Tuesday, September 12, 2017

להרוויח כסף מתיירות נוצרית/Making Money from Christian Tourism

כ"ב לחודש השישי תשע"ז
English follows the Hebrew.

הערב הייתי במדרחוב במרכז העיר ירושלים. אני לא הייתי שמה לפחות שנה כבר. ירדתי ברח' בן-יהודה, נכנסתי לחנות הראשונה לשאל אם יש להם גלויות דואר. הוא אמר לי שאין לו אבל ללהמשיך לרדת עוד כמה מטרים ואפשר למצוא גלויות בחנות שמה. הודתי לו והתחלתי לצאת. אבל עצרתי כשראיתי סמל של מיסינרים נוצרים. הסמל הזה נראה כשלושת הסמלים בתמונה (ראה ימניה), אבל מחוברים ביחד. אני רואה את הסמל הזה על מוצרים באיזור המדרחוב שנים כבר, לכן אני בכלל לא הופתעתי.

הסמל הזה של הדג הוא סמל ידוע של הנוצרים. אני ראיתי את הסמל הזה רקום על איזה תיק מחומר בד.

שאלתי את בעל החנות אם הוא יודע מה הסמל הזה. הוא אמר שזה לתיירים. התחלתי להסביר לו שהסמל הזה שהם רוצים להתחבר אלינו ולגור כאן, ו... הוא לא נתן לי לסיים את המשפט, והגיב שהם לא רוצים שום דבר ממנו, אלא הם פשוט אוהבי ישראל.

אמרתי לו שזה עבודה זרה. הוא הגיב שהוא כבר שאל איזה רב, והרב הזה אמר לו שזה מותר למכור. ואז אני אמרתי לו שקל מאוד למצוא רב שיגיד לו את מה שהוא רוצה לשמוע. הוא חזר שזה פשוט תיק שופר לתיירים. אז אני ויתרתי על זה.

כשיצאתי, אני אמרתי, "כסף, כסף, כסף."

מה עוד הייתי יכול לעשות?

So, there I was this evening on Ben Yehudah Street in Downtown Jerusalem. I had not been there for at least a year. I walked down the street, and went into the first open store to ask if they had any postcards. The owner of the store told me he didn't, but to continue down the street a few yards and I would find postcards at the store there. I thanked him and started to leave. But I stopped when I saw a Christian missionary and "Messianic Jewish" symbol. This symbol looks like the three symbols in the image (above), but attached to each other. I've been seeing this symbol on products in the Ben Yehudah area for years now, so I wasn't in the least bit surprised.

The fish symbol well-known Christian symbol. I saw it in this store embroidered on a cloth bag.

I asked the owner of the store if he knew what this symbol was. He said it was for tourists. I started to explain to him that this symbol represents Christians' desires want to attach to us and live here, and ... He did not let me finish my sentence, and responded that they did not want anything from, and that they were simply lovers of Israel.

I told him this was avodah zarah (foreign worship). He responded that he had already asked a rabbi, and this rabbi told him that it was permissible to sell. Then I said to him that it was very easy to find a rabbi to tell him what he wanted to hear. He repeated that it was simply a shofar (ram's horn) bag for tourists. So I gave it up.

When I left, I said, "Money, money, money."

What else could I have done?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

מדינת ישראל שולחת את הכסף שלנו ליהודים בחו״ל/Israel Sends Money to Jews in the Exile

ט״ז לחודש השישי תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.
תרגום של מאמר עיתון הארץ ׁׁ(למטה):
הארץ: מדינת ישראל מבטיחה לשלוח מיליון דולרים לעזור לקהילה היהודית ביוסטון, טקסס, ההרוסה ע"י שיטפונות
"שנים הקהילות היהודיות עמדו עם ישראל כשהיא צריכה עזרה מהם. עכשיו תורינו לעמוד עם הקהילה היהודית שביוסטון," אומר שר התפוצות נפתלי בנט.

AP, 04/09/17

נפתלי בנט
בנט אומר ש"שנים הקהילות היהודיות עמדו עם ישראל כשהיא צריכה עזרה מהם. עכשיו תורינו לעמוד עם הקהילה היהודית שביוסטון." יגישו את הצעת תרומת כסף הזאת בבקשת אישור מהממשלה בישיבת הקבינט. הרווי הגיע ב-25/08/17, והיכה את העיר, חמישה ימים רצופים, גשמים כבדים, וגרם נזקים שעולה עשרות מיליארדים דולר בערך לתקן ולבנות מחדש.

נציגי מדינת ישראל אמרו ביום שני (03/09/17) שהיא תורמת $1 מיליון דולר לקהילה היהודית ביוסטון לעזור לה להתאושש אחרי הוריקן הרווי. שר התפוצות נפתלי בנט אמר שהכספים האלה יעזרו ל-60,000 אנשים בקהילה החזקה הזאת לתקן ולבנות מחדש בתי ספר, בתי כנסת, ומתנ״ס שהסופה והשיטפונות הזיקו אותם.
עשר אגורות (2¢):
אחרי הוריקן קטרינה, לפחות קהילה יהודית אחת גייסה תרומות של מיליונים כדי לבנות מחדש את בית כנסת שלהם ההרוס.

לאחרונה ולפני הוריקן הרווי, אירעו כמה שיטפונות ביוסטון, טקסס, שגרמו נזקים לקהילה היהודית שמה. אבל כמו היהודים בארה״ב שבנו מחדש את בית הכנסת שלהם, היהודים ביוסטון מתעשקים להשאר בגלות למרות האירועים כאלה.

הזמן הגיע כבר לעזוב את הגולה, לצאת מהמדינות של הגוים ולעלות לארץ היחידה שייכת לעם ישראל.

והיהודים האלה ציונים?! בכלל לא. לא אכפת להם לעזור את היהודים האלה לעלות ארץ ישראל. אלא אכפת להם אך ורק על הרושם שלהם ושל מדינת ישראל בפני הגוים.

