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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fascism Anybody?

Hat tip Seraphic Secret.

Lots of people like to throw out the terms fascism/fascist. What do they really mean? What's the history? Listen to this short explanation from Prager University.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chanukah's Eternal Message

7th night of Chanukah a few years ago
There is a very simple basic message in the Chanukah Holiday.  It is that not only doesn't might make right, but sometimes the smaller and seemingly weaker opponent wins.

Jewish History is full of such examples. We were never one of the large nations or empires throughout the thousands of years of our history, but although today the Jewish Nation thrives, none of our ancient enemies still exist.

The Ancient Greeks of the Chanukah Story had once ben an enormous mighty empire which spread a lot further than their small Mediterranean islands. They even managed to conquer the Holy Land and tried to ban Jewish worship, putting their idols on the Temple Mount and destroy the Holy Jewish Temple and defile the pure oil required for Jewish worship there. Many of the Jews of the time thought it wiser to align with the invaders; they were called Hellenists.

A small band of Jews stayed true to Judaism and Gd. The Maccabees fought the Greeks, even though the Greeks had more forces and weapons. Gd performed a miracle for them. They were able to not only return to what was left of the Holy Temple, but the brave Gd fearing Maccabees even found one small vial of pure olive oil, just a day's worth. And that oil miraculously lasted eight days, until new oil could be gotten.

The Maccabean reign/dynasty didn't last all that long, due to sins of the people. Within a relatively short time, the Jewish People were exiled, and that exile lasted two thousand years. Many times it looked like the Jewish People were dying out, as had happened to all of the other ancient peoples and religions.

Instead of the Jewish People becoming extinct, in the 19th Century, as modern nationalism was sweeping Europe, and new countries were emerging, the Jewish People awakened from its national slumber. Zionism was coined to give a modern name to the eternal yearnings of the Jewish People for Zion, for the Land of Israel. Subsequently, not only did Jews come from all over the world as a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or to die and be buried there, but Jews began to arrive with plans and training to bring the Land back to life. Ancient cities were repopulated; farms and towns were built. And the necessary defensive groups, too, were established because of constant Arab terrorism.

Then after World War Two, after the Holocaust and the murder of six million Jews the time had come to declare independence, statehood for the Jewish State, the State of Israel. Despite our enemies and dire predictions of international media and leaders, the State of Israel thrives, thank Gd!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lots of Reasons to Pray

There's so much to pray for. Besides all of the personal issues, which no doubt each and everyone can list, the Land of Israel is suffering serious serial drought. We haven't had a full winter's rain for a long time. It used to be that days on end the sun was hidden by rain clouds and generous storms. But in recent years the rains started later, end earlier and are much skimpier.

Cyclamen rakefet רקפת
It's just a week to the Jewish Month of Tevet, and we're using hoses and rinse water in the gardens. Rains are barely once a week and very weak. The ground still looks brown and dry, instead of natural lush green carpets. It's a rare and anorexic Cyclamen, rakefet רקפת that peeks out of the earth.

No matter what Israeli policies, the world hates us and does its best to weaken us. The Arab terrorists attack regardless of who's in power here. So, don't blame Bibi. When Rabin and Peres made policy things were much, much worse.

One of the most moving stories of how Gd hears our prayers is the story of Chana (Hannah) who prayed for a son, whom she promised to Gd to lead the Jewish People out of the anarchy of the time of Shoftim, Judges. She came to Shiloh to pray in the Mishkan, Tabernacle. Since Gd's presence never left Shiloh, and Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month, is traditionally known as a holiday for women, I've been inviting women to Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, to pray together where Chana did three thousand years ago. So, make your plans to join us. For more details, please email me.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Tevet 5778
Monday, December 18, 2017
30th of Kislev, 5778, 8:30am
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors.

תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ב' 18-12-2017
ל' כסלו, תשע"ח 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, is a beautiful archeological park, and it's open six days a week, Sunday-Friday. There will be special activities for the entire family during Chanukah, which you may enjoy. For more information, either check its facebook page or contact visit@telshilo.org.il.

- משחק חפש את הנר מיוחד לחנוכה
- סיורים מודרכים הכוללים ביקור במיצג מגדל הרואה, מערכת מערות מסתור, תצפית על קרבות החשמונאים וביקור במוזיאון.
- מלא סדנאות ומשחקים! רפאות כדים, ספינר סביבון, נר חשמונאי קדום ומתחם משחקי ענק
- אפיית פיתות על הסאג' וטעימות שמן זית

עלות כרטיס: 39 ש"ח לאדם מגיל 3
ימים שני-רביעי, ל' כסלו- ב' טבת, 20-22/12, בין השעות 9:00-16:00

פרטים והזמנות כאן:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

What is Democracy? Define It.

