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  • 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,...
  • Are Rabbinic Interpretations of the Bible Accurate?

    04/21/2014 4:54:57 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 44 replies
    Biblical Anthropology ^ | April 19, 2014 | Alice C. Linsley
    Misunderstanding can result from the mechanical reproduction of previously published ideas either because those ideas are taken out of context or because they are based on factual errors. The way authors sort and select data, without verifying the source or checking the facts, leads to distorted interpretations. This problem must be anticipated in Bible interpretation where it is common to rely on what the rabbis have written. As the Bible is viewed as a Jewish religious text, it is natural to seek rabbinic guidance. Christians tend to read the Old Testament through rabbinic sources. Many pastors use commentaries written by...
  • Rabbis Threaten Kerry with ‘Divine Wrath’

    02/05/2014 6:15:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    INN ^ | 2/5/2014, 11:06 AM | Ari Yashar
    A group called Rabbis from the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel sent a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry this Sunday, warning him to end his “antagonism” towards Israel. […] Drawing on Jewish history, the letters declares to Kerry: “If you continue on this destructive path, you will ensure your everlasting disgrace in Jewish history for bringing calamity upon the Jewish people—like Nebuchadnezer and Titus who destroyed, respectively, the first and second great Temples and the entire Holy City of Jerusalem, and who, by Heavenly punishment, brought eventual disaster upon themselves, too.” “By the...
  • ‘Gov’t to Split Jerusalem—Where are the Rabbis?’

    01/24/2014 10:55:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 1/23/2014, 9:01 AM | Maayana Miskin
    The government is planning to cede several sites in ancient Jerusalem to Muslim and Christian ownership, and Israel’s rabbis remain silent, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel has accused. “There is a terrible plan, called the ‘holy basin,’ to split Jerusalem between Christians, Muslims and Jews,” Rabbi Ariel said, speaking to Arutz Sheva. Rabbi Ariel, who heads the Temple Institute, continued, “The Christians will get the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Zion, the Muslims will get the Temple Mount, and we Jews will need to visit the Kotel (Western Wall) under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority.” The Palestinian Authority (PA)...
  • Rabbis Tell MKs: Don't Enable Kerry Plan - Resign

    01/03/2014 7:32:33 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/14 | Ari Yashar
    A delegation from the Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP) met with Knesset ministers and MKs on Wednesday, urging them to prepare resignation letters to prevent land concessions in ongoing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The meeting came as US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Israel for his tenth visit since taking office, reportedly launching a January diplomatic "offensive" to force Israeli withdrawals. RCP rabbis warned Tourism Minister Uzi Landau and Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir that they sense a complacency similar that prior to the "Disengagement" from Gush Katif. "It’s not enough to verbally oppose the current...
  • Orthodox rabbis 'plotted to kidnap and torture Jewish men with cattle prods and karate.....

    10/10/2013 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    FULL TITLE: Orthodox rabbis 'plotted to kidnap and torture Jewish men with cattle prods and karate so they would divorce their wives' Two Orthodox rabbis have been arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap and beat Jewish men - using cattle prods and karate moves - so that they would divorce their wives. Mendel Epstein and Martin Wolmark were arrested following a sting operation with an undercover agent posing as unhappily married woman in New Jersey, the FBI announced on Thursday. Orthodox rules allow only a man to initiate a divorce, but the rabbis allegedly told the woman they would torture...
  • Chief Rabbis Get Threats from 'Women of the Wall'

    06/03/2013 7:07:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/13 | David Lev
    Threatening letters were sent Monday to the offices of Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yonah Metzger. The identical letters said that this was the Chief Rabbis' “last chance” to drop their opposition to allowing women to pray freely at the Western Wall. The letters included threatening language and images. A drawing of a gun was scrawled on the letters. The text said that if the rabbis did not allow women – specifically "Women of the Wall" – to pray at the Western Wall as they wished, the rabbis “would return home with the dead bodies of hundreds of hareidi Jews.”
  • Who's a Jew {interesting read about Karaites v/s Rabbinical Judaism}

