Thursday, 30 December 2010

Once Again~The Voyage of the Idiots

An article in Arutz 7 notes that the Israeli Navy has been monitoring the movements of activists on a Syrian ship that is supposed to carry activists and "aid" to Gaza via an overland route from an Egyptian port.

There are more than a few things wrong with these people and their motives. For starters:

* On a daily basis Israel sends more goods into Gaza than these ships carry.
* With yet another shopping mall being built and food in the markets overflowing~there is No Disaster in Gaza--only what Hama is imposing on their own people
* Exports (though limited) are being allowed out of Gaza, and,
* The Raffah crossing with Egypt has been almost completely opened up.
* The only thing Israel is trying to stop is weapons and Jihadists. Well Duuhhh...

There is a story behind the chant that all muslims love so much-- the rallying "Peace Cry" heard from the IHH terrorists on board the Mavi Marmara as they prepared to crash the blockade on Gaza.

In 628, Muhammad had besieged the Jewish city Khaybar, but first he sent in assassins to murder the Jewish leaders of the city. After a bloody battle the Jews surrendered. Muhammad imposed the Jizya tax [for all non-Muslims], and they became dhimmis [officially second-class citizens]. Muhammed also demanded that the Jews turn over to the Muslims half of their crops (Note: the Muslims did not know how to raise crops--not much has changed). On the day the Jews of Khaybar surrendered, Muhammad took the Jewish wife of the city leader as a wife (he had previously killed her father) and at the same time, had her husband tortured to death--they wanted to know where he had hidden his treasure. (Source: Kitab al-Maghazi, Vol. 2, pages 440-479).

This victory against the Jews in Khaybar has been burned into Muslim memory. This event is a source for mockery towards the Jews and it is constantly invoked at every opportunity when the Arab-Israeli conflict is involved. And hey guys--there were no "settlements" back then! It is very common to hear Arabs / Palestinians and their lefty useful idiots shouting "Khaybar demonstrations just the like Turkish terrorists on board the Flotilla headed towards Gaza shouted a few months ago (see the video below).

From the mouths of their own people listen to these "Peace Activists" singing: Khaybar, Khaybar ya yahud. Jaish Muhammed soufa ya’oud! (O Jews of Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning!) The chant implies that history will repeat itself...ummm, yes

Khaybar, Khaybar Ya Yahud...The Song of "Peace" ??

Guilty ! So Say the Courts to Moshe Katzav

Today in a unanimous verdict, a three-judge panel convicted former president Moshe Katzav of two counts of rape, one count of an indecent act, sexual harassment of three women and an attempt to obstruct justice. The only charge he was not convicted on was one of harassing a witness. While one of the attacks occurred while he was transportation minister the other assaults were carried out from inside the President's Residence--what a desecration!

For Israel this sends out the message that with all of our flaws, we have a democratic system and the law works. For Moshe Katzav it should be a time of reflection and regret, but he remains obstinate accusing everybody but himself of wrong doing. Indeed many residents of his home town still stand behind him. One has to wonder if it is because they really believe in his innocence or if it is the voice of the "old guard" speaking using that old knee-jerk reaction that it must be the fault of the woman...

The judges declared that:

* Katzav's testimony had been "replete with lies,"
* While he accused the media of "trying him publicly," he himself "used   the media to his advantage whenever he could"; and
* he should have accepted the plea bargain that was offered him
***It Should be Noted:
The State Prosecutor in Israel is facing criticism for having even offered a moderate plea bargain in the--case and well he should!

Born in Iran, Katzav immigrated to Israel with his parents in 1951. He was able to make a career in public service serving in many positions prior to being appointed president. Although the role of president in Israel is symbolic, when the person in this position abuses his position to take advantage of those working for him it brings shame on the entire country. More so for all the thousands of Jews who have made aliyah through the years this man denigrates the hard work and dedication of the those who have worked and sacrificed to help our little country blossom.

The minimum sentence for these charges is four years in jail. It has been announced that his passport was taken away, but so far he is not held in custody.  I would hope he gets a strong sentence and be made to undergo rehabilitation for sexual predators. His crimes are bad enough, but as someone who was in the position of representing our country, Israel, in front of the world his crimes are just plain evil. It will be interesting to see what the courts decide.

This person brings shame and a disgrace to the citizens  and the country he represented, and to all men in general. He came from a country where women are treated as chattel and Jews are persecuted. He achieved a career, a wife, family, and a position of honour in our country. He used that position to abuse others in a most disgusting way--in truth, there are no words. His picture should never be shown next to the flag of Israel.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Update to Carmel Fire Tragedy~A Gift of Joy

Danny Hayat
On Tuesday, 28 December, less than ten days after Danny Hayat succumbed to burns suffered while battling the Carmel fire, his widow, Hofit gave birth to a baby girl at the Afula hospital--it is reported that both mother and daughter are healthy.

After fighting for his life for two weeks, 35-year old Danny Hayat became the 44th victim of the disastrous fire on the 19th of December.  He was being treated at Rambam hospital, and recently had begun receiving artificial skin grafts. Family and friends felt that he was getting stronger and would recover.

