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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Israel Doesn't Need American Soldiers

I am not gladdened, relieved or any positive emotion hearing that there will be an American Base with American soldiers stationed here in Israel. I don't see how that can enhance Israel's security and sovereignty. It will be a dangerous Trojan Horse.
US opens first permanent military base in Israel
Israel and U.S. officials on Monday inaugurated the first permanent American military base in the country, which will house dozens of U.S. troops and a missile defense system.
The base will be located within the Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School in southern Israel, near Beersheba, Defense News reported.
Today the United States has the most sincerely pro-Israel President in the History of American-Israeli Relations, Donald Trump, but he won't be President forever. Once Trump is out of office, it won't matter that he and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got along great and that Trump appointed the very Zionist David Freedman as Embassador.

It's always possible The odds are that subsequent US Presidents will be more like Obama, Carter or a Bush who felt animosity towards Israel and Likud Prime Ministers and tried to do everything to facilitate the establishment of a new Arab state they'd call "Palestine." Donald Trump is an exception. And you should never make decisions according to something as impermanent as a "President Trump."

The United States has been trying to get its military into Israel for decades. That was the plan of Nixon and Kissinger during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Their "help" was aimed to orchestrate a "tie," which would weaken Israel. And in that weakened state, the Americans had hoped to move in. Of course that would have weakened us even more, very much like the so-called military aid, which is really "buy in America" shopping coupons. Israel's military industries have been seriously weakened and restricted because of all the "strings" attached to the so-called aid.

Young people weren't around during Israel's great military victories in 1967, 1973, and even I wasn't alive during our War for Independence. We had no foreign ally fighting with us then. And even weapons, tanks etc were hard to purchase, while the enemy Arab armies were well supplied. So, how did we win? This may sound corny, but the truth is, that our victories were miracles. Yes, Gd helped. That's how it works for the Jewish People.

I'd like to thank US President Trump for his friendship and the excellent Ambassador he has in the United Nations, but I'd really prefer that he keep his troops at home.

Bibi and Trump at UN, Coordinated Attack?

I listened to a good portion of the United Nations General Assembly speeches of both Prime Minister Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump. They both came out punching. Neither of them gave a "Kumbaya," feel good mood speech.

Netanyahu placed a lot of emphasis on how great the State of Israel is doing, and what a fantastic friend of Israel American President Donald Trump is.

Trump attacked the countries he sees as a danger to World Peace, Korea and Iran.

Both speeches are here for you to listen to them. Tell me what you think.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rosh Hashana Rant: Stop The Focus on Food

This morning, I posted the following on my facebook page:
Am I the only one who can't psyche myself into RH cooking mode? I hate the focus on food rather than רוח spirit.
None of the replies so far got the real gist of my rant. I'm tired of being expected to plan menus and cook. At least my husband is willing and enjoys a lot of the shopping. I guess if I was rich enough I'd just order food ready-cooked. I'm really grateful for the invitations we get. For decades we were the default home for Holiday meals. I guess I'm rather burnt out from it all.

One thing I've always done has been to do all the Holiday cooking in advance, even though according to Jewish Law, one can cook on a Holiday. The Halachot, Jewish Laws, aren't the same as for Shabbat. The last thing I'd like on my plate on an important Jewish Holiday like Rosh Hashanah is cooking chores. It's really not right that the wife frequently finds herself missing dovening, because she's stuck in the kitchen. Hmmm... maybe that's why Yom Kippur is a fast day. 

When my children were little, I'd pack up a bunch of nosh bags, and we'd all sit together on my seat. When we first came to Shiloh, there would be organized childcare for which we'd take turns watching the youngsters.

I don't consider myself a classic Feminist, but I don't like that in most families the men can expect to be undisturbed in shul, while their wives have kitchen and kiddie duty.

I've been married forty-seven years, and for decades I did manage to "do it all" and enjoy the Holidays.  But now, with an empty house, I guess I'm pretty burnt out.

