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Hareidi and National Religious Jews in Massive Prayer at Kotel Today

Monday, October 12th, 2015

A mammoth unity prayer rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT) Monday to ask God for protection and deliverance from the recent reign of Arab terror.

The organizers said:

In these days of terror and attacks on Jews, the need for unity is one of the first values that we must display with more prayers to God.

Leading rabbis from the national religious and Hareidi sectors will attend the prayer rally.

Relatives of those murdered by Arab terrorists, including those of victims who were on their way to the Western Wall to pray, will say the mourner’s prayer (Kaddish) at the Western Wall.

It would be a good idea if all Jews, regardless of whether they consider themselves religious or not, join the unity prayers.

Kapparot ‘Sacrificial Chicken’ Ritual Gets Green Light in New York

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The much-embattled Jewish ritual of using a purchased, donated live chicken as a “kapparah,” or sacrifice with which to absolve one’s sins before Yom Kippur has been given a green light in New York.

The purchased chicken is returned to the organization after completing the prayer and is then ritually slaughtered and donated to the poor for food. In some communities money has replaced the rite where chickens have become unavailable or where politics have made the issue so unpalatable that it community leaders no longer have the energy to cope with the fallout.

State Supreme Court Justice Debra James decided against a petition by The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, ruling there was insufficient evidence to prove the ritual a public nuisance, the New York Post reported last week.

The lawsuit was filed this past July and named several rabbis, synagogues, the New York Police Department and New York City as well. It accused the NYC Health Department and the NYPD of aiding and abetting in the ritual by blocking off streets and sidewalks, and not enforcing city and state health and animal cruelty laws.

Various animal rights organizations, including PETA at one point, have annually made the same attempt.

Rabbi Shea Hecht, chairman of the board of the Chabad-Lubavitch-linked National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE), told JewishPress.com in a phone call on Sunday the organization is greatly relieved the judge upheld the ancient custom.

“We are very happy and proud that the Judge held up our Constitutional rights, which are based on freedom of religion, and has allowed us to keep this ancient minhag (custom). Although we recognize that this issue is not over,” he added, “we are thankful to God that we have the opportunity to carry out this important mitzvah to its fullest measure.”

The ritual is carried out as follows:

The live chicken is held above one’s head, and then slowly moved around in three sets of three circles as the petitioner recites a prayer that speaks of the “shadow of death… foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings.”

At no time is it considered permissible to handle the bird roughly, nor is it permissible to torment or upset the bird in any way, which itself is considered the separate sin of tza’ar ba’alei chaim (causing distress to a live creature of God).

The prayer (a brief excerpt follows) goes on to urge repentance, and describe how to expiate one’s sins on the day before Yom Kippur.

“They cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. Redeem him from going down to the grave; I have found expiation [for him]… This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. This rooster/hen shall go to its death and I shall proceed to a good, long life and peace.”

Momentum Building for “Day of Jewish Unity” Ahead of Congress Iran Vote

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


With the consequential Congressional vote on the Iran nuclear deal merely a week or 2 away, an estimated 500,000 Jews from throughout the world are preparing to participate in an extraordinary “Day of Jewish Unity” on Tuesday, September 8. Participants in this historic event will unite to pray for the safety and well-being of the Jewish nation.

If the Iran deal is approved in its present form, there is a prevailing sense that it would place the Jewish people in harm’s way and pose a grave threat to democracies worldwide. As a result, Jews across the religious spectrum will take part in this special global event by reciting Chapters 20 and 130 of Psalms anytime between the hours of 7am and 12pm EDT on September 8.

The momentum is growing and the excitement is building as the “Day of Jewish Unity” has embarked on a major campaign to alert people about this unique opportunity to engage in a remarkable display of unity and prayer. In addition to an expansive social media campaign that is gaining a huge amount of traction for the event on September 8, there is a major national ad buy totaling approximately $150,000 in Jewish newspapers and radio stations across the United States to further publicize the event.

