The central theme of this holiday is our rejoicing over the Torah and our completion of the Torah. And the most pressing question is--did we internalize the meaning of each parsha that we read? Are we as individuals and as a people better committed Jews. Do we grasp the issues and challenges. Has our Jewish Leadership changed for the better? Did you help make your Jewish Defence League a stronger force? Some of the issues that the we as a people must be concerned with are as follows:
#1 Issue- From the National Post
Al-Qaeda inspired groups still active in Canada: report
Stewart Bell, National Post Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009
"AQ's Islamist extremist ideology continues to inspire individuals in Canada," says the classified Intelligence Assessment. "AQ-inspired groups and individuals present a threat of terrorist attack in Canada."
The report indicates that, long after police arrested 18 suspects around Toronto for allegedly plotting "al-Qaeda-inspired" shootings and bombings, such extremists remain a central security concern.
#2 Issue- From the anti Israel/Jewish Haters
After MP Gary Goodyear attempted in intervene on a government funded, peer-reviewed, academic conference at York University earlier this year there is a real need to discuss academic freedom in Canada.
#3 Issue- York University
Rafeef Ziadah - anti-Israel activist based in Toronto, works for SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now), member of the "Coalition against Israeli Apartheid" which supports BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions), writes for "Electronic Intifada".
Rafeef Ziadah is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University and a teaching assistant. The CUPE 3903 spokesperson is Rafeef Ziadah and she is a spokesperson for Palestine House.
The purpose of the JDL Parsha and weekly update is to educate our people and change our focus. The purpose of the JDL is to blow the Shofar and warn our people of the dangers that lie ahead. We must change and be stronger, better Jews. Rabbi Meir Kahane in the video below said it best--
With Love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein, National Director, Jewish Defence League of Canada