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  • American Jews: The Last Leftist Jews in the World

    05/18/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 5-18-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.Clip on a nametag, pick up a paper cup of lukewarm water and you can sit down in the audience at a thousand liberal Jewish establishment panels where the likes of Peter Beinart or Jeffrey Goldberg will sanctimoniously lecture their bored audience on the growing gap between American Jews and Israel.Yawn through the usual references to “settlements”, “democratic character” and “one state solution.” Wake up just in time for the sales pitch for J Street and tough love BDS for...
  • Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

    05/17/2015 1:26:18 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    The Algermeiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a Holocaust monument in Kavala, Greece was delayed because locals reportedly sought the removal of a Jewish star. -snip- The monument in question memorializes the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were exterminated during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II. The monument was set to be unveiled when, just two days before, the mayor and a majority at the city council insisted on the removal of the image of a Star of David from the memorial. Meanwhile, Greek Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Education,...
  • Contemporary society has forgotten 'Thou shalt not be needlessly distracted'

    05/10/2015 4:52:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 8, 2015 | Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald
    This week's Torah portion, Emor, opens with an extensive series of laws regarding the conduct of the Kohanim, the priests of the Jewish nation, who minister and serve in the Tabernacle and the Temple. Because of the elevated status of the Kohanim and the sanctity of the Tabernacle and Temple, priests are required to follow a strict physical and spiritual regimen. Because of the serious responsibility conferred upon them, the Kohanim are expected to live up to a sacred ideal, and be adequately prepared to properly perform their Temple and Tabernacle duties. Members of the priestly class are not, for...
  • Letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about SSA

    05/06/2015 7:49:57 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 33 replies
    guardyoureyes.com ^ | 2/4/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    By the Grace of G-d 25th of Shevat, 5746 Brooklyn, N.Y. Greeting and Blessing: This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of Jan. 26th, in which you write about a serious problem. As requested, I will remember you in prayer for the fulfillment of your heart's desires for good. While all blessings come from HaShem [G‑d], a Jew is expected to do what is necessary in the natural order. In the matter of the said problem, you surely know that there are doctors and psychiatrists who treat it, and have been successful in many cases. I know of a...
  • “Rights” or Ills

    05/06/2015 7:30:39 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Sichos in English ^ | 5/30/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    The persistent problem of the so called Amendment to “Local Law 2” has been plaguing some people for several years. Although this problem has much wider national and international ramifications, the New York version of this problem has taken on a strange political hue. During the Purim Farbrengen (gathering) of 5746, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, addressed this issue. He touched upon the fundamental problem, its social, emotional and health risks, its psychological manifestations and its actual threat to society and individuals.1 At the same time, the Rebbe suggested clear-cut remedies and proposed a humane therapeutical approach, which takes account of...
  • Orthodox rabbis tell it like it is on "gay marriage" issue outside Supreme Court hearing

    05/03/2015 5:58:54 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 26 replies
    MassResistance ^ | 5/1/2015 | None given
    A contingent of Orthodox rabbis from New York and New Jersey came and “told it like it is” outside of the US Supreme Court on the day of the “gay marriage” hearing. A larger group of 850 Orthodox rabbis publicly demanded the recusal of Justices Ginsburg and Kagan from the case.
  • 3 Things We Have In Common With Pagan Rome

    04/30/2015 1:45:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | RUSSELL E. SALTZMAN
    Christianity killed paganism in antiquity; what will kill the new paganism? Western civilization may be swiftly defaulting to functional paganism, and by default paganism I do not mean we shall see the gods and goddesses again dressed out in temples, hungry for sacrifice. Pan, Zeus, or Athena may find niche markets in contemporary neo-paganism, but I don’t think even they will fit into the unfocused spirituality trending today. No, what I mean by default paganism are habits of thought and living that commonly governed life for ordinary Romans, the people. Until roughly the mid-twentieth century, there were three widespread...
  • In Nepal aftermath, Feiglin has questions on (homosexuals), surrogacy

    04/29/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4/28/2015 | Gil Ronen
    Moshe Feiglin – who was a Likud MK in 2013-2015 – is out of the Knesset, for now at least, but his nonconformist thinking continues to arouse interest and spark fiery debate. Feiglin took issue with the uniformly uncritical and adoring way Israel's media has been covering the plight of gay parents who were stranded with their newborn babies in harsh conditions, following the Nepal earthquake. These men hired poor Indian women to serve as surrogate mothers for their babies and then brought them to Nepal in order to give birth, because Indian law no longer allows gays to enter...
  • Open Letter to David Brooks: Before You Consider Converting to Christianity, Try Judaism