In addition, a specially produced video about the “Day of Jewish Unity” has been viewed more than 38,000 times by people around the world over the past several days since it was released online (the video can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/1655593341320154/videos/p.1656422784570543/1656422784570543/?type=2&theater&notif_t=like.) The video has elicited anti-Semitic and virulent comments from hate-mongers, such as “Death to Israel,” which, according to organizers of the event, further highlights the need for Jews to come together and pray for divine intervention to combat the dangers that they presently face.

Several dozen businesses from throughout North America and Israel have already committed to participate in the “Day of Jewish Unity.” Employees at these companies will be encouraged by their employers to set aside time during their work day on September 8 in order to recite two chapters of Psalms and join with an expected half-million people worldwide who will be praying for the welfare of the Jewish nation in light of the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

In conjunction with this extraordinary “Day of Jewish Unity,” a delegation of rabbis and community leaders will travel to Radin in Belarus on September 8 in order to pray at the grave of the Chofetz Chaim, who was the beloved and revered leader of world Jewry in pre-war Europe. At the same time as the delegation will be praying at the gravesite of this renowned rabbi and respected scholar, Jews throughout the world – men, women and children of all ages, and of all backgrounds – will join together to recite the two chapters of Psalms in an attempt to deflect the acute danger that would result from allowing Iran a path to obtain nuclear warheads.

“As we face the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, we are seeing an incredible display of Jewish pride and unity as people from around the world are coming together to rely on our faith and engage in prayer in order to avert disaster and persevere,” said Rabbi Motty Kroizer, international director of Acheinu, the organization coordinating this initiative. “As people understand the gravity of the situation and comprehend the serious danger that exists if Iran is permitted to continue its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, they recognize that this is a time of crisis and we need to act together now.”

It is also noteworthy that the Congressional vote is scheduled to take place in proximity to the High Holidays, which are an appropriate time for repentance, reflection and prayer.

To learn more about the “Day of Jewish Unity” and to pledge to participate in this special global event, go to www.DayOfJewishUnity.com.

Court Bans Yehuda Glick from Temple Mount because He Has a Camera

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Did you know that a camera is a tool of incitement?

The High Court on Thursday accepted a lower court ruling that Rabbi Yehuda Glick cannot visit the Temple Mount, and it refused to hold a hearing on his appeal.

It simply accepted the lower court’s decision that puts its stamp of approval on the argument by police:

The fact the Yehuda Glick ascends the Temple Mount with a camera proves he not just an innocent visitor.

Glick is the Number One enemy of the police on the Temple Mount. He never shouts, never incites and never raises a hand. That is just the type of peaceful Jew on the Temple Mount that the police and liberal establishment media cannot tolerate.

They prefer someone with a snarl on his face and words of hate on his lips.

Glick is a tough customer, but the police finally got the goods on him: He always takes a camera with him.

Photographing  Muslims in a rage against a Jew visiting the Temple Mount, especially one like Glick who believes that Jews should have the right to pray at the holy site, as provided in general terms in the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, could make problems because it is not good PR for the police, the Muslims and Jordan.

Even worse, Glick’s camera might catch the police running away from furious Muslims.

And since Glick’s appearance with a camera infuriates the Muslims, it is a tool of incitement.

Believe it or not, all of the judges have a degree in law.

The War on Tradition

Friday, July 31st, 2015


Rabbi Mike Feuer, educational director of Beit Midrash Sulam Yaakov, joins Yishai to discuss ‘Va’etchanan,’ this week’s Torah portion.

Yishai reflects on an extremely difficult experience he had yesterday — enduring verbal abuse and humiliation, as he attempted to visit the Temple Mount.

Then, in the light of the treatment of Jews at Judaism’s holiest site, the demolitions at Beit El and the Gay Pride March, Yishai discusses with Rabbi Feuer the repetition in “Va’etchanan” of the 10 Commandments and the iconic phrases that crop up throughout the portion, including the line that embodies the core principals of Judaism — the “Shema.” The two also consider the greatest struggles facing modern-day Israel and 21st-century Jewry.

