On Yom Kippur, which we just finished, we ask for forgiveness from G-d who is like a friar (as Rabbi Riskin said in a Shabbat Shuva lecture last week), G-d is always ready to forgive. Yom Kippur does not work for hurting an individual however.
If you've wronged another person, and your regret is sincere, he will forgive you.
Some people, however, when asking forgiveness are just being deceitful. Such an apology is unlikely to be accepted.
Today, think of someone you have wronged and have not asked for forgiveness. Be resolved to sincerely ask him for forgiveness
Love Yehuda Lave
Now while forgiveness is a wonderful thing, protecting yourself from more harm is an even higher value according to the Torah. The Arabs or Palestinians murder our best and our brightest and all we do is cry at the funerals. "Eliminating" the terrorist is not enough to keep us save. The deputy mayor is coming out with a plan to not reward the murderers, but it is not enough. One must be tough enough to say for every attack, 1000 or more people who align with this hate will be deported. We have a cancer in our body (the wonderful country) and the Torah warns we must cut it out or it will kill us. I have watched with heartbreak all of the murders this year and the tears at the funerals. If we want to keep our country we have to be willing to take flack from the world when we kick the murderers and their sympathizers out.
Jerusalem Arabs Congratulate Each Other On Deaths of Jews Hana Levi Julian Many Jerusalem Arabs are celebrating the deaths of two Jews and wounds of others in a terror attack.
Can co-existence ever flourish in an environment where those who once were neighbors now celebrate their savage murders instead?
Arabs in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority together celebrated the Jewish blood spilled by a Hamas terrorist on Sunday — including that which marked the death of a 60-year-old grandmother and a 30-year-old newly-married Yassam special operations police office — as well as physical injuries to six others and deep trauma wounds to a number who required medical help.
Many Jerusalem Arabs — who possess Israeli identity cards and who enjoy the rights and benefits those cards represent — were positively rejoicing in public places, despite the presence of Jews nearby.
Arab residents of Jerusalem were handing out sweets and candies to passersby, and others were shouting "Allahu Akbar!" — some until they were hoarse.
In one case, this took place in an Aroma cafe next to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An Israeli at the Cafe related to Arutz Sheva that Arab workers employed at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital came over to other Arabs at the cafe to wish them "Mabruk" (congratulations), just as the news of the deaths of the two victims were announced over media.
Together with cheers of 'Allahu Akbar!' (God is Great! in Arabic) and cheering of other Arabs in the street, those in the cafe began to sing and clap, with "joy on their faces." It's an extremely sobering reality check for Jews who believe in co-existence who suddenly are forced to confront the fearful truth that educated Arab fellow students with whom they spend time and drink coffee at university can suddenly, in a heartbeat, break out in joyous celebration at the violent bloody murder of a Jewish stranger.
For hours after the attack, Israel Police deployed throughout the capital to arrest those who were handing out candies. They blocked the terrorist's family from setting up the traditional mourning tent for the killer — a move that would have served as a gathering place for further incitement and glorification of his murderous rampage, which Israel is determined to prevent.
Police also arrested those who pressured Israeli Arab business owners into closing their establishments in solidarity with the terrorist's "martyrdom".
Also arrested were the Arab bystanders who had used their cell phones to film and narrate the attack, while shouting Allahu Akbar! to cheer on the terrorist's murderous efforts, until they were hoarse — which they then posted on social media sites to publicize the "happy event."
Arab internet users also viciously attacked the Facebook page of Yosef Kirama, the police officer who died in the shootout with the terrorist. Arab cyber attackers posted abusive posts with anti-Semitic caricatures, a masked terrorist holding a knife, and even a death threat to another Jewish user. Some of the incitement was reported to police.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan reiterated the important role of social media sites — including Facebook — in spreading or preventing the spread of anti-Semitic incitement to murder. "We've said this before: the rise in the rate of internet incitement sparks lone wolf terrorism," Erdan said in a statement.
The Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization — which confirmed the killer as a member of its group — "proudly announced" that its "son" and "Mujahid" had "died a martyr." In a statement the group described him as one of the "great figures of Jerusalem, and one of the city's best people, who sacrificed his soul and his money defending Jerusalem," according to a report by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency.
On the Qassam website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas, the group said in a statement that the attack was "a natural reaction to the continued crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians and the Holy al-Aqsa Mosque."
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization also offered its own statement of praise, calling the attack "heroic."
The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas issued a call via for a general strike, telling shop owners in the Old City of Jerusalem to shut their doors "in memory of the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine and this morning's Martyr."
It was Mahmoud Abbas who worked to ensure he could attend the funeral of Israel's ninth president, former elder statesman Shimon Peres. When asked about the severe criticism he received at home for his attendance at the funeral in Jerusalem, Abbas told reporters he believed it was important to "show that he was a partner for peace."
But it was the PA government's leading Fatah faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, that posted an announcement on its Facebook page, translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog organization, praising, "The one who carried out the operation today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] Martyr."
Hana Levi Julian
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor: I Killed Housing for Arabs as Punishment for Terror Attack
David Israel "They say we should use carrots and sticks, well we're fresh out of carrots, only sticks are left."
