Thursday, September 1, 2011

Elul is here!

Well I've been away from my computer for the zman, my kids were home, bored and who can concentrate on blog writing!?
I wanted to share some things about Elul, Rosh Hoshannah is right around the corner and and we were given the month of Elul to prepare for Yom Hadin. Hashem has been making the need for Teshuva loud and clear with an earthquake felt in Israel (ok little ones but still) an earthquake on the Eastern side of the US and then again with the hurricane. All in a very auspicious time for the Jewish people. We Jews know that there are no coincidences and no mere "acts of nature". Every thing is a sign from above, and those among us who are tuned in know that when bad things happen we need to daven more, do more chesed, strengthen our emunah and do teshuvah! My friend and neighbor told me that every day of Elul one should do teshuvah and cheshbon nefesh. Look inside ourselves and see what needs fixing, where we messed up, who we wronged, how we could have acted with more kindness to another person, given someone the benefit of the doubt, helped someone else in need, or just been more careful with observance of halacha. If we really try and call out to Hashem and ask for forgiveness and strength to do better next time and feel it for real, our judgement will be lessened during the Yomim Noraim. It's time to clean it up and come closer to our Abba... He misses us!

I just received an e-mail I wanted to share with you (please include the names in your tefillot or Tehillim);
Dear Friend,
As Rosh Chodesh Elul approaches, the Gates of Heaven are opening even wider for our tfillot, as Hashem's Children!
The following information is based on updates from OneFamily case workers who are visiting the victims wounded in the most recent attacks, in hospitals and at their homes.
Please find below the names and short description of the survivors from recent terrorist attacks, who need our tfillot and much Rachmei Shamayim.
Wishing us all a meaningful Yom Kippur Katan, and chodesh tov u'mevorach, filled with Chasdei Hashem and bsorot tovot!!!
fabia ; )
- Tel Aviv - on August 28:
Albert ben Miriam is a soldier in compulsory service who immigrated from France in 2002. He was run over at the police roadbloack and suffered serious injuries to his legs and head. He underwent surgery and is sedated in the intensive care unit.
Or ben Mali is a soldier in compulsor service. He was run over byat the police roadblock and suffered serious head injuries. He underwent surgery and is sedated in the intensive care unit.
Naor ben Nava is an officer in the border police. He was injured when the car rammed the roadblock, and suffered serious injuries to the neck and head. He underwent surgery and is now sedated in the intensive care unit.
- Southern, near Eilat - on August 18:
Gal ben Smadar suffered shrapnel injuries to his legs and has had pins inserted to stabilize his legs. He was moved from intensive care to the orthopedic ward on Monday (August 22). His condition has stabilized, but he has a long recovery ahead of him.
Guy ben Rina was released from hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home.
Chagai ben Rachel suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms. His condition is stable, and doctors expect to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Matan ben Ayelet was released from hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home.
Sagi ben Chana suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms and is in stable condition in hospital. He will be moved to the rehab ward within the next few days.
- from rocket attack in Ashdod - on August 19:
Shmuel Ze'ev Shimon ben Esther Chaya suffered damage to his internal organs. He has undergone a number of operations and had one kidney removed. He was injured on his birthday.
Yitzchak Meir ben Malka Leah suffered injuries and internal bleeding in the lungs.
Eitan ben Chana suffered moderate injuries to his upper limbs. Doctors hope to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Antonina bat Sara suffered a broken pelvis and had surgery to repair the damage.
- Seriously injured in the GRAD rocket attack in Beer Sheva - on August 20:
Adel Leah bat Chaviva was critically injured in the rocket attack. Rav Ovadia Yosef added the name Leah to her name. She suffered injuries to his abdomen and remains in intensive care.
Eliyahu ben Masouda is Adel's father. He suffered injuries to his arms and leg. Doctors hope to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Chaviva bat Mazal is Adel's mother. She suffered injuries to her legs. Doctors hope to release her from the hospital before the weekend.
Zehava bat Chana suffered serious injuries to her limbs, and required surgery to replace bones and nerves. She will require prolonged rehabilitation.
Penina bat Itta was moderately injured in her limbs.
Lior ben Esther suffered shrapnel and burn injuries to his legs and back, and damage to his circulatory system.
Netanel ben Anna lost a leg in the attack. Doctors are still trying to save his second leg, after serious injuries to his circulatory system. Netanel will be moved to the rehab unit within the next few days.

- Civilians injured in the Jerusalem bombing - on March 23:
Natan Daniel ben Shulamit - a 17-year-old student who is in serious condition. He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of internal organs removed. He also suffered serious injuries to the neck and shoulder. He was released from the hospital on April 4, but is still in a lot of pain, and will need more operations and about 6 months of physiotherapy. Natan requires periodic hospitalization to ensure against infections and monitor his recovery, as well as prolonged physiotherapy and preparation for future surgery.
Odelia Nechama bat Michal - suffered very serious head and upper body injuries and burns. She is still sedated, in a coma and on a respirator. She was transferred to a long-term care facility, and has since been back and forth between the facility and the hospital for more surgery and tracking against infections. Her family is begging for continued prayers for her.
David ben Janette - David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop. He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the phone with them when the bomb exploded. He suffered injuries to his legs and feet and lower body. David has returned home and remains in pain, but is recovering slowly.
Shilo ben Zehava Ofra - Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to his legs and lower abdomen. He is recovering in the hospital. He is in a lot of pain and suffering from very serious post-trauma. He has been moved to the physiotherapy department for continued treatment.
 -Ester Riva

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Glenn Beck in Israel

On August 24, 2011, IY"H, Glenn Beck will hold the Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem. Beck received  blessing for success from Ashkenazi Cheif Rabbi, Yona Metzger, when he had the opportunity to meet with him recently. Rabbi Metzger will deliver the Tefilat L'Shalom Hamedina at the rally.

