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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Signal from Space, US State says Ignore Terrorism - Jewish News Skim Aug 31, Av 27

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image- Signal from Outer Space heard from 95 light years away, and it may be real.  Scientists are researching a radio signal received from a star 95 light years away as a real possible signal from extra-terrestrial life.  An international team of scientists from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is investigating mysterious signal spikes emitting from 95 light years away from Earth. “The signal conceivably fits the profile for an intentional transmission from an extraterrestrial source, in any case, the blip is interesting enough to merit discussion by those who specialize in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.”

- US Secretary of State says media should stop reporting on terrorism so people don’t know about it“…No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day... But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist…you can go out and kill some people….... Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on. (Applause.)”  That would be much better, if people were being attacked and didn’t know why.

- Knife attack on French Police Station, one female officer wounded.  The attacker, of “Algerian origin”, entered the station and pretended to file a complaint…then attempted to grab an officer’s gun, when that failed started stabbing her.  The muslim assailant “attacked the officer because she represented France”.  Of course police immediately noted “the attacker has a psychiatric disorder.”  Strange how all these muslim attackers have a psychiatric disorder.

- Israel suffers an unusual national power grid failure Tuesday, affecting Tel Aviv and Haifa.  While Israel’s power grid is modern and reliable, residents of Beersheva, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Petach Tikvah and Ashkelon reported power outages on Tuesday during the late morning hours.  Israel Electric Company confirmed there was an issue that was being addressed in a major power station that was resulting in sporadic outages in many areas.  Stable power was restored within the hour.

…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.     (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Chinese Embassy Blows Up, Poles Torch Jews in Effigy - Jewish News Skim Aug 30, Av 26

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image- Car Bombing against Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan (north of China), 3 murdered.  The vehicle reportedly smashed through the gates and exploded in the center of the compound, close to the ambassador's residence.  While there are no claims of who attacked, some 500 Kyrgyz nationals are believed to have joined ISIS.

- Polish soccer fans torch 'Jewish' effigies, fly banner calling for burning of JewsA group of soccer hooligans in Poland torched effigies representing Jews and displayed banners calling for Jews to be burned.  The incident occurred when dozens of fans supporting the Widzew Łódź side rallied against the town rival ŁKS Łódź, which is often derided as "Jewish" by opposing teams' fans (though neither team has any Jewish players nor either town any Jewish population – though the towns were heavily Jewish before the Holocaust).  Images taken at the event showed the ruffians igniting strung-up effigies donned in attire apparently representative of Orthodox Jews.  In 2014, a Polish municipal prosecutor in Poznań ruled that chants by soccer fans are not deemed criminal offenses.  Ah, so burning Jews in effigy is ok then…because soccer.

- 84 people murdered in Chicago this month, 27 people murdered in Baltimore this month.  U.S. cities at some of their highest crime statistics in the last 20 years, with Chicago and Baltimore notable cases.  Chicago had over 400 shootings with 84 murders just in August.  Baltimore’s doing it’s best to keep up as well. 

- Artifacts go on display from Biblical city of Sha'arayim, meaning 'Two Gates', that is mentioned in the story of the battle of David and the Philistine giant, Goliath.   Excavations in 2008 that archaeologists to realize they had stumbled upon what was possibly the earliest physical evidence of a Davidic city dating back to the 11th Century BCE.  It includes two inscriptions written in the Canaanite script that were found on a jar and a pottery fragment which are believed to be the earliest known example of Hebrew writing.  The 3000 year old artifacts are on display in the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, Israel starting this week.

- Photo of the Day…top Yiddish curses in a Yiddish dictionary:

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Charity

   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Charity

Moshe asks:

    What is the appropriate amount to give to tzedaka?

Usually at shul I get a bunch of 20c coins (around half a shekel) and I put one in a tzedaka box before davening and I also give to any collectors.

     However, if I were to divide that 20c coin up, I could give four 5c coins to different tzedaka boxes that are at shul, instead of just putting in one.

