PHOTOS: Agudath Israel Of America National Leadership Mission 2018, To Washington, Day Two
From an early morning shacharis in Virginia, to the Capitol, to a White House briefing and then back to the Senate Russell Office building, the second day of Agudath Israel of America’s leadership mission to Washington D.C. was packed with opportunities for participants to discuss the Agudah’s 2018 federal agenda with influential elected officials and politicians.
The first session of the day, chaired by the Agudah’s national director for state relations, Rabbi A.D. Motzen, began at 9 AM at the U.S. Capitol House Visitor Center and addressed crucial issues including Israeli security, a high priority agenda item that has been enjoying bipartisan support, concerns about Iran, BDS, anti-Semitism, school choice and religious liberties. The mission was addressed by Representative Ted Budd (R-NC), Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Representative John Faso (R-NY), Representative Steve King (R-IA), Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), Representative James Raskin (D-MD), Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Numerous speakers stressed the importance of faith as a unifier and heralded the Agudah as a leader in the movement to provide funding solutions for those who choose to send their children to non-public schools.
The final event on the mission’s schedule was a luncheon chaired by Agudah executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel at the Senate’s Russell Office Building. The Agudah group was joined by a prominent assemblage of elected officials which included Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Orrin Hatch, Senate president pro tempore (R-UT), Senator Charles Schumer Senate minority leader (D-NY), Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). One of the highlights of the session was a special tribute to Senator Hatch who has worked closely with the Agudah over the years and was instrumental in Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s release from prison this past December. Senator Hatch, who will be retiring after 42 years of service, received a standing ovation from the delegation and was gifted with an inscribed leather Tehillim in an emotional presentation.The next stop for the Agudah delegation was the Indian Treaty Room at the majestic Eisenhower Executive Office Building located next to the West Wing of the White House for a briefing. Jason Greenblatt, assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations, was greeted with a standing ovation and offered insights into some of the Trump administration’s policies. Also addressing the group were Marcus Coleman, acting director of the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Jennifer Korn, special assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Public Liaison, Thomas Rose, assistant to the vice president and senior advisor and chief strategist, and Paul Teller, special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, discussing grants, immigration and lauding the Agudah for its far reaching advocacy efforts.
Organizers declared the mission an unqualified success, noting that participants, who hailed from California, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Michigan, were inspired by their trip to Washington and seeing how the Agudah is held in high regard in the political world.
“The value of these types of missions has been proven over the years,” observed Rabbi Zwiebel. “Those in Washington see that we have a national constituency and that we represent a community that stretches from coast to coast. Our missions leave elected officials we meet with, and others, the knowledge that we are a constituency of substance and of numbers.”
Statement Of Agudath Israel Of America On Florida School Shooting
Agudath Israel of America is heartbroken at the terror attack in Stoneman School yesterday, and offers its condolences to the victims’ families and to all who were touched by this senseless act of violence.
It is tragic that a school, which should be a safe and welcoming place for children, can become a place of carnage. Incidents like this require policymakers to look more closely at ways to keep all students and all schools safe.
That the perpetrator was reportedly a member of a “White Supremacist” group should remind us all how dangerous these fringe groups are and how vigilant law enforcement needs to be in monitoring them.
Violent incidents like yesterday’s are occasion for national mourning, but they are also occasion for recognition of the heroism displayed by our nation’s first responders. They represent the very best of America.
WHEN WILL THE JEWS OF AMERICA REALISE THAT THEY ARE LIVING NOT ONLY AS SOME THINK A MAD PRESIDENT ( I DO NOT THINK SO ) BUT A MAD COUNTRY, MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN LIFE, LOOK AT THE PRISON SENTENCES MONEY CRIMES GET A LONGER TERM THEN MURDER, EVERY ONE HAS A RIGHT TO HAVE GUN, THE COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE WORST TO LIVE IN , LIFE HAS NO VALUE.
