December 30, 2005
In the wake of the Disengagement, the religious Zionist population is taking a more active role in outreach activities directed at engaging the secular Israeli public in an open religious dialogue.
Click above for the Arutz Sheva article
December 29, 2005
BETHLEHEM CHRISTIANS TO PAY SPECIAL TAX
The general plan of Hamas also includes the imposition of a special tax, called al-jeziya, upon all of the non-Muslim residents in the Palestinian territories. This tax revives the one applied through all of Islamic history to the dhimmi, the second-class Jewish and Christian citizens.
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December 28, 2005
CHARLENE: Well Jim, I'm going to say that that number must be low, seeing as both the US and Europe are the PA Authority's biggest donors. I'm going to have to say thirty.
JIM PERRY: Ted?
TED: Well Jim, I'm going to have to agree with Charlene that the number must be low. I'll say it's even lower.
JIM PERRY: Out of one hundred Palestinians surveyed, the number who say they support terror against the US and Europe is SIXTY FIVE!
A poll carried out in the Palestinian Authority shows 65% support for Al Qaeda terror attacks on the United States and European countries - the biggest donors to the PA.
Read ariticle HERE
December 27, 2005
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December 25, 2005
by Rabbi Moshe Chaim LuzzattoTranslated by Avraham Greenbaum
The inner meaning and purpose of the Future Temple are explained in full in Mishkney Elyon, a priceless jewel from the legacy of towering 18th century mystical genius Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato ("Ramchal", 1707-47). The Temple is the center point where all the branches of the Tree of Life connect with their roots, channeling a flow of sustenance and blessing to the entire world.
Great Chanukah sites: (click titles)
The Chanukah Story (Ohr.edu)
The Laws of Chanukah (Ohr.edu)
The Secret of the Dreidel (Ohr.edu)
Chanukah: The Prequel - The astonishing connection between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest (Aish.com)
The Beauty Wars: The Chanukah battle isn't over yet (aish.com)
Chanukah: The Light of Miracles - Illuminated by the light of the Chanukah menorah, we see that anything is possible (Aish.com)
Me: The war is not over. Jerusalem is still under fire and Jews must not sit back and remain silent. Speak out for the honor of G-d and his Holy Temple.
Papal Official Wants to Divide Jerusalem
The Arab League and a Vatican official separately, but simultaneously, are campaigning for Israel to divide Jerusalem. (read the rest HERE)
This Chanukah as you are celebrating, ask yourself: If need be, would I be willing to fight for Jerusalem and the Holy Temple?
December 23, 2005
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren; and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them: 'Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and bowed down to my sheaf.' 8 And his brethren said to him: 'Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?' And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said: 'Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.' 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him: 'What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down to thee to the earth?' 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.
December 22, 2005
December 21, 2005
(click above for article)
And I want manditory Kollel for all secular Israelis.
Next they'll allow anti-Zionist, anti-Semite Arabs in the Knesset.
Bishara, addressing an Arab audience in Lebanon late last week, asserted that Arabs were the original residents of the land and urged Israelis to leave and "take their democracy" with them. ”Israel is the 20th century's greatest robbery, carried out in broad daylight. I will never recognize Zionism even if all Arabs do. I will never concede Palestine. The battle is still long," Bishara stated at a Lebanese book fair in Beirut.
Who is Bishara? Oh, right... Israeli-Arab Knesset Member Azmi Bishara
December 20, 2005
(IsraelNN.com) After much hard work and research, the techelet (azure blue) robe of the High Priest has been completed by the Temple Institute and it is hoped to be fit to be worn in the Third Temple. The blue coat, or me'il techelet as it is called in the Torah, sports 72 golden bells alternating with 72 pomegranates attached around its hem, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet wool.
The project was researched and undertaken by skilled artisans over the past three years. It will join the already completed ephod and choshen (breastplate), featuring the 12 precious stones associated with the 12 tribes of Israel. Master weaver Yehudit Avraham wove the robe using the Navajo "two-sided" weaving technique.
"This is the first robe woven entirely out of techelet in nearly 2,000 years," Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute told Arutz Sheva Radio.
Click HERE for the full story.
Visit the Temple Institute site HERE
The Priestly Garments site HERE
December 19, 2005
Chanukah means "dedication." The Temple was cleansed and rededicated on this holiday. How will you be celebrating this miracle? Dreidel? Gifts? Latkes?
Perhaps there's more we, the Children of Aharon and Levi, could be doing. I therefore call upon all Kohanim and Leviim to dedicate (or rededicate) themselves to the Halachos of Kodshim (holy objects), Taharos (purity) and Avodah (Temple Service).
With all of the events unfolding in the world, it seems even more pressing that we dedicate ourselves to this knowledge.
Excerpts of a letter by the Chofetz Chaim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagen HaKohain):
…Presently it is difficult to find Kohanim who know the laws and practices of the Temple Service fully. How disheartening and embarrassing. It sadly indicates that our prayers for the Temple and the Service are merely lip service, not real or heartfelt. For if we really desired it to come, we would prepare and make ready for it.
Therefore my brothers, it is incumbent upon us to…further the knowledge of the Temple and its Service. Particularly the Kohanim and the Levites, who are most directly involved in this Torah Mitzvah, for they will be the first to be asked, “why didn’t you prepare for the Temple Service?”
Will you heed the call?
December 16, 2005
By Charles Krauthammer
Lest you get carried away with today's good news from Iraq, consider what's happening next door in Iran. The wild pronouncements of the new Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have gotten sporadic press ever since he called for Israel to be wiped off the map. He subsequently amended himself to say that Israel should simply be extirpated from the Middle East map and moved to some German or Austrian province. Perhaps near the site of an old extermination camp?
