בס׳ד

"Where does it say that you have a contract with G-d to have an easy life?"

the Lubavitcher Rebbe



"Failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite."

Rabbi Nosson Scherman



1 Feb 2015

The answer

Joe Kennedy’s Answer to the ‘Jewish Question’: Ship Them to Africa


Officer's act of kindness helps shoplifter out of difficult situation


Upcoming fundraiser for convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh at DePaul Univ.


Video removed

Students at a UC Davis-affiliated Jewish fraternity house awoke Saturday morning to find two large swastikas spray painted onto their building.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article8865731.html#storylink=cpy


Breitbart reports State Dept: Muslim Brotherhood US Trip ‘Organized and Funded’ by Georgetown University


Steven Salaita Sues


Time magazine opines Why the Pentagon Is Honoring the Late Saudi King.


On Monday, the top U.S. military leader, Army General Martin Dempsey, announced the Pentagon would be conducting a “research and essay competition” to honor Saudi King Abdullah, who died Jan. 23 at 90, as “a man of remarkable character and courage.”
Read more: http://time.com/3683311/saudia-arabia-king-abdullah-pentagon-essay-contest/


A Facebook page asks readers to "liberate Stamford Hill against Jewification and Anti-White oppresion." (I would suggest correcting the spelling error in oppression.)


The page links to a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWTUBknwL4w. If you click on the link, you will find a message, "This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy prohibiting hate speech. Sorry about that."


Why doesn't Facebook remove the page?

31 Jan 2015

By your leave

A Cornish village has angered the Jewish community after agreeing to reinstate a sign saying Hitlers Walk.

The sign for a park overlooking Mevagissey was taken down by the now-defunct Restormel Council in 2005 after complaints that it was inappropriate.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-31072546


Don't leave us, Maureen Lipman! Jewish people make our country better


A white supremacist group has planned an anti-Semitic march next month in Stamford Hill, home to a large community of ultra-orthodox Charedi Jewish people.
http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2015/01/31/white-supremacists-announce-anti-semitic-rally-in-stamford-hill/


Filmmaker's email claimed BBC 'policy' barred him from revealing hundreds of living Nazis


The Case for a Unified Jerusalem


CNN: French Terrorist Taped Rampage in Kosher Grocery Store with Chest-Mounted GoPro


Perhaps the most important speech about media coverage of Israel ever given



30 Jan 2015

Az Yashir

A relative told me an interesting item she read in the Koren siddur about Az Yashir, the song written in this week's parsha. If you look how it is written in the parsha, there is an arrangement of words similar to blocks.
The words, " הים                ובני ישראל הלכו ביבשה בתוך                  הים" are written in the last line of the shir as such. - Fascinating!


Parshas B'Shalach - Destroying Amalek In Our Times

After receiving a volley of outraged complaints from viewers, the BBC has announced an internal investigation into a reporter who offensively phrased a question to a Jewish woman interviewee in the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris earlier this month.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/01/29/bbc-to-investigate-reporter-over-antisemitic-comment-during-live-broadcast-from-paris-anti-terror-rally/

One of Britain’s best loved actresses has admitted that she is contemplating leaving the country amid a sharp rise in antisemitic attacks against the UK’s Jewish community.
...“When the going gets tough, the Jews get packing,” Lipman said.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/01/29/leading-british-jewish-actress-says-antisemitism-may-drive-her-to-leave-uk/



The face of evil (Beshalach, Covenant and Conversation 5775 on Ethics)







29 Jan 2015

On behalf of others

Outsourcing Israel’s Security to Peacekeepers

I am currently reading a book called "Noa's Strength" written by Boruch Sikirsky about a woman who was stricken wth cancer who faced major medical from her youth. She pursued a medical career and got married, while confronting prolonged illness. Her husband relates a diary entry he found his wife had written during the period of her engagement in which she accepts upon herself certain things she wished to perform in preparation for her wedding.
She asks Hashem to help her succeed.

1. To give one shekel ad day on behalf of ..... and all the other Jews who are ill.
2. To say Shir Hashirim at least once a week... on behalf of all the Jewish men and woùen who are hoping for a good and appropriate shidduch from Hashem......

I must say I am inspired by reading details of her life.

A syllogism - a logical corollary

During the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, Deputy Spokesman Eric Schultz had an exchange with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl where he declined to label the Taliban not as a terrorist organization but instead as “an armed insurgency.”
Continue reading: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-fail-cover-wh-spokesman-refusing-call-taliban-terrorist-organization


William Jacobson writes, "On Tuesday night, January 27, 2015, I spoke at the Rochester (NY) Jewish Community Center on the topic of Boycotting Israel – The insidious threat of the BDS movement."
Click here to listen to his lecture.


State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki was queried by reporters about the attack on two Israeli soldiers yesterday.


QUESTION: You began your comments on this by reaffirming your belief that Israel has the right to self-defense, and then – which might be taken as that they have a right to defend against attacks like the one that killed the two soldiers, and now you say, however, that you encourage all sides to refrain from any actions that could escalate the situation. Which is it? I mean, do you feel that the Israelis should not take any actions that would escalate the situation, or do you feel that they have every right to attack in self-defense against such things?


