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With family: 2 Chronicles 3–4; 1 John 3

2 Chronicles 3–4 (Listen)

Solomon Builds the Temple

Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD1 had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign. These are Solomon's measurements2 for building the house of God: the length, in cubits3 of the old standard, was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house,4 and its height was 120 cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. The nave he lined with cypress and covered it with fine gold and made palms and chains on it. He adorned the house with settings of precious stones. The gold was gold of Parvaim. So he lined the house with gold—its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its doors—and he carved cherubim on the walls.

And he made the Most Holy Place. Its length, corresponding to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and its breadth was twenty cubits. He overlaid it with 600 talents5 of fine gold. The weight of gold for the nails was fifty shekels.6 And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

10 In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim of wood7 and overlaid8 them with gold. 11 The wings of the cherubim together extended twenty cubits: one wing of the one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub; 12 and of this cherub, one wing, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and the other wing, also of five cubits, was joined to the wing of the first cherub. 13 The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits. The cherubim9 stood on their feet, facing the nave. 14 And he made the veil of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and he worked cherubim on it.

15 In front of the house he made two pillars thirty-five cubits high, with a capital of five cubits on the top of each. 16 He made chains like a necklace10 and put them on the tops of the pillars, and he made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains. 17 He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the south, the other on the north; that on the south he called Jachin, and that on the north Boaz.

The Temple's Furnishings

He made an altar of bronze, twenty cubits11 long and twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference. Under it were figures of gourds,12 for ten cubits, compassing the sea all around. The gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast. It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them, and all their rear parts were inward. Its thickness was a handbreadth.13 And its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily. It held 3,000 baths.14 He also made ten basins in which to wash, and set five on the south side, and five on the north side. In these they were to rinse off what was used for the burnt offering, and the sea was for the priests to wash in.

And he made ten golden lampstands as prescribed, and set them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. And he made a hundred basins of gold. He made the court of the priests and the great court and doors for the court and overlaid their doors with bronze. 10 And he set the sea at the southeast corner of the house.

11 Hiram also made the pots, the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of God: 12 the two pillars, the bowls, and the two capitals on the top of the pillars; and the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; 13 and the 400 pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for each latticework, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars. 14 He made the stands also, and the basins on the stands, 15 and the one sea, and the twelve oxen underneath it. 16 The pots, the shovels, the forks, and all the equipment for these Huram-abi made of burnished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD. 17 In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah.15 18 Solomon made all these things in great quantities, for the weight of the bronze was not sought.

19 So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of God: the golden altar, the tables for the bread of the Presence, 20 the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold to burn before the inner sanctuary, as prescribed; 21 the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of purest gold; 22 the snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and fire pans, of pure gold, and the sockets16 of the temple, for the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and for the doors of the nave of the temple were of gold.


[1] 3:1 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks the Lord
[2] 3:3 Syriac; Hebrew foundations
[3] 3:3 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
[4] 3:4 Compare 1 Kings 6:3; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[5] 3:8 A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
[6] 3:9 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
[7] 3:10 Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[8] 3:10 Hebrew they overlaid
[9] 3:13 Hebrew they
[10] 3:16 Hebrew chains in the inner sanctuary
[11] 4:1 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
[12] 4:3 Compare 1 Kings 7:24; Hebrew oxen; twice in this verse
[13] 4:5 A handbreadth was about 3 inches or 7.5 centimeters
[14] 4:5 A bath was about 6 gallons or 22 liters
[15] 4:17 Spelled Zarethan in 1 Kings 7:46
[16] 4:22 Compare 1 Kings 7:50; Hebrew the entrance of the house


1 John 3 (Listen)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears1 we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's2 seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Love One Another

11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,3 that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,4 and God5 in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.


[1] 3:2 Or when it appears
[2] 3:9 Greek his
[3] 3:13 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 14, 16
[4] 3:24 Greek him
[5] 3:24 Greek he


In private: Nahum 2; Luke 18

Nahum 2 (Listen)

The Destruction of Nineveh

  The scatterer has come up against you.
    Man the ramparts;
    watch the road;
  dress for battle;1
    collect all your strength.
  For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob
    as the majesty of Israel,
  for plunderers have plundered them
    and ruined their branches.
  The shield of his mighty men is red;
    his soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
  The chariots come with flashing metal
    on the day he musters them;
    the cypress spears are brandished.
  The chariots race madly through the streets;
    they rush to and fro through the squares;
  they gleam like torches;
    they dart like lightning.
  He remembers his officers;
    they stumble as they go,
  they hasten to the wall;
    the siege tower2 is set up.
  The river gates are opened;
    the palace melts away;
  its mistress3 is stripped;4 she is carried off,
    her slave girls lamenting,
  moaning like doves
    and beating their breasts.
  Nineveh is like a pool
    whose waters run away.5
  “Halt! Halt!” they cry,
    but none turns back.
  Plunder the silver,
    plunder the gold!
  There is no end of the treasure
    or of the wealth of all precious things.
10   Desolate! Desolation and ruin!
    Hearts melt and knees tremble;
  anguish is in all loins;
    all faces grow pale!
11   Where is the lions' den,
    the feeding place of the young lions,
  where the lion and lioness went,
    where his cubs were, with none to disturb?
12   The lion tore enough for his cubs
    and strangled prey for his lionesses;
  he filled his caves with prey
    and his dens with torn flesh.

13 Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will burn your6 chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.


[1] 2:1 Hebrew gird your loins
[2] 2:5 Or the mantelet
[3] 2:7 The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered its mistress is uncertain
[4] 2:7 Or exiled
[5] 2:8 Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[6] 2:13 Hebrew her


Luke 18 (Listen)

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed1 thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Let the Children Come to Me

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

The Rich Ruler

18 And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” 21 And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” 28 And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers2 or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


[1] 18:11 Or standing, prayed to himself
[2] 18:29 Or wife or brothers and sisters


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C’è chi martella chi se lo merita

Francia, specchio dei tempi e dello scontro di classe le cui nuove forme le cosiddette sinistre radicali non vogliono capire: quelle della guerra sociale, culturale e geopolitica dei popoli, pressochè tutti proletarizzati dal globalismo neoliberista, contro le élites. Lotta insurrezionale che presenta affinità stretta con quella del 1789, per la sovranità del popolo (lavoratore, operaio, contadino, intellettuale) contro la sovranità del sovrano e dei ceti alle sue fortune legati e dai suoi poteri beneficiati e che, ammaestrata dalla rivolte soprattutto contadine e dalle insubordinazioni dei barbari nel fine-impero, si accoppia al monopolio della forza. Sovranità e monopolio di cui i gruppi dell’accumulazione e della predazione, della menzogna e della cospirazione, sono tornati padroni, dopo che rivoluzioni e rafforzamento in varie forme della volontà, coscienza, conoscenza, forza, dei dominati se l’erano conquistata, o, quanto meno, l’avevano condivisa. Vedi, da noi, le costituzioni, dallo Statuto Albertino a quella antifascista del 1948. Vedi la cubana, quella di Thomas Sankara nel Burkina Faso e la venezuelana, la migliore in assoluto.

Lo strumento di corruzione psicologica impiegato dai gruppi di potere, oggi contestati in varie forme, è la criminalizzazione del termine sovranità, spesso deformato e, nelle intenzioni, vilipeso, in “sovranismo”. Poi si arriva alla separazione tra manifestanti buoni e cattivi, a volte sfruttando l’inserimento di provocatori di regime. Nel caso francese, tra i fermati non si sono trovati i famigerati Black Block, ma solo infermiere, camionisti, contadini e altra gente ridotta allo stremo dagli assiomi della globalizzazione. Di fronte hanno l’uomo di Goldman Sachs, cioè della cima della Piramide. Quello che avevamo noi, in sinergia con le mafie, con tutti i governi degli ultimi trent’anni, prima dell’attuale, non il migliore sognato, ma il meno peggio di tutti (almeno per la parte 5 Stelle). Come dice il collega Marco Cedolin, in Francia abbiamo un popolo di populisti antimondialisti contro il regime neoliberista; da noi siamo un passo avanti: abbiamo una canea euro-mediatica contro un governo populista. Ci siamo portati avanti col lavoro con il voto, anziché con la sollevazione di popolo. Quella era venuta prima, anche se più soft di quella dei fratelli francesi.

Souvranité, parolaccia o salvezza?
Il tema che affronto in questo articolo sta al cuore della questione. Per cui, senza se e senza ma, lunga vita ai Gilè Gialli e alla loro parola d’ordine: “Libertè, egalitè e souvranitè”.

Conoscendo qualche lingua, molti paesi europei, avendo vissuto in alcuni (Germania, Olanda, Regno Unito, Irlanda) credo di permettermi di valutare il sistema mediatico italiano il più sgarruppato dal punto di vista sociale, il più corrotto da conflitti d’interesse, e quello più degradato da coloro che ne condizionano la narrazione. Se ne ha dimostrazione quotidiana. Come vi spiegate che la quasi totalità della stampa-radio-televisione sosteneva con passione più o meno fervida i precedenti governi, quelli della tratta degli schiavi, dell’austerità, dei trattati capestro EU, della devastazione ambientale, del precariato, e oggi si abbatte con furia degna di miglior causa sull’attuale, che qualche latrato, o guaito, contro quei delitti lo emette? Come vi spiegate gli spazi chilometrici dati ai gabbiotti di lamiera, ai quattro mattoni in nero e alla piscina gonfiabile di papà Di Maio, non inquisito, e gli spazi ristretti come un golfino di pessima lana regalati a papà Renzi plurinquisito?

Come vi spiegate che su alcuni accadimenti, per loro natura meritevoli di dibattito e pluralismo di analisi, tipo il caso Giulio Regeni, la stessa, neanche più quasi, totalità esprima un giudizio uniforme e del tutto apodittico? Non è sintomatico che coloro che contro i pentastellati (e il finto nemico Salvini) mettono in campo pressioni, gazzettieri, minacce di obliterazione del paese, siano gli stessi che in questi termini affrontano ogni opposizione all’eurogangsterismo, compresa la rivolta dei Gilet Gialli il cui urlo è souvranité? Non vi dice nulla, a vantaggio e onore dei gialli nel Gialloverde, che l’apparato padronale italiano abbia fatto ricorso ad un’adunata, mai vista prima, di tutti i vertici a Torino, per attivare catapulte di ferro e fuoco sui 5Stelle e non solo per il Tav? E nella scia di questo gesto volutamente drammatico, l’ancor più drammatico grido di dolore dei più grossi cementific tori italiani, Condotte, CMC, Tecnis, Astaldi, Grandi Lavori e altri, che proprio nel momento della messa in discussione di appena una grande opera o due lamentano di trovarsi all’orlo del default e del rischio di decine di migliaia di licenziamenti. Puzza di ricatto, o no?

Treni e catorci di riserva

A fianco di questa locomotiva globale, che ha invertito la marcia di Guccini e si sta lanciando contro chiunque non le fornisca carbone, corre (si fa per dire) in analoga direzione un nostro trabiccolo locale. Succede che, con l’atomino dell’estrema “sinistra radicale” in costante bilico tra scissione dello stesso, ricomposizione, o epifania di una nuova, inedita, micro-unità da un lato e, dall’altro, una destra confindustriale, sedicente centrosinistra, da questo pulviscolo sorga il taumaturgo, il messia rosso da lunga pezza atteso.

Potrebbe chiamarsi Giggino o’ sindaco, oppure Robertino o’ presidente. Il primo amoreggiava con i 5 Stelle, ma s’è ricreduto. Il secondo è la mina vagante dentro i 5 Stelle, fa il presidente della Camera, ma anche il ministro degli Esteri quando rompe con l’Egitto, ma anche il catalizzatore di nano particelle. Un po’ Pizzarotti, un po’ forse Scilipoti. Ha ottenuto il master dalla cattedra “Come ti sposto i popoli” dei luminari Boldrini e Bonino. Si è laureato a pieni voti e lode con una tesi “Per un globalismo dalla faccia umana, fondato sul lancio del cuore verso il Global Compact Migrazioni e il guanto di sfida in faccia al presidente egiziano Al Sisi”.

Grida e sussurri

C’è stato in questi giorni un susseguirsi e un sovrapporsi frenetico di avvenimenti di grande portata per tutti, ma parzialmente oscurati da episodi come il totalmente inconsistente festino G20 a Buenos Aires, riuscito a rilegittimare uno psicopatico assassino seriale in dishdash con tanti pozzi di petrolio, o la captatio benevolentiae dei suoi militi nazisti e degli armaioli Usa che Poroshenko ha messo in atto nello stretto di Kerch. La Merkel, con il gasdotto North Stream, che sta per unire Russia e Germania attraverso il Baltico, è stata messa per l’ennesima volta sul banco degli imputati di filo-russismo. Per quanto la poveretta abbia sostenuto l’aggressività Usa e Nato mettendole a disposizione tutto il suo paese, ella cerca almeno di parare qualche ulteriore abbandono di elettori grazie a un’energia a basso costo. Che è quella del gas russo e non di quello liquefatto e da scisti statunitense che le imporrebbe altro che gli aumenti di Macron.

Poi, quatta quatta, come una talpa che fa capolino dalla tana, è sbucata la notizia dell’EastMed Pipeline, il gasdotto che dovrebbe collegare i giacimenti del Mediterraneo Orientale alla solita bistrattata Puglia, passando per Cipro e Grecia. Si affiancherebbe al TAP, quello dall’Azerbaijan amerikano al Salento, che già aveva compensato il blocco del South Stream, dalla Russia all’Italia e all’Europa centrale, blocco ordinato al cliente bulgaro. I quattro paesi coinvolti lo stavano negoziando in gran segreto da un paio d’anni, ma Israele, giorni fa, ha infranto il pissi pissi bau bau, annunciandolo all’universo mondo. Per Italia, Grecia e Cipro, l’EastMed, come già il TAP, è la classica mazzata di Taffazzi sulle parti molli, da non più indurirsi. 

Fornendo, secondo il costruttore IGI Poseidon, appena 10 miliardi di metricubi di gas, molto meno del meno costoso gas russo in arrivo da più vicino, il TAP è già una formidabile fregatura. Figuriamoci l’EastMed, che sarebbe il più lungo e profondo del mondo e, date queste caratteristiche, più il rischioso passaggio sui fondomare vulcanici tra Cipro e Grecia, sarebbe anche di gran lunga il più costoso, pur fornendo la stessa modesta quantità del TAP o STC. Ma, ovviamente, non sono i costi il problema. La questione è al cento per cento politica e, lì, dollari o euro non contano, anche perché escano dalle tasche dei Gilet Gialli e di tutti noi.

EastMed, i suoi padrini, le sue vittime

Da chi partono da questi meravigliosi progetti che promettono di fare dell’Italia, sismica soprattutto là dove passa la rete di tutti questi gasdotti, impianti di depressurazione, liquefazione, stoccaggi, per un gas che non ci serve ma che viene venduto all’estero dalle compagnie? Domanda oziosa: l’input è ovviamente degli Usa, il progetto è dell’UE e del suo “Connecting Europe Facility Program”. Ed è l’UE che ci mette gran parte dei soldi, nostri. Vuoi che non ci dia addosso sui deficit da impiegare per la pappa dei bambini di 5 milioni di poveri assoluti, anziché far fare soldi a Snam e Shell con la vendita del gas a Vienna e Amsterdam?

