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Psychiatrist: Man Who Set Himself on Fire at Tel-Aviv Rally Attempted Suicide in 2005

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

On Saturday night, during a rally for social justice in Tel Aviv, Moshe Silman, 58, set himself on fire, becoming the symbol that organizers of the march for social justice needed to make their case that much more compelling. Indeed, the Facebook pages of many activists quickly filled up with statements like “His story is the story of all of us.”

Daphni Leef, one of the most notable leaders of the social justice movement last Summer and this time around, stated: “This is the responsibility of the Israeli government which is not taking care of its citizens.”

But while it is true that Silman, who is currently out of danger and in stable condition at the Shiba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, has experienced a series of personal failures in his encounters with the authorities who appear, from the record, to have treated him quite heartlessly, it is also clear that Silman’s case is by no means typical.

A psychiatric report was uploaded to the Rotter.net website, which was attached to Silman’s law suit against Israel’s social security administration, reveals a man raised by a violent father, himself a Holocaust survivor, who used to beat Moshe mercilessly. So much so, that the latter left home at age 14 to escape his father’s wrath. He lived on the streets as a teenager, used drugs and supported himself by breaking into cars. He attempted to rehabilitate himself through his military service, but was ultimately discharged on psychiatric grounds.

Silman was unable to forge steady relationships with women, nor was he ever able to hold on to a job for a long time. He ended up leaving for America and bandied about until he decided to return to Israel some time around the year 2000 (his ability to recall dates and chronological events is impaired, according to the report).

His attempt to establish a business ended in abysmal failure, as he was unable to cope with clients, debt payments and the different government offices. To get out of debt he made his mother sign a mortgage in his behalf which he was unable to pay back. In 2005, after he was evicted for lack of payments from an apartment he purchased in Jaffa, Silman attempted suicide. According to the report, he took pills and slashed his wrists.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Hillel Ma-Naim, recommended at the time that a great deal of support be given by the state to Silman, pointing out that his ability to save money is “highly limited.”

Ynet quoted eye witnesses who said that Silman read out a letter before pouring flammable liquid over himself and setting himself on fire. He wrote, among other things: “The State of Israel robbed me and left me with nothing.”

The letter continues: “I blame the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Yuval Steinitz for the constant humiliation the citizens of Israel have to endure on a day-to-day basis. They take from the poor and give to the rich.

“I can’t afford medication or rent. I paid millions in taxes, I served in the army and in the reserves until I was 46. I won’t be homeless and that is why I am protesting against all the wrongs the state imposes on people like me.”

An examination of the material attached to Silman’s 2005 law suit reveals a system that keeps on battering an individual who is mentally unable to cope with the elementary requirements of running a business and caring for himself. But the failure here appears more of Israel’s health and social service authorities to identify and extend help to a deteriorating client, than an example of the lack of social justice in Israel.

Three Reasons Why You Should Not Help Your Children Buy a Home or Apartment

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

What is the greatest present that you can give your children when they get married?

In certain communities, the answer is, “an apartment.” Many parents take on second or third mortgages, sell their own homes, or bury themselves in debt to make sure that an apartment comes along with the trousseau. While they may not be looking forward to paying off huge debts at an age when most people are retired, they will probably sigh and tell you that these days, you can’t find a decent match for your child unless it includes an apartment as well.

But in fact, there are three reasons why buying an apartment can be detrimental for you and your children:

You can’t afford it

You may jeopardize your retirement. You have worked all your life to support your family, providing your children with an education and everything they need to grow into fine, responsible citizens. As you grow older, your children should move on to support themselves and the savings that you have put aside can be used for your golden years.

You need to be fair to your children –don’t give to one unless you can give the same amount to all. Buying an extra apartment can be costly. If you have more than one child, huge resentment can arise between them if only one of them got the free apartment.

Not everyone is doing it

Although the rumor mills may say “everyone buys the bride an apartment,” it is just not true. I have been a financial advisor both in New York and in Israel and I have seen what goes on firsthand. Some folks help, and some don’t. This is very much a matter of individual choice.

