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Agudath de-blogs By Sergey Kadinsky It came down within hours of its posting, but as word got out, the material that appeared on the short-lived Agudath Israel of America news blog, continues to resonate online. On May 25, Leah Zagelbaum, the organization’s communications director, launched the blog, using it to share photographs, press releases, and event information. Within hours, the post was removed, pending a review by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, the rabbinic board that has the final word in Agudath Israel. “So, it’s clear that this blog is all about news at Agudath Israel of America,” Zagelbaum wrote. “I’ll be posting press releases, pictures and information about Agudah activities. I’m hoping this will be a forum for sharing breaking news, interesting events and important statements.” The blog bucked the organization’s policy of shunning the Internet in a time when other major Orthodox organizations have used the web as a communications tool. “It’s in their interest to have an online presence, said Ezra Friedlander, an executive of the Friedlander PR Group. “But how can their rabbinic leadership sanction something that is not kosher?” Friedlander said that while the blog did not allow for comments to be posted, the organization’s main concern is keeping control of its message, which can get picked up by other sites even after it is erased. “Ours may be a clunky system, but we manage to get information out to the public through press releases and the reports that result in newspapers from our interactions with the media,” said Rabbi Avi Shafran, the organization’s public affairs director. “Members not only of the press but also the public know that I am always available to respond Continued on page 2
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Beautiful banner prepared by HAFTR Lower School for the Celebrate Israel Parade proclaiming “Sing us a song of Zion.”
Manhattan parade and concert in the park By Ariel Rosenbloom, Sergey Kadinsky and David F. Nesenoff The art classes at S.K.A. and HAFTR were all filled with student-made banners portraying Israeli flags, kippot and themes of every respective yeshiva. As New York City prepares for the festivities celebrating Israel’s independence, Long Islanders are gearing up for a day of great tribute and emotion. On the heels of the AIPAC conference, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and President Obama’s recent comments on the 1967 Israeli borders, tens of
thousands of Jews are expected to march down Fifth Avenue on Sunday in the Celebrate Israel Parade and then gather in Central Park for a Jerusalem United Forever concert/rally. “The parade itself has an overarching theme of the pasuk shiru lanu mshir tzion,” said HAFTR Lower School’s art director, Rena Mosac. “We translated it to sing us a song of Zion.” Taking a different variation on this year’s song for Israel theme, S.K.A. principal Rabbi Jeff Rothman said, “S.K.A.’s parade theme this year is shiru l’Hashem shir chadash.” Both schools painted banners of
children carrying musical instruments and notes fashioned into Hebrew letters expressing each school’s respective slogan. With an expected 30,000 proud marchers and hundreds of thousands of spectators, this year’s parade has three major innovations. Milton Glaser, who is best known for his I Love NY logo, designed the parade’s new logo. “The Celebrate Israel Parade makes the statement that we stand with Israel through thick and thin, and that the fates of our nations are linked. The shapes and colors in the logo represent the relationship of light to
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Agudath blog debate Continued from page 1 to questions about our positions or activities.” While the rabbinic board has previously expressed vehement opposition to unfiltered Internet usage, an example from the early days of Agudath Israel could provide a clue to its decision on the Internet. At the time of its founding in 1912, most Yiddish and Hebrew newspapers were secular, and often hostile to Orthodox interests. To counter their influence, the rabbis endorsed the European forerunner of the Hamodia newspaper to promote the Agudath Israel viewpoint. Rabbi Shafran said that it is likely that the Moetzei Gedolei will eventually endorse an online presence, but he does not know when this will happen. “People often forget that there was life before the internet,” said Aaron Troodler, a public relations consultant in the Orthodox community. “They have to make choices that are in sync with the religious lifestyle that they lead.” Another example of a tightly controlled online message is the website of Di Tzeitung, the Hasidic Yiddish-language weekly that closely follows the Satmar point of view on news topics. In contrast to its counterparts, Der Yid and Der Blatt, this newspaper keeps a bare bones website with selected pages from its print edition and contact information. “The website is for our income, it has our ads and a few pages, but we don’t take feedback. It’s also for travelers where there are no Yiddish newspapers,” publisher Albert Friedman said. Another major concern voiced by rabbis is the Internet’s ability to distract. “There is a lot of time-wasting potential on the Internet, not necessarily bad stuff, but we should be focusing on our work,” said Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, principal of Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett. On the local level, only two Agudath Israel synagogues have websites. The Agudath Israel of West Lawrence website features contact information and recorded audio shiurim from its leader, Rabbi Moshe Brown. The Agudath Israel of the Five Towns, led by Rabbi Yitzchok Frankel, has a more detailed website showing the synagogue’s events, prayer schedule, lectures, and online donation button. “Not everybody gets all the news. This website shows everything that’s happening,” said Woodmere resident Gary Frechter, who attends the Agudath synagogue. “It has all the events posted.” Holding off on the national level, Agudath is not opposed to its local synagogues keeping websites. “Such things are up to the consciences of the individuals or rabbis,” Rabbi Shafran said. “The issue for us is the inadvertent message that might be sent by Agudath Israel, as the national organization that advocates for the haredi community.”
