Archive for October 6th, 2006

Abbas Tells US PA Will Recognize Israel, Says Opposite on PA TV

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Well what did we expect from a slimy pali terrorist?

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said this week he would ‘fire Hamas’ if the terror group won’t recognize Israel, but sang a different tune on PA TV.

Abbas convinced U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that he is sincere in his commitment to force the PA government to formally acknowledge the Jewish State’s right to exist, said the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) Thursday.

On PA TV, however, Abbas said “It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the Popular Front to recognize Israel.” Abbas is the head of the Fatah party and terror organization, which is currently the minority faction in the PA legislature.

“I do not demand of Hamas nor any other to recognize Israel,” said Abbas in Arabic, “but from the government that works with Israelis in day to day life, yes.”

Rice said she was impressed with the PA leader’s political acumen after their meeting this week. “We have great admiration for you and your leadership,” she said, and committed the U.S. to “redouble efforts” to help PA Arabs.

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‘Gay’ groups: We have rights to your children!

Friday, October 6th, 2006

OK folks, check this out:

Parental rights, according to the brief filed this week, “have never meant that a parent can demand prior notice and the right to opt a child out of mere exposure to ideas in the public schools that a parent disapproves of.”

That includes, according to the brief, religious or any other ideas.

The new brief was filed in a Massachusetts District Court lawsuit by Lexington parent David Parker, whose civil rights case is pending, by the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and others.

So you see, these groups don’t want parents to have any say in what is taught to their children. They know that only by hiding their indoctrination techniques from parents, do they have any chance of advancing their agenda.

“Why are all these groups – especially the national groups – so interested in a parent’s right to decide what moral issues are taught to his children by adults in elementary schools, especially regarding homosexuality,” asked Brian Camenker, president of MassResistance.

That group said it is a “pro-family action center for Massachusetts” which equips citizens to fight attacks on freedoms, constitutional government, children and parental rights.

“This is outrageous and very frightening. They must see David Parker’s case as quite a threat to their ability to push their message on children,” he said.

He said the “true agenda” of the sponsors of the brief is apparent in the demands that the state has a legal obligation to teach homosexual issues to young children in the public schools – and parents do not even have the right to remove their kids or be notified.

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‘Republican Party Imploding,’ Pelosi Says

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Maybe in your dreams, Nancy.
I think the majority of Americans are going to resent having a Democrat preach morals to us. As if the Democrats are the least bit qualified to preach morals to anyone.
I know many people are not real happy with the Republicans, but they also are logical enough to see that putting the Democrats in power would make things ten times worse.

(CNSNews.com) – “We are winning” says the subject line of an email that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi beamed to Democrats on Thursday.

“After years of unbridled corruption and deception, under the pressure of a relentless Democratic surge, the Republican Party is imploding with just over 30 days left before Election Day.”

Pelosi was writing on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a group that raises money to elect Democrats to Congress.

“The Republicans are desperate,” Pelosi said. “The only thing they have left to offer is fear. And the fear-mongering is turned up to full volume in congressional races all across the country. Their attacks will get dirtier. Their lies will get more outrageous,” she warned.

Pelosi said the Republicans’ only chance of winning is to spend their “massive special interest-funded war chest on Karl Rove’s proven ‘smear and fear’ tactics.”

Pelosi’s fund-raising pitch says Democratic candidates can stay competitive, only if the DCCC is able to “level the financial playing field.”

“We cannot let our candidates be overwhelmed by this tidal wave of negative advertising. I ask you to join the fight by contributing all you can,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi said if Democrats win, “we can get this country headed in the right direction. We can strengthen the middle class, expand opportunity, and elect Democrats to provide the principled leadership this country is so desperately seeking.”

Republicans have accused Democrats of being intentionally vague about their plans to take America in the “right direction.”

“We can get this country headed in the right direction.” A Democrat headed to the “right”? That will be the day!!

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Conservatives Accuse Watchdog Group of ‘Christianophobia’

Friday, October 6th, 2006

I like the term. The Islamist cry “Islamaphobia” every time someone even questions any aspect of their religion, so what better way to describe the actions of people who have it out for Christians. Remember the old saying “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.

(CNSNews.com) – A liberal government watchdog group has asked the Secret Service to release its records of prominent conservative Christian leaders’ visits to the White House, but one of those leaders called the request “an act of Christianophobia.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Wednesday. The group said in the request that the records are “likely to contribute to the public’s understanding of the influence that conservative Christian leaders have, or attempt to have, on the president in the exercise of his authority.”