QUESTION: Right. But there’s a problem, because if – because if you say that Israel has the right to defend itself, but then you say that you want all sides to refrain from any action that could escalate the situation, and you believe that the Israeli retaliation is escalatory, then you’re saying that you don’t think Israel should defend itself.


MS. PSAKI: I don’t think I said that, Matt. I said --


QUESTION: No, I am – it’s a syllogism. It’s a logical corollary.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/01/236853.htm


The Graduate Center of the City University of New York issued a memo advising staff not to address any students as “Mr., Mrs. or Ms.” beginning this spring because some could find it disrespectful.
Read more: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397296/cuny-dont-call-students-mr-mrs-or-ms-because-thats-maybe-disrespectful-katherine?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=dDkHZu&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter#%21dDkHZu



28 Jan 2015

The actual world

KRAUTHAMMER: EUROPE HAS LOST ITS SHAME TOWARDS ITS ANTI-SEMITISM

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch belonged to a student group that brought Jew-hating Palestinian terrorists to Harvard Law School every year she was a member.
Continue reading: http://gotnews.com/loretta-lynch-belonged-jew-hating-pro-terrorist-harvard-group/


A blogger at the Dish writes the reasons for stopping to blog.


The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.
I want to spend some real time with my parents, while I still have them, with my husband, who is too often a ‘blog-widow’, my sister and brother, my niece and nephews, and rekindle the friendships that I have simply had to let wither because I’m always tied to the blog. And I want to stay healthy.
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2015/01/28/a-note-to-my-readers/


Drink beer to ward off Alzheimer's: study



Old and new

Anti-Semitism, Old and New

GotNews reports BUSTED: Obama Advisor Working To Defeat Nethanyahu Worked For Israel Hater

Britain’s Prince Charles, in a speech on Tuesday at a London memorial service, described the Holocaust as a lesson to all faiths and a means to help respond to turmoil in the Middle East.

70 years later, at Holocaust memorial events, what is it with speakers trying to universalize the victims?
Prince Charles and State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki opine below about the cataclysmic event.

Prince Charles
“[International] Holocaust Memorial Day is not just a memorial to those six million innocent Jewish men, women and children – it is also universal because the Jews in this story represent all of us,” he said. “That is why the Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy, nor merely a dark page from the Second World War, but a warning and a lesson to all of us of all faiths in all times.” http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/01/27/prince-charles-says-the-holocaust-is-a-warning-and-lesson-for-all-faiths-video/

Jen Psaki speaking at yesterday's State Deparment briefing

Today, we also mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 by the Soviet Army. As we face a global rise in anti-Semitism, it is more important than ever to remember these terrible death camps the Nazis created in order to wipe an entire race of people – men, women, and children – from the face of the Earth. They systematically swept up not only Jews, but millions of other innocents because of race, sexual orientation, disability, or political beliefs. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the United States joins many others in paying tribute to the millions of victims who lost their lives under the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived but still carry its lasting scars and burdens. We owe it to these people to never forget what can happen when hatred is allowed to flourish unchecked.

On Monday and Tuesday, a journalist is met with obfuscation when asked a question about beheading during the State Department briefings.

QUESTION: Oh, well, can I then – if we’re on Saudi for the moment, is there an answer to my question from yesterday about whether the United States regards beheading as a form of capital punishment to be a human rights abuse?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have anything new to offer. I don’t know if you had chance to look at the Human Rights Reports from the past. You said you may.

QUESTION: I will confess that I did not. Is there a section on beheading?

MS. PSAKI: There’s a lot going on in the world.

We don’t make concessions to terrorists

Getting back to the Bergdahl comparison, I mean, doesn’t it strike you as a little bit hypocritical that – for the U.S. Government to say it’s all right for us to make concessions in order to get one of our guys back, but we discourage other governments from doing the same thing?

Ms. Psaki also talks about UNWRA.
Well, let me first say the United States remains a steadfast supporter of UNRWA, which we believe plays an indispensable role in the region, particularly in Gaza.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/01/236800.htm

27 Jan 2015

The invitee

The BBC has been accused of "race-baiting" for inviting radical anti-Israel MP George Galloway to appear at a high-profile show hosted in Finchley and Golders Green, which is home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the UK.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/190579#.VMfmppVATIU

The New York Times Reports the ‘Ordinary Life’ of a Palestinian Terrorist


Filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza pens pro-Netanyahu tweets such as "Liberal apoplexy over Boehner's speaking invitation to Netanyahu confirms what a great idea it was!" while Jeffrey Goldberg authors a piece titled The Netanyahu Disaster.




Parshat Beshalach

A reminder - Tuesday: Reb Mendel M’Riminov’s Segulah for Parnassah; Parshas Ha’mon


Auschwitz Concentration Camp Survivors Return to Mark Anniversary


The number of anti-Semitic acts doubled in France during 2014, with acts involving physical violence leading the increase, the country's main Jewish group said on Tuesday.
Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/anti-semitic-acts-france-doubled-2014-jewish-group-081538932.html


How to Process Sudden Death


Jonathan Tobin writes about J Street over here.