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March 21, 2013
April 27, 2013 11:26 PM
The Rd sea dilemma
Today we are standing at the edge of the Red Sea. Behind us is Pharoh and his legion of chariots and nihalation awaits us. What must this one man do?Today our Egypt is Iran and our Red Sea is its nuclear dream and Israel's Prime Minister must decide.His decision may affect us for the next 3000 years.Will he make the right decision?
April 4, 2013 9:10 PM
Deal righteously with the enemies of Israel
RIght now, the leaders of Israel do not do right by its people. They stand by and do nothing while there are murderers of our people within our very own borders, blatantly stating their intentions for us. They do nothing to put a final end to this. It does mean making some hard decisions that would necessarily be politically incorrect. But as Hashem has put our leaders in charge, I cannot believe it is because He wishes them to sit idly by while the blood of our people continues to be shed. The mother of Adelle Chaya, Adva, her daughter is fighting for her life because of a terrorist attack on a bus, said it, that we are being tested right now. They are not throwing flowers at us, she said, but stones and they mean to murder us. Someone must stand and act, and do something. Israel must stand up for itself against the bullies that seek our downfall.
April 3, 2013 4:12 AM
Crossing the Red sea
Perhaps a leader and a unifying vision to bring the different groups of Jews together and to bring peace? A Jewish state is a must , I think, so that the Holocaust can never be possible again.Also, spread your beautiful faith and way of life, without falling in the trap of becoming a "proselitizing religion" i.e. welcome sincere proselytes. But this process might be already taking place, with the Information Age we live in now.
March 31, 2013 3:26 PM
I am puzzled in a constant and unable to find a reasonable answer regarding Israel right to exist. We have Jews around the world who have taken actions and have crossed their red sea to remain temporarily safe from terrorists hate. However, the very Jews hater like the Arabs, PA, Iran and the likes continuously blame Irael for their own misfortune of poverty and crime. Why can't they employ that energy towards forward progress for themself, and human based education for their children who would become their future ratious Leader? I think that no matter how much we pray with all of our heart and our might, anti-semitism will continue to be sowed and havested to extinguish the Jew and Israel from the surface of the earth. Why Israel needs collect any money for the PA, then give them millions it collects in Taxes for them. Why accept five hundred millions or billions (not too sure of the right zmount) from Arabs to set-up funds to satisfy PA demands to keep their religious and cultural beliefs presence in the East Jerusalem region. Thr question still rdmains...how or in what way can we stop the
hatred, and "take action" to stop this abhorrent abuse?? Perhaps by increasing Jewis community everywhere. Thanks for a topic or ssue of
Very deep concern. Chag Sameach.
March 29, 2013 7:48 PM
We need a leader to get all of us to make Aliyah - to be where the Jews should be - to settle and build up the land - all of us. Imagine how great that would be. As it is now, it is hard for us (including me) to really make the move). I think we need some help and a leader to bring us all there.
March 29, 2013 1:35 PM
The Torah Answer (Hashem's opinion)
Do the mitzvot, teshuvah, tefilah, tzedukah, limud haTorah, ahavas Yisroel, etc. When Yaakov is studying Torah, Esav can't touch him. When Yaakov turns to his own devices, Esav has his way with him. History has shown us that when we turn to Hashem with complete faith and trust and follow His ways, there is no enemy to hurt us. It is time for everyone to move to Israel -- the safest place in the world for a Jew. If you don't believe that, you are in trouble and thinking you have to do everything by your own devices. Hashem plan is perfect, don't argue with success.
March 29, 2013 11:58 AM
Sinat chinum is the worst prooblem facing the Jewish people. If we would have achdut (unity) we would have little to fear in this world. Unity is what Hashem wants from us, and unfortunately when we become lax in this in times of peace He sends us challenges which inevitably unite us. We need "Nacnshon" to lead the people toward more mutual respect and brotherly love. This can be partially done beginning in the school system, and reaching out in other ways. Aish, I think, is helping toward that. More action needs to be taken for this very very important cause.
Sand & Chana Goodman,
March 28, 2013 7:36 PM
Bomb Iran and Syria's nuclear and chemical munitions facilities
Israel is faced with the threat of a nuclear Iran ready to wipe out Israel, Europe, the US and the entire Western World. Syria is has a storage of chemical weapons which either its current government could use or could fall in the hands of terrorists. The time has come to take action on both countries to wipe out their weapons and their military capabilities. When the alternative is disaster then we must gamble.Sandy & Chana Goodman, Dallas Texas
March 31, 2013 10:30 PM
G-d told the Jews to walk into the sea, so Nachshon walked -- despite the obstacles.
Today, is G-d telling the Jews to attack their enemies physically? Or is G-d telling the Jews to redouble our own individual efforts to learn Torah -- despite the obstacle of not knowing Hebrew very well, or not having any free time? And to redouble our efforts to love our brethren -- despite the obstacles? And to try, every single day, to learn and practice what "faith in G-d" and "belief in G-d" really mean -- despite the obstacle of lack of faith and lack of belief?
Iran is not the problem, and attacking Iran is not the solution.
March 28, 2013 1:17 PM
And when the water doesn't split?
Sometimes you pray and do, and the water still doesn't split, you just drown.
March 29, 2013 10:30 AM
u should stop and ask yrself....wat was lacking in u!!! God always hears his peoples cry...sometimes we need to look deep within us even in all our sorrow and pain...we will find him. He never changes his words from the beginning to the end it will remain the same..seek him on bended knees not literally but more child like...humble and stripped of pride
March 29, 2013 12:06 PM
As long as your alive...
You have obviously been through a lot of challenges, as have I. Know that as long as we are alive there is hope that things will improve. People who have been through the Holocaust and have built new lives amaze me. They didn't drown, they grew and took action to make life better after the worst nightmare imaginable (which was actually the unimaginable).
Does it come easy? No. Sometimes we go through periods which just seem too overwhelming; but we can't allow ourselves to drown. Wishing you strength to get through the difficult times. May the month of Nisan bring you personal miracles, the biggest being ourselves growing from the challenges thrown at us and becoming better and not bitter.
March 28, 2013 11:15 AM
Here is what I am doing RIGHT NOW. We can and must encourage the younger generation to marry within the Jewish faith. We cannot afford to lose any more Jews due to intermarriage.
March 27, 2013 5:23 AM
New economic system that supports social justice and ecological sustainability.
Studying for my MPH I learned how deeply we are 9n trouble on his planet- ecologically and economically. This led to my study of sustainable economic systems through the use of complementary currencies. First action: get a study group going in your area of the book, Rethinking Money. Then invite local politicians and non-profit sector activists to help co-create a complementary currency system to stabilize sustainability and create jobs and protect the commons and our values in your area!
March 30, 2013 5:53 PM
this is NOT the answer
This sounds like Agenda 21 from the UN which is NOT our answer; This agenda seeks to centralize control in a one world govt which aims to make us all slaves. Our answer is in Torah and G-d, not man, and not the liberal universities it sounds like you attend.
March 24, 2013 9:36 AM
We Can All Be Nachshons
Being a parent: Don't malign your child's teacher.Being a teacher: Don't assume things about your student's parents.Being a principal: You're the middle person. Discourage both.
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