Wishing all a Sweet Pesach


It is with an extraordinarily heavy heart that I look forward while reflecting back on this year. Events so extraordinary and frightening, one cannot believe one's eyes. But we must. On this erev Pesash (eve of Passover), the US president threatens to stand against Israel in that collective negation of humanity, the UN.

The US is considering abstaining if the United Nations Security Council votes on a resolution against Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem, the BBC reported Sunday.

For decades, Israel has depended on the US to veto UNSC resolutions aimed against it. A change in this US policy could be very perilous for Israel.

The Muslims are the "settlers" not the Jewish people.

Dan Friedman wrote me:

The Last
Seder in the Warsaw Ghetto

This could make a stone cry. But not our enemies in the
White House, the EU, and Iran. Forgiving people, they've forgiven themselves for
what they've done, or denied ever doing it. The slate is clean and it's time to
turn against the Jews again. The Seder warns us "In every generation they rise
up to destroy us." That's what's happening now, and only Israel stands in their
way. So they attack us in Jerusalem, knowing that if our stronghold falls the
rest will easily be overrun. Every Jew, Israeli and decent gentile must
understand that simple fact. It's happening before our very eyes, and if we
ignore it, or abet it, like last time, there will be Hell to pay.

Tel avivi beach

Photo hat tip Israeli reader Herb, who "recently photographed this as the sun was setting on our beautiful Tel Aviv
beach promenade – enjoy!"


Ruth King wrote of Passover:

…… I will gather with my family to celebrate and commemorate the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt to Israel our ancient nation and the locus of the faith that sustained our brethren through millennia of dispersion and persecution and harassment and forced conversions and genocide.

At our seder we close with a remembrance of Passover in the Warsaw ghetto in April 1943. Hungry, cold and wretched Jews rose up against the Nazis and with no military training, using stolen guns, iron rods, knives and crafted explosives they held off the Nazis for twenty eight days.

The resistance commenced with the ominous statement: “Our hour has come with no hope of rescue.” As the SS troops led by Gruppenfuhrer Jurgen Stoop rushed into the ghetto on the morning of April 19th which coincided with the first day of Passover, the bombs, grenades and makeshift explosives so carefully hidden for months, ambushed the Nazi troops, set tanks afire and killed and wounded over 200 Nazis.

Battles continued, home made bombs were detonated under Nazi troop columns, trucks carrying Nazi soldiers were torched and the Nazis retreated and called for reinforcements. Within weeks ammunition was almost used up and the Nazis began their destruction of the ghetto…building after building…reducing all to rubble.

On May 16th, 1943- Gruppenfuhrer Jurgen Stoop announced "180 Jews, bandits, and subhumans were destroyed. Tbe Jewisb quarter of Warsaw is no more!"

However, the damage to Nazi prestige was enormous and the few survivors that escaped the ghetto inspired other rebellions by the Jews.

Elie Weisel has written: “Where did they draw the strength, the knowledge, to go out in battle against the most awesome army in Europe?….. There are limits to human endurance. One must break at last” He continues: “The ghetto, half-a-million souls, for the most part did not become a jungle. Quite the contrary; people tried to help each other.” “One must marvel even more at the fighters and couriers. Instead of falling into despair, they found reasons and strength to help others.”

Fast forward …………………

This statement was sent today to leaders of the major Jewish organizations. We welcome your response, and please forward as you see fit.


By Beth Gilinsky and Rabbi Aryeh Spero

We have been receiving numerous communications from the People of Israel expressing how demoralized and abandoned the Jewish People in Israel feel by the lack of any strong and meaningful statement and vigorous, public demonstrations sponsored by any of the major and established Jewish organizations in support of Israel's position regarding Jerusalem.

They feel that the treatment of Israel during the last three weeks by President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and spokesmen for the Administration has been an unprecedented humiliation of the Jewish State and a willful isolation of it among the community of nations.

In addition, they are alarmed at the silence of the Jewish community in light of how the Obama Administration has been making statements and taking measures that everyone knows give license for the Arab population within Israel and on its borders to renew intifada and rioting that will severely harm the individual Israeli, as is already being done.

Furthermore, the brazen and humiliating way in which the Prime Minister of Israel, the de facto representative of the entire Jewish People, was treated by the entire staff of the White House in front of all the eyes of the world should not be tolerated. It is encouraging other Western countries, as well as Arab countries, to treat Israel as a diplomatic pariah and even question Israel's legitimacy as a state itself.

The Israeli People are not looking for yet another statement from the establishment Jewish community as to how we are in favor of a peace process, a "two-state solution", or that the last three weeks of humiliation "disrupts" further peace negotiations. What they are looking for, and what the establishment Jewish organizations should do, is to express their outrage at the mistreatment and humiliation of the Jewish State and attempts to portray the Jewish State as being the sole entity blocking a successful War on Terror. This is reminiscent of previous blood libels throughout history, where the Jewish People have been accused that their existence, rituals, or means of survival has been the cause for the loss of Muslim or Christian life.

The Jewish world is awaiting your affirmation that the entire city of Jerusalem is to be under Jewish sovereignty and is its eternal, united capital.

Furthermore, it is apparent that the Obama Administration, from the President to Mrs. Clinton, to David Axelrod, and the President's spokesmen are engaging in an attempt to overturn the will of the Israeli People who voted for the current Prime Minister and his coalition partners. They view it — and rightly so — as a belittlement not only to their sovereignty, but also to their right to determine who their leaders should be.

On so many fronts, the past three weeks have been an absolute and unwarranted, yet purposeful, humiliation of the Jewish People and the State of Israel. We would expect that the establishment Jewish organizations and leaders would have the courage to stand up, with pride, for the Jewish People and its state. Instead, we are witnessing a silence that conveys the message that the leadership of the Jewish community is more interested in being friends with the Administration than doing its duty by announcing to the world that this cannot be tolerated. We look for the Jewish organizations and its leaders to speak Truth to Power.

The silence of the established Jewish organizations on this matter, in contrast to the outspokenness from J Street, has elevated and allowed J Street to become the most visible and prominent organization speaking out about these issues within the Jewish community. No doubt, many of our leaders are working behind the scenes to repair the rupture of the last three weeks. In this case, however, that is simply not enough and evades the real issue. The world at large has seen a public humiliation and rebuke of the State of Israel go unanswered. Unless it sees a profoundly public rebuke of such treatment, it will assume that such humiliating treatment of Jews and the Jewish State are now acceptable and de rigueur.

The World must hear. The World must see. It takes little courage to meet with other leaders behind closed doors. The courage that is needed now is one where the world sees that Israel, its representatives and the Jewish People cannot tolerate that which no other nation or community would tolerate. Failure to do so openly and in public will guarantee that this will happen again, even if this particular crisis is "smoothed out."

Leaders are not simply men and women who work behind the scenes. Leaders of a community are those who have enough conviction and pride in the profile of their community that they boldly, with enthusiasm, defend their People when unjustly humiliated. Doing so stops the slide of demoralization in its people and restores their confidence in themselves as a People, a people with a legitimate destiny. The American Jewish Community expects that type of leadership from those who claim to be its leaders.

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