With the bombings yesterday, why is not fair to ask if it is time for a change with our relationships with the Arabs and Exodus the movie in 1960 based on what happened in 1948 and 75 years later nothing has change Jerusalem's grand mufti warns of regional religious war after Hebron unrest and This latest outrage at Yad Vashem comes on the heels of the "Hitler - Husseini" cover-up.
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.
With the new bombings yesterday in Jerusalem, why is not fair to ask is there any alternative to waiting at a bus stop and being blown up?
The pieces I have with this blog show, the continual desire of the Mufti to kill every Jew since we got here. Is there no alternative to continuing to live this way. The pieces I have today give you some food for thought.
Love a recuperating Yehuda Lave
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
The Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12 gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't always agree with all the points of each article but found them interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.
Exodus the Movie
Exodus was filmed on location in Israel and Cyprus. Although filming key elements of Exodus on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus was authentic, as it was the location of the British internment camps for Jewish refugees trying to reach Palestine, it was difficult, as the island was in the middle of a Greek insurgency against British rule, led by the Greek nationalist organisation EOKA. EOKA was considered a terrorist organisation by the British authorities in Cyprus, who were opposed to the filming of a movie on the island that seemed to combine anti-British sentiments with a storyline that appeared to show terrorist action could be successful. As a result, the British authorities refused to help Preminger with the logistical side of filming. The only assistance given by the British authorities was the placement of an armed guard on the large number of decommissioned rifles used as props in the film, to prevent them from falling into the hands of EOKA and being recommissioned.
Relations between the director and actors were difficult, particularly with the male lead, Paul Newman. After Newman's suggested changes to the script were rejected by Preminger, and the actor given a dressing down for making the suggestions, Newman hid a mannequin on a high balcony on which he was due to play out a fight scene. At the end of the scene, Newman pretended to stumble, and threw the mannequin over the balcony. Not realising this was a practical joke, Preminger collapsed and required medical attention. At other times, Preminger and Newman were barely on speaking terms.
Uris was originally signed to write a screenplay of the film, but Preminger rejected his script as excessively anti-British and anti-Arab. Preminger instead hired blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, with whom he collaborated on a script in forty days. Trumbo had never visited Israel, resulted in initial errors, such as locating the site of the Acre prison break, located in a coastal city, as taking place in the middle of the desert. Trumbo also made fewer use of Blblical themes than Uris wanted. His biographer wrote that Trumbo refused "to go back to Old Testament times, and follow the Jews through the centuries of the Diaspora and the horror of the Holocaust." Trumbo and Preminger did not share Uris's preoccupation with history as moulding the Israeli national character.
Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint had previously appeared together as the teenage lovers who subsequently marry in a 1955 musical version of Thornton Wilder's Our Town with Frank Sinatra as the stage manager, an episode of the anthology television series Producer's Showcase. Newman and Saint sing a duet during the malt shop sequence.
Bosley Crowther of The New York Times described the film as a "dazzling, eye-filling, nerve-tingling display of a wide variety of individual and mass reactions to awesome challenges and, in some of its sharpest personal details, a fine reflection of experience that rips the heart." The film's "principal weakness," Crowther wrote, "is that it has so much churning around in it that no deep or solid stream of interest evolves—save a vague rooting interest in the survival of all the nice people involved."
Philip K. Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times described the film as "a kaleidoscopic yet memorable impression of highlights from the long-time best seller by Leon Uris," with a "generally excellent" screenplay by Trumbo.Variety declared, "There is room to criticize 'Exodus'—its length might be shortened to advantage; perhaps Preminger tried to crowd too much incident from the book for dramatic clarity, and some individual scenes could be sharpened through tighter editing. But the good outweighs the shortcomings. Preminger can take pride in having brought to the screen a Twentieth Century birth of a nation."
Richard L. Coe of The Washington Post stated that the film "has this vitality of the immediate and will be of incalculable influence in reaching those unfamiliar with the background of Israel ... It is safe to say that in several years, when this film will have played much of the world, its influence will have become critical."The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "Exodus lacks the historical imagination to cope with its theme on one level, the human awareness to dramatise it on the other. At the end of three and a half hours, its approach remains more exhausting than exhaustive. And the determination to be fair to all sides—almost the only character the script is prepared to dislike is the Nazi leader of the Arab terrorists—produces some strange consequences."
Roger Angell of The New Yorker wrote, "Such a bubbling pot of intrigue, violence, and hatred would almost seem to guarantee a lively film, but Mr. Preminger has approached his task with a painstaking reverence that would have been more suitable if he had been filming the original work of this title. He permits nearly everyone in his large cast to state his ideological and political convictions before and after each new turn of events, and the result is an awesome talkfest that is all too rarely interrupted by the popping of rifles."
