Monthly Archives: February 2018

Purim 5778

Purim 5778 (Rachelgv; February 28, 2018)

*** The following is a re-posted article from Purim 5777


 

It is the Jewish festival of Purim. The background to this story is that the Jews had lost their First Temple in Jerusalem in the Babylonian conquest of King Nebuchadnezzar, during which many of Judah’s educated and talented Jews were made captive and exiled to Babylon. This is where the famous Psalm (“By the rivers of Babylon”…) has its origins, which you can read, here:

 

Biblehub.com; Psalm 137. JPS, 1917:

(http://biblehub.com/jps/psalms/137.htm)

 

Here’s a wiki from Wikipedia.org about the period of Babylonian Captivity:

 

Wikipedia.org; “Babylonian Captivity”:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity)

 

Babylon was then overrun by the Persians, under King Cyrus, who allowed some of the Jews to return to Judah to rebuild the Temple.

 

Eventually, King Achashveros came to power. He was married to Queen Vashti, who, through her disobedience to the King, earned her despatch goodbye, and a new search was enacted to replace the Queen.

 

In a procession of sorts, eligible matches were brought before the King, until his interest was piqued by the Jewish woman, Hadassah, who adopted the name of Esther to hide her Jewish identity.

 

Esther’s Uncle, Mordechai, had overhead a conspiratorial plot being hatched among the King’s disloyal entourage and had given warning to the palace, thus saving the King’s life. His deed was recorded in the records and archived for later readings.

 

Esther made the King extremely happy. One day, though, the King’s men had sown discord against the Jews by reporting false rumors that they were going against the King’s rulings. Incensed, the King declared that the Jews should be killed for their treachery.

 

Still unaware that Hadassah was Jewish, it became an urgent matter that she should intervene to try to plead for the life of her people. Her Uncle Mordechai girded her confidence, and she did so.

 

The King learned that his life had been spared through the deeds of Esther’s Uncle, Mordechai, and that the real traitors within his entourage were the man Haman, and his scheming ten sons.

 

While it was the rule that the previous edict could not be annulled, it could still be amended — and that is what the King did. While the attack upon the Jews was still, therefore, imminent, they were allowed to defend themselves, and won… thereby sparing their lives.

 

This victory of our miraculous saving is celebrated in commemoration of this event. It is a time meant to be celebrated in utmost joy and revelry, with the drinking of wine and the donning of costumes and masks. Gift baskets of food are exchanged with friends and neighbors and are provided, along with charity, to the poor.

 

I saw the movie, “One Night With The King” in the theater, when it came out in 2006. I enjoyed it immensely, even though, as usual, none of the actors actually seem, and probably weren’t, Jewish. This YouTube link seems to offer a full-length version of the movie. I recall it being advertised on TBN, a Christian broadcasting network, and I believe it was made by Matt Crouch, one of the family founders of the station. I hope that, because of this, this is why it is being offered in the public forum, as such, and I hope it is okay to air. Anyways, here it is:

 

(https://youtu.be/r4saPofrlbA)

 

Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim Holiday)!

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The Meaning Of “Yarden”

 

The Meaning Of “Yarden” (Jordan) (Randyjw; February 28, 2018)

 

According to an article in the edition of Breaking Israel News, The English translation of the Hebrew word for Jordan, “Yarden”, comes from the Hebrew words, “Yored Dan”, which means “descending from Dan.”

 

In the Hebrew Bible, Dan was a son born to Rachel through her husband, Jacob, via Rachel’s handmaid, Bilhah. Rachel and her older sister, Leah, daughters of Lavan, were taken to wife by Jacob, during which he served a bride-price of seven years’ apiece as a worker to Lavan, in addition to laboring several more years for the livestock he received from Lavan.

 

Rachel was Jacob’s true and first choice, but Lavan placed Leah in her stead as the first wife, in the customary manner of the ways of the land in Paddan-Aram, being that she firstborn.

 

In Leah’s status, G-d blessed her with multiple children to Jacob. Rachel’s childbearing was delayed, and thus the proposal to take Bilhah to Jacob was engaged. Rachel called this son, Dan, which means “judge,” for her pleas to G-d were finally answered/judged and she was given a child she so desired.

 

(https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-30/#)

 

The Jordan river springs from the northern area at Israel’s present-day border with Lebanon at Mount Hermon, and runs southward to its final land terminus at the Dead Sea. The Hebrew name used for the calling of the river is “HaYarden,” or “the Jordan”.

