Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Psychology of Islam

This recent story appeared on Fox News: A Saudi couple tortured their Sri Lankan maid after she complained of a too heavy workload by hammering 24 nails into her hands, legs and forehead.

If you believe this cruel behavior came in reaction to her complaint, you’re mistaking. Much more likely, they overworked her, knowing full well she’d complain, so they could torture her. They pre-planned it that way.

Here’s another story: A 30-year-old suspect shot his 23-year-old pregnant sister ... four times in the head and other parts of her body ..., while she was attending the wedding of another brother.

Would not one bullet in the head or heart have done the trick? Why riddle her body with bullets? Why during a happy wedding? Could he not wait until she delivered?

Such savage behavioral fingerprints typify the Yishmael character.

The Torah first describes Yishmael (Gen. 16, 12) as, “He will be a human-resembling wildness.

The Torah's wording is unique. To my knowledge, it’s probably the only noun-adjective pair Torah reverses, making the two words appear incorrectly inverted. For in Hebrew (unlike English) - the noun always precedes its adjective. The “right” way to say it would have been, “אדם פרא”. Instead, it reads, “פרא אדם”.

Although translation of this word pair from Hebrew to English is awkward, this would be it: Instead of reading, “He will be a wild human”, it reads, “He will be a human-resembling wildness”.

But G-d makes no mistakes. This switchover cannot be dismissed. In fact, reversal of grammatical syntax here is surprisingly enlightening. The noun indicates the essence of this creature's character. First and foremost, Yishmael is a "wildness". This is his core. Wildness is in his marrow. Thus the noun "wildness". And to describe this wildness, G-d applies the adjective‚ "human-like", that is to say, resembling a man.

Let not the reverse-grammar lesson escape you. It tells us Yishmael looks like a man and behaves like a man. That is, he talks like a man, smiles like a man and reasons like a man. But don't be fooled, because - he is not a man. He is a perfect copy of a man; A unique species of wildness that resembles man.

He may behave appropriately and pretend to be your friend, even for many years at a time, but at an opportune time he can comfortably stab you in the back. Such is the essence that defines Yishmael‚ the wildness. Take G-d’s word for it. This beast-specific trait his descendants inherit from him. (I haven't found a commentary's explanation of this noun-adjective word swap; It's my own take of it.)

How do these wild creatures behave? Torah tells us in the very same verse: "And his hand will be against everyone, and everyone will be against him". In other words, Yishmael's breed plunders and kills, spurring victims and potential victims to rise against him in revenge or self-preservation. His aggression is against everyone, including his own kind (e.g. treating their women like they do their goats).

Imagine you live in the quiet countryside. Then, acres away but still neighbors, Muslims inhabit some territory. No more can you find comfort and reliance on the silence or sounds of nature, because prowlers, those who innately bear the thief's imprint, are now roaming around you.

We've all heard of murders committed in "cold blood". But now, more and more, we hear about murders committed in "hot blood". This is the work of these wild ancestors. What difference is there between cold-blooded and hot-blooded murders? He who kills in "hot blood" first tortures his victim. The more agony he renders the more pleasure the Yishmaelite gets. Does his victim's death satisfy his passion? No. Murder for him is foreplay. He might proceed to beat the corpse, disembowel it, burn it or drag the body around, even remove a juicy piece of liver to knead it or sink his teeth into. One bullet to the head or a stab through the heart is never enough for his pleasure. Necrophiliac exultation and indulgence finally brings him relief.

Only Yishmaelites behaves like this. This ancestor, whoever he may be (for not all Islamists stem from Yishmael), can thus be identified.

Islam is a religion of death. Yishmael's is a morbid culture. An imam in Iran recently proclaimed that teaching music is foreign to their culture. On their holiest day they unsheathe their blades and whips - to draw blood. The more blood, the more gory the spectacle, the holier they feel. Their priests and sanctuaries serve as primary promoters of terror. There's no such thing as a "moderate" Yishmaelite.

Their lust for blood generalizes to other wild desires. One virgin's blood is not enough. He lusts for 72 of them. He wants to bathe in blood. This insane passion can drive him even to self-explode in the belief he'll satisfy his foul lust.

Look around, do they have a sense of nobility? Have they any paragons of virtue to emulate? Give them a little room to grow and they'll inculcate their children to hate, kill and die for “Allah”.

