Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Friday, February 29, 2008
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was represented in a delegation of Hindu spiritual and lay leaders that visited Israel last week to attend the Second International Hindu-Jewish Summit organized by the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) in conjunction with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the Summit, according to Bawa Jain, Secretary General of WCORL, was to further develop and promote understanding and mutual respect between the leaders of The Chief Rabbinate of Israel and The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, an apex unifying body of many of the most prominent Hindu religious leaders. This 2008 Summit was a continuation of the first Summit held in Dehli, India in February 2007.
"This historic coming together of the two oldest religions will further efforts towards religious diplomacy and alleviate many of the deep-rooted misunderstandings of the past 2000 years," said Bawa Jain, after the Summit. Jain invited Sheetal Shah, Director of Development for HAF, to travel to Israel as a Hindu representative to the Summit.
In addition to the planned discussions between the leaders of the Rabbinate and the Hindu delegation, which led to the formation of a new Declaration of understanding, the groups also met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Minister Isaac Herzog at the Knesset, and Deputy Minster of Foreign Affairs Majalli Whbee. During the delegation’s audience with President Peres, they discussed similarities between Jewish and Hindu beliefs, mutual hopes for lasting peace in the Middle East and the importance of a strong Israeli-Indian relationship.
"This Summit was remarkable first and foremost because of the level of the participation and not just the high level Hindu leaders," said Rabbi David Rosen, who heads the AJC's Department of Interreligious Affairs. "While the first Summit last year was obviously the breakthrough, the level and extent of Israeli Rabbinic leadership that participated in the meeting in Jerusalem was unparalleled."
At the Summit, Rabbi Rosen formally read the Declaration upon which the leaders of the Rabbinate and the Hindu delegation had agreed. The nine-point Declaration broadly (a) reaffirms the common Hindu and Jewish belief in One Supreme Being both in its formless and manifest aspects; (b) expresses their common world view of the sanctity of human life; (c) recognizes that all religions are sacred for their people and therefore, no one should denigrate or interfere in the religious practice of others; (d) recognizes that the Svastika is an ancient Hindu symbol and was misappropriated by the Third Reich; and (e) calls for serious reconsideration of the Aryan Migration Theory--a largely discredited, racist theory that posits that an invasion by nomadic, non-Indian tribes conceived the Vedic civilization.
“In particular, the agreement of the belief in One Supreme Being having various manifestations and the recognition of Svastika’s auspiciousness in the Hindu tradition were monumental steps in building an understanding between the two religions,” said Shah, adding that HAF will work hard to highlight the Declaration in various fora over the next year.
We are profoundly saddened by the House of Representative's passage yesterday of the so-called Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Yesterday's vote is an unacceptable abridgement of reproductive freedom in America.
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The World Conference of the Noahide Nations will be a time of discovery, a source for new friendships and an opportunity to forge lasting ties between the Jewish people and Noahides?ties that can strengthen us as individuals and encourage us to face the historic challenges of global change. The most important purpose for this conference is to bring that which has been prophesied into reality.
We are living in extraordinary times. Our world is plagued with violence, moral decay and diminishing human dignity. Yet, we find ourselves blessed with an unprecedented outpouring of knowledge that is both timeless and technological. It is a kind of flood that is both spiritual and material. We are poised on the brink of destruction or greatness. It is our hope and belief that mankind is approaching the latter, fueled by innovative discoveries and a growing awareness in the deep riches of the Torah knowledge. The melding of these resources coupled with a heightened sense of the need for community is the underlying theme of the most ambitious conference to date.
Blogger's note: Here are many articles that I have blogged regarding the Ark of the Covenant. Enjoy!
When Parfitt finally set eyes on the Ark, it wasn't at all where he expected. His revelation of its whereabouts will cause an international story with an effect on Judaism, Islam and Christianity that may be the most controversial in history.
Blogger's note: Could this guy be genuine?
