There is a song, well known among Jews, titled: “David, melech yisrael”
Rabbi Yossi Marcus of the Ask Moses website says that it means “David, King of Israel lives and endures!” and he goes on to write mostly about King David. He does however explain that the phrase has come to mean “am Yisrael chai (the nation of Israel lives!).” Indeed it does live. I do not mean to imply that Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyhu is equal to King David, that his rule will endure like that of King David, or that he will rule in the future, but that Israel (and hopefully America) will live. And we will endure. We will not go down, despite the evil that comes from today’s White House and from Iran (the former Persia), the setting for the story of Purim.
Purim begins this year on at sundown March 4th (Wednesday night). There is a link between Purim and the destruction of evil. For example on March 1, 1953 (Purim) Joseph Stalin was suddenly paralyzed and died four days later, thus averting a nation-wide pogram in the Soviet Union. The Gulf War in 1991 ended on the first day of the Feast of Purim. I still remember well that in the weeks leading up to the war’s end the repeated joke was that the war would end on Purim. Why? (Not only because ending that war would be a time for of rejoicing for Jews) but because it would end evil, just as it had ended evil in the days of Queen Esther. Netanyahu will have the story of Purim in mind on Tuesday night when he speaks before the joint houses of Congress.
No one and nothing will stop us, and Netanyahu, although born in Israel spent several years in the USA and is a graduate of Cheltenham High School near Philadelphia. This is a man who knows America. The Israeli and the American people and their nations are forces for good, as is the leader of Israel. Not perfect, but good, and aiming to be better. A Gallup poll recently found that Netanayhu’s favorable rating in the past three years has risen 10 points. The same poll found that in the last 15 years Americans of all ages have grown more partial to Israel in the Arab-Israel conflict but those 50 and over particularly so with support in that age group growing from 50% to 70%.
America can always recover from a failed domestic policy but how does she recover from a foreign policy that subjects her to the whims of homicidal zealots with nuclear arms?
A radical Iranian theocracy must never have access to nuclear power.
As victims of the most heinous crimes ever perpetrated upon a group of people, it is incumbent upon all Jews to be diligent in monitoring events around the world that violate the safety of all mankind. In this case, Jews must be in the forefront, leading the charge to end the Iranian threat. It is the mission of American Jews to ensure that The United States, the leader of the free world, never embraces a foreign policy that green lights Iran’s resolve to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Clearly, allowing Iran access to nuclear power guarantees that they will achieve their goal through nuclear annihilation. Preventing such a cataclismic occurence necessitates nothing less than our full commitment to triumph over evil.
Of the many kinds of trains exhibited in Birmingham’s Wonderful World of Trains and Planes, in Birmingham, England, the only display in dispute was the model train set of Auschwitz, noted the Daily Mail. The photos included in the column certainly verify that the set was painstakingly designed to provide authenticity, was sufficiently informative, and respectfully and tastefully executed. Although I have visited Auschwitz, I have seen an authentic and replicas of boxcars in other museums, not to mention in newsreels, so I was dismayed to learn that only this one was considered objectionable.
One such objection came from a Holocaust survivor and while my heart goes out to him, this was an important teaching moment that would not be obtained in a classroom or home environment, and must not be obliterated from collective memory. It is not the presentation, but the Holocaust itself that is offensive. The mass murder of millions of innocent men, women, and children is inconceivably offensive. The obliteration of human beings by fascists – and now by Islamo-fascists – is severely offensive. And last year, I was privileged to edit a book of Holocaust survivors’ memoirs that were immensely offensive, but surely not to be dismissed or disregarded.
The visitors from Birmingham and environs elected not to stay at home in front of the telly, or go to the park, or attend a sporting event. Rather, they chose to visit a museum, to expand their horizons, to see and learn something new. So, while I respect the wishes and painful memories of the dissenting gentleman and the parents who prefer to keep their children ignorant of this part of human history, this may well have been the last thing ever seen by about one-and-a-half-million children during World War II, and I believe there is much to be gained by viewing the display.
Taking this a step further, if the exhibit were of sailing vessels, I would expect to see crafts of all kinds – those that carried goods and those that carried human cargo, those designed for peacetime and those designed for wartime:
The dhow, the traditional sailing and trading vessel, c. 600 BC – 600 AD, invented by Chinese, Arabs or Indians;
The vessels of the Polynesians, who were the finest navigators of the time;
Ships of the explorers, Vikings, Vasco de Gama, Marco Polo, and Christopher Columbus;
Muslim slave ships that brought Africans to Europe and America;
The Barbary pirate ships, the menace that attacked ports, captured people for slavery, and plundered merchant ships.
