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More than 1.5 Million Views for Israel’s Christian You Tube Channel

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Ministry of Tourism’s Christian You Tube channel is attracting millions of viewers from around the world. Launched at the end of 2011, the channel crossed the 1.5 million mark this week, averaging 5,500 views per day. And while these numbers are quite tame compared to the truly viral clips on You Tube, the Ministry of Tourism views the channel as an important platform in exposing Israel to the Christian world, promoting tourism to Israel at a time when some large denominations are debating boycotting Israel altogether.

Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov says that You Tube “has turned into a central tool for the tourism industry. The positive reaction to the channel proves the significant interest among the Christian community regarding Israel.”

The channel  features videos in several languages including English, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Polish. Those show community leaders and pilgrims telling about their spiritual experiences in Israel. There are also videos of Christian holy sites and holiday themed events that are unique to Israel.

The channel was created by the Ministry of Tourism’s Religious Desk, which is dedicated to encouraging Christian tourism to Israel. Marketing activities for Christian tourism is one of the Ministry of Tourism’s main programs. In 2011, NIS 60 million was invested in reaching out to Christian communities abroad, with a similar amount being invested again this year.

Jewish Press Staff

If I Were Prime Minister

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Now that everyone is talking about elections in Israel, I’m thinking of throwing my kippah into the ring. Whether elections come now or in another year, we need new faces and new ideas to give the country the push it needs to become a true light to the nations.

In all modesty, my novels have won me a pretty fair following in the religious community, so I could very well garner the necessary number of votes to get elected to the Knesset. I won’t run with a big party like the Likud. Why bring my followers to join the Likud, only to have them betray the Land of Israel in some peace deal? When you belong to a political party, you can’t blame the rotten things they do only on the “bad guys.” As a member of the party, you have collective responsibility, so you’re to blame too. So why should I strengthen the Likud when I know that they are ready to chop our Holy Land in half?

On the other hand, I can’t run with the religious Zionist parties because I’m too far to the right for the consensus they are hoping to achieve. And I’m too big a Zionist for the Haredim, so I’ll have to run alone.

Here are some of the main points of my platform:

*All Arabs must leave the Land of Israel.

* Israeli sovereignty will be declared over all the borders of Biblical Israel.

*Any Israeli politician who voted in favor of the Oslo Accords will be deported from the country to the island of St. Helena.

*All Israeli politicians who voted in favor of the Evacuation of Gush Katif will be brought to trial and sentenced to hard labor, rebuilding the Jewish communities which they destroyed.

*The judges of the Supreme Court will be replaced by Torah scholars who will judge all cases according to Torah law.

*Israeli television, radio, and all newspapers will be run and governed by a board of rabbis, and all left-wing producers, directors, writers, and anchormen will be fired.

*The nuclear facilities in Iran will be immediately destroyed.

*Relations with the United States shall be suspended until Jonathan Pollard is freed.

*A national educational campaign on the importance of modesty will be initiated, similar to past campaigns on highway safety and the danger of cigarette smoking. After a massive, year-long public campaign, women who dress immodestly will be fined. Repeated offenders will be imprisoned.

*No women will serve in the army. Army service will be reduced to 2 years. Special glatt-kosher brigades with daily Torah study will be established for Haredi recruits. Serious yeshiva students will be allowed a 5 year deferment before beginning a shortened, 1 year course of military service. All Diaspora Jews under 30 years old will be obligated to serve for a year in the Israeli Army or forfeit their right to visit the country.

*We will establish Project Cyberspace Shield whereby special anti-Internet-porn satellites and cyberspace jamming equipment will be designed and put into operation on a national level to keep Israel porn-free.

*Teacher’s salaries will be tripled.

*The new “String Bridge” at the entrance to Jerusalem will be dismantled. A 40-story-high musical Harp of David will be erected in its place.

*Illegal refugees from Sudan will be taught to play basketball, baseball, and soccer. Outstanding athletes will be sold to professional teams overseas and the revenue will be apportioned to yeshivot. The rest of the Sudanese will be returned to Sudan.

*Once the Arabs are evacuated from the Gaza Strip, the city of Gaza will be rebuilt to look like Brooklyn, in anticipation of Mashiach’s coming – may it be soon!

The full election platform is still being developed. Blog readers are invited to send in further suggestions.

See you at the polls!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press

Tzvi Fishman

Premature Jew – Bashing

Monday, May 7th, 2012

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I suppose it all began when I was Jew-bashed on a subway platform.

This was before I was a Jew.  Actually, depending on when you read this, right now is before I am a Jew – because this is a blog about my journey from being “Not a Jew” to becoming a “Jew.”

Back to my premature Jew-bashing.