Their politics follow suit. They naturally lie and cheat - with a smile. They always seek to rob or destroy. If they breathe, they lie. This enemy you overcome only by obliterating or overwhelming him. For the more favor he accrues, the more kindness offered him, the greater he bloats with conceit and inflates with arrogance and greed (Alter Rebbe, Igeret Hakodesh, 2). As an underdog, he cowers in compliance. We must not allow his brow to rise, for the more it does the more he inflates with craze to dominate and violate. Pacify him and he will take you for a fool.

Many English words derive from Biblical Hebrew. The term we referred to above provides an example. The Hebrew word "Pereh" ("wildness") that defines Yishmael may well be the source of the English word "prey", as in "to prey on humans". Does not the verse describe him as - "always having his hands in everybody's affairs", plundering, torturing and killing them, for which their targets reciprocate in retaliation?

UPDATE: Earlier I had here included some links as evidence to this species' subhuman cruelty. But the analysis should be enough, on its own, to support its plausibility. I removed the links (of immolation, torture, etc.) because I do not want to ruin somebody's week on account of it.

UPDATE: Here's a really fine article about how Muslims and their "livelihoods" affected the early years of these United States, and how Jefferson managed to overcome the Muslim menace.

A Google Nightmare

Google lures millions of users to its free email accounts, always offering more free adjunct services to expand its widening base.

Given Google's bias aligns with leftist agendas, as when they expose sensitive Israeli military locations, as when they contribute big bucks to homosexual organizations, or when they unmistakenly make a "mistake" to change the target of an address they want people should not see, you know there's hanky-panky going on in their boardrooms.

Take their most recent outrageous deception. Someone who searched for Lincoln Memorial this weekend, when conservative Glenn Beck organized a huge rally in Washington, something liberals detest, ended up viewing the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial instead. (See story here.) A small technical glitch, right? They didn't want people to either see or know how to get to this meeting place.

Given their liberal persuasion, the "It cannot happen over here" scenario can very well happen, here in America, in an instant. This "Emergency Control of the Internet" bill Hussein Obuma wants to pass (in a hurry of course), to give him free reign over the internet - could play itself out one quick day - something like this:

The sinister White House regime, under the guise of some arbitrary cause, will suddenly decide to suspend Gmail, to seize and "investigate" email accounts. Google's Gmail of course has all the passwords. All personal access to your "free" email accounts will be temporarily frozen. And who knows what other key data individuals store in their Google accounts, such as in contact lists, filters, settings, chat histories, spreadsheets, documents, shared data, etc.

This frightening scenario could even sprout on foreign soil. Who is so bold as to think Arab money would not finance such a splendid opportunity to "jeehad" America?

The "Palestinians" or Iranians, or some other sheikh assembly, contemporary counterparts of the historical Phillistines, seek to cut off Sampson's hair as this giant slumbers. And when America wakes up - it may well be too late! Delilah, co-conspirator of the biblical tale, shared Sampson's residence; She was working to destroy - from within; Then she divulged his secret.

Here in America we also have an evil force working to destroy her - from within. (E.g., Obuma's putting out ads to attract workers willing to fish out dissenters; See On Facebook, MySpace? Obama's got your e-mail). It would not take too much for another huge "liberal" proponent, of which there are unfortunately many, to commingle with and join this conspiracy.

Like a silent constrictor, silently coiling around us to suffocate us, as we continue to think positively and take little heed ... zzz ... zzz ....

UPDATE (11/12/10): "Watchdog wants probe of Google's 'unusually close' ties to Obama" (Link)
UPDATE (12/21/10): "FCC Gives Government Power to Regulate the Web" (Link)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Revisiting the Challenge Confronted at Mount Sinai, Day 40

The events that led up to the Golden Calf affair we find documented in the Gemora (Shabbos 89a). Briefly, although the Jews disbelieved Moses had died, and insisted whatever Moses said will be - will be, Satan's final ploy succeeded. He showed them the body of Moses in a coffin among the clouds, creating for them this optical illusion. It worked, and most of them were persuaded or silently acquiesced to create the Golden Calf.

The essence of this sin was, that they followed what their eyes perceived rather than what the leader of the generation spoke.

Torah instructs we must heed the words of a Jewish sage, even were he to tell you, "Right is left, and left is right," i.e., even if what he says contradicts what your eyes are telling you (Rashi: Deut. 17, 11). And if to this extent we must obey a sage or judge, obedience to the leader of the generation is that much more certainly mandatory.

