. You will argue that you cannot do much, because you are not rich or wealthy. You will argue that you cannot do much, because maybe you don't live here. You will argue that you cannot do much, because even though you live here, you are just a pawn, a little person.
So again, what CAN you do?
G-d gives us all a certain potential, and we need to use that potential and strengths and learning to better ourselves and fix the world. You are correct, you are NOT the Prime Minister of Israel, You may NOT be wealthy, but you CAN do certain things, no matter how small. Because sometimes it only takes a small deed to tip the scales.
There is the famous story that I personally love and connect to, about the Torah Sage, Reb Zusha of Anipoli. Before his death, his students came to him and were surprised to find him trembling with fear. They said to him, "Why are you afraid of death? You have lived a good, righteous life. To which Reb Zusha replied, "In the coming world, if G‑d asks me why I was not like Moses, I can say, because you did not give me the leadership capabilities of Moses." And if G-d asks me why I was not like Abraham, I can say because you did not give me the same charachter traits of Abraham, but if he asks me, "Zusha, why were you not like Zusha?'" Then what will I say?
We all have a certain amount of potential and certain character traits that G-d has given us. Some of us were blessed with a little more of this, a little less of that, and these talents we were given in the measurement given, make us special individuals. Are we being the 'BEST (fill in your name)' we can be? All God asks of us is that we do our best according to our own potential. When we are called to the next world and are put on trial for how we lived our life, you will not be asked why you didn't send the army to release kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, or why you did not send the air force to bomb the Iranian nuclear reactor. Because you could reply. "But G-d, you did not make me the Prime Minister of Israel with the power to give these commands." But if you are asked why you didn't do more of whatever you COULD do, what will you say?
What will you say if you are asked, "Your brother Gilad Shalit has been held captive by terrorists for 4 years, FOUR YEARS, and you went about your day as usual, without even a daily remembrance of him and a short morning or evening prayer that he be released. What will you say?
What will you say when you are asked why you didn't pray for the release of Jonathan Pollard, held in an American prison? What will you say when you made sure to grab a coffee and go to work and maybe see a movie, or take your kids to the park, or watch your favorite Dextor episode, but you didn't take the time to remember your brothers still being held captive? There are other IDF soldiers still missing in Arab countries; Ron Arad, Zecharya Baumel, Zvi Feldman, Yehuda Katz, Guy Hever, and Majdy Halabi all who fought to keep us safe here in israel. We can at least take a moment each day to pray for them and their loved ones who suffer pain everyday at their loss. If we don't, what will we say?
All of us CAN say a daily prayer, "Please, G-d, have our boys released immediately to their homes, their families, safe and sound." That is something we all CAN do. Otherwise, what will you say 'up there' when asked why you could not even do that small effort?
What will you say when you are asked if you gave 10% of your income to charity? We know that all the money we make in this world is not through our doing, but by HaShem's will. The money He gives us is HIS, not ours, and we are commanded to give 10% to charity. It is not a choice, it is a commandment. What will you say if asked why you kept it for yourself when it was G-d's money He gave you? Money is something to help us live, to live good lives, and improve the world, not to (all) be hoarded away for a rainy day or to make our accounts bigger, or feed our insecurities. The money G-d blesses us with should be used wisely, and not selfishly. THIS we CAN do, and make sure we fulfill the commandment of giving our ten per cent due.
Did we study Torah everyday? When we learned, did we dedicate our learning to those less fortunate than us, those who may be sick, or again, dedicate it for the release of our captured brothers being held? Did we support other places of learning, or arrange an evening (maybe in our home) where other people could learn Torah? This we CAN do.
And what will we say when we are asked why we didn't make a serious, SERIOUS effort to keep one more mitzvah, or work on improving one more mitzvah, or try to be kinder or more loving even though we didn't feel like it, or give the benefit of the doubt or not accuse another person of things we imagined they did or jumped to conclusions to?
We are not perfect, but we have to strive to be the best individual we can be. We can lie in this world, put on a facade, make excuses that sound believable, but in the world of TRUTH, all of our actions will be plain to see. G-d tells us what we need to do.
When we repent, we read in the High Holiday machzor (prayer book) that repentance comes through Teshuvah (returning to G-d), tefillah (actual prayer and mediation) and tzedakah (giving charity, or helping the poor). The Jewish people, and the world for that matter, are entering a very dangerous period in history, a possible WWIII, and it is very likely that nuclear weapons will be employed. We all need to humble ourselves (in a good, positive way) and recognize our Creator, let go of our egos, and do His will, as written to us in the divine book that He gave us, the Torah. We all need to better ourselves, even just a little. Picking something specific to improve ourselves on is usually more effective then biting off a too-big piece to chew and sawy "This year I will be better". Because, what does THAT mean? This is why specific targets or baby steps are usually more effecitive in improving our character traits and mitzvoth that we do.
If we make the effort, we are taught that G-d will then bring us results. The results are up to G-d, the efforts are up to us. This is what we CAN do, and we don't need to be wealthy, or the head of a country to do so.
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:
"... Here a picture from yesterday's paper. Note the halo around his head and the cross behind him. ... Note the three symbols:
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.
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.
