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Wikileaks: Chelsea Clinton Used Foundation Money to Pay for Wedding

Monday, November 7th, 2016

An email sent by former President Bill Clinton’s top aide, Doug Band, and hacked by Wikileaks among the 50,000 documents stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s gmail account, complains about Chelsea Clinton using Clinton Foundation cash to pay for her wedding to Jewish investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, as well as living expenses and taxes on cash she took from her parents, the NY Post reported Sunday.

Chelsea married Mezvinsky in an interfaith ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York, on July 31, 2010. Mezvinsky is the son of former members of Congress Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and Edward Mezvinsky, and was raised in the Conservative Jewish tradition. Following their wedding, the couple lived for three years in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, then bought a condominium in the NoMad district of Manhattan for $10.5 million. They have a daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, 2, and a son, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, born June 2016. The family just moved to the Flatiron District in Midtown Manhattan.

On Jan. 4, 2012, Doug Band sent an email to Podesta, saying, “The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents…. I hope that you will speak to her and end this. Once we go down this road….”

Band, who called Chelsea a “spoiled brat kid,” also told Podesta that Chelsea had told one of the Bush twins about money transfers from the Clinton Global Initiative to the Clinton Foundation. “The bush kid then told someone else who told an operative within the republican party,” Band lamented.

JNi.Media

Prosecution Indicts Wedding Guests for Hating Arabs While Dancing

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

This story would be difficult to comprehend by readers who enjoy the benefits of the First, Second and Fourth Amendments. It also reflects the desperate mindset of Israel’s leftwing ruling elite inside the judiciary who wouldn’t recognize prosecutorial restraint if it bit them on the leg. On Wednesday, thirteen Jews, among them five minors ages 14 to 17, were hauled into the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, to be indicted for violence and terrorism, which they apparently carried out while dancing at the wedding of Yakir and Ronnie Ashbel, at the Shirat Yerushalaim hall. Incidentally, the groom, Yakir, was indicted for illegal assembly — at his own wedding.

The cases stem from a video that was shot clandestinely by the GSS at the wedding and broadcast by Israel’s left-leaning Channel 10 News some ten months ago, showing the wedding guests dancing yeshiva style, while stabbing pictures of the baby Ali Dawabsheh, who perished in an arson fire together with both his parents on July 31, 2015. The prosecution, which has indicted one Jewish man and his alleged minor sidekick, is yet to submit its case before a criminal court. There have been rumors of inconsistencies between the confession GSS interrogators have squeezed out of the suspect using torture—with the high court’s approval—and the recollections of local Arab villagers regarding the fire.

Unable to get results on the real arson case, the frustrated prosecution on Wednesday went after the wedding guests who, by stabbing a picture of the dead baby expressed their hatred for Arabs, for a repressive defense minister who locks up and tortures their friends, and for whatever else they disliked so vociferously. The accused also waved handguns and rifles, one of which belonged to an IDF soldier who was among the guests. The guests also created imitation Molotov cocktails by sticking napkins into empty wine bottles. As Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represents one of the accused, put it, every night at weddings in Umm al-Fahm and countless other Arab communities, there are weddings in which the guests are actually shooting live fire in the air to express their joy — prosecuting Jews for merely waving their guns seems a bit vindictive.

In fact, vindictive is the name of the game in this entire mad hatter prosecution. Ben-Gvir accuses the government of “selective prosecution” and points out that this is being planned as more a show trial than a trial, seeing as the summonses were sent to the media before the defendants received them.

Finally, the indictment declares that “with their actions the defendants issued a unified call to violence or terrorism or praise or encouragement of or support and identification with violence or terrorism, and based on the content of the inciting material and the circumstances under which they were publicized — there exists a real possibility that it would lead to carrying out acts of violence and terrorism.”

Here’s the internal logical conflict of the above statement: it wasn’t the wedding guests who publicized the dancing and the baby picture stabbing and the inappropriate songs. It was a GSS agent who shot the video and handed it to Channel 10 for publicizing. We left messages with several attorneys close to the proceedings regarding this issue, and will update this story when we receive their response.

JNi.Media

New Data Shows Israelis Tie the Knot Much Later Than in Past

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has published data on marriage in Israel ahead of Tu B’av, the Jewish day of love, which is frequently celebrated in modern times in a similar fashion to Valentine’s Day.

The CBS data shows a significant difference between Israel in 2014 compared to data for the year 1970. Israelis now get married less and at a much older age than 46 years ago. While only 28% of Israeli men in 1970 aged 25-29 were single, this figure skyrocketed to 65% in 2014. The amount of single women aged 25-29 increased during that period from 13% to 50%.

