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Friday, August 22, 2014

Massive Rocket Barrage Fire At Towards Southern & Central Israel: One Child R"L Killed In Shaar Hanegev

A 4 year old child was killed when a mortar fired from Gaza hit the vehicle he was in. The attack occurred in Shar Hangev, a few miles away from Gaza. According to initial reports, the mortar hit the vehicle, critically injuring the boy, who later died of his wounds. The boy would be the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the coastal territory since the outbreak of conflict on July 8, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week.  Baruch Dayan Ha’emmes….. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What They Didn’t Tell You About That Wedding of Israeli Jew to a Muslim

You may have seen the Reuters or AFP articles about an Israeli Jewish woman who married a Palestinian Muslim Arab. The media coverage on this–there are articles on every major news site–is replete with usual, robotic narrative descriptions of “right wing Jews” who protested and other negative descriptions regarding the Jewish reactions. The woman is an idiot–much like the stupid White (and Black) women who marry these men in America.

But here’s what the article didn’t tell you:

1) The wedding happened in Rishon LeTzion, Israel, where it was allowed to take place peacefully and with absolutely no violence. 

How many weddings between a Jewish man and a Muslim woman would take place in Gaza City or Ramallah with the bridge and groom living to tell about it?
Answer: NONE. 
On the day that hell freezes over and that happens, then that will actually merit a news story. In fact, Muslims and Islam do NOT allow a Muslim woman to marry out of the faith. And we all know of the many honor killings that Muslim fathers, brothers, and mothers commit against their daughters merely for dating non-Muslim men in the West.

2) The Israeli Jewish woman converted to Islam, which she was required to do to marry the Palestinian Muslim man. If a Muslim woman converted to Judaism to marry a Jewish man, then you would not just see protests, you would see death fatwas from Muslims and their clerics on the life of the woman and her new husband. In fact, Islam and Muslims allow a Jew (or Christian) to convert to Islam to marry a Muslim, but the opposite is punishable by death. 

Again, if that happened, you would not see protests, you would see a river of blood and dead bodies. This is the stuff honor killings are made of. 
And, yet, did the Jews honor kill this idiotic Israeli woman? Nope. 

She and the hubby will be able to go back to live in peace in their Jaffa, Israel apartment. But a Jewish couple in which one of the spouses had converted from Islam to Judaism would not be able to return to an apartment anywhere in the Muslim world and survive the night.

3) The Palestinian Muslim groom worked overtime to try to stifle the free speech of demonstrators who opposed the wedding, going to court to try to silence protesters. But he failed. This is also another stark difference with the wedding taking place in Israel, where a liberal democracy respects the speech and other civil rights of its citizens (though Israel often goes overboard to protect Muslims from being offended, and a woman was put in prison for years for putting a picture of Mohammed as a pig in her window–an outrageously repressive case).

If the wedding had taken place in Gaza City or Ramallah, there would be no protests and those protesting would be tortured to death and cut up into pieces like slaughtered halal chickens (and, yes, Muslims take great pains to slaughter humans so that it is the halal way–slashing them in an Eastern way toward Mecca).

4) Various top officials of the Israeli government, including its President and Justice Minister, went out of their way to denounce the protesters and gush over this silly and, frankly, tragic wedding

A member of Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet attended this politically-correct “celebration.” If a Muslim converted to Judaism to marry a Jew, you would see NO Muslim leader either in attendance or gushing over this. In fact, they would strongly condemn it.

And, really, the Israeli government had no business budding in and commenting about the wedding, much less attending it. Since Israel is a Jewish State, they know better. We Jews view conversion to another religion and/or marriage to someone outside the faith as a cause for mourning the Jewish transgressor’s death. 

No, unlike Muslims we don’t kill anyone or go on violent rampages. We are civilized. But we see that this Jew is tragically abandoning his or her faith, and a whole world of descendants is lost to our religion. That is why I join the father of this stupid Israeli Jewish woman–thinking with her vagina above all reason–in mourning her death, but especially the death of her brain.

The bride, Morel Malka (some reports say she is Maral Malka–but soon she will be Hamida or Fatima or some other such slave name), wore a sleeveless, strapless, overstuffed wedding gown with her zaftig chest falling out. 

She’d better get used to being covered up as Mrs. Mahmud Mansur (some reports say he’s Mahmoud Mansur, as most of her her relatives were entirely covered up, including wearing the Muslim female headscarves of oppression and subjugation. 