כנראה אתם הייתם שואלים אותי, ״לא כדאי לדון בהם בכף זכות?״

מי שמזדהה כדתי ציוני, ורוצה למסור שלטת חלקי ארץ ישראל לערבים, לתת אזרחות מדינת ישראל לעוד הרבה ערבים המזדהים כ״פליסטינאים,״ ולזרוק כסף (שלנו!) ליהודים כדי לבנות מחדש את הקהילה שלהם בחוץ לארץ, ולא לעזוב את המדינות של הגוים, ולעלות לארץ היחידה של עם ישראל, אלא כדי לעזור ליהודים האלה להשאר בגולה, לא מגיעה לו שום כף זכות ממני.

אתם רוצים שהמסים ששילמתם לממשלה יגיעו ליהודים בחוץ לארץ כדי לעזור להם להשאר בחוץ לארץ?

אני לא רוצה.

התכנית של בנט כנגד התכנית של אראפט יש״ו
Bennett's Plan vs. Arafat's ysh"w Plan

Ha'Aretz: Israel Pledges $1 Million Aid to Houston's Flood-devastated Jewish Community
'For years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community,' Diaspora Minister Naftali Bennett says
The Associated Press Sep 04, 2017 
Naftali Bennett
Bennett says that "for years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community." The aid money will be submitted for government approval at an upcoming Cabinet meeting. Harvey struck on August 25 and pounded the city with five consecutive days of heavy rains, causing an estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage. 
Israel said on Monday it will donate $1 million in emergency aid to Houston's Jewish community to aid in post-Harvey recovery efforts. Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that the funds will be earmarked to help the 60,000-strong community repair and rebuild schools, synagogues and a community center damaged in the storm and floods.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
After Hurricane Katrina, there was at least one Jewish community that raised millions of dollars to rebuild their destroyed synagogue.

Before Hurricane Harvey, there were several floods in Houston, which much caused damage to the Jewish community there. But like the Jews in the United States who rebuilt their synagogue, the Jews in Houston are stubbornly remaining in exile despite such events.

The time has long since arrived to leave galut (Exile).

And these Jews are Zionists?! Not at all. They do not mind helping these Jews for the Land of Israel. But they care only about their impression of the State of Israel and the nations.

You probably want to ask me if I shouldn't judge Bennett favorably, right?

Anyone who identifies as religious Zionist, but wants to hand over parts of the Land of Israel to Arabs, grant citizenship to many more Arabs identifying as "Palestinians," and to throw money (our income tax probably!) to Jews to rebuild their community abroad, not to immigrate to Israel, but to help these Jews remain in exile, does deserve any benefit of the doubt from me.

Do you want the taxes you pay the government to go to Jews in exile to help them stay in exile?

I don't.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

עוד אלימות נגד היהודים בשומרון/More Violence against Jews in Samaria

י״ב לחודש השישי תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.
הקול היהודי: תיכוניסטים מראשל"צ הובאו לפנות כ"עבודה לחופש" (להרוס בתים של יהודים)
גלרייה: מאות שוטרים הרסו הלילה בתים והחרימו מכולות ביצהר תוך הפעלת אלימות קשה. לאחר מאבק נחוש חלק מיעד הפינוי לא בוצע. "ליברמן הגיבור מעז לזרוק באמצע הלילה אישה בחודש התשיעי להריונה", אומרים ביצהר
אביגדור ליברמן
ל' אב תשע"ז 22/08/2017

כוחות גדולים של משטרה וצבא הגיעו הלילה ליישוב יצהר על מנת להרוס שני בתי מגורים בשכונת "קומי אורי" שבדרום יצהר. מאות שוטרים צעדו רגלית מהכפר עוריף ובמקביל הגיע כח נוסף מלווה בכלים הנדסיים משער הישוב והחלו בפינוי בשני מוקדים, האחד בשכונת קומי אורי והשני חמש מכולות שהוצבו בשטח הישוב עצמו.

בשכונת קומי אורי (הכיפה הסרוגה), החלו הכוחות בהריסת שני בתי משפחות צעירות, שבאחת מהן נמצאת האם בסוף החודש התשיעי להריונה. לאחר שעות ארוכות יצאו הכוחות מהיישוב, מבלי שהשלימו לחלוטין את הריסת הבתים, וזאת לאחר שעשרות תושבים הגיעו למקום להביע מחאה פסיבית כנגד גירוש המשפחות.

התושבים חסמו את דרכי הגישה לפינוי, כמה מהם הצליחו לחסום בקרשים את דלת בית אחת המשפחות, ולשוטרים לקח זמן רב לפנותם. בנוסף ניסו השוטרים להכניס לשטח מחפרון ומשאית אך הללו לא הצליחו להגיע לבתים. (המשך)
עשר אגורות (2¢):
כבר כתבתי על הישוב יצהר ,שהיא מטרה להריסה של הממשלה (אנגלית) מפני שהיא אחת הישובים האידיאולוגיות ביותר ביהודה ושומרון. ברגע שממשלת ישראל תצליח להגרש את התושבי יצהר ולהרוס את הישוב, תושבי הישובים הנשארים, שמיועדים לההרס על פי החלטת הממלשלה, יתיאשו ויהיו מוכנים לקום ולצאת מהישובים האלה ללא שום ויכוח. ברגע נציגי הממשלה מגיעים להגיש להם את הצו על כך, נראה לי שהמזוודות יהיו כבר מאורזות.

תושבי הישוב גם דיווחו על אלימות על ידי המשטרה במהלך תקרית זו, ואמרו שהיא כוללת מכות לאזור בין הרגליים. (מעניין לחשוב על האפשרות שהשוטרים הכו לברית מילה.). וגם תושבי הישוב נמנעו מלהגיע לתפילת שחרית ולעבוד בזמן, בשל סגירת כבישים שהוזמנו על ידי מפקד חטיבת שומרון, גלעד עמית. כל יהודי שעדיין מופתע מאירועים כאלה פשוט לא שם לב למה שקורה בסביבתו, ... או אולי לא רוצה לשים לב.

יותר גרוע מחוסר תשומת הלב, הרבה נאמני המדינה (הממלכתים) "הדתיים" עדיין מדברים על ההבדלים המתנחלים האלה (שמגישים לחיילי צה״ל שמגיעים לפנות תושבים ולהרוס את ביתם) ל״מתנחלים ההם״ (שמשתדלים להציל את הבתים שלהם, אפילו שדבר כזה נוגד לרצון הממשלה). והמתנחלים וחוצפנים האלה מעזים לדבר על אחדות ישראל.

