Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Christian Invoking Rabbi Meir Kahane's Name?

תענית אסתר תשע"ט
Arutz 7 (Israel National News): Israeli Court ouster of Ben-Ari paves way for future Draconian rulings
Wake up, people in the late great State of Israel! 
Gerald McGlothlin, 19/03/19 
Meir David HaKohen Kahane lives! And he's affecting politics from the grave as Israel's highest court in an unprecedented move rubbed salt in the murdered Rabbi’s wounds by allowing radical anti-Zionist Arab parties Balad and the United Arab List on the ballot while banning Kahane-supporter Michael Ben-Ari. 
Never mind that these approved parties support terrorism and want to see Israel cease from being a nation, the court-of-last-resort somehow summonsed other-world 'wisdom' saying, "Vote for anyone you want other than who we don't want you to vote for.”
The court apparently didn’t want to be confused with the fact that Dr. Ben-Ari is a former Knesset member of good standing whose views haven’t changed. They ousted him anyway, just three weeks before elections. 
For what? Making comments critical of Arabs and committing the 'unpardonable sin' of 'daring' to post on Facebook that Israel must oppose terrorism. It’s a throwback to the scene in Casablanca where policeman Captain Louis Renault mustered feigned outrage over ‘discovering’ that there was gambling in Rick's Cafe, despite the fact that he was one of Rick’s regular gambling patrons. 
Following the selective demonization of Netanyahu's alleged 'high crimes,' this court decision paves the way for a potential paradigm shift in the future Israel--if it’s allowed have a future.

It doesn't take a lot of imagination for anyone with a pulse to figure out what type of future Supreme Court justices the regime might confirm. Verdict in: No more Israel? No more problem. 
Ah, all in the name of 'free and fair' elections in what might become the late great state of Israel. 
Between the witch hunt against Netanyahu and the injection of land-for-false-peace Knesset members, anti-Zionist terrorists must be licking their chops. Oh, my, did I just commit a hate crime--for hating hate and loving Israel?
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I have mixed feelings commenting on this piece. For one, it's from Artuz 7. But hey, if A7 is the only source carrying a particular piece, what's a guy to do? And, second, I don't like giving these people, like the author of this piece, free publicity. Sometimes it's better just to ignore them. They really hate that.

"Meir David HaKohen Kahane lives!"

First off, Gerald, that's RABBI Meir David HaKohen Kahane. (sigh)Yes, he mentions "rabbi" soon after. Nevertheless it is appropriate to include his title at the first mention of his name.

Now, what exactly does Gerald McGlothlin mean by this statement? When Jews say it, we mean that his Torah ideas are alive. But, when McGlothlin says it, does he mean "alive" as in Christian messianic mythological alive? Or does he mean Rabbi Kahane's influence? Now that I point this out, I wonder how he would respond. Any guesses?

And his next statement? "And he's affecting politics from the grave..." Just a metaphor? Or a suggestion of something else?

"But, isn't he right?" you may be asking. Irrelevant. That is not the point of this post.

And besides [in times when Jews maintain control over the Land of Israel] one may not speak about such individuals with praise.

Oh, and how do I know that he is a Christian? Google him. The description of the YouTube channel he is associated with is more than enough for me.

Great State? Nowhere in the Torah does it mention a state. It does mention kings, as well as the Sanhedrin, ואין צריך לומר the Land. And so, I am not insulted by the concern that the State might be "late." Eventually, we will have a Kingdom.

My only question is this: Is McGlothlin simply one of those Christians who believes in pushing along his mythological beliefs, which include events pertaining to Jews, and their actions? Or is he one of those who believes that Christians will, one way or another, eventually reside in the Land of Israel, and are even entitled to do so?

"But, didn't Rabbi Kahane speak to Christians and even go on Christian talk radio?" you may be asking.  Irrelevant. Christian strategies have changed drastically, just like their predecessor Esau changed his strategies in the Torah, and his descendants have continued to do so through out history, in order to overpower Ya'aqov (Israel).

"If you [Christians] want to support us, support us from afar. If you want to come to Israel and missionize [which, of course, McGlothlin doesn't mention] we'll have to...."
-Rabbi Meir Kahane hy"d


מי שמבין יבין.

I wonder if Gerald McGlothlin knows of this quote from the Rav.

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Notes
1. Sources are purposefully absent on this post, although easy enough to find on ones own. Although it is permissible to teach Christians Written Torah, it is, for the most part, forbidden to teach them Oral Torah.

2. Aren't there Jewish traditions regarding reincarnation? Yes, but there completely different from those of Christians.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

בשלטון בג"ץ / Under the Control of Israel's High Court of Justice

י"ב לחודש השנים עשר ב' תשע"ט

English follows the Hebrew.

BaGa"Tz (Israeli High Court of Justice) under the leadership of Esther Hayut, President of the Israeli Supreme Court: The only political party which has never passed the threshold but has been in power since 1995.