I'm writing this in "theory," not crossing t's and dotting i's and saying how it is or isn't applied today. I hope that you readers will be able to get the meaning by yourselves and respond intelligently in the comments.

In the Senior Citizen Adult Education program I attend in the Ofra Girls High School, we have a class on social issues in cinema. One week they showed us a classic Israeli movie, Sallah Shabati, which has a scene in which the new immigrants in the brand new State of Israel is being introduced to democratic elections. They don't understand the meaning of democracy.

The immigrants depicted are from countries that either never had democratic elections or hadn't for awhile, this being just after World War Two. Somehow they come to the mistaken conclusion that democracy means that everyone can do what they want. Of course I was seething. That's anarchy, not democracy. Obviously they thought that by voting each one can demand what they want.

Democracy means that the majority, after a vote, wins. And the minority loses. There is only one winner.

In some cases, that may really be a plurality, not a majority. To simplify the difference between the two terms think in percentages. For a majority, you need over fifty percent, 50%. 50.1% versus 49.9% means that the candidate or referendum, or whatever that got that 50.1% is the only winner.  The one who got 49.9% is "history." There are government systems that have a position called "Leader of the Opposition" for the loser who got the most votes, but most countries send the loser off to pasture and history postscripts. A plurality means "the most" in comparison to others. So, if there had been four choices and the results were 26%, 38%, 11% and 25%, the one with 38% would be the winner. Some government systems have a runoff election if nobody gets a majority or more than a certain percentage, like 40%. Then just the two candidates who got the highest amount face each other in elections. 

In a law-abiding democracy, the citizens, whether happy or not, accept the result of elections. That is the basic democratic principle I was raised with and educated in. Only in unstable, antidemocratic fascist societies do citizens protest the results of elections.

Here I am voting in Israeli Elections. (photo by Linda Fairman)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Caroline Glick: Trump’s great gifts to Israel and America

I keep saying to myself:
"No more blog posts about Trump and Jerusalem."
But then I just can't think of anything more important and timely. I've been getting messages from all sorts of people, friends and family from all over asking about how Trump's statement is affecting us. The media keeps on saying that the Arabs will riot, another intifada. I've lived through all the previous intifadas and even was injured in a terror attack over twenty years ago. For whatever reason, I felt less in danger afterward. When it's time to die, we'll die, whether murdered or in our sleep, whether illness or attacked. Terrorists don't obey reason. If the Arabs had wanted peace, we would have achieved peace with them decades ago. They don't want peace, and they're encouraged in their violence by the international media and so-called diplomats from most countries and international bodies. They're waiting for the world to explode, so they can blame it on Israel and Donald Trump. 

Caroline Glick stats things very clearly here:
Trump’s great gifts to Israel and America
With his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump gave a Hanukka gift to the Jewish people. But he also gave a Christmas gift to the American people.

Trump’s gift to Israel is not merely that 68 years after Israel declared Jerusalem its capital, the US finally recognized Israel’s capital.

In his declaration, Trump said, “Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.”

By stating this simple truth, Trump fully rejected the anti-Israel legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama.

In his speech in Cairo in 2009, Obama intimated that Israel’s legitimacy is rooted in the Holocaust, rather than in the Jewish nation’s millennial attachment to the Land of Israel. Whereas the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations Mandate rooted the Jewish people’s sovereign rights to the Land of Israel in its 3,500-year relationship with it, Obama said that Israel is nothing more than a refugee camp located in an inconvenient area. In so doing, he gave credence to the anti-Israel slander that Israel is a colonialist power.

By asserting the real basis for Israel’s legitimacy, Trump made clear that the Jewish people is indigenous to the Land of Israel. He also made it US policy to view Israel’s right to exist, like its right to its capital city, as unconditional.

Trump’s extraordinary gift to Israel was an act of political and moral courage. It was also a stroke of strategic brilliance. (read the complete article-click)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Obama, Bush and More POTUSes Pledged to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

I want to make something very clear here. The only reason why Trump's announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Capital of the State of Israel is being condemned is because he said it. Previous American presidents pledged to do the same and move the embassy but reneged the minute they were elected. That includes Barack Hussein Obama!

