(IsraelNN.com) A joint operation by Israeli and American officials has netted $410,000 in cash, checks and gold that 14 air travelers were carrying. It was the first operation of its kind, aimed at stopping the practice of bringing large sums of undocumented money.
American and Israeli custom officials supervised the operation, which took place during the past week.
What is "undocumented money?" If I save my money in cash and buy gold coins over time, then decide to travel with it, it can be confiscated from me...just like that??? Am I being presumed to be guilty of some crime until proven innocent???
Jews take heed. Your civil rights, your person and your property are no longer protected under the Constitution of the United States. (In Israel, we never had such "protections.")
"Intelligence and law enforcement sources tell ABC News they are expecting al Qaeda supporters will post a new video on the Internet in the next 24 hours, calling for what one source said is "jihadists to use biological, chemical and nuclear weapons to attack the West."
Followed by this at Arutz Sheva:
[Edited at the request of commenter Yaak]
Suffice it to say that like Yaakov in the house of Lavan, Jews in chu"l should realize that the protection of the Shechinah has left the lands of exile and they should have the same sense that Yaakov showed when he left Lavan's house without any further delay.
If that is abolutely impossible for you, then at last stay away from crowds of people. Jews particularly should not congregate in large numbers, especially in places which have already been attacked or been threatened with attacks designed to incur mass casualties.
Jews who are absolutely stuck in the lands of exile should move en masse out of the larger cities to more rural areas of their host countries.
"...Olmert can choose any one of several options: resignation, vacation, temporary suspension, or the like."
There is another, much scarier scenario. Olmert could launch another ill-timed, ill-considered, ill-fated war in order to remain in office. Who would expect a PM to step down in the midst of a massive national crisis?
Perhaps this would be the best thing for klal Yisrael in the end as it would effectively destroy what is left of the "Zionist regime."
What only appears to be happening on the political level is meant only to divert attention from the real news and to act as a counterweight to preserve freewill. Like the famous psychological test wherein one can look at a picture and see both an ugly, old woman or a beautiful, young woman, one can see both depending upon the perspective one chooses.
It is a faithless and fickle heart that doubts Hashem's willingness to fulfill His promises for a complete redemption at the End of Days.
Please pay attention and draw the proper conclusions.
ECB chief: Israel's economy most successful in the world
Market triumphs odds, marks 5.4% growth in first quarter. European Central Bank head 'amazed by Israeli market's performance,' says local market in best position to profit from globalization while avoiding pitfalls of credit crisis
CLS declares Israeli shekel eligible for international transactions
Israeli currency makes significant leap, joins CLS Bank global settlement system along with Mexican peso. Induction 'a significant step in Israel’s increasing integration into global economy,' says Bank of Israel governor
(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, said Friday that his father, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, is conscious after surviving a heart attack and a stroke "by a complete miracle." Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu is answering urgent questions by nodding his head, making signs with his hands and writing. The ailing Rabbi even tapped on the monitors next to his bed while his family members sang songs about Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai in honor of Lag BaOmer.
"I told my mother and teacher, the Rabbanit, that her husband was saved twice and reborn," Eliyahu told a reporter for Nfc at Meron.
YESHIVAT HARA'AYON HAYEHUDI
HaRav Yehuda Kreuser SHLIT"A, Rosh Yeshiva
19 Iyar 5768/23-24 May 2008
COUNTING THE BLESSINGS IN THE LAND
“If you go in My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them, then I will provide you rains in their time and the Land will give its produce, and the tree of the field will give its fruit.”
The question is: Is this the reward for doing G-d’s commandments, or is this just the consequence of following the path of the Torah; i.e., Mother Nature kicking in and the way the order of the world is supposed to work when the Jewish people go in the way of the Torah?
It's interesting that we do not find, anywhere in the Torah, references to the next world, as opposed to other religions, where much is written about the bliss of the next world for the faithful (e.g., 70 virgins), a point which, by the way, cannot be proven, as no one has returned to tell us about it. The Torah, on the other hand, only hints of the time to come by telling us that so-and-so died and he was gathered to his people. Meaning - taken up to the next world.
In the Torah, it’s all about this world, doing Hashem’s commandments. Sure, there is also the other side which concerns us, our portion in the next world, but the emphasis has always been and must be on this world. As our Rabbis teach us, “Today to do the commandments, and tomorrow to receive the reward”.
This earthly blessing, then, is ours only when we go in the path of the Torah. We find with the blessing which Isaac gave to Esau: “Behold, of the fatness of the earth shall be your dwelling, and of the dew of the heavens from above. By your sword you shall live, but your brother you shall serve. Yet it shall be, that when you are aggrieved, you may cast off his yoke from your neck”. For Jacob, the blessings of this world are on condition that we follow the right path; when we don’t, the brotherly yoke of Esau is thrown off. But for Esau and his descendants, their blessings are non-conditional.