The Jews left slavery thousands of years ago. And she must not know that, since she just rejoined the ranks of the enslaved. Her maiden surname, Malka, means “queen,” and so it is fitting that she leaves it behind as she lowers herself to join this religion of savage Jew-haters.

Finally, I don’t exactly understand why this particular story made the news (other than to use it to make Jews look far more extreme and intolerant than the actually far more extremist and intolerant Muslims around the world). This is, sadly, not the first Israeli Jewish woman who foolishly and dangerously chose to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim Palestinian Arab man. 
There have, unfortunately, been many of those.

But, eventually, a number of these women wake up, after they’ve become badly beaten and battered and abused wives. Sadly, it is always too late at that point because they’ve had children with the Muslim men and are not allowed to take the children with them as they try to escape. The children are enslaved in Islam forever, and that is exactly why we Jews mourn the deaths of the women who do this: they’ve abandoned Judaism forever. And even when they realize that was a mistake, they leave a whole world of their descendants behind to the oppression and tyranny that is life in Islam.

Three Israeli teenagers were just murdered by these people, and you’re gonna marry one? Moron-ette if there ever was one.
Morel Malka Mansur will learn that soon enough. And, again, it will be too late, no thanks to the Israeli government officials who praise this union with an evil totalitarian lifestyle.

The bell of jihad cannot be unrung.

James Foley Just Like Daniel Pearl: Another Pan-Jihadist Who Was Murdered by ‘em Anyway

James Wright Foley, beheaded yesterday in an ISIS/ISIL/IS video, is a lot like Daniel Pearl

Like Pearl, he thought he knew better than the rest of us–that these Muslims were decent guys who would be nice to you if only you were nice to them. And like Daniel Pearl, who championed the causes of the most extremist Muslims–Islamic terrorists–in his “reporting,” Foley was beheaded and slaughtered like a halal dinner. 

Foley wasn’t new to this game, either, and should have known better because this almost happened to him before.

This wasn’t the first time he was kidnapped by his Muslim buddies, whose extremism he championed. And not the first time they killed a fellow pro-jihad journalist in his midst. 

In 2011, Foley was kidnapped and nearly executed by other Islamic terrorists he championed against Qaddafi in Libya. He was kept in captivity by them for 44 days, and at least one other journalist–a photographer–was executed by them. Yet, he continued to champion their cause anyway. Because, again, he “knew better” than logic would dictate. 

You’d think that after being imprisoned and nearly killed by Muslim “freedom fighters,” he’d face the music and go home. But, no, he found a new group of even more brutal Mohammedan “liberal democrats” who finally finished him off.

Foley, like most of the other “journalists” who went to Syria, was there to champion the cause of the Syrian rebels. He wanted American taxpayers and NATO to finance, arm, and train them against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, the same thing Foley championed in Libya (and how did that turn out?).

He, like Obama, McCain, Romney, and Paul Ryan, wanted us to side with these guys, insisting that the Free Syrian Army–a very tiny part of the Syrian rebel amalgam–was “moderate” and that by giving them arms, money, and training, we would impose HAMAS/Hezbo-style “democracy” on Syria, instead of keeping these people with the brutal dictator that most Muslims really need in spite of–and because of–themselves. 

Hedy Epstein: Meet the Fake “Holocaust Survivor,” HAMAS Fan Arrested in Ferguson

You may have heard about the “Holocaust survivor” who was arrested while marching with the rioting protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday

But Hedy Epstein–also a well known anti-Israel, self-hating Jew who tried to be on the HAMAS flotilla–is a fake. She “survived the Holocaust” as much as Harry Truman did because she was, unfortunately, spirited away from Germany in the kindertransport and spent the years of the Holocaust in the safety of England and never saw the insides of a concentration camp. Not even close.

At age 90, Epstein is Exhibit #855,297,543 of the Billy Joel “Only the Good Die Young” corollary.

Though Hedy Epstein was never a Holocaust survivor, she constantly walks all over the dead bodies of the six million Jews who perished, as a platform for her far-left, self-hating, anti-Semitic, whack job politics. 

And usually those politics are openly anti-Israel and pro-HAMAS. Epstein is part of the terrorist group ISM (International Solidarity Movement), which was caught giving shelter to Islamic Jihad terrorists. ISM also gave shelter and a place to stay to British Al-Qaeda terrorists the night before they blew up Mike’s Bar in Tel Aviv. 

Epstein traveled to the West Bank to help ISM in its terrorist activities, and she should be permanently behind bars just for that. 

