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…desejai ardentemente, como crianças […], o genuíno leite espiritual, para que, por ele, vos seja dado crescimento… —1 Pedro 2:2
Recentemente, quando lutei contra um resfriado forte, perdi o apetite. Eu conseguia passar o dia todo sem ingerir muita comida. Água era suficiente. Mas eu sabia que não sobreviveria muito tempo ingerindo apenas líquido. Precisava recuperar o meu apetite porque o meu corpo necessitava de nutrição.
Quando o povo de Israel saiu do exílio na Babilônia, seu apetite espiritual estava fraco. Eles haviam se afastado de Deus e de Seus caminhos. Para que o povo voltasse a ter saúde espiritual, Neemias organizou um seminário bíblico e Esdras foi o professor.
Esdras leu o livro da lei de Moisés desde a manhã até o meio-dia, alimentando o povo com a verdade de Deus (Neemias 8:3). E o povo ouviu atentamente. Na verdade, seu apetite pela Palavra de Deus foi tão estimulado que os líderes das famílias, os sacerdotes e os levitas encontraram-se com Esdras no dia seguinte para estudar a lei com mais detalhes porque queriam compreendê-la (v.13).
Quando nos sentimos distantes de Deus ou espiritualmente fracos, podemos encontrar nutrição e alimento espiritual na Palavra de Deus. “…desejai ardentemente, como crianças recém-nascidas, o genuíno leite espiritual, para que, por ele, vos seja dado crescimento…” (1 Pedro 2:2). Peça a Deus que renove o seu desejo por um relacionamento com Ele e comece a alimentar seu coração, alma e mente com a Sua Palavra.
— Poh Fang Chia
Leia: Neemias 8:1-12
Examine: A Bíblia em um ano: Gênesis 4–6;Mateus 2
Considere: Alimentarmo-nos da Palavra de Deus nos mantém fortes e saudáveis no Senhor.
Οπως έγραψαν και οι New York Times, το «Ιρλανδικό backstop» είναι μία «βολική συντομογραφία ενός διαβολικά περίπλοκου θέματος». Κι όσο πλησιάζει η 29η Μαρτίου, τόσο περισσότερο φαντάζει σαν την ξέρα η οποία κινδυνεύει να βυθίσει το Brexit.
Γιατί είναι απαραίτητο;
Με λίγα λόγια, είναι ένας τρόπος για να αποφευχθεί η δημιουργία ενός πραγματικού συνόρου μεταξύ Ιρλανδίας, που παραμένει μέλος της ΕΕ και της Β. Ιρλανδίας, που παραμένει μέρος του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου.
Στην θεωρία ακούγεται απλό, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα είναι μάλλον πιο εύκολο να λύσει κανείς ένα παζλ με τα μάτια δεμένα, παρά να λύσει το πρόβλημα του backstop με τρόπο που να ικανοποιεί και το Βρετανικό Κοινοβούλιο και την Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση.
Εκτός όλων των άλλων, η Συμφωνία της Μεγάλης Παρασκευής, που υπεγράφη το 1998 και βοήθησε στον τερματισμό των συγκρούσεων στη Β. Ιρλανδία, έρχεται σε πλήρη αντίθεση με την δημιουργία ενός κανονικού, «σκληρού» συνόρου μεταξύ αυτού του τμήματος του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου και της Ιρλανδίας. Και δεν υπάρχει κανείς, ούτε στην Ιρλανδία, ούτε στη Β. Ιρλανδία, ούτε στο βρετανικό Κοινοβούλιο που να είναι υπέρ της αλλαγής αυτού του καθεστώτος.
Τι θα αλλάξει μετά το Brexit?
Η προθεσμία για την έξοδο της Βρετανίας από την ΕΕ λήγει στις 29 Μαρτίου, αλλά το σχέδιο συμφωνίας για το Brexit, το οποίο καλούνται να ψηφίσουν το βράδυ της Τρίτης οι βρετανοί βουλευτές, προβλέπει ότι δεν θα υπάρξουν αλλαγές. Η Βρετανία θα παραμείνει εντός τελωνειακής ένωσης και κοινής αγοράς μέχρι - τουλάχιστον - το τέλος του 2020. Στο διάστημα αυτό το Λονδίνο και οι Βρυξέλλες θα επιχειρήσουν να διαπραγματευτούν μία μόνιμη, εμπορική σχέση.
Αν το Brexit προχωρήσει χωρίς συμφωνία, υπάρχουν δύο λύσεις: Η παράταση της μεταβατικής περιόδου μέχρι το 2022 και η ενεργοποίηση του backstop. Αν δεν βρεθεί καμμία λύση, το backstop θα ενεργοποιηθεί το 2022.
Μα τι είναι επιτέλους αυτό το backstop;
Οσο δεν υπάρχει μακροχρόνια εμπορική συμφωνία, η Βρετανία παραμένει εντός της Ευρωπαϊκής Τελωνειακής Ενωσης και η Β. Ιρλανδία θα συνεχίσει να δεσμεύεται από τους κανόνες της κοινής αγοράς. Οι Ευρωπαίοι ηγέτες όχι μόνον απαίτησαν την δημιουργία του backstop, αλλά επέμειναν να μην έχει ημερομηνία λήξης.
Ετσι, η Βρετανία θα μπορούσε να βρεθεί εκτός ΕΕ, χωρίς καμμία δυνατότητα παρέμβασης, αλλά στενά εξαρτημένη από τους κανόνες της. Για τους σκληροπυρηνικούς υπέρ του Brexit Συντηρητικούς βουλευτές της κυρίας Μέι, αυτό είναι το εφιαλτικό σενάριο.
Η βρετανίδα πρωθυπουργός θα μπορούσε να αγνοήσει αυτούς τους βουλευτές και να συμφωνήσει με τους Εργατικούς για ένα «μαλακό» Brexit, το οποίο θα άφηνε την Βρετανία εντός της τελωνειακής ένωσης. Μία τέτοια απόφαση, όμως, θα αποξένωνε όλους όσοι ψήφισαν υπερ του Brexit στο δημοψήφισμα του 2016 και θα έθετε σε κίνδυνο την ενότητα των Συντηρητικών - για πολλούς, αυτός είναι ο μεγαλύτερος φόβος της Μέι.
Οι Βρυξέλλες έχουν προτείνει μία λύση, σύμφωνα με την οποία μόνον η Β. Ιρλανδία θα κληθεί να υπακούσει στους κανόνες του backstop, ενώ η υπόλοιπη Βρετανία θα μπορούσε να υιοθετήσει διαφορετικούς κανόνες. Η πρόταση απορρίφθηκε από το Λονδίνο, διότι δημιουργεί ένα σύνορο στην Ιρλανδική Θάλασσα, κόβοντας τη Β. Ιρλανδία από το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και οδηγώντας την πιο κοντά στην Ιρλανδία.
Εγινε συμφωνία τελευταίας στιγμής;
Την Δευτέρα, στο Στρασβούργο, η Τερέζα Μέι συναντήθηκε με τον Πρόεδρο της Κομισιόν, Ζαν Κλοντ Γιουνκέρ και γύρισε στο Λονδίνο με την διαβεβαίωση ότι η Βρετανία θα έχει τη δυνατότητα να τερματίσει το backstop στην περίπτωση που η ΕΕ «δεν διαπραγματεύεται με καλές προθέσεις».
Οπως, όμως, ανακοίνωσε την Τρίτη ο νομικός σύμβουλος της βρετανικής κυβέρνησης, αν τόσο η Βρετανία όσο και η ΕΕ, παρά τις «καλές προθέσεις» τους, δεν καταφέρουν να φτάσουν σε συμφωνία για το backstop λόγω «αγεφύρωτων διαφορών», τότε δεν θα υπάρξει νομικώς αποδεκτός τρόπος για τον τερματισμό του backstop και η Βρετανία «θα παραμείνει παγιδευμένη στην ΕΕ».
Και τώρα, τι;
Οι δηλώσεις αυτές θεωρείται ότι κατάφεραν ένα σοβαρότατο πλήγμα εναντίον της Τερέζα Μέι, η οποία ελπίζει ότι το σχέδιό της για το Brexit θα καταφέρει να πάρει την έγκριση του Βρετανικού Κοινοβουλίου κατά την ψηφοφορία της Τρίτης.
Ο Καναδό - Ισραηλινός δισεκατομμυριούχος Σίλβαν Άνταμς μίλησε την Τρίτη για τη συμμετοχή της Μαντόνα στη Eurovision στo Τελ Αβίβ.
Σε πρόσφατη ομιλία του στο συνέδριο Keshet INTV, ο επιχειρηματίας δήλωσε ότι η συμμετοχή της δημοφιλούς τραγουδίστριας στον επερχόμενο διαγωνισμό τραγουδιού θα φέρει ένα πολύ μεγάλο όνομα στο show και αυτό θα είναι καλό.
«Επικοινωνήσαμε με τη Μαντόνα με σκοπό να προσπαθήσουμε να προσθέσουμε λίγη λάμψη στο event», δήλωσε ο Άνταμς στο Channel 12. «Είναι πολύ θετικό το γεγονός ότι θα έρθει εδώ και θα συμμετάσχει στη Eurovision».
Τον προηγούμενο μήνα κυκλοφόρησε η είδηση ότι ο Άνταμς θα καλύψει την αμοιβή της τραγουδίστριας, προκειμένου εκείνη να ερμηνεύσει επιτυχίες της για λίγα λεπτά στη σκηνή. Σύμφωνα με ρεπορτάζ του Ynet, η Μαντόνα ζήτησε περισσότερα από ένα εκατομμύριο δολάρια για να εμφανιστεί στο show.
Επιπλέον, ο Άνταμς είπε στο κοινό ότι η διοργάνωση τόσο μεγάλων εκδηλώσεων στο Ισραήλ, είναι μια πολύ σημαντική ώθηση για την εικόνα της χώρας. Ο δισεκατομμυριούχος ενίσχυσε οικονομικά και τις πρώτες τρεις ημέρες του ποδηλατικού αγώνα Giro d’Italia, πέρυσι.
H Γκαντόντ συντάχθηκε με χρήστες των μέσω κοινωνικής δικτύωσης που σφυροκοπούν τον ισραηλινό πρωθυπουργό για τις τελευταίες δηλώσεις του πως το κράτος του Ισραήλ δεν ανήκει σε όλους τους πολίτες του, αλλά μόνον στους Εβραίους. Το σχόλιο του Νετανιάχου είχε έρθει μάλιστα ως σύσταση προς την παρουσιάστρια και μοντέλο Ροτέμ Σιλά η οποία είχε επικρίνει νωρίτερα την υπουργό Πολιτισμού Μίρι Ρεγκέβ, η οποία είχε υποστηρίξει ότι μια εκλογική νίκη του αντιπάλου του Νετανιάχου, Μπέντζαμιν Γκαντζ δεν θα ήταν καλό για το Ισραήλ γιατί «αυτός θα σχηματίσει συνασπισμό με τους Άραβες».
Η διαμάχη Ροτέμ-Γκαντότ με Νετανιάχου
Η Ροτέμ σχολίασε: «Ποιο είναι το πρόβλημα με τους Άραβες; Κύριε των Ουρανών , υπάρχουν και Άραβες πολίτες σε αυτή τη χώρα. Το Ισραήλ είναι ένα κράτος όλων των πολιτών του και όλοι οι άνθρωποι γεννιούνται ίσοι».
Και η απάντηση του Νετανιάχου ήταν: «Αγαπητή Ροτέμ μια σημαντική διόρθωση: το Ισραήλ δεν είναι το κράτος όλων των πολιτών του.Σύμφωνα με το Σύνταγμα που ψηφίστηκε από εμάς, το Ισραήλ είναι το κράτος των Εβραίων - και κανενός άλλου».
Η Γκαντότ πήρε μέρος στη διαμάχη που ξέσπασε στα μέσα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης και απευθυνόμενη στα 28εκατ ακολούθους της σχολίασε: «Αγάπα τον πλησίον σου ως εαυτόν» . Όπως επισημαίνει «Δεν έχει να κάνει με τη δεξιά, ή την αριστερά, ούτε με Άραβες και Εβραίους. Ούτε με λαϊκούς και θρησκευόμενους. Είναι ένα ζήτημα διαλόγου για την ειρήνη, την ασφάλεια και την ανεκτικότητα», τονίζει η Γκαντότ, ηθοποιός που έγινε γνωστή μέσα από τη σειρά ταινιών Fast & Furious.
Στο μεταξύ βέβαια η κόντρα Σελά και Νετανιάχου συνεχιζόταν. «Πότε στο καλό κάποιο μέλος της κυβέρνησης θα δηλώσει μπροστά στις κάμερες, ενώπιον του κοινού, πως το Ισραήλ είναι μία χώρα για όλους τους πολίτες του και ο καθένας γεννιέται ίσος, ακόμη και οι Άραβες;», έγραψε στον δικό της λογαριασμό στο Instagram η φίλη της Σέλα για να της απαντήσει ο Νετανιάχου: «το Ισραήλ σέβεται τα προσωπικά δικαιώματα όλων -εβραίων και μη. Εξίσου όμως είναι ένα κράτος του εβραϊκού λαού. Οι άλλοι λαοί, οι εθνικότητες και μειονότητες ήδη εκπροσωπούνται σε άλλα κράτη».
Στη διαμάχη ενεπλάκη και ο πρόεδρος του Ισραήλ Ρέουβεν Ρίβλιν, που εκπροσωπεί την μετριοπαθή πτέρυγα του Λικούντ, παίρνοντας αποστάσεις από τις δηλώσεις του Νετανιάχου: «Σε τούτη τη χώρα δεν υπάρχουν πολίτες πρωτοκλασάτοι και ούτε υπάρχουν πολίτες, ή ψηφοφόροι, δευτεροκλασάτοι. Στο κράτος του Ισραήλ υπάρχει ισότητα στα δικαιώματα για όλους», τόνισε ο Ρίβλιν, κατά τη διάρκεια εκδήλωσης για την 40η επέτειο της ειρήνης με την Αίγυπτο.
Ο Νετανιάχου στις επερχόμενες εκλογές θα βρεθεί αντιμέτωπος με τρεις πρώην αρχηγούς του επιτελείου ενόπλων δυνάμεων (τους πρώην στρατηγούς Μπένι Γκατζ, Μόσε Γιαλόν και Γκάμπι Ασκενάζι, της κεντρώας συμμαχίας «Γαλάζιο και Λευκό»), που απειλούν την πολιτική του ισχύ, όπως γράφει ο πολιτικός αναλυτής Μπεν Κάσπιτ στην εφημερίδα Maariv. «Το κεντρικό ζήτημα είναι εάν θα υπάρξει μία πλειοψηφία της συμμαχίας που μαζί με τα αραβικά κόμματα θα εμποδίσουν την επανεκλογή του».
Τα αραβικά κόμματα, που στις περασμένες εκλογές του 2015 είχαν κατέλθει ενωμένα και αποτέλεσαν την τρίτη δύναμη στην Κνεσέτ (Κοινοβούλιο) μετά το Λικούντ και τους Εργατικούς, τώρα κατέρχονται διαιρεμένα. Από τη μία πλευρά, η συμμαχία Χαντάς-Τάαλ, με επικεφαλής του προβεβλημένους ηγέτες της αραβικής κοινότητας Αϊμαν Όντεχ και Άχμαντ Τίμπι, που επιδιώκει να επαναλάβει τον εκλογικό θρίαμβο του ’15. Από την άλλη, το κόμμα Μπαλάντ-Ενωτικό Ψηφοδέλτιο με ριζοσπαστικό εθνικιστικό χαρακτήρα έχει αποκλεισθεί από την επικείμενη αναμέτρηση από το εκλογοδικείο, με την κατηγορία ότι «αρνείται τον ιουδαϊκό χαρακτήρα του ισραηλινού κράτους» και πλέον αναμένει την απόφαση του Ανωτάτου Δικαστηρίου για το εάν μπορεί να συμμετάσχει στις εκλογές.
Το 1,8 εκατ. αράβων πολιτών που αντιπροσωπεύουν το 20% του πληθυσμού του Ισραήλ, θεωρεί πως το Σύνταγμα καθιερώνει τις διακρίσεις έναντι των Παλαιστινίων που παρέμειναν εντός των συνόρων του ισραηλινού κράτους, μετά τον πόλεμο της ανεξαρτησίας του 1948. Αναγνωρίζει μόνον την αυτοδιάθεση των Εβραίων και ορίζει ως επίσημη γλώσσα μόνον τα εβραϊκά. Το 85% των Αράβων είναι μουσουλμάνοι, μαζί με χριστιανούς και άλλες θρησκευτικές μειονότητες, ενώ το μισό του αραβικού πληθυσμού να είναι κάτω των 18 ετών, με τη δημογραφική τάση του φαίνεται να σημειώνει κάμψη την τελευταία 50ετία, καθώς ο μέσος όρος των γεννήσεων από 9,2 παιδιά ανά γυναίκα έχει μειωθεί στα 3,3 σήμερα, σχεδόν ίσος με αυτό των εβραϊκών οικογενειών.
Αναφορικά με τις δύο ηθοποιούς και τις αντιδράσεις τους, ο Τίμπι σχολίαζε στο Twitter: «το ότι μία σημαίνουσα δημόσια προσωπικότητα πρέπει να οπλισθεί με θάρρος για να μπορέσει να εκφράσει ότι και οι Άραβες επίσης είναι ανθρώπινα όντα, διατρανώνει ότι ζούμε σε ζοφερούς καιρούς».
Αλλά και σε άρθρο της, η εφημερίδα Haaretz, επίσης επαινεί εκείνους που τολμούν να πολεμήσουν «την απονομιμοποίηση των πολιτικών εκπροσώπων της αραβικής κοινότητας». «Ο Νετανιάχου παραδέχθηκε εν τέλει πως το Σύνταγμα καθοσιώνει την νομική ανωτερότητα των Εβραίων και διατρανώνει πως το Ισραήλ ανήκει περισσότερο σε έναν Εβραίο με διπλή υπηκοότητα Αμερικανική και Ισραηλινή (όπως όλοι οι μετανάστες) απ′ όσο σε έναν Άραβα πολίτη που γεννήθηκε στη χώρα τούτη» σημειώνει.
Τα 1,8 εκατ. Άραβες πολίτες, που αντιπροσωπεύουν το 20% του πληθυσμού του Ισραήλ, θεωρούν πως το Σύνταγμα καθιερώνει τις διακρίσεις έναντι των Παλαιστινίων που παρέμειναν εντός των συνόρων του ισραηλινού κράτους, μετά τον πόλεμο της ανεξαρτησίας του 1948. Αναγνωρίζει μόνον την αυτοδιάθεση των Εβραίων και ορίζει ως επίσημη γλώσσα μόνον τα εβραϊκά. Το 85% των Αράβων είναι μουσουλμάνοι, μαζί με χριστιανούς και άλλες θρησκευτικές μειονότητες, ενώ το μισό του αραβικού πληθυσμού να είναι κάτω των 18 ετών, με τη δημογραφική τάση του φαίνεται να σημειώνει κάμψη την τελευταία 50ετία, καθώς ο μέσος όρος των γεννήσεων από 9,2 παιδιά ανά γυναίκα έχει μειωθεί στα 3,3 σήμερα, σχεδόν ίσος με αυτό των εβραϊκών οικογενειών.
Ήταν πριν από τέσσερα περίπου χρόνια όταν η Λίατ Μάλκα περίμενε με αγωνία το σπέρμα ενός νεκρού άνδρα για να γονιμοποιήσει το ωάριο της και να γίνει μητέρα. Η νηπιαγωγός από το Ισραήλ είχε προσπαθήσει ακόμα μια φορά να υποβληθεί σε τεχνητή γονιμοποίηση, δυστυχώς όμως η προσπάθειά της απέτυχε. Τον επόμενο μήνα όμως τα κατάφερε και τελικά η γυναίκα έμεινε έγκυος και εννέα μήνες αργότερα γέννησε τη Σίρα, το όνομα της οποίας επιλέχθηκε επειδή σημαίνει «τραγούδι» αλλά και «προσευχή» στα εβραϊκά.
Τις τελευταίες δύο δεκαετίες η μεταθανάτια αναπαραγωγή είναι μια μέθοδος που ακολουθούν όλο και περισσότεροι άνθρωποι προκειμένου να αποκτήσουν παιδιά. Οι άνδρες, σύμφωνα με αυτή, δωρίζουν το γενετικό τους υλικό όσο βρίσκονται στη ζωή ή πριν πεθάνουν, ώστε να μπορούν να συνεχίσουν το γενεαλογικό τους δέντρο.
Οι ειδικοί προβλέπουν πως ο αριθμός της υποβοηθούμενης αναπαραγωγής μετά θάνατον θα σημειώσει αύξηση τα επόμενα χρόνια δίνοντας ώθηση στην επικράτηση των «εναλλακτικών οικογενειών» που είναι αποτέλεσμα συνδυασμών πέρα από τους παραδοσιακούς. Το Ισραήλ, μια χώρα με ιδιαίτερα αυξημένα επίπεδα μεταθανάτιας εξωσωματικής ανά κάτοικο, θεωρείται και ένα ακμάζον εργαστήριο για περαιτέρω δοκιμές όσον αφορά τον συγκεκριμένο τρόπο.
Τα πράγματα όμως δεν είναι τόσο απλά όσο φαίνονται. Το κράτος του Ισραήλ, που ρυθμίζει και χρηματοδοτεί το IVF, της εξωσωματικής δηλαδή γονιμοποίησης, είναι αυτό που θα αποφασίσει και ποιοι θα συμμετέχουν στη διαδικασία. Αυτή τη στιγμή, όλες οι γυναίκες άνω των 45 ετών, μπορούν να προχωρήσουν στην εξωσωματική γονιμοποίηση, αντλώντας γενετικό υλικό από άνδρες που έχουν φύγει από τη ζωή.
Η Μάλκα έμαθε για τη διαδικασία και τις δυνατότητες που έχει όταν ήταν 35 ετών. Ο γιατρός της τότε την ενημέρωσε πως δεν είχε αρκετά ωάρια. Έτσι, άρχισε να ψάχνει για το σπέρμα ενός ανώνυμου δότη, δεν της άρεσε όμως η ιδέα πως το παιδί της δεν θα γνώριζε ποτέ την οικογένεια του πατέρα του. Παράλληλα, φοβόταν πως το παιδί της σε μια τόσο μικρή χώρα κάποια στιγμή ίσως συναντούσε τυχαία κάποιον που θα τύχαινε να είναι αδερφός του χωρίς να το ξέρει.
Τελικά, πέτυχε στο YouTube ένα βίντεο που είχαν ποστάρει η Τζούλια και ο Βλαντ Ποζνιάνσκι. Το ζευγάρι ζητούσε νόμιμη άδεια προκειμένου να δωρίσει το σπέρμα του 25χρονου γιου τους που είχε πεθάνει από καρκίνο όταν ήταν 25 ετών. Η επιθυμία του να διατηρήσει το σπέρμα του και να το χρησιμοποιήσει για να γονιμοποιήσει μια γυναίκα περιγραφόταν με λεπτομέρειες σε ένα νομικό έγγραφο που είχε υπογράψει η δικηγόρος, Ίριτ Ρόζενμπλουμ.
Η Μάλκα επικοινώνησε με την Rosenblum, που ίδρυσε τη New Family, μια οργάνωση που αναλαμβάνει να στηρίξει εναλλακτικές ανάλογες οικογένειες στο Ισραήλ. Στη συνέχεια η Μάλκα έπρεπε να υπογράψει μια σύμβαση που όριζε πως θα χρησιμοποιήσει το σπέρμα του Μπαρούχ για να μείνει έγκυος. Έπειτα από δώδεκα μήνες γραφειοκρατικών διαδικασιών και επαφών, το δικαστήριο αποφάσισε υπέρ της οικογένειας και το 2015 γεννήθηκε η μικρή Σίρα.
Τη σημασία της συζήτησης για την μεταθανάτια υποβοηθούμενη αναπαραγωγή τονίζει η ειδικός οικογενειακού δικαίου και λέκτορας του πανεπιστημίου του Λίμερικ, Κάθριν Ο ’Σούλιβαν. Όπως αναφέρει, η Γαλλία, η Γερμανία και η Σουηδία επέλεξαν την απαγόρευση, ενώ άλλες χώρες όπως η Ιρλανδία αναπτύσσουν νόμους για να την επιτρέψουν. Τέτοια νομικά πλαίσια θα πρέπει να εξετάζουν σχετικά ζητήματα όπως τα κληρονομικά και τα παιδαγωγικά ζητήματα.
Η Μάλκα εξηγεί ότι παρά τους κινδύνους που υποκρύπτονται μετά τη διαδικασία, αυτή και η κόρη της ζουν ευτυχισμένες. Όταν σχολά από το νηπιαγωγείο η Σίρα, πηγαίνουν συχνά στην παραλία ή χορεύουν στο σαλόνι τους. «Είμαστε πάντα οι δύο μας και κάνουμε αυτό που μας αρέσει», είπε.
It’s interesting to watch the Democrat party embrace hate. When they get sorted out which historical model most of them want it’s going to be more interesting still. Case in point is the rising triumvirate...
Contrario al lugar común, todos reconocemos, en mayor o menor medida, que el cine no es un lenguaje universal. Las muchas versiones de otras películas que se hacen en Hollywood de filmes exitosos en otras latitudes tienen como motivación más que el mero propósito comercial. Los motiva traducir lo extranjero para llevarlo a un terreno conocido, para hacerlo propio. Pero esto no es sino una forma de introducir un afortunado remake. La maestra de kínder, el largometraje de Sara Colangelo, traslada ingeniosamente el original israelí a Nueva York, aun cuando al hacerlo lo reduzca y traicione (como pasa con cualquier adaptación). Al casi prescindir del aspecto trascendental y social del original, la versión estadounidense se concentra en el drama menor de un bienintencionada y fantasiosa aficionada. Esta película es más mundana, lo que acaso sea una evidencia de la diferencia que hay entre una cultura y otra.
Lisa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) lleva más de 20 años enseñando en un Kindergarten. Resulta evidente su aburrimiento. A pesar de su familia y de su trabajo, ella anhela ampliar su campo de acción, por lo que ha comenzado a tomar clases de poesía. La inaudita sorpresa de encontrar entre sus alumnos de preescolar una promesa de la poesía altera la tranquila abulia de la profesora. Celosa y fanática, Lisa convierte su deseo por proteger a Jimmy (Parker Sevak), su talentoso alumno, en su nuevo propósito vital. Los realizadores logran a un tiempo mostrar las razones por las que Lisa cree contribuir a su comunidad, así como lo carente de sentido común que es su proceder. La maestra de kínder relata la ansiedad del fanático que cree que sin su intervención ha de permitir que desaparezca un tesoro invaluable. La ambigüedad que tiñe a la película hace que no simplifique su trama a un cuento moralizante, ni a un alegato furioso en contra de una sociedad que desprecia a las artes. Colangelo prefiere exponer un relato turbio en el que simpaticemos con el delirio entusiasta de Lisa.
Ver una versión de una cinematografía distinta de una misma historia permite notar como se enfatiza, amplia o reduce un aspecto u otro de un relato, rastros de un sesgo cultural que acaso esté desapareciendo dentro de una creciente homogeneidad. La versión estadounidense de La maestra de kínder se centra en el drama individual de su protagonista al tiempo que limita la presencia de la religiosidad y el comentario social que permeaba al filme original. Para la realizadora, el centro se encuentra en esta profesora víctima del aburrimiento que de pronto cree haber hallado un modo de redención como promotora de un poeta. Este drama inquieta y emociona, en particular cuando vemos la cara de desasosiego de Lisa, quien busca salir de la prisión de sus frustraciones. No ocurre así cuando vemos a otros personajes, ya sean los hijos de la profesora, o su ayudante en el salón, o la niñera de Jimmy. Los personajes secundarios se limitan a encajar en un estereotipo determinado. Esto, no obstante, resalta la ansiedad de Lisa, su odio por el medio que la rodea, esto se vuelve una motivación para las decisiones que va tomando a medida que avanza el largometraje. De esta manera los realizadores consiguen mostrar en qué consiste la amargura y el inconformismo que caracteriza a la ansiedad del entusiasta.
