Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gaza Terrorists Training 11-Year-Old Children To Kill Jews

by Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel

"'I am learning how to fight the Jews and kill Jewish children,' said 11-year-old Muhammad, one of dozens of children who have undergone terrorist training in the last few days in Gaza.

“'The parents of the Jewish children are the soldiers and officers who kill us here. I want these parents to get a taste of what it's like to have your children killed, just as the Palestinians experience every day,' said the boy. He and his young terrorist associates have undergone live firearms training, including pistols and rifles, from the Salah al-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.

"A photograph published in Ynet showed a young boy from the training aiming an Israeli-supplied (emphasis added) M-16 rifle straight at the camera, his small frame bent to support the weight.

"...We are preparing these children to fight the enemy, as the enemy does not differentiate between children and adults; (emphasis added) it wants to annihilate the entire Palestinian nation."

I can't even think straight right now I'm so mad. "Just as the palestinians experience everyday"? Are we actually killing "palestinian" children everyday? This coming from people who killed about 8 of our children in yeshiva....

"'I would rather die fighting the occupation than die at home from a missile, which is what happened to hundreds of Palestinian children,' said Muhammad.

“'This is an enemy that cannot be trusted and is famous for breaking its promises. The enemy even killed the prophets; it cannot be trusted,' he said."

Because we shoot lots and lots of missiles at the Arabs, right? Because we break cease-fires 2 hours after they go in effect.

Yeah, that's what I thought...

Whatever, let them think what they want, no one's going to convince them otherwise -- one has got to be pretty dumb and stubborn if he can't see the facts in front of him, or let people show them the facts. And like it says in the hagadah, there will always be people he hate us and want us destroyed. So it doesn't matter what anyone says, they won't care. So we might as well just let them be...Stupid is as stupid does...

For My Savta

For those who don't know, Mrs Toby Schwarzmer, my grandmother, was nifteres (expired) on Friday night at 3 am.

For My Savta
by Tali Schwarzmer

Even though you've moved on, the message is still clear

You loved us with all your heart, even all your soul
You were strong until the end, something i admire
And even though times were hard, you pushed fought your hardest

Even though you've moved one, there's one thing left behind
The Scrabble champ you will remain, always and forever
Cause no one wanted to play again, once you were defeated
We love you Savta, with all our hearts, and that will never die


I haven't spoken to her in a long time, and when I called last week she was too weak to talk on the phone -- Pesh only understood every 3rd word she said last week. So at least I spoke to Saba last week, and he said he would tell Savta I love her and miss her etc. Thank God for that.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mishmeret Chillul HaShem

I was on the bus yesterday, and I heard two people talking in English behind me, saying how they hate religious people -- although I think they meant charedis. They mentioned how they didn't like that people said that they were religious, but they're actions would show otherwise. One example one of the guys said was the mishmeret tzni'us. (the modesty watch) For those who don't know what this is, it's a group of chassidim who, as is in the name, "protect" the tzni'us level in their neighborhoods. Their definition of "protect" though, is not what we may think. Instead of asking and talking nicely to these people (mostly women), they beat them up. I read an article in Jpost this week how they actually followed one woman around for awhile, days or weeks, and then one day they attacked her in her apartment, and told her to leave the neighborhood, or else they would keep harrasing her. She eventually moved, and a few of the chassidim were caught and convicted.

The problem I think is that chassidim think we're in the time of the Beis HaMikdash, when the Torah was actually the rule, not some secular government (notice how they don't like advancment in a lot of things, like clothes). I don't even know if one is allowed to do this according to the Torah (if anyone finds anything, let me know and give me a source), go beat up those who aren't tzni'us. Even if it is allowed, it can't be done by some vigillante, it's by the beis din, the court. We don't have a beis din like that today unfortunately. Today we can't just go around beating up people who don't keep the Torah. It's a huge chillul HaShem (desecration of God's name). Back then, even if it was allowed, there was no problem of chillul HaShem -- it was a Torah society. But we're not there yet. We're not at that level yet -- too many people are not keeping the Torah (wether accidently or not) for this to work.

They just are too blind to see what effect they have on themselves -- and us. This gives Jews a bad name. More importantly gives God a bad name: "What kind of God would tell His people to do this?"

We have to create the Mishmeret chillul HaShem. This has to stop somehow.

Schimmelism Of The Week LXXXI

*while driving through the tunnel on Begin highway in Yerushalayim*

T: What is this tunnel for?
M: Does this tunnel go under something?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

To Swim Or Not To Swim...

Iran Does Backstroke on Competing with Israeli in Games

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

"Several hours after the Iranian National Olympic Committee said its swimmer would compete with an Israeli at the Beijing Sumer Games, the swimmer pulled out of the contest. The Iranian council had said that the competition would not present a problem because the swimmers were separated by five lanes and would not face each other.

"However, Iranian swimmer Mohammed Alirezaei left his lane empty instead of swimming against Israel's Tom Be'eri, who finished fourth. He set a new Israeli record with a 1.02:42 time in the 100-meter breaststroke category.

"'Alirezaei swims in lane one and the representative of the Zionist regime in lane seven, so they will not face each other,' Iranian Olympic Committee secretary Ali Kafashian told an Iranian news agency prior to the race."

At my first glance at this story, I had the obligatory "stupid people, why can't they ever learn?" reaction. Then I realized, hey, it's one least person that the "representative of the Zionist regime" has to beat. I don't mind, it's his loss. Isn't the whole point of the Olympics to "go for the gold?" Looks like he just went for disgrace. I really don't mind. You know what? Even better, let them leave the Olympics altogether -- it would make the Olympics a better place for everybody.

We're Getting Closer

Wow, even some secular Israelis want the to build The Beis HaMikdash...

"Seculars Want Temple', as Fast of Av Begins Saturday Night

by Hillel Fendel

"The fast of Tisha B'Av, the "saddest" day in the Jewish calendar, begins on Saturday night as the Sabbath ends, and ends Sunday evening at sundown...

""Secular Jews for the Temple"
The centerpiece of Tisha B'Av mourning is the destruction of the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash). Among the many groups that have sprouted over the past several years promoting awareness of the Beit HaMikdash is one named "Secular Jews for the Temple." Ahuvyah Tabenkin of left-wing Kibbutz Ein Harod said, 'It's true that we don't exactly represent a majority of secular Kibbutz members... but the pioneers have always been a minority: the Zionists were a minority among the Jews, those who came to the Land were a minority among the Zionists, those who worked the land were also a minority, and now we are a minority as well. But I hope that soon we will be the leaders...'

"Asked whether he calls for the actual construction of the Temple, he said, 'There are many religious authorities, including Maimonides, who say that the Temple must be rebuilt, and so I think it should be done... As a first step, we must show that we control the Temple Mount... I call upon all of Israel to come to the Mount on [Tisha B'Av] and show that it belongs to the Jewish nation.'"

continued here...

This makes me happy to read this. People are starting to realize that we need the Beis HaMikdash. That when we say "l'shana haba'a Birushalayim" we mean Yerushalayim habenuya -- The built Yerushalayim, a "built" which means with holiness and Torah and Beis Hamikdash (and sapphire...).

Anyone who wants to read my 9 B'av post from 2 years ago, can see it here.