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We were always taught that one in high office is deserving of great honors and ceremony. Once a man is elected to be the head of the USA, or of any country, he is not just any Joe Shmo anymore. He is ‘Mr. President”.
Yet, what if this man has come to do evil? Do we treat him with pomp and circumstance and hold him as our friend, or do we tell it like it is?
Now, I feel a need to make this perfectly clear: I think the American people are great, good, and kind people. They are for the most part, freindly, giving and moral people. When I speak of America on the radio or in my articles, I am always referring to the 'leadership' of America such as the State Department and the Bush Administration, and not the American People. I will add one further thing… I do not hate Bush. I don’t even dislike the man. He actually seems quite amiable, humorous, and engaging. But herein lies the danger. He speaks nicely, but his actions have been quite dangerous, even evil. He is the man, that wants to wage war against G-d , to divide His city, throw out His Chosen People from their land, and turn it over to terrorists. He wishes to create a state for the Arabs in the Palestinian Authority who cheered and handed out candy when innocent Americans were jumping out of the windows of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, 2001.
These are the same people who regularly burn the American flag at their deomonstrations, and chant, "Death to America!"
Let us examine some of the things that this current U.S. president is doing and has done in his 2 terms of office:
It is Mr. Bush & Co.that is suspected of somehow cheating on the election results that caused a fiasco in the U.S. elections in 2000 and also in 2004.
It is Mr. Bush who is working hand in hand with Saudi Arabia because of his oil interests and connections. It is Mr. Bush who on September 11, 2001 after that horrible attack on its people and its World Trade Center and Pentagon, stopped all flights, grounded all American travelers leaving them stranded mid journey, and put a tight grip on travel security thereafter, YET, enabled the Saudi family of Bin Laden to leave the USA. within days of the attack.
How can that be? How can Mr. Bush let the terrorist’s own family leave the shores of America wiothout a complete investigation, following one of the most devastating acts of war on a country to date?
It is Mr. Bush who further weakens America by not solving the problem of the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States which is taxing the economy by heavily burdening it’s security services, and collapsing its health, education and justice systems.
It is Mr. Bush who, when renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act which infringes on 'privacy and freedoms' of the American people, is quoted as saying, “
“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, it’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
It is Mr. Bush who has eroded away the civil liberties and personal freedoms of the American people, in the name of 'protecting' their freedoms. Try to figure that one out.
He has enabled security agencies to listen in on innocent people’s phone calls whom they suspect are criminals or terrorists and can have police and security agencies break into your homes as well, without probable cause and without a court order, which violates the 4th amendment of the constitution. This is against the law, but hey, the constitution, according to Mr. Bush is just a "G-- D----- piece of paper".
It is Mr. Bush who is pushing his vision of a ‘New Middle East’.
It is Mr. Bush who is pushing his Road Map which aims for:
a) The creation of an independent Palestinian state
b) An end to the 'occupation' (their choice of word) that began in 1967
c) The principle of land for peace.
It is Mr. Bush that is tying the hands of Jews in Israel by stating: “ Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories must stop.” It is Mr. Bush that has proclaimed an Israeli freeze on “all settlement activity (including natural growth of settlements).” It is Mr. Bush that is telling the Israeli people that we are not allowed to build in our own land.
It is Mr. Bush that tells Israel it must be more flexible to work for ‘peace’ by “lifting curfews and easing restrictions (IDF check points on roads) on movement of persons and goods, and allowing full, safe, and unfettered access of international and humanitarian personnel.” And then a short while after, another terror attack takes place.
It is Mr. Bush who puts forward that the Israeli leadership must issue an unequivocal statement affirming its commitment to the two-state vision of an independent, viable, sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel, (as expressed by President Bush) and calling for an immediate end to violence against Palestinians everywhere.
It is Mr. Bush, from an OIL family, who will do what he must for oil prices, even sell out Israel and prevent her from fighting the Arab terrorists who threaten her very existance. He will create a 23rd Arab state to appease the oil rich countries.
It is Mr. Bush who is coming to Israel to boost up the popularity of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. His objective: to make Olmert look better in the eyes of the Israeli public so when he tells us we need to divide Jerusalem and give up most of Judea and Samaria, we will go along with it confidently, thinking Mr. Bush is our friend.
