A Sage Has Died: Torah Of Erev Rav - Armilos

Benzion Netanyahu

Zionism and Israeli Politics are not developments in thought, rather they are deeply rooted in theology of Erev Rav, Idolotry of the Land of Israel, and the desecration of Moshe Rabbeinu. When the Erev Rav came out of Egypt, they had one thing in mind: Zion.

Today's politics [and Palestinian] is merely composed of debates and strategy in Torah of Klippah.

Topics with undertones consisting of Moses' Grave, Borders of Israel, Direction of the Jewish People, all comprise the theology of the Erev Rav called Zionism. Moses brought them out of Egypt, for as we see today it is a guarantee of an eventual Redemption, even if over a long period of time; consider it an algorithm of Time/Redemption Ratio. The Spies were a similar breed: the Loshon HaRah of the Land will end up producing a love of the Land, a return to the Land (and cleansing; i.e. today's Zionism), and a final Redemption once Evil has run its course.

Holiness manipulating Klippah is not new, as Abraham was the master of it, and Moses has worked it into a scheme of Redemption, even after his death and while in Exile outside of the Land. However, The Erev Rav believe they are the Truth as opposed to a temporary necessary evil to the cleanse the Land, as they are fulfilling their purpose of their having coming out of Egypt. Today's Zionism and Politics within Israel is the Torah of the Land that they connect to, theologize, and worship. It is the Avodah Zara of the Land that they always anticipated from the tie that they came out with the Jews, and now is their time.

Thus Today's Reality is not chaos or random; rather it is a crafty scheme rooted in the depths of Tumah and Avodah Zara, while Hashem uses this vessel to cleanse the Land, as a precursor to the sending of Elijah, as it says, "Lest I strike the Land."

In the wake of coming out of the Exile, we are experiencing the Orlah and Klippah of the Fruit; thus before the Land is acquired, we are ridding it of its Evil, such as Hashem commanded Joshua. If they didn't do it then when commanded with Moses and Joshua, Hashem has it arranged that the Erev Rav will do the job, while believing that they in fact are Holy, much like Ishmael believes what he is doing is Holy in a counter-attack, thus Galus Yishmael is essential and crucial against the Erev Rav. (i.e. countering with "Border Patrol" and mitigation of Erev Rav takeover beyond its intent - much like the Nachash in Gan Eden)

Bibi's father is dead; an authentic incarnation of this necessary evil, one who has taught over to Bibi the secrets of authentic Erev Rav. Where we go from here is a question, but Bibi, for whatever its worth, has finished his education from an Erev Rav master.

The Erev Rav is a Klippah, one that "one can see through" ( how many connotations does this idiom contain?) It is no surprise that Bibi has this to say of his father: "I learned from you to look into the future."

May Benzion's death be a sign of the death of the Erev Rav to come, and a precursor to Messianic Times in Holiness with the loss of Evil, Coming to The Land of Israel, and finding Melech Moshiach (Moshe as the Goel Acharon) as predicted by the Zohar.

Hopefully the Erev Rav are close to having served their purpose; that purpose that Moshe brought them out of Egypt, to be a tool in acquiring the Land of Israel in a worst-case scenario. Well, it was a worst-case scenario, the longest route was taken, and we should be close to the End.

If we can "see through Erev Rav" - then what does it say that through their evil, all we see is Geulah? Much like the God-Particle in science, is the only place on Earth that actively seeks God (ironically), then perhaps its the Erev Rav that is the most active in seeking Moshiach.

..."The Para Adumah": From Tumah comes Purity.

Erev Rav wanting Geulah is called Armilos - a distorted Redemption that is eternal exile. As the Gra says, Moshiach Ben Yosef will live, and see the downfall of Armilos, and usher in Moshiach ben David, when death will be swallowed up for good.

May it be in these days...

