Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blood Moon, a Divine Sign For Israel? Passover and Sukkot-Great Importance

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                
In the book, Joel, it says:  “I will set wonders in the heavens and the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke; the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome Day of Hashem” (G-d).  (Yoel 3:3).  Rashi tells us that Joel was the son of Samuel and a contemporary of Elisha and Joel, Nahum and Habakkuk.  All prophesied during the reign of Manasseh, king of Judah from 720 to 692 BCE.    

We have a rare occurrence "of 4 blood moons happening about every 500 years.  A blood moon is when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, and the sun is shining through the atmosphere of the Earth and casts upon the moon a red shadow.  This makes the moon appear to be red."  "famous line refers to a blood moon, a lunar eclipse on Sept. 20, 331 BCE that happened right before the Arbela battle of Alexander the Great. A blood red moon has been seen throughout history as a sign of impending doom. However, these events are simply the result of a lunar eclipse, or when the Earth is aligned between the moon and the sun.

"According to NASA, there will in fact be an unusual series of four total lunar eclipses during 2014 and 2015. What is more, in each year the first eclipse occurs on the first night of Pesach and the second occurs on the first night of Sukkos."  The first night of Pesach (Passover) this year is the 14th of April (14 Nisan).  Pesach this year will have a blood moon.   Pesach lasts for 7 days in Israel 8 days outside of Israel, the last day being on the 22nd of April.

 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.

Blood moons will accompany  two festivals next year of 2015  as well.  This doesn't often happen. In fact, it's rare.   Although "since a blood moon happens fairly regularly, 4 appearing so closely together is extremely rare.    There have only been a series of blood moons like this a handful of times over the past 500 years.

"The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition / Interpretation) says; . If the moon's face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world." Therefore:  Blood Moon = sword coming; 

Often, such things as lunar eclipses seem to be forewarning of events to come, like if you have an earthquake, your house will shake and you might be in mortal danger.  The Jewish and Muslim calendar  is based on the moon while the standard world calendar is based on the sun.  Pastor John Hagee, an Evangelical Pastor based in Texas, has alerted many about the meaning of the blood moons.  He pointed out that rare appearances of 4 blood moons on these same feast days, Pesach and Succot, have coincided with major world events for Israel and the Jewish people.  

1.  He pointed out that in 1492 was the Spanish Inquisition where Spain expelled the Jews if they didn't convert to Catholicism, which was the only Christian religion at that time.  So that was terrible, and it affected the whole world's attitude towards Jews from then on.  On the other hand, Columbus discovered American in 1492, so that was a good thing because over a million Jews finally immigrated from Europe in the early 1900's and found it to be a haven compared to what they had been living through.  

2.  In 1967 we had the Six Day War when Israel won against a united Arab army made up of all the surrounding nations and was even able to recapture east Jerusalem.  What is bad is that the nations are trying to force Israel back to the 67 lines which would take east Jerusalem from our hands and put us in a position that is incapable of defending, surely to bring about the demise of Israel.  Netanyahu explained this with great patience after he was hit with it by Obama on live TV as to why Israel could not afford to go back-even for the sake of peace.  (Peace has often been held out as the cheese only to not be fulfilled.) 

For the first time in 2,000 years, Jerusalem and the State of Israel are together again.  Israel is not about to let this position unravel. 
I did not find 1967 listed but did find the following for 1968.  

  Lunar Eclipse               Jewish holiday of Passover and Sukkot                                                                                       
April 13, 1968
April 12
October 6, 1968
October 6
Pastor Hagee believes that the flag of Israel will be flying over the walls of the city of Jerusalem when Messiah comes, and it's going to be forever, he said.  Every nation that rises up in judgment against Israel, God will punish and punish severely."

As for Israel's biggest worry today,  'the only reason that Iran will not acquire a nuclear bomb will be that Israel chooses a military solution to that crisis," Hagee told CBN News.  He believes that if this happens, it will start a series of events that will change the course of world history.  He added that if Israel doesn't  take action, then it will still change the course of world history. Therefore, whatever happens between Israel and Iran will change the course of world history.  We're on the verge of something big, it sounds like, for Iran is very busy embarking on something pertaining to uranium and Israel has been threatened constantly by them.

However, getting back to the meaning of the 4 red moons, "A lunar eclipse must happen exactly at full moon. On a lunar calendar the fifteenth of the month (first day of festival of Pesach and Succot) falls on or within a day of exact full moon, so any lunar eclipse must be on or within a day of the fifteenth of the month. Hence, any lunar eclipse that happens near the equinoxes must fall on or within a day of Passover (spring) or Sukkot (autumn). Therefore the coincidence of these festivals with lunar eclipses is not as rare as Biltz implies."  He's " the founder of El Shaddai Ministries, a Hebrew roots resource and teaching ministry located near Tacoma, Washington.

"The first eclipse (March 20, 2015) is total. "Even more remarkable is that the total lunar eclipse of Pesach 2015 will be preceded by a total solar eclipse that will occur on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, two weeks earlier."   A total solar eclipse is said to be stunning and awe-inspiring. Therefore a total solar eclipse could be interpreted as a great sign to those who witness it. But how many people will witness this particular eclipse? The eclipse path is in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The only landfalls that the eclipse path will make are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard. The population of the former is 50,000 and the latter less than 3,000. The eclipse is of short duration, and the weather can be overcast much of the time at that latitude. There is a good chance that few people, if any, will actually see this eclipse."
The second solar eclipse (September 13, 2015) is partial and falls on Rosh Hashanah. Though many people have experienced a partial solar eclipse, most of them had no idea that anything was going on. This is because unless a partial eclipse is very close to being total, the sun is not appreciably dimmed. Not actually witnessing these events but instead just knowing that somewhere some sort of solar eclipses are happening seems to fall far short of being specific and spectacular signs of end times.

