Tuesday, September 17, 2019

ULTRA-ORTHODOX VOTERS ‘FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES’ ON ELECTION DAY

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ultra-Orthodox-voters-fighting-for-their-lives-on-election-day-601970


Voters in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Jerusalem got up early on Tuesday morning to pray, and then to vote.

Men could be seen coming to voting stations with their prayer shawls and tefillin in hand having left synagogue to perform what has become another religious obligation in the lives of the ultra-Orthodox, voting for their political parties.

CATHOLIC PRIEST FILES DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AFTER BEING OUTED AS ALLEGED PREDATOR


https://www.newsweek.com/catholic-priest-accused-molesting-children-files-defamation-lawsuit-1459545



A lawsuit by a former priest is seeking punitive damages for "severe humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress" after being outed as an accused child molester by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

J. Patrick Foley of Sacramento, California, claims that the Diocese promoted a "reckless disregard for the truth" in a September 12 filing with San Diego Superior Court. In 2018, Foley was one of eight men added to a list of Catholic clergy believed by the Diocese to be responsible for sexually abusing children. Foley's lawsuit alleges that his inclusion on the list amounts to publishing "false and defamatory material."

Foley is hardly the first priest from the area accused of child sex abuse. The San Diego Diocese previously settled a 2007 lawsuit claiming child molestation by a further 48 priests under their purview.

The Abominable Joe-man By Joe Orlow




Today was the first day of Rabbi Daniel Greer's trial. The charges stem from his alleged molestation of one of his students. Today the student testified. I was aware already from published reports of what the testimony would entail.

Sill, there's a certain weight which the actual sworn testimony in a courtroom carries. The report of the testimony was like learning, same as the jurors learned today for the first time, what Rabbi Greer allegedly did.

Before today, I was thinking that physical molestation of a student by his teacher is about as bad it gets.

But today another report was brought to my attention on the social media Whatsapp chat "Rabbi Yehuda Levin Live!"

A Rabbi who taught young men pretended to be a girl online. Using that ruse, he apparently enticed boys in the school where he taught to send him photos of themselves. The Rabbi was arrested last week.

And what has been going through my mind? Thoughts formed unbidden in my consciousness? I'm thinking, "Why can't this Rabbi be normal and molest boys the usual way." I caught myself. But still, unwanted, that was what crossed my mind.

So, I gained a new apprecistion of why the Torah calls homosexuality a Toeva, translated as "abomination."

It is because of what it does to those of us who study the sinners in order to better oppose their activity. At least in my case, I became an abomination. It was for a brief moment, but still it happened. I was outraged at one sinner, and that outrage made another sinner seem "not so bad, after all."

Rabbi Levin gives a metaphor for why we must actively protest immoral acts. He teaches that a pot which is expelling from its walls cannot be absorbing.

As long as we protest, we will keep ourselves shielded from absorbing bad societal influences.

Today I had my guard down. I didn't expect to get hit with such a shocking revelation: a Jekyll and Hyde teacher of Torah to a child robbing the boy of his privacy.

And in that split second where I lapsed, I became abominable.

I'm vulnerable to being mocked for my heightened self-awareness. Go ahead -- those who feel so moved -- make sport of my talking on and on about myself.

I know, though, that by protesting, even protesting my own foibles, that I become better equipped to stare down the evildoers.

ISRAEL ELECTIONS MODE 2 – SAYING A FINAL FAREWELL TO CONSENSUS

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Election-mode-2-saying-a-final-farewell-to-consensus-601871



To make sense of what's going on as Israelis head to the polls Tuesday, one would need to be part mathematician and part psychologist. Determining who will sit with who in a prospective coalition is like choosing sides at a schoolyard pick-up basketball team.

Blue & White will consider forming a unity coalition with Likud if Netanyahu isn't  its head; Deri would sit with Liberman but Liberman won't sit with Deri or join any coalition with haredi members, likewise Blue & White; Liberman also isn't crazy about sitting with Blue & White at the helm; the haredim will sit in any coalition that lets them keep their subsidies and draft deferments; the Joint List will support Blue & White from outside but won't join a Zionist coalition; Netanyahu will talk with any party that would conceivably enable him to stay in power – even the outside-the-tent- Otzma  if they pass the electoral threshold; and poor Amir Peretz (the chubby, glasses-wearing last player picked) would probably accept an offer from just about anyone.

