Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Are Humans More Valuable Than Animals??

This is a great video by Dennis Prager. I have listened to his five-minute videos from Prager University since it was established. Like any other organization, I don't always agree with everything he says, but I always come away informed!

I found this video particularly interesting. Because I live in the Middle-East~and I am surrounded by those who would kill me in an instant~I might consider saving my dog first (I'm a dog-person). On the other hand, I do believe in the value of human life, so this leaves me with a dilemma.

The truth of the matter is, until I am in that situation, I don't know what I would do. For all I know I may just freeze and do nothing. Actually, if it was in deep water I would not be able to do much~I can't swim, or even float!

So tell me~Who Would You Save First??

What Do You Think? Who Would You Save First~A Stranger OR Your Dog?

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Fast of 10th of Tevet~Sunday, 08 January 2017

For all Jews, the 10th of Tevet, is a day of fasting, mourning and repentance. Tevet 10 or Asarah BeTevet is also the day selected as a "general Kaddish day" for the victims of the Holocaust whose date of death remains unknown. Although work is permitted we  do not eat  food or drink any liquid from just before daybreak  until nightfall. We also add Selichot and supplements to our regular daily prayers.

On the tenth of Tevet, the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem, leading to the fall of the city. Thirty months later the walls were breached and on the 9th of Av (Tisha B'Av)Solomon's Holy Temple was destroyed and the Jews were exiled to Babylonia for seventy years.

For Orthodox Jews the destruction of the First Temple was the beginning of the end for the Jewish people. The Second Temple may have exceeded the First Temple in magnificence, but it did not have the holiness of the First Temple. Nebuchadnezzar  had looted the Holy Vessels, and the miracles of the First Temple were absent.

As we ponder the reasons for the fall of the Holy Temples the question must be asked: What are we doing now to change all of this. Sadly, the answer seems to be "not to much"! As Jews we need to look to Hashem for guidance~not to the nations! Day in and Day out we must pray that Israel remembers not only to fast, but why we fast and make our minds up NOT to do the same things again!
May you have a meaningful fast.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The War Between Civilization & Barbarism

Prof. Aryeh Eldad, MD, is an Israeli physician, politician, former member of the Knesset for the National Union and Otzma LeYisrael, and is a Brigadier-General (reserves) in the Israel Defense Forces. He is a soft-spoken, intelligent man~a good man.

For the first time in Arutz7. he has released a statement and requested that it be widely distributed. Dr. Eldad believes that understanding today's conflict merely as a territorial dispute, and not a war between civilizations, deprives us of the doctrinal basis to effectively pursue a conclusion of hostilities.

"I have never written before asking to "please forward onward" (a message) so that as many (people) as possible can understand radical Islam and what awaits the world if it is not stopped...Prof. Aryeh Eldad"

Dr. Eldad States:
I was instrumental in establishing the Israeli National Skin Bank, which is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for everyday needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations. The skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in Jerusalem where I was the Chairman of plastic surgery.

This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab (Muslim) woman from Gaza, who was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, after her family burned her. Usually, such atrocities happen among (Muslim) Arab families when the women are suspected of having an affair.

We supplied all the needed Homograft for her treatment. She was successfully treated by my friend and colleague, Prof. Lior Rosenberg, and discharged to return to Gaza. She was invited for regular follow-up visits to the outpatient clinic in Be'er-Sheva.

One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt. Her mission was to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where they saved her life. It seems that her family promised her that if she did that, they would forgive her.

This is only one example of the war between Jews and Muslims in the Land of Israel. It is not a territorial conflict. This is a civilizational conflict, or rather "A War Between Civilization and Barbarism. 

Bibi Netanyahu gets it, Obama does not.

Note: Extra emphasis mine (tab)

Sunday, 25 December 2016

PM Netanyahu Lights the 2nd Candle of Chanukah

PM Benjamin Netanyahu Lights the Chanukah at the Kotel (Western Wall) *

You can turn on the annotations and switch from Hebrew to English. Here is a very rough translation. I apologize for any mistakes...

I did not plan to be here tonight, but in light of the UN resolution, I do not believe there is a better place to light a candle of Chanukah than this place, the Western Wall. According to the UN Resolution, the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem but occupied "Palestinian" territory. According to the UN Resolution, they left them in Modi'in and its surrounding villages. These villages and regions were "occupied Palestinian territory". Of course, the Palestinians came much later**

We were in these places, we go back to these places. I ask those countries that bless us this day for a Happy Chanukah, "How could they vote for the UN Resolution that says this place where we celebrate Chanukah is occupied territory?" The Wall is not occupied, the Jewish Quarter is not occupied, and other places are also not occupied. Therefore we do not accept, nor can we accept the decision. We are also confident in our future as we know our past. I would like here and now to light a candle of Chanukah on behalf of Israel,  forever. Happy Hanukah!
** Arabs did not call themselves Palestinians until Arafat came along after the 1967 war. Prior to this Jews and Arabs lived in the "British Mandate of Palestine", and in fact, Arabs would get upset if they were call "Palestinians" (tab)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Reaction to Geert Wilders Conviction (In A Political Trial)

We Will Never Let Them Take Away Our Freedom of Speech~Hear! Hear!