The American Navy ships dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson to battle the Barbary pirates;
The Mississippi River boats and barges that transported slaves through the States;
The MS St. Louis, the German ocean liner noted for its 1939 voyage in which her captain, Gustav Schroder, tried to find homes for 915 Jewish refugees who were denied entry to Cuba, the US, and Canada;
The First Class, "unsinkable" Titanic luxury liner.
Samples of warships, trading vessels, aircraft carriers and submarines, and any other ships noteworthy through our human history.
There will always be those who find something offensive somewhere, particularly when it comes to the Holocaust and persons who would deny its very occurrence. Nevertheless, the purpose of a museum exhibit is to teach, to engage the mind. The exhibit has accomplished its mission admirably. I commend the curator and all the museum’s participants for their vision, their talents, and their courage.
"There is a certain people, scattered and dispersed among the other peoples in all the provinces of your realm, whose laws are different from those of any other people….If it please Your Majesty, let an edict be drawn for their destruction…."
Every Jewish child recognizes that miserable request as the whiny voice of Haman, the voice of doom for Jewry were it not for Queen Esther, who, when told, said, "How can I behold the destruction of my people?" thus setting in motion instead the destruction of Haman—and giving us the festival of Purim.
Now, by fate or coincidence, on the day before Purim, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to address the United States Congress. Like Esther, he will plead for Israel, threatened this time by the modern Haman in the modern Persia, busily assembling the very latest tools of destruction. For as an Iranian computer engineer said not long ago, according to YNet News, the Islamic Republic "could destroy the Jewish state in less than nine minutes." Apprised of that potential, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, approvingly said, "The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed."
Last week Elie Wiesel noted the Purim connection, pleading for government leaders to join him at Netanyahu's speech, "in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America." The question is how many will indeed join Wiesel, in view of the fact that President Obama is overtly instructing Democrats to boycott the prime minister. This diktat should not be surprising, given Obama's open hostility toward Netanyahu. Recall the president's leaving Bibi to cool his heels in a White House meeting room while he, Obama, went upstairs to have dinner; recall Obama's "anonymous" taunt of Netanyahu as a "coward" and "chickens-t." Recall his crack to President Nicholas Sarkozy on a hot mike, "You're fed up, but I have to deal with him [Netanyahu] every day." And as we know, at this moment, Obama has his own campaign workers in Israel working against Netanyahu's re-election.
Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those "traitors" became our country's greatest patriots. (Cong.Ron Paul, now retired) -Politico
Those who read this blog will know that I have reported on the Secession movement more than once. Now it seems that other places and another prominent individual have been in the news regarding this issue, specifically I have in mind Hawaii and New York, plus Ron Paul. Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski reported on February nineteenth of this year that Paul says Secession is Happening.
Hawaii (it seems to have joined the union under shady circumstances), had its Queen overthrown in 1893, five years prior to the beginning of annexation into the United States. Hawaii has numerous contemporary sovereignty organizations and among their unique features is a tendency toward inherited rights based on descent from the royal Hawaiian family and/or native blood. The really good news for everyone who believes in America and its Constitution is that if Hawaii left the union Congress would no longer be as far left as it is. Strangely enough the Hawaiian separatist movements are not that far from the Tea Party. While most Tea Partiers do not seem to know it, the fact is that the original Boston Tea Party was not about reducing taxes but that there was any tax at all. The founders of the United States believed that Britain had zero right to tax them – just as the independence parties in Hawaii believe.
“In this kind of battle, the victory will be won by him who has the courage not to throw down his arms or put aside his confidence in God.”Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, 1589.
A great debate has enveloped much of the United States: Why will President Obama not join the terms ‘Islamic’ and ‘Terrorist’ together? The answer is painfully obvious. Barack Obama apparently believes that religion must be approved by and subject to public authority. It is for this reason that the Obama justice department attacks Catholic nuns for violating his administration’s preference for socialized birth control. It exists within his ridicule for those Americans that like to read the Bible. It remains painfully present in his determination to “fundamentally transform” a nation reared on Judeo-Christian tradition. And it is evident in his refusal to single out Islamic jihadists: The terrorists at war with the United States have not earned his permission to be called Muslim and, therefore, President Obama will do everything in his power to hide the enemy from his administration’s eyes. Religion is by the grace of his determination.