    04/23/2015 7:44:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/22/2015 | Spengler
    David Brooks shares a stage with pundits during a panel discussion, “2012: The Path to the Presidency”, at the University of Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Dear David Brooks:We have never met, and I do not regularly follow your work. Because you are a public intellectual of Jewish origin, though, your spiritual peregrinations are of broader interest. It may be chutzpah for me to offer you advice, but I could not help thinking of the case of Franz Rosenzweig while reading a post at Aletaia claiming that you may convert to Christianity. Rosenzweig, one of the...
  • More Than Jewish Votes, GOP Presidential Candidates Need Jewish Donors

    04/22/2015 4:39:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ronn Torossian
    Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has written that “liberalism has superseded Judaism as the religion of most American Jews.” While President Barack Obama has consistently been hostile towards Israel, one wonders if this election cycle may finally see Jews swing to the Republican Party. Jacoby rightfully previously noted, “This liberalism isn’t rational. It isn’t sensible. It certainly isn’t good for the Jews.” While the Jewish community overwhelmingly votes Democrat, what Republicans need more than Jewish votes is the support of Jewish donors. The New York Times recently noted in a front-page feature story, “G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions...
  • George Soros’ son builds a PAC for Jewish voters

    04/20/2015 9:44:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tarini Parti
    The son of Democratic mega-donor George Soros is gearing up to play a more active role in the 2016 election with the launch of new political action committee focused on representing the views of Jewish Americans — beyond foreign policy. Alex Soros, 29, who has steadily increased his political and philanthropic giving in recent years, has helped establish Bend the Arc PAC, the first ever national Jewish political action committee in America focused entirely on domestic issues. Bend the Arc, a non-profit, has an advocacy arm chaired by the younger Soros but has not previously had a political action committee....
  • Reports from Israel reveal startling rerun of history ('Kaduri revival is exploding...)

    04/20/2015 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | April 18, 2015 | Unattributed
    They call it the “Kaduri Revival,” and reports over recent months have confirmed the teachings of one of Israel’s most venerated rabbi are leading Jews time and again to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. And face persecution. Baptist preacher and radio host Carl Gallups says the threats facing Messianic Jews now in Israel is “reminiscent of what we read about in the New Testament – in the early days of the church.” There, he said, Jews who followed Jesus Christ were persecuted. And today, they “are facing the same hardships and persecution the early church faced,” he said. “Gallups...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz winning American Orthodox hearts

    04/16/2015 3:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 16, 2015 | Staff
    Cruz's strong Zionism combined with traditional views on social issues is a 'natural fit' for Orthodox Jews in the U.S.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a hardline conservative and practicing Southern Baptist, is carving out a niche with Orthodox Jews — a "potentially winnable slice of an otherwise deeply Democratic demographic," Politico website reports. “I share a great many values with the Jewish community and the Orthodox community,” Cruz told Politico in a phone interview. “Chief among them is a passionate dedication to strengthening our friendship and alliance with the nation of Israel.” Combing a strong Zionist approach with traditional views...
  • Some Passover reflections (RE: The Jews, the Democrats and Ted Cruz)

    04/08/2015 9:29:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Arnold Haiman
    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue the point. The ceremonial Haggadah, the book that is the guide through each step of the Seder, is spiritually uplifting, and I have learned something new every year. This year my attention was caught by the dictate to "lean to the left" while dining. While there are both religious and medical reasons...
  • On Being a Jewish Conservative

    04/06/2015 1:17:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | April 6, 2015 | Karol Markowicz
    When I was young, and passionate about all things, I’d take great joy in arguing loudly at parties or poker games, often and about everything. Living in New York City, I was the token conservative for so many people that it was easy to find disagreement. People would save up what they’d been planning to say to me. They’d spot me at parties and hustle across the room to debate me. As recently as a month ago a friend told me he had been waiting to get my opinion of something stupid Sarah Palin said in Iowa. Sarah Palin! The...
  • Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual [Isaiah 66:6]

    04/04/2015 1:22:39 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    YNet News ^ | 4/1/15 | Dr. Ruchama Weiss, Rabbi Levi Brackman
    It looked like a scene from year 200 BCE, or the end of days – yet it all played out just two days ago, on Monday, not far from the Temple Mount. Kohanim in authentic attire blessed the excited crowd, Levites sang hymns, and a young lamb was offered up as a Passover sacrifice in keeping with all the dictates of the ancient ritual. This "dress rehearsal," staged every year by members of the Temple Mount Faithful movement, is designed to present the public with an accurate rendition of the ritual that was in practice during the time of the...
  • RUSH LIMBAUGH: DEMOCRATS HATE CHRISTIANITY [2 Thes 2]

