Sunday, April 28, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Women who pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem can wear tallitot and tefillin, despite a standing order by police that sought to prevent the practice.
So ruled a Jerusalem court Wednesday, potentially altering the status quo at Judaism's holiest site dramatically.
Judge Moshe Sobel of Jerusalem's District Court said police were misinterpreting a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that recommended -- but did not order -- women who pray at the wall to desist from wearing tallitot and tefillin. Police had interpreted that 2003 ruling to mean that any woman wearing the prayer instruments at the Kotel could be arrested.
According to the Times of Israel, Judge Sobel wrote:
“The conclusion in the ruling is not phrased as an order directed at the Women of the Wall, but as a recommendation,” Sobel wrote in the decision, and the ruling “did not ban the Women of the Wall from praying in any particular place.”
The judge's ruling also means that women wearing tallitot and tefillin need not pray only at Robinson's Arch, which had been the longstanding practice.
The issue came to a head on April 11, when five women from a group called Women of the Wall were arrested by police for disturbing the peace. They are engaged in a longstanding protest at the kotel against the Orthodox authorities there who have prevented them from praying in the fashion they wish.
The Jerusalem police or the state prosecutor can now appeal Judge Sobel's ruling to the Supreme Court. N
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Israel to the UN: The Prerequisites for Peace - Amb. Ron Prosor (Mission of Israel to the UN)
Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor told the UN Security Council on Wednesday:
Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor told the UN Security Council on Wednesday:
- Peace must be built on a foundation of education for tolerance and coexistence. Under the Palestinian Authority, students learn history from textbooks that glorify terrorists. They learn geography from atlases that erase Israel from the map. Gaza kindergarten graduations feature "terrorist dress-up." Five-year-olds stage plays that glorify jihadists and suicide bombers.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Dealing with Chabad and non Orthodox converts:
from a convert
"I told you I was going to visit the Chabad center. Well, you know I try to be more observant. I included the Chabad center rabbi in on the tefillin query. He refused to offer assistance, saying that I wasn't Jewish and shouldn't be attempting to do mitzvot!
He went on, later, to send me this link: http://whoisajew.com. In the first few paragraphs of the introduction in this article, it makes inferences of fellow Jews being Nazis, or similar.
Now I know why prophecy is closed and the messianic era isn't here! G-d's own "Chosen People" can't even be halfway decent to one another, much less actually be priests to the nations!!!!
Yes, your beit din warned me. Yes, I knew of these issues second hand before I ever boarded the plane to Chicago. Yes, I know Hassidim/Ultra Orthodox are worse. But it never "hits home" until it personally happens to you. It was like being hit by a brick thrown intentionally from a new friend.
I don't know what I'll do. Certainly, to eliminate this, I'll have to go through another conversion. (You may or may not remember. I originally tried to convert via orthodox. But since I couldn't afford to move into their plush lakeside eruv-complete community, they wouldn't allow me to convert as orthodox. Also, since my wife wasn't a jew!)
It seems to be an impossible situation, created by the orthodox to keep people from becoming orthodox, so they can oppose those who aren't orthodox.
I pray G-d recognizes the utter lack of justice in each and every aspect of this situation"
what I told him? "I wouldn't waste my time or energy on them. Life's too short. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting, supportive people, not negative. You are a Jew, as much as that guy"
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Bombing Suspects Lauded Jihad
April 19, 2013
April 19, 2013
While police in and around Boston hunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, information gathered from various social media outlets indicate that he and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, harbored radical Islamic beliefs.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight as police closed in on him and the hunt for Dzhokhar remains active. An MIT security officer was shot and killed in the firefight.
This is believed to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Youtube page. Several of the posts feature radical Islamic rhetoric. In addition, a graphic video about Syria appears on Tsarnaev's page on a Russian version of Facebook.
The brothers came to the United States from Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim state which declared independence from Russia in 1991, resulting in years of violence and terrorist strikes. Another video Tsarnaev posted was simply called "Terrorists." But that video has been taken down. Yet another that was posted last summer, lauds "The promised emergence of the black flags from the promised land of Khorasan." It celebrates jihadis posing "with a flag of the Taliban's Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," the Long War Journal reported. The video has an apocalyptic message anticipating a time when the forces of Islam, led by the Mahdi, the Guided One, will conquer the world prior to the Day of Judgment. Part of this battle will be the conquest of the Holy Land.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer who told an interviewer in 2009 that he had no American friends. "I don't understand them," he said. An Amazon.com wish list believed to be Tamerlan's includes several books on forgery and the books The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule and Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya, New Edition.
Eric Mercado, a former high school classmate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told CNN that he and his friends remember a conversation in which Tsarnaev said, "When justified, terrorism isn't necessarily a bad thing." The comment was dismissed as outlandish. "No one wants to believe that their friend from high school is a quote-unquote 'terrorist,'" Mercado said.
