18 July 2019

Judging the Source

15 Tamuz 5779

One of the hallmarks of eastern spirituality is the enigmatic pronouncements of their 'tzadikim'.  Some people feel that their spiritual leaders are demonstrating their superiority by speaking in riddles.  In fact, I don't think it would be remiss to say that all false religions bear this hallmark and rely on it to keep their followers attached to them.

In Christianity, for example, when one asks the logical question, "How can God be One and 'three' at the same time?"  The answer provided out of 2000 years of 'scholarship':  "It's a mystery."  Many times throughout the gospel stories it is recounted how the people could not understand what Yeshu was getting at as he spoke to them in parables.  When his 'chasidim' asked why he didn't speak more plainly to the people, he answered by quoting Isaiah and saying this was in fulfillment of the prophecy:
And He said, "Go and say to this people, 'Indeed you hear, but you do not understand; indeed you see, but you do not know.' This people's heart is becoming fat, and his ears are becoming heavy, and his eyes are becoming sealed, lest he see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and his heart understand, and he repent and be healed."
In other words, it was their low spiritual level which caused their lack of understanding. The problem lay within them and required repentance.

Curiously, false religions often claim that one may only approach God through a spiritually superior mediator, a 'tzadik', if you will.  Yeshu's followers believe this until this very day -"No one comes to the Father except through me."  They even claimed his lineage back to King David.  Though he hinted at it broadly, Yeshu never came right out and said he was mashiach, but they came to that conclusion anyway.  They expected him to ascend David's throne and rule over Israel in their lifetime which is why the Romans mockingly attached a sign at the top of his cross proclaiming him "King of the Jews."

The greatest leaders in Judaism were notable for their desire and ability to take the most esoteric topic and bring it down to the level where the common people could understand.  The Rambam (Mishneh Torah) and Ramchal (Derech Hashem) are particularly noted for trying to simplify learning in order to make it more accessible to more people.

This is the hallmark of Judaism and it is the hallmark of all Truth, that those with knowledge do not purposely obscure their words so as to produce more uncertainty, doubt and confusion in the world.  Just the opposite.  So, this is a good way to judge the source of a controversial teacher or leader.

True or false?

17 July 2019

"Fast of 17th Tamuz - Fasten Your Seat Belts"

14 Tamuz 5779

This is from one year ago.  Parashat Balak is read in the Diaspora this week, but in Eretz Yisrael we are reading Parashat Pinhas.

17th of Tamuz - Fasten Your Seat Belts - Rav Yehuda Richter

16 July 2019

The French (Jewish) Connection

14 Tamuz 5779

When you are a convert, a lot of Jews will ask you if there are any Jews in your background.  I started working on my family genealogy in 1985, about 5 years before I became interested in Judaism.  I worked on it sporadically over the years.  When this issue first came up, I thought the most likely Jewish connection might be found in my mother's father's line.  His parents were German immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island in 1880, a time of high German Jewish immigration, and their family name was Beck, which could be either Jewish or gentile.  However, my grandfather was orphaned at a very young age and knew no details about his parents.  What you see here is all I have ever been able to verify.

But a few days ago, I actually found my Jewish connection and in a most unlikely place.  I've had this information for two years, but I didn't understand what I had until this week.

Growing up on the upper Texas Gulf Coast, I had heard about the Louisiana "Cajuns," but I never knew until two years ago that a large portion of my father's family originated with them, and I don't think he had a clue either, a"h.  I learned the poem "Evangeline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in school and could once recite portions of it from memory, so I had some inkling about the sad history of how the "Acadians" ('Cajuns) were forced out of Canada and wound up in Louisiana.  However, I was very short on the details.

I can't recall exactly what prompted me to look this subject up the other day - something I heard in passing about an "expulsion"....and I'm like "what!?"  In (very) short, French colonists settled in what is known today as Nova Scotia (and also further afield), but what for them was known as Acadie (Acadia in English). They succeeded and prospered and after about 100 years the British arrived and committed atrocities against them in order to illegally confiscate everything they owned.  They purposely separated couples from each other and parents from children and forcibly expelled some back to France, others to Jamaica and Dominica and some went of their own accord to Louisiana.  According to most accounts, about half were killed.

Until I began to read this, I had always believed Anusim (or Crypto-Jews) were to be found only in Spanish-speaking countries, but this sounded so like something that would happen to a Jewish community that it made me wonder if the Acadian-French could have been Anusim.  It turns out that it is a little-known fact that some Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition went to France.  (Remember that the Spanish expulsion took place in 1492.  The French who founded Acadie across the ocean in North America arrived there in 1640, already 150 years later.) Now, there is a small group investigating the Anusim in Canada.

I went back to my genealogy notes to find the family names.  Quite a few families with the "right" names intersect, but one stands out - Abraham Dugas and Marguerite Judith Doucet - my 9X Great-Grandparents.  Of Abraham, it has been written:
In Acadian genealogy, I believe there is one French Jew by the name of Abraham Dugas. Recent DNA test of his descendants seem to prove a Jewish descent. ...it has long been suspected that Abraham Dugas may very well have been one of the very first French Jews to come to Acadia. ...Others presume that his family was most likely of "Sephardic" descent having converted to Christianity long before his arrival to Acadia.
When I was listening to Devorah Esther's story just one month ago, I had not a clue that our histories might hold a common thread. And now look.

The fact that the descendants of Anusim are being called back home by HKB"H at this stage is yet another "sign" that Mashiach is already at the door. 

15 July 2019

EXACTLY!!!

12 Tamuz 5779
HUCKABEE: U.S. IS BEST SERVED WITH NETANYAHU AS PRIME MINISTER

If he could, American politician Mike Huckabee would cast a vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 17.

The former candidate for United States president and former governor of Arkansas...is in Israel again, this time with the National Council of Young Israel. He told The Jerusalem Post that he came to Israel in March “to campaign with” Netanyahu and that he “genuinely hope he wins.”

...“As an American, I can tell you the US and the rest of the world are best served with the prime minister staying where he is," he said. "I was here campaigning in March. My trip was personal. I paid my own way and I did it because a friend asked me to come. You help your friends. And I also believed that what I was doing was for the good of the world.

