Daily Archives: 07/04/2012

Jewish Faith, Circumcision, and Religious Freedom

Geroge Roberts Writes at MOJ: In a previous post, I stressed the importance of standing up for the religious freedom of people of every faith, not just those who share our own convictions. Read more »

RJC: Obama Allows Israel to be Bullied in U.N.

The RJC flags this from NRO: Today, at the United Nations, the Obama administration is turning its back on Israel. For the very first time, the U.N. Security Council has invited the U.N. high commissioner for human rights to “brief” the Council specifically on the subject of Israel and the commissioner’s list of trumped-up sins. Though the U.S. is a veto-holding power, the extraordinary move has full American approval, despite the fact that the global soapbox will be handed to Navi Pillay, a notorious anti-Israel partisan.

Romney: Mandate is Penalty on State Level; Tax on Federal Level

“The chief justice in his opinion made it very clear that at the state level, states have the power to put in place mandates. They don’t need to require them to be called taxes in order for them to be constitutional. And as a result, Massachusetts’ mandate was a mandate, was a penalty, was described that way by the Legislature and by me, and so it stays as it was.” – Mitt Romney in a CBS Interview

325-Word Op-Ed: Time for Term Limits on the Courts

In the aftermath of the SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare, there’s been a lot of frustration with what many see as an unaccountable court legislating from the bench. Yesterday on his radio show, Mark Levin spoke about this problem and about the ruling class in general that needs some reigning in. To that end he proposed term limits for congress and for the Court. Read more »

NY13 – Rangel Rips Adriano Espaillat Over Vote Mess

Rep. Charles Rangel, whose lead in the Democratic primary in New York’s 13th Congressional District has been shrinking since last week’s election, on Wednesday blasted challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat for taking legal action in what has become a messy primary race. “You can’t just call people crooks and say that they’re committing illegal acts,” Rangel told supporters in Harlem, the New York Daily News reports. “One of my opponents went to court and alleged all these things.” – Politico

Best Car Sales Year Under Obama (2012) Beats Only Worst Year Under Bush (2008)

Political Rope notes that car sales in 2012 is on pace to reach 14.1 million units for the year; the best ever under President Obama. However, under Bush the worst year was 2008 when 13.3 million units were sold. See annual numbers here.

JPost: US Apology to Pakistan Could Lead to Israel-Turkey Detente

Efforts to find a way to bring about a turnaround in Israel’s relationship with Turkey are continuing, and Jerusalem views this as an important goal, an Israeli government official said Tuesday. The official’s comments came within the context of Washington’s apology Tuesday to Pakistan for the accidental killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. Pakistan had demanded an apology, and when Washington refused, it closed NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. – JPost

VIDEO: Christies ‘Are You Stupid’ Moment and Much More

Williamsburg – In Fight for Grants, CJC Has Long Way to Go Before Reaching UJO

The community services organization UJO is considered to be closely aligned with the Zaloynim faction or Satmar, while the CJC is considered to be aligned with the Aroynem. Based on how much funds each of the two organizations were granted in the NYC FY2013 budget, one may conclude that the CJC has a long, long way to go before they reach the long-standing successful record of the UJO. Read more »

Chiam (Haym) Salomon ‘Died Penniless’ Just Years After Helping Finance the American Revolution

The Jewish financier and broker Chiam Salomon helped finance the second half of the American Revolution in three forms: He secured finance from investors as a financial broker; he lent some of his own money to George Washington and others, and he secured interest-free loans from the French Government for whom he worked as a financial officer. Here is his story as found on the Department of the Interior website: Read more »

The Story of Francis Salvador – The First Jew Killed for Helping the American Revolution

In the Washington Park, S.C. Credit: HMdb.Org

When we think of Jewish heroes of the American Revolution, Haym Salomon, the “financier” of the patriot cause or Isaac Franks, aide-de-camp to General George Washington, are the first names that come to mind. Rarely do we hear of South Carolina’s Francis Salvador, the first identified Jew to be elected to an American colonial legislature, the only Jew to serve in a revolutionary colonial congress and the first Jew to die for the cause of American liberty.

Francis Salvador was born in London in 1747, the fourth generation of Salvadors to live in England. His great grandfather Joseph, a merchant, established himself as a leader of England’s Sephardic community and became the first Jewish director of the East India Company. When George III ascended the British throne, Joseph Salvador arranged an audience for the seven-man delegation that officially congratulated the king on behalf of the Jewish community. Read more »

Text of George Washington’s Famous Letter to the Jewish Community

WikiSource: During a visit to Newport, R.I., in 1790, a year before the Bill of Rights was ratified, President George Washington received a letter from Moses Seixas, warden of the Touro Synagogue. Below is the transcript of the letter and its reply. Original spelling, punctuation and capitalization have been retained. Read more »

Historian: ‘Declaration’ Was Sent to England Accompanied with a Yiddish Note

July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was written. A copy was sent to Amsterdam via the small Dutch Caribbean Island of St. Eustatius. The Declaration was intercepted by the British at sea. An accompanying letter with the Declaration of Independence was also intercepted and sent to London as being a secret code about the document that needed to be deciphered. The letter was written in Yiddish. – Jerry Klinger

A Fun Independence Day List of Things That are Now Considered Taxes

J.E. Dyer at TJP.com writes: If you have decided to go along with Chief Justice Roberts and agree that Obamacare is a tax, now is the time to contemplate the many things this reading will allow Congress to require you to do.

The list is literally endless, because of the endless number of things ideologues can come up with. But these are some of the top tunes: Read more »

Will Obama Punish Bibi for Hosting Romney in Israel?

As if things couldn’t get worse in this unprecedented rocky relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, there’s always another reason of concern. Will President Obama actually punish Netanyahu for hosting the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt  Romney, on his traditional Israel trip, Chemi Shalev wonders:

You can already imagine the fists that will be clenched and the teeth  that will be gnashed in the White House in Washington when Israel rolls  out the red carpet for Mitt Romney, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s  preferred candidate for president in everything but explicit  endorsement. Read more »

Video: Iran: ‘Long-Range’ Missiles Attack ‘Mock Enemy Bases’

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