  In 2015 there is an eclipse on Rosh Hashana. on Sept 13, 2015.  
But according to NASA, only one of the four lunar eclipses will be visible from Israel – the one on the first night of Sukkos (September 28) in 5775/2015. Sukkot will start September 27th at sundown and end on October 4th.  ("Sukkos is directly connected to prophecies concerning the future collapse of the cultures of Yishmael and Eisav at the time ofMashiach. We know this from the astounding haftaras we read on Sukkos, describing the War of Gog U’Magog, the climactic war involving all of civilization, that will occur at that season." This comes from Roy S. Neuberger, author of the article in the Jewish Press.)  

A Christian minister, Mark Biltz, explains that  the the 2nd Coming of Christ must happen at Sukkot, and Jesus's crucifixion was at the time of Passover.  One of the key goals of El Shaddai Ministries Is to fight replacement theology by restoring the Jewishness of Yeshua, Jesus to Christians.  He argues that the unusual event of 4 lunar eclipses on these 4 dates has great significance.  He also mentions 2 solar eclipses in 2015 having prophetic implications.  This is pretty much what Hagee is following. 

 In 2017 Passover is celebrated from April 10-18)   April 11th is a full moon, full pink, named so by Native Americans as the pink in spring flowers.  I wonder if it shows up as redder in Jerusalem.  Sukkot occurs from October 4 to October 11th. October 5th is a full moon and already listed as a blood moon.  
Combine this with a recent find of a prophecy from 750 years ago by Rabbi  Judah the Pius in in Germany in the 13th Century  who said that 2017 was going to be significant.  He said that 1967 was the beginning of the END OF TIMES and 2017 would be the end of the END OF TIMES.  Events in between that he said would happen have happened.  Now, what will happen in 2017?  

The latest is that this is a Christian belief, not Jewish, citing Joel.  Read 2nd update below of September.  Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, now of New York, "citing Jeremiah 10:1, he further explained that the Bible explicitly warns the Jewish people not to pay attention to, or be upset by, claims of doom that the non-Jewish world makes about these kind of heavenly signs."  “The problem is that the sun never turned into darkness in the past.The fact that this Christian used a verse from Joel the Jewish prophet was enough to confuse many Jews,” he said."
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Update 4/1/14 theory debunked
2nd Update: 9/25/15/

Khamaeni, the Holocaust Denier and Why He's So Wrong

Nadene Goldfoot                                          

The Nazi, Adolf Hitler, plotting with The Arab Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini in Berlin, Germany on November 21, 1941. 

The Mufti  issued a fatwa, a summons to a holy war against BRITAIN in May 1941 and this was declared in Iraq.  The Mufti of Jerusalem  was then instrumental in the pro-Nazi coup.    However, when the Jewish immigrants  were attempting to get to Palestine by shiploads in the late 30's, Nazis were at the apex of attacking Jews in Germany.   Then  England decided not to follow the  mandate to create a Jewish State there.  Instead, they decided to re-admit former supporters of the Mufti of Jerusalem, the Arabs, into Palestine instead and forcibly kept the Jews out!

"Most Holocaust denial claims imply, or openly state, that the Holocaust is a hoax arising out of a deliberate Jewish conspiracy to advance the interest of Jews at the expense of other peoples. For this reason, Holocaust denial is generally considered to be an antisemitic conspiracy theory, frequently encountering criticism."  Holocaust deniers are calling themselves revisionists, lately.  They can call themselves many things, but I call them stupid.  
                                          Jews forced to go to Aushwitz on cattle trains.  

" Aushwitz was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the base camp); Auschwitz II–Birkenau (the extermination camp)Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps."  This was just one of many.  

Germans were good at many things, and the one thing they were outstanding in from the 30's onwards was in keeping records.  They recorded every minute of the Holocaust including all its ugliness.  To say that the Holocaust didn't exist is ridiculous.  There are so many records of every detail taken by the Nazis themselves. They took still pictures and moving pictures as well as moving picture news reports.   One would have had to have been either just born recently and kept from the library or if elderly, had been in some sort of prison where news never got to you.  Whatever Khameni of Iran's problem is  must be pure denial.  He is in big denial. Just recently he pronounced that "If Shoah did indeed take place, there is no certainty about what happened there."  

What happened there was brutality of Nazis and other anti-Semites who worked as fast as they could to slaughter 6 million Jews.  They gassed them and burned them in furnaces.  They shot groups who fell into already prepared pits.  They had decided that their economic woes were all the Jews' fault and so to deal with that and make themselves richer, they set about to kill a whole people.  To them, six million would have been a good start.  If they hadn't been stopped they would have continued to kill every Jew on the face of the earth.  Canada and the USA would have been the next site to find us.

Jews have been scapegoats for others to blame all the ills of the world on for centuries, ever since they lost their country in 70 CE to the Romans.  They have had to wander and depend on the emotions of the king of a county as to how he was feeling towards Jews at that moment.  Sometimes they asked them into a country to help out with their economic woes, as they were good accountants.  They were smart people.  Then, eventually that got in the way as it caused jealousy within the people of the land and eventually they were exiled.  In Germany's case, Jews had been there since before 1,000 CE and were loyal Germans, industrious people, and the first to be attacked for being "different" from all the other Germans. Being different meant that they weren't Christians.   

