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Enemies’ Moves, Friends’ Silence, Slam Door on Elijah’s Hope

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A family seen during the Passover seder on the first night of the holiday in Tzur Hadassah, Israel, on March 25, 2013. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash 90.

On Friday night during the Seder, millions of Jews in Israel and throughout the diaspora will fill Elijah’s Cup and then fling open their doors to ‘welcome’ the spirit of Elijah with the hope that the prophet will soon return to harken the promised messianic era of peace.

But Israelis worry that a series of moves by foes and friends are effectively slamming shut the doorway towards peace and hastening the next catastrophic war in The Holy Land.

Iran: While the world focuses on supposed P5+1 deadlines with Tehran, every indication is that the Mullahocracy is well on its way to becoming a nuclear power with the missile capacity to deliver a bomb. That inevitability is already sending Arab nations scurrying to obtain their own nuclear devices. And with their traditional US protector AWOL, these same states, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are already responding militarily to Iran’s power grab in Iraq and Yemen.

Meanwhile, as nuclear negotiations drag on, Israelis hear the latest direct threat from Iran’s chief of the Basij militia, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, who declared– that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable.” The Iranian regime is already launching new actions to bolster the bluster. Last year, Naqdi said Iran was increasing efforts to arm Palestinians on the West Bank for battle against Israel, a move he claimed would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

Israel’s northern security is under increasing threat by Iranian moves in Lebanon.

A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official confirms that Iran is converting Zilzal unguided rockets into accurate, guided M-600 projectiles by upgrading their warheads. The Algemeiner quotes Israeli Colonel Aviram Hasson describing Iran as a “train engine that is not stopping for a moment. It is manufacturing new and advanced ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles. It is turning unguided rockets that had an accuracy range of kilometers into weapons that are accurate to within meters.” Hezbollah “is getting a lot of accurate weapons from Iran. It is in a very different place compared to the Second Lebanon War in 2006,” he warned.

Now comes word of an even more ominous development: The Times of London reports that Tehran is developing a new front against Israel as its allies in Syria are crushing anti-Assad rebel groups in the Golan Heights.

Israel could soon be confronted directly by Iranian troops on their border and in the words of Hezbollah’s Abu Ali,

“Iran will be so close to the Israelis that it will no longer need long-range missiles to hit them.

And Tehran is once again aiding Gaza-based Hamas. That terrorist group has sought to mend its relations with Iran, after it bet on the wrong horse in the Syrian Civil War. Hamas has been the recipient of tens of millions of dollars, logistical, and military support from the Iranians.

Many, perhaps President Obama among them, would argue, that such an array of existential and strategic challenges against Israel should push Prime Minister Netanyahu to make a quick deal with Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA).

However, the PA has proven to be part of the problem, not the solution.  It has lost support of the West Bank Palestinian street through its serial corruption and failure to call elections. Abbas has shown little interest in negotiating with Jerusalem when he senses he can get closer to his goal of a Palestinian state by going directly to the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and UNESCO and other international agencies.

It has been said that diplomats sign treaties but only people make peace. If so, the Palestinian Authority itself has been signaling their Israeli neighbors that they are preparing their kids for war, not peace. The important NGO, Palestinian Media Watch continuously documents how PA uses education and culture to promote haters and terrorist murderers of Jews.

A recent PA TV show broadcast (provided by PMW) a school activity teaching children to boycott Israeli products. However, the boy whose interview was broadcast, said he was also learning through the school theater that Jews should be killed:

“I came to rehearse the play in order to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them.” – [Official PA TV, March 22 and 25, 2015]

Israelis have been stung by the thundering silence of the United States and the European Union in face of the increasingly brazen pre-nuclearized Iran-led threats to the Jewish State and the blatant Jew-hatred of its neighbors.

This isn’t about a spat with Bibi Netanyahu; it is about the safety of 8 million Israeli citizens. The threat of the US abandoning Israel to the wolves at the UN Security Council won’t bring peace, only further chaos and violence to the already imploding region. If world leaders want to convince the Israeli street that they are committed to a safe and secure Jewish state, they need to address these real-world concerns with deeds—not empty Yom HaShoah Never Again promises.

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  • .

