If you do here is an interesting little tidbit. All UBC students pay a fee to support student activities. One of the groups has proposed donating $700 to a new Gaza Flotilla--an attempt to deliver aid directly to Hamas(a recognized terrorist group), bypassing Israeli inspections. The UBC student group that oversees student funds did do the responsible thing, and put a temporary stop to the Hamas donation, pending a vote by the full student council. And this is creating a fuss!
However, the pro-Hamas students have reacted with a campaign of abuse and intimidation against the student who made the responsible decision, UBC Alma Mater Society president Bijan Ahmadian. Ahmadian tweeted: “Shaken from the physical intimidation by the SPHR President at my office today. Had to call security to remove him” SPHR is the acronym for “Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights", a UBC student group. Seems like the students at the University of British Columbia are getting a little taste of Hamas thuggery right on their own campus. Does anyone even question the fact that these people who purport to speak for “human rights” frequently engage in physical intimidation--or use student-activity money to subsidize a terrorist group on the other side of the globe?
Has anyone asked how it is that Hamas can be building yet another Mega Mall in Gaza? Or questioned why a leader of Hamas has $4.5 million to buy a piece of land to build himself a mansion? Has anyone even looked at the of luxury hotels in Gaza? Why are Gazans near the top of the list for obesity in the world? Do you have any idea how many billions of dollars are poured into Gaza--ever ask just who is getting it all? BBC just ran a report stating 20 groups operating in Gaza have concerns that there is no improvement since Israel eased the border six months ago...
This is part of an article from Elder of Zion--do follow the link for the whole story: ...the plan is to construct multi-story buildings and neighborhoods built as independent residential areas. A mosque will be set up at the center of each neighborhood, alongside shopping centers, schools and kindergartens. Access roads will be paved and even playgrounds for children. Hamas has allotted tens of millions of dollars to the building project. There is apparently no shortage of money. Generous donations are flowing in from Iran, Islamic associations across the Arab worlds, and governmental elements in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Western elements.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been mercilessly pursuing Hamas in the West Bank, is aiding Gaza with millions of dollars, boasting that 57% of the Palestinian Authority budget is directed at the Strip. Abbas pays the salaries of 70,000 government workers from the post-Hamas era, maintains the health and education systems, and even funds some of Gaza's electricity production expenses.
Yes, there surely are poor people in Gaza (just like every place in the world), and yes, there are those that are being oppressed--by the very people your kids want to fund--Hamas.
For what University Education costs, does it not seem odd that your children are being groomed to support the people who would end of the very freedoms and democracy that Canadians now enjoy? I'm just saying...
Jacob is now living in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is 17 year old Joseph, "And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was a son of his old age"...Jacob makes a precious multi-colored coat for Joseph. His brother are jealous and see him as a dreamer and tale teller. When Joseph tells his brothers of two dreams that foretell of his destiny to rule over them, it is too much and they become filled with envy and hatred.
The brothers plan to kill Joseph, and tell Jacob that a wild beast had attacked him. Reuven intervened: "Do not shed blood! Cast him into this pit, which is in the desert, but do not lay a hand upon him"...He was trying to buy time so that he could later save Joseph.
The brothers take Joseph's beautiful coat from him and throw him into a pit without food or water. While they are eating they see a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way from Gilead to Egypt. Judah suggests selling Joseph into slavery so they turn him over for for twenty silver pieces. When Reuven returns he is distraught. The brothers kill a kid and cover the coat with blood then send it to Jacob. Of course Jacob cannot be consoled over the loss of his favorite.
Judah takes Tamar as a wife for Er, his firstborn. But Er was very wicked and the Lord slew, him so Judah gave his second son, Onan to marry Tamar (*This was called a Levirate marriage)Onan knew the child would not be his so he decided to "spilled his seed". This made Gd angry so he put Onan to death as well. Judah tells Tamar to remain a widow in her father's house until the youngest son grows up "Lest he too die, like his brothers".
Judah's wife dies and after the mourning period he leaves for Timnah. Tamar covers her face and goes to the crossroad where she sees that the youngest, Shelah has grown and realizes that Judah has deceived her. Judah notices her and thinks she is a harlot. He promises to pay her with a kid, but she asks for a pledge until it arrives--"Your signet, your cloak, and the staff that is in your hand". Judah agrees. As a result of their liaison Tamar conceives--she leaves with the pledge before the kid is delivered. When her pregnancy becomes known Judah accuses her and sentences her to death. But Tamar shows him the "pledged items" and he admits his mistake in not giving her to his son. Tamar bears twins--when the hand of the first appears the midwife puts a crimson thread on it. Then the hand is drawn back and the other twin is born causing the midwife to declare "With what strength you have strengthened yourself!". When Judah sees this he names him Perez. Tamar's strength of character and determination produced Peretz, whose descendants would be David and his dynasty, and eventually the Mashiach.
Meanwhile the slavers sell Joseph to Potiphar, Pharaoh's chamberlain. Joseph has integrity and managerial skills and is soon appointed to run Potiphar's household. Joseph is successful and becomes knowm for his handsome features and beautiful complexion. Potiphar's wife sees his beauty and tries to seduce Joseph, but he refuses to sin against Gd. One day when they are alone in the house she grabs his coat--but he flees, leaving the coat behind. She accuses him of trying to seduce her using the coat as evidence. His master is very angry and throws him in prison, but Gd is watching over him and he is soon chosen by the warden to run the prison.
While he is in prison Joseph meets the cup and the baker of the king of Egypt. When they have disturbing dreams and the next day when Joseph see them he notices their worried looks. They tell him of the dreams and Joseph says: "Don't interpretations belong to God? Tell [them] to me now". He interprets their dreams. Just as he predicts, within three days the baker is executed and the wine steward is re-appointed to his former position in the household. Joseph asks the wine steward to intervene on his behalf with Pharaoh, but when he goes back to his job he forgets all about Joseph.