NETANYAHU: THE ELECTION HAS BEEN STOLEN

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Netanyahu-The-election-has-been-stolen-601764



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated his rhetoric against alleged vote forgeries in the Arab sector, changing his tense in interviews from warning that Arab-Israeli voters “are stealing the election” to telling Army Radio on Sunday that “they stole the election.”

Netanyahu made the accusation after reports surfaced of forgeries in the Arab sector in the April election, saying that he believes it may have cost the Likud two Knesset seats and resulted in another election being held.

Orthodox Jewish Girl Languishing in Military Prison - Over Her Resolve to Remain Faithful to Her Religion... NOT IN SWEDEN - BUT IN ISRAEL




BS"D

16 Ellul, 5779 °°° Sept. 16, '19


Parshas Ki-Sovo

By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*


* The perspectives and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of The Jewish Press.

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Orthodox Jewish Girl Languishing in Military Prison - Over Her Resolve to Remain Faithful to Her Religion... NOT IN SWEDEN - BUT IN ISRAEL

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For about an entire week, a religious Jewish girl, Zivah bas Mazal, has been held in "Ma'atzar Patuch" ("Open Prison") in Tel HaShomer, in military incarceration, over her resolve to obey the Torah prohibitions against enlisting in the IDF under any circumstances. According to Jewish Law, one is obligated to sacrifice one's life, if need be, to prevent the draft of girls into the Israeli Defence Forces. For that reason, the Brisker Rov OB"M participated in demonstrations against the government over the female draft. He did so in the face of his known reticence to participate in anti-government demonstrations, deeming it too dangerous, given the specter of protester deaths. Nevertheless, Giyus Banos (the female draft), he exhorted, is "yai'horaig ve'al ya'avor." [How much more so is it incumbent on us to forego government funding, assistance, and other benefits and comforts, to oppose the drafting of girls.] A protest had been scheduled for tonight, on the eve of the Israeli elections. It will be interesting to see if and how the religious Knesset members react. Will the "Moment of Truth" come and go without an acknowledgement of one of the most crucial struggles in Israel today? Will saving girls, religious or otherwise, from abuse in the exploitive military environment of the IDF take precedence over procurement of financial or other government benefits?


Zivah was arrested because she was ostensibly late in submitting her religious certification. Given the fact that enlisting in the military is something a girl is obligated to sacrifice her very life to avoid, the requirement on her to enlist in the military just for being late in submitting documentation of religiosity is draconian, and, in effect, constitutes an anti-religious policy.


Zivah, apparently on advice of others, recently met with a top official in "Maitav," the military unit involved in drafting girls into military service. (Unbeknownst to her, just meeting with those bent on drafting girls itself is prohibited according to Torah law, as well as demonstrably hazardous from a practical perspective.)

Perhaps the result of the meeting explains how such a high level military official, serving in a major military power currently engaged in life-and-death struggles on multiple fronts, found the time to meet a solitary religious girl seeking a military exemption. He
denied her religious exemption, citing IDF service by her brother! (The fact that her family is also religious didn't help her.)

This "game-changing" pronouncement revealed a massive IDF inconsistency. For years, the government has invested heavily in the massive, controversial, and extremely cumbersome mission of drafting hard-to-integrate Chareidim, claiming vociferously that they can remain Chareidi in the IDF. Now, a top Maitav official admits that it considers IDF service a contradiction to being religious -- so much of a contradiction that it even disqualifies the female siblings from being considered religious Jews, denying them their religious exemptions from IDF service. Amazing.


Although this IDF promulgation would certainly not serve as an appealing advertisement for "Netzach Yehuda" (a religious-oriented fighting unit within "K'fir"), it's far worse as public policy. We await the outcry of Knesset members against this brazen antireligious coercion.


Zivah is expected to have a hearing on Thursday. Please daven and learn be'retzifus (without verbal interruption) in the merit of Zivah bas Mazal.

