Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New Haven rabbi convicted of 4 felonies wants new trial, claims witnesses intimidated


https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/New-Haven-rabbi-convicted-of-4-felonies-wants-new-14846214.php

Lawyers for Rabbi Daniel Greer, who was convicted on four counts of risk of injury to a minor and is due to be sentenced Wednesday, have filed a motion asking for a new trial because, the attorneys allege, “an admitted agent of the state harassed and attempted to intimidate” two defense witnesses.

Attorneys David Grudberg and William Dow III have charged that Lawrence Dressler, whose blog, www.larrynoodles.com, has contained “hundreds of negative items regarding Daniel Greer,” confronted witnesses Jean Ledbury and Thomas DeRosa near the courtroom and at DeRosa’s home in Southbury.

Utah nanny convicted of all counts in childhood abuse of rabbi


https://www.deseret.com/2019/11/15/20965657/utah-nanny-convicted-of-all-counts-in-childhood-abuse-of-rabbi

His decision to come forward publicly in a February Deseret News article set off a #MeToo movement within the Orthodox Jewish world. He received an outpouring of messages of support and encouragement, including from over 20 people who said they were also survivors of sexual abuse.

Among those cheering the guilty verdicts Friday were Elizabeth Smart and Rabbi Peretz Chein, the co-founder of the Chabad House at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Rabbi Zippel’s disclosure inspired Chein to come forward forward as a survivor of sexual abuse earlier this year.

Smart, who was kidnapped at age 14 and sexually abused, said Friday she is “so happy to hear justice was served today.” She has advised Rabbi Zippel throughout the case and attended a February preliminary hearing.

“It takes a great deal of courage for a victim to share their story to anyone. It takes even more to take the witness stand to testify and be cross examined,” Smart continued.

Alexander Vindman: In The Country That I Served, Right Matters | The Last Word | MSNBC

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Chris Cuomo: If GOP is desperate for truth, why hide witnesses?

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell 11/19/19 | Lawrence O'Donnell MSNBC News NOV 19, 2019




Fox's Neil Cavuto RIPS Trump for criticizing Chris Wallace in viral speech


Tuesday’s impeachment hearings were a disaster for Republicans

In theory, the makeup of Tuesday’s House Intelligence impeachment hearings could have led to a balanced day, with some good news for Democrats and some for Republicans.

The first part of the hearing featured testimony from two witnesses called by the Democrats: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official who listened in on President Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Jennifer Williams, a foreign policy adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. The second part was devoted to two witnesses called by the Republicans: former US ambassador to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former Trump foreign policy adviser Tim Morrison.

But Tuesday’s testimony was, from practically top to bottom, a disaster for the president and his Republican allies.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Republicans Smear And Slander Ahead Of Testimony | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Say Impeachment Hearings Won't Change Their Minds


https://www.npr.org/2019/11/19/780540637/poll-americans-overwhelmingly-say-impeachment-hearings-wont-change-their-minds?sc=tw
But 65% of Americans say they can't imagine any information or circumstances during the impeachment inquiry where they might change their minds about their position on impeachment. And 30% say yes, it's possible.

Shock at Yeshivah


https://ajn.timesofisrael.com/shock-at-yeshivah/

THE appointment of former Yeshivah Committee of Management (COM) member Michael Goldhirsch to the Yeshivah Centre Limited (YCL) board has been met with shock by sections of the community.

Chabad Institutions of Victoria Limited (CIVL) announced this week that Goldhirsch is a new member of its board, and that it has nominated him as one of three representatives on the YCL board, which is the roof board of CIVL and Yeshivah and Beth Rivkah Colleges.

Goldhirsch was a member of the COM until soon after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

During the time he was on the COM, children were sexually abused within the organisation and victims were re-victimised when they came forward.

Israel's nurses bear brunt of teetering healthcare system


https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5622515,00.html

A report published by the OECD last week shows that in Israel there are five nurses for every 1000 citizens. This is far lower than the average for developed countries, which stands at nine nurses for every 1000 citizens.

"This is an unbelievable travesty," says Ilana Cohen, head of the Nurses' Union.

"The impossible overcrowding has finally reached the public consciousness," she says.



"There is no resemblance between how hospitals are told to operate by law and the facts on the ground. We are seconded for immunization campaigns with no replacements. It's time to settle the issue. We can't wait for a new government to form," she says.

West Bank settlements not illegal, Pompeo announces in historic shift


https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/West-Bank-settlements-not-illegal-US-decides-in-historic-US-policy-shift-608222

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.
“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with president Reagan,” Pompeo said in reference to Ronald Reagan’s position that settlements were not inherently illegal. “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.

What Does Rudy Giuliani’s Son Do?


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/11/andrew-giuliani-white-house/602110/

Yet for the differing opinions on the nature of Giuliani’s role, the officials I spoke to were certain that Giuliani had nabbed a White House post in the first place because of his father. A second former senior White House official plainly called it “a nepotism job.” But Munisteri said that anyone who frames it this way “has an ax to grind.” He added that Giuliani, a former professional golfer, was qualified on his own for this particular role, because “it’s the type of position where you need someone with an outgoing personality.” (Andrew Giuliani didn’t return a request for comment.)



Saturday, November 16, 2019

Injurious': Trump Attacks Impeachment Witness During Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC


HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR SAYS TRUMP ATTACKING WITNESS DURING IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS IS ANOTHER 'IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE

 https://www.newsweek.com/trump-attacking-witness-impeachable-offense-1472095

President Donald Trump attacking a witness during his impeachment inquiry hearings on Friday is a separate "impeachable offense," a Harvard Law School professor opined.

Trump tweeted attacks at ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch—whom the president described as "bad news" in his controversial July 25 call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskiy—as she offered her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," Trump tweeted on Friday morning. "She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President's absolute right to appoint ambassadors."

Harvard law professor John Coates noted, "the President of the United States is publicly attacking a witness in a Congressional impeachment hearing while she is testifying."

He is lying about her, her record, and the Constitution, and is threatening her—itself an independent impeachable offense," Coates concluded.

Coates added that "once caught in a crime, Trump's mob-schooled instinct is to intimidate witnesses—yet another crime," and shared a link on whether Trump committed witness tampering.


Roger Stone Found Guilty of Witness Tampering, Lying to Congress

https://time.com/5730128/roger-stone-guilty/

Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid.

