Macrocosm and Microcosm – Faith and Religion

Democracy is the result of six thousand years in the development of civilization. Democracy is the macrocosm of the story of life and civilization from the first day of creation until today. The microcosm of creation and civilization are the religions in the world, the nations of the world with a law. The macrocosm democracy with the ideology of freedom is one, the aspect of unity. The microcosms are multiple nations each with their own law. The law of a democracy is like is written in the Declaration of Independence, One nation under God with liberty and justice forever. Within a democracy is a microcosm which is called its constitution. There is no nation without boundaries, without a constitution. In a democracy the macrocosm is freedom as an ideal. In a microcosm a theocracy or secular dictatorship there is no statute of freedom written in the law. The people are called subjects, servants of their nation. President Trump declared at the Evangelist rally, America worships God and not its nation.

Chief Rabbi’s Comments Illustrate Secular, Religious Tensions in Israel

Israel is faced with external and internal tensions. External tensions are the confrontations with its neighbors— Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. America is assisting Israel in self-defense of its nation. Israel will not accept the presence of Iran in Syria. In the news on Friday, after a tense week between Iran and America, Israel again attacked storehouses of weapons located at the border of Syria and Iraq.

America Confronts Iran – Democracy vs. Theocracy

The world is waiting to see what type of retaliation will be made by Iran for the assassination of Solimeini their general chief of staff. Iran shot eighteen missiles at US headquarters in Iraq. Democracy is at war with theocracy in the Middle East. In democracy freedom is of first importance in life. In theocracy the law, the Koran, The Torah is most important. Progressive Jewish Spirituality and Baha”i faith teach that freedom and the law are of equal importance but just like God is unknown his law is an unknown law. Koran and Torah are two attempts both claim to be the Law of God but they are in truth the Law of the Israel nation or the Law of the Islamic nation.  The prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jerimiah taught the truth that there is a third law whose specifics are unknown which is the Law of God. Teach this in a theocracy and you will be put to death immediately.

Poland Will Not Attend Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel

January 27 will be International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem. Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is in May of each year, but International Holocaust Remembrance Day falls out in January of each year. The function is dedicated to the remembrance of 75th anniversary of the liberation of Jews from Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The occasion will also give its attention to the problems of Anti-Semitism in Europe, America, and throughout the world.

From Sadness to Joy – The State of Israel

The 10th day of the month of Tevet which falls out this year on January 7, is a sad day in Jewish history and a Jewish fast day.  It commemorates the day that Nebuchadnezzer the Baylonian King began the siege of Jerusalem and the holy temple built by King Solomon. Through the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple the Jewish people were exiled from their land almost completely. However they continued their religion in other places in the world. Seventy years later they returned to their land and built the second holy temple in Jerusalem which lasted over four hundred years. At one point in Jewish history Israel had sovereignty over the land of Israel. Even in the time of the second temple they did not have sovereignty and were a satellite nation.

Progressive Evangelists Rule the World with Trump as Their Leader

President Trump is fighting for America and freedom. He considers Israel his partner because Israel is a democracy supporting America and defending freedom. The goal of President Trump as an Evangelist is to light up the country of America through adding to America faith in God which it is slowing losing. Israel although it is a secular state, the land of Israel represents to Evangelists as the homeland where was born Jesus Christ and his followers. Israel is the land of the Bible.

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Requests Immunity from Prosecution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally sought immunity from prosecution against current charges of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. He has requested the Knesset to dismiss the accusations while proclaiming his intentions to lead the country for many more years. The premier has also pushed back against the legal assertions made against him, and said that they are fabricated lies, whose objective is to mislead the public.

Immunity in the Israeli News: Against the Flu, For Netanyahu

When you hear the word immunity being used in the Israeli media, it can be confusing as to which type of immunity is being discussed. In Israel, there is a flu epidemic, which has already taken several lives. Health organizations in Israel have a surge of people showing up for flu vaccinations in the wake of four deaths within the past week, and dozens of others that have recently been hospitalized with serious illness from the virus. Eleven people have died since the beginning of the 2018-19 flu season and 98 are in the hospital with serious conditions. The nine who have died were from complications from swine flu.

Israel Roundup: Iran Warns Over Syrian Strikes, Netanyahu Wins Likud Primary

Israel is in the middle of the holiday of Hanukah.  Jewish families on Hanukah light a candle each night related to a miracle which occurred in the times of the biblical state of Israel during the period of the second temple. Netanyahu and David Friedman, American Ambassador to Israel, visited the Wailing Wall on the first night to participate in Hanukah candle lighting.