Mrs. Netanyahyu & Hofit Hayat
Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid visits to the victims families and was instrumental in raising funds for the costly skin grafts given to Danny Hayat. She enlisted Keren Hayesod (The United Israel Appeal) to donate the funds, and through them raised 150,000 euros ($199,565) to purchase artificial skin for the operation. Mrs. Netanyahu is pictured with (then pregnant) Hofit Hayat at the hospital.

Danny Hayat was the founder and commander of the Jezreel rescue unit. The unit's flag had hung outside the intensive care room.  In addition to his wife and baby daughter Danny left behind two sons.

Uri Samandayev
Elad Rivan
Danny Hayat, his partner, 26 year old Uri Samandayev and 16 year old volunteer fireman Elad Rivan rushed to fight the flames engulfing a bus carrying cadets sent to evacuate  terrorist prisoners from Damon Prison--according to reports none of the prisoners were injured. Both Smandayev and Rivan died at the scene, while Hayat was rescued in critical condition, with burns to 65 percent of his body.
 The picture shown to the left was taken by a tour guide from a point overlooking the bus just  seconds before the wall of flames closed in. Also visible is the car of Commander Ahuva Tomer who had gone after the bus to help the trapped cadets.

She was one of two people who were rescued from the blaze only to succumb to their injuries later, in hospital. 

Commander Ahuva Tomer
 Haifa police chief Ahuva Tomer's car was on the road behind  the bus filled with cadets when the wall of flames roared up and  in a matter of a few seconds engulfed the area trapping them all. She was found  and rushed to hospital with burns to 90 percent of her body but was unable to overcome her injuries. To read more follow the links HERE and HERE and HERE.

Cadet Jalal Bissan

Prison Service cadet Jalal Bissan aged 29, a resident of the Arab village Jatt in the northern Galilee region was aboard the trapped bus. He was taken to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa  with burns to 95 percent of his body but never regained consciousness. He had been hooked up to an artificial lung for the last two days of his life and died as a result of severe infection. According to the commander of the Prison Services central district, Jalal's goal was to move up in the Prison Service ranks and he was accepted to the officers' course.  He described Jalal as a very serious and dependable person. Jalal is survived by his wife and two children. 

Baruch Dayan Emet

Just for Fun~Flash Mob Israel

For all the people out there who say Israelis are violent, war-mongers, racists or what ever--this video clip is for you. In September 2010, the folks at  Rishon Le Zion (First to Zion) beach in Israel were surprised with a mass "Flash Mob" dance put on as part of the new Lottery campaign. Rishon Le Zion is the fourth largest city in Israel (and very nice place to visit). The huge bug-eyed yellow, orange and blue "balls" in the background are everywhere the tickets are sold--no offense to the Lottery guys but they are a really ugly looking mascot or whatever you want to call them. This is just one of many flash mob videos, taken in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, etc--because Israelis just love to have fun.

Even though we are surrounded by enemies, peppered with kassams (rockets meant to kill and maim) and plagued with jihadists trying to kill (any way they can), the majority of Israelis simply want to enjoy life, and do so with great gusto. For those who continually criticize Israel I dare you to try this in Gaza--or any Muslim country for that matter! 

For those of you who are pro-Gaza/Hamas I thought I would enclose a few pictures from the beautiful Gaza beaches now that Hamas is running things. This is not a joke--this is what you get when you allow Sharia in. Wake up folks--they are already trying to bringing this garbage to the west and unless somebody gets the guts to say "enough" we will all be dragged back to the dark ages.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

A New Cover for Joseph's Tomb

Arutz 7 has reported that a new ornate cover was placed over the gravestone in the tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph in Shechem

This photo and others were taken and sent to Arutz 7 by Ma'ayan Ayish of Yitzhar, and can be seen at this link.

The tombstone (and many other Jewish Sites) were torched, defiled and desecrated by Arab vandals--a common practice among Muslims, who demand utmost respect for anything holy to them (of course!).

The destruction of the site was heartbreaking and carried out with violent hatred. The video below shows the tomb before and also during the desecration. Please watch it all--then imagine the world outcry if such a thing were done to an Islamic site. The time has long past for us to keep on with this politically correct madness--this is just one example of the ongoing bias, hatred and outright racism that is creeping into the world. The Arab countries surrounding Israel make no secret of their goal to wipe out the Jews and have all  of Israel and the middle-east under Islam--followed by the rest of the world. Nobody cries out when Abbas declares that not one Jew will step on "Palestinian" ground, but when rabbis warn Jews not to rent or sell our Holy Land to Arabs we are suddenly called racist.

Wake up! Be informed! There are many sites that translate Arab papers. You will soon learn the truth, that in their world there is always one speech for the English speakers and then there is what they tell their own people in Arabic.

Look at the size of Israel--then look at the size of the rest of the Arab countries surrounding it. Forcing us to cede any more land is a death penalty. Remember--if Israel is gone every country in the world will be on the threatened list--many already are almost  taken over.  Look at how Islam has spread through the Middle-East and Africa. The Muslim world is never content with what they have--their goal is to have it all--an Islamic caliphate that will rule the world--there is no such thing in Islam as living peacefully side by side. Islam only knows domination. We must take a stand now, for ourselves, our children and all future generations. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and All of Israel...

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Of Pig Races and Cemetaries~Rememer the Alamo ?

