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We The Jewish People

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The stirring words of democracy in the preamble to the United States Constitution – “We the People” – comprise one of the most iconic expressions of freedom in human history, as powerful in their emphatic proclamation as they are meaningful in their eloquent brevity.

The words gallantly symbolize love of liberty, hatred of tyranny, and the governing of a free and fair society by honorable jurisprudence. Perhaps no other phrase has come to define the embrace of liberty and what it means to stand together as a collective group to ensure the interests of the commonality.

That illustrious phrase is so ingrained in the public mind that it is part of the popular vernacular. Indeed, “We the people” can be utilized by any group as a statement of principle and purpose. Applied to the Jewish people it would go something like this:

We the Jewish People are a proud people, a righteous people, a humane people, who have survived thousands of years of persecution and suffering to carry on our wondrous heritage and pass on the inextinguishable torch of Judaism to the future children of Israel.

Being Jewish is in our bone and marrow, our heart and soul, and our bond to our Jewish religion is everlasting and indestructible.

We are a people of many voices but we are a people of one family. We want nothing more than to live in peace and to be friend and ally to those who accept us as such and to join amicably with other peaceful nations to help make the world a better place.

We wish not only to enrich the world as a people but to join with others in helping those in need everywhere. Sadly, the loathsome filament of hatred continues to encircle the globe and much work is needed to dissolve its coarse threads.

There are those who would like to see our demise. To them we say:

History shows you can stifle us, ostracize us, expel us, torture us, even murder us in incomprehensible numbers, but we always surmount tragedies to revivify and come back more determined and steadfast than ever to practice our beloved faith and enjoy basic inalienable human rights while acting as a light unto the nations – the light being the teachings and doctrines of our eternal Torah.

We the Jewish People shall never be shackled in pursuing our faith and in our continuous worship of the Creator of the universe. Our Jewish light will only glow brighter and brighter over time.

We are the Hebrew nation, strong and resilient, vibrant and compassionate, moral and fair. To us, life is our most precious gift from God. We try to always be compassionate and empathetic, charitable and benevolent. We endeavor to follow our sacred commandments, to lead righteous lives, to be a beacon of rectitude unto others.

Of course, we are not a perfect people. As humans we have faults and foibles, follies and flaws, just as all other mere mortals, but we always strive to be the best Jews and citizens we can possibly be.

We are of a people of God that reaches back over 3,000 years. We are the children of the Israelites – of our ancestors who settled in the land of Canaan, now Israel; of those who received the Torah on Mount Sinai; of the brave Maccabees; of those who were slaughtered at Betar and in the Inquisition and the Holocaust; of those who valiantly fought for the modern state of Israel.

Our Jewish history is a history that is at once magnificent and tragic, but after all the years, after all the persecutions, massacres, and near annihilations of our ancestors, We the Jewish People are still here, which is no small miracle just as the modern state of Israel is no small miracle.

We are a people who, though scattered around the world, love and support the Jewish homeland. For those of us who do not live there, Israel is – and always will be – our spiritual home.

We the Jewish People are one people under one God Who lights the path we walk on. And with all of the above in mind we know our epic journey will end in triumph, and that before that grand and glorious time there will be many more heroic stories of We the Jewish People.

Harvey Rachlin

Why Do People Invest in the Airline Industry?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

If you’re thinking of investing in the airline industry, what do you need to know? Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly and author of Glory Lost and Found: How Delta Climbed from Despair to Dominance in the Post-9/11 Era, explains how Delta Airlines reinvented itself and came back from its 2005 bankruptcy declaration. Find out the factors you should take into account if you are considering investing in an airline and what it takes for an airline to be profitable.

What are the secrets of long-term investing? On today’s show, Doug Goldstein, CFP® talks about long-term investing and whether it’s worthwhile taking advantage of your 401(k) plan in spite of the annual administration fees.

The Goldstein On Gelt Show is a financial podcast. Click on the player below to listen. For show notes and contact details of the guest, go to www.GoldsteinOnGelt.com

Doug Goldstein, CFP®

Colin Powell Says Clinton’s ‘People Have Been Trying to Pin’ Email Scandal on Him

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, The Lid}

It is the Clinton way, when in doubt blame someone else.  But they forget most people would trust former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s word over that of Hillary Clinton. Powell says team Clinton is trying to throw him under the bus for the email scandal.

According to reports Hillary Clinton told FBI officials that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had advised her to use a personal email account while she held the Secretary of State office herself.

In an statement on Friday, Powell said he didn’t remember the dinner conversation where he supposedly told her to use a private email but, “He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.” Notice the word unclassified.

People Magazine saw Colin Powell Saturday night and the former Sec of State complained that team Clinton was trying to throw him under the bus.

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell, 79, told PEOPLE Saturday night at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 Night of Legends fête in East Hampton, New York.

“The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell added.
Why does the former diplomat believe this to be the case?

“Why do you think?” he said. “It doesn’t bother me. But it’s okay; I’m free.”

