Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
So France is now leading the Solidarity with Saddam movement in Europe. This, of
course, is on top of France's long history of supporting Islamist fascism and Palestinian terrorism.
During a trip to Israel a few years back, French prime minister Lionel Jospin urged Israel
to make concessions for peace. More interesting yet, in documents relating to his visit, Jerusalem
was called the “capital of the Palestinian Authority.” And what does he consider the capital of
Israel? Tel Aviv, of course.
Jospin?s trip followed by a few years one made by President Jacques Chirac, who used
the occasion of his visit to announce that “Syria has a moral right to demand return of the Golan
These French politicians may be on to something important. Never one to back down
from a challenge, I have prepared a set of proposals for consideration by the French people, so
that not only can they preserve peace in the Persian Gulf, but they too can achieve a full, lasting,
and just peace with their historical opponents.
First, we all agree that territory must not be annexed by force. Therefore, we can also
agree that Germany has a moral right to demand the return of Alsace-Lorraine, for the French
aggression in 1945 and its consequent occupation must not be rewarded. “A full withdrawal for
full peace” should operate here.
Further, France must agree to the return and rehabilitation of all ethnic Germans expelled
from Alsace-Lorraine after World Wars I and II, as well as all those they define as their
But this, of course, is just the first step toward a solution, as no aggression can be
rewarded ? and France has much other stolen territory to return. It took Corsica from Genoa,
Nice and Savoy from Piedmont; as the successor state, Italy must get back all these lands.
By similar token, territories grabbed from the Hapsburgs go back to Austria, including
Franche-Comt, Artois, and historic Burgundy. The Roussillon area (along the Pyrenees) must be
returned to Spain, its rightful owner. And Normandy, Anjou, Aquitaine, and Gascony must be
returned to their rightful owners, the British royal family.
Not even this not enough for the sake of peace, though. Brittany and Languedoc must
be granted autonomy at once, recognizing the Breton and Occitan Liberation organizations as
their legal rulers. This leaves the French government in control over the le de France (the area
Even that, however, still does not solve the problem of the Holy City of Paris, sacred to
artists, gourmets, and adulterers. The Corsicans obviously have a claim to the Tomb of the
Emperor Napoleon, their famed son, as well as the Invalides complex and beyond. For the sake
of peace, is it not too much to ask that Paris be the capital for two peoples? The French
authorities must agree to prevent French Parisians from even entering the sacred tomb area, lest
this upset the Corsicans.
The Saint Chapelle and the Church of Notre Dame of course will be internationalized,
under joint Vatican-art historical auspices. Indeed, the French should consider it a compliment of
the highest order that so many people see Paris as an international city.
The French have nothing to complain about. They will enjoy the benefits of peace and
retain control of the Champs Elysees.
Actually, come to think of it, even the Champs Elysees may be too much. Recalling the
French position that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, perhaps the true French capital is not
Paris at all, but Vichy.
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France 2 and Enderlin must have their press accreditation revoked and be thrown out of Israel.
Slaughter is a routine, widespread practice among many Moslem families.
parently an affront to J Street’s worldview, the focus of which appears to be the creation of a Palestinian State, whether or not that will bring peace.
My mother, the eldest daughter of Reb Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, was niftar last month at the age of 92. She took her last breath in her home in Efrat, Israel, next door to the shul that was my father’s for 24 years before his passing in 2007.
It comes down to his being famous.
Following the Boston Marathon bombing, one crucial point will likely remain overlooked. The most loathsome aspect of this or any other terror bombing attack on civilians will always lie in the inexpressibility of physical pain. While all decent people will abhor the idea of bombs expressly directed at the innocent, whether here or in other countries, none will ever be able to process the very deepest horrors of what has been inflicted.
It’s only natural to see increasing evidence of Jerusalem’s glorious Jewish past being unearthed, quite literally, under modern Israeli sovereignty. The new archaeological finds are also very timely – as the Arab onslaught attempting to detach Jerusalem from its Jewish roots gains steam, the facts on the ground, or “under” the ground, show quite otherwise.
The Talmud (Berachot 26b) says, “tefillot avot tiknum” – “prayer was established by the avot.” The Talmud then uses the following verse (Bereshit 19:27) to prove how Avraham established prayer: “Vayaskem Avraham baboker el hamakom asher amad sham et pnei Hashem” – “And Avraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before God.”
Nearly 13 years ago, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak journeyed to Camp David to end the conflict with the Palestinians. With the approval of President Clinton, he offered Yasir Arafat an independent Palestinian state in almost all of the West Bank, Gaza and in part of Jerusalem. Arafat said no.
The news that the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought renewed spotlight on a 2010 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street, which alleges it was also singled out by the IRS when applying for tax-exempt status.
In an editorial last week (“Circling the Wagons”) we noted the efforts by the administration and its supporters to dismiss allegations that the government’s spin on the Benghazi attack was designed to shield the president and that the IRS was improperly used to stifle opposition to Mr. Obama’s reelection.
As the controversies besetting the Obama administration continue to grow in number and intensity, the prospect that President Obama would seriously consider military action against Iran, should that country continue its drive to become a nuclear power, becomes more and more remote. So we welcome the current enhancement of sanctions against Iran on the federal and New York State levels.
To his parents’ friends, he was “Mrs. Greenberg’s disgrace,” but to sports fans he is one of the greatest – if not the greatest – Jewish baseball players of all time. Long before Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg excited Jewish sports fans with his prowess on the baseball diamond.
April 16, 2013
Dear Mr. President,
My heartfelt sympathies to you and the American people for the acts of protest carried out in Boston this week during the Boston Marathon. This really is a wake-up call for us all.
Honest Abe used exactly the same blockade tactic against the Confederacy over which the Israeli Left is now sobbing its eyes out.
Quick. Name all the Israeli parties that did not run in the recent election on a platform focusing on lowering the price of housing and the cost of living. After that, name all the Israeli parties who understand what has produced the rapid increase in housing prices and have a plan for coping with them and lowering them.
There is a widespread misconception that the Middle East conflict is complicated. In fact, it is really rather simple.
Indeed, one can basically summarize and explain the entire conflict in the context of the words “occupation” or “occupied territories” and people’s beliefs about the effects of such “occupation.”
In 1999, Benjamin Netanyahu, in his first go-round as prime minister, lost his reelection bid to Ehud Barak, much to the delight of Israel’s conscripted media and of many in its judicial system.
There is a species of radical leftist that believes the main purpose of taxpayer-funded universities is to indoctrinate students in radical left-wing ideology. Such people believe the only legitimate form of scholarly research and teaching is to force upon students the ideas and agendas of the left because only these represent correct thinking.
It is now official. Rachel Corrie, patron saint of the pro-terror radical left and its Islamofascist allies, essentially committed suicide in order to assist Palestinian terrorists. She was not killed in cavalier fashion by Israel. Israel had no particular reason to want her dead (as opposed to deported).
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