Click Here To Read About Bentzion Netanyahu


Benzion was a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the US, served as secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, was a writer and editor; Yacimovich to PM: Your father was unique, he left a deep imprint on Israeli society. Photo: REUTERS/POOL New Benzion Netanyahu, father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, died early Monday morning at the age of 102. The Labor and Meretz parties withdrew their no-confidence votes in the Knesset, out of respect for the prime minister. Benzion Netanyahu had been a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the US, had served as secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and was a writer and editor. He died at the age of 102. The senior Netanyahu was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1910, and was a historian and a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He lived in Jerusalem when he died. He married Tzila Segal in 1944, and remained married until her death in 2000. Benzion was father to three sons with Segal: Yonatan Netanyahu, a Sayeret Matkal commander who was the sole Israeli casualty during the successful operation to free hundreds of hostages in Entebbe, Uganda who were taken aboard a hijacked airplane, Iddo Netanyahu, a radiologist and writer, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel. He was secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a Revisionist Zionist leader credited with fathering the movement in the United States. At a party to celebrate his father's 100th birthday, the Jewish Chronicle quoted the prime minister as having said: "I learned from you to look into the future." Knesser speaker Reuven Rivlin told Israel Radio that "Bibi learned the pure Zionism from a man who was so close to Jabotinsky," adding that the prime minister "was educated in a home where Zionism was a Zionism with no compromise... though Bibi's realpolitik was much more developed." "Professor Netanyahu was an important scholar, both profound and original," Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said of the late Netanyahu. "His wide research on the [Spanish] Marranos and the Inquisition period was revolutionary, and has important historical value." Sa'ar said Benzion was Zionist to the core, adding that he was the "outstanding pupil of Herzl and Jabotinsky." Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich sent her condolences to the prime minister, writing that "we all have only one father. And in your case, we are talking about a unique man, distinguished historian, an ideologue and an intellectual who left a deep imprint on Israeli society. Benzion served as the executive director of the New Zionist Organization of America during the 40s, making him a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the United States. He became the chief editor of the Encyclopedia Hebraica during his stay in Israel. He was also editor of the group's biweekly US publication, Zionnews, where he authored editorials that typically dealt with the latest Palestine-related political developments and controversies. In one editorial that Benzion wrote, on the occasion of the springtime Passover holiday, Benzion contemplated how the suffering of the Jews could never separate them from their faith or extinguish their hopes: “Through oceans of blood, our blood, through oceans of tears, our tears, hated, persecuted, beaten, wandering and homeless, we assemble at the Pessah Seder to thank God for our liberation from Egypt, and to express once again the hope of the Haggada: ‘This year we are still slaves – next year we shall be free men.’” "Only a nation of our spiritual caliber could come through the ages of unparalleled sufferings with its spirit unbroken; still alive; still striving for liberty. Next year we shall be free men,” he opined.

May Zionism give way (and die with Benzion) to The True Torah of Moshe, and get rid of the Avodah Zara once and for all,

with the Bias Moshiach Tzidkenu (plural connotation): [Moshe V' Trein Moshichin ( Moshe and the Messiah's of David and Joseph)]

and the Building of the Third Temple - The True and only Zion!

The eternal charm of a bicycle

Everyone knows bicycles make you look good, and yesterday whilst we were checking out the MCA, one of ours was commandeered for just such a nifty little photo-op!!!!

How perfect is the cross bar for the handbag!!

Things are looking up (especially my mana level)

I've been offered a permanent role downstairs at work. I've been given three options:
A: go back upstairs (which would be sheer lunacy in spite of the extra money)
B: stay downstairs
C: leave.
This is a very easy decision for me. Lock in B Eddie. It’s clearly a less taxing (and depression-inducing) role than the one upstairs, but it’s still a permanent job in a multinational corporation and everything that comes with that: team meetings, performance appraisals, little red squares on my screen. All the stuff I want no part of. My strategy will be to pretend it isn’t permanent at all. In 2012, who really has a permanent job anyway?

Thursday was an interesting day. I set a new PB that morning for the number of letters I sent out, not that anybody would have noticed. I then had lunch with Tracy from the autism group. We have quite a lot in common. We’ve both lived in France, we both like British comedy and we both take antidepressants. However she has a lot more self-confidence than me (that isn’t that hard I guess) and does get very animated when talking about certain topics. One of her interests is board games. She plays a variety of (sometimes obscure) games with a bunch of friends, participates in an online forum and even attends conventions. She sent me a link to the forum; I found one of her posts where she asked what to do when her mana level drops to zero. The next time I see her I might ask her whether she managed to top up her mana. I’m not sure whether she has a boyfriend, but if she does I bet his mana level is off the scale.

After work I went to the depression group on Cuba Street. There were only the two of us – the long-haired six-foot-five bloke and myself. After a few months of living with his parents (whom he said he didn’t speak to – yikes) he was about to move into a boarding house. He was also about to change jobs (from one office job to another) but had no interest in pursuing a career in that kind of environment. Instead he fantasised about becoming a (semi-)professional online poker player. That gave us plenty to talk about. I’ve since sent him a long email telling him the story of my poker career so far. I’d be more than happy to teach him strategy for badugi and triple draw – I’m all for people having dreams, and here I’m in the unusual position of being able to help someone along the way. To deal with his depression he has tried a number of unconventional therapies – with considerable success I might add. But, like me, he often loses the ability to take pleasure in things. When I got back there was an email (there’s no way I could have read it in time) saying that the depression group had been cancelled.

So New Zealand wants to lead the world in becoming smokefree, which apparently is now all one word. By 2025 the price of a packet of 20 will be $100, which nobody will be able to afford, so nobody will smoke. Simple. I think it’s time for one of those Tui billboards. In reality cigarettes will be smuggled in from countries where they cost a fraction of the amount, and the purchase and sale of tobacco will be driven underground like we already see with marijuana. Previously law-abiding smokers (yes they do exist!) will turn to crime to feed their addiction, and it’s a very strong addiction! Yes it would be nice if nobody smoked but the Ministry of Health seem to be going about achieving smokefreedom in completely the wrong way. In this weekend’s Dom Post there were several statistics given about New Zealand’s smoking. So 650,000 Kiwis smoke. My back-of-a-fag-packet calculations tell me that’s about 20% of adults. Between them they bought just over two million cigarettes, so while one in five Kiwis smoke, on average they only smoke three fags a year! My hunch is that the number of cigarettes is missing three noughts from the end. If my hunch is correct, that’s nearly nine a day per person, which would seem about right if you also add in the 600+ tonnes of rolling tobacco.

