Monday, June 29, 2009

Arthur Ticker z"l passed away last night


We got a call from Yakov's brother that my Father in law, Arthur Ticker ob"m, Avrohom Aharon ben Pesach passed away at the age of 90. We were zocheh to see him for the last time with all of our children this past week. He was fully congnizent b"h.

 He was beloved by his friends and family and a man true to his name, a man of kindness and a pursuer of peace.  Funeral arrangement are underway.

Fwd: Washington Jewish Week has no connection to NY Jewish Week


Washington Jewish Week has not connection with New York Jewish Week.  They both however get material from Rabbi Sidney Schwartz

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Other Powerful letters written to Jewish Week ignored by Washington Jewish Week


To the Editors of the Jewish Week:

Just in case you missed these other letters I am resending them to you.

Re: Awful op ed by Sidney Schwartz describing Israel Day Concert:

Sara Lehman's letter actually got posted on the online Jewish Week in letters to the editor.  It was an excellent letter  but I don't have the link.

Here are some of the other excellent letters that were written

letter from Tova Abady to Jewish Week
"Tova Abadi Media Liason Manhigut" <>,

It is a truly sad ironic that "Rabbi" Sidney Schwartz is the head of Panim, an organization that professes to teach Jewish values and leadership. Apparently "Rabbi" Schwartz is the wrong person to lead this organization considering he fabricated a song (noone heard anyone singing it) and bashed a concert that actually was one of the only truly wonderful events that actually FOCUSED ON JEWISH VALUES AND LEADERSHIP. This is a sorry situation for the students of Panim. The message at the concert was that the Land of Israel is our Biblical inheritance and not just another piece of real estate- therefore No to any division of the Land, No to a PLO State. The organizers brought wonderful speakers and great music and it was truly a Kiddush HASHEM and a beautiful, inspiring day not to be forgotten.
Tova Abadi
Media Spokesperson
Manhigut Yehudit

Letter from Elizabeth Berney to Jewish Week

My letter to JW:

"Human rights Zionist Rabbi" Sidney Schwartz seems to have forgotten that the most basic human right which Jews have struggled for, for centuries, is to be allowed to live in their homes in their land.  It was entirely appropriate for me to criticize Congressman Ackerman for arrogantly telling Jews in the sovereign state of Israel that living in their homes is a "destructive dynamic."  Ackerman's other charges, including accusing Israelis of perpetrating "pogroms" and obstructing peace with "illegal outposts," etc., etc. are similarly outrageous.  The impediment to peace is unrelenting Palestinian terrorism.  Uprooting Jewish communities is a humanitarian disaster and will not bring peace. 
Rabbi Schwartz's distorted portrayal of the Salute to Israel Day Concert also neglected to mention that the concert's featured speaker was Gilad Shalit's heartbroken father, who movingly spoke about how his son has been held in communicado and tortured by Hamas terrorists for the past 1,071 days.  He pleaded with us to help his son.  I then spoke briefly about how Obama (with Congressman Ackerman's support) has pledged $900 million to Gaza -- the territory of the same group which is holding Gilad hostage.  I urged everyone to write letters and make phone calls demanding that if Obama and Ackerman want to give such huge amounts of our tax dollars to Gaza, the first condition must be that Gilad Shalit is freed, and the second condition should be that every rocket in Gaza is dismantled and destroyed.  A "human rights Zionist rabbi" should have described the concert's focus on the human rights of Israelis held hostage by terrorists.  None of the concert speakers, musicians, organizers or sponsors promoted killing Arabs. 
Moreover, when I walked around the concert audience area for several hours after leaving the stage, I saw people enjoying a beautiful day and beautiful music, munching on falafel, and quietly speaking about how frightened they are for Israel's fate in the face of the pressures from the Obama administration.  I never heard the revised "Am Yisrael Chai" which Rabbi Schwartz spoke of.  If this occurred, it was an isolated incident which did not reflect the actions and words of the thousands of others present.   
Rabbi Schwartz also neglected to mention the horrible sign held up by a Palestinian next to the parade route: "Close GITMO, Re-open Auschwitz," and the other hateful Palestinian signs strategically placed so that everyone marching in the parade had to walk by and view them.  Many groups, including the one I marched with (SHAI - Sephardic Heritage Alliance) responded to the signs by singing the original "Am Yisrael Chai."  The real "Am Yisrael Chai" of both the parade and the concert was the human right of Jews to simply live in their land. 
Elizabeth Berney, Esq. worked on the human rights Holocaust cases against the Swiss and German banks.  She specializes in prosecuting securities fraud and consumer fraud matters.  She was Ackerman's opponent in the 2008 Congressional race for New York's 5th Congressional District (northeast Queens and northern Nassau County) and may run against him again in 2010.

letter by Rabbi Algaze

this is the letter that I wrote to the Jewish Week
David Algaze

To the Editor:

Rabbi Schwarz's long tirade against the Concert is in reality a political statement disguised as an emotional "shock." His assertion that all joined in  singing that dastardly phrase is false. I was there and I did not hear those words at all. They do not represent the philosophy of the organizers nor of any thinking person, even if they hold views different from R. Schwarz's.  The Concert was a festive occasion designed to celebrate all the pioneers of Israel both from the past and the present, the release of Israeli MIA's  and Jonathan Pollard and the view that Jerusalem should not be divided again. Apparently, R Schwarz was unhappy with these opinions and he resorted to a "straw man argument" that is fallacious. His characterization of the audience was unfair and biased and it belies the noble sentiments of the "prophetic ideals" he professes to uphold.

If he reads the Torah without distorting its meaning, he would certainly know that the inheritance of the Land by the Jewish people involved wars of self defense and protection of its own people. The prophets spoke of justice but they were always "patriotic" and protective of their people. Advocating policies designed to save Jewish lives or deter our enemies from obliterating the Jewish people's presence in the Land of Israel should not be labeled as "prejudice and hatred."  Rabbi Schwarz's idyllic and naïve view of the conflict has been proven wrong many times, both in the incitement in Palestinian schools, the glorification of suicide bombers and the constant bombardment hailing from Gaza after the Jews left. If he cannot defend his position except with baseless slander by painting all his opponents with the brush of the puerile behavior of a few, then it becomes clear that his point of view lacks any intellectual depth. 

Rabbi David Algaze

Forest Hills, New York

Pres. World Committee for the Land of Israel

Robin Ticker's letter to the Jewish Week:

Dear Editors of the Jewish Week:

I am a proud activist for Eretz Yisroel for many years.  I lived in Kiryat Arba for approximately 7 years and now living in Brooklyn.  I am totally involved with activism on behalf of the Jews in Judea and Samaria. I was shocked to read Rabbi Schwartz's opinion piece which said that the people at the concert were singing "Am Yisroel Chai,  All the Arabs must die".

I was at the concert and I didn't hear this song being sung.  I heard speaker after speaker and entertainer after entertainer and I did not hear this message from them. It is amazing to me to believe this report when after being so involved for over 30 years with the people that live in Kiryat Arba and Judea and Samaria I have NEVER EVER heard them sing this song!  The fact that Rabbi Schwartz was so quick to condemn the people at the concert and make it appear as if they were consumed with baseless hatred for the Arabs is very disturbing.   This is slander and a lie. 