Next week Joseph finally gets out of prison when Pharaoh has dreams that nobody can interpret. He marries, famine hits Egypt and ten of his brothers come looking for food. Joseph recognizes them and sets them up so they have to bring their youngest brother to him...stay tuned.
There are many versions of the original Thanksgiving Feast--apologies for any errors in this account. The point is to send greetings to all or our friends (and everybody else) celebrating today!
Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. The first Thanksgiving Dinner can be traced back to the 16th century. According to the story, about 102 pilgrims crossed the Atlantic in the year 1620 in a ship named Mayflower. They traveled for nearly two months with extreme difficulty. Most likely they were kept in the cargo space of the sailing vessel and not allowed on the deck due to terrible storms.
After 66 days the pilgrims reached Plymouth Rock on December 11th 1620. Apparently this was not their original destination, but the storms had blown them off course. That winter 46 pilgrims died due to the extreme cold. In the spring of 1621, Squanto, a native Indian taught the pilgrims to grow food for their survival. That summer there was a severe drought, so the pilgrims called for a day of fasting and prayer to please God and ask for a bountiful harvest in the coming season. As the story goes, God answered their prayers and it rained at the end of the day saving the crops of corn, beans and pumpkins that the Indians had taught them to grow.
In the autumn of 1621, they held a grand celebration to thank God and invited the Indians who had helped them. This communal dinner is popularly known as “The First Thanksgiving Feast”. There is however, no evidence to prove if the dinner actually took place. Some historians claim that because the pilgrims were so religious that most likely it would have been a day of fasting and prayer but most people say that it really was a feast.
According to the first hand account written by the leader of the colony, the food included, ducks, geese, venison, fish, berries etc. There is no evidence to prove if the customary turkey was a part of the initial feast.
Because of the diminished supply of flour that year, they did not have any kind of bread. Pumpkin pie, a staple on every dinner table, is unlikely to have been a part of the first thanksgiving feast, but they did have boiled pumpkin.
The feast took place outside due to lack of large enough facilities and continued for three days. There was not another feast until 1623, when there was another severe drought. In the year 1676 Governor Bradford proclaimed another day of thanksgiving. In October of 1777 all of the 13 colonies joined in a communal celebration which also marked the victory over the British.
Events and changes occurred over the years. A magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb, spent 40 years writing to congressmen, lobbying five presidents, and writing countless editorials in her campaign to create an official day of thanks. Finally, President Lincolnmade his famous Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863 officially making the last Thursday in November the official Day of Thanksgiving.
To all of you, and especially to the members of the Armed Forces who even today are putting their lives on the line for us, Happy Thanksgiving, and our wish that the Lord Richly Bless You All!
Earlier I posted the trailer to a documentary by the BBC program, Panorama. As a rule, BBC is openly pro-Muslim and very anti-Israel, and they did manage a dig at "some Orthodox Jewish schools locked in their own world", and of course they even found "one" Evangelical Christian school that condemned the entire religion of Islam. The fact is, the Islamic schools in Britain have been overrun by fundamentalist Muslim hate preachers who are raising up a generation of haters--exactly what the Arab world has done throughout the Middle-East--generation after generation raised to hate everything and every one who is not a Muslim. Raised under the primitive, oppressive laws of Sharia. They even ate other Muslims, because this "education system" is paid for and controlled by the Saudis (even though they try to deny it). If Britain chooses to gloss over the fact that the Saudis are funding "hate schools" they will seal their own doom--it may already be too late. If these folks are so intent on hating and destroying everything British they should go back to where they came from. You can judge for yourself--here is the program in two parts:
For more details go to Islamization Watch. A recent BBC Panorama documentary revealed that 5,000 Muslim children in England are being taught from a Saudi textbook which teaches that Jews are transformed from pigs, apes, and asks them to list the “reprehensible” qualities of Jews. Another says that Zionists want to establish world domination for Jews, one of the charges made in the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
One textbook uses a diagram to show how the hands and feet of thieves are chopped off according to Shari’a law. A second book asks readers what happens to those who don’t believe in Islam when they die. The text’s answer: “hellfire”. Notice that they always read from the Koran before carrying out "justice". You just can't make garbage like this up!
The textbooks are being used to teach the Saudi national curriculum at more than 40 weekend schools and clubs across the country are using these books to teach Muslim children aged six to 18. They are run under the umbrella of “Saudi Students Clubs and Schools in the UK and Ireland”. And Yes that would be the same Saudi Arabia that was just elected to the UN's New Women's Rights Agency--isn't that special. So why isn't the British Government Doing Anything About it??
The United Nations Human Rights Council this month adopted nine resolutions against Israel. The United States remained silent. A report by Lebanon expressed its objections "to the establishment of the Zionist entity on Palestinian territory”
Israel's representative started to respond, “My delegation would like to state on record our strong objection to the inappropriate and abusive language used to reference the State of Israel. Unfortunately, the existence of a dominant terrorist organization, Hizbullah, as well as political tensions and struggles between different vital groups…" he was rudely interrupted by the Council president (the delegate from Thailand) who broke in to recognize the delegation of Lebanon who declared: “If there were no Israeli occupation there would have been no resistance and resistance of peoples against foreign occupation is a legitimate right. Thank you”at which point the hall which broke into applause. The Council president followed up with: “I appreciate the concern expressed by the Lebanese delegation”
According to Arutz 7, other UNHRC members responded with verbal assaults against the Israeli diplomat--Again the Obama rep remained silent.
Syria--There is no other terrorism on the surface of the planet like the terrorism committed by Israel--This entity was established on the basis of terrorism
Syria again--Israel…threatens to use nuclear weapons
Syria yet again--Lebanese resistance is not terrorism
Lebanon--Hizbullah was only a resistance movement that had the honor to resist the occupation
And there you have it. You have to ask yourself--Why are we pumping billions of dollars into the UN and more important, how can anyone believe the Obama administration is a fair broker when it comes to finding a resolution to the tensions in the middle-east?
