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Friday, July 20, 2018

Austrian politician wants to make Jews register to buy kosher meat

An Austrian far-right politician has said he wants to register Jews, in a chilling echo of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
The disturbing plan was unveiled by Gottfried Waldhausl, the minister in charge of animal welfare for the populist conservative Freedom Party of Austria.
He said he wanted to create a registry that would allow Jewish citizens to buy only kosher meat, thereby reducing the number of animals slaughtered every year.
Followers of Judaism are only allowed to eat meat that comes from beasts that have had their throats cut in a ritual slaughter.
According to Waldhausl, who is a local minister in the state of Lower Austria, Jews would only be allowed to buy kosher meat if they are officially registered and granted a special permit.

Satmar in Lakewood Stage Anti-Zionist Protest On Busy Road; Children Dressed In Sack-Cloth

What may be a first for the "Ir Hatorah" of Lakewood, the new Satmar Williamsburg Community in Lakewood has staged an anti-Zionist protest.
The protest was held on Cross Street, just west of Route 9 (River Avenue), where Satmar is in the process of building a few hundred homes.
As is the case in many Satmar protests, children were dressed in sackcloth and held anti-Israel signs. No children were dressed in Auschwitz uniforms in this protest.

Satmar Teaching Girls to burn Jewish Flag

Satmar has a a girls camp in the Catskill Mountains on 350 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, NY, (845) 626-2767, and the camp has apparently run out of activities to keep the girls busy, so they decided to engage  the future Jewish mothers in violence and hatred toward the Jewish flag.

Nice activity days before Tisha Ba'Ov!

Parshas Devorim

by Rabbi Shmuel Knopfler

This Shabbat, we begin the fifth and final volume of the Five Books of Moshe. This Shabbat is also commonly referred to as “Shabbat Chazon”, so named for the opening word of the Haftarah reading: “The vision (‘chazon’) of Yishayahu the son of Amotz”. This Haftarah is always read on the Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av.

The connection between the Haftorah and the destruction of the Holy Temple is clear: the prophet is warning us that government corruption may end in the Holy Temple’s destruction: “Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and runs after payments; the orphan they do not judge, and the quarrel of the widows not come to them” [Is. 1:23].

It is obvious that this Haftarah was chosen due to the proximity of the events described to the day of the destruction of the Temple. But upon a closer look at the parsha, we will realize that it, too, is intrinsically linked to the destruction. In Parshat Devarim, Moshe delivers a series of addresses over the course of thirty-seven days, from the first of the month of Shevat to the seventh of the month of Adar, the date of his death.

The incident Moshe characterizes as the first and formative event is the Sin of the Spies. We might have expected him to dwell on the Sin of the Golden Calf, or perhaps, on the Jews’ intermingling with the daughters of Midian and Moab, but he did not. Why, of all of the events of the Israelites’ sojourn in the desert, would Moshe have chosen to focus on the Sin of the Spies?

Our Sages tell us that five incidents occurred on the Ninth of Av, most notably, the destruction of the two temples [Mishnah, Taanit 4:6]. The first incident, however, was the Sin of the Spies. It stands to reason that when our Sages determined that this was the first event to take place on this ominous day, they understood that it laid the foundations for the misdeeds that would ultimately result in the subsequent tragedies.

Moses uses a unique format to describe the sequence of events. According to what he reports, the spies returned and said that the land was very good, noting that “you [the Israelites] did not want to go up, and you rebelled against the commandment of the L-rd, your G-d.”

In other words, the main reason that the nation tarried in the desert for forty years was not the spies’ harsh intelligence briefing. Rather, it was because they simply did not want to enter the land. Moshe continues, saying that “You murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because God hates us, He took us out of the land of Egypt…’” That is, once no one wanted to put any effort into conquering the land, they began whining and complaining.

Moshe’ description does not fully correspond to the verses in the Book of Bamidbar that discussed the events that occurred when the spies delivered their report, and the nation’s response. There, alongside the spies’ praise of the land and its fruits, we find their conclusion concerning how hard it will be to defeat the inhabitants of the land, who, in their words, were valiant giants.

