The Guardian of Sderot Awards:
Presented by Russell F. Robinson, JNF CEO
Accepting on behalf of Jewish National Fund:
Stanley M. Chesley, JNF President
Isaac Blachor, JNF - Vice President Israel Relations
JNF Executive Dinner Committee
Russell F. Robinson, Chief Executive Officer
Mitchell Rosenzweig, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Feinman, Greater New York Zone Director
Rabbi Eric M. Lankin, Chief of Institutional Advancement and Education
Rampant Arab Building on JNF Lands. Does JNF plant trees in Judea and Samaria? Yes they do, like in a new Palestinian city Ruwabi. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/a-new-palestinian-city-takes-root-with-jnf-trees-1.3218. So if JNF gets their way chas vechalila, they will get to donate lots of playgrounds to rocket shelled towns like Sderot from Palestinians cities which they help build. How nice!
It is an innovative nation with a thriving economy. All that's lacking is peace
From: Daniel J. Perez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM
Subject: Two (2) Op-Ed Submissions, on: The Tal Law, and Israel Haters in the NYC Israel Day Parade
The second article comes from a colleague of mine, Mr. Richard Allen. He is sounding the alarm about anti-Israel organizations being granted spots in this year's Israel Day Parade in New York. Unfortunately, the story was too hot for my superiors to handle, and the article was cut. I'm hoping you will have both the necessary chutzpah and editorial freedom to help make Mr. Allen's voice heard, as I am trying to do, albeit in a personal capacity, not as an official representative of the Jewish Voice.
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By Daniel Perez
Those of you who follow Israeli affairs are probably aware that the Tal Law was declared unconstitutional a few months ago, and the Knesset is now scrambling to find a workable solution to the dilemma created by that law's absence. For those of you scratching your heads right now, the gist of the matter is this: Israel has always tried to strike that delicate balance between being a fair, equitable democratic country, and a Jewish state where Jews are free to Jew all they can Jew. Which makes sense, because if the State of Israel doesn't go out of its way to defend the right of its citizens to live a fully observant Jewish life, how is it any different from the lands of our Exile? In any event, the Tal Law was a law that basically exempted Israeli chareidim ("ultra-Orthodox" Jews) from military service, allowing them to remain in yeshiva, and receive government funds to support their families while they learn.
This is doubly aggravating for Israelis who don't immerse themselves in Torah, because they see their countrymen not contributing to the nation's defense (at least not tangibly), nor to its economic welfare (i.e. they're learners, not earners), yet still living off the government dole. The fact is that these people who dedicate themselves to Torah study full time put their hearts and souls into their learning, ultimately to the benefit of us all. But because they're not doing the actual grunt work of sustaining the Zionist enterprise, they are maligned by some as freeloaders. I wonder, when our ancestors were slaves in Egypt, did they resent the tribe of Levi, who were exempted from the rigors of forced labor and permitted to engage in spiritual pursuits?
Let's make this simple. To my secular brothers: Disparaging the importance of Torah scholarship does nothing to further the cause of national unity. Whether or not you believe that all those students in yeshiva bring divine aegis upon the State of Israel, Torah has been our people's lifeblood, sustaining the Nation of Israel for thousands of years of exile. So maybe there's something to it. And to my black-hatted mishpucheh, what I'd like to say is this: If you think that spending your entire adult life with your nose in a book is somehow doing your fair share, while your "less religious" compatriots shed blood, sweat, and tears to protect your freedom to sit and learn all day, you are sorely mistaken.
Why Are Anti-Israel Groups Marching in the Israel Parade?
The Celebrate Israel Parade on June 3rd is a joyous event for the New York Jewish community, when we demonstrate our love and support of Israel. So why are organizations dedicated to destroying Israel's economy through boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) being given the privilege of marching with us?
Activist emails sent to my list are L'Ilui Nishmat Yisrael ben David Aryeh ob"m (Izzy - Kaplan) a great activist and lover of Eretz Yisroel, Am Yisroel and the Torah. Yehi Zichrono Baruch.
Most of these emails are posted on Shemittahrediscovered.blogspot.com