“I didn’t think I would have to come back and do it again,” he said with a chuckle.
In case you need reminding. Our "friend" Huckabee "blesses" Israel in the manner of Balak and Bila'am, and Netanyahu is Christian America's main conduit into Israel, Hashem deliver us from such a "leader"!

If anyone has friends or acquaintances among Young Israel, please send them this video clip.  What are they doing in league with Huckabee anyway??!!



ALL THE EVIL IS HARD AT WORK. The Jewish Agency's two-pronged plan for assimilating the Jews of Eretz Yisrael - bringing in goyim as immigrants and connecting Israeli Jews to Diaspora communities. May all their efforts fail!
JEWISH AGENCY EMISSARIES TO BE TRAINED AS DIASPORA EMISSARIES IN ISRAEL
...The initiative is designed to help deepen Israelis’ understanding of the Jewish brethren around the world, and the US in particular,....

12 July 2019

"Israel Alone, A Precious Blessing"

9 Tamuz 5779

Parashat Balak – Israel alone, a precious blessing – Rabbi Meir Kahane

“Behold! It is a nation that will dwell in solitude and not be reckoned among the nations.”(Num. 23:9)

[It is] G-d's decree that the Jewish People must remain apart, separate from the nations, so as to be cut off from their abominations, and their alien culture. Toward that end, G-d established for the Jewish People a special land of their own, the Land of Israel. There and there alone they would live lives of G-dliness and build a perfect state and society based on Torah and holiness. The concept of a Jewish People alone is tied to the concept that G-d is alone. G-d is alone and cannot be compared or equated to anything else. He is One and Unique, as it says (Deut. 4:35), “You are the ones who have been shown, so that you will know that the L-rd is G-d and there is none besides Him”; and, “To Him Who alone does great wonders” (Ps. 136:4). Just so, the Jewish People are alone, set apart from all the nations, as it says (Lev. 20:26), “I have separated you from the nations,” and, “It is a people that shall dwell alone and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Num. 23:9).

Just as G-d stands apart from every concept in the world, so must Israel remain separate from all the other nations of the world.This is the intent of Ps. 148:13-14: “Let them praise the name of the L-rd, for His name alone is exalted... He has raised the honor of His People, the glory of His faithful followers, the Children of Israel, the nation close to Him. Praise the L-rd!” Although G-d is alone, and Israel are obligated to remain alone, they are still “the nation close to Him”. Between G-d and Israel there exists intimacy amidst total isolation. G-d is close to the nation set apart; ready to help them against every trouble and foe. As it says (Deut. 32:12), “G-d alone guided them. There was no alien power with Him”; and,“Israel shall thus dwell securely, alone” (Ibid., 33:28). He [G-d], alone, determines the fate of individuals, nations and kings, and we need not fear mortal man and his armies or being alone.

[As we find in Peirush HaMaccabee,] the Gentile sees physical greatness and might, and measures his chances of success accordingly. Balak, for example, told Balaam, Now, come and curse for me this nation, for it is mightier than me (Numbers 22:6). The Jew, however, knows that he is the fewest of all the nations (Deuteronomy 7:7) – yet he is exalted above all those nations if he is faithful to G-d’s covenantFive of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand (Leviticus 26:8).Nonetheless, for those of no faith, or even of little faith, isolation is a frightening concept. Even observant and G-d fearing Jews are fearful of this concept. The person of weak faith longs for friends and allies, for help from strong nations against the surrounding dangers. Yet whoever relies on the non-Jew and his aid, and fears that without such aid the Jews and their land will be unable to survive, has been caught by lack of complete trust in G-d, bordering on denial of His existence. The individual Jew and the Jewish People as a whole will not be forgiven if they abandon their faith in G-d, the Supreme, Omnipotent King, Who rules over the world and over the nations. He, alone, is our salvation. Precisely this proves one's true faith and trust, for it is impossible that one who fears mortal man really believes in G-d. Real trust in G-d requires the Jew both to trust in Him and cast off all fear of mortal man and reliance on human aid. When one scorns the non-Jew's aid, this necessarily makes him trust in G-d. Conversely, as long as a Jew lifts his eyes in hope to the non-Jew and his aid, it is impossible that he will completely believe in the existence of G-d as a Supreme Power.

In conclusion, true bitachon (faith) means believing that G-d is all-powerful and is not impeded from saving the many or the few. It also means that if we obey G-d and His most difficult, ostensibly dangerous commands and mitzvot, no mortal power on earth can defeat us as a nation. Not only do we need not fear flesh and blood, but we are forbidden to lift our eyes to the nations and ask them for help. Whoever accepts this principle of bitachon unreservedly, truly believes that G-d is the One Supreme Power, G-d of heaven and earth. Whoever hesitates, whoever fears the non-Jew, shows that he questions G-d's ability to help His people. It is doubtful whether he completely believes in G-d as an Omnipotent Supreme Power. “It is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Num. 32:9) The nations have no say regarding Israel's future. The non-Jew is only a tool in G-d's hands, as it says, “O Assyria, rod of My anger” (Isa. 10:5). That is, Assyria and the other nations are nothing but a tool in G-d's hand, a rod and a staff with which to smite anyone targeted by G-d's anger. Neither Assyria nor any kingdom or monarch can rule by themselves over others, or even over themselves, for indeed, “Like watercourses, the king's heart is in G-d's hand. He turns it whenever he desires” (Prov. 21:1). It thus says, “He shall drive the enemy before you and shall proclaim, 'Destroy!' Israel shall thus dwell securely, alone” (Deut. 33:27-28). Following is Or HaChaim (Ibid.): “Israel shall thus dwell securely”: When? When they are alone. “They shall dwell” naturally follows “He shall proclaim, 'Destroy!'” G-d commanded Israel to annihilate every soul of the inhabitants of the land. By doing so, “Israel shall dwell securely, alone”.