The rate of unmarried Jewish men and women at the ages of 45-49 increased during that period as well. While only 3% of Jewish men within those ages were single in 1970, this figure rose to 11% in 2014. Among Jewish women, that figure increased from 2% to 9%.

The percent of unmarried Jews is the highest in predominantly secular cities such as Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. It is lowest in predominantly ultra-Orthodox cities such as Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit, and Bnei Brak.

According to the CBS data, there were 50,797 weddings in Israel during the year 2014 in ceremonies recognized by the state. Some 72.6% of them were Orthodox Jewish weddings, 23.4% were Muslim, 2.1% were Druze, and 1.7% were Christian. The data excludes non-Orthodox Jewish weddings and alternative Orthodox weddings that were not coordinated with the chief rabbinate.

At least 8,782 Israeli couples, or couples that included at least one Israeli, married outside of Israel. However, this figure includes only those who reported their marriage to Israeli authorities and is probably significantly higher in reality

The marriage rate in Israel is one of the highest among members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at 6.2 marriages per 1,000 citizens. The highest marriage rate, 8.3, was recorded among Israel’s Muslim population, while the Jewish marriage rate was at 6.0.

The average age at which Israelis got married for the first time in 2014 was 27.6 for men and 25.0 for women. The average marriage age is significantly higher than the data recorded in 1970, having increased by almost three years for grooms and by three and a half years for brides. The average age difference between the groom and bride decreased during the last 45 years from 3.3 years to 2.6 years.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

A Wedding Without Witnesses?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The teenage boy who slipped a ring on the finger of the girl in a secluded location at summer camp while saying harei at mekedushet li – you are betrothed to me – has not gotten the girl into trouble, as long as there was nobody around who witnessed the “ceremony.”

This is because a marriage ceremony conducted in private between bride and groom, with no witnesses present, is ineffective and the “bride” is free to marry another person without having to undergo a Jewish divorce ceremony.

The requirement of two witnesses for an effective marriage is derived from a gezerah shavah, an analogy based on the Torah’s use of the word davar – a claim both in the verse dealing with commercial matters and in the verse dealing with marital affairs: al pi shnei eidim yakum davar – a claim must be established by two witnesses – and ki matza ba ervat davar – he has a claim of sexual misconduct against her.

A person who claims he lent money cannot win a judgment unless he brings two witnesses to court to substantiate the facts of the claim. So too, a spouse cannot claim to have entered into an effective marriage unless there are two witnesses who can testify that they witnessed the marriage take place.

What happens if just one person witnessed the “marriage ceremony”? In commercial matters, the testimony of one witness has some significance in so far as the defendant against whom the single witness testifies must pay the disputed amount unless he takes an oath in court that he never borrowed the money.

And what if both “bride” and “groom” admit they entered into the “marriage ceremony” even though nobody witnessed it? If one is consistent in drawing the gezerah shavah, the analogy between marriage and commercial matters, then the marriage should be effective. After all, the rule in commercial matters is hoda’at ba’al din keme’ah eidim damei. This means that if the defendant admits he borrowed the money, the admission is equivalent to the testimony of 100 witnesses and he must pay. So why should the case of the marriage entered into without witnesses be any less effective if both bride and groom admit they entered into marriage?

The answer lies in the unique nature of the testimony required in marital matters. Witnesses to a marriage are eidei kiyum, which means their testimony is required to make the marriage transaction legally effective.

The concept of eidei kiyum can be better understood by borrowing from the modern legal concept of the Statute of Frauds or Section 9 of the Israel Land Law, both of which require a signed document for a sale of land. Without a signed document, there is no sale and a purchaser cannot force the “seller” to transfer his house even if the seller admits that he promised the purchaser to do so.

So too without witnesses the marriage is not effective in Jewish law, even if the couple admits they entered into marriage. This is different from the nature of the testimony given by witnesses to a commercial transaction, such as a loan. In the case of a loan, witnesses are not required to make the loan transaction legally effective. The loan can be legally effective without them. Witnesses are only required to prove that the loan took place if the defendant denies it. Witnesses to a loan transaction are eidei hochachah, probative witnesses. This means they are required to counter a denial but they are unnecessary if the borrower admits that he owes the money.

The Ketzot Hachoshen, however, rejects this distinction. If, as explained above, the requirement for two witnesses at a marriage ceremony is derived from an analogy to commercial transactions, then the nature of witnesses must be the same and they must both be witnesses of the eidei kiyum type. If so, why does the couple’s admission not render the marriage effective?

