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.
So, we have a very successful, nice looking, clean cut man. He seems educated and well off. Very well off if he can spend thousands of dollars just to have a party for his dog to have fun, AND is planning a 21st birthday party for his dog in the future.
What has the world come to?
I would like to say a few words to Elvis's owner, David Best.
I have a bone to pick with you.
1) If you wanted to honor your dog, you could have donated the ten thousand dollars to a hospital or school or any other worthy organization – IN YOUR DOG'S HONOR. A play room for kids with cancer in a hospital could have been named the 'Elvis' room. It would have made more people happy, and would last much longer than a Torah-defiling dog party. That $10,000 could have been donated to a pound, or animal rescue service, or teaching children proper care of animals, and it would have made your little Elvis a lot happier in the long run.
2) Your video of your dog at the podium reading the Torah was a mockery and highly offensive to many Jews AND non Jews alike.
3) If an anti-Semite had put a tallit and yarmulke on a dog and laughed about it, people all over the world would be screaming, "Anti-Semite!". I bet your zayde (grandfather) donned these garments. I wonder how he feels with you putting them on a dog.
4) Mr. Best, you defended your actions by claiming that one has to have a dog to really know what it's all about. I have had dogs all my life. They are a great addition to a family, and we loved all our dogs very much. But to spend $10,000 on a bark-mitzvah, when all you have to do is look out your window to see the suffering of humanity, it is not just frivolous, but sickening and immoral.
I believe that you believe that you are a nice man. But even seemingly nice people perpetrate evil acts. Using the blessing of wealth that G-d has given you, on a mockery and a debasing of a holy ceremony which is meant for the time of life when a Jewish boy becomes a man and takes on the holy mitzvoth for himself, and then replacing it with a dog, is akin to the selfish acts of one who lived in Sodom & Gemorah so many years ago. Perhaps you thought it was cute to throw a party called a 'Bark' Mitzvah. Perhaps the people attending your party thought it was just the hippest thing and giggled when they received and accepted your invitation. But to those of us who see how much good you could have done, it shows a man with a huge ego, and no feeling for others pain and suffering around him.
And so, you can fire your rabbi. You can take your dog Elvis, to the Pope. It all doesn't matter. Elvis may go to doggy heaven, but you will rue your life where you could have brought such goodness to the world, yet chose to use your blessings for your own ego.
That's the bone I had to pick with you. Excuse me now, I have to go and feed my dog.
Left: My newest dog 'Honey'. Isn't she cute?
Our last dog lived for 17 years, we got her from the pound. Our other dog that we had before Honey, we adopted from Gush Katif several years ago when my children found her dying on the beach. Yes, my family are dog lovers. However, if we had $10,000 to spend, it would be to build our local school which needs more classrooms for our children. Spending money to make a mockery of G-d and the Torah is just plain barking up the wrong tree.
Another gem to show the loss of understanding of the meaning of a bar/bat mitzvah. Enjoy, laugh and weep.
I was in Hebron this last Shabbat and it was beautiful. From the Cave of the Patriarchs to the Avraham Avinu (Abraham Our Father) Synagogue, the Shabbat was spiritual and uplifting. After being pogrammed by the Arabs and exiled by the British, Jews have finally returned home to Hebron, one of our holiest and most historic cities. With this and other events happening, one can see the stage for redemption being set by G-d. History is speeding up to bring us to redemption. We can either gather our things and board the train, or languish in our rooms and stick to our old routines. One thing is for sure, times are changing at a rapid speed. In one morning on Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed. The world was in shock at the unprovoked attack. In another moment out of nowhere, the Bear, Russia, moved in on Georgia and the world is now being rocked with anticipation of a widening war. Like a magnet, Poland, the Czeck Republic, the Ukraine, the USA, Israel and other countries are being pulled into the conflict, a war that was not expected.
It is said that WWI which also led to WWII, started on Tisha B'Av, the Jewish holiday commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple and other disasters for the Jewish People. The Russian -Georgian war started on or around Tisha B'Av this year as well. On Friday, the news proclaimed a 'conflict' between Russia and Georgia, by Sunday, the day of the Tisha B'Av fast, it was already being called a 'war'. Is this now the beginning of WWIII?
