Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity
Many white evangelical Christians, then, are deeply fearful of what a Trump loss would mean for America, American culture, and American Christianity. If a Democrat is elected president, they believe, it might all come crashing down around us. During the 2016 election, for example, the influential evangelical author and radio talk-show host Eric Metaxas said, “In all of our years, we faced all kinds of struggles. The only time we faced an existential struggle like this was in the Civil War and in the Revolution when the nation began … We are on the verge of losing it as we could have lost it in the Civil War.” A friend of mine described that outlook to me this way: “It’s the Flight 93 election. FOREVER.”

Many evangelical Christians are also filled with grievances and resentments because they feel they have been mocked, scorned, and dishonored by the elite culture over the years. (Some of those feelings are understandable and warranted.) For them, Trump is a man who will not only push their agenda on issues such as the courts and abortion; he will be ruthless against those they view as threats to all they know and love. For a growing number of evangelicals, Trump’s dehumanizing tactics and cruelty aren’t a bug; they are a feature. Trump “owns the libs,” and they love it. He’ll bring a Glock to a cultural knife fight, and they relish that.

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, one of the largest Christian universities in the world, put it this way: “Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing ‘nice guys.’ They might make great Christian leaders but the United States needs street fighters like @realDonaldTrump at every level of government b/c the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps & many Repub leaders are a bunch of wimps!”

There’s a very high cost to our politics for celebrating the Trump style, but what is most personally painful to me as a person of the Christian faith is the cost to the Christian witness. Nonchalantly jettisoning the ethic of Jesus in favor of a political leader who embraces the ethic of Thrasymachus and Nietzsche—might makes right, the strong should rule over the weak, justice has no intrinsic worth, moral values are socially constructed and subjective—is troubling enough.

But there is also the undeniable hypocrisy of people who once made moral character, and especially sexual fidelity, central to their political calculus and who are now embracing a man of boundless corruptions. Don’t forget: Trump was essentially named an unindicted co-conspirator (“Individual 1”) in a scheme to make hush-money payments to a porn star who alleged she’d had an affair with him while he was married to his third wife, who had just given birth to their son.

The Revolution of the Jewish Calendar: The Math & the Psychology - By Rabbi YY Jacobson

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

New Federal Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein Describe Familiar Pattern

Rabbi Moshe Hayim Luzzatto Jewish History Lecture Dr. Henry Abramson

Ehud Barak cites Talmud in attack on Israeli Right

But in his criticism of Netanyahu and the Israeli Right, Barak also made notable references to Jewish religious texts, the Jewish Press reported, citing the Talmud to justify his attack on Netanyahu and his allies on the Right.
During the interview with Reshet Bet, Barak cited the so-called “Three Oaths” – a passage in the Babylonian Talmud (Tractate Ketubot, 110b) which states that following the beginning of the exile, Israel was adjured “not to storm the wall” by forcing its way back into the Land of Israel and “not to rebel against the nations of the world”.
A third oath, directed at the non-Jewish nations of the world, obliged them “not to oppress Israel excessively”.
This passage was furnished by Orthodox opponents of the modern Zionist movement in support of their position that a Jewish state should not be established in the Land of Israel prior to the coming of the Messiah.
Barak, however, cited the Three Oaths in his more narrow criticism of the Israeli Right, while warning that Netanyahu and his allies were “straying” from the vision of Israel as a “Zionist, democratic, enlightened, liberal state.”
"Israeli control over from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the Jordan River will definitely either end Israel as a democracy, or as a Jewish state. That's the essence of what we are seeing. We support a Jewish, Zionist, democratic, enlightened, liberal state."
The path of "Herzl, Ben-Gurion, and Rabin and Peres and everyone else - Netanyahu has strayed from that. The extreme right has pushed Israel towards the directions which the Talmud has already warned against, with two catastrophes that happened in history as a result of this kind of politics, with false messianism which tries to hasten the End [of Days] and give God a schedule for bringing the Messiah, which amounts to 'storming the wall', 'provoking the nations of the world' and spreads 'baseless hatred'."
"These three Talmudic prohibitions are violated every single day by people wearing kippot and priding themselves on their title of rabbis, but in fact, they falsify and distort Judaism, Zionism and Israelism.”