The Three Oaths "Sholosh Shevuois" Explained

Because of the deluge of people e-mailing me to explain the Sholosh Shevuois, I have decided to dedicate an entire post to this exposive topic, and hopefully put this controversy to rest, at least on my blog!

Normally, I allow people to dissent in the comments, but I will not allow it with this post; I will delete them, because the other side has numerous venues and opportunities to voice their opinions. 
For example, they can voice their side on Der Yid, Der Blatt, Dee Zeitung, Ami Magazine, Hamodia, Hapeles (Auerbach's rag), Der Sturmer, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, & New York Times, naming just a few!
They can also start their own blog and spew their hate and Loshon Hara against the majority of the Jewish people, over there! 

I cannot allow space to be given to Apikorsim, Koifrem, Meraglim, haters of the State of Israel, and people who base their entire Chassidus, hating other Jews!

Now, the Yeshivas have taken the cause of anti-Zionism, fueled by the fanatical rants and shmoozzes of their perspective Roshei Yeshivois, who are control freaks and are terrified of losing their grip and power over their sheep.

In this week's edition of Der Yid, the editor boasts and admits that they finally succeeded in changing the Litvishers' view of the State of Israel. They write that it took 50 years to get the Yeshivishe velt to turn away from being pro-Zionistic to the Satmar view!
They write, that in the past, except for the Briskar Rav and some other Litvishe Yechidim, the Satmar Rebbe was the sole person to see "the State for what it really is." 

The reason that the Litvishe Roshei Yeshivah guys, joined Satmar in speaking Loshon Harah and deciding  that hating The State, was good policy was for only one reason, and one reason only...
since they refuse to work, and refuse to join the army,  taking on the "shita" in effect gives them the excuse of not being part of a productive society!
Of course, this will be unsustainable, both in Israel and in the USA!

In secret, the Roshei Yeshiva are all pro the State, since they constantly advocate  Litvishe parents, to send their children to Israel to learn.
They are also on the take, practically all Yeshivas in the State of Israel take money from the Zionist entity, making the Zionists the largest Baalei Tzedaka in the entire Jewish world. And this even after the massive cuts from the Government!

The following Midrash is the source of the "sholosh shevuois" ... 

It begins on Ketubot 110b and continues on 111a (where the Three Oaths or sholosh shevuois are plainly conveyed). 

The Gemara quotes R. Yossi ben R. Chanina:

' שבועות הללו למה,

אחת שלא יעלו ישראל בחומה

ואחת שהשביע הקדוש ברוך הוא את ישראל שלא ימרדו באומות העולם 

ואחת שהשביע הקדוש ברוך הוא את אומות העולם שלא
 ישתעבדו בהן בישראל יותר מדאי.

"What are these Three Oaths?

One, that Israel should not storm the wall {RaShI interprets: Together forcefully}.

Two, the Holy One adjured Israel not to rebel against the nations of the world. 

Three, the Holy One adjured the nations that they would not oppress Israel too much".

The Midrash is in large part an exegetical analysis of three separate Pesukim in  Shir HaShirim, and naturally reflects the traditional interpretation, which sees the entire Shir HaShirim as an allegory for the relationship between the Ribono Shel Olam  and the Jewish people.

One should take note, that Ezra Hasofer, lived over 500 years before R' Yossi ben Chanina, and he urged the Jews living in Bavel to make Aliyah, He went up with approximately 5,000 Jews, the largest one time Aliyah in the History of the Jewish people since Yehoshua. Apparently he wasn't aware of the Sholosh Shevuois, or if he did, he ignored it and considered it null and void!
 He chastised those who remained in Bavel.
He was successful in  building the Second Bais Hamikdash!

*Reish Lakish said to Rabbah bar bar Chanah, "By G-d, I hate you. (Rashi
explains: 'I hate...all Babylonians, because they did not ascend to Eretz Yisrael at
the time of Ezra. They prevented the Shechinah from returning to rest upon the
Second Temple.') It is thus written, If she be a wall, we will build upon her a
battlement of silver; and if she be a door, we will enclose her with a cedar board
(Shir HaShirim 8:9): Had you made yourselves like a wall and ascended all together
to Eretz Yisrael at the time of Ezra, you would have been compared to silver which
does not decay (and the redemption would have been complete). Now that you
went up like doors,123 you were compared to cedar which decays (meaning, the
edifice was destroyed)." (Yoma 9b)

The Ya'avetz (Siddur Beit Ya'akov, Sullam Beit El, p. 14b.) explains [the homiletic
passage in which Eliyahu] appears to R. Chiya as a fiery bear (Bava Metzia 85b):
For he [the angelic minister of Persia, who appears as a bear] prosecutes against
the Babylonian Jews who did not ascend when Cyrus, king of Persia, gave them
permission to do so. Had they ascended during that divine visitation, [their efforts]
would not have decayed and the redemption would have been complete...
Therefore, there is room to prosecute, because the Babylonians caused the exile to
be lengthened.

