Sunday, September 27, 2020

Breaking news-cities and neighborhoods in Jerusalem under full Lockdown and Yom Kippur starts tonight (Sunday) and America Can’t breathe, A nation spends a year holding its breath, by Daniel Greenfield and PA Calls Israel’s Wheelchair Accessibility Plans for Cave of the Patriarchs a ‘War Crime’ By TPS / Tazpit News Agency and German Fund Gives $13 Million of Nazi War Profits to Hebrew U to Research Protection of Minorities By Jewish Press News Desk and Let The Shofar Blow on Zion - Blowing the Shofar at Iron Gate- For Zion's Sake we will not be Silent and listen to your wife G-d tells Abraham

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Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.  Sun, Sep 27, 2020 – Mon, Sep 28, 2020 Atonement for personal and national sins, the fate of each person is sealed for the upcoming year Observances: Fasting, prayer, abstaining from physical pleasures, refraining from work

Cities under full lockdown: Abu Sanan, Umm al-Fahm, Umm al-Qutuf, Ofakim, Or Akiva, Azor, Ivim, Iksal, Elad, Ariel, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Baka al-Gharbiya, Beer Sheva, Beit Dagan, Beit She'an, Beit Shemesh, Beitar Illit, Bnei Brak, Basma, Baana, Barkat, Jadeida-Makr, Julis, Givat Ze'ev, Gadera, Dvoriya, Dyer al-Assad, Zichron Yaakov, Hadera, Holon, Hatzor HaGlilit, Turan, Taibeh, Taibe In the Galilee, Tira, Tamra, Yavneh, Yad Binyamin, Yeruham, Kabul, Kasra-Samia, Kfar Chabad, Kfar Yassif, Kfar Manda, Kfar Qassem, Kfar Kara, Lod, Majd al-Krum, Majdal Shams, Migdal Ha'emek, Modi'in Illit, Mizra, Meiser, Ma'agalim, Ma'ale Adumim, Mashhad, Na'ura, Ness Ziona, Nazareth, Netivot, Netanya, Sakhnin, Sandala, Eilabun, Ilut, Ein Mahel, Arav, Arara, Fureidis, Petah Tikva, Safed, Qalansawa, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Ye'arim, Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Ekron, Kiryat Shmona, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Reina, Rechasim, Shibli, Umm al-Ganem, Sdot Micha, Sderot, Shefar'am and Tel Sheva.

The following Jerusalem neighborhoods are defined as "red":

Greater Romema, Givat Shaul, Har Nof, Anata, Shuafat, Tzur Baher, Umm Tuba, Beit Safafa, a-Tur, Issawiya, extended city center, Rehavia to Meah Shearim, Gonenim, Givat Mordechai, Rasko, Givat HaRedim, Neve Ya'akov, Pisgat Ze'ev, Wadi Jouz, Sheikh Graach, Bab A Zahara, Old City, Kfar Akev, Beit Hanina, Talbiyeh, Baka, Talpiyot, Arnona, Armon Hanatziv, Old Katamon and the German Colony.

"Orange" neighborhoods in Jerusalem:

Gilo, Har Homa, Abu Tur, Silwan, Ras al-Amud, Kiryat Moshe, Beit Hakerem, Bayit Vegan, Ramat Sharet and Danya, Kiryat Yovel, Ein Karem, Kiryat Menachem, Malcha and Jabal al-Mukaber.

Let The Shofar Blow on Zion - Blowing the Shofar at Iron Gate- For Zion's Sake we will not be Silent

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One Should Listen to What a Woman Says

The Birth of Isaac

One Should Listen to What a Woman Says

The reading of the Torah on the first day of Rosh Hashanah begins with the birth of Isaac. A big party is held in the house of Abraham and Sarah. But the interaction between Yishmael, the son of Hagar, and Isaac is something which Sarah cannot tolerate. She turns to Abraham and tells him to banish Yishmael. Abraham has great difficulty in acceding to his wife's request, and he does so only after receiving a direct command from the Almighty: "All that Sarah says listen to her voice" (Genesis 21;12). Only when hearing G-d's directive does Abraham understand that Sarah's words are prophetic and as such he has no alternative but to listen to her and act accordingly.