Blogger's note: It seems that Judaism's prophesies indicate that the following things will occur. World War III will be fought, with nuclear weapons, over who will control Jerusalem. God will intervene for the sake of God's promises to Israel. Judaism will then be lifted high upon a pedestal before the world. Judaism will offer the Seven Laws of Noah to all non-Jews and bring a sense of worldwide peace. Kabbalah will be taught to the Jews and the Noahides. The Third Temple will be built after the entire world, even Islamists, request that it be built to replace the Dome of the Rock. The Temple rituals will begin again. Soon after, Spiritual Kabbalah will replace corporeal Kabbalah and the rituals will thus cease because they are no longer needed for spiritual attainment. The leading Kabbalist will declair that by this method he and all of humanity can be like God. Then, the Great Tribulation (last 3 1/2 years) will occur. After that, Jesus Christ the Lord will return to destroy this hoax of Satan's and Christ will rule all for eternity. Maranatha. Amen.
Satellite TV provider Yes will offer its subscribers a new religion channel, Hidabroot. The channel is presented as a lifestyle channel dealing with romance and love, education of children, personality development and Jewish mysticism.
According to Nfc, the channel is produced by the Hidabroot movement, which is led by Rabbi Zamir Cohen. Nfc labels the channel as being dedicated to "hachzara bitshuva" – or the introduction of religion into the lives of Jews who see themselves as non-religious.
The channel will be broadcast on Channel 97 in place of the Discovery Channel. It will not work on Sabbaths and holidays.
A somewhat larger, wetter storm moves into the Northwest late Friday and Friday night. By Northwest standards, this will be no big deal, but this rather ho-hum storm will transform into a much more powerful storm over the southern Plains and Gulf Coast states Monday and Tuesday. This looks like it will become the next big severe weather producer. In fact, early signs are that this could be a major severe weather outbreak.
Blogger's note: When will the Sanhedrin offer the Seven Noahide Laws to the Muslims?
Thursday, February 28, 2008
According to the report, the inmate population increased last year in 36 states and the federal prison system.
The largest percentage increase — 12 percent — was in Kentucky, where Gov. Steve Beshear highlighted the cost of corrections in his budget speech last month. He noted that the state's crime rate had increased only about 3 percent in the past 30 years, while the state's inmate population has increased by 600 percent.
The Pew report was compiled by the Center on the State's Public Safety Performance Project, which is working directly with 13 states on developing programs to divert offenders from prison without jeopardizing public safety.
"For all the money spent on corrections today, there hasn't been a clear and convincing return for public safety," said the project's director, Adam Gelb. "More and more states are beginning to rethink their reliance on prisons for lower-level offenders and finding strategies that are tough on crime without being so tough on taxpayers."
The report said prison growth and higher incarceration rates do not reflect a parallel increase in crime or in the nation's overall population. Instead, it said, more people are behind bars mainly because of tough sentencing measures, such as "three-strikes" laws, that result in longer prison stays.
"For some groups, the incarceration numbers are especially startling," the report said. "While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine."
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International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) may double its contributions to $45 million over the next three years
State senators have taken up the cause of a Jewish school's basketball teams whose playoff runs may be halted because its players can't play on their Sabbath.
Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy's boys team could be headed for a regional championship on Saturday, March 8th, if it wins one more game. But the Denver school's religious beliefs prohibit students from playing on the Jewish Sabbath between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.
Earlier this month, the Colorado High School Activities Association rejected the team's request for a schedule change.
CHSAA (CHA-sah) says the school would be replaced if it goes to the regional championship and can't play.
Senator Ken Gordon says there's little lawmakers can do to the privately funded organization but says CHSAA should be more flexible.
CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader says it's impossible for the group to be all things for all people.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
From ABC News:
Look at the record-high price of oil. Even if the same amount of oil is being pumped out of the ground, since it is traded in dollars and the dollar has weakened, the price of oil has increased to make up for the lost value of the dollar, creating a sort of vicious cycle.
Oil-producing countries don't want to keep all the dollars they are getting for their oil, since it's worth less, so they are diversifying and converting their dollars into euros or other currencies. That pushes more dollars back out into currency markets, which in turn pushes down the dollar's value.
One analyst told ABC News that Russia used to have 90 percent of its financial reserves in dollars. It now has 45 percent in dollars, 45 percent in euros and 10 percent in British pounds.