I am in their circles and I can testify that their motivation is a love of the Land, the love of the Jewish people, a love for the commandments of the Torah and yes a love of humanity.  They have a clear understanding for the mission that G-d has ordained for the Chosen People in the Land,  which will ultimately benefit all of humanity.   We too want  Tikkun Olam.  We believe that the Arabs living in our land must accept Jewish Sovereignty because that is G-d's will.  The nations of the world will be blessed when we observe the commandments in the Land.  

Rabbi Schwartz,  Do the Palestinians have the mandate, inclination or desire of observing commandments of the Torah in the Land?  If not, why should we give them Our Land? Can they bring forth the Kedusha, the holiness that will permeate humanity?

When we Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America does it mean that we wish all non American's to die? Doesn't it say in the 2nd Bill of Rights, that Americans have the right to defend themselves and a right to bear arms?  Does it mean we wish to kill every non American?

Rabbi Schwartz has turned his back on the Jewish faith when he promotes a Palestinian State.  He has turned his back on the Torah and will have to answer to His Creator about why he was Motzei Shem Ra, lied, about the true intentions of the Jewish People, those like myself who attended the concert,  who love the Land and  wish to support those that live on the Land as per their entitlement in Judea and Samaria. 

The Jewish Week, did a great disservice by printing this Lashon Hara and spreading baseless hatred and lies about a deserving Jewish population.

Posted By Robin to Shemittah Rediscovered at 6/24/2009 12:22:00 AM

United We Serve for Yesha! Volunteer 4 Yesha!


Dear Friends, amv"sh

I liked the President's new initiative United We Serve, a new initiative to encourage Volunteerism. 

However, since the President is working hard to destroy and prevent settlement of Yesha we must pool our activism and find the time to Volunteer for Yesha for the good of America and Israel!

There are so many projects I would like to do... like sell and market Hilltop Kippot, sports kippot for the athletic youngster and a stay on kippa for when there is no more hair for the bobby pin for balding men. Attractive hats for ladies, girls and dolls, all handmade by Rachel Hacohen a true pioneer of GIvat Gal. I would like to do fundraising for the Ulpana of Kiryat ARba or raise money via second hand thrift shops or consignment stores for Neveh Avraham, a special education facility that was spearheaded by Chaviva Tzachor that is second to none.  I still have a dream for a Yesha Newspaper that is distributed worldwide representing news and advertising  of the Yesha communities.But it takes time and effort and volunteers!

Volunteering is a great way for singles to meet and network marketable skills by demonstrating professional aptitude ane expertise.

If you are interested in any of these very worthy projects, please let me know.  Kol Tuv and Tizku LeMitzvoth..

Fwd: This is Zionism by Sidney Schwartz - letter to the Washington Jewishweek Editor -Grossly Distorted portrayal of Right Wing Jews


Dear Editors, amv"sh

I was very disturbed to hear that you actually printed Sidney Schwartz's report of the Israel Day Concert in the Washington Edition of the Jewish Week.  This is especially disturbing because you were informed when this post first came out online,  by many people  that Sidney Schwartz's report of the Israel Day Concert was one big distortion and lie.

In response to our quick reaction to this lie of a letter, you did not print it in the New York edition of the Jewish Week but did you figure you can get away with it in the Washington Edition.  My question to you is  do you knowingly and stubbornly print something that is clearly libelous and a lie?  I hope not!
Does the Jewish Week wish to besmirch the reputation of Jews that love the Land of Israel if they disagree with American Foreign Policy and the expulsion of 350,000 beautiful Jews in Judea and Samaria.  These Jews are the salt of the earth and  love the Land of Israel with their heart and soul ?  If not, then why do you choose articles that grossly distort the truth to portray these caring Jews as haters of Arabs.   

In his letter, Sidney Shwartz seems to imply that anyone that speak out against the expulsion of Jews from Judea and Samaria are extremists and clearly hates Arabs.

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From: Robin Ticker <>
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM
Subject: This is Zionism by Sidney Schwartz - letter to the Editor


Dear Editors of the Jewish Week:

I am a proud activist for Eretz Yisroel for many years.  I lived in Kiryat Arba for approximately 7 years and now living in Brooklyn.  I am totally involved with activism on behalf of the Jews in Judea and Samaria. I was shocked to read Rabbi Schwartz's opinion piece which said that the people at the concert were singing "Am Yisroel Chai,  All the Arabs must die".

I was at the concert and I didn't hear this song being sung.  I heard speaker after speaker and entertainer after entertainer and I did not hear this message from them. It is amazing to me to believe this report when after being so involved for over 30 years with the people that live in Kiryat Arba and Judea and Samaria I have NEVER EVER heard them sing this song!  The fact that Rabbi Schwartz was so quick to condemn the people at the concert and make it appear as if they were consumed with baseless hatred for the Arabs is very disturbing.   This is slander and a lie. 

I am in their circles and I can testify that their motivation is a love of the Land, the love of the Jewish people, a love for the commandments of the Torah and yes a love of humanity.  They have a clear understanding for the mission that G-d has ordained for the Chosen People in the Land,  which will ultimately benefit all of humanity.   We too want  Tikkun Olam.  We believe that the Arabs living in our land must accept Jewish Sovereignty because that is G-d's will.  The nations of the world will be blessed when we observe the commandments in the Land.  

Rabbi Schwartz,  Do the Palestinians have the mandate, inclination or desire of observing commandments of the Torah in the Land?  If not, why should we give them Our Land? Can they bring forth the Kedusha, the holiness that will permeate humanity?

When we Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America does it mean that we wish all non American's to die? Doesn't it say in the 2nd Bill of Rights, that Americans have the right to defend themselves and a right to bear arms?  Does it mean we wish to kill every non American?

Rabbi Schwartz has turned his back on the Jewish faith when he promotes a Palestinian State.  He has turned his back on the Torah and will have to answer to His Creator about why he was Motzei Shem Ra, lied, about the true intentions of the Jewish People, those like myself who attended the concert,  who love the Land and  wish to support those that live on the Land as per their entitlement in Judea and Samaria. 

The Jewish Week, did a great disservice by printing this Lashon Hara and spreading baseless hatred and lies about a deserving Jewish population.

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Please daven for a Refuas Hanefesh and Refuas Haguf for

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Please continue to daven for them....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Malcolm Hoenlein and Mort Klein on Obama


Thank you Stuart Wax for sending me this link. see below links of Malocolm Hoenlein and Mort Klein expressing their apprehension regarding Obama.

Let me respectfully suggest strongly to Malcolm Hoenlein and Mort Klein that we go straight to the root of our entitlement.

Let us quote from the Chumash the following Pesukim
  • Bereishis/Genesis Chapter 21:9-12
  • 9) Sarah saw the son of Hagar, the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking*. 10) So she said to Abraham, "Drive out this slave woman with her son, for the son of that slave woman shall not inherit with my son, with Isaac!" 11) The matter greatly distressed Abraham regarding his son. 12) So G-d said to Abraham, "Be not distressed over the youth or your slave woman: Whatever Sarah tells you, heed her voice, since through Isaac will offspring be considered yours.
G-d has chosen to give this Land to the seed of Avrohom Yitzchok and Yaakov as an everlasting inheritance. And we, the children of Israel, in turn must keep and observe the commandments of the Torah. One of the spies, Yehoshua's name was changed from Hoshea. Moshe took the "yud" from Sarai whose prophetic vision was greater than her husband's Abraham regarding the matter of who is to inherit the Land.

