Wednesday, 25 May 2016

This is How The PA Reacts to Murdering Scumbags

The PA is so full of crap it is a miracle they haven't slithered down a sewer by now. While screaming about Israel not wanting peace, they have the chutzpah to glorify a murdering scumbag as a "martyr".

Bear in mind that the young man so brutally murdered, Taylor Force, was an American Tourist and Not Jewish. He was enrolled in an MBA program in Vanderbilt University and came to Israel as part of his studies to “expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel.” There was absolutely no reason for Taylor Force to be attacked. He was good person trying to contribute to a better world!!

The barbarian who slaughtered this young man, also wounded eleven other people in the attack before he was finally shot dead. His contribution to this world = < 0.

This has nothing to do with fake land claims, or false claims of oppression or apartheid or any other lies the PA and thugs dream up. It is about pure primitive hatred bred into each child and nurtured till they die. They are a people filled with vile, overflowing, hate. They want all Jews and non-muslims Dead! They can't even get along with each other. When is the world going to wake up??

Everyone Should Watch And Learn! Their Hate Knows No Bounds!!

*Thanks to PMW (Palestinian Media Watch) for their ongoing efforts to bring truth! Do visit their site. They do amazing work.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Why Do I Love Living in Jerusalem?

View From My Balcony (Picture by TAB)
Anyone who lives in Jerusalem knows that the rest of the world just cannot imagine, or even begin to understand what life is like.

Each day is a discovery, a surprise, a shock, a warm feeling, a mystery, etc. Jerusalem Is The Center Of The World! While there are many who find it horrible (among other things) those of us who choose to stay do so because we instantly know there is no other place on earth for us to be.

Granted, it is hard to live here. The conditions are poor~unless you have a lot of money. The wages very, very low and the work much "less" than most would do in other countries. Not an advertisement to make people want to call this "home"

What Jerusalem, and all of Eretz Israel has is "spirit". That intangible thing that reaches down to your insides and makes them fee alive, well, and happy. My favorite example came from an Israeli woman who had gone to America to visit for two months. In her words (I paraphrase here):

Everything was so big~the land, the homes, the cars, the stores. The variety of goods of every kind was amazing...but it was not Israel. In America there was no "real" heart in the people. When I got back to Israel, as I stood in line for Customs and Security I watched the people cutting into line and the animated arguments and conversations (it is sometimes hard to tell the difference). When an Israeli woman pushed me and tried to cut into line I grabbed her and gave her a big kiss on the cheek and told her how good it felt to be home!!

Only an Israeli can understand this, only a Jew can feel the deep longing for the land when they are away. For all the warts and rough edges, this is our country~My Country, and I Love It!!

"Avinu" Our Father by Gad Elbaz~גד אלבז~אבינו

Monday, 25 April 2016

Birkat Kohanim~2016

I Would Recommend All Jews Attend at Least Once...

The Blessing began when Moses first blessed Aaron and has continued to this day. Jews traveled to Jerusalem to hear the blessing on the "High Holidays" before "islam" was even thought of. In Jerusalem, we hear the Birkat Kohanim every morning in synagogue.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
May the LORD bless you and guard you... 
(Yevhārēkh-khā Adhōnāy veyishmerēkhā...)

יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
("Yāʾēr Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viḥunnékkā...)
May the LORD make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you...
יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
May the LORD lift up His face unto you and give you peace... 
("Yissā Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viyāsēm lekhā shālōm.")

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

How Hard is it To Find a Place to Live in Jerusalem?

My "Old" Street
My posts have been almost non-existent since last year. The rundown building (or "hovel" as my friend likes to describe it) that I was living in, had been sold. Unbeknownst to us (the tenants) there the new owner had no intentions of renewing our contracts and he had no intentions of letting us know that!

This is a ploy used over here. The "old" landlord suddenly decides to make an extended contract with the tenants (in our case, until the 31st of December) or any other date they may choose. The tenants are told that this will guarantee their flat and the new landlord will then make his own contract. We were very trusting...

