Archive for March 17th, 2009

“THE TORAH ZOO COMES TO BORO PARK” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Have you ever wondered what a real Korban Pesach looked like, or what the original appearance was of the kosher and non-kosher animals mentioned in Parshas Shemini? One need not travel far from home to get a glimpse of Torah wildlife. Preserved animals provided by world renowned taxidermists are now on display at “the Torah Zoo”, an adjunct branch of The Living Torah Museum located at 1601 41st Street in Boro Park.

The man behind this venture is Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch. He is not only the curator and tour operator of the museum, but he is also the Rav of the shul (Cong. Anshei Liozna) which houses the exhibitions. In addition, Rabbi Deutsch also heads up the Oneg Shabbos program, one of the largest free food pantries in New York. Much of his time is spent collecting and distributing food and last year alone, he gave away over $5 million in alimentation to those in need.

About eight years ago, Rabbi Deutsch began collecting authentic ancient artifacts that were explicitly mentioned in the Torah, Mishnah and the Talmud. “I started collecting and exhibiting these artifacts because one cannot truly understand what life was like for our people centuries ago unless one sees the real thing”, says Rabbi Deutsch. “I want everyone to gain a real understanding and appreciation of the Torah and the gadlus (greatness) of Hashem, so for the sake of chinuch I have established this museum” he added. He began by contacting archeologists with stellar credentials, auction houses and private collectors in order to secure the ancient remains from every period of Jewish history.

Many of the items displayed in glass cases are 2000 years old and some date back even further in history. One such item is a tablet from the city of Ur, the place where Abraham Avinu had lived. This particular tablet is an administrative record with a list of men’s names (possibly a list of slaves). It is dated to the 1st year of Shu-sin, the fourth king of the third Dynasty of Ur which corresponds to the year 2037 B.C.E. This would be 4039 years ago.

Other items donated to the museum include Israelite pottery, a pair of bronze anklets, a Cypriot pot cover, oil lamps, wine stoppers and arrowheads from the conquest of Lachish in 701 B.C. These items were donated by Dr. Donald Brown, the last living member of James Starkey’s excavation of Lachish in the 1930s and were authenticated by the Biblical Archeology Review, a prestigious trade publication.

Torah Zoo

At the recent grand opening of the Torah Zoo exhibit which is located in an adjacent building to the museum, animals mentioned in the Torah come to life. “These are real animals that have been preserved and stuffed by taxidermists”, said Rabbi Deutsch. “Almost every animal mentioned in the Chumash is represented here including the Korban Pesach”, he adds. Oxen, bears, birds, fish, crocodiles, lions, turtles, grasshoppers, lizards and peacocks are among the animals on display. Each one is life size and includes nuanced features and details. Both kosher and non-kosher animals as described in Parshas Shemini are also on hand including, the nesher, the owl, scorpions, etc. Admission to the museum is $10.00 per person and to plan a tour you can call 1-877-PLAN-A-TOUR.

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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 delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“All The King’s Globalists” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I’m no conspiracy theorist as suggested by the title of a Politico article dated 3-15-09, but I don’t think you have to be to have an eyebrow raised by its content.

The article, entitled “Bilderbergers excite conspiracists“, highlights that “the highest levels of the Obama administration are infested with members of a shadowy, elitist cabal intent on installing a one-world government that subverts the will of the American people.”

Infested? That’s one way of putting it, I suppose, but that’s the author’s word, not mine. Me? Like every good student of Bible prophecy, I pay attention to who is calling the shots in Washington and in our society today whose name shows up as a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission or the Council on Foreign Relations, not because I know with certainty that these groups are what we’re often told they are, but because they are accused of seeking to impose their will on us so often by so many, not to mention that any honest look into what they do is enough to make one wonder, if nothing else.

While I find the three groups interesting, the Bilderberg Group is the one that concerns me the most. Why? Read the following from the article:

It’s obvious why Bilderberg is a frequent target of conspiracy theorists, who’ve credited it with anointing aspiring presidents, selecting their running mates, creating the European Union and instigating the war in Iraq and the bombing of Serbia, among other coups.

Bilderberg meetings are closed to the press, participants are asked not to publicly discuss the proceedings and the attendee list is only occasionally released. As a result, the group has come to be viewed as a more publicity-shy cousin to the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations – other influential international think tanks that are staples of fringe group conversation.