The Arizal (Shaar Hagilgulim-Introduction) explains why the last generation in the Era of Exile, in which Moshiach will debut (that's us!), will be the reincarnation of those souls from the generation of Moses who lived and died in the desert. That is to say, our generation of Jews are the same souls who sinned at the Golden Calf event.

Why? Because we have yet to rectify our past behavior by the Golden Calf; We have to withstand the same challenge we were faced with back then; We have to pass the same test that back then we failed.

Maimonides explains how a Jew achieves rectification of a sin he committed (Tshuvah 2, 1). He must confront the same situation he first failed at, but this time pull through with success against this same challenge. This success rectifies the failure suffered in the previous confrontation.

Similarly with our generation. Back then, when "we" failed in the desert, we could not enter The Holy Land, and only the next generation under Joshua's leadership held that merit. This time around, once we pass the same test we faced in the desert, we'll finally rectify that sin and thereby merit the privilege of ushering in and entering into the Era of Redemption.

How do we pass this test this time? By not letting our eyes sway us against the words spoken by the leader of our generation. Like then, Satan sets up for us an optical illusion strongly suggesting our leader has died and his claim that the "redemption has arrived" is a fallacy. We must not be swayed; We must hold fast to the Rebbe's spoken words and trust in them and believe him, despite what our "natural" or "common" senses tell us.

If a critical mass of our brethren holds strong to the Rebbe's prophecy, we'll soon be dancing together with Moshiach in Jerusalem!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

At the Threshold of Israel's Final Redemption; I

Rabbeinu Bechayei, who completed his commentary on the Torah in 1292, draws a parallel to what happened in Egypt, before the Jews made their exodus, to how it will happen in our times, before Jews make their final exodus out of the present exile.

Those events prior to the first exodus, he says, will replay themselves prior to the final (our generation's) exodus (Shmot 5, 32).

In Egypt, after Pharoah was told by Moses "Let my people go", the Jews suffered a worsening of their work load, as well as an aggravation of the hate aimed at the Jews.

Similarly will happen to the final generation of Jews in exile. They will be told of their pending redemption, only to find, paradoxically, their miseries will have multiplied, and hatred of them will increase.

Moreover, just as Moses, the bearer of the redemptive message, disappeared for a spell, and thereafter reappeared on to the scene, so too will happen in the final era. (We saw this same pattern occur under our noses. The Rebbe, in 1990, announced to the Jewish people, as did Moses 3,300 years earlier, "The time of your redemption has arrived!" Then, following his disappearence, the Jewish travails continue with greater zest and wider participation. Just look at the anti-semitism aroused across the world, no matter how much Israelis bend over backwards to appease their foes.)

And just as Moses, the first redeemer, appeared, disappeared and reappeared, so too will Moshiach, the final redeemer, make his appearance, disappear, then reappear to execute the redemption. The act of disappearance will, in and of itself, strengthen the resolve of Jew-haters, as it did the first time in Egypt, when Moses slipped out of Egypt to go temporarily to the land of Midyan.

This parallel between the first and last exodus the prophet Michah (7, 15) refers to: "As in the days of your exodus from Egypt, will I show you miracles [in the days of your final redemption]."
The Right to Build - Hussein's Hypocrisy

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Veil of Nature

Everything - all that is and all that happens - is a miracle. We just don't see it as such, nor appreciate the experience for what it is, because we grew accustomed to it. We take things for granted. It all appears "natural".

Take wheat, for example. We get bread from the earth. Were bread to fall from heaven, like rain - now that we'd think is a miracle. But wheat coming up from the soil - well, that's just "Nature".

If a man with 3 eyes would walk past you, you'd gawk. But a 2-eyed man, well that's "natural"; There's nothing unusual about that.

Nature, however, is but a veil to hide G-d. (See "Hide & Seek - Not Just for Kids"). By virtue of its constancy, its unchanging monotony,
G-d has created a means by which to hide Himself.

The flawless constancy of Nature - this very feature is the perfect means by which G-d successfully hides Himself. It gives the mind the illusion as if these phenomena have a life of their own - their own perpetual, non-faltering mechanism that drives them, with their own timings and their own rules.

If Nature's veil were to become transparent, it would be clear G-d runs the universe. As long as we remain in the present Era of Exile, this illusion will prevail. The future Era of Redemption will render things differently to our senses. Perhaps a 5th dimension, or the sequestered light from Day 1 of creation, will illuminate things for us - but, however it will happen, we'll sense tangibly the divine truth behind what until then has been concealed from us.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

G-d's Marriage with the Jewish People

The very first law that opens the Tractate of Divorces deals with the unusual case of delivery of a divorce from a husband who is overseas. Why did the great sage, Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi, open this tractate with this rarity, when a more common law would seem appropriate?

