Monday, September 30, 2019

Mandatory draft should be abolished

“The mandatory draft should be abolished and a volunteer professional army such as the U.S. Army should take its place. In the last forty years mandatory draft has been abolished by most countries, except Israel and North Korea. According to the Misrad HaOtzer, the draft causes a yearly 50 billion shekel loss to the economy. A professional army can be fully operational with 30% less manpower. Also, as technology advances, fewer soldiers are indeed required. The time has come to weigh this issue. Because of the mandatory draft, Israel is going to elections for the second time this year. Mandatory draft doesn’t join the nation, but rather divides it, as we see with the Chareidi draft law.” 

Dror Levy, The Marker (The Israeli financial paper) in the Sentry

Sunday, September 29, 2019

News flash: politicians lie

"I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." 

Franklin D. Roosevelt, campaigning for a third term as US President, October 30, 1940, Boston

 "I am fighting to keep our people out of foreign wars. And I will keep on fighting."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, campaigning for a third term as US President, November 1, 1940, Brooklyn, New York

"Your national government ... is equally a government of peace -- a government that intends to retain peace for the American people."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, campaigning for a third term as US President, November 2, 1940, Rochester, New York

"Your President says this country is not going to war." 

Franklin D. Roosevelt, campaigning for a third term as US President, November 2, 1940, Buffalo, New York

"The first purpose of our foreign policy is to keep our country out of war."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, campaigning for a third term as US President, November 3, 1940, Cleveland

The election was held on Nov. 5. Within 14 months, the USA entered the war. By war's end, 291,557 American soldiers had been killed and 113,842 injured.

Should I add commentary? The quotes speak for themselves. You can't trust politicians,which is a sobering thought since we elect them to lead us. If we did our homework before electing them, if we gave them our votes for doing something more than being good looking or sounding, if we held them to account for their actions then we might find ourselves led by better people. But we as a group don't do that. FDR is the classic case. He lied his way into a war. Yet, the schools teach us that he was nearly a saint. 

FDR was re-elected by a landslide in 1944.

See this article by William Henry Chamberlin in the Institute for Historical Review. He gives a list of all the belligerent actions that FDR took during the next year, not actions that a nation would take if peace were its highest priority. Here are a few of them:

  1. The exchange of American destroyers for British bases in the Caribbean and in Newfoundland in September, 1940. This was a clear departure from the requirements of neutrality and was also a violation of some specific American laws. Indeed, a conference of top government lawyers at the time decided that the destroyer deal put this country into the war, legally and morally.
  2. The enactment of the Lend-Lease Act in March, 1941. In complete contradiction of the wording and intent of the Neutrality Act, which remained on the statute books, this made the United States an unlimited partner in the economic war against the Axis Powers all over the world.
  3. The secret American-British staff talks in Washington in January-March, 1941. Extraordinary care was taken to conceal not only the contents of these talks but the very fact that they were taking place from the knowledge of Congress. At the time when administration spokesmen were offering assurances that there were no warlike implications in the Lend-Lease Act, this staff conference used the revealing phrase, "when the United States becomes involved in war with Germany."
  4. The inauguration of so-called naval patrols, the purpose of which was to report the presence of German submarines to British warships, in the Atlantic in April, 1941.
  5. The dispatch of American laborers to Northern Ireland to build a naval base, obviously with the needs of an American expeditionary force in mind.
  6. The occupation of Iceland by American troops in July, 1941. This was going rather far afield for a government which professed as its main concern the keeping of the United States out of foreign wars.
  7. The Atlantic Conference of Roosevelt and Churchill, August 9-12, 1941. Besides committing America as a partner in a virtual declaration of war aims, this conference considered the presentation of an ultimatum to Japan and the occupation of the Cape Verde Islands, a Portuguese possession, by United States troops.
  8. The orders to American warships to shoot at sight at German submarines, formally announced on September 11. The beginning of actual hostilities may be dated from this time rather than from the German declaration of war, which followed Pearl Harbor.
  9. The authorization for the arming of merchant ships and the sending of these ships into war zones in November, 1941.

He cites Professor Thomas A. Bailey who claims FDR had to lie to the American people because war was necessary and the ignorant masses would never step up to it if asked directly.

However, Chamberlain argues, correctly in my view, that war for the USA was not necessary and claims that Hitler, yimach shemo, was planning to attack the Americas have never been proven. "Not a single serious bit of evidence in proof of these sensational allegations has ever been found, not even when the archives of the Nazi government were at the disposal of the victorious powers." Even Great Britain was not in danger at that time.

Should some 18 year old boy from Ohio have to die in a conflict between European nations? I say no. You can say whatever you like (you of course were not the parent of that boy). Either way, we see what liars politicians can be. 

Remember that. It applies to every country, including the state of israel. They lie to you and the state 'historians'/propagandists lie after the fact. Be a fool at your own risk. Trust only the true gadolim.

Source: From The Journal of Historical Review, Nov.-Dec. 1994 (Vol. 14, No. 6), pages 19-21. This piece is excerpted from the anthology, edited by Harry Elmer Barnes, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (1953), Chapter 8, pages 485-491.

About the Author

William Henry Chamberlin (1897-1969) was an American historian and journalist. He was Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Moscow, 1922-1934, and Far Eastern Correspondent for the Monitor, 1939-1940. He contributed important reports and articles to leading American newspapers and periodicals, and for a time wrote a regular column for The Wall Street Journal.  Among his books were Soviet Russia (1930), Russia's Iron Age (1934), The Russian Revolution , 1917-1921 (in two volumes; 1935), Japan Over Asia (1939), The European Cockpit (1947), and America's Second Crusade (1950).

Friday, September 27, 2019

Remind you of anyone?

