Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
We're ALL Winners !!!!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Want To Help? Here's an Opportunity...
This is your opportunity to help the refugees from Gush Katif who are getting married but have no proper place to make a bridal shower and more importantly, who will be needing 'basics' for their new married lives.
Tens of young men and women, refugees from Gush Katif are engaged to be married. Many of their parents are still unemployed, and their happiest day and future will be hindered becasue of this. Would you like to 'shower' them wtih gifts?
For those in Israel:
Anyone who wants to participate in sponsoring a bridal shower in their home or in a public room of their community from outside Gush Etzion and even outside Israel, can:
a) purchase a gift on line – http://www.voices-magazine.com/gift4bride.htm
b) send a tax deductible check:
From the USA:
Central Fund of Israel (earmarked GK Brides)
Mail c/o Judy Landsberg, 1263 East 23 St., Brooklyn, NY 11210
American Friends of Yad Eliezer (earmarked GK Brides)
Mail c/o Rita Fuchs, PO Box 43159, Har Nof 95400 Israel
You may send a tax deductible NIS check to Yad Eliezer (earmarked GK Brides)
Mail c/o Rita Fuchs, PO Box 43159, Har Nof 95400
From the US:
Central Fund of Israel
(earmarked GK Brides)
1263 East 23 St.
Brooklyn, NY 11210
American Friends of Yad Eliezer
(earmarked GK Brides)
PO Box 43159
Har Nof 95400
You may send a
NIS check to
(earmarked GK Brides)
PO Box 43159
Har Nof 95400
Thank G-d, so far, we've got 13 bridal showers happening simultaneously all over Gush Etzion, plus one in Chashmonaim. We are praying they will be big successes, or begin folks really thinking about the Gush Katif brides, because we've got more than 40 getting ready for June weddings, IY"H.
Note to anyone who is wondering who is arranging the mitzvah of showering brides from Gush Katif...
Sharon Katz is the editor of Voices Magazine (www.voices-magazine.com), now in its eleventh year. She was one of the founding mothers of Efrat's Givat HaDagan, the former head of the Committee for Rachel's Tomb, and the founder of the Efrat/Gush Etzion Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock Company. She has also co-authored Raise Your Spirits' original productions, produced its shows and she performs in them as well. Tomorrow night (Monday) will be the final performance of "RUTH & NAOMI in the Fields of Bethlehem" in the Matnas of Gush Etzion. (Tickets 993-7999 J)
Over a year ago, Sharon began another new project that B"H has brought some hope and good feelings to the people of Gush Katif: Bridal Showers for the Brides and Grooms of Gush Katif. And in two weeks, all the communities of Gush Etzion are going to be holding bridal showers for the soon-to-wed brides and grooms of Gush Katif.
Folks can go to www.voices-magazine.com/bride.htm for more information.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Run, Jew. Run!
The Olmert government is a travesty. They have no right to hold on to power when their citizens are being bombarded by flying bombs and they make no move to eliminate this terror entity. It is akin to a community terrorized by the mafia and the police refusing to go and bust the criminals. Olmert is in trouble. The Winograd report has basically called him a failure and unfit to lead this country. Olmert has the lowest trust of any prime minister in the history of Israel. A recent poll taken showed him having only 3% of the people’s confidence. His defense minister, Amir Peretz, himself from Sderot, seems to show a disdain for his own town, by not acting to stop the carnage.
Of course, it’s not only our leaders who are accomplices to letting Jews be attacked and chased away from their homes. Our puppet government won’t move unless America gives it’s 'ok'. Bush & Co. will NOT let Israel respond in any meaningful manner to stop the terror. Bush has plans to establish a Palestinian State (Road Map & two states living 'side by side in peace') and if Israel re-takes Gaza, this ‘vision for a New Middle East will not materialize. Bush has plans for this region, and they have to do with trade blocks and a centralized global power, as his father, George Bush Sr. has talked about during his time as president.
He is continuing to build a new de-facto border in Israel called ‘The Security Fence”, which essentially cuts off most of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria from the rest of Israel and we see how small this state is becoming. Olmert will also look to give the Golan to Syria, and divide Jerusalem.
Your weakness will not pull us down. Your media will not shut us up. Your bowing down to Bush and the International Community will not make us bow.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
"Dear Mr. Bush, Please Take Your Head Out of Your Tush!"