Si ciancia di monopolio russo del gas europeo, una specie di garrota sul cranio del continente. Non è vero. La Russia fornisce all’Europa tra il 30 e il 40% del suo fabbisogno. E lo fornisce ai prezzi più bassi di tutti gli altri fornitori. Ma i gas di Tap e EastMed daranno utili solo una volta che quello russo, e magari quello arabo, saranno ridotti ai minimi termini e le nostre tasse ai massimi. A proposito di solidarietà europea, della quale abbiamo già conosciuto i benefici nella distribuzione delle vittime della tratta, edificante il confronto tra la Germania che avrà il ricco gas a basso prezzo del North Stream, checché gli Usa si agitino, l’Italia quello costoso da lontano per il quale fungerà da inquinatissimo hub per i potenti del Nord. La Merkel ne gode quanto della cancellazione della Grecia dai registri d’Europa. Controllare l’energia, per parafrasare Kissinger che, umanamente, parlava di cibo, significa controllare gli altri. In ispecie, il Sud Europa. Merkel e Macron, cioè per l’UE “Italia delenda est”, finchè ci sono questi “cialtroni” a governarla.

Pensate che la vicenda EastMed finisca qui? Gli israeliani pescano da un gigantesco giacimento che si estende dalle coste libiche fino alla Turchia. Qualcosa pertiene alla Turchia, grazie alla sua occupazione di Cipro Nord (ricordate la nave ENI presa a schiaffi dai turchi?), qualcosa a Cipro, parecchia alla Palestina davanti a Gaza e la massima parte all’Egitto dove opera l’ENI. Ed ecco che vi si accende una lampadina quando tutte queste cose le mettete accanto al furibondo rilancio della campagna Regeni contro l’Egitto. E un assordante sbattere di sciabole alle porte della Russia. Un Egitto potenzialmente massimo concorrente di Israele e una Russia troppo pacifica, ma resistente, con troppo buon gas a buon prezzo, ecco le pompe di carburante da abbattere.

Perché Giulio Regeni?

Riassumiamo. Giulio Regeni, dopo aver frequentato studi di intelligence negli Usa, si arruola alla Cambridge University e, intanto lavora per due anni per Oxford Analytica, multinazionale potentissima, 4000 dipendenti in tutto il mondo, specializzata in spionaggio, specie industriale, diretta da personaggi con tratti gangsteristici come John Negroponte, inventore degli Squadroni della Morte in Nicaragua e Iraq e altri grandi bonzi dello spionaggio. Arriva in Egitto con visto turistico per sviare dal suo ruolo di ricercatore in rapporto con l’Università Americana e alla ricerca di contatti con oppositori. Trova un sindacalista che ritiene di opposizione. Ma Mohamed Abdallah è un agente dei servizi e registra una conversazione del tutto compromettente. Abdallah gli chiede soldi per la moglie ammalata di cancro, per sondarne la solidarietà umana. Regeni rifiuta e gli promette invece 10mila dollari (da quale fonte?) in cambio di un non meglio precisato “progetto”. Subito dopo, il 25 gennaio 2016, il giovane ricercatore sparisce. Ne vien ritrovato la salma, con i segni della tortura lungo uno stradone, il 3 febbraio, lo stesso giorno in cui la ministra Guidi e una serie di industriali italiani si incontrano con il presidente Al Sisi per chiuder contratti miliardari, anche relativi ai giacimenti di idrocarburi. L’università di Cambridge si avvolge nella sua tunica e tace.

A chi è convenuta questa zeppa tra i piedi dell’Egitto, risollevatosi a furor di popolo dalla tirannia integralista dei terroristi Fratelli musulmani, e del suo partner privilegiato Italia? Uno Stato dai servizi segreti più temuti della regione araba si fa scoprire con le mani nel sacco non avendo saputo disfarsi di un ingombrante cadavere? O piuttosto dei mandanti, visto che il loro delegato è stato bruciato dal controspionaggio nemico, hanno rimediato il risultato della missione – demolire il nemico dei loro amici Fratelli Musulmani - gettandolo tra i piedi di Al Sisi, concorrente importuno sia per la Libia, con Haftar, amico dei russi, sia per il gas, con Israele. Via libera a EastMed, per la soddisfazione del taffazzismo italiota e delle quinte colonne tipo "manifesto".

Fico, fatti una domanda e datti una risposta

Roberto Fico, che hai deciso per lo Stato italiano di rompere i rapporti tra la Camera dei Deputati italiana e quella egiziana, costringendo a rincorrerti il vero ministro degli Esteri, Moavero Milanesi, non vuoi farti una domanda e darti una risposta? Ci sono sul tavolo almeno due ipotesi, una però più fondata dell’altra. Allora, un minimo di cautela, prima di tagliare ad Al Sisi il filo delle Moire no? La tratta dei migranti che si va ad organizzare globalmente a Marrakesh con il Global Compact e la menomazione dei diritti e interessi italiani con il gioco del gas, imposto dai vampiri, tra chi è vicino e ci costa poco e chi è lontano e ci costa un botto, sono un giusto prezzo per remare contro un movimento che difende la nostra sovranità?

Quanto alla decisione della Procura di Roma di inquisire funzionari dello Stato egiziano e di pretendere un processo “entro sei mesi”, sulla base esclusivamente di illazioni scaturite da una campagna di stampa forsennata, con in testa “il manifesto”, beh, si chiama colonialismo. E quando si tratta di quella Procura, il pensiero corre a Virginia Raggi. E alla sentenza che “Mafiacapitale” non è mafia.

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ESGLÉSIA DE SANTA MARIA DEL PI | 3 DE DESEMBRE Els genis no sorgeixen del no-res, formen part d’un continu històric dels sediments del qual s’alimenten per crear un corpus únic. Un dels grans antecessors de Bach en el càrrec de kantor de Sant Tomàs de Leipzig va ser Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630), autor d’un cicle de 26 motets d’una bellesa excepcional, Israelis Brünnlein [Fonts d’Israel], peces curtes basades majoritàriament en textos de l’Antic Testament en les quals l’espiritualitat luterana es dona la mà amb la sensualitat del madrigal italià.

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The First Sunday of Advent (C)

Dear brothers and sisters,

With the celebration of Vespers yesterday evening, we entered into my favorite season of the year, one too often overlooked. It is not my favorite time of the year because of the cold and snow (some of my favorite memories of this season come from a land of sun and sand). Nor is it my favorite time of year because of the hectic frenzy, jealousy, and anxiety we allow ourselves to be worked up into. Rather, this season is my favorite time of year because it stands diametrically opposed to the busyness that the secularism thrusts upon us this time each year. This is my favorite time of year because “there’s an imaginative fertility and a reaching ambition” in the season of Advent “which offers something much richer than just a cheery countdown to Christmas.”[1]

This season of Advent has become quite overshadowed and even eclipsed altogether by so many premature celebrations of Christmas. One of the causes of this problem is that “everybody wants … Christmas without Advent just like we want dessert without eating our vegetables.[2] This happens because we do not have a proper understanding of what the Season of Advent is all about. Just as we lose something of great importance by not eating our vegetables, so, too, do we lose something of great importance by diminishing Advent or by skipping it altogether.

Even as Advent began in the quiet of the evening, all around us supposed celebrations of Christmas have already begun. I say supposed because, if you pay attention, they are not at all celebrations of the Birth of Christ, but rather celebrations of commercialism, materialism, or winter, or some combination of the three. Have you tried looking for Christmas cards this year? Unless you go to a specifically religious store, good luck finding cards that speak of the Bethlehem event. Most cards might mention the name “Christmas,” but there is nothing else concerning Christmas about them. In all of this, we should not forget what saint Augustine preached in one of his Christmas sermons: “What we don’t want to do,” he said, “is surround this celebration of Our Lord’s birth of a Virgin with all sorts of silliness.” Today, even as we claim to celebrate Christmas right now, we have largely abandoned it.

We desperately need to rediscover the quite beauty of Advent if our hearts are not to “become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life” (Luke 21:34). Because so many of our Christmas celebrations – such as they are these days – have crept earlier and earlier such the actual Christmas season is largely ignored, we have forgotten what Advent is about.

The Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar tell us that "Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight."[3]

Advent, then, looks forward by first looking backward. What do I mean?

Mother Church has assigned for us throughout the season of Advent Scriptural readings that

urge us to ready ourselves for the coming of an event which has already happened, thousands of years ago; and they direct us to look not just towards the immediate future, as we count down four weeks forwards into our own lives, but towards the eventual future, the Apocalypse, the end of all time.[4]

We see this in the dual direction in the readings we heard just a few moments ago.

The first reading directed out attention to the past event of the Birth of Christ, to that great day the Lord fulfilled the promise he made to the house of Israel and Judah (cf. Jeremiah 33:14). Humanity had fallen out of friendship with God through the Original Sin, but the Lord himself promised to reconcile mankind to himself (cf. Psalm 25:15). This he accomplished through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ so that we might no longer live estranged from him. This is the Good News of the Gospel, that through his Paschal Mystery the Lord Jesus, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, took on human flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was born among us; that he healed the sick, cast our demons, forgave sins, and raised the dead; that he suffered on the Cross for us and by his Death and Resurrection has destroyed death and defeated the Enemy; that he established his Church so that his ministry of healing and forgiveness might continue even among us today here in Ashland. But if we do not recognize the evil of sin and of the separation it causes from God, this is news is not so good to us and certainly nothing to celebrate. This is, I dare to say, where we are as a society; we have forgotten sin and so have forgotten our need for redemption and salvation.

How often do we wander away from him? How often, even today, do we place ourselves outside of his friendship through our sin? How often do we reject his grace and live as if he does not exist? The contemplation of this tragic reality of our fallen human condition led Saint Augustine to say to God,

Turned out of paradise by you and wandering to a far-off country, I cannot return by my own strength unless you come to meet me in my wandering, for my return has been waiting on your mercy throughout the whole stretch of earthly time.[5]

Is this not true of each of us, as well? We need the Lord to come to us, to meet us in our wandering, to grant us his mercy, and show the us way to the Father’s house. He first came to meet us when he was born at Bethlehem; he comes to meet us each day in the Holy Eucharist and in the Scriptures; and he will come once more to meet us as our Judge. This is the focus of Advent: it looks backward in order to look forward.

In the Gospel, Jesus directed our attention to the future event of the Last Day, to that day when every eye “will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27). On that day of judgment, everyone who allowed the Lord to meet them in their wandering and who accepted the grace of his mercy will be welcomed into the joys of heaven. But on that day of judgment, everyone who refused the Lord’s invitation to receive his merciful love and continued in their sinful wandering will have their rejection of the Lord honored eternally. When that day comes, which will it be for you and me? This is the great question of Advent. This sacred time is given us by the Church to call us to a deeper reflection on the sincerity of our discipleship of the Lord Jesus.

If we allow it to penetrate our hearts with its quiet peace, if we allow the Lord to teach us his way by opening our hearts to him in silence, this Season of Advent will strengthen our faith, hope, and love with a steadily growing and joyful eagerness to meet the Lord when he comes. If we reject the hectic frenzy, jealousy, and anxiety of these secularized days to instead welcome the patience of Advent into our hearts, this great season will prepare us to “stand erect and raise [our] heads” in the humble confidence that out “redemption is close at hand” (Luke 21:28). Then, inspired by a sincere trust in the Lord and waiting upon his kindness, everything else will fall into place because we will have discovered and embraced what is most important.

Above all, Advent is a time of watching and waiting, and, as a society, waiting is not something we like to do, but it is something we must do. Now is the time to wait on the Lord’s mercy. Saint Augustine is right to remind us that

[God] will teach his ways not to those who want to run on ahead, as if they could rule themselves better than he can, but to those who do not strut about with their heads in the air or dig in their heels, when his easy yoke and light burden are set upon them.[6]

Let us, then, not allow the celebration of Christmas to eclipse Advent; let us not resist or struggle against its grace, but simply and quietly settle into it. Let us allow the wisdom of the Church and of her Lord to take root in our hearts by prayerfully reading the Scriptures assigned to the Mass each day of Advent. If we honor Advent in this way, these days will indeed acquire the imaginative fertility of God that will transform them into something more than just a cheery countdown to Christmas. Let us, then, beg the Lord to give us docile hearts in these days of Advent so that, having used them well, we will “run forth to meet [the] Christ with righteous deeds at his coming” and be found “worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.”[7] Amen.

[1] Eleanor Parker, “‘If in a day of Doom one deathless stands,’A Clerk of Oxford, 1 December 2018. 2018.
[2] Dwight Longenecker, “The Christmas Curmudgeon,” 1 December 2018.
[3] Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar, 39
[4] Eleanor Parker, “‘Swa leaf on treowum,’A Clerk of Oxford, 28 November 2016.
[5] Saint Augustine of Hippo, Expositions on the Psalms, 25.5.
[6] Ibid., 25.9.
[7] Collect of the First Sunday of Advent, Roman Missal.

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Just in time for the holidays, the New York Times has published a heartwarming tale of Twitter enemies who learned to be friends. In the piece, Bari Weiss, the Intellectual Dark Web–fetishizing Times opinion writer, and Vice politics writer Eve Peyser explain how they came to like each other’s IRL personas better than their Twitter ones. After a year or so of “tsk-tsking” Weiss’ columns but suspecting the internet’s backlash against her was unduly harsh, Peyser finally met her right-leaning counterpart and, she tells Weiss, “every tender thought I’d had about you was confirmed.”

I’ve enjoyed previous pieces of this ilk, as when Lindy West met her worst Twitter troll or Sam Biddle dined with Justine Sacco, the woman who got fired from her job after Biddle posted about her very bad, Twitter-based attempt at satirizing racist views. It can be illuminating to watch people confronting the real people on the other end of their tweets, forced to reckon with human beings rather than a selection of words typed into an unfeeling machine. And I always wonder how people with conflicting political views maintain deep and fulfilling friendships.

Weiss and Peyser’s conversation doesn’t provide much substance on either of these fronts. Readers never learn what exactly they disagree about, nor how close their friendship is. They never mention politics in the piece; in fact, Weiss says they “haven’t talked a lot about politics” at all. They also fail to elaborate on the supposed Twitter enmity that provides the premise for the piece. What did Peyser tweet about Weiss’ columns? What did Weiss tweet back? Peyser says she liked one of Weiss’s most controversial pieces, and the only tweet either mentions is one in which Peyser wished for “an interview between Weiss and her Twitter haters”—more a premature justification of this column than an insult.

Without any specific insight into what it’s like to develop a relationship in the face of opposing worldviews and bad Twitter blood—and in the absence of any evidence that either of those things even exist here—we’re forced to read this dialogue as broad commentary on a familiar idea. And it’s a terrible idea: the notion that political disagreements can and should fall away when two nice and interesting people meet. For one thing, it’s not as radical as Peyser and Weiss make it sound. Yes, when people with different politics focus on their common ground (for Peyser and Weiss, that’s Jewish roots and being women in journalism) they can have a nice time. Almost everyone in the world knows and likes and interacts with people they disagree with, because nobody has the exact same opinions on everything as anyone else.

Also, relegating political views to the category of “things that do not matter in my choice of friends” is remarkably shallow. Political worldviews are about values: Who deserves what kind of treatment, and how far should the government go to ensure they get it? What role should America’s military play in the world, where every decision means death and destruction will be visited on someone, somewhere? How urgent of an issue is climate change? How should we remember and learn from American history? Are we looking for equality, equity, or neither? What future should we leave the next generation, and this one? By flattening what may be fundamental disagreements on these and other issues into a discussion of how Twitter rewards outrage, Weiss and Peyser seem to be conceding that the bombast politics writers display on the internet is performative: all for show in service of their careers. It would have been a much more interesting conversation if they’d admitted that for certain people, politics are primarily a vehicle for fun intellectual argument, not the means by which some individuals retain human rights and others do not.

At one point, Peyser tries to nod to the “privilege” of being able to set politics aside for the sake of a friendship, which in this case allowed her to place an essay in Weiss’ section of the Times. Weiss, unsurprisingly, misses the message, noting that she’d never try to befriend “the conspiracy theorist who called my rabbi asking about me out for coffee,” nor would she expect a black person to meet with a follower of Richard Spencer. Placing herself on a continuum with black people confronting white nationalism allows Weiss to self-identify as a member of the oppressed, not an oppressor, and to sidestep the privilege Peyser asked her to consider—the freedom Weiss, an American white woman, has to, say, cheer on cultural appropriation or blame Palestinian protesters, including children, for their own deaths in the massacre Israeli forces perpetrated on the day of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem.

