A Kohen’s Take: The Likud Central Committee Vote and Jerusalem

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As this week’s Parshat HaShevua is Parsha Emor, it seems appropriate apply precepts which I have derived from our Parsha to our collective current malaise:

The function of the Kohen in relationship to his fellow Jews is meant to be the paradigm of how the Jews are meant to relate to the nations as a light unto the world. The point is that the Kohanim are meant to be a paradigm, to set an example for all of B’nai Yisrael regarding derech, midos, chessed to one’s brothers — one’s fellow Jews, and of Avodat Hashem.  [...]  Click here to read more.

The Secret US-Israeli Agreement on East Jerusalem


Bibi’s infamous Yes vote for the expulsion of our Gush Katif brethren.

This blog has closely observed prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s public reactions to the tirades of US president Obama and secretary of state Clinton in the aftermath of licensure for building in Ramat Shlomo. Among Netanyahu’s public statements have been declarations that construction in Jerusalem will continue and that Jerusalem will remain undivided .

But inside Israel, and inside the prime minister’s own party, people have been questioning whether Netanyahu can be taken at his word, particularly in light of the Likud central committee vote coming on Thursday regarding whether or not the Likud constitution will be changed as to scheduling when central committee elections will be held. The make-up of the Likud central committee appears to have a profound impact on the prime minister’s diplomatic policy decisions.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Parsha Ki Tisa 5769 — Torah Principle, Immoral Law and Peer Group Pressure

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By Moshe Burt

For many years, since 1991 when Parsha Ki Tisa marked my son Philip’s Bar Mitzvah, I have spoken or written about a posuk in our Parsha which alludes to an event which is recorded in Torah 40 years later, in a subsequent Parsha.

The posuk being referred to (Sh’mos, Perek 30, posuk 30) says that while Moshe Rabbeinu was on Har Sinai being given Torah, Hashem said;

“You shall anoint Aaron and his sons and sanctify them to minister (to serve) me.”

This seemingly obscure posuk which pops up in a couple of slightly different forms in both Parsha Tetzaveh and in our Parsha raises a challenging question which cuts to the chase of what we continue to face today. The question is; what about that Pinchas Ben Elazar? Why was he not anointed as a Kohen with his brothers?  [...]  Click here to read more.

Shas to Endorse Netanyahu as PM — Yishai: Strong Shas Prevents Bibi Hurting Them

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Commentary:

Shas party leader Eli Yishai claims that his endorsement of Netanyahu for prime minister is a statement that “a strong Shas will protect the weak socioeconomic groups in Israeli society.” Yishai notes that “Shas will prevent Likud from hurting them again.”

The point here is that this is ALL about money, and the restoration of all of the benefits which Bibi lopped-off in his monetary reform measures as Treasury minister under Sharon. The point is NOT about saying no to a PA (sic) state, dividing Jerusalem, NOT about saying no to expelling hundreds of thousands of Jews from Jewish land, NOT about fighting a war to WIN, be it in Gaza, Lebanon, etc., and not about saying NO to handing the Golan to Syria. History has shown clearly that Shas puts up no threat whatsoever to either Bibi or Livni regarding dividing Jerusalem or handing Jewish land to Arabs. [...]  Click here to read more.

Shas Talks on Joining Livni Government: Jerusalem Not Necessarily Red Line?

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Commentary;

Is there anything at all new under the sun? We’ve known the FACTS regarding Shas’ Jerusalem priority, or lack thereof, for over six months. MB

Shas Negotiating Attorney Indicates Jerusalem Not Necessarily Red Line, Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 17 October 2008 (IMRA)

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In a live interview broadcast during the noon news program today of Israel Radio, Attorney David Glass, who is negotiating with representatives of FM Livni on behalf of the Shas party, explained that should a deal be reached with Livni for Shas to join her ruling coalition and the agreement does not preclude negotiations over Jerusalem with the Palestinians that the decision to accept the deal would be left up to the Shas Council of Sages and Rabbi Yosef. [...]  Click here to read more.

Emergency Update: Israeli Government Handing Over Hevron Security to PA

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Commentary;

Received this email tonight from Mattot Arim — Cities of Israel. In their typical blundering, suicidal political expedience, it appears that the Olmert/Livni Regime is intent wreaking havoc upon the Jews of Hevron, Again. MB

Emergency update. Very soon, crazy as this may seem to you, the Israeli Government intends to transfer responsibility for security in Hebron to the Palestinian Authority. This, the Israeli government assures us, is going to ensure that the Hamas terror organization does not take control of of Hebron. [...]  Click here to read more.

Shas: Are You Ready to Leave, Bring Elections Yet Over Jerusalem?

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Commentary;

Once again, the Shas party, in a position to bring about near- instant elections, instead continues to choose bluster and crocodile tears rather than doing the right and moral thing — leaving the government NOW.

For context on the whole sordid Shas/Jerusalem experience, click here. MB

Shas: Olmert Has No Legal Right to Sign on Jerusalem

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Shas party chairman and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai warned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday not to sign off with the Palestinian Authority on a deal to divide Jerusalem. [...]  Click here to read more.

“Religious” Parties: Connect Hametz With G.K., Jerusalem Division, More?

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Commentary;

MK Rabbi Avraham Ravitz and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger have both spoken out against legalized sale of Hametz anywhere in Israel during Pesach. Rabbi Metzger went so far as to connect successive regimes’-sponsored decline [or disintegration] of Jewish values with decline in performance of reserve duty which the generals and commanders attribute to erosion of reservists’ value system.

Are the so-called “religious” parties, and their Rabbis, able to connect all the dots between legalized Hametz sale during pesach and the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif, the division of Jerusalem going on as we speak, attempts to evict the residents of Shalom House in Hevron and the contemplated eviction of 100,000 more Jews of Yesha disguised as bogus “peace” Talks?  [...]  Click here to read more.

Livni Repartitioning Jerusalem, WHERE’S SHAS?

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Commentary;

How many more facts and realities will Shas disregard and rationalize away in their abandonment of Jerusalem for the love of money and partison self-aggrandisement?

Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA makes these comments about the consequences of the Olmert, Livni, Ramon partition of Jerusalem polices, and Shas’ acceptance and enablement of them, and what these policies have wrought by way of President Bush’s upcoming 60 year Yom Hatsma’ot visit to Israel; [...]  Click here to read more.

The Horse’s Mouth: Shas Won’t Leave for “Just Jerusalem”

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Commentary;

For those who had any doubts about the Shas party’s lack of spiritual connection to Jerusalem or anything not directly connected to Shas pockets, their latest spokesman, Communications Minister Ariel Attias has already kissed off Yehuda and the Shomron as what Shas “was not created for,” now dispells all doubts;

“If there is progress in the negotiations about the [whole] country, and not just Jerusalem, that would cause the party to leave the government.” [...]  Click here to read more.