Stone was convicted of all seven counts in an indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

He is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Rav Tendler's addendum to Igros Moshe

I was asked recently whether this is consistent with the view of Rav Moshe found in Igros Moshe קIV #106
שו"ת אגרות משה אבן העזר חלק ד סימן קו
בענין ההשתדלות לעשות חוק שיהודי הנפרד מאשתו בגירושין של המדינה יצטרך לפוטרה בגט כשר. 
כ"ב מר - חשון תש"מ מע"כ הרה"ג מהר"ר יעקב הכהן זעלצער שליט"א הגאב"ד דקה"י עדת ישורון ביאהאנעסבורג יצ"ו. 
הנה בדבר ההשתדלות שיעשו חוק בפרלאמענט שכל מגרש אשתו כשהוא בן ברית יהיה מחוייב לפטור את אשתו גם בגט כשר בב"ד כשר של ישראל, ודאי הוא ענין גדול מאד, ואין בזה משום עישוי ע"י נכרים מאחר דבידו שלא לגרש כלל גם לא בגירושין (דיווארס) של המדינה, ורק מחמת רצונו לקבל גירושין של המדינה להפטר מחיוביו לאשה זו ולהיות רשאי ליקח אשה אחרת והם לא יתנו לו בלא גט כשר של ישראל רוצה ליתן הגט, דדמי זה ממש לאחד שלא רצה ליתן גט וכשנתנו לו איזה אלפים שקלים נתרצה ליתן גט דלא נחשב עישוי מאחר דרצונו בהממון עדיף לו מרצונו שלא ליתן גט ומעשים בכל יום שמשחדים להבעל ליתן גט בכל תפוצות ישראל, ועישוי שהוא פסול הוא כשמכין אותו או מחזיקים אותו בבית האסורין או עושין לו יסורים אחרים כדי שיתן גט הוא נחשב מגרש באונס שפסול, וכן אף אונס ממון בכה"ג שיחייבו אותו המדינה ליתן לה משלו לעונש על שאינו נותן לה גט הוא נחשב מגרש באונס ממון שלא יפסיד, וכן כשאחד יחטוף מהבעל סך גדול ולא יחזיר לו עד אחר שיתן גט הוא נחשב מגרש באונס, אך יהיה הנידון אם אונס ממון הוא בדין מגרש באונס עיין בש"ע אה"ע סימן קל"ד סעי' ד' ברמ"א ובפ"ת ס"ק י"א, אבל כשנותנין לו ממון שירצה בשביל זה ליתן גט הוא פשוט שאינו אונס כמעשים בכל יום, וכמו כן ממש הוא כשיתן גט מחמת שרוצה להשיג גירושין של המדינה. ואף באסור בבית האסורים בשביל איזה ענין אחר, והאשה היה לה מי שישתדל להוציאו לחפשי כשיתן גט נמי אין זה בחשיבות מגרש באונס, דמאחר דלא היו היסורין שלו כדי שיתן גט אלא בשביל ענין אחר ונתינת הגט היתה להצלתו מהיסורין הוא רצון גמור והוא דבר פשוט ומסתבר, וזה גט כשר אף כשליכא חיוב גירושין. 
אבל יצטרכו לראות שהחוק יקבעו בצורה שלא יתנו גירושין של המדינה אלא אחרי שיפטרנה בגט בב"ד כשר ותהיה מותרת להנשא לאחר מצד התורה והאמונה, דאם יקבעו בלשון שבן ברית צריך להיתר נישואיו לאחרת לא רק לגירושין של המדינה אלא גם גט כשר מב"ד של ישראל ואם ישא אשה בלא גט כשר יענש כמו מי שנושא אשה בלא גירושין של המדינה, לא ברור אצלי להחשיב שהוא בלא אונס מאחר דלא היה הגט לעיכוב להשגת גירושין של המדינה אלא שקבעו חוק למי שהיה נשוי שאסור לו לישא אחרת אף שיש לו גירושין של המדינה כשאין לו גם גט אף שידע זה מתחלה ונתרצה לזה, הרי נמצא כשחזר בו ואינו רוצה לגרשה ומצד יראת העונש אינו חוזר בו ומגרשה שהוא נותן הגט מצד עונש הגוף דחוק המדינה שאפשר נחשב אנוס אף דמתחלה הבטיח ליתן מצד רצונו בגירושין של המדינה, ולכן צריך שיהיה לשון החוק דלא יתנו לו גירושין של המדינה עד שיגרש את אשתו בגט כשר. 
גם כיון שבעוה"ר איכא קהלות הרשעים שהם הרעפארמער וקאנסערוואטיוון צריך להשתדל שיהיה החוק שיתן לה גט כשר אצל ארטאדאקסי /אורטודוקסי/ ולהסביר להם שמה שהוא גט כשר שנעשה ע"י רב ארטאדאקסי יהיה כשר גם אצל הרעפארמער וקאנסערווטיוון וגט של ב"ד רעפארמער וקאנסערוואטיוון אינו כלום אצל כל ישראל. 
ובדבר שאלה השניה שאם השופט דמדינה יטיל על הבעל כשאינו רוצה לגרשה תשלום דכסף למזונותיה ולכל צרכיה עד שיגרשנה בגט כשר אם נחשב זה גט מעושה, הנה הא עד שתתגרש מבעלה הא הוא חייב במזונותיה ובכל צרכיה מדינה ורשאה לילך לערכאות שיכופו אותו ליתן לה מזונותיה וכל צרכיה, ואף שהם יוסיפו שצריך לזונה אף כשהיא עושה מלאכה ומרווחת נמי כשיחייבוהו שיתן לה למזונותיה ולכל צרכיה בכל אופן פשוט שאם יגרשנה ליפטר מחיוב זה אין זה בחשיבות גט מעושה ויהיה גט כשר לכתחלה. 
ודבר גדול הוא מאד והשי"ת יצליח אותם בדבר הגדול לתקנת בנות ישראל. 
ידידו, משה פיינשטיין. 
I responded it is dealing with a different question i.e. whether Get me'usa requires an explicit or implicit threat if husband does not give get and indicates only explicit threats are problematic







Turkish media paints White House visit as Erdoğan triumph over Trump


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/470559-turkish-media-paints-white-house-visit-as-erdogan-triumph-over-trump


Turkish media are seizing on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments that President Trump had “no reaction” to his returning the American leader’s notorious letter to him, saying it shows a clear victory over Trump.

A headline in Sabah Daily, a pro-government media outlet, said that international media were reporting that Erdoğan returned the “scandalous” letter to Trump and the American president was “silent.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rudy Giuliani’s Op-Ed Defense Of Donald Trump Backfires Spectacularly


https://www.huffpost.com/entry/rudy-giuliani-op-ed-wall-street-journal_n_5dcbc31ae4b0d43931cc8308

Giuliani, in the piece titled “The Case for the Impeachment Defense,” attempted to defend Trump by noting how the president spent only a fraction of his July phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky (which sparked the impeachment inquiry) asking him to investigate potential 2020 rival Joe Biden allegedly in exchange for withheld military aid.