Donald Trump: What past US presidents have said about recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Updated Thu at 5:29am

Please read entire article, thanks.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Correcting a Historic Injustice- USA Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

I can only credit antisemitism with the Historic Injustice of the refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Capital of the State of Israel by all the nations and mainstream international bodies.

Jewish History, which is delineated in the Bible, that same book that is used to "swear on" by western countries including the United States of America, began in the Holyland, here in the Middle East, and from the time of King David, about three thousand 3,000 years ago, Jerusalem has been the administrative and spiritual Capital City. That predates the very beginnings of both Christianity and Islam by more than a millennium, 1,000 years.

That's why it was obvious to even early secular Zionists that they would make Jerusalem Capital City of the much dreamed of Jewish State.

Unlike the vast majority of the members of the United Nations, Israel wasn't an "invented" country. Check the history of most countries, most especially those in South America, the Middle East and Africa, and you will find that borders were drawn and the names made up by committees of politicians and bureaucrats. Native tribes speaking different languages and following different religious traditions were forced to become one political entity, when they had nothing in common. Tribes and tribal leaders were transferred from place to place, crowned and uncrowned, as maps were drawn without ever trying to take into account the people those borders would affect.

The so-called Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is one of those totally invented countries. The Hashemites were imported to prevent the Zionists from being able to return to the eastern bank of the Jordan River, which was where the Biblical "cities of refuge" had been located.

Please don't forget that the world remained totally silent during the Nazi attempt to kill all the Jews in the world, starting with Europe.

There have always been Jews in the Land of Israel. The revolutionary aspect of Zionism was its aim to establish a modern state for Jews in the Holy Land. That was before Balfour and before the United Nations. The Balfour Declaration and the General Assembly vote November 29, 1947 were results of  Zionism. They were international recognition of Jewish rights. But that didn't mean that any country would help us.

The Jewish People fought alone during Israel's War for Independence and again in subsequent wars.

I must say that the hardest war has been the diplomatic war against us, which continuously tries to delegitimize Jewish connections to the Land of Israel and our holy cities, especially Jerusalem.

The insidious invention of a so-called "Palestinian sic people" has been very effective. This fake entity has been gifted by the world, and even many Jews, with equal rights to Israel. This is a total outrage!

Even Trump's carefully written recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital City doesn't go far enough to correct this historic and moral wrong. But it's a very important step in the right direction.

Thank you, Donald Trump!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Finally! USA President Trump Officially Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital of Israel (video)

I recorded most of Trump's speech. I listened to every word. It made sense. Afterwards I continued watching CNN a bit, but got annoyed listening to the "experts" and their "agenda."

They ignored what I think was an important point in Trump's words. POTUS said that Israel has the right to decide which city is its capital city. And it seemed to me that Trump honestly couldn't understand the disrespect shown by all to Israel.

Trump also mentioned that all of the world leaders who come here go to Jerusalem to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, President and other officials. He didn't use the term defacto, but it was clear that he meant that this showed a defacto recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital.

What do you think?

This is The Link for Trump's Big Announcement

In all honesty, I haven't a clue and wouldn't make a bet about what Trump'll say, but if you click, you can hear it "real time."
What do you think will be  the announcement?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Celebrating 29/11/1947 and Balfour Encourage Disrespect of Israel

Celebrating the "29th of November" and the Balfour Declaration give too much credit to foreign bodies for the establishment and existence of the State of Israel. By thanking and crediting them, we've given them defacto "ownership" over the State of Israel.

Neither of these events happened on its own. They were both results of the revolutionary efforts of reborn Jewish Nationalism aka Zionism. And if it weren't for the efforts of Zionist leaders all over the world and the dedicated Zionists who made aliyah and struggled on the ground to establish Jewish communities, farms, businesses in our ancient Biblical Homeland, then Balfour never would have written that short historic letter, and the United Nations General Assembly wouldn't have ever discussed and voted for recognition of a Jewish State anyplace in the world.

All the thanks and praise should be going to those brave, daring and hearty Jewish visionaries, the pioneers, the chalutzim, who brought life back to our precious Land after two thousand years of desertion. Look at the word "desertion."
In it is the word "desert." And the verb is to "desert," which means to make something a "desert."