"What many Germans in their blindness or ill will did not want to see was recognized-by the foreign world: the German army was the mightiest weapon serving the freedom of the German nation and the sustenance of its children."

"He had not served in the army, even during the War he had not been a soldier, so that feeble and uncertain as he was in his whole nature, he lacked the only schooling which was capable of turning uncertain and soft natures into men."

"The People's State will have to consider the physical training of the youth after the school period just as much a public duty as their intellectual training; and this training will have to be carried out through public institutions. Its general lines can be a preparation for subsequent service in the army. And then it will no longer be the task of the army to teach the young recruit the most elementary drill regulations. In fact the army will no longer have to deal with recruits in the present sense of the word, but it will rather have to transform into a soldier the youth whose bodily prowess has been already fully trained."

"In the People's State the army will no longer be obliged to teach boys how to walk and stand erect, but it will be the final and supreme school of patriotic education. In the army the young recruit will learn the art of bearing arms, but at the same time he will be equipped for his other duties in later life. And the supreme aim of military education must always be to achieve that which was attributed to the old army as its highest merit: namely, that through his military schooling the boy must be transformed into a man, that he must not only learn to obey but also acquire the fundamentals that will enable him one day to command."

"The young boy or girl who is of German nationality and is a subject of the German State is bound to complete the period of school education which is obligatory for every German.
Thereby he submits to the system of training which will make him conscious of his race and a member of the folk-community. Then he has to fulfil all those requirements laid down by the State in regard to physical training after he has left school; and finally he enters the army. The training in the army is of a general kind. It must be given to each individual German and will render him competent to fulfil the physical and mental requirements of military service. The rights of citizenship shall be conferred on every young man whose health and character have been certified as good, after having completed his period of military service. This act of inauguration in citizenship shall be a solemn ceremony. And the diploma conferring the rights of citizenship will be preserved by the young man as the most precious testimonial of his whole life. It entitles him to exercise all the rights of a citizen and to enjoy all the privileges attached thereto. For the State must draw a sharp line of distinction between those who, as members of the nation, are the foundation and the support of its existence and greatness, and those who are domiciled in the State simply as earners of their livelihood there."

"The strength of the old state rested on three pillars: the monarchical form of government, the civil service, and the army. The Revolution of 1918 abolished the form of government, dissolved the army and abandoned the civil service to the corruption of party politics. Thus the essential supports of what is called the Authority of the State were shattered. This authority nearly always depends on three elements, which are the essential foundations of all authority."

Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

R' Avigdor Miller - Calling a fool a fool

If people have wrong attitudes or wrong deeds, you have to say so, why not? Let say, if people in America, let’s say Modern Orthodox Jews, who come together with agunos – agunah conventions, so you say הני אמירקאנה טפשאי, “Those foolish Americans.” They come together and praise all the agunos. Some of these agunos are self-made agunos. How did they become agunos? She gets angry at her husband, and she calls in the police. So she drives drive her husband out of the house, and the police issue an order a protection. She throws her husband out of the house. Should he be happy? Certainly he doesn’t want to give her a gett. I don’t blame him. “It’s my house.” She drove him out of his house. So "הני עגונת טפשאי", and "בבלאי טפשאי" . Certainly, you have to condemn wickedness.
There’s a certain synagogue in Manhattan, where the rabbi hired two women as interns. Do you know what interns means? They spoke, and men were listening to them. Only bad things resulted from that. Later, after a couple of years, he stopped it, but it was too late already. It’s a terrible thing. A tipesh! A fool! That’s how you can describe that rabbi. What else should I say about him? He’s a shoiteh! Worse than a shoiteh! So we have to say clearly, the reformers are worse than shoitim. Some rabbis are even worse than shoitim. The ones who propose gay marriage - it’s hard to find adjectives even to describe that. We should say something about it. Absolutely!

Rabbi Avigdor Miller TAPE # E-234
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Monday, September 23, 2019

They really do not like us

With political machinations and intrigues in full swing following Tuesday’s election, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz have said they want a national unity government. Netanyahu, however, said that he wants such a government to include his ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist allies, which Gantz and his party oppose.
Support for a national unity government without the ultra-Orthodox parties is actually widespread, with some two-thirds of the Jewish Israeli public backing such a coalition, including half of all Likud voters. (JPost)

It's not just preference for governance. One feels it in daily life. This week, I walked up to a clerk at a government office and she looked up, eyed my hat, and gave me a hate stare. Oh, a Charedi man, who refuses to serve in the army, who covers over the photos of women, a bum. You could see all of that in her face. This happens all the time. And the worst violators are the Ashkenazi Chilonim. The non-religious Sephardic women do it the least. In Israeli society, a frum Jew can get a good sense of what 19th century European anti-Semitism felt like or what it was like to be surrounded by religion hating Jewish reformers in 19th century Frankfurt. It is very unpleasant. You come to Eretz Yisroel with the hope of being with your brothers and sisters, of no longer being the visiting subculture of a society, and you find yourself more on the outs than you were in gentile countries. 

Now, I do think that the Charedim have contributed to the situation to some extent. I'll go out on a limb here and say that I am not comfortable with the religious parties imposing religious restrictions on the Chilonim, for example, bus service on the Sabbath. This is not to say that it doesn't sadden me to see Jews driving on Shabbos. It pains me. But how does stopping bus service stop chillul Shabbos? The Chilonim drive anyway, and they cook, and they shop, and they smoke, and they use their phones every minute of the day. All we really are doing is angering them. And you should try not to start up with the wicked. That's a Talmudic principle. 

Same with trying to obstruct construction near ancient graves. So here they are Jews technically, so maybe you are required to say something. Perhaps you should peacefully hold up a sign saying, please don't do this. But to pass legislation that restricts them might be another matter as is laying down on the ground in front of the tractors? It's their sin. Tell them it's a sin. But should you start up with them?