    05/20/2013 11:29:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 41 replies
    The Economist | May 2013 | Economist
    WHEN is a Jew not a Jew? When he’s a Karaite. Or so says Israel’s chief rabbinate, which, after 65 years of relative harmony with an ancient Jewish sect, is reopening an old and bitter schism. In recent months, rabbis working for Israel’s ministry of religion have deemed Karaite marriages invalid, fined their butchers for claiming to be kosher, and demanded that Karaites marrying Orthodox Jewish women should convert, sometimes having to undergo tavila, or baptism. “We are already Jews,” protests Moshe Firrouz, a computer engineer who heads the Karaites’ Council of Sages. “The rabbinate is denying us our religious...
  • Man Shouts Allah Akbar and Tries to Cut Rabbi’s Throat: Police Say Motive Unclear

    04/29/2013 8:11:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Front Page ^ | 4/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s another one of those baffling mysteries. Muslims attack non-Muslims while shouting Allah Akbar and no one can figure out a motive. Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said the two victims had been wearing Jewish skullcaps, and the attacker was detained after a chase through the synagogue. 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. The rabbi, who is in his late 40s, was recovering from surgery for a neck injury and his 18-year-old son sustained lesser...
  • Obama’s Inauguration Prayers Featured Three of Soros’ Anti-Israel Rabbis

    01/28/2013 9:21:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 1/28/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    All of Obama’s inauguration rabbis were members of the same radical leftist groups opposed to Israel and funded by George Soros. This isn’t a wacky coincidence because the J Street Rabbinic cabinet isn’t that big. Instead Obama deliberately picked three extremist left-wing clergy, “Rabbi” Rick Jacobs, “Rabbi” Julie Schonfeld and “Rabbi” Sharon Brous. Jacobs and Brous are or were members of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet, an Anti-Israel organization funded by George Soros. The “Rabbinic” part is a name only as these people are not legitimate clergy, they are left-wing activists dedicated to the destruction of Israel and Judaism.
  • Chief Rabbis of Israel say, 'Killing fetuses is murder'

    01/04/2013 1:37:22 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 3, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Israeli Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger, left, and Shlomo Amar. The Jewish Press JERUSALEM, January 3, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Israel’s two chief rabbis have again issued a letter to all synagogue and community rabbis urging them to condemn abortion and to support the work of Efrat, the country’s pro-life organization. In stronger language than they have used in their previous messages, Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger and Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar called the killing of the child in the womb “murder.” “As in past,” the letter reads, “we call on all rabbis in Israel” to “raise in...
  • DNC Rabbi's Closing Benediction: No Israel Mention

    09/06/2012 9:23:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/5/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Tonight, Rabbi David Wolpe gave the closing benediction. And he missed two key references: Jerusalem, and the State of Israel. He focused instead on the false leftist definition of tikkun olam, fixing the world. Tikkun olam is actually a kabbalistic concept that suggests that Jews have a responsibility to fulfill the commandments in order to rectify the cosmic cataclysm that occurred with creation. But leftists like to equate tikkun olam with the entire leftist program, no matter how many Jewish commandments that leftist program violates. Here’s Wolpe's transcript: Dear God, we are grateful that our nation is founded on the...
  • Debunked: The myth of a caring Obama White House

    09/03/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3 Sep 12 | Gidon Ben-Zvi
    The administration of US President Barack Obama reacted sharply to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent comment that Obama had “thrown allies like Israel under the bus” regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that assistance “… provided to Israel by the United States has never been greater than it has been under President Obama. We have an extremely close relationship with Israel, which is appropriate given our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.” Barack Obama an erstwhile supporter of the Zionist enterprise? Such drivel may stick with Hollywood’s glitterati, but outside of Tinseltown, the...
  • Many “Rabbis for Obama” Support BDS & the Palestinian Cause against Israel: Do They Reflect Obama?

    08/29/2012 6:06:00 PM PDT · by Ziva · 9 replies
    The Jewish Voice and Opinion ^ | 8/29/2012 | Susan Rosenbluth
    President Obama’s re-election campaign announced last month the launch of “Rabbis for Obama,” a group whose stated goal is to rally grassroots support for the President in the Jewish community. The announcement came amid reports that Jewish support for Barack Obama, while still strong, is dwindling when compared to his numbers in 2008; as well as some hard-hitting ads for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney targeting Jewish concerns, especially regarding support for Israel. [Picture] Rabbis for Obama: Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Rabbi Brant Rosen, with Ayatollah Bojnoordi from 2008 trip to Iran. Photo from Shalom Rav blog [Picture] Rabbis for Romney:...
  • Obama Campaign Enlisting Support from Radical, Anti-Israel Rabbis

