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Tamar Yonah Show – Jews Who Fight For Freedom and the Price We Pay [audio]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Since the beginning, the Jewish People have been fighting for freedom. As evil regimes and power-hungry dictators try to rise up, feeling themselves ‘superior’ to others and enslaving them under their empires, the Jewish People stand up and say “No!” to tyranny. Until this day, power-hungry regimes try to kill the Jewish People and the light to the world they carry. Guest, Aaron Braunstein from the Jewish Covenant Alliance,  talks to Tamar about how Israel must continue to hold the torch of freedom, in order to prevent oppressive regimes like Iran, from taking over and spreading their evil empire.

Also, Shifra Hoffman of VictimsOfArabTerror.org  and Shuva.net  talks about joins us and talks about the rise (again) in terror attacks against Israel.

Tamar Yonah Show 18Sept2016 – PODCAST

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A Jewish Burial – Whatever The Price

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Rabbi Nir Donenfeld, the Chabad shliach to Cebu, Philippines was preparing for the festival of Purim, which was a well-planned and important day in his calendar.

In the midst of the preparations the phone rang.

“Rabbi, my husband Paul! He’s dead,” Mrs. Peskin, the widow exclaimed. She explained to Rabbi Donenfeld that her husband had died from a complication following heart surgery, and as she couldn’t afford a burial she was going to cremate him. Cremation is strictly forbidden by Jewish law.

As Rabbi Donenfeld listened to Mrs. Peskin, he learned that Mr. Peskin died in a hospital in Guam, an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which was 1,500 miles away from his Philippines home.

The rabbi knew that the only Jewish cemetery in the entire vicinity was full and could not take another funeral. He realized that at some time they would have to find alternative arrangements for funerals, but so far no alternative had been found.

He contacted a philanthropist friend in Hawaii who was dedicated to ensuring that every Jew receive a proper Jewish burial. The rabbi explained the situation and said that they needed to stop the cremation.

They contacted Rabbi Shlomo Feldman, a New York coordinator for Chesed Shel Emes (a Jewish burial organization). Now it was 1 a.m. in New York but they couldn’t afford to wait until the next day, as there was a lot of bureaucracy to get through.

Rabbi Feldman contacted Benjy Spiro, a veteran member of Chesed Shel Emes and up and coming askan in Los Angeles, as it was earlier in the night in LA and closer to Guam.

Their aim was to bury the deceased as soon as possible in accordance with Jewish custom.

However, Cebu does not have the Jewish or even general support that most developed countries are blessed with.

The Philippines are made up of over 7,000 islands and the widow and the rabbi lived on different islands. Both islands had poor internet and phone connections, making communication exceptionally difficult. After a discussion, they decided to have Mr. Peskin flown to New York. Once in New York, Chesed Shel Emes volunteers could receive him, give him a tahara followed by a proper halachic burial, in a Jewish cemetery located in Woodridge, NY, which was owned by Chesed Shel Emes for the specific purpose of burying meisi mitzva (Jews who have no one to take care of their burial).

A WhatsApp group was developed between all those involved, on which they shared all the paperwork, as well as information about state, federal, and international laws on the transportation of human remains, so that the body could be prepared in accordance with halacha and international law.

After several sleepless days, the team had been able to speak with the Guamanian and United States funeral homes, the airline, and the widow. This was no easy feat and involved catching people in various times zones, including a notary who visited Cebu only once a week.

Rabbi Dovid Heber of the Star-K, a notable expert on the halachos concerning the International Date Line was consulted to clarify the halachic issues concerning flying across the International Date Line, and when would be acceptable days to fly based on the Chazon Ish’s ruling.

Mr. Peskin’s body was released and sent on its long journey from Guam, to Tokyo, and connected to a flight to New York. The body was brought to Yereim Chapel in Brooklyn, NY, where a tahara was performed. When the chapel attendants opened up the coffin, they were amazed to find that the Guamanian funeral home had sent Mr. Peskin’s talit, a yad (a pointer for reading from a Sefer Torah), and his tefillin (a Rashi and Rabeinu Tam). Only a person who is especially particular about the mitzvah would use two sets.

Obviously Mr. Peskin had been more observant than they had been given to understand, but many things about this story remain a mystery.

