Candidates vie to persuade synagogue audience who'll better protect America & Israel on issues

Rabbi Abe Cooper, moderates debate between Elan Carr and Ted Lieu in L.A.
L.A. 33rd Congressional District candidates, Calif State Sen. Ted Lieu and L.A. Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr, held their final debate of 2014, at Congregation Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills. Watch the full debate here, moderated by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Museum of Tolerance. The debate was organized through the auspices of www.CivicCares.Org.

State Sen. Ted Lieu, discussed his positions on the Middle East, Israel, and Palestine with DemoCast. He refers to the bill he co-sponsored to divest California state funds from the Iran and companies doing business with her.


California State Senator Ted Lieu accepts award from the Council on American Islamic Relations of L.A. 16th Annual Banquet

Candidate, Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr expresses his views about upholding American support for Israel and opposing Islamist influence over US policies via Arab lobby groups such as C.A.I.R.

Israeli venture market on display by The Israel Conference in Los Angeles

The Israel Conference is a business conference across two days in Los Angeles that features the CEOs of companies that are innovating and are designing in Israel with products that reach the global market.  From multi-national firms through emerging growth and early stage, we bring together leading technology innovators and investors in High Tech / Media and Entertainment / TV / Film / Advertising / Mobile / Content / Gaming / Cloud / eCommerce / Financial Innovation / Security / Automotive / Clean Tech / Medical Tech / Consumer Products / Design coming out of Israel that are market-making and in demand.  

Conference moderator, Oded Vardi explains what he feels The Israel Conference provides its audience, its investors, and its companies.

The Israel Conference director, Sharona Justman, introduces Frank Williams, a gentile, UC Irvine student who leads business development trips to Israel.
Over 700 business executives will attend on Thursday October 30, 2014 and Friday October 31, 2014 in Los Angeles to meet leaders of significant businesses that do business in Israel and investors in Israeli companies.  The opportunities for new business are endless and exciting. Speakers represent the spirit of the inventiveness of the Israel market.  Attendees gain an insider’s understanding of the growth of both public and privately-held Israel-facing companies.    310-445-5388   Sixth Year!  More than a business conference, Israel Conference is an experience!

What effect will growing, domestic Islamists' terror attacks have on Jewish voters' attitudes, actions?

Canadian convert to Islam, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau,
 shot-up Canada's Parliament Oct. 22, 2014
”Canada attacks follow al-Qaida, Islamic State's instructions to a 'T',” AFP, October 23, 2014:
Two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by Al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.
The country was left reeling Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier and stormed parliament in Ottawa, just two days after another suspected Islamist militant ran over two military personnel with his car in Quebec, killing one. 
These deadly acts appear to follow what Al-Qaida has been preaching for years through articles or videos posted online, calling on recruits and volunteers to go it alone without specific orders or training. In late 2010, the English-language jihadist magazine Inspire, published from Yemen by American Muslim convert Adam Gadahn — known as “Azzam the American” — lauded individual jihad.
“Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the jihad against the Zionists and Crusaders… So what are you waiting for?” he asked in a video posted some time later. (courtesy JihadWatch)
Ottawa  jihad wake-up: As elections approach, Jewish-American global-affairs expert, Gary Ratner, explores the west's reluctant Islamism resistance.

Jewish-American sisters, Laura and Leigh Stein feel inspired towards civic patriotism, and explain their motivation as Americans and as Jews in preserving liberty by promoting candidates strong on defeating Islamist anti-Semitism and anti-American-ism. 

Congressional candidate, Deputy D.A. Elan Carr addressed an Israeli Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) emergency preparedness fair in Los Angeles at the time of summer 2014 Hamas kidnapping of Israeli teens, which spurned to Operation Protective Edge to stop Islamist Hamas' terrorism. Carr explains what Israel represents for freedom and human rights amidst the Islamist Revolution- and why he encourages legislation to support her.

Congressional candidate Adam King of Central Los Angeles speaks with JooTube about Republican willingness to confront Islamism, and inhibit Obama's hurting popular support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu- who does stand strong against Islamism.

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.

To get more of your questions about Judaism and Jewish ritual answered, purchase a copy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud" direct from Rabbi Parry here

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.