    04/03/2015 7:51:57 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 46 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/3/2015 | CHERYL CHUMLEY
    Rush Limbaugh answered a caller’s concern about the “anti-Christians that are taking over” by saying those in that particular activist camp are being fueled by Democrats who simply hate Christianity. First, the caller, a self-described U.S. Coast Guard veteran, speaking of the recent furor generated by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “What am I supposed to do? These anti-Christians that are taking over, it seems like, don’t realize this country was founded on Christian values and morals. Have they lost their mind?” And then, Limbaugh’s response: “No. They just have always opposed the founding of the country. This is...
  • The Next Exodus? New Mexico's Crypto-Jews Seek Liberation

    04/02/2015 4:58:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4-2-15 | Gedalyah Reback
    Communities in New Mexico and southern Colorado have found irrefutable evidence to say they are descended from Jews. What next? The crypto-Jews of Spain have fascinated Jews for decades. But it was not always fascination – it was once more about the frustration, even resignation, that hundreds of thousands of Jews had been stolen in martyrdom or in forced conversions to Catholicism. In 1492, consolidating their gains following the conquest of Granada, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella enforced the Spanish Inquisition to offer Jews under their rule three infamous options: leave, convert or die. For those who converted, it was...
  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 5 replies
    Torah and Halacha | 03/31/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage By Yomin Postelnik The sum total of all of the recent discussions about gittin from a halachic and moral standpoint is that while everyone should strive to alleviate suffering and seek to resolve marriage disputes so that both can move on peacefully, we must first do everything possible to save the marriage. Gittin are a hard process halachically, largely in order to minimize their number.  Civil jurisdictions that have a one year waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    03/30/2015 8:19:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Japan Today / Thomson Reuters ^ | March 30, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) announced last week that he was running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. Cruz riffed, unimaginatively, on an “imagine” theme, asking the young audience to “imagine a president” who would repeal Obamacare and perform other feats. There was applause throughout. But one line prompted the students to erupt into a roaring, 30-second, standing ovation: “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with...
  • Seders in Uniform: How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII

    03/29/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | March 27, 2015 | Marjorie Ingall
    Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo.Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945. “Lettuce au charoses.” “Kneidlach or borscht a la Sgt. Weinstein.” “Consommč [sic—the accent points the wrong way!] avec Knadlach.” “Palestine wine.” “Roast Beef Ala Yomtov.” “Iced Coca-Cola.” These were some of the dishes enjoyed by Jewish members of the military at their Seders in both European and Pacific theaters of war 70 years ago. The American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History has a file...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

    03/07/2015 12:06:44 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 5, 2015 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    It seemed like routine business for the student council at the University of California, Los Angeles: confirming the nomination of Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major who wants to be a lawyer someday, to the council’s Judicial Board. Until it came time for questions. “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Fabienne Roth, a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, began, looking at Ms. Beyda at the other end of the room, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” For the next 40 minutes, after Ms. Beyda...
  • Why Jesus is not the Jewish messiah

    02/28/2015 12:25:36 PM PST · by umpqua · 168 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Jews For Judaism
    A brief talk on the reasons for Jewish non belief in Jesus.
  • The Worldwide Effect of the Rebbe on Judaism Cannot Be Attributed to Any One Reason

    03/01/2015 2:11:25 AM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/01/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    During the darkest times, Hashem sent Mordechai to shine a light and renew people's faith. His battle wasn't limited to the physical and the natural. As a first step, he strengthened the Torah education of Jewish children and gathered the people to return to Hashem. The darkest part of the Egyptian exile caused Hashem to send Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) into the world. Were one to pin their success to some characteristic of theirs, no matter how lofty a trait, one would miss the mark. No one set of attributes allowed Moshe to bring the 10 plagues upon the enemies of...
  • Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origins of the Vulcan Salute

    02/28/2015 3:36:06 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | tvnewsthemes1
    How did the famous Vulcan hand salute come to be? Leonard Nimoy "Spock" gives us the answer.
  • Prayers to God in wrong spot? (Temple Mount location 'misplaced'?)