Here is the schedule: You can read more events in Israel with Glenn Beck here.
Restoring Courage: Courage to Stand
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
  • Time: 17:00 IDT (5:00 PM local time in Israel)
  • GBTV Broadcast Times:
    • LIVE: One hour pre-show begins at 9:00am ET followed by the event at 10:00am ET
  • Venue: Davidson Center -  Jerusalem, Israel
On August 24, 2011, Glenn Beck will host an event at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem. Taking place just steps from the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, this program calls for unity among all faiths, and will honor Israelis who have displayed courage in their struggle for survival and peace. It will also issue a challenge to all citizens of the world to stand with and declare their support for Israel. Joining Glenn will be religious leaders, esteemed speakers and entertainers including the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shumuel Rabinovitch, Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight, internationally renowned singer Dudu Fisher, and the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir.
While tickets to watch at the Davidson Center are sold out, you can watch the program LIVE at Safra Square in Jerusalem (see directions below). Viewing at Safra Square is free and no tickets are required. Seating at Safra begins at 16:00 IDT. The event will also be broadcast internationally on
General Directions to Safra Square:

Safra Square is located on Jaffa Street in the center of Jerusalem, next to the Municipality building.
Due to heavy traffic in the area and closed streets, we advise all guests who plan on watching the program from Safra to take public transportation to the site.
If you travel by car, there are several parking lots located around the square:
Safra Square Parking Lot – Shivtei Israel Street (800 vehicle capacity)
  • From French Hill (North): Take Road #1 (Chaim Bar Lev Blvd.), HaTzanchanim, Turn Right on Shivtei Israel Street.
  • From the City Entrance (West): Take Shazar Blvd., Ben Tzvi Blvd., Left on Ramban Street, Agron Street until Kikar HaMeches (Tax Square). Left to HaTzanchanim Street, Left at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) to Shivtei Israel Street.
  • From Hebron Road (South): Take Hebron Road, Chativat Yerushalayim, Left to Yitzhak Kariv Street until Kikar HaMeches (Tax Square), Right to HaTzanchanim Street, Left at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) to Shivtei Israel Street.
Carta Square Parking Lot – Yitzhak Kariv Street (800 vehicle capacity)
  • From French Hill (North): Take Road (Chaim Bar Lev Blvd) until HaTzanchanim Tunnel. After that, turn right to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From the City Entrance (West): Take Shazar Blvd., Ben Tzvi Blvd., Left on Ramban Street, Agron Street to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From Hebron Road (South): Take Hebron Road, Chativat Yerushalayim, Left to Yitzhak Kariv.
Mamilla parking lotYitzhak Kariv Street (800 vehicle capacity)
  • From French Hill (North): Take Road (Chaim Bar Lev Blvd) until HaTzanchanim Tunnel. After that, turn right to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From the City Entrance (West): Take Shazar Blvd., Ben Tzvi Blvd., Left on Ramban Street, Agron Street to Yitzhak Kariv Street.
  • From Hebron Road (South): Take Hebron Road, Chativat Yerushalayim, Left to Yitzhak Kariv.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I got a response today to my email to Lush regarding our boycott;

Dear Bina,

Thank you for your email. I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed with Lush's support for the OneWorld project.

Lush UK have added their voice to the OneWorld project to help raise awareness about human rights abuse and poverty facing Palestinians. The campaign is based on the implementation of United Nations resolutions and international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians.
The history between Israel and Palestine is long, complicated and often under dispute. However, what is very clear is the level of suffering occurring today, in part due to the military blockade of the Gaza strip and the Wall being built in the West Bank which cuts Palestinian people off from vital infrastructure, including health services, and has led to restrictions on movement, a lack of drinking water plus increased poverty and human rights abuse in the area. History does not excuse such suffering. It will take both sides to come to a solution, but what is also clear is that this is not a conflict of two equal sides and thus the onus must be on the dominating force, Israel. The OneWorld project has been launched in solidarity with the Palestinian people and, like Lush, strives for human rights and equality for all regardless of race or religion, is non-partisan and does not support violence. OneWorld is supported by both Palestinian and Israeli organisations and aims to help create a just peace for all people living in the region.

We support organisations fighting for human rights all around the world on a variety of issues, from the freedom of West Papua and Tibet to labour rights of workers in India, women's rights in Africa and environmental rights of indigenous people in Latin America. Whilst there are many other issues we have not supported, there are sadly limitations as to how much we can do.

Throughout the course of the year we support many humanitarian, animal and environmental causes, many of which are nominated by our own customers. We welcome and value all feedback, so thank you for getting in touch with us. I will be sure to pass your comments on to our Campaigns team for future consideration.

Kind regards,

Vicky Jansson
Customer Care Manager
Lush Ltd.

My response:
Why cant you keep politics out of cosmetics? Eventually you are going to upset someone. There are two sides to every story! Have you ever bothered to hear the Jewish point of view on the situation? Our 12% of World population vs. The Arab 35% means nothing to you? Jews don't deserve a homeland? Even though we're surrounded by an Arab population that hates us if for nothing more than being Jewish?

This isn't about human rights for Palestinians. It's about rights for everyone. Israeli's deserve rights too. Jews deserve rights. We deserve to have one tiny piece of land in the Middle-East that has a historical connection for us for far longer and more meaningful than anyone else living here. It's about protecting the people who live here, within the borders of Israel. The citizens of Israel are Jewish, Christian and Arab. All deserving freedom of movement without fear of riding buses and walking the streets. Remember we gave Gaza back? If they cant handle it, and require our assistance then maybe they should be nice! If Arafat (and now Hamas) wouldn't have (and are) funneled all the aid given to his people into his Swiss accounts they would be far better off. But that's I suppose our fault too!? The wall is for the protection of the citizens of Israel. Unfortunately the behavior of the the terrorist regime they elected (almost unanimously) is to blame. As long as they solve their problems with violence this will be the result. I do however believe that much of what you see in the mainstream media, which is sorely biased against Israel, is showing much propaganda. "Pallywood" at its finest.