Last week I got a birthday card from my aunt (Dad’s sister) in the UK. This was a pleasant surprise – I wouldn’t have thought she knew either my birthday or my address. I must reciprocate in six months’ time. I should also write a blog post about my aunt at some stage.

I live almost next door to the National War Memorial (whose campanile houses 74 bells) so I had absolutely no excuse not to attend the Anzac Day ceremony there. Plenty of my relatives have fought in wars so I feel duty-bound to go. It seems to get bigger every year and has surely overtaken Waitangi Day as our national day.

Messiah! Bibi Syndrome -Oy Vey!

Imam Mahdi
False Messiah
Lunatic a.k.a. Haman
We knew about our Messianic friends in Iran believing in the Times - Now Bibi!? ( Obama is obvious)


The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a possible military attack on Iran, in a striking indication of Israel's turmoil over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program. Yuval Diskin said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak — who have been saber-rattling for months — have their judgment clouded by "messianic feelings" and should not be trusted to lead policy on Iran. Diskin, who headed Shin Bet until last year, said a strike might actually accelerate the Iranian program. Shin Bet addresses security in Israel and the Palestinian Territories only and is not involved in international affairs. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Israel, like the West, believes that Tehran is developing weapons technology, but there is intense debate over whether international economic sanctions accompanying the current round of negotiations might prevent Iran from developing a bomb, or whether at some point a military strike should be launched. Diskin's comments deepened the sense that a rift is growing between the hawkish Netanyahu government and the security establishment over the question of a strike — and Netanyahu allies quickly rushed to his defense. In Israel, security figures carry clout well into retirement. Although they frequently pursue political careers, Diskin had been seen as relatively apolitical, perhaps lending his words even greater weight. "I don't have faith in the current leadership of Israel to lead us to an event of this magnitude, of war with Iran," Diskin said at a public meeting Friday, video of which was posted on the Internet the next day and quickly became the lead news item in Israel. "I do not believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on Messianic feelings," he continued. "I have seen them up close. They are not messiahs, these two, and they are not the people that I personally trust to lead Israel into such an event." Diskin said it was possible that "one of the results of an Israel attack on Iran could be a dramatic acceleration of the Iran program. ... They will have legitimacy to do it more quickly and in a shorter timeframe." Several members of Netanyahu's coalition issued statements questioning Diskin's motives and suggesting that in effect he had allied himself with Israel's dovish opposition. The prime minister's office called the former Shin Bet chief's remarks "irresponsible," while Barak's office accused Diskin of "acting in a petty and irresponsible way based on personal frustration" and "damaging the tradition of generations of Shin Bet leaders." Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also took a swipe at Diskin. "If you do not trust the prime minister and not the defense minister, you should have resigned and not waited for the end of your term," he said. Further complicating the picture is the widely held suspicion that Israel's threats may actually amount to a bluff of historic proportion which has if anything been effective in compelling the world to boycott Iranian oil and isolate its central bank. From that perspective, criticism such as Diskin's, based on a literal approach, could be construed as simplistic and self-defeating. Israeli security officials have taken issue with the political leadership on several issues: whether sanctions will make a strike unnecessary, whether a strike will be militarily effective, and whether Israel should strike unilaterally if it cannot gain American approval. Diskin's speech — in which he also attacked the government for not actively pursuing peace with the Palestinians — came days after the country's current top military commander, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, also seemed to disagree with the country's leadership on the likelihood that Iran will pursue a nuclear weapon. Gantz told The Associated Press this week that Iran is seeking to develop its "military nuclear capability," but that the Islamic Republic would ultimately bow to international pressure and decide against building a weapon. The key to that pressure, he said, were sanctions and the threat of a military strike. One of the first criticisms voiced by a security figure came last summer from Israel's recently retired spy chief, Meir Dagan. He called a strike against Iran's nuclear program "stupid." Dagan, who headed the Mossad spy agency, said an effective attack on Iran would be difficult because Iranian nuclear facilities are scattered and mobile, and warned it could trigger war. Other senior figures with security backgrounds have questioned whether Israel should act alone, as Netanyahu insists the country has a right to do. Last month Shaul Mofaz — a former military chief and defense minister who has since been elected head of the opposition Kadima Party — said the threats of an imminent military strike are actually weakening Israel. Mofaz, who was born in Iran and moved to Israel as a child, said Israel "is not a ghetto" and that despite its military might must fully coordinate with the U.S. on any plan to strike Iran. Dan Halutz, who led the military from 2005 to 2007, also criticized Netanyahu last month for invoking Holocaust imagery in describing the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. "We are not kings of the world," Halutz said. "We should remember who we are." A recent poll suggested the public agrees. The survey, conducted by the Israeli Dahaf agency for the University of Maryland, said 81 percent of Israelis oppose a solo attack on Iran. At the same time, it said two-thirds of Israelis would support military action if coordinated with Washington. The poll, released last week, questioned 500 Israelis and had a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points. In a recent report the U.N. nuclear agency found Iran continues to enrich uranium — a key step toward developing a bomb. Although few in Israel would dispute that a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat, debate has revolved around the cost-benefit analysis of an attack. On the cost side is the possible retaliation, in the form of Iranian missiles as well as rocket attacks by Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas on its northern and southern borders. Especially daunting is the prospect of sustained missile strikes on Tel Aviv, a bustling business and entertainment capital whose populous is psychologically ill-prepared for a homefront war. It also would likely cause oil prices to skyrocket at a time when the global economy is already struggling — risking a new recession for which Israel would absorb much if not most of the blame. Some also fear that Iran might attack American targets in response to any Israeli strike — a scenario that could directly influence the outcome of this fall's U.S. presidential election.

