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  • in reply to: 2 States #2148258
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    “why did the arabs almost never bother the old yishuv”

    Well there was a pogrom in Hebron in 1517 that resulted in the death or expulsion of the old yishuv there. Ottoman census records in the next decade show zero Jews had returned.

    Then in 1720 the Ashkenazi yishuv of Jerusalem were expelled and their synagogue was destroyed. For almost a century Ashkenazi Jews were officially banned from Jerusalem. The actual “Old Yishuv” we think of today was founded by the students of the Vilna Gaon in the early 19th century.

    Then in 1834 there were pogroms all over the Holy Land — Tzfat, Ramla, Lydda, Jaffa, Acre and Tiberias. Lots of dead Jews. 🙁

    The idea that the Arabs always got along with pre-Zionist Jews just isn’t accurate.

    in reply to: Should Tanach be Taught in Cheder? #2135263
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    “Yidden learn the original with Rashi, which gives an entirely different result”

    Exactly. We need to teach Tanakh with our own commentaries. The Christians spin things to justify some of their own positions ans we need to be able to defend ourselves.

    “the number of goyim with even cheder-leval literacy in Hebrew is negligible”

    Yup.

    in reply to: Should Tanach be Taught in Cheder? #2135259
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    ‘Tanach is not the “basis” of yiddishkeit; mesorah and torah shebaal peh are.”

    That is absolutely untrue — according to Torah she Baal peh. Chazal reference Tanakh all the time! And Mesorah has been largely lost to Ashkenazim thanks to the migration to America, and the Communists and Nazis in Europe. 🙁

    in reply to: Should Tanach be Taught in Cheder? #2135258
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    Chazal say in the Mishnah that Tanakh should be taught starting at age 5. How can any modern rabbi question that?

    in reply to: Most Jewish Communities=No Mesora #2135257
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    “North African ( Moroccan) Jews were these since the first bayis.”

    Sadly that isn’t true. A horrible anti-Semitic group of Muslim Berbers called the Almohadas ethnically cleansed all Jews and Christians from southern Spain and North Africa. They also oppressed Muslims who didn’t agree with their extreme policies. They were the Islamic State of the 12th Century.

    in reply to: Non Jewish Funerals #2123774
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    Rabbi Dr. Yosef Burg z’tz’l was a big Talmid Chacham. He founded the National Religious Party and served in the Cabinet and the Knesset for years.

    Rabbi Yehuda Amital z’tz’l was a big Talmid Chacham who served briefly in the Cabinet.

    Some of the past Chief Rabbis of Israel have been among the gedolim of the generation. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z’tz’l was one of the gedolim of all generations; Rabbi Yitzhak Herzog z’tz’l was Chief Rabbi of two different countries.

    There is a lot of hakachic literature about Karov HaMelech. There are things that people close to the rulers must do that would not be permitted for the rest of us.

    in reply to: Israel LAnguages #2116641
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    “Ivrit won because”

    Because Jews whose families had lived in Eretz Yisrael for centuries had no history of speaking Yiddish. Arabic was their first language. Yiddish was only the language of Jews in Eastern Europe. Ivrit is the language of all Jews.

    in reply to: I don’t like Donald Trump, but… #2115491
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    “renders inadmissable as evidence any and all documents seized pursuant to the search warrant”

    Not true anymore. The conservative courts have now ruled that if the police believed that the warrant was valid the evidence is admissible. It is known as the “good faith exception”.

    in reply to: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg & Donald Trump #2115490
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    Not a minor technicality. The language of the statute destroys the argument of Trump’s Cult members that Trump can get off because he declassified everything. Those Cult members are too lazy to actually read the statute.

    in reply to: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg & Donald Trump #2115485
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    “has a respectable legal argument that he was within his rights, meaning the papers in question are his personal property, and not the governments”

    Nonsense. Federal law says they belong to the people of the United States and are supposed to be in the National Archives.