I have no clue who Judge Jeanine Pirro is except that she is a conservative political commentator for Fox News. But she was way off base in attacking Ilhan Omar.
That may shock many people who know of my own criticism of Ms.Omar. I believe she is an antisemite. But that does not mean that anyone can hurl any criticism they choose at her when it isn’t warranted. That only undermines the legitimate criticism she deserves.
The issue here in Pirro’s suggestion that Omar’s religious practices should be seen as traitorous. Pirro has basically done to devout Muslims what Omar did to Jews that support Israel. From Ha’artez:
On her show, Pirro noted that the Minnesota representative wears a hijab in apparent conformity to a directive in the Quran. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is in itself antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?” she asked.
Pirro defended her comments by claiming she only asked the question to start a debate and did not claim Omar was un-American. That in my view is disingenuous. It would be like asking the question about whether an Orthodox Jew is traitorous by wearing a Kipa and thereby suggesting that Torah law (Halacha) is antithetical to the constitution. Putting those comments in the form of a question has the same negative connotation.
Wearing Hijab or a Kipa is not un-American.
The law in this country is that people are free to express themselves in any way they choose as long as it does not deny the freedom of others. That law has the constitutional guarantee of the 1stAmendment. Questioning Omar’s religious practices in effect questions the very constitution itself! And it is hurtful to anyone whose religious practices are not seen as the norm. Am I un-American by lighting a Menorah on Chankah during the height of the Christmas season when just about everyone else is putting up Christmas trees?
Fox was right to condemn Pirro’s comments. As do I.
It might make some people feel good to disparage devout Muslims while at the same time extolling devout Christians. But feeling good about putting others down is not the Torah’s way. The ways of the Torah are pleasant. And every Jew is obligated to follow the ways of the Torah.
The truth of the matter is that Judaism has a lot more in common with Islam that it does with Christianity. It would be wise for the Islam bashers to recognize that and treat it accordingly.
While it is true that Christians today are far more favorably inclined to support the Jewish state (the more devout – the stronger the support) and it is true as well that we share a bible with them (i.e. ttheir old testament) their theology is considered a form of idolatry for us. While some Rishonim say that non Jews are permitted to believe in more than one deity as long as one of them is God, (which is called Shituf) that is not the case for us.
Muslims on the other hand believe only in one God. The same one we believe in. And neither of us believes in any other god.
It is also true that much of Islamic law is similar to Jewish law. For example they believe that an animal must be ritually slaughtered (Halal or Zabiha) in order to be permitted to eat it. They even rely on Jewish ritual slaughter (Shechita) if they do not have a Muslim trained in their own version of ritual slaughter. Their modesty laws are similar to ours if not more stringent. Even to the extent of a woman covering their hair. Which is what the hijab is all about. While the details of modesty laws between Judaism and Islam are a bit different, the idea behind them is the same.
There are other similarities. Islam ought to be respected at least as much as Christianity is. So that when a Muslim is denied their right to practice their religion in any way, we need to protest it. If they go to court to fight an unjust law that somehow denies their freedom to practice their religion, we ought to join them.
The one thing we should never do is vilify Islam. This is not to say that all forms of Islam should be supported. Certainly the type of Jihadist Islamism that ISIS practices needs to be vigorously fought. But mainstream Islam is not Jihadist. And if their way of life were to be more closely examined, we would find more similarities of Judaism than dissimilarities. And a desire for peaceful and respectful co-existence in the brotherhood of man.
I find it all too common for Orthodox Jews to vilify Islam as though all Muslims want to take over the world and establish Sharia Law. Sure - anyone that believes in the laws of their religion believes that is the way God wants all of us to live. It is no different than Jews believing that Torah laws for Jews and the seven Noahide laws for gentiles is what God wants. The difference is in whether either of our religions would force those views upon the rest of the world. And whether those beliefs entail any means necessary towards achieving it. Including war, torture, mass murder, or suicide bombings.
That is what we should all oppose no matter what religion is behind it. In our day, it is Islam that is behind it and when expressed in that form it is not only un-American - it should be fought until it is obliterated. But we must differentiate on the one hand between Jihadist countries like Iran; Islamists like ISIS and Al Qiada; Hamas and Hezbollah… and on the other hand mainstream Muslims that are nothing like them. They are as different from each other as black is from white.
It is true that most of even the peaceful Muslims are opposed to Israel. Some of that opposition is religion based. Some of it is based on misguided notions of what the real cause of Palestinian misfortune is. But most Muslims would not hurt anyone anymore than most Jews or Christians would.
I believe that - if not for the Jihadists that are currently calling the shots in the Middle East - in their heart of hearts, most Palestinian Muslims are realists and would rather just make peace with Israel and get on with their lives - even though they would prefer if we were not there in the first place.
The prosperity that would likely follow would be good for everyone. I would be thrilled if Israel no longer had to treat every Muslim that wants to cross into Israel with suspicion that they want to hurt us. Wouldn’t it be great if Israel ended up having the same relationship with Palestinians on the West Bank that America has with Canada?
At the moment, that is a distant dream for both sides. Like it or not (and I don’t) Israel must be cautious in ways that places hardships on Palestinians. But at the same time - what should be absolutely clear is that any unfair treatment or criticism of a Muslim just because they are Muslim ought to be rejected. It is wrong and does not do anyone any good.
Dizem os especialistas ser o oposto do albinismo e a esta surpreendentemente bela e raríssima característica chamar-se-à melanismo, entendida como recessiva, onde a pele e o pêlo são todos pretos. Este é talvez o leão mais lindo que eu já vi e passa a partir de hoje a liderar o primeiro lugar do meu "pódio estético", até agora liderado pelo famoso Leão do Atlas, quase extinto no planeta e que há muito destaquei e mostrei por aqui...
Por não encontrar palavras para descrever este sentimento que me invadiu, a minha memória recuou ao ano de 1982, ano em que FR David, um cantor franco-tunisino que ofereceu ao mundo uma das canções mais bonitas de que me lembro desses gloriosos tempos da música, quando em Portugal ainda não se exportavam "telemóveis" para Israel...
Deixo por aqui a minha homenagem ao leão mais bonito que alguma vez os meus olhos viram...
Este sim, talvez fosse capaz de meter medo a muita gente!...
Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Hookah tobacco (also known as waterpipe tobacco, maassel, shisha, narghile, or argileh) is smoked with a hookah (waterpipe). Hookah tobacco comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon.
The hookah tobacco market is very concerted market; the revenue of top eight manufacturers accounts about 86% of the total revenue in 2016. The high-end products mainly come from USA and Middle East.
Geographically, the US hookah tobacco market has been segmented into Pacific, South Atlantic, Northeast, East North Central, West South Central and other. The Pacific region held the largest share in the US products market, its revenue of the market exceeds 24% in 2016.
In particular, this report presents the global market share (sales and revenue) of key companies in Tobacco and Hookah business, shared in Chapter 3.
This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Tobacco and Hookah market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions and countries.
This study considers the Tobacco and Hookah value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:
Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.7.
Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.8.
This report also splits the market by region: Breakdown data in Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Middle East & Africa
The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.
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Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Laser Coding and marking equipment are machines that print production date, barcode, trade mark and other product information on product surfaces and packages. Laser Coding and marking equipment are widely used in industrial fields such as Packaging, Electronics & Microelectronics, Medical and further constructions.
Europe has the largest global export quantity and manufacturers in Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market, while the North America is the second sales volume market for Laser Coding and Marking Equipment in 2017.
According to this study, over the next five years the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market will register a 8.1% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 2880 million by 2024, from US$ 1810 million in 2019. In particular, this report presents the global market share (sales and revenue) of key companies in Laser Coding and Marking Equipment business, shared in Chapter 3.
This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions and countries.
This study considers the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:
Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.7.
Others (YAG Laser, etc.)
Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.8.
Electronics & Microelectronics
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Middle East & Africa
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If it turns out that there is a God the worst that you can say about him is that basically hes an underachiever.Woody Allen If you go into a Reform or Conservative temple, its likely that you will notice two things: The congregation is becoming smaller and older. Across the United States and Europe, Jewish congregations are aging at a rapid rate, a phenomenon increasingly common for mainstream religions across the high-income world. Overall, the American Jewish populationunlike that of demographically robust Israelis on the decline, with a loss of 300,000 members over the past decade, a number expected...
8 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” 3 And Aaron did so: he set up its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses. 4 And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the LORD had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.
Cleansing of the Levites
5 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them. 7 Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them go with a razor over all their body, and wash their clothes and cleanse themselves. 8 Then let them take a bull from the herd and its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another bull from the herd for a sin offering. 9 And you shall bring the Levites before the tent of meeting and assemble the whole congregation of the people of Israel. 10 When you bring the Levites before the LORD, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites, 11 and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the people of Israel, that they may do the service of the LORD. 12 Then the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD to make atonement for the Levites. 13 And you shall set the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and shall offer them as a wave offering to the LORD.
14 “Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine. 15 And after that the Levites shall go in to serve at the tent of meeting, when you have cleansed them and offered them as a wave offering. 16 For they are wholly given to me from among the people of Israel. Instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the people of Israel, I have taken them for myself. 17 For all the firstborn among the people of Israel are mine, both of man and of beast. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself, 18 and I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel. 19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel, to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement for the people of Israel, that there may be no plague among the people of Israel when the people of Israel come near the sanctuary.”
20 Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the people of Israel to the Levites. According to all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, the people of Israel did to them. 21 And the Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes, and Aaron offered them as a wave offering before the LORD, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22 And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron and his sons; as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.
Retirement of the Levites
23 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they1 shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. 25 And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. 26 They minister2 to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.”
The Passover Celebrated
9 And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. 3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time; according to all its statutes and all its rules you shall keep it.” 4 So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. 5 And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. 6 And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. 7 And those men said to him, “We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the LORD's offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?” 8 And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you.”
9 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the LORD. 11 In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. 13 But if anyone who is clean and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he did not bring the LORD's offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin. 14 And if a stranger sojourns among you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its rule, so shall he do. You shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native.”
The Cloud Covering the Tabernacle
15 On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day3 and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. 18 At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the LORD they remained in camp; then according to the command of the LORD they set out. 21 And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out. 22 Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out. 23 At the command of the LORD they camped, and at the command of the LORD they set out. They kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by Moses.
8:24Hebrew he; also verses 25, 26 8:26Hebrew He ministers 9:16Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks by day
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
67 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
7 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews1 were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers2 said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.8 You go up to the feast. I am not3 going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.
10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning,4 when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.17 If anyone's will is to do God's5 will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it.22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well?24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
Can This Be the Christ?
25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.”30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me.34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.”35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”
Rivers of Living Water
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.38 Whoever believes in me, as6 the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Division Among the People
40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people over him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 47 The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? 48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”
[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11.]7
The Woman Caught in Adultery
53 [[They went each to his own house,
7:1Or Judeans; Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time 7:3Or brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 10 7:8Some manuscripts add yet 7:15Or this man knows his letters 7:17Greek his 7:38Or let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. As 7:53Some manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text
7 On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils, 2 the chiefs of Israel, heads of their fathers' houses, who were the chiefs of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached 3 and brought their offerings before the LORD, six wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for every two of the chiefs, and for each one an ox. They brought them before the tabernacle. 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, 5 “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” 6 So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. 7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service. 8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder. 10 And the chiefs offered offerings for the dedication of the altar on the day it was anointed; and the chiefs offered their offering before the altar. 11 And the LORD said to Moses, “They shall offer their offerings, one chief each day, for the dedication of the altar.”
12 He who offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah. 13 And his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels,1 one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 14 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 15 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 16 one male goat for a sin offering; 17 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
18 On the second day Nethanel the son of Zuar, the chief of Issachar, made an offering. 19 He offered for his offering one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 20 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 21 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 22 one male goat for a sin offering; 23 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nethanel the son of Zuar.
24 On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, the chief of the people of Zebulun: 25 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 26 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 27 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 28 one male goat for a sin offering; 29 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.
30 On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, the chief of the people of Reuben: 31 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 32 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 33 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 34 one male goat for a sin offering; 35 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.
36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, the chief of the people of Simeon: 37 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 38 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 39 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 40 one male goat for a sin offering; 41 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, the chief of the people of Gad: 43 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 44 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 45 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 46 one male goat for a sin offering; 47 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, the chief of the people of Ephraim: 49 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 50 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 51 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 52 one male goat for a sin offering; 53 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.
54 On the eighth day Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, the chief of the people of Manasseh: 55 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 56 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 57 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 58 one male goat for a sin offering; 59 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
60 On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, the chief of the people of Benjamin: 61 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 62 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 63 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 64 one male goat for a sin offering; 65 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.
66 On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the chief of the people of Dan: 67 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 68 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 69 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 70 one male goat for a sin offering; 71 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
72 On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ochran, the chief of the people of Asher: 73 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 74 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 75 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 76 one male goat for a sin offering; 77 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ochran.
78 On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, the chief of the people of Naphtali: 79 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 80 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 81 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 82 one male goat for a sin offering; 83 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.
84 This was the dedication offering for the altar on the day when it was anointed, from the chiefs of Israel: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve golden dishes, 85 each silver plate weighing 130 shekels and each basin 70, all the silver of the vessels 2,400 shekels according to the shekel of the sanctuary, 86 the twelve golden dishes, full of incense, weighing 10 shekels apiece according to the shekel of the sanctuary, all the gold of the dishes being 120 shekels; 87 all the cattle for the burnt offering twelve bulls, twelve rams, twelve male lambs a year old, with their grain offering; and twelve male goats for a sin offering; 88 and all the cattle for the sacrifice of peace offerings twenty-four bulls, the rams sixty, the male goats sixty, the male lambs a year old sixty. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.
89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.
66 Shout for joy to God, all the earth; 2 sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. 4 All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah 5 Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. 6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, 7 who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah 8 Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, 9 who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. 10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. 11 You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 12 you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. 13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to you, 14 that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah 16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. 17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on1 my tongue.2 18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!
66:17Hebrew under 66:17Or and he was exalted with my tongue
6 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii1 worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Jesus Walks on Water
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,2 they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
I Am the Bread of Life
22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.48 I am the bread of life.49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread3 the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”59 Jesus4 said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
The Words of Eternal Life
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.”71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him.
6:7A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer 6:19Greek twenty-five or thirty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters 6:58Greek lacks the bread 6:59Greek He
5 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the people of Israel that they put out of the camp everyone who is leprous1 or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead. 3 You shall put out both male and female, putting them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell.” 4 And the people of Israel did so, and put them outside the camp; as the LORD said to Moses, so the people of Israel did.
Confession and Restitution
5 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Speak to the people of Israel, When a man or woman commits any of the sins that people commit by breaking faith with the LORD, and that person realizes his guilt, 7 he shall confess his sin that he has committed.2 And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong. 8 But if the man has no next of kin to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution for wrong shall go to the LORD for the priest, in addition to the ram of atonement with which atonement is made for him. 9 And every contribution, all the holy donations of the people of Israel, which they bring to the priest, shall be his. 10 Each one shall keep his holy donations: whatever anyone gives to the priest shall be his.”
A Test for Adultery
11 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the people of Israel, If any man's wife goes astray and breaks faith with him, 13 if a man lies with her sexually, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and she is undetected though she has defiled herself, and there is no witness against her, since she was not taken in the act, 14 and if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife who has defiled herself, or if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife, though she has not defiled herself, 15 then the man shall bring his wife to the priest and bring the offering required of her, a tenth of an ephah3 of barley flour. He shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, for it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering of remembrance, bringing iniquity to remembrance.
16 “And the priest shall bring her near and set her before the LORD. 17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthenware vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD and unbind the hair of the woman's head and place in her hands the grain offering of remembrance, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse. 19 Then the priest shall make her take an oath, saying, ‘If no man has lain with you, and if you have not turned aside to uncleanness while you were under your husband's authority, be free from this water of bitterness that brings the curse. 20 But if you have gone astray, though you are under your husband's authority, and if you have defiled yourself, and some man other than your husband has lain with you, 21 then’ (let the priest make the woman take the oath of the curse, and say to the woman) ‘the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh fall away and your body swell. 22 May this water that brings the curse pass into your bowels and make your womb swell and your thigh fall away.’ And the woman shall say, ‘Amen, Amen.’
23 “Then the priest shall write these curses in a book and wash them off into the water of bitterness. 24 And he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain. 25 And the priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy out of the woman's hand and shall wave the grain offering before the LORD and bring it to the altar. 26 And the priest shall take a handful of the grain offering, as its memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, and afterward shall make the woman drink the water. 27 And when he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and has broken faith with her husband, the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her womb shall swell, and her thigh shall fall away, and the woman shall become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, then she shall be free and shall conceive children.
29 “This is the law in cases of jealousy, when a wife, though under her husband's authority, goes astray and defiles herself, 30 or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall carry out for her all this law. 31 The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.”
The Nazirite Vow
6 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When either a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite,4 to separate himself to the LORD, 3 he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried. 4 All the days of his separation5 he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins.
5 “All the days of his vow of separation, no razor shall touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the LORD, he shall be holy. He shall let the locks of hair of his head grow long.
6 “All the days that he separates himself to the LORD he shall not go near a dead body. 7 Not even for his father or for his mother, for brother or sister, if they die, shall he make himself unclean, because his separation to God is on his head. 8 All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD.
9 “And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it. 10 On the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two pigeons to the priest to the entrance of the tent of meeting, 11 and the priest shall offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, because he sinned by reason of the dead body. And he shall consecrate his head that same day 12 and separate himself to the LORD for the days of his separation and bring a male lamb a year old for a guilt offering. But the previous period shall be void, because his separation was defiled.
13 “And this is the law for the Nazirite, when the time of his separation has been completed: he shall be brought to the entrance of the tent of meeting, 14 and he shall bring his gift to the LORD, one male lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish as a sin offering, and one ram without blemish as a peace offering, 15 and a basket of unleavened bread, loaves of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and their grain offering and their drink offerings. 16 And the priest shall bring them before the LORD and offer his sin offering and his burnt offering, 17 and he shall offer the ram as a sacrifice of peace offering to the LORD, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest shall offer also its grain offering and its drink offering. 18 And the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head at the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire that is under the sacrifice of the peace offering. 19 And the priest shall take the shoulder of the ram, when it is boiled, and one unleavened loaf out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved the hair of his consecration, 20 and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. They are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed. And after that the Nazirite may drink wine.
21 “This is the law of the Nazirite. But if he vows an offering to the LORD above his Nazirite vow, as he can afford, in exact accordance with the vow that he takes, then he shall do in addition to the law of the Nazirite.”
22 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
24 The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD lift up his countenance6 upon you and give you peace.
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
5:2Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 5:7Hebrew they shall confess their sin that they have committed 5:15An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters 6:2Nazirite means one separated, or one consecrated 6:4Or Naziriteship 6:26Or face
65 Praise is due to you,1 O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. 2 O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. 3 When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. 4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! 5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; 6 the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; 7 who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, 8 so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. 9 You visit the earth and water it;2 you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. 10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. 11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. 12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, 13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
65:1Or Praise waits for you in silence 65:9Or and make it overflow
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic1 called Bethesda,2 which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.35 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews4 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Jesus Is Equal with God
18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
The Authority of the Son
19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father5 does, that the Son does likewise.20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Witnesses to Jesus
30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true.32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true.33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.41 I do not receive glory from people.42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
5:2Or Hebrew 5:2Some manuscripts Bethsaida 5:3Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had 5:10The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18 5:19Greek he
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Trappist Blogging in Honor of Thomas Merton's 100th Birthday: Essay 5 of 6 on "Fire Watch, July 4, 1952," the epilogue of The Sign of Jonas
Part One: Fear of the Dark
In Yuri Norstein's enchanting animated short Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), our hero ventures into the fog drawn by a beautiful vision. It is a classic hero story, where the hero embarks on a quest that leads to deeper self-knowledge. Hedgehog in the Fog shares much in common with Thomas Merton's "Fire Watch," where Merton's solitary trek through the monastery leads to revelation.
Defying traditional expectations, Thomas Merton depicts the dark as spiritually good. This is in the nature of a paradigm shift—and it’s not easy to cause a shift in anything as hidebound as a 2,000- year-old religion anchored to a set of ancient sacred texts.
In the very first paragraph of “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” Merton writes:
“You (God) have seen the morning and the night, and the night was better.”
Merton’s God blesses the darkness. This is a concept that would seem to fly in the face of much scripture:
The hero's journey continues. Top frame: The hedgehog sees a beautiful vision of a white horse in the fog. Middle frame: Unseen by the hedgehog, the horse sniffs a leaf that that the hedgehog has dropped. Bottom frame: Safely home, the hedgehog is haunted by the vision of the horse. In "Fire Watch," Merton pursues an unattainable intimacy, yearning to receive answers from God to his existential questions.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Note: Light good, dark bad.)
“So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the landof Egypt three days… but all the people of Israelhad light where they dwelt.” (Note: Light good, dark bad.)
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” (Note: Light good, dark bad.)
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Note: Light good, dark bad.)
“Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Note: Light good, dark bad.)
While positive passages about darkness exist in the Bible, they are few and far between. Negative views of darkness overwhelmingly predominate.
The hero's journey continues. Wandering lost in the fog, hoping to see the horse again, the hedgehog is frightened by mysterious beasts of the night: an owl, a bat, and an elephant, dimly seen. As he wanders through the monastery at night, Merton evokes a haunted house: "Shadows move everywhere... There are faint sounds in the darkness, the empty choirstalls creak and hidden boards mysteriously sigh."
But Merton saw through this darkness surrounding darkness to realize that the light-dark dichotomy was always intended as metaphor, and that sometimes metaphors must change with the times. Darkness served as a favorite image in ancient times because it was universally known and feared. Our contemporary fears of darkness are much milder by comparison. If fear begins to seize us, we can simply flick on a light switch, performing our own, “Let there be light.”
When the books of the Bible were written, intense anxieties about the night, the darkness, and the wilderness were very real and reasonable. Communities banded close together to protect themselves from the dangers that lurked outside. Assurances of safety dissolved when the sun sank below the horizon. The civilized space contracted. People gathered together within known, familiar spaces... and they barred the doors. The wilderness outside the city walls, home to dangerous animals and bandits, advanced closer in the darkness. Any venture out into the dark carried considerable risk. Better to wait inside for the night to pass and a new day to dawn.
A twentieth century man living in the first full century of electric illumination, Thomas Merton was open to finding new metaphors to express the old truths. For him, the night was simply an unexplored space—like the terra incognita at the edge of an old map. With less to fear, he was more aware that God was fully present in the dark, blessing the night just as he blessed the day.
At the close of “Fire Watch,” Merton prophetically speaks for God:
The Voice of God is heard in Paradise:
“What was vile has become precious. What is now precious was never vile. I have always known the vile as precious for what is vile I know not at all.”
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
In the new metaphor, there’s nothing to fear in the dark. The night assumes a new dignity, now recognized as precious before God.
The hero's journey continues. Despite his fears, the hedgehog ultimately finds only kindness and compassion in the fog. Left: A dog (with very scary jaws) returns the hedgehog's lost bag to him. Right: When the hedgehog falls into a stream, a fish offers him a ride back to safety. In "Fire Watch," Merton writes that the animals in the wilderness outside the monastery are misunderstood. "That is why some people act as if the night and the forest and the heat and the animals had in them something of contagion, whereas the heat is holy and the animals are the children of God..."
The hero's journey at its most sublime. Perhaps the most beautiful of all the images in Hedgehog in the Fog, the hedgehog uses a firefly to light his way as he moves forward through a cathedral of trees. The world appears sacred. In "Fire Watch," Thomas Merton writes: "Now the huge chorus of living beings rises up out of the world beneath my feet: life singing in the watercourses, throbbing in the creeks and the fields and the trees, choirs of millions and millions of jumping and flying and creeping things. And far above me the cool sky opens upon the frozen distance of the stars."
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Trappist Blogging in Honor of Thomas Merton's 100th Birthday: Essay 3 of 6 on "Fire Watch, July 4, 1952," the epilogue of The Sign of Jonas
Part One: Isaiah, Dylan, and Merton
Kingdoms are poised to fall in the Book of Isaiah. From a besieged city’s highest tower, the watchman will sound the alarm.
Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,
Continually by day,
And at my post I am stationed whole nights.
And, behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!
Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?
There must be something in these lines that resonates with genius because both Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan responded with some of their strongest work. In “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” Merton’s epilogue to his bookThe Sign of Jonas, he opens with the line, “Watchman, what of the night?” The 13 pages that follow are Merton’s response to Isaiah’s question. Fifteen years after Merton wrote “Fire Watch,” Bob Dylan re-imagined Isaiah 21:8-9 in his famous song “All Along the Watchtower.”
Isaiah 21 is part of a section where the prophet issues a series of oracles prophesying the fall of cities. Verses 1 through 10 address the impending fall of Babylon. Destruction will come like “whirlwinds in the Negeb.” Dylan takes this and hints at the storm to come: “The wind began to howl.” The approach of the two riders, along with the wildcat growling and the wind howling, signals apocalypse. The song ends just as the end of things begins.
The other Isaiah verse quoted above come from a second oracle. Although it is addressed to Dumah (or Edom), a city located near Jerusalem, the subject still appears to be the fall of Babylon and its repercussions for Judah and Israel. To the question “What of the night?” the watchman responds:
“Morning has come, and also night. If you will request, request. Return and come.”
According to the commentary of Rashi (1040-1105), the watchman’s response refers to the release of the Hebrew captives from Babylon (“morning has come”), a time that will be accompanied by judgment for some (“and also night”). The exiles are urged to request permission of the conquering Persian army to return to the ancestral home (“If you will request, request.”). And the passage ends with a call for all to return with appropriate humility and repentance (“Return and come.”).
Employing considerable creative license, Merton assigns his opening Isaiah quote to God rather than Isaiah’s unnamed speaker. In “Fire Watch,” the first line, “Watchman, what of the night?” is italicized. Merton doesn’t return to italics until the penultimate three-paragraph section of the essay where “The Voice of God is Heard in Paradise.” In this construction, God opens the essay with a question and concludes with a strong (if ambiguous) statement. In between, Merton ventures his own tentative responses to the question, “What of the night?”
Merton differs from both Isaiah and Dylan in his gentle treatment of the wilderness. In Isaiah, the animals of the countryside will surely kill you: “And the birds of prey will summer upon them (the people who flee the city)/and all the beasts of the earth will winter upon them.” (Isaiah 18:6.) Dylan is similarly ominous, with a wildcat’s growl announcing the impending destruction. In contrast, Merton finds peace in the sounds of the Kentucky wilderness outside the monastery:
The world of this night resounds from heaven to hell with animal eloquence, with the savage innocence of a million unknown creatures. While the earth eases and cools off like a huge wet living thing, the enormous vitality of their music pounds and rings and throbs and echoes until it gets into everything, and swamps the whole world in its neutral madness which never becomes an orgy because all things are innocent, all things are pure…. The heat is holy and the animals are the children of God and the night was never made to hide sin, but only to open infinite distances to charity and send our souls to play beyond the stars.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Merton turns from the violent overthrows of Isaiah and Dylan to find a different kind of apocalypse in the night.
Lord, God, the whole world tonight seems to be made out of paper. The most substantial things are ready to crumble or tear apart and blow away.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Scratch the surface of the Abbey of Gethsemaneand a void opens. Merton roams the silent halls on his fire watch, where everything is ostensibly quiet and peaceful, but his thoughts keep slipping toward premonitions of destruction and oblivion.
The monastery is solid as rock by day. But, in Merton’s essay, everything appears different at night. The night watchman’s job—keeping everyone safe from danger—is doomed to ultimate failure. In the essay’s second paragraph, Merton sets out on his rounds “in the house that will one day perish.” In this context, the word “house” operates poetically. In Merton’s very Christian understanding, it is not just the monastery but the world as we know it that will perish.