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Continued from page 1 life,” Glaser said. Prior to the parade, the New York Road Runners and Jewish Community Relations Council will hold a four-mile theme run through Central Park, representing various Israeli destinations along the path. The run will begin at 9 a.m. at Summer Stage inside the park. Participants will be drawn into a raffle that includes two round-trip El Al tickets to Israel. For those who cannot make it to Manhattan, this year’s parade will be for the first time televised live. WWOR-TV is broadcasting the parade on channel 9 from noon to 2 p. m., co-hosted by reporter John Huddy and Israeli television personality Becky Griffin. The Grand Marshal will be Joseph Sitt, a Brooklyn-based real estate developer who is best known for his ongoing redevelopment project in Coney Island. Raised in the local Syrian Jewish community, Sitt has used some of his philanthropic efforts to back Israeli causes, and has visited Israel on numerous occasions. “Hopefully, those watching at home will be energized by what they see, and if they are able, it will encourage them to join us on Fifth Avenue next year,” said Jewish Community Relations Council of New York executive, Michael Miller “Turnout is very important,” said Mosac. “HAFTR feels very strongly about the importance of taking at least one day to show the rest of the world our commitment and support for Israel.” While the parade is about numbers and unity, there is also a competitive feeling among the banner designers. “Well, obviously S.K.A. has the best banner,” said ninth grader Racheli Baruch. “Not only is our banner beautiful but the
effort that we put into it demonstrates achdus.” “We tried to get everybody, almost every different level of the school involved in some way,” Mosac said. “The adults design it, the parents come in and we have 20 volunteers to come and help us prepare the props and the paintings.” “HAFTR’s image is Israel,” said HAFTR Lower School Special Programs Director, Tova Zucker. “I’d say it’s synonymous.” When they’re not designing banners of solidarity, students are learning about Israel from a group of Israeli high school graduates spending a semester at the school as part of their national service under the Bat Ami program. Helen Fuchs, a liaison of Bat ami at HAFTR explained the significance of the “Celebrate Israel Parade” from an international perspective. “The Bat Ami girls don’t really understand anything about America until the day of the parade,” said Fuchs. The parade is not only a chance to commemorate the birth of a Jewish state, it is also an opportunity for the community to show the world that Israel is here to stay and won’t give up without a fight. A prominent example of this is the Concert/Rally in the Park, now in its 18th year, which combines activism with entertainment. “Rabbi Shlomo Riskin asked for the first concert as a protest against Oslo. It’s a concert with a message,” said concert chairman Dr. Paul Brody. Together with Jamaica Estates resident Dr. Joseph Frager, Dr. Brody promotes the concert as more than a political rally. This year, among the performers is dance champion “Haitian George” Exanesuis, who was pulled out of earthquake debris in January 2010 by Israeli rescuers. His right leg amputated, he had surgery on his hand in Tel Aviv. He will be dancing
A spark called NCSY
By Yaakov Gold The room is shaking, but it’s shaking in the best kind of way. I am experiencing the way Shabbos ends at an NCSY Shabbaton - and never have I seen the Shabbos Malka receive a more royal sendoff. The band is playing loudly, but even the mega speakers are competing for attention with over 300 super-charged voices, singing the songs I grew up with, singing the songs I sung throughout my years in camp and Yeshiva, but singing them with a heart and a feeling and an energy that I have never seen in any of those places. These are not Yeshiva boys and girls, yet there is a spirituality shining on their faces, there is a fervor in their voices, and for one
extraordinary evening, these kids are not merely connecting with each other like never before, but right now, it is easy to believe, that the purity of these young souls, is supporting the entire world. The world rests, we are taught, on three things: on Torah, on Avodah and on Gemilas Chassadim. It would have been an economy of words to simply say, “The world is supported by NCSY Shabbatons.” This entire weekend has been an extraordinary showcase of these three Middos. At an NCSY Shabbaton, it is easy to believe. Candle light flickers on two groups of kids, on either side of a dividing row of benches, concentric rings of girls and separate rings of boys are linked, arm-inarm, and swaying to the rhythm
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with a prosthetic leg, courtesy of Israel. “It is important to show that Israel is a county with a heart. He was found in the rubble and healed in Israel,” Dr. Brody said. Among the Jewish headliners, radio talk show host Nachum Segal will introduce concert singer Avraham Fried. Speakers will include World Likud chairman Danny Danon, who also serves as Deputy Knesset Speaker; and The Jewish Star publisher David F. Nesenoff. New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, who represents Jamaica Estates and Fresh Meadows, will also speak out on his connection to Israel. While the concert has a history of attracting top political names as speakers, critics charge that their presence is an endorsement of a narrow right-wing agenda, based on the organizers’ opposition to land for peace. Nevertheless, the roster is bipartisan, and past speakers have included Republican Party chairman Michael Steele and Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat. “Schumer was under a lot of pressure not to attend, but the brave ones appeared anyway,” Dr. Brody said. With each year, the attendance and sponsorships grow for the concert, with last-minute sponsors and speakers clamoring for their name on the crowded roster. Organizers expect an audience of 20,000 at the Central Park Summer Stage. “We may have a surprise this year,” Dr. Brody said. “I hear Sarah Palin is hovering around the East Coast this week.” There’s a chance she could show up.”
of the song. Verses from Tehillim, Hallel, and Tefillah are passing their lips as the band transitions from song to song. Love cannot be faked, and the spontaneous expressions of love, the tears, the smiles, the hugs and the intense singing, are as genuine and honest as anything I’ve ever experienced as a religious Jew. Tonight I am seeing Yiddishkeit in its purest form. There is no room for politics here; there is no place for posturing. It’s all about these kids; it’s all about tightening the tie that binds us all. This entire weekend in fact, has been a celebration of authentic Judaism. This entire weekend, organized and run by educators who understand education, has been a study in organizational efficiency and excellence. There is a sense of focus, a direction of intent, that is so clearly defined, so finely tuned, that watching the program unfold, one feels the appreciation usually reserved for watching skilled craftsman or artisans at work. Every word spoken, every speech given, every smile, every handshake, every game, every activity - they are created with the same goal in mind - and like a passerby who sees a group of people staring intently in one direction - one is compelled to follow their gaze. That’s the feeling of an NCSY Shabbaton. You are awed by the artistry of Judaism being reduced (and elevated) to its purest, most
basic form - and then transmitted with efficiency and passion by a staff of educators who are masters of their craft Then, there are the faces. The faces tell a story that no words ever can. I won’t even try to describe it. To do so would be to taint the purity of the experience. You simply must see them for yourself. In the middle of Zemiros or Bentching, during Havdalah, these faces tell the story of a little spark, and how it has somehow managed to survive the very worst that history has thrown at it. NCSY cradles that spark, in cupped caring hands, and gently blows and wills it to life. The spark glows into an ember. The ember flares, and soon flames are burning brightly. The many advisors I met who were themselves, the product of NCSY’s transformative process, bear that testimony well. I feel privileged to have been there to see this, to experience this; to know that it exists is a comfort and I have been changed as a result of my time there, as well. Like I said. At an NCSY Shabbaton, it is very easy to believe. Yaakov Gold was the Licensed EMT at New York NCSY’s Spring Regional Shabbaton in Camp Romimu, May 27– May 30. Gold, a Brooklyn native was just introduced to NCSY. For more information about the work that NCSY does, please call (516) 569-6279 or email email@example.com.
