"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

30 Sept 2015

Vesamachta Bechagecha

I just finished reading a book about Rav Nochum Cohen, titled 180 Rechov Yaffo, by Dr. Meir Wikler.
One episode in the book is about one of Rav Cohen's rebbeim, Rav Elya Roth, z'l. It describes a man who came to Rav Elya, depressed because his daughter needed a shidduch and wished to request a beracha from Rav Roth.
Rav Roth said to him, "Depressed? You are feeling depressed? You should jump up right now and dance. You should dance and sing praise to Hashem that he has given you a daughter! Do you know how many people are childless right now and would give anything to have a child? Then, after you are finished dancing, I will give you a beracha to find a shidduch for your daughter."

May we merit finding the right shidduchim for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and friends at the right time. In the meanwhile, let's rejoice in all the good that has been bestowed upon us.

29 Sept 2015

By mistake

The death toll from Saudi-led airstrikes that hit a wedding party in Yemen has risen to 131, making it the deadliest single incident since the start of the country’s civil war, medical officials said Tuesday. ...The Saudi-led and US-backed coalition apparently struck the wedding party by mistake... http://nypost.com/2015/09/29/saudi-led-airstrikes-on-yemen-wedding-kill-more-than-100-civilians/

Obama Tells UN That Islam Has Nothing To Do With Terrorism….

Cartoon in Norwegian daily foments anti-Israel feelings, embassy diplomat says

The Guardian has an article about the London Acorn School where students are "banned from using smartphones and computers and watching TV at all times."

How about the Mir, Ponovezh, etc.?

27 Sept 2015

The opposite of Techiyat Hametim

Sukkos: Understanding The Ushpizin

הראשל"צ הגאון רבי שלמה עמאר עם וורט לחג הסוכות

Bureaucracy can be a real killer.

An 87-year-old Brooklyn woman found that out when she got a letter from the city’s Bureau of Fraud Investigation saying her Medicaid has been cut off — because she is dead.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Selma Cohen, 87, a widowed cancer survivor who lives in Midwood. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bk-woman-receives-letter-medicaid-cut-due-death-article-1.2375913

Is this the opposite of Techiyat HaMetim?

"Revival or resurrection of the dead; one of the fundamental beliefs of the Jewish Religion, and the last of the RAMBAM’s list of thirteen such beliefs..."
Continue reading: https://www.ou.org/judaism-101/glossary/techiyat-hametim/

24 Sept 2015

An apology

The Imperial War Museum in Britain apologized on Tuesday after Jewish organizations protested the use of the term "terrorists" to describe members of the Jewish Brigade who helped fight the Nazis during World War Two.
Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/British-war-museum-sorry-for-calling-Jewish-soldiers-who-fought-Nazis-terrorists-417914

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it had repatriated a Guantánamo Bay detainee who intelligence analysts had concluded was probably once a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.
Continue reading: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/us/politics/us-repatriates-a-saudi-detainee-from-guantanamo.html?referrer=&_r=2

מוצאי כיפור: לולב באורך 3 מטר בבית הגר"ח

Time to Dismantle the UN Human Rights Council

23 Sept 2015

Parshat Ha'azinu

The Pasuk says (32:4) "HaTzur Tamim Pa'aloi Ki Chol Dirachav Mishpat, Kel Emuna V'Ein Avel; Hashem action are flawless, for all His ways are just, Hashem is faithful without any injustice." Injustice? We talk about how righteous Hashem is, it seems strange to mention that Hashem in not "unjust".

Rav Shach says from the Vilna Gaon that it is impossible for humans to take into account all surrounding circumstances and dispense perfect justice. For example, when someone commits a crime that requires the death sentence, has the court also determined if his children deserve to be orphans or not? What about the person who he says hello to every morning, has the court figured out if they can compensate that person for the loss they are inflicting on them.

When Hashem dispenses judgement, He has accounted for everything from the most glaring consequences to the most minute nuance. This is truly a tribute that we humans can marvel at. Hashem's justice system is pure justice, without the slightest trace of injustice.