Even after the exile and expulsion, Jews have always lived in the Land of Israel and especially Jerusalem. Yearning for the Holy City is in the center of Jewish Prayers.

Today, over a hundred years after the beginning of the Zionist Movement, the movement of Jews to return to our historic homeland, that desert has changed into a rich fertile country.

For three thousand years, the capital of the Jewish Nation, the center of our spiritual and political peoplehood has been Jerusalem. No other people can say that. We Jews can prove it.

Is there any other country in the world for which foreign countries and international bodies refuse to recognize its Capital City? Can you list a few, please?

Where's our pride? Why do we keep begging for minimal recognition? The State of Israel must take suitable responses against all of the countries that refuse to give our Capital City, Jerusalem its due respect. And it shouldn't phase us that we'll be going against every single country in the world. They are just proving their underlying antisemistism guised in all sorts of faux-history and perverse morality.

As I've written many times before, the most simple response is to move all Israeli embassies from whatever city the country claims as its capital. Tell them tit for tat. If they refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Jewish and exclusively Israeli, then we don't recognize the city they call its capital.

The actual existence and survival of the State of Israel and victories in our wars were not because of any help we got from these countries.

  • We never had a true ally. 
  • We fought our wars unassisted by others.
Gd is our only true ally, and He gave us our Land and Jerusalem forever and evermore. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

What's New in The Blogging World

OK, maybe I should really title this "What's New in The Jewish/Israeli Blogging World"

Periodically I like to post a roundup of blog posts from all over the Jewish/Israeli blog world, and today's the day. If you'd like to recommend more blogs that fit the bill, then please comment with the links. And as usual, I'll be listing blog post titles, which I hope will whet your appetite to read them. Comment and share, of course. The order isn't a ranking, just arbitrary.

Enjoy! Please remember that the material and opinion in the posts written by others are not mine. I don't take responsibility for their mistakes or what they've written. Please let them know what you think, thanks.

Thanks on Thanksgiving – Shabbat Shalom
The Arabs Rejected UN Partition Proposal. Who Else?
Hotovely’s comments about American Jews
Fun Evening of 60s Music in Jerusalem
Choosing a Grandmother Tongue
Rav Kook and the Artists of Jaffa (Derashah Vayishlach, 5778)
Sarah Aaronsohn - the 100 year-old heroine of Zichron Yaakov
Only in Jerusalem: Talking Torah on The Tracks
Sigd: Hearts Facing Jerusalem
Can-do Emotional Strength Lessons: The Lesson Plan
They probably didn't even apologize for spreading false rumors against the army
I'm Still Standing
The Jewish African Prince Rabbi
From Susan’s House to Yours
God's Whiskers
Jerusalem Big Blue Lions Started Season With A WIN
New beer roundup
Blessed be a Sandwich
What If? And What Next?

Bloggers love comments on their posts, even if you have something negative to say, that you don't agree. So, don't be shy.

Have a great week!

Photography Fun

Saturday, December 2, 2017

USA Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel IS IMPORTANT

We do have a right to be impatient about getting the Americans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, but it is a "sticky point" that they have yet to recognize the ancient holy city as Israel's capital. Of course, we'd like the whole package, special "same day" delivery. And we'd like it yesterday.

Too many people were overly optimistic since Trump's Jewish advisors aren't of the JStreet variety, but unfortunately the power of the State Department had been forgotten among the cheers and partying when Trump was elected President. And nobody could have predicted how strong the attacks would be on him for having the audacity to win. Never in the history of the USA was there such a fascist and antidemocratic movement as the "not my president." They deny the legitimacy of legal democratic rule.

Because of all the attacks and opposition, I doubt that Trump will ever get his platform activated. Remember that the "not my president" crowd is also strongly in favor of a new country called Palestine, sic, which would have its capital in Jerusalem.

Step one to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem would require recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and so far it hasn't happened. Gd willing it will. Is anyone taking bets? What are the odds?

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Scars That Never Heal

Many frontline soldiers suffer a lifetime of post traumatic stress, which cause major life disruptions. These scars aren't always visible to the naked eye or even at everyday social events.

Last night at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, there was a "meeting" with Natan Margalit, who had been a young, teenage soldier during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. After a few days of conventional warfare, some successes and some difficult losses, including of close friends, he found himself in the cruel hands of Egyptian soldiers. Yes, he was captured.

