Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cynthia McKinney: We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs!

From Israel National News:
Several IDF navy boats intercepted, boarded and took control of a boat of pro-Arab activists trying to break Israeli sovereignty over coastal waters Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured, and an IDF spokesman told Israel National News that no shots were fired.

It was the first time the IDF has boarded one of the boats since the pro-Arab “Free Gaza” movement began sending ships to Gaza last August. The previous sailing, earlier this year, ended up with a collision with a navy boat that forced the activists away from Gaza. The activists have accused the navy of purposely ramming their vessel.

Among the 17 passengers on Tuesday's vessel, not including the captain and three-man crew, are former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire and three journalists, including two from the Arabic-language Al Jazeera network. Other passengers are from the United States, Denmark. Ireland, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen and Britain. One Israeli, Lubna Masarfwa, also is on board, according to the Free Gaze group that organized the voyage.

As the navy surrounded the activists’ boat, McKinney said by phone from the vessel, "I am extremely angry. We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs.”

The IDF would not confirm or deny a charge by an Irish activist that the navy threatened to open fire if the boat did not turn back to Cyprus, where it departed on Monday. The navy boarded the boat after it passed from international waters into the area that Israel controls and which the activists claim belongs to the Palestinian Authority.

Read the rest!

Migdal Dunah

Migdal Dunah at night in the industrial section of Giv'at Sha'ul:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rabbi Shmuely Boteach on Michael Jackson's Tragic Death

A snippet:
In the two years that I had attempted, ultimately unsuccessfully, to help Michael repair his life, what most frightened me was not that he would be arrested again for child molestation, although he later was. Rather it was that he would die. As I told CNN on April 22, 2004, "My great fear, and why I felt I had to be distanced from Michael ... was that he would not live long. My fear was that Michael's life would be cut short. When you have no ingredients of a healthy life, when you are totally detached from that which is normal, and when you are a super-celebrity you, God forbid, end up like Janis Joplin like Elvis... Michael is headed in that direction."

I am no prophet and it did not take a rocket scientist to see the impending doom. Michael was a man in tremendous pain and his tragedy was to medicate his pain away rather than addressing its root cause. On many occasions when I visited him he would emerge from his room woozy and clearly sedated. Who were the doctors who were giving him this stuff? Was there no one to save him from himself? Was there no one to intervene?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ethiopian Church Leader to Announce Holy-Ark Unveiling

Is this for real?:
Patriarch Abuna Pauolos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon in Rome to unveil the Biblical Ark of the Covenant or make a full statement regarding it. While in Rome for meetings with Pope Benedict XVI, he told reporters that the time had come to reveal the Holy Ark before the world, adding that the holy container has been hidden in the custody of his church for hundreds of years.

The claim that the Ark has been kept at the Church, in the city of Axum, is an old one, but this is the first time that the Church plans to actually reveal the actual container, or news of it. It is not known whether the Church claims that the actual Tablets of the Law are inside it. Pauolos said "The Ark of the Covenant has been in Ethiopia for many centuries. As Patriarch, I have seen it with my own eyes, and only a few, highly-qualified persons could do the same - until now."

בראכ חוסיין אובמה, ימח שמו

Thanks emlking!

Third Day of Tammuz: 15th Yartzheit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Click here for a nice article and video

Check this out as well: The Childless Woman’s Role in Judaism. The great sage's wisdom is reflected in every word.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Reproductive System Malfunction Parade

It must be that time of year again. Those unfortunate souls who suffer from a bizarre malady in which their reproductive system gets aroused by members of the same sex, are going to march through Jerusalem to let us know how proud they are of their disorder. The residents of the city of Jerusalem, and the holy city itself, will once again be brutalized by a "Gay Pride Parade".

One does not have to be a genius in order to understand that being sexually attracted to members of the same sex is nothing to be proud of. Even if we accept the claim that one is born with this defect and it cannot be changed, it is still nothing to gloat about. Marching through our city will not turn a truly lamentable condition into a source of pride. It is such a shame that these people, who understand that acting on these inclinations is a sin, are proud that they do so. It is ludicrous that they think that by defiling our holy city with their pitiful "in your face" parade, they can somehow justify their abominable acts.

On the other hand, if one who has this inclination succeeds in resisting it, he is a true hero. This is a great achievement that he (or she) can surely find satisfaction in.

In general, one should walk humbly and not march haughtily: "It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the LORD doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God" (Micah 6:8).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Barkat Says Jerusalem Parking will Open on Sabbath

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat said Tuesday evening that the city-operated Safra parking lot would open this coming Sabbath, less than a month after the parking lot closed when Haredi protests on the issue turned violent. He also said the city had asked courts for permission to open the Carta parking lot, near Jerusalem’s old city.

