28 February 2017

Does Zehut Have the Answers?

2 Adar 5777

If they do, they are not sharing them on Facebook. I guess the communication is only meant to be one-way. I (and others) have asked some serious questions, but no response is forthcoming, not even a "We'll have to get back to you on that."

Here is my final question, for which I do not expect an answer either. Where is the money coming from for such a production as this...


2 hours ago, I left a planning meeting about Zehut's upcoming convention and my mouth is still wide open. I am in shock. I have never seen anything so professional, exciting, and energetic in my life!
My impression is that this convention – Tuesday, Feb 28th at the Tel Aviv port "Hangar 11" – will simply blow people away. It will give the impression that this is not some political rally in Israel, rather that they are standing in the middle of the Republican National Convention.
Here's a sneak peek:
  • 24 screens all around the room
  • A round stage similar to what was used at BOTH the US Democratic and Republican Conventions a few months ago
  • Live entertainment from top Israeli singers and performers
  • The complete, never-before-seen Zehut platform, printed as a 300-page book (in Hebrew) plus a 25-page synopsis of the platform in Hebrew, English, and French. (Russian and Spanish will be available after the convention)
  • Animated movies that highlight portions of the Zehut platform
  • Simultaneous translation in several languages
  • Huge flags, banners, and balloons
  • Live streaming on Facebook… and Arutz-7 as well!
Funny story:
I asked Shai Malka, General Manager of Zehut, if our usual videographer, Tehila, will be filming the conference. He answered; "No..we have Israel's #1 film crew - with a team of 14 video cameras – filming the event from every angle imaginable!" 14 cameras?? This is like the Super Bowl!!!
And yes, there will be a clip of the exciting highlights after the convention…

A convention like this has never taken place in Israel's history!
Yes, there have been political conventions but they have ALWAYS been limited to members of the party. THIS convention is for… Am Yisrael – the entire Nation of Israel.

Let me review the details:It's at the Tel Aviv Port (called the "Namal") inside "Hangar 11" this coming Tuesday evening – February 28th (the 2nd of Adar). Zehut members are asked to come between 3:00pm-5:45pm in order to vote on key Zehut issues regarding our primaries. Doors open to the General Public at 5:45pm and the program will begin promptly at 6:15pm. The evening will conclude at 8:45pm.
New leadership is coming to Israel sooner than you think. Let's get to work!

With love of Israel,
Shmuel Sackett
Chairman, Zehut International

You have to wonder, for such an extravaganza - just like the Americans! - who is bankrolling it? 
________________________

So, a reader has sent the following...

Moshe Feiglin & Zehut Charidy(sic) Money Bomb Donate NOW – $400,000 Goal

Every donation will be matched 4x. Here is what Shmuel Sackett sent me. I donated $1,000, which is matched by donors to $4,000.

And, again, I ask. Where is this money coming from? Or should I ask from whom?

27 February 2017

Protecting Our Land, Protecting Ourselves

2 Adar 5777

I would really like to see Moshe Feiglin's new Zehut party really offer some solutions for Jewish Identity in Israel. But, what I've seen so far is very disappointing. Regarding foreign influence in the Jewish State...

ARABS

Principle 2 from the Four Principles e-book
Arab residents of Judea and Samaria will have three options: voluntary emigration, permanent residency status or citizenship for those who will tie their fate with the State of Israel, as exemplified by the Druze population.

Besides the fact that none of these options is allowed under Torah law, I wondered why not take this as an opportunity to begin to move people in the right direction. As I put forth on the Zehut Facebook page...
Jewish Identity - That would be an excellent way to push things in a great direction for the ultimate good of all if it concentrated on establishing that Israeli citizenship and land ownership must be for JEWS ONLY and while others may live here in the meantime with their civil rights protected, they cannot be citizens or vote in elections unless they also want to become a Jew. The same way that American citizenship is reserved for Americans (and foreigners who become Americans in accordance with American laws), citizenship in the Jewish State is reserved for Jews (and any foreigner who becomes a Jew in accordance with Jewish law). If you did nothing more than pound this idea home day after day after day, eventually it might sink in, which would be a tremendous step in the right direction. Especially in doing away with the erroneous idea that we are a religion rather than a nation. The Torah is not a religious book, it is our nation's constitution. It is instructions for how to build a properly functioning society which becomes the light to the nations.
REFUGEES

On this subject Zehut gets an A+. See Moshe Feiglin: Israel Must Not Open Gates to Syrian Refugees. He said similar things about "refugees" from Darfur and Sudan, etc. in 2009. I'd like to know how Zehut envisions solving the problem of the illegal occupation of South Tel Aviv.

CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES

In the past, Moshe Feiglin came out on the right side of Glen Beck's intrusion and more recently, his number one, Shmuel Sackett, came out similarly against Mike Huckabee. However, the fact that at least one announced candidate on his list has close ties to a major missionary organization in Israel is problematic.



Also, the designation of "Lovers of Israel", as in the following announcement, is worrisome. We all know what that is code for.
...ZEHUT International is about one thing: Becoming part of the game and not just a fan from the sidelines.
...ZEHUT International is making YOU part of Israel's democratic process.
You will have the opportunity to make recommendations for members of Zehut's Knesset list. You will essentially become their constituents, from wherever you are in the world!
PS - Membership in ZEHUT International is open to all lovers of Israel. Voting rights are reserved for members of the Jewish nation. See here.
That comes straight off their mailing. 

NON-JEWS WHO THINK THEY ARE JEWS

It's all well and good to talk about "only members of the Jewish nation" having actual voting rights, but it's another thing to do it in practice. It's one thing to guarantee that only citizens vote since they carry a voting card verifying their right to vote. But, how will they ever be able to guarantee the Jewish identity of those claiming to be Jews in the Diaspora? 

Besides the problem of non-halachic converts and children of Jewish men without Jewish mothers, how many Xian "Messianic Jews" and "lost Israelites" will sign up to vote as Jews? How many "Ephraimites" like the Wallers and their volunteers who are still Xians, but lay claim to our land and heritage, will use it as a way to exert even greater influence here because of their financial contributions to the party. (Membership is $10 a month. Multiply that by a few million deluded people). How long until their dream of Xian aliyah is realized through this influence?

So much for Jewish Identity. 

26 February 2017

Expulsion From Amona

30 Shevat 5777

"WARNING! GRAPHIC!!"

Rav Richter's Shiur. Amona. Part I February 15, 2017
Rav Yehuda Richter delivers a shiur on what really happened in Amona, and why a Jewish village no longer exists

Rav Richter's Shiur. Amona. Part II February 22nd 2017
Rav Yehuda Richter from Elon More delivers a Torah shiur on the destruction of Amona, the reasons it happened, and the lessons to learn from it.

25 February 2017

Jewish Government - Part 3

27 Shevat 5777

Part 1Part 2

Obviously, an earthly regime of limited human scope is needed, one that enforces law and order on a daily basis. Yet, precisely as the people, themselves, who stand above the flesh-and-blood leaders elected to govern them, are subject to the ultimate authority of Torah law, so, too - how much more so - is the people's government subject to this authority. Surely their status is beneath that of their electors. Even if we say that the mundane regime has the standing of a father vis-a-vis his family, it clearly cannot achieve a status higher than that of an individual father, regarding whom it says, "Every person must revere his mother and father, and keep My Sabbaths. I am the L-rd your G-d" (Lev. 19:3). The Talmud derives from this (Yevamot 5b), "I might think honoring one's parents should override Sabbath observance. It therefore says, 'Every person must revere his mother and father, and keep My Sabbaths.' You are all obligated regarding My honor." Rashi adds, "Although I have admonished you regarding revering one's father, if your father tells you to violate the Sabbath, do not listen to him, and the same applies regarding all other mitzvot."

It is the same with the Jewish People's government, that same government whose origin is the Torah, and whose chief task is to maintain internal order and defend the people from external enemies so that we can fulfill our duties to G-d in peace. Our duty to honor and obey our mundane government depends on the extent to which that government honors and obeys Torah law, the Kingdom of Heaven, the ultimate authority of both the Jewish People and their elected government.

I have already noted above that the source for the Jewish government is Deuteronomy 17:15: "You must appoint a king whom the L-rd your G-d shall choose." Rambam brings this mitzvah down as law (Hilchot Melachim 1:1), as quoted, and he clearly defines the authority accorded to the king and the honor that he deserves:
We treat the king with great honor, and we imbue his fear and reverence in the heart of all people.... If someone rebels against a king of Israel, the king is allowed to kill him...and the same applies to whoever denigrates or curses him" (Ibid., 2:1; 3:8).
The reason for this is that a citizen who refuses to obey the law or who takes the law into his own hands for personal reasons, destroys the foundation of society and ushers in total chaos. He has no right to decide what law he will or will not obey. G-d placed the ruler in charge and gave him rights and powers, and no citizen can object. (See Rambam, Hilchot Melachim, Ch. 4).