The Secret Service has 20 business days to respond to the request for records pertaining to James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Gary Bauer of American Values, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, Louis Sheldon and Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Don Wildmon of American Family Association, and Jerry Falwell of Liberty University.

“These are people that are publicly identifiable as leaders of what I would call the Christian right, and we are interested to know the extent of influence that they may have had on the president and his policies,” Anne Weismann, chief counsel for CREW, told Cybercast News Service.

“It’s one thing to know that people have influence and have support of the president, but I don’t know that that answers the question about the degree to which they have access and influence to the president and his staff on a day-to-day basis,” Weismann added.

But Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, told Cybercast News Service that she questioned CREW’s motives in not seeking information about other religious groups who visit the White House, calling it “an act of Christianophobia.”

Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, said CREW is “targeting people who represent millions and millions of Christians, and this is clearly an attempt to harass and to intimidate.”

“They don’t want Christians to turn out and vote,” she said. “What they really want us to do is turn in our voter ID cards and just say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to show up at the polls.’

“I think this will only anger the millions of people these people represent,” said Lafferty.

She noted that it is not unusual for the nine people listed in the FOIA request to visit the White House.

“Clearly, the White House communicates with a number of us on a weekly basis on a variety of issues,” Lafferty told Cybercast News Service.

Lafferty said she and other conservative Christian leaders represent “a constituency that put the president in the White House. The president has a lot of people that he listens to – he cares about every citizen – but our folks are the heart and soul of the Republican Party right now.”

Lafferty added that CREW is a “front group” funded in part by billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros.

“Obviously, everyone on the list is considered a threat,” she said. “Anyone who is a threat, Soros and his people go after.

“Soros is a very wealthy, manipulative, evil person who is trying to direct the outcome of this election, and he is going after Christians,” Lafferty said.

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Cave Spawns Silver Dollar City, Family Theme Park, as Leader in Branson Tourism

Friday, October 6th, 2006

(AgapePress) – When Jack Herschend and Sherry Nickel began courting in 1950 at Branson, Missouri’s Marvel Cave, they could not have dreamed of the adventure life had in store for them. Jack talked his father, developer of the cave, into letting him leave college.

He insisted he wanted to stay home and work with the crew, helping transform the new family venture, Marvel Cave, into a top-rate tourist attraction. The truth was, Jack hated to leave Sherry behind. But Dad relented.

“They gave me the job of tearing out the wooden stairs, and then bringing sacks of cement to the waterfall which is 505 feet below the surface,” Jack remembers. “You just carry one sack down, and then go back up the stairs and get another sack, and do that all day long. College looked pretty good. After missing one semester, I went back to school.”

Fortunately, the relationship flourished anyway. Just after Jack graduated, he and Sherry married in the Cathedral Room of Marvel Cave on June 26, 1954.

Hugo Herschend, Jack’s father, a first-generation immigrant from Denmark, had a successful business career in Chicago. But his entrepreneurial nature led him to lease Marvel Cave April 1, 1950. He began improvements immediately to make it a more attractive mid-America tourist destination. Over the next few years, the family moved from Chicago and purchased 640 acres of land around the cave to maintain control of all approaches to the cave.

Marvel Cave was soon on the way to becoming a top regional attraction but still had a ways to go. Hugo Herschend’s fatal heart attack in 1955 left his widow Mary, Jack and Sherry, and Jack’s brother Pete (still in college) facing the decision of whether or not to proceed with the family enterprise. Not surprisingly, they decided to forge ahead with Hugo’s dream. It was in their blood.

To retain the authentic sense of the Ozarks, they employed local residents to help develop the attraction and to serve the growing crowds. By 1959 they were hosting up to 600 adults daily.

Crowds kept growing, and the family began building an Ozark village near the entrance to the cave. It gave people something to do while they awaited the next Marvel Cave tour. The village was an authentic, working community that demonstrated crafts and lifestyles of the unique Ozark mountains in the 1880s.

Two reconstructed log structures and five other frontier-style buildings were opened to the public May 1, 1960. The Herschends named the park Silver Dollar City and, for years, gave change in silver dollars.

