Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mi LaHashem Eilai! Message of Chanuka. Netanyahu, please for now and onward... our red line must be our Covenant.


Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, Knesset Members, Rabbanim and Activist List, amv"sh

Our Red line must be consistent with Torah.

You, Netanyahu had a red line. Nuclear Iran. It was presented  graphically and impressively in front of the UN.

Obama together with the P5+1  crossed your red line in Geneva this past week,  betraying Israel.

In response,  Israel and Jews throughout the world have been Baruch Hashem  standing together as One, albeit scared, standing alone, shouting a message of truth and warning to the world that this deal is reminiscent of Neville Chamberlain and the 1930s! 
Yet there is a silver lining.  Please read Daniel Greenfield Why Obama's Iran Nuke Deal Is a Good Thing
Obama's goal according to Caroline Glick is to weaken Israel, legitimize anti-Israel policy makng and empowers Iran with nuclear capability and respectability.

The message of Chanukah is to bring forth light in the darkness.

We are now within a very auspicious time "Sheasah Nissim Laavoseinu, Bayamim Hahem Bizman Hazeh". Who [G-d] makes miracles in those days and in our times.

 Let us not allow the moment to pass and to sour.

While Obama and the world recently crossed Netanyahus red line, let us admit to ourselves that Torah's red line has been repeatedly crossed with Israel being a willing or not so willing partner.  Oslo etc.