Would Weiss befriend a Palestinian protester? Would one befriend her? To confront those kinds of questions—rather than the question of how two white New York women with enviable media gigs and tens of thousands of Twitter followers can possibly find stuff to talk about—would require Weiss and Peyser to recognize that political views, especially those aired in publications like the New York Times, have greater consequences for people who can’t set foot outside their neighborhoods without the permission of a hostile government than they do for newspaper writers on the conference circuit.

Peyser also mischaracterizes the aims of progressive politics when she argues that the “radical empathy” of her leftism has made her “open to being friends with all sorts of people” across the political spectrum. Believing that a vile person deserves health care, housing, freedom from state violence, and a vote in their democracy is not the same as enjoying their company and giving them the benefit of friendship. Elsewhere in the conversation, Peyser asks, “If we dismiss the almost 63 million people who voted for Trump as irredeemably evil, where does that leave us as a society?” Well, it leaves us in a pretty fucked place—but that’s the fault of those who cast their lot with an accused sexual abuser who inflames and feeds off America’s most racist impulses. If “we” dismiss those voters as evil unless they change their values, “we” are refusing to accept racism, misogyny, and authoritarianism. If Peyser wants to ask non-Trump voters, many of whom belong to identity groups Trump has directly threatened, to forgive or befriend the president’s supporters, she should present a better example of cross-political friendship than two white women who both voted for Hillary Clinton.

Weiss and Peyser make a few good points in their conversation. Their observations that criticism hurts most when it’s coming from an ideological peer helps explains how Twitter affects journalists’ emotional well-being, and Peyser’s contention that on today’s internet, “offering the benefit of the doubt to another person is a sign of cowardice, or of not being sufficiently moral” cut me deep. But ultimately, their back-and-forth is a self-congratulatory navel-gazing exercise performed by two people with too little skin in the game to make any clash of principles a friendship deal-breaker. There is an argument to be made that Twitter brings out the worst in people, incentivizing takedowns and trolls. Reducing major political differences to incidental opinions is not the way to make it.

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50  Entonces se echó José sobre el rostro de su padre, y lloró sobre él, y lo besó.
Y mandó José a sus siervos los médicos que embalsamasen a su padre; y los médicos embalsamaron a Israel.
Y le cumplieron cuarenta días, porque así cumplían los días de los embalsamados, y lo lloraron los egipcios setenta días.
Y pasados los días de su luto, habló José a los de la casa de Faraón, diciendo: Si he hallado ahora gracia en vuestros ojos, os ruego que habléis en oídos de Faraón, diciendo:
Mi padre me hizo jurar, diciendo: He aquí que voy a morir; en el sepulcro que cavé para mí en la tierra de Canaán, allí me sepultarás;ruego, pues, que vaya yo ahora y sepulte a mi padre, y volveré.
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La "guerra dei tunnel" è solo l'inizio di una resa dei conti fra Israele e Hezbollah pianificata da tempo e che spiega le ragioni per le quali Benjamin Netanyahu aveva voluto, nonostante le critiche piovutegli addosso dalla destra più radicale, negoziare una tregua a Gaza con Hamas. Operazione in codice "Scudo del Nord": è quella che Tsahal, l'esercito dello Stato ebraico, ha avviato a partire dalla scorsa notte per distruggere tunnel di attacco degli Hezbollah che dal Libano si addentrano oltre il confine in territorio israeliano. Ad annunciarlo è stato il portavoce militare di Gerusalemme, tenente colonnello Jonathan Conricus "La costruzione di questi tunnel di attacco che Israele ha scoperto, prima che diventassero operativi e fossero una imminente minaccia per la sicurezza di civili israeliani - ha spiegato il portavoce militare aggiungendo che l'operazione è in corso da questa notte - costituisce una evidente e grave violazione della sovranità israeliana ed è un ulteriore prova del mancato rispetto da parte dell'organizzazione terroristica Hezbollah delle Risoluzione Onu, prima fra tutte la 1701".

Le attività degli Hezbollah, ha aggiunto il portavoce, sono condotte "dai villaggi del sud Libano mettendo in pericolo sia il Paese stesso sia i suoi civili per mettere in piedi queste strutture del terrore". Da quel poco che filtra si sa che il centro dell'operazione è la città di Metulla (al confine tra i due Paesi) e che alcune aree vicine al confine sono state chiuse. Secondo una fonte militare, inoltre,l'operazione potrebbe richiedere settimane prima di essere completata. Un video dell'esercito pubblicato oggi mostra alcuni militari israeliani impegnati in alcune località non meglio precisate e sostiene che si tratta di "preparazioni tattiche per mostrare il progetto dei tunnel di Hezbollah". Tunnel che per ora, fa sapere l'esercito, non sono ancora operativi ma che comunque pongono "una minaccia immediata" ai civili israeliani oltre a costituire una "violazione grave e palese della sovranità israeliana".Perciò, afferma, Israele ha "aumentato la sua presenza e la sua prontezza" nell'area ricordando al nemico sciita che è "pronto a qualunque scenario. La tensione è altissima. L'esercito libanese è stato posto, da questa mattina, in stato di "massima allerta", anche se le operazioni israeliane sono al momento limitate al lato israeliano del confine.

Quattro giorni fa il leader di Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah aveva minacciato di portare la guerra "in Galilea", cioè nel Nord di Israele, dopo un attacco missilistico alla base della milizia sciita in Siria, nella cittadina di Kiswah, a 20 chilometri da Damasco. Era il primo attacco di questo tipo da settembre. Netanyahu è convinto che Israele non possa condurre una guerra su due fronti – Sud-Hamas, Nord-Hezbollah - e ha deciso di concentrarsi in una offensiva diplomatica e militare contro Hezbollah e l'Iran. Ieri è volato a Bruxelles per incontrare il segretario di Stato americano Mike Pompeo e controparti europee. Ha avvertito del rischio di una guerra in Libano se "non saranno trovate soluzioni". All'escalation militare si aggiunge quella delle dichiarazioni. Stiamo prendendo azioni determinate e responsabili simultaneamente in tutti i settori e continueremo con altre operazioni, aperte e coperte, in modo da assicurare la sicurezza di Israele", dichiara Netanyahu, "Chiunque attacchi Israele - ha aggiunto - pagherà un prezzo pesante". Il premier israeliano ha detto di aver informato il segretario di Stato Usa sull'operazione in corso. E da Washington è arrivato il pieno sostegno all'alleato israeliano. "Gli Stati Uniti sostengono con forza l'iniziativa d'Israele per difendere la sua sovranità e chiediamo ad Hezbollah di porre fine alla costruzione di tunnel verso Israele e a qualsiasi azione che inneschi una spirale di violenza", dichiara John Bolton, consigliere per la Sicurezza nazionale di Donald Trump. Secondo un recente rapporto dell'intelligence militare di Gerusalemme, attualmente Hezbollah disporrebbe di oltre 100mila missili, rispetto ai circa 12mila che aveva prima della guerra dell'estate 2006.

Ma c'è dell'altro. E a metterlo in luce con HuffPost è Anthony Samrani, uno dei più autorevoli analisti militari libanesi: "Oltre ad un incremento significativo, in quantità e in qualità, del suo arsenale militare, i miliziani sciiti hanno acquisito nuove tecniche di guerriglia urbano combattendo in Siria, a fianco dei pasdaran iraniani, dei russi e dell'esercito di Assad. In cinque anni, Hezbollah è divenuto un attore regionale capace di dispiegare rapidamente le proprie forze dal Libano all'Iraq e ora anche in Yemen". Secondo il sito French Intelligence, gli Hezbollah starebbero costruendo almeno due installazioni in Libano, dove produrre missili ed armamenti. Sebbene questa notizia circolasse da tempo sui siti arabi, il magazine francese ha fornito maggiori dettagli su queste due strutture, indicandone la posizione e la tipologia di armamenti prodotti. Una prima struttura si troverebbe nei pressi di Hermel, nella Beqaa, mentre la seconda sarebbe posizionata tra Sidone e Tiro. Nella prima installazione verrebbero prodotti razzi Fateh 110 capaci di colpire quasi tutto il territorio israeliano, con una gittata di 300 km e un discreto livello di precisione. Nel complesso situato sulla costa mediterranea invece verrebbero fabbricate munizioni di piccolo calibro. La valenza di "Scudo del Nord" va oltre gli obiettivi ufficialmente dichiarati da Israele. Perché dietro la "guerra dei tunnel" vi è una strategia politico-militare da parte israeliana che ha nel mirino non solo Hezbollah quanto il "Grande Nemico di Gerusalemme": l'Iran. Sul piano militare, dicono ad HuffPost fonti della difesa israeliane a Tel Aviv, l'operazione in corso sposta, o comunque estende, il fronte anti-Iran dalla Siria al Libano.

Fino a ieri, le operazioni militari condotte dall'Idf (le Forze di difesa israeliane) contro Hezbollah avevano come teatro d'azione quello siriano. Con "Scudo del Nord" le cose cambiano: Israele ha posto delle "linee rosse" che coinvolgono anche il governo e l'esercito libanesi. "Scudo del Nord" è parte di una strategia che Israele condivide con l'Arabia Saudita e l'amministrazione Usa: contenere l'espansionismo sciita-iraniano che si dispiega sulla direttrice Baghdad-Damasco-Beirut. La prova di forza voluta da Netanyahu ha anche spiegazioni di politica interna. Per la tregua a Gaza, "Bibi" era stato accusato di "cedimento ai terroristi" dal super falco e alleato di governo, Avigdor Lieberman, che in polemica con la "mollezza" del premier si era dimesso da ministro della Difesa, incarico che Netanyahu ha avocato a sé, nonostante le dichiarate ambizioni del leader di "Focolare ebraico", e attuale ministro dell'Educazione, Naftali Bennet. "Mr Sicurezza", al secolo Benjamin Netanyahu sa di essere di fatto in campagna elettorale e intende giocarsi le sue carte esercitando il pugno di ferro a Nord. Una scelta rischiosa, ma calcolata. Una scelta che può investire direttamente l'Italia. La ragione è nella presenza di caschi blu italiani nella missione Unifil 2, dislocata proprio al confine tra il Libano e Israele.

L'Unifil ha annunciato oggi di avere aumentato i suoi pattugliamenti alla frontiera con Israele in coordinamento con l'esercito libanese. Non è ancora allarme rosso, ma le affermazioni del portavoce militare israeliano destano preoccupazione anche al quartier generale dell'Unifil, in particolare la sottolineatura, da parte israeliana, che le attività degli Hezbollah, sono condotte "dai villaggi del sud Libano mettendo in pericolo sia il Paese stesso sia i suoi civili per mettere in piedi queste strutture del terrore". D'altro canto, quella di Unifil, è una missione contestata da tempo e a più riprese da Israele e dall'amministrazione Trump. Uno degli attacchi più duri era stato sferrato dall''allora ambasciatrice all'Onu, Nikki Haley, che aveva accusato la missione di lasciar transitare le armi che Hezbollah invia al regime siriano. La forza di pace di 10.500 uomini, di cui 1.125 italiani, "non sta svolgendo il suo lavoro in modo efficace", aveva sostenuto Haley. Washington ha chiesto che i caschi blu, oltre a monitorare il rispetto del cessate il fuoco lungo il confine con Israele, contrastino il traffico di armi che dall'Iran, attraverso la Siria, giungono alle milizie sciite di Hezbollah, come denunciato più volte dal governo israeliano. Un'idea già bocciata dalla Francia per la quale si rischierebbe di mettere a rischio l'esistenza stessa della forza Onu e la sua legittimazione, nonché la sicurezza dei caschi blu schierati nel cuore del territorio controllato da Hezbollah nel sud del Paese dei Cedri, che non dispongono di mezzi e armamenti adatti al combattimento ma solo a perlustrare il territorio e la Linea blu che segna il confine con Israele. Se i venti di guerra tornassero a spirare in Libano, e "Scudo del Nord" ne è una concreta avvisaglia, a rischiare sarebbero anche i nostri 1.125 caschi blu.

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Su Gerusalemme esiste un "anti Trump". Il suo nome è Jorge Maria Bergoglio. È a Papa Francesco che il presidente dell'Autorità nazionale palestinese, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) si affida per un miracolo in Terrasanta: far rivivere la "Questione palestinese", a partire dalla difesa di una pace giusta, fondata sulla soluzione a due Stati. Fede e politica sono indissolubilmente legate quando si affronta il nodo-Gerusalemme e più in generale, il conflitto israelo-palestinese. Per questo, l'incontro di oggi in Vaticano tra Bergoglio e Abu Mazen è stato un incontro "politico", nel senso più alto e nobile del termine. Un incontro, durato venti minuti, tra due persone che si stimano, tra cui si è instaurato nel tempo un rapporto di amicizia.

"Preghiamo per la pace in questa stagione di Natale": così Abu Mazen nel corso dell'udienza che gli ha concesso il Papa nel palazzo apostolico vaticano. Francesco ha accolto il leader palestinese con un abbraccio e un bacio. Si è trattato della quarta udienza privata del Pontefice al leader palestinese, dopo quella del 17 ottobre 2013, quella del 16 maggio 2015 e quella del 14 gennaio 2017, senza dimenticare la preghiera di pace nei Giardini Vaticani con l'allora presidente israeliano Shimon Peres e il patriarca di Costantinopoli Bartolomeo nel giugno 2014, dopo il viaggio di Francesco in Terra Santa, e l'incontro con Abbas in Palestina. Tra il presidente dell'Anp e il Papa, inoltre, vi sono state varie telefonate dopo la decisione statunitense di spostare l'ambasciata da Tel Aviv a Gerusalemme. La Santa Sede ha riconosciuto lo "Stato di Palestina" a gennaio del 2016. L'agenzia stampa palestinese Wafa ha scritto che Abbas "ha riferito al Papa degli ultimi sviluppi in Palestina e delle implicazioni della decisione degli Stati Uniti di riconoscere Gerusalemme come capitale di Israele muovendo la propria ambasciata nella città. Ha riferito al Papa anche delle violazioni di Israele contro il popolo palestinese, la sua terra e i suoi luoghi sacri, in particolare a Gerusalemme".

Abbas ha regalato al Papa un libro sui rapporti storici tra Vaticano e Terra Santa ed una immagine di Gerusalemme: "Questa rappresenta lo spirito della città vecchia di Gerusalemme", ha spiegato. l Pontefice ha ricambiato con un medaglione che riproduce la Basilica di San Pietro nel 1600 in bronzo, l'enciclica Laudato si e il Messaggio per la Giornata della Pace 2018, del quale ha detto: "ho voluto firmarlo con la data di oggi" Riattivare il processo di pace tra israeliani e palestinesi e raggiungere la soluzione dei due Stati" anche attraverso "un rinnovato impegno della comunità internazionale nel venire incontro alle legittime aspirazioni di entrambi i popoli" è la posizione espressa da Papa Francesco durante l'udienza in Vaticano. Durante il colloquio tra Bergoglio e Abbas, seguito dall'incontro con monsignor Paul Gallagher segretario per i rapporti con gli Stati, "sono stati rilevati i buoni rapporti tra la Santa Sede e la Palestina e il ruolo positivo dei cristiani e dell'attività della Chiesa nella società palestinese, sancito dall'Accordo globale del 2015", riferisce una nota del Vaticano. Inoltre, "un'attenzione particolare è stata riservata allo status di Gerusalemme, sottolineando l'importanza di riconoscerne e preservarne l'identità e il valore universale di Città Santa per le tre religioni abramitiche". Infine, "si è parlato degli altri conflitti che affliggono il Medio Oriente e dell'urgenza di favorire percorsi di pace e di dialogo, con il contributo della comunità religiosa, per combattere ogni forma di estremismo e di fondamentalismo".