Those original buildings still form the heart of Silver Dollar City. And they still house crafts, demonstrate a working small Ozark farm, and provide a front-porch venue for authentic Ozark music. The Wilderness Church, one of the old log buildings, offers a peaceful place to sit and rest for awhile, even to worship.

In fact, the church could be symbolic of the Herschend family’s earliest decisions regarding principles by which they would operate. The corporate mission statement says unapologetically that they will operate “in a manner consistent with Christian values and ethics.”

Even so, the company is not a church, or even a parachurch organization. “The objective of this company today is not to bring people to the Lord,” Pete Herschend said. “We are in the entertainment business and we work very, very hard to provide worthwhile entertainment.”

And, sure enough, blooming and bustling all around the quiet oasis of history and tradition, a whirlwind of activity invites families to enjoy the latest in family theme park features – games, rides, concerts, the works. Just last summer, the Grand Exposition opened a new section of the complex with ten new family rides.

These days, the Herschend brothers and their wives, Sherry and JoDee, are committed to countless community, church and ministry endeavors. But after more than five decades at Silver Dollar City, they remain involved in its operation. Just can’t get it out of their blood.

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“TRUST AND FAITH IN G-D – THE TRUE MEANING OF SUKKOT” by Fern Sidman

Friday, October 6th, 2006

As we take this time to reflect on the events of the past year, the Jewish nation is faced with the stark realities of its future. There is no question that the state of affairs of the State of Israel and the Jewish nation have ominous overtones of Europe in 1938. Global anti-Semitism has seen a dramatic rise and the incidents of blatant Jew hatred have catapulted to new and dangerous levels.

Terrorist organizations of all stripes and ilks in the Middle East have increased their political and military strength and are gearing up for more major conflicts with Israel. Whiles Hamas and Fatah are engaged in their internal power struggles, their common denominator and raison d’etre still remains the complete annihilation of Israel. Hezbollah forces in Lebanon are currently re-arming and beginning the next stage in their battle to vanquish the Jewish nation.

Hezbollah’s chief sponsors, Syria and Iran have made their objectives clear in the form of bellicose rhetoric directed toward Israel, while the world applauds the words of Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations.

While the United States repeats its vows of not negotiating with terrorists and those who harbor or support them, we watch as US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice engages in direct negotiations with the very same organizations that the State Department lists as foreign terrorist organizations. According to an article by David Bedein on the Israel Resource Review web site it states:

“Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has arrived in Israel and scheduled meetings with the Fatah, which operates the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, designated by the US State Dep’t as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) on March 27, 2002, and which remains on the official list of terrorist organizations on the US government’s terror “watch list”.

Our agency asked an American government official as to how whether the US government holds Machmud Abbas, the head of the Fatah, accountable for an organization that he heads which the US Government as a terrorist organization defines.

The American government official responded, “The US Government views Abbas as the head of the Fatah, and the Fatah as separate and distinct from the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade”.

It would seem that this American government official is not familiar with the US State Department web site. Only ten months ago, the US State Dep’t annual report on terror in which it linked the Fatah and Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades states that Al Aksa Brigades is openly linked by the US State Department to the Fatah.

The relevant sections of the annual report speak for themselves:

p. 126

“Middle East and North Africa Overview:

Terrorist activities in the Middle East and North Africa continued to be a primary concern in the global war on terror. Active extremist groups in this region includes: al-Qaida, the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hizballah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the al-Aqsa Martyrs ‘ Brigades (Fatah’s militant wing), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), Ansar al-Islam and its offshoot Ansar al-Sunna, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s organization, Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn, a.k.a. al-Qaida of the Jihad Organization in the Land of Two Rivers (a.k.a. al-Qaida in Iraq).”

p. 132

“Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Palestinian terrorist groups conducted a significant number of attacks in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip even after a “period of calm” was agreed in February. All of these groups used a variety of terrorist tactics, including suicide bombs, rocket attacks, pipe bombs, mortar attacks, roadside bombings and ambushes, and shooting at Israeli homes and military and civilian vehicles. The number of victims killed in Israel in terrorist attacks was less than 50, down from the almost 100 individuals killed in 2004. Israeli security forces successfully thwarted other planned attacks. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (AAMB), HAMAS, and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) were responsible for most of these attacks.

BACKGROUND: THE LINK DISCOVERED

The Fatah-Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade connection is not new.