Unlike Bilderberg, though, those organizations have opened their proceedings to public scrutiny, maintain websites and have long listed their members.

As a student of Bible prophecy, I’m definitely interested in keeping a watchful eye on a group that may be playing a prominent role in anointing powerful leaders in the West and potentially helped create the revived Roman empire of Bible prophecy we commonly refer to as the European Union, especially in light of the fact it operates in complete secrecy! How about you?

An anonymous Bilderberg attendee told the author of the article “it’s almost impossible to name a Bilderberger-free Cabinet” for any U.S. president over the last “20, 30, or 40 years.” And President Obama’s cabinet? It’s loaded with members of the group.

The article lists the following Bilderbergers as members of Team Obama:

  • Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius – nominated for Health and Human Services Secretary.
  • Economists Timothy Geithner, Larry Summers and Paul Volcker.
  • Diplomats Richard Holbrooke and Dennis Ross.

And our former president, George W. Bush? He was no different, according to former presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas). Paul is quoted in the article as saying, in part:

“The one thing that concerns me is that the people who surround Obama or Bush generally come from the same philosophic viewpoint and they have their organizations – they have the Trilateral Commission, the CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] and the Bilderbergers, and they’ve been around a long time. And my biggest concern is what they preach: Keynesian economics and interventionism and world planning.”

What to make of all these shadowy organizations, all of which are rumored to be pursuing new world order agendas? I’m not really sure, but, if they’re not what many suspect them to be, it’s interesting (to say the least) that “all the king’s men” (and women) seem to come from within these organizations and are recognized as members of the global elite. This is especially true right now when, as a result of the global economic crisis, we see members of the European Union outwardly calling for global oversight of the world’s financial institutions to be implemented and see the following in print in The World & Baltic News, cause for further concern:

Head of market analysis for Schneider Foreign Exchange Stephen Gallo told CNBC yesterday that the financial crisis will lead to the creation of a global central bank and a global single currency within 15 years, echoing the call of top globalists who have exploited the problems they created to push for a new world financial order.

Highlighting the significance of the introduction of the Euro, Gallo said that the single currency was “where we are headed globally on a monetary basis over the course of the next 10 to 15 years.”

A new world order presently seems to be in the works, along with a single global currency as foretold by Bible prophecy, particularly Revelation, chapter 13.

Don’t blink, Christians. You may very well miss something.

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“White House ‘Worried About Bailout Backlash'” by Michelle Malkin

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009


Message to the Federal Government – Don’t Tread on Me (Click Here to Learn More)

With a few notable exceptions, the national media has ignored the tax revolt movement against the porkulus package, omni-pork spending bill, and bottomless bailouts that began in Seattle on President’s Day; continued in Denver on the day of the Generational Theft Act signing; spread to Mesa AZ during President Obama’s massive mortgage entitlement push; spurred protest in Overland Park KS; and evolved into the Tea Party movement across the country.

But local politicians and local newspapers/TV are definitely on notice. Thousands of folks converging in places like St. Louis (1,500), Greenville (2,000), Fullerton (est. 15,000), and Cincinnati (5,000) are getting harder to ignore.

And now, it seems, word is getting around in Washington. The White House, the NYTimes (which has mocked the tax revolters) tells us, is worried about a populist backlash against bailout-mania. Naw. Really? You don’t say:

“Bracing for a Bailout Backlash”

The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicate President Obama’s agenda.

The administration’s sharp rebuke of the American International Group on Sunday for handing out $165 million in executive bonuses — Lawrence H. Summers, director of the president’s National Economic Council, described it as “outrageous” on “This Week” on ABC — marks the latest effort by the White House to distance itself from abuses that could feed potentially disruptive public anger.

“We’ve got enormous problems that need to be addressed,” David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, said in an interview. “And it’s hard to address because there’s a lot of anger about the irresponsibility that led us to this point.”

“This has been welling up for a long time,” he said.

Starting to get a clue:

For all his political skills and his capturing of the nation’s desire for change in the 2008 election, Mr. Obama, a product of Harvard Law School who calls upscale Hyde Park in Chicago home, has shown little inclination to strike a more populist tone. The danger, aides said, is that if he were to become identified as an advocate for the banks and Wall Street, people could take out their anger on him.

