Learning From The Teflon PM: Deception on Cost of Livni’s Trip

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Commentary;

Amidst the various and myriad corruption, graft and influence-peddling scandal accusations against prime minister Ehud Olmert, including
cash-stuffed envelopes, $4,000 a night hotel-rooms allegedly paid for by wealthy American financiers and more; it appears that Kadima’s leadership heir-apparent, who presents herself as Ms. Politically Clean, may have taken a corrupt leaf from her former mentor’s repertoire. MB

Check out this piece below;

FM Livni’s Spokesperson Attempted to Deceive Press About Expense of Her [France] Trip, by Dr. Aaron Lerner (IMRA) [...]  Click here to read more.

Will the Teflon Olmert Wiggle Out of Lebanon Responsibilities, Police Investigations?

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‘Winograd Won’t Recommend Firing PM’, by Dan Izenberg and Gil Hoffman (Jerusalem Post)

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The Winograd Committee on the Second Lebanon War will not make recommendations for sanctions to be taken against anyone involved in the failures of the government during and leading up to the war, Channel 2 and the Ynet news site reported on Monday.

This means the panel will not have to issue any cautionary letters and will be able to publish its final report before the end of the year, according to Ynet. If the reports on the letters of caution are true, witnesses will not have to hire lawyers, study the evidence against them and argue their cases before the committee, a procedure that was expected to have delayed the final report by many months. [...]  Click here to read more.

Teflon Prime Minister, Teflon Party?

Teflon Test

A Must-Read in context of the reports and revelations posted here.

Excerpts;

“Teflon’s not just for cooking fat free. Ever since left-wing America, clueless to Ronnie Reagan’s scratch-proof popularity, dubbed him “the Teflon President,” the term has been used by many to describe people who manage to emerge unscathed from suspicion and scandals. Even I used it to describe the Teflon Terrorism, whom otherwise ‘peace-loving’ people adore.”

“Israeli politicians, especially those who have fled veteran parties and joined Kadima are in special need for strong Teflon coats. It seems that considering their varied political backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is corruption charges, not very attractive to some Israelis, but according to the polls, they’re doing very well.” [...]  Click here to read more.

Parshat Devarim 5774: Moshe’s Mussar, Bridging the Written and Oral Torah and Taking Back Israel

Shalom Friends;

This week, our Parshat HaShevua, Parshat Devarim is being co-sponsored by Akiva and Esther Rosenbaum Lilui Nishmas for his father Rav Arie ben Rav Yehuda HaLevy z”l whose Yahrtzeit is the 4th of Av, well as by Rafael and Shifra Goldmeier in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Tzvi Shalom ben Rafael Mordechai. Both families are from Ramat Beit Shemesh. To the Rosenbaum and Goldmeier families, many thanks for your co-sponsorships and for your continued kindnesses.

You can celebrate a Simcha — a birth, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a Chassuna or other Simcha event in your life, or commemorate a Yahrtzeit of a loved one, or for whatever other reason by sponsoring a Parshat HaShevua. [...]  Click here to read more.

Parshat Devarim 5773: Bridging Written and Oral Torah and Taking Back Israel

by Moshe Burt

A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near.

Shem Mishmuel (Selections on the weekly parshiyot and festivals rendered to English by Rabbi Zvi Belovski) writes (page 373):

This book is qualitatively different from the other four. Chazal tell us (in Megillah, page 31b) that the curses in Sefer Devarim were said by Moshe himself. We may assume… that the material in Devarim, while of course presented by Hashem to Moshe, contains more human input, however slight, than the previous four books. Perhaps it can be considered an in-between stage, bridging the gap between the main Written Torah… and the Oral Torah. Devarim contains elements of both — it is the written word of Hashem…, but with an element of human content, like [oral] Torah. [...]  Click here to read more.

Parshat Devarim 5772: Why We are Here and Taking Back Israel

by Moshe Burt

A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near. We learned from last week’s doubleheader Parshiyot Matos/Masei that the B’nai Yisrael learns that Moshe would not be leading the B’nai Yisrael into Eretz Yisrael. And this author asked if it was that this recognition sunk into the collective consciousness of B’nai Yisrael and they realized, as the oft-recorded 80’s disco tune went, “You don’t know what you got ’til you lose it”? And what, if any, are comparable lessons to be learned in our contemporary generations? [...]  Click here to read more.

Devarim 5771: Bringing True Jewish Leadership and Taking Back Israel

by Moshe Burt

A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near.

He explained that near the end of Sefer BaMidbar, we began to see indications, via the story of Zelafchad’s daughters, as well as the desire of Sh’vatim Reuven and Gad to settle east of the Jordan, etc., that the B’nai Yisrael finally desired to accept Moshe Rabbeinu’s teachings and his Mussar which was meant to bring about the perfection of the Jewish people in emulation of the ways of Hashem as they were about to enter Eretz Yisrael. [...]  Click here to read more.

Devarim 5770: What it Takes to Bring True Jewish Leadership and it’s Applications

by Moshe Burt

A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near.

He explained that near the end of Sefer BaMidbar, we began to see indications, via the story of Zelafchad’s daughters, Reuven and Gad’s desire to settle east of the Jordan, etc., that the B’nai Yisrael finally desired to accept Moshe Rabbeinu’s teachings and his Mussar which was meant to bring about the perfection of the Jewish people in emulation of the ways of Hashem as they were about to enter Eretz Yisrael. [...]  Click here to read more.

Devarim 5769: Seeking and Bringing True Jewish Leadership and it’s Applications

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by Moshe Burt

A number of years ago, Rav Aba Wagensberg spoke out in a shiur that Sefer Devarim represents Moshe Rabbeinu’s Mussar to B’nai Yisrael as the time of his death drew near.

He explained that near the end of Sefer BaMidbar, we began to see indications, via the story of Zelafchad’s daughters, Reuven and Gad’s desire to settle east of the Jordan, etc., that the B’nai Yisrael finally desired to accept Moshe Rabbeinu’s teachings and his Mussar which was meant to bring about the perfection of the Jewish people in emulation of the ways of Hashem as they were about to enter Eretz Yisrael. [...]  Click here to read more.

Parsha Va’etchanan 5768 — Consolation After Expulsion, After the Cruelty, Arrogance of Israeli Governance?

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by, Moshe Burt

The Haftorah for our Parsha begins, “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami yomar Elokeichem” — “Comfort, comfort my people — says your G’d.” (Yishaiya, 40:1) This sentiment seems to be silent, but yet a theme of Parsha Va’etchanan.

In the beginning of Parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu recalls for the B’nai Yisrael how he entreated Hashem for permission to cross the Jordan River but that his request was denied. Instead, he was consoled by viewing the Land from Mount Pisgah. (L’lmod Ul’Lamed – Parsha Va’etchanan, page 161) [...]  Click here to read more.