To our sorrow, those who try to pervert the separatist faith and trust of “a nation that shall dwell alone” (Num. 23:9) by claiming that it is forbidden to rile up the nations, and that the Jewish People, even when powerful, still depend on the nations, have no faith and distort the whole concept of trust in G-d. The Jew who believes and trusts in G-d, will arrive at truth and faith and tranquility, whereas he who trusts in man, in human strength, will arrive at falsehood and tragedy. This is because someone who trusts in G-d will attain the spiritual level of, “Israel shall thus dwell securely, alone” (Deut. 33:28); whereas someone who relies on his own arrogance or on the nations will arrive, G-d forbid, at, “How does the city sit alone” (Lam. 1:1). We must know and grasp this great principle, which is the key to speedy, magnificent redemption, without suffering or tragedy. A brilliant redemption, in which G-d's promise of “haste” (Isa. 60:22) is fulfilled, will come only when the Jewish People are alone, set apart, in isolation, and trusting fully in G-d to defeat our enemies. We must never forget the following great principle: Whoever relies on the non-Jew and seeks his aid, repels the Messiah, pushes off the redemption and brings upon us G-d's wrath and ire. Redemption will come only when Israel are alone, without any outside protection or help. Only when the nations see, with wonderment and mouth agape, how mighty and strong G-d is without help, will G-d's name be magnified and sanctified on earth. Then shall the vision be realized before the eyes of the nations that “The L-rd alone shall be exalted in that day”(Isa. 2:17).

Moreover, Israel , stubborn and insolent, will never believe that G-d is their Redeemer, so long as they have even one gentile nation standing at their side. Only when “the L-rd alone is exalted on that day,” only when Israel sees that “G-d, alone, will direct them” (Deut. 32:12), will Israel believe in G-d and in the Torah of Moses His servant. Indeed, this is how it will be: a nation alone with G-d alone, and both of them alone facing the whole world. Only in that manner will Israel's redemption come, and so to speak, of G-d, via, “Thus will I be magnified, sanctified and become known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the L-rd” (Ezek. 38:23).

Compiled by Tzipora Liron-Pinner from “The Jewish Idea" and "Peirush HaMaccabee- Shemot" of Rav Meir Kahane, HY”D

11 July 2019

Here Comes the Next Phase of the Birur

8 Tamuz 5779

The same forces at work in America are at work here in Israel trying to create a two-party political system which is easier for them to control.  They've even gone so far as to inspire a "Republican" party on the right and a "Democratic" party on the left.
Feiglin:  “A union of Zehut and the New Right is the right thing to do, and could go on to form the foundation for a new Israeli Republican party – a coherent combination of nationalism and liberalism, identity [Zehut] and liberty.”

Barak names new political vehicle Israel Democratic Party
This is why the PM failed to form a coalition for the first time in history.  Israelis still want their small parties, but since the threshold has been raised so high (purposely designed to eliminate them, of course), too many failed to get in.

And instead of anyone suggesting that the threshold be lowered once again to previous levels allowing the public to have more of a say in how they want to be represented, the solution is to encourage greater "unity."  

What most people call "right-wing" has been splitting down the secular/religious divide, but those who see Zionism as their source of unity are still trying to pull together a "technical block."  Interestingly, a large portion of the religious Zionist public, if reports can be believed, has no problem being led by a secular woman or joining with parties with Arab and Gay representation, despite objections from their rabbis, as long as "Kahanists" are not part of the deal.

I was encouraged by a rumor that Otzma Yehudit may join with the hareidi parties.  If so, it will be a clear choice for unity around the Torah.  
Baruch Marzel Talks Election Politics and Torah

...Would you accept Ayalet Shaked as the head of a union of all the small parties on the right – a proposal that some are floating?

The aspiration of a non-religious person to be the head of a group of religious parties is about as connected to reality as my desire to be the lead dancer in the Tel Aviv Ballet.

How about offering her the Number 2 spot on the list after Rabbi Peretz? Bezalel Smotrich said, for the benefit of the country, he wouldn’t stand in the way.

Sometimes we get caught up in the battle for Knesset seats and forget the real issue of who will best safeguard Eretz Yisrael and the Jewishness of the state in the courts, the educational system, the army, and Israeli society and culture as a whole.

People who know me will tell you that I don’t sit down very much. Seats make me uncomfortable. The same is true of other members in our party. We want the representation we deserve on any joint list – not for the seats in themselves – but for influence they will allow us to exert on government policy.

Rabbi Peretz was not the only person who attacked you recently. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, head of the new Democratic Israel party, accused you and your associates of being messianic Kahanists who are running Netanyahu’s government. Do you consider yourself messianic?

Every day I hope Mashiach will come. Ehud Barak is known for saying a lot of nonsense, and Bibi does what he wants to do without asking our advice.

Barak says his new party will promote democratic ideals based on Israel’s Proclamation of Independence and the visions of Israel’s prophets. Before Ehud Barak slanders G-d-fearing Jews who long to see the visions of Israel’s prophets established in truth, let him sit in a yeshiva for a few years and learn what Judaism and the Jewish people are really all about.

Barak claims Kahanists and extremist rabbis distort the Torah and lead the country away from true Zionism, causing non-Jews to hate us for our oppression of the Arabs.

I suggest that before Mr. Barak makes inciting statements like this, he should pick up a Tanach and read what it says. Again and again, the prophets of Israel envision the ingathering of the Jews to Zion and the re-establishment of Israelite kingship under a king who will lead the people back to the service of Hashem.

The prophets of Israel promise a day when the future Torah government will uproot all the permissiveness and immorality from the Land, as the prophet Ezekiel declares, “I shall gather you from the peoples and give you the Land of Israel, where you shall come and remove from the Land all the detestable things and abominations…that you may walk in My statutes and keep my commandments and do them.”

How is this return to true justice and morality put into practice? Through a judicial system guided by the principles of the Torah. There is no mention of democracy in the visions of the prophets. And peace is achieved, according to the prophets of Israel, not by sharing the Land of Israel with the enemy, but by ousting him completely from Israel’s borders.
NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET

Even our "best and most reliable ally in the world" is out to destroy us!  They are always seeking their own interests above our best interests!!  And they will behave nicely as long as it gets them what they want, but if we ever attempt to cross them - look out!
Israel pushes back on US report spotlighting religious freedom woes

...The State Department report on freedom of religion around the world, released on June 21, is a roundup of government policies impinging on religious freedoms in the previous year. The informational summary on Israel, with its dozens of examples, implicitly criticizes the state’s handling of the issue, though it refrains from outright condemnation.