It is President Bush, coming with his entourage, like a great Babylonian King to Jerusalem, to try to lay claim to G-d's trophy.
I again ask: Do we give honor to kings who have such contempt for G-d and His people, or do we tell it like it is?
As the United States Government leads and brokers the ‘peace’ process to split and divide Israel in order to establish a Palestinian Terror State, it seems that some cracks are starting to form in its own empire.
One can’t help but notice that when the U.S. Administration presses Israel to give up land, something bad happens to America. Those who believe in an Almighty G-d, and believe that He controls everything, knows that nothing happens in this world unless He wants it to. We must continue to believe though, that all He does is for good. Yet, why should innocent people in America lose their homes from hurricanes because innocent Jews lost their homes in Gush Katif? (See my article, "Katrina and Katif: some connections to consider" .) I don’t pretend to understand G-d’s ways, however, we learn in the Tanach (Bible) Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.”
Those who purport the establishment of a Palestinian State are essentially calling for the destruction of Israel. They are cursing Israel with their demise. The Road Map calls for carving out Israel's central region and dividing our capital city, Jerusalem, in order to form a Palestinian Terror State.
There is one Jewish State. It could fit inside of lake Michigan, and is about the size of New Jersey. Bush's Road Map will produce a 23rd Arab state inside of this already tiny Israel. A tiny Israel that has already given over 80% of its land away to the Arabs in pursuit of peace.
The establishment of a Palestinian State in the heartland of Israel, would place the PLO within easy rocket range to our major population centers. A missile strike on any of our cities would bring untold death and damage to our nation. The Arabs in this Palestinian Terror State would also be within shooting range of our major airport. That means that every plane taking off or landing could be struck down by the terrorist's rockets. This would be the end of Israel’s economy by destroying tourism, destroying our exports and imports of food, agriculture, products and personal air travel. Israel would not be able to survive being in such a vulnerable position.
What is so disturbing, is that America, the nation which claims to be a friend of Israel, is actually setting her up for her destruction. We must remember, that the United States heavily relies on oil to run it's economy. If it comes between deciding what is more important, Jews or oil, guess which one will win out? This only goes to prove the famous quote by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand : “Nations don’t have friends, they only have interests.”
And so, as the U.S. amputates Israel’s biblical and historical heartland from her to form a Palestinian Terror State, it is losing it’s OWN heartland in it’s centrally located states.
It seems the Lakota Native Americans who inhabit large chunks of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, and are basically seceding from the union. "We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us” they said this last month, Dec. 19th, 2007. A crack in the Great American Empire?
News reports also concerning the security of the U.S. Government came out this month with reports that the Iranian Islamic Regime has been cozying up to Central and South American leaders who are hostile to the U.S. such as Nicaragua's Sandinista President Daniel Ortega and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Iran has recently opened an embassy in Nicaragua’s capital. It’s also become involved in building a $350 million deep-water port at Monkey Point complete with corridors of pipelines, rails and highways which will span across the country to the Pacific Ocean. They’ve already established a firm foothold in Latin America and the U.S. State Department is now worried that Iran could stage strikes on American soil.
According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, John R. Schindler, a veteran former counterintelligence officer and analyst for the National Security Agency stated, "The Iranians have that ability (to launch attacks) particularly from South America. Hezbollah has fronts all over Latin America. That is not new. But it's certainly something we're starting to care about now." He said.
Another crack in the Great American Empire?
Alaskans are now grumbling that they are not happy being part of the United States. They have formed their own Alaskan Independence Party and may push to become a separate and Independent Nation if they do not get their demands met according to a 1958 treaty they signed with the United States Government.
Let’s not forget the possible 5th column inside the USA at present. These are the millions of Mexicans, Central and South Americans who have entered the United States illegally who are heavily taxing the health care system, the education system, the justice system and who do not pay any taxes to support it. Many of these illegal immigrants are justifying their actions and are calling for the disengagement of the South Western United States. They want to establish their own country called, Aztlan.
Another crack in the Great American Empire?
And yet, the President of the United States ignores the dangers of having MILLIONS of unknown people invading his country. U.S. Border officials have already caught Muslim terrorists sneaking over the border, and Moslem prayer rugs and Korans have also been found in the area belonging to those who were NOT caught. This means they have made their way into the United States to set up possible terror sleeper cells.