I once read somewhere that in the end of days, it will be a time when everyone will have to choose sides. There will be no more fence-sitting, no more cheering from the sidelines. Either you will decide to ACTIVELY choose G-D and do your best to live by His Torah, or you will choose your ego, your desires, your comfrot zone. This doesn't mean that those who choose G-d will all of a sudden be a tzadik, a rightous person. It just means he will be desiring to be holy and do his/her best to do so. Life may be scary and not to our terms, but there is great reward for those who choose G-d's will rather than their own will.
Everything G-d does, He does for us.
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Everything G-d does, He does for us.
And The Holy One says to Israel, "My children, don't be afraid. Everything I have done, I have done only for you. Why are you scared? Don't be afraid. The time of redemption is here."
Don't be afraid Mike. Don't be afraid SK. The time for redemption is coming. You must not wait and not demand first class seats on the train that will soon have passed your station. The ride may be bumpy, but we are going towards G-d's destination for us. A good place, a good time, a good age, a good future. Don't miss the train because you may not like the conditions. History is speeding up, and if you do not grab hold now, it may be too late.
Below is footage of a Georgian news reporter who was shot LIVE on TV while giving her report. Tamara Urushadze from Georgia's state-owned news agency, was grazed by a bullet while reporting from a highway near Gori. She was hit in her lower arm. After a few moments, she continues her report while still bleeding. Brave woman.
Russian Invasion Into Georgia.
I am just wondering, doesn't it seem a bit like deja vu with the Russian invasion of Georgia and the German invasion of Czechoslovakia? It seems as if the Georgians are looking to the West for help, but, aside from nice words, are essentially being thrown to the dogs.
"GORI, Georgia - Russia's foreign minister declared Thursday that the world "can forget about" Georgia's territorial integrity, and officials said Russia targeted military infrastructure and equipment — including radars and patrol boats at a Black Sea naval base and oil hub. Two American military planes delivered cargos of aid — including food and medicine — to Georgia's wounded and refugees. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he sees no need to invoke U.S. military force in the war between Russia and Georgia. He warned, however, that U.S.-Russian relations could suffer for "years to come" if Moscow doesn't retreat. …"
So, is this the friendship and support the West decides to throw Georgia's way, to wag their fingers at Russia and say, relations COULD suffer for years to come if they swallow their southern neighbor? 'Could' ? Gee, that should make the Russians shiver in their boots and make them run back to mommy.
With friends like those, I think Israel should re-think its relationship with its Western alliances. Israel should retain our good relations, but not depend on them to come to our rescue or broker deals which promise peace, but deliver instead, bloodshed and loss of integral territory and our holy heritage. We can't rely on the West like Czechoslovakia & Georgia, and we certainly can't rely on the Eastern block. That leaves us to our own means, to gear ourselves up for a possible battle with those who wish to see our destruction, and, to lift our eyes towards heaven, and acknowledge G-d's omnipresence. We are after all, a nation that dwells alone (Numbers 23: 9 "it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations."
Israel's leaders are following the tail of the dog in front of us which is chasing wealth and power. We should be leading them, instead, towards light and righteousness. We are after all, the first-born of the nations. As it says in the Torah when God sends Moses to tell Pharaoh, the leader of the world at that time, in Exodus 4:22 "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus saith the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born."
Israel should not be another Czechoslovakia or another Georgia, thrown to the dogs. We are G-d's first born, ...and we should act that way.
Recently, our leaders, with the guidance of the Bush administration, the International Community and their vision of a 'New Middle East' through the Road Map, have been bandying about with the bright new idea that a divided Jerusalem would bring peace and security to its Jewish inhabitants from Arab terror. See PM Olmert's latest statement to the People of Israel:
Olmert: Undivided Jerusalem Means More Terrorism Prime Minister Ehud Olmert maintained Monday that retaining Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel would lead to more terrorism. "Whoever thinks it is possible to live with 270,000 Arabs in Jerusalem must take into account that there will be more bulldozers, more tractors, and more cars carrying out attacks," he said. Three eastern Jerusalem Arabs carried out terrorist attacks in the capital this year; two of them used a bulldozer and a tractor.
