Areas of France have become lawless and off-limits due to non-Muslims due to Muslim violence. The government has finally embarked on “North-American style” campaign to bring the areas under control, designating an initial 15 areas “Priority Security Zones.”
A small group of religious Jews accomplished what Israel’s foreign ministry could not in 3 years of attempted diplomacy – namely, to meet with representatives from the Turkish government and attempt to heal the Turkey-Israel rift. From August 15 – 17, Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev, Shas deputy finance minister Yitzchak Cohen, the chief Rabbi of Geneva, Professor Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University and other leaders met with no less than twenty Turkish parliamentarians.
Rabbi Kook explains that t’shuva comes about in two distinct formats, either suddenly, or in a gradual, slowly developing fashion. Both of these pathways to t’shuva are readily found in the baal t’shuva world. Some people will tell you how their lives suddenly changed overnight. Others describe their experience as a long, challenging process which unfolded over years. Many factors influence the way in which t’shuva appears.