We know from many sources, the event at Mount Sinai sanctified the Jewish people (the "bride") via their engagement to G-d (the "groom"). For this reason, e.g., when Jews make blessings prior to certain observances, they say, "Blessed are You, G-d, ... Who sanctified us with your commandments ...." The entire book of Song of Songs has this metaphor as its subject.

Then came the successive destructions of the two temples in Jerusalem, followed by the exile of the Jews from their land. This era, therefore, represents the divorce by G-d of the Jewish people, which continues to this day.

It is also taught that the future's Era of Redemption, which Moshiach's arrival will debut, will consummate the former act of marriage.

Wait a minute! Wasn't the engagement broken?

A ironclad law of divorce asserts a divorce must originate in and leave the domain of the husband and arrive into the domain of the wife - for that divorce to be considered valid.

But if we speak of the bond between G-d and the Jewish nation, how can a divorce of the Jewish people be valid if the document must leave the domain of the groom, for Whom the entire universe is His territory?

In fact - it can't. No breakup ever took place. It only appeared as if G-d divorced the Jews. As long as a temple stood, ten daily miracles therein could be seen and G-d's presence could be felt. Once the temple was destroyed, daily miracles vanished and Jews felt estranged, especially so when they suffered banishment from their land, and especially so when they suffered oppression at the hands of their host countries. But G-d remained true to His original vows, albeit covertly.

This is exactly the point made by opening the Tractate of Divorces with the case of a husband that sends his wife a divorce from overseas. "Overseas" represents a distant place, just as G-d had made His presence appear distant from the Jewish people. Moreover, "overseas" implies a sea of separation exists, to symbolize a distance so vast as to appear insurmountable.

Nevertheless, as it says in Isaiah (50, 1), "When you went into exile, where is your mother's divorce document she received from Me?" In other words, there never was one. Had G-d been disgusted with the Jews, the banishment from the temple and from Israel indeed would have been everlasting - for in a case of disgust, divorce is final. But in this case banishment came from anger at having been insulted. In time, Jews could have remorse and repent, for which they can then be forgiven.

This then is the intimation of this Tractate's first law. It represents a relationship wherein the distance, which from our perspective appears as an insurmountable separation, will, in fact, in the final era, be removed, past improprieties will be wiped clean, and a stronger and enduring union will resume.

Which, by the way, is why Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi arranged for the Tractate of Marriage to follow the Tractate of Divorces, to symbolize this final, eternal marriage of G-d with His Jewish people.

Dolphin's Solitaire - The Wonders of Hashem

A previous post, The Biggest Beasts of Land and Sea, showed a most remarkable behavior of Humpback Whales while feeding. This one, no less remarkable, shows dolphins playing at - you have to see it to believe it!

(And if you haven't seen this exhilarating "race" between a huge dolphin pod and two boats, watch here.)

(But if you want to see how a huge pack of dolphins run into a "roadblock", watch here.)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Islam's 4G War

Profiling must be part of our war's protocol. Political correctness is suicidal. This war is for real. The left makes it out to be illusory. Just like the Obama nightmare is real, this war against Islam is real. See this film to learn their strategy. They are using "4th Generation Warfare". We must fight this war and win. Some Western countries, like England, are gasping their last breaths. A Briton made this film. Wake up and fight back today to save America. Let's not wait until it's too late. (See a previous post about Muslim demographics, here.)
G-d, please bless America.

Why Gush Katif Stills Matters
by Moshe Dann

The expulsion of 10,000 Jews from their homes five years ago was not a localized event in the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. It was a national implosion, a national disgrace. It caused enormous physical, psychological, social, cultural, military and strategic damage to the entire nation – and still does. Like an ecological disaster, its foulness still seeps through our foundations, and continues to poison us.

Undermined by enforcing a political agenda, the entire political system, the media and judicial institutions refused to act responsibly. Basic civil and human rights of Jews were abandoned. Those responsible for welfare and proper compensation misled and lied; led by Sela, the Disengagement Authority, our country was in denial. Our own political and many spiritual leaders – those for whom we voted, in whom we trusted – failed to organize and prevent this catastrophe. Ministers who disagreed were fired; public debate was suppressed.

The Knesset was impotent and negligent; it did not insist on proper procedures, to which all citizens are entitled; and no one was held accountable.