A few hours later, approximately 150 people, who had never known Mr. Peskin, attended the funeral which took place at a Satmar shul in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, and Mr. Peskin was buried at the meis mitzva cemetery in Woodridge.

Thanks to the coordinated efforts of many dedicated volunteers working night and day. Jewish burial was given to a man who died penniless, over 8,000 miles from New York.

Ann Goldberg

Gasoline Prices Dropped at Midnight

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The price of gasoline in Israel dropped by a symbolic amount on Sunday at midnight — by one agora per liter for self-service 95 octane.

The price for the gasoline went from NIS 7.40 to Nis 7.39 per liter, the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources announced. All other prices were unchanged.

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Israel Shouldn’t Be The Main Course

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Israel has always suffered from an inability to form an all-inclusive strategy. In the words of former secretary of state Henry Kissinger: “Israel doesn’t have a foreign policy; it has only internal politics.”

This failure to form a strategy is not due to some Jewish intelligence deficiency; it is because we have been evading the fundamental truth of our national existence. We justify the existence of the state of Israel with pragmatic – not destiny-based – reasons. The Holocaust memorial museum, Yad Vashem, has become our holy temple. The Temple Mount, on the other hand, is a source of primal fear for Israel’s leadership, which will do everything possible to rid itself of it – and the sooner the better.

So despite the fact that we are the most (actually the only) advanced state in the region, we are the only state in the region that has no regional interests. Our only interest is to survive. That is why we are capable of nothing more than reacting. We will never initiate. If the Syrians attack, we will attack them even harder. Until then, though, we will simply wait.

Strategy means formulating general policy to foster a goal that is beyond mere existence. Tactic is a policy of actions and reactions.

In the Middle East, you either sit down for the dinner – or you are the main course. Western democratic countries can maintain static relations between them; in other words, “I do not desire what is yours, and vice versa.” Israel would love to conduct its foreign policy in such a reality. But the Muslim culture in our region rules that out. Here the rule is: if you do not trample me, I will trample you.

Strategically, Israel must strive to be a regional power in the Middle East. Due to the fact that we see ourselves as strangers and foreigners in our own land, we show no interest in strategic objectives – nothing beyond basic survival.

The Middle East is crumbling, taking on the shape of the original, pre-World War I Sykes-Picot Agreement. It will fall into the greedy hands of Iran or Turkey. Everybody wants to be the new Salah al-Din of the greater Arab nation, which is shedding the national masks forced upon it by the West. Iran bids for hegemony by threatening Israel with nuclear annihilation. Turkey does the same by repeatedly humiliating Israel.

Meanwhile, the vacuum that has been created is sucking in the world’s superpowers. First Russia, and now, reluctantly, the U.S., which is taking advantage of the chemical weapons massacre in Syria in an attempt to rehabilitate its image.

Having a strategy means that if there is a massacre in Syria, Israel must intervene and prevent it from happening again. What? Are we crazy? We should intervene on behalf of the Syrian nation and be the target of missiles in Tel Aviv?

Tragically, we are heading straight for a repeat of the U.S. attack on Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in 1991. If the U.S. attacks Syria (for its own interests) it will be Israel that will pay a heavy price. In 1991, Israel passively sat out the Iraq war, relegating its security to the U.S. As a reward for our “good behavior” we got Iraq’s Scud missiles exploding in Ramat Gan and diplomatic pressure that led to the Madrid Conference, Oslo, the Expulsion in Gaza, and the serious deterioration in Israel’s existential legitimacy that we witness today. If there is an American attack on Syria, we will pay the same price for our passivity.

If we take the initiative, our first step should be the neutralization of Syria’s missile capabilities. This would diminish potential harm to Israel and in the future, whoever would want to exert influence in the Middle East would understand that they must include Israel in the equation – not to exact a price, but to pay Israel its strategic due. In other words, in the Middle East, either you sit down for dinner or you are the main course.

I know that currently, this idea does not have many supporters in Israel. Israelis feel like guests in their own land. They cannot yet absorb this line of thinking. For now, this is food for thought. Until I am elected to lead Israel, we can all relax in our sealed rooms, contemplating life on the Saudi dinner plate.

Moshe Feiglin

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