But a weak dollar is bad, because it leads to inflation in this country. Imports from foreign countries will become more expensive, and in particular, oil will be more expensive. That puts pressure on businesses to increase prices for anything that uses oil or products that come from overseas. One benefit for American shoppers is that China has largely pegged its currency to ours[for now], so that keeps the price of Chinese-made goods low and, therefore, keeps a check on inflation.
What does a weak dollar mean for all that, and why should I care? If the dollar falls too much, foreign investors and banks won't be so interested in buying T-bills and bonds that keep the U.S. government and businesses humming. That's because the interest rate might not be enough to compensate for inflation. In other words, whatever is earned would be worth less money.
To attract buyers, the T-bills and bonds will sell for less and have higher interest rates. And since many mortgages are tied to these interest rates, that might mean mortgage rates won't drop anytime soon. Also, a weak dollar might scare away foreign investors who don't want to own stock in U.S. companies.
Could there be a wholesale dumping of U.S. dollars by foreign governments and investors? Maybe. But that would be executing a sort of "nuclear option."
If China were to dump its reserves of dollars into currency markets, that would dramatically lower the value of the dollar. All those bonds and T-bills that the country holds would drop in value, as inflation would erase any gains from the investment. China would be less able to sell its goods to the United States because the dollar would be too weak, and Chinese products would be more expensive.
If Saudi Arabia were to call for oil to be traded in euros, "that announcement would be the end of the U.S. dollar," said Ashraf Laidi, chief currency analyst at CMC Markets. But he said that would never happen as long as the United States and Saudi Arabia are allies, and the U.S. continues to negotiate arms and other deals with the world's largest oil producer.
Blogger's note: In other words, China, Saudi Arabia, and maybe even Iran and Russia have the U.S. over the proverbial barrel. To put it another way, the U.S. is treacherously standing on the edge. It may take only a little nudge to put the U.S. into a very deep ravine.
Tamara Draut is the author of a book on credit card debt.
"One safety valve [for obtaining credit] has shut, the ability to tap equity in your home, because home values have generally fallen and many consumers are now tapped out [borrowed to the limit] anyway," said Tamara Draut.
More large, damaging sewage spills in the San Francisco Bay Area in the first two months of 2008 than in the last 7 1/2 months of last year
Brooke Langston, director of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, said the large number of spills may be contributing to an alarming increase in bird deaths.
Since the first sewage spill in Mill Valley on Jan. 26, 319 birds have been found dead in the sanctuary. Langston said 10 dead birds were found Tuesday morning.
"A normal winter week for us is two dead birds," she said. "We're getting 60 or 80 a week. It's very concerning. We're worried."
Necropsies on 11 of the dead birds at the UC Davis toxicology lab found no indication that sewage played a part in the deaths. Three tested positive for avian cholera, but nobody knows how the others died.
A Wall Street Journal column by former Jerusalem Post editor Bret Stephens explains to readers the fallacy of the argument that Israel's counter terrorist operations in Gaza are "disproportionate." Under the title The Sderot Calculus, Stephens wrote that the argument that Arab casualties have far exceeded those of Israelis "is fatuous."
Now serving on the editorial board of the Journal, he wrote, "Conditions in Gaza, in so far as they are shaped by Israel, are a function of conditions in Sderot. [If there would be] No Palestinian Kassams (or other forms of terrorism), [then there would be] no Israeli siege... The standard answer is that Israel's response to the Kassams ought to be 'proportionate.' What does that mean? Does the 'proportion' apply to the intention of those firing the Kassams -- to wit, indiscriminate terror against civilian populations? In that case, a 'proportionate' Israeli response would involve, perhaps, firing 2,500 artillery shells at random against civilian targets in Gaza."
Using the argument of a "proportionate" response in effect means that "Israel's presumptive right to self-defense has no practical application as far as Gaza is concerned," he wrote.
France, the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia secretly launch their first ten day joint war game on Feb. 24th
While Iran is not explicitly targeted, the objectives of the maneuver are to practice repulsing marine landings by sea on the Gulf participants’ shores and missile attacks from the east, i.e. Iran.