As Jeremy Sharon wrote in the JPost: "Should the prime minister be forced from power in the coming weeks or months, it would appear to be because a broad swathe of the public finally reached a boiling point over the dictates of the religious and ultra-Orthodox parties on matters of religion and state."

He's exaggerating of course. The Charedim have only a little say in a few matters. The country is wildly secular. It's not even close to any kind of theocracy. The Chilonim have way more say in way more things than the Charedim do. It's a Chiloni country. But I wonder if the Charedim should be imposing on the Chilonim any request other than leave us alone. 

I believe what I'm proposing is generally in line with the Brisker Rav's approach. He said, would you protest against the Russians? I believe the only protest he joined was one against sheirut leumi for religious women. 

What's different about that situation? Because then the Chilonim aren't just doing their own sins, they are trying to get you to sin. Then you protest. Save it up for when you need it.

I'm just throwing out ideas here, thinking aloud. And I recognize that what I'm saying doesn't seem to jive with what gadolim of Eretz Yisroel propose, at least not the ones the activists tell us about. 

Would it be better if the Charedim lived in a completely different world, like the Arabs? This doesn't mean they can't join the workforce, but, like with gentiles in America, the Charedim in every other way live in their own world. We don't bother you and you don't bother us. We don't identify with you and you don't identify with us. That's what you have to do when somebody is trying to destroy you as the Chilonim are by trying to impose the draft on Charedim. 

But they don't impose it on Arabs. And there are more Arabs than Charedim. The Arab population is growing just as the Charedi population is. Nobody proposes the draft for them. Obviously, the army doesn't need Arabs to join its ranks. And it doesn't need Charedim either. The IDF is a high tech army. Nearly every engagement consists of firing rockets from sophisticated American jets. The state has 50 nuclear bombs. No regional army is going to be much of threat with annihilation hanging over their heads. So why push for a Charedi draft? Is it an effort to wipe out the Torah? Perhaps, they are more inclined to wipe it out if we are bothering them with it. 

“Write letters in my name to three of the gedolei hador, asking them to call a meeting of rabbanim to decide how to stop this movement before it is too late. There is a fearful danger looming on the horizon of Judaism, a danger the likes of which never existed before. This movement is likely to bring destruction on the Jewish people! Write that in my opinion, the rabbanim should get together and excommunicate the Zionists from the Jewish people. They should forbid their bread, their wine, and intermarriage with them, just as Chazal did to the Kuthites. I am certain that if we do not take this step, the Jewish people will eventually regret it.”  (Rav Yeshoshua Leib Diskinto to Rav Zorach Braverman and Rav Moshe Frankenthal) 
Rav Yeshoshua Leib Diskin, the gaon and tzadick, said it long ago. Put the Zionists in cherim. Separate from them. This was Rav Hirsch's approach with reformers. Don't talk to them. I recall Marc Shapiro saying that Rav Hirsch refused to be in the same room with any of the non-separatist community leaders. None of this Lubavitch love everybody stuff. You don't have to love people who are out to get you. Or you can love them in your heart but you shouldn't associate with them. And you don't have to save them, particularly when trying to do so jeopardizes your own life and avodas Hashem.

Q: Can you explain the relationship between Judaism and Zionism?
Rabbi Avigdor Miller: Judaism and Zionism are not the same thing. These shakranim are trying to get us involved, so they’re trying to say that all the Arab states and all the other states are enemies of the Jews. That’s a lie! You’ll say, “But aren’t Arab gentiles enemies of the Jews?” It could be, but they’re no different than any other gentile. The fact that they are against the State of Israel is  political expediency that has nothing to do with us. And therefore, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be drawn into this maelstrom of political hatred as the Zionists would like us to. They want us all committed to their project so we should all be in the same boat, chas vesholom. Chas v’shalom! We’ll all sink together. Nothing doing! Nothing doing! We’re a separate entity! We’re Jews, not Israelis.And the truth is, we’re more than separate. We stand completely opposed to them. They’re against the Torah! They’re atheists! Golda Meir is an atheist! A man gave me a magazine clipping this week. Golda Meir wrote a memoir. She wrote there that in 1917 she got married. So she said she didn’t  want to be married by a rabbi, because she was a Socialist, and so she refused to have a religious ceremony. She had a long, drawn out fight with her mother in Milwaukee. The mother said, “You’ll ruin me if you’ll get married in City Hall.” But Golda Meir insisted. She didn’t want. Finally, her mother said, “Look, just because of fifteen minutes under the chuppah that you don’t want to do, you are willing to ruin my name in Milwaukee?” So she consented. She was married by a rabbi. But Golda Meir didn’t want any part of it. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with the Torah. That’s a leader of ours?! Never! Never!
They’re our enemies, these people. They hate Judaism! It’s not that they are merely indifferent to the Torah. No, they hate it! You know that when Sadat came to America, so they served him a kosher meal for Mohammedans. Mohammedans can’t eat some things, and they served only a meal that a Mohammedan can eat. A glatt kosher Muslim meal. But when these people came, from the Knesses, they served shrimp! So you see that these people don’t represent us. So our connection with these people is the same connection as with Christians. And when the Torah says you’re a brother to your fellow Jew,  אחיך, “your brother”  means אחיך במצוות, a brother in mitzvos. Only the one who has the same commitment to mitzvos as you have is “your brother.”
TAPE # 99 Transcription by Toras Avigdor

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Pre-slichos kumztitz

Last night I sat in a pre-slichos kumztitz. There was a guitar and that usually means trouble. Whenever I see a guitar I know that the Zionism is close at hand. And sure enough, the rabbi went into a whole speech about the importance of living in Eretz Yisroel. He told us how he dreamed of this at a young age. He talked about having to give up materialism to do it. He seemed to think that everyone in America has a walk-in refrigerator. I don't know, maybe he lived like a king there. I didn't. The tuition payments alone soak up the income of most people I know. 