None of this is mentioned here, and not because someone had forgotten or attempted to conceal or rewrite history. The speech was intended to highlight the message that should have resonated concerning what occurred there. The main concept Moshe was trying to teach the nation was that success and prosperity are rooted in a person’s will to put in the required effort, and the person’s faith in Hashem & His promises.

Conversely, a person who does not embody these qualities sows the seeds of calamity and destruction. People could find dozens of excuses, from the price of chocolate pudding to Israeli bureaucracy, to justify their decision not to live in our land and prefer living in the diaspora with their families, and plenty of people do just that.

Yet these are only manifestations of what Moshe calls “not wanting to go up” and “complaining”. You did not want to do it, and that is why you started fishing for drawbacks that could justify your hesitation to invest the required effort.

Our Sages were able to link the expression in this week’s Parsha that begins with the word “Eichah” – “How can I bear your trouble, your burden, and your strife all by Myself?” – with the opening verse of
the Book of Lamentations, which also begins with the word “Eichah”: “Oh, how has the city that was once so populous has become lonely.”

If we reflect on the special word “Eichah”, we may remember that this very word appeared when the world was created, at the moment Adam ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, which was forbidden to him. Back then, God used another pronunciation of the word – Ayekah – “where are you?”

“Eichah” is a very personal question. Since the days of Adam, the question has been directed at each and every one of us. It encapsulates not only the question itself, but also the challenge of coping with staggering phenomena, such as the solitude Moses experienced when forced to bear the burden of an entire nation, the desolation of a capital city, or any other difficulty we might encounter as we live our lives. These same difficulties give rise to the question to us posed by God: “Where are you? Have you managed to make the place you are inhabiting any better, despite the challenges?”

בברכת התורה והארץ‎

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

B'Birchat Hatorah V'Haaretz

Shabbat Shalom

Shmuel Knopfler

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New Square Prohibits E-Mails andf even "Flip phones"

New Square has established new "issurim" (prohibitions) on its chassidim, prohibiting e-mails and even to have an e-mail address for all who are not in business.

"Flip phones" are in the category of "smartphones," according to this new edict!

Good luck! 

Chareidi Soldier Attacked by Extremists in Jerusalem 3 Days Before Tisha Ba'ov

In Jerusalem’s Geulah neighborhood on Wednesday, Charedi extremists attacked a Charedi soldier and physically assaulted him.
The soldier was located inside of the Ma’adnei Gan Eden store on Malchei Yisroel Street, when he was surrounded by a large number of extremists who began shouting derisive remarks at him. Shortly thereafter, the situation deteriorated into cursing and screaming, as the extremists were joined by dozens of additional members who gathered quickly to the scene.
Passersby who saw what was happening called the police, who succeeded in evacuating the soldier from the location without injury.
Evyatar Elbaz, the head of the city council party called Me’urav Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Mix), was one of the people who rushed to aid and protect the soldier.
“I saw the extremists begin to congregate around the Charedi soldier who was minding his own business on the street. The extremists began to spit at him, to curse him and scream derogatory insults at him. They threw whatever they could find at him. I rushed over to the soldier and grabbed him and pulled him away from the angry mob that was forming. Police officers arrived very quickly and continued evacuating the soldier. It was simply shocking to see these scenes unfold and to hear such horrible curses just before Tisha B’Av.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Starbucks Treif?

Kosher observers who pick up their coffee at Starbucks may need to look elsewhere for their caffeine fix.

A kosher-certifying agency said it can no longer vouch for the kashrut of many beverages served by the coffee giant. The Star-K agency said this week that it was ending a program under which it deemed many Starbucks products permissible without actually certifying them as kosher.

Plenty of kosher consumers aren’t taking the news lying down: As of Thursday afternoon, more than 7,000 have signed a petition calling to “Make Starbucks Kosher Again.”

