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A Sneak Peak into a Haredi Army Unit

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The video is in Hebrew, but you’ll get the idea even if you don’t understand. Very inspiring. A “Kiddush Hashem”.

The Problem Of Peace

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The world is demanding (again) that Israel make peace with its terrorist neighbors. Almost no one is demanding that the Arab neighbors make peace with Israel. Everyone realizes that Israel wants and needs peace and everyone realizes that no Arab state is genuinely interested in making peace with Israel.

It would seem that the Arab concept of peace in the Middle East and how it will be achieved is to destroy Israel, expel the Jews and have the Middle East populated only by Arabs. The concept is simple but the Arabs are sure that the world will eventually force all of the Jews out of Israel because peace is more important than justice. Many European and several American leaders seem to believe that we must sacrifice Israel and the rights of her people for the sake of world peace in our time.

Europeans seem to not realize that Europe is already squarely in the sights of the Muslim Arabs and that a well-planned mass immigration into Europe by Muslim students and “refugees” has progressed to the point where population characteristics are slowly being modified.

News reports do indicate that some Europeans have begun to realize that this Arab immigration plan has begun to reduce the Christian majorities in Europe, but it may be too late to reverse the process. In just a few more years the Arab plan will have achieved its goal. An understanding of the invasion plan seems very simple. The European non-Muslim birthrate is usually less than two per couple while the Muslim birthrate can reach four to 14 children per couple. The cleansing of Europe of its non-Muslim population will be accomplished in another two or three generations.

Unfortunately, the same is true in Israel, as Jews have fewer and fewer children and Arabs maintain their high birthrate. Visit any Israeli hospital maternity ward and see with your own eyes the simple truth. Most of the women in the ward are Palestinian Arabs. Too many secular Jews are also opting to emigrate to Europe and America, thus further reducing the Jewish population of Israel. Only one group of Jews is growing faster than the Arab population and that is the ultra-Orthodox. Unless there is another huge influx of religious or non-religious Jews to Israel, similar to the recent Russian immigration, the ultra-religious Jews and the Muslim Arabs will be the only remaining residents in Israel. Our only hope is that the modernized Muslims reduce their birthrate and that the ultra-Orthodox continue to multiply.

Americans are also beginning to realize that with Europe succumbing to the burgeoning Muslim population, America is next. In the past, immigration laws made it difficult for Muslim to immigrate to the U.S., but under President Obama and the loosening of the immigration laws, the Muslims are now also “invading” America in ever greater numbers. Some American cities are already witness to public Muslim prayer on main thoroughfares where Arabs come to demonstrate their growing power.

The statistics are scary and the Muslims have the patience to wait until they outnumber the native population. They also do not adapt, as previous immigrants have, to the American culture. The UN estimates that Europe will be 55 percent Muslim within 20 to 30 years. England already has more Muslims than does Lebanon or Syria.

How can we fight this trend? First we must have the will to fight. Europe is almost lost. America, if it does not wake up soon, will be next.

Haredi Politicians Now Angry at Labor

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Last week, the Haredi politicians and Aryeh Deri in particular couldn’t get enough of Labor (Avoda) leader Yitchak Herzog, even suggesting he could replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister, all in anger over the Haredi draft law that passed.

This week the Labor party indicated support for the upcoming Conversion bill, a bill the Haredim don’t support. Haredi politicians expressed their anger and disappointment at Labor’s support.

It appears that the Haredi honeymoon with the Labor party is over.

It’s Raining on my Money

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014.

The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last night yours truly drove to the nearby town of Ra’anana in very serious rain and it got a little scary. Rain in Israel has a similar effect as 2 inches of snow in Atlanta, GA: folks behind the wheel stop thinking rationally.

Don’t ask what happens when we get 2 inches of snow.

Here’s a rain image from the Jaffa Gate in the old city, below David’s Citadel.

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Haredim Being Drafted – to Ukrainian Army

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

If not in Israel, then in the Ukraine.

Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities received draft notices to report to the Ukrainian army draft center, according to a report in Maariv.

Yeshiva students from multiple yeshivas in Kiev, including Chabad students, were told to report to the draft center, in response to the increasing tensions with Russia.

Unlike in the IDF, Jewish soldiers in the Ukrainian army cannot get kosher food (much less, Glatt Kosher food), cannot have beards, and must work on Shabbat – which is they day they clean the base. They certainly won’t be guaranteed time for daily prayers like they would be in the IDF.