The organization "B’nos Melech," involved in this case, will deliver letters of chizuk sent for Zivah. Letters can be faxed to 011-972-2-502-4400, or emailed to 2838590@gmail.com.

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Hatzolas Nefashos:


Help is immediately needed for another religious girl -- and her severely ill mother:

https://www.matara.pro/nedarimplus/online/?mosad=7000774


Background:

https://daattorah.blogspot.com/2019/09/violating-vineyard-update.html


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Are you [or do you know of] a young woman who needs help in dealing with IDF Draft Office (Lishkas HaGiyus) to obtain your LEGAL exemption from IDF service?

Have your legal rights to an exemption from IDF military service been violated?

Does the Army claim they never received your Religious Certification ("Tatzhir Dat") - even though you know that you sent it in?


Have you been called down to a Ra'ayon Dat ("Religious Test")?

Are you aware the of Psak Din of leading Rabbis against appearing in the Lishkat HaGiyus altogether, even for what seems to be the simplest "in and out" tasks?


Have you been mistreated in the Lishkat HaGiyus (Draft Office)? Have you been forced to undergo an invasive Medical Exam?


Have you been drafted or even willingly enlisted into the Israeli military, only to realize how extraordinary difficult it is to remain faithful to foundational Torah obligations or to retain your personal modesty in the immoral, exploitive military environment?


Have you G-d forbid been abused in the IDF, and denied the help you are legally entitled to?

Have you been compelled to seek refuge from abusers within the IDF and their enablers?


KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. AND DO NOT GIVE UP. Help IS available, much of it FREE of cost for those unable to afford it. Many, many young women have been helped, even those in situations that had appeared hopeless.


PARENTS: The prohibition of "LO SA'AMOD AL DAM RAI'ECHAH" APPLIES TO TOUR OWN DAUGHTERS TOO. Do NOT accept the propaganda of naysayers who claim that "you cannot fight the system." And know your rights, and learn who can help you.

FRIENDS: Do not allow an innocent person to be lost, or abused by perpetrators, be they in the military or elsewhere.


Educate yourself about the options available.

Here is the Emergency contact number of the "Shalhevet" organization for girls and young women in trouble with the IDF draft, to contact for immediate assistance:


Shalhevet:


v: 03-958-4048 ext 2


Or 3192 * to leave a message


e: 6202300@gmail.com


שלהבת 03-958-4048 שלוחה 2

או 3192*

להשאיר הודעה

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To check for possible Giyus Banos updates throughout the week, visit:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dPo1_Y-0u6ry7tLcfF2RbQuEFrIG-BccszjeG9FAdSw/edit?usp=sharing


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Marriage and adultery are community concerns -Rav Yakov Kaminetsky


אמת ליעקב פרשת כי תצא
פרק כג
(ג) לא יבא ממזר בקהל ה'6.
באמת יש לנו לעיין מה ענינם של כל דיני אישות ונישואין בספר דברים, דהלא ביארתי בכמה מקומות [עיין לעיל בפרשת שופטים [י"ז פי"ח] ולהלן בפרשת וילך [ל"א פי"א] באריכות] דבאמת ספר דברים הוא ספר הנוגע למלך ולעניני ציבור, והיינו שמשה בעמדו בערבות מואב וראה שהוא לא יכנס לארץ ישראל, החליט לחזור ולשנות את המצוות הנוגעות אל הציבור והכלל, וכן כל עניני הנהגת המלחמה והמשפט, כדי שהמלך החדש ובני ישראל ידעו מה לעשות בהכנסם לארץ ישראל. אבל מדוע נכתבו דינים אלו של ממזר וגיטין ויבום וכדומה בספר זה, הלוא לכאורה מקומם הוא בספר ויקרא עם שאר הלכות עריות וכדומה?
אבל נראה מזה שענין הנישואין אצל בני ישראל אינו ענין פרטי הנוגע לשני הצדדים ומשפחתם בלבד, אלא הוא נוגע לקהל כולו, שעל ידי נישואיו נכנס הבחור לקהל ישראל ונהיה כחלק מהציבור, ולכן מי שאינו יכול לינשא נקרא בתורה ובלשון חז"ל בשם "פסולי קהל", והיינו שהוא נפסל מלהיות חלק מהקהל והוא צריך לישאר כמו שהיה - יחיד לעצמו. ולכן כל הדינים הקשורים עם זה, מי מותר ומתי מותר ואיך פרטי הדברים נעשים, כל זה חלק מתורת הציבור הוא, ושפיר שייכים דינים אלה בספר דברים. וזה הוא הטעם שאם חתן מתפלל בבית הכנסת אז כל הצבור שאצלו פטורין מלומר תחנון - ולא מצינו דין זה באבל ר"ל שאינו פוטר את הציבור מחמתו שלא בבית האבל, אלא משום ששמחת חתן אינו רק שמחתו אלא שמחת כל הציבור, וכולם נפטרים מלומר תחנון מחמת שזו היא שמחתם ממש ולא משום שמחת החתן, ודו"ק7..

