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Jewish Angelenos unite for JConnect's Tu b' Av "LoveFest" with Moshav, Rav Shmuel, & Blue Fringe's Dov Rosenblatt

JConnect has a new marketing director, Eric Rosen, and new Executive Director, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein. This Tu b'Av event was the team's debut. Joo-Tube's video features interviews with many of the attendees, and highlights of performances by Blue Fringe's Eric Rosenthal, Rav Shmuel ("Protocols of the Elders of Zion"), and the Moshav Band featuring Yossi Solomon (prior to moving home to Moshav Modiin), and up-close magic from Las Vegas magician, Seth Grable.

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Normal is Overrated.: Making Confessions

Normal is Overrated.: Confessions

Media-producer Rabbi Alan Abrams, formerly of L.A, relocated to Phoenix, proposes a novel way to conduct your annual Elul atonement.

Ignoring Palestinian savagery - Britain's Sky News correspondent exposes journalism's hypocrisy

Give Hamas A Rocket by Tim Marshall, SKY News, UK.  August 26, 2009
Thirty Palestinians killed. Women and children caught in the crossfire. Missiles fired at a Mosque. Muslim prisoners 'executed' in cold blood. A massacre. Media restrictions.
A familiar tale? Indeed. International outrage and demonstrations in the streets of London? Nope.
And why might that be? Why it's simple. The Palestinians were killed by Palestinians and, it would appear from the lack of reaction that in those circumstances their lives are cheap, but when they are killed by Israelis it is an outrage.
On August 15th Hamas militiamen attacked a Mosque in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Inside were extremists from the Jund Ansar Allah group (JAA). JAA were so extreme they viewed Hamas almost as liberals.
They had declared Gaza an Islamic state and challenged Hamas to enter the Mosque. 'No problem' said Hamas. 
In the assault Hamas desecrated holy ground, firing rocket and after rocket at the Mosque, some hit surrounding houses. It would be reasonable to assume that at least one Holy Koran may have been damaged.
After they took the building they rounded up the survivors. Mobile phone footage shows what appears to be Hamas men 'executing' some of them.
It is not hard evidence, but local reporters say that is what happened, and the footage is certainly of the aftermath of the attack. Audio material has Hamas commanders ordering the killings.
I put 'executed' in quotation marks as in this context, ie, the killing of someone, it is a legal term. But in the context of what Hamas did, perhaps it should be substituted for murdered.
And where is the outrage about these murders. The marches, the petitions, the calls for a boycott, the conspiracy theory of a war against Muslims, ad infinitum? I hear just the wind blowing across the freshly dug graves. Because unless the Israelis kill them, people don't care.
 Hebrew translation:
סיפור מוכר? אכן. זעם בינלאומי והפגנות ברחובות לונדון? לא. 
ולמה זה יכול להיות? למה זה פשוט. הפלסטינים היו נהרגו בידי פלסטינים, נראה מחוסר התגובה כי באותן נסיבות חייהם זולים, אבל כאשר הם נהרגו על ידי ישראלים הוא שערורייה.
על אוגוסט 15 המיליציה חמאס תקף מסגד ברפיח ברצועת עזה. בפנים היו קיצונים מן
אנסאר קבוצת ג 'ונד אללה (ג' ה). ג 'ה היו כל כך קיצוניים הם צפו החמאס כמעט כמו הליברלים.
הם הכריזו עזה מדינה איסלאמית ו תיגר על חמאס להיכנס למסגד. "אין בעיה" אמר חמאס.
תקיפה של החמאס חולל האדמה הקדושה, לאחר ירי הרקטות ואת הרקטות לעבר המסגד, כמה פגעו בבתים הסמוכים. יהיה זה סביר להניח כי לפחות אחד הקודש הקוראן אולי נפגעו.
אחרי שלקחו את הבניין הם עצרו את הניצולים. צילומי טלפון נייד מראה מה שנראה חמאס גברים "להורג" כמה מהם.
זה לא ראיות קשה, אבל כתבים מקומיים לומר שזה מה שקרה, ואת הסרט הוא ללא ספק של בעקבות הפיגוע. חומר אודיו יש מפקדי החמאס מזמין את ההרג.
שמתי "להורג" במרכאות כפי בהקשר זה, כלומר, הרג של מישהו, הוא מונח משפטי. אבל בהקשר של מה שהחמאס עשה, אולי זה צריך להחליף נרצח.
ואיפה הוא זעם על הרציחות האלה. צעדות, את העתירות, את הקריאות לחרם, את תיאוריית הקשר של מלחמה נגד המוסלמים, עד אינסוף? אני שומע רק את הרוח נושבת על פני קברים טריים נחפרו. כי אם הישראלים להרוג אותם, אנשים לא אכפת.

Israelis nail Rahm Emmnuel-Lemel's identity crisis in musical

Gov. Mike Huckabee tours Samarian communities; challenges Obama over Israel

As part of his visit to Israel, Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee visited the Samarian communities.

Gov. Huckabee remarked that his current visit “has affirmed deep in my heart that this (Israel) is a very, very special land.”

“From the time that I first saw it in 1973… I continue to be amazed at places that I remember at one time as being desolate, now producing food an commerce and families… the dry bones have come alive!”

He commented,“I thought it was very telling that when we got to the borders of Nablus we couldn’t go in because I was with Jewish people couldn’t go there. (But) Arab people can go to the Jewish parts of Jerusalem, and the Jewish parts of Israel, but the Jewish people could not go there."

Huckabee made the comparison between the segregation of Jews and Arabs and racial segregation in the United States in a radio interview with Yishai Fleisher as well. While references to racism are usually levelled at Israel by those who compare it to the racist Apartheid state, Huckabee sees Jews as the ones who are being discriminated against.