Celebrating with prayer, timbrel, lyre, and dance. Happy Minyan services for Sukkot, Hoshana Rabah, Simchat Torah

Happy Minyan L.A.'s cantor Yehuda Solomon leads Sukkot Hoshana Rabah service

Jonathan Honig leads davening  at the special, community service at B'nai David Judea in Pico-Robertson

"Return Again"
Removing the Torah from the Ark 

Torah parade & scrolling at Happy Minyan's Hoshana Rabah, Sukkot prayer service 

Sukkot torah completion Happy Minyan, Yehuda Solomon, Rabbi Larry Nesis. Returning the torah to the ark.
Celebrating completing Torah cycle on Simchat Torah. 

'Fall holidays extend your window to atone and improve your fate for the year'- Rabbi Parry teaches

How these concluding holidays offer opportunity for our atonement and improving our fates in this new Hebrew year. From the B'nai David Judea Sukkah with the Happy Minyan's Rabbi Moshe Parry explaining today's holidays:

Posted by JooTube on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hot-hut holiday: From their desert tabernacles, Jews celebrate Sukkot with Las Vegas Kollel Family Fest

John Castro of Planet Hollywood performs magic tricks with the kids at the Kollel Sukkot party in Summerlin

What's Sukkot in Las Vegas like? Summerlin Orthodox community Rabbi Nachum Meth

What is the Las Vegas Kollel? Kids' Rabbi Dani Locker

Succos Freilech in Summerlin "Hashem Melech" Las Vegas Kollel

Rabbi Ariel Goldman welcomes L.A. Jews to the Kollel community

Super-moon eclipse tetrad on Sukkot - a prophetic indicator?

The scheduled appearance of four total lunar eclipses on major Jewish holidays between the start of Passover 2014 and September 27, 2015 (the start of Sukkot) has the attention of much of the religious world.

Somewhat less common are tetrads – four consecutive total lunar eclipses with no intervening partial eclipses – which has occurred 62 times since the year 0 AD.  A tetrad begins on Passover- a series of four total lunar eclipses that will occur over a period of about 18 months in 2014 and 2015 – each one on a Jewish festival day.

Seven times in the past 2,000 years, a tetrad has coincided perfectly with Passover and Sukkot. The last of those tetrads began just prior to the outbreak of the Six Day War in 1967. Two others (in 1493 and 1949) began more than a year after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and the State of Israel’s declaration of independence, respectively.

Pastor Mark Biltz, author of the book, "Blood Moons: Decoding of the Imminent, Heavenly Signs," explained to JewTube why Israel and the gentile nations ought pay attention to those attempting to remove holy land from Jewish guardianship (such as activists and politicians advocating a sovereign Muslim state in Palestine) surrounding these eclipses (particularly during the super-moon - which will be visible in Israel during Sukkot, 2015) which he writes could be indicators of war against Israel.

"These are patterns and historical facts that cannot be disregarded. The Jewish Talmud records that total lunar eclipses are indicators or omens for the nation of Israel.” See Blood Moons' special message to America in WND.com. 

The eclipses are going to go almost totally unseen in Israel.  Data published by NASA reveals that only the last of the four eclipses will be visible from the Middle East, and even the fourth will only be partially visible.

What is the significance of the lulav and etrog which Jews pray holding inside the sukkah?

Anti-Semitism among vegetarian protestors outside synagogues

Police apprehend activists for bribing workers to release chickens

"If these animal rights activists wanted to protest the egregious violence our culture does to animals, they should stand outside not synagogues, but restaurants and grocery stores, that mainstream which facilitates the industrial suffering and slaughter of chicken"- Jay Michaelson in The Forward

In JooTube's article last-week, Animal-activists confront orthodox Jewish sin-offering ritual - but lacking any Halal protests, how much is anti-Semitism? JewTube showed our complete video of a leftist, 2013 protest against kaparos/kaparot in Los Angeles. This condensed version shows the counter-protestors, led by Rabbi Moshe Parry, challenging the protestors, led by progressive activists Rabbi Jonathan Klein, executive director at the progressive advocacy group CLUE-LA (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice) and Iranian-Muslim-born, Ms. Niloo Khodadadeh.