The video below was produced by CBN and has been picked up by bloggers both religious and secular. They begin with the story of a 15 year old boy who is facing jail time for distributing a leaflet warning that Denmark could one day fall under the rule of Islam and that he feels that is a bad and frightening thing. But this is only part of the story. The clip goes on to point out the ongoing intrusion and suppression of the freedoms that our ancestors fought for. There are many who feel that Europe is already lost and the voices of the few who are trying to stop the flood are being silenced. Please take the time to watch the entire clip--we must not remain silent or soon it will be too late and we will not have a choice! .
Earlier we posted a clip entitled The Middle East Problem in a Nutshell. Here is another one from the same source that poses an interesting question. Think about it--and think of those you may know who are not convinced that there is a God. For that matter, have you had doubts yourself? A very wise teacher once said that we should not try to "prove God" by science. Belief in God must come from within. What do you think?
An article on Mesopotamia West addressed the growing immigration problem in the UK as compared to Canada. According to the Cameron government, Britain, with a population of 61 million is having trouble absorbing 200,000 immigrants (figures from 2009). During the same period the Canadian government had an immigration number 20 percent larger with a population half the size of the UK! (33 million). It has been noted in other articles that the majority rely on public welfare and do not assimilate into society, rejecting the laws of the land. How can taxpayers absorb these costs and how can a country function if there is no respect of law and those who are tasked with enforcing it?
Are you concerned about immigration to Canada by those who refuse to assimilate? According to this article on Mesopotamia West there are those who are and there is something you can do about it. This is a partial quote:
You can do your bit to defend Western freedoms by signing an on-line petition urging Canadian politicians to stop Muslim immigration to Canada (h/t ib). The petition makes an important point; that Islam is a political ideology.
Islam is both a religion and a political ideology, and its politics are supremacist. That is, the doctrines of mainstream Islam command the followers of this faith to work toward the dominance of their religion over all other religions and the subjugation of all other political systems beneath the Islamic political system (Shari'a).
Is this a growing problem that is being ignored by politicians caught up in political correctness? What will the future hold when the country has more people drawing out of the system than paying into it? What future is there going to be for our children--our grandchildren? Do take time to read the whole article here, which also includes the link to the petition.
After being away for twenty years, Jacob begins his journey home to see his father Isaac. Still fearing the anger of his brother (Esau), he decides to send messengers ahead with a message of greeting. When they return and report that Esau is coming to "meet" him--with a troop of 400 men--Jacob starts to worry. He decides to split his family and possessions into two groups, so that one would engage in a battle so the rest could flee. Jacob then prays, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac"...and asks to be delivered from the wrath of Esau.
Jacob decides to "soften" Esau with a lavish gift of hundreds of heads of goats, ewes, nursing camels and their young, cows, bulls, and male and female donkeys. He spaces them out, sending one herd at a time. Each herder is given instructions that when he encounters Esau to tell him; "[I belong] to your servant Jacob; it is a gift sent to my master, to Esau, and behold, he himself is behind us." Jacob then takes his family accross the Jabbok River ("luxuriant river"). When he is the last one left Jacob again encounters an angel--this time it is Esau's archangel.
They wrestle until dawn, but the angel is unable to overpower Jacob, so instead he damages Jacob's sciatic nerve, leaving him with a permanent limp. When the angel tries to leave Jacob refuses to release him until he gives him a blessing. This the angel does, then tells him that his name will be changed to Israel. Jacob names the place Peniel (face of Gd), for as he said, "I saw an angel face to face, and my soul was saved." According to the Torah, Jews to this day may not eat the sciatic nerve--even of kosher animals--because of this.
Esau arrives on the scene and the brothers embrace each other and weep. Jacob's family meets Esau and Jacob forces Esau to accept the gifts he had sent. Although Esau wants to accompany Jacob home, Jacob declines so Esau returns alone to his home in Se'ir. Jacob carries on to (Sukkot) where he builds himself a house, and makes booths for his cattle. Jacob eventually reaches the outskirts of Shechem and purchases a plot of land where he erects an alter to Gd.
Dina, Jacobs daughter wanders into the city of Shechem where the crown prince (Shechem) abducts and violates her and keeps her hostage. Shechem's father, the governor goes to Jacob to ask for Dina's hand in marriage to his son. Jacob is clever, and says that if all the men of the city agree to circumcise themselves he will give Dina to Shechem. The men agree, but while they are recovering Dina's brothers, Simon and Levi enter the city, kill all the males and free Dina. Jacob is not pleased and is afraid of reprisals from the neighboring Canaanites. Nonetheless, Jacob continues on his way. The "fear of Gd" comes over the surrounding cities and Jacob and his family are able to travel through unhindered. They arrive in Canaan, in Beth-El, where Gd blesses Jacob saying "And the land that I gave to Abraham and to Isaac, I will give to you and to your seed after you will I give the land." He is re-named Israel.
Jacob and his family continue on to Hebron. On the roadside leading to Bethlehem, his beloved wife Rachel gives birth to her second son, Benjamin (the twelfth of the tribes of Israel.) Rachel dies and Jacob buries her there in what is now known as Rachel's Tomb. They continue on to Eder and while they are there, Israel's eldest son, Reuben lays with his concubine Bilhah. Jacob is aware of this.
Finally Jacob and his family arrive in Hebron. Isaac dies soon after at the age of 180 and is buried by his sons in the Cave of Machpelah alongside his wife and parents.
The Torah lists the wives and decendents of Esau who had left Canaan and settled in Se'ir.
The last section gives an enumeration of the princes of the original Se'irite natives, as well as the monarchs of that land that descended from Esau. These "lists" may seem boring, but they are vital in establishing historical ancestry. Remember, there is nothing extra in the Torah and we must strive to understand the deeper meanings as we learn.
Next week Jacob and his twelve sons settle in Hebron and we learn of the jealousy Joseph's brothers feel and their vengeful actions. Judah is outsmarted by his daughter-in-law Tamar, while poor Joseph ends up in an Egyptian jail with Pharaoh's butler and baker.