Let me ask, which former Secretary of State do you believe?

Jeff Dunetz

Shiloh Musings: Integration versus Desegregation, Should People be Pushed/Forced Together?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Having grown up in the 1960’s America, the concepts of Integration and Desegregation were lumped together as one, and both were idealized. Looking at them over a half a century later, most of which has been spent in Israel, I see things very differently.

Before continuing with this article, I must say that one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed during my periodic visits to New York is the lessening of racial tension in the streets and the subway. You now see New Yorkers of all colors and accents interacting comfortably together, which wasn’t the case a half a century ago. You also see many very well-dressed and obviously materially successful blacks and hispanics, which means that people of all races are working and living together to a degree that was hard to imagine when I lived in New York.

First of all, to distinguish the two terms, one can say that Desegregation is forced Integration, and history has shown it to be problematic and unsuccessful at best. This morning I noticed an article that reminded me of something I had experienced a few decades ago.

Black students seek nonwhite roommates, spark race debate
Students at the Claremont colleges in Southern California initiated a fresh debate about race on college campuses when they narrowed their roommate search to “POC only,” specifying in a Facebook post that they wanted only a person of color to join their off-campus apartment.

When a classmate challenged this roommate criteria, the Pitzer College student who posted the notice on Facebook doubled-down. “It’s exclusive [because] I don’t want to live with any white folks,” wrote Karé Ureña, who is black…

It reminds me of a time about thirty years ago, when I shared a podium with a local Arab, and we were asked all sorts of questions about our lives and thoughts. The group was Leftist and came from the mindset of Civil Rights activist America, and for them, as you can still see today among academics, Israel was a White vs Black situation, like 1950’s America.

As I remember the Arab man was the first one asked the question, which went something like:

“Wouldn’t you like joint activities and events with the nearby Jews?”

His answer:

“No, why would I? I wouldn’t want my family to socialize with them.”

The group was horrified. That was not the answer they had expected. They projected their concept of equality and an enlightened society on Israel and especially what they called the “occupied sic territories.”

Now in the 21st Century, I think that people are starting to realize that Arab muslims are not interested in integrating, whether it’s here in Israel or countries they are moving to in great numbers, such as the United States, Europe etc. They are not like the Jews who fled from Eastern Europe a hundred years ago, who quickly adopted American dress and customs to fit in. And they aren’t like the Asians of today using their strong work and study skills/culture to quickly climb the academic, social and economic ladders.

Back to the article, even the Black university students who are in a good college prefer to live and socialize among themselves, considering it a right for a “safe space.”

Food for thought….

Batya Medad

Soul Talk – Spiritual Principles for Dealing with Difficult People in Our Lives [audio]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

It seems as thought everyone has a difficult someone (or sometimes more than one) in their life. How are we best to deal with and respond to difficult people in our lives? Are there spiritual principles or a specific mindset we should be in when facing challenging people or situations?

Listen to Rabbi David Aaron on Soul Talk to get greater insight and constructive tools in dealing with the difficult people in your life.

Please send us your comments and questions to soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com.

Soul Talk 17Jul – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Some People Just Can’t be Helped

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, Abu Yehuda}

When the Zionists began to build the yishuv, the enterprise that would become the Jewish state, they had to develop an economy, a political system, an army for defense, a legal system, an educational system, a transportation network, a postal service, and countless other things. They got help, first from wealthy benefactors like Montefiore and Rothschild, and later – when they needed to resettle hundreds of thousands of often penniless refugees from the Holocaust and, later, from the Muslim world – from organized appeals in the Diaspora. In a highly controversial arrangement, Holocaust survivors in Israel also received billions as reparations from Germany (the state also received several hundreds of millions).

The Jews created cooperative enterprises in every economic sphere which enabled them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, despite a war of independence in which they lost 1% of their population, and massive immigration. Later they surprised the world by repeatedly defeating their more numerous enemies, and little by little transformed their economy to a more entrepreneurial model. Today Israel, despite the challenges, is a remarkable success, economically, socially and culturally. Not perfect, but still a remarkable success.

Despite what people think, Israel does not receive non-military aid from the US, and only modest amounts of money from Diaspora charities. Indeed, many Israelis think we can and should end the military aid, which comes with many strings attached.

Now let’s look at another group that ostensibly aspires to a state, the ‘Palestinians’.

Take the Gaza Strip, with 1.8 million residents, 72% of them with refugee status, wards of the international dole. There is no economy to speak of, except that created by UNRWA which feeds and educates its population with funds provided primarily by the US and Europe, and Hamas, which manufactures rockets, digs attack tunnels and prepares for war.

This population is rapidly growing; it is expected to reach 2.1 million by 2020, with a fertility rate of 4.2 children per woman (a conservative estimate). For comparison, the fertility rate among Arabs in Judea and Samaria is only 2.8. 21% of Gazans are between the ages of 15 and 24, and 64% under 25.

