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Monday, June 30, 2014

US Military: Bibles Banned~Ramadan Rules Enforced

You Really Can't Make This Stuff Up!

I found this interesting report on Blazing Cat Fur's blog

The US Air Force banned Christian Gideon’s volunteers from the base in March, saying:

“They can place their literature within our facility, but they are not allowed to stand there and talk with applicants or hand them (the Bibles) out

The question to be asked is: Does this same ban apply to Muslims and their literature on Islam? Take for example, the fact that US military personnel are not only expected to adhere to Islamic practices during Ramadan, they are actually having briefing sessions. From a report in the Stars and Stripes:

...US personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.

...Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month...(Ali) Hassan encouraged personnel to experience Iftar in a Ramadan tent, many of which are set up at various locations around Bahrain during the holy month and welcome non-Muslims.

A few of the Rules to be followed: (Taken from Stars and Stripes):

* Eating, drinking, chewing and smoking in public are civil offenses in some Islamic countries
* Men should wear long sleeves and pants. Women’s sleeves should extend below the elbow and pants or
   skirts should cover the knees.
* Avoid critical remarks about fasting or any religious practice
* Most restaurants will be closed except those in 4 and 5-star hotels
* All consumption of alcohol by US military personnel is prohibited at any off base public venue in the US 
  Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility during Ramadan.

While the rules are not torture, and it is not clear if this will be a blanket policy for all US Military bases, the real question that must be asked is: How much reciprocation do Christians (or any non-Muslims) receive from Muslims~In Our Own Countries? We are expected to respect a culture and views that are foreign, and indeed conflicting with our way of life, yet we must "respect" the foreign culture, while the foreign culture rejects anthing of ours. This is the height of politically correct stupidity.

Christians for the most part, do respect others. Now, it is time for Christians to start demanding that same level of respect for themselves. We are entering into dangerous territory when we allow our own beliefs to be sacrificed in the name of "political correctlness".

Proud Israeli~Arab Teen Sends A Strong Message to All

Mohammad Zoabi is a sixteen year old with stong opinions and a maturity far beyond his years.

When three teens were kidnapped while on their way home from school, many muslims celebrated and the media was flooded with images of the "three finger salute".

The entire country has been united in prayer; family and friends wait; musicians are suddenly inspired, and politicians (of course) are trying to get their "bonus points" in while they can.

Meanwhile, Mohammad's young voice has risen above the rest. Yes, he is only sixteen (the same age as two of the kidnapped youths) but he speaks with the confidence, and strength of one much older. He is Israeli, but more than that, he describes himself as Israeli, Zionist, Arab, Muslim~in that order.

Mohammad is a relative of the vile anti-Israel MK, Hanan Zoabi. You may recognize her name from her presence on the Mavi Marmara boat which attemped to break through to Gaza. You can also read about her screeching, treasonous, threats against the very country that pays her wages and allows her, an Arab woman, to sit as an elected member of the Knesset!

Recently a video was posted by Mohammad Zoabi on the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers by terrorists. Although he is still in his teens himself, this young man speaks three languages (the message is in English, Hebrew and Arabic) and has very strong opinions about Israel, and loyalty to one's country.

Needless to say, because he called for the teens to be released, and because he is proud to be an Israeli, he is under threat. Reports are that his own family has been threatening him, and Israeli police have already arrested several people.

Below is the message he was forced to post after his life was threatened, and following that, the video of his message on the kidnappings that caused such outrage. If only those in positions of power had such strength of character...

Please Pray for the Safety of This Young Man!

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Resting Place~27 June 2014


 I have sought some consolation,
Through remorse and bitter tears,

The weight my shoulders had to bear,
Through all these many years.

Bound by shackles forged by fear,
No mortal tool could break.

Just who or what could make it stop,
Could from this Dream me wake?

Light headed joy I hope to find
As new wine glads the soul.

Judgement from the scales declare
All my parts made whole.

...Written 31 March 1985 by RG Fowler of  Blessed Memory (Meridel's Younger Brother)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PM Netanyahu: Two Pieces of Advice for Presbyterian Church

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Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked about the recent "divestment / boycott" from Israel and Israeli products by the Presbyterian Church.

He responded with two pieces of advice:

1) Fly to Israel...visit the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

2) ...Take a bus and tour Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc....but make sure it's an
   armoured bus~and don't say that you are Christians.

It has also been posted that this church is now planning to remove the word "Israel" from its prayer books.

One must ask if they also plan to change the Bible to insure comlete removal of "Israel"? (Don't even ask about banning the medical and technical innovations that Israel has given the world)

The picture above is scan taken from the "Original, 1611 King James Version of the Bible", telling us that nothing (...not one jot or tittle) in the Bible shall be changed. Here are the original words...

For verily I say vnto you, Till heauen and earth passe, one iote or one title, shall in no wise passe from the law, till all be fulfilled...Matthew 5:18 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)

Those who read scripture are familiar with this commandment, and surely, a "church" would be even more aware. The idea that they feel they have the right to erase Israel for any reason smacks of chutzpah!

The church needs to examine the middle east, with "honest" eyes. In every country Christians are being persecuted, and Muslims are being killed by other Muslims. Women have no rights, the press is stifled. Only in tiny Israel are the Christian and Muslim communities free to grow and practice their faith. Only in Israel do they have full voting rights. Only in Israel are women free to choose their occupation and lifestyle.

Calling a divestment or boycott, because Israel defends her people from another genocide, speaks of the willfull blindness of those who do think in this way. Again, in the words taken from the original source...