Except that there were no such camps, indeed no Holocaust at all, says Ahmadinejad. Nothing but "myth," a "legend" that was "fabricated . . . under the name 'Massacre of the Jews.' " This brought the usual reaction from European and American officials, who, with Churchillian rage and power, called these statements unacceptable. That something serious might accrue to Iran for this -- say, expulsion from the United Nations for violating its most basic principle by advocating the outright eradication of a member state -- is, of course, out of the question.
To be sure, Holocaust denial and calls for Israel's destruction are commonplace in the Middle East. They can be seen every day on Hezbollah TV, in Syrian media, in Egyptian editorials appearing in semiofficial newspapers. But none of these aspiring mass murderers are on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that could do in one afternoon what it took Hitler six years to do: destroy an entire Jewish civilization and extinguish 6 million souls.
Everyone knows where Iran's nuclear weapons will be aimed. Everyone knows they will be put on Shahab rockets, which have been modified so that they can reach Israel. And everyone knows that if the button is ever pushed, it will be the end of Israel.
Read the rest HERE
December 15, 2005
Or how about that always hilarious David Duke in the wacky Israel is like the Nazis.
Or perhaps you're looking for something to tug at your heart strings. Well, then scroll down the page and you'll find the tragic head of the Neturei Karta (Yimach Shemam) wailing that Israel is Satanic.
December 14, 2005
"No Jerusalem, no peace,” declared PA Prime Minister Ahmed Quriea at a special cabinet meeting of the Palestinian Authority’s government on Monday.
Quriea, also known by the name he used as a PLO terrorist, Abu Ala, is a senior PA offical, second to PA chief Mahmoud Abbas.
He promised that the Palestinian Authority would never give up its demand for sovereignty over Jerusalem and goal of making it the capital of a Palestinian state. That goal, he said, has become the PA’s primary consideration for peace with Israel.
Quriea announced at the meeting that the PA will be taking positive steps to exert its influence over Jerusalem.
He said the PA planned to transfer income support payments to Arab families living in the city.
He said the PA was trying to enlist donations for that purpose from countries that contribute money to finance the operations of the PA government. The United States, Europe, and various Arab countries regularly donate money to the Palestinian Authority.
Quriea thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for its contributions towards realizing the PA’s goals in Jerusalem.Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish State, is under Israeli sovereignty. The city was liberated in two stages, the western part in the 1948 Independence War, and the eastern part in the 1967 Six Day War. The eastern part of the city, which contains the Old City, Western Wall, and Temple Mount, also includes numerous Arab neighborhoods.
The Israeli government formally annexed the eastern part of the city shortly after the Six Day War.
The Palestinian Authority, set up by the Oslo accords in 1994, is based in Ramallah, north of Jerusalem. PA operations in Jerusalem are forbidden, according to those agreements. They are also illegal under Israeli law.
Me: Here's my counter offer: Go scratch your a** with a broken bottle.
December 13, 2005
December 11, 2005
The Palestinian Authority’s Office for Religious Affairs claims that the Western Wall, revered by Jews for generations as the last structural remnant of the Second Holy Temple, is Moslem property.
The PA office claims Moslem ownership of the Western Wall by referring to the wall on its website as the Al-Boraq Wall. According to Moselm legend, the wall is the place where Mohammed parked his horse, named Boraq, before ascending to heaven.
Moslem tradition holds that Mohammed rose to heaven from the Temple Mount, though that idea is not mentioned anywhere in the Koran, the central text of the Moslem faith.
The Palestinian Authority’s official website, echoing the claims of its religious affairs office, also attempts to negate Jewish ownership of the Western Wall.
The PA contends that Israeli archeological digs near the site of the Western Wall, also commonly known as the Wailing Wall, “totally failed to find any proof that support their false claims” to the Wall.
Read the rest of ther mishegas HERE
Me: No comment except for the fact that once again this proves that we are dealing with revisionist liars who have no grasp of reality. But hey, let's keep negotiating!
MK Chanan Porat, a former NRP Knesset Member and a National Union founder, says the rabbis must become more actively involved in removing the disputes blocking a merger between the two parties.
Speaking with Arutz-7's Yigal Shok on Thursday, Porat - himself a rabbi and Torah scholar - said, "The argument over who will head the party is that which is currently holding up the unification. The claims that the issues revolve around 'difficulties in formulating the agenda,' and the Land of Israel's weight in the agenda, are merely spins for the media."
NRP sources have claimed that the National Union is placing too much emphasis on the struggle for the Land of Israel [Eretz Yisrael] for their taste, and that the NRP wishes to give more prominence to social and educational issues.
Read the rest HERE
Me: Keep bickering. You'll have plenty of time to resolve issues when you're living in Islamic Palestine (Ch'VS).
December 08, 2005
I noticed that the dancing was dying down so I decided to do something about it. There were three other rooms where Jews were hanging out. One room was filled with secular Jews who were eating and drinking in a fashion not unlike a secular New Years party. In the second room, Jews were just talking but not following me to the Wall, the third room was a Beis Medrish where Orthodox Jews were davening. It hurt me that they would daven there and not at the Wall. All I wanted to do was to keep the dance going and show the world that the Jews were one people. I was able to coax some people to follow me to make a kiddush Hashem but many would not come.
December 07, 2005
Presbyterian Leaders Meet Hizbullah Terror Chief
Presbyterian Christians from Chicago met recently with Hizbullah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon.
