“Give Me Money Or We’ll Break Windows” By Daniel Greenfield - and Farrakhan’s Threats for Advocating Vaccinations By Alan M. Dershowitz and Israel's Self-Imposed “White Paper” By Maj. Gen. Gershon Hacohen and you don't need to be more religous than G-d
Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement. Now also a Blogger on the Times of Israel. Look for my column
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No need to be more Religious or Holy than G-d
Everyone knows we are in an extraordinary time. In times like these, similar to when you are sick or at death's door, people think of their mortality and if they live how to repent from their evil ways and become a more spiritual person. In Hebrew and Judaism, we call this doing Chuva or Teshuvah
Firstly, there are several terms that are confused, but have common threads. The main thing that three thousand, five hundred years of Judaism teaches us is how to be a Holy Person. This is different than spirituality, and I had the blessing to learn the difference from one of the great Torah teachers of Israel, the former head of the Diaspora Yeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, of blessed memory (OBM).
Harav Mordechai Goldstein, zt"l, was an early activist of the Teshuvah movement who founded the Diaspora Yeshiva on Mt. Zion in Yerushalayim, was Born in Cheshvan 5692/1931, Harav Goldstein, was an alumnus of the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva in Queens, as well as one of the first talmidim of Hagaon Harav Aharon Kotler, zt"l, in Lakewood. He moved to Eretz Yisrael upon the advice of his Rebbi, Hagaon Harav Henoch Lebowitz, zt"l.
Harav Goldstein founded the Diaspora Yeshivah in 1965 (initially called Yeshivas Toras Yisrael), in Yerushalayim, attracting largely secular youth from Israel and the U.S. Two years later, after the Six-Day War, the yeshivah moved to Har Zion, which Israel had liberated during the war.
The yeshivah later changed its name to the Diaspora Yeshiva, marking its role as a place of a spiritual homecoming for Jewish youth from around the world.
The yeshivah has had hundreds of talmidim, and is noted for its diversity, accepting any and every background.
I was one of those talmidim (students) in 1995, and I was sitting on a Friday morning with Rav Goldstein, studying the Parsha Hashova (Torah section of the week), which happened to be in the book of Leviticus called Kiddushim (holiness). On that day the famous Dali Lama had come to Israel and everyone was in a Tissie about his presence in Israel. There were less than 10 of us in the class on Mount Zion that day in King David's tomb where we were studying the Parsha.
I asked the Rav, are we wasting our time here in the class. Shouldn't we be studying with this great spiritual leader? His answer has always stayed with me.
"Yehuda", he said, "the Dal Lama is a great spiritual leader, everyone has a duty to be spiritual and a good and empowering person like him. But a Jew also has a duty to be holy as we are being taught in this parsha of Kiddushim."
Being spiritual he said is the essence of the Torah. As Rabbi Hillel says of the words in Kiddushim, Love your neighbor like yourself, that is spirituality. The rest says Rabbi Hillel is all commentary. Now go study the words of the Torah and Sages.
And this is what I have been doing for the last 40 years. Studying the words of the Torah, in order to know how to apply them in today's world. The law (Halacha) doesn't change but the circumstances do. This is why, based on what I learned, that although the law teaches to fast last Thursday on the 17th of Tammuz and in a few weeks on Tisha Bov, this year because of the virus, if you are over 60, the words of the Torah say, don't fast. All five of the Rabbinic fasts are put in by the Rabbi's (the sixth -Yom Kippur is found in the Torah itself), and therefore the Rabbi's have the right to cancel them based on circumstances.
Why is there so much disagreement among the Rabbi's you ask? It's a good question, but the question is better than the answer. All Orthodox Rabbi's agree about the basics in the Torah, but individual people see the circumstances differently. And in Torah, all positions must be respected. We don't consider another person wrong because he or she interprets the conditions differently.
In addition, each person, since he has a duty to be spiritual, maybe harder on himself, than he thinks the law to be. Last night I was at a Shabbat house for third meal, and a non-Jewish lady described how she fasted for months, drinking only water and having vitamins for a personal cleansing. She has every right to do so, but to be holy I have to study the rules of the Torah and apply them to myself.
I have to eat kosher food, I have to keep the Shabbat, I have to fast when it is not a danger to my life, but I also have to break Shabbat if I am injured and have to go to the hospital and NOT FAST when it may not be save to do so.