     What's your advice? And how can I help the collectors who come from Israel for different causes within my means?

 

Gutman's response:

    We are to give a minimum of 10% of our income.

    We should give at least a coin to everyone who asks.

    When you have the option, give to the places that you see are doing the most good, and to the most needy.

     Give first to the needy in your own family, and then to your extended family.

     Give to the needy in your village, and then spread out.

     Give with your right hand (some give with both hands) showing that you really want to give it.

     Reb Moshe Feinstein said that just as you give ten percent of your income to charity so should you give ten percent of your time to helping others. This is especially appropriate in reaching out to help a fellow Jew to come to do a mitzvah that he or she would otherwise not do, and to show them how to do it with joy.

     Although we give tzedaka because we are commanded to give it, our feelings when we give it should be that we are giving it to that person because they need it. Surely, every coin we give in this world will come back to us in the World to Come, but in that World the coins will be made out an elevating, glorious light.

 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

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Car Bombing in Belgium, Too Many Rhinos in Israel- Jewish News Skim Aug 29, Av 25

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image- Car Bombing against Belgium Crime Lab.  Early details remain scarce, but it appears a car rammed through several gates and into a police crime lab in Brussels overnight, followed by a significant explosion.  No one was injured, but the building suffered extensive damage.

- Another peaceful Islamic Knife Attack in Germany, 2 seriously injured.  A couple at a German music festival have been attacked by a knifeman who witnesses claim was heard shouting "Allahu Akbar".  A 66-year-old woman is said to be fighting for her life.  Police arrested a 26 year old suspect, but officers are “yet to confirm a motive for the attack.”

- Iran deploys advanced Russian S-300 air defense system to nuclear sites.  Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility. The Russian-made missile defense system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, offering long-range protection against both airplanes and missiles.

- Israeli Agricultural Ministry prepares for Medical Marijuana exportThe Agriculture Minister announced that Israel would begin exporting medical marijuana abroad.  In June, the government approved a plan to ease restrictions on growing medical marijuana and make it more readily available to over 23,000 patients in Israel.  The Agriculture Ministry has set up specific areas for the research and trial of growing cannabis, a plant with significant use in the medical treatment of patients around the world.

- Israel Safari Park has another rhinoceros born, now has too many.  The Ramat Gan Safari is considered one of the more fertile zoos in Europe and Asia. “We've broken a new record of rhinos, and now we have the opposite problem—we have too many male rhinos. To stop them from mating with females they are related to, we're searching for new homes for some of them as part of an international reproduction plan.”  Rhinos have to be moved when they are young, because they simply become too large to move later.

- Photo of the day…Medical Cannabis is a hi-tech agriculture business in Israel – with careful cultivation and production of different strains with different chemical levels, including a strain with minimal THC but very high levels of the other chemicals believed to be therapeutic.

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…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.     (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Zika Prevention, Knife Attacks Thwarted - Jewish News Skim Aug 28, Av 24

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image- A Guide to help Pregnant Women reduce their Zika riskZika is being actively transmitted in South Florida, and there are concentrations of people with it in Texas, New York, and California (with limited transmission by intimate contact).  What can you do?  “Try to stay inside during the day, the mosquitoes that can carry Zika are daytime hunters.  If you do go out in the daytime, cover up. Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, socks, maybe a scarf (in the heat!)  Embed your clothing with permethrin, which you can get at a sports store.  Apply bug repellent using the ones recommended by the CDC as safe for pregnancy, reapply ever 2 hours! 

- Argentinian teens from school for children of German decent dress up as Nazis and attack Jewish students from nearby Jewish school.  Pupils from the Lanús German School arrived at a party in a nightclub dressed as Nazis.  Some of them were in leathers with swastikas painted on their chests and backs. We wanted them to be thrown out of the club but they shouted 'f------ Jews’ at us and proudly showed off their symbols.  Management finally took action as the situation devolved into a fight.

