A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.
The shah of Iran exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Turkey in 1964. In 1965, he moved to Iraq. In 1978, the ayatollah’s residence in Iraq was surrounded and he was told that his abandonment of political activity was a precondition for his remaining in Iraq. He refused to remain silent. On October 3, 1978, the ayatollah was refused entry by Kuwait. He was also denied entry by Algeria, Lebanon and Syria. Who accepted him? The French.
One would have expected the French to keep the ayatollah on a short leash. Guess again. While in France, he gave 132 media interviews and received almost 10,000 visitors who donated over 20 million British pounds to his cause over just a 4-month period. In February 1979, the ayatollah was returned to Iran on a chartered Air France jet whose pilot held his elbow as he disembarked on Iranian soil. The rest, of course, is history.
The world now faces a nuclear threat from Iran. Apparently, the international community will sit quietly while Israel is forced to protect itself, and in turn, the rest of the world. Undoubtedly, when and if Israel takes military action against Iran, President Sarkozy will be one of the first to condemn Israel.
Of course, the political theory of self-preservation and ultimate self-responsibility under which Israel would take such action would be based on the geopolitical principles of Charles de Gaulle himself. It took World War II for de Gaulle to learn those lessons — lessons that Jews have known for thousands of years. Israel’s security and the indivisibility of Jerusalem are issues for Israel and the Jewish people. President Sarkozy’s time would be better spent protecting the Jews of France.
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Since Torah is the great equalizer, the great reconciler of divergent but valid opinions, this is also the place where common ground is reached.
Some American Jews feel their community has been hijacked from within by groups waging war against Israel seemingly in the name of the Jewish people.
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When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.
The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.
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The Orthodox Jewish wedding season commences each year after Lag B’Omer and again after Tisha B’Av. In the weeks prior to those dates we watch the mail for the wedding invitations we receive – and notice the ones we do not. Sometimes we receive invitations to weddings and cannot figure out why we were invited; other times we wonder why a friend or acquaintance has not invited us to a simcha.
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Assemblyman Dov Hikind deserves credit for his attempt to deal with the issue of abuse in the Orthodox community – a community where people still refer to cancer as “yener machlah” (that disease); where mental illnesses (even those that are not genetic, such as postpartum depression) are rarely spoken of publicly; and where some parents are still afraid to have their sons and daughters tested and registered with Dor Yeshorim even though doing so might prevent a marriage resulting in children with genetic diseases.
On the day French President Nicolas Sarkozy told members of the Israeli Knesset that Jerusalem had to be divided, an Orthodox Jewish teenager was in intensive care in a Paris hospital after he was beaten by an anti-Semitic mob. I found it ironic that a man who is unable to protect the Jews of his own country has the gall to tell Israel’s leaders how best to conduct their internal and external foreign policy.
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