Watch Sukkot / Hoshana Raba in action with Moshav at The Happy Minyan

“You will take for yourselves on the first day [of Sukkot] the fruit of a citron tree, date-palm branches, twigs of a plaited tree, and willows of the stream; and you will rejoice before Hashem your God for seven days” (Leviticus 23:40).  

What do the lulav and esrog you see Jews carrying on Sukkot mean? JooTube visited the 613 Mitzvah store in Pico-Robertson where Rabbi Shimon Kraft sells etrogs and lulavs for $40 a pair. Moshe Klein and Jonathan Eyshi, then 10th-grade Yeshiva students at Mesivta Birkas Yitzchok in Los Angeles explain the lulav and esrog used in prayer during the Jewish holiday of the Tabernacles (Booths), the holiday of Sukkot which runs for a week, concluding October 15th with Hoshana Rabah.
 
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British-Jewish scholar, Rabbi Daniel Pinner writes: 
The Midrash explains the Four Species to represent four different kinds of Jews: “Just as the etrog has both pleasant taste and pleasant fragrance, so there are Jews who have both Torah-learning and good deeds… The date-palm has a pleasant taste but no fragrance, representing Jews who have Torah-learning but have no good deeds…The myrtle has a pleasant fragrance but no taste, representing Jews who have good deeds but no Torah-learning… And the willow which has neither fragrance nor taste represents Jews who have neither Torah-learning nor good deeds” (Vayikra Rabbah 30:12). All four species have to bepresent in order to fulfil the mitzvah; if any one of them is missing, then the Jew has not carried out the mitzvah at all (Rambam, Laws of Shofar, Sukkah and Lulav 7:5; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 651:12); if, for whatever reason, one or more of the species is unavailable, then one shakes the others without saying the Brachah, in memory of the mitzvah which should have been  (Shulchan Aruch ibid.).  Read more of Be an Etrog on Arutz Sheva.
Rabbi Aaron Parry ("Complete Talmud for Dummies") explains the symbolism of the willow branches used in the Sukkot Hoshana Raba worship, originated in Israel's original, sovereign incarnation.



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Daniel Pinner concludes in Be An Etrog:
The myrtle with its pleasant fragrance but no taste, representing the Jew who has good deeds but no Torah-learning, survives for appreciably longer than the lulav with its pleasant taste but no fragrance, representing the Jew who has Torah-learning but no good deeds.  And finally we come to the etrog, with its pleasant taste and pleasant fragrance, representing the Jew who has both Torah-learning and good deeds.  The etrog remains fresh and fragrant and yellow (or green) for weeks.  Study and internalise the lesson of the Four Species.  Be an etrog-Jew! Contribute both pleasant taste and pleasant fragrance to the bundle of the Four Species, contribute both Torah-learning and good deeds to the community. The etrog-Jew is the Jew who survives, the Jew who endures.

Protesters shut-down Yom Kippur fowl-sacrifice - but is the leftists' outrage anti-Semitic?

JooTube takes you inside the Yom Kippur protest which got California Department of Food and Agriculture to shut down atonement ritual in Los Angeles last year for this year.

Jewish chicken-slaughtering operations ordered to shut down

Animal rights activists and some liberal Jews protest the practice of kaparot, in which sins are transferred to sacrificial chickens. (L.A. Times Sept 13, 2013)   By Martha Groves and Matt Stevens

The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Friday that it has ordered the shutdown of two Pico-Robertson operations that were participating in a traditional Orthodox Jewish ritual that involves the slaughtering of chickens.



"I told them what they're doing is against state law," said Rhett Dunn, a Food and Agriculture investigator. "They have to be properly registered."


 

Beit Aaron, a Sephardic Orthodox outreach organization, and Ohel Moshe, a synagogue, were performing the ritual -- known as kaparot (or kaparos)-- this week in the lead-up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.




Beit Aaron's operation was in a makeshift tent behind a building it rents on Pico Boulevard. Ohel Moshe's practitioners were operating out of a temporary plywood structure in the synagogue's parking lot, also on Pico. 

