16 May 2021

Chag Sameach Post Script

5 Sivan 5781
Erev Chag Shavuot 
49 Days of the Omer 

I hope everyone is properly thanking HKB"H right now for the damage that has gone into property rather than into people, although there has been some of that, too.  The iron dome is not taking out these missiles.  We are made aware of that every time there is an accident with one and it doesn't work.  It is just the physical embodiment (disguise) for HKB"H's miracles.

I, for one, am very thankful that on the other hand the disguise the Arabs have been wearing has finally come off.  Their actions and disloyalty were predictable.  Kahane was right.  But even he got it straight from our Holy Torah, as quoted previouslyWe read it year after year after year with no response.  I can't help wondering how many people affected by these riots are ready to give up on their dreams of coexistence and deport the traitors.  Of those, I'm wondering how many have actually said "sorry" to HKB"H for not being willing to do what He commanded us to do until the fire was already raging.

On Shavuot, we recall our wedding vows to HKB"H.  Let us repay all His kindnesses to us with a full, complete and unequivocal return to Him in faithfulness and with thanksgiving.



5 Sivan 5781
Erev Chag Shavuot 
49 Days of the Omer

Now, more than ever, Am Yisrael needs to rededicate itself to the marriage contract between us and Hashem - to keep the covenant faithfully in all its details.  Next year at the Beit HaMikdash!!

15 May 2021

"How to Fix Gaza"

5 Sivan 5781
Erev Shavuot
49 Days of the Omer

If you don't know who Hady Amr is, please quickly refer to this recent blog post: "GO HOME, HADY AMR!!"  [See further "Biden's anti-Israel 'point man' is behind plan to fund the Palestinians."]

I've been saying that these 'situations' that keep cropping up here in Israel are contrived, orchestrated, pre-planned in order to advance a global agenda.  It's not just a conspiracy theory.

by Barak Ravid           Feb 17, 2021

...Amr was the "bottom-up" guy during his four years of dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian issue during the Obama administration.
  • He worked closely with the Israelis to advance projects like 3G networks for Gaza or sewage systems in the West Bank.
  • During the 2014 Gaza War, Amr worked around the clock to redistribute all U.S. assistance to the Palestinians into humanitarian aid for Gaza.
  • It fell to Amr to implement policies agreed to at the top level — often between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Secretary of State John Kerry — in a very difficult political environment.
...Amr is developing plans to re-engage with the Palestinian Authority, roll back some of Trump's policies and resume financial aid to the Palestinians, likely beginning with $75 million already allocated by Congress for aid and development projects.

...Amr will have two short-term political challenges: resetting U.S. policy on West Bank settlements without sparking a fight with the Israeli government and drafting a policy on the Palestinian parliamentary elections planned for May 22.

...Worth noting: Due to unusual circumstances, Amr is wearing at least two other hats beyond his deputy assistant secretary role.

Without a special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Amr will represent the U.S. in formats like the Quartet, which includes diplomats from Russia, the UN and the EU. That group met over Zoom on Monday.

Amr is also the de facto U.S. head of mission to the Palestinians because the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem was merged by the Trump administration into the embassy to Israel in 2019.

Hady Amr's connection to the Brookings Institute, a so-called "think-tank" founded in 1916, is key.  [See also "Disclosure:  Brookings Takes Millions From Foreign Governments"]

Hady Amr, Ilan Goldenberg, Kevin Huggard, and Natan Sachs   December 3, 2018
...Here’s what might work: The United States and Egypt, with the Office of the U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, should agree—as key influencers to the parties—on a joint framework, get the rest of the international community on board, and push it in times of both conflict and peace. Such a framework would join short- and long-term economic stabilization initiatives with the political arrangements needed to avert conflict and achieve the reintegration of Gaza and the West Bank.

...our proposal faces many obstacles and at present would likely not have buy-in from all the relevant parties. Its achievement may only be possible with the extreme pressures the parties would face in the middle of another war or with changes of leadership or policy from Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States.