Where, then, does this heavenly blessing take place when the Jewish people do G-d’s will? Only in the Land of Israel, of course! It is for this reason that the Torah describes to us the detailed account of the blessings of rains, bountiful crops, and peace, all which take place in the Land of Israel. For the Jew, no matter how good he is, when he lives in the exile the blessings cannot come. For the very nature of exile can be nothing but a curse for the Jewish people. For that reason, it is listed along with the curses in our parsha.
The “Chatam Sofer” adds that it is only in the Land of Israel that every act that we do becomes a mitzvah As he writes: “Just like one who is learning Torah would not say 'I’m learning so I won't have to put on Tefillin', so, too, with working the Land of Israel one should not say 'I’m learning now', but rather close your book and go out to work the Land, for working the Land in Israel is itself a mitzvah”.
For this reason, the Torah tells us that the earthly blessings that come down in this world are funneled though the Land of Israel. Our parsha talks only about the material blessings flowing to the Land when we follow Hashem’s commandments. But when we reject the Torah’s path, and talk turns to giving away parts of the country from north to south to the center - what blessings can come out of this? Rather, only curses! For no matter how hard they try to bring peace, a curse, like the exile, can never be a blessing.
The road map is before us: Let us wisely choose the right path.
With love of Israel,
THE EXILE IS ENDING. DON'T FIGHT IT. GO WITH THE FLOW OF ENERGY THAT IS MOVING US FORWARD TOWARD THE COMPLETE REDEMPTION.
Raid on U.S. Plant Causing Shortage of Kosher Meat
(IsraelNN.com) Consumers are beginning to hoard kosher meat as supplies dwindle following last week's immigration raid on the Iowa packinghouse run by Agriprocessors, one of the largest kosher meat producers in the US. "I don't think the Jewish community can survive at this point without [Agriprocessors owner] Rubashkin," a suburban Washington D.C. market owner told the Washington Post.
Rabbi Eliyahu’s Condition Improves
(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the son of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, said Tuesday night that his father’s condition had improved, and that doctors said he was out of danger. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu thanked the public on his family’s behalf for praying for his father’s speedy recovery. He asked people to avoid sending SMS messages with untrue information regarding his father’s medical condition.
Hundreds participated in a prayer rally on Rabbi Eliyahu’s behalf on Tuesday afternoon after the rabbi’s situation worsened in the morning and he required resuscitation and ventilation. His personal assistant, Rabbi Shmuel Zafrani, requested Wednesday that the public continue to pray for Mordechai Tzemach ben [son of] Mazal Tov.
His assistant suggests the following:
"...pray for a complete and speedy recovery for the rabbi, Rav Mordechai Tzemach ben [son of] Mazal Tov. Among other spiritual measures, Rabbi Zaafarani suggested reading the Book of Psalms individually or as a group, as well as reading the sections of Psalms 115 that correspond to the letters of Rabbi Eliyahu's name."
"A special prayer vigil for his recovery has been called for 5:00 p.m. at the Western Wall."
One of the most important lessons we learn in life is this: "Nobody gives something for nothing."
It's not enough that they have thoroughly assimilated the Jews living in chu"l. They are determined to assimilate the proud Jews of Eretz Yisrael and make us a little American clone-state!!
Despite what the assimilationists want you to believe, this is very serious business, folks!
The Torah says in Devarim, chapter 13:
The followers of the false god have a new campaign called "Behold Your God." These are also the words the Erev Rav said to us when they created the Golden Calf. We reject ALL false gods!!7. If your brother, the son of your mother, tempts you in secret or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your embrace, or your friend, who is as your own soul saying, "Let us go and worship other gods, which neither you, nor your forefathers have known."8. Of the gods of the peoples around you, [whether] near to you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth;9. You shall not desire him, and you shall not hearken to him; neither shall you pity him, have mercy upon him, nor shield him.10. But you shall surely kill him, your hand shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.11. And you shall stone him with stones so that he dies, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.12. And all Israel shall listen and fear, and they shall no longer do any evil such as this in your midst.13. If you hear in one of your cities which the Lord, your God, is giving you to dwell therein, saying,14. "Unfaithful men have gone forth from among you and have led the inhabitants of their city astray, saying, 'Let us go and worship other gods, which you have not known.' "15. Then you shall inquire, investigate, and ask thoroughly, and, behold, it is true, the matter is certain, that such abomination has been committed in your midst:16. You shall surely strike down the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroy it with all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword.17. And you shall collect all its spoil into the midst of its open square, and burn with fire the city and all its spoil, completely, for the Lord, your God; and it shall be a heap of destruction forever, never to be rebuilt.18. And nothing that is doomed to destruction shall cling to your hand, so that the Lord may return from His fierce wrath, and grant you compassion, and be compassionate with you, and multiply you, as He swore to your forefathers.19. For you shall hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, to keep all His commandments which I command you this day, to do that which is proper in the eyes of the Lord, your God.