BaGa"Tz (Israeli High Court of Justice)
Because it really doesn't matter who you vote for
עשר אגורות (2¢):
בג"ץ פסל את מעמדות לכנסת של מיכאל בן ארי ואישר את מעמדויות של ח"כים ערבים המתנגדים להתיחס למדינת ישארל כמדינה יהודית, אפילו אחרי פיגוע איבה ערבית.

השופט "הימיני" ואפילו מתנחל דוד מינץ הצביע עם הרוב בעד פסילת מעמדות בן ארי ונגד פסילת מעמדות הערבים. השופט המתנחל השני מעם סולברג מאלון שבות בגוש עציון הצביע נגד פסילת מעמעדות בן ארי וגם נגד פסילת מעמעדות הערבים. שני השופטים האלה הם בוגרי ישיבת הר עציון. מי שמבין יבין. (השאלה אם מדינת ישארל היא באמת מדינה יהודית נדחה לשיחה אחרת.)

אז עכשיו אפשר לראות המון מֶמים כאלה בתקשורת חברתית. זאת אומרת שסוף סוף יהודים מתעוררים ומוכנים לעשות משהו על זה כבר? האמת היא יש לבית המשפט הזה הרשות
נראה.

בטח שאתם כבר יודעים את זה. אבל אולי עוד לא יודעים ששדולה אמריקאית פרו-ישראלית [איפא"ק] התקיף את מפלגת עוצמה יהודית ומיכאל בן ארי וקוראים להם כל מיני שמות כינוי (לא יפים).

איפא"ק הוא האירגון האמריקאי "היהודי" הטוען שישראל וארה"ב צריכים להשאר מחוברים לנצח. לדעתי, אפשר לתרגם את זה ככה: "ארה"ב מדינה ליהודים כמדינת ארץ ישראל יהודים לא צריכים לעלות לארץ ישראל ופשוט צריכים לזרוק כסף אל המדינה כדי לצאת מידי חובתם."

עדות נוספת שאיפאק לא באמת בעד ארץ ישראל ולא בעד יהדות אמיתית.

עדות נוספת של השפעת הערב רב אפילו מחו"ל על מה שקורה כאן בארץ.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
As I say to my conservative friends in the U. S. all the time...

"Legislation from the Bench? You don't know anything about legislation from the Bench until you've lived in Israel."

מיכאל בן ארי
Michael Ben-Ari
Israel's High Court of [In]Justice just ruled against Michael Ben Ari's candidacy for Knesset, while approving the candidacy of the many Arabs who oppose Israel as a Jewish state, even after an ARab terror attack. The allegedly right-wing and "settler" Judge David Mintz (Dolev) voted with the majority in favor of disqualifying of Ben-Ari as well as the Arabs. The second "settler" judge Noam Sohlberg (Alon Shvut) voted against the disqualification of any of the candidacies. These two judges are graduates of Yeshivat Har Etzion. מי שמבין יבין. (Whether Israel truly is a Jewish state or not is a discussion for another time.)

So, now we can see lots of memes going around social media about Israel's High Court, like those I post here. Have Jews finally woken up and are prepared to do something about the High Court by working to change the laws putting legislative authority back into the hands of the Knesset whom we actually elect?

We shall see.

Meanwhile, in the U. S., the American-Israel Public Action Committee [AIPAC]
has gone after Michael Ben Ari and the Otzma Yehudit Party and have called them all sorts of names. AIPAC is the American "Jewish" organization that claims that Israel and the US should remain "connected forever." In my opinion, this can be translated as follows: "The United States is a home for the Jews as much as the State Land of Israel. Jews do not have to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) and simply have to throw money into the country in order to fulfill their obligations to it."

Yet more evidence that AIPAC is neither pro-Israel, nor even pro-Jewish.

More evidence of the Erev Rav influence over Israel.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Is Claiming that Jews have Dual Loyalties Anti-Semitic?

ז' לוחדש השנים עשר ב' תשע"ט
FoxNews.com: Bernie Sanders aide defends Omar with term seen as anti-Semitic, apologizes
Joseph A. Wulfsohn, March 13, 2019 (Fox News' Liam Quinn contributed to this report.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders
A top staffer to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign apologized Tuesday for invoking “a dual allegiance” of Jewish Americans while defending Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Belén Sisa, Sanders’ national deputy press secretary, was discussing the term seen as anti-Semitic in a Facebook thread over the weekend -- and argued that questioning it was legitimate, Politico reported.

This is a serious question: do you not think that the American government and American Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel? I’m asking not to rule out the history of this issue, but in the context in which this was said by Ilhan,” Sisa wrote...
...Last week, the House of Representatives passed an anti-hate resolution sparked in large part by Omar's recent suggestions that Israel supporters want U.S. lawmakers to pledge “allegiance” to the Jewish state – which was widely condemned as echoing the age-old “dual loyalties” smear against Jewish politicians. The resolution did not mention the freshman congresswoman by name...
Esser Agaroth (2¢):



Well, looking at the banner and catch phrase for the American Israel Public Action Committee's [AIPAC] upcoming Policy Conference, I would have to say that they want the U. S. and Israel to be "connected for good."

I, on the other hand, do not.

I guess that's one of the reasons I am sometimes labeled as an "extremist."