I hope you don't mind that this is so short. It's time to run down and do some shopping. Maybe the selection at the local store will inspire me to create some new recipes that will stay fresh and tasty for Shabbat as well as Rosh Hashanah.

Cakes baked with my granddaughter. Now that's fun.

Monday, September 18, 2017

More Hypocrisy from the Israeli Left

Tonight on the television news, there was a report about how even though there's a shortage of workers willing to be aides in afternoon programs for preschoolers and other young children, school security refuses to allow Arabs to take the jobs.

My mind goes back to what an Arab told me many years ago. Her family davka lived in a Jewish-Arab community for idealistic reasons. The program we were both in had Israeli Jews of all political stripes and her, the only Arab. After awhile, she admitted that she felt more comfortable with those of us who lived on yishuvim and were unapologetically on the Israeli political Right. She had been getting rather disillusioned with Leftists. She said that her Jewish neighbors didn't like their children to be exposed to the Arab preschool and teaching staff. They didn't want their children to have even a trace of an Arab accent. And even though she considered herself to be a loyal patriotic Israeli, the Leftists in our group ignored her.

Another point that kept coming up in my mind was that the same people who wanted Arabs to care for Jewish children and insisted that it was racist to forbid it, don't consider themselves racist for insisting that Jews shouldn't live in Arab neighborhoods. Of course they have no problem with Arabs in Jewish neighborhoods...

What do you think?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Countdown, Teshuva Anytime

How many of you catch yourself saying something and wonder if it's really a nice or right thing to say? If so, does it happen more in Elul and the beginning of Tishrei than the rest of the year?

Think about it...

Be honest. Yes, like when we're wondering why we've been gaining weight we usually forget to consider/calculate the calories of all sorts of "small things" we "just tasted."

In actuality, Teshuva, Repentance is supposed to be a 24/7 job. How can we keep track of our sins if we reserve it for just a few weeks a year?

We should have a clean slate before dying, and we never know when that will be...

Gmar chatima tovah...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Be strong and courageous!"

Today as I read through the Torah Portions, Nitzavim-Vayelech, in synagogue, I suddenly read:

Deuteronomy Chapter 31

6Be strong and courageous! Neither fear, nor be dismayed of them, for the Lord, your God He is the One Who goes with you. He will neither fail you, nor forsake you."
וחִזְק֣וּ וְאִמְצ֔וּ אַל־תִּֽירְא֥וּ וְאַל־תַּֽעַרְצ֖וּ מִפְּנֵיהֶ֑ם כִּ֣י | יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ ה֚וּא הַֽהֹלֵ֣ךְ עִמָּ֔ךְ לֹ֥א יַרְפְּךָ֖ וְלֹ֥א יַֽעַזְבֶֽךָּ:
That is exactly what comes to my mind every time Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, other politicians, media, academics etc try to tell us that we can't institute the policies that would make the State of Israel stronger and safer. They use it as an excuse for not building the quantity of homes in Judea and Samaria that would lower prices all over.

We're back to the notorious "sin of the spies," which delayed the entrance to the Land of Israel by forty years. Ten out of twelve tribal chiefs insisted that the "giants" who occupied the Promised Land were too strong for the Jewish People. Those ten frightened the people, and only a tiny minority trusted that Gd would help.

As the Jewish Year 5777 is in its final days, and we are reading the very end of the final and fifth book of the Torah, the Chumash. The forty year delay is over, and the Jewish People are about to enter the Land led by Joshua. Moses is soon to die and not enter with his people. He led the Jewish People as they escaped from Pharaoh in Egypt, and he led them through the wilderness helping them prepare for the next stage, entering the Land of Israel.

A new generation is to enter the Holy Land, and they are reminded yet again that Gd will be with us, to help and not forsake us. Here we are thousands of years later. We read the Torah through every single year. And most of the Jewish People still need reminding and reassurance.