"Grazie della visita", ha esclamato Papa Francesco prima di congedarsi. "Sono contento di questo incontro, contiamo su di te", è stata la frase finale pronunciata da Abu Mazen. Della delegazione palestinese facevano parte 16 membri tra cui ministro Esteri, Riyad al-Malki, il consigliere per gli affari religiosi e gli ambasciatori presso l'Italia e presso la Santa Sede. Prima dell'incontro con il Papa, Abu Mazen era stato ricevuto dal presidente della Repubblica, Sergio Mattarella. All'incontro, rende noto in comunicato del Quirinale, era il Ministro degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Enzo Moavero Milanesi. Nel tardo pomeriggio, il presidente palestinese è stato ricevuto a Palazzo Chigi dal presidente del Consiglio Giuseppe Conte. Più Europa in Palestina.

È questo, confidano ad HuffPost fonti palestinesi al seguito di Abu Mazen, il tasto su cui l'anziano leader palestinese ha più battuto nell'incontro con Conte, durato circa un'ora, e nella colazione di lavoro con Mattarella. Una linea che il capo della diplomazia palestinese, Riyad al-Malki, aveva anticipato nell'intervista concessa ad HuffPost, pochi giorni fa, in occasione della sua partecipazione ai Rome-Med Dialogues: "Abbiamo bisogno di un'Europa forte e unita per prendere questa responsabilità. Se gli americani non vorranno fare nulla, dovrebbe farlo l'Europa- aveva sostenuto in quell'occasione al-Malki - Dobbiamo forzare il cambiamento, e per questo stiamo spingendo per un ruolo europeo. Sarebbe un fatto politico di grande significato, come lo è il fatto che è sempre più grande e qualificato il numero dei Paesi al mondo che hanno riconosciuto unilateralmente lo Stato di Palestina. Questo ci dice che esiste un consenso internazionale attorno a questa soluzione e sarà nostro impegno rafforzarlo, sia nelle relazioni bilaterali che operando nei tanti e importanti organismi internazionali dei quali siamo stati chiamati a far parte". Tra gli Stati che hanno riconosciuto lo "Stato di Palestina" c'è il Vaticano (gennaio del 2016), ma non l'Italia. Un vuoto destinato a restar tale, perché non sarà l'attuale governo a fare una scelta che pure, dall'opposizione, i Cinque Stelle avevano perorato, ai massimi livelli.

Un passo indietro nel tempo. 9 luglio 2016: "Quello che diciamo facciamo: se il M5S arriverà al Governo, riconosceremo lo Stato di Palestina". Ad affermarlo è Luigi Di Maio in un incontro con i giornalisti italiani a Hebron in Cisgiordania, nella sede del Tiph (Temporary International Presence in Hebron), di cui fa parte un contingente italiano di Carabinieri: "È un indirizzo politico che avevamo all'opposizione e quindi avremo anche in maggioranza ", aggiunge. Di Maio si trovava in visita in Israele e Palestina a capo di una delegazione pentastellata. "Un riconoscimento che ovviamente – aveva specificato l'allora capogruppo in Commissione Affari Esteri alla Camera, Manlio Di Stefano - si deve basare sui confini del 1967 e che deve comportare anche il ritiro dal Golan. È quello che diremo agli israeliani". L'argomento è stato affrontato anche nell'incontro con il sindaco di Betlemme, Vera Bahboun. Secondo Di Maio, il riconoscimento avrebbe un effetto trascinamento sulle altre nazioni europee. "Perché è l'Unione europea - ha aggiunto - che deve avere un peso". Oggi Di Maio è vice premier e Di Stefano sottosegretario agli Esteri.

In una intervista a La Stampa, in concomitanza con la sua visita romana, Abbas ha spiegato: "Gli Stati Uniti di Trump non possono essere gli unici mediatori in Medio Oriente", ed ha aggiunto: "Lo scorso febbraio ho suggerito al Consiglio di Sicurezza dell'Onu che l'unica maniera per fare dei progressi è creare un meccanismo che includa tutti i membri permanenti del Consiglio di Sicurezza, del Quartetto ed altri. Anche l'Europa può avere un ruolo. E inoltre restiamo aperti a negoziati diretti: ho accettato più volte incontri con il premier Netanyahu, anche a Mosca su invito del presidente Putin, ma lui non si è mai presentato". Ed è difficile che lo farà in futuro, visti i guai giudiziari ai quali il premier israeliano deve far fronte e con elezioni anticipate sempre più probabili. Quanto all'Italia, la dirigenza palestinese sa di poter contare sulla "sensibilità" del Capo dello Stato, mentre è ancora sospeso il giudizio sul governo gialloverde. Gli incontri con Mattarella e Conte sono stati importanti ma nella visita di Mahmoud Abbas hanno rappresentato il "contorno". Perché il "piatto forte" era sull'altra sponda del Tevere.

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Con el objetivo de compartir su experiencia sobre los escenarios más exigentes de la ópera, la soprano española Laura Alonso Padín, ofrecerá en la región una master class en coordinación con el proyecto lagunero de ópera All'unisono, los días 7 y 9 de diciembre en el Teatro de Cámara de la Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila.

En entrevista con El Siglo de Torreón, desde España, la soprano explicó que México es país hermano para una española como ella. Que siempre le ha encantado este país y es bien relevante actuar aquí, dado que es una tierra de maravillosas voces de ópera y en la que cada vez la lírica tiene un lugar más importante en la sociedad.

Sobre el significado de la Zarzuela, un género que ha tenido frutos importantes en su carrera, Laura Alonso, comentó: "La zarzuela goza de enorme popularidad en Europa pero tal vez necesite valedores como los necesita también la ópera y el lied que está perdiendo fuerzas en algunos países".

Como algo fundamental y que debemos aprovechar cada día, consideró la soprano española el papel de las redes sociales para difundir géneros como la ópera y la llamada "música clásica", en las nuevas generaciones.

Sobre como ha logrado una carrera constante y de logros importantes, la cantante dijo que: "estudiando con mucha ética y principios la mayor cantidad de horas que puedo, para luego dar lo mejor de mí. Cada cual debe dar la mejor versión de uno mismo".

Aun cuando ella misma dice que la función de un cantante es propagar y difundir lo clásico en el mundo, un acercamiento a lo popular es siempre maravilloso, siempre que no se cante con voz de ópera.

Sobre su referencia en el canto dijo que "la señora Montserrat Caballé, que ha sido la mayor soprano de todos los tiempos a mi humilde parecer".

Los interesados en asistir a las clase que impartirá Padín, como oyentes o activos, pueden comunicarse al correo electrónico, o al teléfono 8712122027.

Una gran invitada

Laura Alonso Padín estudió canto y violín, amplía sus estudios en la Musikhochschule de Karlsruhe en Alemania, donde estudia con los maestros Aldo Baldín, Anna Reynolds, Jean Cox, y lied con Hartmut Höll, gracias a la importante beca alemana Alexander von Humboldt. Es invitada regular en teatros y salas de conciertos como el Auditorio Rishon Le Zion, de Israel; el Lincoln Center de Nueva York; el Teatro Bellas Artes en México; el Philharmonie de Colonia, Berlín y Essen, así como al Herodes Atticus de Atenas, y ciudades como Amsterdam, Los Ángeles Valencia y Barcelona, entre otros muchos. Ha sido ganadora del Primer Premio en el último Certamen Alfredo Kraus, junto a otros destacados como los certámenes Franco Corelli, Verviers o Jaume Aragall.

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The Leica TL2 beat them all. Including the Fuji X-T3 and the EOS M6. Incredible! Sadly, many people scoff at Leica prices and think that the premium price is basically related to the name brand and the aura that surrounds the Leica name. I hope these tests will serve to convince them (or maybe some of them) that Leica is a serious competitor in the high-end world of digital photography. IMHO, Leica digital photography is a better option because it combines many unique advantages: superior optical engineering and knowledge of mirrorless design, superior manufacturing techniques, extensive Quality Control at every step of the manufacturing process (for both lenses and cameras), meaning no statistical (hypergeometric) sampling tests - every lens is tested and re-tested. Minimalist intelligent user interface, and no encryption of any part of the digital files are also important. Add to this one of the most modern and up-to-date ASIC chip (Maestro II) based on the same Milbeault architecture designed by Fujitsu (and also used by Nikon for its Expeed ASIC chips), the inclusion of a modern FPGA chip, the Xilinx Artix-7, to complement the work of the Maestro. And finally, a willingness to work with many different players in the world of digital photography, digital signal processing, digital sensor design, advanced physics, and university engineering faculties. Faculties and companies in the US, Belgium, France, Japan, Germany, Israel and China. All this from a “little“ company with only 1600 employees! Yes, Leica products are more expensive. But if you think that what you are buying is just a pretty box with a big name on it, you are making a big mistake. Leica cameras and lenses are a unique experience.
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Writing in JTA, Jewish writer Larry Cohler-Esses called out PBS for its reporting on Jews living in Iran. PBS’s headline states, “Despite tension between Iran and Israel, Iran’s Jewish minority feels at home.” “The story refers vaguely and incompletely to the discrimination that Jews (and other non-Muslim minorities) live within Iran, mentioning only that Jews […]

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A 2,000-year-old bronze ring could have been worn by Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who ordered Jesus to be crucified, archaeologists say. The ring was first unearthed 50 years ago at Herodium, a fortress built by King Herod, but archaeologists recently examined it and found the word, ‘Pilatus’ on the ring. The writing was found […]

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Today 3rd day of Hanukkah 🕎 HAPPY HANUKKAH ❤ Shalom #feliz 💑 #love💑❤️ # myhouse❤# gracias Hashem por mi familia , por mis hijos, los amo , son mi mayor bendición #greeneyes # curlyhair# israel# jerusalen# judios# onelove #bendecida #bendecidaconmifamilia #mybabygirl #mybabyboy#mydaughter #myson #mylove# # mystory# moda# model#love #lovemyfamily #smile #curlyhair #mylove #home #israel #jerusalem #cuba #españa #estambul #milan #italy #blue #sleep #bendecidaconmifamilia #love #familytime #family #friends #pink #love #lovemyfamily 🕯🕯🍷🥖🥖🇮🇱✡️🕎💖👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💝♥️💖😘😍
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A Muslim should never be allowed to hold public office in this country. Muslims must follow Islam and it's Sharia law which are both at compete odds with our Constitution, our laws and our freedoms. We cannot assimilate people who are hostile to our government, our laws, our way of life, demanding and intent on conquering.
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It may take the fall of Britain and the fall of France and the fall of Germany and the rest of Europe before a righteous resistance is organized against the Islamic invaders. The leadership of those countries have already capitulated; they have submitted. Spiritually this has great significance. When you bow, or submit to another authority you have in a sense acquiesced your autonomy, your independence, your freedom. On a spiritual and psychological level the battle has already been lost in Britain and in France, even if it will take awhile for the actual physical manifestation of the spiritual rot to appear. The battle is essentially over. Islam has won over the hearts and minds of the leadership in academia, in culture and in the arts and in politics. They have forsaken their Judea-Christian heritage. Babylon has fallen, has fallen. The masses are the unfortunate victims, however in their decadence and abandonment of traditional morals and ethics they have gotten the leaders that they deserved. We are witnessing something historic, very much like the latter stages of the kingdoms of Judea and Israel prior to their dispersal and captivity in the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries B.C. We are witnessing The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization. And it will collapse, It has already collapsed spiritually, morally and culturally. The inevitable actual, visible societal collapse and fall to Islam is inevitable. What has happened and is happening is irreversible. God is raising up those countries in Eastern Europe along with Russia as a new bastion and a new refuge for those who still fear and honor the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Eventually Europe will experience what Jerusalem experienced in 70 A.D. And the Muslim flag will fly from the roofs of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Family will either live in subjection as Dhimmis, or they will forsake their God given inheritance as Protectors of the Faith and convert to the bastard "religion" of Muhammad, or they will be slain or live in exile because of their negligence, irresponsibility and foolishness. The current celebrity royals who enjoy the limelight of fame in this cultural wasteland have forsaken their sworn duty to defend their land and their people from foreign invaders. They and their descendants will richly deserve their fate.
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AIPAC is lost. If after Obama, the AIPAC leadership can scold Trump for the thunderous applause their members gave Trump, over remarks that were rather tame and directed at Hillary and Obama, that tells me liberal ideology trumps Israel. In my lifetime, Obama was the most HOSTILE President we have ever had towards Israel. How Obama treated P.M. Netahyahu and even tried to unseat him for the last election was shocking. Hillary was no better. My guess is, liberal ideology will be more important than defending Israel. Hope I am wrong! Trump AIPAC speech transcript. Yes, he delivered on moving the embassy to Jerusalem and acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Here is his speech. Bernie Sanders didn't bother to show up. blob:
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You do agree Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
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France's President Stabs Israel In The Back And Tells Trump Not To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel's Capital. France's hypocrisy reached a new low. The French president condemns Trump for a "One sided" decision on Jerusalem, how quickly Macron has forgotten that France itself supported the One-sided UN...
Thomas Williams - This guy is truly a whore that is willing to sell out his own countrymen best political interest to the aggressive perverted Islamic Muslims invaders. Has he no shame?

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Hillel at Ithaca College will be sponsoring a special Shabbat dinner featuring authentic Israeli sufganiyot and a latke bar on December 7th at 7 P.M. in Muller Chapel as part of this year's Hanukkah celebrations! 

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Comparto parte de mi Guía Profética 5779.

Escrita por Jose Abril . Prohibido compartir sin referenciar. Se debe poner . Escrito por @joseabrilecuador.

Guía Profética 5779.


El año 2010 marcó el inicio de la Década del Profeta , ese año correspondió al 5770, el símbolo de 70 en hebreo es el ojo , por eso a toda la década del 2010 al 2019 o del 5770 al 5779 se le conoció como la Década del Profeta o del Vidente, durante esta Década vimos el cumplimiento de eventos que no se cumplieron en Israel durante 2000 años, los cuales nos hacen ver con los ojos de la revelación que la Venida del Mesías está cerca: 

5775 Año Shemitáh o Año Sabático.
5776 Año Yovele o Año de Jubileo.
5777 Año de Jubileo de Jerusalem y Jubileo de Hebrón.
5778-5779 Año de la Estela o continuación del Jubileo y fin de la Década del Profeta.

Además el 14 de mayo del 2018 se celebraron 70 años de La Independencia de Israel y la Inauguración de la Embajada de USA en Jerusalem. Y dos días después lo hizo Guatemala. Lo que hicieron estas dos naciones marcó la cancha profética , a un lado están Israel, Estados Unidos y Guatemala, junto a los creyentes de todo el mundo que amamos a Israel y en el otro lado están todos los gobiernos y personas que no aceptan a Israel y están en contra .

Así mismo se han celebrado en las cercanías del Monte del Templo, la Ceremonia del Corban Pesaj que no se habían hecho hace 2000 años. Volvieron los levitas al Monte del Templo y sonaron las Trompetas de Plata. Tekia Bajatzorot.

Jerusalem celebró su primer Jubileo en manos judías, es decir que en sólo 50 años esa ciudad se convirtió en Luz a las naciones, y cada vez el creyente quiere subir a Jerusalem a adorar al Rey de Gloria, cumpliéndose Isaías 66: 23:

Isaías 66:23 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)
23 Sucederá que de una luna nueva a otra, y de un sábado a otro, toda la humanidad vendrá a postrarse ante mí dice el Señor.

En el año 5779 -2019 cada vez más creyentes subirán a adorar a Dios en Jerusalem, en las Fiestas Bíblicas y en los Shabbats.

No sólo se celebró el Aniversario 50 de Jerusalem, también se celebró el Jubileo de Hebrón, y también de las Alturas del Golán. Este 5779 se debe poner atención a lo que el Eterno hará en ellas, el enemigo querrá matar, robar y destruir , pero El Dios de Israel hará algo tremendo.