The examples in the report include the Chief Rabbinate’s exclusive control over marriage, divorce, and burials for Jews, and the Orthodox prayer arrangements at the main Western Wall plaza; the status quo arrangement on the Temple Mount and Israeli security measures at the holy site in response to violence, which were accused of hindering Muslim worship; and alleged police violence against Christian leaders....

Pompeo assures Christian Zionists that Israel allows conversions to Christianity

JTA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a point of reminding a conference of Christian Zionists that Israel permits conversions to Christianity, just weeks after his department reported on the difficulties converts face there.
The only justification the Torah gives for allowing non-Jews to reside in Eretz Yisrael is so that they may worship HKB"H in accordance with the Torah path for non-Jews (in a time when this is not possible in their own lands) NOT so that they can pollute this holy land with their avodah zarah!!
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Note that all recent polls (if they can believed) are continuing to show Likud and Blue/White neck and neck without a clear majority:  Prediction: Second Elections Will Fail

09 July 2019

"A Diaspora - Good as Bad - Consumes Its Jews"

6 Tamuz 5779

Excerpted from Diaspora Is Jewry's Graveyard (2009) by Rabbi Yehoshua Kemelman...

Two events of great significance to Jewish life occurred in 1848. The Russian Czar Nicholas I then issued the abominable decree to snatch Jewish children from their parents and raise them by priests, with the objective of recruiting them to the Russian army upon their reaching maturity.  Prussian emperor Franz Josef then bestowed the rank of aristocracy on several of his Jewish citizens.  It is recounted that when the two emperors met, the Russian Czar expressed criticism of the Austrian Emperor, stating:  "I am making efforts to destroy the Jews and you grant them freedom and equality, and yet exalt them with aristocratic titles?"  Franz Josef retorted:  "Know that I also aspire to destroy the Jews, however, you will yet see that my way is more effective than yours."

To our dismay, Franz Josef's malicious scheme has come to pass: under conditions of prosperity and full rights, Diaspora Jewry loses its generations and is stripped of its spiritual and cultural assets, more than it lost and was impoverished in pogroms, inquisitions, and forced conversion.   A horrific tragedy for Diaspora Jewry!  Not the severity of the situation, but the opposite - improvement of Jewish status in Diaspora lands and their equal rights threaten to corrupt spiritual life and detract from Jewish stature.  The dimension of equal rights and economic prosperity is as great as the threat to Jewish existence.
Among all the voices calling out to fight antisemitism, are there any at all calling for a fight against assimilation? Among Jews in the Diaspora today is the murder of millions of Jews somehow more palatable if it is self-inflicted?

05 July 2019

"The Legitimate Rights of the Ammonites"

2 Tamuz 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Parashat Chukat – The Legitimate Rights of the Ammonites - Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane

The modern concept of “Jewish occupied territories” rears its ugly head in Parashat Chukat and our Haftarah of the Shabbat.  In our Parashah, the kings Og and Sichon prevent the Jewish People from passing through their borders on their way to the Land of Israel.  Not only that, but they even wage war against us – and lose.  The children of Israel conquer their land and do not let go.  Interestingly enough, the following idiotic idea never dawned on either of the parties involved: O.K., we tried to annihilate you and we did not succeed, so just give us back what you conquered from us during our attempt to wipe you out, and in exchange we promise not to try to wipe you out again.  No, such a proposition was never raised.  When you lose, you lose, without dictating conditions afterwards.

“Land for Peace”: And what if Sichon would have come to Israel and demanded “land for peace”?  What would have been the reaction then?  To answer this question, we are forced to move the clock ahead another 300 years until we arrive at the Haftarah of our Parashah.  That is precisely what happens.  The king of Ammon brazenly demands that Israel return to him the territories that were conquered, and if they refuse, there will be war.  The difference between him and the Arabs of today is that the king of Ammon is a lot more “moderate”.  He personally has no previous “record” of hostility towards the Jewish People.  He simply makes a very limited, albeit uncompromising, request.  “Because Israel took away my land when they came out of Egypt, from Ammon as far as the Yabbok and the Jordan.” (Judges 11:13)  The king of Ammon does not want everything.  He does not seek the liquidation of the Jewish entity.  He simply wants that which was taken from him.  He is simply demanding to exercise the historical right of his people.  And then, as if he jumped off the pages of the Tanach into today's reality, he concludes in the following manner: “Now, therefore, restore those lands peacefully.” (Judges 11:13)  “Peace”.  That magic word.  What normal Jewish leader can refuse such an offer?  After all, it is not an illogical claim; the lands were taken from them.  They once even had a sovereign empire with a capital and an army there.  And most importantly, here is a genuine opportunity for peace: “No more war, no more bloodshed.”

“Not one Inch”:  But Yiftach's answer is a real knockout.  He recounts all the relevant past history, and then concludes: “So now the L-rd of Israel has driven out the Emori from before his people Israel, and you should possess the land?!  Will you not possess what your god Kemosh gives you to possess?  So, likewise, that which the L-rd our G-d has voided before us, that shall we possess.” (Judges 11:23,24)  This is the reaction of a true Jewish leader.  A reaction of emunah [faith].  The land is ours not because of any “historical claim” or because we are strong, but rather because G-d gave it to us.  And pay attention how Yiftach even mocks the Ammonite god “Kemosh” - take what he gives you, but from us you will get nothing – not an inch.

“How to subdue the Enemy”: How can we begin to understand the minds of those Jews, particularly religious ones, who do not grasp all this.  The cursed Arab enemy has initiated war after war against us in an effort to obliterate us, and he has failed each time.  Each time G-d has granted us great miracles to overcome them, yet we insist on being ingrates, not recognizing the miracles.  Only when we understand that our true right to the land is based on the ultimately ethical concept that G-d gave it to us – only then will we get the results that Yiftach achieved, “thus the children of Ammon were subdued by the children of Israel.”  (Source)

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

04 July 2019

My Fourth of July Tribute to America

1 Tamuz 5779
Rosh Chodesh Bet

I come from a very long line of Scottish, English and French immigrants to America, some of the earliest being Ezekiel Richardson (born 1601) who immigrated to the (Puritan) Massachusetts Bay Colony in British Colonial America from Hertfordshire, England in 1630, and Robert Henderson (born 1630) who immigrated to British Colonial Virginia from Scotland. Then there was the French Huguenot Luke Mizell who arrived in Virginia from Protestant-persecuting Catholic France in 1635. 

