A major tool for being in the present mentally is to focus on your breathing. You are breathing right now. Be totally present as you slowly inhale and exhale. If your mind wanders, calmly bring it back. Keep practicing this. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you were able to be serene in the present every time you breathe? This is a worthwhile goal toward which to strive.
Following a year and a half of being barred from ascending the Temple Mount, police voided the indictment against tour guide and Temple Mount faithful extraordinaire Rabbi Yehuda Glick, and he was acquitted of the charges of breaking the arm of a Muslim woman on the sacred compound. According to the Temple Mount Faithful movement, police had insisted on barring Rabbi Glick from the Temple Mount even after an assassination attempt against him by an Arab terrorist -- in fact they claimed the attempt "only made him more dangerous."
Naturally, anyone who has met the skinny, jovial, redheaded America-born Rabbi Glick knows full well that he simply isn't capable of hurting a fly, never mind attacking a grown Muslim woman. Luckily, the Jerusalem court also couldn't bring itself to placing even a shred of faith in the testimony of Zoya Badrana, who claimed Glick had pushed her down on the ground, causing her injury.
Rabbi Glick now expects to go back to guiding groups of visitors around the parameter of the holiest Jewish site on the planet --despite the fact that most Jews, for a variety of religious and political reasons, prefer to congregate down below, near a supporting wall erected by Herod (the Western Wall).
Glick responded on Thursday: "There are many here who should do a personal introspection over this, but at this point I’m not yet dealing with that, but instead giving thanks to God and all His messengers for the ending of a nightmarish period during which a citizen had to deal with fighting for his life in the ICU, while combating a system that was supposed to protect him but instead joined hands with our worst enemies in an act that amounted to judicial terrorism".
About the Author: David writes news at JewishPress.com.
The media is twisting the knife into Israel over the 'lone wolf intifada'
How is Israel supposed to trust the international media when it keeps reporting Palestinian terrorists as if they were innocent victims?
A Palestinian protester, holding a knife, looks on during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip Photo: AFP
By : Eylon Aslan-Levy 12:54PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 Nearly five months have passed since "Lone Wolves Intifada" began in Israel, characterised by near-daily stabbings, stonings and car-rammings. Palestinian terrorists have succeeded in killing nearly thirty Israelis and injuring countless others. As Israelis have confronted this violent upsurge, however, parts of the international media have been rubbing salt into the knife wounds. On too many occasions, headlines have appeared to totally ignore the acts of terrorism themselves, leading instead with the deaths of the terrorists neutralised in the course of committing these crimes --while presenting them, acontextually, as innocents rather than attempted murderers. The false impression given to the reader is that Israel's security forces are arbitrarily and summarily executing Palestinians --instead of taking necessary action in self-defence to stop terrorist atrocities in real time. This is pernicious and defamatory. It is also poor journalism. In the name of professionalism and basic decency, it must stop. On the night of 3 October 2015, in Jerusalem's Old City, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed four Israelis (including a two-year old infant), killing two. He then opened fire at police officers, and was shot dead in response. The BBC then ran the galling headline " Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two" neglecting to indicate that the same Palestinian, and not the disembodied "Jerusalem attack", had in fact killed two. After subsequent complaints, the headline was finally changed to the more accurate "Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City".
"The incident sparked a persistent trend both in knives as a weapon of choice and in extremely poorly judged newspaper headlines"
"The incident sparked a persistent trend both in knives as a weapon of choice and in extremely poorly judged newspaper headlines -- though neither is new.
Sometimes, the neutralisation of the attackers - presented as civilians - is presented as the story, rather than the attack itself. When Palestinian terrorists stabbed two Israeli women in a mini-market, and were shot before they could stab more, The Guardian ran: " Two Palestinians shot dead after knife attack in West Bank shop" Aggressor and victim are often inverted: when four Palestinians attempted to stab Israelis in separate incidents, and were stopped with lethal force, USA Today ran "Israelis kill 4 Palestinians as violence surges".And sometimes, headlines draw false moral equivalence between terrorist and victim: the Irish Times ran the scandalous " 3 Palestinians, 1 Israeli Die in West Bank Incidents" when the "three Palestinians"had stabbed Israelis, and were killed committing terrorist attacks, and the "one Israeli"woman had had been killed in a terrorist attack.