Reviews criticizing the film's political message only appeared in less mainstream sources. For example, Gideon Bachmann, who was present in Palestine in 1947, wrote in Film Quarterly (published by University of California Press) that the film was "dishonest" and propaganda designed to be "the best promotion Israel ever had."
The film holds an approval rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.
By September 1961, although having only played 22 locations overseas, the film had earned theatrical rentals of $14 million worldwide.
Jerusalem's grand mufti warns of regional religious war after Hebron unrest
Sunni cleric lambastes 'escalating attacks' by Israel and settlers on Muslim holy sites following weekend violence; Hebron settlers' spokesman rejects 'absurd' warning
The grand mufti of Jerusalem, the Sunni cleric who is in charge of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, expressed his belief on Sunday that "escalating attacks" by Israel and Jewish settlers on Muslim holy sites threaten to "drag the region into a religious war."
The statement by Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, who's served as grand mufti since his appointment by the Palestinian Authority in 2006, came in the wake of a tumultuous weekend in Hebron that saw an unspecified number of Jews attack IDF military personnel and provoke clashes with local Palestinians.
Hussein highlighted that the windows of the Bab al-Zawiya and al-Sadiq mosques in Hebron were shattered over the weekend, a result of vandalism by "extremist militias of Jewish settlers," according to the grand mufti. He alleged that the Israeli army was fully aware of the attacks and did nothing to stop them.
Hussein said the vandalism at the two mosques "violated both divine and civilian law as well as international norms, which have enshrined the freedoms of religion and of worship."
The Israel Police said that "upon receipt of the complaint [about the shattered windows] an investigation was opened with the aim of tracking down those suspected of being involved in the act."
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Over the weekend, police arrested 6 Israelis for alleged acts of violence against the military and Palestinian civilians in Hebron. The six were released on Sunday, and it was not clear whether they remained suspects.
An Israeli soldier filed a complaint after being attacked by an Israeli man while on duty in the city. The soldier, who lives in Hebron, told investigators the assailant grabbed her head and headbutted her, before beating her with a stick and then fleeing. The soldier has described the man's appearance to police, but he has not yet been caught.
Footage from the weekend — including one video of a man dressed in Jewish religious garb striking at a Palestinian — as well as reports of harassment against IDF soldiers provoked outrage in Israel.
Giora Eiland, a retired general and former national security adviser to the government, compared the Israelis' attacks on Palestinians, their property, and IDF troops to Kristallnacht, the Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in Germany in 1938.
"Dozens initiated attacks on Palestinian shops, causing damage, and rioted without any provocation, also hurting Palestinians," Eiland told Channel 12. "These are terrible scenes that can return us to November 10, 1938, to Kristallnacht, except that of course that we were on the other side," he added.
Eiland lamented what he called a widening "double standard," apparently referring to a situation whereby attacks by Palestinians and Arab Israelis on Israeli Jews are denounced and dealt with, while Jewish attacks on Arabs are not.
Hussein, for his part, also condemned what he called "the Jewish seizure of al-Ibrahimi Mosque," using the Muslim name for the holy site that Jews know as the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Both Jews and Muslims believe that the biblical matriarchs and patriarchs are buried at that location in Hebron (save for Rachel, whose tomb is outside Bethlehem).
A flashpoint for Jewish-Muslim conflict and a place of worship for both faiths, the site is subject to special arrangements designed to quell tensions, which includes the division of the complex into Jewish- and Muslim-only spaces.
As part of those arrangements, the Jewish and Muslim communities can each choose 10 particularly important holy days in the year during which they enjoy exclusive usage rights over the complex and thus are able to enter areas normally reserved for members of the other religion.
This past weekend the Jewish community had exclusive rights at the complex, to celebrate the reading of the Chayei Sarah Torah portion, which recounts the story of Abraham's acquisition of the site and his wife Sarah's burial in it.
Last month, when the Jewish community had full access to the religious site for the High Holy Days, videos of Jews dancing in parts of the complex normally reserved for Muslims incensed many Palestinians, as evidenced by a flurry of social media posts.
On that occasion, Hussein condemned Israel for closing the site to Muslim worshippers.
Hussein gave his blessings in 2006 to the use of suicide bombing as a "resistance" tactic and denied in 2015 that the biblical temples ever stood atop the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex.
Once again, Yad Vashem is embroiled in deep controversy.
This time it is the choice of Dr. Dan Sachor for a senior post at the Holocaust Memorial and museum in Jerusalem.
Sachor is a "post-Zionist". Politically, he is on the extreme Left fringe of Israeli politics.