גלעד עמית
מפקד חטיבת שומרון
"האלימות המשטרתית והניצול הציני של בני הנוער התמימים לגירוש והריסת בתי מתיישבים, צועקים לשמיים", אומרים הבוקר ביצהר. "בצומת הכניסה ליישוב ניצב כבר שנים רבות מסגד בלתי חוקי שהוצא כנגדו צו הריסה. ליברמן והמנהל האזרחי לא מעזים להרוס אותו יחד עם אלפי בתים ערבים בלתי חוקיים, אבל אין להם בעיה לזרוק משפחות צעירות מביתן באישון לילה, בושה וחרפה".

במשך שנים נערכו הרבה סקרים כדי לקבוע מי הוא "הישראלי הממוצע". הסקרים האלה, שבוצעו בדרך כלל על ידי שמאלנים, מגיעים לאותן המסקנות כמעט כל הזמן: "הישראלי הממוצע" מזדהה כימין מהמרכז באופן פוליטי, דתי או מסורתי (זאת לא אומרת ״קונסרבטיבי!״), ומתנגד למסירת חלקי ארץ ישראל לערבים, כאילו יהודה ושומרון. ובזכות תוצאות הסקרים האלה, אני חייב לשאל, ״למה הממשלה לא מבצעה את מה שאזרחי מדינת ישראל רוצים? ולמה אנחנו ממשיכים להצביע לממשלות כאלה לשלטון?

ישראלים מדברים הרבה ביאת מלחמת האחים. אבל מלחמת האחים כבר הגיעה, ואנחנו יושבים במצב הזה שנים כבר. ולדעתי, הממשלה עצמה מעודדת את זה. אם יש מחלוקות בין קבוצות יהודים, אז יותר קל לשלוט על האוכלוסיה.

אפשר לעקור עוד התנחלויות ביהודה ושומרון בלי שינוי דעת אזרחי המדינה שרובם מתנגדים לזה? בלי ״פעולות מיוחדות״ לטפל בעניין, לא נראה לי. מי שמבין יבין.

ממשלת ישראל מנסה לשכנע את העם להתנגד לתורה ולמי שהולך לפיה,וללכת לפי חוקי המדינה אפילו כשחוקי התורה נוגדים חוקים כאלה. היא רוצה לשכנע לעם להחליף את התורה בנאמנות של המדינה.
רבים מבני הנוער שמצאו את עצמם בסיטואציה הקשה, סירבו בתוקף לקחת חלק בנעשה, והציוד נותר בשטח.
הרבה בני הנוער האלה סירבו לשתתף בפעולה הזאת, אז יש עדיין תקוה.



Esser Agaroth (2¢) Translation:
The Jewish Voice: High school students from Rishon Le'Tzion were brought in for "vacation work" (to destroy Jewish homes)

30 Menachem Av 5777 / August 22, 2017
Avigdor
Lieberman
Gallery: Hundreds of policemen demolished houses overnight and confiscated containers in Yitzhar, using heavy violence. After a determined struggle, part of the evacuation target was not carried out. "Lieberman the hero dares to throw a woman in her ninth month of pregnancy out of her home in the middle of the night," said in Yitzhar.

A large number of both Israeli military and police forces arrived in the settlement of Yitzhar in the Shomron (Samaria) tonight to demolish two homes in the Kumi Uri neighborhood in the southern part of the town. Hundreds of policemen marched by foot from the village of Urif. At the same time, an additional force arrived accompanied by heavy equipment from the town's entrance, and began clearing out two locations, one in the Kumi Uri neighborhood and five shipping containers in the town itself.

In the Kumi Uri neighborhood, the soldiers and police began demolishing the homes of two young families, one of the women at the end of her ninth month of pregnancy. After many hours, the forces left the settlement without demolishing the houses completely, after many Yitzhar residents arrived to protest the families' expulsion.

Residents blocked access roads, and some of them managed to block one of the families' doors with boards, the police then having to take a long time to clear them. In addition, the police tried to enter the area with a backhoe and truck, but could not reach the houses. (a lot of good that did!) (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I have already written about the town of Yitzhar being a target of the Israeli Government, as it is one of the most ideologically oriented towns in the Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria). Once the government succeeds in taking down Yitzhar, the rest of the towns in the area will be much more likely to get up, and go quietly, as it were.

Police brutality was also reported during this incident, and was said to include blows to to the groin (Interesting to think of the possibility that police officers were attacking the brith milah). Yitzhar residents were also prevented from getting to morning prayers and to work on time, due to road closures ordered by Shomron Brigade commander Gilad Amit. Any Jews still surprised by such incidents have simply not been paying attention,...or perhaps, do not want to pay attention.

Worse yet, many of the "religious" diehard State loyalists (mamlákhtim) still talk about how "those settlers" are different from "us well-behaved settlers." And they dare talk of "Jewish unity."
Gilad Amit
Shomron Command
"The police violence and the cynical exploitation of innocent youths for the expulsion and destruction of settler homes are shouting to the heavens," Yitzhar said this morning. "Lieberman and the Civil Administration do not dare demolish it with thousands of illegal Arab homes, but they have no problem throwing young families out of their homes in the middle of the night, shame and disgrace."
Countless surveys have been taken over the years to determine who is the "average Israeli." These surveys, often carried out by bias leftists, still always manage to come up with the same results. The "average Israeli" is right of center, religious or traditional and does not want the government to give up any land. So, why does the government never seem to do what its constituents want? And why do we continue to vote such governments into power?

The civil war that so many like to talk about is not coming; it is here, it has been here for years now, and it has been encouraged by the Israeli Government itself.

How else will they being able to remove settlements, beginning with Yitzhar, without a shift in public opinion? They won't be able to.

And so, the Israeli government continues to demonize Torah and those who follow it, attempting to replace Torah with diehard State loyalty.
Many of the youth who found themselves in a difficult situation refused to take part in the event, and the equipment remained on the ground.  
Since many of these kids refused to participate in this action, there is still hope.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

מזל טוב, ח״כ אורן חזן!/Mazal Tov, MK Oren Hazan!