So, I received an email about a group of citizens in Seville, Spain who objected to the building of a mosque. They did not protest or make a fuss. Instead they buried a pig on the property. Is this true? A quick search reveals many posts and comments about the incident which supposedly took place this summer--Although pictures were provided, I have not been able to confirm the truth of it. 

However, I did find this post at Bare Naked Islam, dated 30 June 2010 about a story that was on Fox News,that does seem to be true. Apparently a  muslim group purchased land (next to a pig farm?) to build a mosque. As one who lives in the middle east I have had my days and nights disturbed with the screeching from mosque turrets--I would not want one in my neighborhood if I was living anyplace else (not really a choice here). Babies and pets find it equally disturbing.

Back to the story--the next move of the Islamic group was to ask the Texas farmer to push off--or at least get rid of the pigs near their property line apparently their were also some slurs. Obviously this Muslim group does not know about Texans and the Alamo--you just don't mess with Texans. As the farmer was there first, he resented how he was being treated so, what did the farmer do?  Hint:  He started holding pig races during prayer times! Seriously--watch the clip! (It should be noted that the pigs did not appear to suffer harm during their race to the trough!)

How the PA Treats Their "Special Needs Children"

On December 23rd, Beit El's "around the clock" security office was alerted to an infiltration at the security fence. Residents were told to stay in side with doors locked. A short time later IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldiers found a deranged young man walking towards the settlement. At first the soldiers thought he was drunk, but upon investigation realized that he was suffering from a mental illness.

The boy told investigators that his family wanted him dead. He said they threatened him at gunpoint, forcing him to walk towards the settlement with the hope that soldiers would think he was trying to infiltrate the town and would shoot him. The IDF soldiers searched and caught four family members fleeing the area.

Now, for the sake of argument, imagine what would have happened if this poor young man had been shot...Yeah, the world would be coming to Israel with tar and feathers and of course cameras for their "Photo-Op", while the "family" would be wailing and gnashing their teeth at the loss of their precious child (while demanding compensation and retribution, of course). And so it goes...

About Soldiers Who Defend Us

In England, North America and even Israel there are groups who make it a point to come out and hurl abuse at soldiers as they do their duty or return from a tour of duty. Without these brave souls we would not be enjoying the freedoms we do. To abuse them is a travesty. Sadly there has not been a loud enough defense for those who put their lives on the line for us. Thank Goodness Pat Condell has once again spoken up in his hard-hitting style. Although he is speaking about the "Sharia for the UK" fools who abused the returning soldiers in Luton, his words could apply to every country where the laws of freedom allow these welfare-collecting creeps to abuse young men and women of the Armed Forces. Good for him--now what are we going to do about it !

Jihad Bells from Bethlehem

Latma TV is well know for their comedy skits in Israel. Of course they have applied their wit to the Season. Sadly, for the PA to sing Jihad Bells is not unusual. The actual song starts at 1:28. Lets all pray that as a New Year starts we will begin to see an end to hatred and religious persecution. You can see all of their videos on their YouTube Channel. Meanwhile--Enjoy!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A Time to Honour and Reflect

I have written about Arlington Cemetery here and I admit I am an ardent supporter of the Armed Forces in every free democratic country. I don't think enough can be said of the troops who stand on the front lines so we can enjoy our freedoms. Of all countries, I find that  the USA, (Arlington Cemetery) stands out as a shining example for us all. This story is one example, but it raises questions.  Why is this not mentioned in the mainstream media? Why is it that more people are not aware of this?  As a Jew I do not observe the season,  but I am touched by the honour and respect that is shown for those who have given their all. Maybe the rest of the world isn't interested but what is wrong that the US Media sees fit to turn a blind eyel? Shame on them.

Christmas at Arlington Cemetery
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held,
Your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up
where you fell,
The line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...

There is a beautiful story about the wreaths at Arlington Cemetery. Each year some 5,000 wreaths are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

Hooray for Merrill Worcester and the people who take part in this amazing work. To the teachers in Maine who are giving students real values--you will reap the rewards of the seeds you are sowing--Never Stop!

With all the bad things going on in the world this is one touching act of love that should be shared. Please do pass it on to everyone you know. May God Bless and Keep all the Fallen Soldiers and Protect those who are fighting--even now.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Islam Was Born Out of Child Abuse And Rape

There is an amazing article on the blog Sultan Knish that must be read by all. I quote:

Islam was born out of the brutal rape of a little girl. As the mother of the Sunni Caliphate, Aisha is not just an incidental figure. Her marriage to Mohammed lies at the heart of Islam. The alliance between her father and her abuser made Islam viable by giving its prophet his first real power base. After Mohammed's death, her father used that connection to the Chief Prophet of Islam, to gain the political upper hand over Mohammed's son-in-law in the civil war that arose afterward. And it was her father who oversaw the codification of the Koran in its written form.

And further down:
Islam's Prophet had been forced to marry an older woman for financial reasons, but after her death spoke constantly of finding a "young girl to play with". From kidnapping and raping women to marrying his son's wife to molesting a little girl who still played with dolls-- Islam allowed Mohammed to indulge his worst impulses. Mohammed reached such a level of arrogance that when he wanted to set aside one of his wives' marital rights, he received yet another convenient 'revelation' from Allah. At which point the Koran records Aisha as saying, "O Allah's Apostle I do not see but that your Lord hurries in pleasing you." Here the true nakedness of Islam is revealed. Mohammed's Allah was nothing more than his pimp. 