My daughter brought home a book called "There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom" by Louis Sacher. Don't worry it's appropriate. It's a story of a boy, a basically good kid who is different. The caption reads "he may be the weirdest kid in school, but he's not completely hopeless" This kid has helped nurture an image of himself of being a monster. His kind therapist,Carla tells him. "Sometimes people think someone's a monster. But that's only because they can't see the 'good that's there inside him. And then a terrible thing happens." "They kill him?" "No, even worse. They call him a monster, and other people start calling him a monster, and then after a while he starts believing it himself. He thinks he's a monster too. So he acts like one. But he still isn't a monster. He still has lots of good, buried deep inside him."
  • ... "Well, how does a monster stop being a monster?" He asked. "I mean, if everyone sees only a monster, and they keep treating him like a monster, how does he stop being a monster?" "It isn't easy," Carla said.  "I think, first, he has to realize for himself that he isn't a monster.  That, I think, is the first step. Until he knows he isn't a monster, how is anybody else supposed to know?"
Israel needs to reframe the world's perception of the Jew of being the illegal occupiers, the "monster" so to speak, and convince first ourselves that we are not a monster.
A perfect example of a Jew treating their fellow Jew as a monster is Shay Nitzan. How can the Gov't of Israel even consider such a guy with his background of settler demonization.
Another example of perpetuating this monstrous image of Israel is by not protesting libelous accusations of being called "illegal occupiers", justifying BDS.   Why does PM Netanyahu  attempt to negotiate with the EU to be included in a Scientfic Community bent on demonizing Judea and Samaria? Why is he listening to Tsipi Livni? Being part of an Anti-semitic, albeit scientific community, is bound to backfire.  Luckily the EU rejected PM's compromise attempts.    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=174488 
The time is now to acknowledge and recognize that we don't gain anything by not standing up for Torah.
I hear your comments:  "Hasn't Netanyahu adopted a practical, realistic and rational approach given the fact we are literally under the nuclear gun? Aren't we standing to lose billions of dollars for scientific research if we don't try to compromise with the EU?"
The answer lies is the message of Shemittah and having faith and acknowledging that the Almighty Hashem is in charge.  Hashem has decreed that Israel will inherit the Land along with its obligations. In that merit, of keeping the obligations of the Land, the Nations of the world will be clamoring at our doorstep wanting to invest with Israel saying Am Chachom VeNavon!
History has proven that when we create a red line that is perhaps rational but  of our own intellect while disregarding Torah, it backfires. How do we ignore the written Torah, which repeatedly says "to you and your seed will I give the Land" (referring to our forefathers and not the Palestinians)? How do we stubbornly talk of a 2 State Solution and the "peace process"? Why are we surprised when it backfires and we are betrayed?
The settlers must be validated and Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem annexed. The Levy report publicized and adopted.
Shay Nitzan who thinks of his people as monsters is a tragedy waiting to happen
Another blatant example of being betrayed isJonathan Pollard and the Wye agreement.
And now more about Iram amd  the most recent historic mistake in Geneva and the betrayal of Israel by Obama and the major worldly powers. 
Caroline Glick writes in her post The Goal of Obama:s Foreign Policy: "Iran will achieve nuclear capability while enriching itself through the deal because the deal gives Iran sanctions relief without requiring Iran to make any irreversible concessions. Indeed, Iran just received the international community's permission to continue to enrich uranium, keep all its nuclear installations open and build new centrifuges."  She concludes " The goal of Obama's foreign policy is to weaken the State of Israel".
Secret negotiations were happening behind Israel's back between US and Iran and our less than worthless "sacrifices" for peace,  bought us only grief and heartache.
Terrorists have been released with a heroes' welcome and walking free and there is a serious housing shortage in Yesha  for young families whose family size Baruch Hashem has increased. Hundred of thousands of families in Yesha are denied expanding their homes and/or affordable housing in proportion with natural growth in their communities... For what purpose? For the purpose of forcing them to live elsewhere and not Judea and Samaria.
"The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran's nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.
"The discussions were kept hidden even from America's closest friends, including its negotiating partners and Israel, until two months ago, and that may explain how the nuclear accord appeared to come together so quickly after years of stalemate and fierce hostility between Iran and the West.
"But the secrecy of the talks may also explain some of the tensions between the U.S. and France, which earlier this month balked at a proposed deal, and with Israel, which is furious about the agreement and has angrily denounced the diplomatic outreach to Tehran.
"U.S. President Barack Obama personally authorized the talks as part of his effort -- promised in his first inaugural address -- to reach out to a country the State Department designates as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism.
"The talks were held in the Middle Eastern nation of Oman and elsewhere with only a tight circle of people in the know, the AP learned. Since March, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden's top foreign policy adviser, have met at least five times with Iranian officials.
"The last four clandestine meetings, held since Iran's reform-minded President Hasan Rouhani was inaugurated in August, produced much of the agreement later formally hammered out in negotiations in Geneva among the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran, said three senior administration officials. All spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss by name the highly sensitive diplomatic effort."
Rabbosai, Ain Od milvado. There is Noone we can depend on other than the Almighty G-d.
Rabbis, Bennett is speaking fearlessly for Torah. We must follow this lead.
Israel has only to act in faith and with Torah as our guide to find favor in the Almighty Creator who is stronger than Iran and the P5+1 powers in Geneva combined!
Pshat, the basic and literal explanation of Torah verses, according to Rashi, is the driving force behind commentary. "Ayn mikra yotzei midei peshuto". The basic meaning of Torah verses can not be dismissed. Surely, praying and Torah study are necessary in this obligatory war for all of us and we are all Soldiers fighting a Holy War.
Fighting in a Jewish army is fundamental to Torah as is learning Torah. If you are Chareidi please continue reading and try to see the Emes in these words.   Let us  understand that we are fighting a Milchemet Mitzvah, a war that every Israelite is obligated to fight and no one is exempt. Surely we would need to make sure that the army must retain sanctity and holiness according to the Torah commandment and specifications. The Biblical verse "Vehaya Machanecha Kadosh" requiring a Holy camp, is referring to a military camp and not a separate seating concert. The call for Chareidim to join the army is  consistent and an integral part of Torah and not as some Chareidim claim an assault on Torah. In the story of Chanukah, the Maccabbees won a MILITARY battle and were victorious. The few against the many.  We hope and pray for Salvation. May "Vehaya Machanecha Kadosh" be actualized pshuto kemashmaoh, literally!
Let us not G-d forbid confuse a Jewish Holy War with Jihad an immoral hijacking of the term "Holy War"..  And let us not be blinded with Obama's rhetoric. Arutz7 reports that speaking in San Francisco, Obama praised the talks that led to the deal with Iran, calling them "clear-eyed and principled" and saying that the United States "cannot close the door on diplomacy.
Obama is encouraging Iran, whose global msg is Israel's destruction,  to join the global community.
May we Zocheh, merit, this miracle of Hashem's Salvation in the face of nuclear Holocaust,  with defending Our Covenant, our legitimate right to Judea and Samaria and all of Israel, and acknowledge and praise Hashem for the beautiful gift of Eretz Yisroel, for having kept His promise after 2000 years of exile and allowing us to return to the Land and be Sovereign in Our Land. Baruch Hashem, Blessed be His Name!
May we be Zocheh, to merit, to  experience first hand the Miracles of Chanukah today, in our times,  to win, to defeat our enemies,  the few against the many,  as in the past "Bayamim Hahem Bizman Hazeh"!!!
A Freilichen Chanuka!


Robin Ticker
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Naftalli Bennett is not afraid to speak about Torah and our Biblical Homeland. Worrisome links about Iran and BDS almost like the 1930's.

Dear Rabbanim, Knesset Members, Media and Fellow Israel Activists, amv"'sh
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home/Bayit Yehudi) has been fearless in speaking venues in America; CNN, Conference of Presidents, Sderot Dinner, Bnei Akiva, Arutz7....
We all read how he corrected CNN interviewer Christiane Amanpour when she used the term "occupied West Bank" in her question. He pointed out that there is no such thing as "Israeli occupation" in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. Bennett held up a coin which, he pointed out, was "used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel." "It's our house. How can we occupy our own house?" he asked.

When he spoke to the Conference of Presidents Minister Bennett emphasized that he is spearheading a program to "change the shape of the public relations battlefield" and emphasize not only Israel's security interests in Judea and Samaria, but also the region's status as the Biblical and spiritual bedrock to the Jewish people.

