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First Limmud Held by the Great Wall of China

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Jews living in Asia gathered near the Great Wall of China for the first-ever Limmud event in the world most populous nation.

Sunday’s program, run by Limmud International, drew nearly 100 Jews from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Britain and the United States.

The open Jewish learning program Limmud has held events in some 60 communities on five continents.

Sessions at the China event included Torah and Talmud text study; the role of women in Jewish community life; Chinese interest in Jews and Jewish communities; the history of the Bene Israel in India; the future of Jewish life in Asia, and a workshop on Asian-Jewish cooking.

There are an estimated 20,000 Jews living in East Asia. In China, as many as 6,000 Jews live on the mainland and 4,000 in Hong Kong. Asia is made up both of long-standing, organized Jewish communities like those in India, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and newer, smaller communities comprised largely of business people and diplomats. Many Jewish organizations are active in Asia, and the China Limmud was supported by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

“This inaugural Limmud event in China is a powerful tribute to the determination of Jews throughout Asia to engage in Jewish learning and with Jewish community, overcoming vast distances and other hurdles,” said Limmud International Co-Chair, Helena Miller.

PM Netanyahu Considering Rail Link For Asia-Europe Trade Route

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is considering building a 220 mile rail link between its Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts that could compete with the Suez Canal for Asia-Europe trade.

“The Eilat Railway will be a passenger railway with a travel time of two hours [from Tel Aviv]” Netanyahu said in his weekly cabinet meeting, Israeli business website Globes reported.

“This will also be a line for the shipment of goods from Asia to Europe. This will create a very great interest on the part of the rising powers – India and China – and others, in Israel. It therefore has strategic, national, and international importance to build this line,” he said.

“This change is the realization of the vision to link-up Israel and the development of transport infrastructures north to Kiryat Shmona and to Eilat with traffic light-less roads and railways – lines for travel within Israel and as an intercontinental transit point.”

Title: Not Just Another Scenario 2

Thursday, May 19th, 2011


Title: Not Just Another Scenario 2


Author: Rabbi Pinchas Winston


Publisher: Thirtysix.org


 


 


   Holy emunah, Not Just Another Scenario 2 is a riveting read. Rabbi Pinchas Winston’s revised Not Just Another Scenario holds a plot, corroborated by recent headlines, underscoring ancient prophecies coming true in one hugely happy ending.

 

   Some of the fun of in reading Not Just Another Scenario 2 is recalling what you know of Chumash and Navi, or learning bits of those texts for the first time. Today’s headlines, and the outcomes of individual choices, were predicted by those resources long ago. Mainstream media are playing re-runs of that as the Arab world plays its part in world destiny.

 

   While the 21st century’s increasingly Muslim-influenced populations limit human rights and behavior in the EU, North and South America, Asia and elsewhere, Not Just Another Scenario 2 portrays the unfolding dramas without MSM’s commercial breaks. The message from our universal Sponsor, however, comes through loud and clear.

 

   The point of Scenario 2 is this: Jews around the world are living the “Cook the Frog Slowly” fable, living among increasingly hostile populations eager to end their lives. The same scenario happened in pre- and post-Babylonian exile, pre- and post-auto-da-fe Spain, and then in pre- and post-Holocaust Germany and Poland. Futile denials of reality from Jewish mouths died with those decimated Jewish populations. But there’s a small window of time to make a happier ending with today’s chapter of Jewish history.

 

   Surprises for readers abound in Scenario 2, Chapter 14′s “In the Blink of an Eye” among them. The story’s hero wonders why he is in the midst of rapid-fire developments when a newscast numbs his mind and heart. Like many of us in this confusing world, he wonders, “What does Hashem want of me?” right through Chapter 16′s “Of Miracle Workers.” Hold that thought, because the answer to his everyman question appears in Chapter 17.

 

   Chapter 17′s “Wondrous in Our Eyes” will surely appeal to readers naming the role models (UN and White House members included) for Scenario 2 characters cooperating with Hashem’s plans for the geula. The part that the story’s hero plays throughout the book is not a surprise to be ruined in this review. Suffice it to say that anyone who ever sacrificed his or her own personal interests for kedusha will probably root for and identify with him.

