September 30, 2005

First Temple Seal Discovered in Arab Debris

From Arutz Sheva. Bolding is mine.

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.

From this week's Haftarah - Parshas Nitzavim

וְאַתֶּם, כֹּהֲנֵי יְהוָה תִּקָּרֵאוּ--מְשָׁרְתֵי אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יֵאָמֵר לָכֶם; חֵיל גּוֹיִם תֹּאכֵלוּ, וּבִכְבוֹדָם תִּתְיַמָּרוּ

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.

It's the END of the WORLD!!! (it has to be...)

One of the signs of the End of Days?

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?

Ohr LaGoyim: It begins, Baruch HaShem!

Sanhedrin Moves to Establish Council For Noahides

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


Ancient ritual bath discovered in Old City to be opened to public
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

Gee, who would've guessed?

וְגַם-יְהוּדָה--תִּלָּחֵם, בִּירוּשָׁלִָם
"And Judah also shall fight against Jerusalem"
זְכַרְיָה - 14

Reform, Conservative Groups Advocate for a Palestinian State

( 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."

How far will they go?

Excellent clip on anti-Israel media bias. See it HERE.

Consider giving a donation to help them in their work.

September 23, 2005

Is There Anybody Out There???


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

Tonight is the Yarzheit of the Holy MaHaRaL

Reb Yehuda Loew, the Maharal, 1609 (great grandfather of Alter Rebbe) , Reb Yehuda Loew, the Maharal (1525-1609).

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

Extry! Extry! Jews control weather!

Racists Blame Jews, Seek to Help Whites Only in Hurricane's Aftermath
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

Calling all Kohanim!

I called Rabbi Kleiman in Yerushalayim the other day and he informed me of the future endeavor of having a convention there for all the world's Kohanim. I think it's an excellent idea.

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: 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

What took you so long?

Talk of Cooperation Among Religious Parties

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.

Baruch Dayan Ha-Emes

Nazi-Hunter and Holocaust-Conscience Simon Wiesenthal Dead at 96

We need more Jews like Mr. Wiesenthal who gave our enemies no rest until they were punished.

September 18, 2005

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September 16, 2005

The Temple Mount: Getting Serious

(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

Calling all Kohanim - Taharas HaKohanim

Taharas HaKohanim
איגוד טהרת הכהנים

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

A call from Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri

Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel Ahead of Upcoming Disasters

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

'nuff said.

Abu Mazen Thanks Israeli Left

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.

Today is the Yahrtzeit of Reb Tzadok HaKohain

Reb Tzadok HaKohain of Lublin, author of Pri Tzadik, Resisei Layla, and other works (1823-1900). The son of Reb Yaakov HaKohen, Rov of Kreisberg, Reb Tzadok studied only the revelead aspects of Torah (halacha and Talmud) until he was 24. Beginning in 1847, he learned only kabbalistic teachings. Rabbi Tzadok became a chasid of the Izbitcher Rebbe and a close friend of Reb Yehudah Leib Eiger. Upon the death of Rebbe Eiger in 1888, he agreed to take over the leadership of the chasidim. Rabbi Tzadok was a prolific writer whose works made an enormous impact with their profound thoughts. Besides writing numerous chidushim, he also wrote scholarly essays on astronomy, geometry, and algebra.

September 12, 2005

Open discussion

These sub-human terrorists torch Synagogues and Yeshivot, places dedicated to the worship and teachings of the One G-d, while we protect their mosques that sit upon our Holy Temple Mount.

Yet the world is silent...

What If Jews Destroyed Mosques?

Parshas Shoftim

The Kohanim: the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the L-RD made by fire, and His inheritance. And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the L-RD is their inheritance, as He has spoken unto them... For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the L-RD, him and his sons forever.

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.'

Synagogues and Yeshivas are burning in Eretz Yisrael

Palestinians set fire to shuls, yeshiva
From the Jerusalem Post

September 09, 2005

Web Shas - Kohain Index for Gemara study

Click on the Gemara

My dream

Last night I had a dream where I heard the following message repeated a few times: "Twenty shall become one." It was something I was supposed to remember.

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."