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Cheshvan 11, 5768, 10/23/2007
Sometimes I have items I want to post that don't really deserve to take up a whole blog entry. I have decided to post them as add-ons. That means, that you should should check my blogs frequently, as I will be adding on items to the present blog (last blog posted) and you may not want to miss these little gems. I will also be making a 'Reader's Corner' where, if you have any pearls you'd like to send me, I can post them. One reader, Dan from Herzelia, often sends me quite funny tid bits where he writes satires on today's news. I will be posting them there as well. Please participate and send me your own, and I can then post them if appropriate.
Now, for some fun. These are some things I thought up, and would love for you to send me your own.
Shortest Books Ever Written: (Some, only Israelis will understand and laugh at. Sorry.)
Safe Sex - by Yasser Arafat
Add your own 'shortest book' ideas. Post them blow in the COMMENT section.
News Items from Dan:
Palestinian delegation no-shows in Annapolis
The Palestinian delegation failed to show up at the talks in Annapolis. After a few phone calls, it turned out that the members of the delegation were told that the conference would be in "A-Nablus," so they expected that the conference would be held in the city of Shechem.
Car-parts harvesting season begins in the Palestinian Authority, but ...
The car-parts harvesting season, one of the important events in life-cycle of the Palestinians, begins this week in the Palestinian Authority, when every night Arab youths go into Jewish cities and "liberate" the parts from the automobiles of the Zionist occupiers and sell them to the chop-shops in Hevron.
However it will not be a festive day for Shareef Omar, 65, of Kalkiliya, and manager of a car-parts harvesting business. His sons will not be able to work at the Palestinians' traditional livelihood because they will be stopped by the fence or security barrier.
The Longest Speech
The year 2015: the Guiness world's record for the longest speech is broken, when Ehud Olmert's cell-mate asks him, "What are you in here for ?"
Cheshvan 5, 5768, 10/17/2007
This will knock your socks off. This last week we read in the Torah portion of Noah, the story of the Tower of Babel. In it, we learn that mankind built this tower in order to reach the heavens, dethrone G-d, and take over. Man wanted to rule their own destiny and did not want to have a G-d over them, telling them what to do and how to behave morally.
Those of you who have been following my radio show and older blog posts of mine know that there is an effort underway to do away with borders and nation states and create a one world central global government. Some people call this the 'New World Order', but by whatever name you call it, it does not bode well for G-d fearing people and patriots of any country.
A major reason to form a One World Government is of course, power for those who will head it, and also for that eternal evil: greed for money. In today's global economy, people are running their own 'empires' and they cannot be bothered or hindered by all the separate rules and regulations of the many countries and cultures around the world that they deal with.
You also won't want to deal with the changing over of currencies from U.S. dollars to Iraqi dinars to Jordanian dinars, to Israeli shekels. It's too costly and too chaotic. Therefore, the thing that makes the most sense to big business people is to make these separate governments beholden to a more centralized and powerful one.
I do hope that I am explaining this on a very easy basic level for everyone to understand, because since this one brief article, I cannot go into more detail.
The United States looks like it will now be losing its sovereignty as well in a new block called the 'North American Union' not unlike the EU. This is why I believe that U.S. President George W. Bush does not care a hoot about the illegal immigration into his country. He signed an agreement with Mexico and Canada in 2003 to meld together their trade and security and essentially erase the borders of these three nations.
Do you want your culture, value system and the education your child gets, to have to conform to an umbrella government which represents the interests of others, and will make you conform, ...or be punished?
I guess we will have to wait for the Messiah to herald in a true unified world of goodness.
Notice how in the EU poster, the people are made of bricks. It is scary to think, that:
1) There is no shame in their attempt to build another tower, and rub it in our faces and G-d's face.
2) The people who built the original tower of Babel wouldn't care so much if a person fell off the building while carrying up bricks. But if a BRICK fell, they would cry and bemoan the loss. What does that say about the way this entity thinks of it's own people????
3) The message on the poster says "Many tongues - One Voice" Is this a taunt at G-d that He may have 'babbled their language", but they are going to speak with one voice anyway?
Please watch this 30 sec video in which U.S. President George Bush describes a New World Order under the United Nations.
Mankind is once again unabashedly trying to overthrow G-d. And they are not even trying to hide it.
Cheshvan 2, 5768, 10/14/2007
The Isaiah Plan. This is the only formula that will bring peace, so "Peace off, Sister."
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is coming to the region for yet ANOTHER stab at peace. -The establishment of a Palestinian State. It's not enough that there are at least 22 Arab states already in existence, and only 1 tiny, tiny Israel. They want to chop us up some more, slice us to bits like salami, and place a Moslem 'Palestinian Terror State' right in the belly of Israel.