From cellar to tower, Merton’s prescribed route through the monastery is a search for portents of disaster. He checks a fuse box, fully aware that a single observation per night is insufficient to ensure any real safety. “I am satisfied that there is no fire in this tower which would flare like a great torch and take the whole abbey up with it in twenty minutes…”
As he ascends the winding stairs of the monastery’s tower, Merton foresees his own non-existence, along with the passing of everything he loves in the material world. “The beasts sing to you before they pass away. The solid hills shall vanish like a worn-out garment. All things change, and die and disappear. Questions arise, assume their actuality, and also disappear. In this hour I shall cease to ask them, and silence shall be my answer.”
This is Merton’s mystic apocalypse, blessing the world while acknowledging its ultimate ephemerality. Creation fades into darkness.
One by one I shall forget the names of individual things.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton's grave at the Abbey of Gethsemane. Detail of a photo by Erik Eckel. Wikimedia Commons.
The door swings out upon a vast sea of darkness and of prayer.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Even from the highest tower, all that can be seen is a vast sea of darkness. This is our future—a night that can be faced with either hope or despair.
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In 1987 as the Mets raised the Championship flag, Straw began the year with an opening day HR, and drove in all three runs in the Mets 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit HRs in the first three games of the season driving in seven runs as the Mets swept the Opening series. He hit HRs in back to back in games at Philadelphia, including a four RBI day in a 9-3 win on April 16th. Early on he hit drove in 17 runs, hit five HRs & was batting .325 by the beginning of May. That month he started out with HRs in the first two games & hit nine HRs, driving in 16 runs with stole eight bases. On a West Coast road trip at the end of that month, he hit HRs in three straight games at San Diego. On May 22nd, he tied up a game with the Padres with a 9th inning HR off Mark Davis. Gary Carter followed in what was the game winning HR. In the third game, the Mets were down 1-0 in the 7th inning, when he homered off Eric Show, a two run shot leading to a 3-1 Mets win. On June 18th he hit a pair of HRs in Montreal leading to a 10-7 Mets win as he drove in four runs. He would only hit one more HR over the next month.
All Star: By the All Star break he did have 51 RBIs along with 21 HRs, making his fourth straight All Star game. He went 0-2 in the NL's 2-0 shut out in Oakland, with Davey Johnson as the manager.
In August he hit four HRs the first week, including two at Shea Stadium against the Cubs on August 6th. On August 16th he had a four hit day at Wrigley Field in a 23-10 Mets romp over the Cubs. Straw hit a 4th inning three run HR off Greg Maddox, & then added a two run triple later in the game. He had six multiple RBI games in August, driving in 18 runs with 8 HRs for the month. He was the Player of the Month in September hitting another eight HRs with ten doubles 13 stolen bases & 27 RBIs. On September 9th, he hit two HRs against the Phillies at Shea leading to an 11-5 win. The next day he hit a two run HR against the St. Louis Cardinals in a crucial series, but the Mets fell short 6-4, losing to Ken Dayley. From September 14th through the 18th he drove in runs, in four straight games. On September 18th, he hit a three run HR & drove in four runs against the Pirates in a Mets heart breaking 10-9 loss to the Pirates.
Even with all his hitting, the Mets could not catch the Cardinals this year, falling short of another NL East title. Straw finished the year (as one of ten players up until that point) joining the 30/30 club; hitting 39 HRs (3rd in the NL) & stealing 36 bases. He put up a career highs with those 39 HRs, as well as setting a Mets single season mark. He drove in 104 runs (7th in the NL) hit 32 doubles with 151 hits, 108 runs scored (7th in the NL) 97 walks (4th in the NL) stole 36 bases, batted .284 was hit by a team leading seven hit by pitches & posted a career high .398 on base %. In 1988, Strawberry became the first Met since Dave Kingman to lead the league in HRs with 39. He lost out to Kirk Gibson for the MVP award but clearly should have won it. He led the NL in HRs (39) & slugging % (545%) driving in 101 runs while also scoring 101 runs (4th in the NL). He led the team in most offensive categories as well as in games played. He stole 29 bases while hitting 27 doubles hitting nine sac flies & posted a .366 on base %.
He won the Silver Slugger Award, the first of two he’d win in his career. He became a poster boy for Kenner’s Starting Line Up action figures, and was being praised as possibly breaking Hank Aarons home run record. On the dark side of his life, his wife Lisa filed for divorce accusing him of breaking her nose & beating her. On Opening Day 1988 he hit two HRs, both solo shots, helping Dwight Gooden beat Dennis Martinez & the Expos in Montreal. He hit six HRs in April, amongst the tops in the league. Then in the first week of May he bashed three more HRs. On May 6th, he had a big day agsinst the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium. In the first inning he hit a sac fly & then added an RBI single later on. The Reds rallied to take the lead, but then Straw was the hero, as he hit a walk off game winning HR against John Franco.
He had a few big games against the rival Cardinals in the month of June, staring with a four RBI day on June 6th in St Louis, leading to a 6-4 Mets win. On June 13th as the teams played a series in New York, his 4th inning HR of Ken Dayley tied the game, as it went into extra innings & Lee Mazzilli won it with a walk off hit. On June 15th he hit two HRs & drove in three runs in the 6-4 Mets win as they swept the series. He kept his batting average over the .300 mark until late June, then had a good July to follow.
All Star: In that summers All Star game at Riverfront Stadium, in Cincinnati, Cards manager Whitey Herzog let him play the whole games, as he went 1-4 in the 2-1 NL loss. In mid July he hit HRs in three straight games on a series trip to Atlanta against the Braves. On July 24th he hit HRs in consecutive games at Shea Stadium, then returned with a five RBI day against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 10-5 Mets win at Veterans Stadium. He began August with HRs in three straight games, but then only hit one more over the next month. In September he hit nine HRs, had four multi RBI games, including a stretch of five straight games where he drove in at least one run in each game, he middle of the month. Starting on September 18th, he hit HRs in three straight games, all led to close Mets wins on their way to clinching the NL Eastern crown for the second time in three years. Strawberry closed out the year with two HRs & three RBIs in the regular season finale' on October 2nd.
1988 Post Season- NLCS: In Game #1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Straw's double off Orel Hershiser started a 9th inning rally with the Mets behind 2-0. He drove in the first Mets run, then scored the games tying run on Gary Carter's double, as the Mets went on to win it 3-2. In Game #3 at Shea Stadium he had three hits, driving in three runs as the Mets beat the Dodgers 8-4. In the home 3rd with the Mets down 3-0, Straw doubled driving in Mookie Wilson with the Mets first run. In the 6th, Straw would follow Keith Hernandez's single with a base hit of his own & would score on Gary Carter's base hit. The Mets tied up the game that inning. In the Mets five run 8th inning, Straw added a two run single capping off the Mets 8-4 win. The Mets had a two games to one lead at that point.
He would hit a HR in Game #4 although the Mets lost the game 5-4. He was 1-2 with two walks in the Mets 5-1, Game #6 win at Dodger Stadium. Straw also scored two runs in that game as well. He was shut down by Hershiser in Game #7 as the Mets were finished off in the five hit shutout. Darryl finished the Series batting .300 (9-30) with two doubles a HR & six RBIs. In 1989, Strawberry's offensive numbers declined a bit, his 77 RBIs were his lowest total since his rookie season and a poor .225 batting average his lowest up to that point of his career. He still hit 29 HRs good enough for 6th in the league. The fans started getting on him as well as the media. Looking back he may have unfairly taken some of the heat for the Mets not winning another championship. It seemed he underachieved although there was always pressure on him to do more although he still put up great numbers.
That season Gary Carter was winding down his Mets career playing more as a back up & Keith Hernandez was gone. Howard Johnson emerged as the teams power hitter but he & Straw could not carry the team. Dramas; His personal dramas continued when he was arrested for slapping his wife around and pulling a gun on her. He checked into rehab for substance abuse and a blood test proved positive of him fathering a child in Missouri. In 1990, there was more change in the air for the Mets, as Davey Johnson was fired as manager & Bud Harrelson took over the position. The team once again finished in second place although they won 91 games (91-71). In June of 1990 , Straw won another Player of the Week Award hitting five HRs with twelve RBIs in the middle of a seventeen game hit streak. At the start of July he homered in three straight games, belting two in the first of those games coming against the Houston Astros. In each of those games he drove in three runs each time & overall drove in twenty one runs in the month. All Star: That year he played in his final All Star Game in a Mets uniform, going 0-1 as a reserve player in the AL's 2-0 win at Wrigley Field.
On August 30th he belted a grand slam HR & drove in five runs in a game against the San Francisco Giants at Shea Stadium. On September 11, 1990 he hit a walk off two run HR off the Cardinals Lee Smith for one of his last exciting moments as a New York Mets player. He had another goo month in September driving in twenty three runs, hitting eight HRs & playing his last Mets game on September 27th. That day he was 0-3 against the Montreal Expos.
Strawberry put up strong numbers in the last year of his contract & final season as a Met. His team leading 37 HRs were second in the league, his 108 RBIs were 5th best in the league & tops on the Mets with Howard Johnsons 90 a distant second. Straw had 150 hits, good enough for a .277 average, he had 70 walks posting a .361 on base %. He hit 18 doubles the second lowest total of his career to that point & stole ten bases, also the lowest total up to that point in his career. He would never steal bases in double figures again.
In the 1990 off season he signed on with the Los Angeles Dodgers as baseball's highest paid player with a $23 million contract. All Time Mets Leaderboard: In his Mets playing career he ranks among the best in most Mets all time offensive categories. Straw is first on the club's all time HR list with 252. He is second to David Wright in RBIs (733) in walks (580) & in strikeouts (960). He is third in runs scored (662) fifth all time in stolen bases (191) sixth in triples (30) eighth in games played (1109) ninth in doubles (187) & in hits (1025). Honors: In 2010 he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame. Post Mets Career: In California, he became a West Coast star & was named Big Brother of The Year. He hit 28 HRs with 22 doubles 99 RBIs & a .265 average in his first & only full season as a Dodger player. Injuries & more personal problems sidelined for much of the next two seasons, hitting only five HRs in each season. He got arrested for hitting his new pregnant girlfriend, then announced he had a substance abuse problem. He then did six months house arrest for failing to pay $450,000 in past income taxes. He was eventually released by the Dodgers in 1994. He got suspended for violating the substance abuse program, coming up dirty for cocaine use.
He was then signed by the AL New York team in 1996 hitting 11 HRs with 36 RBIs batting .262. He went to the World Series that season with old team mate Dwight Gooden. Darryl hit three HRs in the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, including two in Game #4 at Camden Yards. In 1998 he hit 24 HRs making a big comeback, but was soon diagnosed with colon cancer. He had surgery to have 24" inches of his colon removed. He also needed chemotherapy because cancer had been found in a lymph node. He would need another treatment two years later. He rebounded from that as well the next season, hitting three HRs playing in 24 regular season games. He appeared in two more post season games driving in four runs overall. Then there was more negative drama when Strawberry got arrested for trying to pick up an undercover cop disguised as a hooker. He eventually did jail time and then got divorced from his second wife before finally cleaning up his act in the new millennium.
In his 17 year career Straw was an eight time All Star, NL Rookie of the Year, one time Player of the Month & six time Player of the Week Award winner. Overall he batted .259 with 1401 hits, 335 HRs (102nd all time). His 16.2 AB per HR ratio is 34th best all time. Darryl has 1,000 RBIs, 256 doubles, 38 triples, 816 walks (244th all time) 131 Intentional walks (67th all time) 898 runs scored, & a.357 on base %. He struck out 1352 times (109th all time) with a career.505 slugging % (87th all time). In right field he played 1309 games (39th all time) with 2337 put outs (46th all time) 58 errors (44th all time) with 23 double plays turned (48th all time) & 76 assists.
Strawberry played in 40 postseason games, belting 9 HRs, with 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored. He played in five All Star games, making eight All Star teams with 12 All Star at bats batting .333 with two stolen bases.
Retirement: Strawberry attended the Mets' 1986 World Champion team reunions in 2006 & 2016. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game #2 of the 2006 NLCS & was at the closing ceremonies of Shea Stadium in 2008. Strawberry has worked as an instructor for the Mets at various Spring Training camps. In 2009 he wrote his controversial Autobiography “Straw: Finding My Way”. In that book he told of his own & his 1986 team mates wild escapades. He said “We hauled around more Bud than the Clydesdales. The beer was just to get the party started and maybe take the edge off the speed and coke." On the road, he writes: the modo was "tear up your best bars and nightclubs and take your finest women". The only hard part for us was choosing which hottie to take back to your hotel room. Lots of times you picked two or three a night." He talked about how the players would pick out women from the stands & send an errand boy to fetch them. He told of how he would have quickie sex in the clubhouse between innings.
In 2010 Straw threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citifield & later in the year appeared on future President of the United States- Donald Trump’s show “The Apprentice”. Other celebs included Sharon Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper & Bret Michaels. That same year he & his brother opened up a restaurant in Douglaston, Queens called Strawberry's. It closed in October 2012.
In 2013 he participated in the Charity celebrity softball game at Citi Field during the All Star Weekend. He was also on hand around the city for many of the All Star Game 2013 events. In 2015 he & Dwight Gooden were subjects of an ESPN 30/30 special taken place at the same diner Goodfella's Movie was filmed in Maspeth, Queens. His charity the Darryl Strawberry Foundation supports children with Autism. Straw also has worked as a studio analyst for the SNY network before & after Mets games. Family:His son Daryl Jr. played pro basketball in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns in 2007-2008. He also played in the NBA development league for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, then in Italy for Bologna before he needed knee surgery. In 2011 he played pro basketball in Israel. Daryl is now a born again Christian. He & his new wife; Tracy, are pastors & have started Strawberry Ministries, The Strawberry Christian Recovery Program is dedicated to restoring lives & relationships. A HealthCare Company help the couple run The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center for drug & alcohol recovery, in Florida, Texas, Ohio & Louisiana. A Center outside of St. Louis is in the works as well.
Fuentes militares paquistaníes revelan que uno de los dos pilotos capturados, en un reciente ataque de La India a Paquistán, era israelí.
“Fuentes militares relevantes dijeron que no solo La India, sino también Israel quería un ataque contra Paquistán, y parte de los aviones de combate indios, equipados con misiles israelíes, fueron tripulados por pilotos israelíes”, publicó el domingo el periódico paquistaní Ummat.
El diario añadió que autoridades indias contactaron con el embajador paquistaní en Nueva Delhi (capital india) para que, bajo cualquier condición, coordinase la liberación de uno de los pilotos, el teniente coronel Abhinandan Varthaman, quien finalmente fue liberado el pasado 1 de marzo.
De acuerdo con Ummat, el Gobierno indio no puede hacer nada para liberar al piloto israelí, mientras, el régimen de Tel Aviv ha advertido expresamente a Islamabad de represalias si no devuelve al piloto israelí.
Islamabad, agregó el medio, ha reaccionado a la “amenaza israelí” y ha preparado sus misiles Shaheen-III, que “pueden destruir la totalidad de Israel”. Autoridades paquistaníes han dicho que podrían poner en libertad al piloto israelí y entregarlo a los estadounidenses, pero a cambio reclaman ciertas concesiones que el régimen de Tel Aviv no puede otorgar.
Paquistán cerró su espacio aéreo el miércoles de la semana pasada, lo que provocó la cancelación de todos los vuelos nacionales y el desvío de los internacionales.
La medida fue tomada en medio de la peor escalada militar entre La India y Paquistán en décadas, después de que Nueva Delhi asegurara haber bombardeado un campamento en suelo paquistaní de un grupo terrorista que reivindicó el 14 de febrero el atentado en la Cachemira india en el que murieron 42 policías.
La India ha acusado reiteradamente a Paquistán de apoyar el “terrorismo transfronterizo”, y de permitir y auspiciar el funcionamiento en su territorio de grupos terroristas que tienen como fin atacar objetivos indios y atizar las protestas con ánimo separatista entre la población Cachemira.
As the troubled Boeing 737 MAX jets are being diverted in European skies, with nations shutting airspace over the deadly crash in Ethiopia one by one, an Israeli-bound Norwegian Airlines plane was forced to return to Stockholm. Data from tracker website Flightradar24 shows that Norwegian flight DY4545 got as far as Romania before the plane […]
Spermieantalet bland män i västvärlden har minskat dramatiskt. Det har skett en drastisk minskning i både kvalité och kvantitet, visar en av de största studierna som gjorts på ämnet.
Och det är framför allt graden av minskningen som är oroväckande, menar den israeliska forskaren Hagai Levine. Det är chockartade siffror, säger han.
Man fann en kraftig nedgång på över 50 procent av både spermiekoncentrationen och antalet under de senaste 40 … läs mer
It was the eleventh, and perhaps the most important meeting between President Putin and PM Netanyahu on 27 February, writes the well-informed journalist, Elijah Magnier: “The Israeli visitor heard clearly from his host that Moscow has no leverage to ask Iran to leave – or, to stop the flow of weapons to Damascus … Moscow [also] informed Tel Aviv about Damascus’s determination to respond to any future bombing; and that Russia doesn’t see itself concerned [i.e. a party to such conflict] ”.
This last sentence requires some further unpacking. What is going on here is the mounting of the next phase of the Chinese-Russian strategy for containing the US policy of seeding hybrid disorder – and of pouring acid in to the region’s ‘open wounds’. Neither China nor Russia wish to enter into a war with the US. President Putin has warned on several occasions that were Russia to be pushed to the brink, it would have no choice but to react – and that the possible consequences go beyond contemplation.
Alain Brossat and Sylvie Klingberg’s Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism was first published in France in 1983. A revised edition appeared in 2009 and an English translation in 2016. Intended for a mainly Jewish readership, the book is essentially an apologia for Jewish communist militants in Eastern Europe in the early to mid-twentieth century.
Brossat, a Jewish lecturer in philosophy at the University of Paris, and Klingberg, an Israeli sociologist, interviewed dozens of former revolutionaries living in Israel in the early 1980s. In their testimony they recalled “the great scenes” of their lives such as “the Russian Civil War, the building of the USSR, resistance in the camps, the war in Spain, the armed struggle against Nazism, and the formation of socialist states in Eastern Europe.”[A1]
It’s obvious that there is a strong Jewish influence in the West opposed to Russia, particularly noticeable among the Israel Lobby and the neocons — Victoria Nuland‘s family ties and her role in the Ukrainian revolution come to mind.
There are many reasons for this, certainly including Russia’s alliance with Iran and Syria at a time when Israel and the Israel Lobby are doing all they can to promote war with both. Quite simply, Jewish hostility stems from the fact that Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved to be far more nationalistic than is good for the Jews or for Israel.
An article in The Jerusalem Post, excerpted below, notes the very prominent role of Jews within Russia in opposing Putin — Putin refers to the opposition as a “fifth column” in Russia. But, in addition to foreign policy differences, there are also overtones of festering resentment about the role of Jewish oligarchs under Yeltsin in looting the country. Nemtsov, as noted in the article, was second in command to Yeltsin.
Yesterday it was explained that the word Egypt means bondage (slavery). Hence the last verse in Deuteronomy 28 is telling us that the children of Israel will return to slavery again but this time by ships. Deuteronomy 28:68 “And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships…” When thinking of slave ships we immediately could associate this with …
When keeping the feast days of the Heavenly Father you learn so much about the history of our people. Additionally it’s not empty information that you can not relate to. Instead the words come alive as you see the similarity of past generations; connecting to you. For instance the first captivity (slavery) that occurred to the children of Israel was …
Today was the Sabbath day which means the day of rest, this day our people did not get to enjoy during slavery. Hopefully you used that time to rest and listen to the first part of “Who are the Children of Israel?”. We have uploaded to the radio station the second edition which will conclude this audio lesson. Remember what …
The book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings that was written by Solomon. Unlike most sayings these are rooted in the commandments of God which means they have wisdom. 1st Chronicles 22:12 “Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.” This was …
The concept taught by the Apostle Paul of men being considered the first fruits is found within this chapter. Hosea 9:10 “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according …
At times our people ask why they suffer oppression or injustice. One of the reasons explained in this chapter is because they “willing walked after the commandment” of men while rejecting those of God. Christ explains this in detail in Mark 7:6-8. Since the whoredom of Israel was to go and worship false gods; such as stocks meaning a tree …
The Israelites want no folly, Navigating through life this week you might have heard, “Happy Holidays”. As if the person saying it celebrates the Feast of Dedication or what they might call Hanukkah. In this society, we are taught from little that this is the season greetings. They say that religion is forbidden in public schools but just like the …
As you should be aware, this entire week we are celebrating the Feast of Dedication. Moreover tonight begins a new month (moon) according to the Hebrew (God’s) Calendar. Psalms 81:3 “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” Verse 4: “For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of …
As we prepare for the weekly Sabbath, Luke 23:54 “And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.” Drawing near along side the Sabbath is the feast of Dedication of the Altar. John 10:22 “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.” Israel we go hard with our celebrations, especially this feast. …
The downfall of the nation of Israel as Hosea puts it was whoredom. Meaning they committed adultery against the Heavenly Father by seeking after other gods. Although Hosea makes us understand clearly the sin, some have actually attempted to justify their sin. Some brothers that wear purple have asked “Are Images Wrong?”. They accuse brothers that teach against the sin …
Hopefully by now, you used the many options to hear the first chapter of Hosea. There was so much that could be learned from the first chapter. Such as, how the children of Israel went into whoredom by departing from their faith and worshiping false gods. The ultimate result that is a great mystery in this world is that the …
The hidden treasure of the playlist. Isaiah 45:3 “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” Some of us are not as computer savvy therefore today we want to explain how to reveal the …
I realize the risk in this discussion of mentioning the fact that young Jews around the world are (understandably) invited to make inexpensive or cost free trips to the State of Israel (1) to learn and appreciate their heritage but also (2) to claim their right to Israeli citizenship if they so choose. This may result in dual citizenship and, perhaps, conflicted loyalties. I would hasten to add that I am aware that other countries, such as Ireland, offer citizenship to children of their diaspora who can document their Irish roots, and they, too, are allowed to hold multiple passports. (One young woman I once knew in Europe comes to mind whose parents were of US and Canadian citizenship. To this already dual citizenship she added Irish — and thus European — citizenship. As I recall, she was also of documentable German heritage with a possible claim to a German passport.)
El Ministerio Público fiscal comunicó el sobreseimiento del comisario Gedeón Parra, un comisario denunciado por haber “apretado” a un testigo del caso Solano cuando se desarrollaba el juicio, en mayo pasado. Concretamente el policía Gedeón Israel Parra, Comisario de la 8va durante el asesinato y desaparición de Daniel Francisco Solano y en la etapa de […]
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is “not a country of all its citizens,” The Jerusalem Post reports.
What prompted the prime minister’s comments were social media posts made by famous Israeli actress and television host Rotem Sela. In an Instagram post, Sela pointed out that Israel treats Arabs like second class citizens.
“When will anyone in this government tell the public that this is a country of all its citizens, and all people are born equal?” the actress asked, adding that Arabs “are also human beings,” as are homosexuals, and “leftists.”
But according to Benjamin Netanyahu, Sela is wrong. The Israeli prime minister wrote in a Facebook post that Israel is indeed “not a country of all its citizens,” explaining that this is explicitly stated in the Nation-State Law that his government had passed.
(Reuters Health) - Critically ill infants may receive better care in the hospital when their parents take the time to thank doctors and nurses than when families don't express any gratitude, a small study suggests.
"Small expressions of gratitude originating from the patients or their families (but not from a medical authority) facilitate patient care and enhance patient safety," said lead study author Dr. Arieh Riskin, director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.
"While this is something that many long assumed to be true, the effects were never systematically demonstrated," Riskin said by email. "More importantly, the magnitude of the effect is substantially larger than we ever expected, explaining far more of the variance in team performance outcomes than many other patient safety interventions typically implemented."
For the study, researchers asked 43 NICU teams to participate in training workshops with simulations of common acute care problems that can develop in vulnerable babies. Each team had two doctors and two nurses.
Teams were randomly assigned to one of four forms of interaction with parents and colleagues: mothers expressing gratitude; thanks from physicians; expressions of gratitude from both mothers and doctors; or a control group that got only neutral feedback.
Maternal gratitude had the biggest impact on medical team performance, mainly because this was associated with improved communications and information sharing within medical teams, researchers report in Pediatrics.
Forty percent of the variance in team information sharing was explained by maternal gratitude, the study found.
Improved information sharing resulted in medical teams providing better care - this explained 33 percent of the variance in diagnostic performance and 41 percent of the variance in treatment performance.
One limitation of the study is that it was only a simulation, and it's possible doctors and nurses might react differently to feedback in the real world.
The study also wasn't designed to assess the impact of rudeness or negative social interactions, which have been tied to worse clinical outcomes in some previous research.
Even so, the results suggest that a little praise can go a long way in helping doctors and nurses feel like their work has meaning, said Cynda Rushton, a researcher at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
"When clinicians hear that their efforts have produced benefit to their patients or families and that it has made a difference in the lives of others, it can reinforce that their efforts matter and are appreciated," Rushton, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email.
"With burnout being reported at alarming levels, helping clinicians to reconnect to the meaning of their work is vital for sustaining the healthcare workforce," Rushton added.
It's also possible that expressions of gratitude might ignite regions of the brain associated with positive emotions and shift awareness in ways that facilitate better collaboration and relationships among members of medical teams, Rushton said.
"When teams are functioning well, patients are likely to experience better communication and collaboration with them," Rushton said.
Breitbart reported Monday that the Fox News Channel “condemned host Jeanine Pirro’s remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) use of a hijab and said the issue has been dealt with directly.” Sounds serious. But what Pirro actually said was something Fox should have been applauding, if it hadn’t already become just another establishment network.
Pirrosaid: “Think about this: She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Predictably, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Fox to fire Pirro. Like a shark, CAIR can smell blood in the water: instead of defending Pirro for asking a perfectly legitimate question, Fox immediately reacted as if Pirro had stolen Barack Obama’s parking space, denouncingPirro’s words with stern self-righteousness: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Pirro, issued a clarification, to little effect: “I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Fox is increasingly slipping into the Leftist echo chamber. It is terrified of discussing these issues. A few years ago, Jeanine Pirro contacted me and was going to have me as a featured guest on a special show about Sharia. She was very excited about it, and all the arrangements were made to fly me in and get me set up in the studio. Then at the last minute, everything was canceled — it was clear that Fox executives had told her she was venturing into forbidden territory. They willingly kowtow to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s defamation campaign targeting foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women and others. But last night, Pirro ventured off the reservation again, daring to suggest that Ilhan Omar’s hijab showed her to be Sharia-compliant.
There is so much confusion on this issue, even among people who should know better. Media critic John Noltetweeted: “Does a Jewish man who covers his head put the Torah above the Constitution? Does a Catholic woman who covers head put the Pope above the Constitution? What a stupid thing to say.”
No in both cases, because in both cases the headwear in question is not part of a larger system that is incompatible with Constitutional rule. However, the hijab is part of such a system, and that’s all Pirro was saying. Fox should not have rebuked her, but this is the age of pandemic cowardice, so it was likely unrealistic to expect anything else.
Ilhan Omar herself, not surprisingly, was happier with Fox News than she has probably ever been, and tweeted: “Thank you, @FoxNews. No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth.”
But that wasn’t really what Pirro did. Pirro suggested that Omar’s anti-Semitism came from Sharia. And indeed, Sharia is indeed inveterately anti-Semitic: the Qur’an demonizes the Jews in numerous ways. It depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).
Sharia also mandates that women cover their heads:
“And tell the believing women to reduce their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” (Qur’an 24:31)
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 33:59)
“Narrated `Aisha (the wife of the Prophet): `Umar bin Al-Khattab used to say to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) “Let your wives be veiled” But he did not do so. The wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) used to go out to answer the call of nature at night only at Al-Manasi.’ Once Sauda, the daughter of Zam`a went out and she was a tall woman. `Umar bin Al-Khattab saw her while he was in a gathering, and said, ‘I have recognized you, O Sauda!’ He (`Umar) said so as he was anxious for some Divine orders regarding the veil (the veiling of women.) So Allah revealed the Verse of veiling. (Al-Hijab; a complete body cover excluding the eyes).” (Bukhari 79.14.6420)
Wearing hijab is a sign that one accepts these imperatives. That is not necessarily true, as lots of women of all perspectives wear headscarves, but when a Muslim woman wears hijab, it’s reasonable to surmise that she accepts the Qur’an and Sunnah, the sources of Sharia. Sharia denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the equality of rights of women, and the equality of rights of non-Muslims. Wearing hijab is a sign of adherence to Sharia.