Perhaps the Erev Rav and Armilos really ARE doing their jobs! Is the real Moshiach closer than we thought? The Geulah is supposed to be like Purim - is Bibi wearing a pathetic Messianic mask?
Can the real Messiah please just stand up in 5772?!

The Graduate = Baby no. 4

Oh my! - when did she get to be all 'grown-up'?

So proud! x

Israeli Empire: Fear The Shekel!

Israel is doing OK...It's Erev Rav corruption and hoarding, but at least some are making a living.


The Fitch credit rating agency announced Wednesday that it had ratified Israel's credit rating and set it to "'A,' with a stable outlook." In a statement issued Thursday, Fitch noted Israel's macroeconomic performance and said that the forecast was deemed stable "despite the crisis with Iran and the talk suggesting a possible Israeli strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities." Fitch further estimated that Israel's economy will not a 3% growth rate in 2012, and further estimated that the country's economic growth in 2013 will stand at 3.5%. The credit agency did qualify its statement, saying the forecast "does not include Israel’s natural gas discoveries," which are bound to affect the local market. Following the statement Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said that, "Given the economic situation in the international markets, the ratifying of the rating is a testament to the stability and strength of our economy. "In addition, the announcement further emphasizes the importance of maintaining fiscal discipline."

...And then there is Reality!


Israel's economic miracle: Where do we go now?
By CORINNE SAUER04/25/2012

Liberalization, competition and free markets are the best Independence Day gifts we could receive. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem Israel has grown so much in the past 64 years that it is difficult to comprehend the extent of the economic miracle that has taken place in the Jewish homeland. It was undoubtedly a combination of genius, necessity, creativity and entrepreneurship that unleashed such incredible economic growth. However, Israelis should not fall into the trap of becoming complacent. Israel is facing powerful counter forces that prevent its economy from fully blossoming and reaching its unimaginable potential. Although exponentially better off than 64 years ago, Israelis still maintain a lower standard of living than individuals in most developed countries. One could say that the Israeli economic miracle is accompanied by an Israeli economic paradox. While we are world leaders in scientific discoveries and hi-tech innovation, we are also stymied by exorbitantly high prices, lack of variety, and frustratingly low disposable income levels. The Israeli economic paradox can be easily traced back to the origin of the state and its socialist heritage. In 1948, the unions and the government controlled most of the Israeli economy. The focus of economic policy was on absorbing immigrants, encouraging investment by Jewish entrepreneurs from abroad, and protecting local industries. Despite several praiseworthy but fleeting attempts to liberalize the economy (especially in the late 1970s), protectionism, union domination, and massive expenditures by the central government (including necessarily high defense outlays) continued unabated. This unsustainable situation inevitably led to an enormous public debt burden, monetization and hyperinflation. By 1985, Israel had no choice but to introduce a radical and comprehensive stabilization program, which finally recognized the need for more free trade and the establishment of a modern market economy. Since 1985, several sectors of the economy have been successfully liberalized, helping Israel to become a world leader. Yet public and private monopolies still loom too large, as do the vestiges of a Soviet-style bureaucracy. These latter forces inhibit the ability of immense levels of human capital to be exploited more widely, preventing the Israeli economic miracle from reaching new heights to the benefit of rich and poor alike. Turning 64, Israelis need to once again find the energy and determination to overcome daunting economic challenges. If we fail to break free of economic concentration, public and private monopolies and the sprawling land bureaucracy, they will continue to hold down economic growth and our standard of living. Israeli income per capita stands at around $32,000, approximately the same level as in Spain and Cyprus. But with our capabilities, we could easily reach the $50,000 mark, closing the gap with countries like Singapore and the Netherlands. In order to reach these attainable heights, an economic fight must be fought, especially with particularly powerful special interest groups. Israeli oligarchs have little incentive to support public policies that increase competition and lower prices, because it cuts directly into their profits. The oligarchs’ natural partners are the unions and government bureaucrats. These latter two protected groups also enjoy extravagant benefits and unreasonably high salaries on the back of the Israeli public. The oligarchs (often referred to as the “five families”) control the production and the distribution of many basic products, enabling them to charge high prices without any fear of losing customers. Their control extends deep down the chain of production, even to the banking sector. So when a potential competitor needs a loan it can easily have it refused and eliminate the potential competition at the source. The fact that 70 percent of all loans are awarded to 1% of the borrowers illustrates this unchecked power of the tycoons. Their influence within political circles also allows them to lobby in favor of protectionist laws that prevent imports (e.g., milk) or render them prohibitively expensive through high tariffs (e.g., honey, cheese and cars). This is at the heart of why Israelis pay much more for basic items than residents of other countries. In January, the Bank of Israel confirmed that prices in Israel are indeed much higher than in the rest of the OECD. The products with the biggest price markups are cars (70%), milk and eggs (44%), meat (28%), non-alcoholic drinks (48%), bread and cereals (17%) and fish (17%). In fact, Israelis pay less for two items only: fresh fruit and vegetables (13%) and telecommunications (4%). It is not a coincidence that the relatively lower prices are found in competitive industries. If the telecommunications sector had not been decentralized and open to competition, Israelis would have been paying high prices in that sector as well. Another unjustifiably costly item is housing. Currently, it takes Israelis almost 11 years of salary to buy an apartment, while it takes eight years on average for other members of the OECD. According to the World Bank, it also takes four times longer to obtain building permits and register property than in other OECD countries. The land, 93% of which is owned by the state, and fully controlled by government bureaucrats, must be released more freely for construction. By restricting the number of building permits, public officials manipulate the cost of housing and keep it artificially high. Increasing the supply of land available for construction will bring housing costs down to a more reasonable level. Unfortunately, it is nothing but narrow-minded special interests that hold the rest of the Israeli public as economic hostages. Liberalization, competition and free markets are the best Independence Day gifts Israelis could receive from their leaders. This gift would make our exceptionally talented 64-year-old ready to face all future challenges. We still have not reached anything near our potential. The way forward is clear. For Israel, the sky is the limit.

