Archive for September, 2009

Rosh Hashana 5770: Halacha, Teshuva and Communal “Norms”

September 13th, 2009

by Moshe Burt There seems to be a mistaken perception that an action or derech commonly done and accepted in society therefore is proper. The fact that actions or derech commonly accepted in society don’t necessarily make them automatically permitted by Halacha. Toward the end of Parsha Nitzavim, Moshe Rabbeinu informs the B’nai Yisrael about […]

Rosh Hashana 5770: Unesaneh Tokef: Al Kiddush Shaim Shemayim vs Mental Coercion by Israeli Governance

September 13th, 2009

by Moshe Burt Each Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we daven the Unesaneh Tokef as part of the Mussaf tefillah. The story behind the Unesaneh Tokef tefillah (expressing the seriousness of the day): relates the Gezeira Rah (evil decree) faced by R’ Amnon of Mainz and his Kehilla of forced conversion to Christianity dating back […]

Wednesday, Thursday War News: Gaza Simmering to a Boil — Infiltrations, Drug Smuggling, Explosive Devices, IDF Under Fire; IDF Nabs 18 Terrorists — Some With Knives, Guns, Other Weaponry, Police Foil PA Events in Jerusalem

September 10th, 2009

IDF Dismantles Two Explosive Devices Planted [by Arab Terrorists] Along Gaza Fence IDF Arrests Palestinian [Infiltrator] Who crossed into Israel [Near Kissufim Crossing] From Gaza Shots Fired at IDF Troops Near Gaza Fence Israel Readying for Long-Range Hamas Rockets Gaza Gunmen Fire at Troops, Engineers [Near Southern Gaza] 2 Armed [Beduin] Drug Smugglers Killed by […]

Shabbos Thru Tuesday War News: More Mortars From Gaza Fall in Eshkol Region, 5 Gaza Palestinians Nabbed for Planting Bombs, Hamas Commander Threatens Schalit; 4 Terrorists Nabbed; 4 Stoning Attacks, 1 Molotov Attack

September 8th, 2009

2 Mortar Shells Fired by Gaza Terrorists Hit Eshkol Region IDF Arrests 5 Palestinians in North Gaza Suspected of Planting Bombs Hamas Commander Threatens Schalit [Isn't it Time for Miliary Action to Liberate?] Rock Attack [by Arabs] in Hevron IDF Nabs Three Arab Terror Suspects Rock Attack Near Shilo Rock Attack Near Sinjil [Near Ramallah] […]

Parsha Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5769: Communal Responsibility and Hashem’s Covenant of Unity

September 5th, 2009

by Moshe Burt Parsha Nitzavim begins: “Atem Nitzavim HaYom…Today you are standing before Hashem, your Lord… You are thus being brought into the covenant of Hashem, your Lord, and [accepting] the dread oath that He is making with you today. He has established you as his nation, so that He will be a G’d to […]

State Comptroller’s Report: More Cover-up of Israeli Government Criminal Negligence Regarding Pollard

September 4th, 2009

Commentary: The months of pre-publicity regarding Israel State Comptroller Lindenstrauss’s investigation and report regarding what the government of Israel did or did not do on behalf of Jonathan Pollard were not promising and the accounts of the investigation report bear out the previous impressions. This author is not even so surprised at the sham report […]

If Bibi Only Had Nerve…

September 4th, 2009

Commentary: Manhigut Yehudit’s US Program Director, Yocheved Seidman, recently wrote a piece citing a recent lead editorial on Israel from “The Economist” magazine. Seidman views the magazine, perhaps like president Barack Hussein Obama, as presenting a perception of “the elected prime minister of Israel as an irrelevant article.” As this author read Seidman’s entire piece, […]

Bibi’s Greatest Weakness; Inability to Withstand US Pressure: May Again Prove Downfall

September 4th, 2009

Commentary: Elyakim Haetzni, noted lawyer and champion of Jewish residence throughout Ereat Yisrael writes the piece below noting prime minister Netanyahu’s serial weakness against US pressure. He notes that Bibi mistakenly has no such fear of domestic pressure fear similar domestic pressure, “nowing that the ‘National Camp’ will refrain from again toppling a “rightist” government […]

Wednesday Thru Friday War News: 5 Mortars Hit Western Negev, IAF Bombs a ‘Kidnap Tunnel’ Near Gaza Border; Chemical Weapons in July Explosion of Hezbollah Arms Cache; IDF Nabs 6 Terrorists, Police Nab 3 Terrorists, Rock Attacks Near Ramallah, Hevron, North Shomron

September 4th, 2009

5 Mortar Shells Hit Western Negev [Including on IDF Troops Operating Near the Kissufim Crossing] IAF Bombs a ‘Kidnap Tunnel’ Second Time in One Week Report: Hezbollah Arms Cache That Exploded [in July] Contained Chemical Weapons PA Terror Fugitive Nabbed [by IDF Near Shechem] Knife Wielding PA Youth Arrested in Hebron Rock Attack Near Ramallah […]

Monday, Tuesday War News: Gaza Kassam, Mortar Attack; Hezbollah Plot Against Ashkenazi Foiled, Yeshiva Hit by Hezbollah Computer Hackers, IDF Nabs 19 Terrorists, Police Nab 97 Illegals in Tel Aviv, Arab Rock Attacks, Pipe Bomb Disarmed at Bus Stop

September 1st, 2009

Kassam Falls North of Sderot Two Mortar Shells Land in Western Negev [Sunday Evening] Israeli Arab Plotted with Hezbollah to Kill IDF Chief of Staff, by David Lev (Israel National News) Jihadist Hackers Hit Bnei Akiva Yeshiva [in Haifa] [Arab] Rock Attack at El Aroub [next to Gush-Etzion - Hevron Highway] IDF Arrests Nine Terror […]