This huge ‘youth bulge’ combined with a lack of employment, is a guarantee of continued violence. And it is all paid for by the West, which, through UNRWA’s welfare policies, incentivizes Gazans to have children. Welfare costs for Palestinians increase every year, along with the population.

The West went along with Arab demands to prevent any resettlement of ‘Palestinian refugees’ and the UN granted refugee status to anyone who lived in pre-state Palestine for as little as two years – and to all their descendents in perpetuum, something done for no other refugee population. 99% of UNRWA employees are Palestinians, and the curriculum in UNRWA schools is aimed at keeping alive the narrative of Arab dispossession and dishonor that fuels the conflict. UNRWA does not ameliorate the conflict, it nourishes it.

Consider also the Arabs of Judea and Samaria, the great majority of whom live under the control of the Palestinian Authority. The PA, like UNRWA, is totally dependent on American and European money. The PA burns through most of the more than $1 billion a year it receives on corruption and its multiple ‘security forces’ (which sometimes engage in terrorism). It also disburses large payments to the families of prisoners in Israeli jails for security offenses, and to families of ‘martyrs’, including suicide bombers. The PA and its official media continue to incite violence and murder of Jews, and treat terrorists as heroes.

Large monopolies, like cement and telecommunications are in the hands of PA insiders. Crime is rampant and economic activity is stunted.

Both Israel and the Palestinians received injections of capital from abroad. Israel used it to help build the infrastructure of a state, and turn her refugees into productive citizens. The Palestinian Arab leaders stole much of the money, nurtured their people’s hatred and created a permanent class of stateless refugees as an army to fight Israel. Indeed, even if a Palestinian state were created in the territories, the refugees would not be welcome in it, because according to Palestinian dogma, the only way to stop being a refugee is to ‘return’ to ‘your home’ in Israel!

When the international community gave the Palestinians money for building infrastructure like waste treatment plants or power stations, they built mansions for PA and Hamas officials. Hamas took cement for rebuilding homes after the last war and used it to line attack tunnels. The only area in which they have shown any initiative is getting attention by killing people.

Do you see the difference here? The Jews really wanted a state. They were ready to sacrifice and struggle for it. They took advantage of the aid that was available and used it to build something. The Arabs aren’t even trying. All they want is to destroy our state.

The ‘Palestinians’ have contributed nothing to the world except violent terrorism since they invented themselves in order to oppose Jewish sovereignty some 60 years ago. It’s time to start weaning them off welfare. If they can switch from stabbing to state-building, then they should go for it. In any case, the world can’t afford to keep feeding them.

Vic Rosenthal

Al Aqsa Worshipers Confused By July 4 Fireworks Not Aimed At People

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

{Originally posted to the PreOccupied Territory website}

Jerusalem, July 4 – Palestinians attending the prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque today voiced bewilderment at traditional US Independence Day festivities featuring fireworks, noting that none of the American fireworks displays they had seen involved pointing the pyrotechnic devices at other humans.

Numerous worshipers at the contested holy site hesitated before commenting on the American July 4 fireworks tradition, confused by the evident lack of intent to harm others in the celebration. “You mean they do it just for the noise and the light?” wondered Batl Rahqet, 19, of nearby Abu Dis. “They must be reading the instructions wrong. Fireworks are supposed to be pointed at occupiers and colonialists. Isn’t that what the Americans used to fight off the British?”

“We must not be getting the whole picture here,” insisted Dahlia Emayti, 18, who dedicates much of her time outside the mosque to screaming and hurling objects at visiting Jews. “I suppose it might be nice to have a celebratory display using the stuff, kind of out of curiosity for the different forms, but isn’t that kind of quaint? I’m sure the footage we’re seeing is just when they go off by accident or something. The standard use of fireworks is as a weapon.”

When informed that the typical use of fireworks in July 4 celebrations involves significant precautions to prevent others from coming to harm, Al Aqsa attendees reacted with disdain. “That’s just not what they’re for,” declared Ali Hummr, 20, with evident disgust. “It’s like saying a house of worship is supposed to be a place of serenity and communion with the Creator – we all know the primary purpose of such a place is to stockpile rocks and weapons to use against Jews too mindful of so-called ‘ethics’ to violate that space. There is just so much those Americans don’t know about the world.”

Hummr and Rahqet went into the mosque itself to inspect the packaging and instructions for the devices, and emerged several minutes later. “I admit I’m stunned,” said Raquet. “It actually says the opposite of what I thought – the safety warnings specifically tell you not to point it where it might hit somebody. It makes no exceptions even if the somebody is an Israeli policeman reacting to rock-throwing.”

“This can only mean one thing,” concluded Hummr. “The instructions and safety warnings were altered by the Zionists to trick us into thinking these aren’t weapons.”

“The next thing they’ll tell us,” added Emayti, “is that Plymouth Rock isn’t for throwing at those filthy-footed Jews.”

 

PreOccupied Territory

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