Another crack in the Great American Empire?
Lakota Indians seceding, Alaskans flirting with independence, Iranian build up on the Pacific, and millions of unknown illegal immigrants draining the USA of it’s resources, and widening the holes of U.S. security.
Could these all be cracks that will soon crumble the Great American Empire? Has America’s time expired as the leading nation of the world? All the nations where Jews resided prospered when the Jews were treated well there. Egypt rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell. Babylon rose and then turned against its Jews and it fell. Greece rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.. Rome rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.. Spain rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.. The British Empire rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.
All these once great powers lost their glory after declaring war against G-d by persecuting His Chosen People, the Jews. The present United States Government is now attempting to divide Jerusalem, destroy Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and turn it into a Palestinian Terror State. Will this be the undoing of itself? Are we today, witnessing the beginning of the end of the Great American Empire?
The New Years Holiday is celebrated much differently between Judaism and the West’s celebratory day. My memories of watching people celebrate New Year’s Eve when I grew up in the West were:
2) Drinking (getting drunk or tipsy)
3) Toasting at midnight
4) Making New Years Resolutions
January 1st is not what G-d has proclaimed to be the start of the New year. The New Year is ‘Rosh Hashana’ which usually falls in September on the Gregorian calendar, and is filled with prayers, praises to G-d, festive meals, and blessings for a better year for all of creation. It is then culminated with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which brings us (during the ten days) to apologize for past sins, make amends where able, and otherwise do deep introspection with resolutions to do better in the next year.
Yet, acknowledging that many Gentiles observe January 1st as the new year, I wish to offer some words of advice to help make this celebration of yours more meaningful and constructive .
From the list I gave above, numbers 1 and 3 are nice. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating by going to a friend’s home for a party, in what you consider the new year.
Making a toast is also a nice gesture, as long as the toast is a positive one. It’s numbers 2 and 4 where problems arise.
My mother would not even let me out on Dec. 31 from the fear of drunk drivers. But we all know about the DUI problem around the world. It’s the ‘New Year’s resolution’ attempts I’d like to address in this piece.
I know how many times I myself have had said I was going to be a ‘better person’ this next year, and then, the year went by, and I didn’t improve much. The problem I had, which many of us place amongst ourselves is that we make resolutions that are too general or too steep for us to climb.
Below is a list of ideas to help make changes in our lives, that much more successful:
1) Make a List. What thing/s would you like to change about yourself.
2) Eliminate unrealistic goals. For instance, “I want to be a millionaire by the end of the year", or "I want to be a perfect parent, student, teacher, etc." and instead concentrate on how you can become better at it. Work TOWARDS being a better person, parent, co-worker, sibling, servant of G-d, etc….
3) Break your goals down to manageable steps. For instance, if it is to lose weight, commit to shedding those pounds by resolving to join a gym or a weight loss group before the month is over, or even just choose to eliminate one bad eating habit, etc.. (Please cheer me on in this as well, (grin)) If your goal is to be more of a loving and patient parent or co-worker, then break that goal down into stating, “Whenever I get upset, I will silently repeat in my head, “Thank you G-d, for giving me this opportunity to work on my character defect of impatience or… (fill in the blank)."
4) Have tools ready for yourself. If you are impatient and want to work on that characteristic, have tools you can use ready for the moment. Count to ten or clench your fists and then make a joke out of the issue, or remember a situation where you also failed and give the other person the benefit of the doubt, even though it is your nature not to do so. There are many tools we should have at our disposal for emergency on the scene use. Tools are essential to succeed. Write these tools down and post them somewhere you will see them, as when you are angry or impatient, one can't remember or concentrate on what to do. Tools need to be accessible!
5) Find alternatives. Do you wish to quit a bad habit like smoking, but you smoke to relax yourself? Then find another form of relaxation that’s available to you, or find a less dangerous substitute.
6) Pray to G-d. Pray that G-d helps you in your efforts to become a better person. Speak to G-d and tell Him that you are trying to do this to better serve Him, to make this world a better place one person at a time, and that you need His help.