“And They Call Us War Criminals”: Israel Reacts to ICC Investigation

The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda took a major step Friday announcing an investigation in the occupied Palestinian territories.  The announcement ended five years of preliminary investigations of alleged crimes by both Israelis and Palestinians.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it “a dark day for truth and justice.”

Israel Roundup: Iron Dome Shoots Down Rockets, Russia Shoots Down Issachar Appeal

Sirens were heard in the south of Israel Wednesday night at 2 AM as a rocket was shot from the Gaza Strip toward the city of Sederot, one of the major targets of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists. The Iron Dome intercepted the rocket.  Israel retaliated from the air, the sea, and through artillery fire, striking location in Gaza used by Hamas. This came after the latest cease-fire agreement, and in the middle of talks in Egypt for a five-year cease fire agreement.

ICC to Investigate Israeli War Crimes Against Palestinians

The International Criminal Court (ICC ) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced on Friday the opening of an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, a move that provoked a furious reaction from Israel. “I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Palestine,” said Bensouda via a statement.

Netanyahu Working to Free Israeli-American “Drug Smuggler” in Russia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing his efforts to free Naama Issachar, a 26 year-old Israeli-American woman from New Jersey, who was sentenced in October to seven-and-one-half years in prison in Russia for drug offenses. Netanyahu is reportedly in touch with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issues of her release. Netanyahu has stated, that Israel will continue to exert every effort to free her and return her to her family. Israel news media continues to publicize this injustice.

Holiday of Redemption and Miracles – 19th of Kislev and Hanukah

The whole Jewish world is preparing to celebrate the Holiday of Hanukah that arrives this year on December 23 and is celebrated for eight days. About the same time comes Christmas which until January 1 is eight days also called the holiday season.

Like all Jewish holidays there are laws which govern over its observance. Hanukah is not a holiday which is mentioned in the Torah the five books of Moses but was established later in the times of the second temple at about 167 BCE. The first temple in Jerusalem was built by King Solomon after his son David had completed the conquest of the Biblical land of Israel.

Anti-Semitism in Disguise – Trump Impeachment Hearings

On December 10, a deadly shooting took place at a grocery store located in the Greenville section of Jersey City in which five people including the two attackers and three civilians were killed while another civilian and two policemen were injured. The motive of this attack has been established to be anti-Semitism. The two terrorists, who were members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, posted their intentions to attack the Kosher Supermarket as a hate crime and also stated that they intended to kill and injure policemen.

Anti-Semitism the Cause of Deadly Kosher Shop Shooting

A video posted by the founder of Americans Against Antisemitism captures Jews being blamed for their own murder, while people cheer on “Get the Jews out of Jersey City.The police have already declared that the two gunmen had deliberately targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket, where the four hour gun battle took place. The investigation into the motives of this incident shows the two attackers approaching the Kosher store rather than another store on the street.

Iran-Israel Tensions Build

On Sunday, Israel was reported to have attacked a location on the border of Syria and Iraq, which is being used by Iran for storage and transportation of missiles to Syria and Lebanon. Five men belonging to pro-Iranian militias were killed in the attack. This attack was in the same location in which 23 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed last month in another attack, when Israel claimed to have destroyed multiple targets belonging to Iran’s Quds Force. Iran retaliated by shooting several missiles at the Golan and Northern Galilee, which were downed by the Iron Dome.

Trump: Some American Jews “Don’t Love Israel Enough”

Some 4,000 people attended the Diplomat Beach Resort Ballroom on Saturday night at a function of the Israeli American Council. President Trump was invited as the keynote guest speaker at the function. Also at the event was Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino giant who introduced President Trump. Adelson is one of the largest donors to the IAC and a supporter of President Trump financially and emotionally.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Violate Cease Fire, Shoot Rockets at Israel

In the middle of negotiations in Cairo with Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a five year cease fire, three missiles were launched at southern Israel Saturday night. Two of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome and one fell in open area. Several people were treated for trauma. A group of students had gathered to watch a basketball tournament at the time of the explosions.  They dispersed quickly to find cover from this potential danger.

Kosher Cuisine

Kosher is a designation connected to the Bible. Moses the prophet inspired by God placed in the Torah the laws of Kashrut.  An animal to be Kosher had to have two signs, which were split hooves and to chew its own cud. Fish needed to have fins and scales. Only the specific birds mentioned in the Torah are Kosher to eat.  Milk and Meat are forbidden to be cooked together. The Torah is the wisdom of God and the reason for the laws of Kosher are part of the divine wisdom.

