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  • Riots in Ferguson USA-A Quiet Murder in Miami

    08/22/2014 4:48:10 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jack Englehard
    A week before Ferguson, Missouri, something else happened… From Miami, there is still no word on who shot and killed Rabbi Joseph Raksin. The Brooklyn rabbi, 60, father of six children, a leader at New York’s Crown Heights Orthodox Community, was murdered in broad daylight as he was walking to Sabbath services in the neighborhood of Miami-Dade’s Congregation Torah V’Emunah. Two suspects remain at large. The rabbi’s kin insist that the killing was a hate crime. Police refuse to name it as such. They say it was a robbery gone bad – unlikely on the Sabbath when pious Jews carry...
  • Miami Rabbi Shot and KIlled on His Way to Synagogue this Morning

    08/09/2014 3:41:53 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 86 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | August 9, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    The Rabbi of a Miami Beach synagogue was murdered earlier today on his way to synagogue. The Rabbid was shot dead oin cold block only two blocks away from the synagogue that was defaced with Hamas, swastikas and Jew hatred last week after a Hamas-CAIR hate demo.
  • After fifth attack at home, a Dutch chief rabbi says he’d leave if not for job

    08/06/2014 7:30:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    JTA ^ | 8/5/14 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands (JTA) — After the latest attack on his home, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs sat down on his couch, picked up the phone and made three calls. A chief rabbi of the Netherlands, Jacobs first phoned police and a Jewish community leader to tell them that late on the night of July 17, just over a week after the onset of the latest round of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, four bricks were hurled through a window of his home. It was the fifth time in recent years that Jacobs’ residence had been attacked. Then Jacobs called...
  • Going Home

    07/24/2014 4:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    SHREVEPORT, La. -- "Goin' Home." It keeps going around and around in my head as we drive around my old home town -- the slow, sweet musical theme Dvorak used for the largo in his New World symphony. By writing lyrics for it, a gifted pupil of his turned it into a kind of modern Negro spiritual, putting into words the plaintive, elegiac spirit of the music -- and the longing felt by anyone homesick for an irretrievable past: Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a-goin' home; Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home. It's not far, jes' close...
  • Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

    07/02/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/2/14 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally express my sadness for the death of the three youths.” The rabbi told Rome’s Il Messaggero newspaper he was surprised since the Vatican press office had already published a strong statement condemning the murders of the boys who were kidnapped in mid-June...
  • Neo-Nazis may turn Ukraine into new Lebanon, Israeli rabbi says

    05/08/2014 2:46:20 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    Vestnik Kavkaza ^ | 5/8/2014 | Staff
    Israeli rabbi Michael Finkel says the Jewish community is on high alert because of the influence of the neo-Nazi's within Kiev's temporary government. "This is Right Sector. This is the peole who are marching in Nazi uniforms with SF on their arms and on their military uniforms," Finkel says. According to the rabbi, it is possible that Ukraine could turn into a country similar to Lebanon. "In Lebanon, there's an official government and there is Hezbollah, which is a terrrorist organization linked to the government. They're members of the parliament, and there's a Hezbollah militia over thre, a separate army,...
  • Did A Lone Rabbi Mean to Ban Christmas Trees?

    12/11/2006 8:14:08 AM PST · by beaversmom · 492 replies · 7,506+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Michael Medved
    There’s an outrageous story out of Seattle (my home base) that shows the way that good intentions can occasionally produce disgusting results. Because of the prevailing climate of political correctness, a decent guy and honorable clergyman looks like a horse’s rear end and has provoked appropriate indignation from millions of people. According to misleading news stories featured prominently in newspapers and on TV (including KING 5 TV News): “All 15 Christmas trees inside the main terminal at Sea Tac Airport (Seattle-Tacoma International) have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi. A rabbi wanted to install an eight-foot...
  • Tongues of Fire ~ Pillars of Light