Of course, it wasn't my idea; it was and is the idea of The Holy One, Blessed Be He.

Sure, if you're Satmar or Neturei Karta, then you believe that Jew's took control of the Land of Israel at the wrong time, the wrong way, and by the wrong people. But, they still believe that it WILL eventually be in the hands of the Jewish People, having been Divinely-promised to us.

But, if you call yourself a "Zionist" -- which incidentally wasn't not invented by Theodore Hertzl, but rather by The Holy One, Blessed Be He -- then why on earth would you have any loyalty to the U. S. at all? Appreciation and gratitude, yes. Commitment to be a helpful citizen while you still reside there, yes. But, why the heck are you still residing there, if you're a "Zionist??"

The gates have finally been opened. You have no excuse not to make aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel), certainly not if you identify as a "Zionist."
Waiting till your children reach a certain age, so it's less difficult on them.
Waiting for them to finish college, or any other goal they have. Their age won't matter. You'll find an excuse for every age or goal.
Waiting till you get your full pension benefits, if you only have a little time left. OK, maybe. I myself do not believe I will be getting any retirement benefits from the U. S. So,...
Single parents not wanting to part from your children, whom you share custody with your ex, I feel for you, and don't know what to tell you.

I am not sure which is more hurtful to Jews, accusations of dual loyalties, or of President Trump's declaration that the U. S. is the Jews' country, too.

It is not.

I certainly am against dual loyalties. But, what others see as dual loyalties, in order that Israel can have influence over U. S. policy, I see as Erev Rav policy to prevent Jews from relinquishing ties to the U. S. and moving to the only, true Jewish Homeland.

And by the way, just to be clear, I said "homeland," and not "state."

מי שמבין יבין.

Monday, March 11, 2019

No Diaspora Jew will Light a Torch on Israeli Independence Day

ד' לחודש השנים עשר ב' תשע"ט

Israeli Independence Day Torch Lighting Ceremony, 2014
JPost.com: MIRI REGEV: NO DIASPORA JEW TO LIGHT TORCH ON INDEPENDENCE DAY THIS YEARAfter Miri Regev's relationship with Diaspora Jews dwindled over the past year, the MK decided not to bring a Diaspora Jew to light a torch at the Independence Day ceremony this year. Tamar Beeri, March 11, 2019 (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I don't. I am kind of sick of these armchair Zionists.

What do they think they're entitled to do?

Throw money at us, tell us what to do, while we risk our lives, be it from rockets in Ashqelon and Haifa, tractor drivers and knife wielders in Jerusalem, snipers and infiltrating terrorists in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria), while our children risk their lives in the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF], so that they can have a homeland when their grandchildren graduate from college and they retire, or it finally gets dangerous enough for them to finally run to the airport in their limousine, and get on the plane AND have a representative light a torch on the day celebrating the founding of the very State where they refuse to live?

Yeah, probably. That's what they're entitled to.

Here's to MK Miri Regev holding her ground.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar is Both Right and Wrong (American Jews will not like the answer.)

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ ויקהל תשע״ט
FoxNews.com: Conservative critics accuse Ilhan Omar of new anti-Semitic attack, this time focusing on 'dual loyalties'

Gregg Re, March 1, 2019

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose previous comments on Israel were condemned as anti-Semitic just weeks ago by senior members of her own party, is again under fire for suggesting Wednesday night that some politicians in Washington are "pushing for allegiance" to Israel.

Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who was seated next to Omar during her comments, made a similar remark in January, writing on Twitter that Senate Republicans were more loyal to Israel than their own country. The accusation that Jewish politicians could be vulnerable to having "dual loyalties" has been made for centuries in various contexts, and has been seen widely as a religious-based attack intent on undermining their leadership.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country," Omar said to applause. "I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or big pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying movement that is influencing policy..."

..."When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out," she said. "We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions."
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is wrong in so many ways, but also right in a few. But, Jews particularly in the U. S. will not like the reasons I give as to why she is both right and wrong.

Rep. Omar is, of course, wrong when she refers to the Land of Israel as "Palestine." The fact that there is not such thing as "Palestine," save for a fictional entity created by the Romans, and later picked up by the Jew-oppressing British. This should be a no-brainer for the so-called "Zionists" out there. Key word: should.

The fact that shortly after Israel's Parliamentary elections in April, President Trump will sen his Religious Zionist son-in-law to force his "plan" down our throats, give Land away to Arab terrorists and call it a state, does not make "Palestine" a real concept.

Rep. Omar is wrong that Israel is a foreign country to Jews. Israel is the only country for Jews.  Rep. Omar is actually right that Jews are being encouraged to have dual loyalties,... sort of. Jews are being encouraged by groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] to support the U. S. and a Jewish "democratic" State of Israel.

Nowhere in the Torah, and that includes the Oral Torah, is there mention of democracy. Of course, that is because this is a Greek, ie. Hellenist, concept. But what do groups like AIPAC care about Torah?

Nothing.