Gd willing in the upcoming year, 5778, the Jewish People and the Government of Israel will have the faith in Gd to think of what's best for the Jewish People and State of Israel, and not what "the world" may say or do. When we act assured with full confidence and sovereignty, like we did in those first few hours of the 1967 Six Days War, the world will accept and respect us. They will be in awe of our Gd given power. That is the "light" we must shine on the world.

Shana Tova One and All

Friday, September 15, 2017

Why isn't Hillary Clinton POTUS?

aka Why did Hillary Clinton lose the American Presidential Elections?

And NOT Why did Donald Trump win?

Robert J. Avrech wrote some interesting things Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Understand George Orwell’s 1984, and I just had to throw my two cents 2¢ in the ring.

More than running a bad campaign, the truth is that Hillary Clinton just doesn't have the temperament and character to be a national leader.
  • The other day I saw a clip of Hillary explaining that she couldn't do well on debates, because she was unnerved by Trump staring at her. Duh?! Need I say more about how she'd handle real pressure?
  • Instead of presenting herself as a national leader, Hillary stressed her support for Extreme Left issues.
  • Instead of presenting herself as a national leader, Hillary belittled and insulted Trump supporters.
Hillary Clinton a Feminist? You must be kidding.
  • Hillary has stuck by Bill all these decades even though his philandering has been public knowledge.
  • A true Feminist would sympathise with the female victims of her lecherous husband, but Hillary attacks them and stands by her man.
  • A true Feminist isn't afraid to be on her own; Hillary has remained tethered to Bill.
Extremely important to remember: 
Hillary's policies were in opposition to Traditional Family Values which lost her votes in demographic groups which she had been certain were hers.
Someday a woman will be elected President of the United States, and for the sake of the USA and the world, I hope and pray that it will be a woman who can run on her qualifications and character, rather than trying to play the gender card. It's sexist to say that one should vote for a candidate, because "it's time we put a woman in the White House."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mass Women's Prayers Before Rosh Hashanah

A week before Rosh Hashanah, three quarters through the Jewish Month of Elul, and this year's deadline to do Teshuva, repent to Gd is getting closer and closer. Some Jews have been going to Uman to the grave of Rabbi Nachman, but there are other Jews who don't like the idea of praying to dead man or traveling far from the Holy Land.

Last night was the humongous gathering of women, from young girls to grandmothers and great-grandmothers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. Prayers, tours, words of Torah and song. Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi was the featured speaker, and Etti Ankori was the star entertainer.

Let the pictures speak, though they barely give the true spirit of the evening.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lapid's Tirades vs Chareidim and Army Wrong

This post is also on Israel Blogger as Chareidim to IDF with Honey not Lapid’s Tirades.

The truth is that I do think that the chareidim and the extreme Leftists who have been finding lots of loopholes to to get out of IDF service should serve. But there's one thing for sure. Yair Lapid's hateful and spiteful tirades against the exemption for chareidim will only make them oppose army service more. And all those religious people who support him, like Dov Lipman, should take Lapid's rabid anti-chareidi statements more seriously. Lapid doesn't have the personality characteristics to make him a national leader of the State of Israel.

Chareidim aren't a small marginal part of the Israeli demographics, the way they were seventy years ago as the modern State of Israel came into being. A very large portion of the First Graders each year are in various chareidi educational frameworks, and the percentage shows no real sign of shrinking. One of the big problems in chareidi society and families is the vast difference in educational curriculum between the girls and the boys. The girls generally study enough English and math to pass the Bagrut, Matriculation exams, study a profession and support their families. The boys have an extremely limited curriculum, which sometimes even ignores Hebrew as a spoken language, besides not teaching English and Mathematics. This not only limits professional opportunities, but it can make for difficult homelife.

Lapid's We're done being suckers statements only makes army service into an unbearable burden for fools/"suckers," rather than an opportunity to serve one's country, mature, make lifelong friends and even learn a profession or complete a Bagrut Diploma.

