Faith Strengthened (Chizzuk Emunah)

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Faith Strengthened (Chizzuk Emunah): 1200 Biblical Refutations to Christian Missionaries by Isaac ben Abraham Troki

Faith Strenghened is unique among refutations of Christian polemics against Judaism and the Hebrew Bible. As the title indicated, the author (1533-1594) wrote this book for his fellow-Jews, so as to fortify them in their religious faith. This distinguished Karaite scholar critically analyzed the Christological interpretations of the Hebrew Bible, and the theologies which proclaimed the Church to be the “New Israel of G-d” and Jesus the Messiah predicted by the Hebrew prophets. This work contains more than twelve hundred Biblical passages on which Isaac ben Abraham Troki comments.

Draw Near to You Your Brother!

Draw Near to You Your Brother!

The Temple Institute 

Feb 26 at 12:34 AM

  “Draw near to you your brother!”
(Exodus 28:1)

Adar 14, 5781/February 26, 20
Draw near to you your brother Aharon, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel to serve Me: Aharon, Nadav, and Avihu, Eleazar, and Itamar, Aharon’s sons. You shall make holy garments for your brother Aharon, for honor and glory.” (Exodus 28:1-2)
Words more beautiful than these do not appear in Torah. G-d has expressed His desire to dwell among His children, and now He is teaching us how we are to appear before Him. We draw our brothers near, in love and in unity. We dress our brother in honor and glory every time we gaze upon him and see within him the image of G-d in which he was created.
And this is how G-d sees us – at our finest! Dressed in honor and glory!
But couldn’t the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), our brother who stands before G-d and represents us, be clad in more modest clothes? Is it really necessary for the Kohen Gadol to be cloaked in royal techelet blue and argaman purple, crimson and gold, with a gem-studded breatplate and a golden crown? Not only do these beautiful garments reflect how we appear in G-d’s eye, they also convey a tremendous responsibility for the Kohen Gadol.
Each detail of the High Priest’s garments embodies both a potential sin on man’s part and the ability to overcome and repent and stand before G-d in peace: The High Priest’s tunic atones for killing; his pants atone for sexual transgressions; his turban, worn on the head, atones for haughtiness; his belt, wound about the body and worn over the heart, atones for “sins of the heart” – improper thoughts; his breastplate atones for errors in judgment; the ephod atones for idolatry; his robe atones for evil speech, and the High Priest’s crown, which rests on his forehead, atones for arrogance.
This is the true meaning of the honor and glory that G-d sees in man: man’s ultimate ability to live up to the potential of being a living being formed of the dust of the earth into which G-d “breathed into his nostrils the soul of life.” (Genesis 2:7)
The garments of the Kohen Gadol were extremely heavy, no doubt reminding him every moment and with every movement that he bears a tremendous responsibility: standing before G-d in his brothers’ behalf.
The High Priest is one of us: he is called the High Priest because he is the head priest, but neither his title nor his raiments grant his an exalted status above his brothers. We are equals, and because we are equals the Kohen Gadol can truly represent all of us before G-d, with all his heart. Humility is the true crowning glory of the Kohen Gadol.
In the book of Esther, which we read, today being Purim, teaches us that despite outward appearances, there are no coincidences in life. Behind every apparent happenstance is the hidden hand of G-d. Likewise, it is no coincidence that this year we are reading parashat Tetzaveh, which describes the garments of the Kohen Gadol, on the same Shabbat on which Shushan Purim falls. Midrash tells us that subtext of the Purim story is the struggle to rebuild the second Holy Temple, despite all the political intrigue and machinations of those who opposed the building of the Holy Temple, such as Haman and King Achashverosh, the chief villains of the Purim story.
The book of Esther opens with a massive feast sponsored and hosted by Achashverosh, celebrating what he believes is the the end of the Jewish dream of rebuilding the Holy Temple, whose construction he, himself, halted by royal decree. Not only does Achashverosh, in unbridled hubris feed all his guests with food and drink served in the sacred vessels pilfered from the first Holy Temple, but he has the egotistical gall to greet his guests while wearing the sacred garments of the High Priest.
This begs the question: do the clothes make the man, as the old saw goes?
The answer seems to be a profound no!
Whereas the beautifully spun garments of the High Priest serve the highest purpose in life, reflecting man at his very best, standing at attention before G-d in the Holy Temple, when these same garments are worn by an egotistical tyrant, who sees no authority other than his own, and no law to abide other than his own decrees, they become a sad reflection of man at his lowest, an ungrateful and empty vessel. Using this empty vessel of a man for the ultimate good, as we see unfold in the book of Esther, was G-d’s doing, and not born of any self reflection or atonement on Achashverosh’s part.
Midrash teaches us that Achashverosh’s child born to Esther would become the future King Darius, who signed the royal decree permitting the restarting of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. G-d may sometimes seem hidden to us, but as G-d’s instructions to bring near our brothers and dress them in honor and glory make clear, G-d will always see us at our finest, when we see in one another a hidden spark of G-d. It just may be that man is G-d’s favorite hiding place. Purim sameach – have a happy Purim! *** templetalk-logo-Tetzaveh-Purim-nwslttr-new-2 Tune in to this week’s Temple Talk, talks about clothing our brothers in glory & splendor, and putting our faith to the test on Purim, and asks the question, “do the clothes make the man or does the man make the clothes?” What are the reasons for the Garments of the High Priest? Are they just to look impressive, or are they designed for a deeper, more spiritual purpose? How is the modest splendor of the garments of the Kohen Gadol turned on its head for nefarious purposes by Achashverosh, King of Persia, who sought to dim the lights of the Holy Temple forever? The answers to these questions, and more, on this week’s Temple Talk! Temple Talk! *** parashat-shekalim-5781-2-nwslttr Parashat Shekalim: The Half Shekel Offering Every year, on the first Shabbat of the month of Adar, Jews in synagogues around the world read, in addition to the weekly Torah reading, the following six verses from Exodus 30:11-16. This is known as Parashat Shekalim: “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘When you take the sum of the children of Israel according to their numbers, let each one give to HaShem an atonement for his soul when they are counted; then there will be no plague among them when they are counted… “ The Half Shekel Offering *** AH-Half-Shekel-nwslttr Positivity & the Holy Temple: The Half Shekel Offering The Half Shekel offering first mentioned in Exodus 30:11-16 is intended for the upkeep of the Holy Temple and for the funding of the public offerings in the Temple. Commanding the identical Half Shekel donation from all adult Israelites is G-d’s way of assuring everyone’s participation in the building and maintenance of the Holy Temple. Furthermore, Torah tells us that “there will be no plague among them when they are counted.” The message is clear: participating in the building of the Holy Temple grants Heavenly protection from plague and pandemic. The Half Shekel Offering *** help-to-build-368 Help To Build The Holy Temple In Our Time: Donate Generously To Help The Sacred Work Of The Temple Institute! Every contribution helps to rebuild the Holy Temple in our Time! Donate now! *** RGM-Tetzaveh-Purim-5781-nwslttr What does it mean for G-d to dwell amongst us? What is the significance of the Mishkan – Tabernacle – where G-d’s Shechinah – Presence – dwells? How does the mystery of the Ark of the Covenant make all this happen? Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10)
Parashat Tetzaveh is read on Shabbat:
Adar 15, 5781/February 27, 2021 View a Purim teaching now! *** haftarat-Tetzaveh-5781-fb-nwslttr Haftarah For Shabbat Parashat Tetzaveh Ezekiel 43:10-27 “You, son of man, describe the Temple to the House of Israel, and let them measure its design. But let them be ashamed of their iniquities: When they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the plan of the Temple and its layout, its exits and entrances — its entire plan, and all the laws and instructions pertaining to its entire plan. Write it down before their eyes, that they may faithfully follow its entire plan and all its laws… “ Read more! *** Purim-sameach-5781-nwslttr Purim Sameach – Happy Purim! For many, that happiest holiday of the year, Purim is celebrated tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) around the world, and in Jerusalem, on Sunday (Shushan Purim). The holiday of Purim was established by Esther and Mordechai, who are the central heroes of the events that are chronicled in the book of Esther. Learn more! *** mishteh-achashverosh-after-nwslttr Megillat Esther: Behind The Scenes! Megillat Esther, (the scroll of Esther), has all the trappings of a fairy tale: a powerful king, a sumptuous feast , a girl’s rise from orphan to queen, betrayal, entrapment, and deliverance! In fact, some modern scholars write it off as an unhistorical narrative, designed to amuse and comfort the Jews in their long exile. Part of the magic of Purim, the festival in which we read and celebrate the events described in the book of Esther, is that things do not appear as they are – and book of Esther, itself, is no exception: the story told in the book of Esther describes real people involved in a real struggle that took place during a real time, and involved very real issues. Learn more & see picture! *** Taanit-Ester-5781-nwslttr Ta’anit Ester: The Fast Of Esther Today, (Thursday, Adar 13/February 25) is Ta’anit Ester – the Fats of Esther. The fast is a commemoration of the three day fast that Esther called for all the Jews of Shushan, the capital of ancient Persia, to fast on her behalf, as she was preparing to approach King Achashverosh and plead for him to annul the decree of annihilation against the Jews that he himself had signed and sealed. Learn more! *** garments-of-the-high-priest-5781-nwslttr The Priestly Garments Of The High Priest & Ordinary Priests What did the priestly garments look like? How were they made? What was the deep spiritual significance of the priestly garments? Learn the answers to these questions and more, with photos and paintings of the garments of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) and the ordinary priests. Learn more & see pictures! *** bells-and-pomegranates-gallery-nwslttr From This Week’s Parashat Tetzaveh: The Blue Tunic Of The High Priest “And you shall make the robe of the ephod completely of blue wool. Its opening at the top shall be turned inward; its opening shall have a border around it, the work of a weaver. It shall have [an opening] like the opening of a coat of armor; it shall not be torn. And on its bottom hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson wool, on its bottom hem all around, and golden bells in their midst all around… “ (Exodus 28:31-35) Learn more & see picture! *** Beit-HaBechirah-3-18-nwslttr Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, Laws Of The Chosen House, Chapter 3, Mishneh 18 “The laver had twelve faucets so that all the kohanim officiating at the morning Offering could sanctify [by washing their hands and feet] from it at once. They made a machine so it would always have water inside, and [the machine] was (left) unconsecrated so that the water inside would not become invalid by being left overnight since the laver is a sacred vessel and anything that was sanctified by [being stored in] a sacred vessel becomes invalid [for whatever purpose it was put in there] by being left overnight.” Learn more & see picture! *** choshen-mishpat-nwslttr From This Week’s Parashat Tetzaveh: The Breastplate Of The High Priest “You shall make settings of gold, and two chains of pure gold you will make them attached to the edges, after the manner of cables, and you will place the cable chains upon the settings. You shall make a choshen of judgment, the work of a master weaver. You shall make it like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, purple, and crimson wool, and twisted fine linen shall you make it…” (Exodus 28:13-30) Learn more & see picture! *** women-praying-nwslttr Women Praying On The Temple Mount This very short video clip shows Jewish women in prayer on the Temple Mount. “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations!” (Isaiah 56:7) View video! *** Beit-HaBechirah-3-17-nwslttr Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, Laws Of The Chosen House, Chapter 3, Mishneh 17 “The incense altar was a one cubit by one cubit square and was placed in the Sanctuary at the midpoint between the north and south [walls of the Temple] between the table and the Menorah but slightly outward (further away from the Inner Sanctum – translator). All three of them were in the inner third of the Sanctuary close to the curtain which divided between the Sanctuary and the Sanctum Sanctorum.” Learn more & see pictures! *** ephod-high-priest-gallery-nwslttr From This Week’s Parashat Tetzaveh: The Ephod Of The High Priest “And they shall make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, and crimson wool, and twisted fine linen, the work of a master weaver. It shall have two connected shoulder straps at both its ends, and it shall be entirely connected. And its decorative band, which is above it, shall be of the same work, [emanating] from it: gold, blue, purple, and crimson wool, and twisted fine linen…” (Exodus 28:6-12) Learn more & see picture! *** snowball-desecration-nwsttr Desecrating The Holiest Ground On Earth Everyone loves a good snowball fight, but this video clip taken last week, showing Muslims romping on the Temple Mount, is evidence of a profound and spiteful disrespect for all that is holy to the Jewish people and to G-d fearing people around the world. View video & learn more! *** high-priest-garments-gallery-nwslttr From This Week’s Parashat Tetzaveh: Garments Of The High Priest “And you bring near to yourself your brother Aharon, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel to serve Me [as kohanim]: Aharon, Nadav, and Avihu, Elazar, and Itamar, Aharon’s sons. You shall make holy garments for your brother Aharon, for honor and glory. And you shall speak to all the wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, and they shall make Aharon’s garments to sanctify him, [so] that he serve Me [as a kohen]…” (Exodus 28:1-4) Learn more & see picture! *** 21-02-21-tm-13-nwslttr Shavua Tov from the Temple Mount! As seen by these photos, last week began sunny and warm and ended snowy and cold on the Temple Mount. Wishing everyone a good (and warm, where you need it) week! See photos! *** ascend-the-temple-mount-386-nwslttr Interested in Ascending the Temple Mount? Contact us via our website, email us at infotempleinstitute@gmail.com or via our Facebook page. Click below for more information on ascending the Temple Mount in purity. More info! ***
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Purim – It’s Essence