Blogger's note: This may indeed fight evil as long as it does not become another Inquisition.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Jews are the highest-earning religious group in the United States, with 46 percent of the working population earning a six-digit figure every year, according to a study released this week.
In terms of annual earnings, the only other group to even come close to the average Jewish income was the Hindus, with 43 percent earning over $100,000.
No other group reached even the 30 percent mark, and the overall US average was only 18 percent earning six-figure digits annually.
The study, conducted by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life, also showed that, after Hindus, the Jews were the second most educated religious group in the US. 35 percent of Jews were found to have done at least some graduate work, as opposed to 48 percent amongst Hindus.
The survey found that Jews were aligned with the national averages in terms of marital status and divorce rates, but showed that the Jewish birth rate was the lowest among religious groups, with 72 percent of those polled replying that they had no children.
Christopher Wolf, an attorney and Chair of both ADL's Internet Task Force and the International Network Against Cyber-Hate, presented on the proliferation of anti-Semitism on the Internet and its latest manifestations on mainstream blogs and popular social-networking and video-sharing sites.
"It's time for the Googles of the world to work to accept the moral responsibility to help us fight anti-Semitism and hate speech," Mr. Wolf said. "The virus of hate has infected these new technologies."
Web site of Jewish family trees can link tree structures and create worldwide Jewish family tree (jworld.famillion.com and jworld.famillion.co.il)
While rabbis may not be chosen for their sense of humor, as this joke indicates, it is nevertheless true that few things unite the world's disparate Jewish communities today.
But now, if the work of a handful of Israeli entrepreneurs bears fruit, there may be something else entirely that will unite world Jewry. The Famillion company, an Israeli start-up, is building a giant digital family tree that will eventually link every Jew, their non-Jewish relatives and - if things go as planned - all of humanity.
The initiative is the brainchild of Danny Rolls, who co-founded Famillion with Iphtach Cohen, a computer expert and former IAF pilot.
The project is straightforward, the execution nearly complete, and the potential revolutionary.
The idea was born eight years ago, "when my wife, a researcher at the Weizmann Institute [of Science in Rehovot], dragged me to get genetic tests," Rolls says. "I had to create my family tree for the geneticist, and I suddenly had a vision that my tree was sitting in the geneticist's drawer with all these other trees, and if they linked up they would eventually connect the whole world."
It took five years for the vision of networked family trees to turn into something useable, its development driven by research papers Danny and Asya Rolls read at Weizmann in bioinformatics - how computing systems handle data about biological systems - and graph theory, which studies the depiction of mathematical relationships.
The result is a Web site, in English and Hebrew versions (jworld.famillion.com and jworld.famillion.co.il), in which users can build their family trees using a simple graphical interface. You just drag your family members around the screen.
There's nothing new, however, in a graphical family tree program. What's new here, the program's real power, is an underlying technology that can recognize similarities in trees, and merge corresponding sections of completely independent trees.
"It notices structures of relationships," says Danny Rolls.
A relatively small number of trees, which include different branches of families and confirm different relationships each time, can link vast numbers of people in a network as complex as human families themselves.
There is a "tipping point," according to Rolls, when the database will include enough family trees to begin to link up the entire Jewish people through its automated algorithms. "We haven't yet arrived at the tipping point for the Jewish world, which we estimate at 100,000 families in Israel and 200,000 families in the Diaspora."
The program currently contains some 45,000 family trees, mostly in Israel.
"We've been getting a few hundred a week, but that recently rose to thousands," said Rolls. The company expects to reach critical mass in six months.
The program won't just connect families in Hebrew or English, but can link between the two databases, recognizing the Hebrew nickname "Itzik" as a variant of "Isaac" and the Hebrew "Ya'acov" with "Jacob."
Already the program has started integrating existing databases. A researcher of hassidic families, Shlomo Goldstein, who has spent decades mapping hundreds of very large hassidic families back to the 17th century, has joined with Famillion to connect his database to theirs. The integration is nearly completed.
