The Torah Parsha this week is "Eikev". " And it will be, 'because' you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform, that the Lord, your God, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers."(Devorim 7:12) And Rashi gives the following explanation; " And it will be, because you will heed: Heb. עֵקֶב, lit. heel. If you will heed the minor commandments which one [usually] tramples with his heels [i.e., which a person treats as being of minor importance]."
The Jewish People in North America are divided. And this division is the result of alienation from our Torah. This alienation from the Torah manifests itself in a lack of support for Israel as a Jewish State.
Study: Fewer US Jews Say They're ObservantThe number of American Jews who see themselves as religious dropped 20 percent in 20 years. 3.4 million U.S. Jews call themselves religious.
At White House, U.S. Jews offer little resistance to Obama policy on settlements
By Ron Kampeas · July 13, 2009
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- Presidents Conference chairman Alan Solow, at a meeting of Jewish community leaders with President Obama in the White House on July 13, 2009, said the president "had to work harder to correct" a perception that the United States was exerting more pressure on Israel. (White House)
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Top Jewish organizational leaders expressed support for President Obama's Middle East peace strategies at a White House meeting but said the president must do a better job of showing he expects hard work from all sides, not just Israel.
Obama’s meeting Monday afternoon with 16 Jewish leaders from 14 groups comes after weeks of tense exchanges between the Obama administration and Israel’s government over freezing Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, prompting expressions of "concern" from some U.S. Jewish organizational leaders.
"The view was expressed among the organizations at a minimum there was concern about an imbalance in pressures placed on Israel as opposed to on the Palestinians and Arab states," Alan Solow, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JTA. "The president indicated he had a sensitivity to the perception of that imbalance and had to work harder to correct that perception."
One participant quoted the president as saying that "there’s not a lot of courage among the Arab states; not a lot of leadership among the Palestinians."
The consensus was that on substance, Obama had the support of the room when it came to his peacemaking strategies -- or, at least, he did not face opposition.
The Jews in Israel do not support President Obama. There is positive Jewish growth in Israel and a real zest for life.
The Jewish Defence League of Canada supports Israel as a Jewish State and recently had a protest at the USA consulate in Toronto against President Obama's anti Israel positions.
In a few days, the United Church of Canada will vote on several anti Jewish/Israel motions at their upcoming conference. The Jewish Defence League of Canada had a picket on Thursday August 6th at the UCC's General Offices in Toronto and delivered an Open Letter to their staff.
An Open Letter to the United Church of Canada
August 06, 2009.
To whom it may concern:
The United Church of Canada, will be voting on four anti-Jewish / Israel resolutions at its 40th General Council in Kelowna, British Columbia, August 9-15, 2009. The meetings take place on the campus of the University of British Columbia - Okanogan.
The four resolutions call for a "comprehensive boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions at the national and international levels" and refer to the recent assault on Gaza as a "visible reminder of the ongoing Israeli regime of exclusion, violence and dehumanization directed against Palestinians."
It is suggested that Israel was "built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners," and makes reference to the effectiveness of boycotts when dealing with state-sponsored racial discrimination and violence, as was the case in South Africa.
In the past few years, anti Jewish / Israel groups have attempted to infiltrate Canadian Organizations in order to vilify Israel and the Jewish People. Please read the following shocking information from the Ottawa Citizen May 8, 2007:
Canadian antiwar activists sat down with terror groups…
“Canadian activists were out in force at a recent conference in Cairo that sought to forge closer links between the international antiwar movement and Islamic resistance groups, including several on Canada's terrorism list.”
There is an obvious agenda. I urge all supporters of the United Church of Canada to reject the anti Jewish / Israel motions at your conference and rather than allow the name of your organization to be used as a platform to vilify the Jewish State (the only democratic and diverse nation in the entire middle east) it would be more appropriate to recognize the major contributions that Israel has made in the fields of technology, medicine and improvements in world health.
National Director, Jewish Defence League of Canada
It is important to speak out at all times. Every seemingly small effort, adds another link to a powerful chain of events, that has the ability to reverse the negative opinion that most Jews in diaspara have of themselves. In short, the JDL is in a campaign against alienation. There still is much hard work to do in order to reverse the damage, but, we have noticed some positive measurable results. And we will continue.
Toronto Zionist Center, 788 Marlee Avenue
Rabbi Meir Kahane in debate with former PM of Israel Ehud Olmert. The unforgettable televised debate between the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and Former PM of Israel Ehud Olmert, over 20 years ago. Olmert had no answers then, and as we see he has not yet found an answer to Israel's Arab demographic threat.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
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Meir Weinstein National Director Jewish Defence League of Canada www.jdl-canada.com