The Rambam cited the Sholosh Shevuois in his famous  Iggeret Teiman, which was written around 1172 in reply to an inquiry concerning the crisis the Yemenite Jews were then going through. A decree of forced conversion to Islam which had thrown the Jews into panic. 

Coupled with this crisis, was the rise of a Messianic movement started by a native of Yemen who claimed he was Meshiach which served to further increase the confusion within the Jewish community. 

In the course of the Rambam's attempt to strengthen the morale of the Yemenite Jews. he states in his letter:

ולפי שידע שלמה ע"ה ברוח הקדש שהאומה הזו כאשר תלכד בגלות תיזום להתעורר שלא בזמן הראוי ויאבדו בכך וישיגום 
הצרות הזהיר מכך והשביע עליו על דרך המשל
 ואמר השבעתי אתכם בנות ירושלים וכו

"Shlomo, of blessed memory, foresaw with Divine inspiration, that the prolonged duration of the exile would incite some of our people to seek to terminate it before the proper time, 
and as a consequence they would perish or meet with disaster. 
Therefore he warned them (to desist) from it and adjured them in metaphorical language"

Rabbi Chaim Walkin points out in his sefer, Da'at Chaim, that the Rambam discussed the Sholosh Shevuois only in the letter to Yemen, but not in his Halachic work, the Mishne Torah.
 R. Walkin postulates that this is due to the fact that while the Rambam saw these oaths as important, he did not consider them to be legally binding as Halacha, only that they serve as “warnings that these actions would be unsuccessful

I,(DIN) humbly believe, that if one wants to make the case that Shlomo Hamelech was making a Nevuah that Jews should not "terminate the [Galus] before the proper time", and consider the Sholosh Shevuois a prophecy, then he was talking of Galus Bavel exclusively. In fact during the time of Achashveirosh, the Galus Jews miscalculated the 70 years that they were in exile and hence the almost annihilation of the Jews in Bavel  and Persia; hence the warning of Shlomo Hamelech!
The 70 years of exile were known to all Jews in Bavel, they just miscalculated! 

Not addressed by the Gemara or any Rishonim or for that matter Achronim, is the third oath, the oath to the goyim that  "they would not oppress Israel too much".

Which Goyim were told? Where were they told?
Who informed them? What did they say to the one who informed them?
What does "too much" mean? Were they told, how much they could oppress? 
Is murdering and torturing 6 million Jews, "too much"?

The present Galus has no end in sight, and there isn't any prophecy that predicts its conclusion. 
We have The State of Israel, and it is a fact B'H, and it is close to 70 years old; has survived B"H even though it is surrounded by Arab Wolves; we see Nissim V'Nifloas every second.

We are all witness watching the State of Israel being rebuilt, we see that the  State of Israel has the most Torah being learnt since Mattan Torah. 
We see the magnificent infrastructure of Israel, 
We see beautiful orchids filled with the most beautiful fruits and vegetables etc etc

We can only see what is happening..... 
and what is happening is the Nevuah that we say 3 times a day in Shemonah Esrei which we see with our very own eyes:
"V'kabztieinu Yachad Me'arba Kanfos Haaretz"
Says Hashem:
"I will gather you from the 4 corners of the earth"

We see Jews coming to the State of Israel from all corners of the globe.... we see Antisemitism all over Europe that is directly causing Jews to finally see that Hashem wants us only in Israel...
not in Monsey, Boro-park, Williamsburg, Monroe, New square, Flatbush, Kensington, South Fallsburg, Miami, London, Paris etc
but in Israel!

Gedolie Yisroel (Lubavitcher Rebbe ,see later in this post) suggest that in Rambam's  letter to Yemen, he explicitly interprets the oaths metaphorically, and not literally. 
As it states there “Therefore he admonished and adjured them in metaphorical language
 (דרך המשל, lit. by way of metaphor) to desist.” 
Therefore, they maintain, that the Rambam did not consider them to be Halachically binding.