Of course, the Torah also talks about how the Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel,...exclusively. But, rather than take pride in the fact that like every other group on the planet, we now have our ancestral homeland back, and in our case, Divinely-promised homeland, American Jews and left-wing, Jewish organizations like AIPAC (Yes. I call AIPAC left-wing. Most all of them are left-wing) have to apologize and reinterpret the Jewish Nationality Law.

Rep. Omar has a point about the Nationality Law. She mentions Saudi Arabia and Iran, and how the U. S. government is critical of their [nationalistic?] approaches. I wonder if she believes that Muslim countries are allow to take such an approach, but Israel is not, or if she is a globalist and does not believe that any country is allowed this approach.

In any event, Rep. Omar is wrong about Israel not recognizing other religions. Other laws have done that. Israel recognizes religious minorities, including Druze, Christians in their countless denominational incarnations, Muslims, not to mention various ethnic groups such as the Circassians who were planted here during Ottoman rule. I wish Rep. Omar was right on this point, but she's not. We're just too co-dependent on love and existential validation from non-Jews.

I really cannot understand these armchair Zionists, who defend Israel, throw money at it, and even send their kids to visit Israel on summer and post-high school programs. But, they themselves would never actually pick up and immigrate.

PLO
Sure. Some of them intend to immigrate when they retire, or when their children graduate high school, or university, or when their grandchildren accomplish this or that. The list of excuses never never seems to end.

And, still many of these actually support giving up land to the very Arabs who want to wipe us out, then have the audacity to call that Zionism! C'mon, Jews! Look at the Arab terrorist organizations' dream maps of "Palestine" embedded in their emblems. They do not just include Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria), and that includes all of Jerusalem, in case you didn't know. They do not just want Haifa and Be'er Sheva. You knew that they wanted Haifa and Be'er Sheva, right? They want Tel-Aviv!

Fata"h
Residents of Tel-Aviv are considered to be just as much "settlers" as those residing in Hevron and Beth-El.

The U. S., and every other country outside of the Land of Israel, serves only as a temporary residence, until it is possible to return to where we belong, to the Land Divinely-promised to us.

Now that it is possible to return, we have no excuses.

Hamas
It is very disturbing indeed when I hear some so-called Zionist, Modern Orthodox in the U. S. citing a Satmar or Neturei Karta approach (whether they know it or not), that we should wait until Mashi'ah comes. Then he will take care of all of our problems, and whisk us away on "wings of eagles."

However, those eagles already exist. The Almighty granted knowledge and wisdom to us in order to build them, and they are called... airplanes.

The same very disturbing feelings come up for me when I hear all those "Religious Zionists" already here in Israel insist that we cannot bring the Passover offering to the Temple Mount, let alone start rebuilding the Temple. Religious Zionism is supposed to be about being an active part of the Ge'ulah (Redemption) process, not the application of a perspective which has little to no evidence of its existence before 500 years ago. My guess is that it began to develop due to the unending, and ever increasing oppression and desperation of Jews.

Hey, there are quite afew Satmar Hassidim and Neturei Karta living in the Land of Israel.

What's your excuse?

Want to stand your ground in the face of Americans like Rep. Ilhan Omar? Don't want to look like you're letting the Jew-haters win by running away to Israel?

Well, as long as you believe that, you are letting them win, by not standing up proud as a Jew, and coming to invest your life, and not just your money, in the only true Jewish Homeland, the Land of Israel.

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Misleading Times of Israel

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ כי תשא תשע״ט

Times of Israel: No plans for follow-up police interview with actor Smollett
Lawyers for Jewish entertainer say they’ll ‘keep an active dialogue’ with investigators amid reported suspicions attack was staged
By AGENCIES and TOI STAFF, 18 February 2019

Smollett, who is Jewish, black and gay, has said he was physically attacked by two masked men last month shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA country,” a reference to US President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away, as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him.

Police said Saturday that the investigation had “shifted” after detectives questioned two Nigerian brothers about the attack and released them without charges. Police said they had requested a follow-up interview with Smollett. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Is Jussie Smollett really Jewish? His father apparently is. His mother is African American, but is she also Jewish? I have yet to find any suggestion that she is. Or if she isn't, then did Jussie undergo some kind of conversion process?

The Times of Israel [TOI] couldn't even be bothered to elaborate on its interpretation on what it means to be Jewish. That at least would have been something. 

You see, if the allegations are true, that he hired men to stage an attack, then this reflects on the Jewish People. But, if he isn't really Jewish, then [TOI] has misled the public, and is responsible for this non-Jew's actions reflecting on the Jewish People.

Times of Israel: US rabbinical students plant with Palestinians, sowing rift with Israel
Study program for future rabbis now includes outreach to communities targeted by Jewish extremists, highlighting widening gap between American and Israeli Jews
By ISABEL DEBRE, 19 February 2019

AT-TUWANI, West Bank (AP) — Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel. In a stark departure from past programs focused on strengthening ties with Israel and Judaism, a new crop of rabbinical students is reaching out to the Palestinians. The change reflects a divide between Israeli and American Jews that appears to be widening. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Rabbinical students, indeed.

I suppose that HUC, RRC, and JTS ARE rabbinical schools, because that's what they happen to call themselves. Unfortunately, this is just the Western (ie. non-Jewish) mentality of believing whatever people feel.

