20 terrorists for a video that serves hamas' interests? ???


This is outrageous! Outrageous. A banana republic making a mockery of anything orderly or Jewish.

- This is talkback # 3 on "PMO: Israel to get Shalit video"

Letter to JTA


----- Original Message -----
From: Ariel Ben Yochanan (Andras Bereny)
To: gary@jewishweek.org ; uheilman@jta.org ; info@JTA.org
Cc: us4israel@gmail.com ; mattot.arim@gmail.com ; justice4jp@gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 5:57 AM
Subject: Please address your "Jewish quality" problem ex Re: Vote for a Jewish hero!

Dear Jewish Telegraph Agency,

Your website http://jta.org/about states that the JTA strives to be "the definitive, trusted global source of ...current events". But this past year you printed a series of 3 one-sidedly derogatory articles against settlers, like myself, which does not fit this description.

It is my understanding that an Israeli grassroots organization, Mattot Arim www.mattotarim.org, has approached you several times regarding the most distasteful "fact" presented in your series: "Radical settlers ...have ...thrown acid at Israeli soldiers" http://jta.org/news/article/2009/06/24/1005829/behind-the-headlines-radical-jewish-settlers. I understand that Mattot Arim told you they have carefully looked into this matter with settler leaders such as the spokesperson of the Jewish Community of Hebron, where the event allegly occurred, the Shomron Council spokesperson, Women in Green founder Nadia Matar, Gush Katif spokesperson and others and all believe that the allegation you published is not factual, i.e. not a single settler is known to have thrown acid at even a single soldier.

I also understand that you have claimed that an un-named Israel Police spokesperson made this allegation to you and you merely reported it. Could you, the JTA, take responsibility for your story and write to the Israel Police, inform them that the information they gave you has been challenged by concerned readers such as myself and ask them to corroborate their allegation by providing the JTA in writing some elementary details regarding their allegation (copy of the chemical analysis performed if any, who (names, dates) purportedly witnessed these events, were any soldiers purportedly injured and if so where are the medical reports, etc.). I would be pleased to receive a copy of the Israel Police spokesperson's response to you in due course.

Or, since we are in Yom Kippur season -- the traditional Jewish apology season -- could you simply publish a correction and apology indicating that 1.) your acid story was challenged, 2.) you have not found any facts to support it and 3.) your acid story is therefore retracted until further notice.

Also, last night I received an email from you that shocked me!

With the subject line: "Vote for a Jewish hero" it publicizes a Jewish Community Hero of the Year web page. As the title suggests, I hoped to find there the one name that mattered, Jonathan Pollard's. Well, it is not there!

Based on the above, now I think that JTA has a serious "Jewish quality" problem it should address and fix. The earlier the better. I will do my best to help you do just that, as it doesn't seem to me right that a few of us should risk our lives to claim our inheritance, the Land of Israel, for you too, sitting here in the cold of the winter and in the heat of the summer, just a few meters away from hostile Arabs, while you seem to be busy inventing stories on us, sitting in your confy air conditioned offices, ignoring the real hero of the Jewish people, Jonathan Pollard.

Ariel Ben Yochanan (Andras Bereny)
Kfar Tapuah, Efraim, Israel


Bergman's Unfounded Hypothesis


- Bergman: "Should they [the major powers, France, US, GB, etc.]respond, as expected, by tightening the economic sanctions on Tehran, it may still be possible to curb the Iranian nuclear project and make an Israeli strike unnecessary".

- ABY: 1.) The case of North Korea clearly shows that it is perfectly possible for a country to develop and maintain a nuclear military program, even with a starving population. This means that the hypothesis of economic sanctions against Iran will never work.

2.) The Iranian regime IS "suicidal" in Western terms, in as much as it views the ushering in of a world caliphate a worthy cause for sacrifice.

3.) It is worrisome that Bergman, who is considered an authority on Iran, should feed us, the readers, such unfounded hypothesis, at a time when the public would need preparatory ground work to support the possible consequences of a by all means necessary Israeli strike on Iran. If anything, this is a suicidal attitude

- This is talkback # 35 on "Will Israel strike Iran?"


Interesting way of policing, interesting way of reporting


It is easy to figure out, checking with competitor online news sources, that the people named "tourists" by ynetnews were in effect Jews. It also is easy to figure out that these people were attacked by Arabs not so much because they were tourists, but because they were Jews. Is the fact that ynetnews omits this slight little insignificant detail, substituting "Jews" with "tourists", an attempt to whitewash the nationalistic and terrorist nature of the Arab Islamist attack? One also doesn't understand why the police's action is centered around the removal of the Jews, rather then the removal of the perpetrators of the violence, guaranteeing what they are paid for: freedom of religion on Judaism holiest site.