- Eight young people, with a crowd looking on, attacked a Jewish cemetery in Belfast, Ireland.  Eight young people are said to have carried out the attack with hammers and blocks, with a larger crowd looking on.  Thirteen Jewish graves were damaged as headstones were smashed and knocked over.

- Multiple knife attacks thwarted in Israel on the same day.  A woman was arrested with a large knife attempting to cross into Jerusalem.   A young man arrested at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron with a knife, and stated he was looking to murder a Jew in response to his brother being killed…trying to murder a Jew.  And suicide by soldier, an Arab man suddenly starting running towards soldiers, who shot in the air, at his feet, and finally shot him when he did not stop. 

- Photo of the Day…this is a knife being carried to stab.  “Hi Mam, why do you have an 14 inch knife in your purse?  ‘Oh, I was just going to peel an orange.’”

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What Should I Do?


​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
    

What Should I Do?

 

     He was visiting Israel from London with his wife, two daughters and his son. He is forty-three years old and had never put on tefillin. He was very nice, and the boy was as sweet a seven-year old as I have ever met. I told the boy that when he grows up to remember what the "old man at the Kotel" told him. He has to marry a Jewish girl.

     The father happily followed the instructions. He prayed for his loved ones, took a lot of pictures, had a great time.

     When I was taking the tefillin off I saw his tattoos again which I had pretty much ignored before, but now I looked at his young son and seeing how much he loved his father… I bent over and said,

     "Your father is a wonderful person, and you should listen to whatever he tells you to do. You should try to be as good a person as he is. But he made a mistake and you should not follow your father in this one thing."

     I rubbed my finger over one of the tattoos and told the boy, "Don't put any tattoos on your body. It is not good. So, you be like your father in everything except for this."

     The boy seemed to understand, and the father smiled. They walked away having had quite an experience at the Kotel.

     So here is the question, what should I have done? Obviously, the easiest thing would have been to ignore the tattoos and just give them the best tefillin experience I could. But then, what about that lovely Jewish boy? Should I have ignored the obvious risk of him following his loving father's mistake?

     If ever there is a doubt in such cases, I think "If I was that little boy, what would I want?" and I try my best to get the message across without offending the father. Seems like I got away with it this time.

 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

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Turkey blows up, Belgium blows up - Jewish News Skim Erev Shabbos Aug 26, Av 22

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image- It’s Shabbos Parshat Eikev, and less than 40 days until Rosh Hashana!  Moses promises the children of Israel that if they fulfill (G-d’s) commandments, they will prosper in the Land (of Israel).  This parsha includes the Shema Yisroel prayer, the blessing of the land flowing with milk and honey, and the 7 kinds found there.  Go to synagogue and hear the blessings!

- Turkey blows up, again!  A car bomb explosion rocked a police headquarters in the town of Cizre in Turkey, killing 9 people and wounding at least 64.  Cizre is located in Sirnak, a province that borders both Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish population.  The attack was immediately blamed on the PKK, a Kurdish separatist organization.  A ceasefire between the PKK and Turkish government collapsed last year.

- Belgium blows up!  An explosion at a sports centre in the southern Belgian town of Chimay killed 1 and wounded 4.  Half the building was destroyed.  Local police have no idea of the cause but immediately went to “probably a gas explosion”. 

- Assassination attempt against German PM in Czech!  A feared assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been foiled in Prague.  Czech police halted an armed man in his car as he allegedly tried to join Merkel’s motorcade during her visit to the capital.  Local reports claim that officers found a baton, a canister of tear gas, cement blocks, and handcuffs in the man’s black 4x4 Mercedes.

- Israeli cyberespionage software causes world wide Apple iOS updateAn attempted hack on the phone of a United Arab Emirates human rights worker brought a commercial Israeli cyber attack tool into the open, showing it using 3 unknown flaws in Apple’s phones.  Apple issued fixes yesterday.  Now who bought top Israeli cyber attack tools and used them against an Arab anti-government human rights worker in the United Arab Emirates?

