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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
"In your unfailing love, silence my enemies." Ps 143.12
January 26, 2017
THE FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: This 27 Jan. 2017, nations around the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the most horrific evil ever perpetrated upon humanity: the near destruction of Europe's Jews. Today, many of the world's remaining 500,000 Holocaust survivors are living out their final years in poverty. Most of those who are suffering either live in Israel, across the former Soviet Union or in greater New York City. Of the 189,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel, 25% live below the poverty line. This is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis. Those who suffered the unimaginable are now suffering once again through general ignorance or neglect. And the clock is ticking for us to respond. Every day, 40 survivors die. Within about a decade, few who experienced the Holocaust first-hand will remain. In Israel the poorest survivors are barely subsisting on meager income, often forced to choose between eating and securing life-saving medicine. Many survivors suffer through brutal winter conditions, unable to afford home heating fuel. (Algemeiner) Holocaust Survivors and their needs are an ongoing focus of financial aid and vital provision from our VFI funds and supplies. Staff members weekly fill up packages for our Holocaust Survivor friends, and our organization is frequently able to donate appliances, furniture and medical assistance. Please assist us to do all that we can. Give generously at www.visionforisrael.com For those in the UK and outside N. America view our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk
Daniel Kravitz and the Neo-Nazi
The anti-Semite with a "Kill Jews" tattoo who had no idea the store owner was Jewish.
Daniel was relieved that his kippah was concealed beneath a cap.
He spent the next hour assisting his customer. He took the man on a tour of the shop, helped him select a decent array of furniture, granted him a generous discount, and then helped the young neo-Nazi load his purchases into a pickup truck.
After looking the man over carefully to make sure he wasn't carrying any weapons, Daniel cautiously said, "Tell me, do you really feel what all those tattoos say?"
"You bet I do," the man replied.
"Have you ever hurt anyone?" Daniel pressed.
Daniel paused, then asked, "What do you have against the Jews?"
Are you aware that you have just spent an hour with a Jew? Haven't I been honest, kind, and generous this whole time?
"They are thieves and liars!" The customer launched into a tirade, spewing out every imaginable anti-Semitic stereotype.
Daniel patiently listened until the man finished speaking. Then he removed his cap to reveal his kippah and said, "Are you aware that you have just spent an hour with a Jew? Haven't I been honest, kind, and generous this whole time?"
The neo-Nazi gaped in disbelief. "No way! You can't be a Jew, man!"
Daniel motioned to the mezuzah on the door and then showed him a siddur (prayer book) on his desk. "You can see very clearly that I am Jewish, and I'm not at all like the image you have of Jews. You have been brainwashed. I can't believe that your parents raised you with this kind of hate. You must be estranged from them," Daniel surmised.
The neo-Nazi grimly confirmed his suspicions; he hadn't spoken to his parents in ten years. Just then another costumer came in and Daniel wished the neo-Nazi a good day and turned to assist the other customer.
Daniel Kravitz in his store, Home Again Furniture
Six months later, the man returned to the store, this time with a full head of hair, decent clothes and long sleeves to conceal his tattoos. To Daniel's surprise, the man embraced him warmly.
"I need to apologize to you and thank you," he said tearfully. "You made me reassess everything I had believed. Thanks to you, I now know what a Jew is, and I've decided to turn my life around. I've even reconnected with my parents."
Don't underestimate the amount of light one act can bring to the world
"And give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Yerushalayim a praise in the earth." Isaiah 62:7 (The Israel Bible™)
A view of the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock from Mount Scopus (Andrew McIntire/TPS)
Over 100 Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives have signed a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to make good on his promise to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem immediately after entering office.
"Moving the embassy will strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States and send a clear message to the world that we support Israel in recognizing Jerusalem as its eternal capital," reads the letter.
It calls for "swift action" from Trump, advising him to move the embassy "as soon as you take office."
The letter, initiated by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-R), has accrued over 100 signatures in the House GOP caucus. In addition to calling for the moving of the embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv, an action Trump officials have called a "top priority" for the administration, the letter also slams the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.Moving the embassy and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which America has never done, is "all the more urgent in light of the anti-Israel Resolution 2334, adopted by the United Nations Security Council on December 23, 2016," the letter charged.
"The resolution invites renewed diplomatic hostility and economic warfare against Israel, and we must act urgently to mitigate its consequences and to reaffirm our steadfast commitment to Israel."
According to reports, Trump's team is already scouting possible locations in Jerusalem for the new embassy.
US House passes motion repudiating UN resolution on Israel
WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives passed a scathing rebuke Thursday night to a United Nations Security Council resolution the Obama administration allowed through last month that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.
