Friday, April 24, 2015

100 YEARS AGO; Armenia 1915's Genocide By Turkey

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       
Turkey after WWI on October 8, 1920


There is never an excuse for causing the genocide of a people. This means an extermination of a race.   A country may give their reason, but it only shows that they did not have the humane capacity to think of a good solution to an easy problem .  Turkey is still in denial. they had tried to exterminate all the Armenians living in Turkey.   There were foreign  people living in the Ottoman Empire.  It covered much of the world.  Jews were in Palestine and Christians of Armenia were actually then living in Turkey.  The Turks are Muslims. 1.2 million Armenians were killed from 1915 to 1918 in an ethnic cleansing.

                                         HERE ARE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THEIR DEATHS
                     JEWS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT BUT WERE IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

The Turks occupied the Greek city of Salonica in 1430.  Salonica, and after 1492 when Jews were seeking new lands in lieu of having to convert to Catholicism and immigrating to Constantinople (Turkey)  were centers for Jews.  The Greeks took back Salonica in 1912, just before WWI.  With 80,000 Jews, it was mainly a Jewish city.

Turkey was represented by the Ottoman Empire.  Jews were in Salonica when it was taken by the Empire in 1430.   They were in Constantinople (Istanbul) when it was taken in 1453.  After 1492 when Spain made its ultimatum that Jews were either to convert or leave the country quickly,  the Sultans opened the gates of the Ottoman Empire generously to the refugees from Spain, and later from Portugal and other places. and the Turkish Jewish community, mainly of Sephardi Jews, were very important community members.  They were favored as a trading and artisan asset.  They acted as the counterpoise to the possible disloyal Christian minorities.

Palestine became part of the Empire in 1517.  So was Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and others.  Jews had the normal Muslim code held on them, but not always strictly.  Jews such as Joseph Nasi and Solomon Ashkenazi were able to use their influence in the state.
                                                                     
Ottoman Empire
Then things changed and became harsher for the Jews.
The Ottoman Empire became the 3rd largest Jewish community  after Russia and Astro-Hungary Empires with a. 350,000 population by 1900.  From there on the Ottoman Empire faced gradual disintregration and Jews slowly came under other authorities, which was worse.

With the 1st Balkan War and WWI, the Ottoman Empire was destroyed. They went through all their money as well.
                                                                       
Turkey had the Armenian War from 1915 to 1923.  The Ottoman Empire had rounded up and arrested 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders living in Constantinople on April 24, 1915, the middle of WWI.  The Empire had sided with Germany in the war and were a part of the Axis.
                                                                         

They also then took many men for forced laborers through army conscripts.  Then they deported the women, children, elderly and infirm and had them in death marches leading to the Syrian desert.  They were driven forward by military escorts and were deprived of food and water.  Along the way they were robbed, raped and then massacred.

Other groups such as Christians, Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks were also targeted for extermination by the government of the Ottoman Empire.  Their treatment was part of the same genocidal policy.  Armenians were suffering from being wiped out in many communities.

The total number of people killed was between 800,000 to 1.5 million.  This was picking on non-Muslims. The Armenians' deaths were done in  an organized manner, meant to eliminate them all.   23 countries have officially recognized the mass killings as a genocide, but Turkey refuses to accept this.  It seems to have showed us early on what man is capable of doing to another different group, a prelude to the Nazi actions.

                                     England's Mandate in Palestine started after WWI in 1920.
Jews in Palestine were siding and fighting with England in WWI when under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, but being in Palestine were in the clear as far as coming under pogroms from the Ottoman Empire.  The Jewish Palestinian population in 1915 was 83,000.  In 1896 the Jerusalem Jewish population was 28,112, and by 1922, after WWI, it was 33,971.
                                                                   
Armenia
For 3,000 years, Armenians had lived there in what is known as Anatolia which is the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.  They were ruled by Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Mongols.  Mount Ararat was part of their kingdom that came into being in 600 BCE, later than the Israelite Kingdom.  Their choice of being the first Christian kingdom probably caused this rift with the Ottoman Empire, though they had accepted Jews.
                                                                     
Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of Ottoman Empire 1876-1909
Fighting started between 1894 and 1896, just when Jews were still coming to Palestine.  The Sultan was ordering pogroms against the Armenians.  They slaughtered 100,000.  By 1908, the younger Turks got the older ones to stop such practice and become more in tune with the times.  It didn't last long.  There was a coup in 1913 and the War started in 1914 with a new batch of Turks that were power-hungry. 1915  to 1918 saw 1.2 million Armenians killed by Turks.