So what did Judge Jeanine Pirro say that was wrong about Ilhan Omar? She asked questions that need to be asked. Fox should be apologizing to Pirro, not Omar.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar both graduated from college in 2011. In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from campus to Congress.
2011 was a banner year for campus anti-Semitism in alliance with its progressive leftist allies.
Last year, the Trump administration reopened an investigation into campus anti-Semitism at Rutgers University in 2011 that had been shut down by Obama officials back in 2014. The shutdown of the investigation, like the similar shutdowns of terrorism investigations, were part of a pattern.
The investigation was reopened by Kenneth Marcus, the new Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights, a Jewish civil rights leader whose appointment Senate Democrats had stalled for 8 months, and whose confirmation every single Senate Democrat voted against.
“We don't care about anti-Semitism in this office." The Marcus confirmation battle had become infamous for a senior aide to Senator Patty Murray declaring. "We care about transgenders, we care about blacks, we care about Hispanics, we care about gays, we care about lesbians.”
The intersectional values of campus politics were being used to block the fight against anti-Semitism.
Murray and Senator Elizabeth Warren took the lead in attacking Marcus. Warren would make her own headlines, defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism by accusing Jews of faking anti-Semitism.
"Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse," Warren ranted.
Even as the Democrats tried to change the topic, Marcus’ nomination was a referendum on campus anti-Semitism. Reopening the Rutgers investigation was exactly what Senate Dems had tried to block.
The years in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar were on campus saw the mass normalization of campus anti-Semitism led by hate groups like the Muslim Students Association.
Omar served as MSA president at North Dakota State University.
Boston University, Cortez’s alma mater, had become notorious for its anti-Israel campus activism.
Omar’s congressional anti-Semitism mirrors traditional MSA and other campus hate group tactics of provoking Jewish students with anti-Semitic harassment and then riding the backlash by claiming to be “people of color” who have fallen victim to a pro-Israel lobby trying to silence criticism of Israel.
Omar’s anti-Semitism brought campus politics to congress.
The House debate mirrored previous campus debates about anti-Semitism with a coalition of leftist and identity politics groups, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, defending anti-Semitism, and leaving Speaker Pelosi cast in the role of the hapless college administrator. Like so many college administrators, Pelosi inevitably dismissed Jewish complaints and bowed to the radicals.
The precedent for these tactics had been set on college campuses. Cortez and Omar just exported campus pressure tactics to congress. And, from her very first protest against Pelosi, a sit-in at the Speaker’s office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made it abundantly clear that her playbook came from the college campus, not the adult world of politics. And Pelosi had the same vulnerability as college administrators, a fear that radical protests would cut her off from her billionaire leftist backers.
Speaker Pelosi, like college administrators, has chosen to pick her battles with the socialist selfie club. That means defending her priorities, her office and the agendas of her special interests, not Jews. The average college administrator won’t pick a fight that might force him out of his cushy job over anti-Semitism. Neither will Speaker Pelosi who wants to move on to the big issues. Not anti-Semitism.
Faced with a coordinated assault by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and anti-Israel leftists across the media, she did what so many administrators have done, offer a generic condemnation of bigotry without focusing on the specific anti-Semitism or naming names.
The 2020 candidates, at best split the difference, and at worst, like Warren, attacked the Jews.
In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from congress to campus. In a year, it might make the leap from campus BDS groups all the way to the White House.
Why did Senator Elizabeth Warren turn to anti-Semitism? 2020 Democrat primary demographics break down into three groups: minorities, elderly lefties, young lefties. Warren performs decently with elderly lefties, abysmally with minorities and poorly with young lefties. Her main competition is Bernie Sanders who had formerly been the most anti-Israel voice in the 2020 race. And he had quickly defended Omar.
Warren doesn’t seriously expect to make any headway with minorities. Black people don’t like either Bernie or Warren. There are already African-American candidates in the race. And the only white candidate who might make inroads with the minority vote is Joe Biden. Warren’s only play was going after the campus radicals who love Bernie. And she did it by allying with anti-Semites.
Campus politics are not only transforming the House, but they’re paving the way to the White House.
No Democrat candidate for the White House has been willing to express clear support for Israel. They, like Pelosi, have become subservient to an anti-Semitic campus lobby whose backing they want.
Conservatives and pro-Israel activists have been concerned about campus anti-Semitism, but they have spent too long thinking of it as a campus problem. The campus is the incubator for tomorrow’s leaders. And, for anyone who dismissed campus crybullies and their narcissistic safe space tantrums, Cortez and Omar are warning signs that campus politics is well on its way to defining our national politics.
If we lose the battle for the college campus, we will be fighting the same battles in Washington D.C.
The college campus is where most of tomorrow’s elected officials get their first taste of politics. It’s where they learn what works and what doesn’t. Previous generations had leaders who were forged in the molten crucible of war. The closest thing that most of today’s Democrats have to a conflict is student politics. It sets the pattern of their views and their tactics as they climb the ranks of our political system.
Jewish Democrats who failed to confront campus anti-Semitism in the previous decade now find that they are losing to it in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and, eventually, the White House.
The same organizations that spoke out against the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s aggressive campaigns against campus anti-Semitism now wring their hands helplessly over Rep. Omar. Their statements indicate that they have absolutely failed to understand the lessons of the last decade.
The alliance of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, the coalition of Islamists and leftists that defined so much of campus life for Jewish students, is defining national politics. Jewish organizations that failed to stand up to either one are now losing out to both.
The SJP-MSA coalition had claimed that its anti-Semitic tactics, everything from disrupting Holocaust memorials to harassing Jewish students and spreading anti-Semitic materials, was just criticism of Israel. And that any effort to oppose it was really a conspiracy to muzzle any criticism of Israel.
Rep. Omar and her political allies have deployed that same argument nationally. And the Jewish Democrats did in the House exactly what they had done on campus, they offered some token protests. And then they folded, accepted a meaningless gesture from the boss, and learned their lesson.
Rep. Omar was able to get away with the anti-Semitic bullying of other House members in the same way that Jewish representatives and candidates were bullied out of student government. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s next target will be Rep. Elliot Engel and assorted other Jewish elected officials.
When Rep. Ilhan Omar ran for office, her donors included Hatem Bazian, the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine. Bazian, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, had started out allegedly harassing Jewish students at San Francisco State University: including blocking a Jewish student from a spot on the Student Judicial Council. Bazian’s hateful politics have now gone national via Omar’s anti-Semitism.
The launch of Jexodus has occasioned sneers and smears from establishment organizations. But Jewish Democrats may want to consider what their future in a party defined by BDS supporters and anti-Semites who play the identity politics card while trafficking in anti-Semitism, looks like.
The major media outlets both in Israel and the U.S. have already made the determination that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to go down and should resign. That comes following intense pressure put on Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit to issue an indictment less than 100 days before the general elections scheduled for April 9, 2019. Mandelblit issued a recommendation to summon PM Netanyahu for a pre-indictment hearing due to alleged corruption.
Days before Mandelblit was to announce his intention to file corruption charges against PM Netanyahu, Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong liberal democrat, wrote an open letter to Mandelblit warning that if he (Mandelblit) were to proceed with the charges, he would “endanger democracy and freedom of the press” in Israel. Dershowitz pointed out that “Voters, not the police or the courts, should decide Netanyahu’s future.”
In his open letter to Mandelblit, Dershowitz argued:
“According to press reports, you are about to charge the Prime Minister with charges related to his relationship with the media. In my view, any such charges would, as I pointed out in the attached article, endanger democracy and freedom of the press… Such charges would open the Pandora’s box out of which would flow a parade of horribles: every government official - legislators , judges, prosecutors, police officers, administrators - who sought positive coverage with the media, and did anything that helped the media, would have to be investigated.”
Dershowitz went on to say:
“In the case of the Yediot Ahronot matter, more than 40 Knesset and cabinet members voted in favor of the newspaper, while PM Netanyahu effectively killed the bill and went into elections. Many of these Knesset members then received positive coverage in Yediot Ahronot. Yet they were not investigated. Only the PM (Netanyahu), who killed the bill, is being persecuted. This disparity illustrates the enormous discretion prosecutors have in selectively prosecuting alleged violators of this open-ended prosecutorial tool…Any such charge would give law enforcement far too much power to dictate to the media and to the officials they cover how they relate to each other. In a democracy, criticism of the relationship between media and government should be left to voters, not prosecutors. I urge you to consider the dangerous implications for democracy and the freedom of the press if you go forward with these charges against the PM.”
In the Yediot Ahronot case, Netanyahu was alleged to have worked out a deal with the paper’s publisher, Arnon Mozes, for favorable coverage in exchange for a bill that would weaken the pro-Netanyahu newspaper, Israel Hayom. In another case, the police had alleged that Netanyahu and his family received cigars, champagne, and jewelry from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan. In exchange, Netanyahu has allegedly pushed for the so-called Milchan Law, which would exempt returned Israelis (from abroad) from paying taxes for 10 years. There is also the Bezeq case. The police “suspect” that PM Netanyahu took bribes and acted in a conflict of interest in intervening in a regulatory decision that favored Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, Israel’s major telecommunications company. Netanyahu vowed to refute all the allegations, which he described as “blood libel.” He dismissed the police recommendations as having “no legal status.” In his emotional speech Netanyahu said that “the Left knows that it cannot win in the ballot box, therefore it put tremendous pressure on the attorney general who is only human.” Netanyahu promised, “This house of cards will collapse.”
On March 4, 2019, Netanyahu launched the Likud election campaign by first shaking hands with his chief rival within the Likud, Gideon Saar, in a show of unity within the party. Addressing the nation, Netanyahu said that (translated from Hebrew) “our strength comes from our people, and from you, the best team in Israel. You’re not some team made up by an advertising firm, you’re an experienced and capable team, democratically elected by tens of thousands of dues paying party members.”
He pointed out that an annual report published recently (March 3, 2019) in the U.S., rating the strongest nations in the world, placed Israel as the 8th strongest nation in the world. The report highlighted Israel’s global influence. This is a direct result of the policies we’re leading. It is a direct result of the international connections I have cultivated consistently over the years.
Netanyahu confronted the Center-Left bloc, led by Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz of the new Blue and White (Kahol-Lavan) Party, in particular. “The left”, Netanyahu said, “has recommended a path of surrender, concessions, and weakness. We, on the other hand, chose a path of national pride, strength, and honor. The results are for all to see except for the media. In Warsaw (last month) I was together with six Arab foreign ministers, all in the open, not hidden from the world.” Netanyahu added: “when I meet with my friend, President Trump or my friend President Putin, or any other world leaders in Beijing or Tokyo or Chad, I am filled with pride as the representative of the citizens of Israel. We need to continue this successful way.”
The Israeli media has certainly pandered to the new Blue and White party led by the former chief-of staff, Gen. Benny Gantz. Known as the party of the Generals (the leadership includes former chief-of-staffs Moshe Yaalon and Gabi Ashkenazi), it has been careful in its pronouncements, hoping to win some votes from the majority of Israeli voters who are leaning right-of-center.
Notwithstanding the backwind Kahol-Lavan is receiving from the media, the most recent poll by Israel Hayom and i24 NEWS-TV through Maagar Mohot polling service, Kahol-Lavan leads the Likud by 9 mandates (seats) with 38 mandates to the Likud 29. However, the Right bloc is far larger, and would garner 62 mandates. According to the poll, the Right Unity Parties will get 9 mandates, the New Right 8, Torah Judaism 6, and Shas (the Sephardic Orthodox party) 6, Moshe Kahlon’s (current Finance Minister) Kulanu party will get 4 for a total of 62 mandates in the Knesset 120 seats. The Center-Left with Kahol-Lavan’s 38 mandates, Labor 7, and Meretz 6, brings that bloc a total of 51 seats. Should it include the 7 mandates of the Arab Ta’al party of Ahmed Tibi as a voting bloc, it would still not have enough votes to form a governing coalition. In this case, under the best possible scenario, Kahlon’s Kulanu party would join the Kahol-Lavan coalition, thus giving it 55 seats, not enough to form a stable coalition government, since the Arab party is likely to bolt on key decisions. In recent days, Gantz has made overtures to the orthodox parties, knowing full well that without them he won’t be able to form a stable governing coalition.
Asked in the same poll, who is more suitable to serve as prime minister - Netanyahu or Gantz, 43% of respondents said Netanyahu, 36% said Gantz. Netanyahu may be down, be he certainly is not out.
So a few things... My sister and her husband are away on their honeymoon. Since my sister works for my dad and there is no one to cover for her, I had to or else she couldn't really go at this time. I am also watching her house and puppy. My boyfriend moved in with me there for the 2 weeks and together we now have 4 dogs... kill me!! We have my Minpin, my sisters Yorkie, his yellow lab and his big black dog. I am working about 60 hours this week and next week, my sisters job and mine. It has been fun playing house but I realize that when we are both working so much, we are not going to have much time to spend together even if we live together. Some nights he finished working and came to bed at like 5 in the morning when I was already sleeping for hours. And then I left at 8 am while he remained sleeping. I got very irritated with my ex. He called me to tell me about his business idea. He decided to quit his job in Europe a year early. The same job that he told me he couldn't quit because he was on contract with them for 3 years and I would have to move there to be with him until his contract was up. Then he tell me that he knows of a place about an hour from where I live where he thinks we can start a camp type wilderness program for teens. An hour from where I live!!!! A year ago I would have begged him on my hands and knees to quit his job and move here!!! Now that I am with someone else and happy, he does everything that I had wanted him to do a year ago. The real kick in the ass was when he told me that if it had felt more right then he would convert. I was wanting him to say that there was some hope of conversion for the entire time we were together and now he says it?!?!? Anyway, I listened to his idea about the camp and then told him that besides the fact that I would need to see numbers to see if it actually made sense.... How would I explain to my bf that I am going to be spending three weeks every other month alone in the forest with my ex. The next day I got a message saying "My mom says to just tell him that I am not Jewish". WOAH!!!! Passive agressive much?? Why dont you tell me how your mom really feels??? I was so angry and upset that he would say that to me. Like what a stab for no reason. Just tell him I am not Jewish and then he wont worry about us hanging out... as if he is telling me that I think he is dirt or less then or I view myself as above him. And as if my bf gives a crap about his religion and would want me alone in the woods with any guy, period. It was an ignorant comment and there was no reason to go there and bring up Judaism again. I felt very attacked and was surprised that he went there. These little things that he is doing just helps me realize that i have made the right decision. And that the issue of Judaism would have eventually come up with his family and they would resent me if he ever converted or even if I wanted to raise my children Jewsih.
I also have been having a pretty sad week. I'm not sure if everyone heard the news but last friday in Israel there was a crazy fire. They lost millions of trees and had to evacuate thousands of people. And there was a bus with about 40 students studying to be Generals in the police that were going to help evacuate a prison. The bus caught on fire and my cousin was one of the students that was literally burned alive on the bus. She is the one that i just spent the summer with. She was newly married and planned to have a baby next year. She just wanted to finsih this course and then wanted to start her family. Our hearts are all broken from this loss. We have decided to plant a forest in Israel in her memory. My dad is going to buy the first 180 trees and friends and family will donate to buy the other 820 trees to compleate the forest in her memory. I spoke to her husband. He is broken. She was his universe. He really loved her so much. I watched them interat when I stayed with them this summer and he was crazy about her. After talking to him and crying with him. I realized two things. One is that I need to be as in love as they were with the person I marry and second, I am way too scared to love another person that much because what if they are taken from you or leave. I have been having all kinds of crazy thoughts and bad dreams this week and I hope she is in a better place cause we all miss her terribly.
I am getting ready to go to Florida with my bf. He has a house there and will be staying there for most of the winter. We are driving down so that he can have his car and dogs there and then both our moms are flying down to meet us a few days later. I think the plan is that they will babysit thedogs so that we can get away for a few days on a crusie or something :) Although I am starting to learn some of his flaws and see that he is not perfect, I really like him and I am happy with him. We have tons of fun together and laugh like crazy. And he sometimes really surprises me with how sweet and romantic he can be! For Hannukah he got me a beautiful black pearl necklace and he is always thinking of me with flowers and chocolates and sweetness. I am a lucky girl.
He found me on jdate 3 months ago before I stopped going online. We exchanged bbm’s. He lives half the year in one state but his family lives here and so does he for the other half. We spoke a few times but it never worked out to meet. When he was in town I was busy or I was out of town and it just never worked out. After I got back from Israel he messaged me and told me that he was back in town for the next 4 months and would love to finally meet me. We made plans for Friday night but he ended up asking if we could change it to Saturday. I was fine with that because the rabbi had asked me to come over anyways (that’s the night I was over til 2 am and cried my eyes out). So the next night I met him. I had promised the rabbi to go with a good attitude and not to dismiss him for shallow things, like I had been doing on every date.
He was not as tall as I usually like and he was balding; both things that would have not gotten him a second date in the past. But I didn’t pay any attention to it. He took me out for a beautiful dinner and salsa dancing. He was not a great dancer but he couldn’t have cared less! He had so much confidence! He was a gentleman. He opened doors and arranged the whole evening. We had great conversation and time was just flying by. After dinner he told me that he needed to walk his dogs and asked if I wanted to join. I didn’t want the night to end so I went with him and his 2 dogs for a walk. He didn’t try anything. He was respectful and kind and gentle. All qualities I have been saying I want (like my ex was) and yet going out with the opposite of that. As soon as I left I got a bbm message saying “You looked absolutely beautiful tonight”. It was so sweet and simple and I finally was in a place where I was able to hear that form someone without dismissing him as a desperate nerd. He asked me to let him know when I got home safe and I couldn’t wait to get home to call him. His first question was “when am I taking you out again”. He was so assertive and confident and I just really liked him. I told him that since it was my sister’s wedding the following weekend, I was going to be very busy and that my only free day was Monday. He said perfect, I will make a reservation at a cool place right away. I was so not used to someone that was taking charge and making all the plans and wanting to make me so happy. We went out Monday and had an even more incredible time. We went to a really cool place and held hands for 3 hours. I felt like a teenager, getting excited about holding hands. Our chemistry was insane! We kissed that night at the table and it was a perfect first kiss. Wednesday night some cousins came in from out of town for the wedding and I invited him out with us. I saw him again Thursday and again on Friday. Sunday was my sister’s wedding. I debated inviting him but decided against it. It was too soon and I wanted to take it slow. I didn’t want to attract any evil eye to jinx this. And I didn’t want all the crazy old people to ask him when we are next after only knowing each other for a week. He came over while we were taking the pictures and took my dog for the entire day cause he didn’t want me to have to worry about her while I was so busy. HOW NICE IS THAT?!?!? He kept looking at me like he had never seen a more beautiful girl in his life. I felt so amazing! He then picked me up from the wedding and drove me home. He came in for a bit and we just lay in bed together kissing and cuddling. We kiss great together. I saw him again on Monday and today he left for a trip for two weeks. He told me he has never felt like this before and that he wants me to come with. I told him he was crazy and that it was too soon, even though I sooo wanted to go with him. He told me that he was going to miss me like crazy even though we just met. He left and I miss him. It sounds crazy but I miss him. I really do. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one. I have a really great feeling about him. He treats me how every woman should be treated and it is nice not to have a heavy heart for once. I told him all about my story with my ex and how the night before I spoke to the rabbi and had we gone out Friday instead of Saturday it would have been our first and last date. He kissed me and told me that he believes that everything happens for a reason. And he asked if he could send the rabbi flowers to thank him, lol.
The scariest part is that the night before I met him, I prayed for a Jewish version of my ex and he treats me even better (so far) and has the same ideas about a relationship. The most insane part is that I asked him his Hebrew name and I almost burst into tears when he told me.... it’s the same name as my ex. Quite literally the Jewish version of my ex, just like I asked for.
Just when I was about to give up on G-d and Judaism and this experiment, G-d threw me a curve ball :)
Friday night I went to the rabbis house. He asked me how things were going and I told him that I had just gone on date 45 and it didn't work out. I told him I had 5 more to go and then I could go and try to talk with my ex, if he would even talk to me. I told him that it made sense in my head and I had decided from the beginning that if 50 dates didn't work out then that meant G-d wanted me to be with my ex. I told him that I was still unsure if I could be okay with marrying a non jew but that I couldn't live like this anymore. I told him that after the next 5 I will have to make a decision and I am leaning towards just trying to make it work with him and just finding a way to be okay with the fact that we may not have such a Jewish home or my kids may not identify as strongly with Judaism. I told him I was not there yet but after the next 5 I would force myself to get there.
The truth is that since I spoke to my ex a month ago on my birthday I have been insane and obsessed with what to do. Just that one hour conversation put me back 10 months. I have been an absolute wreck. He is all I talk about to everyone and anyone that will listen. All I think about is what I should do about us. I feel like an obsessed crack addict searching for a hit. I felt like i was beginning to be okay and then talking to him was like a relapse that put me back to where I was when he left. I have been driving myself crazy going back and forth in my head about what to do. SOme days I know for sure that I want to be with him and will do whatever it takes and then the next day it is so clear to me that it can never work.
There was a woman at the rabbis house who was visiting them from Israel. Her and her 17 year old daughter started talking with me and the rabbi and his wife after the meal. She told me a bit about herself. She was originally from my city and she was secular. When she got married her and her husband decided to be more religious and they moved to Israel to raise their family. I told her about my ex and my situation and that I missed him and wanted so badly to be with him and make it work.
We all talked til almost 2 in the morning. We talked about the fact that I have not been giving a lot of the last few guys a fair chance because my ex is in my head again and that I can't do the last 5 with that attitude or its not a fair challenge. She mentioned that perhaps I met my ex to show me that there are amazing guys like him out there. And that I can and do deserve to be treated the way he treated me. I don't know exactly what else was said but I remember her daughter (very smart young woman) asking me one question. Do you think G-d wants you to marry a non Jew? Without hesitation I answered no. I tried to back track and then explain myself by saying that he wants me to be happy and my ex can make me happy etc. but I heard my own initial answer and it was no. Whether or not that is true (I dont know G-d's will) it is what I feel is true. I left his house and cried the entire way home vowing never to go back.
I felt like a crazy person. I just wanted the noise in my head to stop. I felt like my own thoughts were torturing me and holding me hostage. I was so frustrated. The more I tried not to think the harder and more obsessively I was thinking. I couldn't stop crying I had lost complete control of my own mind and thoughts and I considered driving myself to the mental hospital at 2 in the morning. I honestly couldn't take it anymore. I was mad at the rabbi for inviting me to his house and having me talk to those people, I was mad at my mom (obviously, I always am on this topic) and I was mad at the people in my life who push for love and tell me to go be with him. I wanted everyone to shut up and leave me the F alone. I got home and my mom was still awake and she could see that i had been crying. I told her that I was going crazy. I explained to her that every day, even every hour I change my mind. Not just a little, I change it to "I am 100% sure I am going to be with him" and then an hour later "I am 100% sure I can't be with him". I cried until 6 am and made a decision to stop getting advice from anyone about this. It is a matter of my heart fighting with my head and no one could understand the battle but me. I feel very sad but I needed to hear my own self say out loud that I do not feel right marrying a non Jew.
So I am back to being in the worst possible place in my mind. Unsure. Confused. Frustrated and Angry at myself for being a coward.
That night I lay in bed and prayed for a Jewish version of my ex, just like that lady said.
When I got home, I started my guy detox. I made it so that I had no one to come home to. I deleted all the guys that I flirted with and could fool around with. No one picked me up from the airport, no one missed me and there was no one I missed and wanted to run home to. I was single. Totally single. I don't have a guy to go see a movie with to go to dinner with, to hang out with or someone I could even ask to be my date to my sister's wedding. I have never been this single. And I think I am actually okay.
In terms of Judaism.... I have been introduced to a few more rabbis and some people here that are supposed to help answer my questions and help me grow spiritually and religiously. I have made it clear to everyone that I am interested in becoming more spiritual but I am not yet comfortable with having religion rammed down my throat. I have been feeling very sad and empty for the last 2 months without my ex. There is a part of me that wants to screw this whole experiment, screw my parents and even Judaism and take the next flight to Europe. The other part of me is saying that if you are not with him because of Judaism then perhaps you should explore Judaism more and become more connected to the religion that I am choosing over the love of my life. Then I had a third idea. Why can't I become more connected to Judaism and then be with him and I wont have that fear that I will lose my Judaism if I am with him. If its strong enough then I wont lose it just because my partner is not Jewish.
I have been getting a million different opinions to this dilemma. I thought Israel would clear up all my doubts and give me clarity but I have never been more confused and conflicted in my life.
Since Israel I have stopped eating milk with meat. I barely used to eat it together until I started dating my ex over 2 years ago. I figure that its a small thing that I can do to show myself that I don't have to lose Judaism just because of the person I am with. And also it is my responsibility to keep myself connected. I can't blame the person I am with for me losing touch with my religion and culture etc. I have also explored the idea of trying to keep more of the customs and perhaps in the future I would want to keep the sabbath.
The most interesting opinion I got was that of my therapist. I did not see him for a month while I was away and then when I saw him this week we talked about my ex and about Judaism. The first thing he mentioned was the fact that I truly believed that the survival of the entire Jewish nation was on my shoulders. This could not be more me! I am a martyr for everything! I can't live for myself and my happiness. I need to make sure my parents and even grandparents are okay with everything I do. I hate to disappoint and let them down. And now I feel like I can't let down an entire nation of people!!! When he said it out loud, I could actually hear how ridiculous it sounded! I have to martyr being with the love of my life (who I have not been able to get over in almost a year and 44 men have not even come close to how great he is) just for the sake of Judaism and my unborn grandchildren.
The next thing he pointed out was the way I explain Judaism. I explain that I love it for its spirituality and family aspect. I love the unconditional love I feel from it and the way I can keep growing with it. I love how it makes me feel complete and connected to something.
Then I explained how my ex makes me feel. I ended up using the same words and adjectives to describe our relationship. It was such a crazy epiphany. The way I feel about my religion is the way I feel about him and the wonderful things that Judaism does for me and with me, so does he! He is the most spiritual person I know, more spiritual than some rabbis and religious people and he allows me to be myself without judgement and to grow and to be a better person.
So I was a bit amazed that the two represent the same things to me and that my life could be AMAZING if there was a way to have both.
Man, do I have some serious thinking to do... I have started to get mini anxiety attacks when I think about him and hopefully that is my body telling me that I need to make a decision soon cause I can't take the back and forth for very much longer.
One of my parents friends asked if she could give my phone number to her other friend’s son. She said they were a nice family that came to America from Israel just 7 years ago. She said he was 30, tall and handsome and had his own business and a heavy Israeli accent. The accent is not my favourite thing in the world but I figured all the rest sounded great. He called me and there was a bit of a language barrier but he seemed charming and nice. He picked me up after Shabbat dinner from my house. I usually never let people pick me up from my house but he wasn’t from jdate, our family friend actually knew him. We went to a dessert place and he got coffee and I got tea. We talked about our jobs and our families. Then I asked him how he felt about Judaism. He actually laughed out loud. He said, I am Jewish and that’s it. He identifies as Jewish but doesn’t do anything to be a part of Judaism. He doesn’t really celebrate the holidays and he is not spiritual at all. I was so disappointed. He is Israeli and has no tie to Judaism other then being born a Jew. I asked if he would ever consider being “more” Jewish after he had kids and he said no. He was more opposed to being Jewish then my non Jewish ex. I was so frustrated! He kept trying to touch me and I really didn’t want him to. I recognized that my arms were crossed for most of the date and I was not open to him at all. I didn’t like how opinionated he was and how against my beliefs he was... It was almost like he mocked some of the Jewish things I do. I didn’t like him. There was nothing specifically wrong with him. No good reason that I wouldn’t see him again but I just didn’t want to. I hoped that he wouldn’t call but he did. I didn’t answer because I was out and I think he got the signal. Israelis have too much pride to call again if they think they will be rejected. So he just never called back and I am left to figure out why I just don’t like him.I feel kind of bad since his parents know my family friends but I am sure I will get over feeling bad soon!