Our IDF, of which we are part, in which we believed, was brainwashed and turned into zombies; those who refused to participate were heavily punished – a misuse of the IDF which was illegal and immoral.
[Read the rest here.]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Planned Parenthood & Pro-Choice
- The Right Way and the Wrong Way

The wisest Jew that ever lived, King Solomon, wrote (Proverbs 3, 29), "Don't plot against your friend while he places trust in you." Accordingly, Maimonides rules in his book on Jewish Law, "A man must not marry a woman if he intends to abandon her." In Judaic law, the physical act itself between man and woman consummates their marriage. The custom for a canopy ritual has been propagated, nevertheless, to discourage reckless behavior.

Planned parenthood in Judaic terms takes its cue from such reasoning. In other words, planned parenthood begins before conception, and most certainly well before childbirth. In fact, as we saw, planned parenting begins before the union of man and woman. The reproductive act demands responsibility on the part of both parties. This is when the planning must begin.

Leaving the "planning" for a later stage in effect rips away this act's accountability from its proper place. As soon as the original act is removed from relevancy, thereby separating cause from effect, any "planning" from this point forward can no longer be responsibly done, because it's unfair to the baby. Irresponsibility breeds irresponsibility.

Often the term "Planned Parenthood" serves to rationalize away a life; To kill a fetus whose subsequent entry into the world imposes upon the composure of an immature woman who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy, or of an immature man who recklessly pursued lust without considering or caring for its consequences. This cheap use of the term "planned parenthood", where they turn the act of love into an inconsequential factor, thereby flippantly releasing themselves of responsibility to be held accountable for this act - is not what is meant here. Promoters of such carefree standards cannot themselves be trusted for responsible reasoning. Two people behaved in a way to create a 3rd, and now the 3rd is discounted. The act of procreation is trivialized and brushed off as a worthless whim. Life for these people holds no sanctity.

Like the child who brags, "I'm very smart", this latter group calls themselves by the euphemistic term "Planned Parenthood". But this "parenthood" has nothing to do with responsible actions. They often lobby government to promote "Pro-Choice" legislation. Here too they stick to their immature ways.

Woe to the young woman who falls for the "sympathy" of these promoters, for they only support their own agendas and care nothing for the young woman in distress.

What should we advise young women? They need to thoroughly understand the semantics involved. Then they can intelligently separate ethics from politics.

We should tell young women to be pro-choice. Because it's important to make the right choice! And once they make the right choice, they must be committed to it. The choice must be a responsible one, because she must decide between temporary lust versus the potential birth of a baby 9 months later. If she chose temporary lust and overlooked the responsibility of a pregnancy, she'll need to decide in whose hands to offer the little human being - but G-d forbid she should kill the viable life. This fetus mustn't be sacrificed for the sake of a few moments of lust in a passing frenzy of heat.

She should be told, "Be pro-choice. But think hard before you make your choice. Choose to behave as husband and wife would, or, especially if you're still unmarried, wait until you are married. The latter choice is smart and mature, comes with all the advantages and - avoids murder.

"An abortion is murder to cover for an irresponsible choice. Proponents of abortion tell you 'It's your body and you can do what you want with it', they're telling you to behave irresponsibly. Why do they want that? These are irresponsible people themselves who find comfort among others who behave irresponsibly. The more people they persuade to behave irresponsibly, the less their own irresponsibility stands out. When they say you should have 'freedom' to do what you want with your body, they purposely ignore mention of the act that made you pregnant, because that act, as far as they're concerned, should have nothing to do with what happens later. The 'free choice' for you to make then, according to them, is to act irresponsibly - to act carefree of responsible choice. They like to promote promiscuity and spurn a marriage partnership.

"If you still believe those who want you to go ahead with an abortion are intelligent people of integrity, at least discuss with them the responsibility that comes with making that choice; Ask them about the few moments of lust and whether the trade off is worth the life of a newborn baby. Listen closely and see how little they value morality. Their only emotional attachment to sacrificing your baby is their own political views - which really has nothing to do with you."

Jewish Mother and Four Children Rescued from Arab Village

This good rabbi (a"h) had said that contributions to Yad L'Achim fulfill the mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim. Here's another story of this wonderful group of dedicated people.

Yad L’Achim has pulled it off again. The anti-missionary and anti-assimilation organization was able, within hours of receiving word of a Jewess trapped in an Arab village with her four children, to rescue the five and find them a safe haven outside Israel.