This genocide was an example to Hitler who copied it and used the taking of Poland as a need for space.  Seeing no one bothered when the Ottoman Empire killed off all the Armenians, he decided to do the same thing to the Poles.  Isn't this like all the nations?  Monkey See-Monkey do.  They learn by example.  If there's no punishment, they will continue to get away with the same behavior.

However, Turkey's side of the issue  was:  
1. "Rather, they point to an empire at the verge of collapse fighting for survival on various fronts, 
2. major European powers strategizing, at least since the 1870s, to exploit the spoils, including the manipulation of ethnic groups like the Ottoman Armenians, 
3. politically-motivated missionary activities within Ottoman Turkey (possibly coming from the Armenians) , 
4. radicalization and militarization of nationalistic Armenian groups, some of whom joined forces with the invading Russian army in the hope of creating an ethnically homogenous Armenian homeland.  
In other words, the Armenians were seditionists, a 5th column working against the government.  They had their own agenda in the fight and were taking advantage of the situation the Ottoman Empire found themselves in.  

An Armenian leader of that time, Katchaznouni, who became the first Prime Minister of the short lived independent Armenian Democratic Republic stated the following in 1923: “In the fall of 1914 Armenian volunteer units organized themselves and fought against the Turks…We had no doubt that the war would end with the complete victory of the Allies; Turkey would be defeated and dismembered…”   So within Turkey they had Armenians who were helping the enemy, and this brought on their total slaughter.  The Ottomans could not think of ways that were humanitarian to stop their help, evidently.  Their lack of humaneness.  



                                                                                    
German soldier 1914

Why did the Ottomans side with Germany August 1914

1. 1913's German military mission organized the Turkish army and navy and brought in the Turco-

German alliance.  
2. The Turkish Minister of War, Enver Pasha, was an opportunist.  He was one of 5 people in Turkey who knew that they had signed a secret treaty with Germany on August 2, 1914.   The Turkish people never knew what was going on.  

Enver Pasha (1881-1922)  

3. Germany had put pressure them to join by dangling their early victories.  Turkey was having problems with the Triple Entente.  
4.  Turkey joining caused Romania and Bulgaria to join the Axis team.  
5. Allies had interests in the Turkish Straits but didn't plan a defense of Turkey from Germany

Resource:  http://www.timesofisrael.com/why-israel-still-refuses-to-recognize-a-century-old-genocide/ Armenia-Turkey
http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-armenian-jews-where-they-came-from.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide
http://www.unitedhumanrights.org/2009/05/the-armenian-genocide-1915-1923
http://www.mfa.gov.tr/the-events-of-1915-and-the-turkish-armenian-controversy-over-history_-an-overview.en.mfa
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/ottoww1.html
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/demograhics.html
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/ww1.html
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-armenian-genocide-anniversary-20150424-htmlstory.html

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Female Position of Jewish Women

Nadene Goldfoot                                              
Four Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel
Jewish women have been equals to men in our Jewish society since the very beginning. We have 4 women in our history who are considered matriarchs and are the ideal types of women for us to emulate.
                         
Rebekah (model Noa Tishby) 
Sarah (singer Ofra Haza) was niece of husband
Abraham, mistaken for sister and taken into harem for
her beauty, then released.  Abraham was told by G-d
to listen to her.  

Rebekah  was the wife of Isaac, and of course Isaac was Abraham's 2nd son, son of Sarah.  She was the mother of the twins, Esau and Jacob.  She was known for her kindness that attracted the match-maker in the first place.  She later supported her son,  Jacob in his struggle with his twin, Esau.  Our 4 matriarchs, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel,  are  recognized as co-founders of Israel equal in stature to their more renowned husbands, respectively Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
                       
Leah (Jennie Goldstein)

                                         
Rachel (model Bar Refaeli)

 Leah and Rachel were sisters who married Jacob.  Jacob fell in love with the younger one, Rachel, first but it was the custom of the land to marry the oldest first, so he married Leah, and then had to wait 7 years to marry Rachel.  He had only 2 children with Rachel, Joseph and Benjamin,  but 6 including Dinah, with Leah.  Leah was described as having weak eyes and Rachel was the beautiful one.  
                                                                     
Joshua, of tribe Ephriam, appointed leader after Moses in about 1271 BCE, Judge
Israelites entered Canaan 3,286 years ago and stayed as Jews.  
Before the settlement in Canaan, the elders of the community acted as judges. Joshua was the first after Moses.   Afterwards, the soldier-leader, priest, or prophet assumed, in addition to his chief function, that of judge.  Usually a judge just took care of their own tribe.
         
