Thursday, January 31, 2008

letter to Avi Shafran Re: UTJ - RE:MY PHONE CALL by Shmuel Koenig

In a message dated 1/30/2008 5:57:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, shmuelkoenig@verizon.net writes:
DEAREST RABBI SHAFRAN,
 
THE POOR PEOPLE IN THE YISHUV IN ERETZ YISRAEL NEED MONEY.
 
PART OF THIS MONEY LEGITIMATELY COMES FROM THE GOVERNMENT.
 
HOWEVER, THIS SHOULD NOT STOP UTJ AND THE GEDOLIM FROM SPEAKING OUT.
 
THANKS,
SHMUEL KOENIG
Rabbi Shafran, amv'sh
 
Rav Eliashiv is clearly against all concessions.  He has stated to more than one individual that Agudath Yisroel should do whatever they can to be activists against concessions.  Yet Agudath Yisroel of America is SILENT to President Bush's statement regarding a Palestinian State which translates to the expulsion of Jews in Yesha and concessions.  Why isn't Agudath Yisroel of America clearly following the dictates of the Gadol Hador?  I would have expected at Public Statement protesting President Bush's remarks. I would have expected that the Yeshivas would have instituted a letter writing campaign to President Bush to set the record straight regarding the Torah position of Bush's roadmap plan.  However, there is only Silence. It is my feeling that the Silence is because Agudath Yisroel of America has real concerns of incurring the wrath of its benefactor the United of States of America.  In the Agudah Convention, I believe Rabbi Bloom mentioned the great services of Agudath Yisroel of America to the frum community and this includes the acquisition of millions of dollars of government funding to push through legislation for many worthy projects that benefit the Jewish community.  These projects such as funding for special education, helping to pay for fertility treatments, low income housing, food subsidies, etc. etc. help pay for services that would be otherwise impossible and unaffordable and provides funding for jobs for many Jewish  professionals. 
 
These considerations are understandable.  However, it must not buy our Silence when it comes to Pikuach Nefesh and when it comes to abandoning our fundamental principles of the Torah.  The Land of Israel belongs to the Creator.  The Torah says "Ki Li Kol Haaretz".  It is not Olmert's or Bush's private real estate.  Shtika Kehodaya Damya!




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shemittah Miracle!

 
Hi,
I figured that you may want to share this story on your shemitah blog.
 
 
Kol Tuv,
Asher
 
Thanks Asher!




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Letter to the President. Response to State of Union Address re: the Holy Land.

bs"d
 
January 29, 2008
 
Dear Mr. President,
 
>We're also standing against the forces of extremism in the Holy Land,
 
President Bush, why do you use the terminology Holy Land?  Allow me to suggest that The "Holy Land" is Holy when the Priestly Nation, the Nation of Israel, performs it's Priestly functions,  service to G-d, the Creator of the World, via the commandments in the Torah.  The Palestinians do not have the slightest inclination to accomplish this objective.
 
>Palestinians have elected a president who recognizes that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel.
 
President Bush, didn't the Palestinians democratically elect a government that  is clearly for Terror?  Didn't they democratically vote for Hamas which is for the destruction of Israel?
 
>Israelis have leaders who recognize that a peaceful, democratic Palestinian state will be
a source of lasting security.
 
President Bush, Israelis have leaders who are blinded to the reality of Sderot which has been bombarded with Kassam rockets ever since the disengagement from Gaza. Is this what you call "lasting security?"  They have been releasing terrorists with blood on their hands and have turned a blind eye to the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip.
 
>The time has come for a Holy Land where a democratic Israel and a democratic Palestine live side-by-side in peace. (Applause.)

President Bush, This imaginary dream of a democratic Israel living side by side with a democratic Palestine is an illusion, a figment of our imagination.  Look at the Palestinian textbooks.  They clearly call for the destruction of Israel.  The entire Israel.  True Peace is keeping the Holy Land where it is meant to be, in Jewish hands  who love peace and whose inner desire is to better mankind via technology, advances in medicine and the arts, sciences and agriculture. The Torah is the moral compass for the entire world.  A precious violin belongs with the violinist, protected and secure and not at the mercy of those that hate music and wish to destroy the precious violin and burn the music.   
 
President Bush, The Holy Land of Israel is also called the Promised Land.  It was promised to Abraham and then again to Isaac and then again to Jacob to the Nation of Israel exclusively as an Eternal Inheritance. 
 
 
Taken from Bush's State of the Union address. 
 
We're also standing against the forces of extremism in the Holy Land, where
we have new cause for hope. Palestinians have elected a president who
recognizes that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where
his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel. Israelis have
leaders who recognize that a peaceful, democratic Palestinian state will be
a source of lasting security. This month in Ramallah and Jerusalem, I
assured leaders from both sides that America will do, and I will do,
everything we can to help them achieve a peace agreement that defines a
Palestinian state by the end of this year. The time has come for a Holy Land
where a democratic Israel and a democratic Palestine live side-by-side in
peace. (Applause.)




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

CAJL CC 012908 In Response to President Bush State of Union - HOLYLAND

bs"d
 
CAJL Conference of Authentic Jewish Leadership
CC Calling Campaign to Rabbinic Leadership
Shvat 6758 January 29th, 2008
Re:  President Bush's comments regarding the HolyLand
 
Once again, with a standing ovation of most of the House, President Bush spoke of his vision of peace and harmony in the HolyLand with Two Democratic States living side by side in the HOLYLAND.   
 
How can we be Silent to this clear disregard of the Torah??? The Promised Land was Promised to the seed of Abraham in the Brith Bein Habesarim. and subsequently to the seed of Isaac and to the seed of Jacob as an EVERLASTING inheritance exclusively to the Nation of Israel and we in turn must observe the commandments..
 
Please call and/or email:
 
Rabbi Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Rabbi Avi Shafran, and Rabbi Gertzulin - Public Affaris can be reached at Agudath Yisroel  212-797-9000 
Rabbi Pesach Lerner at The Young Israel can be reached at 212-929-1525
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb of the OU can be reached at  212-563-4000
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky Chabad Headquarters  at 718 774.4000 / fax 718 774.2718
 
and ask them to please end the Silence regarding Judea and Samaria and the establishment of a Terror State Chas Vechalilah.
 
Their respective emails are:
 
The Silent Majority must break its SILENCE!  Otherwise evil will take over G-d forbid.




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Jewish Roots of the American Constitution

bs"d

You may ask "Mah Inyan Shemittah Eitzal American Constitution". What is the connection between Shemittah and the American Constitution.  The answer is that many of the ideas regarding democracy has it's roots in the Torah and not visa versa.  When the Nation of Israel demands that the country be governed by Torah and not democracy, they are going to the root source of a model of the ideal society.  The Torah clearly states that the Promised Land was promised exclusively to the Nation of Israel and is not to be shared by 2 democratic States as President Bush clearly advocated in the State of the Union address tonight.

