THE JEWISH NEW YEAR IS A WAKE-UP CALL AGAINST HATE

swastikasThe fall is the holiest time of this year for the world's roughly 14 million Jews — Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. As the air cools, it is a time to pause, reflect and atone, as we have for thousands of years.

For many of us, and for Americans of all backgrounds, this year's reflection takes on new importance in the wake of Charlottesville.

We are struggling with the resurgence of neo-Nazis and white supremacists — or perhaps, alarmingly, with the idea that this strain of American thought has been organizing and growing for years without our attention. While the events in Charlottesville shocked us, perhaps they shouldn't have. Jarring as it is, it should not take Nazi flags or abhorrent chants of “Jews will not replace us” for the world to see that anti-Semitism is far from gone. In fact, according to the Anti-Defamation League, it's on the rise.

As we enter our most holy season, the hate and violence we see in the news may tempt us to retreat from the world in fear, to remain inured to repetitive assaults on our national and individual character — to turn inwards to our synagogues, our families and our own bubbles of safety.

But Rosh Hashana should serve as a wake-up call. We must resist the urge to insulate ourselves and instead strive to be leaders in the movement for equality.

Those who despise us talk of a global Jewish conspiracy; they don't want to let us forget our Jewish identities. Good. The New Year is a time to proudly and actively declare not only our faith, but the role it plays in our commitment to making the world a better place. Instead of letting bigoted people shame us, let's rise up and show them that we are a network of people who unite in the spirit of love, acceptance and peace.

Religious practice is a way for us all to come together, especially in trying times like these, and reaffirm our commitment to being a collective force for good in the world. Yet fewer and fewer people consider themselves religious.

The latest Pew polls tell us that religious participation is decreasing across the country, that fewer Americans believe in God or regularly attend worship services, and that more young people are declining to adhere to any organized faith. Many who show up for Rosh Hashana services will be visiting a synagogue for the first time all year.

But the problem is not with the core tenets of our faith — it's that our religious institutions are often out of touch with the younger generation, who don't …

THE WORLD'S MOST UN-FAIR ORGANIZATION

Human-Rights-CouncilHave you ever wondered why the United Nations is so anti-Israel? Did you know that the UN Human Rights Council has passed more resolutions against Israel than all other countries combined?

Take a look at the rest of the world. The Syrian civil war has been raging since 2011, with close to 500,000 deaths. Hezbollah has built an arsenal of approximately 150,000 rockets in Southern Lebanon, which is a flagrant violation of UN resolution 1701. North Korea continues its rogue behavior, with provocative missile launches and grotesque human rights abuses. Iran launches missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” painted on them, and is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. And yet the UN is silent.

Keep in mind that Israel is 8,000 square miles in size, roughly the size of New Jersey. Its population, including more than 1 million Arabs is just over 8,000,000. The Jewish population of Israel is approximately 6.5 million. Israel represents less than one tenth of one percent of the entire world.

So why does Israel and its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians garner so much attention from the UN? A closer look inside the make-up of the UN provides the answer.

First, let’s examine the most anti-Israel body within the organization — the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). Since 2006, the HRC has passed no less than 60 resolutions against Israel. That’s a sustained average of almost one every other month for the past 10 years. In 2016 alone, the HRC passed …

THE MIDDLE EAST PROBLEM

THE MIDDLE EAST PROBLEMIsrael would like to exist and recognizes the right of the Palestinians to have a state; the Palestinians, however many other Muslims and Arabs, do not recognize the right of a Jewish state of Israel to exist.

Every poll among Palestinians shows that a majority of Palestinians want there to be no Jewish state of Israel — doesn't believe it should exist — or had any basis for being. And this has been true since 1948, when the British left and the U.N. established a division; Palestine would be cut in half — a Jewish half and an Arab half.

The Jews accepted it — the Arabs didn't accept it. And what happened? The moment it was announced, Arab armies — about seven Arab armies — attacked the Jewish state in order to destroy it.
To everybody's surprise, the little Jewish state survived, and that was pretty much it. 

And then it happened again in 1967, when the dictator of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser, said “We're now going to extinguish the Jewish state of Israel.” And Jordan joined him, and Syria joined him — but Israel attacked first, as so Israel survived.