The fact that the Arabs show or do not show reciprocity or cease or not cease violence is of no major consequence as per who is the rightful inheritor of the Land of Israel.
Kol tuv, Robin

Jews �Very Concerned� About Obama, Leader of Jewish Organizations Says (the leader in this case is Malcolm Hoenlein)

Jewish Leader: Obama May Be 'Most Hostile President to Israel' (The Leader is Mort Klein of ZOA)

Until Malcolm Hoenlein publicly talks of the Biblical rights of the Land and denounces Oslo and Annapolis why do we give him a public forum?


Years ago I heard Malcolm Hoenlein say that Oslo was a done deal and that the government of Israel is committed to abide by its agreements.  Sounds very responsible. After all the Jewish People must show that we keep our word.

I thought at that time, "What about G-d's Covenant with Avrohom, Yitzchok and Yaakov?  Isn't that a done deal?  How can we renege on our eternal commitment  to G-d's Covenant?".  Our commitment to Oslo is an annulment and direct negation of "Lezaracha Etain Es Haaretz", To Your Children the seed of Avrohom Yitzchok and Yaakov", will I give this Land.

I have heard Malcolm Hoenlein speak eloquently to standing room only audiences, mesmerizing the audience. He is a first class speaker.  He is the world "expert" on antisemitism.  He keeps track of the growth of antisemitism all over the world and he himself says that he is unable to sleep at night.  He is on first name basis with Presidents and  world leaders such as Bush and Putin

Yet his activism has been to promote the Roadmap and Annapolis and the concept of a two State Solution which has been a direct and major  factor in the INCREASE of antisemitism, .instability and rise of terrorism worldwide.  He calmed our fears at Annapolis by saying that nothing of substance was agreed upon.  How can he now explain the freeze and stagnation of Jewish building in Judea and  Samaria? Illegal  Arab building is happening at an alarming rate due to USAID and other monies flowing from European Union and Saudi Arabia.  No new Jewish kindergardens and overcrowding due to no new housing permits inhibiting growth.  Is this nothing of substance? What about removing security checkpoints as a confidence building gestures in promoting peace? Is this nothing of substance to those living in Judea and Samaria under the threat of unsafe roads?

Malcolm Hoenlein does not use Torah to claim our Land and has effectively neutralized all activism against a Palestinian State.  He talks of reciprocity and of the Arabs failure to keep their part of the bargain.  Sounds good? He does not speak out against a Palestinian STate but rather of the need to monitor Palistinian activity in order to ensure that they show reciprocity.  Many others, including PRime Minister Netanyahu err in this regard as well.

This approach works against us.  It implies that had we had a working peace partner then we would have a legitimate reason to give the Arabs parts of Eretz Yisroel. 

Malcolm Hoenlein says that Jews do not stoop to the levels of racism and acts of terrorism shown by the Arabs. We on the other hand, not like them,  work for peace and desire to raise the standard of living of the Palestinians. He speaks of our higher moral standard and to be the shining light among Nations..

This is a very lofty goal and indeed the Jewish Nation wishes to improve peace and prosperity of humanity.  But agreeing to give away our precious Land is doing the very opposite of what he wishes to accomplish.  It's like giving away the violin to someone that hates music in order to produce the most beautiful music.  Then we blame the new prospective owners of the violin of bashing the violin.  We put the blame on them and don't take any responsibility  for their actions, since we lack the understanding that it was our own unwillingness to hold on and protect our precious violin that gave rise to the unfortunate predicament that we found ourselves in. 

We foolishly tell the new owners that we are good sharers and they should learn from our example. They should learn from our higher moral standard and share the violin with us and we will show them how to play.  We are so self absorbed in our benevolence that we are blinded to the fact that they hate music and have no desire to produce music, have no  talent for music and merely wish  to destroy the violin. 

Why did we stupidly offer them the violin? just because they demanded it and threatened us with Kassam and suicide terror attacks if they did not get what they wanted.

The Land of Israel is G-d's precious gift to Israel alone.  There is no middle ground when it comes to the Land of Israel. The Land will not produce for any other people.

The story of Korach, this weeks Parsha in the Diaspora,  proves that when those claim that which is not legitimately theirs, are destined to suffer the consequences.  Korach and his congregation were Leviim, yet they wanted the Priesthood.  They desired the service of Aharon HaCohen, a service that was of a higher caliber  but not divinely designated for them. They coveted that which was not rightfully theirs.  They had their own respectable job to do.  But it wasn't good enough for them.  They wanted a job that was meant for someone else.   Their punishment was severe and a plague erupted.  Clearly, it was not to their benefit to do the Priestly Service.  Only Aharon Hacoehen had the moral character to wear the Choshen on his chest, with the names of all the Tribes on his heart always praying for their well being.  That is precisely why he was Divinely chosen for the job.  He was totally devoted in his love of his fellow Jew and his concern for them and through his  Priestly service was able to atone for their sins.

The Nation of Israel is the Mamlechet Kohanim, a Nation of Priests and a Goy Kadosh, a holy nation whose actualization is to be the Priests of the Nations of the world.  Our desire and yearning is for the betterment of mankind.  However, in order to accomplish our job we must safeguard our rights to the Land just like the priests had guard duty for their priestly  boundaries  and priestly service and the Levites for theirs.

If the Palestinians were given Judea and Samaria it would not be to their benefit.  The Torah clearly says that the Land does not produce for any other people other than the people of Israel.  The Land vomits out those who can not live up to the high levels of sanctity required in the Holy Land.

Malocolm Hoenlein is a gifted speaker.  He speaks of activism.  When heads of Nations gathered to speak of a Palestinian State he told us to be activists for a United Jerusalem neutralizing any activism against a Palestinian State. Then, when they spoke of Dividing Jerusalem he stopped his activism for a United Jerusalem. Instead he told us to speak against the desecrations of the Temple Mount.  Then when the Government of Israel willingly turned a blind eye to the excavations and desecrations on Temple Mount he stopped  speaking of  activism against the desecrations on Temple Mount and  told us to be activists to place greater security in our places of worship and to give charity to those institutions hit by hard economic  times.  Effectively, his activism stopped the activism that was necessary to fight the evil decrees at the time by directing it elsewhere. 

Why does the Gershon Jacobson,  Nachum Segal, Young Israel, Hamodia, Yated and other Jewish Media  give him a public forum?

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Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 2:53 PM

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TODAY!: RCRF June 23 Rosh Chodesh Tammus Torah Reading and Day of Learning at Rachel's Tomb. RSVP

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 The 11th RCRF Aefer Torah Reading and a Day of Learning and Creating will take place in Beis Lechem on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz,  June 23 beginning with the students of Beit Orot reading the Torah, followed by a repeat lecture by Rabbi Efraim Sprecher, Dean of Diaspora Yeshive located at King David's Tomb.