This is talkback # 8 on "26 lightly injured in Temple Mount riot"


Politicians, keep your hands off our G-d given time!


Our time is determined by the movements of the universe. Let's keep it that way! I figure communicating to the population to change their watches costs more than all the supposed saving. Besides, it would be enough to change time-tables, instead of the time itself. What an arrogance!

- This is talkback # 2 on "Daylight saving time draws to end"


What the UN wants is irrelevant


What the UN wants is irrelevant. If Anav Silverman read his Bible he'd know that the nations and thus the united nations too want Israel dead. What matters therefore is what we, the Jews want. Do we want a clean shaven, American looking and American sounding Israeli prime minister showing Auschwitz maps he got from the Germans to the world or do we want a Jewish looking and Jewish sounding and Jewish thinking diplomatic service to tell the world about G-d and His Kingdom? What is the Jews' role in this world? To play the victim's role or to be a priestly nation for G-d? How much lower can we sink?!

- This is talkback # 6 on "Does UN want peace or war?" and # 10 on "General Praise for Netanyahu's Historic UN Speech"


Arabs are a threat too denial


There is a politically correct tendency in Israel today that can be described as "Arabs are a threat too denial". There is an Arab minority here, so anyone who says "Arabs are our enemies" or "Arabs are Holocaust deniers" or that "Mr. Abbas is an accomplished Holocaust denying author and politician" is considered a racist and faces civil proceedings on incitement for racism charges. As there isn't a non Jewish Iranian minority in Israel, saying that Iran is a threat is not considered racist statement.

- This is talkback # 15 on "PM to UN: Iran fueled by fundamentalism"

"Different treatment?"


- Ali Waked: "Sidik Bari, 65, of the village of Umm al-Tin", "settlers' property at the Havat Gilad outpost".

- ABY: Illegal squatter Sidik Bari, 65, of the outpost of Umm al-Tin. Pioneers' property at the Jewish village of Havat Gilad.

- This is talkback # 3 on "Palestinians complain of unequal treatment by police". There is also a report on police over-enforcement against Jews in Judea and Samaria here



Perhaps not the best archives pic of the Ariel University Center of Samaria. Unless ynetnews wants to portray it really horrible

- This is talkback # 24 on "Spain: Israel team out of contest over West Bank"


"The Great MiddleEast Tragedy Apology" is actually a sin


Got bad news for you guys: there are NO innocent "palestinians". Any Arab who calls himself a "palestinian" automatically loses his or her innocence as "the palestinian people" is a terror organization created against the Jews in 1964 by Nasser. Furthermore, any Arab who is not converted to Judaism and finds him- or herself in Eretz Israel automatically loses his or her innocence as he or she is a non Jew in our Holy G-d given Land and has no Torah right to stay here. Besides, these people are waging a war at us, therefore the Jewish laws of war apply. So, sorry, but NO sorry is possible in the sense you are proposing it! That there maybe a decent pali individual out there hiding in the wild? Maybe. But, it doesn’t matter. We don’t look at it. We have to hate Amalek and eliminate his seed and with this Western, human rightist culture pushed down on our collective throats in the exile, it is not easy. So, let's say Sorry! for this.

- This is a comment on a FB Group Wall


"Natural and "unnatural"


That the nations, including America, want to shoot Israel down - is natural. What is unnatural is that we are unprepared to see this and pretend our right to national security on the whole of our G-d given national territory. With other words, when you don't see your enemy or when you refuse to see him, you can't fight it. And that's the stage we are at.

- This is talkback # 40 on "Carter advisor: Prevent Israeli strike on Iran"


Outrageous, Non Jewish idea!


I find this piece of yours Alan very disturbing. You mention G-d's name, in vain, at the end of a policy proposal that is not in line with His word and has nothing to do with the teachings of His Torah. This means that you think of your idea as better than the set of ideas that kept us alive as Jews throughout written history and frankly this kind of exaggerated and limitless arrogance doesn't seem to me very smart, even in completely secular, political-scientific, sociological or anthropological terms. Thus, here is my request to you: Please reconsider your provocative position on allowing goyim into Eretz Israel for peace and refrain from publicizing it to people, at least on New Year's Eve, for G-d's sake! Thank you.

- This is a comment on "Peace Cannot Be Founded Upon the Destruction of Societies"

Shana tova!


Re: Elaz


One of the good things about Judaism Elaz, that I actually love, is that truth is not relative to the number of people supporting it.

- This is the 10th comment on "High Holiday Message (1979)"

Assesment post [On the Second International Jewish Bloggers Convention]


- A friend: "B"H - Interesting just perusing tweets about the convention. http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23jbloggers. I await your assessment posts."