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The Voters’ Prayer: May the Almighty Save Us from our Politicians

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Dear Eternal and Almighty God, Who brought Avraham Avinu out of a burning furnace, Who saved Daniel in the den of ions, Who brought your People out of slavery, gave us the Torah and brought us into the Promised Land, Who gave us the Holy Temples and led us not only to survive 2,000 years until the re-establishment of the State of Israel but also survive the harsh decree of having to suffer political leaders, many of whom are in prison and even more who should be behind bars, may You save us as this time of peril;

May you grant us protection from politicians who lead us into folly while they imagine it is they and not You leading us to peace and prosperity;

May you grant them the wisdom to know they are puppets being pulled by their own egos;

May you speedily bring us through this period of danger and have pity on our souls; apparently we have sinned because how else can one explain being oppressed with stupid campaign commercials that are beneath the dignity of apes You created;

May the God of our forefathers  grant Tzipi Livni the wisdom and vision to realize she is an idiot;

May you grant Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the understanding that his wife needs a better psychologist than she is;

May You, the Creator of heaven and earth, grant a speedy recovery to Bujie Herzog and return to him his marbles, and while You are it, please wake up his grandfather and former Chief Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Herzog to tell his grandson to repent;

May you teach several learned rabbis that living in Judea and Samaria does not make them or me any holier than someone living in Tel Aviv, even if he is Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer, may he return to sanity;

May You, our Eternal Protector, drive some sense into the minds of national religious voters who cannot bear to be represented by a party such as Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) because its leader wears  a small kippa, no beard and thinks that a secular nationalist Zionist is not treif, even if she is a woman;

May You have mercy on the chronically ill left-wing and remover their suffering and pain in their final days and bring its soul to eternal rest;

May you put a few grey hairs on Naftali Bennett’s balding head so he doesn’t look like a little kid acting as a grown-up;

And lastly, dear God, Who split the Red Sea and kept the sun from setting for Joshua, could you possibly make March 17 come a bit sooner, like tomorrow?

Quiet on Temple Mount Helps Return Jordanian Ambassador to Israel

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Jordan has returned its ambassador to Israel three months after recalling him to Amman because of Jewish activists on the Temple Mount, which promoted daily violence by Arabs.

International media tried to explain that a spree of grisly Arab terrorist attacks on Jews was a result of Muslim anger over Jews on the Temple Mount.

Mohammad al-Momani, the Jordanian government spokesman, told The New York Times that there has been a “significant improvement” in coordination with Israel for Muslims to pray at the Al Aqsa mosque on Fridays, the Muslim Sabbath, and with Muslim clerics for tourists and Jews to visit the holy site.

“We felt the message was heard loud and clear, and it is time for the ambassador to go back and to continue following Jordanian interests,” Momani told the newspaper.

The envoy, Walid Obeidat, arrived in Tel Aviv Monday night.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated, “This is an important step that reflects the shared interests of Israel and Jordan and first among them, stability, security and peace.”

Daily violence on the Temple Mount three months ago was only the climax of years of anti-Israeli incitement at mosques and in media in the Arab world, including the Palestinian Authority.

Constant reports that Jewish civilians and soldiers “stormed” the Temple Mount, plotting to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque and build the Third Temple were destined to cause a volcanic eruption.

It burst approximately three months ago with Muslims rioting on a daily basis and making it virtually impossible for Jews to visit the Temple Mount, which police often closed off to Jews.

Attempts by Jews to pray at the holy site, forbidden by Muslim authorities, and visits by Knesset Members infuriated Muslims.

U.S. Secretary of State, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah met in Amman in an unannounced meeting, which paved the way for a return to calm on the Temple Mount.

All of a sudden, two Cabinet ministers announced that Knesset Members should not visit the Temple Mount.

At the same time, Arab media stopped telling readers that Jews are “invading” the Temple Mount and digging tunnels to undermine the Al Aqsa mosque

Nothing was put in writing in Jordan, but it can be assumed that Netanyahu promised that Jews will not pray there.

As previously reported here and here, the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty specifically provides for mutual respect for worship at the holy site.

As with most treaties between Israel and the Arab world, they simply are the basis for future arguments.

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