TRUMP ACCUSED DEMOCRATS OF VIEWING 'EVERYBODY AS FASCISTS AND NAZIS' BEFORE PROTESTER WAS KICKED OUT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE RALLY


You are correct on both points. The problem is the obsession anti-Trumpers have with pointing that out day and night.
Back in Germany in the 1930's and 40's no conversation was complete without a couple of "Seil Heil" shout-outs. Failure to do that meant you would be suspected of disloyalty. Today for liberals, it's "I hate Trump". Failure to say that over and over again no matter what the topic of discussion calls into question your liberal credentials.


https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-new-hampshire-rally-democrats-body-shames-protester-1454694

However, Trump said, "at the very moment when our country should be coming together to enjoy these wonderful blessings the radical Democrats are trying to tear America apart."

"They vilify anyone who doesn't share their extreme views," the president said, as the crowd booed.

"They slander our law enforcement heroes," he said, pointing to an incident that saw New York residents splash water on New York Police Department officers.

"I know a lot of New York's finest. They're not happy, they're not happy and they are great people...for that to be allowed to happen is a disgrace," Trump said.

Of the Democrats, the president said: "They view everybody as fascists and Nazis."

"They use the term 'Nazi'. This was a term, you couldn't even use it. now they use it like on a regular basis. 'A Nazi. He's a Nazi.' Think of that. 'He's a Nazi.' You couldn't use it. Now they use it."





Friday, September 13, 2019

Trump: I don't think the Israelis are spying on us

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/268829

The report said that an investigation by security forces in the United States has led to the suspicion that Israel is behind the placing of miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” in the vicinity of the White House.
The d
evices in question mimic regular cell towers to fool cell phones into giving them their locations and identity information. According to Politico, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.
Based on forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, according to the former officials, several of whom the report said served in top intelligence and national security posts.
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denied the Politico report as he landed in Sochi where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu said, "Lies. Complete nonsense. I have a clear directive - no intelligence collections in the US, and this directive is completely enforced."

Trump Is Not Well

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/donald-trump-not-well/597640/

It manifests itself in Trump’s impulsiveness and vindictiveness; his craving for adulation; his misogynypredatory sexual behavior, and sexualization of his daughters; his open admiration for brutal dictators; his remorselessness; and his lack of empathy and sympathy, including attacking a family whose son died while fighting for this countrymocking a reporter with a disability, and ridiculing a former POW. (When asked about Trump’s feelings for his fellow human beings, Trump’s mentor, the notorious lawyer Roy Cohn, reportedly said, “He pisses ice water.”)
The most recent example is the president’s bizarre fixation on falsely insisting that he was correct to warn that Alabama faced a major risk from Hurricane Dorian, to the point that he doctored a hurricane map with a black Sharpie to include the state as being in the path of the storm.
“He’s deteriorating in plain sight,” one Republican strategist who is in frequent contact with the White House told Business Insider on Friday. Asked why the president was obsessed with Alabama instead of the states that would actually be affected by the storm, the strategist said, “You should ask a psychiatrist about that; I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment.”