“The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking and out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden,” Giuliani wrote on the eve of the public impeachment hearings.

Online Updates in the Culture Wars - Parshas VaYaira, 5780 °° Nov.14, '19



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Online Updates in the Culture Wars

Parshas VaYaira, 5780 °° Nov.14, '19


By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*


feinbergbinyomin@gmail.com


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

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To check for updates throughout the week please visit ("Updates for Cheshvan" at: )

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11EUa2a_8OwXs7T1vMfek3MehHfC2Rd9mWt6NetNxLm0/edit?usp=sharing

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Update on Ziva bas Mazal:

This week, the Army called Ziva yet again to harass her over her steadfast fidelity to Jewish Law and personal modesty in her unwavering refusal to enlist in the Israeli military. She responded with characteristic firmness, stating that she is religious and therefore cannot and will not enlist, and there is really nothing to talk about.*

{* Ironically, it is this demonstrably resolute young woman whom someone recently described as "weak," in regards to her ability to resist the religious persecution of IDF. That individual was seeking a pretext to propose that Ziva avoid fighting for her religious exemption (and instead, to obtain a different type of exemption, but in a quiet manner, which would allow the Army to continue to continue to deny religious exemptions with impunity).}


For background on her case, see:

Giyus Banos: The Outrage Continues

https://daattorah.blogspot.com/2019/10/outrage-upon-outrage.html

https://daattorah.blogspot.com/2019/10/making-racism-great-again.html

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IDF ANNOUNCES MASSIVE CRUSADE AGAINST GIRLS IN THE NATIONAL RELIGIOUS CAMP:


The IDF is targeting a whopping 40 percent of the graduates of National Religious girls' high schools for the military draft by the year 2022, according to the military reporter for Maariv (Nov.5).

According to the IDF, the number of religious girls now being drafted is approximately 2,500 per year (which includes 27 percent of girls from National Religious schools).
The IDF recruits these girls with effective marketing techniques and appealing enticements often aimed at weaker girls. It should be emphasized that this agenda is aimed at Torah-observant girls who are legally exempt from serving.

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In related news, Olga S., an 18-year-old baalas teshuva, reports that she was denied her religious exemption despite properly following procedures, at an August 14 hearing at the Tel HaShomer Draft Office.

The officer reportedly told her that the army decided not to provide her an exemption, without providing any legal rationale or pretext. Consequently, she was given a draft-date of October 27.
She refused to enlist, and thus lives daily under the threat of imminent arrest.

Her strength of character is inspirational to the activists helping her. There are multiple girls like her, about whom we don't hear - until an arrest, if then.

Is she being discriminated against because she's a baalas teshuvah without a support system?

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Israel may be heading for a Unity Government, comanaged by the Likud and Blue & White mainstream blocks. That means that the religious parties will be asked to, or seek to compromise to join. On what will they compromise? Will they agree to sacrifice on the drafting of girls, for which they failed to properly advocate when they had the power in the government to meaningfully protest? The saintly Brisker Rov ZT"L (see "The Brisker Rav," pp. 49–51, 56–57), to whom many of them pay lip service as a Gadol, held that it was better to close all the Yeshivos if need be rather than to draft even one girl. But the political parties, in contrast, allow the drafting of girls to pass quietly, apparently under the pretext of helping their own institutions.

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UK Clergy Push Back Against LGBT School Requirements


Recently, the British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy issued a statement in response to rules in Great Britain requiring UK schools to teach respect for conduct that the Torah regards as immoral.

It declares, in part: "Parents are the principal educators of their children and their right to teach their own children about matters of human intimacy and relationships must be maintained. The right to withdraw children from lessons parents judge to be age inappropriate, insufficiently tailored to their childs unique needs or against their own legitimate religious beliefs must be held as an unassailable principle." ( http://www.confraternityccb.org.uk/ )

We wish the Catholics in England success in their campaign to resist state overreach. On this issue, we are in the same boat. We, too, must be prepared to tell New York state that we will not go along with any educational requirements requiring us to teach our children values that stand in contrast to those of the Torah, particularly the LGBTQ agenda, which is the flagship crusade of the NYS Democratic Party Establishment -- which been pushing for the Educational Equivalency Regulations, and which has been advancing LGBTQ indoctrination in Public Schools since well before it enacted it in 2010 (in the Dignity for All Students Act).
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According to the Akeidas Yitzchak on this week's parsha (VaYairoh, 20). Even Sodom didn't sink to the depth of depravity of celebration of sodomy. They employed Sodomy as a evil method of detering visitors, but did not revel in it as a normal mode of activity.
Even Sodom did not host Pride Parades. Even Sodomites didn't clamour for "rights" for flagrant practitioners of sodomy. But in what passes for modern Civilization, this abomination (VaYikra 18:22) is celebrated. Do we expect a favorable Divine Judgement?

Trump: I'm a fan of Erdogan


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/271646

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday sidestepped the recent rows with Turkey, instead telling visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he is a "fan."

"I would much rather focus on peace in the Middle East," he told a joint press conference with Erdogan, according to AFP, describing the impeachment process against him as a "hoax" and a "joke."

Trump was defiant over his close ties to Erdogan, saying, "We have been friends for a long time."

"I'm a big fan of the president," he doubled down.

US-Turkey ties have been strained in recent weeks in the wake of Turkey’s cross-border assault against Kurdish fighters in Syria which Ankara views as terrorists but which are allies of the US.

US rejects Israeli criticism of aid to Lebanon


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/271651
A senior State Department official has rejected Israeli criticism regarding US assistance to the Lebanese armed forces, as well as the Israeli demand to condition the aid on the Lebanese government acting against Hezbollah’s precision missile factories, Barak Ravid of Channel 13 News reported on Wednesday.

The US gives the Lebanese army around $105 million a year and supports it with training and equipment. Israel is concerned that the Lebanese army is infiltrated by Hezbollah and that any US assistance to the Lebanese army will end up in the terror organization’s hands.

But David Schenker, the US assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, said in a briefing with reporters in Jerusalem on Wednesday that the Trump administration thinks giving aid to the Lebanese army is “a good investment."

Taylor's bombshell and 12 more big impeachment hearing moments

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/13/public-impeachment-hearings-live-highlights-and-updates-070279

One of the most important diplomats in the House’s impeachment inquiry revealed damning new evidence against President Donald Trump. Democrats tried to show U.S. foreign policy in chaos. Republicans zeroed in on Hunter Biden.

The first public impeachment hearings on Wednesday featured testimony from William Taylor and George Kent — two career diplomats who testified for more than five and a half hours before members of the House Intelligence Committee and largely appeared to bolster Democrats’ case that Trump abused the power of his presidency.