Just last week, Famillion discussed with Yad Vashem officials starting a pilot project to input a small database of Jews lost in the Holocaust into the program to see what can be learned from its program. "Yad Vashem's database sometimes has people who appear in six different camps before they were killed, but [researchers] can't identify with certainty that it's the same person. Our algorithms can help them complete the picture, or to find the connection," says Rolls.
Famillion is also working with Beit Hatefutsoth (the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora) in Tel Aviv, which will link its information on 3,000 Jewish communities and 100,000 names to the Famillion database.
Rolls says his project is intimately connected with Jewish history and identity. "If someone says a great-grandmother came from Saloniki or Teheran, he will be able to access the story of the Jewish communities in Saloniki and Teheran. If their last name is Schwartz, they will be able to learn what it means. It strengthens the Jewish connection."
In keeping with the original inspiration, once the database is more complete, Famillion will be able to offer tools for medical risk assessment through the genetic history and described lifestyle of a person.
According to Rolls, "There is an advantage to the 'large pedigree' - the connections across different family trees, where the system can find phenomena in large groups. It allows prevention of all sorts of diseases, from cancers of different types, heart and lung diseases, glaucoma and more."
"We took this issue very seriously, because people give personal information," says Rolls. "We installed in the system a function called darma, which in Hindi means 'respecting boundaries.'
"Basically, every user can decide what to share - whether it's a connection to someone or something they write about themselves. When trees are merged into other trees, the user can decide what to connect and what to show once it's connected. Then you can share files, pictures and add other users to a [mailing] list that will receive stories you write about yourself."
Eventually, Rolls hopes Famillion will become a "Familipedia," which will tell the story of the Jewish people through the interlinked web of family stories joined together as communities.
"If families are willing to share their stories with the public," he says, "we can create the Jewish people [on-line]."
But there are goals to reach: referring to Judeo-Christian dialogue, a theological dialogue has not yet been entered into in-depth. We say that we are in the phase of greeting them and speaking about topics that do not produce frictions. The figure of Jesus Christ in his significance for Christians is difficult to approach for the Jews, just as the topic of the precepts of the Law of Moses is for Christians.
But yes, there are that could be talked about -- creation, the fall, redemption, the figure of the Messiah and the interpretations of each religion, in the aspects in which they are common and in which they disagree.
Everything else is a task for the future.
Signatories of the letter, launched at the Muslim and Jewish relations department of Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths on Monday, included professor Tariq Ramadam, Sheikh Suhaib Hasan Secretary General of the Islamic Sharia Council, the Muslim Council of Britain’s Ibrahim Mogra, Professor Sari Nusseibeh President of Al Quds University, and Sheikh Mustafa Ceric The Grand Mufti of Bosnia.
It outlines shared values between the religions and calls for further dialogue, “We both share a common patriarch, Ibrahim/Abraham, other Biblical prophets, laws and jurisprudence, many significant values and even dietary restrictions. There is more in common between our religions and peoples than is known to each of us.
"It is precisely due to the urgent need to address such political problems as well as acknowledge our shared values that the establishment of an inter-religious dialogue between Jews and Muslims in our time is extremely important.
"Failure to do so will be a missed opportunity. Memories of positive historical encounters will dim and the current problems will lead to an increasing rift and more common misunderstandings between us."
The letter also calls for closure to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and “a peaceful resolution that will assure mutual respect, prosperity and security to both Palestinians and Israelis, while allowing the Palestinian people their rights to self-determination.”
Sheikh Michael Mumisa, lecturer at the Woolf Institute, “We believe that this is a very significant and positive development in the history of relationships between Muslims and Jews. This is as much a letter to fellow Muslims as it is to Jews. To Jews it demonstrates that Muslims realise that it is important to read and interpret the Qur'an within a context of positive interreligious dialogue and understanding between Muslims and Jews.
At the same time, it also demonstrates to other Muslims that such a reading and interpretation is legitimate and acceptable within Islam.”
Rabbi Naftali Brawer, responsible for Jewish and Muslim relations in the Chief Rabbi’s cabinet, welcomed the letter.
The Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue rabbi told TJ: “This is a very considered an enlightened document. It takes bravery to reach out across the divide in this way and it is a move that inspires hope in our shared future.”