 

Jewish Roots of the American Constitution

Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Introduction
Although many of the framers of the American Constitution were not devout, their political mentality was shaped in universities whose curriculum was based very much on Jewish ideas. Accordingly, this essay will be divided into two parts. The first part will show how Judaism, in particular the Five Books of Moses, influenced higher education in 17th and 18th century America. The second part will examine the institutions prescribed in the American Constitution and show their roots in Jewish laws and principles.

A. Historical Background[1]

1. No nation has been more profoundly influenced by the "Old Testament" than America. Many of America's early statesmen and educators were schooled in Hebraic civilization. The second president of the United States, John Adams, a Harvard graduate, had this to say of the Jewish people:

    The Jews have done more to civilize men than any other nation…. They are the most glorious Nation that ever inhabited the earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily than any other Nation, ancient or modern.[2]


2. The curriculum at Harvard, like those of other early American colleges and universities, was designed by learned and liberal men of "Old Testament" persuasion. Harvard president Increase Mather (1685-1701) was an ardent Hebraist (as were his predecessors, Henry Dunster and Charles Chauncey). Mather's writings contain numerous quotations from the Talmud as well as from the works of Saadia Gaon, Rashi, Maimonides and other classic Jewish commentators.

3. Yale University president Ezra Stiles readily discoursed with visiting rabbinical authorities on the Mishna and Talmud. At his first public commencement at Yale (1781), Stiles delivered an oration on Hebrew literature written originally in Hebrew. Hebrew and the study of Hebraic laws and institutions were an integral part of Yale's as well as of Harvard's curriculum.

4. Much the same may be said of King's College (later Columbia University), William and Mary, Rutgers, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Brown University. Hebrew learning was then deemed a basic element of liberal education. Samuel Johnson, first president of King's College (1754-1763), expressed the intellectual attitude of his age when he referred to Hebrew as "essential to a gentleman's education."

5. This attitude was not merely academic. On May 31, 1775, almost on the eve of the American Revolution, Harvard president Samuel Langdon, addressing the Congress of Massachusetts Bay, declared: "Every nation, when able and agreed, has a right to set up over itself any form of government which to it may appear most conducive to its common welfare. The civil polity of Israel is doubtless an excellent general model" (emphasis added).

6. The Higher Law doctrine of the Declaration of Independence is rooted in the Torah, which proclaims "The Laws of Nature and Nature's God," and appeals to the "Supreme Judge" and "Providence." Even though Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration, was no admirer of the Hebrew Bible, he nonetheless framed the Declaration with a view to galvanizing a bible-reading public in support of the American Revolution.

7. During the colonial and constitution-making period, the Americans, especially the Puritans, adopted and adapted various Hebraic laws for their own governance. The legislation of New Haven, for example, was based on the premise that "the judicial laws of God, as they were delivered by Moses, and as they are a fence to the moral law, being neither … ceremonial, nor ha[ving] any reference to Canaan, shall … generally bind all offenders, till they be branched out into particulars hereafter." Thirty-eight of seventy-nine statutes in the New Haven Code of 1665 derived their authority from the Hebrew Bible. The laws of Massachusetts were based on the same premise.

8. The fifteen Capital Laws of New England included the "Seven Noahide Laws" of the Torah, or what may be termed the seven universal laws of morality. Six prohibit idolatry, blasphemy, murder, robbery, adultery, and eating flesh from a living animal, while the seventh requires the establishment of courts of justice. Such courts are obviously essential to any society based on the primacy of reason or persuasion rather than passion or intimidation.

9. The seven universal laws of morality (together with their particular branches) comprised a "genial orthodoxy." This genial orthodoxy transcends whatever social or economic distinctions exist among men: it holds all men equal before the law. By so doing it places constraints on governors and governors alike and thereby habituated Americans to the rule of law. As a further consequence, this ancient Hebraic orthodoxy dissolved or subordinated many ethnic differences among immigrants in the new world. It moderated the demands of various groups, helped coordinate their diverse interests and talents, and thereby contributed to America's growth and prosperity.

10. Now, without minimizing the influence of such philosophers as Locke and Montesquieu on the framers of the American Constitution, I believe America may rightly be deemed the first and only nation that was explicitly founded on the Seven Noahide Laws of the Torah. Indeed, the legislation of the several states comprising the Federal Union embodied these laws—including the prohibitions against blasphemy and adultery—well into the nineteenth century. It should also be noted that the constitutions of eleven of the original thirteen states made provision for religious education. Some even had religious qualifications for office.

11. Strange as it may seem, the Seven Noahide Laws were recently and explicitly incorporated in Public Law 102-14, which established March 26, 1991 as "Education Day"! What presumably saves this Congressional joint resolution from violating the First Amendment is its silence about the Hebraic origin of the Noahide code. Here I must digress for a moment and say a word about the First Amendment.

12. The First Amendment states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion …" This clause is now misunderstood. It was intended not to prevent Congress from enacting laws supportive of religion, but to prohibit Congress from establishing a state or national religion. In his "Farewell Address," George Washington declared:

    Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports…. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principle.

Incidentally, the theme of Washington's Farewell Address is national unity. National unity, he believed, requires national morality, a precondition of which is religion. Religion and morality counter man's natural inclination to self-indulgence and his tendency to be preoccupied with the immediate gratification of his own desires. Religion and morality foster self-restraint and consideration of others. Far more than secular humanism, religion inspires men with reverence, with deference to wisdom, with concern for posterity. But these ideas are Jewish ideas, rooted in the Seven Noahide Laws.

B. The Institutions Prescribed by the American Constitution
1. The House of Representatives represents 435 districts of the United States, where the people of each district elect one person to represent their views and interests. The idea of district elections is implicit in the Torah. "Select for yourselves men who are wise, understanding, and known to your tribes and I will appoint them as your leaders" (Deut. 1:13). The word "election" obviously comes from the word "elect," and the "elect" means men of high intellectual and moral character.

    a. Exodus 18:19 states: "… seek out from among all the people men with leadership ability, God-fearing men–men of truth who hate injustice." Similar qualifications are prescribed in the original constitutions Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. This is what the word "election" means. It is not a democratic but an aristocratic term!

    b. So, each tribe must select the best men to be their representatives. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch comments that "each tribe (shevet) is to choose out of its own midst men whose character can only be known by their lives [hence whose character] is known only to those who have associated with them." This is the biblical source of residential requirements for Representatives and Senators in the United States. Also, what is here called a shevet was called a district after the Second Temple.[3]

    c. Moreover, the idea of district elections conforms to the Jewish law of "agency" (Kiddushin 59a). This law synthesizes the "delegate" and "trustee" concept of representation prevalent in the non-Jewish democratic world. Whereas the delegate concept binds a representative to the instructions of his constituents, the trustee concept allows him to judge whether adherence to these instructions, when additional knowledge or new circumstances intervene, will harm his constituents' immediate and/or long-term interests.

    d. Finally, it is a principle of Jewish law that "No legislation should be imposed on the public unless the majority can conform to it" (Avoda Zara 36a). This obviously requires legislators to consider or consult the opinions of their constituents. Hence representative democracy can be readily assimilated to Judaism simply by adding that representatives must be "men who are wise, and understanding." This would make for a "high-toned" or aristocratic democracy, or a universal aristocracy. (Bear in mind that Israel is supposed to be a "Nation of Kohanim," meaning a nation of noblemen.)