And that is how Israel — and only that way — came to occupy what was called the “West Bank” of Jordan — where many Palestinians lived, because many Palestinians lived in that part of Jordan.

So, the war was over in '67 and what did the Arabs do? The Arab states all went to Khartoum, Sudan and announced “No recognition, no peace, and no negotiations,” the three famous “No's.” What was Israel supposed to do?

Then Israel made an agreement to give the entire Sinai Peninsula — an area of land bigger than Israel– with oil — back to Egypt because they said they would make peace with Israel. Israel gives territory back for peace, and it will always do that. But is there really a desire for peace on the part of Israel's enemies, which broadcast after broadcast on TV and radio, in the Palestinian areas, is about how Jews should be killed and how Allah wants Jews to be killed? That's the typical broadcast on Palestinian television.

And so, its not hard to explain the Middle-East dispute. One side wants the other dead. Do you know what the motto of Hamas is? The motto of Hamas is, “We love death as much as the Jews love life.” Now you tell me how Israel is suppose to make peace when people believe what Hamas believes.

Now, here is one of the most important things nobody talks about: Everybody talks about a Palestinian state — Why didn't anybody talk about a Palestinian state when the Palestinians lived under Jordanian rule? Because, the truth is, people started talking about a Palestinian state once the Palestinians were under Israeli rule, because it was always a way to destroy the Jewish state of Israel.

And I say “Jewish State” because that is what it is. There are many, many Arab states but there is …

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS

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“As Jewish families across America and the world come together to mark the beginning of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar, we join them in this time of reflection on the past year and hope for the year to come.

The High Holy Days are also an opportunity for us all to remember the extraordinary perseverance of the Jewish people throughout the centuries. They have endured unthinkable persecution, and yet, through it all, they have filled civilization with hope, love, and freedom.

Today we thank God for the ancient faith of the Jewish People and the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel while wishing a blessed New Year to those preparing to commemorate the upcoming High Holy Days.”

~ PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ~

HARRY AND EDDIE – THE FRIENDSHIP THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Harry and Eddie - The Friendship that Changed the World is a great teaching tool for your children focusing on the value of lasting friendships. Buy the book now on Amazon! Harry and Eddie – The Friendship that Changed the World is a great teaching tool for your children focusing on the value of lasting friendships. Buy the book now on Amazon!

Harry and Eddie: The Friendship that Changed the World

This wonderful children's book tells the little-known story of events that led to the creation of Israel. Through the hardships of war, Harry Truman and Eddie Jacobson forged a deep and long lasting friendship that eventually changed the course of history. The story comes alive in this beautiful book, complete with historical photos and an engaging story line. Includes a 2 page timeline in the back of book.

Powerful Teaching Tool

Author, Beverly Joan Boulware, invites children and adults alike to enjoy learning about the lives of President Harry Truman and his best friend, Eddie Jacobson, and how their friendship can inspire us all towards long-term, endearing relationships. These two men fought together in the trenches during the Great War known as World War I. Harry was the unit’s Captain and Eddie was a sergeant who ran the unit’s canteen. Amazingly, all of the men under Harry’s command survived the war. During the war the men in the battalion developed friendships built on trust because of the hardships they endured.

Dedication by the Author

I dedicate this book to Esther Cohen LevensCEO and Founder of Unity Coalition for Israel, (UCI). When Esther first shared with me about Eddie Jacobson’s historic meeting with Harry Truman to plead for the Jews, I was moved by the friendship between the two men. As an educator, I wanted to record the story to share with my students the importance of relationships. Mrs. Levens made possible the contact with Elinor Jacobson Borenstine, daughter of Eddie Jacobson. In addition, as a friend of the Jacobson family, Mrs. Levens was able to add details to the story that few would have ever known. Esther and her husband, the late Vrem Levens, were among those who worked tirelessly and sacrificed much in the Kansas City area to raise American support for the State of Israel.

