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Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, passed away last night at the age of 102, and was laid to rest today in Jerusalem.

The prime minister eulogized his father as a man who knew “how to identify danger in time” — a quality, his father told him, “that our people lost while in exile.” Benzion also taught him to “face reality head on” and “draw the necessary conclusions.”

Benzion, said his son, “could decipher the past and understand the future.” After all, the prime minister said his father had told him, “If you cannot understand the past, then you cannot understand the present. And those who cannot understand the present cannot hope to decode the future.”

Those politically poignant reminiscences came at the end of a eulogy that was largely more personal — in which the prime minister spoke adoringly of his father, family life, his…

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CNN Belief Blog

By Dan Gilgoff, Religion Editor

(CNN) — Columnist and gay-rights advocate Dan Savage is standing by his comment that “we can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people” at a recent conference for high school students, a line that prompted some to walk out and spurred intense online debate.

In a blog post on Sunday, Savage wrote that his remark at a conference for the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association was “being spun as an attack on Christianity. Which is bullshhh… which is untrue.”

“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” Savage wrote. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against — and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying ‘motivated by faith’) — because it says right there in the Bible…

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The anti-Israel media crusade hit high gear this week as the CBS News program 60 Minutes aired a piece declaring that Christians are leaving the West Bank, and that somehow it’s all Israel’s fault. (Watch the video. Read the transcript.)

As someone who’s spent years monitoring the media, this segment was, unfortunately, typical of what I’d come to expect from 60 Minutes – a report filled with distortion of facts, selective omission, and lack of context.

Yet what really struck me is the personal vendetta that reporter Bob Simon appears to have against Israel.

When Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, got a tip that 60 Minutes was planning a distorted report, he phoned the head of CBS News to complain about what was shaping up to be “a hatchet job.”

When Simon found out about this, he called in Oren for an interview…

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A new video series warns than an effort to overthrow the American system already is well under way through the “civilization jihad” of the Muslim Brotherhood, with the support of key U.S. government leaders, including Barack Obama.

Radical Muslimshave penetrated “team Obama,” according to the series, which examines six individuals who have been allowed into high positions. The consequent danger is “acute,” according to the video makers.

Included in the conversation are the White House, director of National Intelligence, State Department, Justice Department, the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security and NASA.

The 10-part course, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” was created by the the Center for Security Policy under the direction of Frank Gaffney. It has been posted on the Web.

Unveiled are the long-term processes of subversion and deceit through which the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremists have infiltrated the American government

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Oh, the locals. Always a pleasure. Or at least, an experience. 

Israel is such an interesting place to live and just when you think you’ve moved beyond the culture shock and finally understand the local customs, you realize just how much you’ve left to learn. Read further down for further “Israeliness”. Plus, check out a personal little blurb from me down at the bottom. Soak it all in and then have a lovely weekend indeed, y’all. 

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CNN Belief Blog

By Denise Buffa and Samaia Hernandez, Hartford Courant

Stratford, Connecticut (Hartford Courant)–Barbara Cadranel says she’s lived all over the world, but decided to settle near friends in Stratford in October 2010.

When she received a mezuza as a gift in the fall of 2011, she put it on the doorpost of the front door of her third-floor condominium unit on California Street, affixing it with Velcro. It was a religious rite that Cadranel, 60, learned in Hebrew school.

It is now a source of controversy. Cadranel is being fined $50 a day by her condo association for hanging the glass mezuza on her doorpost, although she has refused to pay anything so far. She is threatening to take legal action against her condo association and has gained the support of the Anti-Defamation League.

Read the full story from CNN affiliate The Hartford Courant.

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Lost Aryeh Kaplan part 3

New   post on The Book of   Doctrines and Opinions:



Lost Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan part III

by Alan Brill

Continued from part I and part II.

Ari Kahn has provided another     link in Kaplan’s biography, which led to an article that provides     everything up to 1965. Now our only gap is 1967-1970. (Ari- Can you ask     Fleer about those years?)


Kaplan address a question to Rav     Moshe Feinstein when he took a job teaching at the non-orthodox community     day school in Louisville, KY. The school was the Eliahu Academy in     Louisville, it was the liberal community school, so he could assume his     students would come by car on Shabbat. There was also the Orthodox day     school called Talmud Torah.


Rav Aharon     Lichtenstein commented on the Teshuvah

Rav Moshe     Feinstein relates to our issue in Igrot Moshe OC vol.I, responsa #98 and     #99 (pp. 159-160). Rav Moshe writes [in response to a question (#98) posed     by Rav Aryeh Kaplan] that one who invites people who drive on Shabbat to     participate in a minyan, transgresses the prohibition “Lifnei iveir lo     titein mikhshol” (Do not place a stumbling block in front of the     blind) because of his involvement in their Shabbat desecration. He goes a     step further in responsum #99 and claims that besides transgressing lifnei     iveir, one who invites another to do something that inevitably involves     desecration of Shabbat is defined as a “meisit” (one who incites     another to sin). For the rest see here


This factoid allowed the     following biography to show up in google.

Mason City Globe Gazette , April 3, 1965 

Welcome Rabbi and Mrs Leonard Kaplan     Joseph and Ronald

They came from Maryland

Welcome to the Kaplans

Books were an important part of the     belongings which Rabbi and Leonard M Kaplan brought with them when they     moved to Mason in Februrary.

Not only were there books of general     interest religious books scientific books but cook books Mrs Kaplan is a     cook book collector

The with children 21 month old Joseph     Michael and 10 month old Ronald Myer came from Hyattsville Md when Rabbi     Kaplan began his service with the Adas Israel congregation

He is a nuclear physicist as well as a     rabbi and was engaged in research in Washington DC.

This is his first pulpit Rabbi Kaplan     received his BS degree from the University of Louisville Ky

His theological training was at Yeshiva     Torah and Mirrer Ye in New York He was ordained in Israel While in the     seminary he taught for a time at Richmond Va and in the Bronx.

Following his ordination he was engaged in     religious teaching at Eliahu Academy in Louisville.He accepted position     with the US Bureau of Standards in Washington and continued his education     as a predoctoral student in research grants from the National Science     Foundation and the US Air Force

The Bronx is Rabbi Kaplans hometown Mrs     Kaplan is from Marigold Miss..

Reading and photography and making     scrapbooks are hobbies with Rabbi Kaplan.

Alan Brill | April 25, 2012     at 9:03 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

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