AIPAC and back By Sandi Stanger I just returned from Washington, having attended my first AIPAC Policy Conference. This year’s event was the largest yet, with 10,000 delegates participating. I was incredibly proud to be one of these delegates, and overwhelmed by the strength and diversity of the proIsrael movement. Among the attendees were Jews and non-Jews, both religious and secular, African Americans and Latinos, students and professionals, all there for one reason – to support Israel and keep her safe. The theme for this year’s conference was “U.S. and Israel: Better Together.” The lineup of speakers was impressive, including President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senator Bob Casey, Senator John Thune and former Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar. Each one of them discussed how critically important the U.S.-Israel relationship is and reaffirmed our commitment to stand together and defend Israel, and her right to exist in peace and security. I was fortunate to attend a special reception where members of Congress mingled with AIPAC delegates prior to the Gala Dinner on Monday evening. I was inspired by the outpouring of support from members of Congress. There were 67 Senators and 286 members of the House in attendance, creating the largest gathering of Congress outside of Congress. When 10,000 people stood up, in a room so large it could hold the Washington Monument on its side, and sang Hatikvah in unison I was brought to tears by the experience. When Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the crowd, citing the common values that bind the United States and Israel, he was met with thunderous applause and numerous standing ovations. Netanyahu described Israel as “the crucible of our common values,” where Muslims enjoy full democratic rights and Christians can fully and freely practice their faith, and he proclaimed that “Israel, and only Israel can be trusted to ensure the freedom for all faiths in our eternal capital, the united city of Jerusalem.” He urged everyone to recognize the basic truth that “Israel is not what’s wrong with the Middle East. Israel is what’s right about the Middle East.” The one thing that most surprised and disturbed me about the conference were the protesters outside the convention center and on Capitol Hill, the majority of whom were Neturei Karta. Being inside the convention center at AIPAC, it is easy to be lulled into the false sense that the entire world, especially the Jewish world, is pro-Israel, but all you have to do is step right outside and be confronted with these protesters and that illusion is shattered immediately. The presence of the protesters, who carried signs with slogans like “RecoverContinued on page 17
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Our America and Pollard
e are judged not by how we treat our kings and the elite of our society, but rather how we treat our prisoners. The case of Jonathan Pollard was, at first, a Pollard problem, then it was a blemish on Israel, and now it has become a United States travesty of justice. There are those who know nothing of Pollard. There are those who quip, “He must have done something really bad.” And there are those who understand the great deep anti-Semitic act that continues to spit not only on Pollard but it arrogantly spews out onto every Jew. As Russian spies in the U.S. are sent back to their homes in Russia within hours of capture, and as Israel has negotiated the release of thousands of terrorists from its prisons, and as GITMO inmates are sent to the Bahamas with U.S. dollars in their pockets, and as murderers, pedophiles and rapists leave U.S. jails, one Jew sits in an American maximum security prison for 26 years. For those in the religious community who know the details of the placid offense, the remorse and the prominent pleas for pardon, it is the most boring spy novel that drones on. The very name Pollard could bring a yawn to the mantra at religious gatherings and it’s a footnote throwaway line at a rally for something else. But we should not discount for a moment the grav-
ity of the offense on each and every Jew who thinks he is entitled as an American to equal justice by the law that governs the rest of the society of this country. The case of Jonathan Pollard is a story about the Unites States of America. We request his pardon not as Jews and not as supporters of Israel. We demand his release as citizens of this democracy. It is the same democracy that the world speaks and screams of from Eastern Europe’s broken down wall to the recent Middle East spring. It is democracy that upholds the same law for all its populace equally without excuse. We want Pollard out because we are Americans. Jonathan Pollard’s continued captivity holds our America hostage. There is an equitable set time of detention for an individual who commits a non-violent crime against his country. What is the sentence for a nation that commits treason against all its citizenry for its failure to carry out justice without prejudice? Pollard’s indiscretion did not abate our country’s welfare, but by our America allowing him to languish for decades in prison most certainly diminishes this nation’s very essence, strength, foundation and security. The release of Pollard would be the epitome of all that is good and great about our United States.
