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I just received an email from an angry reader/listener condemning all of the Jewish People, 'your nation' he wrote, because someone took out the note that Obama apparently wrote and stuck in the crevices at the Kotel (Western Wall). I don't think that anyone would really argue that it was an ethical thing to do. But in politics, and running for the most powerful office in the world, nothing really is private when you make yourself public. His trek to the Kotel was out in public and cameras accompanied him. Whoever took the note that was left there and gave it to the papers was not right, but it was expected.
Here is a photocopy of the note from the New York Times, which while the media condemns the Maariv news paper for publishing it, and the breech of privacy, doesn't see a problem in re-publishing it in their own papers for millions of more people to read.
"Lord—Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will,"
Seems to me, that Obama probably knew his note would be read. If John McCain, Britney Spears or Michael Jackson left a note, that note too would probably be pulled out for the media/paparazzi. Again, it doesn't make it right, it's just the reality. And Obama and his advisers probably knew that.
If Obama really was writing a PRIVATE letter to G-d, he might have written something like this...(all in jest)
"Praise allah, Please protect my family and me from all the American and Israeli infidels. Forgive me my sins (of playing down my Islamic roots, -darn that middle name of mine), and help me guard against pride and despair (which will make me look too frightening to the West). Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will, praise allah! allahu akbar! p.s. Please let me beat McCain"
or, his Western side might have written a note like this if he thought it would remain private.
"Dear jesus, Please protect my family and me from all these non-believers. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will, praise the father, son and holy ghost. p.s. Please let me beat McCain"
Ok, I wrote this all in jest, but puleeze,,, does anyone really believe he wrote such a politically correct generic prayer (not mentioning his god's name) thinking it would remain unread by all the curious people and media?
There's an old saying, "Don't be right, be smart." I think this is something Obama and his advisers expected would happen, and he went for the smart thing. Smart guy.
I don't want to say I told you so, but... I asked you all in a previous blog several days ago to keep your eyes open for more attacks and headlines having to do with Arabs from the eastern part of the city perpetrating attacks in the western part of the city.
Again, in just a matter of about 2-3 weeks, ANOTHER terror attack was perpetrated in Jerusalem by an Arab resident of the eastern part of the city. News stories are again bringing up the idea of East vs. West.
In a Jerusalem Post article, the headline reads:" 'Reconsider employing e. J'lem Arabs', yet when one reads the article, the Mayor of Jerusalem actually only stated: "We should reconsider the employment of these people". The Mayor didn't say 'east Jerusalem Arabs', he said a more general statement of, 'these people', meaning 'Arabs'. Why try to change his words?
And two other interesting articles showing people that there is a split and widening crack in the two parts of the city. See:
Diskin Warned of Copycat Attacks 3 Hours Before Attack
Yuval Diskin, chief of the Shin Bet (Israel's General Security Service), warned of the likelihood of another bulldozer attack just three hours BEFORE Tuesday afternoon's terror attack.
All this doesn't prove anything. Yet. But so far, what I asked you to keep aware of is seeming to pick up speed. Those who want to see Jerusalem divided probably couldn't be happier. The question still remains, are they in someway behind it?
I am including two videos below for you to see. The first one is of the last tractor terror rampage of July 2, 2008, but I believe it will be interesting for you to see because it shows with a computer animation, the actual attack. You can imagine how scary it must have been and what damage he did when he killed and maimed innocent people in that terror attack. (Only the first 30 seconds or so is important to watch here.)
This second video is of the actual shooting of the yesterday's attack (with the second tractor driver).
It's a good thing we Israelis almost all have guns. I do worry about my American friends who don't own a personal weapon, and don't have anything to protect themselves with if something should happen there. Even with terror attacks, Israel is a much safer country. Stay safe, all, and keep reading and paying attention to the news.
Our generation likes to talk.