Golda Meir once said “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”. Not only has that time Not come, but the hate has multiplied and is growing bolder with support from the UN, EU, and even the USA. The world is full of politically correct people who have jumped on the "terror is cool" bandwagon. Western women who don a burka and squeal how liberated they feel have never experienced existence in a muslim country where cattle have a higher priority than females.
There is much discussion about making peace in the middle east. For those of us here on the ground the reality is very different from what the main stream media presents. Here is an example of what our neighbors in Gaza are really like.
Since this film was shot Hamas has become stronger, more aggressive, while driving the citizens of Gaza towards a Sharia ruled state. Syria, and Iran have been supporting them with money and arms.
Rockets, terror attacks, incursions and cold blooded murder of Israeli citizens is what Israel faces today. Anyone who believes that a peace of paper will stop these fanatics is living in a fantasy world. All of the neighbors of Israel are Islamic states, where the dwindling Christian population is being brutalized and Jews are not allowed at all. The small remnant of Jews live an isolated, threatened existence.
The Right Honorable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister, Ottawa, Canada.
Dear Mr. Harper;
You make me proud to be a Canadian!
Your speech at the gathering of the international parliamentarians in Ottawa on November 8th 2010, was a bench mark in world history. It was timely, weighty, inspirational and I believe of Churchillian magnitude. (National Post, November 9th 2010.)
Today, as a Canadian/Israeli dual citizen, I remember the ultimate price that my father Victor Alloway Rawlings paid on April 9th, 1945 for our freedom. He fell when his regiment of Canadian soldiers, The Regina Rifles were liberating Holland from Nazi oppression just three weeks before the war ended. I was 13 months old at the time.
Your speech brought tears to my eyes, because you expressed so clearly the ancient yet on going battle that each of us must fight. “We all must,”as you said, “stand up against evil and choose to promote freedom, democracy and justice; the universal principals of all civilized nations.”
I have spent the last 40 years in Israel, living and working there as a documentarist, TV producer, speaker and writer, trying to foster these ideals in the media. Now, my wife and I are on a sabbatical, residing in Parksville B.C. in the riding of my dear friend and your colleague Dr. James Lunney MP, Nanaimo- Alberni.
A few hours ago my son David excitedly called me from Jerusalem. “Dad did you see what Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday? It’s in all the media here. This is exactly what you and Mom have said for decades now. Dad, take courage. Truth will prevail.”
I couldn’t agree more with my eldest son. His children’s great-grand parents and their entire generation of Berlin Jews were lost in Auschwitz as well as my father in Holland. Today, I was privileged to accompany Dr. James Lunney to the laying of the Wreath of Canada at the Remembrance Day service in Parksville, followed by later visits to Qualicum, Bowser, Lantzville and Nanaimo. My wife and I were deeply touched by the tremendous response of Canadians on this Memorial Day. I will take courage. The sacrifices of millions including our family in Holland and Auschwitz were not in vain;
nor are the efforts of our families in Canada and Israel today.
May you continue to be an anointed leader. May God give you courage in the face of many challenges. May you be an inspiration to other world leaders to have the courage to follow your outstanding example in promoting human dignity in their own countries and abroad.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today made the following remarks at the Ottawa Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism:
“Members of the Steering Committee, fellow parliamentarians, Ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by saying how delighted I am to see so many of you from around the world, gathered here in Ottawa for the second annual conference of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.
“It is a sign, not only of your commitment to our common cause, but also of the momentum established at the London Conference last year. It is, therefore, a great sign of hope.
“History teaches us that anti-Semitism is a tenacious and particularly dangerous form of hatred. And recent events are demonstrating that this hatred is now in resurgence throughout the world. That is why the work of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism has never been so important or timely as it is now.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I commend you and support you in the great and important work that you are doing.
“I would like to thank Minister Jason Kenney, for inviting the ICCA to Ottawa, and for his outstanding record of leadership in combating anti-Semitism.
“I would like also to thank my introducer and friend, Scott Reid, Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism, and Mario Silva, Vice Chair, for organizing this conference.
“And I would like to thank all my colleagues in the Parliament of Canada here today, including Professor Irwin Cotler, for their dedication to your mission.
“Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, two weeks ago I visited Ukraine for the first time.
“In Kiev I laid a wreath at Babi Yar, the site of one of the numerous atrocities of the Holocaust. I was left there with much the same impression as I had in Auschwitz in 2008 — that such horrors defy all comprehension.
“At the killing grounds of Babyn Yar, I knew I was standing in a place where evil — evil at its most cruel, obscene, and grotesque — had been unleashed. But while evil of this magnitude may be unfathomable, it is nonetheless a fact.
“It is a fact of history. And it is a fact of our nature — that humans can choose to be inhuman. This is the paradox of freedom. That awesome power, that grave responsibility — to choose between good and evil.
“Let us not forget that even in the darkest hours of the Holocaust, men were free to choose good. And some did. That is the eternal witness of the Righteous Among the Nations. And let us not forget that even now, there are those who would choose evil and would launch another Holocaust, if left unchecked. That is the challenge before us today.
“The horror of the Holocaust is unique, but it is just one chapter in the long and unbroken history of anti-Semitism. Yet, in contemporary debates that influence the fate of the Jewish homeland, unfortunately, there are those who reject the language of good and evil. They say that the situation is not black and white, that we mustn’t choose sides.
“In response to this resurgence of moral ambivalence on these issues, we must speak clearly. Remembering the Holocaust is not merely an act of historical recognition.
“It must also be an understanding and an undertaking. An understanding that the same threats exist today. And an undertaking of a solemn responsibility to fight those threats.
“Jews today in many parts of the world and many different settings are increasingly subjected to vandalism, threats, slurs, and just plain, old-fashioned lies.