Fox's prime time stars are telling Trump that the impeachment hearings are a 'disaster' for Democrats

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/14/media/impeachment-hearing-fox-news-reliable-sources/index.html


Hannity dubbed day one "THE WORST SHOW ON EARTH." He said the Democrats are "a national disgrace." He said they are guilty of "an abuse of their power." (This is a classic case of "I know you are but what am I," flipping the charge against Trump back on his accusers.)
The Democrats are "corrupt idiots" who look "dumb, bad, stupid, and shallow" after Wednesday's "sham hearing," he said. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff? A "congenital liar." Wednesday's witnesses? Just "self-important, uncompelling" bureaucrats. The hearing was so bad, Hannity said, that "I'm not so sure" that all the House Democrats will vote for impeachment. "It was that bad a day for them."
But even though the day was "a disaster for Democrats," and "the Republicans had a great day all the way around," Hannity said "this circus, this sham, this charade" should be "shut down immediately" for "the sake of the country."

House Holds First Public Impeachment Hearing into Trump: A Closer Look


Douglas MacArthur Is One of America's Most Famous Generals. He's Also the Most Overrate


https://time.com/5724009/douglas-macarthur-is-one-of-americas-most-famous-generals-hes-also-the-most-overrated/

But it’s also true—and Veteran’s Day seems a fitting time to remember it—that MacArthur’s judgment, clouded by his gargantuan ego, was sometimes deeply, dangerously flawed. The men who fought under him, and the civilians who happened to get in his way, often paid a terrible price.



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How to watch Wednesday's impeachment hearing


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/13/politics/watch-impeachment-hearing-wednesday/index.html

What time does the hearing start?
At 10 a.m., on Wednesday, November 13, the House Intelligence Committee hearing will be gaveled in, according to an official working on the impeachment inquiry (All times are in Eastern Standard).
How can I watch the hearing?
CNN's coverage of the public impeachment hearing for President Donald Trump before the House Intelligence Committee will air with instant analysis on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol and streamed live in its entirety, on CNN.com's desktop and mobile homepages, as well as across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android. The live streams will also be available on CNN's YouTube channel.
Who is testifying on Wednesday?
George Kent — the deputy assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs
Bill Taylor — the charge d'affaires at the US Embassy in Kiev

WHAT IS CAUSING THE SPIKE IN ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS IN BROOKLYN?


https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/What-is-causing-the-spike-in-anti-Semitic-attacks-in-Brooklyn-607706

City officials say more than education is needed to stop the rash of attacks, which have spiked across this city in 2019. That’s because the problem is hard to diagnose.


Sirens in southern and central Israel


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/271577


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Sirens in southern and central Israel
Sirens heard in Gaza envelope and Coastal Plain. IDF investigating.

Elad Benari, 13/11/19 06:06 | updated: 06:32
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After a quiet night with no sirens, Red Color sirens were sounded in the Eshkol and Sdot Negev regional councils in southern Israel at around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Sirens were also heard in the Latrun and Modi'in areas.

A barrage was also fired toward the city of Netivot.

There have been reports of some of the rockets being intercepted. So far there are no reports of explosions. The IDF is investigating.

Before Wednesday morning, the last siren was heard at 10:48 p.m. Tuesday evening in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no injuries or damages.

Breaking: Chairman Schiff Says Dems Can Impeach Trump For Bribery | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC



How Ukraine Propaganda Backfired On Trump In Impeachment Probe | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC


Fox Judge urges Republicans to impeach Trump in viral speech

HOUSE REPUBLICANS' DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS REVEALS FLAWS: ANALYSIS


https://www.newsweek.com/house-republicans-defense-strategy-impeachment-hearings-reveals-flaws-analysis-1471255


House Republicans have geared up for the first public impeachment hearings in the Ukraine scandal, set to take place this week, by having GOP staffers send a memo to lawmakers that outlines the strategy to best defend President Donald Trump.

Democrats Look to Build Case That Trump Tried to Bribe or Extort Ukraine


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/us/politics/impeachment-strategy-republicans.html

With nationally televised hearings set to begin, Democrats described the president’s actions in the starkest terms yet, echoing the constitutional definition of behavior that warrants impeachment.

There’s a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office


https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/11/12/path-to-removing-donald-trump-from-office-229911

It would take just three Republican senators to turn the impeachment vote into a secret ballot. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen then.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Trump's team sinks to a new low after Laura Cooper REVEALS aid timeline





She went from a liberal non-voter to burning books with white supremacists. Here's why she finally left the movement


https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/10/30/us/white-supremacist-woman-reeve/index.html

In May 2017, Samantha went to a book burning in upstate New York. She had entered the inner circle of the modern white power movement called the alt-right, and it was the moment its activists see in retrospect as the peak of its power.

The home was classically suburban, with a picnic table and a fire pit in the backyard. The atmosphere was like a family barbecue, but she felt an air of intensity. They stood around the fire and cheered as books were tossed into the flames. Some gave Nazi salutes. Samantha did, too.

"It's all so surreal," Samantha says now. "You're literally standing there, going, 'I'm at a book burning at someone's house. Like, there are families that live next door. There's probably a nice person who lives across the street, and I'm burning books about Jewish people.' ... It doesn't even feel like it's wrong or right. It just feels unreal."

At the time, she texted a friend that it was the best weekend of her life.

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal


https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/13/donald-trumps-worst-deal

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

John Kennedy Called out ON AIR after following 'main stream' FOOL to save Trump


Laura Cooper slams dunk Trump by her 'alarm bell' in his 'impeachment crisis'


Do you have to be braindead to be frum?

Rav JB Soloveitchik claims we sacrificed our intelligence at Mt Sinai
Also a similar point in 9th volume of Igros Moshe. YD, 17


Undercover in the Orthodox Underworld-Mendel Epstein FBI Case


https://gen.medium.com/undercover-in-the-orthodox-underworld-83c61ba3aa83

But aside from the occasional angry husband outside of Mendel’s home in Flatbush, where he lived with his wife and their nine children, and aside from the occasional slashed tire or dead fish on the porch, Mendel was considered a necessary if unpleasant feature of Orthodox life. “For Jewish fundamentalists, he was a hero because he made the system work,” said Susan Aranoff, a longtime get activist. “And the system has to work, remember, because if the Torah is right and just, then its law can’t be wrong.”





Monday, November 11, 2019

Trump’s bluster crashes into a barrage of impeachment facts


https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/11/trump-instincts-unimpeachable-presidency-ukraine-069015


But Trump’s tactics of speaking directly to supporters, branding catchphrases and casting critical information as fake may not work as well on impeachment as Democrats gather testimony and evidence from top officials not beholden to the Trump orbit. Even Trump himself is not sure he can beat impeachment, said a person close to the White House.