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he holiday of Shavuoth is coming and the teacher Rabbi Gevaltsky stands before his class and asks the bochurim, “can someone tell me about any of the Ten Commandments?” The class is silent. The students cautiously glance at one another. A hand from the back of the room is raised. Rabbi Gevaltsky is pleased. “Yes Yankel, can you tell us something about any of The Commandments?” Yankel says, “Arnold Schwarzenegger committed DAVID’S HARP adultery with his maid.” Rabbi Gevaltsky is a bit taken aback, but appreciates the child’s understanding of the sacred Decalogue and its relation to modernity and contemporary events. “Thank you Yankel. Is there anyone else who can tell me about the laws which Moshe Rabeinu delivered from Hashem at Mt. Sinai?” A young man, Shmueli, yells out. “Dominique Strauss-Kahn committed adultery with his maid.” Before Rabbi Gevaltsky could even comment, Baruch from the front row says, “John Edwards committed adultery.” Reuben sitting next to Baruch answers, “Governor Spitzer committed adultery.” Yoni yells out, “Governor McGreevey committed adultery.” Joshie chimes in. “Governor Sanford committed adultery.” Mendel jumps David F. Nesenoff to his feet. “Governor Patterson committed adultery.” Rabbi Gevaltsky interrupts, “Now students…” Akiva blasts out, “Senator Kennedy!” The room begins to echo from wall to wall. “Senator Ensign!” “President Clinton!” “Tennessee’s Jeff Miller!” “Congressman Chris Lee!” “Florida Congressman Mahoney!” “Tom Delay!” “Representative Charlie Rose!” “Congressman Bob Barr!” “Indiana’s Congressman Continued on page 6
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Letters to the editor No full disclosure To the Editor: Michael Salamon, whom I generally admire, criticizes the groundbreaking organization Dor Yeshorim based on a system of secular medical ethics. (Re: Knowing the results, May 20) Dor Yeshorim, however, was created under the guidance of leading Torah sages following Jewish ethics. Dr. Salamon apparently wants Dor Yeshorim to fully disclose results to those who submit samples, which would include teenagers. Yet, sages such as Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt’’l, understood that only by informing potential couples of a genetic “mismatch” without disclosing the exact genetic problem would our youth be able to date without psychological ramifications that, Rabbi Feinstein judged, might cause some people to confuse carrier status with harboring disease. The rabbis who helped establish Dor Yeshorim understood what Dr. Salamon seemingly does not: that disclosing the results of such tests to some young people in our community would result in needless psychological distress, and could, counter-productively, hamper the encouragement that parents and schools provide young people in our community to get these important, confidential tests. Anyone who desires more information can,
of course, get tested by any of the myriad of genetic testing centers, where genetic counselors will disclose the results and discuss “options” from a secular ethical perspective. No one should arrogate from his armchair to criticize, on the basis of secular ethics, an organization that was created with the guidance of Torah authorities and has benefitted the Jewish community beyond measure. Dr. Leon Zacharowicz Far Rockaway Dr. Zacharowicz is co-founder of Yarchei Kallah on Medical Halacha, and a member of the Chayim Aruchim project in medical ethics at Agudath Israel.
Borderline offensive To the Editor: I can’t imagine why you would equate Michelle Obama at age 63 to the State of Israel. (Re: David’s Harp May 27) How is the First Lady’s body analogous to the notion that Israel should retreat to its ‘67 borders? Your editorial not only trivialized Obama’s terrible “peace” plan, it also offended both women and those who are concerned with the future of Israel. And why are you picking on Michelle Obama, a woman who promotes physical fit-
ness and good health, she hardly seems to be a candidate for drastic plastic surgery. Oh you were joking? Please stick to jokes in better taste that do not offend your readers. Bettina Kramer Woodmere
Crashing correction To the Editor: Re: Arab truck driver hits Gush Etzion residents (May 24) I was at the accident site last week in Gush Etzion. The Arab truck did not hit the car driven by the Jewish victims. The opposite is correct. For some unknown reason the car in which the Jews were passengers veered out of its lane and plowed directly head on into the truck driven by the Arab. For the Jewish families who suffered the loss, the pain comes from the accident’s terrible results regardless of who caused the collision. However, for the public, truth and accuracy are very important ingredients of responsible journalism. Rabbi Heshie Billet Woodmere Editor’s note: The incident happened on the morning we went to print. We appreciate Rabbi Billet’s first hand account.
Ten modern commandments Continued from page 4 Souder!” “Gary Condit!” “Al Gore!” “Newt Gingrich!” Rabbi Gevaltsky yells over the tumult, “Quiet! Stop! Please! Stop!” The room is again silent. Everyone has calmed down. “Okay children. Let’s just get back to Shavuos. Aside from the commandment prohibiting adultery can someone tell me about any of the other Ten Commandments?” The room remains quiet. Rabbi Gevaltsky pleads. “There are nine other commandments. Anyone? Anything? How about honoring your father and mother?” Shmueli gets up from his chair and stands next to his desk and answers, “I’m sure Arnold Schwarzenegger’s illegitimate son honors him.” Yoni perks up. “Yes, and John Edwards love child probably honors him as well.” The rabbi is at his wit’s end. “Children, I beg of you, let’s talk about the two sacred tablets of Shavuos. Please stop discussing these politicians and their transgressions and personal lives. What about focusing on another serious commandment like “thou shalt not murder?” The class thinks. Shimmy stands up from his seat and politely says, “I think Michael Jackson’s doctor murdered him.” “Okay, forget about murder and adultery, what about Shabbos; can
anyone say something about Shabbos?” Rabbi Geveltsky waits for an answer. Mendel raises his hand. Rabbi Gevaltsky is a little nervous. “You have something to tell us about Shabbos, Mendel?” Mendel says, “yes.” Rabbi Gevaltsky asks, “And it has nothing to do with Schwarzenegger, John Edwards or Michael Jackson?” Mendel replies, “No, not at all.” Rabbi Gevaltsky motions for Mendel to proceed with his answer. Mendel says, “Shabbos is the day that Hashem rested from his creation of the world. And we are told to remember and guard the Shabbos by ceasing to do malachos and by celebrating with tfilos and seudahs and zmiros for all time. And in June 1994, it was on erev Shabbos that O.J. Simpson was chased down the California highway by police after killing his ex-wife who, incidentally, he didn’t commit adultery against and had two children that probably still honor him.
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Opinion Israel: The Obama omissions I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said… “I will accept a Palestinian state.” It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.” Bibi may have made that call, but President Obama hasn’t. In his Middle East address he called Israel a Jewish State… “The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation…. a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people” And he also called for Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist, but he didn’t address the fact that both Palestinian President Abbas’ Fatah party and the Hamas party refuse to recognize Israel as the Jewish State. During his trip to England President Obama made the same omission at a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister: “I believe that Hamas, in its own description of its agenda, has not renounced violence and has not recognized the state of Israel. And until they do, it is very difficult to expect Israelis to have a serious conversation, because ultimately they have to have confidence that a Palestinian state is one that is going to stick to its — to whatever bargain is struck.” Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is a larger issue than simply how to describe the
country. Once Israel’s recognized as a Jewish State the demand for a Palestinian right of return within the borders of Israel is resolved. On the other hand, the supposedly moderate Palestinian President Abbas has always refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Last summer in an interview with German newsmagazine Der Spiegel he said, “We recognized the State of Israel within the 1967 borders. Whether it defines itself as a Jewish state, a Hebrew state or a Zionist state is its business. As far as I’m concerned, it can call itself what it pleases. But he cannot force me to agree with this definition.” These omissions by President Obama in his recent speeches are no accident. If he overtly called for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish State he would be negating the Palestinian demand for a right to return. That’s why he said the “Right of Return” is something to be left to negotiation. “Two wrenching and emotional issues remain: the future of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees. But moving forward now on the basis of territory and security provides a foundation to resolve those two issues in a way that is just and fair, and that respects the rights and aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians.” The President’s Middle East speech was called “bold” by world leaders and American leaders; however the truth is he intentionally ignored the most elementary issue in this dis-
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pute, recognizing Israel as the Jewish State. If the President does not have the courage to call for the Palestinians to make this basic acknowledgement, can he really expect the Palestinians to do it on their own? Without that recognition, none of the other issues can be resolved. Jeff Dunetz is the Editor/Publisher of the political blog “The Lid” (www.jeffdunetz.com). Jeff contributes to some of the largest political sites on the internet including American Thinker, Big Government, Big Journalism, NewsReal and Pajama’s Media, and has been a guest on national radio shows including G. Gordon Liddy, Tammy Bruce and Glenn Beck. Jeff lives on Long Island.
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resident Obama’s recent Middle East speech created much controversy surrounding his call for the 1949 armistice lines (commonly called the pre-June 1967 borders) to be the starting point of any territorial negotiations. Alongside that conPOLITICO troversy, the President TO GO also neglected a much bigger issue, one that neither the press nor the majority of the proIsrael community has picked up on. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined it brilliantly in his speech before Congress: “You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It Jeff Dunetz has always been about the existence of the Jewish state… They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees… My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done.
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n this week’s parsha, we are introduced to the unique mitzvah of the kohanim – their ability to be the instrument through which the people of Israel will be blessed. It is such a unique kind of mitzvah that, with some exceptions, even a kohen who is a known sinner may still bless the people. It is his status as a kohen that carries the day, and pushes aside the choices he may make in his life. This ruling is so clearly in the kohen’s favor that the Shulchan Arukh in Orach Chaim 128:2 suggests that a kohen who opts out from blessing the people, shirking his responsibility at the moment the kohanim are called, is considered in violation of three positive commandments. In Laws of Prayer and Raising the Palms Chapter 15, Maimonides lists six qualities that would render a kohen unfit to bless the people. The following is a summary of the disqualifying qualities – with exceptions to these rules - as presentRabbi Avi Billet ed in Maimonides and the Shulchan Arukh. Reading and Diction: if he cannot recite the words properly, if he confuses letters (alef and ayin, shin and sin), or if he has a ‘heavy tongue’ that prevents words from coming out. A ‘Baal Mum’: who has a blemish, either temporary or permanent. If he has a deformity in his face, hands or feet, or if spittle drips from his mouth when he talks. A person who is blind in one eye may bless the people, though the Shulchan Arukh disagrees. A person afflicted with the blindness or spittle issues may bless the people in his own city, when everyone knows him and is comfortable with his nonstandard qualities. At a time when he has a broken limb, he should not bless the people. A Sinner: If he killed someone or worshiped idolatry. The Rama (128:35) allows a kohen who killed someone by accident, a carcrash for example, to bless the people again after he has done teshuvah. The Mishnah Brurah also allows teshuvah to let a non-accidental murderer bless the people again. [I don’t believe killing someone in war counts as a disqualifier.]
The Shulchan Arukh adds that if he has married a divorcee he may not bless the people, even if he divorces her or she dies, until he makes a vow not to associate in an intimate way with the women a kohen is forbidden to marry. A kohen who is otherwise not careful about observance, one who violates the Sabbath for example, may bless the people. Mishnah Brurah 128:146 reminds us that just because he is a sinner does not mean we have the right to take away a mitzvah that is uniquely for him. Every person can use all the mitzvot they can get, and a sinning kohen certainly can use every mitzvah given to him. Age: Some say he needs to have facial hair, but the Shulchan Arukh says (128:34) if he is bar mitzvah, it is as if he has facial hair. A minor may participate to learn the ropes, as long as there are others present who are over the age of 13. Wine: One who has consumed a “r’viis” (between 3 and 5 ounces) of wine in one shot, or more than a r’viis of wine, may only bless the people after the effect of the wine has passed. Higher percentages of alcohol drinks would apply as well. If the r’viis was consumed in two shots, or if the wine was diluted, he may bless the people. Tumah: If he did not wash his hands, he may not bless the people. Shulchan Arukh adds that if he became tameh to a person who is not one of his seven close relatives: mother, father, wife, sister, brother, son, daughter, he may not bless the people. The law states in Sotah 38a, that the blessing must be in Hebrew. Rabbi Mordechai HaKohen asks, why is this so? The answer lies in the last words of the blessing “And he shall place for you Shalom.” Shalom contains within it all kinds of important connotations, feelings, thoughts, and ideas. As it cannot be adequately translated from Hebrew, it must be stated in Hebrew. May we always find a way to be accepting of the kohanim who come to bless us, who fit the qualifications as described here. May kohanim merit to live their lives in such a manner that the congregation will be pleased to be blessed by them. May they also work on the qualities they can control (tumah, pronunciation, wine, etc) such that they will always be ready to fulfill their mitzvah. Hopefully, as a result, we can all be blessed with the blessing we can all benefit from: the blessing of Shalom.
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in objective terms, a bad day of Yeshiva is better than a good day of work. My fundamental flaw both in the case of the unsuccessful fishing trip and the uninspiring yeshiva day is my failure to appreciate. The concept of a “bad” day in yeshiva shouldn’t exist and wouldn’t exist if I were able to appreciate the underlying gifts I have come to take for granted. And as I have finally started struggling to understand my dad’s message, I started to see that so much of Jewish practice is centered on achieving not quantifiable success but mental success. Last Shabbat, I read my bar mitzvah parsha, Bechukotai, which describes the blessings that accompany adherence to halacha and the pains that come with abandonment of halacha. One of the blessings is that “you will eat your bread to satisfaction” (Vayikra 26:5) In brainstorming for my bar mitzvah d’var Torah, my father and I observed that the ideal in Judaism is not lavish excess nor exquisite quality. Instead the highest material reward is just enough to satisfy. Imagine looking up a restaurant or hotel review, and you find descriptions like “satisfactory” or even “perfectly satisfactory.” To me, such a review would certainly discour-
age me. I would much rather stay at a hotel that went beyond the satisfactory. And yet the Torah seems to suggest a person strive only for enough. That was where the bar mitzvah discussion ended. But what I missed was that the blessing is actually not that we will have bread. Rather it is that the halachic man will find satisfaction in his bread, no matter its quantity or quality. To me, this means that following halacha will instill in the Jew a system of values that will naturally bring contentment. If, at every moment, a person’s greatest priority is family, learning, and chessed, he could not possibly be dissatisfied with his financial means so long as he has enough that it does not interfere with his greater purpose. So that is what Judaism promises—a life in which a bad day of fishing doesn’t exist because the freedom to go fishing is itself satisfying. What more could I want than for fishing failure to be my greatest grief?
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Samuel Fisher grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Maimonides School in 2010. He is spending the year studying in Yeshivat Orayta in the Old City of Jerusalem after which he will attend Harvard College.
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YOUNG ISRAEL OF LAWRENCE-CEDARHURST, located at 8 Spruce Street in Cedarhurst, is hosting Rabbis Eliyahu Bergstein and Yaakov Salomon, who will speak on the topic Rediscovering Ma’amad Har Sinai, serving to inspire audiences ahead of the Shavuot holiday. Light refreshments will be serviced. This free event begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact yweinberg@ projectinspire.com or 646-961-4961.
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KULANU is holding its annual fair at Cedarhurst Park in Cedarhurst. The event begins at 12 p.m. and includes game booths, refreshments, pony rides, and prizes. The Jewish Star is a sponsor, and its editorial staff will be present at the event. Proceeds from the sponsorships will directly go to year-round programs for local families with special-needs children. For more information, call 516-569-3083.
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ISRAEL DAY CONCERT will take place on the Summer Stage of Central Park following the Celebrate Israel Parade. The five-hour event begins at 2:30 p.m. Performers include Avraham Fried, Shalsheles with Shalsheles Jr., Avi Peretz and Ouri Bitton, Jerry Markovitz and Shloime Dachs Orchestra. Speakers include Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon, and The Jewish Star publisher David F. Nesenoff. Dr. Joseph Frager, Organizer; Dr. Paul and Drora Brody, Chairpersons. For more information and sponsorships, call 917-650-5623.
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Shavuos Bake Sale
AVIGDOR’S HELPING HAND, an organization that supports families of orphans in the community, is holding a fundraiser bake sale at the home of Devorah and Uri Dreifus, located at 303 Buckingham Road in Cedarhurst. The sale will run all day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information,
Three Cantors perform
SUBURBAN PARK JEWISH CENTER, located at 400 Old Westbury Road in East Meadow, is holding a concert featuring cantors Eitan Binet, David Krasner, and Steve Shor, who will perform cantorial, Israeli, hasidic, and popular songs. The general admission is $18. The event begins at 7 p.m. For sponsorship and information, call 516-520-5733 or visit www.suburbanparklevtorah.com
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Rachel Kornblau, 12, of Bayside approaches the finish line at the second girls’ fun run at the L’Chaim 5K Run/Walk for Israel on May 29 in Jamaica Estates. More than 1,000 runners, Jewish and non-Jewish, athletes and amateurs, ran through the neighborhood, raising funds for Israeli victims of terrorism.
contact Atara Perl at 917-693-2115 or Devorah Dreifus at 516-319-1955.
Evening of inspiration
MADRAIGOS, an organization offering support for teens and their families, is holding a benefit event at the home of Ephraim and Rena Kutner, located at 41 Lawrence Avenue in Lawrence. Rabbi Eli Mansour will offer insights on the upcoming Shavuot holiday and Eitan Katz will provide kumsitz music. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sharon Gross at 516-371-3250 ext. 3 or email@example.com
CHABAD OF THE FIVE TOWNS, located at 74 Maple Avenue in Cedarhurst is holding an all-night Torah learning session. Light refreshments, sponsored by the Glick family, will be served. The women’s learning event will be held from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Men’s learning will begin at midnight. For more information, contact Miriam Feldheim at 516-295-2478 ext. 10.