    12/08/2013 4:43:22 PM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-8-2013 | Jedediah
    My gifts are "ALIVE" in you though some have forgotten, They have not died with the Apostles For My Fruit can not rotten, "My Spirit is Eternal " and Desires to renew ( ( ) ) ~ ( ( ) ), The Day of Pentecost to "ARISE IN YOU" \!/ So raise up your hands \o/ and begin to receive ! You Shall do greater things if you just believe , I AM "HAS" sent you so will you stand up and go ?! For I AM your Talent so let my freedom within you Flow ~ ~ ~ I...
  • The Answer to ‘Knockout the Jew’: Karate Rabbi

    12/02/2013 1:13:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 12/02/2013 | Tibbi Singer -
    “I wore a yarmulke, and I was a target,” says ,” says Rabbi Sensei Gary Moskowitz, who is a Karate black belt. Rabbi Sensei Gary Moskowitz, 56, grew up in Soundview section of the Bronx and took up Karate to protect himself. As one of the few Jewish kids in the neighborhood, Gary was beaten up a lot. Now he’s reaching out to city Jews who are being targeted by the “Knockout the Jew” criminals. “I wore a yarmulke, and I was a target,” he told the NY Post. “I was once dragged up six stories to a rooftop by...
  • Rabbi finds $98,000 in desk bought off Craigslist

    11/12/2013 7:00:03 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 31 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 11, 2013
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., A Connecticut rabbi who purchased a desk for less than $200 on Craigslist said he found $98,000 in cash hidden inside. Rabbi Noah Muroff of New Haven said he and his wife brought the desk home and discovered it would not fit through the door of their office without being disassembled, WTNH-TV, New Haven, reported Monday. "Behind the drawers there is this plastic bag, like a shopping," Muroff said. "In the bag, I could already see through the bag, it looks like a one hundred dollar bill. "We open it up and it's full of cash. And...
  • The (Catholic) Extremists, the Pope, and the Rabbi

    10/10/2013 2:45:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Gerard Nadal ^ | October 10, 2013 | Gerard M. Nadal
    It is axiomatic in physics that opposite charges attract one another and like charges repel. If a human analog were in operation, then one would expect the extreme left wing and the extreme right wing in the Church to be hopelessly in love. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the disdain approaches rabid levels between the two. As is so often the case, the laws of nature are very much in force, though the appearance may suggest otherwise.It isn’t that the extreme left and extreme right of the Catholic Church are different. It is the case that they...
  • UK’s new Chief Rabbi: Bible clearly teaches marriage is between one man and one woman

    09/05/2013 6:19:46 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4Sept13 | Thaddeus Baklinksi
    Orthodox Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who replaced Lord Jonathan Sacks as Chief Rabbi of Britain and the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth on Sunday, said he would maintain traditional Jewish values, including support for natural marriage, while stressing that he wants all Jews to find a home and feel comfortable in orthodox synagogues. “We have a clear Biblical definition of marriage which is the union of one man and one woman and through that we value traditional family life," Rabbi Mirvis told the BBC in an interview before Sunday’s installation ceremony.
  • Rabbi Gives First Account of Shooting in Dagestan

    08/01/2013 1:34:15 PM PDT · by Nachum
    Chabad.org ^ | 7/28/13 | staff
    Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and chief rabbi of Derbent in the Republic of Dagestan, gave his first account of a shooting that he said was “motivated by anti-Semitism” as his condition continued to improve following emergency surgery in Israel. Although Isakov had trouble speaking, he briefly confirmed that he was returning from performing a ritual slaughter for kosher meat when he was attacked late Thursday evening. "There was one man waiting for me,” Isakov said, “and as I was entering my house he shot me. He did not say anything and did not ask for anything. I do not...
  • Borderline views: The shame of the elections for chief rabbi

    07/08/2013 11:52:31 PM PDT · by sf4dubya · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 8, 2013 | David Newman
    It has always been questionable whether Israel required a chief rabbinate. It has never represented more than a small section of the population – the majority of secular Israel have no desire for such an institution, while the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population – the most rapidly growing sector of the country’s Jewish population – do not recognize its authority. ... To put it in its simplest religious terms, the fight to determine who will be Israel’s next set of chief rabbis has been nothing short of a “chilul Hashem” – a desecration of God’s name. ... What has been going on...
  • Israel’s Chief Rabbi Metzger Arrested