- Another Missile Attack against Israel Thursday…but ignored because it missed.  Another missile, apparently a large one, was launched from Gaza towards Israel Thursday night.  Fortunately it didn’t make it, falling and striking Gaza itself (in the last war, 10% of Gaza casualties were their own rockets).  Gaza media reported of the sounds of a huge explosion both from the launch site and the crash site.

…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.     (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Iranians Chase Americans Away, Israel sends Relief to Louisiana - Jewish News Skim Aug 25, Av 21

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- Iranian patrol boats chase U.S. Missile Destroyer out of Persian Gulf.  The U.S. guided-missile destroyer Nitze was followed and harassed by four Iranian patrol boats on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf.  How do four tiny patrol boats harass a billion dollar guided missile destroyer that can practically level cities?  They simply keep driving at it, threatening to hit it or shoot it while the destroyer yells back “no no, please don’t hurt us”.  The U.S. ship fires flares to indicate danger, the Iranian boats ignore.  The US ship could easily defend itself…but it’s not allowed to.  Video at link.

- Israel authorizes some planning steps for Jewish building in Israel owned & controlled land in Hebron, U.S. State Department loses it’s mindThe Israeli government had granted permission for planning infrastructure in a former military (and now unused) compound in the Jewish area of Hebron.  The U.S. State Department immediately lost it’s mind, accusing Israel of destroying the peace and having the nerve to allow Jews to live in Jewish areas.  "We strongly oppose all settlement activity, which is corrosive to the cause of peace. And we’ve said repeatedly such moves are not consistent with Israel’s stated desire to achieve a two-state solution."

- IsraAid launches relief effort for Louisiana flood victims.  Following torrential downpours which killed over 13 and forced tens of thousands from their homes, Israeli aid organization IsraAid is sending a delegation of aid workers to assist families affected by the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Hurricane Sandy.  While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated over 20 counties disaster areas, local residents have been providing their own rescue services.  Perhaps with some additional help from Israel, local residents will be able to get the situation under control.  Where’s US Federal help?  “It wasn't immediately clear when the first help, such as mobile homes, would be set up or how many people would need them. Homeowners with less catastrophic damage may be eligible for a "shelter at home" program that will provide grants up to $15,000”.  More than 119,000 households have registered for federal aid but have yet to receive any help.

- The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch located in Israel.  A medieval metal hand grenade and 3,500-year-old knife were among a trawl of metal objects, squirreled away in a central Israel home until recently, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday.  The objects were recently handed over to the authority by a family whose late father had retrieved them from the sea while working at the Hadera power station.  The early grenade would have been filled with Greek fire, sealed and hurled at an enemy, a weapon common in Israel from the 11th to 14th centuries CE.  It was used during the Crusader, Ayyubid and Mamluk period.

- Short Film aired on Russian TV claims Jews responsible for sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, the September 11 terror attacks, and 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.  The show is estimated to have reached 100 million viewers.  Commetators say the film aimed to capitalize on the popularity of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Russia.  Russians were angered when viewing the film, while Chinese viewing the film said “wow, smart Jews, how can we be more like them?”

- Photo of the Day…the Medieval Hand Grenade.

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Is G-d in Evil?

​   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Is G-d in Evil?

 

Steven wants to know:

     Is Hashem in the heart of the Palestinian? Even in the one throwing stones at us?

 

Gutman's answer:

     Hashem is Infinite. The Infinite is everywhere, even in the heart of evil. King Dovid said, "…If I make my bed in the deepest depths (Hell) indeed You are there."[i]

      At first Hashem created the world with only angels. It was gorgeous. Everything went the very best it possibly could. Angels are so beautiful, but they are quite boring. At least from Hashem's perspective they are. They automatically do whatever they have been programmed to do…no freewill, no rewards, just as if Hashem typed in a letter and that letter came up on the screen. Not so exciting.

     So Hashem decided to create people and to give these people freewill. Man could do whatever he wanted, but whatever he did would come back to him…portion across from portion. This rule is hard fixed in all cases except when man repents.  