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Israel's Prime Minister Vows to Begin Annexing West Bank if He Wins Next Week's Election

https://time.com/5673459/israel-netanyahu-annex-west-bank/

He gave no indication on whether he had discussed his plans with Trump, but said he would wait for Trump’s peace plan and coordinate all steps with the president, whose team of Mideast advisers is dominated by supporters of the settlements.
U.S. officials said Netanyahu had told them about his proposal ahead of time and had not raised any objections because they do not think it will affect prospects for an eventual agreement. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CULTURE WARS UPDATE ONLINE



Parshas "Kee Saitzai La'Milchomoh al Oy'veichah"  


11 Ellul, 5779 °°° Sept. 11, '19

By Binyomin Feinberg,

Contributor to The Jewish Press*


* Perspectives and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of The Jewish Press. (This particular post is a significantly expanded version of the Dispatch column appearing in this week's issue of The Jewish Press.)

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On Monday, hundreds of Orthodox Jews, led by about a two dozen or so Rabbinical leaders, trekked to Albany from various New York communities, to beseech the NY Board Of Regents to reject the recently proposed NYS Educational Equivalency Regulations. Those Regulations would require private and religious schools, including Yeshivos and Bais Yaakov girl schools, to comply with the teaching requirements of public schools, and submit to significant government control over the education of their students.

To understand the points raised at the rally, we review some important background information, reported on previously in the Jewish Press Dispatch column.


Section 801a of the NYS Education Law now requires teaching "respect" and "tolerance" for LGBTQ, including those who celebrate the sin of sodomy. The act of sodomy is branded an "abomination" in VaYikra 18:22 and 20:13.  The Dignity for All Students Act, passed in 2010 by the NYS Legislature (including legislators [mis-]representing Orthodox communities), introduced those LGBT indoctrination requirements into law. At the time, political activists kept the Orthodox community in the dark about this legislation. N.Y.state government cleverly interpreted the new law as NOT applying 801a beyond public schools, thereby avoiding alerting  Orthodox communities.

Last November, when the Democratic Party took over the N.Y. state Senate, it attained a trifecta in N.Y., and freed them to reveal their true agenda. Thus, a few weeks after the November election, NYS Dept. of Education Commissioner Elia announced that now even religious schools will be legally required to meet public school requirements. As reported in The Jewish Press, in a subsequent email, the Department of Education clarified that that includes 801a requirements. Elia added that parents of children learning in non-conforming schools will be considered responsible for allowing their children to be truant, which itself starts an entirely separate "process." (Children could be removed from their parents, G-d forbid, for such things.)

At the time, Commissioner Elia issued "Guidelines." Those Guidelines required Yeshivos to comply with educational requirements of Public Schools, including teaching respect for LGBT. Subsequently, a NYS Judge struck down those Guidelines as procedurally deficient. Consequently, NYS Government issued these new "Regulations" in question now. NY did so in order to comply with required procedures, which include providing an opportunity for public comment, followed by issuance of "Guidelines." Those forthcoming Guidelines, intended to elaborate on how to "apply" the general Regulations, would add much detail, specifically including requirements not mentioned altogether in these "Regulations."

For example, *these* Regulations don't mention the LGBTQ teaching requirements of section 801a of N.Y. state Education Law. However, they aren't excluded either. Therefore those LGBTQ requirements could be included in the forthcoming Guidelines with a stroke of a pen, unless of course these Regulations are voted down. And that is precisely what the rally was asking for.


This rally was scheduled for a day when the Regents board was to meet about other matters, inasmuch as they'd all be in Albany that day, to witness community members' expression of concern. The rally, held outside the location on the Regents meetings, comes on the heels of the submission of over 100,000 comments and petitions to the Board of Regents, mostly in strong opposition to the Regulations.

The main address concisely identified the concerns front and center: NY State governmental interference in foundational religious matters. What our readers may find most noteworthy was the fact that the Board of Regents was put on notice here about Jewish concerns over the pro-LGBTQ requirements of Education Law 801a, and that acceptance of these Equivalency Regulations poses a threat of imposing those requirements on private and religious schoolchildren.