“But Mordecai bowed not down, nor prostrated himself before him.”

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Yochanan Mauritz Hummasti

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From the above we learn that Mordecai was a G-D Fearing, Righteous Man. And … So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him. And …

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“the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand.”

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“Then the king said … : ‘Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate; let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.’ And Mordecai returned to the king’s gate.”

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“Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and …. the king took off his ring, which he had taken …, and gave it unto Mordecai.”

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“Write ye also concerning the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring; for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.’ and …”

Mordecai went forth from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a robe of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan shouted and was glad. The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honour. And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a good day. And many from among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews was fallen upon them.

Three generations who lived as Christian Arabs, abused, return to Judaism together

The grandmother, whose parents survived the Holocaust and brought her to Israel as a toddler, was drawn back to her religion by her daughter.

By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News

In what must be a rare event in the Jewish world, a Holocaust survivor, her daughter and her grandchildren declared their desire to return to Judaism together at the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, Channel 20 News reported Monday.

The grandmother, who was born at the end of World War II, was brought to Israel at the age of two along with her twin sister by her survivor parents, who hailed from Poland and the Ukraine. When she was 16 or 17, she fell in love and married a Christian Arab, moved to an Arab town in northern Israel and abandoned her faith. Although her husband mistreated her terribly, she did not leave him.

It was her daughter who started the journey back to Judaism after she, too, had married an Arab who abused her.

“I said that I’d return to my roots, to my hope, to where I belong,” the daughter told the network. “Something was missing from my life. So we chose, my children and I, to be normative Jews.”

The journey was not without some starts and stops.

She first turned to Yad L’Achim, an organization that helps Jews escape from Arab families that are abusive, a few years ago, and they began the process of return but did not complete it. Then, when she went with her own daughter to the Interior Ministry a few months ago to change their last name back to its original one, she was surprised to learn that they were still registered as Christians.

She went back to Yad L’Achim, which immediately began to work on the case. On Sunday, all three generations appeared in the religious court before three rabbis and emotionally told them of their strong desire to live as Jews.

The grandmother was “very excited,” she said in the interview in which none of the family’s faces appeared and their voices were changed for fear of retribution from their Arab relations. “I’ve waited a long time [for this].”

The rabbis’ ruling will be handed down in a few days, but as Judaism does not recognize conversion to other faiths, the written decision should be a mere formality that will allow them to officially register as Jews and prevent any potential bureaucratic hurdles in the future.

It’s Sound Shall Be Heard

Parshat Tetzaveh

Shabbat, 13 Adar, 5777

11 March, 2017

Shmoth 28.33 “And on its bottom hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson wool, on its bottom hem all around, and golden bells in their midst all around. 34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, on the bottom hem of the robe, all around. 35 It shall be on Aaron when he performs the service, and its sound shall be heard when he enters the Holy before the L-RD and when he leaves, so that he will not die. “

A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, on the bottom hem of the robe, all around. פַּֽעֲמֹ֤ן זָהָב֙ וְרִמּ֔וֹן פַּֽעֲמֹ֥ן זָהָ֖ב וְרִמּ֑וֹן

It’s sound (pa’amon zahav v’rimon pa’amon zahav v’rimon) is essential and beneficial for the service going in and going out of the Holy of Holies.

