30 September 2012

A Nation United

When The United Nations Unites One Nation

Last Wednesday, on Yom Kippur, the UN gave a platform to the President of Iran who presented eloquently his sweet vision for our world’s future, emitting the part that he wanted seven million Jews exterminated in the process. The holocaust, he told us in the past, never happened. But he was determined to make it happen!

One day later the Prime Minister of Israel spoke. “Some 70 years ago,” Bibi Netanyahu told the United Nations, “the world saw another fanatic ideology bent on world conquest. It went down in flames. But not before it took millions of people with it. Those who opposed that fanaticism waited too long to act. In the end they triumphed, but at a horrific cost…

“My friends, we cannot let that happen again.

“There are those who believe that a nuclear-armed Iran can be deterred like the Soviet Union. That's a very dangerous assumption. Militant Jihadists behave very differently from secular Marxists. There were no Soviet suicide bombers. Yet Iran produces hordes of them. Deterrence worked with the Soviets, because every time the Soviets faced a choice between their ideology and their survival, they chose their survival. But deterrence may not work with the Iranians once they get nuclear weapons.

“There's a great scholar of the Middle East, Prof. Bernard Lewis, who put it best. He said that for the Ayatollahs of Iran, mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent, it's an inducement…

“Just listen to Ayatollah Rafsanjani who said, I quote: "The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything, however it would only harm the Islamic world."

Four Personality Types

On the Jewish holiday of Sukkos, beginning this Sunday night, and continuing for the following week, Jews bring into their homes four species of fruits and plants: the citrus fruit (Esrog), the palm branch (lulav), the willow (aravah) and the myrtle branch (hadas). Each morning (except on Shabbat), they hold these four species close together, recite a blessing and give them a nice shake.

The origin of this tradition is in the Bible and dates back more than 3,300 years. "You shall take for yourselves on the first day [of the festival]," instructs the Torah, "the fruit of the splendid citron tree, the frond of a date-palm, the thickly leafed sprig of the myrtle, and willows that grow at a brook" (1).

What is the significance of this mitzvah? Why do we take these four species, and why do we need to shake them?

The Midrash (2) observes that these four kinds possess distinct characteristics. The citron has both a delicious taste and a delightful fragrance. The palm branch generates taste (dates) but no smell; the myrtle branch professes a delightful aroma but lacks any taste, while the willow is both scentless and tasteless.

On a symbolic level, we might suggest that these four species represent four general personality types. There are human beings who exude a beautiful aroma, who know how to give off a positive energy and express themselves eloquently, but once you "taste" them or get to know them on the inside, you may be disappointed. They are good for show biz, not for authentic relationships.

Others may lack an "aroma." They have no skill for schmoozing up a crowd or bringing life to a party, but once you get to know them on the inside, you marvel at their delicious taste and flavor.

Others are blessed with both an outer aura and an inner depth, while others lack both fragrance and a taste.

On a deeper level, the Midrash suggests (2), the citron represents the individual who is both knowledgeable in Torah and spiritual wisdom (taste) and replete with good and noble deeds (aroma). The date palm personifies the learned but deed-deficient individual -- the scholar who devotes his life to the pursuit of wisdom (taste) but shuns the active sphere (aroma). The myrtle embodies the active but unlearned Jew. Finally, the willow represents the Jew who lacks all outward expression of his Jewishness.

When you look into your own spiritual mirror, you can identify whether you are a citron, a palm branch, a myrtle or a willow.


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Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking to the UN on Sep. 26, 2012 points to red line he drew on graphic of bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program.

Integration

Ordinarily, these four categories remain distinct, each to their own. How can the "citron" Jew connect with the "willow" Jew? How can the myrtle tolerate the palm? Under usual circumstances, each of us remains fixed to our own comfort zones, spending time with people who think like we do, and live like we do. Why shake the boat and create inconvenience?

Yet on Sukkot, the Torah instructs us to bind the palm frond, myrtle, willow and citron and join them together to perform a single mitzvah. The four distinct and even paradoxical categories of people must unite. But how? How can you take four opposite Jews and bring them together in a meaningful and genuine way?

The Torah, aware of this challenge – perhaps the greatest one in Jewish life today - tells us that part of the mitzvah is to give the four species a nice big shake. To unite the four categories, the Torah is telling us, you need to "shake" them up!

The dramatic distinctions between all of the categories of Jews are significant as long as each feels complacent in his or her existence. The moment we are shaken up, however, the layers of perception are peeled away and our authentic inner core comes to the fore. Then all categories of Jews discover who they really are and what they truly stand for. And it is then that we realize that we are truly ONE.

You can’t plan for such a moment, but when it comes, there is nothing more powerful than it.