There are many idealistic people living chutz 'aretz. I know all kinds of kollel men in tiny apartments. I know Chassidic families in small homes struggling to feed their children. But this rabbi's remarks about people living chutz l'aretz were disparaging. To a rabid Zionist, these people are to be condemned because, you guessed it, they aren't living in the land. That's the most important mitzvah in the world to many Zionists. 

This is a black hat, black yarmulka rabbi. He would not call himself dati leumi. But he is dati leumi. He didn't talk about acquiring yiras shemayim before coming into Eretz Yisroel. He didn't talk about being punctilious b'mitzvos before coming into Eretz Yisroel. You have to be ready, be suitable, be on the level to come to EY.

Question: must one have a special spiritual preparation to go to Eretz Yisroel? And the an-swer is absolutely. (Yeremiah) HaNavi said,  וַתָּבֹ֙אוּ֙ וַתְּטַמְּא֣וּ אֶת־אַרְצִ֔י “You came and you defiled my land.” (Jeremiah 2:9) And therefore, it is of the most utmost importance that someone should be ready to behave, should learn how to conduct himself perfectly al pi HaTorah before he goes to Eretz Yisrael. And if he is good here, he must make a resolve to be even better there. There are no two ways about that. Well, it’s Eretz HaKodesh and it’s only for Jews who live b’kiddusah. Now if you’ll ask what about Arabs? And the answer is first of all Arabs don’t ask us any questions. And the second is an Arab we consider him just like birds. The birds that fly into Eretz Yisroel don’t have to have any kiddushah. An Arab or the gentile don’t have any tuma. They are like nothing to us. It’s like grass that grows there. But Am Yisroel they are pogem. When they do a sin, they cause great harm in the world. And therefore it’s of the utmost importance that a Jew before he goes to Eretz Yisroel, must make up his mind to be there b’kiddushah. Even just to visit. Nobody should go unless he’ll go b’kiddushah. If he takes along his wife, he must make sure that she is dressed completely properly because this is a land that vomits out the people who live there if they don’t suit her taste.  The land has to have something made to its taste. It’s אֶ֣רֶץ אֹכֶ֤לֶת יֽוֹשְׁבֶ֨יהָ֙ (Bemidbar 13:32) … Eretz Yisroel is finicky. It’s delicate. And only those people who behave properly can please the land.
Rabbi Avigdor Miller, “The Prophet Shmuel,” Tape #200 — 1:20 

Here is the order of life: first Torah, then Eretz Yisroel. If going into slichos, the rabbi talks only about the latter, then there is a problem. Don't we have teshuva to do? Isn't that the point of slichos? Maybe you want to say something about lashon hara, shmiras einayim, tznius, theft, selfishness, bitul Torah, or a 1,000 other sins. No, he talks only about living in the land. And weirdly, he did it to people who live there. It was like he was playing a tape from years ago, a speech he gave in some American city. Would have been better to say, now that you live here, be careful in mitzvos. Remember mitzvos? Does anybody remember mitzvos?

Here is how a proper rabbi talks:
It was not the land that Moses had been commanded to proclaim to his people at the outset of his mission as מורשה, as the inheritance they were to preserve (Ex. 6,8). The Law, to be translated into full reality upon that soil, was to be the true מורשה, the one true, everlasting inheritance, the one true center around which the nation and its leaders were to gather as one united community. Herein lay the goal and the destiny, the character and the significance of the people.
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch "The Kehillah," Collected Writings, Vol. VI, p. 62

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Who isn't a Jew?

"whosoever is not merciful to his fellow-men is certainly not of the children of our father Abraham" (Babylonian Talmud, Beitzah 32b)

מי שאינו מרחם על הבריות בידוע שאינו מזרעו של אברהם - ביצה ל״ב ב

Friday, September 20, 2019

More anti-Charedi slant from the Times of Israel

Here's a brief article that appeared the day after the elections:

Litzman: We’re still with Netanyahu, still won’t serve with Lapid 
United Torah Judaism chairman Yaakov Litzman says his ultra-Orthodox party will stick with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “until the end.”
The deputy health minister, who police have recommended indicting for providing illicit assistance to alleged serial pedophile Malka Leifer, says he will not back down from his decision not to serve in a coalition with Blue and White MK Yair Lapid. 
“Lapid damaged and humiliated us. There is no apology for that,” Litzman says.
Now tell me, what is the relevance of the police recommendation to Litzman's intentions regarding a coalition? The article doesn't mention police recommendations to indict Netanyahu. Are we discussing coalition formations or indictments? They seize every opportunity to malign Charedim. 

Here's another one that appeared later in the day:

‘I’ll sit with him if he puts on tefillin,’ Litzman says of Liberman
United Torah Judaism chairman Yaakov Litzman mocks the election’s presumed kingmakers on his way into a meeting of right-wing faction heads at the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Who is Liberman? Is he a minister?”
Asked for his reaction to Liberman’s take-it-or-leave it conditions that he would only sit in a coalition with Blue and White and Likud, the deputy health minister who police recommended be indicted for illicitly using his office to provide assistance to alleged serial sex predator Malka Leifer says he’s prepared to sit with the staunchly secular lawmaker if he starts putting on phylacteries and observing the Sabbath.

Evidently, Litzman's middle name is now "recommended for indictment." The TOA is incapable of referring to him without mentioning this. However, the TOA is able to mention Liberman's name with saying that he was convicted of assaulting a 12 year old boy in 2001 or that police recommended his indictment for corruption in 2010. His case actually went to trial.

See this article on Ehud Barak that appeared the same day as these articles the elections.  