This was way back when I was a Catholic.  Actually a lapsed Catholic.  All right, an agnostic.  Fine, you dragged it out of me: I was practically a bloodsucking atheist.  In fact, the best way to describe me at the time was a Godless Pre-Emo Twilight Eclipse boy.  Back then, we called it “New Romantic.”  But if you say that to kids nowadays they just stare at you.

Like the 50 year-old Italian guy on the subway platform who stared at me and called me an “effing Jew.”

Before I could tell him I was not an “effing Jew” and, in fact, half-Italian (like you, you effing Guido), he grabbed me with strikingly-powerful old-guy-plumber-hand strength, and shoved me – almost into the path of a speeding subway train and almost to my death.

So I was Jew-bashed, and almost killed, before I had my first thought of becoming a Jew.

On the bright side, things can only get better for me as Jew from here on in, right?

Right?

Not a Jew -> Jew

The Battle for Eretz Yisrael, Then and Now

Friday, April 6th, 2012

A: This is being composed on a very auspicious day – the 10th of Nisan. On this date which occurred on Shabbat of the year that we left Egypt, every Jewish family was commanded to take either a young goat or a young lamb in preparation for sacrificing it four days hence as a korban (sacrifices) of Pesach. The problem was that these animals were part of the Egyptians’ religious practice, as are the wandering cows in downtown New Delhi of today for the Hindus. This took an immense degree of courage, because the Jews could not have known know what the Egyptians’ reactions would be. To visualize this: picture an order to every US military unit in Afghanistan to gather books of the unholy Koran and explain to their Afghan friends it was being done in preparation for burning them in another four days. There would be mass hysteria, rioting and murder of countless American troops. But these things did not happen with the Egyptians, so add one more great miracle to the events in Egypt.

The other history changing event on the 10th of Nisan occurred 40 years later, when the Jewish nation entered Eretz Yisrael under the leadership of Yehoshua Bin Nun, to take on the 31 powerful Canaanite kings who controlled the Holy Land.

Today, on this 10th of Nisan, we are witnessing the unfolding of yet another episode in the history of our valiant people in Eretz Yisrael.

At this time of the year, “Jewish eyes are smiling” as we look back to our Egyptian experience of 3300 years ago and the great salvation that HaShem had brought forth for us. But on this 10th of Nisan, corresponding to the general calendar of April 2, the eyes of all enlightened nations are on Egypt, but for different reasons. The Moslem Brotherhood political party in Egypt, that now controls the two houses of the Egyptian Parliament, is going to have their man as the next president of that country. This group is among the most radical Islamists in the world, and they have an unabashed, open, straightforward Islamic agenda. Not only will they turn Egyptian society back 300 years, their end game is to uproot the Jewish State.

One should not forget that Egypt, thanks to the US, has the largest army in the Middle East, built on some of the most modern weapons of the US army.

So, permit me to share with you what I forsee unraveling in our part of the world, as HaShem prepares the greatest of miracle of all times for his people in Eretz Yisrael.

The military threats on the Jews in Eretz Yisrael will be overwhelming, to the degree that only those who feel the renewal of HaShem’s eternal covenant with His people in Eretz Yisrael, and those Jews who will do teshuva in acknowledgment that only with HaShem’s involvement can we be saved, will remain in the Land. The others, which include the 350,000 non-Jews who have come here from the former Soviet Union, the Arabs in this country, Christians, and Jews who have no sense of Torah or possess warped ideas of what HaShem wants from this generation, will leave!

Egypt will become Islamic, as will all the surrounding Arab countries. Egypt will be the first to open hostilities against the Jewish State and they will be totally destroyed, as were their ancient namesakes. I would not be surprised if the great Aswan Dam that holds back the billions of cubic meters of water in Lake Nasser, will be the instrument of HaShem (with the close co-operation of the holy soldiers of Tzahal) as were the waters of the Red Sea that crashed down on the Egyptian army of old.

When this will happen, the other Islamic nations will join with several Western Christian nations to avenge the destruction of their Egyptian brothers. But as they approach Eretz Yisrael war will break out among themselves on the background of their religious differences, and the Jewish State will be saved.

This, of course, is not my imagination. It is taken from the Book of Yechezkel chapter 32 and the Malbim’s commentary on verse 17.

B: As time marches on, we begin to find the answer to the age old question: What was HaShem’s intention by having the Jewish people undergo its slavery experience in Egypt.

I submit:

As stated above, the great religious-military leader of Am Yisrael, Yehoshua Bin Nun, entered Eretz Yisrael with the Jewish nation on the 10th of Nisan. Tradition has it that Yehoshua composed the chapters of “Aleinu” that we recite three times daily, at the end of the prayer services. With the opening sentence of “Aleinu,” Yehoshua let his feelings be known as he stepped foot for the first time on the western Side of the Jordan River, or, according to some, when he completed the victory over the city of Yericho.

Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Yair Lapid Laments Possible Tal Law Extension on Facebook

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Former media personality Yair Lapid has again used Facebook to elaborate on his political platform, this time focusing on the controversial Tal Law that exempts draft-age yeshiva students from military service for a certain period of time.

Lapid wrote, “Warning. They are going to deceive you! By the 31st of July, they will call this by another name and take their time, but behind our backs, as always, they will extend the Tal Law again.”

Jewish Press Staff

Longtime Journalist Yair Lapid, Bolstered by Polls, Shakes Up Israeli Politics

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Popular media icon Yair Lapid has shaken the Israeli political establishment by leaving his position as presenter of Channel 2’s Friday night newsmagazine program to found a political party that could, recent polls suggest, become one of the strongest in the Knesset.

Lapid, who gained popularity beginning in the 1990s as a talk show host for Channel 1 and a columnist for Yediot Aharonoth’s weekend newsmagazine, has been considered a potential political candidate since the death of his father, the fiery former Shinui leader Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, in 2008. His position on Channel 2’s Ulpan Shishi program made the younger Lapid even more prominent – so much so that recent polls have shown a political party with Lapid at its head could overtake Kadima in the next Knesset elections.

While Lapid weighed launching a political campaign close to the next round of elections, his hand was forced by a bill, sponsored by Likud and aimed at preventing Lapid and other popular media figures from running, which would require journalists to retire as much as a year before an election.

In the past few years, Lapid had talked of wanting to eventually enter politics, and his newspaper columns increasingly resembled a political platform. His resignation from television and declared intention to form his own political party drew sharp responses from across the political spectrum. Kadima MKs expressed concern that Lapid would weaken their own party, while veteran Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said he feared that Lapid’s party would weaken Labor, as well, and strengthen Likud’s position. MK Nissim Ze’ev of Shas – the frequent target of Lapid’s father during his leadership of Shinui – wished Lapid a resounding failure.

Members of several parties, and commentators throughout the media, noted that the real test for Lapid would be to see whether he could translate his popularity as a media personality into a successful political campaign.

Sam Ser

America’s Honey Trap

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Did you hear what Obama is offering?


What?

 

F-35 Stealth Bombers.


And why do we need them?

 

Are you serious?


I’m entirely serious. Why do we need the American jets?

 

Have you forgotten that Israel is under an existential threat, that our neighbors seek to destroy us?


And what is the greatest threat?

 

Iran, of course.


And why haven’t we bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities with the American jets that we already have?

 

What do you think, that Israel can do whatever it wants? We have international pressure. Luckily, the Americans still stand by our side.


And what will they do if we bomb?

 

They will stop selling us spare parts for the planes.


They will stop selling spare parts for the planes that they have already supplied?

 

Yes. That is what the experts say. We have not bombed Iran because if we do, the Americans will not sell us the spare parts for their fighter jets.


So you are saying that we cannot defend ourselves against the greatest threat against us because we have American jets.

 

Ummm


And now you want us to add more American jets to our military hangars so that we will have even less room to maneuver in dealing with the most serious existential threat that we face.

 

Just a minute. Are you proposing that we throw all the American jets in the garbage?


The sooner the better. There is nothing as detrimental to Israel’s security as American weapons. I think that the little exercise that we just did explains that clearly.

 

And how will you fight, with sticks and stones?


Until 1967, Israel did not have American weapons. In the War of Independence, the Sinai War and the War of Miracles that is called the Six-Day War, Israel achieved a far more convincing result without them than in all the battles that followed – when we were already equipped with American weapons.

 

Today Israel bases its military capabilities on American military hardware, and we cannot eliminate that in one day. But Israel can develop and produce the most advanced weapons in the world. We have already proven our capabilities. We must enter an accelerated process of production of Israeli weapons systems – including fighter jets. Why do you think the Americans are not willing to allow Israel to equip the F-35s with Israeli systems? They know that Israeli avionics are better than what they have to offer, and they wish to stop local development. They want to make sure that we do not do exactly what we need to do. They want to both protect their own weapons industry from competition and maintain Israel’s complete dependence on them.

 

Israel can produce a platform for a stealth bomber, together with the aeronautics industries of other nations that are eager for this type of partnership. Alternately, Israel can produce the platform itself, as it did with the Lavi project. What is certain is that the F-35 deal is leading us in the opposite direction: More dependence on American weapons is another obstacle in the face of Israeli weapons production, and most important of all another obstacle in the face of our ability to defend ourselves from the most serious existential threats that we face.

Moshe Feiglin

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