And who exactly are these "Jewish extremists?" Oh, yeah. Jews who actually care about observing the Torah, and not just creatively interpreting it, making it up as they go along, or rejecting it entirely,...and then calling "Judaism."


These "Jewish extremists" are defending our Divinely-promised land and not forsaking it, defending the Jewish People from terrorism, and not supporting those who support terrorism, even passively.

These "rabbinical students," who not only forsake the Land, like their Erev Rav, spiritual predecessors, but who actually insist on repeating the same mistakes over again, expecting different results. In other words, if we only talk enough with Arab terrorists, then they'll eventually come around.

Come around to what? Come around to believing the Western progressive culture is the superior culture. Hmm. Sounds racist an culturist to me, not allowing Ishmaelites (Arabs/Muslims) to have and to embrace their culture. Whereas, these "Jewish extremists" are understanding and accepting,and thus tremendously more respectful, of Ishmaelite culture than these so-called "rabbinical students."

There are various categories of Jews who operate against the Torah. The Ramba"m lists and describes them in his Hilkhoth Teshuvah (Laws of Repentance), chapter 3: koferim, apikorsim, minim, meshumadim, etc.


The "Conservatives" certainly know who the Ramba"m is. They love to interpret creatively his Moreh Nevukhim to justify some of their perspectives.

However, as the late Lubavitcher Rebbe z"l suggested,... none of these Jews, associated with these "movements" they call Judaism, is knowledgeable enough even to be an apikorus.

They all probably just have the status of ketinoq shenishba (like a captured child raised by goyim). I wonder how many of these students are actually Jewish anyway. They may not be culpable for their transgressions here. But, the damage they do the Land of Israel, the People of Israel, and their attacks on the Torah of Israel should not and cannot be ignored.

And, TOI could not be bothered to put this this term in quotation marks or explain what it means by the term.

TOI is right about a couple of things, though. There IS a widening gap between American and Israeli Jews. We Israelis live on the front lines; Americans live in a bubble of Western assimilation.

TOI "journalists" are not actually being objective, as they might like you to believe. Rather, they are giving legitimacy to these liberal (ie. anti-Torah) perspectives.

Apparently, pandering to a broader audience to increase profits is more important than telling the truth.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Speaking of Clients...

ט' לחודש השנים עשר תשע״ט

This post should probably be in Hebrew, too. But, the offensive person in question was an English speaker. So, for now, I'll stick with English.

Even though the person in question was in Haredi livush, PLEASE do not take this as an opportunity to Haredi-bash. Rather, this is an opportunity to be critical of some of those English speakers who identify as "therapists," both real and fake.

While on the bus to Tel Aviv, a man starts talking way too loudly on the phone. No, he wasn't [native] "Israeli," as you people like to refer to "them" vs. "us." He was speaking way too loudly in his native English.

Never heard anyone in Israel speak too loudly on the phone in English? Then you're just not paying attention,...ever.

Anyway, what is this guy talking about? The clients he saw today!

"I saw two couples today. One couple was from XXXXXX (community)...."

Who is he talking to? His consultant? His adviser? His own therapist?

Where on earth did he learn that this is appropriate to talk about clients in a public place? What kind of course in laws and ethics for therapists did he take? Did he even take any such class?

Quite frankly, this is tantamount to "acting-out of therapy."

Why does he even have to speak about his clients in a public place? I don't even think he was trying to show off.

Does he really think that no one will understand English? That since it's only a little demographic data, that makes it ok?

This is not even about risking the clients' confidentiality. Even one iota of data disrespects his clients. They are people, not subjects, and certainly not statistics.

See also:
You Are Not A Therapist!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Moti Alon Revisited... Unfortunately

ח' לחודש השנים עשר תשע״ט

I don't like citing Arutz 7, not in the least. Not thrilled about giving this individual the free publicity either. But, this op-ed needed a response.
Arutz 7 Op-Ed: Mario Lemieux and Bnei Akiva
Rav Chaim Drukman is under attack for helping out Rav Moti Alon. We can learn a lot from Mario Lemieux. 
Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 16/01/19 
It happens that Rav Chaim Drukman is under attack for helping out Rav Moti Alon. To put it mildly, I am incensed to read the attacks against Rav (Rabbi) Drukman by two fellow Jews and Bnei Akiva members, and by something called the Freidberg Foundation. To explain this, though, requires the following background information:

תלמיד חכם שסרח אין מבזין אותו- "a Torah scholar who sins is not to be shamed publicly", says Reish Lakish ( Talmud, Menachot, 99b)- " because, say the Rabbis of the Yeshivah of Rabbi Yishmael, he is sure to do Teshuvah (recreate himself via repentance- Berachot 19a). One would think this also is true of a Talmud chacham (scholar) who didn't sin, but did the right thing - he is not to be shamed. However, let's see: 
Only one figure took pity on this תלמיד חכם שסרח- Torah scholar who went wrong. Rav Chaim Drukman realized that for a Rabbi who had spent his whole life teaching, and on such a scale, to suddenly be forced to give it all up - this would destroy him. So Rav Drukman gave Rav Alon space in Ohr Etzion Yeshivah in order to give shiurim (classes).  
Rav Drukman, however, is not naïve. A longtime MK and Minister, head of the network of Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and Ulpanot, head of the government's Conversion Commission for more than a decade, Rav Drukman has a wealth of practical experience in the human sphere to accompany his scholarship and position as Rosh Yeshivah. Thus Rav Drukman put conditions on his help to Rav Alon - the primary one being, that none of the students at Ohr Etzion's two high schools were allowed to attend the shiurim (classes) given by Rav Alon. To the extent of the community of Ramat Shapira, home to Ohr Etzion, Rav Alon was supervised. 
Of course, Rav Alon had his own Yeshiva elsewhere. Rav Drukman is not the Shabak, and he's not the KGB; and unfortunately it was there that Rav Alon fell back into his old sin of sexual offense against a male student. This time, as soon as this behavior became known, Rav Drukman and others put an end to all of Rav Alon's public teaching. 
However, this appears not to be enough for several holier–than-thous in the Religious Zionist camp. One, who gives major sums to Bnei Akiva but doesn't have the courage to even say who he is, has said that he "is dismayed at (Rav) Drukman's refusal to publicly condemn (Rav) Alon"(Jerusalem Post, Friday, Jan. 11). So much for Resh Lakish's prohibition AGAINST public condemnation; given this Talmudic dictum, Mr. Anonymous won't be getting any condemnations of Rav Alon from Rav Drukman. Another, a former Bnei Akiva World Chairman, is "boycotting the upcoming world Bnei Akiva conference until he [Rav Drukman] is prepared to accept responsibility for his decision to help Rav Alon and for damages to the victims".

Rav Drukman not accepting responsibility? Who does he think he is, speaking thus to a Rav who has accepted public responsibility for the last 50 years? Rav Drukman did everything possible to police Rav Alon's activities while in Rav Drukman's jurisdiction, and pinning blame on Rav Drukman for the recent offenses is, simply, self-righteous defamation of the Rav. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Sexual predators can be treated successfully. 100% of them? No idea, but probably not, even with all of the time and money necessary for proper treatment. And, in my professional opinion, the chances of successful treatment are higher if the perpetrator of such crimes actually wants help.

Besides psychotherapy, there is Sexaholics Anonymous [SA]. No. I am not promoting any particular program, nor 12-Step programs. I am simply mentioning that they are out there, and an option.

Of course, I would NEVER DREAM of calling Moti Alon a sexual predator. I am simply using this group of individuals as an example, to drive the point home.

I'm very much for "innocent until proven guilty" approach, and I do not believe that accusers should be automatically believed. I hope I do not have to tell you about all of the men who have lost their jobs, their, families, custody of their children, not to mention their reputations, due to false accusations. Such damage simply cannot be undone.

But the evidence we have heard against Moti Alon is compelling, and a beth din of Alon's mamlakhti (diehard State loyalist) peers previously ruled against him, and, for better or worse, tried to keep the incidents quiet. In my opinion, this was chance enough for Moti Alon. And so, I find this all quite disturbing.

Rabbi Chaim Druckman
But the purpose of this post is not to talk about Alon. Rather it is to respond to an op-ed. I, myself, have already written enough about Rav Druckman's involvement with Moti Alon in תשע"ג-תשע"ד/2013:

Rabbi Druckman Throws Students to the Dogs
Rabbi Druckman Makes a Terrible Situation Much Worse

First off, I will concede that  Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Hirsch may very well be correct regarding public rebuke. Maybe. A similar argument was made against attacking Shlomo Aviner publicly above and beyond the order of the Beth Din of Rabbi Mordekhai Eliyahu ztz"l (Rabbi Ya'acov Yosef ztz"l, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Zalman Nehemiyah Goldberg, Rabbi Avraham Elqanah Kahane Shapira ztz"l) to publicize its ruling that Aviner should refrain from ruling on issues of family purity. To this day, followers of Shlomo Aviner claim that the motivation to "go after him," was political.

Moti Alon cannot make this same claim.

Since I'm no fan of Rav Druckman's conversion programs anyway...
(I was on Rav Sherman's side the entire time of the conflict and I still think he was right. Every time I heard public debate on this issue, it was Rav Sherman's side providing halakhic support for his position, while Rav Druckman's surrogates engaged in name calling.

It is ridiculous that a secular court intervened. It is an embarrassment that we accepted its intervention in an halakhic matter. And it is a complete disappoint, to say the least that Rav Druckman participated in such a proceeding when most of those sitting in judgment are disqualified from sitting on a beth din.)
...the mention of Rav Druckman's conversion programs do not impress me in the least, and actually have the opposite effect on me. I would have said to boycott the world Bnei Akiva conference anyway.