One way the Germans kept tract of how many Jews they had was through the use of IBM punch-out cards, made in the good old USA. They started their IBM-Nazi agreement in 1933.   The same type of cards were used in the USA on their Japanese in internment camps during the war, too.  The Germans identified and catalogued Jews in their programs executed in the 1930s to the selections of who lives and who dies in the 1940s.  Eventually everyone died.  They could have used a computer, but they weren't invented yet.  Hitler's identification program was essential for quick and efficient confiscation of their property, clothing, gold in their teeth, etc, and putting them in ghettos for storage, deportation, enslaved labor, and the ovens.  

Records of evidence are in our USA government archives that are public.  The Khameni should fly over sometime and sit down and read some of the evidence. Khameni cheers people who join him in this denial.   

What's frightening is that the USA seems to be basing their policy towards the Islamic republic, Iran, as being  an honest broker.  Why are they taking Iran at its word?  They have been lying to us before, and are lying now.  If it turns out that they truly are lying to us about uranium and their goals, Israel and the USA are heading into an abyss of no return.  An example of lying from Iran is "Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  who had told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last September that reports that  Khamenei had openly denied the Holocaust were as a result of "bad translation" and were taken "out of context."  Not so.  He knew that's how Khameni thinks.  He's a consummate Holocaust denier since it really goes against Islam as well.  

Surely he has heard of the Nurenburg trials held in Nurenburg, Germany from November 20, 1945 to October 1, 1946, trying 23 leaders of the 3rd Reich of Nazi Germany.  After the atrocities of what the Nazis had practiced in trying to erase a whole people, the Jews, and other victims, they were put on trial and found guilty.  There's even a movie about it, Judgement at Nuremberg which was made in 1961.  This brought out the fact that their crimes were committed in violation of the Law of Nations or the Laws of War.  It was directed by Stanley Kramer and such famous people as Spencer Tracey, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, William Shatner and Montgomery Clift were in it.  An earlier version was broadcast as a TV episode of Playhouse 90.  Somebody, send Khamenei a copy of this trial!  

As it turns out, the Arabs put the pressure on the British to not fulfil their obligation to create a Jewish State in Palestine so that the Nazis could capture them all and kill them.  Those trying to enter Palestine in the late 30's and early 40's were turned away by the British who were mandated create the Jewish state and failed miserably. If the USA hadn't stepped into the war, Britain would have been taken by the Nazis.  I find it ironic that two of the judges at Nurenberg were British.   "Geoffrey Lawrence, 3rd Baron Trevethin, 1st Baron OakseyDSOTDKCPC (2 December 1880 – 28 August 1971) was the main British Judge during the Nuremberg trials after World War II, and President of the Judicial group." 

 One wonders if he was related to Lawrence of Arabia.  Thomas Edward Lawrence was #2 in a family of 5 illegitimate boys whose father was Sir Thomas Chapman. "an Anglo-Irish landowner, the last of the Chapman baronets of Killua Castle in Ireland."  They all took the surname of Lawrence when the parents, Sarah Lawrence and Thomas Chapman  lived together but didn't marry. Sarah Lawrence had given him the 5 boys.  He had daughters from his 1st marriage who Sarah was governess for.  Unless the judge was related to Sarah's Lawrence family, they were not connected.   

Israel is wary that Khameni is plotting to finish what Hitler started, and that is to exterminate all the Jews now living in Israel with his uranium plans of creating a weapon of some sort, most likely an A bomb.  

Different religions have tried to wipe out Jews.  First it was the Christian Crusaders of Europe starting in 1096 who attacked Jews as well as their target, the Muslims, and then the Spanish Inquisition culminating in 1492, the Holocaust of a Catholic Hitler who was quite irreligious but political from 1933 to 1945, and now the Muslim Arabs since 1948 who will not abide Jews within their circle of the Middle East.  Perhaps it is meant that Jews are to survive.  Our saying is Am Yisrael Chai!  The people of Israel live!  The world would be much better off if those who haven't would  just accept us. Note that not once have Jews been aggressive towards anyone in the world, but have had to be defensive against all the attacks in order to survive.  And survive we have!  


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is It Man's Power Ruling the World ?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                           

                                                           Israel's IDF soldier from Ethiopia

The world is divided into power groupings.  There's the Middle East with the Arabs in contention with each other.  Power struggles there have been going on forever since the dawn of time.  Europe has been a seat of power struggles; England and France, Germany, Russia and eastern Europe.  There was Ireland's religious war between the Catholics and the Presbyterians.  The United States rose to be the most powerful after WWII, but like all powers, has slipped.  The Orient is vying for power with China in the lead. North Korea is vying with South Korea.  Japan was top dog not long ago.  Viet Nam was the scene of a very long war involving many countries.   What it takes to be powerful is money, population numbers and a powerful leader.                                                                    
                                                Moshe Dayan, 1967

The Middle East power struggles have always been happening.  King David's Empire of Israel goes back to 1010 BCE to 970 BCE.  They were overrun by the Assyrians in 721 BCE and then the Babylonians in 597 and 586 BCE.  Finally they lost Jerusalem in 70 CE to the Roman Empire.  Other powerhouses  were the Sabaeans and the Nabataeans, the Byzanatines and the Sasanids, the Umayyad Dynasty and the Abbasid Empire.   Then the Crusaders entered the competition from the West.  Finally there was the Ottoman Empire ruling for 400 years.  Mohammad had been born in 570 and died in 632 bringing an army of men demanding converts to Islam.  They had power and swept over much of the world.