Raphael Grunfeld

Police: Haifa Religious Council Deceived over 100 Couples Seeking Independent Orthodox Wedding

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Employees of the Haifa Religious Council have deceived more than 100 couples who said they wanted to be married through the national-religious rabbinic organization Tzohar, Israel Police announced on Wednesday. A Tzohar initiative has made it possible for couples to register for marriage anywhere, and not strictly in their area of residence as used to be the case in Israel. The idea was to make less stringent Orthodox rabbis available to Israelis who didn’t wish for their wedding to be officiated by a Haredi rabbi. That change was received with great resistance on the part of the Chief Rabbinate, which is concerned for losing its monopoly on Orthodox weddings.

Police launched an investigation following a complaint by Tzohar that elements in the Haifa Religious Council are acting systematically against couples who register to be married by a Tzohar rabbi. Among other things, Tzohar accused the council of entering false information regarding the personal data of registrants. The complaint cites more than 100 such cases.

Police interrogated with a warning two employees of the Haifa Religious Council, one of them senior. Police also collected testimonies, seized documents, and executed a variety of investigative actions. As a result, police are saying they have sufficient evidence showing the alleged violations had indeed taken place because of the council’s objection on principle to Tzohar’s legitimacy. Police believe the senior council employee was aware of and turned a blind eye on the other employee’s mass violations.

Tzohar emailed JNi the following statement in response to the news story:

“Effectively investigating criminal action is critical for our national desire to rid out corruption and restore the public’s faith in those responsible for religious services in our country. It is deeply distressing that the rogue actions of a small group can so negatively tarnish the Jewish spirit in ways that have caused irreparable damage to the people of Israel.”

JNi.Media

Wedding on the Temple Mount: From Servitude to Liberty

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

I really envy the sweet Jewish couple who married last week in a surreptitious ceremony on the Temple Mount. I hear the cries of all the Temple ‘Mountaphobes’ sitting behind the public broadcast microphones and in the name of the public rob my tax money in order to control the public’s consciousness.

I hear their genuine fear of the Temple Mount. And despite the fact that in just a few days we will be celebrating the Exodus from Egypt, the festival of our liberty, they are still stuck deep inside Purim. Not the end of the story of Purim, but its beginning.

Why was a total holocaust decreed upon Israel in the Purim story? Because when redemption didn’t seem to be coming following 70 years of exile after the destruction of the First Temple, ( according to Ahashverosh’s calculations),the enlightened king celebrated the ‘New World Order’; he celebrated the Pax Ahashveroshana. With no redemption for the Jews in the offing, all the nations celebrated, drank and generally gave free rein to their animalistic urges at Ahashverosh’s feast; at the capital of the pseudo-kind kingdom that ruled from India to Africa.

The king also invited the Jewish sages to his feast. Complete equality for all. All the chief rabbis attended: the Ashkenazic, Sephardic, ultra-orthodox and modern orthodox. They all came to drink at the feast. Not before they made sure that all the food would be strictly kosher, under the supervision of the most trusted kosher certification (I am not making this up. All of what I have written is taken from the sources on the Scroll of Esther)  including a partition to separate between men and women according to the most strict stringencies of Jewish law…

After all, it is unthinkable to insult the king. We are responsible leaders. And then, Ahashverosh serves them the wine…in vessels stolen from the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. And they drink…

At least if they had shed some tears into the wine served to them in the Temple vessels…But Rabbi Shimon Bar Yocahi explains that this holocaust was decreed upon Israel because not only did the newscasters of the time reject the whole Temple Mount idea, Israel’s message of human liberty under the wings of the One G-d – and exchanged it for the message of the liberty to enjoy lavish feasts under the servitude to man – but Israel’s leaders of the time also found their place in the New Order. They had funds for their yeshivot and Torah institutions. So everything was under control. They felt that they had overcome the extremists and that now, politics were in the hands of level-headed people. So they drank a little bit of wine, so what?

Enter Haman – the Amalekite. Amalek always shows up just before the redemption, when Israel gives up on its destiny and its message, preferring sweet servitude. That is what happened just before the Jews were supposed to enter the Land of Israel. All of them sobbed, just like the afraid-of-the-redemption newscasters.

Ultimately, they entered the Land. But not before the entire sobbing generation died in the desert.

The same thing happened throughout history, until the Balfour Declaration in the 1920s, when the British called upon our Nation to return to its Homeland (and even provided us with a foundation for a modern state). But the Nation of Israel did not show up. And once again, destruction was decreed upon that generation.

Yes, it is always the flight from our message that precipitates the next holocaust. Not  a lack of ascent to the Mount, but estrangement from it.

And who saves the day?

Mordechai.