The meeting took place during a trip co-sponsored by the Chicago Presbytery’s Middle East Task Force, in which Rev. Bob Reynolds of the Presbytery’s executive board took part.
The trip’s leader, Dr. Robert Worley, praised Hizbullah and expressed understanding for the terror group’s activities against the Jewish state, saying that Presbyterians “have suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations.” Worley also told Nasrallah that Jewish influence in America leads to the perception that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization.
Read the rest HERE
December 05, 2005
December 04, 2005
Malachi Chapter 2
When will the Kohanim of today take this to heart? Where is the Teaching? Where is the Learning? Why are we not devoting ourselves to our birthright and delving into the vast body of knowledge that awaits us regarding Taharos, Karbanos and Kodshim?
November 30, 2005
Rabbi Yisrael Eichler, formerly representing Agudat Yisrael in parliament, is working to draft joint "red lines" for all right-wing and religious political parties.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva Radio on Tuesday, Rabbi Eichler said that his efforts are aimed at foiling a divide-and-conquer approach from being effective against the religious and right-wing parties. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon used such an approach successfully after the last elections, according to Eichler, ultimately destroying both the Torah world and the Jewish communities of Gaza and northern Samaria. "And his hand is still outstretched for more," the former MK warned.
Rabbi Eichler said that he is working on drafting key non-negotiable positions for all religious and right-wing parties to agree upon ahead of coalition negotiations for the next government. He is seeking to prevent a situation in which, among the right-wing and religious parties, "in order to get some extra kneideleh [matzah ball], one [party] will enter [the coalition] at the expense of another."
Ideally, Eichler would like to see a joint commitment by the right-wing and religious parties that any future coalition must include all or none of them. However, barring that, he is working on a minimal agreement that the religious Zionist parties will fight legislation that could harm the interests of Hareidi Torah institutions and the Hareidi parties will fight legislation that harms the interests of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
The first stage in forming his envisioned right-religious coalition, Rabbi Eichler said, is forming a single Hareidi bloc including Shas, Agudat Yisrael and Degel HaTorah. However, Eichler admitted that such a bloc is difficult to generate. Shas, he said, is concerned about losing traditionalist, but not Orthodox, voters to the secular parties should the Sephardic movement agree to join Ashkenazi Hareidim in one party.
November 29, 2005
The status quo is not working, and with Mr. Sharon's final leap into insanity by becoming more "left" then Labour, it seems that the time for unity and "Achdus/Achdut" among the Religious of Israel is now.
For the sake of the State and the Jewish people -- UNITE!
Col Yisrael Chaverim.
November 28, 2005
Millions of pounds donated by British and other European charities to help the Palestinian poor were unwittingly diverted to fund terror and support the families of suicide bombers, Israeli prosecutors claimed yesterday.
Ahmed Salatna, 43, a Hamas activist from the West Bank town of Jenin, was remanded in custody by a military court charged with distributing €9m (£6.2m) for such purposes over the past nine years. The recipients are alleged to have included the family of a young man who blew himself up at the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem in August 2001, killing 15 people and wounding 107. Hamas and Islamic Jihad acknowledged responsibility.
The charge sheet names two British charities, Human Appeal International and Interpal. Human Appeal is a broadly based fundraising organisation, currently helping victims of the Pakistani earthquake. Interpal describes itself as "a non-political, non-profit-making charity that focuses solely on the provision of relief and development aid to the poor and needy of Palestine". No one was available for comment at its London office yesterday. Other charities mentioned were the French CBST, the Italian ABSPT and the Al-Aqsa Foundation, which operates in Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.
Read the full Article HERE or click above.
November 27, 2005
Reports are increasing that Prime Minister Sharon has drafted a plan for Israel's withdrawal from almost all of Judea and Samaria by 2008.
Middle East Newsline (MENL) reports in the name of "political sources" that Sharon has begun briefing senior U.S. officials of his intention to withdraw unilaterally from more than 95% of Judea and Samaria. Sharon is hoping to be elected Prime Minister for a third time - this time not in the Likud, however, but as head of his new Kadima Party.
One of the most valuable "acquisitions" of the Kadima Party, MK Chaim Ramon, formerly of Labor, said openly last week that Sharon will unilaterally withdraw to final borders in Judea and Samaria if Palestinian terror continues. IMRA reported that Ramon said this on a live interview on Channel 10's "London and Kirschenbaum" news program just hours after he announced his decision to join Sharon's Kadima.
Ramon explained that Sharon will keep his plans secret until the elections because he wants to give the Road Map a chance.
Many public figures said, both immediately before and after Sharon's decision to quit the Likud, that this decision stems from his desire to carry out dramatic diplomatic moves that he knows the Likud would not approve. Among those who have said this are Binyamin Netanyahu, former Ashkelon Mayor and long-time Sharon confidante Eli Landau, Likud ministers, and others.
The MENL report indicates that Sharon would seek a U.S. and international security presence in Judea and Samaria, as well as yet another commitment for the dismantling of Palestinian terrorist groups.
Sharon's reported plan is to order a unilateral withdrawal, at first, from more than 90% of Judea and Samaria, while retaining control over air space. The pullout would be accompanied by a pledge of an additional withdrawal, as well as full Palestinian independence, once the PA dismantles terrorist groups and maintains security cooperation with Israel. The MENL sources said a version of the plan has already been drafted by Israel's National Security Council.
Though Sharon has denied that he plans any further disengagements, he pledged last week to "lay the foundation for a peace in which we set the permanent borders of the state, while insisting on the dismantling of the terror organizations."