If your future in-laws pressure you, just say no. Tell them your financial planner advised against it. You do not need to be forced into putting yourself into heavy debt to pay for an additional apartment that you really can‘t afford.

Would you sell your daughter for camels?

If the parents of your child’s intended absolutely refuse to marry their child to yours unless you pay up, are you really interested in this match anyway? We live in the modern world where people marry based on mutual goals, dreams, and love. If the other side’s main priority is how much money you have (and are willing to spend on the wedding/apartment), rather than your child’s sterling personal qualities, the future may not shine so bright.

Rather than putting yourself into debt or spending your retirement savings, encourage the young couple to build their home and future together on their own two feet. Their teamwork building their own home (both physical and spiritual) will create more of an everlasting edifice than even the most luxurious apartment from you.

If you want to know more about when it’s wrong to gift to your children, read Gifting Money to Children – Right or Wrong.

French Jewry Leader: Hollande Victory a Boost to Anti-Israel Front

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Following his victory Sunday, the 57-year-old François Hollande shouted himself hoarse, as he had done so often during the campaign, thanking his supporters for electing him president and promising to unite the whole country. “On this May 6, the French have just chosen change in bearing me to the office of president,” he declared before a wildly cheering crowd in his hometown of Tulle, in the rural Correze region.

Richard Prasquier, President of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), the umbrella group of Jewish-French organizations, expressed concerns that one of the changes the Hollande presidency brings is a boost to the anti-Israel left.

Left-wing candidate Hollande has defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s runoff election, becoming the first Socialist to win a French presidential election since François Mitterrand in 1988.

Tens of thousands of people descended on the Place de la Bastille in Paris Sunday night, to celebrate the Socialist candidate’s victory.

Hollande has promised bigger government spending and a 75% income tax on the rich. He also wants to renegotiate a European treaty on budget cuts, to avoid any more Greek style debt crises.

In his victory speech at the Bastille Hollande vowed to move away from the “fatalist” concept that austerity was the only way to solve the debt crisis. He offered instead increased productivity as the direction for France’s economy.

France’s Interior Ministry said the left-wing candidate had claimed around 51.7% of the runoff vote to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy’s 48.3%, with turnout at 81%. Sarkozy, the center-right candidate, was considered the favored candidate among French Jews.

Sarkozy conceded, saying, “Francois Hollande is the president of the republic; he must be respected.”

Sarkozy is the ninth European leader to be ousted since the start of the continent’s debt crisis.

Speaking to reporters Monday  before a meeting at the French Consulate in New York, CRIF President Prasquier said, “We know that some of the parties who are supposed to be partners of the coalition in favor of François Hollande are not friends of Israel. The part they will play we will see.”

Hollande won the backing of centrist François Bayrou, who took nine percent in the first round, and Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon of the Left Front, who took 11 percent.

But Prasquier also said that both Hollande and Sarkozy are friends of Israel and share the same views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But, he added, Hollande is untested when it comes to Iran, and there are closer ties between the Socialist Party and the anti-Israel far left than there are between Sarkozy’s party and the xenophobic far right represented by Marine Le Pen’s National Front.

The problem, Prasquier said, is not with Hollande or the people close to him, but with the adamantly anti-Israel parties that are supporting him.

“I do not expect the far left would be given the position of foreign minister,” he said, “but if they have more visibility there might be an increase in demonstrations against Israel in the public society — BDS and so on — and we will have to face them. But we will have to face the demonstrations, not the government.”

Prasquier said he was not happy about the strong showing by Le Pen, but he does not believe that her support is comprised wholly of anti-Semites. Rather, he said, “the new category of Jew-bashing comes from those who present themselves as being anti-Zionists” – namely, the far left.

“Those people who stigmatize, who vilify on the very precise and unique way the State of Israel instead of stigmatizing the other countries,” he said, are showing “behavior very similar to the behavior used in the past to pinpoint Jews as responsible for everything.”

Prasquier said he does not believe France is an anti-Semitic country. He said the way to prevent attacks like the shooting in March at the Jewish school in Toulouse is to increase security.