(Let's face it, I wanted to title this piece, "Mr. Bush, Do These People Really Deserve A State?", but how many of you would have stopped to read that? So I went for the shock factor and now, here you are... )
Dear Mr. Bush,
You often talk about your 'vision for a New Middle East' . You came out with a speech on June 24, 2002 with yet another peace plan, the infamous Road Map - two states living side by side, in peace. You seem to believe that all cultures are morally equal and share the same values, but you are mistaken, and so your peace plan, the Road Map, --and all other efforts you propose to press on this region will go down in history as just another futile peace plan, after:
Camp David Accords (1978), The Reagan Peace Plan (September 1, 1982), Madrid Conference of 1991, Oslo Accords (1993), Wye River Memorandum (October 23, 1998) , The Clinton Peace Plan (December 23, 2000) Mitchell Commission ( October 17, 2000 ), The Tenet Plan (June 10, 2001), Camp David 2000 Summit (2000), Taba summit (January, 2001), The Zinni Plan (March 26, 2002) , Elon Peace Plan (2002), Arab Peace Initiative (March 28, 2002), The 2002 Nusseibeh-Ayalon Principles, The People's Voice (July 27, 2002), March 2002 Saudi Peace Initiative, Geneva Accord (October 20, 2003), Sharm el-Sheikh Summit of 2005 (February 8, 2005), 2006 Franco-Italian-Spanish Middle East Peace Plan, Binational solution , Two-state solution, Saudi peace proposal, Syrian government requests for peace talks (on-going to present),
The Road map
Whew! One gets tired reading through that list.
Your peace plan, the Road Map is just another in a long line of futile and foolish notions of how to make peace with Arab and Islamic Terrorists. Your plans of forming a Palestinian (terror) State in the belly of Israel will bring a bloodbath, not peace. I think you know this as well, but are willing to push this forward anyway, because quite frankly, your 'trade blocks' and MEFTA (Middle East Free Trade Area) treaties, oil deals and the strengthening of a global government are more important to you than Jewish lives. (But that is fodder for a whole other article.)
Israel is the sacrificial lamb to appease the Arab countries whom you want to tie into your MEFTA trade block. Give the PLO a State, and maybe the Saudis will play ball, bring in some other Arab States and wallah, you will have your MEFTA trade block. Few people know, but a major part of the Gaza Disengagement plan was to further the goals of a 'free trade zone' here in Israel, under the guise of 'peace'. It also was pursued by some of our politicians and their advisors, as a great investment in gambling, casinos, and tourist traps, all in the guise of 'peace'. See this article on the Gaza peace plan. We shall leave this topic now, as I digress, and this trade-block subject can fill a whole book.
So now again, we have more peace plans, and Bush is espousing how his 'vision' will create a New Middle East. President Bush is now putting time tables or 'benchmarks' on Israel to implement 'on the ground actions', including making Israel agree to allow PA bus and truck convoys to shuttle between Gaza and (PA-controlled areas of) Judea and Samaria. Israel is expected to remove security roadblock checks in Judea and Samaria, and Israel will be forced to provide arms, ammunition and equipment to PA security forces in an 'immediate and ongoing' manner, whenever U.S. Maj.-Gen. Dayton 'requests' it. U.S. demands on the P.A. is only for them to increase deployment of security forces and begin curbing rocket fire by militants, according to media reports.
President Bush, would you agree to terms like this for your own country with an enemy that commits terror? Would you make a state for Osama Bin Laden in America if he opened up more terror attacks against you? Would you believe him if he signed a peace treaty with the USA promising not to attack, while urging his followers in Arabic to keep up their Jihad?
From Palestinian Media Watch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umlWYGLixPc
Click HERE to view the video.
The Palestinian Authority is run by two other terror organizations, the Hamas and the Fatah. You, Mr. Bush, are helping to fund this entity which is lawless, corrupt, and produces Mickey-Moslem-Mouse characters teaching their children to hate infidels and take over the world. The Arabs in the Palestinian Authority are the same people who danced in the streets and gave out candy when the Twin Towers were attacked and three thousand men, women and children were killed. These are the people who voted, in a free democratic election, to make the Hamas terror group the head of their new government! These are the people who cannot even keep cease-fire agreements between their own terror groups, with the Hamas and the Fatah murdering each other in the streets. These are the people who produces homicide bombers. This is a people where mothers of homicide bombers proclaim their thanks to Allah that their sons became martyrs and strapped a bomb to their chests. These are the people who take money from U.S. tax payers, the EU, and then can't find where the funds went. This is a corrupt and lawless society, and this is the people that you want to make a state for?
President Bush, do these people in the so-called Palestinian Authority REALLY deserve a state of their own? Have they shown any responsibility in running a workable society? Have they shown any responsibility in providing proper services for their own public? Have they cooperated with the world in being a law abiding society? Are they spending money on real education to get them out of the squaller they impose on their people? Have they provided public works, infrastructure and jobs? Or are they sucking on the tit of the Israeli people? And last, have they shown or taken ANY responsibility to prove to the world that if just given the chance, they would be able to support themselves, and be a productive, respected, and independent entity? The answer is a flat 'NO!' All they do is make excuses and blame Israel for their corruption and cultural misery. All they do is produce terror and indoctrinate their children to hate the West and Israel even more.
...And you want to reward this hateful, maniacal and corrupt Palestinian Authority with a state where they can arm themselves with more sophisticated weapons, and be a larger threat and base for terror?
Dear Mr. Bush, Please take your head out of your tush!
Click HERE to view the video.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Eurovision - Where's the Popcorn?