    08/24/2012 9:41:02 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 2 replies
    The Jewish Express ^ | 8/24/12 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    According to Noah Pollack, executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, President Obama’s attitude towards Jewish voters is astonishing. Speaking to The Jewish Press, Pollack said, “the Rabbis for Obama group, which includes Jews who are amongst the most hostile to Israel anywhere in America, underscores the lack of seriousness with which they take their effort to convince pro-Israel voters that this president is pro-Israel.”
  • 600 'Rabbis for Obama' give backing to US president (few Orthodox)

    08/21/2012 8:13:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/21/12 | JTA
    WASHINGTON – More than 600 rabbis displayed their support for US President Barack Obama's reelection bid on Tuesday, joining a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama. Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.” The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according to the news release. The names of all the rabbis can be found on the website barackobama.com/rabbis. Most of the rabbis are Reform or Conservative, although a handful are Orthodox.
  • Obama campaign launches ‘Rabbis for Obama’ (Gallup has it 68% to 25% among Jewish voters)

    08/21/2012 1:56:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/21/12 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket
    President Barack Obama's reelection campaign unveiled "Rabbis for Obama"—a group of more than 600 rabbis from across the country—at a time when Republicans are hoping to erode the Democrat's wide lead among Jewish voters. "Their ringing endorsement of President Obama speaks volumes about the president's deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel and his dedication to a policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community," Ira Forman, the campaign's Jewish Outreach Director, said in a statement. The announcement came with a state-by-state list of the rabbis backing Obama, who leads...
  • Watchdog Group Upset by Jewish Learning in IDF

    04/18/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/4/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The Ometz watchdog group has filed a complaint to Defense Minister Ehud Barak over rabbis’ lectures on IDF bases. The group claimed there is a “phenomenon” in which soldiers are forced to hear the rabbis speak. “Among the lecturers in the IDF are ‘chozrim b’teshuva’ [those from secular homes who became religious – ed.] who talk about the process they went through, and ultimately these lectures have an element of ‘brainwashing,’” said Ometz head Aryeh Avneri. Avneri also expressed concern over a different matter: “Recently there was a completely new phenomenon, when a man wearing black clothes and with a...
  • Thomas Friedman Calls Rabbi's banner "Stupid" At Yale

    11/03/2011 10:23:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/3/11 | Rabbi Shmully Hecht
    Thomas Friedman calls rabbi "stupid" during lecture at Yale University
  • Leftist Professors Less Likely to be Questioned on Incitement

    11/01/2011 11:39:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/11/11 | Aryeh ben Hayim
    Deputy State Attorney Shai Nitzan has informed the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel that he has decided to turn down their demand to open an investigation against Professor Judd Ne'eman, an Israel Prize laureate in cinema studies due to Ne'eman's call for a civil war in a radio interview. Nitzan explained his decision. "I believe that Professor Ne'eman's statements do not suffice to consolidate grounds for opening a criminal investigation against him on the crime of incitement to violence as per your demand, because it is highly doubtful if the fundamentals of the article in the criminal code...
  • One rabbi's perspective on Obama

    09/25/2011 12:00:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matsav ^ | 9/25/11 | Carl in Jerusalem
    On Thursday, President Obama had a conference call with 900 rabbis. On Friday, one rabbi, Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein, gave this account (Hat Tip: Dan F). Agudat Israel, the Orthodox rabbinic group, was included but they were at the bottom of the list so that none of their rabbis had a chance to ask a question. This is hardly a surprise since Orthodox rabbis are least likely to be in Obama’s corner. Two questions were selected, one on the economy and the other on the Middle East. There were no surprises. It was an electioneering effort by the President which...
  • Rabbis Asked to Intervene in IDF’s No-Fire Orders

    09/23/2011 7:43:29 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/9/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Frustrated by the restrictive no-fire orders handed down by IDF attorneys, local rabbis and leaders are asking the Chief Rabbis of Israel to take the rare step of issuing a direct contradiction. While the Rabbinate avoids involvement in military affairs, the rabbis said that in this case, the orders are a case of “pikuach nefesh,” life and death. A letter from Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, and Professor Hillel Weiss reads: To the Honorable Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, And Rabbi Yona Metzger As the new year begins, we wish you a good and sweet year,...
  • US Terrorist Admits He Also Shot at Rabbi’s Home

    08/01/2011 10:17:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 8/1/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Convicted American terrorist who killed a U.S. army soldier two years ago has admitted he also fired 10 bullets at a rabbi’s home in Arkansas A convicted Muslim American terrorist who killed a U.S. army soldier two years ago has admitted he also fired ten bullets at a rabbi’s home in Arkansas, according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act. Abdulhakim Muhammad said he shot at the home of Little Rock Reform leader Eugene (Gene) Levy before he carried out his deadly attack on army soldiers in June 2009, killing one and wounding...
  • Second Rabbi Faces Arrest; 'They Are Putting Torah on Trial'. 70 rabbis: Arrest warrant a disgrace.