The story began just a week ago, when a tearful man arrived in Yad L’Achim offices in Bnei Brak on Tue. evening and asked to speak directly with the director, Rabbi Shalom Dov Lifshitz. He explained his sister married an Arab several years ago, but was now trapped in his village somewhere in Palestinian Authority-controlled area, prevented even from leaving her house.

Yad L’Achim has faced this situation many times in the past, and a task force was quickly set up to collect the necessary information and determine a plan of action. The one opening seemed to be that the next day, Wednesday, she had been granted special permission by her Arab husband/master to leave for a one-time, important purchase – but only with three of her children; one of them was to be left behind in the care of a local Arab woman, to ensure that she would return.

The only thing that Yad L’Achim is willing to say about the rescue effort is that “miraculously, the woman and all four of her children were rescued.” How this occurred is not being publicized, for fear of jeopardizing future rescues of this nature. “All I can say,” said Rabbi Lifshitz, “is that there were miracles of people seeing and not seeing, and things were done that should normally have aroused attention, and with G-d’s kindness, everything transpired successfully.”

The woman and her children were taken to the nearest checkpoint, and with the help and cooperation of “local elements,” they were brought into area under Israeli jurisdiction, and from there, to a secret apartment.

The first meeting between the woman and her brother was “very emotional,” Yad L’Achim sources understated. “The woman used to be religious, but then something happened, and she actually ended up registering herself as a Moslem. But one of the first places she went after the rescue was to the Western Wall… and her brother, who initiated the rescue, has now begun to put on tefillin as a result of what happened.”

The Rabbinical Court in Tel Aviv was also consulted, and after the judges quickly ascertained that the woman had returned totally to Judaism, they signed a certificate to this effect – and the woman and her young children were sent on a plane to the waiting arms of Yad L’Achim representatives in South America. “Do you think her Arab husband is sitting quietly?” Rabbi Lifshitz asked. “I can assure you that he didn’t sleep last night, looking for her, so that he can restore her to her captive, tortured status. She is now somewhere where he can’t find her.”

Asked how long she will have to remain in South America, Rabbi Lifshitz said, “This is very hard to know. It depends on many factors, and each case is different... The same is true with the children; their acclimation depends on whether they know Hebrew, if the mother told them they are Jewish, etc. Each case and each person is a world unto itself. Though we had many miracles in this case, the real story is just now beginning.”

“We must not forget all those precious Jewish souls who are still imprisoned against their will and against their conscience in various Arab villages,” Rabbi Lifshitz said. “We must use all the legitimate means at our disposal to bring them from darkness to light.” - (

Monday, August 09, 2010

Decoy Jews in the Netherlands

“Decoy Jew” is a new phrase in the Netherlands. Jews are no longer safe in major Dutch cities such as Amsterdam. Since 1999, Jewish organizations in the Netherlands have been complaining that Jews who walk the Dutch streets wearing skullcaps risk verbal and physical attacks by young Muslims. Being insulted, spat at or attacked are some of the risks associated with being recognizable as a Jew in contemporary Western Europe.

Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young Muslims spat at them, mocked them, shouted insults and made Nazi salutes. “Dirty Jew, go back to your own country,” a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew. “It is rather ironic,” the young man commented, adding that if one goes out in a burka one encounters less hostility than if one wears a skullcap.

In an effort to arrest the culprits who terrorize Jews, the Amsterdam authorities have ordered police officers to walk the streets disguised as Jews. The Dutch police already disguise officers as “decoy prostitutes, decoy gays and decoy grannies” to deter muggings and attacks on prostitutes, homosexuals and the elderly. Apparently sending out the decoys has helped reduce street crime. The “decoy Jew” has now been added to the police attributes.
Read the rest here.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Divine Sanction of Simple Laws

The spectacularly awesome pomp that accompanied the presentation of the Ten Commandments led to what appears at first glance as an anticlimax - such simple rules as "Don't steal" and "Don't kill". Without such rules a community could not exist or function, let alone thrive, so what necessitated this amazing show of divine power as a backdrop for receiving a society's most basic moral standards? Wouldn't just plain common sense require them?

Our sages explain that G-d thereby demonstrated that morality cannot be upheld unless belief in The Creator is coupled with it. Without belief in divine commandments, the resulting morality cannot sustain itself and is inherently unjust.