The bombs, reportedly packed inside pressure cookers, bear striking resemblances to instructions offered by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine. One article suggested that pressure cooker bombs should be "placed in crowded areas and left to blow up. More than one of these could be planted to explode at the same time. However, keep in mind that the range of the shrapnel in this operation is short range so the pressurized cooker or pipe should be placed close to the intended targets and should not be concealed from them by barriers such as walls."
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
After a two year downturn, global antisemitism spiked in 2012, spurred by attacks on Jews in France and far- right political parties in Europe, a new study found.
There were a total of 656 attacks on Jews in 2012, an increase from 526 in 2011. There were 200 anti-Jewish incidents in France, the country with the highest number of anti-Jewish events.
The report, a joint effort by the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University, was released on the eve of Yom Hashoah in Israel.
Researchers blamed far-right governments and Muslim extremists for the increase in anti-Jewish attacks.
Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, called for strong action by the European Union, charging that governments — particularly Hungary —were not doing enough to curb these parties’ activities and protect minorities.
“Neo-Nazis have been once again legalized in Europe, they are openly sitting in parliaments,” said Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress.
Researchers said the attack on Jews in Toulouse, where four people were killed at a Jewish school, seems to have promoted, not inhibited, further incidents.
“This shows that the desire to harm Jews is deeply rooted among extremist Muslims and right-wingers, regardless of events in the Middle East,” said Roni Stauber, the study's chief researcher.
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Friday, April 5, 2013
“Terah took Abram his son, and Lot…and Sarai… from Ur…to go to the land of Canaan.” No one has ever found Ur – until now, with a “breathtaking find” of a 4,000-year-old public building near Ur.
Published: April 5th, 2013
British archaeologists have discovered a huge 4,000-year-old building that probably was in use in the ancient city of Ur, where the forefather Abraham lived before leaving with his father Terah for Israel, then known in the Bible as “the land of Canaan.”
The ancient city of Ur was discovered approximately 90 years ago and is thought to be Abraham’s birthplace, but the latest discovery is the first time a building has been unearthed that might be connected with the city or have religious connections to it.
The unearthing of the large structure, approximately 260 feet on each side, includes several rooms around a large courtyard.
“It might be an administrative building, it might have religious connections or controlling goods to the city of Ur,” Manchester University archaeologist Stuart Campbell told the Associated Press.
Among the artifacts discovered were signs of idol worship, which also was prevalent in Canaan until Abraham introduce the concept of one Deity to the world.
Iraq is known to host a wealth of history underground but has not been accessible to Western archaeologists for more than three decades because of the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein and ensuing wars.
One of the images that was found is that of a ram, the animal that Abraham sacrificed in Canaan after God “tested” him with His order to sacrifice his only son. Yitzchak (Isaac), who was to inherit the land for future generations of Jews, as written in the Bible:
“And Abraham stretched out his arm and took the knife to slaughter his son, and the angel of God called from the heavens and said, Abraham, Abraham…. Do not stretch forth your hand to the lad, nor do the slightest thing to him, for now I know that you are a God fearing man, and you did not withhold your son, your only one, from Me.
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw a ram caught in a thicket by its horns and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
PA Continues to Advocate for Israel's Destruction
by IPT News • Mar 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm
Calls for liberating "Palestine" have been reverberating among the various Palestinian political factions for decades.
Hamas actively pursues Israel's destruction, but how does the Palestinian Authority (PA) differ from the terrorist organization?
A recent Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report highlights the PA's continued efforts to propagate the Palestinian refugees' "right of return" within Israel. This narrative is perpetuated at the core of PA schools and is clearly disseminated throughout history, civics, and Arabic language textbooks. For example, MEMRI points to a fourth grade textbook, which says, "Four and a half million Palestinians live in the diaspora outside Palestine… Most are refugees waiting to return to the motherland, from which they were expelled."
Other examples start as early as second grade and run throughout primary school textbooks. By subjecting children to continuous propaganda regarding an eventual "return" to Israeli cities like Haifa and Jaffa, the PA is clearly indoctrinating future generations on the virtues of a one-state solution. In that scenario, Palestinians would outnumber Israelis stripping Jews of a homeland.
This tactic is part of the broader strategy of subjugating younger generations of Palestinians to propaganda that glorifies terrorists and advocates for violent jihad for the purposes of destroying the Jewish state.
The Palestinian culture of death has been exposed in various forms throughout the years. Among the more notorious examples was a children's television program that featured a Mickey Mouse knockoff calling for martyrdom and violence against Jews. Moreover, MEMRI reports that the PA continues to praise terrorists such as Dalal Al-Mughrabi, commemorating the anniversary of a terrorist attack which killed 35 Israelis and injured dozens of civilians. Former and current PA officials continue to glorify such atrocities, describing Mughrabi as an inspirational figure and role model.
Furthermore, PA President Mahmoud Abbas recently claimed that there is "no difference between [the PA's] policies and those of Hamas." Based on the PA's educational curriculum, media dissemination, and terrorist glorification, the international community must look behind the PA's doublespeak before pressuring Israel to make further concessions.
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