2. The Senate. The Senate represents the 50 states of the Federal Union; it therefore represents the Federal principle. But the idea of federalism goes back to the Torah and the twelve tribes. Each tribe had its own distinct identity, its own governor and its own judicial system.

3. The Presidency. Unlike Israel, which has a Plural Executive or Cabinet consisting of a prime minister and other ministers representing different political parties in the Knesset, the United States has a Unitary Executive, namely, the President. Of course the President has a Cabinet, but its members cannot hold any other office and they are wholly responsible to the President, not to any political party.

    a. Now it so happens that a Unitary Executive is a Torah principle! Thus, when Moses told Joshua to consult the elders when he was about to lead the Jews across the Jordan, God countermanded Moses: there can only be one leader in a generation. And if you look at tractate Sanhedrin 8a, you will see that Jewish law opposes collective leadership. Nor is this all.

    b. Just as a President of the United States must be a native-born American and not a naturalized citizen, so a king of Israel must be born of a Jewish mother and not a ger or convert..

4. The Supreme Court. Just as the American Supreme Court is the final interpreter of the American Constitution, so the Great Sanhedrin is the final interpreter of the Jewish Constitution, the Torah.

So we see that the original American Constitution was very much rooted in Torah Judaism.
——————————————————————————–

[1] This section of this essay is based on Abraham Katsh, The Biblical Heritage of American Democracy (New York: KTAV, 1977).

[2] Cited in Pathways to the Torah (Jerusalem: Aish HaTorah Publications, 1988), p. A6.2.

[3] For a detailed analysis of Israel's political system, see Paul Eidelberg, Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall (Ariel Center for Policy Research 2000; University Press of America, 2002).

Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:24 pm |




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

R' Shmuel Kamenetsky and R' Aharon Feldman Roshei Yeshivah regarding Yesha.

bs"d
 
Last Monday I attended the AJOP (Association for Jewish Outreach Programs) Convention in Baltimore Md.  This convention is the foremost convention for Kiruv Professionals attracting many of the finest  in Jewish Outreach.  I was privileged to have personally had the opportunity to speak with R' Shmuel Kamenetsky the Rosh Yeshiva of Philadelphia and R' Aharon Feldman the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel.  I caught the Roshei Yeshivoth in the hallways in between sessions, surrounded by many who wished to ask them questions and seek their advice.
 
When I first approached R' Shmuel Kamenetsky I asked him "What about Yesha",  My question to him was "what was the position of the Rabbanim regarding the Roadmap and the two State Solution. This translates to the abandonment of Yesha."  He listened, and nodded and smiled but didn't really respond. So I continued talking and mentioned the 7 girls that were part of the hilltop youth that were subsequently jailed and mistreated.  With more nodding but no real verbal response I continued to speak about a Mishneh in Yoma Perek Gimmel Mishneh Aleph that I had reviewed with my son.  I wanted to make the point that speaking up only for Yerushalayim is insufficient.  This Mishneh is talking about when the sacrifices in the Har Habayit in Yerushalayim begin each day. The sacrifices can only begin at daylight. The Mishneh discusses how this is determined and Hebron is a key player.
 
The Mishneh states (Courtesy of Artscroll)
 
"The   Administrator said to the assembled Kohanim; 'Go out and see if the time for slaughtering has arrived,," If it had arrived, the one who sees [it] (the observer on the roof) says "Barkai!"  (the sheen of the sun can already be seen)
 
Mattisya ben Shmuel says: (he was the administrator of the lots) 'The whole of the east has lit up.' 'as far as Hebron?' And he (the observer on the roof) says Yes!!
 
I said to Rav Kamenetsky, doesn't this show that in order to start the Avoda in Yerushalayim  you need Hebron?  I was referring to the fact that if we want an undivided Yerushalayim we need settlement all the way to Hebron.  Rav Kamenetsky smiled as did all those surrounding him.  No one contradicted my points but seemed to be in agreement. 
 
I then saw Rav Aharon Feldman the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel.  I waited until others had finished talking with him and asked him also "what about Yesha?".  I told him that I had lived in Kiryat Arba and know many of the people there.  I told him about the 7 girls incarcerated for wanting a judicial system based on Torah and mentioned that they had been mistreated. He seemed sincerely concerned but did say that if it leads to Pikuach Nefesh, settlement on the hilltops by these girls can be a problem.
 
 I then entered the Question and Answer session with Rav Kamenetsky.  People wrote down questions to ask the Rav and submitted them.  A person read the questions and Rav Kamenetsky answered.  So I passed the question "What is the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah position regarding the Roadmap and territorial concessions in Yesha".  From Rav Kamenetsky's answer it seemed that he was clearly sympathizing with the settlers.  I believe he said that withdrawal for Gush Katif has led to security problems in Sederot.  He seemed clearly against the policies of the Olmert gov't.   
 
On his way out, once again I managed to get a few words with Rav Kamenetsky.  I mentioned what Rav Feldman had said regarding Pikuah Nefesh regarding the girls who have put their lives on the line.  I told him that some of these hilltops were overlooking cities and more settled areas.  If these hilltops would be under the Palestinian Authority it would indeed be a Pikuach Nefesh for all the cities and developed communities below it.  I mentioned that perhaps if others like the Rabbanim would clearly make a strong statement against giving away the settlements, the girls would not feel the necessity to be Moser Nefesh in order to save the lives of their brethren.  I asked Rav Kamenetsky to please relay this information to Rav Feldman.  Rav Kamenetsky was very attentive and agreed to do so. 
 
It is important that the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah realize that these girls are putting their lives in danger for the sake of the Torah.  They are asking for a judicial system based on Torah.  This is precisely what we all davan for each and every day yet these girls are being Moser Nefesh for it. They see that such a reality is not some distant dream.  It is for the here and NOW.  Please review the following question that was posed to these girls as to their motivation for not releasing their identity. 
 