There is so much more. I urge you to Click the Link and read the entire post. As always the Sultan (aka Daniel Greenfield) has captured the facts and presented them with awesomeness. 

Garbage Island~Not a Holiday Getaway

The blogosphere is full of amazing things--this is but one of them. Every time America or China (or anybody else) dumps plastic in water and it ends up in the ocean there are currents that grab the stuff sending it all to the same place.

It all ends up in the northwest part of the Pacific Ocean, approximately a thousand miles off the coast of California--a mass of floating plastic and other debris sometimes called Garbage Island or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it is estimated to be the size of Texas--some even say the size of the USA.
Not all of the garbage stays on the surface. Plastic does not biodegrade, but it does break into minuscule pieces that float just below the surface. These tantalizing bits are mistaken for food by fish and other sea animals when in fact they contain all kinds of toxins. Research has shown that this plastic marine debris affects at least 267 species worldwide--and, consider this, while the fish eat the plastic--we eat the fish.

By the way, although it may be called an island, if you try to stand on it you will sink right through--and immediately be covered over in plastic. In my opinion, instead of spending billions of dollars on costly global warming "conferences" maybe our governments should think about finding a solution to all the tons of plastic just "gathering" in the ocean--and growing...

Monday, 20 December 2010

What About Anjem Choudary?

Anjem Choudary is a well know figure in the UK. He calls for Sharia in England and wants Buckingham Palace turned into a Mosque. But how much do we really know about this "mouth" for Islam? 

In a 2006 report, student friends say he called himself "Andy", drank (alcohol), indulged in casual sex, smoked pot and even took LSD. Now he apparently lives off the "dole" and is calling for Sharia in the UK. 

Once again, Pat Condell has managed to put "Andy" Choudary in (comic) perspective--Enjoy!

Just What was Behind the Stabbing of Two Women?

All of Israel is buzzing with the news of two women who were stabbed while hiking near Beit Shemesh. Who and Why are the biggest questions. I found an article from Israel Insider on the incident--part is quoted below. Do go to their site for the entire story...

An American tourist killed in a forest outside Jerusalem was employed by an evangelical missionary cult (CMJ) that promotes Christianity with the primary purpose of converting Jews. Kristine Luken, in her mid-40s, was stabbed to death in mysterious circumstances Saturday while hiking with a "messianic" female friend, Kaye Susan Wilson, a tour guide for the missionary organization. 

The website of CMJ claims their goal is:
'To encourage Jewish people to come to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah, to support them in serving him as Lord in the light of God's purpose for them, and to equip the church to be involved in this mission.'

Missionary activity aimed at converting Jews to Christianity is illegal in Israel. The organization this woman worked for makes no secret of their intentions. 

So, why were they attacked? We may never know. Did they try to "share" their beliefs with the two men? It would certainly explain the attack. While Jewish laws are somewhat slack when it comes to missionaries the Arab world has no regard for any laws, or life.

Now, the press is questioning all aspects of the attack, but another question arises. How is it that someone who was actively involved in stealing Jewish souls is allowed to live in Israel? And when the second victim recovers, then what? Will she be allowed to continue her messianic work in Israel? We are supposed to be a Jewish state, and while I am all for allowing everyone to visit sites holy to their beliefs I feel very strongly that missionaries should be reined in.

Make no mistake--the attack on these women is tragic and inexcusable and I along with all people in Israel and around the world pray those responsible are found quickly. Tragically, it will not restore the life of Kristine Luken.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

November 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote

Although the day in question has passed it is still an amazing story. Think what you like about Miracles, but consider that after thousands of years and countless attacks the people known as "Jews" managed to forge their own little country out of sand, swamp and constant attacks--but more than that--We are Still Here!

29 November 1947~The Story

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Hassan Nasrallah Wants Jews Out of Israel

A news flash from Arutz 7 reports that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Thursday, that the removal of Jews from the Land of Israel and conquering the land by Arabs was a principle that the Arab world could not surrender on. Speaking at a Shi'ite religious event, Nasrallah said that “we will bring thousands of martyrs” to kill Jews in Jerusalem. “We will never recognize Israel. We will not surrender a grain of Palestine's sand.” 

Nasrallah as we all know, spends his time hiding in caves  only to rear his ugly mug and scream for bloody massacres (mostly of Jews). As he was born in an eastern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon one has to question just what his connection to "Palestine" is--other than his complete Jew-hatred.

Hezbollah has long been fighting for control in Lebanon and is gaining strength. Most recently Nasrallah threatened action if the report on the Hariri Inquiry is released--most likely because it is rumored that agents of Hezbollah and Syria are to be indicted for the murder. Nasrallah is a staunch supporter of terrorists and murderers.