This is where I live, this is where my house is, this is where my children were born and raised. This is where my ancestors lived. This is the region that G-d gave to the 12 tribes of Israel. They want to cut our heart out, wrest Jerusalem from us, and make it into a Palestinian state. Dig down in the earth here, you will find JEWISH, not Arab artifacts. This is where Jewish Kings ruled. There were never any 'Palestinian' kings, and a country of 'Palestine' never existed. Palestine was the Jewish Homeland. My father was a 'Palestinian'. Most Arabs came in to this 'Jewish' region looking for work as more and more Jews came home and joined their brothers who were here for centuries. These Arabs would be insulted if they were called, 'Palestinians' which meant JEW. They were either Egyptians, or southern Syrians.There was never even an Arab Palestinian currency in all these centuries. The REGION known as Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire (1299 to 1922) and therefore used TURKISH currency. When the British came in after WWI, they made the Land of Israel the ‘British Mandate of Palestine’, and the Egyptian pound was used until 1927. Egyptians swarmed into Israel for jobs, as the Arabs living in Gaza do today, crossing into Israel where they earn higher wages.
Though my father is not in this photo, here is a picture of Palestinian Jewish Parachutists in World War II.
The British then made what is called, the Palestinian pound, which was of course equal in value to the British pound sterling.
British Palestinian Pound with English, HEBREW, and Arabic on it. There was no such thing as an Arab Palestinian currency. There was never any country called Palestine.
The currency of 1948 with HEBREW. Palestine was JEWISH.
The 'Road Map' peace plan and the 'Two State Solution' peace plan are just another re-hashing of a failed policy, the formula of 'land for peace'.
Here are some of the latest peace plans and summits from the last 30 years that have all been based on the formula of 'land for peace'. All have utterly failed and literally 'bled' Israel.
Each peace plan that has been shoved down the throats of the Israeli people in the last 30 years, has failed, and they have all been based on the 'land for peace' formula.
Camp David Accords (1978)
The Reagan Peace Plan (September 1, 1982)
Madrid Conference of 1991
Oslo Accords (1993)
Wye River Memorandum (October 23, 1998)
The Clinton Peace Plan (December 23, 2000)
Mitchell Commission (Plan) ( October 17, 2000 )
The Tenet Plan (June 10, 2001)
Camp David 2000 Summit (2000)
Taba summit (January, 2001)
The Zinni Plan (March 26, 2002)
Elon Peace Plan (2002)
Arab Peace Initiative (March 28, 2002)
The 2002 Nusseibeh-Ayalon Principles
The People's Voice (July 27, 2002)
March 2002 Saudi Peace Initiative
Geneva Accord (October 20, 2003)
Sharm el-Sheikh Summit of 2005 (February 8, 2005)
2006 Franco-Italian-Spanish Middle East Peace Plan
Saudi peace proposal
Red Sea Summit
The Road map
Did you skip over reading all those peace plans and summits? No fair. Read them each, and concentrate on them. We bled and paid a high price for each one of those 'solutions for peace'.
What we should be saying to the U.S. administration is that we appreciate them wanting to make peace in the region, but they've gotten nowhere, except for weakening Israel and emboldening the Moslem Arab countries and terrorists. Thanks America, but no thanks. We'll handle it from here on out.
Our great prophet, Isaiah said in 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever." Got it? I think our great prophet was smarter then Bush & Co., Clinton & Co. and Carter & Co.
So, I propose we stop with all these peace plans. We should aim for justice and righteousness. We should pursue, not 'peace', but our enemies. Israel must crush the terrorist infrastructure. Israel must bring the Arab nations who conspire against her to their knees until they beg us for peace and give us an unconditional surrender. The only way to stop this war, is to WIN it.
The corrupt Palestinian Authority has forfeited its right to exist. It has encouraged, born, fostered, and sponsored terrorism. It has violated it's commitments it made in every peace treaty signed, which was to stop their violence and terror. We should mete out justice to those Arab terrorists and leaders who have spilled our people’s blood, to those Arab leaders who hold our soldiers captive, and to all the Arab and Moslem nations who conspire against us with threats of annihilation.
Justice we should pursue. We should demand the immediate criminal prosecution of the MUSLIM WAQF in JERUSALEM for destroying the Temple Mount.
We should bring PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to justice for his terrorist past, his involvement in the Massacre of our young athletes in the 1972 Munich Olympics. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation, later published as a book, by denying the Holocaust.
We should also bring to justice any of our own leaders (whom I shall not name here) who have become corrupted, accepted bribes, armed our enemies, and released convicted terrorists. To these politicians who have sold themselves out, well, as an acquaintance of mine says, “They give ‘working girls’ a bad name. The Knesset today is the biggest brothel in Israel.”
By pursuing justice and righteousness, the world will be a better place, a safer place, and a more peaceful place.
So to all those planning the slicing up of Israel like a salami in Annapolis this November, I say, "Peace off!" We are going with the 'Isaiah Plan'. Righteousness.
