Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
The International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Find out the stories of these young men and more at this website.
Click on any of the links below to find out more about each mitzvah.
1. Light Shabbos Candles (a special mitzvah for women)
Illuminate the world with spirituality.
2. Put on Tefillin (a special mitzvah for men)
Strengthen the Jewish bond with the Infinite.
3. Affix a Mezuzah
Open the door to G-d's protection.
4. Give to Tzedaka - Charity
Fill the world with acts of kindness.
5. Join a Torah Class
Discover your own potential and the potential of humanity.
6. Keep Kosher
Feed your soul.
7. Mikvah - Family Purity
Immerse yourself in spirituality.
8. Jewish Education
Develop the potential of humanity.
9. A Home Filled With Jewish Books
Live in sacred space.
10. Love Your Fellow Jew.
Enlighten the world with love.
Visit the Holy Sparks Website today!
Monday, March 27, 2006
Monday 12 February 2006
Eons ago, when I was going through a divorce, people would come to me and say, “Poor thing, I know how you feel” And I’d think, “No, you don’t.” There are some feelings that, unless mutually experienced, you just cannot comprehend. The death of a family dog, for instance, means nothing to a friend unless they are also a dog lover.
Now that the rest of the world has no choice but to witness the demonic, savage culture Israel has had to contend with for its’ entire existence, suddenly the times, they are a-changing! No longer are we hearing the politically correct mantra, “Oh, can’t them Jews and A-rabs jus’ get along and stop all that fighting.”
Since the world has been reluctantly forced to absorb scenes of mobs raging through major European cities, fists in the air, shouting “Jihad, jihad, behead, behead!”, the take has changed. The latest “offended Muslim” chants of “Exterminate those who mock Islam,” “Be prepared for the real Holocaust”, “Europe, learn your lesson from 9/11” and “Europe you will pay, your 9/11 is on the way”, has the “shock jocks” shouting, “Nuke them! Nuke them!”
How ironic, that a few cartoons are achieving what Israel’s entire history, 9/11 and our young heroes returning from Iraq in body bags, had only partially been able to achieve; an unavoidable awareness of the Islamic reality.
Good Lord, I think we are finally getting it.
READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE
Sunday, March 26, 2006
You really must visit the website of this wonderful artist who has created visual expressions of her life growing up in Poland. From the website:
Toby Knobel Fluek was born Czernica, Poland, near Lvov. She and her family were driven out by the German invasion and forced into the ghetto in the town of Brody. She survived the Holocaust, came to the United States in 1949 and now lives in New York. Her paintings of her childhood are unique, as they provide not only a chronology of daily life in her village, but also some remarkable Jewish "still life" paintings of objects that are unique as Holocaust memories.You can find this artist's work here.
The truth about my friend, Rochelle Manning, is that she was a devoted wife and mother who lived for the happiness and well-being of her child (when I find the photo I snapped of Rochelle and daughter at an Israel Birthday in the Park, I will post it). Rochelle would have endured any torture, any punishment, any death rather than consciously and willingly commit any act that would have brought pain to her loved ones. Rochelle would never have participated in any murder plot and all law enforcement agencies involved in her arrest, perverted evidence, double jeopardy trials, and eventual death in prison do know this very well. Let my one measly little post on a blog here be one more voice crying out the truth in honor of a beautiful and dedicated Jewish mother.
Bob Manning is a very funny guy who always had me laughing with his crazy stories. He is utterly dedicated to the survival of the Jewish people and although I cannot speak to his every nuance of speech, declarations made, actions taken, I do believe wholeheartedly that he did not do the thing that has sent him to prison for 30 years and when his first parole hearing comes up in about another 20 years, he will have to decide if getting out of jail is worth the price of having to confess to a crime he did not commit. I know Bob's character and his sense of honor. And I cannot tell you if he will be able to tell the lie that he committed the crime that sent him to prison. The truth is, he did not do it. But can he say that he did just to buy a get-out-of-jail ticket?
If the price of getting out of jail and out from under charges for a crime he did not commit meant Bob Manning had to open his mouth and say out loud the name of someone who had access to his business or home, someone he trusted, someone he thought was a friend, someone who was a fellow Jew... well, Bob is now in jail for many long years to come and there is the answer to that.
Even after all these years in prison, Bob Manning remains a frum Jew and devoted to Torah study and honoring the will of G-d.
The history of how he came to be in prison and his wife Rochelle was hounded unto death is told in some extensive detail by American-Israeli journalist Maggid ben Yoseif, a senior member of the editorial staff at The Jerusalem Post. Because the investigative report is freely available on the internet and the writer/editor is also an American citizen, the report is not subject to Israeli censorship.
From the article: According to the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee director of legal services who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in the report of Manning’s arrest pending extradition, the FBI had identified Manning as a prime suspect in the Wilkerson case prior to March 1987. But the only evidence so linking him (which has been found suspect) did not surface until April 1988. The Arab lobby wanted Manning in connection with the death of West Coast ADC Chairman Alex Odeh and would press the State Department however necessary to get him.