Subject: Please post as RCRF events and forward to all lists: June 23 Rosh Chodesh Tammus Torah Reading and Day of Learning at Rachel's Tomb. RSVP

The Rachel's Children Reclamation Foundation, 60 West End Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11235, 054-224-2649,
SAVE THE DAY: June 23, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 11th Anniversary Torah Reading and Day of Learning at Beit Bnei Rachel, Kever Rachel.
*Torah Reading will be by Beit Orot Talmudim

*11am Special Lecture by Rabbi Efraim Sprecher, Dean of Diaspora Yeshiva at King David's Tomb, Mount Zion on
"Why does Kaballah consider Kever Rachel the holiest kever of all the kevorim?"
*Plaque Hanging and Museum of Jewish Aliyah panel unveiling presenting
*The story of Jewish settlement in Beis Lechem in 1879 by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Kalisher 
to be presented by Atara Gur, our Rachel Imeinu Scholar in Residence. 

*Buses will leave the Israel Centerat 8AM SHARP. A light brunch will be served.
RSVP 054 224 2649 or email

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Urgent Action Alert Time Sensitive: Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah meeting in NY this coming Wednesday, Will discuss response to Obama


Shmuel Koenig was told by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, that there will be a meeting of the Rabbanim of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of America this coming Wednesday June 17th 2009.   It is our understanding that on the Agenda will be a discussion of how to respond to Obama's speech.

In case you are unfamiliar with the influence Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah has over the Jewish Population in America, here are some facts which I believe to be true.  Feel free to let me know otherwise.

Agudath Yisroel of America has a Washington office.

Agudath Yisroel of America has influence over hundreds of thousands of Chareidi Jews because of their network of thousands of Yeshivoth and Rabbanim throughout America.   Major Chinuch and  Kiruv Organizations such as the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, Aish Hatorah, ARachim, Ohr Sameach, Haklhel determine who and what message they will promote based on decisions of the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah. 

Many of  the Rabbanim on the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah are also members of the Rabbanim affiliated with Torah Umesorah which networks a majority of the Chareidi Schools in America.  Torah Umesorah has influence over hundreds of thousands of religious students and their parents.

Major newspapers with very large ciruclations take their cue from Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah especially Yated and Hamodia.  Jewish Press to a certain extent. 

Mishpacha Magazine, with an extremely wide circulation receives guidance on what and what not to print  from Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah in America and in Israel.

Tremendously large sums of monies are raised by Tzedaka Organizations due to the endorsements of the Rabbanim of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah such as Kupat Hair, Vaad HArabonim, etc.


The staff of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of America includes Rabbi Leibish Becker as the Executive Director, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel as the Executive Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin as the Chief Financial Officer.

Please call the Agudah office and ask to speak to Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel.  1-212-797-9000 or email at

The contact email for Agudah on Wikipedia is <>

Here are some points you might wish to make:

  • Suggest that Rav Eliashiv make a short video to be widely distributed, stating our Jewish entitlement based on Hashem's covenant with Avrahom Yitzchok and Yaakov Avinu in the Torah.  Who if not Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah should bring up our Biblical connection? .  In this case it will be necessary to post it on the internet in order to make a Kiddush Hashem.  All agree that the internet can be used LeToeles and Pikuach Nefesh.  We are talking about the lives, homes, families and community of  350,000 Jews living in Yehudah and the Shomron.  Obama's speech was broadcasts to the entire world.  So was Netanyahu.  President Obama raised ideological reasons why Jews may not settle in Judea and Samaria.  Only an ideological and theological response will negate the "truths"  President Obama raised.  A rational approach such as Netanyahus falls on deaf ears and does not negate a Palestinian right to the Land of Israel.  The Torah  clearly says Ki BeYitzchok Yekareh Lecha Zera. and not through Yishmael as President Obama suggests.
  • We are not doing the ARabs a favor by giving up our Sovereignty.  Quite the opposite.  The Land will not produce for them as is written in the Torah.  Proof of this is the before and after of Gush Katif.   There is tremendous infighting, violence and terror under Palestinian control.  Many Palestinians know that economics, education and health services are much better when Israel has Sovereignty. 
  • Only Jews have the sacred obligation to keep the Mitzvoth in Eretz Yisroel and this in turn brings peace and prosperity to everyone. If we have the yearning and desire to keep the commandments we would surely say that we require the Land in order to keep our Biblical obligations.
  • Failure to speak out for Yehudah and the Shomron shows an unwillingness to leave the exile.  Are all the prayers and lectures lipservice?
  • AGudah can mobilize hundreds of thousands of caring Jews to show an expression of love for Eretz Yisroel and be an actual partner in Yishuv Haaretz.  This will be a tremendous Zikui HaRabim and tikkun Chait HaMiraglim.  Silence  by the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah is modeled by hundreds of thousands of Jews who know in their hearts that Eretz Yisroel is ours and don't speak out.  This enabled the Gush Katif expulsion
  • Davening and Tehilim must be accompanied by serious Hishtadlus just like looking for a job or a shidduch

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fwd: AFSI PRESS RELEASE: Netanyahu Caves In


Kudo's for Afsi for once again taking a courageous stand!

 Let there be an avalanche of Press Releases that denounce Netanyahu's willingness to agree in principle to a Palestinian State. Netanyahu, by agreeing in principle to a Palestinian State under certain conditions, disregarded G-d's Covenant with the people of Israel and the Torah.

Words do make a difference!  Even if Netanyahu knows that the Arab world would never agree to his conditions and merely used this as a ploy to get America off Israel's back, it is a chillul Hashem.  We must publicly put our faith in Hashem and not in the power of America or Obama for our security.

Why didn't Netanyahu talk about Shemittah and explain to the world that we are obligated, as caretakers of this Holy Land to keep commandments in order to infuse the world with Holiness. and bring peace and prospereity.

No peaceful Palestinian State has this agenda. 

Unfortunately, neither does Netanyahu or else he would never have agreed to a Palestinian STate under any conditions. This, my dear friends is the true root of our problem!

In addition, we are not doing the Palestinians a favor either by giving them a State.  The Torah promises to us that the Land does not produce for anyone else but the Jewish people.  If we really cared about making the lives of the Palestinians better, we would assert our rights to the Land. They know and we know that they are much better off that way.

Once again the Arabs do what we should have done and put in a no confidence vote in this Prime Minister who lacks knowledge and has not internalized our sacred and exclusive relationship of  the Jewish People with the Land of Israel based on the Torah  for the betterment of mankind.

Netanyahu has no right to give away that which does not belong to him.

Any agreement is therefore null and void. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Netanyahu Caves In

New York City

June 15, 2009



In the first major policy speech of his administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu caved to Barack Obama's key demand that the Palestinian Arabs be given a state in the heart of Israel's historic homeland.  


"The only winner from this speech was Barack Obama. It's Obama: 1 Jews: 0," said Herbert Zweibon. "Obama couldn't care less about a few settlements here or there. He wanted Netanyahu to accept the principle of a two-state solution. Netanyahu collapsed in the face of American pressure. He allowed himself to be outmaneuvered."


Netanyahu, who began reasonably enough, systematically laying out the case for why there should not be a Palestinian state – including the point that Arab hatred of Israel preceded Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria –then reversed course at the end and endorsed a two-state solution.  


"The White House calls Netanyahu's speech an 'important step forward,'" said Herbert Zweibon, Chairman of Americans for A Safe Israel. "In fact, it's a dramatic step backwards as Netanyahu edges the Jewish People toward the cliff."