Aside from that first Massachusetts family who were founding members of Charlestown, every other line landed in the south - Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia.  Most were farmers and they gradually spread out westward into Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and down into Texas.  

In 1842, the Burton line of my family immigrated from Kent, England to Galveston in the Republic of Texas bypassing the United States altogether. 

Several of my forebears were officers in the army of the CSA (Confederate States of America).  When I was growing up, I was taught to take pride in my southern culture and upbringing.  We were patriotic Americans, but when celebrating Texas Independence Day every April 21st (school was out and we had a parade), our allegiance to our state took first place in our hearts. I was always a Texan first and an American second.

I come from a long line of people who would have wanted nothing to do with the failed experiment that became what is known today as the United States of America - a place where all the power resides in the hands of a corrupt few (billionaires) not so different from what it was under King George. 

Since I myself became an immigrant in 1996, I have not been back, nor do I plan to ever go back.  I am so happy to be free of that horrible, wicked place.  The day in 1999 when I stood before the American Consul General of the United States of America in Jerusalem, Israel and renounced my American citizenship was one of the proudest days of my life.

My ancestors went there with hope for a better future for themselves and their progeny.  They built it over generations only to have its wealth and promise stolen by those who would invent and detonate the most destructive weapon the world has ever known; who for profit has lead the world in poisoning air, water, earth, food, animals and people; who would cast off God's law from them and create a tyranny of filth and impurity that it exports globally and even seeks today to 'gift' to innocent children in their school classrooms.

Besides all that, it is the largest spiritual Jewish graveyard in the world with literally millions of Jews assimilated over its short history.  It nurtures the "alternate streams" which seek to replace authentic Torah Judaism and it has been instrumental in trying to keep Israel down and force it into land concessions for a phony peace process during which a river of Jewish blood has been spilled.

This is America as I see it.  Never before in the history of the world has a nation been more deserving of its judgment.

Weep and mourn for those lost in her downfall.

03 July 2019

US vs. THEM

30 Sivan 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

In this case, the US is the United States and WE are the "THEM."

You have to have a very strong stomach to read current events these days.  Such a sickening diet of news!  Not the least of which today is the "celebration" of the 4th of July in Jerusalem.  Did you know that the original signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 was the 17th of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar - a date signifying disasters for the Jewish nation?

[VIDEO beginning at 2:53:54.]


At July 4 party, Netanyahu says he’ll keep ‘open mind’ on Trump peace plan

Addressing the hundreds of guests before Netanyahu, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman called the event, held in capital’s International Conference Center, “one of the preeminent 4th of July parties in the entire world.”

Both Netanyahu and Friedman noted in their speeches the significance of it being the first time in history that the United States celebrated its annual Independence Day festivities in Jerusalem.

The US envoy went as far as describing the event as a “historic gathering.”
It's reminiscent of the times of Hyrcanus II.  Only the Roman eagle has been replaced by the American eagle.  (Nazi Germany also had the symbol of the eagle.)  Imagine the marines as Roman centurions bearing Roman standards and you'll have some sense of how this affects me personally.

And this comes not long after I saw an equally sickening video of the PM and his wife at a missionary organization's contrived "celebration."






Of course, Friedman was there, too, as well as prominent Dominionists Jim Garlow and his fraud-for-a-wife Rosemary "Schindler" Garlow just behind them. Note in the photo above the linkage of the American and Israeli flags.  This Mike Evans* - a life-long missionary - is also notable for creating the JerUSAlem signs seen around the capital, as well as signs proclaiming "Israel's" appreciation and support for President Trump.






This is so typical of Eisav - the recognition of the individual and the giving of kavod with awards and celebration for individual achievement (which is, of course, the advancement of Eisavian values and ideals!)  This is part and parcel of the elevation of SELF to godhood, God forbid!  And this is the new world religion which has a place for everyone - even the Jew - as long as they worship the new god and not the old one.

Jerusalem is the place where the "old" God placed his name, where Israel built for him a Holy House where HE and HE ALONE would be exalted and praised and worshiped!!  And in the manner that HE prescribed, not in the way that seems right to mankind. Jerusalem was (and remains to this day!) to be the place where mankind comes to acknowledge the sovereignty of HKB"H!!  Whoever comes with any other agenda is an enemy of God and would have been better off if he'd never been born!!

WE are the THEM - the OTHER, the IVRI!  The ones who will never bow - not to the Egyptian gods, nor the Babylonian gods, nor the Greek gods, nor the Roman gods nor their present-day incarnations - the Western Civilization gods of tolerance (for evil), inclusion (of filth), assimilation (abandonment of our unique chosenness), democracy (rejection of God as King) and EGO - SELF aggrandizement!

These so-called "Jews" who are so attached to Edom, can be compared to the animal which represents Edom.  They resemble the swine in that his kosher sign is purely superficial.  It's all about the the 'uniform' - like Trump wrapped in a tallit - God help us!  This is the swine sticking out his cloven hoofs.  But, if you care to look closely, you can observe that the swine does not bring up his cud.  His pretense of being kosher is incomplete and therefore, he is treif!
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* Mike Evans - "Evans is a Christian Zionist.  ... he headed B'nai Yeshua, a ["Messianic"] Hebrew Christian group....  Recent articles continue to simultaneously praise him for his pro-Israel activism but warn of a possible hidden agenda to convert Jews in Israel to Christianity or Hebrew Christian beliefs."

In undated photo with Binyamin Netanyahu...


02 July 2019

The "Facts-on-the-Ground" War

30 Sivan 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph

Sharing from Regavim.  While the "right-wing" government of Israel freezes Jewish construction and tears down Jewish structures.  Illegal Arab construction in Area C (surrounding the existing Jewish settlements) proceeds at a rapid pace. 
(Please pass it on.)