This poses a question: Who shall hear the sound of the Golden Bells? HaShem or the Kohen HaGadol – (the High Priest)? Why not both? Why not those Chohanim / Leviim in attendance at the Mishkan/Baiyth HaMikhdash?

Exodus Chapter 39

26 “A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, all around on the bottom hem of the robe, to serve as the L-RD had commanded Moses.” הַמְּעִ֖יל סָבִ֑יב לְשָׁרֵ֕ת כַּאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה

to serve” – “it’s sound shall be heard” Exodus Chapter 28.35 “It shall be on Aaron when he performs the service, and its sound shall be heard when he enters the Holy before the L-RD and when he leaves, so that he will not die.”

Yochanan:

what does this come to teach? we must pay close attention to performance of every detail of the Torah even to it’s smallest sound – viz, “minutest detail” even the smallest thing provides a service, in this case, the sound of pa’amon zahav golden bells provides to the Kohen a focal point when he moves about in the Tabernacle/Temple so that he does not leave out any detail of the service. it’s sound serves to enhance or “beautify” the service. sharet (service) is related to shirot – songs (of the Levites, Shir Shel Yom).

a pomegranate (“Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your mouth is comely; your temple is like a piece of pomegranate within your locks”—ibid. 4:3). But while the apple represents Israel in a virtuous state, the pomegranate refers to the “hollow” or “empty ones amongst you.” As interpreted by the Talmud, the verse “your temple is like a piece of pomegranate” comes to say that “even the empty ones amongst you are full of good deeds as a pomegranate [is full of seeds].” (Rakah, the Hebrew word used by the verse for “temple,” is related to the word reik, “empty.” Thus, “your temple” is homiletically rendered “the empty ones amongst you.”)

kalta nafshi

my self is obliterated [Psalm 84:30]. This what our kabbalists called “bittul she-me’ever le-ta’am va-daat”, the ending of thought.

“to serve” – “it’s sound shall be heard” Exodus Chapter 39.26 Clarifies Parsha Tetzaveh (Exodus 28.35) :
what does this (shareth) come to teach? we must pay close attention to performance of every detail of the Torah even to it’s smallest sound – viz, “minutest detail” even the smallest thing provides a service, in this case, the sound of pa’amon zahav golden bells provides to the Kohen a focal point when he moves about, “to serve” in the Tabernacle/Temple so that he does not leave out any detail of the service. it’s sound serves to enhance or “beautify” the service. shareth (service) is related to shirot – songs (of the Levites, Shir Shel Yom).
This (“v’nishama kolo” it’s sound) implies that the Kohen should have a focus on the Oneness of the Holy One; as it says, “a Still Small Voice….” (Note: 28.35 is juxtaposed to 36 “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and engrave upon it, like the engravings of a signet: HOLY TO THE L-RD.”
The Pa’amon Zahav were made of pure gold – 39.25 and pure, refined gold is a singular item used in the service of HaShem.) Like Tekeleth (the cord of blue) which teaches the Oneness of HaShem; Tahor Zahav teaches the Singularity or Oneness of the Holy One. (The Tzimzum – Smallness, Kalta Nafshi “Holiness” of HaShem….)

Strip Ilhan Omar of membership on all House Committees for anti-Semitism

February 23, 2021 Strip Ilhan Omar of membership on all House Committees for anti-Semitism Dear Friend of FLAME: In recent weeks there’s been a lot of media and Capitol Hill support for removing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia from various Congressional committees for her past comments—including the anti-Semitic assertion that Jews used space lasers to start California wildfires and her sharing of other beliefs held by QAnon.
One can debate the merits of Greene’s case, but House members should ensure that the issue of anti-Semitism and removal of Congressmembers from committees is handled fairly. If Greene is to be condemned for anti-Semitism, surely other elected officials should also come under the microscope, starting with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who was recently named Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights.
Omar has previously made very problematic—even flatly anti-Semitic—comments in her past, from many of which she has never distanced herself.
In 2019, Omar was named Anti-Semite of the Year by Stop Antisemitism, an organization that works to hold anti-Semites accountable and create consequences for their bigoted actions by exposing the threat that they present to all Americans and showing how their ideologies conflict with American values, morals, and principles.
The organization provided six reasons why Omar deserved the dishonor and placed her above notorious anti-Semites like hate-preacher Louis Farrakhan and white supremacist Richard Spencer. Stop Antisemitism’s list included accusing American Jewry of possessing dual loyalty; alleging that Jews buy their influence with money, infamously stating “It’s all about the Benjamin’s”; accusing Israel of having hypnotized the world; supporting the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel; submitting a resolution in the House of Representatives comparing boycotting Israel to boycotting the Nazis; and having her anti-Semitic statements endorsed by infamous neo-Nazi David Duke.
The organization also mentioned Omar’s refusal to retract or regret many of her anti-Semitic comments or repudiating the backing she receives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Omar has stood by many of these comments, even when she was called out on them by her own Democratic leadership. When Rep. Nita M. Lowey politely asked her to retract her anti-Semitic trope on accusing Jews of dual loyalty, Omar responded, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”
The backlash to these and other comments Omar has made was so strong that in March 2019, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred. However, even this vote was politicized by Omar and other far-Left Democrats who did not want to focus on anti-Semitism, even though there had been a significant rise in hate attacks on Jews in the U.S. It should be remembered that only a few months before, a mass murder of 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh had been perpetrated, and another attack on Jews took place in Poway, California shortly after the vote. Interestingly, Omar is far weaker on issues closer to home, often displaying her rank hypocrisy.
In July 2019, Omar was asked at a conference of the Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy, whether she was willing to make public statements condemning female genital mutilation (FGM).
Rather than make the statement, which should be easy for most Americans in the 21st century, Omar attacked the questioner and called the question “appalling.” It is an issue Omar should not take lightly: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disproportionate number of girls at risk of FGM in the United States live in Omar’s Fifth Congressional District in Minnesota, which includes the largest Somali diaspora in the United States.
Furthermore, in October 2019, Omar was the only Democrat representative to vote against a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey over Erdogan’s invasion and occupation of northeast Syria, and their attacks on U.S. Kurdish allies in the region, as well as abstain on a separate bill to recognize the Armenian genocide.
For someone so vocal about Palestinian statehood and so-called “human rights abuses” by Israel, Omar showed a hypocritical lack of solidarity with the Armenian struggle for recognition and the Kurds’ long and bloody battle for independence.
In other words, Omar’s commitment to human rights and national rights is subjective and tribal. She is happy to accuse Israel and the Jewish people for all manner of invented aspersions, but ignores similar offenders when it suits her agenda. She will not even stand up for those in her community who suffer under a repressive mutilation.
How can Omar thus continue as the Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights? If she continues in this position, she will use it to continue spreading hate against the Jewish State and the Jewish people, while excusing atrocities closer to home.
Any member of the media or the House of Representatives who believes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene should be penalized by loss of House committee membership for anti-Semitic comments cannot cast a blind eye on Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose transgressions are arguably more offensive—and certainly more frequent—than those of Greene.
I hope you will point out to friends, family, colleagues and your elected representatives that regardless of Greene’s outcome, it’s time to remove Omar from all her House committees—including the Budget Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.
Anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism, regardless of party affiliation or ideology. There needs to be one standard for all elected officials.
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Iranian-Jewish activist: Iran is twisting the Purim story to defame Jews