“I do not see any possibility of preventing another action of this kind without increasing the level of security,” Prasquier said. “It’s not a question of reaching out. We are trying to reach out as much as possible to the Muslim community. We should not mix up the Muslim community with the awful deeds of this murderer.”

Hollande will be sworn in on May 15. The French parliamentary election will be held over two rounds on June 10 and June 17.

JTA reports were included in this article.

Sarkozy in Neck and Neck Fight with Socialist Challenger

Friday, April 20th, 2012

A sluggish economy and a rising popular hostility to conservative President Nicolas  Sarkozy’s “American” style do not bode well for the French incumbent in the coming Sunday vote. Add to that the grim international view of France’s ability to manage its debt, and it is clear that Sarkozy is in the uphill battle of his political career.

Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, are virtually tied in opinion polls for the first presidential vote round, at about 27-28 percent respectively. But to get the highest office, a candidate must collect more than 50% of the votes, and in the second round Hollande is expected to draw a far greater percentage of the rest of the voters.

Both Sarkozy and Hollande have been pandering to the extreme right and left, respectively, and accused of offering few concrete solutions to France’s economic woes. Sarkozy is pushing an antiquated brand of protectionism in a global economy, while Hollande is promising an increase to 75% in the tax rate for earners of more than 1 million euros ($1.31 million) a year. Neither solution has had much of a track record in rescuing ailing economies.

Crossword Puzzle – The Big Game

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

 

Across

1. Common portable device

7. ___ of the land

10. Store

14. Interest

15. State the Jews were in at Har Sinai

16. Last word of “The Shawshank Redemption”

17. Og and kin

18. David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol

20. Acquire

21. One doing a slalom

22. Something of value.

25. Whiz preceder

26. Matter for a dung beetle

30. Kind of shirt

31. Sun south of the border

33. Org. for this puzzle

35. Regret

36. Kinds of 1-Across

38. Clear alcohol

40. Morning poem

42. Where 17 and 18-Across will meet once more

45. Verbal or violent

46. Some degrees, abbr.

47. A Jackson

49. 40-Across, perhaps

50. Sort of suffix

52. Actress Messing to friends, maybe

54. Presently

55. Worth

57. Manning

59. A big wave

61. Water wheel

63. Rainbow shape

64. Owner of a stadium in Jerusalem and of 18-Across

67. Those named after a certain forefather

71. Emerald ___

72. One might help a sick gerbil

73. Pertaining to an important part of the heart

74. Like the NFC Championship game at the end of regulation

75. Before

76. Property business

 

Down

1. Lawrence Tynes used it to win

2. ___ ledodi

3. School org.

4. Shade

5. Groups of eight

6. Nag

7. Expire

8. Rise

9. Bigfoot’s cousin

10. Hobbit locale

11. Also

12. Pick

13. Welker

19. Acid annoyance

22. Money letters

23. On the shore

24. Procurer

25. Smooth-talking

27. Desiring

28. One who works for the IRS, perhaps

29. Bruce or Ang of cinema

32. Green fairy tale creatures

34. Not so

37. Relaxing locale

39. City slaughtered by Doeg the Edomite

41. Treif sandwich

43. Will Shortz, e.g.

44. Gully

45. Brady

48. Be in debt

51. A red one would be quite valuable

53. Scold

56. Signed

58. Starbucks option

60. Capital of Ghana

62. Good (reviews)

63. Opened

64. Tad

65. Umenyiora

66. ___ ayin hara

68. Main source of the Arab world’s wealth

69. Step to the plate

70. Clever

 

(Answers, next week)

Yoni can be reached at yoniglatt@gmail.com.

Barack Obama’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Barack Obama’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

* Obama will eliminate Welfare by requiring all poor people to move in with rich people.

* Obama will further reduce our military budget to forestall a crisis where he has to curtail his vacations.

* Barack Obama will have a teleprompter installed in his kitchen so he can tell his wife what he wants for breakfast.

* Obama will stimulate the economy by hiring more czars.

* For his next election Obama will choose a running mate who knows more about running the country than he does — like, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

* Obama will push through a bill requiring all Americans with more than three teeth to buy dental insurance. Those who refuse will be fined and get their teeth knocked out.