ח׳ לחודש השישי תשע״ז

"OMG I'm a father..."
(edited screen shot)

English follows the Hebrew.

עשר אגורות (2¢):
איזה אב לילדים לא מבין את ההרגשה הזאת של ח״כ אורן חזן (ליכוד)?

אחת הסיבות אני אוהב את אורן חזן שהוא ח״כ של העם, ושהוא אומר את מה שהוא חושב. לפעמים זה מכניס אותו לתוך בלגן, ומי יכול לדעת את מה התנהגות הזאת יעשה לעתיד שלו במפלגת הליכוד?

אבל אז מה? אנשים אוהב אותו, ואנחנו יכולים להזדהות איתו.

מזל טוב, ח״כ אורן חזן, אבא׳לה!


Esser Agaroth (2¢):
What father cannot understand this feeling expressed here by MK Oren Hazan in the photo above?

One of the reasons I like Oren Hazan is that he's the people's Member of Knesset, and he says what he thinks. This sometimes may get him into trouble, and who knows what it will do to his standing in his current Likud Party.

But, so what? People like him; we can relate to him.

Mazal Tov, MK Oren Hazan, Daddy!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Spanish Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen: Europe is Lost.

כ"ז לחודש החמישי תשע"ז

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
One European rabbi seems to be able to read the proverbial writing on the wall.
JTA: Following terrorist attack, Barcelona’s chief rabbi says his community is doomed
By Cnaan Liphshiz, August 18, 2017

Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen
(JTA) — Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and the alleged reluctance of authorities to confront it.

Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been encouraging his congregants to leave Spain, which he called during an interview with JTA a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe,” for years before the attacks Thursday and Friday, he said. At least 14 victims and five suspected terrorists were killed in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils, 75 miles south of that city.

To Bar-Hen, whose community on Friday resumed activities that it had suspended briefly following the Barcelona attack, “Jews are not here permanently,” he said of the city and region. “I tell my congregants: Don’t think we’re here for good. And I encourage them to buy property in Israel. This place is lost. Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [get out] early than late.”

A white van on Thursday careered into crowds on Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s feted thoroughfare, when the street was packed with locals and tourists. Along with the fatalities, more than 100 were injured. The driver of the van fled on foot and was believed to be still at large on Friday. Police shot dead another man at a checkpoint Thursday. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for that attack.

Hours later, police killed five men during a raid in Cambrils whom police said were terrorists planning an imminent attack.

Part of the problem exposed by the attacks, Bar-Hen said, is the presence of a large Muslim community with “radical fringes.” Once these people are “living among you,” he said of terrorists and their supporters, “it’s very difficult to get rid of them. They only get stronger.” He also said this applied to Europe as a whole.

“Europe is lost,” he said.
Unfortunately, he may have back-tracked a little:
Bar-Hen emphasized that he was speaking as a private person and not for all the members of his community.

Of course, there are always some hold outs among European "Jewish leaders." Whether it's because they like their positions of power or honestly "mean well," I have no idea. I have stopped trying to figure these people out:
Displaying a defiant and more confident attitude than Bar-Hen, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain issued a statement expressing “full confidence in security forces who work daily to prevent fanatics and radical Muslims from inflicting pain and chaos on our cities.”

And even though this European rabbi wisely points out more proof that Esau (The West) and Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims) hate Ya'aqov (Israel), most Jews will unfortunately still ignore or downplay it:
Bar-Hen also charged that authorities and some politicians are reluctant to confront Islamist terrorism. He cited the government’s decision in April to allow Leila Khaled, a Palestinian terrorist who was convicted in a plot to hijack an airplane in 1969, to enter the country for a book festival. This showed authorities “do not understand the nature of terrorism, if they treat it as an action by the disenfranchised,” Bar-Hen said.

Ignoring calls to ban the visit by Khaled — book fair organizers hung posters of Khaled on main streets — Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau Ballano of the far-left Barcelona en Comú party led the passage in April of a City Council resolution condemning Israel’s “violations of international law.”
Too bad other European rabbis still don't have a clue. Or worse, maybe they do have a clue...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Arutz 7 (Israel National News) Fail!

כ"ג לחודש החמישי תשע"ז


Arutz 7 has been involved in in kinds of shenanigans, forcing me and other bloggers to cease citing their reports. But this fail of theirs takes the cake, forcing me to mention me to mention them here.

Last night, one side of the pedestrian walking bridge connecting B'nei B'raq and Giv'at Shmu'el was knocked down by a truck. Arutz 7's Hebrew site reported on this accurately.


 Arutz 7's English site did not.



The bridge that collapsed was not the bridge at the Giv'at Shmu'el "Coca-Cola" Junction, but rather the next bridge north. The report appears to have been fixed, at least by midnight last night.

So, the writer made a mistake. Big deal, right? We all make mistakes.

But, c’mon! All the writer had to was to look at Arutz 7’s Hebrew counterpart’s report posted 15 minutes earlier. Not sure of the exact names of the bridges? Maybe the names are different in Hebrew than in English? (By the way, they’re not.) A quick search on Google Maps or Ymaps in Hebrew would have confirmed

Since 2005, I was invited to be interviewed by Arutz 7 four times. And I am happy to say that each time I turned them down. None of these radio talk show hosts even knew who I was, except that some of them knew that I had a blog (big deal!), a blog which none of them had ever bothered to read before inviting me to be interviewed. I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty desperate to me.

I recall the time not too long after Arutz 7’s founding, the self-sacrifices of Rebbetzin Z. Melamed, David Shapira, and others suffering raids on the station in Beth-El and worse. Such times are long since over.

Around the time of the expulsion of Jews from Azza (Gaza/Gush Qatif) and the Northern Shomron in 2005/תשס״ה, then future MK Ya’akov “Katzeleh” Katz reported threats from outside of Israel to cease donations to the Yeshiva’s foundation, due to Rabbi Z. Melamed’s canceling of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner’s class at the Yeshiva. Rabbi Aviner’s rulings on taharath hamishpahah (family purity) were under scrutiny by a Beth Din (rabbinical court) set up by Rabbi Modechai Eliyahu ztz”l, issues which today have never actually been clarified.

