US Exceptionalism and the Moses Legacy
The Moses legacy has played a key role in shaping the American story, the special attitude of the American constituent towards the Jewish State, the special win-win US-Israel ties, and the exceptional capabilities of the US in the face of intensifying world disorder. In 1623 and 1630, the mindset of the "Mayflower" and "Arabella" Pilgrims was: a departure from modern day Egypt (England). In 1776, the USA Founding Fathers fulfilled the vision of the Pilgrims, establishing a unique political system, naming it "Federalism" -- a derivative of the Latin word "foedus" -- the Covenant.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM
Life Speaks Your Language
I believe that our individual souls personally recognize truths that resonate with us specifically. In the end, isn't it all about love, anyway? How well we treat each other, ourselves, and our planet? Being "good" is subjective, but as humans, I believe that we all have universal instincts of such an ambiguously interpreted concept. What do you heed? What do you ignore?
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:03:30 AM
Jewishness - Who Do You Think You Are?
The story of the Four Sons is read at the Passover Seder table. Each of the Four Sons symbolizes a different kind of Jewish person, from the "Wise" one to "the Son who doesn't Know Enough to Ask". The story of the Four Sons reflects that no matter what religious or political views a Jew has all of us are important and intricate parts of the Jewish nation!
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:20:26 AM
Though He Slay Me Yet Will I Trust Him!
They were judging him without knowing what God was doing. We must be careful to avoid making judgements about a person because God may be working in ways we know nothing about. Throughout his affliction, Job continued to hope in God, and it paid off. I challenge you to make God your foundation; your hope. You can never be separated from Him. Only in trusting God can you like Job, say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15), and watch God bring you out as pure gold.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014
The 15th day of any Jewish month features a full moon, which stands for optimism -- the secret Jewish weapon - in defiance of darkness. It is consistent with the 15 parts of the Haggadah (the Passover saga); the 15 generations between Abraham's message of monotheism and Solomon's construction of the first Temple; the 15 words of the ancient blessing by the Priests (recited until today by parents, blessing their children) and the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shvat, Arbor Day -- the "Exodus" of vegetation. The Hebrew value of 15 corresponds to two Hebrew letters which are the acronym of God.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:30:36 AM
"And you shall tell your children" - Greeting for Pessach 2014
One teacher told us, in painful sincerity: "The topic of the San Remo Convention isn't emphasized because of politics. [They] don't want the students to internalize that we have not only a historical right to this land but also an international right to this land. Not to mention the fact that the students of Israel will never be told that the Palestinians are a late invention. It may be historically accurate, but it isn't politically correct..." Thus, a generation is being formed here, one which is receiving its information from the sedition and the lies and the distortions being spread across the internet and the hostile media, both in Israel and abroad.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:27:06 AM
Space Capsule of Slumber
You are lying completely still, only your nostrils are slightly moving as you inhale and exhale the perfect air. You have never been more comfortable than now, and if ever you should turn on your other side, you would be in an even more comfortable position than before. Your pillow will always stay cold and thus be perfect even after you have woken up. Slowly you are sinking into world of dreams
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:10:09 AM
Is Israel Isolated?