Bush talks with the terrorist Abbas from the PLO and deals with the North Korean regime. Obama says America should talk with terror supporting Iran. In the meantime, America sells its weapons around the world, and declares war on 'terror', sends its soldiers to occupy a country way out in the middle east (that has oil), and then fights the terrorists that attack those poor U.S. soldiers out there. (I am not taking a stance on the Iraq war, there are good points and bad points about it. I am just mentioning it here to make a point that the Bush administration does not see a problem with fighting whom THEY consider to be terrorists, yet the people of Israel are not allowed to fight ours.) With all the talking with terrorists and terror supporting states, and all the killing other nations are allowed to do, Israel has its hands tied and has to keep talking, begging and groveling in order to try to get a peace treaty signed with Islamic terrorists. We bare the brunt of this policy. We are not allowed to fight our terrorists. It is a two faced world.
I think with the great forms of communication we enjoy today, we have already understood the 'message' our enemies have sent us. They have stated over and over again that they do not, and will never, recognize us. They have stated they want to throw us into the sea. They have stated that we are not humans, rather apes and pigs, swine, etc. They have told us that they will liberate the land with blood and fire. They have told us that they will continue to kill us and are justified in doing so. What more do we need to talk about? Talk, talk, talk, yada, yada, yada. Could the Western Allies talk with the Nazis? Sometimes talk is cheap. Sometimes talk is shameful.
I think that this video below that was recently shown on Israel's Documentary channel shows how talking got this Jewish mother nowhere. There's a time for talk, a time for action. Watch these three clips below in order.
I am skipping now to the last part of the documentary. For those that want to watch all the parts, they can go HERE.
Talk, talk, talk. They state they will never surrender, but the Nazis did when they were crushed by the allies and they could not continue their evil. Today, the world is a better place because of that defeat. Defeating this next evil empire of these Islamic terrorist crazies is the world's next challange. Talk is cheap.
Two years ago on July 12, 2006, a little after 8am, the Hezbollah terror organization launched rocket attacks on northern Israel sending its civilians screaming and running to their bomb shelters. As this deadly diversion was taking place, the Hezbollah orchestrated their other intent - a raid across the Lebanese border into Israel to kill and kidnap. See video below of Arabic news showing the footage of the attack and kidnapping.
Slide needle up to:
2:57 seconds - Hezbollah soldiers race towards Israeli border with cover fire against Israel.
3:11 seconds - Hezbollah soldiers bomb gate at border to enter Israel.
4:41 seconds - Hezbollah loading the kidnapped soldiers into their truck and then driving into Lebanon.
Two Israeli armored Humvees that were patrolling on the Israeli side when the Hezbollah fired rockets at them. All in all, 8 IDF soldiers were killed. IDF Master Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser and First Sergeant Eldad Regev were kidnapped, and carried off into a waiting vehicle on the border, where they were loaded and driven away.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proclaimed this an 'act of war' and Israel's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, told Israel's Channel 10, "If the soldiers are not returned, we will turn Lebanon's clock back 20 years." Is there supposed to be a laugh track inserted here? But this is anything but funny.
Olmert took Israel to war for the explicit purpose to free Israel's kidnapped soldiers, and eliminate the Hezbollah and its ability to strike at Israel's population centers. It failed in both attempts.
It was with disgust as I watched the footage on the news today of happy celebrations of the Hezbollah, and the hero's greeting that convicted murderer Samir Kuntar (yimach shmo - may his name be erased) received. At the same time in Israel, a convoy of trucks and security cars somberly and slowly traveled to an army base where the parents of the dead IDF soldiers were waited for the coffins with the remains of their sons. Little did they know how mutilated the bodies of their sons were. The news kept switching between scenes, Israel and Lebanon, comparing the two diametrically opposed emotional reactions.
In a more perfect world, Israel would have gotten their pilots into jets, loaded with bombs, and flown over the terrorist's celebratory welcome , annihilating the whole Hezbollah army, including Samir Kuntar (yimach shmo), and all their supporters.
How good that would have felt for the Israeli people to instill a little bit of pride back into their hearts. Our soldiers who were fighting 2 years ago in Lebanon told Olmert that they didn't want him to make a deal with the Hezbollah. They said they wanted to continue fighting until the Hezbollah was defeated and could not launch attacks against Israel and our people anymore. Olmert didn't let them. And so, the war is still not over. Our enemies are just re-arming.