Tensions in Beth-El rose due to disagreements over how IDF soldiers should deal with orders to remove Jews during the impending expulsion. Should soldiers follow them? Refuse them? Pretend to be sick?

But, I digress…

As time went on, Judeo-Christian Values were being pushed by the head of the English division.

Cheerleaders for Christian “Friends of Israel” were being propped up as rock stars.

In 2010, I had the opportunity to witness just how many of the reports on their their news flash make their way to the site. News feeds are set up from other Israeli new sources in Hebrew, and they are translated. As far as I know, this is legal, and other news sites do this too. But, doesn't YNET, for example, pay a fee to the Associated Press [AP]? Just sayin'.

In all fairness to Arutz 7, according to one confidential source, close to a former head of the English division, donations, including donations from Christians, flow first through the Yeshiva’s foundation, then trickle into the Arutz 7. He also claims that what the “news” station receives is not very much.

But, who knows? Maybe Christians will feel sorry for Arutz 7 and pump some money into the station. Stranger things have happened.

And before Arutz 7 complains about this post, someone from over there should thank me for the free publicity.

Monday, August 14, 2017

למה דוד חי חסדאי יושב בכלא?/Why is David Chai Chasdai Sitting in Jail?

כ״ב לחודש החמישי תשע״ז
English follows the Hebrew.


"All of us are with
the Prisoners of Zion"
בית משפט העליון החליט להשאיר את דוד חי חסדאי במעצר עד תום הליכים בבית סוהר מאחורי סורג ובריח וכל "חטאו"
הוא שדיבר עם חבריו שנאסר עליו לדבר איתם מצד השב"כ בצו מנהלי צו המתנהל ללא משפט וללא הצגת ראיות,

דוד חי מצטרף לעוד נערים יהודים שיושבים בבתי סוהר בחשד שדיברו עם חבריהם והפרו בכך את הצו מנהלי שקיבלו ללא שעשו כל פשע!!!

#די_לצווים_מנהליים
#די_להתעלל_ביהודים
דוד חי חסדאי
David Chai Chasdai
עשר אגורות (2¢):
זאת לא פעם הראשונה נערים יהודים נמצאים בכלא בגלל הדיבורים עם חברים.

מאיר אטינגר נכלא בגלל המאמרים שהוא כתב, וכנראה גם מפני שהוא נכד של הרב מאיר כהנא הי״ד. וגם אסרו לו לדבר עם חברים שלו.

בשנת תשס״ו/2006 חודשים אחרי הממשלה גירשה את כמעט 10,000 יהודים מביתם ומאדמתם בחבל עזה ובצפון השומרון, שלוש נערות יהודיות מכפר תפוח ישבו בכלא בגלל ההשתתפות שלהן בהפגנות נגד הגירוש, וגם לא אמורות להשתחרר עד תום התהליכים ״מפני שהן ידברו עם תושבי הישוב שלהן.״ ומה היתה הבעיה אם הן היו מדברות עם השכנים שלהן? אולי הן יצליחו להשפיע להם.

אוי ואבוי!

אולי מי שעדיין טוען שמדינת ישראל היא מדינה יהודית ״דמוקרטית״ יתעורר כבר לראות שזה בכלל לא נכון, ובנוסף אין דבר כזה ״זכות לדיבור חופשי.״

לצערי, כנראה שלא.


All of us are with the Prisoners of Zion:
The Israeli Supreme Court has decided to leave David Chai Hasdai in detention until final court proceedings imprisoned behind bars for all of his "offenses."

David Chai spoke with friends he was forbidden to by the Shabba"k (Israeli secret police), which was implemented without any court ruling nor any presentation of evidence.

David Chai joins other Jewish boys who are sitting in jail on suspicion of talking to their friends and thereby violating the administrative order they received without having committed any crime!!!

#NoMoreAdministrativeDetention
#NoMoreAbuseofJewishChildren
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
This is not the first time we have seen Jewish youth imprisoned for exercising their right to free speech, such as speaking to their friends.


Meir Ettinger was imprisoned for the articles he wrote, and probably also because he is Rabbi Meir Kahane's hy"d grandson. He was also forbidden from speaking with a list of 100 of his friends and acquaintances.


In the year תשס״ו/2006, months after the Israeli Government expelled almost 10,000 Jews from their homes and land in Gaza and the Northern Shomron (Samaria), three teenage girls from K'far Tapu'ah sat in prison because of their participation in demonstrations against the expulsion, and were also not supposed to be released until final court proceedings "because they will talk with the other residents of their town." And what was the problem if they were to speak with their neighbors? Because they might have influence over them.

OMG! (eyes rolling)

Perhaps those who still claim that the State of Israel is a Jewish, democratic state will wake up and see that this is not at all the case, and that there is no such thing here as "freedom of speech."

Unfortunately, the probably won't.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

יהודים בטורקיה תעלו לארץ ישראל מייד!/Jews in Turkey, Move to Israel Now!

ג' לחודש החמישי תשע"ז
English follows the Hebrew.
הזירה הדתית מתלהטת: שני מקרים של הפגנות מאיימות ואף אבנים ובעיטות בדלתות בתי כנסת באיסטנבול בסוף השבוע. "או שהציונים ייקחו את עצמם בידיים, או שנחזור לפה", איים מנהיג מקומי - בזמן שהנשיא מתסיס סביב אירועי הר הבית

איתמר אייכנר: 23.07.17

תי הפגנות מאיימות ואף פעולות ונדליזם נגד בתי כנסת בטורקיה, שנראה כי יצאו לפועל בתמיכה שקטה של המשטר - בצל אירועי הר הבית, מדאיגות מאוד את הקהילה היהודית במדינה.

בלילה שבין חמישי לשישי התקיפו את בית הכנסת "נווה שלום" באיסטנבול עשרות מפגינים, השליכו אבנים לעבר בית הכנסת, בעטו בדלתותיו וניסו לפרוץ פנימה. המפגינים ביקשו למחות על הצבת המגנומטרים בהר הבית וקראו קריאות "אללה אכבר".