I have found that these tools have helped me achieve my goals more successfully. Yes, it means sometimes taking smaller steps which may not make news headlines, but these baby steps move me forward to where I want to go in really succeeding in improving myself. It’s a lot better than making big toasts and big, almost impossible goals to keep.
Perhaps some of our readers have their own personal stories, tools, or ideas that helped them improve their own character defects. I think we would all benefit from hearing them.
L”chaim! To Life!
Holidays are given to us to in order to remind us who we are. We remember the history and the importance of the day and use it to develop and mold us into better people so we can serve G-d better.
Growing up in the West, where people are steeped in a xmas atmosphere with trees, lights, mistletoe, Santas and manger scene decorations, I decided to do some research to find out more about the symbols of xmas. Don’t get me wrong, some of the holiday decorations are very beautiful, but I believe that one should know the truth behind these symbols in order for them to be true to themselves and serve G-d the best they can. We should not be deceived by 'cosmetics' or decorations, if behind these symbols lies darkness and leads people away from truth.
And so, below are some questions posted on the internet asked by people wanting to know more about their own holiday, and some of the answers posted by their own fellow holiday celebrators.
Question: Why do we celebrate Christmas in December when Jesus was born in March (or even around the feast Of Tabernacles (sukkot) in the Fall)? Why did the Catholic Church choose December 25 for the birth date of jesus?
"It was chosen in order to compete with the pagan winter solstice festivals. It was not chosen because it is the correct historical date…"
"The idea to celebrate Christmas on December 25 apparently originated in the 4th century. The Catholic Church wanted to eclipse the festivities of a rival pagan religion that threatened Christianity's existence. The Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god, Mithras during this time of year. Although it was not popular, or even proper, to celebrate people's birthdays in those times, church leaders decided that in order to compete with the pagan celebration they would themselves order a festival in celebration of the birth of (their god)….
Xmas was slow to catch on in America. The early colonists considered it a pagan ritual. The celebration of xmas was even banned by law in Massachusetts in colonial days."
Question: Why do "Christians" use a Pagan symbol, like the Christmas tree, in their celebration of the birth of Jesus?
Answer: "Because way back in the day, the Catholic church started to absorb Pagan symbols in order to make conversion less of a drastic step for Pagans."
"Pagan and Christian families would bring a live tree into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm during the cold winter months. Bells were hung in the limbs so you could tell when a spirit was present. Food and treats were hung on the branches for the spirits to eat and a five-pointed star, the pentagram, symbol of the five elements, was placed atop the tree. The colors of the season, red and green, also are of Pagan origin, as is the custom of exchanging gifts."
Is this in your house?
Christians, you believe in the Tanach, the Bible. G-d specifically commands:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Cutting down a tree to place in the house.
This is what the Pagans did, and you are carrying this on.
Question: Why do they allow a plethora of other Pagan symbols?
"Mistletoe and Holly: Two hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate the coming of winter. They believed the plant had special healing powers. Scandinavians also thought of mistletoe as a plant of peace and harmony. They associated mistletoe with their goddess of love, Frigga. The custom of kissing under the mistletoe probably derived from this belief. The early church banned the use of mistletoe in Christmas celebrations because of its pagan origins."
Elves are a pagan idea from Scandinavian countries.
Santa never existed. He is based on the original St. Nicklaus who lived in what is now modern-day Turkey back in the 3rd or 4th century.
Answer from another Christian site: "Christmas is a Pagan holiday - "Christmas" is not in the Bible, and we are not commanded to celebrate the Messiah's birth in all of Scripture. The Messiah was not born on or near December 25. He was born sometime in late September (most likely Sept. 29) or early October during the Feast of Tabernacles, but no one can be sure of the exact day. If the Almighty Sovereign Creator wanted us to celebrate the day He would have told us in Lev. 23.
"December 25th was celebrated by the Pagan sun-worshippers of Mithraism as the "birthday of the invincible sun," because on that day the sun began its return to the northern skies "the winter solstice." And so, the sun and the Son, have become a deliberate Pagan mix. Tammuz, the Babylonian Pagan sun deity, was also the first counterfeit savior… December 25th was also the date of the Pagan Brumalia (winter) festival in Rome. It was preceded by the Saturnalia festival Dec. 17-24 - in honor of the Roman god Saturn, as a period of unrestrained merriment in celebration of the winter solstice. The Saturnalia and Brumalia festivals were so popular among the heathen and so deeply entrenched in their customs, that rather than attempt to reform the Pagan populous the Roman Church, the Emperor Constantine, chose instead to absorb their festivities into the Constantine Roman Catholic Church."