One such moment famously occurred in Jewish life forty five years ago, during the 1967 Six Day War. The moment Jews perceived the danger of six powerful Arab countries pledging to annihilate Israel, even the most liberal and secular Jews experienced an atomic surge of Jewish consciousness, ready to put their lives on the line to protect our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Even a Jew who a day earlier doubted if G-d was a reality, if Torah was true, and if we had a moral right to live in a land, which, according to Arabs had been stolen, that Jew suddenly knew in the deepest recesses of his heart that this was and is the Jewish homeland, eternally.

And then, in six days, came victory and with it an unprecedented Jewish awakening in Israel and around the world. Totally unexpected, the miraculous victory of the Six-Day War evoked an extraordinary spiritual awakening amongst people of all backgrounds. Religious and secular alike, believers and cynics, could not contain their tears when touching the stones of the newly reclaimed Western Wall. Regardless of their previous life choices, regardless of education or lack of education, people from all over the world suddenly felt a surge of connection, and were drawn to travel from the world over to touch the stones remaining from the ancient Holy Temple.

It was those experiences which contributed to a renaissance of Jewish life and awareness around the world, which began than and continues till today. Youngsters who till that time felt completely alienated and apathetic to their heritage, suddenly experiences a yearning to reconnect with their roots, to discover the ideals, values and dreams that their people carried with them from Sinai till the 20th century.

Whence such a transformation? We can understand an arousal in the hearts of religious people, in the souls of believing and observant Jews who belief in the sanctity of the Western Wall. But how can we justify the warm tears streaming down the face of a secular Jewish atheist upon touching stones of an ancient wall?

The answer is that our cynicism, agnosticism, apathy and loyalty to secularism may run deep in our intellect, but it is not the essence of who we are. When the Jew is shaken to his or her very core, what emerges is a pure, undiluted and absolute devotion to the Jewish people and to its G-d.

Today

The chutzpah and the lies coming from the United Nations giving a forum to a leader who denies the holocaust and vows to create a second holocaust (heaven forbid) – ought to shake us up, and allow us to experience our underlying unity with each other. This is no time for divisions and fragmentation. This is a period in history when we must stand untied and empowered, with courage and resolve, to stand up against Jew-haters the world over.

As difficult it is to believe and as hard as it is to understand, their hatred is real and deep. But so is our unity with each other and our inner strength to confront them (3).


Footnotes

23 September 2012

France Today Compared to Germany Then

Straight from the Michael Savage Show:

Kristallnacht vs Recent Anti-Semitic Attacks in France
Various Internet Sources
Kristallnacht, also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria November 9–10, 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary and civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues. At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged. The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew in Paris, France. Kristallnacht was followed by further economic and political persecution of Jews, and is viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany’s broader racial policy, and the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.
TODAY – Paris – Four were injured when a small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb.
OTHER RECENT ATTACKS IN FRANCE
August 7, 2012 – Paris – A 17 year-old Jewish girl was severely beaten by an 18 year-old Arab girl at a mall in a Paris suburb. The attacker made anti-Semitic insults during the incident, including “Dirty Jew, I’m going to put you in the ground.” Police at the mall arrested the assailant.
July 20, 2012­ – Paris – A synagogue was desecrated for the third time in 10 days, when vandals threw prayer books and shawls on the floor and shattered the building’s windows.
July 5, 2012 – Toulouse – A 17-year-old student of the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, where four Jews were murdered by Mohammed Merah on March 19, was assaulted on a train going from Toulouse to Lyon. The two young men responsible for the attack were arrested.
June 8, 2012 – Sarcelles – An 18-year-old Jew was physically assaulted and had a phone stolen by assailants who were shouting anti-Semitic insults.
June 2, 2012 – Lyon – Three Jewish youth wearing skullcaps were assaulted while walking to a Jewish school for Shabbat services. A group of more than 10 assailants surrounded the youths chanting “dirty Jew,” and proceeded to attack them with hammers and bars, hitting two in the head and one in the arm.
March 26, 2012 – Paris – A 12-year-old Jewish boy was beaten outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Paris by youths reciting anti-Semitic slogans. The boy was hit and punched in the back of his head as he left the school.
March 19, 2012 – Toulouse – Four Jews were shot and killed at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school by an armed terrorist on a motorcycle, later identified by authorities as Mohammed Merah. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, and his two children Aryeh, 6, and Gabriel, 3, were killed as they were entering the school premises. Merah then entered the school, continuing to shoot at students and faculty, and eventually set his sights on 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego, the daughter of the school’s principal, whom he chased down and killed. Merah is also believed to be responsible for the killing of three French soldiers the previous week. In a phone call to a French television station, Merah stated that he targeted the Jewish school to avenge the killing of children in Gaza. Reports indicate that Merah traveled to and received training in Pakistan and Afghanistan and identified with the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. On March 22, following a 32-hour standoff with French police, Merah was killed in his apartment complex.