* To finally put to rest all questions of his eligibility to be president, Obama will make Kenya the 58th State, retroactively. (If you’ll recall from the first time Obama ran for president, he said he campaigned in 57 States. And the media made fun of Dan Quayle for misspelling potato in 1992. Go figure.)

* Obama will increase American productivity and reduce the threat of Chinese competition by initiating a student exchange program with China. Chinese students will teach Americans how to work hard, and American students will teach the Chinese how to smoke crack, curse, use condoms, and then complain about how others are getting rich.

* Obama will make it illegal for law enforcement to search drug dealers who’ve been coming across the Mexican border regularly for at least five years.

* Obama will require all drug runners to get CIA clearance and a background check to make sure they never worked on Wall Street before they are allowed to sell guns to the Mexican drug cartels.

* Obama will hold fund raisers to pay off our national debt. With the money left over he’ll do what he knows the American people want him to do — buy new golf clubs.

Barack Obama is not just the worst president ever in the history of the United States, he is probably the worst human being ever to occupy the White House. His bold faced lies are unparalleled in the annals of our presidencies. Virtually all politician lie. But few do it as shamelessly as Barack Obama.

It does not seem to bother Obama one iota even when he knows we know he’s lying. As long as we cant do anything about it, it seems to sit well with him. This is not just corrupt, this is wicked.

Every now and then you hear people say, “Oh, but he seems like a nice guy.”

A pleasant demeanor alone is not what makes a person. The values and principles behind the facade do. If someone robs a bank with a smile, does that make him a nice guy? Of course not.

The only thing Barack Obama has proven himself to be really good at is catering to the most ignorant of our society who don’t realize when they’re being taken for a ride.

Crossword Puzzle – Jews Of Value

Monday, December 5th, 2011

 

Across

1. Notable role 19-Across will undertake once more

5. Pub. the martyr of 46-Across wrote for

8. ___  ___half of

12. Month 6 or 12

13. He killed Eglon

15. Like the girl in a song by 27-Across heard at some sporting events

16. Mythical “man”

17. Where gladiators trained

18. ___ ___ a close eye

19. See 1-Across

22. Loaded

25. Initials of “Stuart Little” author

26. Suffix that turns a chin into a people

27. See 15-Across

35. Money letters

36. When added to an app it’s a fruit

37. Google competitor

38. See-70 Across

43. Letter without postage

44. Sea eagle

45. Exam towards the end of a pregnancy (for short)

46. See 5-Across

50. Color of a holy animal

51. Rocker Snider

52. If you ___ ___

54. See 71-Across

61. Writer Zola

62. Actress Garr or Polo

63. Domestic friends, maybe

67. Fathers

68. You might set it

69. Pillage

70. Altruistic being in a famed children’s book by 38-Across

71. 54-Across is famous for becoming one in a classic horror movie remake

72. Be jealous of

 

Down

1. Horse food

2. Keats poem, often

3. Took a load off

4. Benjamin or Dan

5. Meeting spot for Yaakov and Rachel

6. Prayer spot

7. Famous Jewish Judge

8. Is in debt

9. It’s between Ura. and Plu.

10. Former video format

11. List ender

14. Chopped up

15. Approach paths

20. Comfort or Holiday

21. Stat. for Pujols or Fielder

22. Took a car on loan

23. Breathing woe

24. Lessen

28. Kind of pen

29. Ailing

30. When the ___ Breaks

31. Welcome item

32. “The Gift of the Magi” writer

33. Sounds

34.  ___ ___ Drugs!

39. 52

40. Some hammers

41. Santana or Carpenter stat.

42. Vacation letters

47. Obvious lion name

48. Furs

49. Perhaps the best college football team in the US

53. Sufficient

54. Joke

55. Arab leader

56. Let go

57. Make like Lot from Sodom

58. Like a signer, most likely

59. ___liant!

60. Flower that tends to last longer than a rose or daisy

64. A long time

65. Yom ___

66. Appropriate home for Babe

 

 

(Answers, next week)

Yoni can be reached at yglatt@youngisrael.org

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