בכניסה לבית הכנסת נאם מנהיג מקומי של מפלגת "האיחוד הלאומי", קורסאט מיצ'אן, והאשים את ישראל ב"הטרדת אחינו הפלסטינים ופגיעה בחופש הפולחן שלהם". הוא הוסיף: "או שהציונים יקחו את עצמם בידיים, או שנחזור לפה שוב". חלק מהמפגינים צעקו "אם לא תיתנו לנו להיכנס למקום הקדוש שלנו, לא ניתן לכם להיכנס למקום הקדוש שלכם".

אחד המפגינים בעט בדלתות בית הכנסת, ושני מפגינים טיפסו על הדתות ותלו שלטים שעליהם תמונות של כיפת הסלע. בקהילה היהודית נדהמו מכך שזמן קצר לפני ההפגנה עזבה את המקום ניידת המשטרה שמאבטחת דרך קבע את בית הכנסת – שבעבר היה יעד לפיגועי טרור. (המשך...)


עשר אגורות (2¢):
האם אתם קראתם מספיק מהשטויות האלה? האם אתם עדיין רוצים לנסוע לטורקיה לחופש?

החלק הכי המצער הוא לא שהמוסלמים הטורקיים המחזיקים בסטנדרטים כפולים כאלה בלבם כמו הערבים כאן בארץ.

אלא החלק הכי המצער הוא שאנחנו, היהודים, עדיין מאמינים שאפשר לגור "בשלום" עם בני ישמעאל, פרא אדם, ולשיטות דיפלומטיות בסגנון תרבות המערב יש סיכוי להצליח להביא אותנו למצב של שלום איתם. אפילו שהשיטות כאלה לעולם לא הצליחו, חוץ מתקופות זמניות.

וגם הייתי אומר שעצוב מאוד שאנחנו היהודים עדיין לא נטשנו את העניין המגוחך של פלורליזם דמוקרטי. רוב היהודים, גם כאלה החובשי כיפות והמתגוררים בארץ ישראל, עדיין לא מוכנים לשמוע את זה, קל וחומר לא לקבל את זה.

והם טוענים שהעניין הזה מופיע בתורה? אם כן אז איפה? או הם סוף סוף הפסיקו לנסות להוכיח לפי התורה?

כשאני עליתי ארצה לפני 20 שנה, פגשתי כמה עולים חדשים מטורקיה שלמדו באוניברסיטה. אני הייתי עצוב כששמעתי שהרבה מהם "חזרו הביתה". האם המצב הנוכחי בטורקיה ישפיע להם לחזור לישראל ולהביא איתם יהודים אחרים? או הם יישארו בטורקיה, בתקווה שהמצב ישתפר, כלומר, עם ראשיהם בתוך בור בחול. וכשהמצב כן ישתפר, האם הם ישכחו בקלות את היום שבו בתי הכנסת שלהם הושחתו? ... למרות שזאת לא הפעם הראשונה, ובוודאי לא תהיה הפעם האחרונה.

הנשיא ארדואן
כמו שכתבתי כבר למעלה, שאר בכלל לשווה לכם לקרוא את שאר המאמר הזה של YNET, חוץ ממסקנתו:
נשיא טורקיה רג'פ טאיפ ארדואן גינה בשבת את "הפעולות המופרזות" שישראל עשתה בדיכוי ההפגנות כמחאה על הצבת המגנומטרים. ארדואן כינה את שלושת הפלסטינים שנהרגו במהומות "שהידים". הנשיא הטורקי נמנע מלגנות את רצח השוטרים בהר הבית וכינה את הפיגוע "תקרית".
נראה לי שאני כתבתי מספיק.


YNET: Jews in Turkey under attack over Temple Mount crisis
Temple Mount crisis escalates into religious rift abroad, as Muslims in Turkey block entry into, and vandalize synagogues, threatening to 'come back again' unless Israel changes its policy. 

Itamar Eichner, 23.07.17

Two threatening demonstrations and mounting cases of vandalism against synagogues in Turkey—apparently carried out with the regime's tacit support against the backdrop of the Temple Mount crisis—are raising concerns among the country's Jewish community.

On the night between Thursday and Friday, dozens of demonstrators attacked the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul, threw rocks at the synagogue, kicked its doors and tried to break in.

Attacks in Turkey
At the entrance to the synagogue, a local leader of the Great Union Party, Korsat Michan, spoke out and accused Israel of "harassing our Palestinian brothers and damaging their freedom of worship."

"Either the Zionists get a grip, or we will come back here again," he said.

Some protesters shouted, "If you do not let us enter our holy place, we will not let you enter your holy place."

As protesters kicked the doors of the synagogue, two demonstrators climbed up the building and hung signs with pictures of the Dome of the Rock.

The Jewish community was stunned that the police patrol car—which regularly protected the synagogue as it is a target for terror attacks—had left the area shortly before the demonstration started. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Read enough of this tripe? Do you still want to travel to Turkey for a vacation?

The sad part isn't that the Turkish Muslims, like their Arab counterparts, hold such double standards dear to their hearts.

The sad part is that we Jews still believe that will can live "in peace" with these animalistic descendants of Yishm'ael.

I would also say that it is also very sad that we Jews have not yet to abandon the ridiculous concept of democratic pluralism. But, most Jews, even those with kippoth and residing in Eretz Yisra'el (the Land of Israel) are not ready to hear this, let alone accept it.

Where do they claim such a concept can be found in the Torah anyway? Or have they finally stopped trying.

But, I digress...

When I arrived in Israel 20 years ago, I met some Turkish Jews who were attending university here. I sad to hear that many of them "returned home." Will the current situation motivate them to come back to Israel, and bring many other Turkish Jews with them? Or will they remain in Turkey, hoping that the situation will improve, in other words, with their heads in the sand. And when the situation does improve, will they so easily forget the day their synagogues with vandalized? ...even though this wasn't the first time, and certainly will not be the last.
The Jewish community was stunned that the police patrol car—which regularly protected the synagogue as it is a target for terror attacks—had left the area shortly before the demonstration started.
Will they be stunned the next time, and police car leaves the scene? Will they be stunned the next time, when the police car is involved in the attack?