Yael Shahar, a researcher at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism wrote back in March 2002 that among the documents seized in a raid on the Fatah chief Arafat’s headquarters were invoices the Al-Aqsa Martyrs asking for reimbursement for, among other things, explosives used in bombings in Israeli cities.

Another document found was addressed to Brig. Gen. Fouad Shoubaki, the Palestinian Authority’s chief financial officer for military operations, and contained numerous handwritten notes and calculations, apparently added by Shoubaki’s staff.

That document was the first direct proof that the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are not a “rogue militia” as Arafat had claimed earlier. Instead, its members were found to be on the Palestinian Authority’s payroll, and that its activities are financed out of Palestinian Authority coffers, and that its attacks are carried out with the knowledge and backing of Yasser Arafat’s inner Fatah circle.

Another invoice discovered in Arafat’s headquarters was dispatched by Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to Shoubaki’s office, located in the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in Ramallah, dated 16 September 2001 outlining expenses through September 6 and asks Shoubaki’s office for money to build additional bombs, and to finance propaganda posters promoting suicide bombers.

These internal documents showed that Shoubaki was also responsible for financing the activity of the al-Aksa Brigades in the Bethlehem region, transferring monthly salaries to the organization’s activists in the area. In addition, he was involved in purchasing a cache of weapons stolen towards the end of the year 2000 from an IDF base in the area. These weapons were later used to carry out attacks against Israeli civilians in the area of Jerusalem.

Shoubaki had visited Baghdad in August 2001 in order to coordinate positions with the Iraqi government, and in May 2001 he was present at a meeting in Moscow during which the draft for joint activities between Iran and the PA was agreed upon.

In addition, documents that Israel seized from Orient House, the PA’s East Jerusalem headquarters, show that the PA had transferred funds to Fatah, the Tanzim, and its affiliated fighters.

Example: July 9, 2002 letter, signed by Arafat, empowered Kamil Hmeid — a Fatah leader in Bethlehem — to disburse payments to twenty-four Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades members, including Atef Abayat, an Al-Aksa commander in Bethlehem.

Colonel Miri Eisin, then a senior Israeli intelligence officer and now a senior advisor to Prime Minister Olmert who was the ranking officer who presented the document to the media at the time, pointed out that in the time since the letter was sent, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade had carried out eight suicide bombings in Israel. In addition, the group had by then carried out about 300 attacks in which Israeli civilians were killed or wounded; including roadside ambushes, drive by shootings, and car bombings. “You could probably call this a terror invoice. How much does terrorism cost?”, Eisin asked reporters.

Even the Council on Foreign Relations, the academic group most identified as an advocate of negotiations with the PLO, revealed in 2002 that “The Al Aksa brigades are affiliated with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat’s al-Fatah faction. While the group initially vowed to target only Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in early 2002 it began a spree of terrorist attacks against civilians in Israeli cities. In March 2002, after a deadly al-Aqsa Brigades suicide bombing in Jerusalem, the State Department added the group to the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations in early 2002; the al-Aqsa Brigades’ attacks killed more Israelis than those of Hamas”.

FRANK ADMISSION BY FATAH LEADER

This week, a Fatah member and terror group leader told the World Net Daily news service in Jerusalem that the Fatah party does not recognize Israel and that any final accord that doesn’t include flooding the Jewish state with millions of Palestinians will not be supported by the Fatah party and will lead to Palestinian civil war.

“The base of our Fatah movement keeps dreaming of Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jaffa and Acco. There is no change in our position. Abbas recognizes Israel because of pressure that the Zionists and the Americans are exercising on him. We understand this is part of his obligations and political calculations”, said Abu Ahmed, Fatah member and leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip.

Abu Ahmed went on to day that “there is an opportunistic class at the head of the Fatah leadership that for personal and political interests says it accepts the existence of Israel. There is no change in our official position. Fatah as a movement never recognized Israel. It is the PLO who did so for the reasons I mentioned.”

Abu Ahmed explained, on the record, that the Al Aqsa Brigades is “one and the same” with the Fatah party.

“We are members of Fatah and there are normal organic relations between us and the Fatah. We are in the Al Aqsa Brigades because we are Fatah members. We participate in all political decisions making of the Fatah movement.”

Abu Ahmed told WND that Brigades members consider Abbas their legitimate leader and answer ultimately to the PA President.

