Monday, 25 August 2014

Are You Ready for This Future? Should We Be Afraid?

As one who loves technology, I remain aware and concerned that our growing population is changing primarily due to the very technology that is "freeing us". We are becoming less engaged in life. 

If the world continues to spawn large cities with a majority population consisting of unemployed, uninvolved people who are spending their days watching TV, playing video games and "eating"~we are in a lot of trouble. Even the intellectually inclined who laud the technology that now allows them to spend their time in critical thinking and creative endeavors are not immune.

The human mind does need stimulation, but so does the body~and I am not referring to doing a mile on the treadmill or a weekly "spin-class". We started out "in the beginning" as "hunter-gatherers". In order to survive we had to engage the world around us. Mankind has come a long way~but have we really?

Picture Credit: eScan Blog
I see the changes in small ways, like children no longer running and playing freely~with no electronics~just a ball or a rope and curiousity about the world around them. Our children are so glued to their phones, tablets and consoles that many are losing the ability to communicate "face to face".  They are not learning the art of being engaged in the world around them!

What about outdoor play? Once kids would tie a tire and rope to a tree for hours of fun~Now children are confined to "safe play areas" with sterile, safety approved, playground equipment. A bruised knee can result in removal of the offenseve piece. I am all for child safety and Yes, I did worry myself sick every time my children were not sitting right in front of me, but preventing them from taking on their world is not the answer. Add to this the growing obesity in society and the fact that we now have a problem with morbid obesity in elementary students! What's in their future?

Millions of young people worldwide graduate with large debts and no prospects. As larger numbers of degrees are given for topics like "Gender Analysis in Economics" or "Sexuality and Queer Studies", "Women's and Gender Studies" and on and on~just who will pay for whatever it is that these people are supposed to be doing? How many positions can there ever be? How are the huge student loans to be repaid?? If the majority of the world population are no longer employed, Who will support them? and more to the point, Why will anyone even want to support them in the long term?

The short film below is not a "doomsday" prophecy, but a simple look at a problem that is here~now. As we are advancing at an ever increasing rate, we do indeed face a world where the majority have "no purpose". Isn't it time we started thinking about it?

Here is Some Food for Thought~Do Take Time to Watch to the End...

*Hat Tip to Blazing Cat Fur Blog

Judge Jeanine to Obama~You Need to Leave!

Why Americans Tolerate Such A Vapid, Weak President is Beyond All Belief

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Woman in France Convicted for Saying Islam Is Crap!

Sharia Law is Being Applied in France But This Brave Woman Will Not Back Down!

*For a written translation and the complete story go to Gates of Vienna Blog

In Case You Were Wondering~Here is What She Was Convicted For...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Tisha B'Av 2014~Women In Green Had a Large Turnout!

Bringing Out the Flags to Start the Women in Green Walk
This year, as in previous years I joined friends for the Women in Green Annual Walk around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

As in previous years, the starting point is in the park and begins with the public reading of Eicha. Then, the flags come out, and when the police give the "OK" the walk begins.

This year, they changed the route of the walk due to the funeral of the young father of five who was killed by a terrorist. Sadly, his young children will forever know true mourning on Tisha B'Av.

One aspect of the walk is the mood of the crowd. We walk at a leisurely pace, many carry flags, some sing, and everyone is in a quiet, but "up" mood. The streets on the route are blocked as the marchers fill the road and join together in solidarity.

For years, Nadia Matar has organized this walk around the walls with a police escort, and it is a wonderful way to see the ancient stones and gates that one is normally unable to see.

Nadia Matar (Center) at End of Walk
Generally, it is not possible (for Jews) to walk the circumfrence of the Old City. The reason is, that "east" Jerusalem is too dangerous for Jews without a police escort! While the world calls us "apartheid", they fail to see that Arabs go where they please in Israel, while Jews are lynched if they happen to walk down the wrong street.