 
Q. What was the principled stand behind your refusal to identify yourselves and cooperate with the legal system?

Tchiyah:  We are in the Land of Israel. The Nation of Israel must be judged by Torah law.  But instead of our true and just Torah, we have courts that judge according to Turkish and British law.

Yael:  We felt that our public must wake up.  The courts are leading the country, and the government also acts according to rulings set by the Supreme Court.  The same law that kept us in prison is the same law that expelled Jews from their homes and left them with nothing. We wanted to show the public that everything is soiled and that we have to wake up from it."

Chana:  When the Nation of Israel first arrived in the Land, we were commanded in the Torah to appoint a king.  This is part of the process again, to build a regime that will run according to G-d's law.

Tchiyah:  Just like we are forbidden to follow an illegal law, we are also not permitted to be judged in a court run by such laws.

Q. Do you truly believe that seven girls in jail will lead to a Torah regime in the State of Israel?

Yael:  First our sector will wake up, and then the whole country will follow.

Tchiyah:  Our entire history is full of examples of the few against the many - David and Goliath, Avraham on one side of the river as opposed to everyone else, the Maccabees, and more.  Obviously we know the Sanhedrin won't be built in a month, but we have to start, and with G-d's help, if people change their way of thinking, it will be worth it."

Q. When you got out, did you feel that you had achieved something for being in jail so long?

Herut:  It came out better than we thought.  The whole public woke up and there was a great ripple.  We see how the legal system is afraid of this, letting us out without having to identify ourselves.  The truth won out.

Tchiyah:  I think it  might be less of a victory over the legal system and more of a feeling that G-d had confirmed that we were doing the right thing by refusing to have anything to do with the system.

Chana:  It's between us and G-d. I felt complete with Him. We were educated according to Torah ways, and there is no reason why we shouldn't also be judged accordingly.  The judges tried to re-educate us - as if the education that we received at home was not good enough... Sometimes the judges even admitted that they were leaving us jail another day in order to educate us - but in the end, they achieved exactly the opposite."

Q. How did your parents react?  Some people said they should have had you out of there even against your will.

Chana:  Our parents supported and strengthened us very much, even though it wasn't their decision for us to be there.  It seems that it's harder to worry from the outside than to actually be inside... This is our opportunity to thank them very much.  The thing is that according to Jewish Law, once a girl turns 12, she is Bat Mitzvah and is responsible for her own actions. So we made this decision - not lightly - and then our parents went along with what we did. 

The girls also expressed thanks for those who helped in the media and from a legal standpoint, such as the Honenu organization.  "Without such strong public support," they said, "our struggle would have been much harder.  But when we saw how many people were standing outside each time we went to court, we understood that we were doing the right thing and this was everyone's war, not just ours.  Many people began to understand that something is not right with our country and we must not sit on the sidelines.  If everyone does something, we can bring the Redemption - or at least fix one small thing."

The girls said they received many thanks afterwards, together with some negative reactions as well. "But if we go only by the latter, we'll never get anywhere," one said.

Q. Will you continue to go to outposts even though you know you could be arrested again?

Yael:  No one wants to sit in jail, but if we stop our advance on the Land of Israel, they will have won.  We just continue to get stronger and stronger.
 
P.S.  Is it coincidence that the Av Beis Din of the nascent Sanhedrin is Adin Steinsaltz.   In fact the recent miracle in  Kfar Etzion occurred in his Yeshiva? http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/125033
 
Barkai Yeshivot are affiliated with Rav Steinsaltz.  Maybe recognition that Hebron is intertwined with the Avoda  and ultimately with the destiny in Yerushalayim is the uniting point with the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah and Religious Zionism. Speaking out for Yesha will create a Kiddush Hashem. How powerful it would be to join with the existing Sanhedrin that is against any territorial concessions, keeping all of Yehudah and Shomron under the Sovereignty of Am Yisroel.





Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Rabbi Dr. Zevulun Lieberman - End Annapolis process!

Rabbi Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Z. Lieberman lost their only son, Hillel Eliyahu Lieberman HY'D, who had fulfilled the "mitzvah" (religious obligation) of making "aliyah".  He was killed by an Arab terrorist.

Rabbi and Mrs Lieberman write this urgent plea to end the Annapolis process.
 

B/H

We, the corporate body of the Jewish nation, have been privileged with the divine heritage of the Land of Israel, promised in an eternal covenant to our forefather Abraham on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, overlooking Elon Moreh in Samaria. As the beneficiaries of this priceless treasure, we cannot consider our Holy Land as a commodity on the international exchange. The Almighty's gift may not be surrendered for a bowl of porridge – a paltry sum of "payment," resulting from a misguided vision of wished-for tranquility. We, the children of Israel, are the guardians of our Holy Land for all the generations to come until the Final Redemption. This, then, is our sacred mission, never to be forsaken. We must concentrate our efforts and gather our strength in unity, to fulfill the objective of being a light unto the nations.

In the State of Israel, we have created benefits for all humankind through the study and teaching of Torah, which is G-d's divine message for ethical advancement of all societies. Moreover, we have shared with all nations Israel's breakthroughs in state-of-the-art medical care, pharmaceutical research, solar energy development, hydroponic farming and social justice.

Our only son, Hillel Eliyahu Lieberman HY'D, fulfilled the "mitzvah" (religious obligation) of making "aliyah," thereby trailblazing in the true pioneering spirit, the settlement of the Holy Land of Israel, just as our American forefathers had created the first colonies of this young nation in the Western hemisphere by building settlements (towns and villages). Unfortunately, as a result of the mirage of the Oslo Agreement's promises of peace that could not become a reality, a violent "intifada" left him a victim of cruel, deceitful Arab terrorism as he walked, wrapped in a prayer shawl on the Sabbath between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in the Year 2000, to his institution of higher Torah learning, Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai, located in the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem (a.k.a. Nablus), Samaria. Once again, the conferences subsequently held on the Wye Plantation and more recently in Annapolis have pressured Israel with a false promise of "peace" to result from surrounding, hostile neighbors' recognition of Israel, to surrender slices of its tiny, vulnerable land, viewable from north to south and east to west in a matter of minutes by aerial flight.

Our seven orphaned grandchildren, who commute to high school and college via Samarian highways, do not enjoy the sweet taste of the oft-promised peace. They have been detained on their daily travel by explosives planted by terrorists alongside the road, by burning tires that turn bus drivers and passengers into "sitting ducks," by suspicious packages blocking progress until a robot pulverizes the source of danger, and by sirens alerting Elon Moreh residents of a terrorist climbing up the Mountain of Har Kabir with a bomb wrapped inside the carcass of a sheep.