...the international community can and should start working together now to set the table for this solution, even if it is still years away.

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Anyone know if this is true?


13 May 2021

Who Is Worthy to Lead?

3 Sivan 5781
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Bamidbar 

The Haftarah for Parashat Bamidbar comes from the Prophet Hoshea, chapter 2.  Here is what I consider to be the pertinent takeaway for this week...

And the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which shall neither be measured nor counted; and it shall come to pass that, instead of saying to them, "You are not My people," it shall be said to them, "The children of the living God."

And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head, and they shall go up from the land, for great is the day of Jezreel.

Say to your brethren, "Ammi," and to your sisters, "Ruhamah."

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Jonathan Pollard Gives Strength to the Jews Living in Mixed Cities in Israel


"Extremely Important and Urgent Class Today"

2 Sivan 5781
46 Days of the Omer

An Urgent Plea! Please Help in our Search for my Great-Grandfather- Rav Yehudah Richter 

Wake Up Call Meron, a Must Hear Message! - Rav Yehudah Richter


2 Sivan 5781
46 Days of the Omer 

After months of "lockdowns" with absolute control of the entire population of the country, are we really to believe that suddenly, the country is out of control?  The  most popular question going around right now has to be:  "Where are the police?"  

After months of writing tickets for violations of mask-wearing rules, are we really to believe that there is no one to stop the rioting, the lynching, the fire-bombings, the stabbings, the shootings, the arson, the desecrations, the beatings???

People, the situation is what it is because the same people who wanted it that way over the past year, now want it the way it is today.  This is the same war I wrote about in seven parts a couple of weeks ago.  It's just another phase of it. 

They mean to move in here and physically take over.  They mean to establish a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital (as they've been saying all along), the "Holy Basin" (the Old City with the Temple Mount) in the hands of the UN;  the "settlements" dismantled or abandoned.  For every Palestinian refugee, a Jewish refugee.  God forbid!  But, now, wouldn't that be fair, they'll say.  

Obviously, they'll say, neither the Arabs nor the Jews can be trusted to resolve this situation which impinges upon the well-being of the entire world; therefore, the world will have to take the matter in hand and impose a solution.  Hashem yerachem!!  They mean to make it so bad for us here that we will welcome them with open arms.  But, they'll be waiting until hell freezes over!!

No one is telling the truth about the real causes of what's happening.  The truth is inconvenient.  It doesn't advance the right narrative.  

This is their plan, but HKB"H also has a plan.  It might include letting them go so far and it might not.  Be prepared either way, but keep in mind that HKB"H is the One in control.

Pretend this is May 2020 instead of May 2021.  Stay off the streets as much as you can.  When you have to be out, best to be in a group and have a weapon to hand.  Increase Torah, mitzvot and acts of kindness towards your fellow Jews as much as you can.  Know that there is no such thing as "co-existence" on this Land.  We are at war, Arabs are the enemy, view them as such.  Pray for redemption and deliverance.  Our only hope is in HASHEM!!


2 Sivan 5781
46 Days of the Omer 

US deputy assistant secretary for Israeli-Palestinian affairs Hady Amr will fly to Israel later Wednesday as Washington steps up its engagement aimed at de-escalating the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas.

Amr will head to the region “immediately” to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a Wednesday press conference, confirming earlier Times of Israel reports.

“He will bring to bear his decades of experience, and in particular, he will urge on my behalf and on behalf of President Biden a de-escalation of violence. We are very focused on this,” Blinken said.
Who Is Hady Amr?
Amr was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1967, but grew up mostly in New Jersey and Virginia. He earned a B.A. in economics from Tufts University, before receiving an M.A. in International Affairs at Princeton University. He served in the administration of Bill Clinton in the Department of Defense, according to the BBC. He served as an appointee, at which time he served briefly at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University. From 2001 to 2006, he managed an independent consulting practice, the Amr Group. He also worked for and advised the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and other international institutions. He is a former economist and a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations. He has written extensively about the impact of Palestinian uprisings and the prospects of peace in the region.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served on Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Advisory Committee. In 2002, Virginia Governor Mark Warner appointed him to serve on the Virginia Public Schools Authority, a position to which he was reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine, serving through 2010.