“The change now is you have a free-floating economic anxiety that has expressed itself in a kind of lashing out at those being bailed out and people who are bailing out,” Michael Kazin, a professor at Georgetown University who has written extensively on populism. “There’s not really a sense of what the solution is.”

“I do think there’s a potential for a ‘damn everybody in power’ kind of sentiment,” Mr. Kazin said.

“Potential?”

It’s here, baby. Open your eyes. More Cincy Tea Party photos via RWNJ:

Via WCPO, making the message crystal-clear:

Tea party supporters say their reasons for demonstrating on Fountain Square are simple.

“To actually show the state and federal government that we’re displeased with the way that they’re handling our money. That’s our money,” said George Piper.

And: “This is not a Democrat thing. Or a Republican thing. It’s a government thing.”

Wait until April 15…

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“Abandoner In Chief” by Jeff Schreiber

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

As the sun rises today upon America, talk will turn to a scenario which even the most cynical of us would have been hard-pressed to anticipate — an American president fiercely advocating universal healthcare while simultaneously considering an option which would force combat-wounded veterans to pay for treatment of battlefield wounds through their own private healthcare coverage.

Essentially, if President Barack Obama were to see all of his healthcare-related plans to fruition, we will be providing free, taxpayer-funded healthcare to deadbeats who refuse to work and illegal immigrants who break our laws by even setting foot on American soil, yet those among us brave enough to run towards gunfire–and get hurt doing so–out of duty to and love for country will be forced to essentially provide for themselves. According to a piece at Politico, the measure would apparently generate some $540 million in revenue.

Let me get this straight. We had no problem whatsoever scraping together $900 million to send to the terrorist group responsible for the deaths of innocent Israeli women and children, and we have no problem whatsoever committing $650 million to provide more and more coupons for digital television converter boxes, $335 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, $300 million for fancy electric golf carts, $400 million for research into the farce that is global warming and a whopping $8 billion on a pet project for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but we force our finest and bravest men and women who have put everything on the line for America to eat another bullet — in order to generate $540 million?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t even recognize this place anymore.

Could this be the same administration which touted the unfortunate situation at Walter Reed Medical Center as an indication of how the previous administration had somehow neglected our servicemen and servicewomen? Could this be the very same president who said repeatedly as presidential candidate, president-elect and president that, for our veterans, care shouldn’t stop at home? Heck, last I checked, I haven’t seen the president making the rounds at Walter Reed.

Instead, I’ve seen him drop charges on the terrorist animal who orchestrated the deaths of 17 brave Americans on the U.S.S. Cole, voicing to the press his intentions to do so before meeting with the families of those who were murdered.

Instead, I’ve read about how he completely disregarded the recommendations of Gen. David Petraeus, the military genius whose counterinsurgency techniques saved countless American and Iraqi lives, not to mention completely turning around a difficult war.

Instead, I hear about how he fully intends to release the unrepentant terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay knowing full well the high recidivism rate, placing the superficial overseas perception of this freshly-changed, laissez-faire America ahead of the knowledge that many of those previously released from the facility have fresh American blood on their hands.

Instead, I see that he was more than happy to send $130 billion after AIG posted $64 billion in fourth quarter losses, but has no qualms about forcing our fighting men and women, who have already sacrificed so much on the battlefield, to sacrifice more at home in the name of generating $540 million in revenue.

Say what you want about former President George W. Bush–I sure didn’t care for how he completely abandoned his free market principles during the latter half of his second term–but that man never abandoned our armed forces. Never. Not like this. President Bush spent a wealth of his time, both in front of and away from the cameras, in the waiting rooms and therapy suites at Walter Reed. More and more with each passing day, however, it seems as though our current president will not even shake a uniformed hand without a camera present. Moreover, when the cameras are turned off, he’s looking to pull the wallet straight out of their BDUs.

Rest assured as an American taxpayer, though, knowing that under Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, your hard-earned money will be destined for the needs of an exponentially growing family of illegal Guatemalan immigrants rather than to the married mother of two who, just a few weeks before, lost her arm to a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, Iraq while dutifully serving this country. Rest assured that the executives at AIG are spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer money on bonuses–blame the executives, of course, rather than the big-government legislators who chose to send good money after bad–while a family of six who has already sacrificed enough because of daddy’s five tours of duty face higher insurance premiums as daddy learns to walk again on his prosthetic legs.