In about 1150 BCE-over 3,000 years ago, Rebekah's nurse was considered a prophet.  She was Deborah, the wife of Lapidoth.  She became something like a General in fighting against the Canaanites.
                                                                           
What she did was to instigate the 12 Israelite tribes to revolt against the Canaanite King, Jabin of Hazor and his ally and commander, General Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, and he had oppressed the Israelites forcefully for the past 20 years.
                                                                         
Deborah telling Barak what to do
 Deborah, known to be a prophetess and one of the Israelite judges,  would sit under a date palm tree between Ramah and Bethel on Mount Ephraim, and Israelites would go up to her for judgments.  She sent for  Barak Ben Abinoam, son of Abinoam of Kedesh-naphtali, the commander of the Israelite tribes to go to war against the Canaanites. She directed him to take 10,000 men of the tribe of Naphtali and from the tribe of Zebulun!.  She then told him that she herself would cause Sisera to move towards him .  It took place by the river Kishon. Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.  He told her that if she would go into battle, he would do this, but without her, he wouldn't.
                             
  He led the forces of Naphtali and Zebulun and these two tribes defeated the army of Sisera. Sisera was told that Barak had gone up to Mount Tabor.  It was G-d who caused Sisera to panic  along with all the chariots and the entire camp by the edge of the sword before Barak.  Sisera got out of his chariot and ran away with Barak chasing after the chariots and the men as far as Hsarosheth-goliim.  The entire camp of Sisera were slaughtered in sword fighting;   not even one was left.
                                                                               
Jael  slew General Sisera of Hazor in Canaan
Sisera was defeated and then killed by Jael, the Kenite, in whose tent he had sought refuge. He went there because there was peace between Hazor and the Kenites.     Jael was the wife of Heber, the Kenite.  After the forces of Jabin of Hazor were defeated by the Israelites, the fleeing commander, Sisera  sought refuge in Jael's tent. She told him to turn aside from her, and she covered him with a blanket and gave him some milk to drink.  He asked her to stand at the entrance and tell anyone who might come that no one was there.  When he fell asleep, she took a tent peg, and using a hammer, drove the peg into his temple and it went clear through into the ground.   She killed him in his sleep.   It's all recorded and documented in (Judg.4) and (Judg.5)  The song of victory is attributed to her and is regarded as one of the oldest compositions preserved in Hebrew.
                                                                   
Deborah, the prophetess and Judge (Barbara Streisand) 
Deborah was a singer, and so wrote a song and sang about what had happened.  I think of her as the first Barbara Streisand.   At this time in the Israelite's history, there were no kings, but they had lawgivers who circulated among the people tirelessly in their time of degradation (living under and fighting the Canaanites) , teaching them to bless G-d.  It was a hard life, as they had to even fear ambushes at their wells.  They had to run from danger in their unwalled cities.

The Kenites were descendants of Jethro, Moses's father in law who lived in the Negev and Sinai deserts.  They were loyal friends and allies of Israel, and the Jews reciprocated this friendship by evacuating the Kenite families whenever they might be caught in the crossfire of war.  The Kenites had settled in Jericho, then called the City of Date Palms, and when the battle for the city took place, they left it and settled with the tribe of Judah.  Eventually, it's thought that the Kenites were absorbed by the Israelites through marriages.  Jael's husband, Heber, was one of the leaders of the Kenites who had led many northward from where they had been living.  It was Jethro's son, Hobab, who had guided the Israelites in the desert, and after the conquest had settled with part of his tribe on the borders of the city of Arad.
                                                                             
Huldah was another Prophetess in Jerusalem who lived at the time of Josiah, King of Judah (637-608 BCE). He became king at age 8 because his father, Amon (638-637 BCE),  had been murdered by conspirators  after being king for only 2 years.   When Josiah   became an adult, he started religious reform and removed foreign cults which had taken hold in Judah and re-established a pure monotheistic religion.  Huldah had foretold the catastrophic fall of Judah and also that Josiah would die prior to the calamity.  The Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar and people were taken away as captives.

Beruryah/Beruriah was an educated woman who lived in the 2nd century CE.  She was the wife of Rabbi Meir and daughter of Rabbi Hananiah ben Teradyon.  She happens to be the only woman in the Talmud who participated in legalistic discussion.  Her opinion on one occasion was decisive.  She was very strong and brave and admired because of suffering severe family misfortunes.  Her parents were murdered and were martyrs for being Jewish.  Her two children died on the same day.