Barak urges Gantz to form temporary minority government with Joint List support from outside
Democratic Camp candidate and former prime minister Ehud Barak urges Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz to form a temporary minority coalition with his party, Labor and Yisrael Beytenu,with support from the Joint List from the opposition.
Barak tells Army Radio that this would last until the end of Netanyahu’s legal proceedings and then a further decision could be made as to whether Likud would be added into the government.
This article doesn't mention that Barak was photographed at the home of serial pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein.

Only when a Charedi politician is involved does the TOA add this other stuff. Even though they are a left-wing news outlet, they treat arch-conservative Liberman with more fairness than they do Charedim.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

What will we do?

The latest election again produced no ruling coalition, no clear winner, except one: Avigdor Liberman's party went from 5 seats to 9 and now has even greater ability to dictate what kind of government we will get.

From the Times of Israel:
Kingmaker Avigdor Liberman appears outside his “castle” in the settlement of Nokdim, offering the gathered masses a royal promise that he will not allow a third round of elections but will also not waste time haggling.
Liberman lays out his demands — a secular wishlist including the ultra-Orthodox military draft, allowing transportation and commerce on Shabbat, Haredi education standards and other measures — and says he does not plan on speaking to any other party leaders until they meet his preconditions. 
That's his wishlist. With all the problems facing the country - economy, security, health, transportation, corruption, crime - he is interested only in opposing Charedim. He wants to violate Shabbos, change Charedi education, and destroy Charedi life via the military. That's all he cares about. We know from many sources that the military is already overstaffed. It does not need Charedim. Yet, Liberman has the entire country hanging on this issue.

Remember that monster, may his name be erased, who ruled Germany in the 1930s and 40s, how obsessed he was with Jews? Even as war raged in Europe, even as his country was being bombed to smithereens and millions of his fellow Germans were being killed, he remained obsessed with the Jews. It is commonly accepted among Jewish scholars that he was "from the seed of Amalek," the latter being the nation that tried to annihilate the Jews after they left Egypt at the time of the exodus. The same is said of Haman in the Purim story. Both attempted a complete genocide of the Jews. 

In the 1930s, Rav Elchonon Wasserman (1875-1940) wrote:
The Torah teaches here that the war against Amalek exists in all generations until the coming of the messiah. However, the "Amalek" is not always the same. In the olden days when the Jewish people was ruled only by Torah, the enemies were the descendants of Amalek in the gentile world. But ever since we have thrown off the yoke of the Torah, the seed of Amalek thrives in our midst. We now have many who violate the Torah out of spite, such as the Yevsekses – Jewish Communists – who live not only in the Soviet Union but in all of the world, wherever there are Jews, and also in Palestine. The Hellenizers there are the same Yevsekses – there is no difference between them, except that these write in Yiddish and those write in modern Hebrew…
People are so ignorant today, that a large percentage of Jews support them with money, so that they might be bigger and stronger. They do not know or understand the word of Hashem, "When the wicked blossom like grass, when all sinners flower, it is in order to destroy them forever." (Tehillim 92:8) And when that time comes, woe to those who support them or flatter them! And it is as clear as the sun that the Land will vomit them out, for it is the King's palace and it does not support sinners, much less those who sin out of spite. (I am not coming here to curse or to bless, but since these things are written in the Torah we must admit that they will come true.
We must not err and think that all those who follow the Zionists are from the seed of Amalek. G-d forbid to say so; we are talking here only about their heads and leaders, teachers and guides, writers and speakers – these are from the seed of Amalek, standing at the front of their armies to do battle with the Holy One, blessed is He. But all the multitudes of Jews who join them are merely following like a herd of animals. (Omer Ani Maasai Lemelech, paragraphs 5-6)

Rav Elchonon Wasserman

Here we are again. Two-thirds of Charedi Jewry lives in the country that has the nerve to call itself israel. The powers of immorality and heresy today are like never before in history and the technology to blast them into your soul is like never before. Judaism is being decimated before our very eyes. Yes, there are men in yeshiva, but emunah, bitachon, tznius, and middos are under a terrible assault. One has to look beneath the surface. Take away the yeshivas (Heaven forbid) and what are we left with? 

Most of religious Jewry lives under an anti-religious regime. And it is ruthless. This isn't Denmark. The rulers of this country are angry, arrogant, and violent. They practiced this violence on the Palestinians for decades as we looked the other way or even cheered them on. Now they are coming for us.

Exile is a protection for Judaism. If we are scattered, we are harder to destroy. The fact is since the founding of the state many times more Jews have been murdered in the state that erroneously calls itself israel than outside it. 100x more. So the state doesn't even provide physical protection. And the spiritual situation is just as bad. Our lives hinge now on elections as we have put ourselves under one ruler. The Talmud warned us not to do this. The people of the Mizrachi movement would not listen to the Talmud, and they seduced quite a few other people with their fairy tales. 

Now we are faced with grim reality. We see that Zionism is a betrayal of Judaism. It is as Rav Avigdor Miller said, the "anti-thesis" of Judaism. 

The Modern Orthodox will tell you that "israel is thriving." You see where their loyalties lay. They get dizzy with joy from the sight of construction cranes and the latest American jets. To them, that's thriving. People will tell you that Israeli society is less materialistic than Jewish American society. That's incorrect. It's just as materialistic, but it's a different kind of materialism. Militarism is materialism. 

As Rabbi Avigdor Miller pointed out, Lemech had sons that produced the earliest technology: metallurgy, tents enabling people to leave caves and herd animals through a nomadic lifestyle, and musical instruments. His daughter also contributed by inventing social graces that made people classier. None of these people survived the flood. Only Noach and his family survived as Noach was righteous and righteousness is what matters, not technology.

So I ask you is "israel" thriving? Is emunah thriving? Is bitachon thriving? Is avodas Hashem thriving? Is tznius thriving? Is integrity thriving? Is chesed thriving?