The boycott will continue. I am disappointed that Lush, who seem to really want to help fight for what's good in the world, would support terrorism, antisemitism and Holocaust denial outright.

Turning a blind eye to the truth, that is; Arabs in Israel have it better than anywhere else... Look at any Arab country on the map and you will see Muslims killing civilians, even other Muslims. This is how they solve problems, martyrdom and Jihad, maiming and killing. This is ingrained in them from childhood (camp Jihad, learning to kill Jews etc) and sadly it wont change here either. We have no tolerance in Israel for this behavior. So if that makes us the evil ones in your eyes, maybe you ought to rethink what you are fighting for. I pray your eyes should be open to the truth and their should be peace in The Land.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rest In Peace Leiby Kletzky

Leiby Kletzky was laid to rest yesterday, Hashem sent a clear message with a rare full rainbow over Brooklyn. Rainbows became a symbol since the time of Noach and the Great Flood.
After the Flood and the deliverance of Noach and his family, G-d shows Noach the rainbow in the clouds as a sign of His covenant with mankind that He will never again bring a deluge to destroy them (Beraishit 9:8-17).
It's a calling to do tshuva, repent. We can not fathom at all in our tiny minds why or how something like this could happen to a sweet, naive little boy, who only wanted to show that he was responsible enough to walk home by himself. What parent doesn't want their child to be independent? But at the same time we worry for their safety. And children especially aren't expecting that someone from their own community a "religious" person could hurt them. We tell our kids, if you're ever lost or need help always ask another Jew. Well now we are all taking stock and thinking again about that advice.
I think that the rainbow came out yesterday not only because of the loss of this sweet neshama, but also because he was murdered by a Jew. None of us ever thought this was possible.
The mercy of Hakadosh Boruch Hu is endless, but we as a people needed a reminder, especially at this time, that we can only rely on Him. "Boruch Dayan Emet", blessed is the True Judge. He gives and He takes. He decides when and how. Everything He does is good even when we cant understand. That is why we say "Blessed is the True Judge". But If we repent and come to Him. If we cry to Abba, and ask Him to forgive us and help us correct our wrongs, we wont know from this type of suffering and we can mitaken the wrong that happened to Leiby. It's hard to realize in the throws of loss and the feelings of injustice and pain, and all the anger and horror that surrounded this tragedy, that it isn't up to us. Leiby finished his tikkun. He is in Shemayim, straight to the top. It's up to us down here to hear the message. Sometimes it's subtle. Sometimes it rocks the world. If you don't hear it when it rocks the world...

Please take this opportunity to think about something you can do to make things better. To right the wrong. Take on another mitzvah, improve yourself and your relationship with Hashem. Something small that you can do, without a neder (vow), for the aliyat neshama of Leiby, Yehuda Ben Nachman .

My heartfelt condolences to the Kletzky family.

המקום ינחמכם עם שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Boycott on Lush Products IS ON!!!

Join the Boycott here! 

Pana and I are posting updates all the time, so please join and tell your friends to join in and support Israel by boycotting Lush! Anti Israeli, Israeli product boycotts, and third intifada pages on facebook are quickly reaching thousands if not hundreds of thousands of supporters so please don't think your voice doesn't count! But it only counts if you join!!! The more people we have the more potential our voice has to become a roar! The louder our roar, better the chance we will be heard.

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children"

Read the full article here.

"Justice Alito said the majority opinion was too quick to dismiss differences between current video games and other media. 'The objective of one game is to rape a mother and her daughters,' he wrote. In another 'players attempt to fire a rifle shot through the head of President Kennedy as his motorcade passes by the Texas School Depository.'
Soon, he added, children may play three-dimensional high-definition games wearing special equipment that will allow them to “actually fell the splatting blood from a blown-off head.”

Real scene from a video game, would you want this falling into your kids hands?

The above excerpt taken from the full article of the same blog title is more than disturbing to me. I'm sure that isnt easy for anyone to read. And to think that the first amendment protects minors "rights" to play  and rent those games is grim reminder of the reality of the galut. Why is renting a violent (and more real, more interactive and therefore more harmful) video games allowed but a minor isn't allowed into an "R" rated movie? Why is this also not overruled by the First Amendment? I wonder where the moral head went in America. It's like "OK everyone be so damned open minded that your brains fall out of your skulls"! Lets all raise a generation of sociopath, bloodthirsty, mass murders in training. What's the difference between these images: 

young boy playing shooting video game

Kids playing games with realistic weapons look like terrorists in training 

And these images;

Hamas terrorist in training

He takes the "game" seriously!

Early training

Well I think we all know the difference, the reality is the above images of Hamas Terrorist Training Camp is a very real form of child abuse that teaches kids hatred and violence. Kids like this go to sleep with images of murder and bloodshed ingrained in them. This tactic desensitizes them from early on. By the time they are adults they will be ready for martyrdom and murder. The images of the children playing video games I thing are almost exactly the same. Except the martyrdom. This isn't a western value. Although I wonder what the kids or men who came into public places and shot people and killed masses of student in high schools were doing at home? Were video games part of their home life? I wouldn't doubt it at all.

