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The Jay Shapiro Show – Politically Correct Jewish Titles [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

There are new words used to describe Jews. Orthodox, Conservative and Reform have been replaced by Prophetic and Protective. These new titles have political, not religious, meaning. What are they?

The Jay Shapiro Show 20Dec2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Israel’s ‘Muezzin Law’ with Tougher Fines Submitted for Preliminary Knesset Vote

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A bill prohibiting the use of public address systems outside houses of prayer, a.k.a. “Muezzin Law,” was submitted a second time for a preliminary plenum vote and is expected to receive an expedited procedure, Walla reported Monday. According to the revised version of the bill, houses of prayer will be prohibited to use their exterior PA systems from 11 PM to 7 AM. This both reserves Israeli mosques’ right to use their exterior loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer five times a day, and no longer threatens the use of Jewish pre-Shabbat alerts. The bill, which also limits the decibel levels of those exterior PA systems when they are being used, was submitted by MK Mordhay Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) and Coalition Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud).

The bill calls for a fine of between $1,300 and $2,600.

It is expected that the Muezzin Law, which initially got a hostile reception from most Arabs – although some revealed secretly the law would bring much needed relief to their families – will be expedited through the plenum and in committee, so that it can be presented next Sunday at the Ministerial legislative committee. The bill’s language prohibits nighttime use of the exterior PA systems of all houses of worship, although in practice this only means mosques and their practice of calling on the believers to dig out their prayer rugs and start prostrating.

“Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens in the Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem and other locations in central Israel suffer routinely and daily from the noise caused by the PA systems of houses of worship,” goes the “Muezzin Law” introductory segment. “The proposed law introduces a worldview according to which freedom of religion need not be a source of interruption of citizens’ sleep, suggesting houses of worship limit the use of their PA systems overnight.”

JNi.Media

Jews Rally, Counter-Rally outside Hoenlein’s Group’s Hanukkah Party at Trump’s DC Hotel [video]

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

More than 150 Jewish young adults yelled anti-President-Elect Trump slogans and sang traditional Hanukkah songs with anti-Trump twists marching from Freedom Plaza to the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC Wednesday night, during a pre-Hanukkah party that was being held inside by the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, the Washington Post reported.

Another, albeit smaller group of about 15 Jews called Jews Choose Trump held a counter-protest nearby. Lee Green, a Jewish member of the electoral college from North Carolina, traveled from his home state to voice her objection to the idea that US Jews demonstrate against Trump.

The group opposing Trump and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents, was made up of the usual leftwing, Reform-affiliated suspects, including Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the URJ, who called Hoenlein’s decision to celebrate Hanukkah at a Trump owned joint “tone-deaf at best, naked sycophancy at worst.” The protest was organized by If Not Now, a leftwing, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian Jewish group.

Hoenlein told the Post a week ago that the Trump hotel was picked for the party “purely on a pragmatic basis,” and that “the reasoning behind it was nothing to do with the Trump name.” He explained that the Azerbaijani Embassy, which co-hosted the party with the Conference of Presidents, planned it close to a month ago, and couldn’t find a venue that was able to accommodate a kosher gathering.

The counter-protesters sang patriotic Israeli and American songs, and at one point, according to the Post, pro-Trump protester David Goldberg yelled at Sharon Kleinbaum, the clergywoman of New York City’s LGBT Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, “What is it that you think we celebrate on the festival of Hanukkah?” adding, “You would have been on the side of Antiochus rather than Judah the Maccabee.”

Back in 2014, Kleinbaum was chastised by many in her own congregation for reading the names of Arab children who were killed in the Gaza war, alongside the names of Israeli soldiers who gave their lives in the same war, creating the impression that the latter bore responsibility for the former. She is also infamous for her statement: “I do believe that Israel violates the human rights of Palestinians every single day. Both things are true.”

JNi.Media

Jewish Organizations Protest UNESCO Insult to Judaism

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Words of history, political and emotional connections to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Dead Sea Scrolls were emphasized by speaker after speaker on Thursday, November 10th at a march and rally protesting UNESCO’s effort to erase Jews and Judaism from the Temple Mount.

The most recent effort by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was a resolution referring to the holy sites both on and around the Temple Mount solely by their Arabic names. This resolution seeks to invalidate any claim  of the Jewish people to our holiest site, the marchers explained.

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Speaker after speaker including Rabbi Avi Weiss and Mothers Against Terrorism’s Hillary Barr led chants of “Shame On Unesco” during the peaceful rally. There was also singing and dancing.

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Jews and Non-Jews, young and old chanted, “We Stand With Israel,” as representatives of more than a dozen Jewish organizations, waved Israeli and American flags in unison.

unesco-rosenthal“Although the election is over, the fight for issues that matter to the community goes on. I was very pleased to speak at the rally opposing UNESCO’s ongoing attempt to sever the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel because this is a matter of great concern to the community — and is of critical importance to US national security. We need leaders who will stand up to the UN on behalf of the United States and Israel, and I stand ready to help in any capacity I can,” stated Phil Rosenthal, recent congressional candidate and board member of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET.