News Station ‘Inadvertently’ Displays This Image for Yom Kippur Story. Their Apology Came Quickly

22 Sept 2015



Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the fabled tomb of the biblical Maccabees.
Read more: http://nypost.com/2015/09/21/israeli-archaeologists-may-have-found-fabled-maccabees-tomb/

Breitbart reports, "Islamic advocates ejected a Breitbart News reporter from a Sept. 21 news conference in Washington D.C."


'Now I know my destiny': Tragedy-stricken family's painful recovery

J.C.'s rise

Why Jeremy Corbyn's rise makes British Jews afraid

רבי אמנון מזהיר: "השנה תהיה גורלית

Meet the Last Jews of Cairo

There is a minhag to eat Kreplach, meat covered with dough, on Erev Yom Kippur. The Minhag Yisroel Torah brings from the Geulas Yisroel that the reason is because Erev Yom Kippur is a Yom Tov, but it is a hidden Yom Tov as we are allowed to do Milacha on this day. Therefore we eat meat which is a Mitzva to eat on Yom Tov. However we hide it inside the dough, as our Yom Tov is concealed in a day of Milacha.

This also explains why we eat Kreplach on Hashana Rabba and Purim which are also Yamim Tovim although work is permitted on those days.

He also brings from the Zera Kodesh that meat symbolizes Din and the dough represents Rachamim. We take the din of Yom Kippur and we wrap it in a layer of Rachamim to ask Hashem that even if we are given a harsh judgement it should be coated in mercy. http://revach.net/hanhagos/minhagim/Why-Kreplach-On-Erev-Yom-Kippur/4098

20 Sept 2015

Chamol Aleinu

Two Amazing Tricks Guaranteed To Help You Avoid Punishment For Your Aveiros 

Trick #1 - The gemara in Rosh Hashana says that if you go beyond you character and forfeit your rights in getting angry at people who have cause you to be angry Hashem will forgive you for your aveiros. Every person is judged in Shamayim with the same attitude he shows his fellow man down on earth. Therefore a person who is not "Midakdek" and does not act measure for measure with people will receive the same treatment from Hashem. The Chafetz Chaim uses the idea to explain the enigmatic gemara in Bava Metzia 30 that says Yerushalayim was destroyed because they judged each other to the letter of the law. What about avodah zara in the first Bais HaMikdash and Sinas Chinam in the second? He answers that indeed that was their aveira but had they not dispensed exact judgment down on earth then the heavenly court would have done the same above and forgiven them.

Trick #2 - All our pain is caused by the Satan who constantly prosecutes us before Hashem. Why does Hashem listen to his evil slander about His beloved children, Lashon Hara is assur even if it is true? The answer is that Hashem only listens to lashon hara about those who speak it themselves. If a person does not speak any lashon hara Hashem will not let the Satan dare open his mouth to speak about him. This is incredibly effective. If we refrain from lashon hara we need not beg Hashem not to punish us for our aveiros they are never even brought before him for judgment!

The Temple Mount

Hasidic Woman From Borough Park Is Now The PR Face To NSA

Congressman Introduces Bill Demanding Iran Pay Terror Victims Before Getting Sanctions Relief

Israel Boycotts Tip of the Anti-Semitic Iceberg

Matzav writes about a recent UN Security Council statement regarding the temple Mount. However, the statement does not use the words "Temple Mount."

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) is questioning the objectivity of a statement issued on Thursday by the United Nations Security Council in relation to a recent spate of violence perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In expressing its concern and urging restraint, the UN stated that Muslims “must be allowed to worship in peace, free from violence, threats and provocation.”

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern regarding escalating tensions in Jerusalem, especially surrounding the Haram al-Sharif compound, including recent clashes in and around the site.

The members of the Security Council called for the exercise of restraint, refraining from provocative actions and rhetoric and upholding unchanged the historic status quo at the Haram al-Sharif — in word and in practice.

Chabad org describes the Rosh Hashanah reading for day 2.
"G‑d commands Abraham to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem." http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3084/jewish/Rosh-Hashanah-Torah-Readings.htm

Sam Shamoun wrote about the sacrifice in an article titled Abraham and the Child of Sacrifice - Isaac or Ishmael?