    The defenses given by the Trump Cult are getting more and more ridiculous every day.

    in reply to: Was Hordus a Jew? #2115211
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    There were two Agrippas. The first one married a Jewish woman and therefore the kids, including the second Agrippa and the notorious Berenice who had an affair with Titus, were both Jewish.

    in reply to: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg & Donald Trump #2115205
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    Russian media is claiming that Russia has some of the documents that Trump illegally stole. Fox News is suggesting that Trump sold them to Russia.

    This is not derangement as the Trump Cult claims. We are facing the possibility of the worst crime any US President has ever committed since John Tyler supported the Confederacy in the Civil War. Simply HAVING the documents makes Trump eligible for a ten year prison sentence.

    Prepare for a lot of whatsboutism and lies from the Trump Cult and Putin’s trolls.

    in reply to: Predictions: Democrat Rout 2022 #2110336
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    Just to see how much trouble the Republicans are in Pennsylvania, the Fox News poll has Fetterman up over Oz by double digits, and Shapiro over Mastriano also by double digits. Joe Biden only won Pennsylvania by 1.15%. Between the Supreme Court decision on abortion, Oz being well known as a con artist who doesn’t even live in the state, and Mastriano’s close connection to some of the worst anti-Semites in America, this is looking pretty bad for the Trump Party.

    in reply to: Predictions: Democrat Rout 2022 #2110334
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    My prediction:

    Republicans will lose Senate seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania because of their absolutely awful candidates. No other Senate seats will flip, giving Democrats a 50-48 majority with the two Independents caucusing with the Democrats. I also predict Lisa Murkowski will easily be re-elected against Republican opposition but won’t swiitch parties.

    I think Republicans will have a majority of at least 30 seats in the House of Representatives, though.

    in reply to: New Lows in Democrat Marxist Propaganda #2110333
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    “Amil were no longer in the era pf jfk. The Marxist academics have taken over the democrat party. Bernie himself says he’s a socialist.”

    JFK was attacked with the same lies as this. I just visited the JFK Museum in Dallas last Sunday. The venom that the nutty right wing in that attacked him with was so toxic that advisors urged him to cancel the trip to Dallas. It is ironic that no actual right winger ever made a real threat against him but he was murdered by a communist wannabe, Lee Harvey Oswald. No other person in Dallas other than possibly Oswald’s Russian wife had anything to do with the assassination.

    I have been a Democratic activist off and on since 1982. I have yet to meet a Marxist academic who is a Democratic activist much less a party leader. The real far left has been trying to destroy the Democratic Party. They successfully sabotaged Clinton’s campaign and almost did the same to Biden.

    Bernie Sanders is not and has never been a Democrat.

    in reply to: New Lows in Democrat Marxist Propaganda #2110331
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    “Bernie himself says he’s a socialist.”

    He isn’t really much of a socialist; the only thing he wants to nationalize is health insurance. Maybe electric power, too, as when he was Mayor of Burlington, VT the city owned the electric utility. But that city had owned it since decades before he was born. It should be noted that nine Republicans have served as Mayors of Burlington since the electric utility was socialized and none of them returned it to private ownership. It is a dirty little secret that Republicans at times have supported socialist policies, too.

    in reply to: GAS PRICES #2107348
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    I was in Mexico earlier this month. Gasoline prices a dollar per gallon less than in the US. Why? Socialism. The Mexican government nationalized its oil industry in 1938 and runs it as an economic stimulus program not a profit making enterprise. It is horribly corrupt and inefficient. But the price of gasoline is lower.

    In the US, gasoline prices are set by supply and demand. If you don’t like the high prices, drive leas or buy an electric vehicle. Or support nationalizing the oil industry. Those who blame Biden for high oil prices are either hypocrites or closet socialists. The priver oil industry in the US does not want to drill or to open more refineries. It has an absolute right to simply return dividends to shareholders rather than to invest in more production.