Haman the Persian? Iranian government is using the story of Purim to smear Jews, Iranian-Jewish activist warns, portraying Jews as rebels.

Tags:Iranian Jewish Community Karmel Melamed , Feb 22 , 2021 11:58 AM Share
Frank Nikbakht

Frank Nikbakht Karmel Melamed

With Purim holiday coming up this week, I had a chance to sit down and chat with Iranian Jewish activist Frank Nikbakht about his past memories of celebrating Purim in his home town of Hamedan in Iran where the burial site of Esther and Mordechai are located.

Nikbakht, who also heads the Los Angeles-based “Committee For Minority Rights in Iran”, shed light on the Jewish community’s situation in Hamedan today and how the Iranian regime is twisting the story of Purim to advance their lies and anti-Semitic libels against Jews in recent years.

Last May, unknown Islamic arsonists fire-bombed the synagogue adjacent to the tombs of Esther and Mordechai in Hamedan but thankfully the ancient mausoleum containing the tombs were undamaged.

The Iranian regime never investigated the attack nor arrested anyone in connection with it. Nikbakht also shed light on the situation of the old Jewish cemetery in Hamedan that has been randomly turned into a public park by the city’s officials.

Obviously, the story of Purim takes place in ancient Iran and without a doubt has been one of the most important holidays for Iran’s Jews. Can you please share a little about the Jews of Hamedan where you were born and their relationship with the site where Esther and Mordechai are buried?

The Shrine of Esther and Mordechai, which was commonly called “Naavi” by the Hamedani Jews, was historically the center of all Jewish communities living in Hamedan for millennia. As you can see in pre-20th century photographs and paintings, available on the internet, the area around the Naavi was very large, while the whole thing was on the edge of town. In those times, the west of Naavi was considered to be outside the town, where nearby prosperous villages were scattered all around it. Before mid-20th century, most of the Iranians – like percent – lived in the villages where the agrarian and feudalistic economy prevailed and therefore the cities were relatively small.

Most of the Jews lived in the cities because they were not welcomed or allowed in the main economic sector of the great landowners, royal and feudal lords, and tribal khans. Jews were mostly small and medium merchants, doctors, medicine producers or sellers, jewelers, or the like. At times, the Jews thrived but would be periodically disowned, exiled, pressured or simply “put in their places” by the Muslim majority. The 1979 Islamic revolution was one of these periodical examples, albeit the largest in memory.

The lands around the ancient Naavi were gradually taken away, but until the early 20th Century people remember tens of acres still belonging to the Naavi. Most of these lands were used as Jewish cemeteries until the 1920s and I presume that there are countless ancient bodies buried within a radius of hundreds of yards from the Naavi building.

From your knowledge and youth, how was Purim celebrated in Iran among the Jews prior to the 1979 Islamic revolution?

Purim related activities, like all other Jewish ceremonies were relatively quiet and private because the Jews of Iran feared Muslim rage. The Alliance Jewish school for example was closed on Purim, while some women and children would gather inside the small shrine of Esther and Mordechai’s tomb to pray and tell the Purim story. It was led by women organizers like Neneh Ghezi Khanoom Eghbal. Most people, would bake sweet bread and send it to relatives’ homes, while brides would receive all kinds of gifts from their families on Purim. You could say that Purim was mostly a women’s celebration, with Queen Esther at the center of it.

Women would make dolls of Haman and hit them against the floors whenever Haman’s name was mentioned in synagogues or gatherings as they were sitting on the ground. I also remember however, that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a Jewish school in Tehran, named the Ettefaugh and built by Iraqi Jews who had been expelled from that country, had an annual Purim masquerade ball, which was even emceed by the popular radio host of the children’s program. All Jewish schools had Purim events and plays until the 1979 Islamic revolution.