    06/22/2013 1:43:54 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    MWC News ^ | Friday, June 21, 2013 | Gilad Atzmon
    Rabbi Metzger is probed for bribery and money laundering. Israeli National Fraud Squad raided the home and offices of Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger yesterday and questioned him under caution for ten hours, as part of a bribery, fraud, money-laundering and breach-of-trust case. Metzger was later released. The chief Rabbi is now under house arrest. Chief Rabbi Metzger is forbidden to enter his offices, leave the country or make contact with any of the other suspects in the case.
  • 100 students ejected from NYC to Atlanta flight for being too rowdy

    06/05/2013 4:04:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 122 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-4-2013 | Associated Press
    A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones. The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight around 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport. AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away. The airline...
  • Escapee from psychiatric hospital slashes rabbi, son with box-cutter outside Paris synagogue

    04/25/2013 10:17:44 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    AP Via Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2013
    PARIS — An escapee from a psychiatric institution slashed a rabbi and his son with a box-cutter on Tuesday, prompting witnesses to tackle and subdue the attacker after a chase through a Paris synagogue, officials said. --snip-- The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.
  • Some residents call for Ga. senators to support gun bill (usual suspects)

    04/12/2013 5:46:05 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 9 replies
    foxatlanta ^ | 4/12/13 | Trey Thomas
    ATLANTA - From Washington to metro Atlanta, gun control supporters have put pressure on Georgia's senators to support the compromise bill. At the same time, gun owners are making their voices heard right here at home. Rabbi Elana Perry of Temple Sinai led a roundtable discussion to pressure Georgia's senators into supporting the new background check bill on Thursday. "Many of their constituents support university background checks. So, I really think that lots of pressure should be put on them at this time. And I just hope that they'll be listening," said Perry. She's not alone. Tamara Stevens is a...
  • "The Harbinger' appears just as Obama's party begins!

    01/10/2013 1:41:01 PM PST · by wesagain · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 10, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    "Inauguration Day or Judgment Day?"In the early morning hours of Jan. 21, the day President Obama is scheduled to be inaugurated, the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast will be sounding a powerful warning to Washington, D.C., to – in the words of its keynote speaker – turn from its prideful ways or face the judgment of God. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the controversial author of “The Harbinger” – the startling New York Times bestseller that claims the U.S. is receiving the same divine warnings ancient Israel once did … and following the same path to destruction – has been chosen to deliver...
  • School principal angry after rabbi give students free lunch and speech

    02/16/2013 6:17:44 AM PST · by expat1000 · 27 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | David Ross
    Many high school students enjoyed free lunch given to them by a local rabbi and while they were eating they listened to a lecture from the rabbi. Students at Great Neck North High School can hang out at fast food restaurants, go to the houses without supervision or do almost anything they want for lunch. But listening to a Torah lecture in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue should require parental consent, according to the school.
  • Dems get slapped again: Dem Rabbi benediction mentions 'golden capital of Jerusalem'

    09/06/2012 4:09:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/6/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    How's this for a slap in the face? At the Democratic National Convention, Rabbi David Wolpe slips the 'golden capital of Jerusalem' into the benediction. Let's go to the videotape. Listen closely around the 2:25 mark (Hat Tip: Gary P).
  • Rabbi Attacked by Soccer Fans in Vienna

    09/01/2012 11:56:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 9/1/12 | staff
    A rabbi was attacked over the weekend in Vienna, Austria, by local soccer fans. According to local media reports, the fans, who were on their way to a game, met Rabbi Schlomo Hoffmeister and screamed at him, “Move, Jew - Jews out, Heil Hitler.” According to the rabbi, they also saluted with the Nazi salute. Rabbi Hoffmeister claimed that police officers standing nearby refused to intervene. When he asked for their help, they reportedly replied, “It’s just soccer.” Local police later said they will investigate the claims and will work to catch both the police officers and the fans who...
  • Savage: Muslims attack Rabbi and his six-year-old daughter in Berlin