Israel would be justified in bombing the Hezbollah/Kuntar celebrations. The West is supposedly involved in fighting a war on terrorism for goodness sake! So who could complain? Iran? Syria? Saudi Arabia? So flippin what!
Hezbollah soldiers salute.
All those who attended the celebrations were the Hezbollah and their supporters. We had thousands of Hezbollah supporters and soldiers in one place, as well as Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Hizbullah. A better invitation could not have been given. The Israeli government could and should have bombed, bombed, bombed their celebrations. The thousands of Hezbollah soldiers who will soon be fighting us again, could have been eliminated in one major fell swoop. It would have been a blessing for the world.
It's been 2 years and 4 days since the war started. Finish the war!
As the whole world condemns Israel and tries to tell us where we can live and where we can build, and the naysayers of aliyah trash Israel, her people, and our future, the 'salt of the earth Jews' continue on.
We have been through many difficult times in our long history. We have had many bad kings who worshipped idols or leaders who sold out to be hellenists, but it was always the 'salt of the earth Jews' who modestly & quietly continued on. They continued. They continued to live in Israel through corrupt king-ships, continued to live on through occupation by foreign powers and continued to live on through other 'tough times'. They stayed. They had children. They built homes, established towns, schools, and commerce. They kept this country alive with Jewish life. They didn't throw in the towel and all voluntarily leave to go and live in other host countries, to plant their futures there. It is because of our ancestors that stayed here and continued life and built for the future, that we had a home to come back to.
The Land of Israel waits for you!
It is in this altruistic and faithful measure that we see the wondrous and miraculous light shining forth from Israel. Her people today continue on, marry, have children, work in the sciences, agriculture, and other fields that lay the foundation for the future, and the coming of Moshiach (Messiah) - may it come speedily in our days.
You may view here below, something that I believe is exciting and wonderful that brought tears of joy to my eyes. As we trudge through the daily drudge of politics, the people of Israel are working towards the future by preparing the way for the third Temple. In this video below, you will see the Temple Institute headed by people such as Rabbi Ariel and Rabbi Chaim Richman (who has a radio show on Israel National Radio called TEMPLE TALK) making the clothes for the Priests who will (soon?) be serving in the Temple. Even the secular media turned up for it. You will see a woman in a cap-sleeved Tshirt asking questions about what they are doing.
It is very exciting to see, and if you take the time to check out the website of The Temple Institute, you will see they are also in the process of re-creating the vessels of the Holy Temple.
This is a very exciting time, and we must not lose faith and hope in these dirty political days. We have been through worse and have come out of it. We can surely get through Olmert and Co. and believe our prophets when they say we WILL have a third Temple and we WILL merit the Moshiach. All we have to do is what G-d tells us: possess the Land, be fruitful and multiply, keep the commandments, and Love Thy G-d with all they heart, with all they soul and with all thy might.
ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 27TH OF SIVAN (JUNE 30TH), the Temple Institute and enthusiastic guests celebrated the Inauguration of The Institute’s New Workshop for Priestly Garments. The shop has been equipped with a cutting table for spreading and cutting the fabric according to pattern and size of each individual kohen. (Each garment will be custom designed and fitted.) Industrial strength sewing machines have also been purchased, and ironing equipment for ironing and blocking the finished garments. The shop will be overseen by the Institute’s chief haberdasher, Aviad Jeruffi. The ceremony included the taking of measurements from the first two kohanim, (priests), to be outfitted since the destruction of the Holy Temple 1,938 years ago, the distinguished Rabbis Nachman Kahane and Shlomo Riskin.
To learn more about the bigdei kehunah, and to view photographs, please visit these pages:
The Inauguration Ceremony.
Manufacturing the Priestly Garments, Part I.
Manufacturing the Priestly Garments, Part II.
The Priestly Garments. For more photos and info click HERE.