So far be it for the president to acknowledge the time-honored Christian “iron-clad law” against evil – “either fight or die”. If the U.S. president can extinguish religion, he can also extinguish the concept of evil itself. Without evil, every action of human beings can be scrutinized as a social byproduct best left for academics to ponder. Therefore, the ISIS fighters beheading and burning non-believers commit these atrocities simply because they remain jobless or disadvantaged. Also, the “Warlike faith” of Muhammad – that even seventh century Jews found distasteful – becomes a religion of peace within the modern world. In the eyes of the Great Definer of Religion, Barack Obama, history is rewritten to suit. Thus, the Crusades become not a defense against 400 years of Muslim aggression, but the instigator for 1,400 years of faith-by-warrior. Obama now becomes like God, where one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as if one day.
This leads us to another great debate of today: How to deal with ISIS? Again, the answer remains painfully obvious. We must hunt down every leader of the Islamic State and kill or capture them. Those whom we catch should be sifted for valuable information. Afterwards, we should nail their bodies to the nearest mosque door with the inscription “This is what happens to anyone that seeks to harm Americans or our friends.” If the unacquainted should reel back in horror over this statement, then they should know that even God created the archangel St. Michael (“Who is like God?”) to set his foot upon the head of the Dragon and pierce the heart of Lucifer with his lance. Aside from this figurative depiction, St. Michael remains no less “God’s Marshal” and challenges all who seek to equate him or herself with Michael’s Master.
Lent is a 40 day season during which Christians prepare for Easter by fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ, His suffering, sacrifice, life, death, burial and resurrection. The connection between the Jewish Passover and Easter is well known but Rabbi Evan Moffic argues persuasively that the preparatory period of Lent derived from the ancient Jewish tradition of Passover preparation. He goes on to identify the 40 days of Lent with the 40 years of Wilderness wanderings. Biblical Judaism provides the foundation for Christianity, it was the religion of Jesus. Lent is the season during which we reflect on the mystery of the Glory of Israel, Jesus Christ, Who was made a Light for the Gentiles. We should remember that we Gentiles have no natural claim on Him, that He was and is the Glory of His people, Israel, and that He is our Saviour by grace. In gratitude for such a gift we should pray for the good of Israel and for the people whom Jesus called 'my brethren', the Jews. It was for them that He shed bitter tears when He last beheld Jerusalem and it is for their redemption that He will appear a second time. Lent is supposed to be a beautiful time, a time of elevation.
Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old Jewish security guard was shot in the head early last Sunday morning, the 15th Feb., as he stood outside a building belonging to Copenhagen's Great Synagogue, he later died in hospital. Another good man down.
In Dec 2014 The Telegraph reported on "The rise of lone wolf terror attacks."
RT News, have similarly spoken of "lone wolf attacks."
This is the new false trail, labeling the imitators of Mohammed, "Lone Wolves."
The first error that the media persisted in, contrary to all good sense - is that there are Moderate Muslims and Extremist Muslims. Together with PC, this is a fatal hindrance to our ever dealing with the world-destroying evil of Islam because it divides the face of Islam into a good and a bad side. This compels us to deal with it piecemeal, and inevitably consigns us to being too late to stop many of the killings for the very reason that we have to wait for a killing before we can act. And then all that is left for us to do is imprison the killer and bury the victim(s).
However, even with this error there was the small consolation that we could still seek out the specific organizations that inspired these killer, but now that avenue has been blocked by our foolish intelligentsia.
For now, yet another subtle division of the evil Islam has been invented, that of the Lone Wolf. We are now to accept that these Muslim killers are not connected to any specific group of fanatical Islam, that these psychopaths are working independently. This is a gift to Islam, for the killing can continue with the assurance that the blame will never be laid where it belongs, at the doorsteps of every mosque. This claim of Lone Wolf is just another smokescreen that hides Islam's bloody scimitar, and keeps the perplexed world at bay.
We must once and for all recognize that it matters not whether this or that particular Muslim is a potential killer, or whether or not we can name a fanatical sect that he represents. Enough of this nonsense! The fact is that the entire root of the ideology is corrupt and must be banned in all civilized countries. There is no cure for it.
But, alas, the modern liberal mindset, nurtured on a diet of multiculturalism and equality is incapable of concluding that all these so-called lone wolves are devout Muslims and that it is the ideology of Islam that continues to produce such monsters. There is a wicked heart within Islam, not only is it an all-consuming ideology based upon a lie, but it is also a corrosive evil in the hearts and minds of 1.6 billion people.
Islam, they continue to state, is not the problem. Islam is a great and wonderful Abrahamic religion. The problem, they say, is that some Muslims have misinterpreted the "holy" Koran and have become radicalized and have joined terrorist organizations. So, we attack the organizations. Now they say, these killers are merely Lone Wolf psychopaths. Now there's nothing we can do except scratch our foolish heads and hope that the killing stops or that the fantasy of Moderate Islam will come to our aid.