Three Faiths Forum co-founder, Sir Sigmund Sternberg added: “I welcome anything that brings Jews and Muslims together.”
Rabbi David Rosen, International President, Religions for Peace and Advisor on Interfaith Relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has said: "I wholeheartedly welcome this most important initiative on the part of Muslim scholars and representatives. The striking commonalities of Islam and Judaism and those historic periods and places of remarkable cooperation and cross-fertilization between the two faith communities, have been tragically overshadowed and even hijacked by modern politics.
"The benefits from respectful dialogue and cooperation between the Muslim and Jewish communities can be a blessing not only to the communities themselves; but can have a profound impact on wider even global relations between religions and peoples, contributing to the well being of human society as a whole."
Rabbi Danny Rich, Director of Liberal Judaism, said: "I welcome this letter as an opportunity to strengthen relations between Muslims and Jews who, it seems to me, have more in common than divides them, and who together could contribute to making the world a more decent place for us, our children and future generations to occupy. Liberal Judaism, of which I am the Chief Executive, is deeply committed to pluralism both within and outside the Jewish community, by which it means that ultimate truth is only known to our common Creator and that diversity within faiths and in the community as a whole is of itself of great value."
Dr Judea Pearl, professor at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation (established in memory of Dr Pearl’s son Daniel who was murdered by Islamic extremists in 2002 during his work as a journalist of the Economist), describes the Letter as "a welcome first step toward the goals we aspire to achieve through interfaith dialogues -- peace, understanding and mutual respect."
Blogger's note: When will the leaders of Islam accept the Seven Laws of Noah from Judaism and bring "world peace?"
French President Nicolas Sarkozy: "And I find myself with a gigantic purchasing power problem because people see that the cost of living is going up, that salaries are not going up enough and they are always being asked to do more."
Blogger's note: How low can TV go and how long will the viewing public continue to support the advertisers? I'm afraid that most of the TV viewing public will choose to keep watching TV no matter what depths the producers and advertisers will lead us toward. How sad!
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Monday, February 25, 2008
In the article, Philip Jenkins, a noted scholar from Pennsylvania State University, predicts that when historians look back at this century they will see religion as "the prime animating and destructive force in human affairs, guiding attitudes to political liberty and obligation, concepts of nationhood and, of course, conflicts and wars." The horrendous events of September 11, the conflagration in Iraq, and the aggressive assertiveness of quasi-theocratic Iran only confirm in the popular mind that religion lies behind much of contemporary international conflict.
Since its creation in 2000, the United States Institute of Peace’s Religion and Peacemaking program has worked with local partners to promote religious peacemaking in many parts of the world, including Sudan, Nigeria, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. This report represents reflections on that experience. David Smock has directed the Institute’s Religion and Peacemaking program since its inception. He is also the vice president of the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Iran is OPEC's number-two oil producer and exporter.
OPEC earlier this month at an extraordinary meeting left its official daily output ceiling at 29.67 million barrels despite US calls for an output increase to reduce high oil prices that Western countries fear will stunt economic growth and fuel inflation.
US President George W. Bush had personally called on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Saudi Arabia to hike output in response to the continued strength in prices.
The current OPEC president, Chekib Khelil of Algeria, said in February that the cartel would not approve an increase in output at its next ministerial meeting.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
For the second day, the Jerusalem Conference held a discussion on Jerusalem's future. Wednesday's discussion dealt with demographics and the Temple Mount.
"Jerusalem should not be up for negotiation," Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar declared, joining a similar statement a day earlier made by his Ashkenazi counterpart Rabbi Yonah Metzger. "The Temple Mount is the heart and soul of the Land of Israel and there is no Jewish unity without the unity of the Land of Israel."
Haaretz Journalist: Jerusalem Suburbs to Become Sderots
Nadav Shragai, who covers the Land of Israel beat for Haaretz, spoke about the practical ramifications of the planned division of Jerusalem currently being negotiated.