From 2006 to 2010, he served as a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the founding director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. In 2010, he also served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. From 2010–2013, he served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He served as United States Deputy Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations from 2014–2017, working on a team under Secretary of State John Kerry, focusing on economic issues. He joined the negotiations team in the summer of 2013.

In November 2020, Amr was named a volunteer member of the Joe Biden presidential transition Agency Review Team to support transition efforts related to the United States Department of State.

Amr is the author of publications including The Need to Communicate: How to Improve U.S. Public Diplomacy with the Islamic World and "The Opportunity of the Obama Era: How Civil Society Can Help Bridge Divides between the United States and a Diverse Muslim World" published by Brookings. He has also been published by Newsweek, The Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and The Daily Star (Lebanon). For the U.N., he authored a number of reports, including "The State of the Arab Child".

In May 2021, he was sent to the Middle East to help defuse tensions between Israel and Palestine.  (Source)

(February 4, 2021 / JNS) “I was inspired by the Palestinian intifada,” Hady Amr wrote a year after Sept. 11, 2001, discussing his work as the national coordinator of the anti-Israel Middle East Justice Network.

U.S. President Joe Biden has now chosen Amr as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel-Palestine.

...Amr accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and coordinated an organization that had accused Israel of apartheid, making his appointment, like that of Maher Bitar, an anti-Israel activist appointed as the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, a statement about the Biden administration’s stance towards the Jewish state.

12 May 2021


1 Sivan 5781
Rosh Chodesh
45 Days of the Omer 

Bamidbar 33.52-56

...you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their temples, destroy their molten idols, and demolish their high places.

You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it.

...But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle.

And it will be that what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you.

Fierce rioting continued throughout Tuesday night in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod and a state of emergency was declared, with Defense Minister Benny Gantz announcing the deployment of several Border Police units to help quell the violence that saw the burning of three synagogues and dozens of cars.

At least two people were in serious condition from the clashes, one from rocks. In Acco, another mixed Arab-Jewish city in northern Israel, an 84-yer-old man was seriously hurt when a restaurant was set on fire by rioters. Some 25 residents of Ramla and Lod were arrested on Tuesday night, according to a police spokesperson. Some 151 were arrested in total within the central-northern district of Israel.

Muslims Desecrate Synagogues and Jewish Schools in Pogrom in Ramle-Lod

...As part of the attacks, the rioters pillaged synagogues, ransacked the houses of prayer and desecrated the Torah scrolls. In addition, they attacked Jewish schools in the city.

...The World Organization of Synagogues expressed “deep shock” at the severe damage to synagogues in the cities of Lod and Ramla by Arab rioters and “condemns and strongly protests the severe damage to the holy places of Israel.”

“The harsh images of desecrated and burned synagogues must shock every citizen of every religion. Synagogues are the beating heart of Judaism, and in the State of Israel their status is no less than symbols of government. The Israel Police is called upon to act with all its might for this task of guarding the synagogues, and enforcing the law with the rioters.”

Mayor of Lod Yair Revivo stated Tuesday that it was a “sad morning for all of us in Lod, 70 years of coexistence were trampled on by Arabs in a series of pogroms, vandalism, damage to symbols of government, shattering windshields and throwing Molotov cocktails at the new town hall we entered just last week, enormous damage to the mosaic museum, burning synagogues, a Talmud Torah schools, dozens of vehicles, burning garbage containers, destroying Israeli flags and, worse, lowering the Israeli flag and hoisting the Palestinian flag, on a night of riots that injured policemen and residents who found themselves besieged.”
See also ‘Kristallnacht in Lod’: State of emergency as Arab mobs set synagogues on fire Following Muslim Riots, Israel Declares State of Emergency in Lod