Scholars at AIPAC contradict the anti-Zionist, 'history revisionists'

Eli Hertz, curator of Israel Myths and Facts, challenges leftist, activist-scholars rewriting Zionist history-  like Ilan Pappe, Shlomo Sand, and Milo Peled.


Indigenous people of Palestine are Jews- Historian Bradley Gordon at AIPAC '14

Audience Questions and Answers

Neighboring options for your travels to the Middle East

Many people considering a trip to the Holy Land include a stop in Egypt. But what other nearby countries offer options for the religious-interested visitor?  We spoke with representatives from Israel, Turkey, and Jordan at the L.A. Travel and Adventure Show. 

Scott Finerman and Dan Manor, of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism discuss travel and touring Israel at the L.A. Travel and Adventure Show which runs February 21-22nd at the Long Beach Convention Center.




Turkish Airlines handles the second-most, Israeli-bound passengers to El Al, and is the home of many sites of interest to the Christian tourist, Mark Newell explains.



Omar Bin explains what Jordan has to offer in your Holy Lands expeditions.

Israeli tourism ministry shares details with substantial Christian market; Uzi Landau in attendance

Aaron's shofar blast calls Jesus and friends to a photo opp; Orlando's "The Holy Land Experience at the TBN booth

Israeli Tourism execs, Haim Gutman, MK Uzi Landau meet with tour staff
At the National Association of Religious Broadcasters, Israelis meet with Christians to promote the support of the Holy Land - culturally through tourism and socially through rallying Christian (comprising more than half of Israeli tourist business)  support. Haim Gutin, Israel's Tourism Ministry ("IMOT") Commissioner for North & South America, , clarified Israel's travel picture for us.


Israel's Tourism Ministry usually dominates the Israeli presence at NRB. U.S. Dir. Haim Gutin, Cabinet Minister for Tourism Dr. Uzi Landau, Deputy Oren Drori,
El Al Airlines US President Danny Saadon on panel.
  

"BDS in Tourism" M.K. Uzi Landau addresses politics of Israeli tourism at NRB Nashville, Feb 24, '14  

What position ought the government take in encouraging tourists to visit sites in Judea and Samaria? Who gets their business once they get around Arab areas? Tour guide operator, Amnon Weigler, explains the dilemma:
 


How will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau's speech to Congress the following week influence the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters convention, reconvening February 23-26 in Nashville, Tennessee?

How will concern over Netanyau's controversial speech to Congress influence Christian broadcasters' reactions to Israeli Tourist Board's annual foray?

Aaron's shofar blast calls Jesus and friends to a photo opp; Orlando's "The Holy Land Experience at the TBN booth

Israeli Tourism execs, Haim Gutman, MK Uzi Landau & Guides
At the National Association of Religious Broadcasters, Israelis meet with Christians to promote the support of the Holy Land - culturally through tourism and socially through rallying public political support against Islamist conquest.

NY's Bishop Hector Chiesa (whose church was devastated by a gas explosion) encourages Christians to
Defend Israel and Jewish people against nuclear-weapons facilitating Islamists

David Rubin, former Shiloh mayor, wounded by Palestinian, now publishes about political Islam  

Israel's Tourism Ministry usually dominates the Israeli presence at NRB. U.S. Dir. Haim Gutman, Cabinet Minister for Tourism Dr. Uzi Landau, Deputy Oren Drori,
El Al Airlines US President Danny Saadon on panel.
  

"BDS in Tourism" M.K. Uzi Landau addresses politics of Israeli tourism at NRB Nashville, Feb 24, '14  

What position ought the government take in encouraging tourists to visit sites in Judea and Samaria? Who gets their business once they get around Arab areas? Tour guide operator, Amnon Weigler, explains the dilemma: 

Laurie Cardoza-Moore of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations


Rabbi Ken Spiro- Jerusalem-U videomaker on "Israel Indivisible" documentary shown at NRB  


Will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau's Iran speech to Congress the following week dominate the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters convention, reconvening February 23-26 in Nashville, Tennessee?
Laurie Cardoza-Moore (PJTN) and Erik Stakelbeck (CBN News)
Salem Radio's Michael Medved & Rabbi Ken Spiro (Jerusalem U)


What turned this sinner into an orthodox rabbi? What life lessons does he convey from ha-olam ha ba'a

Alon Anava before seeing heaven
Alon Anava was a self-professed, sinning Israeli secularist. He tells that he died during cardiac-arrest, went to heaven, saw the way the universe works, and was returned to life with message to spread. 

He changed his life to observing Torah mitzvot and studied Lubavitch Judaism. Today, Rabbi Anava shares (in paid lectures and online) the secrets revealed to him in heaven which transformed him into such an orthodox rabbi.  We watched him address an audience of Sephardim and Ashkenazim in this visit to Los Angeles' Hebrew Discovery Center in November 2014. Eavesdrop on his talk:

Part 2:
Questions and Answers:


Follow Rabbi Alon Anava on Facebook or on his website. He is currently lecturing in Los Angeles in English on these dates: 2/19- Encino; 2/2- Costa Mesa;  2/24- Santa Monica; 2/25- Encino.