Samir Kuntar &  Hassan Nasrallah
One of his pet lapdogs is Samir Kuntar who was released by Israel in exchange for the bodies of two reservists, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, captured by Hezbollah in the Zar'it-Shtula Incident (a "cross-border" attack and therefore an act of war under international law) that sparked the 2006 Lebanon War. Kuntar, was part of the attempted kidnapping of an Israeli family in Nahariya that resulted in the deaths of four Israelis.

In a most sadistic attack they broke into the home of Danny Haran and dragged Danny and his four year old daughter Einat, to the beach. Kuntar shot Danny at close range in the back, in front of his daughter, and drowned him in the sea to ensure he was dead. Next, eyewitnesses said Kuntar smashed the head of four year-old Einat on beach rocks and continued smashing her skull with the butt of his rifle until the child was dead. Since his release he has been feted and given  honours and awards by Syria and Lebanon (Hezbollah). This is who follows Hassan Nasrallah. 

Would Nasrallah attack Israel? Well, he would certainly incite and scream for an all out attack, but like the majority of the leaders in the Arab world he will rant and rave and call for young men to die, but  if (when) war breaks out, Nasrallah, like in 2006, will be holed up in his cave, screaming for Jewish blood. This old song has been around since 2006, but it is still relevant--Hassan Nasrallah, is still hiding and calling for "others" to do his murderous dirty work... 

Yalla Ya Nasrallah

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Danny Danon's Apology to Turkey

When the Mavi Marmara left Turkey it was to the screams of Kaiber, Kaiber el Yahoud, and multiple testimonies from terrorists hoping to get their 72 virgins. Nine of them succeeded and the fake peace mission was exposed. Since then we have had to listen to Turkey's PM, Recep Tayyip Erdogan braying like the jackass he is, everytime a TV camera is in range. He wants compensation so high it will break the Israeli government, he wants sanctions, he wants apologies and on and on.

On Tuesday, Israeli MK Danny Danon of Likud gave him his “apology” via a letter he read aloud in the Knesset. It doesn't get much better than this...

To the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  
(by way of the Turkish ambassador to Israel)
Regarding: The request for an apology to the government of Turkey for the events aboard the Mavi Marmara of the Gaza flotilla.
I would like to apologize to you in the name of the entire state of Israel for the fact that the state of Israel did not take sufficient care to check the terrorist ship Marmara before it left Turkey. That would have prevented the ship from being armed with guns and other weapons, and from transporting terrorist activists under the patronage of the Turkish government.

Because of our excellent relationship, and your great respect for the state of Israel and the Zionist enterprise, I must apologize for the fact that the naval commandos who, when they reached the ship, were greeted by armed terrorist resistance that aimed to murder them did not immediately defend themselves with gunfire, and instead acted with restraint toward the pretend “peace activists” who sought to kill them.

Apologies for the fact that the commandos acted carefully, taking into account the presence of civilians on the ship, and killed only nine terrorists. If the state authorities had known that there were terrorists on the ship, the order would have been given to kill any person endangering our troops.

With your permission, one more apology is necessary, for Israel's decision to release the dangerous terror supporters who were on the ship and not put them on trial for attempted murder, and even to pay for their tickets home.

And finally, please accept our full and heartfelt apology, for not asking the United Nations to censure Turkey, and for not demanding an investigation into the connection between the IHH terrorist organization,  your party and you, Mr. Erdogan.

Warm wishes,
MK Danny Danon, speaking on behalf of the Israeli Knesset

Yes! The spirit of the forefathers is strong in this one.
Thanks Mr. Danon--You've made my day!

Converts With Kids~Part II

I began this topic after meeting many converts with children. As in Part I, where I dealt with younger children, I reiterate that these posts are assuming that you will make an Halachic Conversion with an Orthodox beit din and that you will keep the mitzvot.

As children reach their teen years they come under many pressures, and being an Orthodox Jew adds to this. In a Jewish community pre-teens and teens are taught modest behaviour  and are used to separation between the sexes. If they have grown up in an observant home these things will come naturally. But what happens when you convert and you have a teen? Your child will be more aware of changes and might resent being pulled from a secular lifestyle into the observant world, but it is more than that. 

The change from celebrating "xtian" based holidays to the Jewish Calendar is hard--even for a consenting adult. Telling your teen there is no TV or video games on Shabbat and that there are days when fasting is expected are cause for rebellion. Think of the impact of telling a teen he will not be going to grandma for xmas--because Jews don't celebrate idol worship...think about it.

Now add in the need to pray three times a day (plus bedtime Shema) and the need for boys to wear Tsitzit and Kippah and to start laying Tefillin from Bar Mitzva...well you can guess the problems. Again, if they have been exposed from birth or pre-school the change is simpler. Many teens just cannot handle the burden and feel the need to escape. Once this happens it is very difficult to maintain "your lifestyle" and try to woo your teen back home.

Now think about social occasions. How do you tell your daughter that there are places where women are not allowed? Everything from prayers to weddings have a separation between men and women. No "mixed" parties. This is more "normal" in Israel, but think about the community you are living in right now. If your child is in a secular school and is invited to a party what reaction will there be when you say "No".  