The Ramban did not explicitly discuss the Sholosh Shevuois, however he did maintain that it is incumbent upon Jews in every generation as a positive commandment, Mitzvas Esseh to attempt to conquer the Land of Israel

In his glosses (Hashmatot) to Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvot on Positive Commandment #4 he wrote:
"That we are commanded to take possession of the Land which the Almighty, Blessed Be He, gave to our forefathers, to Avraham, toYitzchak, and to Yaakov; and not to abandon it to other nations, or to leave it desolate, as He said to them, You shall dispossess the inhabitants of the Land and dwell in it, for I have given the Land to you to possess it, (Numbers, 33:53) and he said, further, 
To Inherit the Land which I swore to your forefathers, (to give them,) behold, we are commanded with the conquest of the land in every generation."
Ramban's' position here is untenable if he maintains that the Sholosh Shevuois are Halachically binding. 
Accordingly it would appear that the Ramban implicitly rejects the Sholosh Shevuois as Halachically binding, and that to treat it as such would be to effectively nullify a Mitzvahs Esseh M'doirisah!

The Ramban continues to write:
"Chazal made many other such emphatic statements regarding this positive commandment that we are commanded to possess the Land and settle it. It is therefore an eternal positive command, obligating every single individual even during the time of Exile as is known from the Gemarrah in many places"

The Maharal discussed the Sholosh Shevuois in two different locations, in his work Netzach Yisrael and in his commentary to Tractate Ketubos. 
In his work Netzach Yisrael he wrote:
כי פירוש 'בדורו של שמד' היינו במדה שהיה לדורו של שמד, שהיו דביקים בה דורו של שמד, ובאותה מדה השביע אותם שלא ישנו בענין הגלות. כי דורו של שמד, אף על גב שהגיע להם המיתה בגלות, לא היו משנים. ועוד פירוש 'בדורו של שמד', רוצה לומר אף אם יהיו רוצים להמית אותם בעינוי קשה, לא יהיו יוצאים ולא יהיו משנים בזה. וכן הפירוש אצל כל אחד ואחד, ויש להבין זה
"Another explanation of the Midrash’s statement (he is speaking of Shir Ha-Shirim Rabba 2:20 that begins “ורבנן אמרי השביען בדורו של שמד”) that Hashem adjured the Jewish people in a generation of Shmad (religious persecution Jews, or decrees against Jews): that even if they will threaten to kill them with difficult torture, they will not leave the Exile nor will they change their behavior in this manner"
 Most later Achronim say that the Maharal in his Pirush in Kesubois, considered the oaths to be a Divine decree, which has thus subsequently expired. 
They rely on the Maharal's commentary in Kesubois.
Because they maintain that there is a certain degree of ambiguity in what the Maharal wrote in his sefer Netzach Yisrael (quoted above) and therefore his true position must be the one what he wrote in his Kesubois commentary, for “anything to the contrary yields a contradiction within the Maharal’s own writings."

However, the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum's, position in respect to whether Maharal understood the Oaths as prohibitively binding upon Jews is based upon what was written in Netzach Yisrael only, and he refused to consider and factor in Maharal’s position in his commentary on Kesubos because this Maharal didn't fit in with his hatred of the State! 
Not to explain a pshat of the Maharal on the Gemarrah that speaks about the Sholosh Shevuois  on the spot, that basically says that the Shalosh Sevuois it is no longer valid and then quote an ambiquos Netzach Yisrael, is bizzare and weird, and can only be that Satmar Rebbe decided that it doesn't fit his insane view.

Rav Henkin wrote the following in 1959 in response to the anti-Zionist position of the Satmar Rebbe and the Neturei Karta:

"I was shocked to read in Chomoteinu of Cheshvan 5719 the slanderous notion that we are required to give our lives (limsor nefesh) to frustrate and resist the efforts of the State of Israel in its struggle against those who would rise up against them. This was stated as a p'sak din based on what we learn that Israel is restricted from rebelling against the nations (Ketubot 111a). This opinion is clearly not in keeping with halacha [and which can result] in imminent dangers for millions of Jews....

"Now all the rabbis who were opposed to Zionism and the establishment of a state took up that position until the time that it was officially founded. Once the state was declared, anyone who plays into the hands of the nations of the world even where there is no imminent danger, is clearly a moseir and rodeif. proclaim that anyone who aids the state is a rodeif, well such talk is the severest form of redifa.