Normally, I think about the utter dearth of principled leadership in this nation. Now, it seems, we’re getting a peek at our president’s principles, and they closely mirror those of his comrades in the Democratic Party — especially the disdain for the United States military.

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Bonus Furor May Prompt Limits on AIG Bailout Money

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I have to say this; using bailout money for executive bonus is not a very smart thing to do. I think it’s time to AIG go down. They obviously do not have smart enough executives to make their company solvent.

WASHINGTON — The White House says it’s looking at restrictions on some $30 billion in taxpayers’ money approved to help American International Group as the administration tries to reclaim or block millions of dollars in bonuses the struggling company awarded executives.

President Barack Obama and his top aides expressed outrage at reports that AIG went ahead with $165 million in bonuses even though the company received more than $170 billion in federal rescue money. Obama directed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to see whether there was any way to retrieve or stop the bonus money — a move designed as much for public relations as for public policy.

“I mean, how do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” Obama said Monday in announcing a plan to help small businesses.

The financial bailout program remains politically unpopular and has been a drag on Obama’s new presidency, even though the plan began under his predecessor, President George W. Bush. The White House is aware of the nation’s bailout fatigue; hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars have gone to prop up financial institutions that made poor decisions, while many others who have done no wrong have paid the price.

News that AIG still needs billions in taxpayer dollars to prevent a collapse did little to build public confidence, Obama aides acknowledged. Seeking to turn the public tide, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs aggressively criticized AIG and said administration officials were working to put strict limits on the next $30 billion installment bound for the company.

“Treasury has instruments that can address the excessive retention bonuses, and add provisions to ensure that taxpayers are made whole,” Gibbs said.

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Stimulus Plan: Spend Now, Details Later

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The Obama way…his standard modus operandi. How do you folks think he got elected by just using the word “Change” without saying what he was going to change or how he was going to change it.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants governors to hurry up and begin building bridges and schools to revive the economy. His administration is learning that spending $787 billion as quickly and transparently as promised is no easy task.

States wanting desperately to tap into the new money are having trouble keeping track of the application deadlines and requirements in the 400-page stimulus bill. Governors must sign pledges saying they’ll spend the money appropriately, but the administration is still figuring out what the rules are.

“Well, that’s kind of scary,” said Richard Eckstrum, South Carolina’s controller general.

Hanging over all of this are two threats. The first was written into the law, saying that if states miss a deadline or don’t spend the money fast enough, they lose the cash. The second was delivered by Vice President Joe Biden, who said last week that if states misspend the money, “don’t look for any help from the federal government for a long while.”

Yet figuring out how to spend the money correctly isn’t easy. For example:

–The Housing and Urban Development Department is offering $1.5 billion for homeless prevention, but there’s confusion over who qualifies.

–Governors are required to report how many jobs are being saved or created, but there has been no explanation of how to count them.

–The Energy Department is giving out money to make homes energy-efficient, and the work must begin soon, but there aren’t enough trained workers for all the remodeling jobs.

When Washington tries to spend a lot of money, spend it quickly and spend it responsibly it usually succeeds only in two of those three goals. Federal aid after Hurricane Katrina was wasted on temporary house trailers and fraudulent assistance applications. Some of the government loans rushed out to help small businesses recover after the Sept. 11 terror attacks went instead to a radio station in South Dakota, a motorcycle shop in Utah and more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway franchises.

The Obama administration is working to prevent such stories about the stimulus bill. Governors, meanwhile, are making some tough calls.

California, for instance, is counting on at least $10 billion from the stimulus to stabilize its budget. If it comes up short, it probably will need to cut $1 billion. That decision needs to be made soon. But right now, there’s no way to know for sure how much the state will get.

“There’s mass confusion still at this stage,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said.

At a conference for state officials at the White House complex last week, a representative from Utah asked Obama’s budget officials what data they would be required to collect from contractors. He was told to expect an answer within the next several weeks.

But the governor was preparing to sign a contract. Should he delay the project?

There were more questions than answers at the conference, where representatives from 49 states assembled to learn more about the stimulus money. Idaho is restricting travel by state employees and didn’t send anyone.

Why haven’t the feds produced a comprehensive list of deadlines and rules? What did Congress mean by “permanent” when it ordered permanent changes to state unemployment insurance? Will all federal agencies collect the same data or will each agency set its own rules?