Embarrassingly, on some occasions, even the Arab media produced more accurate headlines than their Western counterparts. Whereas Al Arabiya reported accurately that " Palestinian girl, 13, shot dead after trying to stab Israeli guard" the New York Times ran the laconically deceitful " Palestinian Girl, 13, Shot Dead by Israeli Guard" Readers could reasonably assume that the guard had executed an innocent girl in cold blood, instead of defending his own life when an assailant ran at him with a lethal weapon after ignoring calls to stop. Just a week ago, two Palestinians opened fire on Israeli soldiers and were killed in return fire; another lunged at a border police officer with a knife, and was killed trying. The Guardian abased itself with the headline " Three Palestinian Teenagers Shot Dead on West Bank" Even Al Jazeera had the basic decency to add, perfunctorily, the words "after alleged attacks".
The framing of foiled Palestinian terror attacks as instances of malicious Israeli executions has been so ludicrous as to be practically blood-libellous. The straw that broke the camel’s back, provoking the Knesset to summon the foreign press corps for a discussion, was a CBS headline reading, " 3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on" The three Palestinians in question had just killed a 19-year-old border policewoman and wounded another, and were shot by police before they could perpetrate a bigger attack with the knives, explosives and firearms they carried.
Israelis look at the high terror alert in Europe and the US, and wonder why the world doesn't "get"it. We wonder whether editors are so craven for click-bait, and know that dead Palestinians sell, that they are willing to sacrifice their integrity. And we also suspect, with good reason, that we are witnessing conscious and subconscious attempts to force the story to fit a preconceived narrative of "bad"Israelis versus "good"Palestinians, even when the facts beg to tell another story entirely.
"We wonder whether editors are so craven for click-bait, and know that dead Palestinians sell..."
The result is increasing disillusionment in Israel with Western states as reasonable actors, or unbiased mediators, when these are the fallacious and arguably malicious impressions that their publics are fed against Israel. Moreover, as illustrated by the recent antisemitism scandal engulfing Oxford, hatred towards Israel is liable to spill over into unambiguous hostility towards Jews: grossly misleading headlines of this nature, which create an unjustly negative image of Israel, recklessly nourish the campaign to demonise the Jewish state, thereby threatening to perpetuate this dynamic of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish animosity.
It has been difficult enough in Israel to endure this seemingly unending spate of attacks by knife-wielding Palestinian terrorists. We could really do quite well without newspaper editors twisting the knife as well.
Eylon Aslan-Levy is a British-Israeli writer and political commentator. He is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Published: February 25th, 2016 undreds of students at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem who attended the Monday class this week, given by the dean, Rabbi Yehuda Finkel, were surprised to hear him deliver his teaching in Hebrew -after decades when the institution had taught only in Yiddish. The Mir yeshiva, a.k.a. the Mirrer Yeshiva, one of the most important institutions of Lithuanian Jewish high learning, was founded in the town of Mir, in Belarus in 1815, 12 years after the founding of the Volozhin Yeshiva. After relocating a number of times during World War II, Mir evolved into three separate yeshivas, one in Jerusalem, with an additional campus in Modi""in Illit, and the other two in Brooklyn, NY. According to Kikar Hashabbat, Rabbi Finkel taught his class in Hebrew at the central study hall in Jerusalem, one week after another dean, Rabbi Shmuelevich, had done the same a week earlier. According to yeshiva students who spoke to Kikar hashabbat, Rabbi Finkel decided to follow in his colleague's footsteps to avoid confusion over the institution's lingua franca. Those same students also noted that in Israel learning in Yiddish is an archaic custom, and that many of the students simply don't know it well enough to use it in serious learning. The dean has decided to end a custom which actually stood in the way of many student's understanding of his teaching. "Better to give up the Yiddish and let everyone understand the material, rather than maintain the tradition and lose the students'attention,"the students explained.
A New mexican joint opened today in the shuk. From the Facebook page of Burrito Chai Burrito Chai is the hottest (and only!) Kosher Mexican joint in Jerusalem! We are so proud to open our doors this month BezH in the Machane Yehuda Market (Shuk).
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