 

The ancient ritual, practiced by a relatively small group of very observant Orthodox Jews, aims to provide believers an opportunity to atone for their sins. A practitioner holds a chicken under the wings and circles it over the penitent's head or nearby, reciting an appropriate prayer. He then kills the chicken with a sharp blade and drains its blood. The chickens typically are then dressed and donated to charities such as the Midnight Mission.




Organizer, Rabbi Jonathan Klein of Faith Action for Animals says that more than 100 people attended and that some stayed to demonstrate late into the night.



Since the ceremony, activists including several staunch vegans and alarmed residents have taken to Pico Boulevard each evening, handing out fliers, setting up candlelight vigils and even bargaining with one kaparot manager to rescue chickens on the chopping block in exchange for protesting more peacefully.

 

 The demonstrations have sometimes gotten testy. Protesters and kaparot managers alike contend they've been peppered with anti-Semitic slurs. In one instance, police were called after a woman refused to exit a parking lot where she heard the screeching of fowl. By the time police arrived, she had walked down the block. No one was injured, and no arrests were made.

  

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people, begins Friday evening and ends Saturday evening.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressing Jewish National Fund Convention in L.A. withstands CodePink-LA disruption



Far-left anti-Zionist troublemakers, Code Pink, accomplished nothing but self-aggrandizement by interrupting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Jewish National Fund Convention at the Beverly Hilton Hotel today, September 15, 2014.



CodePink stands on their chairs to unfurl banners

Far-left anti-Zionist troublemakers from CodePink-L.A. interrupted Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to photograph and brag about.  Jodie Evans and Kristin Delfs held up a banner and Sophia Armen held up fake-bloodied hands to commemorate what they termed "the latest Gaza slaughter that left thousands dead." The audence shouted them down as security escorted them from the premises.

Having anticipated this disruption Mr. Lieberman continued his speech to the effect of 'I wonder what took them so long to get started and get thrown out?'


Jodie Evans, Kristin Delfs, and Sophia Armen boast their ignorance













Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed J.N.F. regarding the Jewish identity crisis created by unaffordable Jewish education costs in his full speech, provided below by JooTube.TV. 


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Are Jews being tough enough to defeat Islamism against the west & Israel?


A poll conducted by the Fafo Foundation in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza Strip in 2005 found that 65% of respondents supported the September 11 attacks.

In 2001, several TV  networks (including MSNBC) broadcast footage of Palestinians celebrating the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans killed by Al Qaeda, blaming America, despite America's financial support for the Palestinians and advocating for their desired state on the West Bank and Gaza, despite the threats to Israel. 



Chart shows jihadist attackers identities, where they were from, and how they killed innocent people on September 11:
At the civic 9/11 ceremony in L.A. on September 11, 2011, Rabbi Mark Diamond addressed the gathered, interfaith audience at L.A. City Hall.  Neither the identities nor the cause or goals of the attackers were addressed by any of the speakers at the event. 




Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom of Temple Israel of Hollywood sings Psalm 23 in Hebrew and Rabbi Diamond leads the interfaith gathering in the prayer in English.




We were curious why the ceremony did not address the attackers identities or motives. We asked CAIR-LA Exec Dir Hussam Ayloush what justified the Islamists' attack on innocent New Yorkers.  We explored whom does Islam consider not "innocent" and justifiable to attack (and kill)?  Mr. Ayloush and Rabbi Steven Jacobs, of Woodland Hills (founder of the interfaith-promoting, Progressive Faith Foundation) are asked about how CAIR's support for Hamas' conquest fits into their interfaith relationship.

 

Muslim Public Affairs Council's Dr. Maher Hathout declares "All religions belong to God" (without reference to which god).