In an attempt to mollify Israelis, who have the seen the painful results of Israel's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, in which thousands of their fellow citizens were dragged from their homes only to be replaced by a Hamas-run terror enclave, Netanyahu insisted in his speech that a Palestinian State be demilitarized.


Setting aside the fact that there are thousands of assault rifles already in the hands of Fatah, many Israeli-approved, it is simply not possible to prevent a Palestinian entity, once it has been granted sovereignty, from emerging as a military threat, AFSI notes.   


"Every time Israel evacuates a piece of territory it turns into a launching pad," Zweibon said. "During the Lebanon War alone, some half a million Israelis were displaced by missiles. On the outskirts of Gaza, Israelis fear for their lives. Those areas were supposed to be demilitarized and subject to international monitoring, too. What makes Netanyahu think this time will be any different?"


The Arab reaction to Netanyahu's speech was noteworthy, Zweibon says. It was one of uniform hostility, despite Netanyahu's sudden willingness to accept a two-state solution. A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Netanyahu's speech "torpedoes all peace initiatives in the region" simply because Netanyahu asked Arabs to recognize Israel's Jewish character.  


"What this proves, as if it needed to be proved yet again, is that what the Arabs find distasteful about the Jewish State is that it exists at all," Zweibon said.





Arutz7: Susie Dym Blasts Netanyahu Fwd: Women in Green: A Jewish View of Netanyahu’s Speech by Prof . Paul Eidelberg,


Susie Dym blasts Netanyahu

As Professor Eidelberg said, Netanyahu deprived us of the moral high ground. 

Did anyone see any of these articles on this nature on the News of Arutz 7.  If so please forward it to me?  Susie's article came and went as a News Brief  but not a news item.  Too bad.  Susie might not have the stature of Jimmy Carter to the World at Large but what she says is reflective of Authentic Torah and our Jewish Heritage.  Jimmy Carter on the other hand......  Given his book and past history I am very suspicious of his motives behind his humanitarian efforts.

 Yasher Koach for Women in Green for widely distributing Professor Paul Eidelberg's article.

Again, too bad that the articles  newsworthy on Arutz7 included Obama's praise for Netanyahu's speech, Eu's praise for Netanyahu's speech and - not the good stuff- our rejection and disappointment of Netanyahu's speech! 

No headline news item such as Susie Dym's of Mattot ARim or Prof Eidelberg.    Merely visiting the grave of Yehoshua and Calev is benign.  The spirit of Calev and Yehoshua is quite another matter.  

Bizchut Nashim Tzidkaniyot!  Where is the voice of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah in response to the Chillul Hashem of Netanyahu's speech?  Time for Tikkun Chait Hamiraglim!  It is still Parshat Shlach in Chutz LeAretz!   Please forgive us women for being so forward...Ach Tov Vechesed Yirdefuni.....

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Subject: A Jewish View of Netanyahu's Speech by Prof . Paul Eidelberg

A Jewish View of Netanyahu's Speech*
Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Know first that Judea and Samaria constitute the heartland of the Jewish people.  This land is inseparable from the teachings of the Prophets of Israel.  From there our Prophets bestowed on humanity its loftiest and most fundamental ideas and values: first and foremost the idea of Ethical Monotheism.  From ethical monotheism we derive the possibility of Truth, of Human Dignity, of Justice, of Kindness, of Freedom, of Progress, of Peace—of peace because there cannot be genuine and abiding peace among men without Truth.  Moreover, there cannot be peace between nations unless they acknowledge that lapidary verse from holy writ that God created man in His own image, for this verse affirm unity the human community.

These ideas and values are the building blocks of Western civilization.  They endow human life with meaning and nobility, with creativity and continuity, with depth and purpose.  Yes, and they are tangibly linked to Judea and Samaria—the source of our historic memory.  Therefore, to agree to establish an Arab-Islamic state on this land, a state whose inhabitants harbor a religion diametrically opposed to what this land stands for, is a Chilul HaShem—a desecration of God's Name.  To agree to a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria is to negate God's Covenant with the fathers of the Jewish People.  This agreement will never be consummated.

I am well aware of the political and rhetorical nature of Netanyahu's speech.  One does not have to be a rocket scientist to recognize that the conditions he laid down for the establishment of a Palestinian state will never be accepted by Arabs or Muslims; for unlike Mr. Netanyahu, they believe in a deity in whose name they are willing to sacrifice their lives.

I wonder whether the people of Israel understand the dreadful transgression Netanyahu committed by saying YES to a Palestinian state on Jewish land?   Some observers, trained in law, may say that Netanyahu's YES will not stand the test of international law; I leave this for them to explain.  Others have already said that he has violated the coalition agreement that forms the basis of his government.  What most disturbs me, however, is his projected violation of Jewish law.

In a policy paper in which I collaborated with Professor Louis Rene Beres, I abbreviated a lengthy halakhic disquisition by the Gaon Rabbi Dr. Haim Zimmerman, of blessed memory, in which he sets forth, in a most compelling way, the prohibition of yielding Jewish land to non-Jews.  This paper was written and published in opposition to Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria in 2005.  Serving then as a minister in the Sharon government, Mr. Netanyahu voted for that withdrawal, contrary to the warnings of Israel's highest military and intelligence officials.  Hence, he is partly responsible for the death, destruction, and suffering resulting from the government's violation of Jewish law.

But Mr. Netanyahu, like so many Israeli politicians, is superior to Jewish law.  He is superior to the teachings of Moses and the Prophets of Israel.  His highest law is derived not from God but from his own self-serving political calculations.

We have known for some time the conditions he would lay down for a Palestinian state: it would have no army, no control of air space, no power to make treaties with other nations, etc., etc.  It was obvious that these conditions would not be acceptable to the Palestinians.   Mr. Netanyahu may be cunning, but he is not wise.  Surely he should also insist that Arabs cease brainwashing their children to exalt suicide bombers on the one hand, and to hate Jews and Israel on the other.  But how could he insist on this without insisting that the Arabs overhaul the Quran, erase the ethos of jihad, rewrite their history, hence cease being Muslims!

To be fair, there were some solid points in Netanyahu's speech.

·         He said the root of the conflict was, and remains, the Arab refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.

·         He said the closer we get to an agreement with the Palestinians, the further they retreat and raise demands that are inconsistent with a true desire to end the conflict.

·         He said the claim that territorial withdrawals will bring peace with the Palestinians, or at least advance peace, has up till now not stood the test of reality.

He summed up by saying: "If we receive [a] guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel's security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the State of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state."  However, if the Palestinian state were threatened by terrorists, international law would not require Palestinian compliance with pre-state agreements concerning demilitarization.

Leaving this aside, I see in Netanyahu's speech something overlooked by its author and thus far by commentators.  Looking beyond his crafted rhetoric, Mr. Netanyahu, in my opinion, has given the Arab-Islamic world a great victory and has inflicted on the Jewish people a terrible defeat.  For by agreeing to a Palestinian state, Netanyahu has given the democratic world to believe that the Arab claim to Judea and Samaria is superior to any put forth by the Jews!   Arabs thus have all the more reason to despise the Jews and scorn the God of Israel!  They will then have all the more incentive to persist in their territorial demands whose ultimate objective is to wipe Israel off the map of the Middle East.
How ironic!  I said Prime Minister Netanyahu desecrated God's Name.  He did so, moreover, at Bar-Ilan University, Israel's one religious university.  Contrast President Barack Obama's speech at al-Azhar University—the theological Harvard of the Islamic world.  Obama repeatedly praised Islam and its "holy" Quran.