This year, we were very dissappointed when the walk was cut short at Zion's gate. We opted not to stay for the speaches and instead made our way to the Kotel.

What was heartening was the huge number of people who were in attendance. As we began walking, Nadia was speaking on an intercom and began listing the places people had travelled from for the walk. In addition to all areas of Israel, people were here from all over the world. People had come from places like Bolivia, Uruguay, all parts of the USA, Europe and beyond.

At one point, Nadia told us to turn around and look behind us. It was quite amazing! People were walking as far as the eye could see. Thousands had turned out! It was amazing to see so many people filling the streets all in support of Israel, and our capitol, Jerusalem!

It is the first time that I have seen the Old City with hardly any people walking around! Many streets were totally empty~no people in site. This added to the desolation and feeling of mourning. 

The Kotel Plaza did have numbers of people, but not nearly as many as in previous years.

I did notice, as we left, that more people were streaming in. Many carried small stools, pillow, blankets and foam pads, as they prepared to spend the night fasting and praying.

In front of the Churva Synagogue there was a very interesting display of the Beit Ha Mikdash. A young woman was explaining the meaning of the different areas and also teaching about the history.

It was a modular setup which she was able to take apart to provide a clearer view. She was very good in her explanations, and took time to address questions from the many people gathered round.

The display itself was very good, as was the lecture. Much to my dismay, it was impossible to get close to for a picture as the crowd was pressing in.

Our enemies may attack us on a daily basis, but Israel, and especially our capitol Jerusalem, was ours for 3,000 years and will remain ours forever!

Tisha B'Av 2014~The Kotel Plaza

Jews Gathered to Sing in the Kotel Plaza~Tisha B'Av 2014

Overlooking the Kotel Plaza~Tisha B'Av 2014

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Prayers for the IDF and the State of Israel

Recently we have seen four Jewish teens and one Arab teen laid to rest. Everyone will agree that there was no reason for these children to die! Now, tens of IDF soldiers and hundreds of Hamas terrorists have died~with no sign of an end. Can there ever be peace? Will the hatred ever cease long enough to allow life to continue?

The first victim was nineteen year old Shelly Dadon, on her way to a job interview~strangled by the Arab cab driver who picked her up. The world (and even our own press) barely mentioned it. The police avoided saying it was "nationalistic" even when the terrorist was arrested and admitted his crime. Let's not stir up trouble~right?

Next, three boys, Eyal Yifrach~19, Gilad Shaar~16, and Naftali Frenkel~16~on their way home from Yeshiva~were kidnapped and shot multiple times. Their bodies were dumped in a shallow grave in an empty field.

The world witnessed the vile "three-finger salute" and "handing out of sweets" by the Arabs as they celebrated what they called "The Three Shalits".

Of course, the world response was that it was the fault of the victims. Arab members in the Israeli Knesset claim the terrorists "were justified"~yet they are allowed to keep their seats because we are "democratic".

Finally, the horrific kidnapping and murder of an Arab teen, Abu Khdeir. When the body of the young boy was found, shock and horror echoed around the country. But more than that, the world was now up in arms and frothing...such hypocrisy!

All of Israel is horrified at the murder of the Arab teen. From politicians to the father of one of the murdered Jewish boys, all have sent condolences to the family. Security forces worked quickly and have made arrests. The government promises the harshest punishment for the crime. Conversely, the terrorists that killed the three Jewish teens are believed to have been assisted to safety~there has been no help from Hamas or the PA in the matter.

That murder of this degree could be perpetrated by Jews has been a wound to the entire country. Even though it has now been stated that the perpetrator is mentally ill, we as Jews say, there is no excuse~This Is Not Our Way!