There are other concerns with the Regulations, and ensuing Guidelines. However, by far the greatest threat is LGBTQ indoctrination. The pro-sodomy LGBTQ Lobby is unquestionably amongst the most militant movements operating in the arena of Education. It is true that the proposed Requirements, if accepted, could result in the forthcoming Guidelines specifically including requirements to teach about other religions (and in a favored light), or Evolution, or radical Environmental nonsense blaming unregulated human reproduction for climate change and massive hurricanes. But it is hard to conceive of a scenario which would impede the LGBTQ movement from extending their pervasive influence throughout public schools to religious schools,  even Yeshivos, if given legal license to do so, via acceptance of these Regulations.

The primary statement read at the rally implored the members of the Board of Regents to reject these Regulations, and thereby avoid a scenario in which many Orthodox Jews would be compelled to choose between leaving the state or maintaining ongoing non-cooperation with the government on this crux issue. Teaching heresy - or the LGBT agenda - is "something we are obligated to give up our lives to avoid," a reference to the Torah obligation of "Yaihoraig ve'al ya'avor," which applies to such foundational assaults on Judaism. The prospect of engagement in "the storied tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience" was explicitly mentioned. Similar issues were raised in other speeches.

Implementation of such anti-Torah policies would require Jews to shun any cooperation whatsoever with this anti-Biblical, pro-LGBT, and anti-Constitutional  agenda. 

Even from a strictly constitutional perspective, to force Americans to indoctrinate children of any faith, or of none, into the LGBTQ agenda is anathema. The Founding Fathers drew a line with England over issues that were less monumental than this.  To redefine Education as LGBT indoctrination would be a betrayal of the Constitutional Republic, in addition to being an outright rebellion against Our Creator.
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The second item covered in the print Dispatch column of this week reports on the IDF persecution of a religious girl, Avigail H., and her severely ill mother, who was an Israeli Air Force captain before she became a baalas teshuva.

See previous posts:

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A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/09/free-will-bereitschaftspotential/597736/


The death of free will began with thousands of finger taps. In 1964, two German scientists monitored the electrical activity of a dozen people’s brains. Each day for several months, volunteers came into the scientists’ lab at the University of Freiburg to get wires fixed to their scalp from a showerhead-like contraption overhead. The participants sat in a chair, tucked neatly in a metal tollbooth, with only one task: to flex a finger on their right hand at whatever irregular intervals pleased them, over and over, up to 500 times a visit.



israel kin - Video Describing My Divorce




1 Rabbi Gestetner letter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S4TU...
2.Yediot achronot article: http://m.yediot.co.il/Articles/5576859 3.Hachadoshot haboker interview: https://www.facebook.com/MorningNews.... 4.judge orders examining computers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aon5... and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yUHb... 5. Bais din 1 warning about gag order: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rkl7... 6. Rabbi Ginzberg warning about gag order: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11m7W... 7.Ralbag siruv: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iFb1... 8. Agudas harrabonim bais din members: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d701... 9.Ralbag bais din psak to stop burial: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DC1e... 10. Mendel epstein court papers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Oolz... and https://drive.google.com/file/d/125ce... 11.RCC Siruv: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F6gA... 12. Boyfriend Rachmiel Strausberg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkLsR...  13.ORA protest at shiva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMw7v....




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Israeli TV show puts wall between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/10/israeli-tv-show-wall-secular-and-ultra-orthodox-jews-autonomies

War rages in the heart of the Middle East. Jerusalem is captured. Concrete walls go up, and a deep distrust spreads across the holy land.
The well-worn tale is used as the backdrop to multiple Israeli television dramas. Yet for one show, it is not Arabs and Jews who are doing the fighting, but Jews and Jews.
Currently touring film festivals across the world, the six-part series Autonomies envisions a clash between secular Jews and the deeply religious ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jews.
In this vision, set in the near future, civil war has cut the land into two countries. The coastal State of Israel is nonreligious, with the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv as its capital. Jerusalem is a walled, autonomous city-state, run by Haredi rabbis.
At first glance dystopian, the show is in fact an artistic extrapolation of real-life rifts in Israeli society. Many Israelis increasingly see secular-Haredi disaccord about the future of the state as a greater concern than the Palestinian issue, and fear it could tear the country apart from the inside.
Earlier this year, disagreements between secular and religious politicians shattered attempts to form a coalition government and dragged the country into a second round of elections. On 17 September, Israelis will go back to the polls following a campaign in which political parties have sought to exploit internal animosity.