I fear for Israel's future.  The strength of a nation depends more on its morale than on military might, and I see this morale evaporating while Jews resign themselves—even though it's still not official—to the establishment of an Arab-Islamic state in their heartland.  I ask: How should and how will the 300,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria feel now that their Prime Minister has renounced any Jewish claim to this land?  They saw what happened to the 10,000 Jews in Gaza and northern Samaria, so many of which were traumatized and impoverished by the Expulsion.

Let me ask Mr. Netanyahu:  How will these Jews feel while you trifle with their lives and their future while waltzing with Mahmoud Abbas who you know very well is leading the Americans by the nose.

You know, Mr. Netanyahu, that the first task of a statesman is to promote national unity by heightening a people's sense of national pride and identity—which requires the nation's territorial integrity.  Your speech has alienated the most patriotic citizens of Israel, those who live in memory-filled Judea and Samaria which you are willing to surrender.  Of course they know the Palestinians are not going to buy your Alice-in-Wonderland peace plan.   But you have deprived them of the moral high ground on which to fight for Israel's survival.

I did not realize how much you have in common with Obama.  Perceptive writers, including Victor Davis Hanson, Ralph Peters, our own Caroline Glick, Frank Gaffney, Melanie Phillips, Wafa Sultan, have exposed the incredible number of falsehoods that fill Obama's Cairo speech. But your own speech is based the one colossal falsehood that has betrayed Israel since Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accord—that peace is possible with the disciples of Muhammad.

You may know this in your heart of hearts, but like so many policy-makers in the democratic world, you lack the courage and wisdom to face the truth and act accordingly—with decisiveness and Jewish vision.

What is the difference between Obama's reaching out to Ahmadinejad—which you deem futile—and your reaching out to Mahmoud Abbas?   I don't see Muslims or Arabs reaching out to Jews.  Why not?  Because they have pride, overweening pride, groundless pride, destructive pride—call it what you will—but it means you will blink first, you will make concessions to them, and you will get nothing but more than contempt and violence in return.

And so the Big Lie of the "peace process" will continue.  The shoddy domestic politics of Israel along with the Saudi infested politics of America will continue. Yes, and the terrorism will continue.  Is there a way out of this maze?  Perhaps, but I've said enough for this report.

*Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, June 15, 2009.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fwd: Mass Prayer Rally at Western Wall Planned - Next Sunday June 21st Tikkun Chait Miraglim


If you have any connections with any member of the  Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah in Israel or America, please beg/plead them to join with Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu and the Yesha Rabbinical Committee and give support to this mass Prayer Rally at the Kotel next week on June 21st  and publicly declare our entitlement to the Land of Israel. Let us let President Obama and the world know that Netanyahu has no authority to give away something that does not belong to him. Even a disarmed Palestinian State is not G-d's Divine will. Our relationship with the Land of Israel has sanctity and that means only for Am Yisroel.  That is the meaning of Kedushin. The wife is exclusive to her husband. Even a disarmed other, violates the marriage contract. 

Once we understand this and internalize it, we can truly sing Od Yeshama BeArei Yehuda Uvechuzot Yerushalayim, Kol Sason VeKol Simcha, Kol Chatan VeKol Kallah.

If we give muscle and credence to Netanyahu's suggestion, the Palestinian people will be the first to suffer. We are doing them no favors if they are given that which they are not entitled and this includes a disarmed State.  Will they keep Shemittah, or other Mitzvoth Teluyot Baaretz?

They know first hand the brutality and anarchy that reigns when Israel leaves the picture. Scar from the Lion King dictates and terrorizes the people. Can it be no clearer than the before and after picture of Gush Katif? Desolation and destruction to take the place of peace, beauty and harmony.

We need to address each Rav or Rebbe as an individual Rav  in Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah
 and not the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah as an organization.  Each individual  Jewish soul was at Sinai. Each individual recognizes the threat and danger at hand  The Lubavitch Rebbe said that when it comes to Sakanas Nefashos we don't try to get a consensus.  Each individual must act swiftly to stop the spread of the fire especially when he/she sees that nothing is being done.  From our experience, whenever we approach one Rav in the Moetzes they almost always ask "Did you speak to so and so of the Moetzes or who else from the Moetzes feels this way? "

 Now is not the time to be humble and  to give Kavod Zeh Lezeh. 

In the future we will iy"h be zocheh to act like the Malachim who say Kedusha by  giving permission one to each other to sanctify their Creator in a pleasant and clear tone saying Kedusha....

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Mass Prayer Rally at Western Wall Planned

Reported: 08:45 AM - Jun/14/09

( A mass prayer rally at Jerusalem's Western Wall is planned for June 21 due to political talks of creating a Palestinian state and freezing construction within Judea and Samaria. Rishon L'Tzion Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu and other rabbis are expected to participate.

Rabbi Eliyahu and the Yesha Rabbinical Committee call on the public to participate in the prayer rally.

Similarity - Hamas and the Torah Believing Jew that is Silent -Chas Vechalila - Middah Kinegged Middah


Dear Jewish Print Media, Radio Media, Kiruv and Lecture Series Coordinators.,   ( in no special order)

In Parshas Noah it says "Ki Malah Haaretz Hamas"  Chapter 6 verse 13 "

G-d said to Noah,  "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them, and behold, I am about to destroy them from the earth"

There is another Midrash in the Talmud Yerushalmi which also appears in the Yalkut Shimoni: It says that God said to Noach:

קץ כל בשר בא לפניי - הגיע הזמן לקצץ אותם, להפוך אותם לאדמת בתה - כמו עצים ושיחים נמוכים כי מלאה הארץ חמס מפניהם וכו' - חמס שווה פרוטה וגזל חצי פרוטה. לאחד היתה קופת תורמוסין קופסה עם תבואה כל אחד היה בא ונוטל פחות מחצי פרוטה כך שחברו לא יכול להוציא ממנו את מה שלקח לו - כך שמלאה כל הארץ חמס - האנשים אשר עליה שגרמו לכך. אמר הקב"ה אתם עשיתם שלא כשורה גם אני אעשה לכם כך.

"The end of all of life has come before me. The time has arrived to cut them down, to return the land to a pristine time when there were only trees and short shrubs "because the land if full of theft, etc" To be liable for the sin of "Hamas" one must steal something that is worth a "pruta" and to be liable for the sin of "Gezel" one must steal something that is worth half of a "pruta." In the generation of the flood, one would have a box of lupines, a box of grains. Everyone would come and take less then half of a "pruta" from someone else This is how the person who was stolen from was not able to recover his stolen objects. This was what the verse means when it says "The whole world was full of robbery," meaning, the people who caused this. God said to them, "You behaved improperly and I will do the same to you." 

Apparently, according to the Midrash each individual in Noach's time stole just a teeny bit.  Collectively the entire land was filled with robbery.

There is a crazy phenomenon in the Torah World.  Obama distorts the Torah to an obvious level and all the religious mainstream Jewish Organizations are Silent in setting the matter straight thereby creating a tremendous Chillul Hashem.  Obama said:

The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.  (Applause.)  This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace.  It is time for these settlements to stop.  (Applause.)....