And how, exactly, are states supposed to track and report all this spending when there’s no money in the law for tracking or auditing?

Deputy Controller Danny Werfel spent the day alternating between fielding such questions and pacing the hallways with his cell phone, trying to get answers.

Werfel is one of many Obama budget officials trying, in a matter of days, to reinvent a Byzantine federal spending process.

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“BIRKAS HACHAMA – FOR KIDS WITH INQUIRING MINDS” A Book Review of ‘The Sun’s Special Blessing’ by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Sun's Special Blessing

Around the world Jewish day school and yeshiva classrooms are buzzing with excitement as children are being taught the special meaning and significance of Birkas HaChama. On Erev Pesach, the 14th of Nissan, (April 8, 2009) the Jewish people will, IY”H recite the blessing for the sun which is said only once every 28 years. Marking the exact time that Hashem created the sun during the six days of creation, Birkas Ha Chama has captured the imagination of both children and adults.

In this cogently written and beautifully illustrated book for children entitled, “The Sun’s Special Blessing”, author Sandy Wasserman takes her young readers along on an inspirational and sanguine journey with a class of third graders who learn profound lifetime lessons; namely that as much as things change with time, certain things always remain the same. Through the sensitive and creative lessons of their teacher, Mr. Jacobs, Adam, Talia and the other children gain a deeper appreciation for the world that they live in and the glory and majesty of Hashem.

When asked by Mr. Jacobs if anyone in the class has ever recited a brocha for the sun, no one raises their hand. As a recipient of the manifold benefits that the sun provides, young Adam queries, “Do we say the blessing because the sun gives heat and light, and helps plants to grow? That’s a lot to bless G-d for. I’m happy when it’s a sunny day.” When Adam asks why we bless the sun once every 28 years, Mr. Jacobs replies that, “Hashem created the sun on the fourth day of Creation. Even though the sun is in the sky daily, it’s only in the exact spot it was at Creation every twenty-eight years.”

The inquisitive young minds yearn to delve deeper and Mr. Jacobs tells them of his experience reciting Birkas HaChama back in 1981 when he was their age and a student himself at that very school. As a class project at that time, Mr. Jacobs and his fellow classmates all brought in items from that period to place in a time capsule that they placed in the ground and which was to be unearthed 28 years later. Having remembered where it was buried, Mr. Jacobs distributes shovels and leads his students outside near the school flagpole. The children roar with excitement when they find out that whoever taps the time capsule first gets to keep what is included in it. Brimming with great interest and exuberance, each child takes his or her turn until they have located the buried capsule.

Talia is the lucky one who finds it and the children learn about a world that has thus far eluded them. Memorabilia from the early 1980s such as a Rubik’s cube, a VHS movie tape, a New York Times photo of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, a magazine advertisement for an IBM-PC, cassette tapes of Uncle Moishy songs are among the items of a bygone era that they find. Filled with questions, Mr. Jacobs answers his students by giving them a brief history lesson on each item and the popular cultural trends of the time.

He then suggests that the class mark the special 2009 Birkas HaChama by dedicating time to learn about the history of the blessing, the Hebrew calendar and to collect items for their own 2009 time capsule to be buried and dug up in the year 2037. The children couldn’t be more thrilled, as Mr. Jacobs chanted, “Blessed are You, O Lord, our G-d, King of the Universe, Make of Creation. In Hebrew it’s “Baruch Atah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam Oseh Ma’aseh Bereishit.” “We make blessing all the time, in the synagogue and at home, expressing our wonder at G-d’s creation, ” Mr. Jacobs reminded everyone and told the class that they would all recite the brocha together on Erev Pesach.

He asked the class to think about how 2009 will be remembered in Jewish and secular history and to select items to be placed in the polyethylene time capsule that reflect the religious, cultural and political norms of the time. The children scurry home and feverishly look for items to be placed in their own time capsule. Before going to bed that night, Talia said, “When I wake up I’m going to write a letter to include in the time capsule for this special year: “Shalom, dear students of the future…” She pictures the excitement of the students in the year 2037 as they also learn about Birkat HaChama and are equally amazed at the events of 2009.

This thoughtful book makes a great bedtime story for elementary aged children and an invaluable educational tool for day schools and yeshivos. No Jewish home or library should be without it !!

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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 delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.