הבטיחו - וקיימו: הקיצונים השחיתו את קו הרכבת ב'גאולה'


https://www.kikar.co.il/330126.html



כחמישים חרדים קיצונים הגיעו בצהריים (שני) לאתר העבודות על מסלול הרכבת הקלה, שמתוכנן לעבור בתוך שכונת 'גאולה' החרדית, והרסו כליל את כלי העבודה והתשתיות שכבר הונחו במקום.

Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/russia-us-spy-extracted/index.html

In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.
The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. 
https://www.salon.com/2019/09/09/cia-and-white-house-dispute-report-of-us-spys-removal-from-russia-over-safety-concerns-under-trump/

NOAA Chief Scientist Says Move To Contradict Agency And Back Trump Was 'Political'

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/09/759209532/noaa-chief-scientist-says-move-to-contradict-agency-and-back-trump-was-political

NOAA's top scientist said Monday that he's investigating why the agency's leadership endorsed President Trump's false tweet that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, after Birmingham-based meteorologists from the National Weather Service publicly pushed back on it.
In an email, Craig McLean, acting chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, called the move by the agency to back the president inappropriate, suggesting it was politically motivated.
"I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity," McLean wrote. "My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political."

Trump makes unfounded voter fraud claim — while campaigning for seat opened by GOP cheating

https://www.vox.com/2019/9/9/20858164/trump-fayetteville-north-carolina-rally-explained-voter-fraud

On Monday night, President Donald Trump was in North Carolina to stump for Dan Bishop, a Republican who is competing with Democrat Dan McCready in a special election on Tuesday to fill the Congress seat vacated by former 9th District Rep. Mark Harris (R-NC) after evidence emerged that the Harris campaign was involved in a ballot tampering scheme.
But in a sign of just how brazen Trump’s lies can be, the president used the occasion not to try to draw a distinction between Harris’s scandal and Bishop’s campaign, but to make baseless accusations that undocumented immigrants are involved in massive voter fraud in California.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

INCITEMENT AGAINST RELIGIOUS JEWS AND THEIR PARTIES DISFIGURES ELECTION

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Know-Comment-Snub-the-anti-religious-scallywags-600777



This has been a lackluster summer-fall election campaign, devoid of nearly all passion, with one exception: incitement against religious Jews and religious parties.

In fact, the venom against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that characterized the April election campaign has been bested this month by vituperation against haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and religious Zionist politicians. It’s hunting season on Jewish tradition, the traditional Jewish family, Jewish scholarship, displays of religious belief, the rabbinate, rabbinical courts, Shabbat legislation, and even religious cultural events.

They are competing for the votes of, say, 5%-10% of ardent Israeli secularists who fear “religionization” or detest religion more than they care about the “occupation” of the Palestinians.

The religion-baiting campaigns of these politicians goes way beyond the limits of acceptable debate regarding the role of religion in politics or the appropriateness of legislation that impinges on religious freedom (or guarantees freedom from religion). Their fiery agitation goes way beyond expected (and accurate) criticism of the haredi-ized rabbinical bureaucracy.
The tone and phonetics of their imprecations are plainly self-hating and antisemitic. If such campaigning were to be used abroad, every Jewish defense agency would be screaming bloody murder.

Guest Post rabbis accused of sexual abuse Joe Orlow


Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn, the owner of this Daas Torah blog, has been extraordinarily gracious to me and many others over the years. He has published numerous of my guest posts and given me an opportunity to comment virtually without restraint.


Yet, this post may not make the cut. It goes beyond provocative and accusatory and crosses the line, perhaps, into fundamentally questioning the viability of the Yeshiva system as it stands today in America.



Through this blog I reluctantly learned of the extent of molestation that goes on in Yeshivas and Seminaries. To be sure, others guided me also in my attempt to untangle this most difficult topic. Rabbi Yehuda Levin has brought up this issue. Rabbi Dovid Eidensohn introduced me to this blog and shared information he has gathered from his sources.



There are way too many cases to make a complete list of incidents that led me to where I am today in my having a vantage point to examine the underbelly of the beast. Some cases stand out more than others. Rabbi Dovid Eidensohn told me of a case, if I recall correctly, of a boy in a Yeshiva who complained of homosexual activity between some students in his dorm, and was subsequently expelled for pushing the matter.