At the Sderot Dinner, Bennett put Torah before Security. He impressed upon the audience that Torah is fundamental to Israel. He said that the Yeshiva of Sderot is more effective than the Iron Dome.  In an interview with Zev Brenner he emphasized the need to strengthen our connection to the Bible and our Jewish Heritage. 

This is a breath of fresh air. 
 Rabbanim, here is a real alliance that needs to be fostored.This affirmation, with pride and without fear, that Torah is the foundation of the Jews and Israel's existance today, is our strongest ammunition against the evil forces hovering over Israel and America (see articles and you tube below).  
Naftali Bennett deserves our recognition, thanks and appreciation for speaking up for Torah to audiences that are not on the same page.  Let us take his lead and run with it.
Links about Bennett from Arutz7
Unfortunately Bennett is not the deciding Policy maker for the Government of Israel or their Justice Dept.  He speaks out against a 2 State Solution. He, Tzipi Hatoveli and Moshe Feiglin speak out against Shai Nitzan's appt.  http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Right-wing-MKs-bash-state-attorney-appointee-for-being-anti-settlement-332293 

In September of 2012, The Mateh Arim (Cities' Headquarters) movement urged people to flood ministers and their staff with messages against Nitzan's appointment as Deputy Attorney General for Special Assignments.

"This is a disaster," they stated. "Shai Nitzan is a bitter enemy of the settlement enterprise. If he receives the appointment, he will do anything to ruin and destroy every good part of Judea and Samaria."

Critics say Nitzan played an active role in the Prosecution's decision to carry out mass arrests of demonstrators against the government's removal of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria in the 2005 "Disengagement," and to close investigations against police officers who used violence against the demonstrators.

Mattot Arim urges us to email Knesset members in protest of his recent appointment as State attorney.

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The world faces a nuclear Iran and International Boycotts and threats against Israel and civilization resemble and surpass those of 1930s and the rise of Nazism.  Surely it behooves us to convince ourselves that we are not monsters.   The settlers are legitimate because that is Torah. Ein Od Milvado.  We only can rely on an Almighty G-d to save us from scheming and potentially powerful enemies wherever in the world we happen to live. The links below put America in the danger zone.



Is it the 1930's? Scary similarities. Boycott Jews. Boycott Israel. Chloe Valdary in Pro-Israel Festival from www.peaceandtolerance.org


Robin Ticker

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"If you behave casually (Kerry) with Me " Going Happenstance with Hashem brings curses. (PARSHAT BECHUKOSAI) Ein Od Milvado

Dear Rabbanim and Print Media and Fellow Lovers and Guardians of Judea and Samaria,
I beg of you to please attend Shomron Advocacy Conference This Sunday, Nov. 17th WSIS 120 W 76th between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave. - Between 2-5pm either in person or on line. See Attachments


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Let us show that we are NOT going with Kerry but with Hashem and His Covenent! (please read further). 
It is not a coincidence that his name is Kerry nor is this just another advertisement for another event.  We must show our support to the people of the Shomron who are holding on to the Land with their fingertips!.  They are courageous and G-d fearing and are living in the Shomron because they believe in G-d and the Torah and G-d's Covenant and live it each and every day in the Shomron. Rabbis, show, no, prove to yourself and others, that your prayers are backed up with deed and that what you pray for each and every day is not mere lip service.
I am referring to the prayer we say every day in Pesukei DeZimra from Nechemia 9:6-11 said right before Az Yashir (see text below) especially the words Vecharos Imo Bris (said out loud by a circumcision) http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16516/jewish/Chapter-9.htm 
Let us openly reject Kerry's declaration that these settlements are illegitimate.. Whatever Kerry says the opposite is true.  If we proudly assert our rightfuly Divine Inheritance G-d will send us blessings and not curses. If we are weak and are afraid to speak proudly of settling all of the Land of Israel as is clearly written in the Torah, G-ds Covenent with our forefathers and their seed (us) and keep it's commandments, we are a cursed people.
What commandment will help us? Shemittah.  We keep Shemittah because it proves to ourselves and to the world that the Land belongs and G-d and G-d who is Almighty and the Creator of the world has chosen the people of Israel to inherit the Land.   Please read an article in Arutz7 that clearly shows how keeping Shemittah correlates with enhanced belief, Simple Emunah, faith to be able to withstand threats from our enemies.
I started writing about Shemittah and my article was eventually posted by Arutz7 in 2004. Dear Robin, We posted your article on Shmitta under the above title on our Torah page. The URL is http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/3743 Thanks, again (after a few years, no?), Nissan Ratzlav-Katz  Judaism: Israel Does Not Own the Land
Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 6:29 PM
Israel does not own the Land of Israel. G-d does. It says so specifically in the Bible in Leviticus, chapter 25, verse 23.
Now for the the curses of today mamesh. Leviticus 26:23 spells it out:
If despite these your will not be chastised toward Me, and if you [continue to] treat Me happenstance, כג. וְאִם בְּאֵלֶּה לֹא תִוָּסְרוּ לִי וַהֲלַכְתֶּם עִמִּי קֶרִי:
you will not be chastised to Me: to return to Me. לא תוסרו לי: לשוב אלי:
24. Then I too, will treat you as happenstance. I will again add seven punishments for your sins: כד. וְהָלַכְתִּי אַף אֲנִי עִמָּכֶם בְּקֶרִי וְהִכֵּיתִי אֶתְכֶם גַּם אָנִי שֶׁבַע עַל חַטֹּאתֵיכֶם:

25. I will bring upon you a sword that avenges the avenging of a covenant,...

Kerry says Israeli settlements are illegitimate.  Netanyahu instead of rebuking him rebukes MK Ariel Minister of Housing.  Netanyahu says it is poor timing to announce new building in Judea and Samaria and in territories recaptured after 1967 because of the Iran negotiations.  Duh?? Do we really need the rest of the curses? We released  terrorists because of the delicate negotiation with Iran and the Gov't of Israel traded that abomination, that shameful, disgraceful and immoral act of misplaced forgiveness, forced upon us with blackmail,  with the ability to mouth empty promises of building in Judea and Samaria knowing that actualization of such a promise is dependant on Kerry.  What did we get in return?  A soldier is knived and Geneva! 

Arutz7 report http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173895#replies  

"Earlier on Monday, Kerry, who spoke during a visit to the United Arab Emirates, said "the P5+1 (6 world powers negotiating with Iran) was unified on Saturday when we presented our proposal to the Iranians... But Iran couldn't take it, at that particular moment they weren't able to accept." The talks ended Saturday, to be restarted in Geneva again November 20.

כה. וְהֵבֵאתִי עֲלֵיכֶם חֶרֶב נֹקֶמֶת נְקַם בְּרִית
Kerry remained adamant that if Congress ups the sanctions, it will push away Iranians from the negotiating table

"Our hope is that no new sanctions would be put in place for the simple reason that, if they are, it could be viewed as bad faith by the people we are negotiating with,"

"It could destroy the ability to be able to get agreement," he added, "and it could actually wind up setting us back in dialogue that's taken 30 years to achieve."
'You have to ignore what they're telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.'"
 From Mattot Arim:
Kerry denounced Israel 5 times. De-legitimization or violence against Israel were not denounced -- Israel was denounced:
1 "Palestinian leadership believe the settlements are illegal, they object to the settlements, do not think you should be doing settlements. We, the United States, say the same thing." 2 "We do not believe the settlements are legitimate. We think they're illegitimate. " 3 "the entire peace process would, in fact, be easier if these settlements were not taking place. Now, that's our position." 4. "The Palestinians profoundly object to it. The international community objects to it. The United States policy has always been that the settlements are illegitimate." 5. "We believe this process would be much easier if we didn't have the tension that is created by settlements."


Copyright © 2003 by Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky and Project Genesis, Inc.

Rabbi Kalatsky is the founder of the Yad Avraham Institute, a New York-based learning center whose mission is to disseminate Torah to Jews of all backgrounds and walks of life.

5. One's Ability to Sense His Spirituality (Bechukosai)

The Torah tells us in the tochachah that if the Jewish people fail spiritually, multiple curses will come upon them. The Torah repeats a number of times the expression "If you behave casually (keri) with Me (Hashem)." To what is the Torah referring when it mentions "casualness"? Rashi cites Chazal who explain that the term keri is referring to the casual manner in which the Jewish people engage in mitzvos. The Jew's involvement and performance of mitzvos is not continuous but rather by convenience. Thus, the Torah is telling us that if Jewish people's commitment in mitzvos is only a matter of convenience, then the curses will come upon them (G-d forbid).

Other commentators explain the term keri to mean "incidental"- attributing one's unusual difficulties to happenstance rather than recognizing their true cause. When a Jew falters spiritually, G-d brings upon him difficulties to cause him to realize that he has faltered. If one attributes his problems to the "peaks and valleys of life" then in essence he is rejecting G-d's communication to him. The Torah tells us that if one assumes this perspective regarding his difficulties, Hashem will bring upon him even greater difficulties until he is forced to realize that there are issues that must be corrected.

When one becomes ill, one attempts to understand the cause of his illness. However when one experiences unusual difficulties in life, one does not approach the problem in a similar manner. Why would one attribute his situation to mere happenstance? When people fall on hard times, it is typical that they attribute their difficulties to "market conditions" or "the reality of life." The reason a Jew does not put his difficulties in the proper perspective is because he lacks the sensitivity necessary to enable him to appreciate their cause. The cause of this insensitivity is due to "casual" involvement in the performance of mitzvos. It is only when one is committed and engages in Torah Judaism in a serious way (which causes a spiritual consciousness) that one is able to comprehend and realize where he had failed. If one lacks the necessary sensitivity due to his "casual" involvement in the performance of mitzvos, then G-d will intensify his problems to a point that he can no longer attribute them to happenstance.