Palestinians to Resume Friday Protests along the Gaza Border

After a three week lull, demonstrations will resume on Friday at the Gaza Border fence. The High National Committee for the March of Return announced the organization of demonstrations at the border Friday. The decision to resume the weekly border protests came as Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad leaders continued their discussions in Cairo with senior Egyptian intelligence officials about reaching a long term ceasefire with Israel. The Hamas delegation is headed by Ismail Haniyeh, while Islamic Jihad is headed by their secretary general.

Israel’s Minister of Defense Pushes Offensive Doctrine Against Iran in Syria – What Will Russia Do?

Newly elected Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett believes an aggressive offense strategy needs to be executed on Iranian targets, as well as additional attacks on Syria. Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Bennett publicly shared his doctrine proposal on November 29 in the Israeli media. The doctrine received an immediate reaction from Russia.

Tech Entrepreneurs Ask Netanyahu to Resign

On Tuesday, over 70 notable Israeli entrepreneurs signed a letter urging lawmakers to prevent the political uncertainty from progressing. On Wednesday, a collective of tech industry heads sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to resign in light of the corruption charges brought against him. They condemned his attack on the judiciary and the Attorney General while underscoring the need for stability, which maintains economic progress.

Four Missiles Fired at Israel from Syria, Israel retaliates

On Tuesday morning, before dawn, four missiles were fired from Syria at Israel. Communities in the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee heard sirens.  The Iron Dome defense system intercepted these rockets.  This was the first confrontation between Israel and the Iran-backed military in Syria in several months. Israel has bombed Iranian military bases in Syria and Iraq, but Iran did not retaliate until this confrontation.

Solomon King of Israel – Marriage or Celibacy

Israel is today a democracy.  In the times of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem it was a theocracy with a King. There were no elections like in Israel today. The King was chosen by a prophet. The first King was King Saul appointed by the prophet Samuel. The son-in-law of Saul and warrior in his army was David who became the successor to King Saul. The son of King David was Solomon who became King at the age of 12 years old and reigned for forty years.

Israel: Iron Dome Intercepts Missiles, Government Formation Continues

Iѕrаеlі army ѕроkеѕmаn Avichay Adraee ѕаіd оn Tuesday that fоur rосkеtѕ fіrеd frоm Sуrіа were fіrеd at thе Golan Hеіghtѕ, while Syrian media reported explosions near Dаmаѕсuѕ Intеrnаtіоnаl Aіrроrt.  Adraee explained that the Israeli Irоn Dоmе іntеrсерtеd the four mіѕѕіlеѕ аnd wаѕ drорреd оvеr thе Sуrіаn Qunеіtrа area in the Sуrіаn Gоlаn, nоtіng thаt nоnе оf thеm rеасhеd Israeli territory.

US Softens Position on West Bank Settlements

Secretary of State Pompeo announced on Monday that the US is softening its position on West Bank Settlements in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo said the US repudiates a 1978 State Department legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are inconsistent with international law. This move by America has already angered Jordan and will anger other nations in the Middle East and Europe. Already the declaration of President Trump giving recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and supporting Israel annexation of the Golan has had an effect on relations between Israel and its neighbors.

Rockets Fall on Israel Amidst Cease Fire – Gantz Has 6 Days to Make Government

Israel and Islamic Jihad reached a ceasefire agreement Wednesday night with Egyptian mediation, although rockets were launched Thursday morning from Gaza on Israel border communities. The agreement was to come into effect at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. A Islamic Jihad spokesmen said that the ceasefire was based on a list of demands including a halt of the targeted killings of the group’s leaders by Israel. Also it was to include a halt to Israeli aggression at the border during the Friday March of Return protests.

IDF Hits Islamic Jihad Targets, Palestinians Launch Rockets, Despite Ceasefire

In thе early hоurѕ оf Frіdау, thе Israeli army ѕhеllеd ѕіtеѕ thаt іt ѕаіd belonged tо thе Iѕlаmіс Jihad Mоvеmеnt in thе Gаzа Strip. Lосаl ѕоurсеѕ іn thе Gаzа Strір соnfіrmеd thаt thе Iѕrаеlі аrmу carried оut ѕеvеrаl rаіdѕ wеѕt оf Khan Yunis and West Rafah іn thе ѕоuthеrn Gaza Strір. The sirens sounded twісе on Thurѕdау evening іn Iѕrаеlі tоwnѕ іn thе Gaza Strip.