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House Resolution 11 declared the UN motion a "one-sided" effort that is an obstacle to peace, placing disproportionate blame on Israel for the continuation of the conflict and discouraging Palestinians from engaging in direct, bilateral negotiations.
Passed by a vote of 342-80, the measure puts the lower chamber of Congress firmly against President Barack Obama's decision to withhold the US veto power from shielding Israel against the censure.
The UN resolution says the settlement enterprise "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law" and calls for a complete end to all construction in areas Israel captured after the 1967 Six Day War, including East Jerusalem.
It also calls on all states "to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967" - language that Israel fears will lead to a surge in boycott and sanctions efforts, and that an Israeli official warned would provide "a tailwind for terror."
The House resolution condemned that provision, saying it "effectively lends legitimacy to efforts by the Palestinian Authority to impose its own solution through international organizations and through unjustified boycotts or divestment campaigns against Israel."[House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Congressman Ed Royce (left) and Congrerssman Eliot Engel during the committee's hearing on Iran, September 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)]
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Congressman Ed Royce (left) and Congressman Eliot Engel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Introduced by California Rep. Ed Royce (R) and New York Rep. Elliot Engel (D), the top two members of the House Foreign Affairs committee, the resolution was co-sponsored 105 other House members, including 31 Democrats.
Using the same language that's included in a complimentary Senate resolution introduced Wednesday, the House measure called for the Security Council resolution to be "repealed or fundamentally altered."
The House motion says its condemnation of the UN vote promotes the longstanding US support for a two-state solution, which it described as a "democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized, democratic Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security."
The powerful pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC lauded the resolution's passage, which it had recently encouraged its activists to urge their representatives to support.
[Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the United Nations Security Council, after the council voted on condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 (Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP)]
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the United Nations Security Council, after the council voted on condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 (Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP)
The looming vote set off a fierce debate on the House floor throughout the day. Illinois Rep. Luis Guitierez opposed HR11, saying that as America prepares to inaugurate a "strongman" president, it was acquiescing to the "strongman" government of Israel.
Other members spoke strongly in support of castigating the UN vote.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was "stunned" by Obama's decision to let it pass, while Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida repudiated the motion that, he said, "characterizes Jews praying at the Western Wall as violating international law while it ignores Palestinian terrorism, incitement to violence, and payments to families of terrorists."
The measure is likely to be followed by a similar resolution in the Senate, as well as other legislation designed to defund the United Nations over the vote.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would introduce such an initiative in December, as the measure was set to pass, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on the Senate floor earlier Thursday in favor of that proposal.
Fulfillment Of Biblical Prophecy The 70 Nations Gathered in Paris to Condemn Israel Sparked by Disgruntalled Lame Duck US President Obama.
High ranking officials from 70 nations of the world will gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.
When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman (Courtesy)
"Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be an all-out hatefest against Israel," Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. "What's interesting is that it isn't just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means all of the nations," explained Rabbi Trugman.
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.
"There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them," said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.
Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9
"We are fundamentally different," stated Rabbi Apisdorf. "And as a light unto the nations, we are supposed to be separate and different."
Rabbi Trugman understood a different message in the gathering of the 70 countries.
"There is no doubt this is a fulfillment of the prophecies that in the end of days, all the nations will come out against Israel," noted the rabbi. He quoted the commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, an 11th century French commentator known by the acronym 'Rashi', on the first verse in the book of Genesis.
"1,000 years ago, Rashi said that in the future, the nations of the world will come and say we stole the Land of Israel. This is precisely what we are seeing now," Rabbi Trugman said. "The majority of the nations say we have no claim to Israel, and the rest say we only have a claim to a small section of Israel."
"Rashi told us how to answer this claim," said Rabbi Trugman. "We need to remind them that the same God who created the heaven and earth gave it to them, and then he took it from them and gave it to us."
The concept of 70 nations has its source in the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible.
These three were the sons of Noach, and of these was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19Jacob's Ladder (Publisher of Bible Card/Wikimedia Commons)
According to Bereshit Rabbah, a collection of homiletical teachings compiled around 400 CE, each nation is appointed an angel, except for Israel, which is protected by God Himself. According to Midrash Tanchuma, homiletical teachings believed to have been compiled around 500 CE, Jacob's vision was of these national angels ascending and descending a ladder, determining the fortune of their nations.
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12
Jacob's vision is interpreted as a message that the nation of Israel was no longer part of this natural process. Though other nations will rise and fall, eventually disappearing into the sands of time, Israel will never disappear.
The concept of 70 nations also appears in reference to the 70 oxen offered in the Temple throughout Sukkot (the feast of the tabernacles) which the Talmud (Sukkah 55b) teaches are for the merit of the 70 nations.