President Obama discusses G-d being ordered to sacrifice Isaac starting at the 3'05 minute of a video which can be accessed here.

The host

I am in the midst of reading Living Kiddush Hashem by Rabbi Shraga Freedman and I highly recommend it.

Obama to host Pope Francis on Yom Kippur

על הכוונת של דאע"ש: קבר הנביא נחום

17 Sept 2015

Parshat Vayelech

Daily Emunah Lesson

Vayeilach - Shabbos Teshuva - Yom Kippur

Torah Wellsprings - Parshat Vayelech

Questions and tweets

Aseret Yemeh Teshuba- The Three Questions Posed to Hillel

Controversial conservative pundit Ann Coulter posted a series of arguably anti-Semitic tweets at the tail end of Wednesday night's Republican debate, accusing the candidates of pandering to Jewish voters,...
Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.676293

תבוא שלוות עולם ועד
תשבי שאלותינו עונה ומתרץ
 תהיה שנת עושר ואושר
תהא שנת עליה וגאולה

Daily Emunah Lesson

The NYT has an article titled Steve Rannazzisi, Comedian Who Told of 9/11 Escape, Admits He Lied.

"It was profoundly disrespectful to those who perished and those who lost loved ones,” he said. “The stupidity and guilt I have felt for many years has not abated. It was an early taste of having a public persona, and I made a terrible mistake. All I can ask is for forgiveness.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/arts/television/steve-rannazzisi-comedian-who-told-of-9-11-escape-admits-he-lied.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

Definitely time for a career change, either a s a respected news journalist or U.S. President.

Below is a question posed at the State Department Briefing of September 16th.

QUESTION: Change of subject. Tomorrow there’s going to be a markup hearing in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a bill that expresses concern that – of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incitement by the Palestinian Authority. Does the State Department agree that the Palestinian Authority has been doing that and that there’s concern about this? Do you think that these kinds of resolutions are helpful? 

15 Sept 2015

A rite of passage

A Jewish man died early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the Israeli authorities said.
...Palestinians frequently argue that rocks and crude incendiary devices are among their only weapons to press for independence, and to defend themselves against Israeli forces during confrontations. For some young Palestinians in areas where there are frequent tensions, their use has become a rite of passage.

The Telegraph refers to the minhag of kaparos as "the Jewish chicken-whirling ritual." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11866467/New-York-judge-rules-that-Jewish-chicken-whirling-ritual-can-continue.html

חתול שחדר לעזרת נשים הקפיץ את כוחות הביטחון

12 Sept 2015

Growing numbers

Jeremy Corbyn this afternoon vowed to lead the opposition to any attempt to bomb ISIS in Syria as he called for a 'peaceful solution' to the threat from jihadi fanatics.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231747/New-Labour-leader-named.html#ixzz3lYhYgK8U

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins at sunset on Sunday. As the Jewish year 5776 begins, the ranks of the Orthodox in the United States are growing, both in real numbers and as a percentage of the total Jewish population.
...In its 2013 "Portrait of Jewish Americans," Pew suggested that religion is a less unifying force within non-Orthodox iterations of the faith. The 53 percent who identified as Reform or Conservative Jews, for example, were less likely to keep kosher, attend Jewish services, marry other Jews, raise their children in the faith or consider religion a core aspect of life, Pew found.
Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-orthodox-jewish-trends-20150912-story.html

This week I came across an article by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman titled If Elul comes, can nerves be far behind? One particular thought held my attention.

"Let the non-Orthodox glibly talk about tikkun olam, repairing the world. We Orthodox have more limited goals, which we call tikkun atzmi, repairing the self (which is infinitely more difficult than the abstract repairing the world."

I recalled a blog I came across in which the clergy member was very concerned about Israel’s ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people, quoting the Torah about pursuing justice when needing verses to bolster his global vision of what a fair world should look like, while disregarding the Scripture regarding individual responsibility to follow laws set forth therein. Yes, it is easier to spend one hour marching in solidarity of a people who were wronged rather than spending time on personal introspection. He need not question whether his time would be better utilized poring over a blatt gemara rather than posting about a movie he had watched, only to delete the post a number of months later.