By insisting, firstly, that the house of Islam has an imaginary moderate majority and only a minority of fanatics, and, secondly, by now claiming that the killers are Lone Wolves, our educated classes have managed to secure our own defeat. Until they accept the disturbing truth that Islam is rotten from its foundations to its minarets, we are digging our own grave and that of good men like Dan Uzan, peace be upon him.
The following is an excerpt from a fine article,What ISIS Really Wants, in The Atlantic by Graeme Wood dated March 2015. I highly recommend you go read the entire article, share it with your friends and keep a copy for future reference.
The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.
Control of territory is an essential precondition for the Islamic State’s authority in the eyes of its supporters. This map, adapted from the work of the Institute for the Study of War, shows the territory under the caliphate’s control as of January 15, along with areas it has attacked. Where it holds power, the state collects taxes, regulates prices, operates courts, and administers services ranging from health care and education to telecommunications.
In November, the Islamic State released an infomercial-like video tracing its origins to bin Laden. It acknowledged Abu Musa’b al Zarqawi, the brutal head of al‑Qaeda in Iraq from roughly 2003 until his killing in 2006, as a more immediate progenitor, followed sequentially by two other guerrilla leaders before Baghdadi, the caliph. Notably unmentioned: bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al Zawahiri, the owlish Egyptian eye surgeon who currently heads al‑Qaeda. Zawahiri has not pledged allegiance to Baghdadi, and he is increasingly hated by his fellow jihadists. His isolation is not helped by his lack of charisma; in videos he comes across as squinty and annoyed. But the split between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State has been long in the making, and begins to explain, at least in part, the outsize bloodlust of the latter.
Zawahiri’s companion in isolation is a Jordanian cleric named Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi, 55, who has a fair claim to being al-Qaeda’s intellectual architect and the most important jihadist unknown to the average American newspaper reader. On most matters of doctrine, Maqdisi and the Islamic State agree. Both are closely identified with the jihadist wing of a branch of Sunnism called Salafism, after the Arabic al salaf al salih, the “pious forefathers.” These forefathers are the Prophet himself and his earliest adherents, whom Salafis honor and emulate as the models for all behavior, including warfare, couture, family life, even dentistry.
The Islamic State awaits the army of “Rome,” whose defeat at Dabiq, Syria, will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse.
The United States is handicapped by President Barack Hussein Obama who refuses to admit ISIS is Islamic, the stupidity is impossible to understand ... Except for the belief that his sympathies lie with them and cares nothing for the Christians and moderates that are being slaughtered.
Following takfiri doctrine, the Islamic State is committed to purifying the world by killing vast numbers of people. The lack of objective reporting from its territory makes the true extent of the slaughter unknowable, but social-media posts from the region suggest that individual executions happen more or less continually, and mass executions every few weeks.
Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes. Hence, perhaps, the incredulity and denial with which Westerners have greeted news of the theology and practices of the Islamic State. Many refuse to believe that this group is as devout as it claims to be, or as backward-looking or apocalyptic as its actions and statements suggest.
January 29, 2015, was Hijab Day at NP3 High School, in Sacramento, California. One student who is interning for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) gave a presentation on Islamophobia and in no time at all, the befuddled faculty, staff and students were “encouraged” by principal, Tom Rutten, to wear a hijab – a veil that covers the woman’s head and chest.
What began as the seventh century Bedouin woman’s attempt at privacy and protection from the desert has become a veil symbolic of a woman’s indignity and servitude. As Nonie Darwish so aptly explained in her book, Cruel and Usual Punishment, women have come to represent the totality of evil and inferiority in Islamic teaching.
Considered lacking in intelligence and religion, women are seen as half the worth of men in a Shari’a court; in the case of rape, her accusation has no worth without four witnesses. Women may be raped for wearing “indecent” clothing, and beaten by their husbands for leaving the house unaccompanied by a male relative. If her behavior further irritates, he may imprison her without food and clothing, and arrange for stoning until dead. In this despotic society, women bear the honor of the male, so that girls and women may be killed by a father who fears his esteem has been sullied.
The hijabs and burqas serve the purpose of enforcing women to obey Shari'a and submit to men. Furthermore, they are obligated to defend this life of bondage or else risk their own destruction at the hand of their families. It is because of such constant fear, that many women are defensive when challenged by non-Muslims. Some may even try to earn honor and respect by joining the radicals for violent jihad (holy war against the infidel).
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