President Erdoğan
Like I said, the remainder of this report is not worth reading, except perhaps the report's conclusion:
On Saturday, Erdogan condemned Israel's "excessive force" in suppressing the demonstrations in protest against the placement of the metal detectors, calling the Palestinians killed in the riots "martyrs." 
The Turkish president refrained from condemning the murder of policemen on the Temple Mount, calling the attack "an incident."
'Nuff said.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ambassador Dave Sharma, Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

ב׳ לחודש החמישי תשע"ז
Dave Sharma
YNET: 'If Israel abandons the values of democracy, it will lose world’s support'In a farewell interview, Dave Sharma, Australia's ambassador to Israel, talks about the security ties between the two countries and the need for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement both sides would benefit from, and announces that 'by the end of 2018, it will be possible to fly from Tel Aviv to Sydney directly.'

Itamar Eichner, 06.07.17
Dave Sharma, who finished his four year service as as the Australian ambassador to Israel last month, left his replacement a list of tips for survival in the Jewish state.

“Australia has snakes, sharks, spiders, etc. Here in Israel, I explained to him, there are no dangerous animals, at least not outside the Knesset,” says Sharma with a charming smile as he continues to lay out his tips.

“Do not wear a suit; ties in Israel are only for funerals and official events. The tuxedos should be pushed deep into the back of your closet, you will not need it.

“You must learn some Hebrew phrases. If anyone says to you, 'It will be alright’—start worrying. The word ‘balagan’ means something isn’t working at all, but in the end it somehow works out.

“There is no such thing as a line in Israel. And it’s a waste of time to stand in one, because everyone will cut you and try to get ahead, and you’ll be the sucker who finds himself at the back.”

Sharma, 41, was sad to leave Israel. If he could, he would have extended his term another year, but he already received a one-year extension, the maximum possible. During his time here, he managed to acclimatize to Israel, fall in love with the country, and get to know it in depth. One might say that he is one of the most Israeli ambassadors to have served here, and perhaps the most popular as well. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
You are welcome to waste your time reading this entire piece on recent, and now former, Australian Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, with all of its raising of hasbarah (publicity; from the Hebrew for explanation) and the importance of how Israel looks in the eyes of non-Jews onto a pedestal, and back handed compliments. Or you can just follow me, in reading between the lines of the most significant sections of this piece.

But, first, it is no secret that bloggers and journalists alike often attempt to find unflattering photos of their subject, their targets caught in the act, if you will, to bring home their message of their hit pieces. But, who knew that Dave Sharma would provide such an unflattering photo of his own accord? (see above) Perhaps  didn't have a choice, as it seems that this is the official Australian Foreign Ministry's photo of him, and where I ended up finding it only posts profile photos in black and white. So, go figure.

Yet, the new Australian ambassador's official photo looks just fine (considering). Change of photo policy perhaps? Or just a poor choice on the part of Dave Sharma and and his people?

Let us begin the analysis of Ambassador Dave Sharma's farewell interview from the (never disappointingly left-wing) YNET.
During his time here, he managed to acclimatize to Israel, fall in love with the country, and get to know it in depth. One might say that he is one of the most Israeli ambassadors to have served here, and perhaps the most popular as well.
Acclimate? Fall in love? Get to know it in depth? You mean from his bubble in Hertzlya Pitu'ah, known for its limousine liberals? Yes, he loves it so much, that he encourages us to give a big chunk of it away. Even though it is not ours to give away (It's The Holy One's, Blessed Be He), and not to mention continually reinforcing Arab terrorism, by caving into their demands.
“There is no such thing as a line in Israel. And it’s a waste of time to stand in one, because everyone will cut you and try to get ahead, and you’ll be the sucker who finds himself at the back.” 
(sigh) This hasn't been true for almost 20 years, at least in the big cities. Thanks for the throw in of the self-deprecating comment, YNET! Actually, the Ambassador said it, so it was more like a nasty kidney punch.
"I do not blame the media. There is a conflict they need to cover. But I think everything else happening in Israel is not being covered. If you do a Google search on Israel, you see confrontations at checkpoints, terrorist attacks, IDF operations in Syria: People think this is all that happens in Israel. even though there are hundreds of other things happening here."
Granted, the Israeli Government needs to stop being wishy-washy, stop making the same mistakes about "more talk" and "more prisoner releases" and "more land giveaways" will make one damn bit of difference with these descendants of Yishma'el, and furthermore, make up its mind already as to whether Eretz Yisra'el (the Land of Israel) belongs to it or not, stop Can it be changed, or is it a lost cause? There are terror attacks all over the world now, but other places are not branded in this manner.
The day after the attack in Sarona, you went with your embassy staff for coffee at Max Brenner. Why was it important to do that?

"It was a gesture of solidarity with the people of Israel. We wanted to say that if you are not afraid, we are not afraid. We received amazing and heartfelt responses from the Israelis, but we did not do it for the responses. We wanted to do something meaningful.”

(eyes rolling)
The youngest, Daphne, is four years old and has lived most of her life as an Israeli. Sharma says his daughter has a warm Israeli temperament and only eats Israeli food (bourekas, shakshuka and hummus). 
See how easy it is to become "Israeli," even when not Jewish? The Israeli government, or rather those higher on the food chain than the Israeli government, have watered down "Israel" so much, it has made it so much easier for them to bring a replacement population of mostly non-Jews from the Former Soviet Union, foreign workers from India and the Philippines, as well as African insurgents, including the Black [Non-] Hebrews. Who will be next? Evangelical Christians from the U. S.? (link)
When he [David Sharma] speaks about Israel, his eyes light up, as if he were a Zionist or a Jew—even though he is not.
Not a Jew? We knew that. Not a Zionist? We knew that, too. Anyone who believes that Israel must be like every other nation, and give away at least some of its Divinely promised Land could not possibly be a real Zionist. But not a Zionist, even according to the definition of the Labor Zionists who hijacked the term? Unclear.
"We have also succeeded in advancing the hi-tech relations between the two countries
Translation: We have also succeeding in exploiting the State of Israel's desperate need for love and validation from the outside. And why shouldn't they love that we love them? After all, we almost never condemn building in the settlements (see below).
Ambassador Sharma says the Australian army is also involved in defending Israel's borders. There are Australian soldiers among the UN forces in the Golan Heights and in southern Lebanon. An Australian commander leads the multinational force in the Sinai Peninsula, both overseeing the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and taking part in the war against ISIS in the peninsula. 
For the last time, I will say that I never want to hear anyone tell me that foreign troops are not stationed in Israel. They are!