01 July 2019

Climate Change was Prophesied

28 Sivan 5779

On May 29th, I wrote a blog post called 13 Straight Days!!  about an ongoing weather disaster in the United States.  Thirteen straight days had seen a daily outbreak of multiple tornadoes and historic flooding across a large swathe of that country which was not only destructive of property but which was preventing this season's crop planting.  Until today, July 1st, there has been no let-up...
Crops Devastated As More Ferocious Storms Pound The Midwest: "Hard To Get Your Head Around Just How Bad It Is"

It has gotten to the point where maybe we should just expect violent storms to hammer the Midwest every single day of the week. Highly destructive storms ripped through the Midwest on Tuesday, it happened again on Wednesday, and the forecast calls for more powerful storms on Thursday. This growing season has been a complete and utter nightmare for U.S. farmers, and each day it just gets even worse. Millions of acres will not be planted at all this year, but an even bigger problem is that fact that crops are dramatically failing on tens of millions of acres that were actually planted in time. Every major storm does even more damage, and that is why what we have witnessed so far this week has been so alarming.

For example, on Tuesday the middle of the country was absolutely pummeled by “more than 120 damaging storms”….

...Recently, Missouri farmer Kate Glastetter told one reporter that her fields “are washing away” and that they currently resemble “lakefront property”….

...This is happening in state after state, and it is truly a disaster unlike anything we have ever seen before. In fact, one agricultural expert told AgWeb that it is “hard to get your head around just how bad it is”….

Farmers are being financially destroyed all over the country,....

Shocking Before And After Photos Reveal The Truth About The Widespread Crop Failures The U.S. Is Facing In 2019
And it's not just America. It's a worldwide phenomenon...
Look At This Map – It Shows Devastating Crop Losses Are Literally Happening All Over The Globe
CLIMATE CHANGE WAS PROPHESIED: Tanakh on Earth Changes.

Mexico: Freak storm buries Guadalajara in 2-meter deep hail



New Global Rain Cycles Emerge: Africa vs USA Flood Damage

30 June 2019

Every Wall Has Been Breached

27 Sivan 5779 

Everything holy in our land and in our communities has been tainted by the foul touch of Eisavian culture.  I was horrified to read this and my stomach turned as I read it.  This is NOT Chareidi and it's NOT modest!!!
REVOLUTION WITHIN THE HAREDI SECTOR? ULTRA-ORTHODOX WOMEN ON INSTAGRAM

...“There is still so much room for increased involvement of the haredi community in the world of social networking,” claims [Oshrat] Eitan, “and this is bound to alter our world for the better. Social networking has made fashion more accessible for our community. Haredi women bloggers are such an inspiration for their followers. They teach them all about the world of fashion and explain to them how to use clothing as a means to achieve a certain look and to make them look more fashionable.”
Unfortunately it's also NOT that unusual. Hashem yerachem!!

Yeshayahu 3.16-24...

And the Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, walking with outstretched necks and winking eyes; walking with dainty steps, jingling with their feet; therefore, the Lord will afflict the heads of the daughters of Zion with lesions, and Hashem will bare their private parts.

On that day, the Lord shall remove the splendor of the shoe-bells, the head scarves, the moon-shaped ornaments, the necklaces, the bracelets, the veils, the bonnets, the leg bands, the hair-ties, the brooches, the earrings, the rings, the nose rings, the robes, the shawls, the kerchiefs, the pouches, the mirrors, the linens, the turbans and the clasps
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And it shall be that in place of fragrance there will be rot; and in the place of the belt, abrasion; and in the place of coiffure, baldness; and in the place of the ornamental belt, a belt of sackcloth; a burn in the place of beauty.
If people see nothing wrong with their acts, how can they ever do teshuvah?  Where are these women's husbands???  Where are their rabbaniot???

28 June 2019

"Abba'le"

25 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

I have two favorite singers whom I like equally - Yonatan Razel and Gad Elbaz.  

Gad Elbaz just released a new song with a very timely message...
"Abba'le"
No, you're not alone, no, you're not alone,Someone is above, Someone is above,He's looking upon you and He's loving you, Someone is above, Someone is above.
Abba'le, Abba'le, always with us,Guarding and directing everything for our sake,Abba'le never leaves us, everything He does, all is for our good.
Someone is above, Someone is above,Abba'le, Abba'le, our Father,Someone is above, Someone is above,It's Abba'le, Abba'le, our Father.

"Attaining Greatness: Do's and Don'ts"

25 Sivan 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Parashat Korach – Attaining Greatness: Do's and Don'ts - Rabbi Meir Kahane

Korach son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi separated himself, with Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, the offspring of Reuben. (Num. 16:1)
Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, the son of Rav Meir Kahane, relates: 'Rashi comes and repeats the question asked by the sages: “Now Korach who was prudent, why did he commit this folly?” In other words, it is obvious that Korach was not some nut, but rather a “gadol” in Torah, as we will soon see. He also appreciated the greatness of Moshe Rabbeinu, as the Parasha itself testifies to, and knew that Moshe was not after the “kavod”.  And so he should have known that there would be some serious Divine backlash to the steps he was taking.  This being the case: “Why did he commit this folly?”  And Rashi answers: “His eyes deceived him; he saw a great chain (i.e., a chain of great men) issuing from him, (viz.,) Shmuel, who weighed against Moshe and Aharon. [Korach] said: Because of him I shall be saved.  And twenty-four 'watches' will arise from his son's sons, all of them prophesying through 'Ruach HaKodesh' ... [Korach] said: Is it possible that all this greatness is destined to arise from me and I shall remain silent?  Therefore he associated himself to come to that prerogative: for he heard from the mouth of Moshe that all of them would perish and one would be saved, one that the Eternal One would choose, that one would be holy; he erred and applied this to himself; but he didn't see correctly, for his sons would return to G-d and that was what Moshe had seen.”  And here we must ask a great question: We are talking about a tremendous Torah giant with “Ruach HaKodesh” who was capable of seeing generations and generations into the future!  How then, could a man with such great vision and prophecy walk like a blind man in an alley, unable to understand something which any thinking, logical person could understand who does not possess any special “ ”?' (The writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, HY”D, Parashat Korach)