“Of course we are loyal to Abbas. He is our elected leader. We would of course prefer if his policy toward Israel was different but we understand his obligations and calculations, and we do not consider ourselves limited by these calculations,” Abu Ahmed said.

Abu Ahmed explained the difference between Hamas and Fatah is that the Fatah party “is ready to discuss a political arrangement for the Jews.” And added that any arrangement must include the “right of return” of millions of Palestinians to Israel.

THE PALESTINIAN MEDIA ITSELF TRUMPETS THE FATAH-AL AKSA LINK

The Arabic language Palestinian Authority media runs frequent news stories that feature the Fatah-Al Aksa Brigade link.

Here are some examples:

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On February 5th, 2005, the official website of the Al Aksa Brigades featured a letter from the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades to the Fatah Revolutionary Council which quotes the late Yassir Arafat who officially declared the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade to be the “military wing” of the Fatah and that the Al Aksa Brigades would continue to follow the Fatah leadership of “the brother Abu Mazen”

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On August 4th, 2005, the official web site of the Fatah ran an interview with a member of the revolutionary council of the Fatah in which he was asked about the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, to which he responded that the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades remain an integral part of the Fatah, and that Fatah takes pride in the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades

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on November 26th, 2005, in an “Islam on Line news” feature, a prominent Palestinian pundit noted that a victory in the forthcoming election for the Fatah will be a victory the leaders of the Al Aksa Brigades””

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On January 12th, 2006, the official Palestinian Authority Fatah newspaper Al Hayat editorialized that Machmud Abbas would have to use all of the Fatah’s forces in the election campaign, especially the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades From the clear documented connection between Al Aksa and the Fatah, it would seem that Secretary Rice would be hard pressed to defend herself against an allegation that she violates American law by giving sanction to an organization which operates a terrorist organization that has been designated by her own US State Department as a terrorist organization. ”

So much for American promises not to negotiate with terrorists. And what of our own leaders? Why do we not hear loud and raucous protests from Israeli leaders over this flagrant violation of US policy?

Our own leaders are paralyzed with fear, confusion and ambiguity concerning a clear cut trajectory for the future of the Jewish nation. They are of the belief that the US is sacrosanct and therefore immune to Israeli criticism of these kinds of actions. They are leaders whose density and obtuse nature is guided by ineptitude, riddled with corruption, and who remain devoid of any belief in the Divine destiny of the Jewish people. They are leaders who charter of course of suicidal destruction of Israel, by insisting on implementing a plan that would see the removal of more Jews from their homes in the settlements of Judea and Samaria, and the subsequent demolition of those communities. It is a government that does not respect the religious freedoms of Jews, as was evidenced by the confiscation of the Sukkah from Jewish Legion members in the settlement of Tapuach, and the adamant refusal by the government to return it.

As we approach the joyous holiday of Sukkot, we stand at a precipice in Jewish history. We stand at a critical juncture in time for the Jewish nation. As the world remains silent and apathetic towards the rapid rise in Jew hatred and the increased isolation of Israel, we must come to realization that we are a people that stand alone. Our only source of comfort, salvation and hope in these trying times and always is our unwavering faith and trust in the Almighty G-d of Israel. The entire reason for our existence in this world is for the sole purpose of glorifying the name of G-d. The holiday of Sukkot speaks directly to this point.

As the Torah tells us in Vayikra (Leviticus) (23: 42-43 ) “In booths you are to dwell for seven days …so that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them from the land of Egypt….” According to Rabbi Akiva, the Sukkah commemorates the greatness of the Jewish people. Their faith in G-d was so complete and so total that they traveled into the uninhabitable desert wasteland at G-d’s command. In this wasteland, the Jews did not even have permanent dwellings, but merely booths, trusting in G-d that He would care for their every need in the wilderness, which of course, He did.

The Sukkah is reminiscent of the Clouds of Glory that protected the nation of Israel during their journey in the desert (Talmud, Sukkot 11b). The Sukkah reminds us that we remain completely reliant on G-d’s mercy, and protected by His constant presence. Our joy on Sukkot is “complete not when the harvest is reaped and our barns filled to overflowing, but when we dwell in the Sukkah and realize that G-d is the true source of our security”.

And so for an entire week, we live our warm, comfortable homes and dwell in the Sukkah, for this is the ultimate act of faith and trust in the Almighty G-d of Israel. We leave our homes not in the summer when the weather is amenable to outdoor living; however we do so at a time when the weather turns colder. The Sukkah reminds us that our life on earth is unstable and transitory, and that we must maximize each moment. We must spend each moment in servitude to the Almighty, taking steps to exalt His holy name.

