Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hamas' Sickening "Suicide by Cop"

I installed "RedAlert" on my iPhone, which is a free app. It alerts me whenever there is a rocket or missile alert, and where the missile or rocket is headed. I have it set to "all areas."
One might think I have this app because I am primarily worried about my family and friends in Israel, but that is not the reason. If that was so, I certainly wouldn't have it set to "all areas."
My family and friends in Israel are in the hands of G-d. They are protected by those in whom G-d has placed knowledge, skill, and understanding. I am not worried for them.
However, I am worried about Israel in general. I am worried that our Sacred Land, a place that cradled the three religions of monotheism, has been attacked by terrorist thugs intent on the international equivalent of "suicide by cop." They have nothing to gain but the pictures of dead civilians they wish to use for their sick PR campaigns to get more money, weapons, and power while they sit in 4-Star hotels in Quatar.
Every time the alert goes off, I say a little prayer for the success of the IDF, and the mental health of our soldiers being so cruelly used by these terrorists. There is a very big difference between those who kill to protect and preserve their nation and those who kill to spread lies and collect money.
Every time I see a picture--real, cinematically produced, or recycled--of a dead child or adult, I am sick to my stomach that terrorists and terrorist supporters would use these victim's deaths toward the cause of terrorist sympathy. Those who share these pictures have no morality, no ethics, no respect for the dead. It's a macabre, sick, and twisted view of the world that would broadcast the faces of the children they have maimed in order to collect money and political support.
Please notice that Israel never shows the bodies of her dead. We show their school photos, we show them when they were alive and well. When we show a picture of a terrorist attack, we show objects--blown up busses, destroyed homes--but never the dead.
We revere and respect life because we are a religion of life. To show someone dead is the ultimate disrespect to the deceased person and, more importantly, to G-d from Whom Life was given. To show death is to disrespect G-d.
So, we may lose the PR war, we may have to sit idly by while the world screams that we are murderers, but we keep our humanity, our respect, and our reverence for G-d.
In the end, I don't care what they they scream. The war is not won if we give up the reason we fought in the first place: to maintain our way of life, our national identity, and our faith in G-d.
Meanwhile, the alarm is sounding again, and I must leave to say a prayer.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

More Non-Military Actions Against Iran


OK, what does the international community not get about Iran's threats against Israel?

This is NOT about oil, money, or anything else.  This is about Iran's supreme ruler, Khomeini, who believes he can bring the 12th Imam if he makes a nuclear holocaust in the world.

These are religious fanatics, not politicians or economists!

My "prophecy" about this move from SWIFT, is that it will have no bearing, whatsoever, on the nuclear ambitions of Iran.

They are willing to suffer for their religious beliefs.  If anything, the suffering will make the whole thing sweeter in their eyes.

This is one time when the secularist view of history and politics just won't serve to change things.  You have to be in tune with what it is to be religious, no matter which religion, to understand others who are religious.

Their motives are not always "logical."  They come from a deep-seated belief, and they are unlikely to be changed by economic conditions.


Steinitz: SWIFT sanctions could topple Iranian economy 

 Finance minister says sanctions barring Iran from making int'l electronic fund transfers make receiving money for billion dollar oil transactions impossible; Shalom: Sanctions may convince Iran to abandon nukes. 

 Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday that SWIFT's decision to halt Iran's ability to use its electronic fund transfer system to make international transfers constitutes a tremendous blow that could potentially lead to the collapse of the Iranian economy. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Purim Poem 2012

A crazy Persian madman,
An ineffective king,
A leader of Jews who understands
We must survive this thing.

Sounds like Esther’s story
Has leaked into our time.
No longer just a scroll we read,
Its meaning quite sublime.

But who plays the part of Esther,
The lady of the hour?
Who can sway the people now?
Who has that kind of power?

We look about our stage,
And cannot find an actor.
We need to find our princess fast,
Before they build a nuclear reactor.

Suddenly our answer comes,
It couldn’t be much clearer.
We will find our Esther inside
Each and every mirror!

Happy Purim!

Monday, March 5, 2012

May the Miracles of the Past be the Miracles of our Present!

On Purim we read about how the Jews were under threat of annihilation. They understood that this was serious, so they came together, fasted and prayed with all their hearts, and in a matter of only A FEW DAYS, they were SAVED! 


We all understand that as Jews we are constantly under threat of attack from our enemies...

The story of Purim is just as applicable today as it was then.  G-d's hand was hidden but it was there, waiting for us to call for it.

This Wednesday, we will all be fasting on Taanit Esther. 

We are ALL coming together just like in the days of Purim and WE DO have the power to uproot the decrees against us.

We must really believe that.

As a nation, we need to fast and pray with a real feeling of urgency, and we need to do so TOGETHER. 

This year, do not just fast and pray by yourself. Feel that you are part of an entire nation as you do so. Believe that we have the same power they did then.

Please share this message.   ITS IMPORTANT! 

With the speed of modern technology, maybe we can reach the whole Jewish nation before the fast, and WE CAN MERIT TO SEE MIRACLES.

It IS possible, and it's up to YOU.

Thank You.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rabbi Angel on Purim

A Purim Miracle: Thoughts for Purim
By Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Esther the Jewess marries King Ahashverosh. Her Uncle Mordecai tells her not to reveal that she is Jewish. The Jews throughout the 127 provinces of the Empire know Esther is Jewish. But not one of them gives away the secret. Ahashverosh, Haman and the entire royal court are kept in the dark about the Queen’s true identity.

This, commented Rabbi Haim David Halevy (late Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv), was an amazing phenomenon, a veritable miracle. Not one Jew in the entire empire betrayed the secret. The Jewish people were united, discreet, and disciplined to an extraordinary degree.

Let us imagine how this story would play out if it occurred today.