All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra -- (applause) -- as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer.  (Applause.)

The Truth of the Torah as opposed to the truth presented by President Obama is that the Land of Israel is promised to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as an eternal inheritance.  The boundaries are delineated.

Each and every Jew received the Torah at Sinai.  Each and every Jew has the responsibility to speak up for the Torah and for the Covenant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The Silence of each and every Jew is adding a little to the Chillul Hashem.  "Atem Nitzavim Hayom" .  In September 2006 I posted the following on Shemittah Rediscovered.  

I would not change even one word today. 

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Covenant Renewal- Nitzavim Vayelech -Areivus


When the Bnei Yisroel enter Eretz Yisroel they receive a renewal of their Covenant. The first Covenant was given at Har Sinai. What was new about this Covenant? It was the concept of Areivus, that every Jew is now responsible of the sins of his brothers. Every Jew is obligated to help others observe the Torah and to restrain from violating it. As the commentary in the Stone Chumash explains that now they would be liable for transgressions committed openly (Ohr HaChaim) This is essential to the world view of the Jew, for it explains why one may not be apethetic to the shortcomings of others and why public desecrations of the Torah are the concern of every Jew of good conscience.

Atem Nitzavim - You are standing. Moshe empahsized that the people were standing before G-d because the purpose of the Covenant was to bind them to G-d's Torah. Sforno comments that Moshe stressed that they were standing before G-d, Who cannot be deceived. Moshe divided the people into categories to suggest that everyone is responsible according to how many others he or she can influence.

This concept of Areivus justifies my position of speaking out against influential Rabbinic Leaders such as Rav Shteinmen, Rav Kanievsky, Rav Eliashiv, the Admor M'Gur, the OU, Agudath Yisroel of America etc. who have been silent regarding the Roadmap and regarding the disengagement and the Convergence plan. It justifies the obligation of spokespeople of Yesha as well as the journalists in Jewish Media such as Arutz7, Jewish Press, Yated, Hamodia, Nachum Segal, Chofetz Chaim Foundation etc. to challenge this silence. The Roadmap is mutually exclusive to the Biblical promise that Hashem gave Eretz Yisroel exculsively to Am Yisroel. How can UTJ and Shas join an evil government. This evil government is clearly in opposition to Torah. Yet this was overlooked in exchange for bribes be it child support or educational subsidies or political position. . Those that remain silent become silent partners in allowing expulsion of Jewish settlement and settlers, partners in robbing our fellow brethren of their property, partners in destroying family units and cohesiveness, partners in taking away many families means of Parnassa, partners in terrorizing little children with an army of soldiers and last but not least partners in the bloody violence against the youth who were the only ones to stand up for the Torah and for Eretz Yisroel at the risk of their own lives. To sum it all, those that are silent are partners to the humanitarian and security crisis in Israel and partners in the empowerment of terrorism including Hizbollah and Hamas.

For this Hashem says Haster Astir Panai Bayom Hahu Al Kol Hara Asher Asa, Ki Phana el Elohim Acheirim(Devarim 31/18) . But I will surely have concealed My face on that day because of all the evil that it did, for it had turned to gods of others".

The young girls in Neve Dekalim cried bitter tears as the expulsion was happening "Al Tastir panech Mimeni Beyom Tzar Li". Don't hide your face from me on the day of my affliction.

Can we ignore the fact that much of the North of Eretz Yisroel was burnt in this past war with Lebanon? Isn't that a consequence of worshipping idols as well? Or do we simply continue to choose not make any connections to the events of the day and the warnings of the Torah.

Which idols did we collectively worship? My guess is trusting in America, trusting in an evil gov't in Israel that acts as if it is a puppet for America and in believing in our own strenth and power rather than on Torah and Mitzvoth. It is very difficult to place our total trust in Hashem . It's downright scary. Without prayer how can we humanly be capable of passing this test.

Yet all the curses are reversible. We need merely to admit our mistakes, beg Hashem for forgiveness and no doubt Hashem will hear our prayers and reverse the Gezaira. Atem Nitzavim Hayom. Each and every one of us including men, children, women and strangers. Anyone with any kind of influence must speak out publicly for the Torah and against any plans that are in direct opposition to the Torah. Failure to speak out is equivalent to being partners in the desecration of Hashem's name.

It seems to me that  the job of the major religious organizations is  to mobilize Am Yisroel with their extensive networks to express in words and in deed the Nation's yearning and love for Eretzy Yisroel and demonstrate our trust in Hashem to deliver His promises to His Chosen People.   We will try our very best to keep the Mitzvoth in the Holy Land thereby infusing the Land and the world with peace, prosperity and holiness refining the entire world with the knowledge of G-d. The Previous Rebbe said that every single Jew, man and women, boy and girl is a Shaliach, not like the Miraglim. and we were sent to this world in our generation  to prepare the world for the time of Moshiach in Eretz Yisroel and this includes the generation in America raised on Pepsi Cola as well. (Rabbi Shmuel Butman on the radio Motzei Shabbos on Parshat Shlach 5769).  But passing the buck to an organization to be an activist is contributing to the collective silence.  Each one of us have a responsibility to do our hishtadlus in this manner.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fwd: Kiruv Campaign against the Sin of the Miraglim. This Sin of the Spies is alive and thriving in our generation. Silence of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah regarding Judea and Samaria



Attention: Askanim at Arachim, Aish Hatorah, Ohr Sameach (via their website), Hakhel, Irgun Shiurei Torah, Aaron Mandel

Hundreds of thousands of Jews are reached through your Outreach.  'Will we disregard our Covenant with Hashem and the threat our Brothers and Sister in Judea and Samaria are facing.  Will we be able to look ourselves in the mirror and enjoy peace in our homes if a similar scenario to Gush Katif happens to those in Judea and Samaria?

As key educators bringing the messages of our Rabbanim to the masses, please be aware of some of the concerns that many have.

There is a strong activist movement that is increasingly growing disillusioned with the Gedolei Hador because they are not speaking out publicly for Torah in the face of a Chillul Hashem which is the message of President Obama's speech. . 

It appears as if the Gedoilim have abandoned their brothers and sisters in Judea and Samaria and are turning a blind eye to the very real  threat facing all of Israel. 

KIryat Sefer and Matisyahoo , Chareidi communities are feeling the threat as well.  Their communities have a freeze on natural growth just like the communities in Judea and Samaria.

A painful lesson of the Holocaust is that evil and its associated terror face all of those that were silent when their brothers and sisters were facing this same evil.  Silence is not inactive or benign.  It merely allows growth of the cancer to spread. This silence enables evil to gain in momentum and eventually succeed in striking those  that naively and mistakenly felt secure while their brothers and sisters homes and lives were methodically destroyed under the pretense of democracy, good faith, and false promises.   

There are various ways to fight Obama's administration and their determination to establish a Palestinian State.  It is no secret that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority find much kinship with Nazi Germany.  That is the evil that is behind the mask called the Roadmap.

 It's the short long road that we must take to challenge Obama effectively and the evil Roadmap rather than taking the longer short road.  The short long road is taking the time to  unite all Jews before protesting the Obama Administration.  The strategy for uniting Am Yisroel is to first enlist the support and partnership with the Torah believers and then via outreach the secular and unaffiliated Jew. In this point in time, rather than fight Obama, etc. we must face our own brothers and sisters square on, and win the internal battle of fighting the Sin of the Spies also known as the Chait Hamiraglim from our midst leading the Nation astray.