Seven women reached the level of prophetesses, and Sarah was one of them (Tractate Megillah 14).

The fact that there were seven prophetesses is alluded to by the seven crowns found atop the letters "shin" in the words "Sarah Shma" (Sarah listen). (Remazei Yoel)


Shulem - Sound of Silence (Live)

Shulem performing Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel live at The Cutting Room. Accompanied by Tony Award-winner Andy Einhorn.

PA Calls Israel's Wheelchair Accessibility Plans for Cave of the Patriarchs a 'War Crime'

By TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel's plans to make the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron accessible for disabled people in wheelchairs by installing an elevator has been condemned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) as "Judaization," and the PA's Supreme Shari'ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash threatened that such "aggression" will "have a cost" and warned that "the Palestinians are prepared to do anything" while describing Israel's activities at the Cave as "tantamount to igniting a religious war in the region and in the world."

After months of battling, then Defense Minister Naphtali Bennett approved in May construction work on the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron which will make it accessible to people with disabilities. The holy site is currently accessible only by a long set of stairs.


Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) quoted a report by the PA's official WAFA news agency in August which said that Al-Habbash said that the "oppressive decision" is "a strengthening of the Israeli aggression and a continuation of the provocation of the Muslims' sensibilities."

Al-Habbash threatened that Israel will "bear the consequences of this continued arrogant behavior, and that aggression towards our holy sites will have a cost."

He further warned that the "Palestinians" are "prepared to do anything" to "protect our religion and holy sites and defend them – regardless of the cost, and regardless of the sacrifices."

The Muslim religious leader described the Israeli attempt to make the holy site easily accessible to all Jews and Muslims as "an attack on our religion and holy sites," and said that "this will have severe consequences and is tantamount to igniting a religious war in the region and in the world."

Al-Habbash tried to spark an international confrontation by asking the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to "intervene and stop the Israeli aggression against the Ibrahimi Mosque," citing a UNESCO July 2017 resolution that the PA interprets as confirming that "the Ibrahimi Mosque is a purely Islamic heritage site, and that there is no right to it for anyone who is not Muslim."

Along the same lines, PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki called Israel's improvement of conditions at the Cave of the Patriarchs a "war crime."

The PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida in August quoted Al-Malki as saying that Israel's actions "constitute a war crime and a violation of all the international laws" and Israel of "attempting to strengthen the colonialism, occupation, and forgeries that it is committing on our land, our heritage, and our history."

Al-Malki also called on UNESCO to inspect "the deliberate Israeli destruction of the values of world art, heritage, and culture of the Palestinian sites," and urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to "hurry in launching a criminal investigation against the occupation's leaders who are intentionally destroying the Palestinian heritage sites."

Israel's adaptions of the holy site for the needs of disabled visitors prompted PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the PLO Department of Human Rights and Civil Society Ahmed Tamimi to threaten to unleash a third intifada and a wave of Palestinian terror.

In a warning, he reminded Israel of "the Palestinian people's willingness to go to the furthest extremes in order to defend its right and basic principles."

German Fund Gives $13 Million of Nazi War Profits to Hebrew U to Research Protection of Minorities

By Jewish Press News Desk

The Alfred Landecker Foundation has awarded the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) a $13 million USD grant to fund academic initiatives that focus on the causes and consequences of the Holocaust, promote studies on human rights, minority protection, the rule of law, and reparations for historical wrongs and injustices.

Alfred Landecker (1884–1942) was a German-Jewish accountant who was married to a Catholic woman with whom he had three children. Landecker baptized the children after the Nazis seized power in Germany in 1933, but was eventually deported to a Polish ghetto, where he died in 1942. Landecker's daughter Emilie (1922–2017) took care of her two siblings after her father's death, and went to work for the Benckiser company, where she bore three children to the owner, Alfred Reimann Jr., who was a married man. It is unclear whether Reimann was aware of Emilie's Jewish ancestry, but since he and his wife were childless, he adopted Emilie's and his children in 1965.

In 2016 the Reimann family commissioned the historian Paul Erker from the Institute for Contemporary History at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich to research the political past of the family and the Benckiser company between the early 1920s and 1945. In January 2019, Erker informed the family that Albert Reimann Senior and Albert Reimann Jr. were deeply anti-Semitic and staunch supporters of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism, and profited from the war economy. In addition, there was violence and abuse of slave laborers in the company's plants during the Nazi regime.