A possible explanation, by taking a look at Korach's collaborators in the rebellion, can be found in Rabbi Meir Kahane's Peirush HaMaccabee on Shemot and Isaiah: So they got themselves up from near the dwelling of Korach, Dathan and Abiram, from all around.  Dathan and Abiram went out “nitzavim” (erect) at the entrance of their tents, with their wives, children and infants (Num. 16:27).  [Chazal said regarding this:] The expression “yetziva” (standing erect) always refers to prophecy, as it says, I saw the Lord “nitzav” (standing erect) on the Altar (Amos 9:1), and it also says, And Hashem came, “va-yityatzav” (and was present) … (1 Samuel 3:10) (Mechilta de-Rabbi Yishmael, Beshallach 3; Shirata 10)  And similarly: The expression “yetziva” (standing erect) always refers to Ruach ha-Kodesh (ibid.).  That is to say, every time that the Tanach uses the expression “yetziva” (standing erect) with reference to a tzaddik, implying that he stands straight and upright and strong, stubborn and steadfast, unflinching and sure, proud and fearless, this is because G-d is with him at that time.  After all, it would otherwise be inconceivable for the term “yetziva” (standing erect) to apply to a mortal man, who is alive today and dead tomorrow, strong today yet old and feeble tomorrow.  The adjective, “yatziv” (erect, firm) and the verb “nitzav” (stand erect) refer specifically to G-d, as in the verse: G-d “nitzav” (stands erect) in the Divine congregation (Psalms 82:1).  And this is the reason that the Torah uses the same verb to describe Israel at Mount Sinai: “va-yityatz’vu” (and they stood erect) at the bottom of the mountain (Exodus 19:17).  And similarly: You “nitzavim” (are standing erect) today, all of you, before Hashem your G-d (Deuteronomy 29:9).  And G-d uses the same verb in instructing Moses to appear before Pharaoh: Get up early in the morning, “ve-hityatzev”(and stand erect) before Pharaoh (Exodus 8:16).  On the face of it, this seems puzzling: how could Moses possibly have dared to go to Pharaoh – and more than that, to stand proudly before him? – Only because G-d was with him.

However, this same verb is sometimes applied to evil people: the Torah says that Dathan and Abiram went out nitzavim (“standing erect”) (Numbers 16:27).  And the Midrash explains: They went out reviling and blaspheming, as it says, they went out standing erect.  Similarly, later on the Tanach says: And the Philistine [Goliath] would approach morning and evening, “va-yityatzev” (and he stood erect) for forty days [reviling and blaspheming] (1 Samuel 17:16) (Tanchuma, Korach 8).  This is because evil people arrogate to themselves the status of standing erect, which is the diametric opposite of the tzaddik:  The tzaddik who has elevated himself and sanctified himself and shed his pride knows that he can succeed only in the merit of the power that G-d has nitzav (“relegated”) to him, even as he himself is a worm and not a man (Psalms 22:7).  By contrast, the evil person, who is of coarse spirit and arrogant, claims that he stands erect through his own power – and more, like Dathan, Abiram, and Goliath, he blasphemes Hashem.  And this is how David describes the nations: The kings of the earth “yityatz’vu” (stand erect)…against Hashem and against His anointed (Psalms 2:2), although He Who dwells in Heaven will laugh, the Lord will make fun of them (verse 4). And so at the Red Sea, Moses told the Children of Israel: “hityatz’vu” (stand erect) and see Hashem’s salvation (Exodus 14:13).  More than this: if the Jewish nation will be humble, and will accept upon itself the yoke of Heaven, then no man “yityatzev” (will stand erect) before you (Deuteronomy 7:24).

G-d performed a miracle by making Aaron’s staff – a dry wooden stick – blossom, as it says Moses came to the Tent of Testimony, and behold! Aaron’s staff had flowered…flowers had come forth, and blossoms had blossomed (Numbers 17:23).  G-d smashed Korach’s arrogance, and that of Dathan and Abiram, who in their arrogance knew only how to make fight and contention blossom and flourish, as the Torah says of Dathan and Abirambehold, two Hebrew men were contending (Exodus 2:13).  The Hebrew word “nitzim” (contending) connotes quarrels that sprout and blossom forth, like the “nitzanim” [blossoms] are seen in the Land (Song of Songs 2:12).  In their arrogance, these men kicked against G-d and sought to aggrandize themselves; and G-d symbolized the humiliation of the arrogant and the aggrandizement of the humble and those who believe in Him by the staff, a simple wooden stick that was in the Tent of Testimony, sprouted and blossomed.  Only the humble and the modest can be great; only one who makes himself small will become truly great, while if he makes himself great, then he will shrink to the tiniest of dimensions.  And every person must believe that all his achievements and accomplishments come solely through G-d’s providence.

The prophet Ezekiel said: And all the trees of the field will know that I, Hashem, have cast down the tall tree, I have raised up the lowly tree; I have dried up the moist tree, I have cause the dried-up tree to flourish (Ezekiel 17:24).  And the Midrash interprets: “I have cast down the tall tree” – this is Korach; “I have raised up the lowly tree” – this is Aaron, as it says, “behold! Aaron’s staff had flowered”…; “I have dried up the moist tree” – these are Abimelech’s wives…; “I have caused the dried-up tree to flourish” – this is Sarah (Yalkut Shimoni, Ezekiel 357).  And all of this is the keystone of faith.

Compiled by Tzipora Liron-Pinner from 'Peirush HaMaccabee' on Shemot and Isaiah (English translation by Daniel Pinner) of Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY"D and from 'The writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, HY"D'

~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~

25 June 2019

Any Time Now

23 Sivan 5779
Clamping sanctions down on Ayatollah Khamenei is more than a personal affront: it is a demeaning assault on his honor. Now that the two leaders of the US and Iran have taken off the gloves and entered into a personal duel, the standoff between their two countries is likely to gain in violence. (Source)

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Iran that an attack on US interests would trigger an “overwhelming” response and could bring “obliteration.” (Source)

24 June 2019

How to Face Your Enemy

22 Sivan 5779

US President Donald Trump made a very serious miscalculation when he announced to the world that he had canceled an attack on Iran because he considered the proposed US response to Iran's act of aggression to be "disproportionate."
"...regarding Israel's war against its enemies, also enemies of G-d, our sages said (Tanchuma, Shoftim 15): “When you go forth to battle against your enemies” (Deut. 20:1): What do the words, “against your enemies” add?  G-d said, “Go forth against them as enemies.  Show them no mercy, just as they show you none.”  Our sages said, “Go forth against them as enemies,” not as friends.  These evildoers will never care about your welfare, so you should not care about theirs. This is the ethical, philosophically based law of G-d.  Regarding one's enemy, there is no room for love and forgiveness.  On the one hand, he will not show loving pity for Israel if he has the opportunity to dominate it.