“This is a matter of principle that doesn’t change the status quo,” Barkat claimed. “Consideration and negotiations do not take the place of making decisions when necessary.”
Can I say that "I told you so"? Check my other Barkat related posts.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Crows in Jerusalem

The Wohl Rose Garden must be the crow capital of Jerusalem. Here are a froup of five. The bird in the upper right corner is a pigeon:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire!

This comes as no surprise:
Only 6 percent of Jewish Israelis consider the views of American President Barack Obama's administration pro-Israel, according to a new Jerusalem Post-sponsored Smith Research poll.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 4.5%, was conducted among a representative sample of 500 Israeli Jewish adults this week, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech in which he expressed his support for a demilitarized Palestinian state.

Another 50% of those sampled consider the policies of Obama's administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, and 36% said the policies were neutral. The remaining 8% did not express an opinion.

The numbers were a stark contrast to the last poll published May 17, on the eve of the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama at the White House. In that poll, 31% labeled the Obama administration pro-Israel, 14% considered it pro-Palestinian and 40% said it was neutral. The other 15% declined to give an opinion.
Read the rest of the article for various explanations on why Israelis have a negative opinion regarding B.O.

I don't like the guy because he is a liar and and a sleazebag.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Temple Institute Rabbi: Obama is a Robber

Rabbi Richman tells the truth about the latest fake Messiah, Mr. B.O.

Sichat Avot

I am learning a great book now that goes by the name of "Sichat Avot". The author of the book, Rabbi Yitzchak Daddon, is best known for his part in killing the terrorist that infiltrated the Library at the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva and murdered eight students. However, it would be a shame if this act of heroism, as important as it was, will overshadow the great books that this Torah scholar is putting out.

Sichat Avot is a collection of explanations on the tractate from the Rabbis of Merkaz HaRav: Rabbi Avraham itzchak HaKohen Kook, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, Rabbi David HaKohen (the nazir), Rabbi Charlap, Rabbi Shapira, etc. Rabbi Daddon also brings enlightening accounts of how these Rabbis fulfilled what is written in the tractate.

But there is more. On the bottom of the page the author adds his own novel interpretations, which he calls "Sichat Avdei Avot". Here Rabbi Daddon emerges as a deep thinker of great erudition. The author has also been blessed with a great writing style which will be appreciated by all those who love the Hebrew language.

Highly recommended!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

An Ode to Obama

Get off the phone,
Turn on the microphone,
You'll love the tone,
'Cause this guy don't drone.

Isn't he a gas?
Doesn't he have class?
The press gives him a pass,
When he kisses Muslim mass.

To the Mideast he comes to toil,
The settlements he fancies to foil,
Give up your land and soil,
Because Obama wants Arab oil.

B.O. speaks so well,
Anyone can tell,
Just don't mind the smell,
As he talks you into hell.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Obama, We Can't Hear You

I met Baruch Gordon at a wedding last night. I told him that I think that Obama stinks. He told me to check out what he wrote at Arutz 7's Back to Sanity blog. So I did. Here's the link. (Do you think that Arutz 7 will ever link to Cosmic X?)

Sunday, June 07, 2009

HH #220

My friend Ya'aqov offers us Beach Blanket Havalim. I love the beach!

Another Cat Gets Into Trouble

The caws of several crows upset the peace of our usually tranquil neighborhood. Someone had invaded their domain:

To get a perspective on things click on the following pic and look for the red circle:

This is not the first time that I've seen cats in trouble.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The "Israel Post" Promotes the Latest False Messiah

The "Israel Post" is a free paper published by the Jerusalem Post Group. This was their front page this morning:

I wonder: Doesn't the editor have any sense of shame?

The headline reads,
"Tension in Israel in Before the "Placation Speach" in Which Obama is Expected to Present:
The New Middle East
Unfortunately, those of us who live here remember when the phrase "The New Middle East" was coined and what those who coined it brought us: Death and terror. We are not impressed by photographs of grinning American Presidents and Arab smiling despots. Shimon Peres' "New Middle East", in which he gave Arafat and his henchmen weapons and territory is much, much worse than "The Old Middle East".

What is the moral level of those that are promoting the latest false Messiah? Check out the special SMS number that they advertise on the back page. I won't elaborate.

Now that the speech is history it is interesting to note the different reactions in the jblogosphere here and here.

Update: Another related post. And yet another.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

On the way down to the bomb shelter today...

I noticed that together with me were some immigrants from the FSU. I couldn't help but remember what happened over 40 years ago, when I was in Kindergarten. We also had an air raid drill. We were preparing for a war with the USSR, and all the children were instructed to take shelter under the tables. At that time in the USSR they were also having air raid drills. Now here we were after all these years going down to the same bomb shelter.
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