Interesting that the Chief Rabbi should recommend this, regarding the swine flu. Yes, of course, we should all do Teshuvah, but why did he forget to mention the behavior of turning Eretz Yisrael to a Land of Avoda Zara, in which HE himself is an accomplice? Yes, we DO NEED TO FAST, AND WE DO NEED A PUBLIC PRAYER, BUT JERUSALEM, HAR ZION, HAR HAZETIM, AND ALL OF ISRAEL , SHOULD BE IN OUR PRAYERS. WE SHOULD PRAY THAT PERES, BEILIN AND THE POPE FAIL IN THEIR MACHIAVELLIAN PLANS, THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES TESHUVA, AND THAT EACH GOVERNMENT FIGURE CONFESSES THAT THEY WERE ACCOMPLICES IN WHATEVER CONCESSIONS WERE MADE SO FAR. THEY DID THIS BEHIND THE BACK OF THE PEOPLE, IN DARKNESS AND SECRECY, THEY ARE GUILTY.
AND LET'S PRAY TO HASHEM THAT HE SHOULD SAVE US, AND ALL AM YISRAEL, FROM THE FURY OF THE GOYIM, AFTER WE PREVAIL, AND REFUSE TO PART WITH OUR BELOVED LAND.
Rabbi Responds to Swine Flu: Improve our Behavior
(IsraelNN.com) In a call publicized on Israel's national radio stations, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar says this Thursday must be a day of fasting and introspection.
The Rishon LeTzion, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, has called upon the public to spend this coming Thursday in fasting, introspection, and prayer, in response to the swine flu epidemic. He said that those who cannot fast a whole day should fast a half-day, or at least engage in a "fast of silence," i.e., to refrain from talking about anything other than Torah study.
Both Voice of Israel and Army Radio broadcast the call widely. This Thursday is the second day of the three-day post-Passover Bahab series during which extra penitential prayers are recited, and when some do not eat.
Rabbi Amar said that a similar epidemic led the Amoraitic sage Rav Yehuda to declare a fast day when a plague hit pigs in his area. The Talmud (Taanit 21b) states that though diseases do not generally pass from animals to humans, this case is different as the digestive systems of pigs and humans are similar.
Rabbi Amar, who issued the call together with Rabbi Tzion Boaron of the High Rabbinical Court, said that at time of danger, Judaism teaches that each individual must "return to G-d" and review his actions to see where he may have sinned.The rabbis' call states that in light of the fear that the disease may turn into a worldwide plague, "we must follow the custom of our forefathers, and cry out unto G-d when we face trouble… It is an obligation upon every individual to review his actions, both between himself and G-d and between himself and his fellow, and return to G-d with all our hearts, and to study Torah more frequently and more intensely; and G-d, Who does not ignore the prayers of the many, will once again have mercy on us, for unto Him is the salvation."
LET THE RESHAIM FALL, AND FALL HARD!
Yossi Beilin is the Rasha #2, after Peres.
'Peres wants to yield sites to Vatican'
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
President Shimon Peres wants to give up Israeli sovereignty over key Christian holy sites to the Vatican, according to an Army Radio report Monday, a proposition which is reportedly opposed by Interior Minister Eli Yishai.
According to the report, the issue ruffled feathers among senior Israeli officials.
Beit Hanassi could not be reached for comment, as it does not issue statements to the press while the president is abroad.
Army Radio said that the president was exerting pressure on the government to give up sovereignty over six sites including the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Coenaculum on Mount Zion, the Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and the Church of the Multiplication on the Kinneret.
On Sunday, according to the report, Beit Hanassi requested that the Interior Ministry sign documents conceding sovereignty on the sites, however the interior minister refused.
Yishai was quoted as saying that he opposes all yielding of sovereignty.
"Every concession like this limits the Israeli government's ability to function as a sovereign government in the area," he said.
Referring to Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the region scheduled for May 11-15, he said, "I am certain that the aim of the pope's visit is not to cause damage and not to gain sovereignty."
Relinquishing sovereignty over the sites would mean that they would legally belong to Vatican City, and that any Israeli request to pave roads, or lay water, sewerage or electrical infrastructure would have to be approved by the Vatican.
"If we were sure that this present to the Christian world would bring millions of Christian pilgrims here, then we would have a good reason to think about it," Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov was quoted as saying.
(DS: HE SHOULD BE FIRED; IS THIS HIS CRITERION: WE ARE WILLING TO SELL ERETZ YISRAEL FOR ENOUGH MONEY???)
"But since we're not sure that it will happen, why should we give out gifts?"
Former Meretz chair Yossi Beilin, however, was quoted in the report as saying that Israel had not behaved satisfactorily in recent dealings with the Vatican. "We need to compromise with them," he said.
The Army Radio report also quoted Beit Hanassi as saying that the negotiations had been going on for long enough, and that the time had come to compromise with the Vatican and come to an agreement.
[ Back to the Article ]