On my plane ride home from Israel I sat down next to an Israeli guy who looked about 35. He had the window seat and I had the aisle seat. He didn’t say much but he asked if he could switch because he prefers the aisle. He was not polite and quite cold. Although I prefer the window, I almost didn’t want to switch just because of how he asked. I ended up saying yes and switched with him. The flight was at 1 am, so I curled up into a ball, put my pillow on the window and passed out for almost the entire flight. I woke up when there was about an hour and half left of the flight. And we started talking. He was actually one of the nicest people ever and I totally misread him as an asshole. He told me about his past and why he was coming to my city for only 4 days. He told me that he was married and had a baby. He told me so much in such a short time. I told him alot about myself and I told him about my ex and how I had come to Israel to get an answer and was leaving without one. He told me that he was only going to be in my city for 4 days for work and that he does not know anyone. I told him that there were a few things that he should see if he got any time off. He asked me if I had anytime to show him. I told him that I was off Wednesday night and we exchanged numbers and emails.
In my mind this was not a date. He was a married man and I did not even find him attractive. The way my family is we are always hosting people from Israel even if we don’t know them. Sometimes we will just get a call saying that “my cousins friend’s brother is in town can you please host him for a week” and we will. So that was my mentality in this case. He called me on Wednesday and I picked him up at his hotel and we grabbed dinner and I showed him a bit of the city.
He kept asking me really deep questions like if these were your only two options in the world which would you choose, and questions about my morals etc. I had fun answering them. Then he asked me why I wasn’t asking any of them back to him. I explained to him that I analyze people all day in my job and that it is nice to separate work from my social life and that I don’t like to “try to figure everyone out”. I just want to enjoy my dinner. I also told him that if there is something he wants to share then I don’t need tricky questions to get it out of him, I was sure that he would just share whatever he felt comfortable sharing. About an hour later he told me EVERYTHING. He told me about some shaddy business deal that he was involved in a few years back that he can’t forgive himself for being that greedy that he lost his morals. He told me about the death of his mother and how hard it has been for him and he even cried. A big tough Israeli guy was disclosing all his secrets and crying. It was kind of strange to me but he obviously needed someone to talk to. I guess he felt comfortable enough to share that with me.
At the end of the night I dropped him off at his hotel and he asked “what is your final thought of the night?” I said that I didn’t have one and I was too tired to thing of something whitty to say. He seemed insulted. “You don’t have any thought after spending the evening with me?” I said no and then I asked him the same question. He said that its better if he doesn’t tell me. I told him that it was obvious that he asked me that question because he wanted to tell me his answer and that I was not going to play this game with him. I told him to either tell me or not but I wasn’t going to ask him again. He said that he had a great evening and finds me extremely attractive and that being that comfortable with a woman to share what he shared is a huge weakness for him. I just smiled and said “well, its a good thing we are both moral people because you are a married man. He smiled back and got out of the car.
The reason I labelled this date as 43.5 is because it was not an actual date but it turned out to kind of be one. I also learned that because in my mind it wasn’t a date I was so relaxed and fun to be around. I wasn’t worried what he was thinking of me at all. I also allowed myself to be totally non judgemental because I was not judging him asa potential mate or husband or father so I actually had a conversation with him and got to know him. Had this been a real date I would have asked different questions to find out if he would be a good mate instead of just enjoying his company and getting to know him as a person. So I will take that lesson to future dates. I had no real interest in him but I would have written him off after the first half hour and never allowed myself to have a good time had I been judging him as a potential mate. So I am glad that I got to enjoy myself on the non date-date and learn something new about the way I have been going on dates. I need to chill J
I was at a club in Israel and this guy who I know from back home and haven't seen in 5 years walks up to me. From what I know of him he is a great guy. We have a few friends in common and we used to hang out when we were younger. I always thought he was very good looking and funny etc. He gives me a big hug and says how great it is to bump into someone he knows. He is Israeli background and most of his family lives in Israel and the rest live in the states. He asked me if I was dating anyone and I said no so he started dancing with me. I could tell that he was already drunk. At the end of the night he took my phone number and kissed me. He asked if I wanted to spend the night with him and I politely declined. He asked if I was free the next day to hang out on the beach and I said I was. I left with my friends and he texted me right away. He said that it was so nice to see me and that he wishes I could have stayed longer and blah blah blah. My best friends boyfriend told me that he knows him well and that he has a great family and he is a great guy and that I should go hang out with him the next day. So I did.
I got dropped off outside his hotel which was right on the beach. As my luck would have it as he came to greet me outside the hotel one of Date number 42's very good friends was walking by and stopped to say hello. It was quite awkward.
We went down to the beach, went to a restaurant and had a late lunch. He seemed sweet and attentive. We held hands, had good conversation and things were going okay. The we decided to go into the water for a bit. After we got out he started to tell me that he would love to live here. He loves being by the water and he feels good while he is here but wouldn't want to leave his family back home. He asked me if I was going to stay in Tel Aviv (thats where his hotel was) and come to a club with him later on. I said that I wasn't sure because I had to be up early the next day etc. We went back to his hotel after the beach (mistake number one). He said that I could use the shower to rinse off all the sand so I did (mistake number 2). I didn't lock the door (mistake number 3) and as I was showering, he walks right in and hops into the shower. I actually felt really uncomfortable. He made it seem like I wanted him in there because I didn't lock the door. He started to kiss me and I felt so uncomfortable that I asked him to leave the shower and let me finish washing up. When I got out of the shower, he went in to finish washing up and I quickly got dressed in the room. I didn't want him to assume I wanted anything by being naked when he got out of the shower. The room was tiny and the only place to sit was on the bed (mistake number 4). When he got out of the shower, he did not get dressed. He only had a towel on and he climbed into bed. He told me to relax (I hate that word more then any word in the english language) and to come cuddle (mistake number 5). He mentioned to me that he would have to leave for half hour to meet his parents but that I could hang out in his room and when he got back we would go for dinner and then maybe out to a club if I was staying in the area. I said that was no problem and that I would wait the half hour (mistake number 6). We started kissing and he kept trying to sleep with me. At least I learned my lesson from date 42 not to do that again. So I decided to do the least slutty thing I could think of that would satisfy him enough to stop trying to sleep with me. Thats right I brought back the HJ! Please don't misunderstand... I wanted to be there. I was attracted to him, I have known him for years and liked kissing him and being intimate with him. So this was in no way forced, I just had no intentions of having sex with him and every once in a while there is nothing wrong with a good old fashioned HJ :) (mistake number 7).
The second, maybe millisecond that he was done, he cleaned up, hoped out of bed, put clothes on, grabbed his key and cell phone and as he was opening the door said bye, see you in half hour. And he just left me there, sitting in the bed, shocked by the fact that someone would actually just do that. Maybe its the norm but I have never been in that situation before. I am very careful about being slutty and putting myself in situations like that when I am at home so in 27 years that has never happened to me. I normally only fool around with someone that I care about and that at least somewhat cares back about me so I have never felt that disgusting empty feeling of being left in bed like a prostitute. I thanked G-d that I hadn't been stupid enough to sleep with him. I felt terrible and I could only imagine how much worse I would have felt had I slept with him. I imagined how it must feel for a 17 year old girl with low self esteem to sleep with a guy and think that he is really into you and then he just gets up and walks out. For some reason I stayed there. Partly because I didn't really have anywhere else to go. My family lived in another city and they were at work and could only get me in a few hours. I didn't know what to do. I was embarrassed and felt gross. It gets worse. After 10 minutes I get a call from him. I am coming back to the hotel to change because my parents are begging me to come out for dinner with them and 10 other people in my family. I am so sorry but I can't get out of this dinner. He knew that I didn't have anywhere to go because I told him when my cousins could come get me. I said no problem and hung up. I gathered up my things and called the guy that I had bumped into earlier in the day (date number 42's friend) and asked him what he was up to and if he wanted to grab dinner. He said he was going out with some friends and that he would love for me to come along too. As I was walking out of the hotel, he was walking back in to change. He kissed me on the forehead and apologized again and said that as soon as he was done he would call me to meet back up. I fake smiled, said nothing and walked out.
I obviously did not hear from him later that night or ever again.
I really don't know how some girls do it. Being intimate with no attachments. This is not a judgement, I seriously wish I could do it. The idea seems fun but I the two times I did it in Israel, I got hurt and didn't feel good at all. I think I will just stick to what I am comfortable with which is not going too far with a guy that I am not sure actually likes me and cares about me. Its just too painful for me and I don't want to be in a position where I feel like that again.
From this experience I went through my bbm list and deleted every guy from home that is "toxic". Guys that don't actually care but want to fool around with me. Or guys that I message when I feel lonely but there is no potential of us actually being together. On that list was crazy guy and the accountant.
The second week of my trip was MUCH better. I realized that I had been PMSing the first week and after that ended I was much more tolerant and pleasant. I put myself out there and made more friends. A bunch of people actually said that until they got to know me they thought I was the biggest bitch and now they think I am the nicest person. We went to a bunch of lectures and one that really hit home was about intermarriage. There was some crazy statistic that about 50% of Jewish people in my generation are marrying non Jews and that the chances of those couples having Jewish grandchildren were very slim. I ended up speaking with the lecturer for almost an hour after the presentation and I almost missed the bus. I shared my story with him and he thought that it was very courageous of me to come to Israel to get more connected to my Jewish roots and to figure out “why” I need to marry a Jewish person. We exchanged emails and we are still in touch almost 3 weeks later. The next important part of my trip was in Jerusalem at the Western wall... My wall. I wrote a prayer on a piece of paper and went to the wall to put it in. I touched the wall and said a prayer and I cried a bit. I was expecting myself to have more feeling when I was standing there but I only cried a bit. I tried to stand there longer and to talk to G-d and to ask him questions and to feel an answer but I didn’t. I finally backed away from the wall feeling let down and disappointed. It is customary to face the wall and walk backwards so that you are not turning your back on the wall so I did that. As I got farther away from the wall I could see the entire wall and tons of Jewish people standing there praying and dancing and singing and crying. I watched MY people at that wall. They had come from Israel and from all over the world just to stand there, the holiest place in the world, and talk to G-d. And that’s when I fell to my knees and cried. I didn’t just cry, I bawled my eyes out for almost half an hour. For the last 2000 years Jews married Jews who had Jewish children who then married Jews and had more Jewish children just so that I could be born Jewish, just so that we could have a Jewish state and the opportunity to keep our faith alive for another 2000 years to come. I looked at my wall and at my people and I had this overwhelming feeling that I could not dare break the chain. If I make an exception and then my children make exceptions then the Jewish religion through my liniage dies at my wedding. I had this feeling that the fate of the Jewish religion sat on my shoulders. I felt an incredible sense of guilt and shame for considering to end Judaism at my wedding. And still I missed my ex. The ironic thing was that I couldn’t think of anyone else I wanted there with me to experience this spiritual awakening. I felt like if anyone could understand it, it would be him.
A week later it was my birthday. I waited the whole day wondering if he would remember or email me or message me. Then I went into my room and saw that I had a chat message from him wishing me a happy birthday. He was still online so I messaged him back. We ended up chatting for quite a while. It was the first time in 7 months that I had a conversation with him. I told him that I was in Israel and that I was looking for some more spirituality. He asked me if there was any chance I was flying through Europe (where he lives)on my way home. I told him “you have no idea how much I wish I was”. He told me he missed talking to me. I told him I missed everything. We ended the conversation with saying that it was a nice chat and hope to do it again sometime. I couldn’t sleep. I lay awake the whole night. I was excited and confused. On one hand I knew that I still felt that I couldn’t be with him and on the other hand there was no one else in the entire world that I would rather be with. It felt like we both had the same feelings. We both loved and missed each other even though we had not spoken in 7 months. I debated booking a flight to go see him. I fantasized about what it would be like to knock on his door and be in his arms. I wanted to share with him how I felt at the wall and I wanted us to come up with a solution where we could be together. The next evening I saw him online and messaged him hello. I’m not sure what I was going to say I just really had so much to share with him and so many questions etc. He wrote me back an email saying that he is still trying to grow and that involves not being back in touch with me. He said sorry and then ended with “I would appreciate no reply to this email”. And just like that he was gone again. I cried. A lot. Perhaps once again G-d had to intervene and do for me what I was not strong enough to do for myself. I was so upset and confused. I needed to break my tie with him.
The next night I called up the 24 year old (date 42). We went out with friends and I ended up spending the night. I went with the intention to sleep with him. It has been 9 months since I have had sex and the last person was my ex. I figured this guy was a safe person to sleep with. He was not from my state, we knew none of the same people and he was not really a potential to be with after we left Israel. And so I did. He was very passionate and gentle. We spent the next day together on the beach and then thats the last time I saw him. I don’t regret it but I felt as if I had in some way betrayed or cheated on my ex. It was a very strange feeling.
A few days later I went to get a blessing from the wife of one of the biggest rabbi’s in Israel. Normally I would never do something like this but my rabbi at home strongly suggested it and went through hoops to find someone who would meet me there and try to get me in. I decided to trust my rabbi and go. There was a line up outside her door. People coming from all over to get a blessing. There was a man at the door sending people away. He said that the rabbi was in the hospital and that his wife was not feeling up to seeing people today. For some reason I had a feeling she would see me. The man that I was with whispered something into the guys ear. He went inside and came back outside and said that she had agreed to meet with me. I went in and I told her my story. It was a bit hard because she didn’t speak any English and my Hebrew is limited. She gave me her blessing for health and happiness and a Jewish home. It was a very interesting experience to be in her home and to hear her speak to me and bless me. I am not sure what to think of it, and not sure how much I believe in it but I am glad that I went. I hope her blessing comes true for me.
If I had a magic wand, I would have my ex and a Jewish home. But I don't.
This is the one that I met at the club. We started dancing together and he told me that he was my age. I ended up getting very drunk and we kissed on the dance floor. He took my number and I figured I would never hear from him again. The next day he called. We figured out that both our trips would be in the same city in a few more days so we made plans to meet up again. Because of what happened with number 41 I had to sneak away from my group to meet him. I met him and his group and we had a great night! I ended up hanging out more with some of his friends from the group then I did with him. He admitted to me that he was not my age. In fact, he was more then 3 years younger then me! I felt like a cougar :) Surprisingly enough, his age didn't really bother me. I thought he was cute and he was obviously mature enough to keep my attention. I had never dated anyone that was younger then me. My ex was the youngest person I have ever dated and he was 4 months older then me. After that we spoke almost every day and made plans to meet up in Israel after both our organized trips were over. And we did! We hung out a few times together and I was really starting to like him. Even though he lived in another state, was still a student, was not very tall and still lived at home, I liked him. He was very passionate and attentive and made me feel desired and cared about. Since my ex, he was the best kiss I have had in 9 months. We had insane chemistry and were very attracted to each other. For the first time in a long time I really wanted to be touched and kissed and hugged... I will have to fill you in with what happened with us in my next update.....
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – The Trump Prophecy is the amazing story of how one man’s message from God sparked a prayer movement that swept the country leading up to the 2016 election. A primary message of the film is “prayer over politics,” suggesting that the country come together in prayer for all of those who lead the country. Incredibly successful during it’s limited theatrical release last fall, The Trump Prophecy will be available to a wide audience, via an limited-time exclusive agreement, in Walmart across the country starting
March 5th. The film is also currently available for pre-sale on Amazon and via download on iTunes. The film’s Producer, Rick Eldridge, head of Reelworks Studios based in Charlotte, N.C., has embarked on a media tour to share the story behind the film.
Struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder following his retirement from firefighting, Mark Taylor received what he believed to be a message from God in 2011 while watching an interview with Donald Trump. That led to a book in 2015 based on prophecies he received, co-authored with Mary Colbert, the wife of his doctor, Dr. Don Colbert. Moved by Mark’s prophecies about the intertwined relationship of America and Israel, Mary felt called to start a prayer movement that gained momentum across the country in 2016.
As a coda to the movie, we hear from retired military, spiritual leaders and government insiders about the importance of the relationship between America and Israel, and how a vibrant American economy helps strengthen our allies around the world.
“We knew we had a great story to tell in the film,” said Producer Rick Eldridge. “What we weren’t anticipating was the far reaching impact it would have, helping so many Americans discover a renewed sense of spirituality. What I hope people will get from the film is three things -- to be inspired by Mark’s story and what he experienced, to have a better sense of what we can do to support the leadership of our country, and a sense of pride as Americans that we continue to benefit from the sacrifices of those who have come before us.”
Eldridge welcomes opportunities to discuss The Trump Prophecy with broadcast, print and digital media by phone, Skype or in-person interview.
About ReelWorks Studios
ReelWorks Studios, LLC was founded by Rick Eldridge in August of 2009 as a production services and distribution management company. Business offices
I've had more comments on this piece than on anything I've written for laprogressive.com in ten years! Given the topic, I'm not surprised. I am gratified that most of the comments do not attack me personally. I feel like the pro-Israel & anti-Israel voices are arguing over my head. I may regret saying explicitly that I think Mr. Haeder's very extensive commentary really is antisemitic. On the other hand, some of the pro-Israel commentary amounts to anti-Islamic. I have tried to avoid both.
Today, as I writhe this response, Over the last ten years, Declared Islamic Countries fighting against each other in an area roughly the size of the USA have displaced 65 million people and killed somewhere between 3-5 million civilians and is the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War Two and most of the Middle East Christians have been killed off by these so called Islamic factions and nations. Also, Israel's next door neighbor used chemical weapons and barrel bombs on his own population!!! Now, Remember the Middle East is roughly the size of the USA and Israel is 1/3 the size of Florida. Yes, while the so called Islamic factions and Nations across a good chunk of the Middle East are killing each other and enslaving everyone in its way, a one sided conversion about Israel is antisemitism. Not to mention in most of these countries women have the same rights as farm animals, gay people are executed and dissenters are captured and cut up with bone saws!!
Centrul de Artă Contemporană din Tel Aviv în colaborare cu Institutul Cultural Român de la Tel Aviv prezintă prima expoziție solo a artistului român Alex Mirutziu în Israel. În cadrul acesteia vor fi prezentate lucrări video ale artistului și un performance interpretat de dansatori israelieni....
https://naszeblogi.pl/52715-handel-niewolnikami-zydzi-wysysali-z-mlekiem-matkiBenjamin Netanjahu: Izrael dla Żydów - i tylko dla Żydów!!!”..”Co wolno Żydom, to nie gojom. Premier Izraela Benjamin Netanjahu deklaruje, że jego państwo to twór całkowicie nacjonalistyczny. Jak powiedział, Izrael ,,nie jest państwem wszystkich swoich obywatele'', ale ,,wyłącznie Żydów''.Netanjahu odpowiedział w ten sposób izraelskiej aktorce, Rotem Seli. Seli pytała, kiedy ktoś z rządu Izraela przyzna, że 17 proc. ludności Izraela - Arabowie - też jest obywatelami i to równymi innym, zgodnie z równością wszystkich ludzi.”..”Netanjahu stwierdził w odpowiedzi, że... równi Arabowie może i są, ale Izrael to nie jest ich państwo. ,,Izrael nie jest państwem wszystkich swoich obywateli. Zgodnie z przyjętym podstawowym prawem narodowym Izrael to państwo narodowe Żydów - i tylko ich'' - stwierdził Netanjahu. “..(źródło)Rabin kapelan: Tora pozwala izraelskim żołnierzom na gwałt”...”Gaid Eisenkot, szef sztabu izraelskiej armii nominował naczelnym kapelanem izraelskiej armii pułkownika Eyala Karima, który w przeszłości bronił m.in. prawa żołnierzy do gwałcenia kobiet w czasie wojen.Rabin pytany w 2012 roku o możliwość gwałcenia kobiet w czasie wojny w świetle Tory odparł, że trzeba to traktować tak, jak jedzenie niekoszernej żywności. "Skoro naszym celem jest sukces w wojnie, Tora zezwala żołnierzom na zaspokajanie ich złych żądz, pod warunkiem, że ma to na celu zwycięstwo" - mówił rabin.”. (więcej )„Rabin Owadia Josef, duchowy przywódca partii Szas wchodzącej w skład koalicji rządzącej Izraelem oznajmił, że "goje rodzą się po to, by służyć Żydom". – Po co goje są tak naprawdę potrzebni? Będą pracować, będą orać, będą zbierać plony. My zaś będziemy tylko siedzieć i jeść jak panowie - zapowiedział rabin podczas przemówienia w synagodze. Potem porównał osoby, które nie są Żydami do... zwierząt pociągowych - pisze "Rzeczpospolita". „....”Zdaniem rabina, gdyby goje nie mogli służyć Żydom "nie mieliby po co istnieć". Tłumacząc zaś długowieczność ludzi pochodzenia nie-Żydowskiego rabin Josef użył plastycznej metafory porównując takich ludzi do... osłów. – Wyobraźcie sobie, że zdechł wam osioł. Stracilibyście w ten sposób pieniądze. To jest taki sam sługa. Właśnie dlatego goj otrzymuje długie życie. By dobrze pracować dla Żyda - mówił rabin. „.....(więcej )Dla Polaków [śmierć] to była po prostu kwestia biologiczna, naturalna… śmierć, jak śmierć… A dla Żydów to była tragedia, to było dramatyczne doświadczenie, to była metafizyka, to było spotkanie z Najwyższym. ~Prof. Barbara Engelking-Boni, kierownik Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów ( więcej )„Rabin Owadia Josef, duchowy przywódca partii Szas wchodzącej w skład koalicji rządzącej Izraelem oznajmił, że "goje rodzą się po to, by służyć Żydom". – Po co goje są tak naprawdę potrzebni? Będą pracować, będą orać, będą zbierać plony. My zaś będziemy tylko siedzieć i jeść jak panowie - zapowiedział rabin podczas przemówienia w synagodze. Potem porównał osoby, które nie są Żydami do... zwierząt pociągowych - pisze "Rzeczpospolita". „....”Zdaniem rabina, gdyby goje nie mogli służyć Żydom "nie mieliby po co istnieć". Tłumacząc zaś długowieczność ludzi pochodzenia nie-Żydowskiego rabin Josef użył plastycznej metafory porównując takich ludzi do... osłów. – Wyobraźcie sobie, że zdechł wam osioł. Stracilibyście w ten sposób pieniądze. To jest taki sam sługa. Właśnie dlatego goj otrzymuje długie życie. By dobrze pracować dla Żyda - mówił rabin. „... ( http://naszeblogi.pl/62929-rabin-wojsk-izraela-zydzi-moga-gwalcic-nie-zydowki-na-wojnie )Michał Cichy portretuje "Gazetę Wyborczą" oraz Adama Michnika i Helenę Łuczywo „...”Adam Michnik nigdy nie był redaktorem naczelnym "Gazety". Należy to wydrukować wersalikami. On był ideologiem "Gazety"”...”Misja Heleny, która jest stuprocentową Żydówką, polegała zawsze na chronieniu polskich Żydów przed jakimkolwiek złym losem. To zadanie wykonała w stu procentach. Była komendantką ŻOB w latach 90. Nie można się dziwić, że ona ze swoim zapleczem kulturowym i genetycznym nie była specjalnie wrażliwa na to, że mordowano księży po 1981, czy że generał Fieldorf był ofiarą mordu sądowego, w którym brała udział sędzia Wolińska. Misją Łuczywo było ratowanie sędzi Wolińskiej i wszystkich, obojętnie jak zapisanych w historii Polaków żydowskiego pochodzenia przed jakimkolwiek nieszczęściem. Także przed naprawdę istniejącym tutaj antysemityzmem. „...”Nie można mieć pretensji do Heleny Łuczywo, która była córką funkcjonariusza komunistycznej cenzury, Ferdynanda Chabera, że jej punkt odniesienia obejmował to środowisko, z którym miała do czynienia. „..”Tak się składa, że ludzie Agory byli w większości pochodzenia żydowskiego. Nie było to ani żadnym przypadkiem, ani żadnym powodem do wstydu. Ale nie można oczekiwać od ludzi z takim backgroundem, że nagle staną się piewcami Narodowych Sił Zbrojnych. „..”Ja jestem przeciwko indywidualizacji. Uważam, że każdy z nas powinien być indywidualnie wolny, ale każdy z nas powinien mieć także świadomość swojej przynależności i tego, jaką formę to nakłada na nasze życie. Dobrze, że wspomniał pan o wydarzeniach Marca ’68. Pozwolę sobie wygłosić krótką definicję tego, co znaczy pokolenie. Pokolenie to coś takiego, co formuje się pod wpływem zwrotnego punktu w historii, w momencie kiedy mamy mniej więcej 22 lata. Michnik i Helena w marcu 1968 roku mieli dokładnie 22 lata. Byli w sytuacji rocznika Krzysztofa Kamila Baczyńskiego czy Tadeusza Różewicza w roku 1944. Nie ma się co dziwić, że powstańcy warszawscy do dziś nimi pozostają i do dziś toczą walki na barykadach. Tak samo nie można się dziwić, że Michnik ciągle mentalnie jest w marcu 1968 roku. Zdziwiłbym się, gdyby on był w stanie się od tego uwolnić. Trauma, której wtedy doznał, nie polegała na tym, że państwo komunistyczne wzięło się za komandosów. Polegała na tym, że państwo komunistyczne za pośrednictwem Mieczysława Moczara sięgnęło po kombatantów Armii Krajowej i zyskało sobie wśród nich autentyczne poparcie na glebie antysemityzmu. To jest przerażenie, które Michnika po dziś dzień nie opuściło. „...”Jeśli chodzi o moralizm, Michnik naprawdę uważa się za moralistę. To jest wielowymiarowa postać, którą da się opisać tylko przy użyciu wyrafinowanych oksymoronów. On jest wyjątkowo oksymoroniczny, bo jest skrajnie amoralnym moralistą. Moim zdaniem źródłem największej nienawiści do Michnika jest to, że uważa się go za kogoś w rodzaju fałszywego proroka, za faceta, który zachowuje się jak kaznodzieja, mówi innym, jak należy się zachowywać, co jest moralne, a co nikczemne. Najpiękniejszy oksymoron opisujący to, o czym mówimy, na który natknąłem się w swoim życiu, brzmi: "otyły dietetyk". Michnik jest otyłym dietetykiem. Wszyscy to widzą poza nim samym. Michnik wygłosił kiedyś zdanie, które mi się bardzo mocno wryło w pamięć: "Nie jest bez znaczenia, kogo udajesz; nawet jeżeli jesteś hipokrytą, to jeżeli udajesz świętego, a masz naturę węża i lubisz tylko syczeć uwodzicielsko, a później dusić albo gryźć, to jeżeli udajesz świętego, mając taką naturę, to i tak jesteś troszkę lepszy, niż gdybyś nie udawał". Istnieją pewne pożytki nawet z hipokryzji. Adam potrafił ją wykorzystywać także do dobrych celów. Na przykład do ucywilizowania SLD. „...”