    I have taught Holocaust studies for most of my life on the high school and college level. When I discuss the Holocaust and God, I share many possible views. In truth, after having written numerous books on the subject I don’t have an answer. I cannot in good conscience believe that the Jewish people were punished, because if I believe that, then I would not be a Rabbi, and probably be an atheist. One and a half million priceless Jewish children were murdered. What was their sin? The answer I give myself and others is that mankind caused the Holocaust, not God. . It is the only answer I can live with. Yet I just read Rabbi Avigdor Miller’s “Divine Defense of Hashem Madness In The Matter of the Holocaust ” and I remembered my father telling me the shoa is predicted in the Chumash, the tochahah .My students ask me “Can the Holocaust happen again?” My answer is a definite yes. A number of atomic bombs thrown at Israel by its enemies would annihilate the Israeli population. One is naïve to believe that anti-Semitism does not exist throughout the world. If we have learned anything from the Shoah, it is that it is possible for a madman to arise who wants to annihilate the Jewish people. Never fool yourself into believing that you are safe anywhere. We must always be alert and fight against prejudice wherever it may exist.

    Finally, how do we keep Holocaust memory alive and what is our message to our children, grandchildren and future generations? In my opinion, all the museums in the world and all the books that are written will not preserve the memory of the Holocaust. In time, the Holocaust may become nothing more than a date in history. If we teach Holocaust and genocide together as one subject, we guarantee that the impact of the Holocaust will merely blend into other genocides. What is the solution? We must incorporate in our religious services and religious traditions, memoirs, readings, and liturgy, readings concerning the Holocaust. I have, therefore, already written a Holocaust Passover Haggadah and a Holocaust Siddur ( see on the internet: Reading about the Holocaust must become part of every Jewish holiday, particularly the High Holidays. I want to emphasize to those children and grandchildren who still have living survivors of the Holocaust in their families, ask questions now, don’t be afraid. Sometimes, a Holocaust survivor will not feel comfortable speaking to their children, but will be able to communicate their thoughts with their grandchildren. I ask that you do so before all the Holocaust survivors are gone.

    Remember the lives, the culture, the achievements, of those who perished in the Holocaust

    I made one promise to my parents of blessed memory, and that is that one day, I would fill up a station wagon with my children. Thank God, I have a lovely wife, Charlene, four children, and so far, seven grandchildren. If you wish to remember the Shoah and the beauty of Judaism which existed before that horrible period in our history, I say to you, have children, name them after Holocaust survivors as I have done, and never forget who we are as a people.

    • Jake

      Why go so deep to explain the Holocaust and God? It’s quite simple. God gave mankind a beautiful world to inhabit. A world with food that grows on trees, clean air, and beautiful landscapes to share and call home. But a minority group of humans drunk with greed and hubris have turned this beautiful world into a hell-hole. God did not send us to the chambers, evil human beings with free will did that. God does not kill children, evil power-hungry humans do that. A society that puts economic interests above human nature is responsible for highway deaths, and cancerous foods. The leaders of humanity have chosen the path of evil, and without that choice we wouldn’t be humans. Blaming God for the Holocaust is simply a copout. We need to blame ourselves, and only then can we say “Never Again” and truly mean it.

  • A NUMBER of years ago my daughter Ayelet called me at 4:30a.m. and I awoke fearful that something bad had happened. She told me she was in Auschwitz. She was on one the trips to Poland sponsored by her Yeshiva in Israel. I feared to visit the camps because I was afraid what it might do to be psychologically. I had taught, written books on the holocaust, yet was afraid to step foot in the camps.something bad had happened. She told me she was in Auschwitz. She was on one the trips to Poland sponsored by her Yeshiva in Israel. I feared to visit the camps because I was afraid what it might do to be psychologically. I had taught, written books on the holocaust, yet was afraid to actually be in the place where my family was mudrerd and my father and mother spent their youth in hell. I decided to take the trip to Poland, I survived it and was strong until I came to the mass children graves in the Warsaw cemetery. I broken down and cried, recited the memorial prayer and the Kaddish as other answered amen, I survived it and was strong until I came to the mass children graves in the Warsaw cemetery. I broken down and cried, recited the memorial prayer and the Kaddish as other answered amen

  • Maria Del Pilar Reyes Lopez

    47 mins ·

    I am happy to announced that I will be helping Rabi Bernhard Rosenberg to write his book about memories of the Shoa.