    Conservatives used to support free markets. Apparently no longer.

    in reply to: Election 2024 #2106500
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    President Walter Mondale would tell you how important the size and enthusaiasm of rallies is. At the end of his campaign, he filled all of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, all of Boston Common, and all of lower Manhattan with wildly enthusiastic supporters, with numbers that dwarf any rally Trump has ever had. Observers were so amazed that they wondered whether the polls, all of which predicted a Reagan landslide, were wrong.

    The polls were right.

    in reply to: Republicans vs. democrats #2106497
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    2021 homicide rates per 100,000:

    Miami-Dade 9.2 (mixed Democratic and Republican leadership)
    Jacksonville 13.5 (all Republican leadership)
    New York City 5.5 (all Democratic leadership)

    in reply to: Israeli Parenting style vs the US. #2102412
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    I was never supervised by parents after kindergarten. I just went out and played. As long as I came back before dinner there were no problems. This was the 1960s and 1970s.

    US parents today are damaging their kids by making all their decisions for them. By the time they make it to college they are still immature and irresponsible. Israel is the place to raise kids today.

    in reply to: Lead the charge to the Capitol on Jan 6 #2102409
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    “testimony is being refuted by the secret service agents who were actually in the car”

    Which was refuted when it was discovered that Trump was not in the car but in an SUV and video was discovered that shows Trump lunging toward the front seat of the SUV.

    in reply to: Lead the charge to the Capitol on Jan 6 #2102407
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    “not only completely legal”

    Not after the election already took place.

    in reply to: Lead the charge to the Capitol on Jan 6 #2102406
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    “membership on the panel wasn’t limited to people who had previously denounced Trump as a criminal”

    It wasn’t limited. Kevin McCarthy refused to allow Republicans who support Trump to serve on the Committee.

    in reply to: Lead the charge to the Capitol on Jan 6 #2102410
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    “why not Hillarsy Clinton under oath”

    She testified for 13 hours in one of the 37,000 Benghazi investigations.

    Trump doesn’t dare testify under oath.

    in reply to: what is a woman #2100387
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    Nobody commenting here seems to be able to define “woman”.

    in reply to: Price Controls to Fight Inflation #2100385
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    Nixon proved that price controls didn’t work. But price controls aren’t socialism. Socialism would be for the government to buy the oil refineries the oil companies refuse to reopen and build it’s own infant formula factories.

    A tax increase would be the best way to kill inflation but not a tax increase on the poor but on the well off. They continue to spend and spend and spend and spend and don’t care how much things cost. Repealing Trump’s tax scam would also reduce budget deficits. Ending protective tariffs would also reduce inflation but many of the same people who complain about inflation also want everything produced in the United States notwithstanding the fact that that increases costs for consumers and businesses. And the idea of lowering wages is another example of bad government regulation.

    in reply to: Local elected frum people #2080898
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    In addition to Sen. Lieberman, former Congressman Peter Deutsch is orthodox. After serving in Congress he moved to Israel.

    Members of Congress who have belonged to orthodox synagogues include James Schuer, who represented at times parts of the Bronx and Queens; Arlen Specter, who represented Pennsylvania in the US Senate, and current MD Sen. Ben Cardin.

    in reply to: The Russia-Ukraine War Hoax #2077878
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    We now have another voice: John Mearsheimer, known mostly for his shameless attacks on Israel and for conspiracy theories about the Israel Lobby having excessive influence, now blames the West for not adequately appeasing Putin.

    We have been down this road before. 🙁

    in reply to: Gruesome Evidence Points to War Crimes in Ukraine #2077234
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    People claimed that the Genocide of Jews by the Nazis was just Jewish propaganda. (The same accusation had been made about the Armenian Genocide that had inspired Hitler yemach shmo.)

    And that there wasn’t any real hard evidence.

    And that the media was making it up.

    And that Hitler was justified because Germany had been badly treated in the peace conference after WW1.

    And that we should support Hitler because he went to war with Stalin.

    And that Churchill and Roosevelt were despicable.

    Goebbels was very successful at his propaganda and we now see that Putin is today.

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