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Obama Reaching Out to (Liberal) Jews in Sermon at Synagogue

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

President Barack Obama will speak at the Sabbath Eve services Friday morning at Adas Israel, Washington’s largest Conservative synagogue.

Move over Muslims, now it’s the Jews’ turn. President Obama’s “reaching out to Muslims” speech in Cairo in 2009 raised Arab expectations for a New Muslim Order. Three years later, the Arab Spring rebellions in the Middle East showed the White House which Muslims were listening.

This time around, Obama is reaching out to the liberal Jewish community whom he sees as the most powerful Jews in the United States.

Adas Israel is in the political and religious center. Its best description might be “pareve,” the Hebrew word for foods that are not dairy and not meat. Another description would be “politically correct.”

Obama doesn’t get along well with Orthodox Jews because most of them are right-wing. They also are “too Jewish.” They are not politically correct. He loves J Street and has given the left-wing group an open door to the White House, but their penchant for “engaging” with Hamas is too far out in space even for Obama.

Obama also does not get along well with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to make a gross understatement. The truth is he would not get along well with Yitzchak Herzog or Tzipi Livni if they were leading the Israel government because even they know that the Palestinian Authority is an enemy and not a “peace partner.” They can’t say it now because they are in the Opposition, but they have mumbled it enough times.

The ones who count in American politics are the rich  and influential Jews. Some of them are Orthodox.  Some of them are way out in left field. Many of them are wary of Obama because of his publicly harsh treatment of Netanyahu and his reckless driving towards a deal with Iran over its nuclear facilities.

He needs American Jewish support, and preaching to the Conservative synagogue in Washington is his key. Virtually every Israel ambassador attends Adas Israel. Current Ambassador Ron Dermer does not because he does not drive on the Shabbat.

Norman Eisen, Obama’s former ambassador to the Czech Republic, told The Washington Post:

The president is probably the last person in the White House who hasn’t been to Adas.. So I guess he wants to see what it’s all about.

President Obama’s speech comes during Jewish American Heritage Month. Obama will bowl over the audience tonight with quips. He probably will remind them that he holds a Passover Seder every year. Strictly kosher.

We can expect him to pull a phrase from the Torah and then deliver his own interpretation, based on his ignorance of Talmud.

That is just what the liberal American Jews want to hear.

“Love they neighbor as thyself” becomes “make peace with your enemies,” and “We were slaves in Egypt” becomes “free the poor Palestinians from the Occupation” so they can have the freedom to choose between a terrorist state and anarchy, or perhaps both.

Obama will find some way to argue that the Torah supports the “two-state solution.”

Obama’s support from the Jewish community has dropped sharply. A Gallup poll last month revealed that only 54 percent of American Jews – they usually refer to themselves Jewish Americans just so the non-Jews don’t suspect them of disloyalty.

President Obama is scary because he is one of those good American Gentiles who adopt certain Jewish principles for their own personal, social and political objectives. The difference between Reform Judaism and Obama’s view of Judaism is that he is not Jewish, although the Reform community rapidly is erasing that distinction through intermarriage.

Martin Indyk, former Ambassador to Israel, former “peace process” pusher and a model of  the liberal American Jew, told the Washington newspaper:

 The president himself feels a little Jewish, in the sense that he identifies with Jewish values,

The Washington Post added:

But on a more fundamental level, according to several of the president’s confidants, Obama is pained by the perception that he has not done enough for Israel. The president has had close Jewish friends for decades and inaugurated the tradition of holding an annual Passover Seder at the White House. Indyk said.

Bad news. The liberal American Jews, and their non-Jewish friends, want to “help” Israel by modeling the Jewish state after America.

A Night of Revelation and the Musical Spirit of Israel

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Why does Shavuot (Festival of Weeks or Pentecost) have so many themes running through it? Agriculture, Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments, the Book of Ruth, King David, the Baal Shem Tov, the consumption of dairy products and more all come together on this holiday, that begins Saturday night. Yishai is joined in-studio by Rabbi Mike Feuer to make sense of it all, ahead of the great “revelation.”

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Nachman and Sruli — the Solomon Brothers — who created their own band of bluegrass music, infused with spiritualism and folk rock, influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Their special blend of music has gained them numerous TV appearances and rave reviews. Their live performance at VOI will blow you away.

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New Torah Scroll Gifted to Nevatim Air Force Base

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Israel’s Nevatim Air Force base was the recipient of a beautiful new Torah scroll this month in a Hachasat Sefer Torah ceremony that lit up the entire base.

At least 60 hareidi-religious IDF soldiers now serve at the base in a special Nachal Hareidi battalion.

The Sefer Torah itself was donated by Victor Abayev, a Jewish business owner and senior member of the Caucasus Jewish community in the United States.