CHAVI IF YOU ARE NOT TOLERANT FOR PEOPLE TO THINK DIFFERENT THEN YOU. THEN YOU ARE THE SAME AS THE NETRI KARTHA. THE FRUM PEOPLE FORGET THAT THESE BOYS ARE HUMAN AND THE SHIDDUCH SYSTEM DOES NOT HELP THEM TO GET NEAR AND MEET THE OPPOSITE SEX WE NEED TO FIND A NEW WAY WERE BOYS AND GIRLS CAN MEET ( IN A KOSHER WAY ) I THINK THE CHAZEIRIM ARE THE SHADCHANIM AND EDUCATORS OF THESE BOYS WE HAVE TO REMEMBER AND NOT BE STUPID THAT BOYS WANT GIRLS.
CHAVI I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHY JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE TO TOLERANT, EVEN TO THIS LADY WHO DOES NOT KNOW A LOT OF YIDDISHKEIT, SHE FEELS THAT THE YIDDISH LANGUAGE KEEPS THEM JEWISH.
SOME THE TORAH KEEPS THEM JEWS, SOME ISRAEL AND BEING A ZIONISTS, SOME LANGUAGE. SOME THE NETUREI KARTA. BUT ONE THING IS UNIVERSAL THEY WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED AS JEWS, EVEN THE REFORM, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT, MAY HASHEM HELP ME.
PHOTOS: President Rivlin To Chareidi Soldiers: Don’t Stop The Torah Study Of Talmidei Chachamim
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On Tuesday, 21 Shevat, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin visited an IDF transport base that serves as a logistics center for both routine and emergency corps and provisions transports. At the base, he met and spoke to soldiers from the chareidi battalion Abirei HaShachar who serve on site along with Nachal Chareidi rabbonim.
“Simultaneously, we all appreciate that everyone must partner with our capacity to defend the nation, especially when many of our neighbors do not perceive our existence here in this land as indisputable. Beyond this, they think that they can drive us out of here.In the course of his conversations with the chareidi battalion soldiers, President Rivlin asserted: “I see that every person has the capacity to maintain the lifestyle that follows the dictates of his conscience and simultaneously serve in the IDF, which is our collective duty. It is a duty that is our number one priority. I know and appreciate that there are people who learn and genuinely ‘kill themselves in the tent of Torah,’ and that it is forbidden to disturb or bar them from even one moment of learning—because they are the ones who can do this, who accomplish and ascend to such lofty levels.
“The capacity to maintain the economy and society, and the capacity to raise Torah scholars are collective, and we must be involved and connected with one another. I am very pleased by the IDF’s strength—which is obviously upholding the security of the State of Israel and also assisting each and every one of our sons who upon joining the IDF require this blanket of assistance. We, as residents of this country, can support the people’s army by honoring the public’s wishes and the goal of enabling each and every individual to live according to his beliefs. I am very pleased that you possess the motivation and capacity to continue serving without sacrificing an iota of your faith. You should be blessed!”
The tour was escorted by General Aharon Haliba, senior director of the Technology and Logistics Branch, and Colonel Ron Keinan, commander of the transport base. Approximately 700 soldiers serve on this transport base including soldiers from Chavat Hashomer, lone soldiers, and immigrant soldiers.
Nachal Chareidi Organization rabbis shared in reply, “The meeting between the president and chareidi soldiers was very significant and a tremendous boon and encouragement for soldiers who willfully choose to join the IDF despite major social pressure against them and extremists in the chareidi sector.”
“The president’s message of integration into the IDF and society through discussion and patience is even more significant due to calls by extremists from both parties that threaten the strength and unity of Israeli society. As one who has escorted chareidi soldiers for over 18 years, I know how deeply we must internalize this message. Only cooperation and sensitivity to the needs of chareidi society will bring about the ideal integration of chareidi soldiers into the IDF.”
Chareidi IDF Officer Tried To Compel A Religious Soldier To Enter An APC With Women
A chareidi officer tried to compel a religious IDF soldier to enter an APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) with female soldiers. The soldier refused and was incarcerated for twelve days, Kan News military correspondent Carmella Menashe revealed on Wednesday evening 22 Shevat.
The religious soldier is serving in the Artillery Corps and a chareidi company commander tried to compel him to enter the APC, despite his objections to being in the confined closed space with females.
The IDF Spokesperson responded: “This is a soldier who was tried for the second time against an incident of refusing orders. In this case he was sentenced to 12 days in prison. ”
As mentioned, the Joint Service Ordinance recently came into the headlines due to a public struggle being waged by national religious parties, including the Chief Rabbi of Tzefas Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita.
