It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע


How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

18 March 2010

Why We Won't Shut Up About Ramat Shlomo

I've picked up some new readers who are wondering just what in the heck is going on between Marack Pampers Blowbama and Israel with this whole Ramat Shlomo business. To be succinct, the guy hates Israel and the Jews, and loves Arabs and Muslims. This is a guy who said that if it came to it he would side with the Muslims, so none of this is really news to anyone who has been paying attention.

In a situation like this there are some things that are important, and others that are not. Marack's hate of Israel is not really important. B"H he will be run out of the White House on a rail, and with any luck his party of sycophantic gas bag weasels will lose both houses of Congress this November and the little putz that couldn't will be a lame duck.

In a situation like this what is important is the truth. The truth is that for over 3000 years the Jewish people have made the Land of Israel their home. We are its indigenous people. It is where the Jewish people originate. From the original resettling of the land following the exodus from Egypt, when we returned to the lands purchased by Abraham, until the present day there are four inescapable realities that are true and cannot be refuted.
  1. There is only one people on this planet that has ever held the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean as an independent political and national entity: The People of Israel.
  2. This Jewish country's capital is Jerusalem.
  3. The only people to EVER name Jerusalem as their capital is the Jewish people. The Ottomans, Selucids, Assyrians, Persians, Babylonians, Romans, Mamelukes, Byzantines...no other people EVER perceived, referred to, claimed, or named Jerusalem as the capital of their empire.
  4. There has never in the history of mankind EVER been a country known as Palestine, nor any people known as Palestinians.
These are not propaganda statements. These are historical facts. Any historian, scholar, Arab, or Leftist idiot who tells you that Jerusalem was the capital of a country called Palestine is a liar. Ask them to give you the name of a president or prime minister of Palestine, or read from a Palestinian constitution or body of law. Ask them to produce any documentation of the Palestinian nation's founding. It can't be done because no such country has ever existed. And if this is a just universe, there never will.

These things being true, let us move on to the next irrefutable fact. The fictional people known as the Palestinans (here Falacstinians as that is what this fake nation really is...a fallacy) have a body politic that is predicated on one thing: the destruction of the Jewish state and every Jew in it. This has been the goal of the Arabs for nearly 100 years now. When you hear racist Arabs chanting "From the river to the sea Palestine will be free!" they are really saying, "We are going to wipe out Israel and kill every Jew." This is not a message of coexistence. This is a message of genocide.

So, when the president of the United States comes along and demands that the Jews kowtow to the people who have no claim to Jewish land, have rejected every opportunity for statehood that they have no standing to receive, and are dedicated to the killing of every Jew from the river to the sea, it is fair to say that he, and anyone who advocates and enacts his policies, is a Jew hater, and an enemy of our people.

We will not be told where we can live, where we can build, where we can pray, how many children we can have, or what is best for us. We are, by miracles merited by the force of our will, and the dedication of our lives to the return to our land, back in the Land of Israel and we will not leave it again.

For those who think one can be against Zionism, but not be anti-semitic, I have some news for you: you are a racist Jew hater. Zionism, the belief that one day the Jewish people would return from exile and rejoin our brothers and sisters who remained there for 2000 years (yes, there has been an unbroken Jewish presence in the Land of Israel for over 3000 years, long before Islam was even a concept), is not a movement born in the 19th century. Zionism, the longing to return to the land of our people and rebuild Jerusalem and our Temple, began the day the Romans chained us and led us out of our land 2000 years ago. To be against the movement of the Jewish people to reclaim our sovereignty and control of our national destiny in the Land of Israel, which is the essence of Zionism, is in fact anti-Jewish. It is an inescapable fact.