    08/29/2012 9:51:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 8/29/12 | Pamela Geller
    Islamic Jew hatred. it's holy, it's in the quran. The leader of the Muslim world aligned with Hitler and lived in the lap of luxury (on Hitler's dime) in Berlin from the ages of 1941 to 1945. There he, among other evil actions, made bloodthirsty weekly radio addresses to the Muslim world and axis powers inciting genocide against the Jewish people citing quran chapter and verse. The Mufti al-Husseini was responsible for the death of 400,000 Jewish women and Jewish children at Auschwitz. Alas, some things never change. "Rabbi and six-year-old daughter attacked in Berlin" World Jewish Congress, August 29,...
  • German rabbi circumcision case sparks outrage (criminally charged for performing circumcision)

    08/22/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/22/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Jewish groups and Israeli politicians on Wednesday lashed out at German authorities after Bavarian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Rabbi David Goldberg for performing a circumcision. The rabbi has been slapped with charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling in May. "The charges laid against a Jewish religious leader for performing a fully legal action is outrageous and a very troubling escalation sending a deeply problematic message to the Jewish community,” European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “It has been many decades since a Jew was charged for...
  • Rabbi Wolfson: Disaster, Redemption May be Near Esteemed U.S.-based rabbi calls on Jews to wake

    08/06/2012 9:49:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 8/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Rav Moshe Wolfson of Brooklyn has held an emergency gathering in his community and called upon the members to be strong in Torah and prayer so that the Jewish people will survive the time of tension with Iran. The rabbi noted that the Torah sages predicted that Persia, now called Iran, would one day destroy the world, in the times immediately preceding the Redemption. Rav Wolfson is known as a hassidic "mashpi'a" – literally, an influencer – a title that refers to rabbis who do not head a hassidic dynasty (chatzer) but have influence outside their own communities. "Our Sages...
  • FBI Knew Fort Hood Shooter Was Islamist

    07/23/2012 12:24:00 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    CBN News ^ | Saturday, July 21, 2012
    FBI Knew Fort Hood Shooter Was Islamist CBNNews.com Saturday, July 21, 2012 Texas Rep. Michael McCaul claimed political correctness stopped the FBI from launching what may've been a lifesaving investigation into Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, almost a year before his deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood. After reviewing an independent report by former FBI Director William Webster, McCaul revealed the department knew about disturbing emails between Hasan and a known terrorist, but was reluctant to act. Hasan's 2009 shooting spree left 13 people dead. McCaul, a Texas Republican, said Hasan e-mailed al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki 18 times and expressed...
  • Leading Orthodox rabbi slams Jewish Conservatives’ gay ‘marriage’ vote

    06/05/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 5, 2012 | ANGELA O’BRIEN
    Rabbi Yehuda Levin WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) — After leaders in the Conservative Jewish community voted to officially endorse gay marriage rituals, one leading Orthodox rabbi has said the move is “depraved” and “turning everything holy on its head.” Last week, guidelines for performing same-sex “marriages” were voted on by the Jewish Conservatives’ highest legal body, the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. The guidelines passed in a 13-0 vote, with one rabbi abstaining. “We acknowledge that these partnerships are distinct from those discussed in the Talmud as ’according to the law of Moses and Israel,’ but...
  • Rabbi’s speech called hateful (because he expressed Conservative views).

    05/16/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Zetman · 10 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | May 16, 2012, 05:00 AM | Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff
    A rabbi’s declaration that he is an “Islamaphobe” and an accompanying speech at a Tea Party forum in San Mateo earlier this month has been called racist and hateful by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Rabbi Nachum Shifren and all the other candidates for U.S. Senate were invited to a candidate’s forum May 3 at the American Legion Hall in San Mateo, co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Republican Party and My Liberty, a local Tea Party group. Shifren told a cheering audience, “I am an Islamaphobe and everything we need to know about Islam, we...
  • Ted Nugent vs. a deluded Jewish congresswoman

    04/20/2012 3:55:56 PM PDT · by PA Engineer · 17 replies
    JEWS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FIREARMS OWNERSHIP ^ | April 20th 2012 | Rabbi Dovid Bendory
    Ted Nugent vs. a deluded Jewish congresswoman by Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Rabbinic Director, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Copyright 2012 JPFO Ted Nugent and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership go way back. We may not agree with Ted on all of his high-volume pronouncements, but on the Second Amendment, Ted Nugent and JPFO see eye to eye. Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is presently alleging that Nugent threatened the life of President Barack Hussein Obama. Judge for yourself – go here. Wasserman Schultz is one of the leading gun prohibitionists in Congress....
  • Rare Video of Israeli Rabbi in Iran, A rare video shows last year’s visit to the tomb of Queen