Unlike Secretary Kerry, Warren Buffett does have confidence in Israel's long term viability, realizing that Israel's economic and technological capabilities are the derivatives of Israel's brainpower and fiscal responsibility (since 1985), independent of the Palestinian issue. Hence, on the eve of Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon's Hizballah, Buffett invested $4BN in an Israeli company - located next to the Lebanese border - recently expanding that investment by $2BN. Buffett followed in the footsteps of Intel, which has invested $11BN in its four research and development centers and two manufacturing plants in Israel
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:20:12 AM
President Obama's Reckless Endangerment by Brigitte Gabriel
Not since Jimmy Carter's mishandling of the presidency from 1976-1980 have we seen such an ineffective, feckless and incompetent national security policy from the White House. But Barack Obama's latest proposals to drastically cut America's defense budget stretch the boundaries of stupidity and naivety......or are these moves designed to intentionally weaken America? Obama's priorities are clearly out of touch with America and they are recklessly endangering America's national security.... even with Obama's drastic defense budget cuts, the federal budget will still grow by $200 billion? The only thing being truly cut is our national defense.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:13:06 AM
Congressional Muscle and US Foreign Policy
On March 5, 2014, the US House of Representatives voted 410:1 to upgrade Israel from a "Major Non-NATO Ally" to a "Major Strategic Partner" -- a congressional initiative, significantly expanding the mutually-beneficial US-Israel strategic cooperation in the areas of missile defense, intelligence, national security at-large, technology, energy, cyber security, irrigation, space satellites, defense industries, etc. The Senate is expected to overwhelmingly support the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, highlighting the systematic bi-cameral, bi-partisan consensus support of Israel by the US constituent, and therefore by its most authentic representative: Congress - the independent, co-equal, co-determining branch of the US government.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:25:35 AM
Call to Expose American Government Outrage
On Friday, March 14th, at 3:30pm, the Obama administration announced that America was surrendering control to the UN over key aspects of the Internet (control that America had because we built it in the first place). Unfortunately, the largest voting bloc in the UN is the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a Saudi-dominated bloc of 57 nations that has waged an aggressive campaign against free speech, freedom of the press and free expression.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:27:02 AM
What goes around has a tendency to come around
On September 12, 1938, Hitler made a speech saying he would come to the assistance of the oppressed Sudeten Germans, and that he was constructing in the west the strongest defenses ever made by man. If one exchanges the name Hitler with Putin and the areas of Sudetenland with Ukraine the concept of one part of our history plagiarizing another seems quite rational.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM
America's Last Option: Accommodation with the Taliban
American officials' lack of understanding of Afghan conditions and their imperial disregard of the needs and hopes of average Afghans have brought Afghanistan to the edge of another civil war and has, as a result, limited America's options to two choices--none of which had been America's goal when it invaded Afghanistan. And they are: First, leaving the battlefield to the Afghans to fight it out among themselves and letting the chips fall where they may. Second, initiating direct negotiations with the Taliban without the participation of the Karzai government.
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:57:03 AM
How a local election mirrors the microcosm of society
Last week the people of Newmarket, New Hampshire voted on whether or not to build a new junior / senior high school. The building is now 89 years old...The vote lost by a small margin but wasn't near the necessary 60% in order to pass the bond that would allow the school to be built. This concept mirrors many that are now plaguing the future of our society. Many in both state and federal governments feel it is important to stop any spending that would inflate the already inflated state and national debts. They want to balance their budgets today in order to not have deficits tomorrow. The question I have is what will be left for our children in a tomorrow that hasn't taken care of its present?
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:55:34 AM
Cosmic Consciousness: A New Age Deception
A national convention was recently held in San Francisco, California titled "Wisdom 2.0. Summit." I was drawn to Tom Bunzel's review of the summit because it promised the prospect of enlightenment by today's greatest minds; or at least those who are considered wise in today's culture. What I actually encountered was a formidable list of the world's most prominent New Age thinkers and their disdain for the "monkey minds" of those who still consider wisdom to be something given to man by the hand of God.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:27:14 AM
So You've Decided You Want to Change Your Life
Each one of us is actually on a journey to determine who we really are. We are, in reality, on a soul's journey: a journey composed of many lessons from which we can choose to learn--either asleep or awake. This choice is one that each of us individually has to make. My decision to actually change my life happened in September 2012. I had come to a point where I was totally unhappy, and the only thing I could see in my future were more days trying to be what society said that I should be.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:20:31 AM
Speaking Out: The Fallout of Being Honest About Incest
More recently in the news, Dylan Farrow has spoken out about her experience with childhood sexual abuse. Both Dylan and Mackenzie have stated being surprised by the fallout of sharing their stories. I am not. People can be very ignorant and cruel with their responses. As a survivor, I have lived through the decades of deciding whom I tell about the abuse and the many close friends who have no clue about my past.