Indeed, the powers of the king - or government - and his rights are clear, yet so, too, are the restrictions:
When the king is established on his royal throne, he must write a copy of this Torah as a scroll.... It must always be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life. He will then learn to be in awe of the L-rd his G-d, and carefully keep every word of this Torah and these rules. He will then also not begin to feel superior to his brethren or stray from the mandate to the right or to the left. He and his descendants will, thus, have a long reign in the midst of Israel. (Deut. 17:18-20)
The people are obligated to honor and revere their government, yet their government must learn "to be in awe of the L-rd" and "not to stray from the mandate." The Torah literally remains with the king, lest he forget for even a moment who his own Ruler and King is. 

As Samuel told the people when he anointed their first king: "If you behave wickedly, both you and your king shall be swept away" (I Sam. 12:25). The king - with his regime - forfeits his right and authority to rule when he violates G-d's word. As we find, "Then came the word of the L-rd unto Samuel, saying, 'I regret having set up Saul to be king, for he has turned away from following Me and has not performed My commandments'" (Ibid., 15:10-11). Samuel said to the king, "The L-rd has rent the kingdom of Israel from you this day" (Ibid. 15:28).

The powers of the king and his regime depend on the assumption that he will obey the higher authority. Once he rebels, his own authority is no longer valid. Our sages taught this explicitly (Sanhedrin 49a):
It says, "Whoever rebels against your commandment and does not hearken unto your words in all that you command him shall be put to death" (Josh. 1:18). I might think this applied even to the Torah [i.e., if you command him to violate the Torah]. It therefore says, "Only be strong and of good courage" (Ibid.) [to keep the Torah].  --(Source)
To be continued, iy"H...

24 February 2017

"Mercy in Judgement"

28 Shevat 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Mishpatim/Sheqalim/Mevorchim
Shabbat shalom! Chodesh tov!

Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky

Parashat Mishpatim: Mercy in Judgement - Li'Iliuy Nishmas Michla Bas Eliyahu

23 February 2017

Christianity and Pedophilia - More Prevalent Than You Thought

27 Shevat 5777


Most people are surely aware of the scandal of pedophilia in the Catholic church. Priests who are required to remain celibate throughout their lives in order to attain some high level of spiritual purity instead sink to the lowest form of debasement as they prey upon innocent and defenseless children. But, this is just an outward sign of a deeper evil.

Christianity, especially the Evangelicals, those whom many so-called "Orthodox" Jews have embraced unconditionally (meaning they don't require them to give up their false and idolatrous beliefs) because of their vocal attestations of "love and support" for the Jewish people, is guilty of spiritual pedophilia. 

In a well-meant, but misguided attempt to adhere to the injunction of King Solomon to "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6), they seek out and prey upon children particularly. With typical Christian subterfuge, they also see it as a way to ensnare the parents, too. And so it is!

This is how my heart and mind were captured, enslaved and made to serve a false god from the age of nine.

Every summer, the church would sponsor a two-week program for children called Vacation Bible School. They would typically have a parade to draw the kids in and invite all the children in the surrounding community with the offer of 3-4 hours a day of free babysitting for parents and the promise of fun and refreshments for children. Along with it came heavy doses of Christian indoctrination. At the end of two weeks, a special "graduation" ceremony was held for the parents to attend, at the end of which a special "invitation" was given to "accept J****". By that time, some kids were ready to do whatever it took to avoid the fires of hell awaiting them. Oftentimes, the parents would follow their children into joining the church.

Someone got the idea to do this on a more regular (weekly) basis with a "bus ministry". Some printed up flyers and left them at homes in the church's surrounding area, while others knocked on doors personally, offering to pick the kids up with a school bus every Sunday morning for Sunday School letting the parents sleep in. Here, too, it wasn't long before the kids wanted to join the church and the parents often followed. 

By targeting children, they were preying on those least able to understand their duplicity and least able to resist the brainwashing. Once a child grows up in this environment, he just continues to trust that the adults in his life have steered him a straight course and few there are who ever doubt the righteousness of their path or ever grow up enough to question what they've been taught.

Maybe the worst thing is what happens between such a captured child and any parent who does not come on board with him. For me, it was my father, who never set foot inside any church his entire life to my knowledge. I know he believed in God, but unfortunately, I don't know anything else. The Xian "savior" was a barrier between us. I was convinced that he was a lost cause and I lived in fear that he would die and spend eternity in torment unless I could think of some way to bring him into the fold. That never happened, thank God, but it meant we never spoke of it as a result. 

What else can you rightfully call this, but spiritual pedophilia!? They rape your mind! That's how I view these people, even though I once served them and their agenda and even though they seem otherwise loving, giving, kind, and sympathetic. That's how pernicious it is. 

And that's why it shocks and hurts me to the depths of my soul to find them being welcomed into the inner sanctum of Judaism where I sought and found refuge in the truth and purity of the Torah HaKadosh.