 
L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez offers blessing at 9/11 interfaith ceremony




L.A.'s Interfaith Choir sings "Shalom Rav" at municipal September 11 Attacks Memorial Ceremony 9/11/11

On September 11, Israel acknowledges America's shared struggle against Islamist supremacism

US ambassador Dan Shapiro speaking at the September 11
 Memorial in Jerusalem.. (photo credit:KKL-JNF)
Israel is the only country in the Middle East which joins America every September 11th in mourning, commemorating the day in 2001 when jihadists from Al Qaeda dragged the U.S. into resisting the same Islamist jihadism which antagonizes Israel.

All 9/11 victims' names are inscribed
in the Jerusalem Living Memorial 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke today about Israel's shared sorrow with the US over the attacks. "We remember that day thirteen years ago and we mourn with you on this day for the thousands who lost their lives in that horrific attack," Netanyahu said. "All of Israel mourns on September 11."

A memorial ceremony was held by the Jewish National Fund at the site of the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem, honoring and remembering the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children who died at the hands of terrorists 12 years ago.

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro spoke at the ceremony along with other ambassadors from around the world, as well as representatives of the Israeli families who lost their loved ones in the attacks.

At the Van Nuys, California Fire Station 88 (which sent its firefighters who happened to be on the East Coast in 2001)  last Sept 11, Israel's Southwest US Consul General David Siegel set a floral vase gift sent from the Living Memorial- upon the altar to the NYC WTC and Pentagon victims. Consul Siegel spoke with JooTube about Israel's shared situation in resisting and defeating the forces of Islamism- especially those with WMD - such as chemical weapons in Syria.

 

The L.A.F.D. Stationhouse 88 sent 23, L.A. first-responders to the World Trade Center rescue effort. Assistant Chief Pat Butler stands before the Stationhouse' monument which holds structural remnants from the wreckage of NYC's World Trade Center and the US Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He gestures to the floral bouquet presented by Consul Siegel on behalf of Israel's Living Memorial.

The Jerusalem Living Memorial is the sole statue outside of America which recognizes all of the September 11th attack's victims' names and countries of origin. Watch its opening ceremony from 2009.



L.A.F.D. Ass't Chief Pat Butler accepted and comments on Israel's Living Memorial presenting a gift to the L.A. memorial.


 
The Fire Chief of Jerusalem, Shmuel Friedman, visited the L.A. Celebrate Israel Fair in 2012 with the Jewish National Fund- to raise donor funds to purchase additional emergency vehicles.  He discussed with JooTube the experience that their particular fire and rescue services encounter- and what they do with that knowledge which could benefit you.



What can L.A.F.D. and Israel's Fire and Rescue services teach each other? Ass't Chief Pat Butler discusses his visit and meeting to compare best-practices in Israel:



New York City held its first commemoration ceremony since the opening of the museum at the National September 11 Memorial, along with the adjoining repository for unidentified victims' remains.

A woman grieves at her husband's memorial at South Tower Memorial Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times/AP)


Joan Rivers drew attention to media's blood-libeling Israel's defense against jihad

Joan Rivers in Hebrew (Photo: A Wider Bridge) 
Joan Rivers, who died today at 81 of cardiac arrest during vocal-cord surgery, was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn , the daughter of Russian immigrant Jews.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard. 

In the documentary, “Joan Rivers — A Piece of Work," she said that she fervently believes that her way of making people laugh also gets them to think, Michael Fox reported in his movie preview in the San Diego Jewish Journal.

“I never get on a soapbox onstage,” she declares. “But I do make a few points. I’m glad to remind [audiences] about Mel Gibson, glad to remind them about Hitler, glad to remind them about Anne Frank. But I’ll do it in a way that she was a whiner, ‘cause she had a very good apartment. Which in New York is true. It would go for $3,000 a month. She had an eat-in kitchen, and they’re complaining.”   
For every Jewish listener or reader who finds that offensive, she’ll get an “amen” for her unwavering stance on Israel. “It’s very easy to still hate Jews,” Rivers asserts. “Nobody would raise a finger if Israel went under. Not a finger. If Israel had the earthquake instead of Haiti, I don’t think Brad Pitt would have been standing out there screaming and crying with Angelina. You can tell me I’m wrong. Let’s hope we never have to know. I think the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel is outrageous. Outrageous. When we are the only sane nation in that part of the world.”
Joan had visited Israel recently and was asked to comment on the blood-libelous, Hamas provoking civilian casualties to Israeli retaliation for Hamas rocketing and tunnel terror. 