    02/23/2015 9:20:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Leo Hohman
    It has been called the most contested plot of land in the world — the fissure at which three major faiths come together, and break apart. There have been holy wars fought over it and holy writ foretelling of battles yet to come. It’s Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. But what if history got it wrong? What if the spot where Solomon built the first Jewish Temple, and Herod built the second, was actually about 600 feet to the south, in a place known as the ancient City of David? Enter Robert Cornuke. He travels the world solving Bible mysteries: Noah’s Ark,...
  • Livni Makes Campaign Promise of Gay Marriage (Israel)

    02/21/2015 2:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 2/21/2015, 8:44 PM | Nir Har-Zahav, Ari Yashar
    Tzipi Livni, head of Hatnua and possible prime minister of Israel if her “Zionist camp” union with Labor wins in elections, after which there would be a rotation between her and Labor head Yitzhak Herzog, made a campaign promise on Saturday of same-sex marriage. Livni was at a “Dreck” party at the Oman 17 club in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, where she was dancing with gay couples before taking the stage and the microphone. “Good evening, Dreck. There’s a chance that on March 20 (after elections—ed.) we’ll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and...
  • Why Benjamin Netanyahu Stands for All Jews

    02/17/2015 4:36:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | February 17, 2015 | Yariv Levin
    Earlier last week, in an address before French immigrants to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proudly stated that his appearance in the rally last month in Paris and his planned address to the US Congress were in his capacity "not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people." Rather than rally behind the prime minister of the Jewish State, Jews driven by a liberal agenda which is often counter to the interests of the Jewish people and the State of Israel chose to immediately go into attack mode. Social media platforms featured...
  • Danish PM vows to protect Jews, says Islam not West's enemy [Obama's "selfie girl" is loco]

    02/17/2015 5:30:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    ynet news ^ | 2/15/15
    "Denmark has been hit by terror," Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sunday after two civilians were killed and five police were wounded in the two separate attacks in the Danish capital on Saturday.... ...the leader was also quick to play down the religious aspect, saying "We are not facing a fight between Islam and the West, it is not a fight between Muslims and non-Muslims."
  • More on Shooting Death of Denmark Shul (Unarmed) Security Guard

    02/15/2015 8:29:28 AM PST · by jonatron · 24 replies
    Yeshiva World ^ | Sunday, February 15th, 2015 | Staff
    A shul security guard was shot and killed in Copenhagen while a bas mitzvah was taking place inside. At least three policemen were injured by gunfire. The attack occurred shortly after midnight on motzei Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim. The Israel Foreign Ministry named the Jewish victim as Dan Uzan, 37, whose father is Israeli and mother is Danish. He was a volunteer guard at the shul. Police believe the same person perpetrated both attack, referring to the earlier shooting in the Arts Café in which one person were killed and three policemen wounded. The earlier hosted in the Arts Café was...
  • Ben Shapiro: Why Jews Vote Leftist? (video)

    02/11/2015 2:04:44 PM PST · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    Truthrevolt.org ^ | 2-11-2015 | Ben Shapiro
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5IqH7oJ9h4TRANSCRIPT In 2008, American Jews voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. Even though Obama had spent large segments of his prior life hobnobbing with vicious anti-Semites like Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi, even though he had staffed his campaign with anti-Semites ranging from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Robert Malley, Jews turned out in droves for him. Sarah Silverman harangued young Jews into telling their grandparents that they were racist if they didn’t vote for him; Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama’s designated court Jew – a role he has never relinquished -- informed Jews that they were racist if they feared Senator Obama’s positions on...
  • Obama: "No god condones terror."

    02/10/2015 3:46:50 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    2/10/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    President Obama, during his National Prayer Breakfast speech, Thursday: "No god condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives or the oppression of those who are weaker of fewer in number." All people at all times and locations have the right to defend themselves from terror. Despite Obama's words that have clearly angered people, we can see the following as an example: Christians within the confines of the Byzantine Empire had a right to defend themselves from Muslims who terrorized them, but we all know that Pope Urban II could in no way possible know that anyone who...
  • 'Sacred Sperm' film exposes ultra-orthodox Jewish taboos

    02/06/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/6/2015 | Ami Bentov
    Like so many parents, Ori Gruder was grappling with how to talk to his 10-year-old son about sex. Being a member of Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious community, which tends to keep discussions of sexuality to a whisper, made the task even more difficult. So Gruder created "Sacred Sperm," an hour-long documentary in which he tries to tackle the hard questions he can expect from his son. The film presents an intimate, informative and at times awkward look at the insular religious community and its approach to sexuality, fleshing out deeply entrenched taboos in the conservative society. "What is it about that...
  • Should Jews Have To Pay Reparations for Slavery? Looking Back, Jewish Record Far From Admirable