I have no doubt that by being amenable, understanding and sympathetic, plus offering an extensive "end of service educational package," more and more chareidim will decide that it is to their advantage to serve in the IDF. To make it more suitable, the teachers should be male, preferably religious/chareidi, and some will be graduates of the program who undergo teacher training. The added bonus will be a new cadre of chareidi men qualified to teach academic subjects. That's the educational revolution that must happen here in Israel, the sooner the better.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Interesting Posts from Blogs Near and Far aka "Havel Havelim"

Once upon a time there was a weekly roundup of Jewish blog posts called Havel Havelim. It was a great way to read a variety of blogs, and I made quite a few friends both real and virtual that way. But many of the bloggers have ceased to blog, and most mainstream internet media have added "blogs" to their Opinion pages. In some cases, it's just another way to get people to write for free, but that's another story.

I tried to continue Havel Havelim on my own, but on my blogs, it just didn't generate enough "excitement," meaning readership. Now there's an actual "blogger site," called Israel Blogger, where I and some other bloggers post articles. It's a lot more professional than any of us could really do on our own. Consider it a real/professional online Israeli magazine, and ignore the fact that the writing is done by bloggers. Most of us are professional writers to be honest.

You may not know this, but there are still some fantastic bloggers who are blogging only on their own blogs. Some blog very infrequently, but their posts are worth waiting for. And there are still a few of us who blog a few times a week. I'm going to list titles of some interesting blog posts that have appeared recently and hope that you read, comment and share. Enjoy!

The Birth of a Book
What Should a Goi Do?
Conversion to Judaism Complicated Business
How 9/11 Made Me What I Am
9-11 Sixteen Years After: Never Forget, Never Forgive
Head Wrapping in the Professional World by Lila H.
My Journey is Still Relevant
Education Rip-Off
Pishers' Guide to Jerusalem #24 Horse Park WC Staff Horsing Around
Ingredients of Jewish Leadership
Can I Lecture?
A Period of Grace
And finally Incredibly Detailed LEGO Model of Second Temple in Jerusalem (video)

שנה טובה!
Shanah Tovah
Have a Wonderful New Year

Monday, September 11, 2017

Conversion to Judaism Complicated Business

A version of this book review was posted on Israel Blogger as Post-Conversion Situations and Complications.

A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts By Rabbi Michael J. Broyde is an amazing book about the complexities that face people after their conversion to Judaism. I know many converts, but until I read the book I hadn’t a clue as how complicated things can get for them in their new status as Jews.

A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts by Rabbi Michael J. Broyde goes into all sorts of situations and “what ifs,” whether it’s the day of the conversion or in general. Some of the situations seem rather improbable, like conversion on Yom Kippur, but I guess if Broyde wrote about it, such as situation must have occurred. Other situations, like kosher food cooked before the actual conversion. Is it considered permissible, even though food cooked completely by a non-Jew is generally problematic?

Rabbi Broyde goes into some very important and common questions about the halachic and problematic family relationships that many or most converts find themselves in. Even though a convert is a “new person,” he/she came from a family, and in most cases continues very loving and respectful relationships with them. Quite often the non-Jewish family members are their own biological children and grandchildren. I think we all know of converts in those situations.

Following are a few pages to give you an idea of what it covers:

I must admit that I’m not an expert in halacha, Jewish Law, nor do I make it a practice to read books about halacha. And I had no idea what I would be getting myself into when I asked to review A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts. So I really must say that this book about conversion and the halachic ramifications is fascinating and appropriate for laymen like myself. To summarize, every synagogue library should have a copy or two.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Urim Publications; Bilingual edition (June 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9655242498
  • ISBN-13: 978-9655242492

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Building for Growing Shiloh

Baruch Hashem, bli eyin haraa, my home town Shiloh has been growing. This summer many families with children have moved to Shiloh. And there are many homes under construction. Some are being privately built, while others are a part of a large building project. There are a total of nine first grade classes between the boys and girls schools. And that doesn't count the children going to school in other places for various reasons.

Our school is a regional school. Not only do the children come from the very nearby communities, but we see school buses from the Jordan Valley and the Shomron bringing and taking kids everyday.