She appeared on Israel's Channel 10-TV, interviewed by Gil Tamari: 

At Los Angeles Airport, a TMZ reporter challenged Joan Rivers over Israel's retaliation to Hamas' provoked war:


Discussing the incident with Howard Stern: 

Another planeload of Americans emigrate to Israel with great fanfare- but how many will remain after 5-years?

Jews have immigrated to join their indigenous brethren to strengthen the Jewish State even before the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Israel in 1947.

In August, 2014, 338 people of all ages left their lives in the USA to live in the Holy Land and worship, free from the anti-Semitic bigotry of the diaspora. Immigration organization Nefesh b'Nefesh produced this promotional video of their ceremony welcoming them.

 

Attorney Ze'ev Portner emigrated from London several years ago and wrote in an aliyah reality-check "The trials and tribulations of western aliyah" August 4, 2013, in his Times of Israel blog: 
Ze'ev Portner
The truth of the matter is that the concept of aliyah and the reality of aliyah are two different things altogether. This romanticized notion of aliyah is very quickly superseded by the harsh reality of trying to makes ends meet in a very tough country.
A lot of olim eventually get worn down and return back to their countries of origin. A scandal of Western aliyah is the poor retention rates. This is something that is never discussed by government ministers or by pro-aliya organizations. It is estimated that 60% of all Western olim return to their country of origin in the first three years and as much as 80% in the first 5 years.  
No matter how you measure this. It is gross failure on a tremendous scale.
Organizations like Nefesh b’Nefesh do wonderful work to promote aliyah, but are also misleading people by emphasizing western aliyah as a great success story on their recruitment drives in the UK and USA. This gives people a false sense of optimism devoid of any sense of reality of how hard it is to actually make a living in Israel. It does them no credit to produce on their website ‘Alice in Wonderland’ statistics stating they have a 97% retention rate when every oleh knows the contrary to be true. At the minimum Nefesh should tell olim how hard it will be before they come here so they come here without any false illusions.
So why is western aliyah failing? There simply aren’t quality jobs for olim."
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Explore exotic foods, spirits, recipes and fun at the annual LA Times "The Taste" culinary fest over Labor Day Weekend

The Taste, the L.A. Times' annual Labor Day weekend celebration of the Southern California culinary scene features distinctive restaurants, dynamic demonstrations and topical discussions.

Follow JooTube.TV on a video tour around of The Taste, including amusing, informative video interviews with some of the purveyors, such as Border Grille's Susan Feniger (star of "Too Hot Tamales" on the Food Network) and other chefs, restaurants and attendees in action.




The schedule: Opening Night – Fri., Aug. 29th, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. The Taste’s most intimate event brings together the weekend’s hosts, chefs and bartenders, including The Times’ renowned Food staff, for a special opening night soirĂ©e with a focused collection of tastings, premium cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment. 

Rabbi Block to Obama admin inhibiting defending Jews against Jihad: "Praise the Lord - and pass the ammunition!"

Rabbi Zvi Block at the Los Angeles Airport, El Al jihad victims' memorial
Speaking at the "Independence Day from Jihad" memorial for victims of the West Coast jihad attack at Los Angeles Airport, Rabbi Zvi Block says America's commitment to the war against jihadism requires the government to protect the jihads primary targets: Jews & Israelis- both in America and Israel.  He believes that an American administration should reciprocate Jewish support for America by assisting the self-defense of the Judeo-Christian sanctuary in the Middle East, ally Israel, in her defense against jihadism. This involves both political support, at the UN and not forcing premature ceasefires, and selling replacement arms and ammunition, which the Obama administration now impedes.