    02/11/2011 10:15:19 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 11 replies
    © Arutz Sheva ^ | 02/11/11, 12:18 PM | Maayana Miskin
    Second Rabbi Faces Arrest; 'They Are Putting Torah on Trial' by Maayana Miskin Follow Israel news on and . Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, the son of Sephardi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, is facing arrest over his approbation for the book Torat HaMelech (The Torah of the King). He has stated that he will not cooperate with police. “The Torah is under investigation, and I have no intention of cooperating in an investigation of a book that is solely about Torah,” Rabbi Yaakov Yosef told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news service.
  • Jerusalem rabbis condemn dog to death

    06/18/2011 4:38:26 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 June, 2011 | Staff
    A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say. The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet. It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.
  • Rabbis Spend $100K to Slam Beck for Slamming Soros

    01/27/2011 2:23:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 27, 2011 | Roger L. Simon
    Four-hundred lib rabbis — the kind that give sanctimonious sermons about the environment at Westchester synagogues — have banded together to slam Glenn Beck with a $100K ad in the Wall Street Journal. According to the clerics, Beck has been unfairly attacking George Soros for collaborating with the Nazis in WWII when the billionaire was a fourteen-year old — something that Soros himself admits and, incredibly, doesn’t feel guilty about.Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes interviewed Soros about his “youth.” Given the rabbis’ WSJ ad, it seems worth reprinting a transcript of a significant part of that interview here:KROFT: (Voiceover)...
  • Poll: 55% back rabbis' anti-Arab ruling

    12/15/2010 6:10:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | 12/15/10 | ynet
    Survey shows 41% of secular Israelis support municipal religious leaders' call not to rent apartments to non-Jews, as do 64% and 88% of Israel's traditional and haredi Jews, respectively A significant segment of Israel's adult Jewish population agrees with a religious ruling forbididng Jews from selling or renting apartments to Arabs or other non-Jews, according to a recent survey commissioned by Ynet and the Gesher organization. The controversial ruling was issued by a group of 50 municipal rabbis. Some 55% of those polled said they agree with the ruling; 26% of the respondents said they agree with it for the...
  • Rabbis Visit Vandalized Mosque--Bring Korans, Condemn Attack

    10/06/2010 11:56:09 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 21 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 10/6/'10 | Unattributed
    A group of rabbis from Gush Etzion visited a mosque in the village of Beit Fajjar on Tuesday, a day after it had been defaced and burned. In addition to setting a fire, the vandals marked up the mosque with Hebrew graffiti and burned copies of the Koran. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak condemned the attack, which witnesses allege was carried out by Jewish settlers driving a car with Israeli license plates. "Whoever did this is a terrorist in every sense of the word," said Barak. "This was a shameful act that besmirched the state of Israel and...
  • Obama , call, rabbis

    09/07/2010 10:35:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    politico ^ | 9/7/10 | Laura Rozen
    In the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks relaunch in Washington last week, and ahead of Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell heading to the next round of talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt and Jerusalem next week, the Obama administration is continuing to step up its outreach to Jewish and Muslim American leaders and other key domestic constituencies. President Barack Obama himself will do a "Rosh Hashana" conference call with rabbis this afternoon on, Jewish leaders said. And Vice President Joseph Biden hosts Jewish leaders at a pre-Rosh Hashana reception at his Naval Observatory residence this evening. Clinton, meantime, hosts an...
  • Rabbis to Condemn Recent Hate Statements Against Palestinians TODAY