 

See the Breaking Israel News article, here:

 

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/103398/ii-samuel-1722-2/#/)

 

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Good Cop

 

 

 

Good Cop (Randyjw; February 25, 2018)

 

 

Writing and Reading

One citation for footnotes;

the other, speeding

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Microcosmic

Microcosmic (Randyjw; February 25, 2018)

 

Causing much damage

wearing open-toed sandals

and kicking ant-hills

 

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Love In Letters

Love In Letters (Randyjw; February 25, 2018)

 

The post in your box

Could never fully reveal

the depths of my heart

 

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Heartbroken

Heartbroken (Randyjw; February 25, 2018)

 

Hearts on a pendant

Added to my collection

break the chainlink charm

 

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At Starfall

At Starfall (Randyjw; February 25, 2018)

 

It was way past twilight

and I was helpless to stop it

My body lurched as if I could

jump into the sky

to run up on high clouds

in maybe four steps or five

For it was but a moment

a chance encounter

with a bright star that shined

and I watched it plummet

as it fell towards my horizon

A meteor shower in which

I would bathe at any hour

It was really 1:24 or 1:25

in the morning

More or less, give or take

I’d do both, and all

really

to help that star from its fall

and to have it reawake

 

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My Three Cents’ Worth

 

My Three Cents’ Worth (Randyjw; February 22, 2018)

 

I’ve had a chance, now, to download a previous radio show aired on February 16th, 2018, regarding the recent news of Parkland, Florida, and the media talk regarding supposed Russian meddling in U.S. political processes.

 

My thoughts about the “Russia” issue, so far, are this:

 

It doesn’t make sense that former Soviet KGB Officer, Vladimir Putin, now head of Russia, would choose to side with capitalistic Donald Trump, over a more Socialist-leaning left-wing United States party of ideas found within the Democratic side.

 

If there was Russian meddling in social media sites pertaining to the 2016 elections and prior, when candidates were running, my thoughts are this:

 

that despite supposed attacks against Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party, the attacks were actually done to make the Republican Party look bad, once these things were “found out” and “uncovered”.

 

Library is closing; gotta run….

 

Let’s see what happens…

 


 

Update (July 19, 2018):

 

Daniel Greenfield offers his pin-point analysis to-date:

 

Greenfield, Daniel. “Did the Russians Hack the DNC to Help the Left Take Over the Democrats?”; sultanknishblogspot.com; July 18, 2018:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2018/07/did-russians-hack-dnc-to-help-left-take.html

 

 

Update (December 18, 2018):

 

Daniel Greenfield pieces together funding of leftist movements, Russian-platform based financiers, and the undermining of President Donald Trump:

 

Greenfield, Daniel. “Never Trumpers Who Accuse Trump of Being a Russian Spy Are Funded by Backer of Russian Spy Site”. frontpagemag.com; December 18, 2018):

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272219/never-trumpers-who-accuse-trump-being-russian-spy-daniel-greenfield

 

 

Update (April 3, 2019):

 

Greenfield, Daniel. “Hold Hillary Clinton Accountable for Russiagate”. sultanknish.blogspot.com; April 2, 2019:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2019/04/hold-hillary-clinton-accountable-for.html

 

 

Update (January 8, 2020):

 

Greenfield, Daniel. “The Russians Used the Media to Influence an Election for the Left”. sultanknish.blogspot.com; January 7, 2020:

(http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-russians-used-media-to-influence.html)

 

 

 

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Still Undermining US Elections

Still Undermining US Elections (Randyjw; February 21, 2018)

 

While the news media speaks 24/7 of Russian outsiders trying to influence U.S. elections (exactly, how…?) toward Republican gain, the Dems are still furiously trying to manipulate public opinion toward a Democratic future gain in (deleted -ed.).

The ongoing fiasco involves individuals stationed outside public libraries approaching library patrons with the question, “Are you registered to vote?” They proceed to profess concern, as if this is a public service to you, that your address information is up-to-date. The final clincher is the question, “Would you like to receive your ballot by mail at home?” Well, how convenient it all sounds.

What they are talking about is receiving an absentee ballot by mail, so that you don’t need to be actually present at the polls. Therefore, there’s no need to actually visually identify that the respondent showing up to vote in the poll booth is actually the registered voter. And we also remember the “lost” truckload of mail of absentee ballots, as well as the veterans’ responses, which were never counted in that other previous election. It’s in the mail? Oh, sure.

While it is perfectly acceptable that outside groups other than official poll-workers are allowed to register voters, we must wonder why the following is noted (based on personal observation):

1) They all use the same, scripted, sing-song voicing pattern. It sounds like seven syllables at the “G” note of a piano (“Are you registered to vo-…”), followed by a “C” note (… – ote”).