- The event does not merit any assesment posts (name of friend). I think it was irrelevant and the best part of it was the buffet and the photo exibition on haredim in the hall of the Beit Avichai convention center in Jerusalem.

This is not because the convention was badly organized or because the speakers lacked professional qualities, but because blogging is a form of expressing an opinion and it is not an opinion in itself. So, at the end of day, it's thin air and there is very little to convene about.

A Nation Amongst Nations?


Israel is NOT just a nation amongst the nations. We are G-d's chosen people and meant to rely on Him rather than on the (false) friendship of 59% of Americans.

- This is talkback # 19 on "Poll: Most Americans support US aid to Israel if attacked"


Missing the point, not Oslo


Haber – again - seem to be missing the point: Oslo not only didn't work, not only backfired on us, but it was never a Jewish solution to peace at the first place. The Torah requires us to win our wars with and for Hashem, to show the world His might, not to voluntarily give up our G-d given Holy Land: an incredible cowardness for which we are and we'll be paying a heavy price. Haber also conveniently forgets the corruption and thievery the accords continue to generate on both sides.

- This is talkback # 3 on "We’ll be missing Oslo"

Israel will eventually have to decide to win


Israel will eventually have to decide to win its war of independence. It however will not be the present State. This one is an expression of the nations, not of the Jews. As it is, it cannot do it. Things will have to get very bad and very painful for the Jews and then, only when we'll cry out to Hashem, to our G-d, and not to the IDF to protect us, then we will win. With the help of our G-d. The Bible calls this the War of Gog and Magog.

- This is the first comment on "angels"


Different rates to different segments of society


Offering different rates (of utilities) to different segments of society is a fascist idea, whereas doing the same on the basis of income is communist. The Jewish way is to offer a fair price with limited profit margins.

- This is talkback # 4 on "Pelephone offers soldiers reduced rates"


Sums in article don't add up


If "human resources departments and workers' committees will be handing out holiday gifts to 1.2 million workers, at a total value of NIS 1.5 billion", this means 1.250 shekels per employee and not NIS 500 – NIS 700 as reported. The difference cannot even be attributed to tax as gift costs are tax deductible.

- This is talkback # 2 on "Holiday gift survives economic crisis"


A comment [on reform and conservative]


I don't think the public pronouncement you are refering to is "dumb". I think reform and conservative ARE outside of judaism and if you "just sit there" you are legitimizing a non kosher worship of G-d. Unless you sit there because it's cool in the summer or because it's warm in the winter.

This is the second comment on "High Holiday Message (1979)"


Israel vs Jews


There is no trace of a single Jewish thought in olmert's words reported here.

- This is talkback # 2 on "Olmert defends Disengagement"



It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are preparing to celebrate the new year with our friends, our families, and our loved ones.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are thinking about teshuvah, repentance, for the sins we have committed and the mitzvot we have neglected in the past.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and some of us are already busy cooking, cleaning, preparing our houses for the holiday season, for our guests.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are looking forward to praying in our Synagogue, hearing the familiar prayers with their much-loved melodies, the Shofar blast with its divine message of repentance, forgiveness, and God’s majesty and sovereignty.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we can already almost taste the apple and honey, the honey cake, the best quality Kiddush wine, and all the delicious food that accompanies this festival-laden month.

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we are already beginning to think about erecting our Sukkot, we are already beginning to bring out the decorations

It is almost Rosh Ha-Shanah – and we can be sure that Jonathan Pollard will not be allowed to celebrate Rosh Ha-Shanah in his prison cell in the USA; he will be denied his friends, his wife, his family, all those whom he loves and who love him; he will be unable to hear the Shofar blast, he will not be permitted to participate in any services. Jonathan Pollard has no Sukkah to look forward to, no decorations to prepare, no festival food to eat.

You can do something to help!

Please, please send a Shanah Tovah card to Jonathan Pollard. His address is:

Jonathan Pollard #09185-016
c/o FCI Butner
P.O. Box 1000
Butner, NC
U.S.A 27509-1000

It may not be much, but it is something that everyone – including you! – can do. I speak from personal experience when I say that receiving letters is a tremendous morale boost for a prisoner. Indeed, Jonathan himself describes the letters he receives as his “oxygen”. I have no idea if prisons and guards in the USA are anything like in Israel, but if they are, then when the prison system – from the individual guards a; the way up to the top commanders – see that a prisoner receives mail, then they know that people on the outside care about him, and are more reluctant to abuse him.

Jonathan Pollard has given almost quarter of a century of his life due to the venality of certain American and Israeli top politicians. If you live in Israel then you may owe your very live to Jonathan – because it was he who gave Israel crucial information about Iraqi Scud missiles and other Iraqi military capability.