This is freedom in 2011, this is the next generation... should I dare start talking of conspiracies??? Maybe next time.And in the meantime, let freedom ring!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Iran's fashion crackdown moves beyond headscarves - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Iran's fashion crackdown moves beyond headscarves - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

You know, who am I to talk, right? How can I disagree with the Muslims and their need to enforce modesty? I mean, I live in Israel in an Orthodox neighborhood where women dress modestly, covering their elbows and knees, most wear socks or tights to cover their legs and close-toed shoes. You may even see a few women with shawls. All married women in my neighborhood cover their hair. So who am I to poke at this issue of forced modesty and modesty police in Iran? How can I, when I myself believe that women should dress and conduct themselves to a degree of modesty that is above and beyond the western norm?
Well, I can criticize it and I will. Calm down! Let me explain before I make myself into a hypocrite, ok? Yes we have laws of modesty in Judaism, which the Qur'an does as well I suppose. We live in Israel right, so why aren't we going around arresting women who don't comply with the standard? Well there are some differences in case you didn't know, to the Qur'an and The Torah, and there are differences between Iran and Israel.
Let me just point out a few.
Israel is a democracy for starters and very much interested as a State in preserving a western mentality, for better or for worse, but this is true. It is one of the only places in the entire Middle East where anyone can walk around dressed however they want without being harassed (Warning: Do NOT attempt to walk in Meah Shearim in a bikini to test my point... you will be more than harassed). What I am trying to say is there is respect and there is force. No one will be arrested for not dressing to the maximum level of modesty that you find in Israel and one will not be arrested for dressing to the minimum. You will see all types of fashion here to the very refined to the most honky-tonk-out-of-date-hope-you-never-see-it-again-nightmare styles. There is definitely fanaticism here, but it's individual. People decide their level of observance, if at all. I myself would never feel good living in an entirely Chasidish environment but I have a friend who only feels comfortable there. If I go there dressed in my hippie clothes (or as one friend puts it "Laura Ashley"), I don't get the feeling that I'm wrong for not fitting in. You can hear stories of fanatics who act like criminals but I wouldn't say that's everyday life.

In Iran, by contrast, this is the law. If you don't comply with dress regulations you are arrested. In Afghanistan you will be stoned to death. This is why this attitude is so appalling to the West because we take pride in our freedom. This is a G-d given right and it's our choice as a people to honor our Holy bodies or not. Our merit rests in the decisions we make whether or not to sanctify ourselves by keeping certain things private or not. But it's free will. Forcing someone only breeds resentment and contempt and isn't really religion. When someone resents the deed they are doing because they don't believe in the meaning of it or they don't have the choice how are they serving G-d ultimately? They are serving the regime.

In Judaism we serve G-d because we love and fear Him. But the love aspect is a higher form of service. Serving out of fear of punishment is lower because, well, common sense will tell you, no one wants to be punished. But serving the Creator out of love is the highest form of respect and giving. Especially to a Being that you cant see, this is true faith. The healthiest and happiest of His people serve Him this way, out of pure love and devotion to His Torah. I cover my hair and my body because I love G-d and I respect the wisdom in His commandments, therefore I want to be Holy to Him. I also love myself and respect myself, as well as my husband.

Do you see the difference here?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free Pollard Protest Footage in Tel Aviv

Free Pollard protest at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. My friend Dina is in the blue shirt in the beginning! Dina you are a true activist and I commend you on all the support you give to so many important causes. May Hashem continue to give you, and all of us strength to stand up and fight for what's right.

I dont even know the words....

I dont even know the words to describe the feelings I have for the unfortunate captive, a man who has more than served his time. Jonathan Pollard's father, Morris Pollard z"l is being laid to rest today, and supporters of Pollard are demanding that he be allowed to attend his fathers funeral. MK's and others, 200 in total, protested outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv yesterday hoping to have a voice on Jonathan's behalf. The White House was flooded with calls. Unfortunately the switch board is closed on Sunday and eventually an automatic message was set up that said so. There are 5 million Jews in America, why arent they doing more? Why is he still imprisoned at all? He harmed no one, his acts were motivated as a means to help Israel. Maybe this was misguided, but he has more than served his time. His sentence was unusually long for such a crime. We have seen many worse criminals set free in much less time than Pollard has served. A recent case, the "Lockerbie Bomber", for instance, killed 270 people and is walking a free man, just because he has terminal Cancer. The health of Pollard is also deteriorating and he didn't kill a single person, so why should he still be incarcerated after 26 years already served?
Friends, please continue to call The White House and demand the release of Jonathan Pollard, this is a mitzvah of "Pidyon Shevuim" of freeing a captive. We do this for any Jew who is being held in unfair sentence and especially at the hands of non-Jews.

The number for the White House comment line is 202-456-1111. Or visit Justice For Jonathan Pollard  for more info on how you can help.
May Hashem free all the captives. (Please also keep in mind in your tefillot, Yehonatan ben Malka, Gilad ben Avivah, Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel, Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava, and Yosef ben Ita Rivka)

Miracles In Gaza

This video is the testimony of Ariel Sielgelman, an IDF soldier who fought in Gaza during the Intifada. He relates his experiences and how Hashem was so obviously with them during their difficult mission. This is a very amazing story, one of the many, of miracles during IDF missions. I really appreciated the very real and clear message that the IDF doesn't protect Israel, G-d protects Israel and the IDF. Hashem gives the IDF their strength. He leads them. May Hashem continue to protect Israel from our enemies.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shavuot Is the Yahrtzeit of King David!

Shavuot Is the Yahrtzeit of King David! This I didnt know!
What a wonderful video of the essential meaning and Mitzvot of this Holiday. I was so caught up this week about which cheesecake I wanted to make and the food I would serve that I "forgot" that there is a deep meaning behind the day.

