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Netanyahu Pledges to Beef Up Security at Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Israel will do its “utmost so that Jews will be able to go everywhere safely, especially to the Tomb of the Patriarchs,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday.

Tens of thousands of Jews visit the site, known, in Hebrew as Ma’arat HaMachpelah, for Slichot prayers between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

It is the burial site of the forefathers Avraham, Isaac (Yitzchak) and Jacob as well as Sarah, Rebecca (Rivkah) and Leah. Rachel, Yaakov’s second wife, is buried at Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel), which also attracts tens of thousands of people between the two High Holidays.

The Patriarch’s Cave also is the traditional burial place of Adam and Eve.

Palestinian Authority terrorists have escalated attacks at the two sites in recent months.

‘Catch-22″ Comes to the Temple Mount

Friday, September 4th, 2015

“Catch-22″ has come to the Temple Mount.

To be more exact, it has come miles away from the holy site.

A rally for a law “restoring all Jewish rights on the Temple Mount including prayer” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The logical place for the rally would be on the Temple Mount, but since the police don’t even let large groups of Jews to ascend to the holy site, a demonstration there is impossible, unless it is one of Muslims protesting the presence of Jews. Instead, the rally will be held at the western entrance to Jerusalem, at the “Chords Bridge.”

The advantage of staging the rally at the bridge is that will be seen by thousands of people leaving and entering the capital.

Obama Cashes in on Separating Israel from American Jews’ Concerns

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Obama knows how to capitalize on the bulk of American Jews, who want Israel to be a nice Jewish boy that doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable

President Barack Obama declared that American Jews’ concerns are like those of Afro-Americans and other Americans, indicating that Israel is not one of those worries.

He unsurprisingly chose the left-wing and secular Forward to be the first Jewish newspaper ever to interview him.

Having embraced J Street and trying to manipulate public opinion into believing that it is speaks for mainstream American Jews, his choice of The Forward was natural. The newspaper for more than a century was known as “The Jewish Daily Forward.”
This year it became simply “The Forward.”

Its editor Jane Eisner told the Observer earlier this year that the newspaper has been trying “to understand who we are, who are readers are, who are readers ought to be….What we know is that most American Jews today are living a very pluralistic life—there’s a lot of intermarriage and interfaith relationships.”

The same Jane Eisner on Friday interviewed President Obama, who also likes to see American Jews as any other hyphenated ethnic community that views their old homeland as a fond memory that it relives, in the case of American Jews, by eating gefilte fish.

The president knows, as Eisner indicated to the Observer, that American Jews are a vanishing through an assimilation rate approaching 70 percent and that the number of Jews in the United States rises only by changing the definition of a Jew to embrace pluralism, the melting pot that is supposed to erase any outward indication that belies the belief in Mom, Flag and Apple Pie.

He knows that the hard-core pro-Israel Jews, those who view Judea and Samaria as a part of Israel, Jerusalem as the capital, and a strong Israel good for the security United States, are a minority.

Deep down in the interview with Eisner, President Obama said:

American Jews, like African-Americans or any other cohort of Americans, have a wide range of concerns. They care about student loans; they care about housing; they care about poverty; they care about women’s health issues. And so it’s not as if the American Jewish community makes decisions solely on the basis of a single issue

The “single issue,” of course, is Israel. He does not, nor do most American Jews, think too much about Israel, especially when it comes to the nuclear agreement with Iran, which was the focus of his comments to the Forward.

He explained:

I do get disturbed sometimes when I hear folks suggesting that those who oppose the deal are pro-Israel. We’re all pro-Israel. The issue is, how do we solve this very particular problem of making sure Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapon….

I think we have to steer away from incendiary language that suggests that either those who are in favor of the deal are appeasing Iran or, conversely, that those who are opposed to the deal are not thinking about America’s interest.

If anyone has used incendiary language, it is President Obama, who has implied, as Eisner reported that she told him, “that even some of his supporters say that he has contributed to the incendiary language by implying that opponents of the deal are ‘warmongers.'”

She said that was the only time in the interview “that I saw him bristle and his back stiffen.” He replied:

What I said is that if we reject the deal, the logical conclusion is that if we want to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, military strikes will be the last option remaining at some point. It may not be under my administration; it might be under the next one. And that is something that has to be taken into account.

She did not respond, “What about more sanctions instead of war?

Princeton U. to Get ‘Plastic’ Eruv [video]

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Princeton University will install an eruv next week, allowing several dozen observant Jewish students to carry on Shabbat.