Midrash Eicha tells us," Hashem said, "Better that you (the Jewish people) would have abandoned Me for idolatry and kept the Torah- because its illumination would have brought you back to good (proper path)." If one engages in mitzvos and studies Torah (with a sincere commitment) the innate holiness of the Torah, will have a profound illuminating effect upon him. Just as when one baths himself, regardless of intent, he will be cleansed (because he his fully immersed). Identically if one immerses himself in Torah study and observance, one will develop a spiritual sensitivity that will cause him to become enlightened.

Rabbeinu Yonah in his work Shaare Teshuvah (Gates of Repentance) explains that when Moshe Rabbeinu had said to the Jewish people, "Just as when a father punishes his son so too does G-d punish you..." he was conveying to the Jewish people an appreciation for G-d's retribution. Just as a father when he punishes his child, does not mean to harm him (but rather it is only a way for him to correct his ways and put him "back on track"), so too does G-d punish the Jewish people. The Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh says that one may ask, "Why does G-d react to and punish the Jewish people more than the nations of the world despite their corrupt and rebellious behavior?" He explains that just as a father reacts strongly to the behavior of his own child because of his love for him, and does not react to the behavior of another's child (despite his unacceptable behavior), so too does Hashem react to the inappropriate behavior of the Jewish people because of His love for them. The nations of the world may be considered "His handiwork and His creation" but the relationship of Father to child is only with the Jewish people. When Hashem focuses on the Jew and brings about great difficulty, it is only a confirmation of the special relationship that exists between Him and the Jewish people. The value of complications and difficulties in life is only to awaken the Jew from his trancelike state and put him back on track. When one attributes the difficulties in his life to happenstance, then it is the equivalent of a child who incorrectly interprets the reason that his father is punishing him.

Reb Chaim of Volozhin zt'l (the main disciple of the Vilna Gaon zt'l) spoke after a pogrom had taken place in his community. He explained the tragedy that had befallen his community with a parable: The king's son had become deathly ill. After evaluating his medical condition the doctors informed the king that he could not allow his son to fall asleep because that would only expedite his death. Thus, it was important that the king keep his son awake at all cost. The king immediately gave the order that his son should taken out of his comfortable bed and be put on the hard cold floor so that he should not be able to sleep. However, despite the discomfort of the stone floor, the prince began to doze off. The doctors again reiterated their concern for the prince's welfare and said that the king must create a situation so that the prince should not sleep. The king thus gave the order that sharp spikes and stones be placed under his son - despite the fact that they would perforate his skin and cause wounds. The prince had to stay alive at all costs.

Reb Chaim of Volozhin zt'l explains in a similar vein that Hashem only brings difficulties upon the Jewish people to awaken them and cause them to realize that their spirituality is at stake. If they do not take heed of the more subtle message, G-d progressively sends a more overt message to alert the Jew that he is failing. This in essence is a chesed (kindness) of Hashem because just as the king went to every length to save his son from dying (despite the pain that he had to inflict upon his son) so too Hashem will go to any length to prevent the spiritual extinction of the Jewish people.

Everything that happens to us is for a reason. Only when the Jew engages in Torah and mitzvos will he develop a sense of spirituality to be able to gauge his successes and failures.

6. The Essence of the Jew (Bechukosai)

The Torah states in the portion of the curses (Tochachah), "I (Hashem) will remember My covenant with Yaakov, My covenant with Yitzchak, and also My covenant with Avraham will I remember..." The Dubna Maggid asks, "Why does the Torah mention the covenant between G-d and the Patriarchs in the midst of the curses?" It seems to be incongruous to the subject matter that is being discussed.

The Dubna Maggid explains the verse with a parable. The son of the Rabbi and the son of the tailor plotted and executed a robbery as partners in crime. After being caught, the two anxiously were brought before the judge. The son of the tailor was brought before the judge first and was given a relatively light sentence. Hearing the sentence that was meted out to the tailor' son, the son of the Rabbi had a sense of relief. He believed that this judge was merciful and that he would also receive a light sentence. However when he appeared before the judge to be sentenced, he received 25 years of hard labor. The son of the Rabbi was taken aback. He pleaded with the judge, "We planned and executed the robbery together. Why am I more culpable than the son of the tailor? I did not influence him in any way to commit the crime?" The judge responded and explained, "Since his only role model and influence was his father who was an unlearned person, the son of a tailor does not have an appreciation and understanding of the gravity of stealing. You on the other hand are the son of the Rabbi who was taught by example and through teachings to understand the wrong of stealing and nevertheless you carried out this crime. This is why you are more culpable than your partner."