Trump Jr. heckled off stage — by Trump’s own supporters




Donald Trump Jr. was heckled — by his father’s own supporters — during a book-tour stop over the weekend, a report said Monday.

President Trump’s eldest son was on stage in a lecture hall at the University of California on Sunday to promote his new tome, “Triggered: How The Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,’’ when the 450 people in the audience were told there would be no Q&A session with him “due to time constraints,’’ the Guardian said.

The White House’s most conservative supporters, who had chanted “USA! USA!” when Trump Jr. walked on stage, soon started yelling, “Q&A! Q&A!”

They refused to stop, even as Trump Jr. tried to argue that if he did a question-and-answer session, the Republican administration’s liberal enemies would twist his answers to suit their own agendas.

Trump Leaves Israel in the Lurch


https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/israelis-arent-happy-trumps-syria-withdrawal/579103/

The problem for Israel today, though, goes beyond the surprise. If Obama was too cautious for many Israelis, Trump has now shown them how his approach to foreign policy—impulsive, isolationist, transactional, turning on a dime with no alternative in place—can work against their interests. And Netanyahu—who praised Trump in almost messianic terms and who knows how poorly he responds to criticism—now has few tools at his disposal to object to this policy. Israelis can only shake their heads at the absence of any strategy as they survey the regional fallout.



Main Judaism The New Nishma Surveys – Wow and Whoa! and Israeli Modern Orthodoxy


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24680

Although the Orthodox community is the quickest growing and most Jewishly engaged segment of our people, the volume of data on Orthodox communal norms is probably the sparsest. Thanks to Nishma Research, this is becoming far less the case.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Impeach the President // Exclusive interview with Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona

WITH DEFENDERS LIKE THIS!



https://www.amimagazine.org/2019/11/06/impeach-the-president/


Like all four of Arizona’s Republican members of the House, Gosar is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and has been an outspoken supporter of the president. Considered a hawk on border security and illegal immigration and described as “one of the staunchest opponents in Congress to legalizing undocumented dreamers” (immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children), he and Mr. Trump share many of the same world views, as well as a penchant for in-your-face, provocative statements.

AVOS ACTED ACCORDING TO SEICHEL NOT TORAH RAV KAMINETSKY

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אמת ליעקב פרשת לך לך
(יד) וישמע אברם כי נשבה אחיו וירק את חניכיו19.
הנה אילו היה אברהם שואל שאלה אי חייב לילך להציל את לוט בודאי היה נענה שהוא פטור, דהא אין אדם מחויב להכניס את עצמו בספק סכנה בכדי להציל את חבירו [עמש"כ בענין זה להלן סוף פרשת מסעי], אלא מה שעשה כן אברהם הוא משום שהאבות נקראו "ישרים" [עבודה זרה דף כ"ה ע"א], והיינו שכל הנהגתם היתה לא על פי דיני התורה אלא על פי השכל הישר, כי האלקים עשה את האדם ישר, ועל פי היושר היה מוטל על אברהם להשתדל להציל את לוט וכדביארתי לעיל [י"ג פ"ט] כי אברהם הרגיש את עצמו כאחראי לשלומו של לוט מכיון שהרן אביו מת בכבשן אביו משום שאמר שהוא מאמין באלקי אברהם, ולכן ע"פ היושר, "מענטשליך קייט", הוכרח אברהם להריק את חניכיו ולרדוף אחר המלכים. ובאמת כל חיי האבות, שחיו קודם זמן תורה, היו מונהגים על פי היושר, וזהו ביאור מאמר חז"ל [ויק"ר פ"ט א"ג]: דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה, והיינו שהאבות התנהגו על פי דרך ארץ והיושר עוד קודם שניתנה תורה.
ונראה שזהו פשוטו של מקרא להלן סוף פרשת משפטים [כ"ד פי"ב]: ואתנה לך את לוחות האבן התורה והמצוה, דבשלמא מצוה היינו מצוות שנצטוו בהן, אבל מה זה "התורה"20. ונראה שהכוונה היא לסיפורי התורה של האבות שנכתבו בתורה קודם המצוות, והיינו שהרי לשון תורה הוא מלשון "הוראה", כלומר מורה דרך, כי סיפורים אלו מורים לאדם איך לחיות אפילו בלי ציווי השי"ת, וכמו שאמר דוד בקינתו על שאול: הלא היא כתובה על ספר הישר, והיינו ספר בראשית וכדאיתא בגמרא [ע"ז שם].
והנה רש"י ריש בראשית הקשה מדוע התחילה התורה מבראשית ברא אלקים היה לו להתחיל מהחדש הזה לכם, ותירץ משום כח מעשיו הגיד לעמו לתת להם נחלת גוים כו' הוא בראה ונתנה לאשר ישר בעיניו וכו'. ולכאורה זה רק מיישב מדוע הביאה התורה את סיפורי מעשי בראשית וכו', אבל כל הפרשיות מלך לך עד פרשת בא, עדיין אינו מובן מדוע הוצרכה התורה להאריך בכל זה, ועל זה לכאורה לא תירץ רש"י כלום. אבל לפמש"כ נראה שבאמת על פרשיות אלו לא קשה כלל, דמהסיפורים האלו אנו למדים מה צריכה להיות הנהגת האדם על פי היושר והדרך ארץ, ודבר זה אפשר לתבוע אפילו מהגויים, כי אף על פי שמצוות לא ניתנו להם, אבל אעפ"כ לחיות על פי יושר זה יכול כל אחד אם הוא רק רוצה בזה, ודו"ק21..

We read all 2,677 pages of impeachment inquiry testimony released to date. Here's what's clear.


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/09/politics/impeachment-transcript-takeaways/index.html
To President Donald Trump, the whole flap with Ukraine is over a "perfect" phone call.

"It's based on a single phone call of congratulations to the President of Ukraine, which they fraudulently mischaracterized to sound absolutely horrible," Trump said a few weeks ago of his July 25 call with the Ukrainian President cited by a whistleblower complaint.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Did Trump Offer Russia Help With Wildfires, But Not California?

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-russia-wildfires-california/


U.S. President Donald Trump offered Vladimir Putin U.S. help with Siberian wildfires and also threatened to withdraw federal emergency funding to California.

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BREAKING & HEARTBREAKING NEWS: Army Targeting FORTY PERCENT of National Religious Girls




Nov. 7, 19.