EU Wants Israel to Divide Jerusalem
The EU has accused Israel of a de facto annexation of eastern Jerusalem. An EU conference in Barcelona is discussing the issue, with the PA calling for dividing Israel's capital.
A European Union (EU) document, reported in The New York Times and The Guardian, urges member countries to prevent the security fence from "sealing off most of East Jerusalem" and allowing Israel a "de facto annexation" of Jerusalem. The city which was re-united after the 1967 Six Day War.
The report charges that "Israeli activities in Jerusalem are in violation of both its roadmap obligations and international law." Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and virtually every previous prime minister and leader of major parties have declared that Jerusalem will remain united. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has insisted that its proposed new Arab state will include Jerusalem as its capital.
The EU report, prepared by its diplomats in eastern Jerusalem and Ramallah and written by British consulate officials, was sent to foreign ministers of the 25 countries in the group.
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November 21, 2005
Ra’id Salah, head of the radical Islamic movement in Israel, which denies the Jewish state’s right to exist, paid a visit to the mosques on the Temple Mount on Sunday.
Read it HERE
November 13, 2005
A quote from a Jordanian about the Muslim terrorists who bombed Amman:
"By killing Jordanians here in Jordan, civilian Jordanians going to a wedding, they did something that not even a Jew would do," he said.
Read the full article HERE
November 11, 2005
Moslem riots in France have fanned anti-Semitism, and four synagogues and Jewish schools have been firebombed, despite Jewish media reports that Jews are not being targeted more than others.
Read it HERE
Archaeologists have discovered a 40-pound stone containing the oldest known example of the Hebrew alphabet. The stone, inscribed with the Hebrew alphabet written out in its traditional order, was found in the wall of a building dated from the 10th century BCE in Tel Zayit, ancient Judea, south of Jerusalem. The building itself was part of a network of structures at the site, indicating an important border town connected to a centralized kingdom.
The discovery was made by Dr. Ron Tappy, a professor at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, on the last day of a five-week dig at Tel Zayit. "This is very rare," he said, "This makes it very historically probable there were people [3,000 years ago] who could write." In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Tappy said, "All successive alphabets in the ancient world, including the Greek one, derive from this ancestor at Tel Zayit."
In addition to constituting an important contribution in understanding the history of writing, the inscription helps to counter claims that the Bible could not have been written by Jews in ancient times, experts said. The find, in its context, suggests literacy levels that support Biblical writings of a unified Jewish kingdom.
Read the rest HERE
November 10, 2005
Jeremiah 31:14: "Thus said Hashem: A voice is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping, Rachel weeps for her children; she refuses to be consoled for her children, for they are gone. Thus said Hashem: Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for there is reward for your accomplishment - the word of Hashem - and they will return from the enemy's land. There is hope for your future - the word of Hashem - and your children will return to their border."
November 09, 2005
Read about it HERE
The Committee to Prevent Temple Mount Artifacts Desecration warns that Muslim Waqf construction works are once again underway - this time at the Temple entrance path taken by Jews 2,000 years ago.
The Committee sent a letter on the matter this week to the Prime Minister and to the Director of the Antiquities Authority. The letter states that new information has been received indicating the Waqf's intention to continue its "refurbishing" works on the Mount.
Yisrael Caspi, an active member of the Committee, told Arutz-7, "For some years now we have been standing guard to try to have the Waqf stop its destruction works. The Waqf is trying to take over the Mount and make it a totally Moslem site, with no Jewish presence."
Yisrael Caspi, an active member of the Committee, told Arutz-7, "For some years now we have been standing guard to try to have the Waqf stop its destruction works. The Waqf is trying to take over the Mount and make it a totally Moslem site, with no Jewish presence."
Caspi said that the latest information indicates that the Waqf plans to begin work at the site known as the Hatunya, adjacent to the Southern Wall excavations and the Dung Gate entrance to the Western Wall.
"A staircase leads from the Temple Mount plaza downward under the Al Aksa mosque [south of the Dome of the Rock]," he said, "to two tunnels built by King Herod 2,000 years ago. The tunnels served the Jews who entered the Holy Temple from the Hulda Gate on the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Today, we see the Hulda Gate, but just to the left is a building called the Hatunya, built several hundred years ago. The Waqf wants to excavate the tunnels and the Hatunya, and, based on past experience, turn it into yet another mosque - while hiding or destroying Jewish artifacts."
Click here for a "restoration drawing" of the Hulda Gate entrance.
"We firmly object to granting the Waqf a construction permit for its Temple Mount works," the Comittee's letter states, "and we demand that all work be carried out only under the supervision of the Antiquities Authority."
Caspi said, "Our past experience has shown that the Waqf does not exactly have an interest in preserving the archaeological findings there, and especially not the Jewish ones. On the contrary: They want to hide and even destroy all Jewish findings. This is our concern. We demand that the Antiquities Authority - which is not taking a strong enough position on this issue - be responsible once again for what goes on there."
"In the past," Caspi said, "the government of Israel gave a permit for Waqf renovations in the Solomon's Stables area of the Temple Mount and under the Al Aqsa mosque [just south of the Dome of the Rock]. The bottom line was that the works were done without supervision, archaeological findings are feared hidden and destroyed, new mosques were built on the Temple Mount, and Jews are prevented from visiting the most important Jewish sites in history."
Caspi said that while he and his colleagues try - so far with little success - to find MKs or others who can intervene with the Prime Minister on this issue, the public can do its part as well: "They should fax the Prime Minister's Office [at 02-670-5475 from within Israel; +9722-670-5475 from abroad] and protest the fact that his policies are allowing the Moslems to totally take over our holiest site and keep us, and our history, out."
