Thursday, October 29, 2020

Don't be a Jew with Trembling Knees! by Joan Swirsky and If the Hebrew name "YHWH" means "I AM THAT I AM" in English, which among the four Hebrew letters mean "I AM" and Young Adults’ Pandemic Mental Health Risks and Israeli government gives IDF access to citizens’ tax data and Heatwaves--now the new normal in Jerusalem and a Coronavirus Cynic ends up in a Corona clinic and Jerusalem frontiers and pioneers tour by Shalom Pollack on Nov 3

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Jerusalem frontiers and pioneers tour by Shalom Pollack on Nov 3

Departure: 8:30 from the Inbal hotel
Return: before 5:00
Cost: 200 shekels.

Our first stop will be the very best overview of Jerusalem and the Har Habayit from the Mount of Olives With the sun to our backs this is a unique sight .

We will next take the short walk to the ancient tombs of the last prophets, Zacahria, Malachi and Haggai. They are buried in a vast catacomb chiseled near the top of the mountain. Bring flashlights or your flashlight app.

We are invited to visit with Zippora Piltz who lives with her family on the slopes of Mt of Olives as guardians of the holy area. She and her family are pioneers guarding and expanding the Jewish presence in this threatened area of Jewish heritage .

We then visit the renewed Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood and meet with determined pioneers there who are returning Jewish life to a famous Jewish neighborhood that was conquered by Jordan in 1948. Arabs have since occupied the Jewish homes.Very special, brave Jews are returning and reclaiming our history. We will meet some of the history making pioneers.

We will pay our respects at the nearby memorial of the seventy nine Jews treacherously massacred in the last convoy that attempted to reach Hadasah hospital on Mt Scopus in April 1948.

Just down the road from the massacre, we will see the soon to be completed construction of a new Jewish community of 150 families being built on land that belonged to the infamous Haj Amin Husseini, ally of Hitler and leader Arabs pogroms in Eretz Yisroel

We will have lunch alongside the beautiful lake overlooking the Shamir park in Maale Adumim. You may enjoy a picnic lunch or have a quick bite in "Cafit '' the kosher dairy care on the site.

We shall drive to area "E- 1" . This is the land that has long been zoned for the expansion of Maale Adumim. However, despite an impressive cornerstone laying ceremony, it has not been built due to political pressure.We shall drive to the top and understand the geography, topography and politics of the area.

We will complete our day with a visit to "Tel El Ful" or the historic Givat Shaul where King Saul is believed to have his palace just north of Yerushalayim in the Shafat neighborhood.(Just across the road from Pisgat Ze'ev).
King Hussein of Jordan was in the midst of building his palace on that same site that commands an unparalleled 360 degree view of Yerushalayim and beyond. The miracle of the Six Days War spoiled his plans.
We will enjoy the view that he thought would be only his and thank Hashem for His miracles.

From this unparalleled vantage point we will be able to better understand the connection between history, geography, demography and politics for the future of Yerushalayim.
To register:
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel

Heads up, liberal Jews––Don't be Jews with trembling knees

Joan Swirsky

October 27, 2020

"Don't threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid."

Those words were spoken by Menachem Begin in June of 1982, directly to the Democrat senator from Delaware, Joe Biden, who had confronted the Israeli Prime Minister during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony by threatening to cut off aid to Israel.

That's right, only 32 years after the establishment of the tiny Jewish state, which was surrounded by 22 war-mongering, Israel-loathing Arab states, and only 35 years after the Holocaust savagely murdered––tortured and gassed-to-death––six-million Jewish men, women, children, and infants, Senator Biden was once again terrorizing the Jews of the world with his menacing ultimatum.

Not a fluke, not a misstatement, not an error in judgement, but vintage Joe Biden, whose longtime antagonism and belligerence toward Israel has been exhaustively documented, most recently by Shmuel Klatzkin (Biden's Hostility to Israel––read the whole article) and Janet Levy in (Is a Vote for Joe Biden in the Interest of American Jews?).