    08/30/2010 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    breitbart ^ | 08/30/10 | PRNewswire
    NEW YORK , Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by Neturei Karta International: A delegation of Anti Zionist Orthodox Jewish Rabbis will stage a vigil in front of the Palestinian Mission in New York City, to demonstrate their support for the Palestinian people and to express their outrage at the recent vile hate statements delivered by Zionist former so called "Chief Rabbi" Ovadiah Yosef. Place: Palestinian mission to the United Nations, 115 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065, between Park & Lexington Date: TODAY, Monday, August 30, 2010
  • White House meets with rabbis to assuage concerns on Israel

    05/14/2010 12:46:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 489+ views
    jta ^ | 5/14/10 | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- If you tell the rabbis, they will spread the word. That was the thinking behind two intimate White House meetings -- the second of which took place on Thursday -- with a carefully selected slate of 15 rabbis from across the country and representing the Orthodox, Reform and Conservative streams. Jack Moline, a Conservative rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in Alexandria, Va., initiated the meetings after a talk he had with his friend Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, about the Obama administration's perceived deficit of friendliness toward Israel. The two meetings, the first of...
  • Oh, for the Glory Days

    01/01/2010 2:39:18 PM PST · by Stepan12 · 12 replies · 605+ views
    Solomonia ^ | December 10, 2009 | Tom Mountain
    [The following, by Tom Mountain, here in full, appears in this week's Jewish Advocate] The rabbis could barely contain their glee at meeting their president for the first time. Ignoring protocol, they crowded around him, hands outstretched, in a sincere, even loving attempt, to express their adulation. One rabbi grasped the president's hand, looked him in the eye, and said, "Mr. President, I believe that had history placed you in your special position during World War II, there would not have been a Holocaust." The president, visibly moved, was uncharacteristically speechless. Another rabbi, so overcome with emotion at standing in...
  • Chief Jewish Rabbis in Israel: Abortion Delays Coming of Messiah, Back Pro-Life

    12/29/2009 4:27:37 PM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 1,139+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/29/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Jerusalem, Israel (LifeNews.com) -- The top two Jewish rabbis in Israel sent a letter on Monday to their colleagues denouncing abortion. They said that abortion kills thousands of Israeli babies a year and delays the coming of the Messiah and they promised to do more to promote pro-life and pregnancy help efforts. Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar sent a letter yesterday to all of the state-employed Jewish rabbis saying they would "strengthen" the efforts of the pro-life council in the rabbinate to help reduce abortions.The letter says "the vast majority of abortions are unnecessary and Halacha severely prohibits...
  • Synagogue Security: Rabbis Learn To Use Firearms

    09/07/2009 1:14:26 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 17 replies · 700+ views
    WCBS Website ^ | September 4, 2009 | Sean Hennessey
    With Houses Of Worship Constantly Under Threat, Former NYC Cop Offers Class Designed To Keep People Inside Safe NEW YORK (CBS) -- Some might call it the "God squad," others a proactive approach to safety. A rabbi in Queens is beginning a training program aimed at keeping places of worship worry free. Inside a Kew Gardens place of prayer is a team of experts whose goal is to make synagogues safer by teaching martial arts, how to use a gun and protecting worshipers if someone came in with guns blaring. It's the brainchild of Rabbi Gary Moscowitz, a former New...
  • Flying Rabbis Fight Swine Flu (+ Video)

    09/03/2009 6:44:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 563+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 12 August 2009
    A group of rabbis and Jewish mystics has taken to the skies over Israel, praying and blowing ceremonial horns in a plane to ward off swine flu. About 50 religious leaders circled over the country on Monday, chanting prayers and blowing horns, called shofars. The flight's aim was "to stop the pandemic so people will stop dying from it", Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri was quoted as saying in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. The flu is often called simply "H1N1" in Israel, as pigs are seen as unclean. SWINE FLU Swine flu is a respiratory disease thought to spread through coughing and sneezing...
  • Rabbis Meeting to Consider a Ban on Selling Houses to Arabs

    08/30/2009 12:05:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 792+ views
    Israelnationalnews.com ^ | 8/30/09 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Hareidi and national-religious rabbis will meet Monday in Jerusalem to discuss ways of dealing with the Arab influx into Jewish neighborhoods in northern Jerusalem, as well as the purchasing of agricultural land in the Galilee by wealthy foreign Arabs. The rabbis are expected to call for an end to the phenomenon of sale of land and houses by Jews to Arabs. The organizer, Aryeh King, who heads the Israel Lands Fund, told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service that he is hoping to see the rabbis issue a pronouncement that sale of land and houses to Arabs is forbidden.
  • Obama's conference call with 1,000 Rabbis on Health Care