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:15:25 AM
Religious Freedom, Catholic Style
Most obvious is the fact that at no time in history has the Church itself ever provided "religious freedom" to anyone. It was never in the playbook. Even the most casual student of European history knows that over many centuries, wherever it held dominion, the Church was especially zealous in rooting out even the slightest deviations from its orthodoxy. From the Arians to the Cathars to Galileo to indigenous peoples of the New World, the Church never hesitated to use torture and death, or the threat of it, to achieve at least outward conformity.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:17:07 AM
With Obama now joining Secretary of State John Kerry in openly threatening to passively support a European trade war against Israel, it is imperative that Israel develop every economic opportunity it has to expand its markets. As Netanyahu made clear in his speech to AIPAC, Israel's technological prowess has already made it a magnet for global investors. But these opportunities should be maximized through further economic liberalization.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:10:02 AM
Excommunicating John Walsh
Excommunication is like a glass of fine Irish Whiskey with Water. An abomination! Excommunication is an utterly useless waste of time, words and effort if you ask me. I understand the Biblical meaning and purpose of it, and that frock wearing nancy that did it to you was nowhere near the mark.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:12:10 AM
President Obama's "If not now, when?!"
President Obama expects Israel to trade high-ground topography for high-tech military systems and security arrangements, devised by American generals, who led the failed efforts to snatch Iraq and Afghanistan out of the jaws of Islamic terrorism and Iranian radicalism. Israel is expected to entrust its own national security to the goodwill of its Arab neighbors and international guarantees, at a time when both are exposed as non-viable.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:37:16 AM
Still Unwanted like Struma's Jews
On December 12, 1941, the rickety vessel chugged out to sea. After four hair-raising days (instead of the routine 14 hours) the Struma unsteadily dragged itself into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn't continue. Its makeshift motor had sputtered its last. There was no fuel, food or water...Britain pressured Turkey not to let anyone off the crippled boat. Turkish premier argued that "Turkey cannot be expected to serve as a refuge or surrogate homeland for people unwanted anywhere else." The government ordered the condemned Struma tugged out to the Black Sea. Hundreds of truncheon-wielding Turkish policemen were dispatched to the Struma on February 23. They viciously clubbed passengers below deck. On February 24, an explosion ripped it apart.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:51:47 AM
It's Official: the Palestinians are a modern fiction
Palestine and the Palestinians are a modern invention, a fiction created with the aim of dismantling Israel and undermining its claim to its ancient patrimony. "I say to those who distort the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it 'the Holy Land' and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment? There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land," -- Sheikh Ahmad Adwan
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:24:03 AM
Can Israel Defy a Second Term President?
One of the causes of the inherently weaker second term is the different political life expectancy of House Members (unlimited two-year terms), Senators (unlimited six- year terms) and presidents (limited two four-year terms). Therefore, second term presidents are handicapped by a pressing timetable, pursue relatively quick results/solutions and are anxious to establish (overly) ambitious legacies. On the other hand, the legislators who benefit from long-term continuity, attempt to minimize swift action, which might upset their constituents, thus jeopardizing their re-election prospects. Legislators are more loyal to district and state constituents than they are to presidents. Consequently, they rarely sacrifice their political lives on the altar of a presidential vision.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Americans: Israel is the MVP
The Gallup data highlights the fact that Americans in general, rather than US Jewry, are the main source of intense identification with the Jewish State. That is also the case on Capitol Hill, where the key US-Israel initiatives have been conceived/led by Christian legislators (most notably, the late Senator Daniel Inouye). In fact, the vast majority of Americans has embraced the idea of a Jewish State since the 17th century Pilgrims -- long before the integration of the Jewish community into American society, and many years before the founding of AIPAC.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:15:00 AM
The Stark Reality of the Iranian Nuclear Deal
The apparent basis for Obama's groveling toward Iran is the newly fashionable mythology that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is at long-last the "moderate" Iranian leader that we have all been waiting for. This is wishful thinking at best because, even after the Obama administration announced the Iranian nuclear deal, Rouhani emphasized, in direct contradiction to statements by John Kerry, that Iran could and would continue uranium enrichment under the deal.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:25:19 AM
A definition of advice is difficult to define
My daughter is not the only person that asks for advice. My wife does it in an odd way. I know she knows the answer to her question but she wants to combine mine with hers. Sometimes when I give her advice she takes it in and basically makes her own decisions. Other times she gives me that odd look that asks, "What planet were you born on?" Either way I do my best.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:15:37 AM
The Zionist Lobby: What's the big deal? by Steve Apfel