Rabbi Parry argues that their conduct reveals a number of the activists to be hateful of Jews. The movement discriminates by protesting solely against Jews- who conduct this kosher ritual only one week a year, and disregard the more inhumane Halal slaughter which is conducted 52-weeks per year. Rabbi Parry calls for Jews to develop physical vigilance to deter future anti-Jewish protests and confrontations.

In the Jewish Journal, (The battle over kapparot goest to courtSept 8) writer Edmon Rodman reports that 
on Aug. 26, a group of attorneys (led by David Simon) representing seven plaintiffs seeking to stop public kapparot ceremonies in Los Angeles filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

When asked whether he believes Jews are being singled out unfairly, especially by animal rights activists, Simon said he has seen “some evidence” of this. For some “fringe people,” there “may be some anti-Semitic component to their perspective on this,” he said.
Protestor gets the finger from Hasid for antagonizing outdoor kaparot in B'klyn
Recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn a Hasid 'flipped-off' a protestor photographing him performing kaparos. Jay Michaelson took-up his cause in The Forward "Why This Hasid WAS RIGHT to Flip the Bird to Kaparot Protestor"

I can imagine it (kaparot) being more cathartic – and thus more worthwhile – than most Yom Kippur services that will be held later this week. ... So why are the protesters protesting?  ... I can’t imagine any of the mostly-white English-speaking protesters standing outside carnicerias and protesting traditional Latin American methods of animal husbandry and slaughter. But the Jews – well, they’re just right. Easy to mock, yet safe to mock.

Animal-activists confront orthodox Jewish sin-offering ritual - but lacking any Halal protests, how much is anti-Semitism?

JooTube takes you inside the Yom Kippur protest which got California Department of Food and Agriculture to close-down the traditional atonement ritual in Los Angeles before Yom Kippur, 2013.
Police attempt to stop animal-rights protestors stealing a chicken

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.

How combining Democrat intimidation and Iran-lobby graft, Obama wrested policy on Islamist Iran through Congress

Reps. John Boehner (R) & Nancy Pelosi; Sens. Harry Reid (D) & Mitch McConnell (R)
Democrats Filibuster Iran Deal Vote in Senate; Obama Calls it ‘a Victory for Diplomacy’ - bPatrick Goodenough | September 10 CNS News 
Senate Democrats on Thursday,  Sept 10 used a procedural device to block a vote on a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear agreement, saving President Obama the discomfiture of having to veto a measure of opposition to a signature foreign policy initiative. “Yes!,” came an exclamation as the number of votes to prevent the disapproval motion from moving forward reached the target of 41 required by Iran deal supporters. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) punched the air with both fists in evident delight at the outcome.  
The final vote was 58-42, with Republicans – joined by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Ben Cardin of Maryland – falling two votes short of the 60 needed to move forward with the resolution disapproving Obama’s nuclear deal.  ...
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) also lashed out at Democrats who support the JCPOA for claiming to be staunch supporters of Israel – whose government is vociferously opposed to the nuclear agreement. 
“If I hear one more comment from my Democratic friends about how much they love Israel – with friends like this, you don’t need an enemy,” he said, before quoting Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech Wednesday predicting that Israel would no longer exist in 25 years’ time.
Obama's victory came from a combination of lobbying from the Jewish Left, heavy-handed Democrat party intimidation- which ZOA's Mort Klein calls "Chicago-mafia style tactics," and the National Iranian-American Council, The Shady Family Behind America’s Iran Lobby by Alex Shirazi in The Daily Beast 9/15 How one enterprising Iranian expat family and its allies successfully pushed for U.S.-Iran rapprochement—and now stands to make a fortune from sanctions relief. 
NIAC Iran lobby president, Trita Parsi

... This Iran lobby, publicly represented by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), has become a staunch institutional ally of the White House selling the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear deal is known. But while NIAC has done the heavy-lifting — the ad-buying, the leafleting, and Congressional meet-and-greets, all designed to sell lawmakers on the Iran deal — its political efforts also underwrite the economic interests of one very well connected but low-profile Iranian family, the Namazis, who played a key role as intellectual architects of NIAC. Read more

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz team up against Iran deal by Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News 9/9/15
Zionist Organization of America's Mort Klein Calls Obama 'Sympathetic to Radical Islam' at anti-Iran Deal Rally in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of tea party activists turned-out Wednesday Sept 9 to see Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz join forces against the Iran nuclear deal — cheering for the presidential rivals and seething at a deal that probably cannot be stopped. 
“President Barack Obama is sympathetic to radical Islam,” said Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, which co-sponsored the rally with Tea Party Patriots and others. “President Obama wants to make Iran great again.”
Video clips of speakers at the Sept. 9th rally on Capitol Hill:

In this videoplaylist- with a menu in the upper left (courtesy: Robery Kraychik) watch Mort Klein, Zionist Org. of America;  Anne Bayefsky Human-Rights Voices, & Director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust;  Joel Pollak, Breitbart.com;  Mark Levin, US Radio host; Brigitte Gabriel, Act!forAmerica;  Sgt. Robert Bartlett- Veterans Against the Deal;  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX);   Glenn Beck- The Blaze;
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX);  Donald Trump;  Sarah PalinFrank Gaffney- Center for Security Policy;  Sonnie Johnson, Breitbart.com; and Phil Robertson- Duck Dynasty

Next steps could defuse Obama's Iran-nuclear plan- Rep. Brad Sherman to Iranian-Americans

Rep. Brad Sherman admits he will suffer politically for backing JCPOA
Congressman Brad Sherman (D- CA) delivered a speech concerning his opposition to  the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program at 30 Years After on August 27th at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills and then answered audience questions.  He spoke with us about the upstream lobbying to tow the Democrat Party line, backed by the Iran-lobby, the National Iranian-American Council ("NIAC") which receives support from the mullahs' regime, taking place on Capitol Hill.

Here is a slightly-edited version of Rep. Sherman's address, which he also presented at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA on a week prior.
Iran Deal – The Background

Now a little background about the Iran agreement, because without understanding the international finance, nuclear physics, constitutional and international law at play, the pieces don’t fit together. 

First, international finance: what are sanctions? People throw around sanctions as if it’s something we can turn up or turn down at will. And that’s true as to “primary sanctions.” Americans cannot buy any Iranian oil, and we haven’t since the mid-1990s. Unless you have an old Corvette, your car has never tasted Iranian oil. Those are primary sanctions. That’s not nearly enough. Sanctions are effective only when, through pressure and persuasion, we get European and Asian oil companies and banks to suspend their profitable business relationships with Iran. 

Congressman Sherman's  Speech

Now other countries can get a little insulted when the United States Congress tells their companies what to do. And presidents have been reluctant to go eyeball to eyeball and say 
“we’ll shut down ultimately the entire international finance system if your companies don’t do what we tell them to do.” So we haven’t really sanctioned major foreign oil companies who have done business with Iran. What we’ve done more recently is persuade and pressure countries around the world to forgo business with Iran (I will get to how we did that in a while). The bottom line is sanctions are useful only if Europe and Asia are participating. And it requires not only tough sanctions written by Congress, but good persuasion by President Obama and his team. They have done a better job than any of the prior administrations in persuading European and Asian governments to be on our side with this. And remember, no matter what Congress does, the Obama team will be telling European and Asian companies that now they should do business with Iran, subject to the deal. 

Nuclear physics. Three things you need to be a nuclear power: fissile material, weaponization, and a delivery system. The big one is fissile material. I’ll explain why. What is fissile material? You start with uranium ore, you go up to Yellowcake, you go to low enriched uranium by spinning centrifuges, which separate the uranium 235 from uranium 238 and other impurities, and you’ve got to get up to 3% or so to have fuel for a nuclear power plant; you’ve got to get up to 90% or more to have the components for a nuclear weapon. So people think they draw some solace from this saying “well, you go up to 3%, that’s a long way from 90%.” It doesn’t work that way. To get from natural uranium up to 3% is actually most of the effort. Going from 3 percent to 90 percent takes less time and effort than going from natural uranium to 3-5 percent, what is referred to as low enriched uranium suitable as fuel for a nuclear reactor. So what do we learn from this: a robust “peaceful” program gets you almost to nuclear weapons grade uranium.

Questions and Answers  Part 1

Weaponization is the process of taking that enriched uranium, building it into a ball, and having a system to implode it to bring it to critical mass. I’d like to think that we can stop weaponization, but Iran is already much of the way there. It is easier to do the weaponization piece than to get the fissile material, and weaponization research can be done in a much smaller facility and is much harder to catch. Weaponization will take a few additional months after Iran has the fissile material, but it is not the way to stop them from becoming a nuclear power. 

