Drei Teg

07/28/09 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

The “Drei Teg”

Ovinu Shebashomayim, Oh Heavenly Father, I feel your pain at the sorry state of your holy nation. In the news reports of the World, each day shows us pictures of Jews in the garb associated with Torah-observant groups, being involved in shady and shameful activities. How we wince at the shame these scenes bring to your people.

We have just entered the three last days of “bein hametzorim”, the historically painful three-week period between the fast of Tamuz and Av. Have you withdrawn to a very limited degree, your protective shield from your chosen nation. We heard of so many tragedies that happened to Jewish children and adults during the last fortnight. Are you showing your anger at your people? Why are you angrier now than last year or ten years ago?

One response would be to blame “Them”! Whoever they are that hit the headlines and trigger off the dishonorable events. That is a very self-satisfying answer as it finds a plausible culprit and resolves us from genuine guilt feelings.

Adam,the forefather of all mankind, was created as one single being. Every individual has the potential to recreate the whole of humanity. Each person is a miniature universe. Through our spiritual connection to Your infinite being, each one of us affects what happens to the whole world. NO! It is not “Them” but “I” that is responsible.

Consider the phrases we use to describe our reaction to the dismaying news. Which phrases enter our mind? Here are a few that I have heard and used.

Dishonest
Careless about others property,
Disregard about the Chillul Hashem aspect of public actions
Too much emphasis on externals
Not genuine in their execution of mitzvos
Brazen
Irresponsible
Hooligans

Each one of us would have a different list, why? Because our inner make-up reacts to those attributes that are dominant within us.
Be absolutely honest. When I review the list in seclusion with only My Maker aware of what I am thinking, I will find in my daily interaction with others and my devotion to serving The Almighty, areas to improve myself.
If I then make the effort and improve in that sphere, my action will activate the leverage to improve that area in “Them”.

May these Drei Teg end in a YomTov of redemption.

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Youv'e got it wrong Mr President

06/16/09 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

Mr. President, on June 4, 2009, in an opening speech addressed to the Muslim world from Cairo, you affirmed that it was “undeniable that the Palestinian people - Moslems and Christians - suffered in their search for a fatherland.” You added that “during more than sixty years, they underwent the pain of exile” and “humiliations daily - large or small - which accompany an occupation”. You concluded: “That there is no doubt: the situation of the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn the back on the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians to dignity, the chance of a State for them.”
Mr. President, 61 years ago, the Arabs, in Palestine, were neither unhappy targets nor innocent spectators. The first stage of the war of independence of Israel in 1948 was an intense interethnic civil and anti-Zionist war where the Arabs of Palestine were the attackers and the initiators. There was a fierce war with the invasion of seven Arab regular armies, supported by the Arabs in Palestine. This war of 1948 made 6.000 die on the side of the Israelis, of a total population of 600.000 inhabitants. The Jewish population thus lost 1%. On the scale of America, it is like if 3 million American soldiers and civilians had been killed over an 18 month period.
Mr. President, you mention a daily `humiliation' for Palestinian Arabs, but you are unaware of the real victims of Arab terrorism. In Israel, each Israeli is searched on several occasions during a day. The Israelis must open their bags for inspection, and in the majority of the cases, they are subjected to metal detectors, each time they enter a bank or a post office, when they buy a bottle of milk at the supermarket, when they enter a shopping mall or a station, a hospital or a doctor's office. The young Israelis, men and women, must undergo an inspection at the entry to discotheques, to check for the absence of an explosive belt. To these daily ordinary humiliations similar inspections during marriage ceremonies and bar-mitzvah celebrations are added. In the Occident, nobody speaks about this humiliation which the Jews in Israel undergo, such as at the bottom of an invitation to a marriage for example, the mention “the buildings will be protected [by armed guards]” so that close relations and friends do not hesitate to join the festival. Nobody finds scandalous that, since the Seventies, in Israel, one is obliged to protect the Jewish schoolboys with latticed fences and armed guards at the entrance of schools. No Arab village, neither in Israel nor in the Territories, is enclosed. The stores, the coffees, the restaurants, the cinemas, the rooms of reception and the schools of the Arabs, that are in Israel or in the Territories, do not need armed guards. The Palestinian Arabs do not need guards armed to accompany each school voyage and each holiday camp, because they are not the target of any terrorism. One asks the Israelis to hide their nationality when they go abroad: not to speak Hebrew in public and not to wear clothing revealing their Jewish or Israeli origin. By contrast, the Arabs who attend the Jewish cities in Israel carry their traditional Arab attire without fearing attack or badgering. Actually, Mr. President, the average Israeli “is humiliated and badgered” much more frequently in the course of the day than the average Palestinian Arab.
Lastly, with regard to this idea of occupation, the former president of the International Court of Justice, judge Stephen Mr. Schwebel said: “Between on the one hand Israel, which acted in a situation of defense in 1948 and 1967, and on the other hand its Arab neighbors, who were the attackers in 1948 and 1967, it is Israel which has the most rights on the territory which was Palestine, including the totality of Jerusalem.” Thank you for your attention. Eli E. Hertz

The above is a translation of a French email I received.