     Now along come the Jewish people and Hashem wants to give us some worldly good, so He sends out a message; "Whoever wants to give the Jewish people a blessing do so and so." And quite a few of the Nations of the world respond, and freely choose to give good to the Jewish people. Then, G-d forbid, for some reason, the Jewish people need to have rocks thrown at us. Who knows why? Maybe because the more they attack us the stronger we get? So Hashem sends out a message; "I need somebody to be cruel to the Jewish people," and guess what? A lot of the Nations of the world and the neighboring Arabs quickly respond. So, actually Satan (the evildoer) works for G-d, and like all earthly servants of G-d, he will get back unto himself just what he gave to us.

     Stay tuned the end is in sight.

 



[i] Psalms 139:8

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Earthquake hits Rome, We Lose Rebbetzin Jungreis - Jewish News Skim Aug 24, Av 20

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- An earthquake hit central Italy today, leveling one town and shaking RomeAt least 20 are dead in a major earthquake in Italy, focused on Amatrice.  The mayor said half the buildings are down, there has been a landslide and the bridge is out. 

- North Korea fires a ballistic missile from a submarine, threatens nuclear war against U.S.  North Korea warned Monday that it would launch a preemptive nuclear attack against the U.S. and South Korea if they showed the “slightest sign of aggression” toward Pyongyang.  Its “first-strike” units are prepared to conduct retaliatory strikes on South Korean and U.S. forces, threatening to turn the two nations into “a heap of ashes.”  In response the Obama administration “strongly condemned” the submarine test launch.

- 3 stabbed, one murdered in Australia by jihadi tourist from France screaming “Allahu Ackbar”.  "Initial inquiries indicate that comments which may be construed of being of an extremist nature were made by the alleged offender," said Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner. "This person appears to have acted alone." 

- Today is the anniversary of the Jewish Massacre in Hebron of 1929.  While the “Palestinians” would love to blame Israel, it didn’t exist yet.  Neither did it exist when the Arabs of Hebron massacred Jews in 1834 and 1517.  Could this be their way of life?  Should others die if killing is a cultural trait?

- Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, a”h, pioneer in Jewish outreach, founder of the international Hineni organization, passed away Tuesday at the age of 80.  Rebbetzin Jungreis was born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1936, where her father, HaRav Avraham HaLevi Jungreis, was chief rabbi. In 1947, after going through the horrors of the concentration camps and the Holocaust, the Jungreis family arrived in Brooklyn.  The Rebbetzin and her husband embarked on a lifelong mission devoted to combating the ravages of secularization and assimilation in the United States.  Writer, author, speaker, leader, outreach pioneer, spiritual confidant and light, she touched many hundreds of thousands and will be missed.  May her family be comforted among the mourners of Ziyon and Yerushalayim.

- The Soros Plan to Marginalize and Destabilize Israel revealedAfter the election of Barack Obama in 2009, the George Soros organization saw an opportunity to weaken the pro-Israel lobby's influence in Washington. So his Open Society Foundations began an ambitious project in 2009 to persuade Europe and the U.S. to "hold Israel accountable" for violations of international law.  Soros's organization, then known as the Open Society Institute, did not want to be open about its advocacy. “The organization must maintain a low public profile regarding OSI sponsorship of this initiative."  "For a variety of reasons we wanted to construct a diversified portfolio of grants dealing with Israel and Palestine, funding both (left wing anti-Israel “peace groups) Israeli Jewish and (Palestinian Citizens of Israel) groups as well as building a portfolio of Palestinian grants and in all cases to maintain a low profile and relative distance –particularly on the advocacy front”.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Machete, Grenade, Beheading Attacks - Jewish News Skim Aug 23, Av 19

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image- Machete attack on the streets of Brussels, Belgium, woman attacker, 3 people stabbed.  As is usual in these cases, the identity of the attacker has not been released and the police have immediately responded with “the incident was not terrorism or politically motivated and the assailant is said to have had mental health problems.”