    03/07/2012 9:43:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 3/7/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Rabbi Yisroel Gabbai’s self-appointed mission is saving Jewish graves all over the world. A rare video shows his visit last year to Iran and the tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai, the central Jewish figures iin the story of Purim, which Jews celebrate this week. A member of the Breslov stream of Chassidism and now living in Israel, Rabbi Gabbai travels with a passport from France, where he was born and married. He has visited Gaza and Lebanon during wars and also has been to Damascus. Rabbi Gabbai wears traditional hareidi religious black clothes and a black hat, with his...
  • Newborn dies after reportedly contracting herpes from controversial circumcision ritual

    03/06/2012 2:57:58 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 5, 2012 | Fox News
    A two-week-old infant died at a Brooklyn hospital in September after contracting herpes through a controversial religious circumcision ritual, the New York Daily News reported. As part of the ultra-orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual—known as metzitzah b’peh—the rabbi or mohel removes blood from the wound with his mouth. The brit milah (pronounced bris), otherwise known as circumcision, is a rite of passage in the Jewish faith, though different groups follow different sets of procedures. The Rabbinical Council of America endorses the practice of using a sterile glass tube between the mohel’s mouth and the baby’s wound for the more orthodox metzitzah...
  • Jewish Week and Rabbi Hammerman Issue Apology (On opinion column about Tim Tebow)

    12/15/2011 2:54:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Lid ^ | 12/15/2011 | Jeff Dunetz
    UPDATE-- I just received this from the Jewish Week: We apologize for posting an Opinion column on Dec. 14 by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman entitled “My Problem With Tim Tebow,” the Denver Broncos quarterback who is an Evangelical Christian. The column, in fact, violated our own standards calling for civility in posting comments on our website. The policy statement notes that “name calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected.” The column was removed from our website later that day. Rabbi Hammerman is a respected spiritual leader...
  • Rabbi: Next Time, Just Shoot to Kill

    10/18/2011 12:17:25 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/17/2011, 4:57 PM | By Maayana Miskin
    Terrorists should be given the death penalty, whether formally or quietly, says former chief IDF rabbi. Terrorists who spill blood should get the death penalty, former chief IDF rabbi Avichai Ronsky said Monday. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Rabbi Ronsky suggested that if necessary, terrorist murderers could be killed “in the field.” “In many cases, it doesn’t need to reach a court,” he said. Soldiers could simply shoot to kill instead of doing their utmost to bring terrorists in alive, “without giving the matter too much publicity,” he explained. “It happened in the past,” he added.
  • Another "Rabbi" Does the Bidding of Islamic Supremacist Sharia

    09/25/2011 10:13:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/25/11 | Pamela Geller
    We [the Jews], as a people, are cursed, with enemies born of our womb. The cries of tens of millions of Jews who have suffered under the sharia curse "Rabbi" Yanklowitz. This despicable apologist sells out his own people in order to get in good with this century's annihilationist movement, "the in crowd."You will answer to a higher authority, Rabbi. Rabbi Yanklowitz evokes the memory of the Rambam, Maimonides. Maimonides made it clear not only that Islam is not an idolatrous faith, but rather that the Jewish people can learn a lot from Muslim thought (Maachalot 11:7). In addition to...
  • In Israel, rich and famous flock to wonder rabbi

    07/26/2011 3:06:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 26, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — A few evenings every month, some of Israel's wealthiest and most powerful people can be found in a living room in this seaside city, waiting to have a few minutes with a rabbi they see as an advisor, guru or miracle worker.Yoshiyahu Pinto is slightly stooped, his long beard and hair unkempt. He looks older than his 38 years, and speaks so softly you have to lean in to hear him. His remarkable rise in recent years has turned this living room of floral-patterned chairs and gilt sofas into an intersection of influence extending to Israel's...
  • Are Young Rabbis Turning on Israel?