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blind hatred

02/10/09 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_makdisi&sid=aGwvtY5cgquc

In Bloomberg press date Feb 10, 2009 Saree Makdisi attacks Israel for "Politicide".
Bloomberg news does not allow lengthy comments so I am using this web site instead.
Israel failed to annihilate the inhabitants of Gaza because it has human compassion.
It had withdrew from the area completely to allow Gaza autonomy and freedom. The ingrates replied by firing 8000 rockets at civilian targets.
Israel tries to offer freedom to all its citizens, so that anyone can walk without fear anywhere in Israel. The Palestinians kill anyone who even enters their areas by error.
The author is so blinded by hate that no good can be seen in anything Jews do.
Your twisting of the facts and presentation of half truths shows you are biased beyond reason.
If any children were killed it was because they were used as human shields, either directly or because the Hamas used heavily populated areas for military tasks.
The miserable state of the population was caused by their leaders siphoning all funds into their pockets or for military use.
The fact that Israel did not manage to stop the rocket firing is no justification for the murderous activity to continue. The money spent on smuggling tunnel construction could be used to recover the civilian infrastructure that was damaged.
Israel did not unleash violence on the hapless population. It attacked with pinpoint accuracy the military installations and firing sites of the Hamas. It went out of its way to save the civilian population. It could easily have bombed the area flat and save itself the death of its finest soldiers. It chose to follow a path of compassion and for that you condemn them.
Your historic review is also focused through biased lenses.
The Jews were given legal occupation of a small area in 1947 that became the State of Israel in 1948. The declaration of independence states;
THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
Israel has always lived up to this ideal, allowing Arabs to be full citizens of Israel.
Had the Arabs not tried to destroy the State of Israel in 4 separate wars in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 the image you present of a non-Jewish majority might have been realized.
The Arab countries did not let it happen. They were too focused on destroying the Jewish State.

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The two handed piano.

02/04/09 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

The movie camera focuses on Mozart specialist Robert Levin, furiously playing a grand piano at the Music Center in LA. The majestic sounds enriching the soul. The picture shows only the two hands, each apparently driven by separate instructions.

The two hands appear to be in conflict, one playing fast the other slow, high notes versus low notes. One plays chords and the other produces melody. It looks like two sparring partners shadow boxing.

Could you imagine the cacophony resulting if the two hands were not coordinated in their movement by the virtuoso’s mastery of the instrument?

Only someone very naïve could deny that the activities were planned in advance.

Yet Israeli policy makers try to ram down the throats of the over gullible public, who’s sense of discernment has been reduced by the TV to deciding which brand of cold cuts tastes the best, that there are two kinds of Palestinians. One is depicted mild and peace seeking and the other villainous, seeking to destroy the State of Israel.

Abbas and his Fatah are the mild peace lovers and Haniyeh with his Hamas is the bloodthirsty terrorist.

If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

They are both all out to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. How can I say such a thing? Just open your eyes and see what is happening.
• Both are trying to get Israel to give up land to the Arabs. One by negotiation, the other by war.
• Both teach their children to hate Israel. Its part of their school curriculum.
• Their TV stations pour out hate propaganda daily.
• There is no talk of reconciliation with Israel in their radio broadcasts.

Where is this mild Palestinian?

They are both part of the same anti-Israel orchestration. The two hands are driven by one script.

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Big Bad Israel

01/15/09 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

You annoy us antisemites no end.
You don't attack for 5 years, holding back in the wake of 5000 rockets fired at you. Just as we are all saying Jews are too chicken to fight, you make a large scale incursion into Gaza. Now we've go you. In war you obviously will kill off many civilians, starve the population, deprive them of medications, electricity & heating fuel. But dammit! You play the goody-goody game so all we can throw at you are lies about phosphorus bombs. But we will win in the end because we have an unlimited supply of blind hatred towards you. So facts don't really count.

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Chutzpa used to be a description of a cheeky, mischievous action. When chutzpa is stretched to become stupidly arrogant and detrimental to other, it enters the realm of something outrageous.

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