Lee Smith wrote in "The Strong Horse, Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations in 2010 of all this power.  He concluded that the Arab world works from clashing with each other, not that anger and disorder is caused by the clash of civilizations between East and West.  Look at Iran and Iraq's war, for example.  Right now Iran and Saudi Arabia are at odds; two powers in competition-Sunni and Shi'a.
Power struggles right now are centered in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians.  The two Palestinian terror groups, Fatah, the new name for the PLO, and Hamas are having another power struggle of their own going on at the same time.  Fatah has gleaned much money from all the other Arab leaders in the Middle East and they control the official Palestinian authority power.  That money has not gone to the general community at large, but to individuals, for they have not been able to pay their utility bills to Israel who has been supplying them with such things as electricity, etc.
 It's now been found out that there are 1,700 millionaires or more among the Hamas terrorists living in "Horribly oppressed and besieged Gaza."  You can call them "welfare" millionaires.  This comes to us from no other than Abbas himself of Fatah.  He's telling the public that Hamas is corrupt and doesn't represent the Palestinian people.  For once he maybe telling the truth.  He and the rest of the Fatah faction were in Gaza also but were thrown out when Hamas got the power through elections demanded by Obama, and of course these elections may not have been very truthful.  How much it resembles other places like Russia in an election where people are forced to vote one way or risk their life is the question.  Sometimes I've even wondered about our elections in the USA!   Abbas explained that Hamas imposes steep taxes on its citizens for goods entering from Egypt and Israel, and that this money finds its way into Hamas officials' pockets.

And of course we know that the tunnels some poor slaves are digging for Hamas allow entrance of rockets, mortars and missiles that are to be fired against Israel, another donation, no doubt of encouraging anti-Semitic countries.  If they're short of the actual ammunition, they make them  with materials they sneak in through those tunnels.  That's why they love flotillas.  They may be able to get in weapons to use against Israel that way, too.   They don't really have a need for other things because they're being supplied by Israel daily.  .

Abbas must be feeling slighted.  Even Arafat was a millionaire many times over.  His PLO group didn't get all the money donated, either.  Money from both groups have come in through foreign aid, black marketeering and corruption.  Abbas has a son who lost his monopoly on imported cigarettes when Hamas took over Gaza.  "Abbas said that 800 millionaires and 1,600 near-millionaires control the tunnels at the expense of both Egyptian and Palestinian national interests."    So now we know that tunnels have created over 1,000 millionaires.  Gaza also has huge construction industry, luxury hotels and all the other amenities of a nice city.
I wonder if they have to pay the dissidents who are anti-Israel activists claiming aloud that Gaza is a concentration camp.  They don't know about the 5-star hotels there.  I've seen many a time the beautiful outdoor shuks with all the fruits and veggies that look like those  in Israel, Italy and even the USA who are into such things today.  I've seen all the Israeli trucks driving with daily with supplies.  They're not hurting, except from their own leaders as usual.

    At the eve of the "final solution" to the "Jewish Problem," the Mufti and Adolf Hitler                                                                 confer in Berlin, November 21, 1941.
Ruth R. Wisse wrote in Jews and Power in 2007 about the Jews who lost all their power in 70 CE and have been powerless for almost 2,000 years.  "They have been exiled, landless, stateless, abused and slaughtered -6 million of them.  She explains how a "creative remnant of Jews managed to survive despite being dependent on anti-Semitic countries they lived in and then were exiled out of so many times.  Their powerlessness often had to turn into appeasement and accommodation while relying on the hope of a divine justice".  She wonders if we have matured enough since we were altered by an accustomed and venerable Jewish psychology.  Michael Oren wrote of her book that "we are in a deep political and moral confusion and that her book is a cogent call for clarity."  .She covers the Jewish world from the Kingdom of David to the Oslo Accords.  She offers a radical new way to think about the Jewish relationship to power.  Religious Jews thought that upholding the covenant with G-d was a treaty with the most powerful force in the universe and that Jews could pursue their religious mission on a moral plain to be the light for the world and to show people how to live ethically and morally.  We were actually politically weak which increased our vulnerability to be scapegoated and the violence from power-seeking nations have cast Jews as perpetual targets.

  I opened to page 161 and read:  "The special ingredient of Palestinian nationalism that really does set it apart from, say, Jordanian nationalism, or that of Syria or Egypt, is its basis in antagonism to Israel and its usurpation of Jewish symbols, history and identity."  She goes on to say that for Palestinians, their important date of the calendar to commemorate is May 14, 1948, the day of Israel's founding.  On this date they have borrowed the Jewish history of the destruction of the Temple and  the mass murder of the Jews of Europe in the Holocaust to make this date their nakba, their Palestine's endless Holocaust to play on their emotions.   They go on and on about it.
                                     IDF on the way to the front in one of the wars

The Jews of Israel were finally in their own land again, not thinking of power of ancient days, but of survival.  They could only think for 15 minutes and were attacked by all the Arabs of the Middle East in the War of Independence which really started on 29 November 1947 when the partition of their land was announced and the Arabs refused and their anger ignited.  Armistice Agreements were signed in 1949.  Israel had won.  They had their power back!  They were tested again in the Sinai War that lasted from 29 October until 5 November 1956.  They were tested again in the Six Day War from 5 to 11 June 1967 where they knew they had their power back because the odds were so against them, and they inadvertently regained lost land from 1948 back in their power again just by defending themselves with fervor, for each time they know it's win or die.Jews have nowhere to run.  They faced more testing of their power in The War of Attrition
 that lasted from 1968 until the cease-fire on 7-8 August 1970, and then again in the War of 1973. More testing came on Israel's most holy day, the day all Jews can be found in a synagogue, Yom Kippur, asking forgiveness while fasting.  It was October 6, 1973  and this Yom Kippur War  lasted until a cease fire was called on October 22nd.  In this war Syria alone lost 4,000 men, 1,100 tanks and 168 planes.