Man cannot compile a sustainable set of moral values using his own intellect. World history is littered with nations that rose and fell because of their corrupt moral codes. Sparta reasoned it wise to eliminate weak or handicapped children to ensure a powerful army and healthy society. Eskimos eliminated their elderly and sick so these not be a drain on the rest of them. The Germans figured it appropriate to erase from existence all "inferior" human species. The once-mighty Soviet Union reasoned that atheism was paramount, because religion only squanders human resources. There were moral codes that incorporated maltreatment of women, slavery, perverted sexuality, human sacrifices, population growth restrictions, etc., all emanating from and relying on the "wisdom" of man.

Just to give another example of non-Torah "wisdom" - the Guardian on Aug 4/10 reported that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that music is “not compatible” with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.

Each of these societies could have rationally defended their morality. So how do we know they were wrong; How can we conclude for sure they were immoral, frightening and even criminal?

Because we have the one solid foundation of truth to rely on - the Torah. In Torah, G-d gives us the truly moral codes, and based on these we know what's right and what's wrong, what's virtuous and what's not.

Any society that fails to ground its morality in belief of The Creator is likely to adopt standards of cruelty and murder. Or, they can even swing in the opposite direction, over-sympathising with some of its populace at the expense of others. This latter phenomenon we witness in Israel today where a secular government deals favorably with its Arab citizens and Arab neighbors at the expense of its religious Jewish nationalists. They actually prefer the likes of murderers and terrorists, bereft of the image of G-d, over their own brethren. This is what can happen when morality relies on human intellect that's not anchored in the word of G-d.

So why do we need an overwhelming show of divine revelation for something as simple as "Don't steal"? Because the human mind can be deceitful and tricky; It can easily rationalize the means to its intended end. It'll figure out how theft is not really stealing, just a short-term loan. It might reason that we an take a little bit from the rich for the benefit of the poor. Maybe the rich wouldn't miss it in the first place. Maybe it's stealing only if he discovers it's missing. The cache of excuses is endless.

This is why also the simple rules of "Don't kill" and "Don't steal" were delivered under a compelling divine aura. People had to know these "simple" rules carry the same significance and demand the same zeal as intricate commandments. There should be no room for intellectual interference. These simple commandments hold the same weight as all the others. Submission to the yoke of heaven tolerates no biases. All laws, no matter how profound or how superficial, are divinely inspired and, as such, define the rules of morality.

Judge Linda Reade - Justice Perverted

Regarding the Rubashkin Case
by Edwin Black
Chief District Judge Linda Reade both coordinated with prosecutors and acted as judge in the contentious conviction of Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse operator Sholom Rubashkin, according to internal federal documents and court filings obtained by this reporter. According to the documents, Judge Reade personally participated in many aspects of the raid and prosecution “game plan” nearly from its planning inception in October, 2007 some six months before the raid and long before the ultimate trial of Rubashkin before her. Her continuous week-to-week involvement in the organization of the raid and ultimate prosecution was not disclosed to defense counsel or a House Judiciary Sub-Committee during hearings on the matter. Ultimately, Judge Reade sentenced Rubashkin to 27 years imprisonment for financial crimes related to the original immigration case. That sentence was two years longer than requested by prosecutors and startled many legal experts as inexplicably harsh.

The revelations have caused Rubashkin’s attorneys, Nathan Lewin and Alyza Lewin of Washington D.C. and Guy Cook of Des Moines, to file emergency court papers this morning demanding a new trial and the immediate recusal of Judge Reade. While the motions have been filed in Judge Reade’s court, they ask her not even to rule on the motion and instead “to transfer this motion to another judge for determination” in order “to preserve public confidence in the impartiality of the judicial system.”
Read the rest here.
UPDATES: Follow-up articles here, and here.
UPDATE: Jan 8, 2011 - here. UPDATE: Jan. 27/11 here.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Psychology of Jewish Desertion
- And Its Therapy

Before Jews made their premiere entry into the Holy Land, they had to dwell in a desert for several decades. This prerequisite served to remedy their deficient mentality, after which they could dwell in the Land of Israel with a proper spiritual disposition. Today too, before Jews will enter, with a befitting attitude, into the utopic Era of the Third Temple, they must shed some soiled psychic garments in their state of exile, the counterpart of the physical desert.

The desert represents a place where settlement is innately unnatural for the Jew, as opposed to Israel, where Jewish settlement is wonderfully natural. Similarly, the state of exile is an unnatural time for the Jewish people. But it necessarily precedes the Era of Redemption, the perfect time for the Jew, in order to purify the Jewish spirit, by bringing to eventual rejection the "exile mentality", which many Jews still cling to today for lack of final refinement.