    06/01/2011 10:04:52 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 47 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | Daniel Gordis
    No day of the year in Israel is more agonizing than Yom Ha-Zikaron—the Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars. For 24 hours, the country’s unceasing sniping gives way to a pervasive sense of national unity not apparent at any other moment; honor and sanctity can be felt everywhere. Israel’s many military cemeteries are filled to capacity with anguished families visiting the graves of loved ones. Restaurants are shuttered. One of the country’s television stations does nothing but list the names of the 23,000 men and women who gave their lives to defend the Jewish state, some of them...
  • Rabbi: 'The President of the United States is Asking for Ethnic Cleansing'

    05/19/2011 4:33:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 158 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/19/11 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented demand on Israel, Jewish leaders said today after the president called for Israel to redraw its borders to where they were in 1967 before the Six Day War. One rabbi said Obama was, in essence, asking for "ethnic cleansing" of thousands of Jewish families. “It’s immoral in that basically the president of the United States is asking that 500,000 people who live, work, and raise families around Jerusalem – Jewish families – that they be uprooted, resettled, deported from their homes, have their families broken,” Rabbi Aryeh Spero, founder of Caucus...
  • Man Confesses To ‘Jihad Operation' Murder In Nashville (Muhammad - Arkansas recruiter shooter)

    04/16/2011 6:37:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | 4/13/11 | Jeff Tang
    Man Confesses To ‘Jihad Operation' Murder In Nashvilleby Jeff Tang Posted: Apr 13, 2011 6:57 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former TSU student on trial for murder in Arkansas said he killed a man in East Nashville in 2006. **SNIP** But, in a letter to an Arkansas Judge, Muhammad confesses to another murder, an East Nashville man in 2006. "The letter was sent to us immediately after it was discovered and our cold case detectives will be going to interview him to see how much he knows about the case to see if he was involved," said Metro Police...
  • Rabbi's suspicious death continues to raise questions

    04/13/2011 6:51:56 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Ynew News ^ | 13 April 2011 | Akiva Novik
    Almost three weeks have passed since Rabbi Moshe Talbi was found dead at the Revava junction – and the questions keep adding up. Rabbi Talbi, 54, father of seven and grandfather of four, from Moshav Haspin in the Golan Heights, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head near the gates of the Revava settlement on March 23. He was found near his car, the engine still running, with his gun at his side. After an initial investigation, police forensic units who arrived at the scene determined ruled the case an apparent suicide. Yet evidence that was allegedly...
  • Visiting Chicago rabbi says he feels safer in Jerusalem

    10/31/2010 10:20:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/1/10 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Following mail bomb plot, Rabbi Vernon Kurtz says Jewish leaders working with local police to up security. Rabbi Vernon Kurtz enjoyed a peaceful Shabbat in Jerusalem, blissfully unaware that at his suburban Chicago synagogue, all of his congregants were talking about the packages apparently mailed by al- Qaida to two local congregations. Kurtz, who is the rabbi of the North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois, and immediate past president of Merkaz Olami, the Conservative Movement’s worldwide Zionist organization, only heard about the scare when he opened his e-mail Saturday night at his second home in Jerusalem’s Arnona...
  • [Rabbi] Yosef: Gentiles Exist Only to Serve Jews

    10/25/2010 1:14:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 105 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/18/10 | Jonah Mandel
    According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator. “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat. According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded...
  • 'Surfing rabbi' rallies with British anti-Islam group outside Israel embassy

    10/25/2010 9:37:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 10/25/10 | Staff
    An Orthodox California rabbi running for state senate under the Tea Party banner marched yesterday with a far right-wing anti-Islam group in Britain outside the Israeli Embassy. Rabbi Nachum Shifren, an ex-lifeguard known as the surfing rabbi, is considered a long shot to represent west Los Angeles in the California senate. He has spoken at Tea Party events and says he is a member of the group. The English Defence League has said it wants to foster ties with the American Tea Party, a right-wing group that has also taken anti-Muslim and anti-immigration stances, and the rally, at which Shifren...
  • Rabbi OKs Spy Sex

