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More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

By: Aron Chilewich, Jewish Journal— Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal. The letter was written by two Los Angeles rabbis, Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and Yonah Bookstein of Pico Shul. It appears to have garnered more signatures than any of the other campaigns by Jewish spiritual leaders supporting or opposing the deal, of which there have been a few. An earlier letter supporting the deal was signed by 340 American rabbis and released on Aug. 16 by the nonprofit Ameinu. The new letter is being released at a time when it has become increasingly uncertain whether Republicans in the Senate will receive enough Democratic support to pass a resolution of disapproval — or to override a presidential veto in the event that the resolution of disapproval passes. If Congress rejects the deal, President Barack Obama has pledged to veto the resolution. Opponents need a two-thirds majority of both houses to override the veto. “For more than 20 months, our communities have kept keen eyes on the nuclear negotiations overseas. As our diplomats from Washington worked tirelessly to reach a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear challenge — we have hoped, and believed, that a good deal was possible,” the letter states. “Unfortunately, that hope is not yet realized.” The authors posted the letter on an online petition website, setting as their goal 1,000 signatures from ordained rabbis in the United States by Sept. 7. As of Aug. 25, the letter had received... read more

US Orthodox more similar to evangelicals than to other Jews, study finds

By: JOSEFIN DOLSTEN, Times  of Israel— While American Jews tend to be more liberal and less religious than the general population, an analysis of Orthodox Jews in the US paints a picture of a community similar to that of white evangelical Christians, a new report said. On questions of religious belief and political views, Orthodox Jews provided responses more like those of white evangelical Protestants than those of other Jews, according to a Pew analysis released Wednesday of a 2013 study. On questions of religious beliefs, Orthodox Jews and white evangelicals shared many similarities. The vast majority of Orthodox Jews, 83 percent, and white evangelicals, 86%, said religion was very important in their lives. For non-Orthodox Jews, the number was 20%. The vast majority of the two groups, 89% of Orthodox Jews and 93% of white evangelical Protestants, “believe in God with absolute certainty,” while only 28% of other Jews were certain in their belief in God. When it was released in October 2013, the landmark Pew study showed growing disengagement from organized Jewish life by non-religious American Jews and sparked widespread hand-wringing over the future of the community. According to the analysis released Wednesday, Orthodox Jews were more conservative politically than the other Jews, who are largely liberal. Fifty-seven percent of Orthodox respondents “identified with or leaned toward the Republican party,” while only a small minority, 18%, of other Jews felt similarly. White evangelicals also tended to lean Republican, with 66% of respondents backing the party. Though Orthodox Jews comprise only 10% of all American Jews, the study’s results suggest that their share of the US Jewish population... read more

Military experts: Iran already has nuclear weapons

By Jerome R. Corsi, WND— Amid debate over President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, two retired military officers contend their accumulation of evidence from open and intelligence sources shows Tehran already has a nuclear-weapons capability. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dennis B. Haney assert that since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear-energy system. And they believe the White House is fully aware. In an interview, Vallely told WND that President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and chief White House adviser Valerie Jarrett “are treading on treason under the U.S. Constitution for aiding and abetting Iran, a known enemy of the United States, while throwing Israel, a longtime U.S. ally, to the wolves.” They charge the cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China and North Korea, which have worked behind the scenes in collaboration with Iran to put all the parts in place. The assistance includes providing the material needed to make a bomb. Vallely and Haney believe Iran can make a bomb now, and a “breakout” nuclear test detonation is imminent. ‘Treading on treason’ Vallely told WND that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “knows that Israel has little option but to launch a pre-emptive military strike on Iran, and I suspect Saudi Arabia will assist Israel militarily when the attack occurs.” “Signing a nuclear agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear weapons future, while removing sanctions that gives Iran access to billions of dollars that can be diverted to advancing Iran’s terrorist goals... read more

Prophecy Fulfilled: N. American Jews Return to Israel

By: JULIE STAHL, CBN— TEL AVIV, Israel — Cultural differences and leaving family behind can make immigrating to Israel difficult. But more and more Jewish Americans are making Israel their permanent home. Seeing Jewish people return to Israel is like watching Bible prophecy unfold before your eyes. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel all speak of the Jewish return to the land. It’s an exciting day. Immigrants from North America landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport to make Israel their home. Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and government officials welcomed the group. “Only think for a moment about your fathers, your grandfathers, your great grandfathers, all those generations of your families who were dreaming and praying next year in Jerusalem and you did it,” Sharansky told the new arrivals. Max Kresch, 19, came from Detroit. He is one of 59 newcomers joining the Israel Defense Forces as a “lone soldier” or one without any family here. “I came to yeshiva (Torah seminary) last year and being in Israel, learning in Israel, living in Israel made me realize how much I really loved being here,” Kresch told CBN News. Almost 30 families with 75 children make up this group of new immigrants. They include Lisa and David Parshan and their two children. “It was very nice to watch people just like us coming off…all jet lagged but with a smile on their face. It was really a very exciting experience,” Lisa Parshan said. Their older daughter, Shira, paved the way for her family two years ago. “You know Mashiach is coming,” Shira told CBN News. “I know that Israel is... read more