*Michał Cichy, ur. 1967, historyk, specjalista od XVII i XX wieku. Wieloletni współpracownik Muzeum Holokaustu w Waszyngtonie. Dziennikarz i publicysta "Gazety Wyborczej" od chwili jej powstania. W latach 1993 - 1998 kierownik działu kultury "Gazety" i redaktor nieistniejącej już "Gazety o Książkach". W latach 1997 - 2002 współtwórca i sekretarz Nagrody Nike. „ (więcej )Jan Hartman „ Ty chamie, polski chamie! „..”Jak ja to znam. Jak ja to znam. Miliony was, chamy, miliony. I co my mamy z wami zrobić? Ale przyjdzie na was czas. A jak nie na was, to na wasze dzieci. Weźmiemy szturmem wasze szkoły, zwabimy was podstępem do teatrów, wyślemy wasze dzieci w świat. I pewnego dnia zniknie ta zabobonna, prostacka i kruchciana Polska, dławiąca się pychą, jakąż to ona jest „prawdziwą” i „wierną” jest. I narodzi się Polska ludzi przyzwoitych, kulturalnych, wiedzących coś o świecie i zdolnych do myślenia społecznego i obywatelskiego. Brzydzących się okrucieństwem i przemocą. I ja o taką Polskę będę walczył, jak potrafię. Tak pomszczę swojego psa „...( http://naszeblogi.pl/54640-zydowski-mason-grozi-ze-wynarodowi-dzieci-polskich-chamow )Czy gwałt jest dozwolony w czasie wojny?”...”Żydowski dziennikarz i bloger, Yossi Gurvitz przypomina wypowiedź rabina Eyal Qarim, który służąc w Armii Izraelskiej (IDF) w randze pułkownika jako kapelan wojskowy, na pytanie: “jak wygląda w świetle Tory sprawa gwałtów dokonywanych przez żołnierzy podczas wojny”, odpowiedział, że “podczas wojny wszelkie zakazy przeciwko moralności są unieważnione”. ...”Gurvitz przypomina słowa, które przed dziewięcioma laty wyraził rabin Qarim i podkreśla, że nie zostały one zdementowane przez żadnego jego następcę ani dowódcę Armii Izraelskiej. Co więcej, Qarim służąc w specjalnej jednostce Sayaret Matkal – będącej jednostką sił specjalnych IDF, podlegającej wyłącznie Sztabowi Generalnego Sił Obronnych Izraela – był typowany na Naczelnego Rabina Armii Izraelskiej.Rabin Qarim posunął się w swym wyjaśnieniu jeszcze dalej niż zezwalając “jedynie” na dokonywanie gwałtów przez żołnierzy. Pisze on, że “wojny izraelskie różnią się od innych wojen tym, że są wojnami dobrymi (mitzwah)” – czyli z samej racji, że walczą Żydzi – wojny są dozwolone a nawet nakazane przez Prawo (Halacha). Rabin Qarim wyjaśnia szerzej ten – wydaje się obowiązujący w Armii Izraelskiej – Kodeks Etyczny:”“Tak samo jak zakazy przeciwko ryzykowaniu swoim życiem są podczas wojny łamane dla dobra innych, tak i łamanie zakazów przeciwko moralności jest [podczas wojny] koszerne (kashrut). Spożycie wina, z racji tej, że zostało dotknięte przez goja, w czasie pokoju jest zabronione, ale jest dozwolone podczas wojny, aby podtrzymywać ducha żołnierza. Spożycie zakazanej żywności jest dozwolone podczas wojny (a niektórzy mówią nawet wtedy gdy dostępna jest żywność koszerna), aby utrwalać kondycję żołnierza, nawet gdy jej spożycie jest zakazane w czasie pokoju. Tak samo też, podczas wojny nie obowiązują niektóre zakazy dotyczące seksualnych związków, i chociaż fraternizowanie się z kobietami-gojkami jest poważną sprawą, to podczas wojny jest dozwolone, gdyż zrozumiały jest ciężar, który żołnierz dźwiga. A ponieważ sukces całej wojny jest naszym celem, Tora zezwala na osiąganie [seksualnej] satysfakcji poprzez “diabelską chuć” (w oryginale: yetzer ha’ra - czyli gwałt), ponieważ celem jest sukces wojny.”Yossi Gurvitz zauważa, że w myśl rabina Qarim, gwałt jest nie tylko dopuszczalny, lecz stanowi niemal podstawę w osiągnięciu celu, jakim jest wygranie wojny prowadzonej przez Żydów.Mając nadzieję, że słowa wypowiedziane przez rabina Qarim zostały potępione, Gurvitz wysłał list do dowództwa armii izralskiej, z czterema pytaniami czy:- “Gwałt na kobiecie podczas wojny jest zgodny z Kodem Etyki Armii Izraelskiej?”- “Jeśli nie, to dlaczego prominentny wojskowy rabin promował je?”- “Jeśli nie, to czy IDF ma zamiar przenieść do cywila pułkownika Qarim, lub postawić mu zarzuty?”- “Jak rzecznik prasowy IDF ma zamiar wyjaśnić możliwy do zaistnienia uszczerbek wizerunku na arenie międzynarodowej, wynikły z nauczania pułkownika Qarim?”Ku swemu zaskoczeniu, Guravitz uzyskał odpowiedź. Była ona jednak krótka i nie odpowiadała na zadane pytania, co świadczy, że dowództwo armii izraelskiej jest w pełni świadome obranej doktryny wojennej, tak dobitnie wyszczególnionej przez rabina Qarim. IDF w liście odpowiedziało, że “Qarim pisząc swoje słowa nie był oficerem w służbie czynnej”, a do reszty konkretnych pytań Yossi Gurvitza nie ustosunkowano się, ponieważ “są one pozbawione szacunku do IDF, państwa Izrael i żydowskiej religii”. (więcej )Gwałty dokonywane na niewolnicach W Kerithoth 11a i 11b faryzeusze dają specjalne pozwolenie na gwałt na “posiadanych służących”, gojowskich neofitkach, niewolnikach w domu faryzeuszy . Jest to opcja, która niewątpliwie powodowała to, że wielu faryzeuszy podnosiło wzrok znad studiowania Tory. Chociaż Miszna (oryginalne prawo werbalne) jasno twierdzi, że każdy człowiek, który wymusza stosunek seksualny na kimś spoza małżeństwa podlega karze, to Gemara (późniejszy komentarz) zdecydowanie się z tym nie zgadza. Naucza, że kiedy niewolnica śpi, jest moralnie niewinna. Taka jest przeważająca opinia Talmudu, mówiąca, że jeśli faryzeusz naruszy ją kiedy śpi, jej niewinność staje się także jego.Powyższy fragment mówi dalej: “. . . w naszym przypadku nawet wyklucza się tego kto śpi, bo oni zależą od siebie”. Jeśli służąca nie śpi a faryzeusz ją zgwałci, zgodnie z prawem jest winien. Ale jeśli penetruje ją bez orgazmu w jej ciele, Talmud nazywa to “tylko kontaktem seksualnym” bez konsekwencji moralnych. Faryzeusz mógł uciec także przed winą gwałcąc służącą w akcie oralnym lub analnym. W tym przypadku jest on “niewinny, tak jakby spała. . . bo w przypadku służącej jest się winnym jedynie jeśli jest to naturalny stosunek, ale nie w przypadku stosunku perwersyjnego, bo napisane jest ‘cieleśnie’.”Ale “pójście na całość” z ich niewolnicami było tym co większość faryzeuszy napawdę chciała. Talmud im to dał: “Zaczekaj” – radzi – “do czasu kiesy zaśnie snem ‘niewinnego’. Wtedy też będziesz niewinny!”” ( więcej )Przybylski „Monogamia nie jest żydowska. Przyjęliśmy ją pod wpływem katolików – powiedział rabin. Miało to nastąpić około 1000 lat temu w Niemczech. „....„Kampanię na rzecz przywrócenia wielożeństwa w religii judaistycznej rozpoczęła ortodoksyjna organizacja Habayit Hayehudi Hashalem. – Tora nie zabrania mężczyźnie posiadania więcej niż jednej żony – zapewnia szef grupy rabin Jehezkel Sopher. „....”samo Państwo Izrael, jak i Naczelny Rabinat tego kraju surowo zakazują poligamii. „....”Z podobnym apelem w USA wystąpił Kody Brown. Jeden z najbardziej znanych poligamistów, który ma cztery żony „....”Brownowie planują złożyć dziś w sądzie w Utah pozew, w którym dowodzą, że prawo zakazujące bigamii jest sprzeczne z konstytucją. „....”Chcemy tylko wieść nasze prywatne życie zgodnie z naszymi przekonaniami – podkreśla Brown. – W tym kraju obowiązuje wolność wyboru. My też powinniśmy ją mieć „....”Może mieć wiele kochanek, wiele pozamałżeńskich romansów i nie być narażony na zarzuty prokuratorskie. Ale w chwili gdy zaczyna mówić o nich jako o żonach, staje się kryminalistą „Amerykańscy eksperci od dawna ostrzegali, że sukcesy homoseksualistów w walce o prawo do małżeństwa zachęcą do tego samego poligamistów. ”......I oskarża Amerykę o obłudę. „ ….(więcej „Seks z wrogiem dozwolony. Rabin potwierdza dopuszczalność seksu z wrogiem”....”Agentki izraelskiego Mosadu mogą - w ramach działań służbowych - uprawiać seks z wrogiem bez obaw o religijne potępienie. Rabin Ari Szwat orzekł, że taki seks, jeśli służy dobrej sprawie, jest dopuszczalny. „...”Rabin, którego opinię przedstawił w poniedziałek dziennik "Jedijot Achronot", określił warunki, od których spełnienia uzależnił dopuszczalność takiego kontaktu z wrogiem: agentka musi podczas seksu wydobyć od terrorysty ważne informacje, prowadzące do jego ujęcia lub umacniające bezpieczeństwo Izraela. „...”Lepiej, żeby agentki, wysyłane na takie misje, były niezamężne - wskazał rabin Szwat. Zdając sobie sprawę, że nie zawsze jest to możliwe, orzekł też, że mężowie agentek, wysłanych na "seksmisję", muszą się z nimi rozwieść, jako że zostali zdradzeni. Nic nie stoi jednak na przeszkodzie, żeby taki mąż ponownie ożenił się ze swoją chwilowo byłą żoną.Rozprawa rabina Szwata, odwołująca się m.in. do Żydówki Estery, która użyła swych wdzięków wobec perskiego króla Kserksesa, by zapobiec pogromowi Żydów, jest zatytułowana "Zakazany seks dla dobra bezpieczeństwa narodowego"....(więcej )W święto Purim w 1994 r. oficer armii Izraela i ortodoksyjny Żyd z Brooklynu, Baruch Goldstein zmasakrował 40 palestyńskich cywilów, w tym dzieci, gdy klęczeli w modlitwie w meczecie. Był uczniem rabina Meira Kahane, który powiedział CBS News, że Talmud uczy, iż Arabowie to psy. Profesor Ehud Sprinzak na Uniwersytecie Jerozolimskim określił filozofię Kahane i Goldsteina: Oni wierzą, że popełniają przemoc przeciw gojom, po hebrajsku nie-Żydom (New York Daily News 26.2.1994). (Goje to nie-Żydzi wszelkiego koloru, wyznania, narodowości.) Podobnie wypowiadali się rabin Yitzhak Ginsburg (Musimy przyznać, że krew żydowska to nie to samo co krew goja – New York Times6.6.1989) i rabin Yaacov Perrin (Milion Arabów nie jest wart żydowskiego paznokcia – New York Daily News 28.2.1994).Shahak wnioskuje: nie ma już wątpliwości, że najokropniejsze akty ciemiężnicze na Zachodnim Wybrzeżu [w Palestynie] motywuje żydowski fanatyzm religijny. Szahak cytuje oficjalną egzortę naczelnego kapelana armii Izraela: Gdy nasze siły napotkają cywilów w czasie wojny, podczas ścigania lub w obławie i jeśli nie ma pewności, że są niezdolni zaszkodzić naszym siłom, to zgodnie z Halachą mogą, a nawet muszą być zabici […] W żadnym wypadku nie można wierzyć Arabowi, nawet jeśli robi wrażenie cywilizowanego […] gdy nasze siły nacierają na wroga, mają one pozwolenie, a nawet nakaz Halachy, żeby zabijać nawet […] cywilów wyglądających na dobrych. Urodzony w Polsce, Szahak był profesorem Uniwersytetu Hebrajskiego w Jerozolimie. Za obronę praw prześladowanych Palestyńczyków, judeocentrycy okrzyknęli go antysemitą, kłamcą i oszustem. Na Szahaka powołuje się m.in. słynny niezależny reporter, Robert Fisk (Independent 3.12.1997).”...”Judaizm i Talmud motywowały bolszewizm: tyle jest w samym fakcie bolszewizmu, w faktach, że tak wielu Żydów jest bolszewikami, a ideały bolszewizmu zgadzają się z najwspanialszymi ideałami judaizmu – pisała wiodąca w USA żydowska gazeta Jewish Chronicle (4.4.1918). Gazeta American Hebrew pisała w 1920 r.: Co wydarzyło się w Rosji, stanie się rzeczywistością na całym świecie, dzięki tym samym żydowskim umysłowym i fizycznym siłom. Żydowski pisarz Oscar Levy w przedmowie do książki The World Significance of the Russian Revolution(Światowe Znaczenie Rewolucji Rosyjskiej): Niemal nie ma wydarzenia w historii Europy, które nie wywodziłoby się od Żydów. My, dzisiejsi Żydzi nie jesteśmy nikim innym niż uwodzicielami świata, jego niszczycielami, podpalaczami, rewolucjonistami. To też nie był ewenement. W 1881 r. rzecznik żydowski Goldwin Smith, profesor historii Uniwersytetu w Oksfordzie powiedział z dumą: My Żydzi uważamy swą rasę za wyższą niż ludzka i cieszymy się nie tyle na ostateczną unię z innymi rasami, co na nasz tryumf nad nimi.W 1858 r. naczelny rabin Europy oświadczył: Wojny są żniwami Żydów, bo wybijamy przy tym chrześcijan i zbieramy ich złoto. Zabiliśmy już ich sto milionów, a końca jeszcze nie ma! Było to przed wojną domową chrześcijan przeciw chrześcijanom w Ameryce, bolszewickim zniszczeniem Rosjan i przed bratobójczymi wojnami światowymi. Samuel Roth (1893-1974), pisarz skazany w USA za rozpowszechnianie pornografii, oświadczył drugiemu Żydowi: Przyszliśmy do świata udając ucieczkę przed prześladowaniami, a ze wszystkich żałosnych annałów człowieka jesteśmy najbardziej morderczymi prześladowcami.Judeocentrycy byli przykrzy dla otoczenia także podczas pokoju. Żydowski historyk Heinrich Graetz należał do myślicieli potępiających powszechną wśród rabinów na ziemiach polskich tradycję kabalistyczną. Żydowska mniejszość w Polsce miała nadaną przez króla Bolesława Pobożnego w 1264 r. autonomię, w ramach której Żydzi rządzili się wg prawa talmudycznego. Graetz dowodził, że narzucone przez rabinów postępowanie szkodzi mniejszości żydowskiej wśród chrześcijan – przekręcanie faktów, chytre mamienie ludzi, szukanie przyjemności i poczucia wyższości z udanych oszustw stoją w konflikcie z rzetelnością i prawością. Pisał m.in.:Tłum przyswoił sobie tę krętą dialektykę szkół talmudycznych i posługiwał się nią do wyprowadzenia w pole mniej sprytnych osobników. Co prawda, trudno było zażyć z mańki kutych na cztery nogi współwyznawców, ale świat nieżydowski, z którym obcowali, poczuł ku swojej szkodzie tę przewagę pomysłowego ducha Żydów polskich.”...'Editio Princeps dzieł wszystkich Kodeksu Prawa Talmudycznego oraz Miszne Tory Majmonidesasą pełne nie tylko najbardziej obraźliwych nauk przeciw wszystkim nie-Żydom, lecz także dobitnych ataków na chrześcijaństwo i Jezusa (po imieniu którego autor dodaje pobożnie „Niech zginie imię nikczemnika“) – pisze Szahak. Imię Jezus w hebrajskim interpretowano jako akronim od klątwy „niech jego imię i pamięć jego będą wymazane“, której używa się w najbardziej skrajnych obelgach – dodaje Szahak. Napotkał on w pracach Żydów ortodoksyjnych, (np. grupy Neturei Karta, dzięki którym dowiadujemy się o udziale elit syjonistów w Szoa) wyrażeniejezusowy Herzl w znaczeniu przeklęty Herzl (czołowy syjonista XIX/XX w.).Szahak znalazł jezusowy Nasser i jezusowy Arafat w religijnych pismach syjonistów. Żyd, który przyjął chrześcijaństwo i poświęcił całe swoje życie i fortunę na zdemaskowanie Talmudu, dr Benjamin Freedman pisał: Od urodzenia Jezusa […] nie zanotowano bardziej zjadliwego, podłego i oszczerczego bluźnierstwa przeciw Jezusowi i chrześcijaństwu niż mamy w 63 tomach Talmudu, które lżą Chrystusowi i chrześcijanom w języku niewiarygodnie wstrętnym, plugawym, nieprzyzwoitym, sprośnym i nikczemnym. Podobną opinię wystawił b. rabin Drach, który przyjął chrzest: Talmud zawiera mnóstwo wymyślonych, absurdalnych przesad, oburzających nieprzyzwoitości, a ponad wszystko okropne bluźnierstwa przeciw wszystkiemu, co reprezentuje chrześcijaństwo (De l’Harmonie entre Paris 1844 tom 1 s. 163-164). Kiedy w 1923 r. żydowski badacz przetłumaczył Talmud na węgierski, rząd oskarżył go o pornografię i korupcję moralności publicznej. Węgierski sąd orzekł: Okropności zawarte w tłumaczeniu przez Alfreda Luzsenzsky znajdują się bez wyjątku w Talmudzie. Jego tłumaczenie jest dokładne, ponieważ oddaje ustępy, które są tekstem Talmudu, w ich właściwym znaczeniu.Dla rabina Morrisa Kertzera, dyrektora ds. międzyreligijnych Amerykańskiego Komitetu Żydowskiego, Talmud to podręcznik używany w szkoleniu rabinów oraz podstawa żydowskiego prawa religijnego (Look Magazine 17.6.1952). Wg Talmudu, Jezusa skazał na śmierć prawidłowy sąd rabiniczny za bałwochwalstwo, namawianie innych to tegoż i obrazę rabinatu. Pisząc o egzekucji Jezusa, źródła talmudyczne nie kryją zadowolenia z odpowiedzialności za ten czyn i nie wspomną nawet udziału Rzymian. Jeszcze gorsze są popularne przekazy, brane niemniej jednak dość poważnie, np. notoryczny Toldot Jeszu, bo obok ww. zbrodni oskarżają Go o czarną magię. Sama nazwa Jezus kojarzyła się i nadal kojarzy Żydom ze wstrętnościami. Ww. Maccoby pisze w swej książce: Talmud zawiera szereg dosadnych wzmianek o Jezusie […] na pewno nie pochlebnych. Michael Hoffman cytuje wstrętne obelgi w Talmudzie pod adresem Bogurodzicy (Sanhedrin 106a, Szabat 104b notka 2), Jezusa (Gitin 57a, Sanhedrin 43a, Sanhedrin 106) oraz Ich obojga (Kala 51a).W Talmudzie, Abhoda Zara 20a zabrania nawet chwalenia chrześcijan, żeby nie wyszło, jak dobry jest goj. Ale to nic przy nakazach zabijania, bo chrześcijanie to bałwochwalcy (Hilhot Mahalot) i grzeszą czcząc Jezusa Chrystusa (Hilhot Melahim), więc nawet nie wspomnij Boga chrześcijan (Hilhot Akum V 12). Zabijanie chrześcijan i kadzidło jednakowo cieszą Boga (Sefer Or Israel 177b), a po zburzeniu Świątyni Jerozolimskiej jedyną niezbędną ofiarą jest ich eksterminacja (Zohar III 227b). Zohar (I 25a): Jeśli nie ma ryzyka nakrycia, trzeba niszczyć chrześcijan. Żyd przelewający krew chrześcijan składa ofiarę Bogu (Alkut Simoni 245c), a ich eksterminacja to niezbędna ofiara (Zohar (II 43a). Nie zapobiegaj śmierci chrześcijan (Czoszen Ham 425. 5), niech umrą (Hilhot Akum X 1).Talmud zdemaskowanyMorderców oczekuje wysokie miejsce w niebie (Zohar I 38b i 39a) i nie wolno zaprzestać tępienia gojów, zostawić ich w spokoju ani im ulec (Hilhot Akum X I). W judaizmie Rzym znaczy chrześcijaństwo: ze zniszczeniem skorumpowanego Rzymu, zbawienie i wolność przyjdą do Wybranego Narodu Boga (Synag. Jud. X 212). Iore Dea (158. 1), Aboda Zara (26b Tos) i Szulhan Aruk nakazują zabijać nawet dobrych gojów. Keritut (6b. 78) i Baba Mezia 114 nazywająludźmi Żydów, ale nie chrześcijan, czy gojów, którzy są bestiami. Makot 7b uniewinnia mordercę chrześcijanina. Przyrost naturalny chrześcijan trzeba znacznie zmniejszyć (Sohar II 64b).Judaizm urągająco przekręca wyrażenia odnośnie chrześcijan. Ewangelia to Księgi Bezeceństwa, Sakramenty – Ofiary Gnojowe, a chrześcijanka pracująca dla Żydów w sabat –sabatowy brud. Święci to zniewieścieli lub wróżki, a święte to dziwki. Niedziela to dzień niedoli, Boże Narodzenie – eksterminacja, Wielkanoc – ścinanie lub szubienica. Kościół to dom próżności, dom Zła, w którym trzeba niszczyć bałwany lub nazywać je pogardliwie (Iore Dea 146. 15). Szabat 116a nakazuje palić książki chrześcijan. Tę zbrodnię nienawiści, ściganą przez ADL w przypadku profanacji symboli judaizmu, popełniły rzesze uczniów w Or Yehuda k. Tel Awiwu (20.5.2008), kiedy w odpowiedzi na apel burmistrza, Uzi Aharona, spaliły egzemplarze Nowego Testamentu podarowane Żydom etiopskim miasta przez misjonarzy. Aharon powiedział Associated Press: Na pewno nie potępiam palenia książeczek, a w wywiadzie radiowym nazwał zbrodnię wyrzucaniem zła spośród nas.Niszcząc chrześcijaństwo, Żyd ma chronić tajemnice judaizmu. Iore Dea (157. 2 Hag) zezwala podstępnie udawać wyznanie chrześcijańskie. Zohar (I 25b): Żyd sprzyjający chrześcijanom nigdy nie powstanie z martwych. Goj, który zagląda do Talmudu i Żyd, który mu w tym pomaga, zasługują na śmierć (Sanhedrin 59a i Abhoda Zara 8 6). Żyd ma złożyć fałszywą przysięgę, kiedy goj zapyta, czy Talmud zawiera coś przeciw niemu (Szaalot-Utszabot Jore Dia 17). Jeśli Żyd musi wyjaśnić coś z ksiąg rabinicznych, może złożyć jedynie fałszywe wyjaśnienie, pod karą śmierci (Livore David 37). Wolno zabić Żyda-donosiciela, nawet zanim doniesie (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 388). Żydzi mają ukrywać swą nienawiść do chrześcijan (Iore Dea 148. 12 H) i jednoczyć się w niszczeniu zdrajców wśród siebie (Czoszen Ham 338. 16).Modlitwa Kol Nidre, odmawiana trzykrotnie za rabinami przez stojącą kongregację tuż przed ceremonią Dnia Pokuty, najuroczystszego święta Żydów, koduje talmudyczne unieważnienie z góry umów, przysiąg, obietnic czy zobowiązań Żyda (Szulczan Aruk Edit I 136). Nedarim 23a 23b poucza, że unieważnienie pokrywa jeden rok aż do następnego Dnia Pokuty, a prawo do niego nie zostało opublikowane. Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (tom VI s. 441) wyjaśnia, że Kol Nidre mimo okoliczności jej składania nie ma wartości duchowej.Żyd ma co dzień modlić się, Dzięki Boże, że nie stworzyłeś mnie gojem, kobietą albo niewolnikiem (Menahot 43b-44a). Kiedy przyjdzie Mesjasz, każdy Żyd będzie miał 2800 niewolników (Simeon Hadarsen 56 D). Jahwe stworzył gojów w ludzkiej formie, żeby Żydowi musiały służyć zwierzęta. Tak więc goj jest zwierzęciem w ludzkiej postaci, skazanym na służbę Żydowi dzień i noc (Midrasz Talpiot 225). Trzeba zabić goja za uderzenie Żyda (Sanhedrin 58b). Abhoda Zara 22a: Nie zadawaj się z gojami, bo rozlewają krew. Abhoda Zara 15b i 22a-22b: Goje mają stosunki seksualne ze zwierzętami. Iore Dea 198. 48: Żydówka spotykająca chrześcijanina plugawi się. Goje – jak krowy i osły (Zohar II. 64b) oraz bestie (Ketubot 110b), a stosunek seksualny z chrześcijaninem – jak z bestią (Sanhedrin 74b Tos). Potomstwo gojów to zwierzęta (Jebamot 98a i Ketubot 3b), a nieżywy chrześcijanin – jak utracona krowa czy osioł (Iore Dea 337. 1). Dziewczynki nieżydowskie od urodzenia są nieczyste (Abodah Zara 36b).Ortodoksyjny Żyd nie musi być uczciwy, jeśli to korzystne dla niego lub Żydostwa, bo oszukiwanie gojów raduje Boga (Szulczan Aruk Orak Czaim 539). Baba Batra (54b): Goje są poza ochroną prawa i Bóg wystawił ich pieniądze dla Izraela (Baba Kama 37b). Cała własność gojów należy do Żydów (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348), lecz gojowi nie wolno kraść, rabować, brać niewolnic itp. – ani od innego goja ani od Żyda (Tosefta, Abhoda Zara VIII 5). Natomiast Żyd może to wszystko robić gojom. Żydowi wolno oszukiwać ich (Iore Dea 157. 2 H), nie płacić za pracę (Sanhedrin 57a) oraz zatrzymać nadpłatę, uzyskaną z pomyłki goja jak i znalezioną jego własność (Czoszen Ham 226. 1 i 193. 7). Kala (1b. 18): Żyd może kłamać i krzywoprzysięgać, by podejść goja, nawet wykrętami (Szabout Hag 6b i Baba Kama 113a). Baba Kama 113b: Imienia Boga nie profanuje Żyd, kłamiąc chrześcijanom. Żyd zawsze musi próbować oszukać chrześcijan (Zohar I 160a), a jeśli go nie nakryją, dodawać do sumy rachunku (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348). Bóg nie oszczędzi Żyda, który wydaje swą córkę za starca, wybiera żonę dla swego niemowlęcia lub zwraca znalezioną rzecz gojowi (Sanhedrin 76a).Pogarda dla gojów łączy się z pogardą dla pracy na roli. Jebamot 63a głosi, że rolnictwo jest najniższym z zajęć. To by tłumaczyło historyczną niechęć Żydów do zajmowania się produkcją żywności. W Izraelu widziałem hektary za hektarami wspaniałych hodowli namiotowych i pól – wszędzie drobni robotnicy z Azji, w chustach chroniących od żaru i kurzu. W Europie XVII w. wieśniacy doświadczyli talmudycznych przykazań; znienawidzili nadzorców żydowskich w pasożytniczej służbie magnatom ziemskim i powstali – nie z antysemityzmu, tylko wskutek nienawiści Żydów do rolnych sług. Pogromy Chmielnickiego w XVII w. (przykład polskiego antysemityzmu wg żydowskich polonofobów) nie były ani polskie ani wymierzone tylko w Żydów. Kozak Chmielnicki dążył do utworzenia państwa kozackiego, popierając okrucieństwa tak na Żydach jak i na katolikach. Jego zwycięstwa nad Polakami skłoniły robotników rolnych na Ukrainie do zabójstw także polskiej szlachty, ziemian i jezuitów.Podobnie zboczone są przykazania Talmudu o zachowaniach seksualnych. Nadarine 20 B i Szulhan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348: Żyd może robić z nie-Żydówką, co zechce; może ją potraktować jak kawał mięsa. Sanhedrin 54b, Sanhedrin 55b i Ketubot 11b zezwalają na małżeństwo i pożycie seksualne z trzyletnią dziewczynką i pedofilię. Stąd ogrom przypadków tego rodzaju, o które propaganda jot stale oskarża kler katolicki.Na początku l. 1960-tych podczas rebelii hippisowskiej amerykańskie media zaczęły lansować dragi, pornografię i model wolnej miłości, przyczyniając się do powstania pokolenia seksualnych libertynów. Po kilku latach, media pchnęły rewolucję seksualną w stadium homoseksualizmu.Pedofilia (seks z chłopcami i dziewczynkami oraz dziecięca pornografia) jest najnowszą ukrytą obsesją, która ogarnia Amerykę i świat – pisał w 2006 r. katolicki ks. Ted Pike. Ostrzegł on Amerykanów w 2005 r., kiedy senator Edward Kennedy porzucił swe poparcie dla lobby homoseksualizmu na korzyść lobby pedofilii.Talmud a pedofiliaWg ks. Pike, który porusza temat w książce Israel: Our Duty, Our Dilemma (Izrael: Nasz Obowiązek, Nasz Dylemat), stadium pedofilii ma podstawę w Talmudzie. Obszerne urywki Talmudu sankcjonują pedofilię, mimo że Talmud charakteryzują zaciekłe rabiniczne dyskusje i rozdzielanie włosa w nieskończoność: nie ma nawet sugestii niezgody ws. przeważającej opinii (wyrażonej w wielu jasnych urywkach), że pedofilia jest nie tylko normalna lecz również zakonna![…] Nawet tłumacze Talmudu wersji Sancino z 1936 r. nie śmieli opatrzyć tekstu sugestią najmniejszej krytyki, komentując jedynie: Oczywiście wtedy małżeństwa zawierano o wiele wcześniej niż obecnie (Sanhedrin 76a). Przypis 5 w Sanhedrin 60b odrzuca prawo rabina Zery (w Jebamot 60b s. 404) do niezgody: Jak mogliby [rabini], wbrew opartej na zakonie opinii Rabina Simeona ben Johaia, zabronić małżeństwa małej prozelitki.Pike zauważył sprzeczność moralną: Jeśli Żydzi chcą czcić nadzmysłową mądrość i moralny kompas faryzeuszy i ich Talmudu, muszą też zaakceptować prawo swych największych starożytnych mędrców do gwałtu na dzieciach. Do dziś żaden synod judaizmu nie odrzucił ich ohydnej praktyki. To samo można powiedzieć o innych nieprawościach Talmudu.Ww. rabin ben Johai, cieszący się większym autorytetem wśród wierzących Żydów niż Mojżesz, usankcjonował pedofilię, zezwalając na stosunki seksualne z dziewczynkami: Prozelitka [nowo nawrócona] w wieku poniżej 3 lat i 1 dnia ma pozwolenie wyjść za mąż za kapłana (Jebamot 60b s. 402). Następni rabini ustanowili to halachą (Jebamot 60b s. 403). Talmud zezwala rabinom poślubić dziewczynkę w wieku 3 lata i 1 dzień przez akt gwałtu. Wg Sanhedrin 55b, 69a-69b oraz notki 11 w Jebamot 60b, można ją poślubić spółkowaniem, a jeśli brat jej zmarłego męża spółkuje z nią, poślubił ją. Jebamot 57b mówi, że można ją zaręczyć spółkowaniem. Przykład kapłana Finehasa, który poślubił 3-letnią dziewicę, Talmud podaje jako dowód, że takie dziecinadają się do współżycia (Jebamot 60b).Talmud uczy odwrotnej logiki odnośnie chłopców: dojrzała kobieta może zgwałcić 8-latka, bo nie jest to akt seksualny, więc nie rzuca winy na kobietę, bo chłopiec nie jest mężczyzną. Definicja dojrzałości seksualnej chłopca po 9-tym roku życia (Sanhedrin 55a) zdejmuje moralną i prawną odpowiedzialność z gwałcicielki syna w wieku poniżej 8 lat; Sanhedrin 69b zezwala rabinowi poślubić ją: Wszyscy zgadzają się, że połączenie z chłopcem w wieku od 9 lat i 1 dnia jest prawdziwe, a połączenie z chłopcem poniżej 8 lat nie jest (Sanhedrin 69b). Przypis 1 do Ketubot 11b: stosunku małego chłopca nie uważa się za akt seksualny. Sanhedrin 55b dodaje: Chłopiec w wieku 9 lat i 1 dzień, który żyje z żoną swego zmarłego brata, nabywa ją (jako żonę). Talmud uczy, że kobieta może poślubić 9-letniego chłopca i mieć z nim seks.Przypisy 3 i 5 w Sanhedrin 55a definiują wiek gotowości do małżeństwa chłopca 9 lat, a dziewczynki 3 lata. Faryzeusze znali traumę dziewczynek upokarzanych seksualnie. Żeby utrudnić zadośćuczynienie, ofiara musiała udowodnić oddanie judaizmowi i miała tylko godzinę na skargę, dokładnie w dniu osiągnięcia dorosłości, pisze Pike. Nawet godzina spóźnienia odbiera prawo do skargi (Ketubot 11a). Talmud broni tych surowych reguł jako konieczności, bo nieletnia małżonka mogłaby zbuntować się przeciw judaizmowi i wydać odszkodowanie już jako nie-Żydówka, a na takie bluźnierstwo rabini nie mogą pozwolić. Nawet gdyby jakiejś kobiecie udało się spełnić warunki skargi, nie miała szansy z rabinami; Kiedy dorosły mężczyzna ma stosunek z małą dziewczynką, to jest nic, bo jeśli ona ma mniej niż 3 lata i 1 dzień, to tak, jakby ktoś włożył palec do oka, tj. jak wyjaśnia przypis łzy napływają do oka raz po raz, tak samo dziewictwo powraca do małej