Rabbi Chaim Zimmerman in his book, Torah and Existence explains:

שהשבועה שלא יעלו בחומה אין זה נגד מצות כבוש הארץ
... כי השבועה שלא יעלו בחומה היתה על אלה שגלו וישבו בבבל או בכל מקום
אחר בחו״ל, עליהם נאמר שלא יעלו בחומה ושפיר אתי הלשון שלא יעלו. 
אלה היושבים בציון עליהם לא היתה כלל השבועה שלא ילחמו

"...the difficulty in the Ramban which says that the mitzva of kibush prevails in our time against the oath, dissolves. The oath, shelo yaalu bechoma means explicitly that we cannot storm eretz-Yisrael from chutz-laaretz. 
But when the Jews are in eretz-Yisrael, there is surely a hechsher mitzva of kibbush-haaretz.. 
How can the Jews be in eretz-Yisrael without the aliyah "bechoma?" 
The answer is very simple. If many Jews came to eretz-Yisrael individually, or by permission of the nations, then once they are there, there is a command of kibbush... 
There was never an oath upon the people who were in eretz-Yisrael"

, Rabbi Chaim Vital a talmud of the Ari Hakodosh, in his introduction to his sefer Eitz Chayim, expressed the view that the Sholosh Shevuois were only binding for the first thousand years of Exile. He wrote:
‘I made you swear, daughters of Jerusalem...’ this great oath to G-d was that they should not arouse the Redemption until that love will be desired and with good will, as it is written ‘until I desire,’ and  Chazal already said that the time of this oath is a thousand years, as it is written in the Baraita of Rabbi Yishmael in Pirkei Heichalot (in a comment on Daniel 7:25)..., and similarly in the Zohar II:17a...that it is one day of the Exile of the Community of Israel.'

The Following is a conversation that the Lubavitcher Rebbe had with the Sadugere Rebbe in July 1980
Cover of transcript booklet of conversation between the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Sadugere Rebbe

Read 8 lines from bottom:
Sadugere Rebbe: "In reference to today's situation, is there a Din of  3 Shevuois?"
Lubavitcher Rebbe: "In today's situation, there is no connection at all to the 3 Shevuois"

Read 10 lines from bottom:
Lubavitcher Rebbe:

"There is absolutely no concern or connection today to the 3 Shevuois" 

To summarize the argument, that the three Shevuois are either not relevant or null and void:

  • The Three Oaths are an Aggadic Midrash, and therefore they are not Halakhically obligatory (Aggadic Midrashim, as opposed to Halachic Midrashim are not traditionally understood as a valid source for Halacha). Accordingly, Rambams' Mishne Torah, the Arba'ah Turim, the Shulchan Aruch, and other halachic sources do not cite the Three Oaths or rule accordingly. They are not found there at all.
  • The United Nations resolution to declare the State of Israel fulfills the first condition of the oath to not rebel against the nations. Thus, when the United Nations told the Jews to go home, it was mandatory that they do so. Just as Cyrus instructed the Jews of Babylonia to construct the Second Temple. This position is held by Eliezer Waldenberg, the Tziz Eliezer  ציץ אליעזר, חלק ז, סימן מח and others.
  • The Three Oaths simply meant that Hashem had decreed an exile for the Jewish people. The fact that the Jewish people have successfully returned to the Land of Israel, and that the State of Israel has survived, is evidence that the oath is void and the decree has ended.
  • The wording of the Rambam in his Letter to Yemen specifically states that the Oaths are “metaphorical” (see Rambam above), furthermore in his Halachic work he places great value upon living in the Land of Israel, and forbids leaving it.
  • Although the Three Oaths were obligatory in the past, the gentiles violated their vow by excessively persecuting the Jewish people. Therefore the validity of the two other vows has been nullified. Religious Zionists point to a specific Midrash warning that if gentile nations violated this oath, then "they cause the End of Days to come prematurely."

  • This has been interpreted to mean that Israel's re-establishment would be implemented sooner than originally intended. With atrocities against Jews throughout history, and especially after The Holocaust, the Jewish people were absolved of their part of the Oaths. Those who hold this position often rely on the Shulchan Aruch which states: "two [persons] who have taken an oath to do a thing, and one of them violates the oath, the other is exempt [from it] and does not require permission."