El Año 5779 será conocido como el Año de la Hora Novena:
A la hora novena hace 2000 años en Jerusalem se dio el sacrificio de la Cruz:
El Cordero de Dios fue sacrificado en la Cruz a la hora novena.

El velo del Templo se rasgó.
Hubo un terremoto.
Hubo resurrecciones.
Hubo alarma en Jerusalem.
Hubo tinieblas desde la hora sexta hasta la hora novena.

El año 5779 será el Año de la Hora Novena:
El Sacrificio de la Cruz fue hecho en Jerusalem hace 2000 años a la hora novena. Este 5779 se salvarán más almas que en toda la Década del Profeta.

Lucas 23
44 Cuando era como la hora sexta, hubo tinieblas sobre toda la tierra hasta la hora novena.
Marcos 15
33 Cuando vino la hora sexta, hubo tinieblas sobre toda la tierra hasta la hora novena.
34 Y a la hora novena Jesús clamó a gran voz, diciendo: Eloi, Eloi, ¿lama sabactani? que traducido es: Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has desamparado?
37 Mas Jesús, dando una gran voz, expiró.
38 Entonces el velo del templo se rasgó en dos, de arriba abajo.
39 Y el centurión que estaba frente a él, viendo que después de clamar había expirado así, dijo: Verdaderamente este hombre era Hijo de Dios.
A la hora 9 Jesús dando Gran Voz expiró y el velo del Templo se rasgó:

El Año 5779 será un Año de Unidad entre Judíos y Cristianos, este año marcará el Año de la Restauración del Tabernáculo de David. Recordando que en este modelo de Dios en tiempos de David no solo judíos eran parte también estaba la familia de Obed Edom. 

Aleluya. Este Año 5779 será el Año en que más cristianos y judíos se unan para hacer actividades juntos en Jerusalem y en otras ciudades de Israel.

5779 será un año de Gran Voz, el Cuerpo de Cristo, se hará sentir en las Ciudades y en las naciones. El Año 5779 será conocido como el Año de la Alarma, el Año de Terúah.

5779 Sera un Año de Salvación para tanto Ateo que recibirá a Jesús al tener experiencias de la Cruz en sueños.

El año 5779 que marca el fin de la Década del Profeta se salvarán más almas que en toda la Década del Profeta.

El año 5779 será el Año de la Restauración del Tabernáculo de David. Hace 70 años cuando David ben Gurion leyó el Acta de la Independencia el 14 de mayo de 1948, la porción de los profetas que se leyó en las Sinagogas y Casas fue Amos 9: 11 la Restauración del Tabernáculo de David, en ese entonces eran 600. 000 judios en Israel ahora son 8 millones en Israel , y un gran porcentaje ven a los creyentes de América y de las naciones como sus amigos, en el Tabernáculo de David había judíos y no judíos que adoraban a Dios en Sión. Después de 70 años los mejores aliados de los judíos son los creyentes en Jesús. Algo tremendo viene en Jerusalem este 5779. Amos 9: 11 se cumplirá a gran escala.

5779 será El Año de los Hijos de Isaacar. Un año profético por excelencia.  El hijo 9 de Yacob fue Isaacar. Hijo de Lea. Mujer fructífera que dio a luz una y otra vez hijos para Jacob.

5779 será el Año de las Léa. Un año profético para las mujeres proféticas que quieren dar a luz generaciones de Levitas y Profetas para Dios. El Año 5779 será El Año de la Fructificación, Multiplicación y Abundancia.

5779 será un año de Estrategias De Alto Nivel para marchar hacia la Guerra. En el desierto siempre marcharon juntos Judá, Isacaar Y Zabulon. Siempre Isaacar decía lo que había que hacer en la guerra. 

5779 será un año en que así como Judá, Isacaar y Zabulon se juntaron para marchar en el desierto en las Estaciones Proféticas de Dios. 5779 será un año de Alianzas Estratégicas; Judá con Isaacar y con Zabulon. Adoración en los tiempos marcados por Dios y con las Finanzas suplidas.

5779 será el Año que más Latinos suban a Adorar a Dios en Jerusalem. Esta oleada de creyentes en Jesús hará que las aguas proféticas de Sión se muevan y haya cambios en la legislación para subir a Adorar en el Monte del Templo que actualmente está prohibido para judíos y cristianos.

5778 fue el Año que salió la Ley Judia del Estado de Israel el 5779 será el Año que del Keneset salga la Ley del Aliyá que permita que cada vez más Ministerios Latinos tengan su Base de Operaciones Permanente en Jerusalem.

5779 Sera el año en que desde América del Sur las Naciones con Temor de Dios sigan moviendo sus Embajadas a Jerusalem.

5779 será un año de gozo el mejor vino esta para el final. Es el año de la culminación de la Década del Profeta y el mejor vino esta para el final. Habrá un derramamiento del poder profético tan fuerte que las señales serán tan notorias en los Ministerios Proféticos que aun la sociedad civil y las esferas políticas serán impactadas por los Ministerios Profético en las Ciudades.

5779 Será un Año para Recibir Proyectos Gigantes. Mega proyectos de Evangelismo.

5779 es el cierre de la  Década del Profeta y Finalizar el 5779 inicia la Década del Evangelista. 5780 a 5789. Recibiremos la impronta del Espíritu Santo para un mega proyecto de Evangelismo Masivo para los próximos   10 años. Si en la Década del Profeta se salvaron miles de miles de almas en la Década del Evangelista se salvarán millones de millones. 

5779 será un Año de Presbiterios Proféticos. Judá e Isaacar juntos en las Ciudades traerán una dirección profética asertiva para las Ciudades de Avivamiento.

5779 será el último año de la década del profeta.
El año 5779 será el año en que más videncias y visiones vendrán, sobre apóstoles y profetas , para improntar en sus corazones la carga por los  perdidos y sobre naciones, pero sobre todo vendrán las estrategias para alcanzar a naciones que están siendo controladas y ocupadas por Musulmanes , el Efecto Trompeta, se replicará en algunas naciones, durante la próxima década  que será llamada la Década del Evangelista. 

La Estrategia para la Década del Evangelista es: Por mi Espíritu y por la palabra del Testimonio. Cada profeta de Oficio recibirá esta estrategia en este año. 

De Israel salió la primera obra misionera, y allá regresa la obra misionera de la última hora, la unción que operó en Pablo en el primer siglo, la unción de la tribu doce, es la unción que viene sobre  evangelistas.

Así como Ayin fue para sententa el patrón profético que marcó toda la Década, el Ayin es el ojo de Dios, es el ojo del vidente y del profeta, así mismo el pei, será el patrón profético para toda la década del evangelista, el símbolo de pei es una boca, la boca es usada para predicar la palabra de Dios. En la década del profeta se soltó el poder de Dios sobre naciones e iglesias, en la década del evangelista, una nueva generación de evangelistas en las naciones será usada para ganar las ciudades menos alcanzadas.
La Década del Evangelista será también profética, se verán milagros en ministerios de evangelista jóvenes que sólo sucedían en ministerios proféticos marcados. 
La Década del Evangelista estará marcada por milagros inusuales, prodigios, portentos, y cosas sobrenaturales que antes no se vio, desde la época de los primeros apóstoles. 
En la Década del Evangelista, el enfoque serán las almas y las Naciones no alcanzadas, por ello muchos ministerios quíntuples, volverán a sus inicios, es decir al evangelismo, se van  a volver a abrir las puertas para tomar los estadios para campañas de salvación, pero no será como en los 70 s y 80 s que se presentaban los evangelistas sólos, serán generaciones de evangelista, papas e hijos evangelista y sus equipos de milagros y oración ministrarán en estadios, coliseos y gimnasios. 
La década del profeta nos trajo JUBILEO, esa cosecha de Jubileo la veremos en la Década del Evangelista, será literalmente la Década que más salvación masiva suceda en Naciones no alcanzadas y naciones que otras religiones las tomaron, los latinos serán punta de lanza en este mover.
El enemigo pensó que tenía Europa en sus manos y cantó victoria anticipada para los próximos años, dice el Señor tengo un remanente fiel en Europa que está listo para contrarrestar la obra del enemigo en Europa, “ Voy a llenar Europa con mis evangelistas y misioneros jóvenes, de las naciones latinas, prepárate, porque de ti saldrán saetas de salvación”.  

Escrita por Jose Abril . Prohibido compartir sin referenciar. Se debe poner . Escrito por @joseabrilecuador.

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Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at Job Description The Distributor & Export Business Unit is in charge of the Kraft Heinz business in more than 20 European markets, amongst which the Nordics, Baltics, Hungary, Czech, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Israel and others. It is the growth engine of Kraft Heinz’s European business with its fast-developing business and ambitious year over year growth. Joining the D&E team, you will be joining a family of highly entrepreneurial, ambitious and passionate team players, dedicated to reaching our goal of being the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world. D&E is located in 2 offices of Kraft Heinz, Malmö (Sweden) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The majority of the people is sitting in Amsterdam. We have an excellent opportunity available for a Junior Business Development Manager in our Distributor & Export Business Unit to make a difference at Kraft Heinz. The Business Development Manager reports to the Commercial Head and is responsible for creating and delivering the JBPs (Joint Business Plans) with our external partners (distributors and Key accounts supplied directly). He/She owns the relationship with the distributors, ensures the budget delivery, drives growth and is a true ambassador for our brands and products. The role will involve managing multiple countries, with frequent travel, that will give you the exposure to FMCG markets in different regions in the above countries. The role will engage in a variety of tasks including sales, successful launching of KraftHeinz products, forecast, coordination, strategic planning, relationship management, negotiation and most of all, development and drive growth opportunities. In brief, you will be responsible for: + Delivery of annual sales objectives + Distributor Management + Driving growth opportunities / listings via tenders + Ownership of the volume forecasts + Pricing implementation Hard SkillsPlease kindly note that you need to have an EU Working Permit (Orientation Year Visa not included) in order to proceed for this position. + Bachelor Degree; Master Degree is a plus; + 2-4 years’ experience in a Sales position. Experience in managing international clients/distributors will be considered as a plus; + Language skills: fluent in English both written and oral. A second/third European language is a plus; What we offer you + An ambitious employer; + A competetive salary and an excellent bonus structure; + A permanent contract; + Reimbursement for your commuting Location(s)Amsterdam The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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          December 5: Ezekiel 40–41; John 3:22–36; Psalm 125; Proverbs 29:5–8       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Ezekiel 40–41

Ezekiel 40–41 (Listen)

Vision of the New Temple

40 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me to the city.1 In visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. And the man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”

The East Gate to the Outer Court

And behold, there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area, and the length of the measuring reed in the man's hand was six long cubits, each being a cubit and a handbreadth2 in length. So he measured the thickness of the wall, one reed; and the height, one reed. Then he went into the gateway facing east, going up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one reed deep.3 And the side rooms, one reed long and one reed broad; and the space between the side rooms, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end, one reed. Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, on the inside, one reed. Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and its jambs, two cubits; and the vestibule of the gate was at the inner end. 10 And there were three side rooms on either side of the east gate. The three were of the same size, and the jambs on either side were of the same size. 11 Then he measured the width of the opening of the gateway, ten cubits; and the length of the gateway, thirteen cubits. 12 There was a barrier before the side rooms, one cubit on either side. And the side rooms were six cubits on either side. 13 Then he measured the gate from the ceiling of the one side room to the ceiling of the other, a breadth of twenty-five cubits; the openings faced each other. 14 He measured also the vestibule, sixty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court.4 15 From the front of the gate at the entrance to the front of the inner vestibule of the gate was fifty cubits. 16 And the gateway had windows all around, narrowing inwards toward the side rooms and toward their jambs, and likewise the vestibule had windows all around inside, and on the jambs were palm trees.

The Outer Court

17 Then he brought me into the outer court. And behold, there were chambers and a pavement, all around the court. Thirty chambers faced the pavement. 18 And the pavement ran along the side of the gates, corresponding to the length of the gates. This was the lower pavement. 19 Then he measured the distance from the inner front of the lower gate to the outer front of the inner court,5 a hundred cubits on the east side and on the north side.6

The North Gate

20 As for the gate that faced toward the north, belonging to the outer court, he measured its length and its breadth. 21 Its side rooms, three on either side, and its jambs and its vestibule were of the same size as those of the first gate. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 22 And its windows, its vestibule, and its palm trees were of the same size as those of the gate that faced toward the east. And by seven steps people would go up to it, and find its vestibule before them. 23 And opposite the gate on the north, as on the east, was a gate to the inner court. And he measured from gate to gate, a hundred cubits.

The South Gate

24 And he led me toward the south, and behold, there was a gate on the south. And he measured its jambs and its vestibule; they had the same size as the others. 25 Both it and its vestibule had windows all around, like the windows of the others. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 26 And there were seven steps leading up to it, and its vestibule was before them, and it had palm trees on its jambs, one on either side. 27 And there was a gate on the south of the inner court. And he measured from gate to gate toward the south, a hundred cubits.

The Inner Court

28 Then he brought me to the inner court through the south gate, and he measured the south gate. It was of the same size as the others. 29 Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others, and both it and its vestibule had windows all around. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 30 And there were vestibules all around, twenty-five cubits long and five cubits broad. 31 Its vestibule faced the outer court, and palm trees were on its jambs, and its stairway had eight steps.

32 Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and he measured the gate. It was of the same size as the others. 33 Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others, and both it and its vestibule had windows all around. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 34 Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its jambs, on either side, and its stairway had eight steps.

35 Then he brought me to the north gate, and he measured it. It had the same size as the others. 36 Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others,7 and it had windows all around. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 37 Its vestibule8 faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its jambs, on either side, and its stairway had eight steps.

38 There was a chamber with its door in the vestibule of the gate,9 where the burnt offering was to be washed. 39 And in the vestibule of the gate were two tables on either side, on which the burnt offering and the sin offering and the guilt offering were to be slaughtered. 40 And off to the side, on the outside as one goes up to the entrance of the north gate, were two tables; and off to the other side of the vestibule of the gate were two tables. 41 Four tables were on either side of the gate, eight tables, on which to slaughter. 42 And there were four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, a cubit and a half long, and a cubit and a half broad, and one cubit high, on which the instruments were to be laid with which the burnt offerings and the sacrifices were slaughtered. 43 And hooks,10 a handbreadth long, were fastened all around within. And on the tables the flesh of the offering was to be laid.

Chambers for the Priests

44 On the outside of the inner gateway there were two chambers11 in the inner court, one12 at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the south13 gate facing north. 45 And he said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple, 46 and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who alone14 among the sons of Levi may come near to the LORD to minister to him.” 47 And he measured the court, a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits broad, a square. And the altar was in front of the temple.

The Vestibule of the Temple

48 Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the jambs of the vestibule, five cubits on either side. And the breadth of the gate was fourteen cubits, and the sidewalls of the gate15 were three cubits on either side. 49 The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the breadth twelve16 cubits, and people would go up to it by ten steps.17 And there were pillars beside the jambs, one on either side.

The Inner Temple

41 Then he brought me to the nave and measured the jambs. On each side six cubits18 was the breadth of the jambs.19 And the breadth of the entrance was ten cubits, and the sidewalls of the entrance were five cubits on either side. And he measured the length of the nave,20 forty cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits. Then he went into the inner room and measured the jambs of the entrance, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits; and the sidewalls on either side21 of the entrance, seven cubits. And he measured the length of the room, twenty cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits, across the nave. And he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”

Then he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits thick, and the breadth of the side chambers, four cubits, all around the temple. And the side chambers were in three stories, one over another, thirty in each story. There were offsets22 all around the wall of the temple to serve as supports for the side chambers, so that they should not be supported by the wall of the temple. And it became broader as it wound upward to the side chambers, because the temple was enclosed upward all around the temple. Thus the temple had a broad area upward, and so one went up from the lowest story to the top story through the middle story. I saw also that the temple had a raised platform all around; the foundations of the side chambers measured a full reed of six long cubits. The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits. The free space between the side chambers of the temple and the 10 other chambers was a breadth of twenty cubits all around the temple on every side. 11 And the doors of the side chambers opened on the free space, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south. And the breadth of the free space was five cubits all around.