11 Sept 2015

Guides and charts

Rosh Hashanah guide for the perplexed, 2015

?לך אל נמלה עצל: איזה מסר עלינו ללמוד

Like a Monty Python skit gone tragic, the New York Times actually ran a chart in its newspaper and online labeling Democratic lawmakers against the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran as "Jewish?" or not (the "Jewish?" part was removed from the online version after outcry). - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/clay-waters/2015/09/10/too-jewish-offensive-nyt-chart-flags-democratic-lawmakers-jewish-or#sthash.YN3Bq3Kb.dpuf 

The NewsBusters article makes reference to a twitchy page which contains twitter comments about the chart.
Lee Doren asks, "Has the New York Times ever done something analogous with e.g. Black, Latino, Asian, etc. Congressmen? Just Jews?"

After one individual posted, "Weird that the NYT decided to sort its list of Iran deal opponents by putting the minority of Jews on top, rather than going alphabetically," someone responded, "It makes them easier to separate on the train platform."

 Torah Wellsprings - Rosh Hashanah

10 Sept 2015

A life sentence

William A. Jacobson writes about the murder of Shelley Dadon in a post titled The ‘I Can’t Breathe’ case you never heard of.

When I read yesterday that the murderer was handed a life sentence, I immediately thought the article should have read, "the murderer was sentenced to being provided with three meals a day, free medical care, an option to pursue further studies and free lodging until such time that a prisoner exchange necessitates his release."
Meanwhile, Israeli citizens who are living in poverty who haven't murdered anybody cannot be assured of where their next meal is coming from.

The Nazareth District Court handed a life sentence to taxi driver Yousef Hussein Halifa on Wednesday and fined him NIS 258,000 (about $65,800) over the murder of Afula resident Shelley Dadon last year in a high-profile case.

The city of Baltimore will pay Freddie Gray’s family a $6.4 million settlement for his April arrest and death.

$65,800 versus $6.4 million. I guess some lives are cheaper than others.

The Washington Times reports Feds investigated top Hillary Clinton aide for embezzlement

There are certain stories that are so inspirational, so powerful, that they are forever engraved on my soul.

“Rebbetzin,” people always say, “tell the Rosh Hashanah story.”
Continue reading: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/rebbetzins-viewpointrebbetzin-jungreis/the-little-shofar-of-bergen-belsen/2015/09/10/

9 Sept 2015


משיח בפתח? "להתחיל ללמוד הלכות יובל

A Reuters article titled Muslim-Jewish tensions grow at Jerusalem shrines The Temple Mount has a photo with the caption  Haram al-Sharif to Muslims – in Jerusalem is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism in Israel. 

Israel outlawed two grassroots Palestinian Islamist groups involved in vocal protests at a flashpoint Jerusalem shrine against stepped-up visits by religious Jews, officials said on Wednesday.
The ban on the “Mourabitoon” and “Mourabitaat” – Arabic for male and female “sentries” – marked Israel’s latest bid to assert its authority at al Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site and the vestige of Judaism’s ancient temples.

INN provides more detail about the activities of the “Mourabitoon.”

The activists regularly riot on the Mount, curse, shout, and throw various objects at the Jews who ascend the Mount, and sometimes attack police as well. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200512#.VfB8RxGqqko Sen. Booker Slammed for Attempt to Sanitize Bad Decision to Support Iran Deal

ANC, Jewish Board aim to end 'acrimony'


British Press Blames Israeli 'Witchcraft' for Draw with Wales

South African Chief Rabbi Goldstein: Response to ANC Threat on Ties With Israel

The State Department’s new email and transparency czar appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry donated to the Hillary Clinton campaign in late June, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Continue reading: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/09/08/state-departments-new-email-czar-donated-2700-to-hillary-earlier-this-year/

האדמו"ר מבויאן נסע עם הבחורים המבוגרים לתפילה בעמוקה

Never lose hope

Living in the Future, Never Lose Hope – An Excerpt from Rav Yaakov Galinsky zt”l’s V’Higadeta on Elul and Rosh Hashana