"Never Again" platitudes ring empty if you don't join Netanyahu opposing Obama's terms for Iran's nukes

One month after the Axis powers bombed Pearl Harbor, the American weekly news magazine, Collier's, published a cover by European-Jewish refugee artist, Arthur Szyk, depicting the German hierarchy positioned around a globe.

Hermann Goring, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels. Lying on the ground are a dumb-founded Benito Mussolini and Philippe Petain. SS-uniformed skeletons hold sinister messages, such as "All Hope Abandon Ye Who Enter Here," the words Dante's Inferno descirbes as being inscribed over the entrance to Hell. The Earth's equator is encircled with lyrics from the Hitler Youth's official song: "Today, Europe hears us- tomorrow, the whole world!" 


Szyk's "Madness" of Nazi global-conquest which Collier's called Americans to defeat before it consumed them
Irvin Ungar, the Curator of The Arthur Szyk Society and CEO of Historicana, explains that the national weekly magazine was upfront in warning Americans about the sinister nature of the Jew-hating Axis movement- 1-month after Pearl Harbor as America went to war to stop them and save the world from tyranny.



2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, beginning with Auschwitz in Poland. American liberators of camps share their perceptions of the inhumane incineration- which European towns-people tolerated.  
(Video courtesy: Ken Burns "The War" PBS)

British social commentator, Pat Condell, uses the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day to draw attention to the anti-Semitism in Islam and Islamism's inherited Nazi tactics of spurring Jew-hatred toward power and domination.



Horace Frischer, 91, was raised 6-km from Auschwitz. In this exclusive JewTube interview, he discusses his labor-camp enslavement by the Nazi's and subsequent liberation of the camps by Allied Forces during World War II.




The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, reviewing the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar in Nov., 1943. El Husseini was instrumental in importing Nazi Jew-hatred methods into the Arab-Jewish Mid-East conflict
Chart showing Allies and Axis military and civilian casualties.

J.W.V., America's oldest vets' group brings "Gift for a Yank" tradition with Eddie Cantor's vaudeville show to V.A. Hospital on Christmas morning

Christmas gifters, J.W.V. leaders Hy Arnesty and Mort Schecter accompany Eddie Cantor imitator, Rick Rogers at V.A.
JWV Calif. Cmdr. Greg Lee is backed by Kojak-actor, Kevin Dobson
Jewish War Veterans of Los Angeles continued the oldest veterans' (founded in 1896) organization in America's 68-year tradition of preparing and delivering a "Gift for a Yank" to hospitalized Veterans Adminstration patients on Christmas morning. 

Originated
by Eddie Cantor in 1946 after World War II, California state Commander Greg Lee brought Rick Rogers (an Eddie Cantor impersonator) and partner Sharon Evans to the V.A. Hospital in L.A. to entertain those receiving and giving gifts- with vaudeville songs made famous by music and movie-star, Eddie Cantor. As you can see in the video, the patients and hospital were most appreciative.

Jewish pride and spirit among entertainers and attendees at Chabad's Chanuka at Universal CityWalk

In Los Angeles, Chabad of The San Fernando Valley staged its 13th annual Chanukah at Universal CityWalk on Sunday evening Dec 21st. Over 1,000 Jews (and Christian passers-by) enjoyed the free, open, Jewish celebration in the promenade area.

JooTube's orginal video features the group of international performers assembled: London's Shloime Gertner Johannesburg's Choni G., NYC's Eli Schwebel (on guitar), and Toronto, Canada's Shlomo Simcha uniting to perform Yosef Karduner's "Hashem Melech!" with backing by the Simcha Orchestra led by Robby Halperin. 

The large menorah's oil lamps were ceremoniously lit by Lyle Weisman and his family.  Is such a religious event in such a public space- too public?  Or is such a public expression of Jewish pride good for the Jews and for the gentiles?   

Chabad of the San Fernando Valley director, Rabbi Mayer Greene offers his views about the program, and the idea of holding publicly-accessible events like this, in the face of so much anti-Zionist activity around the world.



The show in two video playlists:



The various singers combine to sing in innovative ways, leading up to a moving finale. The audience plays an inspiring part in demonstrating Jewish pride to the world.

 

Chanukah: the time for Jews to re-dedicate ourselves to upholding Torah values against external pressures

Jews (not Israel) are the enemy of groups like NYC Solidarity with Palestine
Time to Take Back Hanukkah by Ari Soffer, Arutz 7 Managing Editor  Is Hanukkah a festival or a farce? How many of those who celebrate it appreciate what it's all about? And is it even worth celebrating at all?

The superficial popularity of Hanukkah is a charade. It is not real. In fact, it is precisely the "ease" with which the day can be (at least on a basic, ritualistic level) commemorated which is its downfall - despite the crucial significance it holds. ... 
 