Israel-Gaza Violence Continues, Casualties Pile Up

In the еаrlу hours of Thurѕdау, Iѕrаеlі warplanes attacked several tаrgеtѕ оf thе Islamic Jіhаd mоvеmеnt іn the Gaza Strip. Nеwѕ sources reported that аmоng the sites tаrgеtеd bу Iѕrаеl іѕ аn operating rооm uѕеd bу the Khаn Yunіѕ Brigade for the Jihad Mоvеmеnt, which is асtіvаtеd іn rоutіnе аnd еmеrgеnсу саѕеѕ, іn аddіtіоn tо a mіlіtаrу complex іn thе ѕоuth оf the Gаzа Strip.

Over 250 Rockets from Gaza Thrown at Israel Civilians

Starting Tuesday morning, over 250 rockets have been shot at the Israel civilian population in the Southern settlements up to Tel Aviv after a targeted attack on a commander in Islamic Jihad in Gaza.  The rocket fire brought life in much of Israel to a standstill and schools remained closed in communities close to the Gaza border. All public gatherings have been restricted. Israel early Wednesday evening is still under rocket fire.

Islamic Jihad Militant Killed by Israeli Operation in Gaza

An Iѕlаmіс Jіhаd mіlіtаnt and a Palestinian wоmаn wеrе killed Tuеѕdау іn an Iѕrаеlі аіrѕtrіkе іn thе Gаzа Strip, a mіlіtаrу official said. Thе Mіnіѕtrу оf Health іn Gаzа аnnоunсеd in a ѕtаtеmеnt thаt two people wеrе kіllеd, оnе оf thеm a wоmаn, аnd two оthеrѕ were wounded in different strikes еаѕt оf thе сіtу.

Israel Politics – Deadline Date November 20 for Benny Gantz

Benjamin Netanyahu surrendered his mandate when he was unable to put together a government with him as Prime Minister. Benny Gantz received the mandate for 28 days without permission for an extension like was given to Netanyahu. The deadline date is November 20.

Benny Gantz has met with the United Arab Party who have 13 seats in the Knesset in case they are included in his new government. The Gantz Blue-White party received 33 seats, Labor-Gesher 6, Dem Union 5 for a total of 57 mandates.  They are four short of forming a narrow government of 61 mandates. This narrow government will have a strong Arab influence on defense and economics which may be dangerous.

Tensions Rise in East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem and the West Bank was once part of Jordan. In November of 1988 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Palestine. A year after signing the Oslo accords the Palestinian National Authority was established to govern areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 1979 through the Camp David Accords Jordan ceded its claim to the West Bank. During the negotiations of the Oslo Accord the PLO recognized the right of Israel to exist and Israel recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.

The Journeys and Tests of Abraham – A Bible Lesson

In synagogues throughout the world this week on the Sabbath will be read the story of Abraham in Genesis:12.  God appeared to Abraham and gave him instructions to leave his native country, the land of his father and go to Israel.  He said to Abraham I will make from you a great nation, I will bless you, and make your name great, you will be for the world a blessing, those that bless you will be blessed, those that curse you shall be cursed, in you all the families of the world will be blessed.

The Land of Israel – Sacred Land

The conflict which exists in Israel between the secular liberal population and the conservative right wing is partially over the issue of the sacredness of the Land Of Israel to the Jewish people. Jews live throughout the world and maintain their identity as Jews through their religion. There is an obligation to the Jew to recognize that their homeland is Eretz Yisrael the land of Israel; but not necessarily to live in Israel today.

Avigdor Lieberman Torn by Two Sides: Secular and Religious Zionism

Already Israel has reached a standoff in elections and in the formation of a government. In Israel there are two sides which are led by two of the major parties which is Blue-White and Likud. Both of these parties have received the same number or close to the same number of mandates but still have not been able to make a majority coalition government. Each of these parties need to reach 61 mandates which include mandates from other parties in the coalition.

Israel Politics Deadlocked While Tensions Build in the North and South

On Saturday while Israelis were celebrating the Sabbath at 9 p.m. sirens were sounded in Southern Israel when ten rockets were shot from Gaza.  Most of these rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system but one rocket managed to get through and damage a house in the settlement city of Sederot.  There were no injuries. Israel carried out a series of aerial attacks in response to the rocket attack. Officials in the Gaza strip said that a 27-year old man was killed during an air strike on a military training camp and three other Palestinians were wounded. Hamas threatened to respond on what it called “Israel crimes and aggression against our people.”

Israel Solar Power Advances in the Arava Region and the City of Eilat

Israel well known for its advances in high tech has now expanded its goal of reaching complete reliance on solar energy in daytime hours for the Arava region of southern Israel which includes the city Eilat. The team behind this achievement is now lobbying for legislation that would make the whole country 100% solar energy reliant in daytime hours by the year 2030.