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November 06, 2005
November 04, 2005
The violence that has wracked Paris suburbs over the past week has spread to new areas and outside the French capital for the first time. Youths burned buildings and more than 500 vehicles in the eighth consecutive night of rioting. Nearly 80 arrests were made in Paris. Cars were torched in the eastern city of Dijon, and sporadic unrest broke out in southern and western France.
See a disturbing slide show HERE
Me: At first I was going to say that at least in France the Muslims wait for the people to be off the bus before they torch them (unlike their "Palestinian" bretheren). Yeah... not so much...
A handicapped woman was doused with petrol and set on fire by youths during another night of rioting in Paris. The 56-year-old suffered third degree burns to 20% of her body in the attack.
Witnesses said a youth poured petrol over the woman and then threw a Molotov cocktail on to the bus she was travelling on in the suburb of Sevran.
Click HERE for full story.
A conference this week unveiled the Sanhedrin project to the public, shifting away from euphoric satisfaction with the launch of the Court one year ago and moving toward broadening participation.
Since it was launched in Tiberias last year, the Court of 71 rabbis has strived to fulfill the halakhic (Jewish legal) requirements for renewing authentic semicha (rabbinic ordination passed down from Moses) and for reestablishing the Great Court, which was disbanded 1,600 years ago. At Sunday’s conference, distinguished members of the Court, led by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz), presented a humble, yet exhilarating plan to widen the scope and acceptance of the Court to truly move toward becoming the restored Sanhedrin of old.
Along with the increasingly modest references to the current institution of a Court or Sanhedrin project came new high-caliber participants in the project. Rabbi Even-Israel publicly accepted the position of Nassi, President of the Sanhedrin, and Rabbi Re’em HaCohen – head of the Otniel Hesder Yeshiva - delivered the first address of the morning. Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi and Dayan (Rabbinical Court Judge) Dov Lior spoke both at the conference and later at the festive meal.
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November 03, 2005
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"The creation of the occupying regime in Jerusalem is a strong action by the ruling arrogant world order against the world of Islam. There continues a historic war between the [powers of] World Arrogance and the Islamic world, the roots of which go back hundreds of years," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared. "The Islamic nation will not allow its historic enemy to exist in its heartland."
Ahmadinejad was addressing a Teheran conference entitled "A World Without Zionism".
Read the full article HERE
October 24, 2005
The Supreme Court has ordered a change to its ruling allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount on the Sukkot holiday. The Jews may visit, but not pray there.
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Me: Funny, in the USA I can pray anywhere.
October 23, 2005
October 20, 2005
The Al Jazeera Arab site has accused "dozens of Jewish extremists" of storming the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and clashing with Moslem guards. The charge was made after the worshippers won a court appeal allowing them to pray on the Temple Mount between for a short time.
United Press International (UPI) quoted Arab sources as saying that members of the Temple Mount Guardians "performed religious rituals inside the mosque's yard" after the court for the "the first time in 30 years [granted] permission" to Jews to pray on the site. Mosque director Mohamed Hussein was quoted assaying, "Since the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslim, extremist settler groups intensified their attacks against the mosque. These acts, and the court’s decision, could lead to dangerous results."
On Monday, the eve of the Sukkot holiday, the High Court of Justice handed down a ruling officially permitting Jews to pray on the Temple Mount but stipulated that prayers must conclude by 9 a.m. in order to prevent a confrontation with Moslems, who usually arrive at that time.The decision set a precedent as it permits Jews not only to visit the Mount but also to pray there. Such a position has not been taken by the court since at least 1976.
An official Vatican newspaper has reported that during his upcoming visit to the Vatican, President Moshe Katsav will sign an agreement giving parts of David’s Tomb over to papal control.
Read the full article HERE
Me: Here's the offer: They can have a small patch of the tomb provided we get back our Menorah, the Tzitz of the Kohain Gadol and all our relics and holy books that are collecting dust in the basement of the Vatican. Deal?
Dozens of volunteers searched through refuse dumped at the site by the Muslim Wakf (religious authority) in Jerusalem's Old City during the Wakf's construction of underground mosques on the Temple Mount.
Archaeologists have found among the refuse many artifacts of historical import, including seals discovered just three weeks ago that date from the era of the First Temple (that built by the Biblical King Solomon).
Read the Rest HERE
October 17, 2005
On Thursday night, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri said, "Jews must come to the land of Israel to receive our righteous Mashiach (Messiah), who has begun his influence and will reveal himself in the future."
It was during the meal after the 24-hour Yom Kippur fast that several followers approached the 104-year-old leading known Kabbalist Rabbi in Israel. A family member asked him about his remarks last month regarding natural disasters in the world. The Rabbi said that the disasters are directly related to the redemption process, which will culminate in the coming of the Mashiach.
The Rabbi added that in the near future, another wave of natural disasters will strike the world.
Read the full article HERE
October 16, 2005
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The Sukkot holiday used to mean not only moving into temporary quarters, but housing those quarters themselves in temporary quarters - Jerusalem. Some families aim to renew that custom this year.
Five families have already signed up to join the initiative, and plan to build their sukkot - holiday huts - on a hillside overlooking the Temple Mount. Jerusalem archaeologist Tzachi Zweig says that this is how it used to be done:
"We know that there is a Biblical commandment to visit Jerusalem on the three Festivals, but on the Sukkot holiday, it is more than just a visit. Shavuot (Pentecost) is only one day, and the commandment on Passover is also only for one day - but the commandment on Sukkot is to 'rejoice before G-d for seven days'. We are commanded on Sukkot to live in temporary huts, or booths, and it's clear that with the masses of people who came, not all of their hundreds of thousands of booths could fit inside the city. Many huts were built outside the city, overlooking the Holy Temple, and there are many sources indicating this... It's logical that Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives would be chosen for this purpose."