Just which "exile mentality" must we abandon? By describing the uninhabitable desert, the Torah draws a parallel to its exile counterpart. The desert, says the Torah (Deut. 8, 15), is: "… vast, awesome, with snakes, serpents and scorpions; It renders thirst and lacks water …."

Each descriptive represents a further stage of the neurosis.

The very first problem comes from seeing the world-at-large as being "vast". This Jew's mind is roused by the largeness of the world (his unnatural area for settlement), and therefore sees his own natural place for settlement (divine worship) as puny in comparison. He is impressed by the expansive horizons beyound his own Judaism. As if the large world "out there" has so much to offer him that otherwise he'd be deprived of.

This typifies the Jew who is the "child kidnapped from birth", in the sense that he never got exposure to a solid Torah education and Jewish way of life. This also typifies the Jew who subscribes to any form of "reformed" Judaism, under the illusion that an "ancient" style of worship would rob him of many "modern" conveniences or advantages. This typifies, too, the Jew who thinks the "college routine" is much more important than anything Torah study can offer him.

Actually, it typifies the mindset of the Jew who lacks full pride in being a Jew. The majority of humanity impresses him more than his own Jewish minority. He doubts G-d's supremacy as sole master of the universe, and His people, because "other things" he deems much more important.

This "calculation" of the world's vastness is the first step in falling into his "exile neurosis".

As long as this Jew remains removed from the world's elements that are "bigger than him", he can still operate adequately, whether it's at home, school or shul. But once he grants these majority elements greater control, to the extent that even within his 4 walls they exert a fear, he reaches the lower lever of "awesome". For example, he feels their power and broods, "What will they think of me?".

A further degradation leads to the "snake" level. A snake's poison yields a hot sensation. This suggests the Jew now becomes hotly preoccupied with wordly affairs, while decreasing his preoccupation with Jewish observances. The next descent takes him to the "serpent" level. Serpent in Hebrew means to burn. At this point, whatever little holiness he practiced - he burnt. No observance is left.

The next level down is "scorpion". The scorpion's poison delivers its victim a cold sensation. As long as he was at the "snake" or "serpent" level, some warmth remained so he could use that warmth to revert back to religious practice. But as soon as a coldness to Torah sets in, no energy remains to backpeddle.

The final descent is the "thirst and lack of water". Here, even if he becomes wise to his disillusions in life, he's too far gone from Torah (compared to water for coming down from on high) to realize what he's missing. His soul-searching will not readily bring him to his natural source for holiness and meaningfulness.

How did this series of descents begin? The first step was to consider the impact of the greater world beyond. He got there by forgetting that which we pray on holidays, "You chose us from among the nations ... and raised us up ...". This first "vast" blunder lead him to reach the rock bottom, "thirst and lack of water". Just knowing the illness is already half the cure. The final cure can come when he corrects that first thought process and realizes everything that's great emanates from his own minority's domain.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Our Titanic is Sinking Fast!

This Islamization of America is really getting out of hand. After 9/11/01, you'd think we'd wake up to this growing threat. Instead, the very opposite is happening - and at a dizzing speed. Every day brings a new insult on our senses. (An excerpt from AtlasShrugs, where there're more pictures):
This is NYC on Madison Ave!
A Christian Nation cannot put up a Christmas scene of the baby Jesus in a public place, but the Muslims can stop normal traffic every Friday afternoon by worshiping in the streets... Something is happening in America that is reminiscent of what is happening in Europe.
This is Political Correctness gone crazy !!
This is an accurate picture of every Friday afternoon in several locations throughout NYC where there are mosques with a large number of Muslims that cannot fit into the mosque - They fill the surrounding streets, facing east for a couple of hours between about 2 & 4 p.m. - Besides this one at 42nd St & Madison Ave, there is another, even larger group, at 94th St & 3rd Ave, etc.
This is in New York City on Madison Avenue, not in France or the Middle East or Yemen or Kenya. Is there a message here??? Yes, there is, and they are claiming America for allah. If we don't wake up soon, we are going to "politically correct" ourselves right out of our own country!

Also, I presume, you are aware of the dispute over building another "high rise" Mosque a few blocks from "ground zero" - With regard to that one, the "Imam" refuses to disclose where the $110 million dollars to build it is coming from and there is a lawsuit filed to force disclosure of that information - Just some facts FYI - But then, you have your own troubles with the "immigration" problem and the new AZ law - November can't come soon enough.
"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing." Edmund Burke