Thirty-six 36 years ago, on September 1, 1981, eighteen 18 children, six in the third grade, four in the second grade and eight in the first grade began studying in Shiloh. It's mind-boggling miraculous to see how the school has grown. Second generation, meaning the children of some of those pioneers study in the Shiloh elementary schools today, and some have have even graduated already.

Shiloh is considered one of the most pleasant and convenient places to live. Not only is there work here in Shiloh and closeby, but we're near the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem and the "coastal plain," meaning Petach Tikva, Kfar Saba etc. And of course Ariel and the university there are just a few minutes from Shiloh.

There are two health fund with clinics in Shiloh, plus numerous stores. And we have quite a few buses each day to Jerusalem, Ariel and Maale Levona. There are also all sorts of activities for children, adults and senior citizens. Don't forget that my neighbors include some of the nicest people in the world. Moving to Shiloh was one of the best decisions we could have made, B"H.

Not all houses are made from bricks nowadays.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Before Rosh Hashanah Tefilat Chana, תפילת חנה

The Jewish Month of Tishrei is the only month without a Rosh Chodesh, first day of the month holiday. That's because the first two days of Tishrei are Rosh Hashana. So obviously we don't have our monthly women's prayers at the site of the Biblical Tabernacle at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh.

Instead of our simple Rosh Chodesh Prayers, I will join the thousands of women of all ages who come to Tefilat Chana, תפילת חנה to tour, listen to the Torah classes, enjoy the musical performances and, yes, pray, too.

It will be this Wednesday, September 13, the 22nd of Elul. It begins at 4pm with tours, music and prayers. At 8pm Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi will speak, and then Etti Ankori will sing spiritual songs, suited for the Eve of Rosh Hashanah. I hope to see you there, Gd willing.

You can order tickets, including for the buses to a from Shiloh by clicking here.

מכירות את זה שעוד רגע ראש-השנה אבל בלב אתן עדיין בתוך הבלאגן של סוף החופש? מכירות, בטח מכירות. אל תכחישו. ובכן, כנהוג אצלנו מדי שנה, הכנו לכן ערב שלם, מושקע ומהמם, שיכין אתכן טוב טוב לימים נוראים.

שריינו לכן: יום רביעי, כ"ב אלול // 13.9, אצלנו בשילה הקדומה.

 16:00-18:00 סיור מודרך בשילה הקדומה, "מגדל הרואה" וסיור במוזאון 17:30-19:30 "בדרך אל המשכן" אתנחתא מוזיקלית ותפילה עם להקת "אחותי"
 וב-20:00 המופע המרכזי שבתוכו: הרבנית ימימה מזרחי, בשיחת לקראת הימים הנוראים ומעמד תפילת נשים מרוממת, אתי אנקרי בניגוני נשמה וניגוני תפילה, ואנסמבל "פעימה" במופע קצב סוחף.

המחיר: 30 ש"ח בלבד (הסיורים בתוספת תשלום של 15 ש"ח) ניתן להצטרף להסעות מירושלים ומתל אביב בעלות של 45 ש"ח (מומלץ להזמין כבר עכשיו מקום בהסעה, מספר המקומות מוגבל)

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Harvey and Irma Pre-Rosh Hashana Reminder

Yesterday I had a wonderful time in Matan, Jerusalem, preparing my soul for the spiritual aspect of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. And I have many friends who have already begun cooking and freezing food for the holiday meals.

It's difficult to believe that there are many Jews, and of course millions of others, who may not even know where they will be for the holidays. They've been forced from their homes by two catastrophic storms, Harvey and Irma.

The ramifications of Harvey on Texas have yet to be calculated, and people are fleeing their homes in Florida, as I write this.

In just two weeks it will already be Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish Year, a two day holiday, which this year is "extended" to three, since there's no break before Shabbat.

The month leading to Rosh Hashana is Elul, when we are supposed to do Teshuva, which is more than repentance. We're supposed to carefully think of our past year and how we should do better in our relationship to Gd and our fellow man.

