OUR MAGNIFICENT FIRST PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

This letter was a response to the warm welcome he received from the grateful Jews of Newport Rhode Island after his visit to affirm his support for the Hebrew Congregation of Newport:

Gentlemen:

While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you that I shall always retain grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced on my visit to Newport from all classes of citizens.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security.

If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good government, to become a great and happy people.

The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration and fervent wishes for my felicity.

May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.

May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.

G. Washington

TOURO SYNAGOGUE IN NEWPORT R.I. DELEBRATES 250 YEARS: PAUL BERGER

http://forward.com/articles/188501/touro-synagogue-turns–with-order-and-decoru/?p=all#ixzz2mNlM5vAQ On December 2, 1763, the first day of Hanukkah, a procession wound through Newport, R.I., carrying three Torah scrolls bound for their new home in a synagogue that would quickly establish its place in American Jewish lore. When the scrolls entered the newly built Touro Synagogue, their arrival was celebrated with music and prayer […]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Announced Sunday that he Would Make an Official Visit to Israel in January.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/canadian-pm-announces-january-trip-to-israel-amid-protests/? Harper, a staunch supporter of Israel, made the announcement at a JNF-KKL fundraising event in Toronto held in his honor Sunday evening, where it was also revealed that a bird sanctuary in the Hula Valley would be named after the prime minister. “I am honored by this particular gift…I value it [because] it is […]

MY SAY: AN APPRECIATION OF MENACHEM BEGIN ON THE CENTENNIAL OF HIS BIRTH- DECEMBER OUTPOST

http://www.mideastoutpost.com/archives/menachem-begin-an-appreciation-on-the-centennial-of-his-birth-ruth-king.html

“Daniel Gordis, author of a forthcoming biography Menachem Begin: The Battle For Israel’s Soul, summed up Begin’s legacy in a Jerusalem Post article in August 2013, “Menachem Begin: His Legacy, a Century After his Birth” : “That is a legacy infinitely greater than most are able to bequeath. In an era in which many Jews are increasingly dubious about the legitimacy of love for a specific people or devotion to its ancestral homeland, the life and commitments of Begin urge us to look again at what he did and what he stood for, and to imagine – if we dare – the glory of a Jewish people recommitted to the principles that shaped his very being.”

In 1913, in Brest Litovsk, a town in the Russian empire, Menachem Begin was born. When coddling their son, could his parents have dreamed that one day their newborn would be Prime Minister of the State of Israel? Not likely–his parents were confronted with fear of persecution and the perpetual threat of relocation facing Eastern European Jewry.

As a young boy Begin was drawn to Zionism, classical literature and oratorical skills. In his teens he was inspired by Zeev Jabotinsky and joined the Betar movement and later became its head.

After being jailed in a Siberian labor camp, he was fortuitously freed in 1941 and joined the Free Polish Army; his unit was sent to Palestine in 1943. Once there he left the Polish army for the Irgun, becoming its head later in that year. In Europe his family was murdered, which both haunted and inspired him for the rest of his life.

Georgetown’s Interfaith Sham Posted By Ryan Mauro

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/georgetowns-interfaith-sham/print/ Georgetown University’s Saudi-funded interfaith center is in hot water. A speaking engagement with an Egyptian Nazi was cancelled but Islamists need not worry: Muslim Brotherhood supporters and 9/11 Truthers are still welcome, as is a senior Obama Administration official allied with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding […]

BRUCE THORNTON: WHY SHOULD WE STUDY WAR?

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-thornton/why-should-we-study-war/print/ Originally published by Defining Ideas. In the latter years of World War I, Winston Churchill met with the novelist and poet Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon was a winner of the Military Cross––he single-handedly routed 60 Germans and captured a trench on the Hindenburg Line––and a fierce pacifist. Sassoon’s reminiscences of that meeting reveal how odd […]

DANIEL GREENFIELD: ONLY CAPITALISM CAN FIX OBAMA’S SOCIALIST WEBSITE

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/only-capitalism-can-fix-obamas-socialist-website/ Every leader has his great challenge. FDR had WW2. JFK had a trip to the moon. Ronald Reagan had the Cold War. George W. Bush had 9/11. Barack Obama has a website. ObamaCare loyalists are calling the bid to repair the broken site a “moonshot” and quoting lines from Apollo 13 as if trying […]

Turning a Blind Eye to Islam’s Long Standing Jew Hatred Muslim Antisemitism: By: Igal Zuravicky MD FACC

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/turning-a-blind-eye-to-islams-long-standing-jew-hatred/2013/12/02/ Being a son of a Holocaust survivor I am often drawn to matters that have to do with Antisemitism, and on occasion I surf the net looking for new answers to why the hate towards Jews has endured for so long. Several weeks ago, I chanced upon the web site of the United States […]

DAVID HORNIK: THE TEN WORST PURVEYORS OF ANTI-SEMITISM WORLDWIDE—-NUMBER 1- THE IRANIAN REGIME….SEE NOTE PLEASE

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/12/01/the-ten-worst-purveyors-of-antisemitism-worldwide-1-the-iranian-regime/?print=1

THE IRANIAN REGIME IS FUELED IN ANTI-ANTISEMITISM BY THE MULLAHS AND THE KORAN….I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT THE NUMBER ONE PURVEYOR OF ANTI-ANTISEMITISM IS FANATIC ISLAM AND THE ONGOING JIHAD AGAINST THE JEWS WHEREVER ISLAM REARS ITS HEAD…..RSK

Israel is the sinister, unclean, rabid dog of the region…. The Zionist regime is doomed to oblivion…. [The] leaders of the Zionist regime… look like beasts and…cannot be called human.

Those words were spoken on November 20 by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, to a huge gathering of militiamen. They didn’t stop the P5+1 countries—the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany—from signing a nuclear deal with Khamenei’s representatives three days later in Geneva.

Undoubtedly, such words from Iranian leaders are hardly something new. (You can find lengthy backlogs here and here.) The destruction of Israel is an official, explicit goal of the Iranian regime, and has been since it rose to power in 1979.

The then-leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, portrayed Israel in his book Velayat-e faqih (also known as Islamic Government) as a mortal threat to Islam, the latest incarnation of a Jewish campaign against Islam dating back to the time of Muhammad. “This regime occupying Jerusalem,” he proclaimed, “must vanish from the page of time.”

JOHN FUND: THE WAR ON CONSERVATIVE MINORITIES

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/365178/war-conservative-minorities-john-fund Racist and sexist attacks on women and minorities are acceptable, if the targets are conservative. Members of both political parties use sharp elbows to rough up and discredit the opposition, but the media are supposed to call “foul” on the worst abuses. But when the media are ideologically opposed to conservatives — especially minority […]