- Grenade attack on a Muslim family in Sweden kills children.  “Someone was standing outside the apartment and threw a hand grenade through the window, into the living room.  At least five children and several adults were inside at the time”

- Attempted beheading in Virginia by an ISIS lone wolf.  The attacker, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui, traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria and join ISIS.  He attacked a man and a women at an apartment complex in Roanoke, yelling "Allah Akbar" as he attacked them with a knife. Authorities believe he may have been trying to behead the male victim, who was likely picked at random.

- Unemployment in Israel falls to new low.  Israel's unemployment rate fell to a new low of 4.7% in July. The figures indicate further improvement in the rate of participation in the workforce among those aged 15 and above, to 64.4%.

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A Hole in Your Head

​    by Reb Gutman Locks
      

A Hole in Your Head

 

     Why was a slave's ear pierced like that? If a Jewish man would steal something and could not pay back for what he stole, the court would sell him as a slave to another Jew and use those funds to pay his debt.

     He would serve his master for six years and then he would go free. He would go free unless he said that he loved being a slave to his master and he did not want to go free. If he would say this, his master would put his ear on the doorpost and drive an awl through his ear! What are we to learn from this most unusual way to mark a slave?

     First, a permanent mark is made on his body in a way that all can see that he is a slave.

     But why pierce the ear on the doorpost? What is so horrible about slavery is not that someone tells you what to do. All of us have worked for a living and the boss has told us what to do. The real problem with slavery is that you cannot quit. The slave is not free to come and go. The master pins the slave to the doorpost showing that the slave cannot leave without the master's approval. He is nailed to his door.

     There is a familiar Yiddish saying, a lock in kop - You need it like you need "a hole in the head."

     We have to explain to our not-yet-religious teenage boys why they should not follow the popular custom of boys piercing their ears to wear earrings. It is not just that they look foolish trying to get attention in this silly way, but ten or twenty years later (even though they have long since discarded the earrings) when they go in for that important, life supporting job interview, those holes are going to show the prospective new boss a part of their embarrassing past, and the boss will think twice before hiring him.

     Just tell the boys that they need a pierced ear like they need a hole in their head.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

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Iranian Forces on Israel’s Border, Peace Rockets Hit Israel - Jewish News Skim Aug 22, Av 18

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image- “Palestinian” peace rocket of death lands between two homes in Israel civilian town of Sderot, just missing homes and a nearby collegeLocals said it was “a miracle” that nobody was injured or killed.  The PFLP took responsibility saying “Our people have the right to practice all forms of resistance in response to the crimes and hubris of the occupation.”  This is EXACTLY how each round of war starts with Gaza – the “Palestinians” trying to randomly kill Israeli civilians.

- Israel responds to peace rocket with friendly terror base bombingThe Israel Air Force conducted 50 friendly airstrikes against Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip late Sunday night. Palestinian sources said targets in the northern Strip were struck by Israeli fire including a base belonging to Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.  Hamas blamed Israel for escalating tensions.

- Iranian forces move opposite Israel’s northern border on the Syrian Golan side.  Syrian news reports that Iranian military reinforcements have moved into Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, which is alongside the border of Israel.  Israel has previously stated that Iranian troops along its borders is a red line that it won’t accept, and an attack by Israel is a possibility.  Of course, they may have been moved there specifically to draw Israel in.

- Multiple massacres in the U.S. leave almost 20 dead or injured.  13 people shot at a house party in Connecticut.  5 people found murdered in a single home in Alabama.  What in the world is going on in the U.S.?

- “Palestinian” Mufti calls on Arabs to gather around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protect it using whatever means possible (stabbings and bombings are ok by him).  Hussein accused Israel of trying to turn Jerusalem into its eternal capital and cleanse out any expression of Arab and Islamic culture from it. He stressed, “It is not just Al-Aqsa and its domes which reflect the Islamic nature of the city, but each floor of the holy city, every remnant of the city, and every centimeter attest to the fact that it is an Arab and Islamic city, whose roots lie deep in history and culture.”  In the past, every time such a call goes out terror attacks on Jews follow.