Finally, Iran wants intercontinental ballistic missiles. That is the symbol of being a great tyranny. But the fact is, you can smuggle a nuclear weapon inside a bale of marijuana. Iran will always have a nuclear delivery system, as long as there are a couple of guys who want 72 virgins apiece. 

So you’ve got to focus on the fissile material, and the discussion about centrifuges and stockpiles is about the fissile material, mostly enriched uranium and, to a lesser extent, plutonium, the other fissile material that can be used to create nuclear weapons.[2] 

Now when we talk about the fissile material, it’s counter intuitive, but what you need for a robust peaceful electronic generation program is much larger than what you need for a weapons program. In fact, to electrify a city or two and have enough fuel to do so dwarfs the amount of fissile material you need for a robust nuclear bomb program. So if you allow Iran to have a complete and robust peaceful program, you’re allowing them to grow a forest. And where else would you hide a single tree? And the one tree in this example is enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. 

Questions and Answers Part 2


Now as to law. Under U.S. law, the only thing that’s binding on the U.S. is a treaty that’s designed as a treaty, says its’ a treaty, is submitted to the Senate for ratification and gets a 2/3 positive vote. This Deal is not a treaty. It has no standing under U.S. law except as a handshake from our President. As a man of honor we’d expect him to follow it. What’s confusing is that much of the talk here is about whether there will be a 2/3 vote against the agreement to override a veto. And this confusion is our enemy; I’ll explain why in a bit. But the Deal is not going to get a 2/3 positive vote, the issue is whether it gets a 2/3 negative vote. But the issue is how do you explain to the general public that this Deal is not the same thing as a treaty? Especially if it gets a one-third positive vote; that sounds like the two-thirds vote needed to ratify a treaty. 

International law. The Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties provides a hierarchy of agreements. This Deal is not a ratified treaty, it is not an unratified treaty, it is not an executive-legislative agreement; it is the lowest form of international handshake. 

Q&A Part 2

But appearances matter. We are the good guys and we feel we must follow international law. You can be sure that Iran will violate this agreement, or not, based on whether it’s in its interest or whether they think they will get caught. No one around the Ayatollah will say “Oh, that would be in violation of international law.” But the good guys are constrained by international law. And if it appears in the mind of the publics in the United States and countries around the world that we are bound to this agreement, it will be more difficult for us to view ourselves as free to take action. 

Sam Yebri, President of 30 Years After, the Iranian Jewish-American civic group host of the event, addresses the community's perspectives on empowering and enriching the mullahs under the proposed inspections regimen.

"Iran proposition is not over!" Demonstrators at NY Sen. Gillibrand's office send a message to backers of JCPOA

Stop Iran Rally at NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office in Manhattan. Speakers included Sen. Joseph Liberman, Sen. Lindsay Graham, and Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney and CIA-vet, Fred Fleitz. Mr. Fleitz discovered the side-deals which the administration won't show the Congress. In the final speech of the video, Mr. Fleiss accuses the Obama administration of national security fraud
Video of the Stop Iran Rally 

A view of the demonstrators from Ruptly's rip of RT's feed. 

Iran Pact's Secret Side Deals: A National Security Fraud  

by Fred Fleitz (rally speaker) in Investors Business Daily 8/31/15

... The side deals are almost certainly a U.S. initiative to quietly drop the PMD issue by separating it from the nuclear agreement and placing it in a secret IAEA-Iran agreement that the American people and Congress cannot see. 

 As such, the side deals violate the requirements of the Corker-Cardin bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act), which requires that the administration provide to Congress all documents associated with the Iran nuclear agreement — including all side agreements. 

The secret side deals amount to national security fraud by the Obama administration. There are many reasons for members of Congress to vote against the Iran deal, but it's hard to see how anyone in Congress can vote for it in light of this deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to conceal from Congress its effort to drop a crucial benchmark needed to verify Iran's compliance with the agreement. 