    Our special gratitude to Ellen Rodney, who is going to be our Editor.

    We encourage you to participate and send us your story to be included in our book.

    All entries must be new and not taken directly from the holocaust sites.

    Request for book material ; book dealing with children and grandchildren of holocaust survivors.
    Send us the info to

    PLEASE send material regarding feelings as 2g, 3g, poems, art work, original songs, what learned from parents personal pictures of people in the town, sayings of your parents, your favorites Jewish foods they made, what songs did they like, special sayings, belief in G-d, philosophy regarding shoah, life before the holocaust where lived in U.S. how got here, you get the idea anything like this is great. funny sayings, Yiddish expressions, what language did you speak as a child, your parents languagues, were they Chassidic, loving, aloof, what characteristics did you learn from them, did they speak about the shaoh , their parents pre-world war 11 Europe etc. Did your parents love each other, where did they meet, did you have a happy or sad childhood, what profession were yourparents, what profession did you enter. Use these for starters and make up your own items. The more the merrier. We need a sense of who we all are. Are you liberal, conservative, reform, orthodox?
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    Bernhard Rosenberg sent you material and one person said e mail did not work…well done beautiful picture rabbi rosenberg

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    Rolene Marks Amazing!!!I would love to read it and wish you tremendous success.

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    Bernhard Rosenberg be part of it

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    Maria Del Pilar Reyes Lopez

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    Saludos todos los amigos judios, a solicitud del Rabino Bernhard Rosenberg, quien va escribir un libro acerca de las memorias o historias del holocausto, hemos abierto una cuenta de correo para nos envien todas las historias, comentarios, fotos, etec, segun se detalla en el mensaje. El rabino Bernhard es hijo de padres que sobrevivieron a la Choa. Agradecimiento especial a Ellen Rosner , quien será la Editora.

    El libro trata sobre hijos y nietos de sobrevivientes del … Holocausto.

    La cuenta de correo

    FAVOR enviar material relacionado con sentimientos de 2G, 3G, poemas, obras de arte, canciones originales, lo que aprendieron de sus padres, fotos personales de la gente en la ciudad, dichos de tus padres, tus comidas judias favoritas que ellos las hicieron, canciones que les gustan, refranes especiales, la creencia en Dios, la filosofía respecto shoah, la vida antes del holocausto, donde vivió en los Estados Unidos cómo llegamos aquí, usted tener la idea de algo como esto es genial, refranes divertidos, expresiones en yiddish, qué lengua hablaban sus padres de niños, sus versiones linguísticas,si eran jasídico, amoroso, distante, ¿qué características Qué aprendiste de ellos, ¿se habla de la shaoh, la guerra a sus padres antes de la 11 del mundo Europa etc. ¿Tus padres se amaban, ¿como se encuentran? , ¿tuvo una infancia feliz o triste, ¿qué profesión eran sus padres? Cuál es tu profesion? Utilice éstos para empezar y hacer sus propios artículos. Cuantos más, mejor. Necesitamos un sentido de lo que todos somos. ¿Eres liberal, conservador, reformista u ortodoxo?

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    Greetings all friends jews, at the request of the rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, who is going to write a book about the memories or stories of the holocaust, we have opened an account of mail for us send all the stories, comments, pictures etec, according to it Details in the message. Rabbi Bernhard is son of parents who survived the choa. Special thanks to ellen rosner, who will be the publisher.

    The book is about children and grandchildren of survivors of the holocaust.

    The account of mail

    Please send material associated with feelings of 2 g, 3 g, poems, art works, original songs, what you learned from your parents, personal photos of the people in the city, those of your parents, your meals reprecion Favorites that they did, the songs that they like, proverbs special, the belief in god, the philosophy regard shoah, life before the holocaust, where he lived in the united states how we got here, you have the idea of something like this is awesome , proverbs funny, expressions in yiddish, what language they spoke their parents of children, their versions linguísticas, if they were jewry, loving, distant, what characteristics what did you learn from them, there is talk of the shaoh, the war to his parents before the 11 Of the world Europe etc. Your parents loved each other, as they are? , had a happy childhood or sad, what profession were their parents? What is your profession? Use them to start and make their own articles. The more, the better. We need a sense of what we all are. You are a liberal, conservative, reform or orthodox?