Rabbanim in Eretz Yisroel Urge Reb Michoel Rottenberg of Lakewood to Launch Emergency Fundraising Campaign for Orphan

7 Sept 2015

Associating with the people

Corbyn may say he's not anti-Semitic, but associating with the people he does is its own crime

Long-time Democrat, Israel defender and famed law professor Alan Dershowitz told a synagogue audience on Saturday night that he was “furious” with President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/09/06/alan-dershowitz-on-iran-nuclear-deal-im-furious-with-president-obama/#

Palestinian man gets threats for saving US Jewish students

MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

The Guardian reports on a Tennessee judge denying a divorce petition.

Hamilton County chancellor Jeffrey Atherton denied the couple’s divorce petition last week, claiming the national marriage equality ruling had marred Tennessee’s ability to determine what constitutes divorce. 

6 Sept 2015

A call for suspension

Amazing video - must see - Incredible Series of Events Leads to Emotional Meeting Between IDF Solider and American Woman

Elderly Jewish Couple Brutally Attacked in Holland

UNRWA Teacher Glorified Har Nof Massacre in Sick Facebook Post

Victoria's largest Jewish school will become the first in the state to employ armed guards, in a significant boost to its security.
From this week, guards with guns will be stationed at Mount Scopus Memorial College's three Melbourne campuses.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/jewish-school-to-be-first-in-state-with-armed-guards-20150906-gjgb3p.html#ixzz3kxU5cdfA  

The European Jewish Congress called for the suspension of a Maltese European Union employee who is accused of shouting anti-Semitic hate speech while under the influence of alcohol.
Continue reading: http://www.jta.org/2015/09/06/news-opinion/world/suspend-e-u-employee-for-hate-speech-jewish-group-says

5 Sept 2015

Selichot Roundtable

Jews News has a headline: JEWISH PROPHECY FULFILLED: Yishmael partners with Aisev as Russia decides to build military base in Syria

Pictures Show 'Russian Soldiers' Fighting in Syria

"גם בימים הכי רעים שלי לא אוותר על הנחת תפילין"

Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog has called on Israel to accept refugees from Syria, in addition to the humanitarian efforts it is already making.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200328#.VetJSxGqqko

Five of the wealthiest Muslim countries have taken no Syrian refugees in at all, arguing that doing so would open them up to the risk of terrorism.
Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/09/05/gulf-states-refuse-to-take-a-single-syrian-refugee-say-doing-so-exposes-them-to-risk-of-terrorism/

4 Sept 2015

Bikkurim and Prayer

The Dual Significance of Bowing In Both Bikkurim and Tefillah

The head of the Anti-Defamation League blasted the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America for its vote last week to endorse the anti-Israel boycott movement.
Read more: http://www.thetower.org/2314-adl-slams-electric-unions-decision-to-boycott-israel-calls-on-leader-to-reconsider/

Parshas Ki Savo - Judaism Is A Relationship

Happy givers

People who give money to charity tend to be happier and also healthier than others, said Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, where she studies happiness.
“Money doesn’t seem to buy quite as much happiness as many people assume,” she told the conference, adding that in experiments where people were given money and told to spend it on either themselves or others, givers were happiest afterwards.
Read more: http://nypost.com/2015/09/03/people-who-donate-to-charity-are-much-happier-and-healthier/

Ted Cruz Sides With Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses to Hand Out Gay Marriage Licenses, Huckabee,Walker, Jindal, Paul Agree

3 Sept 2015

Religious objections

Elul/Selihot: How to Apply for the “Alafim Program”

Surrendering To Iran Is Not A ‘Jewish Value,’ Mr. President

Torah Wellsprings - Ki Savo

Charee Stanley, a Muslim flight attendant has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol — which is against her religious beliefs.
...“I don’t think that I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly or earning a living,” Stanley said. “I shouldn’t have to choose between one or the other, because they’re both important.”