Hanukkah is actually one of several rabbically-ordained festivals (as recorded in the "Megillat Ta'anit") which took place during the Second Temple period. And yet, whereas all the others were annulled by the sages following the tragic destruction of the Second Temple and onset of exile in 70CE, Hanukkah remained. Why? . . . 
"Chanukah with Judah Maccabee and General Allenby in Jerusalem." Illustrated by M.M. Harris, San Francisco. Published by A.B. Schayer, Cincinnati, Ohio: 1918. (Courtesy: Arthur Szyk Archive)

The observance of Hanukkah has morphed into a tragicomic light show. Tragicomic, because so many of those who inanely go through the motions of Hanukkah emphatically reject all, or most, of what it represents in their daily lives. And a mere light show, because without appreciating its core message, that is all that it is.  . . . 

Hanukkah is not just some quaint historical reenactment of a Jewish military victory; and the Maccabean Revolt was not a simple struggle of national liberation - though it was that as well - but rather an ideological struggle between good and evil.   By celebrating the Maccabees' victory we are expressing our solidarity with their values, and its triumph over hellenistic Greek values, with all the latter represented (and still represents).  Read the full article
 
In Los Angeles, Chabad of The San Fernando Valley staged its 13th annual Chanukah at Universal CityWalk on Sunday evening Dec 21st. Over 1,000 Jews (and Christian passers-by) attended.  The large menorah's oil lamps were ceremoniously lit by Lyle Weisman and his family.  Is such a religious event in such a public space- too public?  Or is such a public expression of Jewish pride good for the Jews and for the gentiles?  Chabad of the San Fernando Valley director, Rabbi Mayer Greene offers his views about Jews' pride vs risks of event like this around the world.



 JooTube's orginal video features the international performers: London's Shloime Gertner Johannesburg's Choni G., NYC's Eli Schwebel (on guitar), and Toronto, Canada's Shlomo Simcha uniting to perform Yosef Karduner's "Hashem Melech!" with backeing by the Simcha Orchestra led by Robby Halperin. 



At CityWalk's conclusion last year, Rabbi Moshe Parry discussed the story of the holiday and its meaning for us, today.


The Maccabees rekindled the light of Torah through their blood, tears and fire. Through their dogged resistance against the political and cultural imperialists of their time, who claimed the land of Israel as their own and sought to dilute authentic Torah values into something indistinguishable from any other culture or religion, save a few token symbols, A7's Ari Soffer concludes.

Hanukah Harry reveals the TRUE history and lessons of Hanukah

Hanukah Harry as portrayed by Jon Lovitz on Saturday Night Live, has been succeeded by Rabbi Moshe Parry in conveying the truth and pride of the story of Hanukah:

Chanukah on list of Stephen Colbert's Best Jewish Moments as he signs off

Tonight marks the last episode of “The Colbert Report,” before Stephen Colbert takes his possibly Jewish self to “The Late Show.” So, as we wait for a Hannukah miracle to keep Colbert at his post, let’s look back on some of his most memorable Jewish moments. 

Remember Thanksgivukkah 2013? Colbert did not appreciate the overlap in holidays. “How dare you, Hannukah?” he ranted “Hannukah celebrates the struggle of an oppressed peoples’ fight against invading conquerors, while Thanksgiving is about our healthy and nurturing relationship with the Indians.”





Read more in The Forward

Orthodox Union luminaries shed light on the complexities of orthodox living and spirituality in the modern world

Rabbis Moshe Weinberger and Alan Kalinsky at OU West
The theme of the Orthodox Union West Coast Torah Convention in L.A. this year is "Bringing Light to a Darkened World."  Rabbi Moshe Weinberger delivered the keynote address, “Illuminating the Darkness” on Thursday, 11 December at Young Israel of North Beverly Hills, organized by Rabbi Alan Kalinsky, photographed together here. 

The theme of last year's conference was
“Traditional Judaism in the New Millennium.” The concluding panel on Sunday was called "Talking Tachlis –
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger delivers keynote address
Dealing with the Contemporary Challenges Facing Today’s Orthodox Families
,” featuring Dr. Yocheved Dubow, Dr. David Pelcovitz, and Rabbi Reuven Bulka, moderated by Rabbi Steven Weil.  


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Presentation: "Challenges Orthodox Families Face" OU West Conv; Rabbis Adir Posey, Steven Weil, Dr. David Pelcovitz, Dr. Yocheved DeBow:
   

Discussing sex & intimacy with your religious family- Dr. Yocheved DeBow  

"Why be Jewish?" Rabbi Reuven Bulka of Ottawa, Canada

Guiding Jewish families on intimacy & sexuality- interview with teacher and author, Dr. Yocheved DeBow
 
Catch Dr. DeBow's book, "Talking about Intimacy and Sexuality - A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Parents" via the OU website.