For those of you who choose to remain in your own country, you will have different considerations than those who are making Aliyah to Israel. By "staying where you are" you will face the difficulty of "separation" while at close range. The reality is, you can be friends with non-Jews, but you will find that the differences are so great that you will be forced to distance yourself. I know you are thinking..."Well, I can still keep my same friends". And yes, you can, but then you should not be considering conversion. This is the reality. Choosing to convert to Judaism is not just a matter of "belief" or "feeling" or  the latest "fad"Jews are a people and Jewishness comes through the bloodline of the mother. You can convert, but you should only do it if you are ready to sever yourself completely from your old life. If you have kids you truly need to consider the implications. Are you willing to "lose your children" (Gd Forbid)? It has happened.

To be continued...

Canadian Bloggers are Threatened

The blogging world contains a wealth of information and I spend a good deal of time reading a number of outstanding blogs. Each of the sites mentioned in this post have a track record for consistently good reporting and are recommended reading.

Coming to a City Near You...
While reading Mesopotamia West I found this item: At least two Canadian bloggers have received death threats from a woman by the name of Afarin Maleki-Raei.The first threat went to blogger Blazing Cat Fur..."I vow I will avenge my family's honor, in the name of Allah. I will make a formal complaint Monday to the OHRC and they will handle you. You will be arrested by those respected detectives. Even if it takes every penny I have or I have to sell my skin I will get you. You will know what suffering means you dirty Zionist garage. [sic]"

And the second went to The Propagandist after it reported on the first threat: "You will see the power and glory our family has in this country. This isn't Gaza strip where you can bully and murder innocents because of your weapons supplied by your Xristian [sic] blood thirsty friends. This is Canada. Islamic Canada. We Iranians have built up in 10 years what you Zionist pigs could not achieve in 50 in Toronto. And this is what scares you.I asked you nicely to remove all references to my family. You did not comply now you will deal with the glorious and brutal York Regional Police. I declare a Fatwa on you and your loved ones. That means we can strike anytime, any place and their blood will be your issue. I told you the consequences will be dire and they will. I suspect you will see the first of it this week."

Mesopotamia West also notes that there is a history behind the threats..."There's more to this story, and this family, judging by this post"...

Apparently the site at the link, Toronto Auto Station Scam was set up to deal with the scams and harassment of this family of "Immigrants".--I found this in their sidebar: "If you have been harassed, scammed, or threatened by the owners of Toronto Auto Station or any member of the Maleki (re: Maleki-Raei) family, please share your story and contact us at: correspondence will be kept confidential. If you have any documents you would like us to post we will edit out all personal information to protect your safety."

From Blazing Cat Fur
Blazing Cat Fur has posted about this here (dirty Zionist Garage) and again here (Finally! My Own Fatwa!). Blazing Cat Fur also gives the email of the individual involved,

As you can see there is a long history and you need to follow the links  and read it all. I find it  troubling that these people come into a free, democratic country as immigrants, milk the system, cheat,  and for some reason, when exposed, are very comfortable to publicly use and print names of police officers  while sending out threats...umm and what are these police officers doing about this? Why is this lunatic Iranian throwing out their names so freely? I also find it disturbing to see them claim "This is Canada. Islamic Canada." Excuse Me?? What is Happening in Canada!

Wake up people because Creeping Sharia is picking up speed and using political correctness is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Time to stand up and insist that Canadian Law is upheld--and I do believe it is illegal to break  Canada's laws and  then use the names of Canadian police officers to threaten those that expose criminal activities. I will not print the officers' names, but they are given on the sites in the post. To that end, I encourage everyone to visit the sites and support the bloggers who expose this evil infiltration--they are on the front lines of the battle...but we will all be next unless we stamp out this darkness that is invading the free world.

Israel's Critical Security Needs for Survival

Once again the PA is raising its ugly head, threatening that unless All of their demands are met, they will have the UN declare their state within Israel's borders.  Argentina and Brazil have already started the ball rolling and thanks to the posturing of the Obama regime our enemies now feel they will finally wipe us off the map. This clip shows what will happen if the UN, EU, and US force Israel into borders that are not defensible.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Terrorists Moving to Hevron !

 The Cave of the Patriarchs is Judaism's second holiest site. At the Cave of Machpela, there is an iron gate. From there one descends stairs--upon reaching the third cave one will find six graves. These are the graves of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and opposite them, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. Also inside the cave are many barrels, filled with bones of Israelites who would bring the bones of their dead to the Cave in the age of Israel.

The area around Hevron has always been a hot spot and now the temperatures have been upped. Arutz 7 has reported that the Palestinian Authority is building a "new" neighborhood next to the resting place of our forefathers and mothers . With funding from with funding from the German and Spanish governments the PA is constructing 900 homes which will house thousands of arabs, in what will be a new casbah between Kiryat Arba and Hevron that will cut off the main artery of traffic.

As if this isn't bad enough, the "New Neighbours" are going to be freed terrorists and their families brought in from other cities and towns of Judea and Samaria! The family of one terrorist currently serving time for murdering a Jew will be given free housing in the complex.

Construction is going on in an area that is under full Israeli control, yet Israeli authorities are doing nothing to halt the project. Security people say they are aware of the risks but attempts to bring the issue up have been blocked "out of political considerations" ...

To read the full article follow the link to Arutz 7

Jews Should Marry Jews!