Parshas Lech Lecha, 5780


By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*

feinbergbinyomin@gmail.com

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

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To check for updates throughout the week please visit ("Updates for Cheshvan" at: )

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11EUa2a_8OwXs7T1vMfek3MehHfC2Rd9mWt6NetNxLm0/edit?usp=sharing

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The IDF is targetting 40% of the graduates of National Religious girls' High Schools for the military draft, within just three years. However, they can easily be stopped with proper exposure.


The military reporter for Maariv (Nov.5) reveals that the military seeks to recruit 40% of religious girls in Mam'lachti Dati schools by the end of 2022 CE. According to the IDF, the number of religious girls now being drafted is 2,500 per year.This includes about 27 percent of girls from National Religious schools, of the relevant age.

The IDF modus operandi for recruiting girls is akin to the that of enlisting boys - employing slick marketing techniques and appealing enticements, incrementally increasing enlistment. They start with the weakest girls, and step up gradually, with each group being targeted by the appropriate approach. And, as with recruitment of boys, the military initially argued that recruiting is intended for dropouts and the like.


Even in regard to girls, the army openly reveals their intent to enlist religious girls, with the implication that, contrary to the (somewhat distant) past, the army has set itself a goal to recruit Torah-observant girls who are legally exempt. While the military focuses on entrapment of the weaker girls, concurrently it selectively targets individual stronger girls, gradually, to foment a "new normal," in preparation for the next stage.

Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/rabbinical-jewish-court-mother-children-removed-observant-swimming-lessons-israel-a9174901.html

A rabbinical court in Israel has taken two children from the care of their mother after claims she was not properly complying with observant Jewish practices.

The court in the city of Haifa has granted the father custody despite the fact he has formerly been convicted of violent crimes.

The mother has been barred from seeing her children and is now only allowed to see them in a specific facility.

She told Israeli newspaper Haaretz getting her divorce was dependant on signing a contract which linked child custody to following an observant way of life.

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/06/politics/gop-strategy-on-impeachment/index.html
Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why President Donald Trump's actions are not impeachable, amid damaging testimony from senior diplomats that Trump sought to condition US military aid to Ukraine on opening investigations into his political rivals.

What once was a frequently repeated mantra -- there was no quid pro quo -- has now morphed into a multi-pronged and sometimes disjointed defense, with Republicans each taking the job into their own hands, hoping to fight back against the allegations raised daily with the release of new transcripts.


Breaking the Very Laws They Make



Nov. 6, '19


By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*

feinbergbinyomin@gmail.com


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

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Please check for updates - today and throughout the week - by visiting:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11EUa2a_8OwXs7T1vMfek3MehHfC2Rd9mWt6NetNxLm0/edit?usp=sharing

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The Government Circumventing Their Own Laws:


In Jewish Law it's prohibited for a girl or woman to serve in the military, particularly given its rampant immorality, and due to the exploitive nature of the military environment. Due to pressure from Orthodox Jewish leaders across the spectrum in the early days of the State of Israel, the government had compromised by allowing girls exemptions if they would send in certification of their religiosity. In recent years, the government has gotten far stricter in providing religious exemptions. One systemic problem is that,
against their own legal requirements, the Army often refuses to send girls confirmation of their religious exemptions. According to Israeli regulations, once a girl sends in her religious certification - "Tatzhir Dat" ("TD" herein), she must be sent her exemption certification within a short time. However, many girls don't see any such exemption documentation. One way the government has of getting around that legal requirement is to simply "not receive" the TD. This is reportedly a common phenomenon for religious girls seeking exemptions. (One eyewitness even saw an Israeli Postal worker dispose of an entire bag of Religious Certification documents, mailed in by an untold number of girls seeking to secure their religious exemptions.) This type of kleptocratic activity rivals what you'd expect to find in corrupt countries that operate without the luxury of the rule of law. But, for many religious girls, it's a reality. Even the postal receipt doesn't guarantee that the government approved and processed her religious exemption. Not receiving the TD is one of the pretexts the government has been using to pressure girls into enlisting, or showing up at the Draft Offices, to be subjected to all sorts of pressure to enlist. Public pressure does work. It's important to publicize these types of phenomenon to combat them. To be continued, BE"H.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Government Agency Says All States Should Require Bicyclists to Wear Helmets


https://time.com/5719424/cycling-helmets/


The recommendation was among several issued by the National Transportation Safety Board after a hearing Tuesday on bicycle safety. The agency says 857 bicyclists died in crashes with motor vehicles in the U.S. last year, a 6.3% increase over 2017. Bicycle deaths rose even though total road deaths fell 2.4%.


Gordon Sondland Revises Impeachment Testimony to Acknowledge Ukraine Quid Pro Quo


https://time.com/5719007/gordon-sondland-revises-testimony-ukraine-quid-pro-quo/

In a striking reversal, a top diplomat revised his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry to acknowledge that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the foreign ally promised to investigate corruption as President Donald Trump wanted.

The three-page update from U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, tucked beneath hundreds of pages of sworn testimony released Tuesday, provides new insight into Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats and Joe Biden in what the Democrats call a quid pro quo at the center of the House inquiry.

Specifically, Sondland said he now recalls telling a top aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on the sidelines of a Warsaw meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, that military aid to the country “would likely not occur” until Ukraine had provided a public anti-corruption statement “as we have been discussing for many weeks.”

Jewish group slams Democrats' calls to condition aid to Israel


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/271177
An umbrella group of more than 50 Jewish organizations from across the ideological spectrum condemned calls by Democratic presidential candidates to condition military aid to Israel on its approach to reaching a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

“We are deeply troubled by recent statements that would place conditions, limitations, or restrictions on the U.S. security assistance provided to Israel, so vital for the defense and security of the country, the protection of essential U.S. interests, and stability in the region,” Arthur Stark, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman/CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said in a statement issued Friday. “This approach would harm American objectives in the Middle East and would undermine the ability of our key ally to defend itself against the threats it faces on all its borders.”

Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, recently have indicated a willingness to use American aid to force policy changes by Israel, including halting settlement construction. The United States gives Israel $3.8 billion annually in military assistance.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Voting for the Dems threatens to embolden the Antireligious Attacks on Religious Education וויכטיגע ידיעה על סכנת בחירת נציגים משחיתים די דעמוקראטיק פארטי אין די בחירות היום באמעריקא‎



BS"D

Nov.5, 19

Warning:

Voting for the Democratic candidates threatens to embolden the Anti-religious Attacks against Religious Education.

DO NOT BE FOOLED, AND DO NOT BE A FOOL:

PRACTICALLY EVERY ROCKLAND COUNTY ELECTION SEES THE SAME PROPAGANDA URGING VOTING "STRAIGHT" (sic) down DEMOCRATIC LINE (euphemism: "Row A"). It is only the pretexts and rationalizations that vary.


In Rockland County:

Vote for (Judge) Thomas Walsh for DA, but NOT on the Democratic Line.