Star-K for years has kept a list of the drinks prepared at Starbucks that it called “kosher friendly.” The stores were not under the certifying agency’s supervision, but Star-K regularly checked in with the company to determine which items were kosher friendly — that is, contained no objectionable ingredients. 

In recent years, even Frappuccinos were considered OK for kosher observers.
But several years ago, Starbucks began selling sandwiches, including some made with bacon and non-kosher cheese. That brought up kashrut issues, like whether the utensils used to make the coffee were washed with utensils that had been used with non-kosher items in the store.

Nevertheless, Star-K has posted a new list of Starbucks drinks that can be considered acceptable for kosher observers. They include cafe Americano, espresso, iced caramel brulee latte and nitro cold brew served in paper cups. 

Exceptions are also made for drinkers who are traveling (in other words, “when no other viable option is readily available”) or at stores that don’t serve meat or cheese items.
But the petition signers are looking for more.

Under the reasons for signing, one person wrote: “For a company that closed down all their stores for 8 hours for sensitivity training when people want to use their bathrooms without making a purchase they can at least show a little sensitivity to Orthodox Jews who would like to be paying customers!”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mom Shares Heartbreaking Warning After a Single Cookie Kills a Florida Teen

It should have been a moment of bliss for Florida teenager Alexi Stafford. Instead, a sweet indulgence proved fatal.
When 15-year-old Alexi Stafford reached into a package of Chewy Chips Ahoy! cookies while she was at a friend’s house, she did not see that they contained an “added ingredient.”
That ingredient was Reese’s peanut butter.
“Our hearts are broken and we are still in shock. Our whole lives we dedicated to keeping our child safe from one ingredient, peanuts,” the young woman’s mother, Kellie Travers-Stafford, wrote Thursday on Facebook.
“On Monday June 25, our 15-year-old daughter, Alexi Ryann Stafford, while at a friend’s house, made a fatal choice,” she continued. “There was an open package of Chips Ahoy! cookies, the top flap of the package was pulled back and the packaging was too similar to what we had previously deemed ‘safe’ to her.”
“She ate one cookie of Chewy Chips Ahoy! thinking it was safe because of the ‘red’ packaging, only to find out too late that there was an added ingredient … Reese peanut butter cups/chips,” the mom went on. “She started feeling tingling in her mouth and came straight home. Her condition rapidly deteriorated.”
The mother then shared the terrible result: Her daughter had died due to her ingestion of the allergen.
“She went into anaphylactic shock, stopped breathing and [became] unconscious,” she said. “We administered 2 epi pens while she was conscious and waited on paramedics for what felt like an eternity. She died within 1 & 1/2 hour of eating the cookie.”
Travers-Stafford called for stricter packaging guidelines to help prevent more peanut allergen deaths like her daughter’s.
“As a mother who diligently taught her the ropes of what was OK to ingest and what was not, I feel lost and angry because she knew her limits and was aware of familiar packaging. She knew what ‘safe’ was,” she wrote. “A small added indication on the pulled back flap on a familiar red package wasn’t enough to call out to her that there was ‘peanut product’ in the cookies before it was too late.”
“I want to share our story with everyone because we want to spread awareness,” the mother added. “The company has different colored packaging to indicate chunky, chewy, or regular, but NO screaming warnings about such a fatal ingredient to many people. Especially children. It’s important to us to spread awareness so that this horrible mistake doesn’t happen again.”
The Chips Ahoy! brand responded to the controversy via its official Facebook page, as Medium reported.
“We take allergies very seriously and all of our products are clearly labeled on the information panel of the packaging for the major food allergens in the U.S. (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans),” the company said.
“Across our Chips Ahoy! product portfolio, packaging color is indicative of product texture (i.e.,Chewy, Chunky, Original) and is not indicative of the presence of allergens,” it continued.
“The packaging for Chips Ahoy! made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups prominently indicates, on both the front and side panels, the presence of peanut butter cups through both words and visuals,” it went on.