Op-Ed: Pope Francis to be “tried” in Jerusalem

By: GIULIO MEOTTI, Israel National News— On September 9 at 12 am, a special “trial” will be set for Pope Francis in Mount Zion, Jerusalem. The “Sanhedrin”, an unnoffical body modelled after the religious High Court composed of 71 sages of Temple times, will “prosecute” the Vatican for its policy on Jerusalem. The idea for a “trial” was promoted when the Vatican officially recognized the political body known as the Palestinian Authority as a state, and began to refer to it as such in official documents. “Unfortunately, these recent actions by His Excellency (the Pope) are part of a long history of activity and positions on the part of the Roman Catholic Church, which apparently has never abandoned its mission to persecute the People of Israel for refusing to recognize the church’s savior as the Messiah of Israel and to force them to surrender to its religious doctrine” says the Sanhedrin. It also explains that “the Vatican should desist from its encouragement of the occupying entity of the Land of Israel, known as the Palestinian Authority, and from referring to it as a ‘state’. Further, we request that the Pope instruct the Vatican that the sole claimant of Divine right to the Land of Israel is the nation of Israel. This will certainly contribute much more to genuine peace than encouraging the PA ‘angel of peace’ who till now, has only contributed hostility and war”. Continuing, they write: “We are surprised at how you could bestow such honor on a man who is a Holocaust denier, who has stated his refusal to allow even one Jew to live in... read more

OLD HATE in NEW UKRAINE: NEO-NAZIFICATION IN PROGRESS

By: INNA ROGATCHI (C), 2015 August 2015 HEROISATION OF VILLAINS To mark the second anniversary of the events where from current Ukraine counts its new existence, the country’s officials are hurrying up the process of massive name-lift of the place. Many of Ukrainian cities and a giant number of streets all over the country are to be renamed by November 21st, 2015. To fulfil the task, a special re-naming commission has been set up in each municipality of the country. The commissions had drafted their proposals for re-naming. To make an impression of a democratic character of the process, the proposals are announced on the sites of some, not all, municipalities, with an idea that people would be reading and reacting to those proposals. And they do. As people from Ukraine are telling to us, they are terrified. “We are stunned. This is not the process of de-communisation. The recent law on de-communisation has prescribed to change only the Soviet Communist names, but what’s going on here is the process of total and forceful Ukrainisation, in fact. Instead of expected 60 streets to be renamed here (in a big city of Dnepropetrovsk), they are willing to re-name 350 of them now. The situation in Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa, and the other big cities with a long history is the same“, – we are told by extremely worried citizens of Ukraine. Loyal citizens, just very frighten ones. We are also told that “people here are very much weary and worry. People are afraid. They are depressed. People are scared to the scale to which they were not scared even when... read more

ISIS ‘Mein Kampf’ Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

By: Sara A. Carter, Israel National News: Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the “Mule of the Jews.” Found in Pakistan’s remote tribal region by American Media Institute (AMI), the 32-page Urdu language document promotes an “end of the world” battle as a final solution. It argues that the Islamic leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world’s 1 billion Muslims, under a religious empire called a “caliphate.” “It reads like the caliphate’s own Mein Kampf,” said a U.S. intelligence official, who reviewed the document. “While the world is watching videos of beheadings and crucifixions in Iraq and Syria the Islamic State is moving into North Africa the Middle East, and now we see it has a strategy in South Asia. It’s a magician’s trick, watch this hand and you’ll never see what the other is doing.” Retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn and other U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the authenticity of the document based on its unique markings, specific language used to describe leaders and the writing style and religious wording that matched other Islamic State records. Flynn said the undated document, “A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet,” is a campaign plan that “lays out their intent, their goals and objectives, a red flag to which we must pay attention.” The document serves as a Nazi-like recruiting pitch that attempts to unite dozens of factions of the... read more

Video: The value of life

This Palestinian mother was shown such kindness by Jews when her young son was treated, free of charge, for his heart problem in an Israeli hospital. She freely acknowledges this, but she still hopes that her child will grow up to be a martyr. This video is a rare look into the mind of someone who worships death and destruction. She describes the difference between her culture and all of Western society perfectly when she explains that for her people life is meaningless. Please share, it is so important that people see this. Posted by Lev Haolam on Wednesday, July 30,... read more

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