How Long Will It Take ...

How Long Will It Take 
To Wake Up 
To the Travesty 
In The White House


"After the deadly attack on the United States Embassy in Libya, 
it was apparent to many that the attack was premeditated and 
designed to kill Americans – not to protest an amateur-made 
movie that mocked Islam and disrespected Mohammad. 

The militant 9-11 attackers totally achieved their goal by 
leaving the United States Embassy in shambles with charred 
and blood-stained walls as well as a trail of death." CBS DC


This Wednesday TheBlaze exposes The Project

During a raid, led by government officials in 2001, an 
inconspicuous manifesto was recovered: A manifesto 
that turned out to be a Muslim road-map for infiltrating 
and defeating the West. The DOJ has refused to turn over 
the names and details of this discovery and the files sit, 
locked up, concealing the truth from the American people. 

That is until now… 
Don't miss The Project, TheBlaze's two-part mini-series.
Part 1 premieres this Wednesday, September 26th 
at 8pm ET, followed by Part II the next evening, 
Thursday, September 27th at the same time.






20 September 2012

Obamacare in One Sentence

Dr. Barbara Bellar Candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18 sums up Obamacare in one sentence. And one commenter puts it this way: Obama voters sign their checks on the "back". Romney voters sign their checks in the front. I don't sit in the back of no bus. Kapisch?

WORLDWIDE JEWISH PRAYER FOR PEACE WITH MASHIACH







URGENT ! SEPTEMBER 23 2012, Tishrei 7

SIMULTANEOUS Worldwide Jewish Prayer for Peace, through the coming of Mashiach, announced in our tradition. Based on Israel Time 17:00, New York 11:00, Los Angeles 8:00, Paris 17:00, Sydney 1:00 Sept 24...
ALL JEWS AS ONE: This unique event in Jewish history has been impulsed by motivated Jewish people with help and blessings of rabbis around the world of all affiliations (Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Chassidim) with a strong desire that all Jews will be united at the same instant, observant or not, whatever beliefs, affiliation, age, nationality to end all suffering and to welcome the revelation of Hashem's (G-d) Name.

 With blessings of great tsaddik Rabbi Kaniewsky from Israel too.
Time is of essence. Please, pass it on now!
The preview video (4 000 views) has been removed for the full video

www.Facebook.com/AllJewsAsOne (to print flyer in your language, copy the prayer or a text message in your language )



תפילת עברית
" ריבונו של עולם, 
אנו בני ישראל מבקשים שמשיח צדקנו יגאל אותנו עכשיו מהגלות ברחמים, לשים סוף לכל סבל, לגלות את שמך ולהביא שלום לעולם."

English Prayer
"Master of the Universe,
We, the children of Israel, ask you for Mashiach to redeem us , now and with mercy, from exile and all suffering, to reveal your Name in the world and to bring peace."


Prière en français
"Maître de l'Univers,
Nous les enfants d'Israël te demandons Mashiach, maintenant et avec miséricorde, afin de nous délivrer de cet exil et de nos souffrances, de révéler ton Nom dans ce monde et d'y amener la paix." 

Oración españolas
"Maestro del Universo,
Nosotros, los hijos de Israel,
Suplicamos por Mashíaj, para redimirnos ahora y con misericordia, del exilio y el sufrimiento de todo, para revelar su nombre y apellidos en el mundo y traer la paz". 



Preghiera italiana
"Ribono scell' Olam,
Noi, i figli d'Israele,
Ti preghiamo a mandarci Moshiach,
Adesso e con misericordia, per salvarci dall'esilio e da tutte le sofferenze, per manifestare il Tuo Nome in tutto il mondo, e per portarci la pace"



Phonetic (English)
"Ribono shel olam,
Anu, Benei Israel, mevakshim shemashiach tsidkenu yagel otanu achshav mehagalut berachamim, lessim sof lechol sevel, legalut et shemcha ulehaviya shalom leolam."


Phonetic (French)
"Ribono chel Olam,
Anou, Bnei Israel, mevakchim chemachia'h tsidkenou yagel otanou akhchav mehagalout berakhamim lessim sof lekhol sevel, legalout ète chemkha oulehaviya chalom leolam."


Молитва в России
"Господин Вселенной!
Мы, народ Израиля 
Просим тебя послать нам Машиаха, 
который бы вывел нас вскорости и с 
милосердием из галута и избавил нас от 
страданий и открыл Имя Твое миру и принес мир."



Oração em Português
"Mestre do Universo,
Nós, os filhos de Israel,
pedimos por Mashiach para nos redimir, 
neste momento e com misericórdia, 
do exílio e de todo o tipo de sofrimento, 
para revelar o teu Nome no mundo 
e para trazer a paz."

From Redemption Watch