    08/20/2009 10:41:36 AM PDT · by pajamahadin.com · 4 replies · 530+ views
    PajamaHadin ^ | August 20, 2009 | Michael Marshall
    There was a call with 1,000 Rabbis and Obama this week on Health Care: One Rabbi concluded among other things: Obama is really either advocating government control or doesn't understand how insurance works.
  • The Audacity Of Arrogantly Proclaiming A Partnership With God

    08/20/2009 10:38:48 AM PDT · by 84rules · 9 replies · 645+ views
    84rules News and Commentary Blog ^ | August 20, 2009 | 84rules
    Never has a sitting president had the arrogance or impudence to say what Obama said yesterday: The Audacity Of Arrogantly Proclaiming A Partnership With God 84rules August 20, 2009
  • Officials lambast NJ corruption after 44 arrested

    07/24/2009 9:08:58 AM PDT · by Jersey Republican Biker Chick · 40 replies · 1,080+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri Jul 24, 8:47 am | DAVID PORTER
    NEWARK, N.J. – Officials are decrying political corruption in New Jersey after more than 40 people, among them rabbis and elected officeholders, were arrested in an investigation in which some were accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars and of black-market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags.
  • NEW YORK POST - FBI ARRESTS - ONLY REPUBLICANS DENOTED, BUT NO DEMOCRATS IDENTIFIED

    07/23/2009 11:05:51 AM PDT · by slickfree · 24 replies · 1,259+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | July 23, 2009 | POST STAFF REPORT
    Why has the New York Post omitted the party affiliation of New Jersey politicians that were arrested today? All the remainder Democrats were not indicated (excess of seven), and NONE indicated of the Rabbis, and many many more are missing whether Democrats or Republicans. However, TWO Republicans were conveniently indicated ... something is ROTTEN with Post Staff Writers.
  • 100 Rabbis Prepare to Welcome Pontiff to Holy Land

    05/01/2009 4:20:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 484+ views
    ZNA ^ | April 30, 2009
    JERUSALEM, APRIL 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- More than a hundred rabbis of various denominations will sign a message welcoming Benedict XVI to the Holy Land and encouraging dialogue between Jews and Christians. The presidents of the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education, Adalberta and Armando Bernardini, told ZENIT that the message is due to be published on the Web site of an Israeli newspaper, "Ha'Arezt." The initiative is being promoted by one of the foundation's members, Rabbi Jack Bemporard, also director of the New Jersey based Center for Interreligious Understanding. From May 8 to 15 the Pope will visit the...
  • "We Are Embarrassed" (Cardinal O'Malley on the SSPX)

    01/31/2009 3:13:02 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies · 1,274+ views
    WITL ^ | January 31, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    Long a key voice in Catholic-Jewish relations, Cardinal Sean O'Malley OFM Cap. of Boston issued a response to the week's events late last night: The Vatican announced this week that the Holy Father has lifted the excommunications of four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X. I was pleased with the news which shows, once again, the Holy Father’s concern for unity and reconciliation in the Church.... [The Pope's] outreach to the communities who follow these bishops is just one more manifestation of his ardent desire to bring these people (which some estimate to be as many as...
  • Pope Emphasises His 'Solidarity With Jews' After Provoking Outrage

    01/28/2009 7:54:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 397+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 29, 2009
    Pope emphasises his 'solidarity with Jews' after provoking outrage by readmitting bishop who denies Holocaust By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 29th January 2009 Pope Benedict has expressed his 'full and unquestionable solidarity' with Jews, after outraging many by rehabilitating a bishop who denies the Holocaust. Speaking at his Wednesday audience, the German-born pope tried to heal the rift with Jews by saying the attempt to exterminate them in the Holocaust should remain a warning to all humanity. Recalling his visit to the Auschwitz death camp in 2006, Benedict condemned the 'pitiless killing of millions of Jews, innocent victims of blind racial...
  • Pope responds to Israeli rabbis (Jewish authorities threaten to sever ties)

    01/28/2009 2:25:27 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 702+ views
    ansa ^ | January 28, 2009
    (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 28 - Pope Benedict XVI acted quickly on Wednesday to counter a threat from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to indefinitely sever relations with the Vatican over his decision to lift the excommunication for a traditionalist bishop who continued to deny the existence of the Holocaust. The move was announced by the Chief Rabbinate director general, Oded Weiner, who also said that a March 2-4 meeting in Rome with the Catholic Church's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews had been cancelled. At the center of the dispute is British-born Bishop Richard Williamson, one of...
  • Chief Rabbinate cuts ties with Vatican