I TRAVEL EVERY DAY ON A LONDON BUS AND SIT DOWN NEXT TO ANY WOMEN JEWISH OR NOT, ORTHODOX OR NOT .
THERE IS NO RESTRICTION IN JEWISH LAW SITING NEXT TO A WOMEN ( EXCEPT YOUR WIFE WHEN SHE IS NOT CLEAN ).
IF THIS IDF SOLDIER WANTS TO GO TO PRISON ON THE RESTRICTION HE HAS MADE IN HIS BEHAVIOUR THAT IS UP TO HIM .
SHOCKING VIDEO: Religious Girls Attacked By Young Men While Walking Through Meah Shearim
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Two religious girls, residents of the Musrara neighborhood, walked through the streets of Meah Shearim on Tuesday night and were attacked by dozens of young men who threw rocks and other objects at them. The young men cursed and screamed insults as the girls walked to their neighborhood.
At some point, young men from the protest began shouting “Shiksa” and “Get out of here you are impure” at the girls. When one of the girls pushed a protester who was accosting her, the situation escalated and the girls were chased down the street.The two girls had inadvertently walked near a protest by a fringe group of Chareidim who were protesting the alledged enlistment of a Baalas Tshuvah into the IDF.
A witness said it appeared to him that the girls were looking for “action”. “At the beginning, when no one paid attention to them they went back to Kikar Shabbos, the center of the protest. They called another person to accompany them and when he arrived the real fight began.”
Dozens of young men chased after the girls, surrounded them and threw stones and other items, whatever was at hand, at the girls. The violent gang claimed that the girl were dressed inappropriately.
VIDEO VIA: מחאות החרדים הקיצוניים
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem
THIS IS VERY NORMAL BOYS RUN AFTER GIRLS THE REASON IS NOT NECESSARY. THESE BOYS CAN NOT FIND A PARTNER,THE SHIDDUCH SYSTEM HAS FAILED THEM AS WHO WANTS A BOY WHO HAS NO PURPOSE IN LIFE ONLY NOT TO GO IN THE ARMY AND DO NOT HAVE PARENTS WITH MONEY. WHAT WE NEED IS A FEW HUNDRED GIRLS TO COME OUT AND WE WILL SEE WHO THESE BOYS REALLY ARE. I PREDICT THAT IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN THE DEMONSTRATION WILL END AND WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF MARRIAGES WITH OUT THE CURSED SHADCHAN .
Mechutzaf: MK Livni Says Hagaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef ‘Is Not Suited To Serve In Any Position
MK (Machane Tzioni) Tzipi Livni has come out strongly against Rison L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita as the rav spoke of Israel’s secular courts.
Livni, a former Minister of Justice, added “I heard that the Chief Rabbi of Israel, the Rishon L’Tzion said that turning to the (secular) courts is worse than turning to gentile courts. Anyone who is not willing to accept the courts in Israel does not accept Israel as a legal state and cannot serve in an official position.”
Rabbi Yosef also criticized former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, who opposed a bill that would allow the rabbinical courts to function as arbitrators, and to discuss financial disputes according to Torah law.Rav Yosef stated that in some cases, the civil courts in Israel are “worse than the goyim”.
“Barak continues his war, this is anti-religious coercion,” Rabbi Yosef said. The rav added that Gedolim have determined that a Jew who appeals to gentile courts “kicks in the Torah of the living G-d.”
Meretz Chairman Zahava Gal-On also attacked Rabbi Yosef and said, “The Chief Rabbi has announced that it is forbidden to litigate in court and that they are worse than the courts of gentiles.” The rabbi now receives more than NIS 50,000 a month from the state. Get our money back.”
TZIPI LIVNI IS THE NEYURI KARTH OF THE SECULAR JEWS.
SHE HAS NO UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT A RABBI IS THE SAME WAY AS THE NETURI KARTH HAS NO UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT A YID IS
THEY BOTH ONLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE WAY THEY THINK BEING A JEW IS CORRECT, TZIPI LIVNI AND THE NETURI KARTH NEED TO START GETTING EDUCATED, WHAT AND WHO IS A JEW.