All over Jerusalem and Israel you will see members of Chabad helping Jewish men to put on Tefillin. Gutman Locks has another goal as well and that is to teach Jewish young people that they must avoid intermarriage. He also makes and interesting point, that if a woman converts  only for the purpose of marriage, it may Not be a Kosher Conversion!

He also tells them that all religions in the world are based on belief--that is, whatever you believe that is your religion--kind of like the flavor of the day. A Buddhist can become a Muslim or both can become Christian. Only Judaism is different because Jewishness comes from the MotherWe are a People--Not a Faith!

Israel and the Shark Conspiracy

Following a series of deadly shark attacks, Sharm el-Sheik's beaches were closed indefinitely so as not to endanger the lives of tourists. There are many theories as to what drew these beasts to the shoreline, including the dumping of carsasses to receding waterlines to Environmentalists warnings that the attacks are likely a result of the Red Sea's declining ecosystem

Egypt, however would have none of that, and after serious investigations announced  the amazing discovery that the sharks had been trained, then dumped along Sharm el-Sheik's beaches to destroy the tourism trade. And who would commit such a dastardly deed?? Why, the Israeli Mossad--of course! Remember they have already trained poisonous snakes to attack only arab farm workers, and in Jerusalem they released super rats who bred hundreds of times faster than normal and were trained to search out arabs and attack them. There was also something about trained wild boars--but I digress.

I found this on Elder of Ziyon and just had to share it. Do visit his excellent site.

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Monday, 13 December 2010

The Fast of 10 Tevet~17 December 2010

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.
May you have a meaningful fast.

Remember Those Who Sacrifice so You Can Celebrate

Although Jews do not celebrate xtian holidays, I was touched by this item that arrived in my inbox. I confess that I always support the Armed Forces who are deployed world wide in the name of Freedom and Democracy.

A blurb declared it was written by a Soldier stationed in Afghanistan but many claim credit. A Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan--December 1986 seems to be the first. Regardless of nationality or religion, our troops around the world sacrifice so we can all have our holidays. This is a beautiful reminder of what they are willingly doing for us. Please, Pass It On!

The Night Before Christmas

 Twas the night before Christmas, He lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house, Made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, With presents to give,
And to see just who, In this home did live.
I looked all about, A strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, Not even a tree.
No stocking by the mantle, Just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures, Of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, Awards of all kinds,
A sober thought, Came through my mind.
For this house was different, It was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier, Once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, Silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor, In this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, The room in such disorder, Not how I pictured, A "Nation's" soldier.
Was this the hero, Of whom I'd just read?, Curled up on a poncho, The floor for a bed?
I realized the families, That I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers, Who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, The children would play,
And grownups would celebrate, A bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom, Each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers, Like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder, How many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve, In a land far from home.
The very thought brought A tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees, And started to cry.
The soldier awakened, And I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don't cry.  This life is my choice I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more, 
My life is my God, My country, my corps."
The soldier rolled over, And drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, So silent and still,
And we both shivered, From the cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave, On that cold, dark night,
This guardian of honour, So willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over,
With a voice, soft and pure, Whispered,
"Carry on Santa,
It's Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch, And I knew he was right, 
"Merry Christmas my friend...
And to all a good night."
God Bless our Troops!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The New Definition of "Civilians"

After Operation Cast Lead, Israel was condemned world wide. Once again, Eldor of Ziyon has uncovered the facts: There are hundreds of so-called "civilian victims" who were member of terror organizations. Most of them are listed on the Al Quassam Brigades website with detailed history of their terror activities (in Arabic), yet the World Media called them civilians. 

Austrian MP Ewald Stadler~Finally A Man With BackBone !

Turkish Ambassador Tezcan
The Turkish ambassador to Austria, Kadri Ecvet Tezcan, criticized Austria's, its integration policies, and the Austrian people...“Austrians are not interested in other cultures.” The following is taken a summary by the English language Austrian Times (Ed: emphasis is mine)...
Speaking to Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Kadri Ecvet Tezcan claimed Turks in Vienna knew they were not welcome in Austria, (saying the Turks were treated like a virus). He also revealed having been told that the Austrian foreign minister does not welcome ambassadors for meetings--and revealed he would relocate the United Nations (UN) from Vienna were he leader of the international organization.

Asked why immigrants from Croatia seem to do better at school than most people from Turkey, Tezcan said: “Croats are Christians and therefore welcome in the society, while Turks aren’t. They are constantly being pushed to the corners of the society.”

Regarding the wearing of headscarves he said:
“Does wearing headscarves break the law? No. You haven’t got the right to tell anybody what to do regarding this issue. If you are allowed to bath [sic!] [swim] naked, you should be allowed to wear headscarves” of Ambassador Tezcan’s statements is not only wrong, but simply dangerous: If he believes that he can speak about Austrian citizens with Turkish background as “his” fellow countrymen, he ignores Austria’s sovereignty. Or perhaps Turkey understands itself to be the protecting power for all emigrant Turks. The next step may be to make a territorial claims with regard to the residential areas of “its” people, such as the districts of Favoriten and Fünfhaus in Vienna.

BZO Parliamentarian Ewald Stadler came back with a strong response. In my personal opinion I think he was awesome! Here is the video (English Sub-titles)--We need a lot more politicians like Mr. Stadler. Instead we are burdened with weak-need, politically correct governments who are giving away our freedoms.  
Good for you Mr. Stadler!  