                                                                          EDUCATION
What is meant by education in Judaism is not well known.  Education in Hebrew is: hinukh.   This means formal  schooling as well as consecration which is training a child for living, not just for a livelihood.  They are to learn:
1. Moral and ethical values of their Jewish heritage
2. Torah's commandments of doing mitzvot
3. Learn-gain knowledge of Torah, Talmud and other writings
4. Develop sense of identification with and for all Jewish people

Then they can work on broad secular fields of study and prepare for a career.  Much of the above should be developed at home by copying their parents' behaviors.

Though Hebrew must have been affected by oriental standards and outlook towards women in Babylon where Jews had been exiled in 597 and 586 BCE, the role of Jewish women in early Jewish society as reflected in the Bible is often one of importance. Women had more freedom in their own land of Eretz Yisrael, and even later in Palestine than they had in Babylon.  Interestingly, the Babylon Talmud was of a higher quality than the Palestinian Talmud, though.   This is seen in the 4 matriarchs.  It is also seen in the women  besides Deborah, such as Mirium,  queens Jezebel of Israel and Athaliah of Judah. and  Golda Meier.

Our writings tell of women's wiles and the woman of worth who is the mainstay of her household.  In the 2nd Temple period, we had Queen Salome Alexandra who ruled Judea.This was after King Solomon had died and when Israel's southern section had ceded to become Judah.

In Hellenistic days, Jewish women's status was higher than the Greek women.  She was an independent legal personality permitted to own property when single or widowed.  She could keep certain property even after marriage, though increments went to her husband.  This was written in talmudic law.   Talmudists were very aware of sexual power that we women have.  

Women were exempted from many performances of many precepts, although the domestic religious rites connected with food, were  left mainly in their hands.  One reason is that they were busy caring for small children most of their lives.                                                                                                                                                 
It wasn't until the year 1,000 CE that monogamy was established and enhanced the position of the women.  Polygamy remained legal in the oriental countries.  Of course it is illegal in Israel today.  Rabbis had healthy attitudes towards sex and that the woman's dignity was recognized, but their education was neglected.

In eastern Europe it was a tradition for the woman to work in order to facilitate the husband's studies.  It should be stated also that a couple married very young, which biologically figures.  It is only today that this is ignored and that both received an education first before marriage if at all possible.  With the type of work that women could be involved in our early history, it was very realistic to have women work, and they could accomplish this at home with their children.

"There is some evidence that early Palestinian sources interpreted the word banekha more broadly and believed that women could also acquire merit by studying the law (M. Nedarim 4:3; Tos. Berakhot 2:12; P. Shabbat 3:4). However, the Babylonian scholars strongly disagreed."

It was Rabbi Akiva in the year 50-135, and was uneducated until age 40 when his wife Rachel, daughter of the rich man, Kalba Sabbua, was able to devote himself to learning and became the greatest scholar of his time.  Rachel worked, allowing him to study.  He had thousands of students at his school, and you can imagine that his children learned there as well.  It was just that women had to be separated from the men due to women's mensus period, for there were/are strict laws about coming into contact.  The Romans prohibited the study of the Law which he ignored.   For that he was arrested, imprisoned and executed at Caesarea.

Rabbi Benjamin Slonik of Poland (1550-1620) printed and published a book in Yiddish just for Jewish women to read and learn from called  Seder mitzvot hanashim (The Order of Women’s Commandments).  Evidently they had been taught to read Yiddish.  This tells us something of public education of the day.  Studying of the day for men was in rabbinic studies of the law of Moses.  Since women rarely, if ever, attained the level of rabbinic scholarship necessary to pare the details of these complicated laws, they were not expected to be on a par with the education of men then.  This goes along with the fact that Jews were to be a nation of priests; not used car salesmen or scientists.  But not to worry; our learning developed curiosity along with a sense of fairness, and within our time frame Jews have held more Nobel prizes in all fields  than other people.  

The tendency of some families to be less concerned with the Jewish upbringing of their daughters than with that of  their sons is wholly contrary to the spirit and expectations of Jewish family life.  Most of the goals of Jewish education apply equally to women.  The Jewish woman shares full responsibility with her husband for the many religious observances that are centered in the home.  She and her husband are called upon to answer the questions of young children and guide the development of this next generation.  