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Those interested in joining the effort to protest UNESCO’s efforts to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem were encouraged to sign a petition.

Jewish Press Staff

Pilot’s Family Tells President Rivlin, Cohen Nov Was ‘A Joyful Boy’

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit to the family of IAF Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov who was killed in a deadly crash of his F-16 fighter jet at Ramon Air Base in the Negev last week upon his return from an air strike on Hamas terror targets in Gaza. The attack had been carried out in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists earlier in the day.

Ohad’s parents, Doron and Chaya, spoke with the president about their son, about his joy for life and respect for all, and about his love for flying.

“My son loved everyone, he was a joyful boy,” Chaya told the president.

Rivlin responded, “I read and heard so much about Ohad, and on these things alone it is clear what a great loss he is for his family, for his unit, and for all the Israeli people. Your pain is infinite, and no words can bring comfort at this terrible time. All that I can do is come and be with you, together with you in your pain.”

The President spoke with Ohad’s widow, Shachar, and heard from her about the plans they had had for the future as a young family setting out. He wished for her that she should have the strength to continue looking ahead for their daughter, and for all the family.

Hana Levi Julian

Tzohar’s High Holy Day Programs Estimated To Reach over 60,000 in Israel

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Celebrating its 17th year of the Yom Kippur ‘Praying Together’ program, Tzohar, the religious Zionist Rabbis organization in Israel will be hosting over 60,000 people in more than 300 different locations around the country.

Taking place in community centers, theaters and other locations outside of the traditional synagogues, attendees are all provided with the same prayer book (siddur or machzor) to make it easier to follow along, as well as with explanatory pamphlet about the customs, prayers and meaning of the High Holidays to help guide the participant throughout the services.

The success of the Yom Kippur programs have led to the creation of a similar initiative for Rosh Hashana, where thousands of Israeli families participated in ‘Shofar in the Park’.

“Tzohar is deeply proud to have become a central part of the prayer experience for tens of thousands of Israelis for the High holidays,” said Rabbi David Stav, co-founder of Tzohar.

“The 200 Rosh Hashana programs and 300 Yom Kippur locations come from the fact that they provide an approach to the prayer in a manner that is designed to be accessible and easy to relate to for Jews of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with tradition.

“People come out of our programs feeling energized and engaged and better educated about the meaning of the holiday and its customs.” Over 350 Tzohar volunteers and their families will be placed all around the country to accommodate all those communities who wish to participate. “Tzohar is committed to always adding additional programs to encourage Jewish participation in life cycle events,” said Yakov Gaon, Executive Vice President of Tzohar.

“The powerful reaction to the Yom Kippur program and our other holiday activities showed the excitement and connection people feel. We look forward to adding even more programs to our yearly calendar and bringing proud Jewish identity to the masses.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Far East Meets Middle East in Summit for Religious Leaders

Monday, September 12th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Over 20 religious leaders from east Asia arrived in Israel Monday for a four-day summit in Jerusalem. Participants came from countries such as China, South Korea, India, and Japan, representing spiritual traditions of Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Jainism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. Throughout the upcoming week, they will come face to face with Arab and Israeli religious leaders of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

“It is time to expand the Israel-Asia dialogue from only diplomatic and economic spheres to religion, spirituality and faith,” summit coordinator Simona Halperin told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “This is a first meeting in history between the religious leaders of Judaism and those of the eastern faiths.”

The summit was a joint project between the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the American Jewish Committee and the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCRL). Notable guests included the president of the Buddhist Association of China, Xuecheng, Swami Avdeshanand Giri, spiritual leader of millions of Indian Hindus, and Bawa Jain, Secretary-General of the WCRL.

President Reuven Rivlin greeted summit participants.

“Welcome to Jerusalem, the holy city to the religions of the sons of Abraham,” Rivlin told the guests. “Your arrival is a very special event, for many years the interaction between our religions hardly even existed.

“This is no longer the situation, as your visit today shows,” Rivlin said.

Xuecheng and Swami Giri also addressed the summit, saying religious leaders should take a leading role towards solving worldwide social and environmental challenges.

“I’m very happy to be here,” said the Swami. “We have a saying in our colloquial tongue: ‘When you have dialogues, then the wisdom dawns and knowledge comes.’ Dialogue imparts clarity.”

Xuecheng expressed his hope to make lasting friendships among religious leaders in Israel. “Only if we make true friends we can really set the goal of mutual respect and understanding. the Chinese religions are working very hard to call out other religions to help in the construction of a peaceful world,” he said.

According to Halperin, during the four days of the summit the religious leaders will meet with rabbis from all Jewish streams, as well as with Muslim, Druze and Christian leaders. The group will tour holy sites and discuss current events including global warming, the environment, the status of religion in contemporary society, the role of religion in peacemaking and more.

“Our spiritual worlds are very close to each other in that they are not missionary religions which makes them very open and tolerant,” Rabbi Daniel Sperber, a professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University and Orthodox rabbi. “I feel a unity and comradery between our peoples, more so than with the western world and Christianity.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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