The Jewish Naqba~Time for the Truth!

Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands~1950
When Israel was celebrating the miracle of it's re-birth she also had to contend with the foolishness of "nakba" day in Israel. This has nothing to do with human rights because anyone who has the courage to be honest and look at the facts will know that regardless of the problems the arabs have in Israel, they are still treated far better that they are in any Arab country! The idea that Israel is "apartheid" or is responsible for "murdering innocents" is nothing more than the old "blood libels" with a twist.

For some time I have been interested in the Jews who originated from Arab countries. There are many stories and opinions. What there has not been in the past, is the recognition of these Jews whose numbers are estimated as being close to one million. They were brutally attacked, many murdered and almost the entire population run out of the countries in which they had lived for centuries. The fled with little more than the shirts on their backs. Many came to Israel where they faced a new set of problems, and many were dispersed to westernized countries around the world. What has not been said, is that they did not claim to be "perpetual refugees". They bore their hardships, suffered the indignities and worked hard to integrate and begin new lives. 

One of my favorite sites for information is a blog called Point of No Return. There are stories, pictures, videos and much more. I urge you to visit the site and learn the truth!

These are the people who faced a "True Nakba"~Do Take Time to Educate Yourself!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Ethnic Cleansing of Jews From Arab Countries

I have a very dear friend who survived the Shoah with her mother and two sisters. Her teen years were spent in Auschwitz. 

Rather than let the horror of the evil she lived through take over her life, she went on to marry and raise an amazing family of her own. At the same time she returned to school and eventually became a psychologist. She made aliyah and dedicated herself to working with those suffering trauma~especially victims of the Shoah and their families.

She  told us a story of a visit she was asked to make to a seniors living facility in Israel. The residents were not Ashkenazim from Europe, or even Sabras (native Israelis). They were Sephardi Jews who had lived in Middle-Eastern countries occupied by Arabs~countries such as Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria. Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia and other areas.

As she greeted the people she told them a bit of her own story. She acknowledged that they most likely could not identify with her tribulations and asked if any of them had ever gone through trauma during their lifetimes.

What followed was a flood of stories about the persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Jews from the Middle-East. These people had carried the horror of their escape and expulsion all their lives and very few people had heard of it~or wanted to hear of it! It is a story that even our own government in Israel has not given a loud enough voice to. 

More than a million Jews were expelled between 1946 and 1974~over a million "forgotten" fugitives viciously expelled from the Arab world. More than a million suffering, destitute souls whom the world tried to forget, while the victims themselves quietly accepted their fate as they struggled to reach a safe place and begin their lives again. For thousands of years Jews had been living in Arabic lands. They were there before Islam, and they remained, accepting their fate and being thankful for the miracle of their survival.

The beginning of their exodus, 1948, coincided with the birth of the State of Israel. While Arab armies were preparing to invade the young refugee-country, and survivors of the Shoah were cramming into leaking "ships" to return to the land they had prayed to return to, a few hundred thousand Arabs from the former "British Mandate of Palestine" were getting ready to flee their homes~convinced that the Jews would be pushed into the sea, and they would return as conquerors and "take it all" .

They filled up camps built on their "brothers" land, but because of their refusal to integrate~and their brother's refusal to let them~they continued to pass on their refugee status to the next generations to this very day. A few hundred thousand has become over seven million! Seven million "refugees" who have their own UN agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to feed and care for them with billions of dollars from western countries. Unlike others, they never give up their refugee status and remain willing pawns to be used by the Arab world in their efforts to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.

The Jews from Arab countries did not get any special status~or any status at all for that matter. They had lost everything including relatives, memories and the very graves their ancestors were buried in. They never asked for compensation, a right to return, or even made a fuss to have their story told…

There are many blogs where you can find facts and information on Jewish refugees from Arab countries. One of my favourites is Point of No Return. Another great source is Pierre Rehov. His films dig deep below the surface to reveal the truth. I urge all to watch the movie below and learn more about the "Silent Exodus". Hopefully, one day, the truth will be known... 

Silent Exodus a Movie by Pierre Rehov ( updated 2015 )


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