I just wanted to make a comment on the once a year TV fest I do when I make pop corn and sit in front of the TV and watch the Eurovision Song Contest.
This is where all the countries in Europe and even some parts of the former Soviet Union, Turkey, and Israel compete for the best song. (Israel has won this contest at least three times, once, twice in a row.)
I usually like to sit and watch the glitz and fanfare, and the thousands of people in the audience with their respective flags waving. But MOSTLY, while watching the performances, I sit and laugh with my family and give them NEGATIVE points. Most of the songs are pretty awful, and some of these languages sound really funny when you are not familiar with them. Ok, I know they don't have a fair advantage because most of Europe prefers English or French, but it is funny seeing ballads, pop, punk-rocker and heavy metal songs sung in Turkish or Slavic languages.
This year the contest was held in Helsinki, Finland, because their entry from last year's contest won. I wrote about their winning song in a previous blog entry. This year, Israel was nixed from the competition. We didn't make it to their finals, and there was also a big scandal about our song being too 'political' because it's lyrics spoke about the terror and nuclear threats against Israel.
This year's winner was from Serbia. The entry was called, Molitva or in English, "Prayer". The only problem is, I couldn't figure out if the lead singer was a man or a woman. (Look at the bigger photo above, the one in the suit with the mic in the hand. You tell me.... Hard to tell, man or woman?
I at first thought it was a man, only afterwards when I found out the singer's name was Maria (Maija) did I understand this was a woman.
I just don't know... now that I know this is a woman, I think she looks like a 'manly' Rosie O'Donnell .
Don't you think?
I have to say, that I usually sit and have fun giving points to countries, but I wasn't committed this year to the yearly fanfare.
1) Israel was not in the competition, so it wasn't as interesting.
2) The singing was pretty bad this year. The songs may have been ok, but I think the singers were nervous. They held the contest in a giant stadium, and it seemed like their whole population was there.
Finland has a smaller population than Israel. From Wikipedia -- "Finland currently numbers 5,282,583 inhabitants and has an average population density of 17 inhabitants per square kilometre. This makes it, after Norway and Iceland, the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
A lot of the lead singers must have been very nervous singing in front of the large audience. They were real 'pitchy - off tune'. I kept thinking what Simon Cowell would say after their song was over. And so I went to watch America Idol which was on at the same time here in Israel, as the Eurovision broadcast. American Idol has a lot better singers than the BEST of Europe's entries in Eurovsion.
Oh, and for just some self-depreciation - cause this WAS funny,,,, a cartoon someone sent to Tovia, who (of course) sent it to me - to give me a 'dig'. But I think it is brilliant! It shows the 'score board' of how many times Tovia is right vs yours truly. Of course, his tally is wrong, (He only gave me two points) but in reality, I am the one who is always right on that show, (wink) but I loved the effort of this fan. Oh, and thanks Tovia!!!!
Cartoon by: David Espurvoa, and he signed his email: Goy Christian in Muskego
MAKE up a caption for this cartoon!
Friday, May 11, 2007
A Sabbath of Gold / Pushing the Wrong Buttons
Oh, and by the way, Israel's song entry for the Eurovision got nixed.
The name of the song was, " Push the Button" and was written and performed by the Israeli band, Teapacks. The lyrics of the song had connotations of the Iranian terror threat on Israel. I wrote about this song in an earlier entry on this blog.
Actually, Israel's IBA news tells us that a technical problem happened while the band was performing their song for the Semi-finals of the Eurovision contest. According to Israel Radio, Technical difficulties occurred during Teapacks' performance. The broadcast got cut out for five seconds and was replaced by a silent red screen.
From the beginning, the Eurovision heads frowned on Israel's message in their song. Arutz 7 reported on previous trouble with this year's entry from Israel. "The lead singer of the group, Kobi Oz held a press conference following the band’s second rehearsal in Helsinki, where he accused Eurovision organizers of making their performance look like “a video game from the 80s.” The group offered as an example of the interference, an animated background that producers had replaced the band’s footage of tanks and explosions with. The new background features an image of the globe becoming blue and white, the colors of Israel’s flag – something Teapacks members speculate is meant to insinuate Jewish influence."
...And suddenly, 5 seconds of the song goes bad. hmmmm
Because part of the song was missing from this tech failure, the Israel Broadcast Authority's delegation to the contest requested that we either be allowed to perform the song again or be given additional points to make up for the lapse. The European Broadcasting Union denied our request.
And so, Israel is erased from the competition. I wonder if this same technical glitch happened to England or Germany, what the Eurovision judges would do? I doubt they would 'Push the button' on them!
How convenient! From the beginning, the Eurovision committee did not want this song to be performed in front of the hundreds of millions of viewers who watch the yearly contest from all over Europe and parts of the Middle East. "It's absolutely clear that this kind of message is not appropriate for the competition," said Kjell Ekholm, one of the organizers of the contest. - He was referring to the 'questionable lyrics' of the song 'Push the Button". They didn't like Israel singing a song about how the world wants to destroy them.