Levy reports a number of the Obama-Biden regime's consistent anti-Israel policies:

  • They interfered with the 2015 Israeli elections with the goal of defeating the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;
  • Their State Department granted $350,000 to OneVoice, a radical anti-Israel organization that supports the terrorist group Hamas;
  • They fully supported the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement to destroy Israel economically;
  • In 2016, Biden pressured Ukraine, an abstainer, to vote for UN Security Council measure 2334, which claimed that ancient and historic Jewish sites were "illegally occupied";
  • They approved the same UN measure, which condemned Israelis building settlements––emboldening the Palestinian Authority to call for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Judea, Samaria, and the Jewish Quarter, reversing decades of U.S. vetoes against such moves.

Today, candidate Biden pledges to reopen the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) mission in Washington, D.C. And he vows, incomprehensibly, to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, in which the most dangerous terrorist state in the entire world has vowed to exterminate the State of Israel.

In addition, Levy points out that while Biden has given lip service to repudiating anti-Semitism, he has been thunderously silent when his fellow Democrats Reps. Ihlan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—and simpatico Jew-hating activists Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and others––spew their undisguised anti-Semitic bile for all the world to hear.

"Biden said he could never be silent on anti-Semitism," Levy writes, "but raised no objections, as vice-president, to more than 60 White House visits by Al Sharpton, who [had] incited anti-Jewish riots in New York City in the 1990s." That's the same Al Sharpton, I might add, who writer John Perazzo documents as being responsible for the horrific Tawana Brawley racial hoax, called the first black mayor of New York City a "ni—er whore," and delivered a speech at Kean College saying: "We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was…. [W]e taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."

You get the picture of one of Joe Biden's favorite pals.


I was a very little girl––younger than six––when I first asked my parents why they were running frantically to meeting after meeting every evening, opening their checkbooks, delivering impassioned speeches, wringing their hands, and shedding copious tears.

They told me what few American-Jewish parents ever told their children, so numb were they from disbelief and so eager to protect them from the ghastly truth, which was that adults and children just like them, just like us––six million of them––had been savagely murdered by Adolph Hitler and his "willing executioners" in Germany, Poland, all over Eastern Europe, and even in "civilized" countries like France, simply because they were Jewish.

Jews who managed to flee Europe and come to America before the Holocaust––like my own and my husband Steve's grandparents––and those who survived the killing camps and landed on our shores by sheer good fortune, thought they died and went to heaven on earth. For the first time in their lives––in fact, in Jewish history––they were free to breathe, to create, to pursue their dreams, to worship, and to raise their children without fear.

Yes, there were things like quotas in colleges and graduate schools, Holocaust denial, and today an upsurge in Jew hatred, but nothing stopped Jews from succeeding and excelling and contributing disproportionately to American society and to the world, just as the Jews in the state of Israel––only 72 years old––do today.


But over 3,500 years of persecution exacts a heavy price. To understand, just think about the long-lasting toll the following events take:

  • A one-minute gunshot,
  • A two-hour bout of chemotherapy,
  • A three-week recovery from open-heart surgery,
  • A four-month lay-off,
  • An eight-month (so far) pandemic lockdown
  • A five-year recession.

All of the above are life-changing, diminishing, often devastating, sometimes annihilating.

Yet Jews continued on, their survival instinct stronger than the most crushing circumstances of their long and besieged history of being haunted, hunted, and often destroyed in, among other cataclysmic events:

  • The Crusades.
  • The Inquisition.
  • The expulsion from Spain.
  • The Holocaust.
  • And always, the diaspora.

After the Holocaust, American Jews who followed politics––most did and still do today––were forced to ask themselves, and taught their children to ask: Is it good for the Jews? Meaning, will this or that statement or policy or law lead to another Holocaust?

After all, the Jews of Europe in the 1930s and '40s enjoyed tremendous success––in business, academia, the arts and sciences, society in general. Unlike the United States today, every college and university did not feature violent anti-Jewish protests or professors who taught anti-Jewish propaganda. Until the rise of Hitler, there were no elected officials––as there are in the U.S. today––spewing Jew hatred, not only with no disapproval from the powers-that-be, but with total impunity.


Is Biden's candidacy good for the Jews? I can say unequivocally and without hesitation that scandal-plagued Joe Biden, his inexperienced and effortlessly alienating VP pick Kalamity Harris, and the truly regressive Obama-clone platform he's running on––including high taxes, a weakened military, the support of terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, an anti-fracking return-to-energy-dependence, open borders, confiscation of your guns, and a viciously contentious relationship with Israel––would be terrible for America and disastrous for the Jewish state.