Even though, the Egyptian soldiers who had grabbed Margalit injured him, managing to stab him through his "bulletproof vest," while in Egyptian hands he was never seen by a doctor. When finally released over two months later, was still in the same bloody undershirt. It's a real miracle he didn't die from an infection.

Margalit, now in his mid-60s, appears hale and hearty, but as he tells his story, it becomes clear that this is an illusion. His jokes and banter mask the damage to his psyche. It's clear that there's a limit as to what he will publicly admit to, which is both a survival tactic and a sign of Post Traumatic Stress.

The Egyptians played mind-games with him as a form of mental torture. They'd threaten execution, so that he expected to be killed any time. Unlike the Israeli prisoners of war held by the Syrians, Margalit and the other Israelis were kept in total isolation while jailed. Even when finally in the plane home to Israel, Margalit remembers everyone sitting alone, leaning against a window wondering if this was just another cruel trick being played on them.

In the audience, besides his very elderly mother, there were many old friends of his, former neighbors and some who had served with him in the IDF.

The event was part of a series of talks being held all over to give a voice to Israeli veterans, of which there are many. 

As an injured terror survivor, wife and mother of IDF soldiers, I know very well how easy it is to suddenly become a "statistic." Nothing is guaranteed in life, no matter how hard we try to be "good."

Gd willing we will pass whatever tests Gd puts before us with added strength and a sense of humor.

Shabbat Shalom UMevorach
May You have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Only in Jerusalem: Talking Torah on The Tracks

Yesterday as I was walking the old Jerusalem train tracks, minding my business and admiring the view, a couple of walkers stopped me:
"You're religious. Maybe you can help us."
"OK." I was curious. 
That was a very compelling opening line. What could they want from me?
"I've been trying to teach my friend Parshat Shavua, (Torah Portion of the Week,) and we have a problem. How could a man as righteous as Jacob lie to his father?" One of them asked me. 
Actually, this verse is from an earlier week, Toldot, Genesis Chapter 27:
19And Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you have spoken to me. Please rise, sit down and eat of my game, so that your soul will bless me."
יטוַיֹּ֨אמֶר יַֽעֲקֹ֜ב אֶל־אָבִ֗יו אָֽנֹכִי֙ עֵשָׂ֣ו בְּכֹרֶ֔ךָ עָשִׂ֕יתִי כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֥ר דִּבַּ֖רְתָּ אֵלָ֑י קֽוּם־נָ֣א שְׁבָ֗ה וְאָכְלָה֙ מִצֵּידִ֔י בַּֽעֲב֖וּר תְּבָֽרֲכַ֥נִּי נַפְשֶֽׁךָ:
By chance I had read the perfect response to this. I asked them if they were familiar with the power of punctuation and how it can change the meaning of things. Just add a comma or semicolon:
"אָֽנֹכִי֙' עֵשָׂ֣ו בְּכֹרֶ֔ךָ  I am myself; Esau your firstborn"
"Wow. That makes sense. Thank you so much."
And they went their way, and I went mine. Does this happen anyplace else, or just Jerusalem?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting for Bill Clinton to Join the Condemned Sexual Predators Club

There's a revolution, or dream come true, going on in the western world, at least the USA. Women and men, too, who have spent years, even decades trying to recover from and hide terrible memories of sexual exploitation and/or harassment are finally seeing their torturers condemned publicly for immoral and despicable acts, words and/or attempts.

Until a few weeks ago, men (and even some women) considered certain actions as "perks" of their jobs or positions. In many cases the exploitation and/or harassment, was an offer that couldn't be refused.

Personally, besides being happy that the rules have changed, and sexual predators are now suddenly being condemned publicly, I do realize that some people are no doubt rather "confused." This "rule change" is affecting them and what they thought they could do.

We shouldn't be overly optimistic and think that from now on such crimes will never happen. Not so. Although some famous people have now gotten caught, most ordinary people guilty of the same crimes haven't, because they can still instill fear in the victims.

And there are those who have known histories as sexual predators, like former POTUS Bill Clinton, who seems coated with Teflon. I'm waiting...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

USA State Dept hasn't Changed Since 29-11-1947

It's no secret that  way back when, before the Israeli Declaration of Independence, the American State Department had advised then President Harry Truman not to support a Jewish State in the United Nations vote. And Truman, with multiple pressures and problems to deal with as the replacement of the late FD Roosevelt, was pretty much convinced.