When it comes to your personal health, the Torah says you have to guard your health VERY MUCH.
We try to emulate G-d, we don't have to do more than the letter of the law, and sometimes doing more is against being Holy!
Ideas, that help explain how the world works
I have a best friend who is always with me. This friend never forces itself on me, is always gentle with me and happy whenever I decide to notice it. I am referring to my breath. I've trained myself to pay attention to my breathing whenever I am in distress.Each breath reminds me that no matter what storms I may be experiencing internally or externally and no matter what physical or emotional pain I am having, there is a center of calm within me which I can connect to simply by breathing. And then I thank Hashem for having this breath, for giving me an opportunity to love and grow in awareness and compassion.This is how I fall asleep. This is how I awaken. I am nothing but a fragile being, riding the ocean waves, doing my best to stay stable and be a beacon of light and faith.
"Give Me Money Or We'll Break Windows" By Daniel Greenfield -
Black Lives Matter organizer Devonere Armani Johnson had a simple and straightforward message of racial justice for Madison store owners of all races.
"Give me money or we'll break windows," the repeat offender had allegedly told them.
The "Free Yeshua" Madison riots began when the police arrested the BLM thug.
Johnson, who also goes by Yeshua Musa or Jesus Moses, was busted after following an older white man into Coopers Tavern while shouting, "you're a racist" at him through a megaphone, before lecturing the patrons on his opinion that, "Jesus was not a white man."
"His name was Horace," Devonere/Yeshua asserted, "and he was plagiarized from ancient Egypt." He explained that Jesus had been sent by Queen Elizabeth to bring slaves to America.
It's possible that he meant Horus.
Before that, Devonere had threatened a mother of four who had been walking down the street with her children, calling her a "fat b___" and yelling, "don't think your god's going to save you".
"My name is Joshua Musa, and I am f____ disturbing the s___ out of this restaurant. I got a f____ bat," raved the thug that WORT community radio had described as "a frequent organizer and participant in Madison's Black Lives Matter demonstrations against systemic injustice."
Meanwhile the man he had been harassing was doing the right thing that had gotten any number of white people labeled 'Karens' and fired from their jobs, calling the police.
The police arrived and Devonere resisted arrest, before screaming, "I can't breathe."
After the Black Lives Matter organizer's arrest, a mob gathered chanting, "Free Yeshua" and waving "Free Yeshua" signs.
"This is not a peaceful protest, so if you came out here for a peaceful protest, you missed it," another organizer declared. "We're done being peaceful. Now we demanding justice."
Justice consisted of toppling the progressive statue of Lady Forward and a Union veteran, and violently assaulting State Senator Tim Carpenter, a gay progressive from Milwaukee, who had come out to support the peaceful protest, but unfortunately missed the peaceful protest, and was instead punched and kicked in the head, neck and ribs, and left with a concussion.
"Mandela Barnes is a friend of mine, and this is how I get treated? I had no idea. This is the first time I've ever been assaulted," Carpenter whined afterward to the racist BLM mob.
Since then a more belated form of justice arrived when the Feds busted Devonere for allegedly blackmailing businesses into giving him free food, drinks, and money.
The feds say that Devonere had threatened to "shut down and destroy" an eatery if he and his friends didn't get free food and drinks. He barged into a restaurant with a boombox and when the owner told him that he had already given to Black Lives Matter, the social justice warrior told him that wasn't good enough. "Give me money or we'll break windows."
Devonere went to a bar and warned, "You don't want 600 people to come here and destroy your business and burn it down."
And if the owner wanted to bring in that instrument of white supremacy known as the police, the BLM organizer taunted, "You notice that when you call them, nothing happens to us."
That's what defunding the police looks like.
Devonere has a long history of knowing that nothing happens when you call the police.
6 years ago, Devonere allegedly got into a fight on a bus with L.G., apparently also known as Low'end Savage, who was the father of the child of the woman whom Devorene was dating.
According to the police, the encounter didn't go well. Low'end put Devorene in a headlock. A witness heard Devonere say, "Let go, I'm going to shoot."
A shot rang out and Low'end was left paralyzed from the neck down.
Devonere bought a bus ticket and ran away to Chicago where he would fit in really well. When he was brought to trial, a jury found him not guilty of felony first-degree assault.
And it wasn't Devonere's first rodeo anyway.
Not only were there previous run-ins with the law, but next year he was convicted of misdemeanor theft and being a passenger in a stolen vehicle, and a year later he was convicted of felony theft. But none of those seemed to slow down Devorene's career much.
Devonere rebranded as Yeshua Musa. The media described him as being active in the Black Lives Matter protests. A photo shows him near the Lady Forward statue that would be toppled after his arrest. holding up a sign of a police officer, a pig and a klansman, asking, "spot the difference", and declaring, "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "BLM".
Low'end could not be reached for comment.
"We didn't divide us by calling each other black and white," he ranted at one of the protests. "It wasn't black people who did that, so it's not up to black people to fix that. If you want us to fix it, we gonna burn everything down out of emotion, out of pain."
Meanwhile, Devonere was allegedly asking a business to send money to his Venmo account or get its windows broken. But he was no doubt blackmailing stores out of emotion and pain.
Local business owners reported that Devonere would regularly visit their stores, blast music, call them racist, threaten to burn down their stores, and demand free food.
Even after his arrest, Devonere didn't have much to worry about. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne was a leftist activist, from a career leftist family, who got started with the pro-crime Innocent Project. And his big focus has been hate crimes and pushing implicit bias training.
When Devonere and Black Lives Matter racists blocked off traffic and demanded to speak with Madison's police chief, Acting Chief Vic Wahl showed up and gave the racist organizer his card.
"I am absolutely, fully, on board with meeting with you, meeting with him, to talk about ways we can improve, build trust and move forward," Wahl told him.
Wahl had already dutifully knelt alongside assorted Madison civic leaders.
Despite the denials by Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, there were signs that the police had been told not to interfere with the Devonere riots. At a press conference, Mayor Rhodes-Conway indicated that she had asked the courts to expedite and quickly resolve Devonere's case.
Fortunately, the Feds have stepped in with a little law and order and hit Devonere with extortion charges with a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The media had romanticised Devonere as a social justice activist. The Madison State Journal had run a photo of him and his son trying to register voters. "We are demanding justice, reparations, police reform," the publication had quoted Devonere as saying.
It didn't ask if the boy was really the son of the man he had allegedly left paralyzed for life.
Nor did it inquire about the time Devonere had retweeted a claim that white people "are the real monkeys" and have "Neanderthal in their dna".
Black Lives Matter racists never get held accountable for their hate or their violence. But maybe in Madison, of all places, that's beginning to change.
Or as the Badger Herald put it, "Am I next?' Activist's message continues after his arrest."
Just not the way that the Herald meant it.
Devonere's alleged message was, "Give me money or we'll break windows". But, by stepping in and throwing the book at him, the message of the Feds to the beleaguered store owners of the area is that finally someone is getting up off their knees and standing up for them.
Law and order is not, as Devonere and the Democrats tell us, a racist conspiracy. It's how the weak and the law-abiding are protected from thugs who would rob them of all that they have.
Devonere had two weapons, one weak, a bat, and the other, more potent, the media.
Everyone was afraid of Devonere, not because of his bat or his antics, but because the Black Lives Matter phrase has taken on a terrible totemic power to which everyone must kneel.
Two anonymous business owners spoke up to the Feds who threw the book at Devonere.
The only way to stop the terror is to stand up to those who want you to be afraid, who demand that you kneel, and chant their hateful slogan, and then give them everything you have.
And so the ballad of Devonere Armani Johnson, aka Yeshua Musa, a Black Lives Matter organizer who inspired a riot that terrorized Madison, ends with two little words.
They're words that inspire hatred, outrage and violent rage from the mobs and their allies.
Law and order.
Those two words are the difference between peace and terror, between life and death, and between civilization and savagery. They are the words that make cities and communities possible. Madison's radical leaders had jettisoned the police and turned over the streets to thugs like Devonere who, under the guise of social justice, is accused of acting like a bandit.
The mobs chant, "No justice, no peace". They're right. There will be no peace, until there is justice. And there will be no peace or justice until the thugs terrorizing cities are back in prison.