12 The building that was facing the separate yard on the west side was seventy cubits broad, and the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length ninety cubits.

13 Then he measured the temple, a hundred cubits long; and the yard and the building with its walls, a hundred cubits long; 14 also the breadth of the east front of the temple and the yard, a hundred cubits.

15 Then he measured the length of the building facing the yard that was at the back and its galleries23 on either side, a hundred cubits.

The inside of the nave and the vestibules of the court, 16 the thresholds and the narrow windows and the galleries all around the three of them, opposite the threshold, were paneled with wood all around, from the floor up to the windows (now the windows were covered), 17 to the space above the door, even to the inner room, and on the outside. And on all the walls all around, inside and outside, was a measured pattern.24 18 It was carved of cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Every cherub had two faces: 19 a human face toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple all around. 20 From the floor to above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved; similarly the wall of the nave.

21 The doorposts of the nave were squared, and in front of the Holy Place was something resembling 22 an altar of wood, three cubits high, two cubits long, and two cubits broad.25 Its corners, its base,26 and its walls were of wood. He said to me, “This is the table that is before the LORD.” 23 The nave and the Holy Place had each a double door. 24 The double doors had two leaves apiece, two swinging leaves for each door. 25 And on the doors of the nave were carved cherubim and palm trees, such as were carved on the walls. And there was a canopy27 of wood in front of the vestibule outside. 26 And there were narrow windows and palm trees on either side, on the sidewalls of the vestibule, the side chambers of the temple, and the canopies.


[1] 40:1 Hebrew brought me there
[2] 40:5 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters; a handbreadth was about 3 inches or 7.5 centimeters
[3] 40:6 Hebrew deep, and one threshold, one reed deep
[4] 40:14 Text uncertain; Hebrew And he made the jambs sixty cubits, and to the jamb of the court was the gateway all around
[5] 40:19 Hebrew distance from before the low gate before the inner court to the outside
[6] 40:19 Or cubits. So far the eastern gate; now to the northern gate
[7] 40:36 One manuscript (compare verses 29 and 33); most manuscripts lack were of the same size as the others
[8] 40:37 Septuagint, Vulgate (compare verses 26, 31, 34); Hebrew jambs
[9] 40:38 Hebrew at the jambs, the gates
[10] 40:43 Or shelves
[11] 40:44 Septuagint; Hebrew were chambers for singers
[12] 40:44 Hebrew lacks one
[13] 40:44 Septuagint; Hebrew east
[14] 40:46 Hebrew lacks alone
[15] 40:48 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks was fourteen cubits, and the sidewalls of the gate
[16] 40:49 Septuagint; Hebrew eleven
[17] 40:49 Septuagint; Hebrew and by steps that would go up to it
[18] 41:1 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
[19] 41:1 Compare Septuagint; Hebrew tent
[20] 41:2 Hebrew its length
[21] 41:3 Septuagint; Hebrew and the breadth
[22] 41:6 Septuagint, compare 1 Kings 6:6; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
[23] 41:15 The meaning of the Hebrew term is unknown; also verse 16
[24] 41:17 Hebrew were measurements
[25] 41:22 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks two cubits broad
[26] 41:22 Septuagint; Hebrew length
[27] 41:25 The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown; also verse 26


New Testament: John 3:22–36

John 3:22–36 (Listen)

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison).

25 Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”1

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.


[1] 3:30 Some interpreters hold that the quotation continues through verse 36


Psalm: Psalm 125

Psalm 125 (Listen)

The Lord Surrounds His People

A Song of Ascents.

125   Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
  As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the LORD surrounds his people,
    from this time forth and forevermore.
  For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
    on the land allotted to the righteous,
  lest the righteous stretch out
    their hands to do wrong.
  Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
    and to those who are upright in their hearts!
  But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
    the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
    Peace be upon Israel!


Proverb: Proverbs 29:5–8

Proverbs 29:5–8 (Listen)

  A man who flatters his neighbor
    spreads a net for his feet.
  An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,
    but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
  A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;
    a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
  Scoffers set a city aflame,
    but the wise turn away wrath.


          December 4: Ezekiel 38–39; John 3:1–21; Psalm 124; Proverbs 29:2–4       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Ezekiel 38–39

Ezekiel 38–39 (Listen)

Prophecy Against Gog

38 The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech1 and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech2 and Tubal. And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.

“Be ready and keep ready, you and all your hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. After many days you will be mustered. In the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples and now dwell securely, all of them. You will advance, coming on like a storm. You will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your hordes, and many peoples with you.

10 “Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme 11 and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ 12 to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders3 will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. 16 You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.

17 “Thus says the Lord GOD: Are you he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them? 18 But on that day, the day that Gog shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord GOD, my wrath will be roused in my anger. 19 For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog4 on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man's sword will be against his brother. 22 With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur. 23 So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

39 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech5 and Tubal. And I will turn you about and drive you forward,6 and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

“And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord GOD. That is the day of which I have spoken.

“Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs7 and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years, 10 so that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons. They will seize the spoil of those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord GOD.

11 “On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.8 12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 All the people of the land will bury them, and it will bring them renown on the day that I show my glory, declares the Lord GOD. 14 They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At9 the end of seven months they will make their search. 15 And when these travel through the land and anyone sees a human bone, then he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog. 16 (Hamonah10 is also the name of the city.) Thus shall they cleanse the land.

17 “As for you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: Speak to the birds of every sort and to all beasts of the field: ‘Assemble and come, gather from all around to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel, and you shall eat flesh and drink blood. 18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth—of rams, of lambs, and of he-goats, of bulls, all of them fat beasts of Bashan. 19 And you shall eat fat till you are filled, and drink blood till you are drunk, at the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you. 20 And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all kinds of warriors,’ declares the Lord GOD.

21 “And I will set my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. 22 The house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God, from that day forward. 23 And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they dealt so treacherously with me that I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them.

The Lord Will Restore Israel

25 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26 They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, 27 when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies' lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. 29 And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.”


[1] 38:2 Or Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech
[2] 38:3 Or Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech
[3] 38:13 Hebrew young lions
[4] 38:21 Hebrew against him
[5] 39:1 Or Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech
[6] 39:2 Or and drag you along
[7] 39:9 Or javelins
[8] 39:11 Hamon-gog means the multitude of Gog
[9] 39:14 Or Until
[10] 39:16 Hamonah means multitude


New Testament: John 3:1–21

John 3:1–21 (Listen)

You Must Be Born Again

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus1 by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again2 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.3 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You4 must be born again.’ The wind5 blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you6 do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.7 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.8

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”


[1] 3:2 Greek him
[2] 3:3 Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both again and from above; also verse 7
[3] 3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
[4] 3:7 The Greek for you is plural here
[5] 3:8 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
[6] 3:11 The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12
[7] 3:13 Some manuscripts add who is in heaven
[8] 3:15 Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15
[9] 3:16 Or For this is how God loved the world


Psalm: Psalm 124

Psalm 124 (Listen)

Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

124   If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—
    let Israel now say—
  if it had not been the LORD who was on our side
    when people rose up against us,
  then they would have swallowed us up alive,
    when their anger was kindled against us;
  then the flood would have swept us away,
    the torrent would have gone over us;
  then over us would have gone
    the raging waters.
  Blessed be the LORD,
    who has not given us
    as prey to their teeth!
  We have escaped like a bird
    from the snare of the fowlers;
  the snare is broken,
    and we have escaped!
  Our help is in the name of the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.


Proverb: Proverbs 29:2–4

Proverbs 29:2–4 (Listen)

  When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
  He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
    but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
  By justice a king builds up the land,
    but he who exacts gifts1 tears it down.


[1] 29:4 Or who taxes heavily


          December 3: Ezekiel 36–37; John 2:13–25; Psalm 123; Proverbs 29:1       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Ezekiel 36–37

Ezekiel 36–37 (Listen)

Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

36 “And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the enemy said of you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The ancient heights have become our possession,’ therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Precisely because they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people, therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and the hills, the ravines and the valleys, the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, which have become a prey and derision to the rest of the nations all around, therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Surely I have spoken in my hot jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave my land to themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and utter contempt, that they might make its pasturelands a prey. Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I have spoken in my jealous wrath, because you have suffered the reproach of the nations. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I swear that the nations that are all around you shall themselves suffer reproach.

“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. 10 And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of Israel, all of it. The cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt. 11 And I will multiply on you man and beast, and they shall multiply and be fruitful. And I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 12 I will let people walk on you, even my people Israel. And they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children. 13 Thus says the Lord GOD: Because they say to you, ‘You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,’ 14 therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, declares the Lord GOD. 15 And I will not let you hear anymore the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, declares the Lord GOD.”

The Lord's Concern for His Holy Name

16 The word of the LORD came to me: 17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before me were like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. 18 So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. 19 I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. 20 But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ 21 But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.

I Will Put My Spirit Within You

22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.1 28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. 30 I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.

33 “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34 And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35 And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.

37 “Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. 38 Like the flock for sacrifices,2 like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

The Valley of Dry Bones

37 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley;3 it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath4 to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling,5 and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.”

I Will Be Their God; They Shall Be My People

15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick6 and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ 17 And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah,7 and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. 20 When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, 21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings8 in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

24 “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land9 and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”


[1] 36:27 Or my just decrees
[2] 36:38 Hebrew flock of holy things
[3] 37:1 Or plain; also verse 2
[4] 37:5 Or spirit; also verses 6, 9, 10
[5] 37:7 Or an earthquake (compare 3:12, 13)
[6] 37:16 Or one piece of wood; also verses 17, 19, 20
[7] 37:19 Hebrew And I will place them on it, the stick of Judah
[8] 37:23 Many Hebrew manuscripts; other Hebrew manuscripts dwellings
[9] 37:26 Hebrew lacks in their land


New Testament: John 2:13–25

John 2:13–25 (Listen)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple,1 and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus Knows What Is in Man

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.


[1] 2:20 Or This temple was built forty-six years ago


Psalm: Psalm 123

Psalm 123 (Listen)

Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God

A Song of Ascents.

123   To you I lift up my eyes,
    O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
  Behold, as the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
  as the eyes of a maidservant
    to the hand of her mistress,
  so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
    till he has mercy upon us.
  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
    for we have had more than enough of contempt.
  Our soul has had more than enough
    of the scorn of those who are at ease,
    of the contempt of the proud.


Proverb: Proverbs 29:1

Proverbs 29:1 (Listen)

29   He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
    will suddenly be broken beyond healing.


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Rav Moshe Sternbuch (TLS)
Although I have dealt with the issue in the past, I have in large part ignored the current debate over measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Not because I didn’t think vaccinations were important. Of course they are. But because I did not believe that any sane person would disagree with that. The few that do, I basically wrote off as nut-job fringe conspiracy theorists.

Unfortunately, there are more than a few  conspiracy theorists. Some of them are not fringe at all. In fact some are quite prominent.

There is currently a deadly measles epidemic taking place both in Israel and here in America. Those affected are mostly in the Charedi community. The epidemic is so widespread that Yeshivas Mir is currently offering to vaccinate any of their students who think they might need it - at no charge. Measles is a highly contagious disease. So it is spreading rapidly.

In the United States  I am aware of communities in New York, Lakewood, Detroit, and Chicago that are affected. I’m sure that there are more. Considering that measles has for decades been pretty much eradicated as a disease, this is somewhat shocking.

How serious is this disease?  One or two out of every 1000 that contract it, will die. So the lack of protecting oneself via vaccination is a matter of Pikuach Nefesh. Those who refuse to be vaccinated or refuse it for their children are literally putting not only their own children at risk, but considering the high degree of contagiousness, are putting entire communities at risk.

What is behind this phenomenon? There are some people that think being vaccinated is more harmful than not being vaccinated. For example they point to now discredited studies that have linked vaccinations to autism in children.  

Part of the problem is that there are some misguided rabbis in positions of authority support these conspiracy theorists. How so? Well one example is what BMG (Lakewood) Rosh Hayeshiva R’ Malkiel Kotler has done. From YWN
According to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] words, on account of this, there are thousands of children in the New York and surrounding area that are sitting in their homes. This is because their parents are refusing to vaccinate them on account of a concern that the vaccination itself may be harmful to the child…
On the other hand, the administrations of the Talmud Torahs refuse to accept these students the entire time that they remain unvaccinated. This is on account of the danger that they will cause the spread of measles throughout the Talmud Torah.
According to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] view, “This is improper, since there is substance to the view that the vaccine may be damaging. There is also the matter that according to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] words, there are Gedolei Torah that agree with the view that parents cannot be forced to vaccinate.”
In a strongly worded letter to Rabbi Kotler, Rav Moshe Sternbuch said the following
(P)arents of vaccinated children can demand that those children that are not vaccinated not be allowed to enter into schools together with their children. For as it is known this disease is very communicable. The vaccination itself cannot completely prevent the spread of it [there remains a 3 percent chance of infection even after vaccination].
The children that are not vaccinated do not have a right to endanger the vaccinated children and to expose them to the disease – even though the mortal danger to them is remote and minimal, since there is a small chance that they can become sickened by the disease. The parents have the right to demand that their children not be exposed to the illness even with no mortal danger. 
That is the right thing to do. In a letter sent out last week by the primary Charedi religious schools here in Chicago, parents were advised that no child would be admitted to class that did not have an MMR vaccination.  

I wish that was the end of the story. But I was shocked by what I was directed to on Facebook

A teleconference was held - led by Rebbetzin Temi Kamenetsky (wife of Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky) designed to give Chizuk (her words) to the anti vaxxers. It is available on Facebook in both audio and transcribed form. There one will find the unbelievably shocking words spoken by the wife of a one of the most respected rabbinic leaders in America. Here are some of the things she said: 
Did you ever hear of Amalek? Hashem told to get rid of them because they're not good. They tried to destroy b'nei yisroel. And they're still trying. Merck is a German company, and they produce MMR. Worldwide a lot of terrible things have been happening. Autism is all over the world.
I know personally two babies who died, they were three months old. Right after, two and a half weeks after the shots. But the doctors don't believe it. They're taught, they don't know that they're taught by professors who are apikorsim or representatives of the medical, of the pharmaceutical companies.
This is a test min hashamayim. As everything is a test. We're told al tivtichi b'nedivim b'ben adam sheain lo teshuah. He could be the greatest person, the [unintelligible] the doctors, the lawyers, the Indian chiefs. But you can't trust anyone, any human being. And it says bitchu baShem, we are told we must trust Hashem…
We're being forced to choose between school or vaccinations. So we could just tell everybody, I'd rather trust Hashem than the doctors. It's mamesh a gezeira, it's a gezeima min hashamiyim. We're being tested…
They're even using v'nishmartem meod es nafshoseichem to say that this is hishtadlus, take the vaccination [laughs]. It's sheker, it has to do with money. Because they make, Amalekim make billions a year, it's coming up to trillions, and they spend millions to bribe the politicians... 
I encourage everyone to read or listen to the rest for themselves. And weep. 

What makes this even more perplexing is that I have been personally told by a distinguished member of the Kamenetsky family that all of her own children were vaccinated! What happened? How did she come to these absurd and dangerous conclusions?

I can only conjecture. But it has to be a combination a propensity towards conspiracy theories and religiosity gone awry based on bad information and in my view a gross misunderstanding of Halacha.

Rebbetzin Kamenetsky is not a Posek. I’m sure she will be the first to tell you that. But there are some people that consider themselves Poskim in this regard and have published Teshuvos (responsa) promoting the false notion that as a matter of Halacha one must refuse to be vaccinated. And that by doing so, you are in effect an Apikores - denying the very existence of God!

This is an extremely dangerous situation that seems to be affecting the Charedi world the most. The question is why? 