In 1982 Palestinians had been attacking from the north in Lebanon and Syria and finally Israel went up, led by General Sharon, with Lebanon's Christian militia to stop the shooters.  The Christians took the lead and slaughtered the Palestinian terrorists on their own accord, but Sharon had to take the blame, but he insisted he had no idea of what they were going to do when they said they could put a stop to it and wanted the honor.  I think this taught Israel not to count on others to do their work.  At other times when the UN force was there to protect Israel, they left the minute the Arab leader asked them.

Tiny Israel is sitting on only 8,000 square miles and has just 7.7 or 8 million people now of which 1.7 million are Arabs.  It's the smallest state with the smallest population and has power. It's up against 22 Arab nations that are nearby while 48 Muslim majority countries are always siding with them and ready to help against Israel.

 Israel  has a powerful army, and powerful intelligence.  Jews in the world make up only 1/4 of 1% of the world population.  Jews have won 40 times more than expected for Nobel prizes from 1901 to 1990 by winning 160 of  the 89 years.  They are 1st or 2nd in being the highest start up nation in businesses.  Israel helps their friends in all matters that they may know more about and can help; in agriculture and defense.  They produce ideas such as inventions in medicine.  I could go on and on. They may be small but offer much to the world.   They do this when everyone is against them, so suffer from physical as well a psychological abuse from the world.  Israel does not get its power from oil like their Arab neighbors.  It's had to use their brains to have power. I can say that most of Israel, at least, still is dependent on the feeling that G-d is with them if they follow G-d's expectations.  All religions lay  money down on betting that the mashiah is on THEIR side at the end of times.  Who will have the power then?  All?  None?  One?
Facts About Israel, Division of Information, Ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem
Middle East-Past & Present by Yahya Armajani and Thomas M. Ricks, textbook in PSU.

Who Will Replace Richard Falk in UN?

Nadene Goldfoot                                          
Indonesia's former UN ambassador, Dr.Makarim Wibisono,  is  likely to be picked as UN human rights monitor of the "Palestinian Territories"  after Richard Falk, 83 yr old UN rapporteur. It's a 6 year position.   Indonesia is the #1 country having the largest population among  the 48 Muslim majority countries.  Their population is 228,582,000 with 86.1% Sunni Muslims. 

  "Before becoming the special rapporteur, Falk was a member of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestinian territories."  Falk hasn't had a good thought about Israel in all the time he has served.  The rest of the world can break all sorts of laws towards their citizens but that's okay.  It's Israel he incessantly has picked on with the rest of the UN members cheering about it, so of course he's been their popular emissary.  The part that is horrid is that he's Jewish.  Oh, they love a Jew who hates Israel.  Falk stepped over the line with UN head Ban Ki-moon who had to condemn him for promoting the writings of 9/11 conspiracy theorists.  All the horrendous statements from him about Israel was okay, evidently, but a few did get criticized by Ban Ki-moon.  "He has been variously criticized by U.S. ambassador Susan Rice."
"Wibisono went to Gaza in 2010 to show support for Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization.
Wibisono has also demonstrated a disconcerting pattern and practice of one-sided and inflammatory statements targeting the Jewish state:
  • He has accused Israel of “unconscionable use of force against the Palestinians,” "untenable acts of aggression," and of having a "policy of retribution against the entire Palestinian nation." 
  • Wibisono has referred to the “stark and brutal nature of the policies pursued by the occupying power,” accused Israel of being "the aggressor and the perpetrator of wanton violence," and repeatedly minimized Israeli suffering, speaking of “the handful of Israelis who have died,” and of Israel's battle with rocket and other terrorist attacks as a “flimsy pretext.”
  • Wibisono openly embraces what he calls the "sacred Palestinian cause."
  • "Dr. Wibisono held senior level positions in various capacities such as Chairman of the 61st United Nations Commission on Human Rights (2005), "
The talk has been that Falk's wife of the past 15 years would be his replacement.  She's Dr. Hilal Elver, a Research Professor of Global Studies at the U. of California in Santa Barbara.  She's been there since 2002. She's middle aged and Turkish which might explain some of their antagonism towards Israel since Erdogen hasn't been such a good friend lately.  He's noticeably made his own personal changes by being more favorable towards Sharia law and those that back it.  Anyone connected to Richard Falk would not be objective, as he's the most narrow minded and hateful person we've had in this position.  The wife must be a mirror of her husband's views.

Christina Cerna was already vetted to be the next replacement of Richard.  She is a Georgetown law school lecturer, but lobbying from the Arab states has stopped that choice.  Her background was that she was a Principal Human Rights Specialist, and served on an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and  an Adjunct Professor of Law with a BA from NY U, MA from Ludwig-Maximilian Universitat, JD from American U; LLM; Columbia U.  

""The core issue, to be sure, is not the nominees, but the biased position itself," said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer."  Because it is a biased position, the UN has not had a problem finding biased people for that position.  In other words, the person is expected to be an attack dog against Israel.  That's what the UN Human Rights Council constantly harps on.  

