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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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John Kerry, US Secretary of State: Living in a Self-Imposed Bubble

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The US State Department funds, to the tune of half a billion dollars a year, a Palestinian Authority/ UNRWA educational curriculum based upon the RIGHT OF RETURN, an ideology which indoctrinates half a million Arab school children who learn in UNRWA schools to conquer Palestine, all of Palestine, by force of arms.

Yet the US secretary of state had the audacity, on December 28, 2016, to pontificate for one hour and eleven minutes, during which advanced the notion the PLO and Arab League implicit recognize Israel, as if he does not know that the PLO never canceled its covenant and remains in a full state of war with Israel, albeit in stage…as if he does not know that the Arab League conditions for a peace with Israel involve conditions that no Israeli government can ever accept- relinquishment of control of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and the recognition of the principle of Arab right of return to Arab villages that existed before 1948.

The US secretary of State knows full well that neither the Saudis nor the Arab League are ready to cancel their full state of war with Israel, as declared in 1948.

Any journalist or diplomat can call the embassies of the Arab league and the Saudi Kingdom and ask if they maintain their war with Israel.

I often call both embassies and get a clear answer: Their war with Israel continues.

The Secretary of State does not know that?

Remember: Saudi Arabia is the only Arab state that attacked Israel in 1948 which never agreed to a cease fire.

And what about the PA/UNRWA war education system? I am not referring to ‘instances” of incitement. The question concerns the entire school curriculum imposed on Palestinian Arab school children by the PA and UNRWA, with the generous funding of the US and other Western nations. Does the US Secretary of State not know about the US funded PA/UNRWA curriculum which rejects the notion of a Jewish and Arab State living side by side?

In July 2015, I met with the highest policy official who advises the US Secretary of State, the man who oversees matters dealing with PA and UNRWA.

He looked me straight in the eye and said that the PA school books used by UNRWA advance peace and reconciliation.

Following that meeting, I asked Israeli and Arab experts to purchase, translate and evaluate all of the school books used in the PA and UNRWA schools.

Their work confirmed there had been no change whatsoever in the PA/UNRWA school books of war. We shared our findings with the US embassy in Tel Aviv in January, 2016.

Yet when these Israeli and Arab experts arrived to brief staff of the Middle East subcommittee in the US House of Representatives in March 2016, the US state department issued a statement which repeated the notion that the US evaluated the textbooks used to educate the next generation of Arab school children in US funded schools had been vetted by the US government that PA/UNRWA school books advance peace.

However, representatives of US AID, which administers funds for PA and UNRWA schools, met with us in August 2016 and made it clear that they never examine the school books used in these schools.

Indeed, we have letters from US AID on file from 2004 and 2009 which clearly state that the US builds their schools and that it is not in their mandate to examine their curriculum.
So there you have it.

It would seem that the US secretary of state functions in a self-imposed bubble, which ensures that the czar of US foreign policy has no idea what he is talking about when he assures the world that the PLO, working through the PA, aims to coexist with the state of Israel, side by side.

Important background material:

http://israelbehindthenews.com/?s=palestinian+education

http://www.cfnepr.com/205640/%D7%A1%D7%A8%D7%98%D7%99%D7%9D

David Bedein

Living Like A Rock

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

And Yaakov lived in the lands in which his father sojourned, the land of Canaan.Bereishis 37: 1

 

Rashi tells us that after the Torah described the life of Eisav in an abbreviated manner, it then told over the events of the life of Yaakov in full detail. The reason for this is that Yaakov and what occurred to him are important in the eyes of Hashem, whereas Eisav and his life aren’t. So too, Rashi explains, we find with the ten generations from Adam to Noach. Each individual gets a mere mention until we get to the life of Noach. Then the Torah elaborates in full detail.

The same pattern is repeated with the ten generations from Noach until Avraham. We are told in condensed form – “so and so gave birth to so and so” – until we get to the life of Avraham. Then the Torah again goes into great detail because the life and activities of a tzaddik are important in the eyes of Hashem, while those a rasha aren’t.

Rashi continues with a mashol to help explain this concept. Imagine a man has lost a precious stone in the sand. He takes a sieve and begins combing through the sand to find it. The sieve picks up many small rocks along with the gem that he is searching for. Once he finds the gem, he takes it out and throws the rocks away.