It is clear that both medical science and the vast majority of Charedi Poskim agree on the vital need for vaccinations. And the absolute right - or even obligation - by schools to bar any unvaccinated children from attending. But it is also clear that most of the antivaxxer crowd lies squarely in that community. Because with respect to Orthodox Jewry, that is where the epidemic seems to be centered

In my view this is a corruption of their understanding of what faith in God is all about. Yes, God is the true healer. But it is our obligation to do whatever we can in that regard. God clearly tells us that in the Torah itself: We must very much guard our lives.

That means that we do not rely on miracles. We do what we can and God does the rest. To say that listening to doctors is a denial of God is itself pure unadulterated Apikursus. Any rabbis (or Rebbetzins) that defend the rights of parents to send their unvaccinated children to school are in my view violating the fundamental Halachos of Pikuach Nefesh! And they should be ignored. Because the price of listening to them may be very costly.

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Get a load of this chutzpah. A democratically elected government(led by patriot Orban) ousting a foreign-controlled institution funded by globo-homo imperialist Soros to subvert Hungarian independence and sovereignty is 'anti-democratic'. These are the same Jews who bitch about the fantasy of Russian Collusion and Meddling in US elections. These are the same Jews who recruited Neo-Nazis to pull off a coup in Ukraine, the same Jews who supported the military coup in Egypt to remove the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood government. According to globo-homo Jews, 'democratic values' means the freedom of Jewish oligarchs and activists to do as they please anywhere around the world. As far as these Jews are concerned, 'democracy' just means Power by Jewish Money and Media Monopoly all around the world. I suggest these Jews stop bitching about Hungary and meddling in Eastern European affairs and do something about all the Palestinians inside and outside of Israel who are being denied their basic human rights.
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah is building tunnels “with direct support and funding from Iran” in an effort to capture northern Israel’s Galilee region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Capturing parts of the Galilee by Hezbollah is a concrete threat,” Netanyahu said in a televised news conference from the country’s defense headquarters in Tel Aviv about...

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After the initial hope that degrees from Al-Quds University, located in Abu Dis town, East Jerusalem, would be officially recognized by the Israeli government, the latter’s Ministry of Labor and Welfare Services has revoked its decision. This retracting decision comes within the pretext that the Palestinian Authority-administered college named after […]
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ألترا صوت – فريق التحرير

يسلط كثير من التقارير في الفترة الأخيرة، الضوء على التنامي الواضح في العلاقات الإسرائيلية مع دول خليجية وعربية، مثل الإمارات العربية المتحدة، خاصة مع صعود الإدارة الأمريكية الجديدة، بزعامة دونالد ترامب، وتشكيل نوع من التحالف الأمريكي الإسرائيلي مع دول "سنية معتدلة" لمواجهة "الخطر الإيراني"، وكذا من أجل تمرير التسوية القسرية، التي أطلق عليها فريق ترامب اسم صفقة القرن.

يتعلق تطور قطاع الماس في إسرائيل، بشكل مباشر، بالصادرات العسكرية، وبالعلاقات مع دول أفريقية تعاني من حروب أهلية ومجازر

وفي حين يرتبط هذا التنامي، بالأزمة الخليجية، والحاجة إلى اللوبيات الصهيونية للتأثير على صناع القرار في واشنطن وكسب ودهم، فإن كلامًا قليلًا قد قيل عن واحد من العوامل الأساسية، التي تنامت بسببها العلاقات الإسرائيلية مع الإمارات، في نوع من التطبيع الذي بدا تمهيدًا لإعلان علاقات رسمية في وقت قريب، أي تجارة الماس.

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تجارة الماس في إسرائيل.. تاريخ دموي

اشتهرت إسرائيل منذ فترة طويلة بتصدير الماس المصقول، رغم عدم امتلاكها لقدر كاف من مادته الخام، الذي يتيح لها أن تكون المصدر أساسيًا في العالم لهذا المعدن الثمين، المرتبط بتراث طويل من المجازر والحروب الأهلية.

يتعلق تطور هذا القطاع في إسرائيل، بشكل مباشر، بالصادرات العسكرية، وبالعلاقات مع دول أفريقية تعاني من حروب أهلية ومجازر، كما أنها كانت مرتبطة بدعم النظام العنصري في جنوب أفريقيا قبل سقوطه، في فترة كان يتعرض فيها لعزلة دولية شاملة. وتصنف هذه التجارة، في كثير من دول العالم، كنشاط اقتصادي محظور، لاعتبارات تتعلق بآليات الحصول على الماس الخام. وتشير عدة تقارير إلى أن إسرائيل حجبت في فترات ما المعلومات الحقيقية، عن المساهمة الكبيرة لهذا القطاع في مجمل صادراتها ودخلها القومي.

منذ وقت مبكر، كانت الدول العربية، الخليجية بشكل خاص، بالإضافة إلى لبنان، سوقًا ضخمًا للماس الإسرائيلي، حيث اعتمدت تل أبيب على وسطاء أمريكيين وأوروبيين غالبًا من أجل تصدير هذا المعدن الثمين، مثل سوسيرا.

 كشفت دراسات العلاقة بين شركات تصدير وصقل الماس الإسرائيلي وبين شخصيات إسرائيلية عسكرية، أو عائلات تمثلها شخصيات في المؤسسة العسكرية

ورغم تراجع هذا القطاع في الفترة الأخيرة، لا يزال الماس يُعتبر جزءًا مهمًا من الاقتصاد الإسرائيلي، حيث يشكل وفق الأرقام المصرح عنها فقط، ما يقرب من 13% من إجمالي صادرات السلع في البلاد في عام 2017، حسب كل من وزارة الاقتصاد الإسرائيلية والمكتب المركزي للإحصاء. وبحسب الوزارة ، فقد صدرت إسرائيل ما قيمته 4.6 مليار دولار من الماس المصقول و3.3 مليار من الماس الخام في العام الماضي فقط.

يذكر أن الاحتياطات المعدنية في أفريقيا تصل إلى 30% من الاحتياط العالمي، وتمتلك القارة 95% من احتياطي الماس في العالم، وتنتج 50% من إجمالي إنتاج العالم في هذا المعدن. وتحصل إسرائيل على معظم حصة مجموعة دول أفريقية من الماس الخام، مثل الكونغو.

وحيث ترتبط دموية تجارة الماس بالعصابات المسلحة والأنظمة الديكتاتورية، فإن تورط القائمين على تجارة الماس في إسرائيل لا يتعلق فقط بمصدر المادة الخام، ولكن أيضًا لأن نسبة كبيرة من إيرادات صادرات الماس تذهب للمؤسسة العسكرية، فقد بينت مجموعة من حملات التضامن أن ما معدله مليار دولار سنويًا من عائدات المعدن الدموي تذهب إلى تمويل المؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية.

وقد كشفت دراسات العلاقة بين شركات تصدير وصقل الماس الإسرائيلي وبين شخصيات إسرائيلية عسكرية، أو عائلات تمثلها شخصيات في المؤسسة العسكرية، بسبب العلاقة الوطيدة، بين التمويل والعلاقات العسكرية لإسرائيل مع مناطق أفريقية مختلفة.

تذهب نسبة كبيرة من إيرادات صادرات الماس الإسرائيلي للمؤسسة العسكرية

لماذا تحولت الإمارات إلى سوق أساسي لإسرائيل؟

 رسميًا، لا توجد رحلات جوية مباشرة متاحة تجارايًا بين إسرائيل ودبي، واحدة من أكبر مراكز استهلاك الماس في العالم، وبالتالي لا توجد صادرات مباشرة بين شركات الماس في إسرائيل ونظيراتها في الإمارات. حيث إن كل عناصر هذه التجارة، تمر عبر بلد ثالث. وهذا يعني أن هذا "البزنس" المزدهر يُوثق كتجارة إسرائيلية سويسرية أو بلجيكية، وسويسرية أو بلجيكية إماراتية، كما يوضح تقرير نشره موقع  Cteachالإسرائيلي.

وحسب الموقع نفسه، فإن الأيدي العاملة الرخيصة والخبيرة في صقل أحجار الماس الصغيرة (التي تمثل تكلفة الأيدي العاملية فيها عاملًا أساسيًا)، كانت قبل النكبة سببًا لقدرة إسرائيل على التفوق على مراكز أخرى مثل روسيا وبلجيكا، وهو ما استمر لفترة طويلة. مع ذلك، فإن هذا قد تغير بعد أن ارتفعت الأجور في إسرائيل منذ وقت طويل، وأصبحت أماكن أخرى مثل الهند وجهات جذابة أكثر لصقل الماس الصغير ومنخفض القيمة نسبيًا. ويمكن ملاحظة ذلك من خلال التراجع بنسبة 45% في حجم صادرات الماس المصقول من إسرائيل منذ الأزمة المالية في عام 2008.

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بدأت القصة الخفية حول العلاقات بين أبوظبي وتل أبيب من هذا التحول بالضبط، حيث إنه وبعد تراجع إسرائيل التدريجي كمركز لتجارة الماس صغير الحجم، والبدء في الانتقال إلى الماس الكبير و"الاستثنائي" مرتفع الثمن، ودور دبي المتنامي في هذا القطاع، أصبح المستثمرون الإسرائيليون يفكرون بطريقة مختلفة.

ترتبط الأسواق الأساسية لهذا النوع من الماس بوجود شرائح كبيرة من الأغنياء، وبنمط من الحياة متطرفة الترف، وهو ما يجعل الولايات المتحدة أو حتى أوروبا، كما يوضح الموقع الإسرائيلي، وجهات غير مغرية لمثل هذه التجارة. وببساطة، فإن دبي على وجه الخصوص، كانت المكان الذي أدركت شركات الماس الإسرائيلية، ضرورته.

خلال شهر تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر الماضي مثلًا، أعلنت شركة Alrosa-Nyurba PJSC عن إغلاق مزادها الرابع للماس في دبي هذا العام، والذي حقق 9.5 ملايين دولار من خلال بيع 141 قطعة من الماس عالي الجودة والاستثنائي، وهو بالضبط النوع الذي تتخصص فيه الشركات الإسرائيلية المتبقية. وقد حضر رجال أعمال من الهند وبلجيكا وإسرائيل هذا المزاد. وهو ما يجعل الإمارات، ساحة للتنافس بين المزودين الإساسيين للماس الثمين جدًا.

ملاذ من حملات المقاطعة

في عام 2013، أعدت صحيفة معاريف الإسرائيلية، تقريرًا عن خسائر تجار الماس الإسرائيلين، بسبب الدعوات التي تديرها الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة إسرائيل "بي دي إس"، ودعوات أخرى، وهو ما هدد حسب الصحيفة هذا القطاع فعلًا، وأضاف سببًا جديدًا إلى خسائره. وبالإضافة إلى التحول في طبيعة الصناعة الإسرائيلية نفسها، والأنواع المستهدفة من الماس، فإن المستثمرين الإسرائيليين شرعوا بالتوجه نحو دول ومناطق غير مهتمة بالتداعيات الحقوقية لهذه التجارة، وكذا بعلاقتها بالمؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية والمستوطنين.

كما  أن دبي، المدينة المعروفة بكونها ملاذًا لغسيل الأموال، والنشاطات التجارية غير المشروعة والمخدرات، أصبحت ملجئًا مهمًا لتجار الماس الإسرائيلي. وتمثل الإمارات، مثلها مثل دول خليجية عديدة، حالة فريدة وجذابة بالنسبة لإسرائيل، من ناحية قلة أبها بالمعطيات الحقوقية أو السياسية، حيث إن الضغوط التي تتعرض لها إسرائيل من دول أو منظمات حقوق الإنسان، تجعلها أقرب إلى وجهات مثل أبوظبي. ولا يبدو أن تجارة الماس، قد تخرج عن هذا النسق.


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T H E    P U R S U I TAdvent Week 2Covenants with Moses and DavidMondayGenesis 15:13During the time of Joseph, the Israelites moved to Egypt to escape the famine. A different Pharaoh came to power and ended up enslaving God’s people. After being in bondage for 400 years, the people cried out to the Lord and he heard their cry.

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Michael Solomonov is a multiple James Beard award-winning chef and author based in Philadelphia. His modern takes on Israeli cooking at Zahav, which he opened with business partner Steven Cook, nabbed him medals for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2011 and Outstanding Chef last year.…
          Israeli Pianist Wins Thelonious Monk Contest      Cache   Translate Page      
Tom Oren, 24, won the prestigious Monk competition, in its last year under this name. Next year, the honor will be named for Herbie Hancock.
          Demonstrators Across Israel Protest Violence Against Women      Cache   Translate Page      
The protesters honored women killed in 2018, and called for the government to take action. They used empty shoes and posed as victims in graphic displays.
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Prelude to something bigger?
          Estrenos España: 30 noviembre 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Por Manuel Barrero Iglesias

Entre dos aguas (España, 2018)

2 horas, 16 minutos
Dirección: Isaki Lacuesta.
Reparto: Israel Gómez Romero, Francisco José Gómez Romero, Rocío Rendón, Yolanda Carmona, Lorrein Galea, Manuel González del Tanago.
Menciones principales:
-Mejor película y mejor actor Festival Mar de Plata.
-Mejor película Festival San Sebastián.
Distribuidora: BTeam.
SinopsisDoce años después de La leyenda del Tiempo, Isaki Lacuesta vuelve a San Fernando. Isra y Cheíto son dos hermanos que han tomado caminos muy diferentes en la vida. Cuando Isra sale de la cárcel y Cheíto termina una larga misión enrolado en la Marina, ambos regresan a la Isla de San Fernando. El reencuentro de los hermanos renovará el recuerdo de la muerte violenta de su padre cuando eran niños; la necesidad de retomar sus vidas y reconciliarse con ellos mismos les unirá de nuevo.

Crítica en El fondo del aire es rojo

Crítica en Videodromo


Viudas (Reino Unido-Estados Unidos, 2018)

2 horas, 9 minutos
Dirección: Steve McQueen.
Reparto: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell.
Distribuidora: Fox.
SinopsisVIUDAS es la historia de cuatro mujeres con nada en común excepto una deuda heredada por las actividades criminales de sus difuntos maridos. Ambientada en el Chicago actual, en un tiempo de agitación, la tensión crece cuando Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) y Belle (Cynthia Erivo) deciden tomar las riendas de su destino y conspiran para forjarse un futuro con sus propias reglas.

Crítica en Tierra Filme

Crítica en Videodromo

Cadáver (Estados Unidos, 2018)

1 hora, 25 minutos
Dirección: Diederik Van Rooijen.
Reparto: Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Louis Herthum, James A. Watson Jr..
Distribuidora: Sony.
SinopsisUn estremecedor exorcismo se vuelve incontrolable, cobrándose la vida de una joven. Meses después, mientras Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) trabaja en el turno de noche de la morgue, recibe un cadáver desfigurado. Sola y encerrada en los pasillos del sótano, Megan comienza a experimentar espeluznantes visiones, lo que le hace sospechar que el cuerpo que ha recibido está poseído por una despiadada fuerza demoníaca.

Crítica en Fuertecito no ve la tele
Crítica en Videodromo


Durante la tormenta (España, 2018)

2 horas, 8 minutos
Dirección: Oriol Paulo.
Reparto: Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darín, Álvaro Morte, Javier Gutiérrez, Miquel Fernández, Nora Navas.
Distribuidora: Warner.
SinopsisUna interferencia entre dos tiempos provoca que Vera, una madre felizmente casada, salve la vida de un chico que vivió en su casa 25 años antes. Pero las consecuencias de su buena acción provocan una reacción en cadena que hace que despierte en una nueva realidad dónde su hija nunca ha nacido.

Crítica en Videodromo


Los fantasmas de Ismael (Francia, 2017)

1 hora, 54 minutos
Dirección: Arnaud Desplechin.
Reparto: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher.
Menciones principales:
-2 nominaciones Lumiere Awards.
Distribuidora: La Aventura.
Sinopsis Cuando se prepara para rodar su siguiente película, la vida de Ismael sufre un vuelco con el regreso de un amor de hace veinte años.