This is the day that we received the Torah on Har Sinai. When Moshe Rabbeinu came down and told us the 10 commandments. The most amazing event ever. G-d spoke first and gave the commandments, all of them simultaneously. The Jewish nation were all there witnessing this tremendous event together on Shabbat morning, Sivan 2448. Their neshamot actually left their bodies with tremendous force and entered again, they actually passed out after hearing each commandment and had to be resurrected each time. His voice was so great that they fled to the end of the camp and the Angels had to retrieve them and put them back to their places. After the first two commandments the B'nai Yisrael were so frightened that they begged Moshe to give the rest of the commandments. Hashem's voice broke the cedar trees because it reverberated with such force. (source The Midrash Says, Book of Shemot pp.180-182) This is so hard to fathom, the enormity of such an event!!!

This event was witnessed by the entire nation of Yisrael, not just one or two people.

"And the entire nation saw the voices and the thunder, and the sound of the shofar, and the mountain was consumed with smoke. The people saw and were frightened; therefore they stood at a distance. They said to Moses, "You speak to us and we will hear, but G-d shall not speak to us lest we die." (Exodus 20:15-16)

I also of course love that he mentioned Jewish unity, which is so important. Jewish unity and loving our fellow Jew no matter where they are in their observance. This is so important! Every Jew has a neshama! Every Jew is loved and important to Hashem! If Hashem loves all Jews then we must all make an effort to love each other and not point out all our differences in disgust as if we are better, or more right. Every faction of Orthodoxy has validity. And every Jew, even if they are not observant is precious. We all have something else to contribute to the tapestry of Judaism. My ideals are very lofty. But I truely believe that this is the path to greeting the Moshiach Tzidkeinu in our days,  and we can once again bring the offerings to the Temple in Yerushalayim. Amen.

CHAG SAMEACH to you and yours!

Friday, June 3, 2011

On that note, Shabbat Shalom!

Klavan's One-State Solution: Give the Middle East to the Jews!



Shameless self promotion ;)

I am proud to announce the opening of my new store named "A Country Romance"! Named so because I love my country Israel, which is also why I used a blue and white color scheme. Also because I love the style of  hippie, country, romantic, soft flowing "Bat Ayin" type clothing and style. I hope to be able to bring this to a broader audience. This is all in fashion again and I couldn't be happier. I sell accessories and head coverings and soon jewelry B'Ezrat Hashem! Maybe I'll even put up some of my hand-spun yarns!
All of the items in my shop are hand sewn/made by me or with the help of my personal seamstress. All the designs are mine. I make the wrap snood in different lengths and with wider and longer/shorter ties then what you buy in a hat store and are my design. There will be more styles listed soon and hopefully will automatically post through facebook. It's all very new to me now! So stay tuned!
Please G-d this should be a way to support Israel, my Israeli Olim family (us), and bring beauty to the modest woman. (KY"R)

Update: July 5th 2011;
I've decided to change the name of the store to something a little shorter, catchier and more explanatory. Unfortunately, although the previous name was more meaningful, it was a little long and didn't really say a lot about what I sell. I guess that's how it goes sometimes! The new store name is "Velvet Chic", because most of what I sell and what I'm "famous" for are the velvet snoods. Hopefully it will catch more attention, who knows? Hakol Min HaShamayim!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Conning the world is getting a lot jazzier!

I am outraged at this video and that famous musicians (Coldplay ) are endorsing it. I could barely hold the vomit from rising up my esophagus the entire time I watched. I was especially incensed at the cartoon imagery of the IDF shooting into Gaza and blood spilling in the streets... um, if I'm not mistaken it's actually the Hamas terrorist group who are shooting rockets into Israel's borders and blowing up buses, spilling the blood of Israeli civilians. How is it that this could even get confusing? Of course on the You Tube site, the comments are disabled, good thing because I would be obligated to post one of the many videos taken after a terrorist attack, carried out by Arab murderers, of bloodied bodies spilled through the streets and limbs scattered about, as a video response to this. This is what they want? They want "Freedom for Palestine" to have the ability to cross over into our borders and murder Israelis? "Break down the walls" they say, well why were they put up in the first place? Maybe because there was an intifada... twice!!! Maybe because many Israeli civilians and soldiers lost their lives!

Oh and lets not forget how they sneaked a line in there about an "apartheid state". Yes we in Israel are practicing apartheid, you really nailed us on that one! Wow! Gee, last time I was in the hospital, inside Israel's borders by the way, in Jerusalem... in Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, there were many, MANY Arab patients there and even Arab doctors, and not just Israeli Arabs, Palestinian Arabs with full garb walking around free, getting free medical treatment FOR FREE! America doesn't even afford that luxury! I have seen them in the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and at the Malcha Mall in Jerusalem. Once two women in Hijabs and their children were actually eating pizza in the booth right behind me and our children were playing together, yes my kids actually played with Palestinian kids... and no one was angered or upset. I was kind and so were the mothers. They walked and shopped in the mall without a shred of fear or anxiety that they would be arrested, raped, kidnapped or attacked by Israelis! Now lets think a minute what would happen if I decided to go to a mall in Gaza? Do you think I would enjoy the same freedom as a Jewish religious woman? I would also like to mention that I have encountered Arabs shopping and at the zoo and at holy sites around this country and have never witnessed an Israeli being mean to them or treating them differently. I'm not saying that this has never happened but it's NOT  the norm.

Everyone seems to be forgetting a few things here, in Gaza, we pulled out, why, because of pressure from the International communities. Why are we being blamed (you can see in the video) for the poverty of Gaza...well supposed poverty, they have a lot of luxury too, but for propaganda purposes you will only see the worst of the Pallywood set. They need to leave something for the world to feel sorry for and use as leverage against Israel. Anyway, if they want us out then don't expect help, you can blame that on Arafat and Hamas who filter(ed) out all the aide coming in into their own private bank accounts and into funding their militia. If the "Palestinians" get a State (Chas V'Shalom) they should not expect any help from Israel. They will of course continue to blame Israel for the poverty and oppression I'm sure.