    All material will be published in the book. Thank you

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  • Jews should stand up! Should not fear! Jews must fight the roots of terror! Hamas, Iranian are not the real true threat to Israel! The real roots of the problem is created by cowards from birth who were sexually abused in childhood who did target people worldwide into becoming political activists driving the whole world into Chaos whish does exist to day. Those cowards of birth are those who did plan the fall of the Iranian Shah! Who did create Hamas, who do support Al-Qaeda trough hided second and third partners, are those who do stand behind The Arab Spring, are those who stand behind the Nobel Piss Prize to Obama! And more! One of those abused minds is in this article.–7971739.html

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  • defiantjewess

    ISRAEL wake up, do not befriend foreign nations (goyim) or rely on them. Business is business, end of story. Seize the day, and keep options open always. Israel holds the ace cards She can survive just about anything including natural disasters and droughts.

  • Reform School

    “…Iran’s Fars news agency reported.”

    Is that ‘FARS,’ ‘FEARS,’ ‘FARTS,’ or some combination?

  • Elyaqiym

    Listen!If you are willing to accept it, he is the Eliyah who was to come.
    He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    The Son of Man

  • Josh

    It’s beginning to look like the solution to the Middle East’s problems lies in regime change in Tehran.

    • Jfox

      Iran will be judged for what they have done and for what they continue to do.

    • shloime


      • Steve Zwillman

        Typical Jewish hysteria. Cry me a river. Make Peace you stupid schmucks!

        • esther noodelman


  • I am very honored that so many keep asking about the holocaust haggadah…please share it with all it is free…

    Bernhard Rosenberg


    Ken Milberg

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    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg – just provided us info on his Holocaust Haggadah. This is an incredible piece of work (has references to the Holocaust in it – one camp for each of the 10 plagues. It’s on his web-site, as a free PDF. I may use this during the Seder. Here is the link

    Just note that I was not able to download it with firefox, it only worked with IE. I look forward to showing this to my Dad.

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  • Grandlady

    Good Christians all over the world pray continually for the peace of Jerusalem and believe that now you are back in the land our L— will keep you there with His might. My very misled president cannot seem to understand He will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. He might be a powerful man but he is not the One who never slumbers nor sleeps. We can trust Him. The Seder table is a reminder of that. Good Shabbos!

  • Shalom-Hillel

    The U.S. has been using and exploiting Israel. Yes, they help Israel greatly, but real friends care when enemies make genocidal threats. We have come to expect that squeezing Israel is normal, and when a crumb of support is thrown Israel’s way we reassure ourselves for the moment that it’s all going to be ok. But this relationship feels a lot like the relationships Jewish communities have had historically with those in power over them. When we’re no longer deemed useful enough we can be left vulnerable to be plundered and killed. Basically, despite the rhetoric on Yom HaShoah,, the US government doesn’t care (though many in Congress and the American people do). Netanyahu has been 100% right to speak up forcefully, and it’s good he continues to do so. Jews will not go quietly into the dark night, not in the 21st century.

  • Clea Belcher

    Deal or no deal, Palestinians and all other haters will continue toward their goals. Elijah’s arrival will happen on the Almighty’s schedule regardless of world conditions.

  • ms Bo Salsberg

    We must fill Elijah’s cup and draw energy from its hope that another day will come… and another… and another. Fear will not change our outcome. Each day a Jew wakes up is a gift from Hashem. We must live every moment to its fullest.

  • I believe just the opposite. It actually OPENS the door to Elijah’s hope. We know from the Talmud (Sanhedrin 97a) that things will look bleakest before the Redemption.

    • shloime

      that might work for the shoah and the state of israel, but if that wasn’t bleak enough to bring on our redemption, then what can? the same argument was used after the roman exile, the crusades, the expulsion from spain, etc.

      what we should have learnt is the meaning of the words “lo bashamayim hi” – we must take an active part in our redemption.