It is very difficult to thrive in those areas in a place like this. I saw recently a news account of a horrible murder of some children in Florida. The police chief was shaking as he talked about it and commented on how the killer will be punished when he faces God on judgement day. Show me the Israeli police chief that talks that way. 

During his campaign Liberman, the former defense minister, went out of his way to violate the Sabbath in public. From the Jerusalem Post:

He visited the BIG shopping mall in Ashdod, where in January 2018 he spent time on Shabbat shopping in protest at the “mini-market law” passed by the ultra-Orthodox parties, which prevented municipal authorities from allowing greater levels of commercial activity in their districts.
“This is where a year and a half ago I came as defense minister on Shabbat to protest against religious coercion and against the closure of mini-markets on Shabbat,” said Liberman. “This is where the struggle against that law began, a law which I hope we will be able to repeal after the election.”

This is the environment that we operate under. Show me a leading American politician that openly mocks religion. 

The state that should never be called israel is a difficult place for religious practice on a good day. Now, it is coming after us. Please Hashem save us from these people. 

Let us take this opportunity, as we did in Persia, to respond to this crisis, to this threat of spiritual genocide, with repentance. Haman has the king's ear. He is issuing decrees.

What will we do?

Monday, September 16, 2019

More anti-Charedism at the Times of Israel

"We proclaim He is one God and He says we are one people. And the world is trying to shut us both up. And they are trying their best. Because there never has been a campaign of vilification, a campaign to belittle, to slander, to besmirch as much as the campaign against the Jew. The best people in the world is portrayed as the worst. In America today, there are certain public principles, certain forms of public behavior, that don't permit it. But don't think it's not practiced in America. It's practiced extensively, in the NY Times too, and even the Reader's Digest, and even Time Magazine. The more respectable newspapers all practice it. Cause whenever they write about Orthodox Judaism it's in a jesting tone. Always. Always belittling. I read recently, the NY Times, a writer, of course a Jewish writer, who are the ones who are most wicked against their own people? The Jews. And he makes a survey of kashrus in NY, The rabbanim who gives hashgachas and the shochtim, and He makes it seem so petty, so commercial, so low, so ridiculous."(Rabbi Avigdor Miller, #218 Opposition to Am Yisroel, 39:20)

Rather than just being numb to it, one should see the signs. A recent article in the Times of Israel reported on the case of  a Uri Gilad, a teacher in Herzliya, who admitted to sexually abusing a 12-year-old student. Strangely, the court only fined him and ordered him to do community service, rather than putting him in prison as the prosecution requested.

The article goes on to mention another case:

In a separate case earlier this year, a teacher at a top school in the city of Rehovot was arrested on suspicion of molesting at least three of his female students. All of his alleged victims were 14 or 15 years old.

Then it lists yet another case:

Last month, a 26-year-old resident of the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Emmanuel was indicted for dozens of alleged sex offenses against underage girls. 

Notice how they slip the words "ultra-Orthodox" in there. Their method is sneaky. Rather than say that he is ultra-Orthodox, they imply it by describing his city as such.

Yet, for the two cases that appear to involve Chilonim, nothing about the perpetrators being Chilonim or being from Chiloni cities is mentioned. They don't say, from the Chiloni cities of Rehovot or Herzliya. The full article on the teacher from the "top school" in Rehovot (certainly TOA would never describe a Charedi school as such) doesn't specify that the teacher was Chiloni.

Question: why not just say, from the settlement of Emmanuel? And the answer: because the Israeli press seizes every opportunity to malign Charedim. Journalistic integrity goes out the window when it comes to Charedim.

Rehovot case

In a separate article on the Emmanuel case, TOA describes how the perpetrator used the Internet extensively to entrap victims, so I have to wonder if he was ultra-Orthodox as implied. He abused at least 45 girls aged 13 to 18 by posing as "a soldier, police officer, modeling agent, swimming coach or gynecologist." It's hard to imagine anyone that one would picture as "ultra-Orthodox" even knowing how to do this. On top of that, Emmanuel is a hardcore settlement town. It's not exactly Bene Brak or Kiryat Sefer or any kind of mainstream ultra-Orthodox city. It's a place for Zionists. TOA doesn't differentiate.

Also in the article, TOA lists another case:

Separately on Sunday, a 41-year-old modeling agent from central Israel was indicted on a number of sexual offenses against underage girls.
Prosecutors said Nir Sandler, a resident of Moshav Zeitan, used his position as head of his talent management firm, Passion Management, to abuse at least eight aspiring teenage models and actresses since 2013.
According to the charge sheet, Sandler told the girls the sex acts were part of the “professional training” that they needed to undergo in order to get acting or modeling jobs.

Once again, no mention that the offender was Chiloni or from a Chiloni city.  

In two articles describing gang rapes in schools in Netivot  and Nazareth, we are not told whether the suspects are Arab or Jewish. We can be sure they weren't Charedi because if they were the TOA would have told us that.

In 2018, TOA published an article on corruption in Emmanuel.

Once again, an "ultra-Orthodox" settlement. And the word "Chabad" appears in the article numerous times. 

A TOA article on convicted NY State Assembly leader Sheldon Silver mentions that he was "prominent in Orthodox Jewish circles in Manhattan’s Lower East Side."

An article on corruption and Netanya's deputy mayor is careful to give him the title of rabbi.

But articles about corrupt Chilonim don't say that they are Chilonim.

Why doesn't it say that a Chiloni employee from the Choloni government company in the Choloni city of Dimona was questioned on suspicions of corruption?

Here's another:

Bezeq CEO Stella Handler, who is being investigated in a major corruption probe involving the telecommunications giant, announced Monday she will step down in July.

Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that the Bezeq CEO is Chiloni, working at a Chiloni company. 

Same with an article on the mayor of Rishon Lezion and the corruption probe that led to his arrest. 

In December, Zur was among some 20 employees of the Rishon Lezion municipality arrested as part of the probe, known as Case 1803. Among those scooped up by police after a long investigation were also two parliamentary aides, contractors and businesspeople.

Nowhere does the article say that it's a Choloni city or that he isn't Orthodox. 

He was arrested with 20 people. What about them? If any of them were Orthodox Jews (or Jews who claim to be Orthodox), would the article have told us?

Care to wager?

The TOA's presentation of the corruption probe of the mayor of Hadera is particularly brazen. As far as I can tell, Tzvika Gendelman, a former brigadier general in the IDF, is not religious. Yet the photo that the TOA shares is one of him wearing a knitted yarmulka and shaking hands with Charedim.

These are not Charedim that have anything to do with the probe. But the casual reader doesn't know that. And one of them is Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the President of the Shas Torah Sages Council. He is not part of the probe, but TOA found a picture with him it just for the heck of it. Likely, Gendelman put on the yarmulka as Israeli politicians sometimes do when greeting senior rabbis. 

Here's the photo with the caption.

The text of the caption:

Hadera Mayor Tzvika Gendelman (L) meeting with Rabbi Shalom Cohen, President of the Shas Torah Sages Council, February 12, 2017. (Yaakov Cohen/Flash90)
So the reader sees the word corruption and sees next to it a photo of the head of Shas, long beards, black hats, the word Torah, and the word Sages as well as the non-religious mayor himself wearing a yarmulka. Unless you know his biography and the case, you'd think that the corruption probe concerns religious Jews. You wouldn't know that it concerns a former Israeli general because the TOA wouldn't be so sacrilegious as to mention that one of the high priests of militarism (the actual state religion) could ever do anything wrong.  

Here's his photo from his Wikipedia page:

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Here's a picture of him in court:

Hadera Mayor Zvi Gendelman arrives for extension of his remand at the Magistrate's Court in Rishon Letzion, June 4, 2018 (Flash90)

No yarmulka there.

Corruption is rampant in the Chillul Hashem causing state of israel. So says attorney Eliad Shraga of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, a nonprofit dedicated principally to fighting corruption in government. 
The Times of Israel: To what extent should we be worried about the level of corruption in the country overall? And what areas do you see as being the most problematic? 

Eliad Shraga: I don’t sleep at night. We have been in the business of fighting corruption for 28 years, and it has gotten worse. The cancer of corruption has spread everywhere — into the most intimate places of the State of Israel, even into the IDF with the submarine affair. Everywhere. Look how many mayors, MKs, ministers, presidents, prime ministers [have been caught up in it]. It’s all about money. You can’t say there is one clean, untainted sphere.
Yet, the Israeli press will give you the impression that Charedim are the primary culprits. Even the interview with Eliad Shraga that tells us corruption is everywhere spends much time on the scandals surrounding Shas Minister Deri. 

This newspaper propaganda is just part of the problem. We have no space for it here, but I have written elsewhere of the various forms of maligning of the Charedim in Israeli society. They are called parasites and bums when according to my research and calculations the government actually gives far less money to yeshivas than it receives from overseas donations. The yeshivas are a profit center for the government. How much does the government give to a man in kollel? $100 a month. Can you live on that? But the yeshivas raise $600 a month from chutz l'aretz. And on the subject of Charedi unemployment, this is caused mostly by the draft. The draft exemption evaporates if a bochur even volunteers one day for a job that is normally paid. And what about Charedi violence against immodest women? Another myth. This happens so rarely. I have been in the hardest core of Charedi environments 1,000s of times and never seen anybody harassed even when they are provoking harassment. 

If you want to experience anti-Semitism of the kind your great-great-great grandparents saw in Europe, if you want to see anti-Semitic press, hatred of the Torah, blood libels, if you want to see lies, misrepresentations, and slander of religious people, then come to the state of israel. The hatred for religious Jews is so palpable there that one wonders if the souls of many Cholonim in Israel (certainly the staff of the Times of Israel) really are from the Erev Rav or something like that. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Last Battle

It should not be surprising that the current crisis over formation of a government comes down to Chilonim (not all) waging a war against the Charedim and the latter's desire to preserve traditional Judaism against that church of secular Zionism known as the army. For isn't that what Zionism has been about to a very large extent - rebellion against God and Torah? 
“The war was definitely not a jihad or a religious war on the Israeli side. On the Israeli side, the Jewish population in Palestine, the yishuv, was 90% secular at the time. And the leadership of the yishuv was almost totally secular. The military leadership, the political leadership. It was a very secular society. You get an optical illusion when you look back from 2016 when Israel has become much more religious or a larger part, segment of its population is religious. But in 1948 the people who counted and actually the vast majority of the population was of course non-religious. In fact they were children, or actually the people themselves, who had rebelled against religion. This is what Zionism was all about, partly, against rebelling against the old world of their fathers, which was a religious world. They rebelled also against God. So they didn’t approach the war at all as a religious war, not the generals, not the politicians, not Ben-Gurion, not Sharet, not Allon, not Dayan. They were irreligious people. Maybe even they were anti-religious, so the religious people saw them.”
Israeli historian Benny Morris on “A New Look at the 1948 Arab-Israeli War,” Wilson Center, 43:15 

Benny Morris

All one hears with the election is about the Charedim and the draft. You'd think maybe the economy would be an issue, or healthcare, education, transportation, crime, corruption, pollution, or infrastructure. Do they even talk about Arabs anymore? It's all Charedim, Charedim, Charedim. One is reminded of the Nazi obsession with Jews. A war with the Allies is raging yet the Nazis remained obsessed with Jews and spent considerable resources on this obsession. How is the average Chiloni's life even affected by Charedim being in the army or not? You have more than enough soldiers. What's the difference? There are twice as many Arab Israelis as Charedim and the Arabs aren't part of the army. Traffic in Tel Aviv is a much bigger problem for Chilonim than Charedim being in the army.