Every parent is obligated to train his children in the observance of the commandments, the mitzvot- in accordance with the age and the capacity of the child, for it is written "Train a child according to his way" in Proverbs 22:6.  They are taught from the time they begin to talk and understand a little.  When their behavior is under control, they are to be taken to the synagogue regularly.  The parent is required to teach his children Torah and see to it that they receive formal instruction in Jewish religious studies.  This comes from the Biblical precept, "And you shall teach them to your children..Deut. 11:19.  No parent should be satisfied with a superficial smattering of such knowledge, but should make every effort to provide his children with quality Jewish education.  It is the obligation of the parent to provide a child with the education or skills needed to earn a livelihood for himself when he grows up.  This injunction was based upon ethical considerations.  He who does not do so, teaches him to steal.   None of this was broken down to refer to boys only.  

It is customary for Jewish families to have books in a bookcase in their living-room.  Books and reading them are something to be proud of.  

Resource: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/112076/jewish/The-Daughter-of-Rabbi-Akiba.htm
http://press.huc.edu/dear-daughter-education-of-jewish-women-sixteenth-century-poland/#.VTks69JViko
The New Jewish Standard Encyclopedia
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/Biblical-history-by-Astle/a/030511-CW-Women-of-the-Torah.htm
http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/learned-women-in-traditional-jewish-society
Book:  To Be a Jew, by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, page 130


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Why Fighting in Yemen: Sunni Against Shi'a WHO ARE THE PLAYERS?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                             
Saleh today
Young Saleh

Yemen is the Arabic name of SW Arabia which is or was an independent state.  

It all started with the old president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the one before the present President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned and then not resigned his position.  
First, in early 2011, there was the Tunisian revolution that overthrew their overly long-time president.  Opposition parties tried to do the same thing in Yemen.  The opposition started by leading the protesters and demanding that Saleh, president then, had to end his 3-decade long rule because of his lack of democratic reform, widespread corruption and supposed human rights abuses carried out by him and his allies.  Things were rotten in Yemen. 

As it turns out, Saleh is a Zaydi (non-Hashimi)" Shi'a.  This means he is not a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad's grandfather and so is actually ineligible to rule under the Zaydi Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen that has ruled the country until 1962.  Yemen is 99% Sunni/Shi'a and an Islamic State of about 23,580,000 people.  They follow the main figh of Shafi'i and Zaidi.  

Saleh (March 21, 1942) who is a Shi'a Muslim politician ,  was President of Yemen from 1990 to 2012.  Before that he was President of North Yemen from 1978 until the unification with South Yemen in 1990.  His education has been less than an elementary school education. and then he joined the North Yemeni armed forced in 1958.  

Because he had been in a seat of power for many years, he signed the Gulf Cooperation Council agreement in November 2011 so that his vice president could be the next acting president until February 21, 2012. It was in 2011 that there was an assassination attempt on his life in June.  He went to Saudi Arabia for hospital treatment and they took oout fragments of shrapnel.  He received gifts by kings, presidents and world leaders over the course of his rule.   On January 22, 2012, the Parliament passed a law that granted Saleh immunity from being prosecuted (being he was ineligible) and he left Yemen for medical treatment in New York City..  He had stepped down and formally ceded power to his deputy, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi at the Palace  on February 27, 2012.                                           
Young Hadi

Hadi of today

 Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi (September 1, 1945)  is a Sunni Muslim Yemeni general and politician.  He took over as president of Yemen since February 27, 2012. and was the Vice President from 1994 to 2012.  


During 2011, Hadi  was the acting President of Yemen when Saleh was undergoing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. after an attack on the palace during the 2011 Yemeni uprising.  On November 23rd, he became the acting president again, after Saleh moved into a non-active role pending the presidential election in return for immunity from prosecution.  Hadi was expected to create a national unity government and also call for early elections within 90 days while Saleh was the president in name only.  

Saleh has been a behind-the-scenes leader of the 2014-2015 Yemini coup d'etat led by Shia Houthi forces.  Tribesmen and government forces loyal to Saleh have joined the Houthis in their march to power.  Evidently Saleh didn't really want to lose his presidency.  

On January 22, 2015, Hadi, the newest president,  resigned.  Then the Houthis seized the palace.   They  placed him under virtual house arrest. A month later, he escaped to his hometown of Aden, rescinded his resignation, and denounced the Houthi takeover as an unconstitutional coup d'├ętat. The Houthis named a Revolutionary Committee to assume the powers of the presidency, as well as the General People's Congress, Hadi's own political party. On 25 March 2015, Hadi reportedly fled Yemen in a boat as Houthi forces advanced on Aden.   He arrived in  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  the next day, as Saudi Arabia began a bombing campaign in support of his government.  Saudi Arabia wouldn't support Saleh as he is not a descendant of Muhammad.  