Yerushalayim is made up of two words: Yirah [awe] and Shalom [peace]

How awesome would a Peace-filled Israel full of the World's Jews be?!

May Jerusalem know this Awe and Peace soon!


Last night my husband and I made a pact to stress less.
 This pact was put to the test by 8am this morning and involved children's knotted shoelaces,  teethbrushing or lack thereof,  a 'spirited debate' with husband on the merits of wiping splattered pasta sauce from the stove top (for me it's asap for him.....ah yep not so urgent),  retrieval of missing toys under the couch and the constant time checking to make sure children where deposited in appropriate places with required lunches, ticked and signed notes and correct friday attire (why is it these days kids seem to need a different school uniform for every day of the week) ?

It went downhill from there. Books where dropped and picked up and dropped again on the way to the car. The 4 year old takes the same Wiggles cd to kindy everyday and it was discovered en route to be missing.  Everyone member of our little family was stressed .
PACT FAIL!!!!.....

So it was when I finally got to school with my usual calm exterior and manic interior and glanced down to notice my pants where on back the front that I decided it's time to calm down and lighten up.
We've been trying for  some time to find ways to have less stress but maybe we just need to stress less!
 The thing is we like hectic.

 Were both quite driven and passionate when it comes to doing well. Him in his work endeavours and me as the one for now steering the family ship. We aim high and are not afraid of a challenge.
We've gotten a little weary a few times this year and dropped the ball so I think the idea of making a conscious effort  to stress less is a good one.

So this weekend we will have another go at 'the pact'.
I'm going to head to a cafe (hopefully with my pants on the right way around) and hide behind a book  (NW or WHO more like it). I know a book would make me far more interesting but finding out the latest on Victoria Beckham is truthfully more where I'm at.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and make a pact with someone or yourself to stress less ..... x

Three tests later

My heart is normal. Fine. Healthy. I'm FINE.

Double cheeseburgers for everyone!  With fries.

Happy Birthday Armilos! Making Erev Rav Proud

Israel Still Going: Nothing Stops The [...] And Going, And Going,...! The last 64 years are beginning to show a partzuf; where exactly are we going? What did Ben-Gurion Create? What is Peres continuing from him? what is Barak and Bibi capable of in the future and next 64 years? Is Plan-D still continuing its course?