What has the Iranian regime and the authorities in the city of Hamedan done as far as the Esther and Mordechai burial site and Jewish cemeteries in the city since the 1979 revolution in Iran?

Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, one of whose declared aims was Islamizing the country, ensuring Islamic supremacy and honor and eradicating the growing minority communities, 90-percent of the Jews left the country in a gradual emigration due to open discrimination and pressures designed to take over their wealth and property and to run them out of the “Islamic Land”.

According to Maurice Motamed, a member of the board of directors of the Tehran Jewish Association – officially the organization responsible for all Iranian Jews, the Hamedan municipal authorities began contacting the Jewish leadership about their “need” for taking over the city’s Jewish cemetery in 1985 and 1986 at the height of the Iran-Iraq war and the revolutionary Islamic fervor sweeping the country. During several months of shuttling between Tehran and Hamedan, the Jews lost their case and the Hamedan city officials decided to convert the last Jewish cemetery into a public park, in a country and region with huge unused and available land! Jewish cemeteries in Iran, usually were purchased land and had actual deeds, and that is how the Tehran Jewish cemetery was saved from the same fate just in return for offering its unused section to the city of Tehran during the “moderate” Khatami government and his popular Tehran mayor, Karbas-chi, following President Rafsanjani’s fly over of the Jewish cemetery!

Can you share with us what happened to the old Jewish cemetery in Hamedan located near the Esther and Mordechai shrine under the current Iranian regime?

The Hamedan Jewish cemetery did not have a deed and so was easy to take over. Unlike the old days, this time there was no compensation, either in cash or in kind, but at least they agreed to leave the new graves which according to Jewish law were considered sacred for 40 years, to remain untouched. The older graves were covered by dirt and planted over and are now forming the main part of the new public park called “Park-eh Laleh”, about 800 meters away from the Naavi in a straight line. The remains of the deceased have been left in place. The more recent graves were originally separated from the park by a fence, but recent pictures show many gravestones in place with the public using them as seats or walking over them. One can presume that as time passes and the 40-year limit expires, the remaining graves will also be removed or covered. As far as pictures have shown, the last grave in this last cemetery dates back to 1982. A recent visitor who had asked some young Iranians in the “park” about who these gravestones with strange writings had belonged to, was told the these were some Chinese who used to live in Hamedan!

In May 2020, arsonists fire bombed the synagogue next to the Esther and Mordechai tombs. Can you share some of the other past instances where the tombs were attacked by Muslim radicals in the area?

There have been two other times when the shrine has been threatened and marked for destruction by Muslim fanatics. The first time in memory was during World War two when the Farsi language Radio Berlin incited “fellow” Aryans to destroy the shrine and take revenge for Purim’s events when the Jews and their Persian allies had destroyed their enemies led by Haman whom the Hitlerites claimed as an Aryan. The second time began during the presidency of the Holocaust denying Ahmadinejad who incited the people again. This legacy has continued beyond Ahmadinejad and once every few years, we have seen hateful articles in Iranian sources inside and outside Iran, while Islamic Militia students of the Hamedan University have attempted attacks on the shrine several times.

How does the Iranian regime today twist the story of Purim to advance its anti-Semitic agenda and stir Jew hatred in Iran?

The Iranian regime has repeatedly encouraged the distribution of false information about the Purim incident, by portraying Haman as “Persian” and the Jews as “anti-Persians” staging a coup against the Persian civilization. Educated scholars know this is nonsense because the oldest available sources writing about Purim– the Book of Esther and the narrative of Josephus, have both clearly indicated Haman’s non-Persian roots and have mentioned not only Mordechai’s loyalty, but the participation of Persian forces and their allies all over the Empire in subduing the Haman plot.

The Islamist regime in Iran which is the representative and the remnant of the Arabic genocidal invasion and colonization of Persia, has from its beginning declared its pride in the destruction of the pre-Islamic Persian civilization and only pretends to be patriotic when it comes to demonizing the Jews. For about one thousand years after the Purim incident the Jews lived under the Persian dynasties and served them as governors, soldiers and even had more than one queen mothering future Persian kings. During these times the Persians never brought up such false Purim accusations against the Jews, until the anti-Semites and pro-Hitler figures in Iran invented false narratives in the 20th century and the Islamic regime’s propagandists revived them in the past decades for their present day use.

Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael – Offical Gazette No. 8

B”H

Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael

Official Gazette

No. 8

WHEREAS, on or about 19 May 2020 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) officially announced an end to the Oslo Accords, the same not entered into in good faith by the PLO as evidenced by the Arafat South African Speech of 10 May 1994; and,

Whereas the Arabs of the Kingdom of the Hejaz exercised “Self-Determinism” at the December 1948 Jericho Conference and were “Collectively Naturalized” as Citizen of the Hashemite Kingdom of trans-Jordan and as a result thereof, together with the renunciation of the Oslo Accords, the members of the PLO/PA are classified as hostile belligerent nationals (enemy combatants) of the Hashemite Kingdom of trans-Jordan; and,

Whereas International Law does not condone acquisition of territory by force or conquest and the Hamas Charter along with the PLO Charter, together with the PLO’s and Hamas’ actions and omissions evince a threat to international peace in an attempt to acquire sovereign Jewish Treaty territory by genocide, force and ethnic cleansing in violation of Customary International Law; and,

Whereas the PA is not a sovereign nation under international law (E.g. the Montevideo Convention) and cannot transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction over sovereign Jewish territories; and,

Whereas neither the Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael nor the State of Israel is a party to or signatory Statute of Rome, the ICC cannot assume jurisdiction over the State of Israel by it’s quasi-legal opinion of 5 February 2021; and by it’s decision tends to reward Arab terrorism in violation of Customary International Law; and,

NOTHING FOLLOWS.