    01/28/2009 11:11:13 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 50 replies · 1,624+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 28, 2009 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    Pope Benedict XVI insisted on Wednesday that he felt "full and indisputable solidarity" with Jews. Benedict spoke days after his decision to revoke the excommunication of a bishop who says no Jews were gassed during the Holocaust provoked an outcry among Jews. Benedict said Wednesday that he hoped the memory of the Holocaust would also serve as a warning against the "unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the hearts of men." He spoke during a public audience at the Vatican. The Vatican had already distanced itself from comments by bishop Richard Williamson, who has denied that 6 million Jews...
  • American Jewish Rabbis Show Solidarity with Vatican against Obama's Anti-Life Measures

    01/28/2009 10:49:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 1,376+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/28/09 | John-Henry Westen
    NEW YORK, January 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -  Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for Rabbinical Alliance of America, will be in Rome Thursday meeting with high ranking Vatican officials. While there he will express solidarity regarding the recent Vatican criticisms of US President Barack Obama and his executive order which has permitted US taxpayer funds to be given to organizations performing and lobbying for abortion internationally.  Levin will be representing over 800 Orthodox Jewish Rabbis who form the Rabbinical Alliance of America. His visit is being coordinated by the Rome office of Human Life International. Following Obama's overturning of the Mexico City...
  • Jews and the Catholic Church. The Rabbis of Italy Don't Like This Pope

    01/16/2009 6:45:26 AM PST · by Publius804 · 47 replies · 928+ views
    chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it ^ | January 16, 2009 | Sandro Magister
    Jews and the Catholic Church. The Rabbis of Italy Don't Like This Pope OMA, January 16, 2009 – In the area of geopolitics, the war in Gaza has sharpened the disagreements between the Catholic Church and Israel, as www.chiesa showed in its article on January 4. The hope is that Benedict XVI's trip to the Holy Land, thought to be scheduled for May, will diminish the mutual misunderstandings. Meanwhile, however, mainly because of Israeli intransigence, there is no progress in the negotiations to implement the 1993 accords between the Holy See and Israel. Nor is there any sign of the...
  • Muslim woman, rabbis to pray at inaugural service

    01/14/2009 4:57:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies · 897+ views
    AP ^ | 1/14/2009 | RACHEL ZOLL
    At past inaugurations, ceremonial prayers uttered on behalf of the incoming president drew about as much attention as the flags on the podium. Not this year. Barack Obama's choice of clergy is under scrutiny like no other president-elect before him, alternately outraging Americans on the left and the right as he navigates the minefield of U.S. religion. "I can't recall any prayers drawing so much attention," said Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center who specializes in religion in public life. Gay advocates assailed Obama, while many conservative Christians were heartened, when he invited the Rev. Rick Warren,...
  • Exclusive: Rabbis for Obama Exposed as front group for radical Hamas appeasement supporters

    10/29/2008 1:09:21 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 9 replies · 355+ views
    Sultan Knish ^ | Sultan Knish
    When Rabbis for Obama was announced with great fanfare it was meant to reassure worried Jewish voters. The 300 Rabbis who signed on to the letter which stated that Barack Obama had "longstanding, stalwart support for Israel" and claimed that "Senator Obama is in the best position to restore faith in America as a leader in the fight against serious threats to Israel." But when you mix Obama and clergy together, the one thing you can count on is that they'll be left wing radicals who are anti-American and anti-Israel... and the Rabbis for Obama signers don't disappoint. In fact...
  • Obama and the Rabbis

    09/18/2008 10:14:55 AM PDT · by Jbny · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 18, 2008 | John Podhoretz
    There’s no denying Barack Obama’s gifts, at least when it comes to a classic Democratic constituency teetering away from him — America’s Jews, who, as I noted yesterday, are showing signs of giving John McCain the largest share of their vote since Ronald Reagan in 1980. In a brilliant effort to shore up his support and stanch the bleeding, Obama held a conference call this morning with 900 rabbis to wish them a Happy New Year. The High Holy Days of the Jewish faith begin on the evening of the 29th of September with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of...