    01/31/2015 6:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Jewish Forward ^ | January 30, 2015 | Richard Kreitner
    Uncivil Behavior? Judah P. Benjamin served as the Confederate Secretary of War. The 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States — Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment in late January 1865 — comes at an fraught moment in the history of race relations. Considering that black men are being killed by police at the same rate as they were lynched in the era of Jim Crow, it can be depressing to reflect on how many promises of 1865, not to mention 1776, have not yet been fulfilled. But it can also be edifying to probe into some...
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • The dangerous message behind Ted Cruz's Judeo-Christian values

    01/26/2015 4:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | January 27, 2015 Shvat 7, 5775 | Benjy Cannon
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz recently made a splash by agreeing to appear at a glitzy retreat for observant Jews. There, he will likely promote his hawkish foreign policy, but would be wise to avoid another of his favorite topics, the “Judeo-Christian" values which he says make up America's moral foundation. These values belie a dangerous, exclusionary worldview, deeply at odds with the universal American dream Cruz claims they represent. Politico, which described Cruz as “a likely Republican presidential candidate and vocal Pro-Israel hawk,” speculated that this was likely an early effort on Cruz’s part to woo Jewish elites and powerbrokers....
  • How an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man became a transgender activist

    01/26/2015 2:50:39 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 54 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/2014 | Gary Buiso
    To the world, he was Jeffrey Smith, an ultra-Orthodox Jew and spiritual leader teaching the Torah to hundreds of students in Jerusalem’s Hasidic community. But inside, Smith was keeping a secret. “Since I was 5 years old, I really thought I was a girl,” Smith, 63, told The Post in an interview last week from Israel, where she has been living for the past two years — as an Orthodox Jewish woman — following sex-reassignment surgery. As a boy growing up in Patchogue, LI, Smith knew early on that something was amiss. But there was no Internet to tell her...
  • Why Hitler wished he were a Muslim (WSJ)

    01/21/2015 8:33:33 AM PST · by wtd · 20 replies
    Elder of Zion blog ^ | January 21, 2015 | Elder of Zion
    Why Hitler wished he were a Muslim (WSJ)From The Wall Street Journal, a book review of two new books on Nazi Germany, ATATÜRK IN THE NAZI IMAGINATION by Stefan Ihrig and ISLAM AND NAZI GERMANY’S WAR by David Motadel. : ‘It’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion,” Hitler complained to his pet architect Albert Speer. “Why did it have to be Christianity, with its meekness and flabbiness?” Islam was a Männerreligion—a “religion of men”—and hygienic too. The “soldiers of Islam” received a warrior’s heaven, “a real earthly paradise” with “houris” and “wine flowing.” This, Hitler argued, was...
  • Why Orthodox Jewish Women are Happy

    01/18/2015 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Orthodox Jewish women and conservative Muslim women both follow modesty rules, but Orthodox Jewish women are devout without abandoning their individuality and civil liberties. 26-year-old Hayat Boumedienneis the suspected accomplice in last week’s 3-day terror attack in Paris, France. Her common law husband, Amedy Coulibaly, murdered four Jews and a policewoman in a kosher Paris market. Boumedienne is now the poster girl for young, insecure Western women who abandon Western mores for radical Islam. Boumedienne’s close friend described her to France24 News as an emotional basket case “who often cries and has little confidence in herself.” After discarding her string...
  • Pope Francis: 'You cannot make fun of the faith of others'

    01/16/2015 7:39:02 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 131 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/15/2015 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over freedom of expression in the wake of the religious attacks in Paris, saying that anyone who insults a religion can expect a "punch in the nose". ... He said "If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother [Mary?], he can expect a punch in the nose." Throwing a pretend punch, the Pope said: "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others." ...
  • Europe’s Leading Rabbi: Jews Must Begin Carrying Guns

    01/15/2015 10:37:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Top Jewish org petitions EU to permit Jews to carry guns.One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The European Jewish Association (EJA), which represents Jewish communities across Europe, says that gun license laws must be altered following a string of deadly attacks on Jews in France and other European countries, where anti-Semitism has been growing at an alarming rate. The recent attacks, including one on...
  • Daily Beast's Moral Equivalency: There're Extremist Christian, Jewish & Hindu Preachers, Too!