Hirsch also lists Rav Drukman's various other accomplishments. He should not have bothered listing his positions in the government. Also not impressed. Rav Druckman was a member of the National Religious Party [NRP], reincarnated as The Jewish Home Party, and now transforming into who knows what. The National "Religious" Party asked Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ztz"l whether it could put women on the party list of candidates. Rav Eliyahu said "no." The NRP did it anyway, stating that it had "other rabbis," albeit as Rav Druckman was completing his tenure as a member of Knesset [MK]. Couldn't the NRP just shop around for rabbinical opinions -- not that this strategy is acceptable -- instead of embarrassing itself?

Moti Alon
Rabbi Dr. Hirsch author should also ask his fellow students at Merkaz HaRav Kook why they founded the Ariel youth group. (Hint: because they didn't want their kids going to Bnei Akiva.) מי שמבין יבין

Wait a minute! Even Bnei Akiva members are complaining about Rav Druckman! Perhaps I misjudged them. Perhaps they are waking up. Unfortunately, it has taken incidents of alleged sexual abuse to do it.

I am very disappointed to see this opinion coming out of Merkaz HaRav via one of its recent musmachim, not the opinion itself, but the reasoning used to support it.

Merkav HaRav Kook, in my opinion, truly the flagship yeshiva of [authentic] Religious Zionism, having been in the forefront of the fight against the expulsion from Azza, and whose late Rosh Yeshiva Rav Avraham Shapira ztz"l was in the forefront in the battle against the masses' confusion over the differences between Torah Law and Israeli law and which of these takes precedence.  

(Hint: There is not just one "Religious Zionist" camp. There are at least two: The camp which holds that חוקי התורה קודמין לחוקי האדם, and the camp which is misguided and confused about this.)

But, hey. Rabbis Menachem Froman and Shai Piron also learned at Merkaz HaRav Kook, so unfortunately, we shouldn't be surprised.

Regardless of the degree of Rav Druckman's responsibility for Moti Alon's destruction of the lives of several Jewish men, at the very least, he should make a public commitment to refrain from employing the same strategy over again, expecting different results when it comes to intervening with "alleged" perpetrators of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

Has Rav Druckman already done this? If I've missed, then by all means, please post it in the comments below.

Friday, January 18, 2019

התקדמות לכלכלה ישראלית ללא מזומן / One More Step Toward a Cashless Israeli Economy

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ בשלח תשע״ט

English follows the Hebrew.
ב-01.01.19 החוק הבא התחיל לשלוט על הארנקים שלנו.
YNET: חוק המזומן: בוועדת חוקה מאיימים לדחות את החוק; רשות המסים: "תהיה תקופת חסד"
28 יום נותרו עד לכניסת החוק שמגביל את הסכום בעסקאות מזומן - והציבור מבולבל. בוועדת החוקה טוענים שאין תשתית חלופית, אין הסברה ומגזרים שלמים נותרו ללא מענה. ח"כ סלומינסקי: "זו בושה שאין הכנה לחוק"; מנהל רשות המסים מתחייב באולפן ynet: "ניתן 9 חודשים של התנסות"
אליצפן רוזנברג: 03.12.18

28 יום נותרו עד כניסתו לתוקף של החוק להגבלת השימוש במזומן בתחילת חודש ינואר - ואיש לא טורח להכין את הציבור למהלך. גם לא הוקמה תשתית שתאפשר התנהלות גם למי שמורגלים בשימוש במזומן, בלית ברירה או מבחירה.

"מה שקורה זו בושה גדולה", אומר ל"ממון" יו"ר ועדת החוקה האחראית לחוק, ח"כ ניסן סלומינסקי. "הייתה לי הבטחה מבנק ישראל שתהיה תשתית אלטרנטיבית, וזה נשאר בתיאוריה. אני צריך מכשירים שפועלים כבר בשטח, ואני צריך הסברה".

לדבריו, "אני מדבר עם אנשים – אף אחד לא יודע מזה. אתה הולך לעשות מהפך, וסוכם שתהיה הסברה רצינית כדי שאנשים יבינו שיש חוק כזה, מה הוא אומר. זה לא קיים". סלומינסקי מכוון בעיקר לרשות המסים, שאמורה הייתה לצאת בקמפיין נרחב בתחילת נובמבר, ועד היום זה לא קרה. (המשך)
עשר אגורות (2¢):
עכשיו יש נלו עוד הגבלה במדינת ישראל על מה שאנחנו ההאזרחים יכולים לעשות עם הכסף שלנו, הכסף שעבדנו קשה מאוד להררוויח אותו.

להפחית מעשי פלילי הוא פשוט התירוץ להגביל את השימוש בכסף מזומן.

ומה ההגבלה הבאה? לאסור אותנו משימוש במזומן בכלל?

כבר אי אפשר לשלם על נסיעות באוטובוס בעיר הבירה במזומן פרט ותיקים. חייבים להחזיק רב קו. למה? מפני שככה יותר נוח ומהיר לנוסעים.

השקרים הכי היעילים הם מבוססים באמת.

הליברטריאן* היהודי אמר לי שערך המטבע ש 10 אגורות הוא בעצם 12 אוגורות בזכות כמות הנחושת שלו.

אז לא משנה איזה חוקים כוחות השלטון יקימו עלינו בעתיד. כדאי לנו לחסוך את המטבעות האלה. או אפילו כדאי לחסוך אוכל ומים מפני שאי אפשר לאכול מטבעות. אנחנו כבר יודעים את הערך של שטרות הכסף.