This Rashi becomes difficult to understand when we focus on the purpose of a mashol. Chazal use parables to help bridge a gap. When we are dealing with concepts that are outside our frame of reference, our sages often use examples and metaphors to bring difficult ideas into terms that we can understand. For instance, if you were given the task to describe the color purple to a color-blind person, how would you portray it? Well, it isn’t blue and it’s not red. The problem is that since this person sees all colors in the grey spectrum, neither point of reference has any meaning. So you might revert to a mashol. The purpose of the mashol is to capture the essence of a distant concept and bring it closer.

Why does Rashi feel we need a mashol to understand this concept? It seems rather straightforward. Eisav wasn’t important, so the Torah told over his life quickly, whereas Yaakov and what he accomplished are significant, so the Torah went into the details. That seems like an elementary concept, not one that needs repeating or a mashol to help clarify it.

The Value of a Person

The answer to this question is that Rashi is explaining a concept that isn’t obvious at all – namely, the true value of a person. If you were to ask a chemist the value of a human being, he might say, “Well, let’s see…So much potassium…so much magnesium…I would estimate his value at about 60 cents.” That would be accurate in one dimension. If we were measuring the value of a human from the perspective of the chemicals that make up his body, we would find him rather inexpensive. However, from a different perspective, the human is the most precious entity on the face of the planet – something so precious that it was worthwhile to create an entire cosmos for just one person.

The difference in the value systems manifests itself in the way a person lives his life. If a person leads his life like any other occupant of this planet, as just another member of the animal kingdom, then he has the value of whatever his physical being represents – a couple of pounds of rotting meat. However, if a person recognizes the reason Hashem put us on the planet and leads the life of a great person, his value is incalculable.

Living Like a Rock

That is what Rashi seems to be telling us. If the Torah only mentioned Eisav quickly and then elaborated about the life of Yaakov, you would never quite understand the difference in their values. When a man is looking for a pearl in the sand and he picks up some rocks along with it, they are utterly, totally and completely valueless to him. He throws them back down. The Torah is using this mashol to give us the perspective of the stark difference in value. It wasn’t that Eisav wasn’t as important as Yaakov – he was valueless, something to be discarded. He was a rock. When he left this planet, that is all that was left – the body to decay into the ground.

This concept is very relevant to us because we tend to get very busy at this thing called life. Working, doing, going, taking care of this, taking care of that. But a person has to ask himself, “What is it that I am so busy with? Granted, I have to make a living and must take care of many basic physical needs, but has that taken over the focus of my life? Do I spend so much time focused on the mundane issues of survival that it has become the epicenter of my existence? If it does, then I am no different than a beast of burden; I am a rock.”

Two men can look identical; yet the difference between them can be the distance from the heavens to the earth. If a person follows his natural tendencies, he may well have wasted the greatest opportunity of his life, and at the end of it all, he will have nothing to show for all of his efforts. Whereas if a person invests his energies in those values the Torah teaches us, then he at his very essence becomes more precious than anything that we can imagine, and for eternity he will enjoy those phenomenal accomplishments. The entire world was worth creating for him alone.

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Health & Living: November 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Jewish Press Staff

Shiloh Musings: “Strategic Advantage” like Living with a Disease

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

For decades already, basically since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, successive American governments have promised to “help” the State of Israel by assuring us “Strategic Advantage” over our neighboring enemies.

That is how Nixon and Kissinger supported, sic, Israel during that war. Their aim was to allow Israel a victory without its truly defeating Egypt and Syria. They wanted Israel to be fully dependent on American aid/support without its being destroyed/defeated. This was the first time Israel had fought a war for survival with any sort of foreign ally. Our 1967 Six Days War’s victory was ours and ours alone, with the help of Gd and the Jewish People all over the world.

Israel’s tragic mistake, which we’re still paying for, is not acting like a victor should. We didn’t fully accept the surrender of the Arabs in 1967. We’ve been attempting to negotiate “peace” ever since, which just makes us look weak and act weak.

That’s why Egypt and Syria thought they had a chance to defeat us just six years after their defeat. This yearning for peace makes us appear weak, which isn’t an illusion. That’s why the State of Israel has been accepting the fork-tongued assistance and aid from America. The latest package/deal from Obama is the actualization of the Nixon-Kissinger plan. The conditions for Israel’s acceptance of the aid, sic, buy-in-America shopping coupons is the weakening of the Israeli military industries, which makes Israel even more dependent on the USA.

“Strategic Advantage” does not give Israel the ability to fight our enemies into submission. We can only “slap it” and if we need more weapons, it is only with American approval/permission. They not only hold the purse-strings, they have the keys to the factories. 