But to the world at large, this is not good enough. You see, when an Arab is murdered it is an international crisis. When Jews are murdered...not so much. Now, once again our country is in turmoil, bombarded with rockets~forcing children to spend the summer in bomb shelters, riots, arson, cars blown up, blocked roads with Jews being pulled from their vehicles and beaten, Joseph's Tomb firebombed (again), and on and on~Every Day~It Never Ends! Through it all, the world fails to see that it is the Arabs who walk freely and without fear, wherever they please~but if Jews take a wrong turn into an Arab neighbourhood they risk being lynched!

Israel's politicians have no choice but to stop the attacks. Would you live with constant rockets falling on your community? Do you know what it is like to be riding home on public transport when an air-raid siren sounds? I Do! The tram stops~everyone is forced to crouch on the floor~there are too many on board to evacuate and look for shelter. Iron Dome prevented any damage~but I can tell you, It Was Not Pleasant! Now consider of the people in the south of Israel who face this dilemma All Day and Night, Every Day and Night! There are children in the schools who have never known life without the "Sever Adom" (Code Red) alarm. They play in play areas that are in fact, decorated bomb shelters. Many of them suffer PTSD and still wet their pants from trauma. Would you live like that?

Now, Hamas is popping out of tunnels to kill and kidnap, and indeed this weekend we saw another soldier~Lt. Hadar Goldin, only twenty-three years old, along with two other soldiers killed in a surprise ambush just hours after a supposed cease-fire was declared.

Initially it was reported the Lt. Goldin was kidnapped, but we have now heard that he was killed in action. Meanwhile, terrorists are popping up and infiltrating communities in the south and along the coast of Israel while rockets rain down.

As the IDF continues to root out this death-cult of terror, we can only pray~Pray that those in charge can find a way to stop the violence, Pray the enemy will decide to try negotiations instead of terror, bombs, murders and kidnapping. Moreover, We Pray for the Safety of the Boys and Girls in the IDF who will be facing an enemy that relishes their blood and pain. Pray for the safety of those who go into battle with the knowledge that they must be more humane than those who lust for their blood and suffering and only want them dead. Pray for Mashiach to come and stop the killing on all sides~too many have died already.

Below is a song for the IDF, followed by the "Prayer for the IDF" and the "English Translation of the Chief Rabbinate's Traditional (1948) Prayer for the State of Israel. Finally, a beautiful rendition of the "Prayer for the State of Israel" by IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Shai Abramson.  The world is upside down~All We Can Do Is Pray!

Hu Yivarech~Prayer for the Soldiers of the Israel Defence Forces

For Those Who Wish to Pray...
"Prayer for the IDF"
He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob~
May He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah,
on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us
to be struck down before them. 
May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness,
and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May He lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and 
May He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. 
And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: 
For it is the Lord your God, 
Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
Now let us respond...Amen
Here is the English Translation of the Chief Rabbinate's Traditional (1948) Prayer for the State of Israel:
Our Father in heaven, Protector and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the dawn of our deliverance. Shield it beneath the wings of Your love; spread over it Your canopy of peace; send Your light and Your truth to its leaders, officers, and counselors, and direct them with Your good counsel.
Strengthen the defenders of our Holy Land; grant them, our God, salvation and crown them with victory. Establish peace in the land, and everlasting joy for its inhabitants. Remember our brethren, the whole house of Israel, in all the lands of their dispersion. Speedily bring them to Zion, Your city, to Jerusalem Your dwelling-place, as it is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: 
“Even if you are dispersed in the uttermost parts of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather and fetch you. The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your ancestors possessed, and you shall possess it; and God will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your ancestors.”

Unite our hearts to love and revere Your name, and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah. Speedily send us Your righteous Messiah of the House of David, to redeem those waiting for Your salvation. Shine forth in Your glorious majesty over all the inhabitants of Your world. Let everything that breathes proclaim:
 “The Lord God of Israel is King; His majesty rules over all”...Amen...Selah

Prayer for the State of Israel by IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Shai Abramson

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Hamas Terrorists Popping Out All Over...

I Think This Cartoon From Dry Bones Blog Says It All...

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