“Let me draw your attention to some particularly disturbing trends. Anti-Semitism has gained a place at our universities, where at times it is not the mob who are removed, but the Jewish students under attack. And, under the shadow of a hateful ideology with global ambitions, one which targets the Jewish homeland as a scapegoat, Jews are savagely attacked around the world, such as, most appallingly, in Mumbai in 2008.
“One ruthless champion of that ideology brazenly threatens to ‘wipe Israel off the map,’ and time and again flouts the obligations that his country has taken under international treaties. I could go on, but I know that you will agree on one point: that this is all too familiar.
“We have seen all this before. And we have no excuse to be complacent. In fact we have a duty to take action. And for all of us, that starts at home.
“In Canada, we have taken a number of steps to assess and combat anti-Semitism in our own country. You will no doubt hear from my Canadian colleagues about the measures we have taken to date.
“I will mention for the time being that, for the first time, we are dealing with Canada’s own record of officially sanctioned anti-Semitism. We have created a fund for education about our country’s deliberate rejection of Jewish refugees before and during the Second World War.
“But of course we must also combat anti-Semitism beyond our borders, an evolving, global phenomenon. And we must recognize, that while its substance is as crude as ever, its method is now more sophisticated.
“Harnessing disparate anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so.
“We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is. Of course, like any country, Israel may be subjected to fair criticism. And like any free country, Israel subjects itself to such criticism — healthy, necessary, democratic debate. But when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack — is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. Demonization, double standards, delegitimization, the three D’s, it is the responsibility of us all to stand up to them.
“And I know, by the way, because I have the bruises to show for it, that whether it is at the United Nations, or any other international forum, the easy thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israeli rhetoric, to pretend it is just being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of ‘honest broker.’ There are, after all, a lot more votes, a lot more, in being anti-Israeli than in taking a stand. But, as long as I am Prime Minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost. And friends, I say this not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israeli mob tells us all too well if we listen to it, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are a threat to all of us.
“Earlier I noted the paradox of freedom. It is freedom that makes us human. Whether it leads to heroism or depravity depends on how we use it.
“As the spectre of anti-Semitism spreads, our responsibility becomes increasingly clear. We are citizens of free countries. We have the right, and therefore the obligation, to speak out and to act. We are free citizens, but also the elected representatives of free peoples. We have a solemn duty to defend the vulnerable, to challenge the aggressor, to protect and promote human rights, human dignity, at home and abroad. None of us really knows whether we would choose to do good, in the extreme circumstances of the Righteous. But we do know there are those today who would choose to do evil, if they are so permitted. Thus, we must use our freedom now, and confront them and their anti-Semitism at every turn.
“That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the purpose of our intervention today: our shared determination to confront this terrible hatred. The work we have undertaken, in our own countries and in cooperation with one another, is a sign of hope.
“Our work together is a sign of hope, just as the existence and persistence of the Jewish homeland is a sign of hope. And it is here that history serves not to warn but to inspire.
“As I said on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, Israel appeared as a light, in a world emerging from deep darkness. Against all odds, that light has not been extinguished. It burns bright, upheld by the universal principles of all civilized nations — freedom, democracy and justice.
“By working together more closely in the family of civilized nations, we affirm and strengthen those principles. And we declare our faith in humanity’s future in the power of good over evil.
“Thank you for all you are doing to spread that faith. And thank you for your kind attention.
A long time friend of Vistas sent this marvelous information and link to the below clip. No matter what your background--this is spectacular! Imagine shopping in one of the largest department stores, and suddenly an organ fires up and all throughout the store "shoppers" burst into chorus.
The great Wanamaker Grand Court Organ was originally located Wanamaker's Department Store, Philadelphia...and is now--Macy's. They still do mini-concerts daily and weekly on the what is is the largest operational pipe organ in the world with 28,482 pipes!. Macy's supports the continued use of this instrument, the most often publicly heard Pipe Organ in the USA, and arguably the world. A National Treasure, it is valued in excess of $57! Recent renovations and additions have resulted in the finest state of conservation and tonal quality ever.
And what better piece of music to sing to organ accompaniment thanThe Hallelujah Chorus? No doubt some will tut-tut about this particular type of performance, but how great is it to see all the singers amongst the crowds throughout the Grand Court in Macy's. Note the response, attention and delight of the shopping crowd. And at the end, the applause and cheering says it all...I say we need MORE Random Acts of Culture all over the world! Enjoy!!
This week's reading is Vayeitzei, "go out" and is from the book of Genesis, Chapters 28:10 to 32:3. Jacob leaves his hometown Be'er Sheva and journeys to Charan to the home of his uncle Laban. He stops for the night at a place that traditionally is considered to be Har Moriah, the site of the Akeida, (the binding of Isaac) and the location of the future Beit Ha Mikdash. We know it as the Temple Mount. Jacob dreams of a ladder. It was pointed out by one of the great sages that the ladder was described as having its "feet" planted in the ground (representing worldliness and basic decency) and that its "head" reached the heavens (representing spiritual pursuits). In his dream Jacob sees angels going up and down the ladder. Some say that this is a message telling us that wealth is temporary and can go "up" and "down", therefore if we are blessed with wealth we should use it wisely, constructively and charitably. Gd appears to Jacob and tells him that He will bequeath the entire land to Jacob's descendants, and that He would safeguard him (Jacob) until his return to Canaan. When Jacob wakes up, he recognizes the holiness of the location and erects a monument to Gd. He names the location Beth El (House of Gd) and makes a vow to tithe all his belongings when Gd's promise of a safe return would be fulfilled.
The next day he arrives at a well on the outskirts of Charan where he spots Rachel, Laban's youngest daughter, arriving with her father's sheep. When she is unable to remove the cover of the well, Jacob single-handedly rolls away the heavy stone and gives water to the flock. Rachel tells her father about Jacob, and Laban rushes out to greet him. Jacob goes to Laban's home, and after a month, Laban offers Jacob the job of tending to his herds, and asks Jacob what he wants in terms of wages.