“We always encourage consumers to read the packaging labeling when purchasing and consuming any of our products for information about product ingredients, including presence of allergens,” the company added.
The Stafford family is accepting donations for their daughter’s funeral and associated bereavement costs through GoFundMe.

PBS Interview Reveals Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has No Clue What the H She is Talking About in Reference to Israel

Go to Minute 18:26 in the video above. The host, Margaret Hoover, asks: What is your position on Israel?
Ocasio-Cortez: Well, I believe absolutely in Israel’s right to exist. I am a proponent of the two state solution. And for me this is not a referendum I think on the state of Israel. For me, the lens through which I saw this incident, as an activist, as an organizer: If 60 people were killed in Ferguson, Missouri, if 60 people were killed in the South Bronx– unarmed– 60 people were killed in Puerto Rico, I just look at that incident more through– through just, as an incident and to me it would just be completely unacceptable if that happened on our shores. But–
Hoover: Of course the dynamic there in terms of geo politics and the Middle East is very different from people expressing their First Amendment right to protest.
Ocasio-Cortez: Well, yes, but I also think that what people are starting to see in the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian conditions and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.
Hoover: You use the term the occupation of Palestine, what did you mean by that?
Ocasio-Cortez: Oh– I think, what I meant is that the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to housing and homes.
Hoover: Do you think you can expand on that?
Ocasio-Cortez: Yeah I think — I am not the expert on geo-politics on this issue. You now, for me, I’m a firm believer in finding a two-state solution in this issue. And I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these… for me, I just look at things through a human rights lens, and I may not use the right words– I know this is a very intense issue.
Hoover: That’s very honest and you’re gong to — and when you get to Washington and you’re an elected member of Congress you’ll have an opportunity to talk to people on all sides and visit Israel and visit the West Bank.
Ocasio-Cortez: Absolutely. And especially with the district that I represent, I come from the South Bronx, I come from a Puerto Rican background. And Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night. But I also recognize that this is an intensely-important issue for people in my district, for Americans across the country. And I think at least what is important to communicate is that I am willing to listen. And that I’m willing to learn and evolve on this issue as I think many Americans are.

Ex-Neturei Karta leader's daughter gets top honors at university

The daughter of a Charedi rabbi from Antwerp was among eight recipients of a special distinction for excellence from one of Belgium’s largest colleges.

Rezi Friedman, who graduated this year with a bachelor’s degree in child psychology, received the Karel de Grote University College’s annual Grote Award on Saturday night, the Het Laatste Nieuws daily reported.

Although she grew up in one of the world’s most insular Charedi communities, Rezi Friedman said at the award ceremony: “My Jewish faith was never an obstacle. I never had to go against my religion.”

Karel de Grote University College has 12,000 students and is made up of more than a dozen smaller colleges.

Rezi Friedman is the daughter of Moshe Aryeh Friedman, a 45-year-old Brooklyn native. He has been excommunicated in Vienna and later in Antwerp for his anti-Israel views and legal fights against representatives of Belgian Jewry. “I am of course very proud of my daughter,” he told JTA.

Moshe Friedman was criticized by many in the Jewish community in 2006 for his participation in a Holocaust revisionist conference in Tehran, the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust. At the time, Friedman argued that number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust had been greatly exaggerated, and was likely one million, rather than the six million generally accepted by mainstream historians.

In 2013, he enrolled his two boys in a Charedi all-girls school to challenge gender segregation at such institutions that are recognized by the Belgian authorities.

“Even some of my enemies told me that my daughter’s bringing an honor to the community with this award, it offsets the anger from these fights,” he said.

Beit Shemesh Fanatics Declare War On Teenagers that are "Off the Derech"

The fanatics of Beit Shemesh declared war on the "shabavnikim" (OTD Teenagers)  who sit and spend their time in the neighborhood, which they claim is damaging to local youth.
During the night (Monday), the Fanatics arrived on Nahar Yarden Street, corner of Rival, the area where the dropout youths gather nightly, instructing them to leave the area.
Bechadrei Chareidim reports two young men were injured during the fight and were taken to a hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. Beit Shemesh police officers who were called arrested one of those involved in the fight. The police opened an investigation to locate those involved in the violence.
The crazed fanatics intend to continue to confront the dropout youths who wander around the neighborhood.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Trump invaded Europe and let them know who's boss.