"The Houthis on Wednesday called for a return to U.N.-sponsored peace talks to resolve the conflict. In New York, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations stood ready to play any role to facilitate the peace negotiations."  This is because the Saudis are still bombing the Houthis in Yemen.  "Yemeni officials said coalition forces on Wednesday struck at Houthi rebels in Taiz, Yemen's third-largest city. The rebels had seized control of a military brigade headquarters near the old airport to the city's southeast.
Airstrikes also hit the southern port city of Aden, blasting rebel forces in outlying districts there."
                                                                    
Houthis are The "Shi'a Supporters of God."   They are a Zaidi group operating in Yemen. The group takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who launched an insurgency in 2004 and was reportedly killed by Yemeni army forces that September.  "As of April 2015, the Houthis retain control of Yemen's capital, Sana'a, and the parliament.  They have 100,000 fighters.  
Houthi leaders such as Issam Al-'Imad stated as early as 2011 that they were religiously and ideologically influenced by Iran,  and as of 2014 it has been observered that “The Houthi group's approach is in many ways similar to that of Hizbollah in Lebanon. Similarly religiously based and Iran-backed, both groups follow the same military doctrine and glorify the Khomeini revolution in Iran”.
Teams:

1. Saudi Arabia and President Hadi (Sunnis)

2. Houthis and former President Saleh and Iran (Shi'as)

Where do the Jews come into play?  They don't, but in 1992 there were about 1,400 Jews still 

living in Yemen.  Most were taken out in 1949-50 in Operation Magic Carpet.   However, what 

goes on in Yemen doesn't stay in Yemen today.  Yemen can adversely affect what goes on in

 Syria which can affect Israel.  


Resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Abdullah_Saleh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd_Rabbuh_Mansur_Hadi
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
http://www.voanews.com/content/yemen-president-hadi-country-to-soon-exit-crisis/2729786.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houthis

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Date of Exodus Discovered

Nadene Goldfoot                                                
A new Blood Moon analysis by a  computer scientist and Blood Moon expert who happens to also be a high tech entrepreneur, Bob O'Dell, has come up with  the dates of 1579-1578 BCE for the Exodus.  By using the Blood moon's appearances, the date fell on one of only 2 Blood Moon tetrads (4 moons in a group) in a 1,000 year period.  O'Dell started the group,  ROOT SOURCE, an organization of Israeli Jews teaching Christians.  His partner is Gideon Ariel, an Orthodox Jew.  Their website explains that Root Source is answering a call

 Knowledgeable, Orthodox Israeli Jews teaching Christians around the world online about Jewish concepts, ideas and thought, to more deeply understand the roots of their faith, in an informal and loving manner is that call.  Bob and Gideon sound much like our own Oregon's The Teacher and the Preacher, who are a Jewish scholar and a Christian minister who broadcast over the radio.  Bob was the founder of Root Source and examined the Blood Moon theory of Christians.  "Christian Blood Moon theorists were wrong about the signs in the heavens," he says.  He's also an astronomer, which must have started his search in the first place concerning the Blood Moons that come in sets of 4. 
                                           

 "Bob O'Dell has been a long time friend and collaborator of the Hubble Heritage Project. An avid Hubble observer, Bob's main astronomical interest is nebulae, one of the more photogenic treasures in deep space. Bob has been a science advocate for our team on many Heritage observations and the Hubble archive is studed his science work."

Wikipedia records information about Egypt's ancient history during the times of the Pharaohs during this period of 1579-1578 BCE.  "                                                                           

Kamoses's sarcophagus


  • [1570 BC]—The Second Intermediate Period of Egypt ends and the New Kingdom begins in Ancient Egypt.  Kamose was the last Pharaoh of the THEBAN 17th Dynasty from 1573 to 1570 BCE.  The 18th Dynasty Pharoah was Ahmose I from 1570 to 1546.  Kamose and Ahmose were brothers.  Kamose's father was "  Seqenenre Tao (The Brave) who may have risen to power in the decade ending in 1560 BC or in 1558 BC (based on the probable accession date of Ahmose I, the first ruler of the eighteenth dynasty, see Egyptian chronology) 

  • "Kamose's reign is important for the decisive military initiatives he took against the Hyksos, who had come to rule much of Ancient Egypt.   His father had begun the initiatives and, quite possibly, lost his life in battle with them. It is thought that his mother, as regent, continued the campaigns after the death of Kamose (also in battle with the Hyksos), and that his full brother made the final conquest of them and united all of Egypt.