Update: 3/28/14   The bets are now changing.  It's between Christine Chinken, co-author of the Goldstone Report and Hilal Elver, "former Turkish government adviser as well as Falk's wife" to be the special rapporteur to replace Falk.  Amazing that the Arabs are backing Christine, a woman.  "The U.S. — if it is to live up to its pledge to use its UNHRC membership to fight bias, politicization and double standards — must take the floor, call a vote, and vote No.--If the U.S. fails to call a vote and stand up for what is right, it will have forfeited its moral justification for serving on a council that just elected Putin, the Castro regime, the Chinese Communist Party, and the House of Saud."

Resource: UN Watch.
update 3/27/14 8:06pm:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bible Predictions from Judah the Pious of Germany Coming True: 2017 End of 10th Jubilee Year

Nadene Goldfoot                                                            

So we don't want to hear about anything biblical?  It's old fashioned? How about Prophets who made predictions?    This should shake us all up.  

 A 13th century German rabbi from Regensburg wrote many books in German.  He was Judah Ben Samuel, AKA Judah he-Hasid (Judah the Pious) and he has made some astonishing and specific predictions about the future of Israel that have come true already. He made a prophecy 750 years before it has happened  So far it has been fullfilled to the letter.  This rabbi died in 1217 and was a mystic.  He devoted himself chiefly to kabbalistic studies.

The Christian Crusades occurred from 1096 to 1270.  From this period a correspondence developed between Jews in the Holy Land and the Christian West.  The rabbis in Worms and Regensburg, Germany had heard that Saladin's Ayyubids had been ruling in the Holy land since 1187.

Judah Ben Samuel was a student of Gematria and astrological observations and made this prediction:  He was often called "the light of Israel."  Bishops came to him for advice.  Here it is.
1.  When the Ottomans (Turks) who were already a power to be reckoned with on the Bosporus-conquered Jerusalem,  they will rule over Jerusalem for 8 jubilees. (50 years=1 jubilee)  50 x 8 = 400.
2.  Afterwards Jerusalem will become a no-man's land for one jubilee.1917 + 50=1967.
3.  In the 9th jubilee it will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation which would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.  1967=Messianic End Times began=end 2017.

This happened! The Mamluks had been in Jerusalem since 1250 but were conquered in 1517 by the Ottoman Turks.   The Ottomans were in Jerusalem for 400 years.  In 1917, the Turks were conquered by the British.  The League of Nations conferred the mandate for the Holy Land and Jerusalem to the British. From 1917 under international law, Jerusalem was no-man's land.  It was not until the Six Day War in 1967 when the entire Judea and Samaria of the Holy Land was conquered by the Israeli army that the whole city of Jerusalem passed back into the possession of Israel.  The prophecy made by the rabbi 750 years before will fulfilled to the letter.  1917 and 1967 were Jubilee years.  The 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will end in 2017.  

 Referencing Judah the Pious was Rabbi Isaac Ben Solomon Luria, a mystic from Safed who dealt with the messianic world and lived in Jerusalem and Safed from 1531 to 1572, and others.

He was asked about where he received his wisdom, and he said that it came from the prophet Elijah, who will precede the Messiah, and he had appeared to him and revealed many things and emphasized that the precondition for answered prayer is that it is fueled by enthusiasm and joy for the greatness and holiness of G-d.

Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel's chief work is the Sepher Hasidim or Book of Saints.  It's one of the major medieval Hebrew ethical works.  It's a compilation based on the writings of Judah, his pupil Eleazar of Worms who was the author of the Rokeah, and his father Samuel.  Judah also edited the itinerary of Pethahiah of Regensburg.

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Gaza's UNRWA Aiding and Abetting Palestinian Terrorism in Jihad

Nadene Goldfoot                                        
                                  S'derot almost on the Gazan border, bombed incessantly

Who's backing incitement and war against Israel?  Nations such as the USA who finance UNRWA.  Giving money to a group without checking on how that money is being used is criminal.  If these nations actually have known how it's being used and did nothing about it or even encouraged it is even more criminal.

UNRWA runs refugee facilities in Gaza and in Judea/Samaria.. There are over 750,000 Arabs who live as refugees in Gaza, dependent on UNRWA without their own resources.  These families have been there since 1948.  The message they have been receiving and believe is that none of them see Gaza as their home for the future.  The all are led to believe that their homes are waiting for them in the cities their men are firing at; Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheva.  They believe these cities had replaced Arab villages from before 1948.

S'derot  was started in 1951 for Kurdish and Persian Jews.  "It was built on lands once belonging to the Palestinian Arab village of Najd and is located a few miles south of the village's ruins.""A number of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were resettled in Sderot beginning in 1997 after cooperating with the Shin Bet."

Jews lived in Ashkelon in mishnaic (135-220 CE)  and talmudic times (200-500 CE)  and a Jewish community survived its capture by the Crusaders in 1153.  The sultan Baibars of 1270 destroyed the city.  Modern Ashkelon has developed since 1948  and incorporates the former Arab town of Migdal and the Afridar section is partly developed by the south African Zionist Federation.  Population in 1990 was 56,800.Now a beautiful beach city of 120,000 residents with farms and citrus groves between the desert and the sea, close to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Beersheva.  It's the oldest city recorded in the Bible and  home to the Barzilai Hospital that serves all people, Gazans or Israelis.

Beersheva: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were here.  Center during Biblical times, settled by repatriated Jews after their return from Babylon, (after 586 BCE) deserted in later Middle ages and rebuilt by Turks in 1900.  Jews lived there until 1929.  An all Arab population of 4,700 abandoned the town in 1948 and it became the chief Jewish town of the Negev.   Population in 1990 113,200.