Farrakhan's Threats for Advocating Vaccinations By Alan M. Dershowitz
In his July 4th hate-filled anti-American rant, Louis Farrakhan singled out this author for condemnation and threats for writing an article urging people to take a Covid-19 vaccine if a safe an effective one were developed.
The article also stated that mandatory vaccinations to prevent the spread of a highly contagious lethal disease was held constitutional by the Supreme Court and would likely be upheld by the current Court. This comment led Farrakhan to say the following:
"So Mr. Dershowitz, if you bring the vaccine and say you're going to bring your army to force us to take it, once you try to force us, that's a declaration of war on all of us. You only have this one life; fight like hell to keep it and fight like hell to destroy those whose heart and mind is to destroy you and take your life from you."
Although the threat is not direct, that is the way Farrakhan incites violence against specific Jews and the Jewish people. In the same speech, he calls the head of the Anti-Defamation League Satan. And then says, "When you see Satan pick up a stone as we do in Mecca." This constitutes an even more direct threat of violence. He then tells his listeners that the Jewish Talmud urges Jews to poison non-Jews, and that he himself was poisoned.
In the most irresponsible proposal in a screed filled with irresponsibility, Farrakhan warns black people not to take any vaccine developed by Americans such as Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Do not take their medications."
"They're plotting to give 7,500,000,000 people a vaccination. Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, you want to de-populate the earth. What the hell gives you that right? … You're sure to die now. They want a quicker death."
Farrakhan also admitted that he asked God to make Florida the epicenter of Coronavirus and spewed other nonsense about Covid-19.
For anyone who has followed Farrakhan's hate-filled career — praising Hitler, calling Jews termites, calling Judaism a gutter religion, attacking gays — the content of any Farrakhan speech comes as no surprise. What is surprising is that otherwise responsible media promote and carry Farrakhan's incitements to hatred and violence. This speech was promoted in advance and carried live by the Revolt TV YouTube channel. It was reportedly watched more than 800,000 times.
Farrakhan — like Nazis and Communists — has a First Amendment right to tell his lies and spread his hate. But no media has an obligation to promote or disseminate his bigotry. Fox Soul TV was within its rights, and was right, when it canceled Farrakhan's appearance. Revolt TV should have done the same. Let him spew his hatred on street corners or in his place of worship. The First Amendment rightly demands that, but it does not demand widespread media promotion and coverage. Nor does it demand silence from responsible Black and Muslim leaders, whose voices should be heard condemning Farrakhan's devaluation of Jewish lives, gay lives, and the lives of people suffering from Covid-19.
All people of goodwill should condemn and marginalize one of the world's most dangerous bigots. No responsible media should promote his hate speech. And when his poisonous rhetoric turns to incitement of violence against specific individuals, then investigation for direct incitement of violence — which the Supreme Court has ruled is not protected by the First Amendment — may be warranted. Under the principles espoused in Brandenburg v Ohio and other leading cases, "advocacy" of violence is constitutionally protected but not "incitement " to "Imminent lawless action." The line between advocacy and incitement has not always been easy to draw. Moreover, media that have policies against promoting violence should determine whether Farrakhan's statements violate those policies. Farrakhan should be judged by the marketplace of ideas, and his "ideas" should be rejected as tainted and poisonous products.
Israel's Self-Imposed "White Paper" By Maj.Gen.Gershon Hacohen
It is a historical irony that nearly a century after a string of British White Papers (in 1922, 1930, and 1939) sought to thwart the Jewish national rebirth by imposing draconian restrictions on Jewish land purchase and settlement—in flagrant violation of Britain's obligation under a 1922 League of Nations mandate to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine—an official Israeli national development plan is effectively having exactly the same effect.
Approved by the government in 2005, the National Outline Plan (NOP 35) seeks to guide Israel's spatial development in the first two decades of the 21st century while taking into account demographic forecasts, spatial infrastructure, and trends in land and site preservation. In reality, the plan has effectively frozen Jewish settlement in the Galilee and the Negev, leading in turn to massive illegal building and land occupancy by Bedouin in the Negev.
The police, the military, and the other law enforcement agencies suffer from a perennial shortage of manpower and resources, and from the lack of a regular presence in these lands. What is required is the constant, active presence of Jewish farmers and residents as well as an ongoing momentum of legal expansion.