The paradox that is Israel — wealthy, dynamic and safe, yet mistrusted, condemned and nervous — was on full display on Wednesday as the country mourned its fallen soldiers and began celebrating its 64th Independence Day. Multimedia Interactive Feature Lines in the Sand Related Israel Retroactively Legalizes 3 West Bank Settlements (April 25, 2012) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Nir Elias/Reuters An Independence Day celebration near City Hall in Tel Aviv. The bulk of the political commentary was self-congratulatory. Commentators on the left and the right stuck to their scripts, with the left asserting that the country’s treatment of the Palestinians and its regional saber rattling have made it isolated and stagnant, and the right glorifying Israel’s accomplishments: high-tech innovations, long life expectancies and democracy. President Shimon Peres, in an interview with the newspaper Maariv, summed up the sense of wonder that has driven Israel’s belief in itself, describing the poor odds of the Zionist militia against the Arab world in 1948. “Israel, mathematically or tangibly, should not have been established,” he said. “Prior to the War of Independence, there was no chance. We were 650,000, they were 40 million. They had seven armies, we had barely 5,000 soldiers.” He added: “So tangibly we were on the brink of collapse, but we won anyway, thanks to hidden powers. Ever since, for all of my life, I have tried to understand those immeasurable powers.” Yet in the same interview, Mr. Peres warned about Israel’s direction, saying that without peace with the Palestinians, its economic prowess and future would be imperiled. “Israel has been blessed with a lot of talent that manufactures many excellent products,” he said. “And in order to export, you need good products, but you also need good relations. So why make peace? Because if Israel’s image gets worse, it will begin to suffer boycotts. There is already an artistic boycott against us — they won’t let Habimah Theater enter London — and signs of an undeclared financial boycott are beginning to emerge.” Israel’s settlement building in the West Bank drew more international condemnation this week after the government retroactively legalized three Jewish outposts there. The Palestinians described the move as another example of why there is no peace. For the two-day commemoration of Memorial Day and Independence Day, Israel closed access to the country from the West Bank. The Arab revolutions of the past 16 months have also felt threatening to Israel, and talk of regional peace, already fading in recent years, has nearly disappeared from the national agenda. Instead, there is a sense promulgated by the government that Israel needs to hunker down, improve its defenses and wait for the storms to pass. Egypt announced this week that it was canceling its supply of natural gas to Israel, and while both governments publicly described it as merely a business dispute, it was clear that deep political antagonism was behind the decision as Egypt moves away from the policies of former President Hosni Mubarak. Moreover, the Egyptian Sinai has become a source of enormous concern for Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week calling it a “kind of Wild West,” and the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, saying Israel should consider massing more troops along that border, because Egypt has become an even greater concern than Iran. That led Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi of Egypt to warn that his country would defend its territory. “We will break the legs of anyone trying to attack us or who comes near the border,” he said. A senior Israeli official said that Egypt’s direction — anti-Israel, Islamist — was clear, and that there was little Israel could do to change its course. Similar arguments have been waged here in the past few years about Turkey, once a friend of Israel and now one of its leading critics. Zvi Bar’el, a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs for the left-wing newspaper Haaretz, took issue on Wednesday with that Israeli analysis, saying that the problem was Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza, and that commercial concerns could not make that go away. “Both Egypt and Turkey have never given up — neither in exchange for gas nor for military equipment — their desire to persuade Israel to conduct its policy in a manner that would enable them to maintain relations with it, without undermining their relationship with their citizens and with the countries of the region,” he wrote. “Israel, which considered these relations a seal of approval for continuing its policy in the territories, lived with the illusion that the money index would solve everything.” But the bulk of the commentary on Wednesday, as befits a national day of celebration, was self-congratulatory and laudatory. There were the numbers from the Central Bureau of Statistics: 7.9 million people live here, 10 times the number at the country’s founding, with 14 big cities. Seventy percent of the inhabitants are native-born, compared with 35 percent in 1948. Israel’s gross domestic product per capita would fit well into Western Europe. The economy is sound. There was also discussion of what is considered here to be unfair criticism from abroad. Ben-Dror Yemini, a centrist commentator at Maariv, devoted his column to writing a letter to Theodor Herzl, the 19th-century Austrian journalist who was the father of Zionism, with advice if he could visit to see what had become of his vision. Multimedia Interactive Feature Lines in the Sand Related Israel Retroactively Legalizes 3 West Bank Settlements (April 25, 2012) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Mr. Yemini recommended to him that he leave aside loyalty to his profession and not read newspapers, because they are filled with negativity. He added, “Did you know, dear visionary, that Europe, where you realized that the Jews would have no future, gives more research grants to Israelis than to any other country on earth?” And, “Did you know that the yield per acre here is the highest in the world?” Mr. Yemini wrote: “If we believe academic publications, international institutions and newspapers, Israel is a terrible place that manufactures and exports violence to the whole world, a country that spends all its time oppressing, a country that is at the top of the list in corruption and human rights violations. “If we were to examine reality, the picture is completely different. Israel is one of the safest places in the world, life expectancy is one of the highest in the world, the percentage of people with quality higher education is one of the highest in the world, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has the lowest number of casualties in comparison to any other conflict in the world.” He said that all of this was especially impressive given that Israel was built by immigrants and had faced conflict for decades. His view was echoed by a poll conducted for the newspaper Yediot Aharonot — but so was the skepticism and concern of others. Eighty-eight percent of Israeli Jews polled said they were proud to be Israeli, yet a vast majority — 77 percent of secular Jews and 62 percent of religiously observant ones — said Israel lacked cohesion and suffered from divisions. Still, asked whether Herzl would have been pleased, 63 percent said the state had come out “just as he intended.”

Seeds of Armilus?

Can Israel function like the Parah Adumah: From Impurity it will spawn Purity?

From Armilus The Land can produce a Moshiach Ben Yosef to cleanse itself?

Will '72 be a Zohar Year?

At least the picture that the State of Israel is producing is becomming somewhat clearer as to what is going on here!


Tokyo: heels & suits in rain & sunshine

Until we sort out transport issues in Australia, tourism will languish on the sidelines in a manner somewhat analogous to Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid as she loses her voice.

Notwithstanding the tendency for politicians to obfuscate about the necessary 'strategic plan,' the essential link between the 2 Ts [Tourism & Transport] is broken, and will remain so until 'Australian political will' provides for its repair.

Unquestionably, transport is both "key" to the problem and the solution.