    01/12/2015 5:22:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's not enough to read the transcript. You really need to view the video to appreciate the depths of Christopher Dickey's world-weary, dismissive, preening political correctness. Asked on today's Morning Joe to comment on Muslim preachers inciting violence from their pulpits, Dickey of The Daily Beast sniffed that the problem is "exaggerated," claimed that the number of violent Muslims is "infinitesimally small" [down even from the "minuscule" number he cited last week], and engaged in the most fraudulent form of moral equivalency, saying that there are also crazy Christian, Jewish and Hindu preachers who incite their congregations. View the video...
  • REPORT: A Car Has Exploded In Front Of A French Synagogue

    01/07/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 82 replies
    Busines Insider ^ | January 7, 2014 | Stafano Pozzebon
    French media outlet Metronews reports that there's been a car explosion in front of a synagogue in Sarcelles, a city near Paris where two were two gunmen attacked the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo just hours earlier. It is not clear whether the two events are connected. The Paris version of Metro reports that this event was an incident unrelated with the attack at the magazine.
  • As Ted Cruz courts Jewish voters, Mitt Romney mulls denying him the nomination

    01/02/2015 3:59:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | January 1, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    In a Wednesday post, Hot Air reported on something a friend of Mitt Romney said about the 2012 presidential candidate’s desire to enter the 2016 race. It seems that if it looks like Jeb Bush is the frontrunner, Romney will sit the next race out. However, if Ted Cruz is on his way to the nomination, Romney will enter the race to save the Republican Party and the country from the conservative firebrand. One of the many raps against Cruz is that, while he is the favorite of the conservative, tea party base, he lacks the ability to reach out...
  • The 11th Plague – Spending Passover With Sen. Ted Cruz

    12/30/2014 3:45:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    HEEB Magazine ^ | December 30, 2014 | Zayin B'Ayin
    I know, I know, Hanukkah just ended, and it’s not even new years. So why am I bringing up Passover a full three months early? Maybe it has something to do with the news that you (yes, you!) could be spending your holiday of unleavened bread with none other than Tea Party golden-boy/crazy person, Senator Ted Cruz. Reports Politico: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely Republican presidential candidate and a vocal pro-Israel hawk, is being advertised as a featured attraction at a string of ritzy resort vacation getaways catering to religious Jews. Cruz, along with several rabbis, is listed as...
  • Ted Cruz is billed as a Passover vacation attraction

    12/30/2014 1:25:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 29, 2014 | Maggie Haberman
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely Republican presidential candidate and a vocal pro-Israel hawk, is being advertised as a featured attraction at a string of ritzy resort vacation getaways catering to religious Jews. Cruz, along with several rabbis, is listed as a speaker at four different vacation spots, including Aspen, over Passover, the spring holiday that honors the freeing of enslaved Jews in Egypt. The Prime Hospitality Group is the company behind the offers, according to an email solicitation shared with POLITICO. “4 Questions. 4 Cups of Wine. 4 Sons. And 4 Luxurious Prime Passover Programs,” the invitation reads. “All...
  • Where Are the Jewish Liberals Marching For Decency?

    12/25/2014 10:16:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    A few weeks ago, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Observer entitled “B’nai Jeshurun: Do Jewish Lives Also Matter?” I noted that “high-profile Upper West Side Jewish temple B’nai Jeshurun led a protest after the tragic death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York Police Department. Then, there was a pre-scheduled event at BJ honoring Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, and the attendees included such luminaries as Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Congressman Jerry Nadler and others.” Multiple rabbis and liberal Jewish communal leaders were arrested in acts of civil disobedience during...
  • We All Eat Chicken

    12/20/2014 9:33:50 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 27 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    In a hilarious episode of the animated TV show The Simpsons, Homer Simpson comes down with a serious case of Jerusalem Syndrome while visiting Israel. While in a messianic trance at the Dome of the Rock, Homer declares to the crowd: I will unite the Christians, the Muslims and the Jews. From now on, you shall be known as Chrismujews! …Because in the end, aren't all religions the same? They tell us what to eat, when to pray, that this lump of clay called Man can somehow shape himself to resemble the divine. But we can never attain that perfect...
  • The delusion that never dies: Ted Cruz’s doomed plan to woo Jewish voters to the GOP

    12/16/2014 2:42:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    Sorry, senator -- it's not happening. To the surprise of approximately nobody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is proceeding full steam ahead with plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The Tea Party icon has already settled on a location for his campaign headquarters (Houston), made the requisite appeals to GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, and decided on a campaign strategy. That strategy, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reports, centers on energizing the GOP base, not wooing moderates and independents to the Republican fold. Of course, the hard demographic truth is that a Republican can’t win the presidency by relying on...