  • As a result, the ban on mass-immigration to the Land of Israel became void, and Zionism and the State of Israel arose as a direct result of the breach by gentile nations of the Oaths.
  • Religious Zionists often point to Israel's seemingly miraculous survival in the numerous Arab-Israeli wars, especially the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and Six-Day War, and interpret this as the State of Israel being preserved directly by Hashem's hand.
  • The Jewish people did not return en masse to the Land of Israel, but rather through individual immigration as well as a series of five Aliyahs. Jews continue to individually immigrate to Israel today. There was never a point in history where a majority of world Jewry collectively migrated to the Land of Israel.
  • Many authorities understand the oath of "not ascending as a wall" as only including an immigration of the entire (or at least a majority of the) nation. Some of these authorities also require that this mass immigration be one of force in order for the oath to be considered violated. Among those who hold these positions are Isaiah Achron in his Piskei Ri'az, Bezalel Ashkenazi in his Shittah Mekubetzet, the MaharalJonathan EybeschutzYisroel ben Shmuel of Shklov and students of the Vilna GaonMeir Blumenfeld., and Yonah Dov Blumberg
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  •  Similary, Baruch Epstein, in his Torah Temimah, understands the oath to only include a forceful mass immigration, and Ishtori Haparchi in his Kaftor Vaferach understands the oath to mean immigration with intent to conquer. Isaac Leon ibn Zur in his Megillat Ester on Nachmanides also understands the oath as prohibiting conquest.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Egypt Urges U.S. Restraint Over Missouri Unrest

Nope this is not Gaza .... this is the USA 
Police officers stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 18 August 2014. EPA

This is one of the most ironic situations in recent history!

Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the United States, but while they are frequent critics of Washington, it is unusual for Egypt to criticize such a major donor. It was not immediately clear why Egypt would issue such a statement.

Ties between Washington and Cairo were strained after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the army’s ousting of freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement on the unrest in Ferguson read similarly to one issued by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration in July 2013, when the White House “urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint and caution” in dealing with demonstrations by Mursi supporters.

The ministry added it was “closely following the escalation of protests” in Ferguson, unleashed by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman on Aug. 9.

Human Rights Watch said in a report last week Egyptian security forces systematically used excessive force against Islamist protesters after Mursi was ousted. Egypt said the report was “characterized by negativity and bias”.

In a second day of Twitter messages about the disturbances in Ferguson, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the United States as “egotistical and unreliable”.
He also sought to link the unrest to Washington’s support of Israel, sworn foe of Tehran.
“Brutal treatment of black people isn’t indeed the only anti-human rights act by U.S. govt; look at US’s green light to #Israel’s crimes,” he wrote on Monday, adding Washington was the world’s “biggest violator” of human rights.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Takht Ravanchi on Monday accused Washington of “racist behavior and oppression”, the Fars News Agency said.

In Syria, another U.S. adversary, a bulletin from state news agency SANA accused police in Ferguson of “racist and oppressive practices”.

Pro-government media in Turkey, where the authorities came under U.S. criticism for a heavy-handed clampdown on weeks of protests around Istanbul’s Gezi Park last year, also took a swipe.
“You were sounding off when Gezi was happening ... You crook with double standards,” wrote Ahmet Sagirli, a columnist in the Turkiye newspaper.

American lone IDF soldier missing since Sunday, found dead,

UPDATE! 8-19
Authorities have discovered the body of Givati soldier Corporal David Menachem Gordon, aged 21, who was last seen at Tzrifin, a military base in central Israel, around noon Sunday.
Gordon was found dead in a drainage pipe not far from Tzrifin base, where he was last seen on Sunday. His service rifle was found next to him, the IDF said.
Gordon’s commander initially reported him missing on Sunday and on Tuesday the authorities called on the public to help in cooperation with police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) to search for the missing IDF soldier

Corporal David Gordon, a lone soldier from America, was 21 years old. The army notified the family; and police have opened an investigation into the cause of his death

Authorities have called for the public to help locate an IDF soldier who has reportedly been missing since Sunday.

The IDF in cooperation with police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) were searching for Givati soldier David Menachem Gordon, aged 21, who was last seen at Tzrifin, a military base in central Israel, around noon Sunday.

Gordon - a lone soldier from America - was last seen dressed in his IDF uniform, bearing the Givati Brigade's purple beret.

Gordon speaks Hebrew with an American accent, police said. He was reported missing by his IDF commander.

Central District police said like any missing soldier case there is concern for his safety and the Shin Bet and army are involved in the case

They also said there is, for now, no indication that he went missing willingly.