The Sukkah provides us with a unique closeness with G-d. Gazing at the stars through the greenery of the ‘chach (roof covering), we experience a connection to G-d that is almost palpable. Source: Essence of the Holy Days. The Sukkah reminds us of the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple). Just as the Jews would leave their homes and journey to the Temple’s courtyard, so too we leave our homes and enter the Sukkah. Source: The Joy of Succos (the ‘fas Emes). The Sukkah symbolizes a chuppah (marriage canopy), reminding us of the “marriage” between G-d and the Jewish people. Source: ‘fas Emes: The Joy of Succos. The mitzvah of the Sukkah involves the entire body, thus reminding us that our entire body and soul – our entire essence – must be involved in the service of G-d.

The Sukkah represents not only a place of honor in this world, but also a taste of what is to be found in the World To Come. In fact, the Talmud (Bava Basra 75a) refers to the reward given to the righteous in the hereafter as a “sukkah”. Source: ‘fas Emes (The Three Festivals). The Sukkah is the embodiment of the potential for Jewish unity. The Sukkah is an inviting meeting place for Jews of all stations where they can join together and be at one with G-d. The Talmud (Sukkah 27b) states that “the entire nation of Israel may, and ought to, dwell in a single Sukkah”. Each Jew, no matter how far he or she has strayed from her/his Jewish roots during the year, can band together with fellow Jews in the shelter of G-d’s embrace. As the Lubavitcher Rebbe, z’tl, wrote, “the Sukkah represents a oneness so deep and all embracing that all distinctions pale in significance before it.” Sources: Week in Review; ‘fas Emes (The Three Festivals).

There is another commandment which is also unique to Sukkot – the commandment to take the Four Species. In Vayikra – Leviticus (23:40) the verse says “And you shall take for yourself on the first day the fruit of a goodly tree, branches of palm trees, the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before Hashem your G-d for seven days.” The Gemora in the tractate of Sukkah (35a) explains the verse as follows: the “fruit of a goodly tree is an Esrog (citron); the branch of the palm tree is the Lulav; the “boughs of thick trees” are Hadasim (myrtle); and, the “willows of the brook” are Aravos (willow branches).

The Esrog represents the heart, the Lulav represents the body, the Hadassim represent the eyes and the Arovos represent the mouth. Taken together, these Four Species represent the unification of the person in the service of G-d. The Four Specifies represent the components of the Jewish people: (a) the Esrog (a tasty fruit with a pleasant aroma) represents one who possess both Torah knowledge and good deeds; (b) the Lulav (a branch of a date palm which produces a sweet fruit but has no fragrance) represents one who is proficient in Torah but lacks good deeds; (c) the Hadassim (which are sweet smelling but produce no edible fruit) represent one who performs good deeds but is deficient in Torah knowledge; and (d) the Arovos (which are both odorless and tasteless) represent one who lacks both Torah and good deeds. Taken together, the Four Species symbolize the totality of the Jewish people, all extending a helping hand to one another, all striving toward the same goals: fulfillment of the Torah to the best of their ability, thereby proclaiming to all humankind that G-d is the Creator and Master of the universe. Taken together, the Four Species further signify that each group contributes its particular qualities and strength to the communal whole.

On this holiday of Sukkot, let us raise our collective voices to the Heavens and proclaim the Oneness of G-d and let us remember that it is G-d alone and our service to Him that will insure our salvation as a people and as a nation.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims (French) police union

Friday, October 6th, 2006

At the time of the riots in France, the blogsphere pointed out what to us was obvious, but what the main stream media refused to even mention…that the rioters were Muslims.
Even to this day, the MSM’s continue to call rioters “Youth of North African descent”.
Now the police union in France, tired of the double speak, has come out with the truth. They have named names and call the riots what they are, an intifada against France by Muslim jihadist.

Radical Muslims in France’s housing estates are waging an undeclared “intifada” against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.

Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy was warned of an ‘intifada’

As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were “in a state of civil war” with Muslims in the most depressed “banlieue” estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin.

It said the situation was so grave that it had asked the government to provide police with armoured cars to protect officers in the estates, which are becoming no-go zones.