Later they kissed and made up. But before that, at that NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump let them know who’s boss.

No more rolling over…and while he was respectful to the Queen, and contrary to the habits of his predecessor, he did not bow.

He focused on Angela Merkel, since she represents them all. He schooled her for double-dealing – that pipeline to Russia that puts Germany at the mercy of Putin who can turn off the energy spigot any time he wants, and then who ya gonna call? The United States, of course, which will have to come to the rescue, as usual.

Which is why the 28 heads of the EU circle around Trump like small trembling fish around a Whale. Twice before America had to put Humpty Dumpty together again.

So Merkel makes that deal with Russia and then expects the United States to continue paying most of the tab for NATO, which exists as a deterrent against Russia.
To which Trump says – Are you nuts?

If not in so many words, and in the end, it was all patched up. It was agreed that NATO is solid and that the United States can always be counted on as a friend.

But Europe will have to start paying its fair share.
Though a particular French diplomat – perhaps horrified that Trump was using the wrong fork – was heard saying he resents being pushed around.
He said it (like Trudeau once did) after Trump left the meeting. Funny how brave they get when Trump is out of sight.

Vintage Photos of R' Yoel Teitelbaum Founder of Satmar Chassidus

Photo Credit: Shmuel Knopfler 

The Satmar Rebbe kissing a Sefer Torah that has a Magen David on its cover... photo was taken in 1948 when the State of Israel was established!

Photo credit: Shmuel Knopfler

Above photo depicts R' Yoel Teitelbaum for the very first time after his escape on the Kastner Train.
R" Moshe Gross supplied him with new clothes. Notice the Rebbe wearing boots like the Skverer Chassidim. 

Rabbi Borland The Breslover Being Worshipped Like the Golden Calf!

International observer slaps Jewish boy in Hebron

A member of a monitor group in Hebron was ordered on Friday by the Foreign Ministry to immediately leave Israel after video showed him slapping a child from the West Bank city’s Jewish settler community on Wednesday.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z"l called Ashkenazim who do not shower in the nine days "donkeys"

Sunday, July 15, 2018

מצות ישיבת ארץ ישראל

מצות ישיבת ארץ ישראל
בצלאל נאור
רבי אבא הוה קא משתמיט מיניה דרב יהודהדהוה קא בעי למיסק לארעא דישראלדאמר רב יהודהכל העולה מבבל לארץ ישראל עובר בעשהשנאמר "בבלה יובאו ושמה יהיו עד יום פקדי אותם נאום ה' [והעליתים והשיבותים אל המקום הזה]" [ירמיה כזכב].

אמראיזיל ואשמע מיניה מילתא מבית וועדא והדר אפיקאזל1 אשכחיה לתנא דקתני קמיה דרב יהודההיה עומד בתפלה ונתעטשממתין עד שיכלה הרוח וחוזר ומתפללאיכא דאמריהיה עומד בתפלה ובקש להתעטשמרחיק לאחריו ארבע אמות ומתעטשוממתין עד שיכלה הרוחוחוזר ומתפלל ואומר, "רבונו של עולםיצרתנו נקבים נקביםחלולים חלוליםגלוי וידוע לפניך חרפתנו וכלימתנו בחיינוובאחריתנו רימה ותולעה". ומתחיל ממקום שפסק.
אמר ליהאילו לא באתי אלא לשמוע דבר זהדיי!
(ברכות כדב)