Ashdod: 20 miles south of Jaffa, was a Philistine city by 11th century BCE, site of a temple of Dagon.  Jews returned from Babylon and it was again autonomous and the center of Philistine remnants, then captured by Hasmoneans, a priestly family and dynasty of Mattathias and his 5 sons, Judah, the Maccabee, etc.  . Pompey the Roman took it from Jews in 63 BCE; was returned to Herod in 30 BCE, Jewish center in Roman times.  In the British Mandate period it was a large Arab village.  By 1956 it was developed and had 74,700 in 1990.

There is a refugee camp in Jenin.  Jenin is a Palestinian town in the northern part of Judea/Samaria.   mentioned as Gina in the Tel el Amarna tablets.  It's probably the biblical En Gannim mentioned in Joshua 19:21.  During Roman times it was called Ginaea.  Jenin had a small Jewish community in the 17th century.  It was a center of Arab nationalist fanaticism in the 1930's when the Sherif of Jerusalem was working people up into riots against Jews.  It was part of Jordan in  1948-1967.  The population in 1967 was 8,346 though  there were 5,019 Arab refugees in the vicinity.   Sharpshooters were firing on Israeli citizens from there just recently.  The sharpshooters took refuge in a UN refugee facility and would not come out quietly when Israeli soldiers were dispatched to arrest them.  Instead, the Arabs fired on the IDF and wounded 2.  The rest stormed their hideout nd killed 3 terrorists hiding in the UNRWA camp.  The realization now is that Jenin is now the "Arab terror capital."

 Missiles were fired from Gaza by Arab terrorists from at least 70 aerial attacks.  Thousands of Israeli residents had to run into shelters only 2 weeks ago with that 3 minute warning siren.

This is not surprising if you look at the schools in Gaza.  They are a hotbed for Hamas to spread anti-Israeli radicalism.  Schools run by UNRWA prepares 1/2 million Palestinian students to engage in war to liberate all of Palestine under the banner of "the right of return" to Arab villages which were abandoned during the 1948 war.  It's found that US AID funds UNRWA schools.

A textbook report. from the Vatican  found that the new PA school books promote war and not peace so the Italians were smart enough to withdraw their funds.  

A UNRWA mandate is to expire on June 30, 2014. It's not necessary to go through the UN General Assembly to bring about change.   The USA is the biggest funder of UNRWA and should ask the following: but these conditions are in their charter, and I doubt very much if they will be considered at all.  It's how they are fighting against Israel.

1.  Do not use school books that encourage children to engage in war.
2. Do not support terrorists like Hamas.
3. Stop asking for the right of return through armed struggle
4. Use accepted UNHCR definitions of refugee states and not to give refugee status on descendants of refugees from 1948

UNRWA depends on donor nations and they are the ones who could bring about change.  The UNRWA slogan is almost laughable:  PEACE STARTS HERE.    Really?  Right now the truism is WAR STARTS HERE.  

Packet from Ashkelon
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spanish Inquisition's Affect on Jews and One "Marrano"-Anusim Family-Fonseca

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                         

                                     Lyndsy Marie Fonseca, California Actress

When King Solomon's (961-920 BCE)  first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE, some Jews went to resettle in Sepharad, which was the Hebrew name for Spain.  This is why Jews from here are called Sephardics. It was rebuilt from 538 to 515 BCE, so that was 71 years later after its destruction.   Jews were there in Sepharad the 1st century CE because they are mentioned in the canons of the Church council at Elvira in 312.  Tombstones have been found from this period.  When the Roman Empire did fall, the Visigoths treated the Jews well as long as they followed the Arian form of Christianity, but when the Visigoths followed Catholicism in 589, they changed their attitude towards Jews.  From 612 on, they persecuted Jews relentlessly under the direction of successive councils of Toledo, and prohibited Judaism.
Freedom only came about for the Jews when in 711 the Arabs invaded! For the next 2 centuries, Spain became one of the greatest centers of Jewish life.  Jewish communities were Arabized in language, nomenclature and outlook.  Strangely, at this time Islamic law called for a strict anti-Jewish discrimination.  Even so, some Jews rose to high positions for people like Hasdai Ibn Shaprut in Cordova and Samuel Ibn Nagrela, vizier to the king of Granada.  Hebrew literature of poetry and philosophy flourished.  Spanish Jewry served as a channel through which classical science reached Christian Europe.  .

In 1136, Almohades, a Moorish Dynasty from NW Africa invaded Morocco and then Spain with their 2nd prince, 'Abd al-Mu'min, who was practicing Islam extremely harsh as he was a follower of Al-Ghazzali,  and the practice of Judaism was forbidden in Andalausia, now an autonomous community in Spain. The popular image of Spain as a land of bullfights, flamenco, sherry and ruined castles derives from AndalucĂ­a, the southernmost territory.   This attitude of forbidding Judaism  lasted till the 13th century.   In the north, the expanding Christian kingdoms were more tolerant as they had found that Jews were useful as diplomats, financiers, and agricultural colonists.  So now the great Jewish centers were under Christian rule.

In the court of Alfonso the Wise of Castile (1252-84), Jews were in the intellectual groups as translators and astronomers.  Samuel Abulafia in the 14th century and Isaac Abravanel in the 15th century  were court financiers.  The Moslems domination waned and northern Europe was left more tolerant.  However, in the middle of the 13th century, the Dominican Order started constant anti-Jewish propaganda blitzes which caused the Disputation of Barcelona, sermons about the need to convert Jews and the implementation of the persecutory code of the 4th Lateran Council, causing pogroms/attacks on Jews to start.