Jews like to think that the most important, pressing and urgent issue Truman had to deal with at the time was that upcoming vote. But Truman had more pressing things on his mind, no doubt. It took the personal urging of his old friend, Eddie Jacobson, to make him buck the State Department and instruct the United States representative to vote in favor of a Jewish State.

Here we are seventy 70 years later, and the State Department hasn't changed a bit. The big difference is the political and diplomatic skills of Truman versus Trump.

I highly recommend reading Caroline Glick's latest opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post:
By reversing course on closing the PLO mission, and groveling to the threatening PLO, the State Department made a laughingstock of the US and President Trump...(complete article)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Desalination: Do We Still Need Rain?

For many people the development and use of Desalination and other water purification processes have made old-fashioned primitive rain unnecessary. Here in Israel, where not all that long ago, every drop of rain and freshwater lakes and other  natural water sources were considered more precious than diamonds, we now hear that "we don't need rain."

Considering that the rain in this part of the world comes totally from Gd as a barometer of our obedience to Gd's commandments, that's like saying that we don't need Gd. It reminds me of what many Jews have said since the invention of modern refrigeration systems.
"With refrigeration, we don't need to keep the Laws of Kashrut."
Kashrut is more than a primitive system to keep food safe for eating.

Last night before going to bed, I checked the weather forecast and saw that rain was predicted, so I decided not to do laundry. I generally hang mine out to dry, unless there has been a very rainy week with no such opportunities. This morning the sun was summer blue, so I quickly did two washes. But since this is supposed to be the height of the rainy season, and we've hardly had any rain, I won't get upset if the sky suddenly gets dark and rain starts to fall.

To be very honest, I'm terribly worried by all the Israelis/Jews who insist that we don't need rain anymore. First of all, there is the theological problem in this. Denying dependence on Gd for the most basic of natural resources, the insistence that man can provide for such a crucial need goes against the most basic principle in Judaism. It competes with those who insist that our national security is dependent on technology and foreign nations. History shows that our greatest victories, 1948, 1967 and 1973 were miraculous. And for those who claim that Nixon/Kissinger saved Israel in 1973, the truth is a lot more complicated. We were victorious when we defied them; their aim was a "draw" between us and Egypt, so they could come in as "peacekeepers."

And in terms of the water's qualities, I think that everyone who has had different types of water, the purified the "hard" mountain spring water and the "soft," which is popular in coastal areas, especially in the USA, there are differences in taste. Also there are easily measurable differences in the various minerals found in water. Just look at the labels of bottled waters.

Not only people like myself can discern those differences, but our health can be affected, as are the agricultural products. The taste and sweetness of oranges after a couple of strong rains are totally different from that in oranges grown with "treated" water. Compare sawdust with sugar. That's how differently they taste, as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather have a shorter season for the oranges than find myself trying to eat the results of irrigation with purified/desalinated water. A friend who is a farmer here insists that the fruit grown with the industrially treated water is far inferior in quality to that grown with rainwater.

If we keep bragging that we don't need Gd's rain, the greatest gift, anymore, then Gd will turn off the faucets completely. The desalinated water is fine for washing floors and other such chores, but it's no substitute for rain, lakes, streams etc. And we really must remember that our entire existence is dependent on Gd, not our industries and intelligence.

GUEST POST: Rambam vs Reform Judaism

Rambam vs. Reform Judaism
a guest post by Mr. Cohen

Rambam’s Hilchot Teshuvah, chapter 3, paragraph 8:

If any Jew denies that even ONE WORD of the Torah
is Divinely-revealed, then he is a heretic [apikuris]. 

In paragraph 6 of this chapter, Rambam teaches that
a heretic [apikuris] has no place in the afterlife
of the righteous, and will be punished eternally. 

Rambam was born 1134 CE in Córdoba and died 1204 CE in Egypt.

Around 930 years before Rambam was born, the Mishnah,
tractate Sanhedrin, chapter 10, paragraph 1, taught that
Jews who deny the divine-origin of the Torah
have no place in the afterlife of the righteous.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Jewish African Prince Rabbi

Last week I attended an amazing talk by a person whose life could be a movie script, one of those most people would claim as unrealistic impossible.

Rabbi Natan Gamedze told his story to Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation of Israel and many others who crowded into the packed lecture hall.

Many of my friends are converts, and some also have rather interesting family stories, but Rabbi Nati's story is even more unusual.