"The neighborhoods surrounding this hotel [the Regency, between the Jewish French Hill and Arab Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods in Jerusalem - ed.] are but a few of those that are to be relinquished in an agreement reached by this government," Shragai said. "The routes leading to Mt. Scopus and neighborhoods like Pisgat Ze'ev, Neve Ya'akov and Har Homa are being negotiated - whether they will have to be accessed via tunnels or covered roads."
The 25-year-veteran journalist stressed that Jerusalem's Jewish neighborhoods are but a few hundred meters from the Arab ones that would become part of a sovereign Arab state. "The proximity of all these [Jewish] neighborhoods to the newly Palestinian ones leave them vulnerable to attack, even by light weaponry - which is possessed by every Palestinian faction."
Session Chairman Yechiel Leiter pointed out that the distance from the rocket-launching pads of the northern Gaza region to the western Negev is greater than the distance between most Arab and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
Shragai, whose newspaper has been the strongest backer of the Oslo Accords and subsequent initiative, estimated that "It is reasonable to assume that attacks will continue even after a final agreement. The Palestinians will not give up on the "Right to Return" - including in Jerusalem. They have documented all the pre-'48 properties and plan on standing by these demands."
The Demographic Paper Tiger
"Everybody talks about demographics as a reason to relinquish Arab neighborhoods," Shragai said. "The real issue is not the Arab residents, but Jewish emigration from the city. Will making the hundred thousands of Jews living in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods into border towns like Sderot solve anything? It will make the situation much worse."
Shragai, who has refrained in the past from voicing political pronouncements, had harsh words for his colleagues. "The press - of which I am a part - is neglecting to ask the tough questions about the division of Jerusalem," he concluded.
Demographer Yoram Ettinger went even further than Shragai. Presenting his findings that the birth rate of Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem has in fact already reached parity - with an upward trend for Jews and downward for Arabs.
"Anyone who believes that relinquishing the Arab neighborhoods will have any demographic benefit is detached from reality," he said.
Jerusalem's Handling by Government Unethical to the Core
"The way Jerusalem is being negotiated personifies the unethical nature of this government," said Danny Dayan, the new head of the Yesha Council of Judea and Samaria communities (formerly Gaza as well). "Even before Annapolis, the Olmert government obviously put Jerusalem on the table, conceding at least the Clinton parameters to the PA [which entail Israel relinquishing many of Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods -ed.]."
Dayan said the fact that the Olmert government is completely willing to lie to the faces of the populace - knowing that the citizenry knows full well they are being lied to - personifies the unethical nature of the current government. But he pointed the finger at the populace for failing to topple the government. "Everyone knows what is going on and everyone is hiding their heads in the sand," Dayan said. "The press is being complicit and allowing it," he added, echoing Shragai.
Jerusalem Without the Holy Temple is Not Jerusalem
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem spoke about his experience being part of Motta Gur's Paratrooper unit that liberated the Temple Mount. "Once we liberated the area, I saw the Prime Minister, the president and all sorts of dignitaries entering the Temple Mount. But where did they head? To the Kotel [the Western Wall of the Temple Mount -ed.]. We arrive at the Temple Mount after 2,000 years - and where did we go? And the Torah world was fully complicit in this - it was not just Moshe Dayan and the government. Humiliation. Complete humiliation.
"There is no Jerusalem without the Holy Temple," he proclaimed. "I have been sitting here for two hours and heave heard about housing and demographics and even the Jewish Quarter - but nothing about the Holy Temple, which is inextricably the whole essence of Jerusalem. It is impossible to speak about Jerusalem without mentioning even once the Holy Temple.
"Every generation at least implemented to the best of their ability what they prayed for. Our generation simply runs away from it. We talk about the Temple Mount, but not building the Holy Temple.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday that Israel will not participate in the second U.N. Durban conference against racism, if it learns that the summit will be a platform for anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli activity.
Speaking at the global conference for combating anti-Semitism at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Livni said: "Participation in such conferences gives legitimacy for hatred, radicalism and anti-Semitism. Israel will not encourage such behavior."
Jerusalem is actually a relatively easy matter to solve, if the parties move in the spirit of the Clinton plan, which has already defined the obvious: Palestinian Jerusalem for the Palestinians, Jewish Jerusalem for the Jews.