Do not even vote for ANY °INDIVIDUAL° Democratic candidate - unless you know for a fact that that specific candidate is necessary to vote for.

We recommend voting for Richard Freehold for State Supreme Court, and a protest vote for all other Judges (write in William Barr (current US Attorney General)).

We also recommend following the lead of prolife Catholics in writing in Dennis Lynch for Sheriff.

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The concerns herein stand in addition to the known prohibitions against voting for anti-Torah candidates.

By blindly following misguided advice, and voting for Democratic Establishment props - in the midst of the greatest threat to menace the Jewish community - i.e. the assault of the anti-religious Democratic Party Establishment against Religious Education (currently in the form of proposed NYS Educational Equivalency Regulations) - we commit communal suicide, G-d forbid -- by emboldening our enemies to ensure the NYS Board of Regents votes for the aforementioned Educational Equivalency Regulations, as early as next month. By showing how we can be duped by a few activists into voting for the candidates preferred by antireligious Democrats, we remove fear from those who seek to attack our religious Education. And we provide fuel to those who seek to rally many of our non-Jewish neighbors against Orthodox Jews as blindly following corrupt leadership.

And to those who insist on following corrupt leadership: You have yourselves to blame for whipping up the already burning flames of Jew-hatred in Rockland County. And you provide the animus to embolden those who don't like Orthodox Jews to rally behind anti-Education crusaders like Mike Diederich.


Rabbi Noson Shmuel Leiter,

Executive Director,

Help Rescue Our Children

TorahJewsForDecency@gmail.com

845.642.1679


וויכטיגע ידיעה על סכנת בחירת נציגים משחיתים - די דעמוקראטיק פארטי - אין די בחירות היום באמעריקא




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HEALTH CHARITY CONCERT CANCELED AFTER REFUSING TO INCLUDE FEMALE ARTISTS


https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Health-charity-concert-canceled-after-refusing-to-include-female-artists-606872


The tribute concert planned for celebrated Israeli singer and music artist Shlomo Artzi has been canceled by the organization planning it because of demands to include female singers.

The proceeds of the event were to be donated to the Ezra LeMarpe medical support organization NGO which is managed by Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Firer, who was supposed to attend the event.


Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Hagit Moshe denounced the decision as “one of the darkest hours of feminism in Israel,” and said that the furore over the concert had “turned the welcome idea of women’s independence into a spade designed to destroy the wall of unity and mutual respect of the Jewish people.”

The religiously hardline National Union Party, part of the Bayit Yehudi Knesset faction, also denounced the decision, saying “liberal terrorism has won.”

“The cancellation of the tribute concert to the amazing benevolent work of Rabbi Firer is a low point in Israeli society,” said the party, which is headed by Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

“All citizens of the country should feel ashamed at the humiliation of a great doer of charitable work, who has saved hundreds of thousands of lives without discrimination, and whose only sin was the lifestyle of a religious person who acts in accordance with Jewish law.”

AMERICA IS IN 'SERIOUSLY DARK TIMES' WHEN TRUMP CLAIMS THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH UKRAINE QUID PRO QUO: EX-WHITE HOUSE ETHICS CHIEF


https://www.newsweek.com/america-seriously-dark-times-when-trump-claims-theres-nothing-wrong-ukraine-quid-pro-quo-1469512

Ahead of another week of closed-door depositions on the Hill, the president launched fresh attacks on the probe into his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which he has dismissed as another "witch hunt."

The president's Sunday evening tirade branded the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, "a corrupt politician." Trump speculated that Schiff might amend records of closed-door testimony to incriminate him and "suit the Dems purposes."

Trump suggested that Republicans involved in the hearings "should give their own transcripts of the interviews to contrast with Schiff's manipulated propaganda," adding that Schiff is "a proven liar, leaker & freak who is really the one who should be impeached!"

The president then said that any suggestion of a proposed quid pro quo with Zelenskiy "doesn't matter" and claimed "there is nothing wrong with that, it is not an impeachable event."

Monday, November 4, 2019

Fact-checking Eric Trump's claim The Trump Organization has no business ties overseas


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/03/politics/trump-kids-international-deals-fact-check/index.html



President Donald Trump's business is back in the spotlight. Less than a week after the President reversed course on his plan to host next year's G-7 at his Trump National Doral Miami in Florida, reports surfaced that his company plans to sell its DC Hotel, which has been the subject of several lawsuits alleging the President is profiting from it in violation of the Constitution.

Trump's defense is that he says he's put his business "stuff" in a trust and that his family runs it. As of 2018, the President held more than $130 million in foreign assets in this trust, according to an analysis compiled by Open Secrets.
As a trustee, Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who is also executive vice president of The Trump Organization, is responsible for looking after the beneficiary (the President) and the business's bottom line. This arrangement has raised concerns that Trump and his family could use the presidency to profit personally.
Since the 2016 election, Trump and his family members have defended the decision, claiming there is nothing improper about their business operations.
The recent controversy surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter and his international business ties has added a new layer to conversations about the ethics around business done by the families of powerful politicians while they're in office. It's also spurred the President's family to attempt to defend their own holdings.
In a recent Fox News interview, Eric, discussing Hunter's dealings, noted that "the difference between us and Hunter is when my father became commander-in-chief of this country, we got out of all international business, right?"
Not quite. Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-profit government watchdog group, told CNN that Eric's claim was the "worst lie I've heard in a while."

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Proof of Trump’s impeachable offenses plain to see


https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/judge-andrew-napolitano-hiding-plain-sight
With the process soon to be as Republicans have demanded, and with the proof of impeachable offenses plain to see, to what will the president's allies resort as a defense? They will claim that that the federal crimes of soliciting campaign assistance from foreign governments and bribery aren't impeachable offenses and that Trump was misunderstood because he exaggerates all the time and often doesn't mean what he says.

And then the American public will decide if all this is skim milk or cream.

Election Spotlight, NJ: Gary Schaer: A Most Un-Orthodox Choice




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2 Mar-Cheshvan, 5780 °° 31 Oct., '19


Election Spotlight, NJ: Gary Schaer: A Most Un-Orthodox Choice


By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*


feinbergbinyomin@gmail.com


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

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To check for updates throughout the week please visit ("Updates for Cheshvan" at: )

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11EUa2a_8OwXs7T1vMfek3MehHfC2Rd9mWt6NetNxLm0/edit?usp=sharing

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NJ Assemblyman Gary Schaer (purportedly representing Passaic) voted for all four of these deleterious bills listed below. (The LGBT propaganda bill he "only" voted for in Committee, but he strongly spoke in favor of it, even trying to make the bill worse.)