You can give a few minutes and a few shekels (or dollars) of your own life to send Jonathan Pollard a Rosh Ha-Shanah card. Even if it arrives after Rosh Ha-Shanah, nevertheless send it!

Let us make this effort together. Let us ensure that our brother Jonathan Pollard is flooded with Rosh Ha-Shanah cards this year; send one, send a few, get as many friends and family members to send, send these cards from all over the world.

Let Jonathan Pollard know that even in his prison cell, he is not alone!

Let Jonathan Pollard know that we have not forgotten or abandoned him!


3 what ifs


What if hospital starved the boy with wrong treatment? What if department now tries to shift the blame? What if by disconnecting tube mother tried to save her boy from wrong treatment?

- This is talkback # 1 on "Judge in 'starving mom' case: Boy looked like he just left Auschwitz"

Re: # 12 [on Judaism]


1.) My "sorry ass is PROTECTED" by Hashem, certainly not by democratic laws. Democracy is a Hellenistic concept, demos meaning people and cratos power. Judaism is about "Hashemcracy", G-d's might.

2.) Yes, I'm practicing a weird kind of Judaism, called Torah Judaism.

3.) Only Hashem knows why the Shoa took place in Europe and not in America. What I do know is that American Jewry today is weaker than ever and that president Hussein Obama poses a bigger threat to Jews than any American president ever.

4.) I did consider "that maybe, just maybe, G-d does not like the way I practice Judaism". But then I came to the conclusion that probably it is not so because there is an objective measure: the degree of adherence to Halacha, Jewish Law. Reform and Conservative are loose on their adherence to Halacha. In my view they are outside of Judaism altogether.

5.) I am not "spitting on my brother", and I don't have an "I'm so big and so super, and so over me all animals" attitude to correct. I do have a mitzvah to fulfill, that is to correct my astrayed brothers, if I think they'll listen. You may not listen, but some other readers might.

6.) You are advised to quote your sources when you refer to the "Talmud".

- This is talkback # 21 on "We’re coming back soon"

Like it or not


Like it or not Yair, your secular Democratic Republic of Israel is declared on The biblical Holy Land of Israel. That's a G-d given Land to the Jews in order to separate us from the nations and their foreign culture and terrible habits and thus allow us to be holy and keep the mitzvot. As Judaism is (also) this set of dos and don'ts and it is irrespective of popular support, any "democratic" attempt to introduce non-Torah law to the Land of Torah is called "evil" and doomed, eventually, to fail. Torah-truth and Torah law are G-d given and do not depend on the number of people supporting it.

- This is talkback # 9 on "We’re coming back soon"


Disengage From Evil Now!

B"H -

Knesset is unkosher as a pig. The only way to go is to disengage from the Golden Calf and join Moshe Rabbinu. Now!

- This is talkback # 10 on "Ketzaleh: Likud Unkosher as a Pig"




Where I live, in Judea and Samaria, Israel IS an apartheid State: it is against the Jews. Once I was even arrested by the police and spent a night in a holding cell in Ariel because an Arab spat me in the face. The offending Arab was allowed to go home unharmed. In other places and maybe in other times historians, sociologist, political scientists and anthropologists would call this “institutional anti-Semitism”.

- This is talkback # 3 on "High Court: Why aren't laws enforced against Palestinians?"

Re: # 20, # 24 [On Chilul Hashem, (desecrating G-d's name) on purpose]


We talked (back) about this already guys. I'm not surprised of your comments and I don't think I can do much more for you then what I'm doing already, that is posting a Torah impregnated opinion here free of charge whenever I can: on judgment day you won't be able to claim "I didn't know". You knew! As you don't believe in judgment day either, there really is very little to talk about your individual choices. You are given free will and at the final analysis you are responsible for your choice of conduct.

What strikes me however as particularly evil is the ease with which you negate Jewish Rights to Jews. Xtians can have their vatican for you, no big deal, you don’t pretend - say - Sunday shopping there. Muslims can have their Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc, no big problem for you, you don’t pretend to hold – say - gay parades there. For you only the Jews can't have their G-d given exclusive place for their practices. Isn’t that weird?

As the observance of Torah Law is mandatory in Eretz Israel, I view your public defiance as anti-Jewish: the Jewish meaning of life is not the seeking of happiness through direct sensory delights, so typical of the nations, rather the finding happiness in meaning. This is the key in serving Hashem, our G-d and is precisely the reason of our being here, in Israel.

- this is talkback # 25 on "Haredim attack cab driver"


Stand up to Jewish Rights! Be a Jewish Rights Activist!


Say NO to Shabbat desecration, say YES to the preserving the dignity of the deceased, according to Halacha, Jewish Law!

- This is talkback # 19 on "Haredim attack cab driver"