The approval and implementation of the National Outline Plan as a long-term master plan was an under-the-radar revolution. Who doesn't want to preserve green spaces and protect them from development and construction? Under the cover of a seemingly irreproachable idea, a quiet revolution was conducted.
Subsequent governments can decide, as they did in September 2011, to set up new localities, but implementing that decision depends on the approval of the National Planning Authority of the Interior Ministry. NOP 35 explicitly stipulates that such matters are not the exclusive domain of the government: "A regional outline plan, intended to establish a new community, will be implemented only if…a planning institution is convinced of the justification for establishing the new community." The government is thus at the mercy of professional functionaries. It can push for a settlement policy but not decide on one.
NOP 35 thus echoes Britain's White Papers in two respects. First, it established constraints that make setting up new Jewish communities a labyrinthine task that gives bureaucrats the power to block government decisions. An example is the snail's pace of the procedural aspects of building the Trump Heights community in the Golan.
Second, for many communities, including in the Negev and the Galilee, NOP 35 puts a limit on the number of Jewish households (300-500). This traps most of the communities in a planning vise that precludes the possibility of growth. The outcome is that an array of Jewish communities in the Land of Israel cannot grow organically.
What chance is there, for example, for a few dozen Jewish families in Hararit, an isolated Galilee locality that is forbidden to surpass 400 households, to put down roots and ever become a multigenerational community whose children will build their lives there? Or consider the two adjacent localities of Tuba-Zangariyye and Kfar HaNassi. In 1955, each numbered 200 families. By 2005, Tuba-Zangariyye had expanded to 1,000 families while Kfar HaNassi's size remained the same as it was in 1955. For the long term, the National Outline Plan has set targets of up to 400 households for Kfar HaNassi and up to 10,000 for Tuba-Zangariyye.
On the overt, declarative level, NOP 35 was intended to protect green spaces. In reality, it has achieved the opposite effect by serving, deliberately or not, as a barrier to Jewish settlement and opening the floodgates for illegal building and settlement expansion by the Negev Bedouins.
Is it still possible to establish new Jewish localities in Israel? When in September 2011 the government decided to set up 10 Negev localities, it was harshly criticized by the Israeli media. According to an editorial in Haaretz:
The [vastly empty] Negev does not need new [Jewish] localities, which will gobble up land, infrastructure, and budgets and destroy a region with great ecological importance. The communities will not solve the housing shortage in Israel. At most they will allow a few hundred families to get better housing in a remote area. The building of the new localities will also cause an unnecessary confrontation with the Bedouins in the Negev.
The question arises: At what point does a sovereign state, acting in its own territory on its own authority, become obligated to avoid implementing its policy for fear of confrontation with dissenting or lawless minority groups?
Maariv dismissed the plan to establish 10 communities by saying, "The tower and stockade days [of the 1930s] are gone." Yediot Ahronot called the plan "an example of recklessness" and added: "Our problem is a tiny living space, which means we have to plan population distribution with great caution. Hopefully the warning against gradually shrinking open spaces, which is sounded the world over, will also reach the ears of our cabinet ministers." In a world with 7 billion people, Yediot asserted, green spaces for the production of food must be preserved.
Yet the paper had no criticism of the intensive building on the infinitely smaller, much more densely populated Sharon Plain, whose land is far more fit for food production than the Negev's rocky soil. Construction is proceeding apace on fertile agricultural land in Ramat Hasharon, Raanana, and Netanya without stirring any controversy.
The 10-locality plan was blocked. Meanwhile, the Negev's open spaces are being closed by massive illegal construction in Bedouin areas. In institutional language, this expansion is known by the euphemism "unrecognized communities."
Part of the reason for Israel's loss of sovereignty in the Negev is the difficulty of enforcing law and order there. Without the renewal of Jewish settlement momentum in the land that is still available, the police and law enforcement agencies will not be able to alter the lawless reality.
Somewhere Out There
Somewhere Out There
Little Moishie Romberg was spending the weekend with his Bubbie and Zadie. On a walk with Bubbie, she noticed what looked like a bright star in the sky, so Bubbie explained that it was actually the planet Mars. Bubbie went on to provide a simplified explanation of the solar system suitable for her young grandson. Bubbie ended her explanation with, "We live on a planet called Earth."
After a long pause, Little Moishie asked, "What planet does Zadie live on?"