The only problem is that it's been done before. Jerusalem WAS divided back from 1949-1967, and there was no peace, no quiet, no security for the Jerusalem residents near its border.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Please view below these photos, which anyone can find on the internet, and see what Jerusalem looked like when she was cut in two with ugly barbed wire fences. Take a look at the buildings in Jerusalem that were under constant sniper fire from the Arab side. Imagine how it must have been to try to get from one part of the city to another when it was divided and no Israeli security was able to neutralize the Arab snipers.
Tall fence (far left) with barbed wire. Jerusalem cordoned off by the British (before 1949).
Moshe Dayan walks through the newly liberated part of the eastern section of Jerusalem, 1967.
Anti-Sniper Wall by the Notre Dame Monastery, Jerusalem, 1949 (photo: Marli Shamir)
The wall that once divided Jerusalem. Photo from Reuters.
(Above) Shot up and pock-holed Jewish building on the periphery of Jerusalem by Arabs from the other side of the border fence.
If we fell for this 'new' old idea of dividing the city and ceding land, would we once again see ourselves taking positions like these in Jerusalem? Will Jerusalem once again look like this?
The future, according to our prophets, promises a united Israel, peace, and the building of the Third Temple, which will be in the eastern part of the city. The Road Map and any plans to re-divide Jerusalem is counter to that lofty goal. Somehow, people today forget why those of us who were exiled have been brought back to Israel. Re-dividing Jerusalem is a formula that will not work. Mr Olmert, Mr Bush, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL you are building.
Fighters of the past who died to liberate and re-unite Jerusalem, thanks, but no thanks. Bush & Olmert want to give it away to our enemies. - Oh, and you can cancel the holiday that celebrates the re-unification of the city called 'Jerusalem Day'. It will be redundant. How can we celebrate a liberation and re-unification when we have given it away?
So, the next time you hear anyone speak about dividing Jerusalem, just tell them, 'Been there, done that, and it didn't work."
No, no, no, no... I didn't want to be right on this one. I really didn't. And what surprises me is that I thought we would have to wait longer to see if my theory was correct or not. I am talking about a conspiracy to get the people to agree, even to demand, the division of Jerusalem - for fear of their safety.
I had written about this on a previous blog "Duped by Fear - The Demand to Divide Jerusalem". I had asked you to keep your eyes open and watch for more terror attacks which would scare people into compliance in agreeing to divide the city. I added, "What great psychology to use against a population IF this is true. I suggest we keep our eye on the ball and see what transpires. Somehow, I can't help thinking this could be all too convenient for those who want Jerusalem divided. Now, I'd like to see facts, one way or another, to answer this question."
To my dismay, more news headlines expose the plans to encourage the division of Jerusalem:
(IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert maintained Monday that retaining Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel would lead to more terrorism. "Whoever thinks it is possible to live with 270,000 Arabs in Jerusalem must take into account that there will be more bulldozers, more tractors, and more cars carrying out attacks," he said.
Three eastern Jerusalem Arabs carried out terrorist attacks in the capital this year; two of them used a bulldozer and a tractor.
It breaks one's heart. And have we learned nothing? Have we not learned after separating from the Arabs in Gaza/Gush Katif, that 'separation' DOESN'T solve terror and military attacks on our nation? We left and separated from the Arabs in Gaza, and they have only intensified their rocket attacks against our nation. We separated and left South Lebanon, and the Arab enemy has only built up its forces stronger, and has had them grow even bolder, having them intensify their attacks even deeper and more deadly into Israel. I think it has been proven that 'SEPARATION' has not worked and DOES NOT WORK. The only thing that works, is ENDING the war by utterly crushing the enemy forces, bringing them to their knees, and making THEM beg for an end to the conflict. We must follow the same policy of the Allied Forces in WWII when they crushed the Nazis. Jerusalem was divided before 1967, and we did not have peace...
Appeasing, disengaging, and 'separation' do not work. It's been proven. Ask the residents of Sderot who are being rocketed by the Arabs in Gaza almost everyday. The same will happen if we divide Jerusalem. It was divided before 1967, and we did not have peace, we were constantly under fire from Arabs in the eastern part of the city. Re-dividing Jerusalem will be even more dangerous today than it was in 1967. Yet, that is what we are witnessing now, the purposeful abandonment of our Holy City.
I didn't want to be right about The Jerusalem Conspiracy, but it seems I was.