Laban had two daughters--Rachel, and her older sister Leah. Jacob falls in love with Rachel and offers to serve Laban for seven years in exchange for her hand in marriage. Laban accepted the deal and after the seven years pass, Jacob tells Laban he wants to marry Rachel. Laban arranges a wedding feast, but when it is time to go to their tent for the night, Laban switches the girls, giving Leah instead of Rachel. Some sages say that Rachel cooperated in this ruse by giving Leah her "private signals" to Jacob. They say she did this to save Leah from a probable marriage to Esau, Jacobs elder brother. When Jacob realizes the deceipt he protests, so Laban offers to give Rachel to him as well--in exchange for another seven years service. Jacob marries Rachel, and begins another seven years of working for Laban. Leah gives birth to four children, Reuben, Simon, Levi, and Judah--but Rachel remains barren. Rachel and Leah both give their handmaids to Jacob as concubines. Rachel's maid, Bilhah, bears two children, Dan and Naftali, and Leah's maid gives birth to Gad and Asher.
Leah's son Reuben picked dudaim (fertility) plants for his mother. Rachel asks Leah for some of them, and Leah agrees, provided that Rachel relinquishes her turn with Jacob that night. As a result Leah gives birth to another two sons--Issachar and Zebulun--and one daughter--Dinah. Eventually, Rachel, too, gives birth to a son, whom she names Joseph. At that point, Jacob asks Laban for permission to take his wives and children and return to Canaan. Laban, not wanting Jacob to leave, points out that his divining reveals that his wealth and blessings are due to Jacob's presence in his home.
Laban wants Jacob to stay so he tells him to name his wages "And I will give it!" Jacob asks that all the streaked and spotted sheep born be given to him and in return, he would continue caring for Laban's flocks. Laban, in a sly move takes all the existing spotted and streaked sheep from the herd and gives them to his son. Jacob makes striped poles for the strong and robust sheep to view while they are mating. As a result, the sheep give birth to striped lambs. Despite Laban's sneaky ways, and continual changing of the terms of Jacob's wages, Jacob soon becomes very wealthy and after six years, Gd commands Jacob to return to Canaan. Jacob talks to his wives, and they agree that it is time to leave.
Jacob waits until Laban is away, then takes his family and belongings and slips away. Rachel takes one of Laban's idols. Some say she did this in order to save her father from the sin of idolatry. When Laban discovers they have left he goes after them. The night before he reaches them, Gd warns Laban in a dream not to harm Jacob or his family. When Laban finally catches up to Jacob on Mount Gilead, he complains that Jacob didn't allow him to say goodby to his daughters, and he also says that one of his idols is missing. Jacob allows Laban to search for his idol in their belongings. Laban searches everything (except Rachel's personal belongings), and finds nothing.
Laban and Jacob made a peace treaty and erecte a stone monument to seal the pact. Laban kisses his family good bye and returns to his home in Charan, while Jacob continues on his way. When he entered Canaan, he is greeted by welcoming angels.
Next week, as Jacob returns to the Holy Land, he once again has a dream--this time he will struggle with an angel. Jacob will get a new name, finally meets his brother Esau, then loses his wife.
During the evenings of November 9th and 10th, 1938, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem is holding a ceremony and symposium to mark 72 years since theKristallnacht pogrom. The pogrom was named for the broken glass that resulted when the Nazis unleashed a series of riots against the Jews in Germany and Austria.
German and Austrian ambassadors will participate in the symposium. The program is in Hebrew with translation into English available, and includes lectures on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, as well as Holocaust Survivor Artists from Central Europe. There will also be memorial ceremonies held at noon and at 5:30pm. Rabbi Mordechai Neugroschel will speak in the Yad Vashem Synagogue. He is is a well known lecturer and educator in Eretz Israel. He speeches in Hebrew and English reach a wide range of Israeli audiences.
Over the years the organizers of Yad Vashem have created one of the most complete centers for Holocaust information. I hope to post more on this amazing institution at a later date.
They now have a website where you can learn about the Shoah, and even search the database for names of Shoah victims.
Do visit their on line section dedicated to the Kristallnacht Exhibition called It Came From Within. You will find pictures and stories of the people who lived and died during those terrible nights.
The sad truth is that the evil of antisemitism is rising around the world once again. Israel and the Jewish people are being blamed for all the ills of the world.
While Christians are being slaughtered in every Muslim country in the Middle East, the mainstream Media either ignores the atrocities, refuses to name the perpetrators or promotes the view that this would not be happening if Israel would only give up their country. I listen to BBC and their biased reports bear no resemblance to what is happening here in Israel. They maintain a policy that is completely against Israel and consistently invite only those who share their antisemitic views. I don't know which is more disturbing, the fact that they are funded by public taxes or that they are heard around the world!
Sadly, even those in Germany have once again joined in the hatred towards Israel and the Jews. There was an article in the New York Times pointing out that the keynote address this year for the commemoration of the Kristallnacht pogrom at Paulskirche (a former church in Frankfurt that is a symbol of German democracy), will be delivered by Alfred Grosser, who was born in the city 85 years ago. Last year, he published a book called “From Auschwitz to Jerusalem,” in which he suggested that Germany was not critical enough of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians because of the legacy of the Holocaust. A "Pro Palestinian" Jew, he rails against Israel. It should be noted that he lives in France, where his family fled in 1933.
Today there are many, many Jews both in Israel and abroad who jump on the podium to vilify Israel. Just as there were Jewish Kapos in the concentration camps, these people bring shame to themselves.
The violence today has nothing to do with land--it is totally about the evil rise of Islam and their bid to conquer the world to establish a new Caliphate. Read and be informed.
We must stand up and say Never Again to those who would deprive us of the freedoms that so many have died for. As we remember the horror of Kristallnacht and what it brought to the world we must ask ourselves; "If Israel falls...who is next?"