Genezis (Hungría, 2018)

2 horas
Dirección: Árpád Bogdán.
Reparto: Milán Csordás, Anna Marie Cseh, Eniko Anna Illesi, Lídia Danis, Zsolt Kovács.
Menciones principales:

-Premio especial del jurado Festival Sofia.
Distribuidora: Surtsey.
Sinopsis: Tres vidas se entrelazan en un país en ruinas sociales. Un niño que vive la persecución étnica que sacude Hungría. Una adolescente que intenta averiguar cuál es su lugar en el mundo y una abogada que no ha superado el fallecimiento de su hija. Las tres historias de GENEZIS están basadas en historias reales que ocurrieron en Hungría y cuyo nexo es la familia.

Crítica en Videodromo


El Grinch (China-Estados Unidos-Japón-Francia, 2018)

1 hora, 26 minutos
Dirección: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier.
Reparto (voces): Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Tristan O'Hare.
Distribuidora: Universal.
Sinopsis: EL GRINCH lleva una solitaria vida en una cueva del Monte Crumpit con su fiel perro Max como única compañía. Con una guarida plagada de inventos e ingeniosos cachivaches para satisfacer todas sus necesidades diarias, el Grinch solo se deja ver por Villa Quién cuando se queda sin comida.
Cada año, en Navidad, los lugareños perturban su pacífica soledad con celebraciones cada vez más desmesuradas, luminosas y ruidosas. Cuando los Quién declaran que ese año van a preparar una Navidad el triple de grande, el Grinch se da cuenta de que solo hay un modo de recuperar algo de paz y silencio: robar la Navidad. Para ello, decide hacerse pasar por Santa Claus en Nochebuena, haciéndose con un reno muy peculiar para tirar de su trineo.
Mientras tanto, en Villa Quién, una dulce niña llamada Cindy-Lou, desbordante de espíritu navideño, planea con sus amigos atrapar a Santa Claus durante su visita en Nochebuena para darle las gracias por ayudar a su trabajadora madre. Sin embargo, a medida que se acerca la noche mágica, sus buenas intenciones amenazan con chocar con las del Grinch, mucho más perversas. ¿Logrará Cindy-Lou cumplir su deseo de conocer a Santa Claus? ¿Conseguirá el Grinch poner fin al jolgorio navideño de los Quién de una vez por todas?.

El hombre que inventó la Navidad (Irlanda-Canadá, 2017)

1 hora, 44 minutos
Dirección: Bharat Nalluri.
Reparto: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow.
Menciones principales:

-Una nominación Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films USA.
-Una nominación Canadian Screen Awards.
Una nominación Irish Film and Television Awards.
Distribuidora: DeAPlaneta.
Sinopsis: En 1843, el célebre novelista británico Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) se encuentra en el punto más bajo de su carrera, acumulando tres novelas que fueron un fracaso y viendo como las deudas de su familia van en aumento. Decidido a recuperar su reputación, Dickens decide escribir una historia sobre la Navidad y autoeditarla en menos de dos meses. Es aquí donde nace uno de los personajes más icónicos de su carrera, Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), en un proceso creativo mágico que cambió la forma de entender la Navidad para siempre.  

Quinqui Stars (España, 2018)
2 horas, 6 minutos
Dirección: Juan Vicente Córdoba.
Reparto: Ramsés Gallego, Mery Cuesta, Blondie, Ira Rap, Daniel Guzmán, Enrique San Francisco, José Sacristán, Rosario Flores, Paco Catalá, Agnès Varda, Bea Pelea.
Distribuidora: Syldavia.
SinopsisEn los años 70 y 80 en España, el gobierno y las autoridades dejaron de lado a una serie de barrios marginales. Los vecinos debieron adaptarse a este cambio, tratando de buscarse la vida por sí mismos y haciendo lo necesario para conseguirlo. Los jóvenes de ese entonces tuvieron que renunciar a una infancia normal, criándose en la calle y aprendiendo lo que ahí veían. Las consecuencias de esto seguirían a los personajes hasta su época adulta, donde aún pagan el precio. 


Morir para contar (España, 2018)

1 hora, 27 minutos
Dirección: Hernán Zin.
Reparto: Hernán Zin.
Menciones principales:
-Mejor documental Montréal World Film Festival.
Distribuidora: 39 Escalones.
SinopsisEn 2012, Hernán Zin sufrió un incidente en Afganistán que cambiaría para siempre su vida. Los traumas acumulados durante 20 años de trabajo como reportero de guerra explotaron de repente. Empezaron la depresión, la soledad y  las conductas autodestructivas.
En busca de respuestas a lo sucedido, Hernán Zin entrevista a otros periodistas y les pregunta por sus traumas, sus pérdidas, sus miedos y sus familias.

El amor menos pensado (Argentina, 2018)

2 horas, 16 minutos
Dirección: Juan Vera.
RepartoRicardo Darín, Mercedes Morán, Claudia Fontán, Andrea Pietra, Luis Rubio.
SinopsisMarcos y Ana han estado casados durante veinticinco años. Cuando su único hijo se va de casa para comenzar su carrera universitaria en el extranjero, la pareja entra en una profunda crisis existencial.
Sin peleas de por medio, casi como si se tratara de un nuevo proyecto en común, deciden separarse. Lo que sería, lisa y llanamente, una separación de común acuerdo.
La vida de solteros, intensa y fascinante al principio, pronto les plantea nuevas preguntas e incertidumbres. Marcos y Ana, se interrogan a fondo sobre el amor, la naturaleza del deseo, la fidelidad, y toman una decisión que modificará sus vidas para siempre.


Miriam miente (República Dominicana-España, 2018)

1 hora, 30 minutos
Dirección: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada.
RepartoDulce Rodríguez, Carolina Rohana, Pachy Méndez, Frank Perozo, Georgina Duluc.
Menciones principales:

-Premio Cima Festival Huelva.
-Mención especial jurado ecuménico Festival Karlovy Vary.
Distribuidora: Paco Poch.
SinopsisEl tranquilo mundo de una familia pequeñoburguesa empieza a desmoronarse cuando Miriam, de 14 años, conoce a su novio de internet. Mientras sus familiares y amigas preparan con entusiasmo la tradicional fiesta de los quince años, Miriam no sabe cómo explicar que su novio es negro.

Tus desperdicios y otros manjares (España, 2018)

1 hora, 12 minutos
Dirección: Magda Calabrese, Richard Zubelzu.
RepartoPadre Ángel García.
SinopsisEste documental intenta mostrar la sociedad consumista española y los grandes desequilibrios que producen la cantidad desmesurada que se desperdicia, mientras millones de personas en el país no tienen suficiente comida para su día a día. A través de representantes de la industria alimentaria, ONGs, médicos, cocineros, comedores sociales, etc., descubriremos las causas y soluciones para este problema. 

Hotel Explotación: Las Kellys (España, 2018)

1 hora, 30 minutos
Dirección: Georgina Cisquella.
Distribuidora: Begin Again Films.
SinopsisMás de doscientas mil mujeres trabajan como camareras de piso en España. Un trabajo tan fundamental como invisible en el sector de la hostelería. Hace año y medio, estas mujeres que limpian hoteles, conocidas como las Kellys, decidieron organizarse para reclamar sus derechos. Han sido víctimas de la externalización y muchas de ellas se han quedado fuera de las plantillas de los hoteles, sin derechos y expuestas al despido cuando están de baja. 

          Two Enemies Became Friends and Twitter Exploded in Anger      Cache   Translate Page      
Eve Peyser came out as friends with Bari Weiss and soon found herself canceled. by Katie Herzog
Enraged stock image model reading the New York Times on Monday
Enraged stock image model reading the New York Times on Monday AntonioGuillem/Getty Images

Bari Weiss and Eve Peyser had good reason to be wary of each other.

Weiss, an opinion writer at the New York Times, is a moderate liberal with a number of opinions that might seem anodyne in Des Moines but are radical compared to much of the left-leaning media. Perhaps her first major splash at the Times, for instance, was to declare that Aziz Ansari was guilty… of not being a mind-reader. That piece, about the now infamous accusations made against Ansari on, turned Weiss into somewhat of a household name—at least in households with subscriptions to the New York Times and frequent dinner conversations about dating in the #MeToo era.

Some people love Weiss’s work, more seem to hate it, and today, every piece she writes or tweet she sends out is met with a flurry of anger. More often than not, the criticism comes from other people working in media who are utterly convinced, generally without having met her, that Bari Weiss is Literally Hitler. (Full disclosure: Weiss and I have met, and if she had a Hitler mustache, I didn’t notice.)

Eve Peyser was one of Bari Weiss’s critics. A former writer for Gawker and current writer for Vice, Peyser was, until not that long ago, the kind of Twitter bully who treated dragging people like a fun little blood sport. Gradually, she came to see how destructive this hobby can be. “The vicious are rewarded with likes and retweets,” she wrote earlier this year in an essay about her own toxic use of Twitter, “and those who are deemed problematic or otherwise unfit become the victims of the volatile and ruthless mob.” Peyser was part of the mob and Weiss was the mob’s favorite target.

Still, the two have much in common. They are both Jewish women and writers living in New York. They are roughly the same age, and they even sort of look alike. And while there are some deviations in their politics, they are hardly on opposite sides of the political chasm. Weiss was a Clinton supporter, Peyser preferred Sanders. Weiss is a supporter of Israel, while Peyser is more into #FreePalestine. But still, despite the fact that they generally agree on the big picture (no one here is voting for Trump or thinks climate change is a hoax), thanks to the distorting effects of both politics and social media, both of which encourage us to group others into either Good or Evil, the two saw each other as something like enemies.

And then they actually met. They detailed how they went from enemies to friends Monday in a joint piece published in the New York Times, and, according to their origin story, they met at a conference the day after Weiss was confronted in a bar by two people whose intent was to publicly humiliate her. When Peyser, after hearing about this confrontation, approached Weiss and suggested that they hang out, Weiss, not totally sure she wasn’t being set up, suggested they go swimming. It’s “quite hard to wear a wire in a bathing suit,” Weiss recalls thinking.

After spending time with each other face-to-face rather than through tweets and avatars, the two started to see that they’d both been wrong about the other: Weiss, despite what Peyser had read on Twitter, was not actually a 20th-century dictator who killed millions of people. And Peyser, Weiss realized, was not actually the caricature of a Gawker bully and a Bernie bro put together. Their story of coming together is a nice, uplifting piece about how social media platforms make enemies out of people who should be friends and how we could all stand to be just a little more tolerant. As Peyser wrote, if we dismiss everyone we disagree with, where does that leave us?

And then Twitter got a hold of the article and twisted a story about finding common ground into something terrible and devious. That two people can disagree on some things and yet manage to be friends was treated as further evidence that both Weiss and Peyser deserve to be shipped off to the closest re-education center. Why? Because the fact that they aren’t diametrically opposed—the fact that they refused to continue to hate each other—was seen as just two privileged white ladies uniting over the one thing they really had in common: white privilege. As Paste Magazine’s Jason Rhode declared, “Bari Weiss and Eve Peyser Cannot See Past Their Own Privilege.”

Rhode’s reading is ungenerous, to say the least. He calls Weiss “a drywall-dull reactionary and writer of stupefyingly bad takes.” He also accuses her, falsely, of being a conservative, and neglects that the women address the issue of privilege in their piece. Peyser says, “Of course, we have to acknowledge that we are privileged enough to be able to have this sort of discourse, to be friends despite our differing beliefs. Not everyone has that option.” And Weiss responds: “That’s right. I’m certainly not going to invite the conspiracy theorist who called my rabbi asking about me out for coffee. Likewise, a black student at the University of North Carolina probably wouldn’t feel safe meeting with a Richard Spencer foot soldier. And so on.”

This was not enough, however, to placate the haters and critics. Search Twitter for either Peyser’s or Weiss’s name, and you’ll get plenty of this:

And this…

And this…

There’s more, each tweet proving the point of the article. “When we became friends, I worried I’d get ‘canceled’ if Twitter found out,” Peyser says in the piece. She was certainly right about that.

Now, it’s possible that all the people dragging Weiss and now Peyser really do think that they are terrible people and shit-talking them on a social media platform is some kind of good samaritan duty. But I suspect there’s something else going on. I think the response to this piece isn’t about Weiss or Peyser at all; it’s about the people doing the responding. They are signaling to their own friends and followers that they are a part of the in-group. They are bonding over a shared hatred of two people that few of them have ever actually met. As journalist Mark Heid wrote recently on Medium, a handful of studies now show that “sharing negative attitudes with someone — and, in particular, sharing negative opinions about other people — seems to be among the quickest and most effective ways for two strangers to form a bond. If you want to cozy up to someone, there may be no better way to do it than to gossip about the people you both hate.”

This glitch of human psychology is, for Eve Peyser, Bari Weiss, and everyone who finds themselves being pummeled by the mob, truly unfortunate. The mob might be virtual, but the weight of it still crushes. So perhaps the new friends can take solace in this: Not only did they breach their own political divide, in the process, they gave everyone else something to bond over.

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          December 5: 2 Chronicles 5–6:11; 1 John 4; Nahum 3; Luke 19       Cache   Translate Page      

With family: 2 Chronicles 5–6:11; 1 John 4

2 Chronicles 5–6:11 (Listen)

Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God.

The Ark Brought to the Temple

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers' houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside. And they are1 there to this day. 10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. 11 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD,

  “For he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever,”

the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

Solomon Blesses the People

Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. But I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.” Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there, and I chose no man as prince over my people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that my name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’ Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, it is not you who shall build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’ 10 Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 11 And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with the people of Israel.”


[1] 5:9 Hebrew it is


1 John 4 (Listen)

Test the Spirits

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

God Is Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot1 love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.


[1] 4:20 Some manuscripts how can he


In private: Nahum 3; Luke 19

Nahum 3 (Listen)

Woe to Nineveh

  Woe to the bloody city,
    all full of lies and plunder—
    no end to the prey!
  The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel,
    galloping horse and bounding chariot!
  Horsemen charging,
    flashing sword and glittering spear,
  hosts of slain,
    heaps of corpses,
  dead bodies without end—
    they stumble over the bodies!
  And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute,
    graceful and of deadly charms,
  who betrays nations with her whorings,
    and peoples with her charms.
  Behold, I am against you,
    declares the LORD of hosts,
    and will lift up your skirts over your face;
  and I will make nations look at your nakedness
    and kingdoms at your shame.
  I will throw filth at you
    and treat you with contempt
    and make you a spectacle.
  And all who look at you will shrink from you and say,
  “Wasted is Nineveh; who will grieve for her?”
    Where shall I seek comforters for you?
  Are you better than Thebes1
    that sat by the Nile,
  with water around her,
    her rampart a sea,
    and water her wall?
  Cush was her strength;
    Egypt too, and that without limit;
    Put and the Libyans were her2 helpers.
10   Yet she became an exile;
    she went into captivity;
  her infants were dashed in pieces
    at the head of every street;
  for her honored men lots were cast,
    and all her great men were bound in chains.
11   You also will be drunken;
    you will go into hiding;
  you will seek a refuge from the enemy.
12   All your fortresses are like fig trees
    with first-ripe figs—
  if shaken they fall
    into the mouth of the eater.
13   Behold, your troops
    are women in your midst.
  The gates of your land
    are wide open to your enemies;
    fire has devoured your bars.
14   Draw water for the siege;
    strengthen your forts;
  go into the clay;
    tread the mortar;
    take hold of the brick mold!
15   There will the fire devour you;
    the sword will cut you off.
    It will devour you like the locust.
  Multiply yourselves like the locust;
    multiply like the grasshopper!
16   You increased your merchants
    more than the stars of the heavens.
    The locust spreads its wings and flies away.
17   Your princes are like grasshoppers,
    your scribes3 like clouds of locusts
  settling on the fences
    in a day of cold—
  when the sun rises, they fly away;