...& unquestionably Tokyo has 'transport' worked out!

Yom Zikaron 5772...This Year In Yerushalayim

In Memory Of Roi Rozner Who Fell In Gaza
Yom Zikaron: 5772


Israel marked Memorial Day on Wednesday morning as a two-minute nationwide siren sounded at 11 A.M. to commemorate the 22,993 IDF soldiers who have fallen while serving the nation. The national memorial service was held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and was attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Services are also set to take place at military cemeteries across the country. A memorial service for victims of terrorist attacks will take place at 1 P.M. "I know what you go through on this day and every day," Netanyahu, whose older brother Yonatan was killed in the 1976 Entebbe operation, said to bereaved families during his address at Mount Herzl. "I'm one of you. I know the agony of parents who have lost a son or daughter, the tragedy of young children who will never know their father, the cutting down of life felt by brothers and sisters, the longing of a young widow for a love who will never return." Wednesday’s services came a day after a ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers was held on Tuesday evening on the eve of Memorial Day in Yad Lebanim in Jerusalem. The ceremony was followed by a national service at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Peres, who spoke at the national ceremony on Tuesday, opened his speech with words of empathy for bereaved families. He went on to acknowledge that no words could heal the pain of losing a loved one. "We can collect words from morning to night," said Peres, "To search the entire lexicon. To consult experts. To try every expression. Every sentence. Every single word. And I know, it has not yet been found and will not be found: a word capable of healing sorrow. The sentence that has the power to console. There is no such sentence. There never was. And there never will be." "The State of Israel, for whom your children paid the highest and most painful price; for its establishment, existence and security. For a certain existence," said Peres. "But there is still a threat to its peace… And if need be, we will know how to protect it again." Toward the end of his speech, Peres said he was sure that this year, too, Israel would know how to protect the lives of its citizens. "And we will continue searching for a way to achieve peace in Israel." According to the IDF, 22,993 soldiers have fallen since 1860. 126 soldiers have fallen since last year and there are 10,524 bereaved families in Israel – of them 2,396 are orphans and 4,992 are widows. On the eve of Memorial Day, Netanyahu sent his yearly missive to bereaved Israeli families. "As a son to a bereaved family, Memorial Day has special significance for me. This day isn't just a national memorial day, it is also a private memorial day for me and the members of my family," Netanyahu wrote.

May nobody else need to die...Moshiach 5772

If You Are A Zionist And You Know It...

         Kosher Zionism?!

Today's Zionism is not what it used to be. Today Zionism is Universal Judaism working towards a Jewish Redemption, either conciously or unconciously. The Vilna Gaon described a True Zionism in "Kol HaTor" - which he termed, "The Shulchan Aruch" of the Geulah. With the advent of technology, we can see the Jewish People in a new light, one that expresses the Jew in Golus was somewhat of a Divine Governing by Hashem. Zionism may have started off wrong and Impure, but like the mystery of the Parah Adumah, it has somehow become Tahor and a precursor to the Geulah - much like the Gra had told over to his Talmidim.


