Friday, February 11, 2011

Bulgarian Holocaust ATROCITIES Revealed: 13,000 Ladino Speaking Jews Deported By Bulgaria Remain Dirty Secret Until Now

Jewish women speaking to Bulgarian officials before deportation.

Kudos go to Shelomo Alfassa who, by carefully combing through archives and historical records, has finally documented the dirty secret of Bulgaria:  13,000 Ladino-Speaking Jews deported to Nazi death camps.

There was full knowledge of this horrible act, yet Bulgaria had the chutzpah to stand before our Congress and testify that they never deported Jews.  Shame on them for the deportation, and double shame on them for the lies!

Did they think this truth was so well buried, these victims so completely silenced that it would never come out?

Can the deaths of 13,000 be cleansed from history without anyone noticing??

Members of my dear husband's family were likely among those deported from Macedonia.  

I have wept over the pictures of his relatives in the holocaust archives--many who looked so much like my husband, his sisters, and our children that I am still haunted by their eyes, their gentle smiles, and the way they stand in their pictures: a young man dressed fashionably leaning against a table and looking into the camera, an old man dressed in traditional clothes posed with his books, a young woman demure and quiet with her hands folded in her lap, two beautiful toddlers dressed in white with their dark eyes shining.  

I think of them, in the quiet times in my day, and I wonder what horrors they went through at the end of their lives--Were the children cruelly separated from their parents?  Was that young woman raped?   Was the young man tortured, or killed trying to defend his family?  Did the old man live to see his library burned and his family scattered, or was he spared those horrible moments?

They died in Treblinka.  Now I know why.

Bulgaria--it is time to admit what you did.

On March 1, 2011, the International Committee for Bulgarian Holocaust-Era Truth, in cooperation with the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry, National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors, Kahal Kedosha Janina, The Sephardic Temple and the International Sephardic Leadership Council, will hold a public program in New York, which will call on the government of Bulgaria to halt their continued whitewashing of history. 

Please visit for more information.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eshel's Gay Orthodox Shabbaton Provides Non-Judgemental Atmosphere for Prayer, Spiritual Growth


Homosexuals are children of G-d. 

G-d forbid that we would lose one Jew to suicide because they are homosexual. This is the most horrible thing I could imagine! 

We all struggle with our Yetzer Hara, we all sin, none of us are "perfect." 

The perfect person is not a Jewish ideal. None of our patriarchs and none of our matriarchs were perfect. They were amazing because, even with their imperfections, they struggled to improve the world, follow G-d's law, and deal with the adversities of the human condition.

So, they are gay--so what? It is our actions, not our predilections that are important. 

We must concern ourselves with the mitzvot, and everyone must pay attention to their own mitzvot (and the mitzvot of our children) before we start involving ourselves in the mitzvot of others. We must not judge others.

So, why shouldn't they be orthodox? Why shouldn't they be considered good Jews? Do we know their actions, or just their predilections? 

We do not have the right to assume anything of anyone, and we are supposed to always assume the best. 

G-d bless these Jews, may they grow in Mitzvot every day.

Gay Orthodox Shabbaton Was  Like ‘Heaven’
 Tuesday, February 8, 2011       
 Sandee Brawarsky        
 Special To The Jewish Week         

Usually, when Adam goes to shul, he feels like part of him is just not there. In the black-hat synagogue he attends with his children, he feels that he’s always guarding the secret that he’s gay.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sinai Gas Pipeline Explodes, Terrorism Feared. Higher Electrical Costs of Israel Expected.




The sooner we can get the recently discovered natural gas fields off Israel's coast producing, the better.  Right now, however, Israel and Jordan are dependent upon this natural gas pipeline that is now unusable.

There are already reports that this pipeline outage will result in higher electrical costs in Israel, and this is just one of a myriad of things that will be affected by the change-over in Egypt's government.

That pipeline was also a source of income for Egypt, one that they may need in the coming months as they rebuild the country and the economy of Egypt.  It probably won't mean much.  

We have already seen Gaza squander the assets left by Israel, destroying hopes for establishing businesses and creating jobs.  It will be no surprise if Egypt chooses to shoot itself in the foot, economically.


Sinai gas pipeline blast
Cairo diverts supplies to Israel, Jordan for domestic use
DEBKAfile  Exclusive Analysis

Egypt's suspension of gas supplies to Israel after the North Sinai pipeline was blown up Saturday, Feb 5 has suddenly cut Israel off from 25-30 percent of its gas neds and 80 percent of Jordan's. A few hours after the blast, Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq announced the gas supplied to both countries under contract would henceforth be diverted to domestic requirements.