This weekend, the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston along with Christian communities in Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit will initiate a series of sermons that have been designed to produce an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam. This next line is a shocker: In addition to the sermons, the Sunday school lessons will center on the inspired teachings of the Prophet Mohammad. Qurans will be placed in the pews next to the Bibles.
There is much more--to read the entire article, simply click on the link to go to Bare Naked Islam's blog. The first video prompted me to do more searching and I found the second clip. Although the clip header says 3-to-5 it actually starts where the first clip leaves off. It is interesting how they use terminology to bring Jesus into Islam, but if you listen carefully, you see that they use him as a tool to bring Christians into Islam. The second video discussed this in more detail, including how they change the crucifixion and resurrection--claiming it did not happen. There are many, many articles and clips available due to the openness of the internet--this is but one example. We must take care about what we watch and what our children are exposed to. People who are new to faith, or those who have struggled with doubts can easily be drawn in. Be informed!
If you are interested in reading more articles that you will Not see in the mainstream Media do go to the home page of Bare Naked Islam for many more articles--you may be surprised!
The Mainstream Media, the UN and associates, and others, are constantly blaming all the ills of the world on Israel. Calls of brutality, apartheid and even comparisons to the holocaust. This is false propaganda, but sadly, we as humans are so tied to our evening news we accept as fact whatever flashes on the screen.
The pope decried the decline of Christians in the Middle East saying, "urgent and concerted international effort to resolve the ongoing tensions in the Middle East, especially in the Holy Land, before such conflicts lead to greater bloodshed." A 46-page document from the Vatican said input from clerics in the region blamed the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories for inhibiting freedom of movement, the economy and religious life, alleging that access to holy places is dependent on military permission that is sometimes denied on security grounds.
Müezzin Mahfili~for readers of the Koran during services
FACT: Israel is the only Middle East country where freedom of movement is enjoyed by all faiths. Where there are entry restrictions it is usually for Jews! A case in point is the Temple Mount, where Christians have better access and freedom of movement than Jews, who can be arrested if they move their lips (because they might be trying to pray!) Of all the countries in the Middle East, Israel is the only one whose Christian population has increased! While the percentage of Christians in the Israeli population has declined due to the immigration of Jews, the absolute number of Christians has increased. The Christian population of Israel has grown from 34,000 in 1949 to about 140,000 today. Think about it--how many churches have been built in Saudi Arabia, or any other Arab country in the last ten years? More likely we see projects like Hagia Sofia in Turkey (pictured right) that has been turned into a mosque! I have seen it.
The countries where Christianity is being obliterated are those with Muslim majorities. On a daily basis, Christians are brutalized, murdered and forced to accept Islam; churches are vandalized and burned, graves are dug up and the bones desecrated, because according to Islam, they are impure. Now this doctrine is spreading. A Christian can't wear a tiny cross around her neck in the UK, but a Muslim can wear a full burka, people are being dragged into court for standing on a street to pass out Christian leaflets, and worse, drawing a comic of Mohamed will net you a death sentence! But what is the Media saying--Not Much!
For those of you who are interested in Truth this is a Must Watch movie. You will see and hear the gripping testimonies of those who have lived under Islam and rejected it. Many, but not all have embraced Christianity. Critical verses from the Koran and the Hadiths are explained by people such as Bat Ye'or, Cairo born author, Abdullah Al-Araby (pseudonym), Walid Shoebat and Serge Trifkovic. You will see world politicians praising Islam and urging us all to accept (submit to?) the rising Muslim population in our midst.
Learn why, for Muslims there is No God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet. Learn about the Struggle and Jihad. Learn of Expansion through conquest and historical evidence of enslavement and massacres of Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and Hindus by Muslim invaders. Learn about Deceipt in War and Taqiyya. Finally learn why Islam is More than a Religion; why Sharia law rules every aspect of religious, political and personal action and the true meaning of Dar al-Islam ("the house of Islam" or "the house of peace"). Educate yourself and pass it on to others. Please take time to watch (below) or at this link:
YNet News has published an interesting article about a New Website, Befriend a Soldier launched by former IDF soldiers aimed to connect discharged Israeli combat troops with the general population. It gives you, the general public worldwide, an opportunity to contact a former IDF Soldier and ask serious questions. I have met many young people who have done their service and feel strongly that the things they are exposed to on a daily basis are beyond what anyone should have to face.
Do look at their site, and by all means participate! You will surely learn something and you might even make a friend. The link is:
This week's study, Toldot, means "offspring" and "generations"; it also means "generations" in the more general sense, (ie) that which a person generates and produces. Thus, "the toldot of Isaac" are Isaac's two sons, Jacob and Esau, as well as the deeds and achievements of Isaac...And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son.
Toldot--Genesis 25:19-28:9 Isaac and Rebecca (sister to Laban) marry. After twenty childless years their prayers are answered. Rebecca conceives but the pregnancy is difficult. G-d tells her "there are two nations in your womb" and that the younger will prevail over the elder.
The twin boys emerge, Esau first, followed by Jacob who is born clutching Esau's heel. Isaac favors Esau "a cunning hunter and man of the field" but Rebecca loves Jacob "a wholesome man, a dweller in the tents of learning". One day, when Esau returns exhausted and hungry from the hunt, he sells his rights as the firstborn (birthright) to Jacob for a pot of red lentil stew. Then comes the famine in Canaan and Isaac escaps by traveling to Egypt via Philistine (The Holy Land). And Gd told Isaac to remain there and that He (Gd) will give to him all the blessings promised to Abraham.
In Gerar, the land of the Philistines, Isaac claims Rebecca is his sister, out of fear that he will be killed over her beauty. He farms the land, and reopens wells dug by his father Abraham. Eventually, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, perceives that Rebecca is Isaac's wife. He reprimands Isaac, but then issues a decree that no one should touch them. While in Philistine, Isaac sows crops, and miraculously harvests many times more than a field's normal yield.