Surely, we Americans of all faiths care about the safety and security of "our children," locally and globally. Therefore, we are totally committed to fighting terrorism – in this post-9/11 era – with strength, not surrender; with backbone, not bending; with vigor, not veering off the vector of our goal of true peace; instead of with "piece" offerings to those who aim to murder freedom lovers throughout the world.

The Government of Israel must resist any American governmental pressure, because such interference will negate our mutual relationship of respect and honor, and our mutual plan for global peace and prosperity, for free trade zones and for a flourishing economy. Inadvertently encouraging violence violates our shared purpose for the era of peace when "nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and they shall not learn warfare anymore" (Isaiah).

Rabbi Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Z. Lieberman

--




Friday, January 18, 2008

A Response to Bush's visit. A Must Read by Ruth Matar!!!! G-d is in Charge!

bs"d
 
Please read this powerful message of a Isha Tzadeket (A righteous woman) Ruth Matar.  Please forward it to the OU, Young Israel and Agudath Yisroel of America and remind them that it is Bezchut Nashim Tzidkaniyot  (righteous Jewish women) that we will be redeemed!  Let these powerful Jewish Mainstream organizations with strong network capabilities, use their clout and speak up for Torah and make a Kiddush Hashem.  Silence is Complicit agreement! Otherwise, they are using their influence and power to establish a State of Palestine, Chas Vechalila!
 
 
KING GEORGE II COMES TO TOWN
 
Letter from Ruth Matar (Women in Green) Jerusalem
Thursday, January 17, 2008
 
Dear Friends,
 
Most of us American Jews living in our Jewish Homeland are extremely disappointed in the statements President Bush made during his visit to Israel.
 
After his departure, the papers printed his FINAL STATEMENTS:
 
*STATES- Palestine will be national homeland for Palestinians; Israel will be national homeland for Jews.
 
[R.M.: Not according to the God of Israel. Leviticus 25:23- "And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is Mine"]
 
*BORDERS- Must adjust 1949 cease-fire lines to reality on the ground to ensure contiguity of Palestinian state and protect Israel.
 
[R.M.: The borders of the Jewish Holy Land were already set by the G-d of Israel. Deuteronomy 11:24]
 
*REFUGEES-Solution will be through establishment of Palestinian state and international mechanism, including compensation.
 
[R.M.: Who made them refugees? We sure didn't!]
 
*JERUSALEM-Tough issue for both sides, politically and religiously, resolving which poses most complicated challenge.
 
[R.M.: Not at all a complicated challenge for the Master of the universe. Jerusalem is his holy Mountain. Isaiah 66:20]
 
*SECURITY-No Palestinian state as long as terror persists. U.S. committed to Israel's security.
 
[R.M.: Psalms 28:7- "Hashem is my strength and my shield…"]
 
*IMPLEMENTATION-Only after the sides meet road-map commitments.
 
[R.M.: Not in this world…]
 
Throughout his visit, three major English language papers in Israel were full of giant headlines announcing Bush's commands:
 
*OUTPOSTS MUST BE EVACUATED
 
*BUSH TELLS ISRAEL TO 'END THE OCCUPATION', AND KICKSTARTS A DRAMATIC COUNTDOWN: A PEACE TREATY BY THE TIME I LEAVE OFFICE'
 
*"TAKE CARE OF OLMERT", BUSH URGES
-Lieberman, Yishai implored to keep P.M. in power
 
[R.M.: Of course Bush has an interest in keeping his loyal puppet in power!]
 
U.S. president George W. Bush blatantly intervened in Israeli politics at Thursday's working dinner at the Prime Minister's residence, calling on the politicians there to support Prime Minister Olmert. Bush spoke at length with Shas chairman Eli Yishai and Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman. "Take care of Olmert, so he will stay in power", Bush said. "He is a strong leader. Israeli politics is like karate, you never know when the next chop will come." 
 
*BUSH ON A MIDEAST PEACE 'TIMETABLE'
PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS HE IS CONFIDENT OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TREATY
-Ramalah, West Bank: President George W. Bush, making his first visit to the Palestinian territories, expressed confidence here Thursday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty would be signed during his last year in office, and urged Israel not to disrupt efforts to build stronger Palestinian security forces, which he called essential to the creation of a democratic Palestine.
 
[R.M.: This reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood: "My, what big guns you have..." "The better to shoot you with, my dear…"]
 
*BUSH: PALESTINE CAN'T BE A "SWISS CHEESE"
 
[R.M.: And Israel can?!]
 
-President tells Palestinians he is confident a viable, contiguous state will emerge.
 
-Ramallah- Palestinian Authority officials here had mixed reactions to Thursday's talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Mukata presidential compound.

-Portraits of Arafat were visible almost everywhere in the Mukata.

-The source said the PA did not hang U.S. flags in the city [Ramallah] to avoid "provoking" residents.

-Bush, who spoke beneath a portrait of Arafat, also stressed the importance of establishing a contiguous Palestinian state. "Swiss Cheese" isn't going to work when it comes to the territory of a state.
 
-Bush also outlined the tracks for the talks over the core issues, which include the future of Jerusalem, borders, refugees, water, settlements and prisoners.

-During the press conference, PA policemen used clubs and tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who took to the streets to protest against Bush's visit. The demonstrators shouted: "Bush is a murderer" and "Bush go home" as they tried to march toward downtown's Manara square, (the Presidential Compound).
 
[R.M.: Note the difference between the Jewish and Arab reception of President George Bush: American flags were hung along all the main streets of Jerusalem; the PA did not hang any US flags in Ramallah to avoid "provoking" residents.]
 
* * *
 
On Friday, the last day of Bush's three-day visit to Israel, he spoke during an hour long tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Hall of Names.
 
Bush's eyes welled with tears at least twice during his visit to Yad Vashem.
 
"I wish as many people as possible would come to this place. It is a sobering reminder that evil exists, and a call that when evil exists we must resist it," the U.S. leader said after laying a wreath and lighting a torch in memory of the victims.
 
Isn't it ironic that President Bush speaks of the importance of resisting evil, when he himself tries to deprive the very victims of the Holocaust of the homeland that they finally gained after the War?
 
Isn't President Bush promoting evil by trying to carve a terrorist state out of the land which the G-d of Israel promised the Jews as an everlasting inheritance?
 

With Blessings and Love for Israel,
 
Ruth Matar




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Rabbi Sholom DovBer Wolpo speaking Motzei Shabbos 1923 Ocean Ave. Chabad of Flat

bs"d
 
Please forward to your lists.
 
An Evening of Information and Inspiration Concerning Security in Eretz Yisroel Shlaimos Ha'Aretz.
 
Rabbi Sholom DovBer Wolpo
Rav of Chabad Synagogue of Kiryat Gat
Founder of Committee to Ensure the Safety of Jews
In Eretz Yisroel and website SOS -Israel.com
Prolific Author and Speaker re: Halacha and Shlaimos Ha'Aretz
Motsei Shabbos in Flatbush
 
 
Chabad House in Flatbush
1923 Ocean Ave. Between Ave N and  Ave. O
Motzei Shabbos Parshas Beshalach
12 Shvat - January 19
 
6:45 (Hebrew) Steering Public Opinion Towards Truth
7;45 (English) The MItzvah of Saving Jewish Lives: Applicable Here and Now
 
Question and Answers - Video Presentation
Melave Malka $10 Entrance - Men and Women
 
For more information:
Rabbi Zalman Liberow 718-252-9770
 
(see ad pg 19 in Jewish Press)




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

News from Hebron: Shooting at Beit Hadassah

bs"d
 
An Letter To My Friends in Hebron, amv"sh
 
Once again they are shooting at Beit Hadassah.
 
 
Hebron must continue to speak with outrage regarding the dangers facing ALL of Yesha. Focus on Hebron or on Beit Hashalom but speak out forcefully at the same time for all of Eretz Yisroel. VeAhavta Lerayacha Kamocha.  Please join with the NJC (New Jewish Congress), Rabbinical Congress for Peace, all like minded people and parties  like "Eretz Yisroel H'aShlema" Feiglin,  Tsafrir Ronen, Benny Elon, Hazit, National Union, Merzl,  Yaalon, Paul Eidelberg,  Uri Ariel, Medad, Effi Eitan etc. etc.  etc. and  with the mayors of Yesha and Directors of Yesha institutions and American Friends  of Yesha Institutions and publicly address the Young Israel, the OU and Agudath Yisroel of America about why they have not been outspoken against the Roadmap. 
 
These organizations have networks that reach thousands of shuls and Rabbis and hundreds of thousands of Jews in America.  Jerusalem and Yesha are synonymous.  Concessions of Yesha translates to reducing Jerusalem to simply a museum piece. Why make Jerusalem a relic of the past with no living life of its own? An Undivided Jerusalem living side by side next to a Palestinian State is precisely that.   And that's assuming rather naively and stupidly that it is a "peaceful Palestinian State".
 
Why are WE as a nation being SILENT regarding Eretz Yisroel!!!  How can we be SILENT when  President Bush says to "end the occupation"??? Shtika Kehoday Damya.  Being Silent is like complicit agreement. Let's scream out the first Rashi in Breishis.
 
This Land belongs to each and every Jew equally  because we, the seed of Avraham, Yitchok and Yaakov are the only rightful inheritors.  At the very least, each and every Jew living in the Diaspora has to recognize that Eretz Yisroel belongs to them as much as Eretz Yisroel belongs to the most courageous Jew living in Hebron. A mother will begin to love her child more and more by sacrificing her time and energy for her child. Eretz Yisroel is our baby.  Each and every Jew has the obligation to do whatever possible to protect Eretz Yisroel no matter where they reside. Such expression of devotion and protectiveness will lead to a greater love and appreciation of Eretz Yisroel from the Jew in the Diaspora.
 
 Why aren't these mainstream Jewish organizations not speaking up for YESHA????  Why are they acting as if Eretz Yisroel is not relevant to them personally or for our generation? 
 
Ask Pesach Lerner about his new initiative for Yerushalayim Parshat Shlach together with "Rabbi" Yona Metzger.  What a pathetic response!!!! How can he join with "Rabbi" Metzger who is clearly just an agent of the Olmert administration, who gives his blessings for a Palestinian State. 
 
 
What is the OU sitting together with Peace Now in the Conference of Presidents supporting and actually PROMOTING the peace process and the Roadmap??.  Don't they represent or rather misrepresent their Orthodox constituencies???? Apparently their constituencies don't even have a clue that their leadership is promoting a Palestinian State in the name of peace and the expulsion of Jewish settlements.!
 
How can SHAS and UTJ  represent themselves as Torah Judaism when being part of this evil gov't or even contemplating being part of this evil gov't, means violating numerous very serious Mitzvoth D'orayta.  These parties don't represent Daas Torah at all.  Rav Eliashiv clearly gave a Psak that everything must be done to stop concessions since concessions will only make security worse!  He said to publicize it in his name.  He has told many people, that Gush Katif was a big mistake!!!.  Why isn't Agudath Yisroel of America publicizing his psak against concession to ALL of YESHA???.  One directive on the part of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah would send the clear message to Bush that the Roadmap is anti Torah!  One directive to their constituencies could bring hundreds of thousands of letters to the White House within a few days.
 
With a United Voice we will succeed!!  Let's put it under the umbrella of Hakadosh Baruch Hu!  The Torah Umbrella.  There's no lack of leadership roles for each and every leader.  Why can't we unite w/o worrying about whose umbrella we are uniting under.   The Prime Minister's job is simply a position of being a public servant. Different individuals can take turns with that position. Such a job carries tremendous responsibilities and is a big headache.  I seriously wonder why anyone even wants the job.  Yet each and every leader should not shirk their G-d given responsibility to use their G-d given leadership qualities and lead in their particular areas of strength.  Each and every leader should recognize that they have individual strengths and not G-d forbid see others with leadership qualities as competition.  We are all on the same team!  It takes a matronly headmistress in the play "Oklahoma" to bring the cowboys and the farmers to be friends.  She takes the pistol and points it at their heads which sends the message BE FRIENDS OR ELSE.... So they have no choice but to listen to her and actually enjoy dancing together...
 
 




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

an anti-Semitic UN.

bs"d
 
 
 
Am Levadad Yishkon
 




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

CAJL CC 011508 Many have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up.

bs"d
 
CAJL Conference of Authentic Jewish Leadership
CC Calling Campaign Campaign
Shevat 5768
January 15, 2008
 
Please call/email re: 
 
http://aliyahtoshiloh.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-received-this-in-email-from-my-uncle.html sent to me by Hillel Levin. Please forward to your lists.
 
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Public Affaris can be reached at Agudath Yisroel  212-797-9000 
Rabbi Pesach Lerner at The Young Israel can be reached at 212-929-1525
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb of the OU can be reached at  212-563-4000
 
and ask them if they read this email and if so to please end the Silence regarding Judea and Samaria and the establishment of a Terror State Chas Vechalilah.
 
Their respective emails are:
 
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb via his secretary asked me to take him off my distribution lists. So I didn't send him this article.  Unfortunately, as this article shows, what you don't see is what you get Chas Vechalila. 
 
Thank you Hillel Levin for putting this on your blog.
 