  • The Hyksos were a Semitic people who overran Egypt after the destruction of the Middle Kingdom.  Archaeological digs have found royal Hyksos scarabs, etc, bearing names similar to Hebrew., while Hyksos remains have also been uncovered in Israel.  The Hyksos ruled Egypt about from 1720 to 1580 BCE and during this period, the Children of Israel entered the country and were favorably treated.  Becoming slaves is believed to have begun after the expulsion of the Hyksos.  Bob O'Dell, using science, came up with 1579 for the Exodus!  The Hyksos left and the next year the Jews with Moses followed!  
  • The word, Hyksos, is Egyptian, meaning "rulers of the foreign lands."  
I have, according to The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia, that Moses, of the tribe of Levites, who led the Israelites out of Egypt on the Exodus to have lived from 1391 to 1271 BCE.  That makes the ordinary records off by 188 years.  O'Dell did his very scientifically according to astronomy.  So according to him, the events took places even later in time.  

He then places King David and the writing of his Psalms to have happened in 1058-1057 BCE.  My encyclopedia places King David ruling from 1010 BCE to 970 BCE.  This isn't bad; pretty close, as a matter of fact, only off by about 40 some years.  

We have one more blood moon to see.  " A blood moon will also accompany Sukkot or Sukkah (Feast of Tabernacles)  which starts on the 8th of October 14 Tishrei) .  It lasts for 7 days and ends on the 16th of October.  It commemorates the special protection given the Israelites during their 40 year wandering in the desert and recalls the little booths they built in the fields and lived in during the exodus and during the harvest. "

All this was calculated by when blood moons appeared.  From Joel, in the Bible, we read, "“The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” (Joel 3:4)  O'Dell noticed that "The Blood Moon tetrads all took place after the pivotal historical events.  He also noticed that Christian commentators about the Blood Moons left out many occurrences.  So he tackled the puzzle and came up with something different.  

1. Following O'Dell's theory, he has the Mishnah and Talmud written in 162-163 CE.  Mishnah was compiled by Rabbi Judah Ha-Nasi.  He was born about 135 to 220 CE according to the encyclopedia.  He was a rabbi who lived in the Galilee.  He spoke pure Hebrew in his home, buried in Bet Shearim.  
2. The Siddur Prayer Book would have been written in 860-861 CE ; no date for this Ashkenazim volume of the daily prayers in encyclopedia.  
3. The Guttenberg Printing Press would have been invented in 1428-1429 CE: Gutenberg died in 1468.  Interesting that he had been  a Goldsmith and lived in Mainz, Germany, a city that used to have many Jews.  
4. And here we are in 1949-1950 with Israel created in 1948 and the Dead Sea Scrolls found.  

These were events that came after the appearance of Blood Moons.  

Resource:  http://root-source.com/celebratory-launch-in-jerusalem/ (Israeli Jews teaching Christians).
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/37062/new-blood-moon-revelation-claims-to-reveal-date-of-biblical-exodus-biblical-zionism/?utm_source=Breaking+Israel+News&utm_campaign=e5a7297996-BIN+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6d3627f72-e5a7297996-83518689#J7Kstprf4HxYTqmW.97
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2014/03/blood-moon-divine-sign-for-israel.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamose
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
http://root-source.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Exodus-and-the-Blood-Moons-Paper-20-Apr-2015.pdf  Paper by O'Dell:  Exodus and the Blood Moons.  Excellent

Monday, April 20, 2015

Rundown On Iran's Nuclear Power to Date

Nadene Goldfoot                                                
Nuclear plants in Europe
The Clinton and Bush Administrations made Israel feel safe with their pledges of never allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon.  It's been 13 years since then and the Obama Administration with their bringing on CHANGES have altered that promise to guarantee a nuclear-free 13 years and that's it.  I may have passed on by then to see the results but Malia Ann and Natasha Obama will be just 30 and 27 years old. What horrors will they have to live through?  The USA is also on their hit parade as well as Israel.  No one will be really safe.  
                                                                              

Iran now has the nuclear fuel needed to make a bomb that can be dropped from a transport plane.  Kerry's team has given in to just about every demand which keeps the Iranian weapons program whole, just like they want it to be.
                                                                             
John Kerry and Mohammad Zarif, Iranian diplomat, academic and current Minister of Foreign Affairs . Iran and the US explored ways to give impetus to nuclear talks when their chief diplomats met in Geneva. Dr Zarif and US secretary of state John Kerry  conferred ahead of another  round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers on settling their 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.  

