Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ARAB MK justifies murder of Israelis

Rabbi Yehuda Lave From Jerusalem
Express Gratitude Rather Than Guilt

Some people tend to express guilt when others do things for them. You will hear them saying things like, "I feel guilty for having bothered you." "I am so sorry that I made you go out of your way." "I feel bad for having taken your time." "Please forgive me for your having to do this for me."
People who have this pattern are often sensitive people who don't want to cause others any distress or unpleasantness. At times they could use a boost to their self-image. By realizing that they have infinite value and worth because they are created in the image of the Almighty, they will increase their realization that they deserve the kindness and goodness that others do for them.
When someone goes out of their way to do something for you or helps you in any way, express gratitude rather than guilt. When you say, "I am so very grateful for all the effort you put into this," or "Thank you greatly for having done so much for me," you experience the positive energy of feelings of gratitude. And the person you are telling this to will experience positive energy for being appreciated.

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Jewish Comic Jackie Mason: New York Restaurants Face Harsher Inspections Than Iran Under Nuclear Deal

July 26, 2015 10:37 am


Jackie Mason joined the list of critics of the Iran nuclear deal. Photo:
Jackie Mason joined the list of critics of the Iran nuclear deal. Photo:
Legendary Jewish comic Jackie Mason joined the list of critics of the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran Sunday, jesting that New York restaurants face a harsher inspections regime than Iran's nuclear facilities will under the terms of the agreement.
Speaking during an interview to air Sunday night on "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" on New York's AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia's NewsTalk 990 AM, Mason, an outspoken advocate of Israel, quipped that US Secretary of State John Kerry should pay the American people back for the cost of his airfare to and from the Iran talks.

Jackie Mason Suggests Anti-Gun Michael Bloomberg Should Be Protected by Rabbis With Pastrami Sandwiches

February 14, 2016 3:57 pm

Comedian Jackie Mason. Photo: Youtube/Screenshot.
Comedian Jackie Mason. Photo: Youtube/Screenshot.
Renowned Jewish comedian Jackie Mason "continues to be one of this election cycle's more amusing political pundits," said the New York Post's "Page Six" on Sunday.
Describing Mason taking figurative aim and shooting at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's stance on gun control, the Post quoted the comic poking fun at the Jewish billionaire who is considering a presidential run as an independent: "He's standing there with 12 bodyguards, telling you that you shouldn't have a gun to protect you, while he has 12 guys protecting him! As if his life counts, but yours is not important? If guns are not important and nobody should have a gun to protect himself, why does Bloomberg have 12 bodyguards? Why doesn't he stand there with 12 rabbis? Why do they have guns? Instead of guns they should have pastrami sandwiches."
The Post was citing a radio interview Mason gave to Aaron Klein on AM 970's "The Answer," in which he also said of the candidates in the presidential campaign, "It's unbelievable that not only is a Jew now acceptable to run for president, now a Jew is a hit! Because we have a Jew if Bloomberg runs. We have another Jew with Sanders running. And we had a black person before. And the only person who can't get a job for the presidency is a tall, white gentile."
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High Diving Giraffes !

BE SURE to watch past the credits!

Apparently they only do this in Australia. They don't tour because it
costs too much to transport these highly trained and valuable animals.
It take about 2 years to train one giraffe to feel comfortable in the
water, and then another 3 or 4 years to get them to dive.

They also train them using only the reward system, unlike other animal
exhibitions where they use harsh techniques.

High Diving Giraffes

Could Jennifer Lopez be Jewish?

February 14, 2016

At Reconectar, we are already helping thousands of individuals facilitate the reconnection they seek, even if it is just to learn more about their ancestry. If Jennifer Lopez has an interest in finding out more about any possible Jewish ancestry, we can help her too.