I first noticed this when I heard a man asking other patrons (but not me) if they were registered to vo-ote… I overheard him say that he had made his own petition to raise the minimum wage. He used the same techniques of approach as the voter-registrants did, but his was a different issue.

Prior to speaking with the man, I had approached two women with a table across from him outside, who had voting information-type literature spread upon it. I had mentioned my homeless status to one of the women, and brought up my conflicted feelings regarding the legalization of marijuana (I’d previously been strictly against it, but have now witnessed many homeless people who truly do seem to need it for medical and/or mental reasons… and so find myself with conflicting views on the issue).

I viewed how the man had seemed to present a too-slow response with certain patrons to be able to ask whether or not they were registered to vote or not, and to so be a participant in his petition, and that led me to think that he was selectively filtering his respondents by their appearances as to how they would likely respond.

When I was aware that he did not even plan to ask me at all (I was carrying a few bags, as homeless people tend to do), I approached him to ask about his petition, which he said was to raise the minimum wage. I thought for a few seconds and then said, “No; probably not.” I then asked him why he had not asked me to participate in his petition.

He accusatorily said, “You’re a felon! I heard you say it to the lady!” I told him I did not say that and I was not a felon. He insisted, almost shouting, that I did say that I was a felon, again and again, and said that his petition was only for registered voters. One of the ladies actually had to stick up for me by saying that I had not said that, at all. No, I didn’t, and no, I’m not a felon. He was just trying to cover his actions with lies.

He came back for several days to the library, saying it was for the same issue.

Now, a new issue has arisen. There are now women approaching library patrons outside asking, “Are you registered to vote?” in the same sing-song voice pattern used by that man. The voicing seems nice, at first listen, but when you learn that they seem to be promoting left-wing values, they begin to sound like creepy automatons.

2) Why can’t they just ask outright if you would like an absentee ballot, without violating the consideration of someone’s privacy (such as whether or not that person has retained their voting rights, without having to imply a possible felonious status by responding in the negative)?

If a person would like an absentee ballot, then the questioner could then ask the qualifying question, if it needs to be asked, at all. Does it? I mean, can’t you just call the office of the Supervisor of Elections for an absentee ballot, or do it through the post office, or fill out your request when it arrives, mostly unsolicited, in your mailbox?

3) The “absentee ballot ladies”, as I’ll term them, herewith, use a rebuttal response — rather than a reply — when you question them. They pretend to not hear your intelligent questioning of whether they are soliciting you for an absentee ballot (which they eventually concede is the case) prior to their “beating out” of you whether you are a registered voter, or not. Pointed questions, such as:

“Is this a survey?”

“Why do you ask?”

“I think you’re violating my privacy. Why do you need to know?”

are met with:

“Wait… What?”

“Uh… No, I can’t…”

“I didn’t hear…”

and, eventually, no reply, as if they think that their acting shenanigans will make you forget that you were waiting for their response to your question. Apparently, they don’t really wish to answer, plainly and simply, without evasiveness, that it is all about an absentee ballot.

None of them have ever replied to my statement that they may be somewhat overstepping people’s rights to the privacy of their voting status… They could certainly ask people, “WOULD YOU LIKE TO register to vote via absentee ballot?”, to which a person could respond safely, “No”, without having to reveal aloud publicly their voting status.

4) What group is registering these voters for absentee ballots and/or petitions of left-wing ideology? Are they funded by left-wing groups? Russian outsiders? Multi-billionaires and financiers trying to influence the outcome of U.S. politics and elections?

An absentee-ballot-lady, who’d forgotten that she’d previously approached me recently, asked me, again, “Are you registered to vo-ote….?” So, I tested the waters, again… Q: “Is this a survey?” A: “Oh, wait — I can’t…”. Q: (again) “Is this a survey?” A: “Uh… I can’t, uh… I can’t hear…”. Q: “So, is this a survey?” etc.

Then, she commands authority by reverse-questioning the questioner, with “So, you are registered? Your address is completely up-to-date? You go to the polls? Your telephone number is correct….  because if it’s not….”

(Or else?)

Then, she eventually admits after much persistence on my end that it is to receive an absentee ballot. I tell her this is what I thought it was for (as I had mentioned to several other of their questioners in the past couple of weeks that they have been approaching library patrons).

She then tells me that “the kids are going to Tallahassee.” I haven’t yet caught up on the news regarding the Parkland shooting, but someone had mentioned to me that some kids from Boca Raton were walking over to Parkland (this is what he said; this is not otherwise a verification of the authenticity of his statement). I indicate to absentee-ballot-lady that I’m not fully updated on recent developments in the matter, and I ask what the purpose of their visit is for. She says that it is so they can do something, and then proceeds to insert her opinion that it is, basically (and written here, forthwith, solely in my own paraphrase-like essence of the conversation), because the NRA (National Rifle Association) is just subverting the public from receiving the governmental policies that should be their will by using their money to prevent the passage of such good-for-us measures as being gun-free citizens, etc.