The boycotters won that battle without having to draw weapons. Given the non-too subtle backing of the European Union, the outcome was inevitable. Indeed taxpayers' money helps to oil the wheels of the anti-Zionist lobby. And why not? The Muslim component of Europe is massive and vocal; trade with the Arab world is gigantic; the threat of terrorism hovers over Europe like the sword of Damocles.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:35:02 AM
U.S. nuclear negotiator admits 'we've not shut down' Iran's nuclear weapon efforts
Obama administration realizes that despite their deal with Iran, the mullah's are still marching towards a nuclear weapon capability..... Under pressure from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman conceded that the U.S. failed to "shut down" Iran's ongoing development of ballistic missiles, which have long range capabilities and are the preferred weapon for delivering a nuclear payload.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:07:05 AM
Afghanistan's Economy Post-2014
Politically, we may have a vague idea of what exactly will happen in Afghanistan after 2014. Economically, however, we can quite accurately predict that Afghanistan will return to its former life of poverty. Even the riches that supposedly rained on Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013 didn't ease its agony. Most of the money never reached it. According to estimates, out of each dollar assigned earmarked for that country, only 14 cents reached it.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
Appeasement and Economic Sanctions
The US Administration is leading the easing of economic sanctions against -- and the legitimization of -- the regime of Iran's apocalyptic, almost-nuclear Ayatollahs and Mullahs, the allies of North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and other anti-US rogue regimes. They are the chief sponsors of anti-US Islamic terrorism, the role model of anti-US incitement and non-compliance with agreements, double-talk, repression, public executions, state-sponsored terrorism and subversion against the pro-US oil-producing Arab states.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:15:12 AM
When is a Saint not a Saint?
I don't know if the Sainted Mary Mackillop did or did not do any miracles, but I sure as hell am going to try and find out. I'm off to find a statue of her, and beg her indulgence to intercede with Jesus to provide me with an answer to the question.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM
The Birth of Becoming
My mission became simple. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to change the world. How do you do that? The answer is simple. You change the world one person at a time. If I can change a person's core values to foster understanding, acceptance, tolerance and love, I will have changed how they see the world and for them I would have changed the world.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:15:13 AM
The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors
Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime and no organization can become complacent about addressing it. The Catholic Church has certainly done more than any other international organization to face the problem and it will continue to lead in doing so.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM
Uniting Christians with the Holy Trinity
I hope my book will help you to find faith in Jesus and what he came to accomplish for His Father and the Holy Spirit, with Whom He makes the Holy Trinity, and to accomplish for each of us who choose to obey and rejoice in him eternally.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:10:03 AM
The Cart before the Horse
All ye heard from the clergy was; Be good, say the Rosary every day, go to confession every Saturday, go to Mass every Sunday, be kind to animals, don't use profanity, and don't nick anything.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:20:02 AM
The Kerry Plan -- Can Israel Say No?
Notwithstanding Arab talk -- but based on the Arab walk - the Palestinian issue does not preoccupy the attention of Arab policy-makers, does not significantly impact vital US interests, and does not play a key role in destabilizing the Middle East, as reaffirmed by the tectonic Arab Tsunami, which is unrelated to Israel or the Palestinian issue.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:25:31 AM
Israel Foils Al Qaeda Plot Against US Embassy By Brigitte Gabriel
Last week we saw the latest example of Israel's dedication to America as an ally when Israel's Shin Bet security service announced that it had arrested Al Qaeda terrorists who were part of a cell plotting to launch an attack on the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel seems to have done a better job of looking out for the security of our diplomatic personnel and facilities than we have ourselves. It's too bad that Israel's security services weren't in charge of security in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, instead of Hillary Clinton, Obama's then-secretary of state!
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:20:31 AM
Crossing the Corner Office Chasm
Women can be their own worst enemy in the workplace; but they can also be the inspiration for change -- that is, for their own change. And with this cultural shift, more companies in the United States will see a different view from the top, with more women executives leading the way.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:13:00 AM
Who's the Lazy One, You or Your Child?
At a recent parenting workshops, a mom asked for advice on what to do about her "lazy" teenage son. Not an uncommon issue for parents of teenagers, but I needed more information before I could help. I asked her to describe what his laziness looked like.... No one is born lazy. We come into this world with certain inborn traits that are the basis of "who we are." I call these nine traits the CoreSelf, and I teach parents to look to these nine traits to understand which parts of their child they cannot change.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:20:23 AM