When there was no contact forthcoming from the new owner by mid-December I decided to get the ball rolling and called to make arrangements. The response? "There is no contract~Get Out!!" When I indicated that he at least needs to give notice, and that it was December and there were no flats to rent in Jerusalem (unless you are very, very, wealthy), he replied: "That is not my problem. I give not one minute longer~do what you like but the building is coming down on the first whether you are inside or not"

When I spoke with the others in the building I learned they were also in the same position. Immediately my life was thrown into turmoil. Working full-time and trying to find a place to live is something I would NOT recommend if you live in Jerusalem. Even with the help of friends I could find nothing~it was very depressing. 

I will to do another post on the crap that people are advertising because there is enough material for a novel. Suffice it to say, that greed is alive and well in the Holy City.

On the 31st, with no prospects, I had my belongings packed up and hauled to a storage unit. A wonderful friend offered me a bed until I could find something permanent. On what was probably the worst storm of the year, with water running in the street up to our ankles, my friend and her son helped me drag the remainder of my things to her truck and then to her home. I could write a volume an the kindness of good people...but that is also for another time!

So how hard is it to find a place in Jerusalem?? If you have a shit-load of money, or if you don't mind living like a dog in a leaky, moldy broken down hovel (while paying a huge rent) then I would say you may find something~other than that~it is very, very hard indeed.

I have finally found a place (in March), but it is not long term. For now I have to clean~don't ask!! I also have to wash all of my belongings as they were in storage and are covered in layer upon layer of dust. 

Once I get more or less settled I will do a post on the dire rental situation. Most people aren't aware just how bad the situation is if you are a renter, and the many ways the landlords will squeeze you dry before you even step foot in the place. I will close by saying that the majority of landlords have a chutzpah to charge money for what is "very loosely" termed a flat

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Israel~One of the Myriad of Reasons I Love My Country

Israel is Only One Call Away~I Think This Sums it Up Very Well...

I received this film via email. The only information given was that it was a contest film by Rachel Lester for 12 Tribe Films on Vimeo. Do visit their site as they have many good films and projects and more in progress.

Lyrics and Song by Charlie Puth
I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

Call me, baby, if you need a friend
I just wanna give you love
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
Reaching out to you, so take a chance

No matter where you go
You know you're not alone

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

Come along with me and don't be scared
I just wanna set you free
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
You and me can make it anywhere
For now, we can stay here for a while
'Cause you know, I just wanna see you smile

No matter where you go
You know you're not alone

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

And when you're weak I'll be strong
I'm gonna keep holding on
Now don't you worry, it won't be long
Darling, and when you feel like hope is gone
Just run into my arms

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one, I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

I'm only one call away

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

I Can Be! Dedicated to The Special Children Center

This is a beautiful and happy song dedicated to the children and staff of The Special Children's Center.

Here is the story behind the song as told by Yaakov Shwekey. Please Note that there are links below the video where you can download the song. All proceeds from song downloads go to The Special Children Center.

Almost twenty years ago my wife Jenine and her best friend started The Special Children's Center from a one-room apartment. Back then they were just teenagers with a dream to change the world, one child at a time. They felt a tremendous need for special children to have a place to flourish, to receive the care and attention they need, and to wrap it up in happiness. With the help of so many believers, that endeavor grew into a multi faceted Center for more than three hundred special children across three locations. 

While there is no end to the demand, there is also no end to their determination. While traveling and performing all over the world for the last fifteen years I’ve seen with my own eyes the gift that music can give and the depths it can reach. The power is within every one of us…you can be anything, no matter what challenges you face. That is the magic of love, and the magic of this song. It is for you, the children and staff of the Center, and for you, all children around the world~each of you is precious, you can be anything. 

I Can BE!  This Song Is For You...Yaakov Shwekey

* Please consider following the links and making a contribution to this very beautiful cause...

Lyrics and Download: 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Time to Sit Back and Relax~Lo Yaavod

Shwekey is Very Popular in Israel and America~Great Voice~Great Music~Enjoy!

Do not be as slaves who serve their master for the sake of reward
One should serve his Creator solely out of love
...Mishna Avot 1:3~Commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura


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