Read More At Investor's Business Daily

Iranian and American Jews debate proposed Iran policy-shift at deal-supporting-rabbi's shul

Rabbi David Wolpe, of the significantly Persian-Jewish, Sinai Temple, condemned the JCPOA "Iranian Nuclear Deal Is a Win for Anti-Semitismin Time Magazine (July 14,'15) 

Fully half of the membership of my congregation in Los Angeles are Persian Jews. The vast majority came to the U.S. after 1979, when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi fell and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took over. They left not only because of the summary execution of a respected philanthropist and leader of the community, but because it was increasingly clear that confiscation and brutality were replacing the shah’s regime of tolerance. As a result, many of the best and brightest of Iranian society—doctors, business leaders, even government officials, left or were hounded out. Listening to their stories, it’s clear the degree of self-inflicted damage the Iranian regime did is astonishing.
Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple at AIPAC

... How far will Iranians go, once some money is in hand, to pursue their destructive agenda? The belief that rational self-interest is a governing principle is a belief common to rational people. In a world where countries are run by anti-Semites, being anti-Semitic is not necessarily more dangerous than misunderstanding anti-Semitism. We have just concluded a deal (the JCPOA for "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement") with people infected with the oldest and most virulent pathology of hatred the world has known. This is no time for celebration.

"Why do many Jews support the Iran deal? When political ideology trumps reality." by Dennis Prager in FrontPage Magazine Aug 26, '15

—There are no "anytime, anywhere" inspections, as Americans were promised during the negotiations.

—No American or Canadian inspectors will be allowed into Iran.
—The agreement obligates all the parties, including the United States, to help Iran protect its nuclear facilities against an attack, whether physical or cyber.
—Any area of Iran that the Iranian regime designates "military" cannot be inspected.
—Iran can object to any inspection and delay it at least 24 days and, according to the Wall Street Journal, up to three months.
—The deal will free a hundred billion dollars and eventually much more for the Iranian regime to use to bolster Iran's economy and to supply terror groups around the world.

In light of these weaknesses, any one of which renders the deal fraudulent, how could anyone who cares about America, not to mention Israel, support it?

And it gets worse: There are two secret side deals to the agreement made between Iran and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). They are not just kept secret from you and me. They are kept secret from the president, the secretary of state (who admitted to Congress that he has not seen them) and the Congress of the United States.

How then could any member of Congress vote to affirm an agreement with Iran, crucial parts of which they cannot even know about?  Read more

Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Josh Luckman, Sam Yebri argue JCPOA
"Should Congress Approve or Reject the Iran Nuclear Deal?" a moderated discussion and Q&A at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills 8/24/15. 30-Years After co-Founder Sam Yebri argues against and USC Law lecturer Josh Luckman for, moderated by the temple's Assistant Rabbi Sarah Bassin. The event was also co-sponsored by AJC Access L.A. 

The event moderator, Temple Emanu-El of Beverly Hills' Assistant Rabbi Sarah Bassin explains the synagogue's intention behind their hosting the 'conversation' on the JCPOA Iran-sanctions-lifting proposal confronting Congress and Senators. 

Sam Yebri argues against and Josh Lockman argues for Sec'y Kerry's Iran sanctions lifting proposal

Iranian-American man reacts to debate: Why shouldn't your Congressman trust sanctions-lifting proposal will protect people from Islamist Iran? 

Iranian-American mother reacts to debate: We all (both Jewish and Muslim Iranian-Americans) want our Congress-people to oppose this proposal leading to World War III - and to renegotiate for a safer, nuclear proposal with Iran.

American Airlines cancelling service to Israel over Arab bigotry, not profitability

(JNS.org) - Aviation industry sources claim that the recent American Airlines decision to cease flights to Israel is the result of the U.S. carrier's ties with Arab airlines.

The airline had announced that it would stop its flights from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv beginning in January 2016 due to financial considerations. 

Casey Norton, a spokesman for American Airlines, told Bloomberg News that the carrier has lost $20 million last year on the route alone.

But aviation sources told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the actual reason for the route's impending closure is the airline’s participation in the OneWorld alliance, whose members include Arab airlines like Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian as well as Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia is a Muslim-majority nation).

“Profitability wasn’t a problem. The past year hasn’t been easy for the airline industry in general, but that’s far from saying that the route wasn’t profitable. No one would have operated a money-losing route for so many years,” an anonymous industry source said, Haaretz reported.

American's withdrawal of the route will leave only United, Delta, and El Al providing non-stop service to and from the U.S.