In the wake of the recent United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 declaring Jewish housing in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem to be illegal, the outcome of the Paris conference seems certain. A two-state solution would call for Israel to relinquish territories conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War, and subsequently create a Palestinian State. This would include establishing a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, thereby removing the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Temple Mount from Jewish control. It is unclear whether the 800,000 Jews living over the 1949 Armistice Lines, comprising approximately 13 percent of Israel's Jewish population, will be required to relocate, as they were when the Israeli government dismantled the communities of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005.
Even if the 70 nations at the conference decide in favor of the two-state solution it is unclear how this plan will be practically implemented. On January 20, five days after the conference is set to take place, Donald Trump will take the seat in Oval Office, and he has already made his opinion clear that, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he believes the only solution to be face-to-face negotiations without pre-conditions between the Israelis and Palestinians.
President Trump, Israel and blessing on the US
Ron Cantor - November 18, 2016
Reposted by ; Gavriel Levi
I was 100% sure that when I woke up a week ago, Wednesday, Hillary Clinton would be the next president. Clearly, like so many, I was wrong-and so happy I was. While personally I was never a fan of President Elect Trump (for obvious reasons of character), I did like a lot of his policies and Ms. Clinton would have been disastrous. In the beginning of his candidacy, he made a strategic error regarding Israel. He said that he would remain neutral in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, adding correctly "You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal [peace between Israel and the Palestinians]." But then he said, "I don't want to say whose fault it is - I don't think that helps."
This led to a firestorm of criticism. He was not approaching the issue from someone who knows the facts on the ground, the bias against Israel or the double standards that she deals with every day. Rather, he approached it as a businessman-a negotiator-making a deal. One thing Trump cannot yet understand is negotiations in Middle Eastern culture. Even President Bush and President Obama fell prey regarding this issue, being naive in comparison to the skilled manipulators in the Middle Eastern Arab countries, where lying is not a sin, but an honorable art form.
Trump/Pence Got It on Israel
But then Trump gave his AIPAC speech and hit it out of the park. Pro-Israel Christians and Zionist Jews were raving about his passionate support for the Jewish state. Mike Pence, only days before the election, released a video addressed to Republicans in Israel, expressing unwavering support for the Jewish State. He called Israel not merely a friend, but America's best friend. Trump has promised to do something that no president has yet done. We have a fully functional, state of the art Embassy for the United States in Jerusalem. But it is not operational because no president has had the chutzpa (gumption) to move it from Tel Aviv. Trump has pledged to do this.
I will curse those who curse you-Genesis 12:3b
Bush came in as pro-Israel and was blessed as a leader. But then he pledged to divide Israel's land and encouraged the evacuation of 10,000 Jews from Gaza, and things went downhill from there in regards to his presidency. Obama, from the beginning, was hostile towards America's best friend, even to the point of exuding rudeness and hostility to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Now, not only is he done as president (because of term limits), but also his entire agenda from Obamacare to Immigration Amnesty has been rejected by the American people and will most likely be reversed.
I will bless those who bless you-Genesis 12:3a
It doesn't take a prophet to tell President Elect Trump how things will go for him and, thus, America, if he backs down from his bold pledge of support for Israel (there will be tremendous pressure on him to do so and most who have gone before him have faltered under its weight). God will bless him and America if he leads the way he proclaimed in his AIPAC speech and moves the embassy (going against the wishes of the UN and most nations). It is really is that simple. If he crumbles under the weight and compromises his commitment, the Lord will not be pleased. But if he sticks to his guns, and favors Israel, God will most surely favor him and the nation will benefit.
"The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire"?
Great Britain was once the best friend of the Jewish people and thus the greatest power on earth. They used to say, the sun never sets on the British Empire. But then she became hardened against the Jews, taking 80% of the proposed Jewish homeland to create Jordan. In 1939, as Hitler was beginning his Final Solution, Great Britain closed British controlled Palestine to Jewish immigration from Europe, leaving them to die. And the sun quickly set on Great Britain, and she is now a shell of her former self.
Harry S. Truman was the first head of state to recognize Israel on May 14, 1948. He began a long legacy of the United States being Israel's best friend, and the US quickly replaced Great Britain as the greatest power on earth.
I, for one, will be praying for President Trump to stand strong in the face of opposition when it comes to Israel. It will mean blessing for the United States of America and for Israel. I did not vote for him in the primary, and while I did vote for him in the election, it wasn't easy (Hillary was never an option obviously), I am now firmly interceding for the soon to be commander-in-chief to be the president that America needs. And I am rejoicing to no end that Hillary Clinton is finished in politics and will not be able to continue the moral decline in our country or place anti-constitutional liberals on the Supreme Court.