An author predicts Diaspora Jewry’s death, at the hands of Tikkun Olam liberals

Liberal Jews in the United States have “distorted” Jewish teachings to align with a narrow political agenda, according to the author of a new book called, “To Heal the World? How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel.”
Published on June 26, the book “sets out to slaughter the sacred cow of Tikkun Olam, at whose udder too many unlearned Jews have suckled,” according to author Jonathan Neumann. He blames American Jewry’s leaders for not only reinventing aspects of their ancient heritage, but also for causing damage to Israel by aligning with groups hostile to the Jewish state.
For much of the book, Neumann explains how the concept of Tikkun Olam — or “repair the world” — has been co-opted by liberal Jews to advance their vision of “social justice.” The author claims that based partly on a reading of isolated words in the Hebrew prayer “Aleynu,” a generation of American Jews have come to equate their religion with a commandment to tackle all of society’s ills.
Calling this application of Tikkun Olam “the bastardization of an ancient civilization,” Neumann claims the movement “was conceived by Jews who had rejected the faith of their fathers, and midwifed by radicals who saw it as a pretext to appropriate Jewish texts and corrupt religious rituals — such as the seder — to further political ends.”

Peter Strzok’s arrogance is the product of a corrupt FBI

Watching FBI agent Peter Strzok battle with Congress, my initial reaction was pure anger. His repeated, arrogant insistence that he had done nothing wrong despite tons of evidence to the contrary convinced me he deserved immediate firing — if not the firing squad.
Gradually, though, anger gave way to amazement as Strzok grew increasingly combative and condescending. Given his predicament, the sneering and smirking were stupid, and yet he persisted.
Who is this jerk, I wondered, and how in the hell did he get to be a big shot at the FBI? And why are taxpayers still paying for the privilege of his malignant presence on the FBI payroll?
My answers can be summarized in four names: James Comey, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray. They are chief culprits in the death of public trust in the Department of Justice.
The cause of death was murder, and it was an inside job.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Parshat Matot-Masei ...

by Rabbi Shmuel Knopfler
This weeks double portion of the Parshiot how the Jews finally cross the Jordan River on their way to conquer the Promised Land. The tribes of Gad, Reuven and half the tribe of Menashe possess a great multitude of cattle, and “paradise” for cattle is good grazing land, which happens to be what these two and a half tribes find in their present nlocation of Trans-Jordan. They then petition Moses with a special request. “If you would grant us a favor, let this land be given to us as our permanent property, and do not bring us across the Jordan.” (Bamidbar 32:5)

Explosion At Strzok Hearing As GOP Reps Clash With Anti-Trump FBI Agent

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Avraham Abish Goldberg Killed in Bobover Camp on a Hike

טרגדיה קשה: הבחור אברהם אבוש גולדברג ז"ל, בן 21 נפטר באופן פתאומי, עת ששהה בקעמפ "המתיבתא" של חסידות באבוב בהרי הקטסקילס שבניו ג'רזי.
ל'בחדרי חרדים' נודע, כי הבחור יצא לטייל במרחבי הקעמפ, כשלפתע מעד במקום אין איש, לאחר שנתקל באבן. הוא לא הצליח לקום וגם לא הצליח להזעיק עזרה וכעבור זמן הוא נפטר.
המנוח ז"ל, הינו בנו של הרב החסיד ר' אלכסנדר זושא גולדברג מחשובי חסידי באבוב בבורו פארק. הוא נודע כבחור שקט ועדין נפש, שישב ושקד על התורה בדיבוק חברים שאהבו והעריצו אותו.
הלוויתו יצאה אמש (שלישי) מבית המדרש הגדול של חסידות באבוב ברחוב ה-48 בשכונת בורו פארק שבברוקלין. בהלוויה השתתפו קהל רב מבני החסידות ומתושבי השכונה אשר הגיעו לחלוק כבוד לבחור הצעיר שהלך לעולמו בדמי ימיו ולא זכה להשאיר אחריו זש"ק.
Avrahanm Abish Goldberg, a 21-year-old Bobover Chasid got killed by a falling rock while he was hiking by himself near the Bobover Camp. 

The levayeh took place yesterday in front of the Bobover Bais Ha'Midrash on 48th street in Boro Park!