US Source: Bush May Return
(IsraelNN.com) A US government source said Sunday that President George W. Bush may return one more time to the region before his term ends in January 2009.
The news, reported on IDF Army Radio, was unofficially released by an unnamed American government official.
Rice: Israel, Palestine discuss peace in private
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are privately discussing a peace agreement and the talks should intensify in the next several months, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday. "I do know how seriously they are discussing all of the key issues," Rice told reporters aboard Air Force One.
"I think you're going to see them intensifying those discussions over the next several months."
Bush will no doubt return to announce and inaugurate the new "State of Palestine." G-d help us!
Chinese turn to rumour, superstition to explain disasters
HONG KONG (AFP) — ...China's massive earthquake has given way to rumour and superstition. ...Chinese are looking for a cosmic explanation for their misery. ...Fantastic theories for the disaster -- as well as January snowstorms, March riots in Tibet and this month's disastrous cyclone in Myanmar -- have become cyberspace currency....
In the absence of religion, deemed by the Communists as a vestige of China's imperial past, people look to the heavens for omens and invest numbers with meaning,....
Even as the government has sought to capitalise on the predilection for portents by scheduling the opening ceremony of the Olympics for August 8, at 8:08pm, some Internet users have given added significance to the fact that the date for each of this year's disastrous events adds up to eight.
May 12, the day of the quake, adds up to eight (5, for May, + 1 + 2) -- is 88 days before the opening ceremony.
"This is how people deal with disasters like this, by finding meaning and hidden significance in numbers and cycles," said Gerome Barme, professor of Chinese history at Australian National University."One of the things the government is trying hard to avoid is normal people believing that the heavenly powers are displeased with what is going on here on earth,"....
...the Year of the Rat on the Chinese lunar calendar, was destined to be one of tumult and disaster.
"This is a year of earth and water, it means the earth is unstable and water is very powerful," he said.
The snowstorms -- which crippled huge swathes of the country from January 25, which also totals eight -- were the first natural disaster of 2008 and involved water, he said. "The earth was unstable, and then the quake comes."
CHINA: 7.9 magnitude earthquake Monday, 12 May 2008
CHILE: Eruption of Chaitén Volcano since Friday, 2 May 2008
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes near the volcano
"President on Saturday warned that towns surrounding Chaitén Volcano... might become permanently unlivable."
US: EF4 Tornado Saturday, 10 May 2008
Nearly half of the 21 people killed by a tornado that smashed parts of Oklahoma and Missouri over the weekend died in cars,...
"Southwest Misourians should brace for another round of potentially severe weather this afternoon and evening. Weather conditions will be similar to those on Saturday that produced a single massive tornado that was on the ground for 74 miles - 29 miles in Oklahoma and 45 miles in Southwest Missouri. It killed at least 22 people - 15 in Missouri and six in Oklahoma and one in Georgia."
US: Mid-Atlantic Storm Monday, 12 May 2008
"Tens of thousands of electricity customers in several states lost power as up to 5 inches of rain fell Sunday and Monday and wind gusts in some places reached hurricane strength. ...Monday morning's high tide sent waves crashing through low-lying areas, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 residents from coastal communities in central Delaware."
"[It] fanned the flames of a deadly New Jersey fire and wrecked a brand-new research vessel off the Delaware coast, killing a crew member."
In Bush's world this is true because he lives in an upside down world where Lies are Truth and Truth is Lies. Mashiach is going to come and turn the world right side up again!
Bush To Arrive Wednesday Morning
(IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres will welcome American President George W. Bush at Ben Gurion airport at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik (Kadima) also will attend the welcoming ceremonies. He will fly by helicopter to Jerusalem, and will meet with President Peres at his Jerusalem residence in the afternoon. Later in the afternoon, he will visit Prime Minister Olmert.
Jewish Teens Wanted to ‘Put an End’ to Arab Harassment
(IsraelNN.com) A group of 11 Jewish teens accused of badly beating two Arab teens had planned for days to “put an end to the Arabs wandering around Pisgat Ze’ev and the mall,” prosecutors said Monday. The group had assembled after cell phone text message circulated calling to “Put an end to the Arabs who wander around... whistling at girls, cursing at and threatening little kids.”
Anyone who wanted to “finally show them not to wander around in our area” was called to meet at a local hamburger stand at 10 p.m. The group met at the planned time and moved to the local mall, where the Jews attacked two Arab teens, who required medical care as a result. The Jewish teens were indicted on Monday for causing serious bodily harm with racist motives and planning to commit a crime.
"I think ... it's a coup," Jumblatt told CNN in a phone interview. "The Lebanese army is in total paralysis."