The Torah Portion read in  Eretz Yisroel;. this week is Parshat Shlach, the Parsha which speaks of the Sin of the spies.   In the Diaspora this Torah Portion is read next week.

In order to fight this internal  battle against the Sin of the  Miraglim we are calling upon the religious Jewish Print Media who pride themselves on broadcasting the message of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah as well as the major Jewish organizations,

A  fear has gripped those that subscribe to the Rabbinic tradition to be in any way critical of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah.  Yet, the Moetzes have, by their silence and misplaced humility, enabled those who promote a Palestinian Statehood accomplish this nefarious goal.  The religious Jewish Papers are continuously choosing to empower the Gedoilim and treat them with awe which in turn keeps the grip these leaders have on the masses very tight.  The religious Jewish Media will not report any material that would reflect negatively on their leadership.  AFter all they have been told that this constitutes Lashon Hara and shows a lack of Emunas Chachamim.

This in turn, has translated into a Jewish Nation being paralyzed from asserting our Jewish Identity based on the Torah out of fear of losing the good graces of the powerful key leaders who dictate what constitutes "Daas Torah". 

Apparently "Daas Torah"  does not see that addressing the situation facing Judea and Samaria as noteworthy of our public attention in any concrete form and their sage council is that the only  effective thing to do is prayer and teaching and learning Torah continually. (Tefillah,  Lilmod Ulelameid) There is no public recognition that in order to keep, do and observe the Mitzvoth of the Torah in its fullest (Lishmor, Laasos Ulekayeim)  and  minimally for Mitzvoth Telyot Baaretz, we require the physical Land of Israel.

Those that determine what is "Daas Torah" are the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah.

We implore you, the Religious Jewish Radio  Media to be the voice of Judea and Samaria and the 300,000 residents who live there, to lobby the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah to end their Silence and use your medium, the radio and your wide listening audiences to do so.  Please ask  your listeners to call the members of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah and speak to  Rabbanim who have influence with the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, and to call the Agudath Yisroel of America and each of the Rabbanim or spokespeople of the Moetzes individually if they have their contact information.  Plead with them to speak out for our Covenant with Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov and about our entitlement to Eretz Yisroel as an everlasting inheritance.  They can be mezakeh the Rabim to yearn and love Eretz Yisroel and to be metaken the Chait Hamiraglim.

Yasher Koach to Yishai Fleisher, Tovia Singer, and Tamar Yona for doing so much and we encourage them to continue to do as much as  possilbe in this regard.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah

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The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah (also abbreviated as Moetzes or The Moetzes) מועצת גדולי התורה ("Council of [great] Torah Sages") is the name for the councils that are the supreme rabbinical policy-making bodies of the two Ashkenazi Haredi political groups in Israel, Degel HaTorah and Agudat Israel, and for the social and political group in the United States that serves as the highest ranking rabbinic policy board of the Agudath Israel organization. In Israel, the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah speaks for most Haredi Sephardi Jews.

Those rabbis who are on the Moetzet are usually the most important rosh yeshivas ("heads") of yeshivas as well as Hasidic Rebbes who are also regarded as the Gedolim ("great/est") sages of Torah Judaism.



[edit] In Europe

Prior to World War Two, there was only one such body, serving the World Agudath Israel organization in Europe.

[edit] In Israel

Prior to Degel HaTorah's break from Agudat Israel (because of the dominance of the Hasidic groups), there was only one Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah in Israel; with the breakaway (led by Rabbi Elazar Shach), two separate, yet at times complementary, Moetzes's were created.

The Haredi Sephardi Jews of Israel had also at one time followed the leadership of Agudat Israel when it was still a body that spoke for most of Israel's Haredim. However, with Rabbi Shach's assistance, the Haredi Sefardim broke with their Ashkenazi counterparts and established the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah ("Council of [wise] Torah Sages") that in turn became the source for the formulation and expression of the policies and agenda of the Shas political party in the Israeli Knesset. Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef would become the main leadership figure of this council.

[edit] Past members

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Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (Chairman)
Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin (Chairman)
Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Yisrael Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach
Rabbi Boruch Shimon Schneerson
Rabbi Yisroel Don Taub
Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl Twerski
Rabbi Binyamin Zilber

[edit] Current members belonging to Agudath Israel

Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, the Rebbe of Ger (Hasidic dynasty) (Chairman)
Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach (II), the Rebbe of Belz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, the Rebbe of Vizhnitz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz, the Rebbe of Boston (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Friedman, the Rebbe of Sadigura (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Chaim Shaul Taub, the Rebbe of Modzitz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Yochanan Sofer, the Rebbe of Erlau

[edit] Current members belonging to Degel HaTorah

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv (Co-Chairman)
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva (Co-Chairman)
Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, the Rosh Yeshiva of the yeshiva Torah Ore
Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Maalos HaTorah yeshiva
Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Mir), the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir yeshiva (Jerusalem)
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Rabbi Meir Tzvi Bergman, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva Rashbi

[edit] In the United States

In the United States, Agudah's policies and leadership are directed by the council, which is comprised primarily of rosh yeshivas and Hasidic rebbes. Formerly known as the Moetzes Chachmei HaTorah, the body was started in 1941. It sets all major policies and guides the organization according to its precepts of Da'as Torah.

[edit] Past members

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Rabbi Aharon Kotler (Chairman)
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky
Rabbi Gedalia Schorr
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman
Rabbi Mordechai Gifter
Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner
Rabbi Baruch Sorotzkin
Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Friedman of Boyan
Rabbi Yisrael Spira of Bluzhev
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik[1]
Rabbi Eliezer Silver[1]
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Zacks[1]
Rabbi Elya Svei

[edit] Current members

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld
Rabbi Yitzchok Feigelstock
Rabbi Dovid Feinstein
Rabbi Aharon Feldman
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz
Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky
Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Kotler
Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levine
Rabbi Yaakov Perlow (Chairman)
Chacham Yosef Harari Raful
Rabbi Aaron Schechter
Rena Cohen from Tsfat writes

I was listening to two radio programs very early yesterday morning Israel time.  They were both from the US
and both had a very interesting guest host who happened to be a Roman Catholic.  Here is some of what
he too said..
Do not be silent as the world decides to cut you loose and sacrifice you to another holocaust.  In the 1930
so many Jewish orgs and people did nothing to stop Hitler as the Jews refused to stand up.  Only after WWII
did they stand up and say never again.  Now we stand at the edge of another holocaust.  The mullahs in Iran
all say the same thing: Israel must be wiped off from the map.  In all Moslem countries 60 - 80 % of the people
say yes to wiping Israel off the map.  Not only is Iran planning this but the Moslem world agrees.
But what is the Jewish world doing?  Nothing much that I can hear of over here except for those of us who see
the danger and are trying to alert the rest of the Jewish world to wake up.  But will they in time?  Only HaShem
knows and let's hope that they do.  And then yesterday with all of this bubbling in my little head, the attack at
the Holocaust Museum in Washington.  Another message but will we hear it?
All the best,
Rena Cohen
In Tsfat.