The public is encouraged to report any information regarding the case to police operators at *100 or 08-9279244.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Obama deserts an ally in wartime

New York Post Editorial August 18, 2014

What kind of ally refuses to send you desperately needed weapons when you’re smack in the middle of a war?

Apparently, that’s what the Obama folks did with Israel, which is caught up fighting with Hamas. It’s unforgivable.

The decision came, it seems, after White House officials learned that, unbeknownst to them, Israel had gotten mortar shells and grenade-illuminating rounds from the Pentagon to use against Hamas, as The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

Officials say they were “blindsided” by the transfer. But it turns out that it was done as a matter of routine: No OK by the president or secretary of state was needed.

Still, the White House suddenly put all future transfers on hold, including a scheduled shipment of Hellfire missiles. And it ordered the Pentagon to consult with the executive branch and State Department before approving any future requests.

Obama folks downplayed the move and claims of a new tiff with Israel. They say reports that they held up missile shipments “does not indicate any change in policy.”
If true, though, what kind of a policy is it?

In any case, the animosity between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is no secret. Just last week, the Journal reported, the men had a “particularly combative phone call.”

No doubt the White House is irked by the fact that its efforts to mediate an end to the fighting have fallen flat and that it’s been pushed to the sidelines as others, like Egypt, take up the role.
It also resents the fact that Israel insists on pursuing its right to self-defense and won’t give in to US pressure to make more concessions.

Yet none of that justifies lashing out against Israel — and holding up weapons — in the middle of a war.

If Israel suffers, and its terrorist enemies are emboldened, America’s own security interest abroad will be harmed. And if any ally still trusts us to have their back, they won’t anymore.

The president is letting his personal pique get the better of him. It’s unwise. And certainly no way treat a friend in wartime.

West Bank Coup Attempt by Hamas Thwarted, Plan Involved Mass Slaughter Of Jews

Israel’s Shin Bet security service says it has thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the Palestinian controlled area known as the “West Bank”, though it provided few details.

The service says that it arrested more than 90 Hamas operatives in an alleged plot to carry out attacks against Jews and wrest control from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

It says it also confiscated weapons and more than $170,000. It says the plot was orchestrated by a senior Hamas official based in Turkey and that local officials were aware.

Hamas officials had no immediate comment to the claim.

Hamas overtook the Gaza Strip in 2007 from forces loyal to Abbas. It is currently negotiating to Cairo over a cease-fire to formally end the Gaza war.

Malka Leifer ex- Principal of Adass Israel School in Melbourne arrested over alleged sexual abuse

A FORMER principal of a Melbourne Jewish girls’ school has been arrested amid claims she sexually abused students including sisters.

Malka Leifer was arrested in Israel overnight where it is believed extradition proceedings have started in an attempt to have her returned to Melbourne.
The Attorney General’s office confirmed this morning Ms Leifer is wanted in Melbourne to face allegations of historic sexual offending against a string of girls.
The mother of eight left Australia in 2008 after she was sacked as principal at the ultra orthodox Adass Israel School in Elsternwick.
The sacking followed complaints that she had acted inappropriately with students while principal between 2001 and 2008.
Victoria Police launched an investigation into the complaints in 2011.
A police spokesman confirmed this morning that an investigation into “complaints of historical sex offences at an Elsternwick School” continued.
It is believed Ms Leifer could face dozens of charges of indecent assault and rape.
Her arrest is the latest in a string of scandals to rock Melbourne’s orthodox Jewish community.
Manny Waks, founder of sexual assault victims support group Tzedek, said Ms Leifer’s arrest was a welcome development.
“It should be seen in the greater context of the ongoing child sexual abuse scandal that has been plaguing the Australian Jewish community,” he said.
“This is further evidence that the tide is turning within our community.
“Many victims are no longer willing to remain silent, and neither is the community.”
Mr Waks said he expected the Adass Israel School would co-operate fully with the police.
“I also hope and expect that the police will examine all the circumstances surrounding Ms Leifer leaving Australia and hold to account anyone who may have acted inappropriately.”
Adass Israel School principal Prof Israel Herszberg issued a short statement in light of the arrest.
“The school has and will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities but otherwise is unable to comment further where the matters involving Mrs Leifer are before the courts.”
The school, of about 500 students, caters primarily to members of the closed ultra-orthodox Adass Israel Community in Elsternwick and Ripponlea.
In line with their strict religious beliefs students at the school are segregated on the basis of gender and have little interaction with people outside of the community.