The site chosen for the renewal of this practice is the Emek Tzurim National Park, on the slopes of Mt. Scopus, beneath Yeshivat Beit Orot and Hebrew University. "This is the location where we have been running an ongoing archaeological analysis of dirt and rubble from the Temple Mount," Zweig said. Volunteers have been sifting through truckloads of dirt carted away from the Mount after the Islamic Waqf perpetrated an illegal construction project there.
Read the rest HERE
Hevron leaders report that on Friday night, Muslim worshippers praying in the Cave of the Patriarchs (Ma’arat HaMachpela) damaged an ark in the Jewish area, adding as a result of their vandalism attack, they were unable to open the lock placed on the ark to protect Torah scrolls.
Me: Speak out against this chilul Hashem and write the Knesset. Outrage if Jews did such a thing. Silence when Muslims do it. This must be stopped.
October 12, 2005
October 09, 2005
Knesset Member Avraham Poraz of Shinui demands that the government stop sponsoring a campaign promoting participation at Yom Kippur prayer services.
In a letter to the Prime Minister's Bureau he released this morning, MK Poraz wrote, "It is not the job of the Prime Minister's Office in particular, nor of the State in general, to use public funds to publicize ads whose purpose is only to encourage Jewish repentance and participation in Yom Kippur prayers. The State has more important needs on which to spend money than this unnecessary campaign."
Click above to read the full article.
For those of us who believe in G-d and His Torah... Here are some Yom Kippur resources (you may want to throw in an extra prayer for Shinui and their self-hating anti-semitic members).
*The Yom Kippur Avoda
*The Role of the Kohain Gadol (High Priest) on Yom Kippur
*Kitzur Halakhot of Yom Kippur
October 06, 2005
The fast is observed on the day immediately following Rosh Hashanah, the third of Tishrei. In the Prophetic Writings this fast is called 'The Fast of the Seventh' in allusion to Tishrei, the seventh month.
When Nebuchadnetzar King of Babylonia, destroyed the Temple's Sanctuary in Jerusalem and exiled the Jewish people to Babylonia, he allowed an impoverished remnant to remain in the land and appointed Gedaliah Ben Achikam as their Governor. Many Jews who had fled to Moab, Ammon, Edom, and other neighboring lands returned to the land of Yehudah, tended the vineyards given to them by the king of Babylonia and enjoyed a new respite after their earlier oppression.
The King of Ammon however - hostile and envious of the Judean remnant sent a loyal Jew, Yishmael Ben Netaniah, to assassinate Gedaliah. In the seventh month (Tishrei) Yishmael came to Gedaliah in the town of Mitzpa, and was received cordially. Gedaliah had been warned of his guests murderous intent, but refused to believe his informants in the belief that their report was mere slander. Yishmael murdered Gedaliah, together with most of the Jews who had joined him and numbers of Babylonians whom the Babylonian King had left with Gedaliah The remaining Jews feared the vengeance of the Babylonian King and fled to Egypt.
The surviving remnant of Jews was thus dispersed and the land remained desolate. In remembrance of these tribulations, our Sages instituted the 'Fast of the Seventh' on the day of Gedaliah's assassination in the seventh month."
Read the rest HERE
October 02, 2005
In the wake of the reports that an IDF commander ordered a religious soldier to unknowingly step on a prayer shawl (talit), Knesset Member Meir Porush (Agudat Yisrael) said the incident proves that Israeli youth is cut off from its own religious heritage. "The sorry incident in which a soldier was made to trample a talit proves that the youth in the state are cut off from basic Jewish values and know less than nothing about Torah and the heritage of Israel," MK Porush said. "On the eve of Rosh Hashanah 5766, it is fitting that the leaders of state understand that only if we succeed here in raising descendants who deepen their Jewish identity will no enemy or evil-wisher be able to break our spirit or harm us physically."The time has come for the education system to return to all the Jewish students the cultural keys to the Jewish literary treasure trove, in order to preserve the spiritual light of our heritage, and in order to protect the Jewish spark so that it never, God forbid, go out."
Me: Couldn't have said it better.
September 30, 2005
Archaeologists have revealed they have found a Jewish seal from the period of the First Temple, according to Professor Gabi Barkay.
The seal was discovered in debris which was taken from the Temple Mount six years ago and is the first time a Jewish artifact from the First Temple has been found, he added. The seal, less than one centimeter long and made from burnt mud, bears ancient Hebrew writing and probably was used for official documents and letters, Prof. Barkay said. It is more than 2500 years old and provides a direct link with the era of King David.
Arab Moslems have authority over the Temple Mount site and have been systematically removing debris from the Temple Mount site for years despite protests from archaeologists who fear they will lose any opportunity to find remnants of the First Temple. Arabs also have waged a publicity campaign claiming that the Jewish Temples never existed on the mount.
But you shall be called the Kohanim of the L-RD, men shall call you the ministers of our G-d; you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their splendor will you revel.
וְנוֹדַע בַּגּוֹיִם זַרְעָם, וְצֶאֱצָאֵיהֶם בְּתוֹךְ הָעַמִּים; כָּל-רֹאֵיהֶם יַכִּירוּם, כִּי הֵם זֶרַע בֵּרַךְ יְהוָה
And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the L-RD has blessed.