Jewish law prohibits carrying anything, even a baby carriage, unless there is  technical boundary that transforms a public area into a private one.

Central Jersey.com reported:

The school said it was approached by Jewish students and others about having something that is in place in communities that are home to peer institutions of the university as well as in hundreds of towns nationwide where observant Jews live.

A former Orthodox rabbi at the Center for Jewish Life, David Wolkenfeld investigated putting up an eruv five years ago but was told there was no feasible way to construct it.

Princeton director of community and regional affairs Kristin S. Appelget explained that plastic tubing known as lechies would be installed this week on 60 utility poles, according to the website that either PSE&G or Verizon own., according to the website,

Both companies gave permission to use their poles, something that other companies do not always allow.

Below, an Allentown, Pennsylvania rabbis explains the eruv that uses utility poles.

Pro-Israel Howard Stern Says Trump Will Be President

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told listeners Monday that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.


Here is his explanation:

I’ll tell you why I think he’s going to be the nominee: He’s proven that no matter what he says, people dig him.

[Voters} hate illegal immigrants but they just feel funny saying it — whether it’s rational or not — ‘Is the illegal immigrant draining your economy?’ Possibly. ‘Is he taking away your job?’ Possibly.

Trump has been a frequent guest on Stern’s show, which the media star used last year to wildly back Israel in the latest against Hamas missile attacks.

He is against Judaism as an organized religion, but his daughter Emily reportedly has become Orthodox.

The Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s Rob Eshman wrote last year about Stern:

Stern was born Jewish, suffered through—his words—Hebrew school and bar mitzvah studies—and has nothing kind to say about Judaism in particular or organized religion in general.

But the 60 year-old Long Island boy is deeply, tribally, culturally Jewish—and for Jews like him, Israel is the obvious answer to the enduring problem of anti-Semitism, as well as to anti-American, anti-Western, anti-democratic forces in the Middle East.

Stern may be anti-religion, but he is pro-American, pro-democracy, pro-Western and pro-Jews.  So, he is pro-Israel.


Arrests on Temple Mount: Jewish Boy for Wearing Tzitzit, Jewish Man for Singing to Groom

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

It was a “two-fer” on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday.

Israel Police arrested a Jewish boy for wearing his tzitzit (tallit katan) as commanded in the Torah, and a Jewish man for singing into the ear of a Jewish groom ahead of his nuptials a few hours later.

No one arrested anyone for subsequenly attacking an Israeli police officer, who suffered an injured leg.

Members of the Islamic Waqf on the Temple Mount complained to the Israeli police about the Jewish boy who was walking on the Temple Mount wearing his Tzitzit, according to other Jewish visitors on the Jewish holy site.

The Muslim security officers complained that the boy’s Tzitzit were a “Jewish symbol” — in violation of the regulations that state one must not wear obvious religious symbols into the site — and the Islamic Waqf officer warned a “disruption” would ignite because of the boy’s Jewish garment.

Tzitzit are the four-cornered fringed garment that all Jewish men and boys are enjoined in the Torah to wear. The commandment is repeated in the third paragraph of the Shema prayer, the single most important prayer in Judaism save for the Kaddish, which is recited for the departed.

The police arrested the Jewish minor and took him to the police station.

But by the time they reached the entrance to the police station, the police apparently realized they had no cause to arrest the boy and he was unconditionally released.

The boy is a resident of Beit El.

A short time later, a 35-year-old Jewish man was arrested at the Temple Mount as well.

According to the police, the man was walking with a groom on the Temple Mount, while quietly singing to into his ear the popular Jewish wedding song, “Od Yishama” — a song which is often sung when accompanying a groom on his wedding day.

This man, celebrating the imminent nuptials of his friend, was also taken into custody. The Honenu civil rights NGO has issued a statement saying its legal counsel has gone to the police precinct in an attempt to secure his release in time for him to attend the wedding of his friend.

Following that incident an Israeli police officer was attacked by Arabs at the site. He was slightly injured when the Arabs hurled a wooden beam at him, hitting his leg.

There are no reports of anyone having been arrested, however, for attacking the Israeli police officer.

Spiritual Cafe: ‘Hebrew,’ ‘Jew,’ ‘Israelite’

Friday, August 14th, 2015


Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to talk about the weekly Torah portion.

They talk about the significance of the Jewish people having at least three names. They also wonder why so many Jews forget the astounding investment our people have made to keep our nation Jewish.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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