As our sages said (Yalkut Shimoni, Devarim 20:923, quoting Eileh HaDevarim Zuta): “When you go forth to battle against your enemies”: If you take pity on them, they will go forth to battle against you.  It is like the shepherd who used to watch his sheep in the forest.  He found a wolf cub and took pity on it, letting it suckle from the goats.  His employer saw this and said to him, “Kill it! Take no pity on it or misfortune will strike the flock.”  The shepherd did not heed him.  When the wolf was grown, it would see a lamb or kid and kill it.  His employer then said, “Did I not tell you to show no pity?”  Moses said the same to Israel: “If you take pity on them, then 'Those that you let remain shall be as thorns in your eyes' (Num. 33:55).”
The Israeli government follows the same warped standard of 'fairness' with regard to attacks emanating from Gaza.  Every decision is guided by a tit-for-tat strategy.  It's immoral, demoralizing and cruel.  If a country is attacked and has the power and the means to deal their enemy a mortal blow, it is the very height of stupidity not to do so.

(See War of Attrition)

23 June 2019

20 Sivan: A Good Day For A Fast

20 Sivan 5779

It's here - the 20th of Sivan.  If you don't know what the significance is just listen to Rav Richter's recent shiur on the subject: Be Prepared for June 23, 2019 (20th of Sivan).  In short, this is "a date on which the Jewish communities of Europe repeatedly suffered calamities and annihilation."But there's no need to look back generations to find a reason for fasting on this date.

Together with yesterday's Torah reading which featured the "national hysteria"2  surrounding the report of the meraglim and given the quickly approaching month of Tamuz bringing with it the Three Weeks culminating in Tisha b'Av, one can be forgiven for feeling a bit on the down side this morning.

I found the following article to fit this mood nicely...

WELCOMING THE JEWSRAELIS
...the creation of the State of Israel has led to a new type of Israeli Judaism that is like no other form of Judaism that existed before.

...Jewsraelis, explains Rosner, are the people who observe both Jewish and Israeli rituals and customs, and espouse beliefs that combine Judaism and Zionism. “Most Jews in Israel believe that being Jewish means observing festivals, rituals and customs, and a majority believe that being a good Jew means raising one’s children to serve in the IDF,” Rosner writes. “Jewishness means both observing festivals (tradition) and serving in the IDF (nationality).”


...“These are people who are not inclined to follow Halacha or a rabbi’s advice or a school of thought that is rigid,” he says, but is a much more flexible and relaxed sense of Judaism. Rosner explains that for the new generation of Jewsraelis, there is a sense of ease and identification as a Jew that comes simply from living in Israel and doing Jewish things. In Israel, he says, “you are just being Jewish. You don’t have to make a special effort.”


...Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, professor of liturgy and midrash at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, says, “People used to say, ‘I am not a good Jew and I don’t observe Judaism as I should, but the people in Mea She’arim do it for me.’ People don’t talk like this anymore. Now, many people are saying, ‘We want to take charge of our Jewishness. We want to experience and express Judaism as we think we should.’ I think that this is a very positive thing.”


...“Many secular Jews are proud of their Jewish identity, and they want to know what it means to be a Jew, though not necessarily to be obligated,”....


... “There is a strong Jewish sentiment, even if it is not religious. It is a mixture of Judaism and Israeliness. More and more Israelis are becoming connected to it from their own points of view.”
Of course, the author sees this as a positive development while I view it as befitting the atmosphere required for a fast day like the 20th of Sivan.  In some quarters, "Israeli" is synonymous with "Jewish," but when I read in the news that an "Israeli" woman was injured in an accident or an "Israeli" man was arrested for a crime, I have to ask myself if she/he was Jewish or Arab or Christian or Muslim.  Anyone who becomes a citizen of the State of Israel is properly called an "Israeli" and not necessarily Jewish at all.  And what of the Filipinos, Eritreans, Sudanese Ghanans, Koreans, etc. who settle here as foreign or migrant workers, have children, put them in Israeli schools and then claim they need to stay because their children are Hebrew-speaking and have become accustomed to "Jewish" holidays?

This is a kind of reverse assimilation.  In the Diaspora, Jews become like goyim while in Israel the goyim become "like" Jews. Either way, the end result is the same.  And Judaism, remade into whatever each person chooses for himself, without "obligation," becomes just another alternative world religion and not the unique Divinely-mandated path to G-d that the Torah claims.

Which brings me to this...


POMPEO ANNOUNCES EFFORT TO ADVANCE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WORLDWIDE

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday his decision to elevate the Office of International Religious Freedom along with the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the State Department.


...The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.


According to the State Department, “It describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and US policies to promote religious freedom around the world.”


...“The mission [of advancing international religious freedom] is not just a Trump administration priority – it’s a deeply personal one. For many years, I was a Sunday school teacher and a deacon at my church,” said Pompeo.


“But in much of the world, governments and groups deny individuals that same unalienable right. People are persecuted – handcuffed, thrown in jail, even killed – for their decision to believe, or not to believe. Go into any mosque, any church, any temple in America, and you’ll hear the same thing: Americans believe that kind of intolerance is deeply wrong.


“That’s why the Trump Administration has promoted religious freedom like never before in our foreign policy agenda,” he continued. “Given our own great freedoms, it’s a distinctly American responsibility to stand up for faith in every nation’s public square.”


Speaking about the findings of the report, Pompeo said, “It’s like a report card. It tracks countries to see how well they’ve respected this fundamental human right.”
And on this point, we are fundamentally at odds.  Just like with their promotion of LGBT "rights" around the world, "religious" freedom is at odds with the Torah, the only standard of Truth that exists in the world.  So-called religious freedom works for Jews in the Diaspora where they would be forced into the idolatrous religions of the gentiles without it, in Israel, where the ONE TRUE "JEWISH" religion is the majority, it is actually forbidden for us to allow the practice of other religions which are false.  

The extent to which the world loves Israel is the extent to which we are self-destructing by way of this secular, democratic State. 

It's a good day for a fast. I've lost my appetite anyway.
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1 Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov
2 Stone Edition Chumash Commentary on Parashat Sh'lach L'cha