 

   A heads-up for mainstream and other media executives in Chapter 18′s “Battle Lines are Drawn”and Chapter 26′s“It just Gets Better and Better” is an inside joke religious Jews can appreciate. Journalism bosses would do well to read Zechariah 14:1-3 to better plan their two future broadcasts of broadcasts (film at eleven). Reporters and Scenario 2 readers can also ponder page 220′s eternal moral lesson: “Maybe we mistook Divine Patience for Divine Absence ” with Chapter 25′s observation that “History has run its course ” The end of the novel outdoes any solar eclipse in history, closing the covers of soon-to-be irrelevant history and science books worldwide. Students of all ages can celebrate with teachers clever enough to add Not Just Another Scenario 2 to the curriculum.

 

   Author Pinchas Winston’s North American speaking tour is planned for May 12-30. He can be reached at thirtysixorg@mac.com.

 

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge” (www.booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Media Morons, Take A Bow

Wednesday, January 29th, 2003

The Media Research Center is out with its annual “Best Notable Quotables” list of what it calls “the year’s worst reporting.” Here are just a few examples of the liberal bias and stupidity that come pouring out of the mouths and word processors of media types on a daily basis. (Visit www.mrc.org for the complete list.)

* “Good Morning America” co-host Charles Gibson, May 16: “This is interesting news that we get now, and it may put the president under a lot of heat today as the public learns that he knew, through his daily CIA intelligence briefings, that bin Laden had potential terror attack plans under way….It also calls into question what happened when Andy Card, Andrew Card, the White House chief of staff, that morning went and whispered in the president’s ear, as the president was talking to a group of school students in Florida [on Sept. 11, 2001]. Was the president really surprised?”

* New York Times reporter Robert F. Worth, Feb. 24 “Week in Review” article: “As President Bush toured Asia last week, some world leaders worried publicly that the war on terrorism was starting to look suspiciously like the last great American campaign - against Communism….The McCarthy years in some ways were eerily similar to the present moment….Communists were often conceived as moral monsters whose deviousness and unwavering dedication to their faith made them capable of almost anything….The first victims of anti-Communist hysteria were immigrants, and hundreds of immigrants have been detained since Sept. 11, many with little apparent cause beyond the fact that they were Middle Eastern men.”

* AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman and CNN founder Ted Turner, during Feb. 11 remarks at Brown University: “The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life….I think they [the 19 hijackers] were brave at the very least.”

* Former CBS newsreader Walter Cronkite, perhaps the most overrated man in the history of American journalism, proves that great minds think alike as he echoes Turner on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Sept. 9: “I think very definitely that foreign policy could have caused what has happened [last Sept. 11]….It certainly should be apparent now – it should be, for goodness sakes understood now, but it is not ? that the problem is this great division between the rich and the poor in the world. We represent the rich….Most of these other nations of Africa, Asia and South America and Central America are very, very, poor….This is a revolution in effect around the world. A revolution is in place today. We are suffering from a revolution of the poor and have-nots against the rich and haves, and that’s us.”

* New York Times reporter Fox Butterfield, not stopping to think that maybe there’s a direct correlation between point A and point B, Jan. 21: “Since the early 1970′s, the number of state prisoners has increased 500 percent, growing each year in the 1990′s even as crime fell.”

* Quote of the Year from Bill Moyers, the unctuous former Democratic White House aide and PBS fixture who went and had the following conniption fit on the Nov. 8 edition of his PBS show “Now,” three days after Republicans won control of Congress in the mid-term elections:

“The entire federal government – the Congress, the executive, the courts – is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives. It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from the working people to the rich. It includes giving corporations the a free hand to eviscerate the environment and control the regulatory agencies meant to hold them accountable. And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine.

“Above all, it means judges with a political agenda appointed for life. If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the white House, you will swoon over what’s coming. And if you like G-d in government, get ready for the Rapture….So it’s a heady time in Washington, a heady time for piety, profits and military power….”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com  

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