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Remember the Attack on Pearl Harbor~07 December 1941

Pearl Harbour from Japanese Bomber Prior to Attack
On the morning of December 7, 1941 the Japanese launched the attack on Pearl Harbor (named Hawaii Operation or Operation Z by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, and the Battle of Pearl Harbor by Americans). The surprise (cowardly?) military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Americans were taken completely by surprise. The first attack wave targeted  the US airfields and battleships. The second wave aimed for the other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasted until 9:45 am. Eight battleships were damaged and five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels were lost along with 188 aircraft. The casualty list included 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, and 1,178 wounded. Included are 1,104 men  who were aboard the Battleship USS Arizona. The day after the attack, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his famous Infamy Speech to a Joint Session of Congress, calling for a formal declaration of war on the Empire of Japan. Congress obliged his request less than an hour later. Meanwhile, back in Europe, Nazi Germany and the Kingdom of Italy declared war on the United States on December 11th.
While browsing to review the details of that terrible day I could not help thinking that in a manner of speaking history repeats itself.

In particular I was reminded of the murderous terror attack causing the  huge loss of life during 9 / 11.

A quick search revealed that while there have been many attacks against the United States and the freedoms that they have fought to preserve, only  two other  events in history can compare as far as devastating loss of life. 

1) The Battle of Antietam (17 September 1862)  
During this one-day battle--begun by Robert E. Lee to take the war to the North, the losses to both sides were devastating,

The Confederates lost 2,700 soldiers, while the Union 2,108. It is considered one of the most important battles of the Civil War.

US Troops~Against All Odds

2) The Battle of the Bulge (1944-45)
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle of World War II. It began 16 December 1944 and ended 28 January 1945. In the space of 44 days 19,000 US soldiers were killed.

We must never forget...

Converts With Kids~Part I

One thing many converts do not think of is the impact their conversion will have on their family. In this particular case I mean your children. You make the decision to convert for varied reasons, but ultimately the decision is "for you". My points here  are based on a "Halachic Orthodox Conversion" defined on the the Israel Government website as:...a process by which a person exchanges his existing religion for Judaism and thereafter leads a lifestyle based on the written and verbal dictates of the Torah (Bible), belief in the Gd of Israel, performing the mitzvot (righteous deeds or commandments) of the Torah and full identification with the Jewish people.  
Remember, Jews do Not believe in the xtian jesus, and you must vehemently deny any connection to deity, virgin birth or resurrection. You and your children cannot have xmas trees, easter eggs, crosses or other symbols of idol worship. While you are not expected to be a Torah Scholar,  you must be committed to enter into a "new" life style that includes learning, prayer and a mitvot inspired life with Synagogue attendance, Shabbat, Kashrut and for boys kippah, tefillin and tsitzit. Youngsters may not understand (initially) why they cannot go to a birthday party of a non Jew because of kosher issues or why they can't watch TV on Shabbat.
Children from a very young age are more tuned in and observant than we give them credit for. Everything we do leaves an imprint. While a newborn may  not be affected by your change in lifestyle (remembering of course that males must be circumcised), your teen may very well be devastated by the very same things. As kids grow older your conversion will have varying degrees of impact--even if your children are married and have kids of their own. For starters let's consider the impact If Your Children are Minors...
According to the laws of Jewish conversion, a minor is a boy under the age of 13 or a girl under the age of 12. Since children of that age are too young to understand the full significance of the conversion process and its implications, the religious courts accept minors “at their discretion.” This means that the courts accept responsibility for converting children to Judaism and their acceptance into the Jewish faith.
In contrast to adult conversion, the conversion of a minor is provisional. Should the minor later declare, on reaching adulthood, that he does not in fact wish to be Jewish, his conversion is null and void. On the other hand, should he continue to live as a Jew after reaching maturity, he is considered a Jew for all intents and purposes and cannot then leave Judaism.
Your new lifestyle means being part of an Orthodox Community, which includes Synagogue, Jewish Schools and of course "Kosher" shopping. If you move with young children to a Jewish community they may well "stand out in the crowd".  Boys are required to wear a kippah (head cover) and girls must learn modesty in dress and manner. (While this is still an uphill battle, in every society, your daughter will be faced with great differences)
For young boys and girls the experience of a new school is hard enough, but when you add a new lifestyle complete with dress code, food and observance the result can be traumatizing. If you make aliyah to Israel it is much easier to follow an orthodox lifestyle, but there is the added stress of learning a new language (trust me it is not easy!). As children approach puberty they will usually study in separate classes and learn appropriate, modest behaviour.  I should note here that if you want to join a Charedi community there are even more complications. For starters the dress and behaviour rules can be very strict. Teens in particular are very likely to rebel. There are many Charedi youth who fall off the derech (leave the way) and literally run away. Some look for the extreme opposite of  the modest ways they were used to (ie) sex, drugs and rock-n-roll.  For children of a convert the pressures are even greater. To read more on Charedi lifestyle and some true stories of "rebellion" I recommend spending time at the site Shearim. There is a wealth of information drawn from personal experience and interviews with rebels.
To Be Continued...

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