Reviews of Harry and Eddie – The Friendship that Changed the World – 

Having read this book of the friendship that had changed the world, written by Prof. Beverly Joan Boulware, made me think about so many things that the American young generation can learn from it. No doubt that for me being a child of two Holocaust survivors, a Holocaust researcher who teaches at a University in Israel and a mother of two teenage children- the importance of this book, “Harry and Eddie”, is very clear. As I see it, through this book, American youngsters can learn not only about this beautiful friendship between these two important men, but also learn significant information about the tragic chapter in Jewish history: the Holocaust (the systematic murder of the Jewish people in Europe during World War II, by the Nazis and their collaborators);

This book also shades light on the creation of the State of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jewish people, and addresses the role of Harry and Eddie in the establishment of Israel. I hope that this book will encourage more young people to learn about these historical chapters,

CONGRESS SENDS TRUMP A BILL DENOUNCING CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE, WHITE SUPREMACY

Charlottesville-donald-trumpCongress sent a resolution to the White House Tuesday condemning the violence at the white nationalist rally in Virginia last month and urging President Trump to speak out against racist hate groups.

The legislation, which passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Monday and in the House on Tuesday, will be presented to Trump for his signature in an effort by lawmakers to secure a more forceful denunciation of racist extremism from the president.

Trump was roundly criticized by lawmakers of both parties last month after he blamed “both sides” for the Aug. 12 violence that resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer, as well as his suggestion that some “very fine people” were among the white-nationalist marchers.

The text of the resolution was negotiated on a bipartisan basis by the members of Virginia’s congressional delegation, overcoming early differences between Republicans and Democrats about how to characterize the events in Charlottesville and whether to explicitly criticize Trump’s response.

It calls Heyer’s killing a “domestic terrorist attack” and denounces “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” but does not single out left-wing counterprotesting groups such as Antifa for equivalent opprobrium in the way Trump did.

The authors of the legislation purposefully introduced it as a joint resolution, which is sent for a president’s signature, rather than as a simple or concurrent resolution, which are not.

The House version was introduced by Reps. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), and co-sponsored by the other members of the Virginia House delegation. The Senate version was introduced by Virginia Democrats Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine. The resolution passed both chambers without debate.

“The first thing it’s going to do is give some real comfort for these families,” Kaine said Tuesday, referring to the deaths of Heyer and two Virginia State Police troopers who had been patrolling the rally in a helicopter that later crashed.

“No. 2, I think it’s great for [Democrats and Republicans] to be able to make a moral call that white supremacy’s not acceptable, and I want the president to have to sign it

NETANYAHU, ON FIRST VISIT TO BUENOS AIRES, SAYS ALL COUNTRIES MUST FIGHT 'IRAN'S TERRORISM'

PMIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri before a working meeting at the Casa Rosada presidential house in Buenos Aires on September 12, 2017. Netanyahu is on a two-day official visit to Argentina. Getty Images

Benjamin Netanyahu, making the first visit to Latin America by a sitting Israeli prime minister, spoke out against Iranian terrorism at the sites of two deadly bombings in Buenos Aires.

An hour after his arrival in the Argentine capital on Monday, Netanyahu visited the site of the Israeli Embassy attacked in 1992 to reaffirm the current friendship between the two countries and to denounce Iran. He later visited the AMIA Jewish community center, where 85 were killed in a 1994 bombing, and also stressed Israel’s bonds with the Jewish community of Argentina.

Iran is widely seen as being behind the two attacks, though no one has been brought to justice. “We are determined to fight Iran’s terrorism, and we are determined to prevent it from establishing itself near our border,” Netanyahu said at the embassy. “It was Iran who in the 1990s was behind the major terrorist attacks in Buenos Aires. Iran’s terrorist octopus, from the Middle East, along with its proxy Hezbollah, continues to send arms to all parts of the world, and also to Latin America.”

Argentina’s vice president, Gabriela Michetti, and family members of three of the four Israeli diplomats who were among the 29 victims in the attack were on hand to hear Netanyahu at the embassy.

At AMIA, Netanyahu spoke in English to representatives of the United States invited by the center to commemorate the 9/11 attacks. “We stand with you, we remember with you. We must fight terror together, always,” he said.

The day’s final event was a meeting at the Alvear Palace hotel with more than 600 members of the country’s Jewish community. AMIA President Agustin Zbar praised the “key moral leadership that Israel has in the world, fighting terror but under strict ethical rules.”

Netanyahu praised Argentina’s current president, Mauricio Macri, calling him

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11, FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM TO THE WORLD'S DREAM OF PROSPERITY AND DIGNITY

9/11 Memorial Lights, September 2017 courtesy of Shutterstock9/11 Memorial Lights, September 2017 courtesy of Shutterstock

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously declared December 7, 1941 — the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor — “a date which will live in infamy” and asked Congress for a Declaration of War. Audio here. Thus began America’s entry into World War II, sealing the doom of the Axis Powers.

