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He is a jewish graphic designer from Berlin, Germany. You can reach him at mandelbrot (at) googlemail dot com.

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They are saying it out loud. They are shouting it on prominent square in the very heart of a European capital: “Down Israel, Down USA, Down Democracy, Down Denmark. We want to kill all Jews.” Followed by the notorious nazi-salute. This is not to be taken lightly. And this is not the only occurence of such behavior on behalf of islam. 

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Back on track

Dear readers of this blog,

I am sorry for having let you down the past months. There was a lot going on and I was focussing primarily on my studies and becoming a better Jew – this involved shortening the time I spent online and lengthening the time on work, torah study and those close to me. However, having closely followed the attacks on southern Israel in the past half a year, and now with the Operation Cast Lead smashing Hamas, I felt I needed to step back into the public discourse.

Next to torah and judaism tidbits I will increase posts on political issues such as the situation in eretz yisrael or the community of my home town, Berlin.

Wishing IDF success in all of their actions and goals.
Praying for Peace in Israel, and ultimately in all its neighboring countries.

Am Yisrael Chai.

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Show your solidarity! (Chabad link)

Show your solidarity! (Chabad link)

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Denmark: Bris Milah soon illegal?

I have found this while reading through JTA. Shechita is already banned in Denmark, if Bris Milah is next in line – where is this development going? One can only hope that other EU member states do not follow up on this, chas veshalom.

"Denmark’s National Council for Children has circulated the proposal among Danish lawmakers in the last week, according to local Danish media.  The country’s Ethics Council has come out in support of the proposal. The proposal will now be considered by the parliament’s medical committee, which can prevent the proposal from coming before the parliament.

There are about 7,000 Jews in Denmark, and 95 percent have circumcised their sons, Yediot Achronot reported.

"If the law forbidding circumcision is ever passed in Denmark, Jews will have to leave the place they have been living in for hundreds of years," Denmark’s Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner, a certified mohel, or ritual circumciser, told Yediot Achronot."

On a lighter note: Today we had the first snow of this winter here in Berlin.

Which reminds me of a joke:

Ariel Sharon - “The important thing is to shovel the entire width and breadth of the driveway, regardless of what anyone else thinks.”

Ehud Barak - “You must shovel most of the driveway, but the exact dimensions of shoveling will be determined in discussions with our neighbors. No, wait, you can shovel only in places where snow had previously fallen, but you cannot shovel in places where no snow had fallen - wait, don’t do any shoveling until you hear from me!”

May you have a wonderful Schabbat. 

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רפה – What’s it for?

Hope you all had a wonderful Shabbat.

I came upon this thing called a rafe (רפה). And I knew I had seen it many times without being sure what it meant. In short, it’s the opposite of dagesh (e.g. the little dot that turns a “vet” ב into a “bet” בּ) and the mappiq (indicating ה or א not being pronounced with vowels) . A rafe (short horizontal bar in hebrew calligraphy) is only found above bet, gimel, dalet, chaf, pe, taf. Today, the rafe is usually used to underline the missing of a dagesh or mappiq. In that rafe can turn א and ה silent. It can furthermore be found in yiddish and ladino where words of spanish or german origin require a certain pronounciation (e.g. the german word for creek, “bach" is using a so called fricative that can be indicated by the use of a rafe).

!שבוע טוב

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Sorry, Yehoshua.

Jews for Judaism listed the requirements for a jewish messia. Well, Yehoshua (elsewhere known by his latin name, Jesus) doesn’t match. Sorry.

First of all, he must be Jewish
(Deuteronomy 17:15)

He must be a member of the tribe of Judah
(Genesis 49:10)

He must be a direct male descendant of King David and King Solomon
(2 Samuel 7:12 - 13)

He must gather the Jewish people from exile and return them to Israel
(Isaiah 11:12)

He must rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem
(Ezekiel 37:26 - 27)

He will rule at a time of world-wide peace
(Micah 4:3)

He will rule at a time when the Jewish people will observe G-d’s commandments
(Ezekiel 37:24)

He will rule at a time when all people will come to acknowledge and serve one G-d
(Isaiah 66:23)

JFJ conclude:

"If an individual fails to fulfill even one of these conditions, then he cannot be "The Messiah." A careful analysis of these criteria shows us that to date, no one has fulfilled every condition.”

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Israel should cede parts of eastern Jerusalem and retreat to near its pre-1967 borders, Ehud Olmert said.

Olmert was speaking at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

JTA / Land for peace – land in pieces?

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A little late, but still awesome.

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Lech lecha

Shabbat shalom. (Excerpt from Aish.com on the Parasha)

"God is telling Abraham to leave behind the influences that have shaped his value system: his land - his society; his birthplace - his peer group; his father’s home - his family. God says to Abraham: Don’t allow these influences to determine your beliefs in life. Don’t allow yourself to be a simple product of your environment, rather: "Go to you." Go to yourself, Abraham. Look deep inside and find out who you are. And don’t let anyone else tell you. Trust yourself, because ultimately that is all you have to trust."

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Such a nice video for this old lullaby.

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