Where was the acceptable deal?  It's non-existent.  There should be no R & D activity on advanced centrifuges; a decrease in the number of working centrifuges;   the Fordow plant closed up or destroyed;  the shipping of enriched uranium out of the country, the allowing of international inspections; the Natanz facility to limit enrichment of uranium at a level needed only for civilian purposes, destroying all but about 1/3 of installed centrifuges;  and having the Arak heavy-water reactor modified so it is incapable of producing plutonium for a bomb.  That's all they need!  
                                                                               
Marines in Town 

The USA is still a powerful country.  It could stop Iran's progress if it wanted to.  It has gone from changing its policy in mid-negotiations of not having any nuclear weapons production to talking about limitations and supervision on their plants.  Even Henry Kissinger was shocked at the turn of events.   The USA now accepts the idea of Iran going nuclear.  Perhaps their excuse is: why not join the rest of the world who have nuclear capabilities for power?  Why pick on Iran?  
                                                                               
Japanese nuclear power plant
  

The answer is that the other countries are using nuclear power for electricity, not bombs.   The USA and Russia have the most.  Then other countries have a few.  North Korea, South Korea, China, India, Japan, and Germany and Switzerland who are going to phase out of it, France, Canada, Sweden, etc.  The problems Japan recently had with their stations is causing others to think about using fossil fuel instead.  The problem is that left in the hands of an evil empire, it is too dangerous for others.  Iran exhibits evil intentions for this power.
                                                                               
 Military truck with a banner against the USA during an annual military parade which marks Iran's eight-year war with Iraq, 1980-88, in the capital Tehran, on September 22, 2013.


2015 Death to Israel 

They have made it known that no one can ever inspect their military sites.  Saturday was their annual Army Day Military Parade.  One truck had a large banner saying, "DEATH TO ISRAEL."  The people at the parade chanted, "DEATH TO ISRAEL, DEATH TO AMERICA! "  

"According to the World Nuclear Association, a nuclear power advocacy group, over 45 countries are giving "serious consideration" to introducing a nuclear power capability, with Iran, the United Arab EmiratesTurkeyVietnamBelarus, and Jordan at the forefront."  The fact that Iran is being allowed to have this power is causing the other Middle Eastern states to need it for their defense as well.  

The whole world isn't going nuclear.  "As of 2012, countries such as AustraliaAustriaDenmarkGreeceIreland,Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, LuxembourgMalta, and Portugal remain opposed to nuclear power."  
                                                                           

After Iran signed the draft for the nuclear deal and with the sound of "Okay, sanctions are now lifted, " they immediately ordered S-300 missiles, which are  offensive weapons from Russia  which is causing more militarization in Iran and tensions are increasing; that and all the hanging of prisoners going on. One must remember that this is not a free country.  
                                                                                

 Many Arabs see that the nuclear deal has caused Iran to be even more aggressive.  It certainly isn't making them peaceful.  Their capital, Tehran, realizes they have neutralized Western countries from butting into their plans.  They think they now have an open map and the borders are to be adjusted by them, just as IS thinks.  The 2 of them, Iran and IS, are now fighting against each other, as a matter of fact.

Netanyahu of Israel is very worried about this shipment.  Iran, through Hezbollah, has been  stepping up their aggression around the borders of Israel.  Nothing about their behavior has been addressed in the  nuclear deal overseen by Kerry.  What Israel sees is that Iran's missiles are bigger every year, and on them is inscribed, DEATH TO ISRAEL.    Israel has made it known that they have reiterated their right to target these missile batteries if found in the hands of terrorist organizations procured from Iran or Syria.  Putin just sits back and placates Netanyahu saying, oh no!  These missiles are for defensive purposes. for Iran and are no threat to Israel's security.  Ha!    Since when does a missile know about its use?  Is it a defensive or offensive weapon?  
                                                                          
Houthis fighting al-Qaeda  in the city during cease fire

Shia Iran has been accused of arming the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, which is 99% Muslim with both Sunni/Shi'a.  They sent out their own navy into the region now and will see that the USA has 7 ships there already with 2,200 Marines in them.  The Sunni Saudis have led a bombing campaign there which they are continuing.  "  The President, Abdrabbuh Mansosur Hadi, was forced out of the capital, Sanaa, in February.  His forces are still fighting the rebels, the Houthis.  Yemen is becoming a battleground for the Iranians and Saudis' war.  Saudi Arabia has a coalition with them of 5 Gulf Arab states, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.  
                                                                           
al Qaeda

It's all being complicated by  an opposition force of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula called the AQAP who is attacking both the president of Yemen and the Houthis.  This is all what Iran's aggression has caused.   Everyone is trying to steal away the power.  

Resource:  Daily Alert: dailyalert@list-dailyalert.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_by_country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPXcl_HMdY4