I would say that to the contrary, the drafting of Charedim harms the average Chiloni's life because the Charedim have no choice but to resist the draft and the Chilonim have declared that earning a living nullifies the draft exemption. THE MAIN CAUSE OF CHAREDI UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE DRAFT.

Don't believe what the newspapers tell you about theocracy in the state of israel. It is quite far from a theocracy. I have written about this here many times. No society with the world's most liberal abortion laws, generally radical feminist judiciary and legislature, irreligious population, formidable gay pride parades, seriously immodest fashion habits, and anti-religious press can be considered a theocracy. No society where an overwhelming majority of people favor same-sex marriage can be called a theocracy. 

Jerusalem gay pride parade. The city hangs flags in its honor and provides a police escort.

In Saudi Arabia or Iran, newspaper men as anti-religious and disrespectful as those in israel would have their heads chopped off. 

If you were to tell people in Iran or Saudi Arabia that israel is a theocracy they might die from laughter. Maybe the israeli military should consider this as a weapon of mass destruction. 

If the state of israel were a theocracy, Charedim wouldn't be among the lowest income groups. All of the power positions are held by Chilonim: prime minister, president, knesset speaker, bank, corporation, and university presidents, supreme court judges, generals. I am not sure what to make of the attorney general. He wears a black yarmulka and a black suit and has a trim beard. But he has a long history in the IDF and his father was in the Irgun. Certainly not classical Charedi.

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Esther Hayut, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

No society where religious people are barred by the courts from holding their own concert with men and women seated separately can be called a theocracy.

What's really going on is that the country is so secular that if the Chilonim are restricted in any way they get hysterical and start exaggerating about the so-called Charedi theocracy just like they exaggerate about everything. In other words, they live such a free-wheeling secular life that any religion, any restriction feels overwhelming to them. Baaeli tiva cannot deal with any restrictions. 

But 1/8th of the country is Charedi. Obviously, some compromise is needed. Some sense of sharing the country is needed. That would be the approach of a healthy society. But as President Rivlin said, israel is a sick society in need of help. 

So here we are, now that the Arabs are out of the way, with the Chilonim coming after the Charedim, Heaven help us. Zionism is characterized by its aggression. It is a shallow, vacuous movement that looks outward towards imagined enemies. It never looks within, never tries to improve its own character. It is too busy slaying dragons, the current one being the Charedim.

Israel hasn't been attacked by a foreign army in 50 years and the Chilonim want to draft everyone. That also isn't surprising as the military is their religion. This is a religious war: Esav vs Yaakov, militarism verses Torah observance, worship of tanks and soldiers verses worship of the Almighty. It's incredible that the final battle of history is not between gentiles and Jews but between bad Jews and good Jews. This isn't a debate about defense of the country. It's a religious debate, or rather a battle between believers and heathens. 
The notion that Israel’s wars were wars of self-defense and that its limited military actions were primarily “retaliatory” in nature rests on shaky foundations. Many Israeli politicians and institutional historians have tried to sell the world and the Israeli public for decades the conception that Israel’s military actions were primarily actions of self-defense.
….most of Israel’s wars were the result of deliberate aggressive designs or flawed conflict management strategies. At least one war (the Yom Kippur War) could have been avoided by judicious diplomacy. Israel’s war experience is a story of folly, recklessness, and self-made traps. None of the wars – with the possible exception of the 1948 War of Independence – was what Israelis call Milhemet Ein Brerah (“war of necessity”). They were all wars of choice or wars of folly.
(Zeev Maoz, Defending the Holy Land, p. 552. Maoz, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Correlates of War Project at the University of California, Davis and Distinguished Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, is the former head of the prestigious Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and the former academic director of the IDF M.A. (graduate studies) program.

I read so many flippant remarks about Charedim in the Zionist media. The anti-Charedim are the real anti-Semites. Charedim are too Jewish for them. One comment I read tonight was that the Charedim have no sense of responsibility. It's astounding. The Charedim are much more responsible people than anybody else around here. Their whole lives are about responsibility. Day and night the Charedim honor obligations, duties, and responsibilities while the Chilonim, to a large extent, once military service is over behave in far less impressive level of discipline and responsibility. Have the Charedi-bashers considered that and asked what the Charedi perspective might be rather than jumping to condescending little judgments? There is very little listening in Israeli society. Mostly you get shouting. It's one of the many things that makes life in Israeli society a misery.

Liberman is the poster child of the childish rant and there's two things he rants about: Arabs and Charedim. That's his whole life. He hates Arabs and he hates Charedim. The gehennom waiting him is not something I even want to imagine. 

The army is a brainwashing machine. The Zionist brain happens to be brainwashed already so Zionists don't notice the problem. For Charedim, the military is the opposite of the Jewish religion and if we have to go to our deaths over this, we will -- how ironic, in the so-called Jewish state. And many Zionists, being practiced in murder, are fine with that. That's what Zionism has done to them. 

I have full faith that God is watching and taking names. You want to come after His loyal servants? Oh, you are asking for big trouble. Not even your precious American jets will save you. Not even AIPAC, not even the President of the United States himself. HaKodesh Baruch Hu will not tolerate this persecution forever. 

For all you lovers of the state, for all your worshipers of the secular anti-religious political entity known as the state of israel, know that the greatest threat to the state is the drafting of Charedim. The Chilonim sin all over the land. 4.5 million Sabbath violators. Hashem is patient. But will He tolerate the destruction of the few remaining people who are loyal to Him? Ask the Nazis.