The Alfred Landecker Foundation was established by the Reimann family in June 2019 to atone for their father and grandfather's war crimes. It is based in Berlin.

As part of the grant, three new academic initiatives will be established at Hebrew University, among them The Jacob Robinson Institute for the History of Legal Thought and Practice. Dr. Robinson, an historian of the destruction of Eastern European Jewry during the Nazi regime, served as a consultant in the Nuremberg war crime trials and worked on the prosecution of Nazi murderers, including Adolf Eichmann. He also participated in drafting the reparations agreement between Israel, the Jewish People and Germany, and helped to establish the research arm of Yad Vashem.

Second, the grant will establish the Landecker-Benjamin B. Ferencz Chair in the Study of Protection of Minorities and Vulnerable Groups. Ferencz was an American lawyer who investigated Nazi war crimes after World War II and was a fierce advocate for the establishment of an International Criminal Court. Third, the grant will create the Alfred Landecker Digital Humanities Lab at Hebrew University to research oral testimonies of survivors of mass crimes. Additionally, the grant will provide further funding for Hebrew University's Minerva Center for Human Rights.

This prestigious grant is one of the first major projects of the Landecker Foundation, as part of its commitment to create an international academic network that addresses key aspects in the protection of democratic values, pluralism and ethnic, religious and cultural minorities in an age of nationalism and emerging authoritarianism.

This donation is a cornerstone grant to build on the lessons learned from the collapse of democratic institutions in the 1930s – the emergence and proliferation of authoritarian and dictatorial regimes, the decline in minority rights protection, the subsequent World War, and the Holocaust committed in its shadow as an ultimate crime against humanity, committed against the Jewish people.

"I'm proud that at the very beginning of my assignment as the CEO of the Alfred Landecker Foundation, our first major donation goes to one of the world's outstanding and Israel's leading academic institution, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The foundation gladly supports the research and scholarly dissemination of legal and historical questions related to both the establishment and strengthening of human rights, individual as well collective rights. These subject matters were at the core interest and activity of leading Jewish legal scholars throughout the conflict-ridden 20th century. That legacy has to be continued, strengthened and applied during exceptionally precarious times," said Andreas Eberhardt, CEO of the Alfred Landecker Foundation.

"Hebrew University is honored to receive this prestigious grant from the Alfred Landecker Foundation. The funding will allow us to expand our goal of nurturing a new generation of public and professional leaders, one that will work tirelessly to safeguard human rights and minority rights, and to abide by a rule of law that protects the sanctity of life. This ethos is at the core of Israel's Jewish and democratic underpinnings and of our own academic charter, " shared Professor Asher Cohen, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto.

America Can't Breathe

A nation spends a year holding its breath, by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

A Soviet citizen goes to the dentist. He lies back in the chair. The dentist tells him to open wide.

"But I'm afraid to open my mouth," he replies.

The old joke has a new resonance in the age of lockdowns and masked pedestrians, cancel culture, and self-criticism sessions when Americans are the ones fearful of opening their mouths. Fear is the common denominator. A nation has spent the year holding its breath. And waiting.

Americans used to laugh at Soviet anecdotes without really understanding them. Now Americans are too afraid to laugh because they are coming to understand them all too well.

Mobs stalk the streets of American cities loudly bellowing, "We can't breathe!" Sometimes they shoot or stab someone who then actually can't breathe. Or they set a building on fire and anyone breathing in the smoke quickly discovers what it's like to really be unable to breathe.

When you actually can't breathe, you can't shout and you can't tell anyone. The people who actually can't breathe or speak are the victims of the ones shouting that they can't breathe.

There are two reasons why people can't open their mouths or breathe, as in the joke with the Soviet dentist, literal and figurative. In a year when mouths are being shut with masks and censorship, the literal and the figurative things that people are afraid of have come together.

2020 is one long Soviet anecdote in which the only people allowed to disregard social distancing by gathering to protest in the thousands and tens of thousands do so to complain about their oppression. It's a mock dystopia in which corporate CEOs berate their employees about their privilege and fire anyone who won't confess their privilege, and government officials and agencies lecture the people they rule at length about the terrible evils of systemic racism.