Oh, and the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt?  Gee. I wonder why the ambassador didn't mention Jordan as well. Did he know something was going to break down with that in advance, or is it simply in Arab nature to react in a violent tantrum anytime it gets upset? You be the judge.
Australia is now considered one of the friendliest countries towards Israel. It is one of the only nations to consistently support Israel in important votes at the UN and it almost never condemns Israeli construction in the settlements.

"We support a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state,...”
Seriously?! Sorry, Dave, but you cannot have your cake and eat it, too. A country cannot be considered one of the friendliest countries towards Israel while at the same time supporting the giving away of its Divinely promised lands to a people and country which do not even exist.

Along with his love for Israel, Sharma is concerned about anti-democratic things happening in the country. “Israel’s strength and its ability to survive depends on the vitality of its democracy, its liberal and pluralistic nature, its freedom of press and freedom of expression, no less than its military superiority,” he says. "Values such as separation of powers and the free press, the fact citizens and organizations can criticize government policy without being outlawed or arrested—all of this makes Israel unique in the Middle East and grants it international legitimacy. Israel depends on the support of the West, which is based on shared values, shared morality and common governing methods. If Israel abandons these principles, in 20-30 years, it will not enjoy the same legitimacy and support it enjoys today.” 
Liberal and pluralistic nature, its freedom of press and freedom of expression...?

Oh, Dave! Where were you all this time you were ambassador to Israel?! In the bubble of Hertzlya Pitu'ah? With your head in the sand? (same thing, really) You actually missed the torture of settler kids in Shabba"k (secret police) custody? The court orders, based on police a  recommendations forbidding suspects to talk to their friends? Where is the freedom of speech and expression in that?

Shared (Western) morality? This is undoubtedly code for that whole Judeo-Christian Values crap rearing its ugly head again.

Legitimacy and support it enjoys today? First of all, what legitimacy and support? The Australian Government supports the giving away of Land Divinely given to the Jewish People. One of our greatest friends indeed! I'm sorry. Did I say that already? Well, it bears repeating.
According to Sharma, “The democratic nature of Israel is as important as its Jewish nature, and I don't think you need to strengthen one at the expense of the other. Today, Israel's Jewish nature is expanding at the expense of its democratic and pluralistic nature. When you see things like this happening, it becomes increasingly difficult to identify with Israel from the outside. This is bad hasbara.”
Democracy? deMOCKracy be a nation like everyone else? We all know what that means: Globalism, assimilation of the the Jewish People into oblivion. (daughters...sons Gen.) There's that word again, "hasbara" (From Heb. root for explanation; public relations). The problem with this opinion of Dave Sharma is not that he believes that Israel should be like any other deMOCKractic nation. (Did you get that one?) The problem is that most members of the Israeli Government, Israeli citizens, and their rabbis agree with him.
The hospital (Ziv Medical Center, Tzfath) has treated more than a thousand Syrians wounded in the civil war raging in the neighboring country. When the ambassador first came to Israel, he was surprised to learn Israel was treating citizens of an enemy country.
Well, I'm not in the least bit surprised. More publicity, more opportunities and more fruitless attempts of the Israeli Government at obtaining love and validation for our very existence, from non-Jews. See? Israel is quite capable of committing suicide. We do not need any outside nation to assist us in our own destruction. Just great...
I'm hoping to have Qantas do a pilot of direct flights to Israel this October, as 3,000 Australians are arriving on charter flights for the 100th anniversary events marking the liberation of Be'er Sheva from Ottoman rule in World War One (by ANZAC, Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).
Of the 3,000 Australians expected to arrive this fall, how many will be Jews who are not in the least bit interested in actually living here? How many will be Christians scoping out the Land, while handing out a flier or two, taking advantage of Israel's commitment to the freedom of religious expression? Oh yeah, and how much slobbering and groveling will the Israeli Government do over Australia and New Zealand, even though the "liberation" was for the British Empire, and certainly not for the Jews? (eyes rolling)
Based on the amusing video that the embassy produced, in which Sharma leaves a list of tips for his successor, he certainly can consider a career in acting.
Yeah? Well, maybe Dave Sharma should have considered acting as a career before he took on the post of ambassador to Israel.

The unfortunate truth is that Dave Sharma is like every other foreign diplomat. He is either here to deliver suggestions orders from the government he represents, or to formulate them himself, and then deliver them. And his youthful appearance, supposedly positive attitude toward Israel, and ability to say a few phrases in Hebrew is supposed to cause us to praise him slobber all over him, all the more?

On the contrary. A neutral, even a hostile, government, which attempts to order us around, is at least being true to itself, and is no big surprise to us. For Esau hates Ya'aqov. And I no longer buy the "western nations naivete and ignorance" excuse, either. A fallafel-eating foreigner with a smile on his face, whose government wants us to give away land and make other concessions to people who want to eradicate us, is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kitten Training 1

כ״ד לחודש הרביעי תשע״ז

Operant Conditioning is applied to modify behavior, either to increase it or to decrease it, through reinforcement or punishment.
Positive Reinforcement means adding a a desired stimulus to increase a behavior.

Negative Reinforcement is often confusing to people. It actually means to take something away, as oppose to mean something unpleasant. For example, putting on a seat belt takes away that annoying beeping sound, encouraging an increase in our seat belt putting on behavior.

Positive Punishment does not, in fact, mean something like making some each too uch ice cream. Rather, it means adding something undesirable, such as the proverbial, electric shock.

Negative Punishment means punishing by taking something away, such as your child's dessert, cell phone, or car privileges. Because maybe that'll teach 'im!
In the case of this kitten, I used food to increase the "coming close to me" behavior.



Other factors are involved, of course, such as the kitten's habituation (getting used) to my presence.

By pairing lip smacking/kissing sound (stimulus) with the food (positive reinforcement), and I can train this kitten to then come to me, in the absence of the reinforcement (food).


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