Thursday, November 17, 2005

Why Do Moslems Hate Jews?

Does the Islamic religion or tradition actually teach hatred or justify it in any way? Is it the religion itself, its history, and/or its prophets and leaders that causes Moslems to hate Jews?

I do find the subject somewhat interesting. I do not know how me sitting in my living room, watching my favorite television programs ("Lost" and "Desperate Housewives"), eating my favorite food (mashed potatoes with cheese melted in them), trying to remember what to buy at the grocery store (I always forget something), and loving G-d is in any way a threat to any Moslem or anyone else. I'm not doing anything bad to anybody. I'm just being me.

And apparently, me just being me is enough reason for millions of adherents to another religion to want to kill me. That's a whole lot of hate. So, naturally, I'm curious.

I'm going to keep a little mini-library here about this very subject. So... this list is going to grow as I search for understanding:

Mohammed's Own Words

Qur’an 2:64 “But you [Jews] went back on your word and were lost losers. So become apes, despised and hated. We made an example out of you.”

Ishaq:240 “The Jews are a nation of liars.... The Jews are a treacherous, lying, and evil people.”

Qur’an 33:26 “Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you killed some and made many captive. And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and their wealth. He gave you a country you had not traversed before.”

Ishaq:250 “The bestial transformation occurred when Allah turned Jews into apes, despised.”

Qur'an 59:14 “The Jews are devoid of sense. There is a grievous punishment awaiting them. Satan tells them not to believe so they will end up in Hell.”

Ishaq:254/Qur’an 2:96 “We will not remove a Jew from the punishment. They know the shameful thing that awaits them.”

Qur’an 4:55 “Sufficient for the Jew is the Flaming Fire!”

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Please Help Former Residents of Gaza and Northern Shomron

The Orthodox Union is collecting funds for former residents of Gaza and Northern Shomron, both for their short-term needs, and in order to help them rebuild their lives elsewhere. In order to identify these needs for us and for those who are donating through our website, a committee is being formed of representatives of the various communities. The funds will be disbursed based on their recommendations.

Many of the families have become dependent—at least temporarily—on the generosity of others, as they still do not have arrangements for employment, permanent housing, or schooling for their children. Your contributions will make a real difference in the quality of their lives.

Meanwhile, the staff of the OU's Seymour J. Abrams Israel Center in Jerusalem is actively involved in assisting them, particularly the young people, with programs to help raise their spirits and to build their confidence for the future.

Contributions may be made through our website, or by sending your check, payable to Orthodox Union Gaza/Shomron Fund, to Orthodox Union, 11 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Please write "Gaza/Shomron Fund" clearly on both the check and the envelope.


Kosher Product Search

The Orthodox Union has an online service that allows you to look up products to check their "kosher status" or maybe you need a certain something and you'd like to give kosher a try. So... in the interests of "spreading the light of yiddishkeit" as far and wide as possible, I present to you the following link from the website:

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Fun with Yiddish

Yiddish Words and Expressions

This is a fun webpage for folks who are looking for that perfect way to express themselves in Yiddish. This is merely a list of some words and expressions. It is not a complete dictionary or tutorial in the Yiddish language.

Here's a few samples:

Ess gezunterhait - Eat in good health
Es iz nit dayn gesheft - It's none of your business.
Eingeshpahrt - Stubborn
Eingetunken - Dipped, dunked
Einhoreh - The evil eye
Eizel - Fool, dope
Ek velt - End of the world
Emes - The truth
Farklempt - Too emotional to talk. Ready to cry. (See "Verklempt)
Farpitzed - To get all dressed up to the "nines."
Shadchen - Matchmaker or marriage broker.
Shlemiel - Clumsy bungler, an inept person, butter-fingered; dopey person
Shlep - Drag, carry or haul, particularly unnecessary things, parcels or baggage; to go somewhere unwillingly or where you may be unwanted


Palestinian Child Abuse

And how do haters learn to hate? From where does a child with no experience of the world learn to hate it so and even learn to hate their own precious lives, so much so that they look forward to the day when they, too, can strap explosives to their young chests and blow themselves up with their hate, killing as many innocent lives as they can take with them? How do they come to believe that this is admirable behavior and an honorable witnessing of their faith? How does a child come to "know" these things?

It is because hate is the only thing they are ever allowed to know. An army of hate is indoctrinated from infancy (see above photo) in the ways of murdering innocent lives. It is the only thing they know.

Ponder this: Where are the homicide bomber training camps in the United States or Canada or England or Chile or Norway or Australia or Israel or Portugal? How is it the schoolchildren of those nations are not forced to endure an official curriculum of how-to-murder? How many of the youth of those nations have strapped on the explosives and sought out innocent targets?

And why is that?

And what is the strength of those nations compared to the fortunes of the Palestinian people? Exactly what... or who... are the stumbling blocks to the Palestinian people claiming their own nationhood? Who negotiates with them now to make that dream of nationhood come to fruition?

Israel has given and given and given. The Gaza strip, instead of turning into a building block of a new country, is now dissolving into factionalized land thefts with various terrorist groups and gangs claiming possession of that piece of real estate, inch by inch, acre by acre. It is a battle and the P.A. (Palestinian Authority) seems not merely powerless to stop it, but is a particpant, a collaborator of murder and hate. Many of the land thefts, fenced off tracts of Gaza land, are now "owned" by individuals within P.A. ranks. So what have they given the children to replace the hate?

The P.A. have no success in stopping the youth of their would-be nation from being indoctrinated with terror and hate, preparing for the day when they can give their lives to the effort to stop Palestine from ever being declared a nation. Because that is the end result of the violence. The P.A. is an active participant in the destruction of the dream.

Hamas is yet another enemy of Palestinian Statehood. Hamas will never achieve their only goal: complete annihilation of Israel. Israel will NEVER cease to exist. Hamas knows this. Hamas and other "leaders" of the Palestinian people continue to sell out the Palestinian State. They continue to betray their own people. Why?

If not for the hate and the senseless murders in the name of raising billions for terror that somehow got channelled into the personal Swiss bank accounts of men like Yassir Arafat, those children by now might have been building dreams of a real future.

But their "leaders" continue to treat their most precious gift, their children, as cannon fodder and those babies may never know what a dream really is. The haters are stealing the future from their own children. And that is cruel child abuse.

See a Slideshow titled, "Palestinian Child Abuse," by CLICKING HERE. It will open your eyes and absolutely break your heart.

The Kids are Not All Right
What might we imagine is the hope of parents who entertain their children with messages of hatred and the glorification of suicide in the service of killing others?

by Rabbi Avi Shafran

Its pretty commonsensical: a culture's ideals and spirit can be discerned in what its adults choose to nourish their progeny's developing minds. One can know much about a world, in other words, by considering its childrens entertainment.