אפס אגורות.

*ליברטריאן: אדם הדוגל בעקרונות החופש; מפלגה פוליטית בארה״ב.

   10 Agaroth Coin
On January 1, 2019, the following law went into effect, controlling our wallets.

YNET: Israel passes law to limit cash deals to fight economic crimes
Reuters: 03.13.18

Israel’s parliament passed a law that limits the amount of cash in the economy in an effort to fight against dirty money, economic crime and money laundering.

Israel’s government loses “billions of shekels in revenue every year” because of under-the-table cash transactions, the Tax Authority said on Tuesday.

The World Bank in 2010 said Israel’s so-called shadow economy was equal to 22 percent of economic output. Israel produced about $366 billion in 2017, which would mean the economy loses out some $80 billion.

The new law imposes a limit of 11,000 shekels ($3,197) on cash transactions made to businesses, which could be further reduced by the finance minister 6,000 shekels in 2020. Cash deals between private individuals, such as buying a used car, will be limited to 50,000 shekels, a level that may be lowered to 15,000 shekels.

Violators will receive warnings until the law goes into full effect in 2019, the Tax Authority said.

The law also states that checks will be limited to 10,000 shekels. Tourists will be limited to paying no more than 55,000 shekels to buy services or assets, although they can do so up to five times.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Now we have another restriction in the State of Israel on what we citizens can do with our money, the money we work very hard to earn.

Reducing crime is simply an excuse to limit our use of cash.

And will the next restriction be? To prohibit us from using cash at all?

Already we can't pay for the bus on the bus itself with cash in the capital except for senior citizens. We must carry a Rav Kav (transit card). Why? Because it is ״more convenient and faster for passengers."

The most effective lies are always based on the true.

The Jewish Libertarian once told me that the value of the 10 Agaroth (1 New Israeli Sheqqel = 10 Agaroth) coin is actually 12 Agaroth, because of the coin's copper content.

So no matter what laws the powers that be will place over us in the future. We ought to waste these coins. Or even save food and water because you can't eat coins. We already know the value of the monetary notes.

Zero Agaroth.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jews are Thinking of Leaving Scotland. Good!

ז' לחודש האחד עשר תשע"ט
Times of Israel: Scottish lawmakers pan anti-Semitism, as many Jews said thinking of leaving
Community leader last year told parliament meeting on religious freedom that small Jewish population is ‘not feeling at home’ 
By Stuart Winer, 6 January 2019

Two members of the Scottish parliament spoke out against the anti-Semitism faced by Jews in the country, after it emerged that many members of the community are considering leaving Scotland due to feelings of alienation and vulnerability.

Jackson Carlaw, the acting leader of the Scottish Tories, said, “Scotland’s Jews are entitled to feel safe, to feel valued and to look forward with the same optimism as any of us,” the Herald on Sunday reported.

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine called for lawmakers to condemn local anti-Semitism.

“It’s truly horrifying that more and more Scottish Jews do not feel welcome in their own country, and would actually consider moving away,” she said. “Politicians of all parties must be vocal in condemning the disturbing rise of anti-Semitism.”

Their remarks came in response to a parliamentary committee meeting about the fears of the local Jewish community.

Ephraim Borowski, director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJec), told a gathering of the Cross-Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief last year that local Jews feel that times have changed.

“Mostly the Jewish community used to feel that Scotland was a good place to be Jewish but for many that has reversed,” he said, according to the minutes from the meeting outlining his presentation. Many Jews actively discuss leaving Scotland because they feel alienated, vulnerable and not at home. 
“The general message is not that it is terrible being Jewish in Scotland,” Borowski said. “But, in recent years, there has been a very worrying increase in the level of anti-Semitism in the country, with the result that many Jewish people report they are actively considering emigrating from Scotland.(cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Many Jews will praise these members of the Scottish parliament for speaking out against anti-Semitism.

Still other Jews will encourage the Jews in Scotland to "stick it out," and "not to leave without a fight," believing that they should "not let the anti-Semites win."

They are both wrong.
Mostly the Jewish community used to feel that Scotland was a good place to be Jewish but for many that has reversed.
This makes total sense, at Scotland, along with all other countries outside of the Land of Israel were meant to be temporary dwelling places.
Many Jewish people report they are actively considering emigrating from Scotland.
As they should be.
Scottish Jews do not feel welcome in their own country, and would actually consider moving away.
This is the main problem. Scotland is NOT these Jews' country. The Scottish  MP's believe they are being helpful to Jews. And maybe in the short-run, they are, preventing one or a few more incidents.

But the signs are there, and it is high time to leave, not out of fear but out of love and excitement for the opportunity to return to the ONLY TRUE homeland of the Jewish People, the Land of Israel.
Many Jews actively discuss leaving Scotland because they feel alienated, vulnerable and not at home.  
Good. That's how we're supposed to feel. After all, the exile from the Land of Israel is a punishment, a fact which so many of us have failed to remember.
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