The number of attacks has risen by a third in two years. Police representatives told the newspaper Le Figaro that the “taboo” of attacking officers on patrol has been broken.

Instead, officers – especially those patrolling in pairs or small groups – faced attacks as soon as they tried to arrest locals.

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However, not all officers on the ground accept that essentially secular interpretation. Michel Thoomis, the secretary general of the hardline Action Police trade union, has written to Mr Sarkozy warning of an “intifada” on the estates and demanding that officers be given armoured cars in the most dangerous areas.

He said yesterday: “We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their ‘comrades’ free when they are arrested.”

He added: “We need armoured vehicles and water cannon. They are the only things that can disperse crowds of hundreds of people who are trying to kill police and burn their vehicles.”

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“Distractions and Hypocrisy: by David Limbaugh

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Do you remember how many times during the Clinton years Democrats told us everyone lies about sex and that Republicans were shamefully distracting the Clinton administration by harping on White House cover-ups about sex with an intern?

Well, we have far worse distractions now being promoted by Democrats about far less important matters and during far more dangerous times.

When Clinton was president he lamented, “I just want to get back to the work of the American people.” That deserves to be echoed by Democrats today, because we need to have a genuine debate on the issues that really matter — the war against the jihadists, the economy, marriage and abortion, and other vital issues — before the November elections.

Will Democrats, if they regain control of either — or both — houses of Congress, use their newfound majority to further stifle the president’s prosecution of the war on terror? Will they de-fund our soldiers in Iraq and demand a timetable for withdrawal? Their incessant criticisms of Iraq being “the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time” imply that they would.

Likewise, would the Democrats undo the partial reform measures aimed at sealing our borders? Would they try to roll back tax cuts? The public is entitled to know what the Republicans stand for and what the Democrats stand for, and the media is supposed to be the vehicle to make sure that we do. But the media seems uninterested in these issues. Their sole focus seems to be to try to embarrass, if not emasculate, President Bush and the Republicans and return the Democrats to power.

Don’t tell me the media and the Democrats are morally outraged about any aspect of the Foley matter, because that dog just won’t hunt. They have absolutely no moral standing to complain about anyone else’s laxity over deviant sexual behavior.

You know the drill. You’ve read and heard the Democrats’ sordid track record on these matters. They not only didn’t condemn Democratic congressman Gerry Studds for his actual sex — not perverted flirting — with a page; they gave him ovations. Congressman Barney Frank remains a respected Democrat even though an aide ran a prostitution ring out of Frank’s apartment. The Democrats told us that Clinton’s defilement of the Oval Office was a private matter. They champion the advancement of the radical homosexual agenda and safeguard partial birth abortion.

“No, no, no,” they cry. This is about Republican hypocrisy. The GOP pretends to be the party of values and yet embroils itself in this salacious scandal.

But Republicans are not guilty of hypocrisy here — they immediately purged Foley when they discovered the extent of his disgraceful misconduct.

And if Speaker Dennis Hastert had dropped the axe on Foley earlier, based on what he was told about the initial e-mails, you can be sure that the ACLU, the gay lobby, and apparently indignant Democrats would have cried homophobia at the top of their lungs.

It’s the Democrats who are the hypocrites. Here they are castigating Hastert for not taking action that they would otherwise describe as homophobia.

This should be a non-scandal because it doesn’t involve the Republican Party, or in fairness, even its House leader. Based on the facts we know now, it involves Foley alone. Let’s put the brakes on this rush to judgment against Hastert until we see what facts the investigation reveals.

The real scandal is the Democratic Party. As I point out in my book “Bankrupt: The Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy of Today’s Democratic Party” — and document in detail in their own words — the Democrats are unhinged in their Bush hatred, trying to parade under a false banner of being a “values” party themselves, and have no real political platform at all, except for opposing the Republicans on everything, most of all on the war on terror. And the real disaster would be if Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker of the House or Harry Reid becomes the Senate majority leader. Can anyone really see Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid as responsible war leaders in Congress?

Democrats have disingenuously told us they couldn’t wait to make this election a referendum on President Bush’s policies on national security and the war in Iraq. But they have done everything they could to avoid this discussion because they still have no policies of their own to offer on the war — and they have even less to offer on the economy, which is robust and booming. They will ride the Foley incident as long as they can, but eventually — sometime before the election, they’ll have to give us some answers. Too bad for them. They don’t have any.

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