Nothing that you saw in this video is based on the truth. People choose to be oppressed. They label themselves and they fortify it by advertising themselves as the pathetic nation they are. The International communities have funded them and they could have used the money to build themselves, they could have empowered themselves by acting like human beings and by not subscribing to hate and violence as a means to communicate with Israel. They could educate themselves like the rest of the world does and go wherever they want, or build their communities and build commerce. Which I think they are managing to do quite well with luxury hotels and malls anyway. Israel shouldn't be blamed. But all they want is to play games, because that is exactly what this is. The are conning the world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rabbi Chaim Richman From The Temple Institute Speaks Up!

"The American experience is based on colonialism and occupation... who's land is Israel occupying? We have returned to our own land!" If anything America is the hypocrite here if they think Israel stole land from Arabs and should return it. They should then return all of America to the Native Americans... because this is a fact that American soil used to belong to them! When the colonialists decided they wanted the land they systematically introduced diseases (ie.small pox) into the tribes or just simply massacred them. The ancestors of the survivors of that obliteration still do not have a homeland and they are oppressed, some of the poorest in the whole nation. So where is all this criticism for Israel coming from? Whatever our "crimes" are they don't compare to that type of brutality. Where is Amnesty International on that issue? And while I'm on the subject, Europe has some nerve criticizing Israel, the same Europe that banned Jews and forced them into ghettos only to be murdered at the hands of Nazis can now start pointing fingers? Because silly, that was a LONG time ago, right!? Yeah, why don't you all start cleaning up your own messes before you get involved in ours! 

Kol HaKavod to Rabbi Richman for speaking up and making these excellent points (in "quotes" above) in this video. Please watch and share!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Guys and Modesty

Guys and Modesty

Very interesting and rare article on the aspect of men and modesty...something that is most often focused on as it pertains to women and dress. Modesty is more than just clothing but also about speech and attitude. For both men and women.

The Full-Blown Return of Anti-Semitism in Europe

The Full-Blown Return of Anti-Semitism in Europe article.

Now I thought we'd gone and buried this thing!

Here we go again!!! Well it looks as though there is compelling evidence that the birth certificate of BHO is a forgery or at least something's been tampered with. I have said this before; Why is it that people are making such a big deal at wanting to see the birth certificate of the man that is leading the USA when anytime a common citizen needs to apply for a drivers license a passport, or a marriage license... heck I think even to get into college they need a birth certificate! So why is it that the president doesn't need to show his when it is written in the constitution "natural born citizen"! I think there should be a law passed that when any president gets elected he should have to show his birth certificate... to avoid this becoming a racial thing. The fact is that we have never had a president with such a diverse racial background before, this is true. We can point fingers and say all the negatives we want to the skeptics by calling them racist but in the end of the day he lived in Kenya, his father is a Muslim and that freaks people out! 
When you are used to having presidents who are white bread and from aristocratic families then all of a sudden someone comes along from a divorced, racially mixed family, raised by his grandmother etc... this is just out of the norm and can throw the most accepting of people right off their game. I am by no means a racist. I am proud of America for electing a black president. What scares me the most is that his relationship and plans with Israel's future. I am not very trusting of politicians in general, in my opinion he's no different that any republican, democrat, white, christian, pro-Israel, Israeli, right-wing,  left-wing... Politicians are politicians.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dont mess with Israel....

I may risk sounding unpopular or being called a few things for saying so but don't hang up yet. There is a strong correlation of peace negotiation with Israel natural disasters or other major events in the world. I hinted to this in my May 22nd post. And on May 25th disaster struck Joplin, MO killing 125 people. A fire-chief was quoted as saying that his city was literally "cut in half!" Just as Obama says he wants to divide up Israel.
Also recently the earthquake and tsunami in Japan coincided with the trial of the captive young Jewish boys in a Japanese prison. Shirat Devorah Blog has a nice post about this too.You can read some more of these correlations  here in a well researched blog. Fascinating! Also found another site saying similar things here. What you think Hashem doesn't run the world!?

And we all thought this was only about Jews...

I really think that the people protesting against Israel haven't thought it through. I don't think they understand the expanse of what's happening here. Gaza is ruled by Hamas, the vast majority of Gazans elected Hamas, not Fatah. If we think the same thing isn't coming if there is a state for the Palestinians in the "West Bank" we are really with our heads in the sand. Shariah Law will win, because it is a strong force. It's about bullying. And what's going to happen to the Christians that live in these areas if a State is established. Will they be protected? My guess is it will be just like Gaza. All those who fled to the WB are going to have to get ready for a repeat of what life was like in Gaza. Is this seriously the best alternative?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I think Bibi said it well.

How can one argue with Bibi? He made his point quite well, and everything he said was true. Obama says we should return to the 1967 lines with "mutual swaps". It still isn't going to help. Until the day comes that this generation of "Palestinian" refugees recognizes Israel's right to exist and admit they are piggybacking on the country we built from the ground up and trying to claim right to it, and stop calling for the destruction of Israel, there is no chance at peace with them. So this I am afraid means never. What we can do is start praying harder for the geula b'rachamim, and dedicate ourselves to wiping out sinat chinam from amongst our own people. When we truly start loving our fellow, Hashem will show us deserved kindness of bringing the Moshiach. Be'Ezrat Hashem in our days.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Please spread the word!