    10/08/2010 12:15:25 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 59 replies · 4+ views
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Marc Tracy
    Today in Rabbis Say the Darndest Things, Ari Schvat ruled that female Mossad agents may engage in “honey-pot sex”—I had never heard the phrase before either—as part of their missions. Which is to say, they can sleep with men as part of their espionage. Among other things, Schvat cited Biblical precedent: Esther slept with the Persian king to save the Jews (though weren’t they married anyway?), and apparently Yael slept with the enemy of her husband in order to tire him out so that his head could be more easily chopped off (Book of Judges, yo).
  • He is coming (A MUST read on the threat of Islam by an Atlanta, Jewish Rabbi)

    09/28/2010 3:59:43 AM PDT · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 30 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 28, 2010 | Rabbi Schlomo Lewis
    We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people. We did not apologize for Dresden, nor for...
  • Senior rabbi speaks out against using fowl in kapparot

    09/14/2010 11:06:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 9/15/10
    Rabbi Aviner sends SPCA Israel letter, video explaining why according to halacha it is wrong to use chickens in pre-Kippur atonement rite. The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel has received a significant halachic backing for this year’s annual campaign against the cruel use of chickens in the kapparot (atonement) ritual. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the capital’s Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim and rabbi of Beit El, not only provided SPCA Israel with a letter last week showing the faultiness of the rite, basing his arguments on some of the greatest arbitrators, but went on video to expound...
  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin: atheists are parasites

    09/04/2010 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 108 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 4th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Just when I thought that I’ve heard every possible insult in the political realm this year Rabbi Daniel Lapin added his two cents. On the Glenn Beck program he said he views the atheists as parasites who without putting any energy into it benefit from America created by the faithful people. The Rabbi is entitled of his opinion and is free to call me parasite. However, I urge his friends to help him, because he may need advice from psychiatrist. Just two days ago a fellow who was calling people parasites strapped himself with bombs to make a point on...
  • Israel rabbi remarks on Palestinians 'deeply offensive': US

    08/29/2010 10:19:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/29/10 | afp
    The US State Department Sunday condemned as "deeply offensive" remarks by an influential Israeli rabbi who said he hoped Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas would "vanish from our world." "We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement. "These remarks are not only deeply offensive, but incitement such as this hurts the cause of peace." Ovadia, who heads a religious party in Israel's ruling coalition, expressed hope in his weekly sermon Saturday that "all the nasty people who hate Israel, like Abu Mazen (Abbas), vanish from our world."
  • US Condemns Rabbi Ovadiah

    08/29/2010 9:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 8/29/10 | staff
    The United States condemned the words of Shas' spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef against PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Arabs. A statement released the by the US State Department said that Rabbi Yosef's words are "not only very harmful, but also affect the efforts to achieve peace." Rabbi Yosef made a public wish on Saturday night during his weekly sermon that "our enemies and haters may come to an end, Abu Mazen and all these villains – may the Holy One, Blessed Be He, afflict them with the plague... these evil enemies of Israel."
  • Erekat: Rabbi Ovadia called for 'Palestinian genocide'

    08/29/2010 9:00:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 8/29/10 | staff
    PA negotiator slams Shas spiritual leader for "insulting comments" calling Abbas "an evil hater of Israel"; MK Tibi claims Rabbi became a spreader of hate "a long time ago." Palestinian Authority officials claimed on Sunday that Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called for the "genocide of the Palestinian people" when he made comments about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people in his weekly sermon. Palestinian Authority Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Rabbi Ovadia's comments are "an absolute insult to our efforts to progress the peace process." Rabbi Ovadia called Abbas "an evil hater of Israel"...
  • Police: Charge Rabbi Elon With Sexual Abuse

    08/17/2010 6:14:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    YNet News ^ | 8/8/10 | Eli Senyor
    Police say there is enough evidence to indict Religious-Zionist leader, half a year after religious forum charged with handling sexual harassment cases announces he violated agreement barring him from rabbinical activityThe police announced on Sunday that there is enough evidence against Rabbi Mordechai (Motty) Elon, who is suspected of committing indecent acts by force against two minors, to put him on trial. The investigation material was handed over to the Jerusalem District Prosecution, which is slated to hold a hearing prior to submitting an indictment against Elon. In February, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein asked that a police investigation be launched...