Okay; the lady is entitled to her opinions, and to freedom of expression… She’s obviously a person, and would, by that very nature, be a likely candidate to have opinions…

But, if she’s registering individuals, either to vote, or to receive a voting ballot in absentia of visiting the poll-booth, then shouldn’t she at least present a non-biased, professional demeanor of non-partisanship? Aren’t voter registration people supposed to be non-partisan, in order to ensure fairness at the polls, without unduly influencing, or trying to influence, the outcome of an election?

Why do these Democrats, either in behavior or by name, do such undemocratic things?

This happened at (deleted -ed.)

 

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Marshmallow S’mores

Marshmallow S’mores (Randyjw; February 18. 2018)

 

And so I looked

caught the last fiery embers

as they rose up in smoke

Though I still remember

a chapter from that book

the fireflies still dancing

when the grey overtook

smoke inhalation

all the oxygen subsumed

by the pyre’s escalation

white hot ash could resume

For was used deadened sticks

though what wasn’t destroyed

tender cores through its midsts

green twigs meant for s’mores

 

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Compounding Polish Reticence

Compounding Polish Reticence (Randyjw; February 18, 2018)

 

As if the recent passage by the Polish government of their new law making criminal any inference to Polish complicity of its citizenry or government with the Nazi regime and its implementation of “The Final Solution” of genocidal extermination of the Jews, known as The Holocaust, wasn’t chutzpah enough, now the Polish Prime Minister lays guilt upon the Jews for being too passive participants to our own murders, while yet perpetrating the Holocaust upon ourselves. I couldn’t make this nightmare up, even if I tried.

 

While Adolf Hitler laid bare the bones for his plans to eliminate the Jews in his manifesto, Mein Kampf, it is also a well-known and -documented fact that the Nazis took great pains to disguise the outward manifestation of their evil intentions, going so far as to remove signage and other apparatus referencing their intolerance, so that all would appear normal during the 1936 Olympics in Munich, Germany. They let Jewish people bring suitcases on their way to the death camps and were told they were being “relocated,” when in reality they were being sent to the crematoria and gas chambers. Some were given soap and towels for their “delousing showers,” and were gassed with Zyklon B.

 

And the stench? May it continue to settle among that accursed land and stick like the rotten plague they continue to perpetrate. Amen.

 

See more at Jewish Press:

 

Levi Julian, Hana. “Poland’s Prime Minister Claims Not Only Polish, German Perpetrators — Jewish Perpetrators of Holocaust, Too”; JewishPress.com; February 17, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/holocaust/polands-prime-minister-claims-not-only-polish-german-perpetrators-jewish-perpetrators-of-holocaust-too/2018/02/17/

 

Levi Julian, Hana. “Netanyahu Slams Polish PM’s ‘Outrageous’ Remarks, Inability to Understand History”; JewishPress.com; February 17, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/un/netanyahu-slams-polish-pms-outrageous-remarks-inability-to-understand-history/2018/02/17/

 

Israel, David. “Poles Commemorate 74th Anniversary of Lodz Ghetto Liquidation”; JewishPress.com; August 30, 2018:

 

And see (May 3, 2019):

 

Israel, David. “On Holocaust Day Nationalist Polish Party Submits Bill to Cut Off Jewish Claims”. jewishpress.com; May 2, 2019:
(https://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/on-holocaust-day-nationalist-polish-party-submits-bill-to-cut-off-jewish-claims/2019/05/02/)

 

 

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Heart

Heart (Randyjw; February 14, 2018)

 

For all the love your heart can hold

May you receive one-thousandfold

Because your heart is open wide

the love you give is multiplied

 

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Pine

Pine (Randyjw; February 13, 2018)

 

 

Come near to the window, my darling,

where the light silhouettes your form

Sleep softly in safety and comfort

as the sun greets your face in the morn

 

Arise by the river at daybreak

refreshened by droplets of dew

and dip of your cup from the sourcespring

capped by nectar where wildflowers grew

 

Lay down in the canopied bridges

where the sun sparks the earth with its light

Yet the wind flirts with birch and deciduous

clouded mists graze horizons of pine

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The Polish Problem

 

The Polish Problem (Randyjw; February 3, 2018)

 

Poland seems to be having a recurrent problem in accepting responsibility for what happened to it’s Jewish citizens during the Holocaust.