A raucous scene unfolded at the county courthouse here Tuesday as a clerk defied a judge’s order to start issuing marriage licenses, citing her religious objections to same-sex marriage. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/09/01/will-kentucky-clerk-kim-davis-issue-gay-marriage-licenses-after-supreme-court-ruling/

Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement

UNRWA Teacher Posts Blood Libel Cartoon

2 Sept 2015

Rules, denials and rebranding

Da President’s Denali Denial

Rules of the Sukkah - Dr. Seuss style

האב מרכסים כתב: "אין גבול לביזיון, אני מושפל ומבוזה

Op-Ed: Senators Who Took Money from Iran

BBCwatch called attention to the BBC rebranding of the Munich Olympics terrorists.

As can be seen below, both in the synopsis to the clip appearing on the BBC News website and in the on-screen caption in the video itself, the BBC has once again avoided the use of the word terror, preferring to describe the perpetrators as “Palestinian extremists” and a “Palestinian extremist group”. http://bbcwatch.org/2015/09/01/more-bbc-news-rebranding-of-munich-olympics-terrorists/ 

In yesterday's State Department briefing, journalist Said posed a number of questions to Mark Toner. He had no problems using the word "terrorist" multiple times. Additionally, most articles refer to the perpetrators of the attack as "suspected" Jewish settlers, Said categorically refers to them as Israeli settlers. I would advise the Israelii police to interview Said as he seems to know more than anyone who carried out the attack.

...it’s been 31 days since Israeli terrorist settlers attacked the village of Duma, killing a Palestinian baby and his father and mother and so on.

MR TONER: Yes, and his father, yeah. Mother, yeah.

QUESTION: And at the time, you expressed confidence that Israel has the wherewithal to pursue the terrorist perpetrators and bring them to justice, yet we don’t see this kind of raiding of the settlement to bring the perpetrators to justice. Are you still satisfied that Israel is doing all it can to apprehend the terrorist suspects in the settlement? 

1 Sept 2015

Arms cache found


מסר הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט"א ליהודים בארץ ובעולם כולו - כי תבוא - ט"ז אלול תשע"ה

Hidden arms cache found in Palestinian vehicle 

Two teenage girls were killed Tuesday, while their mother was seriously injured, in a car crash in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. 
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/teen-sisters-killed-mother-injured-in-car-crash/

Who lives and who dies

Frazier Glenn Cross, the man accused of killing three people at a Kansas Jewish community center and nearby assisted living facility, was convicted of capital murder on Monday.
 ..."Clearly, his mission -- his goal -- was to kill as many people as possible at those two facilities," Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said during closing arguments.
 "He wants to be the one who decides who lives and who dies" Howe said.
...He pleaded not guilty but admitted to the killings, claiming he "wanted to kill Jews, not people," according to CNN affiliate KCTV.

New Emails: Clinton Advised to Give Netanyahu Some Love in Talks Over Peace Process

Below are a few questions posed to State Department spokesperson Mark Toner at yesterday's briefing.

QUESTION: Mark, since you just said those --

MR TONER: Please, go ahead.

QUESTION: -- rules and standards are so important that everyone in this building has to follow them, can you say from that podium categorically that Secretary Clinton followed the rules and the law?

MR TONER: I’m just not going to answer that question. I

QUESTION: Isn’t it a little odd that the State Department can’t state categorically that the Secretary of State followed the rules?

QUESTION: -- Palestinian-Israeli issue? There was a study issued by Oxford University and published in Haaretz yesterday that there are 60,000 American Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Do you have any comment on that?

MR TONER: Sixty thousand?

QUESTION: Sixty thousand American Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

MR TONER: I don’t. I’m not aware of the study.

QUESTION: I know because you guys – your position is --

MR TONER: I just haven’t seen the study, frankly, so I don’t --

QUESTION: -- you oppose the settlements, you oppose – you consider them to be illegal and so on. But there you go – you have 60,000 Americans. Do you have any leverage with these American citizens?

Police are searching for a thief who was caught on surveillance video stealing a man’s Irish flag decorated with his family’s crest at a home in Aston Township over the weekend.
Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Aston-Police-Flag-Theft-Family-Crest-Caught-on-Cam-323547951.html#ixzz3kSpHkJkd

“Know what is above you – a seeing eye, a hearing ear, and all your deeds are written in a book.”