I am a Zionist on every level. This created a challenge for me when I studied in a haredi (ultra-Orthodox) yeshiva in Jerusalem where rabbis never mentioned Israel’s Memorial Day, Israel’s Independence Day, or Jerusalem Day. No prayers were said for the state or on behalf of the IDF soldiers. These omissions disturbed me but my arguments about the magnitude of our return to Israel and Jerusalem fell on deaf ears. Why? Because “the state is secular,” it is a non-kosher entity. Any official acknowledgement of its holidays and the recitation of special prayers associated with the state would be giving legitimacy to a body which was foreign to Torah and the values the yeshiva espoused. On that basis, my pleas were entirely ignored. This was unacceptable to me. While I needed no sources to validate what I knew to be right, since the primary message conveyed in a haredi yeshiva is that the Torah is the well spring for our ideologies and must serve as our guiding light through life, I decided to explore what Torah sources had to say about Zionism and the role which the State of Israel plays in our faith. Perhaps this could sway my mentors and friends. This search led to remarkable results. The most glaring sources relate to the flourishing of the fruits of Israel. The Bible relates in Leviticus 26:32 that while the Jews are in exile, Israel will remain desolate. The implication, taught outright by the 11th-century Spanish rabbi and philosopher Bahya ibn Paquda (Rabbeinu Bachya in his commentary to Genesis 17:8), is that the reversal of that desolation indicates the end of the exile. This sign is stated more clearly by the prophets. Ezekiel (chapter 36), Isaiah (chapter 51), and Amos (chapter 9) all describe the growth of trees and fruits in Israel as an indication of the arrival of the messianic age. In yeshiva, great weight is placed on talmudic teachings. Turning to the Talmud for clarification, I found that the most obvious sign of the redemption is that the fruits of Israel will grow once again (Tractate Sanhedrin 98a). The Talmud also teaches in Tractate Megilla (17b) that the final redemption begins with the in gathering of the exiles, followed by t e flourishing of the fruits of Israel, and concludes with the arrival of the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Temple. This idea was concretized by the revered Rabbi Akiva Eiger just 200 year s ago when he taught that if we succeed in growing fruit in Israel then t he final redemption is imminent (as related by his student, Rav Zvi Hirsch Kalischer, Shivat Zion, volume 2, pp. 51-52). No one can refute the reality that after thousands of years of desolation, Israel is now flourishing and producing fruits. Anyone who agrees with the most basic haredi tenet, that the words of the Bible, Prophets, Talmud and the great rabbis serve as the basis of our faith, must conclude that the flourishing of trees and fruits i n Israel indicate that we are experiencing a significant step toward redemption. Since the flourishing of the land was brought about by the Zionist movement and its drive to create the State of Israel, one cannot avoid the conclusion that Zionism and the state, at the very least, play important roles in the messianic process. But what about the claim that monumental steps towards the Messiah’s arrival cannot possibly be driven by secular leaders? This argument holds no weight. The Bible, especially in the book of Kings, reveals that God is willing to perform great miracles and brings salvation through individuals far more anti-religious than any of the state’s secular founders and leaders. King Ahab, who married a non-Jew, encouraged idol worship and stood silent while his wife killed prophet s was told by a prophet that he would lead troops to miraculous victory (see Kings I 20:13-14). Omri, identified as a greater sinner than all the wicked Jewish kings before him, (Kings I 16:25), merited a long-lasting dynasty because he added a city to the Land of Israel (Sanhedrin 102b) despite the fact that his intention in adding that city was to eliminate Jerusalem as the focus of the Jews! The secular leaders of the State of Israel most certainly have more noble intentions in building Israeli cities and, thus, can certainly merit playing a role in the redemption process. Kings I, Chapter 14 describes Yeravam as a terrible sinner who caused others to sin, as well. Despite his sins, he led the Jews to victory in restoring the borders of Israel. The Bible its elf explains that the time came for this “redemption” and God used whoever the leader was at the time, despite his being irreligious. Rabbi Yehuda Loew (the “Maharal of Prague” 1520-1609), teaches (Gevurot Hashem, chapter 18) that “ ...the Messianic King will establish a new kingdom, which will emerge from the first kingdom that will precede it. This is so because the holy kingdom of Israel, which has an inherent, divine status, sprouts from an unsanctified kingdom.” According to the Maharal, there actually must be a secular government as a precursor to the arrival of t he Messiah. This means that God specifically chose a government made up of secular leaders to pave the way for the final redemption! But what about the haredi principle of “da’at Torah” which means an obligation to heed the opinions of t he rabbis even if these go against what we understand to be correct? Doesn’t this concept mean that we cannot pray for a state and its soldiers or celebrate its existence if our great rabbis do not identify with its importance or see it as a cause for celebration? The following quotes from great haredi rabbis debunk this argument: Rabbi Zvi Pesach Frank, a judge on Rabbi Shmuel Salant’s rabbinic court and former chief rabbi of Jerusalem, referred to the creation of the State of Israel as “the beginning of redemption” (Kuntras Har Zvi in Drishat Tzion, p. 48). Rabbi Chatzkal Sarna, Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach signed a document on 20 Tevet, 5709, (1949) than king God for granting them the privilege of witnessing “the first buds of t he beginning of the redemption through the establishment of the State of Israel” (referenced by Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef in Yabia Omer Orach Chayim 6:41). Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg taught that “the ingathering of the Exiles alone is the sign of the beginning of the final redemption” (Tzitz Eliezer 7:49). There really is no escaping it. Haredim, who accept the Bible, the Talmud, and the rabbis throughout the ages as conveying the word of God, should embrace Zionism and the State of Israel as positive developments and essential to the redemption process. I look forward to the day when all fellow haredim will open their eyes to see these clear sources and join to get her with the rest of Israel to pray for t he welfare of our soldiers (and even serve as soldiers, themselves!), mourn those who have been killed in the line of duty, and celebrate the great miracles of our independence and return to Jerusalem. The author is an ordained rabbi, author, educator and community activist in Beit Shemesh. He is the director of the English Speakers Division of the Am Shalem movement.

May the Exiles of Modern Zionism Realize The Messianic Dream, and be a part of Moshiach ben Yosef and take hold of the End of Days.

...They asked the Vilna Gaon: what is the Law if 600,000 souls could come to Israel at once: he said, "Bring them!"
-May Ben Gurion airport be filled this year!


Nicole Richie is my celeb girl crush. I think we all have one don't we?  You know when you've secretly dreamt that if you put your six degrees of separation to use your paths would some day cross and you'd immediately bond over shopping,  kids,  being 5ft 1in and sharing the same first name , going from blonde to brunette and back again,  and all things generally fabulous. 

She really has made an amazing transformation since her days as Paris Hiltons sidekick in The Simple Life ( I secretly loooooved that show ).  It seems that marriage and family life agree with her and we are getting to know hubby Joel Madden on the Australian version of the Voice and so far I think were liking him .

Our celeb girl crushes act as our personal muses (we can mentally pop over and rummage through their bespoke walk in closets) and they can inspire us to change and define our fashion sense and sometimes even our personal lives. 

So thanks Nic for your vibe I love it and you've now got me thinking is it time for some blonde highlights again????