dziewczynki w wieku poniżej 3 lat (Ketubot 11b).Talmud deklaruje niewinność ofiar pedofilii obu płci, a apologeci przytaczają to jako dowód jego zadziwiającego moralnego zaawansowania, kontrastującego z prymitywnymi społeczeństwami, które ukamieniowałyby i dziecko i dorosłego sprawcę. Apologeci twierdzą, że akceptacja pedofilii ma w Talmudzie rytualną i duchową konotację i dziś nie praktykuje się zwyczajów rabinów sprzed 1800 lat. Pike neguje to: naprawdę rabini dla własnej ochrony chcieli koniecznie udowodnić niewinność obu stron pedofilii – dziecka a jeszcze bardziej pedofila. Odebrali chłopcu prawo „rzucenia winy“ na napastnika, a od dziewczynki domagali się współudziału w seksie. Tym sposobem odmówiwszy dziecku znaczącego moralnego czy prawnego zadośćuczynienia, Talmud odsłania, po czyjej jest stronie: rabina-gwałciciela. Sanhedrin 76b błogosławi ojca, który żeni swe dzieci zanim osiągną pokwitanie, a wyklina tego, który czeka dłużej. Niewydanie zamąż córki zanim będzie miała 12 i pół roku jest tak potępione, jak zwrot rzeczy zgubionej przez nie-Żyda, za co Bóg nie oszczędzi winnegoUltraortodoksyjna społeczność haredyjczycy wzięła się za pedofilię, donosi żydowski Forward(2.10.2008): Po latach uciszania kwestii pedofilii wśród ultraotodoksyjnych Żydów, przywódcy tej społeczności wystąpili publicznie […] poniżanie seksualne dzieci wypłynęło […] w głośnych przypadkach Yehudy Kolko i Avrohoma Mondrowitza. Kolko oskarżono o kilka przypadków w l. 2006-2007, ale nie trafił do więzienia. Mondrowitza oskarżono o 5 przypadków pederastii i 6 poniżenia seksualnego w 1985 r., ale znalazł azyl w Izraelu. Przywódca zboru w Brooklynie, Dov Hikind dowodził w Forward, że społeczność ultraortodoksyjna stała się ostoją pedofilów. Ludzie nie skarżą, skoro Talmud, największe objawienie Boga przez faryzeuszy i ich sąd Sanhedryn, mówi, iż pedofilia nie jest złem. Rabini odpowiednio radzą rodzicom i poszkodowanym dzieciom, pisze Forward. Ujawnianie przypadków pedofilii jest u ultraortodoksów zbrodnią o wiele większą niż popełnianie jej; przywódcy zboru nie mogą oskarżać przeciw halasze. Hikind przyjął lawinę ludzi ze skargami na pedofilów, chce działać: W sierpniu wyznaczono rabina Benziona Twerskiego, psychologa i szanowanego członka zboru, na przewodniczącego grupy działania, ale zrezygnował doznawszy przytłaczającej presji i zastraszania.Po latach terapii i próbie samobójstwa, Szaija Brizel napisał książkę (Milczenie Ultraortodoksów) o zboczeniach swego ojca, Jakowa Icka Brizela, oddanego chasyda z miasta Bnei Brak, największego skupiska haredejczyków w Izraelu (Haaretz 1.2.2000). Brizelowie są potomkami założycieli tej sekty. Jakow wykorzystywał seksualnie chłopców, których uczył w jesziwie oraz miał stosunki z mężczyznami. Nieznajomi ultraortodoksyjni mężczyźni dotykali prywatnych części Szaija w synagodze i w jesziwie, widocznie zakładając, że chłopiec odziedziczył zboczenie. Gdy zaprotestował, sprawę wyciszono. Najwyżsi rabini nic nie zrobili. Miejscowy rabin Landau i mędrzec od halachy Hausner wiedzieli, a milczeli. Dyrektor jesziwy nie doniósł na policję, ale przyznał Szaiji rację przed publikacją książki: Z kilkoma rabinami […] byliśmy zajęci wyciszaniem sprawy […] żeby jej nie opublikowano. Rabin chasydzki w mieście Kirjat Gat przyjął Jakowa do grona swych zwolenników, choć wiedział o jego zboczeniach.Z braku władzy odwoławczej u ultraortodoksów, niektórzy chłopcy skarżyli się swym ojcom w listach. Ukrywszy mikrofon, Szaija wypytywał hierarchów i rodzinę, dlaczego ukrywali przestępstwa ojca. Matka przyznała, że kiedy dowiadywała się o tych listach, chciała rozwodu, ale chmary rabinów zjawiały się, żeby czasem nie zepsuła dobrego imienia Brizelów. Mogli pogodzić się z gwałtami jednego ze swoich na nieletnich, ale rozwód był dla nich nie do przyjęcia. Szaija był gotów zrezygnować z publikacji, pod warunkiem, że rodzina poda go do sądu rabinicznego i sprawa wyjdzie na jaw tam. Nikt w rodzinie nie odważył się podjąć wyzwania. Szaija przeprowadził się do innego zboru chasydzkiego, ale po publikacji książki rabin zadeklarował go persona non grata. Ten rabin wylądował tam po eksmisjach z kilku innych zborów, za każdym razem podejrzany o pedofilię na uczniach. W dniu publikacji Szaija spotkał się z dyrektorem jesziwy, rabinem Awrahamem Waznerem: Powiedział mi, że publikacja książki jest milion razy gorsza od uczynków mego ojca.Czcząc Talmud i Kabałę, haredyjczycy przyciągają Żydów, którzy obawiają się asymilacji. Ich siła w Knesecie rośnie, dominują nowy sąd międzynarodowy Izraela, Sanhedryn. Do 75% mieszkańców niektórych dzielnic Jerozolimy to haredyjczycy. Stanowią większość osadników i władz lokalnych na terenach okupowanych przez Izrael, kontynuując zabór ziemi, ścierając się z Arabami, a nawet policją Izraela. Stosując coraz większą przemoc, bezustannie prześladują chrześcijan w środkowym Izraelu i na Zach. Brzegu. Popiera ich bogata sekta lubawiczerówz siedzibą w Nowym Jorku.Piotr Bein”... (więcej )Izrael Szahak:Goje uważani są za skończonych łgarzy i zabrania im się zeznawać przed sądami rabinackimi. Pod tym względem posiadają oni, teoretycznie, status żydowskich kobiet, niewolników i osób niepełnoletnich. W praktyce jednak ich status jest znacznie gorszy, bowiem dzisiaj w pewnych sprawach kobiety żydowskie mogą zeznawać przed sądem rabinackim, który „daje im wiarę”, natomiast gojowi nie uwierzy nigdy.Jako przykład posłużmy się tu fundamentalną księgą ruchu Habbad, jednego z najważniejszych odłamów chasydyzmu, zatytułowaną Hatanja. Według tej księgi wszyscy nie-żydzi są stworami na wskroś szatańskimi, „w których nie ma nic dobrego”. Nawet embrion żyda różni się jakościowo od embrionu goja. Samo istnienie nie-żydów nie ma najmniejszego sensu, podczas gdy wszystko, co zostało stworzone na Ziemi, ma służyć wyłącznie dobru żydów.Talmud wyraźnie zabrania dawania gojom prezentów. Jednakże władze rabiniczne zakaz ten uchyliły, ponieważ między biznesmenami przyjęte jest wymienianie między sobą podarunków. Ustanowiono więc, że żyd może wręczyć swemu „znajomemu gojowi” prezent, ponieważ nie będzie to traktowane jako dar, lecz jako forma inwestycji, która w przyszłości może przynieść pewien zysk. Wręczanie prezentów „nieznajomym gojom” jest zabronione. Reguła ta rozciąga się również na dawanie jałmużny.Zgodnie z halachą żydowi nie wolno dopuścić (o ile potrafi temu zapobiec), by jakikolwiek goj został mianowany na najskromniejsze nawet stanowisko, dzięki któremu mógłby sprawować władzę nad żydami.Małżeństwo żydowskie dotyczy dwóch osób pochodzenia żydowskiego. Tradycyjnie małżeństwo z gojem uważane jest za tragedię i często rodzice po takim ślubie praktykowali żałobę i wyrzucali dziecko na zawsze ze swego życia. Nawet dziś, gdy małżeństwa z osobami nieżydowskiego pochodzenia to 50% związków zawieranych przez Żydów, wielu rabinów nie chce brać udziału w mieszanych ślubach. ~ Piotr Nowik.W naszym domu przyjście Mesjasza traktowano nadzwyczaj dosłownie. (…) Wszyscy krzywdziciele i wrogowie Izraela zginą, a pozostaną przy życiu jedynie dobrzy goje, których przywilejem stanie się teraz służenie Żydom. Wedle Talmudu, kraj Izraela rozciągnie się na wszystkie narody. ~ Isaac Bashevic Singer, laureat nagrody Nobla.Jedyną drogą prowadzenia wojny w sposób moralny jest droga żydowska: niszczyć miejsca święte. Zabijać mężczyzn, kobiety i dzieci.~ rabin Manis Friedman, główny rabin izraelskiej armii.Dusze nie-Żydów (gentiles) są kompletnie innego i niższego rzędu. Są one całkowicie diabelskie i nie mają jakichkolwiek wartości i możliwości odkupieńczych. [..] Jeśli pojedyncza komórka pochodząca z ciała Żyda posiada w sobie boskość, jest częścią Boga, to każdy łańcuch DNA [z komórki ciała Żyda] jest częścią Boga. Wobec tego, w żydowskim DNA jest coś specjalnego.[…] Jeśli Żyd potrzebuje wątroby, czy można wziąć ją od przechodzącego obok nie-Żyda, aby ocalić Żyda? Tora prawdopodobnie by na to pozwoliła [bowiem] życie Żyda ma nieskończoną wartość. Jest coś nieskończenie bardziej świętego i unikalnego w życiu Żyda niż w życiu nie-Żyda. ~ rabin Yitzhak Ginsburg z sekty Chabad-Lubavitch, której wiernym fanem był Lech Kaczyński (tutaj jego jedna ze słynnych na ten temat wypowiedzi).Jesteśmy wybranym przez boga narodem… Większość Żydów nie lubi się do tego przyznawać, ale naszym bogiem jest Lucyfer, więc nie kłamałem, jesteśmy jego wybranym narodem. Lucyfer jest bardzo żywy. Żydzi są najinteligentniejszym narodem na świecie, więc jeśli jest dla nich korzystne zmienić nazwisko, czynią to. To jest wszystko na ten temat. Oni mieszają się z waszym społeczeństwem, które jest zupełnie skorumpowane, więc gdy to jest korzystne dla Żydów głupi goj nie zdaje sobie sprawy z tego, że ci Żydzi, którzy mają nie-żydowskie nazwiska są Żydami. ~ Harold Rozenthal.Jeżeli mamy do czynienia z sytuacją, że goj stwarza zagrożenie dla Izraela, to wolno go zabić. Dotyczy to nawet przyzwoitego goja, który nie ponosi odpowiedzialności za to, że stwarza tę sytuację zagrożenia. (…) Jest uzasadnienie mordowanie dzieci jeśli jest jasne, że one dorosną i zrobią nam krzywdę, i w takiej sytuacji mogą być zamordowane umyślnie, a nie tylko w walce z dorosłymi. ~ rabini Icchak Szapira i Josef Elitzur.Materiał, z którego stworzono nie-Żydów pochodzi z odpadów boskich. W rzeczywistości, oni sami pochodzą ze śmieci (odpadów), a to że jest ich znacznie więcej niż Żydów, jest potwierdzeniem tego, gdyż przecież ilość odpadów jest zawsze większa niż liczba ziaren. […] Wszyscy Żydzi są naturalnie dobrzy, a nie-Żydzi – naturalnie niedobrzy. ~ rabin Shenyr Zalman.Nie można w sposób uprawniony mówić o religii judeo-chrześcijańskiej. Albo się jest żydem, albo się jest chrześcijaninem – Rabin Rene-Samuel Sirat.Dla nas nie można być jednocześnie żydem i chrześcijaninem – Rabin Jakub Kaplan.Sam Bóg opowiada się za niewolnictwem – rabin Morris Raphall.”. (wiecej )-------Mój komentarzPolscy Żydzi powinni zaprotestować przed ambasadą Izraela przeciwko żydowskiemu rasiście i szowiniście Netanjahu .Polscy Żydzi, którzy wyrośli w polskiej kulturze tolerancji i braku ksenofobii powinny jasno odciąć się od prymitywnej ksenofobi Netanjahu.Coby było, gdyby Polacy powiedzieli Michnikowi, Engelking, Śpiewakowi, Hartmanowi, Holland, teściowi prezydenta Dudy, Wasserman że Polska to nie jest ich kraj i że są obywatelami drugiej gorszej kategorii.Marek Mojsiewiczvideo"Izrael tylko dla Żydów", a czy "Polska dla Polaków"? 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MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.
QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?
MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.
QUESTION: Then you’re going to --
MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.
MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.
QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.
MR ABRAMS: Oh.
QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)
MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)
On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.
If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.
You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”
I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.
Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.
MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.
QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?
Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?
MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.
MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.
QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --
MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --
QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.
MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.
QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --
MR ABRAMS: No.
QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?
MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.
MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.
MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.
QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?
MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.
QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?
MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.
QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?
MR ABRAMS: No.
MR PALLADINO: Reuters.
QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.
MR ABRAMS: Right.
QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?
MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.
On the regime, you know on --
QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?
MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.
QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?
MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.
QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?
MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.
QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?
MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.
QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?
MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.
QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?
MR ABRAMS: We have --
QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?
MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.
QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?
MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.
So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.
QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --
MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.
QUESTION: Thank you.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.
QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?
QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)
MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.
MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.
QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?
MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.
So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.
QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?
MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.
QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?
MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.
QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?
MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?
MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.
We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.
QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?
MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.
MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.
QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.
MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.
QUESTION: Like today?
MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.
QUESTION: How about Turkey?
MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.
QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.
MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.
QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.
MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.
QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?
MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.
MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.
QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.
MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.
QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?
MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.
MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)
QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.
MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.
MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.
MR ABRAMS: Okay.
MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.
QUESTION: Thank you.
MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?
MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?
MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?
QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?
MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.
Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.
In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.
And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?
And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?
MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.
To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.
QUESTION: TPS or some other --
MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --
QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --
MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.
QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?
MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --
QUESTION: To facilitate.
MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.
MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.
QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?
MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.
QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --
MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?
QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?
MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.
QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --
MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.
(Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.
QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?
MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.
QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?
MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.
QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --
MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.
QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?
MR PALLADINO: No.
QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?
MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.
Please. Said, please.
QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.
QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --
MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.
QUESTION: How – when --
MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.
QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?
MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.
QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?
MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --
QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?
MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.
QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --
QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.
MR PALLADINO: Sure.
QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?
MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --
QUESTION: Okay. Well --
MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.
QUESTION: Thank you.
QUESTION: But did he --
QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --
MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.
QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?
MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.
QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?
MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
MR PALLADINO: Laurie.
QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?
MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.
QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?
MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.
QUESTION: Robert --
MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --
QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?
MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.
QUESTION: That’s all?
MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.
QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?
MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.
MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.
QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?
MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.
In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.
And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”
QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?
MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.
QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?
MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.
QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?
MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.
In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.
QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?
MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.
Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.
QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.
MR PALLADINO: Okay.
QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?
MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.
QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?
MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.
QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?
MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.
QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --
MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.
QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?
MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.
QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?
MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.
Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.
QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?
MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?
QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?
MR PALLADINO: When was this?
QUESTION: Before noon today.
MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.
MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --
QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.
MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --
MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.
QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?
MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.
QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.
And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.
MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.
Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.
Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.
Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.
And with that, we’ll end.
QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?
MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.
(The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)
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Tras la fantástica 'El porvenir', Mia Hansen-Løve cambia levemente de registro con un drama ligero que mantiene buena parte de sus constantes autorales, pero que cambia radicalmente de escenario.
Esta vez nos cuenta la historia de Gabriel (Roman Kolinka), un periodista recién liberado de un largo secuestro a manos del ISIS que decide buscar respuestas a una vida que se le ha complicado viajando a Goa. Allí se reencontrará con su familia materna y conocerá a Maya (Aarshi Banerjee), una joven prima que cambiará su visión del mundo.
Hablamos con la directora y guionista de qué novedades presenta con 'Maya', cómo continúa el discurso del resto de su obra y qué dificultades ha entrañado rodarla casi íntegramente en India.
Al final de mi anterior película, 'El porvenir', el personaje de Isabelle Huppert veía el mundo desmoronarse a su alrededor, y encontraba la fuerza para recuperarse y hacer frente a la situación. Pero eso implicaba para ella renunciar al amor sensual. Y me pareció que después de dos años invertidos en la película, necesitaba cambiar de registro, y así nació 'Maya'. No es la única razón de que la película haya nacido así, ni mucho menos, pero es una de las razones. Muchas veces, cuando eres tu propia guionista, las películas funcionan como respuestas, unas dialogan con otras. O más bien, cada una colma el vacío que deja la anterior.
*** Siempre reconoce que hay un elemento biográfico en sus películas, aunque no estén inspiradas directamente en su vida. ¿Qué hay de su experiencia personal en este film?**
Bueno, para empezar viajo muy a menudo a la India. Mi abuelo era reportero de guerra, y aunque no lo conocí demasiado porque murió muy joven me marcaron las historias que me contaron de él. Pero quizás con lo que más me identifico en la película es con la búsqueda de renacimiento de Gabriel, que también es la mía.
*** ¿Cómo ha sido la experiencia de rodar en India sin caer en los clichés del pasado colonialista que arrastra Francia?**
Primero, hay que aclarar que eso es algo que no me afecta: ni yo ni mi familia arrastramos un pasado colonial, así que no tengo esa mala conciencia de muchos de mis compatriotas. Quizás también es porque siempre me he sentido más europea que francesa: mi padre es danés, nacido en Austria. Sin embargo, sí que me interesa, cuando llego a Goa, filmar los vestigios de la cultura portuguesa. Lo increíble de Goa es que es una amalgama de culturas: la india, la portuguesa y, más recientemente, de muchas otras que Goa va absorbiendo.
Por ejemplo, hay una colonia rusa muy importante (y problemas con la mafia de ese país). También los israelíes, que después de hacer el servicio militar durante cinco años, suelen ir a pasar una temporada a Goa, es algo que se ve en la película. También hay una comunidad islámica importante. Pero todos conviven. Y hay problemas, claro, hay una terrible corrupción, pero en general existe una estupenda convivencia en esta especie de utopía perdida.
*** Hay un tema recurrente en todo tu cine, que es la idea del cambio como motor que mueve a los personajes. ¿Ha cambiado, valga la redundancia, esta idea desde tus primeras películas?**
Es cierto que en todas mis películas se habla del cambio, pero es un cambio interior, una transformación íntima. Mis películas han evolucionado, pero lo cierto es que las emociones que me impulsan a contar historias y que quiero exponer siguen siendo las mismas. Lo que sí ha cambiado, quizás, es la forma, cómo las cuento. Y espero seguir evolucionando y no quedarme estancada, seguir aprendiendo.
*** ¿Era importante para ti que la actriz que interpreta a Maya fuera debutante?**
No descarté de antemano contratar a una actriz profesional para hacer ese papel, pero lo cierto es que de algún modo sabía que acabaría recurriendo a una debutante o una actriz con muy poca experiencia. Vi cientos de vídeos, fue un casting larguísimo, pero solo Aarshi Banerjee demostró una inmediatez y espontaneidad que no fui capaz de encontrar en nadie más.
*** Aquí en España se vive un debate con respecto al interés del público en el cine: las salas están desapareciendo, las plataformas de streaming le comen terreno a las proyecciones tradicionales... ¿qué piensas del futuro del cine y las nuevas formas de pensar el cine y consumirlo?**
Me temo que mi respuesta va a ser muy deprimente (risas). Hace tiempo que reflexiono sobre el tema: la caída de espectadores, la desaparición de salas de cine, y sobre todo el empobrecimiento del pensamiento cinematográfico... Dicho esto, también intento ser positiva. Hay cosas que proporcionan alicientes. Por ejemplo, anoche presenté una película mía de hace diez años en la Filmoteca, en el cine Doré: la sala estaba casi llena a pesar del fútbol, y la gente, la mayoría muy jóvenes, se implicaron a fondo en el debate posterior a la película. Estuve también en una sala muy interesante en Nueva York, Metro Graph, donde ponen cine clásico, de todo tipo, de todas las épocas, y siempre llenan. Son islotes, pero quizás ante el avance de la nulidad cultural se genere una resistencia que nos permita oponernos.
*** ¿Qué nos puedes adelantar de 'Bergman Island'?**
Poca cosa, porque no está acabada (risas). Rodé la mitad de la película el verano pasado y terminaré con ella el verano que viene, así que hasta 2020 no estará acabada.
. . .
ZITAT @ Hybris:
"@KBM Ich weiß nicht warum Sie sich so ereifern..."
Seit zwei Tagen wiederhole ich meine BITTE an Sie:
BITTE gehen Sie mir aus der Sonne!
Neben meiner dringenden BITTE an SIE, mich BITTE NICHT AUCH NOCH AUF KRIMINELLE ART & WEISE - WEIL GEGEN MEINEN WILLEN, ZU STALKEN - sondern mich einfach nur in Ruhe zu lassen, gibt es aber auch noch das Interesse ANDERER BÜRGER.
Da SIE - wie einst der Ratten-Fänger von Hameln - mit klug erscheinenden Fachbegriffen um sich werfen, und die Tendenz entwickeln, auch die unvoreingenommenen Leser von GEOLITICO hinter's Licht zu führen, mit IHREN super sorgfältig getarnten LÜGEN & FAKE-news über die SCIENCE & LOGOS-RELIGION, aus dem Kloaken-Fundus der GEHEIM-Dienste & des TIEFEN STAATES, um damit erstens L. Ron Hubbard & zweitens Millionen von ANDERS Denkenden Bürgern zu diffamieren, sehe ich es als meine Pflicht als aufgeklärter Bürger, die Menschen vor falschen HASS-Predigern & getarnten FEINDEN der Wahrheit zu warnen!
Im fundamentalen Gegensatz zum angeblich christlich
/jüdischen GLAUBENS-KRIEG mit Inquisition, Hexenverbrennung, Leugnung der Wiedergeburt seit dem Jahre 325 & weit verbreiteter Pädophilie bis hinauf in die allerhöchsten Kreise IHRER schrumpfenden, weil dubiosen Religions-Gemeinschaft - sind die STUDENTEN von SCIENCE & LOGOS zu jeder Zeit aufgerufen - ihre persönliche Wahrheit SELBST heraus zu finden.