Avraham Abish was the son of R' Alaxander Zusha Goldberg, a Chushiver Bobover Chasid.

Two fresh faces from NY – and both are dangerous

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Does it make me sexist if I refer to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a pretty woman? 

Well she sure is prettier than Rep. Joe Crowley, the Dem heavyweight she beat for District 14, which makes this femme fatale a rising star for the Party, and she did not do it on looks alone. The lady is young, witty, smart, and most definitely anti-Semitic.

That makes her a shoo-in when she runs as a self-described Democratic Socialist. The Bernie Sanders wing, which includes Keith Ellison and Tom Perez – they love that type. They love it even more when she talks dirty like Farrakhan, blaming the Jews for everything. Just listen to her. She knows the whole story about that and everything else, and she’s only 28.
No doubt about it – she is a quick learner from the schools that brought us Obama’s Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who preached hatred of America and Israel Sunday to Sunday.
But that was Chicago, that toddling town, and we’re talking New York. If you can make it there, ask Sinatra, you can make it anywhere.
So cue Ocasio-Cortez as she says – “I don’t think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx.”

She meant Trump, of course – and notice, she said GIRL. I didn’t. So all bets are off.

Told you she was witty, and about that other girl running for high office – Cynthia Nixon, aiming to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- let Dershowitz fill us in.
Cynthia Nixon

As follows from a tweet:
“Cynthia Nixon may run for Gov of NY. She has collaborated with Israel haters Jewish Voice for Peace and Vanessa Redgrave in boycotting Israel. Do not support her bigotry.”

Hikind After Boro Park Doctor Who Allegedly Abused Children


Allegations of possible improprieties have surfaced against a Borough Park doctor, according to an elected official from Brooklyn.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind took to Twitter this morning to announce that his office is looking into possible instances of abuse perpetuated by “a prominent Boro Park doctor.”

Hikind said that he first began researching the matter after being contacted by two separate people and has spoken with a number of potential victims in alleged instances that took place as far back as approximately ten years ago. All of the reported incidents involve the same physician who Hikind declined to identify at this time.

Since his tweet was posted this morning, several other people have reached out to his office, said Hikind, who hopes others who have been abused will follow suit.

“We need to get the message out there,” Hikind told VIN News. “People need to know that if something inappropriate happened to them they can’t and they shouldn’t run away. You can’t just turn your back on what happened to you because it is going to happen to someone else. This has been going on for so many years and we cannot let this go on any more.”

Hikind said he plans to continue looking into this matter, and any others, even if it extends past the end of his final term in office.

“I am committed to this for years ahead,” said Hikind. “If anyone thinks that after January 1st I will not be around, they are very sadly mistaken. I will be around even more than ever and, as always, I continue protecting the privacy of anyone who reaches out to me.”

The assemblyman is asking anyone with firsthand information of any improprieties to contact his office at or at 718-853-9616. 

All names and information will be kept strictly confidential.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fanaticism & The Covenant of Peace ...

Parshas Pinchos 
by Rabbi Shmuel Knopfler

Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent. How could it, given its association with an an uncontrollable zeal and violence for the sake of heaven?

But when we turn to the opening of this week’s portion, the Torah lauds Pinchas for zealously killing a Jewish man and a Midianite woman in the very heat of their sexual passion as they recklessly defy Hashem's command. For responding so quickly and decisively, we read that, “Hashem spoke to Moses saying, Pinchas, a son of Elazar and grandson of Aaron the priest, was the one who zealously took up my
cause among the Israelites and turned My anger away from them …Therefore tell him that I have given him My covenant of peace…” (Bamidbar 25:10-12)

The Torah summation is certainly one of praise and approbation. Indeed, Pinchas’ full genealogy is presented in this sequence; we are also given the name of his father as well as of his grandfather, Aaron the high priest, indicating that the Torah wants to underscore his linkage to Aaron, “lover and pursuer of peace”. Moreover, both grand-father and grand-son succeeded in stopping plagues sent by the
Almighty to punish the Israelites.