This is very well done and a great explanation of why supporting President Obama's "Two State Solution" will be detrimental to the remainder of Israel, and even put my family (G-d forbid) at risk. Please share.
 I am asking whoever is reading this blog (maybe no one is?) to spread the word. This is the way the news gets around. Subscribe to my blog if you like what I have to say, make comments and share with others. 
We need to get the word out that this is not an acceptable solution in the Middle East. It's not an acceptable solution but rather a continuation of "the final solution". This is not paranoia. This is the evil of the world and the reality is we are surrounded by huge Jew hating Arab lands and we are the "bulls-eye" in the middle. And now we are setting up to give them more? Where is the backbone!? When will we finally stand up and tell America off the very way they just did to us? Why are we accepting this!? We have an arsenal and we have had miracles in the past. I think we need to start thinking for ourselves because no one else values our friendship as an ally enough to not stab us in the back. But I am resting well at night and definitely not losing sleep. Hashem is in control of all and America better get ready. Anytime America messes with us FEMA is strangely needed to be called to action. Hmm.

Beck: Obama's Betrayal of Israel. May 19, 2011

Obama: "A Full and Phased Withdrawal" by Israel to "1967 Lines" - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Obama: "A Full and Phased Withdrawal" by Israel to "1967 Lines" - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

An 8 mile stretch of land is all we get out of this deal, thanks a lot, Wow! Now I will have Arabs in my back yard stealing from me and most likely shooting rockets into my town. Meanwhile the Arab world is huge and surrounds my already tiny country...
We only have Hashem and his mercy to rely on... everyone wants to take us out. This is just another threat against us. We must not waver in our emuna and our dedication to the mitzvot. It is time for us to do teshuva in a real way. This is not coming from Obama! This is a test from Hashem... it all is, the Arabs are merely pawns in the hands of Hashem. Will we get the message? He wants us to return, to return to our land, to return to Him, to stop hating our fellow, to keep His Torah! Let us wake up before it is too late!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jews For Jesus

Jews For Jesus posted this article in the link above about tactics of messianic Jews aka Jews For Jesus. I think this is important to read although most of us living in Israel wont come face to face with a messianic or a missionary. This actually did happen to me once, with a Mooney. I argued with her and told her to get out of my neighborhood. They came to my apartment a few days before said incident and we had no idea who they were. We invited them in for tea, these two petite Asian women and they told us they were having a unity rally for all faiths to bring us all together. We were like "what's the harm?" Then we read that these were Mooneys and their mission was to spread their beliefs and try to convert people. As soon as I saw these people again I said "I know why you are here and I think you need to get out and stop preying on unsuspecting Jews". She gave me an evil look, made a hissing sound and began cursing me out in Korean (or something).

This was a rather benign incident but they target people hard in the States and within Israel in non- religious, Russian and other immigrant areas of Israel. I remember one tactic used while I was visiting NY a few years back.
The J for J actually left a disc on our Rabbi's doorstep. The disc was in Yiddish (!) and was all about the J-man, but in Yiddish! Their aim was to target the elderly I'm sure. I remember there was an outrage by people in the neighborhood. With good reason, these tactics are sinister and below the belt and they know exactly what they are trying to do.
I used to walk past a "Chosen People Ministries" every day when I lived in Chicago. I don't know why I never threw eggs at the place, even though I wanted to! Especially when I saw an X-mas tree and a Menorah at the same time in their window during the Holidays. They use the language of the Jews and make you think they are authentic. But a pig also has hooves! It looks kosher form the outside right? Ahh, but inside we know he does not chew his cud... "70%" is not kosher..."99%" is not kosher, only "100%" is kosher. It cant be "kind of" kosher! The Jews are supposed to keep their distance from the Nations for this very reason. Because we have such a strong sense of brotherhood we stick together, but that same sense of brotherhood can also make us feel obligated to reach out to the Nations, which isnt necessarily wrong. But look at it this way; we are commanded to give a tithe, 10% is mandatory, and anything more is tzedakka or charity. It says to give to your people in your own neighborhood first. The people of your town are first priority (with the exception of your own family who are always first). Then you can give to Jews outside your community and so on. I think this goes along the same lines... reach out to those in your community, then to Jews outside the community. There is no commandment to reach out to non-Jews and no commandment to give tzedakka to non-Jews. Why do we Jews feel obligated to make everyone like us? We have so much strife amongst ourselves! We need to start in our own back yard. Doing more for each other. This is why I want to start this project via my blog for learning the mitzvot concerning the laws of interactions between man and his fellow. It makes sense to strengthen our unit as a people.
I am happy that Christians are supportive of Israel, even though I know it is not without motives. I know that they believe that the J-man will only "return" once there is peace restored and the Jews accept The J-man. So this is the tactic the messianics are using, by trying to get Jews to accept J-man in their own way, while support for Israel by Christians in general is another, more subtle tactic. I am happy they support Israel rather than not supporting or by using violence or forcing conversions like old times. But the subtleties should not be overlooked. They should be very clear and very understood. Glenn Beck for example is doing great PR for Israel, kind of a hero among the nations for his ongoing support. But make no mistake and do not be fooled. He is very strong in his beliefs, he reads his scriptures. It says what it says in the NT and and he believes in that. This is his guiding force in life and just like the next thinking and practicing Christian he has a doctrine of how his "messiah" is going to "return", and it involves us as Jews accepting this doctrine. It's like, I like him from afar... but I'm keeping my distance. I wont break bread with him or share wine with him. This we are commanded not to do because the Torah is wisdom, Hashem knows we are vulnerable. For all the enemies we have there is a "friend" out there waiting to pick us up and rescue us from the enemies. "I am with you" he says! "I stand with Israel"! We have many more like us who stand with you... come... you'll see...

Shabbat Shalom.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Totally hilarious!

Is anyone surprised?