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Artscroll English Translation of Parshas Haman


Subject: Recite Parshas HaMan This Tuesday 1/15/08 before 5 pm - Segullah For Parnassah - click on link below and print and daven
Hatzlacha. ah
There are many who recite this daily, however, it is a most auspicious time to recite it on the Tuesday of Parashas B'shalach. To download a copy of the tefilah from Artscroll, please visit:

http://artscroll.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/the-chapter-of-manna.pdf

May all your tefilos (prayers) be answered l'tova(for the good)!





Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Segullah for Parnassah. Parshas Hamon (Torah Portion of the manna) Today!! Tues

X-Mailer: Unknown (No Version)



bs"d
 
Segullah for Parnassah (revealing the hidden treasure to obtain livelihood).  Parshas Hamon (Reading the Torah Portion of the manna, found in this weeks Parsha)http://www.tefillos.com/     Today! (Tuesday) - Segullah for Parnassah - Parshas Hamon
Reb Mendel M'Riminov said that saying Parshas Ha'monn (Shneyim Mikroh V'Echod Targum) on Tuesday Parshas B'Shalach, is a Segulah for Parnasah
 
Shneyim Mikroh V'Echod Targum  is Layning it twice with the Trup, then saying the Unkelus once.
 
Click the link below for the complete text of Parshas Hamon:
 
Be Mezakeh your friends by forwarding this email to them.
 
To access our other Teffilos, please visit our home page at: www.tefillos.com.




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Fwd: 7 girls incarcerated - reply from Minister of Public Security

bs"d
 
Dear Hadar, amv"sh
 
I hope my harsh wording of the last email was only preventive.. I hope and pray that nothing indeed of serious nature occurred.  If anyone should even think of doing anything improper to these girls they should  be brought to justice and embarrassed.
 
 
 
I received this reply from Hadar Cohen hadarc@mops.gov.il of the Minister of Public Security.
 

Dear Sir,

 

We have received your letter to the Minister of Public Security in the State of Israel, Mr. Avi Dicter.

 

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 Hadar Cohen

 Advisor to the Minister of Public Security  

 





Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

7 girls incarcerated - their modesty hurt, please send letters of outrage.

bs'd
 
To: Public Security Minister Avi Dichter
and Knesset Child Welfare Committee Chairperson Shelly Yechimovitch.
 
Baruch Matir Asurim.  Hosheva Shofteinu Kavarishona, Veyoatzeinu Kevatchila.... (Shemoneh Esreh the 18 blessings)
 
The girls have asked that it be publicized that their modesty has been hurt in jail. Professor Hillel Weiss, representing the modern forum of Rabbis
calling itself the Sanhedrin, was allowed to visit the girls on
Thursday in his capacity as a lawyer, and later released the
following announcement: "At the end of my visit with the girls, one
of them asked me to publicize, in the name of all of them, that their
modesty had been hurt in jail.  The Jewish public will not forget and
will not forgive how the Jewish regime has harassed girls considered
minors by its own laws."
My comments:
These macho guys who are responsible for this travesty want to show that they are the boss and stronger than a bunch of girls. These macho guys want to show the girls that there is no G-d that is taking care of them.  These macho guys know nothing about justice.  They are a bunch of cowardly creeps.  And they think this will teach the girls a lesson.  Now the girls will really know that their justice system is truly the best one!  Initimidation is their way!  Bullying is how they conduct law.  Justice, shmutzdice.
 
The only reason these macho guys are getting away with it is because the impotent people in the gov't are in bed with the justice dept and are letting them get away with it.  There is no checks and balances to speak of. There is no assigned agency that monitors these creeps. So they feel that they are all powerful. Clearly more powerful than the Creator.  They are above the Law. 
 
If anything happens or has happened to these girls chas vechalila, then these girls have clearly shown how despicable the justice system is devoid of any semblance of true justice.  But at what price!!!.  I have full confidence truth, justice and righteousness will prevail since we do have a just G-d.
 
Titus profaned the Holy of Holies by doing a despicable act and bragged that he must be very great since he survived it.  Then the smallest of insects drove him absolutely crazy by entering his nostrils and slowly destroyed his brain.  His Gaava, conceit, which is reflected in the nose (the expression stuck up nose etc) was his downfall.
 
I hope that these girls who are true heroines fighting for truth and justice are speedily released unharmed and that those responsible for this travesty of justice have their names publicized be put to shame and brought to justice in a truly just court of law!
 
Please visit.
 
Rabbis to Call Day of Fasting if Young Girls are not Freed

by Hillel Fendel

5 Shevat 5768, January 12, '08
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124886
 
 




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Re: You are in good company!

In a message dated 1/10/2008 10:55:10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, vegibud@gmail.com writes:
Robin, you wrote: "The prime consideration for a believing Jew is that the Torah is universal and inclusive and the Torah's message will bring peace and prosperity to mankind."  You obviously do not believe this.  You do not wish to be affiliated with Bob, because of his sexual preferences.  How is this inclusive?
Buddy, amv"sh
 
I still think you're a very special neshama in spite of my disagreement with you to join with the Coalition to Defend Jerusalem.  The Torah is universal and the Torah objects to that lifestyle.  It's not Bob that's the problem. It's that lifestyle that is not tolerated especially in the Holy Land.  It's not a good lifestyle for Bob or anyone else according to the Torah.  I think that  regarding this lifestyle it's a universal message.
 
If Bob was simply an activist with a different sexual preference that's none of my business.  He is a human being and imperfect as humans are,  including myself, and I am required to treat him with dignity and respect as one must treat his fellow imperfect human beings.
 
But Bob is a politician and the way he operates works fine for politics. He is focused on an objective and will unite on that objective.  In this case the objective is to unite against the establishment of a State of Palestine.  A very worthwhile objective.
 
The main problem as I see it is that  Bob and us have different objectives.  Our objective is the Torah.   Under that objective is Jewish sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel as the Torah states so that the people of Israel will observe the commandments of the Torah in the Land of Israel.
 
Therefore,  many including myself, feel that the Jewish People can not be under the umbrella of the Coalition to Defend Jerusalem unless the Coalition to Defend Jerusalem is under the Torah umbrella    Can't you see why someone like myself is resisting to join with someone like Bob Kunst who is constantly working to put me within his umbrella, while I am working to put him in our umbrella.  It's just not going to work.  If he is under our umbrella, he has to acknowledge that his lifestyle is contrary to Torah.  If I am under his umbrella, I must be tolerant of everyone's ideology and behavior. Even if politically, he can bring in lots of people and raise lots of money from individuals or groups that wish to support Shalom International Missionaries for instance, we reject them and don't want to accept that money  or their ideology.  There is only One G-d.  That is what's tolerated in the Land of Israel. 
 
Torah is not equivalent to democracy. We don't want money donated by Gay Pride organizations since we reject the lifestyle especially in Jerusalem. 
 