I also spent some time looking at the responses to his blog and something struck me about the comments. Everyone seemed to be focused on Hagee and his sneaky way of doings things, saying on one hand that he is for Israel but that they all convert at the same time, and I felt like one very important point had been missed in it and I wanted to run it by you to see what you think.
I have little to no use for any of the so called christian leadership, because I tend to figure that if I have been able to find the truth, surely they with all their doctorates know the truth already so I am not here to defend them or Hagee. They are not looking to the pastors and so called leaders for the answers they are looking to the scriptures themselves and at some point they are going to see the places where G-D makes it very clear that He is ONE and there are not other god's.
What I thought that has been missed in this is the fact that xtians are picking up the Torah, for the first time, and are studying it to see whats there. I think perhaps what some people , that have never been involved in xtianity , don't realize is that in xtianity you are not taught much about the Tanach and especially the Torah. You are taught that the "new Testament" and their false god is all that you need and that the "old Testament" is filled with good stories and all , but because of the blood of the J or Y (if your messianic) that the Torah is no longer applicable and that the rest is just history. You are taught the "new" and the "old " is ignored . So the fact that average xtian's are now looking for the truth found in the Tanach is astounding, yes there are snakes amongst them who will try to convert Jews, but the vast majority are earnestly searching because they KNOW somewhere down deep inside that something isn't right, that their religion is dead.
They are not looking to the pastors and so called leaders for the answers they are looking to the scriptures themselves and at some point they are going to see the places where G-D makes it very clear that He is ONE and there are not other god's. It will happen, I know this for 2 reasons. The first is because it happened to me and my family and the second is because the prophets foretold of this day.
If we are to believe that we are living in the time of the Messianic age, then we have to remember that the prophets predicted that the Gentiles would be coming to you for the truth and along with them all the lost tribes and even those who didn't even know that they were of G-D's people. The prophecies are being fulfilled right before our eyes. I understand the fear of the snakes and wolves amongst those who are searching and I believe that G-D will deal with their deception in His own way, but please remember that for every snake you find , and you will find them, there are a hundred people who are looking for the truth. Ignacio
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.
"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
Now, Yvonne may not be able to bear to read this blog or watch this video that someone sent me in an email, so my sympathies to her in advance. However, the good news is that the American People have woken up (those that choose to not hide their heads in the sand), to realize that the America they once knew, is almost gone. The question is though, "Is it too late?".
Some of you may be wondering, "Why is Tamar writing about the White House?". The reason is, is because if there IS a communist on the White House, then this will have an adverse effect on Israel as well. Communism is an enemy of religious freedom, of Zionism, and of course, of G-d. And the reason for this is, that communism calls for complete obedience. The 'collective' or the 'state' is of all importance, and the people, the private person, is just a brick in the wall.
One must give complete obedience to' the state' and not have any other 'law' or 'belief' which threatens one's submission to the all powerful government. This is why religious people, people who believe in G-d and the Bible, are automatic 'enemies of the state'. Because if they believe in a Higher Power, if they believe in G-d, then G-d's law will surpass the State's law, and this is unacceptable in communism. This is why the U.S.S.R. had to kill G-d. There was no room for G-d in a communist state. And this is why the Jews who lived in Soviet Russia were not allowed to be 'Jewish', to study Torah or learn Hebrew, or attend synagogue, or perform a circumcision, or celebrate any Jewish holidays. The U.S.S.R. stripped religion away from their population, turning them in to atheists with no higher or 'divine' law to adhere to.
If communists in the White House (?) have their way, Bible believing Jews and Gentiles in the U.S.A. will also find themselves as 'enemies of the state' -without their wanting to. Right now, being a 'religious' person in 'Amerika' could conceivably be a crime. A G-d fearing person could be accused of 'hate speech' because he would counsel against sodomy - as G-d says it is an 'abominable' act. And recently, a new bill is being pushed in Massachusetts against circumcision on anyone without their consent. This would quite possibly mean that if this bill is passed, no Jew in Massachusetts would be able to circumcise their son until they were 18 years old, instead of 8 days old.
As an aside, it amazes me that these liberals are so worried about any trauma a circumcision might cause a baby, but are pro-actively adamant when it comes to abortion. Seems to me that being murdered inside your mother's womb is pretty traumatic...
People who grew up loving America, its constitution, and their personal freedoms, will all of a sudden find themselves as targets of that same government they once loved. But I shall say again what Shifra Hoffman once said on my show, something akin to: "If Americans think that their constitution will save them, they better think again. The constitution is only as strong as the people willing to roll up their sleeves and defend it." And with up to 30 million illegals, as well as a plethora of un-educated drop-outs and dumbed-down kids, and a lot of leftist liberals, democrats and progressives who make up a great deal of the population that would like to see 'change', then conservative patriotic Americans are going to have a hard time keeping their country from turning into a commie-zombie horror film. Let's face it, as it is now, Americans can't even get their president to produce his birth certificate to put to rest their legitimate concerns that he may not be eligible to hold the office of the presidency. Why don't the courts enforce the law?
Many Americans today believe that there has been a communist infiltration into the White House, and if they are correct, it is certainly a huge 'change' one can believe in.
I once heard a conservative American radio talk show host recite a poem about Obama. It went something like this...