Israel is condemned for violating the Oslo Agreement by building homes to live and raise families, while who's mentioning the violations of international law (Geneva Convention) by the Palestinians for using children as shields and targeting civilian areas and civilians? Why the double standard all the time? Like I said is anyone surprised at this point?

He get's it!

Glenn Beck, who I have sort of a love/ hate thing going on. Despite that, he REALLY has it on the mark when it comes to Israel. He really get's it, the truth of what's happening here. He speaks up, with heart, one of the only people who do. It's touching to see he feels something, he's not numb. There is evil out there, if there wasn't the twin towers would still be standing. Osama may be gone (or may not, who really knows), but that doesn't mean there aren't more lining up to take his seat. Beck is warning us all, America watch out! Look at Europistan!

This is a great show!

This shows how people react to antisemitic comments made by a bakery employee. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Japanese High Court Rejects Hassidic Appeal - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

Japanese High Court Rejects Hassidic Appeal - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

Glen Beck Rally

Glenn Beck Plans %u2018Restoring Courage%u2019 Rally on Temple Mount - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

I have mixed feelings about Glenn Beck. It's like on one hand he supports Israel but on the other hand what about that rant he went on about the Jews murdering The J-man? I don't know whether to trust what he says or not. Most people hate him, at least all the left wingers I know do. I haven't really listened to his opinions on other issues. I just know that he says he stands for Israel and everything he says about Israel in the video in the article link is true.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Important Statistics

Statistic of muslims killed in wars

Some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, or 0.3 percent, died during the sixty years of fighting Israel, or just 1 out of every 315 Muslim fatalities. In contrast, over 90 percent of the 11 million who perished were killed by fellow Muslims.

And might I ad that these were not malicious attacks against Arabs on the whole, but rather defense or retaliation in cases of war or terrorism.

Left Protests IDF's Rebuff of Syrian Infiltrators - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Left Protests IDF's Rebuff of Syrian Infiltrators - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

I wish Anti- Israeli Jews would just pack up and leave if they are unhappy here. Either support the State that gives you freedom in the only democracy in the Middle East or go live with the people you sympathize with. If you think they will give you the same freedoms... lets find out! I would love to see their reaction if the Govt had the guts to punish anti-Israeli Israelis. I would say appropriate punishment is to exile them to an Arab village and let them find out how quickly they can make friends there. I'm sure they would be crying in their hummus in no time!

One Jew, Eleven Arabs Reported Dead in Arab Attacks - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

One Jew, Eleven Arabs Reported Dead in Arab Attacks - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Bedtime Shema; The importance of the mitzvah

After all the stress of the day, all the crazy news and all the work load. We tend to carry all these events into our night time rest, all that stress and things like anxiety and worry can reflect in our dreams, resulting in restless or interupted sleep. In Judaism, theres always an answer, Bedtime Shema, Just relax, give it to Hashem and sleep well.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

IDF Stops Nakba Invasions from Lebanon and Gaza; 4 Lebanese Dead - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

IDF Stops Nakba Invasions from Lebanon and Gaza; 4 Lebanese Dead - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Naqba Day Violence Strikes

Naqba Day Violence Strikes  

Here's an article in the JPost detailing some of the violence today in Israel. I find it quite crazy that they threw Molotov cocktails at Hadassa Mount Scopus Hospital a hospital that is one of the most Arab filled places I've ever been. Gee, I guess they know their real target quite well. A place that, like all hospitals in Israel treats Arab patients just the same as Jews. A place that has Arab Doctors, just like all the hospital in Israel. Wow! How that for apartheid? Nope! I've never heard of an apartheid State that allows "the others" in as professionals working side by side with the "whites" or to be treated side by side with the "whites". Hmmm.

A Palestinian Myth

If you want to know why they blame the Jews unlawfully for the displacement of the Arabs.

All of Israel within Rocket Range under Hamas-Fatah State - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

All of Israel within Rocket Range under Hamas-Fatah State - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

This is not the kind of peace treaty anyone wants. Let's wake up and see what's really happening here!

Please G-d destroy our enemies!

Today will hopefully be a day just like any other day. A peaceful day, a quiet day... business as usual. I am trying to positively visualize my husband going to and from work surrounded by protective white light and to come and go in peace. לצאתך לשלום בואך בשלום

Please G-d destroy our enemies. Let us come together as a nation and destroy Amalek. Our own hatred within our camp is allowing the enemies to have power. When we have achdut, when we are truly ONE people, without sinat chinam our enemy will have no power over us.

What can we do? We have so much power really. If we can just guard our tongue, and not speak badly about our fellow. Act kindly and even give our time to help others in need, a new mother, a widow, a poor person, a single person, a new couple, a sick person r"l, a family who just moved in the neighborhood, a new Oleh. Think of what they need. Maybe a meal, maybe some advice or help finding their way, maybe just tefillot. We can try to work on our middot, what's missing, where are we faltering? We can pray more. We can give tzeddakah. We can volunteer. We can be more patient with our own family members. We can take on a small mitzvah or stringency for clal Yisrael. We can be more scrupulous with modesty, since we are the crown, the Machut, of Hashem.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

So what I'm doing now is this...

I've decided to tune it down on facebook and just write what's on my mind in my blog, that way, whoever cares can have a look see and whomever doesnt can chose not to. No more in your face politics on facebook... (blie neder)! And the bonus is I can feel free to say what I want and know that only the people who care, and maybe that's no one, can read what I have to say. So B'Teavon!, L'Chaim!, To Your Health!, Bon Appetit!

Thought for the day; May 11

63 years ago the Jewish People finally got a homeland after being murdered and expelled from almost every other land they tried to dwell. No one wanted us except the Holy Land which welcomes us home with open arms. No one else wanted us but everyone else wants a piece of Israel. Why cant we just have one little country of our own without having to share with and answer to everyone else?