What earns him this title?
Comparing Israeli pilots to terrorist suicide bombers is an example.
Another is refusing service in the Israeli army of "occupation" and accusing Israel of purposely and regularly killing Palestinian children.
Calling for the end of American support for Israel. Supporting the BDS boycott of Israel. Insisting that Hamas is a movement interested in peace and that Israel should just talk. with them and nothing more... Proud of the fact that his organization includes terrorists with Jewish blood on their hands. Joining protests in NY together with other anti-Israel groups against Israel's actions in Gaza
The above is a partial portrait of a person on the very edge of Israeli politics. It is where the border between Arab Jew-haters and Jewish self-haters becomes very blurred.
These accusations and more were brought to the attention of Yad Vashem's top man, Danny Dayan by the NGO "Im Tirtzu"
Dayan refused their request to not hire Dr. Sachor. He explained that in the Holocaust there were Jewish victims who were not Zionists as well.
For some reason, Dayan felt it was preferable to seek an Israel-bashing Israeli for Yad Vashem rather than an Israeli who loves the country that rose from the ashes of the holocaust.
Dayan will ask, "what does the Holocaust have to do with Israel"? As he often says, "he is not political" He is careful not to mix Israeli politics with the Holocaust he says.
Yes, it is conceivable to can learn about the Holocaust and never hear the word, Israel. it is not possible to learn about Israel without our understanding of the Holocaust and the link between the two.
This latest outrage at Yad Vashem comes on the heels of the "Hitler - Husseini" cover-up.
Haj Amin Husseini was the " father of the Palestinian people " as Yasser Arafat called him.
He made a career of hating and killing Jews. He and Hitler were close allies and Husseini while spending the holocaust years in Berlin, vigorously and unrelentingly made sure that no Jew was saved from death.
He and Himmler readied plans for death camps in Israel as Rommel was expected to defeat the British in Egypt.
The local Arabs would assist the Nazis as did the Ukrainians, Latvians, Poles, etc...
The model worked well in Europe where Husseini visited the death camps on many occasions and urged their use in Israel.
Numerous books, articles, and lately Israeli television documentary sheds very clear light on the close cooperation between the Nazis and Husseini in killing Jews.
As a tour guide, I and many others clearly remember the very large photo of the famous Hitler- Husseini meeting in Berlin.
In 2005 Yad Vashem expanded and the photo was not included.
In its stead is a far smaller photo of Husseini and Himmler. It is placed in a dark corner which I had trouble finding. In short, the Husseini - Nazi story is hidden away in the new Yad Vashem.
When people like me demanded that the Hitler- Husseini photo be restored for the sake of setting the record straight, Dayan publicly denied that there ever was the photo in the old Yad Vashem. (!)
Dayan insisted that Yad Vashem is "not a museum of the Israel - Arab conflict" and that explains the tiny hidden photo of Husseini and a Nazi (Why is the Himmler photo preferred over the Hitler - Husseini one?)
Mr. Efraim Kaye, a recently retired Yad Vashem official, wrote to me and told a media outlet that he remembers it. He later retracted his statement. Mmmm..?
Why does Dayan feel it so necessary to deny the truth about the photo?
Why does he recruit post-Zionist for top positions?
What is happening at Yad Vashem?
leaving the academic discussion aside, why would Dayan choose to employ an extreme Left, post-Zionist at Yad Vashem?
One has to wonder, which masters is he serving?
It is useful to note that Dayan was one of the breakaways from the Likud who joined the malcontents and career seekers of the ``New Hope '' party. It did not garner enough seats in the Knesset to offer Dayan his political career. That is when they arranged his job at Yad Vashem. "New Hope" presented an ostensibly "Right" face wing but happily joined the first coalition that included an anti-Israel Arab party thus betraying their electorate.
All claims of being "Right-wing" after that colossal betrayal leave Dayan with no political base on the Right, but maybe elsewhere...?
Perhaps he is using his Yad Vashem position to gain the attention of another constituency that will offer him a political career after all?
After all, a repentant "right winger" with battle scars who won the fight for a more progressive Yad Vashem can be just the poster boy the Left would like.
My book, "Jews, Israelis, and Arabs" will explain a lot
See you tomorrow bli neder
This blog helps explain why the last election was so important for the soul of this country. The revisionists would like to change history to fit their agenda, but the facts show that nothing has changed in 75 years and the Arabs would wipe us out man, woman, and child if they had a chance. It doesn't matter if it is a majority or minority of Arabs that feel this way. We can not let our guard down for even a second or we will be wiped out with out G-d's protection, and we know that G-d helps those that help themselves.