Heare now this, O foolish people, and without vnderstanding, which haue eyes and see not, which haue eares and heare not...Jeremiah 5:21 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)

Yes, Israel has many problems and makes many mistakes, but to choose to divestment, boycott, and attempting to ban Israel from the world is equivalent to demanding euthanization of all "mini-poodles" because a "bull-mastiff" attacked the kid next door.

If the Presbyterian Church truly wants to change things, and truly desires to better the situation in the Middle East, perhaps they should call for and end to the persecution of Christians in Arab countries? Forget about the Jews~how about your fellow Christians who are being slaughtered on a daily basis?

To really bring about change, one has to believe in God and prayer. One must pray to God and ask for change...But the prayers must be made with complete, deep, faith and obedience. In today's world, people are very good at reciting the words with great theatrical aplomb, but God knows what is really in their hearts. Only prayer can rescue our broken world, but that prayer will only be answered if it is given up humbly and sincerely to the Lord and King of All.

And I will blesse them that blesse thee, and curse him, that curseth thee: and in thee shal all families of the earth be blessed...Genesis 12:3 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Why I support Israel

Sometimes Truth is Brutal~Please Listen Carefully...

My Resting Place...19 June 2014

Over Shadow Me
When all of my oppressors
Are more than I can bear.
Or when I am broken
Hope forsaken
Without a prayer.
Over Shadow Me.

When the ones
That called me friend,
All have left me in the end.
Or if I in deep despair
With only troubles left to wear.
Even in my defeats
Humiliation and conceits.
Over Shadow Me.

When the Joy 
Of victories I find.
Please don't let them
Leave me blind
And stalled here in the way.
Please don't let
The moment pass.
Over Shadow Me.

...Written 1978 by RG Fowler of Blessed Memory (Meridel's Younger Brother)

Israel~Palestine and Ten Myths That Are Preventing Peace

Here Are Ten Myths Preventing Peace~Take Time To Learn the Truth!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Please Join Us in Prayer for the Kidnapped Teens...

All Israel has come together in prayers for the safe return of the three teenagers who were kidnapped this past week. Everyone has an opinion (or three) and the papers are full of theories, but the fact is we still have no idea where they may be.

What is known is that the two sixteen year olds, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, were on the way home from their yeshiva around 22:00pm. An Israeli reported that he stopped for them, but was not going thier way. He left them at the hitchhiking post in Kfar Etzion. Nineteen year old Eyal Yifrach met up with them there, and it is believed the three teens either got into a vehicle willingly, or were forced.

The Jewish Press reported that the car used for the abduction was found, along with some personal belongings of the boys. The cell phone of one of the teens was also found.

To Clarify~Those Claiming the Teens Should Not Have Taken a Ride: The bus system in Israel stinks! Even in the cities it is a nightmare and service does not run late in the evenings. In Israel there is a 115% tax on cars, fuel costs average $6.50 per gallon, and don't even ask about insurance and safety tests! Owning a car is like taking a mortgage in North America...The place where the boys were waiting for a ride is a common "trempiadot"~a site where people wait to catch a ride. For most, this is the only way to get around.

What Can We Do to Help?
Those who are believers know the power of prayer and this is something eveyone world wide is capable of. Indeed, all Israel has been praying constantly. We ask that you include the three teens in your prayers. In addition, please pray for the safety of those who are searching day and night to "Bring Our Boys Home"

The Chief Rabbis in Israel have asked that as we light candles on Shabbat, we light one extra candle for the teens and recite Psalm 83, 121, 130 and 142. They are printed below for your convenience. The names to recite are:

Eyal ben Iris Teshurah (Eyal Yifrach~19)
Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim (Gilad Shaar~16)
Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah (Naftali Frenkel~16)

Whatever your prayers, and whenever you pray, please keep the three boys in mind. God answers prayer, and he is not fussy about form or style~only that it comes from the heart!

Two popular Israeli singers immediately released a song, Bring Back Our Boys. In it are scenes from the prayers held at the Kotel (Western Wall), Judaism's Holiest site, and across Israel. Please Join Us And Pray...  

Bring Back Our Boys~Gad Elbaz and Naftali Kalfa~גד אלבז ונפתלי כלפה~ושבו בנים לגבולם

For Those Who Wish to Pray Psalms:

Psalm 83
1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

Psalm 121
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 130
1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 142
1 I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.
2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
5 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Israel's IDF "IS" The Greatest Army in the World!

Special Needs Troops in the IDF
Israeli's are proud of their Defence Forces with good reason. Since the creation of the state, the struggling forces have gone from strength to strength, not only in defense, but in community outreach.

The world loves to accuse Israel of all things evil. It boggles the mind that regardless of the situation, we are expected to maintain a perfect record, and a higher standard than the rest of the world.

Even so, our young people strive on a daily basis to maintain that standard and hold their heads high, not only by defending our country, but by reaching out to people who need help.

One such project is "Great in Uniform". Set up ten years ago, its purpose is to integrate young people with disabilities into the IDF~first as volunteers and then as soldiers in every aspect, from the simple soldier's ID and uniform to working on military bases in Israel and doing the "Israel Trek" to earn their berets. Their training and work serves as part of their preparation for an independent life and their integration into Israeli society.

This is only one of the many things that Israel does for her people~All of them!

Great in Uniform~God Bless the Israel Defence Forces!

Weekly Torah Portion~B'Ha'alotecha (Numbers 8:1~12:16)

Parashat B'Ha'alotecha~Being Alive to Life's Blessings with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger