Friday, July 03, 2015

What's the Significance of July 4th Falling on 17 Tammuz this Year?

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ בלק תשע״ה
The day before the [regular date of the] Fast of the Fourth Month

Leeba on asked me on Facebook, what I believed to be the significance of July 4, 1776 falling on 17 Tammuz, especially since as far as she knows,...
"July 2 [was] the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress"
Maier, Pauline, August 7, 1997, "Making Sense of the Fourth of July," American Heritage
Well, first off, 17 Tammuz, the "Fast of the Fourth Month" (Zech. 8:19), has historically not been a good day for the Jewish People...
משנה תענית ד,ו
חמישה דברים אירעו את אבותינו בשבעה עשר בתמוז, וחמישה בתשעה באב. בשבעה עשר בתמוז--נשתברו הלוחות, ובטל התמיד, והובקעה העיר, ושרף אפסטמוס את התורה, והעמיד צלם בהיכל...;
Mishnah Ta'anith 4:6
"Five things happened to our 'forefathers' on 17 b'Tammuz, and five on 9 b'Av. On 17 b'Tammuz--the tablets were broken, and the Tamid [offering] ceased, and the city [of Jerusalem] was breached, and Apastimos burned the Torah [scroll], and he set up an image (statue) in the Temple....."

Since the Destruction of the Second Temple, several other calamities have also occurred on the 17 b'Tammuz, and have included:
ד׳תתקצ״ט/1239 Pope Gregory IX ordered the confiscation of all manuscripts of the Talmud. (See Miriam's post at Shearim, elaborating on this, "The Church and the Talmud")

קנ״א/1391 More than 4,000 Jews were massacred in Toledo and Jaen, Spain

שי״ט/1559 The Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted.

תש״ד/1944 The Kovno ghetto was liquidated.

5730/תש״ל Libya ordered the confiscation of Jewish property.
Here is my Esser Agaroth (2¢) response...


Regardless of when the U. S. Declaration of Independence was ratified, signed, publicized, what have you, the thoughts, feelings, and energies, if you will, are focused on the 4th of July.

As I state above, 17 b'Tammuz has not been a good day for the Jewish People, and thus, I would like to suggest that the 4th of July is not a good day for the Jewish People either.

In my opinion, living in the U. S. has given the Jews there as false sense of security, gross materialism, and other spiritual challenges.

The U. S. is a target destination for many Jews around the world, instead of the only true home of the Jewish People, Eretz Yisra'el (Land of Israel). The "American Dream" has caused a great many Jews to be detoured from their only proper destination, now that its gates have been opened to us.

Even now, I see on a daily basis, evidence of how difficult it is for Jews from the U. S. to adapt to life in Israel.

Three gifts were given to the Jews, but only through suffering: Torah, Eretz Yisra'el, and the World To Come.

Life in the U. S. has made them too comfortable, and too used to materialistic comforts which stand in the way of being more open-minded to the fact that not everything, nor everyone, operates in the way they are used from their lives in Galuth (exile).

It is so powerful, in fact, that many Jews do not remember, or do not want to remember, that the U. S., just like any other country in this world, is only to serve as a temporary dwelling place for us, until we are able to return to Eretz Yisra'el, just like Egypt was for us before the first Pesah (Passover) celebration, and subsequent exodus.

This year, we will not fast on 17 b'Tammuz, but rather on the 18 b'Tammuz, as 17 b'Tammuz falls on Shabbath.

While Americans are celebrating their Independence, we will be celebrating Shabbath. Then on they day after that, we will be fasting.

Let's hope that this year, Jews still in the U. S. will wake up to the fact that they do not belong there.

Let's also hope and pray that their realization will not come at the cost of a kick in the pants too difficult to recover from.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Israel's New "Green Line"

ט״ו לחודש הרביעי תשע״ה
תמי מאור 29.06.2015

הוועדה המקומית לתכנון ובנייה בעיריית ירושלים אישרה להפקדה בוועדה המחוזית את ''הקו הירוק'' של הרכבת הקלה. הקו יתפרש מגילה עד לקמפוס הר הצופים- על פני כ-20 ק''מ וצפול שרת כ- 145 אלף נוסעים מדי יום
Esser Agaroth (2¢)Translation:
News: Approved in local committee: A new light rail line from Gilo to Mount Scopus

Tammy Ma’or, 06/30/15

The Building and Planning Committee of the City of Jerusalem approved the submission by the regional committee the light rail's "Green Line." The line will stretch from Gilo to the Mount Scopus [Hebrew University] campus - over 20 km and expected to served about 145 thousand passengers per day (cont.)

Rafi @ Life In Israel thought to write the following on the subject:
The new Green Line in Jerusalem
and once again real life can sometimes be so funny that satire is not even needed.

The City of Jerusalem has announced that it is adding a new line to the Light Rail system.

The new line will run from the neighborhood of Gilo to Har Hatzofim, Mount Scopus, and will be a 19.6km route. The current line, known as the "Red Line", will meet up with it at the Central Bus Station terminal, for people to be able to transfer lines as necessary. The new line will be called the "Green Line".

Really? They are naming the new train line in Jerusalem that goes to Har Hatzofim - the green line? Isn't the name "the green line" already significant, and troublesome, enough, especially in Jerusalem?
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Yaffo Center (King George)
Jerusalem Light Rail Station
Why, I think it’s a great idea that the new light rail line will be called the “Green Line!” After all, there isn’t any other green line in existence that I have ever seen.

I lived in the Shomron (Samaria) for eight years, which is apparently on “the other side” of the so-called “Green Line.” Yet, I never once witnessed this goyshe (non-Jewish) imposed phenomenon with my own eyes. Nor is there any mention of it in any description of Eretz Yisra’el (Land of Israel), nor its geography, in the Torah, ...not ever.

So, I honestly cannot fathom what goyim and misguided Jews could possibly be talking about, when they mention the "Green Line" in the context of dividing lines. 

Even Pseudostinian Authority [PA] President Mahmud Abbas does not appear to believe in anything known as the “Green Line,” either, save for the frame around his delusional vision of a future Pseudostinian, Arab terrorist state.

PA President Mahmud Abbas
Pseudostine without any Green Line, nor any Israel at all

He is certainly not interested in sharing. That's for sure. But, for that matter, neither am I, nor should any other Torah-observant Jew be interested in sharing even one inch of Eretz Yisra’el.

Besides, the name of the new, Jerusalem Light Rail line might even help to take the focus off of that other, mythical, green line.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Egypt's Popular Soap Opera "The Jewish Quarter"

י״א לחודש הרביעי תשע״ה
Arutz 7: Israel Lauds Egyptian TV Show on Jews, then Regrets It
Show tries to overcome local Jew hatred by presenting love story of Muslim man and Jewish woman, but airs hostility to the Jewish state.

Arutz Sheva, June 26, 2015

With scenes of religious coexistence and vintage elegance in a more cosmopolitan era, an Egyptian soap opera aims to dispel prejudice towards the country's long-vilified and nearly extinct Jewish community - but even as it does so it exhibits hostility towards the Jewish state.

AFP reports that "The Jewish Quarter" shows life inside Cairo's Haret al-Yahud district during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, depicting an almost idyllic portrait of a society where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived side by side.

"I wanted to present this cosmopolitanism bringing together all religions" and to "show how Egypt used to be, and how it is today," said screenwriter Medhat al-Adl.

He said he wanted "to break the taboo and prejudice" by presenting "normal Jewish characters," in contrast to the derogatory representation of Jews in recent decades in movies and television shows.

The series initially won praise from Israel whose embassy in Cairo said it was pleased to see "for the first time, Jews represented according to their true nature, as human beings."

The show is openly anti-Zionist, however, and the Israeli embassy later criticized what it described as a "negative turning point" in the series and "attacks against the state of Israel," reports AFP. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Just what we need, another Muslim man (fighting against UN sanctioned, Israeli independence) seducing a Jewish woman into a physically, sexually, and emotionally, abusive relationship!
The plot revolves around the love story of Aly, a Muslim officer in the Egyptian army fighting in the 1948 war, and his Jewish neighbor Leila, an elegant francophone saleswoman working in one of Cairo's upscale department stores, which were owned by influential Jewish businessmen.
And the pathetic, assimilationist, Israeli government lauds it, because it is not as Jew-hating as usual?!

No surprises here.

The Israeli Government eventually does criticize the television series for "attacks against the state of Israel," apparently unphased by the issue of interfaith, romantic relationships.

This is definitely one of those times when I get very confused when Jews, and non-Jews alike, called the State of Israel a "Jewish" State.
One scene shows Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna encouraging supporters to stage attacks, saying: "The war is not only in Palestine. Jihad here is no less important than it is there."
Well, at least the Egyptian producer got something right.

The Excuse America has been Waiting for to Invade Israel

י״א לחודש הרביעי תשע״ה
Arutz 7: ISIS in Jerusalem Threatens Christians
For the first time ever 'ISIS Palestine' publishes fliers in eastern part of the capital city threatening 'revenge' against Christians.

Ari Yashar, June 26, 2015

A flier published by the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization was put up around eastern Jerusalem on Thursday, in what is thought to be the first ISIS announcement in the Israeli capital.

The flier threatens Christians in the area with "revenge," and is signed by the organization "ISIS Palestine," reports Channel 10.

ISIS has been rapidly gaining a foothold in Israel, with dozens of Arab citizens of the state leaving for Syria and Iraq to fight for the jihadist organization after ISIS members took part in Hamas's terror war against Israel last summer.

A cell of the group was nabbed in Hevron in Judea last November showing their presence in the region, while in Gaza the group has clashed with Hamas and repeatedly fired rockets at Israel to spark fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Perhaps as a result of that threat to Hamas presented by ISIS, Palestinian Arab commentator Halad Ameira who is considered to be a follower of Hamas's terrorist ideology told Channel 10 the group should hold talks with Israel.

"A negotiation between Muslims and non-Muslims is something that should be taken into account," said Ameira. "Enemies negotiate when they're killing each other. What is forbidden according to religious law is concessions undercutting the key principles."

Hamas's charter calls for a genocide against all Jews, although unlike the Palestinian Authority (PA) that it signed a unity deal with last year, it tends to pursue its anti-Israel agenda through physical violence rather than "peace talks" meant to force the Jewish state into dangerous concessions.

Ameira claimed that even if Hamas were to sign a ten-year "tahdiya" or temporary lull deal with Israel, it would not be a breach of key principles.

"Jihad is not a goal in and of itself but rather a means to achieve peace," he claimed, asserting that the terrorist violence aiming to destroy Israel was meant for "peace."
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
This report reminds us of the true differences between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah, overt violence vs. patience and trickery, both strategies intending on the destruction of Israel.

But, this is not the reason I am commenting on it. Rather, I would like to suggest a possible connecting of the dot.

ISIS on the Temple Mount
Tip: Jews News
I could easily see the U. S. and possibly other nations "offer assistance" to Israel in battling their "common enemy," ISIS. The United States of America, the defender of oppressed minorities, even if they are Christians.

If the U. S. plays its public relations cards right, it could sell such an operation to both its left-wing and its right-wing citizens. The left would support defending "oppressed minorities," whether Christian or Kurdish, from ISIS, whom it believes is different than other Arabs, particularly Palestinians Pseudostinians.

The right would support a military action to defend Christians against anyone, not to mention the opportunity to bring theoretically Christian forces into the Holy Land. The seeds were already planted by a left-winger, too, Secretary of State John Kerry proposed the stationing of American troops in the Jordan Valley, in order to allay the Israeli Government's security concerns over a nascent, Pseudostinian state's border with Jordan.

Outrage has already been gaining momentum on social media, regarding the violence toward Christians, Kurdish, Yazdi, and other ethnic minorities by the hands of ISIS. The key would be portraying any military actions differentially, depending on the target community.

Before you know it, Israel will be stuck in the middle of the next stage in the war between Esau (The West) and Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims), both with a final objective of stealing our Land, Jerusalem in particular (Zech. 12-14).

With the Israeli Left collaborating with Yishma'el, and the Israeli Right collaborating with Esau, instead of banding together to resist the infiltration of both of them, I am afraid this is going to be a very grueling period in our history.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Arab Democracy Equals Hypocrisy

ז׳ לחודש הרביעי תשע״ה

Arutz 7: Abbas: 'No Place' for Hamas in New Government
PA chairman tells France's foreign minister that any new Palestinian unity government should not include Hamas.

Elad Benari, 6/22/2015

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that any new Palestinian unity government should not include Hamas, AFP reports.

The remarks came on the eve of a key meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to discuss forming a new cabinet. The unity government between Hamas and Fatah collapsed last week as Abbas decided to dissolve it amid a deepening rift between the sides.

"(Abbas) told me this government of national unity could only include women and men who recognize Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement with the principles of the (Mideast) Quartet," Fabius said at a press conference in Jerusalem after holding talks with Abbas in Ramallah.

Noting that those conditions ruled out Hamas, Fabius added, "And that suits us perfectly." (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The U. S. praised elections in the "Palestinian Authority," until Hamas won overwhelmingly.
Emblem of the "moderate"
Fatah

The naive U. S. President and his Government had more egg on their face than ever before. Hamas was quickly demonized more than before (not that I disagree), and the U. S. wriggled out of its "democracy argument," no doubt with the help of news media manipulation.

Mahmud Abbas holds up
his vision of "palestine."
Suddenly, it was not OK for the people to vote for leadership of which the U. S. did not approve. Hamas was feeding its people,...just enough, building hospitals and midrasas with some of the Iranian money it receives. But, it was enough to voted into power.

Those Arabs in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria) who voted for Hamas must not have been getting enough of what they wanted from Abbas's Fatah Party either.

Meanwhile, denial by both the Israeli Government and the West, of the Arabs' desire to take over all of Israel, one way or another, frustrates the heck out of me.


I am no longer willing to say that the West has been naively, or stupidly, trying to hammer the square, Arab peg into a Western circular slot. Rather, the "piece process" (spelled correctly) which has been dragging on and on, and has been responsible for the murders of countless Jews appears more and more as the foundation for an excuse for the West to swoop in to "rescue" us, and occupy Israel in the process,..."for our own good."

Esau and Yishma'el will be going at it with each other, just like during The Crusades, the Gates of Vienna in 1683), Iraq since 1991, Afghanistan since 2001, and every other conflict in between. Meanwhile Persia (Iran) is crouching on the side, getting ready to pounce, and who knows what Russia will decide to do.

Israel will be the center of it all, some of us crying out to The Almighty, while others may still hang on to hopes that the goyim, the U. S., the UN, the Evangelicals, will save us, or even run away.

I have still have faith in The Almighty. But, I do not have much faith in those still hanging on for their dear lives, to the "piece process" (spelled correctly), and to deMOCKratic governments and their often misdirected, military might.

Unfortunately,  I somehow think that even if the Yishma'elites destroy each other with their ridiculously hypocritical deMOCKracy, and take Persia with them, there will still be Jews talking about democracy as a modern manifestation of Torah (חו״ח), and perhaps even about setting up a memorial for their lost Yishma'elite brethren, while others will be finding plots of Land for Esau to move in next door.

I have faith that The Almighty will not let it get that far. However, that may mean an even bigger kick in the pants than we have been getting already, in order for Jews, both on the "left" and the "right," to "get it."

I am afraid that it is not going to be very pretty either. In fact, I am afraid it will get very ugly and messy.

Debunking Israel's "Indigenous Argument"

ו' לחודש הרביעי תשע"ה

There are those on the so-called “right,” who have been employing the “indigenous” argument a lot lately. The "indigenous argument" is that Jews have a right to live in Eretz Yisra'el (The Land of Israel), and to have sovereignty over it, because we are indigenous to it.

I would like to refute this argument, but Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaqi z”l (RaSh”I) already did the job for us almost a thousand years ago, in his commentary on the beginning of the Torah.
אמר רבי יצחק: לא היה צריך להתחיל [את] התורה אלא (שמות יב ב) מהחודש הזה לכם, שהיא מצווה ראשונה שנצטוו [בה] ישראל, ומה טעם פתח בבראשית, משום (תהילים קיא ו) כוח מעשיו הגיד לעמו לתת להם נחלת גויים, שאם יאמרו אומות העולם לישראל לסטים אתם, שכבשתם ארצות שבעה גויים, הם אומרים להם כל הארץ של הקב"ה היא, הוא בראה ונתנה לאשר ישר בעיניו, ברצונו נתנה להם וברצונו נטלה מהם ונתנה לנו:
“Said Rabbi Yitzhak: Shouldn’t the Torah have begun with “From this month, for you…” (Ex. 12:2), which is the first mitzvah which Israel was commanded. So what is the reason that the Torah opens with “In the beginning…?” – Because “He has told the power of His works to His people, to give them the inheritance of nations” (Psalms 111:6). So if the nations of the world would say to Israel, “You are robbers, because you have conquered the lands of the seven [Canaanite] nations!” – they say to them, “The entire world belongs to The Holy One, Blessed Be He. He created it and gave it to whomsoever he saw fit. According to His will, He gave it to them, and according to His will He took it away from them and give it to us.”
The text of the Torah specifically states that not only were we Divinely promised Eretz Yisra'el, but that in order to do this, Eretz Yisra'el had to be Divinely taken away from its previous owners.


יח בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, כָּרַת יְהוָה אֶת-אַבְרָם--בְּרִית לֵאמֹר: לְזַרְעֲךָ, נָתַתִּי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, מִנְּהַר מִצְרַיִם, עַד-הַנָּהָר הַגָּדֹל נְהַר-פְּרָת. יט אֶת-הַקֵּינִי, וְאֶת-הַקְּנִזִּי, וְאֵת, הַקַּדְמֹנִי. כ וְאֶת-הַחִתִּי וְאֶת-הַפְּרִזִּי, וְאֶת-הָרְפָאִים. כא וְאֶת-הָאֱמֹרִי, וְאֶת-הַכְּנַעֲנִי, וְאֶת-הַגִּרְגָּשִׁי, וְאֶת-הַיְבוּסִי. (בראשית טו,יח-כא)
In that day the Lord made a covenant with Avram, saying: 'To your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.' the Kenite, and the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.' (Gen. 15:18-21)

That’s right. The Canaanites were here before us.

Some would argue that the Jewish People is indigenous based its inheritance from No’ah’s son Shem, through Ever, and his descendant Avraham.

But, neither Shem nor Ever was born within the current borders of Eretz Yisra’el. Nor did either of them ever had control over Eretz Yisra’el. Actually, I have yet to hear that anyone has bothered to make this claim.

Incidentally, Avraham was not born in Eretz Yisra’el either. He never had control over Eretz Yisra’el, nor did his son Yitzhaq, nor did his grandson Ya’aqov, who eventually left, and went down to Egypt, although they were all well-respected while residing here.

Avraham purchased a plot of land in Eretz Yisra’el, now known as Ma’arath HaMakhpelah (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hevron. Ya’aqov purchased the city of Shchem, which the Romans called Neopolis, in bastardized Arabic. King David purchased land as well, Har HaBayith (the Temple Mount).

Of course, it is a misswah (Torah commandment) to redeem Eretz Yisra’el. One may even have a non-Jew prepare a document of sale on Shabbath, a day on which Jews are forbidden to conduct commerce. Such was done with K’far Ivri, now Jerusalem’s northern neighborhood of Neweh Ya’aqov.

Eretz Yisra'el (Joshua, Judges)
(Click to enlarge)
A qinyon (acquisition) for the purchase of Land may be made be on Shabbath, as was done in the acquisition of the Haredi Jerusalem neighborhood of Me’ah She’arim. The home of many opposed to Zionism, many are surprised to hear of Me’ah She’arim’s acquisition,…before the arrival of Mashi’ah. There is no conflict here.

The Land is ours, but at this point, we not going to succeed in completing the conquering and settling of the Eretz Yisra’el, through hasbara (PR), and certainly not through the indigenous argument, especially since we Jews are not indigenous to Eretz Yisra’el.

At one point, Arafat ysh”w attempted to claim that his Pseudostinian people were Jebusites, one of the seven nations (Gen. 15:21, Num. 33:50-56), in an attempt to make the same indigenous argument, Jews are trying to make now. But, as soon as he realized that this lie was not working, he quickly changed his tune.

The only, I repeat only, justification for any claims on Eretz Yisra’el by the Jewish People is that The Almighty promised it to us, as recorded in His Holy Torah.

Any beliefs and feelings of non-Jews are irrelevant, and thus so are any efforts to convince them of one thing or another, is also irrelevant, and a waste of time.

Esau (The West) and Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims) both want Eretz Yisra'el for themselves. They all want a piece. The Vatican, the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches, the Evangelicals and Christian Zionists, the U. S., and one does not need to say, the Arabs, all want a piece (Zech. 12-14). Nothing has changed since Esau and Yishma'el fought each other for control over it, during The Crusades.

They only care about their own interests. They certainly do not give a damn about any argument, indigenous or other otherwise, which conflicts with their interests.

And, since we are not indigenous to this Land, rather The Almighty promised it to us, neither should we.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The IDF's Good Decisions!

ה' לחודש הרביעי תשע"ה
David Adamov
(photo: facebook)
Arutz 7: David the Nahlawi' Becomes an IDF Officer
Nahal Brigade soldier who gained fame over arrest after cocking gun against Arab terrorists completes officer's course with flying colors.

Ari Yashar, 6/16/2015

IDF soldier David Adamov of the Nahal Brigade, who gained fame as "David the Nahlawi" last year when he was arrested and then released after cocking his gun when attacked by Arab terrorists in Hevron, became an officer on Tuesday. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Although many have already commented on this news item, I will add my 2¢ worth, as a few significant details seem to have been missed.

David Adamov (AKA: David HaNahlawi) received an unprecedented amount of support, expressed on social media last year, when he was arrested for defending himself.

Here is a video of last year's incident:


The Israeli news media never put as much effort into announcing Adamov's release, as they did when he was arrested, if they put any effort into it at all.

Arutz 7 seems to be the only site which posted anything about Adamov's successful complete of his officers course in English, the language most viewed by the "international community." Most of you know by now, that I try not to cite Arutz 7 if I can possibly avoid it.

So, even though the IDF made the right decisions by releasing Adamov, and by admitting him into the officers course in the first place, the Israeli news media fail once again.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dance, Asaf! Dance!

ד' לחודש הרביעי תשע"ה

This video of Asaf Goren's audition for the television reality show, "So You Think You Can Dance" has already been cruising around the internet. But, I wanted to add my take on it.

While I often criticize being like the goyim, seeking acceptance and validation from goyim, I have to say that one of my weaknesses is dance and choreography. We all have them. You give me a break, and I'll try to give you a break about yours.

Although Asaf Goren is a "break" dancer, there is no pun intended here.

And, no. I do not believe that there is any Qedushath HaShem here, or anything like. However, he is wearing a talith (kosher, fringed garment), which is misswah mid'Oraitha (Torah commandment), and thus a good example to be setting in front of the Jewish American public. Just very good skill, and suitable entertainment for weddings, bar-misswah parties, and some holidays.

Whether you or I like it or not, these kinds of events do have the potential to wake up a Jewish American kid or two to his heritage, and to an exploration and discovery of its importance.


Incidentally, the video also features Paula Abdul. Most know about her singing career, highlighted by her skill as a dancer. But, what many of you do not know is that she is also quite an accomplished choreographer. A Jewish choreographer. Plus, the last I heard, this Los Angeles native was moving in the direction of Shabbath observance, at least to some degree.

When Abdul announced on a televised Chabba"d event that she lit Shabbos candles, I believe that was another positive

Here are some locals, break dancing in Jerusalem, off of Ben-Yehudah Street at "The Chess Board." You will see at least one of these kids wearing a talith qatan, with the tzitzith (kosher fringes) hanging out here, too.

I have to say that as low as we have gotten spiritually, I would rather have my son break dancing on a Thursday or after-Shabbath evening, than doing a heck of a lot of other things, I can think of, and/or that I actually did myself as a kid.

Extreme situations often call for extreme measures.

Terrorist Shooting: Another Strike Against Israeli, "Jewish" Education

ד' לחודש הרביעי תשע"ה
YNET: West Bank terror attack investigation inconclusive
IDF finishes the last of its major manhunt operations in villages surrounding site of Friday's terrorist attack; investigation passed to Shin Bet; several leads being pursued. 
Yoaz Zitun and Itai Blumenthal,  06.20.15
The day after a deadly terrorist attack near the settlement of Dolev in the West Bank, which claimed the life of Danny Gonen, IDF forces have finished their searches in nearby Palestinian villages with no conclusive findings. The center of the operations was focused on scanning the area, and questioning locals from the villages of Kinya and Dayr Ibzi, which are adjacent to the site of the attack. The Army has reopened the access roads leading to the villages. The focus of the investigation will now shift to the intelligence realm, and will be led by Shin Bet investigators. 
A primary inspection of the victim's vehicle shows that the assailant fired at least 10 rounds, four of which hit the car, and ran away. Shin Bet investigators collected 9mm shell casings, which where found near the vehicle, which suggests the shooter fired from point blank range. The casings have been passed on to forensics. Additionally, the investigators had questioned hikers who where in the area prior to the attack...
..Yesterday, an initial investigation of the attack showed that around 4pm, Gonen and his friend finished swimming in a spring, located in a mountainous area between the settlement of Dolev and the Palestinian village of Dayr Ibzi. They drove back toward the main road, and where flagged down by a Palestinian on a nearby dirt road. The man seems to have asked for help, and when the two stopped their car, the man asked "is there water in the spring." He proceeded to immediately shoot them from point blank range, and run away... 
...An investigation of the scene led the IDF to believe the attacker acted as a 'lone wolf', without the support or instruction of one of the terror organizations. This was contrasted however by a statement from a cell claiming to be related to Hamas' military wing, which took responsibility for the attack. The name of the cell is "The Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Isa cell", the names of the two men responsible for kidnapping the 3 teens in Gush Etzion last year. 

In the statement they released, the group said the attack was carried out after a long period of observation at the site, and that one of the groups members waited for the car to approach and shot them upon confirming they where Israeli. The statement continued to say that the group's members returned home safely... 
...The official Hamas response "praised" the attack, however did not claim responsibility: "We and all our people respect the pure hands which focus on resistance, and aim the rounds towards the occupation, despite all the challenges in the West Bank. Israel's crimes won't go without reaction from the resistance."
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Danny Gonen (25) hy"d
It is no coincidence that Danny Gonen hy"d was shot and killed, with Netanel Hadad remaining in critical condition, after their car stopped to help an Arab, on the same day, 2 Tammuz, that the bodies of the three boys, who had also helped an Arab with his car in Gush Etzion, were found last year.

Were Arabs interested and smart enough to look at the Jewish calendar? Probably not. Just the annual Ramadan rampage? Maybe. But, it does not matter anyway. The Arabs are just being used as tools for The Almighty's Will. Unfortunately, we continue to fail to see this, and so do our "rabbis."

Our "Jewish" education system, here in Israel, and around the globe, insists that helping our sworn, lying enemies, is a "Jewish" value.

Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), Gil'ad Sha'ar (16) hy"d
The reality is that "Jewish" values continue to be confused with Western values and sensibilities from galuth (exile), and even projected onto the Torah.

Although we have the Ben-Gurions, Rabins, Pereses, Beilins, and the rest of the Labor Zionist leadership to blame for this. The "rabbis," including those who insist that it is permissible to show kindness to the Arabs in the above manners, are culpable.

The Torah is set aside, or rationalized away, not unlike the so called "liberal movements," and instead, democracy is held in high esteem.
משנה תורה, הלכות עבודה זרה פרק י,א
...ואסור לרחם עליהם, שנאמר "ולא תחונם" (דברים ז,ב). לפיכך אם ראה גוי עובד עבודה זרה אובד או טובע בנהר, לא יעלנו; ראהו לקוח למות, לא יצילנו. אבל לאבדו בידו, או לדוחפו לבור, וכיוצא בזה--אסור, מפני שאינו עושה עימנו מלחמה.
Mishneh Torah, Laws of Avodah Zarah 10:1
...and it is forbidden to have mercy on them, as it is said, "do not show mercy" (Deut. 7:2). Therefore if one sees a goy being lost or drowning in a river, one does not raise him up; one sees him being taken to death, one does not save him. But to kill him by hand, or to push him into a pit, and actions like these--forbidden because he is not making war with us.
The only justification for showing any mercy to goyim within Eretz Yisra'el (Land of Israel), as the Ramba"m states later on in this set of laws, is the belief that יד הגוים תקיפה, "the goyim have the upper hand." If the same "rabbis" above truly believe this, then they should teach us to sit and learn and pray and do nothing else, because we really have no business being here in Eretz Yisra'el, doing a half-ass job "settling the Land."

These "rabbis" wave the flag of the Ramba"n's misswah count, which includes the settling the Land...
במדבר לג
נב וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּם אֶת-כָּל-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם, וְאִבַּדְתֶּם, אֵת כָּל-מַשְׂכִּיֹּתָם; וְאֵת כָּל-צַלְמֵי מַסֵּכֹתָם תְּאַבֵּדוּ, וְאֵת כָּל-בָּמוֹתָם תַּשְׁמִידוּ. נג וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, וִישַׁבְתֶּם-בָּהּ: כִּי לָכֶם נָתַתִּי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, לָרֶשֶׁת אֹתָהּ. נד וְהִתְנַחַלְתֶּם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ בְּגוֹרָל לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתֵיכֶם, לָרַב תַּרְבּוּ אֶת-נַחֲלָתוֹ וְלַמְעַט תַּמְעִיט אֶת-נַחֲלָתוֹ--אֶל אֲשֶׁר-יֵצֵא לוֹ שָׁמָּה הַגּוֹרָל, לוֹ יִהְיֶה: לְמַטּוֹת אֲבֹתֵיכֶם, תִּתְנֶחָלוּ.
Numbers 33
52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places. 53 And you shall drive out the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein; for to you have I given the land to possess it. 54 And you shall inherit the land by lot according to your families--to the more you shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give the less inheritance; wheresoever the lot fall to any man, that shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers shall you inherit.
Yet they fail to pay any regard to the second half of the misswah - להוריש, to remove the non-Jews, in order to complete the inheritance process.
נה וְאִם-לֹא תוֹרִישׁוּ אֶת-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם--וְהָיָה אֲשֶׁר תּוֹתִירוּ מֵהֶם, לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם וְלִצְנִינִם בְּצִדֵּיכֶם; וְצָרְרוּ אֶתְכֶם--עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם יֹשְׁבִים בָּהּ. נו וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּמִּיתִי לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם--אֶעֱשֶׂה לָכֶם.
55 But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those that you let remain of them shall be as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein you dwell. 56 And it shall come to pass, that as I thought to do unto them, so will I do unto you.
Meanwhile,...
(YNET) The defense establishment is not expected to take punitive action against the Palestinian population, due to the free movement in the area, and easing of restrictions for Ramadan, which are meant to continue.
peusdostinian passengers shuttled from Anatot Airport in north Jerusalem, to the mosque on Har HaBayith
Shuttles take "pseudostinians" to Har HaBayith (Temple Mount) to desecrate it for Ramadan celebrations.

How much do you want to bet that murders will be praised during their celebrations?

Even if it were permissible to help goyim in Israel, is it really worth risking one's life for the one or even two goyim out there who do not intend to kill a Jew?

I suppose that for some, it is. Martyrs for the sake of the fruitless seeking of love, validation, and acceptance, from the non-Jewish, "international community."

I blame Israel's, "Jewish" education system, and by extension, the "rabbis" behind it.

So, the next time, you see an Arab on the road, who is thirsty or who needs help starting his car, what will you do?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Renunciation of U. S. Citizenship: The Final Chapter

ראש החודש הרביעי תשע״ה

Disclaimer: I am not an accountant. I am simply relaying my own personal experiences, and what I did. I am not giving tax advice. You would do well to consult a Certified Public Accountant [CPA].*

On Monday, I sent in the last forms to the U. S. Government, I will ever need to send it. At least, I hope this the case. In the spring of last year, I renounced my U. S. citizenship. I did so, not for tax reasons, but for ideological ones. You can about the saga of my renunciation up until now, by clicking here.

As a single person, with only one source of income, and absolutely no investments, nor any other assets, and never more than a few thousand shekels in a checking account and very small pension fund, the forms I had to file included a 1040 (not a 1040A or 1040 EZ), plus the foreign earned income exemption. In my case, this was a 2555-EZ form. I also filed Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report [FBAR], for one year in which my combined bank account and pension fund actually reached above the $10,000 threshold.

To convert your shekel amounts to U. S. dollars, use the IRS’s Yearly Average Currency Exchange Rates Table for current and previous years.

In addition, I filled to fill out an 8965 form claiming an exemption from this for the year 2014. Would you imagine that the U. S. Government was considering obligating U. S. citizens living abroad to pay for ObamaCare coverage, even someone like me, who has not set foot on U. S. soil, save for embassies and consulates, since 1997?

Such hutzpah!

U. S. citizens living abroad do receive an automatic extension of the normal April 15 deadline for income tax reporting, making it June 15. My main concern, though, was the last form I had to file, as one who renounced citizenship in the previous year, was the 8854 form. As far as I know, the penalty for submitting an 8854 form, with a postmark after June 15, 2015, is $10,000, if it is determined that filing late was avoidable.

I might add that the 8854 form was never, I repeat never, mentioned to me, certainly not by any U. S. Government official involved in the processing of the renunciation of my citizenship.

I used to laugh at various individuals, both U. S. and non-U. S. citizens, who have criticized the U. S. for its imperialistic policies. Well, I do not know if I would call the U. S. Government’s far reaching, financial policies toward U. S. citizens, present and former, imperialistic. However, the U. S. does appear to assert control over them for as long as it can. Apparently, among all of the nations of the world, only the U. S. and Eritrea tax their citizens, who are living abroad (Isaac Brock Society).

The U. S. Government can, theoretically, still intrude into my life. Does that sound crazy and paranoid? Is that redundant?

If IRS officials do not believe in what I have reported to them, from what I understand, they can audit me, and request information and even request that my Israeli, as in foreign to the U. S., bank account be frozen, if I do not comply. Quite frankly, I believe this would be silly on their part, since I do not owe them any money, do not have any money, and it would cost them one heck of a lot more to audit and investigate me, than they would eventually be able to claim from me, which would be nothing, since that’s what I owe, and that’s what I have. Nothing.

Of course, if the U. S. Government decides to make an example out of me, as one of those ungrateful individuals who has dared to spend the required $450, now $2350, fee to renounce his precious U. S. citizenship, then they may do just that. But, the U. S. Government would never do anything like that. Or would it? For what? My 2¢ blog? Now, if you ask me, that would be just plain silly.

Did I fill out the forms correctly? I certainly believe that I did. I sure studied the procedures long enough.

Well, there is nothing I can do about it now.

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Israeli Post Office Information:
If you are worried about making it to the post office on time, in order to get your document filled envelops postmarked with a specific date, you should know that the pot office does have branches which are open later than 5:00pm. Agrippas and the main Yaffo St. branches are open until 6:00pm, and the Menta convenience store at the Pat Junction gas station is open until 10:00pm. Make sure to double check that they offer international registered mail during its late hours of operation. I guess people who had previously complained about picking up their mail at a gas station (link) won’t be complaining now, huh?

Of course, if you are really running late, you can always make the trek out to Ben-Gurion Airport, where you will find a branch open until 11:59pm.

I recommend sending any forms and supporting documents by registered mail. This way, you can not only prove that you sent them on time, but you also track and trace them.

*Note:
I have mixed feelings about recommending consultation with a CPA. I feel that I am darned if I do, and darned if I don’t. In order to get things done correctly, and thus keep the U. S. Government off of our backs, it would to our benefit to obtain professional assistance. On the other hand, are CPA’s, in their own way, passive collaborators with the U. S. Government?

Think about it. The more complicated tax regulations become, the more we need them, and thus, the more money they make.

On the other hand, even how supposedly simple my reporting obligations were, I cannot possibly imagine how I could have completed the process on my own, as I did, without the assistance of the two CPA’s who were kind enough to answer my questions without charging me.

Additional Resources:

IRS Out Of Israel

Isaac Brock Society
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