 

As you are aware, the Holocaust was a term coined for the specific genocide perpetrated upon the Jewish people during the Nazi-German regime under its chancellor, Adolf Hitler, whose personal manifesto, called Mein Kampf, laid bare his overarching enmity toward the Jewish people, and his concurrent goal to exterminate them as a race.

 

His belief in an Aryan “master race” of Germanic people and his intolerance of others’ ancestral differences was the theory he used for the basis of carrying out his plans to fruition to murder the Jews.

 

The Polish government, as well as many other present European countries, continue to shamelessly legislate rulings whitewashing their own countries’ complicity in the crimes of the Holocaust. This is again happening with a recent ruling by Poland concerning the death camps situated in Poland for the carrying out of Hitler’s “Final Solution” for the Jews. It appears they object to the wording, “Polish death camps”, which were located throughout Poland during the time in question, under the Nazi German regime. It would now be made a crime to utter those words, and would apply not only to the internal people of the country of Poland, but would apply equally to everyone the world over.

 

Israel is countering this bill by introducing their own measures.

 

To ameliorate the situation, I guess it would be slightly more accurate to instead say “death camps in Poland”. Because, in the end, it’s all just a matter of “semantics”.

 

Or, is it “Semitics?”

 

Read more, here:

 

https://unitedwithisrael.org/act-now-protest-polands-whitewashing-of-the-holocaust/

 

Here is my email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland:

 

The “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jewish people was a product of the mind of one deranged individual; yet the plan was carried out by a collective army of individual souls.

 

It took the acquiescence of each individual person, joined into a larger, collective group-minded mentality to carry out the deeds of killing the Jews. The main cause of death of the Jews across Europe during this time, inclusive of Jews within Poland itself, was due to genocide, the targeted and systematic harassment and hunting down of the Jews in order to eventually kill them. The difference is that the Jews were not casual collateral damage suffered during the perpetration of war; they were singled out as a separate people to be eliminated in their entirety.

 

Were your countrymen not complicit in the deaths which were perpetrated upon the percentage of the Jewish population in Poland during the Hitler-masterminded genocide of the Jews, then there would be no recrimination or reproach today coming from the remainder of the Jewish people, who did manage to survive as witnesses and reminders to the atrocities which took place, not only during Hitler’s time, but throughout our diaspora and dispersion over the years, to our treatment at the hands of the rest of the world during the last two millenia, especially, with concrete regards to our being denied equality of citizen’s status, as well as suffering the pogroms, auto-da-fe’, Inquisition, and others, occurring throughout Europe with alacrity.

 

There would also have remained a significant number of Jews in Poland, relative to the same proportion of survivors in the general Polish populace — save for the difference that the Jews were wanted dead, not alive.

 

Is it really so hard to consider that implausible deniability on Poland’s part, in the face of the evidence of the camps of the Holocaust,  just won’t work here?

 

Further Reading:

 

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/compounding-polish-reticence/

 

Polish Anti-Defamation League Suing Website for Violating Holocaust Law

 

Update (August 31, 2018):

Israel, David. “Poles Commemorate 74th Anniversary of Lodz Ghetto Liquidation”; JewishPress.com; August 30, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/holocaust/poles-commemorate-74th-anniversary-of-lodz-ghetto-liquidation/2018/08/30/

 

Also see (May 3, 2019):

 

Israel, David. “On Holocaust Day Nationalist Polish Party Submits Bill to Cut Off Jewish Claims”. jewishpress.com; May 2, 2019:

(https://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/on-holocaust-day-nationalist-polish-party-submits-bill-to-cut-off-jewish-claims/2019/05/02/)

 

 

More and Ongoing, Eighty-Plus Years Later (May 16, 2019):

 

Israel, David. “Poles Call Off Israeli Delegation Visit Citing Restitution for Stolen Property”. jewishpress.com; May 13, 2019:

(https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/poles-call-off-israeli-delegation-visit-citing-restitution-for-stolen-property/2019/05/13/)

 

Levi Julian, Hana. “Poland’s Prime Minister Claims Not Only Polish, German Perpetrators — Jewish Perpetrators of Holocaust, Too”; JewishPress.com; February 17, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/holocaust/polands-prime-minister-claims-not-only-polish-german-perpetrators-jewish-perpetrators-of-holocaust-too/2018/02/17/

 

Levi Julian, Hana. “Netanyahu Slams Polish PM’s ‘Outrageous’ Remarks, Inability to Understand History”; JewishPress.com; February 17, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/un/netanyahu-slams-polish-pms-outrageous-remarks-inability-to-understand-history/2018/02/17/

 

 

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