Our main objective is Torah.  Ki Mitzion Tezei Torah.  From Zion comes forth Torah. Even if we would succeed to achieve success in our secondary objective which is to oppose a State of Palestine,for us it is irrelevant, unless we remain true to our main objective.
 
 This is the point which has been difficult for you to understand.
 
Buddy, you need to make a choice.  Choose Torah and you choose life. As Bush says we must make some hard choices. By doing so you are not rejecting Bob as a friend. That is not your intention.  It's a choice for Torah, and nothing personal against any human being.
 
Gennady, I will G-d willing respond to your email as well.




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

CAJL FR 010608 CALLING FOR DONATIONS FOR NADIA MATAR AND ACTIVITIES

BS"D
 
CAJL CONFERENCE OF AUTHENTIC JEWISH LEADERSHIP
FR    FUNDRAISER
EREV ROSH CHODESH SHEVAT 5768
JANUARY 6, 2008
 
ROBIN TICKER AND TOVA ABADI CO-FOUNDERS OF THE CONFERENCE OF AUTHENTIC JEWISH LEADERSHIP AND SHMUEL KOENIG SUPPORT NADIA MATAR AND WOMEN IN GREEN http://www.womeningreen.org/ and
Loyalists of Eretz Israel - Youth for Eretz Israel Women in Green -Chomesh Techilla- The Committee to Save the People and the Land- Komemiyut- Meginei Eretz- Mattot Arim- Staff of the Land of Israel- Virashtem Otah- the Action Committees – -The committee for the expansion of Chomat Shmuel (Har Choma) et al.
IN THEIR EFFORTS TO DEMONSTRATE TO PRESIDENT BUSH THAT THE ENTIRE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE. DONATIONS ARE NEEDED
 
IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PROTEST AND CONTINUE TO SETTLE EVERYWHERE ON OUR HOLY SOIL WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SEND THEIR DONATIONS TO:
 
Women in Green, POB 1269, Efrat, 90435
PLEASE EARMARK YOUR CHECK "BUILDING ISRAEL"
 
For tax deductible dollar donations
please write your check to
CENTRAL FUND OF ISRAEL
EARMARKED- WOMEN IN GREEN –BUILDING ISRAEL
And send it to
POB 1269, EFRAT 90435, ISRAEL
 
 
TO LET THEM KNOW OF THE FORTHCOMING DONATION AND THIS WILL GIVE THEM CHIZUK.
 
 




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Yasher Koach to the Yesha Activists!

bs"d
 
Dear Fellow Activists for the Entire Land of Israel,  amv"sh
 
Yasher Koach!  I hope the momentum continues.  My concern is that when it comes to activism for Israel in the Diaspora the Jewish voice is still too silent. There is still a void because the major religious Jewish organizations such as Agudath Yisroel, Young Israel and OU are silent regarding Judea and Samaria.  We've come down hard for good reason on the OU.  I think at this point we need to take a softer tone of being Mekarev all these organizations with personal calls from Yesha leaders and Yesha activists to the leadership of the Silent Majority also known as the CCJER (Coordinating Council for Jerusalem) in the Diaspora.  Agudath Yisroel of America stressed at their  Agudah convention that we are one Guf  (body) and one Neshama (soul).  Because of Areivus, when we do good, we are all raised but when many of us are on the wrong path it brings us all down.  They were referring specifically to Kiruv (outreach) and the fact that 1 million Jews were lost to assimilation this past 10 years alone. However, the same can be said regarding how the Jew views his obligations in the Land of Israel.  The majority of Jews in the Diaspora and in Israel proper seem to feel that a disconnect to the Land of Israel is authentic Judaism.  They have therefore abandoned Yesha, Judea and Samaria.  In Parshat Veera Hashem says that He appeared to the forefathers but did not appear with the name Hashem only with the name Kel Shakai.  That is because Hashem promised them the Land but in their lifetime the promises never materialized.  They did not complain and believed in His promises. However to Moshe Rabbeinu, G-d is appearing with the name of Hashem because He will now show that He keeps His promises and is taking the Jews out of Egypt and bringing them back to the Land of Israel.  Let us say that in our generation G-d has appeared to us in the name of Hashem.  He has after 2,000 years fulfilled His promise to bring us back to the Land of Israel after we witnessed the fiery furnace of the Holocaust.  How can we continue to remain blind to the unbelievable miracles our generation has experienced including day after day in Sederot. How can we not even claim this precious Land as ours . If we truly desire to keep the commandments then we need the Land and this will bring peace and blessings to all of mankind.  Israel is peace and their ways of Torah is peace.  The accomplishments in technology, medicine, agriculture, disaster relief, the arts and music is benefiting the entire world.  When we allow terror to take over we destroy these gifts to mankind and destroy any future peace that fosters all contributions towards peace and prosperity.  The people of Israel, like no other nation wishes and desires to benefit mankind.  For this we require to be on our Land with exclusive sovereignty.  If we allow the criminal thief to take over, to rape us, to commit identity theft then we have essentially robbed the world of G-dliness and goodness for mankind.  The commandments, the Mitzvoth are the vehicle to bring forth this goodness to its ultimate.  It is therefore mandatory for the Torah believing community to take that public role of being a Mamlechet Kohanim Vegoy Kadosh. a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation.  There must be some proclamation by our leadership which declares the Land of Israel, and the G-d given borders as absolute and nonnegotiable the rightful inheritance of the Nation of Israel.  The Silence in the Jewish Leadership has brought non Jewish Groups as the loudest Voice.  The Laws of Noah is the Torah for the Non Jew and not missionary forces.  We must strive for unity among the Nation of Israel since G-d can only bring His blessings when we unite.  Letting the chareidi or modern orthodox Diaspora Jew continue in their blindness to fall off the cliff and learn the hard way is simply not an option.  Yes we will survive but at what cost.  We are one Nation and if we love our brother we need to do whatever it takes to convince him that this Land is each and every one of ours.  Of course the secular Jew is as precious as any Jew that has studied the Torah his/her whole life.  However, we should expect more from the Jew that goes to the synagogue each week and is familiar with the Torah reading for that week. Our Written and Rabbinic Tradition pertains to each and every Jew and Non Jew in some didactic way.  Of course we must outreach to our fellow Jew who was not that fortunate to have learned or study the Torah.  Their contribution is equal and necessary for a wholesome unity.  When a Jew is lost, then the whole is lacking. When the Jews observe the commandments in the Land of Israel then once again G-d will be true to His promise and extend bessings that are never ending to all of mankind and all of humanity.




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

Defending Rabbi Wolpe. Please read the 122 comments so far on Arutz7

bs"d
 
Time for some soul searching for the OU.  People are rightfully mad!
 




Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.