In telling his personal story, Rabbi Nati also gave some reasons for the political instability in Africa, which are the same as in other parts of the world. When he was growing up, his grandfather was a preacher, having abdicated his throne in order to be more active in the church. That was pretty good timing, since Britain had redrawn borders, combining a number of incompatible tribes into the same country. In compensation, Rabbi Nati's father was given important cabinet posts.

When Rabbi Nati was a university student in South Africa he was very friendly with Jewish students and even visited them at home and went to events in the synagogues. There was still apartheid at the time, and it was rare for blacks to be so friendly with whites. At that time he wasn't interested in theology.

Rabbi Nati studied languages. He is fluent in many. And it was in a language course that he noticed someone writing a strange-looking language from right to left. That piqued his curiosity, and he ended up taking Hebrew courses which brought him to Israel. And he was curious about Judaism, finding that its theology made sense to him. Judaism is a unique Truth. Now, not only does he teach Judaism here in Israel, but he travels all over lecturing. The movie below tells his story better than I could.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Rethinking Thanksgiving

I have no doubt that many Americans will take umbrage, get super angry and upset at this post. While I was still an American, and yes I do retain official citizenship/passport, I learned of how immigration quotas were put in force to try to keep out undesirables, like Jews. This is a fact, not opinion.

Most American Jews ignore it. But check your American History. Early in the twentieth century, when official statisticians began to notice that massive immigration of Jews from eastern Europe was rapidly increasing the number of Jews, they instituted quotas based on much earlier statistics to keep Jews out.

Jewish refugees were never welcomed to the United States; they were grudgingly allowed in. For Jews, the Thanksgiving holiday was more of a "whoopee we got in," rather than "thanks for the hug."

Remember the closed doors prior to World War Two and afterwards. Jewish refugees, begging for a safe haven, were told to go elsewhere.

And for the "lucky ones" who did make it to the United States, staying strictly Jewish became another challenge. Even if there was a five day school week, important tests were on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. In addition, many jobs required work on Saturdays or Fridays after sunset. This continued well into the late twentieth century, and even though there are official laws now protecting "other sabbath days," the United States is still based on the Christian Calendar. That's life. You can make whatever adjustments you like, but you can't deny it. Many Torah observant, aka Orthodox, Jews use up all of their official "days off" or vacation days for the Jewish Holidays. That is the price of living in America.

Live where you wish, but  please don't call the USA the "promised land," because it isn't. The true history of the invasion by Europeans onto two incredibly large and rich in natural resources continents, isn't very pretty.

Thank Gd I am here in the Holyland, Israel. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

We Don't Need A Special Thanksgiving Day

Today I wrote the following on facebook:
In the 47 years since we left the USA for Israel, I think I've had one Thanksgiving dinner. But I thank Gd all the time I'm here.
And seven years ago, I wrote this post:
It's Not Thanksgiving If It's Not At Aunt Pauline's...
My old family Thanksgivings weren't like the ones pictured in magazines, television and movies. They were unique to my family, sort of holy in a way. And that's probably why when I moved to Israel as a young bride I never thought of looking for lanstsmen to make an American style Thanksgiving meal. It wasn't "Thanksgiving" I had once looked forward to every November, it was being with my maternal family, all of the cousins, aunts and uncles.

Since making Aliyah, moving to Israel, in 1970, I never missed living in America. At times I missed people, but I never once wavered in my conviction that I had done the right thing getting on that boat. My husband and I never once discussed living anyplace other than here in Israel. It was a given for us. Thank Gd. So many couples have decades, a lifetime of debates, discussion and discord about this issue.

I am so thankful I am here. It's Thanksgiving Day all the time.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chanukah, Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Tevet

If you're like me, you're already making your Chanuka plans. Let one of those plans be to join us for Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh.

Rosh Chodesh Tevet is a two day holiday, and we've decided to meet on Monday, December 18, 2017, the 30th of Kislev, 5788, at 8:30am.

Shiloh Hakeduma, Ancient Shiloh, is a beautiful archeological park. If you haven't been there before, you can arrange to see more of it with the Visitors Center. We doven at the site believed to have been the location of the Mishkan, Tabernacle. Email them at  art@telshilo.org.il for more information, or talk to them when you arrive.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Tevet 5778
Monday, December 18, 2017
30th of Kislev, 5778, 8:30am
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors.

תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ב' 18-12-2017
ל' כסלו, תשע"ח 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

For more information about our monthly Rosh Chodesh Prayers , contact me at shilohmuse@gmail.com.