The Dubna Maggid explains that similarly the Jewish people are held to a higher standard and thus more culpable for their behavior than the nations of the world. The Torah mentions the covenant with the Patriarchs in the midst of the curses in order to establish the standard to which the Jew is held because of his lineage. Hashem is willing to tolerate the corrupt behavior of the world such as idolatry and other acts of depravity because they do not have that special pedigree.

The Torah tells us that Hashem will remember the "covenant" of the Patriarchs. Why did G-d not enter into a covenant with the nations of the world? The Maharal of Prague explains that when G-d offered His Torah to the nations of the world and they rejected it, there was not even a consideration that they would accept it. If so then why did He offer it to them? He explains that as the Gemara tells us that G-d offered the Torah to the nations of the world so that they should not have a claim that they were not offered the Torah. The Jewish people on the other hand unequivocally accepted the Torah with "Naaseh V'nishma - we will do and we will listen." Hashem only made a covenant with the Patriarchs because they had the spiritual capacity to have a relationship with Him - unlike the nations of the world. The covenant of the Patriarchs, which is forever binding to every Jew, indicates that every Jew has a relevance to a special level of spirituality.

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos tells us that one of the crowns that was given to the Jewish people by G-d was the crown of Torah - which is "lying there for every Jew to partake of." Rambam explains in the laws of Talmud Torah that every Jew has relevance to the crown of Torah because it is a part of his heritage.

The Gemara asks, "Who are the kings? - and it answers that it is the rabbis because they wear the crown of Torah." The Jewish people are referred to as "Princes." Although one may not behave as the son of the king, nevertheless he is innately the prince regardless of his behavior. The Jewish people were taken at Sinai to be the "Kingly, priestly, and holy nation." This is why Hashem remembers the covenant - to inform the Jew as to whom he is. If a Jew appreciates who he is, and understands his relevance to spirituality he would behave accordingly- thus, warding off the curses and meriting only blessing.

from everlasting to ever lasting: From the beginning of the world until its end, He shall be blessed.

and they shall bless Your glorious Name: Now the Levites spoke toward the Shechinah in prayer, for He is great and exalted over every blessing and praise, for all the blessings and praises are His. Another explanation is that He is exalted above every blessing and praise; that no creature can bless Him or praise Him according to His greatness and His exaltedness, for He is exalted and raised higher than the mouth can express.


Nechemia 9 6-11 The Prayer recited every morning in Pesukei DeZimra.  Please note the words "to give to his seed, and You kept Your words, for You are righteous." G-d has fulfilled His Promise to us. That means us!  Will we throw away our precious Land?  A Land that for 2000 years has been inaccessible and today all it takes is one plane ride.  A beautiful Land that is Blessed in every sense of the word!  How can we be silent at this Chillul Hashem?

6. You alone are the Lord; You made the heavens, the heavens of the heavens and all their host, the earth and all that is upon it, the seas and all that is in them, and You give life to them all, and the heavenly host bow down before You. ו. אַתָּה הוּא יְהֹוָה לְבַדֶּךָ אַתָּה עָשִׂיתָ אֶת הַשָּׁמַיִם שְׁמֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם וְכָל צְבָאָם הָאָרֶץ וְכָל אֲשֶׁר עָלֶיהָ הַיַּמִּים וְכָל אֲשֶׁר בָּהֶם וְאַתָּה מְחַיֶּה אֶת כֻּלָּם וּצְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם לְךָ מִשְׁתַּחֲוִים:
7. You are the Lord God, Who chose Abram, took him out of Ur of the Chaldees and made his name Abraham. ז. אַתָּה הוּא יְהֹוָה הָאֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר בָּחַרְתָּ בְּאַבְרָם וְהוֹצֵאתוֹ מֵאוּר כַּשְׂדִּים וְשַׂמְתָּ שְּׁמוֹ אַבְרָהָם:
and made: Heb. וְשַּׂמְתָּ. The accent is on the first syllable on the "sin," because its meaning is in the past tense.
8. And You found his heart faithful before You, and You made the covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give to his seed, and You kept Your words, for You are righteous. ח. וּמָצָאתָ אֶת לְבָבוֹ נֶאֱמָן לְפָנֶיךָ וְכָרוֹת עִמּוֹ הַבְּרִית לָתֵת אֶת אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי הַחִתִּי הָאֱמֹרִי וְהַפְּרִזִּי וְהַיְבוּסִי וְהַגִּרְגָּשִׁי לָתֵת לְזַרְעוֹ וַתָּקֶם אֶת דְּבָרֶיךָ כִּי צַדִּיק אָתָּה:
and You made: Heb. וְכָרוֹת, lit. and cutting, an expression of doing.
9. And You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and You heard their cry by the Sea of Reeds. ט. וַתֵּרֶא אֶת עֳנִי אֲבֹתֵינוּ בְּמִצְרָיִם וְאֶת זַעֲקָתָם שָׁמַעְתָּ עַל יַם סוּף:
10. And You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and against all his servants and against all the people of his land, for You knew that they dealt wickedly with them, and You made for Yourself a name as of this day. י. וַתִּתֵּן אֹתֹת וּמֹפְתִים בְּפַרְעֹה וּבְכָל עֲבָדָיו וּבְכָל עַם אַרְצוֹ כִּי יָדַעְתָּ כִּי הֵזִידוּ עֲלֵיהֶם וַתַּעַשׂ לְךָ שֵׁם כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה:
that they dealt wickedly: Heb. הֵזִידוּ, that they dealt wickedly, like (Exod. 18: 11): "… that they plotted (זָדוּ) against them."
a name: Heb. שֵּׁם, renom in French, renown.
11. And You split the sea before them, and they passed in the midst of the sea on dry land, and their pursuers You cast into the depths, like a stone in mighty waters. יא. וְהַיָּם בָּקַעְתָּ לִפְנֵיהֶם וַיַּעַבְרוּ בְתוֹךְ הַיָּם בַּיַּבָּשָׁה וְאֶת רֹדְפֵיהֶם הִשְׁלַכְתָּ בִמְצוֹלֹת כְּמוֹ אֶבֶן בְּמַיִם עַזִּים:

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Reserve Nov 17th for Israel. Please forward!!! ISRAEL ADVOCACY CONFERENCE: NYC - Sunday Nov. 17, Also Think Israel: Nefesh B'Nefesh conference

Media, Please promote and publicize these two wonderful Conferences!  Yasher Koach!
Two fabulous events happening almost simultaneously on behalf of Israel in Manhattan on Sunday, November 17, actually in close proximity, so it's possible to try to attend both events.
The Think Israel - Nefesh B'Nefesh event starts at  12:30 at the Jewish Agency 730 3rd Ave between 45th and 46th Street) targeting students and young professionals in the Medical profession
 and the other event is the  
Israel Advocacy Conference in Safra Synagogue at 2pm (not that far) on E. 63rd with a Shomron Wine Tasting Reception at 7:30pm
  •  Israel Advocacy Conference in Safra Synagogue 11 E. 63rd St. sponsored and or promoted  by Shuva Israel, Shomron Liason Office, Congregation Edmond Safra, Arutz7, AFSI Americans for a Safe Israel, 5 Towns Jewish Times, JAA (Jewish Action Alliance, JCCWatch, Toronto Zionist Council starting at 2pm
  • Think Israel: A Conference for Students and Young Professionals sponsored by Nefesh B'Nefesh at 730 Third Ave. between 45 and 46th Street
From David Haivri:

Dear Friends,


You are cordially invited to an 





for community leaders and supporters of the Land of Israel,


To be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 2:00 – 5:00 pm,

Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, 11 E 63rd Street,

New York, New York.


Also see flier of  Wine tasting reception starting at 7:30 pm

 (Please see attached flyer).


Hear the very latest on International Public Diplomacy (Hasbara) e­fforts by the Shomron leadership and concerned NGO's and review strategies to communicate the truth about Israel and why Judea and Samaria must be a main focus of today's Israel advocacy!


The conference will be followed by a Shomron regional wine tasting event (contribution of $100 per person).


The tax-deductible donations to support the Shomron will be collected by Shuva Israel the Return Israel Fund, Inc. , an IRS recognized 501c3 charity.


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Friday, November 01, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood winning in America, Jonathan Pollard legitimate espionage among friends, Sara Nachshon whose inner strength and conviction stems from Chevron and permeates us all.

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
  • How the Muslim Brotherhoo​d Is Winning in America | #1 News Site on the Threat of Radical Islam.   Chilling as to what is happening as we remain silent.   Will any of our mainstream Jewish news report this or will we continue to sweep this unpleasantness under the carpet while we still have the power to change things.  Is this the 1930s?
  • Jonathan Pollard
Jonathan Pollard spied on behalf of Israel to protect her from weapons of mass destruction from her enemies.  Why didn't America share this intelligence with Israel as they were required to do so.  Now Obama admits that espionage among friends is legitimate. For sure this was the case with Jonathan Pollard!.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
American double standards
America's double standards
After having admitted [that] espionage among friends is legitimate, it would
only be right for the U.S. to release Jonathan Pollard
By Smadar Bat Adam – Israel Hayom – October 29, 2013

