Friday, May 22, 2009

what is on my mind today?

Hosea 2 is the normal haftarah for this parasha, read on the Shabbat before Shavuot. This year it is not, since we read the haftarah for the next day Rosh Chodesh. Hosea 2 has a very famous paragraph:

Varastich li liolam "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness/ Tzedek and in justice/Mishpat, In lovingkindness/Hesed and in compassion/Rahamim, I will betroth you to me in faith/Emunah." We say this when we put tfillin on, it is often on Jewish wedding rings. Memorize this verse!!

5 key terms of the brit with God:
Tzedek, Mishpat,Hesed,Rahamim,Emunah
how do these manifest themselves in our lives?

Today is Jerusalem Day-the 1967 Reunification of Jerusalem. Meanwhile everyday Iran draws closer to a bomb, successfully tested a rocket which can reach Israel and our troops in the Middle East, as

Study: 1 in 4 Israelis Might Leave if Iran Gets Nukes

and from Caroline Glick today (sure hope she is wrong) commenting on the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama
"What emerged from the meeting is that Obama's priorities regarding Iran, Israel and the Arab world are diametrically opposed to Israel's priorities. During his ad-hoc press conference with Netanyahu, Obama made clear that he will not lift a finger to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. And acting as Obama's surrogate, for the past two weeks CIA Director Leon Panetta has made clear that Obama expects Israel to also sit on its thumbs as Iran develops the means to destroy it. "

There is only one country in the entire world that is not allowed to designate the city it wants as its capital as far as the USA is concerned. Guess which country. Hint-the US Embassy is in Tel-Aviv not Jerusalem even though Jerusalem is Israel's capital.

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