If you liken our enemies to a “cancer,” this is very much like those who have been told by their doctors that the best scene scenario is “living with cancer” which can be controlled by periodic or frequent doses of chemo, just enough to keep the cancer from growing and not enough to kill the patient.

It’s one thing when you have no choice, as in certain types of cancer, but we do have a choice. This American so-called aid is also an addiction. Withdrawal may be painful for a period of time, but afterwards the body will recover and be healthy.

The Jewish People have just celebrated the beginning of the new year, 5777. It is time for us to take charge of our fate, continued existence. Gd will help us if we take the right steps.

Gmar Chatimah Tovah
May We Be Sealed in the Book of Life
Batya Medad

Poll: Israelis More Troubled by Cost of Living than War

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

For openers, according to the new survey conducted by Prof. Camil Fuchs on behalf of Walla, with a representative sample of 646 respondents, (542 Jews, 104 Arabs), 56% of the respondents consider the life in Israel to be very good, on the eve of the new year 5777. 40% said it was “mediocre,” and only one percent said their life was “very bad.” The Jewish and Arab data on this question are very similar.

Nevertheless, despite this rosy picture, 23% of the Jewish respondents have considered leaving the country, compared with 77% who said they did not entertain this option. Only 13% of the Arab respondents admitted that they weighed the possibility of immigrating.

The new survey reveals a new trend in the Israeli public — despite the “wave of terror” that began a little over a year ago, only 24% of Israelis agree that security is the most serious problem faced by the country. 36% suggested the cost of living was more worrisome, and 17% believe political corruption is Israel’s biggest problem.

Israelis do not view peace with the Arabs in the PA or in Gaza as a realistic possibility. 64% believe there will never be peace between Israel and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria or Gaza, and the 24% who say it could happen do not expect it in the next five years. A mere 4% say peace is around the corner, and will be here in less than five years.

When asked who are the highest functioning public servants today, the respondents came up  with the following top 10 list (10 points being the best, 0 the worst):

1. Health Minister Yakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) — 6.71

2. IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot — 6.7

3. President Reuven Rivlin — 6.2

4. Justice Minister (and JNi’s Woman of the Year) Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) — 5.9

5. Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich — 5.8

6. Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett — 5.7

7. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) — 5.4

8. Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (Likud) — 5.3

8. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) — 5.3

10. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) — 5.2

Among the Arab respondents, MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List) received the highest score, 7.7, ahead of his Knesset faction’s Chairman Ayman Odeh who scored 7.1.

JNi.Media

Soul Talk – The Art of Living in the Now! [audio]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Time is one of those factors that we are all aware of as a reality in our life, but how much do we really understand it? Is time real or a perception? Why is it that sometimes that time seems to pass so quickly, at other times so slowly? How does the Torah explain the concept of time? Finally, within my day to day life, how can I more fully live in the now instead of getting stuck in the past or thinking to much about the future? Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel on Soul Talk to get learn the art of living in the NOW! We welcome your questions and e-mails: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Israel News Talk Radio

Hungarian Neo-Nazis Vandalize Holocaust Protest ‘Living Memorial’

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The Living Memorial, a monument in Budapest’s Liberty Square, was vandalized over the weekend, after a call by the neo-Nazi website Kuruc.info to destroy it, the website Hungarian Free Press reported Sunday. The Living Memorial was erected back in 2014 in protest against the monument to the German occupation erected by the government, which deflects Hungary’s responsibility for the Holocaust and pins it solely on the Germans.

An estimated 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the Holocaust.

For more than two years, the Living Memorial has served as a site for regular talks, lectures, discussion groups, musical performances and commemorations.

One Alitea Guzmán wrote on Kuruc.info: “I promise that one night, in the beginning of September, I will walk by the Living Memorial and I will pack up four or five kilograms of  the display, which legally is considered to be garbage, into a strong bag. And putting that into my car, I will take it to where it belongs. Naturally, I won’t dump it into the Danube, because that is already very polluted.”

Now, as promise, hundreds of photographs which were on display at the site have been torn up and other memorabilia items which had been added to the Living Memorial by survivors and descendants of survivors have been destroyed or stolen.

The Living Memorial group issued a statement saying, “With the exception of a few smaller incidents, respect towards the victims of the Holocaust always protected the memorial from the worst attacks. But yesterday something happened, which until now nobody dared to commit.”

According to the Hungarian Free Press, the Living Memorial group filed a police report immediately after the attack on the monument. The activists noted that Liberty Square is well-equipped with CCTV cameras, so police should be able to identify the perpetrators. But they also revealed that they “do not expect any meaningful response from the state.”

JNi.Media

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