The Philistines eventually became envious of Isaac's wealth, and ask him to leave. He moves away from the city, settling in the Gerar Valley. There, Isaac's servants dig two new wells but the Philistines contest his ownership over these wells. Isaac moves on and digs a third well. This well is uncontested and he names it Rehoboth "for now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land".
Isaac goes to Beersheba, where Gd appears to bless him and assure him that He (Gd) would always be with him. Abimelech travels to where Isaac is and requests to enter into a peace treaty with him; "We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee".
Isaac agrees to Abimelech's request and on that day, Isaac's servants inform him that they have successfully dug another well. Isaac names it Shebah. Isaac is now becoming old and blind. He wants to bless Esau, but first asks him to hunt for his (Isaacs') favorite game. Rebecca overhears, and devises a plan to disguise Jacob as Esau, including using goatskins to simulate the feel of his hairier brother. She then prepares the meal and sends Jacob with it to Isaac.
Jacob receives the blessing for "the dew of the heaven and the fat of the land and mastery over his brother". Esau arrives soon after and only then does Isaac realize what has happened. He tries to comfort Esau with a minor blessing "Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck". ButEsau remains furious and is determined to kill Jacob. Once again, Rebecca finds out and asks Isaac to send Jacob to Charan to find a wife. Isaac does so, and blesses Jacob again before he departs.
After Isaac sends Jacob to his brother-in-law Laban's home, to marry one of his daughters, Esau also marries (again) this time to Machalat the daughter ofIshmael.
We see from this that Isaac was blinded concerning Esau’s (un)worthiness for the birthright, while Rebecca, who had lived under the same roof with the evil Besuel and Laban, saw through him and took steps to insure Jacob received the blessing, then finally, sent him away to safety. How often in families do we have this same situation where one parent favors a particular child. Does this contribute to sibling rivalry? Do we even recognize we are favoring one child over another? What if we have a difficult, unruly child? A very wise woman with many children once said that when a child of hers became "uncontrollable" she would immediately ask Gd to help her react to the child with love, and to provide her with a method to deal with the situation.
Next week Jacob leaves his hometown Be'er Sheva and journeys to Charan. On the way, he meets and struggles with an Angel.
From the time Israel was declared a state in 1948 it has been under attack. Time and again agreements have been drafted and even signed, but the violence has continued, with Israel so far being able to defend itself.
Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world. A comparison of the middle east was made to a hand. Hold out the hand and there you have all the Arab countries. Look at the nail of the tiny finger and there you have Israel. And yet, the world is constantly trying to force this small nation to give up land. The time has come to say No More!
Please watch this video produced by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs--If Israel gives up any more land it will be suicide. Remember, All of the Arab countries in the middle east have sworn to wipe Israel off the world map--it is in the constitutions and charters of each one. Even our "peace partners" have not removed this caustic declaration from their charter.
While the attitude is not unusual for Iran, it is important to note that similar punishments would be dealt out in most Muslim countries. You can also read Elder's follow up on what the Iranian government did to their own people.
Persian BBCwrites that the coach, the weightlifter and the head of the weight lifting delegation are temporarily banned, but EoZ quotes an Iranian source saying that the
punishment is a Lifetime Ban for the athlete
and the head of weightlifting--for standing next to an Israeli !Watch the clip to witness this criminal act.
Arutz 7 has reported that on 21 October 2010, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) voted recently on a resolution prepared by seven Arab states, to officially declare Rachel's Tomb to be a mosque. UNESCO director Irena Bokova had previously stated “concern” at Israel's decision to treat the tomb as a heritage site. The PA has also demanded total control of Rachel's Tomb, the Tomb of the Patriarchs--the burial site of the other Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs--and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, UNESCO could not really explain any Moslem connection to Rachel’s Tomb! In a note to the proposed resolution, the holy site is called “the Tomb of Rachel, home to the historic Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque.” But nowhere in the 11-paragraph document is it explained how or when the site became Moslem! The remarks of protestation made by Israeli representative Nimrod Barkan wereerased from the protocol because UNESCO claimed that his words were “too aggressive”.
The site has been recognized for over 3,000 (Rachel passed away in 1552 BCE) years as the tomb of Matriarch Rachel. It is considered as Judaism’s third holiest site, and is one of the oldest sacred places of prayer on earth. Rachel, wife of Jacob, is the quintessential mother in the Jewish psyche and it is here that Jews come to pour out their most gut-wrenching prayers. In 1169, Benjamin of Tudela, mentions a pillar made of 11 stones and a cupola resting on four columns "and all the Jews that pass by carve their names upon the stones of the pillar." The brick cube with the dome was constructed around 1620 by the Ottomans. It was Sir Moses Montifeori who renovated the Tomb in 1841 and added on an anteroom and enclosed the dome over the grave marker so that pilgrims could find shelter from the elements. Pilgrims came to Rachell's Tomb long before King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem, and they continue to come until today.
And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day...Genesis 35:16-21 (King James Version)
It was only a little more than ten years ago, that the PA begin to call the site the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, and now they want to change history by having Rachel's Tomb removed from Israel's Heritage list. In fact, if we go back a few years, a publication called “Palestine, the Holy Land,” published by the Palestinian Council for Development and Rehabilitation, with an introduction by Yasser Arafat, simply says that: "at the northwest entrance to [Bethlehem] lies the tomb of the matriarch Rachel, who died while giving life to Benjamin." (Benjamin-one of the 12 tribes)
This ongoing effort to de-legitimize Israel must be stopped! For the threat is not only to Israel. For some time now, arabs have been spreading rumors that Mother Mary was a Muslim and that Jesus will only return to convert the world to Islam! Allowing this ongoing rape of history affects all of us from every faith and denomination. Even now, while the media remains silent, Christians in Muslim countries are being tortured and murdered daily, churches are burned, graves are desecrated and bones dug up. Ancient statues of the Buddhists were destroyed and nobody spoke up, now they make claims on the Holy sites of the Jews and the silence is deafening, and when they make claim to what remains there will be nobody left to stop them.