Abayev donated the Torah in memory of IDF soldier Almog Shiloni, z’l, who served in Nahal Hareidi. The soldier was stabbed to death in a terror attack at the train station in Tel Aviv last November.

Participating in the festivities were Shiloni’s parents, as well as base commander Brigadier Lihu HaCohen, who also spoke at the event.

Nevatim is one of the largest Air Force bases in Israel, with the greatest number of squadrons. On the base there are advanced, highly strategic radars as well as various transport vehicles and other equipment used for intelligence and other purposes.

Chabad Prepares for Nepal’s New Nightmare – Monsoon Season

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Volunteers at Chabad of Nepal are working nearly around the clock as the dark clouds of the approaching monsoon season gather in the skies above Nepal.

Co-directors Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz and his wife Chani are working together with the volunteers to supply thousands of Nepalese with sturdy tents to shelter them from the coming storm.

“Just thinking of what the impending rains will do to those living in makeshift tents makes your heart tremble,” Chani Lifshiftz told Chabad.org on Sunday.

To make their lives easier, she and the volunteers, including many Israelis, are distributing water, food, medicine, warm clothing and waterproof tents throughout the area around the Chabad House in Kathmandu.

Monsoon season, which begins in June and runs through September, is likely to make life even worse for victims of last month’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

As for those who did not survive the earthquake, Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz and British volunteer Yehuda Rose are still working with foreign embassies and families of the missing to identify and honorably transport home those who are Jews.

Last Wednesday German rescue teams and diplomats helped recover and return the remains of two Jewish German nationals to ensure a proper burial.

But as many as 170 Western citizens – among them a number of Jews – are still missing.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ilan Shohat traveled to Nepal from the Israeli city of Tzefat (Safed) on a fact-finding mission. Shohat spent time at the Kathmandu Chabad House and participated in a Lag B’Omer celebration. He also saw first-hand the growing need for humanitarian aid.

For those readers who wish to help with the earthquake relief effort, Chabad of Nepal has opened a special fund for the purchase of tents and other desperately needed supplies. Click here.

Torah Stolen from Ziv Hospital in Tzefat

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

A Torah scroll worth NIS 150,000 (approx. $38,000 – $40,000) was stolen this weekend from the synagogue in Ziv Medical Center in Tzefat (Safed).

Police have launched an investigation.

Every government hospital in the State of Israel has a synagogue on the premises and Sabbath services are conducted each Shabbat and holiday.

The theft of a Torah scroll from a synagogue is a devastating loss for any congregation, but particularly so for those in a hospital where family members are often praying for loved ones who are fighting for their lives. Sometimes it is the very patients themselves who have managed to make it to the synagogue to offer their prayers for their own recovery.

Such a theft is a despicable act that can only result in a curse not only to the thief, but also to those who aid in any sale of such a holy object.

Those who may have information about the Torah from Ziv Hospital are asked to please call the national Israel Police “100″ line .

Police Arrest Groom for Allegedly Praying on Temple Mount

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Jerusalem police Sunday morning arrested a young man who ascended the Temple Mount allegedly prayed there before his wedding at night.

The Honenu legal defense organization said one of its lawyers is at the police station and trying to win the release of the man.

The Israeli government accepted the Muslim Waqf authority on the Temple Mount. The Waqf forbids Jews and Christians from carrying any religious items to the holy site, and it goes berserk when one of its guards sees a Jew even moving his lips and possibly uttering a prayer to God.

It is not known exactly what the groom allegedly said.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibits Jews from ascending the Temple Mount on the basis of Halachic rulings, but many rabbis in recent years have permitted and even encouraged going to certain areas after the traditional immersion in a ritual bath.

Last week, a groom identified as Michael Basus visited the holy site before his wedding and stopped long enough to speak at the Grooms and Mourners Gate to talk about Judaism.

The Talmud relates a discussion of how Jews in the time of the Holy Temples comforted mourners and praise the grooms.

Below is the video, in Hebrew, of Basus and his friends on the way to the Temple Mount, under police guard.

Lag BaOmer, the Kabbalah, and the Renaissance of Jewish Womanhood

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Yishai delves into two issues of intrigue: the Kabbalah and women. The holiday of Lag BaOmer is all about the victory of authentic Jewish culture and the Kabbalah — the mystical doctrines of the Torah. But what does that really mean? Can someone explain what the Kabbalah actually is? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai for a peak into the hidden, and inner, planes of Judaism.

Then, being a woman today means balancing family and career, leaving self-growth neglected. This was the impetus for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, created to give Jewish women a chance to explore Israel, Judaism and themselves, while making friends similarly seeking a meaning-filled life. Yishai is joined in-studio by partnerships director Ariella Milobsky and trip director Tzippy Lieberman, who share their personal stories of growth and redemption, and discuss the that arose from Jewish women’s yearning for more.

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