The incident of the many allegations against a founder of girls' seminaries in Eretz Yisrael stands out.



And of course there is the ongoing technical molestation of a woman by her own husband who it turns out is not her husband, a cruelty inflicted on her by a conspiracy of her Rabbis.



The pattern of these and other documented cases on this blog and other blogs, both recent cases and cases going back decades, is that complainants, people who protest against molestation, are labeled "troublemakers".



I do not include links to webpages because because I cannot vouch for their veracity nor their adherence to Halachic standards of speech (including allegations against those who are not able to respond). There are webpages that illustrate the points I've made but I will leave it the reader to use thir discretion in independently researching the matter.



The above is a lead-in to the continuing saga of a case that has pushed me over the edge.



There is an abundance of evidence that Rabbi Daniel Greer is a danger to the community. He has been accused of molesting students. He has invoked the Fifth Amendment in court proceedings regarding his sexual activity with male Jewish teenagers. To plead the Fifth is to exercise the right not to be compelled to testify in a way that incriminates oneself.



The Jewish community would seem justified in acting to protect people from Rabbi Daniel Greer. Yet, when Rabbi Greer wants to make a Minyan, he has been able to get young men from a nearby town to Daven with him. Only when the young men get there, it seems to be, do they learn that he is an alleged molester, as locals warn them upon their arrival.



By happenstance, I was discussing this case with someone who had his phone in speaker mode, and someone with him said he had been with a group that indeed was lured to make a Minyan and that he only learned on his arrival why apparently no one in the city would Daven with Rabbi Greer.



This made the case personal. Why hasn't there been a hue and cry against Rabbi Daniel Greer? Why is this blog and a few others online seemingly the only place to raise the alarm? Why aren't there better mechanisms to stop molestastion?



The answer is coming into sharp focus for me. It took me long enough.



Within what we call the Yeshivish, Chareidi, Litvish, whatever term you prefer, world, the widespread and appalling lack of truly effective safeguards against molestation is not the result of pathetic passiveness. I speak as an outside observer. Maybe I've missed something. I'm willing to admit that. Prove me wrong and I will be much obliged. Certainly my intent is not to overgeneralize. Some places may have have rules that are the means to eradicate degeneracy in their midst.



I'm beginning to find too much of a pattern, though, and I've come to believe it's a strategy. The prevailing conscious attitude is that nothing must be done to give the impression that Torah observant families and their communities are less than perfect. When something comes up to shake this illusion, the approach is to do all possible to ignore it, unless that becomes impossible, such as when it became abundantly evident a Kosher store had been selling the public Treif chickens.



I think this overarching principle to preserve appearances is perhaps an alternative meaning to the term Sinas Chinom, baseless hatred. The word "Chinom", "gratuitous, for no reason" (according to the Jastrow Dictionary), as in "freely given hatred", is related to "Chain", "grace", the quality of being "likeable".



Sinas Chinom, responsible for so much of our troubles in this last Galus, could thus be though of as "likeable hatred" as well as "baseless hatred": exhibiting groundless hatred to some in order to be liked by others. That's a stretch, and may violate laws of grammar, but aptly describes the willingness to sacrifice all, including integrity and self-preservation, to satisfy the drive to appear perfect. "If hating fellow Jews, in this case being quiet as boys unknowingly end up associating with a know molester, is what it takes to get the world to buy that our community is wonderful, so be it."



So, that is why Rabbi Greer is shunned but not ostracized totally. It just "wouldn't be nice" to do that to him, as well as "not nice to publicize the idea among students that Jews can be molesters." Well, sometimes being nice is actually nasty. If this is what Yeshivas and Seminaries have become, places where the occasional student is sacrificed on the altar of perfection, maybe it's time to start over.



Instead of treating students nastily in the service of conformity to some nebulous standard of perfection, let's try sacrificing conformity in the service of being nice to students.



But will that happen without outside coercion? Obedience to parents and teachers has become the idol to worship, never to be questioned nor veered away from. Even if the teacher is requiring a student to be their sex slave.