On May 8, 1945 Victory in Europe was declared, accepting Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender and marking the formal end of WWII in Europe. Imperial Japan surrendered on August 14th. WWII was over.

FDR was using dramatic license when stating that America: “will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.” “Never” is a long time. Generations passed. 9/11 became our generation’s version of Pearl Harbor. In the interim, the West found itself inside the Cold War, one breaking hot and heroic in Korea and Vietnam. That war lasted for over 40 years and could be termed WWIII. Then, on Christmas Day, 25 years ago, the USSR formally dissolved itself, ending the struggle between the Free World and an imperial-style Soviet Union.

Now, 16 years after 9/11, the West and the Middle East are on the verge of eradicating the barbaric Daesh, commonly known as ISIS. Its precursor was Al Qaeda, which launched the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the heroically aborted attack on the Capitol, Flight 93. Al Qaeda’s leader, Bin Laden, was killed and Al Qaeda's remnants are greatly diminished although residually sinister.

The “war on terror” is a misnomer. Terror is a tactic, not a strategy. It has been called a “weapon of the weak.” America, for a century — since it entered what became known as WWI on April 6, 1917 — has been engaged in a war against Empire, Imperialism, and tyranny.

In 1911, Dr. Sun Yat-sen (my honorary great-godfather) overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China, replacing it, at least initially, with a republican form of government. In 1917, the Bolsheviks took power from the Czar (a title derived from Caesar), replacing it with Communist Party rule. In 1918, the Austro-Hungarian empire dissolved. In 1923, the Ottoman empire was succeeded by the Republic of Turkey. Great Britain, the least autocratic of the five great empires that had dominated the world, went into an inexorable decline.

The world had been governed by emperors for millennia. The sudden collapse of the imperial world order is so big as to be nearly invisible. It was the Big Bang that set the stage for the current world geopolitical order.

The fall of Empire did not, in the event, bring about an instant success in what President Woodrow Wilson, in asking for a declaration of War on Germany on April 2, 1917, declared that the world “be made safe for democracy.” Tyrants replaced Emperors. Hence WWII and the Cold War wherein we replaced tyrants with

ON 9/11, TERROR WAS AL-QAIDA'S GOAL. FOR ISIS, IT'S THE APOCALYPSE

The ISIS ApocalypseISIS is driven by a fringe Muslim theology featuring conspiracy theories about UFOs, the Antichrist and the Jews. And the breakdown of the Caliphate won't stop its indiscriminate violence

When probing the shocking violence perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State, many commentators have pointed out that the foreign fighters flocking to Syria seem to lack all serious religiosity and claimed that ISIS's connection to Islam is tenuous or non-existent.

Many of the group's recruits may indeed be young losers who seek some kind of absurd meaning in war and death, as pointed out by French scholar Olivier Roy. But it is a mistake to see ISIS itself as divorced from religion. An important element in the groups' violent world view is a fringe, apocalyptic theology, fueled by the instability and change that are convulsing the Middle East.

In 2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the Caliphate with himself as Caliph, i.e. political and religious leader to the Muslims of the world. This is part of the inspiration for people who have travelled to Syria since then. Where Osama bin Laden touted an anti-imperialist and primarily political message, and used language meant to unite Muslims in a long war against the U.S. and its allies (mainly secular Arab leaderships), ISIS has focused on the war in Syria as the beginning of the end of time.

The 2014 Declaration provides us with an insight into this worldview. The self-proclaimed Caliph said that the Muslims will prevail in the final battle and rule the world until the Hour of Judgment. The same idea about religious war is also present in social media and in magazines published by ISIS, like Dabiq and Rumiyah, both of which are named after places with particular significance in the apocalyptic visions.

An important element in this worldview, then, is an eschatology (i.e. a teaching about the end of the world and the destiny of mankind) which is apocalyptic. This worldview is presented in the 2015 book “The ISIS Apocalypse” by William McCants.

In our view, it is not really possible to understand these Islamic visions of the end of time and of the destiny of mankind without placing them in the wider context of Jewish and Christian eschatology. Throughout history the three Abrahamic religions have

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