“Have we gone mad?” cried the Shushan broadcasters. This crazy man is throwing a match into a barrel of dynamite. What was so bad about bowing before Haman? Let him keep his vision to himself and stop endangering all of us!!! Now we will all die because of one old man who insists on sticking himself right in front of the eyes of the world. And he angered Haman, who is always on the lookout for a way to bring us trouble…

And then, it really happens! The intifada breaks out because of Mordechai! Haman decides to annihilate all the Jews! And the broadcasters are proven right. Those whose world is narrow like the world of an ant, who are completely detached from the message of the Nation of Israel, those whose only concern is survival – to reach 12 o’ clock at night and to worry about tomorrow when the sun rises – cannot understand the situation differently.

For the covenant that safeguards our nation’s wondrous eternity has a terrible price. The Creator, Who made an eternal covenant with us, is willing to put up with our temporary weaknesses in fulfilling the commandments. But the King is not willing to give up on the vision and on Israel’s destiny.

If an elite force errs in navigation and misses the mark, it is generally hit hard by the enemy and lessons are learned. But when the elite force decides not to carry out the mission, it makes its existence superfluous. That is the time to bring in a new elite force.

Mordechai understands that in order to save Israel, they must cling to their purpose, cling to their destiny and not fall into servitude to Haman. They must refuse to become servants to the Pax Ahashveroshana. They must choose liberty.

Mordechai would not kneel or bow to Haman, the Third Intifada brokr out and the Nation of Israel was redeemed.

Ben Gurion also understood this principle. The ‘mad old man’ (as he was called at the time) insisted on declaring statehood, ‘provoking’ the Arab armies to finish Hitler’s work and annihilate the small and hopeless Jewish community in Israel.

And how much death ensued! 6,000 fatalities, fully 1% of the Jewish population in Israel, were killed in the War of Independence. And all of our newscasters and talk show hosts today praise this extremist, who understood – from a completely secular perspective – that flight from our destiny makes Jewish existence in the Land of Israel superfluous. It leaves us in the Pax Brittania and sends us back to the desert for another 2000 years.

I really love you, dear couple. You are so beautiful, so simple and dignified. Continue to safeguard your anonymity. It is good that you are not being interviewed. You entered the covenant of marriage in the place of the covenant of the Jewish People with our Father in Heaven. You safeguarded that covenant for us all.

The frightened leaders have forgotten that covenant. But you are the Nation.

You are the Nation, you are its soul – its lofty spirit.

In your modesty, you brought us out of the servitude of Shushan to the Festival of Liberty.

And who knows how many people you saved.

Moshe Feiglin

History-Making Wedding Secretly Performed on the Temple Mount

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Temple Institute initiated an actual wedding ceremony on the Temple Mount, only the second time this has been performed in some 2000 years. The following is a press release we just received, describing the clandestine simcha.

An engaged couple recently approached Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, and asked him if he would supervise their marriage on the Temple Mount. After scrupulously examining the detailed halachot (Jewish law) concerning the marriage ceremony, and consulting with other rabbinical authorities, Rabbi Richman happily accepted the task upon himself.

The couple met with Rabbi Richman early one recent morning in the Old City of Jerusalem, at the headquarters of the Temple Institute, where the blessing over wine was made, a prerequisite to the marriage ceremony. Two appointed witnesses then met the couple at the entrance to the Temple Mount. The witnesses were obligated to both hear the declaration of marriage from the lips of the groom and see him place the gold wedding band on the bride’s finger. All members of the party were instructed by Rabbi Richman that this had to be done without drawing the attention of the Israel police or the Muslim Waqf guards who would be accompanying the group of Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. Were they to notice they would certainly arrest all the parties involved and remove them immediately from the compound.

Courtesy

Courtesy

The plan went like clockwork, and while walking along the eastern perimeter of the Temple Mount, Rabbi Richman gave a tacit signal. The two witnesses drew close to the groom, who, ring in hand, said quietly to the bride, “Behold, you are sanctified to me with this ring, in accordance with the law of Moshe and Israel,” and quickly slipped the ring on the bride’s finger. This act, known as kiddushin (sanctification) is the binding act of marriage in any Jewish wedding ceremony. The couple was now married. They later stood beneath the chuppah (marriage canopy) at a different location and heard the reading of the ketubah (marriage contract).

The Temple Institute was able to capture the entire Temple Mount wedding on video, but in accordance with the wishes of the couple, are only publicly sharing two still shots, one of the groom placing the ring on the bride’s finger, and one of the bride holding up her hand, showing the ring to the camera.

The ancient custom of brides and grooms visiting the Temple Mount (separately) on the day of their wedding has been revived in recent years, but the actual performance of the wedding ceremony on the Temple Mount is a unique act in history following the destruction of the Holy Temple 2000 years ago.

Mazal Tov to the couple and a huge Yishar Koach to Rabbi Richman and the Temple Institute.

David Israel

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