And the result of pursuing righteousness will bring us peace.
PEACE shall be the FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Tishrei 25, 5768, 10/7/2007
One thing about aging. If you work on yourself, you become more refined like fine wine. Ok, the cogs and wheels might get rusty and make some noise, but the living and learning never stops, and for this I am grateful. And as each year passes, I find myself trusting more and more in G-d. It is a liberating feeling.
We find ourselves now in the shmita year. This is the year where we, in Israel, make the land sit fallow, not working the earth, and giving it, its 7 year rest.
Ok, so I won't have fresh parsley or red onions. I'll make due with dried parsley and white onions.
We, who were brought up with Western values, watching the rich and the famous on TV, and living in a consumer based society, were always taught to want 'more'. A bigger house, a newer car, a newer, younger and prettier wife? ... and all that. The problem is, that there is no end to 'wants' and desires. "I want this, I want that", it never ends. There is always something else we will want. When we consider the flip side of the coin however, - what we NEED, ...well, there is a limit to THAT. A cap can be put on what the 'needs' of a human being are. G-d knows what we NEED - as a nation and as individuals. And thank G-d, He provides us in this world with just that. We humans may not divide the wealth of the earth up so well, so that all can eat and be housed, but the supplies are in stock on this planet, and G-d provides for us.
"And God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: 'Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them, when you enter the land which I am giving to you, the land shall be at rest - a Shabbat unto the Lord. For six years you shall plant your field and for six years your shall prune your vineyard and you shall harvest its produce. But the seventh year shall be a Shabbat of rest for the land - a Shabbat for the Lord ...' (25:1-4)"
The Shmitta year teaches us just this, that we are to STOP all agriculture and take off a full year from tilling the ground and working the Land. What faith this takes! Unheard of, for a nation to stop agriculture for a full year! We must be crazy. And yet, this is exactly what G-d expects of us. And by us complying, shows utter faith in G-d.
We know that He will provide us with ENOUGH food for this next year, and more.
And we learn the important Torah lesson, that we should hope for 'enough', and throw out the Western treadmills which scream "more, more, more, more".
Tishrei 16, 5768, 9/28/2007
-And he's taking the kids. No amount of begging helped. I am alone in the house, and the quiet is... well, actually, I hear giggling and my husband's low voice telling stories, through my upstairs bedroom window which is right next to and above the Sukkah that we built for the Sukkot holiday. If I look out my bedroom window, through the palm branch roof of the sukkah, I can see slits of light from inside there shining through. I wonder what G-d thinks as he looks from above and sees His people sleeping in sukkot all over the Land of Israel. It must be a very beautiful site.
This is the time of year that Jewish families go out to the sukkah to 'dwell'. Many men and children sleep there as well, and sometimes us mothers do too. My kids were ecstatic when I slept out there with them last year. Our sukkah at night turns into a 'wall to wall' sleep hall, with mattresses and old torn couches we use outside, on the grass. The kids think of it as an adventure. My husband is just a little less enthusiastic than the kids. He feels more spiritual sleeping under the stars.
Leaving the comforts of the home and baring the mosquitos and damp mornings is a small price to pay, to feel like a real Jew, connecting to the Land, the Torah and your nation. Me? I confess, I like having a mosquitoless sleep and having a nearby bathroom. Maybe I will sleep in the Sukkah this year again though, but how could I ruin the father-kid bond? heh heh --grin--
Talking about leaving the boundaries of the 'norm', this last week on my show, I interviewed Rav Eliezer Sachs. Rav Sachs has been working with an autistic young man named Binyamin Goldin. Binyamin communicates, as I stated in my last blog post, through 'facilitated communication' (FC). Binyamin seems to have some sort of ability to understand or see what is happening in the spiritual world and thus through FC is able to tell people in the physical world important messages.
Question: Is it possible to shorten the period of the harsh days?
*** I've added and will be adding some photos of your sukkot. See below...
Old City of Jerusalem, The Sukkah of Gutman Locks. See his website: www.ThereIsOne.com
John and Gloria sitting in their Sukkah today, in Australia.
Ephraim's Sukkuzzi (double duties as a Mikvuzzi, too).
Daniel D.'s backyard sukkah, from the USA.
A. Rogers - A new immigrant to Israel. Maale Adumim.
The very talented artisit, Dr. Zvi Fenton, and his paintings on his sukkah wall, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem City Council Woman, Mina Fenton, in her sukkah with guests. Ehud Olmert is in the center (red shirt) and was the mayor of Jerusaelm at that time.
"My Sukkah with my children gracefully posing. All are invited!" Moshe Meir, San Carlos, California
H & E Bergstein sukkah outside their apartment, in Jerusalem.
Sukkah of Shlomo and Susie Benzquen on the front porch of their villa, Kochav Yaakov, Israel
Readers, send your photos in! I will post them. :-)