Some of the students are considering running away to Israel.

The only question is, this time, will the Jews in the Ukraine decide to run away before it’s too late, or only after it’s too late.

To Rally or Not, That is the Question

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

There were two blocks debating each other in many of the settlements this Shabbat, and both sides raised some very valid points.

On one side are the pro-rally settlers who plan to go join in the Haredi anti-draft protest.

Their positions are as follows:

1. Haredim are currently on target for the army’s annual draft expectations from the Haredi community. At this growth rate, they’ll definitely reach the army’s goals in 2017.

So why in the world is the government suddenly introducing criminal sanctions onto the Haredi community, when, despite the difficulties, they’re meeting their numbers?

2. If this were about all citizens sharing the burden, why are Lapid and friends ignoring the Arabs?

3. If this were really only about the draft, then why were Lapid and friends going after Hesder, until Bennett cut some sort of deal with him?

4. If we don’t stand with the Haredim now, when Lapid and friends go after the settlements (and Hesder), we won’t be able to count on the Haredim as allies.

5. If Lapid and friends succeed, in the next elections, they’ll be big enough to not need Bennett and the restrictions he’s placed on them, and then Hesder, the Settlements and the National-Religious community are really going to really be in trouble.

The pro-rally groups raises some very important points, that seem to indicate that this bill and the attacks on the Haredi community are more about populism, elections, hurting the Torah and the religious sector as a whole.

On the anti-Rally side, the following arguments were put forth:

1. Everyone should do the army, and its not fair to everyone else that the Haredim aren’t doing their share.

2. If the Haredi position was really only about Torah learning and how Torah learning protects the State and they’re sharing in the burden by learning – and not based on an anti-Zionist ideology, then why aren’t they at least saying the prayers for the State and IDF soldiers in their shuls.

Since they don’t, it proves this protest is not about being drafted, but rather not wanting to be a partner in the State of Israel itself and not caring for anyone else outside their community.

3. Lapid won’t be able to hurt the Hesder programs and the religious in the army, because we make up 50% of the combat units, so we don’t need the Haredim as allies for that.

4. The Dati-Leumi and Settler communities simply can’t count on the Haredim to stand by us. They didn’t stand with us during Gush Katif, and they only care about their own communities and whoever pays them enough to support their lifestyles. They don’t care about anyone else’s Torah community besides their own (see Gafni’s threats to destroy Hesder and the settlements).

We gain nothing by standing with them, and some people even said, they’re getting what they deserve.

The anti-Rally group also raises some extremely valid points – essentially the isolationist approach of the Haredi community has proven that Haredim are unreliable allies, and incapable of seeing themselves as part of the greater religious and Jewish community in Israel, and acting on that partnership, so why should we act for them, when we think they should be drafted anyway, just like we are.

What do I conclude from all this?

First of all, there’s no doubt the Haredi community has shot itself in the foot, and the Dati-Leumi community may very well follow in their footsteps.

National-Religious Rabbis to Participate in Haredi Anti-Draft Rally

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Some big name rabbis in the National-Religious (Dati-Leumi) community plan to participate in the Haredi anti-draft rally on Sunday, to show their solidarity with the Haredim.

Among these rabbis are Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, Rav Shlomo Aviner and Rav Yaakov Shapira.

The Haredim are protesting the Shaked Committee Bill, which will require that Haredim begin serving in the IDF and criminalizes draft dodging. MK Ayelet Shaked is member of the National Religious Jewish Home Party.

The position these Dati-Leumi rabbis are taking is that they will “not let the government divide the Dati-Leumi and Haredi communities… and harm Torah learning.”

Other Dati-Leumi rabbis are against the three rabbis’ participation in the rally.

Haredi MK Moshe Gafni (Yahadut HaTorah) told Makor Rishon that, to avenge the Shaked law, as soon as he is back in power, he will destroy the Hesder Yeshivas — where students both study Torah and serve in elite combat units.

MK Gafni also threatened to end all funding to the settlements, and to dry them out, as soon as he is back in a government role. For the record, his one government role so far has been, during the 12th Knesset (this one is the 19th): Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

In the past, in retaliation for budget cuts that hurt Haredi families, MK Gafni, who Chairs the Knesset Science and Technology Committee, also threatened to intentionally create problems the Finance Ministry would have to spend a lot of state money to fix.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/national-religious-rabbis-to-participate-in-haredi-anti-draft-rally/2014/02/28/

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