Speech is violence and violence is speech. Throwing firebombs is in the First Amendment, but saying All Lives Matter is literally killing people. The only people who don't have privilege are the ones who have special privileges. Criminals have a right to be safe from the police, but people don't have a right to be safe from criminals. Public safety is now about keeping criminals safe from the police by defunding the police so that no one except the criminals can be safe.

Everyone has to wear masks, except the government officials telling them to do it. The only people who don't have to worry about being able to breathe are the ones mandating the masks. Democrat governors like Cuomo and Murphy who killed tens of thousands are the heroes of the pandemic, while the villains are the Republican governors whose red states have few deaths.

The Communists called the newspaper in which they printed all their lies, Pravda or Truth. Soviet anecdotes hinged on the central irony that everything was a lie, everyone knew it, and no one could say it. The joke wasn't in what was said, but in the mutual recognition of the unsaid.

Or, "I'm afraid to open my mouth."

We live in the world of the unsaid, of the human shadowlands where people who go around with their mouths closed and faces covered, and in that world we know what is said is meaningless.

That which can be said is, by definition, a lie, and that which can't be said, becomes the truth.

The real news is what's read between the lines of the lies. What people say is the opposite of the truth. At struggle sessions, academics and executives confess that they're racist to prove that they're not racist. The only people who can safely claim not to have privilege, have that privilege. No one at work will admit to voting for President Trump, but someone must have.

The more speech is banned, the more worthless is the speech that is still allowed.

Polls become useless when people are too afraid to tell partisan pollsters the truth. Democrats and their media demand censorship of social media to protect the integrity of democracy from the speech of the demos, and then are caught by surprise when they suddenly lose elections.

Censorship creates a culture of lies. The more restrictive the censorship, the worse the lies. In a totalitarian system, no one believes anything, and no one trusts anything that they hear. And that culture of mistrust leads to a deep rot that corrupts everything and everyone it touches.

People retreat behind masks, literal and figurative, to protect themselves against a masked system which lies to them and spies on them. And the system thinks that it's in control because it hears its own lies repeated back to it, not realizing that it's the one now being lied to.

The irony of the Soviet anecdote was that it was a joke that could only be told by not telling it.

To breathe, to open your mouth and fill your lungs with air, requires a sense of freedom. American tourists visiting the USSR noticed the tension, the invisible weight, the closed faces of the people they met. To the Russians, Americans seemed an open and free people. Freedom was not just a legal condition, a matter of elections and constitutions which on paper the Russians had. Being truly free meant not even being able to imagine the loss of freedom.

Now it's Americans who walk the streets, when they dare, their faces closed off, invisible weights bowing them down, wary that anything they say might end their careers and lives. Hundreds of millions of people have been cut off from their families and thrust into a national conversation mediated by giant monopolies set up to enable the informants of cancel culture.

The perfect panopticon that the KGB could have only dreamed of is here and we're living in it. There is no telling when someone might be watching you, taping you, provoking a confrontation that will be posted on social media, made to go viral, and lead to permanent unemployment.

Not to mention possible arrest and prosecution, or even violent assault and murder.

It's safer for millions to put on their masks and not say things. And if there seem to be few Biden yard signs and little enthusiasm for the political program of the ruling class, that's also unsaid.

And it is in the realms of the unsaid where the movements that really matter take place.

Everyone, from top athletes to corporate executives, knows that they have to kneel and mouth the words. And the little people holding down jobs at some Fortune 500 company that assigns Robin DeAngelo as mandatory reading know it better than anyone else. They wear their masks.

Free people breathe. Unfree people hold their breaths. They put on masks and close their mouths. They push the fear and the anger behind their eyes. They repeat the lies until the entire world around them seems made of lies that they believe and don't believe at the same time.

A nation has put on its masks. And it's waiting for November to find out if it can take a breath.

Yom Kippur starts tonight. On this fast, you must fast the best you can depending on your health as it is the one and only biblical fast as opposed to the five others which are Rabbinic fasts.

We need Moshiach now

See you on Tuesday Bli neder

Love Yehuda Lave

Yehuda Lave, Spirtiual Advisor and Counselor

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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