Leading Democrat Senators Reason to Reject Obama's Iran Nuclear Proposal

NY Sen. Chuck Schumer, NJ Sen Bob Menendez(Photo: Reuters)
Democrat Menendez announces opposition to Iran nuclear deal  A.P., Aug 18

NJ Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joins Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York in rejecting the deal. Menendez said he is opposed to the measure because Iran has violated various U.N. Security Council resolutions while advancing its nuclear program. He said he is concerned that the agreement doesn't require Iran to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure. 

"Let's remind ourselves of the stated purpose of our negotiations with Iran: Simply put, it was to dismantle all — or significant parts — of Iran's illicit nuclear infrastructure to ensure that it would not have nuclear weapons capability at any time. Not shrink its infrastructure," Menendez said. 

Menendez said his opposition is not an issue of whether he supports or opposes Obama, who has pledged to veto a congressional resolution of disapproval. "This issue is much greater and graver than that," he said. 

(Video by NJTV News)

Why is Iran so happy about the nuclear deal? 
(Video courtesy: The Israel Project

Experts opposed to the deal rally 12,000 attending the Stop Iran Rally in Times Square, July 22nd. (Original video). 

Chuck Schumer’s response to Obama’s vitriol on Iran by Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post Aug 7, 2015.

The biggest news yesterday was not the GOP debate but the announcement from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that he would oppose the Iran deal. Coming days after the president’s outlandish attack that opponents of the deal are cohorts of the Iranian hard-liners, it was a fitting rebuke to a president who can no longer defend the deal on the merits. 
The New York Sun editorialized, “It’s an admirable [statement] — and well-timed, too, coming, as it does, but a day after the President sought to suggest that opponents of the deal are war-mongers and of the ilk that took us to war in Iraq. One can call Mr. Schumer a lot of things, but war-monger isn’t one of them.” Both opponents and supporters of the deal considered Schumer the single most important vote in the Senate, without whom the opponents could not override a veto. 
 An official with a pro-Israel organization opposed to the deal told Right Turn, “Senator Schumer lived up to his self-described title as a ‘shomer’ (guardian) by taking a courageous stand against the disastrous Iran deal. By opposing the agreement, he is standing as a guardian of US security interests and those of our allies in the region.” The official continued, “It is also a Democratic rebuke to the administration’s tactics which smear the deal’s opponents in the face of rapidly eroding public support. Most importantly. Senator Schumer indicated that there was an alternative to this bad deal – continued economic pressure on Iran and pursuing a better deal.”  
House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) also came out against the deal, fueling expectations that a parade of Democrats may follow.  
"Dick Durbin Becomes Lead Whip For Peace On Iran" by Sam Stein in HuffPost Politics, Aug 5, 2015 
 If the president saves his Iran deal from the critics trying to kill it in the United States Senate, it will be in large credit to one lawmaker. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) emerged this past week as the chief organizer, White House liaison and public cheerleader for the controversial agreement. He has organized briefings, taken his case to the airwaves and meticulously encouraged the fence-sitting senators. The administration considers him its most valuable ally in the upper chamber on the deal, while colleagues describe his work as tireless and deft....  
He is the only member of the Senate Democratic leadership team who publicly backs the Iran deal, which exchanges sanction relief for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. This honor places him at odds, for now, with his longtime collaborators and with his former roommate, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y).  
 “I respect Chuck and I know he is going through a soul-searching process here. He wants to do the right thing," he said. "It is critically important politically as a Jewish-American politician, and it is critically important to him personally. And he is taking the time to do it right. But I believe his decision is not going to sway six, eight or 10 votes. People are just deciding this on an individual basis. I really believe they are.” 
Though he’s alone among Democratic Senate leadership in publicly supporting the Iran deal, Durbin isn’t on particularly difficult political terrain. For starters, it could very well be that the Senate isn’t needed to keep the deal alive. Should legislation pass Congress rejecting the deal, the president will veto it. At that point, two-thirds of each chamber will have to override the veto, and it is widely expected that the votes won’t be there in the House.  
José María Aznar, (former president of Spain and current chairman of the Friends of Israel Initiative) writes in the Wall St. Journal, "Confrontation With Iran Is Inevitable"
Sooner or later the West will have to confront Iran—only later it will face an emboldened, better prepared, modernized and richer Iran that will do its best to attain the goals we’ve always tried to prevent. 
'War eventual from nuclear Iran, unless Dem's thwart Kerry's terms'- British Col. Richard Kemp