Friends, is this what you wish to perpetuate? Do you wish to continue pagan ways in today's world?
Paganism: It's the fastest-growing religion in Australia, according to the 2001 census. Sydney pagan worshippers learns about spells, covens and the importance of being "skyclad"( being clad/covered only by the sky, Ritual nakedness performing their rituals naked).
Moonstruck: high priest David Garland celebrates the summer solstice with other pagans on Rotaract Hill. Photo: Tamara Dean
So, to my brothers and sisters on this planet who celebrate xmas, this is not an attack, but an honest query to you: What’s the deal here? What are you bringing into your homes? What rituals are you really observing? Will you embrace a holiday that brings paganism into your homes? Should you not go back to the word of G-d as given to Moses on Mt. Sinai? Should you not embrace instead the 7 laws of Noah as commanded by G-d to all Gentiles, whom He created and loves and wants to be closer to Him? To read about what your obligations are as a Non-Jew, you must RETURN to the source.
Wishing you truth, light and merriment! May you remove darkness from the world and bring in the light. Click HERE to listen to Yishai Fleisher's show on the origins of Christmas.
We are still under siege. Don’t let us fool ourselves. The Holiday of the Tenth of Tevet is still relevant to us today as it was thousands of years ago. The siege on Jerusalem and the Jewish People is not just some story that happened long ago, and we only refrain from food and drink and fast out of a feeling of religious ‘obligation’. It is happening before our very eyes today. We are in a very similar place to where we were, when we were surrounded, besieged, starved, and killed, by Nebuchadnezer’s army. And we are in just as much danger.
Our fasting on this day lets us have a chance to do some introspection on where we are today and where we are as a people today. We must recognize that the Arabs are not our peace partners, but our vicious enemies. We must recognize that those nations around the world that hinder Israel from making any meaningful response against terror, and yet props up our enemies, funds them, trains them, and prevents us from ending this war, by WINNING it, is also not our friend or ally. Nebchadnezer, as well as all our enemies in history are still alive and well today, they just have different names.
Please, I ask that you watch these video clips and read the accompanying text IN ORDER on this blog.
Arab enemies in Gaza are besieging us with a storm of rockets on our people in the south: Watch this 52 second clip of a Kassam rocket that crashes into Sderot.
Today is a fast day, but do we really understand WHY we are fasting?
Palestinan rockets hits Sderot-City
Watch this next short 59 second clip of the Jewish People under siege in the south of the country:
Qassam The Movie (Teaser)
Sbarro pizzeria bombing by Hamas
15 Jews were murdered, including 7 of our beautiful children. Approximately 135 other innocent people were injured in this terrorist attack at the Sbarro pizzeria right smack in downtown Jerusalem. The Terrorist apparently posed as a tourist, hiding the explosives in a guitar case. At around 2:30 he detonated his device, packed with razor sharp metal objects such as nails and screws, as well as bolts to ensure that as MANY Jews as possible would be murdered. This terrorist which was killed was on Israel's most wanted list, and Israel gave his name to the Palestinian authority several times, but no avail, nothing was ever done.
I am warning you that this last video clip I am posting is EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. It is not for the faint-hearted. I am posting it, because I believe (that for those who chose to view it) we need to understand what our enemies are doing to us. Our news and media don’t want to show us these images, because they want to keep us drugged and quiet. However, I believe that if the public knew what a terror scene REALLY looked like, we would become so justifiably outraged, that we would be at the gates of the Knesset in a siege on our ‘leaders’ DEMANDING that the government respond and destroy the den of terrorists that perpetrate these attacks on our people, no matter what Washington says. If you are able to stomach it, watch this video till the end. Understand that Nebchadnezer’s siege on us, is still alive and well today.
Graphic footage of a bomb on a bus in Jerusalem
Have a meaningful fast.
Have a meaningful fast.
Have a meaningful fast.