Epstein sex trafficking charges could shine light on Clinton, Trump. Time for bipartisan revulsion.

In 2002, around the same time Epstein allegedly was flying a plane that was nicknamed “the Lolita Express” to his private island and trafficking teenage girls, Trump described his friend as a “terrific guy.”
The future president told New York Magazine: “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Who helped Epstein land the secret nonprosecution agreement that gave him a mere slap on the wrist? It was Alexander Acosta, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Where is Acosta now? He’s President Trump’s labor secretary, running the federal department that oversees human trafficking laws.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Artist who drew anti-Semitic cartoon invited to White House

An artist who drew a “blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon” which showed US government officials as puppets of George Soros and the Rothschilds has been invited to the White House by US President Donald Trump.
The Anti-Defamation League called Ben Garrison’s cartoon published in 2017 “blatantly anti-Semitic” and said that “the thrust of the cartoon is clear: (then-National Security Advisor HR) McMaster is merely a puppet of a Jewish conspiracy.”
The cartoon, which the ADL said was commissioned by right-wing radio host Mike Cernovich, shows left-wing Jewish philanthropist George Soros 

Rachel Maddow VERY SHOCK When Trump and Barr Finds Tool Against Political Enemies, Investigators!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

מה קורה בקהילה של הרב שמואל טל? - מקור ראשון

  1. "כחצי שנה לאחר שעברנו מצפת ליד־בנימין, יצרתי קשר עם הרב בשאלה משפחתית. בפגישה הרב התוודע לכך שאני מטפלת באנרגיות, ומאוד התעניין בתחום, שאל וחקר. הוא התעניין גם בי והציע לי ללמוד בבית הספר שלו לי​י​עוץ. (…) אחרי הפסקה של חודשיים הקשר התחדש בעקבות שיחה משמעותית ומקשרת שהייתה בינינו. חווינו חוויו​ת רוחניות חזקות אחד לגבי השני, והיה שדה אנרגטי מאוד חזק בינינו כל הזמן.
  2. "ואז הרב קיבל 'מסר' שבו הוא רואה שהוא עתיד להתאלמן ואני עומדת להתגרש. הוא אמר שהוא נשמת דוד המלך, אני נשמת בת־שבע ואשתו היא נשמת מיכל. התפתח בינינו קשר עמוק וחזק, נפגשנו פגישות ארוכות כמה פעמים בשבוע, דיברנו בטלפון והסתמסנו המון. הייתה אהבה גדולה. כל הזמן היינו בחוסר ודאות: האם להאמין למה שאנחנו מקבלים? למה נראה לנו שהשם משתף פעולה עם הסיפור הזה? אבל לא יכולנו לנתק את הקשר בגלל המשיכה העצומה והמִגנוט החזק. 

Abusive daycare worker: I was a devil

Carmel Mauda, the daycare worker suspected of abusing toddlers in the home where she worked, initially denied an investigation into the allegations, Yediot Aharonot reported Sunday morning.
However, after being confronted by police investigators with photographs of the security videos documenting the abuse, she changed her version of the events.
"Here I had a black day," she said in response to one video and when the researchers showed her another video in which she appeared to hurt one of the children, she said: "On this day I was a devil."
Yesterday morning, Mauda's house was set on fire. apparently as the result of arson.

Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Sex Trafficking of Minors

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New York on Monday, according to three law enforcement sources. Saturday's arrest by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force comes about 12 years after the 66-year-old financier essentially got a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida.

For more than a decade, Epstein’s alleged abuse of minors has been the subject of lawsuits brought by victims, investigations by local and federal authorities, and exposés in the press. But despite the attention cast on his alleged sex crimes, the hedge-funder has managed to avoid any meaningful jail time, let alone federal charges.

Trump administration is 'inept and insecure', says UK ambassador

The Trump administration has been labelled "inept", insecure and incompetent in leaked emails from the UK ambassador to Washington.
Sir Kim Darroch said that the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" and "divided" under Donald Trump.
But he also warned that the US president should not be written off.
The Foreign Office said the leak of the memos to the Mail on Sunday was "mischievous" but did not deny their accuracy.
The White House has not yet responded to the revelation of the contents of the memos, but it could test the so-called "special relationship" between the US and UK.
In the messages, Sir Kim said: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."
He questioned whether this White House "will ever look competent".