 


Rabbi Block takes exception to the Obama White House's embrace of Islamists, e.g., Iran, Qatar, & Turkey for supporting jihadist Hamas & Hezbollah. Also Saudi Arabia for supporting Al Qaeda. 

Lone-soldier, Max Steinberg's family & friends remember him to nearly 1,000 at L.A.'s Saban Theater, following huge funeral in Israel

A memorial service for fallen Lone Soldier Max Steinberg at the Saban Theatre on Aug. 12, painted the area native as both a normal young adult and a hero, one who loved having fun, formed easy connections with others and whose quest to find himself took him to the Jewish homeland.
The event that attracted about 850 people reinforced how Steinberg — who died July 20 at the age of 24 while fighting in Israel’s war with Gaza — has become an icon for a Diaspora Jewish community that often struggles with finding ways to express its love for Israel. - Ryan Turok in Jewish Journal of L.A. (Advance through 10 segments using forward button on left and/or menu button on right)

Rabbi David Baron of Temple of the Arts, which holds its services at the Saban Theatre, served as master of ceremonies. At one point he asked all of the Lone Soldiers in the crowd — there were dozens —to stand, along with their families. As they rose, so too did the crowd, applauding loudly in thanks for what they’ve contributed to the Jewish homeland.
Baron spoke of the importance of the United States-Israel relationship.
“We commit tonight to ... do our part in the United States to make sure that our nation never wavers one iota from its complete support for Israel,” he said.
Rabbi Naomi Levy & Nashuva Band accompany a Max Steinberg montage (Photo: Steve Sherman, Jewish Journal)

Muslim & progressive protestors in L.A. profess motive is oppression of Arabs. Why not protest Hamas or other Islamist oppressors? Pat Condell dresses down hypocrisy and offers a quick lesson

British moralist analyst censures Muslims' and progressives' "criminally-biased, selective moralizing."

Arabs, Communists, and Progressives, incited by Hamas' human-shield media circus to vilify Israel,  protest Israel in L.A.  at the end of July.

 


Far-leftist, ANSWER Coalition's John Bigelow links Arab anti-Israel organizations in protest.
  


Arab man says he came to protest what "the Jews" are doing to the Arabs- but which other Arab oppression did he rally to protest? Syrian Pres. Assad's killing of over 150,000 Arabs? Ongoing sectarian massacres in Iraq? Muslim Brotherhood oppression of Egyptians? In the same L.A. park, did he, as we did, come to defend the Muslim Iranians being shot in the street during the 2009 election? 



Commentator Pat Condell derides Progressives' selective indignation towards the free, Jewish state in the face of provocation by fascistic Islamist Hamas. He presents the Israel's defense against Islamofascism from an historical, rational perspective. 



American Arab woman leads Progressives to rally against Israel, but of all she knows about Gaza ("it's a fishing economy') isn't familiar with whether Hamas is oppressing Gazan civilians.




Anti-semitism murdered relatives of this Jewish Progressive, but he denies that anti-Semitism in a factor in rabid anti-Israel progroms around the world, or even an element in Islam, Palestine, or anti-Israel protests such as this.




He defends the mob's charge that Israel is perpetrating "genocide" and using the Holocaust as Israel's rationale for what they do to "genocide in slow-motion" the Palestinians.

Ironically, it is the Muslims who are following the Nazis' play book. 
Adolph Hitler's Palestinian ally, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, assisted Egyptian President Abdel Nasser in providing sanctuary to Nazi war-criminals and continuing Nazis' annihilationist tactics into the Middle East.  
Nazi Muslims  (Photo: Barry Rubin)

Under Nasser, the Nazis united Arab power against the Koran's enemy Jews, expelling nearly 1 million Arab Jewish citizens from Arab countries - and perpetuating the Muslim / Palestinian wars to destroy the Jewish state- Israel's self-defense to which these Progressives and Muslims come out to rail against. See details in Dr. Andrew Bostom's Nazis find a home in post-Mubarak Egypt, and in Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang Schwanitz.