In 1391 in Spain there were waves of massacres of Jews beginning in Seville that swept through the entire Peninsula. because of the positions the Christian church had taken. Very large numbers of Jews became baptised in order to escape death.   The Dominican Campaign was led by Vicente Ferrer (1350-1419) at the beginning of the 15th Century and became very popular with the Gentiles. He was a missionary friar and noted as a logician.  Today he is a saint in the Catholic Church. "Vincent is said to be responsible for the conversion of many Jews to Catholicism, often by questionable means; for instance, he is said to have made their lives difficult until they converted and to have "dedicated" synagogues as churches on the basis of his own authority. One of his converts, a former rabbi by the name of Solomon ha-Levi, went on to become the Bishop of Cartagena and later the Archbishop of Burgos. Vincent is noted to have contributed to anti-Semitism in Spain, as violence accompanied his visits to towns that had Jewish communities. He promulgated various anti-Jewish laws banning Jews from trading food with Christians, having Christian employees, changing their residence, or cutting either their hair or beards.""Vincent also attended the Disputation of Tortosa to convert Jews."  The Spanish Inquisition was introduced in Spain in 1480 and began its campaign of repression against Jews until the zenith in 1492 and long afterwards.
In 1492, Spain decided to throw out all Jews unless they convert to Catholicism. This was the same year that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue to find India.  It was also Ferdinand and Isabella  who financed the ships Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria as well as writing the edict to expel Jews from Spain if they didn't convert.  No wonder Columbus wrote to his son in Hebrew.  He may have been a Marrano himself!  Some pretended to convert by being baptised while practicing Judaism in secret.  They were labeled as 'Marranos, which means swine or pig.  Jews don't eat pigs, so this was very pugnacious of Spaniards to call them this term.  150,000 Jews became exiles.  Many Jews fled to their next door neighbor,  Portugal in 1497 and Navarre in 1498.   Portugal had their forced conversion in 1497, which converted almost the whole body of Portuguese Jewry into insincere Christians.  The Inquisition landed hard there in 1540 and Portuguese immigrants were persecuted from Spain to to the close of the 18th century.  Jews that fled to Mexico were followed by the Inquisition as well.
                 Irene Fonseca, PhD Mathematics Professor, Portuguese American

In the 19th century some returned to Spain as the law prohibiting building synagogues had been abolished in 1909.  Small congregations now are in Madrid and Barcelona.  The expulsion wasn't officially revoked until 1931.  In 1968 the Madrid synagogue was formally dedicated, the expulsion order was then officially abolished.  By 1990, the Jewish population was 12,000 with half living in Barcelona and Madrid.  Many had come in from North Africa and Latin America.
                                  Roberto Fonseca, Cuban Pianist

Jewish fugitives fled to Italy, North Africa, Turkey, Antwerp, Holland and  Syria.   Jews from Spain and Portugal are called Sephardis as compared to Jews of Eastern Europe, who are called Ashkenazis.  The Fonsecas were a Sephardi family of Marrano origin and had fled throughout the years to Hamburg, Germany, London, England, Amsterdam, Holland, New York, USA.

Jews that had been labeled as Marranos today are called  the Anusim "which is a legal category of Jews in halakha (Jewish law) who were forced to abandon Judaism against their will, typically while forcibly converted to another  religion.  In Jewish sources, the term anusim is applied not only to the forced converts themselves, but also to their descendants who clandestinely cherished their Jewish faith, attempting to observe at least vestiges of the *halakhah, and loyalty to their Jewish identity. Both the elements of compulsion and free will enter the psychological motivation of the forced convert. The concept denoted by the term anusim, therefore, is fluid, bordering on that applying to apostates and even to *Marranos; it has been the subject of much discussion.Many are returning to Judaism. "
1. Abraham Fonseca b: abt 1600 -died in 1675.  He was a rabbi at Gluckstadt and Hamburg.
   Two other men of the same name died in 1727 and 1809 and both were physicians in Holland.
2. Antonio Rodrigo DA Fonseca of the 17th century was a physician and taught medicine in Pisa and Padua and wrote a standard work on fevers in 1623.
3. Daniel DA Fonseca of the 17th and 18th centuries was born in Portugal and educated for the priesthood.  He then openly adopted Judaism after leaving Portugal and became a physician to the sultan in Constantinople.  In 1730 he settled in Paris where he was friendly with Voltaire.
4. Antonio Lopez Dias DE Fonseca, (1776-1857) had left Judaism and was a soldier and military writer.
5. One branch of the Fonseca family was raised to the rank of marquis in Portugal and became members of the Venetian nobility in the 17th century.  Some of their descendants later reverted to Judaism and may still be traced in the USA.
6. Juan Fernando Fonseca b: 1979 in Bogota, Columbia, singer, guitar player, songwriter, record producer, activist, attended Berklee college of Music in Boston, MA, USA.  "The Grammy Award is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement on the music industry. Fonseca received one nomination 2012." Note youtube below
7. Lyndsy Marie Fonseca 1987, Oakland, California, model, dancer. actress.
8. Roberto Fonseca, Cuban  pianist, touring in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, "Success didn't knock on his door by random luck.  He has worked hard to earn his reputation as one of the most renowned and skillful Cuban jazz pianists of his generation." 
9. Irene Maria Quintaniha Coelho da Fonseca PhD, Professor of Math at Mellon College of Science, PhD from U of Minnesota, Portuguese American.  "applied mathematician, the Mellon College of Science Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, where she directs the Center for Nonlinear Analysis."

Resource: The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia  Fonesca singing/playing: eres mi sueno