Imagine you are a child who escaped a child molestor who held you in chains for years. You went to the ends of the earth so as never again to be reminded of the torture and the loss, only to find that he has not only followed you, but he has been invited into the new home where you had found sanctuary. Your adoptive family is befriending and celebrating him while you must watch from the sidelines and wonder who he will target next and how and what you can possibly do about it. 

Welcome to my life.

21 February 2017

Jewish Government - Part 2

26 Shevat 5777

Part 1

After the first Trump/Netanyahu meeting last week in the United States, a press release containing their remarks was issued. One statement stands out: "In today’s meeting, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed that there will be no daylight between the United States and Israel,....” 

This is in extreme opposition to the Creator's will as expressed in our Holy Torah. Therefore, this being, as it were, attached at the hip bodes grave ill for Israel.

And speaking of "extreme". If the Torah seems "extreme" to you, that says more about how far you have drifted away from the truth than it does about the Torah's "extremism", God forbid, as if the Creator Himself Who gave the Torah could possibly be considered "extreme". He is the One Who defines it, not us. And if you reject this Torah truth in favor of your own ideas and feelings, then you are a rebel against the rule of the King of kings. Think about that. We, as the creatures must conform to the Creator, not the other way around. We are not the masters of our own fate. HKB"H is Supreme!

(Continuing...)

Chapter Twenty-two
The Jewish Government

...The non-Jewish state in our day, as we know it, and as perceived by the alien culture which venerates it, came into being through the gradual development of families, clans, and tribes into distinct nations. These, seeking security and survival, recognized some authority and settled on territory of their own. Thus,  both the nation and the state came to be controlled by an authority elected by the people. There was nothing miraculous or unique about this development. The state did not come into being at a specific moment or via the intervention of some supernatural power. It was created by consent of the people, who for practical, utilitarian reasons recognized the need for an authority which would maintain internal order and defend against external enemies. Such a government derived its authority and its right to decree without protest both from the practical need for order and from the power invested in it by the people to act and to speak on their behalf.

This idea - that the people are the ones who gave the government the right to speak on their behalf, and that in actuality the government is the people - is what backs up the argument that the individual must not violate the government's decisions. In this secular, mundane conception of government, the people are the ultimate authority. They are the legislators, whether by direct decision, or by the election of representatives who speak and legislate on their behalf. Hence, government becomes the ultimate authority, and on this is based the non-Jewish government's demand for absolute obedience by the individual.

Yet, none of this is relevant to the Jewish People, whose inception did not involve gradual, mundane development and whose ultimate authority does not derive from the people, itself, but from an external source. There was a moment defined in time in which the Jewish People became a nation, and it was a very special moment.
Now, if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be My special treasure among the nations, even though all the world is Mine. You will be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation to Me.... All the people answered as one and said, "All that the L-rd has spoken, we will do" (Ex. 19:5-6, 8).
This special, supernatural, planned moment, in which the nation was born, was underscored once more when the day of Moses's death drew near:
Today you are all standing before the L-rd your G-d - your leaders, your tribal chiefs, your elders, your law enforcers, every Israelite man, your children, your women, and the proselytes in your camp - even your woodcutters and water drawers. You are, thus, being brought into the covenant of the L-rd your G-d, and accepting the dread path that He is making with you today. He is establishing you as His nation, so that He will be a G-d to you." (Deut. 29:9-13)
At a precise moment, the Jewish nation was created. This moment was special, supernatural and planned. Israel's creation stemmed from an outside source, such that its supreme authority and the right to make decisions about its fate and future, likewise, did not derive from the people's will, as with other nations, but from the external force which created it - G-d.

Israel's creation resulted from a covenant with G-d. This covenant created a unique, exclusive nation, committed to obeying the laws and statutes of G-d and to accepting one supreme authority.

This supreme authority is absolute and not open to restrictions or objections. It is the Kingdom of Heaven, and we are commanded to accept its yoke upon ourselves. As the Mishnah teaches (Berachot 13a): "R. Yehoshua ben Korcha said, 'Why is the paragraph of "Shema" read before the paragraph "And it shall come to pass, if you hearken...."? It is so that one will first accept upon himself the yoke of Heaven and then the yoke of mitzvot.'"

The Torah is our supreme authority, and its laws bind and control us. In order that we should recognize its overriding domination over us, we daily swear loyalty to it: "Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One" (Deut. 6:4). Through this, we daily accept upon ourselves the yoke of Heaven, the laws of the Torah. This is the ultimate authority over Israel--(Source)

Part 3

Binyamin Golden: "Murdering Our Children"

25 Shevat 5777

FC Message from Binyamin Golden
12 Shevat 5777, Parashat Beshallach

"Murdering Our Children"  (English Audio)
  רצח הילדים שלנו   (Hebrew Text)