  •  Sara Nachshon (see Hebrew youtube link below) a must see if you understand Hebrew.  Sara starts off by telling us of the 3 Holy Sites that our forefathers bought so that noone can claim we stole it.  Maarat Hamachpela, Har Habayit and a burial place for Yosef HaTzadik.  G-d gave it to us she cries, "But whose is it now?"  
She relates how in 1967 within 2 hours of capturing Har Habayit, Temple Mount, the Gov't of Israel took down the Israeli flag and gave the key to the Waqf. When Rav Goren, the Chief Rabbi of the IDF, heard this, he quickly went to Hebron in the middle of the night with a Sefer Torah that was saved from the Holocaust and placed it in Maarat Hamachpela.  He got a telegram from the Defense Dept. with 3 Orders:  Take down the Israeli flag from the Maara, remove the Sefer Torah and instruct the Jews to take off their shoes before entering the Maara and to only go up to the 7th step. Rav Goren responded as follows:  That he would never tell any soldier of the IDF to take down the Israeli Flag nor ask them to remove the Sefer Torah and as the Chief Rabbi of the IDF he declares that the Maarat Hamachpela is the burial place of our forefathers, Kivrei Avot, and not a Mosque!  
Numerous times she related how the Gov't of Israel is overly concerned about Arab sensitivities.  A group of Jews came down to Hebron after the 6 day war and went to the Park Hotel for Pesach.  Sara Nachshon who had 4 kids at the time came on Chol Hamoed to see what was happening. An officer who was there at the time  told her that this group was like a bone in the throat of the gov't of Israel. He said that the gov't can't vomit them nor swallow them. They don't know what to do with them.  Sara said that from that point on she decided to be the bone in the throat of the gov't.

After Pesach they were moved from the Park Hotel to the Mimshal, a military base in Hebron.  While they were living in the Meshal they were blessed with a son and they announced that they would have the Brit Mila at the Maara.  She described how she was told not to have a Brit Mila in Maarat Hamechpela because it would irritate the Arabs. The following time she gave birth to a son they made sure to quietly assemble 10 men and succeeded in having the Brit Mila before anyone could stop it from happening.  She gave birth to another son, this time in Hebron,  in her home since she didn't make it to the hospital.  The Nachshons decided once again to have the Brit in Maarat Hamechpela.  They managed to have the brit at the Maara but an officer accidentally found out about the Bris from an unsuspecting guest who did not realize it needed to be a secret and as soon as the Brit was completed the ceremony was stopped in middle and they arrested her husband.  The Blessings were said next door to the Maara in the building that is now the Gutnick Center. This son was named Avraham Yedidiah.  He did not live long since soon thereafter he passed away in the middle of the night due to crib death.  Sara Nachshon decided to bury this child in the Old Jewish Cemetary in Hebron that was in a state of disrepair and now home to a tomatoe patch.  They requested permission which was denied and waited 2 hours for the officer to come and give her 2 choices.  Either her son is buried in the industrial center in Kiryat Arba or in Jerusalem.  She asked why?  She was told that it's for her own benefit that if and when they give back this part to the Arabs she would be unable to visit the grave.  Sara replied that in the merit of this son who never sinned, born in Hebron, circumized in Hebron, all would know that this is Sacred Land of Eretz Yisroel the everlasting inheritance of our forefathers.  Sara started walking with the body of her dead child the corpse wrapped in a sheet in her hands towards the cemetary.  Finally she was told that she could get a ride with an army vehicle and that she could bury her child in Hebron..  

 2 months after she buried her child she was giving a tour to an American couple from Crown Heights who wanted to take a picture of a grave site of their relative who was murdered in the 1929 massacre.  Climbing the hill from Beit Hadassah they met 3 Arab teens who waved hello and wanted to shake her hand.  She thought it was strange that they wanted to shake her hand and told them so.  As she slowly climbed the hill with the elderly couple she noticed these teens on top with a knife.  She prayed Shma and was infused with super human strength and with a determination to fight them.  She saw that they trembled.  As she ran towards them an army vehicle happened to come along and pointed his gun at the knife holder who then dropped the knife.   She described  incident after incident of struggles to end indignities. They fought for permission to pray all hours of the day in the Maara rather than abide with the rigid set times allotted for tourists.  This occurred when one day at 5 pm an elderly gentleman was praying the Shemoneh Esreh and the guard informed him he has to leave whether or not he is finished.  Sara was incensed that the Arabs were permitted to pray 5 times a day and no soldier was permitted to disrupt their prayers, yet Jews were not allowed to freely pray without being harrassed to leave.  She also fought for the right for Jewish soldiers to carry a gun and use it in self defense rather than to guard unarmed putting their lives in danger  for no good reason as per their orders.  Sara was not afraid to ask the commander how if G-d forbid one of the soldiers was killed, how he will look the mother in the face and explain why her son was unable to defend himself. 

She described a letter she sent to the Rebbe of the Lubavitch when they were in Beit Hadassah asking him how long they should be there.  The Rebbe subsequently spoke to a group of women and brought up this letter.  He said in a heartbroken voice in Yiddish "I dont know how to answer her".  He cried that the gov't of Israel already sold Yerushalyim. (Maybe by giving away Har Habayit to the Waqf.)  He brought the case of Moshe Rabbeinu who also was presented with a question from the 5 daughters of Tzelofchad who loved the land so much that they wanted a piece of the Land as an inheritance and are not willing to forego it. Moshe Rabbeinu as well did not have an answer and asked G-d.  The Rebbe concluded that with self sacrifice and tremendous love of the Land as these rightous women had then and have now in Hebron, we will still be able to merit Judea and Samaria.
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