UK: Israeli offensive appropriate
Israel's response to the recent Kassam rocket attacks on Sderot has been measured and appropriate, Kim Howells, Britain's Minister of State for the Middle East, told The Jerusalem Post, disregarding Palestinian appeals for the world to rein in the IDF.
Me: A European country backing Israel? What's the world coming to?
A council of non-Jewish observers of the Seven Laws of Noah has been selected and will be ordained by the reestablished Sanhedrin in Jerusalem this January.
B'nai Noach, literally "Children of Noah," known as Noahides, are non-Jews who take upon themselves the Torah's obligations for non-Jews - consisting of seven laws passed on from Noah following the flood, as documented in Genesis.
Read the full article from Arutz Sheva HERE or click above.
Thanks to Kalman HaLevi for pointing this out to me.
September 27, 2005
By The Associated Press
The government will soon open to the public a new archaeological site not far from a sensitive holy shrine in Jerusalem's Old City, officials said Tuesday.In 1996, Palestinian riots broke out throughout the West Bank when Israel opened ancient tunnels that run near the site of the biblical temples, which is now home to two Muslim mosques.The latest archaeological discovery is a ritual bath from the period of the second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed in A.D. 70, and a small wall from the period of the first Jewish Temple, destroyed in the year 586 B.C. The public will be able to view the remains with a light show about Jewish history in the coming weeks, said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, chief rabbi of the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.
Me: Wait for it...
Adnan Husseini, the head of the Islamic Trust that oversees the two mosques at the site, condemned the diggings and Israel's intention to open it to the public, calling it a "confiscation" of Muslim property.
Me: I'd laugh if it wasn't so very very sad. Thanks to Yisrael Medad for directing me to this article. His blog can be found HERE
September 26, 2005
"And Judah also shall fight against Jerusalem"
זְכַרְיָה - 14
Reform, Conservative Groups Advocate for a Palestinian State
(IsraelNN.com) A group of sixteen Jewish and Christian delegates from the United States returned home this week from a week-long trip to Israel. An official statement of the group - signed by, among others, delegates representing the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Religious Action Center of the Union of Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism - expressed recognition for "the historic links [of]... the Palestinian People have to the land," and advocated a Palestinian State.
The statement said, in part: "As representatives of mainline Protestant Churches and the American Jewish community, we have demonstrated that Christians and Jews can work together to seek peace even when there is disagreement on specific policies and solutions. As a result of these days, we will now be even more effective advocates for a secure, viable and independent Palestinian state alongside an equally secure State of Israel, affirming the historic links that both the Jewish People and the Palestinian People have to the land."
Upon our return, we are committed to... Effectively support those Palestinians and Israelis who are courageously working for reconciliation and a two-state solution with concrete actions that will help sustain their work."
September 23, 2005
Bet you didn't hear about this on the news:
Hamas To Convert Synagogue to Weapons Museum
The question is, what will the world do to stop it? Probably nothing.
Well, it's time to stand up. Write the President, your Congressman or Senator, your local paper, anyone who will listen.
Email this article to friends and loved ones and let's get the word out that this is unacceptable and will be met with resistance.
September 21, 2005
Born in Posen, Poland, on the night of the Pesach Seder, to a distinguished family of rabbis that traced its ancestry to King David. He was the youngest of four brothers. The Maharal married at the age of 32 to Pearl. He had six girls and one boy who was named after the Maharal's father, Beztalel. In 1553 he was elected rabbi of Nikolsburg and the Province of Moravia, where he remained for the following 20 years. In 1573 he moved to Prague, where he opened a yeshiva. In 1592 the Maharal accepted the position of rabbi in Posen, returning to Prague in 1598 to serve as its chief rabbi. The Maharal castigated the educational methods of his day where boys were taught at a very young age and insisted that children must be taught in accordance with their intellectual maturity. One of his leading disciples was Reb Yom Tov Heller, author of the classic mishnaic commentary, Tosafos Yom Tov, who, in his introduction informs us that the Maharal greatly encouraged group study of the Mishna. At the same time, he was fully conversant with the scientific knowledge of his time as well as friendly with some of the contemporary eminent scientists. His disciple, Dovid Ganz, worked in the observatory of Tycho Brahe, the distinguished astronomer. He was a prolific writer, and his works include: Tiferes Yisrael on the greatness of Torah and mitzvos; Netivos Olam, on ethics; Be'er Hagolah, a commentary on rabbinic sayings; Netzach Yisrael, on exile and redemption; Or Chadash, on the book of Esther; Ner Mitzvah, on Chanukah; Gevuros Hashem, on the Exodus; and many others. He was held in great esteem by his contemporaries and has had a profound impact on all streams of Judaism. Rabbi Kook stated that the "Maharal was the father of the approach of the Gaon of Vilna on the one hand, and of the father of Chasidus, on the other hand." He has been described as a Kabbalist who wrote in philosophic garb.
Me: He is also well known for creating the Golem
From the ADL website
Conspiracy theorists jumped to incorporate Katrina into their anti-Semitic theories of Jewish manipulation.
Some blamed Hurricane Katrina itself on Jews. "I have been informed that Hurricane Katrina was an event caused in order to create devastation…" wrote one person on the Aryan Nations Web site. "The reason behind this, is that Israel plans to use the port of New Orleans in order to ship in weapons of mass destruction to use against the American citizens, namely the Gentiles….I have no doubt that Israel and world-Jewry have been attempting to establish what they call Talmudic rule in this country."
Me: Israel calling for Talmudic rule? In what universe? I would laugh if it weren't so sad.
September 20, 2005
More on this to come... and please feel free to post your thoughts.
Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman is director of The Center for Kohanim (Jews of Priestly origin), which is dedicated to raising awareness and preparedness among today’s Kohanim. The Center, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, maintains the website: Cohen-Levi.org. Sparked by the discovery of the "Cohen Gene", Rabbi Kleiman began researching the new science of molecular population genetics – the tracking of peoples’ history through DNA. This book presents a summary of the fascinating findings and their possible implications.Did the Twelve Tribes of Israel really exist? Are the scattered groups of modern Jews really the direct descendants of the ancient Hebrews of the Bible? This extraordinary book chronicles the latest discoveries in the cutting-edge field of Molecular Population Genetics that add empirical evidence and scientific confirmation to Biblical tradition. The areas that are analyzed include:
The Discovery of the "Cohen Gene"
DNA Tests of Tradition
Confirming the Origin of World Jewry
Discovering the Genetic Matriarchs
Abraham’s Chromosome Signature
Three weeks after National Union leader Benny Elon called for an election merger between his party and the NRP, NRP leader Zevulun Orlev asks for cooperation among all religious/right-wing parties.
Me: Why so long? I recently heard a Shiur by Rav Ariel Bar Tzadok (Kosher Torah) where he predicted this would happen.
Where was the unity when Jews were being evicted from their homes? It's time to take back the Knesset from the corrupt, self-hating Jews:
Sharon Implicated in Another Campaign Funding Scandal
Rabbi Kaduri stated, Sharon will be the last PM of the old Government before Mashiach. Im Yirtze Hashem.
We need more Jews like Mr. Wiesenthal who gave our enemies no rest until they were punished.
September 18, 2005
September 16, 2005
by Arlene Kushner
(via Arutz Sheva)
News from Palestinian sources protest Jews taking up residence near the Al-Aksa Mosque. Not a new story. Only weeks go, media expert Michael Widlanski reported that Voice of Palestine radio broke into its regular programming to announce that Israeli troops and Jewish extremists were invading Islamic holy places on the Temple Mount.
Following that, came a report that Jordan's Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Marouf Bakhit, had rushed to declare to officials at the Israeli Foreign Ministry that his country was outraged over the "provocative act" of a group of Jews who had the insolence to visit the Temple Mount in commemoration of Jerusalem Day. The official Jordanian news agency declared this "a provocative act that could stir up confrontation and evoke outrage of Muslims around the world."
It has been well documented that in September 2000 the Palestinian Authority used Ariel Sharon's visit to the Mount as a pretense for starting the Intifada they already had planned. This current incitement is bad news. Seems they're revving up the crowds again.
It is time, I suggest, for us to start thinking seriously about the Temple Mount and our relationship to it as Jews. This is not an issue simply for those advocating building of a Third Temple on the Mount. I advocate nothing of the sort; yet, I see that it affects us all.
To read the full article click HERE
September 15, 2005
Taharas Hakohanim is a dynamically growing organization of kohanim, and for kohanim. Geared to raise the halachic awareness of kohanim, and to facilitate the implementation of their unique birthright, Taharas Hakohanim continues to make a major impact on the general awareness of kohanim worldwide. Through classes, newsletters, academic publications, and informational resources for halachic questions, kohanim have finally found answers to questions that have been bothering them for years. Structural inspection and modifications in public buildings and thoroughfares have enabled kohanim to use otherwise prohibited places.
September 14, 2005
Israel's leading known Kabbalistic Elder, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri called upon worldwide Jewry Tuesday night to return to Israel due to the natural disasters which threaten to strike the world.
Click above title for full article
September 13, 2005
In an address in Gaza on Tuesday marking the Palestinian Authority (PA) victory over the “occupying force,” PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) made a point of thanking the Israeli left-wing for their efforts towards ousting the Jewish residents and IDF from Gaza.
September 12, 2005
When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than you, you shall not be afraid of them; for the L-RD your G-d is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when come near to the battle, that the Kohain (annointed for war) shall approach and speak to the people, and shall say to them: 'Hear, O Israel, you go to battle against your enemies; let not your heart faint; fear not, nor be alarmed, neither be frightened of them; for the L-RD your G-d is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.'
From the Jerusalem Post
September 09, 2005
It has been sitting in my brain all morning and I want to know what it means if anything.
As I type this Chaim Dovid's song "20 Million Yehudim" just came on my iTunes totally randomly. In fact I was just listening to a classical music mix.
I'm a little freaked.
"There are 20 million Yehudim in the world...
Each one is loved and dear to Hashem as His own child.
Hashiveinu Hashem Eilecha V'nashuvah
Chadaish Yameinu K'kedem."
September 08, 2005
August 30, 2005
August 29, 2005
All Kohanim share a few particular middos (character traits). The two most evident ones are Z'rizus (zealotry) and Ahava (love). Pinchas was the perfect example of Z'rizus and Aharon HaKohain was the embodiment of Ahava as he was called an "Ohaiv Shalom" (peace maker).
This weekend I had an epiphany... instead of looking at what divides the Jewish people and centering my thoughts on what people are doing wrong, I would like to focus my attention on Achdus (brotherhood) and Shalom.
"Kol Yisrael Areivim Ze L'zeh" All Jews are responsible for one another.
I thought: if the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred, perhaps we can merit its rebuilding if we show endless love for one another.
I am going to try to do this more and more. I call upon all my readers to try and do the same.
May Hashem see our efforts to reconcile with one another and bless us with the imminent coming of the Messiah.
FYI: I designed the above bumper sticker and am having copies made to distribute. Look for it around the LA area. If you are interested in having one email me at Judahhakohain(at)Yahoo(dot com) and I will see what I can do.