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/S/ Yochanan Ezra ben Avraham,

Official Page – Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael

After escaping by the skin of her teeth, mother brings son to brit milah

She left home to her partner’s parting words: “When you get back I’ll beat you till you drop.” But there was no turning back.

Arutz Sheva Staff , Feb 21 , 2021 2:47 PM Share
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She was in her ninth month of her second pregnancy, but felt she had to make a break for it. From experience, she knew that if she were caught trying to run away, she would be subjected to merciless blows. But staying in that home, and facing a future of relentless violence, was simply not an option.

The tragic tale of Michal began when she was just a child. Born into a poverty-stricken family, and orphaned at a young age, she moved from boarding school to boarding school until the age of 18, when she found herself on the street.

At her lowest point, when she felt utterly hopeless, an Arab man entered her life, offering to put a roof over her head. She moved into his apartment, in a mixed, Jewish-Arab neighborhood, and thought she’d found a safe harbor. But he took advantage of her vulnerability and subjected her to harsh violence.

At one point, Michal decided she couldn’t take it any longer, and wanted to open a new chapter in her life. She called a guidance counselor who’d helped her in the past, who referred her to Yad L’Achim.

Her Arab partner learned of her calls to Yad L’Achim by searching her cell phone, and confiscated it. From that point on, he barred her from making any contact with the outside world and made her completely dependent on him. Even after she gave birth to their first son, he refused to allow her to contact any members of her family to ask for help with the new baby.

In revenge for her escape attempt, he beat her daily so that she would “learn her lesson” and never try it again. Michal was locked up in the house day and night. Gradually, she came to the conclusion that despite the grave danger, if she didn’t take a bold step she would be trapped forever. When she became pregnant for a second time, she worried about having to deliver once again in a strange Arab hospital. But the straw that broke the camel’s back, was her husband’s threat to take her to live in the dangerous refugee camp near Bethlehem where he was born. There was no way she was going to allow that to happen.

Michal found a way to contact Yad L’Achim, and its security department prepared a detailed escape plan. She left the house for a short shopping trip, in accordance with the plan, with her partner’s parting words ringing in her ears: “When you get back I’ll beat you till you drop.” But there was no turning back, and her short shopping trip became an opportunity to pursue a new, hopeful life.

Michal came straight to the secret safe house that had been provided and furnished by Yad L’Achim, and began piecing together a new life. Last week, she gave birth to her son, and, with Yad L’Achim’s help, brought him to his Brit Milah.

After the Brit, Michal sat for a short interview in which she shared her feelings.

“This is an emotional, new beginning, full of life. I simply didn’t know if I wanted to continue living and if I had the strength.

“What caused me to get up and leave was the knowledge that Yad L’Achim was with me every step of the way and wouldn’t give up on me. This warmed my heart and gave me the strength to leave. We are very happy… For me and for my children, this is a new beginning and today I have entered my child into the Jewish People.”

An official at Yad L’Achim said: “The amazing change that has occurred with Michal is thanks to the dedication of the social worker we assigned her and the neighbors who pitched in to help.”

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Anti-blasphemy laws, free speech and religious freedom

Anti-blasphemy restrictions essentially require people to accord sanctity to doctrines they do not endorse and subordinate their spiritual ideals to those who consider them infidels.  

Matthew M. Hausman, J.D.

Matthew M. Hausman is a trial attorney and writer who lives and works in Connecticut. A former journalist, Mr. Hausman continues to write on a variety of topics, including science, health and medicine, Jewish issues and foreign affairs, and has been a legal affairs columnist for a number of publications. More from the author ►

Freedom of speech is taken for granted in western society, but it is an essential right that is necessary for the perpetuation of constitutional democracy.  Unfortunately, it also seems to be an endangered species under stealth attack by extremism masquerading as diversity and tolerance.

As European courts enforce laws criminalizing the critical discussion of certain religions, and as the political left blames western society for inflaming Islamist passions by refusing to accommodate radical dictates, the right to speak freely is being threatened by a stultifying political correctness. What is being eroded are classical liberal values.


Nothing illustrates this better than a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights affirming an Austrian court’s verdict against a woman for suggesting that Muhammad’s marriage to a young girl as recounted in Muslim scripture was tantamount to child abuse.  The Human Rights Court held that her comments could be perceived as “an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam” and thus were properly subject to prosecution under Austrian law.


European willingness to curb unflattering or “blasphemous” speech is not based on tolerance, but instead seems compelled by deference to authoritarian doctrines and anti-western sensibilities.
The net consequence of this ruling, however, was to enforce an anti-blasphemy restriction against speech, though the offending words were uttered in a pluralistic country that supposedly values freedom of expression.    

Although criticism of specific belief systems could certainly offend their adherents, empirical analysis or even disparagement of any faith would be perfectly legal in the United States, where free speech is constitutionally protected and government is prohibited from favoring or promoting any particular religion.

The Austrian law affirmed by the European Human Rights Court would be unenforceable under the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and worship and prohibits the establishment of any state religion.

From an American perspective, restrictions on speech concerning Islam or any religion would be problematic because they implicitly imbue ideologies with human rights, though such rights adhere uniquely to human beings, not abstract ideas, beliefs or creeds.  Human rights are not inherent in thoughts per se, but rather in the people who express them. However, the premise that belief systems possess innate rights can be used to silence divergent thought; and rendering criticism of particular faiths unlawful may force people to submit to dogmas that conflict with their own ethical or spiritual principles.  Such overreach impairs the right to speak and worship freely while empowering ideological supremacism by eliminating public discourse.