There is great excitement in Israel with the news that Jennifer Lopez might come to Israel as the Latina diva has reportedly been penciled in to play a concert this summer in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park. If J. Lo does play Tel Aviv, it would represent the first time she will perform in the Jewish State, but what if it is not so much as a visit as a 'homecoming'.
While the idea that Jennifer Lopez might be Jewish, or to put it more accurately, have Jewish ancestry, may be news to many, including the singer herself, this possibility is not as unlikely as it seems.
Jennifer Lopez was born in New York, to Puerto Rican parents named Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez. The first thing that strikes anyone familiar with Sephardic history is that both Rodriguez and Lopez are two of the most well known names for the descendants of forcibly-converted Spanish and Portuguese Jews.
Beginning in the 14th Century, hundreds of thousands of Jews on the Iberian Peninsular and elsewhere were forced to the baptismal font or had priests throw 'Holy Water' on unsuspecting recipients, creating what the church and state called New Christians, while many remained Crypto-Jews, retaining their faith and traditions in secret. Anyone caught observing even the minimal form of Jewish tradition could be imprisoned, tortured and burnt at the stake by the ruthless Inquisition.
Understandably, many of these crypto-Jews escaped to the New World, the Americas, to try and get as far away as possible from the center of the reign of terror in Spain and Portugal.
Family names like Lopez and Rodriguez are patronymic, meaning that they are derived from a man's given name, usually a father, paternal ancestor or patron. Many of the forcibly-converted Jews were given 'Old Christian' family sponsors and their new family names would often represent the name of the patriarch of the family, i.e. Rodriguez means the son of Rodrigo and Lopez the son of Lopo.
Sometimes whole families which held the same Jewish name took the new Spanish family name. Some have suggested that the Rodriguez (or Rodrigues in Portuguese) family is said to have emigrated as the Gradis family from the Land of Israel at the time of Bar Kochba's insurrection (125 C.E.) and settled first in Portugal and later in Spain.
What we do know is that many bearing the name Rodriguez and Lopez were convicted as secret 'Judaizers', those who held onto Jewish practices in secret, by the Inquisition, and both names appear dozens of times in the Book of Guilties written by The Inquisition in Spain alone. Many Jews with both names were martyred by the Spanish Inquisition during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Famous descendants of forcibly converted Jews bearing these names include Roderigo Lopez, who had been accused by the Portuguese Inquisition of secretly practicing Judaism, and compelled to leave the country when he fled to London. Lopez, the subject of much racial jealousy, then rose to become physician-in-chief to Queen Elizabeth I of England from 1581 until his death by execution, having been found guilty of plotting to poison the Queen, even though she reportedly remained unconvinced of his guilt.
Aaron Lopez, born Duarte Lopez, belonged to a family who had openly professed Catholicism while they continued to practice Judaism in secret. He was a Portuguese Jewish merchant and philanthropist who became the wealthiest person in Newport, Rhode Island, in British America. In 1761, Lopez sued the Colony of Rhode Island for citizenship but was unsuccessful because he was a professing Jew. He then moved to Massachusetts where he successfully applied for citizenship there. Some historians believe Lopez was the first Jew to become a naturalized citizen of Massachusetts.
These are just two of many famous Jews and descendants of forcibly converted Jews to bear either the name Lopez or Rodriguez, both of which feature in this author's extended family tree extending back many centuries.
However, alongside the name, there are other clues of a possible Jewish ancestry for Jennifer Lopez.
A Jewish presence in Puerto Rico can be traced back to the 15th century and the Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus, when many Jews settled on the island hoping to flee from the scrutiny of the Spanish Inquisition. Each of Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic was prominently staffed by crypt-Jews and many others joined further expeditionary crews sailing for the New World. They hoped that there would be safety in distance, but unfortunately once Spain established colonies in the New World, the Inquisition surely followed. The crypto-Jews were forced to settle in the island's remote, mountainous interior and flee from the cities and power centers.
According to a National Geographic genographic DNA project conducted in 2014 the average Puerto Rican individual has 65% West Eurasian (Mediterranean, Northern European and/or Middle Eastern) DNA. This demonstrates the strong possibility of Jewish ancestry among many Peurto Ricans.
Obviously, all of this evidence for the possible Jewish ancestry of J. Lo is circumstantial.
Nevertheless, it would be impossible to know of the exact origins of Ms. Lopez unless a personal DNA analysis or genealogical research was undertaken.
However, I have used the story of Jennifer Lopez to demonstrate a far more important point than mere speculation about a celebrity 'member of the tribe'.
Statistically, there are tens of millions of Hispanics, Latinos and others spread out across North and Latin America and Europe who are indeed descended from forcibly-converted Jews, known as Anousim, Conversos, or derogatorily Marranos (meaning 'swine').
The names Lopez, Rodriguez, Perez, Martinez, Pereira, Costa, Cardoza, and thousands of other 'typical' Hispanic names could be indicative of Jewish origins, and websites like Name Your Roots are providing tantalizing clues to this ancestry and how to conduct further research.
Many others are beginning to understand their origins as a result of advances in the fields of genealogy and DNA, or simply through chance encounters or simple Google searches that their unusual family customs or distinct Spanish dialects are Jewish in origin.
Large numbers of these people are looking to rejoin the Jewish social fabric or assist Jewish causes in a variety of ways.
Millions of our long-lost brothers and sisters are looking to reconnect with the Jewish People and at Reconectar we are helping to facilitate this reconnection according to their individual wishes and goals. According to Jewish law those who wish to return to the Jewish fold should be permitted and even encouraged to do so, some like Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik went even further and said they should be treated as full Jews.
Regardless, the beginning of the Twenty-First Century presents unprecedented opportunities to reconnect our people in a way simply impossible and even unthinkable in previous generations.
At Reconectar, we are already helping thousands of individuals facilitate the reconnection they seek, even if it is just to learn more about their ancestry. If Jennifer Lopez has an interest in finding out more about any possible Jewish ancestry, we can help her too.
By: Ashley Perry. Perry (Perez) is President of Reconectar and Director General of the Knesset Caucus for the Reconnection with the Descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Communities. He was adviser to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs from April 2009 to January 2015. He has also worked with several other government ministers, Members of Knesset and many of the leading international Jewish, Zionist and Hasbara organizations.
This article was originally published as a blog on the Times of Israel


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