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Madonna and the Kabbalah crowd (Demi Moore, etc) are having their own after-party on Sunday night at her pal Guy Oseary’s house on Lime Rock near Hidden Hills. It begins exactly at 9:30, a half-hour before Elton and Mary J. Blige are set to take the stage at the Pacific Design Center to raise money for the pop legend’s multimillion-dollar AIDS Foundation that saves lives all over the world.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. In 2006, Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation distributed only $341,124 to charities. She sent $250,000 to the Kabbalah Center in Hollywood and a mere $31,000 to Elton’s foundation.
President Shimon Peres met Friday with a delegation of the All-India Association of Imams and Mosques, and discussed with Maulana Jameel Ahmed Ilyasi, the organization's secretary-general, peace in the Middle East and ways to strengthen ties between Judaism and Islam.
Ilyasi represents half-a-million imams and a community of some 180 million Muslims in India. "This proves that the Muslims are not our enemies, and that Muslims realize we are not their enemy," Peres told his guest.
"This is not a war between religions, and if we have one God, why shouldn't we be one family?" the president added.
The imam said that he prayed to Allah that the war would end, and that love and prosperity would come in its place, adding that he hoped to see progress made on the Palestinian issue.
The film begins with Brother Lorenzo played by Javier Bardem defends Francisco Goya’s (Stellan Skarsgard) artwork from having key Church members try to imprison him, which he did successfully. When the Church people saw Ines (Natalie Portman) refuse to eat pork at a meal gathering, the church people arrested, interrogated, and tortured her to confess her allegiance to her Jewish beliefs.
You had Jose Luis Gomez's awesome performance as Ines father, Tomas, a rich merchant in a great scene with Javier Bardem. In a meal gathing with Goya and Lorenzo who was invited by Tomas. Tomas asked Lorenzo about his daughter status, in which he responded by saying that she confessed about her Jewish faithfulness. Tomas disliked very much what Lorenzo told him about her daughter being tortured to tell the truth. Brother Lorenzo told Tomas if you believe in God you’d have strength to overcome anything. Tomas ordered his men to stand by the door and not let Lorenzo leave. Goya was let go. Lorenzo was lifted as he was tied with a rope around his arms and was given a paper to sign in which said that, he’s a monkey. After he screamed in pain and discomfort, we found Lorenzo signing the paper as if he had just given up.
The film directed by Milos Forman goes into a few directions that I thought weren’t necessary for instead, Natalie Portman having a daughter in prison. Which we find out during the Spanish War that her daughter resembled herself but a younger version played by Portman. Overall, I must say, that the film kept me alert at all times and it’s worth checking out.
The Annual International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism opened Sunday in Jerusalem with delegates from 45 countries
The Israeli government is hosting an international conference on fighting anti-Semitism.
The Annual International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism opened Sunday in Jerusalem under the aegis of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Minister for Diaspora Affairs Isaac Herzog.
During the two-day parley, more than 300 delegates from 45 countries are discussing ways of dealing with a recent resurgence in Jew-hatred abroad, including projects that have already been implemented.
The conference will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://switch5.castup.net/frames/mfa_live_archive.
A growing number of bloggers such as Richard Cohen, Brigitte Gabriel, Sharon Hughes, Charles Krauthammer, Kenneth Blackwell, Naomi Ragen, Debbie Schlussel, Ed Lasky, and William Levinsonare pointing out Barack Obama’s numerous connections to unsavory individuals and organizations that espouse and promote hatred of Jews, Catholics, white people, Israel, and/or the United States. By “connections” we do not mean casual social contacts, but Obama’s deliberate efforts to seek out these entities and gain their support. On February 8, Ira Forman of the National Jewish Democratic Council allowed himself to make the following noisesabout this rapidly widening campaign to expose Obama as a promoter and enabler of Jew-haters, racists, Israel-bashers, anti-Catholic bigots, and America-haters.
"Even though the tabloids reported that Steven and I had a 'special love,' and 'we were talking about marriage,' we knew it was a fling," writes Bertinelli. "We had too many differences, including age, career status and religion. I met his mother, and I knew he wasn't going to marry someone who wasn't Jewish.