Selective punishment of speech considered offensive to any faith community could encourage discrimination against people who believe differently.  

  • Would such restrictions outlaw public criticism of Sharia by Jews and Christians who are deemed subjugated and inferior thereunder?
  • Would it be illegal for Jews to challenge those parts of Islamic tradition which hold that they are descended from apes and pigs or must be exterminated in the end of days?

It seems such laws could effectively require people to acquiesce to doctrines that are contrary to their own beliefs.


Anti-blasphemy laws would not pass constitutional muster in the United States because they would require government involvement in ecclesiastical matters and potentially elevate certain faiths over others – all in violation of the First Amendment.
Those who support anti-blasphemy restrictions under the guise of hate-speech regulation do not truly respect or understand the freedoms that characterize western society  While advocates may claim that laws penalizing disparagement of faith protect all religions, such laws never seem to be enforced equally.  But regardless of whether they are applied generally or selectively, anti-blasphemy laws would not pass constitutional muster in the United States because they would require government involvement in ecclesiastical matters and potentially elevate certain faiths over others – all in violation of the First Amendment.

Regarding matters of faith, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . . or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  These two phrases together comprise the Establishment Clause, which prohibits government from establishing a national religion or favoring particular faiths. 

Those seeking to stifle criticism of religion undeniably include Islamists who are anti-Semitic and denigrate other beliefs as matters of doctrine.  It seems ironic that secular proponents of speech regulations do not see a similar need to protect their own communities from radicals who promote anti-Semitism and hatred of western values, or who preach genocide and the destruction of Israel – a nation whose land they claim through past conquest and whose people they deem unworthy of respect or national autonomy.  

Taken to its logical extreme, restricting the right to challenge supremacist ideologies would in fact insulate hateful words as long as they are uttered as expressions of faith.  In addition, such restrictions would essentially require people to accord sanctity to doctrines they do not endorse and subordinate their spiritual ideals to those who consider them infidels.  

According to common dictionary usage, “blasphemy” is irreverent behavior toward things held sacred, and “sacred” is defined as veneration by association with the divine.  Consequently, sanctity is determined by ecclesiastical fiat, not objective universal standards. For words to be truly blasphemous, therefore, the speaker must recognize the sanctity of the target.  But disrespectful conduct cannot be blasphemous in the eyes of the offender – no matter how rude, boorish, or insensitive – if he does not acknowledge the object of his derision as sacred.  Thus, for example, non-Hindus who do not revere cows cannot be considered blasphemers for eating beef in India. Likewise, non-Jews do not sin by failing to observe Torah commandments binding only on Jews.

Proponents of speech restrictions argue that defamation of religion constitutes a human rights violation, but this is sophistry which assigns inalienable rights to concepts instead of the people who espouse them.  And although anti-blasphemy apologists may claim concern for the integrity of all faiths, their lack of regard for Judaism and western religions is glaring. In fact, those who discourage critical analysis of Islam (usually progressives) generally show little respect for Jews or Christians – either in the west or in Sharia states where they and other religious and ethnic minorities are marginalized and oppressed.  

Where is liberal European outrage over the persecution of Christians or Zoroastrians in the Islamic world?  Why is there silence when Yazidis are murdered and their daughters forced into sexual slavery in Iraq or Copts are harassed and massacred in Egypt?  Progressive society seems interested in protecting only one religion from insult and bestowing minority status on a global faith community that comprises nearly two-billion people and has a history of aggressive expansion.  

Political correctness offers an apologetic buffer for the doctrinal rejection of western values, and its practitioners seem willing to run interference for absolutist ideologies that mandate the subjugation of nonbelievers.  Suppressing speech under the guise of protecting religion might be consistent with rigid theocracy, but it is incompatible with the basic freedoms that define liberal democracy. And making it unlawful to question any specific ideology casts a repressive pall over individual expression and severely hampers the free exchange of ideas.

Free-speech advocates might recognize the threat posed by such laws, but few seem willing to challenge them for fear of being labeled bigots.  This reluctance recalls past ambivalence regarding UN anti-blasphemy proposals that sought to impose international standards for curtailing speech.  Over the years, various resolutions were proposed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and endorsed by its political allies. Though western support had subsided by the time the Defamation of Religions Resolution was passed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2010, many progressives had until then voiced sympathetic understanding for its motivations, if not its substance.  (Its non-Muslim state supporters included Bolivia, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, and South Africa.)

Leftist support for speech restrictions would seem to corroborate the existence of a “red-green alliance” between radical Islam and a progressive left that denounces Jews, Christians and western values, while ignoring repression of religious and ethnic minorities throughout the Arab Mideast.  The point progressives conveniently ignore is that citizens in democratic society are free to worship as they choose.

It seems absurd when western courts effectively impose sanctions for the violation of imported sectarian standards that are contrary to mainstream cultural and religious norms.  Though Islamists might consider “infidels” subject to the dictates of Sharia, the notion that people can be controlled by parochial laws foreign to them is presumptuous and inconsistent with liberal democratic values.

European willingness to curb unflattering or “blasphemous” speech is not based on tolerance, but instead seems compelled by deference to authoritarian doctrines and anti-western sensibilities.  If the EU wants to maintain its liberal democratic traditions, however, it should make clear that while immigrants are welcome within its borders, they have no right to be insulated from speech they find offensive or to impose their religious standards on their host societies.

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