An observant Jew prays 3 times a day. Three times a day a Jew says the following prayer, a prayer we have said for 2000 years:
And to Jerusalem, Your City, in compassion may You return, and may You rest within it, as You have spoken. May You rebuild it soon in our days as a structure that is eternal, and the throne of David, speedily within it may You establish. Blessed are You Hashem, Builder of Jerusalem.
For 2000 years this prayer has been the expression of Zionism. It was not founded by Theodore Herzl, or Jabotinsky. It was founded in the heart of the Jewish people when we saw the Temple burn. No Arab can rocket it out of us. No European Union can pressure it out of us. No arrogant, narcissistic president in the White House, or his racist secretary of hate can force us out of Jerusalem and divide it. That is why we will not shut up about Ramat Shlomo, or Gilo, or HarHaBayit. Jerusalem was given to us. It is our city to live in and to build. It is our role to restore it and merit the return of HaKadosh Borachu. Marack is a nobody. He is a cipher in the face of our history. He is no one.

The great commentator of the Torah, Rashi (1024-1105), tells us that the story of Creation did not need to appear in the Torah, as the Torah's primary purpose is to convey G-d's commandments. So why is it there?
For if the nations of the world should say to Israel, “You are robbers, for you conquered by force the lands of the seven nations [of Canaan],” they will reply, "The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it (this we learn from the story of the Creation) and gave it to whomever He deemed proper When He wished, He gave it to them, and when He wished, He took it away from them and gave it to us.
In Chapter 12 of Sefer Bereshit (the Book of Genesis), G-d enters into a pact with Abraham and the Jewish people.
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-אַבְרָם, לֶךְ-לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָ
וְאֶעֶשְׂךָ, לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל, וַאֲבָרֶכְךָ, וַאֲגַדְּלָה שְׁמֶךָ; וֶהְיֵה, בְּרָכָה
וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה

Now the LORD said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee.
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'

There's a lot to be contemplated in that last verse. Where is Rome? Where is Babylon? Where is Nazi Germany? All gone. But now we build again in Jerusalem, our eternal and Holy City.

When a Jewish man marries, he closes the wedding ceremony by smashing a glass, a reminder of the destruction of the Temple. Every Jewish man that stands under the chupah does this, and has done so for generations. But before he does so, if he is steeped in the traditions of his people he will say:
אִם-אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם-- תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי
תִּדְבַּק-לְשׁוֹנִי, לְחִכִּי-- אִם-לֹא אֶזְכְּרֵכִי
אִם-לֹא אַעֲלֶה, אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם-- עַל, רֹאשׁ שִׂמְחָת

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not;
if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.

Even when we are married, what should be one of the greatest moments of our lives, surpassed perhaps only by the birth of our children, we remember the destruction of the Temple, and our Holy City of Jerusalem, swearing to place it above even the joys of marriage and family.



If you look at the foreground of the above picture you will see two domed buildings. The one to the left of the photo is the Tiferet Yisrael synagogue. The other is known as the Hurva synagogue. Both stood for generations. Both were destroyed by the Jordanians when they illegally expelled the Jewish majority from the Old City in 1948. The Hurva was just rebuilt and rededicated. There are plans to rebuild Tiferet Yisrael as well. I hope it happens soon. When the Hurva is rebuilt in the Old City, who in their arrogance would think for one second they were going to push the Jews out? the president of the united states and his secretary of hate Hillary Clinton.

Just who do you think you people are? You think you will stop us from building in our Holy City after we have waited 2000 years, and restored the expelled Jews to it after 19 years after we were kicked out by Jordan in 1948? You think you will divide Jerusalem? You think you will defy the will of our people of two millenia, and the Will of HaKadosh Borachu? Think again, think again. You may sweet talk Bibi. You will never get the rest of us to comply...EVER.

4 comments:

commoncents said...

THANK YOU for posting this! I love your blog!!

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Shtuey said...

Thanks for reading. And your blog has been on my blog roll for months now. :0)

Scroll down to the non-Jewish blogs

SwanSpirit said...

Lovely to read and absorb fully .. and now that my aunt Sue is buried in Israel ... well goddess help the falastinians

Ron said...

Great post, Shtuey! Love the photos.