…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.     (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Billionaire trying to Burn the World, US Jets face off Syrian Jets - Jewish News Skim Aug 21, Av 17

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image- The Billionaire trying to Burn the WorldThe George Soros story just keeps growing… he’s funding the Black Lives Matter movement, paying to influence European elections, paying to sway the U.S. Supreme Court, smearing political activists, providing heavy funding to attack the nation of Israel, and has given over $30 million to the Clintons.  The man, both in business and now in his foundation, seems focused on breaking down the current order in Western civilization. 

- U.S. fighter jets confront Syrian fighter jets over Syria on Friday.  When Syrian warplanes bombed Kurdish fighters around the city of Hasaka on Thursday, their bombs came so close that U.S. commandos feared for their lives. The U.S. special operations troops were there assisting the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.  So the U.S. scrambled F-22 Raptors.  On Friday two Syrian jets  arrived and encountered the F-22s. Coming within one mile, well within range of the Raptors’ missiles, and the Syrian jets turned around. In other news, the U.S. has special operations commandos in Northern Syria!

- Suicide bombing in Turkey at Kurdish wedding, murdering 30 injuring at least 94 – attack claimed by ISIS.  A blast ripped through a Kurdish wedding in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep Saturday night.  The wedding had many Kurdish-Turkish politicians in attendance, leaving motives unclear as Turkey has fought a Kurdish insurgency in the past, and ISIS is fighting Kurdish-Iraqis in Iraq.

- In the U.S., climate change activists lecturing college students to not have children, ever.  “Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, the lecturer tries to convince them not to have children.  He’s talking about a “small-family ethic” — to question the assumptions of a society that sees having children as good, throws parties for expecting parents, and in which parents then pressure their kids to “give them grandchildren.”  Why question such assumptions? The prospect of climate catastrophe.”  Strange thing happens when you pressure your best and brightest not to have children, often called “bad luck” a generation later.

- Senior Islamic University official in Italy calls for genocide, “Final Solution for Zionists”.  A senior official at the Islamic University in Lucca, Italy published a series of controversial Facebook posts, blasting the Italian Prime Minister and demanding “a final solution” for Zionists.  The official, Rafelo Vilni, condemned Zionism, saying “there needs to be a final solution for Zionists.”\

- Chabad hassidic Jew stabbed by Islamic attacker on the street in France on FridayA muslim screaming “Allahu Akbar” stabbed the 62 year old Chabad man in the abdomen outside his home in the city's Jewish quarter, in Strasbourg, France, attempting to murder him.  Thank G-d, the Chabadnik was able to push away and run away, surviving the encounter.  The police immediately stated that the attacker was mentally ill and the attack was not ethnically related.

- Did you know 4 Palestinians were killed on Thursday and 4 police injured…by Palestinian security forces?  Not newsworthy in most of the world, no condemnations or protests – armed Palestinian men with automatic weapons have a shootout with police… Israel not involved, who cares, right?

…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.     (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)

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What’s Going On?

​    by Reb Gutman Locks 
      

What's Going On?

 

     Times they are a changing. How often has something like this happen?

     These two young friends were walking away from the Kotel. Neither of them looked particularly Jewish to me, to say the least. Then, in English, the African-looking young man told his friend with the big tattoo to come over to me so I could help him put on tefillin.

     I asked him if his mother was Jewish. Both his parents are Jews. He is from America.

     While I was putting the tefillin on him he said, "You are getting a big merit by helping me with these."

     "It was your friend who brought you over. He's the one getting the merit, not me."

     While he was reading the Shema I asked his friend where he was from. He responded in perfect Hebrew, "Israel." Then I noticed that he was wearing tzitzis. I assume his background is Ethiopian.

     Here we have an English speaking Ethiopian from Israel with tzitzis bringing over a non-religious, tattooed American Jew to put on tefillin at the Kotel.

     Okay with me. But I don't remember this happening before. Rumbles of Redemption. 

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