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman, who also chairs the City Planning Commission, on Monday morning told Jerusalem Radio that he plans to "punish" the Arabs of eastern Jerusalem for Sunday's terror attack, and has already deleted from his committee agenda all the construction plans for the city's Arab neighborhoods. "We've arrived at the moment of truth," Turgeman said. "Let's put our cards on the table — the people in eastern Jerusalem want to kill and annihilate us. Why should we give them new opportunities every day?"
"The whole time we've been living with the false hope that these people, if we give them and help them and support them, would change their bestial behavior," Turgeman continued. "But it turns out that nothing helps. Why should people die in Jerusalem, where is it written, who said it? We need to accept responsibility around here. And I'm going to make an example. I removed from the agenda all the construction plans for eastern Jerusalem. I took down all the plans. They say we should use carrots and sticks, well we're fresh out of carrots, only the sticks are left."
"It's over, I take the responsibility, and if you don't like it, fire me," Turgeman said.
As chairman of the city planning commission, Turgeman actually has the authority to change his committee's agenda and prevent plans from coming up for a debate. Naturally, what would ensue are countless lawsuits by contractors and land owners who would argue the delays are rooted in external motives. For now the planning commission is going to be on hiatus for the Jewish holidays, so the chairman will have a chance to gracefully walk back his angry statement.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's office has released a statement saying Turgeman's plan had not been "coordinated with the mayor and does not reflect City policy. The way to prevent terrorism is by fighting in an uncompromising manner and with a strong hand against those who choose the path of terror, incitement and violence — and concurrently by bolstering the moderates and serving those residents who want to obey the law."
About the Author:David writes news at JewishPress.com.
The Writings of Rav Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane HY"D- Dvar Torah in honor of Yom Kippur דבר תורה לכבוד יום כיפור MISSION OF THE PROPHET- IN THESE TIMES AS WELL On Yom Kippur it is the custom to read the Book of Jonah during the Mincha service, since the repentance done by the people of Ninve is supposed to awaken us on the current Day of Atonement. Many people forget, however, that before Jonah even arrived at Ninve to prophesize, he underwent an experience that carries for us an important example for today and for Yom Kippur as well. The sages tell us that there are several types of prophets who are obligated to receive the death penalty. One of these is the prophet who "suppresses his prophecy". That is, he has received a prophetic vision and is commanded to reveal it, but refuses to do so. Jonah came dangerously close to falling into such a category - fleeing the Land of Israel so that the "Divine Presence" will no longer rest upon him, and thus no longer be able to carry out G-d's message. The sages tell us that all this stemmed from Jonah's love for the Jewish People. Jonah knew that the gentiles of Ninve would heed his call to repentance. Consequently, this might awaken the wrath of G-d against the Jewish People, since they, in contrast to the gentiles of Ninve, did not heed the words of the prophets and repent. He therefore chose to flee from his obligation to warn the people of Ninve, lest they "show up" the Jews. WITHOUT "CHESHBONOT" Despite this love, and despite all his good intentions, Jonah was wrong. The role of the prophet is to speak the word of G-d, whether the message finds favor in his eyes or not, or if saying it endangers his life. It is irrelevant whether or not he has the most seemingly logical justifications for NOT saying the message. Speaking the truth can be very difficult, as Rabbi Kahane HY"D in his last article in the "Jewish Press" wrote, "You think it is pleasant to speak painful truths that cause pain to those who refuse to listen and who then react with pain and hate against the one who speaks? You think it is easy to be the messenger that brings forth the reaction, 'Kill the messenger?'" THERE ARE NO PROPHETS IN THE CLOSET What this means is quite simple. A Jew who elevates himself to the level of a prophet has established a very special connection to G-d. But it is not enough. For a prophet to be a prophet, he must go out to the people and speak the word of G-d. Rabbi Kahane would convey this principle by quoting Eliyahu in Kings 1, Chapter 10: "I am left all alone as Hashem's prophet". The Rav asked: Was it really so? Was Eliyahu the only prophet not killed by Achav and Izevel? What about the 100 prophets mentioned only a few verses before that were hidden in a cave? The Rav would explain by saying that Eliyahu was teaching a tremendous lesson for all to learn: A prophet hiding in a closet is not a prophet! The whole point of a prophet is to go out to the people and speak the truth without fear. Eliyahu was the only prophet around because he was out there fearlessly chastising the Jewish People at the time. Thus, Jonah, regardless of the reason he had, betrayed his special mission. This is a vital lesson of Yom Kippur, for all the "Bnei Torah" and "Bnei Yeshiva" andrabbis who are also in a certain sense leaders or prophets of the generation. So many choose to sit quietly, afraid to attack the Hellenistic left and thus save the Jewish State from them. All these years they have refused out of fear to state the simple "Halacha" and real solution to the basic and burning Yishmaelite problem - whose status is so obvious according to the Torah law that no honest rabbi could differ with it. The problem is that in public, everyone is suddenly silent. All these leaders are in a sense, "prophets who withhold their prophecy" - for they know the Divine truth, yet refrain from saying it. How we are now suffering from this silence!!!May it be G-d's will that on Yom Kippur the first to repent will be those who are supposed to be the spiritual leaders of the nation. May they warn and chastise the Jewish People and no longer become a partner to the sins of the generation by way of their silence, and as a consequence, the Jewish People will repent and bring the Redemption.
MAY YOU ALL BE WRITTEN AND SEALED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE, HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND SHALOM
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