Shavuot family party
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CONGREGATION BETH SHOLOM, located at 390 Broadway in Lawrence, is holding its annual Cantorial Concert featuring cantors Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Binyamin Muller, David Berson, Joel Kaplan, Daniel Gildar, and the Beth Sholom Choir. Cantor Eric Freeman will conduct, accompanied by Mimi (Kaplan) Levison. The event begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets priced at $36 and $50 are on a first-come basis, and may be purchased online at http://bethsholom.us/cantorialconcert2011.html. For more information, call 516-569-3600
Sfas Emes on the parsha
SH’OR YOSHUV INSTITUTE, located at One Cedar Lawn Avenue in Lawrence holds weekly lectures on the Sfas Emes commentary on the weekly parsha by Rabbi Naftali Jaeger in the Bais Medrash of the yeshiva. Rabbi Jaeger is the Rosh Yeshiva at Sh’or Yoshuv. The lecture takes place 20 minutes before mincha services every Friday. For more information, contact Yitzchok Halpern at 516-239-9002 ext. 113 or yhalpern@shoryoshuv. org
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utside of Orthodoxy, Shavuot is one of the lesser-known Jewish holidays. In an essay titled “Thoughts on Shavuot” from his book, “Angels for Shabbat,” Rabbi Marc Angel, director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals states quite eloquently: “Shavuot is the festival on which we recall the Revelation at Mount Sinai. It is also a good time to plan for a hypothetical second gathering of Israelites at Sinai – and to think carefully how we can envision such an event as an opportunity to bring us all together. “For the Jewish people to find its spiritual balance, we will need to work on personal spiritual development and purity; and also on strategies that are grand enough to allow all of us to stand toAlan Jay Gerber gether in the presence of G-d. As we observe Shavuot, the anniversary of our receiving the Torah at Sinai, we need to remind ourselves and the entire world that the word of G-d will rule, that justice and righteousness will prevail, that evil will be punished .” Shavuot is a festival that melds together both the praise of G-d and the learning of his gifted and blessed teachings. Once again, one of America’s greatest interpreters of our religious tradition, Rabbi Yitzchok Sender
Rabbi Marc Angel had authored a special volume this time dedicated exclusively to the upcoming festival of Shavuot, titled, “The Commentators’ Shavuos.” [Feldheim, 2011] In his introduction Rabbi Sender sets the tone for this new work with the following observations: “Of the three Yomim Tovim it seems that the least celebrated is the festival of Shavuot. Yet in a certain sense Shavuot is the most important of all the festivals, for it was on this day that we received the Ten Commandments. Why then is there no com-
memorative mitzvah to observe on this holiday, no special food, or other means of celebration? This day certainly called for a festival meal.” Rabbi Sender comes to the following conclusion to this quandary. “When it comes to Shavuot, however, since the theme of ‘Mattan Torah’ is ever present in our daily lives, a special commemorative is not required. For inasmuch as we study the Torah and appreciate it every day as the most precious gift that it is, we are not in need of a special memorial mitzvah on Shavuot.” Among the special scriptural readings on Shavuot is the recitation of the Book of Ruth.. There is a fascinating essay titled, “A Woman of Valor Has Been Found: Ruth Amidst A Sea of Ambiguity”. This eloquent and intellectually challenging essay is to be found in Rabbi Hayyim Angel’s recently issued collection of essays titled, “Creating Space Between Peshat and Derash: A col-
lection of Studies On Tanach.” [Ktav, 2011] In sum, Rabbi Angel contends that “Megillat Ruth is characterized by deliberate ambiguity. Not only are multiple readings possible, but these ambiguities are precisely the vehicles through which the short narrative captures so many subtleties in so short a space. These complexities guide readers to delve more deeply into the Megillah and recognize the religious implications for their own lives.” After you read this essay, you will never read Megillat Ruth the same, ever again. As you go out to shop for your cheese and blintzes, don’t forget about the true meaning of this holiday…..buy a book or two, or more, and learn about the deeper significance of what we are about to recite in shul. You won’t go hungry for this effort.
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Just desserts… of the chocolate persuasion T
he first time I ever ate a molten chocolate cake I was in my teens at a restaurant called Shallots in my hometown of Chicago. The cake was topped with a solid disk of chocolate under the name “Top Hat.” I remember vividly this round chocolate cake the size of a silver dollar and the thickness of a hockey puck. The plate was further dressed with plump berries, chocolate drizzle, snowy powdered sugar THE KOSHER and a dollop of parve CRITIC ice cream all very artfully done. I speared the cake with my tiny dessert spoon and as I did it released a wave of hot chocolate ooze creeping its way over my plate, commingling with the artfully arranged berries. I remember thinking at the time that dessert didn’t get better than what I Zechariah Mehler had just eaten. Here in New York, a version of this dessert is called “The Opera” or “Lava Cake.” There is some permutation of this cake at almost every kosher restaurant in New York. I wrote them off as imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and perhaps the pastry chefs were. Over the years, my palate began to sophisticate causing me to desire a less rich ending to the meals, but all around I saw tables ordering the Molten Chocolate Cake as the
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A dessert known to some as the Top Hat, The Opera and The Lava Cake. undisputed king of the kosher dessert scene. At the most recent Kosherfest, I came upon an exhibit featuring huge plates of molten chocolate cakes that had been made in a factory, packaged, frozen and shipped. These confections were microwave ready. They only needed to be plated and garnished. This chef had been doing this for years and sold to some of the most prestigious kosher restaurants in the business. Learning that nine times out of ten the single most regularly ordered kosher dessert was something you could pull out of a freezer safe box, solidified the all-important question “Is that made
in-house?” I learned that despite the molten chocolate cake regularly being brought in many of the other desserts served throughout kosherdom are in fact homemade. But knowledge is useless if not shared. Here is a short list of desserts and their descriptions that I can thoroughly recommend. Lemon meringue tart at Pardes. This tart is sweet, creamy and refreshing. A perfect end to a meal. I know on very good authority that Pardes’ Chef Wendel makes an amazing chestnut soup with chocolate flan that I have not yet tried but am eager to sample.