Also keinerlei GLAUBENS-Hokus-Pokus, wie in Ihrer seltsamen Sekte der brutalst angewandten GEWALT.
Studenten der SCIENCE & des LOGOS sind extrem friedliche Menschen - die jede andere Religion respektieren - und jede Hautfarbe, jede Rasse, jede Herkunft, jede Meinung, ja sogar jeden Aber-GLAUBEN respektieren - weil sie WISSEN, daß LERNEN & ERKENNTNIS nur in FREIHEIT funktionieren.
Aber gegen derart AGGRESSIVE Hohe-Priester wie Eure Hoheit Hybris von Stendahl - der NICHT EINMAL RESPEKTIEREN KANN - DASS ICH ALS NICHT-SCIENTOLOGE SEIT 1976, NICHT MIT DER HYBRIS VON STENDAHL, UND DESSEN FAST VOLLKOMMENER AHNUNGSLOSIGKEIT VON DEN TATSÄCHLICHEN FAKTEN ÜBER DIESES THEMA WEITER DIESEN SELTSAMEN "DISKURS AUF HYBRIS-AUGENHÖHE" FÜHREN WILL!!!
Ich wiederhole meine BITTE:
Gehen Sie mir einfach aus der Sonne!
Allerdings werde ich mich gegen weitere Vergewaltigungen von IHRER Seite mit der Androhung von SANKTIONEN, DROHUNGEN, DIFFAMIERUNGEN, BELEIDIGUNGEN & ENTWÜRDIGUNGEN DER UNCHRISTLICHSTEN ART - JEDERZEIT ZUR WEHR SETZEN, WIE ES DAS DEUTSCHE GRUNDGESETZ MIR ALS MEIN GUTES RECHT GARANTIERT!
Also respektieren SIE endlich meine BITTE:
BITTE gehen Sie mir einfach aus der Sonne!
Ich mag nicht auf IHREM Niveau über ein Thema mich endlos auseinandersetzen - von dem SIE leider nur die eine Seite (die "offizielle" CIA-Legende) der Medaille kennen - und damit ausgerechnet auch noch die FALSCHE!
HIER noch einmal für alle EHRLICH an der verstörenden REALITÄT Interessierten - denen die FAKTEN mehr sagen als alle CIA-LÜGEN & die LÜGEN der untergehenden, weil unchristlich handelnden GLAUBENS-Konkurrenz & die LÜGEN der LÜGEN-PRESSE:
Ihre Hybris macht Sie derart BLIND vor WUT - daß SIE noch nicht einmal kapiert haben - daß Miscavige ein krimineller CIA-Agent ist, und damit auf der GLEICHEN Seite mit IHNEN GEGEN DIE AUFKLÄRUNG, GEGEN DIE WAHRHEI & ANTI-SCIENCE & ANTI-LOGOS kämpft . . .
HOCHMUT kommt vor dem Fall.
NIEMAND verlangt von IHNEN - die HINTERGRÜNDE des VÖLKERRECHTSWIDRIGEN GEHEIM-KRIEGES GEGEN HUBBARD & SCIENTOLOGY AUFZUKLÄREN, ZU STUDIEREN & ZU BEGREIFEN - ABER WENN SIE SICH SCHON STÄNDIG EINMISCHEN - WARUM AUSGERECHNET AUF AUF DER FALSCHEN SEITE, NÄMLICH AUF SEITEN DER KRIMINELLEN & PSYCHOPATHEN???
Ich wiederhole meine Bitte an SIE:
BITTE gehen Sie mir einfach aus der Sonne!
ERST WENN IHNEN EINMAL DÄMMERN SOLLTE - WAS DAMALS HINTER IHREM RÜCKEN & HINTER DEM RÜCKEN DER MENSCHHEIT & ULTRA-GEHEIM WIRKLICH GESCHAH - DÜRFEN SIE SICH ZU DIESEM THEMA WIEDER BEI MIR MELDEN!
BITTE gehen Sie mir aus der Sonne!
Sarah Huckabee Sanders did a White House press briefing for the first time in 42 days, everybody! It was so worthless, it's as if it never happened. And shockingly, it was full of exactly the type of debased motherfuckin' asshole lies we've come to expect from that debased motherfuckin' asshole.
In other words, she made her daddy proud, we bet.
After a BS presentation about Trump's BS budget, Sanders took the mic so she could fail to answer questions and spew Republican talking points about everything from Jews to abortion ... OK, actually, it was mostly just Jews and abortion. That's kind of their thing these days. DEMOCRATS HATE JEWS! (Actually, most American Jews are Democrats and that's not likely to change anytime soon, or ever.) DEMOCRATS KILL BABIES WHAT GOT JUST BORNED! (You know, we could debunk it again, but we will simply say this is one of the most evil lies conservatives have ever told about the Left, and if there is a just God, it will land them in hell.)
Let's start with Jews! (Our transcript is mostly fake, but captures the spirit.)
REPORTER: Hey, Shuckafucks, glad to see you doing your job this one time. Does Trump really think Democrats hate Jews, like he keeps tweeting?
SHUCKAFUCKS: The Democrats should be more like Republicans when they found out for the first time ever that Steve King is a Nazi and kick Ilhan Omar off her committees for saying things that aren't one iota of one percent as bad as everything that comes out of Steve King's mouth every day.
REPORTER: No wait, seriously, remember that time Trump condemned Steve King? Me neither!
LIAR: He tells me mean things about Steve King when we're alone!
Let's try again, once more!
REPORTER: Does Trump really believe that shit about Jews, though?
SHUCK: I answered the question twice.
REPORTER: No you didn't.
SHUCK: Ask the Democrats! Ask the Democrats if they hate the Jews! Because they totally do!
Let's try another subject.
REPORTER: Hey, Shithead, is Trump going to pardon Paul Manafort?
SHITHEAD: "The president has made his position on that clear, and he'll make a decision when he's ready." (Actual quote.) In other words, mayyyyyyyybe.
First of all, it's fucked that we've even talking bout this, because this is not how pardons are supposed to work, but this generally says that yes, Trump is thinking about it. Of course, if he does do it -- perhaps because Paul Manafort's constant whining about his gout and his NO COLLUSION really hits the president's G-spot -- we invite Trump to enjoy a world where Pardoned Paul Manafort's Fifth Amendment rights have been forfeited and he can be called to testify against the president from the state prison where he ended up anyway, because they got him on state charges Trump is powerless to snap his tiny fingers and disappear.
Let's have SHS talk shit about the Jews again, and then suddenly change the subject to Democrats eating babies!
JIM ACOSTA, HERE TO HURT YOUR FEELINGS: Isn't Trump's rhetoric on Jews beneath everybody? (Yes! He literally said "beneath everybody," about the president of the United State's shitmouth, which is indeed beneath everyone.)
SHITCLOWN: I am literally going to say things about Democrats "ripping babies from their mother's womb or killing a baby after birth" for no reason right now, because A) despite the fact that I attended a high quality PUBLIC high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, my mama and daddy raised me to be real stupid, and B) I am also a lying motherfucker asshole.
ACOSTA: You are actually full of shit.
SHITCLOWN: I am saying talking points!
ACOSTA: Hey, remember Charlottesville? Trump? "Good people on both sides"?
And finally, let's talk about Donald Trump's crimes!
REPORTER: Donald Trump spent 2017 making monthly payments to reimburse Michael Cohen for the illegal porn payoff of Stormy Daniels, a conspiracy Trump directed in order to keep that information from coming out during the election, which is therefore an unlawful contribution to his campaign, by which we mean he is a criminal. Any comment?
THE ASSHOLE: The president has stated very clearly that if the president does it, it's not a crime. Shit up in here is like Nixon times infinity, y'all!
And then it was over, and a good time was had by no one.
We swear to Christ, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is such a worthless liar at this point that they really might as well hand her job over to Diamond and Silk. At least it would be funny. And they would do musical numbers!
Anyway, Sanders needs to go fuck herself, as usual.
Dr. Shlomo Swirski writes in +972, “If election campaigns were about policy, there would be two main issues at the center of the present Israeli election campaign. The first is the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. The second is the unbalanced development of Israel’s economy, accompanied by persistently high poverty and inequality. The second is […]
Oren Ziv writes in +972, “Three BDS activists, two Israelis and a Palestinian, are on trial in Germany after being charged with assault and trespassing during a lecture by an Israeli member of Knesset in June 2017. The activists, Stavit Sinai and Ronnie Barkan from Israel, and Majd Abusalama from Gaza, interrupted MK Aliza Lavie […]
Judah Ari Gross writes in Times of Israel, “Video footage of a group of Israeli soldiers beating a pair of handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners earlier this year was allowed to be published on Tuesday, after the last of the servicemen were convicted of abuse the day before. The video, which was filmed by one […]
Judah Ari gross and Times of Israel staff write, “Police sealed off the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem on Tuesday after a firebomb was thrown at officers, leading to several arrests and low-level clashes. The incident came amid already high tensions at the site and threatened to set the region alight as Palestinian Authority President […]
Mauritanian Airlines y TUI son las principales compañías a las que afecta la prohibición de operar sobre espacio europeo en la las proximidades de Canarias desde este martes. Un vuelo de TUI que iba a Ámsterdam desde Banjul (Gambia) ha debido variar su ruta y establecerse en Canarias. Otro aparato desde Cabo Verde a Praga ha debido variar su ruta porque Portugal impidió sobrevolar su ámbito.
Un Boeing 737 Max 8, perteneciente al aerolínea checa Smartwings, se dirigía a Israel el martes por la noche desde Canarias ha tenido que revisar su plan de vuelo.
Desde diciembre de 2017 Mauritania Airlines tiene aparatos Boeing 737 MAX La empresa que dirige Mohamed Radhi Bennahi fue la primera en África en comprar este tipo de aeronave con base en Nouakchott-Oumtounsy. La aerolínea de bandera de Mauritania opera una flota que incluye un 737-800 de última generación, un 737-700 de próxima generación, dos 737-500 y ahora el 737 MAX 8.
“Blessed be the LORD my strength…my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust.” (Psalm 144:1-2) There is a place in Israel near the Dead Sea called Masada (muh-SAH-duh). It looks like a mountain with a flat, square top. …
I take Milton to have introduced this kind of alcaics into the English language in his translation of Quis multa
gracilis te puer in rosa &c.  it is since used most elegantly by
Collins  Mrs Barbauld  — in
the gent. of Devon & Cornwalls poems  — & by my favourite Dr
Sayers  — so here I have strong authority.
It is no less strange than true my dear Grosvenor that
our disputes have more frequently been owing to a difference in terms than in opinion. when you speak of the mercenary motives to
action you are but one step from the ground on which I build my principles. if virtue be sought for in the present system of things it
must be for its own sake & its reward as being most pure is likewise abstract. riches titles places & pensions are the baubles
that attract attention & “man being gregarious”  & adopting the manners of the herd he associates with, is more likely to be pleased with the admiration
of a wondering crowd who wonder at his equipage & envy his wealth than with the applause of that still small recompence <voice> the sole recompense of virtue upon earth. this lamentable prejudice is early
inculcated & strongly supported. as you observe gain is the chief engine of education, & pride the first sentiment taught. my
own experience tells me this. I was early warned not to play with dirty little boys & caressed & corrected with equal
injustice. the catechise has given me many a weary hour. forgive egotism if I mention one circumstance which happened above twelve
years ago. I was struck with the apparent falshood in “I believe in the holy catholic church”  when my sixpenny history of England taught me I was a
protestant. I mentioned it & was severely reprimanded for impiety, but the passage was never explained & I was silenced instead
of convinced till Greek gave the information. fortunately I escaped utter ruin from such an education of which more particulars would
be as tedious in recital as they were injudicious & unpleasant to me. but xxxxxxxxx the principles
of present instruction are widely dfferent from the laws of Nature & <from> our maxim Be just & fear not. justice would
teach us to pay respect only to merit — society to pay homage to superior rank & riches. do not thinking I am running out, when I object to the maxim Fear God. it is impious to fear him who is himself Love. the confused manner
in which my sentiments are expressed is of great disadvantage I wish you could look into my mind & read it thro. perhaps you little
think that what you say of laws is the echo of Tom Paine — but had you known that, I will do you the justice to believe you had still
said it. “government is a necessary evil.”  let me stop here. the master spring
is touchd & my mind is filld with a thousand ideas which I cannot clearly express — could you but feel their force I would cut off
a limb with pleasure. you must be struck as well as myself with the superiority of antient Greece over the rest of the world. perhaps
this may in some measure be imputed to the philosophers but more I believe to the conscious dignity of independance. where abilities
command more respect than wealth or titles — & virtue is more honourd than a long pedigree, it is morally impossible that the
mercenary motives should prevail. Socrates did he live now would be treated as an itinerant field preacher & Plato would be
transported for sedition. Athens as yet is unrivalld in the history of the world for astonishing virtue & as astonishing folly —
yet it may be doubted whether its advantages did not counterbalance its defects.
Physiognomy oftener gives me pain than pleasure. I mingle in a crowd & behold a compound of vice & folly whose
dress denotes affluence — the next bears a countenance which Lavater  might love but has a leathern apron on. now for the soul of me cannot
I but wish these men might exchange situation & had they been born in a country where merit was the standard of respect the one
must have risen & the other as inevitably sunk. this is the inequality of Nature but we reverse it. but never does this pleasing study <give me> more pain than when I look at the women of the town — the momentary glance
is worth a thousand sermons & gives me a stronger argument against the present state of things than all the republican writers from
Moses  down to Mackintosh.  by the by is not Lovells face something like Hookes? I was
hurt at first glance but I soon discovered something different from that compound of abilities & consummate libertinism, in short
all the sense without the vice. shame to say I physiognomoze at church more than I can apply to the uniformity of prayer. oh Grosvenor I am ill-qualified to take orders — a sad weight presses on my
heart when I give way to reflection upon the subject. where Edmund Seward is
incapable of comprehending he imputes it to his own dullness — I am less diffident perhaps here it were right to follow him Grosvenor — but your maxim must be mine Nullus addictus &c. 
perhaps few people spend the Xmas evening in this manner. to me all days are alike in this place. I have to make my own
amusements & this is at least innocent. CC wrote to me very lately. he had no news & therefore was silent. this struck at our
system of letter writing & I replied rather at large. he invited me to Maize Hill but I
am from Bristol to Bath & Bath to Bristol till I see Balliol once again. & most
gladly shall I see it. my recreations I always carry with me & society will add to these. Edmund Seward resides six months longer than he expected. much to my satisfaction you may
suppose. poor George Burnett is alone there, mal-treated for his temperance.
How Rousseau would have exulted in the history of Pelew. Bedford if the death of Lee Boo  was
fortunate how must you execrate the new colony founding there when they have our luxuries, our creeds, our arts & distinctions,
they will no longer preserve their characteristic excellencies — artificial vices will be introduced among them & the Xtianity we
may teach will be worse than their present atheism — many a man would start at this assertion. but as no man would contract a distemper
for the sake of being cured by an excellent physician — I am apt to think the virtuous irreligion of Pelew far above the degenerate
Xtianity of Europe.
You may take this for a new years letter. as such I wrote the verses this evening to pass a heavy hour. at least
antedating is preferable to a certain friend of ours who honourd St David  always on the 2nd of March. you have plenty of time to
send me a new years ode in return & your purposd visit to Ealing need not prevent you. has Lovell shown you any of his verses? I speak impartially when I say that they equal anythings production that have fallen under my judgement for elegance & delicacy. I will go to Bath for
a few on his return chiefly to meet him. Sewards married sister is there now
& Combe. direct however here as usual my stay will be short & my departure
is uncertain. your friends I hope are all well. remember me to them kindly & respectfully. send me Tom Paine & believe me yours
is not Elmsley a fellow of Oriel? if so I fear we are not
destined to be friends. you know I am barely acquainted with Peter. 
* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/
Westminster/ Single Stamped: BRISTOL Postmark: ADE/ 26/ 93 Watermarks: G R in a circle; figure of
Britannia Endorsement: Recd. Decr. 27 1793 MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c.
22. ALS; 4p. Unpublished. BACK
 Tis come ... be thine: Verse written in double
 John Milton (1608–1674; DNB),
translation of Horace (65–8 BC), Odes, Book 1, no. 5, line 1 as ‘The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. I’ (1654).
The Latin translates as ‘what slender youth [courts] thee amid so many roses?’ BACK
 William Collins (1721–1759; DNB), whose most famous
experiment with alcaics was ‘Ode to Evening’ (1746). BACK
 Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825; DNB), whose ‘Ode to Spring’ (1773) is written in alcaics. BACK
 For example see, ‘Ode to Fancy’ in Poems Chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall, 2 vols (Bath, 1792), I, pp. 71–77. Contributors to the collection
included Richard Polwhele (1760–1838; DNB). BACK
 Frank Sayers (1763–1817; DNB), ‘Ode to Aurora’, in his Poems (Norwich, 1792), pp. 167–170. BACK
 Joseph Townsend (1739–1816; DNB), A Journey Through Spain in the Years 1786 and 1787, 2nd edn, 3 vols (London,
1792), I, p. 252. BACK
 English translation of part of the Apostles Creed of c. AD 300. ‘Catholic’ is a translation of the Greek word ‘Katholikos’, and
refers to all Christians rather than the Roman Catholic Church. BACK
 A paraphrase of Thomas Paine (1737–1809; DNB), Common Sense (London, 1776), p. . BACK
 Johann Kaspar Lavater
(1741–1801), Swiss theologian, poet and physiognomist. BACK
 Leader of the Israelites, and believed to be author of the first five books of the Old
Testament. After his death, Israel was ruled by judges rather than kings. BACK
 James Mackintosh (1765–1832; DNB), author of Vindiciæ Gallicæ: A Defence of the
French Revolution and its English Admirers (1791). BACK
 Horace (65–8 BC), Epistles, Book 1, no. 1, line 14. The Latin can be
translated as ‘I am not bound over’. BACK
 Probably The Interesting and Affecting History of Prince Lee Boo, a Native of the Pelew Islands, Brought to England by Capt.
Wilson (1789). BACK
 Prince Lee Boo (c.1764–1784; DNB), first visitor to Britain from the
Pelew Islands, became something of a celebrity. He died of smallpox during his visit and is buried at Rotherhithe, Kent. BACK
 Patron saint of Wales; his feast day is 1 March. BACK
 is not Elmsley...Peter:
Written upside down on fol. 2 v. BACK
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An evening of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on...
One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets and devilish encounters.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart stars actors Becca A. Lewis in the role of Prudencia and Brooks Reeves as Colin Syme, Prudencia's academic arch nemesis who is hoping for more than an academic relationship with her, with Music Direction by David Reiffel.
Becca A. Lewis has appeared in numerous Apollinaire productions including Three Sisters, Informed Consent, The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, and Detroit. Other recent roles include The Women Who Mapped the Stars (Central Square Theater with the Nora), Revolt. She said. Revolt again (CompanyOne- Dig Boston's Best Performance), Splendor (CompanyOne), GRIMM (CompanyOne- IRNE Supporting Actress), The Big Meal (Zeitgeist Stage- Elliot Norton nomination Outstanding Actress, Ensemble), Tigers Be Still (Zeitgeist Stage- Elliot Norton nomination Outstanding Actress, Production), A Behanding in Spokane (Theatre on Fire), Far Away, Vinegar Tom, Fen (Whistler in the Dark). Becca co-created and performs in The Pineapple Project with Queer Soup, an original piece for kids celebrating gender diversity.
Brooks Reeves recently played Bottom in our Midsummer Night's Dream, his ninth show with Apollinaire, having previously appeared in Three Sisters, The Visit, Hamlet, Brilliant Adventures, Midsummer, From White Plains, Blood Wedding, and the Norton winning Stupid Fucking Bird. Winner of the 2015 IRNE Award for best supporting actor (small company), Brooks has worked with the Golddust Orphans (Legally Blind: The Hellen Keller musical), with Bridge Rep (Julius Caesar, The Libertine), Stoneham Theater (Neville's Island), Company One (An Octaroon, Shockheaded Peter), Central Square Theater (Arabian Nights), Zeitgeist Stage (Love! Valour! Compassion!, Bent, Boys in the Band), Hub Theatre of Boston, Brown Box, Happy Medium, and Bad Habit Productions. Last spring he made his Boston area directing debut at Apollinaire with Winter Solstice and returned this season to direct The Christians.
David Reiffel recently created the sound scape for salt piano for our summer production of Midsummer Night's Dream, David's 17th show with Apollinaire. Recent national credits include Shakespeare in Love (US premiere) Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Cymbeline (Shakespeare & Co.). Most recently he musical directed The Cradle Will Rock at BoCo@Berklee and Man of La Mancha at New Rep, for which he received the 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Direction. David designs sound and creates original music regularly at New Rep, SpeakEasy, Actors Shakespeare Project, Gloucester Stage, Stoneham/Greater Boston, Israeli Stage, and many others. He teaches Musical Theatre Songwriting at Berklee, and his musical Glory is in development at NOMTI.
Performances of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart are April 5-May 4, 2019Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun April 14 & 28 at 3:00
Press Night: Sat. April 6, 8:00
Performances are at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.
Nvidia announced its largest-ever acquisition today, offering $6.9 billion for data center chip technology maker, Mellanox. Bloomberg is reporting that Mellanox beat out rivals that included Intel in a bidding process for the American-Israeli company, one which its founder, Jensen Huang, built in under three years by “persuading owners of data centers that his graphics […]
Il Giornaletto di Saul del 12 marzo 2019 – Ancora censura da FB, Venezuela: black out elettrico o block out tecnologico?, rinominare l’ambiente, corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica, epitaffio di: Stefano Amoretti, il sistema sta implodendo, l’inganno dell’illuminazione…
Care, cari, facebook mi informa che “Ti è stato temporaneamente impedito di iscriverti a gruppi che non gestisci e pubblicarvi contenuti. La restrizione durerà fino a: giovedì alle 14:08.” – Ho risposto, per quel che serve: “Almeno fatemi sapere qual è l’azione incriminata e perché è meritevole di censura. Da parte mia non credo di aver commesso alcuna infrazione…” – Ovviamente nessuno ha risposto…
Commento di Nicolas Maduro: “Hanno usato un’arma dell’alta tecnologia… Gli estremisti di destra dell’opposizione sono gli autori e gli esecutori di questi attacchi contro il paese, e hanno usato l’alta tecnologia che solo il governo USA possiede. E noi lo sappiamo perché Dio è sempre dalla nostra parte. La verità verrà a galla”
Rinominare l’ambiente. La Terra casa di tutti! – La nostra Terra è forse unica in tutto l’Universo, il solo pianeta per noi abitabile. In natura non esistono infatti due cose identiche, prendiamo l’esempio di una foglia di un albero che non è mai uguale ad un’altra dello stesso albero, così è anche per un cristallo di neve od un granello di sabbia, ognuno con la sua peculiarità. La nostra Terra è il solo pianeta per noi abitabile ma la nostra civiltà lo considera meno di un “valore aggiunto”. Quando i politici, gli scienziati e gli economisti prenderanno coscienza di ciò? - Continua:https://bioregionalismo-treia.blogspot.com/2019/03/bioregionalismo-rinominare-lambiente-la.html
Commento di Marco Bracci: “Caro Paolo, il compito dei pionieri (come anche dei profeti) è quello di gettare il seme, come dici tu, e aspettare che germogli, finché un giorno TUTTI SAPRANNO, PRENDERANNO COSCIENZA e AGIRANNO DI CONSEGUENZA. Quel giorno è vicino…” – Continua in calce al link soprastante
Epitaffio per un poeta – Scrive Gianni Donaudi: “Il poeta Stefano Amoretti (classe 1926) è mancato a Imperia (sua città natale e di residenza) alla bella età di 92 anni. Sullo sfondo dei libri di Stefano c’è una reale presenza di disintegrazione che sembra travagliare l’uomo d’oggi. E onde evidenziare tale disgregazione non è necessario dare risposte cattoliche, religiose o moralistico-piccolo-borghesi in genere…” – Continua:https://retedellereti.blogspot.com/2019/03/in-memoria-del-poeta-stefano-amoretti.html
Spie e spioni. Ovunque – Scrive BBUS: “Il combinato disposto della Via della Seta più le reti di comunicazione 5G targate Huawei fa capire che c’e’ in gioco la sicurezza nazionale e la sovranità economica: l’Italia non può diventare il cavallo di Troia per la supremazia della Cina sull’Occidente”. Cosi’ all’ANSA il vicepresidente del Copasir, Adolfo Urso, sui possibili rischi di spionaggio determinati dalla concessione alle aziende cinesi delle reti per i cellulari di nuova generazione. Il Copasir sta svolgendo una serie di audizioni sul tema e la prossima settimana sentirà il premier Giuseppe Conte…”
Corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica – Scrive Danilo D’Antonio: “Certi processi sociali non possono essere invertiti, condotti alla rovescia, pena la distruzione stessa del sistema. I populisti, persone al presente con scarse risorse capacitive, non possono accedere direttamente all’apice di una macchina complessa quale è uno Stato. E’ come affidare un transatlantico da crociera alla guida di bambini irritati…” – Continua:https://altracalcata-altromondo.blogspot.com/2019/03/european-laboratory-per-una.html
Ancona. Stupro consentito – “Scrive M.O.: “Ad Ancona, due stupratori peruviani, accusati di aver violentato una ragazza di 22 anni nel 2015, sono stati assolti perché, secondo la sentenza, la vittima assomiglia a un maschio. Insomma, è brutta. Quindi per legge si dichiara che: se vai in giro femminile come Dita Von Teese e ti stuprano, te la sei cercata. Se vai in giro come una camionista senza fronzoli, sei un cesso, e ti stuprano, ringrazia il cielo, non è possibile che volevano violentarti. Ti hanno fatto un’opera pia. Vanno premiati…”
Il sistema sta implodendo – Scrive Michael Snyder: “So bene che molte persone stanno anticipando da molto tempo il collasso economico globale e che molte di loro hanno perso la pazienza e vogliono solo ‘farla finita’ una volta per tutte. Beh, la verità è che nessuno dovrebbe desiderare di vedere ciò che sta arrivando. Personalmente, mi rallegro per ogni giorno o settimana o mese in più che ci viene dato. Ogni giorno in più è un altro giorno per prepararsi, per godersi il confortevole livello di vita che la nostra prosperità, alimentata dal debito, ha prodotto per noi…” – Continua:http://paolodarpini.blogspot.it/2016/03/il-sistema-basato-sul-debito-sta.html
Israele si prende anche il Golan siriano – Scrive Sputnik: “Il senatore Lindsey Graham ha promesso a Benjamin Netanyahu di intervenire con un’iniziativa per il riconoscimento delle alture del Golan come parte del territorio dello stato ebraico…”
L’inganno dell’illuminazione – Anni addietro mi venne l’idea di scrivere le mie memorie sugli incontri da me fatti con donne, uomini ed animali particolari, il testo l’avevo chiamato “incontri con i santi” (è ancora disponibili per chi ne facesse richiesta). Certo alcuni di questi cosiddetti “santi” appaiono come esseri umani un po’ anomali, e di difficile accettazione da parte delle masse di cercatori tradizionali… Una di queste “persone” particolari da me incontrate fu Uppaluri Gopala Krisnamurti – Continua:http://riciclaggiodellamemoria.blogspot.it/2013/07/uppaluri-gopala-krishnamurti-e-linganno.html
Pensiero poetico del dopo Giornaletto:
“To know the source as source and appearance as appearance, and oneself as the source only is self-realization…” (Nisargadatta Maharaj)
Yes, hatred is hatred, but no form of bigotry is as pervasive in as many places as antisemitism. The Democrats leading the House of Representatives could not bring themselves to make a simple declaration condemning Rep. Ilan Omar (D-Minnesota) for her repeated antisemitic remarks, in which she suggested that Israel is mesmerizing members of Congress, that members are being bribed by Jews, that Jews are concerned only with money, and that they have dual loyalty to the US and Israel. Instead, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) wilted under pressure from her far-