Additionally, he even voted to send the bill to legalize Assisted Suicide "to the floor" (i.e., for a vote by the full Assembly) - even though the Assembly had the votes to pass it if it would come to a floor vote.

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Schaer voted for these lgbt bills:


1. a bill that requires public schools to put LGBT propaganda in every singe subject:

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S2000/1569_R2.HTM


2. a bill that bans state travel to states that enact proper freedom-of-religion laws, refusing to subjugate Religious Liberty to LGBT "rights:"

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/A4000/3613_R1.HTM


3. makes it easier for transgenders to put the wrong sex on their birth certificate:

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S0500/478_R2.HTM


4. makes a Transgender Equality Task Force:

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S1000/705_I1.HTM

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Schaer clearly does not deserve the vote of the Orthodox community. And the community voting for him would be a public Chillul HaShem. It would also broadcast the erroneous notion that we don't take our own Torah values seriously - when advised to put political concerns above what in fact are our core Torah principles.

NOT to wholehearted fight for our Torah values while our spiritual enemies wage war against them - and against us - is not just foolhardy, it's spiritually suicidal.

noaqch was a tzadik but not a chocham - Rav Kaminetsky



אמת ליעקב פרשת נח
פרק ו
(ט) נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדורותיו.
פירש"י וז"ל: יש מרבותינו דורשים אותו לשבח כל שכן שאלו היה בדור צדיקים היה צדיק יותר ויש שדורשים אותו לגנאי לפי דורו היה צדיק ואלו היה בדורו של אברהם לא היה נחשב לכלום עכ"ל. המפרשים תמהו על לשון רש"י, שהתחיל בדור של צדיקים וסיים בדורו של אברהם אבינו, ועיין במפרשים1 מה שכתבו בזה. והנ"ל כפשוטו, דבאמת אין כאן פלוגתא עד כמה הגיעה צדקותו של נח, דכולי עלמא מודים שאילו היה בדורם של צדיקים בודאי היה צדיק יותר, ואילו היה בדורו של אברהם אבינו, שהיו בני הדור כולם רשעים ואז לא היו נשארים רק אברהם ונח, ודאי שלא היה נחשב [כנגד אברהם], אלא דהפלוגתא היא בכוונת התורה שכתבה "בדורותיו" - האם כיוונה לספר בשבחו או בגנותו, ודו"ק2.
אלא שיש לתמוה למה להם לדרוש לגנאי בה בשעה שאפשר לדרוש לשבח. וצריך לומר משום דלא היה יכול להציל את בני דורו, דאילו היה צדיק גמור היה יכול להצילן3. וביאור הדברים הוא, דהנה מצינו במדרש [בראשית רבה פרשה ל"א אות ג'] שהיה מוכיח את בני דורו ואומר להם: ריקים אתם מניחים מי שקולו שובר ארזים ומשתחוים לעץ יבש עכ"ל, אבל לא ידע נח שבאמת גם הם ידעו שאין בעבודה זרה ממש, אלא שעבדו עבודה זרה רק בגלל שהתאוו לעריות4, וא"כ התוכחה שהוכיחם לא היתה לנקודת החטא, וזהו שהביא לרבותינו לדרוש אותו לגנאי, ומפני שלא ידע היאך להוכיחם5. ואף על פי שלכאורה אין זה פגם בצדקות אלא בחכמה, מכל מקום מוכח מזה דחסרון חכמה הוא פגם בצדקות, דאילו היה מבקש את האמת לאמיתה היה מוצא שצריך להוכיחם בדבר עריות ולא בדבר עבודה זרה, כי ז"הו היסוד בעבודת השם - לעמוד על הנקודה המרכזית ולשום כל מעיניו בה.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Court to compel alleged pedophile Leifer to undergo psychiatric evaluation

https://www.timesofisrael.com/court-to-compel-alleged-pedophile-leifer-to-undergo-psychiatric-evaluation/
The State Prosecutor’s Office also files a request to have all information from the trial passed along to the panel to give its members a full picture of Leifer’s mental state. Without it, Leifer would likely have to be hospitalized for three weeks in order to be re-evaluated from scratch. That would likely delay the panel’s decision, which the court ordered it make by December 10, a source with knowledge of the proceedings told The Times of Israel.

Friday, November 1, 2019

How Rudy Giuliani’s Pursuit of Money and Power May Cost Donald Trump Dearly



https://time.com/5714722/rudy-giuliani-transformation/


In the storied career of America’s most famous mayor, the last five weeks have been quite a chapter. During a shouting match on CNN on Sept. 19, Rudy Giuliani denied and then, 30 seconds later, admitted to playing a central role in President Donald Trump’s efforts to get a foreign country to investigate his top 2020 rival, Joe Biden. Five days later, Giuliani went nuclear on a radio host during a joint TV appearance, shouting, “Shut up, moron, shut up!” as he tried to drown out accusations that he was making things up. Trump’s personal lawyer capped it off on Oct. 16 by pocket–dialing a reporter for NBC News and inadvertently leaving a lengthy message as he talked to an unidentified partner about potentially lucrative business in Turkey and Bahrain.

Orthodox Rabbinic Statement On the Torah Imperative to Oppose All Forms of Assisted Suicide



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Though Trump said Wednesday that "100%" of ISIS had been defeated, forces on the ground suggest otherwise. An August report by the Pentagon estimates that ISIS is “resurging” in Syria and has as many as 18,000 militants there and in Iraq. And although its threat had dissipated in recent times, it has not disappeared. On October 11, the group claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a popular restaurant in the Syrian-Kurdish city of Qamishli, which killed at least three civilians.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/.premium-trump-said-isis-defeated-forces-syria-iraq-tell-otherwise-1.8019763



Special report from Syrian-Iraq border: ‘For sure, the Islamic State will take this opportunity to come back,’ warns one Kurdish fighter, while U.S. coalition commander says: 'The mission against ISIS has been undermined

Though Trump said Wednesday that "100%" of ISIS had been defeated, forces on the ground suggest otherwise. An August report by the Pentagon estimates that ISIS is “resurging” in Syria and has as many as 18,000 militants there and in Iraq. And although its threat had dissipated in recent times, it has not disappeared. On October 11, the group claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a popular restaurant in the Syrian-Kurdish city of Qamishli, which killed at least three civilians.


Trump walks back claim of defeating ‘100% of the ISIS caliphate’


 the president told a different story on Monday during a speech to law enforcement officers in Chicago ahead of two fundraising events at a hotel he owns in the Windy City.
He told the officers that once the U.S. military — which had help from Kurdish forces Trump recently allowed to be attacked by Turkey’s military — had eliminated “70 percent” of the so-called caliphate, “I said, ’Let’s go home.’”