Roasted Pear at Prime KO. Roasting the pear caramelizes the fruit’s natural sugar making the depth of sweetness much greater while not being cloying. Served with a ginger ice cream that works beautifully with the dish. Fragole con Zabaglione at Va’Bene. Zabaglione is exceptionally light custard made with a sweet white wine. The body of this dessert is ethereal making for a very light finishing course. Despite its lightness it is very flavorful and is likely the best kosher zabaglione served outside of Italy. Va’Bene also makes a really stellar tiramisu if you feel the need to augment your dessert with something a little more substantial. Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding at Wolf and Lamb. Served with warm apple chutney, this dessert could easily be breakfast. Though it is almost exclusively carbohydrates, I found the bread pudding to be very light and very delicious. Marquise au Chocolat at Le Marais. This is the dish for any serious chocolate lover. It is a mousse cake with a crust of pine nuts and candies citrus accents. The mousse is rich and velvety with just enough crunch from the pine nuts and the citrus cuts through the richness keeping this dish from being overpowering. To any and all reading this feel free to send me your dessert recommendations. Zechariah Mehler is a widely published food writer and expert in social marketing. Follow him on Twitter @thekoshercritic
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My husband uses the computer too much. He claims that it’s for work, but I just don’t buy it. He’s online at all hours and it’s really starting to get to me. I can’t imagine what kind of work needs to be done the minute he comes home from work. I feel like he is just using it as an excuse to not help out with the kids or with the house. I feel like a nag, but I need this to stop. Am I overreacting? -Uncomfortable with the Comp
Dear Uncomfortable with the Comp,
You sure have a reason to be uncomfortable with what’s going on. And just for the record, if you feel like you need to react, then it’s not overreacting—yet. It’s overreacting if you react without consideration for the other’s feelings. You can voice anything that bothers you, as long as you use the right voice (and the right tone, body language and timing to name a few) Start by calmly sitting down with your hubby and telling him what bothers you. Tell him you would like to see more of him. Ask him what steps you can take to bring your hub back into the hub of the home. One way may be to stay away from the computer when your kids are around. Label it “family time.” And then he can model for your kids how to be involved. (“No computer during family time”) Another idea is to
move the computer to a place where it is very visible. This way, he is right there when you need him. Your job is to speak up if you need him. Don’t assume he knows when he’s needed. You can even say, “Do you mind signing off and spending some time with me?” It’s wise to put the computer in a hightrafficked area. Why? Because it keeps the person in check. There is so much out there and this way, a person is more likely to maintain his/her public standards in semi-private. The reason we have to be so vigilant is because a person (either gender) can get hooked on unsavory things after a very short exposure. Studies have shown that exposure in this venue is much more conducive to dependence or addiction than in vivo unsavory sort of things. And we can all admit that the frum word is most definitely not immune to this potent struggle. Healthy, normal people have gotten themselves into a rough state. That’s why you have to set up certain boundaries. If your husband resists the above suggestions, it’s time to be his eizer k’negdo and nag away (well, ok, don’t try to nag) Insist on an open-door policy of the computer room with the screen facing the doorway. Get a filter. If there is further resistance on his part, you’ve got to dig deeper. It definitely smells fishy if he is not able to give a reasonable explanation as to why he will not yield. Wait a while and try again. If he still
doesn’t respond, you have a choice. You can either choose to continue living this way. In that case, give up and resign yourself to the fact that he’s doing who-knows-what. The only thing you will have to do is make sure your ob/gyn is very thorough at your yearly exam. Or you can chose to stand up and not take it. Invite him to join you in therapy. And as an aside, make sure that you go to a licensed therapist who specializes in this area. The non-regulated layperson can be sketchy. Peer-run support groups for addictions can
sometimes result in helping addictions grow, better to find one led by a therapist. If hubby doesn’t want to go, you should start going by yourself. After some time, invite him to a session. Don’t give up. Because this is a big problem, people. -Aviva Aviva Rizel is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice who can be reached at AvivaRizel.MFT@gmail.com.
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AIPAC and back Continued from page 3 ing Zionist” and “Jews are not Zionists” was so disheartening to me – we should all work together as Jews to ensure the security of Israel and make sure that she remains strong for generations to come. We should certainly not be fighting amongst ourselves on this vital issue. The last day of the conference was spent lobbying on Capitol Hill. Thousands of AIPAC activists from all 50 states participated in more than 500 lobbying appointments with members of Congress and their staff. These appointments directly followed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress that morning, and could not have been more perfectly timed. The three items on the lobbying agenda were encouraging our House and Senate members to support U.S. security assistance to Israel - $3.075 billion for 2012, urging Congress to pass new legislation imposing tough new sanctions on Iran and gathering support for resolutions calling for the Obama administration to lead the international effort to oppose a unilateral declara-
tion of Palestinian statehood. We met with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was the first elected official in Congress to make a statement on the Gaza flotilla incident last year. She affirmed her support for Israel’s right to defend herself, saying that its defense is not merely a right but a duty as well. We met with Congressman Gary Ackerman, regarded as one of the staunchest supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship in the House today. He is the author of all three resolutions passed by Congress regarding Gilad Shalit. With regard to peace negotiations, he astutely commented that it’s not where you start from; it’s where you end that matters the most. Attending AIPAC Policy Conference made me feel proud to be an American Jew supporting Israel. Despite the hurdles that still lie ahead in the peace process, I remain hopeful about the future of our homeland thanks to AIPAC and the tireless work it does to support Israel. I encourage everyone to attend the next AIPAC Policy Conference, which will be held March 4-6, 2012, in Washington, D.C., and to see for yourself how wonderful it is to be a part of America’s pro-Israel lobby. Sandi Stanger is an account executive for The Jewish Star.
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The release of Jonathan Pollard, once and for all, after 26 years. Please pardon him, Mr. President, and the Jewish People will remember your benevolence for eternity. The heinous cold blooded murder of the Fogel family in Itamar. The brutal murder of Ben Yosef Livnat the Nephew of Minister Limor Livnat by PLO "Policemen" at the tomb of Joseph The 8 murdered students from the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva who represented the best and brightest of the Jewish People who were gunned down in cold blood. Incredulously, 84 percent of the Arabs of Israel supported committing this heinous Genocide The 63nd Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel The 44th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Six Day Jerusalem's War and the Reunification of Jerusalem Integrity and Unity are the Heart and Soul of the Jewish People The 33rd never to be tampered with or negotiated Anniversary of the establishment of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project / Ateret Cohanim The heroic front line families and communities of Greater Jerusalem including the Old City of Jerusalem, Abu Dis, Yemenite Village and Kfar Ha Shiloach-Silwan The heroic pioneer families and communities of Yehuda, Shomron, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights The heroic and brave families of Sderot who have withstood over 12,000 rockets and missiles over the past ten years – No other nation in the world would tolerate this for more than one day, let alone 10 years The heroic displaced families who lived in Gush Katif and the Shomron who were uprooted from their homes of over 35 years and who still have not been compensated for their sacrifice and devotion The Israeli M.I.A.’s: Ron Arad, Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, Guy Hever, Yehuda Katz, and Gilad Shalit. Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev - the kidnapped soldiers who were murdered The more than 3,000 victims of Oslo since September 13, 1993 The return of our brothers and sisters scattered and lost throughout the world over the past 3,000 years The brave United States Armed Forces who continue to fight courageously and valiantly against tyranny and terrorism in Afghanastan and Iraq. We have not The heroic Israel Defense Forces who forgotten you. continually defend the Land of Israel and make us proud.
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