As the many millions of people who live in the areas of the American south, who have been and are being affected by Harvey and Irma know much too well, Gd who controls the weather is most powerful.  The powers of man are ridiculously puny in comparison.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Is Bibi Guilty of Corruption?

The Israeli media has been unsuccessfully trying to prove that Prime Minister Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu and his wife Sarah are corrupt for years. As a general rule "where there's smoke there's fire," but the unabashedly Leftist Israeli media is untrustworthy and highly subjective. They believe in making news, rather than just reporting it.

On Israeli newscasts, journalists interrogate and argue with rather than interview when the interviewees aren't of their political ilk. It takes a lot of guts and confidence to be in their "hot seat." But, in contrast, they excessively fawn over Leftists and Arabs.

Honestly, I don't have any "inside information" about the Netanyahus. They may not be the most pleasant people to work with, but few top politicians, no matter what the country, are. To get high up in politics it takes single-minded, self-centered ambition and backers.

The Israeli media has blamed Bibi for everything including the weather, water-shortage and seasonal high prices of tomatoes. So, I just don't trust them. Yes, I trust the media less than I trust Bibi.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Why is The Israeli Supreme Court Supporting Criminals?

A version of this article appears on Israel Blogger as Israeli Supreme Court Supports Illegals Over Citizens.

It's no secret that the Israeli Supreme Court has an agenda. And their agenda is of the extreme Left variety. The "justices" consider it their job to decide rulings according to their "moral compass," rather than the laws voted by the Knesset, Israel's legislature.

The Extreme Leftist Israeli Supreme Court has totally lost its legal and moral moorings in its rulings about the illegal migrants invading the State of Israel.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that illegal infiltrators cannot be detained indefinitely for refusing to be voluntarily deported. (Arutz 7)
The illegals have been invading Israel without work permits. They are breaking the law. They are criminals, and the Israeli Supreme Court is treating them as above the law. This is consistent with the philosophy of the Extreme Left here in Israel that sees these illegals as pitiful refugees and equates them with Jews who tried to flee the Nazi regime before and during Hitler’s rule. And they claim that welcoming the illegals is what Judaism teaches. Such a comparison shows no accurate knowledge of history and less of Judaism. They are being labeled as “migrants,” but the truth is that they aren’t really migrants.
1. a worker who moves from place to place to do seasonal work.
These illegals seem to be here to stay. They like living in Israel, where salaries, general conditions, healthcare etc are far superior to where they came from what they are being offered as alternatives. Many are establishing families or bringing their families from abroad. Many now live in a poor neighborhood in Tel Aviv in such numbers that the veteran residents no longer feel safe.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) on Monday morning spoke about his trip to south Tel Aviv and the attempts to solve the problem of the infiltrators by legal means..
Deri quietly visited Tel Aviv on Sunday evening, together with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu). The visit included the same areas Netanyahu toured publicly last Thursday – Neve Sha’anan, Levinsky Park and the Hatikva neighborhood.
“I have been on official trips to Tel Aviv in the past, together with Interior Ministry staff,” Deri told Kol Hai Radio in an interview. “But a night trip with the Prime Minister in Tel Aviv’s alleys brought Netanyahu and I to understand that we’re in a different country. It’s horrific to see how synagogues have become cafes.” (Arutz 7
Law-abiding Israeli citizens have gone to the courts to have the illegals taken out of the country, but the Israeli Supreme Court has defended the law-breakers against the law-abiders. This is the same court that has no compunctions about destroying the homes of Israeli citizens on the vaguest suspicion that the land may have been promised to an Arab by the illegally occupying Jordan over half a century ago. But when it comes to the rights of a Jewish community in Tel Aviv, suddenly the occupiers, the illegals have more rights.

A7 PM Netanyahu tours Tel Aviv, Yoni Kempinski

The Supreme Court Judges weren’t elected by the citizens of the State of Israel. We demand true justice, not extreme Leftist ideology.